You can now watch a clip of Within Temptation's new upcoming DVD "Black Symphony"! Through this link you can check out the song "Solemn Hour".
As Quoted Official: "Black Symphony will be released on double-DVD, double-CD and Blu-Ray disc on September 22nd. As mentioned earlier, it will contain the full concert we did at the Ahoy Rotterdam together with the 60-piece Metropole Orchestra and a 30-voice classical choir, as well as on-stage stilt performers, costume changes, and an array of stunning pyrotechnic, lighting effects and a 400m2 video screen with great WT visuals. The DVD will also contain a lot of extra footage from the show in Beursgebouw, amongst other bonus materials. More info on this will follow soon!"
Swedish doom metal legends Candlemass have issued the following update:
"The new Candlemass EP Lucifer Rising is finally recorded and due for release first week of October. It features two brand new tracks 'Lucifer Rising' and 'White God'. It also contains a re-recorded version of 'Demon's Gate' live in the studio. As a bonus you will get most of the gig from Athens last year: 'At The Gallows End', 'Solitude', 'Emperor Of The Void', 'Devil Seed', 'Under The Oak', 'Mirror Mirror', 'Of Stars And Smoke', 'Black Dwarf' and 'Samarithan'. Yes, it is probably the worlds longest EP!!"
We're thrilled to let the world know that we have signed a record deal with Napalm Records. From the beginning we had a very good feeling about all negotiations and talking to the nice people of Napalm; now it's the time to let you all know that a new chapter in the SoP history is about to be written!
More news will follow soon regarding the release of our new album, tour dates, etc. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us throughout the years, we will soon see you back on the road!
Marcela, Johan, Eric, Davy, Stephan and Jeffrey
Australian metallers Vanishing Point have announced announced the addition of keyboardist Jake Lowe to the band's ranks. According to the band, "Jake has been playing with Vanishing Point for a while now, and was last seen when Vanishing Point supported Joe Satriani this year".
More information about Jake Lowe can be found at this location.
Swedish metallers One Man Army And The Undead Quartet have posted an audio sample of a new song, entitled "Cursed By The Knife", on their MySpace page.
The track comes off the band's third album, entitled "Grim Tales", which is scheduled for release in October/November via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded at the Black Lounge Studios in Avesta, Sweden with producer Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry).
The band adds: "As you probably have noticed by now, the album is completely done. All that remains to do is all up to the company to complete, such as booklet, promotion and stuff like that. We are extremely happy with the result. Jonas has made our sound even heavier than before and our songwriting is also taken to the next level. It's brutal, melodic and a big fucking punch in your face. So for you guys that can't wait for the release we can now offer a small preview here on MySpace. It's for the song "Cursed By The Knife" which is part 3 in a trilogy. (No apparent motive, The supreme butcher). All other info will soon hit the web such as releasedates, editions and bonus features. So we really hope that you will dig this new album as much as we do and don't forget to come see us on the European Tour (with Unleashed, Krisiun and Commander) beginning on 14th of november. Cheers!"
A widget for the new Motörhead album, entitled "Motörizer", was posted at this location.
"Motörizer" was recorded in part (drums only) at Foo Fighters frontman/ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in Northridge, California with producer Cameron Webb, who also worked on 2006's "Kiss Of Death" and 2004's "Inferno".
"Motörizer" will be released through SPV Records on the following dates:
US: August 26
Germany: August 29
Rest of Europe: September 1
According to a press release from Arcane Promotions, Nocturnus will be touring their legendary "The Key" album later this year with their classic line-up from that period. Support will come from Violated (SWE), Punish (CH), Memorial (DK) and Slither (SWE)
So far the following dates have been announced:
Oct. 14 - Copenhagen, DEN - The Rock
Oct. 15 - Hamburg, GER - Hafenklang
Oct. 16 - Hengelo, NED - Metropol
Oct. 17 - Rotterdam, NED - Baroeg
Oct. 18 - London, GBR - Electrowerkz
Oct. 19 - Birmingham, GBR - The Asylum
Oct. 20 - TBA
Oct. 21 - TBA
Oct. 22 - Pratteln, SUI - Z7
Oct. 23 - Wien, AUT - Viper Room
Oct. 24 - Milano, ITA - Zoe Club
Oct. 25 - Giebelstadt, GER - Bringer Of Death Fest XVI
Wastefall have announced its decision to disband. Here's the official statement:
"The band's situation has not been really good the past few months, since Alexander was studying in Crete (island of Greece) far away from Athens. We did renew our contract with Intromental Management this year and after this we would have had the opportunity to play at ProgPower Scandinavia in October 2008. Our drummer Kostis passed the examinations and he will have to leave Greece this summer for a few years, since he will study in a musical university in England, so we found a professional session drummer to help us for this live show. Also Domenik has moved to Germany since 2007 and although he was doing all he could, it was not easy for us to handle our obligations. The band was spread out and it was difficult for all of us to organize our priorities in any way required. We were also in a very difficult economic situation and it was then that Alexander decided to leave Wastefall.
Unearth have completed work on their new album, which will be titled "The March," and will be released on October 14th via Metal Blade Records.
"The March" was recorded at both Massachusetts' System Recording Studios and Zing Studios with producer Adam Dutkiewicz. The effort is said to feature Unearth's "most dynamic material to date, combining strong tension and release, abundant guitar solos and a bulldozing power-groove.
Frontman Trevor Phipps comments: "'The March' symbolizes both the evil and hopeful sides of humanity. The Evil: With the constant balancing act of power within government, religion and our financial institutions, there lies the chance of those most hungry for power to alter and restrict our freedoms for their gain. The Hopeful: This represents the faith in mankind as the most powerful force on the planet. If we come together and do not fight over religion, class and borders then we hold the key to a peaceful world. There are two possible futures in store; either a March of power and greed or a March of a unified human race."
Florida Black Metal band Kult ov Azazel have updated their website with the following message:
"We were originally asked and prepared to do the Horna tour that many have been emailing about. There have been numerous bulletins and news sources on the internet stating we are on the tour. However, this is not the case.
We had to reschedule our studio time from August to October. We are now entering Mana Studio in Tampa, FL to record the next album titled "Destroying The Sacred" from October 28 thru November 11.
This not only put an end to us doing the Horna tour but also a few one offs that we had been offered. Rest assure, once the new album is recorded we will turn our focus to touring/regional shows and destroying all with force!"
German metallers Heaven Shall Burn invite their fans to come out to their show on September 12th, 2008 in Vienna's "Gasometer" club, which will be recorded for their first official DVD release.
The band provides more detailed info:
"Vienna Calling! Be part of our DVD! Get your free tickets! We're about to plan the release of our very first official DVD! Furthermore, we're celebrating our 10th anniversary this year, so we thought about doing something special!
We will play a show on September 12th in Vienna under the slogan "1000 years of HSB" to do some exclusive live-recordings. We invited some good friends to join us: Maroon and Dew-Scented will share the stage with us! The concert will be the opening night of the brand-new club "Gasometer" in Vienna and the great thing is we will get you in for free!!! As of now till the 31st of August you can order your free tickets. All you have to do is head over to www.planet.tt, click "12. 9. METAL OPENING" and continue!
"Cavalera Conspiracy has been deemed an "inappropriate" band to perform with Judas Priest on their Priest Feast 2008 tour dates in Australia and New Zealand, and have thusly been forced to cancel their appearance at the previously announced tour dates in the southern Pacific.
Although Cavalera Conspiracy (featuring Max and Iggor of the legendary Sepultura) had several amazing and successful dates with their brothers in Priest throughout Eastern Europe, apparently the band has been deemed too inflammatory to open for Priest in Australia and NZ..
So, with that said, this post is an apology to the fans in the Australia and New Zealand for the cancellations. The Cavalera brothers will be back soon (..hopefully with a more reasonably priced tour...)!"
Aura Noir are about to return with undoubtedly their finest & ugliest offering yet with new album "Hades Rise". The follow-up to 2004's hit "The Merciless" is due for release on August 25th & features guest appearances by Danny Coralles (Abscess/Autopsy) & former guitarist Blasphemer. Head over to the following minisite for audio tracks, release info & more.
The tracklisting is as follows:
01. Hades Rise
02. Gaping Grave Awaits
03. Unleash The Demon
04. Pestilent Streams
05. Schitzoid Paranoid
07. Shadows Of Death
08. Iron Night/Torment Storm
09. South American Death
10. The Stalker
Check out the tracks "Gaping Grave Awaits" and "Shadows Of Death" at the bottom of Peaceville's Hades Rise page here.
Mariusz Duda, Riverside's singer and bass player, together with fellow musicians, has just finished working on his solo album, "Lunatic Soul." The release date has been set for October 13th, 2008. The album will be released on the British label Snapper Music, more specifically - Kscope, known for having released the earlier albums of Porcupine Tree, and presently producing Anathema and No-Man. In Poland on Mystic Production. On the "Lunatic Soul" album you will find 10 atmospheric tracks making up 47 minutes of music.
Mariusz Duda: "I touched upon a vital subject on this record, namely... death. What came out of this was a conceptual journey to the world beyond full of reflections on transience and all we may want to leave after we pass (if we want to leave anything). In the sphere of music, it will be intriguing. I would call those sounds oriental-alternative, not really having anything in common with progressive rock. An interesting fact is that there is no electric guitar here at all."