06:35 - Apothecary We'll just have to agree to disagree then, as much as I love both bands, I still consider Zeppelin and Deep Purple hard rock at the very most
06:34 - flightoficarus Big sale at Willowtip. Best band there besides Ulcerate and Gigan?
06:33 - Apothecary Doom/stoner/sludge has its roots in Sabbath, and power and speed/thrash in Priest. I'd say everything else was just bands taking those categories and then building upon them to create new ones
06:30 - deadone That doesn't preclude Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin being pioneers in heavy metal and as such considered part of the genre, even though they happily sit outside it sometimes.
06:28 - Apothecary You're probably right for NWOBHM, but I would say that was because they were mostly influenced by Priest, not Sabbath. I think those bands very much started two divergent roads in metal, but both were the unofficial "pioneers"
05:24 - deadone That's historical revisionism. Bare in mind most NWOBHM metal bands didn't do " dark, heavy." Most speed/thrash wasn't that heavy either. Indeed Sabbathian heaviness was kept alive by doom metal.
Musica Diablo will be releasing their self-titled debut album on May 28th, via SAOL/H'Art/Zebralution.
Founded in 2008 by André NM (Nitrominds) the band includes Derrick Green of Sepultura as singer. Furthermore, guitarist André Curci, drummer Edu Nicollini and bassist Ricardo Brigas top the band off. The self-titled debut album is said to "give you fine and precise high-speed thrash à la Slayer, Municipal Waste or older Sepultura". Two tracks are already uploaded on http://www.myspace.com/musicadiablo.
Musica Diablo cover art] tracklist:
01. Sweet Revenge
03. Live To Buy
05. Work Out
07. In The Name Of Greed
Behemoth and Decapitated are joining forces for a European summer campaign tour in June and July. Ex Deo will be the opening act on the trek. Bay Area thrash metallers Exodus will join the fellowship on the run through Spain and Portugal.
June 20 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
June 21 - Bilbao, Spain - Rockstar (with Exodus)
June 22 - Lisbon, Portugal - Cine Teatro (with Exodus)
June 23 - Sevilla, Spain - La Sala (with Exodus)
June 24 - Madrid, Spain - La Sala (with Exodus)
June 25 - Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra 1 (with Exodus)
June 26 - Monza, Italy - Gods Of Metal
June 28 - Zurich, Switzerland - Dynamo
June 29 - Marseilles, France - Poste à Galène
June 30 - Lyon, France - Ninkasi Kao
Lamb Of God have set June 1st as the release date for a series of anthology releases, Hourglass 1: The Underground Years, Hourglass 2: The Epic Years, and Hourglass: The Vinyl Anthology (featuring 180 gram vinyl editions of the band's six albums - Wrath, Sacrament, Ashes Of The Wake, As The Palaces Burn, New American Gospel, Burn The Priest).
Packaging details, artwork and further details coming soon.
Hourglass Volume I - The Underground Years:
01. Black Label
05. Resurrection #9
06. 11th Hour
07. The Subtle Arts Of Murder And Persuasion
08. As The Palaces Burn
09. Terror And Hubris In The House Of Frank Pollard
10. Lies Of Autumn
11. O.D.H.G.A.B.F.E .
Starting April 17th, Lacrimosa are introducing new samples of each track of the upcoming 20th anniversary album Schattenspiel. The anniversary album will feature a bunch of unreleased tracks as well as two brand new songs. The album will be in stores on May 7th. Check out the samples at this location.
Schattenspiel cover art] tracklist:
01. Seele In Not (Urversion)
02. Requiem (Urversion)
04. Schuld Und Sühne
05. Dreht Euch
06. Dem Ende Entgegen
07. Schakal (Urversion)
08. Vermächtnis Der Sonne (Urversion)
09. Copycat (Extended Version)
10. Ein Hauch Von Menschlichkeit (Late Night Remix)
12. Schönheit Straft Jedes Gefühl
13. Ein Fest Für Die Verlorenen
Burden Of Grief are set to release their new album Follow The Flames. Here are the details:
"After many weeks of quiescence we are back with a vengeance and with tons of news for you guys. Our new album Follow The Flames is completely finished and ready to take off. We have recorded 10 songs, which in our opinion are the strongest Burden Of Grief songs so far. And in addition to these songs we have recorded 8(!) coversongs for a limited-edition 2-CD version. And to put a crown on top of this, we had the honour to have some highly reputated guest-musicians singing together with Mike.
Follow The Flames cover art] tracklist:
01. Ignition (Intro)
02. Follow The Flames
03. Born In Fire
04. The Arms Of Death
After many, many delays US death metallers Necrophagia have finally finnished song writing for Deathtrip 69. Here's the latest update straight from the band:
"The new material sounds like it should have chronologically followed Season of the Dead. Consisting of very dark and heavy riffs interwoven with audio horror and inhuman vocals. Killjoy is full of praises for the new line up and says that although it's been a very long time since the band has been active it's the beginning of a rollercoater ride into horror hell. Inspiration is at an all time peak and having known guitarist Boris Randall for over 20's years makes things alot easier when it comes song writing "because we are always thinking in the same direction musically". Another element brought back to Necrophagia is lead guitar passages courtesy of Randall.
Original While Heaven Wept guitarist Tom Phillips has issued the following band statement:
"It is with deep regret that we announce the cancellation of our appearances at Metal Camp 2010 as well as the Born To Be Doomed festival in Baltimore this year. Cancelling any show is very difficult for us emotionally and spiritually... those of you who have been with us for a while know that we've even brought in stand-in musicians to make things happen in the past, but unfortunately, sometimes things simply don't work out no matter what we do.
Regarding Metal Camp, extenuating circumstances that neither the Metal Camp organization nor WHW ourselves could resolve... despite exhausting every last possibility... have resulted in WHW being cancelled from the billing for this year. Part of this can be attributed to conflicting schedules, along with truly outrageous expenses, and a few other personal matters that we'll make public when appropriate (don't worry, they're not malign). The bottom line is we hope that we'll be able to reschedule for Metal Camp 2011 (or after), and will let you know if and when this is sorted out.
Evergrey is currently busy on a new album, to be released at the end of this year. The band issued the following update:
"Been a long time since the last update but we are currently extremely deep into the songwriting and recording of the new album which should be released during the fall 2010. Do we need to tell you that it sounds good, great, fantastic... like always, right.
At the same time we are working with a lot of new people to ensure the best possibilities for a successful work for the new album. There will be more news about this soon. But there are some MAJOR changes in the world of Evergrey, and we are confident it will all be for the better.
Porcupine Tree will release a brand new live DVD/Blu Ray, entitled Anaesthetize.
Filmed in high definition and taken from two concerts given by Porcupine Tree at Tilburg, The Netherlands, at the end of the Fear of a Blank Planet tour in October 2008, this deluxe special edition includes a 130 minute concert film on both standard definition DVD and high definition Blu-Ray disc. The package also includes two audio CD's of the entire live film soundtrack, alongside a bonus track not featured in the film.
Limited to 4,000 copies with a grey cover and 1,000 copies with a red cover, the special edition comes in a beautiful cloth bound hardback book featuring concert photography of the band taken over the last few years.
Shadow Gallery have been confirmed as the headliner on Saturday, October 2nd at ProgPower Europe 2010.
Guitarist Gary Wehrkamp reports on the band's official website: "I have known Rene Janssen from ProgPower Europe a long time and am thrilled that we are going to play our debut European date at his event. The band is enthusiastic to perform in the Netherlands this coming fall. We anticipate a great time and are eager to meet so many friends from this part of the world face to face as we bring the music of Shadow Gallery to the stage"
Known as a purely studio-based band to this point, the band will play a variety of tracks from their 2009 release, Digital Ghosts, which followed long-time vocalist Michael Baker's untimely death.
Tarja Turunen has confirmed a number of new dates on her Warming Up Beneath 2010 tour - check out the itinerary below:
12 - Miskolc Ice Hall - Miskolc, Hungary
25 - Graspop Metal Meeting 2010 - Kastelsedijk, Belgium
8 - Rockweekend Festival - Söderhamn, Sweden
10 - American Beauty Car Show - Haapsalu, Estonia
15 - Masters Of Rock Festival - Vizovice, Czech Republic
23 - Kaliakra Rock Fest 2010 - Kavarna, Bulgaria
6 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany
14 - Rock Pod Kamenom - Snina, Slovakia
Tarja Turunen recently finished recording her forthcoming new album, What Lies Beneath, which is now being mixed at three different locations with three different engineers.
"The first stage will take us to London," says Turunen. "I am going to spend next couple of weeks mixing part of the album with Mr. Colin Richardson (Machine Head, Bullet For My Valentine, Slipknot) at Miloco Studios.
Season of Mist just signed the first South American band of the label's history!
"We are happy to welcome Chile's MAR DE GRISES to the roster. The band's third full-length album should be released later this year".
"We are very happy about this deal with Season of Mist", the band comments. "For a young band like Mar de Grises, it is really exciting to be part of an impressive roster with big names such as Morbid Angel, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mayhem and Cynic, among many others.
We are also proud to be the first Ibero-American band working with this company. It is an important motivation to continue composing this kind of music on the other side of the world, in Chile. This partnership with Season of Mist represents a big step for us. It is exactly what we were looking for, as it enables us to share our music with more metalheads than ever before! We are nearly done composing the new album and are about to start the recording process. We couldn't wish for a better incentive than to know we will have the best support for our upcoming campaigns. We can't wait to come back to Europe!"
Obituary vocalist John Tardy has issued the following update:
"We are enjoying some time off and it has given us a chance to finally work on some new music. Trevor Peres (guitar) was in town and we got some new Obituary songs down. Heavy as balls! Drummer Donald Tardy and I also have been working on some new TB Bloodline material... just having a blast jamming!
I am still working on this studio. It is coming along slowly, but starting to see the light at the end of tunnel. I need some carpet! Can't find anything I like! I will also try to get that webcam back up soon.
We are getting closer and closer to the start of our US Tour. It starts off in Orlando and the Club Firestone. This place is awesome and we have not played in Orlando in a long, long time so we are hoping for a killer show!"
Lacrimas Profundere have revealed their new video for the "The Letter". The song comes off the band's new upcoming album The Grandios Nowhere, which is scheduled for a European release on April 30th via Napalm Records.
Ozzy Osbourne has announced that he is to play a free show in London this July.
The Prince Of Darkness has announced that he is to play the iTunes Festival in London on 3 July at the fantastic Roundhouse. "This has all the makings of a great gig," says Ozzy. "I've never performed before at the legendary Roundhouse, and it'll be fantastic to do an intimate show there for the fans. We're also recording it, so if you can't make it to the gig, it'll be available for download on iTunes."
Tickets for the show are available only to people that win them through the iTunes Festival Facebook page at this link.