In an update issued by Nachtmystium: "We're proud to announce that we've licensed our own new EP, "Doomsday Derelicts" from our North American label, Century Media, to be released on our own in-house label Battle Kommand Records for release in North America. The CD will be at press shortly and we anticipate a release date of May 5th, 2009. This will be a limited edition release, and there will be a mail-order only version with additional items included."
Doomsday Derelicts EP
Recorded at Electrical Audio - Chicago, IL
Engineered by Sanford Parker, May, 2008
02. Life of Fire
03. Hellish Overdose
04. Pitch Black Cadence
Stream Of Passion have published the following news:
"After many years of great musical collaboration, Stream Of Passion and drummer Davy Mickers decided to part ways. Due to personal reasons, Davy took this step as he needs to devote more of his time to his family. Thus, he could not longer give Stream of Passion 100% of his energy. The band members wish him much happiness on this new journey in his life!
Stream of Passion is thrilled to present their fans with their new drummer: Martijn Peters. Martijn earned his extraordinary skills by playing and touring with bands like novAct, Backwater and Stentorian. He joined Stream of Passion just in time to play with them on the upcoming dates in support of their highly anticipated new album "The Flame Within".
Finnish metal outfit Norther has announced Aleksi Sihvonen (Medicated, ex-Imperanon) as replacement for ex-vocalist Petri Lindroos, who had left the band recently due to his commitments to Ensiferum. Norther states:
"After a hard search for a new vocalist we are honoured to announce Aleksi Sihvonen as our new lead singer. He's a creative and diverse vocalist with loads of experience. He will surely add new input to the band with his talent and variable singing styles, and most importantly: his personality fits to the band perfectly.
Besides this we have recruited, our old friend, Daniel Freyberg Naildown] as live guitarist to complete our team. We also want to thank all of you worldwide who applied for the new vocalist spot!
Mastodon will be playing at the Launchpad in Albuquerque, NM tomorrow, April 15th, as part of the MySpace's Secret Show series. If you haven't signed up as a friend of MySpace Secret Shows do so now, here. The Secret Show is a free, exclusive performance for the MySpace community. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.
An e-card for "Attitude", the new album from Norwegian metallers Susperia, can be found at this location.
The album was recorded in Norway and was mixed at Studio Fredman in Sweden and will be released later in the year via Candlelight Records. The CD features guests appearances from Chuck Billy (Testament) and Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir).
More details about the album were previously reported at this location.
Alice In Chains have posted the following band update on their MySpace:
"As most of you who have been paying attention have already figured out, the new Alice In Chains album is finally complete. We've been in the studio since October, and since it all began we celebrated 6 major holidays, elected a new President of the United States, crowned new World Series and Super Bowl champs, endured fires, earthquakes, & blackouts in and around Los Angeles, took a 2 1/2 week break to go to Australia, and to cap it all off, William & Jerry finally euthanized their beards.
This long, arduous process is complete, and although there's still a lot of work to be done, the songs are in the can and that's the most important thing. So what can I tell you when I look back on the last six months? I can tell you that the monotony of 12 to 16 hour days in the studio can be broken up by multiple costumes & hair styles, hours and hours of dice games, any sort of dialogue delivered in a heavily accentuated southern drawl, and a slew of special guests dropping by the studio.
English power metallers Power Quest have posted the following news:
"We are sorry to announce that after 10 months Bill Hudson and Power Quest have parted ways. The split was extremely amicable and was down to the fact that both parties were struggling with the logistics of Bill being based in LA and the rest of the band in Europe.
Power Quest keyboardist and founder Steve Williams commented: "Unfortunately the timescales and costs involved were too great for us to be able to manage in the current climate. We remain the very best of friends and certainly do not rule out a collaboration between myself and Bill in the not too distant future. We all wish him the very best for the future with Circle II Circle and his other projects and we look forward to him joining us on stage at ProgPower USA in Atlanta in September!"
German power metallers Domain have posted a new song, entitled "Sweeping Scars", from the upcoming album "The Chronicles Of Love, Hate And Sorrow" (Release: March 13th 2009) online for streaming over at MySpace.
UPDATE (thanks to 37592)
Another new Domain song, "Circle Of Give And Take", has been made available online at MySpace.
Agoraphobic Nosebleed's brand new full-length album "Agorapocalypse" is currently streaming in its entirety at this location.
"Agorapocalypse" will see its North American release today, April 14th, followed by an international release on Monday, April 20th (May 4th in the UK). "Agorapocalypse" will be issued on CD, a limited-edition LP packaged with a 12"x12" full color 28-page booklet, and a mailorder only long-box CD set that includes a full color poster, 4 piece pin set and an embroidered patch.
Agoraphobic Nosebleed members Kat and Richard Johnson will be performing on "Agorapocalypse"'s release date with their respective bands Salome and Drugs Of Faith in Washington, DC with Misery Index and Landmine Marathon. Complete show details can be found here.
The Liquid Tension Experiment Box Set is the ultimate souvenir of Liquid Tension Experiment's 10th Anniversary Reunion Tour. Included in this deluxe package are both the NYC and LA shows in their entirety (on both CD and DVD), as well as the Liquid Trio Experiment 2 CD and two items that are exclusive to this set and will not be available separately: Live In LA on Blu-ray Disc and a bonus CD of all of the improv jams from the other LTE 2008 shows.
According to the Ytsejam Records website, this deluxe box set is a limited edition and only available on a first come, first served basis. There will only be one pressing done and once they are gone, they are gone forever.
After Manowar's last year's live performance to break the world record for the longest heavy metal concert, Manowar are ready to make metal history again... so they say themselves:
"Manowar fans, another kickass first from the "Kings Of Metal"! Striving to please the best fans in the world, Manowar continues to make history with innovative ways for warriors from all corners of the globe to enjoy metal at its finest.
Manowar is currently recording a song from their new album in 15 (and counting...) different languages. Never before has this been attempted by any heavy metal band. Stay tuned for video clips of each version as they are recorded with an indepth look at Eric Adams' odyssey into the world of multi-lingual vocals.
Ashes You Leave have issued the following update: "As you already know, due to technical problems, the release of our new album "Songs For The Lost" is slightly delayed. While we wait for the confirmation of the new release date, we decided to make more of our new songs available for streaming."
The songs are called "The Feast", "Taints" and also "Stranded" was available for streaming online. All songs can be found here.
The following update has been posted by Borknagar guitarist Øystein Garnes Brun on the band's Myspace page:
"The title of the new Borknager album will be nothing less than: "Universal".
As the musical and lyrical approach of the album has shaped up during the production of the new album, the title "Universal" is the title that shines through and mirrors the essence of the album. "Universal" is a title that is broad enough and huge enough to project the giant character of this album, both musically and lyrically.
The production of the new album is going as planned and the album will be mixed at Toproom studios by the end of April. We can assure you that the new album will come with a massive, energic and vital production that few can match, by far the best production we have had so far. The album is planned to be released through Indie Recordings in September, later this year, an actual date will be issued later."
MTV has the exclusive on the world premier of the new video from Sacred Oath "Counting Zeros". Check it out at this location.
"Counting Zeros," also the first single from the self-titled new album, was handpicked by iTunes as their Discovery Download Pick Of The Week for April 7th, and the band quickly set upon creating a video for the song.
"I couldn't be happier," said lead singer/guitarist Rob Thorne in a written statement released by the label Angel Thorne Music. "Counting Zeros is my favorite track on the album for so many reasons, not least of which is the lyric content. A few years ago we were uncovering the corruption underneath the war in Iraq. Now we're neck deep in AIG bonuses and Bernie Madoff. 'Counting Zeros' is a call to arms."
As reported by MetalSucks, Novembers Doom have been around a long time. But with longevity comes expertise, and 20 years into their career Novembers Doom are still kicking out some of the finest death/doom opuses of their career. The band just finished recording their new album "Into Night's Requiem Infernal" with a release expected on The End Records some time this year, but we've been given an exclusive first listen of the new song "Empathy's Greed," right here, right now. Have a look for yourself and stay tuned for album release news as it becomes available. You can listen to the new track at the Novembers Doom MySpace.