Swiss doom/sludge band Rorcal will release its second studio album Heliogabalus in September. The cover art will approximately look like this.
According to a press release: "Going right out of inferno, Heliogabalus is a 70 minutes song which illustrate the decadence of a roman emperor. This time Rorcal is going ways further than before, with crushing doom parts, including long hellish droning fields.
This album is scary, really aggressive, completely gloomy. Be sure, you never heard something like that, and you never will. Rorcal is doom at its best, it's like Hell on Earth. If you're looking for something really extreme, this is exactly what you need.
Released by Cal of Ror Records (Lilium Sova), in partnership with Division Records (Kehlvin, Unfold, Vancouver), this monolith will be presented in a A6 digifile, including 6 pages booklet, limited to 500 copies, hand numbered.
Only a few days after their latest tour announcement, Helloween have updated their website again with the following message:
"As many of you thought while reading the last news, the band named it´s new studio effort: 7 Sinners. It is not 100% clear who the remaining two sinners are, be sure that you´ll find out the day of the release!
At the moment, the guys are busy laying down the last tracks for the album, before long time producer Charlie Bauerfeind goes on with the mix. The guys are very enthusiastic about their "new baby", stating there is a great Helloween album to come!"
Along with the album title, here's an updated list of European tour dates, with support of Stratovarius.
You can now listen to "Star Born", the first single off Spiritual Beggars's upcoming album Return To Zero at this location.
In other news, Spiritual Beggars are also working on more live dates and recently confirmed new shows in Greece. The band's songwriter and guitarist, Michael Amott, is happy to announce the shows as follows: "Greece has always been a special place for Spiritual Beggars over the years. Some of the best fans in the world of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal without a doubt. The shows we've played in the past in Athens are memories we hold close to our hearts. Therefore it is with great excitement we can now announce two shows in Greece to kick off our Return To Zero album campaign in style!"
Knife Fight Media is proud to announce that Kamelot have formed the recording label Kamelot Media Group (KMG Recordings). Teaming up with DisManic Distribution via E1 and the brand marketing and promotions company Knife Fight Media, the premier KMG label release will be the North American debut of Kamelot's highly anticipated 9th studio album, Poetry For The Poisoned, on September 14, 2010.
The formation of KMG Recordings seems a natural progression for the group. Guitarist Thomas Youngblood states: "We are in a very unique and fast changing era for the music world; I am very excited about the new venture of KMG in North America. We have a team of experienced and passionate people working with us on this new release, which will be another step for Kamelot and our fans."
As previously reported, the guys of Demiurg will be releasing their new album Slakthus Gamleby at the end of the month. In anticipation of that new album, the band has now uploaded the full version of the brand new song "Life Is A Coma" to their MySpace player. Check it out by clicking here.
Katatonia are forced to cancel their appearance at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting in December. The band issued the following statement:
"It is with great regret that we have to cancel our gig at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting scheduled for 17 and 18th of December. Holland has lately been really good to us and we hate to disappoint our Dutch fans, but Katatonia been offered an opportunity to tour in a few places that we have never visited and played before and we simply couldn't refuse. Where these places are will be announced here soon and we promise to make it up to our fans in the low country."
Meanwhile, the festival organization has confirmed the addition of Endstille and Moonspell to the festival billing. The complete festival line-up is now shaping up as follows:
Finnish melodic black metallers Gloria Morti have uploaded a new song, called "Awakening Of A Discordant Machine". The track is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
The song is apparently one of the "highlights" of the band's new, "massively blasting killer-album" Anthems Of Annihilation. The album is slated for a July 30 release via Cyclone Empire Records. More album details are available here.
Kiske/Somerville, the rock project formed by vocalists Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween) and Amanda Somerville (Aina, Avantasia, HDK) and featuring bassist Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner), guitarists Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Allen/Lande) and Sander Gommans (ex-After Forever, HDK), drummer Martin Schmidt (ex-Atrocity/Leaves' Eyes) and keyboarder Jimmy Kresic (Voodoocircle), will release their debut album on September 24th via Frontiers Records (in the U.S. on October 12). Before the release of the album, the single "Silence" will be out on August 20th. 90 second samples of each song of the album have been uploaded to Frontiers Records website and can be streamed here.
UVTV have uploaded a full Dark Tranquillity live concert that was filmed recently at Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago, IL. The audio for the show was professionally tracked and mixed. Check out the 73 minute concert at this location.
The setlist for the show was as follows:
01. At the Point of Ignition
02. The Fatalist
03. Focus Shift
04. The Wonders At Your Feet
05. Final Resistance
06. Misery's Crown
07. Punish My Heaven
09. Shadow in Our Blood
10. The Lesser Faith
11. Dream Oblivion
13. Lost To Apathy
15. The Grandest Accusation
16. Terminus (Where Death Is Most Alive)
"Whitewater", a brand new song from US metallers 36 Crazyfists, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
"Whitewater" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Collisions And Castaways, which is scheduled for release on July 27 via Ferret Music.
Collisions And Castaways cover art] tracklist:
01. In The Midnights
04. Mercy And Grace
06. Death Renames The Light
07. Waterhaul II
09. Long Roads To Late Nights
10. The Deserter
11. Caving In Spirals
And also US sludge/stoner/doom outfit Shrinebuilder will embark a European tour at the end of the year. The tour kicks off at the beginning of November all through to the early days of December. Here are the dates:
09.11.2010 - NED, Utrecht at Tivoli
10.11.2010 - BEL, Kortrijk at De Kreun
11.11.2010 - GER, Koln at Gebauede 9
12.11.2010 - GER, Berlin at Berghain
13.11.2010 - POL, Poznan at Eskalup
14.11.2010 - GER, Leipzig at Conne Island
15.11.2010 - GER, Munich at Feierwerk
16.11.2010 - CZE, Prague at Futurum
17.11.2010 - HUN, Budapest at Durer Kert
18.11.2010 - AUT, Vienna at Arena
19.11.2010 - ITA, Ravenna at Bronson
20.11.2010 - ITA, Mezzago at Bloom
21.11.2010 - SUI, Zurich at Rote Fabrik
American progressive metal band Shadow Gallery announces that they will be embarking on a European Mini-Tour in October 2010 with support from modern rock band Maplerun. The tour is set to launch with their headlining performance on October 2nd at ProgPower Europe in Baarlo, Netherlands.
After the successful release of their sixth studio album Digital Ghosts in November 2009 via InsideOut Records, the band is set to bring their epic progressive metal music to Europe for their first tour, booked and managed by WarCry Entertainment Group.
Guitarist Gary Wehrkamp states: "Our fans in Europe have been eagerly waiting for the day that Shadow Gallery would take the stage and we are happy to finally be able to make this journey together."
Sludge metal band Kruger have announced the following European tour dates in support of their new album, For Death, Glory And The End Of The World:
October 19 - Ziegel - Zurich, Switzerland
October 20 - Passagers du Zinc - Bezançon, France
October 21 - Taverne - la Louvière, Belgium
October 22 - Pandemonium - Antwerpen, Belgium
October 23 - O13 - Tilburg, Netherlands
October 25 - Venue TBA - Sheffield, England
October 26 - The Unicorn - London, England
October 27 - 4 Ecluses - Dunkerque, France
October 29 - 6 Par 4 - Laval, France
October 30 - Biomill - Laufen, Switzerland
Pat Kavanagh, bassist of Canadian melodic death metal outfit Threat Signal has issued the following statement on the band's MySpace:
"I'm going to start this update off with the good news. We're playing a week of shows with our friends in Soilwork in August. Can't wait to play with those dudes again! Check out our MySpace for the dates. Also we'll have former Darkest Hour shredder and awesome dude Kris Norris filling in! So you definitely don't want to miss these shows.
Now you may be asking yourself "filling in?!?" yeah, onto the bad news. Here it comes again folks, there's been another casualty in TS. Adam Weber has decided to leave us. He has some personal things he needs to work out and we wish him all the best. We're still good friends and there's plenty more beers that we'll have together so no worries. I know this sucks to hear for a lot of you and I can list off a boat load of bands that have been through the same shit we've been through. Just know it sucks hard on our side too.