16:17 - !J.O.O.E.! Been using Windows 8 for a few hours and not sure why people fussed over it so much. Seems largely the same as 7 but with that Metro thing instead of a Start menu, which is far more useful tbh. Maybe earlier versions were bad.
I regret to say that as of today the band will be dissolving and we will be going our separate ways.
A huge thanks from the bottom of our hearts for the fans and support we have received over the course of the last 9 years. It has been an exciting and often turbulent ride, but everything must come to an end eventually.
Unfortunately, we will be unable to go on the May tour with Primal Fear, so our apologies to the people who were looking forward to hanging with us out on the road.
To our local fans, we will more than likely be playing one more Madison show sometime in the next few months, we'll keep everyone posted.
Axel Rudi Pell will release the brand new studio album called The Crest via SPV on April 26th 2010 (Germany: April 23rd 2010). It will feature 10 brand new songs which run approx. 57 min.
"This is definately our masterpiece so far, it has everything to become a real classic in the long Axel Rudi Pell history! A record packed with energy and emotions! In a few weeks we will put one complete track on this site for your listening pleasure, so stay tuned!"
Axel and the band will start their next tour in May. "We will split the tour in different sections, so the dates for May are only the first part. We will definately do more shows in the fall around October and a few summer dates as well!"
Swedish black metallers Marduk will embark on the "South American Deathmarch" tour in April.
Announced dates are as follows:
April 09 - Campo Grande, Brazil - República Music Bar
April 10 - Fortaleza, Brazil - Clube Santa Cruz
April 11 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Teatro Odisséia
April 14 - Bueno Aires, Argentina -
April 15 - Campinas, Brazil - Hammer Rock Bar
April 16 - São Paulo, Brazil - Hangar 110
April 17 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Bar Brasil
April 18 - Brasília, Brazil - Boate Capital Clube
April 19 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Bar Opinião
Italian Kolony Records will release Chain Reaction's second LP in Europe. „Cutthroat Melodies" will be out in stores in May 2010. The album will be also available through the band and label's websites and during live shows.
„Cutthroat Melodies" is a powerful album comprising of eleven energetic songs revolving around groove-thrash style.
Once again, the album was recorded and mixed by one of the best Polish rock Producers, Tomasz Zalewski, in ZED Studio in the last months of 2009.
Chain Reaction's debut, „Vicious Circle" was released by Kolony Records in March 2009
Swedish metallers Amon Amarth have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"We can finally announce that we'll be returning to North America this spring! And we're happy to bring Eluveitie and Holy Grail with us as support, plus a special co-headline show with Fear Factory in San Francisco."
Announced dates are as follows:
April 08 - Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
April 09 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom (with Fear Factory)
April 10 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
April 11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
April 12 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw
April 14 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
April 15 - Edmonton, AB - EEC
April 16 - Saskatoon, SK - The Odeon
April 17 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick
Florida death metalers Cannibal Corpse are gearing up to hit the road in the band's first headline run since the band headlined the Hot Topic stage on 2009's Rockstar Mayhem Festival. Joining Cannibal Corpse on The Evisceration Plague Tour is Skeletonwitch, Lecherous Nocturne, and 1349 on select dates.
Bassist Alex Webster comments; "We are very excited to announce our tour with 1349, Skeletonwitch, and Lecherous Nocturne. This is a killer line-up of bands that we're sure our fans will love. Prepare for an evening of pure sonic brutality!"
Apr 20 - Orlando, FL Club @ Firestone
Apr 21 - Atlanta, GA Masquerade
Apr 22 - Raleigh, NC Volume 11 Tavern
Apr 23 - Springfield, VA JAXX
Formed in 2005 in Belfast by vocalist John "Harv" Harbinson, Stormzone recorded their debut album soon after and secured a deal with UK Rock label Escape Music who released Caught In The Act in 2007 (also released by Avalon/Marquee in Japan in the same year). The album was a superb hard rock record was also essentially a "studio" band album with Harv and friends playing all instruments. The cover artwork for Caught In The Act was painted by famous fantasy artist Rodney Matthews. Rodney has also contributed the artwork for the new Stormzone album Death Dealer.
It was not until later in 2007 that the full Stormzone line-up was formed, essentially to tour in promotion of the debut album with all the musicians being from Belfast. Most had previously played in local bands except drummer Davy Bates. He was the sticks-man for legendary Belfast band Sweet Savage (immortalized when Metallica covered their "Killing Time" opus as the B side of The Unforgiven).
Tampa, Florida thrash/death metal band Generichrist have joined forces with extreme metal label Xmusickchina/AreaDeath Productions to release their new, special limited edition album entitled Minddumpster to the world later this month. The album will also feature the artwork of Florida underground artist Mark Cooper who has handled the artwork for Generichrist through the years on the band's past releases.
Minddumpster cover art] tracklist:
03. My Lovely Whore
05. Clothes Hanger Abortion
06. Sonic Casket
AreaDeath Productions has put out releases by such acts as Necrophagia, Nunslaughter, Thanatos, Rotting Corpse, Skitzo and Deceased to name just a few. The Minddumpster album features a revamped line-up led by the founder and frontman Tony Anderson (Skintomb).
Danish metallers Volbeat have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"The writing process is well under way and a title is already set:
Front man Michael Poulsen explains: "The Album title is Beyond Hell / Above Heaven (no reference to religious beliefs). The title refers to the overall theme of the album, and it continues the storyline from where Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood left off...
The album will be released in September throughout Europe. The band are very excited about the writing process, carrying the songs into both extreme metallic territory, punk variations and some very catchy stuff at the same time. On top Volbeat is bringing in various guest appearances.
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has revealed the setlist for the upcoming Rust In Peace 20th Anniversary Tour, with Exodus and Testament. Here's the update - with the least as possible "Megaman" blabla. For the full statement just go here:
"Rehearsals are all done and we are ready for pre-production next week, and then we will be heading out to start the tour. Just so you know, we are playing 10 songs from over our 25+ year careers, as well as all 9 songs off of Rust In Peace.
Next to everything on Rust In Peace, we are playing:
* Set The World Afire
* Wake Up Dead
* In My Darkest Hour
* Sweating Bullets
* Skin O' My Teeth
* Head Crusher
* A Tout Le Monde
* Symphony Of Destruction
Dubai-based promoter Center Stage Management will not be organizing any annual events in the Middle East in 2010, including the much-awaited and renowned Desert Rock Festival, held in March every year since its inception in 2004.
In a statement posted on their website, Center Stage Management announced they will not be organizing any events in the United Arab Emirates in the year 2010. The annual festivals, which include, Desert Rock, Desert Rhythm, Urban Desert & Back 2 School Festival, are postponed until further notice, in an effort to extend the reach of the company, as part of a strategic move of CSM.
Jackie Wartanian, Managing Director, explains: "This decision was not taken lightly and was well-thought-through with my team in my company's best interest. It marks the beginning of a new era for CSM, a human-sized yet international entertainment-specialized company, which I've chosen to grow beyond UAE boundaries. I have focused uniquely on the Middle East in the past 10 years, which has positioned CSM to build a credible and reputable name ; it's now time to take it to another level. We've always taken pride in producing top-quality events which is why in order to develop my company in a professional manner (to equal its standards), we will to focus on our international projects and artist management, until further notice".
Drummer Andy Green has now officially left Pagan Altar, the geographical and financial issues being a deciding factor. Andy has a young family to think of now and of course this takes priority over all things and quite rightly so.
Anyone lucky enough to see him play with Pagan Altar will know what a loss his departure will be to the band. Andy had offered to honour the forthcoming gigs that were in the pipeline before parting company but as this was the only clear period we had before the Finnish tour and the full catalogue of gigs that follow the band decided to get someone up and running ASAP. To leave it any longer would have been even more detrimental as more gigs would have to be cancelled later whilst we got someone new up to speed. Even so, the Finnish tour at the beginning of April was certainly in doubt for a time and I thought for the first time in its chequered history Pagan Altar would have to cancel!
Last week, Finnish Black metallers Horna have announced the following regarding their line-up situation:
"After more thoughts, more discussion, the feeling of shock I have right remains. Despite all, being prepared for the possibility, hoping for another way - vocalist Tapsa "Corvus" Kuusela (ex-Sear) may be gone. The spirit of the band is broken, torn and scarred. Planned gigs will be done but what remains is yet to be seen. At the moment it feels like there will be no album without Corvus, just doesn't make any sense. It is no time for hasty decisions though.
For all the gossiping sheep out there, the band is not breaking up and we do not have loads of unreleased material waiting for release. In fact, there's no material to release at all!
SEGA has announced that two-time Grammy-nominated metal act Lamb Of God are creating an exclusive song for the upcoming Iron Man 2 video game.
The new song, "Hit the Wall", is described as the perfect complement to the super-powered action found in Iron Man 2: The Videogame.
"The music of Lamb of God definitely evokes the intensity of Iron Man action, and we are very excited to have them working with us for the game," said Sean Ratcliffe, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America. "This new track will add even more atmosphere to the cinematic gaming experience that Iron Man 2 brings to the table."
"Working on a piece of music specifically for the Iron Man 2 video game was a new challenge for us, said vocalist Randy Blythe. "A few of us are real game and comic fans, so the partnership with SEGA has been really exciting. We can't wait to play the game and hear our music as Iron Man kicks ass."