Malevolent Creation vocalist Bret Hoffmann has posted his first music video ever with his band Down The Drain. The track is called "Back Of My Hand" and was shot by John Radice at the Tudor Lounge and The Red Eye Saloon (USA).
The band has finished recording their sophomore album "Ground Pounder", which will be released later this year.
New Black Label Society "greatest-hits" collection, "Skullage", which is due on April 21, will be released in three different configurations: stand alone CD, stand alone DVD and CD/DVD.
The tracklistings are as follows:
01. Machine Gun Man
02. Dead As Yesterday
03. All For You
04. 13 Years of Grief
05. Bleed for Me
06. Doomsday Jesus
08. Won't Find It Here
09. Suicide Messiah
10. In This River
11. Fire It Up
12. New Religion
13. Instrumental Intro (acoustic)
14. The Blessed Hellride (acoustic)
15. Spoke in the Wheel (acoustic)
16. Stillborn (acoustic)
01. All For You (from "Boozed Broozed & Broken-Boned")
The Swedish hellfire horde Demonical will embark on a 17-date European crusade in support of their new grand opus "Hellsworn" (to be released in April through Cyclone Empire). The Finnish death dealers Torture Killer and Swedish destroyers Facebreaker will join the trek making it one of the heaviest tours of 2009. These three acts will show you once and for all why the northern countries are among the top notch of creating brutal and sinister death metal.
Here are the chosen targets for the "Northern Death Blow Tour" (featuring Demonical, Torture Killer, Facebreaker)
15.05 2009 SWE - Stockholm - Kafe 44
16.05 2009 SWE - Köping - Ögir/Eldfesten Festival
17.05 2009 SWE - Gothenburg - Kreta
Polish death/black metal band Uziel have added their version of Satyricon's "K.I.N.G." to their profile on MySpace. The band is currently working on their debut album which is scheduled to be out at the end of the year.
Children Of Bodom keyboardist Janne Wirman is currently working on the fourth album from his Warmen project, tentatively due later in the year. One of the new cover songs the band is working on is Janet Jackson's "Black Cat", featuring a guest appearance by the finnish pop/rock queen Jonna Kosonen. Other guest singers scheduled to appear on the CD include Alexi Laiho and Pasi Rantanen (ex-Thunderstone).
Interviewed in January, Warmen guitarist and Janne's brother Antti Wirman revealed that the album would be heavier than the band's previous output, with more aggressive guitar riffs. There will be just two instrumental tracks, and every song has a different singer. According to Antti, the next Warmen album will be the group's strongest effort to date because it has "the best songs, best vocalists and the best sounds."
"As you all know, original bassist Rune Østerhus has only played a few shows with Tristania during the last years. Due to him not being able or motivated to tour we've been using a session musician on bass for our tours in the last couple of years (Kjell Hagen, ex-Trail Of Tears). In addition, Rune became a father last year. As a result of this, both Rune and the rest of the band agreed that it was time to find a new bass player. Tristania would like to thank Rune for the great years we had in Tristania together and we wish him all the best for the future.
At the same time, we are delighted to announce the new bass player in Tristania; Ole Vistnes. We first started to work with Ole about a year ago, and it worked out great in every way. Some of you have already seen Ole on stage with us last year. The rest of you will surely get the opportunity to do so during the upcoming tours in 2009. Ole is an amazing bassist, who has a degree in his instrument from the University in Kristiansand. He is a great guy that fits perfectly into the Tristania family. In addition, he is a skilled composer and has been heavily involved in the songwriting for the upcoming album.
French heavy metal squad Lonewolf have started pre-production of the brand new, fourth studio album. Some of the special guests that will take part in the recordings are Majk Moti (ex-Running Wild) and Jan Bünning (ex-Paragon). The yet untitled release will be recorded this summer, produced by Bart Gabriel (Crystal Viper, Metalucifer, Sabbat), and mixed & mastered by the Grammy nominated Andy La Rocque (King Diamond, Hammerfall, Evergrey) in the Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden.
Lonewolf was formed in 1992, and except several demo tapes and singles, released three studio albums that estabilished their position in the heavy metal underground. Their sound continue the classic legacy of the German heavy metal acts such as Running Wild, Grave Digger, Accept and Paragon. More information to be found at http://www.myspace.com/metalonewolf.
Finntroll have issued the following update on their website:
"You may have noticed that there aren't any shows booked for us so far, but this doesn't mean that we won't play at all this year. We just decided after the Heidenfest-tour that we will have half a year off from playing and be concentrating on writing a new and the best Finntroll-album so far, also working on the DVD is a priority.
We have now got the chance to start from a clean slate and so we will do. All gigs will be handled by ourselves for the time being, which means that if you have a festival/show/tour that you want us to play on, please be kind send your request. Every offer will be considered!
We're also announcing our first festival for this year: 6.6.2009 (FIN) Sauna Open Air, Tampere."
The new promotional video for "Robot" - from the latest Blaze Bayley album "The Man Who Would Not Die" has been made available on YouTube. The clip was directed by Kris McManus and serves as a little preview for the upcoming live Blaze Bayley DVD "Live In Z7".
Evergrey will team up with Novembre for a European tour in April 2009. Here are the dates:
April 03 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
April 04 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
April 05 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands - Boerderij
April 07 - London, UK - Underworld
April 08 - Paris, France - Nouvieau Casino
April 10 - Bergara, Spain - Sala Jam
April 11 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Caracol
April 12 - Barcelona, Spain - Mephisto
April 14 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
April 15 - Nova Gorica, Slovenia - Mostovna
April 17 - Budapest, Hungary - Diesel
April 18 - Beograd, Serbia - SKC
April 19 - Vienna, Austria - Szene
April 20 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
Metal Blade and Primordial have decided to upgrade the upcoming re-issue of "Imrama" a bit, so now there won't be a bonus CD, but a bonus DVD included. The DVD comes from the fathomless pits of singer A.A. Nemtheanga's cave and is pure gold for any Primordial lunatic since it includes a live recording from 1994 in Cork City, Ireland. The DVD also features an audio commentary by A.A. Nemtheanga talking about the early days of the band and the gig in particular.
Recorded in late 1994, "Imrama" was originally released by Cacophonous Records in the autumn of 1995, already displaying Primordial's sense for overwhelming melodies, epic drama and total commitment, wrapped in a raw sound with a much stronger black metal influence than the band shows nowadays. The re-issue comes as a CD/DVD package including the remastered album plus unreleased demos and live recordings, packaged in a precious black linen slipcase with glossy golden hot foil print, containing a six-page Digipak with the original artwork, the two discs and a 16-page booklet with new liner notes and additional photos. Mandatory for any self-respecting heathen!
Alestorm and Týr are teaming up for a co-headlining European tour in support of Alestorm's upcoming effort "Black Sails At Midnight". The dates for the UK leg of their upcoming European tour have just been announced and are as follows:
04-24 - Prestatyn, Wales - Hammerfest
04-26 - Dudley, England - JB's
04-27 - Glasgow, Scotland - Cathouse
04-28 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Studio 24
04-29 - Nottingham, England - Rock City
04-30 - Leeds, England - Rio's
05-01 - Milton Keynes, England - The Pitz
05-02 - Petersborough, England - The Park
05-03 - London, England - Underworld
The rest of the Black Sails Over Europe Tour schedule, featuring Alestorm, Týr, Heidevolk and Adorned Brood, looks as follows:
Blackguard have made a new song, called "This Round's On Me", available online for your listening pleasure. The track, which can be found on the Blackguard MySpace, comes off the band's upcoming album "Profugus Mortis", slated for a March 20 release.
Eternal Gray have uploaded two unmastered tracks from the forthcoming album "Your Gods, My Enemies". The songs are entitled "Controlled" and "Never Waits" and can be streamed at the band's MySpace page.
The Phoenix-based death/grind quintet Landmine Marathon, whose late 2008 release "Rusted Eyes Awake" continues to earn critical acclaim, has officially signed with Prosthetic Records. The band, whose three-release Level Plane Records discography has drawn frequent comparisons to Napalm Death, Carcass and Bolt Thrower, will tour throughout the spring and perform at both the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and the Los Angeles Murderfest in the coming weeks.
"We're extremely excited about signing with Prosthetic and can't wait to forge new friendships and relationships with them," says guitarist Ryan Butler. "They've been nothing but a blast to work with through the signing process, and we can't wait to see what the future holds for this partnership."