04:13 - deadone Down were originally a supergroup before they decided to make it a more permanent thing and they're a fine band. Demons and Wizards were good on their self titled one too.
03:50 - Doge of Venice Transatlantic are pretty good. Granted, they aren't metal. BUT WHATEVER.
03:01 - Maco I can't think of a good supergroup right now. :s
03:00 - no one supergroups usually imply that they will suck
02:46 - ScreamingSteelUS Supergroups do tend to be kind of bland, but I happen to love that Killer Be Killed album. That's why I'm so glad they've been touring and working on a second album. It's coming into its own as a band, no longer just a one-off.
02:36 - deadone Supergroups imply members from several famous bands getting together and often for a one-off. Off course some last a lot longer e.g. Down.
German metallers Varg have posted online a new song, "Blutaar", on their MySpace page.
The song comes off the band's forthcoming album, Blutaar, which is scheduled for release on January 22, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Blutaar cover art] tracklist:
02. Viel Feind Viel Ehr
04. Sieg oder Niedergang
08. Zeichen der Zeit
10. Alter Feind
11. Blutdienst II (Des Adlers blutge Schwingen)
US progressive power metal band, Armory, has officially announced that they are in the studio recording their second album. The album, entitled Empyrean Realms, will contain nine original songs. Compared to their debut album, The Dawn Of Enlightenment, Empyrean Realms is described by the band as having "more dynamic composing and arranging, with more colorful melodies, head-banging riffs, and progressive elements. The lyrics are also more articulate, centering on the themes of metaphysics, cosmology, and the power of human will. Cover artwork has been chosen which will enhance the cosmic scope of the album."
Empyrean Realms will be engineered by the band themselves and take place at Mystic Star Studio, based in Townsend, Massachusetts. The expected release date is mid-to-late 2010. On their official website and MySpace page Armory has posted a video compilation of the drum and guitar tracking to give fans a sneak preview of what their second album has in store.
Polish metallers FOE will release their debut album Madness in January 2010, via Let Them Come Productions.
This Polish band, once known as Alkoholika, performs an old school death kind of metal with a touch of thrash and progressive elements. The sound of the album Madness can be described as raw. One of the tracks from the album, called "Cold", has already been added to the label's profile, and can be found at this location. A picture of how the cover artwork will look like can be seen here.
We are pleased to announce that with immediate effect Germany's Blast Corpse Promotions will handle all live bookings for the European region. We feel confident that we can now leave all this side of things in the capable hands of Blast Corpse Promotions's Mike Heinemann, and very much look forward to working with him.
Anyone wanting to book Shining should contact Mike directly mike bcp-agency com. Any requests regarding European bookings that come to the band page or to Patricia's page, will be passed onto Mike, therefore please feel free to bypass us so that your enquiry can be dealt with more quickly.
A short headlining tour in March has already been booked, dates as follows:
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has issued the following long-winded and sappy update:
"I want to start with saying Merry Christmas to you all and I hope that you all have a wonderful, rewarding day. Anyway, I went to go get a Coronary Calcium Cat scan or in other words, a heart scan, and I have good news! They found one!!
All kidding aside, I had my heart scan done and my score was a mind blowing zero. This means that I have 0% plaque in my heart and my mom died from congestive heart failure, and that stuff is hereditary I hear, so I was worried.
I am so stoked about the result and I owe it to my family, band mates, and my advisors and handlers for inspiring me to get better, to be better, and to stay better. I can't tell you how much my team, even the label have really supported me and helped me understand what we can and cannot do, instead of what "I" can't do.
Gigantic Pictures will soon release "FIX", an "uncensored movie about Ministry". The film will be a documentary about the interaction with Ministry onstage and offstage their tour. Judging by the people involved and the age of the musicians, I think it might be the Filth Pig tour. The film will also feature interviews with Trent Reznor, Jonathan Davis, Maynard Keenan, Dave Navarro and many more.
You can go to http://www.fixtheministrymovie.com/ to watch a trailer. If you register, you get a free Paul Barker track for download. It's pretty good.
I wonder who directed this movie and if they have any affiliation with 13th Planet. Either way, the film looks like it might have some entertaining scenes of drunken/high debauchery.
Aussie rockers AC/DC could have to cancel a sold-out concert because their big sound poses a danger to rare birds.
Animal rights campaigners are threatening legal action if the veteran band goes ahead with a gig planned for Wels airport in Austria in May. Hans Uhl of BirdLife said birds nesting in the area at the time would be threatened by anthems such as "Highway To Hell" and "You Shook Me All Night Long". "The second biggest colony of curlews in Upper Austria and various other ground-nesting birds must not become endangered," Mr Uhl said.
The event's 80,000 tickets were sold out within hours.
Austria's Dornenreich have announced first details concerning their upcoming seventh studio album. The album will be titled Flammentriebe and the band will have recording sessions starting in July 2010.
The official wordt from Dornenreich: "Both the intense rehearsals and the compositional results of the last months are very encouraging - and we will enter the studio in July 2010 to record the new album Flammentriebe. Expect a varied, haunting and very dramatic album!"
German brutal death metallers Resurrected have issued the following update:
"Our singer Carsten Scholz is forced to sit out both Portugal shows in January due to a chronical pneumonia he caught at Mountains Of Death Festival this year. His current cure does not allow to grunt more than two or three songs in a row. Chris Mieves from Grind Inc. will step in for both shows and he's already exciteted doing that job! We hope Carsten is fit again by April as we plan to arrange a little UK tour then. We'll keep you updated!"
29.01.2010 - POR, Porto, Metal Point (with Suffochate)
30.01.2010 - POR, Lisbon, Revolver Bar (Dead Meat, Bleeding Display, Carniphicine)
French Heavy metal webzine Métal Intégral are self-releasing the new edition of the French Heavy metal anthology, Made In France 1978-2008 - Hard And Heavy.
According to the webzine, the 2008 edition will be the most complete overview of the history of French Heavy metal, covering 30 years of French-made metal. The anthology contains 120 pages, featuring more than 1000 bands. Over 250 LP's or EP vinyl, 290 7'' records and 1500 CD's and EP's are pictured and discussed.
Made In France only covers the traditional genres - heavy metal, hard rock, power metal and progressive metal from 1978 til 2008 - while there's no room for death, black, doom, thrash and nu metal. Some bands featured in the book include Resistance, Still Square, Salhem, Lonewolf, Blackrain, Ice Scream, Blaspheme, Holy Cross, Satan Jokers, Adx, Excalibur, Wolf's Gang, Mr Jack, Heavylution and many more.
Månegarm's new video for the song "Vetrarmegin" (Eng: "Winter Force") is now viewable on the world wide web. Coming off Månegarm's latest full-length album "Nattväsen" (Eng: "Night Creatures"), released in November, the clip can be watched below.
The video was filmed on site in a "Viking village" with an incredible pre-renaissance atmosphere, near the band's hometown, Norrtälje (Sweden). Månegarm states: "The Viking village, with its amazing surroundings, will fit the theme of the video just perfect!!" The video was done by Standard Film Team (Dark Funeral, Plector, Zonaria).
The 3rd full length CD, from traditional metallers Icarus Witch mysteriously entitled, Draw Down The Moon, will be released February 9th, 2010 through Cleopatra Records/Koch Distribution. The band was recently described as having a "Heavy influence of Iron Maiden combined with good old fashioned hard/rock metal production and great musicianship" by Don Jamieson, host of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show. Perhaps this assessment helped land the boys the opening slot on original Maiden crooner, Paul DiAnno's first American tour in over 15 years, commencing this January 27 in NYC.
Britain's Metal Hammer magazine recently drafted Icarus Witch for both their cover mount compilation CD as well as an interview on their feature about the explosive rise of traditional metal with the younger generation of bands, referring to the Witch as "One of the best new bands to take up the NWOTM (New Wave of Traditional Metal) standard and carry it triumphantly into the future. With such accolades, the pressure is mounting for the group to top their previous efforts, a feat which has been handily accomplished by the creation of this new album, their first since 2007's critically acclaimed, Songs For The Lost.
Be'lakor will be expanding their reach overseas with a deal recently signed with Kolony Records. The band's albums will now be purchasable in Europe rather than just in Australia with their new album Stone's Reach being released over there on the 30th November. The Italian label will print Be'lakor's CDs in Europe with the same cover artwork. Prime Cuts Music will still be the band's main label, covering their album releases back home.
A word from the band: "We're thrilled to have reached this agreement with Kolony! Thanks to the great support that we have received from our fans in Europe! Hopefully soon we will be able to come across and play some shows for you."
2010 marks 10 years in the making for Warmen - the brainchild of Children Of Bodom keyboardist Janne Wirman. The band celebrates this, as well as their latest album Japanese Hospitality, with a belated release party show on the Helsinki Metal Meeting weekend on February 18th 2010 at Dante's Highlight, Helsinki Finland. As if Warmen's third live performance ever wouldn't be enough to make this a very special event, the band vows to make the show truly a night to remember by bringing a wide variety of guests on the stage.
In other news, Spinefarm Records will release a Warmen compilation album entitled The Evil That Warmen Do in early 2010.