09:01 - Apothecary Everything in Enslaved's discog is pretty engaging and high quality if you ask me, they're remarkably consistent. Only one of their full lengths has below an 8 on here, and even then it's a 7.9. That says a lot
08:56 - Stereolab42 The lower-rated Enslaved albums are lower-rated for a reason. Blech. They have crazy-good highs and boring-ass, sleep-inducing lows.
07:27 - Apothecary I might prefer only AOE to Monumension, but I've been listening to the latter a lot over this past weekend, and I'm thinking that may change pretty soon
In a short update on the band's website, Royal Hunt have announced they signed a record deal with Italian label Scarlet Records for the European release of the new upcoming album, entitled X. An estimated release date is set for early June 2010.
Keyboard player André Andersen said the following about the new album: "This album came out of our love for the 70´s music (tagged as Classic Rock nowadays) - from Kansas, Genesis and ELP to Uriah Heep and Deep Purple - music which was/is very adventurous while just a tad naïve at the same time (as some might say). We all are notoriously resistant to categorize it in any way, form or shape, but (if hard pressed) would go as far as saying that it's definitely much more hard rock than metal and if by "progressive" you might mean some odd time signatures here and there as well as random key changes - sure, there're tons of them here... as well as really basic, simple stuff - so go figure."
Swedish metallers Crystal Eyes have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"We've been getting a lot of questions lately about the status of Crystal Eyes so here it is: We're still alive and somewhere in the middle of the songwriting process for the 7th album. It's far too early to talk about release dates but since the speed and the Halford screams are back in the new songs it will be worth the wait.
If you want to see Crystal Eyes live don't miss the gig in Borås in Sweden on the 24th of April. We're hoping to announce some more dates soon."
The time has come for us to move on. Some of us have recently reached a new chapter in their lives, starting families, buying houses and pursuing other careers to make it all happen. Writing music, touring and leaving home for months at a time is slowly becoming impossible because of that. We all decided that it'd be best to pull the plug now and end things right.
It's hard to believe we started this band almost 10 years ago already. At first, Despised Icon was mostly just an excuse to hang out, write brutal slam riffs and play local shows once in a while. With your support, we got the opportunity to actually play music for a living, make friends around the world, be MVPs and travel to places we never even dreamed of visiting in our lifetime. Thank you all for some of the best times of our lives.
Finnish metallers Shade Empire have announced the following update:
"Shade Empire has ended co-operation with Dynamic Arts. Cooperation ran for the last two albums. Now it was time to denounce and to direct all eyes to the future. Terminating the contract took place at the end of last year but for technical reasons is informed only now. Shade Empire wishes Dynamic Arts and its bands a safe trip and all the best to meet future challenges.
Shade Empire is currently preparing for the fourth album. By whom and when is the publishing going to take place, we don't know yet. The band intends to look at all the cards safely and carefully through and be open to all potential offers (contact information can be seen at the official website). Interest, however, has already been showed also abroad..."
US Trashers Bonded By Blood have made a new track, called "Prototype: Death Machine", available for streaming online. Go to this location to check it out.
The song comes off the group's recently completed new album, Exiled To Earth, which is scheduled for release on 28th June (UK, Europe) and June 29th (US) this year via Earache Records. The album was recorded in Arizona with producer Ralph Patlan (Megadeth, U.F.O., White Wizzard).
Heidevolk have released their first video ever. The clip for the song "Nehalennia" is available for viewing below. The track comes off the band's recent album Uit Oude Grond released on Napalm Records.
US Black metal band Nachtmystium have revealed more details about their upcoming album. The new full-length, which will be entilted Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II, is set for a release on June 8th via Century Media. The disc was recorded once again with Sanford Parker (Minsk) at Volume Studios. The band has enlisted the talents of Wrest (Leviathan, Lurker Of Chalice, Twilight) to record all drum tracks as well as Will Lindsay (Wolves In The Throne Room, Middian) on bass for this new album.
There will also be a limited edition, double gatefold vinyl featuring the bonus track "Macrocosmic" and an iTunes exclusive bonus track featuring "Every Last Drop" remixed by James Plotkin (Khanate, Phantomsmasher). Artwork was done by Jimmy Hubbard and Seldon Hunt and the album features guest vocals by Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) and guitar solos by Russ Strahan (Pentagram) and Matt Johnson (Pharoh).
Valefor - the Izmir based depressive black metal one-man project of Sargathus - is set to release a new album at the end of the month. The effort is entitled Screams Of Suicide and will be available on April 26th through Rigorism Productions.
According to the official MySpace page, "this project, which includes the darkness inside human, the sense of loneliness and the feeling of death, completely adopts a depressive style from a musical angle".
Screams Of Suicide cover art] tracklist:
01. Silent Melancholy
02. Screams of Sucide
03. Lifes Belongs to Darkness
04. The Tears of Isolation
05. Death Smelling Loneliness
06. Cursed Ceremony
All over the world, media has been busy for months, reporting about the comeback of heavy metal pioneers Accept. After resting for many years, the German based musicians started to work on a new album. Mark Tornillo - formerly lead singer of TT Quick completed the heavy metal formation.
Without a doubt - this is the most important metal reunion of our days.
In 2010, 14 years later, Accept is about to release their 15th album Blood Of The Nations. The record will be pusblished worldwide by the highly respected record label Nuclear Blast.
Quotation by Gaby Hoffmann and Deville Schober - Accept Management: "We really appreciate the cooperation with Nuclear Blast. Accept finally found a powerful partner to create a big international impact. Nuclear Blast got a lot of experience and the power to push Accept into new dimensions!"
Ov Hell's debut full length, The Underworld Regime, is now streaming courtesy of MetalInjection.com. Go here to check it out in its entirety.
The album will be released on April 13th in North America by Prosthetic Records via an agreement with Indie Recordings. Prosthetic will be releasing The Underworld Regime on CD and a 12" LP picture disc, limited to 666 copies.
An e-card is available at this location.
The album was recorded at Earshot Studio with producer Herbrand Larsen and mastered at Living Room Studios by Espen Berg. Ov Hell is the black metal "super group" collaboration between Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir and King from Gorgoroth, featuring guest appearances from Frost of Satyricon, Ice Dale of Enslaved and Teloch of God Seed.
NWOBHM legends Diamond Head have confirmed a number of tour dates in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The dates coincide with both the Metal Forces Festival and Hard Rock Hell in November/December 2010. Here are the confirmed dates:
11/18 - An Cruiscin Lan - Cork, Ireland
11/19 - Fibber McGee's Rock Bar - Dublin, Ireland
11/20 - The Spring & Airbrake - Belfast, Northern Ireland
11/21 - The Spirit Store - Dundalk, Ireland
11/27 - Metal Forces Festival - Lorrach, Germany
12/03 - Hard Rock Hell Festival - Pontins, Prestatyn, North Wales