"Following intense and very constructive discussions, Steamhammer/SPV have announced their future collaboration with Swedish dark melodic metal act, Evergrey. The deal includes not only the group's brand-new studio album, "Torn", which will arrive at the stores at the beginning of September, but also Evergrey's complete back catalogue. Evergrey mastermind Tom S. Englund is looking forward to a productive cooperation with Steamhammer, explaining: "After long and intense negotiations, we feel that we have arrived at optimum conditions for everybody involved. We are confident that Evergrey will continue to grow artistically under the terms of this contract, that SPV will enjoy our cooperation and - this is definitely the most important aspect - that our fans will thoroughly benefit from the new deal."
"…Of Frost And War", the debut album from Hail Of Bullets, is now available for streaming in its entirety on the band's MySpace page here.
"…Of Frost And War" will be released on May 16 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy (and on May 19 in the rest of Europe) via Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded in February/March of 2008 at Excess Studios in Rotterdam, Holland and was mixed and mastered in Sweden by Dan Swanö.
Blackmore's Night will release their new album, entitled "Secret Voyage", in Germany on June 27 (in Europe on June 30 and in the USA on July 15) via SPV.
According to a SPV press release: "Secret Voyage" is another kaleidoscopic musical journey through time and space, incorporating and rearranging traditional melodies from all over Europe, blending the "old" and contemporary. The brilliant guitar styling´s of Ritchie Blackmore, the enchanting vocals and lyrics of singer/songwriter Candice Night and the saturation of authentic Renaissance instruments woven throughout the melodies, create a unique style of music they call Renaissance/Folk/Rock. "Secret Voyage" consists of twelve new tracks, recorded by Candice Night, Ritchie Blackmore and their Band Of Minstrels. This musical journey is inspired by nature and incorporates acoustic and electric guitars, strings, renaissance instruments and Candice Night's ethereal voice and mystical lyrics."
"Legendary death metal band Cannibal Corpse has been busy working on the follow-up to 2006's victorious release "Kill", which saw the band hit the Billboard Top 200 chart at #170 with 6049 units scanned, #6 on Billboard's Heatseaker chart, #16 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart, #21 on Billboard's Top Hard Rock Albums chart, a coveted spot touring on 2006's Sounds of the Underground, headlining the extremely successful Metal Blade Records 25th Anniversary Tour, and multiple tours overseas and dates in Canada and South America. The new album isn't expected until the fall or winter of 08/09 so until then fans will be able to get their Cannibal fix with the bands first-ever career retrospective 3-disc DVD, Centuries of Torment The First 20 Years, due out July 2008.
Portuguese Gothic metallers Moonspell have posted a new video online, entitled "Scorpion Flower", which can be viewed at this location. The clip was shot by Ivan Colic (Type O Negative, Symphony X, Hammerfall) in Belgrade, Serbia. Colic previously worked with the band on the "Memorial" video for "Finisterra".
The track "Scorpion Flower" comes off the band's upcoming album, entitled "Night Eternal", which will be release in Europe on May 19 (in the US on June 10) via SPV/Steamhammer.
As previously announced Metal Mind Productions will release Artillery's first DVD entitled "One Foot In The Grave, The Other One In The Trash". The DVD features a fantastic gig the thrash veteran's of Artillery gave at Metalmania Festival 2008! The outstanding guitar play of brothers Stützer, charismatic Carsten Nielsen's powerful drums and the uncompromising thrash energy of Søren Adamsen's voice ruthlessly hammered their way into the hearts of the headbangers assambled on that occasion. Artillery launched a veritable blitz, bombarding their fans with a skull-breaking selection of some of the best songs from their entire discography, including great thrash metal masterpieces like 'By Inheritence' and 'Khomaniac'!
Audience and jury have decided: Gotthard´s song "Lift U Up" - which is about motivating each other in a team and reaching aims togehter - is the official song of Switzerland´s National Soccer Team for the upcoming European Championship. In a survey, run by Switzerland´s biggest newspaper "Blick", readers and national team chose the song as the winning title, Link].
Next to that, no other than German star producer Mousse T. has been responsible for the remix. In 1998, Mousse T. could celebrate a big success with the hit single "Horny", followed by numerous other hits Mousse T. has done the remixes for, such as "Sex Bomb" by Tom Jones, "Let ´s Go To Bed" by No Angels or "Is It Cos´ I'm Cool" by Emma Lanford. Concerning Mousse T. ´s latest remix for "Lift U Up", the players of the Swiss National Soccer Team prove that they are not only self-confident when it comes to kicking, but also when it comes to singing: the guys have personally sang the chorus of the track! Surely quite an unusual job for David Degen from FC Basel, Hakan Yakin and Marco Streller, who have both already played for VfB Stuttgart, Benjamin Huggel (formerly: Eintracht Frankfurt!), the keeper and audience ´s star Pascal Zuberbühler (formerly: Bayer Leverkusen) and all the other national players.
Meshuggah have announced a headlining tour of the U.K. to take place in September, full dates as follow:
Thu 04 - Brighton, Concorde 2
Fri 05 - London, LA2
Sat 06 - Newcastle, Academy
Mon 08 - Glasgow, Garage
Tue 09 - Manchester, Academy 3
Wed 10 - Sheffield, Corporation
Thu 11 - Birmingham, Academy 2
Fri 12 - Bristol, Academy
Sat 13 - Notthingham, Rock City
Tickets are priced £13 except Newcastle, Bristol and Birmingham where they are £12 (£15 in London) (subject to booking fee) and are available to buy at www.seetickets.com or 24hr cc hotline 0870 264 3333. Tickets also available at individual box offices. Doors are at 7pm and Meshuggah are onstage at 9pm. Support TBC.
The staff of Metal Storm are happy to announce that our website is now also reachable on the .eu domain. We hope that this move will allow us to be treated as a more international metal magazine and open doors for us in terms of co-operation with labels and festivals. We are proud of the Estonian origins of this webzine but we feel that having another domain will make it easier to highlight our international nature. Don't worry, the .ee address will still work and our logo isn't going to change.
From now on, besides the primary http://www.metalstorm.ee address, we can also be reached on http://www.metalstorm.eu. Staff members can also now be reached on their corresponding .eu email addresses.
Once again Metal Storm and Hellfest are glad to open a contest and give all our readers a chance to win one of the two 3-day Hellfest 2008 tickets in the drawing. All you have to do is send an e-mail to contests(at)metalstorm.ee with subject Hellfest 2008 Contest, supply your full name and address, answer the three questions and be sure that you will come to the festival if you win the contest! Submissions without the full name and duplicate submissions will be ignored. The contest will close 31 May 2008 23:59 GMT+2.
Vocalist and frontman Luke Kenny from Australian's The Berzerker have posted the following update on the band's official MySpace page:
"Firstly we'd like to say a big thanks to all the guys in New Zealand on showing us a great time. Secondly I'm very excited to tell you that we will be launching our brand new record label "Berzerker Industries" within the next few months. The first release will be our new studio album. (I can't fucking wait!). The only way you'll be able to get hold of this album is by direct mail order via Myspace and our Website. This will NOT be in stores. Also we will be holding a re-mix competition with the winner getting their re-mixed Berzerker version on our new cd. There will also be re-mixes from some of the biggest names in the gabba/speedcore scene. ROOAAGGGGHH!! I will be posting more info about all of this very soon, so stay tuned.
The news was announced a few days ago already, but here's the official word from Seasons Of Mist:
"Season of Mist is really proud to announce that a new cult band just joined the roster. Let's welcome legendary American progressive jazzy death metal band Cynic! Most of the label's team have been a fan of the band's milestone and so far only album, "Focus", so needless to say we at Season of Mist are all extremely excited about this new collaboration. Here's frontman Paul Masvidal's comment about the signing:
"We're pleased to be back in business with Season of Mist as our record company. They have tremendous enthusiasm and passion for our work. Our bottom line was a company that understood what Cynic does and believes in it 100%. We found that with SOM. We're deep in the pre-production album process now and will be headed into the studio in a couple weeks to dive even deeper and start the recordings with our talented friend Warren Riker at the engineering / mixing helm. The journey of writing this record has taken Reinert and I to new heights of exploration, straight into the heart of Cynic's soul. We're thrilled to be able to share this new work with the best fans in the world. Stay tuned."
Teutonic Thrash veterans Destruction have entered the Hansen Studio and have revealed their new album will be entitled "D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N."! The official AFM Records press release reads as follows:
"2008 - 25 years of German Thrash Metal history has elapsed, but still the unrelenting Thrash Monster that is Destruction is hungry, out there and on your trail!! The degeneration of the human race human can be delayed no longer.
Perfectly transforming this ethos into 10 destructive new Thrash hymns including blistering moments such as "Offenders Of The Throne", "Under Compulsion" or "Doomed To Devolution", this upcoming album will re-write Thrash Metal history! Meaner and more musical than ever before, the German metal originator reports back after three years without a new studio record! Sure, "Thrash Anthems" put down a marker, but that was bringing the past stingingly up to date. This is the future. Mark the 29th of August as an "Official" Thrash Metal Holiday!!!
Danish metallers As We Fight have issued the following update:
"We're sad to announce that after seven years with the band, Jason Campbell will be moving on. We'd like to wish him all the best in the future!
No shows will be cancelled!!!
We're excited to announce that our friend Esse (Numbnuts) will give us a helping hand for the shows in Denmark and Germany in May, where we furthermore will air a couple of songs from the upcoming album! See you guys on the road!"