In support of its forthcoming studio album, AC/DC will launch its Black Ice World Tour on Oct. 28 at the Wachovia Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The 24-date North American leg of the arena jaunt is scheduled to wrap Dec. 18 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.
The worldwide trek follows closely behind the Oct. 20 release of "Black Ice," which will be sold exclusively in Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores as well as ACDC.com. AC/DC's first new single in eight years, "Rock'n'Roll Train," rockets 15-5 this week on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart.
Tickets for the North American dates will go on sale during the weekend of Sept. 20 via Ticketmaster and ACDC.com. Specific on-sale dates and ticket prices have not yet been announced.
Swedish metallers Visceral Bleeding have issued the following update:
"Due to Martin 'Germ' Bermheden's busy schedule with The Berzerker, we've decided to part ways. The decision was mutual since we need everyone in this band to put Visceral Bleeding as their first priority for things to work and Germ felt that this was no longer possible for him. We wish him the best of luck with The Berzerker and all of his other projects.
We are now looking for a new lead guitarist who has the skill, drive, energy, time and passion that is needed to be in this band. If you feel that you might be the right man for the job then send us an e-mail (info visceralbleeding com) and tell us a bit about yourself and why you would like to join this band. Please also include links to bands that you might play in, music you've recorded or videos you've posted of yourself on YouTube if you have any."
Metal Mind Productions presents the re-release of seventh studio album by Voivod - "The Outer Limits" (1993). This was the last album Voivoid recorded with their vocalist Snake until, exactly 10 years later, they released their self-titled reunion album in 2003. "The Outer Limits" features a perfect blend of past formulas with new and innovative ideas. On this album, Voivod mixed various thematic and musical elements with ease, which resulted in their most powerful, diversified, and mature release. This album is a benchmark for Voivod. Includes a cover of Pink Floyd's song, "The Nile Song" (from the album "More"). The booklet features a 3D graphic design, which can be viewed through special 3DG glasses that come along with the CD. The new digipak edition is limited to 2000 copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process, released on a golden disc.
Finnish gothic metallers Dark The Suns have parted ways with keyboardist Juha Kokkonen. According to the remaining members of the group, "Juha felt that he doesn't have enough time for band anymore. We thank Juha for the time we spent together and wish all the best for him!"
All 10 tracks from "Death Magnetic" the new Metallica album, released today, can now be streamed in their entirety. A brief message from the band reads as follows: "Take in all that is "Death Magnetic"! Listen to the entire album here."
Metallica will play two low-dough shows in Europe to celebrate the CD's release, in Berlin tonight (Friday, September 12) and London on September 15.
Santa Cruz, CA's Brain Drill are pleased to announce the addition of Ivan Munguia as the bands new bassist. Ivan has played bass for metal acts such as Carnivorous and Odious Mortem.
"I'm stoked to be playing with such high caliber musicians, in a band as crushing and talented as Brain Drill. Soon, we'll be out on the road laying waste to crowds, and delivering some sick new tunes" comments Ivan.
Brain Drill are currently hard at work rehearsing with Ivan and Joe to get them up to speed on the band's current material and plan to hit the road as soon as they can. Brain Drill are also currently hard at work on new tracks for the follow up to their devastating debut "Apocalyptic Feasting".
Finish metal band Children Of Bodom have posted their newest video "Smile Pretty For The Devil" online. The video can be watched on their official MySpace site.
The video was directed by Sandra Marschner for Katapult Filmproduktion. "Smile Pretty For The Devil" is taken from Children Of Bodom's new album, "Blooddrunk", which was released in April this year.
American drone doom metallers Earth have announced the following US tour dates:
9/18 - Portland, Oregon - The Artistry
9/19 - Seattle, Washington - VERA Project
9/20 - Anacortes, Washington - Department Of Safety
9/23 - Seattle, Washington - Showbox Sodo
9/24 - Seattle, Washington - Showbox Sodo
10/11 - Providence, Rhode Island - Brown University
10/12 - Portland, Maine - Time Of Rivers Festival
10/13 - Boston, Massachusetts - Great Scott
10/14 - Brooklyn, New York - Union Pool
10/15 - Allentown, Pennsylvania- The Sterling Hotel
10/16 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - First Unitarian Church (Sanctuary) w/ Sunn O))) and Thou
10/17 - New York, New York - Columbia University
10/18 - New Haven, Connecticut - Wesleyan University
Scar Symmetry parts ways with vocalist and posted the following staement
A few months ago we decided to part ways with Christian. The reasons are mainly the clichéd "business and creative differences" and lack of interpersonal chemistry. We came to a point where the band's existence was in jeopardy because of these differences, and the only way for us to continue with an inspired state of mind was to go through with this change in the line-up.
This should come as a total surprise to most of you, though you might have wondered why no gigs/tours have been announced since the release of "Holographic Universe". The truth is, we have been offered several tours and one-off shows that everyone in the band wanted to do except for Christian. In a situation like that you get a lot of frustration and it was in everyone's best interest to go separate ways.
The Haunted will be streaming their entire new album "Versus" on their official MySpace page for one week, from September 12 through September 19. A short trailer promoting this clearly monumental event can be watched here.
"Versus" will be released through Century Media Records on the following dates:
Sweden: Wednesday, September 17
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: Friday, September 19
Spain, Portugal: Tuesday, September 23
Finland, Hungary: Wednesday, September 24
UK, France, Greece, Denmark, Norway, Rest Of Europe: Monday, September 22
North America: Tuesday, October 14
Italian blackened Thrash outfit Necrodeath have posted the following news update:
"After having collaborated in the building of "Draculea" and having been on tour around Italy and Europe during all 2006, guitarist "Pier" Gonella has definitely joined Necrodeath's line-up, now with 5 members, something new in the band so far.
In the meantime, bassist John, decided to leave the band after 10 years of hate and scorn. Soon the name of his substitute will be announced."
Drummer Marco "Peso" Pesenti commented: "It's a pleasure having Pier back to Necrodeath, this time as a stable member. His presence has already brought a fresh and bleeding energy to the band and the first compositions, in a total "old school" vein, are blooming. Stay tuned..."
Swedish melodic-death metallers Engel have entered in PUK studio in Gjerlev, Denmark with Danish producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Himsa, Sick Of It All) to begin recording its sophomore album for an early 2009 release via SPV Records.
The band has also launched a studio blog featuring photos and regular updates from the recording sessions.
Iron Fire vocalist Martin Steene has posted the following studio update:
"We have been in the studio on and off for a couple of months now, and the new album is coming along great. Vocals are almost done now and guitar solos are being recorded every day at Kirk's place. This album will sure be our most dark and aggressive so far. I have been doing a lot of re-writing on lyrics in the recording process which I never do, to get it all to fit perfect with the darker feeling of the album. But don't fear, it all still sounds like Iron Fire just with a twist of darkness. Things are sounding better then ever at this point and cant wait for the mix, witch will take place at Jailhouse studio with good old Tommy Hansen in start October.