Swedish metal act Månegarm have confirmed 22nd October as the release date for their new album "Nattväsen". This will be the band's very first release on Regain Records. Some tasty previews of the new album will be streamed during summer. Announced song titles include: "I Den Svartaste Jord", "Bergagasten", "Vetramegin" and "Nattväsen". Månegarm has been working on the new studio album since September last year.
"Tonight", the new video from The Answer can now be viewed at this location. The clip features never-before-seen backstage footage of the band's life on the road with AC/DC. The song appears on the band's latest album "Everyday Deamons".
A new Alestorm song, entitled "Keelhauled" has been made available at this location. The song comes off the band's upcoming album "Black Sails At Midnight", which will be released via Napalm Records on the following dates:
May 27 - Finland, Spain
May 29 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, France, Italy, Spain
Jun. 01 - Rest of Europe
Jun. 02 - USA, Canada
It will be available in normal jewelcase format with the following cover art (designed by Ingo Romling), and also as a limited-edition digipack with different artwork and a bonus DVD featuring the band's gig from the Wacken Open Air festival in 2008.
Forgotten Tomb have issued the following update regarding their recent activities:
"The new monumental double live in studio "VOL.5: 1999-2009" has been finally mastered and it's ready to enter the printing factory. This means we'll have it out and available pretty soon, like in June 2009 or so. Negotiations with the label who's gonna release it are work-in-progress too. An European release will come first, then a US release will follow shortly after. New samples from 3 songs of it are online now! Be sure to check them out and leave a comment, and spread the word!
In the meantime, the band has been confirmed for the big Italian open-air festival Agglutination XV and a few other gigs, be sure to check them out! The band is also working hard on the new full-lenght album "Under Saturn Retrograde", and it's negotiating a deal with labels to produce it and release it. The band could enter the studio again soon to record it, most probably in the end of 2009."
Cryptic Wintermoon have issued the following statement, already a couple of days ago:
"It's finally done. The recordings for our new album are finnished Outstanding are just mix and mastering.
After long discussions, we decided to release the record by ourselves, without Label. And so we need YOU to spread the news! The album will be released in September and can be ordered directly from us and chosen Mailorders which will be announced here when the record is out. With the release we do a live release party in Naila (near Hof/Germany) on September 26th together with some other great bands. Stay tuned for further news and the exact release date."
Evocation have posted a new video for the track "Tomorrow Has No Sunrise" online. The video comes from the bands latest release, "Dead Chalm Chaos". The video was directed by René U Valdes (Hardcore Superstar, Avatar etc.) fand was shot at Kvarnbyn in Gothenburg (Sweden) on the 14th of April.
Carpathian Forest guitarist/bassist Terje "Tchort" Vik Schei announced that he is leaving the band:
"Its been more than 10 years with perversion and provocation and I have seen, heard and done shit I didnt even know excisted and the past decade has been like a rollercoaster from hell! And since I got too addicted to this shit I can also announce that I am starting a brand new band and I cant wait to see unexplored depths of hell with the new stuff. I am confident that I will find a killer line up and be back to fuck you up! My deepest respect and grattitude goes to vocalist Nattefrost for letting me into his personal hell and keeping me there for a decade! I will return..."
In September begins the shooting of the movie based on the book "Lords of Chaos", written by Didrik Søderlind and Michael Moynihan.
"It is a facinating subject, a great visual world, and a funny portrait of Norway", says the producer Stuart Pollok of Saltire Entertainment who is in Cannes to sell the project. "This is a story about teens and youthful energy", says Pollok, who also says that the movie will be in the genre of psychedelic horror.
"Lords of Chaos" is going to be directed by Sion Sono from Japan. Sion has won three movie awards, at the Filmfestival in Berlin, for "Ai no mukidashi" and "Kimyô na sâkasu". The movie will be his first movie in English.
Cleveland groove metallers Chimaira have just announced a European tour alongside their old friends from Boston, Unearth, as well as California's straight-edge outfit Throwdown. After a highly successful US tour supporting the likes of Killswitch Engage and Disturbed, Chimaira are finally going to hit Europe and spread the infection!
Commented Chimaira singer Mark Hunter: "We're very excited to get back to Europe and headline. We'll be playing a bunch of new countries we've never been to, including Russia. We plan to play a great mixture of old and new songs, and we're bringing some of the best bands our genre has to offer with us."
Here are the European tour dates featuring Chimaira, Unearth, Throwdown, and Dååth:
The two recently departed band members, Hupogrammos and Sol Faur issued the following statement today:
"This statement is signed by Sol Faur and myself (Hupogrammos). Our aim is to shed light on the recent developments in relation to Negura Bunget. We also want to prevent further abuse of the name Negura Bunget and our past activities. Our decision should be well understood and fans and media have a right to be correctly informed of the current development. We owe this to the public and Negura Bunget itself. There is no intention to turn this into a personal issue between us and our former drummer Negru. We do not wish to create a public scandal, but a line has been crossed and it is time now to stand up and fight for what we believe in.
Festival organisers for the Download Festival at Donington Park have today announced that all camping tickets have now officially SOLD OUT.
This includes all RIP Park Farm packages, including Tipis and Shacks. In addition, all combined coach travel & camping tickets have also now completely sold out. There are still a LIMITED number of the RIP "Platinum" hotel packages available.
Organisers are now urging anyone planning to attend this year's Download who haven't yet picked up their tickets to do so NOW - arena tickets for the full weekend and day tickets are still on sale but are likely to all be snapped up soon. For all tickets and packages please visit http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.
Ex-Stratovarius member Timo Tolkki's has blogged on his Myspace page about a new project, titled 'Project Strato: Return To Dreamspace' with a link to a music page for the group of the same name.
This Myspace page shed's more light on the project:
"After Tolkki's departure from Stratovarius in the late 2007 an idea was born to get the classic Dreamspace line up together for an album. As a result the summer 2009 will be spent writing and demoing songs for a late 2009 release tentatively titled as: "PROJECT STRATO:RETURN TO DREAMSPACE". This album will see Timo Tolkki handling the vocals again and the fans of the Twilight Time/Dreamspace era will surely not be disappointed."
The following announcement was posted on Lifelover's Myspace blog:
"1853 and S. have quit the band.
Our members 1853 - Additional vocals, speech, lyrics and S. - Drums (live) has left Lifelover, due to personal reasons they could no longer be a part of this sick miserable orchestra. We wish them the best in the future and would like to thank them for their time in Lifelover.
Some of their work during their time in the band:
Lyrics: Herrens Hand, En Sång Om Dig (written in co-operation with B), Besatt, Cancertid, Twitch, Mitt Annexia.
Vocals/speech: Vardagsnytt (second verse), Herrens Hand, Besatt, Mitt Annexia.
Rehearsed with the band 2007-2008 and played the drums during our first live show September 2008, and was supposed to be handling the drums on upcoming releases and live-shows.