Candlelight Records/Mnemosyne Productions today confirmed 25th of January as the European release date for After, and the 26th of January in America the new album from former Emperor vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn. Recorded during the first half of 2009, After completes the musician's planned trilogy of initial recordings. The album showcases the Norwegian icon with drummer Asgeir Mickelson (Spiral Architect), bassist Lars K. Norberg (Spiral Architect), & saxophonist Jorgen Munkeby (Shining).
"This is my first album written with 8-string guitars as basis which has been both challenging and inspiring," he comments when discussing the creative process. "I also decided early on that I wanted to mix this album with Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia) and recorded the album with that in mind. Asgeir and Lars have again delivered superb performances. I've always wanted to implement the saxophone in my music; Jorgen's contributions truly added a silver lining to the album."
Ex Deo have officially pulled out of some dates on the Ensiferum tour for visa matters beyond the band's control.
Commented Maurizio Iacono (Kataklysm): "Well the Gods are definitely not smiling on us at the moment. Some confusion happened in the visa department for a couple guys in our camp and by the time it will be solved, the tour will be too far in for us to join it and financially it would be a disaster. The good news is we will be doing the last week of shows from Chicago to New York. We're planning some Ex Deo stuff next year in America at the moment. We've lots of supporters that will be disappointed if it doesn't happen so we'll try our best to make it up next year."
It is with great regret that Slayer announces the postponement of its "Canadian Carnage" tour with Megadeth (and also featuring Machine Head and Suicide Silence) which was due to begin on November 8. In addition, the band announces the postponement of its appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," which had been set for this Wednesday, November 4. More information will be released shortly regarding the rescheduling of the Canadian dates, as well as the "Kimmel" appearance.
Slayer's Tom Araya is currently under the care of a specialist for a back injury, thought to be related to his on-stage activity, and the physician has ordered an immediate surgical procedure to take place in Texas tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.
Guns N' Roses will bring their Chinese Democracy World Tour to Canada in January 2010. The Winnipeg, Manitoba concert at the MTS Centre on January 13th is the first of thirteen Canadian concerts on the GN'R world tour, which begins in Asia on December 11th, with tour updates and announcements planned throughout 2010. Support will come from Sebastian Bach and Danko Jones.
Jan. 13 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
Jan. 16 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
Jan. 17 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Jan. 19 - Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
Jan. 20 - Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre
Jan. 24 - Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
Jan. 25 - London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
Jan. 27 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Our specialists for gothic horror, The Vision Bleak, will embark on a ten-date tour of Europe alongside Alcest in April 2010. While The Vision Bleak are credited as being an excellent live band, this is the first tour for Alcest in the group's history. Both acts will present material from their respective new albums scheduled for release in spring 2010.
Set Sail To Mystery Tour (featuring The Vision Bleak, Alcest and Fjoergyn)
01.04.2010 - DE - Berlin / K17
02.04.2010 - CZ - Prag / Exit Chmelnice
03.04.2010 - AT - Wien / Escape
04.04.2010 - IT - Lonato del Garda / Olden Live Club
05.04.2010 - DE - Würzburg / Posthalle
06.04.2010 - FR - Paris / Glazart
Pulverised Records welcomes the latest old-school thrash addition to the roster: Hungarian thrashers Morbid Carnage.
Morbid Carnage recently completed their first full-length album Night Assassins, seven tracks of raw, intense and catchy thrash metal in the worship of the 80s golden years.
The street release date for Night Assassins will be announced soon.
Pulverised Records A&R Manager Calvin states: "Morbid Carnage definitely know their thrash metal; all the necessary ingredients to make a good old-fashioned thrash song work effectively and the overall vibe on Night Assassins is just totally immense. This is a straight-forward, no-holds-barred pure onslaught of retro-thrash at its finest!"
Earache has confirmed that industrial metal pioneers Godflesh will reunite for what is most likely to be a special one-off show at next year's Hellfest Open Air. Previous bands that have reunited to perform at France's most famous metal event include Carcass and Amebix.
Godflesh formed after Justin K Broadrick left Napalm Death in order to pursue a different musical direction. After 6 LPs and a number of very well received EPs, the band decided to call it quits. JKB later went on to form the currently well known shoegaze-metal band Jesu. There are currently no reports that this reunion will result in more than just a special one-off show. The Hellfest staff are expected to confirm Godflesh as part of the festival's line-up shortly.
On July 11th Magic Circle Festival IV will take place at Metalcamp 2010 in Tolmin, Slovenia. Located in the heart of Europe, only 95km from Ljubljana (Slovenia), 97km from Udine (Italy), 105km from Villach (Austria) and 240km from Zagreb (Croatia), this partnership with Metalcamp celebrates the first Magic Circle Festival outside German territory.
The show coincides with the final game of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, which will be broadcast LIVE at the event on a gigantic screen. Immediately following the game, Manowar hits the stage! The World Cup/concert combination promises to make "Magic Circle Festival at Metalcamp 2010" the greatest football-meets-metal party ever for those in attendance! In addition to Manowar, special guests include Magic Circle Music recording artists HolyHell and Metalforce. Other acts and program details to be announced soon.
Tonight we dine in HellFest. Get your tickets while they're hot!
Hellfest Open Air, set to take place June 18-20 in Clisson, France, is still a few more months away. But tickets are selling fast! Hellfest Productions are offering a special ticket price on a 3day pass. Order now via Digitick.com and save 20% on the final ticket price. Instead of €125 you'll only pay €99... if you hurry up! Tickets are limited and there are only 100 promotional tickets left. You'll go to hell if you miss it! The special offer ends on November 28th, coincidentally the same day as the new line-up announcement. Keep an eye on Metal Storm - you'll hear it here first.
Hellfest 2010 promises to kick some serious ass once again, with confirmed bands like Immortal, Twisted Sister, Suffocation, Bloodbath, Sepultura, Dark Funeral, Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Count Raven, Negură Bunget, Atheist, Kampfar and many, many more to be announced (including several special acts). Do you want to be a part of it? Get your tickets NOW, and stay tuned for more updates.
Magnus Rosén (ex-Hammerfall, ex-Jorn, X-World/5) is the new bass player of Revolution Renaissance. The band is currently writing new material for a 2010 release.
A few weeks ago, Revolution Renaissance signed a 3-album deal with Napalm Records. With their strong promotional capabilities and a separate office in the USA, the band is expecting to get much better exposure than with the Age of Aquarius album and also finally do touring.
In the meantime Revolution Renaissance also parted ways with bass player Justin Biggs and the keyboard player Michael Khalilov. According to the band: "During the recordings of Age of Aquarius it became evident to everybody that RR was not the right band for the guys. Justin is more of a thrash guy and Mike expected the music to be something totally different. Out of these reasons the decision has been made that it is better to go separate ways. Both are great guys and the remaining members Timo Tolkki, Gus Monsanto and Bruno Agra wish them well and best of luck on their musical endeavours."
Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren has issued the following statement:
"It's official: Soilwork will enter the studio in January 2010! The long-awaited follow-up to 2007's Sworn To A Great Divide will be produced by guitarist Peter Wichers and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, Bloodbath). Drums will be tracked at Echo Mountain in Asheville, NC. The rest of the recording is set to take place in Tampa, FL and the mix at Fascination Street in Orebro, Sweden.
Soilwork's as-yet-untitled eighth album will be the first to feature Peter Wichers since his return to the band in 2008, as well as the studio debut with guitarist Sylvain Coudret (Scarve) who also joined last year.
Trees Of Eternity came into being when Juha Raivio (Swallow The Sun) and Sweden based singer Aleah got together in the latter part of 2008 to work on a song for the upcoming Swallow The Sun album New Moon. The plan was to to feature Aleah's vocals on part of a song already prepared by Juha, but when they instead began to experiment with a vocal line Aleah had written for the occasion the session quickly headed off in a new direction and the project took on a life on its own.
During summer and autumn 2009 the band worked on completing the demo productions for a four song promo, now available for listening on the band's MySpace page.
01. My Requiem
02. Black Ocean
03. A Million Tears
French metallers Silent Fall (previously known as Winterland) have revealed the tracklist of their upcoming album, Otherwise. The band's debut, which was recorded at The Wildpath Studio, features the following tracklist:
01. Who Is The Fool?
02. Kill For Life
03. Haunted Sights
04. Forever And Ever
05. One Cold Winter Night
06. I Wish
07. Play With Fire
08. World Of Secrets
09. This Could Have Been
10. Tears Of Fate
11. On The Top Of The World
There will also be a bonus song called "Heroes". A special version of "Who Is The Fool?" will also be released only on the internet.
Marjolaine Bernard (Wildpath) will appear as a guest vocalist on "This Could Have Been" and a guitar solo realized by Stephan Forté (Adagio) will appear on "World Of Secrets".
In a sudden and unexpected move, multi-platinum hard rock artist Rob Zombie has inked a new worldwide deal with leading rock label Roadrunner Records through its Loud & Proud imprint.
This shocking announcement comes as Zombie exits his former label of eighteen years, where he sold fifteen million records as a solo artist and with his former band White Zombie. Zombie's new album, Hellbilly Deluxe 2, previously set for release on 11/17 will now be released by Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records in early 2010.
"It certainly wasn't an easy decision to make after all this time, but it had to be done," states Zombie. "I love this new record and wanted to surround myself with an excited new group of people who can reignite my enthusiasm for working within a hard rock record label. Roadrunner seems to be the perfect place."
The second album of Polish black metal band Kalot Enbolot will be released in Spring 2010 under the flag of Eastside Records. It will contain seven long, complex and progressive compositions - almost an hour of music. The record named Regnum Dei is concept album telling stories about medieval crusades. Musically Regnum Dei is album which joins together Nordic and Greek black metal influences with some heavy and thrash metal topics. There are a lot of various guitar works and variable vocal parts, some brutal, raw and aggressive, some epic and monumental.
Regnum Dei cover art] tracklist:
02. The Great Adversary Listen]
03. Advocati Sancti Sepulchri
04. Jerusalem The Whore
05. Children Of Judas Listen]