British melodic death metallers The Soulless, who recently changed their name from Ignominous Incarceration, are going into the studio today, December 15th, to begin recording their new album. The Soulless are heading into Outhouse Studios in Reading, England with producer John Mitchell (Architects, Funeral For A Friend, Enter A Shikari) and will be recording until midway through January, 2011.
The as-yet untitled new album is due to be released on Earache Records in April, 2011.
The Soulless frontman Andy Wardle comments: "We are all beyond excited to start this process. The last few weeks we have been relentlessly rehearsing the tracks and are very happy with our creation. We know it is going to sound even better when finished at Outhouse. Everything will be heavily documented and regular video updates will be up after each stage of recording. Artwork, an official video, album title, tours and new merch are all in the works, so this is the calm before the storm..."
Candlelight Records are proud to announce the signing of Irish Folk metal band Cruachan.
The band started recording their new album Blood on the Black Robe in November 2010. Candlelight will release the band's 6th studio album in early 2011.
In late 2008, vocalist Karen Gilligan parted ways with the band, but the remaining members decided not to replace her. On the new album they will return to their roots by creating extreme folk metal music. They recorded a 3 song demo which was only sent to a select few people.
Ill Niño is pleased to announce their return with a new US headlining tour Restore The Insanity 2011 Tour. The 26 city tour begins on January 18th and runs through February 20th! Support on the trek will come from Anew Revolution, Ekotren and Fashion Bomb. More dates will be announced soon.
Ill Niño - Restore The Insanity Tour:
Jan 18 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
Jan 19 - Rack N Roll - Riverview, MI
Jan 20 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Jan 21 - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
Jan 25 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
Jan 27 - Key Club - West Hollywood, CA
Jan 28 - Last Day Saloon - Santa Rosa, CA
Jan 29 - Feelgoods - Las Vegas, NV
Feb 01 - Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
Midwest thrashers Lazarus A.D. have released their first single, "The Ultimate Sacrifice". You can check it out over at this location.
The band's highly anticipated album, Black Rivers Flow, was recorded in July and August 2010 at Belle City Sound with Chris Djuricic and was mixed and mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Production. More album details were previously reported here.
Bassist and lead vocalist Jeff Paulick comments; "First off, I have to say we are incredibly proud of Black Rivers Flow. It's been three and a half years since we recorded our last album and we've grown a lot since then. During the writing process for Black Rivers Flow we were dealing with great personal tragedies. We found a way to draw strength from those tragedies and use it as inspiration to write what we feel is an incredibly more sound record than the last.
As I Lay Dying will hit the ground running in 2011 with a full US tour. The dates start on February 12th at the Aggie Theater in Ft. Collins, CO and wrap up March 18th in Sacramento, CA. The tour will hit cities that the band hasn't been to in years and cities the band has yet to visit. The full schedule is below. This is a great opportunity for fans to see As I Lay Dying in an intimate club-setting, which should make for some insane circle pits and stage dives.
Support on the tour will come from Winds Of Plague and After The Burial.
02/12 - Ft. Collins, CO @ The Aggie Theater
02/14 - Fargo, ND @ The Venue
02/15 - Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
02/16 - Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theater
02/17 - Green Bay, WI @ Riverside Ballroom
The new Deadlock album Bizarro World will be released on February 28th 2011 (US release date is March 16th, and February 23rd in Japan) via Lifeforce Records. The limited edition (digipak) of the album and the digital version will contain two remixes as bonus tracks.
Bizarro World cover art] tracklist:
01. Virus Jones
02. State Of Decay
03. Falling Skywards
05. You Left Me Dead
06. Brutal Romance
10. Bizarro World
11. Paranoia Extravaganza
US metallers Cynic have issued the following update on their official website:
"Dear Cynic Fans,
We're announcing a change in the band's lineup this winter. After much soul-searching and discussion, Cynic will say goodbye to bassist Robin Zielhorst and guitarist Tymon Kruidenier. This decision was reached mutually, with great respect for each other as people and the work that we've done over the past 2-3 years. The logistical challenges of maintaining a band that is half based in The Netherlands and the other half in the United States (drummer Sean Reinert and guitarist Paul Masvidal live in California), has become unworkable. The pre-production stages for Cynic's next release have just begun and it seemed like an appropriate time to define the next chapter of the band. The new Cynic release is coming in summer 2011 on the Season Of Mist label.
Can Iced Earth fans handle nearly six hours of their favorite metal band? They'll soon find out.
An intense two-minute trailer from the long-awaited live DVD extravaganza Festivals of the Wicked has just been posted to the Iced Earth website. Go check it out!
Festivals of the Wicked boasts nearly six hours of Iced Earth - three full headliner shows (over 40 live tracks!), a photo gallery shot by famed rock photographer Ross Halfin, plus a 90-minute documentary. The DVD will be released early in 2011.
"The last part of the DVD to be completed is the documentary," said Iced Earth main man Jon Schaffer. "Thousands of hours were shot and edited down to 90 minutes. It's very close to done. I have to say the footage of the band on stage is mind blowing. Those who have already seen us will love it. Those who haven't yet seen Iced Earth will be amazed by what this band can do on stage."
Kylesa have scheduled a North American headlining tour for January. Support on the trek will come from Fight Amp and (on select dates) Zoroaster and Rosetta.
Dates with Zoroaster:
01/13 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
01/14 - Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
01/15 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
01/16 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
01/19 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings
01/20 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Dates with Rosetta:
01/21 - Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Street Pub
01/22 - Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
01/23 - Kingston, ON @ Time To Laugh
01/24 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
01/25 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott
01/26 - New York, NY @ Santos Party House
01/27 - Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
01/28 - Harrisonburg, VA @ Blue Nile
01/29 - Charleston, SC @ Oasis
US Power metal act Jag Panzer are all set to release their new album The Scourge Of The Light on 28 February 2011 in Europe, 25 February 2011 in Germany, and on 8 March 2011 in the US through SPV/Steamhammer.
A short album trailer can now be watched below. More album details were reported earlier at this location.
Midnattsol has released the following band statement:
"Many of you have been wondering lately when our third album will be released. Fortunately we are now happy to announce that the release date of The Metamorphosis Melody is the 25th of March 2011. In addition to 11 brand new songs with almost an hour playtime, we have made a Limited Edition for you as well, this time with both a Bonus DVD and a Bonus track, sung by Daniel Droste (Ahab). The exact content of the DVD and the titles of the new songs will be revealed in our next news. You can already preorder the Limited Edtion - and the Normal Edition on Amazon.de.
We have some good news regarding live activities as well: Midnattsol is going to play a great deal live in 2011; you can watch us on concerts, festivals and tours. We can't wait to show you the new songs and party with you. Watch out for more information!
Napalm Records is very proud to announce that Ex Deo has joined its ranks.
The band revolving around Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono recently returned from a highly successful North American tour, presenting metal fans with the mighty force of the Roman legion. Ex Deo, whose first full length Romulus was praised by fans and critics alike, signed a worldwide recording deal with the Austrian label. The band's second offering Caligula is tentatively scheduled for a 2011 release and is bound to shake the metal scene to its core. Nothing can withstand the power of Rome!
Maurizio Iacono: "Today I'm excited to say that we have found a new home for the Roman legion of Ex Deo! We have parted ways amicably with our long time friends at Nuclear Blast for the second album of Ex Deo, we needed to separate even more the two bands of Kataklysm and Ex Deo and we now have a new vision of soldiers behind Ex Deo and we have found this after a few months of talking to different labels with Napalm Records out of Austria, I've been dealing with them with a band I work with called Alestorm and they have done a fantastic and professional job... we look forward to releasing the anticipated second album Caligula with this new powerhouse and unleashing next year one of the most defiant albums metal has seen in ages... Roma Invicta!"
Bharatayudha Part 1, the debut album from Indonesian power metal band Lord Symphony, has been released since November. Song samples are available on Amazon.
The band's debut has been described as an epic album containing 11 power tracks (with 80 minutes of playing time), featuring mostly fast/speed tracks with killer guitar riffs and fast drumkicks, rich of melodies with powerful lyrics, symphonic keyboards arrangements, high pitched and clean vocal and beautiful choir arrangements. You can hear a unique mixture of common European Power Metal style blended with Javanese traditional music elements.
The story of this conceptual album is adapted from an ancient Javanese epic story Bharatayudha, the most important part of Mahabharata story written by Empu Sedap and Empu Panuluh during year 1100 AD.
Rumors keep circulating about a forthcoming Avantasia Live-DVD and now we can confirm they are true! Early next year a double-DVD and 2-CD set will be out on Nuclear Blast Records (in Japan and East-Asia on Avalon-Marquee). The DVD is a documentary of the legendary 2008 world tour of Avantasia, when the band hit the road for the first time to write a new chapter in Metal history; traveling around the world with a giant all-star ensemble to bring The Metal Opera on stage and play on three continents within a few days, crossing the dateline and eventually playing to a total of 400,000 people within only a few weeks.
The first DVD contains a live concert with a running time of almost two hours featuring footage filmed at the headlining shows of Wacken Open Air (Germany) and Masters Of Rock (Czech Republic). On the second DVD there will be a movie "Around the world in 20 days" that gives fans the opportunity to join Avantasia backstage and take a look at the surroundings and the thrill behind the scenes that go along with an extensive undertaking such as this. The DVD-set will portray Avantasia 2008 when it all started.
So yeah, last week we all had a good chuckle at Sonisphere UK's expense when they proudly announced that, uhm, what's-the-name-again will headline on Saturday. But now the organization has revealed the first part of the line-up for Friday: The Big Four.
Yes, it's really true. Sonisphere will be bringing together Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax in the UK for the first time in history to exclusively headline the Friday night at Knebworth.
Last summer saw the live debut of The Big Four kick up a storm at several European Sonispheres, marking what was hailed as "the most significant event in the history of metal" at the time. Such was the demand that a live cinecast of the Bulgarian show saw over 130,000 people turn out to local cinemas, with reports of mosh pits breaking out in movie theatres. The recently released DVD of the event, which features all four bands collaborating on a cover of Diamond Head's "Am I Evil" as well as their individual sets, has only added fuel to the BIG 4 fire, with a frenzied demand for more performances in the countries not fortunate enough to play host last summer.