"American Heavy Metal legend Anthrax are back and about to enter the studio. Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has issued the following update: "We're entering the studio in October to start recording. We wanted a Halloween vibe. I wanna do my drum tracks dressed like Ringo."
Furthermore, Anthrax will play their first Korean show ever, playing the Dongducheon Rock Festival."
You can read the full blog by Charlie Benante here.
Here's an update from Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante:
"We have 13 brand new Anthrax songs, we have 4 (maybe 5) B-Sides. The B Sides will be "Brain of J" - Pearl Jam, "Big Eyes" - Cheap Trick, "New Noise" - The Refused, "Running Down a Dream" - Tom Petty, and maybe an Anvil cover - "Jackhammer"? Or maybe an Alice Cooper cover - "We Die Young"?
Artillery - back in the 80's they were one of the biggest European thrash sensations on the scene characterized by intense, energetic riffing and unique vocals of Flemming Ronsdorf, somewhat reminiscent of Slayer and Megadeth from the same era. Their debut album "Fear of Tomorrow" and the follow-up "Terror Squad" have gained a legendary status, becoming some of the most thrilling thrash releases of the late 80's period.
And today Metal Mind Productions presents re-release of their third full-length album - "By Inheritance". Compared to Artillery's previous works "By Inheritance" proved to be a much more diverse and mature album. The album showcased a much more evolved band, being capable to create more sophisticated music. The album was produced by Flemming Rasmussen known from his work with Metallica and featured one of the most astounding covers in thrash history - Nazareth's "Razamanaz". New digipak edition includes 7 bonus tracks and is limited to 1000 numerated copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc. The release date is set up for 10th November 2008 in Europe and 25th November 2008 in USA (via MVD).
Finnish monster rockers Lordi have announced a pre-listening session of their upcoming album "Deadache" on the band's MySpace page. You can listen to the next songs: "Dr. Sin Is In", "Evilyn", "Man Skin Boots" and "Bite It Like A Bulldog". The new album "Deadache" will be released on 29 October via Sony BMG Records.
According to a press release, "The Nino Laurenne-produced CD, much like its predecessors, is catchy, melodic hard rock, but this time around there is a rougher edge to the music."
US Tour Dates with Lizzy Borden and Stolen Babies:
November 7 - Houston, TX @House of Blues
November 8 - Dallas, TX @House of Blues
Koen Romeijn from Detonation has issued the following update on the band's website:
We've got a really cool UK tour coming up next years' March, which will be our first trip to the UK in our new line-up!
March 13th - Tigga's Bar, Exeter
March 14th - London (TBA)
March 15th - Brighton Audio
March 16th - The Gander, Bournemouth
March 17th - The Queens, Weymouth
March 18th - Portsmouth or Bristol (TBA)
March 19th - The Star, Guildford (TBA)
Joining us (and also arranging the tour) is Bloodshot Dawn MySpace], a great and talented band from the South of the UK.
More details soon!
Work on the new album is going well in the meantime, 3 killer tracks have been finished, and sections for another 8-10 tracks are ready to be turned into the most intense stuff we've done, ever. This shit is sounding awesome!!"
Testament have recruited guitarist Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth, King Diamond) to fill in for Alex Skolnick on their upcoming Mexican tour dates with Judas Priest.
Due to Alex's prior commitment to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the band sought out Glen Drover to fill in. The band rehearsed together all week and sounds sharper than ever!
Glen Drover says, "I am really looking forward to playing these four upcoming shows in Mexico with my buddies in Testament, along with Judas Priest. We are totally going to crush!"
Guitarist Alex Skolnick commented on his (temporary) replacement: "I regret that I'll be unable to perform at Testament's upcoming shows in Mexico this month. As many know, I've been touring with Trans-Siberian Orchestra since 2000, and it's been a blessing to be a part of both projects since reuniting with Testament in '05. I respect the Testament guys' decision to accept some gigs during this period, and I'm super happy to have Glen Drover filling in for me. I recommended him personally, respect his playing and know he'll do a great job. I apologize to any Testament fans for not being able to make it this time around but we have a lot of shows lined up in 2009 so far, all of which I'm on. Thanks for understanding, and I look forward to seeing everyone all over the world with Testament in 2009!"
As part of compilation CD celebrating Century Media Record's 20th anniversary, God Forbid has recorded a cover version of the song "Master Killer" originally recorded by legendary and influential NYC Metal/Hardcore crossover band Merauder. More info about that all-cover "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" compilation here.
Here's what God Forbid guitarist Doc had to say about the track:
"Merauder was one of the first CM bands we collectively got into. Although we're a metal band, we came up in the hardcore scene, so covering Merauder really honored our roots! They were an under exposed band, so we hope to shed light to those who don't know and pay respects to the die hards who've appreciated Merauder all these years. I think people will enjoy this tribute."
Newly Century Media signed Viking metalheads Kivimetsän Druidi have just posted their epic new video online for the track "Jäässä Varttunut," which can be viewed on the band's official Myspace page by clicking here. The track is taken from their upcoming debut full-length "Shadowheart" which will see a November 25th release date in the US. Also featured on the bands Myspace page is a great behind the scenes look at the making of "Jäässä Varttunut".
Two new Gurd tracks, entitled "Your Drug Of Choice" and "Seven Starz", are available for streaming on the band's MySpace page ("Seven Starz" features a guest appearance of Schmier from Destruction).
The two songs come off the Gurd's upcoming album, entitled "Your Drug Of Choice", which is scheduled for release on January 16, 2009 through LC Records.
"Your Drug Of Choice" cover] tracklisting:
01. Your Drug Of Choice
02. Seven Starz
03. Once For All
04. Colony Collapse Disorder
05. Beneath The Sea
06. Madness Reigns
07. Nothing To Lose
09. Let Me Die In Dignity
10. Stuck In A Box
12. We Stand Up Today
13. Cold Gin
Texas-based mythological occult metal outfit Absu have announced the addition of bassist/co-vocalist Ezezu (ex-Panzram) to the group's ranks. This is the first time the band is experiencing a permanent quartet-type line up since the band's debut album "Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L".
Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor says of the latest addition, "We are very proud to welcome Ezezu as the newest member of Absu. He was the missing element we have been searching for and definitely fits in the group. We are delighted to convey our next chapter of mythological occult metal with him."
Absu has just completed the recording of their latest album, "Absu" to be released in the beginning of 2009 on Candlelight Records. The album was more or less engineered by the band, mixed by none other than J.T. Longoria at Nomad Recording Studio (King Diamond, Solitude Aeternus, etc.) and will be mastered by Proscriptor at his studio Tarot Productions.
Swedish metallers Astral Doors have issued the following studio report:
"We have started writing songs for the upcoming album which will be released mid-September 2009 on Locomotive Records. The sessions so far have been just great; it's business as usual. Our goal with all our albums has always been to create world-class hard rock and the same goes for this one: when the album is recorded, pressed and released we wanna say: Fuck, we created a monster! Stay in touch for updates and gossip from the recordings. "
Arch Enemy will release a new DVD+CD set, "Tyrants Of The Rising Sun: Live In Japan" Cover], in Europe on November 7 via Century Media. The package will include the following:
I. Main Live Show (approx. 95 minutes)
01. Intro / Blood On Your Hands
03. Taking Back My Soul
04. Dead Eyes See No Future
05. Dark Insanity
06. The Day You Died
07. Christopher Solo
09. Night Falls Fast
10. Daniel Solo
11. Burning Angel
12. Michael Amott Solo (incl. "Intermezzo Liberté")
13. Dead Bury Their Dead
15. Enemy Within
17. Shadows And Dust
19. We Will Rise
20. Fields Of Desolation / Outro