Dutch female-fronted Gothic rock band Nemesea are happy to announce they have their first-ever music video online. The band commented:
"We've worked very hard to make it a special one. Together with D'iMages (also known from After Forever, Ayreon and Stream Of Passion) we made this video and we are very proud to show it to the world! Click here to watch it and let us know what you think about it."
The song comes off the band's second album "In Control", which was was produced by Tony Platt (AC/DC) and Ronald Prent (Rammstein) and was released in June 2007.
According to a Blabbermouth translation, Swedish progressive rock/metal band Pain Of Salvation will release a 2DVD/2CD box set titled "Ending Themes (On The Two Deaths Of Pain Of Salvation)" cover artwork] on February 27, 2009 via InsideOut Music. The set will include the following:
DVD1: Season One
"Ending Themes" is the groundbreaking TV series that shocked a whole world (still uncertain which world) when it was first broadcasted. Thought to have been lost forever during the great war (wee bit uncertain as to which one), copies of the original tapes were found hidden under the floor boards of the Berlin Museum of Rather Contemporary Good Films after the wall came down (most likely the Iron Curtain, or possibly a Chinese one). Now, digitally restored into a massive Director's Cut never before seen on TV or anywhere else, this monumental work of cinematic art is finally available on DVD! Back to shock the world once again, this first season tells us the haunting story of five nearly young boys (wonderfully portrayed by five unknown Swedish actors), preparing themselves for an amazing journey into the unknown on which they will meet deceit, happiness, lies, Belgium, truths, love, and ultimately themselves, in a desperate pursuit of a mutual dream called Music. And as this fragile dream clashes with harsh reality, we watch them grow into five nearly young men. But what happens to a dream, when the dreamers change? Or partů? Alas, the depths of curiosity, as we stumble aching into this classic bildungsroman that is The First Death Of Pain Of Salvation.
Swedish black metallers Apostasy are recording their third full-length album, after almost three years:
"Guitarist Mattias Edin and drummer David Ekevärn have this weekend recorded all the drums for the upcoming album in the Ballerina Studios Umeå. We produce and record everything by our selves this time, so it's gonna be great. The next step will be to start recording the guitars and if everything works out smoothly the entire album will be finished in the end of January. Stay tuned for some sick studio videos and other music stuff. We guarantee all of you that this is the most brutal and technical shit we have ever made and it is nothing like anything we done before!"
Tűzmadár's new EP "Volt egy álmom..." was released online! You can download the tracks free in good quality on the band's official website. The band would like to ask everybody to spread the album so it gets to as many people as possible. The album will also be released in CD format soon, so you will be able to order it in the shop menu.
Anglo-Chilean thrash masters Criminal have revealed the cover artwork for their new album "White Hell." The piece was created by Chilean designer / tattoo artist / drummer Fran Muñoz.
"The original idea we were pursuing didn't really work out," comments vocalist/guitarist Anton Reisenegger, "so we basically decided to start from scratch. Then Fran approached us with this idea and we all really liked it, so we just went for it."
The track listing for "White Hell" is:
01. 21st Century Paranoia
02. Crime And Punishment
04. Black Light
05. The Deluge
06. Strange Ways
08. The Infidel
Cattle Decapitation are about to release their new upcoming album "The Harvest Floor" on January 20th through Metal Blade Records. An e-card for "The Harvest Floor" is available for viewing now and features the song "The Gardeners Of Eden". Check it out here. Both "The Gardeners Of Eden" and "A Body Farm" are also available for streaming online over at the band's MySpace.
Cattle Decapitation will also be touring in promotion of their fifth studio album. The release of "The Harvest Floor" will be followed up by a southern US headlining tour, entitled "Killing 'Til Oblivion Tour" tour poster], with labelmates Psyopus, Book Of Black Earth and Gigan.
"I have some good news to share: the material for the upcoming EP is about to be finished. The title will be "Eternal Sin - The Great Conquest" and deals with the supremacy of temptation, lust and other sins - the triumph over foolish and futile morals.
The EP will contain 5 songs, in the following order:
1. The Summoning
2. Worship the Beast
3. Liberation of the Chosen One
5. Eternal Sin - The Great Conquest
The cover art for this release can be found here. The release is planned for early 2009. I'll keep you updated. I'm still in search for a label, so get in touch if you are interested!"
Stryper is pleased to announce that on December 21, 2008 at 11PM (EST), song samples from the upcoming album "Murder By Pride" along with a major contest will be launched! The contest is a historic first for Stryper and will give one lucky fan the opportunity of a lifetime and become a part of Stryper history! Visit http://www.stryper.com or http://michaelsweet.com on December 21, 2008 at 11PM (EST) to access the contest details and song samples.
For contest details & song samples from "Murder By Pride", you need to enter your e-mail address at this location.
Drummer Hans Rutten of the Dutch metal/rock band The Gathering has issued the following update:
"The waiting is over. Well... almost!
We are very happy and proud to announce the release of our 9th studio album in April 2009! The album will be called "The West Pole". You probably are curious who is singing on our new record. We have found a new vocalist, and we will have two guest singers on "The West Pole".
We can imagine people are anxious to hear some of our new music. However, we will not make it to put new songs online this year. The reason is that some of our guest musicians still need to be recorded and we prefer to present only complete version of the songs. As soon as we have mixed and mastered the album we will put some tracks on the web and of course you will be informed with all possible details. We believe, after hearing the new songs, you will agree the waiting was worthwhile!
U.S. progressive metal band has posted some new details about their new upcoming DVD online. Redemption's live DVD will be titled Frozen in the Moment: Live in Atlanta. It will be released via Inside Out Records on following dates:
Germany, Austria and Switzerland: February 27, 2009
Rest of Europe: March 2, 2009
North America: March 3, 2009
The track listing consists of:
02. Bleed Me Dry
05. The Suffocating Silence
07. Fall On You
09. The Death of Faith & Reason
In addition, there will be a 12 minute video and photo tour diary set to our unreleased instrumental from the Dream Theater songwriting contest that the band wrote back in 2003. Lastly, there will be some funny outtakes which will be embarrassing to us and pretty damn funny to all of you.
*Mountain Mirrors Releases All Three CDs at Jamendo for Free Download Under Creative Commons License*
Fairhaven, MA, (December 7, 2008) - Mountain Mirrors founder Jeff Sanders has just announced that all three of the Mountain Mirrors LP's (Dreadnought, Lunar Ecstasy and the self - titled Mountain Mirrors) are now available for free download at Jamendo.Com, an influential international platform for downloading free and legal music. Speaking about this new offering Sanders states "Jamendo is awesome. It's got a great vibe... for an independent artist with almost no radio airplay or
live shows, Creative Commons is crucial. And Jamendo makes it easy for people to download (and share) music with a clear conscience."
"Anvil! The Story of Anvil" is the mockumentary-like autobiography of Canadian heavy-metal practitioners Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner, two inspirational aging rockers who are now in their mid-fifties, and still heroically following their dream. After a desultory European tour with their band Anvil, Lips and Robb decide to record a 13th album in a final attempt to fulfill their boyhead dreams of stardom.
From the Sundance Film Festival program: "At 14, Toronto school friends Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, went on to become the "demigods of Canadian metal," releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982's "Metal On Metal". The album influenced a musical generation, including Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, that went on to sell millions of records. But Anvil's career took a different path - straight to obscurity.
Queensrÿche announced the following post on their official website:
"Soon, people all over Washington state will be hearing the new tour commerical for Snoqualmie casino. The show isn't until April, but what's interesting is what the commerial reveals. Two really cool bits of information. First, the show will consist of three suites:
Suite #1: selections from "Rage For Order"
Suite #2: selections from "American Soldier"
Suite #3: selections from "Empire"
But what's even better than that is the small snippet of music embedded in the commerical itself. The song, "If I Were King", is one of the new tracks off of the upcoming album "American Solider", due out in April.
As announced on the Napalm Records website, the Scottish buccaneers have not been idle the past few weeks. Besides an occasional raid and plunder, Alestorm entered the studio to work on new material. The hard work has paid off. Pirate Christopher Bowes has already confirmed the delivery of hymns in the traditional Alestorm style: sing-along refrains, keyboard melodies, heavy guitar riffs, and a full mug of rum! All of that and much more will be found on the upcoming album "Black Sails At Midnight", which will be unleashed upon corsairs and landlubbers in the spring of 2009. Hoist the sails and polish the grapnels.