Swedish Hard Rock/Glam Rockers Crashdïet have posted a widget online, offering samples for their upcoming album Generation Wild, scheduled for an April 23rd release. You can find the widget at this location.
Generation Wild cover art] tracklist:
02. So Alive
03. Generation Wild
05. Save Her
06. Down With The Dust
07. Native Nature
09. Bound To Fall
10. Beautiful Pain
The new Crashdïet video for "Generation Wild" can be watched below. The video was produced by Marcus CF. Tinnerholm and directed by Richard Blom.
Enochian Crescent released the following press release last week already:
Six songs in 30 minutes is one way to describe NEF.VI.LIM the new album by Enochian Crescent. The other could be that this is an album loaded with fucking great diabolical Black Metal. The album shall be released worldwide in May 2010. As a preview a free, internet-only single of the song "Lyijysiipi (Wings of Lead)" is released on 23 March.
Founded in 1995 Enochian Crescent celebrate its 15 years of existence with the release of NEF.VI.LIM. This is the first recording where founding members vocalist Wrath and guitarist-vocalist Viktor along with long term drummer Bolton (member since 2001) gang up with last years recruits Tunturituuli (bass) and Vilhelm (guitars).
Rush have revealed that an album will be released in 2011 following a tour later this year.
The band have finally confirmed that they are in fact writing and recording a new album, following reports that they may instead release a series of one-off tracks or EPs, and they have also confirmed that they will be out on the road this year. Rush fansite Rushisaband reports that both Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee have been speaking to US and Canadian media about the band's plans.
Geddy spoke to Akron's 97.5 Wone earlier this week, revealing: "We're kind of looking at a kind of a 2 year plan. A little bit of writing now, getting a couple of tracks down. Playing some songs in the summertime on tour that people are not familiar with as well as bringing back a whole range of older songs. And getting quickly back into the studio again and finishing the album and see what the impact of that is."
The whole new Black Sun Aeon album Routa is now available for streaming in its entirety at this location. The whole album is available for a free listen until 6th April. The album was released on March 31. All album details here.
Folk metallers Svartby have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"We're glad to announce that Svartby enters the studio on April, 19 to record a small single of 2 brand new songs devoted to imps of Water and Fire elements. The single will be called Scum from Underwater and will include the songs "Scum from Underwater" and "Flaming Balls".
What will be waiting for you on this single? First, these are not complex, thoughtful songs as you experienced at Riv, Hugg och Bit. Scum from Underwater will deliver a pure energy of real fast and furious folk metal.
Second, you will get acquainted with two new Svartby members - Skrik (vocals, bass) and Fenrir (drums). They do big things at gigs, but you never heard them at records before.
Abysmal Dawn will begin recording the follow-up album to their Relapse debut Programmed To Consume this May at Trench Studio in Corona, CA with John Haddad (Phobia, Intronaut, Hirax). The album will be mixed by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Vital Remains, Cannibal Corpse) at his Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, FL. A fall release date is expected.
Abysmal Dawn's Charles Elliot commented on the upcoming album: "It's always great to work with John Haddad, whom we've worked with on our previous two releases. This time we thought we'd try something a little different though as far as the mix goes. After to speaking to Erik Rutan at great length we know he's the man for the job. He's a living legend and knows how real death metal should sound! Everyone in the band is really excited to be working with him and we know this is going to be our most crushing release yet. We've been hard at work demoing all the material before we enter the studio and things sound amazing already! This will be our catchiest yet most extreme and technical release to date.
Alice Cooper has revealed that he has started work on a brand new studio album. In his radio show, Alice reveals that he has started work on a new studio record - the follow up to 2008's Along Came A Spider. He says: " hasn't been recorded yet but we've got ten demos done already on it. I think it's gonna be called The Night Shift."
Heavy metallers Icarus Witch have issued the following update:
"Many people have mentioned over the last few years that they miss hearing Icarus Witch as a 2 guitar lineup with the harmonies, rhythms and dual leads intact. Our position was that we also enjoy hearing those elements but did not want to inject a new, unknown member into an equation that was already running so smoothly on stage. While on the Paul Di'Anno tour we were fortunate enough to have that 2nd guitar slot for Paul's set filled by a phenomenal talent in Pittsburgh area guitarist, Ed Skero (aka Full Metal Duffy). Performing that challenging set every night with Ed on stage proved a couple of things:
Knoxville, Tennessee's Whitechapel is pleased to release the cover art and track listing for their 3rd full-length release (second for Metal Blade), A New Era of Corruption due out June 8th via Metal Blade Records.
"The album is finally 100% complete and we couldn't be more excited. I think this record truly represents where we are as musicians at this point in our career. A New Era of Corruption is the heaviest and most aggressive material we have written to date," comments guitarist and founding member Alex Wade. "Some of you may notice that the title of the new record, A New Era of Corruption, is a line from the song "Possession" off of our last album This Is Exile. We wanted to name the CD this to bring a little flavor from This Is Exile into the new CD, as well as I think the name represents this new age of extreme metal that we are currently rising in. The album is not a concept record like This Is Exile was. It just has its own general theme and each song deals with its own topic track by track."
Within Temptation will part ways with drummer Stephen van Haestregt at the end of April. Here's the word from the band:
"We are sorry to announce that Stephen and Within Temptation will go their separate ways after the upcoming theatre tour. It isn't easy to say goodbye after all we've been through together. In this period of time many dreams have become reality for all of us and exceeded our highest expectations. Through the good and bad it has created a bond; we've had a wedding, a funeral and have seen each others kids being born and growing-up. Everything passed in a flash and we are looking back on it with a smile.
We would like to thank him and Veroniek for all the great moments, passion and devotion. We wish you the best for the future! You can still see Stephen on stage with the upcoming theatre tour and in the future with his band My Favorite Scar. If you are curious check their website or their MySpace site."
"Infernus has just returned from rehearsals in Tomas Asklund's Monolith Studio outside of Stockholm, and the work on the follow-up album to Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem Trahunt is progressing as planned. Half the new album (which is still untitled) has been recorded in pre-production form, and work on the album will continue through the year in between touring and festival appearances, with a tentative 2011 release date.
The upcoming European tour, which starts on 9. April, is Gorgoroth's first European tour since 2005 and the first tour to feature Pest since 1997, and the band is looking forward to getting back on the road again after this long absence. Infernus has also made the decision to exclusively use EVH amps from now on, and is pleased to announce that an endorsement deal has been made."
(resumes rolling around the floor, laughing hysterically until my eyes water and my gut aches)
So April 2nd is upon us and our annual April Fool's joke is over and done with. Kind of.
Now that much fretting has been done, threats hurled, legal battles (how Gorgoroth of Fire of us) challenged, contract killers allegedly hired and bribed, we'll help sort out what's true and what isn't from the smoking carnage of the day's fun fun fun.
Metalstorm.ee is now Metalstorm.net: This is completely true. It clearly says so right at the end of our web address in your browser. With the .net domain we hope to be viewed as more of the international website that Metal Storm is, rather than a localised Estonian site to those in the industry unfamiliar with our happy home.
Yup, it finally happened. The underground MetalStorm.ee switched to mainstream as fuck MetalStorm.net.
If you think "holy moly, this means the dawn of a new era," well, congratulations, you discovered the pizza truck with a giant satellite dish right in front of your window. It's been camping there for years, but whatever.
The truth is we started selling out years ago - when we turned the zine into a serious corporate business. That's right, it's all political nowadays. We've been accepting money - good money actually - to make bands like Atreyu, Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine and the likes, visible bands on MS for years now.
The full line up was announced on the 25th February, but sometimes surprises can happen! We're pleased and proud to announce that the legendary guitarist of Guns n' Roses and Velvet Revolver SLASH has just confirmed his participation at HELLFEST on Saturday 19th June along with ALICE COOPER, TWISTED SISTER, etc…
Many of you (like us to be honest!) thought that the bill was definitely closed and that there wouldn't be any more additions, but what could we do? Could we refuse to see such a legend on the festival's stage? We decided to give you this little gift which will, for sure, satisfy all the fans of hard rock.
SLASH will be accompanied by famous musicians such as Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge), Bobby Schenck (Slash's Snakepit / Aerosmith), Todd Kerns (Age Of Electric / Sin City Sinners) and Brent Fritz (Theory Of A Deadman / Alice Cooper). He will play songs from his latest solo album and classics of Guns n' Roses and Velvet Revolver.
Pretty Maids' new studio album Pandemonium will be released on May 14th in Europe, and June 8th in North America via Frontiers.
A 90 second snippet of the single "Little Drops of Heaven" is now available for streaming at this location.
Produced by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Rob Rock, Beyond Twilight), Pandemonium with its melodic approach is a definite return to the Future World/Red Hot And Heavy era of the eighties, but with an updated sound and freshness that consolidates that Pretty Maids are as strong as ever.
"I think this new record shows the band in it's finest moment", says singer Ronnie Atkins. "That's definitely our best effort in many years and the spirit in the band is higher than ever".