Tunisian progressive metallers Myrath will release their second album titled Desert Call on January 25th 2010. The album will be released in Europe on XIIIBis Records (Sony Distro) and the rest of the world by a yet to be announced prestigious American label. Mastering took place at House of Audio in Germany.
Myrath commented about the signing with XIIIBis Records as follows: "We are pleased to announce that Myrath has signed a contract with XIIIBis Records (Sony distribution) for the exclusive release in Europe of the new album Desert Call. We are extremely proud to be among the few metal bands to sign for one of the biggest labels in France (Home of artists such as Ray Charles, Alain Chamfort, Simply Red, Tears For Fears, Michael Jones, Mötley Crüe, Nine Inch Nails, Paul Personne, Status Quo, Patrick Rondat, Suicidal Tendencies, Trust and many others).
Italian power metallers Secret Sphere entered the new Authoma Studios on December 6 to begin recording their sixth album, Archetype. The band will spend two months working on the CD, which is being produced by guitarist Aldo Lonobile and Federico Pennazzato. The album will be mastered at Massive Arts Studio, while the artwork will be handled by Gustavo Savez.
Guitarist Aldo Lonobile comments: "The musical direction will keep strongly the Secret Sphere trademark, with lots of melodies, orchestration and heavy riffs and great solos. It's not a big departure from what we have done in the past, but we feel that we've integrated some new elements that enhance upon everything we've ever done, making this one of our (if not the) strongest albums to date. Some of the songtitles are "Mr. Sin", "All In A Moment" and "The Scars That You Can't See". We're ready to deliver a great album, and show you what our new members Marco Pastorino and Gabriele Ciaccia can bring to our music."
US doom metal band Apostle Of Solitude are currently wrapping up the mastering of their sophomore album. According to a press release, Last Sunrise is a doom metal masterpiece that comes across as the heaviest and most emotionally driven material that Apostle Of Solitude have crafted. In what easily surpasses the band's previous work Sincerest Misery, Last Sunrise is a soul stirring doom metal opus that is a soundtrack to the emotional and tragic circumstances that we get confronted with during these harsh times of need and desperation.
The Profound Lore version (Eyes Like Snow are releasing this in Europe) will include three exclusive hidden bonus tracks as well (these were recorded by The Gates Of Slumber/current Nachtmystium live drummer Bob Fouts). Them being "Streetside" (The Obsessed), "Mary And Child" (Born Against), and "Astro Zombies" (The Misfits).
One of the most respected metal bands in the Bay Area, Ludicra, have completed work on their anticipated follow-up to 2006's Fex Urbis Lex Orbis.
Entitled The Tenant, the new Ludicra album sees the five-piece at the height of their musical powers by delivering an album which incorporates all the best moments from Ludicra's illustrious back catalogue and incorporating a much deadlier metallic attack to the diverse sound canvas in which they harbor. With the black metal influenced blueprint Ludicra laid down with their elusive Hallow Psalms debut, along with incorporating a vicious punk vibe and adding tasteful splashes of neo-folk, the band took it to the next level with their Another Great Love Song follow-up. With Fex Urbis Lex Orbis, Ludicra had created their most progressive and musically complex album to date, an album that just recently landed in the #51 position in Decibel Magazine's special 100 Top Albums Of The Decade issue.
Salem, the legendary and most enduring Israeli Extreme Metal band in Israel's rock/metal history ever, has now officially joined the ranks of Pulverised Records.
Salem achieved international success throughout the years with their consistency in belting out albums and has remained one of the hardest working bands coming from Israel, with each new album more powerful and stronger than the previous.
Some of the highlights of their career include the Colin Richardson-produced album A Moment Of Silence that was released in 1998 and more recently, appearing on main stage at the prestigious Hellfest Festival in 2007, alongside bands such as Machine Head, Slayer, Blind Guardian, Within Temptation, etc.
Adagio are very pleased to announce they will support Kamelot on the upcoming European tour from March 25th to April 9th.
Frontman Stéphan Forté: "We've had the chance to do a couple of shows as special guests for Kamelot on their previous album tour, and it has been a truly awesome experience. Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood and the whole band are some of the nicest persons we've had the chance to work with, and their show and music are absolutely incredible, we are very much looking forward to sharing the stage with them once again!"
Mar 25, 2010 Charleroi - BE - Le Coliseum
Mar 26, 2010 Tilburg - NL - O13
Mar 27, 2010 Amsterdam - NL - Paradiso
Mar 28, 2010 London - UK - Koko
Daylight Dies have issued the following short update:
"All may have been quiet for a while on these pages, but it has not been quiet on the writing front. We are currently focused on writing new material for the next release and will be able to comment on it once we're further along. Also, keep your eyes on upcoming issues of Terrorizer Magazine, as Daylight Dies will be one of a few bands featured in an upcoming doom special."
Swedish Melancholic metallers In Mourning have set the second full-length album title as Monolith.
An approximate release date of February 2010 has been set, but a further announcement will be made on the finalised street date.
Utilising the artistic services of the celebrated introspect artist Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth, King Diamond, Amorphis, etc), this exquisite yet haunting cover artwork for Monolith is an immaculate fit to this follow-up album.
Monolith was recorded, mixed and mastered at Black Lounge Studio, Sweden (Carnal Forge, Scar Symmetry, Steel Attack, etc) once again with Scar Symmetry axe-man / engineer Jonas Kjellgren.
"Modern Day Delilah", the new video from US hard-rockers Kiss, has been made available online. The clip was shot during the band's private warm-up show at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan on September 24.
"Modern Day Delilah" comes off the band's latest album, Sonic Boom, which was released on October this year via Universal Music.
German metallers Blind Guardian have issued the following update on their official website:
"The tour section of the homepage has been updated with the first confirmed dates of the Blind Guardian World Tour 2010/2011. The tickets for the German shows will go on sale December 9th at 12:00. And for all you early buyers there is a special X-Mas deal for the German shows: a reduced price of 30 euros per ticket when you purchase them before January 10th from Metal-Tix or Eventim. A limited number of Hard-Tix for the German shows are also available.
Opening band for the tour will be Steelwing and another special guest which will be announced later.
As usual keep an eye on the tour page for new dates as they are confirmed."
US metallers Living Sacrifice have posted online a new song, "Rules Of Engagement", on their MySpace page.
"Rules Of Engagement" comes off the band's forthcoming album, The Infinite Order, which is scheduled for release on January 26, 2010 via SolidState Records.
The Infinite Order cover art] tracklist:
01. Overkill Exposure
02. Rules Of Engagement
03. Nietzsche's Madness
04. Unfit To Liv
05. The Training
06. Organized Lie
07. The Reckoning
08. Love Forgives
09. They Were One
10. God Is My Home
First bands for the Metaltown 2010 festival have been announced. Nile, Rammstein, Finntroll, Sabaton and Cynic are set to play Gothenburg, Sweden on 18-19 June 2010. Tickets are available since 5th December. More info at http://www.metaltown.se.