This is an update from Blaze Bayley to get you all up to speed on what's happening in the band:
"As already reported on our website and at blazefans.de, we are filming a live DVD at Z7 in Switzerland on 13 December 2008. The show will be the full "The Tour That Will Not Die" set with plenty of new tracks from the latest album, some old favourites and also some brand new previously unreleased tracks.
The first 500 DVD's sold through this website will be strictly limited edition double disc sets, with T-Shirt and commemorative wristband available only with this packaged, signed and numbered (in purchasing order) by the band.
The DVD will also feature extras and highlights from the warm up shows that stretch to The Big Bash. Both Dudley and Z7 are also being recorded for, not only the DVD, but a live album. Jase Edwards will once again be handling production duties. Filming will be done by Kris McManus of Animus Pictures.
Divine Heresy are hard at work on their much anticipated sophomore release, their first with Travis Neal on vocals. The group plan on hitting the studio early next year once again with acclaimed producer Logan Mader (Gojira, Cavalera Conspiracy). To tide fans over, Divine Heresy have completed work on a new video for "Bleed The Fifth," which perfectly captures the band's frenetic live energy. It made its exclusive, online debut through the Headbangers Ball Blog yesterday (16th October) and premieres on MTV2 this Saturday night. Click on this link.
Dino Cazares (guitars) further comments: "The original concept for the "Bleed The Fifth" video was just to have a stripped down, in your face performance clip that was as unrelenting as the song itself. We shot it on a green screen and all of the effects were added in post production, which was very odd considering we are jamming out in front of a blank wall not having any idea how everything was going to look.
According to Blabbermouth, Rob Zombie has reportedly set "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" as the title of the much-anticipated White Zombie four-CD/one-DVD box set, which is due for release on November 25. According to Zombie, "All I can say is boy the early shit is whacked. I haven't heard some of these songs in over twenty years. I don't know what the hell we were thinking. Everything is included on this set. Over four-and-a-half hours of music plus tons of never-before-seen videos. Five discs in all."
"Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" tracklisting:
01. Gentleman Junkie
02. King Of Souls
03. Tales From the Scarecrowman
04. Cat's Eye Resurrection
05. Pig Heaven
Los Angeles, CA's Abysmal Dawn have announced that they will join forces with Sothis for a western US tour in December, dubbed the "Endless Wintour". This Metal Maniacs sponsored tour will kick-off on December 5th in Bakersfield, CA and will round out in Hollywood, CA on December 14th. A listing of tour dates and cities can be found below with more details to be announced shortly.
Abysmal Dawn are touring in support of their newly released Relapse debut "Programmed To Consume". The band has recently lensed the first video from the album, for title-track "Programmed To Consume". The video was shot in Los Angeles, CA with director Gary Smithson (Tomahawk, High On fire, Goatwhore) and is expected to make its world premiere imminently. Still photos taken during the video shoot can be viewed now in the 'photos' section of the band's MySpace
The names of the 14 songs on "Chinese Democracy" have been revealed by the website BestBuy.com in their product catalog. Also a small image of the cover art of the ridiculously-long-awaited new Guns N' Roses album has been posted on the online catalog, have a look at it here.
The tracklist of "Chinese Democracy" appears to be as follows:
01. Chinese Democracy
02. Shackler's Revenge
04. Street Of Dreams
05. If The World
06. There Was A Time
07. Catcher N' The Rye
09. Riad N' The Bedouins
13. This I Love
According to a ChineseDemocracy.com update, it is true that the album is coming out on 23rd of November. An official announcement will be made "soon" directly from Axl. The artwork we've seen listed on bestbuy.com is the official CD cover. The tracklist is legit and this is the right order. The album will be released worldwide the same day but it might hit the stores in some areas the next day. "Street Of Dreams" is confirmed as "The Blues".
Subliminal Crusher have issued the following update:
"The new record from Subliminal Crusher called "Endvolution" will be released on November 20th through Punishment 18 Records. The album, produced by Subliminal Crusher themselves, has been recorded and mixed by HwK at HwK Industries in Spoleto (PG, Italy), except for the drum tracks, recorded at Lightless Studios (TR, Italy) by former guitarist Elvys Damiano. The record has been mastered by Göran Finnberg (In Flames, Opeth, Dimmu Borgir...) at his own studio 'The Mastering Room AB' in Göteborg (Sweden).
Tracklist will be as follows:
02. Just All I Want
05. The Visionaire Pt.1: Desert Chains/Liberation
The Gates Of Slumber will be going on a month long U.S. tour in support of the epic "Conqueror" release (and following the success of their "Trapped In The Web" video, a video in which people are finally giving props to MTV for actually playing true metal for once) with comrades Demiricous on what is being dubbed as the Conquest Of Poverty Tour. The tour flyer can be found here. Sponsored by Metal Maniacs, the trio will be hitting up pretty much the major markets within the U.S. on this pillage in the name of Crom through the mire of a crippled economy. So support true metal. The routing goes as follows:
11/9/08 Denver, CO @ Funhouse
11/10/08 Boise, ID @ The Gusto Bar w/ Cast Into Eternity (ex-Arsis)
July 9-12, 2008 - In celebration of the 20th anniversary of their legendary album, "Kings Of Metal" Manowar had attendance of over 35,000 metal warriors during the greatest 4 days of heavy metal mayhem ever.
On November 27, 2008, you can experience the excitement and exhilaration of every fan in attendance as Magic Circle Music brings you the "Magic Circle Festival Volume 2 DVD" cover]. Featuring 2 discs packed with never-before-seen footage of songs from the first six Manowar albums - including some songs that have never been performed or presented on CD or DVD before - this DVD set is truly a historic package. This is the first opportunity to get songs like "Blow Your Speakers", "Death Tone", "Pleasure Slave", "Violence and Bloodshed" and "Kingdom Come" on DVD. This DVD also includes the first-ever live performance of Manowar's epic "The Crown and the Ring".
Killswitch Engage have a new video online. According to Roadrunner Records, apparently, this video's got it all. If it's metal, it's in there. Mosh pits, beer chugging, ridiculous backstage antics, and of course, the insanely amazing performing skills of Killswitch Engage. Go here to check out their new video for "This Is Absolution". The song comes from the band's latest album "As Daylight Dies", which was already released 2 years ago.
Decapitated has issued a brief statement on the band's MySpace, including an update on singer Adrian "Covan" Kowanek, who continues to recover from the October 2007 vehicle accident that claimed the life of Decapitated drummer Vitek Kieltyka:
"For the people who are sending messages and friend requests... Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to each and every person due to the overwhelming response followed by the tragic events of last October. The friends and families of Covan and Vitek will do their best in keeping you up to date with news on Decapitated and everything pertaining to the Vitek and Covan Charity Fund. The auction and tribute shirts have been temporarily delayed - but they are still in the works and should be up and running in the near future.
Obscura New Album Title And Guest Appearances Revealed
German death metallers Obscura have set "Cosmogenesis" as the title of its upcoming album. The group recently signed with Relapse Records and has completed the recordings for its second full-length album, to be released in early 2009. "Cosmogenesis" features guest appearances from Ron Jarzombek (Watchtower, Spastic INK, Blotted Science) and Tymon Kruidenier (Cynic, Exivious). "This new album sounds very intense and brutal", the band says in a statement. Obscura will headline the Munich Deathfest on November 8 and is preparing for more touring in the New Year.
Obscura was founded in 2002 by guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer. After several lineup changes mastermind Kummerer got backed up by a new team of virtuoso musicians. Late 2007 Obscura announced drummer Hannes Grossmann (ex-Necrophagist) and fretless bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-Pestilence) as new permanent members. Early 2008 the new lineup was completed by Christian Muenzner (ex-Necrophagist) as permanent guitarist.
For more information visit http://www.myspace.com/realmofobscura or http://www.jeroenthesseling.com
Battlelore's vocalist Tomi Mykkänen has posted the following statement:
"To my great regret I need to tell you that I am not able to be part of the Finnish Fire tour this autumn due to family reasons. I will take my personal leave from performing with BLore as of today so I will miss also the three Finnish gigs (Juva, Oulu and Kuopio). The reason why I'm missing the Finnish gigs as well is quite easy; we need to have the replacement vocalist trained for the tour and what is better place to train than gigs? Replacement vocalist? Yeah, there is one and he's Harri (Witch King) from Avathar. Who would be a better replacement than other fellow Tolkien freak?!
Harri is an excellent growler with a deep, strong voice, and a great attitude for live shows. He also sings clean vocals, so he is the perfect session front man! The band will sound just as great as always! Hopefully you'll all make him feel welcomed. Maybe buy him a beer or two…
Swedish death metallers Demonical announced the following update on their Myspace mage:
"The successful festivals last weekend completed the touring cycle for "Servants Of The Unlight". Massive hails to all warriors, maniacs and witches who have shown their support during the last 16 months.
We will now fully concentrate on our second - yet untitled - full-length album which will be recorded during November and December for a release in April 2009.
We can hereby also announce the first battles for next year as we will hit Finland in April together with our fellow swedish scumbags Tyrant."
10.04 2009 Finland - Helsinki - Lepakkomies
11.04 2009 Finland - Turku - TVO
Eddie the Head, the demoniacal mascot of the British heavy metal group Iron Maiden, has made his way into the debating chamber of a Spanish town hall. Eddie's cadaverous face appears regularly at council meetings in the town of Villava, in Navarre, as part of a war of political symbols between local parties.
Basque separatist councillors insist on hanging the Basque flag on their desks during debates, upsetting other politicians at the town hall. Most dislike the idea of the Navarre region being treated as part of the Basque country.
The Socialists have responded by hanging an Iron Maiden flag on their desks. The Socialist leader, José Luis Uriz, said: "The Iron Maiden flag means a lot to me. If I have to put up with their flag, they'll have to put up with Eddie's face."
Norwegian black metallers Sworn has issued following statement:
"The songs for the next album is taking form and the plan is to enter the studio in the beginning of 2009, but we have already started on pre-productions of songs. The new material is harder, faster, darker, more grim and with the Sworn-touch that perpetuates the athmosphere from The Alleviation!"
The working title for the second album is "Bastards And Conquerors" and some songtitles for the album will include:
The Bastard, The Conqueror
Remnants of Past and Present
Summoning the Sinister
The Archaic Wraith