Jens Pohl, the webmaster for German metal legends Running Wild, has issued the following update: "it's been already almost four years since "the revivalry - a tribute to Running Wild" hit the light. Soon after that, its success began to grow progressively and it significantly led to the idea that a tribute album brought to a different level should come out, especially by bringing cover songs from the newer albums by Running Wild. And this time it is going to be like this!".
The second, yet-untitled tribute album will contain exclusively cover songs from "The Rivalry" (1998), "Victory" (2000), "The Brotherhood" (2002) and "Rogues En Yogue" (2005) and is scheduled to be released tentatively in fall this year. The artwork will be done by romanian graphic artist Costin Chioreanu, who worked for bands like Absu, Centinex, Demonical, Negură Bunget, Thunderstorm and many others. One of the first confirmed bands, who will be part of this album is Crystal Viper, who will record its own version of the "Libertalia" song."
Chimaira have announced more new details about their new upcoming album, entilted "The Infection". The album will be released in the spring on April 21 via Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork of the album can be viewed at this location.
Tracklist of the "The Infection":
01. The Venom Inside
02. Frozen In Time
03. Coming Alive
04. Secrets Of The Dead
05. The Disappearing Sun
06. Impending Doom
07. On Broken Glass
08. Destroy And Dominate
09. Try To Survive
10. The Heart Of It All
Zimmers Hole guitarist Jed Simon has posted the following blog on the band's MySpace page regarding the death of former guitarist Chris Stanley:
"I don't know where or how to start... other than to say we are all deeply saddened at the loss of one of our own, Chris Stanley. Chris is a Zimmers Hole alumni, he played guitar for us during the "Legion Of Flames" era, and more zany moments occurred when he was around than I care to try and remember. He has had a long battle with the many complications, and the day-to-day life battles with Cystic Fibrosis, Pneumonia (many times), a double lung transplant and the myriad of issues that arise with that. He has battled back so many times, and it just crushes our hearts that he couldn't pull through this time.
Swedish metallers Abramis Brama have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Time for a MEGA update in the "what have you been up to lately" department... First and foremost, we've got a brand new album coming out sometime in March/April this year! It will contain approximately 10-11 brand new songs. We've yet to decide on a name for the album but when we do, you'll be the first to know.
Coinciding with the release of the album we will of course do as many gigs as we can possibly fit in during the rest of the year, starting in Norway mid-March opening up for our favourite Norwegians; Black Debbath! All other confirmed gigs can be found at our website.
After the Danes and the Swedes, also the Finns were handing out their Metal Awards this weekend. Heavy metal quartet Stam1na was the big winner at this year's Finnish Metal Awards, which was held Friday night (February 13) during the Finnish Metal Expo at Kaapelitehdas in Helsinki, Finland. Members of the general public were invited to cast their votes to select the winners, which were as follows (final percentage of votes is listed next to each nominee):
01. Stam1na: "Raja" - 16.28%
02. Diablo: "Icaros"- 5.85%
03. Norther: "N" - 4.12%
04. Children Of Bodom: "Blooddrunk" - 3.87%
05. Omnium Gatherum: "The Redshift" - 3.81%
Drone have posted a new song "Grow A Storm" from the upcoming "Juggernaut" album on their MySpace. Another song of that album, called "Boneless", is featured as the band's new video clip. "Juggernaut" will be released in April.
Queensrÿche envisions war through the eyes of a soldier with the band's twelfth studio release, the epic concept album "American Soldier". The ambitious album encompasses a dozen songs inspired by numerous interviews with veterans conducted by Geoff Tate, the group's singer and chief songwriter, who was intent on telling their story using their words. After speaking with soldiers who served in various conflicts - from World War II to Iraq - Tate turned their firsthand experiences from the frontlines into an unflinching musical examination of the life of a soldier and the consequences of war. "American Soldier" will be available from Atco/Rhino on March 31 for a suggested list price of $18.98 (CD) and $9.99 (digital).
Canadian technical progressive death metal band Quo Vadis will embark on a European tour entitled, "...but who prays for Satan?" in April 2009. The band will travel through Turkey, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia and France:
April 04th 2009 - Turkey - Istanbul
April 05th 2009 - Romania - TBC @ TBC (with Taine, Warganism)
April 06th 2009 - Romania - Live Metal Club @ Bucharest
April 07th 2009 - Romania - Irish Music & Pub @ Cluj-Napoca
April 08th 2009 - Croatia - Kocka @ Split
April 09th 2009 - Slovenia - AKD Izbruh @ Kranj
April 10th 2009 - Croatia - Skwhat @ Sisak
April 11th 2009 - France - L'Artiste @ Golbey (with Blame)
April 12th 2009 - France - Chaulnes @ Chaulnes Metal Fest (with Sadist, The Monolith Deathcult, Destinity, Ashura, 7th Nemesis, Orakle, Hectic Patterns, Como muertos)
Lamb Of God have revealed their new video for "Set To Fail" from their fifth studio album "Wrath". The video can be viewed here.
Lamb Of God will release their fifth studio album "Wrath", on February 24th, 2009. The record will be released in North America by Epic and will be the first release with their new label Roadrunner, outside of North America. "Wrath" is produced by Josh Wilbur and was recorded in studios in New York, Virginia, and New Hampshire.
Kreator have premiered their new video "Hordes of Chaos" on MTV2. The song is the title track off the band's last album. The video can be be viewed here.
The video was shot November 2 in Berlin, Germany by director Jörn Heitmann, who filmed Kreator's "Enemy of God" and who has also worked with Rammstein. The clip depicts the band performing on a hill of bodies while "Gladiator"-style battles rage around them.
Frontman Mille Petrozza told HeadbangersBlog.com. "It's a sword and sorcery, "Conan the Barbarian," "300" kind of thing, but it's pretty brutal and I think it's fun. I really like the director and I think he did a good job. It was hard for him, but for us it was easy, because our part took only two ours. But we had to wait a lot because they had to shoot these fighting scenes the whole day. So, we worked for two hours and waited for eight."
"Slaves Of The World", the new Old Man's Child song and title track of the new album has been put online at the band's MySpace.
"Slaves Of The World" will be released in May through Century Media Records. As previously reported, the eight Old Man's Child album was recorded last fall at Studio Fredman (Gothenburg, Sweden) with Fredrik Nordström, who had previously worked with the band on their "In Defiance Of Existence" (2003) and "Vermin" (2005) albums. The nine-song album will feature Peter Wildoer (Darkane, ex-Arch Enemy, Pestilence, etc.) on drums.
Napalm Death will make their much-anticipated return to North America on April 10th headlining the Decibel Magazine and Lambgoat.com sponsored trek with Kataklysm, Toxic Holocaust, Abigail Williams, and Trap Them in the support slots.
Barney Greenway (vocals) comments: "The lineup for our North American headlining tour in April is stellar and personally I'm especially pumped to see Trap Them on the bill, as they have restored my faith in extreme music generally. Us? We'll be pushing the 'go' button again and hopefully blazing away like it's 1986 all over again - fast, faster, faster still."
Here are the dates:
4/10 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
4/11 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
"It is with sadness and grief that we must announce that our good friend and drummer Roger Landin have decided to leave Cloudscape. His descision to leave is personal and has nothing to do with Cloudscape and we are still the best of friends. We have recorded 3 albums that we are really proud of and we will miss Roger enormously both as a drummer, musician and as a part of Cloudscape. We have had a great time together that will never be forgotten. We'll wish all the best for Roger and his family in the future to come."
And the statement from Roger Landin:
"I have made an extremely hard decision. I´m leaving the great Cloudscape due to personal reasons. The band has been a big part of my life for many years, and it has been a wonderful ride. I will thank my great bandmates and of course all of you out there who have supported us over the years. Keep tuning in to this awesome band in the future. To my fellow comrades in the band: Best of luck!"