Canadian metallers Thine Eyes Bleed have issued the following update:
"Hey everyone. Lots of questions surrounding our future lately. I figured time for an update. We been on hiatus for awhile now with the exception of a show last december in honor of our late manager, Dave Lander. It s time to get the machine running again.
We've been bustin' ass writing new material. Its been difficult with all of us scattered throughout North America and not in the same city. This will all come to an end shortly. This is who we are and nothing can change that. Having so much downtime has made us all realize how much we love this band and how badly we need it. We've been demoing new material and it is the best we've done to date. It doesn't stray too far from what we've written in the past but it definitely packs a punch and is a little more mature. We cant wait to get out there and play some new shit for you all."
Polish metallers Riverside have posted online an edit version of a new song, "Egoist Hedonist", on their MySpace page.
"Egoist Hedonist" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Anno Domini High Definition", which will be released on June 15 in Poland via Mystic Production (worldwide on June 19 via InsideOut).
More details about the album were previously reported at this location.
Swedish metallers Nightrage have posted online a new song, "Shed The Blood", on their MySpace page.
"Shed The Blood" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Wearing A Martyr's Crown", which will be released on June 22 in Europe (August 4 in US) via Lifeforce Records. The CD was tracked at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Fredrik Nordström (Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy, In Flames).
"Wearing A Martyr's Crown" cover art] tracklisting:
01. Shed The Blood
02. Collision Of Fate
03. A Grim Struggle
04. Wearing A Martyr's Crown
05. Among Wolves
07. Futile Tears
08. Wounded Angels
09. Mocking Modesty
Romanian folk black metallers Negură Bunget have parted ways with long-time members Hupogrammos (vocals, guitar) and Sol Faur Spurcatu (guitar). Founding member Gabriel "Negru" Mafa issued the following update:
"This has to be one of the most difficult messages to be written. We are sorry to announce that Hupogrammos and Sol Faur have ended their journey along Negura Bunget. Our paths are now apart. We wish them all the best on their new endeavors (their new project will be announced at a later time).
Meanwhile, a new Negura Bunget line-up is assembled , which will continue the path started almost 15 years ago. Rest assure, we are keen to prove there is more to be said by this band, and we will work to fulfill our spiritual endeavor relentlessly .
Swedish hard rockers Europe have issued the short following update:
"Europe are proud to announce the upcoming release of their much-anticipated "Almost Unplugged" DVD, recorded live at Nalen in Stockholm, 2008. Presented in outstanding 5.1 DTS sound, this unique performance has been re-edited to 16.9 format for full-screen viewing. The "Almost Unplugged" DVD is due for release across Scandinavia, Europe, Japan and the US in the months to come.
Swedish fans will soon have the opportunity to pre-order autographed copies of the DVD on the band's official website. Stay tuned for more!"
Finnish metallers Kalmah have issued the following update:
"We have entered studio to record our 6th full length album. During May we will record 9 new songs and couple of covers. Mixing and mastering will take place at the beginning of Autumn when the daylight starts to disappear from the Northern Finland.
What's new? Well, I would have to say that all Kalmah elements are strongly present and the band has more strength than ever. And we will very likely use real trumpet, so at least that is something new...
You will find studio diary, pics and videos from here. Maybe you can get a hint of what is coming."
German metallers Rammstein have announced that they are going to tour through Europe in November/December 2009.
Announced dates are as follows:
November 08 - Portugal, Lisbon - Pavilhão Atlântico
November 10 - Spain, Madrid - Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid
November 12 - Spain, Barcelona - Pavelló Olímpic de Badalona
November 14 - Spain, Bilbao, Bizkaia - Arena
November 16 - France, Nantes - Zénith Nantes Métropole
November 18 - Switzerland, Basel - St. Jakobshalle
November 19 - Switzerland, Geneva - Arena de Genève
November 21 - Austria, Vienna - Stadthalle
November 23 - Germany, Munic - Olympiahalle
November 24 - Germany, Leipzig - Arena
"Six Times Dead (16.6)", the new video from German metallers Primal Fear, has been made available online.
"Six Times Dead (16.6)" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "16.6: (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead)", which will be released in Europe on May 22 (June 7 in the US) via Frontiers Records.
US metallers Cannibal Corpse have issued the following update:
"What more can be said, in this Year Of The Corpse 2009, that hasn't already been whispered, grunted or screamed about the almighty Cannibal? They've smashed-nay, hammer smashed-every boundary set before them, defied every censor set upon them, and besmirched every country that would have them. After two decades of unending death metal torment, the band's calling cards are many: the depraved lyrics, the blinding technical prowess, the dominating stage presence, the legions of dedicated fans, the million and a half albums sold. Cannibal Corpse are slashing their way back to Australia and New Zealand to skewer us as all from ear to ear in support of their new album "Evisceration Plague"!"
"Heaven And Hell, the quartet of Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Vinny Appice, will bring their wicked world tour to North America for a seIect number of shows this August. The band will start their summer headlining music festivals across Europe before bringing their macabre stage show of metal classics to North America starting on August 7 in Vancouver. Tickets for most shows go on sale the weekend of May 8. There will also be a presale for all shows, except Baltimore, beginning May 6 at 10AM local time. Coheed And Cambria will provide support on all shows except the Seattle date on August 8, which will feature Neurosis in the supporting slot."
"Dear thinkers and (un)believers, the time has come to unveil a full song from Gnostic's debut "Engineering The Rule"! Download the "Sleeping Ground" track here or listen to it on our MySpace page!"
Drummer Steve Flynn comments on the song: ""Sleeping Ground" is one of the most diverse and aggressive songs on "Engineering The Rule". It has elements from thrash to death to grind, with blast beats, fast double bass, melodic polyphonic guitar harmonies, bass and drum breakdowns, screaming vocals, Latin percussion and on and on. However, despite the furious sounding nature of the song, the arrangement is quite crisp and clean with repeated thematic elements woven into the fabric of the song - culminating with bookend opening and closing riffs. "Sleeping Ground" really does a great job of embodying all that is Gnostic in one song."
Savannah, GA's Baroness will head to Dallas, TX next week to begin work on a brand new full-length and follow-up to 2007's critically-acclaimed
Baroness will be working with the Grammy-nominated producer / engineer John Congleton (Explosions In The Sky, The Polyphonic Spree, The Roots,
Buddy Miles, Black Mountain) on the band's second full-length. The still untitled album is expected to see a fall 2009 release date.