US metallers Gwar have posted online a new song, ''Let Us Slay'', on their MySpace page.
"Let Us Slay" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Lust In Space", which will be released on August 18 via Metal Blade Records.
Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) commented: "This song deals with the human race's lust for blood, all the while maintaining the lie of 'Thou shalt not kill'... It calls upon the humans to embrace their love of death (and therefore Gwar), shed their hypocritical trappings, and proceed with the apocalypse. It's going to happen anyway, so they might as well enjoy it!"
Montreal's Neuraxis have announced they are parting ways with drummer Tommy Mckinnon and bassist Yan Thiel.
Guitarist Rob Milley comments: "The time has come again for us to refresh the Neuraxis family as we are now seeking a new drummer and bassist. Nothing really juicy to tell. For Tommy, his priorities began to differ from ours while on the road until it became clear to us that he was no longer enjoying the touring lifestyle. He wishes to go back to school to complete his education. As for Yan its just been a case of him deciding to further his working career and he can no longer dedicate himself to the band. This has been going on for many years now and its time for us to have a full-time bassist on board. Both of them will continue playing in other musical projects. We thank our metal brothers for all the good times we had together and wish them the best for the future. Tommy and Yan will be fullfilling all our summer shows already booked ending with a fitting show in Montreal at the Club Soda on Sept 11th 2009.
Unique Leader Records are thrilled to announce the signing of long-serving New Zealand death metal tyrants Dawn Of Azazel to the roster for the release of their third album "Relentless".
The label expects the band to turn some heads with their unique brand of angular, dissonant extreme metal and have high expectations for the album's release. Erik Lindmark adds: "Dawn of Azazel's "Relentless" will be a release that stands the test of time. So many unforgettable hooks and memorable songwriting along with some of the most original and powerful vocals used in extreme metal today, period!"
According to vocalist/bassist Rigel Walshe: "After months of delays and negotiations with labels, we are pleased to announce our alliance with Unique Leader Records for the release of our forthcoming third album "Relentless". It's an honor to be working with a label with a history of releasing some of the greatest records in the extreme metal genre, and we look forward to adding our own touch to the legacy".
The new live album by UK thrash band Onslaught entitled "Live Damnation" will be released worldwide through Candlelight Records on Monday 20 July.
The album was recorded at last years "Damnation Festival" in Leeds, England by Ed Shackleton for Noise Recordings and mixed by Andy Sneap at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England and contains 8 blistering tracks of 666% pure thrash metal. The sleeve artwork was designed and undertaken by the bands very own Jeff Williams.
Tracklisting as follows:
01. Killing Peace
02. Let There Be Death
03. Destroyer Of Worlds
04. Metal Forces
05. Planting Seeds Of Hate
08. Power From Hell
There is a live version of "Metal Forces" taken from the album, currently streaming on the Onslaught MySpace page.
Guitarist Jani Liimatainen has revealed more info regarding his new project on his MySpace:
"I promised you I'd give you some info about what I've been working on lately (for a year now actually...). The info about the new lineup was released on this months Burrn!-magazine, so I think it's time to make it official here as well. My new band is called Cain's Offering, the official website will be up and running hopefully already next week and you can find the Myspace-site here."
"Cain's Offering are currently working on our debut album, "Gather The Faithful", which will hopefully come out by the end of the summer. The drums were recorded at Drumforest Studios last November/December, the bass at Astia Studios during February, the basic guitar tracks were laid down in the beginning of March at Studio 57, and last couple of weeks we've been camping out in the woods with Timo recording the lead vocals. We still have 2 more songs to record, but all in all things are going smoothly.
"All You Are", the new video from Dutch metallers The Gathering, has been made available online. According to the band, the video contains lots of live images shot at Graspop Metal Meeting 2009 festival.
"All You Are" comes off the band's latest album, entitled "The West Pole", which was released in Europe on May 4, 2009 via Psychonaut Records.
Celtic Legacy is sorry to announce that the band is to be put on hold indefinitely with immediate effect.
A statement from the band reads as follows: "We had already begun the process of following up "Guardian Of Eternity", but financial woes have put paid to the prospect of a new album. The band is in heavy debt following the recording of the previous CD. It was hoped that sales of the last release would finance new recordings but subsequent heavy downloading massively outstripped actual album sales, effectively putting paid to any chance we had of financing new projects.
Putting it simply - we're broke. We put everything we had into the last album, but the music scene has changed to the point where we simply can't afford any further band activity, especially with the recession adding to the money squeeze. We've made back only a fraction of the money it cost us to record the last album and we can't afford to do another one. It's as simple as that.
Finnish metallers Noumena have issued the following update:
"No news from the Noumena camp since the dawn of modern time! Now, we are going to change this thing once and for all.
We have had a slow-motion period going on for some time. Things will change as we enter frantic rehearsing and composing stage. There are a couple of new Noumena songs written already, but we need more. Just to show Noumena is alive and kicking, please visit Noumena MySpace and get familiar with a demo version of a brand new song called "Sleep". The song also introduces a stunning new voice in Noumena soundscape. Female vocalist Suvi Uura will give you some shivers...
At the moment we don't have a record deal with any label. No need to mention, but our goal is to get one and release a convincing album in future!
Indian melodic metallers Demonic Resurrection have re-released their 2007 EP titled "Beyond The Darkness" online for stream/download at this location.
The EP was released in 2007 by Demonstealer Records as part of a 3-way split "Rise Of The Eastern Blood" which also featured Dusk (Pakistan) and Severe Dementia (Bangladesh). The EP saw the band change from a more medieval theme and sound to a more celestial path.
"Beyond The Darkness" cover art] tracklist:
01. Journey To Solaris
02. Celestial Disharmony
03. And The Dream Will Cease To Exist
04. Beyond The Darkness
05. The Fallen Stars
All info about the band on http://www.myspace.com/DemonicResurrection.
You can now listen to a full preview of the "Nebularium + The Restless Memoirs EP" albums, on the official Disarmonia Mundi MySpace page (scroll down, and click on the artwork). "The Restless Memoirs" EP is a bonus CD to the completely remastered version of the debut album "Nebularium". The EP features 6 previously unreleased tracks and a completely new artwork. "Nebularium + The Restless Memoirs EP" has been released as a double digipack since the 26th of June through Coroner Records.
01. Into D.M.
02. Blue Lake
04. Guilty Claims
05. Burning Cells
Faroese metallers Týr have posted online a new song, "Hold The Heathen Hammer High", on their MySpace page.
The song comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "By The Light Of The Northern Star", which will be released on May 29 in Europe via Napalm Records. The album was recorded in early 2009 on the band's native soil. Jacob Hansen mixed the new material and finishing touches were provided by the mastering experts at Finnvox.
UPDATED, on 16.04.2009
Faroese metallers Týr have posted online another new song, entitled "Northern Gate", on their MySpace page.
"Northern Gate" comes off the band's forthcoming album, "By The Light Of The Northern Star", which will be released on May 29 in Europe via Napalm Records.
Midnattsol have issued the following update through their MySpace blog:
"Recently we told you the happy news, that our guitarist Fabian Pospiech became father of a little son. Such events always also bring some changes in life, thus Fabz decided to concentrate increasingly on his family and his new job. Unfortunately this also means that Fabz won't be able to play at Midnattsol any longer. We can understand his decision very well and wish him all the best and good luck for the future!
Thus it also means for us now: Midnattsol search for a new guitarist!
To complete the line-up and blast off again we are searching for a band experienced and creative guitarist. Do you already have live experience, are you motivated and ready for headbanging? Then please write to newguitarist midnattsol com and give us a short description about yourself (if possible with a picture) and what you have musically done so far.
Sonata Arctica have unveiled the new artwork, tracklisting as well as the album title of their forthcoming album. "The Days Of Grays" will see a worldwide release (excluding Asia) through Nuclear Blast Records on September 18th, 2009 (September 22nd in the US of America).
"The Days Of Grays" cover art] tracklist:
01. Everything Fades To Gray (Instrumental)
03. The Last Amazing Grays
04. Flag In The Ground
07. The Dead Skin
09. No Dream Can Heal A Broken Heart
10. As If The World Wasn't Ending
11. The Truth Is Out There
12. Everything Fades To Gray (full version)
13. In The Dark
Power Quest have issued the following announcement regarding the departure of vocalist Alessio Garavello:
"We are very sad to announce that Alessio Garavello will be leaving Power Quest after the festival shows in September. Alessio has been the voice of Power Quest ever since the 'Wings of Forever' album back in 2002, and has also had two stints of playing rhythm guitar in the band as well. In that time he has established himself as one of the top power metal vocalists in the business.
"Founding member Steve Williams commented: 'I have to say I was surprised when I got the call from Alessio telling me the news. I can hardly believe it is 7 years since a fresh faced, 21 year old Italian came over to record for the first time. We didn't know it then but it was the start of a great friendship, which will transcend band membership and all that. We always say in PQ that you only get one life and you have to make the absolute most of it. Sometimes that involved difficult decisions such as the one Alessio has made. I fully respect and support his decision and wish him all the best in his future musical endeavours. I'd like to thank Al for all his hard work and commitment to the cause over the years and, following the departure of Steve Scott earlier this year, it is truly the end of an era.'
The band has uploaded a new song titled "Atlantis" from their upcoming album to their myspace page. Also the following message has been posted on the Ascendance Records blog:
"Ascendance Records are proud to announce the release of the début album from Whyzdom entitled "From The Brink Of Infinity" on the 21st September.
Go here to see the album cover.
Think of a huge orchestra and a massive symphonic choir intertwined with powerful riffs and enchanting melodies from a clear and passionate feminine voice, and you'll get an idea of what Whyzdom have managed to create. Their classical influences ranging from the romantic to the contemporary period, as well as the appealing melodies that drive the songs, make their sound utterly unmistakeable in an ever growing scene.