On the Children Of Bodom website it can be read that some Japanese tour dates have been confirmed.
For all the COB fans in the US, Newbury Comics are giving you a FREE limited edition Blooddrunk Pint Glass when you pre-order the record at Newburycomics.com. It is limited to only 1000, so be sure to head over to the site before they run out. Also for all the US fans, starting March 25th, you can head over to iTunes and download the "Blooddrunk" single to rock with before Gigantour starts on April 12th!
(with Megadeth, In Flames, Job For A Cowboy and High On Fire)
Tickets to most of the shows are available at Ticketmaster
Apr. 12 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore Auditorium (USA)
Extreme metallers Hollenthon have posted online a new video clip Link] for the song 'Son Of Perdition'.
This song comes off the band's new full-length album, entitled "Opus Magnum", which will be release on May 30th in Europe via Napalm Records (June 10th in USA). Also the CD will feature eight songs and a cover version, plus this video.
This just in: My Dying Bride have entered the studio to start recording for their next album. Pre-production has started last week and they gone into full studio at mode at Futureworks in Manchester, with Mags once again at the wheel.
According to guitarist Andrew Craighan, there are no song or album titles yet, but the feel of the album is, in his words "heading for empty and bleak with flashes of rage".
Ex-Hate Eternal drummer Derek Roddy has left Today Is The Day due to an alleged financial dispute with band-founder Steve Austin. Replacing Derek Roddy for the group's current Total Resistance Tour is Mike Rosswog from Circle Of Dead Children.
Their current Total Resistance tour began on March 14. Here are the details from March 26 onwards:
Supporting Today Is The Day for the entire tour are SuperNova Records labelmates Complete Failure, featuring drummer Mike Rosswog (ex-Today Is The Day, Circle Of Dead Children). Also joining them in the US tour is a rotating lineup of bands, including: At All Cost, Fuck The Facts, Lair Of The Minotaur, Mouth Of The Architect, Psyopus, Rwake, S.W.W.A.A.T.S., Thine Eyes Bleed.
100% Pure Aussie Heavy Metallers Lord have issued the following update on their MySpace page:
"Just letting you know that we've added 27 new songs. Yep - you read right, TWENTY SEVEN new songs, all at much higher quality than the MySpace player, streaming from Lord's own webserver. If you've only heard a few songs (or even none!) or Lord, this is a great place to start as it has most of our current album Ascendence, the first 'solo' Lord album "A Personal Journey", and even a few tracks from our ultra rare live album "Live At The Metro". Look on the left side of the MySpace page in the "Sounds Like" section for the streaming audio player and start at the top for hours of Lord music!"
Norway's Borknagar have checked in with the following message:
"We are happy to announce that Jens Ryland and Erik Tiwaz (aka Tyr) are back as permanent members of Borknagar, respectively on guitar and bass.
Jens Ryland was a long run member of the band and contributed on "The Archaic Course", "Quintessense" and "Empiricism" before he quit the band in 2003, due to other priorities in life. Erik Tiwaz joined the band in 2000 and participated on Empiricism as a regular member. In 2004 he quit the band due to personal reasons but contributed as a session musician on "Origin" in 2006.
Jens Ryland comments on his reunion with the band: "I'm happy to say I'm again joining the proud ranks of Borknagar, but it also feels strange as I have never really cut the string entirely. It's funny how the world turns, and age has not worn out this crew at all, on the contrary the band seems relaxed, content and more than ready for new adventures. I have had a few years with a quite different focus than music, and while it's been both natural and rewarding I could never leave the world of music entirely. There are some experiences you simply cannot get any other way than playing in a band, and what band suits me better than Borknagar? The band has a new drive now and what better timing for Tyr and myself to sign in. We're gonna conquer the world, but we will do it Borknagar- style!"
Lacuna Coil's male singer Andrea Ferro has issued the following update:
"I've been very busy with the works on the new Lacuna Coil album that has started taking shape. We feel like we're on the right creative mood but we still wanna write a lot more material before we call it done."
UK rock magazine Kerrang! recently spoke to Lacuna Coil frontwoman Cristina Scabbia about the group's forthcoming CD.
It's still early days for the follow-up to 2006's "Karmacode", with the band still piecing the songs together and seeking the right producer. But the sound, according to Scabbia, will "leave you with your mouths open. We want to experiment, we want to try something completely different, something that will rock your faces more than ever while still being Lacuna Coil."
"Texas-based mythological occult metal outfit Absu has announced the addition of guitarist/keyboardist Zawicizuz (ex-Rape, Pillage & Burn/Infernal Oak) to the group's ranks. He replaces Vastator who recently quit the band due to musical and personal differences. Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor says of the replacement, "We are very proud to welcome Zawicizuz as the newest musician of Absu! He is one of the best-kept secrets in the extreme Texas music environment and we are delighted to convey our next chapter of mythological occult metal with him."
Absu will enter Nomad Recording Studio in April 2008 to begin recording the self-titled CD for a tentative autumn release on Candlelight Records. The album will be engineered/produced by none other than Sterling Winfield (King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Solitude Aeternus, Usurper, Blood Of The Sun, Etc.) and mastered by Proscriptor at his studio Tarot Productions.
San Francisco Bay Area Thrashers Death Angel are pleased to announce their first full US tour since their initial split 18 years ago! The band will embark on a co-headlining tour this May/June with God Forbid that will include Soilent Green and Light This City. Dubbed the "In Thrash We Trust" tour, this will mark the bands first tour in support of their critically acclaimed "Killing Season" record.
A visibly excited founding guitarist, Rob Cavestany, eagerly offered a few words about the event: "Death Angel is teaming up with God Forbid to hit the road and we couldn't be more stoked! "In Thrash We Trust" will be the first full blown tour of the states that Death Angel has done since the 'ACT III tour' in 1990 and we are gonna bring it! Also on the bill are Soilent Green and Light This City so you better prepare to get thrashed all night long! Can't wait to see you all very soon! "Killing Season" has begun!!!"
Keep Of Kalessin have announced on their MySpace that their entire show at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH on April 5th will stream online via YeboTV. The live concert will be streamed on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at: 5:00pm (Pacific) -- 6:00pm (Mountain) -- 7:00pm (Central) -- 8:00pm (Eastern) -- (European Time would be morning of Sunday, April 6)
Also available will be a stream of the Dimmu Borgir and Behemoth's performance from the same show. The concert stream is FREE for fans around the world to view right from the comfort of their home computers. Visit this link to register in advance for this exclusive event.
A new prog supergroup has arisen called Psychic For Radio - the band line-up is:
Michael Sadler (vocalist, ex-Saga)
Mark Zonder (drummer, Slavior, ex-Fates Warning)
Shawn Gordon (keyboardist and guitarist)
The history of the band goes as follows:
"In early 2005 Shawn Gordon and Henning Pauly were having a conversation about music when Shawn shared a story about hearing songs in his head that then were on the radio and said "I'm psychic for radio", to which he also joked it would make a good band name. At this point Shawn and Henning came up with an idea to basically do a punk album with a group of people living at the studio for 3 or 4 days and video tape the whole thing like a Spinal Tap mockumentary. Shortly after, they were talking to Michael Sadler at CalProg and trying to talk him in to doing it as well, which he seemed open to.
Master-producer and veteran guitarist Andy Sneap has collaborated with fellow bandmate, vocalist Martin Walkyier of the British Pagan Thrash band Sabbat, to contribute to the new album from the reunited Hell, the early '80s UK metallers.
Andy Sneap posted the following message: "Something I'm sure you've heard both myself and Martin mention in the past is the huge influence Early 80's Derbyshire metallers Hell had on Sabbat. Things have been odd in a good way recently with alot of old friends crossing my path again, and thankfully one such friend is Kev Bower, the old Guitar player.
So, because I'm too lazy to type all this out, here's Kev's blog on what we are up to. Anyone wanting a new Sabbat album should take note, this is the only project Martin and I will be working together on in the foreseeable future."
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has formed a new side project called Methusaleh. According to Ian, the group features "some lovely fellows that play in some major bands. I can't say shit about it right now other than the songs are fucking heavy, like a more metallic Kyuss."
In other Anthrax news, it has been reported that the band has already written 8 songs for the follow-up to 2003's "We've come Come For You All". This will be the first new studio release in 5 years. The hairy-chinned bald-man said "it sounds like Anthrax from 1987 through a 2008 sound system, if that makes any sense!"
Vicious Rumors have announced the addition of guitarist Kiyoshi Morgan to their veteran San Francisco Bay Area sound. Drum Media Music reports that Kiyo is a long time musician in the Bay Area scene and in Vicious Rumors he'll bring an old school rock and metal flavour with powerful, anthemic riffs and thrashy-yet-melodic leads.
According to a blog on the band's MySpace, new Axe man Kiyoshi Morgan completes the 2008 Vicious Rumors line up! Kiyo is a long time SF Bay Area pro, playing lead guitar in several tribute bands covering the styles of Slayer, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden & Alice In Chains.
With the support of Gibson Guitars and Sfarzo Strings, Kiyo has found an identity in Vicious Rumors as an old school Rock and Metal guitarist with powerful anthem riffs and blistering, yet musical leads! Original guitarist Geoff Thorpe's comment on Kiyo and the new line up: "Kiyo just fit in and sounded great!! Our guitar styles blend really well... and this guy can shred!! Our new line up is as strong as ever. I cant wait to unleash the new VR beast"
Finland's Kalmah have revealed the cover artwork for their new album "For The Revolution" Link], scheduled for release on April 2 through Spikefarm Records. Cover art artist is former Sentenced drummer Vesa Ranta who also did the artwork for previous Kalmah album "The Black Waltz". Kalmah's new album was recorded at Tico Tico studio in Kemi, Finland with producer Ahti Kortelainen and was mastered at the Cutting Room in Sweden.
In the meantime, the "For The Revolution" title song has been added to the official Kalmah MySpace profile. The song is the opening track of the album.