The Norwegian Viking metal legends Einherjer have been announced to reunite at Ragnarök Festival which is to take place on 17th-18th April 2009 in Lichtenfels, Germany. Furthermore Alkonost and Fejd have been added to the billing. Below the entire statement of the festival:
"For about four years you didn't hear anything from Einherjer, one of the most important bands in viking metal, which split up in 2004. We're proud to announce their comeback will be next year at Ragnarök Festival, which is a great chance for many metalheads to see their idols again or maybe for the first time. We hope that yet another great chapter will be added to the band's awesome history in April 2009 at Lichtenfels and hopefully many other shows will follow.
Vocalist Jon Howard from Canadian metal band Threat Signal has posted the following statement:
"So I think its time I should let you know whats going on with the new album. We've been working really hard for almost a year writing and doing pre production for the new album. And I couldnt be more stoked on the songs! If you thought "Under Reprisal" was killer, you need to check this shit out. The album is 95% writen, and we will be hitting the studio in Nov to start recording the real thing. So with that said, we'll be looking at a release date early next year.
I'll have a lot more details for you soon...
You can also catch us in the East Cost on these dates playing new songs from the record"
Due to Infestvvs' serious health problems, the French Black Metal band had to cancel all the dates of their European tour with Impiety and Spearhead. Infestvvs, vocalist and leader of the band posted the following statement on the official myspace blog:
"The day before the gig in Arnhem I got seriously sick and had to go to the hospital in emergency. They discovered that something was wrong with my heart, the left part is deficient and it causes a lot of troubles (lungs, blood pressure...) and a risk of heart attack in the end. Therefore I am forced to take some rest and avoid efforts & stress for a while... 2 different opinions but the same diagnostic.
The decision wasn't easy as you can imagine, giving up on such a great opportunity and people who relied on GB, but there would be no point playing in those circumstances".
US rockers Warrant have posted the following announcement on their MySpace:
"It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that Jani Lane will no longer be performing with Warrant. From the beginning of our reunion talks to the last note of our last show together in Houston this past weekend we have had nothing but good intentions of bringing a quality original Warrant show to our fans and friends. We wish Jani nothing but the best and remain friends.
We are very excited that we have found an unbelievable voice in Robert Mason (known from Lynch Mob), an old friend of the band. We have three dates confirmed, come out and judge for yourself…we don't think you will be disappointed!"
Within Temptation have posted the following news on their website:
"We can now show you a new video, supporting our new European single "Forgiven"! The video contains footage off of our new DVD "Black Symphony" and we are really happy with it. To watch it, go to the video section of our MySpace page or check it out on our YouTube channel!
The single will be released on September 12, so you will notice a slight delay in the arrival of the single through our webshop."
"Forgiven" cover art] tracklisting is as follows:
01. Forgiven (Single version)
02. Forgiven (Album version)
03. The Howling (Live in Eindhoven Nov. 2007)
04. Hand Of Sorrow (Live in Eindhoven Nov. 2007)
LA based old school thrashers Meltdown just posted a new song online - from now on the brand new track "Panic" from their upcoming debut album, "Executioner", is available on their MySpace.
Also due to production issues the release date of "Executioner" has been pushed to November 14th for all European territories. In the US, the album will be unleashed early 2009. About their time with producer Andy Classen (Legion Of The Damned, Belphegor, Dew-Scented, Neaera), vocalist/guitarist Dan Wetmore states: "We had a killer time in Germany recording "Executioner" with Andy Classen. His studio has seen some awesome bands make killer records, and we feel ours definitely holds its own. It's heavy, fast, aggressive, and completely true to the institution of heavy metal. With few distractions in the German countryside, we focused in on getting the album to sound exactly how we wanted. Now, with the album's release, we're planning on unleashing our energy in every city & town we can drag ourselves to."
Nevermore will release their long-awaited new DVD, "The Year Of The Voyager", in Europe on October 20, 2008 via Century Media. The set covers the "This Godless Endeavor" touring cycle, starting with amazing live footage from the U.S. Gigantour 2005, the Metal Mania festival 2006 in Poland, the Wacken Open Air festival in 2006 in Germany and the main DVD show recorded at the Zeche in Bochum, Germany on October 11, 2006. Bonus material includes two songs from Century Media USA 10th Anniversary Party 2001, all promo videos and an interview with singer Warrel Dane which was recorded at the Roax Film Studios in Berlin in the spring of 2008.
"The Year Of The Voyager" will be released as a limited-edition 2DVD+2CD, standard 2DVD, standard 2CD and limited 3LP (the latter two containing the audio from the main show in Bochum only).
A new Flowing Tears track is available for full streaming via the band's MySpace page! The song, entitled "Colossal Shaped Despair", is from their new album "Thy Kingdom Gone" due to be released this Autumn.
The album, which the band have described as their "most intense and varied offering yet" carries the following track listing:
02. Pain Has Taken Over
03. Rain Of A Thousand Years
05. Thy Kingdom Gone
06. Words Before You Leave
07. Miss Fortune
08. Colossal Shaped Despair
10. For My Enemies
11. Souls Of The Neon Reign
12. The War We Left Behind
The album features artwork by Seth Siro Anton, who has previously worked with Moonspell, Soilwork and Paradise Lost. "Thy Kingdom Gone" is due to be released on 20th October through Ascendance Records.
American grindcore metallers Misery Index have posted another new track online, entilted "Ghosts Of Catalonia". You can listen to the song on their MySpace site. The song comes from the band's new forthcoming album "Traitors", which will be released on September 30th in USA and on October 6th in the rest of the world via Relapse Records.
"After having participated in the killer 2nd Death Fast Open Air in Germany and headlined the 8th Metal Mania Open Air in Slovenia together with Exodus & Impaled Nazarene, Avulsed is ready for one more festival (as headliners as well) to close the summer festivals. This one is the 6th FilthRock Festival in Germany on 20th of September.
The band has just finished the recording of a brand new track entitled "Breaking Hymens" that will be included in the upcoming 10-CD mega-compilation box-set devoted exclusively to Spanish extreme Metal bands. This compilation will include over 150 bands and will be released in November '08 through Xtreem Music. This new track is an exclusive recording for this compilation although it'll be re-recorded for their upcoming 5th album. You can actually hear a rough pre-mixed and unmastered version at the band's official MySpace.
D:S:O are busy working on new material. The following blog was posted on their MySpace page:
"Well it's been a while since the gig but we'd like to thank all the people who came to the party tent and danced at Summer Breeze. We really had an awesome time during the short but intense set. The gig was the best one we have had so far. Some photos are up at our gallery, more will come.
The song "Subconscious" that Annlouice recorded with Oceans Of Sadness is posted in all it's beauty on their myspace. Check it out at http://www.myspace.com/oceansofsadness!!
Regarding the next album we now have 13 songs that we think will end up on the album. Some of the working titles are: "The Vodka Inferno" (which we have played live a couple of times now), "The Tapdancer's Dilemma", "Stratosphere Serenade", "Lucy Fears The Morning Star" & "Nicotine Cathedrals".
Orange Goblin are very proud to announce a new era for the band with the signing to world renowned metal label, Candlelight Records.
Commented vocalist/guitarist Ben Ward: "The number of vastly successful bands on the Candlelight roster is testament to the quality and the hard work that everyone involved in the label has shown us and we are very excited about settling down in a new home after the label problems we have encountered in the past few years. It's an honour to be on such an esteemed label alongside bands that have inspired us since the bands inception. I believe that with the Candlelight team behind Orange Goblin we can concentrate on writing the best material of our career and continue to tour as much as possible, hopefully reaching parts of the world that Orange Goblin is yet to plunder! We have already started writing new material for a release in 2009 and OG fans, in fact metal fans in general, are gonna love how the new stuff is sounding. It's gonna be a hugh combination of Sabbath-inspired doom, filthy biker blues and more of the familiar booze-ridden Goblin groove."
"So, it's that time again; studio time. We are happy to announce that Blood Tsunami will once again enter Lion Heart Studios in Oslo during the bigger parts of the 2008 autumn to record our sophomore album, the follow up to 2007's "Thrash Metal".
This time around, the material is faster, darker and heavier than before. We have even added some slower parts, but still with the melodic twist to it all. A total of 7 tracks constituting approxemately 45 minutes of music will be recorded and song titles includes: "Castle of Skulls", "Grand Feast for Vultures", "Personal Exorcism", "Nothing but Contempt", "Laid to Waste", "Eceladus Rising", "One Step Closer to the Grave".