16:06 - Hex_Omega Yup. Strange times. People are afraid of naked human being but not of violence. You won't see some movies in TV before 10pm but you can watch all day long movies where one man kills another.
16:05 - Zaphod I feel sorry for your 8-year-old-self.
16:04 - Dima Just watched The Iron Giant for the first time. FEEEEELLSSS and a half
Firewind have posted the following announcement on their website:
"Due to the complete anarchy, disorder and chaos that goes on in Greece at the moment, we're in the unfortunate position to inform you that the upcoming shows in Greece and Bulgaria this weekend will not happen and are postponed. We feel that the situation is not safe for anyone right now and it's beyond our control to make these shows happen. We appreciate your understanding and support."
The shows are postponed for the following dates:
Firewind + Eldritch with special guest Tara Teresa
Friday Jan. 09 2009 - Sofia, BUL @ Blue Box Club
Saturday Jan. 10 2009 - Thessaloniki, GR @ Principal Club Theater
Sunday Jan. 11 2009 - Athens, GR @ Gagarin 205
Bassist Simon Andersson has left the Swedish progressive metal band Pain Of Salvation. He writes in a statement, "I've been a part of this band for almost two years and I'm honoured I was the chosen one. Getting to know these wonderful musicians is even more of an honour… but I've reached the point where I just have to stop and walk my own way. Exhaustion, yearning and frustration are the three main issues.
Exhaustion: having a 'normal day job,' being a rockstar and having a lot of other (heavy) personal stuff became too much. I wanted everything so bad I ended up being sick with no energy whatsoever.
Yearning: being on tour means waiting. Waiting and waiting… I asked myself one day: is the life back home, the people I love, worth risking just being somewhere in the world waiting? My answer is no.
Crucified Barbara will release their second full-length album "Til Death Do Us Party", in Scandinavia on February 11 and in the rest of Europe on February 27. "Til Death Do Us Party" was produced by Mats Levén (vocalist for such acts as Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen, Krux, Treat, At Vance and Abstrakt Algebra).
"Til Death Do Us Party" cover art] tracklisting:
01. Killer On His Knees
02. Pain & Pleasure
03. Sex Action
06. Dark Side
07. Can't Handle Love
08. Blackened Bones
09. Danger Danger
11. Feels Like Death
Bloodbath have posted the following message on their website already a few days ago:
"We have just learned that our latest shirt design Front, Back] has run into some controversy. Actually, It's been a bit of a rocky road from the start with this one. Back at the sketch board, some of our art direction ideas were met by hesitation and according to the designer would feel "uncomfortable to do". However, the design went through and obviously with such a fantastic piece of artwork and beautiful symbolism the t-shirt has hit home with Bloodbath's audience all over the world, but apparently a demon vomiting on Jesus on a cross, surrounded by snakes, vultures and skulls was over the line for some confused " death metal" fans. Perhaps they should ask themselves if it was really death metal they were searching for in the first place.
Intent on decimating the boundaries of extreme music with their metric art, Sweden's Meshuggah will be returning to North America in February, 2009 on a 17-show headlining tour presented by MySpace Music. Direct support to Meshuggah will be provided by the legendary progressive metal band Cynic. Opening all shows will be technical progressive death metallers The Faceless from Los Angeles. As one of the most popular and highly trafficked music platforms in the world, MySpace Music has evolved into an offline experience by connecting bands and fans around the world through various concert series and live events.
MetalInjection have posted the new video of Australian progressive metallers Alchemist online. The song is called "Tongues And Knives" and comes from the band's latest album "Tripsis", released in 2007. Alchemist are currently writing material for the follow-up to "Tripsis". You can watch the video at this location.
As posted on the band's website last week, there will be a change in the Amberian Dawn line-up when the co-operation with Tom Sagar ends. Guitarist Tuomas, who earlier played the keyboards only in the studio, takes now a fulltime job as a keyboardist on stage also. Amberian Dawn wishes Tom Sagar all the best in his future activities.
The new recruitment as a second guitarist is Emil "Emppu" Pohjalainen, who is a talented 23-year old finnish guitarist. He also plays in the band called Thaurorod. Emppu and Kasperi form probably one of the most technically skilled player-duo in the genre together.
Finland´s most successful death metal battalion Torture Killer have been signed to Dynamic Arts Records. Bands previous album "Swarm!" was released by Metal Blade Records. "Swarm!" introduced legendary death metal vocalist Chris Barnes from Cannibal Corpse and Six Feet Under on the front row of Torture Killer.
Torture Killer have been hiding in the catacombs of studio mixing the upcoming third album. Forthcoming album "Sewers" will be released at the end of February 2009. As posted earlier the previous vocalist Juri Sallinen is back on the line-up torturing his lungs for good.
Expect to see Torture Killer touring the Europe on Spring of 2009. First summer festival have been already booked; Legacy Open Air in Germany on May.
Eternal Tears Of Sorrow has issued the following update:
"Petri Sankala has left the band. The reason for this mutual decision is Petri's back pain that hasn't allowed him to play drums 100% during the past two years. None of us has bad feelings whatsoever and we wish Petri all the best!
We'd like to introduce the replacement, Mr. Juho Raappana. In the past, Juho has played in many local bands such as Impish, Catamenia and Mythos. Having Gene Hoglan and Sean Reinert as his biggest influences, we think Juho is the best possible man to take the job. After all, fifteen years ago when we started, Death and Cynic influenced us.
P.S. Our forthcoming single was mixed last weekend. It will contain one new song and a brand new version of an old song. The single will be out in February and the album in April."
Evile guitarist Ol Drake have posted the following message through the Evile newsletter:
"With the anniversary of Chuck's passing just round the corner (December 13th 2001) I thought it'd be fitting to make some kind of tribute to him. I decided to record a rendition of Death's "Voice Of The Soul" to commemorate the passing of one of Metal's most influential icons. So here it is, packed full with fuck-ups. R.I.P. Chuck."
Isole's fourth release, "Silent Ruins", continues to forge forth in the tradition of the previous albums. The Swedes once again indulge in their heart-sickened and somber brand of Doom Metal that only finds solace in a perfectly placed portion of deadly black epic. Profound compositions, hypnotic arrangements, and heavy flowing riffs, that not unlike molten lava slowly yet inexorably pull the listener down into its depths, are the core elements comprising this album. Gustavo Sazes (Firewind, Serenity) once again lends his artistic know-how to graphically convey a feeling of utter despair and isolation, while Peter In de Betou (Amon Amarth, Draconian, Arch Enemy) takes on the darkly work's mastering responsibilites. Rarely before have hopelessness and despair found such an elegant and becoming sound, making "Silent Ruins" a dark jewel that will not only appeal to the die-hard Doom Metal fan.
Deathstars have uploaded a new song, called "Death Dies Hard", from their forthcoming album, entitled "Night Electric Night", which will be released on January 30 via Nuclear Blast Records. Click here to listen to the song.
The first single "Death Dies Hard" is now available at the band´s MySpace. A digital download release of the single has been set for January 2.
UPDATED (thanks to Hamird)
The brandnew Deathstars video for "Death Dies Hard" can now be watched at this location.