Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach recently entered a Los Angeles studio with his new, young, virtuosic guitarist Nick Sterling and producer Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Atreyu, Filter) to fine-tune the material for Bach's next solo album, tentatively due this summer through Frontiers Records.
In a recent Facebook posting, Bach wrote: "What a great day! We finished pre-production today (Saturday, March 5th) and are set to start tracking drums for 13 songs on Monday night after I film "That Metal Show". All songs are done and I could not be happier at this stage. Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (Rob Rock, Halford, Riot) is such a pro I can't wait to watch him wail on the kit all this week!"
"Parasomnia", a brand-new track from Finnish funeral doom metal band Colosseum, has been made available for streaming over at this location.
"Parasomnia" comes off the band's upcoming final album Colosseum - Chapter 3: Parasomnia, which will be released on March 9th in Finland and on March 25th in the rest of the world through Firebox Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
In a terrible home accident last Thursday, Nightwish singer Anette Olzon has tripped over a toy lying on the floor and broke a few ribs in the fall.
Here's the full story: "I sat with Nemo (her second son) in my lap at our dinner table and was gonna stand up and go to the couch and leave him over to Johan (that's Pain bassist Johan Husgafvel for you).
When I stand up, one of Nemo's toys are lying on the floor and I don't look down but just start to walk and whip! I slide on this wooden toy box and falls with my legs straight up and my whole body hits the floor so hard. To keep Nemo safe I hold him up and try to take the fall all by myself. When I fall down I fall on this wooden toy box straight on the side on my ribs. I loose all air and the pain and the sound when I hit the box was horrible. I screamed for so long and it was the worst pain ever felt.
Enslaved - who recently took home a Metal Storm Award for Best Black Metal Album - have won the "Best Metal Album" category at the 2010 Norwegian Spellemannsprisen for their most recent Axioma Ethica Odini.
The 39th annual Spellemann Awards (the Norwegian equivalent of the US Grammy Awards) were held last night, Saturday March 5th, at the Spektrum in Oslo, Norway.
The other nominees were Shining - Blackjazz, Ihsahn - After and Solefald - Norrøn Livskunst.
This was the sixth time Enslaved got nominated for this prestigious music award. The band has been awarded a Spellemann for their previous three studio albums, Vertebrae (2008), Ruun (2006) and Isa (2004).
Kvelertak were awarded a Spellemann for "Best Rock Album" and "Best Newcomer".
Between The Buried And Me will release its new mini-album The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues on April 12th through Metal Blade Records. A 30-second trailer for the upcoming effort can now be watched below.
Another six-and-a-half-minute preview of one of the new tracks, "Specular Reflection", is still available for streaming over at this location.
The three-song strong, 30 minute tour de force was recorded at Canada's Metalworks Studios and Rattlebox Studios and produced/engineered by Grammy award-winning David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, King Crimson, Dream Theater) with BTBAM.
The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues cover art] tracklist:
TheRaveLive.com will be streaming The Atticus Metal Tour III live in concert tonight from The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA.
The worldwide broadcast will begin at 4:30pm CDT (5:30pm Eastern / 2:30pm Pacific / 10:30pm GMT) tonight, Saturday, March 5th.
The stream is FREE for fans around the world to view from the comfort of their home computers. Visit this location to log in and be a part of this exclusive event.
Now in its third year, The Atticus Metal Tour teams up Darkest Hour, Born Of Osiris, As Blood Runs Black, The Human Abstract, and In the Midst of Lions for an incredible tour. Regional metal powerhouses Sleep Serapis Sleep and Murderer For Hire have also been added to the Milwaukee bill.
Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium are currently working on the successor to Across The Dark. The band will enter the studio in April for a tentative release later this year through Century Media Records.
The band issued the following update: "The fifth Insomnium studio album is beginning to take shape. We had a 3-day training and songwriting session last week and we can now say that we have about 8 songs more or less ready. We are entering the studio in April so we should have enough time to finish everything. Some observers commented that the material sounds surprisingly ready taken that this was only the second training session for the new album...
We also had a promo shoot with the legendary photographer Stefan de Batselier who has previously worked with some small American names like Johnny Cash and Metallica. Big thanks to Stefan for a nice afternoon! Also thanks to Jussi Ratilainen who is documenting the whole process! Here are some pics taken by Jussi."
Circle Regenerated, the new album of Finnish extreme power metal band Norther, will be released on April 18th in Europe and March 30th in Japan (with a North American release date still to be announced) through Century Media Records.
The band's sixth studio album was recorded at Astia Studios with producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom). The artwork was done by Fabio Bonetti, winner of the "Norther album artwork competition".
Circle Regenerated cover art] tracklist:
01. Through It All
02. The Hate I Bear
04. Some Day
05. Break Myself Away
08. We Do Not Care
09. The Last Time
10. Closing In
Kscope are very proud to announce that Ulver are the latest band to join their roster.
Here's the official press release: "Early pioneers of Norwegian black metal, the band have continually evolved throughout their career and now stand as living legends of the dark music industry. The last two years have also seen Ulver manifest into a live band. Following their first live performance in May 2009, at the Norwegian Festival of Literature, the band toured Europe in 2010 selling out prestigious venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Volksbühne in Berlin and Casa da Música in Porto, to great acclaim.
2010 culminated in a packed performance in the main theatre of the Norwegian National Opera. Ulver were the first band outside the established Norwegian music scene to be invited to play at the opera house and a DVD of this landmark performance will be released on Kscope later this year.
Swedish metallers Wolf will release their forthcoming album, Legions Of Bastards, via Century Media Records on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway: April 22
Rest Of Europe: April 25
North America, Spain, Italy: April 26
Sweden, Finland, Hungary: April 27
Australia, New Zealand: April 29
The follow-up to 2009's Ravenous, Legions Of Bastard was produced by Pelle Saether at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden. The cover artwork was once again created by Thomas Holm (the man who was responsible for the legendary Merccyful Fate Melissa and Don't Break The Oath covers) and can be viewed below.
The band commented: "Legions Of Bastards is the fruit of lots of hard work, sweat and blood. Our music has always come from the heart, but this one seems to us even more honest and straight-forward than any other album we've made. We're not afraid to say that this is a great album. If you love it, like we do, raise the horns and bang your head! If you don't — we don't care. We'd still be banging our heads!"
Keith Fay, frontman of Irish folk metal band Cruachan, was seriously assaulted by a large group of young men in Dublin in the early hours of Sunday, February 20th.
Says Keith: "While leaving a nightclub with my brother, sister and a friend, a gang of about 15 men in their early 20's began to verbally abuse my sister and my friend. I shouted back at one of them telling him that is my sister and to leave her alone. I was then hit over the head with an iron bar and knocked unconscious. They all started kicking me while I was on the ground. My sister was thrown to the ground also and had her arm broken. When I came to, they had run off, the whole thing only lasted a minute or two.
This was on Dame Street in Dublin city centre, a very crowded area at that time of night. A lot of bystanders came to help also which scared the scumbags off. I was stabbed in the face, had my ribs broken and bruised all over."
The Flying Opera - Around The World In 20 Days, the long-awaited Avantasia double DVD (concert film and documentary), will see a release on March 18th through Nuclear Blast Records in Europe and Avalon Marquee in Asia.
As previously announced, both DVD's portray the all-star ensemble's journey on their first ever world tour in 2008. Within just a few weeks the studio project Avantasia became a traveling live event featuring many artists from various bands who got together and set off on the road under the flag of Avantasia for the first time.
The first DVD contains a live concert with a running time of almost two hours featuring footage filmed at the headlining shows of Wacken Open Air (Germany) and Masters Of Rock (Czech Republic). On the second DVD there will be a movie "Around The World In 20 Days" that gives fans the opportunity to join Avantasia backstage and take a look at the surroundings and the thrill behind the scenes that go along with an extensive undertaking such as this. The DVD-set will portray Avantasia 2008 when it all started.