More dates have been released for Children Of Bodom's headlining North American tour which is believed to also feature Amon Amarth, Sanctity, and Gojira :
November 29 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
November 30 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
December 01 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
December 02 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
December 04 - Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
December 06 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
December 08 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
December 09 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern LG
December 11 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
December 12 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
December 13 - Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
December 15 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
December 16 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Belphegor, Unleashed, Krisiun and Hatesphere will team up for a North American tour beginning in early February. Tentative dates so far are as follows:
Feb. 07 - Mark's Place - Bedford, NH
Feb. 08 - BB Kings - New York, NY
Feb. 09 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
Feb. 10 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Feb. 11 - The Pearl Room - Molena, IL
Feb. 12 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
Feb. 15 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
Feb. 16 - Roseland Grill - Portland, OR
Feb. 17 - The Pound - San Francisco, CA
Feb. 20 - The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
Feb. 21 - Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM
Mar. 02 - Jaxx - West Springfield, VA
Mar. 05 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON
Newly signed to Armageddon Music, German black metallers Sycronomica are releasing their new album "Gate" on November 17. The CD was recorded at Hellion Studios in Munich, Germany in July.
"Gate" clocks in at around 50 minutes and features the following tracklisting:
01. Preludium II
02. Beyond The Gate Of Light
03. Für Die Ewigkeit
04. In The Distance...
05. Von Ende Und Anfang
06. To The Rivers End
07. Farewell Olden World
08. Unleashed From Ancient Chains
10. The Nightly Forces
A release party is planned for November 25th at Titanic City in Munich. Details will be revealed soon.
Upcoming Sycronomica live dates include:
17 - Filderstadt, Germany at United We Stand Festival
Twisted Sister's cover version of 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' (written by Jimmy Boyd and released as a single in 1953) has been posted online at the band's official MySpace page here.
The track is part of the band's festive CD "A Twisted Christmas" which is due October 17th via Razor & Tie Records.
"A Twisted Christmas" (cover art) features the following tracklisting :
01. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
02. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
03. White Christmas
04. I'll Be Home For Christmas (featuring Lita Ford)
05. Silver Bells
06. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause
07. Let It Snow
08. Deck The Halls
09. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
Finland's Nightwish has issued the following update via their homepage :
"Today (Friday, September 15), Nightwish enters the studio to begin recording the new album. Jukka starts the process by recording the drum parts in the next 5-6 days. Then guitars, bass and demo keyboards, followed by orchestral/choir recordings. After those, the final synths and vocals will be recorded. The whole process will last six months minimum, so we should have the final master copy in our hands sometime during the spring."
Therion mainman Christofer Johnsson has posted the following message on the band's official website :
"We're happy to announce that the recordings have been finished and that the mix of the album is in progress. We estimate to have the album done by the end of the month and the release is scheduled for January 16th"
Agalloch's video for 'Not Unlike The Waves' is now being streamed at mp3.com.
The video for the song - which is from their new album "Ashes Against The Grain" (on The End Records) - was directed by Nicole Phillips, DP Richard Stark, and camera operators Richard Stark and Juan Mosqueda.
The video - shot in three days with the band in remote areas - calls to mind the work of Ingmar Bergman, Mario Bava, and the German Expressionist movement.
To watch the video for 'Not Unlike The Waves', go here.
Porcupine Tree will embark on their only 2006 mid September till November. The format of the show this time around will be a little different, with half the show dedicated to material from the new live DVD "Arriving Somewhere....", but the other half being brand new, as yet unrecorded material, something that will allow these works in progress to evolve as the tour goes on.
In view of the fact that we live in the age of file sharing and download culture, the band are asking for consideration from all show attendees in *not* attempting to record the show in any way. While the band try to discourage taping of its shows, they do acknowledge that there are those fans who like to document and share PT live performances, and as such they have a fairly liberal policy with trading of recordings among the PT fan community, as long as no money is exchanged between parties. But in this case they hope that fans will understand their feeling that people should experience this new music for the first time in performance, and not in the form of unauthorised audience recordings. It's one thing to hear a substandard live recording of a piece already familiar, but quite another to hear something new for the first time in such poor circumstances, so if you are unable to get along to a show this time, please be patient and wait for the album versions!
Viking/Folk Metal band Moonsorrow have announced two live shows in Estonia and The Netherlands. These are the first two announced shows of the band's 'Heathen Crusades 2006' tour. Here is a posting by Moonsorrow from their website: "If you live in Estonia or the Netherlands you might wanna swing by Tallinn and Arnhem respectively to do some serious headbanging!".
Here are the two dates:
13.10.2006 - Nõmme Cult, Tallinn, Estonia
09.12.2006 - Arnhem Metal Meeting, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Heavy/Power Metal band Dream Evil's record company Century Media have posted a song off Dream Evil's upcoming album online. The song is called 'Fire! Battle! In Metal!' and is off the band's aforementioned new album called 'United'. The album is due out towards the end of this month for some countries, and in October for others.
Black Metallers Marduk have posted a trailer for thier upcoming DVD on their official website. The DVD is entitled 'Blood Puke Salvation' and contains over 90 minutes of live footage from the band's Tilburg, Holland and Antwerpen, Belgium shows among other things. The DVD will be released on the 25th September.
Nevermore have had to cancel their showing in Bochum, Germany where they were going to film a live DVD. The reason behind the cancellation was because vocalist Warrel Dane surprisingly suffered from a virus. On the morning of September 12th, 2006 (the day of the show) he felt sick and he ended up having to see a doctor at a hospital in Dortmund, Germany.
Here is a comment by Nevermore's management/booking agency:
"Unfortunately we had been informed by the doctor in charge relatively late (around 17:30h) that Warrel was not able to do the show and as the doctor insisted on keeping Warrel at the hospital, we could not do anything else but make the artist's health priority.
Together with band and the local venue (Zeche in Bochum), we agreed to re-do this show on October 11, 2006, Continental Concerts indicated this at the entrance of the venue as soon as we had made this decision.
Roadrunner team have posted the following update concerning the special edition of Ghost Reveries:
"More Opeth is always a good thing and Ghost Reveries, an album many consider to be their best effort to date is getting expanded. Get ready to experience an Opeth album in a whole new way with the Ghost Reveries Special Edition.
01. Ghost of Perdition
02. The Baying of the Hounds
03. Beneath The Mire
05. Reverie/Harlequin Forest
06. Hours of Wealth
07. The Grand Conjuration
08. Isolation Years
09. Soldier Of Fortune (Deep Purple cover)
* "Beyond Ghost Reveries" - A 40 Minute Documentary
* Music Video For "The Grand Conjuration"
* 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of "Ghost Reveries"
Bassist Glenn Barry from Power Metal band Kamelot will be absent from some shows on the band's North American tour. Barry and his wife Kristin will be expecting their second child around the time of the tour, so for that reason he will be away. Royal Anguish bassist Sean Tibbets will be filling in for Barry on the select shows of the first leg of the tour.
In other Kamelot news, two more supports for the band's North American tour have been announced. Aghora and Wolff Pack will join Cryptic Vision, Ben Jackson and Jon Drenning and Dana Burnell from Crimson Glory as supports for Kamelot.