Denver's Cryogen are releasing their new EP, "Psalms Of Deceit", for free. The digital version was released since yesterday (February 17) as a "pay what you want" download, meaning it can be downloaded for free.
Cryogen comments: "We are offering our fans the opportunity to pay what they want for our new EP. That includes paying nothing. We're leaving it up to our fans to decide what the album is worth. We're leaving that decision up to each individual, and we're happy to be the first extreme metal band to do that. We feel that this is the future of music distribution and that there is no better time to do this than right now. While record labels sit in fear of losing sales to piracy, we believe it's up to independent bands, like Cryogen, to help pave a new way of distributing music."
Swedish youngsters Sonic Syndicate have their new video clip ready. "Powershift," which comes off their latest successful record "Love And Other Disasters" will have its premiere today, February 18th exclusively on the band´s MySpace Video Channel.
"Powershift" is one of two videos (along with "Contradiction") that Sonic Syndicate recently shot with director Marius Böttcher of Quent Film. Check out photos from the video shoot at this location.
The band is currently touring Europe alongside label mates Deathstars.
Axxis are currently recording the material for their new studio album. This time, the band members will come up with a special surprise to celebrate their 20th band anniversary. Stay tuned for upcoming news regarding this matter.
At this moment, Axxis singer Bernhard is recording his vocal tracks before drummer Alex Landenburg will start with the drum recordings.
The upcoming Axxis album will be produced by Harry and Berny. The band is once again working with engineer Dennis Ward (never change a winning team!). Also a female vocalist will take part at the new production, but this time, she will only act in the background.
Looking back on the long career of the band, who have sold more than 250,000 albums in more than 30 countries worldwide, the name Elegy might not have been the best one to choose, even though the dictionary's explanation is rock solid. Considering the ups and downs the band has gone through, the name has covered a lot for the past 17 years. Metal Mind Productions is proud to present a set of 7 albums covering the band's entire musical history to date.
The seven-CD box set will be released on March 23 in Europe and May 5 May in North America (via MVD). The titles will be made available in a new digipack edition on golden disc, digitally remastered using 24-bit technology and limited to 1,000 copies.
Get ready for an hour of despair with the uncanny doom metallers! Metal Mind Production presents a CD audio version of the latest Solitude Aeturnus DVD entitled "Hour Of Despair". Robert Lowe's haunting vocals, unbelievably heavy and slow riffs, strange melodies and sublime compositions - all this complemented by the band's desperate, insane personal appeal.
The tracklist comprised of songs recorded during their live show in Poland. It includes songs from their latest album "Alone" as well as from some of their previous releases (from the classic debut "Into The Depths Of Sorrow", from "Through The Darkest Hour", "Downfall", and the cult album "Adagio"). "Hour Of Despair" CD will be released on 2nd March in Europe and 10th March in USA (via MVD). Digipak edition is limited to 1000 copies!"
Cannadian Death metal band announced the following news on their MySpace page:
"We are glad to announce that Antoine Baril has officially joined Augury on drums. Originating from Quebec City area, Antoine got known with the excellent tribute to Death, Symbolic, as well as MAG Project, Signs Of Fate and many others. An accomplished mutli-instrumentalist, and producer of several local recordings. His professionalism and enthusiasm are such a boost for the team!"
Augury recently signed a world wide record deal with Nuclear Blast, more informations about the new album will be revealed soon.
John Boecklin, the drummer of Devildriver has posted the following update about Devildriver's upcoming album:
"The record is completely tracked! This album certainly has a more serious and focused vibe that we may have missed in previous efforts. One song in particular is the craziest double bass patterns I've ever done, guitar work you would not expect from us, mixed in with a really fresh vocal approach Completely new from Dez Fafara. Its vibe is very new for us, but still totally brutal. I guess talking about it won't do much, I'm just trying to state that you won't be disappointed with us if you are Devildriver fan. Yet, there will be some surprises in "Pray For Villians" that are refreshing. In case someone didn't read it already, "Pray For Villians" is the album title. I'm very proud of every member for stepping it up!"
Lamb Of God's next album "Wrath" has been posted entirely on the band's official Myspace. The band posted the following update:
"We're streaming the whole album in our media player on our Myspace page right now! Check it out and make sure you pick up a your own copy on 2.24 so you can use the code inside to see if you "Escape the Plague" and win one of 100 exclusive prizes including a BBQ with Randy at your house, a trip to the UK to see LOG, Signature series equipment, lessons with the guys, and much much more."
Lamb Of God will release their fifth studio album "Wrath", on February 24th, 2009. The record will be released in North America by Epic and will be the first release with their new label Roadrunner, outside of North America. "Wrath" is produced by Josh Wilbur and was recorded in studios in New York, Virginia, and New Hampshire.
Arch Enemy have not only announced a Latin American tour for April - May, but will also be returning to European stages in May 2009 (with label mates Mercenary as support on some dates) to deliver an unforgettable lesson in pure fucking metal.
Confirmed 2009 Summer Tyranny Dates so far:
21-May-2009 - Metal Dayz Festival (Switzerland)
22-May-2009 - Legacy Fest (Germany)
23-May-2009 - Summer Nights Festival (Austria)
24-May-2009 - Zagreb, Croatia @ Boogalo (Support Act: Mercenary)
26-May-2009 - Budapest, Hungary @ Diesel (Support Act: Mercenary)
28-May-2009 - Rome, Italy @ Blackout (Support Act: Mercenary)
29-May-2009 - Roncade, Italy @ New Age Club (Support Act: Mercenary)
30-May-2009 - Pinarella di Cervia, Italy @ Rock Planet (Support Act: Mercenary)
Jens Pohl, the webmaster for German metal legends Running Wild, has issued the following update: "it's been already almost four years since "the revivalry - a tribute to Running Wild" hit the light. Soon after that, its success began to grow progressively and it significantly led to the idea that a tribute album brought to a different level should come out, especially by bringing cover songs from the newer albums by Running Wild. And this time it is going to be like this!".
The second, yet-untitled tribute album will contain exclusively cover songs from "The Rivalry" (1998), "Victory" (2000), "The Brotherhood" (2002) and "Rogues En Yogue" (2005) and is scheduled to be released tentatively in fall this year. The artwork will be done by romanian graphic artist Costin Chioreanu, who worked for bands like Absu, Centinex, Demonical, Negură Bunget, Thunderstorm and many others. One of the first confirmed bands, who will be part of this album is Crystal Viper, who will record its own version of the "Libertalia" song."
Chimaira have announced more new details about their new upcoming album, entilted "The Infection". The album will be released in the spring on April 21 via Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork of the album can be viewed at this location.
Tracklist of the "The Infection":
01. The Venom Inside
02. Frozen In Time
03. Coming Alive
04. Secrets Of The Dead
05. The Disappearing Sun
06. Impending Doom
07. On Broken Glass
08. Destroy And Dominate
09. Try To Survive
10. The Heart Of It All
Zimmers Hole guitarist Jed Simon has posted the following blog on the band's MySpace page regarding the death of former guitarist Chris Stanley:
"I don't know where or how to start... other than to say we are all deeply saddened at the loss of one of our own, Chris Stanley. Chris is a Zimmers Hole alumni, he played guitar for us during the "Legion Of Flames" era, and more zany moments occurred when he was around than I care to try and remember. He has had a long battle with the many complications, and the day-to-day life battles with Cystic Fibrosis, Pneumonia (many times), a double lung transplant and the myriad of issues that arise with that. He has battled back so many times, and it just crushes our hearts that he couldn't pull through this time.
Swedish metallers Abramis Brama have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Time for a MEGA update in the "what have you been up to lately" department... First and foremost, we've got a brand new album coming out sometime in March/April this year! It will contain approximately 10-11 brand new songs. We've yet to decide on a name for the album but when we do, you'll be the first to know.
Coinciding with the release of the album we will of course do as many gigs as we can possibly fit in during the rest of the year, starting in Norway mid-March opening up for our favourite Norwegians; Black Debbath! All other confirmed gigs can be found at our website.
After the Danes and the Swedes, also the Finns were handing out their Metal Awards this weekend. Heavy metal quartet Stam1na was the big winner at this year's Finnish Metal Awards, which was held Friday night (February 13) during the Finnish Metal Expo at Kaapelitehdas in Helsinki, Finland. Members of the general public were invited to cast their votes to select the winners, which were as follows (final percentage of votes is listed next to each nominee):
01. Stam1na: "Raja" - 16.28%
02. Diablo: "Icaros"- 5.85%
03. Norther: "N" - 4.12%
04. Children Of Bodom: "Blooddrunk" - 3.87%
05. Omnium Gatherum: "The Redshift" - 3.81%