Finnish power metallers Ghost Machinery have found a new vocalist and are still in search for a new label.
New frontman of the band is Taage Laiho. He's also a vocalist of a well known Finnish band Kilpi, but also known from his work on two Altaria albums. Taage's vocals can be heard on Divinity and The Fallen Empire albums and he also made an extensive European tour with the band in 2006. Kilpi band just released their 5th album, Pirun Merta, and at the moment Kilpi is touring in Finland.
Ghost Machinery was formed by a Pete Ahonen (Burning Point) in 2002 and they released their debut album, Haunting Remains, in December 2004. It was highly praised in the media all over the world and it gained lots of great reviews as well as huge amount of interviews was made during the time of the release.
Sarah Jezebel Deva (Angtoria, Cradle Of Filth, Therion) will release her solo album A Sign Of Sublime in February 2010 through Rising Records. The drums on the CD were laid down by Max Blunos, formerly of the UK death metal outfit Trigger The Bloodshed. Other guest musicians that appear on the album include keyboard player Martin Powell (Cradle Of Filth, Anathema, My Dying Bride) and bassist Dave Pybus (Cradle Of Filth).
Regarding the musical direction of her solo debut, Sarah said in September: "It's not another Angtoria, it's not Cradle Of Filth what is it? Hell if I know! Haha... it's music! No label, just me and the people I care about doing music. It's not pompous, it's not over the top. I would like to say it's just a mixture of styles and feelings. Some tracks are fast, almost having a black metal edge, some tracks are slow, almost like a movie film score... and well, it just doesn't all sound the same, it's not blast beats from start to finish, it has feeling, and well, that's it!"
Rising Records UK has officially inked a deal with Italian deathcore band Five Days Of Rain and it will release Five Days Of Rain's debut album Taste My Breath After The Fallout. Recording sessions of the album will start this winter at Authoma Studios.
"We are honored to announce that we are a part of the Rising Records. It's amazing to be a part of the label of Trigger The Bloodshed and Bleed From Within. We are very grateful for the opportunity and we would like to thanks Mark Daghorn for his faith in the band. We would like to thank everyone who supported us in these years and suggest you to keep update for discover plans of our debut Rising Records Release and future touring plans."
Swedish black metallers Marduk (currently promoting their brand new album Wormwood - out on Regain Records) have confirmed the second part of "Funeral Nation Tour 2010". The trip will be divided into three parts. The first part consisted of 15 battles (covering mostly Eastern Europe and the Balkans) will feature also Polish famous death metal act Vader (special guest of the tour) and support acts Mastic Scum and Sinate. Right after the tour Marduk will apppear on 4 shows in Belgium and The Netherlands, sharing the stage with Edge Of Serenity and Sinate. The final part of the winter campaign will be a tour in the UK and Ireland which will last till February 7. Anaal Nathrakh will appear on that tour as a special guest act (it will be actually the first opportunity to see them on such a "long" tour since years). The tour presented by UK's Metal Hammer and Zero Tolerance will contain 10 dates. Artisian and Zebediah Crowe will play on the tour as support acts
Accept bassist Peter Baltes (ex-Dokken) has issued the following studio update regarding the new Accept studio album on his MySpace blog:
"Just an update to everyone. Accept just started recording a new studio album in England. We are very exited and love our new singer Mark Tornillo. Andy Sneap, who just finished with Megadeth, is producing the album. If you want to know more please go to the Peter Baltes Fan Page on Facebook. I will be talking there often. Gotta go back recording. You all have a great rockin' week."
The as-yet-untitled CD is being recorded at Andy Sneap's Backstage studio in Derbyshire, England. An early 2010 release is expected via an as-yet-undetermined record label.
Nile have released a new song, entitled "Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld". The track is available on the band's MySpace page. "Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld" is the sixth song on Nile's new album Those Whom The Gods Detest, which will be released on October 30th in Europe and November 3, in the US by Nuclear Blast.
UPDATE (thanks to 25232)
A new album trailer for Nile's latest effort, Those Whom The Gods Detest can be watched below.
Front The Final Foes, the third opus from Ruins, is streaming in its entirety at the following location. The album was recorded, mixed & mastered at Red Planet and Crawlspace Studios. Front The Final Foes was released on October 30 via Debemur Morti Productions.
Front The Final Foes cover art] tracklist:
01. Breath Of Void
02. The Sum Of Your Loss
03. Cult Rapture
05. Front The Final Foes
06. Hallways Of The Always
07. Keeping This Crown
08. With These Winged Words
Debemur Morti Productions is also streaming Desecrated Internal Journey, the debut album from French black metallers Way To End, available at the following location
Swedish metallers The Haunted will embark on an UK Tour flyer] in October/November. Providing direct support on the trek will be The Casino Brawl and Romeo Must Die.
Announced dates are as follows:
Oct. 29 - Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
Oct. 30 - Swansea, UK - Vice
Oct. 31 - Leeds, UK - Rios
Nov. 01 - Manchester, UK - Academy
Nov. 02 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
Nov. 03 - Reading UK, Sub 89
Nov. 04 - London, UK - Scala
The Haunted have cancelled their UK tour. The group had the following to say: "Some very special circumstances have forced us to cancel the upcoming UK tour. We are very sad about this, and wish to apologize beforehand for any inconvenience this will cause."
Maruta drummer Nick Augusto will replace Travis Smith on Trivium's headlining N. American tour.
The message from Trivium goes as follows: "We have a bit of news to announce as we gear up to start the second leg of our headline North American Shogun tour Into The Mouth Of Hell. Travis Smith will not be joining us on this leg and is home taking care of some personal business. Filling in on drums for the tour will be south Florida's Nick Augusto. Nick is a former Trivium drum tech and is a member of the band Maruta (Willowtip Records)."
Trivium are currently touring as part of the "Into The Mouth Of Hell We Tour", together with Chimaira, Whitechapel and Dirge Within.
Obituary will tour the Southern Americas in December. Belphegor will support the band in Brazil, Benediction in Peru.
The dates are as follows:
02/12 Porto Alegre, Brazil @ Bar Opinião (with Belphegor)
03/12 TBA, Brazil @ TBA (with Belphegor)
04/12 São Paulo, Brazil @ Hangar 110 (with Belphegor)
05/12 Belo Horizonte, Brazil @ Bar Brasil (with Belphegor)
06/12 Brasília, Brazil @ TBA (with Belphegor)
08/12 Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Teletón
10/12 Vaparaíso, Chile @ El Huevo
11/12 Lima, Peru @ Marina Park (with Benediction)
13/12 Cuenca, Ecuador @ Coliseo Benigno Malo
16/12 Caracas, Venezuela @ Moulin Rouge
18/12 Medellín, Colombia @ Auditorio UCC
19/12 Bogotá, Colombia @ Teatro La Mama
Mortiis will be unleashing their collective demons on The Netherlands and Belgium during a four-show jaunt to continental Europe.
"We're all looking forward to going back to Holland," said band namesake Mortiis. "We haven't played there in a long time and we always had a great time there. We're also doing a couple of towns there we haven't played before, so that will be interesting as well."
Following the three Dutch shows, the band will head to Belgium for the Hermes Project Event, where they will play with Clan Of Xymox.
Mortiis has been putting the finishing touches on The Great Deceiver, the group's long-awaited follow-up to 2005's The Grudge. Tracks from the record can be heard - and seen - via the videos for "Doppelganger" and "Zeitgeist" on Mortiis's YouTube channel. Mortiis also promises to preview several new songs during the live shows.
Heavenly guitarist Charley Corbiaux has announced that, unfortunately Thomas Das Neves has decided to leave the band. "We wish him the best for the future and keep in mind all the good work he has done for Heavenly. Thank you bro' and good luck. But now it's time for good news, my friends. Heavenly is proud to present you our new drummer. He's fast, he's loud, he's crazy and his name is Pierre-Emmanuel "Piwee" Desfray (ex-Fairyland).
And you must also know that the new album is almost finished. The great Philip Colodetti is working very hard at this time. Surrounded by his machines, sweating and screaming, he's processing to the mix and the master of Carpe Diem."
Varg are back, stronger than ever! The German viking metal band is setting standards when it comes to toughness and brutality in their genre. Three years have passed since the wolf warriors released their debut album Wolfszeit which couldn´t have been more unique, innovative and massive.
Look forward to January 22nd 2010 - the release day of Blutaar, Varg's first album for new label Nuclear Blast.
"We're proud to be part of the family without having to hide the wolf in sheep's clothes. Nuclear Blast approached us honestly and have the balls to kick ass together with us. This powerful alliance makes us happy! Let's fight against nazis and the haters who wanted to see us in the rightwing corner - the wolves are hunting again!"
US metalcore/thrash act Throwdown has inked a deal with Nuclear Blast for all European countries and Russia. Their brand new album Deatless which will be released in November in the USA will be available in Europe on January 22. Welcome to the family!
"I love when bands reinvent themselves, especially into something great. That's exactly what Throwdown have done on this release. It's as heavy and catchy as you'd expect with memorable melodies that will stick in your head for a long long time. Their best release so far."