A few days ago already, Canadian drone doomsters Nadja have launched a bandcamp page for digital music downloads, including a couple pay-what-you-want releases. You can stream and/or download full albums - 16 to be exact! - as well as separate songs from both Nadja and Aidan Baker's solo project.
All you have to do is name a price (with no minimum), and give away your e-mail address (you'll be added to the Broken Spine Productions mailing list, from which you can unsubscribe at any time) to download hours and hours of drone sweetness.
After announcing 6 UK dates for coming March 2011 already, The Devin Townsend Project now announces a full blown European tour which will see the band playing 25 shows in 13 different countries.
Mr Townsend, being hard at work to put the final touches to the upcoming albums Ghost and Deconstruction (both tentatively scheduled for a May release), commented: "After another busy, busy, year, we have set ourselves up for an even busier one... and to be honest, I wouldn't have it any other way. I have just recently finished Ghost (record 4, the mellow one) and am currently up to my balls in Deconstruction (record 3, the heavy one... for which we are using the Prague Symphony Orchestra to make more ridiculous than it really needs to be ) and I've yet to get my goddamn garage cleaned, so yeah... things are busy. I love it.
Indie Recordings is proud to announce the signing of Einherjer.
Official press release: Legendary Viking Metal act Einherjer have signed to Indie Recording for the release of their comeback album due out in the spring of 2011.
Einherjer was one of the very first bands to use the Viking thematic and the Norse mythology in metal, and are one of the founders of this now widely acclaimed metal sub-genre.
Their name also origins from the Norse mythology as Einherjer is a vikings life after death. When a viking was slained in battle, he was brought up to Valhalla by the Valkyries, for then to join the army of Einherjers and help the Gods in their clash against the Giants in the age of Ragnarok.
Times Of Grace - the new project featuring Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and former Killswitch Engage/current The Empire Shall Fall frontman Jesse Leach - have debuted their new "Strength In Numbers" online, and can now be watched below.
The clip was shot outside of Pittsburgh, PA with director Robby Starbuck (August Burns Red, Silverstein) at the helm.
"Strength In Numbers" is the first single from the band's debut album, The Hymn Of A Broken Man, slated for a January 18th release date through Roadrunner Records. You can get yourself a free mp3 of the track at this location.
Times Of Grace - the new project featuring Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and former Killswitch Engage/current The Empire Shall Fall frontman Jesse Leach - have released another new video, called "Where The Spirit Leads Me".
After touring extensively throughout Europe in 2010, Sweden's Sabaton will play the Old Continent again in the spring of 2011. Support on the trek will come from French heavy metallers Nightmare. Here's the official statement from Sabaton:
"Just as the first part of our great tour reaches the end and Europe thought they had seen the last of us we now proudly announce that we will strike Europe again for a second tour in the spring. This time we will go to the places we did not visited so much in the past including Spain and Portugal. It will also be our first ever visit to Luxembourg, aswell as the first Sabaton headline show in Slovenia.
Together with the already presented dates the Sabaton - World War Headline Tour is now more then 75 concerts, covering over 30 European countries, and it's growing... Tickets will be available on Friday the 10th of December."
Katatonia will be touring South America in February 2011. Below is the official statement of the band:
"There's been quite a few rumours going on about us touring South America and we're very happy to announce that those rumours are true! We're all very excited and can't wait to get our asses over and enjoy all the good things South America has to offer. Tour dates are as follows and ticket links will be up soon."
February 20, 2011 - Mexico, Mexico City, Circo Volador
February 22, 2011 - Colombia, Bogota, Teatro La Mama
February 24, 2011 - Chile, Santiago de Chile, Teatro La Cupula
February 25, 2011 - Argentina, Buenos Aires, Roxy Live
February 26, 2011 - Uruguay, Montevideo, VENUE TBC
Ok, so it's time for the scheduled (almost) monthly Clandestine Cuts! This month features Razorwyre, Disintegrated, Everfailed, Apsis, Magrudergrind, Gallowbraid and Catuvolcus. Go read it here.
Now, you're probably wondering what the big changes are to this issue? Well, it's quite simple; we're giving you! Yes, you! Some more power regarding the MetalStorm awards. We've attached a poll to the bottom of the article, where you get to vote for what you think is the best demo, EP, or single from that issue. The top 6 chosen will be nominated in the 2010 MetalStorm awards under a new category!
During the MS awards, we experience some of our highest traffic all year. Now, a nomination in the MetalStorm awards may not mean all that much to a band like Iron Maiden, but some massive exposure in the awards may be huge news for some of these bands that just need to get their name out there. Think a certain band has got that sound that more people should hear? Show it! Give them a vote!
"Legacy Of Ashes", a brand new song from Dutch metallers Sinister, is available for streaming at the Massacre Records' website or MySpace page.
"Legacy Of Ashes" is the title track from the band's forthcoming album, Legacy Of Ashes, which will be released on December 17 via Massacre Records.
Legacy Of Ashes cover art] tracklist:
01. Herd Of Damnation
02. Into The Blind World
03. The Enemy Of My Enemy
04. Anatomie Of A Catastrophe
05. The Sin Of Sodomy
06. Legacy Of Ashes
07. The Hornet's Nest
08. Righteous Indignations
09. The Living Sacrifice
"Killzone", a brand new song from Dutch metallers Legion Of The Damned, is available for streaming at the Massacre Records' website or MySpace page.
"Killzone" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Descent Into Chaos, which will be released on January 7, 2011 via Massacre Records.
Descent Into Chaos cover art] tracklist:
01. Descent Into Chaos
02. Desolation Empire
03. Holy Blood, Holy War
04. War Is In My Blood
05. Night Of The Sabbath
06. The Hand Of Darkness
07. Lord Of The Flies
09. Possessed Again
10. Shrapnel Rain
British crossover thrashers SSS are spreading some festive metal cheer by offering you a free song, titled "Merry ChristmaSSS".
It's that time of the year again and the Liverpool thrashers have taken time out of their schedule to think of others and give you all a special treat with a free song to see you through the holiday period.
Download "Merry ChristmaSSS" now for free at this location (view an image with the lyrics here).
The original line up of one of the most influential hardcore punk metal bands, Biohazard, is gearing up to release their first album together in sixteen years. The as yet untitled album will be released in Spring 2011 via a new partnership with Nuclear Blast for the world outside of North America.
Jaap Wagemaker, A&R for the label says: "We at Nuclear Blast have been longtime fans since we first saw Biohazard on tour with Wargasm and at the legendary Dynamo Open Air where they played no less than four times! Judging by the sheer power, enthusiasm and pleasure that I have seen them unleash live by playing their classics, the new album promises nothing less than another milestone in their career".
Dave Machander, touring drummer for Annihilator on Refresh the Demon Europe tour 1996, has sadly lost his battle with cancer. Annihilator mainman Jeff Waters released the following statement:
"A few weeks ago (while I was touring in Europe), I got word that we lost a former member of Annihilator's touring lineup, Dave Machander. He passed away from cancer.
Dave was a super nice guy. I met him under stressful circumstances. In 1996, we did a record called Refresh The Demon. Randy Black was our drummer then and I had bought everyone's plane tickets for our upcoming Refresh the Demon EUROPE tour 1996.
12 days BEFORE the tour weas supposed to start, I get a call from Randy telling me that, if I did not pay him dounle+ the money I was to pay him for the tour, that he would not come along and would join another Vancouver artist "Bif Naked" instead (as she apparently was offering more money). I told him that we could not afford this and that it is very, very wrong to hold us "hostage" like this. He ended up leaving for Bif Naked (which ended up lasting one tour and he was out anyway!) but, more importantly, Randy Black left us with NO DRUMMER, a cancelled flight that I did not get my money back for and a tour in 12 days!!!