14:33 - !J.O.O.E.! Weekends here don't really apply to work; I think few people work Mon - Fri. Education though, not sure. I think I recall some people having weekend exams. Not me though, thankfully#
14:28 - Marcel Hubregtse Dima apparently is from Australia and there Saturdays are part of the weekend
Iced Earth mainman Jon Schaffer has announced a new project/solo album that he's been working on the last several months called Sons of Liberty.
"For the last several months I have been working on a new project/solo album called Sons of Liberty. My desire is for Sons of Liberty to become part of a much larger movement that is happening around the world. This new website will be a think-tank containing lots of interesting web-links, book and movie recommendations, and much more. This will be an ongoing process, so check back often. I care very much about what is happening in our world, we've been steamrolling down this road for a long time, so I assure you this is not a politically biased message. I'm hoping to set a few brush-fires in the minds of the listeners with this one. So please, check it out, do the research and get involved."
The third Excalion album High Time will be released 29th of January 2010. High Time was recorded at Studio Watercastle in Jyväskylä, between August and October 2009. Sound engineering & mixing was done by Arttu Sarvanne, while the cover artwork was done by Fernando R. Garcia.
Starting from today (December 18), each song will be described in the official Excalion blog additional background information of the creation process. New entries will appear every other day.
High Time cover art] tracklist:
01. Enter A Life
02. From Somewhere To Anywhere
03. Sun Stones
04. The Flags In Line
05. Bring On The Storm
06. The Shroud
10. A Walk On A Broken Road
Progressive rock band Riverside will release Reality Dream, their first ever DVD, on 11th January 2010 (in US on 23rd February) and not in early December as it was previously announced. The release date was postponed due to technical problems that occurred at the pressing company.
In May 2008, the band went on a mini-tour across Poland. The most significant date of the tour was May, 17th when Riverside played a special, over-two-hour gig in Łódź. The show was treated as a summary of the "Reality Dream Trilogy" (Out Of Myself - 2003, Second Life Syndrome - 2005 and Rapid Eye Movement - 2007). The concert was recorded and, so far, it was available in a limited audio only edition during their "Reality Dream Tour" in December 2008. Today, the fans of Riverside have a chance to see that special performance in its full glory as it is released as a double DVD. Apart from the complete performance in Łódź, Reality Dream DVD also includes a selection of live performances in various places around the world, including Canada, Germany and Holland, plus a documentary "Behind the Curtain - A film by John Vis" and a photo gallery.
Greek modern melodeath metallers The Fallen Within completed to shoot their first video for the song "Sound Of Destruction" included in their brand new album Intoxicated out on December 14th via Coroner Records.
The album, presented as an avantgarde melodic death work with many dark atmospheres, was recorded and produced by Bob Katsionis from Firewind, mixed and mastered by Ahti Kortelainen at Tico Tico Studio in Finland. Intoxicated is available in CD Jewel case and in Digital Download (MP3 320 kbit, DRM Free). The video trailer for the new album can be watched here.
Intoxicated cover art] tracklist:
01. My Vanity
02. Sound Of Destruction
03. Pain Right Under
04. I Am Hate
Dying Fetus will headline the third installment of the "Thrash And Burn Tour" as it returns to Europe in early April. Joining Dying Fetus for this month-long tour is Origin, Beneath The Massacre, Man Must Die and Revocation. A listing of confirmed "Thrash And Burn" tour dates and cities can be found below. Additional tour news and ticket information will be made available via http://www.myspace.com/ThrashandBurnEuroTour.
Dying Fetus, who have just returned home the Planetary Depravity US Tour and an European run alongside Cannibal Corpse, are touring in support of their brand new album Descend Into Depravity. The band's Sean Beasley commented on their upcoming tour; "We are very excited to be a part of Thrash And Burn this year and can't wait to witness the carnage every night of this tour."
Kamelot vocalist Roy Khan issued the following short update:
"Things are going great here in Wolfsburg! We will take a break next week for Christmas and then we are back to finishing things up. Lots going on here, new album, new setlist for the tour, new label news and more. Lots of diversity on the new record. We hope to announce more details soon including the cover art etc... stay tuned and get ready for a MONSTER 2010! Kamelot has set a tentative release date for their next album for March 22nd, 2010!"
Chimaira's 10th annual hometown Christmas show on December 27 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio will be filmed for a forthcoming concert DVD.
Commented guitarist Rob Arnold: "It's hard for us to believe that the first time Chimaira played the Cleveland area over the holidays was ten years ago this Christmas. And the fact that the show became an annual event, drawing metal heads from not only the Cleveland area but from all over the globe, makes it all the more special.
I remember being excited years ago, when fans started showing up from places as far as Texas, and now seeing fans flying in from places like Europe and the U.K. is, to say the least... astonishing.
So here we are... our tenth annual Chimaira Christmas show, and we plan to make it special. The production will be the biggest and the best yet, and the set list will span our entire catalog."
Edenbridge have finished the recordings for their 7th studio album, which will have the title Solitaire. The release date will be in May 2010.
01. Entree Unique
04. Skyline's End
05. Bon Voyage Vagabond
06. Come Undone
07. Out Of This World
08. Further Afield
09. A Virtual Dream?
10. Brothers On Diamir
11. Exit Unique
The limited edition will have 2 additional songs: "Eternity" and "Inward Passage". More news and infos regarding the new album will follow soon.
Set for a February 15th release, Rotting Christ's upcoming album is entitled Aealo, correlatively with the band's will to delve deeper than ever before into their Greek roots.
Frontman Sakis explains: "Aealo is the transcription of the ancient Greek word ΕΑΛΩ into the Latin alphabet. It means thrashing, catastrophe or destruction and reflects the musical and lyrical content of the album. The concept of Aealo deals with the feelings of a warrior during a battle, therefore the album's title bears this sense of anger, fear and grief."
The CD was recorded at Lunatach Studios in Katerini, Greece and will feature guest appearances by Greek-American vocalist Diamanda Galas and Primordial frontman Alan A. Nemtheanga.
In a statement from the band, Hatesphere have announced the addition of a new drummer:
"Things happen fast in this world - and after having suffered back problems for a long time Dennis finally had to throw in the towel. So the US Tour (with The Black Dahlia Murder, Augury and Obscura) not only marks the first time for us over there - it also marks the first tour with our new drummer, Mike Park, who many of you know from his work with fellow Danish metallers Mercenary. Mike has already had his live debut with us on our three shows in late November, and we are more than happy to have him joining our ranks! Welcome in the band!
As mentioned before things really do go fast from time to time. We have been forced to cancel our upcoming European tour with Hypocrisy, because of several personal circumstances and our change of drummer. We are very sorry, as we have looked very much forward to this tour - both to play with Hypocrisy and Survivors Zero but also to meet all you European fans again. But it seems impossible for us to be able to play it at this time. We hope for your understanding - and we promise you, we will be back later in 2010. Thank you all for your support!"
British thrashers EVILE have revealed the identity of their new bassist, who joins the band following the tragic and untimely death of their late bassist, Mike Alexander.
Mike Alexander passed away on October 5th, 2009 while the band was on tour in Sweden.
EVILE members Matt Drake, Ol Drake and Ben Carter have released the following statement:
"This has been one of the most bizarre and surreal tasks we've ever had to undertake. It isn't like Mike has decided to leave the band and we're simply finding a new bass player, he was taken from us, and we were forced to replace him. In effect we had to look for a new Mike, but that would never happen. He was one of a kind, and we'll never forget him.
Greek progressive math-death metallers Tardive Dyskinesia completed their first video for the song "Triggering The Fear Reactor" included in their brand new album "The Sea of See Through Skins" released on October 12th via Coroner Records.
"Aggressive, math, psychotic and obsessive are the keywords that identify this new work amazingly mixed and mastered by Jochem Jacob at Split Second Sound Studio in Holland (Textures, Inquest, Chiraw)."
The video of "Triggering The Fear Reactor" can be seen here.
"After the great feedback got from some important shows in Spain with bands like Scar Symmetry, Amon Amarth, Neaera, Maroon and Textures, the Spanish melo-death metallers Rise To Fall signed with Coroner Records for their upcoming debut album entitled "Restore The Balance", scheduled on February 22nd 2010.
The album, which includes 11 tracks recorded at the Rockstudios in Bilbao by the renowned producer Carlos Creator, was mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios in Denmark."
A preview of the new tracks can be listened at the official Rise To Fall MySpace or at Coroner Records MySpace.
German black metallers Kaer Morhen are proud to announce their first full-lenght album, called Aen Ithlinnespeath, is finally finished. Aen Ithlinnespeath is described as a one hour of epic and melodic black metal.
Aen Ithlinnespeath cover art] tracklist:
01. Aen Ihtlinnespeath
02. Silver And Steel
04. Kaer Morhen
05. Nilfgaard Is Marching
06. Order Of The Rose
Two full tracks ("Nilfgaard Is Marching" and "Silver And Steel") as well as samples can be streamed at http://myspace.com/songsofkaermorhen.
Canadian blackened thrash metal outfit Thesyre have issued the following statement:
"Since the release of our latest album Résistance (Osmose Productions, 2009) and after thinking for a while about the future of the band, we came to the conclusion that our priorities as a band were simple: We enjoy writing, arranging and recording music but we hate the idea of performing it onstage and on tour. We are creators, not entertainers. Also, we liked collaborating with labels over the years (and some obviously did a better job than others) but there will be no satisfying recording deals for us anymore. We're going independent!
From now on we'll be giving you free access to download our music via our website. If you feel like it, you will still be able to support us directly by buying our limited physical releases (Tape, CD, LP), merchandising items or simply making a donation after downloading.