Norway's darkest, Gorgoroth, have announced new European live dates for October and November 2008:
16-10 Norway John Dee, Oslo
17-10 Norway Folken, Stavenger
18-10 Russia Tba, Moskow
19-10 Russia Tba, St Petersburg
21-10 Finland Hella, Tampere
22-10 Finland Travastia, Helsinki
23-10 Estonia Nômme Cult, Talinn
24-10 Latvia Melna Piekdiena, Riga
25-10 Lithuania Mulen Ruzas, Vilnius
27-10 Czech Rep Exit Chmelnice, Prague
28-10 Slovakia Randall, Bratislava
29-10 Croatia Boogaloo, Zagreb
30-10 Slovenia VPK Media Park, Ljubljana
31-10 Serbia SKC, Beograd
01-11 Romania Irish Music Pub, Cluj Napoca
02-11 Romania Fabrika, Bucaresti
04-11 Bulgaria Black Box, Sofia
06-11 Greece Mylos Liebe, Thessaloniki
Danish metallers Illnath have issued the following update:
"Illnath has finally found a new drummer. We are proud to announce 19 year old Danni. Despite his young age, he has previously played with Fairytale Abuse and several non-metal projects. We are now looking forward to getting Danni involved in the vibe of Illnath and making new material, along with preparing for some live shows as soon as possible."
"One of the newest TDF song is named "Johnny The Vampire", it is parody about a gothic boy. Is it going to be on TDF's next album? Who knows? Let's see.
TDF will hit the studio between the 8th and 11th in July. Recording demos. In July you can hear some samples here at TDF MySpace. Next album will include a cover song of course. It could be a song from the lords of the new church, or from Duran Duran."
Roadrunner Records have made the video for Soulfly's new song "Unleash" available at this location. The clip was directed by Robert Sexton, who has previously worked with Mondo Generator, Amen and Iced Earth, among many others.
You can also listen to "Unleash", the first track off soulfly's new album "Conquer", which is due on July 29. The track features guest vocalist, Dave Peters of Throwdown. Click here to listen.
Benediction have posted two new song called "Immaculate Façade" and "They Must Die Screaming"on their official MySpace. The track comes off the band's upcoming album entitled "Killing Music", due on August 22 via Nuclear Blast Records.
My Dying Bride would like to formally announce the new keyboard/violinist, Katie Stone.
"We will have a full profile update and pictures as soon as the band has time from the gigs/studio work they are presently engaged in. Katie is also involved in the new studio album. More as we get it."
Construcdead have posted a new track, "Mephisto", from their upcoming album, "Endless Echo". The band are still seeking a label to release their new album. To listen the song go to this location.
"Endless Echo" track listing:
01. Sedated Morning
02. My Haven
03. Endless Echoes
04. A Godess Breaches Through Me
05. Disfigured Beauty
07. No Exit
09. Tragic Kingdom
10. Spriritual Shift
11. The One Beside Me
13. A Dark Wave
USA Progressive Powet Metal band Dark Empire have issued the following update:
"I'm really pleased to announce that we can name the new drummer and bass player for Dark Empire. Filling in the long vacant bass position is Randy Knecht, and taking up the drum position is Omar Davila. I was not expecting to find two musicians that fit the same vision and drive for Dark Empire that I have, not to mention the immense talent that I would expect from anyone involved in this band, in such a short span of time. I guess thats how luck plays things out sometimes.
So, everyone welcome Randy and Omar to the Dark Empire family! We cannot wait to tear some faces off this August!"
Edguy have entered the Gate Studios in Wolfsburg to record the follow-up of their chart breaker album "Rocket Ride". The new album will be produced by Sascha Paeth and is scheduled to be released in November 2008. The album will be entitled "Tinnitus Sanctus".
Tobias Sammet has got the following news in store: "The title just refers to the wall of sound that will bulldoze you. Let's be modest: We have ten extraordinary songs and this new album is gonna be our ticket to the hall of fame alongside with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and AC/DC. There won't be a hit-single this time, not even a flop-single, haha; not only because most songs are too long for a single, but also because for a single we had to produce way more stuff, lose money and need a time frame to release it. The album would come later then and that would suck. For the record: Musically, we don't go back to the roots. It's not the "Legacy of Mandrake part 2" and it's not a little brother of Rocket Ride either. It's a new album and we've set off to new horizons once more! The stuff sounds really broad, very anthemic, heavy and ballsy. We've kept our trademarks and still there are a lot of elements that are different to anything we've done before. I know what some fans may think, because if my favourite bands would have come up with statements like that I would have been scared to death, but in our case I am sure this could be the album we'll be measured by in the future."
German death metallers Obscura are currently recording their new album with producer V. Santura (Dark Fortress) at The Crypt Studios in Germany. Obscura bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-Pestilence) comments: "I just got back from Landschut, Germany, where we've finished most of the recordings for the new album. I'm very excited about the new Obscura material; it sounds extremely brutal and technical compared with Pestilence's "Spheres" (1993). We are looking forward to play most of the new songs during the upcoming shows."
"Due to Mikael contracting Varicella (Chicken Pox), the appearances this weekend, Peace & Love (Borlänge, Sweden on June 26), Hovefestivalen (Norway on June 27), Metaltown (Gothenborg, Sweden on June 28), and Graspop Metal Meeting (Dessel, Belgium on June 29), have all been cancelled. We hope to have Mike on his feet again as soon as possible, and obviously apologize to all and any that had set out to see Opeth this weekend."
The replacement for Opeth on the Hovefestivalen and Metal Town is Satyricon.
''We have had plans of doing a smaller club show tour for quite some time now where we would mainly play older songs, but that has been very hard to pull off. So when this idea was brought to us of re-visiting the 4 first full lenght albums at Bochum in Germany we were all up for it. This will be a once in a life time chance for us to play and our fans to experience all the old songs that we don't have room for in the setlist anymore, but are still too good to not play! Of course we'll also play songs from the new upcoming album, as well as "With Oden On Our Side" and "Fate Of Norns".
Since these shows will be unique we thought we could might as well record the shows too!
Finnish metallers Silentium have issued the following update:
"After a while of silence the band has retired to a studio in Central Finland. At this point the drums, the bass and most of the guitars have been recorded. Some of the vocals have been recorded as well, although Riina and Matti are due to return to the studio in July. The band has some major surprises reserved for their loyal fans, who have been more than patient in the wait for the new album. All the Silentians agree that the new material is the most impressive up to date! Prepare yourselves for a massive music experience. This fall, Silentium will be back, more powerful than ever!".
Silentium's new album, which is scheduled for release on October 29, is being produced by the multi-talented mainman of Waltari, Kärtsy Hatakka.