Dark Tranquillity will release their fantastic DVD "Where Death Is Most Alive" on October 26th, 2009 in Europe and November 17th in the US! It contains an unbelievably great live show filmed in Milan, Italy 2008, a 47 minutes long documentary about the legendary Swedish melodic death metal act plus tons of additional rare live footage and all promo clips.
Now, you can already check out a trailer for this release at this location.
The stunning artwork was created by Niklas Sundin (http:///www.cabinfevermedia.com) and you can view it in higher resolution here.
Renowned for being part of the holy trinity of Melodic Death Metal (Dark Tranquillity, At The Gates, In Flames), which spawned the unmistakeably "Gothenburg Sound" in the early 90's, it is now time to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary with a career spanning DVD that takes you from Dark Tranquillity's raw beginnings to their current position as one of the most diverse and influential metal acts.
"Finnish Goth n´ Roll legends The 69 Eyes have announced a European headlining run early 2010! The support on this tour will come from Christian Death and Mandragora Scream. A second leg is currently being worked on and will include shows at least in Spain, France, Benelux, UK and Russia. More info to be announced soon."
Commented singer Jyrki 69: "Kiss me undead Europe! The 69 Eyes will be back on your necks when the nights are long and the winter is cold - we can't wait to play the new songs for you guys! Meanwhile, let the new album "Back In Blood" crawl into your mind and body and let's shake it out loud as The 69 Eyes come to tour near you! See you very soon!"
Swedish metallers Katatonia have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"It's hard to believe, but it's a fact - the rathole sessions are over, we're done! David "King rat of the rathole" Castillo, Jonas and me have spent the longest studio sessions this far with nearly every hour of the day (or night) since we finished up with the vocals. Picture this: Mix down, reference listening, un-do, re-do, mix down, reference listening, repeat x 100. There's always something you find to correct, whether it's one drum hit that's not loud enough, or a backing harmony that doesn't cut through, or a frequency in the bass that makes the rathole sound like a steamboat, yeah basically hundreds of things that fight for their position and balance in the sound picture. One song even reached a staggering 136 (!) active tracks. That's quite a contrast to the days were we were given 16 tracks for the whole package. Everything has to be optimized and you end up going back and forth improving and updating versions of the mix to replace the previous efforts and you can do this for eternity, unless you have a deadline. We just managed to complete the mix at the very last day and let me tell you, the album sounds fan-fukkin-tastic! It's heavy, punchy and crunchy. It sounds very 3D in headphones. We put this album back to back with a couple of other band's albums and it is either right up there sideways with them, or it simply sits with it's azz on their faces. Crushed!
Pittsburgh-based old school metalheads Mantic Ritual just announced the departure of founding member/singer/guitarist Dan Wetmore.
All scheduled shows will take place as planned.
The band issued the following statement: "After much consideration, Dan has decided to no longer continue with Mantic Ritual. We are greatly appreciative of his tremendous contributions to the band and wish him the best in his future endeavors. For the upcoming tours this fall, our good friend, Dave Watson, will be filling in as singer/guitarist. We've known Dave for quite some time, and besides being a killer musician, he's an outstanding sound engineer as well (he mixed our 2007 self-released demo, "Executioner"). We have no doubt that Dave will be a perfect fit for us these next few months, and that the band will continue delivering fist-pumping rock 'n roll like it's 1955."
US metallers Defiance will release their forthcoming album, "The Prophecy", on October 19 via Candlelight Records. "The Prophecy" was recorded at Trident Studios and Greendot Studios in East Bay, California. The cover artwork was created by Travis Smith (Opeth, Nevermore) of Seempieces.
"The Prophecy" cover art] tracklist:
02. The Prophecy
03. Bastard Son
04. The War Inside
05. Fuel The Fire
08. Desert Sands
09. Dissolving Around You
11. Eyes Of The Front
Canadian metallers Anvil have posted online a new song, "Thumb Hang", on their MySpace page.
"Thumb Hang", never-before-released bonus track, is featured on the re-release of the band's latest album, "This Is Thirteen", which is scheduled to be released on September 15 via VH1 Classic Records.
Finntroll, Century Media Records and King Foo Entertainment announce the signing of a worldwide deal to unleash the next three Finntroll albums.
Jens Prueter, Head of A&R at Century Media Europe: "We are proud to sign Finntroll worldwide to Century Media Records. We started working with them in 2001 when we licensed "Jaktens Tid" and the following two albums from their previous label Spinefarm for release in Germany, Benelux and North America. Since then we became good friends going through great times like a massive co-headline show at Wacken 2006 (to be seen on the "Ur Jordens Djup" bonus DVD), the experience of a Fisherman's Friend Vodka Cocktail and many other great moments blurred by further alcohol abuse. And we also went through bad times like Teemu "Somnium" Raimorantas funeral, the day we had to bring Tundra to a doctor because his infected feet was already smelling bad and the Earthshaker Roadshock Tour 2007 that was cancelled after a few shows because of disastrous organisation. Apart from that, we just love Finntroll for their unique dark blend of traditional Finnish hoedown-music and folky black metal. There are only a few bands in metal that have such a unique style and we can't wait to hear the upcoming album. Kippis!"
Theatre Of Tragedy have made two album samples available online. Both samples come off the band's forthcoming album "Forever Is The World", to be released on 18 September. Samples from "Deadland" and "Hide And Seek" can be listened at the band's official website and MySpace.
The album cover artwork has been found at this location. The band added: "We are proud to present the 7th Theatre of Tragedy album cover! This was one again made by the ingenious artwork wizard Thomas Ewerhard. Following up his excellent work on "Assembly" and "Storm", Thomas has once again managed to amaze us with his skills. The album artwork is also a challenge to the die hard ToT fan. Somewhere inside this cover there are incorporated elements from all 6 studio album covers of the band. See if you can find it?"
British gothic metal act Paradise Lost will release their highly anticipated new album "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us" on Century Media Records on September 28, 2009 in Europe and October 6, 2009 in the US.
Now, "The Rise Of Denial", a brand new track from this landmark gothic metal opus has been posted at the band's redesigned MySpace site.
Guitarist Greg Mackintosh comments: "A classic PL song. This was the first song written for this album and the reason I decided to switch to 7 string guitars. It's almost like melodic, well structured grindcore. Dropping to 'A' really took this song in a different direction. It gives the song a kind of crushing, seething anger."
US metallers Manowar have issued the following update on their official website:
"The long awaited sequel of the "Hell On Earth" series is finally coming out on November 27, 2009.
"Hell On Earth V" will cover Manowar's recent world tours including Germany, Norway, Spain, Finland, Russia, Romania, Turkey, USA and Canada. It will feature live performances of old and new classics such as "Gloves Of Metal", "The Crown And The Ring", "Hand Of Doom", "Hymn Of The Immortal Warrior", "Father", "God Or Man" and many others.
Director Neil Johnson adds: "Picking up where the Earthshaker left off... "Hell On Earth V" covers the amazing "Demons Dragons & Warriors Tour" complete with onstage Vikings and all the craziness that happens behind the scenes of a Manowar show. I have done my best to show new and classic songs never captured on camera before, including the much-requested "Mountains" and songs from the new EP, "Thunder In The Sky". It will be a step above "Hell On Earth IV" in quality and spectacle."
Norwegian metallers Skitliv will release their debut album, "Skandinavisk Misantropi", on October 19 in Europe (November 17 in the US) via the Season Of Mist. The album features guest vocal appearances by David Tibet (Current 93), Attila Csihar (Mayhem, Sunn O)))) and Gaahl (ex-God Seed, ex-Gorgoroth).
"Skandinavisk Misantropi" cover art] tracklist:
01. Luciferon (Intro)
02. Slow Pain Coming
03. Hollow Devotion
04. Skandinavisk Misantropi
05. Towards The Shores Of Loss (Vulture Face Kain)
06. A Valley Below
Internationally known rock group Karma To Burn stars William Mecum, Richard Mullins and Rob Oswald who have written and performed Karma To Burn's #1 Mega Hit "Twenty", and top Singles "30 And 34" are pleased to announce their rock band Karma To Burn have signed with Napalm Records.
Karma To Burn has sold many albums worldwide. Karma To Burn, the original rock band recently reunited to tour for the first time in 7 years. VH1 has ranked Karma To Burn's "Twenty" as one of the "100 Greatest Songs of the '90s". Kerrang Magazine named Karma To Burn one of the top 25 most influential hard rock acts of all time. "William, Robert and I are proud to announce our new partnership with Napalm Records", affirms Richard "Little Dickie" Mullins. "We're thrilled at the opportunity for a renewed vitality for our rock band, Karma To Burn. We eagerly anticipate an unstoppable connection between the songs we work so hard on and the fans of classic, directly in the eye of the storm riffage that we make our music for. While trends have come and gone, Napalm has stayed the course and supported a loyal fanbase all over the world. William, Robert and I have taken great pride in doing the same. It's this shared passion for great music... spearheaded by great songs... presented in a timeless fashion... that's assured William, Robert and I that Napalm Records will be where our future hits find the perfect home."