Manowar recorded both German and English versions of "Stille Nacht" - known to English speaking fans as the classic Christmas carol "Silent Night"- as a holiday gift to all of their loyal fans, the greatest fans in the world. The song was recorded in "Hell" and mixed by Ronald Prent of Galaxy Studios, Belgium.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of the true metal warriors from Manowar!
To download the English version click here.
To download the German version click here.
A new video for the song 'Carry Me Over' was posted online at this location.
'Carry Me Over' comes off the Avantasia's forthcoming album, entitled "The Scarecrow," which will be released on January 25, 2008 as a standard CD as well as rare picture (double) vinyl.
On Monday 29th of October Deathstars entered Metrosonic Recording Studios in NYC to begin the recording of their new album to be released in spring 2008. This album will start another chapter in their history of vanity, darkness, blood and sleaze. The recording sessions will continue throughout November and December and the mix is set for January so get prepared for a 2008 filled with exploding Deathglam! Watch some clips from their studio sessions here.
In other news, the bands drummer Bone W Machine made the following announcement concerning the band's European support tour for Korn: "I am sad to announce that I will not partake in the upcoming European tour with Korn. Personal reasons are the main issue in this case and this is more important to me right now then a tour. I hope you all understand this and dont throw a EMO fit. The drums will not suffer though since the extremly competent Snowy Shaw will be whipping skins and breaking sticks in my abcense. And no, I am not leaving the band."
German melodic metallers Brainstorm will release their new album, entitled "Downburst", on January 22 in North America, January 25 in Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Italy and January 28 in the rest of Europe.
A special MySpace page featuring two songs off the upcoming album can be found at this location.
"Danish masters of melodic and progressive metal Mercenary have wrapped up the recordings for their highly anticipated follow-up to 2006's "The Hours That Remain" (which was subsequently awarded the Danish Metal Award in the category "Album Of The Year").
Commented guitarist Jakob Molberg: "So, the new Mercenary album has finally been completed, mixed and mastered! It was a really laborious birth after several intense months of constant writing and rehearsing while playing sweaty gigs nearly every weekend in between (Note to self: Let's never do that again.). As we went straight into the studio with our masterly producer Jacob Hansen right after the last gig, we couldn't help but to bring along a lot of the immediacy and groove that we love when playing live. The result is in many ways our most spontaneous album ever, but I also believe it's our strongest yet — it's very melodic, catchy, dark and complex (just like any decent metalhead would — or should — want his metal to be.). With bassplayer / shouter Rene Pedersen recording his first album with us, this album marks the return of some really aggressive vocals — mixed, of course, with Mikkel's soaring clean singing. It's an album that's straight to the point I think, and I can't help but feel we're at the top of our game here. I never had a stronger belief in the potential of this band before."
Edenbridge have posted the following official statement:
"Max Pointner (In Slumber) is the new drummer in Edenbridge! He therefore replaces Sebastian Lanser with whom no further collaboration was possible, due to his other professional perspectives. Max is already known by his work in the death metal bands In Slumber and Legacy of Hate. Welcome on board Max!
Edenbridge have finished recordings to their upcoming studio album "MyEarthDream". On January 7 the mix is starting at Thin Ice Studios (England) together with Karl Groom. Mastering will take place at Finnvox Studios by Mika Jussila in the beginning of February."
Canadian band Symbolic - "the ultimate Death tribute" - have updated their MySpace page to stream tracks recorded on December 12th at Quebec City's Theatre Imperial during the benefit gig in honor of fallen metal hero Chuck Schuldiner (Death, Control Denied). Check out the recordings at this location.
For the above mentioned "tribute show", Symbolic shared the stage with Bobby Koelble (Symbolic album), Shannon Hamm, Scott Clendenin (The Sound Of Perseverance album), Daniel Mongrain (Martyr), Marc-André Gingras (Quo Vadis), Jonathan Lee (The Autumn Offering, ex-Acheron), and Nick Barker (ex-Dimmu Borgir/Cradle Of Filth drummer).
All the profits from the show, which was recorded for an upcoming DVD release, will be divided between Schuldiner's foundation for cancer research and a local foundation.
As teasers prior to the releases of chapters 2 and 3 of Season of Mist's Underground Activists division, namely Pest's "Rest In Morbid Darkness" and Hegemon's "Contemptus Mundi", Seasons Of Mist are giving you the opportunity to download one MP3 from each release.
Pest were created with the sole goal to deliver pure Black Metal in the old vein, no females or keyboards involved. As 2007 marks the end of the first decade of Pest with two full length albums and several EP's, "Rest In Morbid Darkness" consists of nine hymns bleeding from infernal energies, violent sickness, lurking horror and triumphant bloodshed, all in the spirit of blackened demo metal. The music is spawned in the darkest of depths from the inhuman mind. Deceitful, deranged and depraved music from the true tyrants of Swedish Black Metal.
Napalm Records are reporting that Swedisch Gothic Doom Metal band Draconian have completed the recording of their fourth album is scheduled for a 29 Feb relase date. With producer Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studio (Katatonia, Amon Amarth) at the helm, the band delivers raw Doom elements combined with the soft vocals of female vocalist Lisa and the ethereal melody lines well-known to fans of Draconian.
Draconian's brand new album "Turning Season Within" cover] will be released the 29th of February (4th of March in the US) through Napalm Records. The band's fourth effort contains the following nine tracks:
01. Seasons Apart sample]
02. When I Wake
04. Not Breathing
Finnish Extreme Power Metallers Norther have finished the work on a new upcoming fifth full-length album, simply called "N". The album will be released in Europe through Century Media Records on the following dates:
Finland: Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Benelux / Italy: Friday, February 22nd, 2008
UK / France / Greece / Denmark / Norway / Rest Of Europe: Monday, February 25th, 2008
Spain / Portugal: Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
Sweden / Hungary: Wednesday, February 29th, 2008
A US release date hasn't been announced yet.
The tracklisting for "N" cover art] is:
01. My Antichrist
02. Frozen Angel
04. To Hell
06. Black Gold
A few days ago, the first names were released for the Metaltown metal festival in Gothenburg. The 2008 edition of the festival will have 2 days instead of one. Metaltown will take place at Frihamnen in Gothenburg 27-28 June.
The line up so far: Nightwish, Monster Magnet, Bullet For My Valentine, Amon Amarth, Killswitch Engage, Nifelheim and Witchcraft. The complete line up will consist about 30 bands.
Legendary Bay Area Thrashers Death Angel have reported that " new recording is done! "Killing Season" was mixed at Studio 606 by Nick Raskulinecz and mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering by none other than Brian "Big Bass" Gardner. It is slated for release on February 26 in the US and February 29 in the rest of the world. Leap year 2008!"
Here is the tracklisting:
01. Lord Of Hate
02. Sonic Beatdown
04. Carnival Justice
05. Buried Alive
07. The Noose
08. When Worlds Collide
09. God Vs. God
10. Steal The Crown
11. Resurrection Machine
To read more about the album, go to this location.
Kataklysm has decided to cancel their upcoming European tour with Behemoth, scheduled for February. Singer Maurizio Iacono explains:
"First I'd like to say how crazy of a ride it's been since the release if ITAOD. we've done over 200 shows in less then two years, nine tours across the world and meeting all our fans was the highlight, they made our last album the biggest and strongest album to date. It's been great but the machine needs time off. Theres nothing more we like than to stay on the road nonstop but we have to come to reality here and see that we need to take a breather, recharge our batteries and come back stronger than ever with a brand new album, because we will have to redo all this all over again in no time. We didn't want to cancel the tour with Behemoth but after much thought it was the right decision. J-f has to keep working through January on the new album so he gets absolutely no break time, which isnt fair. Then we have to mix it and it's in February and we need to be here to supervise this new masterpiece we've created for you guys. "Prevail" is the priority for next year and it needs our full attention.
According to Metal Underground, right after the New Year, Slayer plans to start working on new material for their eleventh studio album, intended for a 2008 release, and will tour the world to support it. "I'm excited to see where the new music will go, how it's going to sound, what the total writing and recording experience will be like. I'm sure it will be like the one for 'Christ Illusion' - great!"
In other news, Slayer recently received their third Grammy nomination. The Slayer track, "The Final Six," from the band's 2007 Limited Edition "Christ Illusion," was nominated in the category of "Best Metal Performance." Slayer's two previous Grammy nominations were for 2002's "Disciple" from the album "God Hates Us All," and last year's "Eyes of the Insane," for which they took home the Grammy Award.