Bloodbath have posted the following message on their website already a few days ago:
"We have just learned that our latest shirt design Front, Back] has run into some controversy. Actually, It's been a bit of a rocky road from the start with this one. Back at the sketch board, some of our art direction ideas were met by hesitation and according to the designer would feel "uncomfortable to do". However, the design went through and obviously with such a fantastic piece of artwork and beautiful symbolism the t-shirt has hit home with Bloodbath's audience all over the world, but apparently a demon vomiting on Jesus on a cross, surrounded by snakes, vultures and skulls was over the line for some confused " death metal" fans. Perhaps they should ask themselves if it was really death metal they were searching for in the first place.
Intent on decimating the boundaries of extreme music with their metric art, Sweden's Meshuggah will be returning to North America in February, 2009 on a 17-show headlining tour presented by MySpace Music. Direct support to Meshuggah will be provided by the legendary progressive metal band Cynic. Opening all shows will be technical progressive death metallers The Faceless from Los Angeles. As one of the most popular and highly trafficked music platforms in the world, MySpace Music has evolved into an offline experience by connecting bands and fans around the world through various concert series and live events.
MetalInjection have posted the new video of Australian progressive metallers Alchemist online. The song is called "Tongues And Knives" and comes from the band's latest album "Tripsis", released in 2007. Alchemist are currently writing material for the follow-up to "Tripsis". You can watch the video at this location.
As posted on the band's website last week, there will be a change in the Amberian Dawn line-up when the co-operation with Tom Sagar ends. Guitarist Tuomas, who earlier played the keyboards only in the studio, takes now a fulltime job as a keyboardist on stage also. Amberian Dawn wishes Tom Sagar all the best in his future activities.
The new recruitment as a second guitarist is Emil "Emppu" Pohjalainen, who is a talented 23-year old finnish guitarist. He also plays in the band called Thaurorod. Emppu and Kasperi form probably one of the most technically skilled player-duo in the genre together.
Finland´s most successful death metal battalion Torture Killer have been signed to Dynamic Arts Records. Bands previous album "Swarm!" was released by Metal Blade Records. "Swarm!" introduced legendary death metal vocalist Chris Barnes from Cannibal Corpse and Six Feet Under on the front row of Torture Killer.
Torture Killer have been hiding in the catacombs of studio mixing the upcoming third album. Forthcoming album "Sewers" will be released at the end of February 2009. As posted earlier the previous vocalist Juri Sallinen is back on the line-up torturing his lungs for good.
Expect to see Torture Killer touring the Europe on Spring of 2009. First summer festival have been already booked; Legacy Open Air in Germany on May.
Eternal Tears Of Sorrow has issued the following update:
"Petri Sankala has left the band. The reason for this mutual decision is Petri's back pain that hasn't allowed him to play drums 100% during the past two years. None of us has bad feelings whatsoever and we wish Petri all the best!
We'd like to introduce the replacement, Mr. Juho Raappana. In the past, Juho has played in many local bands such as Impish, Catamenia and Mythos. Having Gene Hoglan and Sean Reinert as his biggest influences, we think Juho is the best possible man to take the job. After all, fifteen years ago when we started, Death and Cynic influenced us.
P.S. Our forthcoming single was mixed last weekend. It will contain one new song and a brand new version of an old song. The single will be out in February and the album in April."
Evile guitarist Ol Drake have posted the following message through the Evile newsletter:
"With the anniversary of Chuck's passing just round the corner (December 13th 2001) I thought it'd be fitting to make some kind of tribute to him. I decided to record a rendition of Death's "Voice Of The Soul" to commemorate the passing of one of Metal's most influential icons. So here it is, packed full with fuck-ups. R.I.P. Chuck."
Isole's fourth release, "Silent Ruins", continues to forge forth in the tradition of the previous albums. The Swedes once again indulge in their heart-sickened and somber brand of Doom Metal that only finds solace in a perfectly placed portion of deadly black epic. Profound compositions, hypnotic arrangements, and heavy flowing riffs, that not unlike molten lava slowly yet inexorably pull the listener down into its depths, are the core elements comprising this album. Gustavo Sazes (Firewind, Serenity) once again lends his artistic know-how to graphically convey a feeling of utter despair and isolation, while Peter In de Betou (Amon Amarth, Draconian, Arch Enemy) takes on the darkly work's mastering responsibilites. Rarely before have hopelessness and despair found such an elegant and becoming sound, making "Silent Ruins" a dark jewel that will not only appeal to the die-hard Doom Metal fan.
Deathstars have uploaded a new song, called "Death Dies Hard", from their forthcoming album, entitled "Night Electric Night", which will be released on January 30 via Nuclear Blast Records. Click here to listen to the song.
The first single "Death Dies Hard" is now available at the band´s MySpace. A digital download release of the single has been set for January 2.
UPDATED (thanks to Hamird)
The brandnew Deathstars video for "Death Dies Hard" can now be watched at this location.
Featuring Chuck Billy on vocals, Eric Peterson & Alex Skolnick on guitars, Greg Christian on bass, and Paul Bostaph on drums, Testament's video for "More Than Meets The Eye," a song off their Billboard-charting new album "The Formation Of Damnation", is available online at this location. The video was produced by Kevin J. Custer of Toaster In The Tub.
Metallica premiered the new video for the new single "All Nightmare Long" through the band's official website. It can be viewed at this location.
The next single "All Nightmare Long" will take a release throughout Europe and other parts of the world starting December 15. The single will be available in three different editions. The first will be a digipack with the album version of "All Nightmare Long", along with a live versions for the songs "Wherever I May Roam" and "Master of Puppets". The second edition, which the record company calls a "J card", also has the studio version of "All Nightmare Long", along with a live versions for the songs "Blackened" and "Seek & Destroy". The third edition will also feature the song, along with a DVD, including a ten minute long mini-documentary about the bands' day in Berlin, along with twenty minutes worth of live tracks from that night's album release party, as well a fifteen minute long movie from the tuning room at the Rock Im Park.
Opeth will release a very special digital EP "Burden" on December 9th. Next to the "Burden" radio edit, this release features 2 rare b-sides including a much sought after cover of Alice In Chains' "Would?" and a track previously available for a limited time only, "Mellotron Heart."
AHAB will head for studio in february. The mix and mastering will be done by Markus Stock of The Vision Bleak in Studio E (Germany).
To finance a part of the studio, AHAB just posted the last 4 Vinyl Demos of "THE OATH" on ebay Germany.
Here's the news from our Myspace-site:
The money we'll earn from these rare Vinyls will be spent for our next album. So it's YOUR money that will help record the second full length-album of AHAB.
For that, we'll also name you in our thanxlist in the booklet and sign the LP with dedication.
Just got to www.ebay.de and put the following number into the search-engine of ebay. Nr: 180312324520
German metallers Primal Fear will release their new album "16.6 (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead!)", in May 2009 via Frontiers Records. After weeks of pre-production and preparation, the band entered the House Of Music studio on November 28 to begin recording.
The following track list was revealed for the album:
01. Six Times Dead (16.6)
02. Smith & Wesson
04. Riding The Eagle
05. Black Rain
08. Night After Night
10. Don't Fuck With My Life
11. No Smoke Without Fire
12. The Exorcist
Frontman Ralf Scheepers made the following comment: "It's very unusual for one band member to see and listen how the other band member is delivering the goods on his instrument. When we perform together live, you can also judge what's going on each instrument but not as clear and obvious as in the studio where you can concentrate on each tone or note or beat from your mates. From what I have heard so far, I can really say it's the best performance I have ever heard from Randy on the drums and also from Henny on the guitar. Of course, some people might think, 'What else should he say, he has to promote the new album and that's what every musician would say just to keep the ball running.' But these words are my true impression and I really can't wait for Magnus and Mat to nail their parts to see the whole building growing and growing."