Paradise Lost, the godfathers of Gothic metal, have returned with a stunning new offering "In Requiem", which marks a return to the band's trademark heavy sound. To get a full impression of this brilliant dark opus, fans can now stream the entire album on the band's official MySpace page. Note that the album can be streamed only for one week (starting from Friday, May 11), so check it out now!
The album, produced by Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Front Line Assembly) and mixed by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Slipknot), is set for a June 5th U.S. release.
Germany's leading metal band Helloween today (Friday 11th May) entered Andi Deris' Mi Sueno Studios on Tenerife to start the recordings for the yet untitled follow up to the highly acclaimed and successful "Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy" studio album, the Live-double-CD "Live in Sao Paulo" and the Live-double-DVD "Live On 3 Continents". Once more, the band teamed up with long time producer Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, Saxon).
The planned release date again is scheduled for Halloween-day, October 31st. The world tour will start mid of November in Europe, to be followed by South East Asia, North and South America in the first half of 2008.
From Wacken Open Air and onwards, Mats Levén will no longer be singing with the band. It was a decision taken by the whole band in discussion with Mats. This change of line-up is on friendly terms and the remaining shows before Wacken will be performed with the same energy and passion as if nothing had happened. There are no bad feelings. Therion will continue to delevop even further into the direction we set on the last tour and Mats will focus on his new projects.
The background to this change is that on the last tour we all noticed that Mats lacked a bit of the energy and motivation we used to see in him. Not in a way that the actual performance on stage suffered from it, he has always been extremely professional and would never let down an audience. It was rather us noticing behind the scenes that some of his previous fire was missing. It seemed the new concept with 4 lead singers and a somewhat more musical type of set up didn't suit him as well as the concept we had before where his rock n' roll style contrasting to Karin Fjellanders traditional classsical appearance was a huge part of the idea. So we started to think and talk about the possibility of finding someone else who would have the right motivation and vocal skills to develp this new live concept even further.
The following links were posted on Annihilator's official forum on their website:
Never, Neverland - live at Elysée Montmatre 28.04.2007
Alison Hell - live at Elysée Montmatre 28.04.2007
Clown Parade - live at Elysee Montmartre 28.04.2007
King of the Kill - live in Paris 28.04.2007 (Trivium Tour)
W.T.Y.D - live in Glasgow 13.04.2007
You can also find live pictures of the show at Paris here and live pictures of the show at Glasgow here.
The following message was posted on Winds's official website:
"Winds is entering the studio on April 4th to complete the work on their long anticipated fourth recording. The laying down of the tracks was finished gradually over the past three years, and now ready for the task of mixing, Winds has chosen Hipposonic Studios in Vancouver and mixing engineer Shaun Thingvold for the task. Shaun Thingvold has previously worked with bands like Fear Factory, Paradise Lost, Lamb Of God, Strapping Young Lad and Devin Townsend Band.
As previously reported, guest performances on the follow-up to 2004's The Imaginary Direction of Time have been completed by Dan Swano, Agnete M. Kirkevaag, Lars A. Nedland and Oystein Moe, along with a classical string ensemble from the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. It has also been confirmed that graphic designer Travis Smith has completed the cover layout, and that a title for the record has been known within the band for several years already. The album title, along with a complete track listing, front cover and release date, will all be announced in the not too distant future".
It has been reported that Devin Townsend has announced during a Ziltoid the Omniscient press conference that he has put an end to Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Band, and that he shall do no more tours in the future. He will though apparently continue to release solo music.
"Yesterday InsideOut Music and the Tora! Company held an exclusive media showcase for the new Devin Townsend solo album Ziltoid The Omniscient, including an appearance and Q&A session with the man himself. This turned out to not in fact include a musical performance from Devin, but a hilarious puppet show using Devin's superb hand-made rubber Ziltoid puppet he uses in the videos on the Ziltoid MySpace page, and held a press conference from a booth on the stage of the Underworld in Camden, London.
French Heavy Metallers Nightmare have posted two new videos online.Check out a live clip of the band performing 'Heretic' at France's Hellfest in 2006 at this location.
Also, footage of the band performing 'The Legend' during their comeback gig in Grenoble, France in 1999 can be see at this location.
This week, Nightmare began recording their sixth studio album. After 3 albums produced by Norwegian producer Terje Refsnes, the band has now opted for a new challenge.
The recording is taking place at the famous Fredman studio in Gothenburg, Sweden and the album will be produced by Fredrik Nordström (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, Hammerfall, Dream Evil, etc.).
The group's follow-up to 2005's "The Dominion Gate" will be released by Sweden's Regain Records in fall, 2007, followed by full French tour and European dates.
The song 'Deeprooted' from the latest Manes album "How The World Came To An End" - released through Candlelight Records in April - is now made available for your listening pleasure at the band's official MySpace page.
This song will also be released as a part of an iTunes-only release due out Monday, May 14. The track listing for the "Deeprooted" webrelease is as follows:
01. Deeprooted (edit)
02. Deeprooted (fox treatment)
03. The Cure-All (lost time mix)
A new E-Card for "How The World Came To An End" is now available at this location.
According to Blabbermouth.com, East Coast Thrashers Overkill have signed with Bodog Music in the US and TVT in Europe for the release of their follow-up to 2005's "ReliXIV", tentatively due in September/October.
More news about Overkill's upcoming US tour dates can be found here.
German Power Metal band At Vance will release their upcoming new album "VII" on June 29th via AFM. "VII" was mastered at Finnvox by Miko Jussila and has the following tracklist:
01. Breaking The Night
03. Cold As Ice
05. Friendly Fire
06. Golden Leaves
07. Answer Me
10. Lost In Your Love
A picture of the cover art can be found here. An official press release reads as follows: "The new At Vance "VII" will be released on June, 29. As the name already says, the band built around fabulous guitarist Olaf Lenk, already releasing its seventh album. So what's different then? Well, in truth not much, but did you really expect that a band who had established its own sound so strongly on the last six releases would break the mould and do away with its very own interpretation on neo-classical Power Metal that crosses elegantly with the true spirit of 80's Hard Rock? No! All they've done is to step ahead again. Listen to the dramatic groove snaking through "Shiver" or the ultra catchy "Cold As Ice" where the new At Vance singer Rick Altzi shows his brilliant range."
Dates have been released for Norwegian Viking Black Metallers Enslaved's North American tour with Arsis and The Agonist:
November 6 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
November 7 - Hartford CT @ Webster Theatre
November 8 - New York City NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
November 9 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
With The Faceless as additional support act:
November 10 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
November 11 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
November 12 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
November 13 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
November 14 - Cleveland OH @ Peabody's DownUnder
November 15 - Detroit MI @ I-Rock
November 16 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
November 17 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
"Since the release of "The Unknown", Attacker has stepped up their live performances with many appearances at the True Metal America Concert Series and are one of very few bands to be asked back to the Keep It True Festival in 2008. Attacker will deliver a very special show by performing the complete "Battle At Helms Deep" saga.
Attacker has enjoyed one of the best comebacks to ever occur in many years. The band has now come, full circle and are back where they belong. The band is in the pre production stages of a new release for 2008. Throughout their career, the band has built an incredible worldwide following, thanks to timeless heavy metal classics such as the aforemetioned "Battle At Helms Deep", "The Second Coming" plus their come back classic "Soul Taker" and now "The Unknown", all to be release digitally via Chavis Records and available at iTunes, Rhapsody, AOL Music, Yahoo Music plus many many more worldwide."
The following message was posted on Dark Tranquillity's official website a couple of days ago:
"Century Media just published an E-card for "Fiction" - check it out here.
For those who haven't heard the album yet, we've now uploaded another "Fiction" tune to our MySpace page, namely 'Terminus (Where Death Is Most Alive)'. Also check out the video clip of said song from our Australian tour last autumn and see if you can spot the differences".