First two albums to be re-issued with bonus audio/DVD content on February the 22nd 2010 via Spinefarm Records UK.
Both titles will now be available with updated packaging and bonus audio/DVD content, some of it exclusive to these releases...
Formed in 1999, DragonForce issued their "Valley Of The Damned" debut in 2003 - an impressive nine-track showcase for their accomplished power metal forays. Containing a host of songs that still rank amongst the most popular of their output, the likes of "Black Fire", "Evening Star" and the title track itself, "VOTD" has now been Remixed and Remastered to allow every aspect of the recordings to make maximum impact...
"Faceless Dream", the new video from Costa Rica-based melodic extreme metal band Sight Of Emptiness, can be viewed in the following link.
The clip was directed by Sergio Gutierrez and produced by Fernando Fonseca. The song comes off the band's second studio album, Absolution of Humanity, which is expected to be released late February/early March via an as-yet-undetermined record label.
Commented the band: "Very excited for this new step in our short career, it shows how determined we are as a band when it comes to do things our way and self-financed. 2010 looks and feels like the right time for the band to conquer new territories and big things to come our way".
Absolution of Humanity was mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Soilwork, Bloodbath, Katatonia, Symphony X) at Örebro, Sweden's Fascination Street Studios.
Autumn Hour (featuring members of Hades, Watchtower, Seven Witches, and Painmuseum) have just uploaded a track entitled "Rebirth" at this location. "Rebirth" is one of three bonus tracks included in the European release of the bands debut CD entitled Dethroned which was released January 22, 2010 through Cyclone Empire Records. Released May 5, 2009 in the US, Dethroned has been remastered and will be released as a digi-pak version with 3 brand new tracks.
Singer Alan Tecchio is currently laying down vocals on the upcoming Watchtower release Mathematics and is also recording vocals for a progressive metal project called Minds Mirrors which also features vocals from Autumn hour drummer Dave Lescinsky.
Unbelievable Music UK artist and metal guitar maestro, Andy James, has not been idle of late. In fact, 2010 is shaping up to be a very busy year for the shredmeister. He's begun work on a new album and become a full endorsee of ESP guitars and, as such, will hopefully be performing clinics all around the UK. In addition to his work with tuition giants Lick Library, Andy is also in talks with publishers regarding a deal for a series of books he's currently writing. If you can't wait until the new album comes out later this year, you can download his EP Kaos7 and album Machine from all good online stores to see what all the fuss is about.
Alcest have published the cover art (courtesy of Fursy Teyssier) for their upcoming album, entitled Écailles De Lune. The layout will be made by French graphic designer Metastazis. A release date is scheduled for March 29, 2010.
Écailles De Lune cover art] tracklist:
01. Écailles De Lune (Part I)
02. Écailles De Lune (Part II)
03. Percées De Lumière
05. Solar Song
06. Sur L'Océan Couleur De Fer
The album will be released as standard jewelcase CD, limited Digibook CD, limited box set (incl. Digibook CD, wallflag, and set of postcards; lim 1.000), and limited gatefold LP (incl. poster and available in two editions: "classic edition" (black vinyl, lim. 500) and "deep sea edition" (blue vinyl, lim. 500)).
Demon Hunter will release The World Is A Thorn on March 9, 2010 in-stores and online.
The band's fifth album follows the landmark documentary 45 Days, last year's Live In Nashville collection and a catalog of landmark albums that have made the band one of the most important in the genre.
The World Is A Thorn was produced by the band's longtime collaborator Aaron Sprinkle (Acceptance, Anberlin, The Almost) and mixed by powerhouse producer Jason Suecof (All That Remains, Trivium). It's a pairing emblematic of how skillfully Demon Hunter has always blended metallic might with melody.
It's a well-worn cliche these days for a band to say their new album is "our heaviest but also our most melodic," but Demon Hunter delivers in spades with this release. Songs like "Descending Upon Us," "Lifewar" and the title track are by far the most aggressive of the band's career, "This is the Line" and "Collapsing" are a couple of the fist-pumping but still hard-driving anthems and "Driving Nails" is one of two ballads on the album the likes of which their fans have come to both expect and cherish.
The opening track "Havoc" for the new Borknagar album Universal will be officially available for streaming the 29th of January at http://www.myspace.com/borknagar.
The band also announced additional info on bonus discs: the bonus disc that comes with the limited digipack edition and the CD BOX Dragon edition will include the 4 episodes of the documentary "Making of Universal", high resolution wallpapers, highquality mp3 version of the album and iTunes booklet. Universal will be released in 4 different versions: normal jewelcase, limited digipack, CD-BOX and gatefold LP with two vinyls. See here for more specific information on each item.
Borknagar's upcoming album Universal will be launched for a worldwide release the 22nd of February 2010 through Indie Recordings. Release date for USA/Canada/Mexico the 2nd of March 2010 through Indie Recordings via The End Records. More info about the album here.
As Charred Walls Of The Damned prepare for their self-titled debut album out February 2nd 2010 - the group is gearing up for their official release by giving fans the chance to listen to the album in its entirety via Noisecreep.com. The metal site will host the stream Monday January 25th to Monday February 1st so be sure to head over and check it out.
Richard Christy comments; "Well, the time is now here and I'm so psyched for the fans to be able to finally hear the full album! I'm so proud of the metal that Tim, Steve, Jason and I have made and I know that our passion definitely shines through in the music! We had so much fun making this album and now it's time for all of you fellow Metalheads to have fun listening to it."
Bay Area Thrashers Heathen have posted the first two tracks from their forthcoming album The Evolution of Chaos on the band's MySpace page. The songs "Dying Season" and "Control By Chaos" are both available for streaming in their entirety.
The Evolution of Chaos will be released in Europe on January 25th and in the U.S. on February 16th via Mascot Records. The album was already released in Japan on December 23rd via King Records. Heathen are currently planning a tour of Europe in support of the new album, with dates to be announced soon. A broadcast quality video of the bands performance at the Thrash Domination 2009 festival in Kawasaki, Japan can be seen here.
Adam Agius, Alchemist's frontman, posted the following very short but interesting news on their Myspace :
"Hi people , we have been busy tracking for our 2010 EP to be mixed by Devin Townsend, all is sounding great with a different feel from Tripsis, more instrumentation and today i started tracking some nice harmonic vocals for a track.
Annihilator's management, Verena Baumgardt of Neverland Music Inc., has issued the following:
"Annihilator is looking for an experienced, skilled professional bassist. Applicants must be able to commit 100% to the band, be available for extensive global touring from April 2010 onwards (valid passport), preferably a resident of Canada, and have touring experience.
The audition "song" will be "Phantasmagoria" (live version).
A link to the song is at: http://www.myspace.com/annihilatorofficial
A link to a video of Jeff Waters showing the bass guitar parts is at this location.
To apply, please email the following to neverlandmusic bell net
Norwegian black metal band Mayhem will embark on a North American headlining tour in April this year. Support on the road will come from the bands Ludicra and Tombs.
April 07 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
April 08 - New York, NY Fillmore - Irving Plaza
April 09 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
April 10 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques
April 11 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
April 13 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
April 14 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
April 15 - Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert Arms
April 16 - Regina, SK - The Exchange
April 17 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
April 18 - Calgary, AB - Republik
April 20 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom
April 21 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
We're happy to introduce you the new 24 bands, now just a month before the final announcement… Fans of desert rock will be thrilled, as will fans of black metal and 80's punk! The bill will also appeal to those nostalgic for US rock, thrashers and death-metal experts, hardcore fans and, of course, good old metalheads will be happy too! And finally true heavy metal fans will have the chance to see the cult of the legendary speed metal band from Canada, Anvil!
JOHN GARCIA PLAYS KYUSS - JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE - BIOHAZARD
ANVIL - BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME - BRANT BJORK AND THE BROSS - DELAIN - DISCIPLINE - DEW SCENTED - EVILE - GOROD - KMFDM - LOUDBLAST - MARDUK - MONDO GENERATOR - NACHTMYSTIUM - NEVERMORE - NILE - OTARGOS - RATT - SIGH - THE YOUNG GODS - WATAIN - Y&T - YAWNING MAN