17:45 - Lit. Give it a a year or so, and ISIS will officially be wiped off the map. Their attempts at sparking a revolution from an empty powder keg are asinine at best, and eventually they'll bite off more than they can chew and choke on it.
17:44 - flightoficarus86 Does A Forest of Stars use triggered bass drum? Just wanted confirmation yay or nay. Sounds so to me, but not necessarily a drawback
...In Deviltry was formed by Tommy Lindal in late 2008. Tommy Lindal who left the Norwegian band Theatre Of Tragedy in 1997 for medical reasons, moved to Brasil, was not ready to quit making music and formed the band "...In Deviltry" with all Brazilian members. ...In Deviltry will be Tommy´s sequel.
The whole idea of the band is to continue the saga that Theatre Of Tragedy began writing in the beginning. It has been decided to only play old Theatre Of Tragedy material from this epic for one reason, to get all members to "communicate" in the same language, before they start writing new material early this year.
2009 will be a very busy year for ...In Deviltry that will consist of shows, touring and recordings. They are still waiting for the bands Ravenland and Semblant to release their albums and go on tour which is aparently going to be in march/april next year. ...In Deviltry´s Tommy Lindal also did a guest appearance last week and recorded two songs for the release of Ravenland´s "And A Crow Brings Me Back" CD that is scheduled for an release by the Brazilian recordcompany "Free Mind Records" in March 2008.
Bilocate announced their 2008 album "Sudden Death Syndrome" will be released in the USA Through The End Records. The band posted the following statement:
"Good news for Bilocate's fans and friends in the USA and surrounding countries, Bilocate latest album "Sudden Death Syndrome" is available through The End Records (Omega Distribution). You purchase your copy now.
Quoting The Omega Distribution: "A killer work of ornate death/doom/dark metal, influenced by Opeth, Novembers Doom, Edge Of Sanity, Primordial and other great bands. This is top-notch stuff!"
On the other hand, for fans and friends in Europe, very soon Bilocate will list their official distributors in varied countries through-out Europe.
Austrian Symphonic Metal band Visions Of Atlantis announced their new female voice:
"We are proud and happy to present Joanna Nieniewska as the new female Voice of Visions of Atlantis. This 20 year old Austrian girl offers a wide range and a strong soprano combined with a great natural feeling for vocal harmonies. For more information about her just take a look into the forum where you can find an exclusive interview with Joanna at this location.
The Metal Storm Awards 2008 are officially opened!
As you may have noticed, there has been a huge banner on the frontpage for a couple of hours now. Click on it to discover our annual Award fest. Vote for your favourite album in each category and hope for it to win! The voting will close at the end of February, so you have plenty of time to check out any albums you have not heard yet. You might even discover a great new band/album. If you feel the need to discuss these Awards, check this thread.
Let Them Come Productions are releasing "Reprogrammed H.A.T.E.", the new re-release effort of Dual-Coma. Hailing from Katowice, Poland and formed in 2004, this four-piece band is said to play thrash/death metal with a lot of melody. "Reprogrammed H.A.T.E." was released in January and contains material from the previously released "Program H.A.T.E." demo, the "Bulletproof Heart" EP and also features a video for the song "Bulletproof Heart".
"Reprogrammed H.A.T.E." cover artwork] tracklisting is as follows:
01. Bulletproof Heart
02. Divided Mind
03. Blood Drunk
04. Nuclear Lost
06. Chain Reaction
08. Stand By
Crystal Eyes have posted the following message on their official MySpace page:
"Recently Nico let us know that he didn't have the time to play live with Crystal Eyes anymore so we've decided to carry on as a four piece band. This is how we've been rehearsing all the time and the only change is that Mikael is once again doing the lead vocals.
Mikael - "The reasons I once handed over the lead vocals are just not there anymore, and since I wrote all vocal melodies for my voice it wasn't a big step to be the lead singer once again. I actually never stopped singing. I've been the singer of the Judas Priest tribute band "Defenders Of The Faith" the whole time, recorded all the vocals for Crystal Eyes' demos, backing vocals on the albums, and of course the lead vocals on the closing song on our three last albums."
Karl Sanders posted the following message on his MySpace:
"The End Records announced today the signing of Karl Sanders, the driving force behind South Carolina’s Egyptian-themed death metal titans Nile. The End will release Sanders' second full-length solo album, entitled Saurian Exorcisms, on April 14th. The album - which was recorded at Serpent Headed Studios, mixed by Bob Moore at the Soundlab in Columbia SC, and mastered by Juan Punchy Gonzalez at DOW Studios in Tampa FL - contains nine carefully constructed dark cinematic songs that work in harmony to create a uniquely moving emotional experience."
01. Preliminary Purification Before The Calling Of Inanna
Deathstars have announced a headlining tour over United Kingdom in April. Supporting acts to be announced soon.
08.04. UK Oxford - O2 Academy 2
09.04. UK Sheffield - Corporation
10.04. UK Leeds - Rios
11.04. UK Leamington Spa - The Assembly
12.04. UK Glasgow - Cathouse
13.04. UK Newcastle Upon Tyne - O2 Academy
14.04. UK Birmingham - O2 Academy 2
15.04. UK Plymouth - White Rabbit
16.04. UK Bristol - O2 Academy 2
17.04. UK Wrexham - Central Station
18.04. UK Manchester - Club Academy
19.04. UK Liverpool - O2 Academy 2
20.04. UK Norwich - Waterfront
21.04. UK London / Islington - O2 Academy
22.04. UK Brighton - Concorde 2
Hatesphere have posted a new song online enttled "Backstabber" on their official MySpace page. The band commented: "Here's a song that musically is a little bit all over the place, as far as getting a taste of what is to come on the new album. Pepe and Jakob penned it and we all assembled it last year. It's also Me and Joller's response to the mindless violent crimes, leading kids to die in the streets of Copenhagen." The lyrics of the song can be read here.
The track comes off the band's new upcoming album, "To The Nines", which will be released on the following dates:
23 Mar: Denmark
25 Mar: Finland, Spain
27 Mar: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Benelux, France, Italy, Sweden
Former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen has set "What Lies Beneath" as the working title of her new solo album, tentatively due before the end of the year. She says, "With "My Winter Storm", I chose the name of the album in the early stages and that helped me to create the concept for the album. With the new album, I decided to do it the same way, so I searched for an inspiring title and all the songs are one way or another related to it."
Regarding the songwriting process for the new CD, Turunen says, "In the last months I've been writing a lot of music for my new album. Songwriting is always an amazing learning experience, and it has been a pleasure to discuss music with different people.
Seminal Australian hard rock/metal band, Dreadnaught, have completed the recording of a new LP CD in follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2006 RoadRunner release, "Dirty Music". The self-titled album will be the band's 6th studio release in its 15 year history and features the band's heaviest production to date.
The addition of ex-Alarum drummer, Matthew Racovalis has helped shape a highly diverse sounding record, more akin to the technical-thrash styled Dreadnaught of the mid-nineties; yet retaining the dynamic subtleties that has made Dreadnaught unique amongst their peers.
With an album release date set for March/April 2009 the band are currently planning tours of Australia, Europe and Japan later in 2009 and 2010. For a preview of some material from the LP visit Dreadnaught online at http://www.myspace.com.au/dreadnaughtmusic or http://www.dreadnaught.com.au
The long waiting is finally coming to an end! Our first studio album in seven years - "Songs Of The Lost" will be released on Monday, 23.03.2009. through Sleaszy Rider records. You can check the artwork (done by Andreas Soderlund www.mtgrave.com) here.
The complete set list is: Apathy Overdose, The Feast, Stranded, The Song Of The Lost, Every You Every Me, Taints, Losing Fate, Where The Pain Is and Soul Of Ice. We truly believe this is the album worth waiting for and can't wait to hear your reactions and thoughts. We also plan to play live as much as possible in support of this album so you can expect us (hopefully) in your city in the near future. More promotional activities are currently being planned so keep checking out this site for the latest news.
Norwegian black metal band Pantheon I has issued the following update:
"Alot of things have been going on with the band lately. Drummer Dan Theobald has left Pantheon I to pursue different musical expressions, we wish him all the best and thank him for the brilliant job he has done for Pantheon I. His last gigs with the band was the Finland tour we did supporting Keep Of Kalessin (Big hails to Töni, Peik, Janika, Anna, Janni, Morten and the guys from Keep Of Kalessin for making this one of the funniest and most alcoholic trip ever!!)
Pantheon I have been rehearsing alot with the new skinsman Mads Guldbekkhei (The Allseeing I), preparing him for the fury of "Worlds I Create". The band entered "Strand Studio" last Monday (January 26) and will record 9 songs during the next month."
For the third time in five years, Enslaved have won the Spellemann Award (the Norwegian equivalent to the American Grammy) for Best Metal Album 2008 with their latest offering, "Vertebrae". The other nominated bands were Keep Of Kalessin ("Kolossus") and Benea Reach ("Alleviat").
Enslaved commented: "We're very honored to get our third Grammy! The party was good, we had a good time. We think the Grammy committee was very generous in giving all the artists two whole pitchers of ice water and selling 0.3 liters of flat beer for 7.5 Euros in the bar. Luckily, we robbed a bank on our way there and could afford getting absolutely smashed. We're having a rough Monday here. Thanks!"