Finnish metallers Battlelore have issued the following update:
"Battlelore's fifth full length album, titled "The Last Alliance" is finally finished and ready to be presented to the public! The album consists of big, epic and atmospheric songs full of feeling and raging battles, taking you to an unforgettable journey through Middle-earth! As before, there will be a jewel case CD and a digipack with something extra. This time the digipack will include a DVD featuring the energetic live show at Metal Female Voices Festival in Wieze, Belgium 2007."
"The Last Alliance" was recorded at Sound Supreme Studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland, with the ingenious producer Janne Saksa, and mixed and mastered by the legendary Dan Swanö at Unisound Studios, Sweden.
The concert of the legendary kings of metal, Manowar, on the opening night of Kaliakra Rock Festival 2008 in the Bulgarian "rock capital" of Kavarna on July 5 lasted for five hours and one minute. The performance was the metal band's attempt to break the world record for the longest heavy metal concert, which they themselves set in 2007 at last year's edition of the festival.
Joey DeMaio, Eric Adams, Karl Logan and Scott Columbus pleased a crowd of 20.000 people with a playlist of more than 40 songs, a selection reflecting the band's history and all its studio albums.
Тhis year, the self-annointed "kings of metal" had promised Bulgarian fans to beat last year's performance of three hours on stage, and had specially invited representatives of Guinness book of records to witness the unprecedented event.
Sinner have issued the following update on their official MySpace:
"The final part of the recording saga of "Crash & Burn" was delivered to the record company over the weekend. The master of the Limited Edition, with two brandnew bonus tracks, the video clip for the song "Revolution" & the digipak desgin.
The final album contains 11 tracks and here's the tracklist:
01. Crash & Burn
02. Break The Silence
03. The Dog
04. Heart Of Darkness
07. Fist To Face
08. Until It Hurts
09. Little Head
11. Like A Rock
The album was produced by Mat Sinner & Henny Wolter @ The House Of Music studios and aside of the band, there are guest appearances by Dirty Sanchez (percussion), Dennis Ward (backing vocals & percussion & Nena (backing vocals). The Limited Edition will be delivered in a nice digipak and includes two bonus tracks "One Night Only" (written by Mat Sinner & Magnus Karlsson) and "Fast Decision 2008", yes THE Fast Decision - created under bizarre circumstances, as AFM Records A&R representant Markus & drummer Klaus forced Mat in the studio, to record a new version of the forgotten jewel again. Mat was irritated about their sick idea first, but after some shots of booze, Mat agreed to sing this song for one last time. Finally, we've added the funky video clip for the song "Revolution" to the Limited one.
Professionally filmed video footage of Primordial's entire June 25th, 2008 performance at this year's Hovefestivalen on the island of Tromøy, just outside the city of Arendal in Norway can be streamed here!
Primordial will be playing a couple of more summer festivals this year including prestigious events such as Wacken, Summer Breeze, Brutal Assault and Hole In The Sky.
Norwegian Power metallers Gaia Epicus have been generous enough to post a video of studio footage "from the recordings of the new album "Damnation" cover art], which is due out sometime this fall."
More info on the new album here.
The video is also available on their official website and their MySpace page.
"After All spent most of June at the Hype Studio in Mechelen, Belgium recording basic tracks for six scorching new After All tracks. A nice little intro, outro and a cover tune were recorded as well. Early October we resume recording, finishing the June session and adding another three or four extra songs.
Dee J. is in charge of the recording, assisted by X-tof. After All guitarist Drieze is producing and overseeing the operation, as usual. Mixing and mastering duties will be handled by Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Hail Of Bullets, Novembers Doom) at the legendary Unisound Studio in Örebro, Sweden.
The new album is set for a late 2008 release on Dockyard 1 in Europe and on Locomotive Records in the US."
The website of Burzum's Varg Vikernes, who is currently serving a 21-year sentence for murder at Tromsø Prison in Norway, has been updated with the following message:
"Although Varg has been denied parole (in June), he is allowed to leave the prison for a while to walk aroud Tromsø and visit his family: his mother, his wife, a one-year-old son and a fifteen-year-old daughter. Varg's wife is now pregnant and they both are waiting for an addition to the family. Varg owns a small farm in Telemark (Norway), where he is planning to move as soon as he leaves the prison. Thus added several new photos done by Ingun Mæhlum."
"I'm ready for society — and I have been for many years," Vikernes told the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet in a brand new interview which was published on July 6. "I have learned from my mistakes and become older. Now I just want to be together with my family. My mind has never been in prison; I think all the time about what I should do on the day that I am released."
Darzamat has begun the work on the new album, the successor of the released in 2005 "Transkarpatia."
However, there's been no news coming from the band's camp lately! This situation is explained by Darzamat's vocalist - Flauros:
"There've been no signs of life from us during couple of last months, yet the silence was only apparent. There were a few factors contributing to this very silence, yet I can assure that we weren't on holiday during this time. The whole group was engaged in a very hard work on the few projects. Obviously, the most important of them is the new Darzamat's album but the rest is not less interesting. First of all, our keyboard player - Spectre's been very strongly wrapped up in the new fantastic undertaking. He was asked to prepare a film soundtrack for the needs of the Discovery channel! It's a dusky and dismal picture as it presents the serial killers ravaging in Poland. Nera was also engaged in the whole undertaking and she sang there a couple of truly insane musical backgrounds. As far as I know, the film will appear already this year. Therefore, You'll soon be able to get to know for yourself how Darzamat's members ideally composed in this climate," emphasizes Flauros.
Amon Amarth will be part of the European run of "The Unholy Alliance, Chapter III" along side with Trivium, Mastodon and Slayer.
Johan Hegg: "All of us have been huge fans of Slayer since the mid 80's, and to be able to tour with this legendary thrash band is a dream come true. We are very proud and honored to be a part of this year's Unholy Alliance together with Trivium and Mastodon. Slayer fans are die-hard and tough as true Vikings - we know as we are part of the same crowd - and it will be a great experience to be able to play in front of them."
This tour will kick off in Manchester, England on October 27th and will continue it's journey for 4 weeks throughout other parts of Europe. For selected shows, Amon Amarth will be performing after Mastodon.
Further details about the new upcoming The Haunted album have been posted at the band's Myspace page by vocalist Peter Dolving. He mentions that the new album will be released in September this year and that members of Soilwork and Machine Head have heard and enjoyed the material written so far.
Other details haven't been released yet with a comment from Dolving explaining: "I can't say a hell of a lot more at the moment because it's all record company preparing their stuff for the best way to present what's coming".
In other The Haunted news, the band will also embark on a Scandinavian tour this October. The dates are as follows:
An exclusive Nightwish gig in Russia has just been announced by the band. It will be the only show Nightwish will be playing in Russia all year. The gig will take place on the 11th October at the Palace Of Sport Luzhniki, Moscow. "Cyber-goth-industrial" band Pain will be Nightwish's support for the night.
Advance tickets will be available soon from www.concert.ru
Nearly a dozen European shows have been confirmed for Denmark's Hatesphere's upcoming tour. The band will cover their own country, but also Switzerland, France, Germany and five dates in Italy with Italian bands Methedras and Neurasthenia as part of the TMF On The Road mini-tour.
Here is the full list of dates:
28/08/08 - Present Aarhus Festival, Ridehuset, Aarhus, Denmark
05/09/08 - Le Grillen, Colmar, France
06/09/08 - Backstage Free and Easy Festival, Backstage, Munich, Germany
17/09/08 - Kulturfabrik Kofmehl, Solothurn, Switzerland
18/09/08 - Music Drome, Milano, Italy
19/09/08 - Rockhouse, Pescara, Italy
20/09/08 - Total Metal Festival, Bari, Italy
21/09/08 - Rock Planet, Ravenna, Italy
Australia beckons for British Power Metallers Dragonforce. The sextuplet will be performing five shows across the country. Tickets will be available for purchase from the 11th July. The band will be touring in support of their soon to be released new album "Ultra Beatdown".
Here are the dates for each night:
22nd October - Metropolis Fremantle, Perth
24th October - HQ, Adelaide
25th October - The Forum Theatre, Melbourne
27th October - Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane (all ages)
28th October - The Metro, Sydney