The 2011 line-up for the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has been revealed. The tour will make a 26-date trek across North America throughout July and August.
Playing on mainstage are Disturbed, Godsmack, and Megadeth joined by Machine Head, Trivium and In Flames (who'll perform in rotating slots throughout the tour). The Jagermeister stage will feature Unearth, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Red Fang and the Jaggermeister Battle of The Bands Winner. The Extreme stage will spotlight Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish and Straight Line Stitch.
All further information can be found at this location.
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2011:
Jul. 09 - San Manuel Amphitheater - San Bernardino, CA
"War of the Gods", a brand-new track from Swedish melodeath warriors Amon Amarth, has been made available for streaming below, or over at SurturRising.com.
"War of the Gods" comes off the band's upcoming new album Surtur Rising, which will be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on March 25th, in the rest of Europe on March 28th, and in North America on March 29th through Metal Blade Records.
Book Of Dowth, the new album of German folk-influenced melodic death metal band Suidakra, will be released on March 25th through AFM Records. The album's cover artwork, created by Kris Verwimp, can be watched below.
More Book Of Dowth album details were previously reported over here.
Following the album's release the band will embark on the European Scream For Violence Tour with label mates Onslaught and Debauchery. Get the dates here.
As vocalist Ji-In revealed yesterday on Luxembourg-based radio program "The Abbey Metal Show", All Beauty Must Die is the new title of German symphonic gothic metal band Krypteria.
All Beauty Must Die is set for an April 22nd release through Roadrunner Records.
Drummer Kusch weighs in with the following: "All Beauty Must Die turned out to be our most diverse album yet. For instance, on this record we have the fastest Krypteria song ever. You'll also hear the longest Krypteria track ever at over 11 minutes and for the first time ever we have a number of guest appearances. Plus, for the first time in Krypteria's seven year history each member of this band gets to sing co-lead vocals on one of the songs.
Meanwhile in Japan... neoclassical power metal/J-Rock outfit Versailles are set to release their new single Philia on March 16th.
The song will be used as the theme song for a new Japanese TV show called Onegaikanaete Versailles (trans: Make my dreams come true, Versailles), which has been airing in Japan since January 17th. Watch a hilariously absurd preview clip below.
The 4-minute comedy series are starring all members of the band Versailles and Rina Koike, a beautiful but poor girl who meets the visual-kei princes, who'll be trying to make her dreams come true and save her from her misery in their own peculiar way.
Rotting Christ will embark on a European headlining tour in April. This will be the last leg of the Aealo Tour 2010-2011.
Support on the trek will come from Omnium Gatherum, Daylight Misery and Dark End on the whole tour. De Profundis will support from 28.04 till 10.05, Arcturon from 8.05 till 15.05, and Riul Doamnei from 10.05 till 15.05.
Rotting Christ will be headlining a North American tour in March and April, with support from Melechesh, Hate and Abigail Williams. Get those dates here.
Rotting Christ - Aelo European Tour:
Apr. 28 - Wiatrak - Zabrze, Poland
Apr. 29 - Melodka - Brno, Czech Republic
Apr. 30 - Colloseum - Kosice, Slovakia
May 01 - Club 202 - Budapest, Hungary
May 02 - Gambrinus - Cluj Napoca, Romania
Bulgarian symphonic black metal band Claymore is making progress on a new album, called From Ignorance to Remembrance. The band has plans to start the recording process in the near future. In the meantime, a rehearsal video featuring some new material can be watched over here.
In other news the band has inked a deal with Unseen Music Group for a future compilation project. The songs "Gift of Hate" and "Near Death Experience" - personal favorites of the label's owner Bernie L. Simpson (aka D.Monic Method), will be featured on the compilation. More details coming soon.
"Faster", the new video from Within Temptation can now be watched over at Kerrang!
The new single Faster will be released digitally on March 13. The song is taken from Within Temptation's new album, The Unforgiving, which will hit stores on March 28.
In other news, the band will debut a short film on the band's official site this afternoon, 5pm CET. The first movie, titled Mother Maiden, ties in with "Faster," introducing the main characters of the narrative.
These movies give further insight into the concept of The Unforgiving and are based on the comic storyline; the characters are impersonated by actors. Each film is followed by a band performance that, all together, form a dark and compelling tale of life, love, revenge, rage, and regret.
Jan Somers - original guitarist of long-running Dutch traditional metal band Vengeance - passed away yesterday afternoon (Friday January 28th). The 46-year-old hard-rocker suffered a fatal heart attack at his home in Mierlo, The Netherlands.
The surviving members released the following message: "We deeply regret the suddenly passing away from our dearly beloved band member and personal friend Jan Somers. Jan was one of the bandmembers from the FIRST hour of the band Vengeance. We wish his family, friends and fans the strength to rock on. The family's request is to give them peace and quitness for the next two days."
Audio samples from the forthcoming Burzum album, Fallen, are available for streaming below.
Fallen marks the second studio album from the controversial recording artist since his release from prison in May 2009.
Fallen was recorded and mixed in only two weeks at the Grieghallen Studios. The album will be released in Europe on March 7th through Byelobog Productions and in North America on April 5th through Candlelight Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
In autumn 2010, vocalist Mauro Gonzalez stepped in at the last minute to front Pomona, CA thrash act Bonded By Blood through a long stretch of touring that only convened towards the end of the year. Because of the tremendous job he did in fronting the band on short notice with little rehearsal through a seemingly never-ending schedule of dates, Bonded By Blood is proud to announce Mauro Gonzalez as a permanent member.
Bonded By Blood bassist Jerry Garcia states: "We would like to formally announce that Mauro Gonzalez is now officially the new frontman for Bonded By Blood. He has shown great promise and dedication in the past few months and we have received great reviews from many old fans, new fans, and well-established musicians throughout our recent North American trek. We are very excited about our decision and we hope that you guys welcome him into the BBB family like we have! See you guys on the killing road real soon."
After touring throughout mainland Europe as part of the Bonecrusher Fest, Italian brutal death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse were planning to cross the Channel to embark on the Mafia UK Tour in March. Those shows have now been rescheduled and will take place in May instead.
Dates are now as follows:
May 18th - Bristol, The Croft
May 19th - Derby, The Old Bell
May 20th - Liverpool, The Masque
May 21st - Wakefield, The Snooty Fox
May 22nd - Reading, The Face Bar
German melodic death metal band Fragments of Unbecoming are currently working on their fifth studio effort. For the time being, the band has chosen to go with The Art Of Coming Apart as the title of the new album. Some of the new song titles are "Trapping the Unseen", "Hours of Suffering" and "Memorial Stone".