Baltimore's grinders Misery Index posted the following exciting updates on Wednesday June 18:
"Relapse Contamination Tour this July/August - album done and on the way for September 30 release date - Exclusive Euro Show At Switzerland's Mountains Of Death Fest In August
...So while you are sweating away this summer, spending half your paycheck on gas, and find yourself in the trajectory of this US tour, why not come out and see some metal? Yes we are gonna do a summer tour with the Relapse brotherhood, so come on out, and hear some of the new songs from the forthcoming album "Chinese Democra..." no, oops I mean "Traitors"...which by the way, came out pretty smashing, we are in post-production now, more news on that soon. Apologies to those not in the West/Midwest, where most of the dates for the tour are, we will be back in your area as soon as the new album is out and we are touring for it full time...also, just confirmed an exclusive summer Euro headlining show at the Mountains Of Death Fest Switzerland come on out!"
"Porcupine Tree will play 2 shows at 013, Tilburg, the Netherlands, on 15th and 16th October.
The short run of European shows (sorry no US shows this time) during October is in order to shoot a DVD based on the Fear of a Blank Planet album cycle, and the main body of the filming will take place at Tilburg, where the band will play as much different material as possible during the course of the 2 nights. So please come along and help us to make the atmosphere very special and get yourself in the film!
Tickets are on sale from the 7th June from www.013web.nl."
Birmingham, UK's 'music killing, metal riffing, punk rocking, beer drinking hell-raisers' Benediction have issued the following update:
"Right then, our label Nuclear Blast will be re-releasing our album back catalogue this summer. The better news is that it will be two albums in one package on the three releases: Subconscious Terror / The Grand Leveller, Transcend The Rubicon / The Dreams You Dread, Grind Bastard / Organized Chaos. All three releases will come in nice new packaging. The release date for all the double album releases will be August 8th.
For more information about these releases and where to buy them, click here.
As previously announced, Benediction's seventh brand new long-player Killing Music, will be released August 22nd. As well as the normal single CD release, there will be a limited edition digi CD with two bonus tracks and a 'warts and all' DVD of our time in the studio including footage of Karl from Bolt Thrower and Jock from GBH laying down their stuff on the cover songs on the album, a lot of fun! These extras will only be available on the special edition release."
Dutch metallers Within Temptation have posted the following update:
"Great news! Finally we can announce a bit more on our upcoming DVD! Its title will be Black Symphony, it will be released worldwide on September 22nd. Of course, this DVD will contain the full concert that we did at the Ahoy in Rotterdam last February, with the Metropole Orchestra, a choir and several guest artists. We will announce more details at a later date, but what we can announce is that we're also adding footage from our show in Eindhoven in 2007 and that Black Symphony will be released on double-DVD, double-CD and Blu-Ray disc. Check back later for more news. We will see you soon!"
Norwegian metallers Sirenia have issued the following update:
"These days we are going through the final preparations for our next album. The songs are all finished and recordings will start in July. The album will be recorded in Sound Suite Studios, France and Stargoth Studios, Norway. The mixing and mastering will take place in Antfarm Studios, Denmark with Tue Madsen. We are really excited about this new album and can't wait to share the new songmaterial with all of you. The album will be complete in September, expect release early next year. We will keep you posted."
Metal Blade's gore-grinders Cattle Decapitation will now commence writing their next album due in late August 2008. This will be the first recording with new drummer David Mcgraw (ex-Sleep Terror) who joined Cattle Decapitation in Fall of 2007. The studio effort will be produced by Billy Anderson (Melvins), with drums to be engineered by Zach Ohren (Animosity). Meanwhile, artwork will once again be provided by Wes Benscoter (Slayer).
"We're taking a short break from writing our next album to come out and adorn California in Gore!!! A couple notable shows are gonna be our first show in Years at the old Covered Wagon building, now called Annie's Social Club in San Francisco with our buddy Pete Ponitkoff's(singer of Benumb) band Agenda of Swine, our long awaited return to the Boardwalk in Orangevale - we regrettably missed the last show due to Travis being temporarily hospitalized for a panic attack - We Will Make It This Time!, and the big show at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA with friends Phobia, Skarp, The Funeral Pyre, Watch Me Burn & many more!!!
"Booze, Broads And Beelzebub", the forthcoming sophomore album from Chrome Division, the Norwegian five-piece featuring Dimmu Borgir frontman Shagrath (a.k.a. Stian Thoresen), is scheduled for release in North America on August 19, 2008 and in Europe on July 18, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The album was recorded at Studio Fredman in Sweden during January 2008 and contains the following cover art and tracks:
01. The Second Coming (Intro)
02. Booze, Broads and Beelzebub Listen]
03. Wine Of Sin
04. Raven Black Cadillac
05. Life Of A Fighter
06. The Devil Walks Proud
07. Hate This Town
08. The Boys From The East
09. Doomsday Riders
10. Lets Hear It
11. Sharp Dressed Man
12. Bad Broad (Good Girl Gone Bad)
Pioneering Australian Black/Death metallers Destroyer 666 have announced information about an upcoming album and various worldwide tours. The tentative title for the album will be "Siege" and the probable release date will be in January 2009 sometime (for Europe). The rest of the world will be able to get it a little later. Season Of Mist will be the label releasing it.
Destroyer 666 also hopes to have an Australian tour in February/March of next year and follow that up with some shows in the USA and later dates in South America.
More details are expected to be announced in the coming months.
Necrophobic is going to release a limited metalbox called "Satanic Blasphemies" via Regain Records in september 2008. The metalbox will include a CD, a poster, a patch and a extensive booklet. The CD features the material of the first two legendary demos ("Slow Asphyxiation" 90 & "Unholy Prophecies" 91) + the legendary 7"EP "The Call" 92. The material comes fully remastered.
In a few days, HELLFEST gates will open, and at the moment you're reading this, tickets had never been sold so quickly!
Due to technical reasons, ticket-booking via our website (Digitick System) will be available only until Wednesday night, however there will still be tickets sold at the gates of the Festival, subject to availability.
The sky still looks nice here, and allow us to think we will enjoy a much more pleasant weather during the festival, so all conditions seem to be brought together for a memorable edition !
In addition, Arkhon Infaustus will not be able to perform on Sunday the 22nd, they will be replaced by English Hardcore band Your Demise
See you in a few days for the opening of HELLFEST gates!
According to the website of the Gothic Metal Palace which should take place in Zuidlaren, The Netherlands the 20 of June 2008, the festival is cancelled.
The following update was posted on the official website of the festival:
Inspite of all our efforts to make this festival happen we simply cannot go through with it.
We tried everything we could with many commercials and live broadcasting on several national radiostations, ads in several newspapers and magasins and on websites, promotion over the internet and so on.
Nevertheless no more then 700 tickets are sold and that is far to little to make this happen.
We are very sorry that we have to cancel. This is so awful for you, for the bands and for all the people involved. For us it means one year of hard work with this result.
Abysmal Dawn's brand new album "Programmed To Consume" is currently streaming in its entirety at this location, courtesy of Dutch website 3voor12.nl. The band's debut on Relapse Records was recorded last November with producer John Haddad (Intronaut, Phobia, Eyes Of Fire), and was scheduled for a May 13th North American release (May 17th internationally).
Norwegian metallers Ulver have posted a cover version of Prince's "Thieves In The Temple" on their official MySpace page.
The song "Thieves In The Temple" was originally released on Prince's 1990 "Graffiti Bridge" album, with the song hitting 6 on the US charts.
For the cover, Ulver collaborated with female soul singer and Wyclef Jean protégée, Siri Stranger. The boys downplay their own participation, and relation to Prince, with the following statement: "Prince is not our familiar, but we appreciate his spirituality and sensibility, manifest in this song. We are thieves in his temple."
Their song is part of a massive 81-track, 5-CD tribute titled, "Shockadelica: 50th Anniversary Tribute To The Artist Known As Prince" (C+C Records).
The following update was posted on the official website of Rhapsody Of Fire a few days ago:
"First of all thank you for all the patience you had in these last times despite the lack of news regarding the band. We wanted to inform you that we are in the middle of a hard legal fight with MCM and his main representative Mr. Joey De Maio (Manowar). That's the reason why in the last months we had to keep all strictly confidential and could not release any official declaration that could obviously be used against us from the opposite side. And that's also the reason why we were constricted to stop completely our band's activity. Frankly we are not able to imagine if all this can end in a very close future but we want to assure you that we are ready to fight with all the strength of body and soul in order to protect yours and our beloved band. Yes, aside from these bad events we ask you to not lose your faith in us. As soon as this sad situation will be solved we'll be ready for a great and mighty come back. A new album, a real masterpiece of speed/epic metal, is already composed and ready to be recorded and after its release an immense worldwide tour will finally follow for yours and our extreme satisfaction."