08:09 - BlueMobius Just got my tickets for the Decibel Magazine tour! :D
07:14 - ScreamingSteelUS My top choice was Persefone's "Spiritual Migration." Next was In Vain's new album, and after that I couldn't decide between Amon Amarth and Children of Bodom. Omnium Gatherum's I liked.
06:31 - AngelofDeth also think it was the fact that not much else came out that was good. Beyond is Omnium's best yet so I gave my vote to them but damn it still not that great an album
05:52 - deadone My problem goes down to individual albums where songs blur into one tedious dirge
05:51 - Unhealer Wonder what would have happened if the staff hadn't nominated them. Would they still win as write-ins?
05:38 - ScreamingSteelUS I wouldn't go that far, but I agree they can be repetitive. For me, it's one of those cases of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." "Twilight of the Thunder God" may be my favorite, though.
Megadeth has scheduled the following European tour dates in June:
Jun. 01 - Nürnberg, Germany - Rock Im Park
Jun. 02 - Roeselare, Belgium - Schwung Festival
Jun. 03 - Nürburgring, Germany - Rock Am Ring
Jun. 07 - Tampere, Finland - Sauna Open Air Metal Festival
Jun. 10 - Dublin, Ireland - Ambassador Theatre
Jun. 12 - Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowland Ballroom
Jun. 17 - Nijmegen, Holland - Fields Of Rock Festival
Jun. 22 - Zaragoza, Spain - Monsters Of Rock
Jun. 24 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
Jun. 30 - Milan, Italy - Gods Of Metal
Check out Alabama Thunderpussy's new video for 'Words Of A Dying Man' on LiveLeak.com as well as YouTube.com. This track is off of the band's upcoming Relapse Records album "Open Fire", which release this coming Tuesday, March 6!
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California-based Speed Metallers Agent Steel have issued the following update:
"Producer Bill Metoyer is currently mixing the new album, officially titled "Alienigma", which will contain 10 brand new songs and will be released this year on Mascot Records with an European tour to commence in September with labelmates Vicious Rumors."
01. Wash The Planet Clean
02. Lamb To The Slaugher
03. Fashioned From Dust
04. Hail To The Chief
05. Tiamats Fall
10. Liberty Lying Bleeding
In other news concerning their appearance on Full Metal Fest I, Agent Steel was in route to the Los Angeles airport when they received notice that the Full Metal Fest in Mexico City set forth to take place this Saturday, March 3rd got postponed! "We are disappointed, we feel bad for the metal fans, but this is not our fault we did not cancel we were ready to go and perform; actually all the bands were ready, Omen & Helstar were at the airport in Texas, Anvil were ready to as well." "We know Sodom wants to reschedule the show and so does Agent Steel"
Sodom, the headliner and most important band from the Full Metal Fest Vol. 1 cancelled their appearance due to unknown circumstances. The future of the event remains unknown.
The following information can be found at Blabbermouth:
"Commented the group's frontman Thomas Such (a.k.a. Tom Angelripper): "There is a problem. We can't fly. We are really pissed off, 'cause fans are waiting. the last five days we any reply from the promoter. He also cancelled three fights of our crew. So what happened? We don't want the fans to get disappointed! We also heard that the band AGENT STEEL got the same shit. We didn't get any infos about hotel address, backline etc. so we can't do a professional show the fans deserve!!!!! We are really sorry. We are disappointed, but we'll find another serious promoter help us over. The time is right after so many (17!!!) years.""
Finnish Heavy Metallers Amorphis have posted the following update by guitarist Esa Holopainen on their website on 28 February:
"It's national celebration day. Amorphis has finished new album recordings and also today is the day of Kalevala. With the help of old and wise Väinämöinen, skilled smith Ilmarinen, adventurer-warrior Lemminkäinen, Louhi; the female ruler of Pohjola and the tragic hero Kullervo Amorphis aheads to new dimensions with upcoming album.
We have put a lot of energy and emotion into this album and hopefully it will reflect to all you next August.
The following update has been posted on Soilwork's website:
"We're proud to announce that we decided who's gonna be the new second guitarist for Soilwork. After tons of gigs and tours, with different candidates, we decided that it will be Daniel Antonsson (from Dimension Zero, Pathos). It was a very hard decision to make... cause all of the guitarists we tried, have been awesome to play with. We had a great time with all of them on the tours and I'm sure they soon will be heard in another band or another constellation.
About the recording:
Dirk has arrived to Sweden, and we have been rehearsing the new songs for a couple of days now. Today we will start with the recording of the drums. And that will go on for the next week, or something. During the following 3 weeks, we will record the guitars, bass and keyboard. At the beginning of March, Björn will fly to Canada and work together with Devin Townsend, to do the vocals. It's gonna be interesting.
Season Of Mist has set an April 23 release date for the new Mayhem album, "Ordo Ab Chao". A track from the CD, entitled "Anti", is available for download at this location.
"Ordo Ab Chao" (view cover artwork here) tracklisting:
01. A Wise Birthgiver
02. Wall Of Water
03. Great Work Of Ages
05. Illuminate Eliminate
06. Psychic Horns
07. Key To The Storms
Commented guitarist Blasphemer (a.k.a. Rune Erickson): "The sound is raw and powerful, and listening to it, it reminds me of the 'Wolf's Lair Abyss' era, only more varied and more philosophical. The album also contains the most aggressive songs in the Mayhem history as well as the most wicked and darkest."
Cephalic Carnage are currently wrapping up the recording process on their new full-length album. The band has spent most of the winter locked in their new recording studio with long time producer/engineer Dave Otero working on their fifth full-length. Advance song titles include: "Endless Cycle Of Violence," "Touched By An Angel," "Vaporized," "G.lobal O.verhaul D.vice," and "Ov Vicissitude." The still-as-yet-untitled record is expected to see a May 2007 release.
Additionally, Cephalic Carnage will kick-off a week's worth of Texas and New Mexico tour dates with Brujeria starting tomorrow, March 2nd, in El Paso, TX. A complete listing of tour dates can be found online here with more to be announced soon.
One of the most promising bands in 2005 will finally release their Willowtip Records debut "Cryptic Implosion" somewhere in April; their fans expectations are high enough already, stay tuned for what it'll surely be one of the best Death Metal albums of 2007.
As always, Metal Storm will offer a full review on this album for those who are requesting it already; wait for it on the reviews section a couple of months from now, it will be worthwhile believe me.
for now, you can pre-order the album directly from the official Willowtip Records Site and you can hear some samples there as well.
There will be another work released in 2007.
Almost 100% of the music is written and now it is time to start writing the lyrics.
This time it won't be a conceptual album. Music is more fresh and up-to-date, less epic but more solid and powerfull. I've been in contact with a couple of musicians for the vocals and drums and I hope to start recording in spring so the album may be ready at the end of spring or summer.
There won't be so many singers as in the first album because I'd like to have fix members so Soulitude can became also a live band and not only studio project.
Cover artwork is going to be done again by Xabier Amezaga, that is also the webmaster of this site.
We are proud to announce that Octavia Sperati's new album entitled "Grace Submerged" will be released via Candlelight Records in May. There will be two release dates; one to coincide with the band's release party in Bergen on the 16th of May (actual Norwegian release date is the 10th of May), and for the rest of Europe it is May 21st. The Japanese and North American dates are still to be confirmed.
The album will contain the following tracks:
Provenance of hate
Guilty am I
Don't believe a word
As fire swept clean the earth
...and then the world froze
The final rest
Reunited Austrian black metallers Abigor have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Fractal Possesion", tentatively due this spring via End All Life Records. Check out a few audio samples at the band's MySpace page.
"Fractal Possession" track list:
02. Project: Shadow
03. Cold Void Choir
04. Lairf Of Infinite Deparation
05. 3D Blasphemy
06. The Fire Syndrom
07. Injection Satan
08. Libery Rises A Diagonal Flame
09. Vapourzied Tears
10. Heaven Unveiled
Abigor has announced plans to release a strictly limited 7" demo box featuring the demos "Ash Nazgh...", "Lux Devicta Est", "Promo-Tape II/94" and "Moonrise". The band is currently searching for reviews, interviews and articles from this period to include in the packaging... If you own, or know someone who could help the band with this, contact them via their MySpace page.