An update on what's happening in the Amorphis camp:
"The album recordings are advancing straight and smoothly (whatever that means...). We are now working on the vocals and again we have Marco Hietala (Nightwish) producing the vocals of Tomi Joutsen. This time everything else has been done at Sonic Pump Studios except for the vocals, which are currently in the works at Marco's home studio in Kuopio.
We are emerging with roughly 15 new songs and on the album there's most likely going to be 10-11 tracks. It's again a great feeling to start realizing that the songs and ideas which have been in our heads are finally going to see the light of day.
Pekka Kainulainen has worked really hard on the lyrics. The album is going to tell the story of the most important character of Finnish mythology and folklore. He is Finnish god Väinämöinen, who was described to be an extremely powerful, wise old man who had a magical voice. Some believe that Väinämöinen was the creator of the world, an ancient hero and a very influential shaman.
"Deathstar", a brand-new track from Finnish melancholic dark metallers Before The Dawn has been made available for streaming over at Facebook or for free download over here.
"Deathstar" comes off the band's upcoming new album Deathstar Rising, which will be released on February 25th through Nuclear Blast. More album details and teaser videos were previously reported over here.
Leaves' Eyes are happy to announce the dates of the upcoming shows in April and May 2011, headlining the tour with special guest Midnattsol, as well as being direct support for Tarja.
Singer Liv Kristine comments: "Both tours are just perfect for the release of our fourth full-length album Meredead. Firstly, I will finally share stage with my sister, Carmen Elise Espenaes (Midnattsol), which is like a dream coming true. Secondly, it's a great honor for us to go on tour with our friends and support Tarja Turunen and her outstanding band! We are really looking forward to this. It will truly be a special experience for our fans and us!"
At Nachtleben in Frankfurt the official release party of the new album Meredead will take place with some specials for the fans.
Year DXXVI A.C., day thirty one of the fifth month; a colossal calamity slaughtered 250.000 mortals before the sun felt down that day - the Devil had no compassion for mercy.
On the same day, 1485 years after, Moribund Records will unleash the Devil's anger again! The newest Bleeding Fist's hymn of the insane, entitled Devil's Ferox, will be released worldwide on May 31, 2011.
Devil's Ferox was recorded in Studio Panorama, in only 6 hours, entirely in live mode. The mini-album will include a tribute to the masters of occult metal Death SS in the form of a cover of "Black and Violet" along with live recordings. The fourth opus from Devil's Ferox, called "Pillars of Black Enlightenment", was recorded on the Sabbath of September 31, 2010 under Illuminati's Human Sacrifice Night.
"Survive", a brand-new track from UK melodic power metal band Power Quest has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.
"Survive" comes off the band's upcoming new album Blood Alliance, which will be released at the end of March in Europe and April 5th in North America through Napalm Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
German folk-influenced melodic death metal band Suidakra has inked a deal with AFM Records.
A statement from the label reads: "We are happy to announce that one of the most innovative German metal bands has signed with AFM Records: Suidakra are now part of the family! With their unique mixture of folk, heavy & death metal the band amazes fans and critics alike since many years. A new studio album, Book Of Dowth, will be released in late March, right in time for Suidakra's tour with Onslaught and Debauchery."
More Book Of Dowth were previously reported here, while the tour dates are available over here.
70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise - the world's biggest floating heavy metal festival - has sailed off yesterday. Not on board is Agent Steel vocalist John Cyriis, who had to cancel the trip due to unfortunate events.
The band contemplated canceling, but good friends James Rivera from Helstar, and Rick Mythiasin (Steel Prophet) will lend their extraordinary vocal talents and appear with the rest of the band members as a special "Masters Of Metal" set that will include a variety of the Agent Steel catalog.
A comment from the band goes as follows: "This is a great event for the fans to celebrate in the spirit of Heavy Metal on the open seas, we are grateful for James Rivera and Rick Mythiasin to step in on such short notice. Mr Cyriis has given his blessings for Agent Steel to get on stage, and look out to the ocean, and kick some ass!"
Everyone's favorite avantgarde metallers Diablo Swing Orchestra have announced that Daniel Hedin (trombone) and Martin Isaksson (trumpet) have joined the D:S:O ranks as full-time members. They both played on Sing-Along Songs For The Damned & Delirious, and have been playing live with the band for quite some time now.
Comments Diablo Swing Orchestra: "Both bring their excellent musical skills and rather pleasant personalities to the band so lets all give them a warm welcome!"
To the joy of all, Napalm Records has set the release date for Jordpuls, the new record from Vintersorg for March 25th.
According to the accompanying press release, Jordpuls (trans: Earth's Pulse) adds yet another masterpiece to Vintersorg's already impressive discography. The unrelenting visionary allows this particular album to glimpse back at the past. The result is an imposing symbiosis of traditional and modern elements taken from the Swede's characteristic sound cosmos. Folk metal anthems meet icy black metal passages and Nordic melodies. The mix delivers multifaceted and memorable songs that carry the mastermind's unique signature.
The album is completely sung in Swedish and its lyrics borrow from Vintersorg's past themes: Revolving around man and nature, unique phenomena in the wild, and philosophical observations. Vintersorg's unmistakable and powerful vocals-from clean to extreme-reign over each track with resounding force, while his production prowess gives the songs a crystal-clear and potent sound. Jordpuls impressively combines tradition with modernism, while showcasing the best of the Swedish visionary.
The Big Four of Thrash are ready to hit the US. Today is the big day, the day we've all been waiting for here in North America... the day when the mighty 17 horsemen that comprise Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, and Slayer announce where they will plunder and pillage as they rip a swath of destruction across the land.
So, are you ready boys and girls? Here we go...
Saturday, April 23, The Polo Club - Indio, California.
I'll rewind in case the dates flashed by so fast you missed whether or not they were ready to come to your town on this epic tour:
Saturday, April 23, The Polo Club - Indio, California.
Ok, so you are probably so excited at this point that you need more time to go over the list to cross-reference cities nearest to you against which arenas have the best sound quality and seats...
As promised, Samael have revealed the title of their upcoming new full-length. Samael have chosen Lux Mundi (which translate in English as "Light of the World") as title for their upcoming album due to be released in spring 2011.
The album, which took almost three years to be completed, was recorded this summer after the band spend a few days in Germany on pre-production with Waldemar Sorychta. The recording took place on two different locations in Switzerland and the mix has been done by extreme metal specialist Russ Russell in Kettering (England)
Lux Mundi will consist of 10 to 12 new songs including first single "Antigod" and live monster "Soul Invictus".
"River Of Rapture", the new video from US metallers Death Angel, can be viewed at this location. The footage was shot and edited by director Tommy Jones during the band's summer 2010 tour with Soilwork.
"River Of Rapture" comes off the band's latest album, Relentless Retribution, which was released on September 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Illnath has parted ways with Narrenschiff, we thank him for everything and we wish him all the best in the future. Therefore, we proudly present our new front figure, the elegantly brutal Mona Beck, often referred to as a danish version of Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow.