1349 will not be performing at this year's Copenhagen Metal Festival. The band has issued a short press release on their website: "With deepest apologies to all their fans and supporters, 1349 have to announce that they will not play at the upcoming "Copenhagen Metal Festival" on the 2nd of April, due to severe financial/organizational problems at the forefront of the event on the part of the responsible organizers. 1349 & Twisted Talent regret the latest proceedings and want to make sure that there will be no iteration of this situation."
Ratt are streaming the opening track "Eat Me Up Alive" from their first new album in over 10 years, Infestation. Check it out here. The album drops on April 20.
UPDATE (thanks to CHEF METAL HEAD)
Ratt have premiered their new video, "Best Of Me", directed by Andrew Bennett, on Noisecreep. Watch the clip here.
Given the band's history, it's pretty natural that the first frame of Ratt's new video begins with a shot of a Sunset Boulevard street sign. Those first few introductory seconds say everything about the history of Ratt. The sign also alerts the viewer that they're about to experience classic Ratt in all their glory: a live club show, women and that signature guitar tone.
Norwegian extreme metal horde Keep Of Kalessin will release their new album, Reptilian, in North America on June 8 via Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Dragon Iconography
02. The Awakening
04. The Dragontower
05. Leaving The Mortal Flesh
06. Dark As Moonless Night
07. The Divine Land
08. Reptilian Majesty
A shortened and rough mix of the new song "The Dragontower" can be heard on the band's MySpace page. Reptilian is the follow up to Keep Of Kalessin's 2008 release, Kolossus and was recorded once again at their own studio in Trondheim, Norway. Final mixing duties were handled this time around by Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Behemoth, Meshuggah).
Soulfly's 7th studio album Omen will be released on May 25th. Guest musicians set to appearance on the album include Prong's Tommy Victor, The Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato and Max Cavalera's sons Zyon and Iggor. Pictures from the studio can be found here.
Omen regular cover art | limited edition cover art] tracklist:
01. Bloodbath & Beyond
02. Rise Of The Fallen
03. Counter Sabotage
04. Jeffrey Dahmer
05. Lethal Injection
06. Great Depression
09. Off With Their Heads
10. Vulture Culture
11. Soulfly VII
12. Four Sticks
14. Your Life, My Life
The new Lacrimas Profundere album The Grandiose Nowhere will see the light of day on April 30th through Napalm Records. The album was produced by John Fryer (HIM, Nine Inch Nails) - who also handled the production on the band's last two albums. Album details below.
In other news, Lacrimas Profundere announced the departure of bassist Peter Kafka, who already left the band in February: "Mr. Kafka (bass) leaves the band. We have more and more offers for tourings and concerts and have so many projects to work with, so it was time for a decision. At the moment we play the gigs together with session musicians on the bass and look what the future brings."
Danish metallers Konkhra have issued the following update on their MySpace page:
"...We are working on new songs, we started writing around Feb. 1st. and we already have 10 new songs/ideas, so it should be no problem to record sometime during the summer. The new shit is simpler in some ways, or maybe we just got more fine tuned between us, so the stuff seems more fluent and the lyrical content is almost channeled immediately into the song structure. Maybe last years visits to places like Mont Segur, Rennes Le Chateau, or Munich inspired this next release, or maybe the initiation process between The Masters Column and The Apprentices Column worked wonders fore there seems to be a natural flow of essence as if all we are and ever will be is predestined or at least preordained.
Anathema have officially announced the release of their eagerly anticipated eighth studio album We're Here Because We're Here, to be released on May 31st via Kscope Records.
Danny Cavanagh comments: "We're Here Because We're Here is Anathema's most expansive album to date and by the far best thing we've ever done. Not only have we improved as writers, but because we took our time, we had the opportunity to select the very best material and concentrate on it. We gave the songs the chance to breathe and come alive by themselves and it's ended up being magical - every song is as good as the rest of them. This album features the best performances by the band ever; Vincent's greatest vocals and John's and my best writing."
Edmonton-based metallers Striker will release their debut album, Eyes In The Night, in April via Iron Kodex.
Also two new tracks from Eyes In The Night, entitled "Full Speed Or No Speed" and "Eyes In The Night", are currently available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
Eyes In The Night glimpse of the cover art] tracklist:
01. Full Speed Or No Speed
02. Eyes In The Night
03. We Don't Play By The Rules
04. Never Ending Nights
05. The White Knight
06. Voice Of Rock
07. Ice Cold
09. Believe In Me
10. Hang On (To Your Life)
On April 10 Mesopotamian metal pioneers Melechesh will enter the studio to record their 5th and as of yet untitled album for a period of 4-5 weeks... In unprecedented move in Metal, the band has chosen to record the album in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios which opened their doors this week is run by some of the elite sound Engineers in Turkey. The album is set to be released in summer 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented Ashmedi: "We have been looking for a place to record that can offer us an inspiring surrounding. We also decided to stay true to our spirits, to break the Mold (again) and also to defy the norm, hence we will record in Istanbul; you see the norm is to record westwards it is rather customary, we want to head eastwards. So, Istanbul seemed the best place since This is the city where the east and west meet, mesh, clash, blend, collide etc. and has been as such for milleniums. The music is definitely Melechesh and as always, this album has its own characteristic."
Due to a Retina-Detachment, Henjo, Gamma Ray's guitarist, has undergone surgery. The shows, therefore, in Saarbrücken and Langen will not take place as planned. The show in Langen will be moved to the following Monday the 22 of March. Saarbrücken will be on Tuesday the 23 of March. The shows in Lichtenfels and Prague will happen as planned.
UPDATED (thanks to BudDa)
Gamma Ray drummer Daniel Zimmermann posted the following update on Henjo Richter's condition:
"Henjo's eye surgery went better than expected. Nevertheless, Henjo cannot play the shows in Lichtenfels, Prague, Langen and Saarbrücken. The band decided to engage guitar player Kasperi Heikkinen (Amberian Dawn, Iconofear, ex-Elenium) from Finland again to play the four shows mentioned above. Kasperi already replaced Henjo for a few shows in 2006."
Hammerfall have announced they'll be doing a short UK Tour in May. Here's the epic word from the band:
"The wait is over: HammerFall will finally return in style to the United Kingdom! Kicking off spring and May with a week of Templar invasion on the British shores, it will be nothing short of... yes, a crusade. In the name of heavy metal, time to fly your rebel banners high, folks!"
01.05.2010 - Manchester - Academy
02.05.2010 - Glasgow - Cathouse
03.05.2010 - Sheffield - Corporation
04.05.2010 - Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
05.05.2010 - Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall
06.05.2010 - London - Electric Ballroom
UPDATE (thanks to BudDa)
Dream Evil will be supporting Hammerfall on their UK tour in May.
German pagan metallers Equilibrium have officially announced the addition of drummer Tuval "Hati" Refaeli from Israel to their ranks:
Stated Hati: "I feel extremely lucky and honoured to play with Equilibrium. It's a dream come true for me and a great opportunity. And I would like to thank Arafel's violinist] Nasha Nocturna for connecting us!"
Commented mainman René Berthiaume: "When we made officially announced being on the hunt for a drummer, we received lots of applications of really good drummers every day. We feel honoured also renowned artists were among them. Eventually we chose this guy from Israel. Hati has the ambition and the talent to kick major ass with us!"
Ulterium Records are very proud to announce the signing of the Greek melodic power metal band InnerWish to the label. The bands new album No Turning Back will be released on May 28th in Europe and North America. The mixing of the album was done by Fredrik Nordström In Flames, Hammerfall, Dimmu Borgir] at Studio Fredman, and mastering was handled by Mika Jussila Nightwish, Children Of Bodom, Stratovarius] at Finnvox Studios.
Head over to the band's official MySpace profile to check out the entire opening-track "The Signs Of Our Lives" as well as some more samples from the album.
Soilwork have confirmed a headlining North American tour for the summer. Support will come from Death Angel, Augury, Mutiny Within, and tour sluts Swashbuckle. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Jul. 14 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
Jul. 15 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Jul. 16 - The Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
Jul. 17 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Jul. 18 - FouFounes Electriques - Montreal, QC
Jul. 19 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON
Jul. 20 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Jul. 21 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
Jul. 22 - Reggies Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Jul. 23 - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
Jul. 24 - The Rock - Maplewood, MN
Jul. 27 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Jul. 28 - Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC