The dates for the the Paganfest America Part II Tour are revealed. The upcoming traveling spectacle will include: Finland's folk freaks Korpiklaani as the headliners, Switzerland's Eluveitie, Ireland's Primordial, Finland's Moonsorrow, Canada's Blackguard (formerly known as Profugus Mortis) and straight off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, New Jersey's crazy Pirate Metal drunks, Swashbuckle as the opening party starters throughout the tour!
Apr 28 2009 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
Apr 29 2009 - Montreal, QC - Medley
Apr 30 2009 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial
May 01 2009 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
May 03 2009 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
May 04 2009 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Finnish metallers Amorphis have revealed some new details about their new fothcoming album, entilted "Skyforger". The album will be released on May 29 via Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork of the album can be viewed at this location.
Tracklisting of the "Skyforger":
02. Silver Bride
03. From The Heaven Of My Heart
04. Sky Is Mine
05. Majestic Beast
06. My Sun
07. Highest Star
09. Course Of Fate
10. From Eearth I Rose
Swedish melodic death metal band Zonaria are now confirmed as support for Norwegian black metallers Satyricon, during their Scandinavian tour 2009. A tour poster can be found here.
The dates are as follows:
April 13 - SE Göteborg, Trädgårn
April 14 - DK Århus, Voxhall
April 15 - DK Copenhagen, The Rock
April 16 - SE Malmö, KB
April 17 - SE Mariestad, Folkparken
April 18 - SE Sundsvall, Nordfest
April 19 - SE Västerås, Sigurdsgatan 25
April 21 - SE Stockholm, Klubben
April 23 - FI Helsinki, nosturi
April 24 - FI Tampere, Pakkahoune
April 25 - FI Oulu, Teatria
April 27 - SE Umeå, Folkets Hus
It's official: the new After All album is called "Cult Of Sin".
The Belgian Thrash metal band comments: "Right now, we're looking at an early March 2009 release. We'll announce the exact date in a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, we can already reveal Gabriel Bueno's amazing artwork for the new album. Gabriel has been designing some very interesting stuff lately, for bands like Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God and Unearth. It's nice to be part of such an impressive portfolio.
Dan Swanö (known from his work for Edge Of Sanity, Hail Of Bullets, Novembers Doom, among others) finished mixing and mastering "Cult Of Sin" earlier this week at Unisound in Örebro, Sweden. Dan provided us with an ultra-heavy, yet crystal clear sound, exceeding any expectation we had - just the way this record was supposed to sound!
Psyopus is proud to announce the release date for their third album "Odd Senses". The album is to be released Feb 17th 2009. The album will list 10 tracks all lending themselves to the Psyopus tech, mathy and experimental formula:
03. The Burning Halo
04. Duct Tape Smile
05. X and Y
07. Imogen's Puzzle Pt 3
08. Choker Chain
09. Ms Shyflower
10. A Murder to Child
Psyopus is also happy to announce their track "The Burning Halo" has been placed on their MySpace page for fans review.
UPDATE (thanks to ArtiA)
Psyopus have posted "Medusa", the second new song coming off "Odd Senses", online over at the band's MySpace.
Metallica have won a Grammy Award in the Best Metal Performance category with the song "My Apocalypse" at the 51st annual Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles last night. This is Metallica's eight Grammy thus far, including five for "Best Metal Performance."
All the nominees for Best Metal Performance (for solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only):
DragonForce - Heroes Of Our Time (from the album "Ultra Beatdown")
Judas Priest - Nostradamus (from the album "Nostradamus")
Metallica - My Apocalypse (from the album "Death Magnetic")
Ministry - Under My Thumb (from the album "Cover Up")
Slipknot - Psychosocial (from the album "All Hope Is Gone")
Dark Sentiments and Playground Music Scandinavia are set to release Widescreen Mode's highly anticipated sophomore album, "The Hanging Man," on April 8. "The Hanging Man" is the follow up to 2007's "Until the End," which contained the singles, "Everlasting Bomb" and "Dead Inside," both which received massive radio airplay in Scandinavia and topped the singles charts for several weeks. "Everlasting Bomb" was #1 on the Finnish iTunes charts for 16 consecutive weeks in 2007, and "Dead Inside" reached #1 on the Finnish Top 40 in 2008.
"The Hanging Man" showcases a more aggressive and versatile side of Widescreen Mode, while staying true to the band's signature sound and hooks. The album's concept came together on the road as the band played the summer metal festivals. Musically, "The Hanging Man" is return to their metal roots.
Irish metal band Castero have recently been joined by bass player Mog. Mog will be replacing Phil Brett on the bass postition.
Castero are currently working on a new demo. Song titles of the new material include "Intervinus", "World Subsides" and "Thousand fields of Sorrow". "Infiltration Remediation", the band's latest EP was released in November last year.
All info about the band on http://www.myspace.com/casterojaps.
Netherlands-based death metallers Asphyx have issued the following update:
"Swedish Dan Swanö will mix the upcoming Asphyx album entitled 'Death... The Brutal Way'. The album is recorded in the Sonic Assault studio and engineerd by Frank Klein Douwel, who is also the live sound-mixer of Asphyx. The new album will be Asphyx' heaviest so far for sure. We know, that's a cliché, but it's simply true and if we say this, you bet it's the truth.
Some titles: "Death... The Brutal Way", "Cape Horn", "Der Eisenbahnmörser", "Scorbutics", "Riflegun Redeemer", "Black Hole Storm", "Asphyx II (They Died As They Marched)..."
Listenable Records has set a February 2nd 2009 release date for Adagio's new album "Archangels In Black" in Europe and Australia. The main cover artwork has been done by artist Guilherme Sevens.
Without being a concept album, "Archangels In Black" evokes the band's convictions about a certain Nightside philosophy and a very personal approach of life and death: "Darkness is a concept with many branches, often misunderstood from outside, but elemental for some kind" guitarist Stéphan Forté says.
"Archangels In Black" tracklisting:
02. The Astral Pathway
03. Fear Circus
Australian doom metallers The Eternal have announced an Australian tour dates in support of their latest album "Kartika," which was released in November 2008. The Eternal will kick off with an Australian tour in February/March.
Tour dates, support, and venue details of the newly announced Australian shows are below:
Sat, Feb 21@ The Enigma Bar, Adelaide, SA
Doors: 8:30pm, Entry: $12
- With Universum, Black Orchid & Saeturnum
Fri, March 6@ The Arthouse, Melbourne, VIC
Doors: 8pm, Entry: $12
- With Darker Half (NSW), A State of Flux, Divine Ascension
Sat, March 7@ The Peninsula Lounge, Mooroduc, VIC
Doors: 8pm, Entry: $12
- With Dialysis, A State of Flux
Thu, March 12@ Brannigan's Tavern, Gold Coast, QLD
Samael have uploaded the track "Illumination" on their official MySpace. This track comes off the band's forthcoming new album, entitled "Above", which is scheduled for release in Europe on March 6 via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork can be viewed here.
01. Under One Flag
02. Virtual War
04. Earth Country
06. Black Hole
07. In There
08. Dark Side
09. God's Snake
10. On The Top Of It All
UPDATE (thanks to Abattoir)
Audio samples of all 10 tracks that appear on Samael's new album, "Above", are available at this location.
On February 8th 2009, Xandria finally announced their new singer with the following message: "We all have waited long for this moment, and without putting you on the rack anymore we just introduce her to you now. The new Xandria singer's name is Kerstin Bischof, and here you get further infos on here."
Kerstin Bischof herself commented: "Finally I can come out with it! I'm so excited about being Xandria's woman at the mic in the future! The guys and I are busy writing new songs and I love it! I can hardly wait entering the stage with them for the first time! In the first audition rehearsal I already felt that it just fit perfectly together - the songs rocked! Of course the guys were kind of held back at that time but when they told me a few weeks later they felt the same...
Candlelight Records announces its third label packaged tour for North America. Set to kick off on June 6, CIII will feature the talents of US black metal legends Absu, with support coming from France's Glorior Belli, Austin-based Averse Sefira and Los Angeles-based Sothis. The tour will visit 22 cities throughout the US and Canada beginning in San Marco, California and wrapping up in Dallas, Texas on June 29. Tickets for all shows go on sale exclusively at Enterthevault.com for now. Tickets will go on sale through all local and online ticket agencies starting March 5.
Absu's self-titled new album hits stores nationwide February 24. Currently featured on the cover of Metal Maniacs the album is the first to offer new material from the highly regarded metal band in nearly eight years. The Texas-based band, self-described as "mythological occult metal," are a fan favorite the world over. Terrorizer Magazine calls the new album "a sound incarnate of a band making the underground amazing again - an undeniable masterpiece." This will be the band's first large-scale tour since their tour alongside Enslaved in 1997.
The artwork for "Justified Genocide", the new full-length by Dutch veteran Death/Thrash quartet Thanatos, created by the band's bass player Marco de Bruin, is done and can be found here.
Deity Down Records' release dates for this album, the fifth one in the band's 25 year long career are now set to April 6 2009 (UK/Ireland) and March 15 (EU/World). "Justified Genocide" will be the successor to "Undead.Unholy.Divine" (Black Lotus Records 2004).
On "Justified Genocide", founding member Stephan Gebédi (guitars/vocals, guitars in Hail Of Bullets), Marco de Bruin, Paul Baayens (guitars, Hail Of Bullets, Asphyx) and Yuri Rinkel (drums, Melechesh) will have the following titles on display: