Grammy-award winning hard rockers Slipknot announced today their first U.S. headline tour in support of their #1 album "All Hope Is Gone". The tour, which kicks off on January 23rd in St. Paul, MN, will hit 33 cities across the country, and include an historic stop at New York's Madison Square Garden, a first for the band. Coheed and Cambria and labelmates Trivium round out the bill.
Frontman Corey Taylor says of the trek, "2009 is the 10 year anniversary of the world's first taste of this band. To celebrate we are coming back out with a killer tour, a couple great bands and the same ferocity with which we attack life. We want all of our maggots to come and celebrate with us, because if it wasn't for you we wouldn't have been here for 10 years. Get ready for chaos!"
February 9th will see the release of "April Rain", the eagerly awaited new album from Dutch metal band Delain. "April Rain" follows the successful 2006 debut "Lucidity", which sky-rocketed the career of the band in their home country of The Netherlands. "The new album "April Rain" is a real group effort, that's what we're most proud of" says Martijn Westerholt, keyboard player and composer for Delain.
Delain has been Westerholt's project from the start and the debut "Lucidity" was recorded with a star studded cast of musical friends. Westerholt: "The album was never meant to be played live, but the demand was strong, so we eventually got a live band together. That's the band we've recorded "April Rain" with. Compared to "Lucidity", I'd say that this album musically is more coherent and consistent because of the fact that it was recorded all the way through by the same musicians. Production wise this album has more of a metal feel to it, as opposed to the more 'poppy' production of "Lucidity". Also the songs tend to be a bit faster. Less 'doomy' than on our debut. That said, that album was never intended to be played live and when performing we all felt that these kind of songs were missing in our repertoire. We can't wait to go out and play these new songs on stage! Another big difference is that there are almost no guest appearances on this album. There's only Nightwish vocalist Marco Hietala, whom we also worked with on "Lucidity", providing guest vocals on the song "Control The Storm"."
Finnish metallers Amoral have issued the following update:
"Amoral is a five-piece again! Since the announcement of Niko Kalliojärvi's leaving we've received tons of applications from singers all over the world. As we mentioned earlier, we wanted to find a guy who was not only able to handle the growling of the old songs, but who also had a strong melodic voice. Well, little did we know that we'd end up with one of the most talented vocalists around! Ari Koivunen's merits as a singer are well known (at least here in Finland), but it might surprise a lot of people that the dude can also growl with the best of them! And the fact remains that he truly was the strongest candidate from all those who applied for the job.
"Hairesis", the new video from Polish metallers Hermh, can be viewed at this location. Inbornmedia was responsible for the production of this clip, shooting took two days in the setting of castle Bolkow. An interesting fact is, that in the clip you can see Bart's son Mateusz.
Bart adds: "I think that this clip is a great illustration of the whole atmosphere surrounding both the lyrical, and musical aspects of the song. This videoclip is like a cherry on the cake - our new CD. We hope that it will draw some serious attention and create emotions, those who saw it already said so, he he. Feel yourself invited to see this clip."
"Hairesis" comes off Hermh's new album, entitled "Cold Blood Messiah", which was just made available via Mystic Production.
Norwegian metallers Susperia have set "Speaking Killing Words" as the title of their new album, due in early 2009.
Commenting on the new material, the band recently stated: "We are continuing to work on the new album while Cyrus is away. The pre-production is almost done on approximately ten songs. Our writing sessions had a good vibe going with input from all of us. We've disciplined ourselves more this time round and we're happy with the way it's going. As we've said before, the album is going to be hard and fast with some nice touches of melody. We are currently looking at options for studios and producers, with recording expected to start soon."
RockTube.us has posted the newest sinister Mayhem video clip "Anti" online over at this location. "Anti" is featured on "Ordo Ad Chao", the latest album of Norwegian's blackest, released in April last year.
In other news, Mayhem's "Pure Fucking Mayhem" documentary saw its world premier at the Rokumentti Film Festival, which took place on November 13th - 16th in Joensuu, Finland. A "Pure Fucking Mayhem" trailer can be viewed here. The documentary is set for a 24 November release, and was directed by Stefan Rydehed.
Belgian Heavy metallers Gitaron have signed a record deal with Mario Moreno Records. The band is currently hard at work with the recording of their debut album "Mental Visions" in the Mario Moreno Record Studio at Berlare, Belgium. The upcoming album, scheduled for a 2009 release, will contain 10 tracks. Four news songs and an instrumental intro are written and composed. Also the five songs featured on the "First Battle" demo will be remastered and will appear on the album too. The "Mental Visions" cover artwork can be found at this location. The precise release date will be announced shortly.
In other news, the band revealed the first details concerning the third version of the Spring Madness Fest. The cosy Belgian metalfest will be held on Saturday 16 May 2009, once again at the backyard of Café Lindenhof at Beveren-Waas. Belgian long-running traditional metal band Killer will be headlining the festival. Other bands set to appear are Gitaron, Everglow and Peruvian Eyes.
Original Dark Funeral guitarist Lord Ahriman has posted the following update:
"Seven years of pure bullshit has finally come to an end... un-fucken- believable!
Without going into any details, (which I'm not allowed to either), what's most important here and now is that we finally have obtained the rights to our back catalogue, including the publishing rights. That includes; "The Secrets Of The Black Arts", "Vobiscum Satanas", "Teach Children To..." and "Diabolis Interium".
And from now on, NO one but Caligula (vocals, bass) and I own the rights to above mentioned albums. One may believe I/we would be totally thrilled about this, be running around in pentagrams, throwing bibles in a fire and whatnot, but I honestly feel pretty empty. Guess it'll take a while to let it all sunk in to realize that this battle finally is over, after seven f*ing years! I'm sure I'll get it all eventually... and celebrate it one way or another. But right now I feel nothing.
Sonata Arctica keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg has posted the following European tour update:
"Tomorrow (22.11.2008) is the last show of the European tour, I think we've all been surprised about the great turnout, after all this was the second headlining tour with this album ("Unia"). Somehow these last days have gone by pretty fast and before we know it we're gonna be in Russia and then that's it... for now. I won't go into any extensive comments about the upcoming album, mainly because nobody knows how it will sound at this point, and the few songs I've heard by Tony Kakko (vocals) can't paint the whole picture. It's gonna be really interesting to work with Elias Viljanen (new guitarist) in the studio and I'm sure we'll come up with something great.
"Due to a number of circumstances beyond our control, we have decided to reschedule our Latin America tour until March 2009. We apologize to our fans for the inconvenience, but all tickets purchased for the November shows will be honored at the March dates. We will see you all then."
The new Hammerfall album, which will be out on February 20th 2009, is called "No Sacrifice, No Victory". The cover, which can be viewed here, was made by Sam Didier and Thomas Ewerhard did all the layout of the record.
01. Any Means Necessary
02. Life Is No
03. Punish And Enslave
05. Between Two Worlds
06. Hallowed Be My Name
07. Something For The Ages
08. No Sacrifice, No Victory
09. Bring The Hammer Down
10. One Of A Kind
11. My Sharona
Official press photos haven been taken by Michael Johansson and Caroline Rosmark. The video for the first single Any Means Necessary will be shot in Belgrad next week. The band will be doing a headlining tour early 2009, supported by Sabaton and Bullet. You can check all tour dates at the band's info.
A few weeks ago, Mael Mórdha drummer Shane Cahill issued the following statement concerning the current state of things:
"Writing of new material is ongoing and so far we are very happy, and excited about the direction we are going in. With this CD we are not willing to be rushed or to bow to anyone's needs except for our very own. We want this outing to be the very best we can make it and then some more. When we think we are finished, we will go back to the start listen to the songs and do it all over again if necessary.
So far we have 6 songs which are roughly 80% finished. We will be airing some of them at any upcoming shows to get a feel for them live. As per usual the album will follow on from the last with plenty of twist and turns as it will progress. We hope to have 10 songs on the album and artwork will once again be undertaken by Vasilis Zikos.
John Hehman, guitarist of US Thrash metallers Year Of Desolation, have posted the following update on the band's MySpace:
"Year Of Desolation... has been around since 2001... we've had some rough spots (constant drummer issues), and some amazing spots (touring with Dying Fetus, Cephalic Carnage, Incantation etc.), this appears to be... the latter... To be honest, i don't even know where to begin, so i'll tell you what i know:
The music for almost 14 new songs have been written towards another record... whether or not it happens.... is up in the air. After we "fullfilled" OUR end of the contract with Prosthetic Records, we've been searching for a new home, and during this time, things have changed, people have gotten "real" jobs, people haven't spoken in months, and some people have just... "vanished" into thin air. All 5 of us haven't been in the same room since March of this year. Practices have been brought up numerous times, but everyones schedule is conflicting. This blog is not about airing any dirty laundry of any sort. This is a blog that we felt you, the fans, deserved.