In November the all-star ensemble Avantasia will embark on their first worldwide indoor arena tour ever, writing "a new chapter in Heavy Metal history". Kicking off in Pratteln, Switzerland on November 30th the all-star project will set off on a three-week-journey to bring the prestigious Metal Opera event to three different continents around the planet.
Featuring some of Hard Rock and Metal's best vocalists of all times, such as Jorn Lande (Masterplan), Bob Catley (Magnum), Amanda Somerville (Aina), Oliver Hartmann (At Vance) and former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske, another star has now been confirmed to be part of the traveling "Metal Opera"; a semi-god in Asia, Mister German Metal, formerly Helloween, now Gamma Ray: the one and only Mr. Kai Hansen!
Bloody Disgusting and Century Media Records have teamed up to bring you the exclusive look at the new 3 Inches Of Blood video for "Silent Killer", off their Here Awaits Thy Doom album. The video has been banned by MTV for being too graphic. Check it out at this location.
Guitarist Shane Clark checks in about the video: "The concept of the song is about an assassin, so naturally we first thought of a concept featuring an assassin going around doing what they do, but in a style that is more influenced by movies that we liked. At first we thought about a simple performance style video but we've done that a few times and this seemed like a much more entertaining thing for us and our fans. Therefore, we brainstormed a bunch of ideas with Rick Podd and thought of our own killing scenes. I wanted to get poisoned and puke blood and vomit all over the place, and after that it was all in the hands of Rick.
Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers Forbidden have debuted the artwork to their new studio album, Omega Wave. Omega Wave will be released in Europe on October 22 and in North America on October 26 via Nuclear Blast Records. Album details are available here.
Forbidden guitarist/songwriter Craig Locicero checks in about his collaborative process with artist Kent Mathieu, the visual elements that can be found in the album's artwork, and his concern for the future of the human race:
"As soon as Forbidden committed to writing a new record, I wondered where Kent Mathieu was. I'd always felt like Forbidden Evil and Twisted Into Form were pretty iconic album covers... when things like that actually seemed to matter; Then, the good people at Nuclear Blast actually located Kent! I got pretty excited and reached out to him immediately. He was equally excited to hear from us, too. The only real direction I gave Kent was to somehow tie the past into the future. Find a way to make the two skulls Forbidden Evil's artwork] vital again. He had worked up about 12 sketches all kinds of variously cool stuff. Out of all of the pictures he sent me, I liked the way one of them was laid out because of it's simplicity. After thinking about it for a long while, I had a concept for Kent to work with. The Omega Wave concept. The title wasn't decided until I had a good idea for the cover.
Blind Guardian has released the following press statement:
"Triumphantly returning to North American shores in support of the Billboard-charting new album At The Edge Of Time, we are pleased to announce the western hemisphere's portion of the Sacred Worlds And Songs Divine 2010 World Tour, commencing on November 19th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and concluding on December 22nd in West Springfield, Virginia. Support acts are California's Holy Grail and Florida's Seven Kingdoms.
Hansi checks in from the secret Blind Guardian bunker about the upcoming trek: "Christmas will be a little earlier this year, 'cause The Guardian is coming to town in November and December! The band is really excited to announce this upcoming tour. Finally, we will get the chance to preach our Sacred Words and play our Songs Divine somewhere near your neighborhood. We have prepared a nice package of music and bands for our Northern American followers. Our friends from Holy Grail and Seven Kingdoms will join us on this glorious mission and will have their part in these magical nights to come. Both bands are underground now, but I can feel that the future is theirs. They really carry the spirit of a new American Power Metal generation. Touring the U.S. and Canada does always means a tremendous amount of fun, so we are really anxious to see if the people in Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Albuquerque - where we have not played before - can scream as loud as their brothers and sisters in New York, Quebec, Toronto, or Hollywood. We'll soon find out when we meet you at the edge of time."
Italian doom/gothic metal band The Foreshadowing have found a new bassist, after Davide Pesola's (Klimt 1918) departure earlier this year. Here's the word from the band:
"After a long selection for the vacant role through the last year, The Foreshadowing are thrilled to announce Francesco Giulianelli from Endaemona as their new official bass player! Francesco joined us for our last two gigs at Summer Breeze and Nihil Fest and showed his great musical skills and personality. He will take part of the future studio activities too."
Swedish metallers Evocation will release their third album, Apocalyptic, on October 29 via Cyclone Empire Records. Also, a brand new song, "Sweet Obsession", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
The band commented: "We are exhausted and we are grumpy but we are very happy as well... This means that we are finally done with our 3rd full length album which we entitled Apocalyptic. We are very, very satisfied with the final result and we are proud to say that - fucking hell, we did it even a third time! As we speak the album is already in our record company's hands, still the one and only Cyclone Empire. Now we are breathing some air to gain new power and strength to conquer the world even more, we are aiming at Tours, Festivals and Club Shows. For the cover art this time we naturally found that Xaay (Behemoth, Nile, Vader etc.) would fit both the title Apocalyptic and our musical achievements just perfect. And it did, we can assure you we are blown away by the effort and feeling he gave it. See for your selves! We will of course not leave you starving until the release of this master piece which is announced to be in European stores the 29th of October. Therefore we decided to give you a bite of the tasty cookie, so ladies and gents we give you - "Sweet Obsession"."
Turns out that Dark Funeral is more like a sinking ship than a thriving black metal band these days. After vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula (his mommy calls him Magnus Bromberg) announced his departure in July, followed by bassist B-Force only a month later, also drummer Nils Fjellström is now leaving the group. You may remember Nils Fjellström from the Monday news report where he announced his split from his other band Aeon.
Here's the official word from founding member Lord Ahriman (his driver's licence says Micke Svanberg): "Recently, you could read about Nils "Dominator" Fjellstrom's departure from Aeon due to personal/private reasons. Today we can confirm that he'll no longer be part of Dark Funeral either. And just like Aeon, we won't comment on this subject any further.
Danzig are once again hosting the Blackest Of The Black tour taking place in October and November. On the 2010 edition, Danzig are taking Possessed, Marduk, Toxic Holocaust and Withered with them on their North American trek.
Blackest Of The Black tour dates:
Oct 25 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Oct 27 - Little Rock, AR @ The Village
Oct 29 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
Oct 30 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Oct 31 - Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Showroom
Nov 02 - Knoxville, TN @ Valarium
Nov 03 - Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
Nov 04 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Nov 05 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa (No Danzig)
Nov 06 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater
Nov 07 - Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
"The band and crew are all here in Tampa rehearsing for the tour. Visas have been cleared and the guys are in good spirits and ready to party with all of you. However, during rehearsals, Roy Khantatat became severely ill. Due to this, as yet undiagnosed, illness, Roy reluctantly has been forced to head back home to Norway. He is currently under his physician's care, but unfortunately these circumstances will prevent him from joining us on the North American concert tour. Of course, we want Roy to take care of his health as priority one for now and for the future.
After much consideration on how to proceed, all of us in Kamelot feel strongly about keeping our commitment to our fans, promoters, and support bands on this tour! We are all ready and excited about playing these shows, we have flown in people from around the world to be apart of it and it has been in the works over a year! Therefore, we are working diligently with a fantastic singer willing to step in at the eleventh hour in order to make this tour a reality - our good friend Michael Eriksen from Circus Maximus has agreed to fill in for Roy! And we are excited to announce a special guest: Swedish vocalist Elize Ryd from Amaranthe will be joining the band on the North American Tour. She will also be part of the VIP meet and greet! Elize toured with us on our Summer Pandemonium Tour and also the European tour earlier this Spring.
"On A Wicked Night", the new video from Danzig, can be viewed at this location. The clip, which was directed by "Glenn Danzig", was shot on location in early June at the infamous BatCave in the Hollywood Hills.
"On A Wicked Night" comes off the band's latest album, Deth Red Sabaoth, which was released on June 2010 via Evilive/The End Records.
French metallers Heol Telwen have issued the short following update on their official MySpace blog:
"Hi all !
We are currently working on new tracks, 5 are already composed and other ones are on the way ! We already play 2 of these new songs on stage. Our second release will be a concept album based on old breton legend. No recording date or release date have been planned for now. Stay tuned for more informations!
Sweden's Heavy Metal band StoneLake is now in the studio to working on a new album!
It will be a follow up to Shades Of Eternity, but with more massive sound, very heavy guitar's and walls of big drums. There will be a couple of well known guestplayers on leadguitar and a duet song with a well known metalsinger! The new album will sound like StoneLake powerful high energy heavy metal with melodic melodies as alway with high pitch vocals.
The recordings will take place at UMP Studios in Sweden and the producing, mixing and mastering will be handled of Jan Akesson.
Tokyo's Gallhammer are currently working on new material for the follow-up to 2007's Ill Innocence, & will enter the studio in October to record what Vivian Slaughter (bass/vocals) describes as an album of "strange & psychedelic experimental sounds of doom".
It has also been announced that guitarist & vocalist Mika has left Gallhammer to concentrate on her other band, whilst Vivian & Risa (drums) continue as a duo. You can now follow Gallhammer at their new Twitter page which will be constantly updated with band news & progress.
Doppelgängers, the forthcoming album from Norwegian metallers Goat The Head, is available for streaming in its entirety on the band's MySpace page.
Due on September 13 via Aftermath Music, the album was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (Halford, Behemoth, Kataklysm, The Haunted) at his Antfarm Studio in Århus, Denmark.
Doppelgängers cover art] tracklist:
01. Neolithic Rocket Science
02. Uncanny Valley Clan
03. This Tube Is The Gospel
05. Bestial Domestication
06. The Hunt Is On (Sexy Son)
08. Stirring The Enigmatic Appetite
09. The Ubiquitous Cube
10. Primal Caveman Death Metal