IcedEarth.com has posted the cover art Link] for the band's forthcoming full-length studio album, "The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked Part II)" which continues where their 2007 release, "Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Part I)" left off. "The Crucible Of Man" features the return of frontman Matt Barlow who was Schaffer's original voice of choice to introduce the "Something Wicked" saga back in 1998 as a trio of songs which concluded their album, "Something Wicked This Way Comes".
While the 1998 album provided a general overview of the story Schaffer has been conceptualizing for well over a decade, the saga is being fully brought to life with the release of the back-to-back conceptual albums "Framing Armageddon" and "The Crucible of Man". While both albums provide answers to mysteries the previous releases would create, the timeliness of the story in today's world is guaranteed to keep people thinking and guessing. Schaffer's ability to convey the central themes and events of the story without always revealing exactly "why" characters' decisions are made and "how" events come to pass, will keep fans of the saga coming back as future mediums for the "Something Wicked" storyline are revealed.
Raunchy's entire new album entitled "Wasteland Discotheque", is available for streaming at the band's official MySpace.
"Wasteland Discotheque", which was recorded in Jacob Hansen's Studios, will be released on June 16 in Denmark, June 30 in the rest of Europe and July 7 in the U.S. via Lifeforce Records.
01. This Blackout Is Your Apocalypse (Intro)
02. Somewhere Along The Road
03. The Bash
05. Straight To Hell
06. Welcome The Storm
07. Wasteland Discotheque
08. Somebody's Watching Me
09. A Heavy Burden
10. To The Lighthouse
11. Showdown Recovery
12. The Comfort In Leaving
"We would like to welcome Dave Langlands to the band as our new bass player. We just played our first show with Dave in Sydney and he did a great job. Dave is from New Zealand and has been active in the local scene for many years. Dave moved to Melbourne to work on various musical projects and we were lucky enough to bring him into the ranks of The Eternal. For our Melbourne fans we hope to be announcing a home show soon, so expect to see Dave and the rest of us shortly."
"Eisbrecher have reached the finale hot phase of their topically record production. One and a half years after the successful publication from "Antikörper" with the stage hit "Vergissmeinnicht" their next strike will be called "Sünde":
The third Eisbrecher-Album will be released on 26th of August (in America - Germany 22nd of August). Until then the single "Kann Denn Liebe Sünde Sein" (11th July, 2008 only Germany) will give an exititing foretaste to the upcoming album!
Alexx and Pix promise a sombre-coloured dance of dark-rocking ice-pearls to their fans: Album III will be the darkest and hardest album so far. Faithful to the motto: Filigree-but-through-breaking! Hard but however warmly!
"It's official now! Our new album is titled "X To The Power Of Ten"! It will be relased on July, 25th in North America and Europe by Locomotive Records. Never before did we work that hard on our songs, the arrangements and the production and never before did we have to fight that many uphill battles to get everything done. Now finally we're in the fortunate position to say it was worth the blood, sweat and tears.
We also signed a contract with Tasmanian Devil Publishing and the guys already work on some pretty interesting things to come. A big sorry to our fans for the long waiting time and thank you for your continued support. We also want to thank our management Intromental for doing a great job. There'll be some earcandies for you within the next few weeks. Currently we're busy with the organization of our release party, more on that soon... "X To The Power Of Ten" is our personal statement to the metal scene in 2008 - be with us!"
The Download Festival to take place in the spiritual home of rock Castle Donington that is set to kick off this Friday, is about to attempt the world record for "the Most People Made Up As KISS".
The message on the festival website reads:
"We have joined forces with FACE, the official body of face-painters who are providing at least of 20 professional face-painters in order to achieve our goal! - We hope to be able to set a record for over 400 faces painted within 3 hours.
Face painting by our accredited painters is FREE, please don't do your own make up - remember - in order to break the record, we can only accept faces painted by FACE members. Expert face paint makers, Mehron, are very kindly sponsoring the attempt by providing all the necessary paint...
German metallers Silent Force have issued the short following update:
"Hey everybody, just a short update from the Silent Force camp. Alexander Beyrodt is having a very creative run and wrote 11 songs during the last 2 weeks for the next album. The material is very promising and will show once more how much potential Silent Force has."
Brazilian metallers Krisiun have updated their MySpace layout and posted a new track, entitled "Combustion Inferno", which is part of their upcoming album, "Southern Storm", that will be released on July 21st by Century Media Records.
"Southern Storm" was once again recorded at Stage One Studios in Borgentreich, Germany with producer Andy Classen (Tankard, Rotting Christ, Dew-Scented), who previously worked with the band on "Conquerors Of Armageddon" and "AssassiNation".
Italian metallers Ephel Duath have issued the following update:
we thought you'd like to know the following:
Ephel Duath will enter Outer Sound Studios in Rome on July 14 to complete their new effort, "Through My Dog's Eyes". The drums have already been recorded by Marco Minnemann at Home-Base Seacoast Studio in Imperial Beach, California. While the producer is Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre, Klimt 1918), the mastering will be done in Finnish Finnvox Studios (HIM, Nightwish). Seldon Hunt (Neurosis, Isis, Sunn O)))) will take care of the artwork. "Through My Dog's Eyes" will be released in the fall on Earache Records."
"With "Monster", Oomph! release the tenth studio album in the band's history. And to commemorate this special occasion, Oomph! and MySpace are looking for the band's new cover designer.
This is a massive opportunity for you to be a part of the new Oomph! album "Monster". So the sky's the limit for your imagination and creativity, and naturally the winning cover design will be selected personally by Oomph! when the time is right. But you'll have to hurry a little because the deadline for your cover designs is June 27th. And the best thing about the whole contest is that the album will be on your favorite record store shelves with your cover when it's released in the late summer. We're looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
The unbreakable thrash legends Holy Moses releasing right now the title of the long expected new album: Agony Of Death (Todeskampf). The album will be released around the 19th of September 2008 worldwide via Wacken Records/SPV. Right now the band is working behind the walls of the Blue Castle Studio near Hamburg with producer/guitar player Michael Hankel to do the last steps of the production. The first video's from the production will be online in the a few days.
For the first time, Holy Moses will perform two new tracks live at the famous Wacken Open Air 2008. Holy Moses will play at the Main Stage / Black Stage on the 2nd of August at 13:55. The press will get the chance to listen to the whole album at the pre-listening party in the press tent.
As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis will see the debut album, "Total Brutal", from his new side-project, Austrian Death Machine, released on July 22nd in North America through Metal Blade Records. The album will be available on July 25th (Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Italy) / July 28th rest of Europe. The first single from the "Total Brutal" album, "If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It", is now available at the band's MySpace page.
The track features the voice of Ahhnold as Dutch from the movie Predator screaming back and forth with the Predator himself. Comments main-man Tim Lambesis: "In the first verse Ahhnold is talking trash about how he's going to take Predator down, but in the second verse Predator comes back spittin' his evil game. This is the classic struggle of good and evil but with way bigger muscles and more brutal double bass. In fact, I think it's the breakdown about 1/2 way through the song that crushes Predator's evil once and for all".
Meshuggah's Tomas Haake has been named the No. 1 drummer in the "Metal" category in the July 2008 Modern Drummer magazine's 2008 Readers' Poll.
The Readers' Poll results appear in the July 2008 issue of the magazine.
2008 results in the "Metal" category:
01. Tomas Haake (Meshuggah)
02. Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall)
03. Chris Adler (Lamb Of God)
04. Derek Roddy (ex-Hate Eternal)
05. Joey Jordison (Slipknot)
For four days in March 2008, MetalKult's Brad Angle and Jimmy Hubbard took a journey to the grim-cold heart of Norwegian black metal: Oslo, Norway.
"In this revealing four-part series, we catch up with a few of Norwegian black metal's leading acts. We go on a pub crawl through Oslo's hottest metal bars with 1349's Seidemann (bass) and Archaon (guitar), visit Notodden's ancient Heddal Stave Church, head off to Emperor/Zyklon drummer Trym's Emperial Tattoo studios (where Hubbard gets some seriously Nordic needle-and-ink action), hang with Emperor vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn at his Symphonique Studios, tour the rebuilt Holmenkollen Chapel (which was burned in 1992 by members of the black metal community), go to Helvete (the late Mayhem guitarist Euronymous' record store and informal black metal "inner circle" headquarters) and chat with Satyricon in their cavernous rehearsal studios."
According to their official website, Motörhead have titled their new album "Motörize". Recording has just been completed in Los Angeles at 606 Studios, which is owned by Dave Grohl (Probot, Foo Fighters, Nirvana). Motörhead are now heading to Europe to perform at several summer festivals.