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Nightwish - New Album Release Date, Cover Art & Tracklist Revealed

Nightwish have announced on their Imaginaerum website that their new album, Imaginaerum, will be released on November 30th in Finland and on December 2nd in Europe.


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Posted: 09.09.2011 by Shadowcross | Comments (33)

Finntroll - To Release Special Edition Of Latest Album

Finnish black/folk metallers Finntroll have set their latest release Nifelvind to be reissued as a limited tour edition with three, unreleased bonus cover tracks of Metallica, Pet Shop Boys and Oingo Boingo for their upcoming headliner tour with Finnish battle metallers Turisas.


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Posted: 08.09.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (3)

Star Monarchy - New Project By Ex-Halford Bassist

Bassist Ray Riendeau (Ex-Halford, James LaBrie) has launched a new project called Star Monarchy.

The music will feature songs written by Ray and some collaborations with other artists. It will be recorded by an ongoing cast of players/singers in various metal genres. Volume 1 features Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish) on guitar, Dan Tompkins (Ex-Tesseract) on vocals and Peter Wildoer (Darkane, James LaBrie) on drums.


Posted: 08.09.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (1)

Ufomammut - Sign With Neurot Recordings

The Italian band Ufommamut has signed a deal for their upcoming album with Neurot Recordings.

This is what Neurot owner Steve Von Till had to say about the signing: "Welcome Ufomammut to the Neurot family. Ufomammut is our kind of band. These sonic brothers from Italy are heavy, psychedelic, and driven. We couldn't be happier than to have them working with Neurot Recordings for their next full-length album. Though we have been fans of their music for a while, being able to meet them and share the stage with them on our recent trip to Europe was awesome. We formed a great and meaningful bond, which of course is the most important aspect of what we do. We admire their prolific nature as visionary musicians, as members of the Malleus art collective, and as owners of their own label, Supernatural Cat. They truly embody the same spirit of music and art that we all strive for. Ufomammut is in the studio at this very moment working on their next epic."

Ufomammut also commented..."Working with Neurot signals an evolutionary change for Ufomammut. In the last years we've built up our own music world, doing everything by ourselves, working on our own art and recordings, creating a label, and taking care of every aspect of our projects.

We feel very excited by this change because this confirms that we did a good job, especially coming from these guys who we have always considered a great inspiration.

We're sure this Neurot and UFOMAMMUT friendship will open new perspectives and directions in our sonic adventure, because we feel we have the same vision and attitude about what music should be. In few words we feel totally honored and proud to become a part of the Neurot Family."

Ufomammut is set tour in Europe on September and October, the dates are the following:


(Supported by MoRkObOt)

14th. Groovestation - Dresden - D
15th. Festaal Kreuzberg - Berlin - D
16th. Stengade - Copenaghen - DK
17th. Inkonst - Malmo - SWE
18th. Blitz - Oslo - NO
19th. Truck Stop Alaska - Goteborg - SWE
21st . Nuclear Night Club - Oulu - FI
22nd. Lutakko - Jyväskylä - FI
23rd. Yo-talo - Tampere - FI
24th. Korjaamo - Helsinki - FI
26th. Molotow - Hamburg - D
27th. Underground - Cologne - D
28th. 013 - Tilburg - NL
29th. Bastard Club - Osnabrück - D
30th. Baroeg - Rotterdam - NL

(Supported by MoRkObOt)

01st. Het Depot - Leuven - B
03rd. The Croft - Bristol - UK
04th - The Well - Leeds - UK
05 th - The Continental - Preston - UK


Band profile: Ufomammut
Posted: 08.09.2011 by Et Ermit | Comments (5)

Krisiun - New Album Details

Brazilian death metallers Krisiun will release their new album, The Great Execution, on October 31 in Europe and November 1 in North America via Century Media Records.

The band's eighth studio CD "musically expands Krisiun trademark high-speed death metal violence with a heavily increased amount of diversity ranging from extreme tempo variations over distinct rhythm patterns to clean guitars and even Flamenco parts!" according to a press release.

Krisiun only used analog gear and instruments this time to avoid the compressed sound that so many musicians produce today. This wise decision resulted in a more organic sound, with the songs on The Great Execution possessing both warmth and rawness, which are so often lost through digital production. The low end is deeper, with drums that pound instead of bounce and guitar tones that sear rather than hiss.


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Posted: 08.09.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (9)

Primus - New Album Streaming Online

Green Naugahyde, the new album from US alternative metal band Primus, which doesn't hit stores until September 13th, is currently streaming in its entirety at South Park's Facebook Page as part of South Park's "Year of the Fan". Head over to that location and check it out. Previous news about the band's upcoming effort can be found over here.


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Posted: 08.09.2011 by BudDa | Comments (6)

Unirock Festival - Hammerfall And Eluveitie Drop Off The Billing

After the cancellations of Opeth and Katatonia less than a month ago Turkey's Unirock Open Air Festival, set to take place on the coming weekend from 9th to 11th of September 2011 in Istanbul, has to suffer from two further high-profile cancellations. Sweden's power metal band Hammerfall and Swiss folk metallers Eluveitie both report communication and logistic problems with the festival organizer which force both bands to pull out of the billing.


Event: Unirock Open Air Festival
Posted: 08.09.2011 by Promonex | Comments (2)

Epica - Recording New Album

As of today, symphonic metal band Epica has started the recordings for their 5th full-length album. This still untitled album will expectedly be released by Nuclear Blast on the 9th of March, 2012. Epica entered the famous Gate-studio's in Germany once more with world-renowned producer Sascha Paeth (Kamelot, Avantasia, Rhapsody Of Fire).

First up is Ariën Van Weesenbeek to record his drum parts.

Keep a close eye on the official Epica-channels for updates on the recordings!


Band profile: Epica
Posted: 08.09.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (24)

Absu - New Song Online

"Abraxas Connexus", a brand-new song from mythological metallers Absu can now be streamed on Pitchfork and in the YouTube-video below for the time being.


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Posted: 07.09.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (7)

Animals As Leaders - New Album Details

More details regarding Weightless, the second album from groundbreaking progressive instrumentalist act, Animals As Leaders, have surfaced. The endeavor was produced by drummer, Navene Koperweis and Animals As Leaders, and mixed by guitarist Javier Reyes. The album marks the recording debut of Koperweis and Reyes with Animals As Leaders.

Weightless is set to be released by Prosthetic Records in North America on November 8th, in mainland Europe on November 4th and in the UK on November 7th.


Posted: 07.09.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (4)

Thy Catafalque - New Album Details

As announced late July, Thy Catafalque recently signed on Season of Mist. The Hungarian Avant-garde metal act's forthcoming album is entitled Rengeteg (Hungarian for "vast, "trackless forest") and will hit the stores on November 11th in Europe (January 10th, 2012 in North America).

The artwork was created by Portuguese photographer Rui Luz and Thy Catafalque mastermind Tamás Kátai.


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Posted: 07.09.2011 by Dark Legacy | Comments (7)

Cloven Hoof - Reveals New Guitarist

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Cloven Hoof has announced that they have found a new guitarist in the form of Joe Whelan, formerly of the band Dementia.


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Posted: 07.09.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (0)

SSS - Announce Two New Members

British crossover thrashers SSS, which recently released Problems To The Answer, has announced the addition of two new members to the band.

Joining the group are Stu Taylor (guitar) and Dave Archer (drums), who both also play in Liverpool-based stoner metal act The Bendal Interlude, and who replace outgoing members Pete Broom and Dave Fergusson.


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Posted: 07.09.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (0)

Cradle Of Filth - Mini-Album Tracklist Revealed

UK extreme metal band Cradle Of Filth revealed the track list for the band's upcoming mini-album and DVD entitled, Evermore Darkly…. The album will be available via Peaceville Records on October 17th (Europe) and Nuclear Blast USA on October 18, 2011 (North America).

The mini-album features the brand-new track "Thank Your Lucky Stars", plus a remix of "Forgive Me Father", courtesy of Rob Caggiano from Anthrax, an extended rendition of "Lilith Immaculate", as well as demo versions of three songs from Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa. The final track is a teaser from the band's forthcoming orchestral project, a rework of "Summer Dying Fast".


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Posted: 07.09.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (5)

Hammers Of Misfortune - New Album Details, New Song Online

With a newly-rejuvenated line-up and their signature sound intact, San Francisco's Hammers Of Misfortune have returned with 17th Street, a brash and heartfelt song cycle, blending the best elements of NWOBHM, Thrash, Doom, and American Folk music while somehow sounding unlike any of these. 17th Street takes the band's inimitable sound to a new level, creating an emotional gravity that only further accentuates the band's formidable songwriting chops.


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Posted: 07.09.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (2)