Swiss metallers Eluveitie have issued the following update:
"During the last couple of weeks we received many applications for the two vacant positions in our band. We'd like to use this opportunity to thank all musicians who contacted us for their messages, efforts and interest in our band. We read all applications assiduously and thought a lot about the whole thing.
Now we are very pleased to announce that we have decided for two new band members! And we are as confident to have found two awesome musicians and as we're proud and happy to introduce them to you:
Playing diverse kinds of bagpipes, as well as whistles and acoustic guitars, Päde is a multi-instrumentalist and especially an experienced piper! To some of you (especially the folk interested guys) Päde might not be unfamiliar: He used to proof his abilities as musician and also as disarming performer in the Swiss folk band Branâ Keternâ, where also Meri and Chrigel used to play. So we esteem Päde since a couple of years, both as great musician as well as a fantastic guy and friend.
Norwegian metallers Octavia Sperati have issued the following update:
At our last band meeting, Octavia Sperati decided to put band activities aside/take a break. We have reached a point where we have decided to put more time into other projects both within music, studies and families among other things for a while. We will all continue playing music, but we will take a break from the normal "Octavia life". If there are any news from any of us, we will of course let you know as soon as possible.
We are all looking forward to playing the lovely outdoor festival Lost Weekend near our headquarters Bergen on Friday, August 1st and will take the break after that. We are sorry to say that we will have to cancel the Dames Of Darkness festival in Birmingham in September.
Bloodbath's third full-length album has been entitled The Fathomless Mastery and is currently being mixed. The album is due for an October 6th release on Peaceville records. Tracklist:
01. At The Behest Of Their Death
02. Mock The Cross
04. Wretched Human Mirror
06. Devouring The Feeble
07. Hades Rising
08. Slaughtering The Will To Live
10. Process Of Disillumination
11. Drink From The Cup Of Heresy
Swedish metallers Hearse have issued the following update:
"Finally something to report from the Hearse camp! Yup, the band has begun the recording of the fifth album. So far the drums has been recorded. 12 songs are planned to be recorded and most likely 10 of them will end up on the album. As soon as we get green light from our record label (depending on which one it´ll be) the recording will continue.
More info on the recording to follow. In the meantime check out some pics from the recording here."
"Twilight of the Thunder God" will be released on the 17th of September in Sweden, the 19th of September in D/A/CH/I and the 22nd of September in the rest of Europe. North American release date is September 30.
The final track listing for "Twilight of the Thunder God" is as follows:
01. Twilight Of The Thunder God
02. Free Will Sacrifice
03. Guardians Of Asgaard
04. Where Is Your God?
05. Varyags Of Miklagaard
06. Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags
07. No Fear For The Setting Sun
08. The Hero
09. Live For The Kill
10. Embrace Of The Endless Ocean
"Twilight of the Thunder God" features several high-profile guest appearances including Entombed singer L.G. Petrov (on 'Guardians of Asgaard'), Children Of Bodom guitarist Roope Latvala (who shreds a fierce solo on the track 'Twilight of the Thunder God') and Finnish cello metal band Apocalyptica (a guest appearance on 'Live For The Kill').
Children Of Bodom have announced a U.S. headlining tour in support of their critically acclaimed new album, Blooddrunk. The scheduled four week, 25 city tour will kick off on September 11 in Baltimore, MD and criss-cross the U.S., closing with a bang on October 10 in Worcester, MA.
The Children Of Bodom U.S. headlining tour will feature support from Between The Buried And Me as well as a "very special guest to be announced". The major market trek will represent the influential metal band's first U.S. headlining jaunt in support of Blooddrunk and follows the quintet's red hot summer North American "Gigantour" live dates as hand-picked support for heavy music legends Megadeth.
Alice Cooper's entire new album, entitled "Along Came A Spider", is available for streaming on his MySpace page.
"Along Came A Spider" was co-produced by Danny Saber, Greg Hampton and Alice himself. The album will be released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland on July 25th (July 28th in the rest of Europe and July 29th in North America) via Steamhammer/SPV.
"Death Magnetic," the entire album will be available for Guitar Hero too!
It's a first in both music and gaming - the same day that "Death Magnetic" hits the streets, you'll be able to download every song from the album for "Guitar Hero III!" We are so psyched that we'll be the first out of the gate with this simultaneous release... who knows, maybe a few years from now this will be the norm when your favorite band's new record comes out.
And for those of you who are anxiously awaiting the next Guitar Hero, "World Tour," we're ready for that too - you will be able to experience "Death Magnetic" for drums, vocals, and guitar when that game emerges this Fall."
Norwegian metallers Kampfar will release their new album, entitled "Heimgang", on September 26th (October 7th in US and Canada) via Napalm Records.
The album was recorded at Silvertone Studio in Norway.
US metallers Intronaut will release their new album, entitled "Prehistoricisms", on September 16 via Century Media Records.
The drums for the album were tracked at Opera Studios in North Hollywood, guitars and bass were laid down at Castle Oaks Studios in Calabasas. Vocals were completed at Clearlake Audio in North Hollywood, and the whole process was engineered by Josh Newell (Jane's Addiction).
"Prehistoricisms" raw cover] tracklisting:
01. Primordial Soup
02. The Literal Black Cloud
03. Cavernous Den Of Shame
05. Any Port
08. The Reptilian Brain
1 - Sleep
2 - Eat
3 - Shit
4 - Fight
5 - Fuck
The band adds: "We have also posted some footage of us jamming in the practice room."
Swedish metallers Grave have posted a video for the track "Bloodpath" at this location. The track comes off the band's new album entitled "Dominion VIII" which was released last April. The filming material of the video took 3 days to complete, and it is the band's first music video since 1994. The video was shot in the island of Gotland in Sweden.
Canadian metallers Into Eternity will release their new album, entitled "The Incurable Tragedy", on August 25th in Europe (August 29th in japan and September 2nd in US) via Century Media.
The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Touchwood Studios (Regina, SK), produced and engineered by Grant Hall and Johnny Gasparic, mixed and mastered by Grant Hall (mixing assistant: Justin Bender). The cover artwork was done by Mattias Norén (www.progart.com).
"The Incurable Tragedy" cover] tracklisting:
01. Prelude To Woe
02. Tides Of Blood
03. Spent Years Of Regret
05. Diagnosis Terminal
06. The Incurable Tragedy I
08. Time Immemorial
09. The Incurable Tragedy II