Finnish metallers Sonata Arctica will embark on a N. American headlining tour in the spring. Support will come from Mutiny Within and Powerglove.
Announced dates are as follows:
Apr. 02 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
Apr. 03 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Apr. 05 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Apr. 06 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
Apr. 07 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Apr. 09 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Apr. 10 - Detroit, MI @ Blondies
Apr. 11 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Apr. 12 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Apr. 13 - Winnipeg, MB @ WECC
Apr. 15 - Calgary, AB @ Warehouse
Apr. 16 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
Apr. 18 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue
Apr. 19 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Apr. 20 - Portland, OR @ Peters Room
UK metallers Esoteric have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"We, Esoteric are currently looking for a replacement for our third guitarist, Kris Clayton who departed from the band earlier this year and also require a replacement for our keyboard player, Olivier Goyet who recently moved back to his homeland, France.
Experience and own equipment are a necessity. The band has been in existence since July 1992 and is currently writing material for the sixth album.
Montreal-based metallers Augury have issued the following update:
"We sadly have to announce that drummer Antoine Baril has decided to retire from the band."
Antoine Baril stated: "I'm very sad to have to announce my departure from Augury. Some personal and professional reasons made multiple touring impossible for me at the moment. I wish all the best for Augury because those wonderful guys are making incredibly good music. I will never forget those memorable shows and I would like to thank everyone for their support on the road everywhere we've been on tour."
The band added: "We thank Antoine for all the good times and excellent music, and we wish him well in all aspects of his life. He will remain a close friend for all of us. For the upcoming tour with Vader, drummer Robin "Frog" Stone from Australian industrial metal mad scientists The Amenta will take over the drum throne. He is a very tight and skilled drummer, having learned our set in a matter of hours. Here is a video of Robin in action.
Swiss metallers Kruger have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Kruger are pretty proud to unveil the artwork of their upcoming effort, For Death, Glory And The End Of The World, scheduled for mid-February 2010. Connoisseurs and art students will unmask the shameful theft of Jérôme Bosch' "Jardin Des délices", which fits the heaviness epic character of this new piece pretty well."
Regarding the recording of the album, the band added: "Locked in studio without food nor booze during the past three weeks, the Kruger dudes are pretty relieved to have finished the recording of their upcoming album without major disaster (no hard drive crash, no manic depression, no nothing!) Champagne!"
Finnish metallers Ensiferum have confirmed dates for tour through China in January 2010. The band adds: "We are excited and eager to conquer new territory!"
Confirmed dates are as follows:
Jan. 09 - Beijng, China - Mao Livehouse
Jan. 10 - Xi An, China - Sunset Bar
Jan. 13 - Shanghai, China - Yu Ying Tang
Jan. 15 - Guang Zhou, China - Tekkwun Livehouse
Jan. 17 - Taipei, Taiwan - The Wall Livehouse
Austrian metallers Mastic Scum will release their fothcoming album, Dust, on November 13 via Twilight Distribution.
Dust contains 12 song and was mixed at Grindlab Studio and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Heaven Shall Burn, Aborted, Hatesphere). The cover artwork for the album was created by Killustrations (Six Feet Under, Kataklysm, Amon Amarth).
An e-card for Dust can be found here and a short trailer for the album can be found at this location.
Dust cover art] tracklist:
01. Ashes To Dust
03. The Consciousness In A State Of Mind
05. Dead Remains
06. The Sufferage
07. Blood For Blood
08. Revelation Of Mankind
09. A Life For A Lie
10. Adrenaline 2.0
11. The Will To Kill
Finnish metallers Deathbound will release their forthcoming album, Non Compos Mentis, via Dynamic Arts Records on the following dates:
January 25: World
January 27: Finland
January 29: Germany / Austria / Switzerland
Non Compos Mentis cover art] tracklist:
01. I Hate Them Still
02. The Wave Called Misery
03. Free Shackles For Everyone
04. The Process Of Destruction
05. A Better Tomorrow
06. A Reason For Your Fight
07. Hell Could Be The Cure
08. When The Seas Are Boiling
10. The Blues Of A Dying Man
11. Death Comes For A Visit
12. Non Compos Mentis
13. The World Is But A Memory
14. A Need To Survive
Also two new songs from Non Compos Mentis, entitled "Free Shackles For Everyone" and "A Reason For Your Fight", have been made available at the band's MySpace page.
Swiss pagan horde Eluveitie just finished the recordings for the new album which is scheduled for release in spring 2010. The band also revealed the artwork and album title of their third effort: Everything Remains As It Never Was.
Currently mainman Chrigel Glanzmann attends the mixing sessions with legendary Colin Richardson and Martyn "Ginge" Ford in Wales. "Somehow it seems almost unreal to me: The recordings for our upcoming album are finished! Right now I'm in the Welsh Nott-In Pill studios with Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Machine Head, Kreator, Behemoth, Bullet For My Valentine and many more) and Martyn "Ginge" Ford working on the mix of the album. And believe me, the mix will be mind-blowing! Well, what can I say... Colin is just a pure genius!
Soulfly bassist Bobby Burns has issued the following update:
"Stoppin' by for a quick second to say hello! Its been a real busy year for us and as I write this we're all finally back home in our collective home cities relaxing and packing up to head into the studio in L.A. this Friday to begin recording the new Soulfly record! We've been playing together better than ever in recent times and we're all really excited to get to work on the new shit! I've been 'thinking' about doing some sort of video diary on my mac from the studio sessions to kinda keep everyone in the loop and possibly post them up like once a week on my MySpace page but I have yet to make up my mind. Other than that. Talks of more touring in the new year but I'm not sure yet.
Belgian metallers Psalm have posted two new songs, "Subterranean" and "Slow-Motion Collapse", on their MySpace page.
The two songs, which were recorded at the Blackout Multimedia Studio in Brussels with the help of Enthroned bassist Phorgath, are set to appear on the band's forthcoming album which is expected to be released next year.
Kalmah have finished the recordings of their 6th album which will be released in the early 2010. The actual release date has not been set yet. The recording process started in May, continued in June and finally ended in August. All recordings and mixing were done at Tico-Tico studios. Mastering was done at Cutting Room. The album is still untitled. The work title was 12 Gauge which is a title for one song for the album. All in all the band recorded 9 new songs and one cover.
The band added: "Recordings as usual for Kalmah went pretty smoothly. We had everything pretty much ready before the studio and it was easy to just concentrate on the sound and perfection of the performance. The sound, well, of course the sound is great. We managed to dig out more depression and agression overall. From now own we are concentrating on the cover art, booklet and stuff. We have some upcoming shows at Russia in the beginning of November and we are planning for Finnish shows at the beginning of 2010."
This re-issue features 2 new recordings exclusive to this release in the shape of "The Exile", structured around extras from the writing process from the Deadlands era, and "Deadlands Revisited" a spine-tingling re-imagining of the original with violin courtesy of Sareeta from Ram-Zet. Also included are new liner notes written by Agnete.
We reccommend you check out this re-release for some seriously bleak, monstrous and heavy songs. After 9 years, it still feels as vital and
fresh as it did in 2002. With the newly recorded bonus-tracks, that we are extremely proud of, there should be plenty to dive into.
Overkill have signed to Nuclear Blast Records for a multi-release deal (world excl. North America). The first offering will be available early 2010 titled Ironbound - a true "thrasher-piece".
Vocalist Bobby Blitz commented: "Good to be with a label that understands what Overkill are about and what metal is about in 2010, exciting!"
Jaap Wagemaker, A&R adds: "Nuclear Blast is very stoked to announce the signing of legendary New Jersey thrashers Overkill!! Growing up with classics such as Feel The Fire, Taking Over and The Years Of Decay and seeing the band countless times playing live it is sure to say that one of our favourite bands of all time has finally found their home at the powerhouse that Nuclear Blast is today. We are very much looking forward to start working with Overkill and are eager to release their new album Ironbound to the masses. A new album on which they have returned to their old school thrash roots. The band is already working on a new European tour for 2010. Welcome to the Nuclear Family."