Grammy-nominated hard rock juggernaut Mastodon have confirmed dates for their Spring North American Tour in support of their second album for Reprise Records, "Crack The Skye". This first tour behind the groundbreaking new album will sweep across the US and Canada playing to smaller theaters and clubs to insure a maximum and up close intimate environment in which to be exposed to brand new songs and old favorites for Mastodon fans.
Confirmed Mastodon tour dates with special guests Kylesa and Intronaut, as follows:
Apr. 10 - Workplay Theater - Birmingham, AL
Apr. 11 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
Apr. 13 - Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS
Apr. 14 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
Apr. 16 - Martini Ranch - Phoenix, AZ
Cloudscape have found a new drummer to replace Roger Landin. His name is Fredrik Joakimsson and is a friend of Cloudscape since a few years back.
Fredrik played live with Cloudscape on February 27 in their hometown (Helsingborg) and everything went really awesome both personally and musically and fans of Cloudscape praised his performance. Fredrik learned the setlist (10 songs) in less than 9 days and impressed a lot with his skillfull playing so, the guys in Cloudscape was totally convinced that Fredrik is the right guy for the band to play drums. Fredrik is more or less unknown considering he haven't recorded any albums before and has only been (and is) active in locally known bands so, Cloudscape is happy and pleased to introduce fredrik Joakimsson to the world of metal as their new permanent drummer.
Finnish metal band Norther parts ways with long time singer/guitarist Petri Lindroos. Norther was forced to let Petri go to be able to continue. Petri´s full time engagement in Ensiferum increasingly prevented Norther from functioning as an active band.
Petri wishes Norther all the best for the future. Current Norther crew, Kristian, Jukka, Tuomas and Heikki, wants to thank Petri for all these great years together and wishes him the best of luck with Ensiferum.
Additional information concerning the recruitment of a new singer will be provided soon.
New songs from NeVeR's third upcoming album "Back To The Front" have been added to band's official MySpace profile. You can find two whole songs (including one out of four done with Angela Gossow from Arch Enemy) and two samples from the upcoming album.
Also Maurycy "Mauser" Stefanowicz (known from Vader, currently UnSun) will appear on the final release doing guest lead guitar.
The whole production was done with some world famous names such as Fredrik Nordström (Producer, Studio Fredman, Sweden) who did for example At The Gates' "Slaughter Of The Soul" and Arch Enemy's "Rise Of The Tyrant"; Tom Mayer (Master&Servant Mastering Studio, Hamburg, Germany), Niklas Sundin (Cabin Fever Media/Dark Tranquillity/Lethora) and more.
Hailing from Katowice, Poland and formed in 2004, this four-piece band is said to play thrash/death metal with a lot of melody. "Reprogrammed H.A.T.E." was released in January and contains material from the previously released "Program H.A.T.E." demo, the "Bulletproof Heart" EP and also features a video for the song "Bulletproof Heart". Check out some samples at http://www.myspace.com/dualcoma.
Ascendance Records is hugely proud to announce the signing of Diablo Swing Orchestra to a worldwide deal.
The unique genre-hopping Swedish sextet has already garnered an ever-growing army of fans on the strength of their self-released debut "The Butcher's Ballroom" (later licensed to Candlelight Records in Europe and Sonic Cathedral in the US) and their European festival perfomances including Metal Female Voices Fest and Summer Breeze.
The new album "Sing-Along Songs For The Damned & Delirious" is tentetively scheduled for a September release. As well as the normal release we will also be producing a strictly limited and numbered boxed version, available by direct mail order only. It will feature an exclusive DVD, a set of postcards, a pewter pendant and a sticker all in an embossed tin box. Full details will be made available closer to release.
In the middle of March, Vader will enter Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland to begin recording session of band's next studio album entitled "Necropolis". All the tracks will be recorded at Hertz and engineered by Wieslawski Bros. Tue Madsen (who previously worked with such bands as Moonspell, Cataract, Heaven Shall Burn and many more...) will mix the album at his famous Antfarm Studios in Denmark.
"Necropolis" will be the first album recorded in Vader's new line up featuring band's new musicians Paul (drums), Reyash (bass) and Vogg (guitars). Famous Polish artist Jacek Wiśniewski (who made cover arts for such albums as "Black To The Blind", "Revelations", "The Beast" and some more...) will take care of the album artwork and its whole layout. One of the songs recorded during the latest pre-production session at Haertz Studio is available for download directly from the band's MP3 section.
Finland's extreme power metal outfit Wintersun have canceled all scheduled shows in 2009 due to further problems with the completion of their album "Time". The band's frontman Jari Mäenpää posted the following message on the band's official website:
"There has come again unexpected problems with technology, which will make finishing the "Time" album even more harder than it has been. Which will delay it even more. There's also some personal problems concerning my apartment.
Because of all the problems, I have fallen under a serious amounts of stress, which is sometimes causing me "writer's blocks". This album making is now turned into such a "risky business", that I have no , but to cancel Summerbreeze and Bloodstock.
"This month we finalise the Mortification Recording of the new Studio Album "the evil addiction destroying machine". The Album is sounding Intense and Ripping! Well pleased with three years of hard work now coming to completion. "the evil addiction destroying machine" will be available from this site (www.roweproductions.com) through the www.soundmass.com store from late May. In the coming April update I will have some of the Official photo shoot available for all of you to view. Please see Track List below (subject to change).
the evil addiction destroying machine
A Sense Of Eternity
Pushing The Envelope Of The Red Sonrise
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A sample of a new Agathodaimon song, entitled "Alone In The Dark (Death Angel's Shadow)", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. This song is one of the bonus tracks of the limited digipack edition of the band's new album, entitled "Phoenix".
Another new song from the album, "Heliopolis", was already posted on the same page.
"Phoenix" is scheduled for release on March 20 via Massacre Records. According to the band: "It's a 6 page-digipack, features 14 tracks with a playing time of more than 72 minutes, and a booklet of 20 pages".
Brazilian progressive rock band Banda Do Sol is still recording it's new album titled "Tempo". The album will be mixed in California/USA and will bring the tracks "Som do Sol", "Tempo", "Prana", "Mahavishnu", "Sinal da Liberdade", "Yes Blues", "Voar", "Quem Eu Sou?", "Maya" and "Fabito".
Since it's first LP released in 1982, Banda Do Sol explores influences of oriental music, especially the Indian. After 25 years since the release of the debut, the group got involved even more with all the culture and musicality from India. Mainly the vocalist and guitar player Moa Jr. that for 33 years is a student of "Self Realization Fellowship", a organization founded in 1920 by Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, a Indian guru specialized in kryia yoga techniques and that influenced some musicians and bands such as Beatles, Elvis Presley, Yes, Supertramp and even contemporary names as Cynic.
"All my life changed after reading "Autobiography Of A Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda", says Moa, Banda Do Sol's main composer. "By reading the book I started to search for more information about the saints in India. Afterwards I figure out that in India they consider music, paintings and drama as divine arts. The gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, the eternal trinity, were the first musicians that gave birth to the endless rhythm variations on the process of universal creation, preservation and destruction. With this picture in mind, I wrote all my songs"
With "Tempo", Banda Do Sol's new album, the influences from India are even more apparent. Moa Jr. says that some tracks are directly connected to the Vedic Indian Philosophy. ""Prana" and "Mahavishnu" are totally inspired by hindu philosophy. While the first describes the vital energy that surrounds all the creatures, "Mahavishnu" speaks of Krishna, an encarnation of the lord Visnhu. With his flute, the god Krishna plays the ravishing song that calls back to the true home the wandering soul living in the world of illusion. "Sinal da Liberdade" was made in tribute to a hindu poet called Rabindranath Tagore. The song "Quem eu sou?" it's an introspection to our true nature, the great mystery of mankind. "Maya" speaks of the magical power of illusion that is present in the world of phenomena, the principle of relativity, contrast, duality and contrary states."
Moa Jr., that have played with some very famous Brazilian musicians such as Guilherme Arantes, Walter Franco and Sá e Guarabyra, also works with a side-project totally focused on Indian music. Monthly in Sao Paulo, the musician leads a "kirtan", a kind of presentaion and celebration of Indian music and mantras played with Indian instruments such as harmonium, sitar and tabla.
"Tempo", Banda Do Sol's new album, will be released in July. Besides Moa Jr. on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, the band is formed by Fabio Fernandes on drums, Cesar Rodrigues on bass, Fram Simi on guitars and the famous Brazilian keyboardist Allex Bessa.
Sounds Of The I, an instrumental band from France mixing metal, rock and jazz, have put two new tracks from their first upcoming album "Sounds Of The I" on their MySpace. The tracks are called "Entering" and "About Truth", check them out at http://www.myspace.com/soundsofthei.