14:09 - Zaphod Ok, bad example, but you get the point. Metalcore has metal in it, so it's metal for me.
14:07 - Zaphod Yeah and Ensiferum is metal mixed with Finnish folk music, both genres have metal in them.
14:00 - Hex_Omega Well Metalcore is Metal mixed with Hardcore. It is something different, theoretically.
13:58 - Hex_Omega Nu Metal bands can be controversial for some metalheads and thats why I am not surprised that they don't have Slipknot on their site. However their music is metal.
13:56 - Zaphod Yeah, that's what I meant with 'true metal' (not that I agree with them, for the record) It confuses me how some people don't consider metalcore metal. Sure, you might not like it, but that doesn't mean it's not metal.
Napalm Death and Suffocation will team up for a European co-headlining tour in May/June 2008. Also appearing on the bill will be Warbringer, a thrash metal band from the Bay Area.
The dates are as follows:
May 08 - Dordrecht, Holland @ Bibelot
May 09 - Zaandam, Holland @ De Kade
May 10 - Berlin, Germany @ SO36
May 11 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany @ Gelsenkirchen Amphitheatre (Rock Hard Festival)
May 12 - Hasselt, Belgium @ Muziek-O-Droom
May 13 - Paris, France @ La Locomotive
May 14 - Rennes, France @ Antipode
May 15 - Biarritz, France @ Atabel
May 16 - Durango, Spain @ Plateruena
May 17 - Corroios, Spain @ Cine Teatro de Corroios
May 18 - Madrid, Spain @ Caracol
May 19 - Barcelona, Spain @ Mephisto
Devildriver will start a North American Tour entitled "Bound By The Road 2008" on February, 27th. Napalm Death, Walls Of Jericho, 36 Crazyfists and In Vitro are announced as special guests.
The "Bound By The Road 2008" dates are as follows:
Feb. 27 - The Fat Cat - Modesto, CA
Feb. 28 - The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
Feb. 29 - House Of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
Mar. 02 - The Rock - Tucson, AZ
Mar. 04 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
Mar. 06 - Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK
Mar. 07 - Ridglea Theater - Fort Worth, TX
Mar. 08 - Scout Bar - San Antonio, TX
Mar. 09 - House Of Rock - Corpus Christi, TX
Mar. 14 - Boomerz - Seminole, FL
Mar. 15 - Mojo Room - Port St. Lucie, FL
Finnish Extreme Power Metallers Norther have announced on their website new dates for Finland:
16 Feb - Finnish Metal Expo, Helsinki
22 Feb - Nivala, Tuiskula
23 Feb - Hellä, Tampere
In other news, Norther's guitarist Kristian "Kride" Ranta, has updated the band's blog with the following update about their upcoming video:
"So I guess you have all heard the news about our new album N. Hopefully we can also confirm the US release quite soon. We shot our new video some time ago and it is starting to be ready. It's looking damn good and will be something a way cooler than we've ever done before We did the video with Tunne Productions, check out what other they have done before us. I must say that besides being really pro guys they were also really nice and everything went smoothly.
French metallers Destinity have announced that their next album entitled "The Inside", will be out on February 2008. The song "Enemy Process" which is taken from the new album is online on the Destinity's MySpace page at this location.
"The Inside" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Aborted, Destruction, Hatesphere, ...).
"The Inside" tracklisting cover:
01. My Senseless Theory
02. Murder Within
03. Thing I Will Never Feel
04. Still Remember
05. A Thousand Falling Skies
06. Inhuman Corrosive Report
07. Ready To Leave
08. Enemy Process
09. Escaping Reality
10. The Inside
Almost five years have passed since the release of "A Flame To The Ground Beneath" and after the turbulence the band experienced. The remaining members now realize this period was necessary to regain the energy, strength, motivation and inspiration needed to continue with the unearthly creations.
While continuing the search for the voice, which will be embraced by our music, the recording of the new material will be carried through independently of that and immediately, starting in January 2008. All instruments will be successively fully recorded and maybe even mixed without vocals on. All skeptical or frightened by this procedure should know/be-reminded it was more or less the same case with "Awakening The World" album when Daniel's vocals was post-mixed after the instrumental mix in Studio Fredman.
Kvohst has posted the following on the band's myspace blog:
"After a pretty tough month and some deep contemplation, I have decided to call it a day and check out of the Dødheimsgard asylum. The reasons for my departure are personal and I'd like them to stay that way. My work in DHG and on Supervillain has been a labour of love but, unfortunately, love, as Bukowski once said, can often be "like trying to carry a full garbage can on your back over a rushing river of piss." I can only thank the rest of the band, especially Vicotnik and the fans, for their total support and dedication and for some of the best years of my life. As a fan of the band since I was young, I will continue to support DHG and I hope that you will do the same.
The band has announced on their mypace blog that guitarist Johan Jacob no longer wants to be a part of Iron Fire. According to the band, Johan's passion for Jazz has over the years grown bigger then for good old Heavy Metal and he now wants to give that full attention. The band is currently looking for a guitarist to start recording for the next album in the spring.
The Miskolc International Opera Festival proudly announces that Epica will be performing a classical show with symphonic orchestra and choir.
The "Epica: The Classical Conspiracy Show" is going to be a very unique event, because the Dutch symphonic-metal band will play a very specific musical program. They will perform classical pieces from Mozart, Dvorak, Verdi, Orff, Prokofiev, Grieg, Vivaldi in Epica's style and of course symphonic versions of Epica songs. Some Epica songs will be rewritten - to make it more bombastic - only for this event. Moreover there will be other surprises as well.
The Epica classical show is going to start on 14.06.2008 at 21:00.
Sabaton has posted the tracklist for "The Art Of War":
01. Sun Tzu says
02. Ghost Division
03. The Art Of War
06. The nature Of Warfare
07. Cliffs Of Gallipoli
10. Union (Slopes Of St.Benedict)
11. The Price Of A Mile
13. A Secret
The band will enter the studio this Friday to start the recording.
Deathgrinders have updated their MySpace with the following New Year's message:
"Hails dirty bastards! 2008, a year of likely recession and warpiss is upon us and I'm sure we can all drink to that. It will also mark Circle of Dead Children's 10th year in the ear-slaughter business. 2007 was a bum year for CODC and without a doubt our least active, but after all the craziness I think we're ready to step into 2008 with more fire than ever.
In February, Matt Francis joined as CODC's 4th and hopefully last drummer. Despite the 7-hour distance and infrequent band practices, we've been able to write the majority of a new yet-to-be-titled album which we're confident to say will be the most cataclysmic and venomous release that we've done in 10 years. Matt's addition has allowed the band to step into a new realm of noxious sonic hate.
The 2008 Gigantour's lineup has been officially announced. According to Megadeth's website, the tour is scheduled to kick off mid-April and run through end of May with the lineup as follows:
Children Of Bodom
Job For A Cowboy
High On Fire
Tour dates to be revealed soon.
Dave Mustaine has posted the following:
"The breaking news is we are going to have five bands this year, instead of eight. The decision to drop it down from eight bands to five was based on timing, set lengths, stage sizes, unions, and most importantly allowing 'us' - the musicians - to deliver to 'you' - the fans - the best shows we can."
Cattle Decapitation has announced on their myspace blog that David McGraw (ex-Sleep Terror) is the band's new drummer. David had toured the US with the band during the Death By Decibels tour with Vader and Malevolent Creation.
The band has also announced that they will start writing for the new album next month and is also planning an Australian tour in the second half of 2008.