"Yarilo", the new video from Russian pagan folk metal mongers Arkona can now be watched below. The energetic track comes off the band's most recent album Goi, Rode, Goi!, which was released in October last year.
According to Napalm Record, the upcoming Arkona album is scheduled is scheduled for a 2011 release. More updates as we get them.
In 2011, Children Of Bodom will embark on a two-month long tour through 23 European countries with label mates Ensiferum and Machinae Supremacy. On the UK and Ireland dates they will be joined by Amon Amarth.
The Ugly World Tour 2011 featuring Children Of Bodom with Ensiferum and Machinae Supremacy:
March 19 - Teatria, Oulu (FIN)
March 20 - Pakkahuone, Tampere (FIN)
March 22 - Ice Hall, Helsinki (FIN)
March 24 - Arenan, Stockholm (SWE)
March 25 - Trädgårn, Gothenburg (SWE)
March 26 - Rockefeller, Oslo (NOR)
March 27 - Vega, Copenhagen (DEN)
March 29 - Grosse Freiheit 36 (GER)
March 30 - O13, Tilburg (NED)
April 01 - UEA, Norwich (UK) (Additional support: Amon Amarth)
April 02 - Academy 1, Manchester (UK) (Additional support: Amon Amarth)
Wintersun has finally shown a sign of life. Drummer Kai Hahto posted the following short announcement on his personal Facebook page:
"Wintersun will be playing 4 shows at least next year: 3 Metalfest shows in May 2011 and also Metalcamp 2011. That´s good news."
Some overly optimistic fan made the assumption that perhaps the long overdue album Time would be done by then... to which Hahto responded:
"Time has progressed very well and we hope that we can start mixing in December. But the shows are confirmed and after the new album is out, we start playing more actively. Let´s see what happens next year."
The Wintersun drummer also promised there would be "some updates" somewhere next week at the band's official website. Stay tuned.
Here's the press release for "The Circle", Process Of Guilt's new release:
"Closing the process started with Erosion, The Circle presents five reinterpretations of the closing song on Process Of Guilt's highly acclaimed sophomore album and opens the door for the composition process of their third full length.
Bringing together the creative minds of Sanford Parker (of Minsk, Buried At Sea, Twilight, Circle Of Animals, The High Confessions and overall producer extraordinaire), Echoes Of Yul (the Polish creators of one of the most interesting ambient/industrial debuts in recent years), DJ Mofo (of Portuguese best kept secret Bizarra Locomotiva), Bosque (one of the leading forces of bleak drone/doom/black art) and Sons Of Bronson (featuring members of Spanish sludge masters Lords Of Bukkake), The Circle offers a deconstructive circle through an erosive world of calm versus chaos. Besides the five remixes, this abstract descent begins with a new prespective on Erosion's closing track, now (re)mastered - as all the other tracks - by the well known James Plotkin (of O.L.D., Khanate fame).
German beer-lovers and cult-thrashers Tankard will release their 14th (in words: fourteenth!) studio effort on December, 17th via AFM Records. The album will appropriately be entitled, Vol(l)ume 14.
The limited-edition digipak version will include a bonus DVD containing footage of Tankard's show at last year's Headbangers Open Air Festival.
Vol(l)ume 14 cover art] tracklist:
01. Time Warp
02. Rules For Fools
03. Fat Snatchers (The Hippo Effect)
04. Black Plague (BP)
05. Somewhere In Nowhere
06. The Agency
07. Brain Piercing Öf Death
08. Beck's In The City
10. Weekend Warriors
Dutch death metallers Sinister have finished recording their ninth studio album, Legacy Of Ashes. Recorded earlier this year at Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn, Germany with producer Jörg Uken (God Dethroned, Obscenity), Legacy Of Ashes will hit the streets on December 17th through Massacre Records.
The limited-edition digipack includes four exclusive bonus tracks.
Vocalist added the following: "We like to tell you that everything is finished from the recordings and it turned out absolute great. For sure this is one of our most brutal, fast and aggressive records till now, so we hope you all will enjoy this piece of brutality."
In other news, the band welcomes new bass player Joost van der Graaf, who also plays in Cypher.
The album artwork for Counting Our Scars, the highly anticipated brand new full-length release from reunited Swedish Death Metallers Desultory is now revealed. The album artwork and layout was meticulously designed and conceptualized by world renowned introspect artist Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth, Amorphis, King Diamond, etc).
In addition, the album cover for Counting Our Scars will also feature an exclusive alternate Slipcase cover, once again showcasing Travis Smith's elaborate and impressive detail to the concept for Counting Our Scars.
In conjunction with the soon-to-be released album, the album-opener entitled "In A Cage" is now available for preview for the first time on the Pulverised Records official MySpace page.
In just two weeks, Sweden's most successful Heavy Metal band Hammerfall will enter the studio to record the follow up to their gold album No Sacrifice, No Victory.
The songwriting is almost finished, and guitarist Oscar Dronjak reveals: "The new material contains a lot of fresh ways to look at the musical ideas, we're trying to preserve the essence of what HammerFall is while at the same time updating the execution and approach. Definitely heavier and less straight forward than the previous albums, yet remaining true to what we believe heavy metal is all about."
Expect the unexpected! The quintet also decided to work with a new producer, which is significant since the last four albums have been produced by Charlie Bauerfeind. The choice fell on James Michael, who recently worked with Mötley Crüe, Scorpions, Meat Loaf and others.
Celebrated "True Heavy Metal band" The Gates Of Slumber will enter England's Orgone Studios with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Angel Witch) later this month to lay down tracks for its forthcoming new album. The follow up to the Indianapolis trio's critically acclaimed LP Hymns of Blood and Thunder will see a spring, 2011 release via Rise Above Records.
The Gates Of Slumber recently announced the addition of new drummer, "Cool" Clyde Paradis into its ranks. A New Orleans native and Hurricane Katrina survivor, Paradis joins The Gates Of Slumber hot off stints in Sourvein, Substance Abuse and the New Orleans blues act T-bone and The Rhythm Makers.
Norwegian symphonic metallers Adyta have set the independent release date of the new EP Katarsis to February 1st. Due to a lot of personal work the band will not be able to finish the CD in November as hoped.
A sample mix will be posted on the band's MySpace any time soon.
Oriental death metal band Arkan is currently in the studio, recording their new full-length, entitled Salam.
Earlier this week Arkan entered Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden to record their sophomore release, the follow-up to 2008's Hilal. The bass and drum parts are already recorded. You can follow a daily studio report on the band's MySpace.
As previously reported, Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani are working on yet another new studio album. The band released the following update:
"We have been pretty busy finishing our upcoming album Ukon Wacka. "Ukon Wacka", or Ukon Vakat, is a pagan sacrificial feast from ancient times, on which a special made beer richly flowed. As can be expected from the title, this album has an ancient and very folky feel and is totally in Finnish. To make the lyrics understandable for non-Finnish people, we will add an English description/translation in the booklet as usual.
The album consists of 10 songs, among which you will find a song name "Tequila", which is especially written for (and inspired by) our South American fans, with whom we celebrated such hard times, and who welcomed us so warmly, when we were touring in South America. Another surprise is the title song, "Ukon Wacka", in which a special guest features: the famous Finnish singer Tuomari Nurmio! Last but not least features a tribute song ("Päät Pois Tai Hirteen") to the Finnish rock band Peer Günt, a great and underestimated band. We hope and expect that this album will give you as much joy as we had making it; a big folky feast for all!
Suidakra have been busy working on a new studio album since May. The band has now checked in with the following news:
"The recording sessions for Book Of Dowth are just a few weeks away! Before locking ourselves in at Gernhart Studio in Siegburg on November 30 to nail down the new record with producer Martin Buchwalter, we just want to take the opportunity to quickly deliver the latest news. Let's start with the track listing of Book Of Dowth:
Book Of Dowth cover art] tracklist:
01. Over Nine Waves
02. Dowth 2059
04. Biróg's Oath
05. Mag Mell
06. The Dark Mound
08. Stone Of The Seven Suns
09. Fury Fomoraigh
10. Otherworlds Collide
Besides preparing for the recordings, we spent the last few weeks shooting a brand new video clip for the track "Dowth 2059". It's our first collaboration with director/producer David Thelen and even though the post-production has just started, one thing is for sure: It will kick some serious ass! Keep your eyes peeled...
Iron Maiden are finally going to tour the UK. Posted on their official website:
This will be an extensive 10 city arena tour for the final run of dates on their FINAL FRONTIER WORLD TOUR 2010/11. For the first time in many years, the band will be playing shows across the full length and breadth of the UK, including places they've not visited for up to three decades!
Steve Harris comments; "Everything in the Maiden camp has been so full on these last five years or so that we haven't travelled around the UK to play for our home fans for almost that long. These fans supported us by coming to Twickenham Stadium, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Download and more recently Sonisphere so we thought we should get off our backsides and do the travelling this time and get round the country to see them all. We very much look forward to playing all four home countries and a couple of places we haven't been for a very long time, Aberdeen and Belfast! And playing the O2 gets us as close to the East End of London where Maiden started off than we have been for many a year, probably since the Ruskin Arms! All in all l think this is going to be a very special series of shows and a wonderful way to end this whole world tour.