Eternal Tears Of Sorrow has issued the following update:
"Petri Sankala has left the band. The reason for this mutual decision is Petri's back pain that hasn't allowed him to play drums 100% during the past two years. None of us has bad feelings whatsoever and we wish Petri all the best!
We'd like to introduce the replacement, Mr. Juho Raappana. In the past, Juho has played in many local bands such as Impish, Catamenia and Mythos. Having Gene Hoglan and Sean Reinert as his biggest influences, we think Juho is the best possible man to take the job. After all, fifteen years ago when we started, Death and Cynic influenced us.
P.S. Our forthcoming single was mixed last weekend. It will contain one new song and a brand new version of an old song. The single will be out in February and the album in April."
Evile guitarist Ol Drake have posted the following message through the Evile newsletter:
"With the anniversary of Chuck's passing just round the corner (December 13th 2001) I thought it'd be fitting to make some kind of tribute to him. I decided to record a rendition of Death's "Voice Of The Soul" to commemorate the passing of one of Metal's most influential icons. So here it is, packed full with fuck-ups. R.I.P. Chuck."
Isole's fourth release, "Silent Ruins", continues to forge forth in the tradition of the previous albums. The Swedes once again indulge in their heart-sickened and somber brand of Doom Metal that only finds solace in a perfectly placed portion of deadly black epic. Profound compositions, hypnotic arrangements, and heavy flowing riffs, that not unlike molten lava slowly yet inexorably pull the listener down into its depths, are the core elements comprising this album. Gustavo Sazes (Firewind, Serenity) once again lends his artistic know-how to graphically convey a feeling of utter despair and isolation, while Peter In de Betou (Amon Amarth, Draconian, Arch Enemy) takes on the darkly work's mastering responsibilites. Rarely before have hopelessness and despair found such an elegant and becoming sound, making "Silent Ruins" a dark jewel that will not only appeal to the die-hard Doom Metal fan.
Deathstars have uploaded a new song, called "Death Dies Hard", from their forthcoming album, entitled "Night Electric Night", which will be released on January 30 via Nuclear Blast Records. Click here to listen to the song.
The first single "Death Dies Hard" is now available at the band´s MySpace. A digital download release of the single has been set for January 2.
UPDATED (thanks to Hamird)
The brandnew Deathstars video for "Death Dies Hard" can now be watched at this location.
Featuring Chuck Billy on vocals, Eric Peterson & Alex Skolnick on guitars, Greg Christian on bass, and Paul Bostaph on drums, Testament's video for "More Than Meets The Eye," a song off their Billboard-charting new album "The Formation Of Damnation", is available online at this location. The video was produced by Kevin J. Custer of Toaster In The Tub.
Metallica premiered the new video for the new single "All Nightmare Long" through the band's official website. It can be viewed at this location.
The next single "All Nightmare Long" will take a release throughout Europe and other parts of the world starting December 15. The single will be available in three different editions. The first will be a digipack with the album version of "All Nightmare Long", along with a live versions for the songs "Wherever I May Roam" and "Master of Puppets". The second edition, which the record company calls a "J card", also has the studio version of "All Nightmare Long", along with a live versions for the songs "Blackened" and "Seek & Destroy". The third edition will also feature the song, along with a DVD, including a ten minute long mini-documentary about the bands' day in Berlin, along with twenty minutes worth of live tracks from that night's album release party, as well a fifteen minute long movie from the tuning room at the Rock Im Park.
Opeth will release a very special digital EP "Burden" on December 9th. Next to the "Burden" radio edit, this release features 2 rare b-sides including a much sought after cover of Alice In Chains' "Would?" and a track previously available for a limited time only, "Mellotron Heart."
AHAB will head for studio in february. The mix and mastering will be done by Markus Stock of The Vision Bleak in Studio E (Germany).
To finance a part of the studio, AHAB just posted the last 4 Vinyl Demos of "THE OATH" on ebay Germany.
Here's the news from our Myspace-site:
The money we'll earn from these rare Vinyls will be spent for our next album. So it's YOUR money that will help record the second full length-album of AHAB.
For that, we'll also name you in our thanxlist in the booklet and sign the LP with dedication.
Just got to www.ebay.de and put the following number into the search-engine of ebay. Nr: 180312324520
German metallers Primal Fear will release their new album "16.6 (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead!)", in May 2009 via Frontiers Records. After weeks of pre-production and preparation, the band entered the House Of Music studio on November 28 to begin recording.
The following track list was revealed for the album:
01. Six Times Dead (16.6)
02. Smith & Wesson
04. Riding The Eagle
05. Black Rain
08. Night After Night
10. Don't Fuck With My Life
11. No Smoke Without Fire
12. The Exorcist
Frontman Ralf Scheepers made the following comment: "It's very unusual for one band member to see and listen how the other band member is delivering the goods on his instrument. When we perform together live, you can also judge what's going on each instrument but not as clear and obvious as in the studio where you can concentrate on each tone or note or beat from your mates. From what I have heard so far, I can really say it's the best performance I have ever heard from Randy on the drums and also from Henny on the guitar. Of course, some people might think, 'What else should he say, he has to promote the new album and that's what every musician would say just to keep the ball running.' But these words are my true impression and I really can't wait for Magnus and Mat to nail their parts to see the whole building growing and growing."
UK Grindcore pioneers Napalm Death will release their new album, entitled ''Time Waits For No Slave'', in January/February next year. The artwork of the album can be viewed at this location.
You can also listen to the band's new song on their MySpace page, called ''Diktat''.
"Time Waits For No Slave" track listing:
01. Strong Arm
03. Work To Rule
04. On The Brink Of Extinction
05. Time Waits For No Slave
06. Life And Limb
07. Downbeat Clique
08. Fallacy Dominion
09. Passive Tense
10. Larency Of The Heart
11. Procrastination On The Empty Vessel
12. Feeling Redundant
13. A No-Sided Argument
14. De-evolution Ad Nauseum
Napalm Death have also posted all the release dates of the new album on their official website. They are listed below:
Finnish metal band Revolution Renaissance has issued the following update:
''We are forced to postpone our tour due to lack of professionalism and responsibility of the promoter Incartaz. They approached us with an offer for the tour in June, which we were very happy about. When the time came to start fulfilling the contractual obligations, it became evident that this promoter was incompetent and could not be trusted.''
''We are very sorry about this and we tried to book the tour with the new promoter Eric De Haas of Dynamo Productions, but due to his obligations with Nightwish's South American tour, he did not have enough time to finalize the touring arrangements. We have full confidence in Eric De Haas, who was responsible for the first three South American tours for Stratovarius. The tour is currently being booked in correspondence with the new album release.''
We have finished the recordings for our new album 'Altitude'! The album was recorded at Arno Krabman's Graveland Studio and mixing & mastering was done by Jochem Jacobs (Textures) at SplitSecondSound.
An album preview is available in our myspace player.
This was the first time we did a lot of the recording (most of the vocals and the DI-tracks for guitars and bass) at home so the precious studio time could be spent to lift everything to an even higher level in terms of sound and production. It was hard work, but definitely worth it! Needless to say, we are very proud of the end result!
'Altitude' will be released on February 27th (D/A/CH/I) and March 2nd (rest of Europe). The limited first edition will be released as a Digipak including an exclusive bonustrack!
Dutch death metallers Pestilence have posted the following update on their MySpace page:
"Pestilence is currently finishing up their first record in 15 years. Expect more brutal, heavier and faster songs than any old Pestilence album. The album, entitled 'Resurrection Macabre', features eleven new tracks and the limited edition first print will include three re-recordings chosen by fans. "Out of the Body", "Chemo Therapy" and "Lost Souls" were voted most.
The songs are lyrically more in the vein of 'Consuming Impulse'. Meaning, they're more "reality-style" than religious or philosophical. Some song-titles are: "HangMan" (Into the mind of an executioner), "Synthetic Grotesque" (Trying to create through cloning), "Fiend" (Drug addiction), "Resurrection Macabre" (The return of the Pestilence), "Hate Suicide" (Last hours of a suicide-bomber) just to name a few.