08:51 - Apothecary It's like it's saying "those things, that you thought were buried deep in your mind's recesses.... I am bringing them out." So, "disturbing" in a different sense of the word, I guess
08:50 - Apothecary I'm not in Vindsval's head of course, but I look at MoRT as channeling the nature of the human unconscious, and that's what's so off-putting about it in a way because its paradoxical structured/formless aura somehow reflects that
08:25 - Jaeryd Gnaw Their Tongues is something I would call disturbing though, yes.
08:23 - Jaeryd MoRT, disturbing or scary? Twisted, dark, insane, and brilliant, yes, but there's much more unsettling stuff out there.
08:14 - Apothecary If you liked I Shall Die Here, you might want to investigate the work of The Haxan Cloak farther, the guy they collabed with for it. Pretty nice if you're into the ambient stuff [link]
Megadeth founder and frontman Dave Mustaine has announced the return of original bassist David Ellefson (1983-2002) to the iconic multi-platinum group. This reunion is appropriately timed to Megadeth's upcoming historic month-long Rust In Peace 20th anniversary tour which launches March 1 in Spokane, WA. At these incredibly special shows, Megadeth will play their landmark, genre-defining 1990 album Rust In Peace in its entirety, in addition to other Megadeth favorites.
"This shows the power of brotherly love and forgiveness," Mustaine says. "David Ellefson belongs in Megadeth. Next we are going to show you the power of getting your asses kicked...HARD!"
David Ellefson concurs: "This is a huge moment for all of us, band and fans alike. It is a great celebration of the music from one of the biggest landmark albums of our career."
German metallers Kreator have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records.
Leader Mille Petrozza has issued the following statement: "We're happy to anounce that Kreator has just signed a new long- dated deal with Nuclear Blast! Based on a friendship with Andy Siry (head of A&R of Nuclear Blast) that lasted for decades we will now finally join forces on a professional level! Becoming a part of the Nuclear Blast-family means a lot to us and together with the world's biggest metal label we will conquer the future!"
Andy Siry (head of A&R of Nuclear Blast): "For me another 'thrash dream' has come true with the signing of Germany's finest and Europe's leading thrash legends Kreator! I still remember the day when I heard Endless Pain for the first time, I became a huge fan of the band. I have been following Kreator through their career and I built up a very good friendship with Mille. The last years I have been working very hard to make it possible that Kreator would join the Nuclear Family. Together we are looking into a very bright future in which we will be leading Kreator onwards to world domination!"
Since today Skyforger have a new label, which is Metal Blade Records!
We are currently mixing our new album Kurbads which will be released on Metal Blade worldwide.
Album is set for release the 23th/26th of April 2010 in Europe, 11th of May in North America. More details on the recording process and the album details will be announced shortly as well as a brand new song will be posted soon!
A short album video trailer (with new music!) can be seen on YouTube and Vimeo!
Furthermore, this saturday You can catch Skyforger live on Winterfire Festival!
Dutch metallers Elexorien have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Hearken, proud Legions of the Blade, and hear our words, for we have been quiet for too long, now.
Allow us to share something with you.
Something out of the ordinary, really. A thing which fills us with great pride and honour, and which has changed our perspective for the better, from a reminiscent gaze at what we have achieved so far, to boldly looking ahead at a bright and splendorous future for Elexorien.
My friends, we have found our new singer!
Lotte - vocals
(pic by onderkrocht fotografie)
Nineteen years of age, she goes by the name of Lotte, and she will manifest baffling new definitions of sounding the siren call. Numerous events are being planned as we speak, so have no fear of missing out on an opportunity to behold us in full glory once more in the near future.
US metallers The Red Chord have issued the following update on their official website:
"We will perform with our original drummer Michael Justian at all upcoming shows. Justian has not publicly performed with us since the Maryland Deathfest of 2004 and replaces our recently departed drummer, Brad Fickeisen.
Justian left the band at the end of 2003, joined Unearth in 2004 and also spent time filling in for Trap Them, Earth Crisis, Shai Hulud and 108 in the interim.
We wish Brad the best of luck in his future endeavors.
Says Mike McKenzie: "It's been great to be jamming with Mike again. His approach to drumming is truly unique and amazing. Even though it has been about six years since he has played this stuff, his playing is stronger than ever. We have rehearsed almost every day for the last month and we cannot wait to do this live again."
More details are surfacing regarding the upcoming Avantasia double album The Wicked Symphony / Angel Of Babylon. The album will see a April 3, 2010 release date, and will be released as two separate albums, as well as in one box set as limited deluxe edition. Cover artwork for both albums was created by Thomas Ewerhard - known from his work for Edguy's Hellfire Club and Avantasia's The Scarecrow.
A list of confirmed guest musicians is shaping up as follows:
Klaus Meine (Scorpions)
Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen, Iced Earth)
Eric Singer (Kiss, Alice Cooper)
Michael Kiske (Helloween)
Jorn Lande (Masterplan, Ark, Millenium)
Finnish metallers Charon have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"New decade brings changes to Charon and now it's good time to update the situation. There have been rumours among Charon fans and followers about the future of the band. Playfully it could be said that Charon was not able to escape the cold grip of ongoing recession and had to go through re-organization and layoffs.
After taking some time out last summer we were not able to tune our engine to the needed pace for the studio sessions. We had written a bunch of new songs during the last couple of years but were not able to put them on record. After a long pondering and going through different alternatives, it was inevitable that we cannot output the next album in this mood of confusion. As a consequence guitarist Pasi Sipilä has left Charon.
Danish metallers posted Svartsot the following update on their MySpace blog:
"We are proud to be able to announce the title and release dates of the forthcoming Svartsot album. The album is entitled Mulmets Viser (which translates to "Songs Of The Darkness"), and contains 12 tracks. A limited edition digipack boasting two bonus tracks and an alternative cover will also be available.
The tracklist is as follows:
03. Havfruens Kvad
04. Højen På Glødende Pæle
05. På Odden Af Hans Hedenske Sværd
06. Laster Og Tarv
07. Den Svarte Sot
08. Kromandens Datter
12. I Salens Varme Glød
"Forever Dead", a new song from US metallers Sevendust, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
"Forever Dead" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Cold Day Memory, which is scheduled for release in the spring.
Cold Day Memory tracklist:
02. Forever Dead
04. Last Breath
06. Ride Insane
07. Confessions (Without Faith)
09. Here And Now
10. The End Is Coming
11. Better Place
12. Strong Arm Broken