As promised, Samael have revealed the title of their upcoming new full-length. Samael have chosen Lux Mundi (which translate in English as "Light of the World") as title for their upcoming album due to be released in spring 2011.
The album, which took almost three years to be completed, was recorded this summer after the band spend a few days in Germany on pre-production with Waldemar Sorychta. The recording took place on two different locations in Switzerland and the mix has been done by extreme metal specialist Russ Russell in Kettering (England)
Lux Mundi will consist of 10 to 12 new songs including first single "Antigod" and live monster "Soul Invictus".
"River Of Rapture", the new video from US metallers Death Angel, can be viewed at this location. The footage was shot and edited by director Tommy Jones during the band's summer 2010 tour with Soilwork.
"River Of Rapture" comes off the band's latest album, Relentless Retribution, which was released on September 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Illnath has parted ways with Narrenschiff, we thank him for everything and we wish him all the best in the future. Therefore, we proudly present our new front figure, the elegantly brutal Mona Beck, often referred to as a danish version of Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow.
French metallers Whyzdom, who recently announced the addition of singer Clémentine Delauney to the group's ranks Link], have set Blind? as the title of their upcoming second album.
The band commented: "It is dedicated to people who follow misleading paths, misguided by the ones who love or hate or try to control them, or even sometimes by their own pride. We are pretty convinced that each and everyone of us can recognize him or herself in this situation one day or the other. Following this idea, we called this album: Blind?. We are even happier to announce that the recording sessions will start on 21st Feb. 2011. The whole week (and more if needed) will be dedicated to drums. Other sessions will follow until spring. Mix and mastering should be done during summer. We expect to release Blind?, late 2011."
US metallers Scale The Summit will release their forthcoming album, The Collective, on March 1 via Prosthetic Records.
The follow-up to 2009's Carving Desert Canyons was recorded at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (Devildriver, All That Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder). The Collective is available now for pre-order at this location.
There's excitement in the air! Because the final batch of bands playing at this year's Hellfest Open Air will be announced this Thursday, January 27th at 5pm (GMT+1) sharp. As always, you'll hear it here on Metal Storm first, so spread the word.
Rumors on the final names are running rampant, and the Hellfest organization whispered in our ear they still have a few aces up their sleeves, so start the speculations in the comment section below!
Tickets are going fast as well, so be sure to grab yours before it's too late. All ticket info is available here. And just in case you're that one person who doesn't have it noted in his calendar by now, Hellfest Open Air is taking place June 17-19th in Clisson, France. An up to date festival billing is available over here.
Magnisphyricon, the sophomore release of German symphonic/progressive metal band Sons Of Seasons, will be released via Napalm Records on April 1st.
According to a press release, this second album will be even more impressive than their debut. Magnisphyricon is not a mere continuation of their chosen path, but rather a bold step into unexplored musical territories. Led by mastermind Oliver Palotai (Kamelot, Doro), the band performs the difficult feat of balancing technical prowess with memorable melodies.
The new songs also provide Henning Basse (Metalium) a forum in which to prove his vocal talents and ennoble the album with sweeping renditions. Simone Simons (Epica) again lends her captivating voice, making the track "Sanctuary" one of the album's undisputed highlights. The powerful and lively production completes the listening experience and gives the tracks their crystal-clear quality. Magnisphyricon is a profound and multifaceted melodic symphonic metal album that will whisk you away to a breathtaking sound universe.
Power Quest have announced a handful of headlining UK tour dates in May, in support of their upcoming Blood Alliance. In addition the band also confirmed for Hammerfest III on March 19th, taking place in Prestatyn, North Wales.
Blood Alliance will be released in Europe at the end of March, and in North America on April 5th. More album details are available here.
Keyboardist Steve Williams commented: "We are really excited to hit the road again, it's been way too long for our UK fans and we finally return to Glasgow as well! The demand was so high, we couldn't miss that. And we are also working on a few European dates. So - 2011 will see a lot of us, that's for sure!!"
So, according to the website of the Westboro Baptist Church - cleverly titled godhatesfags.com - the nutjobs kind people of the WBC are planning on picketing Ozzy Osbourne concert tonight at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. With this "peaceful sidewalk demonstrations" the WBC wants to inform everyone that "God hates Ozzy Osbourne". Aha.
The Westboro Baptist Church - a Kansas-based congregation made up mostly of reverend Fred Phelps and his inbred huge family - claims that, "Ozzy promotes all the filth and rebellion he can and has the gall to call the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ "evil" for warning this doomed world?"
Last October the Westboro Baptist Church used lyrics from one of Ozzy's songs at events surrounding the October 6, 2010 Snyder v. Phelps Supreme Court hearing. An attorney - a daughter of the church's founder, along with her sister - paraphrased lyrics from Osbourne's "Crazy Train" at a post-Supreme Court hearing press conference in Washington, DC. "I am sickened and disgusted by the use of "Crazy Train" to promote messages of hate and evil by a "church"," Ozzy responded.
Metal Storm received the following update on Iced Earth.
On January 24th, Iced Earth joins 39 other metal bands from around the world on the four-day 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise - and promises one hell of a show.
"I'm excited," said Iced Earth founder Jon Schaffer. "We've been looking forward to this for months. This is our first show of 2011 so we intend to go balls-to-the-wall and make some of our own waves in the Caribbean."
Drummer Brent Smedley and lead guitarist Troy Seele agree. "We are so excited about the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise," Smedley said. "So many great bands all in one place! Also, we look forward to hanging out with all of the fans. What better way to start the new year than with TONS of METAL, 2,000 fans, and 24/7 bars. Let the Metal flow, cruise-ship style!"
Hypersonic, the young symphonic metal band hailing from Sicily, Italy, has signed with Underground Symphony Records to release their debut effort, Fallen Melodies, on Janaury 31st.
Fallen Melodies features the beautiful voice of singer Alessia Rapisarda and offers typical melodic metal with power, gothic and AOR influences. The album also features a guest appearance by vocalist Jo Lombardo (Metatrone, Orion Riders).
The band's first single, "Rebirth", is streaming on MySpace.
Fallen Melodies cover art] tracklist:
01. The Last Apocalypse
02. My Spirit Free
04. Winter Melodies
05. Wheels Of Fire
06. A Lovely Creature
07. A Beautiful Dream
09. Atlantis Treasure
Polish technical death metallers Decapitated are working on a new album. Guitarist, and only remaining founder of the band, Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka issued the following short update:
"I can already say that we have half an hour of material and work is going very fast. You can expect as usual, album completely different than previous releases... but not as that different. We will begin recording in February."
An update on the new Decapitated album? Yes please!
It seems the Polish technical death metallers will be entering RG Studio in Gdansk, Poland on February 9th to start recording their fifth studio album.
The as-yet-to-be-titled new album will be produced by Wacław Kiełtyka and engineered by Malta Arkadiusz Malczewski. Meanwhile, drums will be recorded with Daniel Bergstrand (Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir), who will also be handling mixing duties.