Finland's extreme power metal outfit Wintersun have canceled all scheduled shows in 2009 due to further problems with the completion of their album "Time". The band's frontman Jari Mäenpää posted the following message on the band's official website:
"There has come again unexpected problems with technology, which will make finishing the "Time" album even more harder than it has been. Which will delay it even more. There's also some personal problems concerning my apartment.
Because of all the problems, I have fallen under a serious amounts of stress, which is sometimes causing me "writer's blocks". This album making is now turned into such a "risky business", that I have no , but to cancel Summerbreeze and Bloodstock.
"This month we finalise the Mortification Recording of the new Studio Album "the evil addiction destroying machine". The Album is sounding Intense and Ripping! Well pleased with three years of hard work now coming to completion. "the evil addiction destroying machine" will be available from this site (www.roweproductions.com) through the www.soundmass.com store from late May. In the coming April update I will have some of the Official photo shoot available for all of you to view. Please see Track List below (subject to change).
the evil addiction destroying machine
A Sense Of Eternity
Pushing The Envelope Of The Red Sonrise
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A sample of a new Agathodaimon song, entitled "Alone In The Dark (Death Angel's Shadow)", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. This song is one of the bonus tracks of the limited digipack edition of the band's new album, entitled "Phoenix".
Another new song from the album, "Heliopolis", was already posted on the same page.
"Phoenix" is scheduled for release on March 20 via Massacre Records. According to the band: "It's a 6 page-digipack, features 14 tracks with a playing time of more than 72 minutes, and a booklet of 20 pages".
Brazilian progressive rock band Banda Do Sol is still recording it's new album titled "Tempo". The album will be mixed in California/USA and will bring the tracks "Som do Sol", "Tempo", "Prana", "Mahavishnu", "Sinal da Liberdade", "Yes Blues", "Voar", "Quem Eu Sou?", "Maya" and "Fabito".
Since it's first LP released in 1982, Banda Do Sol explores influences of oriental music, especially the Indian. After 25 years since the release of the debut, the group got involved even more with all the culture and musicality from India. Mainly the vocalist and guitar player Moa Jr. that for 33 years is a student of "Self Realization Fellowship", a organization founded in 1920 by Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, a Indian guru specialized in kryia yoga techniques and that influenced some musicians and bands such as Beatles, Elvis Presley, Yes, Supertramp and even contemporary names as Cynic.
"All my life changed after reading "Autobiography Of A Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda", says Moa, Banda Do Sol's main composer. "By reading the book I started to search for more information about the saints in India. Afterwards I figure out that in India they consider music, paintings and drama as divine arts. The gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, the eternal trinity, were the first musicians that gave birth to the endless rhythm variations on the process of universal creation, preservation and destruction. With this picture in mind, I wrote all my songs"
With "Tempo", Banda Do Sol's new album, the influences from India are even more apparent. Moa Jr. says that some tracks are directly connected to the Vedic Indian Philosophy. ""Prana" and "Mahavishnu" are totally inspired by hindu philosophy. While the first describes the vital energy that surrounds all the creatures, "Mahavishnu" speaks of Krishna, an encarnation of the lord Visnhu. With his flute, the god Krishna plays the ravishing song that calls back to the true home the wandering soul living in the world of illusion. "Sinal da Liberdade" was made in tribute to a hindu poet called Rabindranath Tagore. The song "Quem eu sou?" it's an introspection to our true nature, the great mystery of mankind. "Maya" speaks of the magical power of illusion that is present in the world of phenomena, the principle of relativity, contrast, duality and contrary states."
Moa Jr., that have played with some very famous Brazilian musicians such as Guilherme Arantes, Walter Franco and Sá e Guarabyra, also works with a side-project totally focused on Indian music. Monthly in Sao Paulo, the musician leads a "kirtan", a kind of presentaion and celebration of Indian music and mantras played with Indian instruments such as harmonium, sitar and tabla.
"Tempo", Banda Do Sol's new album, will be released in July. Besides Moa Jr. on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, the band is formed by Fabio Fernandes on drums, Cesar Rodrigues on bass, Fram Simi on guitars and the famous Brazilian keyboardist Allex Bessa.
Sounds Of The I, an instrumental band from France mixing metal, rock and jazz, have put two new tracks from their first upcoming album "Sounds Of The I" on their MySpace. The tracks are called "Entering" and "About Truth", check them out at http://www.myspace.com/soundsofthei.
The new promo "Turn Of Fate" of Dutch female fronted Progressive metal band Alerion is available for download on the band's website.
"Turn Of Fate" cover art] was recorded in Storm Studio and produced by Kevin Storm, known from the Female Fronted Rock/Metal band Cardamon and his project The Comeback. "Turn Of Fate" contains the title track "Turn Of Fate", closing in on 8 minutes and molding together heavy and occasionally fast stuff with various slower and melodic parts, as well as "Clash With Eternity", which is more subtle and features fingerpicked guitar parts.
Besides a further expansion of Alerion's sound, the promo also represents some of the sound made possible by the current line-up. The promo is available for free through the band's music section, giving you the chance to familiarize yourself with Alerion in 2009.
Faith No More have always stood out as some sort of unique beast; part dog, part cat - its music almost as schizophrenic as the personalities of its members. When it all worked, it worked really well, even if the chemistry was always volatile. Throughout our 17 years of existence, the mental and physical energy required to sustain this creature was considerable and relentless. Though amicable enough, when we finally split, we all followed paths seemingly destined to opposite ends of the universe.
Yet during the entire 10 years that have passed since our decision to break up we've experienced constant rumors and requests from fans and promoters alike. Nevertheless, for whatever reason, none of us kept in regular touch, much less to discuss any possibilities of getting together.
Swedish black metallers The Legion announced the following on their website:
"We present you the tracklist and full cover art (made again by Kris Verwimp) for our upcoming album "A Bliss To Suffer". A full audio track from the album will be uploaded here, and to our official MySpace, sometime this weekend."
"A Bliss To Suffer" track listing:
01. Shining Redemption
02. Call Of The Nameless Black
03. A Toil Beneath The Skin
04. Blood, Be Gone!
05. A Curse For The Dead
06. The Luring Depths
07. The Inimical
09. The Reaping Of Flesh And Blood
For the first time Amon Amarth will finally go to South America. The band comments: "This is something we've been waiting for and working on for a very long time! We know a lot of our friends and fans have been waiting for this for a very long time but it has not been possible for us to go there until now. All we can say is that it's about time! We will also return once again to Mexico, these dates are confirmed so far:"
05.05 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - The End
07.05 - Santiago de Chile, Chile - Teatro Novedades
08.05 - Montevideo, Uruguay - (Venue to be announced)
10.05 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Citibank Hall
12.05 - Caracas, Venezuela - (venue to be announced)
14.05 - Bogota, Colombia - Teatro metropol
Criminal have made their new album "White Hell" available for streaming in its entirety at metal.de for a limited time period/
"White Hell" will be released on February 27th by Massacre Records. The European version of "White Hell" will be available in a limited edition with a bonus DVD including over 80 minutes of live footage.
Powerwolf have posted the following update about their new upcoming album:
"As we just came back from Sweden with the final mix of the album in hands, we think it´s time to reveal some more information about the new opus: it will be entitled "Bible Of The Beast", and be released on April 24th."
For all of you who can´t wait to get the song titles - here´s the tracklist:
01. Raise Your Fist, Evangelist
02. Moscow After Dark
03. Panic In The Pentagram
04. Catholic In The Morning... Satanist At Night
05. Seven Deadly Saints
06. Werewolves Of Armenia
07. We Take The Church By Storm
08. Resurrection By Erection
09. Midnight Messiah
10. St. Satan's Day
US metallers Suspyre have announced the addition of drummer Gabe Marshall to the group's ranks.
The band adds: "Gabe is very excited to be collaborating and performing alongside these commanding musicians. It has always been a dream of his to play such high level music in a band of the likes of Suspyre."
Similarly, Gabe expressed: "As well as being phenomenal musicians, they're a blast to hang out with. The vibe is great and the shows are going to be killer!"
Clay Barton adds: "It has been very difficult the past two years for us to really give our fans the live shows they deserve because of not having a permanent drummer. Now with the addition of Gabe, his talent and enthusiasm will allow us to be the band we want to be and move us forward."
UK metallers Anaal Nathrakh have issued the following update:
"The work on the new album is nearing completion, and we can now announce the record label via which it will emerge later this year: Candlelight Records."
The popular extreme metal duo are currently in the studio working on its new album, "In The Constellation Of The Black Widow", for a summer release. Vocalist Dave Hunt says: "Candlelight have shown a strong belief in Anaal Nathrakh and looking at some of the acts on their roster both past and present it seems they are capable of backing up their good intentions. With their help, we hope we can finally get the planet cracked in half."
Commenting on the new album, Dave states: "Constellation will be faster, more insidious, more ominous, more musically dextrous and wilder than ever before. The album will feature a curve ball guest appearance from Zeitgeist Memento of Mexican extremists Republica."