Swedish Black Metallers Dark Funeral have posted the following update:
"I guess it's about time to let you guys know what's going on here. Well, we are currently working on material for a new full-length album. We're in the very early stages of the writing process though. There's still a lot of work before we're ready to hit the studio, but we're on the right course at least!
Plan is, however, to be ready to record a new album sometime during 2008, with a possible early 2009 release (but it all depends on when we're ready to record and so on, of course). We will keep you posted on the writing progress and what kind of time plan we'll put up for the new album.
German metallers Die Apokalyptischen Reiter have posted the first Link] in a series of video blog entries covering the recording sessions for the band's as-yet-untitled seventh studio album, due late summer via Nuclear Blast Records. The upcoming CD will be the group's first to feature new guitar player Lady Cat-Man, who replaced Pitrone in February 2008 (More information was previously reported here). Die Apokalyptischen Reiter is also keeping a written studio diary at this location.
Also the band previously stated about the upcoming CD and new lineup:
"Don't expect anything less than an absolute killer record! The sound is damn heavy, melodic and chock-full of surprises. Lady Cat-Man may look like an angel, but she's playing like the devil! Treat our metal sister real nice, she is part of the family now."
According to Century Media, one of metal's most talented shredders, Jeff Loomis, of Nevermore fame will further prove his undeniable skills with his first solo project, which is set for a fall release. The ambitious offering is an all instrumental effort and is destined to shed some much deserved spotlight on the genre's most notable, yet unsung, guitar player.
Loomis states: "Hi everyone. I just wanted to give you all an update on the solo project. I entered Robert Lang studios on March 22nd with producer Neil Kernon (Nevermore) and drummer Mark Arrington. Mark completed the drums for 10 tracks in about three and a half days. He did some incredible drum work that I know will bring this record to a higher level than I expected. Mark and I worked before back in 1993-94 when he played half the songs on our debut CD. Being able to do this entire recording with Neil is really amazing as well. We've done some great work in the past, but being able to focus on an entire instrumental record is going to be great. Rhythm guitars will be tracked next. I'll keep everyone informed on the progress as we track for the next month."
Guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza of German thrashers Kreator has sent in the following massage:
"A high-quality updated version of our VHS classics 'Live In East Berlin' and 'Hallucinative Comas' will be released on DVD for the first time ever! We're really excited to hear your reactions on this! We've put a lot of hard work, sweat and energy into this monster!"
"Other than that, we're spending most of our time in the rehearsal room these days to prepare the new album! We have a five-track demo and two more songs written. The writing really smooth, the new songs are made for a live situation and they all kill! No compromise but sheer thrash metal brutality! So be prepared — January 2009 will see the release of the next album, followed by an extensive world tour!"
Iced Earth have posted audio clips from all four songs appearing on the band's forthcoming single, "I Walk Among You" at the band's official MySpace page. The single marks longtime frontman Matt Barlow's triumphant return to the band, and is sure to leave people yearning for more. "I Walk Among You" will precede the band's forthcoming full-length follow-up to "Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I" in the Fall of 2008.
The tracklisting and release dates for "I Walk Among You" are as follow:
01. I Walk Alone
02. Setian Massacre
03. The Clouding
04. A Charge to Keep (exclusive iTunes track)
Symphorce guitarist Cédric "Cede" Dupont (ex-Freedom Call) has issued the following update:
"Added some new instrumental music to my page, hope you all enjoy it! I just had this idea a long time ago, and since I got tons of positive messages about "MeloDrama", I thought I'd give it a shot one more time! So check out "Atmosfear" and let me know what you think!"
The new Kamelot video for the song "Rule The World" is now online at kamelot.com and the band's official MySpace site. According to a posting on the official Kamelot website, the video is getting amazing reviews from the journalists and specialists.
Also the double CD reissue "Ghost Opera - The Second Coming" is now in stores with lots of extras, bringing you a new experience into the Kamelot's universe. More info at this link.
Norwegian Prog-Power sword-yielders Gaia Epicus have issued the following update:
"Today (April 2nd) we bring you two new names on guest musicians playing on the new album. Michael Troy will be playing some keyboards on 3 songs. Michael just finished a successful tour of South and Central America with Swedish guitar legend / virtuoso, Yngwie Malmsteen in December, and has been officially named as the touring keyboardist for Yngwie's greatly anticipated upcoming release. Then we have the great Swedish guitar wizard called Jonas Hörnqvist from the band Treasure Land, and he will be playing a few guitar solos."
French dark metallers Blut Aus Nord have announced the tracklisting for their forthcoming album, "Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars", which will be released later this year through Candlelight Records:
01. Disciple's Libration (Lost In The Nine Worlds)
02. Antithesis Of The Flesh (...And Then Arises A New Essence)
03. The Alcove Of Angels (Vipassana)
04. ...The Meditant (Dialogue With The Stars)
05. Acceptance (Aske)
06. Translucent Body Of Air (Sutta Anapanasati)
07. The Formless Sphere (Beyond The Reason)
08. The Cosmic Echoes Of Non-Matter (Immaterial Voices Of The Fathers)
09. Elevation (The Dawn Of The Gods)
German death metallers Obscura have uploaded the official tracks from their promo CD, recorded by Victor Bullok (Dark Fortress, Celtic Frost touring member).
The three songs are available for streaming at www.myspace.com/realmofobscura and available for download at www.jeroenthesseling.com. The unsigned band is currently working on a pre-production for the second album, which will be released in 2008. The new material will be very brutal again but with a more technical approach. Late 2007 - after several line-up changes - Obscura announced drummer Hannes Grossmann (ex-Necrophagist) and fretless bass player Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-Pestilence) as new permanent members. Early 2008 the new lineup was completed by Christian Muenzner (ex-Necrophagist) as permanent guitarist.
The heathen crusade continues… Swiss and German Pagan masters Eluveitie & Equilibrium will team up for a European tour in winter called "Heidenfest 2008" with Primordial and Catamenia!
Dates announced so far:
31.10. DE Leipzig -Hellraiser
01.11. DE München -Backstage
02.11. CH Pratteln -Z7
03.11. AT Graz -Orpheum
04.11. CZ Zlin -Masters Of Rock Café
05.11. DE Berlin -Postbahnhof
06.11. DE Hamburg -Markthalle
07.11. NL Amsterdam -Melkweg
08.11. DE Essen -Weststadthalle
09.11. FR Paris -La Locomotive
10.11. BE Vosselaar -Biebob
11.11. DE Saarbrücken -Roxy
12.11. DE Ludwigsburg -Rockfabrik
13.11. DE Frankfurt -Batschkapp
14.11. AT Linz -Posthof
15.11. AT Wien -Gasometer
For the 2008 European Football Championship, which will take place in Austria and Switzerland, Switzerland is looking for the best fan song for their national team.
The guys of Swiss Hard Rock band Gotthard wanted to apply for that and decided to bring in one of their biggest hits, "Lift U Up", for the voting. For that, the track has been re-recorded and remixed to an even more suitable radio version by German remixer Mousse T. Together with the 19 other suggestions you can now vote for the song online.
At the following site you can listen to the remixed version and of course you can vote there! Please make sure you all vote for the hitsong, so that the Swiss national team together with Gotthard can be led to a lot of victories. You can still vote for a couple of days until the 6th of April 2008.
Death cover band Symbolic have issued the following update:
"On Monday, March 3rd the French-Canadian TV channel Télé-Québec aired a special report on the benefit concert to honor late Death/Control Denied mastermind Chuck Schuldiner, which took place on December 12th, 2007 at the Theatre Imperial in Quebec City, QC, Canada. 'Méchant Contraste' producer Marc Bergeron and his team followed the production process of the concert, which which featured the local Death cover band Symbolic alongside guest musicians Bobby Koelble (guitarist on Death's Symbolic album), Shannon Hamm (guitarist on Death's The Sound Of Perseverance album), Scott Clendenin (bass on Death's "The Sound of Perseverance" album), Daniel Mongrain (Martyr), Marc-André Gingras (Quo Vadis), Jonathan Lee (The Autumn Offering, ex-Acheron; ex-Death drum roadie for Richard Christy on The Sound of Perseverance tour), and Nick Barker (ex-Dimmu Borgir/Cradle Of Filth drummer). The report focuses on the different steps that were taken by the event's organizers while putting the show together, the building of the stage and behind-the-scenes footage. As well, there are interviews with Antoine Baril, Shannon Hamm, Scott Clendenin, Bobby Koelble and Alexis Robitaille."
Brutal Metallers Visceral Bleeding have posted the following news on their MySpace:
"We thought it was time to give all you guys some news to what's going on in the V.B camp:
After the tour last year with Deicide we all felt that we needed a break from the band and because of that we only did a couple of shows during the rest of 2007. But now after a well needed rest we have regained our strength and we've now started writing material for a fourth album. As of now we only have a few riffs here and there but we have a wellformed plan for the next album and we're all very excited to start working on this. So that's that..
Also, we've put up a thread in our forum Link] you should check out. We're looking for someone who would like to help us give our myspace page a well needed face lift. So if you're interested in helping us either reply to the thread in the forum or send us an email in here with links to other myspace pages that you've done so we can see your work.
Circle Of Dead Children have issued the following update:
"After over two years of hiatus, we are now making plans to record our sixth album, "Psalm Of The Grand Destroyer". Circle Of Dead Children will be heading into Mr. Smalls Studios in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in June to record the new tracks. Mixing and mastering will be handled at Visceral Sound, Bethesda, Maryland by Scott Hull. "Psalm Of The Grand Destroyer" will be released this Fall on Willowtip Records."