The Graspop Metal Meeting organization have confirmed the first 19 bands of the festival's 15th anniversary edition. First confirmed headliner will be Kiss. The biggest Belgian open-air festival is set to take place 25 'till 27 of June, 2010 in Dessel.
Here are all the confirmed names by the organization: Kiss, Immortal, My Dying Bride, Tarja, Ratt, Behemoth, Ignite, Korpiklaani, Sepultura, Anvil, Jon Oliva's Pain, Walls Of Jericho, Tankard, Bleeding Through, Alestorm, All Shall Perish, Deadlock, The Faceless and Necrophobic.
Other self-confirmed bands and strong rumours include Saxon, Evergrey, Gama Bomb and Axel Rudi Pell.
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Firebox Records are re-releasing Mar De Grises' first demo, released in the early 2000's, as a digipack.
First River Regards recalls the bands first ever recordings in a special edition for their fans with their only rehersal/demo plus an extract of their stellar participation at the famed Doom Shall Rise festival in Göppingen, Germany in 2005.
The band comments: "The honest intention of making the music that we love is what magically gathers us together. We invite you to be part of this intense feeling and scream forth from the end of the earth, forgetting for one moment how ephemeral this life can be as this is what feeds our emotions. This re-edition is a vestige of the material that came to life as a simple rehearsal and without major pretentions, took us across continents. It is specially dedicated to those who have supported us since the beginning and to those who have found a place within these sounds to share their feelings."
Factory Of Dreams and First Edition Pictures proudly presents, "Sonic Sensations", the music video. A brand new production taken from Factory of Dream's new album A Strange Utopia. A mysterious video, depicting the world of the "Sonic Sensations" song.
Breathe the music, hear it loud, feel the beat and let yourself and your eyes go as the mysterious film plays... This is what Factory of Dreams proposes with the Sonic Sensations video and song theme, after the successful Weight of the World videoclip already released here.
Clip produced by Hugo Flores and directed by Emil Jonsvik.
Japanese metallers Outrage have finished recording their upcoming self-titled full-length with producer Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. Originating from Nagoya, Japan, Outrage was formed in the early 80's. The band has led the Japanese Metal scene for over 20 years and still with their energetic releases and live shows. The new album will be available in stores for sale on November 25, 2009, in Japan.
Outrage cover art] tracklist:
02. You Care? I Don't Care
04. Until You Are Dead
05. Fists Full Of Sand
06. Shells Rain Down
08. Shine On
Echoterra (the US Symphonic Heavy metal band featuring Pyramaze keyboard player Jonah Weingarten, ex-Into Eternity drummer Adam Sagan and former Aesma Daeva and Visions Of Atlantis vocalist Melissa Ferlaak) have revealed more details concerning their upcoming EP In Your Eyes.
This mini album - the first to feature new singer Melissa Ferlaak (who replaced Suvi Virtanen (known from Therion and Mortiis) at the beginning of November) - contains three re-recorded songs from the band's debut cd The Law Of One: "In Your Eyes", "A Tear of Her Heart", and "Say, Try, Lie, Die". The EP will also feature an orchestral version of "Bear Mountain", a song that will be featured on our next full length album. Another song "The Echoterra Overture" will also be included. Release date will be in the spring of 2010. The cover art for In Your Eyes can be found here. The band's new full-length album will be released in late 2010/early 2011.
First we want to thank Ann Boleyn (Hellion) for her help with the Détentereunion shows; it was great working with her and we wish her the best in everything she does. We are pleased to announce the addition of Tiina Teal as the new vocalist for Détente.
Originally starting out behind the kit as a drummer, Tiina has been singing & screaming for the last 10 years. Having influences ranging from Jarboe to Nina Simone as well as Strapping Young Lad's Devin Townsend, she's collaborated with various musicians and bands in Los Angeles and won "Best Anti-War Band" with her metal group, Burn The Empire.
We have already put down 4 of the 9 new tracks with her and can tell you that both old and new supporters of the band will be blown away by her and the new tracks. Check back at http://www.detenterna.com and http://www.myspace.com/detenterna in the next few weeks for a sneak preview.
With a career spanning 36 years, more than 100 million records sold, and an absolutely crazy number of delirious concerts, for sure KISS is one of the most famous Hard Rock bands in the world. They're finally back with their new studio effort, the already acclaimed "Sonic Boom".
Kiss is the first revealed headliner of the Hellfest 2010, which will take place in Clisson the 18th through 20th of June 2010. This UNIQUE concert will end three days of the biggest extreme music festival of France, which has sold out every year since 2008!
KISS joins the 32 others bands (Immortal, Twisted Sister...) which were announced in September.
Next Sunday, the 29th of November, Hellfest will present the names of more band who will be on the final bill. From this date too you'll also be able to buy the Hellfest 2009 DVD on www.hellfestshop.com and everywhere in France!
The holy fire of the gods is blazing upon the horizon. Hailing from all points of the compass, hordes of all imaginable heathen tribes arrive to continue their march through Europe in 2010: Paganfest - a celebration for trolls, black magicians and pagan warriors - approaches and promises to become once more an unforgettable heathen spectacular. Insatiable drinking hymns or dramatic war-epic - Paganfest leads every pagan metal fan into a world of mythology, mystic and heathen believe.
As the saga continues, Finntroll, Eluveitie, Dornenreich, Varg and Arkona are confirmed to team up as part of the Paganfest: Reconquering Europe Tour in February and March 2010. Dates are as follows:
German forest dwellers Finsterforst have parted ways with their vocalist Marco Schomas. They have also announced the search for a replacement for the vacant position. The band's announcement reads as follows:
"Wanted: new Singer
After five successful and definitely funny years we unfortunately have to announce that Finsterforst and Marco will go seperate ways from now on. The band would like to express their gratitude for all his dedication. Thank you Marco!!
The vacant lead singer's job of course has to be filled, so Finsterforst search for a new screaming hobgoblin. If you are interested, please send your detailed application to our contact. You should include:
This Wednesday, Kiss will be streamed live in concert from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The live web concert will be broadcasted via Ustream on November 25 at 9pm PST.
Users can watch and interact by visiting Ustream (or the official Kiss Facebook page) to connect with other Kiss fans for a personal chat and live video experience in real-time during the show.
Kiss chose Ustream, the leading live video platform on the web, because of its powerful platform and scalability in reaching a global audience of unlimited size. The band wanted to connect with their legion of fans that might not have had the chance to catch them during the North American leg of their 35th-anniversary Kiss/Alive 35 tour, a 44-city tour that continues through December 15. Anheuser-Busch's newest beer brand, Bud Light Golden Wheat, is the exclusive sponsor of the online concert.
Black Majesty have set In Your Honour as the title of the forthcoming new album. Roland Grapow (Masterplan) will mix the new album at Grapow studios in Slovakia. New songs set to appear on the album include: "Far Beyond", "Millenium", "Further Than Insane", "End Of Time" and "Break These Chains".
In Your Honour is scheduled to be released in early 2010 through the band's German label, Limb Music.
Already a few days ago, Dio's European tour has been cancelled after Ronnie was taken ill. "Ronnie has been hospitalized and we are waiting for further news," explains Ronnie's wife/manager, Wendy Dio.
No further information is available at this time, "but we wish Ronnie a speedy and complete recovery".
Mastodon are happy to announce that they will be headlining Europe and the UK in February 2010. Check out all the dates below. More info will be coming shortly so keep checking back for all the details.
Feb 04, 2010 Megazzini Generali Milan, ITA
Feb 05, 2010 Fri-Son Fribourg, SWI
Feb 06, 2010 Melkweg Amsterdam, HOL
Feb 08, 2010 Grünspan Hamburg, GER
Feb 09, 2010 Columbia Club Berlin, GER
Feb 10, 2010 Batschkapp Frankfurt, GER
Feb 12, 2010 Arena Vienna, AUT
Feb 13, 2010 Backstage Munich, GER
Feb 14, 2010 Essigfabrik Cologne, GER
Feb 16, 2010 Wulfrun Wolverhapmton, ENG
Feb 17, 2010 Academy Bristol, ENG
Feb 19, 2010 Barrowland Glasgow, SCO
Feb 20, 2010 Academy Machester, ENG
Feb 21, 2010 Academy Newcastle, ENG