03:31 - Redn1ght Haven't heard of any Vedic folk.. Try looking at youtube.
03:28 - Karlabos Also do you guys know some good vedic folk metal bands. Preferably extreme vedic folk?
03:22 - Karlabos Niburta has some throat singing too: [link] What is this anyway? Hungarian folk?
02:30 - Redn1ght I just discovered those bands earlier yesterday... I need to find more bands to listen to.
02:28 - moonflash Yeah once you get to the weird part of youtube the right side bar becomes an awesome portal of discovery lol. And the one you just posted sounds equally intruiging, kinda like kung-fu hustle meets In Extremo :P
02:12 - Redn1ght There's also The Nine Treasures: [link] @Moonflash.
02:03 - Redn1ght Just browse through youtube's weird parts. You will find some weird ones.
Norwegian black metallers Mayhem have finished recording their new album, "Ordo Ad Chao".
Guitarist Blasphemer (aka Rune Erickson) comments: "The sound is raw and powerful, and listening to it, it reminds me of the Wolf's Lair Abyss era, only more varied and more philosophical. The album also contains the most aggressive songs in the Mayhem history as well as the most wicked and darkest."
"Ordo Ad Chao" is tentatively scheduled for release in April, 2007 via Season Of Mist. The album will initially be avaialble in very exclusive packaging.
Finnish melodic metallers Altaria have parted ways with vocalist Taage.
"It has become clear during this year that Taage and the other members of Altaria had different priorities," drummer Tony Smedjebacka says in a a statement posted on the band's web site. "When we wanted Taage to invest more time for Altaria, he decided to quit. The band and Taage had different perspective on few other things, too, which might have been part of the reason he decided to leave the band."
Altaria is currently auditioning singers and writing songs for its fourth, as-yet-untitled album, tentatively due in the fall of 2007. The new singer will be announced early next year.
Altaria recently posted its video for the song "Frozen Hearts" at YouTube.com. The clip features footage from the band's European tour with Sonata Arctica and Doro. "Frozen Hearts" comes off Altaria's third album, "The Fallen Empire", which was released this past March.
The following is a posting by Solefald guitarist Cornelius Jakhelln on the band's offical MySpace page:
"I am happy to announce - and this time for real! - that the two first Solefald albums are now scheduled for an imminent re-release on Avantgarde Music. I know it has taken a long time to have those old gems back in the shelves again. Coordinating the new layout and the remastering of the albums has probably been more time-consuming than recording them! The delay should also benefit our listeners, as the albums sound better after a professional remastering at Masterhuset in Oslo. This applies especially to "Neonism". The precise date for the reissues has not been fixed yet. It will happen sometime early in 2007."
Illnath will go back to Borsing Studios to record their 3rd album entitled 'Three Nights In The Sewers Of Sodom'. The artwork will once again be done by Wilhelm Steiner. The album will be released on their new label; Deathlight Records, as they have severed their ties to World Chaos Productions, their previous label. The album will (probably) have 12 tracks, and the tracklist will be published later.
As it has worked out, Replica Records have not been able to release our new album "The Black Circus" in France, but we have just been told that Massacre Records have made sure that the album is available in France now, through the distributor Soundworks/Season of Mist. So if you don't know what to give your brother or sister for Xmas, here is the perfect gift for them.
Please let people know about this, through posts at forums, blogs, emails, guestbooks etc, where you normally get your news about your metal.
Guitarist Daniel "Danny" Cavanagh has posted the following update on the official Anathema website, in the diary section:
Sunlight fails but only for a while...
The album is coming along very nicely.
We are well aware that for one reason or another, it has taken a long time for Anathema to get to this place, but now we are ready. The album tracklist is decided. The rehearsals are going very well.
Everything, quite literally, is falling into place.
What i love about this record is the character it seems to have. The songs belong together. There is purpose and focus. And it shines. Brightly.
The message is one of hope. of the absolute certainty that there is a better way. There is always a better way. There is always a solution, a purpose. It only remains for us to be open to it. To bring ourselves back into harmony with a larger system.
Pelican will enter the studio next week to record a new full-length. Tracking will take place at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, IL with engineer Andrew Schneider (Cave In) at the helm. The effort will consist of roughly ten tracks, including "City of Echoes," "Blissin Concrete," "Dead Between the Walls," and "Spaceship Broken - Parts Needed."
Regarding the new material, the band states: "On a whole the songs are more concise and more aggressivebthan our prior work. Relentless repetition has taken a backseat to intensity and a desire to pack as many riffs as possible into each tune."
The album is tentatively slated for a May 2007 release via Hydra Head Records.
Steamhammer/SPV will has announced the details of two separate Helloween releases — a CD and a DVD — both recorded live during the band's "Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy World Tour 2005/2006". The track listing is as follows:
"Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy World Tour 2005/2006 - Live On 3 Continents" DVD (view cover here.):
01. Intro (Sao Paulo)
02. The King For A 1000 Years (Sao Paulo)
03. Eagle Fly Free (Sao Paulo)
04. Hell Was Made In Heaven (Sao Paulo)
05. Keeper Of The Seven Keys (Sao Paulo - alternate view Sofia)
06. A Tale That Wasn't Right (Sao Paulo - alternate view Sofia)
07. Drum Solo (Edit from Sao Paulo, Sofia and Tokyo)
08. Mr. Torture (Sao Paulo - alternate view Tokyo)
Finland's Suomi metal band Entwine have posted the following message on their official website:
"A long time member, a friend, and the only girl of the group, keyboardist Riitta Heikkonen has departed with Entwine for personal reasons. From now on the band will continue as a quintet, without planning a replacement for Riitta.
Her official statement about this decision can be read here later on."
Doro (Friday Headliner), Leaves' Eyes and Keep Of Kalessin have been confirmed for Norway's Karmøygeddon festival, set to take place May 4-5, 2007 in Haugesund. Also scheduled to appear are Kamelot (Saturday headliner), Breed, Communic, Scar Symmetry and Pictures Of Pain.
For more information, visit Karmøygeddon Fest website.
Hatesphere have had to pull out of the USA tour with Unleashed, Krisiun and Belphegor that is taking place in February 2007. The tour will still take place, but with just the remaining bands. The band have said though that they will do what they can to get to the US later on for some shows to "...spread the euro-thrash all over the place".
Here is a comment by the band: "It was a very hard decision for us to make, and we apologize to everybody who worked their asses off to get this up and running, but unforeseen stuff got in our way, and caused us to cancel".
Swedish metallers Katatonia have issued the following update:
"The promoter Shindy Productions has cancelled Katatonia's appearance for the upcoming Czech/Prague gig on December 15th according to their official explaination, that reads as follows:
'The problem is that we have beed forced to move the show to the smaller venue due to some problems with the original venue. As far as the new venue has restricted capacity we could not provide the show for all the bands we originally planned to."
As we've failed to find a replacement for this date, no show in Czech Republic will take place at this time, but maybe in mid-2007. The announced gigs in Hungary and Serbia are not affected by this and will go on as planned."
Canadian progressive death outfit Into Eternity has officially announced the addition of new members Steve Bolognese (ex-Beyond The Embrace) on drums and Justin Bender on guitars.
Tim Roth (guitars, vocals) states: "We are really excited to announce Steve and Justin as permanent members. Both will be hitting the road with us in January. They figured all the music out by ear, so I didn't have to teach them anything. That just blew me away. Steve can do rapid-fire double-bass at 240 beats per minute, so the drumming on the new album won't be a problem for him. Look for us on the road in the U.S. this spring. See you soon."