Dutch metallers Heidevolk have issued the following update on their official website:
"The recordings for the new Heidevolk album are done! Dick Kemper is currently mixing and mastering the songs. Heidevolk: "We are very enthusiastic about the sound and songs and we can't wait to present them live to you". Awik Balaian (http://www.awikbalaian.net/) is finishing the album artwork.
The CD is titled Uit Oude Grond ("From Old Soil"). The album features eleven songs telling different stories of myth and legend from Gelderland and beyond. These stories from old soil are captured in raging metal songs aswell as folky tunes.
San Diego CA Grammy® nominated metal outfit As I Lay Dying are pleased to announce the title of their upcoming, 5th full-length album (4th for Metal Blade) as The Powerless Rise.
The band is currently finishing up recording of The Powerless Rise in San Diego with producer Adam D. (Killswitch Engage). Fans can expect The Powerless Rise to be released this spring with plans for a headline tour also slated around the same time.
More information on the tour and the street date for The Powerless Rise will be made available in the coming months.
Québec City, Quebec, Canada-based metallers Blinded By Faith have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Good news! Blinded By Faith will soon enter the studio to record three new songs ("The Pace Of The Race", "Dead End" and "Drastic Medicine").
With this demo, the band will try to catch the attention of international labels that could push the band further.
During the process, the band will work with Antoine Baril (ex-Augury drummer), Yannick St-Amand (who recorded Despised Icon and Beneath The Massacre, just to name a few) and Pierre Rémillard (Anonymus, Misery Index, Martyr...). We will keep you updated!"
Stigma has set Concerto For The Undead as the title for its follow up to 2008's When Midnight Strikes! The sophomore effort is due out April 30th in Europe, May 3rd in the UK and May 4th in North America via Pivotal Rockordings.
Concerto For The Undead features lyrics centered on the cult-classic comic book series "Tales From The Crypt" and includes guest vocal appearances by Jamie Hope (ex-The Red Shore) and Jon Hunt (Dead To Fall).
Concerto For The Undead cover art] tracklist:
01. Chop His Head Off!
02. Prove You Are A Man!
03. ...And They Died Happily Ever After!
04. A Monstrous Feeling
05. The Undertaker
06. What About A Terror Ride
07. 3000 Years And Still Keeping It Real
Finnish metallers Soulgrind have posted online two new songs, "The Call Of The Dancing Waters" and "Rain Before The Dawn, on their MySpace page.
The two new songs come off the band's forthcoming album, The Tuoni Pathway, which is scheduled for release on April 2010 via Femme Metal Records.
The Tuoni Pathway cover art] tracklist:
01. The Call Of Dancing Waters
02. The Song Of Tomorrow
03. My Sweet Thought Of Death
04. Vuoret Ja Metsänmaa
06. Among The Graves
07. March Butterfly
08. Pilgrim Of The Shadows
09. Farewell To Misery
10. The Tuoni Pathway
Season of Mist is proud to announce the label just inked a deal with Dutch death metal brutes Severe Torture.
Bassist Patrick comments: "We are very excited about signing to Season of Mist! They have an amazing bandroster and we can't wait to release our new album on the same label as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Cynic, Morbid Angel, Watain and many others. We already had our share of label experience in the past, some good, some bad, and we have the feeling that working with Season of Mist is going to be a big step up for us! Merci beaucoup, motherfuckers!"
Severe Torture is currently in Split Second Sound Studios in Amsterdam with producer Jochem Jacobs, hard at work on their upcoming fifth album. You can find some videos of the recording sessions on the band's YouTube channel.
Shadows Fall are pleased to announce their first ever headlining tour of Canada. The tour starts on Wednesday February 24th in Calgary, Alberta. Support on the tour will come from Bison B.C. and Baptized In Blood. Special guest Goatwhore will be on the first six west coast dates only. Shadows Fall have also announced a headlining show before they cross the border to the great white North. The show is in Spokane, WA at The Knitting Factory and support will come from Bison B.C., Baptized In Blood and Goatwhore.
Shadows Fall frontman Brian Fair had the following to say about Shadows Fall's Canadian headlining tour: "All of us in Shadows Fall are very excited to finally be heading to Canada for a full headlining tour! We look forward to rocking with all the metalheads in the great white North and sharing a few extra strong beers with you all!"
Metallica has stumped up $US50,000 ($54,000) in reward money for a fan who disappeared at one of their concerts.
Police have been searching for blonde-haired, blue-eyed Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, 20, since she went missing from a Metallica concert in Charlottesville, Virginia, on October 17.
According to findmorgan.com, Harrington's parents are offering $US100,000 for the safe return of their daughter or for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for her disappearance.
"The band Metallica is also adding an additional $US50,000 to the reward, bringing it to $US150,000 for Morgan's safe return or information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Morgan's disappearance," the website said.