Sepultura recently composed a bossa nova song, called "Coquinho", for the new Volkswagen Voyage commercial that aired all over South America since late October. Now as a "Christmas gift", the band has made the track available for direct download at this location. You can watch the actual commercial clip in high quality on YouTube here.
Sepultura's upcoming album "A-Lex" will be released through SPV Records in January.
Italy's Novembre have a new bass player. The band announced the following on their MySpace blog:
"The tormented role of bass player is passed on to Valerio Di Lella, already the band's live sound engineer for years, and singer of Death Metal band Grimness. Novembre, who recently parted company with Luca Giovagnoli, are glad to officially welcome Valerio on board.
In Valerio's own words: "I'm so thrilled to join this band, as being always on the road with them as a soundguy had made me one of them anyways. Moreover, we totally share the same musical tastes and I'm so digging the new songs which are taking shape these days".
Indeed, the band's just started the writing sessions for their next studio album. It's way too early to say anything about it except for the unmistakeable Novembre's style which is always there and ain't gonna be altered.
Twisted Sister have posted their new video online for the song "I'll Be Home For Christmas". The song features the vocal contributions of Lita Ford, in her first video in 20 years. You can check it out at the band's Myspace page. The song is featured on the "A Twisted Christmas" album, released in 2006. "A Twisted Christmas" is the band's very own holiday CD and DVD featuring 'twisted' versions of Christmas classics.
The Black Dahlia Murder have issued the following announcement:
"On the eve of our December tour with friends Misery Index and Soilent Green, we in The Black Dahlia Murder are faced with a heartbreaking dilemma: John K. has abruptly left the fold and refuses to accompany us on the tour. We are left with no choice but to carry on with the dates as a four piece. The remaining members of the band apologize for these unprofessional circumstances, but we feel that it is best to go through with the tour and not disappoint the other bands as well as the fans who are looking forward to these shows. Please come out and show some Black Dahlia love in our hour of need."
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the signing for a multi album deal of the mighty Vision Divine, Italy's Melodic Metal Finest. The new cooperation will bring the first fruits with the release of the band's brand new studio album "9 Degrees West Of The Moon" on January 23rd 2009.
Born as a side project of the esteemed guitarist and songwriter of Labyrinth, Olaf Thorsen, to keep his working relationship with Fabio Lione (former Labyrinth vocalist who had moved on to Rhapsody Of Fire) Vision Divine evolved during the years in a real band who released 5 acclaimed studio albums, one DVD and toured several times in Japan, South and North America and played in several European countries.
Orange Goblin will enter a recording studio in London at the end of May 2009 to record what will be their 7th studio album and first for new label Candlelight. Production on this one will be handled by Sanford Parker who has recently produced albums by the likes of Nachtmystium, Lair Of The Minotaur, Pelican, Rwake, Unearthly Trance, Venemous Concept, Minsk, Buried At Sea, and more.
Orange Goblin vocalist Ben Ward said "We are excited at the prospect of working with Sanford, we are all big fans of his work with bands like Pelican, Nachtmystium, and Lair Of The Minotaur, and I'm sure he will add a new element to what we do in Orange Goblin. It's inspiring to work with someone new that 'gets' exactly what we are about and Sanford's enthusiasm to work with us made him an obvious choice!"
Belgian metallers Thurisaz have issued the following update:
"We regret to announce the departure of our bassplayer Lars Vereecke, due to reasons that will stay within the band. Lars has been around since the very beginning and together we've been through many highlights. We want to thank him for all the good times and laughter and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. A new bass player will be announced later. Thanx a lot to Jo Van Heghe from Oceans Of Sadness to fill in on the last gig, you did a great job!"
Deathspell Omega and S.V.E.S.T. offer two glances right into the primeval fracture, the suppurating wound at the heart of everything, the fissure undermining up to the least attempt at harmony. "Summa Divisio", the first of all divisions, the mother of all scissions and the annunciation of woe and affliction to come. The work of both bands can be understood as a variation on a same theme, independent yet complementary.
The split, entitled "Chaining The Katechon / Le Diable Est Ma Raison" cover art], will be released on the 8th of December, through End All Life Productions, as a noble gatefold LP featuring both bands and as two digipak mini-cds, each featuring one band, with identical artwork and layout
Italian avant-garde metallers Ephel Duath have announced a new vocalist for the band, Guillermo Gonzales.
Ephel Duath guitarist and founding member Davide Tiso comments: "Guillermo has been close to Ephel Duath for some time - he almost joined the band before in 2003! He was going to take the place of the clean vocalist Davide Tolomei who left Ephel Duath after "The Painters Palette". Then we realized that Guillermo's aggressive vocal approach was going to clash with Lucio and we all agreed to abandon the idea. In any case, from that moment on Guillermo started to be very active with Ephel Duath, helping me with lyrics and the development of the concepts so far. The whole idea behind the songs "Vector" and "Vector Third Movement" from "Pain Necessary To Know" come from a conversation we had together. More recently, he was the person that pushed me to write the short stories I did for "Through My Dog's Eyes".
Subliminal Crusher have posted a new song online, coming off the new album "Endvolution", released on November 20 via Punishment 18 Records. The track "Later" can be streamed online at the band's MySpace, or you can download the mp3 directly from the Punishment 18 Records website.
Metal Storm and HellFest Production are proud to officially present the first 38 names for the Hellfest Open Air 2009 festival, set to take place June 19-21 in Clisson, France.
The headliners of the festival will be Manowar and Heaven And Hell. Other bands on the bill include Anthrax, Amon Amarth, Sacred Reich, Stratovarius, The Misfits, Gorgoroth, Epica, Destruction, Cathedral, Napalm Death, Entombed, Devildriver, Enslaved, Backyard Babies, Heaven Shall Burn, Melechesh, Misery Index, God Forbid, The Business, Mad Sin, Aura Noir, Electric Wizard, Orange Goblin, Grand Magus, Gama Bomb, Whitechapel, Suicide Silence, Wolves In The Throne Room, Torche, Kylesa, Outlaw Order, Parkway Drive, All Shall Perish, Forged In Flame, Friar Rush and Holy Hell.
Norwegian Symphonic/Gothic metal band Sirenia, featuring new vocalist Ailyn, have posted a new song, called "The Path To Decay" online over at the band's MySpace page. The track comes off Sirenia's new upcoming album "The 13th Floor", expected to hit the streets on January 23. "The Path To Decay" is also the band's new single, which will be released digitally on December 26. More info on that single here.
Darkthrone's Ted "Nocturno Culto" Skjellum has issued the following update:
"Winter is most definitly full-on here now, and I'm enjoying the feeling of isolation as best as I can. Great! That out of the way, I will first thank Fenriz for doing a great job on the Darkthrone Official MySpace, du brenner for saken, bokstavelig talt! And to all of you who send me words through this site. Winter means a bit more activety indoors for me, so I'll give it my best shot to maintain this cyber-cage.
"Dark Thrones And Black Flags" is, well, history for me now, since the planning and songwriting for a new album is well under way. We enjoyed recording it and looking forward to the 13th of December when we pull the trigger for a new album. There are small details this time around that will most likely result in a slight different sound and "feeling". Seems pointless to mention such stuff here, but I can assure you that both Fenriz and me looking forward to this. The first session of a new record is always exciting+ since it do set some fundamental standards... at least in our heads... well, at least in MY head then. Working the way we do now is such a blizz it's hard to describe."
As mentioned in the Nuclear Blast Records newsletter, Enslaved issued the following statement:
"It is with great regret that Enslaved have to announce the cancellation of the North American "Vertebrae"' tour Swallow The Sun and Keep Of Kalessin] scheduled for May 2009. At the heart of the issue lies a tour that was hard to get together in the first place so we've decided to let the whole tour be cancelled and start working on setting up a new North American tour all the way from scratch again... Our sincere apologies to all the fans that were ready to come out to these shows; but rest assured — we are working day and night on setting up the new tour that will replace these dates."
French progressive/death metallers Gojira will embark on a headlining tour in France in January/February 2009. The band also posted the following US tour update on their MySpace:
"Gojira are currently in the United States rampaging about in all major cities with In Flames. Drummer Mario Duplantier recently told Radio France International about their first show in North America: "We arrived in Montreal where we had a great and warm welcome, just as usual, we noticed that the people from Quebec seem to like French bands in general. This first show at Metropolis was sold out and people were very enthusiastc and wild during our show, we felt somewhat overwhelmed by the crowd's energy... that was awesome! We really need to go back there for a headlining show next time!."