Reminder: Today, Monday, January 17th, 2011 at 12 noon Pacific / 3 pm Eastern / 9 pm CET, Meshuggah members Tomas Haake and Jens Kidman will host a live stream of the band's first DVD Alive, which debuted at #8 on the Nielsen SoundScan Top Music DVD Video chart in North America the week following its February 2010 release.
The event will begin with a live Q&A video session via uStream with Haake and Kidman, who will answer questions submitted by fans via Meshuggah's Twitter and Facebook pages.
Alive will stream at the Nuclear Blast Streaming Room following the fan Q&A at this location.
A second stream of the live DVD will take place at 4 pm Pacific / 7 pm Eastern / 1 am CET.
Shot by director/producer Ian McFarland of Killswitch Productions during Meshuggah's 2009 North American tour and at their 2008 performance at the Loudpark Festival in Tokyo, Japan, Alive contains concert footage of selections from the band's Billboard Top 200-charting 2008 release, obZen, in addition to their time-tested career staples.
The Unforgiving, the upcoming concept album of Within Temptation, will be released worldwide in March 2011.
The Unforgiving will be based on a comic book series, written by Steven O'Connell (BloodRayne & Dark 48), while comic artist Romano Molenaar (Witchblade, Darkness and X-men) has been asked to draw the characters and scenery. The main characters of the comic will be reflecting the characters of the songs.
Today, the band revealed another piece of the puzzle in the form of a short trailer... and is seems there will also be a movie for The Unforgiving. Start believing the hype!
Days Of The Doomed Fest is set to take place June 17th and June 18th in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA at the P.L.A.V. More info and tickets available here.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
Friday June 17th: Kin Of Ettins, Sleestak, Admiral Browning, Backwoods Payback, Zebulon Pike, Sinister Realm, and Pale Divine.
Saturday June 18th: Carbellion, Retro Grave (featuring Jeff "Oly" Olson formerly of Trouble), Pallbearer, Apostle Of Solitude, Argus, Black Pyramid, Orodruin, Revelation, Las Cruces, Earthen Grave (featuring Ron Holzner formerly of Trouble and Place Of Skulls), Blackfinger (featuring Eric Wagner formerly of Trouble), and Iron Man.
Epica keyboard player Coen Janssen will not be joining the band on the upcoming 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise and the Latin American dates in early February.
Janssen explains: "As you might know, Linda, my wife, and I are expecting our first child. The due date happens to be around the same time as the cruise. As you might understand, I will stay at home since I don't want to miss the birth of my first child."
Joining Epica on keyboards for these show will be Oliver Palotai (Kamelot, Sons Of Seasons), friend of the band and the right man for the job because of his amazing talent.
Nine Inch Nails mainman Trent Reznor and frequent NIN collaborator Atticus Ross (also How To Destroy Angels) have won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for their compositions on The Social Network, the 2010 film about Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.
The Golden Globes were presented last night. The Social Network was nominated six times and won four Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
The Social Network soundtrack album was released in October by The Null Corporation, Reznor's own independent record label. A five track sampler EP is available for download at the whopping price of your e-mail address at this location.
According to Billboard, while accepting the award, Reznor said, "A year ago I had no idea I'd have the opportunity to score a film. The idea of standing up here to accept this award is surreal."
Rotting Christ are headlining the Apostles Of Darkness Over The Americas Tour in March and April. Support on the trek will come from Melechesh, Hate, Abigail Williams and Lecherous Nocturne.
Apostles Of Darkness Over The Americas Tour Dates:
Mar. 09 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
Mar. 10 - Championship Bar & Grill - Trenton, NJ
Mar. 11 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
Mar. 12 - Rocko's - Manchester, NH
Mar. 13 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
Mar. 14 - Karma - Patchouge, NY
Mar. 15 - Petite Campus - Montreal, QC
Mar. 16 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON
Mar. 17 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
Mar. 18 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Mar. 19 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Mar. 20 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
"Beckoning", a brand-new track from Swedish death metal band Insision, has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.
"Beckoning" comes off the band's upcoming new EP End Of All, which will be released later this year through Sevared Records. The EP was recorded at Off Beat Studio in Stockholm with engineer Anders Erikssonand.
UK thrashers Onslaught will embark on the Scream For Violence Tour, taking place in March and April. The band will be touring through Europe in support of the new album, Sounds Of Violence, which will be released later this month. Support on the trek will come from Suidakra and Debauchery.
Scream Of Violence Tour Dates:
Mar. 31 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Apr. 01 - Arhus, Denmark - Voxhall
Apr. 02 - Göteborg, Sweden - Parken
Apr. 03 - Stockholm, Sweden - Huset
Apr. 06 - Turku, Finland - Klubi
Apr. 07 - Helsinki, Finland - DOM
Apr. 08 - Tampere, Finland - tba
Apr. 09 - Tallin, Estonia - Tapper
Apr. 10 - Riga, Latvia - Melna Piektdiena
Apr. 11 - Vilnius, Lithuania - Club New York
Apr. 16 - München, Germany - Backstage
Meredead, the new album from Leaves' Eyes, will be released on April 22nd in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (with more streetdates to follow soon).
Leaves' Eyes vocalist and producer Alexander Krull is doing the final mix of Meredead at Mastersound Studio.
Cover artwork by Stefan Heilemann.
Singer Liv Kristine comments: "As we began composing the first song ideas for our fourth full-length album, all of us were very eager to take another step in strengthening both the individual sound and concept of Leaves' Eyes, like we have done album by album.
Along with the song-writing process, I made up my mind about the songs' themes, and drowned myself in different sources of literature. Some songs clearly needed lyrics rooted in northern history and culture, as well as having mystical themes. Being an Old-English fan, I decided to write some of the lyrics in Old-English, which of course included further studies of grammatical and phonetic knowledge, which I really enjoyed doing. Next to modern English and Old-English, some songs are sung in traditional Norwegian, to keep their strong individuality and focus on certain themes from special genres in Norwegian traditional singing.
Circle II Circle, Arsis and The Absence are the latest confirmed acts for 70000 Tons Of Metal, the world's biggest floating heavy metal festival.
70000 Tons Of Metal will sail Monday, January 24th aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas luxury cruise ship from Miami, FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will return four days later on Friday, January 28th.
The complete festival billing looks as follows:
Agent Steel, Amon Amarth, Arsis, Blackguard, Blind Guardian, Circle II Circle, Cripper, Dark Tranquillity, Death Angel, Destruction, DuskMachine, Ensiferum, Epica, Exodus, Fear Factory, Finntroll, Forbidden, Gamma Ray, Iced Earth, Korpiklaani, Malevolent Creation, Marduk, Moonspell, Nevermore, Obituary, Rage, Raven, Sabaton, Sanctuary, Saxon, Sodom, Sonata Arctica, Swashbuckle, Testament, The Absence, Trouble, Twilight Of The Gods (performing Bathory masterpieces), Týr, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Voivod and Witchburner
French band Dwail is about to release their first album Helter Skelter in Digipack format on April 9th by Klonosphere Propagande / Seasons Of Mist. The record is mixed and mastered by Logan Mader (Machine Head, Soulfly, Gojira).
The band also offers eager fans a bit of a nice deal if they decide to pre-order Helter Skelter. If you decide to pre-order, not only do you get the album 2 weeks before it is released, you also receive a nice pack of goodies along with it. This pack includes:
- The exclusive Beatles cover « Helter Skelter » (not on the record) received by email in Mp3 format.
- Dwail pin badge
- Participation to a contest (suscribers only) to win tickets for the upcoming Dwail’s concerts in France.