Author and radio DJ, Ian Christe has issued the following update at his Bang! Bang! Blog:
"Thanks to recently-reactivated At The Gates drummer Adrian Erlandsson (also ex-Cradle Of Filth) for posting three great demo songs recorded in two days in 1994 by his Terror project. Fulfilling some kind of Gothenburg headbanger fantasy, this is basically Erlandsson, the Björler twins from At The Gates, and dearly-departed Dissection frontman Jon Nödtveidt doing a tight-as-hell take on catchy Terrorizer-style death metal/grind. Nödtveidt's vocals are especially cool, with occasional effects and a lower-range delivery of his trademark ghastly approach. With a total running time of exactly five minutes, the songs are called "Radiation", "Destruction", and "Terror"-what more do you need to know?"
Lifeforce Records posted the following news on the label's official website:
"Lifeforce Records is proud to announce the signing of a multiple album deal with French melodic Death Metal band Destinity. The band's first worldwide (excluding France) release via Lifeforce Records will be their album "The Inside" which was previously released through Rupture Music in France only. "The Inside" was recorded, mixed and mastered in August 2007 with Jacob Hansen (Mercenary, Raunchy, Deadlock).
Destinity, who is currently on the road with Dew-Scented (Nuclear Blast) and Severe Torture (Earache Records), was formed in 1996 and released 3 albums with Adipocere Records.
Last night (Sunday, February 10) at Los Angeles' Staples Center, the 2008 Grammy Awards were held. Slayer won a Grammy for "Best Metal Performance" (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only) for the song "Final Six". The other nominees were:
Nothing Left - As I Lay Dying
Track from: An Ocean Between Us
Never Ending Hill - King Diamond
Track from: Give Me Your Soul...Please
Aesthetics Of Hate - Machine Head
Track from: The Blackening
Redemption - Shadows Fall
Track from: Threads Of Life
Slayer also won a Grammy last year for the song "Eyes Of The Insane". This year, Foo Fighters won best Hard Rock Performance for the song "The Pretender", beating out Ozzy Osbourne, Evanescence, Tool and Queens Of The Stone Age. Meanwhile Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) and Alison Krauss won Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for the song "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)". Also Metallica were nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance with " The Ecstasy Of Gold", but lost to Bruce Springsteen's "Once Upon A Time In The West".
The following news comes from Anathema's myspace page.
"Greetings to all…
We have taken all of our recording equipment to a house in England where we have built a studio and begun the first of two records to be released this year. The recording has been going very well.
This first record is a semi-acoustic recording of many of our most loved older tracks. This will be released on Peaceville records. The working title is 'temporary peace.'
The songs to be included on 'temporary peace' are:
Angelica, leave no trace, inner silence, one last goodbye, are you there, fragile dreams, a natural disaster, temporary peace and flying.
The record will be a substantial work, arranged by Danny and performed and produced by the band, recorded and engineered by our own Les Smith, who was responsible for the recordings of 'everything' and the other new songs released online last year.
"Many of you have been inquiring about the "Holy Tears" single - Due to unforseen manufacturing mishaps the release of the "Holy Tears" single is once again being postponed... however it will be available very very soon. If you somehow managed to get one of the defects, then don't worry the real thing will be available shortly. We will keep you posted.
The contents of the single should be (and will be):
01. Holy Tears (Album Version)
02. Holy Tears (Melvins / Lustmord remix)
03. Holy Tears (Live from Continental Airlines Arena 10.06)
04. Holy Tears Video (Directed by Dominic Hailstone)
Also we have seen the Vinyl box set and it is glorious. Available any day now - more info here!"
Before unleashing their new album "N", Finnish metal act Norther present you the video clip for their massive metal anthem "We Rock", which was filmed with Helsinki-based production team Tunne Productions. You can watch the clip now by clicking HERE!
Their stunning new effort sees Norther perfecting their mix of ripping riffs, aggressive vocals and epic melodies and will be premiered live at the well-known Finnish Metal Expo on February 16th, 2008 in Helsinki. Furthermore, the band will support their country mates Turisas on their UK & European headliner tour in March/April 2008! here]
"N" was recorded and produced by long time partner Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, etc.) at Astia Studios, mixed by Fredrik Nordström (Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, In Flames etc.) at Studio Fredman in Sweden, mastered at Cutting Room Studios, and will be available as CD & limited edition Media Book including 3 bonus tracks at the following release dates:
Nuclear Blast Records have launced a Meet And Greet competition with Korpiklaani at the European leg of the upcoming Paganfest tour.
"April 2008 will face a pagan invasion like it's never been seen before! Korpiklaani will team up with their label mates Eluveitie and some more bands of the genre for the Pagan Fest Tour to conquer Europe! Therefore we are giving away an exclusive MEET N GREET event for you and one additional person on a date of your choice! You can also win signed posters - so take your chance and answer the question at this location."
1st price: 1x Meet & Greet for you and one additional person on a tourdate of your choice.
2nd - 5th price: 1x signed poster.
New sound-clips from Jon Oliva's Pain's "Global Warning" are now up for your listening pleasure! Samples from the tracks "Before I Hang", "Adding The Cost", "Firefly", "Open Up Your Eyes" and "You Never Know" can be found at this location.
AFM Records is set to release Jon Oliva's Pain's "Global Warning" on March 8th and Circle II Circle's "Delusions Of Grandeur" on April 25th.
Guitarist Andreas Kisser from Brazil's Sepultura has posted the following message:
"We started the writing process for the Sepultura new album today in our studio in Sao Paulo. All the equipament was prepared yesterday by our crew and today we tried some ideas for songs. We will follow kind of the same steps we did in our last album, "Dante XXI", but this time we will be inspired by the book "A Clockwork Orange", first released in 1962 written by Anthony Burgess and it´s a movie, a classic, made by Stanley Kubrik. We will write our soundtrack for this story and Burgess´ life will be an inspiration also to write the music, lyrics and for the artwork.
Swedish metallers Shining has posted the following on the band's myspace page:
Bassist Phil A. Cirone have decided to once again leave Shining. There is absolutely no bad blood him and the band inbetween. Shining thank him eternally for his years of edication and death!
This will not effect our coming ceremonies as Phil will remain a live-musician until a replacement has been found.
We have decided that in the search of a new bassist we are going to hold an audition where we invite you to try out for us. We are not looking for any session-members whatsoever so the place is permanent to whoever might suit the band, thus, the requirements as seen below. We need you to record a videoclip where you show off your skills and send it to us along with a motivation of why you want to join Shining and what you think you could contribute with as both musician and person to the band. We need all applications in hand before the 1st of March as we intend to tour pretty much the rest of the year as well as recording our sixth album. Once we have gone through the material you have sent we will choose the best ones and invite you to Oslo, Norway where we will play a few songs together to see who will become the new bassist of Shining.
Metal Blade has released the following official press release:
Amon Amarth, the Swedish metal band that has taken the world by storm with their brand of intense and melodic Viking influenced music, has just renewed their contract with Metal Blade Records. The 3 album, worldwide deal, will kick off with the band's follow up release to 2006's highly praised With Oden on Our Side, which the band is currently hard at work writing. "The plan is to return to Fascination Street Studios in May to record the new album, once again working with Jens Bogren as engineer and producer" states the band. There will be more details to come in the following weeks & months so stay tuned for more updates from the band.
Reunited Dutch Death Metallers Asphyx have posted the following news on their MySpace:
"Last year Asphyx reunited for doing just one show at the Party San festival. But it turned out a bit different. We're enjoy playing the tunes of brutality and we're having lots of fun together that much, that quiting isn't an option. We wrote already 3 new songs and there a more to come!!! One of them, the fastest track, is recorded a few weeks ago. Finally today the mix is finished: please check out "Death... The Brutal Way" (unmastered).
It's not yet downloadable, but it will be soon!!"
In other news, Asphyx have confirmed they will headline a gig dubbed "Triumph Of Death", scheduled for March 29th at Knaack Club in Berlin, Germany. Also on the bill for the show: Drowned, Necrovation, Tribulation and Slugathor.
3 Inches Of Blood has dropped off the remainder of their tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, Hate Eternal, and Decrepit Birth, and has also cancelled their subsequent Canadian run with Rammer. Here's a statement from the band:
"Unfortunately we've had to drop off the remainder of tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, Hate Eternal, and Decrepit Birth. We will also be missing our Canadian dates, Feb 16-23, with Rammer.
It was not an easy decision to make, but due to the rapidly declining weather in the remaining areas of the tour we have decided that it would be unsafe to continue touring in these conditions. We have had a great time with all of the bands on this tour, so it is especially disappointing to have to cancel our remaining appearances. We are committed to rescheduling our appearances in all the cities we will be missing, but when the weather is warmer and the roads less treacherous. Sorry to disappoint anybody, but we would rather stay safe and live to play another day"