"Evangelion", the new Behemoth album, is available for streaming in its entirety at the band's MySpace page. "Evangelion" will be released on August 7 in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records and August 11 in North America through Metal Blade.
The band posted the following words on their myspace :
"On September 28th, 2009 ARCH ENEMY will release their new studio album "The Root Of All Evil" in Europe. It contains a selection of completely re-recorded tracks from the band's first three albums "Black Earth" (1996), "Stigmata" (1998) and "Burning Bridges" (1999) reenergized and unified by the band's ultimate line-up!
Originally recorded with ever changing band members (i.e. former vocalist Johan Liiva, drummer Peter Wildoer, bass player Martin Bengtsson), "The Root Of All Evil" presents classic tracks as "Beast Of Man", "The Immortal", "Transmigration Macabre" or "Bridge Of Destiny" with the insane vocals of Angela Gossow, several completely new bass lines by Sharlee D'Angelo, the ever-present guitar wizardry of the Amott brothers as well as Daniel Erlandsson's merciless punch. The entire project was approached with the idea of having the possibility to re-add these songs to the bands live set and follow up the release with some special touring activity.
The Wacken Livestream - presented by Tempodome, eventim.de and www.rockalarm.com - started on 29th of July! Party on and heavy metal for everyone, who was not able to purchase a ticket for the legendary Wacken Open Air.
Amongst others, the following bands will be broadcast during the livestream: Lacuna Coil, Running Wild, Napalm Death, Doro, Gwar, Amon Amarth, Saxon, Volbeat, Coheed And Cambria, Bring Me The Horizon and Der W. The up-to-date line up can be found at http://www.eventim.de/wacken.
The 20th Wacken Open Air metal festival has been sold out for months already, but the fun continues online since Rockalarm.com is broadcasting the event live and exclusively in the internet in cooperation with Tempodome.com and eventim.de. The transmission begins in the morning and goes on until the early morning. Gigs happening simultaneously on two separate stages will be filmed and broadcast one after the other.
British gothic metal pioneers Paradise Lost have named their upcoming new album "Faith Divides Us Death Unites Us". Vocalist Nick Holmes comments:
"The thoughts behind the title "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us" are very much self explanatory, there is so much division in the world caused by obstructing religious belief. We are all made of the same flesh and bone, what makes one religions better than the other, and would any true god allow his creation to destroy itself? The vast number of different so called faiths around the globe, just helps to strengthen my complete denial of any god, and force the belief that religion is nothing more than a man made cash induced fabrication to exploit a human beings natural fear of death."
Austrian metallers Visions Of Atlantis have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"It's right, Joanna Nieniewska was forced to leave the band a few weeks ago! The reason is a health-problem which should not be specified more detailed, but makes it impossible for her to complete a whole show on stage without risk. But because of the grown big friendship within the band during the last months the band is not willing her to leave totally and so we came to the point that at least Joanna has to be on the road with us when she can't sing with the band anymore and so in future she'll be on tour with us, helping us backstage and doing other important things to bring her support and energy into the band, although it's another way now!
Regarding their forthcoming album, entitled "Ekpyrosis", Swedish metallers Setherial have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"We have now recorded six drum tracks and this time we decided to go for a fully acoustic drum sound using no triggers or other modules.
This week we will continue with the drums and also continue with the guitars and vocals. We are aiming for a much more organic production with this album since it fits the overall concept and the pre-productions we've done sound extremely promising.
The lyrical theme of "Ekpyrosis" is about a metaphoric connection to the unavoidable conflict of the universe, through the satanic angle and perspective. The Ekpyrotic Universe draws its name from the ancient Greek word ekpyrosis, meaning "conflagration" (disastrous fire or conflict). According to an ancient cosmological model with this name, the universe was created in a sudden burst of fire.
Norwegian metallers Syrach have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Our release party on friday will be the last ever chance to see all 5 persons from the new album, live on stage. As you all know, Reich quit some time ago but will still play this gig on friday. Also Hjarandr decided to leave the band now, because he wanted to focus on his interest in food and will now try to get a degree as a chef. We wish him the best of luck with this, and hope that someday he will cook us another great meal as he did on our listening party at Captain's cabin.
"Hjarandr" spent about seven years with us and has been a great tribute to our ranks. We have had some great times together and been through a lot. We are sorry to let this great man of doom go, but his mind is set and we have to respect this. We'll be sure to get some beers together in the future anyway.
The following update was issued on Century Media Records website:
"After months of intense songwriting Dark Fortress entered V. Santura's Woodshed Studio a couple of days ago to start laying down the drum tracks for their 6th, still untitled studio album. The follow up to 2008's acclaimed album "Eidolon" is scheduled to be released in early 2010 via Century Media Records."
V. Santura further comments: "The recordings are going very smooth so far and the drums sound just fantastic. Seraph is doing a really great job. This time we are aiming for a more natural and dynamic sound in order to keep all musical details, a certain raw dirt and personality that most modern productions lack of. Our upcoming album is going to be very diverse and probably the heaviest material we ever wrote."
Canadian metallers Forgotten Tales have issued the following update:
Being on a break from the studio we take this opportunity to announce the addition of a new talented young guitarist as a member of Forgotten Tales. Marco Lavoie, whose hard-work and dedication to the success of our May 13th show as a guest guitarist convinced us to invite him to become a full-time member. Although he just recently joined the band he will get to participate to a few songs on the upcoming album. To learn more about him, visit his page on our website.
UK Death metallers Trigger The Bloodshed have issued the folowing update on their MySpace blog:
"Some of you may of heard rumors flying around over the recent weeks about Max leaving the band; we can now confirm that these rumors are true. For a little while Max has felt he has not been fulfilling the genre of music he wanted to persue with a band, although he has enjoyed every moment with trigger he just felt his heart was not in the music and has gone on to fill this void playing and creating music in a genre he is more passionate about. There are no hard feelings between Max and the band, he is still one of our best friends and we wish him all the luck and success in the world with his future projects.
Estonian metallers Metsatöll have issued the following update on their official website:
"Last week, Metsatöll finished recording the demo version of their 4th album, which was begun earlier, in March. In mid-June, the entire studio was moved from Tallinn to a South-Estonian village of Hargla, where the songs received finishing touches. According to the guys themselves, leaving Tallinn behind meant a complete recovery of creativity, which can never be achieved in a big city.
Today (July 28), the band begins recording their 4th album in the Finnvox studio in Finland. The album is recorded and mixed by perhaps the most legendary Finnish producer Mikko Karmila. Over the years, he has provided his services to such bands as Nightwish, Children Of Bodom, Stratovarius, Stone, Peer Günt, Kotiteollisuus, Amorphis, Waltari, Tarot, Sonata Arctica, etc. The album will be all about finished by early December, and will be released to the global distribution networks on 6 March, 2010."
Irish metallers Mael Mórdha have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"As many of you will know, we finished in the studio some weeks ago with some minor touches dragging things out ever so slightly. We are pleased to be able to let you know that mastering is currently in the final stages and Grau (our label) will soon be taking delivery of the finished album.
The album's title is no longer any great secret. It's called "Manannán", after the Irish God of the Sea. It's a concept album and we'll explain that a little bit in the coming weeks. There are eight tracks in total, the names of which are below. We can't be sure of a release date just yet, but we are extremely excited about this album and really want to get it out there as soon as possible.
US metallers Détente have revealed the cover artwork for their forthcoming album, entitled "Decline". The artwork was painted by Michael Leone, with additional graphic work performed by Christopher Leone.
Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Corrosion Of Conformity, D.R.I., Sacred Reich) will engineer the album. "Decline" is tentatively scheduled for a December release.