The Gathering will issue the "A Noise Severe" 2-DVD and 2-CD sets on October 31. Both releases contain recordings of the group's March 24, 2007 performance at the 4,000-capacity theatre Teatro Caupolicán in Santiago, Chile. You can listen to the samples here.
You can also find two full songs and a video extract on the band's MySpace page, here.
The first dates have been announced for Danzig's East Coast mini-tour. Support at the shows will come from Misfits/Kryst The Conqueror guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein's new band Gorgeous Frankenstein and Boston's Doomriders. The details are as follows:
Oct. 23 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
Oct. 24 - Philadephia, PA @ Electric Factory
Oct. 25 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Oct. 27 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
UPDATED on 26.09.07, thanks to Master_o_Puppets:
Danzig have announced more tour dates. Follows are the confirmed Danzig east and west coast dates. Other than these shows, Danzig has no plans to do any touring in the foreseeable future.
It is truly something very special what infamous Finnish folk metal warriors Turisas unleash upon you now with the premiere of their fantastic new clip "Rasputin", an insane cover version of the old Boney M. classic every fan should already recognise from their unforgettable live shows.
Band mastermind Warlord comments the clip as follows: "This video is pretty far from what you'd expect from a Turisas-video - or any metal video for that matter! The idea to the video is just as wild as the cover song itself: a battle metal band covering a 70's disco hit. Just as the song, it is a crossover of the 70's kitsch attached to the Boney M - track, but performed by us as we do it. Director Vesa-Matti Vainio and the whole crew did a great job on this one and to me, this is a good pick for our first video ever. I assure you, there are plenty of ideas on epic spectacles to be looked into later."
Highly acclaimed Finnish band Shade Empire starts recording a new album. Band's newest member Mr. Rasane will start banging drums on the 1st of October. Main parts of the album will be recorded at Studio 33, Kuopio, Finland and this time band uses a real choir to boost up the sound. Vocal sessions will take place at Perkele Studios. If group's preceding album sounded sick this time it won't make a difference. Ajattara's mastermind Ruoja will produce vocals for the album and Sami Niittykoski gives the final touch by mixing the whole grandeur together.
Shade Empire has created a sound which is hardly categorised. They flavour their music using industrial and symphonic elements still being death-, black-, dark metal, you name it. So far Shade Empire has released two totally praising reviews gotten albums, Sinthetic(2004) and Intoxicate O.S.(2006). Intoxicate O.S. went 25th on its releasing week on Finnish official album charts. Single, from Intoxicate O.S.-album, "Slitwrist Ecstasy" went 3rd on official Finnish single charts and stayed there for weeks. Shade Empire were also headlining last years Popkomm's metal night at Berlin, Germany.
On 4 September, Scottish metal band Mendeed have split up. Lead guitarist Steven Nixon has issued the following statement:
"Mendeed have regrettably broken up due to irreconcilable difference with our manager, we would like to thank all of our fans for believing in us and helping us get as far as we did. I really wish things would have turned out different for us. Thanks to everyone that had faith in us, we'll miss you all"
New Jersey Thrashers Overkill, who recently inked a new deal with Bodog Music, will release their new studio album, entitled "Immortalis", on October 9th.
"Immortalis" cover art] features the following tracks:
01. Devils In The Mist
02. What It Takes
03. Skull And Bones Lamb Of God]
04. Shadow Of A Doubt
05. Hellish Pride
06. Walk Through Fire
07. Head On
08. Charlie Get Your Gun
09. Hell Is
10. Overkill V
Overkill have scheduled an in-store performance on Saturday, October 6th at 2 PM at Vintage Vinyl Records in Fords, New Jersey (51 Lafayette Rd. - 732.225.7717).
Bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith issued a small album update to the official Children Of Bodom fansite Scythes Of Bodom. The update goes as follows:
"Up to now, the band has seven finished songs and they will enter a studio in the second week in October to record the album. The plan is to record nine songs for the album and maybe even a tenth if the guys are satisfied with another song that is currently in the works. Most likely "Tie My Rope" will be re-recorded and the band is planning to record three or four cover songs which are already confirmed. This doesn't mean that all of them will be featured on one album, but these songs will be used as bonus tracks for different areas and markets such as Japan for example.
The following message was posted on Tobias Sammet's website:
"The new Avantasia 6 track albums "Lost In Space Part 1" and "Lost In Space - Part 2" have been postponed and will now be released on November 16th.
"We have produced so much exclusive material for these two epics that we just needed the time. Except from the title track they contain completely different material, classy material, no bonus shit! In addition we decided to put some different video footage on each CD as well. We really had to postpone the release to warrant the Avantasia-quality. But it will be worth the wait: This is the resurrection a project like "Avantasia" deserves. Fans will get two major releases, each for the price of a single. Many thanks to my record company that supported the idea. I know it may be insane businesswise, but the fans will reward it."
The End Records has set a release date of March 4th, 2008 for the self-titled sophomore release from Canadian thrashers Thine Eyes Bleed.
In a band update, several members voiced their thoughts on the new album:
"This ain't your one-note-chug-along and dance to-gay-haircut metal. There is thought behind the music and passion behind the musicianship. Metal that isn't compromising or commercial. This is the real deal. All killer and no filler... no singing... no 'breakdowns'. Real metal for real metalers. Keep it brutal and stay heavy." - Johnny Araya, bassist
"We never really discussed the direction. We all just knew it had be honest, unrellenting, abusive, and evil. That is what metal was all about in our opinion. The outcome is violent and makes me smile from begining to end." - Jeff Phillips, guitarist
UK Epic-Thrash metallers Biomechanical have announced the completion of their upcoming release "Cannibalised", mixed by famed producer Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest). The band have posted an exclusive advance track entitled 'Fallen In Fear' on their MySpace page for fans to get a taste of what to expect from the hotly anticipated release, currently streeting in February 2008.
To listen to the track head to http://www.myspace.com/biomechanical.
Biomechanical frontman John K, who recently recruited new members Jonno Lodge (drums) and Gus Drax and Chris Van Hayden on guitars, had this to say about the 'Cannibalised' project which is the closing chapter of the story which began with their 2003 debut release 8 Moons.
After a thorough audition process, Machine Head have chosen Brandon Sigmund from Bay Area metal heroes Hostility to play bass in place of the injured Adam Duce for the duration of this Fall's highly-anticipated Black Tyranny Tour. Also joining the band onstage to handle Adam's vocal duties will be Jared MacEachern of tourmates Sanctity.
"We're really stoked to have found guys as killer as Brandon and Jared to help us through this situation" says Machine Head drummer Dave McClain, "we can't wait to get out there and give our fans in the States the headlining show they've been waiting for, especially with bands like Arch Enemy, Throwdown and Sanctity on the bill".
As posted on the band's website, Iron Maiden announce their most ambitious and extraordinary touring plans ever -- and are very pleased to announce that this will include Australia for the first time in 15 years!
The 'Somewhere Back In Time' World Tour 2008 will be in three sections, starting in February and March 2008 with the first leg encompassing major concerts in 20 selected cities on five continents in seven weeks including India, Japan, North America, Central and South America, and, of course, Australia, opening in Perth on Feb 4 and continuing through Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane:
Somewhere Back In Time, AUSTRALIA 2008
Monday 4th, Burswood Dome, Perth
Wednesday 6th, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Due to circumstances not in our control, and I'll leave it up to the other band on the tour to explain this one, The Dillinger Escape Plan/Meshuggah European tour in November WILL NOT be happening. If you bought tickets, contact whoever you bought them from for a refund. Again, if I started to comment on this right now it would probably not be good, so I'll leave it up to them to do the explaining. We were looking forward to this more than any of you can imagine and we are just as disappointed as anyone. HOWEVER, we ARE in the process of confirming a new great tour during the same time period, most likely in the same cities, and will announce it shortly. Stay tuned.