04:42 - Ceddybu I feel like those cheese makers who spent like 100 years aging crazy cheeses to perfection are pretty pissed about the reputation their food has.
04:41 - Redn1ght The cheesyness was a fun factor for me. I want to listen to bands with some orchestral elements and heavy instruments. Anyone know something like this?
04:37 - BoxCar Willy Dawn of Victory is the only decent album they wrote. You could pour it on nachos tho, it's so cheesy.
04:37 - Ceddybu I was just kidding, cause you know power metal and everyone having a slave-era southerner brand of hatred towards it. Emerald Sword is a mighty song though. and their 2010 album was pretty good
Veteran Thrashers Testament have announced that their drummer Louie Clemente will not be able to take part in upcoming Testament shows due to 'medical reasons'. The band is planning to tour the United States, Europe and South Korea through July and August. Experienced drummer and good friend to the band, Paul Bostaph will be filling in for the unwell Clemente.
Power Metallers Kamelot have said that they will be cancelling their appearance at the upcoming Ragnarock Festival, in Norway. The band cancelled their August 18th and 19th appearances because they haven't received any kind of contract. The band says that it's an unfortunate thing to happen, but out of their control. However Kamelot will be planning for an early 2007 tour that will include Norway.
Here is a statement by KMI Entertainment's Tim Norwood: "We have yet to receive a contract or deposits for this festival. It is unfortunate for the fans since the band was very excited about coming to Norway again, it is simple out of our hands at this point. It also means that we have to reschedule the Helsinki show that was booked in connection with Ragnarock. We are in the middle of planning the European tour for Spring 2007 and we are planning a full run through Norway and Finland".
Finland's HardcoreSounds.net recently conducted an interview with Arch Enemy drummer Daniel Erlandsson. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
HardcoreSounds.net: You have had the chance to tour almost everywhere. Which show has been the most memorable to you so far?
Daniel: "We have done so many shows so it's quite hard but quite recently we visited Mexico and we did two shows for the first time there. Mexico City was the second show and that was one of the best shows I have ever done."
HS: Why was it so special? Where there a lot of audience?
Daniel: "We played to a full house. We played for like something in between 2,500-3,000 people and we had an amazing crowd response. The whole place was jumping all the time. I was blown away."
Iron Maiden have posted the new album artwork on their website. The album should be released in September.
Also announced is the news that The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg will be released as a very special single on August 14th.
Says Steve Harris, "This is a very intense album in many ways and we really wanted to go with a lead track that demonstrated that in the best way, rather than going for a shorter track on the album just to please the chart rules. Benjamin Breeg is a great example of the feel of the album in it's really heavy riff and lyrically it's a very dark, atmospheric and powerful song which really epitomizes what the album is all about for us. So it made a natural choice for us."
We will start the recordings of our new album on the 17th of July. We have chosen a somewhat different solution this time, and will record altogether in 3 different studios. This is a solution that we feel can add something new and different to our sound, as well as keeping the essential basics of Sirenia. First we will track the drums in Jailhouse studios in Norway with engineer Hans Eidsgard, then we proceed to Sound Suite Studios in France to record everything else, together with Terje Refsnes. And finally we will mix and master the album at Antfarm studios in Denmark with Tue Madsen. We look forward to work with Hans and Tue for the first time, and of course we are eager to work with Terje again, who's been a part of our team for many years. The recordings will be completed the 1st of October.
Finally it is time to announce that Ivar Alver has joined the band, and will be our permanent drummer from now on. It took us a while but we now feel sure that we have found the right person. We would also like to thank everyone who has contacted us regarding the drummer position.
We have been working on new material for a while and with Ivar behind the drums things have started to take shape. If things go as planned we will enter the studio late this fall, and the new album will be released early next year.
German Power Metal pioneers Helloween have lined up the following dates in Russia/Ukraine during October 2006:
Oct. 05 - Ekaterinburg - KOSMOS Koncert Hall
Oct. 06 - Ufa Ogni - UFA Club
Oct. 07 - Kiev - DK Nau club
Oct. 08 - Moskow - DK Gorbunova
Oct. 10 - St. Petersburg - Port Club
The band is going to release a double DVD, featuring footage that was filmed during shows in Sofia, Tokyo and Sao Paulo. Alongside the live footage, the double DVD will include lots of exciting bonus material. The exact release date will be announced by SPV in the coming weeks.
A number of European festival appearances are scheduled in the coming weeks. The band will perform a best-of set, featuring all their important hits, including the odd cult number, for the first time performed by the current lineup. An extensive tour of North America and Canada will take place in the fall.
Polish death metal legends, Vader, have just returned from a very successful tour and ready to reveal some details. The track entitled "Warlords" is now available for download here.The band is going to shoot a promotional videoclip for another track namely "Helleluyah!!! (God is Dead)". "Impressions In Blood" tracklist:
01. Between Day and Night
03. As Heavens Collide...
04. Helleluyah!!! (God is Dead)
05. Field of Heads
08. Red Code
09. Amongst the Ruins
10. They Live!!!
11. The Book
On the upcoming Blitzkrieg 4 tour the band is going to play 5 new songs.
The release date of the forthcoming Draconian album, The Burning Halo, is set to the 29th of September (10th of October in USA).
Tracklist - "The Burning Halo" (playing time 54:09)
1. She Dies
2. Through Infectious Waters (A Sickness Elegy)
3. The Dying
4. Serenade of Sorrow
5. The Morningstar
6. The Gothic Embrace
7. On Sunday They Will Kill the World
8. Forever My Queen
Chicago area Melodic Death Metal band Enforsaken have decided to break up after 8 years together as a band. They have also announced their final show. The following is a posting from their website by guitar player Steve Stell :
7/01/06: "Enforsaken are breaking up. Final live show announced: It's official. After 8 years of existence, we have decided to lay Enforsaken to rest. We will play our final show Saturday, August 19th in Chicago @ The Metro. This wasn't the easiest decision to make, but in the end, we agree that Enforsaken has now run it's course. We've accomplished everything that we set out to do, and now it's time to move on. We're all very proud of our last album, Sinner's Intuition, and feel that now is a good time to end the band.
According to Blabbermouth.net, Swedish Gothenburg metallers Soilwork have once again launched a guitarist search after recently completing a number of European dates with the help of Daniel Antonsson. With the departure of Peter Wichers (who exited the band in December to pursue a career in producing), the band are currently seeking a new Swedish guitarist who live close by...
As previously reported, Finntroll is scheduled to enter the studio in late September to begin recording the follow-up to 2004's "Nattfödd", tentatively due in early 2007. The upcoming CD will mark the band's first release with new singer Vreth, who replaced previous frontman Tapio Wilska this past spring.
Former Burzum leader and convicted murderer and arsonist Varg Vikernes, who has served 12 years out of a 21-year jail sentence, will not be released from prison just yet. The Norwegian prison authorities have denied Vikernes' parole application, according to the newspaper Dagbladet. Varg's attorney John Christian Elden says Vikernes' release is long overdue. "He is disappointed by the decision because he feels he is ready to come back into the general community," says Elden.
Vikernes was convicted for the murder of MAYHEM frontman Øystein Aarseth and three counts of church burnings. He has served 12 years out of the 21-year jail sentence, and in accordance with the previous legislation, he is due for parole. But during the years Vikernes spent behind bars, the government passed laws to increase the number of years required in time served before one can be considered for parole to 14 years for 21-year sentences, which is the most severe time-based punishment in Norway. Elden says it is unreasonable that these new regulations are retroactive. "We are baffled the Department of Justice chooses to use laws that came into effect nine years after he stared serving his sentence," says Elden.
According to the official Epica website, vocalist Simone Simons would join Kamelot on stage for 'The Haunting' (Somewhere In Time)' when the band hits the Plato venue in Helmond, Holland on Sunday, July 2nd. Simons performed the original guest vocals on the song for Kamelot's last album, The Black Halo, and performed the song with the band every night during their last European tour together
As previously reported Epica will support Kamelot on their North American tour, which kicks off in September. Dates are as follows:
19 - Jaxx Nightclub in Springfield, VA
20 - B.B. King's in New York, NY
22 - The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY
23 - The Penny Arcade in Rochester, NY
Nevermore, Continental Concerts and Century Media Records are proud to announce a special show for the first ever Nevermore DVD. The gig will take place at the Zeche club in Bochum (www.zeche.com), Germany on September 12th, 2006. Seattle's finest will play a set of about 2 hours, with material spanning their 11-year career. The result will be the main part of their forthcoming home DVD, captured by a 7-camera team, with live recordings handled by producer Andy Sneap, who recorded their latest album "This Godless Endeavor", who will also record true 5.1 Surround sound. The planned double-DVD set will also feature a full Nevermore documentary, live footage from throughout their career, all the band's promo videos and even more extras. The release is planned for early 2007.