Legendary Fantasy Metal band Blind Guardian have contributed the main song to the new action/fantasy movie "In The Name Of The King - Dungeon Siege". On this occasion, Blind Guardian will hold a signing session at a special premiere screening of the movie on the 29th of November.
This special event begins at 19.00 CET in the "UCI Kinowelt Ruhr Park" with the signing session; the movie begins at 20.00.
Additionally, the band have announced their participation in the soundtrack of a computer game, due for release in 2008. Vocalist Hansi Kürsch has posted the following on the band's site:
"We are happy to inform you about our musical participation in the upcoming blockbuster computer game "Sacred 2 - Fallen Angel". The PC and X-Box 360 game designed and invented by Ascaron will be in stores somewhere at the beginning of 2008. "Sacred 1" is the best selling German fantasy/adventure computer game to date.
Polish death metallers Vader have issued the following update on their website:
"In 2008 Vader will celebrate XXV anniversary. Previously announced tournee of the band starts on April and will last till the end of May. "XXV-Anniversary Tour" will cover all the nooks of Europe and Vader will prepare a very special set for this tour. The band will be teaming up with already announced Septic Flesh from Greece (back from the dead, they are working on a new studio album, out on Season Of Mist in 2008) and Swedish Devian. The band founded by ex-members of Marduk will promote its latest release "Ninewinged Serpent" released in October through Century Media. More details concerning the tour will follow soon."
Italy's Stormlord have posted the following update:
"It's been a while since we've made any sort of updates about Stormlord, isn't it? But this doesn't mean that we spent our time just hanging around without nothing to do. In all these months we've been working hard and, at last, we're ready to give you the first news about our future.
The songwriting for our fourth album is almost done, right now we're taking care of the last details and then all the songs will be complete. What we hold in our hands it's the most epic sounding stuff since our debut "Supreme Art Of War", even if the references to our most recent albums will not be missed. We guess you can label it Extreme Epic Metal at its best.
Italian Power Metallers Vision Divine have issued the following update:
"Due to a big problem related with his tendinitis, Federico Puleri isunable to follow the band on the South American Tour. The problem
was known since the Asian shows, but the band decided to try anything possible to solve it. Unfortunately the problem didn't get solved and became even bigger, so the doctor ordered him a full month of rest, and it has been decided not to risk his health. No substitute will be taken, and Olaf will play the South American shows alone. After this tour Federico will be back, fully recovered, healthy and ready
to be on stage again for the next shows... our best wishes to Federico!"
The following update was posted on Season Of Mist's website:
"Followers of the dreamlord rejoice. The time is approaching for "Communion". The Greek demons Septicflesh (now in one word) are back with a new album on Season of Mist, containing 9 gates to unearthly dreams and nightmares. The "rituals" of "Communion" took place in the famous Studio Fredman in Sweden. The massive heavy guitar sound of the album is supported by a haunting triumphant orchestration that surpasses every past attempt of the band on that field. The classical arrangements are composed and directed by Chris Antoniou (guitarist) and performed by the 80 part full orchestra and 32 part choir of philharmonic orchestra of Prague. As a result the music besides being brutal is also very "visual", like the soundtrack of an occult movie projected straight to your mind. Concerning the vocals, Seth is growling as a hellish beast in contrast with the melodic, yet intense and emotive vocals of Sotiris V. This album is definitely the more dark, brutal and at the same time avant-garde release of the band to date, crossing the borders of Death and Black metal. Yes, this album is not recommended to people resonating with holy ideals and bright emotions.
A new song, entitled 'Caravan Of The Dead', from the Darkmoon's upcoming album "Apocalyptic Syndrome" is now online at the official band MySpace page at this location.
"Apocalyptic Syndrome" was recorded at Little Creek studios in Gelterkinden (Baselland), Switzerland and will contain "10 songs between the borders of death/thrash and black metal" according to the band. The album is due on November 16 via CCP Records.
Audio samples of all "Apocalyptic Syndrome" tracks are available at this location.
Swallow The Sun have posted their video for the song "Doomed To Walk The Earth" on YouTube at this location.
The track comes off the band's third album, entitled "Hope", which was released on February 7th, 2007 via Spinefarm Records. The album was recorded at Seawolf Studios in Helsinki and was mastered at Finnvox studios with Minerva Pappi.
Swedish Melodic Death Metal band Unanimated have reunited, ot only for a few gigs, they're recording new songs as stated on their offical MySpace:
"Since the last couple of years, the founding members Richard and Jojje, have been in the works of reuniting the band again. But due to the members involvements in other bands such as Dismember, Entombed, Dark Funeral, Murder Squad, Merciless, Face Down, Krux and Nifelheim, ups and downs in personal life, Richard relocated to Texas and prison sentences...(you name it!), finding the right time has been difficult.
Currently the band are working on new material and planing possible live performances in 2008. Four brand new songs are in the works. Titels like "Nemissis/Retaliation", "Vacuum-Draining Cosmos" and "In The Light Of Darkness" are some of the new songs that are made. Musically the band will continue where they left off. Metal Fucking Metal! Be prepared...The Firestorm is coming! AVE LUCIFER!"
The following update concerning the new album has been posted on the band's website:
"Okay... here is the latest news from Tvangeste camp.
We cannot really say they are good but anyway - no news is the worst thing for it means death. At the same time bad news signify that we are still alive....sorry for such a long introduction folks.
As it was scheduled on May 2007 we were sitting in Europe recording metal parts of the new material. All guitars and basses were recorded so Tvangeste was heading to Sweden to record solo guitars, voices, to make mixdown. We applied for Swedish visas (it's visitors visa - we are still Russian citizens so we need visas in order to visit any other countries). Right up to the end of our studio time in Poland we got a negative answer from Swedish Consulate. I do not know why - they didn't provide us with any reasons of rejecting our applications. In fact they are not ought to. So this unexpected problem fucked up a whole recording schedule! We tried to find a solution but in vain.
The following update has been posted on the Trouble website in October:
''Here we are, waiting for the release of SMC in the States. Can there possibly be any more delays… Anyway, It is now scheduled to come out in Jan 2008. (let's hope). If not, shit will hit the fan. In the meantime, We have decided to release the Unplugged CD. They will start shipping on December 15, 2007. The first 100 sold will be limited editions signed by the band. Pre-orders are being accepted NOW. Only available on the newtrouble.com website.
In other news, a tour is in the works starting in March through April 2008. Exact tour dates not available at this time. But we do know they will hit the majority of Europe.''
Prosthetic Records is proud to announce reissues from Bay Area metal legends Testament. Both to feature new liner notes, 1997's "Demonic" was remastered and 1999's "The Gathering" will include the previously only available in Japan, "Hammer Of The Gods." Both will see a worldwide release through the label on Jan. 8, 2008. Previously released through Spitfire Records and currently out of print, both records are a welcome addition to the Prosthetic Records catalog.
Currently gearing up for the release of a new studio record featuring all new music via Nuclear Blast, Testament's line-up for "Demonic" included Gene Hoglan (Death, Strapping Young Lad), while "The Gathering" featured metal legends James Murphy (Death, Obituary), Steve DiGiorgio (Death, Iced Earth, Sadus), and Dave Lombardo (Slayer).
UK Death Metal steamrollers Bolt Thrower have posted the following message:
"As most of you probably know, Bolt Thrower don't like to play festivals, but as a lot of you want to see us playing festivals, we try and play at least one festival a year. After receiving numerous offers, we now have to choose which festival to play next Summer, and would like you to help us decide.
As BT are not financially driven, the fee is pretty irrelevant, as is whether we play to 1000 people or 100,000. Our main requirement would be to have our usual merchandise / meet and greet booth, with no price restrictions.
Wacken Open Air festival have asked us again to play next Summer, and the date would fit in with the gap in our planned recording and mixing schedule for next year. A lot of you have asked us to play Wacken over the years, and a lot of you have advised us not to play it, for various reasons.