Suidakra have issued the following update on their MySpace:
"Suidara is going to China! It will be a mini tour in June with three shows in Shenyang, Beijing and Shanghai, which will no doubt prove quite an experience for Chinese fans and the band alike! The trip will hopefully be filmed and documented in a tour diary like that of the US tour.
Suidakra are also pleased to welcome new guitar player Sebastian Hintz as a full band member. He's a hell of a nice guy and knows to rip his guitar and vocal cords on stage, plus he's already contributed some backing vocals on the latest record "Crógacht". Click here to find more info about the band members.
Suidakra will be featured on the forthcoming Running Wild sampler "ReUnation - A Tribute To Running Wild" (more info here and here). The track "Marooned" will be put through the Suidakra meat grinder and it will rip your wooden legs off, aye!"
Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce the signing of Finnish Goth 'n' Roll legends The 69 Eyes! The "Eyes" have reached the top of an entire genre by now and can surely be seen as the inventors of vampire inspired music also as they made it so successfully popular throughout the 1990ies up till now.
Commented vocalist Jyrki 69: "The situation for The 69 Eyes was great because so many labels showed interest in working with us. We were very happy how Nuclear Blast worked our "Goth'N'Roll" box set and it is overwhelming to start this next chapter for The 69 Eyes by releasing our new studio album through Nuclear Blast! They're the mightiest metal label there is and we're proud to deliver them such a powerful album. Together we definitely will Rock The Metal!!!"
Swedes Hardcore Superstar have made their entire new upcoming album "Beg For It" available for streaming online. You can check it at the group's MySpace page. The new Hardcore Superstar album will be released on June 3rd via Nuclear Blast Records.
Below is my official press statement on the official Black Sabbath trademark lawsuit. I am very saddened that I've had to take legal action against Tony. This is something that I've tried to avoid for years. I am not Geezer or Bill's voice. However, till the day I die I will not change my mind on this issue. The Black Sabbath trademark should be equally owned by Geezer, Bill, Tony and I as the true Black Sabbath lineup is Tony, Geezer, Bill and I. We've all been mates since school. I've always said there is an invisible thread that holds us together. Tony, lets get this ridiculous issue sorted and move on with our lives. You're 61, I'm 60. I hope that we've got a good 20 years left in us. But if not, God Forbid something happens to you. What's going to happen to the Black Sabbath trademark? Who's going to oversee it? Don't you think after we're long gone the rights should stay in your family, my family, Bill's family and Geezer's family?
The recordings for the 3rd Dawn Of Destiny album will start in june. This time the band will record at the "Sounds Of Steel" studios in Castrop-Rauxel, Germany.
After "Begins" (2007) and "Rebellion In Heaven" (2008) here for the Metal Storm review], the new album will be released in Europe and Japan in late summer/autumn 2009, again via Shark Records and Marquee Avalon. For album No. 3 the DoD has some surprises for the buyers of this CD. Ian Parry (Elegy, Ayreon, Vengeance) and Bernhard Weiss (Axxis) will appear as guest singers on this album.
For more information go here:
http://www.myspace.com/dawnofdestiny and http://www.dawnofdestiny.de
After rocking clubs from Los Angeles to New York City for more than a decade, Twisted Sister made its bones in 1984 with the quintet's second Atlantic Records release, a Top 20 album that stormed the charts with a string of hit singles and genre-bending videos. Rhino proudly wears a Twisted Sister pin on its uniform, celebrating the album's multi-platinum success with a 25th Anniversary Edition that includes a bonus disc of unreleased outtakes and early demos from the original sessions, as well as a new track recorded especially for this collection by the 1984 lineup: Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark Mendoza, and A.J. Pero. "Stay Hungry" 25th Anniversary Edition will be available June 30 from Rhino Records.
Polish blackened death metal band Behemoth has announced a new artwork and release date for an upcoming album ''Evangelion''. The new album is scheduled for relase on August 7 via Nuclear Blast in Europe and August 11 via Metal Blade in US. Album artwork can be viewed here: http://www.behemoth.pl/en/index.php?type=hi.
"Evangelion combines a pure art form with a direct message. It was also important for us to ensure that the graphical presentation did justice to the record. Again, we have worked with Tomasz Danilowicz who has created his best illustration yet for Behemoth. The picture is of The Great Harlot of Babylon riding the seven-headed beast. Saints bow before her in worship whilst the tablets of the Ten Commandments lie broken at her feet. It represents our vision and the interpretation of the New Testament parable where the "Whore of Babylon" is a symbol of rebellion and resistance against God. I am fascinated by stories whose source lies in the Bible and we have used biblical symbolism, coupled with my own experience and outlook, in our lyrics or on the covers of previous Behemoth records. I love to juggle with meanings and play around with symbolism which is exactly what I have done in this case. The main character of our new cover is an archetype of disobedience, individualism, self-determination and a free, unfettered will - these are universal keywords which are typical and crucial in understanding the character of our works, life as a whole and the true nature of man."
As posted today on the official Judas Priest website: Judas Priest will shortly be releasing a LIVE ALBUM consisting of eleven tracks - all previously unreleased in a live version! The album is due out in JULY 2009 and will be entitled: "Judas Priest - A Touch Of Evil - LIVE"
All of the tracks were recorded throughout the JUDAS PRIEST WORLD TOURS in 2005 and 2008. More information to follow shortly!"
UPDATE (thanks to 20323)
Official press release
As the creators of a live release that is considered to be one of the all-time great concert recordings in the realm of heavy metal (1979's "Unleashed In The East"), whenever Judas Priest announce a new live album, metalheads worldwide instantly take note. And on "A Touch of Evil: Live" (due for release in July 2009 via Sony Music and Epic Records), the mighty Priest - which includes singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and KK Downing, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis - doesn't disappoint. Focusing primarily on fan-revered album cuts (all previously unreleased in live form on CD), "A Touch of Evil: Live" features absolutely scintillating renditions of such Priest gems as "Riding on the Wind," "Beyond the Realms of Death," "Dissident Aggressor," "A Touch of Evil," "Eat Me Alive," and the set-closing "Painkiller." Also of note are the first live album appearances of standouts from Priest's critically acclaimed 2008 concept double disc, 'Nostradamus' ("Death" and "Prophecy").
Annotations Of An Autopsy have issued the following update:
"So we've been away for a while, not touring or doing anything public, we havent been slacking, we've been locked away working on the new album which is now complete. In July we will be stepping into Foel studio (Napalm Death, Electric Wizard) to record our 2nd album entitled, "II: The Reign Of Darkness". Artwork and tracklisting will be released soon.
We are very excited to get this album out to you. we feel we've created something very special and unique and one of the best death metal cd's to come out in a long time, call it arrogance, call it confidence call it what you want but when you hear it, you'll see our statements are backboned, the aim of the last album was to be as heavy as possible, this is ten steps up and a reality check for the death metal scene.
Greek metal band Dark Vision want to inform you all that their new mini-CD under the title "Bestial Remedy" is finally released! The band recorded four new songs and re-recorded 1 bonus song in a new version.
According to a press release, this is the band's re-birth after 12 years in the scene. Many demo releases and an full length album, live shows with bands such us Mayhem, Kaamos, Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh, Satyricon and numerus line-up changes...
"Musically, aesthetically, the band has a new face and we're ready to show it to anyone interested.", commented the band.
Several songs from Flatline's debut album "Pave The Way" help to set the stage for the new "No Fear (Lifestyle)" video, featuring clips from the extreme worlds of Surfing, Moto X, and Mixed Martial Arts.
Drummer Tim Hassemer of Flatline had this to say about being featured in the "No Fear" video: "We think its awesome that "No Fear" picked our songs to be in the video, it really makes of feel like we have come a long way since the start of the band."
Here is a glimpse of the video:
You can also see Flatline on tour with Threat Signal and The Agonist starting on June 3rd in Connecticut.
More info about the band on http://www.myspace.com/FlatlineMetal.
US melodic metal band Theocracy will visit Europe for a tour this fall. You can see the first announced dates below (which means more dates will announced later!). The band just returned from their first show ever in Europe at the Elements of Rock festival in Switzerland.
October 24th: Metal Fest - Festhalle Friedewald, Germany
October 30th: Rock Without Limits - Gomaringen, Germany
October 31th: Nordic Fest - Oslo, Norway
Xtreem Music is proud to announce that has reached an agreement with Avulsed for the release of the band's long awaited 5th full-length album "Nullo (The Pleasure of Self-mutilation)", described by the own band as their heaviest, most intense and complete album ever! Featuring all the band's trademarks of brutal, catchy, intense and heavy Death Metal that have always been peforming during 18 years already!
Recordings for "Nullo" were finished in early May and the album is already in the pressing plant for an imminent release date in June 1st, including the mega-fucking gore artwork of Mike Hrubovcak (Grave, Monstrosity, Mortician, Cattle Decapitation...) and featuring the following songs:
"This is on an official statement by the band about the illegal use of our song 'Path' in a tv and internet commercial in the Czech Republic.
Apocalyptica always supports minorities, stands up for human rights, respects every human being, no matter their colour, ethnic background or religion, worldwide.
Apocalyptica also supports the idea of a united Europe and the European Union.
We hope it is a clear statement that we would never allow the Czech Republican party 'Národní Strana' to use any of our music. The fact is, we were never asked if they could use our material.
Beside the fact that we are mortified by the illegal use, 'Národní Strana' has contravened the law with the owners of the rights for the song 'Path' in Czech Republic, who are Universal Music Publishing and Universal Music.
In two recent blogs (blog one, blog two), M. Dragynfly of The Angelic Process announced that she still has a few copies of "Weighing Souls With Sand" available for sale. In the same blog she announced that Decaying Sun Records might be resurrected again, to spread the musical legacy K. Angylus left. As if that isn't enough, she also told us that re-releases of their work are coming.