The 2008 Gigantour's lineup has been officially announced. According to Megadeth's website, the tour is scheduled to kick off mid-April and run through end of May with the lineup as follows:
Children Of Bodom
Job For A Cowboy
High On Fire
Tour dates to be revealed soon.
Dave Mustaine has posted the following:
"The breaking news is we are going to have five bands this year, instead of eight. The decision to drop it down from eight bands to five was based on timing, set lengths, stage sizes, unions, and most importantly allowing 'us' - the musicians - to deliver to 'you' - the fans - the best shows we can."
Cattle Decapitation has announced on their myspace blog that David McGraw (ex-Sleep Terror) is the band's new drummer. David had toured the US with the band during the Death By Decibels tour with Vader and Malevolent Creation.
The band has also announced that they will start writing for the new album next month and is also planning an Australian tour in the second half of 2008.
Ayreon's official web site (here) is currently premiering "Beneath The Waves", a stunning CGI film produced by Simon van Vegten. The film was made to accompany the song of the same name from the upcoming Ayreon album, "01011001", which is scheduled for release on January 28 via InsideOut Music. The "Beneath The Waves" movie with 5.1 mix will be included as one of many bonus DVD features on "01011001".
"01011001"will be available in three editions:
- a regular two-CD edition with a 28 page booklet.
- a special edition: a box containing the regular 2CD edition and a bonus DVD.
- a deluxe limited edition, a DVD size fold-out case with embossed silver lettering on the slipcase. This edition contains the 2 CDs and a bonus DVD plus a 36 page booklet with additional artwork.
The following update was issued on Eluveitie's Mypace page:
"New song tonight!! 2008 is near - and the release of our new album "Slania" is coming closer!
While you've probably been enjoying your holidays we haven't been lazy, so here you go with some goodies for the start of the new year...
First of all: tonight, at 00:00 CET, we will upload a first song out of our new album "Slania", called 'Inis Mona'! (song available by clicking here).
You may want to enjoy the new new wave of folk metal on our new designed Myspace-page together with the final cover artwork for "Slania" (by clicking here), done by Manuel Vargaz (http://www.manvarle.com/).
More fine details have been posted on the Myspace blog of recently split Chicagoan extreme metal band Usurper. In November it was announced that a 10th anniversary re-release was in the works for the group's critically acclaimed CD EP 'Threshold of the Usurper'. Here are the specifics straight from the band's fingers:
"Greetings Warriors of Iron and Rust! This is just a quick update on the new Usurper album slated for early January 2008.
Actually it is not really a new album, it is a re-issue of our long out-of-print "Threshold of the Usurper" MCD. It does however have 2 unreleased tracks in addition to new killer artwork from JUHA VUORMA (Usurper: Skeletal Season/Autopsy fame), as well as never-seen-before photos, a 16 page booklet with extensive liner notes, and a new interview with founding members/songwriters Rick Scythe and General Diabolical Slaughter. This is a must have for anyone who followed Usurper over the years.
Sold Out Promotion has issued a press release stating that Marduk's show on 15 January 2008 which was suppose to take place at the Underworld Club in Athens has been cancelled.
The booking agency stated that the cancellation was from the band. The reasons were that the transportation of the band from Turkey to Athens via ferry is impossible and so there is no other option than to cancel the show.
German power metallers Mob Rules have been working on writing songs for the upcoming album since November. The band reports that almost half of the material has already been finished and the current work concentrates on three to four songs at the same time. Next May, the band will be back in the studio to record the next album. The album, with no title yet, will be released in late summer, after that the band heads for a brand new tour.
As many of you know, Middian received a cease and desist demand in October from Midian of Milwaukee LLC. This demand required Middian to stop using our name completely, stop selling our album, and further demanded that all of our recorded cds and albums be destroyed. Middian was served a cease and desist by a band that has never played outside of Wisconsin, hasn't put out a single record, or had a steady line up in the last 7 years. They hadn't even updated their website since year 2000, as of a few weeks ago. We played Milwaukee in May, and no one there even mentioned a local band Midian of one "d". Nor did one of their "fans" come to the show.
Prior to this demand, we had never heard of them. Upon further research into the group, we discovered they had not used their name or trademark in years or even played outside of Wisconsin, ever. Our initial response was that our bands could peacefully co-exist. Especially since we learned that our usage combined with their non-usage entitled us to the name, rendering their trademark useless. But we felt it would be wasting everyones time and money to send the issue to litigation. Besides, before the name Middian was chosen, a careful online search was done, proving that no other active unit had the same spelling.
Blabbermouth.net is reporting that former Emperor vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn has set "Angl" as the title of his second solo album, tentatively due mid-spring via Candlelight Records. The follow-up to 2006's "The Adversary" is "in its final completion stages now," according to a Candlelight press release.
Korpiklaani's next album entitled Korven Kuningas will be released 21 March 2008.
And on 14 February 2008 a CD single as well as a 7" picture vinyl will be released. The title for the single will be "Keep On Galloping" and it will contain the two songs "Keep On Galloping" and "Paljon On Koskessa Kiviä".
"Throughout the ages it has been under way. Life has carried itself. Carried secrets in itself... Carried life through life. Ourselves among the bearers. Together we have come from the unknown and are heading... This path begins somewhere and it will lead on to somewhere... to the finite and the endless, in ourselves and in those who will follow... The thirst for life spurs one to heave the fertility stone... to blow life's sparks into a roaring flame, to find answers in oneself to the most primeval roots that fall speechless before our questions. To questions that rise swords and let them fall again, feel harsh fangs and blow warmth to frozen hearts. A human being's questions to life. And the answers scour wild expanses and the frozen high seas, and roam among people and the inner flame...
Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie will release its new album, "Slania", in Germany on February 15, 2008. According to the band, the CD is "the perfection of the first album, but still there is enough room to give some new influences a chance. Expect nothing less than a masterpiece of hellish heavy folk metal with an 'x' factor!"
In other news, Eluveitie are confirmed for next years installment of the Summer Breeze festival - taking place August 14-16 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Other confirmed bands: Exodus, Paradise Lost, Ensiferum, Korpiklaani, Kataklysm and many more…
Circus Maximus has posted the following statement on their website:
"To all fans and friends in the states. We are sorry to say that we have to cancel the upcoming tour due to some major turn of events. The reason is that we have been offered to participate on a European tour as support for a bigger act. This is an opportunity that we can't say no to. We hope you all understand our decision and that we will see you all on tour, hopefully in the near future.
We would also like to throw a BIG thank you to Glenn, Hoyt, Lars and Claus at Intromental who has been working their asses of for the last 6 months . Without them a USA tour wouldn't even be possible . They even believed in the tour after Circle II Circle had to cancel and that is something that they should get a lot of credit for . Kudos to them!! They support and respect our decision and understand that this is a very important move for our career in Europe and a huge step for the band in general.
Swedish Melodic Death Metal outfit Unleashed recently announced the following on their website: "The result of the pre-production of the new album is very satisfying and we will enter the studio early January to record our 9th full length album. Title, release date and such will be posted on the website soon. The new Unleashed album will continue in the same victorious spirit as our previous album "Midvinterblot"."
MetalKult.com has just posted six MP3 audio files from a 1988 Death rehearsal.
In January 1988, the members of Death convened in Orlando, Florida, to rehearse six of the songs that would eventually wind up on the band's second and highly influential album, "Leprosy".
The tracks captured during that rehearsal are as follows:
01. Left To Die
02. Open Casket
03. Pull The Plug
04. Choke On It
05. Born Dead
06. Forgotten Past
The Death lineup at the time included guitarist/vocalist Chuck Schuldiner, guitarist Rick Rozz, bassist Terry Butler and drummer Bill Andrews.
Go to MetalKult.com to download these mp3s.
In other news, according to Blabbermouth.net, Death's classic 1995 album "Symbolic" will be reissued in March 2008 via Roadrunner Records. The remastered LP will include the original album tracks plus several previously unreleased, ultra-rare, mostly instrumental demo recordings that were completed in early 1994 with the lineup of Chuck Schuldiner (guitar), Gene Hoglan (drums) and Steve DiGiorgio (bass). The package will also come with brand new liner notes written by longtime metal journalist Don Kaye.