18:59 - Mattybu I hear that ATG is one of the best bands ever and being the fanboy I am I will enjoy their albums no matter what :P
18:53 - Ilham I hears you get a cave for each new ATG bought, along with a flash of neuralizer so you can appreciate it. [link]
18:48 - Mattybu I wish I had a cave and/or the new At the Gates album
18:42 - Ilham To your cave Joe, go spend some time with it and forget your expectations, silly.
18:17 - FotisKanios everyone expected the new s.o.t.s. with at the gates which is why most of them are dissapointed . if you spend some time with it (alone..in a cave lol) and actually dive into it . Boom . 8 !!!!!!!!hahaha
18:08 - MetalDoomMaster Yeah if I'm feeling masochistic I might try it again sometime.
18:06 - !J.O.O.E.! I managed one play of it. That should be enough for a life time :P
Philosophical drone-chanters Om have completed recording a 7" vinyl for Sub Pop records. The song "Gebel Barkal" is the first to feature new drummer Emil Amos. Furthermore, in case the four tracks on their latest release "Pilgrimage" were not enough for you, the psychedelic drone duo from San Francisco are planning yet another new full length to be released next year!
To keep you busy until then are their following tour dates, with more info at http://www.omvibratory.com
17/05 - Festival International de Musique Actuelle - Victoriaville, QC/Canada
30/05 - Parc del Forum - Barcelona/Spain
04/06 - Shibuya O Nest - Tokyo/Japan
05/06 - Huck Finn - Nagoya/Japan
06/06 - Sunsui - Osaka/Japan
Extreme metallers Belphegor have debuted the video of the title track of their forthcoming album "Bondage Goat Zombie" a few days ago, exclusively at MySpace Metal.
Helmuth commented: "The video to "Bondage Goat Zombie" delivers a four minute sound wall of total destruction and melodic riff explosions. The hymn relates to the Belphegor trademark of Satanism, the devils pact and BDSM. Veneratio Diaboli - Die Toten reiten Schnell (The Dead Ride Fast).
The title track "Bondage Goat Zombie" is distinguished in English, German and Latin, and contains some of the most aggressive vocal work I've ever unleashed. Belphegor will continue to keep the fucking devil and demonic spirit in Metal music alive, unleash more energy, and give the die-hard brothers and sisters ultimate hell."
Vocalist Martin Schönherr of Swedish Death metal band Deranged has posted the following news:
"Sad news… A couple of weeks ago Rikard Wermén (drums) decided to leave the band. He's been handling all of the bands correspondence (as well as any other matters concerning the band) the last 15 years and told us that he basically was fed up didn't wanted to do that any longer and therefore decided to leave the band. He's been doing a really great work and has always managed to squeeze in time to handle the bands business. He also said numerous times that he will stay and do whatever shows that was booked but wouldn't handle any correspondence and the likes, and even said if we managed to get a tour later this year, he would stay for that as well in case we hadn't managed to get a new drummer. Fair enough and we thank him eternally for that… Now, Johan Axelsson (guitar) said that he didn't wanted to do the booked shows and wanted to split the band up (coz of reasons unknown) which leaves me and Tomas Ahlgren (bass) no other choice then hereby say that we can't play the following festivals, therefor Deranged are from now on split up."
Brutality, vibe, precision, melody and violence carrying a message of life and death. This is Jesusmartyr, one of the best South American metal bands. A musical career of more than ten years, three albums, three European tours, three Brazilian tours and two live TV performances broadcasted to the entire Latin American continent by Much Music TV Network have given Jesusmartyr their well deserved good reputation.
Their latest album The Black Waters will be released in Europe in the beginning of this summer.
For more info and sound samples on JesusMartyr: http://www.myspace.com/jesusmartyr
System Of A Down guitarist, vocalist Daron Malakian's new band with SOAD drummer John Dolmayan, called Scars On Broadway, has released its first song, entitled "They Say". Check it out at this location.
Malakian is currently recording the debut album of the group, simply called "Scars On Broadway". So far, three other song titles have been announced, "Universe," "World Gone Wrong" and "3005." Daron has also said that fans should expect another Scars album before another SOAD album comes out.
More info on Scars On Broadway at http://www.myspace.com/scarsonbroadway.
In other SOAD news, vocalist Serj Tankian released his debut solo effort, "Elect the Dead", last October through Reprise Records.
In the latest issue of Finland's Soundi magazine, Stratovarius mainman Timo Tolkki reveals that he has formed a new band called Revolution Renaissance, which is believed to have been the working title of the now apparently aborted new Stratovarius album. The group's debut CD — which will feature guest appearances by Michael Kiske (vocals; Helloween), Pasi Rantanen (vocals; Thunderstone), Mirka Rantanen (drums; Thunderstone), Pasi Heikkilä (bass; 45 Degree Woman) and Tobias Sammet (vocals; Edguy) — is tentatively due this summer via Frontiers Records.
Michael Kiske indeed confirmed his participation on this CD saying that the songs and the lyrics are quite good. Michi recorded his lead-vocals for five complete songs, including the title-track "Revolution Renaissance".
Obituary have cancelled their upcoming tour with Dying Fetus, Origin, and Thy Will Be Done.
Here's a statement from the band: "We regret to inform you for reasons beyond our control we must cancel this May tour. We wanna thank everyone for their hard work and dedication for this tour and we WILL reschedule this for September 2008... look for updates."
Go to http://www.myspace.com/panzervader and listen to the new version of "Incarnation" taken from the upcoming anniversary album "XXV". The record will be unleashed at the end of May through Regain Records.
The album was specially recorded for Vader's 25th anniversary and features re-recorded songs from various periods of band's history. The album was entirely recorded, mixed and mastered at Hertz Studio with Wiesławscy Bros behind the helm, known from some previous Vader's productions as "The Art Of War" or "Impressions In Blood". The regular double disc edition of the album will feature 25 songs. Among famous Vader's hits as "Carnal", "Cold Demons", "Black To The Blind" you will find there one never officially published track "Tyrani Piekieł" from the very early days of the band. Special digi-pack edition of "XXV" will be released with additional DVD disc featuring bonus songs (Polish versions of "Trupi Jad" or "Reborn In Flames") and some historical rarities in the form of video footage recorded between 1986-2001!!! All the graphics and whole layout of "XXV" was designed by Jacek Wiśniewski, Polish graphic artist resposible for "Black To The Blind", "Litany", "Revelations" or "The Beast" cover arts.
3 Inches Of Blood's classic track "Trial Of Champions", known for raising many mosh-pits and tearing down many rooftops, is now part of its own digital EP that has been released online by Roadrunner Records. This exclusive digital EP called "Trial Of Champions" also includes an unheard b-side.
01. Trial Of Champions
02. In The Time Of Job When Mammon Was A Yippie
03. Key To Oblivion
In related news, 3 Inches Of Blood have made a video for the song, which can be watched at this location.
"The song is pretty much a classic underdog scenario where a downtrodden hero rises to overcome adversity," says 3IOB singer Cam Pipes. "The video shows what the hero must overcome to win his freedom."
The following has been annonced on the new Power Quest (PQ) website:
"As some of you may know, PQ bassist Steve Scott currently on extended vacation in New Zealand, we have decided to appoint a temporary bassist for live shows as Steve will be unable to commute for one/off shows and short tours. We are pleased to welcome Jon Hoare (Mercury Rain) into the PQ family and look forward to sharing a stage with him very soon."
Southern Lord Records announced the following update on Lurker Of Chalice on their website:
The debut album from Lurker of Chalice was originally released as a numbered, limited edition cd by Southern Lord. It immediately sold out and has now become a very sought after release. This re-issue features new packaging (a digi-pack) and a bonus track that was previously only available on the limited vinyl version. For those who are discovering this darkness for the first time, here are some words we wrote in regards to the original limited edition cd release:
'With Lurker of Chalice Wrest takes a nearly gothic approach to some of his vokills. Incorporating melodies and harmonies that although just as bleak as previous works, create a unique grim atmosphere that explores the subtle dynamics of darkness unlike anything hes' done in the past. The songs are all composed and solely performed by Wrest. Some of the songs are as reminiscent of: Fields Of The Nephilim (Elizium era) and Bauhaus as they are of black metal artists like: Blut Aus Nord, Emperor, or Burzum. Indeed it still reeks of Black Metal but this material drags you through new lows that are rarely reached by nowadays orthodox black metal acts.'
Shining posted the following news item on their MySpace:
"Shining are once again entering The Slaughterhouse on the 28th of April to start recording their 6th studio album. Rickard Bengtsson will once again produce now when his and Kvarforth's differences have been laid aside for professional reasons.
In other news, no bass-player have yet been found to fill the spot after Phil A. Cirone."
However, a short amount of time later they placed another news item saying:
"King Taking Over Phil's Bass Duties.
As we have not yet found any suitable replacement for Phil A. Cirone and the date of recording draws near we have decided to let T.C. King (Gorgoroth) take care of the bass duties on the coming album."