As indecisive as a five-year-old in a toy store, Kekal - the so-called clinically dead metal band from Indonesia - have confirmed a new album is planned for 2010. When avantgarde becomes beyond the grave.
"Good News! Kekal is NOT dead, and it is proven that new songs are currently in the production.
After speculations about the current status of Kekal following the departures of all band members last year, it is confirmed that a new Kekal studio album is planned for 2010.
The new album will be some sort of "collective effort". It means that all 3 former key members (Jeff, Azhar Levi and Leo) have contributed in making "the whole art-form in one package", while not limited only on the music side. Levi is currently making the entire artwork for the album and Jeff is producing the music. Two songs will also have Leo's guitar works.
Norwegian metallers Ragnarok have posted online two new songs, "Collectors Of The King" and "In Honour Of Satan", on their MySpace page.
The two new songs come off the band's forthcoming album, Collectors Of The King, which is scheduled for release on March 22 via Regain Records.
Collectors Of The King cover art] tracklist:
02. Stabbed By The Horns
03. Burning The Earth
04. In Honour Of Satan
05. Collectors Of The King
06. Eternal Damnation
07. The Ancient Crown Of Glory
08. May Madness Hunt You Down
09. Wisdom Of Perfection
10. Maze Of The Abyss
Set Sail To Mystery, the fourth album from The Vision Bleak, is going to contain the following tracks:
01. A Curse Of The Grandest Kind
02. Descend Into Maelstrom
03. I Dined With The Swans
04. A Romance With The Grave
05. The Outsider
06. Mother Nothingness (The Triumph Of Ubbo Sathla)
07. The Foul Within
08. He Who Paints The Black Of Night
The Vision Bleak will also record an alternative version of "I Dined With The Swans" entirely sung by Kvarforth (Shining), which fathoms the morbid atmosphere of the track even further.
Guitarist Paolo Puppo from underground Italian Gothic metallers Will 'O' Wisp has announced they will enter Nadir Recording Studios in Genova any time soon. Will 'O' Wisp will be recording their third album after eight years of silence, following the release of Enchiridion (1997) and Unseen (2002). The album will be entitled Kosmo and will feature Filippo Oinos on drums (ex-Sadist, Thy-Nature). The record will also be produced by Sadist keyboard/guitar player Tommy Talamanca.
The underground band (no use for a MySpace page) is said to have had a large consensus all around Europe at the end of the 90's among goth-death metallers with their releases.
Sonic Syndicate are all set to enter the studio to "make their new monster", as the band delicately put it. The Swedish metallers will be recording the new album with producer Toby Wright. The new Sonic Syndicate monster is eagerly anticipating an April 2010 release, but in the meantime you can follow the band's studio endeavors on their blog, available at this location.
In other news, Sonic Syndicate have confirmed some Russian tour dates for April 2010. The band will be heading east starting off in Tallinn, Estonia on April 1st continuing into the Russian Federation for an extensive 10 show tour.
Shows that have been confirmed so far are:
April 1- Tallinn @ Rock Cafe
April 2 - Saint Petersburg @ Orlandina
And the award for epic fail of the week goes to...
Never afraid to stir things up a little, Sludge metal act Weedeater are forced to postpone upcoming tour dates and album recordings, after Dave "Dixie" Collins having a little accident. Apparently the ex-Buzzov*en and Bongzilla vocalist/bassist shot himself in the foot while cleaning a (loaded) shotgun. Classic.
With a sense of humor, the rest of the band posted the following statement: "As most of you know, here in the Weedeater camp we pride ourselves on a long tradition of shooting our band in the proverbial foot right before we're supposed to do something important. Whether it's a big tour, a recording session, or whatever else we're supposed to do, invariably we will find some way to try and thwart our grandiose plans. Well, it's no different for this recording session, except that this time we really did shoot ourselves in the foot.
Finnish power metallers Olympos Mons have decided to chuck it in and broke up after nearly eight years of existence. The band released the following last words on their MySpace:
"The road has come to an end! Olympos Mons will play their last gig on 30.1.2010 in Ekenäs, a nearby town to their hometown Hanko. The reason for the split up is part personal problems and part due to some band members lack of interest in committing themselves enough to the band.
Still, some of us like myself will continue in other projects so watch out for us you have not seen the last of us yet.
To the fans: thanks for supporting us all these years, we're forever greatful for that!"
"I Won't Tell You", the new video from Italian metallers Lacuna Coil, has been made available online. The clip was helmed by acclaimed Italian director Saku, who previously worked with the band on the "Spellbound" video.
"I Won't Tell You" comes off the band's latest album, Shallow Life, which was released on April 2009 via Century Media Records.
Finnish metallers Amoral have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"For the past months it has been unclear whether or not Silver would continue in the band, and now he has made up his mind to leave. Apparently he didn't feel motivated enough to be part of Amoral anymore, as well as wanting to concentrate on other things in life.
As bothersome as it is to lose a band member we've been working with since the very beginning, we're not going to let this affect our own enthusiasm and the future of Amoral. Valtteri Hirvonen will be our "permanent stand-in guitarist" for the time being, so he'll be joining us on gigs and helping out with the songwriting process (he did a great job on the European tour by the way, so we're more than happy to have the guy with us).
"Sentenced Morning", the new video from Brazilian metallers Krisiun, has been made available online. The clip was filmed and edited by Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez (Morbid Angel, Terrorizer, Unholy Ghost, live sound for Nile) during the band's latest European tour.
"Sentenced Morning" comes off the band's latest album, Southern Storm, which was released on July 2008 via Century Media Records.
Greek melodic metal act Firewind have posted a statement regarding a recent line-up change in the light of the band's upcoming live shows in Mexico:
"Firewind has decided to part ways with drummer Mark Cross due to personal differences. We thank Mark for his work and contribution to Firewind and wish him good luck in the future. Behind the kit, for the upcoming Mexico shows will be Michael Ehre (Uli Jon Roth, Metalium, Kee Marcello, etc.). Michael's a beast, a truly fantastic player with years of experience next to top musicians and bands and we're very happy to have him on board! You can check Michael out here."
Firewind is currently working hard on their new studio album release which is expected to surface via Century Media Records later this year.
Swedish metallers Scarpoint (featuring ex-General Surgery drummer Erik Thyselius) have uploaded two teaser clips on their MySpace page. The songs, entitled "Only Truth" and "The Extinct" are off the band's upcoming sophomore album The Mark of Sanity which is scheduled for release sometime in June. More details are expected to be announced soon.
Shining vocalist Niklas "Kvarforth" Olsson has recorded vocals for a track on the forthcoming Torturmantra album from Norwegian Black Metallers Gravdal. The track, "Mishandlet", was recorded in Sweden at the Erebus Odora studios and produced by Peter Bjärgö. Torturmantra, is due for release on Unexploded Records in early 2010, and will be the second full-length album from Gravdal, whose debut album Sadist was released in 2008.
According to the band, Torturmantra will be a huge step forward in Gravdal's development: "You will still be able to find the madness that was apparent on Sadist but our song writing skills have developed considerably since we produced that album, and our new material has much more depth and variety to it, both in sound and concept. Kvarforth's handling of the vocals on the "Mishandlet" track caught us completely by surprise. It's a very different song for us, more along the lines of a Black Metal "ballad", and his whole approach to it, and his delivery, is amazing. The track deals with abuse, and he conjures up a terrifying atmosphere of pain and suffering".
Australian hard rockers Airbourne will tour Canada in support of their upcoming No Guts, No Glory. The band will fill the opening slot for the notorious glam rockers of Mötley Crüe. The tour schedule is below:
23.01.2010 - CAN, Victoria, BC - Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
24.01.2010 - CAN, Vancouver, BC - GM Place
26.01.2010 - CAN, Calgary, AB - Pengrowth Saddledome
27.01.2010 - CAN, Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
28.01.2010 - CAN, Regina, SK - Brandt Centre
29.01.2010 - CAN, Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
01.02.2010 - CAN, London, ON - John Labatt Centre
02.02.2010 - CAN, Quebec City, QC - Colisee Pepsi
04.02.2010 - CAN, Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
05.02.2010 - CAN, Montreal, QC - Bell Centre