18:38 - Maco Guys I just found some great old-school thrash metal band from the 80's. Totally underrated, even if the drum is not that good. [link]
16:57 - Cynic Metalhead Done the dissertation part. It's very hard. But, when you get rewarded - it feels awesome.
16:23 - mz thanks Mary. I have not started yet :P. @ K7 I really don't think that it will be a good idea
16:15 - Bad English you can pay me I can write, I did write for others when I was studiing and get money. one time it was negative mark, because teacher hated that guy
16:13 - Mary No Thesis writing is really the hardest thing to do in life. I wish you luck.
16:06 - mz his first name was Yves maybe. I'm not sure, just guessing from his email. There is an institusion in Belgium that the guy works as researcher/ professor in it.
16:04 - Erik M. mz, I'm unaware of anyone in my family being a professor, hahaha. Would be funny if he actually would be family of mine, though. :P What's his first name? But my last name is not THAT uncommon in this country, for the record.
"The time has come for our first proper headline gig in London. Come and see us at The Unicorn on the 7th March performing a 90 minute set. Most tracks of our latest album, as well as selected tracks from the band's back catalogue will be performed. Support will be provided by promising atmospheric blacksters Crom Dubh. Entrance is FREE so don't miss this unique opportunity!"
Italian metallers Elvenking have issued the following update:
"Those who already saw the band in action on stage in the last year will recognize Rafahel, who already played a lot of gigs with the band around Italy and Europe."
The band adds: "We are happy and excited to have Rafahel on board with us. We have been playing with him for more than a year now, and we decided to make his role official inside Elvenking". We're sure that Rafahel's amazing guitar technique and masterdom will be a great weapon to take advantage of in the songwriting of the next Elvenking album."
Norwegian metallers Trail Of Tears have issued the following update:
"We would like to tell you all that Trail Of Tears' sixth studio album, "Bloodstained Endurance", is now recorded, mixed, mastered and thus completed! The band as well as producer Terje Refsnes have worked our asses off for the past few months and while sitting here listening to the end result we can't help but feel that we have outdone ourselves and managed to create something quite special. That's right, we said it! "Bloodstained Endurance", ladies and gentlemen, will be released through Napalm Records in the near future. Exact date will be revealed shortly. In the meantime, here is the tracklisting for you:
Sweden's masters of kick-ass heavy metal Wolf are about to return in full metallic glory with their brand-new album "Ravenous" cover artwork]. As a first glimpse at what to expect of the highly anticipated new effort the song "Curse You Salem" has now been posted at MySpace, bang your head on this one!
The band reveals more about the track: "'Curse You Salem' is a genuine Wolf song. We think it's got all the elements our listeners demand from us and we're certain our fans will listen to it and go "Hell yes, that's Wolf"! We felt that while writing it, and bringing it to life while recording it was a blast. It will most certainly be included in our live-set. The song deals with the witch hunts that took place in Salem, Massachusetts somewhat 300 years ago and the lyrics are written according to actual events as well as real people connected to the events that took place. This song & topic fits Wolf like a spiked wristband on Kerry King!"
Taken straight from the band's website, Lord Belial issued the following statement:
"January 2009; Lord Belial has quit all their activities. All future gigs are cancelled. We would like to thank all fans, bands we have played with, labels, organizers and everyone involved in the band for the past 17 years!
The main reason for this is the hearing problem (tinnitus) that has grown into a quite big problem for Micke Backelin the last years... The other members in the band were not forced to put an end to the band but instead they mutually agreed that finding another drummer was not a solution for the future. Anyhow, if Micke's hearing will be at least a little bit recovered after a break from music and especially live appearances for some time, we really hope that we can continue where we ended.
"Painstained", the new Entwine album, is now available for streaming online for 3 days only. You can listen to the whole thing at this location. As announced by the band earlier, the album release was postponded two weeks, and it will be released on January 28 via Spinefarm Records instead.
"Painstained" cover art looks like this, and the tracklist is as follows:
01. Soul Sacrifice
03. Dying Moan
04. Beautifully Confined
05. Lost In My Denial
06. Greed of Mankind
07. Dead By Silence
09. Caught By Desire
10. Say Goodbye
Blood Red Throne will embark on a US mini-tour in March. Support on the tour will come from American death metallers Abysmal Dawn.
March 23 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
March 24 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
March 25 - Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
March 26 - San Francisco, CA @ Annie's Social Club
March 27 - Portland, OR @ Satyricon
March 28 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
March 30 - Denver, CO @ BLueBird THeater
March 31 - Farmington, NM @ Gators
Danko Jones have issued the following statement through their newsletter:
"We have now uploaded the first 4 songs from the upcoming album "B-Sides" on our MySpace. We will continue to upload a new song from the album every day until the release of the album (a total of 27 tracks!), and deleting the oldest so there's always 4 new songs from the album in the playlist. So, keep checking back to the MySpace page every day for a new song. If you want to download a free mp3 of the track "My Time Is Now" from the album, head over to Bad Taste Records homepage or click here."
Everything you want to know about the band is only click away: http://www.myspace.com/dankojones.
Brachial metal outfit Belphegor are in the final stages of the writing process for their upcoming, as of yet untitled album, the follow up to 2008's "Bondage Goat Zombie".
Posted by Helmuth on the official site: "Yeah, brothers and sisters, currently we're working on nine sound collages. We started directly in April 2008 after the "Bondage Goat Zombie" release, to create the new compositions/arrangements for the eight Werk, 6sikk6 songs basically completely finished. Words can't really describe how enthusiastic and motivated we are, to get into the studio and record this monster, it feels great to be creative again. Nefastus will be responsible for the drums on that album, he also blasted on "Pestapokalypse VI". He is an old friend to the Belphegor family. We rehearse day and night since December to make it as tight and monumental as possible, stay tuned demons... hell awaits!"
In February Southern Lord will proudly release the vinyl only version of the new Wolves In The Throne Room EP entitled "Malevolent Grain" cover art], featuring two brand new tracks from the Pacific Northwest organic black metallers. Conspiracy Records will offer a limited edition picture disc of the 12″ for Europe, while Southern Lord will release a black 180-gram version worldwide. Additionally the band will press a limited CD version for tour purposes only. The EP features the band's newly designed logo crafted by renowned artist Christophe Szpajdel, designer of black metal band logos for Kult Ov Azazel, Emperor, Moonspell and other international acts.
The third WITTR full-length "Black Cascade" will follow, to be released on March 31st on Southern Lord Records. More info will follow soon on this wholly organic black-drone masterwork. Both the EP and the full-length were recorded to 2-inch tape by Randall Dunn and Mell Dettmer in Seattle this Winter. The new recordings are the first to feature their new guitar player Will Lindsay (Middian) who had previously served as the band's touring bass player, in addition to longtime members, brothers Nathan and Aaron Weaver.
Swedish grindcore outfit General Surgery have scheduled the following US tour dates:
May 09 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory (Los Angeles Murderfest 5.0)
May 10 - Phoenix, AZ @ The PHiX (with Ghoul)
May 11 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Blue Lagoon (with Ghoul)
May 12 - Oakland, CA @ Your House (with Ghoul)
May 13 - Portland, OR @ Satyricon (with Engorged, Funerot)
May 14 - Olympia, WA @ T.B.A. (with Engorged, Funerot)
May 22-24 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest VII)
Vocalist Mike DiMeo (ex-Riot) has confirmed he parted ways with Masterplan. On a blog on his MySpace he writes as follows:
"I did some really cool session work and have a bunch of releases slated for 2009 of which I am really looking forward to. One of them is with Australian band "Ilium" and I am really happy with how it turned out. I also do want to confirm that I am no longer working with the Masterplan guys, although I have nothing but profound respect for them and continue to wish them nothing but success in the future." (Read the whole message here)
Although Masterplan has yet to announce a replacement for DiMeo, guitarist Roland Grapow wrote in an online posting in November that the band had commenced the recording sessions for a new studio album, which is tentatively expected in May/June via AFM Records.
"All The Tears", the new animated video from French metallers Gojira has been made available online. "All The Tears" comes off the Gojira's latest album, entitled "The Way Of All Flesh", which was released on October 13, 2008 via Listenable Records. The clip was directed and made by Spanish artist Jossie Malis.
Drummer Mario Duplantier comments: "We first came accross Jossie's work with his astounding animated films: Bend It To Machine and we really liked the way he told stories in a very mysterious and unusual manner. His enigmatic animations deal with serious issues and are yet always permeated with a sense of poetry. We, as music writers, are trying to mix very different emotional atmospheres. We are happy to present a visual/audio work that gathers the sort of brutality of our music with the sensibility of his drawings."