According to a recent news update on the Power Metallers' website, the new Metalium album will be titled "Incubus". The release is planned for Jan/Feb 2008. You can check out a preview of the album by clicking here.
01. Trust (Intro)
05. Take Me Higher
06. Never Die
07. At Armageddon
09. Meet Your Maker
As indicated by the band, "Incubus" is carrying on the heavy style and touches very realistic themes like the controversy of the church and "the evil". The title song "Incubus" is an epic song of over 8 minutes and original phrases of an exorcism process were used to give the song an extra authentic feel.
Candlelight Records have issued the following press release:
"In the 18 months since the release of their debut album "Transcendental", To-Mera have already forged forward to sit amongst the cream of the progressive metal crop. Prestigious support slots with the likes of Dream Theater and Emperor, plus numerous high profile European festival performances have proved that there was a great deal of substance to the band's initial hype.
Now with their second album "Delusions", To-Mera have once again pushed their musical ideas forward to ever greater heights. All the elements present on the last album have been greatly expanded upon. The music displays a much broader range of moods, tempos and dynamics, ranging from fragile subtlety to epic bombast via everything in between. The result is a more sophisticated, melodic and coherent album, teeming with massively heavy riffing, challenging rhythms and jaw-dropping technicality. The vocals of front woman Julie Kiss have become substantially more versatile and powerful, taking on a jazzier tone that befits the more adventurous musical output. To-Mera have succeeded in creating a daring and forward-thinking metal album, defined by a belief that the term "progressive" is not simply a genre tag.
According to Headbanger's Blog, Veteran New Jersey Thrash band Overkill will release their second DVD, "Live at Wacken Open Air 2007," on February 5.
The 50-minute disc was shot during the band's headline set at the festival in front of an audience of 40,000, and will feature songs that span Overkill's 28 year career, including "Walk Through Fire" from the group's new disc "Immortalis" (which came out October 9), "Rotten To The Core," "Elimination," "Fuck You," "In Union We Stand," "Necroshine," "Skull And Bones" "Old School" and "Wrecking Crew."
The show was previously released as the bonus DVD in the German digipack version of Immortalis. Overkill's last DVD, "Wrecking Everything: Live" came out in 2002 and was re-released October 2.
Belgian Black Metal band Enthroned have posted the following statement on their official website:
"Due to some problems with the organisation of the tour, Enthroned has no other choice than to pull off the current tour after the date in Belgium (28/11). Most of what was promised never actually happened, creating severe tensions between the band and the tour promoter. As well some health problems occured due to the lame state and insalubrity of the tour bus. Enthroned would like to apology towards the fans for something that is beyond our control."
Canadian Death Metal devastators Kataklysm have posted the following news on the band's website:
"After sending shockwaves across Europe this last Sept/Oct, one of the most succesfull combination has joined forces once again. Kataklysm and Behemoth have joined forces for a quick European tour that will hit mainly the UK and Iberia (Spain/Portugal). The band will also introduce a new song from their upcoming album "Prevail" due out May 2008."
Comments frontman and singer Maurizio Iacono:
"We were planning on coming back to the UK in 2008, since the dates went so well there and the crowds were so killer. Then we found out our friends in Behemoth were gonna be there at the same time as well, so we decided to join forces. Last run was intense as fuck, both bands feeding off each other's live energy every night. This time it wont be any different. I salute Nergal and co. and wait for another killer run to arrive"
"Good news for you British folk... This will be a FULL PRODUCTION with actors, film, etc. Soon we'll be offering a special Fan Club VIP package on our website, so stay tuned. Until then, here are the new dates:"
06.13.2008 Glasgow Academy UK
06.14.2008 Newcastle City Hall UK
06.15.2008 Leeds University UK
06.17.2008 Manchester Academy UK
06.18.2008 Wolverhampton Civic Hall UK
06.20.2008 Norwich UEA UK
06.21.2008 Cambridge Corn Exchange UK
06.22.2008 London Indigo UK
06.24.2008 Bristol Colston Hall UK
06.25.2008 Southhampton Guildhall UK
Queensrÿche was recently forced to pull out of a UK tour with Thin Lizzy "due to a personal emergency". Read the full statement at http://www.queensryche.com.
Santa Cruz, CA's very own death metal masters Brain Drill have just announced the track listing for their Metal Blade debut, "Apocalyptic Feasting"! The band has also released the artwork for their 2/05/08 release and did a complete overhaul of their MySpace page! Check out the cover art and the band's MySpace page here.
Track listing for "Apocalyptic Feasting":
02. The Parasites
03. Apocalyptic Feasting
04. Swine Slaughter
05. Forcefed Human Shit
06. Consumed By The Dead
08. Bury The Living
09. The Depths Of Darkness
10. Sadistic Abductive
If you're in CA, be sure to catch the band on one of their West Coast stops! Brain Drill will be touring the US in support of their upcoming album so be sure to keep an eye on their site and the Metal Blade site for more info!
Australian Power Metal band Ilium have announced the departure of vocalist "Lord" Tim Grose on their MySpace page:
"As the release for "Vespertilion" draws near (should be next Dec 07), we now find ourselves needing to make an announcement. Lord Tim, who has worked with us since our first EP and sung lead vocals on our last two albums, will not be continuing with Ilium on future projects. We had all hoped that he would be able to sing on the next Ilium (originally he was only going to be helping us out on "Permian Dusk" and "Vespertilion", for which we're very grateful and overawed by his amazing performances on those) and it was going to be a case of trying to fit Ilium into his increasingly packed schedule. As fans of "Lord and Dungeon" ourselves we certainly did not want to make an impact on the time Tim could allocate to them and with several other personal projects in the pipeline it is only natural that he had neither the time or energy to commit to someone else's
Rusty Cage Records, the label for Netherlands-based metallers Defender, has issued the following update:
"20 years after releasing their debut "City Ad Mortis", Defender will start recording their first full length CD. They will start recording in Holland's Legacy Studios the second week of December. The album will be released summer 2008."
Moonspell are working on the yet untitled follow up to the largely acclaimed "Memorial", and they are pre-producing it in Portugal with Waldemar Sorychta (Wolfheart, Irreligious, Sin, Memorial) this November from the 16th to the 30th.
Studio is booked now for January 2008 at Antfarm in Denmark with Tue Madsen who worked with the band on the re-recordings of the EP and the demos. "Under Satanae" collected ravishing response and review everywhere and it even charted in their home country (number #12) where they played an one off show in Lisbon Coliseum whose setlist was comprised of all titles of this release to 3500 surrendered fans.
On related news, Fernando Ribeiro, Moonspell singer has just finished translating "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson to Portuguese, it's the first time it's printed in his native language. He commented on it: "Hard work but a pleasant time inside Robert's Neville boarded house and mind" The major motion picture with Will Smith is coming out on 12/14/07, two weeks later in Portugal and the book is coming out on the 5th of the same month. Check the trailer at YouTube.com.
The following message was posted on the website of Celtic Frost:
"There exist countless Hellhammer demo bootlegs, but they all utterly fail to capture the true aura, to represent the band as it actually was. They have been compiled from dismal multi-generation copies of the original tapes, and they are invariably riddled with factual and historical errors or outright lies. Former Hellhammer members Tom Gabriel Fischer, Martin Eric Ain, and Steve Warrior have decided to rectify this situation once and for all. "Demon Entrails" is the first official release of the legendary Hellhammer demos "Death Fiend"/"Triumph of Death" and "Satanic Rites" since the original limited cassette editions in 1983.
Guitarist Nick Orlando from US Funeral Doom band Evoken has updated their MySpace page with the following blog:
"Greetings, everybody....Hope your Thanksgiving was good and the gravy was flowing fast & free!!! Anyway, on to the important news.....
First and foremost, we would like to introduce & welcome our new keyboard player into the fold, Don Zaros. He is a very talented musician with a lot of knowledge regarding this type of music...which is exactly what we were looking for. Evoken has started practicing again as a full band (finally) after a lengthy layoff and initial rehearsals have been very promising.
Secondly, the new Evoken album has arrived, so we will be able to take care of all orders from here on out. Apologies to all those who've emailed me the last 1-2 weeks and were turned away, I just didn't want to start taking pre-orders and have something else go wrong (knowing the luck this band usually has). Now they are in my hands, so all is well.