Finnish power metallers Twilightning entered Astia Studio in Lappeenranta, Finland last week to begin recording their third album for an early 2007 release via Spinefarm Records. "We finished the drums ten songs . . . and the recordings will continue on the 20th of this month in Music-Bros. studio in Imatra with Miitri Aaltonen," the group writes on its web site.
Twilightning 's last release was the "Bedlam" EP which was recorded at Astia and was mixed at the Finnvox facility in Helsinki.
Twilightning 's sophomore full-length album, "Plague-House Puppet Show", was issued in 2004.
Seattle metallers Metal Church have uploaded tue original 1983 demo recordings of the songs "Hitman" and "Deathwish" (both instrumental and with David Wayne's vocals), along with two other early works. Click here to read the history of these songs as well as download them.
A trailer for the upcoming Finnish movie "Vares 2", featuring music from the Finnish metal band Norther, has been posted online at this location. The Norther members also appear in the film, which is based on a best-selling Finnish detective book series. It will be released in Finnish theaters in January 2007.
Swedish black metallers Marduk have now confirmed that their upcoming studio album will be the band's final effort to feature drummer Emil Dragutinovic. A source close to Emil stated that the drummer officially quit the group on November 1 but has agreed to perform on the new CD as a session musician (but only "if he gets paid upfront").
Marduk will enter Endarker studio in December 2006/January 2007 to begin recording the new CD for an April 2007 release. A "massive" tour will follow.
Several video clips of Nevermore performing at the Esplanade Hotel in Melbourne, Australia on October 28 have been posted online at YouTube.com here.
Nevermore filmed its performance at the Zeche club in Bochum, Germany October 11 for its first-ever DVD, tentatively due in early 2007. The concert was originally slated to take place September 12 but had to be rescheduled after Nevermore vocalist Warrel Dane came down with an infection.
Nevermore also filmed its headlining performance on August 25 at the Studio Seven in Seattle, Washington for the upcoming DVD. The planned double-DVD set will also contain a full Nevermore documentary, live footage from throughout the band's career, all of their promotional videos and more extras.
Swedish Gothic metallers Beseech, who recently announced their decision to split up after over 15 years in the business, will play their final gig on December 15 at Trägårn in their hometown of Borås, Sweden. More info - in Swedish - can be found here.
The band has also revealed plans to release a DVD in early 2007 containing a remixed live show (with 5.1 Surround Sound) and "tons of material" from various concerts, studio sessions, backstage footage and "other crazy things that happen on tour."
Finnish Heavy Metal band Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus have called it quits according to Noise.fi. The band went on a definite hiatus in the fall of 2004 after recording "Hartes Land" but have now decided that it was time to split. The group's members have individual projects in Seppo Alvari & Mamboo Kings, Dark Days Ahead, and Where Victims Lie. Timo Rautiainen is leading member of the Finnish Heavy Metal band Lyijykomppania.
Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus was one of the first bands which brought metal with Finnish lyrics to mainstream in their home country.
A full report, translated from Finnish, can be found at this location.
Sweden's Soilwork has replaced Six Feet Under (who cancelled) as the headliner of the X-mas Festivals tour, which is schedule to kick off early December. Also scheduled to appear are Gorefest, Belphegor, Trail Of Tears and Darzamat. The dates are as follows:
Dec. 08 - D - Berlin @ K17
Dec. 09 - D - Engeldorf (Leipzig) @ Hellraiser
Dec. 10 - A - Wien @ Planet Music
Dec. 11 - D - München @ Backstage
Dec. 12 - CH - Pratteln @ Z7
Dec. 13 - D - Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
Dec. 14 - D - Frankfurt @ Batschkapp
Dec. 15 - FR - Strasbourg @ La Latterie
Dec. 16 - BE - Antwerpen @ Hof Ter Loo
Dec. 17 - NL - Tilburg @ 013
Dec. 18 - D - Essen @ Zeche Carl
Dec. 19 - FR - Paris @ La Locomotive
As some of you probably already knew, Moonspell won MTV Europe's award for Best Portuguese Act last week, competing with multi-platinum Hip - Hop and Pop bands. This is the first time in history that a Metal band has won this award! The band has issued the following statement online:
"We won MTV Euro awards for best Portuguese act and wish to dedicate it to all people around the world who voted for us and helped Moonspell to become a stronger band and Portuguese Metal more known to the abroad scene! Thank you a million moons!!!"
Moonspell continue to tour in support of their new album "Memorial" which was released earlier this year through SPV / Steamhammer. The appropriately dubbed "Nocturnal Mourning" tour with special guests Katatonia and Daylight Dies.
Fans of The Gathering can now download live footage of the band performing 'Waking Hours' at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, Holland. Go to this location to check it out. The complete live show is still available at Fabchannel.com.
In other news, drummer Hans Rutten and his girlfriend are the proud parents of Bastiaan, who was born on October 20th, 2006 at 11:40am. Bastiaan was 49 cm for 3,07 kg. Mother, father and son are doing fine.
Norther will be holding their legendary Fuck X-Mas Party 2006 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland on December 8th.
Doors open at 8:00pm, tickets are €3. Admission includes cloakroom use and "some free beverages." According to the band's website no tickets will be sold in advance.
"Therion had planned to use the same singers from the latest album also live, but unexpectedly, we are one soprano short. We're right now checking our contacts for a replacement, but thought we might surprise a bit and actually do like Nightwish did and let people we don't know also apply for the job.
So what's the deal?
If you get the job, you will be one out of 4 vocal soloists on stage and you will do all concerts on the upcoming Therion World Tour 2007.
Payment per show will be the same as a regular member of the band and you will travel, live and perform on the same terms as the rest of us.
If you're so damn good that we get stunned when we hear you, it doesn't matter where on the planet you live - we will fly you in for each tour and separate show. But of course it is a plus the closer you live to Stockholm.
Next week Folk/Power Metallers Elvenking will fly to Germany to Gernhart studios to record the drums for the band's next album. All the drum parts have been checked and everything's ready for recording. "Zender is hitting as hell and the groove is already there!" says the band. Elvenking will stay in Germany until the drumming is completed, and from there travel back to Italy to work on the last arrangements and lyrics. After that Nino Laurenne of Sonic Pump studios will set the basic sounds of the album and the other recording sessions will start.
Elvenking also says that they'll give updates as often as they can, with studio reports, pictures from their recording sessions as well as videos.