Following their triumphant West Coast tour this past December, Pacific Northwest metal band Agalloch will be embarking on a long-awaited East Coast run in support of their critically acclaimed album "Marrow Of The Spirit", one of the most celebrated metal releases of 2010. Likewise, Profound Lore Records recording artists Worm Ouroboros (also featuring Agalloch and Ludicra drummer Aesop Dekker) will serve as direct support to Agalloch on the tour.
Agalloch guitarist Don Anderson commented: "After seven years we are pleased to announce that we are returning to the East Coast for a series of performances with our good friends and fellow Profound Lore recording artists Worm Ouroboros. We'll also be playing dates in both select areas of the South and Canada. The last time we played on the East Coast was in February of 2004 with The Gathering and Novembers Doom. People can catch ongoing updates on the upcoming tour via our official Facebook page."
Norwegian doom metal band Syrach parted ways with drummer Adam Suleiman in October of 2010. The band has now issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer.
We are proud to announce the new addition to the Syrach crew. Jan Åge has decided to join our ranks, and will from now on take on the drumming. Jan Åge comes from the band Temple Sleep and has also toured together with Octavia Sperati amongst others.
We will also like to thank all the others for coming in for rehearsals and trying out. You have all been great, but there was really no doubt when the time to choose came.
We will now focusing on rehearsing the new material, so that we can start recording a new and great doom album, with the brand new line-up. All songs are made, but will now be shaped into the great Syrachian style! We will be ready to take on gigs as well, if anything comes along. So all; wish Jan Åge a warm and doomed welcome!
German heavy metal veterans Accept have revealed a short Russian/Belarus tour, scheduled for March this year.
Tour dates as follows:
March 7th 2011 - Belarus, Minsk - Palace of Sports
March 9th 2011 - Russia, Moscow - Milk
March 11th 2011 - Russia, Vladivostok - Golden Fish
March 12th 2011 - Russia, Ussuriysk - Extrim
March 13th 2011 - Russia, Nachodka - Diamond Concert Hall
English band Pythia has inked deal with Japanese "Spinning" Label in a 2 album deal.
The band announced: "We are delighted to announce that Pythia have signed with the Japanese "Spinning" label in a 2 album deal. Our debut album Beneath the Veiled Embrace will be released in Japan on 23rd February. As well as the original full UK release there will be 3 extra tracks, "Sarah" (Acoustic), "Tristan" (Acoustic) and the band's highly acclaimed cover of the Gary Moore song "Thunder Rising". These tracks were previously only available on our first two single releases, "Sarah" and "Army of the Damned". The album will also be packaged in brand new artwork.
Norwegian/Spanish gothic metal band Sirenia just updated their homepage in support of the band's brand new album The Enigma Of Life.
Furthermore, Sirenia announced the first festivals for 2011, Wacken Open Air (GER) and Masters Of Rock (CZ). More to be confirmed soon!
Quoted mastermind Morten Veland: "We are very excited these days as the release date for The Enigma Of Life is coming up. We are very eager to share the new album with all our fans. We just launched our new and updated website. Here we will keep all of you up to date on all future activities. Wacken Open Air and Masters Of Rock are already confirmed and more festivals will be announced soon. stay tuned! Cheers!"
Swedish band Katatonia have revealed the following update:
20 years of Katatonia going strong calls for a celebration and we'll be doing just that by throwing five very special anniversary gigs in Europe this coming May presented as the 'Last Fair Day Gone Night - An Evening With Katatonia' tour 2011.
We've decided to play the entire 'Last Fair Deal Gone Down' album front to back as that's the one album that got us true worldwide recognition for the first time, but 2011 is also the album's 10th anniversary so re-visiting this album seems more fitting than any other record we've done. A second set will follow that will see us play a mix of tracks from the rest of our catalogue. We'll be doing some fan favourites classics but also look into a couple of obscure B-sides and such that we've never or hardly played live before. Together you should get over two hours of live music on this last fair day gone night.
A press release from the people at Within Temptation:
"Faster and Faster and Faster", the lyrics of Within Temptation's new single set the pace for the exciting weeks to come.
The energy and adrenalin boasting song will receive its Worldwide Premiere on Guardian Media Group's 'Rock Radio' network in the United Kingdom on Friday January 21st at 9am GMT / 10am CET. Fans worldwide can tune in online to hear the single at Rock Radio (Those in Manchester can tune in at 106.1 FM and Scotland 96.3FM).
Robert comments: "Faster" is a song which surprised ourselves. It's a very fresh new sound wrapped around the 80'ties heart and soul of the track. "Faster" reflects one of the many musical roots we have. Combined with the modern influences on our new album, it's like the past and future created the present."
So according to the website of Poland's pride and joy, Behemoth, front man Adam "Nergal" Darski has apparently kicked Leukemia in the crotch. He left the hospital and will be spending the next several months chilling in his cave somewhere in the area of Gdansk, continuing his recuperation process, playing guitar, and doing 5,000 piece puzzles with his main squeeze, Doda. From the band's website:
NERGAL RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL!
posted 2011-01-19 by Manticore
(Nergal's quotes in italics)
We are happy and relieved to inform you, that Nergal left the hematology division of Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne (UCK) in Gdansk on Monday, January 17th, four weeks after he underwent a bone marrow transplant procedure. Below you can find his comment:
Protest The Hero will release their third studio album, Scurrilous, on March 22 on Vagrant Records in the US and Universal Music Canada. Scurrilous is the follow up to the 5-piece band's, critically acclaimed 2008 sophomore release, Fortress, and reunites the band with producer Julius "Juice" Butty. Scurrilous will be available for pre-order in the first week of February at www.protestthehero.com.
Protest The Hero will begin their world tour with dates in Europe and the UK from January 26th through February 12th supporting Darkest Hour. Following an appearance at Australia's 2011 Soundwave Festival, the band will begin an extensive Canadian and US tour March 23 with support acts Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster and Tesseract. The Canadian leg of the tour will be sponsored by D-Tox Clothing.
Belphegor have decided to give you a first glimpse of what's to come with Blood Magick Necromance on January 14th. You can now check out the track "Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Sathan" exclusively at MySpace.
More Blood Magick Necromance album details can be found here.
"Blood Magick Necromance", a brand new song from Austrian metallers Belphegor, is available for streaming at this location.
"Blood Magick Necromance" is the title track off the band's forthcoming album, Blood Magick Necromance, which was released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe (February 8th, 2011 in North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Dubai based death-thrashers Nervecell have set Psychogenocide as the title of their long-awaited new album, due for release late March 2011 in Europe through Lifeforce Records and Spellbind Records for the Middle East. The artwork has been a concept, which the band have been working on for quite a while they are extremely proud of how it has turned out, perfectly matching the aggression and musical direction of the new album. The artwork was designed by Killustrations (Aborted, Severe Torture, Zyklon) and can be viewed below.
Psychogenocide is scheduled to be mixed and mastered at Hertz Studios (Behemoth, Decapitated, Vader) in Warsaw, Poland by the Wieslawscy Bros. This will mark the follow-up to Nervecell's first full-length Preaching Venom which was released on October 26th 2009 via Lifeforce Records. The new songs are sounding aggressive, fast and dark! The fans can expect a heavy dosage of old-school death metal, modern thrash metal, intertwined with a touch of Eastern melodies and brutality.