16:43 - Apothecary That was always my one issue with them too, flight, as good as everything else is. I think they're putting out a new album this year though, so I'm curious to see if that gets changed in any way
16:39 - flightoficarus Really digging Vattnet Viskar, except for the vocals. Too much distortion, not enough presence.
16:39 - Apothecary Damn, nobody had added Mr. Bungle until today? Glad that atrocity got cleared up
16:23 - Hex_Omega Journey to the deepest corners of your mind [link]
15:56 - Timmeh Played through RE4 for the first time a month ago and was absolutely astonished, one of the best gaming experiences of my life.
15:32 - J. N. Red: By the end of the game, you can shoot him with no consequences.
Mens Rea, the Israeli Hard Rock/Grunge group, have filmed another new video. The new video clip for the band's 2nd single, entitled "Talentless", is now available. The video consists of live photos of the band's shows over the last year and a half. The video was created by Itay Miron and features pictures of Sigal Izak.
Autumnhour - featuring vocalist Alan Tecchio (Hades, Watchtower, Non-Fiction, and Seven Witches), drummer Dave Lescinsky (Hades), bassist Clint Arent (Painmuseum, Seven Witches), and guitarist Justin Jurman - are set to release their new CD "Dethroned" via Rock Ridge Music on May 5th.
Part I: Singularity In The Making
02. End User
03. Techcceleration (The Machine Speaks)
04. Here Comes the Rain Again
Part II: Endgame
05. Fade Out
06. Unbelievable (The Mind Speaks)
08. How Were We Supposed To Know?
Part III: The Machine Kind
09. Every Day (The Body Speaks)
11. The Past (The Heart Speaks)
Already garnering attention for their cover of the Eurythmics "Here Comes The Rain Again" Autumnhour combines a unique blend of metal, hard rock, and progressive music with a lyrical concept about a mechanized future.
American avantgarde black metallers Nachtmystium team up with experimental vocalist Jarboe (ex-Swans) for the "The Mahakali Assassins Tour", in support of their latest albums "Assassins - Black Meddle Part I" and "Mahakali" respectively. The itinerary of this tour, featuring 17 dates in 12 European countries with more to be announced, reads as follows:
22.05.09 - BEL, Antwerp, Hof Ter Lo
23.05.09 - FRA, Paris, Festival TBA
24.05.09 - NED, Tilburg, Little Devil (+ Bunkur)
25.05.09 - GER, Frankfurt, Batschkapp (+ Secrets Of The Moon)
26.05.09 - GER, Essen, Turock (+ Secrets Of The Moon)
27.05.09 - GER, Berlin, Kato (+ Secrets Of The Moon)
28.05.09 - GER, Hamburg, Markthalle (+ Secrets Of The Moon)
Mourning Beloveth and Longing For Dawn will be touring Europe together in April as part of the Milestones Of Misery Tour. Mournful Congregation will open as special guest.
09/10 April - FR - Rouen, Le Bateau Ivre (Rotomagus Doomicus Metallicus)
11 April - NL - Rotterdam,The Baroeg (Officium Triste 15th Anniversary gig)
12 April - DE - Hamburg, Bambi Galore
14 April - FI - Tampere, Club Hellä
15 April - FI - Helsinki, Dante's Highlight
16 April - EE - Tallinn, Rockclub Tapper
17 April - LV - Riga, Melna Piektdiena (April Doom Fest)
18 April - RU - Moscow, Plan B
19 April - LT - Vilnius, Muse
20 April - PL - Lublin, Tektura
21 April - PL - Poznan, U Bazyla
22 April - PL - Wodzislaw Slaski, Art Café
The time has come: In March 2009 the Austrian Black Metal legends Dornenreich will tour in Metal line-up for the very first time since 2001. To present their DVD "Nachtreisen" ("Nocturnal Journeys") and as a herald of their forthcoming studio album "Flammentriebe" ("The Urge of the flame") Dornenreich will debut songs of this album and they will play numerous songs of their 13-year history on this much longed for tour.
Dornenreich's friends Agalloch will join this special journey, which will be the only European Tour for Agalloch and their unique "Cascadian Dark Metal" in 2009. It will be Agalloch's last tour supporting "Ashes Against The Grain".
Nuclear Blast is proud to announce the signing of Swedish sleaze thrashers Hardcore Superstar. Both parties are more than satisfied with this agreement and look forward to a great cooperation. Currently the band's in the studio, writing and recording the follow-up to 2007s "Dreaming In A Casket" marking their debut for Nuclear Blast.
The band comments: "We have all been listening to Nuclear Blast's artists since 1987 and we are very proud to be a part of the family!"
Markus Tagaris from Gain Music Entertainment says: "Nuclear Blast was our number one choice. I'm convinced that we together can do a fantastic job for the band and their forthcoming album "Beg For It".Hardcore Superstar are without a doubt the best "street metal" band in the world."
San Diego based Grammy-Nominated metalers As I Lay Dying have appeared on Taste Of Chaos, Ozzfest, headlined the 2006 Sounds Of The Underground Tour, Cornerstone, Bamboozle 2006 and just about every significant hard music festival around the globe. With "This Is Who We Are", As I Lay Dying steps into new territory by releasing their first ever DVD consisting of a 3 DVD set produced and directed by Denise Korycki (Cannibal Corpse "Centuries of Torment" DVD) that provides viewers with live performances and a complete As I Lay Dying audio/visual history.
Vocalist Tim Lambesis adds: "It's hard to believe that we've been a band for as long as we have yet have never released an official DVD documenting our first 7 years. As a result, we've included so much content that you hardly have to like our music to be entertained. With that said, it feels good knowing how many diehard fans over the years have supported our band and their simple enjoyment of our music has given us the chance to see the world!"
Thomas Granzow, the guitarist of German death metalers Ressurected, has issued the following message:
"Most of you fuckers may have read it elsewhere before as I forgot to put it up on MySpace - "Fierce" is the album title for the follow-up on "Endless Sea Of Loss", cover artwork has been finished as well and was done by Plamen Kolev. Thanks to him for his patience altering his sketch a thousand times, hahaha...
Album tracks are "New Reign Rising", "Perverse Consecration", "Urge To Murder", "Tortured By Deities", "Divine Masturbation", "Hindsight", "Gunshot Victim", "Slumdog", "Mental Retardation" and "Day Of Suffering" (Morbid Angel cover version).
French metal revolutionists Hacride just released the front cover of their upcoming album "Lazarus", which can be viewed here. The album is set for an april release via Listenable Records and contains the following tracks:
01. To Walk Among Them
02. Act Of God
05. A World Of Lies
07. My Enemy
"Lazarus" contains the bands most mature, diverse and experimental material to date and will for sure turn many heads in the months to come. Fans of Amoeba will rejoice for this new record and will discover many new angles to Hacride's already broad formula.
Decapitated guitar player Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka has issued the following update:
"I was thinking about that for a long time and it's really hard decision for me, but I have decided to continue this band and keep Decapitated alive. I know it will be not the same anymore but I want to try and I'm sure late drummer Witold "Vitek" Kiełtyka and vocalist Adrian "Covan" Kowanek will support me and will be happy about that.
So I want to say that if anybody from drummers and vocalists feel that they can continue what Witek and Covan did and put all power, energy and live time for this band, contact me. Everyone who is interested, please prepare this tracks: "Day 69", "Post Organic", "Invisible Control", "Long Desired Dementia", and send it as audio/video format."
DragonForce will be back on U.S. shores this spring to support last year's "Ultra Beatdown". The band will embark on a month-long, headlining tour and hit a batch of markets they did not play on their successful tour last November. Reunited progressive rock/metal band Cynic and Atlanta-based metallers Dååth have been confirmed as the support acts.
The tour dates are as follows:
April 15 - House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
April 17 - Knitting Factory, Boise, IA
April 18 - Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
April 19 - Wilma Theater, Missoula, MT
April 21 - The Venue at Playmakers, Fargo, ND
April 22 - Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
April 24 - Pop's, Sauget, IL
April 25 - The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
Hell Within have posted a new song, "Eternal Uprising", on their MySpace page. The band adds: "The remaining 3 songs will be posted every other following Sunday at noon until all are online, so February 8th, February 22nd, and March 8th."
UPDATE (thanks to ArtiA)
Three new songs are posted on http://www.myspace.com/hellwithin.
Hungarian metallers Casketgarden have posted the following statement:
"We regret to say for the fans that after 7 years of playing together out bassist Gábor Őri left the band. That is also our first line-up change since 2001. He quit in friendly way by mutual consent. We would like to thank him also in this way for his great efforts, energy, time and money he put in this band. He was a real character in Casketgarden, I think.
On our next gig in Győr, Hungary on March 13 (with Escadron, Galadriel, Endless River) it seems we will play without bass, but we've already found a guy for the bass postition, he is learning the songs at the moment. He will play first on our gig in Leoben, Austra, on March 27."
MetalFromFinland is passing the word that Sapattivuosi, the band that plays Black Sabbath songs in Finnish, has announced Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot, Northern Kings) as their new vocalist.
Marco Hietala talks about becoming the vocalist for Sapattivuosi: "I wanted to join Sapattivuosi cause for me it's almost like a cultural act. I mean the songs are perhaps the best in the world and if by doing this I can get even one younger metalhead to go and buy remastered versions of "Heaven and Hell" or "Mob Rules", I consider my job done!"
Sapattivuosi are releasing their new album "Ihmisen Merkki" on April 1st and it contains songs from Black Sabbath albums "Heaven And Hell" and "Mob Rules". The tracklisting for the album is:
Onslaught guitarist Nige Rockett has posted the following update on the band's MySpace:
"Onslaught are coming back to Ireland. We will be visiting all our friends in the North and the South on the weekend of August 28th/29th. Firstly we play Belfast for the first time in 18 years at The Spring & Airbrake on Friday 28th August. Then on Saturday 29th August we head South to play at the Low End Festival in Waterford.
Fuck! It's gonna be a banging weekend, as always when we hit Ireland. It really doesn't seem like 18 years since we last played Belfast, we're really looking forward to getting back there once more, we have so many awesome memories of our previous visits, all of which were totally insane from start to finish. This will be our first time in Waterford - Southern Ireland, which is gonna be real cool and i'm sure we'll be meeting up with lots of our drinking partners down there too haha. Again so many fantastic & crazy memories from our many visits to Dublin, Cork and Sligo. It's always such a great pleasure to play for you Guys / Girls from North & South, long may you invite us back."