Queensrÿche's touching ballad "Home Again" from their latest album "American Soldier" has really struck a chord with the military community and now the band wants your help making a video. Queensrÿche is asking members of the Military to submit pictures of themselves with their families to be featured in the upcoming music video for the song "Home Again."
Photos can be uploaded to http://americansoldieralbum.com/homeagain from 7/14/09 - 7/27/09. One Grand prize winner will be seIected at random from all eligible entries. No purchase necessary. The Grand prize winner will receive an ESP LTD Michael Wilton Signature Series Guitar, autographed by Queensrÿche.
From July 27th, Alcest will be in Markus Stock's Klangschmiede Studio E in Germany for three weeks to record the follow-up to their debut album, "Souvenirs D'Un Autre Monde". Mix and mastering will be done in September at French Drudenhaus Studio. The new, as-yet-untitled record will consist of six tracks - including new versions of both songs from the deleted EP "Le Secret" - and clock in at around 55 minutes.
Grieving Age, the Saudi doom/death metal band, would like to announce the official release date of their debut album as the 16th of July 2009.
Grieving Age stated: "Working with Dan Swano (ex-Katatonia, Bloodbath, Edge Of Sanity) in mixing and mastering the album and Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride) in all album artworks and logo is a magnificent and tremendous step to us! It's kinda like a beautiful dream.
I'm so glad that we are finally going to release our debut album, it took us 5 years to achieve such a sound, something we always wanted and dreamed of! This album shows a different path, hopefully people will like it and appreciate it.
Big thanks to Kamal Al Nauimi (Deathless Anguish) for recording and producing this album and Badr Al Zaharani for recording all vocals. We had such a great time, definitely we will do it again."
As posted by Forgotten Tales on their official website: "Like we recently promised, here are some news from the recording of our third album! We entered studio on July 8th and since then drummer Mike Bélanger and the rest of the team are working hard to record the drums tracks.
Everything is going well so far, Mike already completed 6 songs. And talking about him, here are some comments directly from the man behind the drumkit! We will be back soon with more news straight from the recording studio!"
Click here to view videos of Mike recording his tracks.
UK metallers To-Mera have issued the short following update on their MySpace blog:
"This week we shall begin work on recording our brand spanking new EP. We shall be laying down 4 new songs; that's around 30 minutes of state-of-the-art progressive metal for your aural delectation. As usual, expect something a little different. We aim to have it mixed and mastered by the end of September. Stay tuned for studio updates."
Australian metallers Alchemist have issued the short following update:
"Alchemist are well underway writing what will be there 7th studio album that we will hopefully record at the end of the year to be ready for shows in Australia, Europe and hopefully New Zealand and Japan.
The new material is different again, it's eathy, dark, hypnotic & heavy with some exploration with different instrumentation and rythms."
Norwegian metallers Koldbrann have issued the following statement:
"Koldbrann has chosen to end the collaboration with it's drummer through 7 years, Tom V. "Fordervelse" Nilsen, due to internal disagreements. Tom V. "Fordervelse" Nilsen has played drums on all of Koldbrann's releases and concerts to this date, and had a significant impact on the development of the band.
Shortly after this occured, Geir Antonsen stated that he wants to step down from his position as 2nd guitarist of the band, as he no longer feels that he has the necessary capasity to continue with active touring. Geir Antonsen has given his all for Koldbrann since 2004, both on stage and recordings.
US metallers Revocation have posted online a new song, "The Brain Scramblers", on their MySpace page.
"The Brain Scramblers" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Existence Is Futile", which will be released on September 29 in the US (October 5 in the rest of World) via Relapse Records. The album was recorded at Damage Studios in Southbridge, MA with engineer Pete Rutchko.
"Existence Is Futile" tracklist:
01. Enter The Hall
02. Pestilence Reigns
04. Existence Is Futile
05. The Brain Scramblers
06. Across Forests And Fjords
08. Dismantle The Dictator
09. Anthem Of The Betrayed
10. Leviathan Awaits
11. Tragedy Of Modern Ages
UK metallers Paradise Lost have posted online a new song, "As Horizons End", on their MySpace page.
"As Horizons End" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us", which will be released on September 28 in Europe (October 6 in the US) via Century Media Records.
Nick Holmes comments: "This song is about someone who's on a downward spiral. Working too hard and trying to claw back some positive spirit by participating in all the so called joyous occasions in life, socialising and networking but to no avail, the long days have crushed the soul till only disappointment and cynicism remains. This song was inspired by the thousands of dishevelled looking middle aged businessmen I see in airports each year. This track has had a dozen face lifts since its inception and in true fashion, it was never intended to be the first track. Once it was mixed though it was hard to imagine any other song opening the album."
UK metallers Porcupine Tree have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"A medley of extracts from "The Incident" is now available to listen to on the Porcupine Tree MySpace page, or the Roadrunner UK website.
Written and recorded between September-May, "The Incident" is the tenth studio album by Porcupine Tree. Released worldwide by Roadrunner on 14th September (one week earlier than previously announced in order to coincide with the first tour dates), the album is a 2 disc set, the first disc containing the 55 minute title track / song cycle, and the second CD featuring 4 shorter pieces. There will be 3 editions of the album; a standard 2 CD set, a deluxe edition (contents to be confirmed), and a double vinyl version."
US metallers Gwar have posted online a new song, ''Let Us Slay'', on their MySpace page.
"Let Us Slay" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Lust In Space", which will be released on August 18 via Metal Blade Records.
Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) commented: "This song deals with the human race's lust for blood, all the while maintaining the lie of 'Thou shalt not kill'... It calls upon the humans to embrace their love of death (and therefore Gwar), shed their hypocritical trappings, and proceed with the apocalypse. It's going to happen anyway, so they might as well enjoy it!"
Montreal's Neuraxis have announced they are parting ways with drummer Tommy Mckinnon and bassist Yan Thiel.
Guitarist Rob Milley comments: "The time has come again for us to refresh the Neuraxis family as we are now seeking a new drummer and bassist. Nothing really juicy to tell. For Tommy, his priorities began to differ from ours while on the road until it became clear to us that he was no longer enjoying the touring lifestyle. He wishes to go back to school to complete his education. As for Yan its just been a case of him deciding to further his working career and he can no longer dedicate himself to the band. This has been going on for many years now and its time for us to have a full-time bassist on board. Both of them will continue playing in other musical projects. We thank our metal brothers for all the good times we had together and wish them the best for the future. Tommy and Yan will be fullfilling all our summer shows already booked ending with a fitting show in Montreal at the Club Soda on Sept 11th 2009.
Unique Leader Records are thrilled to announce the signing of long-serving New Zealand death metal tyrants Dawn Of Azazel to the roster for the release of their third album "Relentless".
The label expects the band to turn some heads with their unique brand of angular, dissonant extreme metal and have high expectations for the album's release. Erik Lindmark adds: "Dawn of Azazel's "Relentless" will be a release that stands the test of time. So many unforgettable hooks and memorable songwriting along with some of the most original and powerful vocals used in extreme metal today, period!"
According to vocalist/bassist Rigel Walshe: "After months of delays and negotiations with labels, we are pleased to announce our alliance with Unique Leader Records for the release of our forthcoming third album "Relentless". It's an honor to be working with a label with a history of releasing some of the greatest records in the extreme metal genre, and we look forward to adding our own touch to the legacy".
The new live album by UK thrash band Onslaught entitled "Live Damnation" will be released worldwide through Candlelight Records on Monday 20 July.
The album was recorded at last years "Damnation Festival" in Leeds, England by Ed Shackleton for Noise Recordings and mixed by Andy Sneap at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England and contains 8 blistering tracks of 666% pure thrash metal. The sleeve artwork was designed and undertaken by the bands very own Jeff Williams.
Tracklisting as follows:
01. Killing Peace
02. Let There Be Death
03. Destroyer Of Worlds
04. Metal Forces
05. Planting Seeds Of Hate
08. Power From Hell
There is a live version of "Metal Forces" taken from the album, currently streaming on the Onslaught MySpace page.