23:42 - Clintagram Oh yes. It has tons of replayability, loads of unique items, mobs, and bosses. Randomly-generated dungeons, etc. Make sure to grab the Wrath of the Lamb DLC as well. Totally worth it if you're into that sort of thing.
23:16 - Redn1ght Clint, is the Binding of Isaac worth it? If I recall correctly it was kinda like Zelda (movement) style ARP dungeon crawler..
23:12 - Erik M. [link] Can never get enough of this awesome album. The fact that it's so short actually improves the replay value for me.
23:00 - Clintagram So, anyone going to get The Binding of Isaac Rebirth? I managed to platinum vanilla Isaac+Wrath of the Lamb DLC in only 120 hours a few weeks ago!
22:33 - J. N. Are you sitting on a rock, dangling your feet?
According to VSWebzine.com, CARCASS, MESHUGGAH, MINISTRY, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT are among the confirmed bands for next year's Hellfest festival, set to take place June 20-22, 2008 in Clisson, France. More than 60 bands will perform on 2 stages. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
AT THE GATES
BORN FROM PAIN
CULT OF LUNA
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MY DYING BRIDE
SICK OF IT ALL
THE OLD DEAD TREE
Danish thrashers Artillery have issued the following update:
"We can now confirm that singer Søren Adamsen will be in the new line-up.
The line therefore consist as following:
Lead Guitar = Michael Stützer
Lead Guitar = Morten Stützer
Bass = Peter Thorslund
Drums = Carsten N. Nielsen
Vocals = Søren Adamsen.
We can also confirm that a live DVD is under serious consideration. If this becomes reality, it will be shot in Poland in co-operation with Metal Mind Productions. That's all for now, but check back and remember the upcoming gigs!"
The release date of the new Rage album "Carved In Stone" has been set. Nuclear Blast will release the CD on 22nd of February 2008.
Rage guitarist Victor Smolski previously stated about the upcoming CD: "From the beginning we decided to compose the songs for this CD more straight, concentrating on cool riffs and catchy melodies. Actually, with our new lineup it was easy to realize everything, as we pulled together with André Hilgers on drums perfectly! All the recordings with our co-producer, sound engineer and almost fourth band member Charly Czajkowski runs perfectly, as well as the final mix with Charlie Bauerfeind. From my point of view I promise you brutal guitar riffs with fancy soli. In one song, I've hidden a modification of a real famous melody — the one who will first recognize this melody will get a present! At 'Open My Grave', my sitar guitar came into operation, at 'Lord of the Flies', I've contributed a phat keyboard arrangement."
Here is the official teaser trailer for the upcoming Ayreon release "01011001". Featuring vocalists from Katatonia, Evergrey, Pain Of Salvation, Magnum, Blind Guardian, Gotthard, Dial, Gathering, Epica, King's X, After Forever, Jorn Lande and more.
"01011001" release dates:
- January 23rd: Asia
- January 25th: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
- January 28th: Europe
- January 29th: U.S and Canada
UPDATED on 2 Dec. (thanks to White Winter Sun):
A new song from the upcoming album has been put online. Click here to check it out. The song is called "The Fifth Extinction" and is the same track that was put online as a demo last July (then without the vocals). Check the blog about the demo here.
The following message, regarding the departure of vocalist Melissa Ferlaak and guitarist Wolfgang Koch, was posted on the official website of Symphonic Metallers Visions Of Atlantis:
"Yes, you read right, Melissa, as well as her boyfriend Wolfgang are not in Visions of Atlantis anymore. We were as much shocked about that as you must be, but it is the sad truth. Some people just don't know what the word commitment means...
We (the remaining rest of VoA) want to appologize to all fans out there who believed in us and supported us, we hope you stay loyal with VoA. Of course we are trying to find a substitute for Melissa, we already have one for Wolfgang (to be announced soon). The show must go on... "
On Monday, December 3, 2007, Canadian extreme metallers Kataklysm will take part in a FREE exclusive live concert stream from Las Vegas, Nevada which will be viewable at DeepRockDrive. The free live stream will be viewable by fans around the world; all you have to do is register, sit back and watch.
Create a free account (which take seconds to do)
Click on "Purchase Your Ticket" (which basically means "Reserve Your Free Spot")
Wait for the evening of December 3, 2007 to arrive and enjoy!
Satyricon performance at Arnhem Metal Meeting cancelled.
It is with deep regret we have to inform you that Frost broke his leg yesterday morning. As a result of this, our headlining performance at Arnhem Metal Meeting has been cancelled. It was a freak accident where he simply slipped on ice and snow covered surface, fell to the ground with his foot in a twisted position, and broke it. This was obviously very bad news given our scheduled show at Arnhem Metal Meeting this coming Saturday. However, with Frosts history of actually playing 10 shows in a row on our European Tour in 2003 with a broken foot, we were hoping he could pull this one off as well. Doctors said last night they wanted to keep him at the hospital over night for observation and we agreed on making a desicion as to whether he could do the show, today. Unfortunately we have been informed today that his brake is so complicated that it needs surgery which will take place shortly. They intend to keep him hospitalized for at least one week. Perhaps two.
The eleventh annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Kaisaniemi, Helsinki on June 27.-29. is proud to announce the first artists in the 2008 line up. One of the most anticipated bands in the festival's history has to be the legendary Carcass who will embark on their reunion tour next summer. In addition to Jeff Walker & Co. Amon Amarth, Kreator, Entombed, Behemoth, Tyr, Stam1na and Korpiklaani will also be interpreting their art on the stages of the most prestigious metal festival in Finland. There will be 32 bands appearing on 3 stages over the Tuska-weekend as well as several dozen performing at the infamous evening clubs. More artists to be announced shortly.
Tickets for Tuska 2008 will go on sale on a later annouced date through www.tiketti.fi and www.lippupalvelu.fi. Confirmed artists for Tuska 2008 at this point:
The video for the track "Floating", which premiered at the Danish Metal Awardsa few weeks ago, is now ready for downloading from the band's website media-section here (You can also check it out on YouTube at this location.
"Floating" comes off Hatesphere's last album, entitled "Serpent Smiles And Killer Eyes", which was released on April 17th.
The video was directed by Casper Balslev, produced by Theis Mortensen and filmed by Steen Linde in Aarhus, Denmark, in June 2006, and simply portraits a lot of people banging their heads into oblivion.
Dutch symphonic metal outfit Epica have postponed their previously announced tour through Mexico and Colombia scheduled to start tomorrow due to an illness suffered by lead singer Simone Simons. A video message by band members Mark Jansen and Ad Sluijter about the postponement can be found here. The affected dates are as follows:
29.11.2007 - MEX, Mexico City
30.11.2007 - MEX, Guadalajara
01.12.2007 - MEX, Monterrey
05.12.2007 - COL, Bogota
07.12.2007 - MEX, Puebla
08.12.2007 - MEX, San Luis Potosi
09.12.2007 - MEX, Mexico City
Simone Simons' illness has already forced the band to play their latest gig on November 26 in Amsterdam, Holland without her as lead singer which therefore consisted of "mostly grunt oriented songs".
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"