03:40 - Redn1ght I mean, fuck.. Some Japanese get way too stressed about the competition-level of the school systems there. No joke.
03:39 - -DC-002- You're right Redn1ght. Asia may have better statistics (who cares) in school but the way they go about it is awful. The education system is a machine to get results and grow more servants with a stunted viewpoint of reality.
03:31 - Redn1ght And of course, fear of being a fucking disgrace to your whole family also helps to boost the morale there. :^)
03:19 - Redn1ght The only reason Asian schools are better is because they are like "Ultra-Hardcore Mode, NO FAILURE MODE!" rogue likes. :P
02:53 - deadone No, their public school systems are generally better - more results orientated and less hippy "feel good about yourself" crap with teachers that don't know where Paris is or what 4x7 is (types of teachers I know).
Swedish metallers Amon Amarth have posted new track entitled "Twilight Of The Thunder God" for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The song is the title cut of the band's new album and it features a guest appearance by Children Of Bodom guitarist Roope Latvala.
"Twilight Of The Thunder God", will be released on September 19 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy; September 22 in the rest of Europe; and September 30 in North America. The album was recorded at Fascination Street Studio in Örebro, Sweden.
Obscura will headline this year's edition of the Munich Deathfest. Recently the band finished the recordings of their second album, which will be released at the beginning of 2009. Obscura announced that they will perform all songs of the upcoming album during the show in Munich.
Munich Deathfest festival will take place November 8, 2008 in Munich, Germany. For more information, visit their MySpace.
The full line-up for this year's edition:
Age Of Carnage
Over Your Threshold
Columbia Records announced today the October 20th release of AC/DC's widely-anticipated Black Ice, the band's first studio album in eight years. Black Ice features 15 new tracks from brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Cliff Williams, and Phil Rudd. The album was produced by Brendan O'Brien at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC.
Rock 'N' Roll Train the album's first single, will debut on August 28th. The video will premiere in September. And the band is set to kick off its first world tour since 2001 in late October.
Black Ice will be sold in the U.S. exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club retail locations at the special price of $11.88. Online, the CD will be available with free shipping and handling via the band's website, http://www.acdc.com. It will also be sold at Walmart.com and Samsclub.com.
Scandinavian melodic metal act Black Succubi from Denmark have released their debut album and it is now available from iTunes.com and common Danish pay sites. The album has noticeable guest appearances by Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate, Force Of Evil), Kirk Backarach (Iron Fire) and California based female rocker Rachelle Ramm and the band have already received positive and supporting reviews online and in magazines.
"After an unsteady beginning with several line-up changes, we have finally found our sound and musical style. The music on the album connects our past with today and
songs like Troubled Times and Dark Side shows us the way forward", says Swedish drummer Jens B. who is also known from legendary Fate (MTM Music/Replica Records)
Mötley Crüe have confirmed shows in Mexico, Argentina and Japan for October of this year.
Latin American Tour:
03.10.2008 - Mexico, Guadalajara at Arena VFG
05.10.2008 - Mexico, Mexico City at The Sports Place
07.10.2008 - Mexico, Monterrey at Monterrey Arena
11.10.2008 - Argentina, Buenos Aires at Pepsi Festival
19.10.2008 - Japan, Saitama City at Saitama Super Arena Loudpark Festival]
21.10.2008 - Japan, Fukuoka at Zepp
22.10.2008 - Japan, Hamamatsu at Actcity
23.10.2008 - Japan, Nagoya at Zepp
25.10.2008 - Japan, Osaka at Jo Hall
26.10.2008 - Japan, Tokyo at Super Arena
Tickets details will be posted on their Myspace and official website as they become available.
Swedish band Engel have split with bassist Michael Håkansson.
Michael Håkansson states:
"To all you great people out there who has shown your big support and interest in my participation in Engel. I am sad to announce my departure from Engel. It hasn't been an easy decision for me to make... It was a really hard one but at this time I felt it was the right one for me to make. I am not leaving for another band or for any personal or business related issues within the band. Not at all!
It's been a blast to be a part of this fantastic band and one part of me would still like to be a part of Engel's future. For I see nothing but success for Engel, the potential has no limits with these guys. I've been given a once in a life-time offer that I just couldn't say no to. I am now leaving my other big dream in life.
American progressive metallers Suspyre have announced the addition of April Sese to the group's ranks:
"It didn't occur to me at the time to ask them if they needed a keyboardist, but as soon as I saw the audition bulletin on MySpace a year later, I jumped at the opportunity," April said, "Everything happened so quickly. It still feels like a dream. I can't believe I'm actually performing the keyboard and orchestral parts I only fantasized about playing a year ago. The guys are great. They're so talented, original and creative. Not to mention it's so easy to get along with them. They definitely know how to get a musician to evolve."
"Hi there everybody! We are proud to announce the new line up! After a few years with various problems it feels great that we now are a working band again! Things just didn't work out the way we wanted with Joe Comeau, he is an excellent singer and a very nice guy, but it just didn't work out for us in the long run. We only did 3 shows and recorded a 2 track demo with him. We wish him all the best!
The new singer is Ronny Hemlin (Steel Attack), Ronny is a very, very good singer and fits perfect! Check out his work with Steel Attack and you will know what I mean.
The new bassplayer is Tommi Karpanen (ex-Morgana Lefay), a long time friend who also play bass in Sefer Jezirah and guitar in God Aweful Machine.
I decided to have one more guitarist for the future plans of VIRUS IV, 'cause the musical direction of the next album needs it !
So, I asked Renaut to take his main instrument back, 'cause he is a very good 7 strings player, we know each other very well, did lots of gigs together with guitars... and the choice is two guitars for more headbangs !!
Therefore the band welcomes a new member, bass player Christophe Babin (Eradicate, Headline). A great and talented musician who will share stages with VIRUS IV during next gigs.
So be prepared to shout loud in front of the stages !!!
Lamb Of God have commenced recording on the follow up to 2006's Grammy-nominated "Sacrament". Their new album is scheduled for release in February 2009 and will be produced by Josh Wilbur. Josh Wilbur is well known for his Grammy Award winning work with Steve Earl. The album will be recorded in New York City; Virginia Beach, VA; Richmond, VA; and New Hampshire.
The album will see a North American release on Epic Records with Roadrunner Records handling all NON North American releases.
Band drummer Chris Adler states, "We are excited change things up this time and work with Josh. We've never stayed in one place too long, and the evolution continues. There is an aggressive shift in the material and our approach. The bar has been raised."
The seventh edition of Dutch Doom Days will take place on the 25th and 26th of October in Baroeg. Besides the previously announced headliners Worship and Skepticism the Italian Forgotten Tomb and the Swedish Isole are confirmed!
The organisation succeeded to establish a strong program which gives a good insight into the cross section of the doom metal genre. This special form of metal can be defined by its down tempo and (in most cases) filled with emotional loads. Black Sabbath can be seen as one of the founders of this genre.
Besides the well known confirmed names Baroeg knows how to present the best new upcoming bands at the festival year after year, what is truly appreciated by true fans of the doom genre. Bands such as Griftegård, The Lamp of Thoth and Wizards of Doom are top-class bands that will debut in the Netherlands at DDD7. During this years edition two Dutch bands, Faal and Hooded Priest will be introduced. In total sixteen bands will play, besides the previous mentioned bands Pantheïst, Mourning Dawn, SubRosa, Beneath The Frozen Soil, Faith, Fall Of The Idols and Ophis will play at the festival as well.
Anathema will do a West European this Fall in support of their upcoming compilation album "Hindsight". The message from the band reads as follows:
"We are very happy to announce that this autumn we will be doing an extensive European tour! "The Hindsight Tour" is a celebration of past and present. Featuring unheard classics from the past and unheard classics for the future... We will be accompanied on the whole tour by the excellent new French band Demians MySpace]. A band receiving rave reviews for their debut album "Building An Empire".
Full details and tickets links are available on the Tour Dates page. See you there! More info on the tour and the new album will follow soon."
Divine Heresy regret to announce the following message, posted on the group's MySpace page:
"Divine Heresy would like to send our sincerest apologies to all of our South American fans. We were so happy to finally be able to come down and play some killer show's for all of you guys!, but the promoter (Casa De Musica) fucked up getting the necessary work visa's and flight's. Please do not let this reflect negatively on the band and as soon as we find a new promoter we will come back down there and tear it up!"
Darzamat reveals the details concerning the new album, which will be entitled "Solfernus' Path". The band has just started writting the songs for the album.
"For the first time in our band's history we've decided to create a concept album. It is a certain sort of novelty for us, yet we've had such an idea in our minds for a long time now. The coherent story which is to be told by both the lyrics and the music, is a hell of a greater challenge than composing ten pieces in the similar stylistics. As the action proceeds, the music must "react" accordingly and suitably. It is as if a screenplay, which is to attract the viewer in an interesting way," tells Flauros, the vocalist of Darzamat.