Diablo Swing Orchestra have posted the following update on the band's MySpace page:
"Hi there, here are some news what's happening in the world of d:s:o:
We have about 7-8 new songs in various stages of completion and we are really happy with how the songs are sounding so far.
It's always hard to say how they will turn out in the end but so far they can be described as more "detailed" in lack of a better word. All the ingrediences from the first album will still be present and some new ones such as gospel, tango and russian folk music will also make an apperance. Furthermore the arrangements will be more thought-through and we're writing with a clearer idea how we can go about in the studio to make it as awesome as possible. We also feel as the cello has really found it's place through the more well-crafted arrangements and is really allowed to shine, so everybody can expect some really cool cello riffs.;) This time around we'll also have the chance to play some of the songs live before we go into the studio and get them onto tape.
Swedish Gothic Doom Metal band Draconian has posted the following statement on its official website:
"The Draconian quest continues. The band has booked the prominent Fascination Street studio (Katatonia, Opeth, etc.) in Örebro to record their fourth release in September this year.
Currently the band is in the last stage of song writing and pre-production recordings in order to finalize this new saga. The album will generally deal with a more diverse and intense sound than previous releases, which should attract both old and new fans as well. The title of the album is yet uncertain, but a few new song titles are "Seasons Apart", "The Failure Epiphany" and "Morphine Cloud". Stay tuned!"
We just received these news items from the Evergrey camp and would like to pass them along to everyone.
As you all know, Fredrik Larsson was the temporary bass player after Michael left. Fredrik has now re-joined Hammerfall. The Evergrey crew wish him all the best in the future. He is still a good friend of the band.
New songs have been and are being recorded. Tom and Henrik are doing all the bass playing in the studio at this moment, so bass is not an issue at this time. Jonas and Rikard are also participating in writing lyrics and music for the new album. The recording session is scheduled to be done by the end of the summer.
The new album will be launched before Christmas. For all Fans out there, this album is HEAVY! In my ears probably the heaviest they have ever done.
"Dark Floors" - the Lordi Motion Picture will be premiered in Finland on on February 8, 2008. The film is already in production and the shooting takes place in Oulu, Finland. The first Finnish long horror film will be made for international audience. The language is English and all the lead actors come from the UK.
The original idea of the story comes from Mr. Lordi and Pete Riski, who is also the director of the film. The film features all of the Lordi members and Mr. Lordi has also designed the logo of the movie. A brand new song by Lordi will be heard during the end credits.
The new Nightwish-CD "Dark Passion Play" is on pre-sale now! There are CD-, 2CD Digipak and 2LP-picture vinyl versions available. In addition to these, there's also a special, exclusive webshop version that includes Dark Passion Play 2CD (Digipak)-album and Dark Passion Play -TS or -girlieshirt. These shirts are exclusive and available only in Nightwish-Shop and MoreMusic.fi, you can't buy them anywhere else!
In September Vader will headline 7 gigs in Russia and Belarus under the flag of "The Flaming Arts Festival 2007". This mini- tour is being organized by Massive Music and The Flaming Arts. During these gigs Vader will be teaming up with such bands as Rotting Christ, Krisiun, Incantation and supports. For more info go to The Flaming Arts website.
The dates are as follow:
16.09.07 RUS St-Petersburg @ Orlandina
18.09.07 RUS Ufa @ Ogni Ufy
19.09.07 RUS Ekaterinburg @ TBA
20.09.07 RUS Magnitogorsk @ DK Ordzhonikidze
21.09.07 RUS Samara @ Strokovski Park
22.09.07 RUS Moscow @ Tochka
23.09.07 BEL TBA @ TBA
Heavy metal heroes Testament ink a deal with Heavy Metal Record Company Giants Nuclear Blast to distribute brand new Testament music featuring the killer lineup of original members Eric Peterson, Chuck Billy, Alex Skolnick, Greg Christian and the addition of monster drummer Nick Barker (Dimmu Borgir, Cradle Of Filth).
"We are very happy that we are signed to one of the best metal labels in the world. It's a great feeling that we are in a house that will not crumble" says band vocalist Chuck Billy.
"This is going to be our best record to date, and it will be the essence of what Testament is. Nuclear Blast is the perfect label for us. They eat, breathe and sleep, metal. I am excited also because a lot of my favorite bands are on Nuclear Blast, giving us the opportunity to be label-mates with them. Finally we are coming home!" stated Eric Peterson.
The following message was posted on SPV's website:
"Better Motörhead Than Dead - Live At Hammersmith rekindles memories of a momentous night that even a cosmopolitan city like London doesn't see every day. Early June 2005 saw the long queue in front of the venerable Hammersmith Odeon, a venue of many legendary live shows - stretch right to the tube station on the other side of the road. What was going on? Motörhead had invited their fans to their 30th anniversary party, and over 5,000 of them accepted. Their number would have been even greater had the powers that be in the British capital not rigorously limited the capacity of the illustrious venue. Loved by their fans, respected by the press due to the personal integrity of the three band members, Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, Motörhead were experiencing their seventh or eighth spring in the 30th year of their existence and continued to be as generous as ever.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of "Live In America" 2cd set on September 21st 2007 by Norwegian Heavy Metal act Jorn!
Recorded live during Jorn's first ever concert in the USA, at the ProgPower VII Festival in Atlanta, where he performed as headliner of the day on September 16th 2006. The incredible set saw Jorn offer a wide selection of songs taken from his solo albums, collaborations and a mindblowing Whitesnake medley, who made him one of the most successful acts ever in the history of the festival.
"Live In America" cover here
"Live In America" is a permanent testament to Jorn's capabilities as an entertainer and to the incredible power and strength of his now legendary shows. The album also includes three studio tracks: a brand new recording of the title track of his third solo album "Out To Every Nation", a Black Sabbath medley "Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth" and the unreleased "Sacrificial Feelings"
The following message was posted on Stromlord's official website:
"Scarlet Records will release Stormlord's first official DVD, "The Battle Of Quebec City: Live In Canada", on 16th july in Europe, late july in Germany and late summer in Canada and U.S. The disc will contain a complete live show recorded in Quebec City last June (including a new song, "Dimension: Hate", and a stunning cover of Slayer's "Raining Blood"), during the band's successful Canadian tour, four extra songs in bootleg version recorded in Montreal and Toronto and video clips for the songs "I Am Legend" and "Under The Boards (195, M.A.)". The track listing is as follows:
Iron Maiden have confirmed their first and only German appearance of 2008 will be at Wacken Open Air Festival.
From the official site:
"We are proud to announce that Iron Maiden will play their only German show of 2008 at Wacken Open Air. The pre sale has just begun.
Nationwide ticket hotline 0049 0 4627 18 38 38. Or visit http://www.wacken.com"
Also Kreator has been confirmed already, as can be read in the latest Dutch news article.
Stream Of Passion are happy to announce their line-up is now complete! Over the past few days they have revealed the identities of the new members.
Jeffrey Revet, the band's new keyboard player; during the new member tryouts Jeffrey impressed the band with his skill and clicked both on a musical and a personal level. You can read more about him on his profile here.
Eric Hazebroek: one of the two new guitar players of Stream of Passion. His experience on the metal scene and his great sense of melody is just what the band was looking for. Read all about Eric on his profile here.
Stephan Schultz: the second new guitar player of Stream of Passion. At the tryout sessions the band got really excited about Stephan's creativity, sound and killer riffs! Read all about him on his profile here.
"Snakes And Arrows" is one of the first albums to be released in the new MVI (Music Video Interactive) format. It is a DVD-based product that's loaded with a full album's worth of music, compelling video content, plus a variety of exciting interactive features that you can activate with your computer. It plays in all DVD players, computers, and video game consoles with DVD drives. The Rush "Snakes And Arrows" MVI includes:
*The entire "Snakes And Arrows" album in 96kHz/24 bit hi-resolution stereo
*The entire album in 5.1 surround sound
*"Rush: The Game of Snakes and Arrows." A 45-minute documentary on the making of the album, with unprecedented access to the band in the studio
Guitarist Christian Hector from Norwegian Folk/Gothic Metal band Midnattsol - featuring vocalist Carmen Elise Espenaes (the younger sister of Leaves' Eyes singer Liv Kristine) - has posted the following update on the band's official MySpace page:
It's been very long time since we could announce something really sure about doing a new record. We are just about to write our sixth, seventh and eighth song. 5 are (let's say 99%) finished already.
We plan to enter the studio in the midst of November and finish with mixing and mastering in December.
In the meantime we're discussing possible album-titles, cover- and layout-artworks and so on. At the moment everybody's very busy!