05:11 - Darth Satanious For me: JP1 awesome! JP2 meh, JP3 very good. I think most of the good stuff must have been left out of the trailer, didn't impress me. But we have water species now! Woot! Looking forward to it!
05:06 - Joe Zombie I am so ready for that movie. Looks awesome. After more than a decade its finally here. Its almost surreal.
The first version of "We Are The Nightmare," the new video from the Virginia-based technical death metal outfit Arsis, can be viewed here.
A second (animated) version of the video is currently in the works and will see the light of day in the next few weeks.
The song is the title track of the group's latest album, which was released on April 15 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was produced by Zeuss (Agnostic Front, Hatebreed, Municipal Waste) at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts and was mastered by Alan Douches (Kataklysm, Unearth, Shadows Fall).
"We Are The Nightmare" contains a bonus 45-minute DVD that includes the band's time in the studio, off-stage antics, and some general goofing around. Malone adds: "I can honestly say that this was the best recording experience that I have had in my years with Arsis. Not only was Zeuss great to work with, but Ryan (Knight, guitarist), Darren (Cesca, drummer), and Noah (Martin, bassist) all did an outstanding job. We all worked together to create what I feel is the most accomplished Arsis album to date. I can still listen to the songs, and that's a good sign."
Available now through Nuclear Blast mailorder is Slayer's "Live Undead"/"Haunting The Chapel" (from 1985 and 1984, respectively) as a high quality, numbered new edition, perfectly matching the cover artwork in blue splatter vinyl. The vinyl reissue is limited to 500 pieces.
The tracklist is as follows:
Side A - Live Undead:
01. Black Magic
02. Die By The Sword
03. Captor Of Sin
04. The Antichrist
05. Evil Has No Boundaries
06. Show No Mercy
07. Aggressive Perfector
Side B - Haunting The Chapel EP:
01. Chemical Warfare
02. Captor Of Sin
03. Haunting The Chapel
04. Aggressive Perfector
Metallica has established a mini-site to promote the group's forthcoming studio effort. "Mission Metallica" will go live in May for the sole purpose of giving the fans a chance to "experience the new album before it's done."
Check it out at missionmetallica.com.
The band has been hard at 'work' recording the as-yet-untitled, long-awaited new album in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin. Motor-mouth Napster-hater Lars Ulrich recently announced that the group's follow-up to 2003's "St Anger" will be released this September.
While speaking with Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson on Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio show, Ulrich said, "We're just finishing up a record, we've got six weeks left and it should be out in September, that's the idea right now." He embellishes further, saying, "I like what I've heard so far. I'm not one of the great sellers of 'the new record's the best thing we've ever done and it shits all over the last record and it's way heavier'. I'm not a great believer in all that horseshit." To finish up, he adds a classic Lars statement that could easily have been taken from the St. Anger period; "I like it and I'm one of Metallica's harshest critics. So far it feels pretty good but there's still plenty of time to fuck it up, so let's see what happens."
Due to the recent amendments of the entertainment visa requirements set by the Australian Immigration Department, Mayhem will not be able to get their visas approved in time for their scheduled Australian and NZ tour dates. As a result, tour promoter Just Say Rock in conjunction with Mayhem, have decided to postpone the tour to later this year.
All parties are now working on new dates for the Mayhem tour. The new dates will be released ASAP.
Any patron wishing to obtain a refund for their current ticket can do so by returning it to the point of sale to get the face value refunded. However, tickets will still be good for the rescheduled show.
After Washington's Metal Church split with their guitarist, Jay Reynolds, two months ago, they have recently announced the following:
"After much consideration and many qualified applicants we have come to a decision on a new guitar player. We have chosen Rick Van Zandt. Rick is a very gifted player who spent many years in the Seattle metal scene in bands like The End, Rottweiller and the Ronny Munroe Band. Some of Rick's influences are Steve Vai, Richie Blackmore and Eddie Van Halen.
Rick brings a whole new level of playing to Metal Church and we are all glad to have him and we are sure you, the fans will be as well. Get ready for some shredding! The new album really kicks some metal ass, every band says that but we mean it!!"
According to Japanese newspapers report, Loudness drummer Munetaka Higuchi was diagnosed with liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma) earlier this month. He is still in hospital, where he has been undergoing radiotherapy for HCC. Loudness are going to play the scheduled 3 gigs with a replacement drummer, whose name hasn't been revealed yet. After those gigs the band are going to be put on hold indefinitely until Munetaka gets full strength back.
An official statement from the band's management can be found in the official Loudness website, though it is written in Japanese.
Melodic Swedish metallers Blinded Colony have announced the following update:
"We would like to introduce and welcome a new member to Blinded Colony. His name is Martin Bergman (ex-Evildoer) and he will be the new guitar player next to Tobias. Of course this doesn't mean that Johan Blomström has quit the band; he will instead handle the bass from now on. You will get a proper introduction from Martin himself later on and some other really cool news."
Blinded Colony's "Bedtime Prayers", came out in January 2007 through Pivotal Rockordings. They followed up with a 38-day tour with Ektomorf and Kayser.
Napalm Records has signed Lunatica. The Swiss band is right in the middle of recording their new album. Michael Levine (Hans Zimmer's arranger - Pirates of the Carribean, The Rock) has provided his expertise on one track. In addition, Jimi Jamsion (Survivor's ex-vocalist) as well as John Payne (ex-Asia) will perform two songs with frontlady Andrea. An album release is tentatively scheduled for winter 2008/2009. Make sure to check out Lunatica's music and art on MySpace.
Australian masters of grind The Berzerker have begun work on their fifth studio album, due in an undetermined amount of time later this year through Earache Records. An official 2.26mins video clip featuring footage of some of the early recording sessions can be viewed here
Animosity New Zealand Tour Dates:
24/04 Level One - Christchurch, NZ + Vixen Execution, Anthropophagus, Innard Splatter
25/04 Valve+) - Wellington, NZ + Backyard Burial, Bloodletting, Slave Cadaver
26/04 Powerstation - Auckland, NZ + Dawn Of Azazel, Sinate, State Of Integrity, World War Four, Malevolence, Cripple Mr Onion, Human, Wrath, Tainted, Just One Fix, Vatikan
27/04 Yellow Submarine - Hamilton, NZ + Bloodletting, Blacktooth, + guests
Atlanta's Withered have completed work on the band's latest album, "Folie Circulaire," which will see a June 24 release through Prosthetic Records. Withered posted the following on their MySpace Page:
"Our new record is officially completed and we're very satisfied," the band says. "Thanks to everyone involved, some very cool things have fallen into place for this release. Most of you are already aware of Barney Greenway's (Napalm Death) guest vocal appearance on "...The Fated Breath" and "Clamor Beneath." As always, his vocals are amazing and can't wait for everyone to hear them.
Also, the last song on the album is a cover song called 'Into Armageddon' by Necrophobic. If you're not already a fan of them, you need to be. They're in our top friends and some of the best black metal to ever come out of Sweden so check them out. Big thanks to them for being very cool about us recording their song and for writing it in the first place.
Thrash metallers Testament are currently streaming their entire new album, "The Formation Of Damnation", on their MySpace page.
The album will be released on April, 25th in Germany (on April, 29th in North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork was created by Eliran Kantor. The band recorded "The Formation Of Damnation" in part with producer Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Nevermore) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.
Posted on the official website on April 16th by Anders "Blakkheim" Nystrom:
"Bloodbath just spent the last week at Park Studio in Stockholm where Axe put down an (un)healthy doze of all the basic ingredients and more to get this death metal monster meal cooking in hell's oven. We're talking classic oldschool skinpounding, furious blastbeats, double bassdrums, all kinds of tempos and a heavy load of killer fills, yeah you name it… This time it turned out to be 11 brand new songs on the menu for the band's still untitled third album. So what direction does the material take this time? Well It's definately taking off where we left with "Unblessing The Purity". The material represents nothing but hateful brutality, so there's surely a lot of speed countered with heavy groove. Riff wise, we're playing a lot with dissonant harmonies for that feverish possessed feeling, but we also brought back the whole melodic yet haunting "bee-swarming" theme concept from the past albums to represent the classic sound, so there's definately gonna be a good deal of variety on here which we hope to pack together in the most crushing production yet. The recording will now be moved to engineer David Castillo's newbuilt studio where we'll put down the guitars and bass over the next month while waiting for Mike to return from his touring in June to cut the vocals before we enter mix mode. The cover artwork will once again be handled by Dusty Peterson. The album has been set for an October 6th release, but the album title, song titles, audio teasers and the coverartwork will show up during the summer. Stay tuned. Bloodbath is here to slay, Bloodbath is here to stay!"
Therion has posted the following update on their website:
Today we have an announcement that will come as a shock to all of you. The four permanent members of the band have had some discussions and it is clear that we have different goals and visions for the future. Therefore it is best for the band, our selves as individuals and for the fans that we go separate ways now when there is still plenty of time before the next Therion album and World Tour. This means that Christofer will continue with Therion and the others will perform their music in other projects and bands.
We're all still friends, no one is disappointed and there's still some work we have left to do together in terms of editing of materials we have recorded for future DVD's.Best regards to all of you and thank you so much for the wonderful support you have given the band during the time we have played together.