As posted on the official Annihilator forum, Annihilator will return to Europe starting early October as "very special guest" to Iced Earth.
Guitarist/Mainman Jeff Waters says "We are looking forward to another great tour through Europe and, this time, courtesy of metal warriors Iced Earth. Ripper and I have been good friends for years and it was an honor to be asked to join them on this tour, spreading more METAL through Europe. See you all again real soon!"
Iced Earth + Annihilator:
Oct. 08 - Köln, Germany - Live Music Hall
Oct. 09 - München, Germany - Backstage Werk
Oct. 10 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
Oct. 12 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Razzmatazz 1
Oct. 13 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
Classic Rock has just announced after much speculation that Led Zeppelin will reunite for a one-off special show at the O2 Arena in London on Monday, November 26.
The message on the Classic Rock website procedes:
"Tickets cost £125 each and will be available 'by ballot'. More details as we have it.
The bill also includes Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman & The Rhythm Kings, Foreigner and Paolo Nutini.
Founding members Jimmy Page (guitar), Robert Plant (vocals) and John Paul Jones (bass) will be joined by Jason Bonham, son of the late John Bonham, on drums.
The one-off performance has just been announced via a handout given to attendees at a press conference in the Vue cinema at the O2 complex. It's a memorial gig in honour of Ahmet Ertegun, the co-founder and longstanding chairman of Atlantic Records.
The German melodic metallers of Edguy have posted the following statement in their official site:
"Due to big technical problems Edguy had to cancel the show in Hartford . Most of the technical devices and instruments were not delivered as agreed on prior to the tour. Edguy apologizes for this and are working to fix all problems so they can play the tour as planned. Edguy is not responsible for this, as there was no chance to even do a 30% show.
The Rocket Ride world tour is going on. On September 12th Edguy will start their North American coast-to-coast tour in W. Springfield, Virginia. Check the tour dates to make sure you you won't miss the guys during their 20 shows in the USA and Canada. Furthermore Edguy will return to Brazil for one show, the Greenpeace Manifesto Festival at Via Funchal on the 11th of November. In Europe, Edguy have just been confirmed to co-headline the Bulgarian issue of the Nuclear Blast festial at the "Winter Palace of Sports" on November 3rd. Last but not least Edguy will be special guest to play a 45 minutes mini-set during the Nuclear Blast festival in Stuttgart on October 27th at the Schleyerhalle in Stuttgart."
California-based progressive/extreme music outfit Intronaut have posted a new song, entitled "The Challenger", at this location.
The track is the title cut of the band's upcoming album, due on October 30 via Translation Loss Records. The CD will consist of three new tracks, a handful of live tracks and a remix, with a running time of over 40 minutes.
We have just uploaded the 3rd track from our 4-track promo CD, entitled 'Ordered Eastward'. The other 2 tracks are available for download now.
Next week we will upload the final track and the week after that all 4 tracks of the promo CD plus the artwork of the CD will be available for download for a couple of weeks, so make sure you visit this page the coming weeks!
The following message has been posted on Meshuggah's official website:
"We regrettably have to inform you that we have been forced to pull out of the November Euro tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan. There are several reasons for this. The main one being the fact that the album recording has taken longer than what was originally planned. As an effect of that - NB has moved the album release to Jan/Feb of 2008.
In light of this we choose to not do a tour that could compromise the outcome of the album as well as possibly delaying the release even more.
Our intention was to have the album out in November and then do this as the first tour in direct support of the release. With this "album-promotional" aspect of the tour gone, we feel that we should instead focus on the most important thing at hand - the album!
British extreme metallers Anaal Nathrakh will release their fourth full-length album "Hell Is Empty, And All The Devils Are Here", on October 28 via the band's own record label, Feto Records.
The CD will reportedly include guest vocals from Circle Of Dead Children's Josama Bin Horvath and Dirty Von Donovan from Exploder, as well as Shane Embury (Napalm Death) on bass. Songtitles set to appear on the album include "Castigation And Betrayal" and "The Final Absolution".
Instrumentalist Mick Kenney had this to say regarding the direction of the material, "These songs are gonna blow everything we've ever done in the past and will make you want to actually smash your own face in."
As posted on the band's website, Ensiferum has unfortunately suffered another member loss in the band as the band's long-time keyboard player Meiju Enho decided to leave the band. The band expresses their regret for her decision to depart the band, but despite the break-up the band will victoriously go on! You can read Meiju's afterwords here.
Emmi Silvennoinen from the band Exsecratus has been substituting Meiju from the beginning of this year (2007) and continues to act as the live/session keyboard player for Ensiferum until further notice.
The following message was posted on Atrocity's official website:
"Finally the waiting has an end! The new Atrocity album Werk 80 II will be released at the 8th February 2008.
Alex Krull: "On the 8th February 2008 Werk 80 II is gonna be released. A quite fitting date as we find! To be serious, we took a lot of time for the production to get the best result. All friends of the first Werk 80 will like the second one too. This time we have worked together with an orchestra and a choir. So the whole album has gained a bit more of a classical touch which I personally like a lot. Everything sounds very harmonic and organic. The work on this album has been intense and thrilling. On the first Werk 80 album we also used classical elements but we enforced this on the new one. Thus the electronic parts got moved a little bit into the background. We didn't want to do the same on this successive album but including new elements and developing our style. I promise you Werk 80 II is gonna be a class of its own worth waiting for it."
Keyboardist Phillippe "Phil" Giordana of French Symphonic Power Metal band Fairyland has issued the following update:
"I just dived into the song writing phase for the next album, with already 1 song finished 100% and 4 more that are at an advanced stage.
Fairyland will now present itself as a solo project, without any permanent line-up. Some posts, such as drums and rhythmic guitars, will probably be held throughout the album by the same guests in order to keep a main guideline. For the rest, many guests will bring their personal participation, giving a "metal-opera" touch to the different songs. The guests list is getting longer day after day, with already a few names that will be quite familiar to metal fans.
Amorphis' new album "Silent Waters" is now available for streaming in its entirety at MP3.com, here.
Silent Waters - out November 18 in North America - tracklisting:
01. Weaving The Incantation
02. A Servant
03. Silent Waters
04. Towards And Against
05. I Of Crimson Blood
06. Her Alone
09. The White Swan
10. Black River
11. Sign (U.S. bonus track)
The Gathering will issue the "A Noise Severe" 2-DVD and 2-CD sets on October 31. Both releases contain recordings of the group's March 24, 2007 performance at the 4,000-capacity theatre Teatro Caupolicán in Santiago, Chile. You can listen to the samples here.
You can also find two full songs and a video extract on the band's MySpace page, here.
The first dates have been announced for Danzig's East Coast mini-tour. Support at the shows will come from Misfits/Kryst The Conqueror guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein's new band Gorgeous Frankenstein and Boston's Doomriders. The details are as follows:
Oct. 23 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
Oct. 24 - Philadephia, PA @ Electric Factory
Oct. 25 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Oct. 27 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
UPDATED on 26.09.07, thanks to Master_o_Puppets:
Danzig have announced more tour dates. Follows are the confirmed Danzig east and west coast dates. Other than these shows, Danzig has no plans to do any touring in the foreseeable future.
It is truly something very special what infamous Finnish folk metal warriors Turisas unleash upon you now with the premiere of their fantastic new clip "Rasputin", an insane cover version of the old Boney M. classic every fan should already recognise from their unforgettable live shows.
Band mastermind Warlord comments the clip as follows: "This video is pretty far from what you'd expect from a Turisas-video - or any metal video for that matter! The idea to the video is just as wild as the cover song itself: a battle metal band covering a 70's disco hit. Just as the song, it is a crossover of the 70's kitsch attached to the Boney M - track, but performed by us as we do it. Director Vesa-Matti Vainio and the whole crew did a great job on this one and to me, this is a good pick for our first video ever. I assure you, there are plenty of ideas on epic spectacles to be looked into later."