04:50 - The Maratha Also, black powerfully blending with genres of death, drone, psychedelic, doom, sludge and so on. More or less, this past 2 years there has been a trend of experimentation in metal altogether.
04:44 - The Maratha The problem is that Sludge creepingly blends into heavy, doom, black and death. Look at Roadburn for instance.
03:24 - Marcel Hubregtse SLudge is actually already dead since most bands in that genre are copying each other . Savannah SLudge is doing it and so are the others. If you hear mrore than 6 new sludge bands each months you will notice it.
02:29 - Apothecary Yeah you have a point, that "only old school is real, modern bands suck" mentality is still pretty strong among parts of the metal community though, unfortunately
02:23 - Karlabos but then again most death/thrash/sympho fans are more into older bands and don't follow the new stuff very closely... amongst the new metals arising i still feel sludge is pretty strong
02:17 - Apothecary I still think sludge is far from "the next big trend" lol, that's grossly over-exaggerating its appeal to the average metalhead. More people are into thrash, death, and symphonic type shit before sludge, at least in my area
02:14 - Karlabos yeah, sludge seems to be quite the thing nowadays. still beats the power metal trend from when i was a kid tho
Katatonia are forced to cancel their appearance at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting in December. The band issued the following statement:
"It is with great regret that we have to cancel our gig at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting scheduled for 17 and 18th of December. Holland has lately been really good to us and we hate to disappoint our Dutch fans, but Katatonia been offered an opportunity to tour in a few places that we have never visited and played before and we simply couldn't refuse. Where these places are will be announced here soon and we promise to make it up to our fans in the low country."
Meanwhile, the festival organization has confirmed the addition of Endstille and Moonspell to the festival billing. The complete festival line-up is now shaping up as follows:
Finnish melodic black metallers Gloria Morti have uploaded a new song, called "Awakening Of A Discordant Machine". The track is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
The song is apparently one of the "highlights" of the band's new, "massively blasting killer-album" Anthems Of Annihilation. The album is slated for a July 30 release via Cyclone Empire Records. More album details are available here.
Kiske/Somerville, the rock project formed by vocalists Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween) and Amanda Somerville (Aina, Avantasia, HDK) and featuring bassist Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner), guitarists Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Allen/Lande) and Sander Gommans (ex-After Forever, HDK), drummer Martin Schmidt (ex-Atrocity/Leaves' Eyes) and keyboarder Jimmy Kresic (Voodoocircle), will release their debut album on September 24th via Frontiers Records (in the U.S. on October 12). Before the release of the album, the single "Silence" will be out on August 20th. 90 second samples of each song of the album have been uploaded to Frontiers Records website and can be streamed here.
UVTV have uploaded a full Dark Tranquillity live concert that was filmed recently at Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago, IL. The audio for the show was professionally tracked and mixed. Check out the 73 minute concert at this location.
The setlist for the show was as follows:
01. At the Point of Ignition
02. The Fatalist
03. Focus Shift
04. The Wonders At Your Feet
05. Final Resistance
06. Misery's Crown
07. Punish My Heaven
09. Shadow in Our Blood
10. The Lesser Faith
11. Dream Oblivion
13. Lost To Apathy
15. The Grandest Accusation
16. Terminus (Where Death Is Most Alive)
"Whitewater", a brand new song from US metallers 36 Crazyfists, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
"Whitewater" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Collisions And Castaways, which is scheduled for release on July 27 via Ferret Music.
Collisions And Castaways cover art] tracklist:
01. In The Midnights
04. Mercy And Grace
06. Death Renames The Light
07. Waterhaul II
09. Long Roads To Late Nights
10. The Deserter
11. Caving In Spirals
And also US sludge/stoner/doom outfit Shrinebuilder will embark a European tour at the end of the year. The tour kicks off at the beginning of November all through to the early days of December. Here are the dates:
09.11.2010 - NED, Utrecht at Tivoli
10.11.2010 - BEL, Kortrijk at De Kreun
11.11.2010 - GER, Koln at Gebauede 9
12.11.2010 - GER, Berlin at Berghain
13.11.2010 - POL, Poznan at Eskalup
14.11.2010 - GER, Leipzig at Conne Island
15.11.2010 - GER, Munich at Feierwerk
16.11.2010 - CZE, Prague at Futurum
17.11.2010 - HUN, Budapest at Durer Kert
18.11.2010 - AUT, Vienna at Arena
19.11.2010 - ITA, Ravenna at Bronson
20.11.2010 - ITA, Mezzago at Bloom
21.11.2010 - SUI, Zurich at Rote Fabrik
American progressive metal band Shadow Gallery announces that they will be embarking on a European Mini-Tour in October 2010 with support from modern rock band Maplerun. The tour is set to launch with their headlining performance on October 2nd at ProgPower Europe in Baarlo, Netherlands.
After the successful release of their sixth studio album Digital Ghosts in November 2009 via InsideOut Records, the band is set to bring their epic progressive metal music to Europe for their first tour, booked and managed by WarCry Entertainment Group.
Guitarist Gary Wehrkamp states: "Our fans in Europe have been eagerly waiting for the day that Shadow Gallery would take the stage and we are happy to finally be able to make this journey together."
Sludge metal band Kruger have announced the following European tour dates in support of their new album, For Death, Glory And The End Of The World:
October 19 - Ziegel - Zurich, Switzerland
October 20 - Passagers du Zinc - Bezançon, France
October 21 - Taverne - la Louvière, Belgium
October 22 - Pandemonium - Antwerpen, Belgium
October 23 - O13 - Tilburg, Netherlands
October 25 - Venue TBA - Sheffield, England
October 26 - The Unicorn - London, England
October 27 - 4 Ecluses - Dunkerque, France
October 29 - 6 Par 4 - Laval, France
October 30 - Biomill - Laufen, Switzerland
Pat Kavanagh, bassist of Canadian melodic death metal outfit Threat Signal has issued the following statement on the band's MySpace:
"I'm going to start this update off with the good news. We're playing a week of shows with our friends in Soilwork in August. Can't wait to play with those dudes again! Check out our MySpace for the dates. Also we'll have former Darkest Hour shredder and awesome dude Kris Norris filling in! So you definitely don't want to miss these shows.
Now you may be asking yourself "filling in?!?" yeah, onto the bad news. Here it comes again folks, there's been another casualty in TS. Adam Weber has decided to leave us. He has some personal things he needs to work out and we wish him all the best. We're still good friends and there's plenty more beers that we'll have together so no worries. I know this sucks to hear for a lot of you and I can list off a boat load of bands that have been through the same shit we've been through. Just know it sucks hard on our side too.
Cradle Of Filth will tour South America in support of their upcoming album All Hallows Eve. The band announced a couple of shows in December, with more dates to be announced soon.
UPDATED (on 03.08.2010):
Dec. 12 - Teatro Metropol - Bogotá, Colombia
Dec. 14 - Ciec - Caracas, Venezuela
Dec. 16 - Teatro Caupolican - Santiago, Chile
Dec. 17 - El Teatro Flores - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 18 - Carioca Club - São Paulo, Brazil
Dec. 19 - Bar Opinião - Porto Alegre, Brazil
Coming Alive the new live DVD/CD of Chimaira is now streaming online. Head over to the AOL listening party to check it out.
As reported in June, the package features a live DVD/CD featuring 17 tracks recorded at Chimaira's December 30th Christmas show (at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio). Bonus features on the DVD include a 45 minute Resurrection: "Making of" documentary and a 40 minute home-video footage documentary of never before seen moments.
Coming Alive was released on July 13 in Europe, and July 20 in the rest of the world.
Technical death metal act, Beneath The Massacre, have announced Marée Noire, as the title of their forthcoming EP which will be released in North America on September 14th. The effort was co- produced by Chris Donaldson, known for his work with Cryptopsy, with guitarist Chris Bradley and the band. It was mixed by Donaldson and mastered by Alan Douches (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Converge).
Bradley commented on the release: "Marée Noire was written using a different approach than the preceding release. We wouldn't start the writing process from the same point. Some songs were more structured by melodies while others all started from drums pattern. I think it makes the songs stand out a little more."
US metallers Leatherwolf are currently working on their first ever DVD, Live At The Galaxy, which was filmed during the band's 2009 performance at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, CA.
A sneak preview of the song "Thunder" has been posted online at this location. It features the band's current lineup, with guitarist Greg Erba and bassist Patrick Guyton joining original members Michael Olivieri (vocals, guitar), Carey Howe (guitars), and Dean Roberts (drums).