19:32 - Apothecary Haha, getting into all of the Wu comes with time for sure. I'm talking about this guy though, been getting into him a lot lately because he was on a track on one of Vordul Mega's (Cannibal Ox) solo albums and I liked his flow
19:24 - flightoficarus Indeed. Those taking that route might not want to start with Wu-Tang though. They will be overwhelmed lol
19:16 - Apothecary I really love how discovering new rappers is such an easy process. Whenever I'm listening to some guy's stuff, and see another dope guy featured on one of his tracks, I go and check out that guy's shit. And it just goes on and on
Metal Blade and Primordial have decided to upgrade the upcoming re-issue of "Imrama" a bit, so now there won't be a bonus CD, but a bonus DVD included. The DVD comes from the fathomless pits of singer A.A. Nemtheanga's cave and is pure gold for any Primordial lunatic since it includes a live recording from 1994 in Cork City, Ireland. The DVD also features an audio commentary by A.A. Nemtheanga talking about the early days of the band and the gig in particular.
Recorded in late 1994, "Imrama" was originally released by Cacophonous Records in the autumn of 1995, already displaying Primordial's sense for overwhelming melodies, epic drama and total commitment, wrapped in a raw sound with a much stronger black metal influence than the band shows nowadays. The re-issue comes as a CD/DVD package including the remastered album plus unreleased demos and live recordings, packaged in a precious black linen slipcase with glossy golden hot foil print, containing a six-page Digipak with the original artwork, the two discs and a 16-page booklet with new liner notes and additional photos. Mandatory for any self-respecting heathen!
Alestorm and Týr are teaming up for a co-headlining European tour in support of Alestorm's upcoming effort "Black Sails At Midnight". The dates for the UK leg of their upcoming European tour have just been announced and are as follows:
04-24 - Prestatyn, Wales - Hammerfest
04-26 - Dudley, England - JB's
04-27 - Glasgow, Scotland - Cathouse
04-28 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Studio 24
04-29 - Nottingham, England - Rock City
04-30 - Leeds, England - Rio's
05-01 - Milton Keynes, England - The Pitz
05-02 - Petersborough, England - The Park
05-03 - London, England - Underworld
The rest of the Black Sails Over Europe Tour schedule, featuring Alestorm, Týr, Heidevolk and Adorned Brood, looks as follows:
Blackguard have made a new song, called "This Round's On Me", available online for your listening pleasure. The track, which can be found on the Blackguard MySpace, comes off the band's upcoming album "Profugus Mortis", slated for a March 20 release.
Eternal Gray have uploaded two unmastered tracks from the forthcoming album "Your Gods, My Enemies". The songs are entitled "Controlled" and "Never Waits" and can be streamed at the band's MySpace page.
The Phoenix-based death/grind quintet Landmine Marathon, whose late 2008 release "Rusted Eyes Awake" continues to earn critical acclaim, has officially signed with Prosthetic Records. The band, whose three-release Level Plane Records discography has drawn frequent comparisons to Napalm Death, Carcass and Bolt Thrower, will tour throughout the spring and perform at both the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and the Los Angeles Murderfest in the coming weeks.
"We're extremely excited about signing with Prosthetic and can't wait to forge new friendships and relationships with them," says guitarist Ryan Butler. "They've been nothing but a blast to work with through the signing process, and we can't wait to see what the future holds for this partnership."
Finnish newspapers and Blabbermouth.net are reporting that Miika Tenkula, former lead guitarist and main songwriter of the acclaimed Finnish band Sentenced, was found dead at his home earlier yesterday (Thursday, February 19). He was 34 years old. Miika Tenkula was also the band's original vocalist from 1989 to late 1992.
Nalle Österman (Gandalf, Lullacry, Chaosbreed) tells Blabbermouth.net, "It's true, confirmed personally by Sentenced] drummer Vesa Ranta. The fact remains that Miika had a serious drinking problem for many years which escalated after Sentenced was buried. They don't call it King Alcohol for nothing... The metal scene in Finland mourns now for one of the most talented metal guitarists to ever emerge from ."
Australian unhinged metallers Kunvuk have set "Immute: What Follows The Feeding of Jackals" as the title of their forthcoming debut LP. The album is currently slated for release in July of 2009 and is set to be released as a two-disc digipack edition. The first disc will contain 10 new compositions rallying from the brink of insanity to the pinnacle of clarity. Coupled with this will be a second disc which will be a reconstructed, rerecorded, remixed and remastered version of the band's demo EP "The Gone Mekanik Anticipation Demonstration". The album will be self-funded and self-released via the band's own label, The Light Of Damnation Records.
For anyone eager to hear the new material before the disc drops, come down to Club Blink in Sydney, Australia on March 6th and catch Kunvuk live at one of their last live shows before they disappear into the wilderness to record their new album. They will be video-taping this show for future release so anyone wanting to get in and on the video, the guest list is filling fast so leap to it and send your names to contact kunvuk com.
Wolfchant finished the recordings for "Determined Damnation" this week and have announced more details. The album was mixed and mastered by Uwe Lulis, who also worked on the choirs. The new album will be released on April 24 via Massacre Records. A special limited digipak edition of the album will be available for purchase at the Ragnarök Festival, set to take place April 17-18, 2009 in Lichtenfels, Germany. Album cover can be viewed here.
"Determined Damnation" track listing:
01. Determination Begins
02. World In Ice
03. Until The End
04. Determined Damnation
05. In War
06. Fate Of The Fighting Man
07. Kein Engel Hört Dich Flehen
08. A Raven's Flight
09. Never Too Drunk
US metallers Crescent Shield will release their second album "The Stars Of Never Seen" this spring on Cruz del Sur Music. The album will be released on the 8th of May in Germany and Europe, 11th of May in UK and June 2 in USA/Canada. The first pressing will include a limited edition DVD of their entire performance at Germany's Keep it True Festival in April 08.
The artwork for the CD was again done by comic book artist Gerry Alanguilan and can be viewed here. The band is in the final stages of mixing the record with renowned metal producer Bill Metoyer, so the new album promises to be not only a step up musically but also sonically.
Tracklisting for "The Stars of Never Seen" follows:
Delain have made the title track of the new album "April Rain", available online. You can listen to the song at this location . The song comes off the group's forthcoming album "April Rain", which will be released on March 30 via Roadunner Records.
"We are very sad to announce that the UK & Ireland tour will not happen as planned.
As you already know, guitarist Jesper Strömblad is currently at an alcohol rehabilitation clinic and is taking some time off to get better. Bassist Peter Iwers is about to become a dad. We obviously knew about Peter becoming a dad and originally planned to have a replacement bassist, but with the recent events surrounding Jesper we simply feel that it is not fair on the fans to see a completely different line up, which in our eyes is not In Flames. Again, sorry to make any UK & Irish fans disappointed and we hope to make it up to you."
For already purchased tickets contact your local ticket office/venue.
Brutal Truth have posted the first preview track from their brand-new album and first full-length in 10 years, "Evolution Through Revolution". The title-track, "Evolution Through Evolution", can be heard now via the band's MySpace page. "Evolution Through Revolution" is set for an April 14th North American release date (April 20th internationally) via Relapse Records.
Brutal Truth recorded "Evolution Through Revolution" cover artwork] at Watchman Studios in Lockport, NY with engineer Doug White (Psyopus). Additional song titles include: "Sugardaddy", "Get A Therapist... Spare The World", "Detached", "Global Good Guy", "Lifer", "Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs", and "Grind Fidelity".
Deströyer 666 have now recorded and mixed their new album and are currently waiting on the artwork to be finalised. Release dates and the track listing for "Defiance" are expected soon.
The following tour dates have also been confirmed by the band:
May 24 - Maryland Deathfest, Baltimore, USA
May 29 - Rock Hard Festival, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
May 30 - United Metal Maniacs Festival, Bitterfeld, Germany
June 6 - Magic Metal Festival, Fredericia, Denmark
Aug 7 - Partysan Festival, Germany
Sept 5 - NIHIL Extreme Festival, Milan, Italy
"Volume 3: Caos, Carma, Conceito" is the title of new U-Ganga's album. This will be the third release of the Brazilian band leaded by the ex-Sarcófago drummer Manu Joker. The album will bring the following tracklist:
01. Zona Árida
04. Meus Velhos Olhos De Enxergar O Mal (2 Lobos)
05. Iso 666
07. Asas Negras
08. Sua Lei, Minha Lei
10. O Primeiro Inquilino
11. Fronteiras Da Tolerância
13. Tri II
The recordings were completed last week in Brasilia - capital of Brazil - at Orbis Studios with the famous Brazilian producer Riti Santiago (winner of the Brazilian MTV's EMA). Santiago will also take care of the mixing. The mastering will be made in Germany by a famous international producer - the band will reveal his name on the next weeks.
Denver's Cryogen are releasing their new EP, "Psalms Of Deceit", for free. The digital version was released since yesterday (February 17) as a "pay what you want" download, meaning it can be downloaded for free.
Cryogen comments: "We are offering our fans the opportunity to pay what they want for our new EP. That includes paying nothing. We're leaving it up to our fans to decide what the album is worth. We're leaving that decision up to each individual, and we're happy to be the first extreme metal band to do that. We feel that this is the future of music distribution and that there is no better time to do this than right now. While record labels sit in fear of losing sales to piracy, we believe it's up to independent bands, like Cryogen, to help pave a new way of distributing music."