Swedish metallers Evocation will release their third album, Apocalyptic, on October 29 via Cyclone Empire Records. Also, a brand new song, "Sweet Obsession", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
The band commented: "We are exhausted and we are grumpy but we are very happy as well... This means that we are finally done with our 3rd full length album which we entitled Apocalyptic. We are very, very satisfied with the final result and we are proud to say that - fucking hell, we did it even a third time! As we speak the album is already in our record company's hands, still the one and only Cyclone Empire. Now we are breathing some air to gain new power and strength to conquer the world even more, we are aiming at Tours, Festivals and Club Shows. For the cover art this time we naturally found that Xaay (Behemoth, Nile, Vader etc.) would fit both the title Apocalyptic and our musical achievements just perfect. And it did, we can assure you we are blown away by the effort and feeling he gave it. See for your selves! We will of course not leave you starving until the release of this master piece which is announced to be in European stores the 29th of October. Therefore we decided to give you a bite of the tasty cookie, so ladies and gents we give you - "Sweet Obsession"."
Turns out that Dark Funeral is more like a sinking ship than a thriving black metal band these days. After vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula (his mommy calls him Magnus Bromberg) announced his departure in July, followed by bassist B-Force only a month later, also drummer Nils Fjellström is now leaving the group. You may remember Nils Fjellström from the Monday news report where he announced his split from his other band Aeon.
Here's the official word from founding member Lord Ahriman (his driver's licence says Micke Svanberg): "Recently, you could read about Nils "Dominator" Fjellstrom's departure from Aeon due to personal/private reasons. Today we can confirm that he'll no longer be part of Dark Funeral either. And just like Aeon, we won't comment on this subject any further.
Danzig are once again hosting the Blackest Of The Black tour taking place in October and November. On the 2010 edition, Danzig are taking Possessed, Marduk, Toxic Holocaust and Withered with them on their North American trek.
Blackest Of The Black tour dates:
Oct 25 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Oct 27 - Little Rock, AR @ The Village
Oct 29 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
Oct 30 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Oct 31 - Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Showroom
Nov 02 - Knoxville, TN @ Valarium
Nov 03 - Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
Nov 04 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Nov 05 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa (No Danzig)
Nov 06 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater
Nov 07 - Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
"The band and crew are all here in Tampa rehearsing for the tour. Visas have been cleared and the guys are in good spirits and ready to party with all of you. However, during rehearsals, Roy Khantatat became severely ill. Due to this, as yet undiagnosed, illness, Roy reluctantly has been forced to head back home to Norway. He is currently under his physician's care, but unfortunately these circumstances will prevent him from joining us on the North American concert tour. Of course, we want Roy to take care of his health as priority one for now and for the future.
After much consideration on how to proceed, all of us in Kamelot feel strongly about keeping our commitment to our fans, promoters, and support bands on this tour! We are all ready and excited about playing these shows, we have flown in people from around the world to be apart of it and it has been in the works over a year! Therefore, we are working diligently with a fantastic singer willing to step in at the eleventh hour in order to make this tour a reality - our good friend Michael Eriksen from Circus Maximus has agreed to fill in for Roy! And we are excited to announce a special guest: Swedish vocalist Elize Ryd from Amaranthe will be joining the band on the North American Tour. She will also be part of the VIP meet and greet! Elize toured with us on our Summer Pandemonium Tour and also the European tour earlier this Spring.
"On A Wicked Night", the new video from Danzig, can be viewed at this location. The clip, which was directed by "Glenn Danzig", was shot on location in early June at the infamous BatCave in the Hollywood Hills.
"On A Wicked Night" comes off the band's latest album, Deth Red Sabaoth, which was released on June 2010 via Evilive/The End Records.
French metallers Heol Telwen have issued the short following update on their official MySpace blog:
"Hi all !
We are currently working on new tracks, 5 are already composed and other ones are on the way ! We already play 2 of these new songs on stage. Our second release will be a concept album based on old breton legend. No recording date or release date have been planned for now. Stay tuned for more informations!
Sweden's Heavy Metal band StoneLake is now in the studio to working on a new album!
It will be a follow up to Shades Of Eternity, but with more massive sound, very heavy guitar's and walls of big drums. There will be a couple of well known guestplayers on leadguitar and a duet song with a well known metalsinger! The new album will sound like StoneLake powerful high energy heavy metal with melodic melodies as alway with high pitch vocals.
The recordings will take place at UMP Studios in Sweden and the producing, mixing and mastering will be handled of Jan Akesson.
Tokyo's Gallhammer are currently working on new material for the follow-up to 2007's Ill Innocence, & will enter the studio in October to record what Vivian Slaughter (bass/vocals) describes as an album of "strange & psychedelic experimental sounds of doom".
It has also been announced that guitarist & vocalist Mika has left Gallhammer to concentrate on her other band, whilst Vivian & Risa (drums) continue as a duo. You can now follow Gallhammer at their new Twitter page which will be constantly updated with band news & progress.
Doppelgängers, the forthcoming album from Norwegian metallers Goat The Head, is available for streaming in its entirety on the band's MySpace page.
Due on September 13 via Aftermath Music, the album was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (Halford, Behemoth, Kataklysm, The Haunted) at his Antfarm Studio in Århus, Denmark.
Doppelgängers cover art] tracklist:
01. Neolithic Rocket Science
02. Uncanny Valley Clan
03. This Tube Is The Gospel
05. Bestial Domestication
06. The Hunt Is On (Sexy Son)
08. Stirring The Enigmatic Appetite
09. The Ubiquitous Cube
10. Primal Caveman Death Metal
German metallers Disbelief have issued the following update on their official website:
"Disbelief announce that they've split up from drummer Kai Bergerin because of private facts that makes him impossible to do longer tours and the musical direction of our previuos albums, that was going apart.
Also we've split up the work with our guitar-player Witali Weber because of personally differences!
First of all we want to thank both of them for the good times that we have had together and their input into Disbelief. We wish Kai and Witali all the best for further musical way!
For the upcoming tour we're in touch with some great musicians, if someting is fixed, we'll tell you!"
Peaceville have published new info about Cradle Of Filth's upcoming album:
One of the most infamous and notorious names in metal, Cradle of Filth continue to shock, excite, disgust and inspire in equal measures. Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa the latest chapter of the band's dark history is to be released through Peaceville Records on the band's own AbraCadaver imprint on November 1st 2010 but fans can get a preview of the album at the new Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa mini-site which goes live at http://www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth at 7pm (BST) today (6th September).
"The Cabal", the new video from Italian metallers Elvenking, can be viewed at this location. The clip was filmed on June 5-6 with director Mirco Andreis, who previously worked with the band on "The Divided Heart" video.
"The Cabal" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Red Silent Tides, which will be released on September 17 in Europe (November 9 in North America) via AFM Records. Everything you need to know about this album was previously reported here.
Leon has posted a demo version of new track "Time Never Lasts" from the forthcoming fourth album online. That can be heard at this location.
He has also posted this message on the band's official forum:
As anyone who's heard the track might have noticed, and some people are already aware; in addition to playing guitar and drums, I'm also doing vocals and bass on this track. So here comes the next announcement: the next Mithras record is going to be me flying solo, playing all the instruments and doing vocals. This was in some ways a very hard decision to make, but in other ways an astoundingly easy one, which I think is going to work out for the best for me personally, and isn't really a reflection on anyone else. I was fortunate enough to have many viable options on this record as to who could perform on it (from live and ex-members) but after very careful consideration regarding practicalities and all the hard work which goes into a new record, not to mention much soul searching, I decided the best possible outcome for the record was for me to work alone.