Italy's Stormlord have posted the following update:
"It's been a while since we've made any sort of updates about Stormlord, isn't it? But this doesn't mean that we spent our time just hanging around without nothing to do. In all these months we've been working hard and, at last, we're ready to give you the first news about our future.
The songwriting for our fourth album is almost done, right now we're taking care of the last details and then all the songs will be complete. What we hold in our hands it's the most epic sounding stuff since our debut "Supreme Art Of War", even if the references to our most recent albums will not be missed. We guess you can label it Extreme Epic Metal at its best.
Italian Power Metallers Vision Divine have issued the following update:
"Due to a big problem related with his tendinitis, Federico Puleri isunable to follow the band on the South American Tour. The problem
was known since the Asian shows, but the band decided to try anything possible to solve it. Unfortunately the problem didn't get solved and became even bigger, so the doctor ordered him a full month of rest, and it has been decided not to risk his health. No substitute will be taken, and Olaf will play the South American shows alone. After this tour Federico will be back, fully recovered, healthy and ready
to be on stage again for the next shows... our best wishes to Federico!"
The following update was posted on Season Of Mist's website:
"Followers of the dreamlord rejoice. The time is approaching for "Communion". The Greek demons Septicflesh (now in one word) are back with a new album on Season of Mist, containing 9 gates to unearthly dreams and nightmares. The "rituals" of "Communion" took place in the famous Studio Fredman in Sweden. The massive heavy guitar sound of the album is supported by a haunting triumphant orchestration that surpasses every past attempt of the band on that field. The classical arrangements are composed and directed by Chris Antoniou (guitarist) and performed by the 80 part full orchestra and 32 part choir of philharmonic orchestra of Prague. As a result the music besides being brutal is also very "visual", like the soundtrack of an occult movie projected straight to your mind. Concerning the vocals, Seth is growling as a hellish beast in contrast with the melodic, yet intense and emotive vocals of Sotiris V. This album is definitely the more dark, brutal and at the same time avant-garde release of the band to date, crossing the borders of Death and Black metal. Yes, this album is not recommended to people resonating with holy ideals and bright emotions.
A new song, entitled 'Caravan Of The Dead', from the Darkmoon's upcoming album "Apocalyptic Syndrome" is now online at the official band MySpace page at this location.
"Apocalyptic Syndrome" was recorded at Little Creek studios in Gelterkinden (Baselland), Switzerland and will contain "10 songs between the borders of death/thrash and black metal" according to the band. The album is due on November 16 via CCP Records.
Audio samples of all "Apocalyptic Syndrome" tracks are available at this location.
Swallow The Sun have posted their video for the song "Doomed To Walk The Earth" on YouTube at this location.
The track comes off the band's third album, entitled "Hope", which was released on February 7th, 2007 via Spinefarm Records. The album was recorded at Seawolf Studios in Helsinki and was mastered at Finnvox studios with Minerva Pappi.
Swedish Melodic Death Metal band Unanimated have reunited, ot only for a few gigs, they're recording new songs as stated on their offical MySpace:
"Since the last couple of years, the founding members Richard and Jojje, have been in the works of reuniting the band again. But due to the members involvements in other bands such as Dismember, Entombed, Dark Funeral, Murder Squad, Merciless, Face Down, Krux and Nifelheim, ups and downs in personal life, Richard relocated to Texas and prison sentences...(you name it!), finding the right time has been difficult.
Currently the band are working on new material and planing possible live performances in 2008. Four brand new songs are in the works. Titels like "Nemissis/Retaliation", "Vacuum-Draining Cosmos" and "In The Light Of Darkness" are some of the new songs that are made. Musically the band will continue where they left off. Metal Fucking Metal! Be prepared...The Firestorm is coming! AVE LUCIFER!"
The following update concerning the new album has been posted on the band's website:
"Okay... here is the latest news from Tvangeste camp.
We cannot really say they are good but anyway - no news is the worst thing for it means death. At the same time bad news signify that we are still alive....sorry for such a long introduction folks.
As it was scheduled on May 2007 we were sitting in Europe recording metal parts of the new material. All guitars and basses were recorded so Tvangeste was heading to Sweden to record solo guitars, voices, to make mixdown. We applied for Swedish visas (it's visitors visa - we are still Russian citizens so we need visas in order to visit any other countries). Right up to the end of our studio time in Poland we got a negative answer from Swedish Consulate. I do not know why - they didn't provide us with any reasons of rejecting our applications. In fact they are not ought to. So this unexpected problem fucked up a whole recording schedule! We tried to find a solution but in vain.
The following update has been posted on the Trouble website in October:
''Here we are, waiting for the release of SMC in the States. Can there possibly be any more delays… Anyway, It is now scheduled to come out in Jan 2008. (let's hope). If not, shit will hit the fan. In the meantime, We have decided to release the Unplugged CD. They will start shipping on December 15, 2007. The first 100 sold will be limited editions signed by the band. Pre-orders are being accepted NOW. Only available on the newtrouble.com website.
In other news, a tour is in the works starting in March through April 2008. Exact tour dates not available at this time. But we do know they will hit the majority of Europe.''
Prosthetic Records is proud to announce reissues from Bay Area metal legends Testament. Both to feature new liner notes, 1997's "Demonic" was remastered and 1999's "The Gathering" will include the previously only available in Japan, "Hammer Of The Gods." Both will see a worldwide release through the label on Jan. 8, 2008. Previously released through Spitfire Records and currently out of print, both records are a welcome addition to the Prosthetic Records catalog.
Currently gearing up for the release of a new studio record featuring all new music via Nuclear Blast, Testament's line-up for "Demonic" included Gene Hoglan (Death, Strapping Young Lad), while "The Gathering" featured metal legends James Murphy (Death, Obituary), Steve DiGiorgio (Death, Iced Earth, Sadus), and Dave Lombardo (Slayer).
UK Death Metal steamrollers Bolt Thrower have posted the following message:
"As most of you probably know, Bolt Thrower don't like to play festivals, but as a lot of you want to see us playing festivals, we try and play at least one festival a year. After receiving numerous offers, we now have to choose which festival to play next Summer, and would like you to help us decide.
As BT are not financially driven, the fee is pretty irrelevant, as is whether we play to 1000 people or 100,000. Our main requirement would be to have our usual merchandise / meet and greet booth, with no price restrictions.
Wacken Open Air festival have asked us again to play next Summer, and the date would fit in with the gap in our planned recording and mixing schedule for next year. A lot of you have asked us to play Wacken over the years, and a lot of you have advised us not to play it, for various reasons.
In celebration of the release of their latest album yesterday (6 November), Impaled have offered the following advice:
"It's D Day… Death Day. Celebrate this day in the history of Thanatology with the latest Impaled record "The Last Gasp".
Some celebration ideas…
01. Gather your friends and listen to the new record together
02. Start a public mosh pit
03. Buy a second copy to keep sealed like a Star Wars figure
04. If your local store doesn't have the record, ask 'em why then spit on the manager
05. Buy yourself a present from the Impaled Shop
06. Walk around with an Rxxx written in ash on your forehead
07. When someone scores in soccer, scream "GORE!!!"
The following dates have been announced as part of the Scorpions Humanity-Hour1 world tour:
October 31st, 2007 Tokyo Japan
November 10th, 2007 Sibiu Romania
November 28th, 2007 Bordeaux France
November 29th, 2007 Toulouse France
November 30th, 2007 Clermont-Ferrand France
December 4th, 2007 Lisbon Portugal
December 6th, 2007 Guimaraes Portugal
December 12th, 2007 Shillong India
December 14th, 2007 Bombay/Mumbai India
December 16th, 2007 Bangalore India
The band have also posted the following warning banner: "'Regarding the tourdates of the Scorpions Humanity-Hour1 world tour: It is the booking agents policy to publish Scorpions concert dates only when all contracts are signed. Please don´t send us questions regarding dates posted on other websites, all 100% confirmed dates will be posted here immediately.''