Dutch melodic death metallers Detonation have issued the following great news:
"Finally! The new album is finished. We have set Reprisal as the title for our 4th full length album. We're very pleased with the outcome of this CD, it's heavier than anything we've done in the past, and the songs also feel more personal and in your face. Our new band mates Michiel and Danny also put their mark on it, and both did an excellent job on Reprisal. We have uploaded the song "There is no turning Back" for you guys to check out. But as always, it's difficult to capture the whole albums' vibe with just 1 song. But anyway, check it out and let us know what you think!"
Italian Power metal band Perpetual Fire will release their second album Invisible through IceWarrior Records/Rock It Up Records. The album is described as "a new hilight for fans of melodic power metal á la Freedom Call, Heavenly, Gamma Ray or Seven Gates". The album will also be released in a limited IceWarrior-Edition. The complete album is available for free download at this location.
Invisible cover art] tracklist:
02. Kissing shadow
03. April's blood
04. Walking on your fire
05. In the cage
06. Lost forever
07. Winter's night
08. Velvet rope
10. My ship is burning
12. Time machine
13. Who We Are
It's Sunday morning and there is traditionally no news to report at this time. So let's get back to that certain Metal Storm feature in which we look for the greatest metal video in the history of awesome. Just like in last week's issue we prefer to do it the hilarious/eccentric/ludicrous way.
This week's heavyweight champion defending his belt is Children - Power Spirit.
For some inexplicable reason, recording your video in the middle of the woods in some ridiculous outfit has always been considered "cool" in the worldwide metal community (am I right Trollech?). But this video... oh my god, this video. This video... oh my god.
Who would've thought that running and hopping around with a guitar, sunglasses and what seems to be purple one-piece pajamas in the deepest, darkest woods of upstate New York could be so metal? Certainly not me. I don't know what drugs these guys are on (have you seen that drum kit? Or the weird dance move before the guitar solo?), but the long johns-wearing tree-hugger in me will have what they're having.
Latvian melodic death metalers Preternatural's brand new EP Cryophobia is up for FREE download.
In October 2009 the band already released their debut video "Cryophobia" (watch it here). Now, the self-titled audio follower is available online. You can either download the entire EP here or stream it over at the band's MySpace.
The EP was recorded and mixed with the help of sound engineer Gint Lundberg at Pentagon Music studio in Latvia. It contains two new songs from the upcoming album, one re-recorded and re-arranged song from the band's first demo record Presence, and 2 live tracks performed in Riga, Latvia in 2009.
Vocalist Serg comments: "Currently, we're busy with the new album making process, so this is a gift to all of you in order not to be bored, while waiting for the new album."
Norwegian metal outfit Formloff have finished recording guitar and drum parts for their sophomore release, with vocals, bass and synths to be recorded for the nine tracks in the coming weeks. Spyhorelandet, Formloff's dark black metal monument follows five years after the experimental metal album Adjø Silo which was released by Audio Savant Records. The themes of Spyhorelandet and lyrics which are sung in Norwegian and honor ruralism.
For the album Bernt Karsten Sannerud and Marius Sjøli have recruited session members Kvalvaag on bass (Mök, Nattefrost live) and drummer Kristian Valbo (Obliteration). More news and special guest contributions will be revealed closer to the summer/autumn release date. The band is currently unsigned and still in search for a label.
A few days after the disclosure the band will be calling it quits at the end of the year, Theatre Of Tragedy announced they'll be touring Latin America for the very first and very last time before breaking up for good.
19.06.2010 - Mexico City, Mexico - (venue TBA)
20.06.2010 - Quito, Ecuador - (venue tba)
22.06.2010 - Lima, Peru - Discoteca Voce
24.06.2010 - Santiago, Chile - Club Cadilac
25.06.2010 - Salta, Argentina - Teatro del Huerto
26.06.2010 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Teatro Colegiales
27.06.2010 - São Paulo, Brazil - Club Carioca
Portuguese atmospheric doom metallers Mourning Lenore are putting the final touches on their debut release. Here's the news directly from the band:
"Since the album is getting close to it's final stage, with everyting recorded and Fernando Matias working his magic for the final mix, it is time, we guess, to start unveiling some stuff.
Mourning Lenore's debut album will be called Loosely Bounded Infinities, and the design and cover artwork are in the skilled hands of Pedro Daniel (Phobos Anomaly), whom we collaborated with for our first photoshoot and will be doing so for the next one.
Stay tuned, for in the next weeks we'll be posting the cover artwork as well as the song titles and a small teaser of what's to come in these loosely bounded infinities."
Swedish heavy metal band Enforcer have announced their partnership with Earache Records in the UK and Europe for their forthcoming album Diamonds, out May 24th.
Enforcer's charismatic singer Olof Wikstrand states: "After the great success of Into the Night we now take things a few steps further with the next album. This time it feels great to have a European dedicated and hard-working label on board. I'm really excited to see what this ends up like and I'm also proud of being a part of Earache."
Dan Tobin, Earache label manager, comments: "Earache is proud to welcome one of the most exciting new bands on the scene onto the label's roster. Enforcer's brand of streetwise heavy metal is as exciting as anything I've heard from a young band, and we look forward to helping them take steps towards the big league. Diamonds is a superb way to start their march to the top."
US Power metal act Shatter Messiah's guitarist Curran Murphy (ex-Annihilator, ex-Nevermore) contacted BW&BK to let the world know the band has parted ways with frontman Greg "Wags" Wagner and guitarist Dusty Holt, citing personal differences.
Murphy, drummer Robert Falzano (ex-Annihilator) and bassist Jason Chamberlain have tapped POWND singer Micheal Duncan to replace Wags and will continue as a four piece for the time being but the band is seeking a permanent second guitarist.
The band also announced the following tour dates:
Shatter Messiah: Dallas Or Die Tour
Apr. 08 - Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
Apr. 09 - Olna Janes - Ashland, OH
Apr. 10 - Bar Lexington - Lexington, KY
Kivimetsän Druidi recently finished recording their new album Betrayal, Justice, Revenge, which will be released via Century Media Records in late April 2010. There's currently a new song streaming online coming off said album. The track is entitled "Seawitch and the Sorcerer" and can be heard over at this location. More album details to be found here.
Vancouver's Bison B.C. is set to release their 3rd album, and 2nd with Metal Blade Records, titled Dark Ages on April 13 and prepare for their upcoming tour with High On Fire, Priestess, and Black Cobra by playing a batch of dates with Shadows Fall and Baptized In Blood including two shows at the infamous SXSW festival. Bison B.C. also has plans set for a notational Canadian tour in June, which will be announced in the coming weeks. A list of tour dates can be found here.
Dark Ages was recorded by Jesse Gander, who also recorded Quiet Earth, at The Hive Creative Labs in Burnaby, British Columbia and was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.
Rosetta has posted the following news on their website:
"Our new full length album, A Determinism Of Morality, is almost finished mastering and should be out sometime around May of this year. It has seven tracks. Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Pelican, Cave In, etc.) engineered it for us, and Mike Wohlberg did the artwork, with photographs contributed by Christina Brown.
Translation Loss is doing the CD as usual, we hear MusicFearSatan is doing the LP."
The tracklist is as follows:
2. Je N'en Connais Pas La Fin
3. Blue Day For Croatoa
7. A Determinism Of Morality
Metal Storm was a bit late on this, we were probably too busy being metal and all, but teaster kindly pointed it out to us.
The mighty Rhapsody Of Fire will be unleashing their 7th studio effort on 30 April worldwide. The opus is called The Frozen Tears Of Angels, and a first song, entitled "Sea Of Fate" is available for streaming here, or for free download here (e-mail required).
The Frozen Tears Of Angels cover artwork will unfold itself by clicking here.
No Rhapsody Of Fire news without a cheesy catchphrase full of epicness official band statement: "Be ready to discover the ancient secret trapped between the frozen lands of the known world!" Oy!
More exciting news will be announced on 21 March. Stay tuned.
Klone's upcoming album is entitled Black Days. The follow-up to All Seeing Eye will be out on April 19th in France, and on May 17th in the rest of Europe and Australia. The French metallers third record will come with a bonus DVD, whose content will be unveiled later.
Black Days cover art] tracklist:
01. Rite Of Passage
02. Spiral Down
03. Give Up The Rest
04. Hollow Way
05. Immaculate Desire
06. Closed Season (Interlude)
07. The Spell Is Cast
08. Danse Macabre
09. Rain Bird
10. Behold The Silence
11. Army Of Me
All info on the band at http://www.myspace.com/klone.