70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise - the world's biggest floating heavy metal festival - has sailed off yesterday. Not on board is Agent Steel vocalist John Cyriis, who had to cancel the trip due to unfortunate events.
The band contemplated canceling, but good friends James Rivera from Helstar, and Rick Mythiasin (Steel Prophet) will lend their extraordinary vocal talents and appear with the rest of the band members as a special "Masters Of Metal" set that will include a variety of the Agent Steel catalog.
A comment from the band goes as follows: "This is a great event for the fans to celebrate in the spirit of Heavy Metal on the open seas, we are grateful for James Rivera and Rick Mythiasin to step in on such short notice. Mr Cyriis has given his blessings for Agent Steel to get on stage, and look out to the ocean, and kick some ass!"
Everyone's favorite avantgarde metallers Diablo Swing Orchestra have announced that Daniel Hedin (trombone) and Martin Isaksson (trumpet) have joined the D:S:O ranks as full-time members. They both played on Sing-Along Songs For The Damned & Delirious, and have been playing live with the band for quite some time now.
Comments Diablo Swing Orchestra: "Both bring their excellent musical skills and rather pleasant personalities to the band so lets all give them a warm welcome!"
To the joy of all, Napalm Records has set the release date for Jordpuls, the new record from Vintersorg for March 25th.
According to the accompanying press release, Jordpuls (trans: Earth's Pulse) adds yet another masterpiece to Vintersorg's already impressive discography. The unrelenting visionary allows this particular album to glimpse back at the past. The result is an imposing symbiosis of traditional and modern elements taken from the Swede's characteristic sound cosmos. Folk metal anthems meet icy black metal passages and Nordic melodies. The mix delivers multifaceted and memorable songs that carry the mastermind's unique signature.
The album is completely sung in Swedish and its lyrics borrow from Vintersorg's past themes: Revolving around man and nature, unique phenomena in the wild, and philosophical observations. Vintersorg's unmistakable and powerful vocals-from clean to extreme-reign over each track with resounding force, while his production prowess gives the songs a crystal-clear and potent sound. Jordpuls impressively combines tradition with modernism, while showcasing the best of the Swedish visionary.
The Big Four of Thrash are ready to hit the US. Today is the big day, the day we've all been waiting for here in North America... the day when the mighty 17 horsemen that comprise Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, and Slayer announce where they will plunder and pillage as they rip a swath of destruction across the land.
So, are you ready boys and girls? Here we go...
Saturday, April 23, The Polo Club - Indio, California.
I'll rewind in case the dates flashed by so fast you missed whether or not they were ready to come to your town on this epic tour:
Saturday, April 23, The Polo Club - Indio, California.
Ok, so you are probably so excited at this point that you need more time to go over the list to cross-reference cities nearest to you against which arenas have the best sound quality and seats...
As promised, Samael have revealed the title of their upcoming new full-length. Samael have chosen Lux Mundi (which translate in English as "Light of the World") as title for their upcoming album due to be released in spring 2011.
The album, which took almost three years to be completed, was recorded this summer after the band spend a few days in Germany on pre-production with Waldemar Sorychta. The recording took place on two different locations in Switzerland and the mix has been done by extreme metal specialist Russ Russell in Kettering (England)
Lux Mundi will consist of 10 to 12 new songs including first single "Antigod" and live monster "Soul Invictus".
"River Of Rapture", the new video from US metallers Death Angel, can be viewed at this location. The footage was shot and edited by director Tommy Jones during the band's summer 2010 tour with Soilwork.
"River Of Rapture" comes off the band's latest album, Relentless Retribution, which was released on September 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Illnath has parted ways with Narrenschiff, we thank him for everything and we wish him all the best in the future. Therefore, we proudly present our new front figure, the elegantly brutal Mona Beck, often referred to as a danish version of Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow.
French metallers Whyzdom, who recently announced the addition of singer Clémentine Delauney to the group's ranks Link], have set Blind? as the title of their upcoming second album.
The band commented: "It is dedicated to people who follow misleading paths, misguided by the ones who love or hate or try to control them, or even sometimes by their own pride. We are pretty convinced that each and everyone of us can recognize him or herself in this situation one day or the other. Following this idea, we called this album: Blind?. We are even happier to announce that the recording sessions will start on 21st Feb. 2011. The whole week (and more if needed) will be dedicated to drums. Other sessions will follow until spring. Mix and mastering should be done during summer. We expect to release Blind?, late 2011."
US metallers Scale The Summit will release their forthcoming album, The Collective, on March 1 via Prosthetic Records.
The follow-up to 2009's Carving Desert Canyons was recorded at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (Devildriver, All That Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder). The Collective is available now for pre-order at this location.
There's excitement in the air! Because the final batch of bands playing at this year's Hellfest Open Air will be announced this Thursday, January 27th at 5pm (GMT+1) sharp. As always, you'll hear it here on Metal Storm first, so spread the word.
Rumors on the final names are running rampant, and the Hellfest organization whispered in our ear they still have a few aces up their sleeves, so start the speculations in the comment section below!
Tickets are going fast as well, so be sure to grab yours before it's too late. All ticket info is available here. And just in case you're that one person who doesn't have it noted in his calendar by now, Hellfest Open Air is taking place June 17-19th in Clisson, France. An up to date festival billing is available over here.
Magnisphyricon, the sophomore release of German symphonic/progressive metal band Sons Of Seasons, will be released via Napalm Records on April 1st.
According to a press release, this second album will be even more impressive than their debut. Magnisphyricon is not a mere continuation of their chosen path, but rather a bold step into unexplored musical territories. Led by mastermind Oliver Palotai (Kamelot, Doro), the band performs the difficult feat of balancing technical prowess with memorable melodies.
The new songs also provide Henning Basse (Metalium) a forum in which to prove his vocal talents and ennoble the album with sweeping renditions. Simone Simons (Epica) again lends her captivating voice, making the track "Sanctuary" one of the album's undisputed highlights. The powerful and lively production completes the listening experience and gives the tracks their crystal-clear quality. Magnisphyricon is a profound and multifaceted melodic symphonic metal album that will whisk you away to a breathtaking sound universe.
Power Quest have announced a handful of headlining UK tour dates in May, in support of their upcoming Blood Alliance. In addition the band also confirmed for Hammerfest III on March 19th, taking place in Prestatyn, North Wales.
Blood Alliance will be released in Europe at the end of March, and in North America on April 5th. More album details are available here.
Keyboardist Steve Williams commented: "We are really excited to hit the road again, it's been way too long for our UK fans and we finally return to Glasgow as well! The demand was so high, we couldn't miss that. And we are also working on a few European dates. So - 2011 will see a lot of us, that's for sure!!"