US metallers Cynic have issued the following update on their MySpace blog;
"Dear Cynic family,
We'd like to thank you guys for making our first ever US headlining tour a great success and a lot of fun for us personally! Not only did we have a great time performing a set list this extensive, there was also a real family vibe going on behind the scenes between us, our crew and the guys from Intronaut and Dysrhythmia.
As we are wrapping up our touring cycle for Traced In Air and Re-Traced with this successful tour, it's time to get ready for album number 3! The first baby steps into this gigantic process are being taken right now, creating little embryos of songs that will turn into fully fledged Cynic tunes over the course of the following months, exciting!
The new Disturbed music video for the song "Asylum" is now available for viewing online. The clip can be found over at this location.
The track comes off the band's upcoming studio effort Asylum scheduled for release at the end of this month.
Asylum cover art] tracklist:
03. The Infection
05. Another Way to Die
06. Never Again
07. The Animal
10. My Child
UPDATE (thanks to BudDa)
"Never Again" another new song from Asylum, the forthcoming album from US metallers Disturbed, is now available for download at this location. The album is scheduled for release on August 31 via Warner Bros.
German metallers Grave Digger have issued the following update on their official website:
We released the first song from our upcoming album The Clans Will Rise Again via Youtube. "Hammer Of The Scots" is the official album version ... the photo gallery was done the last days during the video shoot for another song from the album called "Highland Farewell". It was a great experience to shoot a video about a scottish topic in the UK. The video people were so nice and productive that we are sure. This video will be killer ... nothing more to say ... in around 14 days you will see the result!
Have fun with this song and stay tune for the 1st of October .... Another legendary Grave Digger record will find its way to the stores.
Canadian heavy metal heroes Cauldron have entered Rogue Studios in the band's hometown of Toronto to begin recording their new album.
Titled Burning Fortune, the follow-up to Cauldron's critically acclaimed 2009 debut album, Chained To The Nite, is due to be released on Earache Records in early 2011.
Cauldron frontman Jason Decay comments prior to entering the studio: "We finished up pre-production yesterday at the shit factory and now we're all packed up and ready to load into the Rogue Studios this morning a few blocks away, where we'll begin work on Burning Fortune! It's about time, and the nice thing is that we're actually rehearsed for this album, so we're pretty excited to get this thing recorded and out there. We'll also try to do a studio blog update thing to keep you posted on the album progress."
Belgian metallers Magic Kingdom have issued the short following update on their MySpace blog:
"Magic Kingdom's Symphony of War will be unleash on 15th October on our label Limb music! After 5 years of hard work and setbacks, we are more than happy about that release! A great double album for the 12th year aniversary of Magic Kingdom! This is our most majestic ,epic and symphonic album!"
Austrian metallers Serenity have issued the following update on their official website:
"In Serenity's history, this is the first truly sad message we have to publish. Simon Holzknecht - bass guitars - quits Serenity due to personal reasons.
Within the last couple of years Simon was a constant and important part within the band and his bass playing completed our releases (Words Untold & Dreams Unlived, Fallen Sanctuary) as well as our live performances. We have a lot of great memories to share from our weeks and weeks on tour, in studio, rehearsing or simply having fun with each other. We know hoch much effort and idealism is needed for a band such as Serenity and so we fully understand and back up his decision. Of course we wish him the best for his future career - no matter in which direction it may lead. Simon stated that he will not join another band immediately - what the future holds... we will see (or better hear).
Four-time Grammy nominees Queensrÿche have signed a multi-album, worldwide deal with Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records. The band's label debut -their twelfth studio album overall- is tentatively scheduled for a Spring 2011 release. Singer and founder Geoff Tate remains the creative nucleus of the band, which continues to make relevant, against-the-grain hard rock that entices fans, both new and diehard.
Queensrÿche have been - and unquestionably remain- one of the most respected and innovative names in forward-thinking hard rock throughout the course of their nearly 30-year history. Since their inception over 25 years ago, Queensrÿche have sold over 20 million albums worldwide and have performed in over 22 countries.
Therion touring/session vocalist Snowy Shaw (his birth certificate reads Tommie Helgesson) has quit the band after four years, two studio albums, live DVD's and numerous tours around the world.
In a message to Blabbermouth.net, Snowy Shaw states: "I've had a terrific and great time touring and working with Therion and I do wish them nothing but the best in the future, but I've felt for some time that it's time for me to move on. I also wanna take the opportunity to show my gratitude and thank all the loyal fans for their support, love and understanding."
Shaw — who has previously toured and/or recorded with Dream Evil, King Diamond, Mercyful Fate and Memento Mori, among other acts — was forced to sit out this weekend's show with Therion at the Rock Harz Festival in Germany due to sickness. This would have been Snowy's last appearance with the band.
With the recent changes in the band, Borknagar is now able to hit the road and meet the fans face to face. We are very pleased to announce that Borknagar is now gearing up to head to South America, a continent never visited by the band before.
"The Universal Course Tour" flyer] is scheduled to kick off in September 2010 visiting the following cities (venues to be announced):
Sept. 16 - Caracas, Venezuela
Sept. 17 - Bogota, Colombia
Sept. 18 - Quito, Ecuador
Sept. 19 - Lima, Peru
Sept. 22 - La Paz, Bolivia
Sept. 23 - Santiago, Chile
Sept. 24 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sept. 25 - São Paulo, Brasil
Guitarist Øystein Garnes Brun comments: "Damn, I am really looking forward to this! Borknagar is all about explorations and breaching limits, so heading for South America to do these dates is just what I am ready for now. I am sure this will be a very special event for me, the band and our South American fans! See you soon!"
Chicago based multinational extreme-metal act Against The Plagues have begun working on new songs for their as-yet-untitled second album.
Drummer and band co-founder Varyen Chylinski commented: "I am very excited to announce that we are currently working with the songs for new album! We have 6 songs almost finished and another 2 in progress. Next month we will start recording them as a pre-production material and as soon as we have them ready we will expose some of them on our website. We are working with new music in our practice room in Chicago and as I see after several rehearsals, new songs are much more faster and extreme than the previous album Decoding The Mainframe. New Against The Plagues material has a lot of absolutely amazing riffs and "inhuman" blast beats which is completely new chapter for the band. All of our hard dying fans who were waiting for new music from our camp so long - will be delighted, I guarantee that! Also we decided to invite few special guests to make this material even more unique. It will be big surprise for all of you!