Napalm Records announce that the legendary German Metal band Grave Digger has joined their ranks. The band, who has been releasing cult classics since the early eighties, signed a worldwide record deal with the Austrian label.
Currently, the band and charismatic frontman Chris Boltendahl are working on their new studio album "Ballads of a Hangman", which will hit the streets on 9 January 2009. A yet untitled MCD will be released as a preview on 28 November 2008. More details cannot be revealed at this point in time, but the band promises that the new recordings will consist of "120% Metal." Headbangers can expect a celebration of true classic Heavy Metal.
Chris Boltendahl: "Grave Digger look forward to working together with their new label Napalm Records. We have observed the excellent work of the label in the past few years."
HammerFall has now begun recording their seventh studio album. Starting Monday, August 18th, you will be able to follow the 8-10 week process in the form of a video blog, on the band's Myspace. Check back for an exclusive inside look.
First video diary can be found here
Its in Swedish but with English subtitles.
''The recordings of the new album are more or less finished. We will continue the mixing during August/September, and we are currently trying out different mastering studios for the album. Things are going really well, and we can't wait to unleash the album in early 2009. Black, Heavy & Atmospheric are the keywords.
The title of the album has been ready for a while; so we might as well reveal it. The new album will be entitled MILORG. So those of you that know your WW2 history will understand that we continue to pay tribute to the Norwegian resistance during this period. Milorg is the title of one of the songs on the album, while Alarm & Blücher is among the others.''
Audio samples of Iced Earth's new full-length studio album, entitled "The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked - Part 2)", have been posted online on the group's MySpace page.
"The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked - Part 2)" will be released through SPV Records on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: September 5
Rest Of Europe: September 8
USA, Canada: September 9
"The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked - Part 2)" cover] tracklisting:
01. In Sacred Flames
02. Behold The Wicked Child
03. Minions Of The Watch
04. The Revealing
05. A Gift Or A Curse
06. Crown Of The Fallen
07. The Dimension Gauntlet
08. I Walk Among You
09. Harbinger Of Fate
Swedish metallers Skyfire have issued the following update:
"Some good news and some bad...
First, the bad: We expected the recording of this album to take a while, but unfortunately things took longer than we thought. Because we are working with lots of keyboard tracks as well as orchestra and choir samples (this was the big secret we were keeping from everyone, but since things are taking so long it's only fair to let you guys know!), recording this album will obviously take longer than usual.
The month of July was especially tedious for us. As a result of the delays, we had to book the mix for next month, so we will hopefully be able to post some new music in October or November. This also means that the album itself will have to be released later than expected. We don't want to make any promises we can't keep, so we will just say that the new album will come out sometime early next year. We know this might come as a disappointment to many, but if you guys were able to wait since 2004, a few extra months should be nothing.
An e-card for The Haunted's new album entitled "Versus" is available at this location. Also a trailer for the album is available here.
"Versus" will be released through Century Media Records on the following dates:
- Sweden: September 17th
- Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Benelux / Italy: September 19th
- UK / France / Greece / Denmark / Norway / Rest Of Europe: September 22nd
- Spain / Portugal: September 23rd
- Finland / Hungary: September 24th
Australian metallers The Amenta have posted a new song, entitled "Slave", on their MySpace page.
This new song comes off the band's new album, entitled "n0n", which will be released on October 20th via Listenable Records. The album was mixed at The Vault Studios in Sydney, Australia with longtime engineer Lachlan Mitchell (Nazxul). Mastering for the album took place at Studios 301 with Australia's premier mastering engineer Steve Smart.
Behemoth will release their first live album, "At The Arena Ov Aion - Live Apostasy" in October 2008 through Regain Records. The CD will be available as a digipak (with 15 tracks) and in a metal box format (including a patch, a guitar pick and bonus songs).
Here is the tracklist for the album:
01 - Rome 64 E.V
02 - Slaying The Prophets Ov Isa
03 - Antichristian Phenomenon
04 - Demigod
05 - From The Pagan Vastlands
06 - Conquer All
07 - Prometherion
08 - Drum Solo
09 - Slaves Shall Serve
10 - As Above So Low
11 - At The Left Hand Ov God
12 - Summoning Ov The Ancient Ones
13 - Christgrinding Avenue
14 - Christians To The Lions
15 - Sculpting The Throne Ov Seth
16 - Decade Ov Therion
American brutal death metallers Deeds Of Flesh have posted the a new track entitled "Unearthly Invent" on their MySpace page. The track comes off the band's upcoming album "Of Whats To Come" cover] scheduled to be released 18 November via Unique Leader Records.
The Black Swan Festival that was set to take place for its first year at the Bath Racecource, and was due to see the likes of Mayhem and Lordi, has been cancelled:
"It has come as another massive blow to us, we have had to cancel Black Swan festival due to one of our major financial backers pulling out for personal reasons, which I cannot disclose.
This was unexpected to say the least and at this late date it is far to late to amend, or pull any other stops.
This is the not the first bump in the road we have had, infact it has been a total nightmare to try and keep this festival together, with one problem after another, this one has finally knocked us down and we are not getting back up from it. If you have been with us from the start then you will already know this.
Legendary Australian AC/DC have posted the first single, called "Rock 'N' Roll Train", online. The song comes from the bands forthcoming album ''Black Ice'', which will be released on October 20th and it features 15 new tracks. Album was produced by Brendan O'Brien.
The new single can be heard at next locations: http://www.acdcrocks.com/, http://www.myspace.com/acdc and http://www.acdc.com/
The new video for this song has been shoot in London on August 15th and will be premiered next month.
Age Eternal (formerly known as Middian) has posted the following statement on their mysapce page:
Age Our lawsuit Click here for more info] is finally coming to a close. It has been a hard year, and we could not have done it without the support of the metal community world wide and the time and money people donated to our cause. We are eternally in your debt. Sadly, the lawsuit came with a high cost to us personally and interpersonally. Scott Headrick is quitting the band and moving. Mike S felt he needed to back off from touring due to family and work/lack of work issues, cutting his touring commitment from 60-70 shows a year to a handful of shows, mostly local to the West Coast, for an indefinite amount of time, maybe permanently. This extreme change in direction, coupled with the immense stress of our lawsuit and inner conflicts in the band resulted in Scott's decision to move on with his life. Scott Headrick is the highest caliber of person. We mourn his loss, and support his need to take care of himself.
The Rotted announced the addition of bassist Reverend Trudgill (Screamin' Daemon) photo] to the group's ranks. Rev. Trudgill has already joined The Rotted on stage in two festivals (Summer Breeze Open Air, Wacken Open Air) and has proven to be perfect for the role, both in terms of commitment and musical direction.