Century Media Records has revealed more information about the upcoming Iced Earth "Alive In Athens" DVD. The set is believed to contain video footage recorded during the band's 1999 two-night appearance at the Rodon Club in Athens, Greece which previously resulted in a two-disc live CD of the same name.
The DVD will be released at the end of October.
"Alive In Athens" DVD , and track listing :
02. Burning Times
03. Vengeance Is Mine
04. Dark Saga
05. Last Laugh
06. Cast In Stone
07. Last December
08. Pure Evil
09. Desert Rain
10. Dante's Inferno
11. The Hunter
12. Melancholy (Holy Martyr)
13. Angels Holocaust
15. The Path I Choose
16. Watching Over Me
Dutch death metallers God Dethroned have lined up the following Greek dates in December :
Saturday, December 9th 2006: Athens @ An Club
Sunday, December 10th 2006: Thessaloniki @ Milos Club
The band's comment: 'God Dethroned hasn't played Greece that often in the past, and these shows will be the first we'll play with the new line-up, so we're looking forward to give all of you metalheads overthere an overwhelming performance.'
A full list of God Dethroned tour dates can be found here
Swedish power metallers Axenstar have uploaded their song 'Edge Of The World' on their MySpace page.
The track comes off the group's fourth album "The Final Requiem" which was released in Europe on September 8 via Germany's Massacre Records (the rest of the world will follow in October).
According to the band, 'it is by far the heaviest release in the history of Axenstar. We are all extremely happy with the result.'
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has announced plans to post a monthly blog on his official web site and MySpace page. "I've got some pics and stories which I'll post later next month and I'm looking forward to sharing," he said.
On the subject of his current activities, Halford said, "I spent my recent break from the Judas Priest writing sessions looking in on the assembling of the forthcoming Fight and Halford music and film releases. They are f**kin' hot. You all have some great surprises in store."
Halford has laid out an ambitious release schedule for his new company called Metal God Entertainment (MGE). This year, Halford will reissue some of his non-Judas Priest material through MGE, starting with the Halford albums he made in 2000, 2001, and 2002, and he's also planning two DVDs and possibly some other music for next year. Halford told Launch he started MGE so that he could better control how things are released and promoted. "We really are very possessive of what we create, and we nurture it, obviously, from conception to its release," he said. "Most labels do an incredible job, and, and that's always been the case for me, but here's an opportunity now for me to look after things a little bit better, and give me a little bit more peace of mind in that area."
Swedish Death Metallers Grave have posted the following update :
"After careful consideration our drummer Pelle has decided to leave the band due to personal reasons and also the increasement of touring that we will engage in the coming months and hopefully years to come.
Pelle has been a very important part of the band and has played a big part in Grave's sound on the albums he appeared on. We wish him all the best with his other projects and life in general.
For the upcoming tours we have drafted Ronnie Bergerståhl (ex-Bastards, Julie Laughs Nomore, Amaran, Centinex). Rehearsals are going great and we welcome Ronnie in the band. His first live appearance with Grave will be when we kick off the first leg of the 2006 US tour at Sep 30.
Finnish melodic/Soumi metal band Poisonblack has lined up the following dates in Finland in December :
Dec. 08 - Vaasa, FIN @ Club 25
Dec. 09 - Seinäjoki, FIN @ Rytmikorjaamo
Dec. 13 - Turku, FIN @ Klubi
Dec. 14 - Tampere, FIN @ Klubi
Dec. 16 - Rovaniemi, FIN @ Tivoli
Dec. 19 - Helsinki, FIN @ Tavastia
Dec. 20 - Kuopio, FIN @ Henry´s Pub
Dec. 21 - Pori, FIN @ Bar Kino
Gothic metallers Trail Of Tears will return for their second Mexican tour this November!
First dates (more to be announced) are as follows :
17.11: Circo Volador, Mexico City
18.11: Teatro Morelos, Morelia, Mich.
19.11: TBA, Guadalajara
23.11: La Iguana Rock Line, Durango, DUR
24.11: Estudio Alameda, Torreón, COAH
25.11: La Huerta Del STIC, San Luis Potosí
Their upcoming album "Existentia" will be released in November through Napalm Records.
A new song from Borknagar entitled 'Earth Imagery' has been posted online here. The track comes off the band's upcoming acoustic album "Origin" which will be released on October 30th through Century Media in Europe.
Spain's Locomotive Records will release worldwide the new album ("Burden Of Truth") from progressive/power metal masters Circle II Circle on October 10th.
"Burden Of Truth"'s captivating concept is taken from "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown and "Holy Blood Holy Grail" by Michael Baigent, Richard Leight and Henry Lincoln. Both novels theorize that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene, and their children's descendents prospered in France.
This "holy bloodline" has fascinated Circle II Circle singer/songwriter Zak Stevens for years. "Just imagine," he says, "that through years of research tracing back through your family tree, you uncover a secret religious society that reveals to you that you are, in fact, one of the direct descendants of Jesus!"
Former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen has been working on a new solo Christmas album at Finnvox Studios. The album will be called "Henkäys Ikuisuudesta" and will contain the following songs (in no particualr order):
Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
You Would Have Loved This
Mökit Nukkuu Lumiset
En Etsi Valtaa, Loistoa
Happy New Year
Walking In The Air
Kuin Henkäys Ikuisuutta
Jo Joutuu Ilta
The Eyes Of A Child
Magnificat Anima Mea: Quia Respexit
'You Would Have Loved This' will be the first single. The single's cover art can be found here.
The single will be available in Finland next October 11th and the album "Henkäys Ikuisuudesta" will be out on November 8th.
Guitarist Hjalmar Nielsen has decided to leave Swedish Black Metal formation Lord Belial. According to a statement from Hjalmar: "There are absolutely no hard feelings involved in my decision and I just hope the best for the guys as they are great people and good friends."
Following to the depart, guitarist Niclas "Pepa" Andersson has rejoined the fold. In this way the band has all his original members again.
Lord Belial's seventh studio album entitled "Revelation" is expected to receive a late 2006 release through Regain Records.
Full statements and all other info can be found at http://www.lordbelial.com.
Battelore's previously announced European tour with Draconain and Darzamat has been cancelled due to "booking problems," according to a posting on the Finnish "fantasy metal" band's web site. The post further adds : "Battlelore has nothing to do with the cancellation. The whole band is deeply sorry for the fans and very disappointed in this situation."
Amon Amarth has posted the following message on their official web site:
"We have been offered to join Children Of Bodom on their North American tour in December and therefore we have been forced to postpone the Scandinavian leg of our headlining tour.
Of course this is not a perfect scenario for us, as we hate to pospone shows and were really looking forward to playing in Gothenburg, Oslo and Stockholm. However, we will do an extended Scandinavian tour in Jan - Feb, dates and venues will be announced soon.
We are also working on other countries that have been left out from the November European tour for early next year."
For all upcoming Amon Amarth tour dates, click here
The Swedish viking death metal metallers' sixth full-length album, "With Oden On Our Side" is scheduled for release in Europe on September 25 (September 22 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland) via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren.
Russian doom-metal label Solitude Prod. has concluded an agreement with Elegy Records for releasing Evoken's "Embrace the Emptiness" album. Earlier this album had been released by the American label in 1998 with limited circulation.
The CD is to be released in the first half of October this year, it will be exclusively designed.
In America "Embrace the Emptiness" will be spread only by Elegy Records.
Solitude Prod - Russian Doom Metal Label