Can Iced Earth fans handle nearly six hours of their favorite metal band? They'll soon find out.
An intense two-minute trailer from the long-awaited live DVD extravaganza Festivals of the Wicked has just been posted to the Iced Earth website. Go check it out!
Festivals of the Wicked boasts nearly six hours of Iced Earth - three full headliner shows (over 40 live tracks!), a photo gallery shot by famed rock photographer Ross Halfin, plus a 90-minute documentary. The DVD will be released early in 2011.
"The last part of the DVD to be completed is the documentary," said Iced Earth main man Jon Schaffer. "Thousands of hours were shot and edited down to 90 minutes. It's very close to done. I have to say the footage of the band on stage is mind blowing. Those who have already seen us will love it. Those who haven't yet seen Iced Earth will be amazed by what this band can do on stage."
Kylesa have scheduled a North American headlining tour for January. Support on the trek will come from Fight Amp and (on select dates) Zoroaster and Rosetta.
Dates with Zoroaster:
01/13 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
01/14 - Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
01/15 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
01/16 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
01/19 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings
01/20 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Dates with Rosetta:
01/21 - Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Street Pub
01/22 - Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
01/23 - Kingston, ON @ Time To Laugh
01/24 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
01/25 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott
01/26 - New York, NY @ Santos Party House
01/27 - Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
01/28 - Harrisonburg, VA @ Blue Nile
01/29 - Charleston, SC @ Oasis
US Power metal act Jag Panzer are all set to release their new album The Scourge Of The Light on 28 February 2011 in Europe, 25 February 2011 in Germany, and on 8 March 2011 in the US through SPV/Steamhammer.
A short album trailer can now be watched below. More album details were reported earlier at this location.
Midnattsol has released the following band statement:
"Many of you have been wondering lately when our third album will be released. Fortunately we are now happy to announce that the release date of The Metamorphosis Melody is the 25th of March 2011. In addition to 11 brand new songs with almost an hour playtime, we have made a Limited Edition for you as well, this time with both a Bonus DVD and a Bonus track, sung by Daniel Droste (Ahab). The exact content of the DVD and the titles of the new songs will be revealed in our next news. You can already preorder the Limited Edtion - and the Normal Edition on Amazon.de.
We have some good news regarding live activities as well: Midnattsol is going to play a great deal live in 2011; you can watch us on concerts, festivals and tours. We can't wait to show you the new songs and party with you. Watch out for more information!
Napalm Records is very proud to announce that Ex Deo has joined its ranks.
The band revolving around Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono recently returned from a highly successful North American tour, presenting metal fans with the mighty force of the Roman legion. Ex Deo, whose first full length Romulus was praised by fans and critics alike, signed a worldwide recording deal with the Austrian label. The band's second offering Caligula is tentatively scheduled for a 2011 release and is bound to shake the metal scene to its core. Nothing can withstand the power of Rome!
Maurizio Iacono: "Today I'm excited to say that we have found a new home for the Roman legion of Ex Deo! We have parted ways amicably with our long time friends at Nuclear Blast for the second album of Ex Deo, we needed to separate even more the two bands of Kataklysm and Ex Deo and we now have a new vision of soldiers behind Ex Deo and we have found this after a few months of talking to different labels with Napalm Records out of Austria, I've been dealing with them with a band I work with called Alestorm and they have done a fantastic and professional job... we look forward to releasing the anticipated second album Caligula with this new powerhouse and unleashing next year one of the most defiant albums metal has seen in ages... Roma Invicta!"
Bharatayudha Part 1, the debut album from Indonesian power metal band Lord Symphony, has been released since November. Song samples are available on Amazon.
The band's debut has been described as an epic album containing 11 power tracks (with 80 minutes of playing time), featuring mostly fast/speed tracks with killer guitar riffs and fast drumkicks, rich of melodies with powerful lyrics, symphonic keyboards arrangements, high pitched and clean vocal and beautiful choir arrangements. You can hear a unique mixture of common European Power Metal style blended with Javanese traditional music elements.
The story of this conceptual album is adapted from an ancient Javanese epic story Bharatayudha, the most important part of Mahabharata story written by Empu Sedap and Empu Panuluh during year 1100 AD.
Rumors keep circulating about a forthcoming Avantasia Live-DVD and now we can confirm they are true! Early next year a double-DVD and 2-CD set will be out on Nuclear Blast Records (in Japan and East-Asia on Avalon-Marquee). The DVD is a documentary of the legendary 2008 world tour of Avantasia, when the band hit the road for the first time to write a new chapter in Metal history; traveling around the world with a giant all-star ensemble to bring The Metal Opera on stage and play on three continents within a few days, crossing the dateline and eventually playing to a total of 400,000 people within only a few weeks.
The first DVD contains a live concert with a running time of almost two hours featuring footage filmed at the headlining shows of Wacken Open Air (Germany) and Masters Of Rock (Czech Republic). On the second DVD there will be a movie "Around the world in 20 days" that gives fans the opportunity to join Avantasia backstage and take a look at the surroundings and the thrill behind the scenes that go along with an extensive undertaking such as this. The DVD-set will portray Avantasia 2008 when it all started.
So yeah, last week we all had a good chuckle at Sonisphere UK's expense when they proudly announced that, uhm, what's-the-name-again will headline on Saturday. But now the organization has revealed the first part of the line-up for Friday: The Big Four.
Yes, it's really true. Sonisphere will be bringing together Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax in the UK for the first time in history to exclusively headline the Friday night at Knebworth.
Last summer saw the live debut of The Big Four kick up a storm at several European Sonispheres, marking what was hailed as "the most significant event in the history of metal" at the time. Such was the demand that a live cinecast of the Bulgarian show saw over 130,000 people turn out to local cinemas, with reports of mosh pits breaking out in movie theatres. The recently released DVD of the event, which features all four bands collaborating on a cover of Diamond Head's "Am I Evil" as well as their individual sets, has only added fuel to the BIG 4 fire, with a frenzied demand for more performances in the countries not fortunate enough to play host last summer.
Neurotic Deathfest, Europe's biggest death metal festival, will once again be hosted at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Netherlands. Next edition will be held on April 29 & 30.
Not only will there be over 40 bands climbing the stages of Tilburg again, but there will be even more attention for side programming to make the festival experience more than complete. After confirming genre heavyweights such as Autopsy, Atheist, Exhumed and more, the organization now confirms Swedish veterans At The Gates.
The organization commented to be truly honored to have legenday At The Gates committed to return to Dutch soil for an exclusive performance. At The Gates haven't performed within the Netherlands ever since their touring cycle of the infamous Slaughter Of The Soul album in 1995.
After some major line-up changes at the beginning of October, Catamenia are carrying on and recruiting new members. And it seems like the search for a new vocalist is almost over.
The band checked in today with the following message: "We're down to three candidates with our new vocalist and they are Chris, Juha-Matti and Olli-Jukka. The actual decision between them will be done before the end of the year, so keep on checking our site (or your favorite website Metal Storm, ed.) for the updates!"
Juha-Matti Perttunen (All Against) will be the new vocalist of Finnish melodic black metal band Catamenia.
The band announced his addition through the following statement:
Leaves' Eyes have issued the following update from the studio:
"The production of the new album will be finished soon. We are proud to announce our cooperation with the Lingua Mortis Orchestra and Victor Smolski as well as the choir "al dente", who also worked with us on previous releases. The classical recordings will take place next week in Minsk, Belarus. Moreover, we are happy to announce that we have more special guests on the upcoming album, for duets and special historic instruments."
The new Leaves' Eyes album is planned to be released in April 2011. More details will follow soon.
U.D.O. has recorded a Christmas song for the biggest European music- and merchandise mailorder company EMP in Osnabrück's "DocMaKlang" studio. The song "Jingle Balls" was written by staff members of EMP and it is a new interpretation of the Christmas song "Jingle Bells" and the Accept hymn "Balls To The Wall".
"Jingle Balls" will be released in the middle of December under the band name Evil Disposition.
A cooperation with EMP is planned for the release of U.D.O.'s forthcoming album Rev-Raptor which includes a countdown on EMP's website the whole week before the release date (tentatively due in May 2011) including a message from Udo and snippets of the new songs every day.
Flotsam & Jetsam guitarist Mark Simpson has decided to leave the band in friendship.
Simpson released the following statement: "I've decided to leave the band. No bad blood at all, of course. Those guys are my brothers, nothing will ever change that and I will continue to support them always. I'm ridiculously happy The Cold is doing so well in the press and with the fans but I'm just taking this moment to move on and try something new. It's as simple as that.
Thanks to everyone that I've had a chance to work with and a huge thank you to all the passionate and loyal fans that I had the honor to meet over the years. Buy The Cold! Flots out."
"We are proud to announce Negură Bunget is now finishing the work on the upcoming MCD - Poartă De Dincolo ("a gate from the above" or "carrying from the other side" ).
The material will be recorded again at Negura Music studio. As the name suggests it, the material focuses on exploring the relation between worlds, either from above, under or beyond... The MCD is the last Negură Bunget material to be released by Code666 Records marking the end of a collaboration started almost 10 years ago. We thank them for all the support and wish them good luck in the future!"