Portuguese atmospheric doom metallers Mourning Lenore have uploaded a medley containing samples of the band's upcoming effort Loosely Bounded Infinities. Check out the album teaser on the band's MySpace player, and weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section.
The album will be released in early September, but is already available for pre-order (the pack includes an exclusive t-shirt). More info about that here. You can get back at the Loosely Bounded Infinities album details by clicking here.
Less than a month before the release of Rubicon, Tristania have booked the following concerts in support of their sixth studio effort. The tour will feature special guest appearances from Asrai and UnSun. Here are the dates:
After their two year break, the guys of Impaled Nazarene have announced the details regarding a new upcoming album. The following message has been issued:
"We have finished all recordings of our 11th studio album Road To The Octagon. It took us precisely 6 days at Hellhole studio with our very own soundman Max "Miami/safari" Kostermaa.
Circa 33min!! No slow songs, no flirting with power/doom whatever. This is Impaled Nazarene at its most violent in years. And yes, lots of people have been calling for more punk and here it is delivered!! D-Beat yes! Guitar and bass (YES) solos!
Max starts mixing the album and the rest of us will take well deserved break. We will master the album with Mika Jussila at Finnvox studio on the 27th of August. Press/album photos have been already shot by Jarkko Viitasaari. We will do a video also, most probably from Enlightenment Process track. And we did record two extra tracks. This is tied to new album/20th anniversary thing, you guys will get something in October. More of that later!"
Gamma Ray will do five shows at the start of 2011 in North America. These will be the only dates the band will play in North America all year. As a special bonus, the band will offer VIP meet & greet tickets which give the fans entrance to the venue 1 hour before doors with a special meet & greet with Gamma Ray.
The confirmed live shows are as follows:
28th January 2011 - Grammercy Theater - New York, NY
29th January 2011 - Cafe Campus - Montreal, QUE
30th January 2011 - Imperial - Quebec City, QUE
1st February 2011 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
3rd February 2011 - Reggie's - Chicago, IL
The guys from German power metallers Symphorce have issued the following short update:
"The album recordings have been finished, the whole thing is mixed and mastered; and what can we say? It sounds FUCKING AWESOME! There's no doubt that the small break we had turned out to be good for us, and we'll be back with the best Symphorce record for sure. It's what we believe at least ;-)
We will come up with some more news very soon (exact release date, album title, artwork, and so on). We're absolutely excited, and so will you be when the albums out, we're pretty damn sure about that! So far so good."
Finnish metallers Profane Omen posted a blog entry confirming their show at Sonisphere Finland. The band also revealed they're working on some new material. You can read the entire statement below:
"We are confirmed to play in this year's Sonisphere Festival in Finland. The festival takes place in Pori's Kirjurinluoto on the 7th-8th of August and our day is the 8th. We'll have the priviledge of playing among some of our all time favourite bands such as Iron Maiden, Slayer and Anthrax. This basically means that the show will be our biggest one so far, we are extremely excited about this and the set will be a 30 minute beating right from the start till the end! We hope to see you there!
Having released two critically acclaimed albums in The Frail Tide (2007) and Stone's Reach (2009), Australia's Be'lakor is, at long last, making their way to Europe. The band has announced five dates in late August, kicking off with a performance at the Summer Breeze Festival in Germany and taking in dates in Portugal and England.
The band comments: "We are very excited to be playing these dates in Germany, Portugal and England. It's been a long time coming, and after some recent setbacks with the cancellation of dates, we have relied on our fans in Europe to help us in finding these shows. We owe a great gratitude to everyone who e-mailed us suggesting venues and contacts. Whilst we obviously couldn't make it to every country in the short space of time that we have on this tour, we hope that some of the fans in other countries who have been waiting to see us will also be able to make it to one of these shows."
Massacre Records are proud to welcome German true metal kings Stormwarrior to the label. Being one of Germany's most upcoming metal bands the quartet has signed a long-term contract and already started with the works on their upcoming 4th album (working title is Heathen Warrior). The new album will be in stores end of this year as limited Digipak with bonus material, CD and numbered gatefold vinyl editions. Mix and mastering will be done by Tommy Hansen same as for their successor Heading Northe. Also the artworks will be again in the hands of Uwe Karczewski. Metalheads can expect another combination of explosive guitar works, catchy hooks but also some new toppings to the "typical Stormwarrior sound"!
US heavy metal band Armored Saint recently revealed the new video for the track "Left Hook From Right Field". The clip was filmed on July 1 in the band's hometown with director Jeremy Schott of Mental Suplex. The song for this video comes off their latest album La Raza, which was released in March.
Vocalist John Bush gives us his description of the video for "Left Hook From Right Field": "BAD ASS!!! That's how I would describe this video. The photography is absolutely beautiful. Rene, the boxer, did a nobleman's job and is convincing as hell. Jeremy's team was awesome to work with and super efficient. Armored Saint was captured raw and with full power. Sometimes making a video, actually the majority of the time, making a video blows. Not this time!"
Just before the weekend, Annihilator announced a much-anticipated headline tour in Europe this autumn.
The band just returned from a hugely successful European summer festival trip, playing to hundreds of thousands of real metal fans at festivals like Sonisphere, Masters Of Rock, Hellfest, Kavarna Rock and others. In related news, Annihilator signed up with Steve Strange at XRAY Touring (www.xraytouring.com).
Frontman Jeff Waters comments on all this: "First off, it was an honor to play for so many incredible metal fans this summer. Seeing our good friends in bands and crews from around the world was a bonus. Secondly, I need to thank Steve at XRAY Touring for taking Annihilator on. His support is giving us opportunities we've not seen before. Lastly, for all you Euro-metal fans, get ready! We are going to give 110% for you, as you are the reason that Annihilator is still going strong and even stronger than ever: Thanks to the fans!"
We're back, baby! Ready to cheer up/ruin your Sunday with another exiting edition of Greatest Metal Video Ever... Since it's been a while we picked not one but three awesome videos this time that have one peculiar thing in common: choreographed dance moves - oh yes we did! Because, y'know, dancing is metull!
Protest The Hero - Limb From Limb
Here it is. The moment nobody has been waiting for... a re-enactment of the Village People... or something equally heterosexual.
The world already knew the guys from Protest The Hero had a few dance routines going on - you ABSOLUTELY need to see this video too - but this is really something else. Appearing in everyone's nightmares from now on, enjoy the debacle that is "Limb From Limb"!
US cult metal band Dawnbringer have completed work on their new album Nucleus, the follow-up to 2006's In Sickness And In Dreams. The album will be officially released on September 21st through Profound Lore Records.
Known as one of the metal underground's hidden gems and also known as one of the best American metal bands you haven't heard, Dawnbringer have been seen as one of the most startling and unique bands that the metal underground has ever produced.
Formed over 15 years ago by mastermind Chris Black, the band put out an EP followed by two killer and highly praised underground gems in the '90s, namely the Sacrament EP followed by the Unbleed and Catharsis Instinct full-lengths respectively.
Israeli Folk Black metal band Arafel - featuring former Equilibrium vocalist Helge Stang - recently finished work on the album cover of their new third album For Battle Once Fought. The art contribution belongs to well-known artist Kris Verwimp (Absu, Ancient Rites, Moonsorrow).
The album was recorded on October 2009 and mixed and mastered on January 2010 in Hertz Studio (Poland) with Wojtec and Slawek Wieslawski (Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated). Additional clean vocals were performed by Yohaj Davidoff (Reign Of Architect, Prowlers, ex-Acropolis) and recorded at Amaseffer's studio by Yuval Kramer (Amaseffer, Prey For Nothing).
According to the band the album features 8 tracks "filled by aggression and epic war atmosphere". Song samples are available at the band's MySpace and Facebook. Arafel is now looking for a label to release the album.
Former Acid Bath vocalist Dax Riggs (also Agents Of Oblivion, Deadboy And The Elephant Men) is premiering the title track off of his second solo album, Say Goodnight To The World, exclusively on Metalunderground.com. Say Goodnight To The World will be released August 3rd on Fat Possum Records. You can stream or download the title track, "Say Goodnight To The World," at this location.
Say Goodnight To The World tracklist:
01. Say Goodnight to the World
02. I Hear Satan
03. You Were Born to Be My Gallows
04. Gravedirt on My Blue Suede Shoes
05. Like Moonlight
06. No One Will Be a Stranger
07. Heartbreak Hotel
08. Sleeping With the Witch
09. Let Me Be Your Cigarette
10. See You All in Hell or New Orleans
Italy's crushing quartet The Secret are set to drop their upcoming Solve Et Coagula full-length via Southern Lord Recordings this September 28th.
The twelve hellish hymns embodied in Solve Et Coagula were captured by Kurt Ballou (Trap Them, Converge, Disfear) in his infamous Godcity studio, resulting in cavernous, earthmoving tonal supremacy. Each song preaches of loss of faith in all forms of religion and politics and a vile outlook on humanity as a whole. The album runs rampant with dismantling breakdowns, gargantuan, swelling riffage and jackhammer blastbeats, all empowered by the most shredding vocal attack.
While surely reminiscent of Converge, Cursed and labelmates Black Breath, The Secret integrate as much influence from filthy politi-crust acts, as well as metal into Solve Et Coagula's metallic surge. But no matter how you try to compare or categorize this highly lethal Italian export, the end result is certain; this is the sound of humanity's failure and defeat, embodied as pure aural rage.