03:49 - Fearmeister Dark Thrones and Black Flags is one of my all time favorite albums :D
03:46 - Apothecary I prefer Mayhem to Darkthrone, but I do greatly admire Darkthrone for changing up their style over their career. And pfffttt to the butthurt fans who don't like their more recent shit :)
03:31 - Fearmeister Sure its less experimental, but the Fenriz's riffs are soooooo good
Finnish symphonic power metallers Amberian Dawn have issued the following update:
"Preparations for the third Amberian Dawn album are well underway. Keyboard player Tuomas, who composes music for AD, has all the new songs ready and Heidi has already started writing lyrics. Recordings begin on November 23rd and the first "victim" is our drummer Joonas. He has just got his brand new TAMA Starclassic drum kit and it will be interesting to find out how the set sounds in the studio.
The new album is going to be more diverse, faster and darker than our previous albums. The fastest AD songs to date contrast some extremely slow and heavy songs. There's even going to be a classical music piece. Some guest stars are going to featured on this album. Stay tuned for more information."
New York metallers Tombs have announced a string of spring tour dates taking them to and from Austin, TX for South By Southwest. The band will kick things off in Richmond, VA, teaming up with label-mates Howl, Black Tusk and Graves Of Valor on select dates.
Tombs are touring in support of their new album Winter Hours, which is currently streaming in its entirety at this location. The band's first video from Winter Hours, "Gossamer", is available on the same site.
13.03.2010 - Richmond, VA - Plaza Bowl (with Howl, Javelina)
14.03.2010 - Nashville, TN - Little Hamilton
15.03.2010 - Birmingham, AL - Magic City Wholesale (with Graves Of Valor)
16.03.2010 - Houston, TX - Walter's On Washington (with Graves Of Valor)
Up and coming Finnish fantasy metal shooting stars Kivimetsän Druidi have completed their sophomore album Betrayal, Justice, Revenge, which will hit stores via Century Media Records in late April 2010.
The sextet around frontlady Leeni-Maria debuted in 2008 on Century Media with their acclaimed first album Shadowheart and quickly established a worldwide fanbase due to an unmistakeable sound that is heavy, drivingly fast and highly atmospheric.
In 2009 the band toured the US for the first time as part of the Heathenfest America with Eluveitie, Belphegor, Alestorm and Vreid, played numerous European shows and in 2010 Kivimetsän Druidi are ready to surprise you with their most diverse and mature album to date.
Anaal Nathrakh's multi-instrumentalist Mick Kenney has teamed up with Brandan Schieppati of Bleeding Through to form Sorrows, a band playing "a mixture of hardcore crustpunk, black metal, electronic beats and super heavy riffage", as Kenney puts it himself. Drum support will come from Trevor Friedrich of Combichrist. The band is currently seeking for a label to release their already recorded debut album. Sound samples can be listened to on the official Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/sorrows
On next May 17th, progressive metallers Cynic will release a brand new EP entitled Re-Traced, including reinterpretations of four songs from the critically acclaimed Traced in Air album, as well as a previously unreleased song. Watch the video teaser below.
"Re-Traced is an experiment for us - an opportunity to turn four songs from Traced in Air inside out and to share something new", comments frontman Paul Masvidal. "In our exploration, we've created music that is part "sci-fi prog folk", part psychedelic rock, part minimalist restraint. These interpretations feel channeled from another galaxy. For the most part the tunes reference some of our favourite musical forms and in our own curious way (electronic/ambient, jazz/fusion, drum n' bass, experimental, shoegaze). There is no vocoder, no traditionally busy Cynic riffs that are some of our most signatures sounds, but the music retains its song structure, integral melodic sense, harmony and lyrical inspiration."
Australian hard rockers Airbourne have reportedly cancelled their shows in Bilbao, Spain on Friday (February 26) and Barcelona, Spain on Sunday (February 27). Frontman Joel O'Keefe suffered from fever pharyngitis (an inflammation of the throat or pharynx). The concerts have been rescheduled for April 17 and April 18, respectively.
Listenable records is proud to re-release Immolation's much praised album Unholy Cult that was originally released in 2002. The press release reads as follows:
"The album has been out of print for a while and we felt it was time to bring it back in its full glory. The new edition comes in a stellar digipack with a full detailed 12 page booklet with new live pictures and liner notes from the band themselves. On top of that, you get the 2003 Bringing Down The World full DVD as a bonus. A fully loaded package for a killer price. An extra special vinyl edition featuring a picture disk in regular vinyl cover is coming soon as well. Unholy Cult was a landmark in the
history of the band and this is the perfect opportunity to get it for those who missed out."
Behold, a thing of beauty. The Hellfest Open Air, set to take place in Clisson, France from the 18th to the 20th of June 2010, has now revealed it's completed line-up and new bands.
ALICE COOPER - DEFTONES - MOTORHEAD - SLAYER - FEAR FACTORY - SAXON - AIRBOURNE - FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM - INFECTIOUS GROOVES - STONESOUR - CARCASS - HYPOCRISY - ANNIHILATOR - EXODUS - DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT - MASS HYSTERIA - DOOM - DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - AS I LAY DYING - UNEARTH - ELECTRIC MARY - VULCAIN - BLASPHEME - KALISIA - TAMTRUM
Once again the festival will be putting on four stages of top quality bands over the three days for your metal enjoyment. Everyone will be able to find something to suit them from this top class line-up.
Alestorm vocalist Christopher Bowes has announced the following... statement:
"Strewth! Bugger! Crikey! I'm freakin' excited to tell you all that we've just confirmed our first ever Australian Tour. We've been waiting for this a long time, and now it's finally happening. We'll be coming to Oz in the month of June 2010 for four gigs, as part of the "Plunder Down Under" tour. Yeah, most obvious name for a tour ever, I know. Deal with it, bitches."
Support will come from a band called Claim The Throne. Apparently these chaps have a song called "Set Sail On Ale" , so yeah, these two sure belong together.
After the success of the first Falling Down compilation, Yann and Thibaut - two French students - are set to release the second compilation. Again, the record will be self-produced, totally independent and limited to 1000 copies in a format 2CD digipack or digisleeve. "Falling Down II" will be released early 2010. At the moment there are only two or three bands that will not have an unpublished track. All other bands will deliver a new, unpublished song for this compilation: this is really the main priority of the compilation.
So far, "Falling Down II" cover art] will contain songs of confirmed bands like: Jucifer, Gnaw Their Tongues, Ufomammut, Kongh, The Poisoned Glass, God Is An Astronaut, Ocoai, Impure Wilhelmina, Kingdom, Mumakil, Farflung, U.S. Christmas, Omega Massif, When Icarus Falls, Tesa, Grey Daturas, Kodiak, White Hills, Across Tundras, Icos, Taint, Солярис. The Poisoned Glass is a band specially created for this compilation, featuring Stuart Dahlquist (Sunn O))), Asva, Burning Witch, Goatsnake) et Edgy 59 (Burning Witch).
In Virtue has once again entered the studio to lay their vision to tape in the form of a new full-length album entitled Embrace the Horror, a follow-up to last year's Delusions of Grandeur. The album will be a loose concept album about the end of the world and will contain about 12 songs. The band has already laid down the drum tracks at Prairie Sun Recording studios in Cotati, CA with engineer Jason D'Ottavio (Shrapnel Records) and will be recording the remaining tracks over the next several months.
Says guitarist and composer Trey Xavier: "This album has been a long time coming. We've been sitting on these songs for over a year and now we get to do it right. These are our fastest and heaviest songs to date, and I am confident that this album will be a treat for fans of all kinds of metal."
Hot on the heels of a busy and productive 2009, Bay Area thrash legends Death Angel have been holed up in their Oakland, California studio for the past few months writing songs for their next Nuclear Blast release, tentatively scheduled to drop in September. The band heads into Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida in March, with production genius Jason Suecof on the board, to start tracking the new record. Suecof is on the cutting edge of the current metal world having produced albums for the likes of Trivium, August Burns Red, The Black Dahlia Murder, All That Remains, White Chapel, Devildriver and many more.
Rob Cavestany, lead guitarist of Death Angel had this to say about plans for the new album: "Jason is one of my favorite producers churning out some of the sickest slabs of metal out there today. I am so stoked to have the chance to co-produce our next record with him. It's gonna be vicious! The band is on fire right now in the thick of pre-production and the new songs are crushing! We can't wait to start tracking!"
Mägo De Oz - who are still working on the forthcoming new album Gaia III - Atlantia - have announced they'll be playing a live show on February 27th in Madrid, where the band will be playing the entire new album. The band will also present the first videoclip of the album, entitled "Que El Viento Sople A Tu Favor".
Guitarist and Bay Area Metal veteran Robert Kolowitz is the latest addition to Imagika. As a current member of Bay Area stalwarts Hellhound and former member of Blackstorm and RapidFire, Robert brings years of experience and perseverance to the 2nd guitar slot. His former bands have performed with Anthrax, Death Angel, Legacy (Testament), Forbidden, Megadeth, Nitro, Vicious Rumors and Slayer.
Guitarist Steve Rice comments: "The band was impressed with Rob's ability to learn our material quickly and his killer guitar skills. Imagika will sound even more aggressive now and we look forward to our future collaboration as we start the writing for our next CD. Rob came in at a great time on the eve of our new release "Portrait Of A Hanged Man" which we believe is our best release to date. The fans can definitely expect a heavier, louder and faster Imagika!"
Spanish heavy metallers Lujuria have announced they'll be entering New Life studios on March 1st to start recording their tenth full-length. Album title will be La Llama Eterna and will contain some cover songs of the different bands that have had influence in the history of Lujuria. It will also be a tribute to the different members of the band that have died along the past years. The artwork will be done by the students of the Escuela de Arte Superior de Diseño of Segovia, the band's hometown.
La Llama Eterna tracklist:
01. Esta Noche Es Una Noche De Rock And Roll
02. El Heavy No Es Violencia
03. La Fuerza Del Rock
04. Después Del Concierto
05. Balada Para Una Vida