Finnish monster rockers Lordi have announced a pre-listening session of their upcoming album "Deadache" on the band's MySpace page. You can listen to the next songs: "Dr. Sin Is In", "Evilyn", "Man Skin Boots" and "Bite It Like A Bulldog". The new album "Deadache" will be released on 29 October via Sony BMG Records.
According to a press release, "The Nino Laurenne-produced CD, much like its predecessors, is catchy, melodic hard rock, but this time around there is a rougher edge to the music."
US Tour Dates with Lizzy Borden and Stolen Babies:
November 7 - Houston, TX @House of Blues
November 8 - Dallas, TX @House of Blues
Koen Romeijn from Detonation has issued the following update on the band's website:
We've got a really cool UK tour coming up next years' March, which will be our first trip to the UK in our new line-up!
March 13th - Tigga's Bar, Exeter
March 14th - London (TBA)
March 15th - Brighton Audio
March 16th - The Gander, Bournemouth
March 17th - The Queens, Weymouth
March 18th - Portsmouth or Bristol (TBA)
March 19th - The Star, Guildford (TBA)
Joining us (and also arranging the tour) is Bloodshot Dawn MySpace], a great and talented band from the South of the UK.
More details soon!
Work on the new album is going well in the meantime, 3 killer tracks have been finished, and sections for another 8-10 tracks are ready to be turned into the most intense stuff we've done, ever. This shit is sounding awesome!!"
Testament have recruited guitarist Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth, King Diamond) to fill in for Alex Skolnick on their upcoming Mexican tour dates with Judas Priest.
Due to Alex's prior commitment to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the band sought out Glen Drover to fill in. The band rehearsed together all week and sounds sharper than ever!
Glen Drover says, "I am really looking forward to playing these four upcoming shows in Mexico with my buddies in Testament, along with Judas Priest. We are totally going to crush!"
Guitarist Alex Skolnick commented on his (temporary) replacement: "I regret that I'll be unable to perform at Testament's upcoming shows in Mexico this month. As many know, I've been touring with Trans-Siberian Orchestra since 2000, and it's been a blessing to be a part of both projects since reuniting with Testament in '05. I respect the Testament guys' decision to accept some gigs during this period, and I'm super happy to have Glen Drover filling in for me. I recommended him personally, respect his playing and know he'll do a great job. I apologize to any Testament fans for not being able to make it this time around but we have a lot of shows lined up in 2009 so far, all of which I'm on. Thanks for understanding, and I look forward to seeing everyone all over the world with Testament in 2009!"
As part of compilation CD celebrating Century Media Record's 20th anniversary, God Forbid has recorded a cover version of the song "Master Killer" originally recorded by legendary and influential NYC Metal/Hardcore crossover band Merauder. More info about that all-cover "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" compilation here.
Here's what God Forbid guitarist Doc had to say about the track:
"Merauder was one of the first CM bands we collectively got into. Although we're a metal band, we came up in the hardcore scene, so covering Merauder really honored our roots! They were an under exposed band, so we hope to shed light to those who don't know and pay respects to the die hards who've appreciated Merauder all these years. I think people will enjoy this tribute."
Newly Century Media signed Viking metalheads Kivimetsän Druidi have just posted their epic new video online for the track "Jäässä Varttunut," which can be viewed on the band's official Myspace page by clicking here. The track is taken from their upcoming debut full-length "Shadowheart" which will see a November 25th release date in the US. Also featured on the bands Myspace page is a great behind the scenes look at the making of "Jäässä Varttunut".
Two new Gurd tracks, entitled "Your Drug Of Choice" and "Seven Starz", are available for streaming on the band's MySpace page ("Seven Starz" features a guest appearance of Schmier from Destruction).
The two songs come off the Gurd's upcoming album, entitled "Your Drug Of Choice", which is scheduled for release on January 16, 2009 through LC Records.
"Your Drug Of Choice" cover] tracklisting:
01. Your Drug Of Choice
02. Seven Starz
03. Once For All
04. Colony Collapse Disorder
05. Beneath The Sea
06. Madness Reigns
07. Nothing To Lose
09. Let Me Die In Dignity
10. Stuck In A Box
12. We Stand Up Today
13. Cold Gin
Texas-based mythological occult metal outfit Absu have announced the addition of bassist/co-vocalist Ezezu (ex-Panzram) to the group's ranks. This is the first time the band is experiencing a permanent quartet-type line up since the band's debut album "Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L".
Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor says of the latest addition, "We are very proud to welcome Ezezu as the newest member of Absu. He was the missing element we have been searching for and definitely fits in the group. We are delighted to convey our next chapter of mythological occult metal with him."
Absu has just completed the recording of their latest album, "Absu" to be released in the beginning of 2009 on Candlelight Records. The album was more or less engineered by the band, mixed by none other than J.T. Longoria at Nomad Recording Studio (King Diamond, Solitude Aeternus, etc.) and will be mastered by Proscriptor at his studio Tarot Productions.
Swedish metallers Astral Doors have issued the following studio report:
"We have started writing songs for the upcoming album which will be released mid-September 2009 on Locomotive Records. The sessions so far have been just great; it's business as usual. Our goal with all our albums has always been to create world-class hard rock and the same goes for this one: when the album is recorded, pressed and released we wanna say: Fuck, we created a monster! Stay in touch for updates and gossip from the recordings. "
Arch Enemy will release a new DVD+CD set, "Tyrants Of The Rising Sun: Live In Japan" Cover], in Europe on November 7 via Century Media. The package will include the following:
I. Main Live Show (approx. 95 minutes)
01. Intro / Blood On Your Hands
03. Taking Back My Soul
04. Dead Eyes See No Future
05. Dark Insanity
06. The Day You Died
07. Christopher Solo
09. Night Falls Fast
10. Daniel Solo
11. Burning Angel
12. Michael Amott Solo (incl. "Intermezzo Liberté")
13. Dead Bury Their Dead
15. Enemy Within
17. Shadows And Dust
19. We Will Rise
20. Fields Of Desolation / Outro
Norwegian's blackest Mayhem have announced new South American tour dates in October.
Here are the dates for the South America Invasion:
Oct. 24 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Bar de Tom
Oct. 25 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Easy
Oct. 26 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - El Teatro
Oct. 29 - Santiago, Chile - Club Cadillac
Oct. 30 - Lima, Peru -
Oct. 31 - Quito, Ecuador -
Mayhem is planning an US tour in early 2009. The tour will reportedly consist of 21 shows and will kick off in the early spring. The exact cities and dates will be announced soon. Also the band promised an Australian tour is in the works.
Mayhem have joined forces with guitarist Morfeus (Ancient, Dimension F3H, Limbonic Art) for their upcoming South America Fucking Armageddon tour.
On next November 17th (January 27th in the US), Season Of Mist will reissue two classic albums by cult doom band Pentagram: 1999's "Review Your Choices" and 2001's "Sub Basement". Doom is made out of 666 tons heavy riffing, vocals filled with pain, regret and spite as well as leaden song-structures stretched taut to the point of ripping, and Pentagram embody all those virtues like no other contender. Many have named the band the true heir of the British originators of heavy and doom metal, honourably dubbing them 'the American Black Sabbath'.
Pentagram's fourth studio album "Review Your Choices" marked the band's sixth comeback after several changes of line-up and label. These acclaimed protagonists of doom metal proved once more indestructible by drug addiction, break ups, bad deals, jail terms, chronic illness, satanic blood sacrifices and various acts of self destruction. Mainman and singer Bobby Liebling has kept his band alive for nearly 40 years now and might easily be awarded the title of "longest serving cult band" - highly acclaimed by fans, press and fellow musicians alike. "Review Your Choices" marked the return of multi-instrumentalist Joe Hasselvander to join Bobby Liebling in his eternal quest of creating the heaviest sound possible. The album features a mix of re-recorded lost Liebling tracks from the 70's and stellar numbers penned by Hasselvander, which gave "Review Your Choices" an extra heavy feeling.