A new and limited Alexi Laiho ESP guitar will be available this month, which can be described as a mixture of the ESP SV-Standard and the ESP Alexi Laiho Sawtooth. It will be a special edition, which is only available in Finland and only 10 copies of it will be manufactured. Due to the small quantity, the guitar is a collector's item. Guitar specs are:
Neck-thru-body / 25.5"
Ebony Fingerboard w/Saw tooth inlays
24 Jumbo Frets
Katakana "Alexi" 12-fret inlay
Original Floyd Rose
Pickup: EMG HZ H-2 Pickup + MM04 Active Electronics
Color: Black with yellow pinstripes
Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit After Forever is currently writing material for the follow-up to 2005's "Remagine", tentatively due next year via an as-yet-undetermined label. The band has posted several rehearsal video clips on its official web site offering a glimpse into the songwriting/rehearsal process. Check them out at this location.
Vitamin Records has set an October 10 release date for "Scorched Earth Orchestra Plays Metallica's Master of Puppets", an orchestral tribute to Metallica's classic 1986 album. itamin Records celebrates the 20th anniversary of this incredibly influential album. Highlighting and building upon the epic Master of Puppets themes, The Scorched Earth Orchestra have fleshed out the entire album in this sprawling tribute. The full orchestral sound adds necessary weight while new sounds emerge from between Metallica's notes. This is a true celebration of "Master of Puppets" and a welcome addition to any collection. The cover can be seen here.
Canadian metal band Into Eternity have scheduled a series of shows around their Gigantour performances. Premiering songs from their forthcoming October 3rd release, The Scattering Of Ashes, the band have two headlining shows booked prior to Gigantour's start and on their Gigantour off-dates. Additionally the band will be performing with Overkill in Portland, as follows:
Into Eternity 08/30 The Distrikt - Regina, SK, Canada
Gigantour 2006 Off Dates 09/07:
Sep. 07 - Sabala's - Portland, OR (with Overkill)
Sep. 12 - Bulldogz - Glendale, AZ
Sep. 18 - Sanctuary - San Antonio, TX
Sep. 20 - The Muse - Nashville, TN
Sep. 26 - The Embassy - London, ON
Oct. 01 - Peabody's Down Under - Cleveland, O
A video clip of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society's frontman Zakk Wylde has been posted online via guitarplayertv.com, warming up with his instrument. You can watch it here.
A video clip of Black Label Society performing 'Stillborn' live in paris (France) in 2005 has been posted online here. Also you can find videos of Suicide Messiah and In This River. The three videos come off the band's new DVD,'The European Invasion - Doom Troopin' (August,22 @ Eagle Vision). You can find more informations as a e-card for the release here.
A video clip of Black Label Society frontman talking about the new album, 'Shot To Hell' has been posted online at TheShowBuzz.com (scroll a little bit downwards).
A brand new Cradle Of Filthtrack, entitled "Dirge Inferno", is available for streaming here. The song comes off the British extreme metallers' new album, "Thornography", due on October 16 via Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Nymphetamine", "Thornography" was recorded at Lincolnshire, England's Chapel studios with producer Rob Caggiano and was mixed at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England by Andy Sneap.
"Thornography" track listing:
Under Pregnant Skies She Comes Alive Like Miss Leviathan
Tonight in Flames
I Am The Thorn
Cemetery And Sundown
Lovesick For Mina
The Foetus Of A New Day Kicking
The Gathering are back on the road in Europe after they had to cancel the first month of their European "Homelands" tour back in April due to vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen suffering an obstinate bronchial and sinus infection. The original tour dates — April 19, 2006 to May 28, 2006, have been rescheduled for September and October this year.
Eccentric jazz-metallers Ephel Duath will be taking to the road in September and October to confound audiences with their self-styled "intentional discomfort." The band will be playing a series of headlining shows in Europe, including a full tour of the U.K., in support of their most recent album, "Pain Necessary to Know". Tourdates are the following:
Sep. 14 - CH Geneve - Piment Rouge
Sep. 15 - CH Düdingen - Bad Bonn
Sep. 16 - FR Colmar - Festival Jazz Off
Sep. 28 - NL Nijmegen - Doornroosje
Sep. 30 - NL Baarlo - ProgPower Europe 2006 festival @ JC Sjiwa
Oct. 01 - NL Baroeg - Baroeg
Oct. 13 - DE Halle/Saale - Rockpool
Oct. 15 - UK Manchester - Jilly's Rockworld Damnation Festival
Finnish melodic death/doom metallers Swallow The Sun will enter the Seawolf Studios in Helsinki on September 11 to record its third, as-yet-untitled album. The album will be released on February 7, 2007 by Spinefarm Records. During the recording of the album the band will hold only selected gigs, but after it's release, they start touring.
As previously reported, Dream Theater will release their new DVD on August, 29th entitled Score via Rhono Records. The band has posted online a video teaser on Amazon.com: click one of the following links to view:
The 3-CD and 2-DVD sets will be available seperately. Both versions will contain the entire 20th Anniversary World Tour grand finale recorded live at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 1st 2006 (nearly 3 hours of music - over 90 minutes of which was performed with a full orchestra). The DVD will also contain a one hour Documentary tracking the entire career of the band from the very beginnings at the Berklee College Of Music in 1985 all the way to the Radio City Music Hall grand finale. Including rare never before seen footage and interviews with current and previous members of the band. Also included on the DVD are several live bonus tracks from through the years taken from drummer Mike Portnoy's Archives. Final details as to the complete track list are pending, but the set list on the night the show was recorded was as follows.
According to this article written on La Musica, Fear Factory has concelled its previously announced south American tour due to scheduling difficulties.
The trek was slated to kick off tonight (Thursday, August 24) in San Jose, Costa Rica and make stops in Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and Ecuador. It is not currently confirmed if the band's scheduled dates in Mexico (Sept. 2 in Mexico City and Sept. 3 in Guadalajara) will be affected by the cancellation.
Gothic metal pioneers Paradise Lost and Century Media Records are proud to announce the band's worldwide signing to the record label. In a career that has spanned over 17 years, Paradise Lost have sold a staggering two million albums worldwide.
European Label Manager Antje Lange commented on the signing, "We feel very honored to welcome Paradise Lost to The Century Family. Paradise Lost are an extremely influential band with the creative potential for a very bright future. As their new record label, we look forward to working to expand their global fan base."
After reviewing several offers, Paradise Lost chose to sign to Century Media worldwide. Vocalist Nick Holmes states, "It's great to be on a label with so many metal bands and such a heritage. This worldwide deal will give us a chance to have a crack at the U.S."
The legendary pimps of gore, GUT have posted a new song 'The Nympho Is A G' from their upcoming "Girls On Acid" split with Rompeprop over at their official MySpace page. The limited split 7" is expected to be released on October 7th at the Grotescore Fest in Koblenz, Germany. When it's sold out, it will be pressed as a MCD.
Death Metallers, Hate Eternal announced they will release they first DVD in their career entitled "The Perilous Fight", on Oct. 16, 2006. The video features artwork from Paul Romano and also includes a blistering live set filmed at The Garage in London on June 4, 2006, with a live audio mix by Hate Eternal frontman Erik Rutan.
"The Perilous Fight" delves deep into the life of one of death metal's most influential bands, with Erik Rutan, Randy Pir and Reno Kiilerich sharing their thoughts on Hate Eternal so far in an exclusive 20-minute interview filmed immediately following the June 2006 London show.
Here is the tracklisting:
01. Two Demons
02. Servants Of The Gods
Swedish metallers Entombed have issued the following update:
"The 'When In Sodom' EP was extremely well received, more than any other Entombed record, boosting both interest and sales in Europe, so we thank each and every one who got their hands on a copy.
"'When In Sodom' is yet to be released in Scandinavia,(September 18) and USA, (November 14) to coincide with the west coast dates with Grave and Dismember, 1-16 December. We need to get those extra kicks in to pave the way before we unleash the highly anticipated full length studio album — 'Serpent Saints'. In the meantime, Entombed will tour Scandinavia and USA on the EP; in November the mighty Masters Of Death tour will pulverize Europe, and then we will launch the masterpiece in February/March 2007. It will be worth the wait!"