The forthcoming album from Akercocke, abruptly titled "Antichrist", has run into more controversy. The provocative nature of the record has already led to problems in Ireland, where the band will take part in a live discussion on the 'Nolan Live' show on BBC1 Northern Ireland tonight at 10.45pm with members of the Irish Catholic clergy.
Now the album has run into problems in the US, where the pressing plant handling the production of the album, Disc USA, has refused to handle the record due its 'anti-Christian' perspective. Commenting on the decision, Akercocke frontman Jason Mendonca stated:
"I rather perturbed that in this day and age, the 21st Century, people are so uptight. Whatever happened to freedom of speech and freedom of expression in the alleged democracy of the USA? Censorship is always ugly no matter how you view it. It smacks of fascism to me. What other works of art are barred to the good people of America?
Australian Power Metallers Black Majesty have updated their website with the following message:
"We are pleased to offer a sneak preview from the forthcoming new Black Majesty album "Tomorrowland" by featuring the album opening song 'Forever Damned'. We hope this track gives everyone a taste of the new album.
The release date is set at June 1st for Europe with the rest of the world to follow soon after. A digi-pack version of the new album will also be released featuring two bonus tracks. We're looking forward to meeting everyone in the coming months when we go on tour - if you get the chance please come and say hello.
Metal cheers from Australia, Black Majesty."
Nuclear Blast Records has posted the tracklisting and a picture of the cover art of the upcoming Nile album "Ithyphallic" online. The album is due for a July 20 release in Germany and July 23 in the rest of Europe. The album was recorded at Sound Lab Studios in Columbia, South Carolina with producer Neil Kernon (Nevermore, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide) and engineer Bob Moore.
01. What Can Be Safely Written
02. As He Creates So He Destroys
04. Papyrii Containg The Spell To Preserve Its Possessor Against Attacks From He Who Is In The Water
05. Eat Of The Dead
06. Laying Fire Upon Apep
07. The Essential Salts
08. The Infinity Of Stone
Norway's Black Metallers Gorgoroth have posted the following message:
"Gorgoroth's new video for the track 'Carving A Giant' from last years "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam" will premiere on this Sunday's (May 20) edition of MTV 's Headbanger's Ball which starts at 10:00 PM GMT +1 hour (rerun: May 21 at 12:00 AM)."
In other news, VBS.tv has posted all five episodes of a series on Norwegian Black Metal focusing primarily on Gorgoroth. Watch the footage online:
Italian Symphonic Power metal outfit Thy Majestie have welcomed vocalist Dario Cascio and guitarist Simone Campione to their ranks. Simone Campione was already familiar to the band as a session musician from the beginning of this year and later also as a touring musician.
A statement from the band goes as follows: "The new two members, Dario Cascio and Simone Campione have been absolutely FANTASTIC! We are so pleased to have them in our team!
They brought us LIFE and new enthusiasm. THEY ARE OFFICIALLY IN THE BAND. We look forward to starting working on the new album!!!"
In other news, the band just returned from The Fear Dark Festival at The Netherlands. The band commented "The Fear Dark festival was a GREAT GREAT experience!!! We are all really excited about that!" Video footage was made available at their website for the songs 'The Chosen', 'The King And The Warrior' and 'Echoes Of War'.
The following message was posted on Nocturnal Rites's official website:
"We have added a corny, little message from the band including some previews of the bonus DVD that comes with "The 8th Sin" over at NocTV. We have a new live-clip from the GoM-boat on there as well!
Also, Century Media has launched an e-card with us including a competition where 25 lucky winners get a free NR shirt. Don't miss!
Some exciting more cool stuff will be revealed in the coming days, so stay tuned".
For more info about the album go to this location or read more here and here.
In other news, Nocturnal Rites have teamed up with Finnish Heavy/Power Metallers Thunderstone for a co-headlining European tour this fall.
The following updates were posted on the website of German Power Metal band Edguy:
"Due to an overwhelming response to their maiden tour of North America in 2005 with Hammerfall, Germany's beloved Edguy are bringing their "Rocket Ride World Tour" to the western hemisphere in support of their 2006 release of the same name, which climbed to the #27 slot on Billboard's Hard Music Chart. The tour will launch on Tuesday, September 11th in Hartford, Connecticut and will include Canada's Into Eternity, Norway's Susperia, plus a special guest. . On June 16th, the band will be back in Slovakia as special guest of the Scorpions in Bratislava. Edguy will also be this year's Saturday headliner at Germany's prestigious Bang Your Head!!! Festival on June 23rd, and are also confirmed for France's Hellfest on the 24th of July. All tour dates can be seen in the Tour Section of their website.
New Jersey- "Born in The Basement" a documentary from filmmaker/ Overkill founder Rat Skates, will be released on May 12, 2007 by Kundrat Productions
Written and narrated by Skates, this is an autobiographical journey that begins in 1980, when the East Coast of North America experienced a massive culture clash of Punk, Disco, Stoner Music, New Wave and Heavy Metal. Frustrated by this suburban identity crisis and fueled by "The New Wave of British Heavy Metal," a small group of energetic youths was unknowingly creating the most extreme music ever to assault global eardrums - Thrash Metal.
Skates was one of the most recognized pioneers of the movement. This is a drive through his tunnel vision to success, and the philosophy that turned his dreams into reality...THE "DIY" MINDSET!
Drummer Ricardo Confessori has assembled a new SHAMAN lineup following the group's split last October. Joining Confessori in the new group are guitarist Leo Mancini, vocalist Thiago Bianchi and bassist Fernando Quesada. Check out a photo of the new group at HeavyLaw.com. A song from the revamped band, entitled "One Life", can be downloaded at this location*.
This website seems to be the homepage of the new Shaman. Note that it doesn't seem to be officially open, yet you'll find many information on the new band, and their new album entitled "Immortal." Why the band seems to be able to use the name "Shaman" and not "Shaaman" is still unknown.
Metal Mind Productions has issued the following press release:
"British Thrash Metal legend Onslaught will release their first live DVD on 11th June via Metal Mind Productions.
After the band's reunion in 2005 and the release of their 4th studio album "Killing Peace" in 2007, the British thrash-metal legend Onslaught takes another step towards establishing their status as one of the greatest acts of that genre.
Their first live DVD "Live Polish Assault 2007" is due to be released on 11th June and will contain more than an hour of veritable thrash mayhem: dirty and furious guitar riffs, powerful rhythm section - all this havoc crowned with Sy Keeler's distinctive devilish shrieks. Filmed during the band's first gig in Poland, the DVD will include a well-balanced mixture of some of the best Onslaught songs performed live! Among other bonus features, the DVD will also include an interview with Nige Rockett and Sy Keeler, bonus live video footage from the band's gigs in Japan and Holland, as also bonus audio tracks from the gig at Bristol Colston Hall, 1987 (featuring Onslaught's very first live performance of "Let There Be Rock")!"
A video for the song 'Tervaskanto' has been made available online at the official Napalm Records website, here. (Windows Media required)
The song is the title track of the Finnish Folk Metallers' fourth album, which is due for a June 26 (U.S.) / June 29 (Europe) release through Napalm Records.
Another song 'Veriset Äpärät' could already be found on the band's MySpace page.
Two new songs 'City Of Echoes' and 'Last Day Of Winter' from the upcomming album "City Of Echoes" werre posted on the official MySpace page of the band. You can listen them here.
"City Of Echoes" tracklist:
01. Bliss In Concrete
02. City Of Echoes
03. Spaceship Broken--Parts Needed
04. Winds With Hands
05. Dead Between The Walls
06. Lost In The Headlights
07. Far From Fields
08. A Delicate Sense Of Balance
And also the following message was also added:
"At our recent show in London on the European tour, we played a special version of Mammoth (Pink Mammoth) with everyone from These Arms Are Snakes, our touring partners, and our friend and booking agent Jodie Cox. So that's nine people on stage! You can witness this for yourself here.
The following message was posted on Swedish Alternative Death Metal band The Great Deceiver's official website:
"The new The Great Deceiver album "Life Is Wasted On The Living" will be released on Deathwish Records. This is an outtake from http://www.deathwishinc.com:
In 2007, The Great Deceiver will release "Life Is Wasted On The Living", their new album on Deathwish. Produced and engineered by Berno Paulsson (The Haunted), "Life Is Wasted On The Living" takes their trend killing approach to new heights. Combining the intensity of hardcore, the power of metal, and the hook laden repetition of industrial, into a new kind of musical apocalypse".