Minnesota-based Metal Promoter Announces First All Female-fronted Metal Festival to Grace the United States' Midwest Featuring Headliner Doro Pesch (Doro/Warlock)
SwordLord Productions will debut the Flight of the Valkyries metal festival on Saturday, June 16, 2007 at Station-4 in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. Doors open at 3:30 pm. The show is 18+. Ticket prices are $20 in advance or $30 on the day of show.
Flight of the Valkyries 2007 will be the United State's only music festival devoted to metal bands with female lead vocalists. Confirmed bands for the 2007 complete festival line-up include headliner, Doro Pesch (Warlock/Doro), and supporting acts, Vainglory, Earthen, Visedon, The Ottoman Empire, Sirens of Titans and Spiritual Decay.
The new Nightwish single EVA is currently under investigation by finnish Teosto.
The chorus of the song is claimed to be very much similar to a song "Whirlpool" by Jukka Reinvuo, a relatively unknown finnish artist. In fact the chorus sounds so similar that it is accused of being plagiarized.
Tuomas Holopainen of Nightwish denies the accusations saying that he has just heard about this today and that he has never heard neither the song nor the artist. Tuomas Holopainen would be interested of hearing the song before saying anything else about the matter.
All the profits from the EVA single will be given to charity. Finnish salesprofits are sent to two familyhomes in Kitee: Perhekoti Viliina and Perhekoti Tiaisen Pesä.
Darkthrone's guitarist Nocturno Culto has posted following message on his official Myspace page:
"Finally we're done recording the new album F.O.A.D. This album will make lots of debate...I'm pretty sure of it. There will be a small taster in the form of an exclusive EP in July, that will contain exclusive song called 'Hedninger Fra Helvete' in english that means 'Heathens From Hell', and there will be a different recording of the song 'Wisdom Of The Dead' and different vocal version of 'Canadian Metal', plus the Testors coversong 'Bad Attitude'. Expect the album to be released in September. It will contain 9 songs."
The following messages were posted on Dark Tranquillity's official website:
'Terminus' video uploaded:
"The promo video for 'Terminus (where death is most alive)' is now ready, and we'd like to thank Sven Kirk for an original, amusing and generally excellent piece of work".
Click here to watch it at Youtube, or here at Dark Tranquillity's website.
Swedish tour announced:
"Touring details for the autumn are slowly starting to take shape. Plenty of exciting stuff is being planned, and more announcements are in the pipeline, but for now we can let you know that we'll embark on a small tour throughout our home country in the beginning of September. These are the dates:
Kataklysm singer Maurizio Iacono has issued the following update:
"First off, I want to sincerely thank everyone involved with The Invaluable Darkness Tour we just completed with our friends Dimmu Borgir. We would like to thank them for treating us like brothers and to all their crew for helping us out when we needed it. This new friendship is forged in blood! Thanks also to Devildriver whom we shared a bus with and developed a new friendship. Last but not least, the dudes in Unearth, all cool people. This tour was a triumph for us in all senses, especially to be able to play for our fans on a bigger package, who proved to us everyday that all the blood and sweat wasn't for nothing. The words of encouragement from our fans mean EVERYTHING.
We are very sorry to announce the fact that Anneke has decided to leave the band in August 2007. Anneke has several reasons not to be a member anymore. We really regret the fact we could not find a way to continue together. However, we will be working on new material with male & female vocalists. Expect a CD release somewhere in 2008.
With Anneke we've made great albums and did fantastic shows, which we are very proud of! We had a great time! We wish Anneke all the best for the future.
The remaining festivals we will play together with Anneke. No new gigs will be scheduled. The last gig with Anneke will be the Ankkarock Festival in Finland, the 4th of August. Also the new DVD 'A Noise Severe' as well as the double live CD will still be released this summer.
An E-Card for the upcoming Dream Theater album "Systematic Chaos" is now online. "Systematic Chaos" will be released on June 5th.
On this E-Card there are two new songs 'Constant Motion' and 'The Dark Eternal Night', plus some desktop wallpapers, AIM icons, and banners. There is also an in-studio video for "The Dark Eternal Night". You can view it at this location.
Insomnium has announced that they will team up with Katatonia, Scar Symmetry and Swallow the Sun for their first US tour in September 2007. Katatonia will be the headliner. The tour will start from Springfield (VA) and end in Houston (TX) covering total of 19 cities. Check out the dates below.
Here is a posting from the band: "...we will give the best support we're able to for this great and influential metal band! It is also a great opportunity to get to the same van with our good buddies from Swallow the Sun and I'm pretty sure it will be a one hell of a ride! ...please notice that all inquiries regarding the tour should be directed to Dave Brenner (mailto: earsplit(at)aol.com). More details will follow later! Will be just awesome to see you all, can't wait!"
Veteran Florida-based Extreme Metallers Malevolent Creation have inked a European deal with Massacre Records for the release of their new album, "Doomsday X". The album is due out on the 24th of August.
Two new songs 'Fragmented Oblivion' and 'The Endless Regression Of Mind' from the new album "Cryptic Implosion" were posted on the official Odious Mortem's website. You can listen them by click on the following links on song titles 'Fragmented Oblivion' and 'The Endless Regression Of Mind'.
Here "Cryptic Implosion" tracklist:
01. Fragmented Oblivion
02. The Endless Regression of Mind
03. Dysmorphic Avulsion
04. Vile Progeny
05. Conjoint Species
06. Nux Vomica
07. Gestation of Worms
08. Subcortical Desiccation
09. Domain of the Eternal Paradox
10. Collapse of Recreation (featuring Ron Jarzombek)
This album was released world wide the 24 April 2007 through Willowtip Records and was engineered/produced by Zack Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios (Oakland) and artwork designed by Pär Olofsson.
As a grand finale to their festival/stadium summer tour, Iron Maiden will perform a special one-off performance at London's Brixton Academy on Sunday 24th June in aid of The Clive Burr MS Trust fund.
Brixton Academy holds just 4,800 and tickets for this intimate performance will go on sale to members of the Iron Maiden fan club at 9am on Friday 25th May. The box office will open to the general public a week later on Friday 1st June.
This will be Iron Maiden's final UK appearance for at least a year, and will be the last time they will perform this years special set list of songs from their No 1 International album 'A Matter Of Life and Death' and the album 'The Number of the Beast'. The show will be the last chance to see the spectacular stage production that the band have been performing with around the world, including Eddie and his tank up close for the last time. Special guests will be Lauren Harris and eight piece Indian Rock act Parikrama, who came to the band's attention when they supported Maiden in Bangalore in March, and will be the first time an Indian rock band have toured the UK.
DGM will release a new album "Different Shapes" on June 4th.
Here's the tracklist:
01. A New Life
02. The Alliance
03. Some Day, One Day
04. Unkept Promises
05. The Fallen Angel
06. Peace Of Mind
08. Signs Of Time
09. Close To You
10. A Man I'll Never Be
+ You Wa Shock!!
You can also download the first song of the album, 'A New Life' here.