04:50 - The Maratha Also, black powerfully blending with genres of death, drone, psychedelic, doom, sludge and so on. More or less, this past 2 years there has been a trend of experimentation in metal altogether.
04:44 - The Maratha The problem is that Sludge creepingly blends into heavy, doom, black and death. Look at Roadburn for instance.
03:24 - Marcel Hubregtse SLudge is actually already dead since most bands in that genre are copying each other . Savannah SLudge is doing it and so are the others. If you hear mrore than 6 new sludge bands each months you will notice it.
02:29 - Apothecary Yeah you have a point, that "only old school is real, modern bands suck" mentality is still pretty strong among parts of the metal community though, unfortunately
02:23 - Karlabos but then again most death/thrash/sympho fans are more into older bands and don't follow the new stuff very closely... amongst the new metals arising i still feel sludge is pretty strong
02:17 - Apothecary I still think sludge is far from "the next big trend" lol, that's grossly over-exaggerating its appeal to the average metalhead. More people are into thrash, death, and symphonic type shit before sludge, at least in my area
02:14 - Karlabos yeah, sludge seems to be quite the thing nowadays. still beats the power metal trend from when i was a kid tho
Vocal powerhouse Veronica Freeman (Benedictum), will be doing session work for the Lyraka project.
Lyraka is described as a "Wagnerian Opera Metal" project that encompasses a set of highlights CD's, as well as a 3-D animated movie. Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz) and Tommy Heart (Uli Jon Roth, Fair Warning, Soul Doctor) are also contributing vocal tracks.
Andy DiGelsomina, the composer and lead guitarist of the project, commented: "I was massively inspired by Veronica's performance on the Benedictum CD's. She is not only viciously heavy when neccessary, but has a phenomenal sense of dynamics. Veronica is as gloriously heavy metal as you can get, and we are excited about working with her."
It is with great privilege to announce the official signing of Japan's upcoming Death Metal fiends GxSxD.
GxSxD (which stands for God Send Death) exploded into the Japanese Extreme Metal scene in 2002 and barely a decade into the band's career, GxSxD found themselves touring massively throughout their homeland and thus gaining widespread popularity as one of the most powerful Death Metal acts to have emerged from Japan. With an unforgettable trademark of the Japanese-tattooed twin brothers Yusuke and Yosuke Oka's synchronised windmill headbanging style; and with the unforgiving assault of heavily-induced Euro-Death Metal, GxSxD is definitely the perfect combination of flawless musicianship with an amazing stage presence.
Greek melodic power metal outfit InnerWish have released their video for the track "Burning Desires" online. The track comes off their forthcoming album No Turning Back which will be released in Europe and North America on May 28rd through Ulterium Records. "Burning Desires" was directed by Bob Katsionis (who previously worked for Firewind).
Diego "Grom" Meraviglia, former drummer of Norwegian Melodic Black metal band Ancient and Italian Doom band DoomSword, has provided ear-shattering drumming for a track on the new Hexfire album. The recording session took place in Valencia (CA) with engineer Steven Leavitt. A few pics of the recording can be found here.
The band says: "Grom is an amazing drummer. We wanted him to record the fastest song from our forthcoming album because we were sure that he was the only man who could do the job perfectly! His style is exactly what we were looking for. That's why we asked him to record a song for us and he agreed! It's just amazing! We're so proud!"
Recently, Hexfire also tapped renowned metal drummer Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody Of Fire, Avantasia, Dol Ammad) to help bring some of the tracks to life, while Jonno Lodge (Biomechanical) will perform the rest of the drums.
Decibel Magazine and Cynic are proud to announce the inaugural Hall of Fame tour. The "Hall of Fame" tour, titled Re-Traced/Re-Focused Live, will see progressive metal icons Cynic perform their first album Focus in its entirety, along with tracks from the group's lauded second album, Traced in Air, and more. Direct support comes from progressive masters Intronaut and Dysrhythmia.
"We're not only excited about this "Hall Of Fame" tour with Decibel, we're committed to giving Cynic fans a unique and memorable concert experience unlike ever before," says Cynic frontman/guitarist Paul Masvidal. "Focus will be performed in its entirety from start to finish, along with Traced in Air and beyond. It's going to be a journey directly into Cynic's pulsating, vibrant heart."
Absolve - the Montreal thrash/death metal band that recently signed to Panoptic Records - has unveiled the artwork and tracklisting for their first EP, Sadistic Crown.
The EP which is set to be released on June 8th 2010, was produced by Kim Gosselin (Blackguard) at Silver Wings Studios. Two songs , the title track and "My Wrath Will Follow You" are streaming on MySpace.
Sadistic Crown cover art] tracklist:
01. My Wrath Will Follow You
02. Sadistic Crown
03. Rot and Decay
04. Burn a Blind Eye
05. Helldust Impulse
After months of silence from the Grave camp due to hard work writing and recording, the Swedish death metal trio of Ola, Ronnie and Fredrik is proud to present a track from the upcoming album Burial Ground, titled "Liberation". The track is available for streaming on Grave's MySpace page. Burial Ground is scheduled for release on June 14 through Regain Records.
Burial Ground cover art] tracklist:
02. Semblance in Black
03. Dismembered Mind
04. Ridden With Belief
07. Sexual Mutilation
09. Burial Ground
All bands have their greatest hits and misses, Charon has A-sides, B-sides & Suicides. Charon will release their first ever compilation album A-sides, B-sides & Suicides on 23 June 2010.
The double album includes almost 40 songs and two and a half hours of music from the first demo tape to the latest studio sessions. In addition to the album cuts, there will be unreleased songs from recording sessions, cover songs and demos.
Charon will put out a teaser video every week in their official YouTube channel here. Videos will feature moments from the 17 year long history of Charon. The first teaser video is available below, and more details coming very soon.
Forbidden have announced headlining shows just prior and after their tour with Overkill this November. Support will come from fellow thrashers Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Bonded By Blood. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Forbidden, Evile, Gamma Bomb, Bonded By Blood:
11/04/10 Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
KillFest Tour: Overkill, Forbidden, Evile, Gamma Bomb, Bonded By Blood:
11/05/10 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
11/06/10 Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
11/07/10 Club Hell - Providence, RI
11/08/10 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
11/09/10 Gil's - Virginia Beach, VA
11/10/10 Amos - Charlotte, NC
11/11/10 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
11/12/10 Hooligans - Jacksonville, NC
11/13/10 Club Firestone - Orlando, FL
At the beginning of the month it was announced that original Agent Steel vocalist John Cyriis had returned to the band. Now the following update has been issued:
"Just checking in to let everyone know that we will begin rehearsals with vocalist J. Cyriis in the coming weeks here in Los Angeles. We're all very excited to fire up the engines and getting the gears turning to the Agent Steel machine! We will be revisiting the classic catalog of course, but most importantly; we look forward to begin work on new songs for future release.
As some of you know we have material already written in demo format that we look forward to reworking with J. Cyriis. We also have our first working title that Cyriis has been writing lyrics to that we can reveal at this time; "Behold... The Great Race". We're also in the middle of confirming South American live appearances for late August, and also European "exclusive shows" for late October, 2010."
According to Dio's website there will be a public memorial service for the late legend in Los Angeles.
"There will be a Public Memorial Service for Ronnie James Dio on Sunday, May 30th at 2:00 PM at The Hall Of Liberty located at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068. This will be a celebration of the life and music of Ronnie James Dio and is open to all of his friends and fans from around the world.
For those of you that will be flying in from out of town or out of the country, we are working with various local hotels to arrange discount rates. As soon as we have more information, we will make it available. "
In related news, organizers of Bloodstock Open Air in Catton Hall, UK and Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, have announced there will be a Ronnie James Dio stage as a tribute to the fallen metal icon.
Soilwork just uploaded a brand new track called "Two Lives Worth Of Reckoning" to the band's official MySpace. The track comes off the bands highly anticipated new album The Panic Broadcast which is due on July 2, 2010 via Nuclear Blast!
Commented vocalist Björn Strid: ""Two Lives Worth Of Reckoning" is definitely a great teaser for the new album. We feel it has everything, a verse made for mosh, an atmopheric chorus and a jawdropping solopart, but wait, there's way more than that, check it out, enjoy guys and gals!"
The song can also be downloaded for free from this location (free e-mail sign-up required).
After announcing an Australian Tour in 2009, then postponing it, then cancelling it altogether, the show will go on as Mayhem have annouced new 2010 dates. The Black Metal band will tour both Australia and New Zealand in September, playing five dates. Tickets went on sale last Thursday, so you can already book your spot at your town's show. Ticket purchasing information can be found on Mayhem's myspace page.
Here are all the dates of the tour:
September 21st, 2010 - Kings Arms, Auckland
September 23rd, 2010 - The Hifi, Melbourne
September 24th, 2010 - The Factory, Sydney
September 25th, 2010 - The Hifi, Brisbane
September 26th, 2010 - Capitol, Perth
It's official, May is definitely "metal massacre month" as the bad news continues to pile up. Just this morning atmospheric sludge/post-metallers Isis have called it a day. In a lengthy "good night!" message on their MySpace, the band writes:
"Isis has reached an end. It's hard to try to say it in any delicate way, and it is a truth that is best spoken plainly. This end isn't something that occurred over night and it hasn't been brought about by a single cataclysmic fracture in the band. Simply put, Isis has done everything we wanted to do, said everything we wanted to say. In the interest of preserving the love we have of this band, for each other, for the music made and for all the people who have continually supported us, it is time to bring it to a close.
Guitar phenom Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) has added his signature style and soloing to one of Kamelot's new songs that will appear on the band's upcoming CD.
Kamelot guitarist Youngblood comments: "Gus and I have been talking about working together for a few years now, I first met Gus when Dream Evil played with us on the Japanese Tour in a few years back. Since then Gus' band Firewind has toured with us in Europe and Japan and we have become great friends. I have always thought Gus' style was very special and very unique, its really great to have him on the new album!"
Gus G. adds: "Kamelot is a very unique band with a sound of their own and I've always liked them. To be invited to play on their new album is an honor and jamming on their track was a lot of fun. During the time our bands toured Japan and all over Europe together, Thomas and I became good friends. I have great memories from being on the road with the guys and I'm glad I contributed to their new album."