The Gates Of Slumber will be going on a month long U.S. tour in support of the epic "Conqueror" release (and following the success of their "Trapped In The Web" video, a video in which people are finally giving props to MTV for actually playing true metal for once) with comrades Demiricous on what is being dubbed as the Conquest Of Poverty Tour. The tour flyer can be found here. Sponsored by Metal Maniacs, the trio will be hitting up pretty much the major markets within the U.S. on this pillage in the name of Crom through the mire of a crippled economy. So support true metal. The routing goes as follows:
11/9/08 Denver, CO @ Funhouse
11/10/08 Boise, ID @ The Gusto Bar w/ Cast Into Eternity (ex-Arsis)
July 9-12, 2008 - In celebration of the 20th anniversary of their legendary album, "Kings Of Metal" Manowar had attendance of over 35,000 metal warriors during the greatest 4 days of heavy metal mayhem ever.
On November 27, 2008, you can experience the excitement and exhilaration of every fan in attendance as Magic Circle Music brings you the "Magic Circle Festival Volume 2 DVD" cover]. Featuring 2 discs packed with never-before-seen footage of songs from the first six Manowar albums - including some songs that have never been performed or presented on CD or DVD before - this DVD set is truly a historic package. This is the first opportunity to get songs like "Blow Your Speakers", "Death Tone", "Pleasure Slave", "Violence and Bloodshed" and "Kingdom Come" on DVD. This DVD also includes the first-ever live performance of Manowar's epic "The Crown and the Ring".
Killswitch Engage have a new video online. According to Roadrunner Records, apparently, this video's got it all. If it's metal, it's in there. Mosh pits, beer chugging, ridiculous backstage antics, and of course, the insanely amazing performing skills of Killswitch Engage. Go here to check out their new video for "This Is Absolution". The song comes from the band's latest album "As Daylight Dies", which was already released 2 years ago.
Decapitated has issued a brief statement on the band's MySpace, including an update on singer Adrian "Covan" Kowanek, who continues to recover from the October 2007 vehicle accident that claimed the life of Decapitated drummer Vitek Kieltyka:
"For the people who are sending messages and friend requests... Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to each and every person due to the overwhelming response followed by the tragic events of last October. The friends and families of Covan and Vitek will do their best in keeping you up to date with news on Decapitated and everything pertaining to the Vitek and Covan Charity Fund. The auction and tribute shirts have been temporarily delayed - but they are still in the works and should be up and running in the near future.
Obscura New Album Title And Guest Appearances Revealed
German death metallers Obscura have set "Cosmogenesis" as the title of its upcoming album. The group recently signed with Relapse Records and has completed the recordings for its second full-length album, to be released in early 2009. "Cosmogenesis" features guest appearances from Ron Jarzombek (Watchtower, Spastic INK, Blotted Science) and Tymon Kruidenier (Cynic, Exivious). "This new album sounds very intense and brutal", the band says in a statement. Obscura will headline the Munich Deathfest on November 8 and is preparing for more touring in the New Year.
Obscura was founded in 2002 by guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer. After several lineup changes mastermind Kummerer got backed up by a new team of virtuoso musicians. Late 2007 Obscura announced drummer Hannes Grossmann (ex-Necrophagist) and fretless bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-Pestilence) as new permanent members. Early 2008 the new lineup was completed by Christian Muenzner (ex-Necrophagist) as permanent guitarist.
For more information visit http://www.myspace.com/realmofobscura or http://www.jeroenthesseling.com
Battlelore's vocalist Tomi Mykkänen has posted the following statement:
"To my great regret I need to tell you that I am not able to be part of the Finnish Fire tour this autumn due to family reasons. I will take my personal leave from performing with BLore as of today so I will miss also the three Finnish gigs (Juva, Oulu and Kuopio). The reason why I'm missing the Finnish gigs as well is quite easy; we need to have the replacement vocalist trained for the tour and what is better place to train than gigs? Replacement vocalist? Yeah, there is one and he's Harri (Witch King) from Avathar. Who would be a better replacement than other fellow Tolkien freak?!
Harri is an excellent growler with a deep, strong voice, and a great attitude for live shows. He also sings clean vocals, so he is the perfect session front man! The band will sound just as great as always! Hopefully you'll all make him feel welcomed. Maybe buy him a beer or two…
Swedish death metallers Demonical announced the following update on their Myspace mage:
"The successful festivals last weekend completed the touring cycle for "Servants Of The Unlight". Massive hails to all warriors, maniacs and witches who have shown their support during the last 16 months.
We will now fully concentrate on our second - yet untitled - full-length album which will be recorded during November and December for a release in April 2009.
We can hereby also announce the first battles for next year as we will hit Finland in April together with our fellow swedish scumbags Tyrant."
10.04 2009 Finland - Helsinki - Lepakkomies
11.04 2009 Finland - Turku - TVO
Eddie the Head, the demoniacal mascot of the British heavy metal group Iron Maiden, has made his way into the debating chamber of a Spanish town hall. Eddie's cadaverous face appears regularly at council meetings in the town of Villava, in Navarre, as part of a war of political symbols between local parties.
Basque separatist councillors insist on hanging the Basque flag on their desks during debates, upsetting other politicians at the town hall. Most dislike the idea of the Navarre region being treated as part of the Basque country.
The Socialists have responded by hanging an Iron Maiden flag on their desks. The Socialist leader, José Luis Uriz, said: "The Iron Maiden flag means a lot to me. If I have to put up with their flag, they'll have to put up with Eddie's face."
Norwegian black metallers Sworn has issued following statement:
"The songs for the next album is taking form and the plan is to enter the studio in the beginning of 2009, but we have already started on pre-productions of songs. The new material is harder, faster, darker, more grim and with the Sworn-touch that perpetuates the athmosphere from The Alleviation!"
The working title for the second album is "Bastards And Conquerors" and some songtitles for the album will include:
The Bastard, The Conqueror
Remnants of Past and Present
Summoning the Sinister
The Archaic Wraith
Century Media is streaming Aborted's cover of the Turmoil track "Playing Dead". Check it out at this location. The song will be released on the Century Media Records 2CD compilation "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" cover], which was released in North America on 14 October.
The all-covers release "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" celebrates Century Media's 20th anniversary and includes 32 mostly exclusive recordings and will be available in stores for the price of one CD.
The tracklist of that compilation is as follows:
Arch Enemy: Dream Evil - The Book Of Heavy Metal
Dark Tranquillity: Sentenced - Broken
Heaven Shall Burn: Tiamat - Whatever That Hurts
Eternal Tears Of Sorrow have issued the following update:
"For the first time, Eternal Tears of Sorrow has six members. We welcome Mr. Jarmo Kylmänen to join our forces. Jarmo K has been our "sixth member" since late 2005, helping us with songs, melodies and his voice on "Before The Bleeding Sun" and all the gigs after our comeback. Cheers, it's about time!
Our sixth album will be out in April 2009 by Suomen Musiikki in Finland, Massacre Records in other European countries and Marquee/Avalon in Asia.
The first chance to hear our new material will be Finnish Metal Expo in Helsinki in February 2009. This will be the release date of the forthcoming single as well. And don't forget - we'll finally enter the music video era, so stay tuned, folks!"
Exodus have posted the re-recorded versions of "Metal Command" and "A Lesson In Violence" online at their official Myspace. The songs come from the bands new album "Let There Be Blood" which is a re-recording of the bands classic 1985 debut album, "Bonded By Blood." The album will be released on October 28th.
Produced by guitarist Gary Holt, the new "Let There Be Blood" CD was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California; JKZ Production Studio in San Rafael, California; with vocal tracks recorded at J. Rod Production Studios in New City, New York. Andy Sneap is currently mixing the CD at his Backstage studio in Derbyshire, England. An October 2008 release through Zaentz Records is expected.
The new Guillotine music video for the song "Rebellion" can be watched in high-resolution quality here (click on 'watch in high quality' at the bottom of the video screen).
The upcoming new album "Blood Money" cover] from Swedish Thrashers Guillotine has set a worldwide street release date as 27th October 2008.
There has also been some last-minute changes in the deluxe digipak version, and the digipak version will NOT include the 'Rebellion' music video as previously stated. Instead, a Guillotine logo patch will be included for the digipak edition, which should really please the diehard Thrash fans!
The final tracklisting for the digipak edition is still the same, with an additional bonus track of "I Hate Society":
Doom Shall Rise festival will continue after a year off with the sixth edition. On April 17th and 18th 2009 the Chapel in Göppingen (near Stuttgart, Germany) will be the place to be for all things DOOM!
Confirmed so far:
Black Shape Of Nexus
The Lamp Of Thoth
More bands will follow.
Ticket presales will start on the 1st of January at 8 PM CET on the Doom Shall Rise website.
AC/DC's Black Ice is currently streaming on VH1's "The Leak", giving fans a taste of AC/DC's first album in eight years a week early. Black Ice will officially be available for purchase starting Monday, October 20th.
Check out Black Ice here:
Events surrounding AC/DC's Black Ice launch in NYC and LA this week, bringing fans a first taste in the countdown to the excitement of Black Ice's release date. Fully decked-out interactive Black Ice trucks and "pop-up" stores will enhance the fan experience to new heights.
Beginning Thursday, October 16, AC/DC fans will be able to visit the Black Ice trucks in various locations (see schedule below) to listen to the Black Ice album in full, try out the yet-to-be-released AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack video game and compete for AC/DC concert tickets amongst like-minded super-fans. Fans are invited to join the celebration at Times Square on Sunday, October 19 where Wal-Mart and MTV will unveil the AC/DC Rock Band-branded store, selling the first copies of Black Ice available to the public (which will be on-sale from the nearby Black Ice truck as well).