Norwegian symphonic metallers Adyta have set the independent release date of the new EP Katarsis to February 1st. Due to a lot of personal work the band will not be able to finish the CD in November as hoped.
A sample mix will be posted on the band's MySpace any time soon.
Oriental death metal band Arkan is currently in the studio, recording their new full-length, entitled Salam.
Earlier this week Arkan entered Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden to record their sophomore release, the follow-up to 2008's Hilal. The bass and drum parts are already recorded. You can follow a daily studio report on the band's MySpace.
As previously reported, Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani are working on yet another new studio album. The band released the following update:
"We have been pretty busy finishing our upcoming album Ukon Wacka. "Ukon Wacka", or Ukon Vakat, is a pagan sacrificial feast from ancient times, on which a special made beer richly flowed. As can be expected from the title, this album has an ancient and very folky feel and is totally in Finnish. To make the lyrics understandable for non-Finnish people, we will add an English description/translation in the booklet as usual.
The album consists of 10 songs, among which you will find a song name "Tequila", which is especially written for (and inspired by) our South American fans, with whom we celebrated such hard times, and who welcomed us so warmly, when we were touring in South America. Another surprise is the title song, "Ukon Wacka", in which a special guest features: the famous Finnish singer Tuomari Nurmio! Last but not least features a tribute song ("Päät Pois Tai Hirteen") to the Finnish rock band Peer Günt, a great and underestimated band. We hope and expect that this album will give you as much joy as we had making it; a big folky feast for all!
Suidakra have been busy working on a new studio album since May. The band has now checked in with the following news:
"The recording sessions for Book Of Dowth are just a few weeks away! Before locking ourselves in at Gernhart Studio in Siegburg on November 30 to nail down the new record with producer Martin Buchwalter, we just want to take the opportunity to quickly deliver the latest news. Let's start with the track listing of Book Of Dowth:
Book Of Dowth cover art] tracklist:
01. Over Nine Waves
02. Dowth 2059
04. Biróg's Oath
05. Mag Mell
06. The Dark Mound
08. Stone Of The Seven Suns
09. Fury Fomoraigh
10. Otherworlds Collide
Besides preparing for the recordings, we spent the last few weeks shooting a brand new video clip for the track "Dowth 2059". It's our first collaboration with director/producer David Thelen and even though the post-production has just started, one thing is for sure: It will kick some serious ass! Keep your eyes peeled...
Iron Maiden are finally going to tour the UK. Posted on their official website:
This will be an extensive 10 city arena tour for the final run of dates on their FINAL FRONTIER WORLD TOUR 2010/11. For the first time in many years, the band will be playing shows across the full length and breadth of the UK, including places they've not visited for up to three decades!
Steve Harris comments; "Everything in the Maiden camp has been so full on these last five years or so that we haven't travelled around the UK to play for our home fans for almost that long. These fans supported us by coming to Twickenham Stadium, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Download and more recently Sonisphere so we thought we should get off our backsides and do the travelling this time and get round the country to see them all. We very much look forward to playing all four home countries and a couple of places we haven't been for a very long time, Aberdeen and Belfast! And playing the O2 gets us as close to the East End of London where Maiden started off than we have been for many a year, probably since the Ruskin Arms! All in all l think this is going to be a very special series of shows and a wonderful way to end this whole world tour.
01. Vast Oceans Lachrymose video]
02. The Furthest Shore video]
03. Soulsadness video]
04. The Drowning Years video]
05. Of Empires Forlorn video]
06. Vessel video]
07. Thus With A Kiss I Die video (part 1)] | video (part 2)]
While Heaven Wept guitarist and vocalist Tom Phillips added: "While the quality of neither the mp3's nor the video clips reflects the actual quality of the final result. they should indicate that at the very least this isn't a bootleg by any means! Despite the fact that this will be our final collaboration with Cruz Del Sur Music, in no way is Triumph:Tragedy:Transcendence a "contract fulfiller"; we all invested ourselves the same way we always do with our studio releases, and did everything we could to insure this album turned out phenomenal.
You all remember that back in August Nergal was diagnosed with leukemia. Now, the Behemoth frontman has issued the following update straight from the hospital:
"I'm still in the hospital but in quite a good shape so I write to let you know about my health and the further stages of treatment.
I've been through four planned chemotherapies and have stayed in hospital for over 3 months now. I've gone through the whole therapy smoothly, though I also had a couple of difficult moments. All this means I finish the stage of pharmacological treatment and I am about to start the irradiation and then the marrow transplant. Yes, we've found a donor! Having searched for months, the fundation has found a person whose genotype is identical to mine.
The Black Light Bacchanalia, the 12th studio effort of Virgin Steele, is now made available for streaming in its entirety at AOL's Listening Party.
The album will be released on North American territories on November 9th through SPV/Steamhammer.
The Black Light Bacchanalia cover art] tracklist:
01. By The Hammer Of Zeus (And The Wrecking Ball Of Thor)
02. Pagan Heart
03. The Bread Of Wickedness
04. In A Dream Of Fire
05. Nepenthe (I Live Tomorrow)
06. The Orpheus Taboo
07. To Crown Them With Halos (Parts 1 & 2)
08. The Black Light Bacchanalia (The Age That Is To Come)
09. The Tortures Of The Damned
10. Necropolis (He Answers Them With Death)
11. Eternal Regret
Symfonia is the name of a new melodic metal project featuring former members of Helloween, Stratovarius, Angra and Sonata Arctica. The band is set to enter the Studio Mega in Varberg, Sweden later this month to begin recording its debut album, scheduled for a spring 2011 release.
The Symfonia line-up looks as follows:
Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius, Revolution Renaissance) - guitar
André Matos (Angra, Shaman, Viper) - vocals
Jari Kainulainen (Stratovarius, Evergrey) - bass
Mikko Härkin (Sonata Arctica, Kotipelto) - keyboards
Uli Kusch (Masterplan, Helloween) - drums
The very humble press release reads as follows: "None of these musicians need an introduction. They are all legends among the melodic metal community. By sheer coincidence, they all found themselves living on the same continent, in Scandinavia. They decided to join forces and express their talents in the form of a new melodic metal project: Symfonia.
Norwegian metallers Trail Of Tears are in the pre-production phase of a new studio album. A clip from the studio can be watched below. Here's an update from the band:
"Ok, so it's been a while since the last update from the Trail camp. The reason for this silence is simple: we have been keeping ourselves busy writing some new tunes and trying out a few ideas in the studio. We have to say that it has been a good experience and some of the ideas which have surfaced so far sound pretty damn exciting to our ears! We are continuing to write material for the next album and will spend a few more months creating something that will live up to our own expectations and goals and hopefully raise a few eyebrows as well!"
It is finally now official: premier LA Thrash outfit Hexen is now a part of the Pulverised Records home of the Extreme Metal elite roster.
Formed in 2003 and with 4 demos and the brilliant 2008 full-length debut State Of Insurgency later, Hexen is now all geared up and preparing to enter the studio for a brand new second as-yet-untitled full-length album that will see the light of day in 2011.
Hexen's brand of blistering Thrash Metal caught the Metal community by storm with their intellectual and thought-out songwriting, and showcasing the fretboard virtuoso twin-axe attack of Ronny Dorian and Tak Arayan; very much reminiscent of Megadeth during their heyday. Having already proven that they are not your average Thrash band, their upcoming sophomore release will promise that the border is going to be pushed once again.
Hate Eternal is working on their fifth studio album (second for Metal Blade Records) and follow up to Fury And Flames once again at Erik Rutan's own Mana Recording Studios. JJ Hrubovcak has been added as the band's bassist and the devastating combo of Erik Rutan on guitar and Jade Simonetto on drums is at work once again. The album promises to be one of the most intense death metal albums of 2011.
Frontman Erik Rutan offers the following update: "The band has been locked up in Mana Recording Studios doing pre-production for the past 2 months, finishing up songs that we have been writing over the last year in between tours and albums that I've produced, and we feel we have come up with one of Hate Eternal's heaviest, most twisted, evil, melodic, and insane albums yet. It was my goal to expand upon what the band has done in the past, and add new dynamics and twists to the traditional, dissonant Hate Eternal style, yet keep it in the same vein. It took the three of us really pushing ourselves, and digging deep into the essence of who we are as musicians and writers and players to create something very unique and special. We cannot wait for everyone to hear what we have in store. Look out for updates from the studio over the next few months."