The following blog was posted on the British Funeral Doomster's MySpace Page:
''As you will have noticed, we have been quite slow with updates lately so I thought I will kickstart some more activity here. First the band news:
We are in the process of recording a two-song promo to send to labels for feedback. It will consist of two ultra epic, lengthy tracks that, although they retain the typical Pantheist flavour, will be more evolved in terms of atmosphere and execution. We hope to have a finished product by the end of this year. Any interested labels that would like to release a future classic in the dark doom genre and lose a lot of money along the way can contact us via the website or this myspace site for a copy of the promo.
Swedish Death Metal band Grave are currently working on material for their upcoming 8th studio album. As stated on their official website "The writing process has been going very good the past month and we already have some songs in the final stages. Release is scheduled to April/May 2008 on a label that we are very excited to start working with. More news on that soon.."
According to a posting on the Napalm Records website, Swedisch Gothic Doom Metal band Draconian have completed the recording of their fourth album tentatively scheduled for a Jan 2008 relase date. With producer Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studio (Katatonia, Amon Amarth) at the helm, the band delivers raw Doom elements combined with the soft vocals of female vocalist Lisa and the ethereal melody lines well-known to fans of Draconian.
To watch fan-filmed video footage of Draconian performing a new song at the Metal Female Voices Fest V on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium, click here.
According to the band's MySpace page, Therion mainman Christofer Johnsson has vowed to carry on with the group's North American tour even if vocalist Snowy Shaw is forced to sit out a few dates due to his passport being stolen in San Francisco, CA.
In a statement sent earlier today, Johnsson said, "Just want to correct what was just posted by Snowy. There is no risk at all that we will be canceling shows. He may lose a few shows, but we will carry on those without him with Thomas doing his vocal parts. Promoters and fans that travel far can be sure the shows will take place and the only reliable source for possible cancellations of shows is the official Therion web page."
We decided to let you into a sneak preview of the new album "Delusions" that's coming out early next year. There's three brand new samples up on our page for you to check out. A full song will be uploaded in a couple of weeks, so hopefully this will keep you going until then
We've gone for a far more progressive approach musically this time around, and Julie's voice has emcompassed a jazzy style that befits the nature of a lot of the material. These samples don't even come close to portraying the overall variation of styles and moods, but will hopefully give you a rough idea.
Returning from Japan marks the end of Zyklon's touring activities for "Disintegrate". Japan is always an awesome experience. We had amazing crowds, hospitality and, of course, lots of sake. Looking back on the general touring activities for "Disintegrate", we've seen many of the same clubs and people, but also some new places and a lot of new faces, which has been great. We made it back to the states, even if only for a one-off festival, we played the Roskilde festival, which was really cool opportunity for an extreme metal band like Zyklon, and we did a bunch of other European festivals, some smaller tours, etc. It's been a good run, and a particularly interesting one as Trym, Secthdamon and myself have also done a bunch of big Emperor shows during the same timeline. There have been both pros and cons to that situation, but all in all it's been very cool.
As announced on the band's website, Blackmore's Night will release "Paris Moon", a long-form concert DVD/CD shot September 20, 2006 at Paris, France's famed Olympia, on November 2 in Germany, November 5 in the rest of Europe and November 6 in the USA. An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for the release can be viewed at this location.
"Paris Moon" tracklisting cover]:
DVD (Running Time: 128 min.):
02. Past Times With Good Company
03. Rainbow Blues
04. Play Minstrel Play
05. World Of Stone
06. Under A Violet Moon
07. Soldier Of Fortune
08. Durch Den Wald Zum Bachaus
09. Diamonds & Rust
10. Minstrel Hall
11. Home Again
12. Streets Of London
13. Renaissance Faire
"Metallized - 20 Years Of Metal" is the title of U.D.O.'s upcoming "Best Of" album which will be released in December. The booklet is crammed full of photos from the last 20 years and the story around the band written by Andreas Schoewe. The first 12 tracks are a selection out of the "Top 20" from the "Best Of" voting of the official website. The tracks 13 to 16 include 2 unreleased tracks, an acoustic version of 'Balls To The Wall' and last but not least a live version of 'The Bullet And The Bomb'.
Here is the complete tracklist in detail cover]:
02. Heart Of Gold
03. Animal House
04. Cut Me Out
05. They Want War
06. Cry Soldier Cry
On October 19 To/Die/For have posted the following blog on their MySpace page:
"Today we will travel to Russia Moscow by train. We are on same train with Charon so... it´s gonna be blast and we do not know are we still alive after that trip. Anyway, this is our last confirmed show and we really do not know what will happen for us then?
We still do not have a new label, we haven´t recorded new demos yet etc...
So our future is wide open... maybe we will release sixth album someday maybe we don´t who knows? Now there is gonna be other projects going on... Joonas is recording next malpractice album and there will be other "side-projects"coming too... If we will get a new label which would be ready to do real work for us then we will continue. Otherwise we do not. So let´s put our future this way anything can happen."
Vader's new live DVD entitled "...And Blood Was Shed in Warsaw" had it's official release date October 15 in Europe (US release date: January 22, 2008 via MVD). The sneak preview, track "Helleluyah!!! (God Is Dead)" is currently available for streaming here. The DVD trailer can be found by clicking here.
According to a posting on the US Brutal Death Metallers' label's site, Deeds Of Flesh will begin recording sessions for "Of What's To Come" on November 2nd. Artwork will once again be done by the master of creativity, Raymond Swanland. The street date will be set for late spring. Expect many added new elements of musicianship along with the classic sound that is Deeds!
The next Rotten Sound full-length, "Cycles", is ready for releasing. The album was recorded and mixed with Janne Saksa in Kantola studios and Sound Supreme studios. Mastering was done by Pelle Henricsson at Tonteknik Studios.
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02. Prai$€ the £ord
08. Days to Kill
10. Caste System
16. Sold Out
17. Feet First
Release date is January 9th 2008 and the album will be released by Spinefarm Records. For a picture of the cover art click here.
Long-running British Death Metal legends Benediction have posted the following statement on their MySpace-page:
"OK, they've talked and talked about it for long enough. The boys will be going into the studio on November 21 (booked and confirmed!) to actually record the fucking album ("Killing Music") at long last. It will be released at the end of March 2008 and a full tour will commence in April 2008 for God knows how long followed by as many festivals that will allow them to play!!! There will be at least 12 tracks on the final mix, maybe more, if the studio can keep them out of the bar for long enough. Let's hope they manage to stay alive long enough to get in the studio considering the mayhem they cause by just popping out for a few drinks together!!! Get the ambulances ready, it's gonna get messy."
Agalloch have updated their MySpace with the following blog:
"Agalloch will finally release "The White EP" through Vendlus Records in early 2008. It is the follow-up to 2004's "The Grey EP" and completes a dichotomy of releases for the label. "The White EP" contains seven dark folk and ambient works written and recorded over the past 3 years.
"The White EP" tracklisting:
01. The Isle Of Summer
02. Birch Black
03. Hollow Stone
05. Birch White
06. Sowilo Rune
07. Summerisle Reprise
Also, the band has two European gigs confirmed for next year. We will be playing the 5th edition of the annual Ragnarök Festival in Germany alongside Negura Bunget, Skyforger, Menhir, Haggard, Sear Bliss, Unleashed, and several others. This will be followed by a headlining gig in Belgium with Mourning Beloveth (UK) and In Age And Sadness (Hol). Of course, a couple gigs in our native Pacific Northwest will be played before we head off to Europe. More info regarding that will be forthcoming.
Arsis has completed work on their upcoming album, "We Are The Nightmare." Produced by Zeuss (Agnostic Front, Hatebreed) at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts and mastered by Alan Douches (Kataklysm, Unearth), the tracklisting for the album, due out in North America in early-2008 through Nuclear Blast Records, is as follows:
01. We Are The Nightmare
02. Shattering The Spell
03. Sightless Wisdom
04. Servants To The Night
05. Failing Winds Of Hopeless Greed
07. Progressive Entrapment
08. A Feast For The Liar's Tongue
09. My Oath To Madness
10. Failure's Conquest
Guitarist and vocalist Jim Malone comments:
"I can honestly say that this was the best recording experience that I have had in my years with Arsis. Not only was Zeuss great to work with, but Ryan , Darren , and Noah all did an outstanding job. We all worked together to create what I feel is the most accomplished Arsis album to date. It's been a few weeks since we finished recording and I can still listen to the songs; that's a good sign."