Finland's battle metallers Turisas will be swapping their blood soaked furs and axes for the glitter & glitz of the 70's disco era with the release of their debut single 'Rasputin' on 24th September.
On the release of their interpretation of the classic disco hit originally by Boney M, Warlord Nygard comments "We've been begged to record Rasputin pretty much since we first played it live a couple of years back. It's amazing how popular this cover version of ours have become at our gigs during the last year and it really makes us feel like we must have done something right here looking at big crowds going totally mental over a 70's disco hit! I remember getting the idea for this cover years back - in 2001 I think. I was on a ferry trip between Finland and Sweden and there was this cover band performing 70's disco hits. The minute they blasted 'Rasputin' I knew, that at some point, we would need to do it in some form or another. It was just obvious that it would work amazingly well given a slightly more modern and heavier touch-up. Personally I've always preferred these old 70's disco bands".
Guitarist/vocalist James Malone of Virginia's Arsis has issued the following update:
"Despite the numerous headaches caused by our van's breakdown this summer, we spent time working on perfecting pre-production for our debut release for Nuclear Blast Records, tentatively titled 'We Are The Nightmare'. We will begin recording the album on September 3, 2007 at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts with Zeuss (who has worked with Shadows Fall and Hatebreed) handling the production. I feel that this will be the most exciting ARSIS album to date. We are now a full band and every member has contributed to the writing process for this album. While it is more varied than anything we have ever written, I feel the result is a much more focused product."
The following message was posted on Venom's official website:
"Venom have decided to re-record some of the tracks on the new album and change the release date until early 2008, Antton explains: during the Scandinavian Tour we played through some of the new tracks in the sound-checks, there's something about the energy you deliver when playing on a stage that differs greatly from recording in a studio. All fired up we tore the tracks to shreds.
We tried to organize a mobile studio to get to the next shows, but it was way too late notice, so on our return to the UK Cronos hired some small venues for us to record some new backing tracks to work on. At the end of the day it's all about recording a great album, and this new album is sounding absolutely awesome. The band are also preparing some samples to stream from the website, as well as some choice recordings from the tour."
A 6-minute preview of the upcoming Sieges Even's album "Paramount" can be heard at their official MySpace page at this location.
"Paramount" will be released on October 10 via Inside Out Music (late September in Europe).
"Paramount" tracklisting again:
01. When Alpha And Omega Collide
02. Bridge To The Divine
04. Mounting Castles In The Blood Red Sky
05. Where Our Shadows Sleep
09. A Wallflower On The Day Of Saint Juliana
10. A Dream In Monochrome
The semiacoustic live album will be entitled "Invanity - Live in Berlin", and will be released in October. The album features the show at Passionskirche Berlin, and as a bonus we have just been in studio to record a coverversion of Nick Cave's "The Weeping Song," which we did together with Tiamat´s Johan Edlund on vocals. More details about the album will follow soon, as well as a preview of the artwork.
The album will be our first release for our new label, Ascendance Records, a newly founded U.K. based company.
Guitarist Daniel "Danny" Cavanagh has posted the following update on the official Anathema website:
Porcupine Tree have kindly asked Anathema to support them on their full European tour in the autumn... This tour is still in the planning stage and will cover alot of territories.
Anathema have decided that - rather than rushing into the studio to finish the album in time for the tour, (and not being able to work with the producer we would like) - it will actually benefit the band and the new album to play the new songs live before recording them.
So you can expect to hear songs like 'Angels Walk Among Us', 'Paradigm Shift', 'Hindsight', 'Get Off, Get Out' 'Lightning Song', 'One Day', 'Summernight Horizon', 'Further', 'A Simple Mistake' and others on the tour with PT...
French Metallers Dagoba have released their video for the song 'The Things Within'. Watch it here.
'The Things Within' comes off Dagoba's sophomore album, "What Hell Is About…", which was released in February 2006 via Season of Mist. The follow-up to the group's self-titled debut was recorded at Antfarm studios in Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Hatesphere, Mnemic) and features a guest appearance on two songs by Dimmu Borgir bassist/Arcturus frontman Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex, ex-Borknagar, Lamented Souls).
German Black Metal band Dark Fortress completed their line up again with a new vocalist. A statement on the band's MySpace blog goes as follows:
"After receiving various applications we finally decided to recruit Morean of progressive death/thrashers Noneuclid as our new vocalist. Morean already appeared on "Séance" as the composer of the piece 'Incide' and the arranger of the string section used in the song 'While They Sleep'. Our decision is based on his immense musical and vocal abilities, his personage and dedication to extreme and dark music. He will be responsible for the lyrical concept of the forthcoming album, which will be completely finished by the end of October. Expect a world-wide release via Century Media Records in early 2008, followed by increased live activities."
The following update has been posted on Helloween's official MySpace page:
"Ok everyone, here it is, the album gambling with the devil. Here is the cover anyway as David just posted it not too long ago on the official website. Obviously August 24th comes in Germany before it comes to America so I am posting this about 12:30 my time here in Cleveland. Oh and all of you who feared that this would be the crappy imposter cover posted all over the internet can put your fears to rest. Thic cover is a hell of a lot better!
Here it is guys and gals! Let me know what you all think!
Leave your comments on the blog! The cover looks fucking awesome! I will have a tracklisting for all of you as soon as I have the information. The tentative release date is October 31st 2007."
The following update was posted on Metal Mind's official website:
"Vader will release their third DVD in October. The DVD entitled "...And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw" will feature the footage from the band's fantastic concert at Stodola Club in February 2007, which was the final stop of the tour promoting their latest album "Impressions in Blood". The show was filmed with 7 cameras so you can expect a truly amazing recording with great lights and dynamic shots - over 80 min. of brutal, fast, uncompromising death metal!! As a special surprise for the fans, the concert featured also a guest appearance of Orion: a member of two other great Polish metal acts: Vesania & Behemoth.
Danish Extreme Metal act Illdisposed have signed with AFM Records. The official press release goes as follows:
"There are band who come out and play, and there are bands who just simply rock and kick every ass! Illdisposed are maybe the coolest and most sick rockstars on earth - but they just simply rule! Since their debut album "Four Depressive Seasons" in 1993 the band did nine killer albums including their current Roadrunner release "Burn Me Wicked".
Finally Illdisposed have signed a new deal with AFM Records, who set up the release date for their 10th strike on March, 28th 2008.
Guitar player Jakob Batten comments: "I am happy to announce that we have signed a new worldwide record deal with AFM Records. This will be the beginning of a new chapter in the illdisbook and we're looking forward to work with these guys. It's time for being a priority now. For some years our albums have been limited to Europe and a few other territories - now it's time for the whole world to be able to buy our albums at their local album pusher again. The new album will contain 12 songs of groovy brutality."
According to the website of Roadrunner Records the bassist of Machine Head, Adam Duce, get injured while doing some Dirt Biking in Redding, California.
The first diagnose was a bad sprain of his leg, but additional physical examinations and an x-ray revealed that his leg actually was broken. This diagnose required surgery to attach a steel plate and two screws to the broken bone.
A disappointed Duce commented this accident: "It sucks to be in this position, because we have such a killer tour set up for the end of the summer and now we'll have to find a replacement for me. I've never missed one show that this band has ever played up to this point and I never thought I would see the day when Machine Head would be playing and I wouldn't be on stage."
The band entered the studio last week with producer and guitarist J-f Dagenais, - drummer Max Duhamel will be first laying down the drum work for "Prevail" - The recording process will last five weeks (hopefully) with vocalist Maurizio Iacono schedualed to record his vocals in September.
" The album is done and ready to go, although it was a breeze to write this album as things came so naturally, on the lyrics end, I worked the hardest i have in years making sure everything is where it should be,at times it was real difficult but the end result will speak for itself, Im truely convinced this album will take no prisoners, as you know we dont repeat the same record twice, this album stands on a league of its own..and im not saying its our best album, because only the fans have the right to say wether it is or not, all im saying is I listen to the songs and I wanna punch the fucking wall, that means we are on to something good."
Belgian's loudest - Thrash Metal band - After All have updated their website with the following update:
"For reasons beyond his control, After All singer Piet Focroul is forced to sit out most of the upcoming European tour with Vicious Rumors and Agent Steel. On the affected dates, Piet will be replaced by Peter Evrard.
The scheduled dates in Dortmund, Frankfurt, Weert, Eeklo (Meetjesland Metalfest IV), Noordwijk and Rijssen are not affected and will feature Piet as lead singer. Peter joins the tour from September 10th in Pratteln, Switzerland, until the end of the run in Vienna, Austria on September 29th.
The show must go on indeed. However, Peter joining the band is a temporary thing only. From October on, Piet returns and will perform with After All as scheduled."