German thrashers Destruction have come across more bad luck when it comes to tours. The band has been forced to pull out of their upcoming Australian appearances due to the tour promoter "not wanting them after all". They were supposed to play on New Year's Eve at the Screamfest Australia metal festival in Sydney and in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth for a side-tour.
The tour promoter hasn't made any kind of official statement but said when queried by Destruction said: "The board of Just Say Rock cannot afford to bring Destruction down to Australia for the festival and other shows. Not helping...was that the venues in both Brisbane and Perth had spoken to Just Say Rock prior to this and wanted to either cancel the shows or bump Destruction into bars/pubs as the sales for these shows are poor with what they stated as "people showing little interest" in attending."
After coming back on stage in the beginning of 2009 following a two-year break, Brazilian prog power metal band Angra is currently working at its next studio album to be released in early 2010.
Angra frontman Edu Falaschi comments: "I'm here to tell that Angra already has more than 10 songs in work. These songs promise our album to be phenomenal at the very least! I'm going to try to express how the new album is getting its shape. What became clearer day-by-day, is the Magic in these songs, the romanticism, the aura of the times of hope, the beauty and the finess in the melodies. The technique becomes a real ally of the passion, which permeates every harmony in its most sublime form! These melodies make the breast explode in this feeling of pride and joy. This is the new album of Angra!"
Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates are set to release The Flames of the End, a brand new 3-disc DVD set, through Earache Records. At The Gates released their definitive album, Slaughter Of The Soul - often regarded as one of the all-time greatest metal albums - on Earache in 1995, before touring the world and abruptly disbanding. Members of the band went on to play major roles in other notorious metal acts such as The Haunted and Cradle Of Filth, before reforming for a one-off tour in 2008 to rapturous response.
Now, to celebrate At The Gates' massively influential career and historical reunion tour, the band will be releasing The Flames of the End, an extensive, in-depth and definitive 3-disc DVD set on February 22nd, 2010.
In June of this year we were fortunate enough to return to Mexico City for three sold out shows at Foro Sol Stadium and with 155,000 of you there over the three nights, we knew it would be extra special. So we asked our friend Wayne Isham to join us with a film crew and the results of that crazy, magical, most memorable long weekend will be available on DVD and CD starting November 30 as Orgullo, Pasion y Gloria: Tres Noches En La Ciudad de Mexico (Pride, Passion, and Glory: Three Nights in Mexico City).
The region free DVD's and CD's include songs from all three shows recorded on June 4, 6, and 7. Each show had a unique set list, totaling 34 different songs... they're all there on the two DVD set along with interviews with us. Other versions that will be available include one DVD (18 tracks), Blu-ray version of that DVD, a digi-pack with the DVD and two CD's, and finally the aforementioned deluxe version in a slip case with two DVD's and two CD's. Tracklistings for each configuration can be seen here. In keeping with the local theme, all the credits will be in Spanish (Portuguese for our Brazilian buddies) and will only be available at stores in Latin America. Of course we will also have it in The Official Metallica.com Store, starting sometime the week of December 7.
Gorgoroth will embark on an exclusive European mini-tour in April 2010 to support the new album Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem Trahunt, out now in Europe and the US. Support will come from Keep Of Kalessin. The tour will include the following concerts:
German gothic metallers Coronatus have revealed the artwork of their new upcoming album Fabula Magna. The album will be released via Massacre Records on 18 December.
At the beginning of this month, Coronatus went through another line up change as Ada Flechtner left the band to devote full attention to her studies. At the side of Carmen R. Lorch (formerly Carmen R. Schäfer), Coronatus' new frontwoman is Lisa Lasch, 19 years young. Her mother is also a singer and Lisa has been performing in musicals in her hometown. In her first concert appearances at the Metal Female Voice Festival on 18.10.2009 and at the Metalfest on 24.10.2009 Lisa surprised the audience with her very good full rocking voice.
As reported on the band's website last week already, Circus Maximus will now be entering the studio to start the pre-production of the next album, planned to be released late 2010. The band comments: "We are writing new stuff everyday and so far we have more or less 8 songs completed for the album and we can honestly tell you it sounds AMAZING! Can't wait to show you. We would like to thank everyone who have been supporting us throughout the years... you're the best!"
Canadian extreme metal outfit Kataklysm will be direct support to German thrash legends Kreator on their headlining North American tour this upcoming March, dubbed the "Hordes of Chaos Part II" tour.
Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono commented: "Growing up on thrash and speed metal, Kreator was always on the top of my playlist. I would call them the European Slayer! Well all of us in Kataklysm are fans so I can't express how happy we are to have been offered this tour with this legendary band! It's safe to say that we will be bringing a strong and heavy hitting set list. Let there be blood!"
"Swedish Extreme Metallers Shining have completed work on their seventh album and have today revealed details and cover art. Scheduled for release on Indie Recordings in March/April 2010, the 6-track album will have the title "Shining VII - Född Förlorare" (Born Loser). Track listing as follows:
1. Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel
2. Tiden Läker Inga Sår
3. Människa O'Avskyvärda Människa
4. Tillsammans Är Vi Allt
5. I Nattens Timma
According to founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth (also of Skitliv), with "Född Förlorare" Shining will "take a deep dive into the darkest of all musical genres you could imagine". Making guest appearances on the album are Erik Danielsson (Watain), Peter Bjärgo (Arcana) and Nordman. (Cover art can be found here.)
Bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling promotes Hellborg amplification line
Dutch bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (Obscura, Pestilence) will promote the Hellborg amplification line by Germany 's bass manufacturer Warwick. Thesseling, known for his signature six-string fretless playing in extreme metal, has played Warwick Thumb basses exclusively since 1993. Thesseling will be using a Hellborg stack during the upcoming Obscura and Pestilence tours in addition to Hellborg preamps for recordings of both band's upcoming studio albums. More information on Thesseling's Warwick gear can be found here http://www.warwick.de/modules/endorser/endorser.php?endorserID=719
Thesseling joined the German progressive death metal band Obscura in late 2007 and played on the group's second full-length album Cosmogenesis. This past October, Thesseling rejoined Pestilence after a 15-year break.
Iconic British band Fields Of The Nephilim have announced the imminent release of a new product for early 2010. It has been confirmed that this will be a multi-format offering which will include audio elements, DVDs featuring live performances from the Ceromonies events, documentary footage and exclusive packaging options for collectors.
An exclusive preview of what we can expect early next year can be viewed here
Though much of the footage and recordings were captured throughout 2008/9 the final products will be mainly focused on the London Shepherds Bush two-night special 'Ad Mortem and Ad Vitem' shows on July 12th & 13th 2008 respectively.
The band have also confirmed that following the conclusion of the Ceromonies events they will turn their attentions to new material which is likely to follow shortly after the initial audio-visual release. The bands enigmatic frontman Carl McCoy said " The production of the live material has consumed most of our time recently, though it is now in its final production stage so we can now look to the future and concentrate on our new studio material, At this stage I can't tell you what this will evolve into but we are working towards something new being released in 2010".
Napalm Records is very proud to announce that the North American group Monster Magnet has joined their ranks.
The legendary New Jersey rock outfit, who have released a string of cult classics since the early nineties, signed a worldwide record deal with the Austrian label and are currently working on new songs, which will shake the foundations of the rock scene!
Charismatic frontman Dave Wyndorf: "I'm really looking forward to joining the roster at Napalm Records and working with them on future endeavours. Our plan is to record our next studio album with Matt Hyde starting in January, for a release early this summer. And with a new album comes a new run or two of live shows! Stay tuned - we're comin' to your town!"
Pulverised Records is very pleased to announce the official signing of Norwegian Black Metallers Den Saakaldte!
Consisting of some of Black Metal's most notorious and prolific musicians and founded by main songwriter / guitarist Sykelig (ex-Gorgoroth session guitar player), Den Saakaldte previously released the monumental debut Øl, Mørke Og Depresjon (which translates to "Beer, Darkness And Depression") and also in early 2009 with the remarkably depressive full-length effort All Hail Pessimism, that eventually instituted the band a lot of positive rave reviews and exceptional attention worldwide.
Comments Den Saakaldte's founder / guitar player Mikael Sykelig: "We are proud to announce that Den Saakaldte's new record label is to be Pulverised Records. In our opinion, Pulverised is currently one of the most upcoming labels you can find. They work hard for their bands, and just seeing the names that they have on their roster is enough to know that their goals, and standards, are set very high indeed. We are delighted that our new album will be released on Pulverised, especially at a time when the label is going from strength to strength, and very much look forward to working closely with them."
UK metallers Bolt Thrower will embark on an European tour in April/May 2010.
The band adds: "All the shows are now confirmed, you can find them here. We, for one, are really looking forward to these shows, we'll be playing some of our favourite old haunts, also revisiting places we've haven't played in years. We hope that by playing such a variety of shows, from intimate clubs to larger open air festivals there will be something for everyone. We'll be trying to make every show memorable, so watch this space for further details. Tickets for the club shows will go on sale as soon the support bands and door prices are confirmed."