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Jeff Loomis - To Release New Solo Material

Beyond the Dark Horizon recently spoke with guitar icon, Jeff Loomis of Seattle's long running Metal tyrants, Nevermore. Loomis spoke about Nevermore's latest release, The Obsidian Conspiracy, his solo endeavors, being a guitar icon and more. You can read the whole thing here.

When asked if Loomis is planning to release a follow-up to his solo album, he answered:

"Yes I do. I actually signed on for 2 more records and I'm working on the new one right now. There's still no title yet but I'm working on the music and hoping for a mid-winter release next year."

Loomis also had the following to say about the Sanctuary reunion:

"All I know at the moment is that Warrel wanted to get the band back together and do a couple of shows and I think we're going to do some festival shows. As far as a new record, I'm not quite sure if that's going to happen yet. That's actually still being talked about. But I can say that there will be a few Sanctuary festival shows over in Germany."


Band profile: Jeff Loomis
Posted: 24.12.2010 by *!* | Comments (12)

Dimmu Borgir - Have A New Video Online

"Dimmu Borgir," the new video by Norwegian symphonic black metal band, Dimmu Borgir, is now available for viewing below. The video was created by Katapult Films (Rammstein) director Sandra Marschner (Marilyn Manson, Children Of Bodom, Mando Diao).

The track "Dimmu Borgir" comes off the band's most recent effort, Abrahadabra.


Band profile: Dimmu Borgir
Posted: 24.12.2010 by BudDa | Comments (28)

Tygers Of Pan Tang - To Record New EP

January 2011 will see the Tygers Of Pan Tang go into the studio to record a special EP to celebrate 30 years since the release of their iconic album release Spellbound. The EP will be titled The Spellbound Sessions and include 6 songs from the original album re-recorded by the current Tygers line-up.

The songs the band have chosen are:

01. Hellbound
02. Don't Stop By
03. Tyger Bay
04. Gangland
05. Take it
06. Mirror

All these tracks will be completely re-recorded.

2010 saw the band record The Wildcat Sessions EP and the feedback was fantastic so the band wanted to continue with this concept. The band have always respected their past releases which form the majority of the live show set so it is a fitting tribute.

The recording will be completed in January 2011 and then following the licence application and manufacture should be available from the webshop from early February. The EP will also be available at the live shows during 2011.


Band profile: Tygers Of Pan Tang
Posted: 23.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (1)

Before The Dawn - Sign With Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast is proud to announce the signing of Finnish melodic death / dark metal outfit Before The Dawn.

The rest of the official press release goes as follows: founded in 1999 and led by multi talented Tuomas Saukkonen (Black Sun Aeon, Dawn Of Solace), Before The Dawn have managed to pave their way to uniqueness by combining the heaviness of melodic death metal, the gloom of dark metal and the frostbitten cold of finnish winters with beautiful melodies and epic hymnody like no other band out there!

Commented Tuomas Saukkonen: "After 10 years and 5 albums the very best that could have happened to BTD was to get under the wings of one of the most powerfull metal machineries ever. The new alliance between Nuclear Blast and Before The Dawn is an fine examble of determination, devotion, motivation and a true northern "thru the thickest stone wall" attitude."

The band's brand new album Deathstar Rising will be unleashed February 25, 2011.


Band profile: Before The Dawn
Posted: 23.12.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (4)

Destruction - Album Trailer Online

German thrash legends Destruction just posted the first trailer for their highly anticipated new album Day Of Reckoning. Check it out below.

Day Of Reckoning will be out on February 18, 2011 via Nuclear Blast. More album details available here.


Band profile: Destruction
Posted: 23.12.2010 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (5)

Devildriver - Bassist To Sit Out Upcoming Tours

Devildriver bassist Jonathan Miller won't be joining the band on tour in early 2011 as he will be following a rehabilitation program. Miller released the following statement:

"To all DevilDriver fans and friends, I wanted to give you an update on my status as far as my health is concerned.

Regarding the past 2 European tours, I was either forced to leave by my own accord or asked to leave by my band/managment.

I have been touring with DevilDriver for almost the past ten years and the drugs and alcohol have finally caught up with me. I realized this when I ended up in the ICU on my birthday last week.

I need to make a change so that I can save my own life and keep the friends that I still have left.

I know that alot of DevilDriver fans seek me out first as the one to party with because I consider myself a very social person who is quite outgoing, personable and friendly.

That was all fun in my 20′s touring with the band, but as I am entering my early 30′s I can feel the damage catching up with me mentally and physically. I don't want to burn out prematurely before my time on this Earth is up.

On January 1st I will be entering an intense rehabilitation program in order for me to reclaim my health and the person who I once was.

I will not be doing the Canadian tour in January or the Australian tour in February and March. This is for my own good. I need to come out of rehab with a sound body and mind. After I complete my rehabilitation I hope to see all DevilDriver friends and family as soon as I can."


Band profile: DevilDriver
Posted: 23.12.2010 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (7)

Motörhead - World Tour Dates 2011

Legendary UK heavy metal act Motörhead will embark on a massive world tour in 2011, in support of their newest release The Wörld Is Yours. The tour will start at the end of January 2011 in North America, followed by live dates in Australia and South America and festival dates in Europe. Support bands will be announced subsequently.

North American tour dates:

01/25/2011 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
01/28/2011 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
01/29/2011 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
01/31/2011 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
02/02/2011 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
02/04/2011 - Seattle, WA - Sodo
02/05/2011 - Portland, OR - Roseland
02/07/2011 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue
02/09/2011 - Edmonton, AL - EEC
02/10/2011 - Calgary, AL - Flames Central
02/12/2011 - Winnipeg, MT - Burton
02/13/2011 - TBA - TBA
02/15/2011 - Minneapolis, MN - 1st Ave
02/16/2011 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave Ballroom
02/17/2011 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre
02/19/2011 - Chicago, IL - The Congress Theatre
02/20/2011 - St Louis, MO - Pops
02/22/2011 - Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit
02/23/2011 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oaks
02/25/2011 - Kitchener, ONT - Elements
02/26/2011 - Toronto, ONT - Koolhouse
02/28/2011 - New York, NY - Best Buy
03/01/2011 - Boston, MA - House of Blues (Avalon)
03/03/2011 - Sayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
03/04/2011 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
03/05/2011 - TBA - TBA
03/08/2011 - Austin, TX - Stubb's
03/10/2011 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
03/11/2011 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Live

Australian tour dates:

03/26/2011 - Melbourne, Australia - Festival Hall
03/28/2011 - Sydney, Australia - Big Top
03/30/2011 - Adelaide, Australia - Thebarton
04/01/2011 - Gold Coast, Australia - Convention Centre

South American tour dates:

04/06/2011 - San Jose, Costa Rica - Palacio de los Deportes
04/09/2011 - Santiago, Chile - Teatro Caupolican
04/12/2011 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Luna Park
04/14/2011 - Montevideo, Uruguay - Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo
04/16/2011 - São Paulo, Brazil - Via Funchal
04/17/2011 - Curitiba, Brazil - Master Hall
04/20/2011 - Florianópolis, Brazil - Floripa Music Hall
04/26/2011 - Lima, Peru - Explanada Sur Del Monumental


Band profile: Motörhead
Posted: 23.12.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (10)

MyGrain - Release First-Ever Video Clip

MyGrain have released their first-ever music video. The clip, entitled "Of Immortal Aeons", can be watched below.

The release date of the Finnish melodic death metal band's third, self-titled album is set for January 12, 2011 through Spinefarm Records. The album was recorded at Seawolf Studios in Helsinki with producer Janne Joutsenniemi (Suburban Tribe, Stone) and was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound studios in Örebro, Sweden.

MyGrain tracklist:

01. Into The Parallel Universe
02. Shadow People
03. Dust Devils And Cosmic Storms
04. Of Immortal Aeons
05. A Clockwork Apocalypse
06. Eye Of The Void
07. Trapped In An Hourglass
08. Xenomorphic
09. Cataclysm Child

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Band profile: MyGrain
Posted: 23.12.2010 by *!* | Comments (4)

Artillery - New Album Title Revealed

Thrash metal band Artillery is currently working in Medley Studios, Denmark, on the follow-up to their highly acclaimed album When Death Comes (2009). The new material entitled My Blood will be released by Metal Mind Productions in March 2011.

So far Artillery recorded 14 songs - 10 brand new tracks, a remake of "Ain´t Giving In" (from 1992´s Mind Factory demo) and 3 bonus tracks which are all new versions of timeless classics from the 1985's album Fear of Tomorrow ("The Eternal War", "The Almighty", "Show Your Hate").

Soren Adamsen, Artillery's vocalist, revealed a few titles of the new tracks. He also described the lyrics for those tracks:

"The Great Satan" - it's a song about the decadence of the western society and evil empires all around the world.
"Monster" - a song about serial killers. None in particular.
"Death is an Illusion" - a track about life and death.
"The End of Eternity"- dealing with depression and thoughts about starting a new life.
"Mi Sangre" - it's about my son. It's a 7 and a half-minute song, almost an epic endeavor.
"Concealed in the Dark" - two words - David Sharp. Go search for it on the internet, it's an interesting story.
"Dark Days" - it's about the change in the climate.
"Warrior Blood" - a song about fighting. Soldiers, prize-fighters, people who are struggling with deadly diseases.

What can we expect from the musical side of the new album? Guitarist Michael Stützer says: "The sound is a bit more heavy than it was on When Death Comes. The music is a mixture of our previous albums When Death Comes and By Inheritance, with a slight touch of Terror Squad and Fear of Tomorrow with some oriental pieces." Producer Søren Andersen added: "There is an almost rock´n roll feeling in some of the songs".

The release date of My Blood is set for 9th March 2011 in Japan (via Kings Records), 21st March 2011 in Europe and 5th April 2011 in USA (via MVD). Full details to be announced soon.


Band profile: Artillery
Posted: 22.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (3)

Ralf Scheepers - Solo Debut Album Details

Scheepers, the self-titled solo debut from Primal Fear vocalist Ralf Scheepers will be released on February 15, 2011 in North America, and on February 18 in Europe through Frontiers Records.

According to a press release, Ralf Scheepers' artistic intention was to please the existing Primal Fear fan base, but he also wanted to add some surprises and include as much variation as he could in the recording. So he went ahead and covered one of his own favourite - but untypical Judas Priest songs "Before the Dawn" and for the first time, Ralf played all instruments on a song, except the fantastic guitar solos added by Victor Smolski (Rage). "Compassion" is another special track with a very positive vibe, recorded only with acoustic instruments. Two of the songs were composed with former Primal Fear guitarist Stefan Leibing, while Gamma Ray's Kai Hansen added guitar on "The Pain Of The Accused". Halford's Metal Mike played lead-guitar on the album opener "Locked In The Dungeon". One more highlight is the vocal duet with Tim "Ripper" Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Iced Earth) on "Remission Of Sin".

Additional guest appearances include Sander Gommans (ex-After Forever), Snowy Shaw (King Diamond, Therion) and Scheepers' Primal Fear band mates Magnus Karlsson, Alex Beyrodt & Mat Sinner. The album was mixed and mastered by Achim Koehler and produced also by Mat Sinner.

Three album samples are available at this location (in the tracklist below).

Scheepers cover art] tracklist:

01. Locked In The Dungeon
02. Remission Of Sin
03. Cyberfreak
04. The Fall
05. Doomsday
06. Saints Of The Rock
07. Before The Dawn
08. Back On The Track
09. Dynasty
10. The Pain Of The Accused
11. Play With The Fire
12. Compassion


Band profile: Primal Fear
Posted: 21.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (5)

One Man Army And The Undead Quartet - Album Samples Online

One Man Army And The Undead Quartet have uploaded three samples from their upcoming studio album, The Dark Epic. You can check out teaser clips for "Skeletons Of Rose Hall", "Inside The Head Of God" and "Stitch" at the band's MySpace.

The Dark Epic will be released in February. More album details were previously reported here.


Band profile: One Man Army And The Undead Quartet
Posted: 21.12.2010 by BudDa | Comments (1)

Icarus Witch - New Single Streaming Online

"Tragedy", the brand-new single from traditional metallers Icarus Witch, is now available for streaming at the band's Myspace profile.

The track was produced by Dave Watson at Soundscape Studios in Pittsburgh and mastered at Prairie Cat Mastering in Belvidere, Illinois by M.J.R. This marked the first time Icarus Witch recorded with an engineer other than longtime producer Eric Klinger (Pro-Pain, Built Upon Frustration) who recently relocated to Belgium.

After the US tour, Icarus Witch will return to the studio to record a new full-length album for a 2011 release.


Band profile: Icarus Witch
Posted: 21.12.2010 by Bad English | Comments (0)

Kauan - New Album Title Revealed

In a short Facebook update Russian neo-folk/ambient metal act Kauan has announced they are done writing music and lyrics for the new album, entitled Kuu... The band also signed a record deal with Avantgarde Music.

Stay tuned for further info.


Band profile: Kauan
Posted: 21.12.2010 by BudDa | Comments (2)

Apostasy - Shining Guitarist Joins The Band

Shining guitarist Peter Huss has joined Swedish black metal act Apostasy after the departure of Ludvig Johansson in early October.

The band revealed the following statement: "Apostasy is very pleased to present our new guitarist, Peter Huss. Peter Huss has done tons of session/live works and can play any type of music. He will be a great addition to Apostasy on our upcoming songwriting/recording/live/drinking sessions. We're excited to have this amazing guitarist onboard. And the best thing beside his chops is that he's a really nice and easygoing dude with a great sense of humor and great passion for music.

Peter also play guitar in the legendary Swedish band Shining. He has toured with Sinergy in 1999 as a session guitarist replacing Alexi Laiho. Some of the bands/albums Peter has participated on lately are Swedish death metal band Ruined Soul, Dutch/Belgian death metal band Unlocked, Norwegian metal band Pantheon I, and he did all guitars on the ISSA Sign of Angels album with monster drummer Uli Kusch among others. Weird fact: Apostasy drummer Thomas Ohlsson is playing in the ISSA "I'm Alive" video."


Band profile: Apostasy
Posted: 21.12.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (1)

Grave Digger - New DVD Clip Online

Watch the first clip from Grave Digger's upcoming DVD The Clans Are Still Marching: the clip to the anthem "Rebelllion" is available below. The Live at Wacken 2010 DVD will be released in early March 2011 via Napalm Records.

The Clans Are Still Marching cover art] tracklist:

01. Intro: Scotland The Brave
02. Scotland United
03. The Dark Of The Sun
04. William Wallace (Braveheart)
05. The Bruce
06. The Battle Of Flodden
07. The Ballad Of Mary
08. The Truth
09. Cry For Freedom
10. Killing Time
11. Rebellion
12. Culloden Muir
13. Ballad Of A Hangman
14. Excalibur
15. Heavy Metal Breakdown

+ Behind The Scenes
+ Interview In English
+ Interview In German
+ Axel Ritt's iPhone Clips
+ Highland Farewell
+ Photo Galleries


Band profile: Grave Digger
Posted: 21.12.2010 by BudDa | Comments (11)