Finnish Heavy Metal band Machine Men are currently recording their new album. The album will be called 'The Shadow Gallery' and will be released in January 2007.
Here is a posting by Antony at Fantom Studio, Tampere, Finland:
"We are in the studio since 3 weeks and the songs sound good and very powerful! And we are in schedule 'cos we can record 24 hours a day if we want. Of course, we also have to sleep sometime ;-). The new album will be heavier and faster than the last one, but still melodic. And a good thing is - all the songs work live very well. Can't wait for the moment when I hear all the songs mixed and the feeling of intoxication after that".
You can see some studio diary entries, and pictures of Machine Men in the recording studio at www.machinemen.net.
The soon to be released next full length Tarot album is called 'Crows Fly Black'. Excluding the group backing vocals the whole album has now been recorded and the album will be mixed and mastered at Finnvox studios in the beginning of next month.
The official album release date in Finland has been set to October 27th.
Crows Fly Black tracklist:
01. Crows fly black
03. Ashes to the stars
04. Messenger of gods
05. Before the skies come down
07. Bleeding dust
Death Angel bassist Dennis Pepa has been working on a remix of the song 'Famine' from the band's comeback album, "The Art Of Dying". It is now available for download at Yousendit.com but will only be available for a limited time. Go to this location to check it out. It is a free downlaod but registration may be required.
MOONSPELL from Portugal, one of the world's best known and most loved gothic/doom metal legends, performs in the Club Illusioon in Tartu as part of the series of gigs under the aegis of the festival Green Christmas 2006. Also on the bill, in addition to Moonspell and after quite a long while, are the Estonian metal elite group LOITS. Other support performers include Before The Dawn and Embraze from Finland.
Gates is back
With regards to the Moonspell news, Loits are more than happy to announce that for quite some time Loits has been rehearsing with two guitarists. Their old comerade Gates is back in Loits. The first concert with the renewed line-up takes place on September 25, 2006, in Tartu, Estonia.
Australian radio station Triple J, on their 'Full Metal Racket' metal program, have conducted an audio interview with Kreator frontman Mille Petrozza and Blind Guardian vocallist Hansi Kürsch. The interview was conducted by Full Metal Racket host Andrew Haug.
You can download the Kreator interview in mp3 format from here. The Blind Guardian one can be heard here.
Also, you can stream the entire latest Full Metal Racket program here.
Spain-based power metallers Dark Moor have posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"I am writing this to give you some good news. I'm going to New Sin Studios in Italy next Sunday, 10th of September. I'm starting recording the vocals for this new record. My mate Enrik is already there and it looks like the choir and orchestral arrangements sound awesome...THIS LOOKS GOOD!! Im really looking forward to start because I am very illusionated with this new album and his concept, YOU'RE GONNA LOVE IT. Soon we'll let you know more about the cd, title, etc. Hugs for everyone, I'll keep you updated!!"
Veteran Heavy Metallers Motörhead have a new video posted online. The song of the video is 'Be My Baby', which is taken from Motörhead's latest album 'Kiss Of Death'. The video is available on Motörhead's record company SPV's website.
More details about Cruachan's upcoming album have been announced. The album which is entitled 'The Morrigan's Call' now has a set release date of the 17th November. The follow up to their 2004 album 'Pagan' will be their first with their new record company AFM Records.
Industrial Metal band Fear Factoy have announced the cancellation of their showing in New Zealand. The band was previously going to appear there on the 13th September as part of their Australia/New Zealand tour. The New Zealand portion is now cancelled however, and Fear Factory will only be appearing in Australia.
Here is Fear Factory's official statement about why they've cancelled: "Due to band's busy schedule, the New Zealand date is cancelled as the band, being on tour were unable to appear for visa processing".
Fear Factory drummer Raymond Herrera has scheduled three signing sessions in Australia this month. He will be appearing at the capital cities Brisbane, Sydney and Perth for the three two hour sessions.
Death Metallers Kataklysm have announced the dates for their upcoming 'The Road To Devastation' European tour. The tour will commence at the start of 2007, and will feature Kataklysm and previously announced supports Neaera, Fear My Thoughts and Quo Vadis. The Road To Devastation will be presented by metal magazine 'Metal Hammer'.
Here is the complete list of dates for the tour:
04.01.2007 - Arnhem, Holland @ Goudvishal
05.01.2007 - Vosselaar, Belgium @ Biebob
06.01.2007 - Hannover, Germany @ Muzik Zentrum
07.01.2007 - Flensburg, Germany @ Roxy
08.01.2007 - Essen, Germany @ Zeche Karl
09.01.2007 - Berlin, Germany @ K-17 Berlin
10.01.2007 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Stengade
Swedish death metal band Aeon has now signed with Metal Blade Records. Speaking of the multi-album deal, the band states:
"Metal Blade is the label that we always wanted to be a part of and we are really looking forward to work with them. We think that they can give us the support we need to evolve as a band and we could not be happier so far."
Formed in 1999, the group has previously released material with Unique Leader Records and Necropolis Records. You can check out some of their material here.
Aeon has also new bass player : "The permanent bass player spot has now been filled with Max Carlberg. He have proven that he is a great bass player, an easy learner and most important of all, he is a good and decent guy. For those who attended at the Storsjöyran festival have already seen Max in action with us then as a session bass player."