22:20 - Fearmeister Oh yea, Septicflesh was a disappointment. I enjoyed it though but it was nowhere near The Great Mass.
22:16 - Apothecary Coffinworm disappointing? Pretty sure you're one of the very few of that opinion. Your other two examples I can get behind though
22:05 - MetalDoomMaster I'm hoping the new Voices record will not dissapoint
21:45 - !J.O.O.E.! Disappointments for me would be Coffinworm and Lord Mantis, and Blut aus Nord haven't attained masterpiece level release for a while now and their releases haven't been very visit worthy so I guess they count too.
21:44 - Apothecary I liked the sound of the preview, it sounded like Monoliths + Scott Walker, when the actual album got going, his typical poetic nonsensical rambling took over and just ruined it
21:41 - !J.O.O.E.! After the preview song there was precisely zero expectations so I can't say I was that disappointed.
21:37 - Fearmeister Mine was probably the new Sargeist :/
MetalKult.com has posted rare live videos from a 1988 performance by Death. The videos were shot on October 23, 1988, at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, during a show with Raven, Dark Angel, Faith Or Fear and Forbidden (which was recorded/filmed and later released as part of the "Ultimate Revenge II" video on the Combat label).
Led by the late Chuck Schuldiner on vocals and lead guitar, Death were the third band on the Ultimate Revenge 2 bill that evening, and burned through three cuts from their 1988 album, Leprosy—"Left to Die," "Pull the Plug" and "Forgotten Past"—as well as "Denial of Life," from their 1987 debut, Scream Bloody Gore.
This following text was posted at the Pagan's Mind Official Forum:
So people it is time for us (Øyvind "Docrock" Doksrød & Kai "Otherman" Hansen), to update you on the latest stuff from the Pagan camp.
Guess you all would like to know the title of the forthcoming masterpiece, or? Would you like to know? Would you?!? Allright then, here it is; "GOD'S EQUATION".
So lets get into the stuff that went down tonight: the PM boys rounded up a mix of fellow local musicans, friends, family and fans - a total of 26 persons - to lay down some backing vocals, a choir thing - AWESOME! here]
The working-title for the track is "RETURN OF OSIRIS"!
On November 13th, a new two cd 24-track "best of" entitled "Mothership" will be released, with songs selected by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones. The long awaited remastered edition of "The Song Remains the Same" follows and features bonus material.
"We have revisited "The Song Remains The Same", says Jimmy Page, "and can now offer the complete set as played at Madison Square Garden. This differs substantially from the original soundtrack released in 1976, and highlights the technical prowess of Kevin Shirley, who worked with us on "How The West Was Won". When it comes to "The Song Remains The Same", the expansion of the DVD and soundtrack are as good as it gets on the Led Zeppelin wish list."
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area Thrashers Testament have cancelled their previously announced dates in Italy due to "scheduling conflicts." The promoter of the Italian gigs, Debbie Bisceglia, has released the following statement from Testament's management regarding the cancellations: "Due to events beyond their control, Testament are cancelling two upcoming shows in Italy only, August 31 and September 1. The band wishes to express their grief in cancelling these two shows."
There has been a difficult situation recently involving band drummer Nick Barker having visa issues and due to scheduling conflicts the band are going into the studio earlier at the end of August, earlier than anticipated, to begin recording their forthcoming Nuclear Blast release. Testament wishes to thank the fans for their continued support as well as Debbie and the Italian promoters of these shows for being so generous with their understanding of the situation. Testament will be back in Italy soon and make it up to everyone. The affected dates are as follows. Aug. 31st Velvet - Rimini, Italy and Sep. 1st Route To Hell Fest - Palamaggio-Caserta, Italy
According to the organizers of the festival, the More Than Fest, set to go down on August 25th and 26th in Ruzina, Slovakia, has been cancelled. The festival should have been headlined by Mayhem and Edguy. Further information on the reasons for this cancellation will be posted as soon as the news is translated from Slovakian. For those who read this language, go to this location.
Israeli metal band Orphaned Land have parted ways with drummer Avi Diamond. The group's official statement on the matter reads as follows:
"If there's a lesson to be taken from nature's seasons, it is that everything is dynamic around us, and it's nature's way to remind us that we need to freshen up and move on from time to time.
"After several years filled with challenges and hard work, we've utilized our work with Avi Diamond.
"During this period we've recorded the album "Mabool", toured the globe, headlined festivals and dozens of events worldwide. We've put the Israeli metal scene into the spot-lights, and created precedents in the metal world as a whole, and in the Israeli metal history in particular.
US Alternative Metal band Life Of Agony have issued the following update:
"We are very excited to share with you that there is a new Life Of Agony live concert DVD in the works. The footage was filmed at European festivals during the last tour in June 2007. The DVD shows the band performing its classic songs from the "River Runs Red", "Ugly" and "Soul Searching Sun" records. Filmed with multi-camera angles in front of crowds as large as 40,000 people, the DVD looks amazing. Bonus material includes rare backstage tour clips and more. Release date information will be available in the coming months."
Life Of Agony spent most of 2006 and early 2007 on a break after completing its successful touring cycle for the 2005 Epic Records release, "Broken Valley". The band is currently without a record deal, having parted ways with Epic in 2005. In the meantime, lead singer Keith Caputo released a solo album, titled "Heart's Blood on Your Dawn", and has a new CD on the way. Guitarist Joey Z has opened a recording studio in Brooklyn, NY called Method of Groove Studio and has successfully produced and mixed Brand New Sin's latest release for Century Media. Joey has also teamed up with Peter Steele (Type O Negative) to reform Carnivore. Drummer Sal Abruscato has been actively building custom motorcycles and recently won an award for his latest creation
Firewind mainman Gus G. has just issued the following statement on the band's website:
"Dear all, Here's the latest news and facts. It seems that 2007 has been quite an adventurous year for our singer Apollo. He's currently having some problems back home and needs to take the next few months off. As our touring schedule is quite heavy, we will continue with a replacement and give him the time he needs to get back smoothly.
The German vocalist Henning Basse (Metalium) will step in from now on and complete all the 2007 tourdates with us. Henning has helped us already in the past on some shows on our last European tour with Angra. He really kicks ass on stage and is a great singer and performer, as well as a great guy. We're grateful to have him on board once again and you'll be surprised by how hard this guy rocks!
Danish extreme metallers Illdisposed have issued the following update:
"We are no longer part of the Roadrunner family. Roadrunner didn't pick their third option with us — and honestly that was what we hoped for. We had a great time with Roadrunner, but it was a big problem to us that they refused to release our albums in the U.S. and other important territories. Their company structure and way of working doesn't fit a death metal band; we're not mainstream enough for that. But they did open a lot of doors for us and we're grateful for that.
"Anyway, we've spent the last months negotiating with other labels and we will present our new label within the next few weeks. I can tell that this time we will be priority and that the new album will be out everywhere."
The following update was posted on Avatar's official website:
"We've got title and release date set for the new album! Make a mark in your calender on October 24th. The album, which will be named "Schlacht", will be out in all over Europe simultainiously and it will be packed with one hour of kick ass multimedia junk, such as live clips and interviews! Large parts of Europe will be able to see us on the road in the beginning of next year with the almighty Obituary and Holy Moses. We're working on the Swedish dates at the moment, so be patient. This album will be something for the history books, I tell ya! I guess you're not really allowed to get these kinds of goose bumps from your own music, but WE DO!!! Can't wait to show you, but I will! Cheeeeeeeers!"
The following message was posted on the Metal Mind website:
"Metal Mind Productions is proud to present a veritable treat for fans of melodic heavy-metal: legendary Blaze Bayley (ex-Wolfsbane, ex-Iron Maiden) on his first live DVD - "Alive in Poland"! Recorded during the 21st edition of the Metalmania Festival in Katowice (Poland), the footage documents a fantastic, over 1,5 hour show during which he presented the best tracks taken from Blaze's discography as well as selected tracks of his previous band - Iron Maiden ('Man on the Edge', 'Futureal'). This energetic performance was one of the highlights of the festival. The DVD also includes many great bonus features such as an interview with Blaze Bayley, an interview with all members of Blaze's band (featuring footage filmed during their visit to Poland) and more. The title is also available in a limited edition - including a CD with songs recorded at the concert!."
The following message was posted on Eldritch's official website:
"Due to personal problems and to other different point of views, Eldritch decided to replace the drummer Dave Simone with the young and talented Raffahell Dridge. This is another important loss in the band's history, but sometimes it's necessary to take different roads. Dave is still a brother and the band will never forget what he's done for Eldritch in these last 7 years and 4 albums! We all wish him all the best for his future carreer. More news will follow in the next months..."
Hate Eternal is proud to announce the newest member to its family, Shaune Kelley, joining the band as the second guitarist.
Leader Erik Rutan comments on the official band's website:
"Shaune and I played together in for Ripping Corpse for over 5 years before my involvement in Morbid Angel and Hate Eternal, and have been friends for over 20 years. I am totally ecstatic to have Shaune in the band and recreate a guitar team that always connected on all fronts. Shaune's contribution to the new record will be tremendous as well as touring that will follow. It will be the first time Hate Eternal will actually be a four piece live band, due to other situations never working out.
Rehearsals have been amazing jamming with Alex, Jade, and Shaune for the last couple of months at Mana Studios. The new songs are finished and sounding awesome! We have spent much more time on the preparation of this new album on all fronts compared to our past releases and the results have provided a much more focused and deeper layered results (more solos, yes!). We start recording the drums on August 21st and then following through, finishing by mid October for an early 2008 Metal Blade release."
Taken from The Underground Video Television Newsletter:
"Another live clip of God Forbid taken during their recent run with Hatebreed & "The Monsters Of Mayhem" tour (which also featured Evergreen Terrace & The Acacia Strain) is available online for viewing. This live video is for God Forbid's track "Broken Promise" and can
be seen at the Underground Video Television (UVTV) website, here."