French metallers Gojira have posted online a new song, entitled "Vacuity", on their MySpace page.
The song comes off the band's forthcoming album, which is called ''The Way Of All Flesh''. The album was tracked in Los Angeles with producer Logan Mader (Cavalera Conspiracy, Soulfly) and at the band's home studio in Bayonne in the south west of France.
''The Way Of All Flesh'' will be released on October 13th via Listenable Records.
Norwegian metallers Gorgoroth have posted the following update:
"Gorgoroth will enter the studio in their home town of Bergen, Norway on August 25, 2008. Eight new tracks composed by King will be recorded for an as yet untitled new album. Along with Gaahl, King and Frost on drums, the full recording line up will include Teloch and Ice Dale . Enslaved's Herbrand Larsen will once again produce Gorgoroth in the studio."
Canadian metallers Beneath The Massacre have posted a new song, entitled ''Our Common Grave'', on their MySpace page.
The song comes off the band's forthcoming album, which is called ''Dystopia''. The album was recorded again with St-Amand (Despised Icon, Ion Dissonance, Neuraxis) and featuring artwork from Felix Rancourt.
''Dystopia'' will be released on October 28th via Prosthetic Records.
German metallers Anti have issued the short following update:
''The process of the creation has begun... there are no limits... no borders... no dates... For sure... the next album will be a concept album... straight out of the mental-hospital... it isn't a circle... it's a cannonball and you have to find the core... The blessed one...''
Norwegian metallers Satyricon have issued the following update:
"We have completed the new album "The Age Of Nero" in its entirety and we are very very proud of it! The release date is 3 November and will be followed by a full European headlining tour opening in Stavanger, Norway 12 November and ending in Hamburg, Germany 20 December. Check out all the dates here.
A few more shows will be added soon. Opening act on the tour is Evile and the direct support act will be added soon.
Expect updates with tons of information on the new album and the tour, competitions, interviews and music in the next few weeks!"
Swedish metallers Amon Amarth have posted new track entitled "Twilight Of The Thunder God" for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The song is the title cut of the band's new album and it features a guest appearance by Children Of Bodom guitarist Roope Latvala.
"Twilight Of The Thunder God", will be released on September 19 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy; September 22 in the rest of Europe; and September 30 in North America. The album was recorded at Fascination Street Studio in Örebro, Sweden.
Obscura will headline this year's edition of the Munich Deathfest. Recently the band finished the recordings of their second album, which will be released at the beginning of 2009. Obscura announced that they will perform all songs of the upcoming album during the show in Munich.
Munich Deathfest festival will take place November 8, 2008 in Munich, Germany. For more information, visit their MySpace.
The full line-up for this year's edition:
Age Of Carnage
Over Your Threshold
Columbia Records announced today the October 20th release of AC/DC's widely-anticipated Black Ice, the band's first studio album in eight years. Black Ice features 15 new tracks from brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Cliff Williams, and Phil Rudd. The album was produced by Brendan O'Brien at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC.
Rock 'N' Roll Train the album's first single, will debut on August 28th. The video will premiere in September. And the band is set to kick off its first world tour since 2001 in late October.
Black Ice will be sold in the U.S. exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club retail locations at the special price of $11.88. Online, the CD will be available with free shipping and handling via the band's website, http://www.acdc.com. It will also be sold at Walmart.com and Samsclub.com.
Scandinavian melodic metal act Black Succubi from Denmark have released their debut album and it is now available from iTunes.com and common Danish pay sites. The album has noticeable guest appearances by Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate, Force Of Evil), Kirk Backarach (Iron Fire) and California based female rocker Rachelle Ramm and the band have already received positive and supporting reviews online and in magazines.
"After an unsteady beginning with several line-up changes, we have finally found our sound and musical style. The music on the album connects our past with today and
songs like Troubled Times and Dark Side shows us the way forward", says Swedish drummer Jens B. who is also known from legendary Fate (MTM Music/Replica Records)
Mötley Crüe have confirmed shows in Mexico, Argentina and Japan for October of this year.
Latin American Tour:
03.10.2008 - Mexico, Guadalajara at Arena VFG
05.10.2008 - Mexico, Mexico City at The Sports Place
07.10.2008 - Mexico, Monterrey at Monterrey Arena
11.10.2008 - Argentina, Buenos Aires at Pepsi Festival
19.10.2008 - Japan, Saitama City at Saitama Super Arena Loudpark Festival]
21.10.2008 - Japan, Fukuoka at Zepp
22.10.2008 - Japan, Hamamatsu at Actcity
23.10.2008 - Japan, Nagoya at Zepp
25.10.2008 - Japan, Osaka at Jo Hall
26.10.2008 - Japan, Tokyo at Super Arena
Tickets details will be posted on their Myspace and official website as they become available.
Swedish band Engel have split with bassist Michael Håkansson.
Michael Håkansson states:
"To all you great people out there who has shown your big support and interest in my participation in Engel. I am sad to announce my departure from Engel. It hasn't been an easy decision for me to make... It was a really hard one but at this time I felt it was the right one for me to make. I am not leaving for another band or for any personal or business related issues within the band. Not at all!
It's been a blast to be a part of this fantastic band and one part of me would still like to be a part of Engel's future. For I see nothing but success for Engel, the potential has no limits with these guys. I've been given a once in a life-time offer that I just couldn't say no to. I am now leaving my other big dream in life.
American progressive metallers Suspyre have announced the addition of April Sese to the group's ranks:
"It didn't occur to me at the time to ask them if they needed a keyboardist, but as soon as I saw the audition bulletin on MySpace a year later, I jumped at the opportunity," April said, "Everything happened so quickly. It still feels like a dream. I can't believe I'm actually performing the keyboard and orchestral parts I only fantasized about playing a year ago. The guys are great. They're so talented, original and creative. Not to mention it's so easy to get along with them. They definitely know how to get a musician to evolve."
"Hi there everybody! We are proud to announce the new line up! After a few years with various problems it feels great that we now are a working band again! Things just didn't work out the way we wanted with Joe Comeau, he is an excellent singer and a very nice guy, but it just didn't work out for us in the long run. We only did 3 shows and recorded a 2 track demo with him. We wish him all the best!
The new singer is Ronny Hemlin (Steel Attack), Ronny is a very, very good singer and fits perfect! Check out his work with Steel Attack and you will know what I mean.
The new bassplayer is Tommi Karpanen (ex-Morgana Lefay), a long time friend who also play bass in Sefer Jezirah and guitar in God Aweful Machine.
I decided to have one more guitarist for the future plans of VIRUS IV, 'cause the musical direction of the next album needs it !
So, I asked Renaut to take his main instrument back, 'cause he is a very good 7 strings player, we know each other very well, did lots of gigs together with guitars... and the choice is two guitars for more headbangs !!
Therefore the band welcomes a new member, bass player Christophe Babin (Eradicate, Headline). A great and talented musician who will share stages with VIRUS IV during next gigs.
So be prepared to shout loud in front of the stages !!!