Lifelover have announced the title, tracklist and cover art of the band's upcoming release. "Dekadens" will be be released in September. The MCD version will be out through Osmose Productions, and the MLP version will be released through Elitmusik. The music has been mastered, all of the artwork has been finished, and everything is on its way to the printing plant. The MCD will feature 7 tracks, and have the total length of around 26-27 minutes.
The band commented: "As we've proclaimed before, we're all extremely satisfied with this release, and we all feel that this has turned out to be Lifelover's finest effort to date. The respose from the select few that have already heard the material has been absolutely overwhelming, and we feel confident that it will be recieved just as well by all of you. We will be publishing a little preview from the MCD here on MySpace shortly. Thanks for all your patience and support. We're counting the days!"
French metallers Nightmare have posted online a new song, "Legions Of The Rising Sun", on their MySpace page.
"Legions Of The Rising Sun" comes off the band's forthcoming album, "Insurrection", which is scheduled for release on September 11 through AFM Records. The album was recorded at Peek studio in France with Patrick Liotard and at U3multimedia and Indiscreet Studios in Stuttgart, Germany with Achim Koehler (Primal Fear, Edguy, Masterplan).
"Insurrection" cover art] songtitles set to appear on the album:
Three Mile Island
The Gospel Of Judas
Angels Of Glass
Legions Of The Rising Sun
"Flag In The Ground", the new video from Finnish metallers Sonata Arctica, has been made available online.
"Flag In The Ground" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "The Days Of Grays", which will be released in Europe on September 18 (September 22 in North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.
More details about "The Days Of Grays" were previously reported at this location.
Swedish extreme metallers Shining have been confirmed to support Satyricon on the upcoming European Tour. The 17-date tour, set to start on the 2nd December, also includes Negură Bunget and Dark Fortress.
Referring to the recent cancellation of Shining's European tour, front man Niklas Kvarforth said: "We are all too aware of the fact that a lot of fans were disappointed by the actions of the Metal Maniacs Agency, which forced us to cancel the tour, but hopefully the tour with Satyricon will go some way towards making up for it. We are also looking at a lot of possibilities for next year at the moment, so be prepared for Shining and 2010".
Dates so far confirmed for the Satyricon + Shining + Negură Bunget + Dark Fortress tour as follows:
US metallers Municipal Waste have posted online a new song, "Wrong Answer", on their MySpace page.
"Wrong Answer" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Massive Aggressive" cover art], which is due to be released by Earache Records on August 24th in Europe and August 25th in North America.
The album will be released in a variety of formats, including a special edition fan box with the album on CD, a Municipal Waste logo sweatband, a "Massive Aggressive" patch and three pin badges. The album will also be available on limited edition vinyl in black, white, clear, red, green (only 100 of each colour made) and ultra-limited edition purple (sold out).
Robot Monster Army, the brainchild of ex-Wargasm frontman Bob Mayo, have posted an exclusive live track on the RMA's official MySpace page. "Break Every Bone (Live)" is one of 3 tracks that will appear on the forthcoming "Strange Angel" EP, the second release from Robot Monster Army.
"Strange Angel" EP cover art] tracklist:
01. Strange Angel
02. Animal Heart/Machine Head
03. Break Every Bone
Robot Monster Army's self-titled debut album was released in June on YAAG Records and is currently available via all major online music outlets. The 70's-inspired album features performances by several members of Boston's metal elite: former members of Wargasm, Only Living Witness & Gang Green appear, and current members of Steel Assassin, Bad Karma and Meliah Rage also contributed.
Following three very special US appearances earlier this month in Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York (effectively breaking their streak of visa issues), Swedish black metal battalion Marduk will return for a full North American headlining tour this November. The band will be joined by Nachtmystium, Mantic Ritual, Merrimack and Black Anvil (on select dates).
Dubbed "US Plague Tour 2009", the trek will kick off on November 20th at the Palladium in Worcester, MA and run through 21 more dates before coming to a close in New York City on December 16th at the Gramercy Theater, where the band recently played to an overwhelming crowd response.
Transatlantic - the Progressive Rock Supergroup featuring Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy, Marillion's Pete Trewavas, The Flower Kings' Roine Stolt and Neal Morse (Ex-Spock's Beard) - will release their long-awaited third album in October 2009.
"The Whirlwind" is a 77-minute piece of music that is sure to satisfy the band's legions of fans that have patiently waited almost the entire decade for the reunion of these 4 musicians.
"The Whirlwind" will be available in two formats: a regular edition single CD of the entire 77 minute Epic as well as a 2-CD special edition containing a bonus disc with 8 newly recorded studio tracks (4 new Transatlantic compositions and 4 cover songs).
Atmospheric metallers Anathema, London rockers Firebird and death metal trio Mithras are the final names to be added to this year's Damnation Festival.
Anathema and Firebird complete a heavyweight Jagermeister Stage which also includes Life of Agony, Destruction and Therapy? while Mithras will open a Terrorizer Stage crammed with extreme metal talent including a one off Lock-Up show, Mistress' last ever performance, a Rotting Christ exclusive and UK first for Australian black metallers Nazxul.
Damnation Festival will take place at Leeds University Union, on Saturday, October 24, 2009.
The complete line-up is: Life of Agony, Lock Up, Therapy?, Destruction, Anathema, Electric Wizard, Jesu, Rotting Christ, This Will Destroy You, Akercocke, A Storm of Light, Mistress, Negura Bunget, Minsk, Extreme Noise Terror, Manatees, The Gates of Slumber, And So I Watch You From Afar, Charger, Mithras, Firebird, Stand-Up Guy, Nazxul, and Rinoa.
Dutch rockers/metallers Cardamon have issued the following update on their MySpace page:
On September 5th we would like to introduce you to our new drummer Michael van der Kolk @ De Peppel, Zeist, (with Stream Of Passion).
Thomas recently decided to part ways with Cardamon, wanting to focus more on his professional career. With more and more (international) gigs, the choice between career and Cardamon became increasingly difficult for him. However, we were lucky enough to find Michael, who seemed to be born ready, so we could pick up where we left. Meaning he's as ready for the road as much as we are, and we're already focussing on new material!
Starting this September, Cardamon will hit the road, so make sure you come out and make him feel welcome in a way only Cardamon fans can."
Black Label Society has performed their last show on "The Pedal To The Metal Tour" due to the health of forty-two year-old frontman Zakk Wylde. Wylde has been diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs, and has been admitted into the hospital in Eugene, OR yesterday afternoon. Yesterday's Black Label Society appearance in Eugene has been canceled, along with the remaining Black Label Society appearances on the tour.
"The Pedal To The Metal Tour" will continue without Black Label Society, and the rest of the bands will all be participating throughout the remaining dates on the tour. Please visit http://www.pedaltothemetaltour.com for tour dates.
Black Label Society apologizes to ticket holders on the remaining "Pedal To The Metal" dates for the inconvenience, as well as to all BLSNATION Meet & Greet purchasers who gathered for the event this afternoon and in the remaining cities. BLSNATION refunds will be processed promptly.
Bay Area ambient chamber dark rock act Worm Ouroboros have completed work on their self-titled debut album.
Featuring members that have helped shape legendary Bay Area acts as The Gault (one of the greatest acts to ever emerge from the Bay Area) and Amber Asylum, along with featuring members from down-tempo Bay Area death metal act World Eater (not too hard to pinpoint who they are influenced by), Worm Ouroboros will bear familiar ground to those familiar with Amber Asylum and especially The Gault, since Worm Ouroboros bassist/singer Lorraine Rath (who also supplied the stunning artwork that will grace the album packaging, and who was likewise responsible for the stunning artwork that graced the debut Hammers Of Misfortune album "The Bastard") was the one who shared songwriting duties with John Gossard (Asunder/Weakling) in The Gault respectively. Also Worm Ouroboros conjures a sound picture reminiscent of classic 4AD acts as This Mortal Coil and The Cocteau Twins, along with reminiscing the vibe of such classic enigmas like 3rd And The Mortal, As Divine Grace, and even This Empty Flow (the post-Thergothon act). Just more dreary and doomy of course as one could say Worm Ouroboros can appeal to doom fans who embrace such essential artists as Asunder, and Unholy.