Italian "Extreme Epic metal" act Stormlord has issued the following update:
"Hi legions of the Storm, finally it's time for the big announcement: the 23 of May 2008 Locomotive Records will release our long awaited fourth album, titled "Mare Nostrum".
It was recorded at Giuseppe Orlando's Outer Sound Studios (Necrodeath, Novembre, Klimt 1918 and many more) and mastered at Finnvox Studios by the well known engineer Mika Jussila (HIM, Children Of Bodom, Nightwish, Sentenced etc.).
The entire artwork Link] was made by Gyula Havancsak (Annihilator, Destruction, Benedictum, Elvenking, Grave Digger and more)."
Viking Metallers Thyrfing have posted the following news on their MySpace:
"This weekend we started the recordings of the sixth album! The album will be co-produced by Thyrfing and Jörgen Svensson of Tyroon Production (http://www.tyroon.com). The recordings and mixing will take place between April and June and the album is scheduled for release through Regain Records in October. Stay tuned for some visual and textual reports and other shite from the workshop!"
Fear Factory members Christian Olde Wolbers (guitar) and Raymond Herrera (drums) are proud to announce the debut album of their new group, Arkaea. The band also features one of metal's hungriest young singers, Jon Howard (Threat Signal).
Arkaea has just finished up preproduction and are scheduled to enter the studio to begin recording.
The band's yet untitled album is due out fall 2008 on Koch Records and plans for touring are under way in support of the record.
You can preview new music at http://www.myspace.com/arkaeamusic.
King Diamond drummer Matt Thompson will be joining Floridian prog act Aghora in the studio during the recording of Aghora's third full-length spinner titled simply "Aghora 3". Aghora spoke of Matt Thompson and their new album on their website a few weeks ago, and said the following:
"We are happy to anounce the new drummer for Aghora 3. Ladies & Gents, Please welcome Matt Thompson on board. Matt is a great drummer with a good history and beyond solid chops and skills. Some of you may know him from the King Diamond records. He has begun demoing stuff with us. Please visit his site and get familiar. Link]
Aghora 3 is in the writing process. So far there are 10 solid ideas. We are going to do this album on our terms. But it will be on a good schedule so you will have new music sooner than you think. Thanks to everyone who auditioned and sent in video and mp3's. Best wishes to you all."
Candlelight Records have announced that Tuesday, April 29 is the US release date for new releases from Finland's Farmakon - "Robin", and Israel's Distorted - "Voices From Within". These two new studio efforts coincide with Candlelight's progressing cult series taking otherwise unheard European bands and delivering them across the pond to the good old US of A. This is a specially-priced product line that Candlelight conceived of, to help in introducing up-and-coming international artists to the potential American audiences. The series services artists of various sub-genres and aims towards providing a "fan-base for which the artists can grow and connect." Basically, a clever marketing trick. The good point, however, is the possible marriage of these otherwise unheard of bands to the US audience.
Ultra brutal sludge machine Slit are back for a new European tour. See the band live in April including festivals and headline gigs.
"Ode To Silence" is still available on Anticulture records. See the band video clip here!
Tour dates are as follows:
18/04 - MLT, Peaceville - Remedy
25/04 - ESP, Ourense - La Crypta
26/04 - POR, Barroselas - SWR Metalfest XI
27/04 - ESP, Madrid - Barracudas Club
30/04 - FRA, Marseille - Hotel de la Musique 4
01/05 - ITA, Torino - Venue TBA
02/05 - CHE, Lenzburg - Tomasini Club
03/05 - GER, Altes Lager - Fuck The Commerce Festival
04/05 - HOL, Rotterdam - De Baroeg
Swedish Black Metallers Dark Funeral have posted the following update:
"I guess it's about time to let you guys know what's going on here. Well, we are currently working on material for a new full-length album. We're in the very early stages of the writing process though. There's still a lot of work before we're ready to hit the studio, but we're on the right course at least!
Plan is, however, to be ready to record a new album sometime during 2008, with a possible early 2009 release (but it all depends on when we're ready to record and so on, of course). We will keep you posted on the writing progress and what kind of time plan we'll put up for the new album.
German metallers Die Apokalyptischen Reiter have posted the first Link] in a series of video blog entries covering the recording sessions for the band's as-yet-untitled seventh studio album, due late summer via Nuclear Blast Records. The upcoming CD will be the group's first to feature new guitar player Lady Cat-Man, who replaced Pitrone in February 2008 (More information was previously reported here). Die Apokalyptischen Reiter is also keeping a written studio diary at this location.
Also the band previously stated about the upcoming CD and new lineup:
"Don't expect anything less than an absolute killer record! The sound is damn heavy, melodic and chock-full of surprises. Lady Cat-Man may look like an angel, but she's playing like the devil! Treat our metal sister real nice, she is part of the family now."
According to Century Media, one of metal's most talented shredders, Jeff Loomis, of Nevermore fame will further prove his undeniable skills with his first solo project, which is set for a fall release. The ambitious offering is an all instrumental effort and is destined to shed some much deserved spotlight on the genre's most notable, yet unsung, guitar player.
Loomis states: "Hi everyone. I just wanted to give you all an update on the solo project. I entered Robert Lang studios on March 22nd with producer Neil Kernon (Nevermore) and drummer Mark Arrington. Mark completed the drums for 10 tracks in about three and a half days. He did some incredible drum work that I know will bring this record to a higher level than I expected. Mark and I worked before back in 1993-94 when he played half the songs on our debut CD. Being able to do this entire recording with Neil is really amazing as well. We've done some great work in the past, but being able to focus on an entire instrumental record is going to be great. Rhythm guitars will be tracked next. I'll keep everyone informed on the progress as we track for the next month."
Guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza of German thrashers Kreator has sent in the following massage:
"A high-quality updated version of our VHS classics 'Live In East Berlin' and 'Hallucinative Comas' will be released on DVD for the first time ever! We're really excited to hear your reactions on this! We've put a lot of hard work, sweat and energy into this monster!"
"Other than that, we're spending most of our time in the rehearsal room these days to prepare the new album! We have a five-track demo and two more songs written. The writing really smooth, the new songs are made for a live situation and they all kill! No compromise but sheer thrash metal brutality! So be prepared — January 2009 will see the release of the next album, followed by an extensive world tour!"
Iced Earth have posted audio clips from all four songs appearing on the band's forthcoming single, "I Walk Among You" at the band's official MySpace page. The single marks longtime frontman Matt Barlow's triumphant return to the band, and is sure to leave people yearning for more. "I Walk Among You" will precede the band's forthcoming full-length follow-up to "Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I" in the Fall of 2008.
The tracklisting and release dates for "I Walk Among You" are as follow:
01. I Walk Alone
02. Setian Massacre
03. The Clouding
04. A Charge to Keep (exclusive iTunes track)
Symphorce guitarist Cédric "Cede" Dupont (ex-Freedom Call) has issued the following update:
"Added some new instrumental music to my page, hope you all enjoy it! I just had this idea a long time ago, and since I got tons of positive messages about "MeloDrama", I thought I'd give it a shot one more time! So check out "Atmosfear" and let me know what you think!"
The new Kamelot video for the song "Rule The World" is now online at kamelot.com and the band's official MySpace site. According to a posting on the official Kamelot website, the video is getting amazing reviews from the journalists and specialists.
Also the double CD reissue "Ghost Opera - The Second Coming" is now in stores with lots of extras, bringing you a new experience into the Kamelot's universe. More info at this link.
Norwegian Prog-Power sword-yielders Gaia Epicus have issued the following update:
"Today (April 2nd) we bring you two new names on guest musicians playing on the new album. Michael Troy will be playing some keyboards on 3 songs. Michael just finished a successful tour of South and Central America with Swedish guitar legend / virtuoso, Yngwie Malmsteen in December, and has been officially named as the touring keyboardist for Yngwie's greatly anticipated upcoming release. Then we have the great Swedish guitar wizard called Jonas Hörnqvist from the band Treasure Land, and he will be playing a few guitar solos."
French dark metallers Blut Aus Nord have announced the tracklisting for their forthcoming album, "Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars", which will be released later this year through Candlelight Records:
01. Disciple's Libration (Lost In The Nine Worlds)
02. Antithesis Of The Flesh (...And Then Arises A New Essence)
03. The Alcove Of Angels (Vipassana)
04. ...The Meditant (Dialogue With The Stars)
05. Acceptance (Aske)
06. Translucent Body Of Air (Sutta Anapanasati)
07. The Formless Sphere (Beyond The Reason)
08. The Cosmic Echoes Of Non-Matter (Immaterial Voices Of The Fathers)
09. Elevation (The Dawn Of The Gods)