Italian "psychotic" death metallers Murder Therapy have made their entire debut album Symmetry Of Delirium, released in September, available for streaming. Check it out here.
The band comments: "With the coming of a new year we decided to take another step in doing things our way. We have uploaded our entire album, hoping it will stay online a long time. We know we are not the first band to do this, and will not be the last, although most of the time albums are streamed only for a limited promotional time. We want to use this blog to be clear about what we are doing. There are certain beliefs about the music/internet relationship that we think don't make sense anymore.
To think that downloading an album equals a failure in selling it is madness. Thinking that streaming an entire album could demotivate its purchase is absurd (unless the album is really bad, eh eh). Having the listener find somewhere else (blogspots, Torrents, P2P..) a "preview" of the entire album, instead of having the band present it is nonsense.
Helloween have released a video for the new version of the song "Dr. Stein". The clip was shot with Oliver Sommer from AVA Studios. According to a press release, the clip is described as "a comical video where the guys don't take themselves too serious and intentionally present the band in a very self-ironic way!"
Helloween's upcoming Unarmed - Best Of 25th Anniversary compilation album will be released in Europe on January 29, 2010. A US release date has yet to be announced.
Swedish Industrial Death metallers The Project Hate MCMXCIX have issued the following update:
"It's 2010 and we thought we should start off the new year by making quite a bit of changes. Some might come as a total surprise, some may not. We were never a band who gave a fuck about what other people think anyways. That sounded cool, huh?
First off we wanna thank Jo Enckell for her work with The Project Hate since 2003. She's done a great job on the albums she's been a part of and will always be a huge part of TPH's history. Yes, Ms. Jo is no longer a part of TPH. There are no grudges held or anything, we just feel it's time to enter a new stage in our career. This is what Jo has to say about this: "I'm so happy to have been a part of The Project Hate MCMXCIX, to have been able to participate on four killer albums! This band will always have a special place in my heart. I love you guys and to all the fans - you rule! - Jo"
The metal webzine from Israel, Metalist Magazine http://metalist.co.il, gives the opportunity to listen to one of the first songs of the upcoming Orphaned Land long awaited album The Never Ending Way Of OrWarriOR.
This song called "Sapari" is, like "Nora El Nora" (featured on Mabool), a cover of a traditional song and doesn't really represent the musical orientation of the album...
...but If you cannot wait anymore time to listen to the song, just follow this link http://metalist.co.il/NewsPrivate.asp?id=2847 and enjoy!
UPDATED, on 22.12.2009 (thanks to Forsaker)
A new Orphaned Land song, called "Vayehi Or" (English: "Let There Be Light") is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
Nathan Birk of Moribund Productions sent out the following message concerning US Thrashers Nocturnal Fear:
"Riding high on the critical acclaim afforded last year's Moribund album Metal Of Honor, hailed by many critics as THE thrash metal assault of 2009, Nocturnal Fear guitarist/founder Chris Slavehunter PhD reports that he's nearly settled on a new bassist and, above all, that writing has commenced for the follow-up album, currently titled Excessive Cruelty. Tentative song titles at the moment include:
I Am War
Murder For Hire
You're The Disease (I'm The Cure)
World War 3
Nocturnal Fear's Excessive Cruelty is slated for release through Moribund during the second half of 2010. Slavehunter concludes the update with the following prophetic words: "We plan on raining on people's parade with this next disc and continue to call out the fucking posers and smashing faces with our ruthless bullet-belt assault." For more info, consult Moribund's official website and Nocturnal Fear's MySpace.
Ukrainian melodic death metal band Infinite Tales have presented their new video clip for the song "Amoxicillin... Extermination" on New Year's Night in Kiev. Now the video can be watched online. The song comes off the band's debut release, Only The Beginning, released in September.
Only The Beginning cover art] tracklist:
01. Intro. Infinite Tales
02. Amoxicillin... Extermination
03. Running Away
04. Point of No Return
05. No War for This Century
08. Bridge. Going Down
09. The Night at the Cemetery
10. Waltz in the Flame
12. Little More Anger
13. The Warehouse Will Be Your Tomb, Chief
14. Outro. Only the Beginning...
Transcend Management are very pleased to announce the signing of a worldwide management deal with Imperial Vengeance, a British extreme metal act formed in 2007 by C. Edward Alexander (aka Charles Hedger (Cradle Of Filth)) and David Bryan.
The band have an interesting and intriguing angle to their creative persona as they attempt to explore ideas and material firmly rooted in the glory days of the British Empire presenting a wide range of subjects influenced by its' colorful social and military histories, theatre, literature and mythologies.
Having self-released their 4-track EP called Death: August & Royal in early 2008 the band were quickly snapped up by legendary UK label Candlelight Records. The duo then spent the rest of the year writing and recording their debut album At The Going Down Of The Sun. Fuelled by absinthe and cigar smoke, the album contains ten tracks of what the duo have referred to as "Aristocratic Dark Metal" with the title track featuring a specially recorded passage from Harry Patch, who at the age of 110 was the last surviving Tommy to have seen combat in the trenches of the Pashcendale. Mixed and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima and released 25th July 2009, the CD has been attracting considerable attention and excellent reviews.
After years of gestation, the mighty Finnish death thrashers Phlegethon will see all their recorded material from 1989 to 2008 remastered and officially re-issued in a killer double-CD including liner notes, exclusive interview & photos, under the title of Drifting In The Crypt. This cult release will come out during the second half of January 2010 through Xtreem Music and will be accompanied by the first time ever Phlegethon t-shirts ever printed.
Phlegethon is one of the cult Finnish bands that contributed to the old Finnish death metal scene alongside bands like Demigod, Funebre, Amorphis, Demilich, Sentenced, Xysma, Disgrace, Mordicus, Purtenance, Convulse and others.
Vocalist Johan Lindstrand of Swedish Death metallers One Man Army And The Undead Quartet has issued the folowing update:
"2010 will mark the beginning of a new era for us. With a brand new line up we will record a brand new album. The 3rd of January we kinda woke up after a couple of months of silence and rest. It has been great to just relax all this time and not thinking of anything else but to recharge the batteries. But at one point you need to get back on track.
We actually went to the rehearsal room and picked up 2 brand new songs written by guitarist Jonas Blom. They sound pretty different to what we have done before and they feel great. Time will tell how they will sound with vocals but I have a lot of cool stuff in mind. We already have like 3-4 songs to work with at the moment so we will definitely be ready to record in a couple of months. I hope you will join us on another ride."
Norwegian black'n'rollers Vreid have announced the departure of guitarist Ese and his replacement by Stian "Strom" Bakketeig, who also performs in Cor Scorpii and Mistur and was - alongside with the three remaining members of Vreid - a part of Windir until the death of frontman Terje "Valfar" Bakken in 2004. The statement of the band reads as follows:
"In late December we got the news from Ese that he could not continue to play with Vreid. This was of course very sad news, as Ese has been a member of Vreid since the beginning in 2004. We respect his decision, and want to thank him for all his great work during the 5 years, 4 album and almost 200 shows for the Vreid brigade.
Tunisian Prograssive metal band Myrath are streaming their first track, entitled "Forever And A Day" from their new album Desert Call on MySpace.
The audio track will be the XIII Bis Records version of "Forever And A Day", which means that verse is sung in Arabic. The video trailer will be the Nightmare Records version of the same track, with vocals all in English.
On Wednesday January 6th 2010 anther track "Madness" will be added
Master have announced the following tour dates for Brazil and Europe. The band recently completed recording their upcoming latest full-length offering entitled The Human Machine. A release date is still unknown.
Brazil tour dates
Jan 14 2010 - São José dos Campos, SP
Jan 15 2010 - Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Jan 16 2010 - Vilha Velha, ES
Jan 17 2010 - Salvador, BA
Jan 22 2010 - Aracaju, SE
Jan 23 2010 - Maceio, AL
Jan 24 2010 - Recife, PE
Jan 28 2010 - Natal, RN
Jan 29 2010 - João Pessoa, PB
Jan 30 2010 - Campina Grande, PB
Jan 31 2010 - Fortaleza, CE
Feb 04 2010 - Picos, PI
Feb 05 2010 - Teresina, PI
Feb 06 2010 - Imperatriz, MA
Feb 07 2010 - Belem, PA
Feb 12 2010 - Palmas, TO
Italian gothic metallers Macbeth spent last months writing and rehearsing the new material for their upcoming fifth album.
The band stated: "Actually we're working on new material and we're pleased to inform you that ten brand-new songs are about to be finished! Things are shaping up really well and we're pretty excited about the new material. We are planning to enter the studio as soon as possible this year. We'll keep you updated..."
In other news, the group's female vocalist Morena is also hosting together with Masha (Exilia) a new radio show named LadyKillers. The show will air from 2:00/5:00 p.m. (CET) each week on Linea Rock (on Radio Lombardia). More info (in Italian) here.
Mercenary have been joined by Danish drummer Morten Løwe Sørensen (Submission, The Arcane Order), who made the following comment:
"I'm happy to announce that I have now joined Mercenary. After having shared the stage with Mercenary alongside my band Submission, I became really impressed by their shows and musicianship, so I'm really looking forward to deliver some kick-ass shows as their drummer. I'm also very excited about being involved in the writing for the next album. It will show a new Mercenary, and I mean that in a very positive way. In my opinion the new material will definitely be the strongest to this date!"
Guitarist Jakob Mølbjerg adds: "We're very happy to have Morten join the ranks. Not only is he a true master behind the drums, he's also a very easygoing person with a great musical drive and understanding. With Morten in the band, there's a whole new sense of renewed and shared energy, creativity and ambition. We've had several rehearsal sessions in the last couple of weeks, and the metal just flows. The old songs already sound like Morten have played them for years, and the new material is crushing and intense.
It is our very pleasant duty to disclose information which has been conceived a few weeks ago. The new "dark" horse on Naga productions' roster are Slovak Hromovlad.
The band is well-known by natural and very successful concerts and its potential is still growing. Fans also very familiar with the previous two records, and very quickly Hromovlad's folk / black metal popular.
We believe that together we produce the best Hromovlad's album and look forward to what the year ahead in this respect will.