German metallers Grave Digger have issued the following update on their official website:
We released the first song from our upcoming album The Clans Will Rise Again via Youtube. "Hammer Of The Scots" is the official album version ... the photo gallery was done the last days during the video shoot for another song from the album called "Highland Farewell". It was a great experience to shoot a video about a scottish topic in the UK. The video people were so nice and productive that we are sure. This video will be killer ... nothing more to say ... in around 14 days you will see the result!
Have fun with this song and stay tune for the 1st of October .... Another legendary Grave Digger record will find its way to the stores.
Canadian heavy metal heroes Cauldron have entered Rogue Studios in the band's hometown of Toronto to begin recording their new album.
Titled Burning Fortune, the follow-up to Cauldron's critically acclaimed 2009 debut album, Chained To The Nite, is due to be released on Earache Records in early 2011.
Cauldron frontman Jason Decay comments prior to entering the studio: "We finished up pre-production yesterday at the shit factory and now we're all packed up and ready to load into the Rogue Studios this morning a few blocks away, where we'll begin work on Burning Fortune! It's about time, and the nice thing is that we're actually rehearsed for this album, so we're pretty excited to get this thing recorded and out there. We'll also try to do a studio blog update thing to keep you posted on the album progress."
Belgian metallers Magic Kingdom have issued the short following update on their MySpace blog:
"Magic Kingdom's Symphony of War will be unleash on 15th October on our label Limb music! After 5 years of hard work and setbacks, we are more than happy about that release! A great double album for the 12th year aniversary of Magic Kingdom! This is our most majestic ,epic and symphonic album!"
Austrian metallers Serenity have issued the following update on their official website:
"In Serenity's history, this is the first truly sad message we have to publish. Simon Holzknecht - bass guitars - quits Serenity due to personal reasons.
Within the last couple of years Simon was a constant and important part within the band and his bass playing completed our releases (Words Untold & Dreams Unlived, Fallen Sanctuary) as well as our live performances. We have a lot of great memories to share from our weeks and weeks on tour, in studio, rehearsing or simply having fun with each other. We know hoch much effort and idealism is needed for a band such as Serenity and so we fully understand and back up his decision. Of course we wish him the best for his future career - no matter in which direction it may lead. Simon stated that he will not join another band immediately - what the future holds... we will see (or better hear).
Four-time Grammy nominees Queensrÿche have signed a multi-album, worldwide deal with Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records. The band's label debut -their twelfth studio album overall- is tentatively scheduled for a Spring 2011 release. Singer and founder Geoff Tate remains the creative nucleus of the band, which continues to make relevant, against-the-grain hard rock that entices fans, both new and diehard.
Queensrÿche have been - and unquestionably remain- one of the most respected and innovative names in forward-thinking hard rock throughout the course of their nearly 30-year history. Since their inception over 25 years ago, Queensrÿche have sold over 20 million albums worldwide and have performed in over 22 countries.
Therion touring/session vocalist Snowy Shaw (his birth certificate reads Tommie Helgesson) has quit the band after four years, two studio albums, live DVD's and numerous tours around the world.
In a message to Blabbermouth.net, Snowy Shaw states: "I've had a terrific and great time touring and working with Therion and I do wish them nothing but the best in the future, but I've felt for some time that it's time for me to move on. I also wanna take the opportunity to show my gratitude and thank all the loyal fans for their support, love and understanding."
Shaw — who has previously toured and/or recorded with Dream Evil, King Diamond, Mercyful Fate and Memento Mori, among other acts — was forced to sit out this weekend's show with Therion at the Rock Harz Festival in Germany due to sickness. This would have been Snowy's last appearance with the band.
With the recent changes in the band, Borknagar is now able to hit the road and meet the fans face to face. We are very pleased to announce that Borknagar is now gearing up to head to South America, a continent never visited by the band before.
"The Universal Course Tour" flyer] is scheduled to kick off in September 2010 visiting the following cities (venues to be announced):
Sept. 16 - Caracas, Venezuela
Sept. 17 - Bogota, Colombia
Sept. 18 - Quito, Ecuador
Sept. 19 - Lima, Peru
Sept. 22 - La Paz, Bolivia
Sept. 23 - Santiago, Chile
Sept. 24 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sept. 25 - São Paulo, Brasil
Guitarist Øystein Garnes Brun comments: "Damn, I am really looking forward to this! Borknagar is all about explorations and breaching limits, so heading for South America to do these dates is just what I am ready for now. I am sure this will be a very special event for me, the band and our South American fans! See you soon!"
Chicago based multinational extreme-metal act Against The Plagues have begun working on new songs for their as-yet-untitled second album.
Drummer and band co-founder Varyen Chylinski commented: "I am very excited to announce that we are currently working with the songs for new album! We have 6 songs almost finished and another 2 in progress. Next month we will start recording them as a pre-production material and as soon as we have them ready we will expose some of them on our website. We are working with new music in our practice room in Chicago and as I see after several rehearsals, new songs are much more faster and extreme than the previous album Decoding The Mainframe. New Against The Plagues material has a lot of absolutely amazing riffs and "inhuman" blast beats which is completely new chapter for the band. All of our hard dying fans who were waiting for new music from our camp so long - will be delighted, I guarantee that! Also we decided to invite few special guests to make this material even more unique. It will be big surprise for all of you!
Polish female fronted traditional Heavy Metal act Crystal Viper, will release their brand new studio album titled Legends via AFM Records on October 22, 2010.
As the title suggest, all the lyrics will be based on the original Polish legends from the middle-ages. The album was recorded and mixed at the MP Studio in Poland, with engineer Mariusz Pietka and producer Bart Gabriel. The album will feature several very special guests: Rhino (the famous ex-Manowar drummer), Stefan Kaufmann (U.D.O., ex-Accept), Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner) and Sven D'Anna & Dano Boland (Wizard).
Earlier this year Crystal Viper released their first live album titled Defenders Of The Magic Circle - Live In Germany. The CD includes the band's entire live set recorded in 2009 at the Magic Circle Festival in Germany along with a bunch of studio cuts. More info on that release at this location.
The Ocean are currently in the process of mixing their upcoming album Anthropocentric at Studio Mecanique in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the same place where Heliocentric was recorded and mixed. The album will be mastered on August 25th by Svante Forsbäck in Helsinki.
Musically, the album feels somehow heavier than Heliocentric. "The sound is more dense and maybe a tad more raw, which suits the songs perfectly", comments guitar player Jonathan Nido. The album covers a similar sonic and dynamic range as Heliocentric, also including a number of calm, acoustic moments - but these are for the most part orchestrated with guitars, and not so much with piano and string section. The focus is on the heavy songs: "The album is a pretty big production, and still has a very earthy, organic feel to it", comments guitarist Robin Staps. "We have spent a great deal of time on the basic sound this time around, drums, bass, guitars and vocals... and at this stage I am pretty confident that this will pay off in the end!"
The thrash metal sensation from Greece - Suicidal Angels - have inked a deal with NoiseArt Records. The winner of the Rock The Nation awards 2009, which was presented by magazines from all over Europe, such as Metal Hammer (D, ITA, GR, ES), Terrorizer UK, Rock Tribune B, Scream No, Metallian F and Spark CZ - the four have found themselves a perfect home as the label is a division of Rock The Nation, which also does the booking for the band! Now with joined forces and with full force, after a very successful year 2010, the Greek thrash metal tank has now also finished work on their third longplayer called Dead Again. The amazing cover artwork was done by Ed Repka (Megadeth, Death and more) and will be revealed next week!
Misled By Certainty cover art], the forthcoming album from US metallers Cephalic Carnage, is available for streaming in its entirety on the band's MySpace page.
Misled By Certainty is set for an August 31st North American release date, September 6th internationally, and is available for pre-order now including a limited edition deluxe package. More information on the available formats can be found here.
"Dying Season", the new video from US metallers Heathen, can be viewed at this location. The clip was filmed in early April in Sacramento, California with Darin Wood, Christy Savage and Amy Slockbower of Trash Film Orgy Productions, a company that specializes in B-horror films.
"Dying Season" comes off the band's latest album, The Evolution Of Chaos, which was released in Japan on December 2009 via King Records and was made available on January 2010 in Europe via Mascot Records.