Last night the line up and dates for this year's line were officially announced. Here's the official press release:
More than 15 years after Ozzy Osbourne debuted Ozzfest, the defining blueprint for hard rock tours and festivals returns this August in six American cities with an explosive bill co-headlined by Ozzy and, in their first-ever Ozzfest appearance, Mötley Crüe — touring together for the first time with Ozzy since he invited the group on their now legendary 1984 arena tour. Expect the energy to go way off the charts at the all-day extravaganza of music and deranged merriment.
The 2010 Ozzfest - back after taking a year off in 2009 and the 2008 one-off stadium spectacular in Dallas, TX with Ozzy and Metallica headlining - will kick off August 14 in San Bernardino (the birthplace of the first Ozzfest in 1996) and then make stops in Chicago, IL, Hartford, CT, Camden, NJ, Pittsburgh, PA and Boston, MA. Live Nation will promote the tour nationally.
"My Terms", a new song from US metallers Hostility, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
Two other new songs, entitled "Dividing Line" and "Resented Legacy", were previously posted online at the same location.
"My Terms" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Set In Stone, which is scheduled for an early summer release via an as-yet-undetermined record label. The CD was engineered, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga, who has previously worked with Machine Head, Testament and Exodus, among many others.
Set in Stone tracklist:
01. Leader Of The Rejects
02. Aces & Eights
03. Dividing Line
04. Baton Symphony
05. Resented Legacy
"Ruination", the new video from US metallers Job For A Cowboy, can be viewed at this location. The clip was directed by Kevin McVey. Also the engaging clip presents a visual interpretation of Job For A Cowboy vocalist Jonny Davy's end-time lyrics via vintage atomic bomb testing and Cold War propaganda films.
"Ruination" comes off the band's latest album, Ruination, which was released on July 2009 via Metal Blade Records.
Danish Symphonic Black metallers Illnath have issued the following update:
"Great news! Finally a full line-up in Illnath. During a hard weekend (including 6 boxes of beers), we have had a great audition. We are very happy to present:
Michael Huhle - drums (ex-Victimizer, ex-Deadly Sins and vocalist/songwriter in Blackhorned);
Danny Svendsen - keyboards / synths (keys in the Danish experimental folk metal band Heidra).
Huhle will be playing his first Illnath show in Svendborg, June 5th. Danny will be ready for Illnath shows later this year. Artur "Tyr" Meinild will play the keys at the two upcomming shows in June 2010."
Recently, Italian Pagan Black metal band Aisling have undergone several line-up changes. Both bassist Arawn as keyboard player Gwynfyd have left the band. Also drummer Digal parted ways with the band, but was already replaced by new member Belatucrados Arawan Balor.
Aisling was founded by guitarist Cernunnos and vocalist Abred in 1998, though Abred departed in 2000. The band's latest album Stone Of Light was released in February last year.
Blind Guardian will be releasing a new single, called A Voice In The Dark on June 25, 2010, through Nuclear Blast. The single will contain three songs, of which only the title track will appear on the forthcoming new album. More news about that new album is expected to be announced soon.
A Voice In The Dark cover art] tracklist:
01. A Voice In The Dark
02. War Of The Thrones
03. You're The Voice (John Farnham Cover)
UPDATED (thanks to OpenMind)
Blind Guardian have revealed the breathtaking cover artwork for their upcoming single release A Voice In The Dark. Click here to check it out.
After the release of the recent album Aealo, Rotting Christ are set to tour Latin America in support of the album. Adds the band: "Finally we are back! Back to South America. Back to our Latinos metal brothers. We proudly announce that the Aealo worldwide tour will pass from your land. Be prepared for the battle."
12 June 2010 - Bar Brazil - Belo Horizonte - Brazil
13 June 2010 - Republica Music Bar - Campo Grande - Brazil
16 June 2010 - La Boveda - Arequipa - Peru
17 June 2010 - The Factory - Lima - Peru
18 June 2010 - Rock Y Guitarras - Santiago - Chile
19 June 2010 - Est Central Ferrocarril - Asuncion - Paraguay
20 June 2010 - Asbury Rock Club - Buenos Aires - Argentina
21 June 2010 - Club Progreso - General Rocka - Argentina
To back up the release of the Re-Traced EP due next May 17th, US prog metallers Cynic will embark on a European tour during June. More Re-Traced album info is available here, a link to download the track "King Of Those Who Know" can be found here. Here is the tour schedule:
04 June - Toulouse (FR) - Le Phare (Toulouse Metal Fest)
05 June - Lyon (FR) - Le Transbordeur (Lyon Metal Fest)
06 June - Paris (FR) - Nouveau Casino
08 June - Düdingen (CH) - Bad Bonn
09 June - Gorizia (CH) - Pieffe Factory
10 June - Alessandria (IT) - Mephisto Rock Café
11 June - Luzern (CH) - Schüür
12 June - Nickelsdorf (AT) - Nova Rock Festival
14 June - Barcelona (ES) - Be Cool
15 June - Bilbao (ES) - Sala Santana-Fever
Dutch death metallers Severe Torture will release their fifth full-length album, Slaughtered, on on June 28 in Europe (on June 29 in North America) via Season Of Mist. The CD was recorded at Split Second Sound Studios in Amsterdam with producer Jochem Jacobs.
The Slaughtered cover artwork can be viewed at this location.
Guitarist Marvin Vriesde commented: "We're stoked about the artwork for the new album. It fully captures the brutality of the title and the songs. We absolutely can't wait to release this brutal beast!"
Severe Torture have announced the song titles for their upcoming new effort Slaughtered.
After a week of rumors, the official announcement was made that Alice In Chains, Deftones and Mastodon will join forces in an already legendary North American tour this autumn. A first string of dates can be found below (with additional dates to be announced soon).
Quoted AIC guitarist Jerry Cantrell: "We're really looking forward to touring with our friends, Deftones and Mastodon. Each band has its own unique flavor and the combination of all three will make for a great show and a good time on the road."
Commented David Benveniste (Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group): "BlackDiamondSkye spotlights three distinctly different and influential artists and fuses their individual fanbases into a single entity. This is the poster kids will want to have on their walls, and ten years from now people will look back at this as a timeless and important tour."
Dark Tranquillity have announced more tour dates for their We Are The Void North American Tour. Special guests include Threat Signal, Mutiny Within and The Absence. The tour schedule is now shaping up as follows:
May 11 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11 Tavern
May 12 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
May 13 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
May 14 - Farmingdale, NY - The Crazy Donkey
May 15 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
May 16 - Allston, MA - Harper's Ferry
May 17 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques
May 19 - Quebec City, QC - Theatre Imperial
May 20 - Torondo, ON - Opera House
May 21 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
May 22 - La Crosse, WI - Warehouse
May 23 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret
A few weeks ago, Jordanian metal band Bilocate have inked a deal with the Italian label Kolony Records. The first step of the co-operation will be to reissue the band's second album, Sudden Death Syndrome, which was originally released on Daxar Music in 2008. The reissue is planned for mid-July release.
Sudden Death Syndrome was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studio in Sweden with producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath etc). Bogren previously stated about Bilocate: "Bilocate takes the qualities from the best epic death metal bands and blend it with their very own Middle Eastern touch, and out comes one of the most interesting metal bands I've heard for a long time. You can hear that they put effort and thought in to every note and every scream!" More Sudden Death Syndrome album details available here.
British extreme metallers Cradle Of Filth will release their new album, All Hallows Eve, in October via Peaceville Records on the band's own AbraCadaver imprint. The group will enter Monkey Puzzle studios near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk this month to start work on the follow-up to 2008's Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder.
Cradle Of Filth remain stalwarts to the satanic horror ethos by again composing a full-blown concept album, this time based on Adam's first wife, the lascivious Demoness Lilith; throwing Medieval nuns, Knights Templars, Greek mythology and lashings of sex, occult lore and violent bloodshed into the smelting pot, to create a darkly erotic nightmare set to their unique scope of supreme vampyric metal.
"Break Myself Away", the new single from Norther is now available for free download. This is the first official Norther recording with Aleksi on vocals and Daniel on the guitar. You can download the track here.
The band comments: "This release is to all of you fans out there. Although the single is free to download for anyone, you may pay an amount of your selection by donating via PayPal. All the income will be used for the recording costs of the upcoming 6th full length studio album."
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford has confirmed his solo band Halford will perform July 24 at Montreal, Quebec's second Heavy MTL Festival.
Comments Rob Halford: "I am excited to re-introduce the Halford band: Mike Chlasciak and Roy Z. on guitars, Mike Davis on bass and Bobby Jarzombek on drums to the Metal fans in Canada this summer. We are looking forward to performing a strong set and unveiling a new track for the Montreal Heavy MTL Festival."
The finalized festival line-up is now as follows:
July 24th: Megadeth, Slayer, Alice Cooper, Halford, Mastodon, Testament, Fear Factory, Anvil, Kataklysm, Melissa Auf Der Maur, High On Fire.
July 25th: Korn, Rob Zombie, Lamb Of God, Five Finger Death Punch, Hatebreed, 3 Inches Of Blood, Avenged Sevenfold, Alexisonfire, Shadows Fall, Winds Of Plague, Chimaira, Atreyu, In This Moment, Norma Jean.