There is a six-minute preview of music from the new Porcupine Tree album, "Fear Of A Blank Planet," available on the band's MySpace page.
Alex Lifeson (Rush) and Robert Fripp (King Crimson) are guesting on the album, due out through Atlantic Records in North America on April 24th and the 23rd in Europe via Roadrunner. Lifeson appears on the track 'Anesthetize', while Fripp solos on 'Way Out There'.
Here is the "Fear Of A Blank Planet" tracklisting once more:
01. Fear Of A Blank Planet
02. My Ashes
05. Way Out Of Here
06. Sleep Together
The cover artwork for the new album "Angels", of Finnish Gothic Rockers The 69 Eyes, has been posted online at this location.
Due in Finland on March 5 via Virgin/EMI, the CD was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa and Johnny Lee Michaels — the same team that was responsible for 2004's "Devils". The video for the album's first single, "Perfect Skin", was directed by Ralf Strathmann and was filmed in Hollywood in mid-October 2006. You can watch the clip here.
The additional tracks on the single are live versions of "Devils", "Christina Death" and "I Just Want to Have Something to Do" (originally by The Ramones) recorded at Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood in March 2006.
Pelican has posted an update regarding current and forthcoming happenings regarding the band:
I"f you hadn't heard already, the new full-length, "City Of Echoes," will be hitting the streets on May 22nd. Check here for some more info on that. There's a very strong chance that LP and CD will come out at the same time. You can check out the title track here now, and we hope to post a larger version of the cover art soon.
As has become customary at this point, we'll be hitting the road in a big way. Confirmed live dates have been posted here for the months of March and April.
In March we kick off with a benefit for our really good friends in Sweet Cobra. It's on Sunday March 4th, at Chicago's Subteranean, with Sweet Cobra, Minsk and special guests. Consider coming to see a sweet bill and helping our friends fight the good fight with the corporate leeches at insurance companies.
There is a new live performance video of Goatwhore playing their track 'The Serpent That Enslaves What Is Worshipped', from the band's 2003 album "The Funeral Dirge For The Rotting Sun", available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website, here.
The footage was filmed at Magic City Music Hall in Binghamton NY last November during their tour with Celtic Frost.
Legendary German Thrash band Kreator have posted the following message on their website:
"Kreator and Roax Films are working on visual images for the next European tour!
For the second time in the history of the band (first time was in 1993, on the Renewal tour) Kreator will use parts taken from their video clips, plus paintings by German artist Christian Ermel (C.h.r.i.s) to visualise certain songs of the set on a huge video screen on stage.
To get you in the mood for the heaviest night on earth, SPV USA has posted a live clip from the song " People Of The Lie" taken off the band´s current release " Enemy Of God- Revisited" at this location."
Announced dates are as follows:
06.03.2007 Stockholm - Sweden: Debaser Medis Club
07.03.2007 Gothenburg - Sweden: Trädgårn Club
08.03.2007 Hannover - Germany: Musikzentrum
10.03.2007 Praha - Czech Republic: Rock Cafe
11.03.2007 Karlsruhe - Germany: Substage Club
13.03.2007 Paris - France: La Locomotive
14.03.2007 Verviers - Belgium :Spirit of 66 Club
15.03.2007 Deventer - Holland: Burgerweeshuis Club
16.03.2007 Each/Alzette - Luxemburg: Rockhal
17.03.2007 Stuttgart - Germany: Sporthalle Stadium
18.03.2007 Berlin - Germany: Jailbreak Concert (K17)
19.03.2007 Munich - Germany: Backstage Club
20.03.2007 Wien - Austria: Planet Music Club
21.03.2007 Winterthur - Switzerland: Salzahaus Club
Greek Power Metallers Firewind have posted the following update on their official website:
"The second part of our World Allegiance Tour has already started and the first four shows have been fantastic so far! However, we're in the unfortunate position to announce that Apollo has to cancel the last seven dates of the European tour we're now on with Angra and Power Quest, due to a family emergency. Apollo will be performing the whole French leg of the tour, his last show being on February 25th in Toulouse. However, we've all discussed the situation and we decided to continue with a replacement singer. The person who will help us out in this difficult moment will be Henning Basse of Metalium. Henning is truly a world-class singer and a great frontman. We are excited to have him on board for the remaining dates! Please note that Apollo is NOT leaving the band, we have his blessings to continue as we all feel that canceling the rest of the tour would be the last option. Apollo will return for the UK headline shows and all upcoming tour dates."
The following message was posted by guitarist Nino Laurenne, a couple of days ago:
Thunderstone finished 2nd in the Finnish Eurovision finals with 54000 votes! The first place went to platinum-selling Finnish Idols-competition winner Hanna Pakarinen, but the Finnish Mayhem Machine beat teen favorites Lovex. A Big Thank You to everybody who voted and supported us!!!
Both of Thunderstone's Eurovision songs are found on the newly released "Forevermore/Face in the Mirror" single that is available worldwide at the Nuclear Blast shop. The bands fourth studio album will be released on March 14th in Finland and March 16th in the rest of Europe. Stay tuned for US and Japan release dates.
Nightrage's new video for their song 'Scathing' is now available for streaming. Go to this location to check it out. The song is taken from the band's forthcoming album, "A New Disease Is Born".
"A New Disease Is Born" is available for streaming at this location.
The album will be issued in Europe on February 26th and in North America on April 17th, via Lifeforce Records.
A tracklist goes as follows:
03. Death-Like Silence
04. A Condemned Club
05. Scars Of The Past
08. Surge Of Pity
11. Spiritual Impulse
12. A New Disease Is Born
The Greek legends of death metal Septic Flesh, will re-unite for one and only concert in the "Metal Healing Festival" and will be the headliners of the second day. The program of the rest of the festival can be found here
The Metal Bolt Productions team also announced that the three-days tickets of €59 will be out until 30 April. The one-day tickets of €25 are available now in stores.
Nightwish will release a new single, entitled "Eva", on May 30. "Eva" will be an Internet-only single release, all profits from which shall be donated to a charity that will be announced later. In Finland, the single will be available exclusively from NetAnttila.
"Eva" will feature the new Nightwish, chosen from about 2,000 applicants. The singer's identity will be revealed simultaneously in a press statement and on the band's website, http://www.nightwish.com, on Wednesday, May 30. A radio promo of the Internet single will ship on the same day.
The sixth Nightwish album will be released on September 26, preceded by a second, regular single release in August.
Obituary frontman John Tardy has posted the following message on the band's official website:
"All is going well with the new DVD and we really appreciate all the support! 'Frozen Alive' has sparked a bunch of new shows that we have set up! Here they all are and we are really looking forward to all of them. Some of the newer shows are in France, Mexico with Sadus and believe it or not we are finally going to make it to Australia! We have had offers in the past, but they just never worked out. This will be our first time in Australia, so for all of you that have emailed over the years about coming there, we finally will have a chance to meet! We also have some South American dates we are working on and as soon as I find out for sure I will let you know.
Danish symphonic black metallers Illnath announced late last month that they had tapped Reno Kiilerich (ex-Dimmu Borgir, Panzerchrist, Dew-Scented to play drums on their third album, entitled "Three Nights In The Sewers Of Sodom". They have since issued the following update on their drummer situation:
"No luck again... The recent drum recordings in the studio weren't what we had hoped for. So now we're once again looking for a drummer to step up to the challenge and do the drums on the next Illnath album. Furthermore, we are going on tour this year, and for that we need a drummer as well. Anyone interested, please contact Illnath ."
"Three Nights In The Sewers Of Sodom" is being recorded at Borsing Studios and will feature artwork by Wilhelm Steiner.
Belgium's Brutal Death Metal outfit Aborted have issued the following update:
"Well, yes, finally, after months of auditioning and looking for the right person for the spot, we're glad to announce we have found a new permanent drummer in Dan Wilding. Dan completely knocked us off our feet at his audition and will without a doubt prove to be the perfect addition to complete the lineup we were looking for. Dan's first show will be on March 16th in Bamberg, Germany."
You can find a photo of Dan Wilding at this location.
Aborted recently launched an e-card for its new album, "Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture", at this location. The e-card features the group's striking new video for the track "The Chondrin Enigma".