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Within Temptation - New Album Single Out This Friday

A press release from the people at Within Temptation:

"Faster and Faster and Faster", the lyrics of Within Temptation's new single set the pace for the exciting weeks to come.

The energy and adrenalin boasting song will receive its Worldwide Premiere on Guardian Media Group's 'Rock Radio' network in the United Kingdom on Friday January 21st at 9am GMT / 10am CET. Fans worldwide can tune in online to hear the single at Rock Radio (Those in Manchester can tune in at 106.1 FM and Scotland 96.3FM).

Robert comments: "Faster" is a song which surprised ourselves. It's a very fresh new sound wrapped around the 80'ties heart and soul of the track. "Faster" reflects one of the many musical roots we have. Combined with the modern influences on our new album, it's like the past and future created the present."

The next milestone in our journey leading to The Unforgiving album release will be the world premiere of one of the movies featured in The Unforgiving film trailer. Mark the 31st of January in your calendar, this is the day the door to The Unforgiving will open!


Band profile: Within Temptation
Posted: 20.01.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (11)

Behemoth - Frontman Gives Leukemia The Finger, Released From Hospital

So according to the website of Poland's pride and joy, Behemoth, front man Adam "Nergal" Darski has apparently kicked Leukemia in the crotch. He left the hospital and will be spending the next several months chilling in his cave somewhere in the area of Gdansk, continuing his recuperation process, playing guitar, and doing 5,000 piece puzzles with his main squeeze, Doda. From the band's website:

posted 2011-01-19 by Manticore
(Nergal's quotes in italics)

We are happy and relieved to inform you, that Nergal left the hematology division of Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne (UCK) in Gdansk on Monday, January 17th, four weeks after he underwent a bone marrow transplant procedure. Below you can find his comment:

"Hey! What's up! At last - one could say. After almost half of year of treatment in various hospitals, several cycles of chemotherapy, irradiation and bone marrow transplant I have been finally released home in a pretty fuckin' good condition. I'm feeling ok, taking the intensity of treatment under consideration. That was not an easy period of my life, but, as I envisaged, I left the hospital victorious. I never considered any other options, but anyway, there were rough moments too… At this point I must express my thanks to the people, who made all of these downs fairly bearable. My parents - thank you. You deserve a monument for all your love and patience. Dorotka, thank you for your heroic attitude, love and support. I can't forget Doda's fans, who made a gigantic effort for me and other ill people. You rule! Absolutely fantastic Behemoth fans from all over the world were organizing various events to make people aware of what leukemia is. To all of you out there- my deepest respect! Thank you - the real heroes - Prof. Hellmann, Dr Piekarska, Dr Knopinska, Doc. Giebel, Prof. Ho³owiecki and all the nurses of the hematology division of the Medical Academy in Gdansk and the Oncology Clinic in Gliwice for all the professionalism and great hearts. My band mates for all the friendship and never-ending support. All my friends for sticking to me throughout the whole period of my illness. The list is too long to mention you all, but remember, you have special place in my heart."

Nergal will now go through a recovery which will last for several months. During this time he will stay in his flat in one of the Gdansk's districts.

"Although the whole treatment went really good, as well as the bone marrow transplant and the post-transplant period, the next several months is the time when I must really take care of myself. Of course I will have plenty of time to recover, think about the strategy and my return to the stage - which approaches imminently (laughs). First of all however I must rebuild my physical condition... apart from that, I hunger for playing, I haven't been playing the guitar for a half of year now! Really much to catch up, but also a huge motivation and a desire to work again at the same time. This year will be a really important one for me and the band!"


Band profile: Behemoth
Posted: 20.01.2011 by BitterCOld | Comments (60)

Krallice - New Album Details

US metallers Krallice will release their forthcoming album, Diotima, on April 26 via Profound Lore Records.

Also "The Clearing", a brand new song from Diotima, is available for streaming at this location.

Diotima almost completed image of the album cover art] tracklist:

01. -
02. Inhume
03. The Clearing
04. Diotima
05. Litany Of Regrets
06. Telluric Rings
07. Dust And Light


Band profile: Krallice
Posted: 19.01.2011 by spirit_inblack | Comments (5)

Protest The Hero - New Album Title And Release Date Revealed

Official press release

Protest The Hero will release their third studio album, Scurrilous, on March 22 on Vagrant Records in the US and Universal Music Canada. Scurrilous is the follow up to the 5-piece band's, critically acclaimed 2008 sophomore release, Fortress, and reunites the band with producer Julius "Juice" Butty. Scurrilous will be available for pre-order in the first week of February at

Protest The Hero will begin their world tour with dates in Europe and the UK from January 26th through February 12th supporting Darkest Hour. Following an appearance at Australia's 2011 Soundwave Festival, the band will begin an extensive Canadian and US tour March 23 with support acts Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster and Tesseract. The Canadian leg of the tour will be sponsored by D-Tox Clothing.

Click here for a full list of dates. Pre-sale of tickets for the headline tour are available on Wednesday, January 19 over here and over here for the US shows.


Band profile: Protest The Hero
Event: Protest The Hero: The Scurrilous Tour
Posted: 19.01.2011 by K†ulu | Comments (2)

Mastodon - Writing New Material

US metallers Mastodon have issued the following short update on their MySpace blog:

"We are currently in the writing process for the next album. Lots of riffs have been collected!"


Band profile: Mastodon
Posted: 19.01.2011 by BudDa | Comments (23)

Belphegor - Two New Songs Online

Original news, posted on 15.12.2010

Belphegor have decided to give you a first glimpse of what's to come with Blood Magick Necromance on January 14th. You can now check out the track "Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Sathan" exclusively at MySpace.

More Blood Magick Necromance album details can be found here.


"Blood Magick Necromance", a brand new song from Austrian metallers Belphegor, is available for streaming at this location.

"Blood Magick Necromance" is the title track off the band's forthcoming album, Blood Magick Necromance, which was released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe (February 8th, 2011 in North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.


Band profile: Belphegor
Posted: 19.01.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (6)

Nervecell - New Album Title And Cover Art Revealed

Lifeforce Records press release

Dubai based death-thrashers Nervecell have set Psychogenocide as the title of their long-awaited new album, due for release late March 2011 in Europe through Lifeforce Records and Spellbind Records for the Middle East. The artwork has been a concept, which the band have been working on for quite a while they are extremely proud of how it has turned out, perfectly matching the aggression and musical direction of the new album. The artwork was designed by Killustrations (Aborted, Severe Torture, Zyklon) and can be viewed below.

Psychogenocide is scheduled to be mixed and mastered at Hertz Studios (Behemoth, Decapitated, Vader) in Warsaw, Poland by the Wieslawscy Bros. This will mark the follow-up to Nervecell's first full-length Preaching Venom which was released on October 26th 2009 via Lifeforce Records. The new songs are sounding aggressive, fast and dark! The fans can expect a heavy dosage of old-school death metal, modern thrash metal, intertwined with a touch of Eastern melodies and brutality.

Stay tuned for the album track list and more details to be announced very soon.


Band profile: Nervecell
Posted: 19.01.2011 by Nefarious | Comments (9)

Pegazus - New Album Details, New Song Sample Online

Australian metallers Pegazus will release their brand new album, In Metal We Trust, on April 15, 2011 through Black Leather Records. The distribution is in hands of the German company Twilight Vertrieb.

The album contains 11 brand new classic Heavy Metal songs with original singer Justin Fleming back on vocals! As a tribute to the great guitarists of the 80's, Pegazus has invited Ross The Boss (Founding member Manowar, Ross The Boss, The Dictators), Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger/Mothers Army) and David Shankle (formerly of Manowar, David Shankle Group) to contribute a solo for the song "Old Skool Metal Dayz".

In addition, the band has put up today a brand new MySpace design based on the new CD cover artwork. The first sample (for the song "Metal Messiah") from the new album can be found there as well.

In Metal We Trust cover art] tracklist:

01. Metal Messiah
02. Road Warrior
03. Old Skool Metal Dayz
04. We Live To Rock
05. Haunting Me
06. Eye For An Eye
07. Ghost Rider
08. Metal Gods
09. End Of The World
10. Death Or Glory
11. Old Skool Metal Dayz


Band profile: Pegazus
Posted: 19.01.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)

Dalriada - New Video Online

"Hajdútánc", the new video from Hungarian metallers Dalriada, can be viewed at this location.

"Hajdútánc" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Ígéret, which will be released on February 11 in Hungary (February 18 in the rest of Europe) via AFM Records.

Ígéret cover art] tracklist:

01. Intro
02. Hajdútánc
03. Hozd El, Isten
04. Mennyei Harang
05. Ígéret
06. Igazi Tuz
07. Kinizsi Mulatsága
08. A Hadak Útja
09. Leszek A Csillag
10. Leszek A Hold
11. Outro


Band profile: Dalriada
Posted: 19.01.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (7)

Mercenary - New Album Cover Art Revealed

Danish metallers Mercenary will release their sixth album, Metamorphosis, on February 25 via NoiseArt Records. The CD was produced by Jacob Hansen (Raunchy, Volbeat, Nightrage, Hatesphere, Pyramaze).

Regarding the CD's cover artwork (see below), the band states: "There's, of course, a lot of obvious (and indeed slightly cheesy) self-referential symbolism regarding the rebirth of the band in the cover artwork. But apart from that we felt that the motive of a phoenix was a really fitting expression of many of René's lyrical themes on the album, as they deal with personal and existential crisis, overcoming personal obstacles and how we can sometimes redefine ourselves in the process of taking responsibility for altering the conditions of our very lives. This idea of personal freedom can be a very frightening thought for some, but it's actually a message of hope and optimism — we can always take control of our lives and free ourselves of inner or outer constraints, or at least take pride in the struggle to do so. (Okay, dropping all the intellectual pretense, we just liked the artwork because it was freaking bird on fire — how cool is that!?

On a serious note, though, we also felt that a simple, raw and iconic visual theme would support the musical direction of the new album. We feel that the songs are our strongest ever, they're no-bullshit, focused and straight to the point, and our good friend Don G really nailed these concepts with his artwork.

Finally, we have also been searching for a new logo for many years (also before the recent changes in line-up) but we never felt that we found a good enough alternative until now. With the direction of the new line-up and the new album, we not only felt that we had as good an occasion as any, but we also really liked the idea of a less polished, more raw logo which could reflect the changes in musical expression."

Metamorphosis tracklist:

01. Through The Eyes Of The Devil
02. The Follower
03. In A River Of Madness
04. Memoria
05. Velvet Lies
06. In Bloodred Shades
07. Shades Of Grey
08. On The Edge Of Sanity
09. The Black Brigade


Band profile: Mercenary
Posted: 19.01.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (6)

Arch Enemy - New Album Title Revealed

Official press release

Metal masters Arch Enemy are currently locked up in the Sweet Spot Studio facilities in the south of Sweden recording their newest studio album which is being engineered/mixed by Rickard Bengtsson (who already produced 2005's Doomsday Machine). After releasing the Tyrants Of The Rising Sun: Live In Japan Live DVD/CD (2008) and the re-recordings album The Root Of All Evil (2009), the new studio effort marks the long awaited successor of 2007's acclaimed Rise Of The Tyrant album.

Previous to the recording session, UK's Bonkers Entertainment caught up with Arch Enemy at their headline show at the HMV Forum in London UK on November 27th, 2010. This concert was the last stop on a three year long touring cycle for the Rise Of The Tyrant and The Root Of All Evil albums. In the interview the members of Arch Enemy discussed the upcoming recording of the new studio album, the song writing process and touring plans for 2011. During the conversation, the band also divulged the title of the new album to be Khaos Legions. Check out the full clip below.


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Posted: 18.01.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (24)

Whitesnake - New Album Details

Whitesnake will release its new album, Forevermore, on March 25 in Europe (March 29 in North America) via Frontiers Records. The band's eleventh studio album was recorded, produced and mixed by Coverdale, guitarist Doug Aldrich and Michael McIntyre at Snakebyte Studios and Grumblenott Studios & Villas in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, with additional work at Casa Dala, Sherman Oaks, California.

The album's release will be anticipated by the digital only release of the first single/video clip "Love Will Set You Free" on February 21st.

Forevermore cover art] tracklist:

01. Steal Your Heart Away
02. All Out Of Luck
03. Love Will Set You Free
04. Easier Said Than Done
05. Tell Me How
06. I Need You (Shine A Light)
07. One Of These Days
08. Love And Treat Me Right
09. Dogs In The Street
10. Fare Thee Well
11. Whipping Boy Blues
12. My Evil Ways
13. Forevermore


Band profile: Whitesnake
Posted: 18.01.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (5)

Amon Amarth - New Album Cover Art And Tracklist Revealed

Swedish metallers Amon Amarth will release their forthcoming album, Surtur Rising, in North America on March 29 via Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded again at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren and the cover artwork was done by Tom Thiel.

Named in tribute to Surtur, leader of the fire giants of Muspelheim ("flame land") and the oldest being in the nine worlds of Norse mythology, the record, which was listed among Decibel Magazine's most anticipated albums of 2011, features 10 tracks of sword-wielding, fist-pumping, hyper climactic battle anthems.

Surtur Rising cover art] tracklist:

01. War Of The Gods
02. Töck's Taunt - Loke's Treachery Part II
03. Destroyer Of The Universe
04. Slaves Of Fear
05. Live Without Regrets
06. The Last Stand Of Frej
07. For Victory Or Death
08. Wrath Of The Norsemen
09. A Beast Am I
10. Doom Over Dead Man


Band profile: Amon Amarth
Posted: 18.01.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (53)

Morbid Angel - Set To Return To Australia

Veteran Death Metal act Morbid Angel are set to return to Australia for a short tour in May this year. It will be two years since the band last performed in this area of the world but there are new songs as well as old ones to be performed this time around. Drummer Pete Sandoval won't be making the trip however as he is still recovering from back surgery (see here) so replacing him will be the band's forthcoming album drummer Tim Yeung.

Here are the dates for the tour:

27.05.2011 - The Hifi, Melbourne, Australia
28.05.2011 - The Manning Bar, Sydney, Australia


Band profile: Morbid Angel
Event: Morbid Angel - Australian Tour 2011
Posted: 18.01.2011 by Raiden | Comments (6)

Witheria - New Song Online

"The Abyss Within", a brand-new track from Finnish thrash metal band Witheria, has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.

"The Abyss Within" comes off the band's upcoming new album Vanishing Order, which will be released on March 2nd.


Band profile: Witheria
Posted: 18.01.2011 by ArtiA | Comments (0)