Tampa, Florida-based death metallers Monstrosity have just completed the recording and mixing of their fifth studio release, "Spiritual Apocalypse".
Recorded at Morrisound Studios, the disc features vocals from the band's newest addition, Mike Hrubovcak (Vile, Divine Rapture). Joining Hrubovcak are longtime Monstrosity members Lee Harrison (drums), Mike Poggione (bass), and Mark English (guitars). The release also features guest appearances from luminaries such as Kelly Shaefer (Atheist), Matt LaPorte (Jon Oliva's Pain, Circle II Circle), John Zahner (Savatage, Crimson Glory), Jason Suecof (Capharnaum), and James Malone (Arsis).
Long considered one of the leading lights of the Florida death metal scene, the band has just returned from a triumphant weekend in Mexico, playing three shows alongside Marduk, Setherial, and Cattle Decapitation. The band is planning tours for the summer/fall season with an appearance at this year's Fuck The Commerce X festival.
Blabbermouth.net has exclusively revealed the final cover art for Black Sabbath's forthcoming "best-of" collection, "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years". Check it out at this location.
The first comprehensive introduction to the band's legacy, "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years" features a dozen classic studio recordings, plus one live track — "Children Of The Sea" from 1982's "Live Evil". The collection also contains the three brand-new tracks — "The Devil Cried", "Shadow Of The Wind", and "Ear In The Wall". The disc will be available April 3 at all physical retail outlets and at www.rhino.com for a suggested list price of $18.98. The album will also be available at all digital retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $11.99.
After triumphantly headlining the annual Wacken Open Air Festival and their triumphant wrecking of London's Astoria last year, Emperor announce two rare appearances at European festivals this summer:
June 24 Clisson (France), Hellfest (MS Event Page)
June 30 Helsinki (Finland), Tuska Open Air (MS Event Page)
"The demand for further Emperor shows in Europe has been overwhelming", comments guitarist Samoth. "We have been looking at several offers, but have decided to commit to these two festivals. With the success of the festivals we played last year, we're really looking forward to these events"
Please check the official festival-homepages for information on availability of tickets: http://www.hellfest.fr and http://www.tuska-festival.fi.
Alternative metal band Tool, announced the following North American tour dates:
March 15 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
March 16 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
March 18 - Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center
March 20 - San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena
March 21 - Tucson, AZ @ TCC Arena
March 23 - Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
March 24 - El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
March 26 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
March 27 - Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center
March 29 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Ford Center
March 30 - Southaven, MS @ Desoto Civic Center
March 31 - Baton Rouge, LA @ River Center
April 02 - Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Civic Center
April 03 - Tallahassee, FL @ Leon County Civic Center
April 05 - Tampa, FL @ USF Sundome
Extreme metallers Vital Remains have returned with a vicious new slab of blasphemy that promises to strike fear in the heart of the masses. The much-anticipated new album, "Icons Of Evil", was produced by the renowned Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore) and is set for an April 3 release. This offering marks the group's second recording with Glen Benton (Deicide) on vocals. Founder Tony Lazaro (guitars) wrote the entire album and handled bass duties for its recording, while Dave Suzuki once again tracked all the drums and lead guitar parts.
"Icons of Evil" track listing:
01. Where Is Your God Now
02. Icons of Evil
04. Born To Rape The World
05. Reborn…The Upheaval of Nihility
Waltari have uploaded another rockumentary-styled video for their new song 'Get Stamped' in support of their forthcoming album, "Release Date", on their official MySpace page. Go to this location to check it out.
"Release Date" is due to be issued on February 26th via Dockyard 1.
The Gathering drummer Hans Rutten has issued the following announcement:
"Due to various circumstances the Gathering decided not to participate at the Metal Female Voices Fest V on the 20th October 2007 in Wieze, Belgium. On various points, such as our position on the bill, we had too much disagreements with the Metal Female Voices Fest management.
We feel sorry to make this decision, but we hope we will play this festival in 2008."
Leaves' Eyes are headlining Metal Female Voices Festival V. Other bands on the bill include After Forever, Battlelore, Distorted, Draconian, Elis, Epica, Imperia, Interria, Seraphim, Sirenia and Valkyre.
Doro has been confirmed to headline the festival pre-show on October 19th, also at the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. Other acts scheduled to perform on the night include Holy Moses, Darzamat and Dylath-Leen.
Belgium-based black metallers Ancient Rites have issued the following update:
"The collaboration with guitarist Raf (Jansen) came to an end as it was for the best for all parties involved. Rafs' guitar duties are taken over by Domingo (Smets) who now plays his third instrument within the band."
Upcoming Ancient Rites live dates include:
17 - Memento Mori Metal Fest in Oostende, Belgium
14 - Nepherex Fest, Zenith in Dendermonde, Belgium
27 - Gigant in Apeldoorn, Netherlands
The following message was taken from the ofiicial Iron Maiden website:
Always keen to take Metal to new places, Maiden will for the first time ever play in India, on the spectacular grounds of Bangalore's Palace on Saturday 17th March, marking the first time a major metal band has ever played in the subcontinent.
Iron Maiden's new album, 'A Matter Of Life And Death' reached No 2 in the Indian album charts after debuting at No 4, which is believed to be the highest chart position in India ever for any rock act. Maiden will be the first to bring in a full massive western style stage production - air freighting in almost 20 tons of backline equipment and their huge stage Production for this one show.
Dimmu Borgir will be be heading out on a North American tour with Kataklysm, Devildriver and Unearth. Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
April 20 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
April 21 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's Concert Theatre
April 22 - Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
April 23 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
April 24 - Quebec City, QC @ Theatre Capitole
April 26 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
April 27 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
April 29 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
April 30 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
May 4 - Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
May 5 - Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
May 7 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
May 8 - Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Centre
German Thrashers Runamok (ex-Paradox, Tyran Pace and Final Breaty memebers) have finished the recordings of their upcoming album "Freak Business".
You can listen to the brand new tunes on www.myspace.com/runamok777
Fabian Schwarz (guitar) says: "The recording process was very hard because we needed a new drummer. After a while we found in Chris Weiss (ex-PARADOX) the perfect band member. Listen to the songs and think about your old Thrash Metal heroes!
The new album includes 11 songs and will be released soon.
Montreal's rambunctious and truly unique act Unexpect have successfully found a new violinist to join the band.
In an update posted on their website, they say: "Hello friends, un-friends, mammals and human beings in general…This announcement is based on a structural assemblage of words, necessary tool when you dwell into the theme known as: communication. Today we welcome warmly a new member into the ranks!
Let's give a round of applauses and trace some well deserved parallelograms in the air for our new official violin player, a brilliant music manipulator named Blaise. His talent will undoubtedly contribute to the developing mutation of our music.
Here are the links to his personal MySpace page & another of his musical projects:
Due to contractual obligations, promotional deadlines and manufacturing delays, we have been forced to move the release of "Victory Songs" to the 20th of April 2007!
This is very unfortunate, and we're very sorry about the delay, but there's not much that we or our record companies can do to make this album hit the stores any earlier. If we could, we certainly would because we know that all of you are eager to get a listen to the new songs!
Despite this time-taking trouble, it's going to be one killer of an album and we hope that you will have the patience to wait just a little longer!
The following message was posted by the In Flames' Webmaster on the band's official website:
A couple of days ago Björn called me and said that In Flames are in the studio and recording three new demo songs. The plan is to do the whole pre production on their own.
Yesterday Daniel finalised the last song on the drums and right now Björn and Jesper is recording the guitars.
There is big excitement in the band right now, they are back in their own studio (IF studios) for the pre production and eventually recording the next record. Next, the festival in Dubai, witch is unbroken territory for In Flames. Then get back on the road to do the Norway/Sweden tour.
Be sure to keep an eye on the band photo section of the site. It will be updated frequently during the next couple of days.