04:37 - Apothecary Ha, I was listening to that Written In Waters album the other night actually. Unbelievable that that album came out in 95, considering what else was being released for BM back then. Totally ahead of the game
The Eternal have posted the last official promo video for the song "Means For An Ending" online. The video is the second video from The Eternal's third album Kartika. The video for "Means For An Ending" was put together from footage the bands collections of tours in the USA, Canada & Mexico last year.
The Eternal also announced they'll be releasing a DVD soon. The DVD will contain a feature length "Kartika World Tour" documentary and "The Making of Kartika" documentary as well at two promo videos and plenty of photos. More information and a DVD trailer to follow shortly.
Wendy Dio, the wife and manager of legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio (Dio, Heaven And Hell, Black Sabbath, Rainbow), has released the following statement:
"Ronnie has been diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer. We are starting treatment immediately at the Mayo Clinic. After he kills this dragon, Ronnie will be back on stage, where he belongs, doing what he loves best, performing for his fans.
Long live rock and roll, long live Ronnie James Dio. Thanks to all the friends and fans from all over the world that have sent well wishes. This has really helped to keep his spirit up."
Ronnie James Dio, 67, has performed with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and his own band Dio. Other musical projects include the collective fundraiser "Hear 'n Aid". He is widely hailed as one of the most powerful singers in heavy metal, renowned for his consistently powerful voice and for popularizing the "devil's horns" hand gesture in metal culture. He is currently involved with Heaven And Hell, a project which also includes former Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice. Their first studio album, The Devil You Know, was released on April 28, 2009.
Russian melodic modern metal band Factor Straha (The Factor Of Fear) have uploaded the title track of their upcoming fourth studio album Mertvye Sny (Dead Dreams). The song from the album of the same name is available through the page of Russian metal record label CD-Maximum here.
According to a press release, Factor Straha is a renowned Russian modern metal band in the vein of Soilwork and In Flames founded by the former Trizna's musicians and highly acclaimed by metal audience: this is one of the most touring and the best live bands in Russia.
The album Mertvye Sny cover art] will be available outside Russia in digital form through iTunes, Napster and many other digital stores worldwide as well as the previous albums of the band.
Retrospect Records has announced a licensing agreement to release 80's US metal band Alias debut album.
Alias' self-titled debut album, released on August 14 1987, has been digitally re-mastered and is available for the first time ever on CD. The Sarasota, Florida based band was formed in the early 1980's, released 2 albums and featured vocalist Len Jarrell (Unleashed Power, Surgeon), guitarist Mark Severns (Tyger Tyger, Jeff Austin Project), bassist Dirk Van Tilborg (Attakk, Crimson Glory, Kamelot) and drummer Phil Arnt. The band continued until 1990 when the members went their separate ways to pursue other musical interests.
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the Brazilian heavy metal band Painside. Their debut album Dark World Burden will be released in Europe April 2nd.
Inspired by the traditional sound of pioneering bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, while adding modern influences from bands such as Nevermore and Disturbed, the band's sound is an elaborate and diverse emotional rollercoaster backed by sharp riffs, in your face vocals and a crunching sound to color the sonic landscape.
Dark World Burden cover art] tracklist:
01. Ignite The Fire
02. Where Darkness Rules
03. Collapse The Lies
04. The Deviant
05. This Dark World
06. Sand Messiah
08. Serpent's Tongue
Finnish black metallers Catamenia have issued the short following udpate: "We're working on new songs for our next album at the moment and hopefully we're ready to go to record it around September/October this year. The album will be titled Cavalcade and will be recorded in Mastervox Studios in Oulu, Finland."
Catamenia have announced more details regarding their upcoming new effort, Cavalcade. Recorded in Mastervox Studios, Finland, Cavalcade will hit the shelves on February 26th, through 2010 Massacre Records. The album will be released both on regular CD as limited digipack.
Ex-Sentenced/Poisonblack vocalist Ville Laihiala makes a guest appearance on the song "Blood Trails".
After being censored for the pseudo mini-porn video that was "Pussy" and the controversies surrounding the single "Ich Tu Dir Weh" (I Hurt You) and a picture inside the album booklet displaying guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe spanking a chubby woman wearing only a mask, it seems that also two Rammstein live shows will be censored now.
In November the album Liebe Ist Für Alle Da got "indexed" by the German Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons, making it illegal in Germany for minors to purchase the album, or display it where it can be seen by people underage, effectively banning it from stores. At the time, keyboardist Christian Lorenz expressed surprise at the advisory board's "parochial sense of art" and regretted their apparent inability to detect irony.
As indecisive as a five-year-old in a toy store, Kekal - the so-called clinically dead metal band from Indonesia - have confirmed a new album is planned for 2010. When avantgarde becomes beyond the grave.
"Good News! Kekal is NOT dead, and it is proven that new songs are currently in the production.
After speculations about the current status of Kekal following the departures of all band members last year, it is confirmed that a new Kekal studio album is planned for 2010.
The new album will be some sort of "collective effort". It means that all 3 former key members (Jeff, Azhar Levi and Leo) have contributed in making "the whole art-form in one package", while not limited only on the music side. Levi is currently making the entire artwork for the album and Jeff is producing the music. Two songs will also have Leo's guitar works.
Norwegian metallers Ragnarok have posted online two new songs, "Collectors Of The King" and "In Honour Of Satan", on their MySpace page.
The two new songs come off the band's forthcoming album, Collectors Of The King, which is scheduled for release on March 22 via Regain Records.
Collectors Of The King cover art] tracklist:
02. Stabbed By The Horns
03. Burning The Earth
04. In Honour Of Satan
05. Collectors Of The King
06. Eternal Damnation
07. The Ancient Crown Of Glory
08. May Madness Hunt You Down
09. Wisdom Of Perfection
10. Maze Of The Abyss
Set Sail To Mystery, the fourth album from The Vision Bleak, is going to contain the following tracks:
01. A Curse Of The Grandest Kind
02. Descend Into Maelstrom
03. I Dined With The Swans
04. A Romance With The Grave
05. The Outsider
06. Mother Nothingness (The Triumph Of Ubbo Sathla)
07. The Foul Within
08. He Who Paints The Black Of Night
The Vision Bleak will also record an alternative version of "I Dined With The Swans" entirely sung by Kvarforth (Shining), which fathoms the morbid atmosphere of the track even further.
Guitarist Paolo Puppo from underground Italian Gothic metallers Will 'O' Wisp has announced they will enter Nadir Recording Studios in Genova any time soon. Will 'O' Wisp will be recording their third album after eight years of silence, following the release of Enchiridion (1997) and Unseen (2002). The album will be entitled Kosmo and will feature Filippo Oinos on drums (ex-Sadist, Thy-Nature). The record will also be produced by Sadist keyboard/guitar player Tommy Talamanca.
The underground band (no use for a MySpace page) is said to have had a large consensus all around Europe at the end of the 90's among goth-death metallers with their releases.
Sonic Syndicate are all set to enter the studio to "make their new monster", as the band delicately put it. The Swedish metallers will be recording the new album with producer Toby Wright. The new Sonic Syndicate monster is eagerly anticipating an April 2010 release, but in the meantime you can follow the band's studio endeavors on their blog, available at this location.
In other news, Sonic Syndicate have confirmed some Russian tour dates for April 2010. The band will be heading east starting off in Tallinn, Estonia on April 1st continuing into the Russian Federation for an extensive 10 show tour.
Shows that have been confirmed so far are:
April 1- Tallinn @ Rock Cafe
April 2 - Saint Petersburg @ Orlandina
And the award for epic fail of the week goes to...
Never afraid to stir things up a little, Sludge metal act Weedeater are forced to postpone upcoming tour dates and album recordings, after Dave "Dixie" Collins having a little accident. Apparently the ex-Buzzov*en and Bongzilla vocalist/bassist shot himself in the foot while cleaning a (loaded) shotgun. Classic.
With a sense of humor, the rest of the band posted the following statement: "As most of you know, here in the Weedeater camp we pride ourselves on a long tradition of shooting our band in the proverbial foot right before we're supposed to do something important. Whether it's a big tour, a recording session, or whatever else we're supposed to do, invariably we will find some way to try and thwart our grandiose plans. Well, it's no different for this recording session, except that this time we really did shoot ourselves in the foot.