22:05 - MetalDoomMaster I'm hoping the new Voices record will not dissapoint
21:45 - !J.O.O.E.! Disappointments for me would be Coffinworm and Lord Mantis, and Blut aus Nord haven't attained masterpiece level release for a while now and their releases haven't been very visit worthy so I guess they count too.
21:44 - Apothecary I liked the sound of the preview, it sounded like Monoliths + Scott Walker, when the actual album got going, his typical poetic nonsensical rambling took over and just ruined it
21:41 - !J.O.O.E.! After the preview song there was precisely zero expectations so I can't say I was that disappointed.
21:37 - Fearmeister Mine was probably the new Sargeist :/
21:32 - Apothecary God, this Sunn O))) / Scott Walker collab is the biggest disappointment of the year :(
21:27 - !J.O.O.E.! It only happened to me twice so you might be lucky xD
Posted by the band on the Callenish Circle homepage:
"After nearly 15 years we've decided to lay our precious Callenish Circle to rest. We'll play our last show on Saturday the 10th of March at De Azijnfabriek in Roermond, The Netherlands. This wasn't the easiest decision to make, but in the end, we all agree that Callenish Circle has now run its course. We've accomplished everything that we set out to do and even more but now the time has come to move on. We're all very proud of our latest album and feel that now is a good time to call it a day.
After all those years the inspiration to keep Callenish Circle going was slowly fading away. We always aimed to deliver the goods with the highest quality possible and we simply do not want to continue a band that can't give the essential blood, sweat & tears anymore. We prefer to burn out on a high note now, rather than just slowly fade into obscurity. Some bands linger on for years past their expiration date but Callenish Circle will definitely not become one of those bands.
The following announcement was posted on Celtic Frost's official website:
"Celtic Frost are proud to announce their return to North America in spring 2007.
The group has been invited to play the special guest slot on the forthcoming Type O Negative tour in April and May 2007. Due to the preceding co-headliner tour with Kreator in Europe which will conclude on April 5, 2007, in Hamburg, Celtic Frost will not be able to play all dates with Type O Negative. Immediately after the final show of the European tour, however, the group will fly to the United States to join Type O Negative for the first time on April 9, 2007, in Chicago and remain with the tour until its conclusion on May 8, 2007, in Baltimore, MD.
The following message has been posted on metallica.com:
"Enough already with this announcing one show at a time B.S. . . . we've got four more to tell you about!
First up, is Oslo, Norway on July 10th. Last time we were there is it was winter (Dec. '03). . . we're psyched to be playing outside in the summer, actually our first outside gig ever in Norway.
We haven't been to Stockholm, Sweden in way tooooooo long . . . so it's very cool that we'll be back on July 12th to play at Stockholm Stadion for the second time. See how these things work ... 'cause the next show is in . . . Helsinki, Finland, July 15th, our eighth visit to Helsinki and again our second time at the Olympic Stadium. Yeah, there are a couple of days off in there . . . what to do, what to do?
Swedish black/death metallers Lord Belial have uploaded two songs from their upcoming seventh full-length album, "Revelation", to their MySpace page. Check out the tracks "Unspoken Veneration" and "Vile Intervention" at this location.
"Revelation" was recorded at Los Angered studio (owned by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque) outside Gothenburg. It is expected later in the year via Regain Records.
Lord Belial's sixth full-length album, "Nocturnal Beast", was released in November 2005 via Regain. The follow-up to 2004's "The Seal of Belial" was recorded at Los Angered.
The cover artwork for Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit After Forver's new self-titled album has been posted online at this location. Due in Europe on April 20 via Nuclear Blast Records, the follow-up to 2005's "Remagine" will contain the following tracklisting:
04. Energize Me
05. Equally Destructive
06. Withering Time
08. Cry With A Smile
10. Who I Am
12. Empty Memories
An "Energize Me" single is due on March 23, featuring the songs "Energize Me" (radio edit), "Energize Me" (album version), "Sweet Enclosure" (non-album track).
A videoclip for the news single "Energize Me" is expected to appear online soon, since the band has finished filming yesterday (February 21).
The following post was posted yesterday (February 21) at the official Tool website:
"Tool will be rescheduling their upcoming North American tour due to an injury in the band. Over the weekend, drummer Danny Carey tore a bicep. Danny underwent surgery today and is recovering well. Rescheduled tour dates will be announced shortly."
Original bassist Adrian Jackson of My Dying Bride has left the band. He's left for a future in the USA and doesn't seem to have plans for My Dying Bride. He annouced his departure to the band on the 5th January.
Here is a statement by My Dying Bride:
"We have parted in good faith and wish him luck with his new life out there. It has absolutely no effect on any of the gigs we have confirmed. We have already rehearsed his replacement to gig readiness and she is looking forward to playing for the first time in My Dying Bride. More on his replacement, Lena, soon.
Secondly we have had to replace long term stand in drummer / thunder truck / Uberlunatic John Bennet due to his work commitments. He is saddened by the fact he cannot drum for My Dying Bride anymore as are we, but we understand that we all have to make a living and wish him luck too in his job.
Pittsburgh's Circle Of Dead Children have added drummer Matt Francis to their line-up. Vocalist Joe Horvath comments:
"At a point when we had all but thrown dirt over our own casket, life has once more been injected with the vacancy of the drum position being finally filled. Binghamton, New York's, Matt Francis has recently joined Circle Of Dead Children and we plan to soon begin work on a yet-to-be-titled sixth release due out during the summer of 2007, on Willowtip Records. Matt's addition to CODC drives the band to its most caustic and explosive level to date. Blackened iron hails to the fans and fellow bands who have pushed us through the downtimes and continue to support us into the future. Keep screaming."
The folowing message was posted as a blog on Limbonic Art's MySpace:
"Symphonic Black Metal masters Limbonic Art return from the dead! 06.06.06 the two members, Daemon and Morfeus, decided to bring back the dark powerful entity Limbonic Art. Since then a new album has been written and recorded. The band has re-signed with Nocturnal Art Prod/Candlelight Records, and the comeback album, "Legacy Of Evil", is set for release summer 2007. Limbonic Art strike back with full force, more intense and malevolent than ever. This is a well-crafted Black Metal massacre, with heart and soul!"
Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has issued the following update:
Well we just mastered the album today, so it is now officially finished and will be in the hands of Roadrunner Records tomorrow!
In order to be able to release the info before some obscure fan website in Poland does, here's the final track listing and production credits for ya:
"Systematic Chaos" tracklisting:
01. In The Presence Of Enemies (Part 1)
03. Constant Motion
04. The Dark Eternal Night
06. Prophets Of War
07. The Ministry Of Lost Souls
08. In The Presence Of Enemies (Part 2)
Produced by John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy
Engineered and mixed by Paul Northfield
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.