Portrait Of A Hanged Man, the new album of US metallers Imagika is now available for streaming in its entirety at this location. Due in Europe on March 19 and in the US on May 11 via Metalville, the CD was recorded at Fang Studios.
Portrait Of A Hanged Man cover art] tracklist:
01. Scared To Death
02. The Hit
03. Keep The Wolves At Bay
05. Portrait Of A Hanged Man
06. Simple Servant
07. One Word
08. My Final Hour
09. A God No More (feat. Andy La Rocque)
10. Halo Of Flies
Sad news for Australian fans of Paradise Lost: the Australian leg of their "Faith Divides Us- Death United Us Tour" has been cancelled. Paradise Lost were set to tour Down Under with symphonic metallers Sirenia in April. The following message appears on the bands official website:
"Unfortunately due to promotional problems the dates in Australia are being cancelled, we are all very upset and were looking forward to the shows. Anyone who has a ticket can get a refund from the place of purchase."
The cancelled dates on the tour are as follows:
24.04.2010 - Hi Fi, Brisbane
26.04.2010 - Metro Theater, Sydney
27.04.2010 - Billboard, Melbourne
Arkona have released their new video for the song "Liki Bessmertnykh Bogov" (Eng: Faces of Immortal Gods). The clip is available for viewing below. The song comes off the band's recent album Goi, Rode, Goi!, which was released last year.
Bullet For My Valentine will release their third album Fever in the U.S. on April 27 via Jive/Zomba. Three songs "Your Betrayal", "The Last Fight" and "Begging For Mercy" are streaming at this location.
Fever cover art] tracklist
01. Your Betrayal
03. The Last Fight
04. A Place Where You Belong
05. Pleasure and Pain
07. Breaking Out Breaking Down
08. Bittersweet Memories
10. Begging For Mercy
11. Pretty On The Outside
Hammerfall are currently touring North America in support of their latest album No Sacrifice, No Victory. Support on the trek comes from Powerglove, Diamond Plate and Across The Sun. Tonight's entire concert at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI will be streamed for free LIVE on the web for fans worldwide.
To access the free live stream:
Click on this link
Click on the "Free Signup" button at the upper right of the page
Choose the "Fan" option and fill out the information
Sign in on day of stream and click the "Live Webcast" tab
Mac users may need to download the Windows Media plugin Flip4Mac or Windows Media Player to watch
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 8pm CT (9pm ET, 7pm MT, 6pm PT, 1am GMT)
Power Quest have parted ways with their vocalist and guitarist, for a change. Here's the official word from the band:
"Power Quest has parted ways with frontman Pete Morten and guitarist Ben Randall due to musical differences. Needless to say: ''the split was amicable and everyone in the Power Quest family wishes Pete and Ben all the very best in their respective musical endeavors."
A new vocalist has already been found and the band is hard at work rehearsing new material with him. In the meantime, Power Quest is looking for a new guitarist to join the line up. Dedication, commitment and drive are essential, as is the ability and desire to tour and rehearse (one weekend per month in the U.K.) as required. Experience is obviously an advantage but is by no means essential."
German black metallers Geïst have been threatened by copyright claims over their name by a German rock band also called Geist. In order to avoid lawsuits and fines the band decided to drop the first and last letter and renamed into Eïs. The band's statement reads as follows:
"We, The Artists Formerly Known As GEÏST, have decided to re-name our band into EÏS. This decision is official from now on. EÏS will withdraw into its cavern for an uncertain time. What is certain is that we will be back one day this year, and even more certain: more resolute than ever.
If you wish to express your lack of comprehension for this decision, please directly send your lovely messages to an alternative rock band called GEIST from Cologne, founded in 2000 (www.myspace.com/geistrock), which have forced us to re-name our band by threatening us with law suits and fines. Certainly you will have heard of these guys. *cough cough!*
"Aftermath", a new song from Finnish metallers Kiuas, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page. Also, a studio diary can be found at this location.
"Aftermath" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Lustdriven, which is scheduled for release on March 31 via Spinefarm Records.
Lustdriven cover art] tracklist:
02. Cry Little Angel
03. Of Love, Lust And Human Nature
05. Lights Are Many
06. The Visionary
07. Heart And Will
08. The Quickening
09. Summer's End
10. Winter's Sting
11. Song For The Fells
UPDATE (thanks to ArtiA)
Another new Kiuas song, "The Visionary", is available for streaming at the band's MySpace.
Finnish grindcore act Rotten Sound have posted two new tracks "Mindkill" and "Missing Link" from the new EP Napalm on their MySpace page. The EP consists of 3 brand new songs and 3 Napalm Death covers. It also includes a bonus live DVD with a full set from the Obscene Extreme Festival.
Napalm cover art] tracklist:
02. Dead Remains
04. The Kill
05. Missing Link
06. Suffer The Children
Swedish Viking death metal horde Unleashed have uploaded the title track for their upcoming release As Yggdrasil Trembles on their MySpace page. The new album continues on the same unstoppable path that was forged by their previous two releases Midvinterblot and Hammer Battalion, with infectious pagan themed death metal and the amazing lead work of Fredrik Folkare, while also freshly adding a few black metal flourishes here and there.
As Yggdrasil Trembles will be released on March 19th (Europe) and April 6th (North America). More album info here.
Vocalist Eric AK of the legendary Flotsam & Jetsam has joined The Human Condition.
The Human Condition performed a surprise five song set at the Nino Notaro Memorial Concert on Feb, 20th at Club Stratus in Phoenix, Arizona. It had been a well kept secret that guitarist Wiley Arnett (Sacred Reich) and Eric (Flotsam & Jetsam) had joined forces.
Flotsam & Jetsam were scheduled to share a stage with Sacred Reich for the first time in nearly 18 years, about 1,500 of Arizona's core metal family members all came together to celebrate the life of Nino Notaro. For the unenlightened, Nino was an amazingly talented sound engineer that worked with both bands over the years. The event raised money for Nino's daughter "Sophie'" to start an education fund. THC felt it would be cool to debut the new line up at this special event.
UK Heavy metallers Eden's Curse are busy recording their new album, Trinity. Eden's Curse is currently in the studio, together with the band's long term producer Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Angra, Krokus) once again at the helm. Trinity will mark the bands recording debut with new keyboard player Alessandro Del Vecchio (Glenn Hughes, Iain Paice, Moonstone Project, Edge Of Forever). An autumn 2010 release is planned with full promotion to follow. Here's a short studio update:
"Pete Newdeck has entered Higher Studios in Tewkesbury, England, to begin recording the drums for the third Eden's Curse album Trinity. The band aim to complete Trinity around the Summertime, under the tutelage of long term producer Dennis Ward, and will recording tracks such as "Saints Of Tomorrow", "No Holy Man", "Can't Fool The Devil", "Jerusalem Sleeps" and a very special cover tune."
Following the departure of original bassist Rob van der Loo last month, Delain has sought and finally found his replacement in the names of Otto "The Baron" Schimmelpenninck van der Oye (who also plays bass in Detonation).
"We would like to introduce to you with pride our new fulltime Delain-member, Otto "The Baron" Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, who will replace Rob on the bass. We are very happy to welcome Otto to the Delain family. Starting from our upcoming UK tour, he will join Delain live on stage. We will update our member profiles soon. Until then, you can get to know Otto by visiting his MySpace.
We would like to thank Rob for his years of dedication, musical craftmanship and the good times we had throughout the years. Rob's official last show with Delain will be at the Mezz in Breda (08-04-2010), we'll make this show one hell of a party in his honor!"
San Francisco's Exodus have named their ninth studio album Exhibit B: The Human Condition. The band are currently recording in Northern California with Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Kreator). The album is expected to be released in Spring 2010.
A brand new song, entitled "Good Riddance," which will appear on the forthcoming CD is available for streaming in the YouTube clip here (as premiered during an Exodus live web stream on December 19).
Exodus will soon be on tour with Arch Enemy, Arsis, and Mutiny Within on the Tyrants Of Evil tour, which launches in Towson, Maryland on January 20th, 2010.
UPDATED on 26.02.2010 (thanks to BudDa and Dahalak)