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The Monolith Deathcult - New Song Online

"Aslimu!!! - All Slain Those Who Brought Down Our Highly Respected Symbols To The Lower Status Of The Barren Earth", a brand-new track from Dutch death metal band The Monolith Deathcult, has been made available for streaming over at Soundcloud.

Comments guitarist/vocalist Michiel Dekker: "The lyrical theme of this track is mainly based on Lawrence Wright's book The Looming Tower. Besides that I was inspired by the Dua-e-Sanam-e-Quraish curse and the events around the Muslim Brotherhood." More info can be read here.

"Aslimu!!! - All Slain Those Who Brought Down Our Highly Respected Symbols To The Lower Status Of The Barren Earth" comes off the band's upcoming new, still-untitled album, which is tentatively due before the end of the year.


Band profile: The Monolith Deathcult
Posted: 27.02.2011 by BudDa | Comments (3)

Black Label Society - Type O Negative Drummer Filling In On Tour

Black Label Society has parted ways with their live session drummer Will Hunt in the middle of their European Berzerkus tour.

Will Hunt reportedly left Black Label Society in order to join his Evanescence band mates in the studio for the recording sessions of the band's third album.

Last night in Paris, Type O Negative/Danzig drummer Johnny Kelly stepped in to help the band out. According to a Facebook posting, this move is set for the remainder of the Europe 2011 tour, and additional information will be announced soon.


Band profile: Black Label Society
Posted: 26.02.2011 by BudDa | Comments (7)

Kypck - New Video Online

"Alleya Stalina" (trans: Alley of Stalin), the new video from Finnish doom metal band Kypck, can now be watched below.

"Alleya Stalina" comes off the band's latest album Nizhe, which was released earlier this month through Yellow House Recordings.


Band profile: Kypck
Posted: 26.02.2011 by Windrider | Comments (3)

Uriah Heep - New Album Details

Frontiers Records has scheduled the release of Uriah Heep's forthcoming studio album Into the Wild on April 15th in Europe and May 3rd in North America.

The album was produced by Mike Paxman. Cover art was designed again by the renowned Greek-American artist Ioannis (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Styx).

Into The Wild cover art] tracklist:

01. Nail On The Head audio sample]
02. I Can See You audio sample]
03. Into The Wild audio sample]
04. Money Talk
05. Trail Of Diamonds
06. Lost
07. Believe
08. Southern Star
09. I'm Ready
10. T-bird Angel
11. Kiss Of Freedom


Band profile: Uriah Heep
Posted: 26.02.2011 by BudDa | Comments (4)

MaYaN - Audio Teaser Online

Back in September, we introduced you to MaYaN the new project led by Epica vocalist/guitarist Mark Jansen.

The line-up is completed with guitarist/vocalist Frank Schiphorst and ex-After Forever keyboardist Jack Driessen, together with fellow Epica band mates Isaac Delahaye (guitar) and Ariën van Weesenbeek (drums). Due to his "very busy schedule," Obscura/Pestilence bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling recently left the band and got replaced by Delain bassist Rob van der Loo.

The band's debut album Quartertpast is scheduled for a May 20th release through Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded and mixed by Sascha Paeth (Epica, Kamelot). You can download an album teaser at this location (mp3).

The album will also feature collaborations from Floor Jansen (ReVamp, ex-After Forever), Simone Simons (Epica), Henning Basse (Sons Of Seasons) and opera singer Laura Macri.

As stated by Mark Jensen: "The music is a mixture of death, black and progressive metal combined with symphonic orchestral arrangements."


Band profile: Epica
Posted: 26.02.2011 by Unhealer | Comments (9)

Oceans Of Sadness - Are Breaking Up

Belgian avantgarde/progressive metal band Oceans Of Sadness have called it a day.

The band's official break-up letter reads as follows: "First of all we want to thank all of you for supporting Oceans Of Sadness during these last 15 years. Thanks to you we had the chance to do a lot of cool things, much more than we ever dreamed of 15 years ago...

During these 15 years we've never really tried to be part of any particular scene musicwise and our image has always been the last thing we cared about. Creating our own sound and writing original and inspiring metal has always been our only real goal and we are proud of the road we travelled during the 5 albums we recorded, with The Arrogance Of Ignorance being the last one, released in 2008 on Scarlet Records.

We are really proud of all our music and we ourselves have always believed that we kept getting better and better at what we wanted to do. But now we feel that our story may have been told... Theoretically we could easily go on for another 15 years... but we won't. We feel time has come for us to relax for a while and who knows what happens in the future... I'm pretty sure all of us will continue making music, maybe together, maybe seperately, but more important is that we all have the feeling we can now close this chapter of our lives with pride and dignity.

We're not the kind of guys to close a door and throw away the key forever, not at all... however, we don't have the intention to come back in this shape in a few years either... music is about creativity and challenging yourself and right now we feel we got stuck in some sort of routine for quite a while now... we lack the energy to record yet another album, again negotiating with labels, just to end up with another deal that only costs us a lot of money, followed by a few shows... We'll see what happens in the future, like with everything in life: nothing is certain...

On a positive note: to celebrate the end of Oceans Of Sadness in style we decided to leave the scene with a blast and do a special last show. The date and other details will be released when all is certain.

Thanks for everything! We hope you will enjoy our music for many years to come!"

The Arrogance Of Ignorance was voted Best Avantgarde Metal album in 2008's Metal Storm Awards.


Band profile: Oceans Of Sadness
Posted: 26.02.2011 by Thryce | Comments (8)

Karl Sanders - To Guest On New Nervecell Album

As previously reported, Psychogenocide, the new album of Dubai based death-thrashers Nervecell, will be released on March 31st in the Middle East through Spellbind Records, on April 29th in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and on May 2nd in the rest of Europe through Lifeforce Records. The album will feature the guest vocals of Nile guitarist/vocalist Karl Sanders.

Comments the band: "We are extremely proud to announce that Karl Sanders will be a part of our new album Psychogenocide as guest vocals on the song entitled "Shunq (To The Despaired... King Of Darkness)".

This particular song is special to the band as it will mark the first extreme metal track ever to include both Arabic lyrics mixed in with English lyrics, and who better else to have come on board and collaborate on this theme with us than the legendary Karl Sanders!

The word "Shunq" in Arabic has two meanings: to choke or to be hung by the neck. The song consists mainly of ideas and knowledge gathered from sources that speak about Lucifer and the demons that serve him. The song "Shunq (To The Despaired... King Of Darkness)" speaks about the battle of us humans and these demons in reality, in the end Satan himself brought forth to justice.

Psychogenocide cover art] tracklist:

01. Anemic Assurgency
02. Upon An Epidemic Scheme
03. All Eyes On Them
04. Amok Doctrine
05. Psychogenocide
06. Imprint
07. شنق - Shunq (To The Despaired…King Of Darkness)
08. The Taste Of Betrayal
09. Driven By Nescience
10. Nation's Plague


Band profile: Nervecell
Posted: 26.02.2011 by Nefarious | Comments (5)

Winds Of Plague - New Song Online

"Refined In The Fire", a brand-new track from US deathcore act Winds Of Plague, has been made available for streaming over at this location.

"Refined In The Fire" comes off the band's upcoming new album Rise Against The World, which will be released on April 18th in Europe and April 19th in North America through Century Media Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


Band profile: Winds Of Plague
Posted: 26.02.2011 by Sepulchre | Comments (0)

Gallileous - Part Ways With Guitarist

Polish funeral doom metal band Gallileous has parted ways with longtime guitarist Krzysztof "Wino" Winkler.

The official band statement reads: "After long discussions and considerations Wino has left the band because of health and personal reasons. We, here at Gallileous, respect this difficult and important decisions of the extreme music enthusiast!

Wino combined two stages in the band: the beginning of the 90's game as a 14 year old geek until the present day and also after the reactivation of the band and filling the void left after the death of team-mate Gregory "Gego" Lasocie. Thank you for playing together, the magic voice and an uncompromising commitment and passion to Gallileous for so many years."


Band profile: Gallileous
Posted: 26.02.2011 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Soilwork - New Video Online

"Let This River Flow", the new video from Swedish gothenburg metal band Soilwork, can now be watched below.

"Let This River Flow" comes off the band's latest album The Panic Broadcast, which was released in July last year through Nuclear Blast Records.


Band profile: Soilwork
Posted: 26.02.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (4)

Fused Festival - Line-Up Finalized

The Classic Rock Society & Summer's End are proud to announce Fused Festival 2011, taking place in Lydney, Gloucestershire on April 1-3rd.

Fused Festival brings together twelve of the UK and Europe's finest Prog Metal and Symphonic Rock bands. Vanden Plas and Threshold will be headlining the festival. The full line-up looks as follows:

Friday, April 1st: Vanden Plas, Winter In Eden

Saturday, April 2nd: Threshold, To-Mera, Toxic Smile, After-Math, Hookah The Fuzz

Sunday, April 3rd: Kingfisher Sky, Day Six, Hanging Doll, Haken, Loreweaver


Event: Fused Festival
Posted: 26.02.2011 by Jaguar | Comments (0)

Danzig - US Tour With Devildriver

Danzig has lined up a spring North American headlining tour in support of the band's latest album, Deth Red Sabaoth. Support on the trek will come from Devildriver and 2Cents.

Danzig + Devildriver:

Apr. 29 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
Apr. 30 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
May 02 - Salt Lake City, UT - Great Salt Air
May 03 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre
May 04 - Kansas City, MO - Voodoo
May 06 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Bar-B-Q
May 07 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street
May 09 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock
May 10 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
May 11 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
May 13 - Richmond, VA - The National
May 14 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
May 15 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights
May 17 - Baltimore, MD - Bourbon St.
May 18 - Westbury, NY - Westbury Theatre
May 20 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage Ae
May 21 - Columbus, OH - Rock On The Range
May 22 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
May 24 - Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
May 25 - St. Louis, MO - Pops
May 27 - Albuquerque, New Mexico - Sunshine Theatre
May 28 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre


Band profile: Danzig
Event: Danzig + Devildriver
Posted: 26.02.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (2)

Between The Buried And Me - New Song Online

A six-and-a-half-minute portion of "Specular Reflection", a brand-new track from US progressive metalcore band Between The Buried And Me, has been made available for streaming, exclusively at Altpress.

"Specular Reflection" comes off the band's upcoming new album The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues, which will be released on April 12th through Metal Blade Records.


Band profile: Between The Buried And Me
Posted: 26.02.2011 by BudDa | Comments (6)

Hellfest Open Air - One More Name Added To The Line-Up

Thin Lizzy has been added to the Hellfest Open Air 2011 line-up.

The legendary Irish hard rockers will be performing on Saturday June 18th along Scorpions, Black Label Society and UFO.

The festival is set to take place June 17-19th in Clisson, France. An up-to-date festival billing is available over here.

In other news, there's an official Hellfest app available for free on AppStore and Android Market. With this app, you'll be able to follow all the latest news about Hellfest 2011 before, during and after the festival.

The application offers the following features: Festival news, Notifications "Push" (on iPhone), Full line-up, Photo and video galleries, Integrated Twitter app, Access to e-tickets, Personalize your Hellfest schedule by adding your favorite bands, Practical info (transport, camping etc.), Sharing on Facebook and Twitter.

To download the application, go to this location.


Event: Hellfest Open Air 2011
Posted: 26.02.2011 by Thryce | Comments (3)

Gorguts - Update On The New Album

Recently reactivated Quebec-based technical death metal band Gorguts have reportedly entered the studio to start pre-production on the new album, tentatively scheduled for a summer 2011 release through a yet-to-be-determined label.

The band's current line-up consists of drummer John Longstreth (Origin, ex-Angelcorpse), bassist Colin Marston (Behold... The Arctopus, Krallice, Dysrhythmia), guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, ex-While Heaven Wept), along longtime Gorguts vocalist/guitarist Luc Lemay.

The same Luc Lemay issued the following update: "Just a few words to let you know where we are with the songwriting of the new album. We got together at the end of January to finish up the last songs to complete the album. Colin and Kevin have contributed to the album with a song each. Amazingly well composed their songs suits the Gorguts aesthetic wonderfully.

The album will have a total of 9 songs including one instrumental piece for string orchestra composed by me. The album is going to be over one hour long. It's still very brutal but darkly, ambient and progressive as well. The album main concept is going to be a musical journey that will talk about the wonders of Tibet as well as the dramatic fate they've been going through for over 50 years now.

I'm hard at work on the lyrics as I'm writing this update. For this album, I wanted to have all the music finished first before writing any lyrics. This way, having all the musical canvas done I can now concentrate on the story telling aspect. When everything will be ready we're going to record the album along with my longtime friend and producer Pierre Remillard at his Wild Studio in Quebec.

Since we're still discussing with a label, we can't tell you a street date yet for the release of the album but we're shooting for this Summer. In the meantime, you can enjoy for the first time this new song taken from one of our pre-production session which was recorded by Colin at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves Studio in Queens NY.

The wait is almost over for us to unleash this new beast."


Band profile: Gorguts
Posted: 26.02.2011 by Thryce | Comments (7)