A message from Forest Of Shadows mastermind Niclas Frohagen reads as follows:
"Six Waves Of Woe" is now a closed chapter. It was mastered by Minerva Pappi at Finnvox, Finland some week ago and the result has been sent to Firebox together with the case-layouts. All that remains now is the actuall release which is scheduled for the 29th of October this year. If you haven't already noticed, two songs from the album has exposed for previewing, one at MySpace and one at Firebox's webpage. Check them out if you haven't."
It seems that no matter how hard they try, Metallica will continue to make anti-piracy headlines. After their bloody battle with Napster years ago, they were determined to keep calm when their latest album, 'Death Magnetic', inevitably hit the torrents. This time, Metallica's Lars Ulrich shocked everyone by saying: "If this thing leaks all over the world today or tomorrow, happy days. It's 2008 and it's part of how it is these days."
Despite this effort, it hasn't taken long for people to start a dispute over piracy. According to a report, Metallica's label, Universal Music, canceled an interview the band had planned with the Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan last week, after a writer there, Jonn Jeppsson, sparked off an anti-piracy row featuring him and The Pirate Bay.
"So, we will return to North America early 2009! We'll be doing an extensive 49 show tour with Soilwork, Darkane and Warbringer. Tickets will be sold by exclusively by EnterTheVault.com until September 27th, after which they will be available through all normal ticketing services. The tour dates are:
30.1. Penny Arcade, Rochester, NY, US
31.1. Harpo's, Detroit, MI, US
02.2. The Muse, Nashville, TN, US
03.2. Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville, FL, US
04.2. The Garage, St. Petersburg, FL, US
05.2. Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale, FL, US
06.2. The Backbooth, Orlando, FL, US
07.2. Masquerade, Atlanta, GA, US
08.2. Music Farm, Charleston, SC, US
09.2. Amos Southend, Charlotte, NC, US
Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Munich, Germany's Obscura.
Obscura (Steffan Kummerer: guitar / vocals, Christian Muenzner (ex-Necrophagist): guitar, Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-Pestilence): bass, Hannes Grossmann (ex-Necrophagist): drums) are currently recording their second full-length and Relapse debut. Obscura founder Kummerer commented on the signing and new album; "We are very happy to have found in Relapse a strong partner for the upcoming albums. We think Relapse is one of the best homes for progressive death metal in general and we are looking forward for this long time cooperation. We are putting the final touches on the mix and mastering for the upcoming album which will see the light in the beginning of next year. Obscura are back - stronger than ever!"
The rolling thunder is growing louder and great events are foreshadowed again:
Germany's most eminent thrash metal act, Kreator, are set to release their latest studio album on 16 January 2009 (Europe: 19 January, US: end of January). "Hordes Of Chaos" is a powerhouse featuring rigorous thrash attacks and Kreator's familiarly intelligent lyrics about self-determination and the dangers of contemporary war propaganda. Kreator are also scheduled to embark on another major European tour as early as January 2009.
"Hordes Of Chaos" was recorded at Berlin's Tritonus studios under the direction of producer Moses Schneider. Schneider is renowned for his fresh and exceptionally dynamic working methods with bands and artists such as Beatsteaks and Tocotronic. "We consciously decided on Moses as our producer for the live recording of the basic tracks at the studio," band mastermind Mille Petrozza explains. "This was the first time since "Pleasure To Kill" that we worked in this way. The new album is a 100% realistic reflection of Kreator's live qualities. Instead of exploring every little detail to sterile perfection with the help of computer technology, this time around we wanted to deliver as dynamic a production as possible. There can be no doubt that we've achieved our target in "Hordes Of Chaos"."
Guitarist Gavin Harper has announced his departure from the Scottish folk/power metallers Alestorm. He commented his decision:
"While I'm a bit shocked that this was announced before the record label knew and anyone in the band had actually talked to me about it... that and after being a founding member, i had to find out about my resignation becoming official from the Myspace page.
In my time in this band, from doing the first ever recording to not appearing on the latest one...I have always strived to make Alestorm my priority and put it ahead of many other things in life that have been more important to me in order to help Alestorm be as big as it is now.
In this time, and in my attempts to keep my band members thriving in the music industry and taking advantage of everything, i have nearly bankrupted myself, been pushing new levels of unhappiness and had countless sleepless nights trying to plan routes for the guys within the budgets we have received.I have been struggling with personal differences with some members for a while and just feel that it is for the best if i make way for someone willing to put up with this.
"Out of print for many years, Týr's early musical signs of life are almost as secretive as the band's reclusive homeland, the Faeroe Islands. Yet fans of Týr will finally be able to also embrace their early works. The re-release "How Far To Asgaard" comprises not only the debut album of the same title, but also the single "Ólavur Riddararós" (2002). Both releases deliver the ingredients that fans of the Viking Metal genre have come to love and expect, including sweeping vocal lines, diverse songwriting, and extraordinary musicianship, as well as new artwork that fits in perfectly with the album's lyrical theme. Witness the birth of a Viking Metal legend!"
God Forbid have uploaded a new song online, called "Empire Of The Gun". The song, which comes from the yet untilted upcoming album, can be heard on the band's MySpace.
A short statement from the band: "We've uploaded a new track. This is the test mix that Jens Bogren did. We're really happy with it and we hope you dig it too. It'll be up till Monday morning, so get your listen on!"
In support of its forthcoming studio album, AC/DC will launch its Black Ice World Tour on Oct. 28 at the Wachovia Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The 24-date North American leg of the arena jaunt is scheduled to wrap Dec. 18 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.
The worldwide trek follows closely behind the Oct. 20 release of "Black Ice," which will be sold exclusively in Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores as well as ACDC.com. AC/DC's first new single in eight years, "Rock'n'Roll Train," rockets 15-5 this week on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart.
Tickets for the North American dates will go on sale during the weekend of Sept. 20 via Ticketmaster and ACDC.com. Specific on-sale dates and ticket prices have not yet been announced.
Swedish metallers Visceral Bleeding have issued the following update:
"Due to Martin 'Germ' Bermheden's busy schedule with The Berzerker, we've decided to part ways. The decision was mutual since we need everyone in this band to put Visceral Bleeding as their first priority for things to work and Germ felt that this was no longer possible for him. We wish him the best of luck with The Berzerker and all of his other projects.
We are now looking for a new lead guitarist who has the skill, drive, energy, time and passion that is needed to be in this band. If you feel that you might be the right man for the job then send us an e-mail (info visceralbleeding com) and tell us a bit about yourself and why you would like to join this band. Please also include links to bands that you might play in, music you've recorded or videos you've posted of yourself on YouTube if you have any."
Metal Mind Productions presents the re-release of seventh studio album by Voivod - "The Outer Limits" (1993). This was the last album Voivoid recorded with their vocalist Snake until, exactly 10 years later, they released their self-titled reunion album in 2003. "The Outer Limits" features a perfect blend of past formulas with new and innovative ideas. On this album, Voivod mixed various thematic and musical elements with ease, which resulted in their most powerful, diversified, and mature release. This album is a benchmark for Voivod. Includes a cover of Pink Floyd's song, "The Nile Song" (from the album "More"). The booklet features a 3D graphic design, which can be viewed through special 3DG glasses that come along with the CD. The new digipak edition is limited to 2000 copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process, released on a golden disc.
Finnish gothic metallers Dark The Suns have parted ways with keyboardist Juha Kokkonen. According to the remaining members of the group, "Juha felt that he doesn't have enough time for band anymore. We thank Juha for the time we spent together and wish all the best for him!"
All 10 tracks from "Death Magnetic" the new Metallica album, released today, can now be streamed in their entirety. A brief message from the band reads as follows: "Take in all that is "Death Magnetic"! Listen to the entire album here."
Metallica will play two low-dough shows in Europe to celebrate the CD's release, in Berlin tonight (Friday, September 12) and London on September 15.
Santa Cruz, CA's Brain Drill are pleased to announce the addition of Ivan Munguia as the bands new bassist. Ivan has played bass for metal acts such as Carnivorous and Odious Mortem.
"I'm stoked to be playing with such high caliber musicians, in a band as crushing and talented as Brain Drill. Soon, we'll be out on the road laying waste to crowds, and delivering some sick new tunes" comments Ivan.
Brain Drill are currently hard at work rehearsing with Ivan and Joe to get them up to speed on the band's current material and plan to hit the road as soon as they can. Brain Drill are also currently hard at work on new tracks for the follow up to their devastating debut "Apocalyptic Feasting".