Danish metallers Volbeat have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"The writing process is well under way and a title is already set:
Front man Michael Poulsen explains: "The Album title is Beyond Hell / Above Heaven (no reference to religious beliefs). The title refers to the overall theme of the album, and it continues the storyline from where Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood left off...
The album will be released in September throughout Europe. The band are very excited about the writing process, carrying the songs into both extreme metallic territory, punk variations and some very catchy stuff at the same time. On top Volbeat is bringing in various guest appearances.
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has revealed the setlist for the upcoming Rust In Peace 20th Anniversary Tour, with Exodus and Testament. Here's the update - with the least as possible "Megaman" blabla. For the full statement just go here:
"Rehearsals are all done and we are ready for pre-production next week, and then we will be heading out to start the tour. Just so you know, we are playing 10 songs from over our 25+ year careers, as well as all 9 songs off of Rust In Peace.
Next to everything on Rust In Peace, we are playing:
* Set The World Afire
* Wake Up Dead
* In My Darkest Hour
* Sweating Bullets
* Skin O' My Teeth
* Head Crusher
* A Tout Le Monde
* Symphony Of Destruction
Dubai-based promoter Center Stage Management will not be organizing any annual events in the Middle East in 2010, including the much-awaited and renowned Desert Rock Festival, held in March every year since its inception in 2004.
In a statement posted on their website, Center Stage Management announced they will not be organizing any events in the United Arab Emirates in the year 2010. The annual festivals, which include, Desert Rock, Desert Rhythm, Urban Desert & Back 2 School Festival, are postponed until further notice, in an effort to extend the reach of the company, as part of a strategic move of CSM.
Jackie Wartanian, Managing Director, explains: "This decision was not taken lightly and was well-thought-through with my team in my company's best interest. It marks the beginning of a new era for CSM, a human-sized yet international entertainment-specialized company, which I've chosen to grow beyond UAE boundaries. I have focused uniquely on the Middle East in the past 10 years, which has positioned CSM to build a credible and reputable name ; it's now time to take it to another level. We've always taken pride in producing top-quality events which is why in order to develop my company in a professional manner (to equal its standards), we will to focus on our international projects and artist management, until further notice".
Drummer Andy Green has now officially left Pagan Altar, the geographical and financial issues being a deciding factor. Andy has a young family to think of now and of course this takes priority over all things and quite rightly so.
Anyone lucky enough to see him play with Pagan Altar will know what a loss his departure will be to the band. Andy had offered to honour the forthcoming gigs that were in the pipeline before parting company but as this was the only clear period we had before the Finnish tour and the full catalogue of gigs that follow the band decided to get someone up and running ASAP. To leave it any longer would have been even more detrimental as more gigs would have to be cancelled later whilst we got someone new up to speed. Even so, the Finnish tour at the beginning of April was certainly in doubt for a time and I thought for the first time in its chequered history Pagan Altar would have to cancel!
Last week, Finnish Black metallers Horna have announced the following regarding their line-up situation:
"After more thoughts, more discussion, the feeling of shock I have right remains. Despite all, being prepared for the possibility, hoping for another way - vocalist Tapsa "Corvus" Kuusela (ex-Sear) may be gone. The spirit of the band is broken, torn and scarred. Planned gigs will be done but what remains is yet to be seen. At the moment it feels like there will be no album without Corvus, just doesn't make any sense. It is no time for hasty decisions though.
For all the gossiping sheep out there, the band is not breaking up and we do not have loads of unreleased material waiting for release. In fact, there's no material to release at all!
SEGA has announced that two-time Grammy-nominated metal act Lamb Of God are creating an exclusive song for the upcoming Iron Man 2 video game.
The new song, "Hit the Wall", is described as the perfect complement to the super-powered action found in Iron Man 2: The Videogame.
"The music of Lamb of God definitely evokes the intensity of Iron Man action, and we are very excited to have them working with us for the game," said Sean Ratcliffe, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America. "This new track will add even more atmosphere to the cinematic gaming experience that Iron Man 2 brings to the table."
"Working on a piece of music specifically for the Iron Man 2 video game was a new challenge for us, said vocalist Randy Blythe. "A few of us are real game and comic fans, so the partnership with SEGA has been really exciting. We can't wait to play the game and hear our music as Iron Man kicks ass."
Norwegian death metallers Obliteration are set to tour the USA in May/June in what they dubbed as "East Coast Holocaust". They have posted the following statement on their MySpace:
"Hell yes! After tormenting the frostbitten shores of Norway and Northern Europe for years, Obliteration and Nekromantheon are finally set to corrupt the hearts and minds of North America. This spring, they will show America what Norwegian ferociousness is all about. Kicking of their East Coast Holocoaust tour in Baltimore at the legendary Maryland Death Fest, they will spread their grim deaththrashin' horror all the way up the coast, to Quebec and back! These Shores are Damned, indeed. To chant the real "Nekropsalms" and to feel the Divinity of Death, you need to come to the sabbath... See all you hellblazing metal punx in May/June."
According to a posting on the Epica website, in the early of February 12th Epica's tourbus crashed on Canadian Highway way 1 while driving in the Rocky Mountains when a car lost control and went spinning for the bus. The busdriver Dave Mabry managed to avoid a head-on collision by running the bus against the rail-guard. Although the car was totaled and the bus suffered severe damage and some band & crew members got thrown out of their bunks no one got hurt. After a few hours delay and some on the the spot repairs the bus was able to continue the journey to Victoria Canada.
Mastodon have announced their spring headline tour of North America which will begin April 16, 2010. The tour, presented by Volcom, will feature support from special guests Between The Buried And Me, Baroness and Valient Thorr. This tour will bring the band to the fans in American cities that have yet to experience the Crack The Skye live event.
Apr. 16 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
Apr. 17 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
Apr. 18 - Richmond, VA - The National
Apr. 20 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head
Apr. 21 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Apr. 22 - Hartford, CT - Webster
Apr. 23 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Apr. 24 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Apr. 26 - Pittsburgh, PA - Palace Theater
Apr. 27 - Rochester, NY - Water Street
After the painful and sudden split from ex-vocalist Erica Puddu, who recorded the last album ...A Splendid Chaos, the Coram Lethe line-up is now complete again. The new member is already a highly proficient vocalist, well known to all fans of Italian extreme metal: Claudio "Clode" Passeri (ex-Apeiron, Summoner, Gory Blister) currently also singer of the death/doom band Tethra.
According to the band, "with Clode, the band Coram Lethe is more evil than ever and ready to come back on stage and to finish the writing of the new album, already almost complete. We would like to thank sincerely all the guys who still support us! Stay tuned for all the latest news."
American heavy metal outfit Trivium have posted their cover of Sepultura's "Slave New World" online. You can check it out below. The song was recorded recently along with an original track entitled, "Shattering The Skies Above," which will feature on the soundtrack to the forthcoming video game, God Of War III. "Slave New World" originally appeared on Sepultura's Chaos A.D. album which was released in 1993.
Last week, Greek Melodic Death metallers Nightfall announced their return with a fresh line-up. Before the weekend, the band issued the following update on the recording process:
"Preproduction is ready to roll. The album will have 12 tracks unfold in 45 minutes approximately. Composed of epic melodies backed by heavy powerful drumming the way it was before trigger mania arrived in the neighbourhood will certainly be a pleasure trip in time for anyone into metal.
Jorg as a studio owner himself (Soundlodge studios, Germany - God Dethroned, Dew-Scented), knows exactly what he is doing, resulting in super efficient drum takes. This makes the process much easier on everyone else, since no stress is accumulated during this initial phase of recording.
Therion have announced a string of European/Russian live dates - dubbed the Sitra Ahra Tour 2010 - in support of their upcoming new album. The tour will start late October and will run till the end of the year.
2010-10-29 - The Netherlands - Tilburg, O13
2010-10-30 - The Netherlands - Groningen, Oosterpoort
2010-10-31 - United Kingdom - London, Sheperds Bush Empire
2010-11-01 - Belgium - Antwerp, Hof ter Lo
2010-11-02 - France - Lille, Aeronef
2010-11-03 - France - Paris, Elysée Montmartre
2010-11-04 - Germany - Frankfurt, Batschkapp
2010-11-05 - Czech Rep. - Zlin, Masters of Rock Cafe
2010-11-06 - Austria - Vienna, Szene
2010-11-07 - Croatia - Zagreb, Boogallo Club
2010-11-08 - Slovenia - Ljubljana, Kino Siska Club
Delain have posted the following news on their website:
"Recently we started working on our new third album, which we hope to release this year. Together with Roadrunner we are working on extending our cooperation, and together we're aiming for bigger, better, and heavier then ever before. An external producer, a real orchestra, and much more exciting stuff will be involved. We will work more extensively on Delain during this process, and we are very much looking forward to it. We will keep you informed with movie samples and blogs.
However because of Delain's development the last couple of years it's becoming more time-consuming for all of us. That's why our band mate Rob van der Loo (ex-Sun Caged) has decided to leave the band later this year. You can find his comment here on his MySpace. We will communicate more about his departure and his last show later on. Together with Rob we are already organizing his replacement. If you are also interested to audition you can contact us on delainauditie (at) hotmail (dot) com."