Romanian folk-prog outfit Bucium just released a new single, called "Sus La Cheia Raiului" (English translation "High to the Heaven's Key") through the band's MySpace page. The song has the same pre-Christian foundation as the previous Christams single "The Stagg Carol" and as most of the band's songs.
The first Bucium album, called Voievozii, was launched in March 2008 by A&A Records (Warner Music) and is available on on-line stores such as Amazon, EMusic and iTunes. The band is now in the studio, for recording the second album, called Miorita (the name of an ancient Romanian myth). Songtitles to appear on the album are:
2009 draws to a close for Australia's Dreadnaught with the release of the last of four promotional videos from the self-titled LP CD Dreadnaught. "10 Times the Pain" is viewable now on the band's YouTube and MySpace pages.
This year has seen the long-awaited release of a new LP CD and touring throughout Australia and Japan, and culminates with a show in Melbourne this December the 18th with Frankenbok, Switchblade (Syd), Teramaze, The Plague Black, and Internal Nightmare at The East Brunswick Club. Entry is $15, tickets are available at the door or through Moshtix.
South Carolina's Through The Eyes Of The Dead have launched the lead track from their new album Skepsis, titled "The Manifest," on their newly redesigned MySpace page. The self-produced Skepsis hits the streets on February 2, 2010, and is the first TTEOTD release to feature new vocalist Danny Rodriguez, drummer Mike Ranne and guitarist Chris "Hank" Henckel. The album was recorded at Geller Cellar Studios in New York and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall), and like previous TTEOTD releases, it features cover art by Paul Romano (Mastodon, Trivium).
Guitarist Justin Longshore commented on the new release: "Our new record Skepsis finally captures the sound we've always envisioned. We really wanted to raise the bar with this one but also keep the consistency that Through The Eyes Of The Dead is known for. Overall, everyone has become better at their instruments and it really shows on the record. I have no doubt in my mind that new and old fans of the band will be pleased when they hear it!"
Polish progressive metallers Animations are streaming their sophomore release Reset Your Soul on MySpace. The album is available for sale online since the beginning of December.
According to the band's MySpace site, Animations play music which combines classic progressive rock, metal, fusion along with jazz elements. Their music is spiced up a bit by adding the one magic ingredient - virtuosity.
Reset Your Soul cover art] tracklist:
01. Reset Your Soul
02. Demons of War
04. The Manhattan Project
05. Request for Redemption
06. The Last Man
Death metallers Aborted have announced a new line-up, featuring Sven de Caluwé (also of System Divide, Whorecore and ex-Leng Tch'e) on vocals, Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, Phaze I) on drums, Eran Segal (ex-They:Swarm/Whorecore) and Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams) on guitar and Cole Martinez (System Divide) on bass.
This newly revamped line-up has been working on new material for the past months and recorded a brand-new 5-track EP entitled Coronary Reconstruction. The EP will be released by the end of the year, digitally by Century Media, and on a limited run of 1000 copies by the band themselves exclusively through Indiemerch.
Coronary Reconstruction will contain 4 brand-new tracks demonstrating the potential of the new line-up and showing once and for all the return of Aborted to its gory and intense roots along with a fierce cover from Entombed's Left Hand Path.
Swedish thrashers The Haunted have announced signing a new worldwide deal with Century Media Records after a successful partnership for the band's last three albums (rEVOLVEr, The Dead Eye, Versus).
The Haunted's Peter Dolving (vocals) comments: "So once again we've decided to sign with Century Media Records. It feels good to get continuation, and truly having worked hard on communication on both ends over these last years, has brought us together in ways that I believe a lot of bands/managements/labels only dream of. Long term goals, open agendas, and a Norse/German stubborn attitude seem to be something we find a mutual trust and strength in and we're really looking forward to a continued cooperation with our friends/partners at Century Media. It is a strange thing this, the business of music, but like everything else, it seems to come down to hard work, earnestness, straight talk and respect. So here's to many more years of churning out metal to the masses. Peace!"
Roadrunner Records is very excited to announce the signing of this outstanding metal band from Stockholm/Sweden!
Grand Magus is a 3-piece band featuring: "JB" Christofferson - guitars & lead vocals, Fox Skinner - bass & backing vocals, Sebastian "SEB" Sippola - drums.
During their 10-year history, Grand Magus have released 2 demos, 1 split-EP and 4 full-length albums, and have received overwhelmingly positive reviews throughout. Their last opus, Iron Will was voted "Album of the Month" in the German Metal Hammer & Rock Hard magazines. Drawing hefty influences from the hand-on-heart grandeur of the NWOBHM and the inspirational mythology of their forbears, Grand Magus are steeped in pre-Christian tales of triumph, vengeance, betrayal, wisdom and death. But Grand Magus also stand for energetic live performances as seen at this year's European festivals such as Sweden Rock (SE), Hellfest (FR), Wacken (D), Summer Breeze (D) or on tour in Europe with bands like At The Gates, Cathedral, Candlemass, Tyrant, Serpentcult and Electric Wizard.
Live Xecution - Party.San 2008, the new DVD from US metallers Obituary, will be released in January 2010 via Regain Records.
A DVD trailer from Live Xecution - Party.San 2008 can be viewed at this location.
Live Xecution - Party.San 2008 cover art] tracklist:
01. Find the Arise
02. On the Floor
03. Chopped in Half
04. Turned Inside Out
05. Forces Realign
07. Face Your God
08. Dethroned Emperor (Celtic Frost cover)
09. Evil Ways
10. Drop Dead
11. Contrast the Dead
12. Second Chance
13. Stand Alone
14. Slow Death
15. Slowly We Rot
Arsis just posted a brand new song "Beyond Forlorn" from their upcoming album Starve for the Devil online. Click here for lyrics and song details.
Commented mainman James Malone: "I am of the belief that one can be most convincing when they write/create from personal experience. "Beyond Forlorn" is probably one of my favorite tracks from Starve for the Devil because it is so deeply personal for me. I really feel that I tried to put all of my being into this one track; enjoy."
Starve for the Devil cover art] tracklist:
01. Forced to Rock
02. A March for the Sick
03. From Soulless to Shattered (Art in Dying)
04. Beyond Forlorn Listen]
05. The Ten of Swords
06. Closer to Cold
Bay Area thrashers Heathen have announced the new album, The Evolution of Chaos will be released in Japan on December 23 through King Records, and via Mascot Records on January 25, 2010 in Europe and on March 31 in the USA.
The Evolution of Chaos cover art] tracklist:
01. Dying Season
02. Control by Chaos
03. No Stone Unturned
04. Arrows of Agony
05. Fade Away
06. A Hero's Welcome
09. Red Tears of Disgrace
10. Silent Nothingness
Demo versions of "Dying Season" and "Arrows of Agony" can be streamed on MySpace.
Heathen are also booking a tour in Europe for March 2010. The tentative dates are as follows:
12/3 - UK - Prestatyn, Hammerfest
13/3 - UK - London, Underworld
Norwegian black metal band Keep Of Kalessin are among the artists competing to represent Norway in next year's Eurovision Song Contest.
Last Tuesday (December 1), Keep of Kalessin guitarist and songwriter Obsidian C (real name: Arnt Grønbech) told the Norwegian TV show "Lydverket" that he's looking forward to performing the song "The Dragon Tower" alongside Norwegian pop artists and mainstream songwriters.
"I read an interview with Per Sundnes (host of the Norwegian Eurovision finals) where he said they wanted darker and harder songs for the Norwegian Eurovision finals," he said. "At the same time, we had made a song with a catchy chorus, so I just sent it to them."
Polish extreme metallers Behemoth are planning on making their way back to Australian shores in 2010 for a five date tour. The tour will take place in April and will be with US bands Job For A Cowboy and Goatwhore. The tour is in support of Behemoth's new album Evangelion and tickets go on sale on 11th December.
Below are all the dates of the tour:
April 12 - Capitol, Perth
April 13 - Fowlers Live, Adelaide
April 14 - Billboard, Melbourne
April 16 - Metro, Sydney
April 17 - Hi-Fi, Brisbane
Yesterday, nominations for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards were announced by The Recording Academy. Here are the nominees for Best Metal Performance:
Judas Priest - "Dissident Aggressor" (from A Touch of Evil — Live)
Lamb Of God - "Set to Fail" (from Wrath)
Megadeth - "Head Crusher" (from Endgame)
Ministry - "Señor Peligro" (from Adios...)
Slayer - "Hate Worldwide" (from World Painted Blood)
Except for Slayer, who already won 2 Grammys, none of the bands have won before. Megadeth were already nominated 8 times without a win (together with Metallica, the band who has been nominated the most in this category since its introduction in 1989), Ministry were already nominated 6 times and Judas Priest already had 4 nominations without a win. Lamb of God were previously nominated once, in 2007.
The Dimebag Darrell tribute CD with tracks from Machine Head, Five Finger Death Punch, Zakk Wylde and more will come packaged with issue 200 of Metal Hammer - on sale December 16th.
Metal Hammer are honoured to pay tribute to the one and only Dimebag Darrell on December 16th. We've rounded up some of the biggest and best names from the world of metal to unleash their interpretations of the hardest and heaviest tracks from the Pantera back-catalogue.
The full tracklisting runs:
01. Zakk Wylde - Suicide Note, Pt. 1
02. Machine Head - Fucking Hostile
03. Malefice - I'm Broken
04. Avenged Sevenfold - Walk
05. Evile - Cemetery Gates
06. Five Finger Death Punch - A New Level