Century Media records have confirmed that Norwegian melodic black metal masters Old Man's Child are back at last... and with a vengeance.
The band led by guitarist / vocalist Galder (Dimmu Borgir) just returned to their Norwegian home from a trip to Gothenburg, Sweden, where they spent some weeks laying down the new unholy compositions at Studio Fredman with Fredrik Nordström, who had previously worked with the band on their "In Defiance Of Existence" (2003) and "Vermin" (2005) albums.
The new Old Man's Child studio album's title has not yet been revealed, but the release will feature Peter Wildoer (Darkane, ex-Arch Enemy, Pestilence, etc.) on drums and having freshly finished his takes for the total of 9 classy new songs, here is Peter's comment on the material and the recording session:
Molken Music has set a November 22 release date for the King's X DVD "Gretchen Goes To London: Live At The Astoria 5.6.90". The DVD documents the historic show at the Astoria Theatre in 1990 and includes never-before-seen footage.
"Gretchen Goes To London: Live At The Astoria 5.6.90" tracklisting:
02. What Is This?
03. Out Of The Silent Planet
06. Fall On Me
08. Everybody Knows A Little Bit Of Something
09. Over My Head
11. In The New Age
12. The Burning Down
The DVD was produced by Wally Farkas and has a running time of 64 minutes.
King's X have also scheduled the following tour dates:
The new video clip "Ministry Of Saints" is online now. The "Ministry Of Saints" video, shot in Belgrade (Serbia), is taken from the forthcoming album "Tinnitus Sanctus" (out on November14th), and can be watched here.
Check out an e-card for "Tinnitus Sanctus" at this location.
British extreme metallers Benediction have posted the following message, including a tour recap and future plans:
"First off, a big thank you to everybody that turned up to the shows on the tour. Also apologies to the few shows that got cancelled, this was beyond our control due to tour bus issues, fire, breaking down etc etc! A special mention has to go out to Holy Moses and Nominon, who we are privileged to know and stuck together when all manner of shit was happening to us all on tour. In particular we would like to thank Holy Moses guitarist Michael who managed to fix just about everything that we broke on the tour! We love you matey.
Now then, our plans for 2009. Benediction will be going into the studio again in January/February to record the follow up to "Killing Music". It is now written and it"s down to the fine tuning and choosing what tracks to be on the final recording. To promote this release the band will only be doing festivals and one off shows worldwide except for a Balkans tour which was missed out on the "No Reunion Required" tour. It will be our 20th anniversary as a band in 2009 and we intend to make some sort of event for ourselves for it.
100% Pure Aussie Heavy Metallers Lord have announced the following news:
"Hear No Evil" EP is out now. This EP is limited to 500 hand-numbered copies and contains the new, unreleased track "Hear No Evil", the song "Set In Stone" from the forthcoming album of the same name, two songs recorded live on tour in 2008 and yes, song 3 is a bizarre cover of the Kylie Minogue song "On A Night Like This", and yes, the band is still laughing at that now.
"Hear No Evil" EP cover art] tracklisting:
01. Hear No Evil
02. Set In Stone *
03. On A Night Like This
04. Through The Fire **
05. Going Down **
American death metaller Six Feet Under have posted a new song, called "Shot In The Head" over at their MySpace page.
In other news band announced: "we will be filming a video clip for the song "Seed Of Filth" from our upcoming CD "Death Rituals", at our headlining show Oct 31ST 2008 at Gasoline Alley in Largo, FL." This will be the band's only U.S. appearance of 2008.
Six Feet Under will release "Death Rituals" on November 11 via Metal Blade Records.
UPDATE (thanks to Abattoir)
Another new Six Feet Under song "Seed Of Filth", is now available for streaming at the Metal Blade Records MySpace page.
Pain's brandnew videoclip for "Follow me" taken from the album, "Cynic Paradise" is now online. Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon makes a guest appearance on two tracks of that album ("Follow Me" and "Feed Us") and also makes a guest appearance in the video. Check it out here.
"Dying Sun", is the new video from the Finnish metallers Before The Dawn, and can be viewed here).
The song comes off the group's fifth album, "Soundscape of Silence", which was released in Scandinavia on October 29 via Stay Heavy Records (two days later in the rest of Europe).
German power metallers Grave Digger have posted a sample of a new song entitled "Ballad Of A Hangman" on their MySpace page. The track comes off the group's forthcoming album, "Ballads Of A Hangman", which is scheduled for a January 9, 2009 release via Napalm Records. The "Pray" single will precede the album on November 28.
The tracklisting for "Ballads Of A Hangman" cover art] is shaping up as follows:
01. The Gallows Pole
02. Ballad Of A Hangman
03. Hell Of Disillusion
04. Sorrow Of The Dead
05. Grave Of The Addicted
06. Lonely The Innocence Dies
07. Into The War
08. The Shadow Of Your Soul
09. Funeral For A Fallen Angel
Norwegian death metallers Blood Red Throne are currently hard at work on their next, as-yet-untitled album.
Guitarist Død comments: "We're currently workin' on our fifth studio album, and so far we got 9 killer tracks. Expect some heavy shit, some fast and brutal shit and for those of you missing solos on previous albums, a lot of cool leads! We're waiting for a green signal and then we'll enter Studio Deadline in Sweden, makin' our best album ever!"
Blood Red Throne's follow-up to 2007's "Come Death" is tentatively due to be released in May 2009 through Earache Records.
Catch Blood Red Throne live at a couple of shows this Winter:
Dutch metaller Textures have posted the music video for "Awake" on their MySpace page, you can check it out here.
The band comment: "The video was shot at the beginning of October in the Belgian Ardennes under supervision of director Rob Hodselmans (GEM, Room 11) and producer David Leite from Hazazah. The video has been possible thanks to a generous grant from the Dutch TAX funds - an incentive from the Dutch Government to assist up-and-coming Dutch artists with audio/visual output."
Origin, Skinless, Obscura, Man Must Die and Antigama will join forces for the first-ever European edition of the legendary "Relapse Records Contamination Tour". The tour will bring extremity as only Relapse Records can provide to the UK and Europe in an extensive four week run.
Tour spearhead Origin recently issued their new full-length "Antithesis" to massive worldwide acclaim! Widely thought of as one of the most brutal and technical death metal bands in the world, Origin return to stake their claim as the leaders of metal's new wave of extremity. Faster, heavier, and decidedly more advanced than anyone could have ever envisioned the genre becoming, "Antithesis" is a modern day death metal classic which proves Origin stand head and shoulders above their peers. Infamous New York death metal destroyers Skinless will co-headline the bill and bring their patented brand of chaos back to Europe for the first time in years. Widely-regarded as one of the best live death metal bands in the world with their slamming death metal grooves and hell-bent commitment to fun, Skinless will be previewing new material from their forthcoming new album as well as delivering all the crushing hits from their previous four full-lengths.
Shadow Gallery announced the following sad news today:
"It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Shadow Gallery vocalist, Michael A. Baker. Mike suffered a heart attack, Wednesday afternoon, October 29th, 2008. He was 45 years old. Mike was a founding member of Shadow Gallery and for the past 16 years, helped shape the sound of the band with his magical voice. Additionally, he made many appearances on rock records around the world. Those who knew him best were moved by his gentle spirit, sincere kindness , fun nature and passion for both music and sports. He was a warrior in the studio, a true professional. Mike was our friend, our singer and our brother. We loved him and will miss him enormously, but he will always be remembered in our hearts and through his music."
Firewind are about to unleash their first ever live release as DVD/2CD/Deluxe DVD+2CD in November. Entitled "Live Premonition", it contains a stunning 22-song set filmed earlier this year in the band's hometown Thessaloniki.
"Live Premonition" DVD track listing:
I. Main Live Show (approx. 100 min)
03. Into The Fire
04. Head Up High
05. Mercenary Man
06. Angels Forgive Me
07. My Loneliness
08. Circle Of Life
09. The Silent Code
10. Life Foreclosed
11. Destination Forever
12. Keyboard Solo
13. Guitar Solo
14. The Fire And The Fury
15. Drum Solo / Dreamchaser
16. Till The End Of Time
18. Brother's Keeper
19. Between Heaven And Hell
US extreme metallers Cattle Decapitation have issued the following details about their new album:
"We're finnaly done with all the finishing touches of our new album and we feel we've finally done it! Sonically, the band has managed to finally capture and accentuate its live intensity that we've become known for and has created one hell of an album from start to epic finish! Conceptually, its misanthropy shall go unmatched. This is it, humans... ferocity at its finest.
The album is called "The Harvest Floor", a title Travis has been kicking around in his head and working towards for the last 2 albums and will arrive as an enhanced CD and there will also be a picture disc LP version that comes with a giant poster! The actual title refers to the area of a slaughterhouse where the animal (of course in our case it always means the human) begins the agonizing process of death, usually done with a bolt to the forehead or a slice to the throat. "The Harvest Floor" is a fitting title for an album laden in gore and the anti-human metaphors and sentiments Cattle Decapitation fans have grown to know and love.