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Apostasy - Part Ways With Guitarist

Earlier this week the news got out that Apostasy guitarist Ludvig Johansson has quit the band. Johansson announced his departure from the Swedish black metal band band as follows:

"I have decided to leave the band for personal reasons. It has been a hard decision to make, and there's no hard feelings involved. It's been a great time and I wish all the guys in the band the best luck in their future endeavors."


Band profile: Apostasy
Posted: 02.10.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

Crystal Viper - New Video Online

Polish female fronted Traditional Heavy Metal act Crystal Viper have a new video online, called "Greed Is Blind". The clip was directed by Rec Run Media. You can watch it below.

"Greed Is Blind" is taken from the new Crystal Viper album, humbly called Legends. The album will be out on October 22, 2010 on AFM Records (Europe, CD and LP) and Spiritual Beast Records (Japan, CD).


Band profile: Crystal Viper
Posted: 02.10.2010 by Bad English | Comments (3)

Sodom - More Album Details Revealed

Official Press Release

For Tom Angelripper, his thrash metal band Sodom is a perfect vehicle to bluntly take a stand. Like few other musicians on this scene, he personifies - along with down-to-earthiness and honesty - a healthily critical position on political authorities and decision-makers from finance and industry. On their latest album, In War And Pieces, Sodom focus on the worst excesses of power: arrogance, greed, spotlight-seeking, fanaticism, corruption, cowardice and oppression.

Tom states: "I've always written about what's going on in the world, about the injustice and mistakes that happen everywhere. I know that you can't change anything politically that way, but I would like to at least comment on the situation and generate an awareness of this deplorable state of affairs. Being a singer in a metal band allows me to voice my anger to a large audience."

This uncompromising attitude marks the eleven songs on Sodom's latest album which could hardly sound more dynamic and violent. In War And Pieces owes its bloodcurdling energy largely to producer Waldemar Sorychta (Grip Inc., Enemy Of The Sun), whose great skill and commitment were instrumental in creating the album's - as Tom calls it - "phat, brutal and open" sound. With Sorychta's support, Angelripper (vocals, bass), Bernemann (guitar) and Bobby Schottkowski (drums) succeeded in adding new impulses to their music without watering down the band's long tradition. "Waldemar is a great musician himself and has done some brilliant work, especially on the guitar sound," Tom explains. "He knows how to get the absolute maximum out of a speaker."

As brutal as the production is the diverse songwriting on In War And Pieces, a kind of tour de force through the whole history of thrash metal, featuring harsh arrangements, melodic solos and raging vocal attacks. "I feel that we sound more contemporary and structured than we did on our recent releases," Tom analyses. "At the same time, there are also references to recordings such as Persecution Mania and Agent Orange. After Venom, Sodom were the world's first angry band, and nothing has changed that." Tom lists as examples the impressive title track, as well as "The Art Of Killing Poetry" with its ultra-deep guitar atmospheres and the German-language song, "Knarrenheinz", which holds up the tradition of classics such as "Bombenhagel" and "Ausgebombt". "Knarrenheinz is the mascot on the album cover, that's why I felt he deserved his own lyrics," Tom grins. Talking of album covers: the artwork was designed by Eliran Kantor, who enjoys an excellent reputation on the scene thanks to his work for renowned acts such as Testament, Gwar and Mekong Delta.


Band profile: Sodom
Posted: 02.10.2010 by BudDa | Comments (11)

Facebreaker - New Song Online

Cyclone Empire Records has uploaded a new Facebreaker song, called "Reanimating The Dead". The brand new track is available for streaming over at this location. The song comes off Facebreaker's upcoming output simply entitled Infected. The album is scheduled for a release on 29th October.

Infected cover art] tracklist:

01. Creeping Flesh
02. Cannibalistic
03. Torn To Shreds
04. Epidemic
05. The Return (Bonustrack)
06. Bloodshed
07. Mankind Under Siege
08. Waiting For The Pain
09. Into The Pit
10. Bloodthirst
11. Reanimating The Dead
12. Infected


Band profile: Facebreaker
Posted: 02.10.2010 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Neaera - Check Out A New Song

You can check out "Heaven's Descent", the new song from German metallers Neaera at the Metal Blade band page available here. "Heaven's Descent" comes off Neaera's upcoming album "Forging The Eclipse", which is due to be released in Europe on October 22 via Metal Blade. Album details available here.


Band profile: Neaera
Posted: 02.10.2010 by Sjuk | Comments (0)

Saxon - To Tour Australia Next Year

Saxon has announced that they will be playing at the Soundwave Festivals in February/March 2011 in Australia.

Here are the dates:

26.02.2011 Brisbane - RNA Showgrounds
27.02.2011 Sydney - Eastern Creek Raceway
27.02.2011 Melbourne - Showgrounds
05.03.2011 Adelaide - Bonython Park
07.03.2011 Perth - Steel Blue Oval


Band profile: Saxon
Posted: 01.10.2010 by BudDa | Comments (2)

Amorphis - Back In The Studio Recording New Album, Out In 2011

Amorphis recently entered the studio to record the follow-up to 2009's Skyforger. The release of the band's as of yet untitled tenth album is planned for an early to midyear 2011 release. Check out a clip of the band goofing around in the studio at this location.


Band profile: Amorphis
Posted: 01.10.2010 by Lovecraft | Comments (6)

Hellfest Open Air 2011 - First Confirmed Bands

Hello everybody!

After a great edition in 2010, all the Hellfest team is back to business and working hard on our next festival. We would like to remind you that Hellfest 2011, which will be held on the 17th, 18th and 19th of June, will be the last on these grounds. In 2012, Hellfest will move to a new place... We will not say anything else today but you can expect some great surprises.

Now let's speak about 2011! The start of the festival isn't for tomorrow, but time flies and as always we want to be the first to announce some of the bands which will be playing next summer! Don't expect any headliner today... negotiations are long and complicated, you'll have to be patient but we know that you are real connoisseurs and passionate people and we're sure that you'll like this first list, with bands playing different kind of music!

Once again, Hellfest will respect its ways and will not make any compromises despite the attacks! Punk, sludge, heavy, hardcore and grindcore, etc. in two words, a real festival of extreme music, by passionate people for passionate people!

Here is the list of the first confirmed bands for Hellfest 2011! Don't forget this is just the beginning:

Angel Witch
Bad Brains
Church Of Misery
The Exploited
The Haunted
Karma To Burn
Malevolent Creation
Mayhem "Liberation by evil" Exclusive special show !
The Melvins
My Sleeping Karma
Orphaned Land
Raw Power
Shai Hulud
The Young Gods
Valient Thorr
Your Demise

MAYHEM will be the headliner of the Rock Hard Tent, and will offer a real unique and theatrical show, something dark and grim named "Liberation by Evil". The band promises us something macabre which will please and even chock the true black metal fans! A MAYHEM concert, like you've never seen before!

Limited edition "3 day pass" at a special price of 99 (without booking fees) instead of 129 are now available! Be quick, not all of you will have the chance to get one! This offer will be available from September 30th to November 30th.

We'll see you at the end of November for the next announcement! Those of you who haven't bought a 3 day pass by then at the special price will regret it...


Event: Hellfest Open Air 2011
Posted: 30.09.2010 by wrathchild | Comments (31)

Leaves' Eyes - Cancel Remainder Of North American Tour

We saw this coming and the band has confirmed it. Leaves' Eyes has decided to cancel the remainder of their North American Tour after their Co-Headliners Kamelot pulled out earlier this month due to Roy Khan's Illness. The band writes:-

"Dear Fans & Friends, We regret to announce that the remaining dates of our North-American Tour will not take place. This also includes the show in Mexico City. As a result of Kamelot's last-minute cancellation of their headlining tour, Leaves' Eyes still tried their best to play as many dates in the USA and Canada as possible. The big gap between the cancelled Kamelot tourdates and our own headlining dates is just to big to overcome. This made it impossible to continue any further.

We are feeling terribly sorry for having to release this statement as we put an immense amount of energy and effort to make a full North-American tour happen. Everybody was very excited to play in North America and Mexico again. However, the power to decide was not at all in our hands. We deeply regret that we now had to stop touring and return to Europe.

We are very greatful to our fans, friends, Blackguard, the radio stations, all the promoters who made it possible for us to play the shows we did so far. We will never forget these fantastic moments. We really hope that we have better luck when touring North America next time."


Band profile: Leaves' Eyes
Posted: 30.09.2010 by BudDa | Comments (6)

Falconer - Announce New Album Title

Guitarist Stefan Weinerhall of the Swedish metal band Falconer has issued the following update:

"Recording time is coming up. Most songs Falconer album] are written and rehearsed. Studio time is drawing nearer, starting to feel a bit stressed!! The album will be mixed at the end of January, so I'd guess we're up for a late spring release. The title of the new album will be Armod and will be completely sung in Swedish except for the bonus tracks that will simply be an English versions of the best (according to us) new songs.

This time we have concentrated on the traditional folk side of our music including more traditional folk songs (the majority of the material is still our own), more fiddles and flutes. Be calm, the horrid sound of accordions will firmly be left behind!! This is a way to finally devote an entire album to the influence and getting that out of our system, so to speak, and to do the thing some have asked for ten years. This is not a new direction but just the sound of THIS album.

We are prepared for nagging about lack of speed and the full use of the Swedish language and, of course, the cynical opinions that we lack inspiration and thus use more traditional folk songs. The next time we take another step; I wonder what that can be."


Band profile: Falconer
Posted: 30.09.2010 by BudDa | Comments (18)

Edenbridge - To Play In Vietnam

After the successful release of their latest studio effort Solitaire Edenbridge is now set to play in Vietnam come December for the first time ever. The show will take place on the International Sailing Festival 2010; Therefore Sabine and Lanvall were invited to Hanoi in the beginning of October to make promotion for the festival and do an acoustic performance on the Chao Ha Noi International Festival.


Band profile: Edenbridge
Posted: 30.09.2010 by BudDa | Comments (9)

Van Canto - Another New Video Online

A cappella metal band Van Canto have a new video out. The track is called "Magic Taborea" and comes off the bands most recent effort Tribe Of Force; released early this year.

Magic Taborea takes place in the fantastic world of Taborea of the MMORPG "Runes of Magic". Enjoy!


Band profile: Van Canto
Posted: 30.09.2010 by BudDa | Comments (6)

Accept - European Headlining Tour Announced

German heavy metal legends Accept will embark on a headlining European tour in January next year, in support of their new album Blood Of The Nations. The tour contains 28 dates, plus some planned shows for Russia and UK as well. More details will be announced soon.

14.01.11 - Osnabrück, Halle Gartlage, GER
15.01.11 - Kassel, Outback, GER
16.01.11 - Antwerp, Hof ter Lo, B
18.01.11 - Paris, Elysee Montmartre, F
19.01.11 - Biarritz, L'attabal, F
21.01.11 - Madrid, La Rivera, E
22.01.11 - Pamplona, Totem, E
23.01.11 - Barcelona, Apollo, E
25.01.11 - Pratteln, Z7, CH
27.01.11 - Milan, Magazzini, I
28.01.11 - Tuttlingen, Stadthalle, GER
29.01.11 - Geiselwind, Eventcentrum Strohofer, GER
31.01.11 - Stuttgart, LKA, GER
01.02.11 - Wien, Arena, A
02.02.11 - Budapest, Diesel, HUN
04.02.11 - Katowice, tba, PL
05.02.11 - Warsaw, tba, PL
06.02.11 - Gdansk, tba, PL
08.02.11 - Hamburg, Große Freiheit, GER
09.02.11 - Köln, Live Music Hall, GER
10.02.11 - München, Tonhalle, GER
12.02.11 - Zlin, Masters of Rock Cafe, CZ
13.02.11 - Athens, Fuzz Club, GR


Band profile: Accept
Event: Accept: European Tour
Posted: 30.09.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (1)

Ignominious Incarceration - Change Name To The Soulless

Last week already, British death metallers Ignominious Incarceration have announced they will be changing names to The Soulless. Here's the official statement:

"The band started in the pits of hell that was Sam's basement. We were just playing heavy music and having fun. When we decided on the name Ignominious Incarceration, we never anticipated the level we would get to. Had we known, I'm sure we would have chosen a simpler name. The band started to get gigs and we started to take the band way more seriously as we discovered how much fun we could have. We did our first tour with Trigger The Bloodshed and this was when we were first approached by Earache Records. This was a real turning point for the band and we realised we could make something of it. We debated changing the name whilst recording Of Winter Born, but chose to stick with it. We don't regret doing this as it is what represented the band at the time.

Over the last couple of years since Of Winter Born, we have matured as people as well as a band. When we came to write the second album, we decided we wanted to do something different from the last one. Not a huge alteration in style, but more a progression of what we enjoy most and feel we can write the best. This then led to the discussion of our name. Obviously the name is very long and hard to pronounce. As a band, you're trying to promote yourselves and get your music to the people. We wanted a new name which was easy to remember and say, and to get ourselves out there. With the change in music, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to change our name as well. This almost 're-launching' of the band has given us new life and we are so motivated towards the new project.

As for the name-choosing itself, this was no easy task! As we were changing the name, we had to be 100% happy with it this time. We found it really hard to find a name bang-on-the-money. In the end, we wrote down thousands of names and set ourselves a deadline to pick the best one. We all liked The Soulless, which was in fact a working title for a new song. We feel the name has a dark, edgy feel to it, but is not instantly recognisable as metal and it's easy to say! We feel this represents us a lot better, as well as our new music.

We have a lot of plans for The Soulless; the new album is written and we will be going into the studio very soon. Everything we do in the next few months will be filmed so we can keep you updated. We did a pre-production demo track, which we are going to put online soon to show you a glimpse of the new material we have been talking about. When we finish in the studio, we will be recording our first official video. We are really excited to get back on the road again as the newly evolved band, The Soulless."


Band profile: The Soulless
Posted: 30.09.2010 by SlaytallicA | Comments (3)

Hate - New Album Details Revealed

Polish extreme metallers Hate have completed work on a new album, entitled Erebos. The album is slated for a November 2010 European release via Listenable Records. The album will be available in North America in January 2011 as an "extended version" featuring bonus live material.

Erebos was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland with producers Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawski (Decapitated, Vader). The new album contains ten new songs, which are said to be a fusion of blackened death metal, industrial and ambient sounds, deathcore and heavy metal. "Erebos" comes from ancient Greek and means literally "deep darkness" or shadow. Studio reports and vlogs are available on the band's MySpace page.

Erebos cover art] tracklist:

01. Genesis
02. Lux Aeterna
03. Erebos
04. Quintessence Of Higher Suffering
05. Trinity Moons
06. Hero Cults
07. Transsubstance
08. Hexagony
09. Wrists
10. Luminous Horizon


Band profile: Hate
Posted: 30.09.2010 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (2)