Metal news

Wolves In The Throne Room - New Album Details, North American Tour Announced

With Wolves In The Throne Room's fourth full-length album, Celestial Lineage, now completed and nearing its September 13, 2011 release date via Southern Lord Records, the band unveil the album's full track listing and album artwork.


Band profile: Wolves In The Throne Room
Posted: 27.07.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (5)

Opeth - New Song Online

"The Devil's Orchard", a brand-new track by Swedish progressive metallers Opeth, can now be streamed over at Stereogum.


Band profile: Opeth
Posted: 27.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (56)

Mastodon - New Song Online

"Black Tongue", a brand-new track from US progressive metal band Mastodon has been made available for streaming on their official youtube channel.


Band profile: Mastodon
Posted: 27.07.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (5)

Jag Panzer - Call It Quits

A legacy comes to an end, long-running US power metal act Jag Panzer disbands.

After more than three decades of delivering heavy metal to the masses, Jag Panzer have decided to call it quits.

"We are proud of every album we released and the support we received from the heavy metal community," states guitarist and founder Mark Briody. "We've played so many places around the world and enjoyed every minute of it but the time has come where we just cannot move forward as a band."

Guitarist Christian Lasegue left the band last month to pursue his degree full time. "Christian did an amazing job on The Scourge of the Light and it was a pleasure working with him," continues Briody. "We wished Christian well but kept this quiet until we found a replacement."

Drummer Rikard Stjernquist says: "Several guitar players applied for the job. It was a pleasant surprise to see so many young guitarists with advanced chops. One player, 19 year old Jake Dreyer, submitted videos of him nailing solos from both Chris Broderick and Christian Lasegue. We were ready to welcome Jake into the band but unfortunately that will not happen. There is no doubt in any of our minds that Jake will go on to be a household name in his own right."

Bassist John Tetley adds a final statement: "In closing, we'd like to send out a huge heartfelt THANK YOU to metal fans throughout the world. You all rule!"


Band profile: Jag Panzer
Posted: 25.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (17)

Majesty - Original Guitarist Returns

Original Majesty rhythm guitarist Björn Daigger (also in the now defunct Civilization One) has made his return to the band and will play on all forthcoming Majest shows.

Commented vocalist Tarek Maghary: "It is great, that Björn and the band are untited again and I can't wait to enter the stage and seriously kick some ass!"

Majesty will play at the Agglutination Metal festival in Chiaromonte, Italy on August 20th and on the official comeback show on September 3rd in Dittigheim, Germany. More shows will be announced very shortly.


Band profile: Majesty
Posted: 25.07.2011 by LonesomeRider | Comments (2)

Blind Guardian - Update On New Orchestral Album

Vocalist Hansi Kürsch of German power metallers Blind Guardian has issued the following update on a new orchestral album:

"Busy seasons are usually harbingers of great things to come. Festivals, regular studio work and, above all, the orchestral album are making this a very exciting summer for us. Let's keep the focus on the orchestral album one more time. We have spectacular news!

Every orchestral project needs a concept and such a concept demands a great story. To get a story that fits together perfectly with our majestic music, we are joining forces with Germany's best fantasy author Markus Heitz (check out his "Die Zwerge" series). Markus is one of my favorite writers of "high fantasy". I have been really amazed by several of his books over the last years but was finally and completely convinced about him being the perfect choice for our project by 'Gerechter Zorn' ('Righteous Wrath') — the first part of his newest trilogy, "Die Legenden der Albae" ("Legends of the Albae").

The way he weaves in different aspects to his splendid universe immediately told me that the quest for the one to come up with the right story for our music was over. Although the final completion of this quite unusual cooperation most probably will keep us busy until 2013, things nonetheless become clearer the more we exchange ideas. The creation of a great new storyboard and the involvement of such a suitable concept are the perfect frame for this soundtrack/musical-like anthems we have come up with over the years. It is absolutely great that Markus is willing to follow us on such an ambitious voyage.

One very interesting aspect certainly is the definite intention to combine the identity of our music (in a quite different shape) with one of Markus' most famous, but not completely discovered, worlds and its heroes. I have no doubt that we will design great new images and come up with nothing but pure magic. Luckily, Markus was very familiar with our band and music. Since he is part of the fantasy scene almost as long as we are, he grew up with our music when he was a die-hard fantasy role-playing gamer in the '80s and '90s. This, of course, makes my life far easier in exchanging ideas and in explaining what we need to complete a perfect conceptual album.

There is so much interaction: at one point it is the music dictating the story at other points it is the story having an ultimate impact on the album's completion. Pure creativity! In addition, Markus is a very nice and down-to-earth person who has a very special view on things. Last but not least, he has been very pleased with the pieces of music we provided him with.


Band profile: Blind Guardian
Posted: 25.07.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (19)

Haken - New Album Details Revealed

Young UK prog outfit Haken has announced the title of their second album to be Visions.

The new record will be a concept album, just like the debut Aquarius, which dealt with water and ecology, though the exact concept of Visions has not yet been revealed.

Singer Ross Jennings ensures: "We are confident this album will not disappoint fans of Aquarius. As well as pulling some signature stunts, we are also trying to raise the bar with our compositions, and as individual players..."

The band has also stated that they wanted to make the album available exclusive for those attending ProgPower USA in Atlanta on Saturday, September 17th. The tentative release date is planned for the beginning of October and will be announced later.


Band profile: Haken
Posted: 25.07.2011 by K†ulu | Comments (8)

The 11th Hour - Tap Officium Triste Vocalist For New Album

Pim Blankenstein of Dutch death doom metallers Officium Triste will be stepping in to record vocals for the upcoming The 11th Hour album.

Mainman Ed Warby has released the following statement on the matter: "Good and bad news. As custom dictates the bad first: Rogga Johansson (Bone Gnawer, Demiurg) will not be appearing on the upcoming 11th Hour album due to an illness that just won't subside. I've waited as long as I could for him to get better and he made a valiant effort to record his vocals but it's not up to his usual standard and time is running out.

Which brings us to the good news: Pim Blankenstein of Dutch doom veterans Officium Triste will be stepping in with his massive roar. As most of you know he's been performing live with The 11th Hour since the first show and I'm sure he'll prove a more than suitable replacement."


Band profile: The 11th Hour
Posted: 25.07.2011 by BudDa | Comments (5)

Skeletonwitch - New Album In October

US black/thrash metal act Skeletonwitch has set October 11th as the release date for their new upcoming album, entitled Forever Abomination.

The band recorded the album in Los Angeles with producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Hatebreed) and have launched an official website for all updates and pre-order information.


Band profile: Skeletonwitch
Posted: 25.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (3)

Dying Fetus - Entire New Cover EP Streaming Online

History Repeats..., the brand-new tribute EP by US brutal tech-death trio Dying Fetus can now be streamed in its entirety over at Revolver Magazine.

All background info about the EP in the words of vocalist/guitarist John Gallagher can be found at the same location.

History Repeats... was released on July 19th through Relapse Records.


Band profile: Dying Fetus
Posted: 25.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (2)

Arkona - New Album Teaser Online

Slovo, the new upcoming album of Russian pagan folk metal band Arkona will be released on August 26th via Napalm Records.

A ten-minute track-by-track trailer, containing samples of all songs on the album, can now be watched below.


Band profile: Arkona
Posted: 25.07.2011 by SceneryOfLoss | Comments (0)

Saxon - South American Mini-Tour Announced

Veteran NWOBHM act Saxon has announced a handful of live shows on the South American continent later this year. These dates will form the South American leg of the band's so-called Call to Arms World Tour. Get all the dates after the jump.

Final details for the North American leg are expected to be announced soon.


Band profile: Saxon
Event: Saxon
Posted: 25.07.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (1)

Landmine Marathon - New Album Title And Release Date Announced

Landmine Marathon proudly announces September 27 as the release date for its fourth album, entitled Gallows, on Prosthetic Records.

Gallows was recorded by Landmine Marathon guitarist Ryan Butler at Arcane Digital Recording Studio (Exhumed, Nightrage, Misery Index, Phobia) and mastered by Dave Shirk at Sonorous Mastering. The album features the debut of the band's new drummer, Andy York.

Landmine Marathon will be touring the world in support of Gallows. The band hits the road in July for a tour of the Western US, teaming up along the way with Toxic Holocaust, Bastard Noise, and more, then follows up in the fall with a slot on America Torn Asunder, a full North American tour with Warbringer, Lazarus A.D., and Diamond Plate.


Band profile: Landmine Marathon
Posted: 25.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (1)

Hate - European Tour Dates With Vesania

Polish blackened death metal act Hate have announced a string of European dates for autumn. Support on the the trek, dubbed Erebos Tour 2011: Europe, will come from Polish symphonic black metal act Vesania.

Read more to get the confirmed dates.


Band profile: Hate
Event: Hate: Erebos European Tour
Posted: 25.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (2)

Nightrage - Album Artwork Revealed

Insidious, the new upcoming album of Swedish melodic death metal band Nightrage will be released on September 26th in Europe and a day later in North America through Lifeforce Records.

The band now revealed the album cover artwork, which was created by Gustavo Sazes (Morbid Angel, Arch Enemy, God Forbid) of Abstrata Art and can be watched below.

More album details, guest musicians and tracklist were previously reported over here.


Band profile: Nightrage
Posted: 25.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (0)