Reactivated Swedish Death metallers Desultory have recently completed the work on the upcoming album, which will be entitled Counting Our Scars.
The band recorded, mixed and mastered the effort with Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio (Watain, Unanimated, Deströyer 666, etc) in Alvik, Sweden. Work is also currently underway for the new album's cover artwork and layout, and more announcement on this will be made available soon.
Among some of the song titles to be included (in no particular order) on "Counting Our Scars" are "In A Cage", "Counting Our Scars", "Ready To Bleed", "This Broken Halo", "Uneven Numbers", etc.
The band commented: "What gets inside always stays inside. This music once shaped us and the marks it left will forever keep itching. Desultory never died, it just went down deep below and beneath the surface it slowly kept growing. Throughout the years, there are many of you out there who never stopped waiting, asking the same question over and over. Now when we finally meet again, Counting Our Scars feels like liberation, the bleeding is over. This album is for all of us who never stopped waiting."
"Broken Hero", a brand new song from New Mexico metallers Kryoburn, is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The video for the song is also going to be out soon.
The track comes off the group's upcoming sophomore album, Three Years Eclipsed. A release date for the album should be announced in the coming weeks. The album was produced by vocalist/guitarist Todd Brashear and Kryoburn at the KryoLab in Carlsbad and was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (Halford, The Haunted, Mnemic, Sick Of It All, August Burns Red) at Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark.
Three Years Eclipsed cover art] tracklist:
01. Broken Hero
02. Burning The Doubt
03. Event Horizon
04. Slaughtered With Lies
Xtreem Music is proud to announce the signing of one of Spain's most prominent Black Metal bands called Dantalion. After having released two albums in '06 & '08 through German label Det Germanske Folket and having gained a respectful reputation, the band has now finished the recordings for their 3rd full length entitled All Roads Lead to Death which will be released in October 2010.
This new album was recorded at Oceano Studios & BV2 Studios and then mastered in Sweden at famous Unisound Studios by Dan Swanö. According to the press release, "All Roads Lead to Death has an excellent and original cover art as well as a great overall layout and means a definite improvement in the band's musical direction of aggressive yet melodic and melancholic Black Metal displaying 8 mature and varied compositions in a total of 56 minutes."
Drum & Bass/Electronica outfit Pendulum recently (as in: yesterday) released their third studio album Immersion, which features some very interesting guest appearances that might interest a few people around here.
It appears that the track "Self vs. Self" features In Flames vocalist Anders Fridén, guitarist Björn Gelotte and bassist Peter Iwers. Another track, entitled "The Fountain" features the vocals of Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree/Blackfield/OSI fame. Check out both tracks below, and let us know what you think!
Pendulum regularly appears on the Download and Reading Festivals, and is also lined up for 2 Sonisphere Festivals this year. More on Pendulum at MySpace.
Ukraine metal band Holy Blood have issued the following tame update regarding their new album Shining Sun cover art]:
"Our new album Shining Sun is the most successful work of Holy Blood. In this album, we tried to combine different styles of music such as Folk Metal, Melodic Metalcore, New school Hardcore. This album should combine audiences who like Ensiferum, Chruachan, Eluveitie, As I Lay Dying, Sill Remains, Seventh Star, Hatebreed.
We have started writing song for this album back in 2005 with old band members and completed writing songs in 2009 with a totally new line-up. The purpose of this album was to create a new style, which no one before us did not play. In my opinion, we succeed with the task.
Timo Tolkki's Revolution Renaissance has set Trinity as the title of its forthcoming third album, tentatively due in the fall via Napalm Records. The album, engineered by Santtu Lehtiniemi, follows a more "power metal" direction than its predecessor Age Of Aquarius. The vocals and the drums — which are being handled by Revolution Renaissance's Brazilian contingent, consisting of Gus Monsanto and Bruno Agra, respectively — were recorded in Brazil. According to Tolkki, the new CD will sound "very organic and natural, but also very modern."
In other news, Revolution Renaissance has tapped Firewind's Bob Katsionis (ex-Nightfall) as its new keyboardist.
In October 2009 the band parted ways with bassist Justin Biggs and keyboardist Michael Khalilov because it "became evident to everybody that Revolution Renaissance was not the right band for the guys," Timo Tolkki said in a statement. "Justin is more of a thrash guy and Mike expected the music to be something totally different. Out of these reasons the decision has been made that it is better to go separate ways." Magnus Rosén (ex-Hammerfall, ex-Jorn) joined the band a few weeks afterwards.
Kamelot have inked a deal with Marquee/Avalon for the Japanese release of the band's forthcoming album, tentatively due in late Summer 2010. The album features special guest appearances by Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), Simone Simons (Epica), Jon Oliva (Jon Oliva's Pain, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and more.
"Marquee/Avalon is happy to have Kamelot - such a great band in our family and we are proud of announcing it. We all hope that Kamelot's fame will be at a higher level with the next album. we trust the band a potential to become so," states Marquee's Naohiro Yamazaki.
Roy Khan adds: "We are very excited about working with Marquee on the new album! We are also planning to return to Japan for some very special concerts with all the amazing fans there."
Mastodon are sorry to inform fans that their upcoming summer tour dates are all cancelled.
Guitarist Bill Kelleher, was diagnosed with pancreatitis (a sudden inflammation of the pancreas which can have severe complications and high mortality despite treatment) and doctors advise him to pursue further medication. Doctors are optimistic and expect full recovery in the coming weeks for Bill, as the band is eager to take part in the BlackDiamondSkye Tour, along with Alice In Chains and Deftones, scheduled for September.
The affected events include: Rock im Park/Rock am Ring, the Sonisphere Festivals, Sweden Rock Festival, Tuska Open-Air and Graspop Metal Meeting.
Mastodon recently cancelled the April 27 gig in Rochester, New York due to Kelliher's illness. On some other live dates, Baroness guitarist Peter Adams and John Baizley filled in. Kelliher's pancreatitis previously sidelined him in November 2008 on the European tour with Slayer.
Swedish progressive metallers Evergrey, who are currently on tour through Europe, have cancelled their dates in in Spain (Llodio, A Coruña, Albacete, Madrid and Barcelona) and Portugal (Benavente) after their tour bus has been burglarized. The band's statement reads as follows:
"Due to a break-in in Evergrey's tourbus all gigs in Spain and Portugal are cancelled. Evergrey lost equipment and merchandise for a value BEYOND 35000 EUROS so it is impossible to continue… we pass Lyon on the way home and will use the equipment of the local support. MAYBE we can go home and get new equipment for the Holland shows and come back but this is still uncertain…
A list of ALL things stolen will be presented here together with the Police report.
Swedish metallers Nocturnal Rites have announced Christopher Rörland will replace Nils Norberg as their new lead guitarist.
Commented by rhythm guitarist Fredrik Mannberg: "It feels great to have Chris in the band. He's a really, really nice guy. We're very happy to have found this guy very close to our hometown. We are very excited to start working on new material and play some live shows with him, so it's great."
Nocturnal Rites are still working on the follow-up to The 8th Sin, released exactly three years ago.
Can't make it to Europe this June for one of the seven Sonisphere "Big Four" shows featuring Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax? No problem. The Sonisphere concert in Sofia, Bulgaria will be broadcast exclusively in high quality HD-format in 800 movie theaters across the world (450 US movie theaters, and 350 theaters across Europe, Canada, and Latin America).
These theater shows will feature nearly four hours of live performances (so each band's entire set will not be shown) and behind-the-scenes footage.
Tickets for the one night only event are available at the local theater box offices and online at thebigfourlive.com where you can see a complete list of presenting theaters. Tickets will start to go on sale Friday, May 21 in the USA and Friday, May 28 internationally.
Equilibrium just posted another brand new track called "Verbrannte Erde" off their upcoming album Rekreatur to the bands official MySpace profile.
Commented mainman, guitarist and songwriter René Berthiaume: "We decided to release "Verbrannte Erde" to show you guys how diverse Rekreatur turned out to be! Each song on the album has its own story and sounds totally different. "Verbrannte Erde" is about the deployment of an army before the first wave of attack, about the unbroken will to win and determination to be victorious despite several previous setbacks. It's one of my current favourite Equilibrium songs!"
Rekreatur will be released on June 18, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Former Iron Maiden singer Blaze Bayley has issued the following update:
"As you all probably know, Anna Di Laurenzio (manager) and drummer Larry Paterson have decided to leave the band. This is for reasons we will not go into to respect their privacy. We wish them well in the future.
First of all our apologies for not coming out with this news first, but we are on road and didn't have the opportunity to do so. This will only be a short statement as we are facing a 12-hour drive today to Moscow.
We would like to reassure you that this will not change anything for the band. We are going on with finishing the gigs that are booked and new bookings are still coming through. All recording plans for the next album stay on as well as all other plans for the future.
Masterplan frontman Jørn Lande is set to release a tribute album to the musical legacy of the late Ronnie James Dio. The new album, aptly entitled Dio, will be released on Frontiers Records on July 2nd in Europe and July 27th in the US. Dio was mixed by Tommy Hansen at Jailhouse Studios.
Handpicking some lesser known tunes of the Dio era, along with some of the true classics, Jorn offers a fine collection of songs that present the music of the Man and the Artist, with a unique twist. In Jørn Lande's own words: "Throughout the years I have had the privilege of both meeting and working with many of the musicians that have inspired me on my musical journey. Ronnie James Dio has inspired me through decades, and this man's influence continues to add colour to my creative spirit. Ever since the first time I heard his royal roar back in the 70's, I have been fascinated by this extremely talented man's creative force and dedication to music. His career has been going on for so long and includes so many great songs, that it was a challenge to decide which songs and what era to focus on. I ended up focusing on the Dio era".