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Amberian Dawn - New Video Online, Line-Up Changes

Finnish Symphonic metallers Amberian Dawn recently shot a video for the first single off their latest record, End Of Eden - incidentally released today. The song is called "Arctica", and the video - directed by M. Nieminen from Routafilmi - can be viewed below.

In other news, the band has suffered a major line-up disruption. Main composer Tuomas Seppälä explains as follows:

"There's no drama involved in this line-up change. It's all about time issues. I hope very much succes and happines for you Tommi Kuri (bass), Joonas Pykälä-Aho (drums) and Emil Pohjalainen (guitars) in the future. You can meet the new line-up of Amberian Dawn on our music video "Arctica". These new guys have been around already before - Heikki Saari (Norther, Naildown) used to be our original drummer in 2006 and he played drums on the songs "River Of Tuoni" and "Evil Inside Me" on our debut album, River Of Tuoni. Bassist Jukka Koskinen (Norther, Wintersun, Cain's Offering) has already played one gig with us last summer at Tavastia Club. We're ready with our new line-up on our next gig in Helsinki, November 26th in Dante's Highlight."

The new Amberian Dawn line-up is completed with the addition of Helion guitarist Kimmo Korhonen.



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Posted: 21.10.2010 by Elodie Artour | Comments (6)

Woods Of Ypres - Sign With Earache Records

Official press release

Earache Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of the Canadian cult metal act, Woods Of Ypres.

Formed in 2002, Woods Of Ypres have earned critical acclaim for their ever-evolving, envelope-pushing mix of blackened doom metal. Most often compared to bands such as Agalloch and Type O Negative, Woods Of Ypres toe a thin line between the catchy, the artistic and the extreme to create an unmistakable signature sound.

With this signing comes controversy. As many may know, Woods Of Ypres had previously announced that they were disbanding so why would Earache sign a defunct act? Truth is, the band never really broke up to begin with. Let frontman, David Gold explain his side of things: "After 8 long years of pushing forward, recording five albums and going on multiple tours as an independent band, we are very proud to announce that we have finally signed Woods Of Ypres to Earache Records. To address the rumors (some that we ran with and some that we started ourselves), Woods Of Ypres never actually broke up/disbanded/quit/ended, at all. Allow me to explain.

We just released the massive Woods IV: The Green Album late last year (not even a year ago yet!), toured North America this past summer and then in August, we recorded our fifth album, Woods 5: You Were the Light. We've always been gluttons for pain and punishment in this band, and we've put ourselves through some hellishly busy years while keeping this band alive (not even considering all the side projects the guys and I have done during the same time!). Being the black and 'true doom' artists that we are, we simply couldn't resist the urge to take advantage of the opportunity to experiment with the drama and reaction to the news that we finally, unexpectedly and mysteriously decided to give up after all this time, after all that momentum, after coming this far.

Putting an end to Woods Of Ypres, after all it's been through, would be the saddest and most unfair thing we could ever do to this band and our supporters. I also think it was important for us, the band, to imagine and realize how it would feel, if it were true, if we did decide to finally call it quits when things were just starting to happen. Offering the news of our demise was also the most satisfying false sense of temporary satisfaction we could possibly give to our many haters who've been hoping that we'd finally quit for years, of whose lost spirits we can now continue to crush with the announcement of our signing to the mighty Earache Records!


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Posted: 21.10.2010 by Misha_76 | Comments (10)

Asomvel - Vocalist/Bassist Jay Jay Winter Passes Away

It's with heavy hearts that we announce that Jay-Jay Winter, bassist & singer with ASOMVEL has lost his life in a car accident. He was driving home Today on October 18th when en route he was forced off the road by another drivers incompetence. Jay later died in hospital from the injuries he sustained.

Jay was a great man, he was one of the most honest, forthright and brutally truthful people you could ever hope to meet. With his razor sharp wit and frank opinions, he was loved and respected by all of his peers in the UK Metal community because of his strength of character. He was generous and helpful to a fault with people who deserved it, and sometimes even with people who didn't deserve it. Such was his love of fair play and the underdog getting the upper hand.

He was more than just a bandmate, he was also a family member and a true friend. We are all stunned by this turn of events and hope that you will all understand why all our forthcoming gigs are now cancelled.

R.I.P. Jay Jay.

Lenny Robinson & Ian Wright (ASOMVEL, October 18th 2010).

"Jay Jay Winter - A REAL MAN, he played every English shithole under the sun and spoke the truth like we all should and nothing else. Let this be a lesson to us all. IF SOMETHING WAS SHIT HE SAID IT. 100% Respect to the man. Jay was like a big brother to me, he introduced me to the pleasure of cheap whiskey and a love for loose Women, How can anyone deny that to a man ? But he also cared for the underdog, he was a warm hearted bastard and would never see anyone on their arse…he looked after my goodself even when I was passed out in the piss filled toilets whilst wearing his own leather jacket back in Harrow 2008...

Turn it up LOUDER you daft twats……I'm playing some Venom and downing a bottle of Jameson's tonight for the man!"

Randy Reaper - THE LAMP OF THOTH

"Jay Jay Winter was the perfect sardonic counterpart to Lenny's playful enthusiasm. If he wanted to take the piss out of you and rip you a new one - he could do it with ease. His command of the well timed phrase and put down was legendary. I learned that to take him on in a piss-taking contest was like bringing a blunt and rusty pen-knife to a gun fight. I remember being quite wary of him at first - here was a guy you just would not mess with. But as I got to know him, I realised that he was also a true Yorkshire gentleman possessed with the unyielding commonsense and common courtesy of that race - he was a force of nature on and off the stage.

Posted: 19.10.2010 by Marcel Hubregtse | Comments (18)

Monster Magnet - Entire New Album Streaming Online

Mastermind, the forthcoming album from Monster Magnet, is available for streaming in its entirety at this location.

Mastermind is scheduled for release on October 29 via Napalm Records.

Mastermind cover art] tracklist:

01. Hallucination Bomb
02. Bored With Sorcery
03. Dig That Hole
04. Gods and Punks
05. The Titan Who Cried Like A Baby
06. Mastermind
07. 100 Million Miles
08. Perish In Fire
09. Time Machine
10. When The Planes Fall From The Sky
11. Ghost Story
12. All Outta Nothin'


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Posted: 19.10.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)

Anvil - Begin Recording New Album

Canadian metallers Anvil have entered Dave Grohl's (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Them Crooked Vultures) Studio 606 in Northridge, California with producer Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Slayer, Airbourne, Filter, Atreyu, Alice Cooper) to begin recording their new album, Juggernaut Of Justice, which is scheduled for a spring 2011 release via The End Records.


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Posted: 19.10.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (8)

Hull - EP Available For Streaming

Hull's crushing Viking Funeral EP is currently streaming in its entirety via Decibel Magazine's recently relaunched website. The unsung, 16-plus minute EP was initially self-released by the Brooklyn-based, three-guitar led sludge metal collective back in 2007 - their first official recording. It comes hand numbered/crafted with stunning artwork by Jorden Haley, still available in poster format for purchase via the band.

Said the band of the recording: "Viking Funeral is a two-movement EP that focuses on the life of war and struggle of an antiquated culture... This EP will eventually be part of a full-length album that touches on life, death and afterlife in the Viking mythology."

To check out Viking Funeral, visit Decibel Magazine.

Hull released their debut full-length, Sole Lord, via The End Records in 2009. The band is currently working on their follow-up with co-producer Brett Romnes, who played drums on the Viking Funeral EP. Further details to be announced shortly.


Posted: 19.10.2010 by Thryce | Comments (1)

Lonewolf - New Bassist Found

Rikki Mannhard - known for his work for French traditional metal band Mystery Blue - has now officially joined Lonewolf.

The band had been struggling to find a new bassist for a while now, with ex-Nightmare guitarist Alex Hilbert falling in on several occasions. Hilbert is now the band's new full-time new guitarist since the departure of Damien Capolongo less than two weeks ago.

The new bassist comes just in the nick of time as Lonewolf will be touring France, Greece and Germany in November.


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Posted: 19.10.2010 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Shadows Fall - DVD Preview Clip Online

Shadows Fall have unveiled a new clip for their upcoming CD/DVD set entitled Madness in Manila at this location. The clip features a live performance of "Redemption", live in Manila, Philippines. The CD/DVD set for release on October 25th, 2010, and marks the impressive 15 year anniversary of Shadows Fall!

Shadows Fall's first visit to Manila, Philippines came when many bands weren't performing in the city, but through the immense devotion of their fans, the band had a massive, unprecedented reception. In April 2009, the band made their triumphant return to the Philippines to headline the Pulp Summer Slam Festival in Manila for over 22,000 people! Madness in Manila chronicles this event, and includes over 60 minutes of live footage, pryo and all, and various little gems from their 2009 Far East tour. Bonus footage includes video from the Philippines show performance of 'Redemption' and 'Venomous', the Japan Club Citta show performance of 'The Light That Blinds', and the Korean show performance of 'Thoughts Without Words'. Also included with the DVD is an audio CD of the performance!

"It took multiple cameras and killer audio mix to capture the explosive energy and maniacal crowd of the Pulp Summer Slam, and this DVD does just that," states vocalist Brian Fair. "This was our first performance after completing the recording of Retribution, so we came out swinging with new songs, ready to attack the stage. The crowd of 22,000 in Manila gave us an overwhelming welcome and absolutely destroyed the place. Lots of metal, pyro and Red horse beer. It truly was Madness in Manila."

Madness In Manila cover art] tracklist:

01. The Light That Blinds
02. Forevermore
03. Failure Of The Devout
04. Crushing Belial
05. Burning The Lives
06. A Public Execution
07. Casting Shade
08. Destroyer Of Senses
09. What Drives The Weak
10. The Power of I and I
11. Enlightened By The Cold
12. Thoughts Without Words
13. Inspiration On Demand
14. War
15. The Great Collapse
16. Redemption


Band profile: Shadows Fall
Posted: 19.10.2010 by BudDa | Comments (2)

Moonsorrow - Update From The Studio

As you might remember, back in September, Finnish metallers Moonsorrow started recording their new full-length album. Now, on the 23rd studio day, guitarist Mitja Harvilahti has issued what might be the weirdest studio update in the history of studio updates, talking about a Moonsorrow side project called, uhm, Penectomy. Have a look at this:

"Last week we drove some 100km to the woods. In the woods there was a cabin. In the cabin we recorded Ville´s lead vocals. The landscape was truely beautiful with the trees turning to yellow, red, brown etc. I´m currently writing this at the Sonic Pump studios where we are preparing the tracks to be mixed.

Henri, Ville and Markus are discussing about things that people put in their asses. Jelly jars, potatos, and fists etc.

Now they are searching for a band called Penectomy. If it does not exist, they will put up a project like that right away.

No there is not one.

So, Moonsorrow has a new official side project called Penectomy. Demo (tape? CD? MP3?) to be released next year."


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Posted: 19.10.2010 by Carl Berg | Comments (18)

Suicidal Angels - New Song And Album Trailer Online

"Reborn In Violence", a brand new song from Greek metallers Suicidal Angels, is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. Also a trailer for the album can be viewed at this location.

"Reborn In Violence" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Dead Again, which is scheduled for release on November 19 via NoiseArt Records.

Dead Again cover art] tracklist:

01. Damnation
02. Reborn In Violence
03. Bleeding Holocaust
04. The Trial
05. Suicide Solution
06. Beggar Of Scorn
07. Victimized
08. Violent Abuse
09. The Lies Of Resurrection
10. Search For Recreation
11. Dead Again
12. Final Dawn


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Posted: 19.10.2010 by BudDa | Comments (7)

Destrage - New Video Online

"Jade's Place", the new video from Italian metallers Destrage, can be viewed at this location. The clip was written and directed by The Jack Stupid.

"Jade's Place" comes off the band's latest album, The King Is Fat'N'Old, which was released on October 4, 2010 via Coroner Records.


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Posted: 19.10.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (1)

Neaera - Entire New Album Streaming Online

Forging The Eclipse, the forthcoming album from German extreme metallers Neaera, is available for streaming in its entirety at this location.

Forging The Eclipse is scheduled for release on October 26 via Metal Blade Records.

Forging The Eclipse cover artwork] tracklist:

01. The Forging
02. Heaven's Descent
03. In Defiance
04. Eight Thousand Sorrows Deep
05. Arise Black Vengeance
06. Rubikon
07. Sirens Of Black
08. Certitude
09. Exaltation
10. Tyranny Of Want
11. The Prophecy
12. And To Posterity A Plague


Band profile: Neaera
Posted: 18.10.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)

Triptykon - New Video Online

"Shatter", the new video from Triptykon, can be viewed at this location. Based on a concept devised by Warrior and directed and filmed by Philipp Hirsch of Film-M in Leipzig, Germany in late September 2010, the clip combines the imagery of occult metal with the somber aesthetics of 1920s-era silent movies.

"Shatter" is the title track of the band's forthcoming EP, Shatter, which is scheduled for release on October 25 (Europe) and October 26 (North America).


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Posted: 18.10.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (5)

Supreme Pain - Drummer Leaves The Band, Replacement Announced

Dutch death metal act Supreme Pain has issued the following statement on their MySpace blog:

''Our drummer Toep Duin decided to quit Supreme Pain because of personal issues he need to arrange. And because of that he could not combine that with playing in Supreme Pain.

It is sad, but we understand his decision and wish him all the best for the future. We had a kick ass time together and also shredded some sick gigs. The last gig with Toep behind the kit was at Turock, Essen, Germany. 2 vids of this gig are on Supreme Pain myspace and youtube channel, so check them out! Toep take care and we see eachother somewere around.

The new drummachine for the Supreme Pain brutality wil be Paul Beltman. He is former Sinister drummer and also he played the drums for Fondlecorpse, Infinited Hate and Weapons To Hunt. Also he was playing a couple of years in Judgement Day. So a very experienced and very skilled drummer. Paul is a very cool guy and it's great he is now behind the kit in Supreme Pain.

We had rehearsals and played a couple of brand new songs and it went great. At the moment we will be working on new songs and with Paul behind the kit it will be sick, fast and brutal. So Supreme Pain will continue to create blasting death metal!

Supreme Death Metal GreetZ!"


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Posted: 18.10.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (1)

One Man Army And The Undead Quartet - New Album Cover Art Revealed

Swedish metallers One Man Army And The Undead Quartet have revealed the cover artwork of their forthcoming album, entitled The Dark Epic. The cover artwork was created by Björn Goosses of Killustrations:

The Dark Epic is currently being recorded at Black Lounge studios Link] in Avesta, Sweden with producer Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge) for an early 2011 release via Nuclear Blast/Massacre. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Sandman Apocalypse", "Stitch", "The Pleasures Of Slavery", "How I Love To Kill You" and "The Zombie Syndrome (Of Acid And Man)".


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Posted: 18.10.2010 by BudDa | Comments (1)