"We present you the first episode of COBTV News - a special report from the studio session for the band's brand new song Tie My Rope which will appear on the upcoming Viva La Bands Volume Two CD, in stores Sept 4th throughout North America."
The video is available on Children Of Bodom's website for download or streaming.
The following message was posted on Earache's website:
"August 27th sees the long-awaited release of "Enter The Grave" from upcoming Yorkshire thrashers Evile. To mark the release of their debut the band are giving away an exclusive red 7 inch with all pre-orders from the Earache webstore, along with a free Evile poster. Click here to see a picture of the red 7 inch vinyl. The vinyl is Limited Edition, with only 1,000 copies available and features two unreleased demo tracks entitled 'Darkness Shall Bring Death' and 'Sacrificial'. The 7 inch will also be available with 'Enter The Grave' from selected independent retailers. To see a list of these stores, click here.
The new album of Dutch Death Metallers Gorefest, "Rise To Ruin", is available for streaming in its entirety on the band's MySpace page.
Due in the U.S. on September 25 (Candlelight) and in Europe on August 3 (Nuclear Blast), the CD was mixed by Danish producer Tue Madsen at his Antfarm studios in Århus, Denmark. "He managed to make everything sound even heavier than we'd imagined," guitarist Frank Harthoorn previously said.
Brazilian Thrashers Chaosfear have posted the news on their website:
"After quitting Scars, Edu Boccomino was interested in playing with his brother Fernando once again. "Everything happened so naturally because we have been friends for such a long time. We just had a quick talk and started playing again.", said the rest of the band. Welcome back Edu."
Guitarist Eduardo Boccomino is the brother of vocalist, guitarist Fernando Boccomino. Eduardo quit the band before the release of the "Inside The Extreme World" demo. The whole demo is available for free download at the band's website at this location.
Chaosfear has started writing material for the follow-up to "One Step Behind Anger", tentatively due in 2008 via OSM Records.
Rare video clips of Canadian Thrash legends Annihilator have recently been posted on YouTube, which showcase the band performing live at various points throughout their career, including the following:
'Riff Raff' (AC/DC cover live in Japan 1995): video
official 'Syn Kill' video video
'The Perfect Virus' (live in Greece 2001): video
'Shallow Grave' (live in Greece 2001): video
'Blackest Day' (live in Paris 2002): video
'Never Neverland' (live on SwedenRock cruise 2006): video
UPDATED (on 13/08/07) thanks to Nervel:
Annihilator has posted more video's online, check them out at this YouTube location.
The following dates have been released for the "Lucifer Over America Tour 2008" featuring Rotting Christ, Immolation, Belphegor and Averse Sefira:
February 4 - Charlote, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
February 5 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
February 6 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
February 7 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
February 8 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
February 9 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
February 10 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
February 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
February 12 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
February 14 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
February 15 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
February 16 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
February 19 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Devildriver have been added to this summer's Ozzfest 2007 following the departure of Mondo Generator. Starting in Dallas, TX on August 2, Devildriver will be playing the second stage at 3:30pm.
Coupled with this announcement, the band have also been forced to cancel their upcoming headlining tour of the US. It's expected they will be back out on the road in North America in early'08 to support their new record The Last Kind Words, out July 31 through Roadrunner Records.
August 2 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Center,
August 4 - San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 6 - St. Louis, MO @ UMB Bank Pavilion
August 8 - Columbus, OH @ Germain Amphitheatre
August 10 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Killswitch Engage's video for the cover of the Dio classic 'Holy Diver' has been posted on MySpace at this location.
The clip was shot in the Calistoga, California area the weekend of June 16-17 with director Brian Thompson.
The following message was posted on Century Media's website:
"Great news Arch Enemy fans as the band gives you a first insight of their upcoming full-length opus "Rise Of The Tyrant" set for release on September 24th, 2007! 'Blood On Your Hands', the crushing opening track has just been posted on the band's Century Media artist page for your listening pleasure - you can get there by clicking here. Or visit the band's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/archenemy."
Arch Enemy mastermind Michael Amott enthuses:
"I know there is a lot of excitement out there amongst the fans to hear this new album so we thought it would be cool to give you all a sneak preview. 'Blood On Your Hands' is the opening track on "Rise of The Tyrant" and kicks the album off with a huge bang!
At the moment, Peavy, Victor and André are working with high pressure at their new album, with the working title "Carved In Stone". "Carved in Stone" is also the title of a new song, a super hymn, which could open the live shows in future. More titles are (under reserve): 'Open My Grave', 'One Step Ahead', 'Long Hard Road' and 'Without You'.
Ministry mainman Al Jourgensen has revealed to Germany's Metal Hammer magazine that the group's previously announced "final" album, "The Last Sucker", will be followed by an all-covers release, tentatively due in 2008. According to Jourgensen, the as-yet-untitled effort will contain "a lot of different cover songs from various bands," some of which have already been released on Ministry albums over the years.
Ministry's upcoming covers album is expected to include the following tracks, among others:
Previously released songs:
"Supernaut" by Black Sabbath (from "Supernaut" EP)
"Lay Lady Lay" by Bob Dylan (from "Filth Pig")
The Blikfest-organisation has revealed the complete line up of the fourth edition of the Blikfest Festival, also dubbed as Metal Extravaganza 2007, set to take place on November 3 at JH Togenblik, at Beveren-Waas, Belgium.
The only international band and headliner of the festival will be Diablo Swing Orchestra. D:S:O already earned a lot of fame for their highly acclaimed debut album "The Butcher's Ballroom". The Swedish Symphonic Avantgarde Metallers were also chosen as The Biggest Surprise of the Metal Storm Awards 2006. Their new upcoming album is currently due for an April 2008 release.
Other names on the festival line up are Oceans Of Sadness (unique progressive metal), Axamenta (orchestral prog metal), Crusader (medieval heavy metal), Gwyllion (symphonic metal) and Apocryph (death-thrash metal).
A 10 minutes demo was posted on Ayreon's official MySpace page here, this piece will appear on the next album of the group. The vocal parts were not recorded yet.
Three vocalists are now confirmed for the new, as of yet untitled, Ayreon album: Magali Luyten (Virus IV and Beautiful Sin) Simone Simons (Epica) and Ty Tabor (King's X).
To be complete the following message was posted on Ayreon's official website:
"Members of the messageboard spent nearly a year already organizing a fan-meet for Ayreon (Arjen Lucassen) fans. What started out as an informal get-together for forumers at a zoo, turned into a little bit of an event where 250 people can attend. It takes place September 15th, 2007 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It starts 13:00 and ends aproximately 19:00.
The following message was posted by Philippe Giordana (keyboards) from French Symphonic Power Metal band Fairyland on the band's official website:
"Anthony, Vincent, Tom and Max have decided to leave Fairyland and go on with their own project. The reasons for their departure have not been clearly expressed, and the way they handled the whole business, with direct annoucement on Fairyland's forum prior to any kind of discussion with Intromental Management, Napalm Records, Marquee Avalon, Burrn! Corporation or even me, was not very professional. However, it is their decision and I wish them all the luck they will need to make their new project break through.
Regarding Fairyland, I am and have always been the song writer, also taking care of the lyrics and vocal lines, plus the concept behind my music. So there is no reason why I should stop doing so. The only point I need to think about is whether I will try and build a new line-up, or just stay by myself and use guest musicians from different horizons. that last solution is quite appealing, since it can bring a lot of diversity to Fairyland, plus it will mean I don't have to handle a line-up's personnal issues, which is really time consuming. I'll then be able to concentrate on the music only, and all will be best.
The following update was posted on the official website of Dutch Doom Metal band Deinonychus:
"Warfare Machines" is the new title of the forthcoming Deinonychus album which will be released on My Kingdom Music on the 12th of Oct. 2007. Recorded and mastered in Italy under the guidance of Giuseppe Orlando (who also played drums on this album). This album is another progress containing a fine mixture of black/doom metal with up-tempo/blast and doom parts.
First there will be a limited slipcase-edition of 2000 pcs. The artwork was again done by Eric Massicotte who also did artwork for Darkthrone etc.
Here is a preview of the slipcase cover and here of the CD jewelcase cover.