Greek death metallers have made the following announcement on their official page, ending a long period of inactiveness:
"Ethereal Blue have linked with the Italian Agency Alkemist-Fanatix which officially handles the band's management from now on. We would like to thank all the agencies who were interested in the band's new material. The band is very happy with this new collaborator. We hope that Alkemist will help us accomplice some of the goals we have for our music."
In other news, the band's line-up has changed. Fok S.(Guitar) and Akis P.(Keyboards) are not members of Ethereal Blue anymore. Panos P. is the new guitar player while Ethereal Blue does not intend to find a new keyboardist.
Finnish metallers Entine have published the following update on their MySpace blog:
"During the end of year 2007 and at the beginning of '08 Entwine has been spending some time in rehearsal room gathering new ideas for the new album. Already there are about eight new songs or at least the basic structures of them. The plan is to hit the studio some time in the spring. The studios and the producer are yet unknown, but the album should be out later this year! Check back for further details…
Due to the writing and recording of the new album, unfortunately, there will be no time for live shows. There might be some exceptions though, in case we need some time off from writing."
"Galactic Records are proud to welcome the UK's Scythian to their fold.
Fear the coming of their armies, for the omens have foretold the arrival like a plague upon the wind. Ashes shall fall as rain from the skies as they pass and the hallowed temples of this world shall be as blackened husks, charred beyond recognition. Thousands strong ride from distant horizons, a prayer to slaughter on their lips.
As soon as Scythian's "Suffering To The Conquered" demo fell from the heavens into his hands, label head Leon Macey knew the decision to release the band's forthcoming album had been made for him - as if an unknown force was guiding its destiny. Talks immediately commenced with the then three Scythian members. Shrouded in armour, they raised their drinking vessels in union and a deal was subsequently set in stone...
Finnish metallers Shade Empire will release their third album, entitled "Zero Nexus", on March 12 via Dynamic Arts Records. Most of the recording sessions took place at Studio 33 in Kuopio, Finland. The vocal recordings at Perkele Studios were overseen by producer and Ajattara mastermind Pasi "Ruoja" Koskinen. "Zero Nexus" was mixed by Sami Niittykoski.
"Zero Nexus" tracklisting:
01. 9 In 1
02. Adam & Eve
03. Blood Colours The White
04. Flesh Relinquished
05. Harvesters Of Death
07. Whisper From The Depths
08. Ecstasy Of Black Light
Lots of information coming up later. But you can find videos from recording sessions and from video shootings at this location.
French metallers Misanthrope will release their first concept album, entitled "IrremeDIABLE", on January 21st, 2008 via Holy Records.
"IrremeDIABLE" was recorded and mixed at "Studios Davout" and "Manoir Des Déportés" (Paris, France).
A collector version of the album will contain a DVD, a video clip and bonus.
"IrremeDIABLE" tracklisting cover]:
01 Les Retourneurs De Pierres
03 Les Limbes
04 Le Passager Du Hasard
05 L'Infinie Violence Des Abîmes
07 Le Dandy De Bohème
08 Fantasia Artificielle
09 Le Maudit Et Son Spleen
10 Plaisirs Saphiques
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We're proud to announce we'll be headlining Avalanche festival in Delhi, India on February 22nd 2008! Avalanche festival is the heavy music part of the 4-day cultural Moksha festival at the Netaji Subhas Institue of Technology (N.S.I.T.). In addition we might be doing 1 or 2 club gigs after this festival, but we're still working on that.
Many thanks go out to Aditya Pangtey for all his efforts to get us to India! After one year of emailing and planning looks like it's finally going to happen!
Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have posted an audio preview of their new album, "Korven Kuningas", on their MySpace page at this location.
"Korven Kuningas" is scheduled for release on March 21, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.
A new single, "Keep On Galloping", will precede the full-length effort on February 14, 2008 in both CD and 7" picture vinyl formats.
Progressive metallers Circus Maximus have announced on their website that they will be the main support act for Symphony X's European tour.
The following is the list of dates:
13 Feb Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle
14 Feb Cologne, Germany at Live Music Hall
15 Feb Hellendoorn, Netherlands at Lantaarn
16 Feb Zoetermeer, Netherlands at Boerderij
17 Feb Stuttgart, Germany at Die Röhre
19 Feb Berlin, Germany at Columbia Club
20 Feb Frankfurt, Germany at Batschkapp
21 Feb Nurnberg, Germany at Hirsch
22 Feb Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
23 Feb Munich, Germany at Backstage Werk
25 Feb Florence, Italy at Viper Club
26 Feb Piacenza, Italy at Fillmore
28 Feb Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz 2
29 Feb Madrid, Spain at Sala Heineken
Danish extreme metallers Illdisposed have set "The Prestige" as the title of their 10th album, due on March 28 via AFM Records.
"The Prestige" was mixed at Studio Fredman (Gothenburg, Sweden) with Fredrik Nordström and cover artwork (here) was made by Mattias Norén.
"The Prestige" tracklisting:
01. Let Go
02. The Tension
03. Weak Is Your God
04. Working Class Zero
05. A Song Of Myself
06. Like Cancer
07. Love Is Tasted Bitter
08. She Knows
09. A Child Is Missing
10. The Key To My Salvation
11. ...Your Devoted Slave
12. Ich Bin Verloren In Berlin
Napalm Death and Suffocation will team up for a European co-headlining tour in May/June 2008. Also appearing on the bill will be Warbringer, a thrash metal band from the Bay Area.
The dates are as follows:
May 08 - Dordrecht, Holland @ Bibelot
May 09 - Zaandam, Holland @ De Kade
May 10 - Berlin, Germany @ SO36
May 11 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany @ Gelsenkirchen Amphitheatre (Rock Hard Festival)
May 12 - Hasselt, Belgium @ Muziek-O-Droom
May 13 - Paris, France @ La Locomotive
May 14 - Rennes, France @ Antipode
May 15 - Biarritz, France @ Atabel
May 16 - Durango, Spain @ Plateruena
May 17 - Corroios, Spain @ Cine Teatro de Corroios
May 18 - Madrid, Spain @ Caracol
May 19 - Barcelona, Spain @ Mephisto
Devildriver will start a North American Tour entitled "Bound By The Road 2008" on February, 27th. Napalm Death, Walls Of Jericho, 36 Crazyfists and In Vitro are announced as special guests.
The "Bound By The Road 2008" dates are as follows:
Feb. 27 - The Fat Cat - Modesto, CA
Feb. 28 - The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
Feb. 29 - House Of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
Mar. 02 - The Rock - Tucson, AZ
Mar. 04 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
Mar. 06 - Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK
Mar. 07 - Ridglea Theater - Fort Worth, TX
Mar. 08 - Scout Bar - San Antonio, TX
Mar. 09 - House Of Rock - Corpus Christi, TX
Mar. 14 - Boomerz - Seminole, FL
Mar. 15 - Mojo Room - Port St. Lucie, FL
Finnish Extreme Power Metallers Norther have announced on their website new dates for Finland:
16 Feb - Finnish Metal Expo, Helsinki
22 Feb - Nivala, Tuiskula
23 Feb - Hellä, Tampere
In other news, Norther's guitarist Kristian "Kride" Ranta, has updated the band's blog with the following update about their upcoming video:
"So I guess you have all heard the news about our new album N. Hopefully we can also confirm the US release quite soon. We shot our new video some time ago and it is starting to be ready. It's looking damn good and will be something a way cooler than we've ever done before We did the video with Tunne Productions, check out what other they have done before us. I must say that besides being really pro guys they were also really nice and everything went smoothly.
French metallers Destinity have announced that their next album entitled "The Inside", will be out on February 2008. The song "Enemy Process" which is taken from the new album is online on the Destinity's MySpace page at this location.
"The Inside" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Aborted, Destruction, Hatesphere, ...).
"The Inside" tracklisting cover:
01. My Senseless Theory
02. Murder Within
03. Thing I Will Never Feel
04. Still Remember
05. A Thousand Falling Skies
06. Inhuman Corrosive Report
07. Ready To Leave
08. Enemy Process
09. Escaping Reality
10. The Inside
Almost five years have passed since the release of "A Flame To The Ground Beneath" and after the turbulence the band experienced. The remaining members now realize this period was necessary to regain the energy, strength, motivation and inspiration needed to continue with the unearthly creations.
While continuing the search for the voice, which will be embraced by our music, the recording of the new material will be carried through independently of that and immediately, starting in January 2008. All instruments will be successively fully recorded and maybe even mixed without vocals on. All skeptical or frightened by this procedure should know/be-reminded it was more or less the same case with "Awakening The World" album when Daniel's vocals was post-mixed after the instrumental mix in Studio Fredman.