02:37 - !J.O.O.E.! Hey ZÖN, I found your stuff last week actually, really nice, especially with headphones.
02:00 - mz also, I have not heard your music yet, but experimental/ drone/ dark ambient fits my taste prefectly.
01:56 - mz on a serious note, the majority of active users are into black, death, doom and sludge it seems.
01:54 - ZÖN Are there any interested in blackened power metal though. I can get on board with that
01:52 - mz @ zon: welcome to the MS. We have a nice comunity of small number of people who are active, and the atmosphere here is much more civilized than MA+ there are not many active users interested in power metal, which is very good :D
01:38 - Maco Call me Maco Trunk. Don't tell it to my man Karl.
01:35 - Maco I'm like Eddie Trunk, main difference is that I don't believe good music died in the 90's.
The following update was issued on Nuclear Blast's website:
"Ashmedi and Moloch are locked up in Sulphonic recording studio in Rotterdam working on demos for the follow up to "Emissaries", the 5th Melechesh album and first for Nuclear Blast Records.
The band are aiming to keep the album Multi dimensional when it comes to the atmosphere of the songs, one of the new elements will be a couple of songs written and recorded entirely with 12 strings electric guitars.
Ashmedi will then head to Istanbul where he will meet prominent musicians there so as to explore the eastern musical traditions of the city."
Commented Ashmedi: "Istanbul is a place where Eastern and Western Music have been perfectly interwoven for decades, and it is a great place to absorb musically and spiritually as Istanbul also has a very fascinating occult side to it as well!"
Portuguese atmospheric metal/rock outfit Factory Of Dreams are currently completing the recordings for the new album "A Strange Utopia", after the successful debut "Poles". For this new album, the band have released a new single called "The Weight of the World".
Now, First Edition Pictures, ProgRock Records and Factory of Dreams are proud to present "The Weight of the World" - videoclip. The video is produced by Hugo Flores, directed by Emil Jonsvik and promoted by Factory of Dreams and ProgRockRecords.
Also, visit this link to download the DVD quality version of the clip or to follow every development of the new album, with videos from some recording sessions too.
New York death metal veterans Immolation have signed a worldwide, multi-album contract with Nuclear Blast Records, who will release the band's upcoming eighth studio album in early 2010.
Commented the band: "We are looking forward to working with Nuclear Blast, a classic label that has become one of the largest driving forces in metal today. We intend to have a new album out for early next year. Expect the new one to have some of the most dark and intense music we've ever put together!"
The scheduled October Australian/New Zealand tour of Florida death metallers Deicide has unfortunately been cancelled. Soundworks Touring & Deicide deeply apologise for any inconveniences and disappointments to fans. In a statement released by lead man Glen Benton: "We are currently working on the new album and will be recording during the time frame of said tour... on behalf of the band and myself we are sorry for any inconvenience and will reschedule the tour for another time frame as soon as we can."
Purchased tickets can be returned from point of purchase for a full refund.
The Australian/New Zealand tour, set to take place in April 2009, was announced at the end of December 2008. In March, the scheduled April Australian/New Zealand tour were first postponed and later rescheduled to October.
"Rise Of The Shadows", a brand new track from ChthoniC's latest full-length album "Mirror of Retribution" is now available for streaming on the Spinefarm UK MySpace, as well as ChthoniC's official MySpace page.
ChthoniC's profile in MyeBook has gotten over 25,000 views in a very short time, and there is a live video of the band performing "Rise of the Shadows" currently on YouTube.
"Mirror Of Retribution" is set for a September 1 release in the US via Spinefarm Records. The record was produced and engineered by Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano. ChthoniC have also released an image from their album cover art here.
For the very first time, and exclusively to downloadfestival.co.uk, the Download Festival is giving fans the opportunity to relive performances from the event, 'On Demand' for the next three months. Featuring 15 artists, including all three headliners, a massive 38 full songs will be available.
As the most successful event in the history of the Download Festival both onsite and online, with over 2.3 million live streams served on the official website in three days, event organisers are thrilled to be offering more than ever before. Live Nation are, for the very first time, able to show performances from the event for a limited period starting at 9:00am on Friday 26 June.
Featuring the debut festival performance in more than 11 years for Faith No More, the return of Limp Bizkit, plus rousing performances from Def Leppard, Slipknot, Korn and Pendulum, all these and more can be relived via the award-winning official Download Festival website.
Ghost Brigade took the world by surprise when their debut album "Guided By Fire" was received with raving reviews in autumn of 2007. Stimulated by this success, the Finns will be back in the shops this year, with a new delivery of their original blend of Post-Rock, Metalcore, Progressive Rock, Death and Doom Metal.
Their sophomore album is entitled "Isolation Songs", and will be released on August 3rd in Europe (August 25th in the US) through Season Of Mist Records.
"We are collectively very proud of this record", guitarist Wille comments. "It was a lot of work to get this album done, it took almost two years to write these songs, but now that it's 100% ready I can only say that I feel privileged to be a member of Ghost Brigade. I have a strong feeling we have created something very special with 'Isolation Songs' and it is by far my personal favorite of all recordings I've ever been a part of. I hope people will enjoy these songs as much as we do once they get the chance to hear them. If only August was here already! Be safe!"
Swedish metallers Valkyrja entered Necromorbus Studios (Watain, Deströyer 666) in Stockholm on June 22 with producer Tore Stjerna to begin recording their second album.
The band commented: "The procedure will span throughout the summer and be available in pressed form in late 2009/early 2010 through Metal Blade Records if no greater harm is done to the schedule. As for now there are no further details available. Nothing more will be written until everything is completed and an entry including all information and alike will follow."
"Death... The Brutal Way", the new video from Dutch metallers Asphyx, has been made available online. The clip was helmed by Oliver Barth of Visions In Fear.
"Death... The Brutal Way" comes off the band's latest album, entitled "Death... The Brutal Way", which was released in Europe on June 22, 2009 via Century Media Records (the album will be released on September 1 in the US via Ibex Moon Records).
Washington DC band Fierce Allegiance premiers their music video music video "No Way Out" directed by Kenny Kelley (Darkest Hour, Vans Warped Tour, Adrenaline Crew) on MySpace Music.
The video combines performance footage and extreme motorcycle stunts by internationally renowned stunt team Adrenaline Crew. Motorcycle stunts "wheelies," "chainsaws," and "endos" are presented in a live performance setting. The video was dangerous, due to near miss collisions with the band. Vocalist Ben Allegiance comments: "we were amazed how close the motorcycles were during our performance. Instead of doing the typical angry metal video, we opted for an 80's classic metal vibe in the style of Judas Priest and Motörhead."
Independent Goth Rock/Metal up-and-comers, Ellsbeth, have finally released their first studio album "Well Dressed Killing Machine" on iTunes. The album, which came out on April 1st, was co/produced by Chris Spilfogel (Dreamgirls, Hairspray), as well as Ellsbeth's guitarist, Sean Lacefield. "Well Dressed Killing Machine", featured 11 original tracks, and the music has been described as "honest" with a "striking melody". The band has already gained a cult following across the nation.
Ellsbeth was formed in 2005 with a goal to set the world of music on fire. After numerous lineup changes, the band is ready to fulfill this dream. The five musicians that make up the female fronted band have gathered from all across the US to bring music that is true and sincere to the masses. With lyrics that are drawn from the "ironic tragedy that is the inner, day-to-day workings of a very human life and the relationships that bind them together," Ellsbeth creates music that people can relate to.
Polish deathsters Vader will team up with California's Decrepit Birth, L.A.'s Warbringer, The Amenta from Australia, Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky from Florida, and Montreal, Canada's Augury for a 38-show "Decibel Presents: Monsters Of Death Tour" through North America beginning November 4th in Baltimore, Maryland.
Vader guitarist/vocalist Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek shares his thoughts on the upcoming trek: "Metal always was and still needs to be a brotherhood. All we were doing to support the music and the scene was cooperating with other bands. Natural seIection decides if a band is really dedicated or if it's just an episode. Not much has changed today, actually.
"Blood Oath", the new album from death metallers Suffocation, is available for streaming in its entirety on the band's official MySpace. "Blood Oath" will be released in Europe on July 3 and in the U.S on July 14 via Nuclear Blast Records.