04:46 - Guib @deadone: I much prefer Unquestionable Presence.
04:33 - deadone I would rather take Atheist over Death. Piece of Time is riff heaven.
03:13 - LeKiwi Not everyone loves death metal, Marcel ;) I, for one, would take Death's proggier era over their death metal one any day.
03:12 - ScreamingSteelUS SBG was actually one of my first death metal albums. I bought it before I really had a tolerance for dm, much less a taste for it, so for a long time I thought very little of it. I had to revisit it after I had an ear for it.
03:04 - Guib Personally I love both the early and late material from the band.
According to a July posting on the website of French Brutal Death Metallers Benighted, the band has begun the recording of the new album at the Kohlekeller Studio in Germany. There will be two parts of this recording with the drums in July and the rest in August in the same studio. Prepare yourself for war!
This album will be out in October on Osmose productions and there will be a French tour with Kronos and Recueil Morbide at the end of october (11 gigs to be announced).
Swedish Black Metallers Dark Funeral have posted the following update:
"Finally! The long wait is over. For the very first time, we're able to offer you a double, relentless audio and visual journey from one of the most intense and extreme live acts around, Dark Funeral! This first-ever DVD from the band serves as a historical, live documentation of the band's rise to the top featuring amateur footage spanning their entire career, from the very first, and nowadays legendary, show in Oslo, Norway on May 4th, 1994 up until today. With three full shows professionally filmed and recorded this is a must have for any Dark Funeral fan.
"Attera Orbis Terrarum - Part 1" DVDcover art] is due out in Europe and North America on October 15 via Regain Records. An overview of the disc is as follows: "After years of dominating the black metal world, Dark Funeral is a band in need of no formal introductions. Their albums, tours, and personae are without a doubt, one of the most notorious and highly regarded of the genre. Now, for the very first time, we're able to offer a double, relentless audio & visual journey from one of the most intense and extreme live acts around, Dark Funeral! This first ever DVD from the band serves as a historical, live documentation of the band's rise to the top featuring amateur footage spanning their entire career, from the very first, and nowadays legendary, show in Oslo, Norway on May 4th, 1994 up until today. With 3 full shows professionally filmed and recorded this is a must have for any Dark Funeral fan. But just in case that's still not enough, there's also tons of various amateur/fan footage shot at the shows to ensure you get the whole package!"
The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Brian Benoit has posted a lengthy statement on the band's MySpace page explaining the circumstances that have forced him to take a leave of absence from the group. You can find that statement here.
The band has also finished the recordings of a new studio album. A studio update by the band can be found here.
A brand new track 'Lycanthropic Tales' from Limbonic Art upcoming album entitled "Legacy Of Evil", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page at this location.
"Legacy Of Evil" wil be released on September 27 via Nocturnal Art Productions
Here's the "Legacy Of evil" tracklisting again:
01. A Cosmic Funeral Of Memories
02. A Void Of Lifeless Dreams
03. Grace By Torments
04. Infernal Phantom Kingdom
05. Legacy Of Evil
06. Lycanthropic Tales
07. Nebulous Dawn
08. Seven Doors Of Death
09. Twilight Omen
10. Unleashed From Hell
Darkane vocalist Andreas Sydow has decided to leave the band and issued his official statement on the Darkane website:
"The time has come, my friends for me to step down from my position as vocalist of the greatest band in the world!
I feel I've reached a stand still in the creative process with Darkane and together we came to the decision to let fresh blood into the band for the upcoming fifth album. Darkane is constantly evolving and I'm sure that this ignition will be great for the band.
We certainly part ways as very good friends and we're in fact still working together on finishing the long awaited DVD. Hopefully the Darkane "Layers of Live" DVD will be released this autumn and, in a way, sum up my 7 years with Darkane and be the perfect closure.
MetalKult.com has posted rare live videos from a 1988 performance by Death. The videos were shot on October 23, 1988, at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, during a show with Raven, Dark Angel, Faith Or Fear and Forbidden (which was recorded/filmed and later released as part of the "Ultimate Revenge II" video on the Combat label).
Led by the late Chuck Schuldiner on vocals and lead guitar, Death were the third band on the Ultimate Revenge 2 bill that evening, and burned through three cuts from their 1988 album, Leprosy—"Left to Die," "Pull the Plug" and "Forgotten Past"—as well as "Denial of Life," from their 1987 debut, Scream Bloody Gore.
This following text was posted at the Pagan's Mind Official Forum:
So people it is time for us (Øyvind "Docrock" Doksrød & Kai "Otherman" Hansen), to update you on the latest stuff from the Pagan camp.
Guess you all would like to know the title of the forthcoming masterpiece, or? Would you like to know? Would you?!? Allright then, here it is; "GOD'S EQUATION".
So lets get into the stuff that went down tonight: the PM boys rounded up a mix of fellow local musicans, friends, family and fans - a total of 26 persons - to lay down some backing vocals, a choir thing - AWESOME! here]
The working-title for the track is "RETURN OF OSIRIS"!
On November 13th, a new two cd 24-track "best of" entitled "Mothership" will be released, with songs selected by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones. The long awaited remastered edition of "The Song Remains the Same" follows and features bonus material.
"We have revisited "The Song Remains The Same", says Jimmy Page, "and can now offer the complete set as played at Madison Square Garden. This differs substantially from the original soundtrack released in 1976, and highlights the technical prowess of Kevin Shirley, who worked with us on "How The West Was Won". When it comes to "The Song Remains The Same", the expansion of the DVD and soundtrack are as good as it gets on the Led Zeppelin wish list."
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area Thrashers Testament have cancelled their previously announced dates in Italy due to "scheduling conflicts." The promoter of the Italian gigs, Debbie Bisceglia, has released the following statement from Testament's management regarding the cancellations: "Due to events beyond their control, Testament are cancelling two upcoming shows in Italy only, August 31 and September 1. The band wishes to express their grief in cancelling these two shows."
There has been a difficult situation recently involving band drummer Nick Barker having visa issues and due to scheduling conflicts the band are going into the studio earlier at the end of August, earlier than anticipated, to begin recording their forthcoming Nuclear Blast release. Testament wishes to thank the fans for their continued support as well as Debbie and the Italian promoters of these shows for being so generous with their understanding of the situation. Testament will be back in Italy soon and make it up to everyone. The affected dates are as follows. Aug. 31st Velvet - Rimini, Italy and Sep. 1st Route To Hell Fest - Palamaggio-Caserta, Italy
According to the organizers of the festival, the More Than Fest, set to go down on August 25th and 26th in Ruzina, Slovakia, has been cancelled. The festival should have been headlined by Mayhem and Edguy. Further information on the reasons for this cancellation will be posted as soon as the news is translated from Slovakian. For those who read this language, go to this location.
Israeli metal band Orphaned Land have parted ways with drummer Avi Diamond. The group's official statement on the matter reads as follows:
"If there's a lesson to be taken from nature's seasons, it is that everything is dynamic around us, and it's nature's way to remind us that we need to freshen up and move on from time to time.
"After several years filled with challenges and hard work, we've utilized our work with Avi Diamond.
"During this period we've recorded the album "Mabool", toured the globe, headlined festivals and dozens of events worldwide. We've put the Israeli metal scene into the spot-lights, and created precedents in the metal world as a whole, and in the Israeli metal history in particular.
US Alternative Metal band Life Of Agony have issued the following update:
"We are very excited to share with you that there is a new Life Of Agony live concert DVD in the works. The footage was filmed at European festivals during the last tour in June 2007. The DVD shows the band performing its classic songs from the "River Runs Red", "Ugly" and "Soul Searching Sun" records. Filmed with multi-camera angles in front of crowds as large as 40,000 people, the DVD looks amazing. Bonus material includes rare backstage tour clips and more. Release date information will be available in the coming months."
Life Of Agony spent most of 2006 and early 2007 on a break after completing its successful touring cycle for the 2005 Epic Records release, "Broken Valley". The band is currently without a record deal, having parted ways with Epic in 2005. In the meantime, lead singer Keith Caputo released a solo album, titled "Heart's Blood on Your Dawn", and has a new CD on the way. Guitarist Joey Z has opened a recording studio in Brooklyn, NY called Method of Groove Studio and has successfully produced and mixed Brand New Sin's latest release for Century Media. Joey has also teamed up with Peter Steele (Type O Negative) to reform Carnivore. Drummer Sal Abruscato has been actively building custom motorcycles and recently won an award for his latest creation
Firewind mainman Gus G. has just issued the following statement on the band's website:
"Dear all, Here's the latest news and facts. It seems that 2007 has been quite an adventurous year for our singer Apollo. He's currently having some problems back home and needs to take the next few months off. As our touring schedule is quite heavy, we will continue with a replacement and give him the time he needs to get back smoothly.
The German vocalist Henning Basse (Metalium) will step in from now on and complete all the 2007 tourdates with us. Henning has helped us already in the past on some shows on our last European tour with Angra. He really kicks ass on stage and is a great singer and performer, as well as a great guy. We're grateful to have him on board once again and you'll be surprised by how hard this guy rocks!
Danish extreme metallers Illdisposed have issued the following update:
"We are no longer part of the Roadrunner family. Roadrunner didn't pick their third option with us — and honestly that was what we hoped for. We had a great time with Roadrunner, but it was a big problem to us that they refused to release our albums in the U.S. and other important territories. Their company structure and way of working doesn't fit a death metal band; we're not mainstream enough for that. But they did open a lot of doors for us and we're grateful for that.
"Anyway, we've spent the last months negotiating with other labels and we will present our new label within the next few weeks. I can tell that this time we will be priority and that the new album will be out everywhere."