Suffocation have uploaded a video clip for the track "Cataclysmic Purification". The footage was directed by David Brodsky (Arsis, God Forbid, Kataklysm, Swashbuckle), with animation by Tim Kellen. When asked about the new track and their soon to be released 6th full-length album Blood Oath, Suffocation bassist Derek Boyer stated:
"Cataclysmic Purification" audibly portrays a calamitous future approaching. With this song and the rest of the album I think we've maintained the musical integrity of the band while still having comprehensible brutality. Blood Oath combines straight forward crushing movements with unsuspecting twists that will certainly entertain everyone from the avid Suffocation listener to the 1st time innocent bystanders."
Slayer. Megadeth. Two names synonymous with fierce, crunching power. Two bands whose histories are inevitably intertwined in defining the thrash/metal genre. Individually, their respective prowess and accomplishments are impressive; but together, they're brutal and unstoppable. Megadeth and Slayer will join forces to co-headline "American Carnage," the most blistering, the most explosive, and the most eagerly anticipated mega-tour of the winter - and you do not want to miss it.
"American Carnage" will kick off on January 18 in Seattle, WA for a 26-date trek across North America that will include the six Canadian dates postponed earlier this month. Tickets for most shows go on sale this Friday, November 20. Ticketmaster is offering a special presale for most shows from Wednesday November 18 at 10am until Thursday November 19 at 10pm.
Under the "Accession To The Throne" banner the swedish hellfire horde Demonical will hit the following cities, together with Deathbound and My Own Grave.
12.02.2010 - SWE - Stockholm - Snövit
13.02.2010 - DK - Fredericia - Ungdomens Hus
14.02.2010 - GER - Osnabrück - Bastard Club
15.02.2010 - NL - Tilburg - Little Devil
17.02.2010 - BEL - Roeselare - De Verlichte Geest
18.02.2010 - GER - Neuss - Das Haus
19.02.2010 - GER - Annaberg-Buchholz - Gleis 3
20.02.2010 - GER - Stuttgart - Club Zentral
21.02.2010 - CH - Zürich - Dynamo Werk 21
22.02.2010 - ITA - Vicenza - The Jack Hole
23.02.2010 - SLO - Ljubljana - Channel Zero
24.02.2010 - HUN - Pecs - Toxic Music Club
25.02.2010 - CRO - Zagreb - Zeljeznicar
Finnish Melodic Black metallers Gloria Morti have issued the following update:
"Gloria Morti is entering studio to record their third full length album. The recordings of the album will be carried out in the same fashion as the last album Eryx by Juho Räihä in SoundSpiral studios. The recordings will start on November 21th. We will have a studio diary online and we will keep you up to date. The working title of the album is Anthems Of Annihilation and it will contain ten tracks of the most diverse and crushing Gloria Morti material to date.
Anthems Of Annihilation is a concept album about mankind making an irreversible mistake in trying to overcome all of its biggest problems. The storyline borders from a war between men and machines to the slavery and exploitation of a whole generation. The lyrical theme takes a stance on current problems and is a reminder of the stupidity of man.
Cesare "Fratello Metallo" Bonizzi (born 1946), a monk from the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin who has been performing in recent years as a heavy metal singer, has decided to retire. Fratello Metallo ("Brother Metal"), which is also the name of his band, felt that being in a heavy metal band has made him a celebrity and taken him down the Devil's path. The Devil, he says, has turned him away from his fellow monks and managers, so he had "to kill him." However, Bonizzi asserts that he will maintain his interest in heavy metal.
Since 1990 he has released numerous albums in various styles from new age to rock. After seeing Metallica in concert, however, his passion turned to heavy metal. "Metal is the most energetic, vital, deep and true musical language that I know," says Fratello Metallo. In 2008 he released a heavy metal album under the title Misteri. He cites Megadeth and Metallica as major inspirations on his transformation to metal. His band was the opening act at 2008's Gods of Metal, Italy's largest heavy metal festival.
Members of Mayhem and their crew were arrested Monday morning after allegedly destroying a hotel room in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
The group performed Sunday night at the Hall Of Fame venue in Tilburg and had booked rooms for the night at Hotel Central.
A hotel employee arrived the next morning to find the hotel room to be a complete mess. Plants were thrown out onto the street, mirrors, a sink and bathroom curtains were torn apart and demolished. The beds and television were destroyed and walls were dirty and stained.
Damage was estimated at at least 5000 euros (approximately $7480).
The nine men, aged 21 to 45 years, hail from The Netherlands, Norway, Finland and France. The suspects are currently being held at a local jail and will not be released until they have reimbursed the hotel for repair costs.
„Cutthroat Melodies", Chain Reaction's second album is complete. It will contain 12 songs recorded and mixed, similarly to their debut, by Tomasz Zalewski in ZED Studio. According to the band, "the songs, though eclectic, maintain a modern thrash vibe with a bit more melodic parts than on the debut". So far the publisher of the album is unknown. Their last record was released in Europe and USA by KOLONY RECORDS.
Below you will find the tracklist and the album's cover, whose author is Dani - CR's guitarist.
02. Prime Integers
03. God Lives Too Long
04. Elder thrived
05. Insomnia revised / H. B. Woodrose
06. Class „A" prisoner
07. Projecting. AM
08. No logo
It is with immense disappointment that Slayer must postpone its UK and European tour that had been set to kick off on November 18 in the UK, and take the band on 19 dates through Europe, ending on December 17 in Germany. The tour will be rescheduled to kick off on March 7 in Manchester, England (complete itinerary is below).
Vocalist/bassist Tom Araya has been under the care of a specialist for a back injury, and while he has already made substantial improvement, he is continuing on with doctor-prescribed treatment.
"Right now," said Slayer's manager, Rick Sales, "our main concern must be the full and permanent recovery of Tom, so we have decided to clear the calendar and give him the extra time he needs to concentrate solely on good health."
"Due to visa problems Benediction will not be in South America this December. Dates will be re-scheduled. Please note that the band will DEFINITELY still be playing there but just need to sort the red tape bollocks out first. Shit happens, don't worry about it."
The "Decibel Presents: Monsters Of Death Tour" show on November 14th, 2009 will be streamed live online at this location from The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Performances will include headliners Vader, Decrepit Birth, Warbringer, The Amenta, Swashbuckle, and Augury.
The free, live stream will begin at 4 pm Pacific / 5 pm Mountain / 6 pm Central / 7 pm Eastern.
To access the free live concert stream:
1) Go to http://www.theravelive.com/webcast
2) Click on the "Free Signup" button at the upper right of the page
3) Choose the "Fan" option and fill out the information
4) Sign in on November 14th and click on the "Live Webcast" tab and you're ready to see the show
Finnish Folk metallers Korpiklaani have issued the following update:
"Sadly, Korpiklaani need to postpone their tour to South America due to complications with work permits which resulted in cancelled flights for the band. Korpiklaani did everything possible to make this happen and apologize to all their fans for this, which was not the fault of the band. We promise to make up for this with new dates to be scheduled soon and want to thank all of our fans for your patience. We also want to thank Ariel from Argentina and Carlos from Mexico for helping us try to solve this situation, which was unfortunately not possible."
A few days ago, Blind Guardian's Hansi Kürsch posted the following update on the band's official webpage:
"To keep this one a short but essential one: we finally have started the production of Blind Guardian studio album number nine. Frederik is literally rushing through the songs already. Who knows, this time we may deliver the finished master prior to the ultimate deadline (set by an about-to-get-insane record company after thousands of broken promises to finally deliver the new record within the next days). Well Frederik isn't Marcus, who isn't André, who most certainly is not Hansi. So there still lies trouble (i.e. delays) ahead.
Back to Frederik, back to the production: We started sometime last week and Frederik accomplished drums for some seriously tricky tracks. If I am correct he has two more tracks to go and should be finished during the next days. Altogether there are 11 songs to work on. As mentioned last time, we do have a strong amount of heavy Guardian hymns, which come along with such a harsh intensity that I am sometimes surprised myself. There is a fine balance of extremely fast songs and ultimate epic stuff. "Wheel of Time" would be one example for the last mentioned. The song contains many surprises - I am deadly honest about that, so mark my words here. Lyrically I am of course tempted to deal with Robert Jordan's great "Wheel of Time" story, one of the best fantasy series ever. If you asked me with which song the number could be compared I most probably would say "The Script for my Requiem" or "And then there was Silence". This tune does really have the potential to mess with these two songs.
Already last week, lead guitarist Greg Mackintosh was unable to continue with Paradise Lost's "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us" tour of Europe due to a terminal illness within his family. Greg's father was taken critically ill some weeks ago, yet Greg decided to commence the tour anyway in the hope that future news from home would be positive. This unfortunately was not the case, therefore (as of 6th November 2009), Greg will remain in England to support his relatives during this difficult time.
Milly Evans, (Paradise Lost's long-standing guitar technician, and keyboardist from Terrorvision), will fill in for Greg with immediate effect. Having worked with the band for many years, Milly knows Paradise Lost's repertoire far more than most, and will endeavour to provide a seamless transition between guitarists. Milly is highly regarded among Paradise Lost's fan-base and is the best person to fill Greg's role in the band for the rest of the European tour.
"Stronghold: Under Siege", the new official video clip from the Polish female fronted Classic Heavy Metal band Crystal Viper, can be viewed online.
The track was written for the Stronghold role-playing/dark fantasy game, which will come out later this month through Portal Publishing and their partners worldwide. The song was recorded at the MP Studio in Poland with engineer Mariusz Pietka and producer Bart Gabriel. The "Stronghold: Under Siege" CD single will be added for free to the box with the game, and will be available in very limited edition as a separate disc (on Skol Records). More about the game at http://www.portalpublishing.eu.
In other news, Crystal Viper released a brand new seven-inch vinyl single on High Roller Records titled "The Wolf And The Witch", earlier this month. The front cover artwork for the single was painted by Chris Moyen, who has previously worked with such bands as Slayer, Beherit, Blasphemy and Trivium.