German power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have posted the cover artwork for their upcoming live DVD, "Imaginations Through The Looking Glass". The disc, which was recorded primarily at the Blind Guardian Open Air festival in Coburg, Germany last June, will come with a bonus DVD, featuring interview and behind-the-scenes footage as well as additional live material. A June 14 release is expected.
In other news, BLIND GUARDIAN revealed in a posting on their web site that select movie theaters in Germany will be showing the new DVD on the big screen before it hits the stores. Dates are as follows:
Guitarist Wojtek Lisicki (a.k.a. Transcendental Protagonist) has rejoined Sweden's LOST HORIZON. This was confirmed by the band's promoter, M-Production, in a phone call to Sweden Rock magazine late Monday night (May 10). No further information was given, but according to the promoter, an official statement containing more details will be posted on the band's web site later this week. Wojtek will be on stage with the band when they perform at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 12.
Lisicki originally left LOST HORIZON last July due to "personal reasons." The group's second full-length album, "A Flame to the Ground Beneath", was released in February 2003 through Music For Nations Records.
Long-running Canadian thrashers INFERNAL MAJESTY have inked a deal with Greece's Black Lotus Records for the release of their latest album, "One Who Points To Death". Black Lotus Records will have the exclusive distribution rights for Europe, Asia and Oceania while the North American release is being handled by Canada's Galy Records.
"One Who Points to Death" was recorded by Sho at Profile Sound Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and was mastered by Pierre Remillard at Wild Studios in St-Zenon, Quebec, Canada. The 47-minute CD is "packed with old school thrash crunch and modern death metal intensity," according to an official press release.
Swedish power metallers ISENGARD have announced the addition of keyboardist Peo Lövholm to the group's ranks. "Peo did the first job with ISENGARD during the recording of 'Crownless Majesty'," the group write on their web site. "He was the conductor for the choir we used and with his keyboard skills he is perfect for this job."
ISENGARD are currently writing material for their fourth full-length album, tentatively due later in the year.
GOD AMONG INSECTS, the Swedish "old-school" death metal band featuring vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula (DARK FUNERAL), guitarist Lord K (a.k.a. Kenth Philipson) (THE PROJECT HATE), bassist Tomas Elofsson (SANCTIFICATION) and drummer Tobias Gustafsson (VOMITORY), have set an August 23 Scandinavian release date through ENTOMBED's Threeman Recordings for their debut album, "World Wide Death". Continental Europe and the U.S. will tentatively receive the album in early September.
"World Wide Death" was recorded and mixed at Abyss Studios with engineer Tommy Tägtgren. Audio clips of all nine songs that will be included on the album have been posted online at this location: http://tph.statikmajik.com/gai/disco.php
LACUNA COIL guitarist Cristiano Migliore has revealed to Wichita's F5 that the Italian quintet have written roughly 15 tracks since the release of 2002's "Comalies" and will work on recording a new disc toward the end of this year with a projected release date of early 2005.
With regards to the band's upcoming appearance at this year's Ozzfest, Migliore said, "I grew up listening to OZZY, SLAYER â€" all those bands. So it's interesting that we should be on tour with them. I think this is the best lineup for an Ozzfest yet.
"We're really not going to make money from that tour," the 32-year-old guitarist said. "It's more about promotion. Which is good. Sometimes you only get a few people but the next time, you come back and there are more than you thought there would be."
Polish death metallers Vader, are now back in their studio Radio Gdansk to start the recording of their next full lenght album entitled "The Beast" . The recording of this album is expected to take 1 month. And also, the limited edition of "The Beast" will feature bonus DVD with special studio report, two brand new videoclips, an interview with Peter,and other bonus stuff.
Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH have set "I" as the title of their new EP, due "around June/July" through Fractured Transmitter Records (the label formed by MUSHROOMHEAD vocalist Jason Mann), according to posting on the band's web site. The group finished mixing the EP on May 4 and are due to master the effort on Monday, May 10.
However, despite reports from the group's record label, Nuclear Blast Records, that the band's next full-length album, "Catch 33", would arrive around November 8, MESHUGGAH are insisting that "all rumors" about release dates for the CD are "bull".
The band, who recently re-signed with Nuclear Blast after their previous contract with the label expired, issued their last album, "Nothing", in 2002.
DREAM THEATER's official web site has uploaded the cover image for the upcoming DVD reissue of the first two DREAM THEATER home videos, "Dream Theater - Images And Words: Live In Tokyo" (1993) and "Dream Theater: 5 Years in a Livetime" (1998). Check it out here: http://www.dreamtheater.net/pics/lit_5yialt_ad.jpg
The DVD reissue is due on June 29 — one week later than its previously announced June 22 release date. No further information is currently available.
A brand new MEGADETH song, entitled "Kick the Chair", has been posted at this location: http://www.megadeth.com/ktc/kickthechair.mp3
"Kick the Chair" comes off the group's as-yet-untitled new album, tentatively due in September through Sanctuary Records.
Commented MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine: "This is for the 95% of the people here who are my friends — the people who, even if they don't agree, they are still decent. This is for the people here who set us apart from the rest of the net, all of the fan sites, chat rooms, and forums.
"This is for you, my fans — because after this, there will be no more doubt who I am.
"This version of 'Kick The Chair' is a final mix, but is not the 'master' that will be on the new record.
Norway's BORKNAGAR have set a June 29 European release date through Century Media Records for their sixth album, "Epic".
The follow-up to 2001's "Empiricism" was recorded and mixed at Toproom and Fagerborg Studios with producer Borge Finstad (MAYHEM, SOLEFALD). "Musically the album will take off and expand from where 'Empiricism' ended, and for those of you who liked our previous material: the new album will rock you by the root!" the band write on their web site.
"Epic" track listing:
01. Future Reminiscence (5:26)
02. Traveller (5:03)
03. Origin (4:58)
04. Sealed Chambers of Electricity (4:12)
05. The Weight of Wind (3:58)
06. Resonance (4:28)
TWILIGHT OPHERA, the Finnish symphonic black/dark metal band who feature in their ranks SOULGRIND second guitarist Toni Näykki and SOULGRIND mastermind Lord Heikkinen, have set a July 13 release date through Crash Music, Inc. for their third album, "The End of Halcyon Age". The follow-up to 1999's "Midnight Horror" (Cacophonous Records) will be issued in Finland through Low Frequency Records.
The complete track listing for "The End of Halcyon Age" (view cover here) is as follows:
02. Trapped in Husk of A White Crow
03. Bow Before My Dark
04. The End of Halcyon Age
05. Pseudogods (Real Media)
07. Gothic Prelude of Capricious Equanimity
British extreme metal pioneers NAPALM DEATH have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. The group's first release through the label is expected to be the long-completed collection of covers, entitled "Leaders Not Followers 2".
As previously reported, "Leaders Not Followers 2" will include the following cuts:
01. CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER - "Lowlife"
02. OFFENDERS - "Face Down In The Dirt"
03. DEVASTATION - "Devastation"
04. ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT - "Dope Fiend"
05. AGNOSTIC FRONT - "Blind Justice"
06. WEHRMACHT - "Night Of Pain"
07. ANTI CIMEX - "Game Of The Assholes"/"Victims Of A Bomb Raid"
The maniacal Canadians STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have officially re-signed with Century Media Records worldwide and are already hard at work on the follow-up to their critically acclaimed SYL album. The group also just completed their first DVD, which is set for a late summer release. The DVD features a full set from the band's sold-out hometown show at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver recorded earlier this year, plus some hilarious backstage antics and video clips. Expect a new STRAPPING YOUNG LAD studio album to surface early next year, which you know will be well worth the wait.
SYL mastermind Devin Townsend (vocals, guitars) checks in with the following update on the group's current activities,