Heavy metal heroes Testament ink a deal with Heavy Metal Record Company Giants Nuclear Blast to distribute brand new Testament music featuring the killer lineup of original members Eric Peterson, Chuck Billy, Alex Skolnick, Greg Christian and the addition of monster drummer Nick Barker (Dimmu Borgir, Cradle Of Filth).
"We are very happy that we are signed to one of the best metal labels in the world. It's a great feeling that we are in a house that will not crumble" says band vocalist Chuck Billy.
"This is going to be our best record to date, and it will be the essence of what Testament is. Nuclear Blast is the perfect label for us. They eat, breathe and sleep, metal. I am excited also because a lot of my favorite bands are on Nuclear Blast, giving us the opportunity to be label-mates with them. Finally we are coming home!" stated Eric Peterson.
The following message was posted on SPV's website:
"Better Motörhead Than Dead - Live At Hammersmith rekindles memories of a momentous night that even a cosmopolitan city like London doesn't see every day. Early June 2005 saw the long queue in front of the venerable Hammersmith Odeon, a venue of many legendary live shows - stretch right to the tube station on the other side of the road. What was going on? Motörhead had invited their fans to their 30th anniversary party, and over 5,000 of them accepted. Their number would have been even greater had the powers that be in the British capital not rigorously limited the capacity of the illustrious venue. Loved by their fans, respected by the press due to the personal integrity of the three band members, Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, Motörhead were experiencing their seventh or eighth spring in the 30th year of their existence and continued to be as generous as ever.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of "Live In America" 2cd set on September 21st 2007 by Norwegian Heavy Metal act Jorn!
Recorded live during Jorn's first ever concert in the USA, at the ProgPower VII Festival in Atlanta, where he performed as headliner of the day on September 16th 2006. The incredible set saw Jorn offer a wide selection of songs taken from his solo albums, collaborations and a mindblowing Whitesnake medley, who made him one of the most successful acts ever in the history of the festival.
"Live In America" cover here
"Live In America" is a permanent testament to Jorn's capabilities as an entertainer and to the incredible power and strength of his now legendary shows. The album also includes three studio tracks: a brand new recording of the title track of his third solo album "Out To Every Nation", a Black Sabbath medley "Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth" and the unreleased "Sacrificial Feelings"
The following message was posted on Stromlord's official website:
"Scarlet Records will release Stormlord's first official DVD, "The Battle Of Quebec City: Live In Canada", on 16th july in Europe, late july in Germany and late summer in Canada and U.S. The disc will contain a complete live show recorded in Quebec City last June (including a new song, "Dimension: Hate", and a stunning cover of Slayer's "Raining Blood"), during the band's successful Canadian tour, four extra songs in bootleg version recorded in Montreal and Toronto and video clips for the songs "I Am Legend" and "Under The Boards (195, M.A.)". The track listing is as follows:
Iron Maiden have confirmed their first and only German appearance of 2008 will be at Wacken Open Air Festival.
From the official site:
"We are proud to announce that Iron Maiden will play their only German show of 2008 at Wacken Open Air. The pre sale has just begun.
Nationwide ticket hotline 0049 0 4627 18 38 38. Or visit http://www.wacken.com"
Also Kreator has been confirmed already, as can be read in the latest Dutch news article.
Stream Of Passion are happy to announce their line-up is now complete! Over the past few days they have revealed the identities of the new members.
Jeffrey Revet, the band's new keyboard player; during the new member tryouts Jeffrey impressed the band with his skill and clicked both on a musical and a personal level. You can read more about him on his profile here.
Eric Hazebroek: one of the two new guitar players of Stream of Passion. His experience on the metal scene and his great sense of melody is just what the band was looking for. Read all about Eric on his profile here.
Stephan Schultz: the second new guitar player of Stream of Passion. At the tryout sessions the band got really excited about Stephan's creativity, sound and killer riffs! Read all about him on his profile here.
"Snakes And Arrows" is one of the first albums to be released in the new MVI (Music Video Interactive) format. It is a DVD-based product that's loaded with a full album's worth of music, compelling video content, plus a variety of exciting interactive features that you can activate with your computer. It plays in all DVD players, computers, and video game consoles with DVD drives. The Rush "Snakes And Arrows" MVI includes:
*The entire "Snakes And Arrows" album in 96kHz/24 bit hi-resolution stereo
*The entire album in 5.1 surround sound
*"Rush: The Game of Snakes and Arrows." A 45-minute documentary on the making of the album, with unprecedented access to the band in the studio
Guitarist Christian Hector from Norwegian Folk/Gothic Metal band Midnattsol - featuring vocalist Carmen Elise Espenaes (the younger sister of Leaves' Eyes singer Liv Kristine) - has posted the following update on the band's official MySpace page:
It's been very long time since we could announce something really sure about doing a new record. We are just about to write our sixth, seventh and eighth song. 5 are (let's say 99%) finished already.
We plan to enter the studio in the midst of November and finish with mixing and mastering in December.
In the meantime we're discussing possible album-titles, cover- and layout-artworks and so on. At the moment everybody's very busy!
Moonspell will enter studio first weeks of July in order to record a very special project. The recording sessions will be held at the Denmark's finest Antfarm Studios. Behind the wheel of death will be Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Dark Tranquillity, Rob Halford), co-producing with the band. This release will consist of re-recordings of the band's legendary Under the Moonspell (1994) but also going back as far as their first demo Anno SatanÆ and their sole track as Morbid God, Serpent Angel. All the songs will be re-arranged and revamped in order to underline their revered distinction as Underground classics but now with a mature dark energy and class. The full-length record (8 songs and around 5 instrumental compositions) will be released in early October (2007) via SPV worldwide.
After the departure of Roland Navratil at the end of March, Edenbridge has hired a new drummer, and in the same time a new guitar player.
Official statement of the band :
"Edenbridge like to welcome Robert Schoenleitner and Sebastian Lanser as their 2 new members! Robert Schoenleitner already played guitar on Edenbridge´s last tour through England and Asia. Robert studied guitar at VGI institute Munich.
Sebastian Lanser, who studied drums at the Bruckner University in Linz will replace Roland Navratil on drums. Sebastian is a long time friend of Robert. Edenbridge therefore is officially a five-piece again after more than 5 years. For more infos to our new members please check out their profiles, Robert and Sebastian.
The following message was posted on Textures's official website:
"Due to personal reasons, our bass player Dennis has decided to leave the band and focus on his personal life for a while. We're surely going to miss him! We wish him tons of luck in all his future endeavors and thank him for all these years of fun, crazy heavy music and crushing the stage with us.
We're currently in the process of finding a new bass player; Michel 'MuD' Quak will temporarily replace Dennis during the upcoming Cynic show and UK Tour. We'll keep you posted".
The following message was posted on Belphegor's official website:
...again! The last session drummers didn't work out when it came to worldwide touring. The group is still seeking a talented, experienced European - based drummer. A buddy with a professional attitude and focus to be in the band for real. Belphegor have an album to finish writing and many tours to go on. If you think you have a shot, send us a detailed message and hit us up at: email@example.com.
First off, please realize that it will have no effect at all on our activities, touring and otherwise. The core is solid and ready to kick some serious ass. Of course it´s irritating to always have new drummers, but that allowed us to surpass ourselves every time, through the hiring of better musicians...
Well, we've got 8 new songs in various states of completion. Titles confirmed so far include "The Lie", "A Sorrow to Kill", "Merry-Go-Round" and "Asylum". Working titles (IE: these could change!) include "Temptation" and "A Silver Key".
We will start the recording process on the 21st August, again using Brett Caldas-Lima who produced the debut "Transcendental". Recording will take place near Oxford, England at a purpose built rehearsal studio (which is a bit better than the "back room of a pub" like last time, hehe).
The music's definitely going in a heavier direction. I know most bands say this, but since Tom is writing a majority of the stuff with his 7-string baritone tuned to F# it's definitely true. The songs are also going to be considerably more complex and roundly structured than before. All the parts that have become "typically" To-Mera are still going to be there only much more so in every possible way. There's more fluidity and emotional depth to the new songs. We're all more than happy with the way things are working out.
The following message was posted on Catamenia's official website:
"We're proud to announce and welcome our new drummer, Mikko Nevanlahti, to the band. More info about him can be found from the member profile at biography section here. Thank you all who sent their applications and showed interest towards Catamenia!".
The Webmaster of their official site made the following announcement regarding the new album:
"First Part of Full Studio Report online!
The first part of "Making of The Scythe" has been posted online on Elvenking Official YouTube Channel. This first video is about the Drums and Guitars. More to come very soon! You can also find it in the Media page."