Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson will relaunch his late-night BBC 6 Music Saturday rock show on September 9 with maximum rock on the display and American metal titans Slayer as his first guests.
The network rock show will offer three hours of the best contemporary hard rock, alternative and metal between 9:00 p.m. and midnight every Saturday, produced by the Manchester- and Cambridge-based independent production company Smooth Operations.
Joining Bruce on the second show (September 16) will be Florida ska-punk legends Less Then Jake, fresh from a critically acclaimed new album.
Bruce Dickinson's radio show can be heard live on BBC 6 Music on digital radio and also online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music.
Thrashers Machine Head have posted the following message on their official site:
"Do you live in the Bay Area? Have a lot of free time on your hands? Feel comfortable using a video camera? Wanna film the studio sessions for Machine Head's new album, 'The Blackening'? If you or someone you know meets those requirements, send an e-mail to email@example.com ASAP for more information.
Serious inquiries only, please. You've gotta be close, available immediately, and able to commit a very significant amount of the next month to the task."
There have been big changes to the South American dates this October. Confirmed dates are as follows:
06 Oct - Brasilia, Ginásio Da Aruc, Brasil
07 Oct - Sao Paulo, Led Sley, Brasil
10 Oct - Santiago, Teatro Caupolican, Chile
11 Oct - Buenos Aires, ND Ateneo, Argentina
12 Oct - Buenos Aires, ND Ateneo, Argentina
14 Oct - Mexico City, Circo Volador, Mexico
Angra is putting the very final touches unto its new album. The CD is going to be released in October and shall be the main event in the band's 15th anniversary celebrations.
The name of the record has been finally announced. It's called "Aurora Consurgens", which is also the title of an old book written by Saint Thomas of Aquin. Such book was used by Jung to establish relations between dreams and different mental conditions. Contrary to the band's latest album, "Temple Of Shadows", the forthcoming effort is not a concept album. However, all lyrics do have a common theme: the various mental issues, including suicidal tendencies, schizophrenia, manic depression, sociopathy, etc. The artwork was once again designed by Portuguese artist Isabel de Amorim.
German melodic metallers Edguy will film a live DVD on November 3 at the Credicard Hall in São Paulo, Brazil. The band has lined up the following South American dates:
Nov. 01 - Santiago, CHL @ Estadio Chile November
Nov. 03 - São Paulo, BRA @ Credicard Hall
Nov. 04 - Rio de Janeiro, BRA @ Claro Hall
Edguy is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Rocket Ride", which entered the German national album chart at position No. 8 upon its release in late January. The CD also came in at No. 8 in Sweden, No. 25 in Finland, No. 32 in Hungary, No. 48 in Japan, No. 50 in Switzerland, No. 50 in Austria, No. 79 in Norway and No. 81 in Italy.
The press reports: If you know nothing about Metallica, "Enter Sandman" does sound like it could be the title of a lullaby.
A company called Baby Rock Records has released lullaby versions of tracks by Metallica, Coldplay and Radiohead.
Baby Rock Records did the lullaby tributes because they love the music of all those artists. Executive producer said they tested the CDs on babies they knew and she can vouch that one crying baby fell asleep while listening to the Coldplay disc.
The Metallica, Coldplay and Radiohead versions came out on August 29.
Future editions will feature lullaby versions of Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Bjork, Nirvana, Queens Of The Stone Age, No Doubt, The Pixies and Pink Floyd. Aiello said while a lot of the music works well in this format, some songs just don't work. She said even though "Rape Me" by Nirvana was a hit, it just wasn't the best choice for babies.
Lamb Of God's "Sacrament" sold around 63,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 8 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. This is almost double the amount of records sold by its predecessor, "Ashes of the Wake", which registered a first-week tally of 35,000 back in September 2004. "Ashes of the Wake" has since gone on to sell 260,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending August 27, 2006, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all CD figures are rounded to the nearest thousand, except numbers under 3,000, which are rounded to the nearest hundred; The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable):
Norway's Zyklon, Australian Metallers Psycroptic and Gorerotted as well as Fuck The Facts (Canada) and Saprogenic (USA) have been confirmed for the fifth Maryland Deathfest Festival. The festival is set to take place over the 26th and 27th of May, 2007. It will take place at Sonar, Baltimore, Maryland. A complete list of all the confirmed bands for the festival can be found at the Maryland Deathfest website (www.marylanddeathfest.com).
On the 12th September at 11.00pm at the Scrape Records booth at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Power Metallers Dragonforce will be holding a signing session. The signing session will be straight after the band's concert in Canada. The Canadian show is part of Dragonforce's North American tour. The band will also be selling their latest cd 'Inhuman Rampage', as well as their previous two albums at special prices at the signing session.
Death Metallers Obituary have commented about their first ever live DVD shoot of their Polish show at the Stodola Club in Warsaw. The show was played on the 24th August. They've also posted some photos from the shooting on their official website. You can view them here.
Here is the comment by Obituary:
"The DVD show in Poland went great! This was our first DVD shoot, so we were a little nervous on how it might go, but our Polish fans really came out and supported us. I think the show was awesome! Thanks to all of you that came out! We still have a lot of work to do to get it done, mixing and editing, but I think it is gonna be sick!".
Dark Funeral have announced that they will be compiling a DVD, or even possibly a double DVD soon. The DVD will be of live footage of the band playing on their upcoming tour of Latin America. Dark Funeral have said that they want their shows to be professionally filmed, but they're asking for fans to do it.
Here is a comment by Dark Funeral: "...we call out to all you people who will attain any of the shows during the tour, and to those of you who can, and wants, to film the show(s) for us".
Anyone who wants to do the filming will have to email Dark Funeral at firstname.lastname@example.org so that a video/photo pass can be obtained for them.
All the tour dates for the Latin American shows can be seen on Dark Funeral's official website.
The cover artwork for Aborted's upcoming "The Auricular Chronicles" DVD has been posted online at this location. Due in October via Listenable, the set will contain an hour-long live show shot in Paris with 13 cameras, with the sound remixed by Tue Madsen (Halford, Kataklysm), plus video clips, backstage shenanigans, other live shows, interviews with the Belgian death metallers and more. A teaser for the DVD can be viewed here.
Aborted has set "Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture" as the title of its follow-up to "The Archaic Abattoir", tentatively due in early 2007 via Listenable. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "The Chondrin Enigma", "Prolific Murder Contrivance", "Archetype: Malice And Scorn", "Avenious" and "The Spaying Séance". The album will feature guest appearances by Jeff Walker (Carcass) and Barney Greenway (Napalm Death).
The tribute album 'The Art of Shredding - A Tribute to Dime', a compilation by some Australian bands honouring Pantera guitarist 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott has had it's release date pushed back. Originally the project was hoped to be released on 20th August (Dimebag's birthdate), but a few things aren't quite finished yet. However the album is in the final stages of production. The booklet isn't quite complete and some sound adjustments need to be made ("...to sound the way we know you expect great CDs to sound") but the cover artwork has been finalised.
The cover artwork and some more audio samples have been posted at www.myspace.com/theartofshredding. A post on the myspace site says that the album "...will be unleashed very soon".
Mitch Harris, guitarist from Napalm Death, has made a comment about the passing away of ex-Napalm Death/Terrorizer guitarist Jesse Pintado:
"I am very sad and upset about this news. Jesse was like a brother to me and we were very close for many years. For now, I feel the most sadness and compassion for his family, that loved him dearly, and tried with all their heart to help Jesse redirect his future.
I suppose I feel more anger and frustration than anything, as Jesse was gifted with people who loved and cared about him. Jesse was equally blessed with many companions around the world, and I am sure that many people share the same emptiness at this moment.
Now all that I can do is to try and remember the great times we shared together, and hope that Jesse has somehow found peace in his own mind and soul".
Candlemass returned to the Stockholm Polar studio this weekend to add one song to the forthcoming album. The brutally heavy "Of Stars And Smoke" was put down with ease and in a very releaxed working environment. Since the new album wont be out until next year, there is no need to rush things and the band can take their time to make it a perfect doom metal album.
Mappe Björkman commented: "Of Stars And Smoke" definatley had a vibe of "Epicus..." around it. It sent fucking chills down my spine".
Candlemass frontman Messiah Marcolin contacted Blabbermouth.net on April 28, 2006 to reveal that he has parted ways with the group and that it's 100 percent definite that he will not return. "We could not agree on how to do the new album," he said, but would not further elaborate on his sudden exit.