Nashville's Inferi make their Tribunal Records debut after first impressing the label with their independently released album, "Divinity In War". Their newest creation, "The End Of An Era", is even more remarkable in its use of enough melody to make it memorable, but still maintain high torque and brutal intensity. Even though tempos are excessively fast at times Inferi refuse to allow speed and technicality to overcome extreme precision. Not since the likes of Metallica's "The Call Of Ktulu" has a band attempted an 8+ minute instrumental track but more importantly deliver an anthem worthy of the metal ages.
Inferi are pioneers in this new age of metal, not reveling in what is popular and trendy, but more importantly reviving classic inspiration of the genre. "The End Of An Era" was mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Animosity, As Blood Runs Black and The Taste Of Blood) but even with such a talented engineer behind the desk Inferi decidedly strayed away from the all too common and now, sadly enough, overly produced modern metal sound for something more vintage, raw and in the end, truly metal. "The End Of An Era" is a daring and colossal step in the right direction to bring metal back to its long lost and too hastily forgotten roots. "The End Of An Era" is available right now in the Tribunal Records e-store and it will find it's way onto store shelves June 23rd.
Meet Machines Of Grace. They are the latest among the gifted hard rock/heavy metal bands born from Boston's thriving music scene. As with their Beantown bred forefathers, (Aerosmith, Extreme, Godsmack, Dropkick Murphys) Zak Stevens (lead vocals), Jeff Plate (drums), Matt Leff (guitar) and Chris Rapoza (bass) have concocted their own proprietary formula for whiplash on a disc.
Top shelf status comes from the experience of successfully headlining major tours and support from a monumental fan base. Drummer Jeff (Trans Siberian Orchestra, Savatage, Metal Church) Plate and lead singer Zak (Circle II Circle, Savatage) Stevens have the resume to help catapult Machines Of Grace into the monsters of rock realm. The divine mix of such magnanimous talent can convert even the most stubborn music critic. Why? The method to their madness is embedded in the music... "It's just a pure, solid melodic rock sound," offers Stevens. "It has infectious grooves and its own brand of outright power. To me, it's got great songwriting with a hard rock edge and strong commercial appeal."
"Polaris", the new album from Finnish melodic metallers Stratovarius, is available for streaming in its entirety on http://ilike.com/artist/Stratovarius. The CD will be released in the U.S. on May 26 via Armoury Records.
Here are the "Polaris" cover artwork and tracklisting again:
01. Deep Unknown
02. Falling Star
03. King Of Nothing
05. Winter Skies
06. Forever Is Today
07. Higher We Go
08. Somehow Precious
09. Emancipation Suite: I Dusk
10. Emancipation Suite: II Dawn
11. When Mountains Fall
Varg Vikernes has in an interview with the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet confirmed that he has been released from prison.
He was released a couple a weeks ago after 16 years in prison, and is now living at a small farm in Telemark with his French wife and 18 months old son as planned when he was granted parole (see here).
Australian melodic death metal band Be'lakor have announced that their upcoming second release will be entilted "Stone's Reach." "Stone's Reach", the follow-up to the 2007 debut "The Frail Tide", is due to be released in June 2009. The album clocks in at around 55 minutes.
The full track listing is as follows:
02. From Scythe To Sceptre
03. Outlive The Hand
04. Sun's Delusion
05. Held In Hollows
08. Countless Skies
The online release of some of the new songs from this album is due in late April.
UPDATE (thanks to 5933)
The cover art for Be'lakor's upcoming album "Stone's Reach" has been revealed here. Artwork was done by Sheri Tantawy at The Bodycage Media.
Cover art and tracklist of the upcoming Kimaera album, entitled "Solitary Impact", have been revealed. "Solitary Impact" will be also released under the Russian label StygianCrypt productions, but no date is set yet.
Check out the new and updated website for all the info you need about Kimaera and the new album (including cover art), and to stay updated with the Kimaera news.
"Solitary Impact" tracklist:
01. Bloody Tourniquet
02. A Breath Of Despair
03. A Silent Surrender
04. Solitary Impact
05. Holy Grief
06. In The Shade Of Nephilim
07. All The I Am
08. The Taste Of Treason
09. Of Wine And Woe
10. The Garden Tomb
Legendary vocalist Frank Knight (X-Wild, also known for his work with such bands as U.D.O., Accept, Majesty and Crystal Viper), and guitarist Majk Moti (Running Wild) have formed a brand new heavy metal band called Wild Knight.
The group's lineup is as follows:
Frank Knight - Vocals
Majk Moti - Guitar
Rob Ronson - Guitar
Simon Strangeway - Bass
Robin Hazelhurst - Drums
Wild Knight will make its live debut at the Hard Rocker Festival II in Katowice, Poland, on September 26. Their live show will include classic X-Wild and Running Wild songs. Also scheduled to appear are Mekong Delta, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Wizard, Lonewold and many others.
Wild Knight is working on material for its debut studio album, scheduled for 2010. The band will also record a cover of the Running Wild song "Tsar" for the forthcoming official Running Wild tribute album titled "ReUnaton" (Remedy Records).
Swedish metal act Månegarm have confirmed 22nd October as the release date for their new album "Nattväsen". This will be the band's very first release on Regain Records. Some tasty previews of the new album will be streamed during summer. Announced song titles include: "I Den Svartaste Jord", "Bergagasten", "Vetramegin" and "Nattväsen". Månegarm has been working on the new studio album since September last year.
"Tonight", the new video from The Answer can now be viewed at this location. The clip features never-before-seen backstage footage of the band's life on the road with AC/DC. The song appears on the band's latest album "Everyday Deamons".
A new Alestorm song, entitled "Keelhauled" has been made available at this location. The song comes off the band's upcoming album "Black Sails At Midnight", which will be released via Napalm Records on the following dates:
May 27 - Finland, Spain
May 29 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, France, Italy, Spain
Jun. 01 - Rest of Europe
Jun. 02 - USA, Canada
It will be available in normal jewelcase format with the following cover art (designed by Ingo Romling), and also as a limited-edition digipack with different artwork and a bonus DVD featuring the band's gig from the Wacken Open Air festival in 2008.
Forgotten Tomb have issued the following update regarding their recent activities:
"The new monumental double live in studio "VOL.5: 1999-2009" has been finally mastered and it's ready to enter the printing factory. This means we'll have it out and available pretty soon, like in June 2009 or so. Negotiations with the label who's gonna release it are work-in-progress too. An European release will come first, then a US release will follow shortly after. New samples from 3 songs of it are online now! Be sure to check them out and leave a comment, and spread the word!
In the meantime, the band has been confirmed for the big Italian open-air festival Agglutination XV and a few other gigs, be sure to check them out! The band is also working hard on the new full-lenght album "Under Saturn Retrograde", and it's negotiating a deal with labels to produce it and release it. The band could enter the studio again soon to record it, most probably in the end of 2009."
Cryptic Wintermoon have issued the following statement, already a couple of days ago:
"It's finally done. The recordings for our new album are finnished Outstanding are just mix and mastering.
After long discussions, we decided to release the record by ourselves, without Label. And so we need YOU to spread the news! The album will be released in September and can be ordered directly from us and chosen Mailorders which will be announced here when the record is out. With the release we do a live release party in Naila (near Hof/Germany) on September 26th together with some other great bands. Stay tuned for further news and the exact release date."
Evocation have posted a new video for the track "Tomorrow Has No Sunrise" online. The video comes from the bands latest release, "Dead Chalm Chaos". The video was directed by René U Valdes (Hardcore Superstar, Avatar etc.) fand was shot at Kvarnbyn in Gothenburg (Sweden) on the 14th of April.
Carpathian Forest guitarist/bassist Terje "Tchort" Vik Schei announced that he is leaving the band:
"Its been more than 10 years with perversion and provocation and I have seen, heard and done shit I didnt even know excisted and the past decade has been like a rollercoaster from hell! And since I got too addicted to this shit I can also announce that I am starting a brand new band and I cant wait to see unexplored depths of hell with the new stuff. I am confident that I will find a killer line up and be back to fuck you up! My deepest respect and grattitude goes to vocalist Nattefrost for letting me into his personal hell and keeping me there for a decade! I will return..."