It was only a matter of time until Nuclear Blast released another Deluxe Edition of another Children Of Bodom album after the two very successful Deluxe Editions of Something Wild and Hatebreeder. Aside from the nine known songs there will be the W.A.S.P. cover "Hellion" and the Iron Maiden cover "Aces High", (which was never released on a Children Of Bodom CD before) as bonus on the disc. The 'Everytime I Die' video will be featured as well. There likely won't be any more Deluxe Editions since only the first three Children Of Bodom albums were licensed by Nuclear Blast.
1. Follow The Reaper
2. Bodom After Midnight
3. Children Of Decadence
4. Everytime I Die
Dan Swanö is no longer part of Bloodbath. The reason being restrictions on his behalf to devote more time and effort to the future of this project that it would require by taking things to the next level i.e. touring and playing live. Moreover, his future vision for Bloodbath's concept proved to head in the almost opposite direction as his desire for death metal was to be of a less brutal kind, something the remaining members regard as musical differences not interesting to pursue, so at these crossroads, they'd like to wish Dan Swanö good luck with his future endeavors and with the music that's closer to his heart.
Doom/Death Metallers Novembers Doom will be heading to Europe this November. They will be visiting six countries, and will have label mates Agalloch from the USA and Thurisaz who are from Belgium (The End Records) as support. As well as them, Saturnus who are from Denmark will also be joining the tour.
Here are the tour dates:
November 17th : Netherlands / Plato / Helmond (With Agalloch and Thurisaz)
November 18th : Belgium / Biebob / Vosselaar (With Saturnus, Agalloch & Thurisaz)
November 19th : Netherlands (TBC)
November 20th : Denmark / Copenhagen (With Saturnus, Agalloch & Thurisaz)
November 21st : Germany / K17 / Berlin (With Agalloch and Thurisaz)
November 22nd : Germany / Steinbruc Theater / Darmstadt (With Agalloch and Thurisaz)
Angtoria will be releasing a video for the song 'God Has A Plan For Us All' which is the title track from their album. The video will be released in September, and can be seen on most Metal or Rock television stations. Also, shortly after that it will be available for download from either www.angtoria.com or www.myspace.com/angtoriaofficial.
The video was filmed at an old church and also at old derelict building.
Here is a comment by Antogia vocallist Sarah Jezebel Deva: "The song covers two subjects but they are both linked. Written about a man who preaches God's word yet finds it acceptable to sexually abuse children. Also this song describes the pitiful chilché used by many religous people who can´t offer any other explanation as to why people suffer in their life. Rape, murder, poverty, whatever it may be, the only excuse that can be offered is: 'God Has A Plan For Us All'!"
When Dragonforce tour Europe this October/November, they will have the Greek Power Metal band Firewind with them. Firewind was just recently announced as support, and they will appear at all Dragonforce shows. The band is excited about this and look forward to presenting their "...versatile musicianship, inimitable rousing, with infectious hooks garnered new material to old and new fans onstage."
Here is a comment by guitarist Gus G: "This is gonna be a great tour I think! First of all, we can"t wait to come back and play in the countries we"ve been before but we"re also excited about playing lots of new countries for the first time with Firewind. Dragonforce have been friends of ours for a long time now and we"re very happy that we"ll finally have the chance to share the stage and tour bus with them!"
The tour will be the follow up of Opeth's UK tour, which will happen in November. The December tour will start on the second of December in Germany and conclude on the fourteenth in France. No supports have been announced yet.
Here are the dates for the tour:
02nd - Berlin Columbia Club - Germany
03rd - Cologne Live Music Hall - Germany
05th - Paris Elysee Montmartre - France
06th - Lyon Transbordeur - France
07th - Barcelona Sala Apolo - Spain
08th - Madrid Heineken hall - Spain
09th - Lisabon Paradise Garage - Portugal
10th - Porto Hard Club - Portugal
12th - Bilbao Sala Santana - Spain
13th - Montpellier Le Rockstore- France
14th - Strasbourg La Laiterie - France
Australian band Vanishing Point have been chosen as an opening act for Black Label Society when they come to Australia. Vanishing Point will play in Adelaide on the 23rd September at The Barton Theatre and in Melbourne on the 24th September at The Palace. Both shows will start at 8.00pm and will cost $62.35 and $69.90 repectively.
You can now listen to samples from all songs on the new album Blind Guardian album, A Twist In The Myth. The samples can be found on the Nuclear Blast website: http://www.nuclearblast-musicshop.de/album_info.php?album_id=136442
Doomists Anathema have posted a second new song on their official website. The first song was called "Everything" and this new one is called "A Simple Mistake." The band have said that :A Simple Mistake" is still a work in progress, but they've posted it online to give fans an idea of their new material. They've also said that they've progressed and this song is again different. As well as that, Anathema will be playing their new songs at their upcoming concerts.
You can download the two songs in the "Multimedia" section of Anathema's official website.
Here is a comment by the band: "This song is still a work in progress, but we feel it is right to release this version online, to give you an idea of some of the musical 'colours' we are painting in these days. It is not the way of anathema to go on repeating past successes. It is our intention to take the road less travelled and to push the boundaries of what we are doing with each new chapter in our career. We feel it is our duty to reach out for new ideas and new ways to express those ideas."
Modern Heavy Metallers Machine Men will be entering Fantom studio, in Tampere to start recording a new album. The band have already written all the songs for the new release, they will just have to record it all. The recording process will start on the 14th August and the band will hit the road for some shows halfway through their sessions. Then they will return to complete the album. Machine Men will also have a studio diary posted on their official website.
Here is a small comment by Machine Men vocallist Antony Parviainen: "We have been in a local bar all days watching football and drinking beer. And we have also wrote the songs ready for the next album! We will keep you updated with a studio diary and all kind of bullshit. Have a nice summer and see you on the tour!"
Another new song posted online!
Candlelight Records has premiered "Shadow Fear" from Vader's forthcoming album, "Impressions In Blood", at the label's official MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa). Due in Europe on September 4 via Regain Records, "Impressions in Blood" will contain the following track listing:
01. Between Day and Night
03. As Heavens Collide...
04. Helleluyah!!! (God is Dead)
05. Field of Heads
08. Red Code
09. Amongst the Ruins
10. They Live!!!
11. The Book
German Power Metallers Primal Fear have posted the artwork for their upcoming compilation album online. The compilation entitled 'Metal Is Forever - The Very Best Of Primal Fear' will be released on 29th September this year. The artist responsible for the artwork is Stephan Lohrmann. He has done the artwork for Primal Fear's first four albums. From their self titled album to Black Sun. Primal Fear have also said that the track list for the new compilation (including the bonus disc) will be announced soon.
Here is the artwork for Metal Is Forever: http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b354/Necromancer_S/pf-bestof.jpg
Veteran Heavy Metallers W.A.S.P. have announced a long list of dates for their upcoming World Tour. Some of the dates were ones that were supposed to happen this month, but because W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless was diagnosed with an abnormality in one of the arteries leading to his heart, the shows were postponed. Lawless has no physical damage, so the gigs will proceed in a bit over a month.
Here are the upcoming shows, taken from W.A.S.P.'s official website:
06/09/06 - Kaliakra Stadium, Kavarna, Bulgaria
11/09/06 - TBA
12/09/06 - JB's, Dudley, UK
13/09/06 - Woughton Center, Woughton, UK
14/09/06 - Bierkeller, Bristol, UK
15/09/06 - Sportshall J.C., Waregem, Belgium
16/09/06 - TBA
Look for the tour - to launch in the Northeast and to work its way through 25 major markets before wrapping in mid-October, with Xbox's "Gears of War" sponsoring the trek. Megadeth will return as the festival headliner on a bill that includes fellow heavy-hitters Lamb Of God, plus Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity and The Smashup all confirmed for these mostly outdoor shows. Other second stage artists will be announced soon.
Mustaine personally hand-picks all the Gigantour bands, with a sharp eye on true musicianship. He says Gigantour is a great place for like-minded music fans to see a full day of music on two stages without breaking the bank, and he's glad the tour is back in '06. " This is the concert that I, as a heavy metal music fan, would want to see," says Mustaine. "It is going to be something to look forward to each year, to see what kind of tremendous talent we can assemble, for Gigantour festivals in the years to come."
Slayer have released an alternate cover for their upcoming 'Christ Illusion' album. The original cover caused controversy as it showed Jesus with his limbs cut off, floating in a river of blood and dead people. So a less graphic cover has been released as an alternative.