01:11 - flightoficarus86 I refuse to buy Vertebrae. There have been some good deals on RIITIIR, but my funds are limited. I have my essentials: Frost, Blodhemn, Mardraum, Below the Lights (not essentail, but nice), Isa, RUUN, and Axioma
01:09 - Zaphod Hehe, good job, but your Enslaved collection isn't complete until it is literally complete. They're one of the most consistent bands on the planet.
Gorgasm have posted the following update on their upcoming new album:
"KuntKiller is almost fully written and we can honestly say that it will be our most intense release to the date. Of course it will have "GORGASM" feel to it but it will feature many new elements and sometimes will drift in the directions that we have never explored before. Sum of tha song titles will be:
Power Metal band Primal Fear are now back from their South America tour after playing their last two shows in Brazil, and are already in new album mode. The songwriting and pre-production process has already started and the band is currently in negotiations with engineers and recording studios for the recording of the album.
So far three songs for the album have been completely written and the track names for them have been released. They will be called 'Save Me', 'Torn' and 'Everytime It Rains'. Primal Fear says that the three songs "...sound very very promising". More information about the album will be released soon.
Swedish doom metallers, Candlemass have posted the following extensive update via the band's homepage:
"You have heard the rumours and it is with a heavy heart we must make this official. The band have tried to solve the situation several times, but Messiah cannot be persuaded to sing on the new album. His attitude and demands are way too unreasonable.
I'm very sorry about this, not surprised though.
We have all been very disappointed with Messiahs behaviour during the previous years reunion, especially with his childish and undemocratic way to "discuss" matters before the may recording at Polar in Stockholm. It's not cool when one person refuses to listen to other people, don't give a shit about his bandmates and demands special treatment.
Guitarist Nornagest posted the following on the bands official website:
"On October 19th 2006, the decision was taken that longtime vocalist Sabathan won't be a part of Enthroned anymore. It was time to choose whether we would go on like this and lead Enthroned to a certain death or whether it will continue in its original perspectives.
To make a long story short; Sabathan isn't interested nor have conviction in our faith (black metal here so to speak) anymore, and for the last two years we were not able to practice nor to write music in a decent way.
Now, for those who would wonder if Enthroned will continue without Sabathan, the answer is definitely: YES! I wrote 90% of the music and lyrics since 'Towards the Skullthrone of Satan' and my devotions are still the same for all those years. We are working now on the next opus with a new member which will be presented in the next months."
Wintersun's drummer Kai Hahto has issued the following update:
"We have to inform you that the last three shows which were in Sweden and Norway are not going to happen in the upcoming European tour. Amon Amarthare heading straight from Europe to support Children Of Bodom in their American tour and this is the reason. We are very sorry for this but it wasn't in our hands and we hope to play some Scandinavian shows in the near future. Also the Ragnarok festival that was supposed to be in May 2007 is cancelled.
"The reason for cancelling this festival is because we have booked Sonic Pump studios to mix the new album with Nino Laurenne in May 2007. The schedule for releasing the second album, 'Time', hasn't been able to hold for many reasons and some of them has been really delaying and slowing down the recording process. And when the recording couldn't finish in the schedule also the mixing had to be cancelled and re-scheduled. Jari is still working very hard to finish the album and to make the best possible second release for Wintersun.
Swedish viking metallers Amon Amarth has rescheduled the Swedish dates that they were forced to cancel in late November/early December in order to join the Children Of Bodom North American trek.
UPDATED (thanks Damnated)
The new dates are as follows:
Jan. 31 - Göteborg, SWE @ Musikens Hus
Feb. 01 - Malmö, SWE @ KB
Feb. 02 - Huskvarna, SWE @ Folkets Park
Feb. 03 - Oslo, NOR @ John Dee (Inferno Festival kick-off party)
Feb. 04 - Stockholm, SWE @ Klubben
Belgian Brutal Death Metal outfit Aborted have posted the following update:
"Ok everyone, time for a big update on what has been going on with Aborted in the past months. To confirm rumours, drummer Gilles & bass player Olivia are no longer part of the band. Here is the official statement of the band:
Being in a band like Aborted at this point takes a lot of investment and commitment, right now we are not making money to support members of the band. Every tour is a financial hazard for the band which forces us to keep the small amounts of money we do make on shows to keep as backup if anything goes wrong on tour or any other situation, so that we don't have to pay the bills from our own pockets anymore. The result of this is quite simple: we can't afford to pay band members to play in this band. These conditions are simple facts & didn't work for Gilles & Olivia, which made it quite obvious they couldn't be in the band anymore.
Carpathian Forest, Rotting Christ, Malevolent Creation, Incantation, Neuraxi and an as-yet-undisclosed opening act will team up for the 2007 edition of "The Domination Tour", set to kick off February 14. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Feb. 14 - POL Warsaw @ Progresja
Feb. 15 - GER Leipzig @ Hellriser
Feb. 16 - A Wien @ Szene
Feb. 17 - A Salzburg @ Rockhaus
Feb. 18 - A Innsbruck @ Hafen
Feb. 19 - CH Plattern @ Z7
Feb. 20 - FR Strasbourg @ Laiterie
Feb. 21 - FR Paris @ Locomotive
Feb. 22 - HOL Eindhoven @ Effenaar
Feb. 23 - BEL Vosselaar @ Biebob
Feb. 24 - GER Adelsheim @ Live Factory
Feb. 25 - CZ Brno @ Fledo
Feb. 26 - SK Bratislava @ Randal
Feb. 27 - ITA Este (PD) @ Sottosopra Rock Club
It appears that "Second Skin..." has been released in Japan. However, we haven't got our copies yet, and we advise people to hold off buying the album until it reaches the European market. Stay tuned for details..
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The official fansite of Canadian Heavy Metal band Anvil, (Anvilfans.here.ws), have posted five YouTube videos including: 'Metal On Metal' (1983), 'Smokin' Green' (1998), '666' (2005), 'Winged Assassins' (2006) and 'Forged In Fire' (2006 - from the crowd by a fan). To view them head to this location.
Anvil recently completed their forthcoming album," This Is Thirteen", with producer Chris Tsangarides. Chris produced both "Metal On Metal" and "Forged In Fire". The album will contain 13 tracks. The lyrics are available here. As well, a documentary on Anvil is being filmed. It is being directed by Sacha Gervasi, who wrote the Steven Spielberg movie The Terminal. Sacha is an old friend of the band's that used to do some roadie work for them back in the 1980's. He has filmed some of their shows from their November 2005 and June 2006 European tours. He also filmed Lips 50th birthday show at Heads Or Tails in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada on February 25th, 2006. As well he filmed some of the recording of the new album. Sacha also interviewed many people from Anvil's past and present, including former band members. The plan is to release the new album and the documentary, sometime next year.
Finnish metallers Swallow The Sun have confirmed that their third album will be called "Hope" and will be released February 7th via Spinefarm Records. The track list is as follows:
02. These Hours Of Despair
03. The Justice Ff Suffering
04. Don't Fall Asleep
05. Too Cold For Tears
06. The Empty Skies
07. No Light, No Hope
08. Doomed To Walk The Earth
The album will feature vocal appearance by Jonas Renkse of Katatonia on 'The Justice Of Suffering'.
A single called "Don't Fall Asleep" will be released prior to the album release, and it will include a cover of Timo Rautiainen And Trio Niskalaukaus song 'Alavilla Mailla', with Amorphis singer Tomi Joutsen on vocals. More information can be obtained from the address http://www.070207.com on November 1st.
Swedish black metallers Naglfar have posted the following message at their official website:
So we've finally finished writing and arranging all the songs, and the drums for the album has been recorded at the Toontrack studio here in Umea. Now the time has come to start recording the guitars, which shouldn't turn out to be any problem. The title of the album has been set to be "Harvest", and will tentatively include the following attacks of audial terror:
01. Into the Black
02. Prayer of Cain
03. The Way of the Rope
05. Feeding Moloch
06. The Mirrors of My Soul
08. Plutonium Reveries
09. Odium Generis Humani
That's all for now. Be sure to check back for further announcements that will be made in the following days.
The following message has been posted on the official Michael Kiske website:
Acoustic Past/new Guest Appearance/new album:
while preparing his next solo-album, Michael Kiske had the idea to make a full-acoustic album of his Helloween-compositions. All in all around 11 songs will be re-arranged but also one brand new song will find its way on this album. More news follow soon...
New Guest Appearance:
Michael accepted an offer for another guest appearance. Michael took over a guest role singing a duet with the feminine vocalist of the band Indigo Dying for the song 'Breathe In Water'.
while collecting new ideas for his upcoming solo-album, Michi developed the feeling for his new songs that are supposed to go in a more mythical direction like 'Do I Remember A Life Or Longing'...Great idea!