The following message was posted on Nocturnal Rites's official website:
"We have added a corny, little message from the band including some previews of the bonus DVD that comes with "The 8th Sin" over at NocTV. We have a new live-clip from the GoM-boat on there as well!
Also, Century Media has launched an e-card with us including a competition where 25 lucky winners get a free NR shirt. Don't miss!
Some exciting more cool stuff will be revealed in the coming days, so stay tuned".
For more info about the album go to this location or read more here and here.
In other news, Nocturnal Rites have teamed up with Finnish Heavy/Power Metallers Thunderstone for a co-headlining European tour this fall.
The following updates were posted on the website of German Power Metal band Edguy:
"Due to an overwhelming response to their maiden tour of North America in 2005 with Hammerfall, Germany's beloved Edguy are bringing their "Rocket Ride World Tour" to the western hemisphere in support of their 2006 release of the same name, which climbed to the #27 slot on Billboard's Hard Music Chart. The tour will launch on Tuesday, September 11th in Hartford, Connecticut and will include Canada's Into Eternity, Norway's Susperia, plus a special guest. . On June 16th, the band will be back in Slovakia as special guest of the Scorpions in Bratislava. Edguy will also be this year's Saturday headliner at Germany's prestigious Bang Your Head!!! Festival on June 23rd, and are also confirmed for France's Hellfest on the 24th of July. All tour dates can be seen in the Tour Section of their website.
New Jersey- "Born in The Basement" a documentary from filmmaker/ Overkill founder Rat Skates, will be released on May 12, 2007 by Kundrat Productions
Written and narrated by Skates, this is an autobiographical journey that begins in 1980, when the East Coast of North America experienced a massive culture clash of Punk, Disco, Stoner Music, New Wave and Heavy Metal. Frustrated by this suburban identity crisis and fueled by "The New Wave of British Heavy Metal," a small group of energetic youths was unknowingly creating the most extreme music ever to assault global eardrums - Thrash Metal.
Skates was one of the most recognized pioneers of the movement. This is a drive through his tunnel vision to success, and the philosophy that turned his dreams into reality...THE "DIY" MINDSET!
Drummer Ricardo Confessori has assembled a new SHAMAN lineup following the group's split last October. Joining Confessori in the new group are guitarist Leo Mancini, vocalist Thiago Bianchi and bassist Fernando Quesada. Check out a photo of the new group at HeavyLaw.com. A song from the revamped band, entitled "One Life", can be downloaded at this location*.
This website seems to be the homepage of the new Shaman. Note that it doesn't seem to be officially open, yet you'll find many information on the new band, and their new album entitled "Immortal." Why the band seems to be able to use the name "Shaman" and not "Shaaman" is still unknown.
Metal Mind Productions has issued the following press release:
"British Thrash Metal legend Onslaught will release their first live DVD on 11th June via Metal Mind Productions.
After the band's reunion in 2005 and the release of their 4th studio album "Killing Peace" in 2007, the British thrash-metal legend Onslaught takes another step towards establishing their status as one of the greatest acts of that genre.
Their first live DVD "Live Polish Assault 2007" is due to be released on 11th June and will contain more than an hour of veritable thrash mayhem: dirty and furious guitar riffs, powerful rhythm section - all this havoc crowned with Sy Keeler's distinctive devilish shrieks. Filmed during the band's first gig in Poland, the DVD will include a well-balanced mixture of some of the best Onslaught songs performed live! Among other bonus features, the DVD will also include an interview with Nige Rockett and Sy Keeler, bonus live video footage from the band's gigs in Japan and Holland, as also bonus audio tracks from the gig at Bristol Colston Hall, 1987 (featuring Onslaught's very first live performance of "Let There Be Rock")!"
A video for the song 'Tervaskanto' has been made available online at the official Napalm Records website, here. (Windows Media required)
The song is the title track of the Finnish Folk Metallers' fourth album, which is due for a June 26 (U.S.) / June 29 (Europe) release through Napalm Records.
Another song 'Veriset Äpärät' could already be found on the band's MySpace page.
Two new songs 'City Of Echoes' and 'Last Day Of Winter' from the upcomming album "City Of Echoes" werre posted on the official MySpace page of the band. You can listen them here.
"City Of Echoes" tracklist:
01. Bliss In Concrete
02. City Of Echoes
03. Spaceship Broken--Parts Needed
04. Winds With Hands
05. Dead Between The Walls
06. Lost In The Headlights
07. Far From Fields
08. A Delicate Sense Of Balance
And also the following message was also added:
"At our recent show in London on the European tour, we played a special version of Mammoth (Pink Mammoth) with everyone from These Arms Are Snakes, our touring partners, and our friend and booking agent Jodie Cox. So that's nine people on stage! You can witness this for yourself here.
The following message was posted on Swedish Alternative Death Metal band The Great Deceiver's official website:
"The new The Great Deceiver album "Life Is Wasted On The Living" will be released on Deathwish Records. This is an outtake from http://www.deathwishinc.com:
In 2007, The Great Deceiver will release "Life Is Wasted On The Living", their new album on Deathwish. Produced and engineered by Berno Paulsson (The Haunted), "Life Is Wasted On The Living" takes their trend killing approach to new heights. Combining the intensity of hardcore, the power of metal, and the hook laden repetition of industrial, into a new kind of musical apocalypse".
Open Grave Records is currently streaming the entire new album from Indonesian Avantgarde Metal band Kekal. This is their sixth album "The Habit Of Fire", which releases in North America, Australia and Japan on May 15th.
Described as "an experimental (but yet accessible) 70-minute epic concept album of urban avantgarde metal, with a liberal use of electronic elements and mix of countless musical sub-genres to accompany their trademark guitar-driven soundscapes," "The Habit Of Fire" features the following track listing:
01. Prelude: Worldhate Chronicle
02. The Gathering Of Ants
03. Isolated I
04. Manipulator Generals (Part I Of Dictatorship)
(1) - Failure Is The System
The following tour/studio update was issued on the website of legendary US Death Metal band Obituary:
"We had 4 great shows in Mexico with Sadus and really want to thank all our fans for coming out and supporting us and our crew guys for their hard work! This trip took us through 4 cities and saw the reunion S.O.S. show - Sepultura - Obituary- Sadus! What a blast!!!
4 shows in 4 cities in 4 days was not exactly easy, but it was a lot of fun!
The good news! The studio has been going great and all the music is just about done being tracked. This is some really heavy material and I can't wait to get this released! When we get back from Australia we will start the final mix with Mark Prator at RedRoom Recorders!
German Symphonic/Gothic Black Metallers Agathodaimon have welcomed two new members to their ranks:
"After lots of auditions with several musicians, we're proud to announce our new line-up. It took us a while to fill the gap that our vocalist Frank "Akaias" Nordmann left, but we've had a bunch of rehearsals until now, and we're sure to have the strongest line-up so far - and are of course we're looking forward to play live again to present you the new members on stage! First gigs will be announced shortly.
So, the current line-up consists of newcomers Jonas Iscariot on vocals and Jan Jansohn on guitar and of course the already known members Sathonys (guitar), Till (bass), Felix (keys) and Matthias (drums)."
Within Temptation's video for the song "Frozen" has been posted at Youtube. According to a posting on the group's website, the clip's storyline is based on events that take place at the turn of the 20th century, dealing with a pretty heavy subject: violence and abuse within a family.