NIGHTWISH have sold more than 15,000 copies of their new bombastic album "Once" in Finland after only half a day - enough for the CD to be certified with gold in the band's home country! "Once" is scheduled to be released in the rest of Europe on June 7 through Nuclear Blast Records.
In other news, NIGHTWISH's current single "Nemo" received gold in Finland as well - the song remains on top of the Finish single charts for over three weeks now. Further chart positions Europe-wide are as follows:
A new single from power metallers german power metallers, Edguy.. Take your time and read through the original article below, taken from massive label Nuclear Blast's homepage. Tracklisting included..
Have you ever asked yourself how it might be crashing down on an airplane? And how it would be making love to a stewardess at the same time? Not? Well, then you should go and buy EDGUY's new single "Lavatory Love Machine" to find out more about it! In this "happy" song, taken from the current full length album "Hellfire Club", Tobias Sammet and his crazy bunch sing about this 'splendiferous' happening, packed in a bouquet of fluffily, catchy melodies and loads of fun. If you listen to this song, we guarantee you'll be in good spirits!
Finnish doom/death metallers SHAPE OF DESPAIR have set a September 27 release date through Spikefarm Records for their third album, "Illusion's Play". The follow-up to 2001's "Angels Of Distress" was once again recorded at Hellhole studios in Helsinki, Finland. An MP3 clip of the track "Entwined In Misery" can be downloaded at this location: http://shapeofdespair.doom-metal.com/Entwined%20in%20misery_sample.mp3
"Due to the huge chart success of Ayreon - The Human Equation, we are happy to announce the next single to be released is an alternative version of 'Day Sixteen: Loser' called 'Loser'. It will be the so-called 'Star One version'. Joost van den Broek (Star One, After Forever) and Arjen Lucassen battle it out in a true-to-form keyboard versus guitar battle, with electric violin by Robert Baba thrown in for good measure. Also Peter Vink (Star One) recorded new bass guitar especially for the single. And Ed Warby added some extra 'zing' to his performance also.
Of course, there will also be some really special bonus tracks to make this single even more worth your while to get! More information to come!
BATHORY mastermind Tomas "Quorthon" Forsberg was found dead in his apartment in Stockholm, Sweden on Monday, June 7, informed sources have confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The 39-year-old son of Black Mark Records owner Börje Forsberg, long considered one of black metal's founders, died of an apparent heart failure. More information as it becomes available.
Fallen Angels, a melodic death metal band from Sweden, have just finished the recording of their demo in Studiomega (The Crown, Lake Of Tears, Beseech). This demo, named 'Extinction' will soon be available for purchase. The band has also uploaded the track 'Misanthropic Coil' in mp3 on their website www.fallofangels.com. Check it out!!!
A brand-new THE HAUNTED track, entitled "99", has been made available for download in MP3 format at this location: http://www.centurymedia.com/audio/haunted_99.mp3
"99" comes off the Swedish thrashers' as-yet-untitled fourth album, due this fall through Century Media Records.
The follow-up to 2003's "One Kill Wonder" was recorded at Gothenburg's famed Studio Fredman (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY) with co-producers Patrik J. Sten and Fredrik Nordström and mixed at Denmark's Antfarm Studio by Tue Madsen. Other cuts set to appear on the CD include "All Against All", "Who Will Decide" (featuring a guest appearance by SICK OF IT ALL vocalist Lou Koller) and "Burnt To A Shell". THE HAUNTED also have a new addition to the fold, as original vocalist Peter Dolving, who crushed on the group's genre-defining self-titled debut release, returns with a vengeance.
Asgeir from BORKNAGAR has posted the following in the band's official forum at ultimatemetal.com:
"We have finally started working on a Borknagar DVD. However, there will probably be another studio album (meaning another epic after Epic. Duh.) before the DVD surfaces. We got lots and lots of video material from the recordings of Quintessence, Empiricism and Epic. We got all shows I've played with the band (some shows with three cameras running), and we've got a lot of stupid backstage and touring stuff. Øystein has a couple of hours from the US tour but we need more - especially bootlegs from the '90s! We are basically looking for as much video material as possible so let us know what you have! Did you smuggle a camera into a Borknagar show? Let us have a copy of it! Bootlegs are welcome!!!"
Agathodaimon will soon release their 4th album, and you may check out some of the songs in the exclusive pre-listening section of the Nuclear Blast website (http://www.nuclearblast.de) or directly follow this link: http://www.nuclearblast.de/events/agathodaimon
The new album received excellent reviews so far and again goes far beyond the borders of "ordinary" black metal and continues the tradition of "Chapter III". Looking for something different? Then have a listen!
The band also produced a video clip which is available at the same location (Real Player required).
The dynamic thrash metal quintet SHADOWS FALL's highly anticipated new album, The War Within, is now set for a September 21st release. The stunning new offering, produced again by Zeuss (Hatebreed) at Planet Z Studios in the band's home state of Massachusetts is the follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed disc, The Art of Balance, and features 10 tracks of sonic devastation. The War Within, their fourth full-length release, is the group's most unrelenting, yet dynamic offering that further proves why they are the undisputed leaders of their genre.
SHADOWS FALL will hit the road in Europe in early June on the New Wave of American Heavy Metal Tour featuring Killswitch Engage, Chimaira and labelmates God Forbid. This will be followed by the group's highly anticipated summer U.S. headlining tour, dubbed the Strhess Tour, which also features As I Lay Dying, Himsa and Remembering Never. The trek kicks off on July 16th and runs through August 19th. Be sure to check the tour's official website www.strhesstour.com for dates and all current news.
Swedish thrash metal titans THE HAUNTED have signed a worldwide multiple-album deal with Century Media Records. The band has already completed work on their highly anticipated, yet still untitled, fourth album, which will be released this fall. It will undoubtedly prove once again why Kerrang! labeled the band as "the single greatest exponents of balls-out metal in the world."
Commented guitarist Anders Björler, "We are happy to have chosen Century Media for the next couple of albums. CM is a legendary metal label, and we feel strongly they'll support us in the best way possible."
Phil Hinkle, director of A&R for Century Media America, added, "It's an honor to be working with THE HAUNTED, and they make our already outstanding roster that much more stellar." Leif Jensen, A&R manager for Century Media Europe, said, "Personally and professionally, we look forward to leading this great band to full worldwide success. Their time is now!"
We're glad to inform you that the ONLY official MASSEMORD website is online and available
Moreover new MASSEMORD cd will be out on June 14th from THE OATH productions
and will be titled "new millennium holocaust" (split cd with SVARTSKOGG).
Mp3 samplers can be heard at www.massemord.cjb.net
MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forum" section of the band's official website (www.megadeth.com):
"Droogies! Thank you for the support yesterday, it helped a lot.
It is just that so much is happening right now that it is sometimes overwhelming.
I am grateful for the threads and emails, and I approved the master yesterday, so that means it is on its way to the record company.
I might as well tell you the title... The System Has Failed.
Because it has. MSGD!"
As previously reported, The System Has Failed will be released through Sanctuary Records on September 14th.
More details on the release as they become available.