Children Of Bodom will release their fifth studio outing, called 'Are You Dead Yet?' in September.
'Are You Dead Yet?' tracklist is as follows :
1. Living Dead Beat
2. Are You Dead Yet?
3. If You Want Peace... Prepare for War
4. Punch Me I Bleed
5. In Your Face
6. Next in Line
7. Bastards of Bodom
8. Trashed, Lost & Strungout
9. We're Not Gonna Fall
A single of the track 'In Your Face' is targeted for release on August in Finland.
Absolute Steel was formed in 1999 from a group of exciting musicians who simply loved the metal of the 1980s! Staying away from the so-called "true metal" ideology and proving their quality with real hard and heavy songs the band became a hype in their homeland of Norway.
After a self released demo and a single, they were picked up by the Norwegian label Edgerunner Records, and released their debut "The Fair Bitch Project" in 2002. Following their debut album, Absolute Steel played numerous shows, gradually building up their name especially with their original presence on stage: shows with heavy metal helmets, loads of pyros, strippers and more stuff surprised every audience! The guitar wars between the two axemen Andy Boss and Dave Bomb are almost legendary!
The guitarist of the band posted on the band's website the following message concerning the new album and also talking about some live perfomances the band had:
Well, after a long., long time we have the pleasure to announce you that our latest album "Teluric Manifesto" has been finally mastered. Now we just need to give the last touches to the layout and then send the finished stuff to Aftermath Music in Norway.
We also have to apologize for the big delay we had on finishing the album. Regrettably most of the delay was due to Raphael (sound engineer) having personal issues that made him not to be available for a long time to work with us, so we didn't have a lot to do regarding this uncomfortable situation. Anyway, our apologies go to all of you!
"The new TENHI full-length, entitled 'TENHI III maaäet', will be released this autumn by Prophecy productions. Check out a sample from a still unfinished song called 'varpuspäivä' from the unreleased music page for mid-summer eve's magic (http://tenhi.com/music.shtml).
More samples coming up soon.
updated tentative track listing for TENHI III maaäet:
Here in Black Lotus Records in pride we announce that Cruachan has joined our ranks! Our roster is enriched with a precious name we always admired. The band is currently working on the songs for their (yet untitled) upcoming album and they will enter the studio in January 2006. Martin Walkyier (SKYCLAD) will also join them as guest vocalist on one song. Some titles of new songs are "Diarmuid and Grainne", "The Well Below the Valley", "Ungoliant" & "Shelob".
CRUACHAN will also play the following dates in September to be followed by a Russian tour in October (dates will be announced soon).
16.09.05 D - Luneck, Riders Cafe
17.09.05 D - Stavenhagen, Tankhaus
The long time bass player of Stratovarius leaves the band.
Timo Tolkki has posted the following message to the band's forum: "Some of you have heard rumours that Jari Kainulainen has left Stratovarius. Unfortunately I have to tell you that they are true. This is due to personal reasons. We will release official statement regarding that soon."
We are happy to announce that we've completed the mastering of our new album last week. Even though the album is still untitled, we can guarantee you that it sounds killer! As soon as we have decided on the title, we will let you know!
The official release has been set for September 5th 2005, out on Nuclear Blast records. Below you can find the complete tracklist:
01. Intro (not named yet)
05. Craving for another killing
06. Let the knife do the talking
07. A thousand lies
08. Incised before I've ceased
10. Compulsive psychosis
11. Living to die
Now it's official, MANIGANCE is confirmed as opening act of the forthcoming gig of the SCORPIONS which will take place on July 5 th at the prestigious Olympia Hall in Paris. By the time you'll read those lines, this show will be sold out!
The band from Pau (South West of France) is currently busy with the recording of their 4 th album. The sessions started late May, at their own studio, after an intensive period of composition and pre-production.
Here follow the titles of some of the new songs which should be available next Fall: "Envahisseur", "Sentinelle", "L'ombre et la lumière", "Prison dorée", "Esclave", "Cent millénaires", "Prédateur", "Privilège", "Miroir de la vie"...
Forsaken's new album shall be released by Scotland's Golden Lake Productions in October 2005 and shall be titled 'Dominaeon'. Lyrically, 'Dominaeon' will centre around a core concept that explores various spiritual themes related to the Christian faith. The band is presently concluding the finishing touches to the song-writing process and will start recording at Temple Studios, Mistra Bay, Malta on 4th July 2005.
All the tracks for the album are new and were composed over the past year or so. Song titles include 'Dominaeon', 'Obsidian Dreams', 'Daylight Dies', 'Kenosis', 'Wretched of the Earth' and 'Resurgam'. The artwork for the album was commissioned to Jowita Kaminska who has also been responsible for the cover artwork of the recent Manilla Road, Exodus and Attacker releases. Fans can check out the cover artwork on Jowita's site -
As in Forsaken's recent releases the lay-out for the album will be done by Chris Zarb. Forsaken fans can be rest assured that this album will see the band plunging deeper in heavy doom metal soundscapes interwoven with the band's penchant for carving and exploring innovative territory.
In the latest End Records Newsletter the keyboardist Andy Winter talks about his projects:
"Greetings everyone! As we're getting closer to the half way mark of the year, I guess this is as good a time as any to write an update about what's been going on lately, and more importantly what's to come. On May 3rd I released a mini CD containing a solo performance with classical piano music. This release is my first solo release and it is called Shades of Light Through Black and White. It is available exclusively through The End Records, and the cover art is graced with some unique black and white photographs. The disc is a 1000 copy limited edition release.
As reported some time ago Winds has already completed the basic material for the fourth album, and the drums were recorded last year. At this time we are making the preparations to continue the recordings, meaning that Carl August Tidemann will find himself in and out of the studio for several months starting after his summer vacation. I have also completed the lyrical concept, and earlier this week I talked to the guys about the musical direction of the next record. There is still a lot to be determined about the sound and the details, and we are still in the midst of discussing all of this, but already the entire band agrees that what we are on the right track for something new, and that what we are about to embark on will pretty much blow everything we have done so far out of the water. Maybe that is an overused cliché that every band nowadays uses when they put out a new record, but I believe we have the merits to back up our claim, and in this case there is no doubt that this will be the most different record we have ever done. I can also say that this record won't see the light! of day until some time in 2006, so that we will have spent over 2 years making it from the recordings started until they finish should be an indication of how much effort we are putting into it. I know I previously stated that we would not take two years to make the next album, but what can I say, I will have to admit I was wrong and correct myself in this matter. I may also have to correct my previous statement about not involving any guests on the new record, but that part still remains to be seen, and I guess only time will tell.
The band send the following message in the June newsletter:
"Hello again! Some latest news from KEKAL..
I. HEADLINE NEWS: Leo is BACK with KEKAL!!
We are glad to inform you that lead-guitarist Leo Setiawan has joined us again as an official band member!! He has returned back from Melbourne Australia recently (after spending more than 4 years there) to work and stay in Jakarta full-time.
Due to our own personal and family-related issues that needed to be set as the main priority, especially with Leo during his re-relocation, we decided to not to play any local show until the end of this year.
We would like to thank our additional live-guitarist Didi Priyadi for helping us doing some live gigs and contributed in our new album.
Agonizer's keyboardist Mika Heinonen has left the band the reason being lack of interest. Agonizer want to point out that there are no arguments or disagreements involved in Mika's departure, and he has promised to help the band re-produce the old songs. For now Agonizer are not looking for a new keyboardist but will continue with 5 band members. The rumours are that future Agonizer material will be more heavier than what we are used to hearing from them. Also the band announces that session drummer Atte Palokangas is now a perm member of Agonizer.
Amorphis' leadman and the guitarist Esa Holopainen has posted following message in their website:
We've been rehearsing intensively past two months now and the songs start to get their final shape. There's still couple tracks which need to be rehearsed but basically the songs are ready and the band is more motivated than ever. Tomi Joutsen has brought so much new energy for us and the tour we did in US on March united us a a real Amorphis 2005. We were really happy to see how people welcomed Tomi as a new Amorphis singer, he was a "bit" nervous before the tour but the reaction and support we got helped him to make Amorphis sound like a never before.
So, the recordings will take place at 1st of July at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki and takes time till somewhere in August. Mikko Karmila is starting the mixing at September 1st at Finnvox. Let's see if guys get their studio ready till the 1st of July as it still looks like a construction area. New Sonic Pump is going to