A brand new Napalm Death track, entitled "When All Is Said and Done", has been made available for streaming here. The song comes off the British grindcore pioneers' new album, "Smear Campaign", due on September 19 via Century Media Records (one day earlier inernationally).
"Smear Campaign" track listing:
Sink Fast, Let Go
Puritanical Punishment Beating
When All Is Said and Done
Freedom Is the Wage of Sin
Eyes Right Out
Warped Beyond Logic
Rabid Wolves (For Christ)
Deaf and Dumbstruck
Guitarist Jesse Pintado (TERRORIZER, ex-NAPALM DEATH) died over the weekend in a hospital in Holland, Century Media Records has confirmed. A pioneer in our musical genre, Jesse and his influential sound will be sorely missed. BLABBERMOUTH.NET would like to offer our most sincere condolences to his family and friends. Century Media Records will make a further announcement later in the week.
In a recent interview with Rockdetector.com, Pintado spoke about his final days in NAPALM DEATH.
"The departure was basically due to a variety of reasons," he said. "We shared a house together, we toured together, we were always together, but people move on. Along the way there was a little rough bumps, though I don't know. In my situation it got to the point where I needed a little fresh start. I'm still good friends with the guys; there's no animosity there, we're all cool, and they're happy with what I'm doing."
When Saxon undertake their extensive tour of Europe next year, they will be joined with Power Metallers Masterplan and also Rose Tattoo. Masterplan and Rose Tattoo will be 'special guests' at every show, except 6th, 7th, 8th March (UK) and 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th March (Germany) where only Masterplan will be playing. Also some unamed guests will be playing at a few shows. The tour will start in February 2007 and will finish in mid-May.
For a full (long) list of Saxon Europe tour dates, visit Saxon's official website - www.saxon747.com
Finnish heavy-metal rockers Lordi, surprise winners of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, announced plans to make and star in a horror film, reports said Monday.
The band's frontman, Tomi Putaansuu, also known as Mr Lordi, told Finland's biggest evening paper Ilta-Sanomat about the plans.
'We are very enthusiastic about this. We have talked about this for months and the first version of the script has already been made,' Putaansuu was quoted as telling the newspaper.
The storyline is based on an idea by Lordi and director Pete Riski, who has directed several of the group's videos.
'It is not going to be a children's movie or a family film. I mean, let's face it, very few horror films are made that way. We don't play music on screen. We are just going to be monsters,' Putaansuu said, adding that funding was yet to be secured for the project.
Australian Death/Grind/Industrial band The Berzerker are currently working on a new album. The album will be their fourth and will be released as usual by Earache Records. So far ten tracks have been written, and have been made into 'demo form'. Soon the band will be entering the studio to record the songs properly.
The Berzerker have said that they're trying their best to outdo all their previous works with this album. Frontman/vocallist Luke Kenny comments: "The new material is fucking insane. I sometimes wonder when we start writing if we really can out-do our other releases. I mean, we have already made some of the fastest, most brutal music on the planet, and when people hear the name The Berzerker, they fucking know it!".
The recordings of "Existentia", Trail of Tears'fifth album is completed! At the moment the album is ready to be shipped away for mastering.10 songs are featured on the album and includes contributions from French singer Emmanuelle Zoldan and Norwegian keyboard master Bernt Moen. Expected European release is November through Napalm Records, followed by other territories shortly after.
In other news, the Mexican tour with The Legion of Hetheria has been confirmed for November! Exact dates will be posted very soon. It has come to the band's attention that a Chilean company named South Star Agency presented by Marco Rios is advertising on their website about a Trail of Tears South American tour to take place in October/November 2006. This is false! This company does not work with Trail of Tears and have never done so. Do not under any circumstances buy into anything regarding Trail of Tears in relation with this company. Our one and only partner in this tour is JrJr Music Network located in Mexico City and all inquieries are to be forwarded to them exlusively. http://www.jrjr-music.net
Magrudergrind are currently finishing up the writing process for their next album. The group will begin recording in September/October and the effort will contain all brand new studio tracks. Six Weeks Records will release the album this winter. Meanwhile, the band will embark upon a full U.S. tour in May and June 2007, following by a European trek.
German Power Metallers Mob Rules have announced a tour of Germany (and one Switzerland show). The tour will be in support of their upcoming album 'Ethnolution A.D.' and will even include a 'release party' show on the 20th October (the date in which the album is released in Germany).
Here are all the confirmed dates:
Oct. 20 - Wilhelmshaven, GER @ Pumpwerk (release party show)
Oct. 30 - Bonn, GER @ Klangstation
Nov. 01 - Stuttgart, GER @ LKA Longhorn
Nov. 02 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z7
Nov. 03 - Aschaffenburg, GER @ Colos-Saal
Nov. 05 - Regensburg, GER @ Alte Mäalzerei
Nov. 11 - Nordenham, GER @ Jahnhalle
Nov. 25 - Spaden, GER @ Tribute To Rock Festival
Dec. 08 - Hamburg, GER @ Headbangers Ballroom
British heavy metallers, Saxon have lined up the following South American/Mexican tour dates supported by Stratovarius and After Forever and set to take place in October:
Oct. 07 - MEX - Mexico City Palacio de los Deportes / Live 'n' Louder Festival
Oct. 08 - MEX - Chihuahua El Quevedo (2)
Oct. 11 - ARG - Buenos Aires Teatro Flores (1)
Oct. 12 - ARG - Buenos Aires Teatro Flores (1)
Oct. 14 - BRA - Sao Paulo Arena Skol Anhembi / Live 'n' Louder Festival
Oct. 15 - BRA - Floroanopolis TBA
Swedish Black Metallers Bestial Mockery have posted the following message at their official website :
"After the departure from Hell's Metal Festival in Germany, the Bestial crew went to Sweden Rock Festival, where Bundy and Devilpig ended up in a fight. Due to Devilpig's high alcohol consummation, he ended up in a coma after the fight and two days later he was confirmed as dead and the doctors pulled the plug! His last wish was that 'Chainsaw Fucking Down the Church' would be played on bagpipe, this will not happen and... Bestial Mockery have now went down into the grave! There will still be several releases out in the coming year since much is recorded. But now you must fuck off!"
'I', the new band of Immortal's mainman, debuted at Hole In The Sky festival, Bergen, Norway on August the 26th. In a pre-gig press conference, he commented, "After I put Immortal on ice, this came out exactly as I planned, better. If it (Between Two Worlds, the forthcoming CD due out this fall via Nuclear Blast) sells only two copies, that's OK. It was a success a long time ago. I could have done this by myself, but there's nothing like being in a band. This is NOT a solo project. This band wil be around a while, until my liver breaks. As Ace Frehley said, I'm back!"
Live, the band delivered a destructive set, including pyro, that already sees 'Warriors' and the title track as excellent live tunes. The entire album, minus one, was aired. No Immortal songs were performed.
According to Oikotimes.com, Lordi mastermind Mr. Lordi has earned his first million euros (approximately $1.28 million), reports the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat. The group's "Hard Rock Hallelujah" single has been sold over 300,000 copies all across Europe. Meanwhile, Lordi's latest album, "The Arockalypse", spent 11 weeks at the top of the Finnish album chart and has shifted more than 70,000 units in Finland alone. In the rest of Europe, "The Arockalypse" is believed to have sold around 250,000 copies. On September 20, a new version of "The Arockalypse" will be released, including a special DVD featuring footage from the Eurovision Song Contest, which Lordi won in May.
As it was reported at MaidenFans, EMI Finland has announced, the new Iron Maiden album "A Matter of Life and Death" has shifted more than 13,000 copies in a few hours on Friday, its first day of release. Quite a feat when the Gold status is at 15,000!
Manowar will release their first-ever EP, entitled "The Sons of Odin", on the following dates:
October 6, 2006 (Germany)
October 9, 2006 (rest of Europe)
October 24, 2006 (USA)
The band's bassist, Joey DeMaio, said "we decided that just a single wasn't enough. We want to give our fans maximum value for minimum expense and the EP format is the best way to do that. It gives us the opportunity to cram tons of audio and video content into one package."
The EP will feature over 27 minutes of total playing time. Besides "The Sons of Odin" — which features Manowar's patented, lion-hearted metal riffs mixed with arena-rock stomping grooves and orchestral arrangements — the EP includes the title track from the upcoming Manowar full-length album, "Gods of War", an orchestral version of the new song "Odin" and live performances of "The Ascension" and "King of Kings" from the Earthshaker Fest 2005. A special Immortal Package digipak version will also feature a bonus DVD boasting 38 minutes of footage from the first-ever Manowar Fan Convention in 2005 and the band's rehearsal of "Heart of Steel" — recorded in the Czech Republic with a full choir and orchestra — as well as a video trailer for the upcoming "Live at Earthshaker Fest 2005" DVD. Finally, the DVD will also include a special audio section with 5.1 audio mixes of all 5 EP songs as well as a slide show of exclusive Manowar live shots and photos submitted by fans.