Gothic Black metallers Graveworm check in with the following news:
"Hi there, it's time for some news.
We just finished the recordings for our new album at the Stage One studio with Andy Classen. The album, which will be released on May 11th through Nuclear Blast will feature some guest appearances by Maurizio Iacono from Kataklysm and Matze from The Sorrow.
Graveworm were just confirmed for two shows in Russia. This will be the first time for us. Look at the live section at http://www.graveworm.de for the latest show entries."
Advance tickets are now on sale for a handful of dates by Dutch progressive metallers Epica (fronted by Simone Simons). The following are current dates confirmed at htpp://www.enterthevault.com
05.09.2007 - USA, Springfield, VA
06.09.2007 - USA, Hartford, CT
07.09.2007 - USA, Poughkeepsie, NY
08.09.2007 - USA, Bedford, NH
09.09.2007 - USA, New York City, NY
14.09.2007 - USA, Toronto, ON
15.09.2007 - USA, Cleveland, OH
16.09.2007 - USA, Detroit, MI
18.09.2007 - USA, Mokena, IL
19.09.2007 - USA, St. Paul, MN
22.09.2007 - USA, Seattle, WA
25.09.2007 - USA, Hollywood, CA
27.09.2007 - USA, Mexicali, MEX
30.09.2007 - USA, San Antonio TX
01.10.2007 - USA, Houston, TX
Austria's Visions Of Atlantis will be opening the shows.
Finntroll have renewed their homepage look and added new information about the new album.
The tracklisting to new album "Ur Jordens Djup" goes:
03. Korpens Saga
05. Ur Djupet
07. En Mäktig Här
09. Maktens Spira
10. Under Två Runor
"Ur Jordens Djup" will be released through Spinefarm on March 28th. The album will feature the debut of new vocalist Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns. The band have described the album as "disturbed but catchy as hell". A massive tour is due to follow the album release.
Samples can be found through the sample medley at the intro page.
Swedish death metallers Vomitory have completed their new album. As announced on their official website: "It's finally time to unveil the cover artwork of the upcoming album, "Terrorize Brutalize Sodomize"! As you can see we've gone in a new brutal direction with this cover, using a photo instead something painted.
The rest of the booklet is also 100% photo-based and follows the same style, but certainly brings it to new sick and disturbing levels. Connoisseurs of gory death metal imagery will certainly have something extra to look forward to!
You can check out the cover here."
"Terrorize Brutalize Sodomize" was recorded, mixed and mastered at Leon Music Studio, Karlstad/Sweden during December together with producer/engineer Rikard Löfgren.
Swedish death metal veterans Unleashed have just announced the European leg of their Midvinterblot tour supported by Austrian death/black metallers Belphegor kicking off in Dublin, Ireland on May 12th. From May 15th to May 25th the two bands will be joined by Canadian death metal outfit Kataklysm while French black metallers Arkhon Infaustus will open the gigs for the remainder of the tour.
The tour dates read as follows:
Supported by Belphegor only:
May 12th 2007: Ireland, Dublin @ Voodoo Lounge
May 13th 2007: Ireland, Cork @ An Cruiscin Lan
Supported by Kataklysm and Belphegor:
May 15th 2007: England, London @ Underworld
May 16th 2007: France, Paris
May 17th 2007: Spain, Irun @ Tunk
May 18th 2007: Portugal, Coimbra @ Cine Teatro Avenida
Metal Blade Records announced that has just signed a worldwide deal with Hate Eternal.
Metal Blade Records owner/CEO, Brian Slagel, had this comment:
"I am truly honored to be working with Hate Eternal. They are a legendary band and I am so happy to welcome them to the Metal Blade Family." - Brian Slagel
Hate Eternal guitarist, Erik Rutan, had this to say regarding their signing:
"Signing to Metal Blade for us reconfirms that all the hard work, blood, sweat and tears we have put into the band has been worth every single moment. This is completely amazing. We know we will forge on with all the support and confidence a band can ask for from their record label. We are proud to be a part of the hugely successful Metal Blade Family and look forward to bringing our music to the next level." - Erik Rutan
Original Vicious Rumors bassist Dave Starr has once again left the band as of January 23, 2007.
Dave played bass on the first five Vicious Rumors albums (and was featured in several other Vicious Rumors DVDs, MTV videos, and band compilations). He returned to the band in 2005 to record the new "Warball" CD in 2006.
Commented Starr: "My history with Vicious Rumors goes back nearly 23 years, and in many ways the band will always be a part of me. However, it's time for me to concentrate 100% of my time and energy on my own music, my own band, and playing guitar. My band Wildestarr (along with incredible vocalist London Wilde) is something I have been working on for a few years now, and I took time off from this to work with Vicious Rumors again and record the "Warball" album. I am happy with the way the new Vicious Rumors CD came out, and thrilled with the response it has received so far from the fans and press. It was great to play and record with Vicious Rumors again. I remain on good terms with everyone in the band and wish them well in the future."
The Vision Bleak are busy pre-producing their third, as-yet-untitled album.
According to the band, the follow-up to "Carpathia" is going to be "more guitar-based, harder, but also more dramatic and melodic", promising their most sinister work to date. In early February, they will enter Klangschmiede Studio E for the fine-tuning of the recordings and the mix for an indefinite period of time.
Norwegian Melodic Black/Death metallers Susperia have issued the following update:
"The wait is almost over, all the work on the new album is now finished and we have set the title as "Cut From Stone". It is scheduled for release via the TABU label in Europe in April. Release in the USA will follow soon after. The artwork has once again been done by our good friend Rune Tyvold and he's done another killer job. We've posted samples of two of our new songs: 'More' and 'The Clone'. We'll be announcing the release date soon."
"Cut From Stone" was recorded at StrandStudio in Oslo, Norway with Marius Strand, who previously assisted Susperia on 2005's Norwegian Top 20 hit, the "Devil May Care" EP. The album was mixed by Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah) at Dug Out Studios in Uppsala, Sweden.
Swedish Power Metal band Steel Attack have posted the following message on their official website:
"Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to postpone the up-coming US tour scheduled for March this year. Some of the venues brought the financial terms of the shows into dispute at the last second. In order to protect the financial interest of the band and avoid a loss that would have been the logical consequence of these lowered fees. Hopefully, these shows will be rescheduled a.s.a.p. at different locations."
Season Of Mist Records have made a new Mayhem track, 'Anti', available for download at this location.
The track is to be featured on Mayhem's new album, "Ordo Ad Chao", tentatively scheduled for release in April.
Mayhem guitarist Blasphemer (aka Rune Erickson) recently commented on the forthcoming new album, stating: "The sound is raw and powerful, and listening to it, it reminds me of the Wolf's Lair Abyss era, only more varied and more philosophical. The album also contains the most aggressive songs in the Mayhem history as well as the most wicked and darkest."