"The limited vinyl version of CRYSTAL VIPER's "The Last Axeman" album, will be available in 500 copies (100 on blue vinyl / 400 on black vinyl) through High Roller Records. Except new artwork and insert with many rare photos, you will find there several exclusive bonus tracks: LP version won't include any live songs, but few special studio recordings:
The Last Axeman
The Anvil Of Hate
Flaming Metal Systems (Manilla Road cover)
The Last Axeman (Polish version)
Blood And Gasoline feat. David DeFeis & Josh Block (Virgin Steele cover song)
Demons' Dagger (Epic Version 2008)
Out There Survivors (Mirage cover)
The Israeli symphonic black metal band, Dagor Dagorath, published on its official Myspace a new song entitled "Heaven in Hell". This track is one of seven on the band's debut album, to be called "Yetzer Ha'Ra".
The album's artwork is made by Greek artist Seth Siro Anton known for his work with Septicflesh (that did work for bands such as Moonspell, Vader, Belphegor, Paradise Lost).
Song list for the album "Yetzer Ha'Ra" is as follows:
1. The Hell in Heaven
2. The devil on the chain.
3. Heaven in Hell
4. The maze of madness
5. Vicious circle
6. The Call
7. Wind Cry
Official Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/dagordagorath
US metallers Down have posted their new video, for the song called "N.O.D.", online. It can be viewed at MTV.com. The song comes off the band's last year released album "III - Over The Under".
Earlier this month, an exclusive deluxe edition of Down "III - Over The Under" was released, featuring the CD plus a DVD featuring unreleased live performances and behind-the-scenes footage.
In a blog entry, dated July 24th, 2008, vocalist Philip Anselmo stated: "We've been fucking around with some new material, and we've got enough material already recorded (at least 6 new songs) as well as some unreleased stuff from the "Over The Under" sessions. It's definitely enough for an awesome EP, with some surprises within."
Canadian tech-death metallers Quo Vadis have posted a brand new song on their MySpace page, entitled "Equilibrium". According to the band, the song is "still a work in progress but we thought it sounded nice enough to give everybody a sneak peek."
Quo Vadis are currently working on some new material, and are also going on tour again, starting tonight.
Dark Embrace mainman Oscar Asunder has posted the following update regarding the band's current situation:
"The next November, the band will make 100 months rockin'. We've gone through good and bad times (sadly more bad times than good ones).
There are some good memories in the band. We've played some good concerts sharing stage with great bands such as Sepultura, Amon Amarth, Destruction, Watain, Agathodaimon and many others. We've recorded an album with Andy Classen in the Stage One Studio. Even we've got a nice video-clip. But all these things are just a few if you compare'em with all the effort and hard work there are behind Dark Embrace.
We've been fighting for a band with a tremendous difficulty to find permanent members. I've got a list with 32 ex-members (12 drummers, 4 keyboard players, 14 guitar players and 2 bass players). Most of you would think this band is some kind of dictatorship but it isn't. The reasons to leave this band are always more or less similar: girlfriends (!), lack of time for rehearsing, and afraid to go on tour or to record an album/demo. These three reasons are our enemies.
British Heavy Metal band Cloven Hoof have issued the following update:
"Guitarist Christian Horton makes his Cloven Hoof debut October 25th in a baptism of fire at the Metal Maniacs 2008 festival in Hoorn, Holland. Christian supported Cloven Hoof whilst playing in the excellent band Dark Forest. He will provide blistering rhythm guitar in a set packed with classic Hoof songs."
"Cynic Paradise", the new upcoming Pain album, is now available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. An e-card for the album can be found here.
"Cynic Paradise" tracklisting:
01. I'm Going In
02. Monkey Business
03. Follow Me (feat. Anette Olzon)
04. Have A Drink On Me
05. Don't Care
06. Reach Out (And Regret)
07. Generation X
08. No One Knows
09. Live Fast - Die Young
10. Not Your Kind
11. Feed Us
"Cynic Paradise" will be released on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Guitarist Roman Subbotin of UK death/doom metal band De Profundis has issued the following update:
"De Profundis once again emerges out of the shadows with some new music. As you may already know, we have been working on our second album for a few months now. Before going into the studio to record the real thing, we felt it would be good to try something we haven't done before and record a Promo CD, the results of which are now available for your listening (dis)pleasure.
Both tracks have been self-recorded and engineered with the help of Steve Watkins, with whom we did our first album. This two song Promo will not be released officially, and will eventually be taken down to pave the way for the second album. The songs themselves may change somewhat on the final record, too. But, for now, here are the new sounds of De Profundis that we hope you'll enjoy."
"Finnish melodic power metal "legends" Stratovarius are breaking the silence since guitar player Timo Tolkki left the band. They will return with a new studio album in 2009. It is a positive and powerful record that the band's fans all over the world are certain to take to their hearts.
"After Tolkki gave his blessing for us to go on without him, and after writing music together again this summer and a lot of thought, we have decided to carry the legacy of Stratovarius into the future", says keyboardist Jens Johansson.
"We are all very excited about the record and about playing Stratovarius music live to our fans. We can't wait.", adds vocalist Timo Kotipelto.
"Necrophobic is from now on a 5 piece strong legion! During 2008 the band did a number of shows as a 5 piece with Erik Danielsson (Watain) as a session member. This made Necrophobic come to think of continue on a new path and develop the live performances as the new live impression was much better.
Necrophobic is now proud to present the new bass player, Alex Friberg, 26. He possesses demonical skills on the bass and fits the band perfect both musically and mentally.
After the enormous well criticized last album "Hrimthursum", the band is now ready to enter the studio again to record the 6th full length studio album. All material is written and the new beast is planned to hit the streets in February/March 2009. The album is yet untitled, but some titles for the songs are "For Those who Stayed Satanic", "Triumph of the Horned", "Wings of Death", "The Tower", "Revelation 666" to name a few."
Apothys announced that, as of October 19th, 2008, Apothys releases former guitarist Christopher Bane and inducts its new guitarist, Joe Fuller, as a replacement and accompanying musician to existing guitarist Eddie Misery. The decision to release Bane follows on considerations of musical facility and creative differences. Apothys wishes the best for Bane and honors his service with a renewed perseverance moving forward from now. Apothys wishes the best for Bane and extends it's hand always in friendship and continued camaraderie.
As fortune would have it, Apothys has netted the permanent services of Joe Fuller as replacement guitarist. Apothys is pleased to bring Joe on as its permanent replacement guitarist and looks upon the future with a sense of mission and predestination. Capitalizing on previous experiences with drummer Mace, Joe brings his unique, techinically-charged acumen and uncompromisingly accurate disposition to bear as part of the Apothys frontline. Joe's live and studio performances promise to be the next level of accomplishment for Apothys.
"American Heavy Metal legend Anthrax are back and about to enter the studio. Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has issued the following update: "We're entering the studio in October to start recording. We wanted a Halloween vibe. I wanna do my drum tracks dressed like Ringo."
Furthermore, Anthrax will play their first Korean show ever, playing the Dongducheon Rock Festival."
You can read the full blog by Charlie Benante here.
Here's an update from Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante:
"We have 13 brand new Anthrax songs, we have 4 (maybe 5) B-Sides. The B Sides will be "Brain of J" - Pearl Jam, "Big Eyes" - Cheap Trick, "New Noise" - The Refused, "Running Down a Dream" - Tom Petty, and maybe an Anvil cover - "Jackhammer"? Or maybe an Alice Cooper cover - "We Die Young"?