While most of you were enjoying the July sun with a cold beer in your hands (or dancing outside in the pouring rain if you happen to live in this metereological shit-hole called Holland), we've been working our arses off once again this weekend, adding bass guitar to the 4 tracks we've recorded for our upcoming promo-CD...
So it's time to offer you another look in Hail Of Bullet's kitchen of doom; we have uploaded 2 tracks featuring drums, guitars and bass! In 1 or 2 weeks you will be able to hear the more or less completed versions of these 2 songs WITH vocals added!
As stated earlier, this is NOT the definite guitarsound, which is going to be be even heavier and more brutal...
The following update was posted on the official Kataklysm website:
After much thought, Kataklysm have decided to cancel the few dates they had lined up with Devildriver next month, in favor to enter the studio.
Comments guitarist J-F Dagenais:
"I think we - all in the band - looking forward to hitting the road again and raise mayhem, but there's a lot of magic that just created with the writing process and all of us are too much into it to break the mood and progress. My studio is ready and we dediced to start recording the new album "PREVAIL" on August 15th and work on it til we leave for our European tour at the end of September. We also decided that we will mix the album in January in Florida with producer JASON SUECOF (Trivium, Chimaira, Black Dahlia Murder), which we are looking forward to. Myself and Jason will make sure the album is as flawless as possible with a crushing production!! So for the many fans that were hitting up our MySpace and website, looking forward to seeing us live this summer... we sincerely apologize but it's for a good cause, trust me. On the other side of things, we have some very serious offers for Nov. and Dec. so we are planning on hitting the road in the States then. There's some big things in the horizon... We will keep you posted!"
Gnostic, the Atlanta, Georgia-based band featuring original Atheist drummer Steve Flynn alongside Chris Baker and Sonny Carson (who handled the guitar duties on the Atheist reunion tour this past year), will record its debut CD at Ledbelly Studios in Atlanta September 22-29. The group, which is rounded out by Stephen Morley on bass, and Kevin Freeman on vocals, has enlisted Atheist/Neurotica frontman Kelly Shaefer to co-produce as well as make an appearance on the album. Starrfactory Entertainment (Shaefer's company) will begin evaluating offers from labels interested in releasing the as-yet-untitled record in various territories around the world.
According to a press release, Gnostic comes with a ferociously technical sound that is inspired by the same school of technicality that Atheist fans expect, "but Gnostic is an angrier animal for sure," says Shaefer. "I think people will be utterly blown away by the technical metal gem these guys have written. Kevin Freeman offers up a far more guttural approach then me, so it will be blazing with difficulty, but relentless in sheer brutality."
Australian Progressive Metal outfit Vanishing Point will release their upcoming album "The Fourth Season", on August 24 via Dockyard 1.
"The Fourth Season" cover art] tracklisting:
02. Tyranny Of Distance
04. Hope Among The Heartless
06. I Within I
07. Behind The Open Door
08. Ashen Sky
09. One Foot In Both Worlds
10. Veil Of Deceit
11. Wake Me
12. A Day Of Difference
A statement by Dockyard 1 reads as follows:
Our Australian metal gods Vanishing Point successfully recorded and mixed "The Fourth Season" - the follow-up to their 2005 milestone "Embrace The Silence". Again the band teamed up with Endel Rivers at Palmstudios in their hometown Melbourne/Australia. But this time the mastering will be done by legendary Mika Jussila (who worked with Stratovarius, Nightwish, Sonata Arctica...) at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Vanishing Point also shoot a video to the song "Surrender", here's the message from the band:
Candlelight Records have posted the cover art of "Odinist", the upcoming new album by French Black/Avantgarde Metallers Blut Aus Nord. The album is due for a 22 October release. More details will be announced soon.
A picture of the cover art can be found at this location.
According to Candlelight Records, "this opus is considered by the band as a return to the feeling of their first creations. More epic, melodic and powerful!"
A few demo samples will be available very soon on the group's official MySpace page.
You can check out new songs from In Flames, Children Of Bodom, Clutch, CKY and Viking Skull, off the forthcoming "Viva La Bands, Vol. 2" album, on VLB Radio online here.
"Viva La Bands, Volume 2" tracklisting:
01. Clutch - King Of Arizona
02. In Flames - Abnegation
03. Children Of Bodom - Tie My Rope
04. CKY - Rio Bravo
05. The Sounds - Ego
06. Shiny Toy Guns - Rocketship
07. Bloodhound Gang - Screwing You On The Beach At Night
08. Gwar - War Is All We Know
09. The 69 Eyes - Shadow Of Your Love
10. Priestess - Lay Down
11. Dimmu Borgir - The Serpentine Offering
12. Kill Hannah - Believer
13. Viking Skull - Blackened Sunrise
14. Vains Of Jenna - Enemy In Me
15. A Life Once Lost - Firewater Joyride
Bay Area thrashers Dekapitator and MP3.com have teamed up to present an exclusive "hear it before you can buy it" full album premier of their Relapse Records debut "The Storm Before The Calm" at this location.
"The Storm Before The Calm" will see its release next Tuesday, July 24thth (July 30thth internationally) as CD and limited edition colored 12″ vinyl.
"The onslaught that is "The Black Tyranny Tour" begins Friday, September 7th and will rip a swath across North America well into October! With Machine Head and Arch Enemy both performing full headlining sets and Throwdown and Sanctity supporting, you won't want to miss this tour!
Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn states: "Man, it's just an endless stream of good news here in Machine Head-land, we are so fucking stoked to be going out with some of our favorite bands, here in the U.S., on what is sure to be THE most brutal metal tour of the Fall! Machine Head, Arch Enemy, Throwdown and Sanctity are going to bring the pain to you motherfuckers, and carnage will have no rules on this tour. Beware The Black Tyranny!!!"
Official Press Release, taken from Galactic Records MySpace Page:
"Founded by Mithras mastermind Leon Macey, Galactic Records launched in late 2006 and brought with it two debut releases from two very different artists: the UK's fastest-rising death metal contenders, Sarpanitum, and Welsh/Swedish atmospheric instrumental hybrid Sepia Dreamer.
"Sarpanitum are an anomaly in the UK death metal scene. Their debut for us, 'Despoilment Of Origin,' is a sophisticated and brutal release, and for such a young band, it's damn impressive!" says Leon of his first signing. "I was a big fan of Sepia Dreamer's first recording, 'Portraits Of Forgotten Memories,' and always believed that with a label brave enough to take the risk with a totally instrumental album they would go down really well with an extreme audience. 'The Sublime' isn't a shoe-gazing affair, but the emotional edge it displays should appeal to many as a welcome break from the barrage of blastbeats most extreme music fans have become accustomed to."
Female-fronted prog sensation Echoes Of Eternity will embark on a US tour in early 2008 with Trail Of Tears, Cellador and Unexpect. Echoes Of Eternity released their debut album "The Forgotten Goddess" earlier this year.
See the dates below!
15.01. USA Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
16.01. USA West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
17.01. USA Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
18.01. USA Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
19.01. USA Bedford, NH - Mark´s Place
20.01. USA New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club
22.01. CDN Quebec City, QUE - Velvet
23.01. CDN Montreal, QUE - FouFounes
24.01. CDN Toronto, QUE - The Funhouse
25.01. USA Cleveland, OH - Peabody´s Down Under
As stated in earlier news, Mark Jansen took part in the benefit bicyle marathon La Marmotte to raise money for the Amazon to save the jaguar.
The following is from the band's site:
We are very proud to announce that Mark finished his benefit cycle marathon the Marmotte. The ride of 174 km took him an astonishing 12 hours and according to Mark this was the heaviest ride he ever did. How much he raised for the WWF exactly has to be calculated now, but we hope to announce it soon!
Mark wants to thank everybody who has sponsored him. Without your faith this wouldn't have been possible!
WWF calculated how much Mark raised and it turned out to be... 3800 euros.
So once again, Mark wants to thank everyone who sponsored him.
The following message was posted on Dying Fetus's official website:
"We would like to announce the addition of new drummer Trey Williams, from Baltimore, MD. We regret it has become necessary to part ways with Duane Timlin, however we thank Duane for his contributions to the band and we wish him the best in his future endeavors. This lineup change will not have any effect on our tour plans, which will go ahead as scheduled. Trey gave us a fantastic audition, we have seen firsthand that he has the professionalism and dedication we would expect. We look forward to our next tour plans with great confidence - we feel the fans will agree that this change will be good for the band and our live performances."
The following message has been posted on Slayer's official website:
"The "Christ Illusion" Deluxe Edition hits stores this Tuesday July 24th. "Final Six" is brand new, and one of the bonus tracks on the new edition. It's a pulverizing addition to an already devastating album. You won't want to miss it!
Listen to it now at MySpace here!"
A special limited edition of "Christ Illusion," will have a July 24 simultaneous global release and will feature new songs, a bonus DVD and stunning new cover art - a lenticular image of a hand bleeding from a crucifixion wound. The special limited edition "Christ Illusion" is being released in tandem with the band's co-headline summer trek with Marilyn Manson. More details are here. The cover artwork for this upcoming re-release has been posted at SonyMusicStore and you can watch it here.