Kataklysm is proud to announce its first ever Australian & New Zealand tour!!
Thursday March 20th: @ Valve, Wellington, NZ
Saturday March 22nd: @ Transmission Room, Auckland , NZ (All Ages)
Sunday March 23rd: @ Metalstock Festival, Sydney, AU (All Ages) *Headliner
Tuesday March 25th: @ Amplifier Bar, Perth, AU
Thursday March 27th: @ Fowlers Live, Adelaide, AU (All Ages)
Friday March 28th: @ Club Phoenix, Brisbane, AU
Saturday March 29th: @ The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, AU
In other news, Kataklysm were forced to cancel the shows in Dublin and Glasgow on the 21st and 22nd for circumstances beyong the band's control.
"What a disapointment it was... What happend is simple. We didn't wanna make a big fuss out of it, but the hordes of angry Scotish and Irish fans contacting us, wondering why we cancelled, made me issue this update. We were 10 min. away from the fairy to Ireland when our tour manager woke us up in the early morning, telling us that the driver had been arrested because of overdrives and not taking the required rest time - In Europe, a new law has been established for six months, demanding new restrictions and less road times for drivers. This law had been protested by drivers and they made an example out of us.
Extreme progressive metal leaders Into Eternity have completed the touring cycle for their highly acclaimed album, "The Scattering of Ashes", and are currently hard at work on material for their much anticipated new recording, which guitarist/vocalist Tim Roth says will be the group's first conceptual album.
"The Scattering of Ashes" campaign saw the band embark on five North American tours with highlights including an appearance on Gigantour performing alongside Megadeth and Lamb Of God, but it was this past summer's tour alongside Dream Theater that really saw the band reach out to a new audience.
Roth states: "We are officially done touring for "The Scattering Of Ashes". We ended up doing 150 shows and being away for close to 200 days of the year! The whole band did a great job, as it's not always easy being away from home for so long, but I think it's important to do it the old-school way and tour as much as we can. No one can say we're a lazy band!
The full tracklist for the new Ayreon double disc release "01011001" has been announced. It is as follows:
CD1 - Y:
01. Age Of Shadows (incl. "We Are Forever')
03. Liquid Eternity
04. Connect The Dots
05. Beneath The Waves
(a) Beneath The Waves
(b) Face The Facts
(c) But A Memory...
(d) World Without Walls
(e) Reality Bleeds
06. Newborn Race
(a) The Incentive
(b) The Vision
(c) The Procedure
(d) Another Life
(e) Newborn Race
(f) The Conclusion
07. Ride The Comet
08. Web Of Lies
Disc 2 - Earth:
01. The Fifth Extinction
(a) Glimmer of Hope
(b) World of Tomorrow Dreams
(c) Collision Course
(d) From the Ashes
(e) Glimmer of Hope (reprise)
02. Waking Dreams
03. The Truth Is In Here
Macbeth will embark on a tour through the UK the next spring. British band KatBGini (Myspace) will be the supporting act. The currently confirmed tour dates are as following:
April 23 - Middlesborough - The Empire
April 24 - Edinburgh - The Liquid Rooms
April 25 - Preston - The Venue
April 26 - Newscastle Upon Tyne - Carling Academy
April 27 - Liverpool - Barfly Club
April 29 - Ashton Under Lyne - The Witchwood
April 30 - Mansfield Nottingham - The Mill
May 1 - Sheffield - The Boardwalk Live
May 2 - Leeds - Rios
May 3 - Manchester - Manchester Club Academy
The new Saxon video for the song 'I've Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)' featuring Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead), Angry Anderson (Rose Tattoo) and Andi Deris (Helloween) is online now at this location (Real Media).
The song 'I've Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)' comes from the album "The Inner Sanctum" which was released on March 5th 2007 via SPV Records.
Drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka of the Polish extreme metal band Decapitated passed away in a Russian hospital from injuries sustained in a recent road collision. He was 23 years old.
Vitek and Decapitated singer Covan (real name: Adrian Kowanek) were hurt in an accident earlier in the week involving Decapitated's tour bus and a truck carrying wood in Gomel, on the Russia/Belarus border. Both musicians reportedly sustained serious head injuries in the collision, which is believed to have been the fault of the band's driver (although this has not yet been officially confirmed).
According to the Polish Internet portal Onet.pl, Vitek underwent trepanation, a form of surgery in which a hole is drilled or scraped into the skull, and was due to be transported to a hospital in Krakow, Poland for further treatment.
Veteran guitarist, Ralph Santolla has rejoined Deicide and is currently hard at work recording his guitar parts for Deicide's 2008 release, "Till Death Do Us Part" at Morrisound Studios in Florida.
Deicide had previously parted ways with Ralph Santolla back in May of this year. Over the course of the following months, he would spend the summer touring with Obituary and pushing his talent as far as it could go. When he was asked to rejoin Deicide in time for the recording of "Till Death Do Us Part", Santolla came back to the fold as a man possessed and he had come back, literally better than ever before.
While there will inevitably be naysayers who doubt the decision, Deicide drummer, Steve Asheim insists that Ralph Santolla's return will only strengthen the maniacal musical landscape that Deicide is known for. "Ralph is really reaching towards the very depths of his abilities to come up with something completely fresh and challenging."
"Ire Works", the highly anticipated upcoming new album by The Dillinger Escape Plan is available for streaming in its entirety over at their official MySpace page. The band's third full-length album is set to be released on November 13th through Relapse Records.
Opeth mastermind Mikael Åkerfeldt has posted the following blog on his MySpace yesterday (October 31):
"On October 28 at 9:20 AM my wife gave birth to our second daughter, Mirjam Ebba Maria Åkerfeldt. She is so beautiful, just looking at her brings me to tears! Who'd known that I, a bum from the Stockholm suburbs would be the father of 2 beautiful daughters? Yes guys! I am happy!
On top of that the album is now written and the demos sound fantastic! We will start recording it tomorrow actually! I don't wanna say too much but....gee, it is so fucking good!! If I may say so myself....Expected "delivery date" on this one is sometime in April/May 08.
On top of that (2)...my friends at PRS guitars and Laney decided to give me some early Christmas gifts. I had a stunning PRS Hollowbody II delivered and it's just awesome! Real ear and eye candy! And from Laney I got the new Lionheart mini stack which sounds beyond fantastic! That rig will be used quite a lot in the studio I'm sure!
Gamma Ray's video for the song 'Into The Storm' has been posted at this location (Real Media).
The track comes off the German band's new album, "Land Of The Free II" due in Europe on November 19 (November 16 in Germany, January in US) via SPV Records. More info and audio samples are available at this location.
This first leg of Iron Maiden's 'Somewhere Back In Time' World Tour will open in Mumbai India on Feb 1st, and continue through Australia, Japan, Los Angeles and Mexico, followed by the band's first ever concerts in Costa Rica and Columbia, and then on to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rica and New York, before finishing in Toronto, Canada, on March 16th. Over the 45 day period it is anticipated that Maiden will play to well over 400,000 fans in 21 cities in 10 countries, flying close to 50,000 miles in the specially refitted plane (full schedule below).
Comments Bruce Dickinson, "I have been flying commercial passenger jets for Astraeus Airlines for a few years now and we are commissioning an Astraeus Boeing 757. It will go in for overhaul, painting and conversion in November which will then give us time to ensure we have all the necessary safety documentation, especially with regard to fire safety. It also means it could possibly be flying commercial air routes decked out in Maiden colours for a couple of months before we start!
The following press release was posted on Black-Sabbath.com:
"There's been much speculation of a forthcoming Black Sabbath reunion with the original line-up with Ozzy Osbourne at the helm, but founding member Geezer Butler has adamantly denied such rumors.
"Heaven and Hell are currently in discussions with various record labels about recording a brand new studio album in 2008," says Butler.
Black Sabbath's recent incarnation as Heaven & Hell- fronted by Ronnie James Dio on lead vocals, sees the seminal heavy metal band undertaking a major UK arena tour this November. The band's moniker is taken after Black Sabbath's critically acclaimed 1980 studio album "Heaven and Hell" featuring the title track and the breakout hit "Neon Knights". Ronnie James Dio replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath in 1980 and the band went on to release four albums including 1980's "Heaven & Hell", 1981's "Mob Rules", and the 1982 live album "Live Evil", as well as the highly under rated "Dehumanizer" in June 1992.
According to their official website, Belphegor are set to enter Andy Classen´s Stage One Studios in Kassel, Germany on Friday, November 9th to start recording their upcoming album. The recording-process will reach out til middle of January 2008 with 3 intense sessions, so everything can grow and the band can take the best result. In middle of January 08 everything will be recorded-mixed-mastered so the album is finished.
Helmuth comments: "Yeah it's true, since six weeks we've been working our asses off in the rehearsal room and we're already in the pre-production phase. I started the songwriting in May 2006 and directly after the Brazilian tour in September I've bunkered myself with Serpenth and session drummer Torturer into our rehearsal room. Since then we're 100% concentrated in the song-writing process, worked night and day extremely hard on the new tracks. The most of the 9 Compositions/ Arrangements are almost finished"
The following message was posted on Gorgoroth's official website:
"Continuing on with the new agenda now forged for Gorgoroth, Gaahl and King have enlisted none other than Hellhammer (Mayhem) to join them on battery beginning in 2008.
Gaahl and King are creating a force which will only contain members of a strong and creative energy in honor of the art that is Gorgoroth and their renewed sense of destruction and war! Hellhammer possesses these ideals and he will add another dimension to this new and different beginning.