Metallica has revealed more details regarding their "secret recording project". Turns out the band is releasing a collaboration album with none other than the legendary Lou Reed.
Metallica released the following piece of news: "A few months ago our own Kirk Hammett hinted at a new Metallica project that's "not really 100 percent a Metallica record." While Kirk may have jumped the gun a little (and has since been properly punished with a series of push-ups!), we are more than proud to announce that we have just completed recording a full-length album that is a collaboration with none other than the legendary Lou Reed.
Ever since we had the pleasure of performing with Lou at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009, we have been kicking around the idea of making a record together. Some of you astute Bay Area residents may have picked up news of recent Lou Reed sightings in the greater San Francisco area and we have indeed been working at our home studio at HQ on and off over the last few months. In what would be lightning speed for a Metallica related project, we recorded ten songs during this time and while at this moment we're not exactly sure when you'll hear it, we're beyond excited to share with you that the recording sessions wrapped up last week."
Back in February we told you about the collaboration project between former Avenged Sevenfold drummer Mike Portnoy and Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen. Well, the project is called Adrenaline Mob.
The rest of the line-up features guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (Sonic Stomp), bassist Paul DiLeo and Stuck Mojo/Fozzy axeman Rich Ward.
The band will make its live debut on Friday, June 24 at The Hiro Ballroom in New York City. The group will play songs from its upcoming debut album as well as a few classic covers.
In a March 2011 interview, Russell described Adrenaline Mob as "a straight-up rock band with just rock songs — kind of like an edgy, modern kind of sound. It's not progressive or trying to be too metal or anything — it's just good, old crunchy rock stuff."
As you probably heard, Norwegian black metal act Tsjuder recently reunited after a five-year hiatus. The infernal trio's forthcoming album is entitled Legion Helvete and has been scheduled for an October 14th release in Europe and October 18th in the US.
In the meantime, you can catch the band live this weekend at France's Hellfest Open Air, as well as at Brutal Assault in Czech Republic on August 11th.
Swedish black metal band Setherial have signed with French label Debemur Morti Productions. The band is currently writing their as-yet-untitled seventh studio album slated for a 2012 release.
Commented Setherial frontman Mysteriis: "I think Debemur Morti Productions is perfect for Setherial. We really have found our best settlement for the horde and we're working with great enthusiasm on the next album."
Lurking in the underground since 1993, Setherial's latest release was the Treason 7'' EP, which came out through Goathorned Productions.
"Wot We Do", the new video from Seattle progressive heavy metallers Queensrÿche can now be watched below.
The clip footage from the group's 2010 Queensrÿche Cabaret tour, with the band performing their hits and never-heard-before selections accompanied by go-go dancers, burlesque dancers, drag queens, a juggler, ballet dancer, trapeze artist, a contortionist and others.
"Wot We Do" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled Dedicated To Chaos, which will be released on June 28th in North America through Loud & Proud Records, a Roadrunner Records imprint focusing on established artists. More album details were previously reported over here.
Welcome To The Morbid Reich, the new upcoming album of Polish death metallers Vader will be released on August 12th through Nuclear Blast Records.
Welcome To The Morbid Reich was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland and features the cover artwork of Zbigniew Bielak (Deströyer 666, Watain). The band laid down a total of 12 songs for the album, which was mixed and mastered in May.
Independent record label Season Of Mist decided to go on a signing frenzy this week, and announced the addition of no less than five new bands to their roster. The bands in question are Misery Index, Sólstafir, Terrorizer, Arckanum and Dodecahedron. You can read all five press releases after the jump.
Back in December last year, Judas Priest announced their plans for the Farewell Epitaph Tour.
The band now issued the following statement: "We would like to clarify a situation that seems to be confusing a few people out there.
When we issued our press release to announce the farewell tour - we stated that it was the last major world tour for Judas Priest - nothing has changed - we didn't say it was the end of the band or that we were going to retire or the band was going to break up... Just that it would be the last major world tour we would be doing which is still the case.
We have plans for a new album (which we have already announced in an earlier press release) plus possible future releases and we would still consider doing the odd live show - if it is something special or for a great cause - but no more world tours."
Arch Enemy has announced its return to North America via a headlining run on the MetalSucks and Full Metal Jackie Present: North American Khaos 2011 tour, set to kick off in September. The North American leg of Arch Enemy's world tour will kick off in Baltimore on September 8th, and features an all-star cast of Devildriver, Skeletonwitch and Chthonic in support.
Said vocalist Angela Gossow: "We pledge to the United States of America and its beautiful neighbor Canada that we will only bring the utmost heavy metal 'Khaos' to your shores! We can't wait to kick off this tour come September. After all the European summer festivals, we are ready to fire!"
Added guitarist Michael Amott: "We are very happy to be coming back to the US and Canada hot on the heels of our new Khaos Legions opus! We're working on a special set list and some other surprises. We chose the other bands on the bill because they are all killer, and bring their own terrifying brand of brutal steel! Yes, good times lie ahead for the metal connoisseur of North America!"
SofiaEcho.com is reporting that the Bulgarian edition of the Sonisphere festival has officially been cancelled. The line-up included names such as Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Alice Cooper, Mastodon and Apocalyptica.
Balkan Entertainment, the promoters of the festival released the following statement: "Due to reasons outside Balkan Entertainment's control and at the instruction of the licence-holder for Sonisphere in Bulgaria, the Sonisphere Bulgaria 2011 festival, planned for June 21th at the National Hippodrome in Bankya, is cancelled."
The festival was dealt a blow on June 9 when one of the event's two headliners, Slipknot, said that the promoters cancelled the show, an allegation that Balkan Entertainment denied. Instead, Slipknot announced a special headline show at Columbiahalle in Berlin on the same date when Sonisphere Bulgaria was to be held.
Locust, the brand-new single from Machine Head can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
The single, now available on iTunes, is an advance mix of a song from the band's as-yet untitled upcoming album, set for release September 27th through Roadrunner Records. More details were previously reported over here.
Ensiferum members Jukka-Pekka Miettinen and Sami Hinkka are featured on the special version of Takao, the new single from Taiwanese black metal band Chthonic.
This special version is included as a bonus track on the digital release of Takao, available on iTunes. A short teaser is available in the clip below.
Commented the band: "The melody of Takao's chorus is based on the tones of Taiwanese lyrics, but it's so unbelievable that when we try to single it in English, it sounds very Finnish, Irish, or generally European! Maybe the folk music in different nations have some kind of connection!"
"Takao" comes off of the band's upcoming new album, entitled Takasago Army, which will be released on July 6th through SPV Records.