Jordan metal band, Bilocate, have issued the following update:
"Bilocate would like to announce the joining of new session guitarist - Alaa Faraj - replacing Bilocate's guitarist and founder member Baha Farah, as Baha will be leaving Jordan for a certain period of time for his business career. We wish him the best luck ever and the band cant wait for his return. Alaa Faraj is a talented young guitarist & a close friend to Bilocate for years. He is a close relative to Baha and learned his key guitar skill from Baha him self. Bilocate welcomes Alaa warmly and thank him for his efforts. The first official concert for Alaa with Bilocate will be in Lebanon on the 6th of September 2008."
Italian progressive metal band Twinspirits have posted the following update:
"After a fruitful collaboration started in 2006 and the release of the first full-lenght album "The Music That Will Heal The World" (Lion Music), Twinspirits part ways with the Danish singer Søren Adamsen (Crystal Eyes, Artillery). The band recruited the great Swedish talent of Göran Nyström to complete the new lineup.
The recording sessions for Twinspirits new album are currently in progress and the record will be probably released in the first semester of 2009. The band already played a couple of gigs during summer festivals in Italy, with the new lineup. Some video footage about it can be viewed on YouTube."
According to a posting on Evile's website, October 13th will see the release of "Enter the Grave" the Redux edition. Included will be bonus tracks only previously available on the Japanese release, a bonus DVD (including 2+ Hours of footage of making the album, rehearsing the album and behind the scenes tour footage), an "Enter The Grave" woven patch and an Evile guitar pick (3 alternate designs).
The title track from Master's album, "Slaves To Society" (out in the US on September 16th, 2008 on Ibex Moon) has been posted for download on the official Ibex Moon Records MySpace page.
The album, released last year on Twilight Records in Europe, is being reissued through Ibex Moon Records with bonus tracks.
In other news, the veteran death metal band led by frontman/bassist Paul Speckmann will tour the United States for the first time in a decade to coincide with the release of their new album. The tour dates for the upcoming tour are:
October 16, 2008 Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
October 17, 2008 The Sterling - Allentown, Pennsylvania
October 18, 2008 Rehab - New York, New York
Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström from Swedish metallers Katatonia has issued the following statement on the bands official site:
"We can hear many questions… "Why is there no new Katatonia album out by now???"
And you might rightfully think so, our eighth album (and the last in the contract with Peaceville) should have been done and put out "ages ago" if things would've gone according to plan… It's crazy how fast time goes by these days and that doesn't help us much when inspiration runs dry. We've been meaning to enter the studio on many occasions already since two years back and I think we ended up canceling booked sessions twice. Although it worked successfully every time in the past, it just got us stressed out and pushed us into a phase of writer's block. From this we learned we better not book anything in advance as it stands, but focus on completing 100% of the material, be perfectly happy with what we got and first then hit the studio.
"It is a great pleasure for us to announce that we have finally found a new guitarist for Midnattsol. We have been having a good feeling about it for a while now, but latest after our gig on the Summer Breeze Festival it was clear:
We welcome Fabian Pospiech in the Midnattsol-familiy!!
We are sure that Fabian is the right new guitarist for Midnattsol, he certainly gives the band a lot through his amazing musical skills and his cheerful personality.
Thanx a lot to everyone who applied for this position, we got so impressed by the fact that guitarists from the whole world were sending us their applications! We are very sorry if we haven't got the chance to thank each of you individually, so on this place: Thank you all so much for your application and your interest in Midnattsol, it means a lot to us!"
A new Poisonblack song "X" has now been posted online here. The "A Dead Heavy Day" album will be available as standard CD, LP plus bonus CD as well as Ltd. Edition CD plus bonus DVD containing a "Making Of A Dead Heavy Day", the video clip for the Finnish hit-single "Rush" (taken from the band's 2006 effort "Lust-Stained Despair"), and seven songs filmed at an exclusive semi-acoustic gig at Radio Mega in the band's hometown Oulu. As a preview, you can now watch the song "A Dead Heavy Day" live at YouTube
Anticulture Records act, Nailed have posted the following update:
"So we have just been informed that our release date for "Hatred, Failure & The Extinction of Mankind" will be November 3rd 2008. The album will be available all over the known universe (according to our contract anyway) and will also be available in Leeds. Plastic Head are the distributors so if you want our CD in your shop, tell the staff to get onto them to get the CD ordered! Expect to see us in a venue near you soon."
More on Nailed, including audio samples at this location.
Warrel Dane has posted a video online for his solo-debut "Praises To The War Machine". The video is for the track "Brother" and is a haunting look into Dane's childhood and relationship with his older brother. The stunning piece was filmed by Max Gutierrez and also features home videos from Dane's childhood. Warrel Dane had the following to say about "Brother":
"I'm very happy with the end result, working with Max Guiterrez was a great experience; he really translated the lyrics into a beautiful piece of cinematic art. The day of the shoot I was confronting issues I had been holding inside for years, you can see this in my face. All the home movie footage is authentic, raw and very real. This is a glimpse into my life that I never though I would share."
Swedish metallers Evergrey have made their entire new album "Torn" available for streaming on their MySpace site. The album streaming will be available only for one week (starting Tuesday the 2nd of September).
Evergrey's seventh studio album will be released via Steamhammer/SPV (which is the band's new label) on the following dates:
Germany: September 19
Rest of Europe: September 22
USA/Canada: September 23
01. Broken Wings
04. When Kingdoms Fall
05. In Confidence
09. Nothing Is Erased
10. Still Walk Alone
11. These Scars
French metallers Dagoba have posted two new song, entitled "Face The Colossus" and "Back From Life", on their MySpace. The songs are coming from Dagoba's forthcoming album "Face The Colossus", which will be released on September 29th in Europe and on October 14th in North America via Season Of Mist Records. The album was mixed by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Hatesphere, Mnemic) at Antfarm studios in Århus, Denmark.
The whole tracklist of the album:
02. Face the Colossus
03. Back from Life
04. Somebody Died Tonight
05. The World in Between
07. Orphan of You
08. The Nightfall and all its Mistakes
10. The Crash
11. Sudden Death
"Dear Cynic fans, the time has now come to unveil cult American band's sophomore album's artwork and track listing! As previously announced, "Traced In Air" will be released on October 27th, and it contains the following songs:
01. Nunc Fluens
02. The Space For This
03. Evolutionary Sleeper
04. Integral Birth
05. The Unknown Guest
06. Adam's Murmur
07. King Of Those Who Know
08. Nunc Stans
Here is the artwork of the album. Yes, it is the work of renowned artist Venosa, who created the unmistakable cover and visuals for "Focus" in 1993."
Swedish Old School metallers Deceiver have issued an update on their new album "Thrashing Heavy Metal", and reveals the confirmed tracklisting as follows:
01. The Tail's Of Whom In Shadows Fall
02. Ghost Of Souls & Inner Hate
03. Graveyard Lover
04. Coma Of Death Toxication
05. Machinery Of God
06. Blood Of The Soul
07. Dead To The World
08. The Dungeon
10. Thrashing Heavy Metal
According to Deceiver, this will be the band's last and final album and should be set for a release date later this year.
"Thrashing Heavy Metal" was recorded and mixed at the Abyss Studio with Tommy Tägtgren (Dark Funeral, Marduk, God Among Insects, etc) and mastering duties handled by Nicklas "Terror" Rudolfsson (Runemagick, ex-Swordmaster), with the artwork and illustration designed by Israeli artist Eliran Kantor, who recently did the album artwork for Testament's "Formation Of Damnation" CD.