Japanese technical thrash metal band have announced the signing of a distribution agreement with Australian label Amphead Music. Their latest LP CD, "Conflict of Crisis", will be available in Australian record stores from May 1st and in digital format from iTunes.
In other news, Argument Soul, will be embarking on a whirlwind Australian tour during May. Argument Soul are one of the hardest working metal bands on the Japanese circuit today and will be in Australia during promoting their latest CD LP, "Conflict of Crisis".
Argument Soul will be playing with Australian metal/rock heavy weights, Dreadnaught on the Melbourne show. Dreadnaught are on the verge of a releasing their latest self-titled CD LP, which will be available in stores during May. The Sydney show will be with progressive metaller's Vanishing Point, Pain Division, Dred, Inslain and Sedition.
Season of Mist is very happy to welcome back former Mayhem frontman Maniac (real name: Sven-Erik Kristiansen) to the roster via the man's new black/doom band Skitliv.
Together with members of Skitliv, Maniac will be present at a listening session at this year's Inferno Festival in Oslo, which will showcase "Skandinavisk Misantropi". The album will receive its first public hearing this Thursday, April 9th, at 20:30 in the "Anneks" room of the Rockefeller venue, where attendees at the Inferno Festival will be able to meet Maniac and the guys.
Around Maniac, Skitliv's line-up includes Shining's Niklas Kvarforth on guitars and backing vocals, and Ingvar on guitars. "Skandinavisk Misantropi" also features performances by Tore Moren (Jorn, Carnivora, ex-Arcturus) on bass, Dag Otto (Haust) on drums, and guest vocal appearances from, amongst others, Attila (Mayhem), David Tibet (Current 93) and Gaahl (ex-Gorgoroth, God Seed, Trelldom, Gaahlskagg, Wardruna).
Suomi metal band End Of You have annouced the following news:
"As shitty as it is we are sorry to inform that End Of You have parted ways with bassist Timo "Lede" Lehtinen (ex-Catamenia, Kalmah). End Of You wants to say big thanks to Lede for all the years and crazy stuff we shared!"
End Of You are currently working on new material. According to a March posting, the band, after monts of songwriting and about 30 brand new songs, is currently shaping and pre-producing about ten songs that will appear on the third yet entitled album. In the meantime, a relatively new song "Procurer" can be found here.
Italy's Lacuna Coil have premiered "Not Enough", another new song from their highly anticipated album "Shallow Life", via their brand-new widget. There you can also check out the "Spellbound" video and a nice photo gallery.
Furthermore, the entire "Shallow Life" album is going to be streamed in its entirety exclusively on MySpace from Thursday April 9th, 2009 on for one week. Stay tuned to http://www.myspace.com/lacunacoil.
"Shallow Life" was recorded in September/October at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, California with producer Don Gilmore, who has previously worked with Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne, Good Charlotte, Pearl Jam, Duran Duran, and many more. The album will be released via Century Media Records on the following dates:
At Vance is really happy to anounce that "Wolfman" from the german Band "Justice" is the new bass player in At Vance. The band comments: "He's such a cool guy as well as a great player and we're really lookin foreward to play, record & party with him!"
Check out Wolfman Black's MySpace at this location.
SPV will release a "Best Of" compilation of the last 10 years, to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the recent line-up, the 20 year anniversary of Axel as a solo artist ("Wild Obsession" came out in 1989) and the 25th anniversary of Axel as a recording artist (the first Steeler record came out in 1984). It will be released just in time for the second part of "The Skull Cown Tour" which will see the band as the special guest on all 5 dates of the upcoming Heaven And Hell german Tour in June.
"Best Of" cover art] tracklisting:
01. Edge Of The World
03. Strong As A Rock
04. Beautiful Day
06. Forever Angel
07. The Masquerade Ball
Norwegian metal band Glittertind have uploaded two new songs, from the band's upcoming new album "Landkjenning" on their Myspace page.
The band added the following song info:
Nordafjells (Mountains in the North): While journeying through the mountains in the north, a Norse fortune teller is engulfed by a vicious snowstorm and experiences a vision: A mountain grouse lends the traveler its wings and ears, enabling him to sense the entirety of the land and forthcoming events. He sees the coming of Olav Tryggvason and the end of his time, as foreign religion and culture will encroach upon his land.
Longships and Mead: In an age seemingly dominated by self-assertion and greed, we often long with a nostalgic view for the times when men of the sea shared a common spirit of brotherhood and glory. Whatever happened to such sentiments in our times?
Vocalist Johan Lindstrand of One Man Army And The Undead Quartet has issued the following update:
"On the first of April 2009 our longtime friend and bandmember Mikael Lagerblad decided to quit the band. His thoughts has been towards this decision for a while now even though we haven't seen it coming. But being in this band is of course all about free will. If you don't feel comfortable in being in a band that plays extreme music and loving every minute of it, then you shouldn't be in the band.
Mikael has written a lot of good songs for this band but one should know that his contribution only has covered around 35-40% of the total Army catalouge. That means that we without doubt will be able to continue writing new great Army stuff for the future, despite this setback. I mean, for example, 95% of the first album " 21st Century Killing Machine" was written without him so this situation isn't something new and scary that will bring us down. It's of course a sad thing but not the end of the world.
The Batallion will replace Meshuggah at this years Inferno festival. The Batallion will go on at 21:15h Thursday 9th april on the main stage, Rockefeller venue.
A message on the festival website reads as follows: since Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake's back injury Link] requires surgery and rest, they had to cancel their gig at Inferno (and all other live gigs for the next couple of months - for more details about the cancelled gigs, click here).
Six days before the festival kicks off, the last thing any festival needs is to lose a headliner - but what can you do but try to find a replacement? With this little time, we can't possibly get another headliner in place so we decided to book another band, and rearrange the Thursday lineup so Pestilence now will headline and Septicflesh play their original slot.
"Vacuum" is the title of the debut album of Pensées Nocturnes, a depressive Black Metal/Ambient one-man project (in the vein of A Forest Of Stars), fronted by Vaerohn and hailing from Paris. On this occasion, the label Les Acteurs De l'Ombre Productions, launched a new song "Epitaph" online for your listening pleasure. Three tracks can be heard at http://www.myspace.com/penseesnocturnes.
The tracklisting of "Vacuum" cover art] is as follows:
01. Lune Malade
04. Coups de Bleus
06. Repas de Corbeaux
The album is limited to 1000 copies and was released on the 3rd of April through Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions.
Christian hard rock band Liberty N' Justice are proud to announce they have begun recording their 9th studio album and 5th "all-star" project, "The Cigar Chronicles". It will once again feature a plethora of "known" singers on the albums 14 tracks. The album will also feature a whose who of guest musicians. The project is being produced by three different producers, Vic Riveria, Mike Layne, & Stephen Chesney. More info and new website coming soon.
More info about the band http://www.myspace.com/libertynjustice2.
Liberty N' Justice, the melodic rockers with a message, are unveiling a little more info on their upcoming release, "The Cigar Chronicles". This will be LNJ's 9th studio album and 5th All-Star project. The concept is pretty simple, get high profiled singers to sing the songs from highly competent song writers. The leader of LNJ, Justin Murr goes on to say: "With "TCC" we wanted everything bigger and louder! The album features big guitars, big hooks, big vocals, and the thing that makes a LNJ project... Big Names! This is the most commercial sounding record we have ever released and I promise this record rocks!!"
Nightwish will play a special home coming show at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki on September 19. which marks the end of Nightwish's colossal "Dark Passion Play" world tour. Nightwish are supported by their fellow Finns, Apocalyptica. Nightwish's previous show at the Hartwall Arena in October 2005 was recorded and released as the highly successful "End Of An Era" DVD.
"As many of you know, for some time now our good friend Michele Mura has been the session bass player of Chaoswave. After many months together with many shows and smaller tours, we all figured it was about time that Michele joined the band. So here's a big warm welcome to Michele from the rest of Chaoswave."
Edenbridge will release an exclusive live album on April 27, 2009. "LiveEarthDream" (limited to 1000 copies) was recorded on various concerts in 2008 and can ONLY and EXCLUSIVELY be ordered through the fanshop of the band. You can listen to some soundsamples of "LiveEarthDream" here.
"LiveEarthDream" cover art] features the following tracklist:
01. The Force Within (Intro)
03. Remember Me
04. Undying Devotion
05. Wild Chase
08. For Your Eyes Only
09. Terra Nova
10. Move Along Home
11. Centennial Legend
13. Fallen From Grace