Polish blackened death metal band Behemoth has announced a new artwork and release date for an upcoming album ''Evangelion''. The new album is scheduled for relase on August 7 via Nuclear Blast in Europe and August 11 via Metal Blade in US. Album artwork can be viewed here: http://www.behemoth.pl/en/index.php?type=hi.
"Evangelion combines a pure art form with a direct message. It was also important for us to ensure that the graphical presentation did justice to the record. Again, we have worked with Tomasz Danilowicz who has created his best illustration yet for Behemoth. The picture is of The Great Harlot of Babylon riding the seven-headed beast. Saints bow before her in worship whilst the tablets of the Ten Commandments lie broken at her feet. It represents our vision and the interpretation of the New Testament parable where the "Whore of Babylon" is a symbol of rebellion and resistance against God. I am fascinated by stories whose source lies in the Bible and we have used biblical symbolism, coupled with my own experience and outlook, in our lyrics or on the covers of previous Behemoth records. I love to juggle with meanings and play around with symbolism which is exactly what I have done in this case. The main character of our new cover is an archetype of disobedience, individualism, self-determination and a free, unfettered will - these are universal keywords which are typical and crucial in understanding the character of our works, life as a whole and the true nature of man."
As posted today on the official Judas Priest website: Judas Priest will shortly be releasing a LIVE ALBUM consisting of eleven tracks - all previously unreleased in a live version! The album is due out in JULY 2009 and will be entitled: "Judas Priest - A Touch Of Evil - LIVE"
All of the tracks were recorded throughout the JUDAS PRIEST WORLD TOURS in 2005 and 2008. More information to follow shortly!"
UPDATE (thanks to 20323)
Official press release
As the creators of a live release that is considered to be one of the all-time great concert recordings in the realm of heavy metal (1979's "Unleashed In The East"), whenever Judas Priest announce a new live album, metalheads worldwide instantly take note. And on "A Touch of Evil: Live" (due for release in July 2009 via Sony Music and Epic Records), the mighty Priest - which includes singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and KK Downing, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis - doesn't disappoint. Focusing primarily on fan-revered album cuts (all previously unreleased in live form on CD), "A Touch of Evil: Live" features absolutely scintillating renditions of such Priest gems as "Riding on the Wind," "Beyond the Realms of Death," "Dissident Aggressor," "A Touch of Evil," "Eat Me Alive," and the set-closing "Painkiller." Also of note are the first live album appearances of standouts from Priest's critically acclaimed 2008 concept double disc, 'Nostradamus' ("Death" and "Prophecy").
Annotations Of An Autopsy have issued the following update:
"So we've been away for a while, not touring or doing anything public, we havent been slacking, we've been locked away working on the new album which is now complete. In July we will be stepping into Foel studio (Napalm Death, Electric Wizard) to record our 2nd album entitled, "II: The Reign Of Darkness". Artwork and tracklisting will be released soon.
We are very excited to get this album out to you. we feel we've created something very special and unique and one of the best death metal cd's to come out in a long time, call it arrogance, call it confidence call it what you want but when you hear it, you'll see our statements are backboned, the aim of the last album was to be as heavy as possible, this is ten steps up and a reality check for the death metal scene.
Greek metal band Dark Vision want to inform you all that their new mini-CD under the title "Bestial Remedy" is finally released! The band recorded four new songs and re-recorded 1 bonus song in a new version.
According to a press release, this is the band's re-birth after 12 years in the scene. Many demo releases and an full length album, live shows with bands such us Mayhem, Kaamos, Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh, Satyricon and numerus line-up changes...
"Musically, aesthetically, the band has a new face and we're ready to show it to anyone interested.", commented the band.
Several songs from Flatline's debut album "Pave The Way" help to set the stage for the new "No Fear (Lifestyle)" video, featuring clips from the extreme worlds of Surfing, Moto X, and Mixed Martial Arts.
Drummer Tim Hassemer of Flatline had this to say about being featured in the "No Fear" video: "We think its awesome that "No Fear" picked our songs to be in the video, it really makes of feel like we have come a long way since the start of the band."
Here is a glimpse of the video:
You can also see Flatline on tour with Threat Signal and The Agonist starting on June 3rd in Connecticut.
More info about the band on http://www.myspace.com/FlatlineMetal.
US melodic metal band Theocracy will visit Europe for a tour this fall. You can see the first announced dates below (which means more dates will announced later!). The band just returned from their first show ever in Europe at the Elements of Rock festival in Switzerland.
October 24th: Metal Fest - Festhalle Friedewald, Germany
October 30th: Rock Without Limits - Gomaringen, Germany
October 31th: Nordic Fest - Oslo, Norway
Xtreem Music is proud to announce that has reached an agreement with Avulsed for the release of the band's long awaited 5th full-length album "Nullo (The Pleasure of Self-mutilation)", described by the own band as their heaviest, most intense and complete album ever! Featuring all the band's trademarks of brutal, catchy, intense and heavy Death Metal that have always been peforming during 18 years already!
Recordings for "Nullo" were finished in early May and the album is already in the pressing plant for an imminent release date in June 1st, including the mega-fucking gore artwork of Mike Hrubovcak (Grave, Monstrosity, Mortician, Cattle Decapitation...) and featuring the following songs:
"This is on an official statement by the band about the illegal use of our song 'Path' in a tv and internet commercial in the Czech Republic.
Apocalyptica always supports minorities, stands up for human rights, respects every human being, no matter their colour, ethnic background or religion, worldwide.
Apocalyptica also supports the idea of a united Europe and the European Union.
We hope it is a clear statement that we would never allow the Czech Republican party 'Národní Strana' to use any of our music. The fact is, we were never asked if they could use our material.
Beside the fact that we are mortified by the illegal use, 'Národní Strana' has contravened the law with the owners of the rights for the song 'Path' in Czech Republic, who are Universal Music Publishing and Universal Music.
In two recent blogs (blog one, blog two), M. Dragynfly of The Angelic Process announced that she still has a few copies of "Weighing Souls With Sand" available for sale. In the same blog she announced that Decaying Sun Records might be resurrected again, to spread the musical legacy K. Angylus left. As if that isn't enough, she also told us that re-releases of their work are coming.
Cyprus-based label Pitch Black Records is pleased to support the upcoming MetaLmorphosis Festival taking place in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Friday June 12th, 2009.
Headlining the event will be Greek metallers Psycho Choke preceded by five local acts, with the label's own Prodigal Earth appearing just before the main act for the first time since the release of their album "Zenith II Zero" which is already receiving rave reviews worldwide (Check out the Metal Storm review here). The other four local bands appearing are Aegrimonia, Lost Tribe, Morior and Stormcast.
Summer being a heavy tourist period for Cyprus, Pitch Black Records realizes there might be metal fans visiting the island from abroad interested in attending the festival and is more than happy to help out with ticket purchasing and transportation. For more information anyone interested may contact the label through its website.
Finally! A long-awaited third album from one of the leaders of Polish thrash scene! Fantastic vocals of Sylwia is something so unique, that you can't just pass by. This album is a must for fans of Holy Moses and aggressivenes of Arch Enemy. Music of THE NO-MADS is nuclear power that burns everything on its way to the ground! The sound of "The Age Of Demise" kills with Tom Zalewski's excellent production (Horrorscope, Totem, Rootwater, Coma). Almost 40 minutes of pure fury and energy that will rip your head off and remind you the best achievements of Destruction, Sodom and Kreator. Little bit of technology will satisfy fans of Mekong Delta and Sadus.
Superior Enlightenment, an extreme metal outfit featuring members of Magister Dixit, Utlagr & Fragments Of Sentience, is streaming its entire first album "The Great Obscurantism" on MySpace for a limited period of time.
According to a posting: "somewhere between Keep Of Kalessin and Zyklon, Superior Enlightenment is pushing the limits of brutality into the black metal genre." "The Great Obscurantism" features guests from Utlagr, Monarque & more.
"The Great Obscurantism" cover at] tracklist:
01. Novus Incompositus Seclorum
02. Digital Holocaust
03. Ineffable Winds of Neptune
05. Divided They Fall
06. Golden Ratio
07. Not to Be
08. The Burden
With a name inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's novella "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath," one might believe Denver's Vale Of Pnath to be a new progressive art-rock group emerging from the underground, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Progressive they may be, but Vale Of Pnath are nothing short of metallic extremity on all levels.
Superb production by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage) only helps to showcase this band's dynamics and skillful artistry. Though "Vale Of Pnath" is only an EP it packs a full length punch and will surely have every listener reaching for their stereo's repeat button time and time again.
Nashville's Inferi make their Tribunal Records debut after first impressing the label with their independently released album, "Divinity In War". Their newest creation, "The End Of An Era", is even more remarkable in its use of enough melody to make it memorable, but still maintain high torque and brutal intensity. Even though tempos are excessively fast at times Inferi refuse to allow speed and technicality to overcome extreme precision. Not since the likes of Metallica's "The Call Of Ktulu" has a band attempted an 8+ minute instrumental track but more importantly deliver an anthem worthy of the metal ages.
Inferi are pioneers in this new age of metal, not reveling in what is popular and trendy, but more importantly reviving classic inspiration of the genre. "The End Of An Era" was mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Animosity, As Blood Runs Black and The Taste Of Blood) but even with such a talented engineer behind the desk Inferi decidedly strayed away from the all too common and now, sadly enough, overly produced modern metal sound for something more vintage, raw and in the end, truly metal. "The End Of An Era" is a daring and colossal step in the right direction to bring metal back to its long lost and too hastily forgotten roots. "The End Of An Era" is available right now in the Tribunal Records e-store and it will find it's way onto store shelves June 23rd.
Meet Machines Of Grace. They are the latest among the gifted hard rock/heavy metal bands born from Boston's thriving music scene. As with their Beantown bred forefathers, (Aerosmith, Extreme, Godsmack, Dropkick Murphys) Zak Stevens (lead vocals), Jeff Plate (drums), Matt Leff (guitar) and Chris Rapoza (bass) have concocted their own proprietary formula for whiplash on a disc.
Top shelf status comes from the experience of successfully headlining major tours and support from a monumental fan base. Drummer Jeff (Trans Siberian Orchestra, Savatage, Metal Church) Plate and lead singer Zak (Circle II Circle, Savatage) Stevens have the resume to help catapult Machines Of Grace into the monsters of rock realm. The divine mix of such magnanimous talent can convert even the most stubborn music critic. Why? The method to their madness is embedded in the music... "It's just a pure, solid melodic rock sound," offers Stevens. "It has infectious grooves and its own brand of outright power. To me, it's got great songwriting with a hard rock edge and strong commercial appeal."