Nige Rockett , from UK metallers Onslaught, has issued the following update:
"Hi Ladies / Gentlemen
Hope everyone is doing good...?
Just to let you all know, Onslaught will now begin work on writing the follow up album to last years thrash assault "Killing Peace".......First track was written and completed early last year, but now over the next few months we will forge ahead to write the remaining slabs of 666% Pure Thrash....We have a choice of 3 titles for the new album and all of the basic song outlines are firmly in place...
We're all real excited about making this album, we have our own studio set-up and a whole new outlook on how to make this next record a screaming fucking monster...!!!! with Andy Rosser-Davies now in the band there's gonna be lots of fresh input and a slightly different slant to the 'Slaught'...He's a very aggressive player, very much like me, so the musical violence is gonna be increased considerably...with serious amounts of shredding.......!!!!!
After auditioning some really good singers during the last couple of months, we have finally found a new band-brother -none other than singer extraordinaire Urban breed (ex-Tad Morose) has joined our ranks, and we are all very excited. Urban is well known for his powerful voice, stage presence and great diversity. We welcome Urban into the band, and we hope that our fantastic fans will approve of this choice too. Trust us when we say there's no one better to fill out the big shoes left by his predecessors. To those of you who do not know Urban yet, I would like to encourage you to check out the MP3's at the end of this announcement - this is just a little taste of what Urban sounds like. Please note - the songs are NOT new Pyramaze songs, but material from Urban's past recordings. Thanks for your attention, and now on to a statement from Urban himself.
The French progressive neo-classical metal band Adagio announced on May 11 that the bass, guitars, drums, and vocals for their upcoming album "Archangels in Black" have been recorded. They promised that Kevin Codfert would record his keyboard and piano parts the following week. The name of the European Label that Archangels in Black will be released through will be announced in the upcoming weeks and a French Headline Tour is already in talks for November 2008.
Before this tour, some gigs have already been confirmed:
21 June - Reunion Island (close to Madagascar) + Stephan and Eric's Masterclass.
3 July - Castle Festival in Serbia
25 July - Blue Beach Festival in Châteauneuf les Martigues (close to Marseille).
Pyramaze has been announced as the support for Volbeat on the Danish leg of the band's European tour. The tour will be in support of Volbeat's new upcoming album "Guitar Gangsters And Cadillac Blood". The full extensive list of dates can be seen here.
Pyramaze's Michael Kammeyer comments: "We are very pleased that we have been invited on to the Volbeat tour. They are currently the biggest and best selling heavy metal band in Denmark, and we are proud that we have been invited personally by the band to be their special guest".
In support of their new album "The Premonition", Firewind will return to European stages for a headlining tour. Not all the dates have been confirmed yet, but a list of announced dates so far can be seen below. For the Spanish and French shows, the band will be supported by Germany's Brainstorm and Finland's Kiuas. More dates will be announced very soon as will information about purchasing tickets.
Here is a list of the dates:
12.11.08 - Lyon, France @ Marche Gare
13.11.08 - Toulouse, France @ Havanna
14.11.08 - Bilbao, Spain @ Santana 27
15.11.08 - Vigo, Spain @ A
16.11.08 - Madrid, Spain @ Ritmo & Compas
17.11.08 - Hospitalet/Barcelona, Spain @ Salamandra
19.11.08 - Paris, France @ La Locomotive
Details about a special edition box for the new upcoming Metallica album "Death Magnetic" have been announced. The box, which will be in the shape of a coffin, will contain the full album, demos from the album, a making-of DVD, a t-shirt, a flag, guitar picks, a poster and a credit card with a code to redeem a free download of a special European show happening in September. This bonus edition will be released on the same day as the normal album and will only be available online via www.metallica.com, www.metclub.com and www.missionmetallica.com.
Metallica have also said that the artwork for Death Magnetic is nearly done too, so they have said to expect new updates soon.
Vomitory will be hitting the road again for a European tour this coming September. Countries included in the tour are Denmark, Germany, France and the UK among others. Incantation will be the support band for the tour.
Viking/Folk metal band Glittertind has had some setbacks with the release of their new album. Pre-production for seven songs has been completed already and five more will be done by the end of this month and the full production will be done by August. However the recording of the folk instruments, orchestras and choirs had to be be delayed until September. The mixing for these will take place in October/November.
Here is a comment from the band:
"We are making some huge arrangements and we had to re-schedule the production to reach our quality mark for these recordings. A new temporary release-date is set to March 2009 and there will be no more delays after this."
Death Metallers Benediction will be releasing a 7" split EP with their mates in Wolfbrigade. Both bands will have two unreleased tracks on the EP. There will be a regular version of the EP available, limited to 2000 copies, and a picture disc version limited to 500 copies. It will be released by Feto Records.
Here is the tracklist for the split EP:
01. Hell's Gate
03. War From Within
04. The Enemy: Reality
Here is a comment from Benediction regarding the track "Largactyl":
"This version of "Largactyl" will be a different version to the one on the "Killing Music" album. We have a new guest on lead vocals. He is an innovator of the crust/punk/metal scene but you will have to wait until the release to find out who it is!".
Swedish metallers Andromeda have announced the release date of their long awaited fourth studio album "The Immunity Zone". The album will be out in the USA on the 16th of September. More release dates for the rest of the world are said to be posted soon. More information about the album is also expected to follow.
"On September 1st 2008, Danish Metal & Rollers Volbeat will release their third studio album Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood on Mascot Records. The album features 14 new tracks, including a Social Distortion cover as a bonus track on all editions. Seven of the songs share a common lyrical theme which will be continued on future records. The artwork is also based on this storyline. The album was recorded in Hansen Studios of Jacob Hansen, who also produced the two previous records.
Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood will be fore-fronted by the single of "Maybellene I Hofteholder" which will be released for download a few weeks before the release of the album."
Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) guest appearance on Gojira new album!
Gojira are currently in the studio finishing the recording of their upcoming album 'The Way of All flesh'. Randy Blythe (singer) of American metal kings Lamb Of God has kindly offered to guest on one song entitled 'Adoration for None'.
Gojira much awaited fourth album "The Way of All Flesh" will be released on October the 13th through Listenable Records.
Finland's Celesty have posted the following update on the band's official site :
"It's only two weeks and then starts Celesty's 4th album recordings and this time with Samu Oittinen in Fantom Studio. It's the third time when we do the album with Samu and the whole band is very exited to work again with him. We have done lots of work during this year with our new songs and it's going to be most challenging album in Celesty's history ever.
Upcoming album will be wider than ever before including the booklet. All the main characters will be introduced with pictures and there also will be an updated map of "The Land Of The Cryon", so album contains more visual theme than earlier. ToxicAngel will design the album cover. Because of the cover idea and Toxic's style I'm sure it's going to be an elegant cover "
German metallers Necrophagist have issued the following update:
"The show at "The Opera House" in Toronto/Canada on July 2nd during the Summer Slaughter 2007 tour was taped with 6 cameras. We posted a preview of what's about to be released on DVD on the official Necrophagist YouTube channel. Also appearing on the DVD are Decapitated, Cattle Decapitation and many more... The DVD will be available at the Summer Slaughter 2008 merchbooth:
Summer Slaughter Canada
Also check Sumerian Records for more details and distribution. Necrophagist will be headlining the Canadian part of Summer Slaughter 2008. See you there!!!"