Finnish metallers Battlelore are streaming on their MySpace a preview of their new album, entitled "The Last Alliance". Also you can download this album sampler at this location.
"The Last Alliance" was recorded at Sound Supreme Studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland, with the ingenious producer Janne Saksa, and mixed and mastered by the legendary Dan Swanö at Unisound Studios, Sweden.
The release dates for the album are:
September 24th 2008 Finland.
September 26th 2008 Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Benelux, Italy, France.
September 29th 2008 the rest of Europe.
October 7th 2008 USA/Canada.
German metallers Lanfear have issued the following update:
"We uploaded the brandnew track "Enter Dystopia" to our MySpace page. Just have a listen, buy the new album on August, 22nd and don't forget to show up at our release party the day after. We'd be pleased."
"Enter Dystopia" comes off "X To The Power Of Ten" which is scheduled for release on August 22th via Locomotive Records.
The band adds: "We'd like to invite you to our release party which will take place in the Stereo Total, Heilbronn, on August 23rd. We'll play a gig incl. some new and some older stuff and maybe also with some suprises. After the show you'll be able to listen to the complete new album "X To The Power Of Ten" and of course you can also buy it and most important: have some drinks with us! Our friends in The Past Alive are going to support us and will surely rock your socks off. We look forward to celebrate our fifth baby together with you all, doors are open at 9 pm!"
"After finishing their highly successful European tour with Suffocation and label mates Warbringer (a tour report/interview with Mitch Harris can now be watched here), British grindcore legend Napalm Death now has entered the studio to record the highly anticipated follow-up to 2006's "Smear Campaign".
Vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway provides more info:
"As always, when trying to decide when we should enter the studio, we threw a dart at a dartboard and, sadly, for all our sanities sakes, it landed on a date which was sooner rather than later. It's all working out good with about 10-12 songs complete thus far. It will be intense, naturally, and like always we'll be looking to move things along a notch production-wise and stylistically. Conceptually, it will, generally speaking, be a tale of analyzing life and stripping it back to the point where I'm asking the question: why are we killing ourselves to get ahead and not appreciating the real simplistic, beautiful things around us. If that sounds hippy-ish, I don't care ha ha. Cheers all!"
"As the almighty progressive death metallers from Cynic are just out of the studio, we can now announce the title of their long-awaited, sophomore album. This 35 minute, 8 song baby is entitled "Traced In Air" and will be released on next October 27th.
To help you wait until then, you can watch a trailer here."
Danish Death Metallers Urkraft have posted the following update:
"As promised... and exiting in some way! Urkraft have released a 4.5 minute hard-hitting medley of songs from the new album A Scornful Death.
It's been a while since Urkraft has been motivated to come out with some usable new material, but today you will be able to get an idea of the songs, the riffs, the sound and the energy in the result of the work from the last 6 months.
The album is produced, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen from Antfarm Studios from material recorded at various locations over the last 4 months. Including our own rehearsal, where most guitar, bass and vocal tracks have been worked with. Drums are recorded and produced by Tue Madsen at the studio of Anders Lundemark (Konkhra) in Copenhagen."
German metallers Holy Moses are streaming on their MySpace a preview of their new album, entitled "Agony Of Death".
"Agony Of Death" will be released on September 26th in Germany (September 29th in Europe and October 7th in the US) via Wacken Records/SPV. The album was recorded at the Blue Castle Studio near Hamburg with producer/guitar player Michael Hankel.
German metallers Disillusion have issued the following update:
"Hello everyone. After all this time of silence, what better news could there be than the fact that long-time Disillusion drummer Jens Maluschka has rejoined the band after a one-year absence?! I cannot tell you how glad we are about that!"
The band adds: "Matthias Becker joins Disillusion on the bass. I met him at recording sessions for his other band Safi MySpace]. Not only did we get along very well, but also his playing style is quite amazing. So, despite him dramatically lowering the average age of the band, I am pretty sure he will contribute a lot to the sound of the band!"
Cradle Of Filth has set "Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder" as the title of its new album. The album is expected to be released in October via Roadrunner Records. The new labum is a 72-minute concept record about a legendary serial killer from the 15th Century, Gilles De Rais, a French nobleman who fought alongside Joan of Arc and accumulated great wealth before becoming a satanist, sexual deviant and a murderer.
"Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder" track listing:
01. In Grandeur And Frankincense Devilment Stirs
02. Shat Out Of Hell
03. The Death Of Love
04. The 13th Caesar
06. Tragic Kingdom
07. Sweetest Maleficia
08. Honey And Sulphur
09. Midnight Shadows Crawl To Darken Counsel With Life
A new Omnium Gatherum track, called "Nail" is available for streaming through the band's official MySpace page. An E-card for "The Redshift" album is available at this location, which has the tracks "Shadowkey" and "The Redshifter". The album is scheduled to be released on 22 September in Europe and 14 October in the U.S. via Candlelight Records.
Album tracklisting cover]:
02. A Shadowkey
03. Chameleon Skin
04. No Breaking Point
05. The Return
06. Shapes And Shades
07. The Redshifter
09. The Second Flame
10. Song For December
11. Distant Light Highway
Here is an official statement from Tarek "MS" Maghary: "First of all I want to tell all fans, partners and friends, that Majesty no longer exists. There was no basis anymore for me and the previous nembers of Majesty to continue our creative work.
I had a feeling for quite a while now that the time has come to restart with a new band to point out that Heavy Metal can never be stopped and that a new force will bring the whole world that mighty message. In a dream I recently had, only one name for that power came to my mind: Metalforce
This new band will exactly do what also was the essence of Majesty, but even bigger and more powerful. The first gig on the MCF 08 already filled me up with pride as I looked into the eyes of tenthousands of fans who encouraged us in our decision.
Swiss metallers Eluveitie have issued the following update:
"During the last couple of weeks we received many applications for the two vacant positions in our band. We'd like to use this opportunity to thank all musicians who contacted us for their messages, efforts and interest in our band. We read all applications assiduously and thought a lot about the whole thing.
Now we are very pleased to announce that we have decided for two new band members! And we are as confident to have found two awesome musicians and as we're proud and happy to introduce them to you:
Playing diverse kinds of bagpipes, as well as whistles and acoustic guitars, Päde is a multi-instrumentalist and especially an experienced piper! To some of you (especially the folk interested guys) Päde might not be unfamiliar: He used to proof his abilities as musician and also as disarming performer in the Swiss folk band Branâ Keternâ, where also Meri and Chrigel used to play. So we esteem Päde since a couple of years, both as great musician as well as a fantastic guy and friend.
Norwegian metallers Octavia Sperati have issued the following update:
At our last band meeting, Octavia Sperati decided to put band activities aside/take a break. We have reached a point where we have decided to put more time into other projects both within music, studies and families among other things for a while. We will all continue playing music, but we will take a break from the normal "Octavia life". If there are any news from any of us, we will of course let you know as soon as possible.
We are all looking forward to playing the lovely outdoor festival Lost Weekend near our headquarters Bergen on Friday, August 1st and will take the break after that. We are sorry to say that we will have to cancel the Dames Of Darkness festival in Birmingham in September.
Bloodbath's third full-length album has been entitled The Fathomless Mastery and is currently being mixed. The album is due for an October 6th release on Peaceville records. Tracklist:
01. At The Behest Of Their Death
02. Mock The Cross
04. Wretched Human Mirror
06. Devouring The Feeble
07. Hades Rising
08. Slaughtering The Will To Live
10. Process Of Disillumination
11. Drink From The Cup Of Heresy
Swedish metallers Hearse have issued the following update:
"Finally something to report from the Hearse camp! Yup, the band has begun the recording of the fifth album. So far the drums has been recorded. 12 songs are planned to be recorded and most likely 10 of them will end up on the album. As soon as we get green light from our record label (depending on which one it´ll be) the recording will continue.
More info on the recording to follow. In the meantime check out some pics from the recording here."