08:11 - Mr. Strawberry Good ! Enuff z'nuff is releasing a new album in Dec. I'm expecting something which is unexpected. Chip is the only old member left, "Strength" is still one of my best album in 90's as Donnie's vocals are damn good.
06:18 - Fearmeister Its very different. They moved away from the black metal sound and embraced a synth heavy occult metal style. Im really digging it
06:10 - Verdun_sc Zemial guy and the main guy are brothers, in fact! I hope that Agatus is as good as the first two from Agatus.
06:01 - Fearmeister Its actually an old band that just put something out in 14 years. Zemial guy is one of the two members and you can see the influence
04:46 - Apothecary Is that Agatus a new band involving the Zemial guy or something?
Independent record label Season Of Mist decided to go on a signing frenzy this week, and announced the addition of no less than five new bands to their roster. The bands in question are Misery Index, Sólstafir, Terrorizer, Arckanum and Dodecahedron. You can read all five press releases after the jump.
Back in December last year, Judas Priest announced their plans for the Farewell Epitaph Tour.
The band now issued the following statement: "We would like to clarify a situation that seems to be confusing a few people out there.
When we issued our press release to announce the farewell tour - we stated that it was the last major world tour for Judas Priest - nothing has changed - we didn't say it was the end of the band or that we were going to retire or the band was going to break up... Just that it would be the last major world tour we would be doing which is still the case.
We have plans for a new album (which we have already announced in an earlier press release) plus possible future releases and we would still consider doing the odd live show - if it is something special or for a great cause - but no more world tours."
Arch Enemy has announced its return to North America via a headlining run on the MetalSucks and Full Metal Jackie Present: North American Khaos 2011 tour, set to kick off in September. The North American leg of Arch Enemy's world tour will kick off in Baltimore on September 8th, and features an all-star cast of Devildriver, Skeletonwitch and Chthonic in support.
Said vocalist Angela Gossow: "We pledge to the United States of America and its beautiful neighbor Canada that we will only bring the utmost heavy metal 'Khaos' to your shores! We can't wait to kick off this tour come September. After all the European summer festivals, we are ready to fire!"
Added guitarist Michael Amott: "We are very happy to be coming back to the US and Canada hot on the heels of our new Khaos Legions opus! We're working on a special set list and some other surprises. We chose the other bands on the bill because they are all killer, and bring their own terrifying brand of brutal steel! Yes, good times lie ahead for the metal connoisseur of North America!"
SofiaEcho.com is reporting that the Bulgarian edition of the Sonisphere festival has officially been cancelled. The line-up included names such as Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Alice Cooper, Mastodon and Apocalyptica.
Balkan Entertainment, the promoters of the festival released the following statement: "Due to reasons outside Balkan Entertainment's control and at the instruction of the licence-holder for Sonisphere in Bulgaria, the Sonisphere Bulgaria 2011 festival, planned for June 21th at the National Hippodrome in Bankya, is cancelled."
The festival was dealt a blow on June 9 when one of the event's two headliners, Slipknot, said that the promoters cancelled the show, an allegation that Balkan Entertainment denied. Instead, Slipknot announced a special headline show at Columbiahalle in Berlin on the same date when Sonisphere Bulgaria was to be held.
Locust, the brand-new single from Machine Head can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
The single, now available on iTunes, is an advance mix of a song from the band's as-yet untitled upcoming album, set for release September 27th through Roadrunner Records. More details were previously reported over here.
Ensiferum members Jukka-Pekka Miettinen and Sami Hinkka are featured on the special version of Takao, the new single from Taiwanese black metal band Chthonic.
This special version is included as a bonus track on the digital release of Takao, available on iTunes. A short teaser is available in the clip below.
Commented the band: "The melody of Takao's chorus is based on the tones of Taiwanese lyrics, but it's so unbelievable that when we try to single it in English, it sounds very Finnish, Irish, or generally European! Maybe the folk music in different nations have some kind of connection!"
"Takao" comes off of the band's upcoming new album, entitled Takasago Army, which will be released on July 6th through SPV Records.
According to an update on the band website, Finnish melodic death metallers Before The Dawn will break up after their performance on June 25th at the Nummirock Festival, only to re-group for 1 month and come back on stage stronger than ever at the Tuska Open Air afterparty on July 24th.
Formed in 1999, Before The Dawn has reached a crossroad after 6 full-lengths, numerous tours and gigs in over 20 countries and several label changes that lead the band under the mighty wings of Nuclear Blast at the end of 2010. The past few years have been difficult for the band in many ways and in the end there were only 2 ways to go; bury the band or continue thru big changes in line-up and eventually in the music too.
Russian pagan folk metal band Arkona has revealed the cover art of their upcoming new album Slovo. Once again, the cover art and the booklet are signed by the hand of Kris Wervimp.
Slovo will be released in late August through Napalm Records.
According to the band's opinion this album is the most extraordinary and the most diverse in all of Arkona's history. For the first time in their history, the band worked with a professional choir and orchestra.
"White Gold", a brand-new track from French atmospheric doom trio Lethian Dreams can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
"White Gold" comes off the band's upcoming new compilation album, entitled Just Passing By... & Unreleased Requiems, which will be released later this year through Twilight Records.
This collection is said to feature 4 new and totally unheard songs that the band wrote from 2005 to 2010 and a reedition of their 2006 Requiem For My Soul promo CD that has been remastered for this occasion. Requiem for my Soul is the first recorded version of Bleak Silver Streams and you can thus discover different versions of the songs.
X Japan will be releasing a new single later this month titled Jade. The single will be released digitally on Tuesday, June 28th.
Jade is the first single from the X Japan's sixth studio album, due for a late 2011 release. A sample of the track can be heard here.
X Japan frontman Yoshiki commented: "This is a years-long dream of X Japan's, to release a record in the Americas and in Europe. Music is very powerful, and we believe it can help us bridge the gap between east and west. We hope that Jade will be the first step."
Veteran hard rockers Mötley Crüe have announced their intentions to tour Australia this September. The band will perform three shows while down under and are set to be supported by Bret Michaels and Doc Neeson. Tickets go on sale at 9am 21st June (or 14th of June for fan club presale tickets). Get the dates below.