Meshuggah have announced more details about their upcoming live DVD/CD Alive. The live DVD is set to be released in the beginning of 2010 on the 5th of February in Europe and 9th of February in the US, through Nuclear Blast Records. The digipack will feature over 60 minutes of live music on CD, in addition to 105 minutes of footage on DVD. The material was recorded during the band's 2008-2009 tours of USA, Canada and Japan. A trailer will be online soon at this location. The trailer, just like the film, is made by director Ian McFarland of Killswitch TV.
Alive cover art] tracklist:
02. Perpetual Black Second (Tokyo)
03. Twenty Two Hours
Swedish Brutal Death metal outfit Visceral Bleeding have issued the following band update, telling about the departure of only original member Peter Persson, his replacement, a new album and the search for a lead guitarist (Martin Bermheden left last year to play for The Berzerker). Here's the full message:
"It's been way too long since we made any updates on what's happening in the Visceral Bleeding camp, we apologise for this, we know a lot of you've been wondering about what's going on.
First off, a message from Peter: "I have decided to leave Visceral Bleeding to pursue and focus on other challenges in life. There is not really that much to say about it, Visceral Bleeding took up all of our time for a lot years (10 fucking years to be exact) and we got to do some amazing tours and shows and meet great people all over Europe. But now it's time for me to focus on family and other personal stuff. Absolutely no hard feelings involved in this decision, I just feel I have other priorities in life and don't want to be a burden to the band.
Belgian Pagan Black metallers Theudho are offering free mp3 downloads (128kB/s) of all four songs of their latest The Silence EP. Click here to go to the download page.
Word from the band: "On this longest night of the year, when the solar wheel is about to return to bring light to a world cloaked in cold and darkness, Theudho is reborn from its own ashes with a new digital EP. As a gift to our friends and supporters, we've re-recorded four tracks from our back catalogue and are now offering them as a free download EP. This EP marks a new era for Theudho, with a new line-up that uncompromisingly returns to our metal roots. Rekindle the ancient fires and spread the word!"
Swedish extreme metallers Shining have dropped off the upcoming "Evangelia Amerika" tour alongside Behemoth and Septicflesh, due to work visa issues. Lightning Swords Of Death, who had previously been added to three of the tour dates, will now be taking Shining's place for the duration of the tour.
Lightning Swords Of Death vocalist, Autarch, comments on the Behemoth dates: "Regarding our dates with Behemoth, attendees can expect to find themselves victim to the horror of true and agonizing ritual abuse. All of the bands on this lineup exemplify the epitome of their collective genres' strengths and will be a dark and impressive sight to behold."
Lightning Swords Of Death's Metal Blade Records debut album will rear its head sometime during the spring of 2010. In anticipation of this album's release, the band will be touring the western and southern US during March of 2010 with Kreator, Kataklysm, Evile and Lazarus A.D..
Roadrunner Records have announced plans to release an exclusive digital EP soundtrack for the highly anticipated PlayStation3 exclusive videogame, "God Of War III". The EP, titled God Of War: Blood & Metal cover art], will be released in March as a part of the God Of War III Ultimate Edition, and will feature five exclusive unreleased songs from Roadrunner artists, including Killswitch Engage, Dream Theater, Trivium, Opeth and Taking Dawn.
Consumers who purchase the God of War III Ultimate Edition will receive a voucher code to download the tracks, as well as downloadable music in the form of the God of War Trilogy soundtrack. Fans will also receive a special code to download a director's cut of "God of War: Unearthing the Legend", a full-length movie documentary depicting the history of the God of War franchise, access to an exclusive "God of War Challenge Arena" environment with up to seven unique challenges, an exclusive Kratos skin, and a limited edition art book. The "God of War III Ultimate Edition" will retail for $99.99 (MSRP).
Portuguese atmospheric doom metallers Mourning Lenore have posted the following update on their official MySpace:
"For those who aren't aware, Mourning Lenore will release their debut full-length in the first half of 2010. At this moment we are in studio with the master - Mr. Fernando Matias - recording four songs. Drums, bass and rhythmic guitars are done and this weekend we will finish the recordings of leads and solos. By the end of January we will return to studio to record vocals and arrangements. Things are going pretty smoothly and we believe this will be a damn great work. The album, still untitled, with contain four news songs, an intro and, as bonus, the songs "Rain's Seduction" and "Patterns of Emptiness" - from our split CD with Insaniae - a little rearranged. In the end, this album will offer more than an hour of music."
"We are happy to say the hibernation has paid off, and we have roughly 9 songs in preparation for the January recording of our 4th full length, to be recorded at Wrightway Studios in Baltimore, Maryland beginning January 2nd, 2010. These are the guys that mixed and mastered Traitors, so we are excited to do the entire project there this time around. We will have more details on that in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, we are pleased to announce, at long last, our discography collection of splits and EPS, entitled Pulling Out The Nails (after the first song the band wrote). It will feature 30 tracks, and include ALL non-album material from 2001-2008, including the Overthrow and Dissent EP's, as well as the splits with Structure of Lies, Commit Suicide, Mumakil, and Bathtub Shitter, the Hang em' High 7", live tracks, bonus covers etc. The compilation was remastered by Scott Hull this year, and will be available in January on cd through our own Anarchos records imprint, and on double vinyl through Power It Up (Germany) soon after. This cd will also include an extensive 24 page booklet of details, notes, pictures, and an all-time list of all the shows we have performed. We hope its the final representation of the various incarnations of the band in the past 8 years. Til then, more news soon."
Katatonia have issued the following statement regarding the departure of two long time band members:
"Sad but true, today's announcement will be heavy hearted for us to bring to you. We can hereby confirm that the brothers Fredrik "North" Norrman and Mattias "Krypt" Norrman have decided to step off the ride and leave Katatonia. We respect their decision and would like to take the opportunity to collectively thank them both for all the years gone by, all the up's and down's we shared out on the road, in the studio and basically the memories and moments we shared of our 20's growing up together. Fredrik was with us for 15 years and Mattias for 10 years and we were lucky to have the same intact line-up going since 1999, but it's true what they say - all good things come to an end.
"Dead N' Gone", the new video from Finnish metallers The 69 Eyes, has been made available online. The clip was filmed in October in San Francisco, California and was once again directed by Bam Margera.
"Dead N' Gone" comes off the band's latest album, Back In Blood, which was released on August this year via Nuclear Blast Records.
Astral Doors have released a new song, entitled "Call Of The Wild". The song comes off of the band's upcoming effort Requiem Of Time, which will be released in mid-January next year. "Call Of The Wild" can be streamed here. Also an album teaser can be heard at the same location.
Requiem Of Time cover art] tracklist:
01. Testament Of Rock
02. Power And The Glory
03. Rainbow Warrior
04. Call Of The Wild
05. St. Peter's Cross
06. So Many Day So Many Nights
07. Blood River
08. Anthem Of The Dark
09. Metal DJ
10. Fire And Flame
11. Greenfield Of Life
12. The Healer
13. Evil Spirits Fly
14. When Darkness Comes
Solar Parallax is the brand new band created by guitarist/composer Michael Gapys. The band is a mixture of melodic vocals, big choruses, heavy riffs and pumping drums. You can listen to the first recordings of "Angel Of Life", "Secret Of The Tree" and "Winter" on the band's MySpace page.
Michael Gapys is known for his work as a guitarist and composer. He has worked with many renowned artists like: Chris Catena, Uriah Duffy (Whitesnake), Earl Slick (David Bowie), Carmine Appice, Bruce Kulick (Kiss), Blues Saraceno (Poison), James Christian (House Of Lords), Michael von Knorring (Yngwie Malmsteen), Gerald Kloos (Empire), Tommy Denander (Audiovision) and others. During his musical journey he recorded several albums with various artists and bands. He also works as an arranger and producer.
The Christmas number one is a big thing over here. Every year, even if you didn't normally listen to the chart show, people would tune in on their radio to find out what the UK Christmas number one was.
Since 2005 however, Simon Cowell and his popular TV show The X Factor has stolen Christmas and the number one spot with the TV show's winner's single. This year the show was won a week ago by a young lad called Joe McElderry and has released his first single "The Climb" (originally Miley Cyrus) in the hopes of fulfilling the X Factor tradition and be the fifth X Factor winner to steal the Christmas number one spot.
To some people this has taken some of the magic away from Christmas, and so a Facebook group has been campaigning to get people to buy none other than Rage Against The Machine's 1992 track "Killing In The Name" in the hope of getting it to the Christmas number one spot and being the "David to the X Factor's Goliath" as Tom Morello has commented.
Six Feet Under are streaming their new cover of Slayer's "At Dawn They Sleep" at their MySpace page. Graveyard Classics 3 will see a release on 19 January 2010.
Commented Chris Barnes: "We chose the track "At Dawn They Sleep" to be the first single off Graveyard Classics 3. We've wanted to do a Slayer song for a while and lots of our fans have been requesting that we do a Slayer song as well; "At Dawn They Sleep" really seemed like it would lend itself to our style. And, to be honest, I've always preferred the early Slayer stuff, Hell Awaits and prior. I think the production and song structure of their early recordings are raw and in your face, in a very dynamic way, and that's the type of band SFU is, so it seemed to fit on a bunch of different levels.