On next November 17th (January 27th in the US), Season Of Mist will reissue two classic albums by cult doom band Pentagram: 1999's "Review Your Choices" and 2001's "Sub Basement". Doom is made out of 666 tons heavy riffing, vocals filled with pain, regret and spite as well as leaden song-structures stretched taut to the point of ripping, and Pentagram embody all those virtues like no other contender. Many have named the band the true heir of the British originators of heavy and doom metal, honourably dubbing them 'the American Black Sabbath'.
Pentagram's fourth studio album "Review Your Choices" marked the band's sixth comeback after several changes of line-up and label. These acclaimed protagonists of doom metal proved once more indestructible by drug addiction, break ups, bad deals, jail terms, chronic illness, satanic blood sacrifices and various acts of self destruction. Mainman and singer Bobby Liebling has kept his band alive for nearly 40 years now and might easily be awarded the title of "longest serving cult band" - highly acclaimed by fans, press and fellow musicians alike. "Review Your Choices" marked the return of multi-instrumentalist Joe Hasselvander to join Bobby Liebling in his eternal quest of creating the heaviest sound possible. The album features a mix of re-recorded lost Liebling tracks from the 70's and stellar numbers penned by Hasselvander, which gave "Review Your Choices" an extra heavy feeling.
According to their website, Hanoi Rocks have decided to break up by the end of the year 2008. Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy feel that they've taken the band as far as it can go and now wish to go their separate ways.
All commitments until the end of the year, including the UK tour starting in London on Halloween, will naturally be honoured.
In addition, the band has decided to say farewell to their fans by doing a final tour of Japan in the spring 2009 and immediately thereafter wrapping things up with a few nights at the legendary Tavastia Club in Helsinki, Finland where their career originally got started in the 80's.
November 26th will see the timely release of the first ever career-spanning Hanoi Rocks retrospective: a 2-CD set titled "This One's For Rock'n'Roll - The Best Of Hanoi Rocks 1980-2008".
Paradise Lost from West Yorkshire, UK, formed in 1988 when vocalist Nick Holmes and guitarist Gregor Mackintosh came together with the idea of taking metal beyond the conventional styles of the time. They were influenced by acts such as Candlemass, Celtic Frost and Morbid Angel, and concocted a unique atmosphere of their own as a result. This was already apparent when their debut album "Lost Paradise" appeared on Peaceville Records in 1990, and blended death metal with doom and some melodic elements, but it wasn't until their follow-up album that the metal world witnessed the birth of a new style of music.
"Gothic" was THE album responsible for a whole sub genre of metal, Gothic Doom Metal, upon its release in 1991. Creating a more melancholy & atmospheric form of doom metal, with the introduction of the distinctive & unmistakable Paradise Lost lead guitar melodies, the band was quickly propelled to the forefront of pioneering extreme metal bands of the early nineties.
High quality video footage of Origin's entire concert at The Penny Arcade in Rochester, New York as part of the Beaten Into Submission North American tour with Dying Fetus, Sworn Enemy and Thy Will Be Done earlier this year, can be viewed at the UVTV website here.
The setlist was as follows:
01. Lethal Manipulation
02. Implosion Of Eternity
03. Staring Into The Abyss
05. Vomit You Out
06. Wrath Of Vision
07. Disease Called Man
11. Perversion Of Hate
Also Dying Fetus' live performance of that same night can be streamed at the UVTV website.
That setlist was as follows:
02. In Times Of War
03. Homicidal Retribution
Italian Goth-Metallers Lacuna Coil have started work on a DVD project which is tentatively scheduled to be released later this year.
The DVD will be a retrospective of all things from the band's "Karmacode" album cycle. It will include promotional videos, spectacularly remixed pro-shot festival appearances, behind-the-scenes travel documentaries and home videos - and a few other fan-friendly surprises!
This will be the first "official" Lacuna Coil DVD release.
Fans take note: For more details on the fan-friendly surprises be sure to visit http://www.lacunacoil.it regularly for information!
Lacuna Coil have released a sample trailer of their first ever DVD release "Visual Karma (Body, Mind And Soul)" cover], which revolves around the recording and touring of Lacuna Coil's "Karmacode" album. You can check out "Our Truth" (Live At Wacken 2007) here, a countdown widget can be found here.
Australian doom metallers The Eternal have posted their new video for the song "Lost Our Way" online. The song comes from the band's upcoming album, entilted "Kartika", which will be released in Finland on November 12th via Firebox Records. The CD will be issued in Australia on November 8 through SLP/Amphead Music.
You can watch the video on the band's official site here.
Finnish metallers To/Die/For have issued the following update:
Autumn came to Finland,and it took one sheep from To/Die/For clan within. Santtu who's been To/Die/For drummer from 2004 quit drumming in the band. There is no any kind of fight between us. He is still our lovely Friend!
He had no motivation enough for rehealsaling... as we saw it. Now when we are writing songs for a new album, we need to live in this for 200%. Santtu is having a lot of another things to do, and it is good for him, but time is what we need and especially motivation and rehealsaling. And there must be To/Die/For flame burning in our souls... otherwise this is not worth to do...
Anyway, our feelings at the moment is better than ever! We have a new drummer, and we are friends with Santtu. Maybe Santtu is gonna be our drum tech. On some shows so... he may be travelling with us anyway.
Finnish metallers Impaled Nazarene have issued the following update:
"After the successful spring/summer/fall gigs of 2008 around the world the band is now taking some time off from full activity. This simply means composing new material for the somewhere-in-future-to-be-released next album, taking care of other (earthly) businesses and charging of the "armageddon batteries" overall.
We've been planning to start the next album recordings around the spring/summertime of 2009, but we have also decided to not to be in anykind of hurry with that matter. It's a totally "when we feel like" situation at the moment. There might be some one-off gigs done here and there during the wintertime, but more of those later. . .
Gus Chambers, former vocalist of German metal band Squealer and Dave Lombardo's groove metal side project Grip Inc., has passed away last Monday, on the 13th of October, at the age of 52. Gus Chambers, who nowadays lived in Coventry, England, reportedly took his own life.
The Coventry Telegraph reports that, one of the city's much-loved and popular musicians, Gus Chambers, died last weekend. Gus Chambers was a natural born rocker.
He took over lead vocals from Terry Hall in the punk band Squad in the late 70s, and fronted the band through their finest moments. But his punk-crazed stage antics were quite opposite to the real man - Gus was a thinker, and a great believer in fairness and racial equality, though to some, he was just a punk.
The release date is set to the 23rd of January 2009. Expect a melodic and powerful album in the typical Sirenia vein. The album features guest appearances by Jan Kenneth Barkved (who also did some guest appearances on our debut "At Sixes and Sevens"), French violin player Stephanie Valentin adds to the sound, along with the Sirenian choir that has been an important part of our sound since the very beginning.
We will keep you updated all the way up to the release date.
"The 13th Floor" tracklisting:
01. The Path To Decay
02. Lost In Life
03. The Mind Maelstrom
04. The Seventh Summer
Danish metallers Urkraft have posted a new song "The Power To Crucify" from their upcoming third album, "A Scornful Death", on their MySpace page.
The band stated: "So we have decided to upload the first track from the album, "The Power to Crucify", which we think in most ways represents our latest throw-ups in metal and the album. Some might agree and some disagree... When the album hit the streets you can tell us all about it.
We are still searching for a label to deal with. So far the conversations has been good, but nothing really usefull. We'll see and you'll be the first to know.
It has been extreemly difficult to pick out a track and let that track represent the album. The album contains more variation than our last efforts on E.C.S. and T.I.A. and it should of course be heard from start to end. But this it what you get fuckers. Take it or leave it. "The Power to Crucify" is mainly the only track which has been added a keyboard part, so don't get too used to it. The keyboard part is done by our old old keyboarder and good friend of Urkraft, Tommy, and we kept it at that."
This is an update from Blaze Bayley to get you all up to speed on what's happening in the band:
"As already reported on our website and at blazefans.de, we are filming a live DVD at Z7 in Switzerland on 13 December 2008. The show will be the full "The Tour That Will Not Die" set with plenty of new tracks from the latest album, some old favourites and also some brand new previously unreleased tracks.
The first 500 DVD's sold through this website will be strictly limited edition double disc sets, with T-Shirt and commemorative wristband available only with this packaged, signed and numbered (in purchasing order) by the band.
The DVD will also feature extras and highlights from the warm up shows that stretch to The Big Bash. Both Dudley and Z7 are also being recorded for, not only the DVD, but a live album. Jase Edwards will once again be handling production duties. Filming will be done by Kris McManus of Animus Pictures.
Divine Heresy are hard at work on their much anticipated sophomore release, their first with Travis Neal on vocals. The group plan on hitting the studio early next year once again with acclaimed producer Logan Mader (Gojira, Cavalera Conspiracy). To tide fans over, Divine Heresy have completed work on a new video for "Bleed The Fifth," which perfectly captures the band's frenetic live energy. It made its exclusive, online debut through the Headbangers Ball Blog yesterday (16th October) and premieres on MTV2 this Saturday night. Click on this link.
Dino Cazares (guitars) further comments: "The original concept for the "Bleed The Fifth" video was just to have a stripped down, in your face performance clip that was as unrelenting as the song itself. We shot it on a green screen and all of the effects were added in post production, which was very odd considering we are jamming out in front of a blank wall not having any idea how everything was going to look.
According to Blabbermouth, Rob Zombie has reportedly set "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" as the title of the much-anticipated White Zombie four-CD/one-DVD box set, which is due for release on November 25. According to Zombie, "All I can say is boy the early shit is whacked. I haven't heard some of these songs in over twenty years. I don't know what the hell we were thinking. Everything is included on this set. Over four-and-a-half hours of music plus tons of never-before-seen videos. Five discs in all."
"Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" tracklisting:
01. Gentleman Junkie
02. King Of Souls
03. Tales From the Scarecrowman
04. Cat's Eye Resurrection
05. Pig Heaven