"The onslaught that is "The Black Tyranny Tour" begins Friday, September 7th and will rip a swath across North America well into October! With Machine Head and Arch Enemy both performing full headlining sets and Throwdown and Sanctity supporting, you won't want to miss this tour!
Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn states: "Man, it's just an endless stream of good news here in Machine Head-land, we are so fucking stoked to be going out with some of our favorite bands, here in the U.S., on what is sure to be THE most brutal metal tour of the Fall! Machine Head, Arch Enemy, Throwdown and Sanctity are going to bring the pain to you motherfuckers, and carnage will have no rules on this tour. Beware The Black Tyranny!!!"
Official Press Release, taken from Galactic Records MySpace Page:
"Founded by Mithras mastermind Leon Macey, Galactic Records launched in late 2006 and brought with it two debut releases from two very different artists: the UK's fastest-rising death metal contenders, Sarpanitum, and Welsh/Swedish atmospheric instrumental hybrid Sepia Dreamer.
"Sarpanitum are an anomaly in the UK death metal scene. Their debut for us, 'Despoilment Of Origin,' is a sophisticated and brutal release, and for such a young band, it's damn impressive!" says Leon of his first signing. "I was a big fan of Sepia Dreamer's first recording, 'Portraits Of Forgotten Memories,' and always believed that with a label brave enough to take the risk with a totally instrumental album they would go down really well with an extreme audience. 'The Sublime' isn't a shoe-gazing affair, but the emotional edge it displays should appeal to many as a welcome break from the barrage of blastbeats most extreme music fans have become accustomed to."
Female-fronted prog sensation Echoes Of Eternity will embark on a US tour in early 2008 with Trail Of Tears, Cellador and Unexpect. Echoes Of Eternity released their debut album "The Forgotten Goddess" earlier this year.
See the dates below!
15.01. USA Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
16.01. USA West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
17.01. USA Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
18.01. USA Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
19.01. USA Bedford, NH - Mark´s Place
20.01. USA New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club
22.01. CDN Quebec City, QUE - Velvet
23.01. CDN Montreal, QUE - FouFounes
24.01. CDN Toronto, QUE - The Funhouse
25.01. USA Cleveland, OH - Peabody´s Down Under
As stated in earlier news, Mark Jansen took part in the benefit bicyle marathon La Marmotte to raise money for the Amazon to save the jaguar.
The following is from the band's site:
We are very proud to announce that Mark finished his benefit cycle marathon the Marmotte. The ride of 174 km took him an astonishing 12 hours and according to Mark this was the heaviest ride he ever did. How much he raised for the WWF exactly has to be calculated now, but we hope to announce it soon!
Mark wants to thank everybody who has sponsored him. Without your faith this wouldn't have been possible!
WWF calculated how much Mark raised and it turned out to be... 3800 euros.
So once again, Mark wants to thank everyone who sponsored him.
The following message was posted on Dying Fetus's official website:
"We would like to announce the addition of new drummer Trey Williams, from Baltimore, MD. We regret it has become necessary to part ways with Duane Timlin, however we thank Duane for his contributions to the band and we wish him the best in his future endeavors. This lineup change will not have any effect on our tour plans, which will go ahead as scheduled. Trey gave us a fantastic audition, we have seen firsthand that he has the professionalism and dedication we would expect. We look forward to our next tour plans with great confidence - we feel the fans will agree that this change will be good for the band and our live performances."
The following message has been posted on Slayer's official website:
"The "Christ Illusion" Deluxe Edition hits stores this Tuesday July 24th. "Final Six" is brand new, and one of the bonus tracks on the new edition. It's a pulverizing addition to an already devastating album. You won't want to miss it!
Listen to it now at MySpace here!"
A special limited edition of "Christ Illusion," will have a July 24 simultaneous global release and will feature new songs, a bonus DVD and stunning new cover art - a lenticular image of a hand bleeding from a crucifixion wound. The special limited edition "Christ Illusion" is being released in tandem with the band's co-headline summer trek with Marilyn Manson. More details are here. The cover artwork for this upcoming re-release has been posted at SonyMusicStore and you can watch it here.
Nuclear Blast have issued the following update concerning UK Prog Metallers Threshold:
"Threshold's singer Mac has astonished his fellow band members by deciding NOT to perform at this weekend's Metal Camp and Earthshaker festivals in Slovenia and Germany.
"Mac was due to arrive in England on Saturday for band rehearsals, but on Saturday morning he sent us a short email saying he has to get on with his life and he's not coming", keyboarder Richard West states.
"It was totally unexpected and we're all shocked by the news. Mac won't answer our phone calls so we can't get any more information from him. With two festivals to perform next weekend our only option was to cancel the shows or find a replacement singer."
"Italian experimental jazz metallers Ephel Duath have begun work on a new album due to be released in 2008. The album, entitled "Through My Dog's Eyes" is set to be a concept album in which a dog depicts his vision of various aspects of life, from casual things like nightmares or walks to deeper issues such as accepting death and the rules of nature that are unavoidable. The band are currently gathered together, writing and arranging the songs, and guitarist Davide had this to say about the album:
'The preproduction is very promising, and we'll abuse it to grasp and magnify the potential of each track: we are sure that the album will not only please the fans but that it will also bring us new ones'.
Finally! The new Aeon album "Rise To Dominate" is finished and to be unleashed upon mankind shortly! Be prepared for a technical Death Metal apocalypse! "Rise To Dominate" is Aeon's first album for Metal Blade Records and their third in total.
According to the band, the new songs are even "more brutal and raw than ever before". With all this going for the band, it's no wonder that no other than Dan Swanö (Bloodbath, Edge Of Sanity, a.o.), could be persuaded to mix the record. All hell's about to break loose around Aeon!
What can possibly be a bigger honor for a brutal death metal band than having the godfathers of the genre, Cannibal Corpse, declare to be fans of this band and take them out on a European tour? That's exactly what happened with Aeon. As a matter of fact, Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster doesn't waste a chance to sing Aeon's praises: "Aeon's musicianship is among the best in death metal, but their songwriting is what truly sets them apart. It's rare to find a death metal band that is simultaneously crushingly brutal and infectiously catchy. Aeon is one of those rare bands!"
Kalmah is currently writing material for the 5th studio album which will be released in Winter/Spring 2008. "Right now we have about 7 songs ready". Swamplords will enter studios in October to record the next swamp metal masterpiece. "I guess the new material will represent heavier and even more riff-oriented Kalmah but the melodies and basic Kalmah sound has not been forgotten." The writing process has been firm and there has been no "run-and-piss" hurry. There was a compulsory month break in the beginning of summer since Antti broke his wrist. The wrist has shaped up well and it seems there will be no permanent injury.
The following message was posted on Brainstorm's official website:
After more than 15 years Brainstorm and long time bass player Andreas Mailänder has decided to go separate ways. "... Since my working situation is not going to ease up in the long run I won't be able to combine it with the upcoming touring for the new BS release. I'm left with no choice but to leave Brainstorm...". (read more below).
The Brainstorm guys are now in search for a new fourstringer to fill the vacant spot. If you think you are the right guy for the job send your application to email@example.com or to Metal Blade Records, attn. Brainstorm, P.O. Box 1332, D-73054 Eislingen, Germany."
The following message was posted by frontman John K on Biomechanical's official MySpace page:
"Unfortunately Matt C has left Biomechanical for personal reasons. He is one of the best drummers we had the fortune to work with and we wish him all the best!
We are just about to finish our third album but it seems the release will be delayed as a result of the live situation plus the record label wants to make sure that the release will happen on a time where it will get it's maximum support. Will announce the new release date soon.''
Biomechanical are on the lookout for a drummer.
For any inquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new track entitled 'Hail to the Chief' from the upcoming Agent Stell album "Alienigma", has been posted to the Mascot Records MySpace page at this location.
"Alienigma" will be released the August, 31 via Mascot Records.
The artwork was disigned by Dimitri Patelis.
01. Fashioned From Dust
02. Wash The Planet Clean
03. Hail To The Chief
05. Liberty Lying Bleeding
07. Tiamats Fall
09. Lamb To The Slaughter
Parisian goth metallers The Old Dead Tree have returned from Stage One Studio in Germany, where producer Andy Classen recently finished recording, mixing and mastering the band's latest opus, "The Water Fields" which will be released on September 17 via Season of Mist.
"The band went further again, reaching a new stage in terms of songwriting and maturity. This album is much heavier and darker, but also more diverse and full of sheer emotion! Even the production of Andy Classen outdoes the job on our previous material", vocalist/guitarist Manuel states.
"The Water Fields" tracklisting:
01. Start The Fire
02. Don't Wake Me Up (Those Who Never Wear White)