Dark Embrace mainman Oscar Asunder has posted the following update regarding the band's current situation:
"The next November, the band will make 100 months rockin'. We've gone through good and bad times (sadly more bad times than good ones).
There are some good memories in the band. We've played some good concerts sharing stage with great bands such as Sepultura, Amon Amarth, Destruction, Watain, Agathodaimon and many others. We've recorded an album with Andy Classen in the Stage One Studio. Even we've got a nice video-clip. But all these things are just a few if you compare'em with all the effort and hard work there are behind Dark Embrace.
We've been fighting for a band with a tremendous difficulty to find permanent members. I've got a list with 32 ex-members (12 drummers, 4 keyboard players, 14 guitar players and 2 bass players). Most of you would think this band is some kind of dictatorship but it isn't. The reasons to leave this band are always more or less similar: girlfriends (!), lack of time for rehearsing, and afraid to go on tour or to record an album/demo. These three reasons are our enemies.
British Heavy Metal band Cloven Hoof have issued the following update:
"Guitarist Christian Horton makes his Cloven Hoof debut October 25th in a baptism of fire at the Metal Maniacs 2008 festival in Hoorn, Holland. Christian supported Cloven Hoof whilst playing in the excellent band Dark Forest. He will provide blistering rhythm guitar in a set packed with classic Hoof songs."
"Cynic Paradise", the new upcoming Pain album, is now available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. An e-card for the album can be found here.
"Cynic Paradise" tracklisting:
01. I'm Going In
02. Monkey Business
03. Follow Me (feat. Anette Olzon)
04. Have A Drink On Me
05. Don't Care
06. Reach Out (And Regret)
07. Generation X
08. No One Knows
09. Live Fast - Die Young
10. Not Your Kind
11. Feed Us
"Cynic Paradise" will be released on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Guitarist Roman Subbotin of UK death/doom metal band De Profundis has issued the following update:
"De Profundis once again emerges out of the shadows with some new music. As you may already know, we have been working on our second album for a few months now. Before going into the studio to record the real thing, we felt it would be good to try something we haven't done before and record a Promo CD, the results of which are now available for your listening (dis)pleasure.
Both tracks have been self-recorded and engineered with the help of Steve Watkins, with whom we did our first album. This two song Promo will not be released officially, and will eventually be taken down to pave the way for the second album. The songs themselves may change somewhat on the final record, too. But, for now, here are the new sounds of De Profundis that we hope you'll enjoy."
"Finnish melodic power metal "legends" Stratovarius are breaking the silence since guitar player Timo Tolkki left the band. They will return with a new studio album in 2009. It is a positive and powerful record that the band's fans all over the world are certain to take to their hearts.
"After Tolkki gave his blessing for us to go on without him, and after writing music together again this summer and a lot of thought, we have decided to carry the legacy of Stratovarius into the future", says keyboardist Jens Johansson.
"We are all very excited about the record and about playing Stratovarius music live to our fans. We can't wait.", adds vocalist Timo Kotipelto.
"Necrophobic is from now on a 5 piece strong legion! During 2008 the band did a number of shows as a 5 piece with Erik Danielsson (Watain) as a session member. This made Necrophobic come to think of continue on a new path and develop the live performances as the new live impression was much better.
Necrophobic is now proud to present the new bass player, Alex Friberg, 26. He possesses demonical skills on the bass and fits the band perfect both musically and mentally.
After the enormous well criticized last album "Hrimthursum", the band is now ready to enter the studio again to record the 6th full length studio album. All material is written and the new beast is planned to hit the streets in February/March 2009. The album is yet untitled, but some titles for the songs are "For Those who Stayed Satanic", "Triumph of the Horned", "Wings of Death", "The Tower", "Revelation 666" to name a few."
Apothys announced that, as of October 19th, 2008, Apothys releases former guitarist Christopher Bane and inducts its new guitarist, Joe Fuller, as a replacement and accompanying musician to existing guitarist Eddie Misery. The decision to release Bane follows on considerations of musical facility and creative differences. Apothys wishes the best for Bane and honors his service with a renewed perseverance moving forward from now. Apothys wishes the best for Bane and extends it's hand always in friendship and continued camaraderie.
As fortune would have it, Apothys has netted the permanent services of Joe Fuller as replacement guitarist. Apothys is pleased to bring Joe on as its permanent replacement guitarist and looks upon the future with a sense of mission and predestination. Capitalizing on previous experiences with drummer Mace, Joe brings his unique, techinically-charged acumen and uncompromisingly accurate disposition to bear as part of the Apothys frontline. Joe's live and studio performances promise to be the next level of accomplishment for Apothys.
"American Heavy Metal legend Anthrax are back and about to enter the studio. Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has issued the following update: "We're entering the studio in October to start recording. We wanted a Halloween vibe. I wanna do my drum tracks dressed like Ringo."
Furthermore, Anthrax will play their first Korean show ever, playing the Dongducheon Rock Festival."
You can read the full blog by Charlie Benante here.
Here's an update from Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante:
"We have 13 brand new Anthrax songs, we have 4 (maybe 5) B-Sides. The B Sides will be "Brain of J" - Pearl Jam, "Big Eyes" - Cheap Trick, "New Noise" - The Refused, "Running Down a Dream" - Tom Petty, and maybe an Anvil cover - "Jackhammer"? Or maybe an Alice Cooper cover - "We Die Young"?
Artillery - back in the 80's they were one of the biggest European thrash sensations on the scene characterized by intense, energetic riffing and unique vocals of Flemming Ronsdorf, somewhat reminiscent of Slayer and Megadeth from the same era. Their debut album "Fear of Tomorrow" and the follow-up "Terror Squad" have gained a legendary status, becoming some of the most thrilling thrash releases of the late 80's period.
And today Metal Mind Productions presents re-release of their third full-length album - "By Inheritance". Compared to Artillery's previous works "By Inheritance" proved to be a much more diverse and mature album. The album showcased a much more evolved band, being capable to create more sophisticated music. The album was produced by Flemming Rasmussen known from his work with Metallica and featured one of the most astounding covers in thrash history - Nazareth's "Razamanaz". New digipak edition includes 7 bonus tracks and is limited to 1000 numerated copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc. The release date is set up for 10th November 2008 in Europe and 25th November 2008 in USA (via MVD).
Finnish monster rockers Lordi have announced a pre-listening session of their upcoming album "Deadache" on the band's MySpace page. You can listen to the next songs: "Dr. Sin Is In", "Evilyn", "Man Skin Boots" and "Bite It Like A Bulldog". The new album "Deadache" will be released on 29 October via Sony BMG Records.
According to a press release, "The Nino Laurenne-produced CD, much like its predecessors, is catchy, melodic hard rock, but this time around there is a rougher edge to the music."
US Tour Dates with Lizzy Borden and Stolen Babies:
November 7 - Houston, TX @House of Blues
November 8 - Dallas, TX @House of Blues
Koen Romeijn from Detonation has issued the following update on the band's website:
We've got a really cool UK tour coming up next years' March, which will be our first trip to the UK in our new line-up!
March 13th - Tigga's Bar, Exeter
March 14th - London (TBA)
March 15th - Brighton Audio
March 16th - The Gander, Bournemouth
March 17th - The Queens, Weymouth
March 18th - Portsmouth or Bristol (TBA)
March 19th - The Star, Guildford (TBA)
Joining us (and also arranging the tour) is Bloodshot Dawn MySpace], a great and talented band from the South of the UK.
More details soon!
Work on the new album is going well in the meantime, 3 killer tracks have been finished, and sections for another 8-10 tracks are ready to be turned into the most intense stuff we've done, ever. This shit is sounding awesome!!"
Testament have recruited guitarist Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth, King Diamond) to fill in for Alex Skolnick on their upcoming Mexican tour dates with Judas Priest.
Due to Alex's prior commitment to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the band sought out Glen Drover to fill in. The band rehearsed together all week and sounds sharper than ever!
Glen Drover says, "I am really looking forward to playing these four upcoming shows in Mexico with my buddies in Testament, along with Judas Priest. We are totally going to crush!"
Guitarist Alex Skolnick commented on his (temporary) replacement: "I regret that I'll be unable to perform at Testament's upcoming shows in Mexico this month. As many know, I've been touring with Trans-Siberian Orchestra since 2000, and it's been a blessing to be a part of both projects since reuniting with Testament in '05. I respect the Testament guys' decision to accept some gigs during this period, and I'm super happy to have Glen Drover filling in for me. I recommended him personally, respect his playing and know he'll do a great job. I apologize to any Testament fans for not being able to make it this time around but we have a lot of shows lined up in 2009 so far, all of which I'm on. Thanks for understanding, and I look forward to seeing everyone all over the world with Testament in 2009!"
As part of compilation CD celebrating Century Media Record's 20th anniversary, God Forbid has recorded a cover version of the song "Master Killer" originally recorded by legendary and influential NYC Metal/Hardcore crossover band Merauder. More info about that all-cover "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" compilation here.
Here's what God Forbid guitarist Doc had to say about the track:
"Merauder was one of the first CM bands we collectively got into. Although we're a metal band, we came up in the hardcore scene, so covering Merauder really honored our roots! They were an under exposed band, so we hope to shed light to those who don't know and pay respects to the die hards who've appreciated Merauder all these years. I think people will enjoy this tribute."
Newly Century Media signed Viking metalheads Kivimetsän Druidi have just posted their epic new video online for the track "Jäässä Varttunut," which can be viewed on the band's official Myspace page by clicking here. The track is taken from their upcoming debut full-length "Shadowheart" which will see a November 25th release date in the US. Also featured on the bands Myspace page is a great behind the scenes look at the making of "Jäässä Varttunut".