A new Psycroptic track called "Ob(Servant)" is available for streaming on the band's official MySpace. The song is the title cut of the group's new album, "Ob(Servant)", which is scheduled for release in Europe on September 26th and in North America on October 14th via Nuclear Blast Records.
Swedish heavy metal band Wolf are set to start recording their 5th album from September 17th on in Studio Seven in Örebro / Sweden. Behind the mixing table, Wolf will be joined by renowned producer Roy Z. After working with the likes of Judas Priest, Sebastian Bach, Halford, Helloween, Malmsteen, Bruce Dickinson etc, Roy Z now takes on Wolf.
The band comments: "It is an honor and a great privilege to get to work with Roy. We're big fans of his work and we are 100% sure that he'll fuel the black flame that is Wolf. He knows his heavy metal & so do we!"
And Roy Z is also glad to work with the band and states: "I first heard Wolf a few years back when a good friend of mine was cranking "Evil Star" in his car. Since then Wolf have been one of my favorite new bands. The opportunity came up for me to work on the new album, so I am off… I am looking forward to be a part of the new recordings with the lads. The new tunes Rock so to Sweden I will Roll to be a part of a great new CD with the Wolf gang! I am ready to Howl!"
Catamenia have revealed the song titles of the upcoming new album:
"Here you can find the track listing of the new album, "VIII - The Time Unchained" (not in a particular order): Dominion, Alive…Cold…Dead!, The Time Unchained, Embody and Behold, Tuhon Oma, The Last Day Before…, Fallen, Road of Bones, Garden of Thorns, Uhrimalja + cover tracks From Out of Nowhere (Faith No More), Viivakoodit (Apulanta) and Synti Voittaa (Shitter Limited)."
"VIII - The Time Unchained" cover art] will be released on October 24th via Massacre Records.
Richard Wright, a founding member of the rock group Pink Floyd, died Monday. He was 65.
Pink Floyd's spokesman Doug Wright, who is not related to the artist, said Wright died after a battle with cancer at his home in Britain. He says the band member's family did not want to give more details about his death.
Wright met Pink Floyd members Roger Waters and Nick Mason in college and joined their early band, Sigma 6. Along with the late Syd Barrett, the four formed Pink Floyd in 1965.
The group's jazz-infused rock and drug-laced multimedia "happenings" made them darlings of the London psychedelic scene, and their 1967 album, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn," was a hit.
Within Temptations have posted the following update:
"We know you're all very curious on what will happen surrounding our new DVD. To start things off, we posted 2 clips online in high resolution quality. As the quality of Youtube isn't great, we wanted to put these online, for you to see how amazing "Black Symphony" looks!
You can check out these clips in various bitstreams depending on your internetconnection, but also send them to your friends and family. Those of you who send out the video the most, will win a signed "Black Symphony" DVD! Enjoy"
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A message from Forest Of Shadows mastermind Niclas Frohagen reads as follows:
"Six Waves Of Woe" is now a closed chapter. It was mastered by Minerva Pappi at Finnvox, Finland some week ago and the result has been sent to Firebox together with the case-layouts. All that remains now is the actuall release which is scheduled for the 29th of October this year. If you haven't already noticed, two songs from the album has exposed for previewing, one at MySpace and one at Firebox's webpage. Check them out if you haven't."
It seems that no matter how hard they try, Metallica will continue to make anti-piracy headlines. After their bloody battle with Napster years ago, they were determined to keep calm when their latest album, 'Death Magnetic', inevitably hit the torrents. This time, Metallica's Lars Ulrich shocked everyone by saying: "If this thing leaks all over the world today or tomorrow, happy days. It's 2008 and it's part of how it is these days."
Despite this effort, it hasn't taken long for people to start a dispute over piracy. According to a report, Metallica's label, Universal Music, canceled an interview the band had planned with the Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan last week, after a writer there, Jonn Jeppsson, sparked off an anti-piracy row featuring him and The Pirate Bay.
"So, we will return to North America early 2009! We'll be doing an extensive 49 show tour with Soilwork, Darkane and Warbringer. Tickets will be sold by exclusively by EnterTheVault.com until September 27th, after which they will be available through all normal ticketing services. The tour dates are:
30.1. Penny Arcade, Rochester, NY, US
31.1. Harpo's, Detroit, MI, US
02.2. The Muse, Nashville, TN, US
03.2. Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville, FL, US
04.2. The Garage, St. Petersburg, FL, US
05.2. Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale, FL, US
06.2. The Backbooth, Orlando, FL, US
07.2. Masquerade, Atlanta, GA, US
08.2. Music Farm, Charleston, SC, US
09.2. Amos Southend, Charlotte, NC, US
Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Munich, Germany's Obscura.
Obscura (Steffan Kummerer: guitar / vocals, Christian Muenzner (ex-Necrophagist): guitar, Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-Pestilence): bass, Hannes Grossmann (ex-Necrophagist): drums) are currently recording their second full-length and Relapse debut. Obscura founder Kummerer commented on the signing and new album; "We are very happy to have found in Relapse a strong partner for the upcoming albums. We think Relapse is one of the best homes for progressive death metal in general and we are looking forward for this long time cooperation. We are putting the final touches on the mix and mastering for the upcoming album which will see the light in the beginning of next year. Obscura are back - stronger than ever!"
The rolling thunder is growing louder and great events are foreshadowed again:
Germany's most eminent thrash metal act, Kreator, are set to release their latest studio album on 16 January 2009 (Europe: 19 January, US: end of January). "Hordes Of Chaos" is a powerhouse featuring rigorous thrash attacks and Kreator's familiarly intelligent lyrics about self-determination and the dangers of contemporary war propaganda. Kreator are also scheduled to embark on another major European tour as early as January 2009.
"Hordes Of Chaos" was recorded at Berlin's Tritonus studios under the direction of producer Moses Schneider. Schneider is renowned for his fresh and exceptionally dynamic working methods with bands and artists such as Beatsteaks and Tocotronic. "We consciously decided on Moses as our producer for the live recording of the basic tracks at the studio," band mastermind Mille Petrozza explains. "This was the first time since "Pleasure To Kill" that we worked in this way. The new album is a 100% realistic reflection of Kreator's live qualities. Instead of exploring every little detail to sterile perfection with the help of computer technology, this time around we wanted to deliver as dynamic a production as possible. There can be no doubt that we've achieved our target in "Hordes Of Chaos"."
Guitarist Gavin Harper has announced his departure from the Scottish folk/power metallers Alestorm. He commented his decision:
"While I'm a bit shocked that this was announced before the record label knew and anyone in the band had actually talked to me about it... that and after being a founding member, i had to find out about my resignation becoming official from the Myspace page.
In my time in this band, from doing the first ever recording to not appearing on the latest one...I have always strived to make Alestorm my priority and put it ahead of many other things in life that have been more important to me in order to help Alestorm be as big as it is now.
In this time, and in my attempts to keep my band members thriving in the music industry and taking advantage of everything, i have nearly bankrupted myself, been pushing new levels of unhappiness and had countless sleepless nights trying to plan routes for the guys within the budgets we have received.I have been struggling with personal differences with some members for a while and just feel that it is for the best if i make way for someone willing to put up with this.
"Out of print for many years, Týr's early musical signs of life are almost as secretive as the band's reclusive homeland, the Faeroe Islands. Yet fans of Týr will finally be able to also embrace their early works. The re-release "How Far To Asgaard" comprises not only the debut album of the same title, but also the single "Ólavur Riddararós" (2002). Both releases deliver the ingredients that fans of the Viking Metal genre have come to love and expect, including sweeping vocal lines, diverse songwriting, and extraordinary musicianship, as well as new artwork that fits in perfectly with the album's lyrical theme. Witness the birth of a Viking Metal legend!"
God Forbid have uploaded a new song online, called "Empire Of The Gun". The song, which comes from the yet untilted upcoming album, can be heard on the band's MySpace.
A short statement from the band: "We've uploaded a new track. This is the test mix that Jens Bogren did. We're really happy with it and we hope you dig it too. It'll be up till Monday morning, so get your listen on!"