The Fall Of Every Season mastermind Marius Strand has issued the following update:
"After quite a tiresome year of education and work, the summer has come and I've finally had time to work on The Fall Of Every Season again. The band's new record, a concept-album entitled "Amends", is finally completed, but I still haven't decided on any label for releasing it. For the ones out there who have been waiting for new material, I've decided to put up a full new song from the album. The song is called "The Mammoth", and I sincerely hope you'll sit through the 14 minutes of music and find yourself inspired. (MySpace messed up the quality of the song completely, so I'm putting it on a standalone player, not the usual MySpace-player.) The material on the new record has been dwelling in my head for a couple of years now, and it's quite a relief to finally "let go" of it. It's definitely an evolution of The Fall Of Every Season's sound."
Finnish metallers Poisonblack have issued the short following update on their MySpace blog:
"Poisonblack will enter studios with Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Amorphis, Ensiferum) in August 2009. The still unnamed album will be released in the beginning of the year 2010. Have a nice summer boys and girls."
Norwegian schizo metallers Atrox have uploaded a previously unreleased track on their official website and MySpace page. The song is called "Den Store Hvite Stillhet", which means "The Big White Silence" in Norwegian. It is inspired by polar explorer Roald Amundsen. An outtake from the "Binocular" recording sessions, "Den Store Hvite Stillhet" did not make the final cut for the album.
In other news, guitarist Rune Sørgård will not be joining the band for the upcoming gigs, since he will soon become a father. He will be replaced on those shows by Trond Engum from The 3rd And The Mortal, who will step in as a live session guitarist.
Regain Records hereby present the album title of the upcoming Marduk album. The album will be entitled "Wormwood". No release date has been set yet as the band currently is in the studio working on the album. More news and song titles will be presented as we recive them. Stay tuned for more news.
Pictures of Marduk during their studio sessions at the Endarker Studio can be found at Regain Records MySpace blog.
The following update was issued on Regain Records' MySpace blog:
"We hereby present the album cover of the upcoming Marduk album. Please check attachment and spread the news! The album will be entitled "Wormwood". More news and song titles will be presented as we receive them."
Laethora, the side project of Dark Tranquillity guitarist Niklas Sundin and Joakim Rosén, Jonnie Tell and Joel Lindell from The Provenance have issued the following update:
"Just popped in to say that we are currently waiting to confirm a release date for "The Light In Which We All Burn" and this is one release you really shouldn't miss out on. The album is incredibly strong and having had some time off since the recordings, we can clearly state in retrospect that it is indeed a splendid collection of songs.
Peter in de Betou has done an excellent job with the mastering and we're so looking forward to unleashing the wrath of hell unto the world.
The first photo shoot for press release was successful and we're all in mint condition, looking more handsome than ever, so don't stare for too long unless you welcome the feeling of inferiority. We'll be back soon with more info on release date so until then; stay wretched!"
Russian Folk metal band Kalevala sat down in the studio on June, 29th of this year, with Sergey "Lazar" (Arkona, Rossomahaar) to record their second album "The Cuckoo's Children". Drums on the album will be recorded by Andrey Ishchenko (ex-Catharsis, End Zone, Hieronymus Bosch and many more) who, with pleasure, has accepted the invitation to join Kalevala. The release of the album is planned for the end of September 2009 through Metalism Records.
All info about the band on http://www.myspace.com/kalevalafolk.
World Management would like to announce that death metal masters Nile are announcing their first USA tour dates in support of their new album scheduled for this fall on Nuclear Blast world wide. The tour - dubbed as Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour - commences on January 15, 2010 and will unite Nile with their long time friends Immolation and Krisiun as well as Abigail Williams and Dreaming Dead. This promises to be a great heavy package for those cold winter nights.
15.01.2010 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
16.01.2010 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
17.01.2010 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
18.01.2010 - New York, NY @ The Blender
20.01.2010 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
21.01.2010 - Chicago, IL @ Metro/Smart Bar
Testament have cancelled the upcoming South American tour dates, which had been scheduled for early-September. According to the band's website, "South American dates in September cancelled to record follow-up to their award winning "The Formation Of Damnation"."
The cancelled dates include gigs in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. The Mexican dates will go ahead as planned.
Queensrÿche's touching ballad "Home Again" from their latest album "American Soldier" has really struck a chord with the military community and now the band wants your help making a video. Queensrÿche is asking members of the Military to submit pictures of themselves with their families to be featured in the upcoming music video for the song "Home Again."
Photos can be uploaded to http://americansoldieralbum.com/homeagain from 7/14/09 - 7/27/09. One Grand prize winner will be seIected at random from all eligible entries. No purchase necessary. The Grand prize winner will receive an ESP LTD Michael Wilton Signature Series Guitar, autographed by Queensrÿche.
From July 27th, Alcest will be in Markus Stock's Klangschmiede Studio E in Germany for three weeks to record the follow-up to their debut album, "Souvenirs D'Un Autre Monde". Mix and mastering will be done in September at French Drudenhaus Studio. The new, as-yet-untitled record will consist of six tracks - including new versions of both songs from the deleted EP "Le Secret" - and clock in at around 55 minutes.
Grieving Age, the Saudi doom/death metal band, would like to announce the official release date of their debut album as the 16th of July 2009.
Grieving Age stated: "Working with Dan Swano (ex-Katatonia, Bloodbath, Edge Of Sanity) in mixing and mastering the album and Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride) in all album artworks and logo is a magnificent and tremendous step to us! It's kinda like a beautiful dream.
I'm so glad that we are finally going to release our debut album, it took us 5 years to achieve such a sound, something we always wanted and dreamed of! This album shows a different path, hopefully people will like it and appreciate it.
Big thanks to Kamal Al Nauimi (Deathless Anguish) for recording and producing this album and Badr Al Zaharani for recording all vocals. We had such a great time, definitely we will do it again."
As posted by Forgotten Tales on their official website: "Like we recently promised, here are some news from the recording of our third album! We entered studio on July 8th and since then drummer Mike Bélanger and the rest of the team are working hard to record the drums tracks.
Everything is going well so far, Mike already completed 6 songs. And talking about him, here are some comments directly from the man behind the drumkit! We will be back soon with more news straight from the recording studio!"
Click here to view videos of Mike recording his tracks.
UK metallers To-Mera have issued the short following update on their MySpace blog:
"This week we shall begin work on recording our brand spanking new EP. We shall be laying down 4 new songs; that's around 30 minutes of state-of-the-art progressive metal for your aural delectation. As usual, expect something a little different. We aim to have it mixed and mastered by the end of September. Stay tuned for studio updates."
Australian metallers Alchemist have issued the short following update:
"Alchemist are well underway writing what will be there 7th studio album that we will hopefully record at the end of the year to be ready for shows in Australia, Europe and hopefully New Zealand and Japan.
The new material is different again, it's eathy, dark, hypnotic & heavy with some exploration with different instrumentation and rythms."
Norwegian metallers Koldbrann have issued the following statement:
"Koldbrann has chosen to end the collaboration with it's drummer through 7 years, Tom V. "Fordervelse" Nilsen, due to internal disagreements. Tom V. "Fordervelse" Nilsen has played drums on all of Koldbrann's releases and concerts to this date, and had a significant impact on the development of the band.
Shortly after this occured, Geir Antonsen stated that he wants to step down from his position as 2nd guitarist of the band, as he no longer feels that he has the necessary capasity to continue with active touring. Geir Antonsen has given his all for Koldbrann since 2004, both on stage and recordings.