04:37 - Apothecary Ha, I was listening to that Written In Waters album the other night actually. Unbelievable that that album came out in 95, considering what else was being released for BM back then. Totally ahead of the game
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, the so-called Big Four of thrash, are playing together in Germany on July 2nd, with more shows to be announced.
The Metallica site reads: "If you've been following along, you know that the Big Four already have two shows scheduled in Europe in July... well, the party is expanding! We're here today to tell you about and addition to the European vacation with a show in Gelsenkirchen, Germany at the Veltins Arena on July 2, 2011."
Yes, that headline said 'shows' with an 's'. Keep watching here for a couple more announcements in the coming weeks."
Tickets go on sale on Saturday, February 19 at 9:00 am local time.
Kataklysm have begun the long process of putting together elements for their upcoming 20th anniversary DVD.
Titled The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined, this documentary will begin with the band's inception in 1991 and tell the lasting story behind of one of the most important extreme musical exports in Canada's short 143-year history. Director and producer Tommy Jones (Soilwork, Death Angel) will catch the band's heartbeat on the road to put the memories together. The DVD will also include interviews with a wide range of characters, including the band's infamous first frontman Sylvain Houde, who sang on the first three Kataklysm albums, The Mystical Gate Of Reincarnation (1993), Sorcery (1996), and Temple Of Knowledge (1999).
Bassist Tomasz "Reyash" Rejek has left Polish death metal band Vader.
Reyash's statement on the matter reads as follows: "After over two years of cooperation, I've decided to quit Vader due to personal reasons. I'd like to thank my band mates for hundreds of gigs played together, I wish you all the best.
At the same time I'd like to inform that I shall continue my music adventure along with my bands Christ Agony, Supreme Lord and Witchmaster. See you in Hell."
Last weekend, we brought you the news that Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman is recovering from an emergency surgery on his right arm after contracting necrotizing fasciitis (commonly known as flesh-eating disease), possibly caused by a spider bite.
The injury will keep the guitarist sidelined from the band's upcoming live shows in the Australian Soundwave Festival tour, that is set to kick off on February 26.
None other than Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has now stepped in to replace Hanneman on this tour.
Jeff Becerra, the wheelchair-bound frontman of recently reactivated US death thrash metal band Possessed, has introduced the band's revamped line-up.
Becerra commented as follows: "Now we finally have the sound and talent that I always wanted!! It's like a dream come true! I can't wait to go back out there and give everyone the best shows ever! We are now tuning back up to 440 standard E and busy writing some new material."
Jeff Becerra - vocals
Emilio Marquez (Sadistic Intent, Asesino) - drums
Tony Campos (Asesino, Static-X) - bass
Kelly Mclauchlin (Angelcorpse, Diabolic) - guitar
Daniel Gonzalez (Nailshitter) - guitar
Swedish Psychedelic metal band Ghost has been confirmed to take the support slot on Paradise Lost's Draconian Times Tour - a short tour in celebration of the reissue of the band's seminal 1995 album Draconian Times.
Comments Paradise Lost: "We are pleased to announce the main support act for the Draconian Times Tour 2011 (mainland Europe only) will be Ghost! We are extremely excited to have them onboard and fans ourselves of their music. You can listen to them and read more about them on MySpace.
Unfortunately they can't play Greece but we will be announcing the support bands for Greece soon."
Queens Of The Stone Age will celebrate the March re-release of its expanded, remastered self-titled debut with a limited run of North American shows.
These one-time only events will feature the band playing the entire first album, Queens Of The Stone Age, plus additional material from that same early Queens era, as well as nightly surprises. Customers who buy tickets will have the opportunity to pre-order the reissue, and will receive an instant digital download of the record with their pre-orders, nearly a month out from the record's commercial release. Tickets go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster, with a pre-sale available on Thursday.
Queens Of The Stone Age will take the first record tour to Europe in May, with additional US and Canada dates to be added in June. The band is currently in the studio writing the follow-up to 2007's Era Vulgaris.
Finnish melancholic dark metallers Before The Dawn have issued a first album teaser for their upcoming release, Deathstar Rising. You can check it out below. Deathstar Rising is set to be unleashed on February 25, 2011 via Nuclear Blast.
Deathstar Rising cover art] tracklist:
01. The First Snow
02. Winter Within
07. The Wake
09. Butterfly Effect
UPDATED, on 21.01.2011 (Thanks to 105265)
Before The Dawn have uploaded a second video teaser for their upcoming Deathstar Rising.
UPDATE (Thanks to 104701)
Before The Dawn have uploaded a third video teaser for their upcoming Deathstar Rising.
John Prassas, guitarist and only remaining original member of US symphonic metal band Aesma Daeva is working on a solo album.
Prassas just finished writing most of the material on the new album, which will be entitled States Of Mind. The recording and production process will start any time soon. The album is said to feature several guest appearances of other Aesma Daeva members.
The 34-second intro of States Of Mind can already be streamed on John Prassas' Facebook wall.
Swedish industrial metallers Pain have issued the following update:
"More and more pieces are falling into place, and as we are finishing the work with the new Pain album we are ready to announce the first show dates for 2011.
2011-06-19 - Myötätuulirock - Vantaa - Finland
2011-06-25 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel - Belgium
More dates are already booked but not ready to get official yet. And even more dates including a mini-tour and a longer headline tour are in the planning stage and will be announced as soon as the organizers give us the go sign.
2011 will be an awesome year for Pain and we're really looking forward to see you this summer and play the new songs live!"
In conjunction with the release of Cannibal Corpse's fourth DVD, Global Evisceration, on March 15, Metal Blade Records has teamed up with BlankTV to debut the next teaser clip featuring part of a live performance of the track "Stripped, Raped, and Strangled". You can watch the clip below.
Global Evisceration was shot and edited by director Denise Korycki from Wild Wind Productions (who also shot and directed Centuries of Torment - The First 20 Years).
Global Evisceration contains one disc and is approximately 3 hours long with artwork by the infamous Vince Locke. The main program includes full live-song performances from two live shows: the Gothic Theater in Englewood, CO shot on March 5th 2010, and Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, NM shot on August 5th 2010. Global Evisceration also includes bonus performances and extra segments including behind the scenes footage covering Evisceration Plague era tours.
Glendale, AZ extreme metal band Job For A Cowboy have entered Florida's Audio Hammer Studios with producer Jason Suecof to record an EP of all new material. The as-yet-untitled EP will feature the first new music from the band since 2009's Ruination LP which landed at #42 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. A spring release via Metal Blade Records is expected.
Job For A Cowboy vocalist Jonny Davy commented: "It felt like a long time since we last got together to write new material. After collaborating in the snow of Boston, we're now recording our second EP. It feels good to be in Florida with Jason, Ron and Eyal of Audio Hammer studios. Job For A Cowboy 2.0 is on the way."
US metallers Pentagram have just revealed the tracklisting and the artwork for their forthcoming album, entitled Last Rites, which will be released on April 12 via Metal Blade Records. The cover artwork for Last Rites was handled by Mo Moussa (MoMoussa.com) who is best known for his work with Marvel and DC Comics. Mo Moussa's other credentials include New Line Cinema, Nickelodeon as well as the four major TV networks. A Philly native and a huge fan of underground music, his work also graces the covers of several of his favorite local bands including Total Fucking Destruction.
Last Rites cover art] tracklist:
01. Treat Me Right
02. Call The Man
03. Into The Ground
05. Everything's Turning To Night