In an update on their website, Kamelot announced they'll film a video for "The Great Pandemonium", and indirectly revealed the new as-yet-untitled album will be released somewhere in September.
"Kamelot has tapped Village Road Films and Director Owe Lingvall for the video shoot and production of the song "The Great Pandemonium". The song will appear on Kamelot's upcoming album due in stores September 2010!"
More release details are expected to be revealed soon, so stay tuned. In other news, the band also announced several live dates for South America and Mexico in April next year.
Kamelot keymaster Oliver Palotai states: "We played in Brazil a few years ago and it was amazing. We have heard from fans all over South America and how loud and crazy the fans will be, we know these shows will be killer! In addition to this we have added 2 very exclusive and special concerts in Mexico to this leg."
Self-proclaimed kings of metal Manowar and Magic Circle Music - the company owned by bassist Joey DeMaio - find themselves in the middle of a media storm because of their Dio tribute album (read: cash grab).
It all started when Manowar and Magic Circle Entertainment decided to "honor one of metal's greatest legends with Magic - A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio, featuring Magic Circle Music artists and friends performing some of Dio's most inspired work."
Magic - A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio features a Manowar cover of "Heaven And Hell", while HolyHell covers "Holy Diver", with other performances of Metalforce, Jack Starr's Burning Starr, Feinstein and a thing called the "Magic Circle All Star Band" covering "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll".
Anathema are pleased to announce their Autumn European Tour will kick off in Finland. The tour will be in direct support of their latest release We're Here Because We're Here, that was released last month. For more album details and samples, click here.
The first tour dates are as follows:
24.09.2010 - Seinäjoki @ Rytmikorjaamo
25.09.2010 - Oulu @ Club Teatria
26.09.2010 - Tampere @ Klubi
27.09.2010 - Helsinki @ Tavastia
According to an update posted on Saturnus' official MySpace page, the band will re-release their first three albums in July. Here is the full update from the band:
"Our former label Euphonious Records/VME will re-release the first three Saturnus releases internationally on July 26. The releases have been sold out for a while, but will now be available again in new versions. The re-releases are out in Denmark already, and are available at most record stores, as well as online. We will keep you posted on where to get it from international mailorders soon."
Paradise Belongs To You - 2CD: comes in digipack with all of the legendary Roskilde Festival 1997 CD as a bonus CD.
After what seemed to take forever, Aborted will be back in Canada so spread some "surgically infested" death metal. The band will be joined by Augury and System Divide in what is dubbed The Coronary Evidence Tour. Aborted will mainly focus on albums such as Engineering The Dead, Goremageddon, The Archaic Abattoir and Coronary Reconstruction. Dates will be as follows:
19 Aug - Bar Le Magog - Sherbrooke, QC
20 Aug - Bar L'Octobre - Quebec City, QC
21 Aug - Club Soda - Montréal, QC
22 Aug - Maverick - Ottawa, ON
23 Aug - L'App'Art - Trois-Rivières, QC
27 Aug - Salle Gaston Mandeville - Drummondville, QC
28 Aug - Sneaky Dee's - Toronto, ON
29 Aug - Music Hall - London, ON
German thrash legends Sodom will be releasing their Lords Of Depravity II DVD on June 25th in Germany, June 28th throughout Europe and on July 13th in the North America via SPV/Steamhammer. Sodom will be holding a release party for their Lords Of Depravity II DVD on June 26th in Berlin, Germany at Blackland.
The double digipak DVD with O-Card features two DVD's. DVD 1 contains the complete history 1995-2009 of approximately 230 minutes. DVD 2 features the band's 25th anniversary at Wacken 2007 (old band members), with a few video clips and deleted scenes (approximately 180 minutes).
Longstanding Danish metal band Manticora have completed the recordings of their 7th full length album, Safe, at Jailhouse Studios. Once again the album was produced and mixed under the guiding hands of Tommy Hansen (known for Jorn, Helloween, Pretty Maids).
Following the successful two-part Black Circus albums (released in 2006 and 2007 on now defunct Locomotive Music), Safe will see the band exploring a darker and heavier side of their songwriting than in recent years, and contrary to the simplicity of the album cover (a black/white cover only showcasing the band-symbol) Safe is filled with high-octane technical power-thrash.
01. In The Abyss Of Desperation
02. Silence The Freedom
German Power metallers Mystic Prophecy have added a new drummer to their line-up. The word from the band goes as follows:
"Mystic Prophecy's search for a new drummer is over. After months of auditioning and listening to numerous drummers the band finally got the right man for the job, namely Claudio Sisto.
This is what Claudio had to say in his biography: "My name is Claudio Sisto. I'm half Italian but was born in Southern Germany. I got infected with the Heavy Metal virus as a child, in 1996 I had my first drum lessons and so far I played in bands like Contracrash, Mantikor and Ungehobelt. With Contracrash I released an album, rocked the Bang your Head Festival in 2008 and also toured Germany and Finland. In May 2010 I joined Mystic Prophecy claiming the vacant drum kit's seat and I can't wait to kick ass with the guys!"
"Parade Of The Dead", the new song from Black Label Society's upcoming new album, Order Of The Black, is now available for streaming. Check out the clip below. Order Of The Black will be available August 10th, 2010 on E1 records in North America and on Roadrunner Records in the UK.
In other news, Black Label Society have announced a headlining North American tour, dubbed Black Label Berzerkus 2010. Support on the two-month trek will come from Clutch, Children Of Bodom and 2Cents. Tour dates are as follows:
Sep. 21 - Roseland - Portland, OR
Sep. 22 - PNE Forum - Vancouver, BC
Sep. 24 - Edmonton EXPO Centre Hall D Arena - Edmonton, AB
Sep. 25 - Agribition Hall - Regina, SK
Sep. 26 - Big 4 - Calgary, AB
While most of you are packing your bags for the Hellfest Open Air 2010 edition, taking place this weekend in Clisson, France, we can already announce the first name for next year's edition!
None other than legendary Swiss Technical Thrash metal act Coroner will be playing a reunion gig at Hellfest 2011. Hell yeah! You can already mark the following dates in calendar: 17-18-19th June 2011. Click here for some Coroner sweetness.
Keep an eye on Metal Storm for more Hellfest news hot of the press.
Modern metal combo Raunchy will release their highly anticipated new album A Discord Electric through Lifeforce Records on September 20th in Denmark, October 8th in Germany/Austria/Switzerland, October 11th rest of Europe, and on October 12th in the US.
With uncompromising old-school thrash rhythms and potent electro-sounds, combining the hymns of modernity and tradition, A Discord Electric is the perfect metal anthem to the young and hopeless raging in a metropolis or in a redneck town all over the world. The album was produced once again by long time friend Jacob Hansen.
A short comment from the band: "This is by far the most experimental, the most challenging, and the most interesting album we have come up with since the beginning of the band. My personal take on this endeavor is quite simple actually: this album will be on the hot list when it comes out! Every member of the band has had the freedom to take things to the limits, above and beyond, and believe me, boundaries are transparent this time around, we're going totally apeshit, and you're definitely in for some big surprises with some cool guest performances by our friends in Duné on the song "Big Truth" among other exciting things", says vocalist Kasper Thomsen.
Heaven And Hell have confirmed a tribute show to the late Ronnie James Dio at the High Voltage Festival in London on Saturday 24th July 2010.
An announcement on the band's website reads as follows: "On the 16th May 2010 Ronnie James Dio passed away and the world of music mourned the loss of the greatest voice of heavy metal. Dio was a truly iconic figure in music, whose work with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and most recently Heaven And Hell defined a genre.
Heaven And Hell were set to be on the road in Europe this summer when news came through that despite the amazing progress he was making Ronnie wouldn't be well enough to tour and those shows were cancelled. But now, remaining members Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice are set to play a one off-show to celebrate his life and work. The band will be completed by Glenn Hughes and Jorn Lande who will both contribute vocals. Former Deep Purple/Black Sabbath star Glenn Hughes was a close friend of Ronnie's for many years and performed a musical tribute at Ronnie's funeral service in Los Angeles. Norwegian Jorn Lande is best known in the UK as the vocalist for power metal band Masterplan, he has also released many solo albums including a tribute to Ronnie. It promises to be a fitting celebration to a man that the metal scene owes so much.
Norwegian death metallers Goat The Head have signed to Aftermath Music.
The band commented as follows: "Ah, yeah, it's great to be back in business! It is with great anticipation and spirit we engage into cooperation with Aftermath Music, a label whose enthusiasm is both infectious and inspiring! Topnotch times!"
The band's upcoming effort Doppelgängers, the follow-up to 2007's Simian Supremacy, is slated for a September release. More album details here.
Doppelgängers was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen and "boasts 10 furious tracks exerting about every colour of the metal palette." One of the new tracks "Neolithic Rocket Science" is streaming on the band's MySpace.
"(A Departure Of The Sun) Ignite The Tesla Coil", a new song from US metallers Decrepit Birth, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
"(A Departure Of The Sun) Ignite The Tesla Coil" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Polarity, which is scheduled for release on July 27 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Polarity cover art] tracklist:
01. (A Departure Of The Sun) Ignite The Tesla Coil
05. Solar Impulse
06. Mirroring Dimensions
07. A Brief Odyssey In Time
08. The Quickening Of Time
09. Sea Of Memories
11. Darkness Embrace
12. See Through Dreams Death cover]
"Emptiness Unobstructed", the new video from US metallers Nevermore, can be viewed at this location. The clip, which was filmed during the band's May 18, 2010 concert at the O2 Academy Islington in London, England, was directed by Nigel Crane.
"Emptiness Unobstructed" comes off the band's latest album, The Obsidian Conspiracy, which was released on May 2010 via Century Media Records.