Portuguese metallers Gwydion have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Today, we have revealed the new cover artwork and tracklist for our upcoming CD Horn Triskelion, which is set to be released on April 9 via SMP/Trollzorn Records.
Horn Triskelion cover art] tracklist:
01. The Departure
02. Fara I Viking
03. From Hel To Asgard
04. Oflussa (A Terra Das Serpentes)
05. Mead Of Poetry
06. Triskelion Horde Is Nigh
07. Odhinn's Cult
08. At The Sumbel
09. Cold Tempered
10. The Terror OF The Northern
11. Six Trials To Become A Beerzerker
Next to this a brand new MySpace design has been uploaded based on the CD's artwork, including 1 sample from the new track "From Hel To Asgard".
Norwegian black metal squad Immortal have announced their latest album All Shall Fall was nominated for this year's "Spellemannsprisen" in Norway. The Spellemann Awards are the Norwegian equivalent of the US Grammy Awards.
The band didn't want to be part of that and rejected the nomination.
Rumor on the streets of the grim and frostbitten kingdom has it, the band stated their "thanks, but no thanks" because the Spellemann Awards are chosen by a jury and not by the fans... So technically their participation for the upcoming Metal Storm Awards is not at stake here (that is, if they are nominated of course ). Spicy detail: it was the band's label that entered the band for the Spellemann.
Swiss folk metallers Eluveitie just posted another new song off their highly anticipated new album Everything Remains (As It Never Was). Check out "Kingdom Come Undone" at the band's MySpace.
Commented bandleader Chrigel Glanzmann: "Here comes the second song off our upcoming album we'd like to present you: "Kingdom come undone". One of our harsher tracks, where juggernautish riffs meet with onrushing folkmelodies. And exactly the same furious character also lies in the lyrics. The song deals with Vercingetorix, a gaulish freedom fighter who lived in the time of the gaulish war. His endeavour was to unite the gaulish clans. The song presents you a passionate speech, like he probably could have held it in front of assembled gaulish chieftains. In that sense: This is V... for Vercingetorix! "
Nevermore vocalist Warrel Dane has confirmed a handful of North American dates for March:
3/04/10 - Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana, CA
3/05/10 - Ramona Mainstage, Ramona, CA
3/06/10 - Cheyenne Saloon, Las Vegas, NV
3/07/10 - Whiskey A Go Go, West Hollywood, CA
3/08/10 - U.B.'s Bar, Mesa, AZ
3/09/10 - The Rock, Tucson, AZ
3/12/10 - Peter's Room, Portland, OR
3/13/10 - Red Room, Vancouver, BC
Tickets to these shows can be purchased at EnterTheVault.com until January 31, and thereafter will be available at the usual ticket outlets.
Finnish cult thrashers Altars Of Destruction are in the studio putting the finishing touches on their new album, Gallery Of Pain cover art], due later in the year. Several new tracks are currently streaming on the band's MySpace page, including "Children Of Misfortune", "Cross The Line Of No Return", "Suicide Are You Insane?", "Aggression" and "Day Of Judgement".
Formed in 1986 by the brothers Kimmo and Pasi Osmo, along with Jukka Sandberg, Altars Of Destruction went through several lineup changes before releasing an EP, Painful Awakening, in 1989. Due to personal issues, the band split up a short time later. In 2005, Altars Of Destruction regrouped and started writing new songs and reworking old material. Their intention was to "make a couple of new songs and pick out our favourites from the past and make a record that cuts through two decades of metal the way we lived and loved it." Jussi Samppala from Tyrant Disciple also stepped in as the band's new drummer.
First two albums to be re-issued with bonus audio/DVD content on February the 22nd 2010 via Spinefarm Records UK.
Both titles will now be available with updated packaging and bonus audio/DVD content, some of it exclusive to these releases...
Formed in 1999, DragonForce issued their "Valley Of The Damned" debut in 2003 - an impressive nine-track showcase for their accomplished power metal forays. Containing a host of songs that still rank amongst the most popular of their output, the likes of "Black Fire", "Evening Star" and the title track itself, "VOTD" has now been Remixed and Remastered to allow every aspect of the recordings to make maximum impact...
"Faceless Dream", the new video from Costa Rica-based melodic extreme metal band Sight Of Emptiness, can be viewed in the following link.
The clip was directed by Sergio Gutierrez and produced by Fernando Fonseca. The song comes off the band's second studio album, Absolution of Humanity, which is expected to be released late February/early March via an as-yet-undetermined record label.
Commented the band: "Very excited for this new step in our short career, it shows how determined we are as a band when it comes to do things our way and self-financed. 2010 looks and feels like the right time for the band to conquer new territories and big things to come our way".
Absolution of Humanity was mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Soilwork, Bloodbath, Katatonia, Symphony X) at Örebro, Sweden's Fascination Street Studios.
Autumn Hour (featuring members of Hades, Watchtower, Seven Witches, and Painmuseum) have just uploaded a track entitled "Rebirth" at this location. "Rebirth" is one of three bonus tracks included in the European release of the bands debut CD entitled Dethroned which was released January 22, 2010 through Cyclone Empire Records. Released May 5, 2009 in the US, Dethroned has been remastered and will be released as a digi-pak version with 3 brand new tracks.
Singer Alan Tecchio is currently laying down vocals on the upcoming Watchtower release Mathematics and is also recording vocals for a progressive metal project called Minds Mirrors which also features vocals from Autumn hour drummer Dave Lescinsky.
Unbelievable Music UK artist and metal guitar maestro, Andy James, has not been idle of late. In fact, 2010 is shaping up to be a very busy year for the shredmeister. He's begun work on a new album and become a full endorsee of ESP guitars and, as such, will hopefully be performing clinics all around the UK. In addition to his work with tuition giants Lick Library, Andy is also in talks with publishers regarding a deal for a series of books he's currently writing. If you can't wait until the new album comes out later this year, you can download his EP Kaos7 and album Machine from all good online stores to see what all the fuss is about.
Alcest have published the cover art (courtesy of Fursy Teyssier) for their upcoming album, entitled Écailles De Lune. The layout will be made by French graphic designer Metastazis. A release date is scheduled for March 29, 2010.
Écailles De Lune cover art] tracklist:
01. Écailles De Lune (Part I)
02. Écailles De Lune (Part II)
03. Percées De Lumière
05. Solar Song
06. Sur L'Océan Couleur De Fer
The album will be released as standard jewelcase CD, limited Digibook CD, limited box set (incl. Digibook CD, wallflag, and set of postcards; lim 1.000), and limited gatefold LP (incl. poster and available in two editions: "classic edition" (black vinyl, lim. 500) and "deep sea edition" (blue vinyl, lim. 500)).
Demon Hunter will release The World Is A Thorn on March 9, 2010 in-stores and online.
The band's fifth album follows the landmark documentary 45 Days, last year's Live In Nashville collection and a catalog of landmark albums that have made the band one of the most important in the genre.
The World Is A Thorn was produced by the band's longtime collaborator Aaron Sprinkle (Acceptance, Anberlin, The Almost) and mixed by powerhouse producer Jason Suecof (All That Remains, Trivium). It's a pairing emblematic of how skillfully Demon Hunter has always blended metallic might with melody.
It's a well-worn cliche these days for a band to say their new album is "our heaviest but also our most melodic," but Demon Hunter delivers in spades with this release. Songs like "Descending Upon Us," "Lifewar" and the title track are by far the most aggressive of the band's career, "This is the Line" and "Collapsing" are a couple of the fist-pumping but still hard-driving anthems and "Driving Nails" is one of two ballads on the album the likes of which their fans have come to both expect and cherish.