Dave Mustaine has announced that the forthcoming Megadeth album will be called 13.
In a pre-show interview backstage at the Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, UK, Mustaine said of the new record, "I started playing guitar at 13 and this is our 13th record and I was born on the 13th. As soon as I said I was going to call it 13, I started noticing 13 everywhere."
The CD was recorded at Mustaine's own California studio, Vic's Garage, and produced by Johnny K, who's worked with Machine Head, Disturbed and many other bands. Artist John Lorenzi, who designed the group's last two releases, United Abominations and Endgame, as well as their Warchest boxed set, will be doing the artwork once again.
Symphony X would like to announce the first dates of the upcoming European Tour in support of Iconoclast, which has been released two weeks ago world wide. The first dates are listed below. More dates will follow.
Moonspell vocalist Fernando Ribeiro has posted a lengthy update on the whereabouts of the band on Facebook. Here's the important bit you might be interested in:
"The new album proceeds and we will do a second pre-production with Benny Ricther in late July and Mike will record drums for these songs, most likely in Germany. The rest of the album will be tracked bys us and Tue Madsen during the month of August. Once the music is done, we will be able to give a better insight into this new concept and way of making things. Until then we count the days until we are able to match our big words with one of the most exciting collection of songs we ever worked in as composers."
Ribeiro previously revealed that the new Moonspell album's initials are A.N. and that it will tentatively surface in early 2012 through an as-yet-undetermined record label.
After originally being released in the spring of 2004, Willowtip Records is proud to announce the reissuing of the "classic" debut album from Arsis, A Celebration Of Guilt.
The album will be remastered, include two bonus tracks not found on the original pressing, have expanded artwork, and will be packaged within a slipcase. The album will be released on August 9th, 2011.
A Celebration Of Guilt received tremendous critical acclaim upon its release. Lambgoat.com hailed it as "one of the best metal albums of our time. A Celebration Of Guilt stands to take its place in the canon of history as one of the best metal albums ever made, period." More recently it was named Number 49 on The Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of the Decade list by Decibel Magazine. Arsis have since gone on to release three more full-length albums and have toured the world numerous times.
Slipknot has announced a special real-time webcast of their Knebworth performance via their website to take place during their headline set at 9:00pm GMT (4:00pm Eastern/1:00pm Pacific) on Sunday, July 10th.
To tune in visit Slipknot1.com.
The webcasting of Slipknot's historic Sunday night headline set live across the world from Knebworth, will go out live on Slipknot1.com as well as Sonispherefestivals.com. Set to be an epic and emotional occasion, this highly anticipated show will mark the band's first appearance in the UK in over two years and their first British performance without founding member Paul Gray, who tragically passed away last year.
The band said of the upcoming performance: "England has always been a special place for this band from the very beginning. We can't think of a better way to culminate our celebration of Paul's life than to share it with the Maggots at Knebworth and the millions more watching around the world. This is not to be missed."
Atlanta progressive metallers Mastodon will release their new upcoming album, The Hunter, this October through Reprise Records. You can find the album cover artwork below.
The artwork was created by AJ Fosik, a wood carver who is also responsible for the backdrop the band uses live. This marks the first time Mastodon has not used acclaimed artist Paul Romano, who was responsible for all of the group's previous artwork.
Mastodon recently revealed more song titles for The Hunter. Tracks to appear on the band's follow-up to 2009's Crack The Skye include: "The Hunter: All The Heavy Lifting", "Dry Bone Valley", "Blasteroids", "The Octopus Has No Friends", "Stargasm", and "Curl Of The Burl".
Anette Olzon, vocalist of Finnish symphonic metallers Nightwish, has posted two demo songs online. You can check out the solo material, called "Floating" and "Invincible", on her Myspace profile.
Here's what she had to say abou it: "Ok, so the surprise I teased you with is that I have created my own Myspace page for some songs from my demo I did in 2009. The songs are not mixed or produced, just recorded in the moment and therefore are very rough songs. But I still want you to hear them since I am proud of them and I think they show another part of me than you hear in Nightwish.
The first song is called "Floating" and I call it the "Cirkus"song. It gives me a happy feeling and the vibe in it is happy and joyful. The second song is a song I wrote for my son and it´s very special to me therefore...
Irish rockers The Answer will release their latest studio album in September 2011 via Spinefarm Records/Universal.
Titled Revival and produced by the Grammy-nominated Chris "Frenchie" Smith, with mixing handled by Chris Sheldon, this is the third studio album released by the Downpatrick quartet since first coming together a decade ago.
Vocalist Cormac Neeson comments: "The studio we used was on a ranch in the middle of a pecan orchard near El Paso, next to the Mexican border - a wonderful place for creating music, with that whole Wild West vibe, and 'Frenchie' was always encouraging us to dream that bit bigger and rock that bit harder. We had a lot of fun, and the experience was a positive one from start to finish..."
"Clawmaster", a brand-new track from Finnish atmospheric sludge metallers Ghost Brigade can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
"Clawmaster" comes off the band's upcoming new album, entitled Until Fear No Longer Defines Us, which will be released on August 19th in Europe and on August 23rd in North America through Season Of Mist. More album details were previously reported over here.
Swedish death metal pioneers Grave have inked a worldwide deal with German label Century Media Records. Grave issued its debut album, Into The Grave, 20 years ago (August 1991) as the tenth-ever release from CMR.
Jens Peuter, head of A&R CM Europe, comments: "First time I saw Grave was in May 1992 when my friend Robert Kampf (founder of Century Media) asked me if I wanted to get tattooed by Vinny Daze (R.I.P.) from Demolition Hammer, who was in town with Massacre and Grave. I went to the show with the intention to get my first tattoo but was blown away by Grave's pure death metal blast and ended up being way too drunk to still get inked later that night. I never tried to get tattooed again, but I stuck to Gravve and I'm more than glad to welcome back Ola and his 'new' guys to Century Media."
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Jorn's ultimate live experience Live In Black a 2CD/DVD recorded focusing on his original repertoire recorded live at the Sweden Rock Festival 2010 on August 23rd 2011 in North America and August 26th in Europe.
2010 was a significant year in Jorn's career. Besides releasing a tribute album to his hero Ronnie James Dio, Jorn was invited to perform, together with Glenn Hughes, with Heaven And Hell on their final concert, at the High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London.
Just a few weeks earlier Jorn appeared at the Sweden Rock Festival, in Sölvesborg and blew the crowd of more than 25,000 fans away. "The special thing with Live In Black is that it captures a very rough, uncut and spontaneous moment in the bands history" tells Jorn Lande. "It was a hectic day with many interviews and several TV appearances and I also had to do a short speech and statement regarding the great Ronnie James Dio's untimely passing a few weeks earlier. The whole festival became in the spirit of Ronnie, and it was very moving to see everyone there, including the artists honoring his memory" recalls the Norwegian singer.