Guitarist Tony Warburton of UK thrashers Cerebral Fix has announced the passing of their drummer Neil Farrington. Farrington passed away on Sunday 20th December, he was 38 years old.
"Just a short note as I am still in shock. It saddens me to bring the news that our most recent drummer (and my good friend) Neil Farrington has passed away. A Facebook group has been set up by his girlfriend for people to leave any thoughts/comments or you could just leave them here."
Next to Cerebral Fix, Neil Farrington drummed in bands such as Lacerator, Darksied and Warlord UK.
Readers of the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet - one of the larger daily newspapers in the Nordic countries - have chosen In Flames' 2006 album Come Clarity as the best Swedish album of the past decade. In Flames got about a quarter of all votes, ending up as the only metal related band in the top 10. Four albums of Swedish rock band Kent appeared in the top 10 too. Top 10 results "Best Swedish Album Of The Decade" here.
Bruce Springsteen's 15th studio album Magic, released in 2007, was voted best album by a foreign (non-Swedish) artist, before Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Linkin Park. See the top 10 here.
New York death metal veterans Immolation just announced the title and tracklist of their new album, marking the first one for their new label Nuclear Blast Records.
The album, scheduled for an early 2010 release, will be entitled Majesty And Decay.
Majesty And Decay tracklist:
02. The Purge
03. A Token Of Malice
04. Majesty And Decay
05. Divine Code
06. In Human Form
07. A Glorious Epoch
09. A Thunderous Consequence
10. The Rapture Of Ghosts
11. Power And Shame
12. The Comfort Of Cowards
New York death metal legends Immolation just revealed the cover artwork for their upcoming 8th album Majesty And Decay.
Belgian metallers Gorath have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"New blood joins the ranks of Gorath. After some years of spreading the plague K. Deleener got replaced by B. Vanderheyden - Known from other bands such as Ill Fares The Land and Storm Upon The Masses."
The band's current lineup is as follows:
F. Dupont (guitar, vocals)
B. Put (guitar)
D. Grondelaers (bass)
B. Vanderheyden (drums)
German metallers Varg have posted online a new song, "Blutaar", on their MySpace page.
The song comes off the band's forthcoming album, Blutaar, which is scheduled for release on January 22, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Blutaar cover art] tracklist:
02. Viel Feind Viel Ehr
04. Sieg oder Niedergang
08. Zeichen der Zeit
10. Alter Feind
11. Blutdienst II (Des Adlers blutge Schwingen)
US progressive power metal band, Armory, has officially announced that they are in the studio recording their second album. The album, entitled Empyrean Realms, will contain nine original songs. Compared to their debut album, The Dawn Of Enlightenment, Empyrean Realms is described by the band as having "more dynamic composing and arranging, with more colorful melodies, head-banging riffs, and progressive elements. The lyrics are also more articulate, centering on the themes of metaphysics, cosmology, and the power of human will. Cover artwork has been chosen which will enhance the cosmic scope of the album."
Empyrean Realms will be engineered by the band themselves and take place at Mystic Star Studio, based in Townsend, Massachusetts. The expected release date is mid-to-late 2010. On their official website and MySpace page Armory has posted a video compilation of the drum and guitar tracking to give fans a sneak preview of what their second album has in store.
Polish metallers FOE will release their debut album Madness in January 2010, via Let Them Come Productions.
This Polish band, once known as Alkoholika, performs an old school death kind of metal with a touch of thrash and progressive elements. The sound of the album Madness can be described as raw. One of the tracks from the album, called "Cold", has already been added to the label's profile, and can be found at this location. A picture of how the cover artwork will look like can be seen here.
We are pleased to announce that with immediate effect Germany's Blast Corpse Promotions will handle all live bookings for the European region. We feel confident that we can now leave all this side of things in the capable hands of Blast Corpse Promotions's Mike Heinemann, and very much look forward to working with him.
Anyone wanting to book Shining should contact Mike directly mike bcp-agency com. Any requests regarding European bookings that come to the band page or to Patricia's page, will be passed onto Mike, therefore please feel free to bypass us so that your enquiry can be dealt with more quickly.
A short headlining tour in March has already been booked, dates as follows:
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has issued the following long-winded and sappy update:
"I want to start with saying Merry Christmas to you all and I hope that you all have a wonderful, rewarding day. Anyway, I went to go get a Coronary Calcium Cat scan or in other words, a heart scan, and I have good news! They found one!!
All kidding aside, I had my heart scan done and my score was a mind blowing zero. This means that I have 0% plaque in my heart and my mom died from congestive heart failure, and that stuff is hereditary I hear, so I was worried.
I am so stoked about the result and I owe it to my family, band mates, and my advisors and handlers for inspiring me to get better, to be better, and to stay better. I can't tell you how much my team, even the label have really supported me and helped me understand what we can and cannot do, instead of what "I" can't do.
Gigantic Pictures will soon release "FIX", an "uncensored movie about Ministry". The film will be a documentary about the interaction with Ministry onstage and offstage their tour. Judging by the people involved and the age of the musicians, I think it might be the Filth Pig tour. The film will also feature interviews with Trent Reznor, Jonathan Davis, Maynard Keenan, Dave Navarro and many more.
You can go to http://www.fixtheministrymovie.com/ to watch a trailer. If you register, you get a free Paul Barker track for download. It's pretty good.
I wonder who directed this movie and if they have any affiliation with 13th Planet. Either way, the film looks like it might have some entertaining scenes of drunken/high debauchery.
Aussie rockers AC/DC could have to cancel a sold-out concert because their big sound poses a danger to rare birds.
Animal rights campaigners are threatening legal action if the veteran band goes ahead with a gig planned for Wels airport in Austria in May. Hans Uhl of BirdLife said birds nesting in the area at the time would be threatened by anthems such as "Highway To Hell" and "You Shook Me All Night Long". "The second biggest colony of curlews in Upper Austria and various other ground-nesting birds must not become endangered," Mr Uhl said.
The event's 80,000 tickets were sold out within hours.
Austria's Dornenreich have announced first details concerning their upcoming seventh studio album. The album will be titled Flammentriebe and the band will have recording sessions starting in July 2010.
The official wordt from Dornenreich: "Both the intense rehearsals and the compositional results of the last months are very encouraging - and we will enter the studio in July 2010 to record the new album Flammentriebe. Expect a varied, haunting and very dramatic album!"
German brutal death metallers Resurrected have issued the following update:
"Our singer Carsten Scholz is forced to sit out both Portugal shows in January due to a chronical pneumonia he caught at Mountains Of Death Festival this year. His current cure does not allow to grunt more than two or three songs in a row. Chris Mieves from Grind Inc. will step in for both shows and he's already exciteted doing that job! We hope Carsten is fit again by April as we plan to arrange a little UK tour then. We'll keep you updated!"
29.01.2010 - POR, Porto, Metal Point (with Suffochate)
30.01.2010 - POR, Lisbon, Revolver Bar (Dead Meat, Bleeding Display, Carniphicine)
French Heavy metal webzine Métal Intégral are self-releasing the new edition of the French Heavy metal anthology, Made In France 1978-2008 - Hard And Heavy.
According to the webzine, the 2008 edition will be the most complete overview of the history of French Heavy metal, covering 30 years of French-made metal. The anthology contains 120 pages, featuring more than 1000 bands. Over 250 LP's or EP vinyl, 290 7'' records and 1500 CD's and EP's are pictured and discussed.
Made In France only covers the traditional genres - heavy metal, hard rock, power metal and progressive metal from 1978 til 2008 - while there's no room for death, black, doom, thrash and nu metal. Some bands featured in the book include Resistance, Still Square, Salhem, Lonewolf, Blackrain, Ice Scream, Blaspheme, Holy Cross, Satan Jokers, Adx, Excalibur, Wolf's Gang, Mr Jack, Heavylution and many more.
Månegarm's new video for the song "Vetrarmegin" (Eng: "Winter Force") is now viewable on the world wide web. Coming off Månegarm's latest full-length album "Nattväsen" (Eng: "Night Creatures"), released in November, the clip can be watched below.
The video was filmed on site in a "Viking village" with an incredible pre-renaissance atmosphere, near the band's hometown, Norrtälje (Sweden). Månegarm states: "The Viking village, with its amazing surroundings, will fit the theme of the video just perfect!!" The video was done by Standard Film Team (Dark Funeral, Plector, Zonaria).