Swedish black metallers Misericordia have recorded a new demo at Pure Dechristianizing Productions. The promo contains four pre-recorded songs that will be part of the forthcoming Misericordia album when the band finds an interested record label to work with. Two of the new songs "The Art of Perfection" and "Bleak" can be heard at this location.
Misericordia Promo 2010 cover art] tracklist:
01. The Art of Perfection
02. Thorne Of Existence
04. Righteous Order
Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of Swedish Viking Folk/Death metal band King Of Asgard for the European territory.
King Of Asgard was formed in 2008 by Karl Beckman (ex-Mithotyn) after dissolving his latest musical projects. Teaming up with long time absent fellow worker, Karsten Larsson (Falconer, ex-Mithotyn), once accomplice in the defunct vikinghorde Mithotyn. As a result, after years apart, the decision was made to go back to their roots both musically as well as heading for their Norse heritage in lyrical approach.
With creativity flowing, numerous songs were written and King Of Asgard recorded their 7-track demo Prince Of Märing at Lotang Studio that finally led to the deal with Metal Blade Records. In late 2009 Jonas Albrektsson joined the ranks on bass to strengthen the line-up further.
Well, it is one week after your winners of the 2009 Metal Storm Awards were unveiled… you know what that means. It's time that we, the Metal Storm Staff, post up our winners.
We'd like to thank all the nominated bands for their efforts last year. There was a lot of good metal that we were able to enjoy. We spent the month of February listening to the nominees again and conducting our own polls. Some were runaway favorites whereas other genres had such tight competition that we required run-offs to determine a winner.
So we cordially invite you to tell us just how little we know about metal, how much our picks suck (or don't, if your tastes are similarly aligned)… you can do so here.
According to Interia.pl and GazetaPrawna.pl, vocalist/guitarist Adam "Nergal" Darski of Behemoth was formally charged on Monday (March 8) for insulting Roman Catholics.
As reported by Blabbermouth, Darski made headlines in his native country in September 2007 when he reportedly called the Catholic Church "the most murderous cult on the planet" during a Behemoth performance in Gdynia and tore up a copy of the Bible onstage (see video footage here).
After the incident, Ryszard Nowak, head of the All-Polish Committee for Defense Against Sects sued Behemoth for promoting Satanism. Although a court expert witness on religious matters said that the act of destroying the Holy Bible could offend somebody's religious feelings (a criminal offense under Polish law), the case was discontinued because no one except Nowak accused Behemoth of insulting their religious beliefs. (Under Polish law, there must be at least two formal complaints before a charge is laid. The previous complaint was made in 2008, and recently an unspecified number of other complaints had been filed.)
I Scream Records is very excited and proud to welcome Life Of Agony to the family.
On Saturday April 3rd 2010, I Scream Records will be recording and filming Life Of Agony's performance at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium - the second show of their exclusive European "20 Years Strong" tour. In late 2009 the band performed their debut album River Runs Red in its entirety during a few exclusive, sold out, US shows and now, after popular demand, they're also heading over to Europe to perform a set built around this amazing, legendary album.
The release of this 20 Years Strong live album, which will also include a free bonus DVD of the complete show at the Ancienne Belgique, exclusive footage and much more, is set for early this Summer.
Quality video footage of Cult Of Luna performing in Estonia has been made available online. The full concert is streaming at Tyronehood.tv. Cult Of Luna played at Club Tapper in Tallinn, Estonia on Sunday, February 28th, 2010. The setlist was as follows:
Dark City, Dead Man
Inside Fort Meade
Leave Me Here
In response to fevered anticipation over the new Alcest album Écailles De Lune, German label Prophecy Productions has released a .m3u stream of the new song "Écailles De Lune (Part I)". The link for the stream can be found here.
Pestilence will embark on a North American tour, supported by Warbringer, Vital Remains, Enfold Darkness and Sacrificial Slaughter. This will be Pestilence's first US tour in over 16 years. Dates run as follows:
05/31 - Chattanooga, TN @ Club Mosaic (no Warbringer)
06/01 - New Orleans, LA @ The Bar (no Warbringer)
06/02 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
06/03 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
06/04 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
06/05 - Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
06/06 - Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
06/07 - Los Angeles, CA @ Ultra Violet
06/08 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
06/09 - Portland, OR @ Satyricon
06/10 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
DragonForce has split with vocalist ZP "Zippy" Theart. The following message was posted on the band's website:
"It is with great regret that DragonForce announce a parting of the ways with singer ZP Theart. This is due to insurmountable differences of musical opinion but the rest of the band sincerely wish ZP great success with his future projects.
While the creative core members have begun writing the fifth album, they have also started a worldwide search for a new vocalist. "We are looking for a powerful melodic singer, to write a new chapter of DragonForce with us." said guitarist Herman Li.
Anyone wishing to audition for the vacant position should apply following the instructions at this web address."
Darksun's upcoming album will be titled Touching the Sun. The record is scheduled for a April 5th release. The cover art was done by Dani Alonso (WarCry, Sauze).
Touching the Sun cover art] tracklist:
01. The Dream Of Shiva
02. The Inner Light
03. Road To The Stars
04. Touch The Sun
06. When Dreams Die
10. Salt Sculptures
11. The End Of Eternity
12. Anima (Victor Garcia)
Alestorm drummer Ian Wilson bailed out his band... again. Here is Wilson's final statement:
"So aye, I quit Alestorm earlier this week because I'd basically just had enough of all the bullshit that goes with being in that band. I'm not going to divulge much information because I'm totally done with it. But I will say that for me I had nothing more to give to the band and had no time left for some of the people in Alestorm. So that was what my final decision was based on.
The positive from this is I can now focus all my attention on music I want to play! I've been writing material for my new band The Bloodless which I've formed with some old band mates from Catharist, and I've also been able to recruit my boy Pat Henry (Swashbuckle) on vocals which I'm excited about. We're playing some old school death metal inspired by shit like Hypocrisy, Entombed and Death Breath and I'm quite sure it's gonna be a success judging by the material we've got already!"
Dutch melodic death metallers Detonation have issued the following great news:
"Finally! The new album is finished. We have set Reprisal as the title for our 4th full length album. We're very pleased with the outcome of this CD, it's heavier than anything we've done in the past, and the songs also feel more personal and in your face. Our new band mates Michiel and Danny also put their mark on it, and both did an excellent job on Reprisal. We have uploaded the song "There is no turning Back" for you guys to check out. But as always, it's difficult to capture the whole albums' vibe with just 1 song. But anyway, check it out and let us know what you think!"
Italian Power metal band Perpetual Fire will release their second album Invisible through IceWarrior Records/Rock It Up Records. The album is described as "a new hilight for fans of melodic power metal á la Freedom Call, Heavenly, Gamma Ray or Seven Gates". The album will also be released in a limited IceWarrior-Edition. The complete album is available for free download at this location.
Invisible cover art] tracklist:
02. Kissing shadow
03. April's blood
04. Walking on your fire
05. In the cage
06. Lost forever
07. Winter's night
08. Velvet rope
10. My ship is burning
12. Time machine
13. Who We Are
It's Sunday morning and there is traditionally no news to report at this time. So let's get back to that certain Metal Storm feature in which we look for the greatest metal video in the history of awesome. Just like in last week's issue we prefer to do it the hilarious/eccentric/ludicrous way.
This week's heavyweight champion defending his belt is Children - Power Spirit.
For some inexplicable reason, recording your video in the middle of the woods in some ridiculous outfit has always been considered "cool" in the worldwide metal community (am I right Trollech?). But this video... oh my god, this video. This video... oh my god.
Who would've thought that running and hopping around with a guitar, sunglasses and what seems to be purple one-piece pajamas in the deepest, darkest woods of upstate New York could be so metal? Certainly not me. I don't know what drugs these guys are on (have you seen that drum kit? Or the weird dance move before the guitar solo?), but the long johns-wearing tree-hugger in me will have what they're having.