02:52 - Amatsu Mikaboshi Still need to check out Gehenna. I've always been curious ever since I last saw them live, what Justin ans Liz are like, whether if there completely introverted, private hermits or sociable?...
02:50 - Alex Fenger [link] added a few more albums (Lurk, Lynchgate, Lithotome, Infestus, and Suffer Yourself)
According to their official website, Belphegor are set to enter Andy Classen´s Stage One Studios in Kassel, Germany on Friday, November 9th to start recording their upcoming album. The recording-process will reach out til middle of January 2008 with 3 intense sessions, so everything can grow and the band can take the best result. In middle of January 08 everything will be recorded-mixed-mastered so the album is finished.
Helmuth comments: "Yeah it's true, since six weeks we've been working our asses off in the rehearsal room and we're already in the pre-production phase. I started the songwriting in May 2006 and directly after the Brazilian tour in September I've bunkered myself with Serpenth and session drummer Torturer into our rehearsal room. Since then we're 100% concentrated in the song-writing process, worked night and day extremely hard on the new tracks. The most of the 9 Compositions/ Arrangements are almost finished"
The following message was posted on Gorgoroth's official website:
"Continuing on with the new agenda now forged for Gorgoroth, Gaahl and King have enlisted none other than Hellhammer (Mayhem) to join them on battery beginning in 2008.
Gaahl and King are creating a force which will only contain members of a strong and creative energy in honor of the art that is Gorgoroth and their renewed sense of destruction and war! Hellhammer possesses these ideals and he will add another dimension to this new and different beginning.
Crematory will release their new album, "Pray", on February 1 via Massacre Records.
The production again was taken care of Crematory themselves in the Kohlekeller Studios with the assistance of producer Christian "Kohle" Kohlmannslehner being the bands' long time companion since "Revolution" and "Klagebilder". A dynamic and massive sound of international standard is guaranteed!
The German tour under the motto "Pray Over Germany" starts in May 2008. In the summer the band will play some festivals all over Europe and a tour in various, selected countries will follow during autumn and winter 2008.
Swedish Melodic Death Metal legends In Flames will play Russia in January 2008 for the first time in their career! Check the dates below! Here´s a statement from the band: "This is the first time for In Flames in Russia and we are really looking forward to the shows. We have heard from friends in other bands who have recently played there, that is was great so we wanted to try it out and see for ourselves. See you in January"
26.01.2008 St. Petersburg - Port Club (RU)
27.01.2008 Moscow - B1 Maximum (RU)
In other news, In Flames are currently in the middle of the recording of the new album. It is being recorded in the bands own studio, IF STUDIOS. All drums have been recorded and most of the bass is done. Rhythm guitars are near completed and the solo's are about to be started on. This week the vocal recording will begin and In Flames are getting the help and expertise from Daniel Bergstrand, who has previously produced the vocals on "Reroute To Remain", "Soundtrack To Your Escape" and "Come Clarity". "Everything is going great and we are very happy and excited about the new songs and how they are turning out. We are really looking forward to let all you guys out there hear the new album and come and play live next year in a city near you" You can follow the recording process on http://www.myspace.com/inflames where a studio diary episode is being posted every Monday throughout the recording. There are currently 7 episodes available and more to follow. New studio photos has been posted here. (free registration may be required to view pictures)
Official press release from the Peaceville Records newsletter:
"Coming November 5th is the new studio album from Italy's atmospheric metal masters, Novembre. Entitled "The Blue", and undoubtedly the band's best work to date, it is an emotional journey of the highest order.
"Taken in tandem with last year's critically acclaimed Materia, The Blue looks set to raise their stock still further" - KERRANG!
The new Novembre mini-site is also now online - including the brand new video track for 'Anaemia' (Directed by Tobias Martinsson), desktop downloads, banners, plus audio previews of songs from the new album. From the site there is also a free mp3 download of the song 'Bluecracy', but only for a limited period. Check out http://www.peaceville.com/novembre.
The following album update was posted on the Napalm Records website:
"The German-Norwegian formation Midnattsol is currently running a recording marathon to finish the follow-up to "Where the Twilight Dwells".
Carmen Elise Espenaes will once again record her vocals in Mastersound Studios (Leaves' Eyes, Elis). The rest will be recorded with The Vision Bleak mastermind Markus Stock at Klangschmiede E Studios. Tue Madsen (Sirenia, Dark Tranquillity), one of Europe´s leading sound engineers, and the infamous Finnvox studios will guarantee a great production.
"Nordlys" will hit the streets in March 2008."
Swedish Melodic Death Metal band Satariel have announced the following message:
"Satariel have parted ways with guitarist Mikael Granqvist. Granqvist made the decision to leave the band because he no longer felt inspired to keep playing the guitar. Satariel has already secured a replacement guitarist in the shape of a well-known musician who has previously played with "some other great bands." More info will come soon."
More info about the band at http://www.myspace.com/satariel.
Peaceville Records have launched a "mini-site" for Opeth's new live album "The Roundhouse Tapes". Check it out at this location. "The Roundhouse Tapes" was released in Europe on the 22nd of October and in North America on the 20th of November.
According to the site "The Roundhouse Tapes" contains "a captivating Opeth performance from the Camden Roundhouse, London, UK, on November 9, 2006, and sees the band in scintillating form churning out a selection of classics from their illustrious career.
According to the official Opeth website, the (even more anticipated) HD filmed DVD will be released in early 2008. This will also feature (lots of) fan interviews, band interviews, soundcheck footage and live photos + exclusive menu music written by Åkerfeldt and Wiberg.
The following news has been posted on the MySpace of Belgium's razorgrinders Leng Tch'e':
"It is a well known fact that everybody in Leng Tch'e is an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist (PS: John Myung, stop e-mailing me for tabs). So instead of looking for a second guitar player, Nicolas will return to his original position as guitarist, leaving the bass player spot indeed vacant. If you think you have the balls to play bass in Leng Tch'e, tons of motivation, your own gear and transportation, then send your application to email@example.com."
In other news, Death metal / Grindcore stalwarts Leng Tch'e will embark on their first foray into the UK in November in support of their latest album "Marasmus". Joining Leng Tch'e on this tour will be Glasgow's Man Must Die and London's Ted Maul."
The following update was posted on Queensrÿche's official website:
"Rhino just released the official "Take Cover" E-Card. Here's your chance to hear full versions of 'Welcome To The Machine', 'For The Love Of Money' and 'Neon Knights' in their entirety. To view/listen to the E-Card please visit Rhino.com."
"Take Cover" will be released on November 13th, 2007. The line up includes Geoff Tate (vocals), Michael Wilton (guitar), Mike Stone (guitar, background vocals), Eddie Jackson (bass, background vocals), Scott Rockenfield (drums, percussion), album produced by Kenny Nemes & Karen Ahmed.
The following update was posted on Soulfly's official website:
"Soulfly entered the Porch Studios on September 12th to begin recording their next full length album, the followup to 2005's "Dark Ages", and here is the first studio update since the process has begun.
After recording up until the end of September, the band was able to complete nearly all of the basic tracking for the recording - including the majority of drum, bass, rhythm guitar, and lead guitar tracks. Working titles for some of the 13 songs which were tracked include 'Burndown', 'Enemy Ghost', 'Axis Of Wrath', and 'Blood, Fire, War, Hate'. For the time being, Soulfly has put recording at the Porch with engineer Tim Lau on hold; ever since they left the studio on September 29th, Max has been traveling throughout Egypt and Siberia with recording devices, and when he returns he will begin to mold the samples, noises, and music that he collects during his travels into the framework of the songs which he jammed out with Marc, Bobby, and Joe last month. Vocals and percussion have only been completed on a handful of songs, but Soulfly plans to go back to the Porch before the end of the year to complete tracking. After that, Andy Sneap will be doing the mixing on this one! As of now, you can expect the next album to be ready for release by early summer of 2008.
Nightwish kicked off its current US tour on October 15 at Jaxx in West Springfield, Virginia. The band revealed via their website the details of their upcoming spring 2008 North American run, which is scheduled to kick off in early May 2008.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
May 05 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
May 06 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
May 07 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
May 09 - Quebec City, QUE @ Centre De Foire
May 11 - London, ONT @ Cowboy's
May 14 - Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
May 15 - Regina, SK @ The Drink
May 16 - Edmonton, AL @ Starlite Room
May 17 - Calgary, AL @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
May 19 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar
May 20 - Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Centre
Special announcement, from the official W.A.S.P. website:
"Dear fans, please DO NOT bring any cameras into the shows this fall as it is strictly prohibited to take pictures or recordings of the performance of W.A.S.P. Security Personnel at every venue will confiscate any cameras (including digital cameras and mobile phones with ability to record) from you before entering the venues. Please respect this request and enjoy the evening with The Crimson Idol.
Inquiries have been made as to whether The Crimson Idol will be performed only in select locations. The Crimson Idol Event will be performed every night in each of the cities in the Tour Schedule. After the Crimson Idol has been performed the band will take a 10 minute intermission and return to perform all the great W.A.S.P. classics you know and love."
UK Power Metallers Power Quest have announced the following news:
"After keeping everyone in suspense for so long we are proud to announce that Power Quest have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records! We are extremely excited about the prospect of working with Thomas Steindl, Thomas Caser and all the staff at the label!
And of course...recording starts this week on the fourth PQ album "Master of Illusion"
Steve Williams and Steve Scott have just returned from the final pre-production sessions at the Power Quest rehearsal headquarters in Vicenza, Italy. Tracks have now been selected for the album and recording will begin at Remaster studios on October 25th."