Ah, Christmas. That most wonderful time of the year when the Metal Storm Staff is locked up in their sacred Staff Towers, totally focused on picking this year's nominees for the MS Awards - a Herculean undertaking which usually involves a lot of bitching and moaning and drawing guns at each other. Isn't Christmas just magical?
Anyway, have some schnapps on the house, and enjoy this holiday edition of the Greatest Metal Video Ever... Series!
Medeia - Antichristmas
Everybody and their mom knows that Christmas is just as metal as Jari Mäenpää is the most reliable person in the entire scene... which is why Medeia released the most anti-cliche, anti-fluffy, and batshit insane anti-Christmas video in the history of time and space... which is why there'll be no presents for Christmas for them. Ha!
I.C.S Vortex (Borknagar, ex-Dimmu Borgir, ex-Arcturus) has revealed more details about his solo release, entitled Storm Seeker:
"I finally got the master tape of the first ICS Vortex album! Storm Seeker contains 11 tracks and holds 45 minutes of groovy hooks and signature clean vocals. Brewed in a dirty metal pot, ingrediens included are Stoner Rock mashed with BM, 70's prog spiked Pagan and alternative roots fried Norwegian style. Some of the song titles are "Skoal!", "Dogsmacked", "Oil in Water" and "Odin's Tree".
It's been a year of sporadic work at Toproom Studio with engineer Børge Finstad. My good old teammate from Borknagar, Asgeir Mickelson (Sarke, Spiral Architect), handles the drums, and Terje "Cyrus" Andersen added some solos. Mix was done by Børge, Asgeir and me. A record deal is in the works and we're looking at a release in good time before summer 2011.
Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of legendary doom metal act Pentagram.
The band, now entering their 40th(!) year anniversary, will be releasing a full-length album titled Last Rites in the spring of 2011 featuring all new tracks with a DVD to follow in late 2011. The doomed duo of Bobby Liebling & Victor Griffin has united once again to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Pentagram! Spring 2011 will bear witness to the revered pair's first studio album together in 17 years. Only days out of the sessions, the band will unleash these newborn heavies live! Monstrous new riffs and more will be freed the nights of January 6th, at Europa in NYC and January 7th, at Club Hell in Providence, RI. Also playing live with the band will be Pentagram alumni and current full-time bass player Greg Turley with Tim Tomaselli (Place Of Skulls) filling in on drums.
The Godfathers of New York Hardcore, Agnostic Front, have just finished recording their highly anticipated follow up to their 2007 release, Warriors. The yet to be titled album features 13 new powerful and anthemic songs laid down by Erik Rutan (Madball, Goatwhore, Cannibal Corpse, etc.) at his Mana Recording Studio in Tampa, FL under the watchful guide of producer Freddy Cricien of Madball. The record was mastered by Alan Douches (Nile, Mastodon, etc.) and will be released on March 4, 2011!
Vocalist Roger Miret commented on the new material: "After all is said and done we are amazed on how great our new record turned out! It's by far our catchiest record to date and it's going to make everyone want to sing along for sure. Freddy killed it on the production end, just capturing that hardcore vibe that only he can get out of Agnostic Front. The boys all put nothing but passion into the songs, and Erik Rutan just dialed it all in to make Agnostic Front sound as natural and as organic as ever. This one will definitely be a classic once it's heard worldwide!"
Skeletonwitch just finished touring with Job For A Cowboy and Misery Index. Guitarist Scott Hedrick wrapped it up as follows:
"A huge thank you to the bands, the fans, and everyone else involved in the tour - except that one promoter; fuck you, dude! Kidding! Anyway, we had a fucking blast as usual. It's hard not to when you're traveling around the country with your best friends and your job is to party and shred.
When we wake up from the impending holiday blackout, we'll be devoting all of our time finishing the next record. So keep an eye out: as the writing process continues, we'll probably book a few dates and debut some new material. Thanks to everyone who supported us in 2010. It's been a great year!"
Beyond the Dark Horizon recently spoke with guitar icon, Jeff Loomis of Seattle's long running Metal tyrants, Nevermore. Loomis spoke about Nevermore's latest release, The Obsidian Conspiracy, his solo endeavors, being a guitar icon and more. You can read the whole thing here.
When asked if Loomis is planning to release a follow-up to his solo album, he answered:
"Yes I do. I actually signed on for 2 more records and I'm working on the new one right now. There's still no title yet but I'm working on the music and hoping for a mid-winter release next year."
Loomis also had the following to say about the Sanctuary reunion:
"All I know at the moment is that Warrel wanted to get the band back together and do a couple of shows and I think we're going to do some festival shows. As far as a new record, I'm not quite sure if that's going to happen yet. That's actually still being talked about. But I can say that there will be a few Sanctuary festival shows over in Germany."
"Dimmu Borgir," the new video by Norwegian symphonic black metal band, Dimmu Borgir, is now available for viewing below. The video was created by Katapult Films (Rammstein) director Sandra Marschner (Marilyn Manson, Children Of Bodom, Mando Diao).
The track "Dimmu Borgir" comes off the band's most recent effort, Abrahadabra.
January 2011 will see the Tygers Of Pan Tang go into the studio to record a special EP to celebrate 30 years since the release of their iconic album release Spellbound. The EP will be titled The Spellbound Sessions and include 6 songs from the original album re-recorded by the current Tygers line-up.
The songs the band have chosen are:
02. Don't Stop By
03. Tyger Bay
05. Take it
All these tracks will be completely re-recorded.
2010 saw the band record The Wildcat Sessions EP and the feedback was fantastic so the band wanted to continue with this concept. The band have always respected their past releases which form the majority of the live show set so it is a fitting tribute.
Nuclear Blast is proud to announce the signing of Finnish melodic death / dark metal outfit Before The Dawn.
The rest of the official press release goes as follows: founded in 1999 and led by multi talented Tuomas Saukkonen (Black Sun Aeon, Dawn Of Solace), Before The Dawn have managed to pave their way to uniqueness by combining the heaviness of melodic death metal, the gloom of dark metal and the frostbitten cold of finnish winters with beautiful melodies and epic hymnody like no other band out there!
Commented Tuomas Saukkonen: "After 10 years and 5 albums the very best that could have happened to BTD was to get under the wings of one of the most powerfull metal machineries ever. The new alliance between Nuclear Blast and Before The Dawn is an fine examble of determination, devotion, motivation and a true northern "thru the thickest stone wall" attitude."
Legendary UK heavy metal act Motörhead will embark on a massive world tour in 2011, in support of their newest release The Wörld Is Yours. The tour will start at the end of January 2011 in North America, followed by live dates in Australia and South America and festival dates in Europe. Support bands will be announced subsequently.
North American tour dates:
01/25/2011 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
01/28/2011 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
01/29/2011 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
01/31/2011 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
02/02/2011 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
02/04/2011 - Seattle, WA - Sodo
02/05/2011 - Portland, OR - Roseland
02/07/2011 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue
02/09/2011 - Edmonton, AL - EEC
MyGrain have released their first-ever music video. The clip, entitled "Of Immortal Aeons", can be watched below.
The release date of the Finnish melodic death metal band's third, self-titled album is set for January 12, 2011 through Spinefarm Records. The album was recorded at Seawolf Studios in Helsinki with producer Janne Joutsenniemi (Suburban Tribe, Stone) and was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound studios in Örebro, Sweden.
01. Into The Parallel Universe
02. Shadow People
03. Dust Devils And Cosmic Storms
04. Of Immortal Aeons
05. A Clockwork Apocalypse
06. Eye Of The Void
07. Trapped In An Hourglass
09. Cataclysm Child
Thrash metal band Artillery is currently working in Medley Studios, Denmark, on the follow-up to their highly acclaimed album When Death Comes (2009). The new material entitled My Blood will be released by Metal Mind Productions in March 2011.
So far Artillery recorded 14 songs - 10 brand new tracks, a remake of "Ain´t Giving In" (from 1992´s Mind Factory demo) and 3 bonus tracks which are all new versions of timeless classics from the 1985's album Fear of Tomorrow ("The Eternal War", "The Almighty", "Show Your Hate").
Soren Adamsen, Artillery's vocalist, revealed a few titles of the new tracks. He also described the lyrics for those tracks: