Kelly Schaefer, vocalist/guitarist of Atheist - who are in the middle of recording a new studio album - has issued the following update:
"After a year's worth of shredding and writing non-stop Atheist metal, in the last 10 weeks I wrote a bunch of tunes that are very far from metal. They are just sketches with friends, but for those with an open mind, I welcome you to check them out and your feedback is welcome. They are just demos, and mostly acoustic, don't bitch at me about it, haha.
I have plenty of metal for you all when this Atheist record hits, and recording starts July 5th, but for now something different. A calm before the storm perhaps.
Kelly Shaefer & Friends is the new site where I will post all of these new collabs with piano players, sax and cello players and all my friends who enjoy writing music of many different colors. I do plan on making an albums worth of material in 2012 that will be a "Kelly" record, and it will be all over the place style-wise."
Amsterdam-fronted Progressive Death metal band Obisidian have announced more details concerning their sophomore release, which will be called Point Of Infinity. The band issued the following update on their MySpace:
"After working our asses off creating artwork, doing photo shoots and practicing some more patience - which should make us quite virtuous as a band - Candlelight Records actually gave us a release date: as of 20 September 2010, Point Of Infinity will hit the shelves of global record stores, both capital and rural, digital and analogue. To warm you up even more, we have uploaded this special Album Teaser to our YouTube channel."
Equilibrium has uploaded the video clip for the song "Der Ewige Sieg". The video is available for your viewing pleasure over at this location.
Commented mainman, songwriter and guitarist René Berthiaume: "We're very proud of our new video! Compared to our video for "Blut im Auge" we decided not to use any kind of effects this time. Everything has been filmed like you can see in the video! Florian Puchert and his team did a great job and we had a bad ass time while shooting this clip in the beautiful Bavarian mountains - not only because that kind barman who provided us with lots of booze!"
The song comes off the band's brand-new effort Rekreatur which was released last Friday June 18th via Nuclear Blast.
"She Destroys Again" is the new video from Sólstafir and can be viewed below. The song appears on the band's most recent album Köld, which was released in February 2009.
Commented drummer Guðmundur Óli Pálmason: "It took me over a year, working on and off, to finish it. There is no digital post-processing, except that the photos were combined and arranged in Final Cut. All effects are 100% manual and handmade. When I was already half way through making the video, my computer crashed. Stupid me had no backups so I had to start from scratch. Luckily, I still had all the negatives, though. I Hope you enjoy!"
"Forgiveness Denied", the new Aeon music video premiered on Metalunderground.com. The song is off the band's new release, Path of Fire (click here for details), that dropped in the states on May 25.
The video was directed, filmed and edited by Standard Film Team Umeå HB and was shot in April in two different locations; band scenes being filmed in Östersund, Sweden and the storyline in Umeå, Sweden. Watch the clip at this location.
Guitarist Daniel Dlimi comments on the theme of the song and video: "There have been a lot of scandals revealed lately, regarding priests (especially catholic ones) who have been abusing children sexually. In my world, there is nothing more innocent than a child, and the ones who abuse a child sexually will never be forgiven. In my opinion, they deserve to die a horrible, painful death. We want to dedicate this song/video to them, the filthy fucking priests who have laid a hand on a child sexually; we hate you, and want you dead."
Arizona based virtuosic thrashers Vektor are taking their cosmic mayhem on the road in support of their epic space metal debut album Black Future, released on Heavy Artillery Records in late 2009. The full U.S. tour kicked off yesterday (June 18th) in Riverside, CA, so be sure to catch Vektor on the road.
June 18th - Riverside, CA @ Common Ground
June 19th - Sacramento, CA @ On the Y
June 23rd - Medford, OR @ The Woods
June 24th - Portland, OR @ Plan B
June 27th - Boise, ID @ Redroom
June 28th - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Studio
June 30th - Denver, CO @ The Wasteland
July 2nd - Lincoln, NE @ TBA
July 5th - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
July 7th - Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar
July 8th - Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
Portuguese atmospheric doom metallers Mourning Lenore have revealed the artwork and tracklist for their upcoming effort, entitled Loosely Bounded Infinities. The album is scheduled for a September release via Major Label Industries. Loosely Bounded Infinities will also contain two bonus tracks, that previously appeared on a split CD with Insaniae.
Loosely Bounded Infinities cover art] tracklist:
01. Contours of a Dream
05. Rain's Seduction
06. Patterns of Emptiness
Enslaved have announced a handful of European dates as part of their Circling Above and Within Tour.
Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson Peersen adds: "It is with great enthusiasm we can announce these European dates of our "Circling Above and Within" Tour! Enslaved is a band that enjoys being on the road like nothing else, we do take pride in being a hard working and increasingly energetic and focused live band. We are also very pleased with our new album (why be modest?) due to be out in connection with this tour - and cannot wait to perform the tracks live!"
15/10/2010 - Underworld, London, UK
16/10/2010 - Aeronel, Lille, France
17/10/2010 - L'Autre Canal, Nancy, France
Swedish doom metal legends Count Raven have sadly announced they will not perform on Hellfest Open Air this afternoon (June 19th). This due to the fact that band member Dan Fondelius was brought to the hospital on Wednesday due to gastro intestinal condition. Doctors declared that due to the symptoms, he will have to undergo a complete medical exam and that he is in no condition to perform.
The band had with eager anticipation looked forward to attend Hellfest. Though the band thanks everyone who worked to get them there very much, and wishes them all good luck with the festival.
In an update on their website, Kamelot announced they'll film a video for "The Great Pandemonium", and indirectly revealed the new as-yet-untitled album will be released somewhere in September.
"Kamelot has tapped Village Road Films and Director Owe Lingvall for the video shoot and production of the song "The Great Pandemonium". The song will appear on Kamelot's upcoming album due in stores September 2010!"
More release details are expected to be revealed soon, so stay tuned. In other news, the band also announced several live dates for South America and Mexico in April next year.
Kamelot keymaster Oliver Palotai states: "We played in Brazil a few years ago and it was amazing. We have heard from fans all over South America and how loud and crazy the fans will be, we know these shows will be killer! In addition to this we have added 2 very exclusive and special concerts in Mexico to this leg."
Self-proclaimed kings of metal Manowar and Magic Circle Music - the company owned by bassist Joey DeMaio - find themselves in the middle of a media storm because of their Dio tribute album (read: cash grab).
It all started when Manowar and Magic Circle Entertainment decided to "honor one of metal's greatest legends with Magic - A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio, featuring Magic Circle Music artists and friends performing some of Dio's most inspired work."
Magic - A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio features a Manowar cover of "Heaven And Hell", while HolyHell covers "Holy Diver", with other performances of Metalforce, Jack Starr's Burning Starr, Feinstein and a thing called the "Magic Circle All Star Band" covering "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll".
Anathema are pleased to announce their Autumn European Tour will kick off in Finland. The tour will be in direct support of their latest release We're Here Because We're Here, that was released last month. For more album details and samples, click here.
The first tour dates are as follows:
24.09.2010 - Seinäjoki @ Rytmikorjaamo
25.09.2010 - Oulu @ Club Teatria
26.09.2010 - Tampere @ Klubi
27.09.2010 - Helsinki @ Tavastia
According to an update posted on Saturnus' official MySpace page, the band will re-release their first three albums in July. Here is the full update from the band:
"Our former label Euphonious Records/VME will re-release the first three Saturnus releases internationally on July 26. The releases have been sold out for a while, but will now be available again in new versions. The re-releases are out in Denmark already, and are available at most record stores, as well as online. We will keep you posted on where to get it from international mailorders soon."
Paradise Belongs To You - 2CD: comes in digipack with all of the legendary Roskilde Festival 1997 CD as a bonus CD.
After what seemed to take forever, Aborted will be back in Canada so spread some "surgically infested" death metal. The band will be joined by Augury and System Divide in what is dubbed The Coronary Evidence Tour. Aborted will mainly focus on albums such as Engineering The Dead, Goremageddon, The Archaic Abattoir and Coronary Reconstruction. Dates will be as follows:
19 Aug - Bar Le Magog - Sherbrooke, QC
20 Aug - Bar L'Octobre - Quebec City, QC
21 Aug - Club Soda - Montréal, QC
22 Aug - Maverick - Ottawa, ON
23 Aug - L'App'Art - Trois-Rivières, QC
27 Aug - Salle Gaston Mandeville - Drummondville, QC
28 Aug - Sneaky Dee's - Toronto, ON
29 Aug - Music Hall - London, ON