17:18 - RedOctober So I have started listening to lossless now(I never use headphones nor will I ever will). So was listening to How Could I by Cynic. Never knew it had an outro keyboard and god it is eargasmic
17:06 - Neachy @Risto: If you look to the top list on the side bar for what's good in a given year, I feel sorry for your ears.
17:02 - Cynic Metalhead Not a slow start. Many good albums have already been released which isn't top 15. Check out new albums of 15 in forum.
Swallow the Sun's new drummer was announced today on the band's website:
"Kai Hahto to play with Swallow the Sun
We are glad to announce that Kai Hahto (Wintersun, ex-Rotten Sound) will be playing drums on our forthcoming album and live shows next summer.
We have known Kai for years, and we have worked with him earlier when he played with us on our North American tour back in 2007. Knowing what he's capable of behind the drum set we are really excited about working with him again. We are confident that he can deliver drum parts that will not only perfectly fit the trademark Swallow the Sun -sound, but take it even further. We'll start rehearsing with him at the end of this month, and we'll keep you posted on how the album is coming up!"
Norwegian black metallers Gorgoroth have posted the following update on their official site:
''After a two-year absence from the live arena, Gorgoroth will once again perform their Satanic rituals on stage on August 29, 2009. Gorgoroth will then headline the last night of the 10th anniversary Hole in the Sky Metal Festival in Bergen, Norway, with none other than US doom legends Pentagram as co-headliners! More info on the festival can be found at www.holeinthesky.no. This exclusive Gorgoroth concert will be held in tribute of the band's former drummer Erik "Grim" Brødreskift (1966-1999). The setlist will include classic songs from the legendary "Pentagram" album - not played live for 12 years - and perhaps also brand new material from the upcoming album, "Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt". If and when any other Gorgoroth live appearances this summer are confirmed, they will be made public here on the official website.''
Dimmu Borgir posted the following announcement on their Facebook page:
"DIMMU BORGIR - TERMINAL PRESS SUMMONS THE FURY OF BLACK METAL WITH 'DARK FORTRESS'
Terminal Press and Nuclear Blast Records have teamed up for one of the most brutal comics of the year with "Dimmu Borgir: Dark Fortress." This is the first in a series of books influenced by the lyrical, artistic and musical concepts from Nuclear Blast's polarizing roster of bands translated into the comic medium by the creative teams at Terminal Press.
Three reluctant men are chosen to quest to the Dark Fortress in a desperate attempt to protect their land from a growing evil. Despite a legend warning that the harsh land built upon lava fields is actually the gateway to Hell, they make their way across the treacherous path, encountering horrors, madness and death along the way. The three men will either survive the journey and learn the secret behind the legend of the Dark Fortress, or meet a most gruesome demise.
Swedish metal band The Project Hate MCMXCIX has posted a brand new song, ''You Come To Me Through Hell'', at their MySpace site
http://www.myspace.com/theprojecthate. The track comes off the band's upcoming album entilted "The Lustrate Process", which is scheduled for release on 6th July this year.
Death doom metallers De Profundis have posted the following statement on their website about the departure of their bassist and announcing the replacement:
De Profundis and bassist Aleksej Obradovic have parted ways after more than 3 years of successful collaboration due to musical differences. Additionally, Aleksej's job commitments would have made it very hard for the band to go touring or to perform live on a regular basis. The split was amicable and we remain on good terms with Aleksej.
De Profundis would like to thank Aleksej for his contribution to the band and wish him the best of luck in his future musical endeavours.
A replacement bass player has already been found. We have been fortunate enough to secure Arran McSporran's services as a new full-time band member. Arran will be laying down all the bass tracks on the new De Profundis album, due to be recorded in June 2009 with producer Fernando Pereira. Arran will be making his live debut with De Profundis at Romania's Rock City Open Air 2009 Festival.
Queensrÿche will take their acclaimed American Soldier Tour online by broadcasting an entire show live in high definition at cdpulse.tv. When the band takes the stage at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida on May 19 at 8PM ET, fans worldwide can watch a high definition stream of the performance live as it happens. Fans can gain access to the show by purchasing an e-ticket at cdpulse.tv for the cost $5.95 for an advance ticket or $7.95 for a ticket on the day of the show. The show can be viewed virtually worldwide in high definition clarity via premium content delivery access systems featuring 43,000 servers in 17 different countries. For more details and technical information, please visit cdpulse.tv.
Audio samples of all the tracks that are set to appear on "Children Of The Dark Waters", the forthcoming album from Finnish metallers Eternal Tears Of Sorrow, are available for streaming on the Amazon.co.uk website.
"Children Of The Dark Waters" will be released in Finland on May 27 via Suomen Musiikki (in the rest of Europe via Massacre Records and in Asia via Marquee/Avalon).
More details about "Children Of The Dark Waters" were previously reported at this location.
French metallers Gorod have posted online a new song, "Disavow Your God", on their MySpace page.
"Disavow Your God" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Process Of A New Decline", which is scheduled for release before this summer via Willowtip Records.
UPDATE (thanks to Deadmeat)
French metallers Gorod have posted online another new song, "Programmers Of Decline", on their MySpace page.
"Programmers Of Decline" comes off the band's forthcoming album "Process Of A New Decline", which is due to be released in Europe on June 1st via Listenable Records (this summer in US via Willowtip Records).
We are sorry to tell you that, once again, some changes have occurred in the festival's line-upů KMFDM was forced to cancel and will be replaced by CLUTCH, one of the most influential bands of the US' Rock scene, who will be back at the forefront of the scene this year with their new album "Strange Cousin From The West".
Also, KORITNI and BLACK STONE CHERRY will switch their positions. KORITNI will now play on the Saturday at 14h25 and BLACK STONE CHERRY will play on the Sunday at 11h00.
Finally, the map of the 2009 festival is available at this location:
Finnish metallers Swallow The Sun have issued the following update:
"There is no easy way to phrase this, so let's get straight to the point: due to a mutual decision Pasi Pasanen will no longer be playing with Swallow The Sun.
Pasi, as one of the founding members, has been an integral part of the development of the band and it's sound since the beginning back in 2000. We have had good times, recorded 4 excellent albums and done unbelievable amounts of touring together, but now it's time for us to go on our separate ways.
Here's Pasi's comments on the situation: "Lately, I've been having a lack of motivation towards this kind of music and touring. The guys have felt it too and there's no point for me to deny it. It just affects the chemistry in the band too much, so it is time for me to step aside. I've gotten many good friends and some of the best experiences ever touring with StS. About 200 shows in 21 countries is something I never thought I'd get to do, so I want to thank & hail all the great people, friends, bands we've toured with and especially Juha, Jämy, Martti, Aleksi and Mikko for these years. And I'm sure you fans wont be disappointed with the future Swallow The Sun. Me and Juha will continue working together in Plutonium Orange, and you never know what other things the future brings, so: cheers everyone, see you somewhere!"
Dutch metallers Hail Of Bullets will release a new EP in the summer, "Warsaw Rising", featuring two brand new tracks, one cover and three live recordings.
The band comments: "The new songs are "Liberators", a rumbling ode to one of the most magnificent bombers ever built and the title track, "Warsaw Rising", which tells the tragic tale of the bloody 1944 Warsaw uprising. A massive cover of the Twisted Sister classic "Destroyer" and 3 tracks from the Bullets' earth-shattering performance at last year's Party.San Open Air complete the searing sextet!"
The band adds: "The mini-CD will be released as a 6-page-Digipak sometime during the summer and will be available in a strictly limited edition of 2.000 copies only! First come first serve."
One of the biggest defenders of traditional heavy metal, 3 Inches Of Blood, has crafted a new album that is soon to be hailed as the gospel of all things heavy. Century Media Records is proud to welcome these metal warriors to its worldwide family roster and fans can expect their massively anticipated new full-length release this fall.
Cam Pipes (vocals) further comment: "Ever since our departure from our previous label, Century Media has been in the forefront trying to get us to sign with them. No other label showed as much enthusiasm and belief in our band as they did. Right from the start we all got a great feeling from the whole Century Media team. We feel comfortable with the vision they have for us and are confident they have the necessary tools and motivation to help us in the ways our previous label didn't. We can't wait to unleash this new material upon the masses."
Danish metallers Saturnus have issued the following update:
Saturnus is currently working on new tracks with a line-up consisting of new and old members of the band. For various reasons Anders Ro Nielsen , Tais Pedersen , Peter Poulsen and Nikolaj Borg have left the band.
Saturnus now consists of the founding members: Thomas A.G. Nielsen and Brian Hansen . Guitarist Rune Stiassny which supported us at "The Ethereal Sessions Tour" in 2008 is now a member of Saturnus.
Future members and concert dates will be announced soon.
www.saturnus.dk is no longer the official Saturnus homepage. www.myspace.com/saturnus is until otherwise announced the place to get the Saturnus news."