German metallers Blind Guardian have issued the following update on their official website:
"The tour section of the homepage has been updated with the first confirmed dates of the Blind Guardian World Tour 2010/2011. The tickets for the German shows will go on sale December 9th at 12:00. And for all you early buyers there is a special X-Mas deal for the German shows: a reduced price of 30 euros per ticket when you purchase them before January 10th from Metal-Tix or Eventim. A limited number of Hard-Tix for the German shows are also available.
Opening band for the tour will be Steelwing and another special guest which will be announced later.
As usual keep an eye on the tour page for new dates as they are confirmed."
US metallers Living Sacrifice have posted online a new song, "Rules Of Engagement", on their MySpace page.
"Rules Of Engagement" comes off the band's forthcoming album, The Infinite Order, which is scheduled for release on January 26, 2010 via SolidState Records.
The Infinite Order cover art] tracklist:
01. Overkill Exposure
02. Rules Of Engagement
03. Nietzsche's Madness
04. Unfit To Liv
05. The Training
06. Organized Lie
07. The Reckoning
08. Love Forgives
09. They Were One
10. God Is My Home
First bands for the Metaltown 2010 festival have been announced. Nile, Rammstein, Finntroll, Sabaton and Cynic are set to play Gothenburg, Sweden on 18-19 June 2010. Tickets are available since 5th December. More info at http://www.metaltown.se.
Kolony Records has signed Andorrean symphonic death metal band Persefone to release bands third album Shin-Ken in early February 2010.
Shin-Ken album is based upon ancient Japanese war-stories, and it's a tour de force, down the melodic and symphonic death metal style that defines todays Persefone.
The album was mixed and mastered at Jailhouse studios (Helloween, Hatesphere, Illdisposed) by Tommy Hansen in April 2009.
Shin-Ken cover art] tracklist:
01. The Ground Book
02. Fall To Rise
03. Death Before Dishonour
04. The Water Book
05. The Endless Path
06. The Wind Book
08. Rage Stained Blade
09. The Fire Book
11. Shin-Ken (Part I)
12. Shin-Ken (Part II)
Circle II Circle have made a couple of changes in their line-up. Here's the official word:
"A couple of months ago, we parted ways with drummer Tom Drennan. We love Tom and wish him nothing but happiness and success in his future. Filling the spot is Johnny Osborn (X-Thirtien / Dr Butcher). Also included in the line-up change is the decision to go 4 members instead of 5. Guitarist Bill Hudson (ex-Cellador, ex-Power Quest) is no longer with us. He is pursuing his own band, Written In Blood, which is an amazing band! Be on the lookout for them. There have been rumors of a new guitarist. That is what they are... Rumors. We are happily moving forward as a 4 piece and wish Tom and Bill much luck in their future endeavors."
Bassist Dustin Mitchell has issued the following update on behalf of Katagory V:
"It is with regret that I have to announce the departure of guitarist Darrin Goodman. Shortly after completing our pre-production sessions, Darrin had decided that due to personal obligations outside of the band, that it would be both in his and the bands best interest to leave Katagory V. We would like to wish him luck in his future endeavors. Rest assured this slight personnel change will not undermine the bands current progress. Returning to Katagory V to help with the live aspect of the band, as well as possibly participating on the new album, is former guitarist Marc Hanson, who appeared on the bands last two efforts The Rising Anger and Hymns of Dissension. Marc and I got together recently and talked about Katagory V past and present and enjoyed a bit of nostalgia, jammed a few riffs ideas and old songs, and then I let him listen to the new Katagory V material. It was at this point that he expressed extreme interest in participating in Katagory V once again. Although Marc's current band SuperSoFar (which also featured Jonni Lightfoot of Starbreaker) keeps him rather busy; he has decided the time is right, and agreed to come back to Katagory V and shred once again! The guitar chemistry between Marc and Kris (Krompel) is absolutely amazing, and is sure to bring the live aspect of the band up several notches.
"We're happy to announce a handful of tour dates for 2010. We will tour intensively throughout the year and here's the first bash of dates - we're really looking forward to meet up with all your metalheads in eastern Europe!"
February 26 - Warsaw, Poland - Progresja
February 27 - Krakow, Poland - Studio
February 28 - Prague, Czech Rep. - Exit Chmelnice
March 01 - Bratislava, Slovak Rep. - Randal
March 03 - Salzburg, Austria - Republic
March 04 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
March 05 - Budapest, Hungary - Diesel
March 06 - Innsbruck, Austria - Max
Volbeat will also perform at Rock am Ring and Rock im Park on June 4-6th 2010. These will be the only German festival shows for the band in 2010.
Swedish metallers Katatonia have issued the following update on their official website:
"It's been a while since we were roaming the European roads on eight wheels, but as of today we can proudly announce the confirmed dates for the New Night Over Europe 2010 spring tour which will run from early March through April. Support bands to be confirmed. Keep checking out the tour section for updates as we may schedule a few more gigs here and there. Ticket links for all dates will be up there soon. We're excited and we hope you are too. See you at the shows!"
New Night Over Europe 2010 announced dates are as follows:
Mar. 03 - Hamburg, Germany - Logo
Mar. 04 - Cologne, Germany - Luxor
German metallers Dark Fortress have posted online a new song, "The Valley", on their MySpace page.
Another new song, entitled "Ylem", was previously posted online at the same location.
The two new songs come off the band's forthcoming album, Ylem, which is scheduled for release on January 22, 2010 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (January 25 in the rest of Europe and February 10 in North America) via Century Media Records.
Ylem cover art] tracklist:
02. As The World Keels Over
07. Satan Bled
10. The Valley
Finnish metallers Soulgrind will release their forthcoming album, The Tuoni Pathway, on April 2010 via Femme Metal Records.
A teaser for the album is available for streaming at this location.
The Tuoni Pathway tracklist:
01. The Call Of Dancing Waters
02. The Song Of Tomorrow
03. My Sweet Thought Of Death
04. Vuoret Ja Metsänmaa
06. Among The Graves
07. March Butterfly
08. Pilgrim Of The Shadows
09. Farewell To Misery
10. The Tuoni Pathway
Prophecy Productions are proud to announce that Dordeduh, the new band of the former Negură Bunget core members Hupogrammos and Sol Faur has signed a long-term contract with Lupus Lounge / Prophecy.
Hupogrammos explains the philosophy behind the band: "Dordeduh aims to link the two words "dor" (English: yearning for something, missing something) and "duh" (English: spirit) to the significant values that make us humans, melting together the soul and the spirit. The way one aligns one's experiences with one's own soul, the way one relates to the Universe, the way one perceives and integrates, through Intention, the perpetually flowing Transcendence, that is what defines different levels of humanity in a person, that is what makes one Human."
Doomstarbookings organizes Bus-trip to Hellfest France, and the press-release was as follows:
"Dutch booking-agency Doomstarbookings organizes the first official bus-trip from the Netherlands / Belgium to Hellfest Festival 2010 in Clisson, France. This bus trip will embark in the Netherlands on Thursday June 17th and will return after the festival on Monday June 21st. Exact routing, pick-up locations and time-schedules will be announced shortly via the Hellfest-Bus-Trip myspace www.myspace.com/busreishellfest and the Doomstarbookings website www.doomstarbookings.com.
This official bus trip includes: a 3-day-festival-ticket for the Hellfest festival, a camping ticket, a return ticket to the festival with a luxury-touring car and a goodie-bag with surprise goodies on courtesy of Hellfest and Relapse Records. Pre-sale and ticket information are made available via www.myspace.com/busreishellfest.