Artillery, the thrash metal band from Denmark, revealed the cover artwork and tracklist of their forthcoming album My Blood. The follow up to the highly acclaimed When Death Comes from 2009 was recorded in late 2010 at the Medley Studios. The cover artwork was designed by the well known Polish graphic designer Graal known from his previous work for bands such as Vital Remains, Sinister, Solitude Aeternus and Bulldozer. Graal was also responsible for the covers of Artillery's Through The Years and When Death Comes.
Metal Mind Productions set up the release date for 14th March in Japan (via Kings Records), 21st March in Europe, 5th April in USA (via MVD). The album will be released as a jewel case CD and as a digipak CD including 2 bonus tracks. Japanese edition of the album will include an exclusive bonus track which won't be available elsewhere.
Avenged Sevenfold recently posted this on their website:
We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our long time studio drum tech, Mike Fasano, recommended Arin Ilejay. We've rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We're very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have.
Thanks for your never ending support. It means the world to us.
See you on the Nightmare After Christmas.
Arin Ilejay is also the ex-drummer of the band Confide.
Obscura has posted the first preview track, "Septuagint", from their highly-anticipated new album Omnivium online now via the band's MySpace and Facebook pages. Omnivium, the follow-up to the band's acclaimed Cosmogenesis album, will see its North American release on March 29th on CD, double LP, and digitally.
29/03/2011 - US
01/04/2011 - Germany / Belgium / The Netherlands / Luxembourg
04/04/2011 - worldwide
We formerly reported the revealing of the new artwork. That can be found here.
Jim Matheos, guitarist and only remaining founding member of Fates Warning, and John Arch, the original vocalist of the band, are currently working together on a new full-length album that will be released in late spring/early summer via Metal Blade Records. The new band, called Arch/Matheos, began tracking the drums on January 12 and will continue to record through mid February with both John Arch and Jim Matheos producing the album.
Arch/Matheos features an all-star lineup including the talents of Joey Vera on bass (Armored Saint, Anthrax, Fates Warning, Seven Witches), Bobby Jarzombek on drums (Halford, Fates Warning, Sebastian Bach, Riot), and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar (Fates Warning).
Following their triumphant West Coast tour this past December, Pacific Northwest metal band Agalloch will be embarking on a long-awaited East Coast run in support of their critically acclaimed album "Marrow Of The Spirit", one of the most celebrated metal releases of 2010. Likewise, Profound Lore Records recording artists Worm Ouroboros (also featuring Agalloch and Ludicra drummer Aesop Dekker) will serve as direct support to Agalloch on the tour.
Agalloch guitarist Don Anderson commented: "After seven years we are pleased to announce that we are returning to the East Coast for a series of performances with our good friends and fellow Profound Lore recording artists Worm Ouroboros. We'll also be playing dates in both select areas of the South and Canada. The last time we played on the East Coast was in February of 2004 with The Gathering and Novembers Doom. People can catch ongoing updates on the upcoming tour via our official Facebook page."
Norwegian doom metal band Syrach parted ways with drummer Adam Suleiman in October of 2010. The band has now issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer.
We are proud to announce the new addition to the Syrach crew. Jan Åge has decided to join our ranks, and will from now on take on the drumming. Jan Åge comes from the band Temple Sleep and has also toured together with Octavia Sperati amongst others.
We will also like to thank all the others for coming in for rehearsals and trying out. You have all been great, but there was really no doubt when the time to choose came.
We will now focusing on rehearsing the new material, so that we can start recording a new and great doom album, with the brand new line-up. All songs are made, but will now be shaped into the great Syrachian style! We will be ready to take on gigs as well, if anything comes along. So all; wish Jan Åge a warm and doomed welcome!
German heavy metal veterans Accept have revealed a short Russian/Belarus tour, scheduled for March this year.
Tour dates as follows:
March 7th 2011 - Belarus, Minsk - Palace of Sports
March 9th 2011 - Russia, Moscow - Milk
March 11th 2011 - Russia, Vladivostok - Golden Fish
March 12th 2011 - Russia, Ussuriysk - Extrim
March 13th 2011 - Russia, Nachodka - Diamond Concert Hall
English band Pythia has inked deal with Japanese "Spinning" Label in a 2 album deal.
The band announced: "We are delighted to announce that Pythia have signed with the Japanese "Spinning" label in a 2 album deal. Our debut album Beneath the Veiled Embrace will be released in Japan on 23rd February. As well as the original full UK release there will be 3 extra tracks, "Sarah" (Acoustic), "Tristan" (Acoustic) and the band's highly acclaimed cover of the Gary Moore song "Thunder Rising". These tracks were previously only available on our first two single releases, "Sarah" and "Army of the Damned". The album will also be packaged in brand new artwork.
Norwegian/Spanish gothic metal band Sirenia just updated their homepage in support of the band's brand new album The Enigma Of Life.
Furthermore, Sirenia announced the first festivals for 2011, Wacken Open Air (GER) and Masters Of Rock (CZ). More to be confirmed soon!
Quoted mastermind Morten Veland: "We are very excited these days as the release date for The Enigma Of Life is coming up. We are very eager to share the new album with all our fans. We just launched our new and updated website. Here we will keep all of you up to date on all future activities. Wacken Open Air and Masters Of Rock are already confirmed and more festivals will be announced soon. stay tuned! Cheers!"
Swedish band Katatonia have revealed the following update:
20 years of Katatonia going strong calls for a celebration and we'll be doing just that by throwing five very special anniversary gigs in Europe this coming May presented as the 'Last Fair Day Gone Night - An Evening With Katatonia' tour 2011.
We've decided to play the entire 'Last Fair Deal Gone Down' album front to back as that's the one album that got us true worldwide recognition for the first time, but 2011 is also the album's 10th anniversary so re-visiting this album seems more fitting than any other record we've done. A second set will follow that will see us play a mix of tracks from the rest of our catalogue. We'll be doing some fan favourites classics but also look into a couple of obscure B-sides and such that we've never or hardly played live before. Together you should get over two hours of live music on this last fair day gone night.
A press release from the people at Within Temptation:
"Faster and Faster and Faster", the lyrics of Within Temptation's new single set the pace for the exciting weeks to come.
The energy and adrenalin boasting song will receive its Worldwide Premiere on Guardian Media Group's 'Rock Radio' network in the United Kingdom on Friday January 21st at 9am GMT / 10am CET. Fans worldwide can tune in online to hear the single at Rock Radio (Those in Manchester can tune in at 106.1 FM and Scotland 96.3FM).
Robert comments: "Faster" is a song which surprised ourselves. It's a very fresh new sound wrapped around the 80'ties heart and soul of the track. "Faster" reflects one of the many musical roots we have. Combined with the modern influences on our new album, it's like the past and future created the present."