16:37 - Apothecary I guess it's tough to say with BaN. I personally consider MoRT their peak period, and I haven't been too impressed with their post-777 material, but that could easily change, because Vindsval is full of surprises
16:04 - mz btw, Che, check this band if you are falling in love with Virus [link]
16:02 - mz cant say that about BaN, especially given the fact that the guy has started a band which supposedly sets MoRT as its starting point.
Dark Funeral guitarist Lord Ahriman has issued the following studio update:
"Peter Tägtgren is currently mixing our new album at his Abyss Studios. Once we have approved the final mix, Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry) will be mastering it. By listening to the rough-mix, the final production will kill totally, no doubt! Can't wait to blast the final result in the stereo!
We decided to go for a bit rawer sound this time, and not as crystal clear and perhaps polished as our last album , but no worries. The production still holds the high quality that you would come to expect from us. We haven't done "a Metallica" so to say!
During the last weekend we spent at the Abyss Studio we recorded a video for one of the new tracks. The video was shot in and outside an old and closed mental hospital. The environment was just killer. And besides, it suited the video theme perfect! The video is currently under editing by "Standard Film Team". And within the next 2-3 weeks it should be ready for world premiere. However, due to the graphic violence and somewhat gory nature of the video, I would assume that we will be forced to edit 2 versions, one soft and one hard core version. Exactly how and where we'll release them is yet to be decided though, but we will keep you posted about it of course. The video was shot for a track called "My Funeral".
Leng Tch'e are at the halfway mark of the mixing process for our next album so the band figured it would be time to give you guys a little update on how things are going here amidst the rustic scenery of Kettering, UK. The update reads as follows:
"After a seven hour drive across three countries we arrived at Parlour Studio to be greeted by our gracious host Russ Russell. A quick trip to the local supermarket later to stock up on basic supplies (designer water and baby oil) we were back at the studio and setting up our gear so Russ could start dialing in the brutal deathmetal sounds from hell. Towards the evening we settled on a duo of guitar amps - no we're not gonna tell you which ones - and the rest of the night was spent re-amping the guitar lines we recorded back in Belgium. It must be said that Mr Russell is one of the most dedicated and hard working producers we've ever met. And a funny little hairy bastard as well.
Floor Jansen, lead vocalist of the now-defunct band After Forever, has announced the through her myspace page that she has started a new metal band. Due to her new commitment in this band, her project with Jorn Viggo (Pagan's Mind), Sinh, has been put on hold to give the new metalband full priority. The information of the line-up and name of Floor's new metal project has yet to be released.
The complete message reads as follows: "It's been a bumpy year so far and I would like to update you a little. Unfortunately my band After Forever stopped and that meant the start of a new period. Looking back I realize how many great and amazing things I got to do and that inspires me to go full speed ahead with new music. Hereby an update about what I do today and what my plans for the future are:
The glorious career of Oulu-based metallers Sentenced will be released in a coffin-shaped box which will contain 16 cd's and 2 dvd's. It will contain all their studio albums and demos but also lots of material which is only available through this box. All in all the Coffin contains 144 audio tracks and 42 video tracks so there is over 15 hours of Sentenced heaven...or hell!
Coffin will be released on limited and numbered 4000-piece edition worldwide and it will be released on November 13th 2009.
Here is the CD/DVD list:
CD 1. When Death Joins Us (demo)
CD 2. Rotting Ways to Misery (demo)
CD 3. Shadows of the Past
CD 4. Journey to Pohjola (demo)
CD 5. North from Here
CD 6. The Trooper
The following snippet of news was posted both on Disillusion's website and Myspace:
"Disillusion live in early 2010!
... to slowly get some stones into rolling (again) ... Disillusion are preparing for a small live tour in the coming spring of 2010. First confirmed show will be at the Winternichtstraum Festival on Feb19/20. More info and dates very soon.
Thank you all very much for your patience, concern and support in the band!
Really looking forward to seeing you all out there!"
Australian doom metallers The Eternal have issued the following update:
"The Eternal have been nominated as finalists at the Australian Metal Awards for best keyboard player (Chris Stevenson) for "Kartika". Mark and Chris will both be at the awards held at The Forum in Sydney, 7th November. Should be a great night!
The song "To Drown" off our album "Sleep of Reason" is featured in the upcoming motion picture "Tomboys". It's the first time one of our songs has been in a feature length film so make sure you check it out! The release date is 16.10.09.
We will be entering 301 Studio's in Byron Bay, Australia, to record our upcoming album on December 3rd. We are very excited to give you some more news on this in the next few weeks, something special is coming your way!"
Dani has posted a lengthy blog on his myspace page. The blog states that Cradle Of Filth have started working on a new album with "the skeletal structures of a few songs laid out", sounding "very much like the 'Godspeed...' album thrust up a gear".
He once again emphasises how stupid it was to sell such "candy balls" at this year's Bloodstock Open Air, regarding the incident that happened.
And also reminds us that his new book five years in the making, "The Gospel Of Filth" is finally ready to ore-order from the band's website.
The full message can be read here:
Greetings to all you merchants of menace and skinny villainesses, Dani here again with a belated update on all things fantastic and filthy;
Hypocrisy have enlisted the help of Children Of Bodom guitarist/frontman Alexi Laiho for their upcoming North American tour.
Alexi has agreed to temporarily fill the currently vacant guitarist spot on their tour alongside Ensiferum, Hypocrisy, Ex Deo, Blackguard and Swashbuckle.
Hypocrisy mainman Peter Tägtgren commented: "We're very happy to bring Alexi along on this tour and that he's helping us out with filling the 2nd guitarist position. Funny, the first Children Of Bodom show was a support gig for Hypocrisy. Since then me and Alexi have become very good friends. I've helped him with producing and he's helped me by contributing a guitar solo on one of my records with my other band Pain. There will be no shortage of alcohol on this tour that's for sure."
Earlier this week, Opeth's tour bus crashed into another car that made an unexpected U-turn in the middle of the highway as the band (minus Åkerfeldt, Axenrot, Äkesson who had flown home to Sweden) and their crew were on the way to Brussels/Belgium. Nobody in the band or crew got hurt, but apparently the driver of the other car got critically injured (and passed away later). Opeth will go ahead and play the Brussels date on the 17th as well as the remaining shows of the Progressive nation tour.
Guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt has issued the following: "Myself, Axe, Fredrik and our soundman, Pontus Norgren decided to fly home to our families for a few days as the option would have been three days off in Brussels. Now I hear that our bus apparently crashed into this other car making a unexpected U-turn in the middle of the highway. Mendez and Per were on the bus together with the rest of our crew but nobody got hurt. They are however shocked and very shaken of course. The driver in the other car was critically injured. I've not heard back from anyone yet regarding his progress but apparently it's not looking very good. Hoping for the best however.
Southern Lord Recordings is eager to announce the official signing of Washington's Black Breath. Their riotous "Razor To Oblivion" MLP is set for re-release on Southern Lord this November 10th, and their debut full-length will see the light of day in early 2010.
Black Breath emerged from dank basements and dive bars in the belly of Bellingham, Washington in 2005. Bored by the region's apathy towards trenchant and punishing music, they combined elements of punk and metal with doses of the garage rock of their hometown. Their sound is acutely classic without being painfully retro; a ripping blend of Bathory, Celtic Frost, Poison Idea and Discharge.
Following a series of demos and a chain of below the radar tours across the continent, the band relocated to Seattle. Without even unpacking the van, Back Breath churned out the "Razor to Oblivion" MLP on their own Hot Mass imprint; a four song affair chock full of anger and distortion. 2009 saw the band touring heavily in support of this release, heading a charge across North America with Victims, Rise And Fall, and Trap Them.
"Apokathilosis", the new video from Greek metallers Suicidal Angels, has been made available online.
"Apokathilosis" comes off the band's forthcoming album, "Sanctify The Darkness", which will be released on November 20 via Nuclear Blast Records.
"Sanctify The Darkness" cover art] tracklist:
02. The Pestilence Of Saints
06. No More Than Illusion
08. Beyond The Laws Of Church
09. Mourning Of The Cursed
10. Dark Abyss (Your Fate Is Colored Black)
11. Child Molester
Fozzy - the band featuring WWE Wrestling Superstar Chris Jericho and Stuck Mojo mastermind Rich "The Duke" Ward - release their 4th album "Chasing The Grail" through Riot Entertainment worldwide on January 19th, 2010.
After the massive success of "Martyr No More", Link] which became a YouTube sensation with over 40 000 plays in its first 3 days, Fozzy have launched the albums next track "Let The Madness Begin" Check it out here.
The cover art for "Chasing The Grail" was designed by George Lenox.
The band have announced that they will embark on their "Death To Infidels World Tour 2010" next year. Two German dates have been announced, the rest are to follow.
"That's right! The Kings Of Metal are hitting the road again. Marking Manowar's first world tour since 1998, Death To Infidels World Tour 2010 is sure to be a grand testament to one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time. Don't miss the chance to see Manowar in all their glory as they take up the reins for their first globetrotting assault in more than a decade.
Tickets for some of the shows in Germany are already on sale! This is the first time Manowar goes on an indoor tour of Germany since 2007. Add to this up-and-coming Magic Circle Music artists HolyHell and Metalforce and the Death To Infidels World Tour 2010 is sure to be one of the "don't miss" spectacles of the New Year.
Pantheist have posted the following news on MySpace:
"Following 3 great years of collaboration, fantastic times at gigs, in tour vans and the studio, we have sadly decided to part ways with guitarist Pete Benjamin (Akercocke, Corpsing, For The Blind). For the upcoming gigs this year, our Belgian, Czech and Polish fans will have the opportunity to witness Pantheist with Esoteric's Greg Chandler joining Ilia on guitar duties. We are really excited about this one-off set of appearances, as Greg, who engineered our latest album "Journey Through Lands Unknown", brings his own flair into our music.
Following these concerts we will be looking into recruiting a suitably talented and open-minded replacement for Pete. We are looking for someone capable of both rhythm and lead guitar, with their own equipment, suitable for live performances and willing to commit to at least 3 rehearsals a month in London, England. Live and recording experience and skills in other instruments are not necessary but highly welcome. If you feel you are the right person for the job, contact the band at the MySpace site."
Sigh mainman Mirai Kawashima has issued the following update:
"Finally, here we reveal the cover artwork for our eighth studio album, "Scenes From Hell". It was designed by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Mekong Delta, Gwar, etc). We're truly proud of the artwork. This is the perfect descrition of what the album is about - namely War, Hell and Death!
The End Records has set January 19, 2010 release date for this album.
As reported before, it features a real string quartet and real orchestral instruments such as trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba, flute, clarinet and so on, and it turned out to be the perfect score to the scenes from hell. We can assure you that this is by far the most grandiose and powerful album by Sigh. Also, the album features the great aural cooperations from David Tibet (Current 93) and Kam Lee."