22:20 - moonflash You should rectify that asap man. It is one of my favourite game series, great level design, absolutely brilliant narrative with an unforgiving, dense atmosphere. Still the greatest story in vampire lore I have come across.
22:12 - !J.O.O.E.! I've never actually played the full game of that. I had a demo of it from a magazine and played it a whole bunch of times.
Napalm Death have made their new upcoming album "Time Waits For No Slave", available for streaming online on its entirety. You can listen to the whole album at the group's MySpace.
"Time Waits For No Slave" will be released via Century Media Records on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: January 23
Spain, Portugal: January 27
Sweden, Finland, Hungary: January 28
UK: February 2
France, Greece, Denmark, Norway, Rest of Europe: January 26
USA: February 10
Bay Area Thrashers Death Angel have issued the following statement about their new bass player:
"Death Angel is pleased to announce, and welcome new bassist Sammy Diosdado to the line up! A bay area native who formerly played with the S.F. Hardcore band The Sick. Also in San Francisco's Punk n' Roll outfit "All Time Highs!" featuring Mark Osegueda from Death Angel on lead vocals. With his in your face punk assault on bass, and on stage he was the perfect fit to fill the shoes of former bassist, and founding member Dennis Pepa who brought the punk attitude to Death Angel on albums, and on stage!"
Vocalist Mark Osegueda states: "I could not be more thrilled! People in the Bay Area who have seen Sammy on stage know what I'm talking about, and now it is time for the rest of the world to see! Sammy just Plain ROCKS! So I urge all Death Angel fans to welcome Sammy to the Death Angel family, and come see us live when we come to your town that will be all the convincing you will need that we made the right choice!"
Swedish metallers Sonic Syndicate have confirmed a double-headlining tour across Europe together with labelmates Deathstars who will be releasing their new album "Night Electric Night" on January 30th.
Sonic Syndicate bassist Karin Axelsson commented: "Today we finally confirmed our first tour of 2009 and have decided to team up with with fellow Swedes Deathstars for a double-headline tour across Europe. We're looking forward to sharing the stage with them, having a great time and meeting all the great supporters of both bands throughout Europe. The Swedish mafia continues to cross borders in high gear across Europe. Beware!"
The band also have just finished filming two new videos featuring the second ballad "Contradiction" as well as the heavy track "Powershift"! Both songs come off their latest album "Love And Other Disasters" which landed on #15 of the Swedish and on #36 of the German album charts back in September this year. Both videos will be aired early 2009 so watch out! The first vid "Jack Of Diamonds" by now has gotten close to 1 million views on YouTube.
Deathstars have uploaded a new song, called "Death Dies Hard", from their forthcoming album, entitled "Night Electric Night", which will be released on January 30 via Nuclear Blast Records. Click here to listen to the song.
The first single "Death Dies Hard" is now available at the band´s MySpace. A digital download release of the single has been set for January 2.
UPDATED (thanks to Hamird)
The brandnew Deathstars video for "Death Dies Hard" can now be watched at this location.
UK Grindcore pioneers Napalm Death will release their new album, entitled ''Time Waits For No Slave'', in January/February next year. The artwork of the album can be viewed at this location.
You can also listen to the band's new song on their MySpace page, called ''Diktat''.
"Time Waits For No Slave" track listing:
01. Strong Arm
03. Work To Rule
04. On The Brink Of Extinction
05. Time Waits For No Slave
06. Life And Limb
07. Downbeat Clique
08. Fallacy Dominion
09. Passive Tense
10. Larency Of The Heart
11. Procrastination On The Empty Vessel
12. Feeling Redundant
13. A No-Sided Argument
14. De-evolution Ad Nauseum
Napalm Death have also posted all the release dates of the new album on their official website. They are listed below:
Deathspell Omega and S.V.E.S.T. offer two glances right into the primeval fracture, the suppurating wound at the heart of everything, the fissure undermining up to the least attempt at harmony. "Summa Divisio", the first of all divisions, the mother of all scissions and the annunciation of woe and affliction to come. The work of both bands can be understood as a variation on a same theme, independent yet complementary.
The split, entitled "Chaining The Katechon / Le Diable Est Ma Raison" cover art], will be released on the 8th of December, through End All Life Productions, as a noble gatefold LP featuring both bands and as two digipak mini-cds, each featuring one band, with identical artwork and layout
"As many of you may or may not know, Dennis has departed from the band. We wish him all the best. So now it's time for someone new to join the pack! We are now accepting applications for this position... do you have what it takes? If you wanna give it a shot, please send bio, photo, demo and or link to your website / myspace page so we can check you out! Send your info to: deathangelbass gmail com
We look forward to hearing from you. Oh yeah, better have your passport in order as we are doing a week of dates in Australia in March and who knows what else... let's Jam!"
According to a posting on the band's official MySpace, "Malevolent Creation are very disappointed to announce the unfortunate cancellation of the Death Before Dishonor Tour which was booked for November 2008 in Europe.
The situation was beyond the band's control as they never received the contracts or plane tickets they were promised by the X Factor Booking Agency (which is Metallysee doing operation under new name).
The band is moving forward and looking to reschedule the tour through an agency with a better reputation with Vital Remains for early next year following a devastatingly brutal new CD from this Malevolent Creation!
Malevolent Creation are focusing now on writing a very angry, fast and furious opus to conquer 2009 with."
Italian blackened Thrash outfit Necrodeath have posted the following news update:
"After having collaborated in the building of "Draculea" and having been on tour around Italy and Europe during all 2006, guitarist "Pier" Gonella has definitely joined Necrodeath's line-up, now with 5 members, something new in the band so far.
In the meantime, bassist John, decided to leave the band after 10 years of hate and scorn. Soon the name of his substitute will be announced."
Drummer Marco "Peso" Pesenti commented: "It's a pleasure having Pier back to Necrodeath, this time as a stable member. His presence has already brought a fresh and bleeding energy to the band and the first compositions, in a total "old school" vein, are blooming. Stay tuned..."
Obscura will headline this year's edition of the Munich Deathfest. Recently the band finished the recordings of their second album, which will be released at the beginning of 2009. Obscura announced that they will perform all songs of the upcoming album during the show in Munich.
Munich Deathfest festival will take place November 8, 2008 in Munich, Germany. For more information, visit their MySpace.
The full line-up for this year's edition:
Age Of Carnage
Over Your Threshold
According to a press release from Arcane Promotions, Nocturnus will be touring their legendary "The Key" album later this year with their classic line-up from that period. Support will come from Violated (SWE), Punish (CH), Memorial (DK) and Slither (SWE)
So far the following dates have been announced:
Oct. 14 - Copenhagen, DEN - The Rock
Oct. 15 - Hamburg, GER - Hafenklang
Oct. 16 - Hengelo, NED - Metropol
Oct. 17 - Rotterdam, NED - Baroeg
Oct. 18 - London, GBR - Electrowerkz
Oct. 19 - Birmingham, GBR - The Asylum
Oct. 20 - TBA
Oct. 21 - TBA
Oct. 22 - Pratteln, SUI - Z7
Oct. 23 - Wien, AUT - Viper Room
Oct. 24 - Milano, ITA - Zoe Club
Oct. 25 - Giebelstadt, GER - Bringer Of Death Fest XVI
On the 23rd of July Metallica announced the tracklist of the upcoming album Death Magnetic on their official website. Pretty much all of the information about this album is now known so only the music itself is a mystery.
Here are the song titles:
01. That Was Just Your Life
02. The End Of The Line
03. Broken, Beat & Scarred
04. The Day That Never Comes
05. All Nightmare Long
07. The Unforgiven III
08. The Judas Kiss
09. Suicide & Redemption
10. My Apocalypse
"After finishing their highly successful European tour with Suffocation and label mates Warbringer (a tour report/interview with Mitch Harris can now be watched here), British grindcore legend Napalm Death now has entered the studio to record the highly anticipated follow-up to 2006's "Smear Campaign".
Vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway provides more info:
"As always, when trying to decide when we should enter the studio, we threw a dart at a dartboard and, sadly, for all our sanities sakes, it landed on a date which was sooner rather than later. It's all working out good with about 10-12 songs complete thus far. It will be intense, naturally, and like always we'll be looking to move things along a notch production-wise and stylistically. Conceptually, it will, generally speaking, be a tale of analyzing life and stripping it back to the point where I'm asking the question: why are we killing ourselves to get ahead and not appreciating the real simplistic, beautiful things around us. If that sounds hippy-ish, I don't care ha ha. Cheers all!"