Here is a nice gesture. Steven Wilson and friend Mariusz Duda (Riverside, Lunatic Soul) have teamed up to record a song together, and for a very special reason. Alec Wildey, a fan and member of the Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson street teams, has passed away after battling a cancer of the lymphatic system and liver cancer at the age of just 26. With a short time left, Alec emailed Steven Wilson to ask if it was possible that his two favourite musicians could set one of his poems, "The Old Peace" to music. To honor him, the song "The Old Peace" with Alec's lyrics is now available for purchase and download. All profits go to raising money for cancer charities.
Swedish metallers In Flames have more news for us today. After revealing the album cover that will grace Siren Charms, today you can see the new album tracklist. Expect 11 new songs and their first single called "Rusted Nail" coming on June 13th. The single details were also revealed and you can check out the cover below as well.
As he mentioned before, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Storm Corrosion) plans to have one final performance with the side band and project Blackfield, then he will leave the band to focus on his solo career. The final show will happen next week, in New York City at the Best Buy Theater on the 1st of May, and will be his farewell and thank you to the band and fans. Aviv Geffen will continue recording and touring as Blackfield with new collaborators.
We haven't had many updates on Symphony X's new album. Their last album Iconoclast was already released back in 2011 and fans are probably curious about the next one. Recently, guitar virtuoso Michael Romeo thanked the fans who supported him in the Zimmer competition and for his birthday messages. He also added that he has been writing new material for the next Symphony X, "things are starting to come together as far as that goes. And so the cycle that is the creation of a new Symphony X CD starts anew."
We already knew that heavy metal legends Judas Priestwere working on their new album, but recently, on their holiday greeting, they confirmed the release of their new album in 2014. This means that after so many years, the band is finally unleashing the successor to Nostradamus, now without founding member and guitarist K.K. Downing.
The release of Polish extreme metal masters Behemoth's upcoming tenth studio album The Satanist, which has previously been announced for this fall, has now been postponed to early 2014 and will be accompanied by an extensive headlining tour. Further information, including the exact dates will follow in the near future. For now, all that we know is that it is titled The Satanist and the band used Hertz Studios to record it.
Swedish occult rockers Ghost B.C. face yet another controversy. The band had to change their name from Ghost to Ghost B.C. for legal reasons and now one piece of the Infestissumam deluxe version artwork was reportedly deemed too sacrilegious by some US manufacturers which have refused to print it thus delaying its release in North America. However, the original artwork can still be found on both the vinyl and European copies of the album. It seems like this will generate even more buzz around the release of the opus.