Gloryhammer, a rather humorous power metal side project of Alestorm's singer/keyboardist Christopher Bowes, has introduced to the metal world its first video for the song "Angus McFife". It can be viewed below. As for the debut album itself, Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife is scheduled to be released on March 29th, 2013 via Napalm Records.
Iron Maiden have just been announced as the first headliner confirmed for Download 2013. They'll be bringing their triumphant Maiden England tour to Donington Park on the 25th Anniversary of their first headline performance at the legendary home of rock.
Hungarian folk metal act Dalriada present the first video from their upcoming album Napisten Hava (Season of the Sungod). The song is called "A Dudás" and the video can be viewed below. The video was produced by Mihaszna Film. The album Napisten Hava is scheduled for release on September 28th, 2012 through Nail Records.
Belgian Atmospheric Black metal band Thurisaz will release their new album, The Cimmerian Years, in May through Sleaszy Rider Records.
The band released the following statement: "First of all, we're glad to say that, after more than a year being in and out of the studio, the recording, mixing and mastering of the new album The Cimmerian Years finally came to an end. Last Sunday we officially spent our last minutes in the CCR-studio, adjusting and adding the last samples!
Second of all, we're proud to announce that we signed a deal with Sleaszy Rider RecordsS from Greece (Ancient, The Elysian Fields, Prejudice)! They will release our third album The Cimmerian Years, which will be available in May 2011!
"Virus Jones", the new video from German "disco-death" metallers Deadlock, can now be watched below.
The clip was filmed in Leipzip, Germany with directors Philipp Hirsch and Heiko Tippelt (Heaven Shall Burn, Amon Amarth, Triptykon), and attempts to capture the meaning behind the track's lyrics, which deal with pharmaceutical, medical, and biological technology, and the business behind it.
"Virus Jones" comes off the band's upcoming new album Bizarro World, which will be released on February 28th in Europe and on March 16th in North America through Lifeforce Records.
Mastodon will release their first-ever live experience package entitled Live at the Aragon on March 15th, 2011. The set will contain a CD and DVD recorded and filmed live October 19th, 2009, at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Live at the Aragon DVD + CD is composed of Crack the Skye performed live in its glorious entirety along with fan favorites from Blood Mountain (2006) and Leviathan (2004) plus a brutal cover of "The Bit" by Melvins.
The DVD will also feature a 58-minute "tour film" that contains the films which were projected on screen, behind the band in performance. Click now to pre-order a special bundle that will include the complete Live at the Aragon, along with a Custom Mastodon guitar Pick Tin (with embossed picks) and a reproduction of the official Mastodon All Access Tour Laminate, exclusive to this package. Quantities are very limited so don't delay.
Norwegian metallers Helheim have issued the follwing update on their official website:
"We are happy to announce that almost all the work on the album, entitled Heiðindómr Ok Mótgang, is now in its utter final phases; cover, DVD, mastering etc. The album will contain nine tracks and a live DVD. The DVD contains two live performances, The Inferno Festival 2009 and The With Full Force Festival 2009 together with all the Helheim music videos.
The album is set to be released in march in Norway and mid may elsewhere. We will soon start to release teasers from the album, so stay tuned!"
In other news, "Dualitet Og Ulver", the new video from the band, can be viewed at this location. The clip was filmed in the mountains surrounding the band's hometown of Bergen and features a guest appearance by Taake's Hoest.
Battle Metal warriors Turisas have released their digital-only single Supernaut this week. The single is now available through all digital platforms.
Since the feedback to Turisas' version of Supernaut on Metal Hammer UK's Black Sabbath tribute covermount CD was so positive, the band and Century Media Records decided to release an extended version of the track, featuring an additional one minute that wasn't available on the previously released version of the song.
The band is still busy mixing the upcoming, yet-untitled album with Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Amon Amarth, Katatonia) at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden. The album was recorded at the Sound Supreme studio in Hämeenlinna, Finland and will be released in early 2011.
Primal Fear will not play the 3 concerts in France due to contractual desputes. The shows include 12 Oct (Paris), 13 Oct (Lyon) and 14 Oct (Mulhouse). The band apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause to the fans that have already purchased tickets. The band further hopes to reschedule the affected shows in the future. Instead of the shows in France Primal Fear will now play two exclusive shows in Switzerland and the Netherlands.
October 13 - Switzerland - Uster - Rock City
October 14 - Netherlands - Zwolle - Hedon
Progressive death metal act Obscura has unveiled the name of their forthcoming full-length as Omnivium.
Omnivium was recently recorded and now being mixed at Woodshed Studio in southern Germany with engineer V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress). The nine-track album will see an early 2011 release date. Additional album details will be made available shortly.
Obscura's Steffen Kummerer issued the following update from the studio: "Although we recorded again with our long time friend and producer V. Santura in the Woodshed Studios, the studio sessions were hard work and lots of sweat. It was for the best though since Omnivium is definitely the next step for this band."
Christian (Muenzer - guitar) recorded some outstanding solos with a new 8 finger tapping technique, Jeroen (Paul Thesseling - bass) brought his own stamp of fretless tone into the mix again, and Hannes (Grossmann - drums) recorded his heaviest session to date and broke through the 260 bpm line. Everyone brought lots of great ideas to the table and made Omnivium a truly collaborative band effort. Omnivium sounds solely like Obscura, and brings us a step closer to reaching our unique vision of progressive death metal."
Vancouver, Canada's metal mastermind Devin Townsend has announced a special, intimate acoustic show set to take place on October 7, 2010. This free event is taking place at Vancouver's only all-metal specialty store Scrape Records. The event is to celebrate the shop's 13 years in business. The show is set to begin at 2 P.M.
The show should be for free, but there is a notice from Scrape: "Priority entrance will be given to those who have purchased or will purchase their DEVIN TOWNSEND tickets from SCRAPE or show up the day of the performance wearing any generation of SCRAPE gear. If you already have a ticket please stop by SCRAPE asap with your ticket to get your priority. Watch out for contests!!"
Sacred Oath has posted the new single "Meet Your Maker" online, which is coming from the band's album "World on Fire". The song was posted on Youtube. Footage includes some band's promotional photos. Sacred Oath's new album "World on Fire" is set to be released this fall. Release date is to be announced.
Germany power metallers Freedom Call has posted a new music video for the song "Thunder God", which is off the band's latest album "Legend of the Shadowking". The clip is streamed online through MySpace channel of SPV Music.