23:50 - LeKiwi English is a stupid language, I hate the ambiguity haha. I should have said sophomore and debut efforts? ugh..forget it :P
23:48 - E.Mols86 Well, I thought you were because you said "sophomore efforts", but fair enough. I can see why people think that's the case, and I might even agree. I just prefer the debut to it.
23:41 - LeKiwi No no, I wasn't comparing the first two to the last two, I was only referring to the first two albums :)
23:38 - E.Mols86 When it comes to folk doom, Empyrium's first two albums are truly the cream of the crop. But strangely you do enjoy Uaral which is also up there with Empyrium but has those awful growls. :P
23:36 - E.Mols86 You honestly can NOT compare the first two albums with the last two albums. The style is too different for that to do so. But yeah, many people seem to prefer Songs of Moors and Misty Fields. I think both are brilliant.
23:34 - LeKiwi I played their debut and sophomore efforts back at home, and even my girlfriend noticed a massive improvement in Songs
23:30 - LeKiwi In all honesty, I thought their debut was a solid attempt, but the melodies were completely amateur. They played it really safe and there's nothing memorable, and I love my memorable melodies...it's what I live for :P Imo of cours
Eternal Tears of Sorrow proudly present the details on their fifth album BEFORE THE BLEEDING SUN, out in Finland April 26th on Spinefarm Records. (The release dates outside Finland may vary.)
Before the Bleeding Sun is band's first album since their reunion that took place in 2005. The album was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi and at Note-On Studios in Kuopio and will be mixed by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox Studios. It is also the first album featuring lead guitarist Risto Ruuth (also in Scyron) and keyboardist Janne Tolsa (also in Tarot).
Says the band: 'The album is damn heavy but still more diverse and more melodic than any of our previous albums. The whole process has rarely been so easy and rewarding for us before, all the pieces really clicked together this time'.
TME - Vintersorg Guitarist, Fission Drummer Sign Project To Aphotic Records
According to TME's MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/generator666), the band started out as an idea of guitarist Mattias Marklund (Vintersorg, Casket Casey) and drummer Benny Hägglund (Fission) in late summer, 2002. Their goal was to create old school thrash-metal.
In need of a vocalist and a rhythm guitarist they invited Andreas Stenlund to play the rhythm guitar and handle the screams.
The first rehearsal sessions took place in the dark winter of 2002/2003. Several songs were written and Patrik Pettersson joined in on bass.
However, in fall 2003 the project was laid to rest for a while, only to return in full force in late summer 2004. Some more songs were written and in April, 2005 TME entered the studio to record the drums for their demo CD.
Work on the long awaited sixth BAL-SAGOTH album is finally complete. Exact release date through Nuclear Blast is at the time of this writing unknown. Keep checking the "Latest" box for news on the release date.
The album title and full tracklisting is as follows:
The Chthonic Chronicles
1) The Sixth Adulation Of His Chthonic Majesty
2) Invocations Beyond The Outer-World Night
3) Six Score And Ten Oblations To A Malefic Avatar
4) The Obsidian Crown Unbound
5) The Fallen Kingdoms Of The Abyssal Plain
6) Shackled To The Trilithon Of Kutulu
7) The Hammer Of The Emperor
8) Unfettering The Hoary Sentinels Of Karnak
9) To Storm The Cyclopean Gates Of Byzantium
10) Arcana Antediluvia
11) Beneath The Crimson Vaults Of Cydonia
12) Return To Hatheg-Kla
Hello. We've finished the recordings of our brand new EP about a week ago. I have to say that even though it has been a hellish and really disordered few weeks in Astia we came up for five brisk hard rocking songs! The mixing should start today at Finnvox. The name will be "Bedlam", you'll understand when you'll hear it... Anyways, we'll show you the cover art and pictures from the studio later when they are ready. Cheers and have a good Christmas!
Poisonblack entering studios early 2006 to finish up the new album!
Poisonblack will enter studios early 2006 to finish up the new album. At the moment they are composing and rehearsing new songs. Release date is not known yet but they hope it would come out before summer 2006.
We will add more news as soon as there's something sure to tell and more updates to the site will be follow before new albums comes out.
Eden Rabin's message:
"My dearest friends, As of today, I decided to leave Orphaned Land, due to personal reasons I do not wish to divulge. The OL members have always been dear friends, and they shall stay my friends for eternity. Who knows?!- Maybe we'll find ourselves on the same stage again one day.It is indeed possible! I can not stress enough the happiness and joy each and every one of you has brought upon my life! I'm always at your service: firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't hesitate to write. And above all: THANK YOU, THANK YOU AND THANK YOU for everything! Yours truly, Eden"
Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza is reporting that Mortician vocalist/bassist Will Rahmer is likely to spend the next few weeks at a Polish jail while the prosecutors prepare an indictment against him for robbery with a dangerous weapon. The judges from the Polish town of Krosno Odrzanskie (where Rahmer is currently being held) have accepted a proposal from the prosecutors to detain Rahmer for up to three months in accordance with the Polish law.
In addition to the charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon, the prosecutors will likely charge Rahmer for resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.
Rahmer, 36, was arrested by the Polish police after he allegedly assaulted a taxi driver with a knife and stole a taxi cab following the group's performance in the Polish city of Zielona Gora on Sunday (Nov. 13).
Kataklysm singer Maurizio Iacono to write autobiography book of Kataklysm for the band's 15th anniversary!!
"Well I've been thinking about it for a long time during the last few years, especially when I'm on tour and all the band memebers of other bands are like "Dude we had no idea about the shit you guys been through"... We would talk about fun things and sad things all night long over beers and alcohol, they would always tell me "Dude you should write a book" and I always said maybe one day. So what better time then now? Next year will mark the band's 15th anniversary and I'm damn proud of what we've achieved. For some it ain't much but for me it's everything, so I decided to set the record straight on EVERYTHING. I really got convinced last week when mags from Europe were in town listening to my new album and then we had a BBQ at my house. The day before they left and again, the same thing: "Bro, put that shit in a book! Do it!"... So ok fuck it, let's do it. I talked to Nuclear Blast about it, they said let's go for it. So next year sometime... "Kataklysm / The Northern Hyperblast: uncut" book will be released. I've been writing for the past few days and this is really exciting... So stay tuned for more details.
"Yes, Megadeth is going to continue to play"
Dave Mustaine makes his announcement after a special version of "Coming Home" to the Argentinian crowd at the sold out show in Buenos Aires.
"I told you earlier tonight that I was gonna let all of you know first before the rest of the world what our decision was - whether or not we were gonna continue with Megadeth or not," Mustaine said before playing a special rendition of "Coming Home", with the song's lyrics changed from the original "I'm coming home to Arizona" to "I'm coming home to Argentina." Immediately after the song, Mustaine said "The answer is yes."
Megadeth will continue as a band. Megadeth will record a new album. Megadeth will continue to play.
Gamma Ray is set to release their latest effort Majestic on October 11, 2005 through Sanctuary Records. The line-up for Majestic includes Kai Hansen (vocals, guitars), Dirk Schlächter (bass), Henjo Richter (guitar, keyboards) and Daniel Zimmerman (drums), who have been together for the last several releases after a number of line-up changes in the early stages of the band's career. Majestic will be the band's first release since 2003's Skeletons in the Closet.
As with previous Gamma Ray releases, Hansen serves as the lead composer, but for this effort both Richter and Zimmerman also contributed tracks, lending a dash of diversity to the signature Gamma Ray sound. The band recorded the album at their own Hansen Studios in Hamburg, with Hansen and Schlächter on the controls. They brought Mika Jussila (Stratovarius, Masterplan, Edguy, among others) aboard to master the album and create a dynamic, well-rounded sound for the finished product.
What a blast! The Italian Folk Power Metal act Elvenking have been co-headlining this year's Dong-Festival, taking place in Neunkirchen-Vluyn/Western Germany. The place has been totally sold out
and the guys could start a big party with lots of people singing along their songs, diving from stage and headbanging. The Elvenkings have been in excellent shape and party mood, so there is no reason not to look forward for 23rd January, when their new, third album "The Winter Wake" will come out!"
Former Vader drummer Krzysztof "Doc" Raczkowski has passed away. He was 35. The Polish death metallers had replaced Doc this past March by Daray (ex-VESANIA). Doc had been with Vader since their 1992 Earache Records debut, The Ultimate Incantation. Vader have dedicated their main webpage http://www.vader.pl with a picture of the late skinsman.
Seminal avant-garde metal pioneers Celtic Frost announce the completion of their new studio album, tentatively titled "Dark Matter Manifest", their first in 13 years and the culmination of some three and a half years of songwriting and recording work. Although the album was largely produced by the band themselves and financed by their own production company, Celtic Frost enlisted Hypocrisy/Pain mastermind Peter Tägtgren to co-produce with them the final recording and mixing sessions at Horus Sound Studio in Hanover, Germany, in August/September 2005. Negotiations with a variety of labels are currently underway, and the album is scheduled for a release in early 2006.
Having declined innumerable reunion show propositions over the years, Celtic Frost once again deemed it essential to manifest themselves creatively with a new album before embarking on the live circuit next year.