23:59 - Netzach Czerny, I get your point but I'd say the same about "Ashes"... It just gets too droney and gaze-ish in sections. Limbs and Not Unlike the Waves are awesome though... The Mantle has this "whiskey fueled regret"-feel I adore
23:55 - Netzach Btw, AMA on Reddit with A.A Nemtheanga if anyone's interested [link]
23:51 - Czerny Reiter Ashes Against the Grain & Marrow take the cake for me. The Mantle has some sections where it loses steam and gets all too mellow.
23:45 - Overrwatcher The Mantle is beautiful. It's not technical or experimental, it's just a well-crafted album made with simple instruments. I show it to non-metalhead friends and they love it.
23:12 - Netzach 3rd, compared to those albums, The Mantle contains a lot more post-rock and acoustic/folk.
23:10 - Netzach Agalloch are so damn uneven though. The Mantle is fantastic and I also really like Marrow... but as for the rest, meh.
As previously announced, Hungarian black metallers Thy Catafalque's forthcoming album will hit the stores on November 11th in Europe (January 10th, 2012, in North America). You can now listen to the song "Fekete Mezők" (Black Fields), the 9-minute opening track from Rengeteg at this location. According to the band, "Fekete Mezők" encompasses the various styles and atmospheres to be heard all throughout the album.
As announced late July, Thy Catafalque recently signed on Season of Mist. The Hungarian Avant-garde metal act's forthcoming album is entitled Rengeteg (Hungarian for "vast, "trackless forest") and will hit the stores on November 11th in Europe (January 10th, 2012 in North America).
The artwork was created by Portuguese photographer Rui Luz and Thy Catafalque mastermind Tamás Kátai.
Swedish Gothic Doom Metal band Draconian has posted the following statement on its official website:
"The Draconian quest continues. The band has booked the prominent Fascination Street studio (Katatonia, Opeth, etc.) in Örebro to record their fourth release in September this year.
Currently the band is in the last stage of song writing and pre-production recordings in order to finalize this new saga. The album will generally deal with a more diverse and intense sound than previous releases, which should attract both old and new fans as well. The title of the album is yet uncertain, but a few new song titles are "Seasons Apart", "The Failure Epiphany" and "Morphine Cloud". Stay tuned!"
Dutch progressive technical death metallers Textures have lined up the following dates:
Jun. 28 - Southampton, UK - The Joiners
Jun. 29 - Luton, UK - Student Union
Jun. 30 - London, UK - The Underworld
Jul. 01 - Sheffield, UK - The Corporation
Jul. 02 - Manchester, UK - The Music Box
Jul. 03 - Glasgow, UK - The Barfly
Jul. 04 - Milton Keynes, UK - The Pitz Club
Jul. 14 - Nijmegen, NL - Valkhof Affaire
Aug. 25 - Varsselder, NL - Huntenpop
Sep. 22 - Alhama de Murcia - Alhama Metal Madness
As previously reported, the whole tour will run through Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, the UK and the Benelux. Some territories where they have never played before and are really looking forward to playing at!
Swedish Black metallers Dark Funeral have issued the following update via the band's homepage:
"One of the most frequent questions we have received during the last couple of years has been 'When the hell are you guys going to release a live DVD?' Well, your requests have been heard. We are currently hard at work on putting together not only one DVD, but TWO double DVDs!!! The first out of the two double DVDs is planned to hit the stores on June 18th through Regain Records. More info to follow shortly…"
The first out of the two double DVD's is planned to hit the stores on Jun 18:th through Regain Records. At the meantime, you can find an official live video for the song 'Atrum Regina', here.
Canadian technical death metal act Martyr have lined up the following tour dates:
Jan. 24 - Oshawa, ON - The Dungeon
Jan. 25 - London, ON - The Embassy
Jan. 26 - Peterborough, ON - The Red Dog Tavern
Jan. 27 - Toronto, ON - TBA
Jan. 28 - Hamilton, ON - The Underground
Feb. 23 - Moncton, NB - Manhattan
Feb. 24 - Halifax, NS - Pavilion
Mar. 09 - Jonquiere, QC - Côté Cours
Mar. 17 - Trois-Rivieres, QC - Maquisart
Mar. 24 - L'épiphanie, QC - Centre Guy Melancon
Apr. 06 - Quebec, QC - L'Impérial
Apr. 21 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Powerfest
Danish Death/Thrash metallers Hatesphere have issued the following update via the band's official website:
"Have a good new year - don't blow yourselves up! We will do that for you with our new album next year on April 27th and April 30th. Until then, go buy the new German Metal Hammer - there is a DVD with 15 minutes of Danish Metal with your own Jacob and friends.
We will start recording the new album on the 5th of January - and we will of course keep you updated with pictures, videoclips and reports etc. The drums will be recorded with our old friend Tommy Hansen in his Jailhouse Studios in Horsens, Denmark. Guitars, bass and vocals will be done in Jacobs Smart´n´hard Studios here in Aarhus, while Tue Madsen will do the mix at his Antfarm Studio."
Swedish melodic metallers Hammerfall have added dates in U.K. and Ireland to their "At The Threshold Of...Europe 2007" tour. Hammerfall will bring Krokus and the Poodles for the band's first U.K. tour on the following dates:
February 20 - The Electric Ballroom, London
February 21 - The Garage, Glasgow
February 22 - Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin
February 23 - Bradford Rio, Bradford
February 24 - JB's, Dudley
Doro (Friday Headliner), Leaves' Eyes and Keep Of Kalessin have been confirmed for Norway's Karmøygeddon festival, set to take place May 4-5, 2007 in Haugesund. Also scheduled to appear are Kamelot (Saturday headliner), Breed, Communic, Scar Symmetry and Pictures Of Pain.
For more information, visit Karmøygeddon Fest website.
The new album of Therion entitled "Gothic Kabbalah", is now available for streaming here.
Due in North America on February 6, 2007, the CD was recorded and mixed in Stockholm by Stefan Glaumann and features Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw sharing the vocal duties with Mats Levén and two female singers Katarina Lilja on solo and choral vocals; and Hannah Holgersson on solo, choral, and soprano vocals.
Montreal's act Unexpect has posted the following update:
"After ten years of enjoyable companionship, we now officially announce that our violinist, le bateleur, will be leaving Unexpect for good. We'll always keep strong ties with him but it seems that extensive touring don't fit well with his future life plans. We wish him the best and hope he'll get the most out of life !
Unexpect is so looking for a replacement. Candidates should :
* absolutely be devoid of any criminal records
* have some stage experience
* be ready to tour extensively
* be musically open minded ( obviously )
* have a nice and well groomed moustache
* forget about that last statement
Italian progressive avantgarde black metallers Ephel Duath have scheduled more European live dates in January.
The band's itinerary is as follows:
4 at Lyon's Hall in Lyon, France
5 at Le Korigan in Marseille (Luynes), France
6 at Le Volume in Nice, France
11 at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands
12 at Eurosonic Festival, Minerva Stage in Groningen, Netherlands
19 at Le Romandie in Lausanne, Switzerland
20 at Chraemerhuus in Langenthal, Switzerland
MVD Visual has set a January 16, 2007 U.S. release date for Obituary's first-ever DVD, entitled "Frozen Alive". The DVD, which was filmed on August 24 at the Stodola Club in Warsaw, Poland, will include a seven-camera shoot of the show plus the "Insane" video, the previously unreleased "On the Floor" video, interviews with Frank Watkins (bass), Trevor Peres (guitar), John (vocals) and Donald Tardy (drums), and three documentaries — the making of "Insane", the making of "Frozen In Time" album, and "Backstage In Poland".
"Frozen Alive" track listing:
01. (Intro: Rain)
02. Redneck Stomp
03. On the Floor
05. Chopped in Half