09:23 - Daggon Hey, it only rains everyday only on the middle of the year, the rest of the time it's quite sunny if you ask (I'm talking about Mexico City)
08:22 - scapeplan Weather is pretty freaking arbitrary in my region. The sky has been overcast today, yesterday it was about 85F without a single cloud.
07:23 - Egigantea @Jaeryd17 I stayed in Mexico City for a month, rained there every day. It really sucks trust me
05:47 - Jaeryd17 @Boxcar - I live in the middle of the Arizona desert... I would also be happy if it rained every day. All I have is searing heat and blinding sunshine for the vast majority of the year.
Canadian speed/thrash metal pioneers Exciter have scheduled a September 24 release for their new album Death Machine. The newest effort will be made available as a standard CD, a digipak and a limited-edition (500 copies) gatefold LP, and will be released via Massacre Records.
In an interview on Greece's radio show "Metalzone", bassist Rob "Clammy" Cohen told the following about the new material: "It's classic Exciter, definitely. It's fast and in your face — straight up."
Death Machine cover art] tentative tracklist:
01. Death Machine
02. Slaughtered In Vain
03. Skull Breaker
04. Power and Domination
05. Razor In Your Back
06. Pray For Pain
07. Demented Prisoners
US metallers Virgin Steele are set to release their new album, The Black Light Bacchanalia, via SPV/Steamhammer on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: October 22
Rest of Europe: October 25
USA, Canada: November 9
The new album will be available as a limited-edition digipak, standard CD, double gatefold vinyl and as a digital download.
Commented vocalist David DeFeis: "It will be a long album... close to 80 minutes. The album (to be really brief) concerns the reversal of all things. Once conquered by invading cultures, older Pagan deities become the demons of the new religion. The Black Light Bacchanalia is a reversal of the sacred sexual customs, and the final desecration of the "Goddess Principle", switching from matrilineal descent to patrilineal descent, with the rise of the idea of the Mountain-Fire God.... And it also has to do with ancient fears such as the fear of the sun not rising... Lyrically it is a kind of continuation of the story I told on the last album... Musically it is quite something else..."
Satanic metal warlords Satan's Host are currently at Flatline Audio with producer Dave Otero working on the band's ninth studio album, entitled By The Hands Of The Devil, to be released next year by Moribund Records.
The band recently parted ways with vocalist Eli Elixir, marking the return of Leviathan Thisiren (a.k.a. Harry Conklin of Jan Panzer and Titan Force).
According to a press release: "Founding six-string sorcerer Patrick Evil, with his cornucopia of über-evil riffs, has been at the top of his game with all-new tracks that will devour the weak at heart and those who try to dismiss this true metal virtuoso. Anthony 'Evil Hobbit' Lopez, making his second appearance on the drums of doom, has taken the groove to a new hellish high, and with the addition of Margar on bass, Satan's Host have taken their musical journey to new, darker realms with deeper and broader themes and lyrical content."
Pantheist have uploaded two brand-new promo songs. Check out "Broken Statue" and "Brighter Days" on the band's MySpace.
Comments the band: "We have recently completed a promo to be sent to record labels and other contacts relevant for the band. Both tracks of this promo can be listened to for a period of time on this myspace site. Please bear in mind that these are raw home recordings and not finished versions. Hope you enjoy them."
After 12 years of silence Latvian gothic metal act Heaven Grey will be back with a new album coming out in June. This will mark the band's first album since their reunion in 2007. The yet-untitled effort will also be the first of the new Heaven Grey line-up: vocalist Ervîns Francs will handle vocal duties, as original singer Ansis Melders died in a motorcycle accident a few years ago. Drummer Ervîns Ozolinsh left the band in 2009 and was replaced with Oleg Badulin. Also cello player/vocalist Ernests Libietis and chello player Reinis Melbardis left band, while Olga Klubova was recruited as the band's new keyboard player.
The band is also confirmed to player Metalshow.lv Open Air and Metal Camp. More info about the band on MySpace.
Arch Enemy are scheduled to perform as the first ever international metal band on the Maldives at the Rockstorm Festival on 23rd July at Alimas Carnival, Malé, Maldives. Support will come from local act Nothnegal.
Michael Amott comments: "Just when we thought we'd run out of new territories to play with Arch Enemy... This offer came to us through the good people at Rock Storm in the Maledives... Curious as we are - we obviously grabbed the opportunity to go and do this! We'll bring the tunes and sunscreen SPF 666!"
International audience can purchase discounted travel packages to the Maldives via the Rockstorm website soon.
Finnish doomsters Ordog have uploaded a new track from the upcoming album Remorse online. The song is entitled "Abuse" and you can hear it now on the band's offical MySpace page. More album details are available here.
Ukraine metal band Holy Blood have issued the following tame update regarding their new album Shining Sun cover art]:
"Our new album Shining Sun is the most successful work of Holy Blood. In this album, we tried to combine different styles of music such as Folk Metal, Melodic Metalcore, New school Hardcore. This album should combine audiences who like Ensiferum, Chruachan, Eluveitie, As I Lay Dying, Sill Remains, Seventh Star, Hatebreed.
We have started writing song for this album back in 2005 with old band members and completed writing songs in 2009 with a totally new line-up. The purpose of this album was to create a new style, which no one before us did not play. In my opinion, we succeed with the task.
Crystal Viper have announced more details concerning the upcoming release of the live album Defenders Of The Magic Circle. The album was recorded at the Magic Circle Festival 2009 in Germany. The album will be out on June 4th, through AFM Records.
Defenders Of The Magic Circle: Live In Germany tracklist:
01. Breaking The Curse
02. Metal Nation
03. Legions Of Truth
04. The Island Of The Silver Skull
05. Shadows On The Horizon
06. The Last Axeman
Bonus studio tracks:
07. Secret Of The Black Water (brand new song - taken from the forthcoming studio album)
08. The Wolf And The Witch (first time on CD)
09. Stronghold: Under Siege (taken from the limited edition CD single)
10. Obsession (It Burns For You) Virgin Steele cover] (previously unreleased)
Recently, Italian Pagan Black metal band Aisling have undergone several line-up changes. Both bassist Arawn as keyboard player Gwynfyd have left the band. Also drummer Digal parted ways with the band, but was already replaced by new member Belatucrados Arawan Balor.
Aisling was founded by guitarist Cernunnos and vocalist Abred in 1998, though Abred departed in 2000. The band's latest album Stone Of Light was released in February last year.
Frontiers Records are set to release a brand new Primal Fear live CD and DVD. Here's the official press release:
"German true Heavy Metal icons Primal Fear completed the work on a brand new live DVD named 16.6- All Over The World recorded in various locations between September and November 2009 and on a live CD aptly titled Live in the USA. Frontiers Records will release the two products separately and in a limited edition combo version on June 2nd in Europe and June 22nd in the USA.
"The main part of the DVD was recorded in Switzerland at the Z7, but there is more footage from a headlining show held at the ProgPower festival in Atlanta, USA plus footage from Brazil/Sao Paulo, Tokyo & Osaka/Japan and more places" explains bassist and producer Mat Sinner. "That's why the DVD is named 16.6 - All Over The World, while the Live CD is titled Live In The USA because the Live CD was recorded in Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles during the last tour that the we did across the ocean".
Mors Principium Est vocalist Ville Viljanen has posted the following blog on the band's MySpace page:
"Yeah yeah, it's been a while since last time updated, but there hasn't been anything to update. Anyway, we are writing new material. Have been writing for a long time already, but it's not so easy to get something ready. Couple of songs are kinda ready music wise, but no vocal parts yet.
And this is especially for those people who are asking are we still alive or not and when is our next album coming out. Well, I don't want to sound rude, but if a band still has gigs to play, doesn't that mean that the band is alive??
And about the album. I will not promise anything, because I can't. I really don't know when do we have enough songs ready and also once we have about 4-5 songs ready, then we will start to negotiate with various record labels and that also may take a while. Sooo, IF we are really lucky, we could have a new album out at the end of the year 2010, but I personally think, that 2011 sounds more realistic. But like I said, I can not promise anything. We'll just have to wait and see how things go."
Czech metal act Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy have announced the tracklist for the yet untitled new album.
01. Dva Stíny Mám (Two Shadows I Have)
02. Mokoš (The Earth Mother)
03. Pramen, Co Ví (The Stream That Knows)
04. Přísahám (I Swear)
05. Samodiva (The Nymph)
06. Skryj Hlavu Do Dlaní (Hide Your Head Into Your Palms)
08. Sudice (The Prophetess)
09. Zlatohlav (The Goldenhead)
Abysmal Dawn will begin recording the follow-up album to their Relapse debut Programmed To Consume this May at Trench Studio in Corona, CA with John Haddad (Phobia, Intronaut, Hirax). The album will be mixed by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Vital Remains, Cannibal Corpse) at his Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, FL. A fall release date is expected.
Abysmal Dawn's Charles Elliot commented on the upcoming album: "It's always great to work with John Haddad, whom we've worked with on our previous two releases. This time we thought we'd try something a little different though as far as the mix goes. After to speaking to Erik Rutan at great length we know he's the man for the job. He's a living legend and knows how real death metal should sound! Everyone in the band is really excited to be working with him and we know this is going to be our most crushing release yet. We've been hard at work demoing all the material before we enter the studio and things sound amazing already! This will be our catchiest yet most extreme and technical release to date.
Polish female fronted traditional heavy metal act Crystal Viper signed a new contract with AFM Records.
"Yes, we can say Crystal Viper found new home at AFM Records! We are truly happy, as except being extremely serious, these guys have the same passion as we do: Heavy Metal. And that's what really matters!" points Marta Gabriel, Crystal Viper vocalist & guitarist.
The first Crystal Viper release on AFM will be the live album titled Defenders Of The Magic Circle: Live In Germany, scheduled for June 4th, 2010. This summer Crystal Viper will also enter the studio, to record the third studio album.