Swedish gothic metallers Beseech are preparing a treat for their fans. The band just announced that after nearly a decade of silence, Beseech is returning to the music scene in 2014 and "sounding more Beseech than ever by returning to their roots of melancholy and emotions." For the first time since Souls Highway, all the original composers are back in the band.
With a new album released this year, Månegarm have returned in full force. Today the band also premiered a new video for the track "Sons Of War", taken from the latest album Legions Of The North. The video is a mixture of performance and a narrative featuring a Viking group as they prepare to enter battle. Enter the world of Månegarm through the new clip available here.
After some years of silence, 2014 will bring the new Carnifex album. The San Diego metallers have now revealed pretty much everything about it including title, cover artwork, tracklist and release date. Their Nuclear Blast debut is coming on March 7th (Europe) and March 4th (North America). The opus is titled Die Without Hope and the cover art was created by renowned artist and longtime collaborator Godmachine. You can see the cover below. The music will come later.
Norwegian innovators Ulver will be embarking on an European tour in February 2014 set to begin in Helsinki, Finland. The setlist will consist of partly new and improv-based material. The band will perform in Poland, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Italy, Russia, among others. Check out the tour dates below.
The Finns Altar Of Betelgeuze are about to release their debut album Darkness Sustains The Silence in two weeks. If you feel up to it, you can already listen to the entire album now at this location. Memento Mori will release the album unto the world on January 1st, 2014. Let yourself be buried in doom with Altar Of Betelgeuze.
The release of Benighted's new album is approaching fast. While fans are eager to hear new music, today you get to see the album cover and tracklist of the French brutal death metallers' seventh full-length. Benighted also recently shot a video for the song "Experience Your Flesh", a number from Carnivore Sublime. The clip will be premiered in January. So, you have that to look forward to.
British sludge/doom innovators Bong have a new album on the way. Their label Ritual Productions confirmed that they have completed work on the follow-up to Mana-Yood-Sushai, which is due for release on March 2014. More info is coming in the next few weeks but for now you can get a taste of the new track "Polaris" here. Oh, and it's eight minutes long.
Dream Theater has announced new tour dates for a North American headline trek dubbed Along For The Ride tour where they will showcase the new opus Dream Theater. The coast-to-coast run will pick up on March 20th, 2014 in Toronto, following the band's European tour and then continues through the end of April where it will eventually wrap up in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The Swedes Cult Of Luna have announced, or rather implied, that the band will be taking a break from their busy schedule after next year's Beyond The Redshift festival in the UK which they are curating. The statement is quite cryptic and non-specific but it does seem that you should expect a lot less activity from them after May 2014 for a while.
While black metallers Dark Funeral haven't released a new album since 2009's Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus, the new album is in the works. The band's mastermind Lord Ahriman has recently posted an update on the band's recent activities discussing the new album, and an exclusive 20th anniversary show in Stockholm, Sweden which is being planned for spring 2014. Also, they are still looking for a new permanent vocalist.
Every year, the organization SKAP (Swedish composers and lyricists) delivers scholarships to Swedish musicians who they feel have contributed to Swedish music and culture. This year, Opeth's mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt was awarded an exclusive scholarship for his services to the Swedish and international music scene.
New Falconer album? Check. Released in 2014? Check. If you were hoping to know more about the follow-up to Armod (2011), you are in luck today. At the beginning of the year, the folk/power metallers announced that the songwriting had begun and today they announce that the songwriting is complete. Their eighth album will be called Black Moon Rising and the band expects to release it in June 2014.
SikTh are among the new batch of bands confirmed for UK's Download Festival next year. While the fans would be hoping for a new album and full-on tour since the band disbanded in 2008, at least that's something. Volbeat, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicide Silence, Buckcherry, Memphis May Fire, Battlecross, Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel, Thy Art Is Murder, The Amity Affliction, Avatar, Lonely The Brave, Arcane Roots and Feed The Rhino are the other bands confirmed.
Avenged Sevenfold have been busy working on the Hail To The King animated series with Jon Schnepp of Metalocalypse and an upcoming mobile game called Hail To The King: Deathbat. Today the band is premiering on Machinima's Happy Hour channel the Hail To The King animated series, based around the band's latest album Hail To The King, which you can now watch online.