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Esoteric - New Album In Autumn

British doomsters Esoteric are currently hard at work on their sixth full-length, which should hit the stores in November through Season of Mist.

Vocalist Greg Chandlers presents the yet-untitled album as a "varied and diverse mix of emotions and soundscapes". More updates soon!


Band profile: Esoteric
Posted: 15.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (14)

Season Of Mist - Sign Misery Index, Sólstafir, Terrorizer, Arckanum & Dodecahedron

Independent record label Season Of Mist decided to go on a signing frenzy this week, and announced the addition of no less than five new bands to their roster. The bands in question are Misery Index, Sólstafir, Terrorizer, Arckanum and Dodecahedron. You can read all five press releases after the jump.


Band profile: Misery Index
Posted: 15.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (6)

Judas Priest - Farewell Tour Clarification

Back in December last year, Judas Priest announced their plans for the Farewell Epitaph Tour.

The band now issued the following statement: "We would like to clarify a situation that seems to be confusing a few people out there.

When we issued our press release to announce the farewell tour - we stated that it was the last major world tour for Judas Priest - nothing has changed - we didn't say it was the end of the band or that we were going to retire or the band was going to break up... Just that it would be the last major world tour we would be doing which is still the case.

We have plans for a new album (which we have already announced in an earlier press release) plus possible future releases and we would still consider doing the odd live show - if it is something special or for a great cause - but no more world tours."


Band profile: Judas Priest
Posted: 15.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (21)

Arch Enemy - N. American Tour W/ DevilDriver, Skeletonwitch, Chthonic

Arch Enemy has announced its return to North America via a headlining run on the MetalSucks and Full Metal Jackie Present: North American Khaos 2011 tour, set to kick off in September. The North American leg of Arch Enemy's world tour will kick off in Baltimore on September 8th, and features an all-star cast of Devildriver, Skeletonwitch and Chthonic in support.

Said vocalist Angela Gossow: "We pledge to the United States of America and its beautiful neighbor Canada that we will only bring the utmost heavy metal 'Khaos' to your shores! We can't wait to kick off this tour come September. After all the European summer festivals, we are ready to fire!"

Added guitarist Michael Amott: "We are very happy to be coming back to the US and Canada hot on the heels of our new Khaos Legions opus! We're working on a special set list and some other surprises. We chose the other bands on the bill because they are all killer, and bring their own terrifying brand of brutal steel! Yes, good times lie ahead for the metal connoisseur of North America!"

North American Khaos Tour Dates:

Sep. 08 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head
Sep. 09 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
Sep. 10 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sep. 12 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial
Sep. 13 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
Sep. 14 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix
Sep. 17 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick Center
Sep. 19 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
Sep. 20 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Events Centre
Sep. 22 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Sep. 23 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
Sep. 24 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
Sep. 26 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Center
Sep. 27 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre
Sep. 29 - Phoenix, AZ - The Marquee
Sep. 30 - Albuquerque, NM - The Sunshine
Oct. 01 - Denver, CO - The Gothic
Oct. 03 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Oct. 04 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues


Band profile: Arch Enemy
Event: Arch Enemy: North American Khaos Tour 2011
Posted: 15.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (5)

Sonisphere Bulgaria - Festival Cancelled is reporting that the Bulgarian edition of the Sonisphere festival has officially been cancelled. The line-up included names such as Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Alice Cooper, Mastodon and Apocalyptica.

Balkan Entertainment, the promoters of the festival released the following statement: "Due to reasons outside Balkan Entertainment's control and at the instruction of the licence-holder for Sonisphere in Bulgaria, the Sonisphere Bulgaria 2011 festival, planned for June 21th at the National Hippodrome in Bankya, is cancelled."

The festival was dealt a blow on June 9 when one of the event's two headliners, Slipknot, said that the promoters cancelled the show, an allegation that Balkan Entertainment denied. Instead, Slipknot announced a special headline show at Columbiahalle in Berlin on the same date when Sonisphere Bulgaria was to be held.

Balkan Entertainment's Petar Petrov told Z-Rock radio station that the promoters were unpleasantly surprised by the news and that the company did not cancel Slipknot's gig.

Sonisphere Bulgaria 2011 has come under some criticism for the chosen location - the racecourse on the outskirts of Sofia versus the Vassil Levski national stadium in central Sofia in 2010 - and the higher prices.


Event: Sonisphere Festival [CANCELED]
Posted: 15.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (4)

Machine Head - New Song Online

Locust, the brand-new single from Machine Head can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

The single, now available on iTunes, is an advance mix of a song from the band's as-yet untitled upcoming album, set for release September 27th through Roadrunner Records. More details were previously reported over here.


Band profile: Machine Head
Posted: 15.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (6)

Iced Earth - Reveal New Album Title

Iced Earth have set Dystopia as the title of their forthcoming new studio album, tentatively due before the end of the year through Century Media Records.

Iced Earth mainman Jon Schaffer checked in with the following message: "Just a quick update for you from the road. We had a great weekend playing at Sweden Rock Friday and the Rock Hard festival in Germany on Saturday. The band's having a lot of fun, and today we begin rehearsing the new songs for the forthcoming CD, titled Dystopia. We begin master tracking in Florida in 2 weeks and will be traveling between Europe and the US this summer to play festivals and finish the new album. I can honestly say that I haven't had this many songs give me goose bumps since we recorded Something Wicked This Way Comes, way back in 1998, so this is also very exciting.

As you can imagine, it's a very busy time for us. I think we're all having emotional ups and downs as we're coming to the end of an era with Matt's retirement, and we're also very excited about the future with Stu coming onboard, so it's a little bit of a roller coaster ride for us. However, we are having a killer time, and Matt is performing at his absolute best and going out with pure class and style, which is always the way he rolls."

Matt Barlow will retire from the band after the summer festival shows. Afterwards Into Eternity vocalist Stu Block will become the new lead singer for Iced Earth. Dystopia will mark the studio debut of Block together with the band.


Band profile: Iced Earth
Posted: 14.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (12)

Korn - Update On New Dubstep Album

More good news from the Korn camp. After their collaboration single with hotter-than-hot Los Angeles dubstep DJ Skrillex, Korn are planning to release a dubstep studio album, expected to dominate the charts later this year.

Speaking to NME this weekend, Korn bassist Fieldy said the band was almost finished with the follow-up to 2010's Korn III: Remember Who You Are: "We've collaborated with six, maybe seven dubstep producers on the new record. I've done my parts, I think Jonathan Davis has a couple of vocal takes still to do, but it's almost done."

These dubstep producers/DJ includes such names as Kill The Noise, Excision, Skillets and 12th Planet.

Fieldy also said Jonathan Davis is responsible for inspiring the band's new dubstep direction. "Jonathan loved it," he said, "and he just got us into it." He added that the band felt it "was important to stay current and keep on top of what's going on."

In the meantime, check out Korn's collaboration single "Get Up" featuring Skrillex below.


Band profile: Korn
Posted: 14.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (48)

Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Mars Volta - Members Form New Group

Noisecreep is reporting that Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds is working on an as-yet-unnamed new project with The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman, former The Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen and ex-Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery.

Since the members of the project live on opposite sides of the country, progress been a bit slow. "We tried to get together and do an album, but there's been no time," Hinds recently told Noisecreep. "We want to record crazy stuff and Ben is working on that, but it's been hard to get together."

Even though the project is officially nameless, Hinds wants to call it Giraffe Tongue "because they look sick."

Hinds is also hard at work promoting his Fiend Without a Face and West End Motel projects, as well as recording a new Mastodon album, called The Hunter.


Band profile: Mastodon
Posted: 14.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (11)

Anal Cunt - Frontman Passed Away

Anal Cunt's publicist, Kim Kelly of Catharsis PR, has confirmed via Twitter that the band's charismatic frontman, Seth Putnam, died yesterday, Saturday, June 11th of a suspected heart attack. He was 43 years old.

Commented Kelly: "Yes, it's true. Seth Putnam, one of the most infamous musicians that extreme metal has ever seen, the grindcore GG Allin, has passed away due to a heart attack.

I handled all the promotion for Anal Cunt's last album, Fuckin' A, and Seth was always happy to oblige any request I sent his way. The band had been working on a new album before his passing, so chances are his musical career's epitaph has yet to be inscribed.

I want to remind everyone that no matter how outrageous and controversial his musical career has been, Seth was still a human being with friends and family that loved him. I'm hoping that the Internet will remember that. This is a very sad and trying time for those that knew him, and the last thing they need to see is an outpouring of message board hate. The man lived and died by his own rules; if anything, respect him for that."

On October 12, 2004, Putnam was hospitalized after ingesting two months' worth of Ambien sleeping pills. It was reported that he spent the previous day contemplating suicide, although exact circumstances surrounding the drug overdose are vague.

Putnam's reaction to the irony of his having been in a coma after previously writing the song "You're In A Coma" was published in the Boston Phoenix. Quoted Putnam: "Actually, it turned out it was just as gay as the song I wrote nine years ago being in a coma was just as fuckin' stupid as I wrote it was."


Band profile: Anal Cunt
Posted: 12.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (56)

Cathedral - Pull Out Of Hammer Of Doom Festival Due To Animal Blood In Stage Show

The organizers of the Hammer Of Doom Festival are out looking for another headliner to finalize the bill after seminal UK doom metal act Cathedral cancelled their appearance at the festival. Apparently the performance of one of the other bands has created some, uh, bad blood.


Band profile: Cathedral
Event: Hammer Of Doom Festival
Posted: 11.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (18)

Nekrogoblikon - New Album In July

Stench, the upcoming sophomore album of California-based "goblin metal" band Nekrogoblikon will be released on July 19th.

Two demo tracks, called "No One Survives" and "A Feast", are available for streaming on the band's Facebook.


Posted: 05.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (11)

Cynic - Making Progress On Upcoming Album

Cynic are still busy working on writing new material. Guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal issued the following update on the forthcoming release:

"I've been working away in the home studio writing lots of new songs and keeping off the grid to stay creatively focused. Apologies for having been a bit reclusive in our digital age of informational abundance! It's safe to say that Cynic already has plenty of material for a new record, but something keeps the inspiration going to write more. I feel like I'm on for the ride and just seeing what manifests as a result of sitting on the train and looking out the window. As we move further along and closer to 'destination recording', the album will start to shape itself and the appropriate songs will be chosen.

We're looking at late summer/early fall to enter the studio. At the moment, I have no idea when the record will be released. Maybe later this year or early next. We're also in communication with lots of fantastic new musicians who will be involved. I can already sense this next album is going to take our listeners on a whole new sonic adventure that words cannot yet describe. I say this because the work is feeling based and there's a lot of life poured into these embryos that will speak for themselves when heard.

I'm always amazed at how living life informs the art so directly and yet we have no power over it. The songs have a directness and urgency unlike anything we've done before due to a bountiful influx of concentrated life experiences. Thank the universe for the gift of music.

I am so absolutely grateful to be alive and to be able to share the potency and beauty of music with you. In the meantime keep spreading the love and thank you for taking this journey with us."


Band profile: Cynic
Posted: 05.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (18)

Arch Enemy - Entire New Album Streaming Online

Khaos Legions, the new upcoming album from Swedish Gothenburg metal band Arch Enemy, is now available for streaming in its entirety at MySpace.

Khaos Legions will be released in North America on June 7th through Century Media Records. The album was already released in Europe earlier this week (May 30th). More album details were previously reported over here.


Band profile: Arch Enemy
Posted: 05.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (5)

Charon - Calling It Quits This Summer

Finnish suomi metal band Charon are calling it a day after this summer's performances. The band, founded in 1992 in Raahe, Finland, will be playing their final gigs as a favour to their loyal fans and finally wrap up nearly two decades of music career.

A statement from the band explaining their long considered decision, reads as follows: "This shouldn't be a really big surprise for anyone. We are forced to admit that we have no longer anything new to give to the genre in which Charon has operated. Doing things forced or not straight from the heart has never been a band practice for us. And a 100 % satisfactory outcome would no longer be possible.


Band profile: Charon
Posted: 03.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (18)