|| Saturday, November 27th
ANCIENT SIDE PROJECT TO SEE LIGHT OF DAY
Ancient's Aphazel and ex-Ancient singer Deadly Kristin have signed a contract with the Greek label Sleaszy Rider for the release of Dreamlike Horror's first album, "Delightful Suicides". The CD will include the five (re-arranged) tracks from the unreleased 2000 promo and five brand new tracks, which are in process of being composed/recorded. A March 15, 2005 release is expected.
Furthermore Sleaszy Rider is going to re-release Ancient's "Det Glemte Riket" on February 15th, 2005 as well as Ancient's first demo, "Eerily Howling Winds", recorded in 1993. The CD will also contain five bonus/unreleased tracks from the beginning of the band's career under the title "Eerily Howling Winds - The Antediluvian Tapes".
FINNTROLL CONFIRMED FOR GERMANY'S WACKEN OPEN AIR FESTIVAL
Finland's Finntroll are the latest acts confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. Also scheduled to appear at the event are Nightwish, Accept, Sinner, Marduk, Overkill, Obituary, Axel Rudi Pell, Edguy, Ensiferum, Illdisposed, Endstille, Turisas, Mercenary, Eisregen and Potentia Animi. More bands will be announced soon.
DEFLESHED: NEW ALBUM DETAILS REVEALED
Swedish death/thrash metallers Defleshed have announced the track listing for their fifth studio album, "May the Flesh Be With You", due on March 20th, 2005 via Regain Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Royal Straight Flesh" was recorded at Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala, Sweden and will contain 12 songs plus a "slightly demolished" cover version of Mötley Crüe's "Red Hot".
"May the Flesh Be With You" track listing:
01. Stripped to the Bone
02. Abstinence for Turbulence
03. Chain Reaction
04. Reclaim the Beat
05. Grind and Rewind
06. Under Destruction
07. Red Hot ( Mötley Crüe cover)
08. Bulldozed (Back to Basic)
09. Ignorance is Bliss
10. May the Flesh be with You
11. Needless to Pray
13. Over and Out
AMOK COMPLETING WORK ON DEBUT CD
Norwegian death metal trio Amok, featuring Lava (Aeternus, Taake) on guitar and drum programming, Necrocum (Mysticum) on vocals, and Iscariah (Necrophagia, Wurdulak) on bass, are putting the finishing touches on their debut album, "Urinal Graveyard", due in early 2005 via the newly formed label Planet Satan Revolution.
Amok had previously recorded three demos (2001's "Sadistic Attack", 2002's "Lava Dictatorship" and 2003's "Effective Mass Torture") and performed at the Hole In The Sky festival in 2002.
PRIMORDIAL COMPLETE WORK ON "THE GATHERING WILDERNESS"
Irish dark metal masters Primordial have finished the recordings for their fifth full-length album, "The Gathering Wilderness", due on February 7th, 2005 via Metal Blade Records. The limited first edition of "The Gathering Wilderness" will be released in a luxury version with special packaging and will also include a bonus DVD.
"The Gathering Wilderness" track listing:
01. The Golden Spiral
02. The Gathering Wilderness
03. Song of the Tomb
04. End of All Times
05. The Coffin Ships
06. Tragedy's Birth (The Martyr's Fire)
07. Cities Carved In Stone
PRIMAL FEAR BOOK STUDIO TIME TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
German power metallers Primal Fear will record their next album in April/May 2005 at the House Of Music Studio near Stuttgart, Germany. Producing the album will be the group's bassist, Mat Sinner, along with Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, Halford, Hammerfall). Songtitles set to appear on the upcoming CD include "Mind of a Killer", "Presumed Dead" and "Seven Seals". A fall 2005 release via Nuclear Blast Records is expected.
DARK SUNS FINALIZE TRACK LISTING FOR SOPHOMORE CD
German progressive dark metallers Dark Suns have finalized the track listing for their sophomore album, "Existence", due in early 2005 via Prophecy Productions. Dark Suns' sound has previously been compared to that of Katatonia and Opeth.
The track listing for "Existence" is as follows:
02. A Slumbering Portrait
03. The Euphoric Sense
04. Her And The Element
07. You, A Phantom Still
08. Gently Bleeding
09. Abiding Space
10. Patterns of Oblivion
11. One Endless Childish Day
SPAWN FINALIZE TRACK LISTING FOR NEW ALBUM
German death metal band Spawn have revealed the cover artwork and track listing for their new album, "Human Toxin", due on December 13th via Morbid Records. "Human Toxin" was recorded at DailyheroRecordings Studios and mastered at Mega Wimp Sound.
"Human Toxin" track listing:
01. Fear The just Revenge
02. Ammunition of Malice
05. Blind Upheaval
06. Provoked Extinction
07. Fuck I am Dead
08. Watch The Civil Fall
09. Vicious Blood Internal
SIX FEET UNDER TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN MARCH
Florida-based death metallers Six Feet Under have set "13" as the title of their new CD, tentatively due in March via Metal Blade Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Decomposition of the Human Race", "Somewhere in the Darkness" and "The Poison Hand".
DARKSEED COMPLETE WORK ON NEW ALBUM
German gothic metal band Darkseed have completed work on their new album, "Ultimate Darkness", due on January 24th, 2005 via Massacre Records. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows:
02. My Burden
03. Ultimate Darkness
04. Biting Cold
05. The Dark One
06. Save Me
07. Speak Silence
08. Next to Nothing
09. Follow Me
10. The Fall
11. Endless Night
12. Sleep Sleep Sweetheart
SHADOWSIDE FINISH RECORDING DEBUT ALBUM
The heavy metal band Shadowside has finished recording the debut full-lengh titled "Theatre of Shadows". The follower of the EP "Shadowside", was produced and at this moment is being mixed by Fábio Haddad, at LCM Studio in São Paulo. The CD will be mastered at Jailhouse studios in Denmark by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pretty Maids, Jorn Lande, TNT, Beyond Twilight). The release is scheduled for summer 2005.
DELIRIUM X TREMENS CONTEST
Delirium X Tremens have just started a new contest: answer two simple questions about the band to win one of 7 "Cyberhuman" autographed copies. Visit their official site now!
Sunday, October 24th
THY MAJESTIE PART WAYS WITH SINGER
Vocalist Gabriele Grilli (ex-Fury 'N Grace/Doomsword) has left Italy's Thy Majestie due to "personal reasons," according to a posting on the group's web site. Grilli left the band during the recording sessions for their follow-up to 2002's "Hastings 1066", tentatively due in early 2005 via Scarlet Records. A replacement singer has already been found and will be announced soon.
Thy Majestie's forthcoming CD, provisionally titled "Jean D'Arc", will contain the following track listing:
01. Maiden of Steel
02. The Chosen
03. Ride to Chinon
04. ...for Orleans
05. Up to the Battle!
06. The Rise of a King
07. Siege of Paris
08. Time to Die
09. The Trial
SUPREME MAJESTY SET RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM
Swedish melodic metallers Supreme Majesty have set a February 28th, 2005 release date for their third full-length album, "Elements of Creation". Artwork and layout will be done by C.A Interactive (Katatonia, Morifade, Skyfire).
STROMMOUSSHELD TO RELEASE NEW EP THIS MONTH
Polish experimental black metallers StrommoussHeld will release their long-awaited new EP, "Halfdecadance", on October 25th via Metal Mind Productions. The digipack release of "Halfdecadance" will serve as "a kind of passage" between the band's 2003 debut, "Behind the Curtain" (Avantgarde), and the forthcoming full-length, which is due next year.
"Halfdecadance" was recorded at SH Studio in Katowice, Poland. The complete track listing for the EP is as follows:
01. Temporary File
04. Era Depression
StrommoussHeld are scheduled to support Samael on the first five dates of their "Reign Of Light" tour.
FORMER WHITE ZOMBIE DRUMMER ANNOUNCE NEW BAND
Former White Zombie drummer Ivan de Prume and Cirque du Soleil violinist Martin St-Pierre announce the formation of their new band Healer. Also featured are: Cherokee Indian Scott Von Heldt (Theater of Madness, Kurai) vocals and guitar, acclaimed vocalist Kate St-Pierre (LA Opera, Shamans Dream) and bassist Nial McGaughy (3D House of Beef, 16).
Drummer Ivan de Prume expresses his excitement about the new project. “For me, music has to come from within. It’s important to express what is inside you, and convey that honestly through the music. In bringing together the musicians that make up Healer, it was real important to find the right people that could connect and bring this kind of energy to life.”
Healer certainly does just that – it is at once epic and beautiful, combining a power and positivity that is refreshingly different for heavy music. The energy that Healer presents is unique – two distinct voices, a soaring violin and a primal backline combine to form a seamless soundscape of exotic Middle Eastern melodies enmeshed with heavy overtones. The diverse musical backgrounds that contribute to the sound of Healer come together to create an intensely creative journey.
Saturday, October 16th
ANDROMEDA CONTINUE WORK ON NEW ALBUM
Swedish progressive metallers Andromeda are planning on entering the studio later this month to record the remaing five songs for their forthcoming third album. The band, who were previously signed to Century Media Records, are currently negotiating with a few labels.
CADAVER SPLIT UP
Norwegian technical death metal act Cadaver have "decided to split up after 15 years of underground service and four studio albums," according to a posting on the group's official web site. "We would like to thank our fans for all these years and all the people who supported us. Thank you all!"
THUNDRA SIGN WITH NEW AEON MEDIA
Norwegian metallers Thundra, featuring former members of Einherjer and Enslaved, have inked a deal with Karmageddon Media subsidiary New Aeon Media. The group, who were previously signed to Spinefarm Records, are completing work on their sophomore album at Black Dimension studio for an early 2005 release.
SONATA ARCTICA NIGHT IN LOKALPATRIOT
There will be a Sonata Arctica Night held at LokalPatriot Club at Novo Mesto on Saturday, October 23rd. The organiser will present the band's latest album and, of course, play some stuff from the old ones. The show starts at 21:00.
Sunday, October 10th
EXMORTEM SIGN WITH WICKED WORLD RECORDS
Danish death metallers Exmortem have signed a new deal with Earache Records subsidiary Wicked World. The group's fifth album, "Nihilistic Contentment", was recorded at Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen and is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2005. Ten songs were recorded and mixed during the four-week session, including "Parasite Paradise", "Flesh Havoc", "Black Walls of Misery", "The Human Rape Symphony", "Division of Genocide Pleasure", "Bitter Discipline", "Fix of Negativity", "Graveside Mourning Ritual" and "Symbols of Inhumanity".
IMMOLATION TRACK LISTING FOR NEW ALBUM
Long-running New York-based death metallers Immolation have set "Harnessing Ruin" as the title of their new album, tentatively due late January 2005 via Listenable Records in Europe (Olympic Recordings in the U.S.). The album was recorded at Millbrook Sound Studios with Paul Orofino producing. A new video for the track "Dead to Me" is currently in the works.
"Harnessing Ruin" track listing:
01. Swarm of Terror
02. Our Savior Sleeps
03. Challenge the Storm
04. Harnessing Ruin
05. Dead to Me
06. Son of Iniquity
07. My Own Enemy
08. Crown the Liar
09. At Mourning's Twilight
KATAFALK: NEW SONG AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
Dutch death thrashers Katafalk have posted a new track, entitled "Death's Contradiction", at their official web site. The track comes off the band's 2004 promotional demo, which was recorded at Soundlodge studio in Germany. In total, four new songs were tracked: "She's My Darkness", "Death's Contradiction", "God Pollution" and "War Chant".
PARADISE LOST ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM TITLE
Paradise Lost announced that the title of their newest album will be "Paradise Lost" — in celebration of their 10th studio album since their full-length debut, "Lost Paradise", was released in 1990. Artwork and tracklisting are still to be confirmed.
The follow-up to 2002's "Symbol of Life", "Paradise Lost" was recorded primarily at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, England under the guidance of producer Rhys Fulber and is the group's first to feature drummer Jeff Singer (ex-Blaze).
Working songtitles set to appear on "Paradise Lost" include:
01. Through The Silence
03. Sun Fading
04. Sanctimonious You
06. Forever After
07. Getting Over The Madness
08. Accept The Pain
09. Close Your Eyes
10. The Laws Of Cause
Sunday, October 3rd
UNLEASHED, IN BATTLE TO TEAM UP FOR A EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish death metallers Unleashed will be teaming up with In Battle for a European tour beginning in late November. The two-week trek is expected to conclude in early December. Exact dates will be announced shortly.
KREATOR, DARK TRANQUILLITY TO TEAM UP FOR 'ENEMY OF GOD' EUROPEAN TOUR
Long-running German thrashers Kreator will be teaming up with Sweden's Dark Tranquillity for the "Enemy of God Tour 2005" beginning in February 2005. Two as-yet-announced opening acts will be added to the bill.
HYPOCRISY TO ENTER STUDIO NEXT MONTH
Hypocrisy will be entering studio early next month to start working on the follow-up to "The Arrival". "We have no title or release date yet but we will keep you updated during the recording process," the band write on their web site. An early 2005 release through Nuclear Blast Records is expected.
KAMELOT PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON "THE BLACK HALO"
Florida-based power metallers Kamelot are putting the finishing touches on their new album, tentatively titled "The Black Halo". Songtitles set to appear on the album include "March of Mephisto", "When The Lights are Down", "Moonlight Falling", "The Black Halo", "Abandoned", "Master of the Game", "Soul Society", "Pride", "Nothing Ever Dies" and "Serenade". An early 2005 release is expected, to be followed by the Black Halo Over Europe Tour 2005 beginning in March/April.
PENTACLE FINISH RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Long-running Dutch death metallers Pentacle have finished recording their new album, "Under the Black Cross", tentatively due in early 2005 through Iron Pegasus Records. They have recorded 10 tracks: eight tracks are going to be featured on the CD, while two others are scheduled to appear on a follow-up seven-inch single, which is going to be released several months after the album. Among the cuts under consideration to appear on the album are the following:
01. Into the Fiery Jaws
02. Raise the White Ensign!
03. March of the Cambletown (instrumental)
04. A Devil's Shooting Gallery
05. The Utmost Desolation
06. (Storming through) a Hail of Steel
07. The Last Fight (ML 306's Stand)
08. Awaiting the Blast of Death
09. Blast them from the Sky
MARDUK ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM TITLE
Swedish black metallers Marduk have set "Plague Angel" as the title of their ninth album, tentatively due in mid-November via Regain Records. The CD, which was recorded at Endarker studio in Norrköping, Sweden, will be the band's first release with new singer Mortuus (previously a member of Funeral Mist and Triumphator under the alias Arioch).
"Plague Angel" track listing:
01. The Hangman of Prague
02. Throne of Rats
03. Seven Angels, Seven Trumpets
04. Life's Emblem
05. Steel Inferno
06. Perish In Flames
07. Holy Blood, Holy Grail
10. Everything Bleeds
Marduk will embark on a massive world tour beginning in December. The European portion of the trek, dubbed "Deathmarch 2004/2005", will be divided into two parts, with the first taking place in December and the second during spring 2005.
Wednesday, August 18th
WE'RE ON VACATIONS. WE'LL BE BACK IN SEPTEMBER.
Wednesday, August 11th
ENTHRONED CANCEL APPEARANCE ON METAL DOSE FESTIVAL
Enthroned cancelled their appearance on the Slovenian Metal Dose Festival. Here's the official band statement:
"Enthroned had to cancel their appearance at the Metal Dose festival in Slovenia due to some last minutes problems... We are sorry for the fans but we had no other choice, this was a situation beyond our control".