|All Shall Perish hit the charts||
Northern California extreme metal outfit ALL SHALL PERISH have achieved their first German chart entry ever with their new brutal masterpiece “This Is Where It Ends“. A spot landing on rank 100 in the first week of the album's release!
Guitarist Ben Orum states: “We are beyond thrilled to have broken through the top 100 charts in Germany! Expect us to be there very soon performing the new material.“
|Falkenbach sign with Prophecy Productions||
When talking about the origins of heathen Metal from Germany, one name invariably is mentioned: Falkenbach. Going for over twenty years, this project by Vratyas Vakyas is considered as a trailblazer and prime mover of a musical style that perfectly combines epic heroism and Germanic mythology, Norse-tinged folklore and metallic aggression – and all that far beyond the well-worn clichés of the so-called "Pagan Metal scene."
Albums such as "... en their medh riki fara ..." and "... magni blandinn ok megintiri ..." are considered classics of pagan Metal, but Vratyas Vakyas' later records – e.g. "Tiurida" which was released early this year – just as much proved the strength and conviction behind his musical vision.
Hence, we are very proud to announce that Prophecy Productions and Falkenbach agreed upon a long-term partnership and that from now on, Prophecy are going to lend Vratyas Vakyas their support in the realisation of his vision. The musician has this to say about the signing of the contract: "As a label, Prophecy stands for qualities and ideals that are very important for me personally and for Falkenbach. After being in touch with Martin Koller for more than 15 years, I am particularly happy that Prophecy and Falkenbach are going to travel together from now on. At the moment, we are busy preparing the next album, and I am really looking forward to our co-operation."
|Lacuna Coil announce UK tour||
LACUNA COIL will begin touring in support of their upcoming album “Dark Adrenaline” with an extensive UK tour under the perfect banner “Darkness Rising” in November. After spending many months in the recording studio the band are dying to get on the road again and perform songs from “Dark Adrenaline” live.
Cristina Scabbia (vocals): “LACUNA COIL is back, coilers! We can FINALLY announce the new UK tour dates and I couldn't be more thrilled (it was hard to keep them a secret)! And this will also be your first chance to hear something new from our upcoming album, ‘Dark Adrenaline’! You all know how much we enjoy being surrounded by the ol' British dark love, that's why we definitely want to see you all this November! We'll give away our black hearts and velvet vibes to you. We are already excited about this tour... So be there with us, horns up in the darkness!”
02.11.2011 ( UK ) Nottingham - Rescue Rooms (http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk/alttickets/home_lacuna_coil.html)
03.11.2011 ( UK ) Stoke On Trent - Sugarmill (http://www.thesugarmill.co.uk/tickets.htm)
04.11.2011 ( UK ) Sheffield - Corporation (www.corporation.org.uk)
05.11.2011 ( UK ) Birmingham - Institute Library
07.11.2011 ( UK ) Newcastle Upon Tyne - Newcastle University
08.11.2011 ( UK ) Glasgow - King Tuts (www.gigsinscotland.com)
09.11.2011 ( UK ) Aberdeen - Lemon Tree (www.gigsinscotland.com)
10.11.2011 ( UK ) Dundee - The Doghouse (www.gigsinscotland.com)
12.11.2011 ( UK ) Manchester - Academy 2
13.11.2011 ( UK ) Cardiff - CF10
14.11.2011 ( UK ) Exeter - Phoenix
16.11.2011 ( UK ) Brighton - Concorde 2
17.11.2011 ( UK ) Folkestone - Quarterhouse (www.quarterhouse.co.uk)
18.11.2011 ( UK ) Bournemouth - Old Fire Station (www.oldfirestation.co.uk)
20.11.2011 ( UK ) Colchester - Colchester Arts Center (www.colchesterartscenter.com)
21.11.2011 ( UK ) Northampton - Road Menders (http://www.theroadmender.com/index.php/events/gigguide/170-lacuna-coil.html )
22.11.2011 ( UK ) London - ULU
23.11.2011 ( UK ) Oxford - O2 Academy
|Alcest album title revealed||
The successor of Alcest's "Écailles De Lune" masterpiece from 2010 will be entitled "Les voyages de l'âme" (english: "The journeys of the soul"). Expect more information about the album that is tentatively scheduled for early 2012 within the next weeks and months!|
|Saxon to release new album||
One of the leading bands of the 'New Wave of British Heavy Metal' movement, Saxon, is about to hit the U.S. shores hard once more.
On September 27th, Saxon will release their 19th studio album overall, 'Call to Arms' (via UDR Music/EMI), and starting the following day, will launch a Stateside tour.
And as evidenced by such ass-kickers as "Hammer of the Gods" and "Call to Arms," the group hasn't lost their grip on composing hard-hitting yet anthemic heavy metal with their latest offering.
Comprised of members Biff Byford (vocals), Doug Scarratt (guitar), Paul Quinn (guitar), Nibbs Carter (bass), Nigel Glockler (drums), Saxon is responsible for penning some of the 1980's most enduring metal anthems, including "Wheels of Steel," "Strong Arm of the Law," "Motorcycle Man," "Princess of the Night," and "Never Surrender," and along with the likes of Iron Maiden and Def Leppard, helped breath life back into a metal scene that many had left for dead at the time.
It's been 35 years since Saxon was originally up and running, and the group can still easily hold their own with the headbanging competition.
“It’s important to keep one foot in the past and one foot very much in the present,” says Byford. “At some points in your life, whether you’re younger or older, you do have these wonderful periods of ‘state of graceness’ where everyone likes everything you write. But you can’t keep being your own tribute band, you have to try and write great new songs, and you have to try to appeal to a younger audience. Saxon has been successfully doing that for the last decade, and the result is we still have our old fan base but we also have a whole new, younger one too.”
Saxon's latest video clip, for the song "Call to Arms," will be premiered this Friday, August 5th at noon EST on America Online Noisecreep.
And hardcore Saxon fans will surely be interested in tracking down the "Digipack" version of 'Call to Arms,' as it includes a glorious bonus – a free seven-track CD, 'Live at Donington 1980.'
Soon, U.S. fans will be able to recapture "The Power and the Glory" of Saxon all over again – with the release of 'Call to Arms,' and on a concert stage near you.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
'CALL TO ARMS' TRACK LISTING:
01 Hammer of the Gods
02 Back in 79
03 Surviving Against the Odds
04 Mists of Avalon
05 Call To Arms
06 Chasing the Bullet
08 When Doomsday Comes (Hybrid Theory)
09 No Rest for the Wicked
10 Ballad of the Working Man
11 Call To Arms – orchestral version
|Absu album details revealed||
Candlelight Records recently confirmed October 4th as the North American release date for ABSU’s new album titled Abzu. As previously announced, the album is part two of a planned trilogy of recordings from the Dallas-based mythological occult metal band. Mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus), the album features the original works of Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Vader).
Recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton , Texas , Abzu finds drummer/vocalist Proscriptor and bassist/vocalist Ezezu sharing equal vocal duties and debuts the skills of new guitarist Vis Crom. Proscriptor comments, “Abzu is the first studio release to feature a co-vocalist alongside myself since our third album, The Third Storm of Cythraul. Ezezu’s vocal presentation is beyond superlative and I am overly pleased with his execution and delivery. The songwriting undertakings were equally distributed between both Ezezu and Vis Crom and I must admit it brings an admirable multiplicity to the album as a whole. The last song on the album, “A Song For Ea,” was composed in six movements, as it brought the entire band together as an equivalent songwriting team. Vis Crom has definitely proven to be ABSU’s most proficient guitarist in the history of the band.”
Writing began on Abzu last autumn as Proscriptor notes, “This album has not only been the most challenging in ABSU’s discography, but the quickest paced – composition and arrangement wise. The current line-up is scattered all across the United States , so the album was physically written utilizing internet file sharing. We even rehearsed, at times, while communicating via cell phones. Lyrically, the album descends deeper into Enki's lower world as well Thelemic and Enochian Magic(k) Systems. My lyrical architecture is extremely convoluted, so I decided to create a generalized synopsis explaining the themes behind each song. I feel these are my best poems since 2001’s Tara .”
Abzu has benefited from the unity of the band despite limited face-to-face rehearsal time. In fact only two proper rehearsals were had; one preparing for the band’s dates with Immortal earlier this year. The six-date showcase tour was the first live American dates for the band since their headline tour in June of 2009. Proscriptor confirms, “We rehearsed one week prior to the tour supporting Immortal and exactly one week after in preparation for the studio experience. I can honestly say this is the first time ABSU has rehearsed for only one week, as an entire unit, before entering the studio.”
ABSU recently returned from Finland where they performed at the Hammer Open Air Festival. "For the first time in history, we presented a complete and unabridged version of ABSU’s second album, The Sun of Tiphareth,” shares Vis Crom of the performance. “Now, we prepare with eagerness to do the same at upcoming performances in Greece and The Netherlands. The crowds at Party San and Brutal Assault can expect a different, but unique live set. After that, our sights are set on North American abyss.”
ABSU came to prominence with the release of their 1993 debut, Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. Each album saw continual expansion of the band’s now highly regarded artistic vision and international fanbase. It was with 2001’s Tara that the band truly arrived. The album reached top lists of countless magazines worldwide. Years, however, would pass before any new material would be recorded. In late 2007, the band finally announced their re-awakening. Now teamed with London-based Candlelight Records, the band would take nearly sixteen months writing/recording their sixth album. Absu, featuring contributions from members of King Diamond, Mayhem, Melechesh, Firstborn and Enthroned, was released early 2009.
Abzu Track Listing:
1. Earth Ripper
2. Circles of the Oath
3. Abraxas Connexus
4. Skrying in the Spirit Vision
5. Ontologically, It Became Time & Space
6. A Song for Ea including:
b. A Myriad of Portals
c. Third Tablet
d. Warren of Imhullu
e. The Waters - The Denizens
f. E-A (Reprise)
Upcoming ABSU Festival Performances:
8/12/2011 Party San Open Air – Schlotheim , Germany
8/13/2011 Brutal Assault Open Air – Jaromer , Czech Republic
9/10/2011 An Club – Athens , Greece (w/ZEMIAL)
10/29/2011 Aurora Infernalis Festival - Driel , Netherlands
|Iced Earth album details revealed||
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (USA) – Although “Dystopia”, Iced Earth’s 10th studio offering, is not a concept album, founder Jon Schaffer admits there are unifying themes to several of the songs – and even an appearance by band mascot “Set Abominae.”
“I’ve always been fascinated by the darker side of life,” Schaffer said during a break from master tracking Iced Earth’s forthcoming album. “Movies like Metropolis, Brazil, and The Matrix resonate with me. The same for albums like 2112, The Wall, and of course Operation:Mindcrime. Their images of a soulless, repressive society stuck with me over the years. It must be the sci-fi fan in me."
In much the same way “Horror Show” (Iced Earth’s tribute to classic characters from literature and movies) was born, Schaffer said his interest in dystopian themes in music and movies led him to try his hand at that genre as well – even paying homage on the new album to the movies Dark City, V For Vendetta, and Soylent Green. The end result is ICED EARTH meets the nightmarish offspring of Brave New World and Blade Runner.
Of special interest to long-time fans are two songs on “Dystopia” (the title track and “Tragedy and Triumph”) that feature the return of the “Something Wicked” storyline and “Set Abominae” – who, when last seen in “The Crucible of Man” , had taken his position as ruler of the world.
“The opening song is a step back timeline-wise from the ‘Come What May’ track,” said Schaffer. “‘Come What May’ [the last track on “Crucible”] sets the scenario that it’s up to us and the decisions we make that will determine the future of the human race. These two songs [on “Dystopia”] take place at a time when people are in highly controlled prison-like city states, and their eventual emancipation in the closer, ‘Tragedy and Triumph’.”
In an uncanny case of art imitating life, Schaffer said Set Abominae fit perfectly with the general theme of “Dystopia”. “I remember it hit me like a ton of bricks in ’97, the whole Something Wicked story did,” Schaffer said. “I thought, ‘Man, this is going to be so cool.’ Many years later, we were on tour for Crucible and we were doing an interview over in Eastern Europe. A buddy of mine said, ‘You know, Jon, this whole Something Wicked thing could be true.’ I thought about it a moment and said, ‘Well, I don’t know about that. But there are some creepy parallels in contemporary life.’”
“So as I was thinking about all of the great movies, albums, and books with dystopian themes, I remembered that conversation and it occurred to me that the Something Wicked story could continue in a few tracks here very nicely,” Schaffer said.
Schaffer admits the recording of “Dystopia” has been especially challenging because of the band’s summer festival gigs requiring him to criss-cross the ocean numerous times.
Despite the challenges, Schaffer says working with new vocalist Stu Block is “a pleasure.”
“You just can’t ask for a better attitude,” said Schaffer. “Stu is so excited to be here. He brings a youthful exuberance to the band, which is a lot of fun. And he’s a real dude. He’s down to earth, and willing to try anything that Jim [Morris, co-producer, engineer] or I throw at him. He’s stepping into the shoes in a very natural way.”
Schaffer continues: “We’re opening up a part of his voice and a style of singing that he didn’t even really know he had. We’re exploring this whole new range. And we’re just getting started. I believe Stu will continue to grow – and has the potential to grow – into one of the greats, one of the guys that will go down in metal history. If he stays on this course, with the attitude that he has, his willingness to learn, and his passion, he’s destined for really great things. I firmly believe that.”
Song titles on “Dystopia” include:
Days of Rage
Anguish of Youth
End of Innocence
Tragedy and Triumph
“Dystopia” is scheduled for release in Europe on October 17th, and in the U.S. on October 18th both via Century Media. Two bonus tracks are also being recorded for inclusion on special editions of the album.
The release of “Dystopia” will be followed by the most extensive world tour Iced Earth has ever undertaken. The European leg of the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour begins October 30th in Bochum, Germany. See below for the dates!
Schaffer formed Iced Earth in Tampa, Florida, in 1984. Since then, he has released 9 studio albums, one live album, two compilations, three boxed sets, and several DVDs -- the most recent of which is “Festivals of the Wicked”. With worldwide sales in the millions, ICED EARTH has earned a seat in the pantheon of America’s most successful heavy-metal bands.
ICED EARTH 2011 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
06.08.2011 DE Wacken – Wacken Open Air
World Dystopia Tour 2011
30.10.2011 DE Bochum - Zeche
01.11.2011 NL Amsterdam - Melkweg
02.11.2011 NL Uden - De Pul
03.11.2011 BEL Antwerp - Trix
04.11.2011 GBR London - O2 Islington Academy
05.11.2011 GBR Birmingham - O2 Academy
06.11.2011 GBR Bristol - O2 Academ
08.11.2011 FRA Paris - Alhambra
09.11.2011 FRA Lyon - Transbordeur
10.11.2011 ESP Barcelona - Salamandra 1
11.11.2011 ESP Madrid - Sala Heineken
12.11.2011 ESP Bilbao - Rock Star Live
14.11.2011 ITA Milano - Alcatraz
15.11.2011 ITA Rome - Alpheus
18.11.2011 GRE Athens - Gagarin 205
19.11.2011 GRE Athens - Gagarin 205
20.11.2011 GRE Thessaloniki - Principal Club
21.11.2011 BUL Sofia - Yubileina Hall
22.11.2011 ROM Bucarest - The Silver Church
23.11.2011 SER Belgrade - SKC
24.11.2011 HUN Budapest - Club 202
25.11.2011 SVK Bratislava - Majestic Music Club
26.11.2011 POL Warsaw - Stodola
27.11.2011 LTU Vilnius - Forum Palace
29.11.2011 RUS Moscow - Milk
01.12.2011 FIN Helsinki - Nosturi
03.12.2011 DEN Copenhagen - The Rock
04.12.2011 GER Hamburg - Markthalle
06.12.2011 GER Herford - X
07.12.2011 GER Köln - Essigfabrik
08.12.2011 GER München - Backstage Werk
09.12.2011 GER Geiselwind - Christmas Metal Festival
10.12.2011 SWI Pratteln - Z7
11.12.2011 GER Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
13.12.2011 TUR Istanbul – Refresh - The Venue
|Enemy Reign announce new vocalist||
After a brief hiatus, Denver death metallers ENEMY REIGN are pleased to welcome new vocalist, Stevie Boiser, to the fold. Boiser replaces former throat , Sherwood Webber (Skinless), who fled the band amicably last year following a European tour , which included a slot on the Neurotic Deathfest. No stranger to the scene, Boiser comes from Calculating Geonocide and has made several fill-in appearances for various bands including Vale Of Pnath.
Commented Boiser on joining the ruckus: "I'm stoked to be working with such an awesome bunch of dudes. This is definitely the most in-your-face band I've ever been in, and the new material is coming along really well! I know I've got some pretty big shoes to fill but I'm confident I can do the job, and I intend to give this band my all. I'm excited to get out and show people exactly what we are capable of. Keep your eyes and ears open, because this is only the beginning."
ENEMY REIGN released their critically-lauded Means To A Dead End EP in Europe through Neurotic Records last year. The EP was recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cephalic Carnage, Martriden, Cobalt et al) in 2008. The band is currently plotting their upcoming new full-length, to be recorded sometime this Fall.
|Thy Catafalque sign with Season of Mist||
Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of Avant-garde Metal band THY CATAFALQUE! The Hungarian duo has already released four albums of an ever-evolving, experimental, dark yet lush music.
Vocalist / guitarist Tamás Kátai issued the following statement: "A real honour it is to work with one of the finest labels of our scene and thus to share a roster with such massive and legendary names. It's an honest pleasure to represent Hungary here."
|Axemaster reform with new vocalist||
After a short hiatus Ohio based Heavy Metal band Axemaster has officially reformed and has begun songwriting for the next Axemaster release. Original Axemaster members Joe Sims and Brian Henderson have returned to the band and they have also recruited a new Vocalist in Tony Webster (Archetype, ex-Mo Rage) for the upcoming release. Founding member and guitar player Joe Sims had this to say:
"I couldn't be happier with how things have turned out and being back as Axemaster. I've been in a few bands over the last 20 years but Axemaster has always been the one I've been known for and is by far my favorite. I'm actually really glad that Inner Terror didn't go under the name Axemaster because the music we did on that CD just wasn't "axemaster-like" enough, not like the stuff we're doing now. This is without a doubt the best writing I've ever done and with all the talent that Tony and Brian bring to the table I think this CD is gonna be something special!!!!"
Co founding member and drummer Brian Henderson states:
"I feel this is the most intense music Joe has put together and will be the biggest challenge ever for me to record my parts. Also I am looking forward to working with Tony to put a totally different and much needed voice in the mix. This CD will rock!!"
Axemaster is working on an upcoming as of yet untitled album and are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on the songs for the upcoming album. The band is currently writing 15 songs for the upcoming full length.
New Vocalist Tony Webster states:
"This is a great band with a very long history in the metal scene. I had never really heard of Axemaster until Joe contacted me through the internet and asked if I would be interested in singing with them. After he sent me some of the demos for the new album I checked out the music and really liked it. So I decided to take on another band aside from Archetype and have started writing songs with them. It sounds like old school thrash metal mixed with some doom elements. We have demoed around 15 songs so far and they are turning out awesome! This is going to be the best album the band has ever done musically and working with these guys has been great so far!"
|The Konsortium hit the charts||
We would like to inform you that last week THE KONSORTIUM entered official Norwegian sales charts with position #96.|
|Arch Enemy launch iPhone app||
ARCH ENEMY maniacs take heed! The band has launched their first official iPhone app which is now available on all iTunes stores around the world for only 0,79€.
The official Arch Enemy iPhone app brings you all the latest news straight from the band, keeps you updated on their tour dates, offers you tons of new pictures, the chance to watch videos and more info on the band and their members. In addition you can listen to their discography with sound samples and send them a message on the fan wall.
|Dark Funeral announce new bassist||
The black circle has been closed once again and it is with great pleasure that we would like to announce and welcome our new bass player, ZORNHEYM.
Now, that we face our new line up, I must say that the atmosphere and the chemistry within the band feels absolutely fantastic. Furthermore, every single member of Dark Funeral is once again sharing a tremendously strong commitment, an absolute dedication as well as utter professionalism. And I am absolutely sure that what you, our dear fans, soon will be able to witness that this unholy gathering of these five knights in Satan’s service is the most sinful and powerful Dark Funeral ever!
We have rehearsed together for a few months already. And it feels like we are already tighter and sound much better than ever before. So once we kick off touring again, we will be like an infernal war machine that will crush everything in its path.
ZORNHEYM comments : It is with great honor to be now part of this undefeatable armada of Black Metal-Warriors. When you join the truly ineffable Kings of Swedish Black Metal it is beyond doubt that great excitement accompanies this unholy path of trampled souls. Onwards into Battle! The circle is closed!
|Suicide Silence hit the charts||
After SUICIDE SILENCE’s new album “The Black Crown” debuted at the US Billboard Top 200 at position #28, the band now has also entered the official German Top 100 at #63 (source: charts.de). This marks the first ever chart entry of the band in Germany. Congratulations!
“The Black Crown” is now available in Europe as limited edition Digipak incl. an additional DVD with entertaining backstage footage, making-of material and much more as well as luxurious LP+CD version, CD and digital download.
Right now, SUICIDE SILENCE are crushing the US on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour and in early October the band will be returning to Europe as headlining act of this year’s Impericon Never Say Die! Tour 2011 – be there, ‘cause ”You Only Live Once“!
Impericon Never Say Die! Tour!
with Emmure, Deez Nuts, The Word Alive, Oceano, The Human Abstract, Vanna
Presented by Metal Hammer, Fuze, Peta2
05.10.11 Germany, Würzburg @ Posthalle
06.10.11 Germany, Leipzig @ Werk 2
07.10.11 Germany, Köln @ Essigfabrik
08.10.11 Belgium, Antwerp @ Trix Zaal
09.10.11 UK, Birmingham @ O2 Academy 2
10.10.11 UK, Cardiff @ Solus, Cardiff University
11.10.11 UK, Leeds @ University
12.10.11 UK, London @ The Electric Ballroom
13.10.11 France, Paris @ Cabaret Sauvage
14.10.11 Holland, Haarlem @ Patronaat
15.10.11 Germany, Stuttgart @ LKA
16.10.11 Germany, Hamburg @ Markthalle
18.10.11 Germany, Münster @ Sputnikhalle
19.10.11 Luxemburg, Esch @ Kulturfabrik
20.10.11 Czech Rep, Prague @ Abaton
21.10.11 Poland, Kraków @ Rotunda
22.10.11 Hungary, Budapest @ Dürer Kert
23.10.11 Austria, Wien @ Arena
24.10.11 Italy, Cesena @ Vidia Club
25.10.11 Switzerland, Zürich @ Dynamo
26.10.11 Germany, München @ Backstage Werk
27.10.11 Germany, Berlin @ Columbia Club
|Sòlstafir album details||
As previously announced, SÒLSTAFIR recently joined Season of Mist's roster. The Icelanders' new album is entitled "Svartir Sandar" and will come as a 2-disc set. Here are the cover artwork and tracklisting:
Disc 1 "Andvari":
Ljós í Stormi
Disc 2 "Gola":
"Svartir Sandar" has been scheduled for an October 14th release (October 18th in North America) and will be available as a collector's edition limited to 500 copies, including the following items:
"Svartir Sandar" on double CD in Digipak
T-shirt or Girly with front and back print
4 frosted shot glasses printed with art taken from "Svartir Sandar"
Black ice cube tray with SOLSTAFIR logo and customized ice cubes
|The Browning to film new video||
Texan electronic metallers THE BROWNING are due to film a new music video for the track "Bloodlust", which is taken from the band's forthcoming new album, BURN THIS WORLD, and you could appear in the video!
The band will be filming part of the video at Dad's Venue in Lewisville, Texas, and they need fans to turn up for a nightclub rave scene.
For a chance to be in the video, fans simply need to be at the venue from 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday, August 6th and to dress accordingly. As a special way of saying thanks, fans who turn up for the video shoot will also be treated to an exclusive listening party where they can hear the entire new album, BURN THIS WORLD.
THE BROWNING frontman JONNY MCBEE comments:
"We are super stoked to be working with Chris Collins on the music video for Bloodlust! Bloodlust is an extremely heavy, hard-hitting, techno metal song! Chris does an awesome job going over the top with effects and will make this video exactly what we are looking for!
"August 6th we will be shooting a scene for the music video at Dad's Venue in Lewisville, Texas. We need some extras, so if you have some extra time, come down! We will also be previewing the entire album that night to everyone that comes! Hope to see you there! Stoked for this video!"
BURN THIS WORLD is due to be released on October 3rd in Europe and October 4th in North America.
See THE BROWNING live on tour at the following shows:
METAL, ARISE! TOUR
THE BROWNING w/ THE DEVASTATED, ALLEGAEON
Aug. 09 - Dallas, TX - Cambridge Room @ House of Blues
Aug. 10 - Houston, TX - The Bronze Peacock @ House of Blues
Aug. 11 - New Orleans, LA - The Parish Room @ House of Blues
Aug. 12 - Jacksonville, FL - Cafe 331
Aug. 13 - West Palm Beach, FL - Propaganda
Aug. 16 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
Aug. 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts
Aug. 18 - Cleveland, OH - Cambridge Room @ House of Blues
Aug. 19 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's Front Room
Aug. 20 - Detroit, MI - Shelter
Aug. 21 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Aug. 23 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
Aug. 25 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
Aug. 26 - San Diego, CA - Delta Room @ House of Blues
|Megaton Leviathan tour dates||
Portland, Oregon doom gazers, MEGATON LEVIATHAN, will embark upon a two-week East Coast tour with headliners Wolves In The Throne Room. Known for their elaborate stage productions and stunning live visuals, MEGATON LEVIATHAN takes its listeners on a ritualistic journey that transcends far beyond the boundaries of rock ‘n’ roll. The Celestial Lineage tour is set to commence on September 14, 2011 in Washing D.C., and will run in conjunction to the re-release of the band’s 2009 self-titled demo EP, now available on limited-edition vinyl through the band’s own Volatile Rock Records. Offering up 35-minutes of raw, ethereal riffing and postrock atmosphere, the remastered demo is limited to 500 copies.
Said the band in a collective statement: “We are very excited to announce that we will be joining our good friends, Wolves In The Throne Room, on a two-week leg of their upcoming North American Tour in support of their new album, Celestial Lineage. It is especially thrilling because this tour has been booked DIY and we will be playing in underground and off-the-beaten-path spaces. This is very much in keeping with the way we wish to tour and share our vision. Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces -- particularly the folks at the Little Hamilton in Nashville, and all you cats in Austin and New Orleans -- and covering some new ground. Make sure to keep an eye on wittr.com for venue listings and directions.”
MEGATON LEVIATHAN The Celestial Lineage Tour 2011
w/ Wolves In The Throne Room:
9/14/2011 TBA – Washington, D.C. [check wittr.com for location]
9/15/2011 Broad Street Ministries – Philadelphia, PA
9/16/2011 TBA Bethlehem, PA
9/17/2011 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/18/2011 Legitimate Business – Greensboro NC
9/20/2011 JD’s – Sheffield, AL
9/21/2011 The Little Hamilton – Nashville, TN
9/22/2011 Magnetic Theater – Atlanta, GA
9/23/2011 The Chop Shop – St Petersburg, FL
9/24/2011 The Farside Collective – Tallahassee, FL
9/25/2011 TBA – New Orleans, LA [check wittr.com for location]
9/27/2011 TBA – Austin, TX [check wittr.com for location]
|Sonata Arctica to release new DVD||
Finnish Metal wolves SONATA ARCTICA are howling again – namely in the form of a new live DVD! “Live In Finland“ shows the full concert which was played on the 15th of April 2011 in Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland. Apart from timeless classics à la ´Full Moon´ or ´Letter To Dana´, various tracks of the current album “The Days Of Grays“ have found their way into the setlist, thus on the DVD as well. This heady mixture of old and new compositions of SONATA ARCTICA is supplemented by a bonus DVD on which four recorded tracks of the very own SONATA ARCTICA festival can be found, that took place on the 8th of August 2009 in Kemi. Furthermore, the viewer can enjoy the music videos of `Don’t Say A Word’, ´Paid In Full´ and ´Flag In The Ground´ as well as a photo galery and some making of’s that document the DVD’s creation. The enclosed bonus CD with eight audio recordings of the festival concert puts the final touches on this release, so that “Live In Finland“ will make each and every SONATA ARCTICA fan cry tears of joy.
Keyboarder Henrik Klingenberg states: „It's been a very hot summer here in Finland, and while most people headed to the beach, we've been working our asses off editing and compiling our new DVD. This time around we wanted to give you a show from our homecountry Finland. The main show was filmed at the Teatria club in Oulu, Finland, last April. It showcases Sonata Arctica towards the end of the Days of Grays World Tour which started back in 2009. We played a total of over 180 shows in almost 40 countries during the tour. This will be a 2-DVD release with lots of bonuses, we'll have tour documentaries, making of's as well as music videos and bonus songs from our very own Sonata Arctica Open Air festival, held in our hometown, Kemi in August 2009. Wether you missed us or checked us out during this world tour, this DVD will be the complete guide to what we've been up to these past two years. I'm sure you all will enjoy watching this DVD as much as we’ve enjoyed making it. The Days of Grays World Tour has been absolutely fantastic and I'm very happy that we’ve managed to capture all the ups and downs on film. You'll know what I’m talking about when we get this monster package out!“
Convince yourselves! Cutoff date is the 28th of October 2011. Autumn will be colorful – thanks to SONATA ARCTICA!
|Rose Funeral reveal album title||
Rose Funeral have launched the first track from their forthcoming album, Gates of Punishment. Beyond the Entombed can be heard now at metalblade.com/rosefuneral. The album can also be pre-ordered at iTunes. The physical pre-order with an exclusive t-shirt will be available shortly.
Gates of Punishment is a fitting progression of the band's dark and foreboding sound. Guest vocal appearances from Kate Alexander and Steve Tucker (Morbid Angel) add to the dark atmosphere that is created throughout the album. Seven string guitars tuned to drop A, haunting melodies, insane blasts and enough groove to keep heads banging will make this one of the heaviest releases of 2011.
Vocalist/guitarist Ryan Gardner adds, "We had the greatest time recording Gates of Punishment. It is definitely a HUGE step for Rose Funeral. I can honestly say this album just crushes any release we have done. We are looking to turn heads and drop jaws with this album. Gates of Punishment is filled with intense blasts, fast paced solos, melodic harmonies, dark chords, pissed off vocals, and harsh breakdowns. This is the sound i have been searching for with Rose Funeral, and I couldn't be happier. All I can say is that with the guys I have, it will be a huge climb in sound every album from now on."
Gates of Punishment track listing:
1. Legions of Ruination
2. Grotesque Mutilation
3. Beyond the Entombed
4. False Divine (feat. Steve Tucker)
5. Arise Infernal Existence
6. Malignant Amour (feat. Kate Alexander)
7. A Recreant Canticle
8. The Desolate Form
10. Amidst Gehenna
11. Gates of Punishment
|Throne of Katarsis to release new album||
October the 24th a new Black Metal opus sees the darkness of the world. Cold, raw, and with the bizarre aura of an everlasting funeral, Throne Of Katarsis delivers their requiem in honor of the final darkness. During three long nights the seven rites of this album was recorded. The séance was done in darkness and with poisoned minds, and with a dedication closer to a possession rather than anything else. All instruments and vocal were recorded live in the studio, in order to capture the aura the band creates during their convocations. A couple of guitar leads were added to the mix, and also chuch organ - recorded at nighttime at a local church during a highly blasfemic ceremony.
The band now consists of four individuals, while earlier being a demonic duo for seven years. The full line up is now: Infamroth (voice, guitar and church organ), Skinndød (guitar), Sanrabb (bass) and Vardalv (drums).
The album title “Ved Graven” can be translated to “At the Grave”, and is by far the darkest material written by the band to this date. To complete the vision Njard drawed the cover art, and Stein Sund assisted the mixing and mastering of the album. This is the their third studio album, and continues the march towards the funeral.
“Ved Graven” tracklist:
Profetens Siste Vandring
Av Dypets Kulde
The Holy Remains The Weak
Åpne Alle Sår
The Ultimate Shrine