The Swiss film "Anuk - Der Weg Des Kriegers" ("Anuk - The Path of the Warrior"), starring KROKUS frontman Marc Storace and ex-WARLOCK singer Doro Pesch, will be officially released in Switzerland on November 16. Storace, Pesch and director Luke Gasser recorded a song for the soundtrack called "On My Own" which was written specially for the film by Storace and Gasser. The movie's official trailer can be viewed at this location' .
ESSENCE OF SORROW, the Finnish band led by DIVINEFIRE guitarist Jani Stefanovic, will release its debut album, "Reflections of the Obscure", on December 21 in Japan through King Records and on January 10 in Europe via Rivel Records. The band, initially a solo project, began to take shape during the spring of 2005 in Gothenburg, Sweden when Stefanovic started composing intricate music that expressed various feelings through strong melancholic melodies. As time passed, Jani began to expand his vision by transforming his solo project into a full-fledged band.
"Reflections of the Obscure" features a special guest appearance by Mats Levén (THERION, AT VANCE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and ex-SONATA ARCTICA keyboardist Mikko Härkin, who has since joined the group as a permanent member.
ESSENCE OF SORROW lineup: Jani Stefanovic (DIVINEFIRE, MISERATION) - Guitar Christian Palin (RANDOM EYES) - Vocals Mikko Härkin (WINGDOM, ex-SONATA ARCTICA) - Keyboards Timo Kuusjärvi (RANDOM EYES) - Guitar Rolf Pilve (DREAMTALE) - Drums
Special guests: Mats Levén (THERION, AT VANCE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) Andreas Olsson (DIVINEFIRE, NARNIA) Patrik Gardberg (AMMOTRACK) Plec (UNMOORED)
"Reflections of the Obscure" track listing: 01. Face of Death 02. Mind Control 03. The Essence of Sorrow 04. Hollow 05. Supreme Oppression 06. Ashes 07. The Mirror 08. Trail of Tears 09. Come Serenity 10. Embraced (bonus track)
The complete details have been revealed for SENTENCED's upcoming "Buried Alive" DVD, which captures the Finnish band's final performance in their hometown of Oulu, Finland on October 1, 2005. Directed by Mika Ronkainen of Klaffi Productions, the two-disc set features the entire concert, including a special guest appearance by former SENTENCED vocalist Taneli Jarva.
"Buried Alive" DVD (view artwork at this location) track listing:
DVD1:"The Farewell Performance": 01. Intro 02. Where Waters Fall Frozen 03. May Today Become The Day 04. Neverlasting 05. Bleed 06. The Rain Comes Falling Down 07. Everfrost 08. Sun Won't Shine 09. Dead Moon Rising 10. Despair-Ridden Hearts 11. The Suicider / Excuse Me While I Kill Myself (medley) 12. The War Ain't Over* 13. Nepenthe* 14. Northern Lights* 15. The Way I Wanna Go* 16. Dance On The Graves* 17. Noose 18. Aika Multaa Muistot (Everything Is Nothing) 19. Farewell 20. No One There 21. Drown Together 22. Cross My Heart And Hope To Die 23. Brief Is The Light 24. Vengeance Is Mine 25. End Of The Road
* w/ Taneli Jarva
* Animated photo gallery * Discography * Photo Session * Video Session * Signing Session * Festival Tour * Club Tour * 7 Music Videos - Nepenthe - Bleed - Noose - The Suicider - Killing Me Killing You - No One There - Everfrost * Brand New Video: "Despair-Ridden Hearts" * Band Interviews
"Buried Alive" release dates:
Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Benelux: November 24, 2006 U.K. / Spain / Denmark / Norway / France / Rest Of Europe: November 27, 2006. Finland / Sweden / Hungary: November 29, 2006 Italy: December 1, 2006 USA: January 23, 2007
Metal Mind Productions has set a November 6 release date for the new album from Polish thrashers HORRORSCOPE, entitled "Evoking Demons". The recording sessions took place in May and June at ZED studio in Olkusz (south of Poland). According to a press release, the follow-up to "The Crushing Design" "pushes the emphasis of the band's music towards the elements that have insofar been exclusively reserved for the Bay Area elite. The album is saturated with extreme energy, both instrumentally and semantically. This sharp poisonous release should satisfy even the most discriminating lovers of metal havoc."
"Evoking Demons" track listing: 01. New Insignia (intro) 02. Mephisto 03. Traumatic Legacy 04. The Inner Pride 05. Branded 06. The Tide 07. Headhunters 08. Light The Fuse 09. The Request 10. Killers Breeding 11. Evil
JACOBS DREAM is continuing work on the material for the follow-up to 2005's "Drama of the Ages", entitled "Dominion of Darkness". This will be the group's fourth release on Metal Blade Records and the second release with new vocalist Chaz Bond. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Demon World", "Embraced by Sorrow", "Awaken the Man", "End of Days", "Death before Dishonor", "Violent Kingdom" and "Can't Break the Fall"
As part of DVD promotion (and CD whenever possible) the METAL MIND label from Poland decided to create a profile on YouTube' . They will upload there one track from all their current & future DVDs. At this very moment there are 5 videos available:
Anathema - Fragile Dreams (live) from A Moment in Time DVD Pendragon - As Good As Gold (live) from A Now Everybody To The Stage DVD Galahad - Termination (live) from Resonance - Live In Poland DVD Landmarq - Timeline (live) from Resonance - Live in Poland DVD Darzamat - The Burning Times (promo video) from Transkarpatia CD
Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND, DREAM EVIL) has been named the new singer in THERION. The group's new album, "Gothic Kabbalah", was recorded and mixed in Stockholm by Stefan Glaumann (RAMMSTEIN, EVERGREY, EUROPE) will be released in January 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records. Snowy shares the vocal duties with Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, KRUX, AT VANCE) and two female singers. A full-blown European tour with GRAVE DIGGER and SABATON kicks off mid-January.
Finnish symphonic power metallers EXCALION have posted the cover artwork for their new album, "Waterlines", at this location. The follow-up to 2005's "Primal Exhale" was recorded and mixed at Watercastle studio by Arttu Sarvanne and is scheduled for relase before the end of the year via Sound Riot Records.
"Waterlines" track listing: 01. Wingman 02. Life on Fire 03. Losing Time 04. Ivory Tower 05. I Failed You 06. Arriving as the Dark 07. Streams of Madness 08. Delta Sunrise 09. Between the Lines 10. Soaking Ground 11. Yövartio* (European bonus track) 12. Access Denied (Japanese bonus track)
* = Finnish version of the track "Arriving as the Dark"
Finnish metallers BURNING POINT will release their third album, entitled "Burned Down the Enemy", in Japan on December 20 via Soundholic. The Japanese CD will contain two bonus tracks. The European release through Metal Heaven Records is scheduled for January 2007; the exact date will be announced later.
As previously reported, BURNING POINT has for posted the cover artwork for "Burned Down the Enemy" (by Mattias Norén; EVERGREY, KAMELOT, KOTIPELTO) at this location.
The mixing sessions for "Burned Down the Enemy" took place at the Tonebox studio in the band's hometown of Oulu. Kari "Kakke" Vähäkuopus, who handled the mixing process for the previous albums, "Salvation by Fire" and "Feeding the Flames", once again helmed the sessions. The CD was mastered at Finnvox studios in Helsinki. Songtitles that were recorded are as follows (in no particular order):
01. Hell Awaits 02. Heart Of Gold 03. Parasite 04. From The Beginning Of It All 05. Burned Down The Enemy 06. Dawn Of The Ancient War 07. Deceiver 08. Bring Me Oblivion 09. Nocturnal Sight 10. To Hell And Back 11. Against The Madness Of Time 12. Eye For An Eye 13. My Reign, My Fire 14. Icebound
Состав BURNING POINT: Pete Ahonen – Vocals, Guitars Jari Kaiponen - Drums Toni "Jöpe" Kansanoja - Bass Jussi Ontero - Keyboards
Swedish black metal titans NAGLFAR have posted the following message on their official web site:
"So we've finally finished writing and arranging all the songs, and the drums for the album has been recorded at the Toontrack studio here in Umeå. Now the time has come to start recording the guitars, which shouldn't turn out to be any problem. The title of the album has been set to be 'Harvest', and will tentatively include the following attacks of audial terror:
01. Into the Black 02. Prayer of Cain 03. The Way of the Rope 04. Harvest 05. Feeding Moloch 06. The Mirrors of My Soul 07. Wargod 08. Plutonium Reveries 09. Odium Generis Humani
KRUX is the Swedish band featuring CANDLEMASS bassist Leif Edling, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Mats Levén, ex-ENTOMBED drummer Peter Stjärnvind, guitarist Jörgen Sandstrom (also in THE PROJECT HATE, ex-ENTOMBED/GRAVE), current ARCH ENEMY guitarist Fredrik Åkesson, and keyboardist Carl Westholm, has scheduled a CD-release party for its new album, "II", on November 11 in Stockholm. Audio samples of three tracks from the CD have been posted online at the band's official web site. Check out the songs "Devil Sun", "Sea of Doom" and "Lex Lucifero" at KruxDoom.se.
The follow-up to KRUX's self-titled debut, "II" was recorded at Studioland studio in Upplands Väsby, Sweden.
Scottish "pirate metallers" BATTLEHEART have released their second EP, "Terror on the High Seas", via their official web site.
BATTLEHEART is a four-piece folk power metal band hailing from Perth in Scotland. "We sing about pirates, and quests, and metal. But mostly pirates," the band writes on its web site. "The band was formed in 2004 by keyboard wizard Christopher and guitar shredmeister Gavin, and got off to a pretty slow start. But eventually the first EP was released in April 2006, to universal cries of 'man, thiикомs is pure dos.' So we recruited Dani and Doug to complete the live lineup, and proceeded to slay hundreds of poseurs with awesome live shows throughout the rest of 2006."
Terror on the High Seas E.P. (2006) 1.The Curse of Captain Morgan 02:18 2.Set Sail and Conquer 04:40 3.Terror on the High Seas 03:42 4.Wenches and Mead 03:46
BATTLEHEART is: Christopher Bowes - Keyboards, Vocals Gavin Harper - Lead Guitar Dani Evans - Bass Guitar Doug Swierczek - Drums
EMI Electrola will release the "Best Of" album from German metallers AXXIS on November 17.
EMI Electrola originally asked AXXIS for their co-operation in releasing a "best of" collection from the band several years ago. But the group was reluctant to release a compilation of material that was already available on the market. AXXIS singer Bernhard Weiss explained: "Contractually EMI is allowed to [do] with our old songs [as they please], but in this case we wouldn't support this project!"
After a long period of negotiations, the label and the band are now very happy with the final result.
Featuring previously unreleased material, remixed songs, and special acoustic versions of older tracks recorded earlier this year at Soundworxx studio, "Best Of" is a double CD containing ballads on the first disc and acoustic recordings on the second disc.
Said Weiss: "We were able to convince the label to invest a little bit more money into the project to get a worthy result. Today everybody is able to create their own AXXIS song collection or own sampler with [CD burning] etc. If a major label wants to release a 'best of,' it must be more special!"
"Best of Axxis" (view cover artwork at this location) track listing:
CD1 (ballads) 01. Only God knows (Remix 2006)* 02. Stay Don't Leave Me 03. Waterdrop (Classic Mix 2006)* 04. Touch the Rainbow (Long Version) 05. Fire and Ice (Preproduction 1988)* 06. Brandnew World (Remix 2006)* 07. Hold You 08. Face to Face (Live) 09. Tears of the Trees (Orginal Demo Version 1988)*+ 10. Love Doesn't Know Any Distance 11. Sarajevo 12. On My Own 13. Heaven 7th Train (Live 1992)* 14. Hide Away 15. World of Mystery
* previously unreleased + from the 1988 demo tape that landed AXXIS their major label deal
CD2 (acoustic recordings) 01. Living in a World (2006)* 02. Kingdom of the Night (2006)* 03. Little War (2006)* 04. Ships are Sailing (2006)* 05. Touch the Rainbow 06. Heaven in Black 07. C'est La Vie (Tango Version) 08. Fire and Ice 09. Another Day 10. Kings Made of Steel 11. Julia
* Newly recorded and previously unreleased
Bonus: two AXXIS videoclips from EMI that were broadcast by MTV between 1990 and 1996
SAVATAGE / DOCTOR BUTCHER / TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery issued the following tribute to Savatage guitarist Criss Oliva yesterday (October 17th), the day he passed away in 1993 in a car accident:
Today is the day we lost one of the greatest musicians ever. He was also a dear friend, a brother.
Criss Oliva was taken from us 13 years ago. Some of you are very aware of this, those who are not I wanted to place a reminder here today.
In the Criss Oliva forum Kat has posted about sending donations for a floral arrangement at his memorial. If you get the time and would like to help, please stop by.
The lives of all of us in the Savatage and Oliva family have never been the same since. The lives of millions of Savatage fans have never been the same. One can only imagne the magic he would have brought to our live through his music today.
Missing you as always Criss!
This is a song we dedicated to him live (Click a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9sZkVlnkH4" target="_blank">here' to open link) He never even got to play in Greece, but the kids there love him as much as we all do!!!!"
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET, the new Swedish band featuring former THE CROWN vocalist Johan Lindstrand, will release its new single, "Christmas for the Lobotomizer", on November 17 via Nuclear Blast.
In addition to the title cut, the single will contain the songs "Devil on the Red Carpet", "Hell is for Heroes" and "Bulldozer Frenzy", all recorded live at this year's Summer Breeze festival in Germany.
Italy's DOPE STARS INC. will release its new album, "Gigahearts", on November 17. According to a posting on the band's web site, the CD was produced by Victor Love and includes "11 tracks to kick your ass very bad but also to satisfy your desire of melodies and electronic exploration."
"Gigahearts" track listing: 01. Multiplatform Paradise 02. Beatcrusher 03. Braindamage 04. Lost 05. Can you Imagine 06. Bang Your Head 07. Play 'N' Kill 08. Just The Same For You 09. Technologic Age 10. Citizen Xt99 11. Critical World
THIS ENDING have finished the recordings for their debut album "Inside The Machine". The album was recorded at Offbeat studio, Stockholm, Sweden, produced by Linus Nirbrоant & This Ending. Mastering was done by Peter in de Betou at Tailor Maid.
The music of THIS ENDING embodies the qualities of technical death/thrash and the catchiness of melodic death metal! "Inside The Machine" features 10 tracks of non stop violence and here΄s the complete tracklisting of it:
01.Seed of destruction 02.Inside the machine 03.Pitch black 04.Plague angel 05.Lidless eyes 06.Armageddon 07.Nailed down 08.Let the world burn 09.Into pain 10.This ending
Polish progressive rock/metal band MOONLIGHT has had the release date of its new album, "Integrated in the System of Guilt", pushed back to November 27 from the previously announced November 6 (via Metal Mind Productions). The CD was recorded in August at the Fonoplastykon studio with engineer Marcin Bors and marks the group's first release with new drummer Krzysztof "Bialy" Medrala (BODY MIND RELATION).
Commented guitarist Andrzej Kutys: "The album is heavy and powerful but also lyrical, psychedelic and disco-like; it is full of noises as well as beautiful melodies. The songs interleave, thus creating a musical whole. Also, you are in for a big surprise as, for the first time in the band's history, we have a guest on the album! Adam Sypula from CTRL-ALT-DEL joined Maja on vocals in one track. In our opinion, it is the best MOONLIGHT album."
"Integrated in the System of Guilt" track listing: 01. Slice 02. Recovering 03. Come With Me 04. Noom 05. For Better Days 06. Not My Politics 07. Reset 08. Redrum
MOONLIGHT's current lineup: Maja Konarska - Vocals Andrzej Kutys - Guitar Michal Podciechowski - Bass Guitar Kuba Maciejewski - Keyboards Krzysztof Medrala – Drums
Long-running Italian metallers WHITE SKULL will release their new album, "The Ring of the Ancients", on October 20 via Dragonheart Records. The follow-up to 2004's "The XIII Skull" was recorded at Remaster Studio in Vicenza and is said to be a concept album about Celtic history and culture.
"The Ring of the Ancients" track listing: 01. Ninth Night 02. Guardians 03. Head Hunters 04. The Ring of the Ancients 05. Half Moon Path 06. From The Mist 07. Ogam (Mystic writings on the Stone) 08. After the Battle (...Bottle) 09. King with the Silver Hand 10. Valhalla 11. Marching to Alesia 12. Tuatha De Danaan Bonus track: 13. Ninth Night (video clip)
"The Ring of the Ancients" is WHITE SKULL's first album for Dragonheart following the group's split with Frontiers Records
AMOK, the Norwegian death metal quartet featuring Lava (TAAKE, ex-AETERNUS) on guitar, Necrocum (MYSTICUM, ABORYM) on vocals, Iscariah (NECROPHAGIA, ex-IMMORTAL, WURDULAK) on bass and Stanley on drums, has made two songs from its debut album, "Necrospiritual Deathcore", available for streaming via the media player at its official web site, www.nekro.info. The CD, which features guest appearences by Taipan (ORCUSTUS), U. Hoest (TAAKE) and Fabban Malfeitor (ABORYM), was issued via the newly formed label Planet Satan Revolution.
"Necrospiritual Deathcore" track-listing: 1.Necropsy Cunt 2.Geitehelvete 3.Channelling Black Horns 4.Effective Mass-Torture 5.Organ Ejaculator 6.Providentialism 7.Postapokalyptisk Korstog 8.Goatflesh Removal (Corpus Christi) 9.Goatflesh Removal (Memento Mori) 10.Goatflesh Removal (Gloria In Excelsis Deo)
Norwegian melodic metal band ENSLAVEMENT OF BEAUTY has had a change of heart and will carry on despite a previous announcement that the group was about to split. ENSLAVEMENT OF BEAUTY's new album will be titled "Mere Contemplations" and will contain 10 tracks of the band's unique melodic metal. The CD will be released via the Norwegian independent label INRI Unlimited. Three songs are now available for streaming at the group's official MySpace page' .
CRADLE OF FILTH's video for the new song "Temptation" can be viewed at this location' . The track comes off "Thornography", which is scheduled for release on October 17 through Roadrunner Records. An e-card for the CD can be accessed here.
BEYOND FEAR's video for the song "And... You Will Die" has been posted online at this location' (Real Media). The track comes off the group's self-titled debut album, which came out in May via SPV Records.
A "sneak peek" at the video for IRON MAIDEN's "Different World", the new single from the band's "A Matter of Life and Death" album, has been posted online at this location' (Windows Media). The "stunning" promotional clip full of animated action-packed adventure was directed by Howard Greenhalgh.
The cover artwork for DRAGONLAND's fourth album, "Astronomy", has been posted online at this location. Created by art wizard Niklas Sundin (who has previously worked with ARCH ENEMY, IN FLAMES, and DARK TRANQUILLITY, among others), it "reflects the astronomical theme of the album, with Copernicus surrounded by astronomical instruments and symbols which represent mankinds delving into the utterly dark vistas and the Cyclopean stars, which has been the focal point of awe for millenia and has not only lead to scientific endavours but also baffling myths and foreboading astrology," according to the band.
"Astronomy" is scheduled for release on November 13 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Starfall" was recorded at Studio Fredman (IN FLAMES, HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR) in Gothenburg with producer Fredrik Nordström.
"Astronomy" final track listing: 01. Supernova (5:09) 02. Cassiopeia (4:06) 03. Contact (4:25) 04. Astronomy (3:20) 05. Antimatter (3:00) 06. The Book of Shadows part IV: The Scrolls of Geometria Divina (4:04) 07. Beethoven's Nightmare (6:11) 08. Too Late for Sorrow (3:36) 09. Direction: Perfection (4:29) 10. The Old House on the Hill Chapter I: A Death in the Family (4:30) 11. The Old House on the Hill Chapter II: The Thing in the Cellar (3:07) 12. The Old House on the Hill Chapter III: The Ring of Edward Waldon (6:17)
Norway's TRAIL OF TEARS has unveiled the cover artwork (created by Jan Yrlund) for its fifth album, "Existentia", tentatively due in January 2007 via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded at Soundsuite Studio in Marseille, France with producer Terje Refsnes and includes contributions from French female singer Emmanuelle Zoldan and Norwegian keyboard master Bernt Moen.
"Existentia" track listing: 01. Deceptive Mirrors 02. My Comfort 03. Venom Inside My Veins 04. Decadence Becomes Me 05. She Weaves Shadows 06. The Closing Walls 07. Empty Room 08. Poisonous Tongues 09. As It Penetrates 10. Shades Of Yesterday