GAMMA RAY recently inked a deal with Steamhammer/SPV. The group's new album, "Land of the Free II" (cover artwork), is scheduled for release in Europe on November 19 (November 16 in Germany). The CD will arrive in the U.S. in January.
"Land of the Free II" will be a conceptual continuation of the group's 1995 classic "Land of the Free", and will contain around 65 minutes of music.
GAMMA RAY produced their new album themselves. All four musicians — Kai Hansen, Henjo Richter (guitar), Dirk Schlächter (bass) and Daniel Zimmermann (drums) — are experienced enough to translate their ideas at the studio. But for the first time in ages, the band allowed themselves the luxury of enlisting outside support for certain stages of the recording process. "We wanted to have a clear head in some areas to be able to concentrate on the important things," Hansen explains the enlistment of Tommy Newton (HELLOWEEN, UFO, etc.) and his Area 51 studio in Celle, where the new material was mixed. Newton also took care of the drum parts as a sound engineer at GAMMA RAY's own studio.
"Land of the Free II" track listing: 01. Into The Storm (3:47) 02. From The Ashes (5:26) 03. Rising Again (0:27) 04. To Mother Earth (5:11) 05. Rain (5:16) 06. Leaving Hell (4:20) 07. Empress (6:22) 08. When The World (5:44) 09. Opportunity (7:14) 10. Real World (5:42) 11. Hear Me Calling (4:14) 12. Insurrection (11:33)
Dutch/Swedish alternative rock band DIAL, featuring bass player/vocalist/guitarist Kristoffer Gildenlöw (formerly of PAIN OF SALVATION), vocalist/bassist LiLo and guitarist Rommert van der Meer, will make its video for the song "Beautiful"' on Friday, October 26 via the group's MySpace and YouTube pages. The clip was created by the Dutch media company D'iMages, which has previously worked with AYREON, STAR ONE, SHADOW GALLERY, AFTER FOREVER, STREAM OF PASSION and LA-VENTURA, among others.
"Beautiful" comes off DIAL's debut album, "Synchronized", which was released in May via ProgRock Records. The CD was recorded at Dead Soul Temple studio in Austria with producer Devon Graves (DEADSOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ) and drummer Dirk Bruinenberg (PATRICK RONDAT, ex-ELEGY, CONSORTIUM).
On November 16, EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet will release two six-track albums — "Lost in Space Part 1" and "Lost in Space Part 2" — from his AVANTASIA project. Apart from the identical title track, both releases will feature completely different, exclusive songs plus videos, a poster, studio reports, a "making-of," a slideshow, and loads of enhanced bonus material, each for the price of a CD single.
The track listing for the two EPs is as follows:
"Lost in Space Part 1": 01. Lost In Space (mp3' clip) 02. Lay All Your Love On Me 03. Another Angel Down (feat. Jorn Lande) 04. The Story Ain't Over (feat. Bob Catley & Amanda Somerville) 05. Return To Avantasia 06. Ride The Sky (feat. Eric Singer on vocals) 07. Lost In Space (video clip) 08. Lost In Space (making of the video clip) 09. Photo Gallery + Poster
"Lost in Space Part 2": 01. Lost In Space 02. Promised Land (feat. Jorn Lande and Michael Kiske) (mp3' clip) 03. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes 04. Scary Eyes 05. In My Defense 06. Lost In Space (alive at Gate studio, feat. Amanda Somerville) 07. The Road To Avantasia (studio report with interview) 08. Slideshow
MACBETH has set "Superangelic Hate Bringers" as the title of the forthcoming album. It was recorded in two different studios including a private studio in Reykjavik, Iceland and New Sins studios in Italy, where the band also mixed and mastered the cd.The fourth studio album will feature 10 brand new tracks and will be released by Dragonheart records / SPV GmbH on November 16th.
Tracklisting: 01. Don't pretend 02. To my falling star 03. Without you 04. Watch us die 05. Don't include me in your dreams 06. Veils 07. H.A.T.E. 08. Grey skies 09. Break the circle 10. (The world) In my mind *Withou you (video) extended version
Finnish folk metallers KORPIKLAANI have issued the following update:
“We have been in the studio again every now and then since last spring, and we have more material ready than is needed for an entire album. It is already mixed and ready.
"The album became quite long, but we just could not drop any of the 14 songs. It was already hard to decide which songs would become bonus tracks. So, we offer to you 14 new songs plus 2 bonus tracks on our upcoming album 'Korven Kuningas', which means 'King of the Woods'.
"This time the album cover will be painted, not Photoshopped. The old man 'Vaari' will be figuring on the cover again, so it will look familiar and faithful to everyone, even though a different technique is used."
"Korven Kuningas" is tentatively scheduled for release in February 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Swedish melodic death/black metallers DEVIAN — who feature in their ranks former MARDUK members Legion (vocals) and Emil Dragutinovic (drums) after their departure from MARDUK — have posted the second "webisode" documenting the recording process for the group's debut album, "Ninewinged Serpent", due on October 22 via Century Media Records. Watch the three-and-a-half-minute clip below.
"Ninewinged Serpent" was recorded at Sweden's Art Decay Studio. Mixing duties were handled by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman (AT THE GATES, ARCH ENEMY, DIMMU BORGIR). The cover artwork was created by Greece's master of dark visuals Seth (PARADISE LOST, SOILWORK, OLD MAN'S CHILD).
"Ninewinged Serpent" track listing: 01. Serenade For The Fallen [Intro] 02. Dressed In Blood 03. Heresy 04. Scarred 05. Suffer The Fools 06. Fatalist 07. Gemini Is The Snake 08. Instigator 09. Remnant Song 10. Ninewinged Serpent