DRACONIAN have completed their new album. Entitled "Turning Season Within" it was recorded at Fascination Street Studios by producers Jens Bogren and David Castillo (OPETH, KATATONIA).
On their lastest output, DRACONIAN continue to uniquely unite Doom and Gothic Metal. Thus, "Turning Season Within" comprises more up-tempo parts, an enhanced heaviness, and the band΄s most personal lyrics to date. "Failing and breaking releationships, the resulting pain, and the art of dealing with it is an essential theme", says vocalist Anders.
Belgian artist Dennis Sibeijn will express the band΄s vision graphically.
Turning Season Within will be released on February 29, 2008
Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH will release a "platinum" edition of their latest album, "Dark Passion Play" (release date to be confirmed), which will include all 13 songs from the original version plus five bonus tracks:
01. Erämaan Viimeinen (new track) 02. The Escapist (new track) 03. Meadows of Heaven (orchestral version) 04. The Poet and the Pendulum (demo) 05. Bye, Bye Beautiful (DJ Orkidea remix).
On December 5, NIGHTWISH will release a Finland-only single, "Erämaan Viimeinen" (Last of the Wilds). "Erämaan Viimeinen" is the instrumental "Last of the Wilds" off "Dark Passion Play", but with Finnish lyrics, courtesy of Jonsu from the all-girl pop/rock band INDICA, who will open for NIGHTWISH in Scandinavia.
WITHIN TEMPTATION vocalist Sharon den Adel and LEAVES' EYES singer Liv Kristine performed with DELAIN on November 2 at Broerenkerk in Zwolle, Holland. They reprised their respective guest vocalist roles from DELAIN's 2006 debut album, "Lucidity". Watch fan-filmed video footage from the concert below.
DELAIN is the Dutch gothic rock project founded by ex-WITHIN TEMPTATION keyboardist Martijn Westerholt (brother of WITHIN TEMPTATION's Robert Westerholt).
German metallers BRAINSTORM have revealed the cover artwork for their new album, "Downburst", due on January 25 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy and January 28 in the rest of the world via Metal Blade Records. The CD will be released as a regular jewelcase as well as in a limited edition jakebox (100% plastic-free) including two bonus tracks.
"Downburst" track listing: 01. Falling Spiral Down 02. Fire Walk With Me 03. Stained With Sin 04. Redemption In Your Eyes 05. End In Sorrow 06. How Do You Feel 07. Protect Me From Myself 08. Surrounding Walls 09. Frozen 10. All Alone ------------------ Bonus tracks (limited version): 11. Crawling In Chains 12. Hold Tight
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have set "The Formation of Damnation" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in early 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records. the band is currently recording the drums tracks with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.
TESTAMENT recently recruited Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN, SYSTEMATIC) to play the drums on new CD. The group was previously rehearsing and writing new material with British drummer Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR), but Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and international work visa issues have prevented Barker from continuing to be involved in the project.
The End Records has set a February 19, 2008 release date for VIRGIN BLACK's "Requiem – Fortissimo", the much-anticipated follow-up to 2007's "Requiem - Mezzo Forte".
On its latest album — the second instalment of a trilogy — VIRGIN BLACK exhumes the death/doom vibe of early PARADISE LOST and MY DYING BRIDE albums. This is by far the band's rawest and heaviest work to date.
The album's cover art was created by esteemed fashion photographer Andrew Dunbar whose work will be seen throughout the series.
Comments singer/keyboardist Rowan London: "I should feel a sense of dread offering up something so atypical for us to be interrogated and scrutinized. But the fearlessness that we inhabited while writing 'Fortissimo' and the 'Requiem' series survives to see its unveiling. An album not so much about death as the absence of life; it's damn heavy but its countenance is far more brutal than its sound could ever be. Long live the 'death choir.'"
You can hear the track "Silent" by visiting The End Records' MySpace' page at this location.
Says London about the song: "The track 'Silent' simultaneously represents both the divergences and links between Fortissimo and Mezzo Forte. I'm sure that it will surprise a few people."
"Requiem – Fortissimo" track listing: 01. The Fragile Breath 02. In Winters Ash 03. Silent 04. God in Dust 05. Lacrimosa (Gather Me) 06. Darkness 07. Forever
The cover artwork for the upcoming album from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project, entitled "The Scarecrow", can be found at this location. Due at the end of January via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD is expected to feature guest appearances by the following artists:
Alice Cooper (vocals) Amanda Somerville (vocals) Bob Catley (MAGNUM; vocals) Jorn Lande (ex-MASTERPLAN; vocals) Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY; guitar) Michael Kiske (ex-HELLOWEEN; vocals) Oliver Hartmann Roy Khan (KAMELOT; vocals) Rudolf Schenker (SCORPIONS; guitar)
"The Scarecrow" track listing: 01. Twisted Mind 02. The Scarecrow 03. Shelter From The Rain 04. Carry Me Over 05. What Kind Of Love 06. Another Angel Down 07. The Toy Master 08. Devil In The Belfry 09. Cry Just A Little 10. I Don't Believe In Your Love 11. Lost In Space
MANOWAR drummer Scott Columbus has told Brazil's NovoMetal.com that he is working on his first solo album.
"Over the past year, I've been working on a solo project, and it's instrumental — there is no vocals, it's all music," he said. "I've got about 80% of the songs [done] and hopefully, in the next year, 2008, it will get released. [Musically it's] a little different from MANOWAR, [but] it's really cool. It's fucking great driving music. You'll see yourself driving at high speeds if you listen to that."
AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has revealed the cover artwork for its new album, "01011001", due in Europe on January 28, 2008 (one day later in the U.S.). The track listing for the effort is as follows:
CD1 - Y: 01. Age Of Shadows (incl. "We Are Forever') 02. Comatose 03. Liquid Eternity 04. Connect The Dots 05. Beneath The Waves (a) Beneath The Waves (b) Face The Facts (c) But A Memory... (d) World Without Walls (e) Reality Bleeds 06. Newborn Race (a) The Incentive (b) The Vision (c) The Procedure (d) Another Life (e) Newborn Race (f) The Conclusion 07. Ride The Comet 08. Web Of Lies
Disc 2 - Earth:
01. The Fifth Extinction (a) Glimmer of Hope (b) World of Tomorrow Dreams (c) Collision Course (d) From the Ashes (e) Glimmer of Hope (reprise) 02. Waking Dreams 03. The Truth Is In Here 04. Unnatural Selection 05. River of Time 06. E=MC2 07. The Sixth Extinction (a) Echoes On The Wind (b) Radioactive Grave (c) 2085 (d) To The Planet Of Red (e) Spirit On The Wind (f) Complete The Circle
The complete list of musicians who appear on the album is as follows:
Vocalists: Daniel Gildenlöw (PAIN OF SALVATION) Tom Englund (EVERGREY) Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN) Anneke van Giersbergen (AGUA DE ANNIQUE, THE GATHERING) Jonas Renkse (KATATONIA) Bob Catley (MAGNUM) Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN) Floor Jansen (AFTER FOREVER) Steve Lee (GOTTHARD) Magali Luyten (VIRUS IV) Ty Tabor (KING'S X) Simone Simons (EPICA) Liselotte Hegt (DIAL) Phideaux Marjan Welman Wudstik Arjen Lucassen
Instrumentalists: Arjen Lucassen: Guitar, Keyboards, Synths, Bass Guitar, Programming Tomas Bodin (THE FLOWER KINGS): Keyboards Derek Sherinian (PLANET X): Keyboards Joost van den Broek (AFTER FOREVER, STAR ONE): Keyboards Michael Romeo (SYMPHONY X): Guitar Lori Linstruth (ex-STREAM OF PASSION): Guitar Ed Warby (GOREFEST): Drums Jeroen Goossens (FLAIRCK): Flute Ben Mathot (DIS): Violin David Faber: Cello