According to a posting on HOLY MOSES' official web site, the title of the group's upcoming album will be "Strength Power Will Passion" and not "Strange Power Will Passion", as previously announced.
The group's tenth album, "Strength Power Will Passion" is scheduled for release on May 23 via Armageddon Music. 22 songs and over 80 minutes of music were reportedly laid down at the band's Absurd studio for the follow-up to 2002's "Disorder of the Order" (Century Media). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Symbol of Spirit", "Examination", "Lost Inside", "I Will", "Angel Cry", "Rebirthing", "Space Clearing", "End of Time", "Death Bells (II)", "Channeling" and "Sacred Crystals". Cover artwork will be handled Markus Mayer.
This summer traditionally will take place METAL HEADS MISSION. As usual on the coast of The Black Sea, near Evpatoria, Ukraine. This year the event will strength for 3 days.
The possible bands to play on fest are NAPALM DEATH, CRABATOR, ALIENATION MENTAL, CEREBRAL TURBULENCY, DEAD INFECTION, SQUASH BOWELS, SANATORIUM, CENOTAPH and other great groups from Finland, Czech Rep., Turkey, Germany, Slovakis, Israel. Don't forget the best collectives from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and Moldova! If you want to play on MHM, contact the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org' . Totally 50 bands will perform on fest.
The official webpage of MHM is almost ready. There you will be able to see the last information about fest line-up and get the answers for all your questions.
Don't forget, that festival will take place August 5, 6, 7 in entertaining complex "Sun", on the Black Sea coast.
Brazilian thrashers SEPULTURA are in the process of writing material for their new studio album, which is said to be based on the "The Divine Comedy", widely considered the greatest epic poem of Italian literature, and one of the greatest of world literature.
The band "have what they call 'ideas' for 18 songs, that means parts of songs with no final structure," reads a posting on the group's web site. "The next step is to record a pre-demo and start putting the pieces together."
WITHIN Y, the Swedish melodic death metal band featuring former GARDENIAN drummer Thim Blom, have announced the addition of guitarist Niknam Moslehi to the group's ranks. Moslehi joins the band as the replacement for Niklas Almen, who left the group late last year.
SINERGY, the acclaimed Finnish metal band featuring singer Kimberly Goss and CHILDREN OF BODOM members Alexi Laiho (guitar) and Roope Latvala (guitar), have spent the past few months quietly recording their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in late 2005 through Nuclear Blast Records. Goss has provided BLABBERMOUTH.NET with the following update on the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2001's "Suicide By My Side":
"SINERGY does indeed still exist, though the absence of our website and having only played two gigs in the past six months may lead people to believe otherwise.
"Our fourth album will be called 'Sins of the Past'. We started recording drums and bass in June of last year at Finnvox Studios, and have continued recording the rest of it at Beyond Abilities Studios (the studio of Janne Wirman from CHILDREN OF BODOM). However, we've had to record the album in separate sections due to CHILDREN OF BODOM's busy touring schedule last year. We've sometimes had to take several months off in between recording.
"Alexi just got his cast off last week [after suffering a broken arm in a fall in December], but still needs to wear a brace for another few weeks. He's able to play guitar now, but we're gonna wait until he's 100 percent recovered before he finishes his leads on the album. In the meantime, myself and Roope have been busy recording our parts. The album will then be mixed and mastered at Finnvox when the recording is finished.
"All I can say is that we are hopeful that the album will be released sometime this year. We'll have a new website up once the artwork for the new album is finished."
SALEM is currently in the recording studio, putting the final touches to their up and coming release "No Strings Attached", scheduled to be out this coming April through a local distributor in Israel, The End Records in North America and Raven Music for the rest of the world.
"No Strings Attached" contains 11 songs from the band's past repertoire and one brand new song, all re-arranged to be played with one of the most respected all-girl Srting Quartets in the country.
NAPALM DEATH will be embarking on a European tour with MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD and DIECAST beginning on June 1. The trek is expected to last six weeks. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
NAPALM DEATH's new album, "The Code is Red...Long Live the Code", is scheduled for release in Europe on April 25 via Century Media Records.
"The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code" was recorded at Foel Studios with producer Russ Russell and features guest appearances by Jello Biafra (ex-DEAD KENNEDYS), Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED) and Jeff Walker (ex-CARCASS). The complete track listing for the CD can be found at this location.
German power metallers ANGEL DUST, featuring guitarist Bernd Aufermann (RUNNING WILD) alongside Dirk Thurisch (vocals), Steven Banx (keyboards) and Dirk Assmuth (drums), have finished writing 12 songs for their new album and are preparing to enter the studio to begin recording the effort, tentatively due later in the year.
In other news, Aufermann has revealed in a posting on his web site that he will be making several guest appearances with CIRCLE II CIRCLE on their upcoming European tour. Aufermann wrote two songs for the new CIRCLE II CIRCLE album, "Middle of Nowhere", due on March 29 via AFM Records.
New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE, now featuring former TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have signed a new worldwide deal with Indecent Media. The group's sophomore album, "Cycle of Pain", is scheduled for release on March 15.
Jurgen Korduletsch, president of dance and pop label Radikal Records, established Indecent Media in the fall of 2004 with a focus on finding, releasing, and developing rock and alternative artists.
HAVOCHATE is one of the label's first signings. The group caught Korduletsch's ear with their 2003 debut, "This Violent Earth". Impressed with the group's level of musicianship and the guitar virtuosity of Ordine — HAVOCHATE's founder and leader — he convinced the group to start working on a new album immediately.
"I almost fell out of my chair when I heard the album for the first time," said Korduletsch. "It is a tremendous collision of great songs and brutal force playing."
The follow-up to "This Violent Earth", which was released through Root Of All Evil Records, "Cycle of Pain" is being described as a "marked growth" from its predecessor, brought on partially by the band's revamped lineup. Joining Ordine are vocalist Tim Bouchee, who joined the band early last year; Mario Rodriguez, who was added as second guitarist after the recording of the first album; Christian; and drummer Ovie Rodriguez. Tracklist: 01. Cold Embrace 02. Cycle of Pain 03. Fiction 04. Alone 05. Speak No More 06. Rotting Hour 07. Crack in the Sky 08. Tentacle 09. Still Alive 10. Wicked 11. Buried in Lies
Audio samples of all 11 tracks are available for download at this location' .
BEHEMOTH's video for the track "Conquer All", taken from their latest album, "Demigod", will receive its "Headbanger's Ball" premiere this Saturday, February 5 at 10:00 p.m. EST on MTV2. Download the video at this location' .
The "Conquer All" clip was directed by Joanna Rechnio and "the whole filming session took us about 11 hours," BEHEMOTH frontman Nergal said in a statement. "I believe we did a great job. It's for sure the best thing we have done so far."
"Demigod" was mixed by BEHEMOTH frontman Nergal and producer Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES) at Dug-Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden. Mastering duties were handled at the Cutting Room studios in Stockholm. A guest appearance by NILE's Karl Sanders is included in the track "Xul".
"Demigod" was released in October via Regain Records in Europe, Mystic Records in Poland, Raven Music in Israel and Irond in Russia.
SUBLIMINAL CRUSHER are currently in the recording studio to begin working on their yet unnamed first full-length record, tentatively due on late spring. The tracklist counts 11 tracks, and some of the track names are "Unfertile Suggestions", "A Poetry", "Slavery", "Fuck-simile". A cover version of a TESTAMENT classic will also be recorded, to be included as a bonus track at the end of the album.
German progressive metallers VANDEN PLAS have posted the following message on their official web site:
"The name for the new VANDEN PLAS album has been chosen: It will be a concept album called 'Christ 0' ('Christ Zero'). It's a modern adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' book 'Monte Cristo'. The band is also working on a rock opera based on the same concept, but the regular VANDEN PLAS album is their main priority. Even though the band has been working on theater-oriented material for their rock opera, 'Christ Zero' will be a very heavy album. The band has written more than 25 songs and will chose about 15 of them to work on the arrangements for the album. The leftover material will be used for the rock opera.
"In a recent interview with the French webzine Progressia.net, [vocalist] Andy Kuntz said that the band hasn't abandoned the project of releasing a DVD. They're thinking about recording a full-length show during the tour following the release of 'Christ 0'.
SHAITAN MAZAR, the new band featuring former NILE members Chief Spires (bass, vocals) and John Ehlers (guitar), have posted audio samples from their recently completed full-length CD, "Catalyst of Amalgamation", at this location' .
Commented Chief: "We are very excited about the release of this CD. It contains the heart, sweat, soul and commitment from each member of this band. Now that we have it in our hands we can put it in your ears. We will now begin the label shopping process and I'm working on some touring coming up real soon. Thanks to everyone all around the world for your support, and patience. I will see all of you again real soon."
"Catalyst of Amalgamation" track listing:
01. Beneath 02. Rite of Passage 03. The Final Nail 04. Truth Defies Reason 05. Blame 06. Taste the Sun 07. Homage 08. Fallen Forsaken 09. Baptizm (2005)
California death-grind band DISGORGE entered Black Beard Studio in late 2004 to begin recording their Crash Music Inc. debut, "Parallels of Infinite Torture", tentatively due out in the spring.
"We are near the end of our mixing stage, all tracks where laid down in December and sound blistering!" the band write in a statement. "We have put a lot of time into making this the best sounding DISGORGE album to date! There will also be a enhanced track on this pressing!
"We are awaiting Crash Music Inc. to give us an official release date and as soon as our new web site is complete we will have a sample song to download for all of you who have been patiently waiting! Also we are gathering footage for DVD, so if anyone has footage of DISGORGE please contact us on our web site at www.disgorge-usa.com."
DISGORGE had previously released two albums through the Unique Leader label: "She Lay Gutted" (1999) and "Consume the Forsaken" (2001).
Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have signed a deal with Sweden's Regain Records. The group recently completed the drum tracks for their new album, "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam", at Lydriket Studios in Norway for a tentative late spring/early summer release.
GORGOROTH were most recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records, who released the band's last three efforts: "Twilight of the Idols" (2003), "Incipit Satan" (2000) and "Destroyer" (1998).
GORGOROTH recently inked a deal with the French label Season of Mist for the reissues of their first three albums: "Pentagram" (1994), "Antichrist" (1996) and "Under the Sign of Hell" (1997). All three will be re-released on February 17 in a remastered, digipack version.
Fans of the Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will be able to chat with Oscar Dronjak (guitars) and Joacim Cans (vocals) at Aftonbladet.se' on Thursday, February 3 beginning at 2:00 p.m. (CET).
As previously reported, HAMMERFALL's video for their new single, "Blood Bound", has been posted online at this location' .
HAMMERFALL will release their new album, "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken", on March 7 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Crimson Thunder" was produced and mixed by Charlie Bauernfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HELLOWEEN).
DARK TRANQUILLITY's new album, "Character", has entered the Italian chart at No. 57 and the Finnish chart ay No. 30. As previously reported, "Character" debuted in the band's native Sweden at No. 3.
DARK TRANQUILLITY have just kicked off a huge European tour with KREATOR, HATESPHERE and EKTOMORF, which runs through March 7 at the Helsinki Icehall for the "Tuska Winter War" festival (with CRADLE OF FILTH and others). One month later, the American soil will get to experience DARK TRANQUILLITY on tour with SOILWORK, HYPOCRISY and MNEMIC.