SOILWORK have revealed the details of their forthcoming album. It will be entitled "Sworn to a Great Divide" and will be released on October 19 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The full tracklisting is: 01. Sworn To A Great Divide 02. Exile 03. Breeding Thorns 04. Your Beloved Scapegoat 05. The Pittsburgh Syndrome 06. I, Vermin 07. Light Discovering Darkness 08. As The Sleeper Awakes 09. Silent Bullet 10. Sick Heart River 11. 20 More Miles
APOCALYPTICA's new song "SOS", featuring a guest appearance by LACUNA COIL frontwoman Cristina Scabbia, has been posted on the APOCALYPTICA MySpace' page. The track comes off the group's new album, "Worlds Collide", due in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on September 14 via G.U.N. Records.
SUBWAY TO SALLY, the Potsdam, Germany-based rock/metal band with folk and medieval influences, will release its new album, "Bastard", on October 26 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Horus studio in Hannover, Germany and Lundgaard studio in Denmark. The track listing for the effort is as follows:
01. Meine Seele Brennt 02. Puppenspieler 03. Auf Kiel 04. Umbra 05. Voodoo 06. Wehe Stunde 07. Die Trommel 08. Unentdecktes Land 09. Hohelied 10. Canticum Satanae 11. Tanz auf dem Vulkan 12. Fatum 13. In der Stille
RAGE has issued the following update revealing the title of their forthcoming album:
"At the moment, Peavy, Victor and Andrй are working with high pressure at their new album, with the working title "Carved in Stone".
"Carved in Stone" is also the title of a new song, a super hymn, which could open the live shows in future. More titles are (under reserve): Open My Grave (very heavy & dark), One Step Ahead, Long Hard Road and Without You. There are much more songs, we'll tell you more about, soon.
The music is very catchy, and compared with the last output, straight-lined. Due to Andrйs way of playing the drums, a newer wind came into. Most of the lyrics deal with critically notes to anxiously, socially developments."
RAMMSTEIN have posted the following upadate on their official site:
"Since the rumour did alarm people that Till Lindemann would leave Rammstein after the release of the upcoming album, we are pleased to inform you that after consulting Rammstein manager Emanuel Fialik, the so-called news turns out being a fake.
Neither Till Lindemann nor another band member plans to leave Rammstein. The band is currently working on the next album and is in an excellent mood. As the greed for news is the actual doping in cycling, this 'news' is only serving those who spread the same. Though the world knows now that EnEsch has moved to Berlin, even the poor EnEsch was shocked by the outlook to have to step into Till Lindemanns footsteps. I hope he and the fans of the band will recover soon from this false report."
Goth metallers THE OLD DEAD TREE are just back from Stage One Studio, Germany, where soundboard wizard Andy Classen recently finished recording, mixing and mastering the band's latest opus "The Water Fields", due next September 17th :
The full tracklisting will be: Start the Fire Don't wake me up (those who never wear white) Dive What's done is done The Water Fields Is your Soul for Sale? A distant Light was shining Regarding Kate Rise to the Occasion Hey This is now Farewell
According to vocalist/guitarist Manuel:
"The band went further again, reaching a new stage in terms of songwriting and maturity. This album is much heavier and darker, but also more diverse and full of sheer emotion! Even the production of Andy Classen outdoes the job on our previous material."
QUEENSRŸCHE played a five-song acoustic set earlier today (Saturday, July 21) at Looney Tunes in West Babylon, New York. According to AnybodyListening.net, the setlist for the performance was as follows:
01. Sign of the Times 02. Bridge 03. The Hands 04. Until There Was You 05. Eyes of a Stranger
The event was reportedly professionaly recorded for a possible CD or DVD.
Drummer Eric Singer (KISS, ALICE COOPER) revealed during a recent interview with rock and roll comic C.C. Banana at the 21st annual NY/NJ Kiss Expo that Alice Cooper has recorded a guest appearance on "The Scarecrow", the third installment of EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA solo project. According to Singer, Michael Schenker (ex-UFO, SCORPIONS) and Michael's brother Rudolf (SCORPIONS) will also appear on the album, which features Eric on drums, Tobias on bass, and former MASTERPLAN/ARK frontman Jorn Lande and Amanda Somerville (the American singer-songwriter and vocal coach who is better known for her collaborations with various European metal bands, including EPICA, AFTER FOREVER and EDGUY) on additional vocals. More guest appearances are expected to be announced soon.
Australian progressive metal band VANISHING POINT has posted its video for the song "Surrender" at YouTube' . The track comes off the group's new album, "The Fourth Season", due on August 24 via Dockyard 1. The follow-up to 2005's "Embrace the Silence" was once again recorded with Endel Rivers at Palm studios in the band's hometown of Melbourne. Mastering duties were handled by legendary Mika Jussila (STRATOVARIUS, NIGHTWISH, SONATA ARCTICA) at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.
"The Fourth Season" track listing: 01. Embodiment 02. Tyranny Of Distance 03. Surrender 04. Hope Among The Heartless 05. Gaia 06. I Within I 07. Behind The Open Door 08. Ashen Sky 09. One Foot In Both Worlds 10. Veil Of Deceit 11. Wake Me 12. A Day Of Difference
Finnish black metal band BLADESMITH will release its debut album, "Legion of Swords", in September through Dungeons Deep Records. The track listing for the effort is as follows:
"Legion Of Swords" track listing: 01. The Vassals Summoned 02. Dark and Iron Blood 03. Uncertain Death Triumphant 04. Bladesmith's Anvil Fire 05. The Adamantine Chains 06. Battle on Ice and Snow (mp3)' 07. Legion of Swords
The cover artwork for the "comeback" album from the legendary German progressive thrash outfit MEKONG DELTA, entitled "Lurking Fear", has been posted at this location. Due on August 24 via AFM Records, the CD will be available as a standard jewelcase as well as a double vinyl album. The limited-edition digipack will include a bonus DVD containing the band's December 21, 1991 concert in Frankfurt, Germany.
"Lurking Fear" track listing: 01. Society In Dissolution 02. Purification 03. Immortal Hate (Accepting Prayers Of Supremacy) 04. Allegro Furioso (taken from "Five Fragments For Group & Orchestra") 05. Rules Of Corruption 06. Ratters (Among The Dead) 07. Moderato (taken from "Five Fragments For Group & Orchestra") 08. Defenders Of The Faith 09. Symphony Of Agony 10. Allegro (from "Symphony Nr. 10" by Dimitri Schostakowitsch)
As previously reported, MEKONG DELTA's current lineup (photo) includes mainman/bassist Ralf Hubert alongside drummer Uli Kusch (ex-MASTERPLAN, HELLOWEEN), singer Leo Szpigiel (ANGEL DUST, CROWS, SCANNER, DUKE) and guitarist Peter Sjöberg (also known as Peter Lake from THEORY IN PRACTICE).
Former THE GATHERING singer Anneke van Giersbergen has launched a web site for her new band called AGUA DE ANNIQUE. Currently available for streaming on the site (in the "Listen" section) are two full-length tracks — "Day After Yesterday" and "Beautiful One". A "beautiful" animated music video for the song "Day After Yesterday" is also in the works.
THERION mainman Christofer Johnsson has issued the following update:
"I'm happy to announce that I've officially just prolonged the contract with Nuclear Blast Records for another five albums. Our souls now belongs to the innovative and dedicated little label from the village of Donzdorf [Germany], who through hard work and and honest dedication over the years have become the pearl of metal labels of all times. It's been 12 years since we signed with them and I look forwards to the upcoming 12 years."
Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA have set "Worlds Collide" as the title of their new album, due in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on September 14 via G.U.N. Records. The first single, "I'm Not Jesus", featuring a guest appearance by Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR), will precede the album on August 31. Other confirmed guest musicians on the CD include Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), Tomoyasu Hotei (superstar Japanese composer, whose credits include the "Kill Bill" soundtrack), Joseph Duplantier (GOJIRA) and Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL). Backing vocals for the effort were laid down by Swedish singer Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION, KRUX, TREAT, AT VANCE).
"Worlds Collide" was produced by Jacob Hellner (RAMMSTEIN). A video for the song for the song "I'm Not Jesus" was recently filmed in in Los Angeles with director Tony Petrossian (AVENGED SEVENFOLD, RISE AGAINST, SLIPKNOT).
ARCH ENEMY vocalist Angela Gossow's official web site has been updated with several new picture galleries, including childhood photos and pictures of Angela's pre-ARCH ENEMY band ASMODINA. Check them out at this location' .
ARCH ENEMY recently completed work on its new album, "Rise of the Tyrant", due on September 24 (one day later in the U.S.) via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at Studio Fredman with producer Fredrik Nordström.
"Rise of the Tyrant" track listing: 01. Blood On Your Hands 02. The Last Enemy 03. I Will Live Again 04. In This Shallow Grave 05. Revolution Begins 06. Rise Of The Tyrant 07. The Day You Died 08. Intermezzo Liberté 09. Night Falls Fast 10. The Great Darkness 11. Vultures
CHARON/ex-POISONBLACK frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto has launched a new band called HARMAJA. The group, which also features CHARON drummer Antti Karihtala, sings in Finnish and is said to be influenced by the likes of NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS and MORRISSEY.
To check out samples of HARMAJA's music, visit the band's MySpace' page.
SODOM's new album, "The Final Sign of Evil", is scheduled for release in September via SPV Records, according to the group's webmaster Toto, who is also producing the CD. The album will feature re-recordings of the material from the German thrashers' classic first EP, "In the Sign of Evil", plus no less than seven bonus tracks, all of which were originally written during the "In the Sign of Evil" era or earlier but were never officially released. As a special bonus, the album will feature return appearances by the group's original drummer Chris Dudek (a.k.a. Witchhunter) and guitarist Josef "Peppi" Dominic (a.k.a. Grave Violator), both of whom were featured on the original 1984 EP.
Hamburg, Germany-based brutal melodic death metallers DARK AGE have revealed the cover artwork for their new album, entitled "Minus Exitus". Check it out at www.metal.de. The artwork was created by Niklas Sundin from DARK TRANQUILLITY.
"Minus Exitus" is tentatively scheduled for release in September. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Cold", "Black September" and "Minus Exitus". A trailer for the album can be viewed at this location' . According to an online post by the band's keyboardist Martin Reichert, the CD's first pressing will likely include a limited-edition DVD.
DARK AGE's first DVD, "Live, So Far...", was released last year via Remedy Records.
DARK AGE's most recent studio CD, "Dark Age" (2003), featured a guest appearance by TIAMAT frontman Johan Edlund on two songs.
Toy's Factory in Japan will release NILE's new album, "Ithyphallic", on August 22 with two exclusive bonus tracks: instrumental versions of "As He Creates So He Destroys" and "Papyrus Containing The Spell To Preserve It's Possessor Against Attacks From He Who Is In The Water".
According to MelodicRock.com, guitarist Nikolo Kotzev (of BRAZEN ABBOT and NOSTRADAMUS fame) has announced the launch of the official homepage of his new mega-project called DRACONIA. This conceptual work will be recorded with eight lead singers, rock band and a symphonic orchestra. Kotzev is the author of the story, the music and the orchestra arrangements. Besides playing the guitars, he will produce the entire recording. On the web site you can learn everything about the project, read the story, listen to exclusive excerpts of the working demos, discuss issues related to the project and even suggest singers for each role. The project is underway and is expected to be completed sometime next year.