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Former NIGHTWISH vocalist Tarja Turunen is continuing work on her new Christmas album, entitled "Henkäys Ikuisuudesta" (Breath From Heaven). The CD, which includes selections from JOHN LENNON and ABBA, is scheduled for release in Finland, Argentina and through the webshop at Turunen's official web site on November 8. A single, "You Would Have Loved This", will precede the album on October 11.
SKITLIV, the new doom/black metal project of former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac, has posted two songs on its official MySpace' page. The first, "Densetsu" (the Japanese for "legend") is a rehearsal track, while the second, "Valley Below", is a rough mix, with drums and additional guitars still to be added.
SKITLIV will be working on the new album "Humanity Has Lost All Pride" until the end of the year and is currently actively looking for a label. The band also plans to tour towards the latter half of 2007. As previously reported, Maniac is also collaborating (vocals and lyrics) with Daniel Jansson on some tracks for the new DEADWOOD album, scheduled for release on the U.K.'s Cold Spring label in early 2007 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SKITLIV lineup: Maniac (Norway): Vocals, Noise and Guitars Trish (Canada): Drums Ingvar (Iceland): Guitar Peter (Sweden): Bass
As previously reported, UK prog-metal act THRESHOLD are currently in the studio working on a new album. They have issued the following progress report:
"Threshold have started recording the follow-up to their 2004 album Subsurface at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey, England. Much of the drums, guitars and keyboards have now been recorded, with Mac's vocals due to be recorded at the beginning of October.
No title has been announced for the album, but the song titles are as follows: 'Slipstream', 'This Is Your Life', 'Elusive', 'Disappear', 'Fighting For Breath', 'Hollow', 'Safe To Fly', 'One Degree Down', 'Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams'.
Recording is expected to be complete in November, with a release planned for early in 2007."
As reported earlier on METALEATER, both SINNER and PRIMAL FEAR will appear together for the first time on the same stage on the same night on October 7 at H20 in Reichenbach (near Stuttgart), Germany. You can vote for the songs that will be included in the band's setlist here' .
SUSPERIA, the Norwegian band featuring former members of DIMMU BORGIR and SATYRICON, entered StrandStudio in Oslo, Norway at the beginning of August to start work on their fourth studio album, the follow up to 2004's acclaimed release "Unlimited". The band is once again working with Marius Strand, who previously assisted SUSPERIA on 2005's Norwegian Top 20 hit, the "Devil May Care" EP. Recording is expected to be completed by the end of September. SUSPERIA then head out on a short tour in October before returning to Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala, Sweden in November to complete the final mix with Daniel Bergstrand (IN FLAMES, MESHUGGAH, SOILWORK). A release is planned for early 2007 through the Tabu label in Europe and Candlelight Records in the USA. No name for the album has been announced yet, but songtitles revealed so far are "More" (which SUSPERIA performed at this year's Inferno Festival in Norway), "Cut From Stone", "Distant Memory" and "The Clone". The band has added a further date to those previously announced. They will perform at the Motstoy Festival in Notodden, Norway on Friday, October 6
Finnish band EMBRAZE shot a video for the song "The One" this past weekend with director Marko Siekkinen. The track comes off the group's latest effort, "The Last Embrace", which entered the album chart in Finland at position No. 29.
Reunited Swedish hard rockers EUROPE will release a new single, "Always the Pretenders", on October 11. The track listing is as follows:
01. Always The Pretenders (Radio Edit) 02. Always The Pretenders (Album Version) 03. Flames (Live at B.B. King in New York City) 04. Superstitious (Live at B.B. King in New York City)
Check out the single artwork at this location.
As previously reported, EUROPE will release its new album, "Secret Society", in Japan on November 18 via JVC/Victor Entertainment Inc. The CD will be issued in Europe on October 27. A U.S. release date has not yet been announced.
THERION mainman Christofer Johnsson has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"We're happy to announce that the recordings [for the new THERION album] have been finished and that the mix of the album is in progress. We estimate to have the album done by the end of the month and the release is scheduled for January 16th"
German melodic black metal band SYCRONOMICA have completed work on their second album, "Gate", due on November 17 via Armageddon Music. The CD was recorded at Hellion Studios in Munich.
"Gate" track listing:
01. Preludium II 02. Beyond The Gate Of Light 03. Für Die Ewigkeit 04. In The Distance... 05. Von Ende und Anfang 06. To The Rivers End 07. Farewell Olden World 08. Unleashed From Ancient Chains 09. Nachtwanderung 10. The Nightly Forces
Century Media have posted a new DREAM EVIL track, entitled "Fire! Battle! In Metal!", online here. The track comes from the band's new album, "United" [view cover], scheduled to be released through the label on these dates:
October 13: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux October 16: UK, France, Spain, Denmark, Norway, rest of Europe October 18: Finland, Sweden, Hungary October 20: Italy October 31: North America
Here is the complete track listing for the album:
01. Fire! Battle! In Metal! 02. United 03. Blind Evil 04. Evilution 05. Let Me Out 06. Higher On Fire 07. Kingdom At War 08. Love Is Blind 09. Falling 10. Back From The Dead 11. Doomlord 12. My Number One
Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have entered Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki to begin recording their fourth album. The band is currently working on 11 as-yet-untitled original tracks and two cover songs which will be included as bonus tracks on special-edition versions of the new album.
Several video clips of SUPERNOVA members Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Jason Newsted (VOIVOD, ex-METALLICA) and Gilby Clarke (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) recording the group's debut album have been posted online at their official web site.
Finnish metallers PAIN CONFESSOR will enter Fantom Studios in late 2006/early 2007 with Samu Oittinen to record their third album, tentatively due March 2007. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Dreamcrusher", "Second Sun", "Without Redemption - Without Remorse" and "Ne Plus Ultra". According to a posting on the group's web site, "the forthcoming album will be the heaviest and most brutal PAIN CONFESSOR album yet."
img src="/webzine/img/news/warrel.jpg"align='left'>NEVERMORE's September 12, 2006 concert at the Zeche club in Bochum, Germany — which was scheduled to be filmed for an upcoming DVD — was cancelled after singer Warrel Dane was taken ill (allegedly with a virus infection) and had to be hospitalized. No further information is currently available
Finnish dark/black metallers SHADE EMPIRE will release their second album, "Intoxicate O.S.", on October 23 via Dynamic Arts Records. The CD, which was issued in Finland in May, was recorded at Studio Perkele January-March 2006 and was produced and mixed by S. Jämsén. Mastering duties were handled by Minerva Pappi at Finnvox Studios.
"Intoxicate O.S." (view artwork at this location) track listing:
01. Slitwrist Ecstasy 02. Bloodstar 03. Chemical God 04. Rat In A Maze 05. Soulslayers 06. The Silver Fix 07. Embrace The Gods Of Suffering 08. Ravine 09. Hatefeast
Check out audio samples at this location.
A video for "Chemical God" was recently directed by Ari Reinikainen
SINNER — the German band featuring PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner, his FEAR bandmate Tom Naumann (guitars), Frank Rössler (keyboards), METALIUM's Matte Lange (guitars) and former PRIMAL FEAR drummer Klaus Sperling — has entered Leon studio near Stuttgart with the engineering team of Achim Köhler and Samson Geiger to begin recording its new album, entitled "Mask of Sanity", for a January 19, 2007 release through MTM Music. Check out pictures from the studio .at this location.'
British metallers MY DYING BRIDE will release their new album, "A Line of Deathless Kings", on October 9 via Peaceville/Snapper. The LP, which was recorded at at Academy Studios and was mixed at Chapel Studios, will also be made available as a special edition and as a limited double-vinyl release. A single, entitled "Deeper Down", will be released September 18.
The follow-up to 2004's "Songs of Darkness, Words of Light", "A Line of Deathless Kings" (view cover artwork at this location) will contain the following track listing:
01. To Remain Tombless (6:06) 02. L'Amour Detruit (9:08) 03. I Cannot Be Loved (7:04) 04. And I Walk With Them (6:37) 05. Thy Raven Wings (5:22) 06. Love's Intolerable Pain (6:14) 07. One of Beauty's Daughters (5:40) 08. Deeper Down (6:28) 09. The Blood, The Wine, The Roses (8:21)
Swedish melodic death metallers EVENTIDE will release their debut album, "Diaries from the Gallows", on October 13 via Cartel Media. The CD was recorded at Los Angered studios in Gothenburg and contains the following track listing:
01. Into Illusion (mp3) 02. Killing What Can't Be Handled (mp3) 03. My Closest Demon 04. This Curse 05. No Place Darker 06. Standards of Rebellion 07. Indifferent 08. The Skeleton Who Sold Its Skin 09. Vargavidderna 10. I, Enemy 11. Confinement
Irish folk metal band CRUACHAN has posted the final cover artwork for its upcoming fifth album, "The Morrigan's Call", at this location. The follow-up to 2004's "Pagan", "The Morrigan's Call" was recorded at Sun Studios in Dublin and is scheduled for release on November 17 via AFM Records. Click here' to listen to a sneak preview MP3 (said to be a "low-quality unmastered sample) of the new album.
"The Morrigan's Call" track listing: 01. Shelob 02. The Brown Bull Of Cooley 03. Coffin Ships 04. The Great Hunger 05. The Old Woman In The Woods 06. Ungoliant 07. The Morrigan's Call 08. Téir Abhaile Riú 09. Wolfe Tone 10. The Very Wild Rover 11. Cuchulainn 12. Diarmuid And Grainne
Swedish "death 'n' roll" band HEARSE, featuring former ARCH ENEMY singer Johan Liiva and ex-FURBOWL drummer Max Thornell, has finalized the track listing and artwork for its fourth album, "In These Veins", due in October via Dental Records. The follow-up to 2005's "The Last Ordeal" was recorded and mixed by Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, BLOODBATH) and is "definitely the best-sounding HEARSE album so far," according to the band. "Dan had pretty much free hands and gave the recording quite a rough touch even though it sounds much more modern than our earlier albums."
"In These Veins" track listing: 01. House of Love 02. Corroding Armour 03. Intoxication 04. Naked Truth 05. Crusade 06. Among the Forlorn 07. Atrocious Recoil 08. Hearse 09. In These Veins 10. Mayfly Euphoria (Japanese bonus track)
"In a conversation with the label Nuclear Blast, Messiah Marcolin has agreed to sing on the upcoming CANDLEMASS album. It will happen sometime in September/October. Some contractual stuff has to be sorted out first, but things look very promising at the moment.
As reported earlier on METALEATER, the band's new album, "Victory" [view cover], was recorded at Top Room Studios in Lunner, Norway this past July. The band are currently still looking for a new record deal.
Here is the complete track listing for "Victory": 01. New Life 02. Iron Curtain 03. The Sign 04. Revenge Is Sweet 05. In Memory 06. Awaken The Monster 07. Rise Of The Empire 08. When Darkness Falls 09. Fortress Of Solitude 10. Through The Fire 11. Victory
It has now been confirmed that several CRIMSON GLORY members — including Jon Drenning (guitar) and Dana Burnell (drums) — will be joining CRIMSON GLORY guitarist Ben Jackson to perform some classic CRIMSON GLORY songs during BEN JACKSON GROUP's support set for KAMELOT at their only Tampa Bay appearance at St. Petersburg State Theater on Saturday September 16. Also appearing as openers are CRYPTIC VISION
An MP3 of KEEP OF KALESSIN drummer Vyl "rippin' it up" during the band's appearance at the the Trondheim Jazzfestival on Friday, September 1 has been made available for download at this location. KEEP OF KALESSIN performed a one-time, unique show together with the duo MONOLITHIC in what was described as "a concert where extreme metal meets jazz at an insanely high tempo."
Commented KEEP OF KALESSIN's Obsidian C.: "First we thought about showing the jazz audience that we are capable of playing much more than extreme metal, but after having it up for discussion we came to conclude that if we're really going to blow their mind we'll have to do what we do best — and that's doing everything ten times faster than normal!"
KEEP OF KALESSIN's latest album, "Armada", entered the Norwegian national album chart at position No. 20 upon its release earlier in the year. The CD is the group's first with vocalist Thebon, who made his live debut with the band during their live shows in 2005, including the Eastern European tour with EXODUS and HYPOCRISY in December.
A brand new ANAAL NATHRAKH track, entitled "When the Lion Devours", has been posted online at the band's MySpace page' . The song comes off the group's third full-length album, "Eschaton", due on October 16 via Season of Mist. The CD includes guest appearances by Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH) and Attila Csihar (MAYHEM).
ANAAL NATHRAKH recently had their "The Codex Necro" and "When Fire Rains Down From The Sky, Mankind Will Reap As It Has Sown" albums re-released with a load of bonus material. "The Codex Necro" has "bonus tracks comprising the Peel session recorded for the late John Peel's legendary radio show at the BBC studios at the great man's personal request," the band said. "These include the first-ever performance of 'The Oblivion Gene', later to appear in its full re-recorded form on the subsequent album 'Domine Non Es Dignus'. No, that doesn't mean this session was the first recording of the song, it means it was the first performance EVER, the song was never even rehearsed before this recording session. 'When Fire...' is reissued with the inclusion of ANAAL NATHRAKH's full live band debut, the 'Rock Show' live session recorded for the BBC radio show of the same name. Notable in this instance, alongside performances from Ventnor and Chemical Nova, are the appearances of Emburyonymous making its live debut for the band, and Nick Barker who bastardised for this recording alone."
Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON have posted the following message on their official web site:
"The booking of the Scandinavian tour in November is coming to an end and will be announced shortly. For now there are three shows already on sale: Oslo, Trondheim and Bergen, Norway. We are looking at approximately 10 shows in Norway, 6 in Sweden and 2 in Denmark.
"As a part of this tour we will realise our ambition to make the appearance of the brass section on the 'Now, Diabolical' album become reality, live in concert. We have already done this in a scaled down version as a part of the P3 sessions show that was a concert broadcast on radio shortly before the release of the album.
"This time around we have been lucky enough to join forces with the whole cavalry and we have some of the best men from The Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra joining us on stage at Sentrum Scene in Oslo, November 4th. Please note that we are talking about big-ass horns in various shapes and forms. There will be no harps, or violins for that matter!
"Together with Øivind Westby that helped arrange brass for three of the songs on 'Now, Diabolical', we are arranging brass for old and new SATYRICON songs trying to give the songs a dimension and feel they normally don't have. We have moved the show to Sentrum Scene to ensure it is an all-ages show. We hope this will be a spectacular night for us the performing musicians, and the fans. The show will also be recorded and filmed."
SATYRICON's latest album, "Now, Diabolical", debuted at No. 2 on the national Norwegian chart and also charted in Sweden and Finland.