On 25th of September on ShockWave radio in «High Way» show, Moscow, Russia band REPENTANCE will be interviewed. Air hours are 8:00pm до 10:00pm (+3:00 GMT). Send your questions and wishes to email@example.com and ICQ: 333576669 during the live. You will also hear new songs from “Black Sunday Morning”(2006) and “Revival”(2008), which will be presented October 16 in ХО.
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PAIN frontman Peter Tägtgren has offered a track-by-track breakdown of the band's forthcoming album, "Cynic Paradise", for the readers of the German edition of the Metal Hammer magazine. Check it out in English' , German' .
"Cynic Paradise" will be released on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to "Psalms of Extinction" (which was released in 2007 via Roadrunner) features "eleven gems offering a vast variety of styles and influences which are even new for PAIN," according to a press release. NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon makes a guest appearance on two tracks — "Follow Me" and "Feed Us". The artwork (see below) was created by renowned artist Travis Smith (AMORPHIS, OPETH, NEVERMORE).
01. I'm Going In 02. Monkey Business 03. Follow Me (feat. Anette Olzon) 04. Have A Drink On Me 05. Don't Care 06. Reach Out (And Regret) 07. Generation X 08. No One Knows 09. Live Fast - Die Young 10. Not Your Kind 11. Feed Us (feat. Anette Olzon)
"Cynic Paradise" will be available as a limited-edition digipack including a bonus CD.
PAIN's video for the track "Zombie Slam" is available for viewing at this location' . The clip was shot in February 2007 in Los Angeles by Ralf Strathmann. Ralf previously worked as a director for artists like CHILDREN OF BODOM, APOCALYPTICA and SOILWORK. He is also a photographer for such bands as HIM, AEROSMITH and BLINK 182, to name but a few.
GRENDEL, the melancholic metal band from Finland, will release its second album, "A Change Through Destruction", on October 22 via Firebox Records.
"A Change Through Destruction" трек-лист: 01. One Desire 02. A Change Through Destruction 03. Dialog With Pain 04. The Deaf Cult 05. Another Link In The Chain 06. Forsaken Shell 07. Quicksand 08. Half-Life 09. Trapped Inside 10. Moment Of Silence
The cover artwork for "Tinnitus Sanctus", the new album from German melodic metallers EDGUY, can be viewed below. The was recorded at Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany with producer Sascha Paeth and is scheduled to be released on November 16.
In a recent interview, EDGUYfrontman Tobias Sammet stated about the group's new material, "We don't go back to the roots. We never denied who we are and where we come from, so I don't see a reason to go back to wherever. I go straight forward and follow my heart as I've always done, 'Tinnitus Sanctus' is exactly the music we wanna play, we are happy and I don't give a fuck if it's gonna be our biggest-selling album or not. It's so great, even if my career would go down the drain and this would be the last album, I'd be more than happy to be remembered as the guy who recorded 'Tinnitus Sanctus'. I'd rather ruin my carreer with a creative killer album like that than trying to play safe with a boring stereotype power metal stinker constructed on a drawing table. We have a couple of song titles such as 'Dragonfly', 'Dead Or Rock', 'Wake Up Dreaming Black' or 'Sex Fire Religion'. And we'll shoot a video for a very heavy midtempo anthem by the name of 'Ministry Of Saints'. And there'll be a bonus track called 'Aren't You A Little Pervert Too?' which is quite nasty."
petition' There is a lot of complaining about the mastering, but in this case mastering is probably not to blame. The respected Ted Jensen did the mastering, and he has said in an e-mail posted on the Metallica forumthat "the mixes were already brick walled before they arrived at my place. Suffice it to say I would never be pushed to overdrive things as far as they are here. Believe me Im not proud to be associated with this one, and we can only hope that some good will come from this in some form of backlash against volume above all else." So the bad guy here is possibly mixing engineer Greg Fidelman. With James and Lars cheering him on, maybe"
ICED EARTH's official web site, IcedEarth.com, has posted an audio interview with the group's leader/guitarist Jon Schaffer conducted on September 4, 2008. In the interview, Jon talks about songs on the new album, how his relationship to songs he writes will always be different from everyone else, the band's new fanclub ("Minions of the Wicked"), the opportunity to meet fans through the VIP ticket package offered on the upcoming North American tour, and much more.
The interview in can be listened to and downloaded MP3 format at this location' .
Audio samples of ICED EARTH's new full-length studio album, "The Crucible of Man (Something Wicked Part II)", have been posted online on the group's MySpace page' .
"The Crucible of Man (Something Wicked Part II)" was released in North America last Tuesday (September 9) via SPV Records.
"The Crucible of Man (Something Wicked Part II)" track listing:
01. In Sacred Flames 02. Behold The Wicked Child 03. Minions Of The Watch 04. The Revealing 05. A Gift Or A Curse 06. Crown Of The Fallen 07. The Dimensional Gauntlet 08. I Walk Alone 09. Harbinger Of Fate 10. Crucify The King 11. Sacrificial Kingdoms 11. Something Wicked (Part 3) 12. Divide And Devour 14. Come What May 15. Epilogue
"The Crucible of Man (Something Wicked Part II)" continues where ICED EARTH's 2007 release, "Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Part I)" left off. "The Crucible of Man" features the return of frontman Matt Barlow who was mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer's original voice of choice to introduce the "Something Wicked" saga back in 1998 as a trio of songs which concluded their album, "Something Wicked This Way Comes".
In addition to the standard version of CRADLE OF FILTH's new album, "Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder" (due out on October 28 via Roadrunner Records), there will also be a special edition and vinyl released. See below for the complete track listing.
Special Edition (two-disc set featuring 10 unreleased/rare bonus tracks and expanded artwork):
Disc 1: 01. In Grandeur And Frankincense Devilment Stirs 02. Shat Out Of Hell 03. The Death Of Love 04. The 13th Caesar 05. Tiffauges 06. Tragic Kingdom 07. Sweetest Maleficia 08. Honey And Sulphur 09. Midnight Shadows Crawl To Darken Counsel With Life 10. Darkness Incarnate 11. Ten Leagues Beneath Contempt 12. Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder 13. Corpseflower
Disc 2: 01. Balsamic and Anathema 02. A Thousand Hands On The Maid Of Ruin 03. Into The Crypt Of Rays 04. Devil To The Metal 05. Courting Baphomet 06. The Love Of Death (Remix) 07. The Death Of Love (Demo) 08. The 13th Caesar (Demo) 09. Dirge Inferno (Live) 10. Dusk And Her Embrace (Live)
Vinyl (double vinyl includes two tracks not available on the standard album and a code to download the entire album in MP3 format): 01. In Grandeur And Frankincense Devilment Stirs 02. Shat Out Of Hell 03. The Death Of Love 04. The 13th Caesar 05. Tiffauges 06. Tragic Kingdom 07. Sweetest Maleficia 08. Honey And Sulphur 09. Midnight Shadows Crawl To Darken Counsel With Life 10. Darkness Incarnate 11. A Thousand Hands On The Maid Of Ruin 12. Ten Leagues Beneath Contempt 13. Balsamic and Anathema 14. Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder 15. Corpseflower
METALLICA's "Death Magnetic" has reportedly shipped more than 60,000 copies in Finland so far.
The Finnish platinum award for domestic albums recognizes sales in excess of 30,000 copies, while the same award is given out to foreign artists for shifting 20,000 units of a single album , so "Death Magnetic" is actually nearing triple-platinum status on its first day of release.
METALLICA's last show at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland — on July 15, 2007 — was attended by more than 50,000 people, which is nearly 1 percent of the country's 5.5-million population.
METALLICA's official web site is currently streaming' all 10 songs from "Death Magnetic". Six of the tracks were premiered during last week's "Metallica: The World Premiere Of Death Magnetic", hosted by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins and broadcast live from METALLICA's headquarters in San Rafael, California.
Several copies of "Death Magnetic" were sold early at a Paris record store on September 2, which led to the entire album being leaked online within hours.
METALLICA will play two low-dough shows in Europe to celebrate the CD's release, in Berlin tonight (Friday, September 12) and London on September 15.
The band will kick off its first indoor North American tour on October 21 in Glendale, Arizona, with shows booked through the end of January.
German grindcore outfit COCK AND BALL TORTURE's "Aphrodisianus" clip was recently selected by RollingStone.com as one of the 25 funniest web videos. More than 1,600,000 viewers have enjoyed the clip (from COCK AND BALL TORTURE's second album, "Sadochismo") which shows a wedding party where people dance to the band's song. You can view it at this location' .
In other news, COCK AND BALL TORTURE is writing material for its fourth full-lenght album, due out in 2009 on an as-yet-undetermined label.
COCK AND BALL TORTURE is scheduled to perform at this year's NRW Deathfest in Germany on September 20 alongside SKINLESS and GORATORY, among other bands.
"Licht", the new album from Germany's DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, has registered the following first-week chart positions:
Germany: #29 Austria: #49 Switzerland: #88
Released on August 29 via Nuclear Blast Records, "Licht" is the group's first to feature new guitar player Lady Cat-Man, who replaced Pitrone in February 2008.
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER previously stated about the album and new lineup, "Don't expect anything less than an absolute killer record! The sound is damn heavy, melodic and chock-full of surprises. Lady Cat-Man may look like an angel, but she's playing like the devil! Treat our metal sister real nice, she is part of the family now."
"Es Wird Schlimmer", the new video from DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, can be viewed at this location' .
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER's sixth album, "Riders on the Storm", was released in August 2006 via Nuclear Blast.
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER will hit the road with MUSTASCH, HONIGDIEB and MARIONETTE beginning in late October.
Moscow, Russia modern metal band SCARTOWN revealed the name of their new full-length studio album, which is on the finish stage of recording. CD will be entitled "Krik Mertvoy Svodoby" ("Cry of Dead Freedom") and is due to release this autumn on Irond, which released previous albums of the group, "Legendy Bolshogo Goroda" ("Legends Of The Big City") (2006) and "Vertikalnyy Predel" ("Vertical Limit") (2007).
Cover art will be produced by Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsak (ANNIHILATOR, DESTRUCTION), mixing and mastering in his own “Black Lounge” studio (Sweden) by Jonas Kjellgren (SONIC SYNDICATE, SCAR SYMMETRY).
Veteran Polish death metallers VADER have issued the following update:
"We would like to thank to all the participants of our anniversary gig [on August 30 at Stodola Club in Warsaw, Poland]: bands [GRAVE, ROTTING CHRIST, DISMEMBER, GOREFEST, MARDUK, NILE, ENTOMBED and SAMAEL], fans and staff. Thanks to you all we were able to celebrate the 25th anniversary of VADER in so special way. Big thanks to fans for such a numerous presence, bands for fantastic shows they all played in Warsaw, guests for their appearance on this show and our crew for nearly 24 hours of hard work! It was a very important show for us, the more so because it took place in such a difficult circumstances. We were forced to give up an idea of recording DVD due to some technical issues. For technical reasons we were also unable to build a special stage scenery prepared exclusively for this show. Sorry for very long queues for food and drink and the high price of our energy drink — these things were beyond our control. The show ended up turning out well and despite these shortcomings we believe it was a success. Once again — thank you all! All the blood, sweat and tears poured into VADER have been worth it!
"At this point we would like to refer to the changes that have occurred in VADER. As you all probably already know, Mauser [guitarist Maurycy Stefanowicz] and Daray [drummer Dariusz Brzozowski] are no longer in the band and this anniversary gig was their last show with VADER. We would say that mentally, they both were out of the band [for] a long time. They played with us more like session guys, without any real commitment and dedication. We were thinking about making some changes since a year or something, now we are glad to have this opportunity to build a new band.
"At the moment we are looking for some new musicians. Probably next week we are going to present you our new lineup.
"In October the band will appear on tour in Scandinavia with GRAVE and ZONARIA.
In January 2009 VADER will hit the road again, sharing the stage with DEICIDE and SAMAEL. Just before this tour, in December we are going to start a pre-production process of our new full length album 'Necropolis'. The recording session is scheduled for March. The album will be mixed by one of the best producers in a music industry!
"In May 2009 the band will release a new EP. The new album will be out in September. In meantime we are going to appear on many summer festivals.
"Don't be afraid, VADER don't lose the power and quality. On the contrary, we feel it will be much stronger than ever before.
"Stay VADER-ized, be prepared for a new line up and the upcoming killing album 'Necropolis'!"
According to the Meinl Cymbals web site, Daray will join the Norwegian black metal group DIMMU BORGIR while Mauser will reportedly concentrate on his UNSUN project, which will release its debut album, "The End Of Life", on September 22 via Century Media Records. Their rumored replacements in VADER are former LOST SOUL drummer Adam Sierzega and either Jacek Hiro from SCEPTIC or Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka from DECAPITATED on guitar.
European release of new ALMAH album "Fragile Equality" is issued on 17th of October through AFM records. The band has recorded a real power metal masterpiece with progressive, folk and even hrash elements:
"Hi Friends! We just finished the workings on our new Almah album Fragile Equality. Since the band Angra has been terminated, I would like to put my focus on Almah, which turned to a real band with a steady line up. Also my mate Felipe Andreoli (ex-Angra) will be part of this line up and we are looking forward to a great future. Our new album will be released at October 17th. We all would like to thank you for your great support!"
- Edu Falaschi -
Tracklisting: 01. Birds Of Prey 02. Beyond Tomorrow 03. Magic Flame 04. All I Am 05. You’ll Understand 06. Invisible Cage 07. Fragile Equality 08. Torn 09. Shade Of My Soul 10. Meaningless World
Line-up: Edu Falaschi (vocals) Marcelo Barbosa (guitar) Paulo Schroeber (guitar) Felipe Andreoli (bass) Marcelo Moreira (drums)
ALMAH was started in 2006 as first solo album of Edu Falaschi, recorded with guest musicians. In summer 2007 it became a real band, as ANGRA took a break in their activity. "Fragile Equality" was recorded at Norcal Studios in Sao Paolo and produced by Edu Falaschi and Felipe Andreoli in April-June 2008.
After almost 2 years, the deed is nearly done. The finishing of the upcoming DOMAIN album "The Chronicles Of Love, Hate And Sorrow" is within spitting distance.
Producer and guitarist Axel "Ironfinger" Ritt resides again at the Meadow Studios / Darmstadt - Germany, to put the final cut on the metal opera, which bases upon the epistolary novel "Die Leiden des jungen Werther" by famous German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
The release date of the new album in Europe will be November this year, USA and Asia January 2009.
German female-fronted gothic metallers FLOWING TEARS have made a new song entitled "Colossal Shaped Despair" available for streaming on their MySpace page' .. The track comes off the group's new album, "Thy Kingdom Gone", due on October 20 via Ascendance Records, the new label funded by Lee Barrett (founder of Candlelight Records; former member of EXTREME NOISE TERROR, TO-MERA) and A&R'd by Sam Grant (writer, promoter, broadcaster, interviewer for Sonic Cathedral online).
According to the band, the follow-up to 2004's "Razorbliss" is "a concept album containing 12 songs" and "it has probably become the darkest and most intense one we ever did. We're really excited about how this one turned out and can't wait for you to listen to it! I think we really managed to capture the essence of what FLOWING TEARS is about: there's tons of really heavy melancholic guitar stuff, tons of atmospheres, and probably the most personal and dedicated lyrics we've ever written."
The group adds, "Somehow the album pretty much breathes the spirit of albums like 'Joy Parade' or 'Jade' in terms of atmosphere and density, even though it's much heavier. And even though the album feels very homogenous, it is probably our most varied one. There's a lot to discover… you'll be surprised. Expect an intense one. No party music, not meant to have a good time with definitely."
"Thy Kingdom Gone" track listing:
01. Orchidfire 02. Pain Has Taken Over 03. Rain Of A Thousand Years 04. Grey 05. Thy Kingdom Gone 06. Words Before You Leave 07. Miss Fortune 08. Colossal Shaped Despair 09. Kismet 10. For My Enemies 11. Souls Of The Neon Reign 12. The War We Left Behind
The front cover artwork was created by Seth Siro Anton, who has previously worked with MOONSPELL, SOILWORK and PARADISE LOST.
FLOWING TEARS released a live album, "Invanity - Live in Berlin", last October via Ascendance Records.
"Razorbliss" was issued in Europe in March 2004 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Serpentine" was recorded at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany with producer Waldemar Sorychta (THE GATHERING, LACUNA COIL, SENTENCED, MOONSPELL) and was the band's first to feature vocalist Helen Vogt, who replaced Stefanie Duchêne in 2003.
Reunited progressive metallers CYNIC — whose 1993 album "Focus" is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal — will release their new album, "Traced In Air" on October 28 via Season of Mist Records (one day earlier internationally). The CD contains eight songs, and the band worked once again with renowned artist Robert Venosa (who created the unmistakeable cover and visuals for "Focus") on the art for the new album, which can be viewed below.
"Traced In Air" track listing: 01. Nunc Fluens 02. The Space For This 03. Evolutionary Sleeper 04. Integral Birth 05. The Unknown Guest 06. Adam's Murmur 07. King of those Who Know 08. Nunc Stans
Returning from the "Focus" era for the new eight-song, 35-minute effort are are founding members Paul Masvidal (guitars/clean vocals) and Sean Reinert (drums) along with Sean Malone (bass), and joining the band in the studio is newcomer Tymon Kruidenier (guitars/growls). The band recorded the effort at a California studio with producer Warren Riker (DOWN, SANTANA).