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
GAMMA RAY recently inked a deal with Steamhammer/SPV. The group's new album, "Land of the Free II" (cover artwork), is scheduled for release in Europe on November 19 (November 16 in Germany). The CD will arrive in the U.S. in January.
"Land of the Free II" will be a conceptual continuation of the group's 1995 classic "Land of the Free", and will contain around 65 minutes of music.
GAMMA RAY produced their new album themselves. All four musicians — Kai Hansen, Henjo Richter (guitar), Dirk Schlächter (bass) and Daniel Zimmermann (drums) — are experienced enough to translate their ideas at the studio. But for the first time in ages, the band allowed themselves the luxury of enlisting outside support for certain stages of the recording process. "We wanted to have a clear head in some areas to be able to concentrate on the important things," Hansen explains the enlistment of Tommy Newton (HELLOWEEN, UFO, etc.) and his Area 51 studio in Celle, where the new material was mixed. Newton also took care of the drum parts as a sound engineer at GAMMA RAY's own studio.
"Land of the Free II" track listing: 01. Into The Storm (3:47) 02. From The Ashes (5:26) 03. Rising Again (0:27) 04. To Mother Earth (5:11) 05. Rain (5:16) 06. Leaving Hell (4:20) 07. Empress (6:22) 08. When The World (5:44) 09. Opportunity (7:14) 10. Real World (5:42) 11. Hear Me Calling (4:14) 12. Insurrection (11:33)
Dutch/Swedish alternative rock band DIAL, featuring bass player/vocalist/guitarist Kristoffer Gildenlöw (formerly of PAIN OF SALVATION), vocalist/bassist LiLo and guitarist Rommert van der Meer, will make its video for the song "Beautiful"' on Friday, October 26 via the group's MySpace and YouTube pages. The clip was created by the Dutch media company D'iMages, which has previously worked with AYREON, STAR ONE, SHADOW GALLERY, AFTER FOREVER, STREAM OF PASSION and LA-VENTURA, among others.
"Beautiful" comes off DIAL's debut album, "Synchronized", which was released in May via ProgRock Records. The CD was recorded at Dead Soul Temple studio in Austria with producer Devon Graves (DEADSOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ) and drummer Dirk Bruinenberg (PATRICK RONDAT, ex-ELEGY, CONSORTIUM).
On November 16, EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet will release two six-track albums — "Lost in Space Part 1" and "Lost in Space Part 2" — from his AVANTASIA project. Apart from the identical title track, both releases will feature completely different, exclusive songs plus videos, a poster, studio reports, a "making-of," a slideshow, and loads of enhanced bonus material, each for the price of a CD single.
The track listing for the two EPs is as follows:
"Lost in Space Part 1": 01. Lost In Space (mp3' clip) 02. Lay All Your Love On Me 03. Another Angel Down (feat. Jorn Lande) 04. The Story Ain't Over (feat. Bob Catley & Amanda Somerville) 05. Return To Avantasia 06. Ride The Sky (feat. Eric Singer on vocals) 07. Lost In Space (video clip) 08. Lost In Space (making of the video clip) 09. Photo Gallery + Poster
"Lost in Space Part 2": 01. Lost In Space 02. Promised Land (feat. Jorn Lande and Michael Kiske) (mp3' clip) 03. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes 04. Scary Eyes 05. In My Defense 06. Lost In Space (alive at Gate studio, feat. Amanda Somerville) 07. The Road To Avantasia (studio report with interview) 08. Slideshow
MACBETH has set "Superangelic Hate Bringers" as the title of the forthcoming album. It was recorded in two different studios including a private studio in Reykjavik, Iceland and New Sins studios in Italy, where the band also mixed and mastered the cd.The fourth studio album will feature 10 brand new tracks and will be released by Dragonheart records / SPV GmbH on November 16th.
Tracklisting: 01. Don't pretend 02. To my falling star 03. Without you 04. Watch us die 05. Don't include me in your dreams 06. Veils 07. H.A.T.E. 08. Grey skies 09. Break the circle 10. (The world) In my mind *Withou you (video) extended version
Finnish folk metallers KORPIKLAANI have issued the following update:
“We have been in the studio again every now and then since last spring, and we have more material ready than is needed for an entire album. It is already mixed and ready.
"The album became quite long, but we just could not drop any of the 14 songs. It was already hard to decide which songs would become bonus tracks. So, we offer to you 14 new songs plus 2 bonus tracks on our upcoming album 'Korven Kuningas', which means 'King of the Woods'.
"This time the album cover will be painted, not Photoshopped. The old man 'Vaari' will be figuring on the cover again, so it will look familiar and faithful to everyone, even though a different technique is used."
"Korven Kuningas" is tentatively scheduled for release in February 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Swedish melodic death/black metallers DEVIAN — who feature in their ranks former MARDUK members Legion (vocals) and Emil Dragutinovic (drums) after their departure from MARDUK — have posted the second "webisode" documenting the recording process for the group's debut album, "Ninewinged Serpent", due on October 22 via Century Media Records. Watch the three-and-a-half-minute clip below.
"Ninewinged Serpent" was recorded at Sweden's Art Decay Studio. Mixing duties were handled by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman (AT THE GATES, ARCH ENEMY, DIMMU BORGIR). The cover artwork was created by Greece's master of dark visuals Seth (PARADISE LOST, SOILWORK, OLD MAN'S CHILD).
"Ninewinged Serpent" track listing: 01. Serenade For The Fallen [Intro] 02. Dressed In Blood 03. Heresy 04. Scarred 05. Suffer The Fools 06. Fatalist 07. Gemini Is The Snake 08. Instigator 09. Remnant Song 10. Ninewinged Serpent
Ukrainian label PaS Records presents long-awaited release of russian Black/Death metal band REDRUM "Mephisto Opressor". 40 minute opus, that consists of 10 songs (including Morbid Angel cover "Dominate") and bonus: two videoclips for song Satisfucktion and Murderedroom, CD is designed with 12 pages booklet that includes all lyrics and info on the band. Powerful guitar pressure, near-eastern, ancient-egyptian melodies, death mystic-occult lyrics will not leave heavy & extreme metal fans, who familiar with creativity of bands like Behemoth, Zyklon, Nile, indifferent. CD is already available in label's mailorder.
01 - Sa Astridan Sondiczilless 02 - I Am [Atropos Kaa] 03 - Eyecloser [suizide version] 04 - Satis[fuck]tion 05 - Uizilopotchtly [A Bloody Centurion] 06 - Mephisto Opressor 07 - Silence Ov Dead Lambs 08 - Ominous World 09 - Nameless War 10 - Dominate [Morbid Angel Cover]
Contact with label: http://pas-records.com.ua email@example.com
Contact with REDRUM: http://murderREDRUM.narod.ru http://myspace.com/murderredrum firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Italy's NOVEMBRE will release its new album, "The Blue" (cover artwork), on November 5 via Peaceville Records. The CD was recorded at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, SENTENCED, AMORPHIS).
"The Blue" track listing: 01. Aenemia 02. Triesteitaliana 03. Cobalt of March 04. Bluecracy 05. Architheme 06. Nascence 07. Iridescence 08. Sound Odyssey 09. Cantus Christi 10. Zenith 11. Argentic 12. Deorbit
NOVEMBRE's latest album, "Materia", came out in 2006. It was the group's first release for the Peaceville label. The group's last CD for Century Media, "Dreams d'Azur", came out in 2002.
German metallers BRAINSTORM have finalized the tracklisting and cover artwork for their brand new single "Fire Walk With Me" due on October 19th (G/A/S/I) and October 22nd (rest of the world) via Metal Blade Records.
The tracklisting is as follows:
Fire Walk With Me (Single-Version) Breathe Worlds Are Comin' Through (live) Painside (live) Fire Walk With Me (Firestarter-Mix)
Asked for why this song is so special for the band, singer Andy B. Franck states: "This is Brainstorm�better then ever! Play it loud and find out yourself! This hits you right in your face!"
Followed by the release of the brand new (yet untitled) album on January 25th (G/A/S/I) and 28th (rest of the world), the German Metal-storm will hit the road again.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the brand new Mark Boals / Magnus Karlsson cooperation THE CODEX on November 9th 2007.
THE CODEX marks the return to recording - after a 3 years hiatus - for Mark Boals, known as one of the best singers ever to work with Yngwie Malmsteen and first class vocalist, awarded in 1999 by BURRN! Magazine readers in Japan as Best Overall singer of the year
"The Codex" tracklisting: 01. Beyond The Dark 02. Raise Your Hands 03. Toxic Kiss 04. Bring Down The Moon 05. Running Out Of Hate 06. Dream Makers 07. Whole Again 08. Mistress Of Death 09. Mystery 10. Prisoner 11. You Can Have It All 12. Garden Of Grief
November 23rd, 2007 will see the release of the brand new EMPIRE album "Chasing Shadows" on METAL HEAVEN. This will be the 4th release from the band and the 1st featuring vocalist Doogie White (ex Rainbow, Cornerstone, Yngwie Malmsteen) and drummer Mike Terrana (Masterplan, Axel Rudi Pell) along side long time bass player, Neil Murray (ex Whitesnake, ex Black Sabbath, ex Gary Moore) and founding member, guitarist Rolf Munkes.
Munkes and White were introduced by Murray in late 2006. They quickly established a formidable writing partnership. The songs were written over a 2 month period near the beginning of 2007. The album went into full production in late Spring and was produced and mixed by Munkes at Empire Studios over the Summer months.
The track list goes as follows: 01. Chasing Shadows, 02. The Alter, 03. Mother Father Holy Ghost, 04. Sail Away, 05. Child Of The Light, 06. Tahigwan Nights, 07. Manic Messiah, 08. Angel And The Gambler, 09. A Story Told, 10. The Rulers Of The World