January 26th 2007
Illuminandi is about to release
the follow up to their debut record The Beginning. The new CD is the Illumina Tenebras
Meas EP, also known as the Illuminate My Darkness EP. One of the tracks on this album is
Hymn Of All Creation. You can listen to two sounds clips of this song on the Illuminandi
website. The EP will be released in two formats: one with Polish lyrics, the other in
The End Records will
release the new Virgin Black
album for the American market on April 3rd. The new record is the first of a trilogy and
is called Requiem - Mezzo Forte. This album will be followed by Requiem - Pianissimo and
Requiem - Fortissimo later this year. The tracklisting for Requiem - Mezzo Forte is: 1.
Requiem, Kyrie 02. In Death 03. Midnight's Hymn 04.
And I am Suffering 05. Domine
06. Lacrimosa (I am blind with weeping) 07. Rest Eternal. The European release dates will
Saphena is currently starting to
write a new album.
On Myspace you can listen
to the new song Godspeed of rock band Anberlin.
This is a track from the new album Cities which will be out on February 20th.
January 19th 2007
Australian/Indonesian band Altera
Enigma have a new drummer. His name is none other than Jayson Sherlock. The former
Mortification and Paramęcium drummer is also known for being a member of inExordium and
Soundscape. Jayson's first appearance will be on the next Altera Enigma album, which is
expected to be released in late 2007 or early 2008.
Sacrificium is demoing songs for
their next album. They hope to have a new record out some time this year.
and Roxx Records will jointly be working together to bring out four releases this year.
One of them is the Up From The Ashes 2 DVD. This DVD will contain footage from
Deliverance, Saint, Ultimatum and Once Dead. Expect this DVD in the first week of April.
Speaking of Once Dead... Another release
Retroactive Records and Roxx Records will do together, is Visions Of Hell, the first album
from these former Vengeance Rising members. Another debut release is from the San Diego
band Stricken (featuring former members of Krush, Tower Of Hundred and Fullife). The
fourth release coming from Retroactive Records and Roxx Records is the new Deliverance
Rocknacht is cancelled for March 2007!
Isaques Soares of Sabbatariam has formed a new band
with Daniel Corpse (formerly of Sabbatariam) called Krig. You can check out their song Bastard Boss on their website. The
band already has a Myspace
January 12th 2007
DOT Music will release the new album
for the Swedish rock band Kite
this year. The record is called Open. This is the long-awaited follow-up to Soil (released
Bombworks Records have signed
Common Yet Forbidden. This band from Florida plays new thrash and death metal. Common Yet
Forbidden have a independent EP out. A full length will be released by Bombworks Records
in mid 2007.
have their album We Are The Threat out on February 20th. You can check out one song from
the album on Myspace.com.
The track is called Where's Your Faith Now.
You can also listen
to a new song from Means. They put the song Connected on their myspace page. Connected is
one of the tracks on their Facedown Records debut Sending You Strength. This album will be
out on March 6th.
Stairway recently played a
concert in Hastings. A video was shot at this show that you can now view at Myspace.com. It's a video for the song Souls Of Zion.
On February 24th
2007 the Legends Of Rock
festival will be held in Haus Ennepetal in Ennepetal, Germany. Bands appearing on stage
are Tourniquet, Bride, Guardian, The Electrics, Split Level, Why? and more. The Dutch
ticket-order www.interticket.nl now offers
additionally 2 bus-tours to the festival in Ennepetal on February 24, with coaches leaving
from Utrecht and Arnhem (15 euro each person).
January 5th 2007
Due to computer
failure the website couldn't be updated as usual this week. Sorry for the inconvenience
this may have caused! If you sent out any e-mails to Art For The Ears, send them again!
December 29th 2006
On Rob Rock's website you can now download
a full song from almost each album Rob sang on, like his solo records, as well as albums
from Impellitteri and Angelica.
Threshold have now finished recording their
new album. The CD will be called Dead Reckoning and is due for release through Nuclear Blast Records on March 23rd
2007. Dead Reckoning was produced by Karl Groom and Richard West. The track list is:
Slipstream, This Is Your Life, Elusive, Hollow, Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams, Fighting For
Breath, Disappear, Safe To Fly, One Degree Down.
If you understand
Portuguese, you might like to check out an interview with Divinefire. Didn't know these
guys could talk Portuguese.... The interview can be found on the blog Sinkiller.
December 22nd 2006
In January 2007 Rob Rock will begin the new studio
production for his fourth solo album. There is no album title yet, but Rob Rock is
planning a 2007 release. Rock will be working with Roy Z again, with whom he worked with
on the previous albums.
Soul Embraced has
reformed. This band featuring Evanescence drummer Rocky Gray recently decided to
regroup. The reunion includes Rocky as guitarist and Chad Moore as vocalist. It's still
not sure if Lance Garvin (formerly of Living Sacrifice) will be joining Soul Embraced
again. The band is working on a new album.
Sympathy is working on two
albums! The first album is a very dark sounding black metal album with a hint of death
metal. The track list contains eight songs, including: The Serpent's Breath, Burning
Legions and The Horror And The Glory. The other Sympathy album will be a technical death
metal album in the same style as Arcane Path and Abyssal Throne. This album will be ready
in just a few months. You can hear a demo version of the rhythm guitar tracks for one of
the new songs on myspace.com.
Once Dead has postponed the
release of their new album again. If all goes as hoped, the record will be out in March
Guitarist Marcos has rejoined P.O.D.. He will play with the band on the final day of the year, at
Times Square, New York City. P.O.D. also signed a new record deal. Details will be
Pop punk band Hawk
Nelson have a new EP out called Gloria.
Records finally released their live DVD, featuring all four bands on their roster. You
can hear/see new and familiar songs and interviews with Opposition Of One, Today Forever,
More Than Ever and Descend To Rise.
The Awakening is offering two
downloads on their website. You can check out Forgiveness and Razor Burn for free.
Project 86 will be recording their
new studio album in January 2007 with producer Ulrich Wild (Deftones, Handsome, Zombie) in
Los Angeles. Throughout the fall, the band has been writing new material and have over
twenty new songs, the best of which will compose the new record. The album will release in
Fountain Of Tears has finished
their new album. A release date is set for February 13th 2007.
Interesting news comes
from Bloodgood. They have an
extra guitarist called Oz Fox... Yes, Oz Fox of Stryper, the eighties metal band! In an interview
band leader Michael Bloodgood tells of this new development.
Anberlin is about to release a new
album called Cities. It will be in stores on February 20th 2007.
For making Christmas a little bit
nicer, metal band Theocracy
offers a free MP3 of a Christmas Medley they recorded. You can download this MP3 here.
Jani Stefanovic fans will have to
check out JesusMetal.
This internet zine offers three free MP3's of three bands that Jani Stefanovic is in. But
be quick. The offer only remains available for this month... You can listen to a track
from the new Divinefire album,
and yet unreleased material from Essence
Of Sorrow and Miseration.
December 15th 2006
Kekal has completed their new album
The Habit Of Fire. They've spent seven months to prepare a seventy minutes concept album
that they consider as a musical journey. Kekal believes that The Habit Of Fire
cannot be classified within the extreme metal sub genre anymore. Therefore, they've
decided to look for a new label, to avoid misunderstanding and controversy within
the die-hard extreme metal scene. Thus they left Fear Dark...
The Tooth & Nail band Kutless released their live album and
live DVD Live From Portland. The DVD has live coverage of the Portland concert, interviews
and behind-the-scenes looks.
Facedown Records signed a new
band from Canada called Means.
Their Facedown debut is Sending You Strength and will be out on March 6th 2007.
The Dutch punk rock/ska band Make Up Your Mind is taking a
break from gigging to record the last few songs for their next album. The band is back on
stage on January 13th.
December 8th 2006
Callisto have announced the
release date for Noir. The new album will come out in Belgium, Canada, Germany, Holland,
Italy, Luxembourg and Sweden in February next year. Noir is the follow-up to highlight
release True Nature Unfolds.
The German record
label Guideline Records
has signed Grace Will Fall
from Sweden. Expect the self titled debut release in February. Right now you can download
the song Freedom from the Guideline website.
Becoming The Archetype is
working on a new album called The Physics Of Fire.
Also Life In Your Way is hard at work
for a new record. This album will be entitled Waking Giants. On their myspace.com page you can
listen to a new track.
In September, the
Dutch rock band Collide released
Songs Of Hope. This EP can be ordered by filling in this form!
In case you didn't
know, you can download the first two albums of hard rock/melodic metal band Shout from the internet. For free and
legal! Shout was formed in 1987 by Ken
Tamplin, who had been playing with Joshua. It Won't Be Long, the debut album, came out
in the same year, followed by In Your Face in 1989. In 1999 made their comeback album.
Although Ken Tamplin is still active as a solo artist, the 1999 album was the latest life
sign from Shout. Now you can download the songs from the first two albums. However, it
will be greatly appreciated if you donated money to three organizations:
Doctors Without Borders
Stand With Us
National Right To Life
Any donation is welcome! If you
want to download the Shout albums now, go here!
December 1st 2006
In January P.O.D. will re-enter the studio
to record their new album. They are also in the process of signing a deal with a new
record label. Right now you can satisfy yourself with the greatest hits record, The
Underoath have a new DVD out in
the UK. This DVD includes the video for In Regards To Myself and a live performance of
Writing On The Walls.
Evanescence released the video for
Lithium. This is their second single from the new album The Open Door.
Bride have a new record out called
Skin For Skin. You can check out a few tunes at their Myspace webpage. The band
will also bring out a Skin For Skin DVD. This project is about to be finalized.
Headbangers Ball and Revolver
Magazine have teamed up to bring you the Best Metal Videos of 2006! Vote for your favorite
videos on http://www.mtv2.com/#series/10896
and watch the results on a special year-end Headbangers Ball (on MTV USA) in December. One
of the videos nominated, is Darkest
Nights, from As I Lay Dying.