January 25th 2008
On March 28th Versallis
Records is releasing 4-All: The Best Of LNJ a best-of record from the band Liberty N' Justice. This disc
will also contain four new songs. One of the new songs is We Have A God featuring lead
vocals by Derrick Lefevre (Lillian Ax) & Larry Worley (FearNot) can be listened to on myspace.
Norma Jean is working on a
new album. They couldn't be happier with how it's coming along.
Another band working
on new material is Aletheian. In
fact, next week they'll be mastering their new CD in the West Westside Studios.
You can win goodies
from Stairway in a contest
held by metallinks.nl.
The band will also play the Rock of Ages festival in September. This festival also
features performances from bands like Tygers Of Pan Tang, Spiral Dive, Rockstar and many
others. The Rock Of Ages festival takes place in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Nine Mortification albums will be
re-issued by Metal Mind Productions under license from Nuclear Blast Records. They will be
released in a deluxe digipak format. Included are the albums Scrolls Of The Megilloth,
Post Momentary Affliction, Blood World, Primitive Rhythm Machine, Envision Evangelene,
Triumph Of Mercy, Hammer Of God and The Silver Cord Is Severed plus a DVD entitled Conquer
The World. All albums will have several bonus tracks (mostly live songs).
New and extremely heavy material from The Spirit That Guides Us
is on the way. During their spring tour in March the band will play the first song Bail Us
Out from the new album Don't Shoot, Let Us Burn. The new songs are heavier and more
powerful than ever. Expect a bizarre combination of their album 24 Winters and The Sand,
The Barrier, but add loads of heavy riffs and dark grunts.
January 18th 2008
Stryper is still working on their new
album. The plan is to start mixing the record in the first week of February. The band
hopes to have the album out in July or August. Also a tour to promote the CD belongs to
the possibilities. According to singer Michael Sweet the record sounds amazing and will
have what they also wanted a Stryper record to have: melodies, guitar solos, stacked vocal
harmonies and screams.
The Weakening is a new band
from Scandinavia featuring Jani Stefanovic (Divinefire, Miseration). The line-up also
features Barry Halldan (formerly of Renascent). Musically the goal of the band is to
create groovy metalcore. Right now The Weakening is recording an album.
The Dutch rock band Zenith Of Abolition
will have a CD-release party on February 22nd. The album is called The Villain, The
Victim, The Tragedy.
A new band on Tooth
& Nail Records is Ivoryline
with good melodic rock music. Their album There Came A Lion comes out on February 5th. You
can download the song Be Still And Breathe from absolutepunk.net
(or a bit more directly from megaupload.com).
Another new band on
Tooth & Nail is Once
Nothing. Their album First Came The Law came out on January 15th. The band describes
their music as "blue-collar metal".
Rock band Anberlin will be working on their new
album in February. They will be working along with Neal Avron.
The new video from As I Lay Dying is The Sound Of
Truth, one of the songs on their latest album An Ocean Between Us. The video for The Sound
Of Truth should debut on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball on January 19th. You can also preview it
Alleviat, the new Benea Reach album will be released
in Scandinavia on February 4th.
The Polish record
company Metal Mind Productions
signed a multi licensing deal with Nuclear Blast Records for their back catalogue. In the
first half of 2008 Metal Mind Productions will re-issue nearly 70 albums from their
archives. Included are releases from Horde and Mortification. The re-issues will be
digipak editions, each title limited to 2000 copies, digitally remastered using 24-Bit
process and extras.
January 11th 2008
You can now download the new Torman Maxt album for free. Yes, the entire album, including the
artwork! Go here for all
the details. The album is the first part of The Problem Of Pain. This is a rock opera
inspired by the albums 2112 from Rush and Operation Mindcrime from Queensryche. The
Problem Of Pain retells the story of Job from the Old Testament and deals with the
question of why God allows evil and human suffering on earth. The title The Problem Of
Pain is taken from a book authored by C.S. Lewis, which explores the topics of evil and
CJ Grimmark is busy
as ever. At the moment he's working on new songs for the next Narnia album. He's also involved
with the mixing of the Farewell album from Divinefire. On this record he'll also do some lead guitars.
have signed For Today. This is a metalcore album from Sioux City, Iowa. For Today is a
real touring band. They did over 200 shows in 2007 alone. Their debut album Ekklesia will
appear on April 1st. You can listen to For Today on myspace.
Kekal is working on their next album. You
can stream one new song already on myspace.
The track is called The Vampire Song. Kekal also offers a three track single for only
$1.99. The single is called The Gathering Of Ants.
January 4th 2008
First of all, best
wishes for 2008!
The Finnish band Deuteronomium
is working on new material. In fact, they are in the pre-production of their new album.
Fourteen songs are being arranged to be ready to record. The recordings are scheduled to
start on March 10th. Mikko Härkin (Mehida, Essence Of Sorrow, and formerly of Sonata
Arctica and Kotipelto) will be producing the album. Expect a return to their brutal death
Sorrow have completed two new tracks. You can listen to them on myspace.com.
worked hard on their next record. A release date isn't set yet, but the band is shooting
for a May/June time frame.
The Swedish rock band Blindside plans to write and record new material this year. They are
trying to figure out the best way to release a record these days.
The Art For The Ears page on myspace.com is renewed. It has better looks and contains several
videos taken from youtube. It's well worth your visit. While you do so, you can find a new
file of the radio show mentioned in the blog. This is the show of December
28th and is about the Art For The Ears airplay Top 20 of 2007!
December 28th 2007
Benea Reach will release a new album
in February 2008. The record is called Alleviat. Christian Wibe from Animal Alpha produced
the album along with the band.
The German band Descend To Rise posted the song A
Soliloquy on their myspace.com page. This song is a track from the debut full length
Behind The Infinite Scenes and it comes out in February 2008.
Thy Majesty, the Italian
power metal maestros, have signed with Dark Balance. This label will release the fourth
album from the band in June 2008.
X-Sinner is back from the
Fire It Tour 2007. In January they'll be mixing the new album World Covered In Blood.
The Finnish rock
band Deep Insight is also working
on a new album.
Kutless is currently in the studio to
record new music. You can keep up to date on the recording process at a special website.
As you may have read
on myspace, you can download the Art For The Ears radio show that was aired on Friday
December 14th. Go here and download the file. You can find the play list on myspace.
December 21st 2007
Hawk Nelson will release a new album
on April 1st 2008. The record is called Hawk Nelson Is My Friend. The first single is
Friend Like That. The album comes out through Tooth & Nail Records.
Venia has decided
to mix their new album in early January. Therefore the release of the disc is delayed a
German/Finnish initiative Thy
Bleeding Skies finished recording their debut CD Chapters Of Downfall. Guitars, vocals
and bass were recorded at the Breakstuff Studio (Germany) by Oliver Tesch (guitar player
of Sacrificium). The drums were recorded by Mikko Herranen at the C.C.P.C. Studio in
Demon Hunter shot a video for Carry
ska/rock/punk band Make Up Your
Mind is working on a new album.
Slechtvalk has parted ways with
keyboardist Hydrith. He decided to leave the band to spend more time with his wife and
son. Currently Slechtvalk works with a session-keyboardist who might join as a full member
in the future.
December 14th 2007
As I Lay Dying
are nominated for a Grammy award! Nothing Left, their first single from the album An Ocean
Between Us is nominated for Best Metal Performance. Congrats!
Do you remember the Norwegian black metal one-man-band Stronghold? This
guy is back with a full formation and a new album called Cult Of Remorse.
Ressurection Band re-released their album Rainbow's End (1979). Expect late seventies
War Of Ages will record a new album. The CD will be produced by none other
than Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying.
The Dutch band Project Liberate will record an EP this month.
Want to listen to the Art For The Ears radio show that was
broadcasted on December 7th? Go here
and download the file. Yeah, the deejay talks in the Dutch language... Check the myspace.com page for the
December 7th 2007
The new Soul
Embraced album will come out in April 2008. The record is called Dead Alive and was
produced by Barry Poynter and mixed by Erik Rutan. The comeback album will be released by
Solid State Records.
Metal Heaven signed the melodic metal band Driver, featuring vocalist Rob
Rock and guitarist Roy Z (Halford, Bruce Dickinson). Driver existed in 1989 and 1990 and
recorded a demo. Now they'll finally get a chance to release the album they intended to
release back then. The new CD will contain re-recorded versions of the songs that were
written all those years ago, plus some new songs as well. Original drummer Reynold
"Butch" Carlson will perform on the album, besides other special guests
like Mat Sinner on bass. The album is expected Spring 2008.
The Dutch rock band Zenith Of Abolition have finished recording their
twelve song album. It will be called The Villain, The Victim, The Tragedy. You can listen
to a few songs on their myspace.com
Another Dutch band is Borgazur.
This black metal initiative have almost finished their new CD called 2P3: Alchemists Earth
Of Eaon A.C. . The disc will come out through Nokternal Hemizpear.
Black metal band Crimson Moonlight is writing songs for an upcoming album.
You can download the
November 30th Art For The Ears radio show. Download it here.
There are still a several other shows available for download, all for a selected period of
time: July 27th, August
3rd, September 21st, November
2nd, November 9th, November
16th, November 23rd.