After sixteen years
of silence the British metal band Seventh Angel has reformed. Seventh Angel was formed in 1987 and
released two albums. The band is working on a new studio album. Already two festival dates
have been secured, both in November. Seventh Angel will play the Nordic Fest in Norway and
a new Dutch festival called Brainstorm. The line-up of the reunited Seventh Angel is a
mixture of the early and the final line-up of the band: Ian Arkley (vocals, guitar), Tank
(drums), Simon Bibby (guitar) and Mark Broomhead (bass). See also their official
Sad news comes from
the Dutch symphonic doom metal band Morphia.
They have decided to call it a day. Over the years the members of the group moved further
away from each other and got involved in busy jobs and family lives. This made it
difficult to rehearse. After thirteen years Morphia will end. However, the band will do a
final concert at the Brainstorm Festival in November. On this festival Morphia will also
record a DVD.
Speaking of the Brainstorm Festival, this
festival will be held in club Gigant, Apeldoorn, Holland, from November 21st-23rd. So far
seven bands are booked and six more will follow: Seventh Angel, Seventh Avenue, Thy
Majestie, Mehida, Morphia, Eluveitie & Rebellion.
Metal Mind Productions will
re-release Discerning Forces from Opprobrium. This death/thrash band was formed around
1987 under the moniker Incubus. As Incubus they released two albums, then changed the name
into Opprobrium in 1997. As Opprobrium they recorded and released Discerning Forces
through Nuclear Blast in 2000. According to the latest information, Opprobrium is now
working on new material.
From The Midst Of The Battle, the
new Deuteronomium album, will
appear on August 13th. Right now you can pre-order the disc. All pre-orders made before
June 30th 2008, will receive the special edition of the album, including a bonus DVD and a
special cover. Be quick!
Metal Blade Records will release a
side project from Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying frontman) called Austrian Death Machine.
The debut album is Total Brutal and will be released in late July. Austrian Death
Machine is fronted by the fictional character Ahhnold and inspired by his movies.
Dawn, the new Thy Majestie album, is
postponed until September 1st. You can hear their new track Day Of The Changes on myspace
page of record company Dark Balance. Thy Majestie is also one of the bands playing the Fear
Dark Festivals, the first of which takes place tonight!
Dawn consists of
seven tracks plus The Legacy Suite, a sixteen minutes long track divided in five tracks.
Showbread released two (!) new albums
called Anorexia and Nervosa. The records tell the stories of two sisters.
will re-release two Mass
albums: Take You Home (1988) and Voices In The Night (1989). Each CD will be digitally
remastered and contain a never before released track. Expect the reissues out in early
Singer Rob Rock rejoined Impelliteri. He was in the
band since the Grin And Bear It (1992) album but left the group in 2000 to pursue a solo
career. The first new Impelliteri album on which you can hear Rob Rock is Good And Evil.
The new music is being mixed in Vancouver with Greg Reely (Devil Driver, Fear Factory and
others). The goal for Good And Evil was to make a historic album that will rival Van Halen
1, Ozzy's Blizzard of OZ, Pantera's Cowboys from Hell, Yngwie Malmsteen's
Rising force & Metallica's Master Of Puppets.
Video of Visual
Prison from the Answer tour in 1995:
Martyr's Shrine have
started writing songs for the follow-up to their debut album. They're heading into a much
heavier grindcore direction. Release date is tentatively set for 2009.
The Weakening entered the
studio to record some guitars and bass. The vocals will be recorded in early June.
Slechtvalk is still searching for a
label and a booking agency. Due to these difficulties they don't expect to be alble to
enter the studio this year. A new album will probably have to wait until 2009.
Aletheian re-released their Dying
Vine album. This reissue was remixed and remastered and also has an additional track: a
cover version of How Could I from Cynic. Also included are some enhanced CD video bonus
Narnia is looking for a new
vocalist to replace Christian Liljegren.
The Finnish emo rock band Deep Insight is active
again. They're busy making a new album.
The new Kekal album will be called Audible
Minority. It will probably come out in October.
Michael Sweet will join legendary
rock group Boston on their summer
tour. First date is June 6th.
A new name is announced of the
bands booked for the Flevo Festival in August: Deuteronomium! Already booked were
Tourniquet, MxPx, Project 86 and several other bands.
Pop punk band Slick Shoes is back together
with original members Ryan Kepke, Jackson Mould, Joe Nixon, and Jeremiah Brown. They also
added guitarist Jordan Mould. They hope to record a new CD in the near future and have
plans to do some shows again.
According to rumors,
Barren Cross is reuniting. The
group originally was formed in the early eighties. Over the last few years they did some
shows. Now it's being said that they have plans to record once again. Their last album
dates back from 1994.
Mortification is writing their
new album. Steve Rowe wrote twenty songs of which he took eight songs to present to the
other guys. The other two members of Mortification have written new material as well. They
have the intention to release a new album in mid 2009. Steve Rowe is now also a sportsman.
He will be competing at this year's National Transplant Games and will be working out and
training towards the World Games in August 2009.
Girder Records will
re-release He's Not Dead, the SinDizzy album. The reissue will have new artwork. SinDizzy
was formed by Oz Fox and Tim Gaines in the nineties when Stryper disbanded. Four of the
songs come from a demo Oz Fox recorded for a Stryper album that never was made.
Callisto are working on new
songs. They're currently in pre-production and preparing themselves for the studio.
As I Lay Dying published a video of
a live show they did on February 1st. The song is Within Destruction and the video was
directed by Jerry Clubb. You can view it on Youtube:
has left metal band Narnia. He
was one of the founders of the band in 1996. The decision was a mutual agreement between
Christian and the rest of the band. Christian Liljegren: "I felt for a long time that
I needed to take a long break and I shared this with my friends and members of Narnia.
This is something I have felt since 2006 and it was a very hard desicion to make because
Narnia is very big part of my life and it will always be. The others guys will continue
and I will not stop them and I wish them the best of luck to continue the mission to
spread the good news about Jesus Christ."
is also involved in the band Divinefire
who will release their final album Farewell on June 20th.
Rock band Run Kid Run just released their new
album Love At The Core. You can listen to the song Captives Come Home on myspace.
Rock band Kutless have finished their new record.
To Know That You're Alive will come outo on June 24th.
Finnish metal band
HB have put their new videoclip on Youtube:
As you probably
know, Radio 90 FM is now a radio
station that broadcasts in stereo! From now on you can hear the Art For The Ears radio
show in stereo. The second ever stereo version of the show can now be downloaded. This is the
April 18th 2008 show and features music from: Rob Rock, As I Lay Dying, Seventh Avenue,
P.O.D., Stellar Kart, Becoming The Archetype, Thy Bleeding Skies, Incrave, Grave
Declaration, Virgin Black & Fireflight.
April 25th 2008
On May 19th the reissue of Hellig Usvart from Horde will come out through Metal Mind in Europe. The album is
a remastered version of the 1994 album recorded by Anonymous. The digipak edition will
also include three bonus tracks recorded live during Horde's one and only ever live show
(in Oslo, in 2006). The reissue is limited to 2000 copies. Hellig Usvart will appear in
the USA on July 8th.
have finished recording their new album. The disc will be called Back Breaker.
Exhale is still
working on their new album. The drums are already recorded.
April 18th 2008
The Archetype announced that they will be entering the studio in July to record their
third full length album.The band recently confirmed studio time with
producer Devin Townsend and the album is tentatively titled Dichotomy.
On May 27th the new Underoath
live CD and DVD Survive, Kaleidoscope will come out. The CD features twelve songs from the
albums Define The Great Line and They're Only Chasing Safety performed on tour dates
across the USA. The DVD is a full live set of the same songs, recorded in the Electric
Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The new P.O.D.
album Where Angels & Serpents Dance entered the Billboard 200 chart in the USA at #9.
The new video for Addicted debuted on MTV2. You can also view the unedited version on
youtube and below:
The remastered CD reissues of three classic Joshua album are out now. Included are The Hand Is Quicker Than The
Eye (1983), Surrender (1985) and Chapter One (1998). To celebrate the 25th anniversary of
the band's debut album The Hand Is Quicker Than The Eye, a special retrospective video for
the single November Is Going Away has been posted on Imeem.
Death metal band inExordium
(with three former Paramaecium members) are about to record their debut album. You can
already listen to three very rough demos on their myspace.com page.
Melodic metal band Random Eyes
posted the video for Living For Tomorrow on youtube:
The new Random Eyes album Invisible didn't remain invisible in their homeland Finland.
The album entered the album chart at #18.
Soul Embraced have
posted a new song online called The Devil's Reflection. It comes off of their upcoming
album Dead Alive which is available in stores and online April 29th! Head over to their MySpace page to hear it.
Destroy The Runner have posted a new song online called
Isabella's. Go to their myspace.com
page to check it out. The new album I, Lucifer came out this week.
featuring former members of Extol, will soon start the recording of their first album.
published the official music video for Narrow Avenue. This is a song from the next album:
Radio 90 FM is now a radio
station that broadcasts in stereo! From now on you can hear the Art For The Ears radio
show in stereo. The first ever stereo version of the show can now be downloaded. This is the
April 11th 2008 show and features music from: Thousand Foot Krutch, Demon Hunter, Grave
Declaration, P.O.D., xDeathstarx, Narnia, Thy Bleeding Skies, Pantokrator, Hawk Nelson,
Jacobs Dream & Torman Maxt.
April 11th 2008
Narnia have started recording their
sixth studio album. According to the band the songs are heading into an up-tempo,
aggressive but melodic direction. Narnia will be working with Fredrik Nordström
from Studio Fredman. He also worked with In Flames, Soilwork, Dimmu Borgir and lots of
On April 17th the
new Jacobs Dream album
Dominion Of Darkness will see the light of day. You can already download the new track Antikythra from the
new Jacobs Dream website.
The Finnish metal
band Venia are mixing their new
album. They hope to finish this job during this month. Then they start negotiating with
interested labels. Expect a few samples soon!
Chapters Of Downfall
of Thy Bleeding Skies
will be out on May 5th. The following day, May 6th, the French website heavylaw.com will
stream the album entirely. Chapters Of Downfall will be released by Dark Balance.
This label also
signed Thy Majestie. Their
new album is delayed. Expect it out on July 7th. The title of the record is Dawn.
band Life In Your Way decided
to call it a day. The band will do a final tour with Burden Of A Day, Means, For Today and
In Fear & Faith.
The Dutch black
metal act Borgazur released their
new album 2P3: Alchemists Earth Of Aeon A.C. Expect progressive black metal.
April 4th 2008
Royal Anguish is recording their
new CD The Grand Deception. They have eleven songs plus an intro track in mind.
Interestingly, Jasper Pieterson of Morphia will make a guest appearance on the title
track. This is the track list: Dawn Of The New Age; Only The Weak Survive; Please Educate
me; Into The Wilderness; Thy Pale Existence; Sullen Eyes Revisited; Blood On Your Hands;
Lovelorn Betrayal; Dirt At Your Feet; The Grand Deception; Demon Seed; Kindred Spirits.
Also metalcore band Norma Jean is in the studio,
rehearsing songs for their next album.
The UK band Through Solace have a new
EP out called The Stand. It's twenty minutes long and has six tracks. The Stand was
released by Holdfast Records.
This week, Hawk Nelson released their new record
Hawk Nelson...Is My Friend.
As you probably know Kyle Sweet,
the wife of Stryper singer Michael
Sweet, was diagnosed with cancer last year. She was cured from this disease, but now it
has returned. Yesterday she started another chemo therapy. It is a new version of a trial
treatment. Kyle is asking for your prayers for this treatment, for her husband and two
These guys must be motor bike fanatics, as is shown by a song like Motor
Music. Vocalist Kent Franklin sings: "God loves motor music!" Their previous
album was called Jesus Rides Harley Too (1998)...... (read the
ReinXeed - The Light (Rivel Records)
Songs like The Light, Legacy, Great Hall Of ReinXeed and the
instrumental Heavenly Fire sound pretty cool with lots of great hooks and melodies. And
then there are all these nice guitarsolos! The music sounds even better..... (read the full
Saint - Crime Scene Earth (Independent)
Saint in 2008 has a lot in common with the old band. Still they play
eighties heavy metal. It's not the kind of poppy hair metal Stryper once produced, but
much darker. Darker riffs, darker sounds and a..... (read the
Divinefire - Farewell (Rivel Records)
This final bombastic effort proves only how well this band has gotten.
This is a perfect blend of atmospheric and symphonic metal with extremer styled music like
thrash and death. When the three guys of Divinefire started back..... (read the
Kekal - The Habit Of Fire (Whirlwind Records)
Kekal experiments with different styles, including progressive rock,
fusion, rap and industrial. This avantgarde rock/metal has its own merits. The band
presents a collage of sounds, reminiscent of Altera Enigma at times..... (read the
Lengsel - The Kiss, The Hope (Whirlwind Records)
Old Lengsel is hardly recognisable on the new album. Only three tracks
make me think of Solace, but even these songs differ from Solace in many ways. The rest of
the album is extravagant, experimental and has different..... (read the
Warlight - The Bloodchronicles (Whirlwind Records)
This is Norwegian punk 'n roll in the vein of Silver. This means a raw,
powerful and yet catchy combination of punk rock and rock 'n roll. This is a fairly nice
album. Though the music doesn't sound innovative or original, Warlight knows..... (read
the full review)
Kashee Opeiah - Panic In Solitude (Whirlwind Records)
The music is heavy, devoid of melody, sometimes chaotic, and always
evolving. Kashee Opeiah is not a band that writes songs with the usual construction. Riffs
are followed by other riffs and seldomly..... (read
the full review)
Pantokrator - Aurum (Whirlwind Records)
The songs are more mature and the sound quality is very good. Most of
the songs are uptempo. A few are slower, more depressive and doomy (like the excellent Thy
Feeble Flame). Pantokrator is not..... (read the full
Cottonbomb - Sidman (Whirlwind Records)
Cottonbomb is a German band that plays a raw, bluesy kind of rock.
Sidman is their third album on Whirlwind Records, a label mostly known for its metal and
metalcore acts, like Saphena. Saphena Drummer Axel happens to be one..... (read the full
World To Ashes - Of What There Is To Come (Whirlwind
This new group plays modern death metal with lots of metalcore
influences, especially by using breakdowns. The vocals vary from a growl to a shriek. The
influence from a band like As I Lay Dying is evident in songs like..... (read the full review)
Thy Bleeding Skies - Chapters Of Downfall (Dark Balance)
The group was formed almost two years ago by Claudio Enzler (from
Sacrificium & My Darkest Hate) and JJ Kontoniemi (from Icon Clan & Deuteronomium).
Chapters Of Downfall is their debut with high quality melodic death metal..... (read the full review)
Seventh Avenue - Terium (Massacre Records)
Terium is the sixth full-length album from Seventh Avenue. Fans will
know what to expect, uptempo German power metal with lots of double bass. Listen to this
album, you automatically wonder when.... (read the
The CD only has four songs, but they fill 25 minutes. And what a great
stuff this guy has to offer! The music on the EP can best be described as symphonic black
metal with some death metal influences. The vocals are somewhere.... (read the full review)
Remission - Let The Curtain Rise (Feedback Records)
The album starts perhaps a little too mellow with Safe. In this song
acoustic strumming in the verses is varied with the heavier chorus. But the music sounds
pretty cool. Heavier is Nailed, a song.... (read
the full review)
Gypsy Carns - The Watchman (Trailer Trash Music)
Gypsy Carns is an artist playing a bluesy kind of biker rock. To be
honest, I've never paid much attention to this musical direction, so I'm far from an
expert... What strikes me first are the explicit.... (read the
Stryper - Live In Puerto Rico DVD (Creative Worx
The Live In Puerto Rico DVD looks like a home
video recording. Though the show was filmed with several cameras, the quality is far from
professional. Some moments the footage is vague. The music volume.... (read
the full review)
Rob Rock - Garden Of Chaos (AFM
Garden Of Chaos fits in very well with the rest of the Rob Rock
catalogue. It's not only his powerful vocals that makes the sound of any Rob Rock album.
There's a continuity music wise, with very attractive choruses, a great guitar sound, a
neat.... (read the full review)
Common Yet Forbidden - The
Struggle (Bombworks Records)
The Struggle is the second CD from Common Yet Forbidden. This American
band plays fast paced metal with shrieking and growling vocals. On one hand they are
pretty good. They have.... (read
the full review)
As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between
Us (Metal Blade Records)
As I Lay Dying is back with a new album and what a record it is! This is
their most eclective album so far, also their heaviest and yet most refined record to
date. It's more metal, less hardcore breaks, more great guitar solos and.... (read the
Oratorio - Redemption (Rivel
Redemption is the third release from this Finnish melodic metal band
with some thrash tendencies. The thrash tendencies are clear in the songs Raw and Passing
By (both with cool guitar solos!). The vocals are clean, but.... (read the
Heel - Evil Days (Rivel Records)
Heel is mainly a melodic metal band. Characteristic for this band are
the catchy choruses that are easy to sing a long to, and an overall happy feel of the
album. Each song has a guitar.... (read the full
Pantokrator - A Decade Of
Thoughts (Momentum Scandinavia)
The rest of this best-of is pretty well done with music combining doom
and melodic death metal. Since the release of A Decade Of Thoughts Pantokrator released
their second full length studio album Aurum. Let's hope we'll be able to celebrate a
second decade of thoughts in 2017.... (read
the full review)
Admonish - Insnärjd (Momentum
Let's focus on the music you can hear on this beautifully covered five
song EP. Admonish play atmospheric, melodic black metal. It reminds a lot of Antestor (The
Forsaken era), but the tracks on Insnärjd ... (read the full
Opposition Of One - Screaming
Without Lungs (Guideline Records)
On their second full length album the German hardcore band Opposition Of
One is following a more melodic course. I got to know this band as an energetic, powerful
hardcore group. They still are. But they've succeeded... (read the full review)
Silence The Foe - Shaking
Hallelujah (Guideline Records)
This is music with different elements melted together. It has something
of hardcore, punk rock and something of straight forward rock 'n roll, and a lot of
frantic noises. But the end result is none of these. What a potpourri ... (read
the full review)