The South African gothic rock band The Awakening is stirring again. After a three years hiatus since
Razor Burn they are getting ready for new releases. The Awakening plans to bring out two
releases in 2009. More information will follow.
The Dutch death metal group Organic Matter has
called it quits. In May singer Ruben left. Now the other members have decided to disband.
There will be one final show. This takes place on December 12th in the Baroeg, Rotterdam,
Holland. The band plays with Immortal Souls and Deuteronomium.
The Swedish death metal group Inevitable End signed a deal with Relapse Records.
Speaking of Sweden and death metal, Pantokrator made a video for their
song Nephilim. This is a track from the Aurum album:
Sad news comes from Barren Cross. The classic metal band has parted ways with singer
Michael Drive. The reason are theological differences.
finished the recording for their new album. The final mix will be done in December. The
tentative release is set to be February 2009.
Strike First Records signed The Rekoning.
This band from Southern California brings old style punk rock/hardcore in the vein of The
Deal and Hanover Saints. Their debut album The Road Less Traveled will be out on January
The first names are announced for the Elements Of Rock
festival that takes place from May 21st through May 23rd in Switzerland. You can expect
performances from Seventh Angel, Illuminandi, Crimson Moonlight, Dividing Line,
Disobedience and Theocracy.
MTV published the live video for Lead Me Home from Demon Hunter. This
is an excerpt of their 45 Days DVD.
It's been some time, but now you have the opportunity again to download a
file containing the Art For The Ears radio show. It's the show that was aired on November
21st. Music is featured from the following artists (in order of appearance): Deliverance,
Warlight, Brian Head Welch, The Spirit That Guides Us, Once Dead, Fort Knox Amsterdam, Thy
Majestie, Mad Max, Harmony & P.O.D. You can download it from Badongo as well as from Rapidshare
(this one is limited though).
November 21st 2008
Fort Knox Amsterdam
is still alive and kicking. They changed their line-up and went into a different musical
direction. To illustrate the new Fort Knox Amsterdam, the band recorded a demo. You can
listen to three new songs on myspace.
inked a deal with Metal Blade Records for the release of the new studio album. This is the
first album in fifteen years. The CD will include guest appearances by Joe Rico
(Sacrifice), Deron Miller (World Under Blood & CKY) and Rocky Gray (Living Sacrifice).
This is Believer in
1991, performing the song Sanity Obscure:
Austrian Death Machine
will release a Xmas EP on November 25th. It will contain a rendition of the classic Jingle
Bells, plus Get To The Choppa and a cover of Hell Bent For Leather, originally from Judas
Thrash metal band Believer finished mixing
their new album. It will be mastered on November 18th. The record will be released early
next year. It's still not announced what label will have the honor of releasing this
Stavesacre have completed their new
EP Against The Silence. The songs on this CD are: Against The Silence (Long For More);
Side-Stage Syndrome; The Dash On My Headstone; Teeth Like Knives; ...The Band Played On
(Against The Silence Part II). You can listen to the track The Dash On My Headstone on myspace.com.
You can now order
the new demo CD New Chapter from the German metal band Ancient Prophecy.
Driver will play the
Bang Your Head Festival in
June. This festival will be held in Balingen, Germany. Other bands on the bill are Blind
Guardian, U.D.O and many more.
On November 25th the
new EP No Gift To Bring from The
Almost will see the light of day. You can listen to the song Little Drummer Boy on myspace.
The Dutch metal band
Borgazur is writing
their next album called 2C4. This is the next in line of a series of one concept.
Musically the group will step into the world of orchestral progressive metal.
Still Remains put a
b-side song on myspace
called I Can Never Be Your Lover.
Archetype also put a new song from their upcoming album Dichotomy on myspace. The track
is called Deep Heaven.
November 7th 2008
On November 22nd King's X will release their first
live-DVD ever. The DVD contains a live performance King's X did back in 1990 at the
Astoria in London, UK. The disc was produced by Wally Farkas (former Galactic Cowboys
guitarist) and is entitled Gretchen Goes To London.
The Famine published
their video for the song Consume, Devour, Repeat on MTV's Headbangers Blog. The track is one of the songs on The Raven And
The Reaping which is out now.
In 2009 Bride will produce their final album.
Thirty songs are considered for this project. So far only the founding members Dale and
Troy Thompson are announced as the musicians for this record.
On November 25th Demon Hunter will release 45 Days,
the package with two DVD's and a CD. On myspace you can hear the live version of Lead Us Home.
The Finnish metal
band Deuteronomium is back in
the studio again. Something new will come out next year.
Callisto is now mastering their
next album. Within a few weeks they hope give you an impression of what's to come.
Callisto is also featured on the Falling Down compilation, a 3CD package with 40 bands
including Kut, Pelican and Kylesa. The song Callisto contributed is The Fugitive from the
Sad news comes from Shadow Gallery. They lost their
singer Michael A. Baker who suffered a heart attack on October 29th. He was 45 years old.
Mike was a founding member of Shadow Gallery.
Thy Bleeding Skies will
enter the studio for their next album late February. They will record twelve songs.
The Dutch hardcore
act Jedidah recorded a new song and put it on their myspace.com page. The track
is called Proclamation.
October 31st 2008
Eight years since the release of
Discerning Forces, Opprobrium is retuning with a new album. Mandatory Evac will be
released by Metal Mind Productions on November 10th in Europe and on January 20th in the
USA. Mandatory Evac was recorded last sommer and produced by the band themselves, like
their 1988 debut album Serpent Temptation. You can hear the preview track Fake on the Metal Mind Productions
Metal Mind Productions will also
re-release the two first albums, Beyond The Unknown and Serpent Temptation. Both are
remastered and limited to 2000 copies.
As I Lay Dying will be filming their
first DVD in November. The DVD will include live performances, backstage footage,
interviews, a documentary and more. The DVD will be released in the spring of 2009. As I
Lay Dying will be filming at three shows in California, USA.
Strike First Records signed Earth From Above. This
band will be recording an album that will be out in spring 2009.
Mortification made known that
their Live Humanitarian DVD cannot be played on the majority of the USA DVD players.
Bassist/singer Steve Rowe: "Nuclear Blast Records and I made every arrangement to
make sure that the DVD was pressed in Region 0; in other words, playable world-wide.
However, here is the catch - even Region 0 has 2 different format types: Region 0 NTSC and
Region 0 PAL. The "Live Humanitarian" DVDs are in Region 0 PAL, which is the
standard format for Australia and Europe. If you live in the Americas and do not have a
recent model, top level DVD player, you may not be able to play the DVD through your TV
and sound system. However, the DVD should play on all computers with a DVD drive."
Soundmass signed Grave Forsaken for the release of
their third album This Day Forth, due out in early 2009.
October 24th 2008
Mortification is doing well. Nuclear Blast pre-sold the entire first
pressing of the Live Humanitarian double DVD. It may take some weeks before Nuclear Blast
has the second pressing. Soon you can pick up a copy from the Soundmass.com store as 100 copies are
on its way.
MxPx released the cover
of Take Me Out To The Ball Game. The track will be available on myspace for the duration of the
World Series (baseball championship in the USA).
Zenith Of Abolition are recording a live DVD. This will happen on November
8th in the Escape in Veenendaal, Holland. The band also put a new song on their myspace.com page. The
song is called Twilight.
Becoming The Archetype put the title song from Dichotomy on myspace. Dichotomy
will come out on November 25th.
October 17th 2008
Ulterium Records will
re-release the Harmony
debut album Dreaming Awake. This is the record that first appeared through Massacre
Records in 2003. The album has been out of print for the last years. Now Ulterium Records
will bring it out once again at the same time as the brand new record Chapter II:
Aftermath, on October 31st.
Haste The Day have a
new album out called Dreamer. On their myspace page you can hear
some new songs from Dreamer.
Bombworks Records will release
two new albums on November 11th. First of all you can expect the new My Silent Wake album
A Garland Of Tears. The other CD is the new Sympathy album.
A new Christmas
album is expected, featuring music from various rock bands including Thousand Foot Krutch,
Hawk Nelson, The Almost, Kutless, FM Static, Project 86, August Burns Red and more.
The album is called X Christmas and will be released by Tooth And Nail Records on October
28th. Few the complete tracklist here.
The Dutch metalcore group Project Liberate is
about to start the recording of their new EP. The recording should be finished shortly
War Of Ages published their
new video for Through The Flames on the Headbanger's Ball website. The band is currently getting themselves ready for the
European tour in December. Here's the video in poorer quality on Youtube.com:
Lance Garvin has left Soul Embraced. He has
decided to focus his attention to his other band, Living Sacrifice. Rocky Gray is now the
new drummer for Soul Embraced.
October 10th 2008
Demon Hunter is set to unveil their
brand new 3-disc release called 45 Days. This package consists of two DVD's and a CD. 45
Days documents the band's tour in support of last year's Storm The Gates Of Hell. The
package will be released by Solid State Records on November 25th. You can view the trailer
for 45 Days here.
Believer is almost ready with
their new album. Right now they're mixing. According to the band, the new material is
heavy, unique and Believer. They also signed a three record deal that includes world wide
distribution. A release date is yet to be announced.
Miseration is writing music for their
second album. They will enter the studio in the spring of 2009. The new material is
faster, more brutal and more technical while maintaining the dynamics and melody of the
Stavesacre is almost ready recording
their EP. Some song titels are: Teeth Like Knoves, The Dash On My Headstone and Sidestage
Syndrome. They have also filmed for a DVD. The plan is to finish the EP and the DVD by the
end of the month. They will possibly be packaged together as a double disc. If all goes
well, orders ship on December 1st.
Kekal signed a licensing deal with
NePlusUltra Music for their seventh album Audible Minority. They will release the album in
December. The first pressing of the CD vision will be a special digipak format, limited to
Picture Of The Moon
cancelled (along with Whispering Gallery) their appearance on the Brainstorm Festival.
Replacements are Monoblock and Harmony.
has nominated rock band Mass in
two categories: Best Album By Group (Major) and Best Live Act (Major). People can log on
to www.myspace.com/limelightmagazine and click on the blinking link above the
survey to vote.
Ian Arkley of My Silent Wake made a home video
using photos and some video footage:
October 3rd 2008
Stavesacre is in the studio
recording five new songs. They are recording with Jason Martin and Steve Dail. So far the
drums are done. The band will finish the EP recordings in the next couple weeks.
The Australian metal
band Teramaze will start
recording a new album on November 12th. The album will be produced by Jeff Waters from
Norma Jean put their video of
Robots 3 Humans 0 online:
Christian Liljegren (formerly of
Narnia) joined forces with his brother Simeon Liljegren again. The two played together for
many years in Borderline and Modest Attraction. They have plans to play live and record
new material. It will be melodic seventies and eighties hard rock and metal with a
symphonic touch and lots of harmony vocals. The Liljegren brothers will work under the
will also be doing vocals together with Thomas Vikström on the new 7 Days album. The record is planned to
out during 2009.
Metal Mind Records will re-release
the two Seventh Angel albums, both with a bonus track. The bonus track on The Torment is
The Turning Tide. The bonus track on Lament For The Weary is Lamentations. Both albums
will be out on October 27th in Europe and on December 9th in the USA.
Musically this group combines classic heavy metal with folk elements
(mostly flute sounds in many of the songs). But most charachteristic for Mena Brinno is
female singer Katy Decker. She was classically schooled... (read the
Fort Knox Amsterdam - Demo 2008 (Independent)
After a sabbatical year the Dutch rock band Fort Knox Amsterdam returns
with a new line-up and a new demo. Most important change to the band is TJ Knox. He used
to play guitar only. Now... (read
the full review)
Theocracy - Mirror Of Souls (Ulterium Records)
Theocracy plays power metal that sounds quite straight forward. It's not
at all innovative, but it's done so well that it is quite enjoyable. Sometimes there
are... (read the full review)
With all the variety and good musicianship Chapter II: Aftermath is a
more than worthy follow-up to Dreaming Awake. Harmony took their time to mature and this
shows. Hopefully they... (read
the full review)
Scelerata - Darkness And Light (Nightmare Records)
There are quite some good tracks on this CD. The musicianship is great.
Not only do the guitar players to a good job with tight riffs and luxurious solos (for
example in The Spell of Time and Adonai), also the other musicians...... (read
the full review)
Thy Majestie - Dawn (Dark Balance)
Dawn contains a mix of classic metal and power metal with some very nice
melodies, great guitar solos, quite some double bass drumming and atmospheric keyboard
playing and soloing. These guys are...... (read the full
The Rick Ray Band - Violence Marred By Peace (Neurosis
They improved the sound quality of their recordings the last few years
and the compositions on this new disc are some of the most interesting so far. The opening
track is a nice start. But even better is Among The Fire with a real nice melody
line...... (read the full review)
Stonefuze - Stonefuze (Rivel Records)
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)