Callisto announced the
international release dates for their new album Providence. This record was produced,
engineered and mixed by Jonas Olsson. The songs on the album are: In Session; Rule The
Blood; Covenant Colours; Eastern Era; New Canaan; Stasis; Where The Spirits Tread; Dead
Weight; Drying Mouths (In A Gasping Land); Providence. The disc will be released in Sweden
on February 18th. On March 27th Providence will come out in Germany, Holland, Belgium,
Luxemburg and Canada. The release date for the USA is yet to be announced. In addition,
Callisto will release a 12" double vinyl through Svart Records. Both CD and vinyl
will come out in Finland on February 18th. You can hear the new track Drying Mouths (In A
Gasping Land) on myspace.com.
MxPx will release Triple Threat. This is a
DVD containing three shows.
The Showdown put the video
for Achilles - The Backbreaker online:
The Finnish female
fronted metal band Venia signed a
deal with Open Grave Records/NePlusUltra Music for the release of the first album. This CD
will appear on April 14th. The album will be titled Victory By Surrender and it will have
eleven songs. You can check out the title track on myspace.
Sympathy is working on
the next album. There are no plans yet about when it will be recorded. You can listen to a
demo song however. The track is called Imbibing The Hemlock. Listen to it on myspace.
Believer revealed the cover art
and the track listing for their comeback album Gabriel. These are the songs:
Medwton; A Moment In Prime; Stones; Redshift; History Of Decline; The Need For Conflict;
Focused Lethality; Shut Out The Sun; The Brave; Nonsense Mediated Decay.
August Burns Red recorded
a cover version of the Britney Spears song Hit Me Baby One More Time for the Punk Goes Pop
2 compilation. You can now listen to it on the Punk Goes Pop 2 myspace.com page. August
Burns Red also has a new video up on youtube.com in which they talk about their upcoming
EP, the next album and more. It's rather funny:
Bombworks Records signed the
Australian band Fearscape.
This formation plays melodic progressive black metal. They released their first demo in
2002, followed by the album Sleeping In Light in 2004. Their 2008 release Scent Of Divine
Blood will be re-released by Bombwork Records. It will have new artwork and will be
remastered and contain one previously unreleased track as wel as bonus live footage.
You can hear the
song Malevolence from the new A Plea For Purging album Depravity on myspace. The record
appears on March 3rd.
You can also listen
to The Serpent Servant, the title track from Impending Doom's new album that'll be out on March 31st.
First Strike Records
will release The Everlasting Man from A Hope For Home. This group recorded a video for the
Youngside Records established a
distribution agreement for the American market with Maanalainen Levykauppa/Bullroser
Records from Finland. Artists included in this deal are HB, Deuteronomium, Random Eyes and
many more. One of newest releases from Bullroser is Thorns, Horns & Barbwire -
The Bullroser Records 10th Anniversary Collection 1998-2008.
Rock band Deep
Insight put a new song on myspace.
It's called Rock With My Band.
You can download the
file containing the Art For The Ears show aired on January 23rd 2009. The show contains
music from Red, Disciple, Mena Brinno, Becoming The Archetype, Opprobium, The Crucified,
Zenith Of Abolition, Rob Rock, Slechtvalk, Michael Sweet, Fire Fly, Underoath & One
Bad Pig. You can download the file from Badongo.
January 23rd 2009
Tooth & Nail
Records will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the start of punk/hardcore band The Crucified. This group was
formed in 1984 and performed and recorded until 1993. To celebrate this band, Tooth &
Nail Records will release The Complete
Collection - 25 Years (1984-2009). This box set will contain three discs with music and
Metal Heaven signed Impellitteri for the European release of Wicked Maiden. This new album
will come out on April 24th. Impellitteri sold over one million records of their previous
releases. Guitarist Chris Impellitteri has been branded
one of the fastest guitarists in the world by Guitar One
magazine and Guitar World.
For the new album Chris Impellitteri joined forces with Rob
Rock, who was singer for the band in the early days.
In March the South African group The Awakening will release Against
The Waves. This album is a retrospective with their classic hits as well as remixes, two
new songs, alternate versions and newly recorded interpretations.
In the year of 2008 Shadows Of Paragon spent most
of their rehearsal time in the studio recording and producing their first full length
album. While waiting for the debut album Through The Valley Within, a promotional EP by
the name Fear Of Being Forever Lost has been put together with three songs from the
upcoming album plus a symphonic bonus track. You can download it from Metal-Downloads.com.
Hard rock band Mass will return to the studio for a
new release that will appear through Escape Music this year.
Solid State Records will bring
out Lost Messengers: The Outtakes from August Burns Red. This EP has covers, demos and
b-sides. Expect this disc out on February 24th. You can hear the track Chasing The Dragon
on myspace. This song
was recorded for the Messengers album, but wasn't included on the official release. August
Burns Red will record a new full length album this winter.
The Finnish rock band Callisto will release their new
record Providence through Fullsteam Records on February 18th.
Next week the new Demon Hunter live album Live In
Nashville will appear. You can hear the song I Am You on myspace.
The progressive metal band
Adiastasia will release their second album War Of The Worlds in the second half of 2009.
This is the follow-up to Life War. Adiastasia will soon be heading into the studio to
record. You can check out Adiastasia and several tracks from their Bombworks Records' debut at myspace.com.
Bombworks Records also signed
Dark Lay Still. This is a symphonic black metal band from California. The band released
their original demo Joy In The Throes Of Agony in 2004 and then followed that up with a
second demo in 2006 titled Prelude. The band will release their debut in 2009 which will
feature several songs updated and re-recorded from the original demos as well as several
brand new songs. You can check out the band and several songs from their demos on myspace.com.
Strike First Records put out an
album from A Hope From Home.
The album is titled The Everlasting Man.
Other releases coming up from
Strike First Records & Facedown Records: And Every Knee Shall Bow, from The Great
Commission (February 17th, Strike First); Depravity, from A Plea For Purging (March 3rd,
Facedown); The Serpent Servant, from Impending Doom (March 31st, Facedown). These bands
are also in the studio now or preparing to record for albums that will be out this
spring/summer: Sleeping Giant, For Today, Earth From Above, Thieves & Liars, Through
Solace and Hands.
You can download the file
containing the Art For The Ears show aired on January 16th 2009. The show contains music
from Thy Majestie, HB, inExordium, Becoming The Archetype, Once Dead, Believer, King's X,
Callisto, As I Lay Dying, Blindside, Craig's Brothers & Fort Knox Amsterdam. You can
download the file from Badongo.
Other radio show
news: After more then ten years, the Art For The Ears radio show will cease to exist. The
last show will be on February 13th 2009. Don't miss this event! The Art For The Ears
website will continue with its regular updates of this column.
January 16th 2009
Metal Blade Records
now officially announced the signing of thrash band Believer to their imprint
label Cesspool Recordings, run by Howard Jones (Killswitch Engage). The new album will be
called Gabriel. It will come out on March 17th. Expect a cross between Tool, Voivod, Nine
Inch Nails and Destruction. The Believer line-up now consists of original members Kurt
Bachman (vocals, guitar), Joey Daub (drums) and new members Jeff King
(keyboards/programming), Kevin Leaman (guitar) and Elton Nestler (bass/programming). Kurt
Bachman comments: "It's been quite a long break for us, but metal stays in your blood
and the constant nagging from Daub became overbearing. The opportunity to work with Howard
Jones, Brian Slagel and all the amazing talented people at Metal Blade is fantastic and we
are looking forward to a long and creative relationship. Needless to say, we're stoked
about Believer's future."
Stryper is running a contest to design
the cover of their next album Murder By Pride. You can enter your entry for the contest
before January 21st. You can find the rules for the contest on the Michael Sweet website. There you can also download samples of the
twelve songs on Murder By Pride.
This is what Michael
Sweet has to say about the new album: "After years of speaking to fans and
hearing comments like "more guitars", "more solos" and "more
screams", I decided to keep those comments in mind as I wrote each song. It was
important to me to try to get back to that early sound of Stryper yet at the same time, to
remain relevant today. It's certainly not an easy thing to do but as I listen to Murder By
Pride, I think that was accomplished."
This is the track listing for the new Stryper album: Eclipse Of The Son
(4:04); Leaf Clover (3:42); Peace of Mind (3:58); Alive (3:36); The Plan (3:10); Murder by
Pride (3:18); I Believe (3:43); Run In You (4:15); Love Is Why (4:07); Mercy Over Blame
(4:07); Everything (4:26); My Love (I'll Always Show) (3:14).
Hard Rock band Jet Circus put an old video online.
It's the video for the song Victory Dance, from their Step On It (1989) album:
Death metal band
Inevitable End put the title track of their album The Severed Inception on myspace.
You can download the
file containing the Art For The Ears show aired on January 9th 2009. The show contains
music from Brian Head Welch, The Spirit That Guides Us, Haste The Day, Becoming The
Archetype, Theocracy, Today Forever, P.O.D., Underoath, Soapbox, As I Lay Dying, Antestor,
War Of Ages & Mad Max. You can download the file from Badongo.
January 9th 2009
The German hardcore
band Today Forever signed a
deal with Bastardized Records. Their previous label Guideline Records ceased to exist. The
new Today Forever album Profound Measures will come out on April 17th.
Bombworks Records signed Monotheist. This band
plays progressive extreme metal. Monotheist is writing new material for their full length
debut that will appear on Bombworks Records in the summer of 2009.
Seventh Avenue from Germany is
writing songs for their next album. The band encountered lots of problems due to illegal
downloads. Their Eternals album sold 3200 times in the first six months of the release.
The new album Terium, despite getting better reviews, sold only 1700 times. Consequence
will be sooner or later to get no new deal and so, no new CD's will be distributed...
Another German band
is working on new material. Saphena
has finished the songwriting and are at the moment doing the preproduction. Expect a new
album later this year.
In Vain has almost finished the
work on their new album. The disc will be called Mantra. The album will contain seven
songs plus a video of the recording. In the autumn In Vain hopes to do a European tour.
Inevitable End, recently
signed to Relapse Records, will release their album The Severed Inception on March 17th in
North America. On March 20th Germany and the BeNeLux will follow. And on March 23rd the
rest of the world will have the opportunity to hear the new death metal opus from the
War Of Ages will shoot a video
for All Consuming Fire. This will happen on February 7th at the Forward Hall, in Erie,
Pennsylvania, USA. It's a free video shoot.
Ultimatum will record a cover album
entitled Lex Metali for Retroactive Records. Some of the songs the band will do, are
Creeping Death from Metallica, Iron Fist from Motorhead, Can't Get Out from Vengeance
Rising, Locked In Chains from The Moshketeers, Steeler from Judas Priest plus six more
The live album Live
In Nashville from Demon Hunter
will appear on January 27th. It will feature fourteen live songs from the Storm The Gates
Of Hell Tour.
You can download the
file containing the Art For The Ears show aired on January 2nd 2009. The show contains
music from HB, Disciple, Harmony, Becoming The Archetype, Blessed By A Broken Heart,
Slechtvalk, King's X, Crimson Moonlight, Immortal Souls, Dogwood, Fire Fly, Call To
Preserve & Red. You can download the file from Badongo.
January 2nd 2009
First of all, best
wishes for 2009! May this year be very good to you, with good health and excellent loud
music. Art For The Ears is ready for another year go explore that part of life. It's also
an anniversary. Yesterday it was exactly ten years ago that the first Art For The Ears
radio show was aired! All the specials of the week this month will be celebrating this
fact by airing an airplay chart consisting the twenty most played songs during those ten
The new Dagon album will feature
guest vocals from Scooch (Final Chapter & Bestiary).
The Dutch black metal act Slechtvalk has struck a deal with
booking agency Redback Promotions. This agency also works with Vreid, Kadavrik, Obscurity
and Dorn. Redback will do promotional activities and arrange concerts for Slechtvalk in
Rock band X-sinner published two
bootleg videos shot by a fan in the early days. The first is the song We Need Love filmed
during the Peace Treaty tour in 1991:
And the second X-Sinner video is Lift Him Up, also from 1991:
Black metal band Eternal
Emperor is now only consisting of Shadrach. He has decided to continue as a one man
band. At the moment he is writing material for the first full-length album. Shadrach hopes
to have it out in November 2009.
You can download the
last Art For The Ears show aired in 2008. This show contains music from: Benea Reach,
Grave Declaration, Spoken, Incrave, Veni Domine, Virgin Black, Stellar Kart, Thy Bleeding
Skies, Soul Embraced, Rob Rock, Seventh Avenue & HB. You can download the mp3 file
containing the show from rapidshare
(limited amount of downloads available) or badongo.
December 26th 2008
Kekal released their new album Audible Minority. This
album has a free download available for the first eight songs. The entire album has eleven
tracks. The first pressing of the CD will be a special digipak release, hand numbered and
limited to 777 units. The album also contains a cover of A-ha's Locust. You can order this
album from Open Grave Records.
The German death
metal formation Sacrificium
will start recording their new album on February 23rd at the Iguana Studio.
Day Of Fire offers a free download of
the new song Never Goodbye
if you sign up for their mailing-list. Never Goodbye is a song for the CD that the band
will bring out next year.
The Belgian extreme
metal group Blood Drift is
working on songs for a new release.
Also the Polish
metal band Illuminandi is
active. They are working hard on new material. The band hopes to be more active in 2009
than they were in 2008. Illuminandi recently got a new drummer called Tomasz Pyzia.
band Darkwater will release a new
album in 2009.
Swedish black metal
band Shadows Of Paragon
has uploaded songs to their myspace.com page. These tracks come from their upcoming album
that will appear in 2009.
December 19th 2008
Burns Red will contribute a song to the upcoming Punk Goes Pop 2 compilation. This
disc will be released by Fearless Records on March 10th 2009. The song August Burns Red
will do, is a cover of Hit Me Baby One More Time, originally from Britney Spears. The band
recorded the song with producer Andreas Magnusson. Expect a metal version of the Britney
On November 15th 2008 black metal act Grave Declaration
played it's first live show as a suprise band at the Nordic Fest. The band is still a one
man band though, but will continue with live members to do concerts. Right now Thor Georg
Buer of Grave Declaration is writing material for a full album.
Facedown Records signed the band Hands. This group formed in
2007. Hands offers progressive rock and progressive hardcore inspired by bands like Isis,
Life In Your Way and Misery Signals. The band's Facedown debut will come out in July 2009.
Silence The Foe
put a video online of the show they did as support act for Stryper. It's a video for the
song Privacy Please:
On November 23rd 2008 John Spalding died. He was the former guitar player
for the late nineties punk band Ninety Pound Wuss. John passed away from cancer with which
he was diagnosed four years ago. MxPx
will play a benefit show in his honor on Saturday January 31st 2009 at the El Corazon in
the UK band Ecthirion
(formerly known as Axiom) for the release of their five track EP Apocalyptic Visions.
Expect epic orchestral metal with viking and black metal tendencies. You can listen to the
song Warmageddon on myspace.
Theocracy published a free Christmas track called Rudolph Vs. Frosty. You
can listen to the track on the band's myspace site, as well as download
it. You can find the lyrics on the Theocracy homepage.
Speaking about free downloads, you can find several on the Ken Tamplin
website. Ken Tamplin is known for his great melodic hard rock/metal albums. He also made a
soft rock Christmas album.
December 12th 2008
The Finnish female
fronted metal band HB has a new album
out. The record is called Piikki Lihassa. Yes, all lyrics are in the Finnish language.
With the album HB entered the Finnish album Top 40 at #12. You can listen to the new song
Mina Olen on myspace.
The Weakening is preparing
to enter the studio recording our debut album.
Slechtvalk is currently working on
new songs. They're still looking for a suitable label. Therefore, they don't expect their
fourth album to appear before late 2009/early 2010. The new album will be a concept album.
The theme of the record will be darker than the previous two concept albums. Hence, the
music will be more grim. Slechtvalk expects to do concerts during summer, fall and winter
has a lot in store. First of all, they joined forces with Dagon again. This band will
release a new album in spring 2009. Second, Bombwork Records signed Bloodline Severed, a
band that combines thrash, progressive and modern metal. The band's ten song debut Visions
Revealed will be remixed and remastered for a March 2009 release. Furthermore, Bombwork
Records will reissue Through The Reflection, an album from the Mexican death metal band Lament. This disc was
originally released in 1999 by Finland's Little Rose Productions. The reissue will feature
new atwork and the four song demo from Beheaded, the band Lament originated from. The
Through The Reflection Special Edition release will come out in February 2009.
December 5th 2008
Callisto will release their new
album on February 18th 2009. The record is called Providence. It's the first CD with new
singer Jani Ala-Hukkala. Former singer Markus Myllykangas continues with the band as a
guitarist. You can listen to the first single Covenant Colours on myspace. Callisto will
appear on the Green Christmas Festival in Estonia on December 12t along with Volbeat and
Narnia is working hard on their
sixth studio album. The band thinks this will be their biggest step in terms of
songwriting and performance. There's not an official release date, but it will probably
come out in the summer of 2009.
Strike First Records
signed the post-hardcore band A Hope For Home. This group will release The Everlasting Man album
with eleven songs on January 20th.
The German death
metal band Sacrificium is
looking for a new bass player. If you play bass (no beginner), live in the Stuttgart area
in Germany, like death metal, recognise names like Alex Webster or Steve DiGiorgio, are at
least 18 years old, got a valid drivers-license (not a must but would be nice), are
motivated and not adverse to touring, then contact them at email@example.com. Oh and there's
one (very) important demand: These guys are all Christians and so should you. And yes,
long hair is very welcome. It is not a must since hair can grow ;-).
Once again you can
download a file containing a recording of the Art For The Ears radio show. It's the
November 28th broadcast. This show features music from Blessed By A Broken Heart, Take It
Back, Divinefire, The Spirit That Guides Us, Underoath, The Awakening, Deuteronomium,
Saviour Machine, Borgazūr, Theocracy, Random Eyes and Anberlin. You can download it from Badongo as well as from Rapidshare
(this one is limited though).
First of all, Gabriel is clear evidence that the guys are still able to
pulling it off. Their three previous albums set the standard high with excellent and
technically challenging thrash metal. Dimensions... (read the full
Callisto - Providence (Fullsteam Records)
Callisto still provides a very rousing and intense atmospheric rock
sound with frequent outbursts. Just listen to great songs like In Session, Statis and the
title track. It's not metalcore, nor extreme metal, but overwhelming... (read the
Indigo - Reach Out (Feedback Records)
Indigo is a new Swedish rock band. Reach Out is their debut album filled
with straight forward soft rock songs. The music is melodic, but hardly heavy. The guitar
playing varies from gentle strumming to... (read the full
Mena Brinno - Wicked Polly (Dark Balance)
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