Grave Declaration has
uploaded a demo track to myspace. It's a preview of the full length album that is in
progress. There are no details yet on recording, nor on the release date.
Exhale has also uploaded a new
song from their upcoming album Blind to myspace.com. The song is called Turning Blind. The
CD will be released by Feto Records on June 1st.
Rock band X-Sinner will shoot a video
for the title track of their new album World Covered In Blood.
Eternal Emperor, the
black metal one man band from Germany, is working on the first full length release.
Three songs have been written and preproduction recordings were made. There's a three
minute sample available on their myspace.com page.
The line-up for the Fear Dark Festival is now complete. On Friday May 15th 2009 the
following bands will appear: Slechtvalk (viking/black metal), My Silent Wake (doom
metal), Miseration (death
metal) and Willow's
Whisper (gothic metal). Tickets are 12,00 euro at the door. Doors open 19:30. First
band goes on stage at 20:00. The festival will take place in De
Kelder, Amersfoort, Holland.
Here a Slechtvalk video:
Here's a video from Willow's Whisper:
March 20th 2009
Azhar Levi left the
Indonesian avantgarde rock/metal band Kekal.
Though Kekal will never be the same without him, the band will continue!
band Seventh Angel
has started the recordings of their new album.
Tim Lambesis from As I Lay Dying has been in the
process of adopting a child from Ehtiopia for a year. The official adoption and travel
dates are the first week of April. As a result As I Lay Dying will have to miss the first
five shows of the upcoming tour with Lamb Of God.
Wondering how an
album is recorded. View this studio diary from Gemany's own Sacrificium:
InExordium has a new
guitarist to replace Jason De Ron. The newcomer is called Chris Balassone. Jason will
concentrate to his two other bands: Altera Enigma and Soundscape.
Here's a live video
of Buried Alive, recorded at the Arthouse in February 2009 (when Jason was still in the
March 13th 2009
This spring Zao will release a new record
entitled Awake? (question mark included). The songs on the album are: 1,000,000
Outstretched Arms Of Nothing; Entropica; The Eyes Behind The Throne; Human Cattle Masses
Marching Forward; Romance Of The Southern Spirit; What Will You Find?; Awake?; Quiet
Passenger Pt. 1; Reveal; Quiet Passenger Pt. 2/The World Caved In.
The making of the
farewell DVD from Morphia is going
well. The recording took place at the Brainstorm Festival in Apeldoorn, Holland, on
November 22nd 2008. The final show featured guest appearances from former members Erik van
Tulder and Roger Koedoot in the song Emptiness. Also violinplayer Esther Wertwijn
performed with Moprhia in the song Memories Never Die. The release of the DVD will
be in the autumn.
Rob Rock is currently
working on a live DVD/CD for his solo work. The concert taped is the show at Progpower USA
9 in Atlanta. The DVD/CD will be titled Rob Rock - The Voice Of Melodic Metal - Live In
Atlanta. It will released on AFM Records in May.
Check out the new Impellitteri (with Rob Rock on vocals) video for the
title track of their new album Wicked Maiden:
Or what about a
video of Last Of The Dying Breed, also from the Wicked Maiden album:
Rock band Day Of Fire is mixing a new
album. This record should come out in the summer.
Heavy metal band Saint is writing material for their
next album. The pre-production will be done by the end of the summer.
Believer added another new
song to their myspace.com profile. The song is called Stoned. It's a song from their
upcoming album Gabriel.
Pillar is working on a new album.
The band is working with producer Rob Graves. The line-up of Pillar is now completed with
the addition of bassist Rich Gilliland and drummer Taylor Carroll.
Congratulations to Virgin Black. Their
album Requiem - Fortissimo was voted best doom metal album of 2008 by the readers of Metal Storm.
awarded platinum for their digital single Call Me When You're Sober (more than a million
sold). Their digital single My Immortal was certified gold (more than half a million
Lightmare put two
live videos online taken from their show in October 2008. First of all, here's the song
Autumn Of Life:
And here's River Of Life:
March 6th 2009
In Memoriam - Kyle
Kyle Rae Sweet passed away. Kyle was the wife of Michael Sweet, singer and guitarist of Stryper. Kyle battled cancer for two
years. Michael Sweet in his last letter to and about his wife: "Throughout I have
seen Kyle's heart, strength and determination in ways that I've never seen before. She's
never complained and always brought joy to those caring for her and those around her.
Surgery after surgery, treatment after treatment and feeling so sick for the past two
years, she's been an encouragement and an example of faith to everyone. I love you my dear
and there is no way for me to repay you for what you have given to me. I hold you within
my heart for now and forevermore."
News also came this
week about the release of the next Stryper album, Murder By Pride. This album should
appear in late July through Big3 Records.
This week A Plea For Purging
released their new album Depravity through Facedown Records. They also published a video
for Malevolence through AP Magazine. If you want to see a hilarious video, watch this:
As I Lay Dying will release This Is
Who We Are, their first ever DVD, consisting of a 3 DVD set produced and directed by
Denise Korycki (who also did the Centuries Of Torment DVD from Cannibal Corpse). This
first disc contains a documentary, including interviews with the artists, friends and
family as well as observations and road stories from colleagues and bands that have worked
with As I Lay Dying. The second disc contains live performances. And the third disc has
music videos and bonus features. This Is Who We Are comes out on April 9th (USA) and April
Ulterium Records will release
a limited 12" picture disc edition of the Theocracy album Mirror Of Souls. The LP will be limited to 250 copies
and it will be released on April 3rd. The songs included are Mirror Of Souls, Laying The
Demon To Rest, Absolution Day and Wages Of Sin.
The Chariot will release their new
album Wars And Rumors Of Wars on May 5th.
Here's a funny video
from August Burns Red,
featuring the brothers Timo and Gustavo doing a cover version of American Dream:
Bombworks Records have signed
the reformed Seventh
Angel. This band will enter the studio in late March to record their first studio
album since Lament Of The Weary. Expect a doom-infused thrash metal sound. The title for
this disc will be The Dust Of Years. Expect it out in summer 2009. Artwork will be handled
by Matt Vickerstaff of Darkwave
Art who has also done artwork for the last releases from My Dying Bride and My Silent
Wake. Seventh Angel will be recording with Greg Chandler at Priory Recording Studios
in the UK.
also signed Divulgence. This band plays thrashy black metal with an occasional death metal
leaning. Divulgence is writing material and has plans to record a full length later this
year. Check out the band and a couple of songs from their demo at myspace.com.
Kekal experiences problems with their
label NePlusUltra Music. Their new album is still on the pre-order status, even though
fans paid for the album as early as December last year. The band has totally no idea about
what's happening. The label hasn't answered e-mail inquiries from Kekal. The band insists
however that NePlusUltra Music will finish their legal obligations to the band by
releasing Audible Minority.
On the Believer website you can see a
video clip while Howard Jones of Cesspool Recordings and the band Killswitch Engage is
laying down guest vocals for the track The Brave.
Rock band Bride has a new CD and DVD
available. It's called In Your Face Live Material Unplugged. This project contains 17 live
acoustic tracks, taken from albums such as Kinetic Faith, Snakes In The Playground and The
Mortification is finishing their
new album The Evil Addiction Destroying Machine. It will be out in late May. The songs on
the album are: The Evil Addiction Destroying Machine; A Sense Of Eternity; Elasticised
Outrage; Pushing The Envelope Of The Red Sonrise; I'm Not Confused; The Master Of
Reinvention; Pilots Hanging From Shoulder Dust; One Man With Courage Makes A Majority;
Alexander The Metalworker; Resurrection Band (A Tribute To Rez). If you pre-order the
album before April 10th, your name will appear in the "Mortification Im-Mort-Alized
Supporters" list within the Album booklet!
Soundmass signed the
band Roots Of Tragedy
from Norway. Expect symphonic black metal with doom, death and progressive metal elements.
On April 4th the
annual Legends Of Rock Festival
will take place in Haus Ennepetal, in Ennepetal, Germany. The two headliners are Bloodgood
and Tourniquet. Coincidentally each band has been joined by a (former) Stryper member. Oz
Fox plays in Bloodgood, and Tim Gaines comes along with Tourniquet. Other bands at the
festival include: Grammatrain, Audiovision, HB and Verra Cruz.
February 27th 2009
Wake is working on some new songs. This is for a split album they're doing with The
Drowning. The band hopes to record in the summer. My Silent Wake is also contributing a
song to an Attrition tribute album. They recorded the song In My House. And My Silent Wake
also has plans to record a DVD. This will happen in Wakefield.
Ian Arkley, singer and guitarist for My Silent Wake, is currently writing
songs for his other band Seventh Angel. This is for the third album for this group.
the title and the release date for their sixth studio album. The record is called Course
Of A Generation and will come out on July 24th through Massacre Records. The band promises
this will be their most intense CD so far. Only the bass parts will have to be recorded.
MxPx put the first song
from On The Cover II on their myspace.com
page. It's their cover of Punk Rock Girl from the Dead Milkmen. MxPx has the intention to
post a song each week until the album comes out.
Haste The Day
published their newest video. It's for the song Mad Man from the Dreamer album:
have announced that their next album will be called Portraits. It comes out on June 9th.
Here are all the release dates for the Believer comeback album
Gabriel. The album comes out in the USA and Canada on March 17th. April 9th is the day for
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy and Spain. April 14th is
the day for the UK, France, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Portugal and
Greece. The people in Finland and Sweden will have to wait until April 15th! Japan,
Australia and South America are still in the can.
On April 18th the Retaliatory Strike vinyl EP comes out. This Deuteronomium disc will have the
following songs: Retaliatory Strike, Care For The Wounded, On A Day Of Discouragement, Of
Life And... Death. With the purchase of this vinyl comes download information for the
songs in digital format. Who doesn't have a vinyl record player shouldn't feel abandoned
as the digital downloads will also be available directly.
Good news for Callisto. Their new record Providence has entered the Finnish album
Top 40 at #23. This is the first official chart position for the band ever.
February 20th 2009
The Art For The Ears
radio show is history! Last week the final show was aired at Radio 90FM. At the same time there was
a studio party and a benefit sale. With guests from places as far away as Zutphen,
Dordrecht and Haarlem, this was a huge success. You can download the last show from yousendit.com. This file will remain active for a few days. You can
also download it from Badongo.com.
participated in the show:
You can find more
photos on the Art For The Ears myspace.com profile.
The benefit sale helped raising 225.50 euros for Stichting Brainstorm, the
organisation behind the Brainstorm
Stairway hopes to have their
new album finished by the end of March. The CD will be called Interregnum and it will have
eleven tracks. The cover art work was done by none other than Rodney Matthews (Magnum,
Seventh Angel), who also did the band's debut album No Rest: No Mercy.
Burns Red entered the studio to record their next disc. This album will be out in the
summer. You can chat with the band while they are in the studio. Check out stickam.com.
On March 24th MxPx will release their On The Cover II
album. This album will have the following songs: Dead Milkmen - Punk Rock Girl
(featuring Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly on accordion); The Ramones - My Brain is Hanging
Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg); U2 - I Will Follow; Descendents - Suburban Home; The
Proclaimers - (I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles; The Go-Gos - Vacation; Belinda Carlisle - Heaven
Is a Place on Earth (duet with Agent M of Tsunami Bomb/The Action Design); Kim Wilde -
Kids In America; Poison - Fallen Angel (with additional vocals from Craig Owen of Chiodos
and guitar solo by Stephen Egerton of Descendents); The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I
Go; The Blue Hearts - Linda Linda; Queen - Somebody to Love (with additional vocals,
piano, and keyboard by Bryce Avary of The Rocket Summer and guitar solo from Ethan Luck of
The only Fear Dark Festival will happen on May 15th. The location is De Kelder, in Amersfoort, Holland.
The first band announced is Miseration. This band will start their upcoming European tour
at the festival.
published the first track of the upcoming album Gabriel. The track is called Focused
Lethality. Gabriel will be out on March 17th through Cesspool Recordings/Metal Blade
Mortification is busy recording
their new album. All bass and vocal parts are done. The rest will follow next month. The
new album will be called The Evil Addiction Destroying Machine. It will be out in June
through Rowe Productions. Mortification also has a new drummer. As Dave Kilgallon is too
busy recording with Scourged Flesh and Grave Forsaken, he is replaced by Adam Zaffarese.
He was with Mortification on The Silver Cord Is Severed album and did the world tour in
Steve Rowe, singer
and bassplayer for Mortification is asking your attention to the following: "Way too
many people are stealing our music from the internet, so I am very grateful for the
supporters out there who do buy my CDs and help us keep releasing quality productions.
Someone mailed me the other day and asked for the lyrics to a Mort song that they stole
from the internet! In general, people see music as "free" and don't realise just
how much it costs to make great sounding recordings, especially when a band is an
independent artist or even on an independent label. Please support the bands that support
Callisto fans should
check out myspace. The
band is now streaming their entire new album Providence!
Dagon will have
their release show for Terraphobic in April. Right now you can listen to the new track
Demons In The Dark on myspace.com.
Aftermath from Harmony, will
come out in Japan on February 25th. The Japanese version will have two bonus tracks: Alone
and End Of My Road (acoustic version).
The Dutch rock band Zenith Of Abolition
will record an acoustic EP in May. The band also finished their DVD.
The Dutch band Docile is working hard on their next
effort. Check out their video blog:
Melodic metal band Pacto De Sangre from
Puerto Rico is also working on a new CD, called Ultimate Sacrifice. If you want to get an
idea of how the band is like in the rehearsal room, check out this video:
Death metal band Krig released the song Fast Food on
their myspace.com page.
The group will release a new album in March, called Target Human, Mission Destroy.
You can download the
file containing the Art For The Ears show aired on February 6th 2009. The show contains
music from Galactic Cowboys, Dogwood, Haste The Day, Mena Brinno, Theocracy, Stryper,
Underoath, HB, Fire Fly, Kutless & Mirador. You can download the file from Badongo.
February 6th 2009
The Art For The Ears
radio show will cease to exist. Next week, on Friday February 13th, the last show will
air. To celebrate this farewell show, there will be a small party in the studio as well as
a benefit CD sale. If you live in the Netherlands and would like to attend, check out the
Dutch Forum about the party
and the sale. The CD's will be sold for only one euro per CD! The proceeds go
to Stichting Brainstorm (Brainstorm Foundation), the organiser of the Brainstorm Festivals. You
can be part of this party by mailing to Art For The Ears e-mail address.
Michael Sweet revealed the winning
cover art for their next Stryper CD
Murder By Pride. The cover was designed by Gilvan Rangel from Brazil. Stryper received
hundreds of designs. The winning cover may be subject to change.
Michael Sweet also
announced that he postponed his concert that would have taken place on Friday February
13th. Kyle Sweet, his wife, is still battling cancer and after recent developments it has
been decided that Michael will spend time with and caring for his wife.
Tempest is re-mastering their
Eye Of The Storm album for a Twentieth Anniversary issue.
On March 24th MxPx will release their cover album called
On The Cover II. This is a eighties themed cover album. MxPx did the same sort of thing in
the early days of their career, releasing an EP called On The Cover (1995). MxPx recently
played the benefit show for their late comrade John Spalding, guitarist for 90 Pound Wuss
who died of lung cancer. The show helped rasing $7,000 to benefit the John D. Spalding
Medical Fund. You can view a video of the MxPx performance on youtube.
The Norwegian doom/death metal formation Dalit released their first CD
through Endtime Productions. The titleless record is brought out as a digipak in the
traditional Endtime fashion.
You can download the
file containing the Art For The Ears show aired on January 30th 2009. The show contains
music from Harmony, The Spirit That Guides Us, Sympathy, Becoming The Archetype, War Of
Ages, Callisto, The Chariot, P.O.D., Narnia, Morphia, Virgin Black & Fireflight. You
can download the file from Badongo.
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Pain Remains - Identity (Bullroser Records)
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Bridgeshadows - Pray For Rain (Independent /YoungSide
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ManufraQture - In Spite (Independent /YoungSide Records)
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Templar - Preaching To The Perverted (Black Pope
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Believer - Gabriel (Metal Blade Records)
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Mena Brinno - Wicked Polly (Dark Balance)
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Fort Knox Amsterdam - Demo 2008 (Independent)
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Theocracy - Mirror Of Souls (Ulterium Records)
Theocracy plays power metal that sounds quite straight forward. It's not
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With all the variety and good musicianship Chapter II: Aftermath is a
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Scelerata - Darkness And Light (Nightmare Records)
There are quite some good tracks on this CD. The musicianship is great.
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The Rick Ray Band - Violence Marred By Peace (Neurosis
They improved the sound quality of their recordings the last few years
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Saint in 2008 has a lot in common with the old band. Still they play
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Divinefire - Farewell (Rivel Records)
This final bombastic effort proves only how well this band has gotten.
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