For the last five years it has
been quite silent around Blindside.
But the Swedish rockers haven't dissolved from the face of the earth. Since their last
full length album The Great Depression they played on five different continents of the
world. They've toured with Linkin Park and AFI. Due to a label dispute Blindside wasn't
able to release the album they had planned for 2007. But now the band is getting ready for
2010. Expect a new album in the first half of next year. The recording will take place in
Los Angeles with Howard Benson. And there are plans for a full world tour to support the
August Burns Red published
their video for Meddler. The song is from their new album Constellations.
Thousand Foot Krutch
posted their new song Fire It Up on myspace. The track comes from Welcome To The
Masquerade, out on September 8th.
Pillar will release their new
album Confessions on September 22nd. This is their 6th studio release.
The Swedish company Ulterium Records signed
the German power metal band Sinbreed.
This band is currently working on their debut album which will be released in early 2010.
Sinbreed consists of singer Herbie Langhans (Seventh Avenue), drummer Frederik Ehmke
(Blind Guardian), bassist Alexander Schulz and guitarist/keyboardist Flo Laurin. Check out
this video of the song Newborn Tomorrow:
Rivel Records will now go on under the moniker of Christian Music Sweden (CM
Sweden). First release for this label is the next Audiovision album, tentatively titled
Focus. Expect this one out in spring 2010. The band is currently in the writing mode. Two
songs have so far been written: Invitation and The Gate. Audiovision will enter the studio
in September. The current line-up is: Christian Liljegren (vocals), Simeon Liljegren (bass
& vocals), Torbjörn Weinesjö (guitars & vocals), Thomas Weinesjö (drums) and
Olov Andersson (keyboards & vocals).
You can now download the 2008 Kekal album Audible Minority for free in the 256 kbps format (mp3). Go
here or here. It's still uncertain
whether the album will ever be available on CD. Right now Kekal is looking for another
record label to release it.
Back! will have their Rumors Of Revolt EP out on August 18th. This EP contains the
following songs: New Empires, What We Are Fighting For, American Fantasy, Rise Above
(Black Flag cover) and To Burn Again (No Innocent Victim cover). The band is also busy
writing their next full length album.
Zao did a show on July 24th. Now
they put a few videos on internet, including this one of the song The Rising End:
12 Stones is currently writing
new material for the next album.
The Awakening have a new album out in
the USA. It's their eighth full length album and it's called Tales Of Absolution +
Obsoletion. The CD will be released in South Africa on August 3rd. A date for Europe and
the rest of the world is to be announced. You can listen to the first two singles from the
album on myspace.
The new album from Sacrificium is Prey For Your Gods.
This is also the title for one of the songs on the record. More updates will follow.
Hmmagazine.com reports that One Bad
Pig will celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2010. The band is currently discussing the
possibility of doing shows to mark the occasion. A trip overseas is one of the options.
Hands released their
first album through Facedown Records. The CD is called Creator. Hands is currently on tour
with The Showdown. Check out Hands on myspace.com.
Three days ago it
was exactly 25 years since the release of Stryper's
first EP, The Yellow And Black Attack. On that day, July 21st, they released their new
album Murder By Pride. You can hear the title track plus two other songs from the CD on myspace.
The Finnish band Sotahuuto will release a new
disc on August 5th. It's called Vastarintaan.
And August 11th is
the release day for Dark Circus from Templar. Check out this video for the title song:
The new album
Constellations from August
Burns Red debuted in the Billboard 200 list at #24.
July 17th 2009
Silence The Foe is in a
generous mood. They're giving away all their songs for free. This giveaway includes their
three official releases, plus a never before released demo with four songs. This demo was
recorded in 2001 as a follow-up to the When Summer Turns To Sand EP. Only one of those
four songs, My Heart Of Stone, was eventually released as part of the Te Hælvete Me Aill
Sammen! punk/hardcore compilation, released by Dead Letter Records in 2005. You can
download these songs, and more, from this site.
Youngside Records is partnering with
the Australian band Templar for the release of their second full-length album Dark Circus.
This is the follow-up to Preaching To The Perverted (2008). Dark Circus will be available
in late August through Youngside Records. This month (July) the album will also come out
through Rotting Corpse Records.
Roxx Records will release
Mirrors Within Mirrors. This is the first solo CD from Michael Phillips (formerly of
Deliverance and Fasedown). According to Roxx Records, Mirrors Within Mirrors is an
eccentric piece of work, an epic journey containing both progressive elements as acoustic
pieces with slight touches of metal and thrash. Michael Phillips recruited the help from
his friends, including Jim Chaffin (The Crucified, Fasedown), Mark Solomon (The Crucified,
Stavesacre), Jimmy Brown (Deliverance, Jupiter VI), Devin Shaeffer (Fasedown, Once Dead),
Matt Davis (Oh Sleeper), Bill Bachman (Neil Morse) and Scott Waters (Ultimatum).This
limited edition release will come out on October 13th.
Roxx Records will
also re-release the second album from Ultimatum, entitled Puppet Of Destruction. This album was originally
released over ten years ago via Rowe Productions/Diamante and has long since been out of
print. The CD will have three bonus tracks: an alternative mix of Never, a newly
re-recorded version of Mortal Stomp and the Testament cover Sins Of Omission. Pre-orders
will also receive a bonus disc of the entire Fatal Delay demo. Expect this release on
October 13th as well.
On August 25th the
album Sons Of The Morning will appear. This is the new disc from Oh, Sleeper.
Collection from The
Crucified is out now. This three-disc set features every album The Crucified made,
including all the early demo recordings. Also included is a DVD with almost two hours of
never before seen footage, taken from 1987 to 1992.
On September 11th Stryper will embark on their 25th
Anniversary Tour through the USA. In mid January the band will visit Europe, including
shows in Spain, Switzerland, Czech Republic and The Netherlands (Tivoli, Utrecht). For the
dates, visit the Stryper website.
July 10th 2009
Wondered what happened with the line-up Evanescence had at the time of
their most successful album Fallen (15 million copies sold)? Ben Moody, Rocky Gray
and John LeCompt, along with Marty O'Brien joined forces with American Idol finalist Carly
Smithson to form We Are The Fallen.
In the coming months We Are The Fallen will release new recordings frequently. On myspace you can listen to
the track Bury Me Alive. Check out this live video of the song:
hmmagazine.com reports that Ultimatum will release
Lex Metalis on July 21st. The album has thirteen cover songs, including Creeping Death
(Metallica), Denim And Leather (Saxon), Can't Get Out (Vengeance Rising) and Wrathchild
Burns Red is now streaming the entire Constellations album on their myspace. By the
way, want to see the Meddler video being shot? Check out this video blog:
Take It Back! has a new song on their myspace profile. It's
called New Empires. You can also view a couple of tour videos from their recent tour to the Cornerstone
The latest signing to the Tooth & Nail roster is The Letter Black (formerly
known as Breaking The Silence). The group was in the studio last spring with producer
Toby Wright (Korn, Alice In Chains, 3 Doors Down) to record their first Tooth and Nail
record. On September 22nd the Breaking The Silence EP will come out, followed by a full
length in early 2010. As Breaking The Silence they released the album Stand (produced by
Travis Wyrick). Here's the video for Stand:
put three demo samples on their myspace.com site.
Ever wondered what
happened with the German metalcore band Saphena? Well, they
are moving to a new chapter of the band. In September they will enter the studio to record
ten tracks. The new stuff is harder, faster and better. Bassist Silvia is temporarily
replaced by Joki (Semtex). He will also produce the new album.
Exhale delays the release of the second album Blind. It was supposed
to come out on June 1st.
August Burns Red has a new song on myspace called Ocean Of
Apathy. This track is from the Constellations album (out on July 14th).
June 26th 2009
The Galactic Cowboys will get
together once again to perform three shows in August. This will happen in Texas, USA. The
first show is on Augustus 13th in Dallas, the second the following day in Austin and the
final gig on August 15th in Houston. The band Galea will be opening for them.
Project 86 will release a new
album on July 14th. This record will be called Picket Fence Cartel and on myspace you can
hear some new tracks. Tooth & Nail Records will release this album. After the album
has come out, Project 86 will go out on tour.
Megadeth is working on the follow-up to United Abominations (2007).
The record will be called Endgame and will come out in September through Roadrunner
Records. The CD is produced by Andy Sneap and Dave Mustaine.
Narnia uploaded a sound
clip of Sail Around The World. This is a song from their new album Course Of A Generation.
Narnia bassist Andreas Passmark also joined the Danish band Royal Hunt.
The British hard rock/metal band Stairway has opened a channel
on YouTube. You can
see live videos like this one (poor quality):
Thy Bleeding Skies is
taking their time recording their next album. The drum tracks were recorded in February.
Rhythm guitars were done in May. Currently the bass recordings take place, followed by
lead guitar in late July. Have patience!
Facedown Records released a new
record from Sleeping Giant.
The album is called Sons Of Thunder.
Stavesacre has finished the
Against The Silence EP/DVD.
Death metal band Bloodwork from the United
Kingdom is finally working on their first full-length album.
From August 20th through 23rd the
Flevo Festival will take place
in Recreatieterrein Bussloo near Apeldoorn, Holland. Among the bands booked are: Seventh
Angel, Thousand Foot Krutch, Intohimo, The Spirit That Guides Us, Make Up Your Mind, Neal
Morse, HB, Flatfoot 56, Newsboys, This Beautiful Mess and more.
June 19th 2009
Sad news comes from
the Teramaze camp. Their
drummer Julian Percy
passed away last Monday. Condolences to his family, friends and band members.
For the upcoming Teramaze shows Jayson Sherlock
(InExordium) will fill in the position of drummer.
If you missed the
reunion show of The
Crucified, you can watch it online. The concert also featured a guest appearance from Sonny
(P.O.D.). Here's one song from the show:
Bride has completed all fourteen
tracks of Tsar Bomba. It's their goal to release the CD in August.
Saving Grace from New
Zealand are working on tracks with producer Zorran Mendonsa for the follow-up to Behind
Enemy Lines. The new album will be darker, bigger and heavier. The recordings will happen
August Burns Red put the
new song Thirty And Seven on their myspace profile. This track comes from the new album
The Dutch rock band Zenith Of Abolition is
taking a break from playing shows to focus on writing better songs. They want to perfect
their skills before they come back on stage. The band's new EP will be wrapped up at the
end of this month. Look for a fall release.
The Norwegian death
metal band In Vain has
delayed the release of their new record again. Mantra will not be released until early
2010. This has to do with their label restructuring their business.
From late August
through the end of September, War
Of Ages will tour Europe as part of the Hell On Earth Tour 2009. War Of Ages will be
touring with Earth Crisis, Neaera, Sworn Enemy, Waking The Cadaver, War From A Harlots
Mouth & Thy Will Be Done.
Speaking of tours,
the Brazilian metal band Scelerata
was chosen by Paul Di'Anno (Iron Maiden's first lead singer) to be his band in his 2009
Brazilian tour. Paul Di'Anno recorded Iron Maidens two first albums, Iron Maiden
(1979) and Killers (1980). The first show is on July 3rd.
June 12th 2009
By late summer Joshua Perahia will enter the
studio to record a new album. The singer for this new release is Jeff Fenholt. Tentative
album title is Resurrection. Now the out of print release Something To Say (2001) is
available at CDBaby.com.
The album features guest appearances from members of Santana and Chicago. Want to hear the
song One Night Is Not Enough? Check out this promotional
Melodic metal band Harmony published their
video for Prevail. This is a track from the Chapter II: Aftermath album that came out in
Europe and North America last year (Ulterium Records) and in Japan in February (King
Records). Here's the video:
World To Ashes is about to release
their new album In Contemplation Of Death through Whirlwind Records. You can listen to the
new songs Beyond The Veil and Riven on myspace. A release show will take place on June 19th at Waldsee in
June 5th 2009
On July 6th
melodicrock.com will release the Writing On The Wall compilation. This disc features the
song More Than A Friend, a track from the new Mass album, plus an unreleased Mad Max song and a preview
song from the new Liberty n' Justice record. You can pre-order the CD and listen to
Guitarist CJ Grimmark (Narnia) has joined a new
band called Full Force. The rest of the band is made out of members from Hammerfall,
Cloudscape, Yngwie's Rising Force and other groups. Mike Andersson is vocalist, Magnus
Rosén bassist, Anders Johansson drummer and the other guitarist is Stefan Elmgren.
August Burns Red made a
new video for the song Meddler. Expect it out later this month.
Thousand Foot Krutch
has a new song called Bring Me To Life. You can purchase it from iTunes.
The song comes from their upcoming album Welcome To The Masquerade that'll be out on
Soul Embraced cancelled all
shows after the departure of guitarist Devin Castle. The band will be gigging again after
they've gotten a new guitarist. Next year they will be working on a new album.
The first names were
announced of bands playing this year's Nordic
Fest in Oslo. This festival takes place from October 29th through November 1st. Booked
so far are: The Crucified, Antidemon, Morgenroede, Narnia and Theocracy.
The song list represents the band well: From the heavier doom/death
songs to the lighter atmospheric stuff. And Morphia was a well-oiled machine at
Brainstorm, playing convincingly. The highlight of the concert... (read the
Templar - Dark Circus (Black Pope Music/ Youngside
Dark Circus proves this group can stand on their own feet. Though
there are guest vocals, Templar singer Toad does lead vocals in all songs. Musically a lot
has changed as well. Gone are the Saint... (read the
Stryper - Murder By Pride (Big 3 Records/ Frontiers
The trademark Stryper elements returned: harmonic vocals, interesting
guitar sounds and solos. One of the songs that stick out is... (read the
Conspiracy Of Thought - Nothing More Than Light (Independent/
Sometimes you hear something in the nu metal vein (Blowback). Sometimes
it's more along the lines of funky hard rock (The Plan), grunge (Genome) and even rapcore
(Missing). You can hear all kind of influences from... (read
the full review)
Narnia - Course Of A Generation (Massacre Records)
The melodic metal from Narnia has thrashy leanings in some songs, like
the opener Sail Around The World and especially the title track. There are also songs with
the full review)
Coriolis - Coriolis (PsychoAcoustiX Records)
The guitar sound is quite good and some ideas are interesting, like the
whistling in Hypothetical Life. Occasionally Coriolis reminds of a lighter and less
impressive version of Rammstein, with... (read the full
Luther-N - Dogmatics (Youngside Records)
If the first two minutes of an album are decisive when listening to it
in a store, hard music fans will stay away from this release. The combination with the
computer-made image will be enough to discourage any headbanger. First... (read the full
Heel - Chaos And Greed (CM Sweden / Rivel
You can hear melodic metal with frequently repeated choruses. It's easy
accessible music that you can sing along to if you like. But at least it's not overdone...
the full review)
Pain Remains - Identity (Bullroser Records)
Pain Remains is a melodic hardcore band from Finland. Most of the
songs display the two guitar approach: One guitarist plays the rhythm parts, the other the
melody. However... (read the
ReinXeed - Higher (CM Sweden/Rivel Records)
This is your thing when you appreciate uptempo music, with lots of
keyboards, fast guitar picking, harmonic vocals and occasionally high pitched singing.
Sometimes you hear a melody or a harmony that is faintly... (read the full
Bridgeshadows - Pray For Rain (Independent /YoungSide
Gothic metal, rock, dance and electronic elements form a convincing
combination. The opening track Feedback is a good example of the bands power. Take the
chorus with its huge guitar... (read
the full review)
ManufraQture - In Spite (Independent /YoungSide Records)
The music of this group is a melting pot of different styles, but it
could be described as an industrial metal sound. In Spite has more variety than such a
description might suggest. For example, there's an amalgam of synthopop... (read the
Seldomly I've heard an independent release that sounded as professional
as this debut album from Honduras. Though the music is a bit softer than what I normally
review, this CD is worth mentioning. Codigo Eterno is a female fronted... (read
the full review)
Templar - Preaching To The Perverted (Black Pope
Music /YoungSide Records)
Better example of the band is Desolator. This track is one of the
highlights on Preaching To The Perverted with its raw vocals and impressive chorus that
will stick itself fast in your memory. Templar singer... (read
the full review)
Believer - Gabriel (Metal Blade Records)
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