Hands will be shooting a new
music video. It will be a live video, recorded in The Warehouse in Willmar, Minnesota,
USA, on December 21st. The entire concert will be filmed for the music video.
There's an amateur
video of My Silent Wake's
performance at this year's Destruction Fest. The band plays a new song. The studio version
of this song will be on the split album they're releasing with The Drowning:
August Burns Red released
a new Christmas single. They've recorded the classic O Come, O Come Emmanuel. You can
listen to it on myspace, you can also download it from iTunes and Amazon MP3. If vinyl is your thing, you can get this single along with
Carol Of The Bells. This vinyl single is limited to 1000 copies. It's released by CI Records.
Christmas... MxPx will release their
first Christmas album. This fourteen track album features the Christmas songs they've
recorded over the years, plus two previously unreleased songs. The album will be released
by their own label Rock City Recordings Company on December 1st.
There are various editions of Punk Rawk Christmas, as the album is called. MxPx is Mike
Herrera (bass & vocals), Tom Wisniewski (guitars) and Yuri Ruley (drums).In the span of 17 years the band has sold over 2.5
million records world wide.
Living Sacrifice has a
new videoblog online. You can see the band recording vocals for The Infinite Order (out in
January). Bruce Fitzhugh is recording as well as David from The Showdown. The video proves
that holding a camera may be considered a form of art...
The UK metal band Rising From Death will
record an album in March. They have twelve songs ready. Expect the record out in August.
Rising From Death will also shoot a music video.
Peter and Martin
from the defunct hardcore band Pistis IHA have a new project called The Receding Bro(w)s.
will release the new Liberty
N' Justice CD Light It Up on January 19th. The album features guest appearances of
Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Chris Jericho (WWE Wrestler), Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister), CJ
Snare & Bill Leverty (Firehouse), Phil Lewis (LA Guns), Marq Torien (Bulletboys), Oz
Fox (Stryper), Jeff Pilson (Dokken/ Foreigner), Pete Loran & Steve Brown (Trixter),
Robert Mason & Jerry Dixon (Warrant), Ted Poley (Danger Danger), Vic Rivera (Crunch),
"Bumblefoot"(Guns N' Roses) JK Northrup, Dale & Troy Thompson (Bride), Les
Carlsen (Bloodgood), Lynn Louise Lowrey (Vixen), Harry Hess & Pete Lesperance (Harem
Scarem), Kelly Keeling (Baton Rouge), Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper), Chris Holmes (WASP),
Sheldon Tarsha (Adler's Appetite/ Tarsha), Shawn Pelata (Line Of Fire), Stephen Chesney
(Frontiers) and more....
HM Magazine has its annual reader's poll. Vote for your favorite band, album, singer, lyricist,
guitarist, bassist, drummer and more.
November 20th 2009
Soundmass will release the fourth Grave Forsaken album in early
2010. The album is called Fight To The Death. The record is produced by Daniel Holmes
(Templar, Scourged Flesh).
MxPx released their new
EP Left Coast Punk through their own label Rock City Recordings Company. This digital
release contains six songs. However, there's also a physical version of the EP, containing
ten songs! The psysical version is limited to 500 copies.
The Day is embarking on the Napalm & Noise Tour with All That Remains, The Devil
Wears Prada and Story Of The Year. After the tour the band will enter the studio to record
their next album, to be released in Summer 2010.
Memento Mori, the new Flyleaf album, entered the US Billboard 200 album
chart at #8.
Bullroser Records released the second album from Mehida for the Finnish market.
The disc is entitled The Eminent Storm.
reports that Brian
"Head" Welch is in Nashville recording his new solo album with producer Rob
Graves (Red, Pillar). The record should be completed in February and will be released by
Driven Music Group.
In two weeks time the annual Christmas Rock Night will take place in Haus Ennepetal, Ennepetal,
Germany. New to the line-up are Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster. Two bands cancelled: FM
Static and Secret & Whisper. Among the booked bands are: HB, Disciple, Arson, Thousand
Foot Krutch, Fireflight, Flatfoot 56, Children 18:3, Showbread and Haste The Day.
November 13th 2009
Hard rock band Mass is in the studio to record their
next album. They're recording twelve songs with Kenny Lewis in the Mixed Emotion studios.
The mixing is planned for January. Expect the album out in early 2010 through Escape
Flyleaf published the video for
Bride, a song from their new album Memento Mori:
As I Lay Dying is working hard on
their next album. So far they've tracked drums for eight songs, while they write more
songs. The production is in hands of Adam D. and Daniel Castleman.
The Cruficied will
release a new version of The Pillars Of Humanity, their 1991 classic album. The band was
never satisfied with the original release, from the packaging to the final mix, so they've
acquired the master reels from Ocean Records and remixed, remastered and repackaged the
album. The new version of The Pillars Of Humanity will come out on November 17th through
Tooth & Nail Records.
The German metal
band Arcane Legion will
publish it's new EP Dark Side Of Man on December 1st. The EP will be available through
their label T-Recs Music.
signed the band A Hope For
Home. The band originates from Facedown Records' side label Strike First Records. A
new album should come out in Spring 2010. Recording will take place in January with Chris
Common (Pelican, Mouth Of The Architect). On myspace you can hear the pre-production song
Post Tenebras Lux.
Facedown Records has
more in store for 2010. Expect new releases from War Of Ages, A Plea For Purging,
Impending Doom, Wrench In The Works and Onward To Olympas.
Strike First Records
signed Letter To The
Exiles. This band is fronted by former Alove For Enemies vocalist Erich Barto. Expect
a new album from Letter To The Exiles in early 2010.
South African gothic
rock band The Awakening is
collecting video material for the first official DVD. If you have any footage of the band,
no matter how old, send a copy to: Intervention Arts, 4740 N. Cumberland Ave, Chicago, IL
60656, USA. If your footage is used for the official dvd, you will receive three copies of
the DVD as well as other goodies.
Desyre from Finland released
their new album Warning Of The Night.
Eternal Emperor is
delaying the release of the first full length to early next year. The album will be called
Antarctica. It will contain one hour of instrumental symphonic death metal with black and
doom metal influences.
Believer started the
writing process for the next album. They still have copies available of the The Brave
shirt. The proceeds go to cancer research.
Today the second
edition of the Brainstorm
Festival will start in De Gigant, Apeldoorn, Holland. Due to healh problems Darkwater
and Harmony had to cancel. They're replaced by Morrigu (with Eluveitie members) and
Seventh Avenue. This is the line-up:
18.00 - Doors open
18.30 - Projekt Klone
19.20 - Morrigu
20.10 - Theater: interview with Mad Max
20.40 - In Vain
22.00 - My Darkest Hate
23.15 - Mad Max
Saturday November 14th:
14.00 - Doors open
14.30 - Rift
15.25 - Nymphea Aurora
16.20 - Drottnar
17.20 - Theater: dvd-presentation by Morphia
18.15 - Seventh Avenue
19.05 - Foyer: meet and greet with Morphia
19.25 - Deuteronomium
20.30 - Theater: interview with Narnia (plus acoustic suprise)
21.05 - Forsaken
22.10 - Theater: grunt-competition (presented by Morphia-vocalist Jasper Pieterson)
23.00 - Narnia
November 6th 2009
Classic metal band Saint is releasing a new album
entitled Hell Blade. The CD will be released by Retroactive Records.
The Almost have a new album
out called Monster Monster. The Almost is the side band for Underoath drummer Aaron
Hardcore band Sleeping Giant have
published the video for The Army Of The Chosen One. This is a song from their album Sons
Of Thunder. Check out the clip:
is leaving Solid State Records. For the release of their next album they've signed with
the independent label Razor & Tie. The band will enter the studio in January.
Sacrifice published their first video blog with footage from the studio, recording
their new album The Infinite Order. See them look for a song lost during The Hammering
Process album days. The Infinite Order appears on January 26th.
Soundmass signed the Polish band Malchus. This group was
formed in May 2004 by RadoslawSolek
(also known as Radii), who also sings in Illuminandi. Didymos is the debut album and it
comes out around the end of the year.
October 30th 2009
As I Lay Dying has won the Best
Music Video award at the Hollywood Film Festival. Last Monday the thirteenth annual
Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards ceremony was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel
in Beverly Hills. As I Lay Dying's video for The Sound Of Truth (directed by Brian
Thompson) won in the Best Music Video category. Check out the winning video:
Seventh Angel added
two new songs to their myspace.com page: In Ruins and Exordium. Singer/guitarist Ian
Arkley: "If you enjoy what you hear from the new album and would like to hear the
whole thing, please do not download the album illegally. The truth of the matter is that
there will be no future albums from bands like us if the trend continues as it is,
because no-one will be able to afford to record a decent album. Record sales
generally have plummeted and small labels like Bombworks are feeling the effects.
Downloads are temporary things and are no-where near as good as owning the actual albums.
For the sake of underground music we need to support small labels. No-one is making any
money which is not a problem for people like us as long as things can stay afloat. We
make nothing from the band anyway, we just want to do this for pleasure. The sad fact is
that some musicians will be struggling because their music is their livelihood."
MxPx will release a Christmas album. See
what singer Mike Herrera has to say about this:
A new post hardcore
band is Before
There Was Rosalyn. They released their debut album The Führer: An Allegory Of A
History Of Deception. On myspace you can hear the song The Warrior.
Soundmass has signed
Dead Moons Grey for the release
of their third album. Dead Moons Grey blends metal, rock, blues and southern rock.
is reactivated. What this holds for the future is yet to be revealed. For those who
haven't seen them at the Frizon Festival last year, check out this live video for a new
Shadows Of Paragon will
release their new album Through The Valley Within at Blast Of Eternity on November 7th.
This is the track list: Parabellum, Repressed Experience, The Ocean of Inane Thoughts,
Fear of Being Forever Lost, Fall Leaves, Without a Veil Concealing My Sight, Darknes
Fading, Silentium, A Tranquil Image Of A Wounded Child, In the Midst of the Morbid
Darkness, At War, Kyrie Eleison, Dawn of Insight. On myspace.com you can listen to ten of
Slechtvalk will enter the studio on
November 16th to record their fourth full length album. The record is scheduled for
release in April 2010. November 16th is also the date for the release of An Era Of
Bloodshed, the tenth anniversary compilation CD. However, tomorrow you can get the album
by going to the Brainstorm Pre-party in De Kelder, Amersfoort, Holland. Becoming The
Archetype, Seventh Avenue, Sacrificium and Edge Of Serenity are on stage. Metal shop First
Paradox will sell a Slechtvalk CD & Shirt combi for 25 euro. The fastest way to get
October 23rd 2009
Hmmagazine.com reports that Frontiers Records will
release the comeback album from Mastedon on November 6th. Mastedon is an American melodic
hard rock band put together by former Kansas singer John Elefante with his brother
Dino. They debuted in 1989 with It's A Jungle Out There, followed by Lofcaudio. Now
Mastedon returns with the third album, simply called 3. None other then Kansas main
songwriter Kerry Livgren appears on the album, playing lead guitar in an eleven minute
long track. 3 also has contributions from Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), Anthony
Sallee (Whiteheart), Dan Needham (Michael McDonald, Neville Brothers, Amy Grant, Garth
Brooks, etc.) and of course John's brother Dino Elefante.
will also re-release the debut album It's A Jungle Out There. Frontiers new reissue
includes full lyrics and three bonus tracks: Wasn't It Love (from the compilation album
California Metal), Islands In The Sky (live version, recorded live at Cornerstone 1991)
and Right Hand (also recorded at Cornerstone).
The Brazilian metal
band Shaphal released
their 2004-2007 Unreleased Tracks album. You can download it here for free!
will release a limited 12" picture disc edition of the new Stryper album Murder By Pride for the
European market. This disc comes out on December 4th. The LP will be strictly limited to
500 copies and comes with a full color poster inlay. You can pre-order the picture disc at
the Ulterium Records
Whirlwind Records will
release a best-of compilation from Slechtvalk. From the CD Falconry, these songs are on
the best-of: My Bleeding Heart, Consumed By Flames, In Hell I Burn. From the split EP with
Kekal they took Storms. From the album The War That Plagues The Lands the compilation has
From Behind The Trees, My Last Call, And Thus It Burns. From the At The Dawn Of War CD:
Thunder Of War, On The Eve Of Battle, Cries Of The Haunted (re-recorded version). The
compilation also has three unreleased songs from the upcoming album: Hounds Of Battle
(featuring Sevan Kirder from Eluveitie), Towards The Dawn, War Of The Ancients
Barren Cross has a new
singer to replace original member Mike Lee. His name is Dean Kohn. In the eighties he took
vocal lessons from Hollywood vocal coach Elizabeth Sabine, who has trained vocalists such
as Michael Sweet of Stryper, Don Barnes of 38 Special and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. Dean
sang for the band Attakk, joined the Japanese band Loudness for a short while, and was
lead vocalist for Malice.
The Norwegian band Mantric (featuring former
Extol and Lengsel members) has signed to Prosthetic Records.
Their fellow-Norwegians of Benea Reach have left the
country to go to India to headline The Great Indian Rock Festival. This festival takes
place from October 23rd-26th. Benea Reach will play several concerts at the festival.
Living Sacrifice has a
new song called Rules Of Engagement that you can hear by downloading the new Solid State
podcast at iTunes for
Everdown posted the full
version of the new song Black Clover on myspace.com. It features a solo from Mark
MacDonald of Austrian Death Machine.
October 16th 2009
25th anniversary, Stryper releases a
coffee table book packed with 200 pages of rare and never before seen pictures. The book
called Stryper: By His Strypes. There is a a Deluxe Limited Edition cover, that is hand
signed and numbered by the author. There are only 1,000 copies of the limited edition and
according to rumors this version is already sold out.
A Stryper shirt can be seen in the directional debut of Drew Barrymore,
called Whip It. This movie is in theaters across the USA and it stars Ellen Page as Bliss
Cavender, a rebellious Texas teen. Bliss can be seen wearing a Stryper T-shirt in
several scenes in the film. For example, watch the trailer:
In further Stryper news, Stryper singer Michael Sweet is getting married.
He lost his wife Kyle to cancer earlies this year. Recently Michael proposed to Lisa.
released their long awaited new album Tsar Bomba. You can buy it from the band. And on myspace.com you can listen to
a few tracks.
With Blood Comes
Cleansing is writing music. They hope to record sometime next year. Currently they are
trying to play some more shows, but due to obligations they can't tour at this time.
Dagon is writing music for a
follow-up to their Terraphobic album.
Productions is about to re-release Puppet Of Destruction, an Ultimatum classic. This
limited edition has new artwork, was remastered and has three bonus tracks. The
pre-release version also has the previously unreleased CD demo Fatal Delay. This demo was
only released on cassette in 1993. On October 13th Puppet Of Destruction will come out.
Sympathy is recording
their new album. Tentative title is Beast. All the songs were written between February
2009 and March 2009. Possible tracks on the album:
Imbiding the Hemlock, Lurks in Shadows, At Sword's Edge, Without Hesitation, Womb of the
Dead, The Slaughter of All, Rise of the Strong, Inspired by Evil, Beaten Broken
Disfigured, Kill the Prophet, Infidel, Part I - The Beast - The Blasphemous, Inception,
Part II - The Beast - Wargod.
Gwen Stacy posted the title track
from A Dialogue on myspace.com.
The album comes out on October 20th.
Hawk Nelson also put a new
song on myspace. It's called Eggshells.
signed metalcore quintet Onward
To Olympas. Their debut album This World Is Not My Home was recorded with Jamie King
(Between The Buried and Me, For Today) and will be released on January 19th 2010.
Machine put their cover of Motörhead's Iron Fist on myspace.
October 2nd 2009
John Coffey put the
first single of their new album on myspace.com. It's the title track from Vanity. A CD release show will
be held in Ekko in Utrecht city (the Netherlands) on October 22nd. The album will be
released by Sally Forth Records. Check out this album trailer:
uploaded their new single Nothing Like The Rain to myspace. Their new
album Tales Of Absolution + Obsoletion is out now in the USA and South Africa. A European
release date is to be announced.
As I Lay Dying has written six to
seven songs for their next album. They'll start recording on October 17th and finish the
record around the new year.
Believer released for a
limited time (the month October) a T-shirt to collect money for cancer research. Kurt
Bachman, singer and guitarist for Believer, is also a cancer researcher. As October is the
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the band made a T-shirt. The proceeds go to cancer research
at Johns Hopkins where Bachman earned his Ph.D. You can order the shirt from the Believer website,
payment through paypal.
Take It Back! releases
their new record Atrocities on November 10th. The songs on the album are: The Beginning.
Nothing, New Empires, Lost Generation, Hollow Eyes, A Reason To Scream, What We're
Fighting For, Minneapolis, The Skies Are Empty, The Prodigal Soldier, and The End Of
Callisto put a live video (for
The Fugitive) on the internet of their performance in Moskow:
The new Jacobs Dream album Beneath
The Shadows will come out on November 10th. On myspace.com you can hear the new song
MxPx will release a new EP called Left
There's a Day of Fire video online, featuring
their acoustic performance of Lately at 98 Rock/ KRXQ in Sacramento, California, USA.
The new Day of Fire album Losing All will be out next year.
The metal element however is less prominent. But if that's not a problem
to you, you can get professional song writing and high quality melodic rock that could
fill arenas. Kerry Livgren fans... (read the full review)
Morphia - One Last Embrace DVD/CD (Dark Balance)
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