Evanescence will begin
recording their third studio album in February for an early fall 2010 release. If you
can't wait, you can hear a previously unreleased song. Evanescence supports the relief
efforts of the UN in Haiti. Fans who donate a minimum of $5 can download the song Together
Again. The song will be available for a limited time at unfoundation.org.
Haste The Day is working
hard on their new album. They're in the studio. According to the band their new material
is the heaviest, catchiest and most energetic music they've ever written. The album will
be released with a DVD with footage from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Panama,
Colombia, as well as all the US tours they've done in the last year. It will also has a
new music video.
Haste The Day will
be heading to Europe in April.
We Are The Fallen will
release their first single Bury Me Alive through digital channels only, on February 2nd.
We Are The Fallen was formed by former Evanescene members Ben Moody, John LeCompt and
Rocky Gray. Former American Idol finalist Carly Smithson is their singer and Marty O'Brien
completes the line-up. The group is preparing for the debut album that Universal Republic
will release later in the year.
My Silent Wake recorded
their new album. But this is not the only thing coming out as the band did a split album
with The Drowning as well. They've put song I Am (Eternity) from this split album on their
myspace.com profile. It's a cover of a song from the band Attrition. The split is due to
be released in May.
On April 20th Eonian
Records will release the first album from hard rock/metal band Legacy. This group was
formed out of the ashes of Cross in 1987. They had short-termed contracts with Pure Metal
and Star Song, though things never pulled off for them. Legacy disbanded in 1992. Now old
recordings will resurface on the titleless album.
metal band Krig
released a new album called Narcissistic
Mechanism. On myspace.com you can hear new material.
Last Saturday Stryper was in the Netherlands for a
show in Tivoli, Utrecht. They played a packed house. Did you miss the show (like I did, as
the show sold out fast), check out this enjoyable video of Soldiers Under Command, their
Saint, another classic from the
eighties, released a new album. It's their fourth since the reunion in 2004. The record is
called Hell Blade. Saint has a show planned at the Grand Theater in Salem, Oregon, USA. It
happens on February 13th. The band will video record the show for a live DVD.
Check out this video
of Saint performing the 1986 classic In The Night a few years ago:
January 22nd 2010
August Burns Red has a new version of
their song Indonesia on the Take
Action Compilation. This compilation will be out on February 9th. The release is meant
to raise money for non-profit organization Driving For Donors. The aim of this
organization is to sign people up for the National Bone Marrow registry list in the USA.
It helps saving people with leukemia.
This World Is Not My
Home is the debut album from Onward To Olympas that just came out. Make sure you check out the new
video for their song Sink Or Swim:
The German metalcore
group Saphena is still
working on their next album. They got the title and the artwork, but will reveal them yet.
Expect this long awaited release in the middle of the year.
Ulterium Records signed
the Swedish melodic metal band Audiovision. The new album Focus will be released later this spring.
Audiovision will open for Stryper on three shows in Europe (Hamburg, Germany; Malmö,
Sweden; Gothenburg, Sweden). The band will play two upcoming singles entitled Invitation
and Keep The Fire Burning. Audiovision consists of vocalist Christian Liljegren (formerly
of Narnia, Divinefire and Modest Attraction), bassist Simeon Liljegren (formerly of Modest
Attraction), guitarist Torbjörn Weinesjö (Veni Domine), drummer Thomas Weinesjö (Veni
Domine, Saviour Machine) and Olov Andersson (Grand Stand) on keyboards and vocals.
Flatfoot 56 will shoot a
video for their song Courage on Saturday February 13th. They are looking for twenty people
to be in the video. It will be in the Chicago area and will take place on a 1940's Chicago
shipyard scene. If you're interested in a role in this video, check out the requirements
on the Flatfoot 56 myspace.com page.
The German rock band
Mad Max did an unplugged
show on German television. Here's a video registration:
Illuminandi from Poland
recorded all instruments for In Via, their next album. The CD will have nine songs plus an
intro track and a short instrumental interlude. The band hopes to have the album out in
May. Musically In Via will have different musical directions, from folk doom to
death/thrash metal to hardcore, yet all with the Illuminandi sound.
The British black
metal band Wintersoul
completed the recording of their debut album. More details will follow.
Former Still Remains members Bones
and Jordan have a new band called Anthem Alone. They've recorded the track Unmoved to give an idea of
what they sound like. Right now they're looking for a singer. Check out this video
for a segment of the song:
January 15th 2010
Records will release When Worlds Collide on March 26th. When Worlds Collide is the
debut album from Sinbreed.
This powermetal band was formed by guitarist Flo Laurin with singer Herbie Langhans
(Seventh Avenue), drummer Frederik Ehmke (Blind Guardian) and bassist Alexander Schulz.
The album was mixed and mastered by Markus Teske and the artwork was created by Felipe
Machado Franco. Among the guests on the album are Joost van den Broek (Ayreon, Star One)
and Morten Sandager (Pretty Maids).
Do you want to support the Dutch extreme metal band Slechtvalk? Join them
It's the band's goal to collect enough money to enable them to do a European tour.
On January 18th In
Vain will release their new album Mantra. This release also includes a bonus disc with
a documentary, one bonus track, screensavers and images.
Sacrifice published another new song on myspace. The track is called They Were One and
it can also be found on the new album The Infinite Order that comes out on January 26th.
Wake will record their next album next Wednesday. The record should be released in
May. My Silent Wake is currently looking for a new drummer.
The American black metal band A Hill To Die Upon is
also working on a new album. They're finishing up two songs with their old guitarist, Drew
Webster, who is moving from Columbia to Chicago for a career in recording.
One of the most curious bands around the world is active again. Former Kekal members have confirmed that
they will contribute to a new studio album. This will be an experimental album, though the
former members will make it accessible and digestible. Curiously, Kekal will stay
Last Tuesday a massive earthquake hit the poor country
of Haiti. Tens of thousands were killed, the lives of many more are feared, and hundreds
of thousands were made homeless. Various organizations are active in Haiti to help people.
Donations are welcome:
will release a new album on March 9th. The record is called The World Is A Thorn. The
album was produced by Aaron Sprinkle and mixed by Jason Suecof. According to the band this
is their heaviest yet most melodic project thus far. Demon Hunter also welcomed Ryan Helm
of The Ascendicate as their new guitarist.
put their video for The First Words online. It's the first video for a song from their A
Sacrifice put a song from their new album The Infinite Order on myspace. The album
comes out on January 26th. The new track is Organized Lie.
The Dutch death metal band Docile has renamed itself to Burial Earth. Their
new singer is Joey van der Hart, who replaced JJ. Burial Earth hopes to release something
this year. It could be a promo or an MCD or even a full album. On myspace you can hear two
songs with Joey doing the vocals: Burnt and Embers Of Our Curse.
The Celtic punk band Flatfoot 56 will release a new album in March. It will be released in
the USA by Old Shoe Records, in Canada by Stomp!, in Europe by I Hate People, and in Japan
by Big Mouth Japan.
signed In The Midst Of Lions. The band comes from the side label Strike First Records.
Through Strike First they released Out Of Darkness last summer. In The Midst Of Lions will
record new material this spring.
The German death metal band Sacrificium has a
line-up change. Guitarist Ulrike left the band to pursue other musical projects. She will
do one final farewell show with the band. Sacrificium also found a replacement in Matthias
Brandt. He's a brother of bassist Thorsten Brandt.
put a video online with guitarist Chris Impellitteri playing an ultrafast solo during a
Okay, that was short. So how about impressions of Impellitteri playing
January 1st 2010
First of all, best
wishes for 2010!
Death/thrash band Pale Horse is active again.
They're back in the studio to record the songs for their next album In The Theatre Of My
Mind. The band hopes to have the album finished in the first part of 2010.
Thy Bleeding Skies
put two songs from their upcoming album on myspace. Those songs
are only roughly mixed...
Also the Dutch metal
band Docile added new
songs to their profile.
On November 5th and
6th their third edition of the Brainstorm
Festival will take place in Club Gigant, Apeldoorn, Holland. In several weeks from now
the first names will be announced.
December 25th 2009
Last week you could
read in this column about the Merry Metal Christmas compilation album that you may
download for free. Now Nightmare Records made it easier to obtain this material. You
simply have to go to this place and download a zip-file with all the music.
Records is getting ready for a busy 2010. Besides new records from Harmony, Darkwater
and Theocracy you can expect the Sinbreed debut album, re-releases and new signed bands.
Speaking of Theocracy, they're continuing their tradition of recording a
Christmas song each year. In 2009 they've recorded their heavy version of Angels From The
Realms Of Glory. Listen to it on myspace and get in the Christmas mood.
Wake will record a new album in January. Right now they're writing songs and
The Dutch ska/rock/punk band Make Up Your Mind is busy recording their new album. The drummer did
his part already.
Day Of Fire
made a trailer for their upcoming album Losing All:
And also classic rockers Jerusalem made
a trailer for their thirteenth album:
Last but not least, news from Fear Dark. In March
2010 four Fear Dark Festivals will be held in The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and
Belgium. Bands booked so far are Seventh Angel and Random Eyes.
December 18th 2009
released a free Merry Metal Christmas compilation album. When you sign up, you can
download music from bands like Theocracy, Narnia, Darkwater and more.
Check out this video
interview with Underoath
about their music, faith and Christmas:
Illuminandi is still working
on their new album. Right now they're looking for a new singer to do the aggressive vocals
as singer Radoslaw Solek left. Solek is now solely active with his band Malchus (on
the Soundmass label).
The Dutch metal
mailorder company First Paradox
has Stryper vinyl available. It's the vinyl version of Murder By Pride. Only 500 copies
were made of this LP.
Harmony hopes to have a
new album out some time next year.
Desyre put a glam
metal Christmas tune on myspace
called Yule Night Brightness.
Ecthirion from the UK has new
members: singer Dave Cooney, drummer Sam Creamer, keyboardist Sarah Ashton and Adam Walker
as stand in guitarist for shows in the north. The band is still looking for a bassist in
the Huddersfield area. Ecthirion is still working on their album.
posted another new song called Nietzsche's Madness on myspace.
December 11th 2009
As a Christmas gift,
The Awakening offers
a new version of their classic song Martyr for free. You can download it from here.
It's only available until December 25th.
As a Christmas gift,
offers all music to their four studio albums for free. Go here.
Don't remember Sacred Warrior? Check this video of a show they did early this year (the
songs played are Rebellion and Onward Warriors):
Or to stay in the
Christmas mood, O Come O Come Emmanuel:
Shockhound.com has a
feature on Flyleaf up. You
can see footage of the band playing four songs: Beautiful Bride, Again, Sorrow and All
Around Me. If you stick through to the end, you can see bassist Pat Seals accidentally
hitting singer Lacey Mosley with his bass. Ouch!
There's also an
interview up with Lacey and Pat:
Underoath has a Grammy nomination
in the category Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for the Deluxe Edition of
their album Lost In The Sound Of Seperation. This deluxe version features a hardcover book
detailing the recording process for the album, two LP's and a DVD of the making of the
Theocracy put the first
part of their European tour documentary online:
formerly of P.O.D. and Living Sacrifice, has a new band called Truby. The first
album is entitled Entropy.
Speaking of Living Sacrifice... they
put the song Rules Of Engagement on their myspace.com page. The track comes from The
Infinite Order, the new album coming out on January 26th.
The Dutch extreme
metal band Slechtvalk finished
recording their new album. It took them three weeks. Slechtvalk has a tour coming up in
The German hardcore
punk band Preacher renamed themselves to Praiser.
Due to unforeseen
circumstances, the coffee table book Stryper:
By His Strypes will not be released this year. Originally the book was expected to come
out this month. Now it's delayed until February 15th. The good news about this delay, is
that more exclusive photos will be added. Among them pictures submitted by former Enigma
Records employees and by former Metal Edge editor Gerri Miller. And some pictures from the
current Murder By Pride tour will end up in the book as well.
December 4th 2009
The video for Again from Flyleaf is at the top of the Yahoo Top 100 Videos list.
It's a busy time for Steve Rowe from Mortification. Roxx Records USA
will release a 20th Anniversary Gold Edition Re-Issue of the first demo Break The Curse
(1990). It's a double disc. The first disc has all the Break The Curse songs plus eight
bonus tracks. These bonuses are taken from the live EP: Noah Sat Down And Listened To The
Mortification Live EP While Having A Coffee. Disc two is a DVD release of a show they did
in Melbourne, Australia on June 15th 1990.
Nuclear Blast is also reviving the Mortification heritage with the Twenty
Years In The Underground release.
Both Mortification albums come out on February 26th 2010.
But Steve Rowe is also busy with a new band along with former
Mortification guitarist Lincoln Bowen and Andrew Esnoug. It's called Wonrowe Vision. This
band plays classic rock 'n roll and stoner rock with a heavy eighties punk rock edge. The
debut album is entitled Mission Invincible and it appears in June.
Want to get into the Christmas mood? MxPx
put two Christmas songs on their myspace.com page: Auld Lang Syne and Punk Rawk Christmas.
Fireflight is getting
ready to release a new album in February. It's called For Those Who Wait.
Hardcore band Before
There Was Rosalyn posted their new video for Warrior. This song comes from their new
album The Fuhrer : An Allegory Of A History Of Deception.
Venia will record a song
for the Deliverance tribute album that Roxx Records will release. Other featured bands are Grave Robber, Oil,
Eternal Decision, Grave Forsaken, Faith Factor, and members from the bands Saint, The
Crucified, Ultimatum and Deliverance.
Speaking of Deliverance, the band will not play in Cleveland tomorrow as the
promotor of the show vanished. Deliverance will now concentrate on their next album The
Annals Of Subterfuge.
For a limited time you can download Alive for free. This is a ballad from
the new Stryper album Murder By
Pride. Go here, fill
in your e-mail address and add pass code 777. The download is available until December
13th 2009, 9PM EST.
Further Stryper news, the band is selected to perform at the New York
Stock Exchange 86th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. This annual tradition takes place on
December 10th from 3 PM through 6 PM. Location: beneath the NYSE facade, Broad Street
between Wall Street and the Exchange Place in New York City. It's open to public. Other
bands: Twisted Sister and Collective Soul.
Krig has an ear for finding the right sound. The heavy, fat sound of the
music is a delight to listen to through a head phone. The mix is well done, making me hear
all the instruments. At first... (read
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Sinbreed - When Worlds Collide (Ulterium Records)
Though this might sound like Sinbreed is just another band, make sure
you check out the album because When Worlds Collide is of excellent quality. Great songs,
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Mastedon - 3 (Frontiers Records)
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
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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
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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...
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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
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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