Escape Music announced they will
release the new Mass album Sea Of
Black in Europe on April 23rd. Sea Of Black is the follow-up to Crack Of Dawn. The album
was produced by Martin Kronlund. The tracks on the album are: Falling From Grace, All The
Years Gone, The Right Side, Coming Home, Thru The Rain, All That I Needed, More Than A
Friend, Justify, Ashes To Ashes, Till We Meet Again, Captain Jack (Instrumental), Sea Of
their new video. It's for the song Missing:
The Polish band Illuminandi uploaded two
pre-mix samples of songs from their next album. The songs are W Drodze (On The Way) and
Poczekalnia (The Waiting Room). The album will be mixed on Monday.
The Letter Black put a
new track on myspace. It's called Fire With Fire and it comes from the full length album
Hanging On By A Thread, out on May 4th.
Sent By Ravens put a new
song on myspace. New Fire is a track from the upcoming album Our Graceful Words. The
record appears on April 20th.
War Of Ages put another new
song on myspace. The track is called Collapse and comes from their upcoming album Eternal
(out on April 13th).
Last December the
rock 'n roll band John
Coffey from Utrecht, The Netherlands, performed at a gas station in the middle of the
night as part of 3FM's Serious Request 2009. Footage from this performance was used to
create a video for the song Vehicle. The song is from the debut album Vanity that was
released by Sally Forth Records in October.
Through Solace are working
on a split CD with Carry The Torch, a melodic hardcore band from California with former It
Prevails member Therron Francis. After the split Through Solace will start working on
Slechtvalk has a new logo. The old
logo was designed ten years ago by Nik Önder. Now the band felt it was time to get a logo
that would fit their current musical style better and would be more readable. The new logo
was designed by Raymond Swanland.
Strike First Records
signed As Hell Retreats.
This band was started in 2005 and released a couple of demos over the years. In 2010 they
will release their first full length album. According to the label As Hell Retreats
showcases their death metal roots with thrash and hardcore. The album Revival will be
available on May 25th.
Eowyn is writing new songs
and she even has the title for a next album.
Altera Enigma is also
active. Though founding member Jeff Arwadi left the group, Altera Enigma will continue.
There are new songs in various states of completion, from just started to almost finished.
The band wants to record the new material in order to release it sometime this year.
The third edition of
Festival takes place on November 5th & 6th in Club Gigant, Apeldoorn, The
Netherlands. Among the booked bands are In Grief and The Spirit That Guides Us.
March 19th 2010
The new As I Lay Dying album The Powerless Rise will have cover artwork made
by the same artist who did the previous three albums, Jacob Bannon.
complete track listing for the record is: Beyond Our Suffering, Anodyne Sea, Without
Conclusion, Parallels, The Plague, Anger and Apathy, Condemned, Upside Down Kingdom,
Vacancy, The Only Constant Is Change, The Blinding Of False Light. The Powerless Rise was
produced by Adam D. and mixed by Colin Richardson. It comes out in early May.
The German power
metal band Sinbreed
have released their video for the track Dust To Dust. The track comes from their debut
album When Worlds Collide which will be released in Japan on March 24th, in Europe on
March 26th and in North America on April 6th. Check out the video:
will release their new record A Forlorn Throne on May 31st. The official release show will
be on May 28th in De Kelder, Amersfoort, Holland. Support acts are Elexorien and Myrkvar.
Slechtvalk recorded their album in Sweden with Johan Örnborg at Studio Mega. Later the
album was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street. The cover artwork was
designed by Raymond Swanland, who also designed a new band logo. Erik Grawsiö from
Manegarm did guest vocals on three songs.
Hmmagazine.com reports that Blindside recorded their new
album at Bay 7 in Los Angeles with Howard Benson and Mike Plotnikoff.
A Plea For Purging is in
the Foundation Studios to record their third full length album entitled The Marriage Of
Heaven And Hell. This CD should come out on July 6th.
Rock band Sent By Ravens will release
their Tooth & Nail Records' debut Our Graceful Words on April 20th. On March 27th they
will be shooting a video in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
March 12th 2010
War Of Ages will release a new
CD on April 13th. The record is called Eternal. There will be a vinyl pressing as well,
limited to 500 copies. All who pre-order
the album through Facedown Records will be entered to win a test pressing of the vinyl
(only five are made) and a $ 200 Facedown Records shopping spree! You can hear the brand
new song Desire on the myspace.com page. Tim Lambesis from As I Lay Dying can be heard
singing in the song.
Records band, For Today,
premiered the new video for Saul Of Tarsus (The Messenger) on myspace.com. The video was
filmed at the Stronghold in Chino, CA, USA, about a month ago:
Facedown Records also launched
their Spring 2010 Digital sampler CD. It features 13 tracks from 13 of their bands
and includes new and unreleased songs from War Of Ages, A Hope For Home, Wrench In The
Works and Letter To The Exiles. Download it for free here and enter the
code "FACEDOWN". Your e-mail address will be used for the Facedown Records
mailing list only.
coming up from Facedown Records are: Decrease/Increase from Wrench In The Works (March
16th), Realis from A Hope From Home (March 30th), The Shadow Line from Letter To The
Exiles (April 13th; a Strike First Records release actually). Coming later this year are
albums from A Plea For Purging, My Epic, Call To Preserve, Impending Doom, In The Midst Of
Lions, For Today and more!
Underoath is taking part in
the Abbey Road Live series. A live recording was made of their show at the Koko in
London last night. It is available for purchasing at http://underoath.sandbag.uk.com
and at all dates on their upcoming UK/European tour.
Burial Earth placed
a video on the internet of the recording of the guitar parts for their three song promo:
Anthem Alone has
another instrumental song on their myspace.com profile. The track is called These Dark Stables.
Demon Hunter released their
new album The World Is A Thorn. Check out this video with Ryan Clark talking about the
recording of the vocals:
Friday next week,
March 19th, the Dutch edition of the annual Fear Dark Festival
takes place in De Kelder, Eemlaan 1, Amersfoort, Holland. The bands booked are: Seventh
Angel, Random Eyes, Blooddrift and Burial Earth (formerly known as Docile). Tickets are 14 euro and the
doors open at 19:00.
A similar festival,
though without Burial Earth, will take place in De Rots, Antwerpen, Belgium on March 22nd.
Furthermore, there's a Fear Dark Festival in Germany on March 20th and in Switzerland on
March 21st with Seventh Angel and Random Eyes headlining.
March 5th 2010
For those who waited, here's the
new video from Fireflight.
It's for the song Desperate from the new album For Those Who Wait:
The Norwegian black metal band Antestor is awakening from a three year
hibernation. Singer Ronny and guitarist Lars have decided to continue the band. They have
new band members, including bassist Thor Georg Buer who also plays in Grave Declaration.
Demon Hunter put the new
song Just Breathe on myspace. They also premiered the video for Collapsing:
Through Solace is thinking
of the follow-up to their debut album The World On Standby. The possibilities are a
split-album with an American band or an EP.
Soundmass signed Coram Deo from the Ukraine
for the release of the Death Is Dead EP. This group was formed in 2003. The new EP follows
their debut album Evangelion (2007). Expect melodic thrash/death metal influenced by Arch
Enemy, Carcass, Holy Moses and Dark Tranquility. Death Is Dead comes out in mid 2010.
Soundmass will also release the
fourth album from Grave
Forsaken called Fight To The Death.
The Dutch metal label Dark Balance signed Exhale. Dark balance will
release the band's second album called Blind on CD as well as on vinyl. The record comes
out in April and will have fifteen grindcore/death metal songs.
Tear The World Down, the debut
album from We Are The
Fallen, will appear on May 11th.
Black metal act Wintersoul signed with
Nokternal Hemizphear Records.
After years of silence the Peacedog Festival will be happening
again. The date for the festival is July 3rd. Location: De Kei, Peppelensteeg, Ede,
Holland. Among the booked bands are MeWithoutYou, The Spirit That Guides Us, John Coffey
February 26th 2010
There's a lot of big
news from the Tourniquet
camp. First of all, drummer Ted Kirkpatrick is working on his first solo album called Ode
To A Roadkill. The title track refers to the millions of animals who die each year on
roadways. The album will have seven songs that fill over forty minutes. Expect slow stoner
music with the Ted Kirkpatrick touch. All 'vocals' on the album are unaltered animal
calls. The album will be available as a digipak CD and as an online download. Release
date: March 10th.
Kirkpatrick is also recording another solo album. This release is called in The Shadow Of
The Masters. This album will have very technical drumming played over classical music. Ted
Kirkpatrick did a few of these songs on past Tourniquet albums, now he will fill a whole
album with them. The CD will feature music by Mozart, Chopin, Rissini, Beethoven and more.
This album comes out on March 30th.
band Tourniquet will be recording a brand new album as well. The recording will take place
in July or Augustus. The band will be working with producer Neil Kernon, who previously
worked with Queensryche, Judas Priest, Cannibal Corpse, Nevermore and Kansas. This new
Tourniquet album should come out fall 2010.
The Swedish melodic metal band Audiovision will
release their second album Focus in Europe and North America on April 23rd through
Ulterium Records. The album was produced and mixed by Erik Mårtensson and mastered by
Micke Lind. Focus contains melodic metal in the vein of Whitesnake, Dio, Rainbow, Europe,
Gotthard and Stryper. This is the track listing: Invitation, Keep The Fire Burning, We Are
Not Alone, The Son Will Come, You Are The Reason, Fruit Of Love, We Will Go, I Will Belong
To You, The Way, The Gate, Focus.
The release party for Focus will
be held in The Cave Rock Club, Sundbyberg, Sweden on April 24th, together with the bands
House Of Shakira and Mercury Fang.
Demon Hunter has a new song
on their myspace.com page. It's called Driving Nails and it comes from their upcoming
album The World Is A Thorn. They also put their album trailer on youtube, featuring music
from the title track:
Haste The Day will
re-release the Dreamer album with two extra bonus acoustic songs. The re-release is a
digital release and it comes out on March 2nd. Haste The Day is currently recording their
Norma Jean is in the Dark
Studios with producer Jeremy Griffith to record their fifth studio album.
When Worlds Collide,
the debut album from the German power metal band Sinbreed will come out in
Japan on March 24th. The album will be released by King Records, including the bonus track
February 19th 2010
Mortification warns their fans
for illegal copies of their latest studio album The Evil Addiction Destroying Machine. It
appears someone made an illegal version in the jewel case format, which is now sold via
Ebay and other channels. The official release is in the digipak format.
Sea Of Black is the
title for the next Mass
album that Escape Music will release this Spring/Summer.
Demon Hunter has a video
contest . To enter, you'll have to record a video of yourself singing karaoke to the song
This Is The Line. Use this video to get the music and the lyrics:
The winner will receive the
entire Demon Hunter catalogue and other goodies. The contest ends March 5th. This Is
The Line is a song on the upcoming album The World Is A Thorn, out on March 9th.
Stryper will start the pre-production of their next album at the end
of February. The actual recordings start in the second week of March, while the album
should be completed by early May. The album will not be a usual Stryper album as they will
record cover songs from bands that influenced them as they grew up. Singer Michael Sweet:
'For those of you who may think that we're walking away from our faith - you're wrong.
We've never been more serious about our faith at any point in our lives. It is however
important to enjoy what you do and lighten up from time to time. That's what we plan to
do. This will be a fun record to make and we hope that this comes through, as well as it
is a chance to showcase the abilities that we've been blessed with.'
Paramore's new music video for
the ballad The Only Exception is now available on YouTube :
Krig also released the
official video for the song Dilacerated from the album Narcissistic Mechanism:
MyChildren MyBride has cancelled
their European tour due to recording delays. They will reschedule the tour once the new
album is released.
February 12th 2010
The UK hard
rock/metal band Stairway is
about to release their new record. This album is their fifth album and it is called
Interregnum. World-wide release date is April 5th. The artwork for the CD was made by the
famous artist Rodney Matthews, who also did the 1993 debut No Rest: No Mercy. The
pre-order is starting today through the Stairway
Store. Shipping is free and all pre-ordered CD's will be signed.
There will also be a
vinyl version of the new Stairway album. It will be a Special Coloured Vinyl Edition and
it has a different back cover design.
espite the news that
there won't be a vinyl version of the album, there will be one.
announced vinyl version of the album has been cancelled considering the high costs.
There will be a Deluxe Edition of the new
album Demon Hunter will
release on March 9th. The special edition of The World Is A Thorn has a DVD included.
Check out this sample from the DVD and see Ryan Clark talking about the new record:
The new Living Sacrifice album
The Infinite Order entered the Billboard Top 200 in the USA at #190 in its first week.
This is actually an achievement for the band as they've never been in this chart before
and the album wasn't picked up by major stores like Best Buy and Hot Topic. The album is
now #4 on the Heatseeker chart as well. Do you want to support the band, get the CD from
your local store.
Believer is recording their new
album as all the songs are written. According to the group the record will be a bit
heavier and more melodic, groovy and proggy compared to Gabriel.
Fireflight released their new
album For Those Who Wait.
Metalcore band Letter To The Exiles
is finishing up their album. The CD will be released by Strike First Records.
The UK black metal
band Wintersoul named
their debut album Frozen Storm Apocalypse. The tracks on the record are: Frostland, Dawn
Of The Ice Hearts, Thorns Of Winter, Dark Winter Skies, The Awakening, Shades Of Terror,
Shadows Of Death, Blood On Ice and As The Snow Falls...
The German metal
band Arcane Legion had the songs from their new EP Dark Side Of Man removed from their myspace.com profile. As
Warner Music Group are thought to hold the copyrights, the myspace filter banned the
songs. If you want to listen to Arcane Legion, go to arcanelegion.de.
Some weeks ago you
could read in this column that former Still Remains members Bones and Jordan have a new band called Anthem Alone. Check
out this short video of guitarist Nick Scott performing a solo:
This Summer the
annual Cornerstone Festival
(June 28th-July 3rd) will be held in the Chicago area, USA. Bands playing are: August
Burns Red, Demon Hunter, Red, Living Sacrifice, Guardian, The Devil Wears Prada, Haste The
Day, Gwen Stacy, Blessed By A Broken Heart, A Plea For Purging, Impending Doom,
Dignan, For Today, The Glorious Unseen, Mychildren Mybride, War Of Ages and more. If
you buy tickets from now until February 14th, Cornerstone will donate 10
dollars for every ticket to Compassion International. The donations will be used for their work in
February 5th 2010
Stryper has finished the European leg of
their world tour to support the new album Murder By Pride. From this moment the band will
be touring on and off throughout 2010, but not as much as originally planned. Due to
unexpected expenses it's difficult to continue touring and paying the bills. Stryper also
considers making a new album. But they need to make some changes to reach their full
potential. The number of people that they saw at their shows doesn't translate into record
sales due to illegal downloading.
Stryper is also
working on the video they've announced some time ago.
The Ukrainian folk
metal band Holy Blood is
working on their fourth album entitled Shining Sun. Bombworks Records will release it this
In Vain put a video for the
song Captivating Solitude online:
Disciple guitarist Micah
Sannan is going through a tough time. He had his wisdom teeth taken out a month ago. Since
his condition has gone worse, starting with headaches and numbness, until he couldn't even
walk because of the pain. A CT scan revealed there was an infection in his right jaw that
spreaded in the entire right side of the head. He underwent three surgeries since this
discovery. Prayers are appreciated, as well as donations to cover his medical expenses.
a record deal with Ars Mundi. This Polish label will release the next album.
The new As I Lay Dying album will be called
The Powerless Rise. This is the outcome of a fan contest through which people could enter
album titles. Check out this video with more information about the upcoming record:
Slechtvalk is getting ready for
their next album, though they haven't got a suitable title yet. The mastering was done by
Jens Bogren and the first artwork sketches are coming in. The official release date is set
in May 2010, but they'll try to have the album available for pre-sale at their
concerts in April.
Wrench In The Works is
supporting Project AK-47. This
organisation is helping to save child soldiers in Southeast Asia. For $7 you can save a
child through this ministry. To express their sympathy Wrench In The Works even wrote
a song that you can listen to on their myspace.com page.
Demon Hunter put a new song
on myspace called Tie This Around Your Neck. This is a track from the upcoming album The
World Is A Thorn (out on March 9th).
Oh, Sleeper published the
music video for The Finisher:
Ulterium Records will
release a limited 12" picture disc edition of the Sinbreed debut album When Worlds
Collide. This edition will be limited to 250 copies and it comes out on March 26th. Ten
songs will be on it: Newborn Tomorrow, Book Of Life, When Worlds Collide, Dust To Dust,
Infinity's Call, Through The Dark, Enemy Lines, Room 101, Arise, Salvation.
Spoken is working on a new album.
There's no album title announced yet.
The musicianship of the artists is beyond doubt. Just listen to the
guitar solos in I'm Calling or the bass work in Enter The Light. If you appreciated
previous Stairway albums, you should certainly check out this... (read the
Audiovision - Focus (Ulterium Records)
Top songs on the album are the heavy opener Invitation, Keep The Fire
Burning with its catchy chorus, the uptempo We Are Not Alone with a nice keyboard solo,
and the arena rocker We Will Go. I hope... (read the full
Exhale - Blind (Dark Balance)
Personally I can appreciate the quality of the music, the thightness of
the drumming, though this is absolutely not my favorite kind of music. This is a band that
reminds me what extreme is... (read the full
Krig - Narcissistic Mechanism (Independent)
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
the full review)
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,
the full review)
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
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