The Letter Black were in
the Lakeside studios with producer Travis Wyrick. They've recorded three songs. Throughout
2011 the band will release three EP's filled with singles, remixes, music videos and some
songs that were never released before. The first EP is out now. The CD is called Hanging
On By A Thread Sessions, Volume 1. You can get this EP through iTunes and from the band at
The French metal
band Betraying The
Martyrs signed a deal with Listenable Records for the release of their debut album
Breathe In Life. This label is also home to Gojira, The Red Shore, Aborted and more.
Breathe In Life comes out at the end of May.
Here's a trailer to get an idea what this band is like:
will release their debut album 'Til Life Do Us Part on April 27th. This album comes out
through Bullroser Records and contains eleven songs of industrial/techno metal.
The Archetype put the second video blog on youtube, filmed during their recording
sessions with producer Matt Goldman:
Another new Believer
track called Mindsteps is now up on the Metal Blade Records' website.
March 18th 2011
It appears several
videos on this page weren't working properly the last few months. Due to Youtube changing
their embedded codes, these videos didn't work. Now the problem should be solved. Check
out the ones you've missed last time.
The British metal
band Threshold is working on a new
album, to follow up Dead Reckoning. Expect the album out through Nuclear Blast Records
later this year.
keyboardist Richard West has formed a new melodic rock band with his wife Farrah West as
vocalist, Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) as guitarist, Mark Zonder (Fates Warning) as
drummer and Jerry Meehan (Robbie Williams) as bassist. The band is called League Of Lights and their debut
album comes out on April 11th. According to League Of Lights the forthcoming album is
laden with strong emotive hooks, soaring choruses and inspiring lyrics saturated in faith,
hope and love. Listen to this video to hear some samples:
The Brazilian melodic power metal
band Scelerata put a demotrack on their myspace profile. The song is called
Rising Sun and it will appear on their third album.
Metalcore formation Onward To Olympas
released their album The War Within Us. On myspace you can listen to a few songs.
Becoming The Archetype
put another new song on myspace. It's called Internal Illumination and it comes from
Celestial Completion (out on March 29th).
March 11th 2011
the first single from their new album Transhuman. The single is called G.U.T. and here is
it, enwrapped in a video:
Weakening is recording some old and new songs for an upcoming album. According to the
band, the songs will be extremely aggressive and brutal.
is working on a DVD to celebrate their 15th anniversary. For this project they want your
Project 86 memorabilia, such as concert tickets, flyers, posters, pictures and videos. The
material the band chooses to use, will be credited on the final DVD.
Rock band Emery
is about to release their new album We Do What We Want (on March 29th). On myspace you can
hear the new songs The Curse Of Perfect Days and The Cheval Glass.
March 4th 2011
The new Believer album Transhuman will be
released on April 8th/12th through Metal Blade Records. For the artwork the band worked
with Michael Rosner and the Eye Level Studio, who did the Gabriel album. On the Metal
Blade website there's a video
showing how the cover art for the album was made. The track list for Transhuman is: Lie
Awake, G.U.T., Multiverse, End Of Infinity, Transfection, Clean Room, Currents, Traveler,
Ego Machine, Being No One, Entanglement and Mindsteps.
Stairway has around thirty
songs ready for their next album. They will decide which ones will make it to the album
and develop them further. If all goes well, the record will come out in late 2011 or early
2012. Dennis Ward will master the album.
Thy Bleeding Skies has
left Dark Balance. Now they're signed to Whirlwind Records. This label will release Autumn
Souls in April 2011.
My Silent Wake is writing
new songs. Ian and Kate from the band are hoping to record soms acoustic songs and a full
album later in the year. A compilation of live and rare material is planned for release on
Dark Meadow in the summer.
Hearts We Wait is the new campaign the Swedish band Blindside has launched. This
appears to be the title for the new release which comes out on May 6th (underground
release), and June 7th (worldwide release). Check out this video:
Intohimo is writing new
material for their next album.
And Gideon released
their debut album Costs.
Becoming The Archetype
is publishing video blogs about the recording of their new album Celestial Completion with
producer Matt Goldman. The first blog is about the recording of the drums and contains
some dry humour.
Hope For The Dying have
posted a new song titled Transcend on their facebook page from
their upcoming album Dissimulation. This disc comes out on April 26th.
February 25th 2011
In 66 days the new Eowyn album Beautiful Ashes comes
out. On the Eowyn website you can listen to a couple of songs (choose the menu option
'music'), including the title track. Every monday Eowyn will reveal another song. In two
weeks the artist will shoot a video for the title track. There's also an album trailer:
Hardcore band Social Suicide from
Norway signed with Redfield Records for the release of their debut album Broken Pilgrims.
This album comes out in Europe on April 15th. On that day the band will embark on a tour
with Comeback Kid, Kvelertak, The Ghost Inside and Grave Maker.
Back Pocket Prophet
finished their debut album 1:4. It comes out later this year, but as of now the band is
still talking with various labels. Back Pocket Prophet was recently filmed in Switzerland
for a documentary called Heavy Metal Disciples which will be aired on UK television later
this year. Right now you can listen to the new song Last Supper on myspace.com.
Bassist Juhani left
Finnish band Venia. Now the
band is looking for a replacement.
February 18th 2011
Last Tuesday Stryper finally released The Covering
via Big3 Records. The album contains twelve covers plus a new Stryper song entitled God.
This is the track list: Set Me Free (from The Sweet), Blackout (from The Scorpions),
Heaven And Hell (from Black Sabbath), Lights Out (from UFO), Carry On Wayward Son (from
Kansas), Highway Star (from Deep Purple), Shout It Out Loud (from Kiss) Over The Mountain
(from Ozzy Osbourne), The Trooper (from Iron Maiden), Breaking The Law (from Judas
Priest), On Fire (from Van Halen), Immigrant Song (from Led Zeppelin), and God.
The Covering also
marks the return of original bassist Tim Gaines. Singer Michael Sweet has high hopes for
what the future holds for Stryper: 'We're really excited about the future. We feel like
the band is in the best spirits and the best place musically, spiritually, and physically
speaking than we've ever been.'
To support The
Covering Stryper is planning a world tour that begins in March. The first festival dates
in Europe are booked for June.
The Chariot and MyChildren MyBride are
visiting Europe for a tour in March. Here's a promotional video:
Becoming The Archetype put the
new song The Magnetic Sky on facebook and myspace. The song comes from their upcoming album Celestial Completion
which comes out on March 29th.
for the release of their fifth album Evilution. The band was formed in 1985 by current
Mortification guitarist Michael Jelinic. Since his joining Mortification, Terraphobia has
lain dormant. Now he returns with Evilution with melodic thrash/death metal. On myspace
you can hear the song Soldiers Of The New Millennium.
As They Sleep premiered
their video for Oracle Of The Dead on Noisecreep. The song comes from their album Dynasty.
The video contains violence...
The new Believer album comes out in
the first half of April, through Metal Blade Records Europe. The album title and track
list are yet to be revealed.
February 11th 2011
Rock band Hawk Nelson has a new music
video. It's for the song Crazy Love, which is also the title track from the new album that
came out this week.
In early February
the German metalcore band Saphena
shot a video which they will publish in the near future. Here's a documentary about
the making of the video (the guys speak German):
The Letter Black
published their video for the song Fire With Fire. The clip was shot in Houston, Texas,
last August. They think this is their hottest video so far:
The Famine premiered
their music video for Ad Mortem, one of the songs from the album The Architects Of Guilt
(out on February 15th).
February 4th 2011
On February 14th August Burns Red will enter the studio to record their fourth studio
album. The band will work with Jason Suecof at his Audio Hammer Studios. Suecof also did
the Constellations album, selling over 90,000 copies so far. The currently untitled album
is set for release in the summer.
Steve Rowe of Mortification underwent eye
surgery. It was a success. The day after the surgery he had 30/20 vision in his good eye.
The eye is healing well. The success of the surgery means that he should be able to
perform live without having to wear glasses.
On March 8th Solid
State Records will release Death, A Destination. This is a triple-pack record featuring
the first three Demon Hunter
albums: Demon Hunter, Summer Of Darkness and The Triptych. For a complete track listing,
visit the album page.
Believer has completed the mixing and mastering of their upcoming
album. The mixing was done by Kevin Gutierrez from the Assembly Line Studios. Maor
Appelbaum from Maor Appelbaum Mastering did the mastering process. The band: 'Sonically
we're extremely happy with this album and can't wait for other people to hear it. We feel
like this is a really strong and unique album in the Believer catalog and it's something
we're definitely proud of.'
Coriolis - The Endless Funeral (Youngside Records)
To call this new album industrial metal would make it sound too metal,
though there are frequent heavy guitars sustaining the Coriolis sound. Musically this is
rather a melting pot of gothic, industrial, rock, metal and even dance music.
the full review)
Sáwol - Through Soil And Skin (Bullroser Records)
This atmosphere is created by the guitars, not by keyboards. It's dark
music, sometimes with a melancholic or even depressive feel to it. The pictures of trees
in the fog printed in the booklet fit perfectly the feel of Through Soil And Skin. One... (read
the full review)
Mehida - The Emiment Storm (Bullroser Records)
The Emiment Storm is not all mellow, not at all.
Just when you start thinking so, the fourth and possibly most attractive tune starts. Land
Of Oblivion starts uptempo, has raw vocals, choir arrangements, some real fast parts, and
even some high pitched vocals. Now... (read the
D.O.M. (Destruction Of Mankind) -
Necktie For A Noose!!!
Amongst his sources of inspiration are Hatebreed, Sick Of It All and
Biohazard. Musically Necktie For A Noose offers metallic hardcore with lyrics criticizing
the world, politics and people living a semiconscious life, following the crowd. People
wearing... (read the full review)
Illuminandi - In Via (Ars Mundi/ Independent)
The songs are constructed much better than before with lots of
interesting arrangements, sounds and ideas. And to make it even better, the production is
great! The guitar sound, the violin, the cello, the flute... (read the full
Stairway - Interregnum (Independent)
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