Swedish metallers ASTRAL DOORS have confirmed that Daniel Bergstrand (IN FLAMES, BEHEMOTH, MESHUGGAH) will mix their upcoming album “dealing with religion” called Jerusalem with release date set for October.
The band comment: “We are sure that Daniel can bring our songs to new heights and we really look forward to work with him.”
The album will be followed by a tour in October when the band hits the roads of Europe.
Floridian power metallers SEVEN KINGDOMS has marked June 20th as their first recording date at the legendary Morrisound Studios (SEPULTURA, SAVATAGE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE, MORBID ANGEL, DEATH) in Tampa, Florida.
Commented guitarist Camden Cruz: “We are heading in to Morrisound to track the intro to the album. It will only take a few hours but we are planning on playing a few tracks (along with the intro) from our new material on our headlining show in Atlanta on the Uniting The Powers Of Metal Tour. Atlanta was our favorite stop on the BIND GUARDIAN tour and its going to be awesome to give them a little something extra when we stop there, and we want to make sure its done right. Thanks to all our fans for chipping in to our recording fund at Morrisound Studios and we hope that all though small, this will be the first glorious taste of a very, very big year for us!”
Seven Kingdoms has a recording fund page set up at Morrisound Studios’ website.
Seven Kingdoms has also announced an additional New York date at Sullivan Hall on August 16th to kick off the Uniting the Powers of Metal Tour with CREATION’S END, WIDOW and ARTIZAN.
Costa Rica-based melodic metallers SIGHT OF EMPTINESS have been nominated at this year’s ACAM Awards, which will be held on May 30th, at the Teatro Melíco Salazar in San José, Costa Rica.
ACAM (Asociacion de Compositores y Autores Musicales de Costa Rica) is the equivalent of ASCAP in the USA.
SIGHT OF EMPTINESS‘ nomination comes as a big surprise: the band is nominated in the ‘Artist of the Year’ category alongside four of the biggest Costa Rican mainstream bands (Percance, Malpaís, Balerom & Escats). This is the first time ever for this category at the ACAM Awards and obviously a huge step for an extreme metal band to be nominated in this category.
Commented the band: “We are extremely honored, we been working really hard for the past five and a half years in order to overtake our goals and dreams. This nomination really helps to remind us that we are stronger than ever as a group of people who really enjoys what they’re doing and ready to accomplish more achievements and good times together; we are a band to watch out for…”
“Burning Silence”, the new video from SIGHT OF EMPTINESS, can be viewed in the link below. The clip was filmed on May 9, 2010 when SIGHT OF EMPTINESS supported MEGADETH in front of 15,000 metalheads at Autodromo La Guacima in San Jose, Costa Rica.
“Burning Silence” comes off SIGHT OF EMPTINESS‘ latest album, “Absolution of Humanity”, which was mastered by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, SOILWORK, BLOODBATH, KATATONIA, SYMPHONY X) at Örebro, Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios.
“Absolution of Humanity” track listing:
01. Predictable Tragedy
03. Faceless Dream
04. Witness of your Murder
05. Funeral March
06. The Art of Suffering
07. Judge me today…Die Tomorrow
08. Absolution of Humanity
09. Burning Silence
The cover artwork was created by Costa Rican artist Pablo Vargas and it’s attached to this email.
Labels interested in releasing the new album or signing the band can contact SIGHT OF EMPTINESS at firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas radio disc jockey Angela Chase of 97.1 The Eagle recently cornered the bearded one of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY on the radio during her May 11 show, and she got the former OZZY axe man to say: “I’d be honored!”, if he’s indeed asked to be part of any kind of future one-off PANTERA reunion event that would essentially bring back the surviving members (Rex, Phillip, and Vinnie Paul) with Zakk Wylde as the guest guitarist.
Earlier this year a small army of devoted PANTERA fans began piling up on each other in honor of the late great rocking Texas metal band and to support the cause (obviously a sore subject to many, including Vinnie Paul himself), one by one on Facebook…
An in-studio video update by Dutch technical metal band TEXTURES is now available for viewing on YouTube. This episode gives a behind-the-scenes look at Day 8 of the guitar recording sessions at Split Second Sound in Amsterdam with producer/TEXTURES guitarist Jochem Jacobs for the band’s upcoming fourth studio album. Jacobs is also responsible for the production on the band’s previous albums.
Guitarist Bart Hennephof had the following to say about the recording process:
“This might be the biggest thing we have done so far, especially guitar-wise. We really used every piece of gear – every guitar, amp, cabinet and effect – that was available to us at Split Second Sound studio, to get the right sounds for all the different parts of the album. It’s a very tough process; we have been tracking guitar for weeks now, but finally the end is in sight! Bass, synths and vocals still need to be done, and those are being recorded right now. The pieces are coming together. This album is growing beyond control! Can’t wait to get on the road with this!”
The as-yet-untitled and follow-up to 2008’s Silhouettes album will be released this fall.
Upcoming TEXTURES tour dates:
June 4, 2011 NF Festival LA GARRIGA, BARCELONA, SPAIN (with Hatesphere)
July 16, 2011 Day Of Decay 2011 AALBORG, DENMARK (with Scar Symmetry)
Oct. 23, 2011 MEZZ BREDA, THE NETHERLANDS (Dutch release show)
TEXTURES’ 2003 debut album, Polars, received worldwide critical acclaim and the band went on to receive an Essent Award for “Most Promising Act” in 2004 in their native Holland. Their 2006 sophomore album, Drawing Circles, was their true breakthrough and solidified TEXTURES’ status in the annuls of the early djent movement.
TMD has obtained extremely rare concert audio of BLACK SABBATH performing the classic cut “Electric Funeral” at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY on December 6, 1976. This is the show where Frank Zappa introduces the band and is forced to make an excuse to the crowd, concerning the act’s late arrival onstage. Zappa claimed it was “due to technical difficulties”, but the legend is that Ozzy and Tony were too busy brawling backstage. This recording is making its debut on YouTube.