Sonata Arctica was about half way through their North American tour when they hit Calgary on Sept 22nd. Touring in support of their 8th album PARIAH’S CHILD the band has even to Calgary on a few different occasions and I consider myself to have seen them seven or eight times over the years. They brought along Delain and Xandria, for a pretty flawless bill of speedy, clean European Metal.
Iconic female-fronted metal act HELLION announce details of their first new album in over a decade. Entitled Karma’s A Bitch, the new mini-LP is set for release via HNE/Cherry Red Records on October 8 in Europe and the UK, just before the band set out on a massive tour of the US. The title-track ‘Karma’s A Bitch’ is to be released as a digital download on September 29.
Momentum keeps building for the UK’s latest technical death metal outfit, COGNIZANCE, as they just released a brand new lyric video for the song “The Succession of Flesh” via Metal Injection, which features guest vocals by SUFFOCATION‘s Frank Mullen and a guest guitar solo from Eyal Levi. “The Succession of Flesh” is from the bands latest EP titled _INCEPTUM which is set to be released in the fall of 2014.
COGNIZANCE has been adding to their brutal arsenal with the recent inclusion of drumming phenom Alex Rüdinger (THE FACELESS, CONQUERING DYSTOPIA) on this release. In addition Tommy Jones of Videohammer Studios (TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION, DEATH ANGEL), has been documenting the evolution of both the band and the making of _INCEPTUM. The entire EP was tracked by acclaimed producer Eyal Levi (DAATH, MONUMENTS, REFLECTIONS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ARSIS).
Due to unforeseen circumstances, HAVOK is forced to cancel select dates on their current North American tour. David Sanchez (guitars/vocals) comments: “Due to injury, we have been forced to cancel a few shows on our current tour with CROWBAR, REVOCATON, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, and ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE. We plan to rejoin the tour in California in early October.
While hiking in Boulder, Colorado, I took a pretty nasty fall and ended up shattering my left wrist. Since I’m currently unable to play guitar, our friend Dan Gargiulo from REVOCATION has offered his 6-string services and will be laying down the riffage for the rest of our stint in the USA. I will still be doing vocals on the remainder of the upcoming shows and I cannot wait to get back on the road!
I’d like to apologize to anyone that was looking forward to seeing HAVOK in these coming days. We will definitely make it up to you. In times like these, one must remember the ancient American proverb, ‘Shit happens.’ See you on the road!!
One last thing! Here is some good news for a change. Pete’s mom is making a full recovery from her recent accident and that means Pete Webber will be back behind the kit rejoining the tour in California. We want to thank Marshall Wieczorek from WRETCHED for stepping in on drums and doing an awesome job on such short notice.”
Helsinki, Finland – September 29th, 2014 – Ensiferum have been locked away in Astia Studio (astiastudio.fi) in Lappeenranta in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo for three weeks. Drums, bass, and most of the guitar parts have been recorded. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo Väänänen tracked some takes with his kantele, and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals!
Bassist Sami Hinkka comments:”Hi folks! For last few days, Mahi and Pete have sweated their asses off while recording guitars. Songs sound, like our friends in UK would say, bloody awesome! Today (Friday, September 26) we recorded kantele and some special guitar tracks. Tomorrow it’s time to set up a microphone and start to record vocals. Things are proceeding as planned.”
The album is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015.
British melodic hard rock giants TEN to unveil the European track listing for the new album ‘Albion‘, officially released on the 21st November, 2014 via Rocktopia Records/Cargo Records. Limited advance copies of ‘Albion‘ will actually be available to buy at their UK Firefest Performance, October 24th and at the album pre-listening party on October 23rd at The Royal Suite, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nottingham. ‘Albion‘ is the first of two new albums that TEN will release through Rocktopia Records, with second album due for release first half of 2015.
TEN are also proud to announce the launch of their new updated official website, www.tenofficial.com. In celebration of their stunning new album ‘Albion‘ they are launching an all new social media compatible site. It comes complete with links to all the TEN Fan Sites around the world. The new website will be the Mother site, providing up to date news and links translated into every language imaginable, including Greek, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.
The track listing as follows:
01. ALONE IN THE DARK TONIGHT
03. IT’S ALIVE
04. ALBION BORN
05. SOMETIMES LOVE TAKES THE LONG WAY HOME
06. A SMUGGLER’S TALE
07. IT ENDS THIS DAY
08. DIE FOR ME
09. GIOCO D’AMOURE
010. WILD HORSES
“Rise of the Empress” out tomorrow on Peaceville Records
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – White Empress, the new band founded by former Cradle of Filth guitarist Paul Allender, has teamed up with Revolver to stream the band’s debut album Rise of the Empress at: http://www.revolvermag.com/?p=66359 before it hits stores tomorrow via Peaceville Records.
“Rise of the Empress is what metal has been so desperately wanting for such a long time,” Allender told Revolver. “Something to wake it up from the mundane normal safe scene we are all in now. It’s heavy as hell, rocks like fuck and it grooves along like a possessed freight train….. Hail the White Empress!”
There is a lot to be said about a band by the choice of venue, and here the Koko seems to be the perfect one for the British progressive outfit, Anathema to be in. With its dramatically pleasing high balconies and theatrical interior the venue harmonises with the bands uplifting, passion fueled and refreshing sound.
Underground Symphony is proud to announce that “Tales Of The Northern Swords”, tribute album dedicated to the mighty Heavy Load is now available! The Swedish epic metal band released in the 80’s the two cult albums “Death Or Glory” and “Stronger Than Evil”. 22 bands revisit the cult hits from the Swedish metal band, among them: Isengard, Shadows Of Steel, Dark Horizon, Tragodia, Great Master, Arthemis. Read the rest of this entry »
Los Angeles based extreme metal masters, ABYSMAL DAWN, return with a massive display of refined brutality on their fourth full-length Obsolescence. Obsolescence will be released October 27th in North America (UK/World October 27th and Germany/Benelux/Finland on October 24th) via Relapse Records. Obsolescence is available for pre-order from Relapse Records HERE and digitally via Bandcamp HERE. The album will be released on CD/LP/Digital/Deluxe Digital formats. The CD and digital releases include a bonus cover of Dissection’s “Night’s Blood” and the digital deluxe version includes demo recordings of every song on the album. A Relapse.com exclusive vinyl color is also available and includes a full color album cover poster. The devastating, otherworldly artwork was created by Pär Oloffson. (The Faceless, Spawn of Possession).
Two months since the release of the first single from the metal opera Waterghost, the project has been collecting positive reviews from specialized sites and blogs, accolades from around the world and is gaining new fans every day on social networks. The premiere, titled “The Four Elements”, can be heard in its entirety at this link:
The creator and songwriter, Marcelo Beckenkamp, meets with producer and multi-instrumentalist Vinicius Almeida (Legendary band) to compose to the second single, with probable launch date for October / 2014. All work is being done in DRK Studios and with the participation of brazilians and international guest musicians with exceptional skills in technical and interpretative aspect.
ARWEN are now in New Life Studios in Madrid finishing what will be their next album. Bandmembers Jose Garrido & Daniel Melian are in charge of production duties. Also ARWEN has a new band member, Gonzalo Alfageme from “ENEMY OF MYSELF” and ex “COLDSEED”, band where he concurred with Björn Strid (SOILWORK) and Thomen Stauch (ex-BLIND GUARDIAN) Soon we will release current news and information about the band, recording, pictures, videos and more.
Underground Death Metal legends ACHERON have released the official music video for the song “Satan’s Hold Dominion,” taken from the band’s newest and highly-acclaimed album Kult Des Hasses. The video can be seen below:
Witch County England’s finest, DEVILMENT featuring the master of horrors, Dani Filth (CRADLE OF FILTH, TEMPLE OF THE BLACK MOON), are premiering the official music video for the brand new single, ‘Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me’.