Coen will not be joining Epica on the 70.000 tons of Metal cruise and the latin-american dates early February.
“As you might know. Linda, my wife, and I are expecting our first child. The due date happens to be around the same time as the cruise. As you might understand, I will stay at home since I don’t want to miss the birth of my first child.”
Joining Epica on keyboards for these show is Oliver Palotai (Kamelot/Sons of Seasons), friend of the band and the right man for the job because of his amazing talent.
Producer Alexander Krull is doing the final mix of “Meredead” at Mastersound Studio.
The artwork was done by Stefan Heilemann.
“Meredead” will be released on the 22nd of April 2011 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland! More streetdates will follow soon!
Singer Liv Kristine comments: “As we began composing the first song ideas for our fourth full-length album, all of us were very eager to take another step in strengthening both the individual sound and concept of Leaves’ Eyes, like we have done album by album. Along with the song-writing process, I made up my mind about the songs’ themes, and drowned myself in different sources of literature. Some songs clearly needed lyrics rooted in northern history and culture, as well as having mystical themes. Being an Old-English fan, I decided to write some of the lyrics in Old-English, which of course included further studies of grammatical and phonetic knowledge, which I really enjoyed doing. Next to modern English and Old-English, some songs are sung in traditional Norwegian, to keep their strong individuality and focus on certain themes from special genres in Norwegian traditional singing. The album is given the title “Meredead”, as one of the songs on the album. It is my own word-creation (at least I haven’t found it in a dictionary yet), and it may mean both “dead by/in the sea”, or “the mortal or killing sea”. In my lyrics you will find traditional themes from Viking literature and Norwegian song tradition, moreover, tales from the Irish isles, some from already existing sources, some made up myself. Sometimes you will hear about men going on adventures, some ending up drowing in the sea, their wives, evil witches, three-headed trolls, or spell-bound princesses, as well as marble halls and blood-thirsty creatures. I allowed myself more freedom for the concept of “Meredead”, telling a number of different stories, real, mystical or sometimes maybe even both.”
Progressive metal unit CREATION’S END have posted several pieces of visual evidence from their recent debut live appearance in Manhattan last month. A stellar series of live photos from the show on the band’s Facebook page, as well as live videos of the songs“Disassociate,” “Relic” and “Hollow.”
Further American and European tour dates for CREATION’S END are being planned for the coming year, with a special appearance at Atlanta, Georgia’s annual ProgPower USA in September 2011 already confirmed, where they’ll perform alongside Therion, Sanctuary, Dream Evil, Arcturus and more.
CREATION’S END features guitarist Rudy Albert (ex-Zandelle), drummer Dario Rodriguez, Mike DiMeo, (ex-Masterplan, ex-Riot), Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie Band), and Joe Black (Chris Caffery, ex-Zandelle). The stunning eight tracks these powerhouse musicians have formed on A New Beginning culminate their melodic, progressive, groove-laden, dark and crushing displays of incredible heavy metal into a simply incredible album, produced by John Macaluso (James Labrie Band, Fool’s Game, ex-Ark, ex-TNT, ex-Yngwie Malsmteen).
Poland’s extreme metal band VADER has announced the following via the band’s official website:
“The band is about to prepare for recording of their newest studio albumWelcome To The Morbid Reich. Recording will take place in Hertz Studio again (Bialystok – Polska) from March 15th to April 10th, 2011. Mix[ing] and mastering in May, 2011. As Peter W. has announced, he plans to record 10-11 tracks plus 2 bonuses for special editions of the album. As usual, you will have a chance to track the process of recording the album in a special studio report on the band’s website. The new album will be followed by a new photo session and a video clip. The band will make the decision on whom to work with at the end of March.
“Draft titles of a few tracks: ‘Lords of Thorns,’ ‘I Am Who Feast Upon Your Souls,’ ‘Only Hell Knows,’ ‘Return to the Morbid Reich,’ and ‘I Had A Dream.’ Fans will have a chance to listen to 1 or 2 new tracks at VADER concerts and summer festivals. This year’s Blitzkrieg will start a bit later, probably in October and VADER will play a completely new set!”
Guitarist, vocalist, and founding member Peter W. also stated in today’s post:
“For a long time I’ve been thinking about new tracks and the album concept; more and more things start to be clear. For the most part, I’d like Spider (Marek Pajak – guitars) to take part in the process of album creation. I also have in mind – relating to the good old times – a new layout for the album. I met with Zbyszek Bielak, a very talented artist, who will design the new layout, merchandise and scenic elements. Zbyszek has already worked with such bands as Watain, Absu, Behemoth. The new album will mainly focus on the Morbid Reich feeling combined with brutal riffs and tempo of the previous albums. We also have a surprise for our devoted fans: We’re going to come back to our old logo.’”
VADER’s 2009 album, Necropolis, debuted at #19 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart the week after its release. It was recorded at Hertz Studios in Bialystok, Poland with the Wieslawski Bros., mixed by Tue Madsen (Halford, Kataklysm, Behemoth) at Antfarm Studios in Denmark, and featured cover artwork by Jacek Wisniewski.
View the video for the Necropolis track “Never Say My Name”:
Legendary Brazilian/American thrashers SEPULTURA, have posted the first of several video updates regarding their new album and plans for 2011. View the clip here:
SEPULTURA will return to the US for a massive headlining tour next April/May in support of their upcoming Nuclear Blast Records debut! Joining them will be a veritable united nations on metal in the form of Austria’s BELPHEGOR, Norway’s KEEP OF KALESSIN, Poland’s HATE, Montreal Canada’s NEURAXIS, and California based thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD. Starting May 23 Seattle Washington’s own insanely heavy, melodic metal kings NEVERMORE, will replace bondage obsessed blackened death metallers BELPHEGOR to finish out the tour.
Confirmed North American shows for 2011 are as follows:
1/14/11 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
SEPULTURA, BELPHEGOR, HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS, BONDED BY BLOOD
04/18/11 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/19/11 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/20/11 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
04/22/11 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/23/11 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
04/24/11 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
04/25/11 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
04/26/11 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
04/27/11 The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
04/28/11 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/29/11 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
05/01/11 Clicks – Tyler, TX
05/02/11 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
05/03/11 Trees – Dallas, TX
05/05/11 Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
05/06/11 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
05/07/11 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
05/08/11 Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
05/09/11 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
05/10/11 The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
05/11/11 The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
05/12/11 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
05/13/11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
05/14/11 The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
05/16/11 Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
05/18/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
05/19/11 Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
05/20/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
05/21/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
05/22/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH SEPULTURA, NEVERMORE, HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS, BONDED BY BLOOD
05/23/11 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
05/24/11 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
05/26/11 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
05/27/11 The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
05/28/11 Dickens – Calgary, AB – CANADA
05/29/11 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
05/31/11 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA SEPULTURA have now added a special event VIP ticket for a pre-show meet-and-greet to take place one hour before doors. Each night, fans will get to meet and greet SEPULTURA. VIP and reduced service charge tickets on sale now exclusively through Enterthevault.com. Tickets also on sale through all other normal ticketing systems. SEPULTURA recently inked a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band will enter the studio before the end of the year to begin work on a new studio album for a 2011 release.
Beast Of Thunder, the debut album of Dutch heavy metal band Lord Volture, has only been released in June 2010 and the band will already be heading into the studio in March and April 2011 to record their second full-length. The title of this new album will be Never Cry Wolf. It is not known yet when and how the album will be released. But for those impatient to the hear the new material the band already uploaded two instrumental demo samples to their website and MySpace.
Polish death metallers ULCER are the latest inductees to the expanding Pulverised Records roster. Formed in 2006, the young ULCER consists of past and present members from Blaze Of Perdition, Squashed Bowels, Deivos and Abusiveness. The band recorded two demos in 2006 and a debut full-length album entitled Serpent Trinity in 2007.
ULCER‘s Pulverised debut, entitled Grant Us Death, is currently underway with an expected release date later this year. Artwork and track listing to be unveiled soon.
Comments ULCER frontman D. (aka Sonneillon) of the signing: “We are proud to join the ranks of the well-known and respected label Pulverised Records. When we were searching for a label to release our new material, we wanted to find someone who not only can offer decent conditions, but also knows what death metal is about. We’ve never had an urgent need to release anything anywhere. We just needed a label that understands what we do, and to put it simply: Pulverised is perfect for us – nothing more, nothing less. It’s a privilege to praise death along with such great names as Desultory, Impiety, Interment, Master, Nominon and Tribulation, who are all ravenous as hell. We’ll do our best to prove that we are worthy to be a part of this great label with our album Grant Us Death. Expect nothing but raging death metal inferno in its pure and classic form. ONLY DEATH IS HOLY!”
Added Pulverised Records A&R manager Calvin Chiang : “When we first heard two recently-recorded tracks from ULCER, it was very clear to us that these guys mean serious business! The raw essence of ugly-as-fuck, in-your-face ’90s death metal yet with thought-out [song] structures are all very much evident; but ULCER emits a certain darkness and morbidity that sets them apart. The band sent their raw mixes from the upcoming album Grant Us Death and just judging from these raw tracks, the new album will be an unbridled mix of violent and macabre old school death metal!”
For a year they were circling the high seas and their scouts were circling the continents… circle, circle, circle: CIRCLE II CIRCLE! And as an extra bonus, please welcome ARSIS and THE ABSENCE on board! Ten more days and they are making history ladies and gentlemen! 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. Don’t miss the boat! Reservations end Thursday January 20, 2011 at 12PM PST. Only very few cabins remain! BOOK NOW!
The complete festival billing:
Circle II Circle
Twilight Of The Gods (performing BATHORY masterpieces)
Uli Jon Roth
SAXON will play two unique shows. One night they will perform the Wheels Of Steel LP in its entirety and on a different night, for the second show, they will play Strong Arm Of The Law from start to finish.
TESTAMENT will also play two very unique shows on board. At the first show they will prove their Titan trash status by playing The Legacy album in it’s entirety. At the second show they will play another iconic masterpiece: The New Order album.
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
Nuclear Blast Records proudly announces the signing of ‘70s-style psychedelic rock band & disciples of analog sound GRAVEYARD from Gothenburg, Sweden. Their new label debut, Hisingen Blues, is slated for a release in early Spring.
GRAVEYARD have issued the following statement about the their new recording contract:
“It feels great to work with such experienced and dedicated people as the Nuclear Blast crew. Awesome!! It’s a label that’s founded by old school tape traders that obviously are good at what they do, since NB is one of the few big independent labels that manages not only to survive, but to expand in today’s difficult music climate. Peace, love & chemical warfare!”
Andy Siry, Head of A&R at Nuclear Blast HQ in Germany states: “We are honored to be working with GRAVEYARD! These guys are the most unique and amazing band the so-called retro rock scene has to offer, although GRAVEYARD are MUCH more than this. Keep your ears peeled – GRAVEYARD is upon us and 2011 will be the year of the ‘YARD!”
Listen to the songs “Thin Line,” “As The Years Pass By, The Hours Bend,” and “Evil Ways” on the band’s MySpace page.
Stream GRAVEYARD’s entire, self-titled debut album here.
Agoura Hills, CA – January 14, 2011 – Evergreen Terrace continues their campaign in support of their latest release, Almost Home, with a huge North American run as part of The Reckless And Relentless Tour (presented by MerchNow, Guitar World and Revolver Magazine). Joining them on this tour are headliners Asking Alexandria with Emmure, Chiodos, Miss May I, and Lower Than Atlantis as the other support acts. This is definitely on of the first must see tours of 2011.
Evergreen Terrace has recently posted yet another tour wrap up video to their youtube channel. Fans can witness some of the more ridiculous parts of their Fall 2010 European tour as part of the Persistance Tour HERE. Evergreen Terrace’s Josh James is also part of Casey Jones, who were also part of the Persistance Tour, have released a new album entitled I Hope We’re Not The Last that is available on iTunes now HERE. Evergreen Terrace’s Almost Home, which was released in September of 2009, is available now on Amazon.com and iTunes.com.
“Craig Chaney’s singing parts recall latter-day Bad Religion-a major bonus in the melody department.” Decibel Magazine
“Closer “Not Good Enough” is drenched in gorgeously dissonant guitar squall and wields the most affecting melodies of the record…captures Evergreen Terrace at their most sweeping and dramatic.” Outburn Magazine
“These guys have really hit their stride and appear to be playing at the top of their game. Pick up this album and go see these guys on tour; both will be an utter treat!” DecoyMusic.com
The Reckless And Relentless Tour w/ Asking Alexandria, Emmure, Chiodos, Miss May I, Lower Than Atlantis
03/11 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
03/12 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
03/13 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
03/14 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
03/16 McAllen, TX Las Palmas Racepark (Never Say Never Festival)
03/17 Austin, TX SXSW
03/18 Austin, TX SXSW
03/19 Dallas, TX The Palladium (South By So What Fest)
03/21 El Paso, TX Club 101
03/22 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre
03/24 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
03/25 Pomona, CA Fox Theatre
03/26 Las Vegas, NV EXTREME THING FESTIVAL
03/27 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
03/28 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
03/29 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
03/30 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
04/01 Calgary, AB MacHall Ballroom (University of Calgary)
MIAMI – Miami DIY stoner metal act, Shroud Eater, has uploaded a video trailer to the band’s official website in celebration of the release of ThunderNoise, Shroud Eater’s debut full-length record which hit stores on Tuesday. The video features a preview of the brand new track, “Baying of Jackals”, and can be seen online now at: http://www.shroudeaterrocks.com/videos.html.
“ThunderNoise is our statement of intent,” explains guitarist/vocalist, Jeannie Saiz. “It’s a ferocious labyrinth of music that we literally put blood, sweat and tears into. We hope it consumes the listener as much as it did us.”
The track list for ThunderNoise is…
1. High John the Conqueror
4. Shark Valley
5. We Are Beasts
6. Descent from the Summit
8. Baying of Jackals
9. Sinister Hunt
10. Hands that Prey
11. Pale Rider
ThunderNoise was constructed at Miami’s Relax Bro! Studios in July. The album was self-produced by Shroud Eater with the help of Relax Bro! engineer, Raul Valentine. The band tapped Scott Angelacos (renowned vocalist of the classic hardcore band, Bloodlet) and Jeff McLear at High Five Audio for mixing, while Nick Zampiello and Rob Gonnella of New Alliance East (Torche, Converge, Against Me) handled mastering duties.
ThunderNoise is the follow up to the band’s November 2009 self-titled debut EP, which Decibel Magazine deemed, “a mighty hurricane in Miami”, and the Miami New Times called, “soul-damaging”.
Artwork comes courtesy of Shroud Eater’s own, Jeannie Saiz.
After a month of recording in the sizzling Florida summer – in a warehouse with no AC unit to speak of – the group embarked on tour to lay waste to the eastern seaboard, passing through Georgia, North Carolina and up through New York.
The band plans to tour through Florida, up the east coast, and play a string of shows out west in the spring.
Stay tuned for more information on Shroud Eater and ThunderNoise.
Friday, January 14th 2011 marks the start of ACCEPT’s long anticipated “Blood Of The Nations” world tour. The new tour is named after the band’s highly successful and critically praised comeback album “Blood Of the Nations” and includes shows in 24 countries around Europe, North America, Canada, Latin and South America. This mammoth 80-show trek marathon commences tonight in Osnabrück, Germany at the Gartlage Hall.
ACCEPT have crisscrossed the globe with little interruption since May of 2010. By the time June 2011 and the final shows of this tour come around, ACCEPT will have played more than 120 shows over 12 months, elevating their status as one of Germany’s most relevant and important rock exports. There have already been numerous high-points along the way: The blistering stadium shows supporting AC/DC in Hannover and Stuttgart, their headliner appearances at the Sonisphere Festivals in Bucharest and Istanbul, the spectacular “secret” guest spot at the Rock Hard Festival 2010, not the least their scorching performance at Japan’s largest indoor festival Loudpark 2010 in Tokyo. Throughout all these shows, ACCEPT have once again confirmed to their large army of fans that they are indeed one of the most productive and dominant live metal acts on the international hard rock scene.
The best-selling album “Blood Of The Nations” has concluded 2010 by receiving the proud designation of “Album of the Year” in most leading rock media outlets in the States, Canada, South America and many European territories. With this colossal success, ACCEPT have quickly bridged their 17 year long recording inactivity with amazing simplicity and have given their old and new fans the most successful comeback in metal history. The live shows offered by the prolific line-up of Wolf Hoffmann, Mark Tornillo, Peter Baltes, Hermann Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann will offer an explosive mix of legendary classics like “Balls To the Wall” and “Metal Heart” mixed in with new hard rock highlights like the sensational “Teutonic Terror”, the hard hitting “Pandemic” and the colossal “The Abyss”. It is a spectacle not to be missed!
German Death Metal heavyweight DAWN OF DISEASE have inked a deal with Noise Art Records as well as a booking contract with Rock The Nation. Their blastbeat (Swedish) Death Metal debut album „Legends Of Brutality“ was recorded in Soundlodge Studio (God Dethroned, Sinister, Dew-Scented) and will be released April 29.
„We are very much looking forward to be working together with Noise Art Records and Rock The Nation. We cannot wait to present our killer debut album to you this coming festival season!“ DAWN OF DISEASE
Stay tuned for more news, tourdates, festivals and more…
DAWN OF DISEASE – Legends Of Brutality – OUT April 29, 2011!
01. Gasping For Life (INTRO)
02. Above The Gods
03. Impervious Mind
04. Legends Of Brutality
05. Soul Harvest
06. When White Turns Red
07. Death Shall Be Mine
08. Justified Retaliation
09. Out Of Breath
10. Sinister Rapture
11. Bitter Fate
12. Silence Prevails (OUTRO)