An as of yet untitled project featuring Matt Bachand and Jon Donais on guitars (Shadows Fall), Derek Kerswill on drums (Unearth/Seemless), and Jeff Fultz on bass (Seemless), has begun to take shape. The band has recorded a five song demo thus far, and are actively seeking a vocalist.
“We are looking for one crazy bastard with the energy, the drive, and the determination to take this thing to the next level,” says Matt Bachand. Jon Donais adds, “The vocalist we seek should be influenced by a variety of melodically based bands anywhere from Alice In Chains, Shinedown, and Aerosmith, to Skid Row and Pantera.” You must be serious about the position, and must be able to tour extensively. Demo submissions are currently being accepted. Submissions should include a bio and list of past experience, photo, audio and/or video performance, and any other information you would like the band to know.
The second of four portions of the new artwork for the as-yet-untitled DIMMU BORGIR album has been uploaded to the band’s MySpace page.
When asked if fans should look for something hidden in the artwork that may not be obvious at first glance, German artist / painter / graphic designer Joachim Luetke (Arch Enemy, Kreator, Sopor Aeternus) responds: “It’s not like looking at a picture puzzle, but if you listen to the music while looking at the imagery, an additional dimension will unfold before your eyes, that’s for sure. Learning about the real meaning of the album title is also a useful key to it.”
In early June, DIMMU BORGIR proudly announced their collaboration with Norwegian composer and Berklee College of Music summa cum laude alumnus Gaute Storaas in addition to the 51 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and the 38-member Schola Cantorum Choir for their new release. To date, over 101 musicians have contributed to the making of the new album.
Composer Gaute Storaas has said of DIMMU BORGIR: “There have been several attempts of dressing up rock bands in suits, bow ties, and symphonic splendor – to various degrees of success. My role in this is sometimes just to transcribe their themes, sometimes to take their ideas, tear them apart and build them back up in ways that are true to the band’s intentions.”
DIMMU BORGIR’s ninth studio album will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th.
NUCLEAR BLAST TO RELEASE NEW CRADLE OF FILTH ALBUM IN NORTH AMERICA
One of the most infamous and notorious names in metal, CRADLE OF FILTH, continue to shock, excite, disgust and inspire in equal measures. On November 9, 2010 in North America, the latest chapter of the band’s dark history will be released through Nuclear Blast USA.
Frederick Jude, Managing Director of Peaceville Records, comments on this upcoming cooperative effort: “Football aside, we’re pleased to be teaming up with Nuclear Blast on this very important release. Given their resources, interest in the band, and track record in the U.S., we believe CRADLE OF FILTH will be best positioned to better the sales of their last album in North America.”
Grammy-nominated CRADLE OF FILTH have been pioneers of extreme music since their 1994 debut and have continued to evolve with each of their subsequent releases. The band have continually refused to bow to convention or conform to prevalent trends and fads and have constantly sought to push the boundaries of their art.
Whether through their wildly elaborate & theatrical live shows (which incorporate giant lumbering puppets, fire-breathing dancers, freaks and stilt-walkers), provocative merchandise (including the now legendary ‘Jesus Is A C***’ t-shirt), breathtaking artwork, or the weighty subject matter of their albums (their latest told the story of a French Lord who fought alongside Joan Of Arc before embarking on a horrific killing spree), this is a band whose uncompromising stance has been rewarded with legions of fans around the world, making them the most successful British heavy metal band since Iron Maiden.
This month, vocalist Dani Filth, guitarists Paul Allender and James McIlroy, bassist David Pybus, drummer Martin Skaroupka and keyboard player Ashley Ellyllon enter Monkey Puzzle Studios near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England to begin work on the follow-up to 2008’s Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder. Loyal stalwarts to the satanic horror ethos, CRADLE OF FILTH will compose another concept album, this time based on Adam’s first wife, the lascivious demoness Lilith. Throwing medieval nuns, Knights Templars, Greek mythology, lashings of sex, occult lore, and violent bloodshed together into a creative milieu, the band are poised to create a darkly erotic nightmare set to their unique scope of supreme vampyric metal.
For the first time ever, IMMOLATION’s “Unholy Cult” is be available on picture disc vinyl this 17th July! The double-sided picture disc features the classic tracklisting and is a worldwide release limited to 500 pieces only with an exclusive cover art! A must-have for any death metal fan!
“Unholy Cult” is truly a masterpiece. Once again IMMOLATION has reinvented itself to create a darker, heavier and even more menacing atmosphere, with intensity and feeling like no other! From militant and twisted rhythmic marches to all-out monstrous assaults, this album will sink into your very foundation! The emotion and passion are strong in the lyrics and the vocal delivery, as they thunder massively through the heavens! The dueling guitars create pure misery like haunting winds through endless caverns, churning in and out of themselves, only to intensify, cutting at every edge of your soul, then heavier crushing down like a gigantic hammer! The lead work is a horrific melody. From soothing you into paranoia, to attacking you like lightning! And the drums are pure controlled chaos, with the energy of an atomic bomb, the precision of a marksman, and the human touch that holds it all together. IMMOLATION manages to create an unforgettable journey of dark orchestration as only they can.
“Unholy Cult” is like no album you have heard before. It will take you far and beyond what you can imagine in this music, reaching a new level in Death/Black metal. Once again IMMOLATION have set the standard, constantly progressing their unique style and toppling all boundaries in the process. “
Check out the layout :
Link for the song “Unholy Cult” (Stonhenge Festival 2009)
Virginian crossover kings MUNICIPAL WASTE are gearing up for a European tour, which kicks off on July 24th in Brussels, Belgium, and will see the band play a mixture of festivals and club shows across Europe.
MUNICIPAL WASTE frontman TONY FORESTA comments:
“As of right now The Waste is cutting back on touring as much as we normally do for this summer, but when we were offered to play both Fluff Fest and Sonisphere we couldn’t pass on this opportunity. Even though both festivals are completely different from each other, we feel The Waste fits perfectly with both and we can’t wait to trash these places! There’s a lot of great cities we’re hitting up on this short run as well. Can’t wait!
“I’m really pumped about Sonisphere because it’s going to be my first time seeing Iron Maiden! I’ve been waiting for this moment since I was a kid. From what I’m told, we get to play the party tent right after they play. It’s going to be so much fun!”
Catch MUNICIPAL WASTE live in Europe at the following shows:
24.07.10 Brussels, Belgium – Magasin 4
25.07.10 Rokycany, Czech Republic – Fluff Fest
27.07.10 Vienna, Austria – Viper Room
28.07.10 Innsbruck, Austria – Weekender
29.07.10 Frankfurt, Germany – Elfer Club
30.07.10 Fidenza Parma, Italy – Arci Q Open Air
31.07.10 Viveiro, Spain – Ressurection Fest
01.08.10 Knebworth, UK – Sonisphere Festival
Watch MUNICIPAL WASTE’s video for the track “Wrong Answer”:
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, have confirmed their first ever South American appearances!
Vocalist Mark Osegueda commented:
“I can’t begin to tell you how excited all of us in DEATH ANGEL are for our first South American tour in the band’s history! We have hoped and dreamed of this day from the moment the band started playing live shows. So not only is this tour fulfilling a dream, but also what we feel is destiny! The first of many tours in South America!”
Osegueda on what their South American fans expect:
“A full blown thrash assault spanning the entire career of DEATH ANGEL! A relentless show of energy that you and us won’t soon forget! South America best prepare itself for The Ultra-Violence of a live DEATH ANGEL show!”
Expect more shows to be confirmed shortly:
10/16 – Arequipa, Peru – La Boveda
10/17 – Lima, Peru – Voce
10/21 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – The Roxy Live Fr
10/23 – São Paulo, Brazil – Clash Club
DEATH ANGEL recently uploaded the album cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL)for their upcoming release entitled Relentless Retribution, to their official Myspace page www.myspace.com/DeathAngel.
Relentless Retribution is a full return to the bands thrash roots and will be released on September 3rd in Europe and the 14th in North America. The albumwas recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER). DEATH ANGEL will be direct support to Swedish melodic metallers SOILWORK this Summer. Joining them will be Quebec’s tech-death masters AUGURY, Roadrunner Records recording artists MUTINY WITHIN, and pirate themed thrashers SWASHBUCKLE. For more information, tour dates and ticket giveaway information visit www.DEATHANGEL.us & www.myspace.com/DEATHANGEL.
THERION mastermind Christofer Johnsson has issued the following update:
“Snowy Shaw is currently really ill with a throat [infection] – so bad that he barely can speak, so unfortunately he won’t be able to do the Rock Hartz [Open Air] Festival in Germany on Friday. [Lead vocalist] Thomas Vikström will be able to do his parts and THERION have also made some adjustments to the set list (big surprise for everyone actually, as we will be playing something quite unexpected!).”
THERION recently revealed the artwork to their new album, Sitra Ahra, on their homepage. Mixed by Lennart Östlund (Led Zeppelin, ABBA) at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, the new albumwill be released later this year.
The track listing for Sitra Ahra is as follows:
01. Sitra Ahra
02. Kings Of Edom
03. Unguentum Sabbati
04. Land Of Canaan
07. Cu Chulain
08. Kali Yoga III
09. The Shells Are Open
11. After The Inquisition: Children
In May 2009, Johnsson announced that vocalist Thomas Vikström (ex-CANDLEMASS) had official permanent member status. Johnsson recently recruited Christian Vidal (ex-The Road Vultures, ex-Cuero) from Argentina as the band’s new guitarist, who his live debut with THERION on June 4, 2010 in Mexico City. Comprising THERION’s new rhythm section are Johan Koleberg (Animal, Zan Clan, Lion’s Share) on drums and Nalle “Grizzly” Påhlsson (Treat, Zan Clan, Vindictiv) on bass.
HOLLYWOOD – The world is starting to take notice of Hollywood’s rising stars of theatrical dark rock, Black Veil Brides. Currently on a headlining tour, with their debut full-length record set to be released in the coming weeks, the emerging Black Veil Brides are featured in the July 10th issue (# 27) of Billboard Magazine. Vocalist, Andy Six, and BVB manager, Blasko, recently spoke with the industry’s largest trade magazine about their overwhelming success over the past year, including millions of YouTube hits, and tens-of-thousands of merch sales in Hot Topic stores nationwide. The full article can be read online now at: http://www.billboard.com/news/black-veil-brides-ready-for-huge-reception-1004102243.story#/news/black-veil-brides-ready-for-huge-reception-1004102243.story.
Dawn of Ashes (DoA) landing page; home to first single, low priced preorder deals, trailer for upcoming music video and more!
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – July 6, 2010 – In honor of extreme metal act DAWN OF ASHES’ upcoming release Genocide Chapters, Metal Blade Records has launched a landing page where fans can go to check out a video teaser for the upcoming release, music, album artwork, and the specially low-priced preorder packages for the album. The first single, Conjuration of the Maskim’s Black Blood, is currently streaming with two more tracks to come before the album is released on September 14th.
Genocide Chapters CD (digipak) only $10.99
Genocide Chapters CD (digipak) + Jack the Ripper T-shirt (two sided) only $21.99
Genocide Chapters CD (digipak) + God-Like Demon T-shirt (two sided) only $21.99
DIVINE HERESY’s pummeling offering, Bringer of Plagues, redefined the meaning of aggression and took extreme to an all new level. The group’s founder Dino Cazares (Fear Factory guitarist) is now pulling double duty as DIVINE HERESY will open all dates on this month’s Fear Factory North American tour. Either see below or head over now to www.myspace.com/divineheresyband to view their entire tour itinerary and the band will be signing copies of Bringer of Plagues at their merch booth at every show. This stellar package is rounded out with 36 Crazyfists and After The Burial.
Bringer of Plagues was released to rave reviews across the board and debuted at an impressive #148 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. This album is hailed as the most brutal and unrelenting offering of the legendary Cazares’ stellar career. Newcomer Travis Neal (ex-The Bereaved) has undoubtedly proven that he is the perfect fit for the role as he delivers a debut performance for the ages.
Cazares further states: “We have been waiting patiently for the perfect touring opportunity to present itself and I couldn’t possibly be more pleased to have DIVINE HERESY open all of the Fear Factory shows this July. I am excited to pull double duty for the first time and I am relieved that we could finally make this happen. It makes perfect sense for DIVINE HERESY to open for Fear Factory and we promise to deliver a brutal set that is going to annihilate everyone. Be sure to come by the merch booth each night to say hello to us all and we look forward to seeing everyone soon. It’s certainly been way too long.”
Portuguese/Swedish Prog Goth metal act Factory of Dreams has issued the following announcement about contributing a track to the upcoming “Gothic Visions Volume II” compilation:
“Factory of Dreams are proud to announce that they’ll be part of Gothic Visions Volume II (CD + DVD) with both a song and video clip. So, grab your hands on this fab compilation this October! After last year’s first release of the Gothic Visions CD + DVD Special Edition compilation Echozone will release the second one in October of this year. The Gothic Visions is produced in cooperation with the underground magazine Crawling Tunes and other media partners.
“The release will be fully promoted within the campaigns starting from August to November of 2010 and will be featured in advertisements, reviews plus featured on online radio and TV shows. The new edition includes a full packed audio CD, a DVD with more than three hours of music plus more than three hours of video clips, live performances, gothic visuals, etc.”
The currently announced line up for the compilation is as follows:
House Of Usher
Born For Bliss
Whispers In The Shadow
The Daughters Of Bristol
Factory Of Dreams
Tunes Of Dawn
Vlad In Tears
Mist Of Avalon
Saints Of Ruin
Descendants Of Cain
White Rose Transmission
European and US release of “History.Altar.Ashes” set for September 14th!Following the highly successful Australian launch of BerserkerfoX’s debut album “History.Altar.Ashes” in June 2010, European and US release dates have now been set for 14th September 2010 through Ovis Records.
One of the greatest voices in metal, Michael Kiske, is finally back in business. Best known as a former Helloween singer from the band’s golden era, the KEEPER OF THE KEYS, is now returning with his brand new band UNISONIC. Although it’s been seventeen years since Michael last performed onstage his name is still well known in today’s metal/rock world. Even though he has not performed Kiske has kept himself busy over the last 17 years. He has released four solo albums and been involved with several different projects including: Tobias Sammat’s Avantasia –albums, Revolution Reneissance with Timo Tolkki, Supared and recently he’s been working with the Place Vendome –project which in a way was in a key role for Michael’s decision to return. The Place Vendome line up also include current Unisonic members: bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) and drummer Kosta Zafiriou (Pink Cream 69). The Unisonic line-up is completed with former Krokus and Asia guitarist Mandy Mayer. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Michael at the Swedenrock festival and here is what Michael had to say about his current activities, solo career, Helloween days, Iron Maiden and various other topics…. ENJOY !!
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS AND PICTURES BY PATRICK CLEMENT
DARK TRANQUILLITY has posted a couple live videos for their tracks “Focus Shift” and “Final Resistance” that were filmed recently at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago IL. The audio for these live videos was professionally tracked and mixed.