Commented guitarist and founding member Brian Eschbach : "We've been working on this album for a good while and we are very excited to finally share a preview with our fans! Moonlight Equilibrium is full of maximum overdrive melody and crushing beats that'll hopefully leave you maniacs thirsting for more. We'll be jamming this and other tasty treats for the next several months on the road. See you soon!"
Vocalist Trevor Strnad on the artwork : "The visual aspects of Ritual have been brilliantly brought to life by the amazingly talented Valnoir Mortsonge (Watain/Morbid Angel/Ulver) for Metastazis in Paris, France. Valnoir was the perfect man for the job; he exceeded our expectations on all fronts and delivered a beautiful package that enriches the macabre ceremonial vibe of our musical creations. The goal was to make the artwork look like a Necronomicon or an evil spell book. The imagery on the front depicts the dualistic nature of the satanic ritual… the two halves that make it possible. On the bottom, inverted, are the senders of the ritual here on earth, in prayer. On top is Satan and his council, receiving the communicative ritual."
"Unaltered", the new video from UK modern metallers The Soulles (ex-Ignominious Incarceration) can be viewed below. This song comes off the band's forthcoming album "Isolated" which will be released in North America on June 7th.
The track listing for the CD is as follows :
02. The Path
04. 13th Morning
05. New Perspective
08. Our Return
09. Unite Us
10. You Are Nothing To Me
11. Without Heart
“Necropolis Transparent”, the new album of Lock Up, will be released on July 1 via Nuclear Blast. The band has announced the track listing for the CD :
01. Brethren Of The Pentagram
02. Accelerated Mutation
03. The Embodiment Of Paradox And Chaos
04. Necropolis Transparent
05. Parasite Drama
06. Anvil Of Flesh
07. Rage Incarnate Reborn
08. Unseen Enemy
09. Stygian Reverberations
10. Life Of Devastation
11. Roar Of A Thousand Throats
12. Infiltrate And Destroy
13. Discharge The Fear
14. Vomiting Evil
15. Stigmatyr (bonus track)
16. Through The Eyes Of My Shadow Self
17. Tartarus (instrumental)
"The band unanimously decided it is best to part ways with Rahm due to professional reasons that could have seriously affected the well being of the band. We wish him nothing but the best, we had good times. For now we will be auditioning bass players /backing vocalists."
- Interest in the themes and music of MELECHESH is paramount
- Of semi sound and open mind
- Skilled musician
- TEAM PLAYER
- Living in or around The Netherlands is a plus; we will look into all submissions.
Applicants should send, recordings, musical resume as well as photos and videos
NO time wasters , no ulterior motivations, no joy riders please!
Extreme metallers All Shall Perish have set "This Is Where It Ends" as the title of their new effort, which will be released on July 29. The album was recorded and mixed at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland with producer Zack Ohren. (Decrepit Birth, Suffocation)
Electronic deathcore band The Browning will embark on a North American tour with Like Moths To Flames. Support on the trek will come from Your Memorial and Delusions.
The dates are as follows :
June 04 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
June 05 - Bloomington, IN - Rachael's Cafe
June 06 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club AE
June 07 - Vineland, NJ - Hangar 84
June 08 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
June 09 - Cookeville, TN - Amps and Ramps
June 10 - Evansville, IN - Boney Junes
June 12 - Amarillo, TX - Sorority House
June 13 - Austin, TX - Red 7
June 14 - Fort Worth, TX - The Door
June 15 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
June 16 - Corpus Christi, TX - House Of Rock
June 17 - Houston, TX - The Studio @ Warehouse Live
June 18 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
June 19 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
June 22 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
June 23 - DeKalb, IL - The House Cafe
“The End Of Innocence", a brand new track from progressive metallers Symphony X is available for streaming below. This song comes off the band's eighth studio album, which will be released on June 21st in North America.
"Blood Red Diamond", a brand new song from progressive metallers Lost In Thought can be streamed on the band's Facebook page. This track comes off the band's new album, which will be released on April 29 via Inner Wound Records.
The track listing for the CD is as follows :
1. Beyond The Flames
3. Blood Red Diamond
4. Seek To Find
5. New Times Awaken
6. Delusional Abyss
7. Lost In Thoughts
8. Assimilate, Destroy
Omega Lithium will release their new album "Kinetik" on June 7th in North America. The title track is now available for streaming below.
Commented the band : "For those of you, who have been waiting to hear the title track 'Kinetik' from the album of the same name, you can do it now on Youtube, Vampirefreaks and Myspace. 'Kinetik' is about love, struggle and redemption. It is a classic fairy tale served in the manner of Omega Lithium. A tale about a machine/android that starts to dream, starts to feel emotion under it's mechanical chest!"
Vocalist Niklas Kvarforth of Shining has issued the following statement :
“Guitarist Fredric Gråby has left the ranks of Shining today because he no longer felt able to continue playing. Unfortunately, this means that we have been forced to cancel our appearance at the Ragnarok Festival this month as there is not enough time for a new guitarist to learn the material. We are also pleased to announce that Christian Larsson, who has been playing bass with the band for some time on a temporary basis, has now has joined Shining as a permanent full-time member."
The band's new album "VII / Född Förlorare" will be released on May 25.
Guitarist Richard Ebisch has issued the following statement :
"I am very grateful for having achieved so much with Legion Of The Damned, but after having played in bands for so many years and having toured numerous times, I decided to leave the band after careful deliberation. Because of health issues, it was no longer possible for me to continue at this pace.
I would like to say thank you to the fans and the Legion Of The Damned guys and wish them, and their new guitarist, all the best for the future."
: "We recently successfully ended Sweden Rock Cruise and have a lot of other great festivals planned ahead such as Graspop Metal Meeting, Nummirock in Finland, Metalcamp, Bang Your Head!!! and With Full Force. We didn't really notice anything or felt like this is going to end somewhere for Richard. During Kettersach Festival last weekend Richard announced that he would still do Paaspop this upcoming weekend, but call it an end after that. It will be a great lost for us, but we accept his decision, of course.
Even though this came out of blue for us, we have no intention on cancel any of the planned festivals. Who is going to replace Richard Ebisch is still a question unanswered, but hopefully we will have this answered as soon as possible as well. One thing is for sure: after Paaspop, Finnish metal fest Nummirock is next in line and we will be there stronger than ever!"
: "It's really sad that Richard decided to leave the band, but it's his decision to end his carrier as a musician and we have to accept it as it is. I am really happy to be part of the LEGION family, and shared the stage with Richard for five years. I have to thank him as well for all the fun and musical influences we shared. Richard is a great guitar player with an own style, and I wish him all the best with his future plans."
Doom metallers Hour Of 13 have announced US tour dates with Kylesa :
May 25 - Charlotte, NC - Casbah, Tremont Music Hall
May 26 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
May 28 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
May 29 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
May 31 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
Jun 01 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
Jun 02 - Tulsa, OK - The Marquee Theater
Guitarist Chad Davis comments : "Hour of 13 are honored to be sharing the stage with Kylesa. They are a great band and we are more than pleased to be on the road with them."
Guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams have announced their departure from Nevermore in this following statement :
“In a mutual decision Jeff Loomis and Van Williams have decided to leave Nevermore. The time has come to pursue our own paths from the group. Due to internal struggles and ongoing issues within the band, we feel it is our time to move on. We would like to thank all of our fans around the world for their years of love, support and enthusiasm. This was not an easy decision but a very necessary one at this point, may we all meet again someday, somewhere in time.”
Did you know ?
During Amon Amarth's first US headline tour in 2007, in middle of their setlist, the band would raise their drinking horns to the crowd and sip the drink, they did this in all the cities except in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the venue asked the band not to have alcohol in the horns. The band thought it was ridiculous to drink water from the horns so Salt Lake City did not see those Vikings with their drinking horns on stage. - More info about Amon Amarth