LEAVES’ EYES To Release New Album “King Of Kings” In September

June 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

Norwegian metallers LEAVES’ EYES are set to release their new album “King of Kings” via AFM Records, in September, read below the message of the vocalist, Liv Kristine:

“Harald Hårfagre (c.850-932), remembered by medieval historians as the first king of Norway. The battle of Hafrsfjord is described in the Saga of Harald Hårfagre (Harald Fairhair) in Snorri’s Heimskringla. Harald defeated several petty kings and the battle is considered decisive in the unification of Norway. The seabed in Hafrsfjord hides many secrets and many traces. Moreover, Hafrsfjord is my birthplace. With our upcoming album we would like to take you on a journey through a highly interesting chapter in Scandinavia’s history.
Those of you who were present at our latest concerts surely noticed that there’s one new song on our setlist, “Halvdan the Black” – one chapter of the upcoming album “King of Kings”! Halvdanr Svarte (c.810-860) was a ninth-century king of Vestfold, Norway. He belonged to the House of Yngling (son of Odin’ line) and was the father of Harald Fairhair. “Halvdan the Black” is just the start of an amazing adventure!


This production is one unique soundtrack – a brilliant and impressive auditive experience. The album was recorded in Germany, Norway, England, Netherlands, Belarus and Switzerland. “King of Kings” is produced by Alexander Krull at Mastersound Studio. Outstanding musical colleagues and ensembles have contributed with their guest appearances like the London Voices Choir (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Hobbit, Harry Potter).

The fantastic artwork (see above) is done by Stefan Heilemann (Lindemann, Nightwish, Epica, Kamelot).

Dear Fans & Friends – get ready for “King of Kings” – out September 2015!

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IRON MAIDEN – Title,Tracklist and The Cover Artwork of the 16th Album Revealed!

June 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

Source: Metal Hammer

British legends Iron Maiden will release 16th album “The Book Of Souls” on September 4 worldwide – and it’s their first-ever double-length studio release.

The launch was delayed after frontman Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year – but he got the all-clear last month.

The follow-up to 2010’s The Final Frontier was recorded in France last year with producer Kevin Shirley. Artwork comes from Mark Wilkinson.

Dickinson says: “We recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we’d done the Brave New World album in 2000, so the studio holds special memories for all of us.

“We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there. By the time we’d finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double it was going to be.”

Bassist Steve Harris adds: “We approached this album in a different way to how we’ve recorded previously. A lot of the songs were actually written while we were there in the studio. 

“We rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh –and I think that immediacy really shows. They have almost a live feel to them, I think. I’m very proud of The Book Of Souls. We all are, and we can’t wait for our fans to hear it take it out on the road next year.”

The album will be available in standard 2CD, deluxe hardbound 2CD, heavyweight triple-vinyl, standard and hi-res audio. Tour details will be confirmed in due course.Harris hits the road with solo band British Lion in July.

THE BOOK OF SOULS TRACKLIST

DISC 1

  1. If Eternity Should Fail (Dickinson) 8:28
  2. Speed Of Light (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:01
  3. The Great Unknown (Smith/ Harris) 6:37
  4. The Red And The Black (Harris) 13:33
  5. When The River Runs Deep (Smith/ Harris) 5:52
  6. The Book Of Souls (Gers/ Harris) 10:27

DISC 2

  1. Death Or Glory (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:13
  2. Shadows Of The Valley (Gers/ Harris) 7:32
  3. Tears Of A Clown (Smith/ Harris) 4:59
  4. The Man Of Sorrows (Murray/ Harris) 6:28
  5. Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01

RAMMSTEIN Begin Working On The New Album

June 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN will begin work on their seventh album in September, according to Peter Tagtgren.

The Pain and Hypocrisy mainman has been working with the band’s Till Lindemann on their LINDEMANN side-project and will release their debut “Skills In Pills” on June 23 via Warner Bros.

And despite Rammstein guitarist Richard Kruspe recently saying that the band would reconvene in a year to decide their future and that there was “no plan for an album” it seems as if that’s changed – although the material might not be ready until 2017.

Tagtgren tells Bloody Disgusting: “Till is going to go back to Rammstein in September to begin pre-production stuff and he says that it usually takes two years from when they start until the album is done.”

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Tagtgren also reveals that Lindemann are already working on their second album – even before their debut’s been released.

He continues: “We’re rolling already. We were already writing stupid lyrics when we were drunk and shit. We’re going at it. We’re going to go as long as we have inspiration.

“Maybe it stops at five songs but at least we have half an album done. It’s just so easy to write music together. No pressure. We do it because we can.”

He reports the pair could play live dates together – but only if people like their debut offering. Tagtgren continues: “We’re pretty scared of how people are going to take this so we really need some response from fans to see. As soon as we open up that can, we’re going to go insane with that shit.

“If there’s not really a demand for it, maybe we’ll do a few showcases. But it won’t be full tours. It’s up to the people to decide if we go out or not.”

OCTOBER TIDE Sign With Agonia Records, Begin Working On New Album

June 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Metal Shock Finland (World Assault ):

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Swedish melodic Doom/Death metallers, OCTOBER TIDE, have inked a record deal with Agonia Records. The band’s as-yet-untitled new album, successor to “Tunnel Of No Light” (2013), is currently at the pre-production stage and is expected to be released in early 2016.

Formed in 1995 by Katatonia members, Jonas Renkse and Fred Norrman, OCTOBER TIDE spawned two, now-cult releases: “Rain Without End” (1997) and “Grey Dawn” (1999), before going on hiatus for over 11 years.

Reunited in 2009, the Swedes continue to push their vision of characteristic melodic doom/death metal to the next level. With a new full-time drummer Jocke Wallgren (Valkyrja, Astrophobos), OCTOBER TIDE are fully engaged in working on their 5th studio album and first one for Agonia.

On the new deal and forthcoming effort, Emil Alstermark (guitars) commented: “During the first glance at this label you KNOW they are into metal…

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SLAYER Reveal Cover Artwork Of “Repentless”, New Digital Track To Be Released on June 19th

June 16, 2015 § 2 Comments

Thrash metal legends SLAYER have finally revealed the cover artwork of their upcoming album “Repentless”, which will be released on September 11th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork has been designed by the Brasilian artist Marcelo Vasco Arts and also with the collaboration of Tom Araya (bass,vocals) and Kerry King (guitars).

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That’s not it, though! The band will also release a digital track THIS FRIDAY, on June 19th. The track carries the same name as the album and will be available on digital media (Amazon, iTunes, Google).

“Arrogance, violence, world in disarray
Dealing with insanity every fuckin’ day
I hate the life, hate the fame, hate the fuckin’ scene
Pissing match of egos, fuck their vanity”

Wanna read more? Click here!

AMORPHIS – New Album “Under The Red Cloud” To Be Released On September

June 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

Yes, they are back!

The Finnish legends AMORPHIS have announced the release of their upcoming album “Under The Red Cloud” today! The worldwide release is scheduled for September 4th via Nuclear Blast.

Guitarist Esa Holopainen comments:

The album is titled “Under The Red Cloud” and the artwork is done by Valnoir MortasongeValnoir is well known from his works for LAIBACH, PARADISE LOST, WATAIN, BEHEMOTH and many more. It was a great pleasure to work with him as he catched the lyrical topics really well. Colors and details describe the music perfectly.“

The tracklist of “Under The Red Cloud” is as follows:

01. Under The Red Cloud

02. The Four Wise Ones

03. Bad Blood

04. The Skull

05. Death Of A King

06. Sacrifice

07. Dark Path

08. Enemy At The Gates

09. Tree Of Ages

10. White Night

Bonus tracks (digipak & 2LP):

11. Come The Spring

12. Winter’s Sleep

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Pre-order your copy of AMORPHIS‘ new masterpiece here: http://nblast.de/AmorphisRedCloudNB
Esa comments:

Under The Red Cloud” is produced by Jens Bogren who did amazing job with the album. There’s a lot’s of elements in the songs but every note and element is in perfect harmony so that the result is fucking heavy and melodic. All I can say is that »Under The Red Cloud« will be in my personal Top 3 AMORPHIS albums that we’ve ever done.“

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic “Tales From The Thousand Lakes”, AMORPHIS will play at some European festivals this summer. In September, they will start touring in support of their upcoming release “Under The Red Cloud”.

AMORPHIS tour dates 2015:

“Tales From The Thousand Lakes” 20th Anniversary Shows

16.06. BG Burgas – Summer Chaos Festival

19.-21.06. B Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting

27.06. FIN Helsinki – Tuska Open Air

03.07. FIN Turku – Ruisrock

17.-19.07. FIN Joensuu – Ilosaarirock

30.07.-01.08. D Wacken – Wacken Open Air

07.08. P Vagos – Vagos Open Air

13.-15.08. D Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze

14.-16.08. CZ Hodonin – Made Of Metal Festival

29.08. RUS Moscow – Moscow Metal Meeting

19.09. FIN Helsinki-Tallinn – Radio Rock Cruise

26.09. FIN Oulu – JaloTuska/Oulun Jäähalli

09.10. FIN Lahti – Finlandia Klubi

10.10. FIN Helsinki – The Circus

16.10. FIN Turku – Logomo

17.10. FIN Kouvola – House Of Rock

22.10. FIN Tampere – Pakkahuone

23.10. FIN Seinäjoki – Rytmikorjaamo

24.10. FIN Joensuu – Kerubi

30.10. FIN Jyväskylä – Lutakko

31.10. FIN Leppävirta – Vesileppis-Areena

w/ NIGHTWISH, ARCH ENEMY

16.11. DK Copenhagen – Falconer

17.11. D Rostock – Mau (Headline Show)

18.11. D Hamburg – O2 World

19.11. NL Amsterdam – Heineken Music Hall

21.11. D Oberhausen – Arena

22.11. F Caen – Le Cargo (w/ ARCH ENEMY)

23.11. F Lyon – Hall Tony Garnier

25.11. F Paris – POPB

26.11. F Toulouse – Le Zénith

27.11. F Epinal – La Souris Verte (w/ ARCH ENEMY)

28.11. CH Basel – St. Jakobshalle

29.11. I Bologna – Unipol Arena

30.11. CH Lausanne – Les Docks (Headline Show)

01.12. D Munich – Zenith

02.12. A Wörgl – Komma (Headline Show)

03.12. D Stuttgart – Schleyerhalle

04.12. D Frankfurt – Jahrhunderthalle

05.12. D Nürnberg – Arena

06.12. D Memmingen – Kaminwerk (Headline Show)

07.12. CZ Prague – Tip Sport Arena Prague

08.12. A Wien – Stadthalle

10.12. RO Bucharest – Polivalenta Hall

12.12. H Budapest – Arena

13.12. SK Bratislava – Majestic Music Club (Headline Show)

14.12. D Leipzig – Arena

15.12. D Berlin – Max-Schmeling-Halle

16.12. LUX Luxembourg – Rockhal

17.12. B Antwerp – Lotto Arena

19.12. UK London – Wembley SSE Arena

20.12. D Cologne – Essigfabrik (Headline Show)

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Statement about my forced absence from Sólstafir

June 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Sólstafir:

When I woke up on the morning of 20. January and looked at my emails I expected to find an email with my flight details for the Sólstafir tour that was supposed to start the day after. What I found instead was an email from Aðalbjörn Tryggvason, signed by him and the rest of my now ex-bandmates telling me I was fired from the band that I‘ve poured my sweat, blood and tears into for the last 20 years because of communication problems between us that were unjustly being blamed solely on me and me alone.

I called the airline and found out that my ticket had been cancelled without me knowing it. In a state of panic I quickly bought a new ticket, refusing to acknowledge Aðalbjörn’s right to kick me out of a band that I had formed with him 20 years earlier. Aðalbjörn’s response was to make it clear to me that he would refuse to…

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