THE 69 EYES – In The Studio?

July 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

It’s been a long time since The Helsinki vampires THE 69 EYES released a new album. Their last album “X” has been released 3 years ago and although the band has been touring, there has been no news of any album update… until now! :D

The band secretly returned to the studio to record a new biting opus for the hungy masses with producer Johnny LeeMichaels, who already was responsible for the recordings of “Blessed Be” and “Paris Kills”. This is already an awesome sign!

Vocalist Jyrki 69 reveals:

“Dear Helsinki vampires loyalists, how’s your summer been? I’ve been thinking of you a lot lately. Especially in the nights…- in the studio. You see, we are currently in the studio recording our new album here in Helsinki. It’s coming out really good, feels like a record I’ve always wanted us to do. A bit hard to explain but you will hear it soon! If you happened to like those albums,we’ve made earlier with Johnny, you will love this new one, too. The first single will come out later on this year and the album in early 2016. August moon – where are you…?“

I am beyond excited for the record! And maybe the band will go back to their old roots again? It would be awesome for sure! Let’s wait and see!

HIM Announces New Drummer During A Surprise Appearance!

July 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

Finnish “love” metallers HIM have recruited Jukka “Kosmo” Kröger (HERRA YLPPÖ & IHMISET) as their new drummer following the departure of Mika Kristian Karppinen (a.k.a. Gas Lipstick) earlier this year.

Kröger made his live debut with HIM earlier tonight (Saturday, July 25) during a surprise performance at the Qstock festival in Oulu, Finland. The concert was originally billed as a gig by RAMBO RIMBAUD, the solo project of HIM mainman Ville Valo.

Gas announced his exit from HIM in January, explaining: “I simply feel that it’s time for me to move on as a musician.” He added that “during the final stages of [HIM‘s] last tour, [I noticed] that my heart was not in it 100% anymore… If my heart feels that it’s time to let it go, then I have to listen, because otherwise it wouldn’t be right towards myself, the rest of the band or you wonderful fans. It would end up being a forced effort and I can’t perform or create like that.”

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DRACONIAN Reveal Details About The Upcoming Album!

July 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

Swedish gothic metallers DRACONIAN are back with a new masterpiece record!

The band has unveiled highly anticipated details of the upcoming studio album entitled Sovran, set to be released on October, 30th via Napalm Records!

The stunning album artwork was created by Chioreanu Constin (Arcturus, Primordial, At The Gates , Arch Enemy).

Sovran is going to enthrall with good old DRACONIAN stuff! The formation revolving around top-notch frontman Anders Jacobsson and new singer Heike Langhans delivers first-class songs that continue to prove the band’s supremacy within the darkly genre!

Check out the track listing below:

  1. Heavy Lies the Crown
  2. The Wretched Tide
  3. Pale Tortured Blue
  4. Stellar Tombs
  5. No Lonelier Star
  6. Dusk Mariner
  7. Dishearten
  8. Rivers Between Us ( featuring Daniel Änghede – Crippled Black Phoenix on Vocals)
  9. The Marriage of Attaris
  10. With Love and Defiance (Bonus Track)

Sovran is available as:

– Die Hard Fan Collectors Box: 6 Page Digipack, old school band logo pendant & album cover flag Limited worldwide to 300 copies and exclusively available via the Napalm Records Webstore!
– LTD First Edition 6 Page Digipack & Bonus Track
– LTD to 100 copies in Gold 2LP Gatefold Edition & Bonus Track
– Black Vinyl 2LP Gatefold Edition & Bonus Track

For More Info Visit:
www.draconian.se
www.facebook.com/draconianofficial
www.napalmrecords.com
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W.A.S.P. Reveal “Golgotha” Cover Artwork, Release Date and Track Listing!

July 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

W.A.S.P. is back!

The band’s fifteenth studio album, titled “Golgotha”, will be released on October 2 via Austria’s Napalm Records. Here is the cover artwork!

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Commented W.A.S.P. mainman Blackie Lawless:

“There are times in any band’s career that somehow all things mesh together. Their experiences, influences, and personal timing bring them into a common space. This has happened with this record. Four years in the making has provided direction, but even greater reflection.”

At the 2014 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden, Lawless stated about the lyrical inspiration for the upcoming CD:

“‘Golgotha’ is Hebrew for place of the skull, and it’s the hill where Christ was crucified. And it’s interesting, when you see a lot of bands going around using Satanic images or images of death and things like that, and I’m thinking, all they need to do is look at the source, ’cause it’s right there. I mean, if you want death, there’s enough to go around there.”

Regarding the musical direction of W.A.S.P.‘s new material, Lawless said:

“It sounds probably more similar to the last two that we’ve done [2007’s ‘Dominator’ and 2009’s ‘Babylon’]. And we’ve been working on this thing for four years now.I don’t know if you guys heard, I had a little hiccup [in 2013], and that delayed recording for almost a year. I broke my leg. And that, too, was an interesting trip.

“But there’s one thing that I learned when I was doing [1992’s] ‘The Crimson Idol’: if you make a record over too long of a period of time, you have to be very, very careful, because the record you start out making is not the record you end up finishing, because you’ve changed so much as a person over a three- or four-year period, you’ve gotta be very, very careful to hold on to that vision. But from what I’m hearing so far, it has definite overtones of the last two records.”

“Golgotha” track listing:

01. Scream
02. Last Runaway
03. Shotgun
04. Miss You
05. Fallen Under
06. Slaves Of The New World Order
07. Eyes Of My Maker
08. Hero Of The World
09. Golgotha

Drummer Mike Dupke recently left W.A.S.P. after a nine-year stint with the band. A replacement drummer has not yet been announced.

Source: Blabbermouth

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.”

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