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Sonata Arctica – Keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg Provides Update

A road update from SONATA ARCTICA keyboardist, Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg reads as follows:

Hello everybody ! I just wanted to drop you a quick line to tell y’all what’s going on. We played our first show in Germany in Herne with Saxon and Doro among others. We started off in Sweden with three headlining shows and this tour will have a total of 26 shows in 10 countries. So far everything’s gone pretty well and it feels great to be back on the road. Yesterday was a bit of a nightmare for me personally ’cause my keyboard rack broke down 5 minutes before we hit the stage. Luckily I have a backup system, and though I had to use some different sounds, we managed to play the show which is the main point anyway. This day will probably pass pretty fast, fixing the gear and doing some interwievs, and at nine it’s showtime again. This night we have a drive of 800km to Budapest, where we’ll play tomorrow. I’ll try to check back in a couple of days. So far?.”

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards – Full List of Nominees

The nominations for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards ? which this year takes place on Monday, June 12 at Koko in Camden, North London ? have been announced. In keeping with the “Valhalla” theme of this year’s awards, Metal Hammer magazine have teamed up with the crew of the “Hammer of the Gods”, an authentic full-size replica Viking longboat, to launch both the awards on June 12 and the team’s cross channel row, which takes place on the weekend of June 3 to raise money for charity Task Brazil.

The full nominations list for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2006 is as follows:

Best UK Band:

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND
SKINDRED
BREED 77
DRAGONFORCE

Best Live Band:

TRIVIUM
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
COHEED & CAMBRIA
IN FLAMES
ARCH ENEMY

Best International Band:

LACUNA COIL
COHEED & CAMBRIA
TRIVIUM
AVENGED SEVENFOLD
MASTODON

Best Underground Band:

BLEEDING THROUGH
CLUTCH
CATHEDRAL
MEADS OF ASPHODEL
SATYRICON

Best Newcomer:

AIDEN
FALL OF TROY
ENGERICA
STILL REMAINS
MENDEED

Best Video:

AVENGED SEVENFOLD ? “Bat Country”
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE ? “Ghost Of You”
WITHIN TEMPTATION? “Angels”*
FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND ? “History”
H.I.M. ? “Wings Of A Butterfly”

Riff Lord:

Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER)
James Hetfield (METALLICA)
Jimmy Page (LED ZEPPELIN)
Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS)
Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY)

Shredder:

GOD FORBID
TRIVIUM
CHILDREN OF BODOM
IN FLAMES
AVENGED SEVENFOLD

Best Drummer:

Travis Smith (TRIVIUM)
The Rev (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)
Igor Cavalera (SEPULTURA)
Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN)
Dave Lombardo (SLAYER)

Best Metal Label:

Roadrunner
Century Media
SPV/Steamhammer
Nuclear Blast
Relapse

Album Of The Year:

OPETH ? “Ghost Reveries”*
DRAGONFORCE ? “Inhuman Rampage”*
AVENGED SEVENFOLD ? “City Of Evil”
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE ? “The Poison”
COHEED & CAMBRIA ? “IV”

Icon:

Zakk Wylde
Kerry King (SLAYER)
Axl Rose (GUNS N’ ROSES)
Eddie The ‘Ed (IRON MAIDEN)
Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL)

Three further awards that carry no nominations, simply a winner, will be unveiled at the awards and include the prestigious “Spirit of Hammer” award and the revered “Golden God” award, the highest accolade to be awarded on the night.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Metal Hammer magazine continues to pave the way and defend the faith for the alternative rock music scene. Daring to cover music genres and artists others fear to, Metal Hammer magazine has risen to become an institution in rock music over the years. The dedication of the magazine to its readers and its integrity sets it apart from the rest of the market, something that was reflected in the recent ABC announcement, which saw Metal Hammer magazine increase its year-on-year circulation a staggering 15%, which equates to a 50% circulation rise in the last two years alone.

Chris Ingham, publisher of Metal Hammer and Classic Rock magazines said: “The Metal Hammer Golden Gods have always represented the year of music that the magazine has supported. We know what our readers listen to and we keep in close contact with their changes in taste and styles. The Golden Gods celebrates the bands and artists that are influencing lives, not bands and artists that have the most money to spend, the best clothes or the most adverts. The fourth annual Metal Hammer Awards promises to be a spectacular occasion and a real chance for the marginalised to finally have a say.” A spokesman from the Hammer of the Gods crew said: “Task Brazil Trust do fantastic work with the abandoned street kids in Rio de Janeiro and although rowing a 2.5 tonne wooden Viking boat across the busiest shipping lanes presents a bit of a challenge it’s nothing compared with the challenges faced by the kids living on the streets of Brazil.”

Machine Head – Rob Flynn Offers Up Album Update

MACHINE HEAD frontman Rob Flynn has offered up a rather lengthy update regarding the progress of the band’s new album.

“We are also writing like crazy, getting ready to demo some stuff out. We started doing this fun thing each day at practice where we start the set off with one old song, not generally in the live set. Man, we been jamming some hella old shit… ‘Blood Of The Zodiac’, ‘Bay Of Pigs’, ‘Rage To Overcome’, ‘Frontlines’, ‘Down To None’, ‘Death Church’, ‘Devil With The King’s Card’, ‘A Thousand Lies’… it’s been really cool revisiting those songs, and kinda sets the tone at practice in a good way. Writing is going slow but good and at this point we’ve pretty much made it our sole priority. As a result we’ve officially ‘cancelled’ all touring until after the record is done. We thought about heading out, and actually had some pretty nice opportunities, but it was like, ‘Fuck man, we toured for 22 months behind ['Through the Ashes of Empires']… How much more can you tour behind one album?’ We also felt it would break up the momentum we have going, not to mention the offers just didn’t feel right. So we passed on Sounds Of The Underground, Download, Rock Am Ring, With Full Force and most of the main Euro festivals just so we could focus solely on writing The Greatest Metal Album Of All Fuckin’ Time! Hells yeah!!!

“Frankly, we don’t know if ‘Through the Ashes of Empires’ was some kind of fluke or what, so we’re not gonna take its success for granted, or ourselves too seriously in the process. We’ve just been writing and playing what feels right to us, and it’s made us push our musicianship to new, previously unscaled heights. I’d say we’re definitely evolving again, and the new album is definitely not ‘Burn My Eyes II’ or even ‘Through the Ashes of Empires II’. Of the 16 songs that we have, 10½ of them seem like they’re going nowhere at the moment. Of the 5 that are completed, we are really amazed with how they are turning out. It feels really fuckin’ unique, the material is totally different than what is going on right now, and we think it’s really gonna sound fresh and stand out compared to what’s currently ‘happening’ in the metal scene at the moment. It feels unmistakably ‘Bay Area’, and unmistakably MACHINE HEAD, but it’s SO in its own little world… it’s a trip man, it’s a little scary, as it kinda feels like uncharted territory, but that makes it more exciting too, something about this feels special, it feels huge. I wouldn’t say it’s ‘heavier’ than ‘Through the Ashes of Empires’, but it’s AS heavy, and the ‘Battery’ break (for the [recording of a METALLICA song as part of Kerrang! magazine's] ‘Master Of Puppets’ tribute) did us good… songs that were 5 minutes long are now 8 minutes long, and I’m noticing a healthy dose of the sludge vibe (ala ‘Death Church’, ‘Elegy’, ‘Violate’) coming back… long songs, long intros, but it feels more uptempo as a whole than ‘Through the Ashes of Empires’… some of the hooks are just ridiculous! Lots of changes in each song, and musically as well as riff-wise it is very technical… full-on down-picking / million-note mania. Lyrics are dark, darker, and some just plain fucked. Some are about war, some are anti-religion… I’ve officially written my first love song (!) which ends with a homicide and then a suicide… another, (jokingly) nicknamed ‘The Thrashterpiece’ (proper title: ‘Aesthetics Of Hate’), is a full-on riff-fest with all hard vocals / no singing, and is my pointed and very pissed-off take on Dimebag-basher William Grim.

“‘Tentative’ song titles below, with the topic in parentheses:

- ‘Halo’ (Anti-religion)

- ‘Aesthetics Of Hate’

- ‘The Beautiful Mourning’ (Suicide)

- ‘Now I Lay Thee Down’ (Love / death / homicide / suicide)

“Let me tell you what our goal for this album isn’t: Our goal isn’t to be the biggest band on the planet, like everyone else is ‘trying’ to do. Our goal isn’t to write the ‘biggest metal record of all time,’ we’ll leave the ‘biggest’ records to the MTV-friendly metal-lite that is getting so much play at the moment… aka the new glam. Realistically, the new stuff is too heavy for mainstream radio / video, too long, and definitely doesn’t have enough gay singing, steal enough MAIDEN riffs, apply enough make-up, or have enough whack-ass guitar-solo-wankery to be considered ‘in’ enough for the ‘scenester’ crowd. And you know what? We’re not even trying to fish in that pond. We’re gonna fish in another pond, the pond that still wants to hear a new ‘Vulgar Display’, or a new ‘Roots’, or a new ‘South Of Heaven’, or even a new ‘As The Palaces Burn’. That other pond will never ‘get’ us, and if they do ‘get’ us, it’s gonna be because they heard so many other fuckers telling ‘em why they should ‘get’ us.

“Our goal is to write the greatest no-bullshit metal album of all time, an album that, 20 years from now, will still be in rotation… an album that has the influence, enormity, respect, and epic grandeur of an album like METALLICA’s ‘Master Of Puppets’, yet has the fire and ‘fuck you’ attitude of a punk masterpiece like POISON IDEA’s ‘Feel The Darkness’, and the cold, depressive beauty of THE CURE’s ‘Disintegration’. Will we accomplish it? Well, that’s for the world to decide, but the way we see it, if anyone is capable of achieving that goal… it is MACHINE HEAD.

“Prepare!!!”

Rebels Without Applause – New Song ‘Still’ Uploaded to MySpace

Chicago’s REBELS WITHOUT APPLAUSE have uploaded a new track, titled ‘Still’, to their MySpace. You can listen to the cut here.

Arch Enemy, Napalm Death – Members Nominated for PETA’s Sexiest Vegitarian of 2006

Century Media recording artists Angela Gossow (ARCH ENEMY) and Barney Greenway (NAPALM DEATH) have been nominated for PETA?s (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) sexiest vegetarian of 2006, here. Interviewed in 2005 for the PETA website, vocalist Barney Greenway and NAPALM DEATH will be the first band to lend their image to PETA?s new anti-vivisection campaign, ?Save #99?. Calling vivisection, ?the ultimate act of disrespect? Barney was honored that the band was chosen to pioneer this campaign.

NAPALM DEATH, who recently wrapped up their North American co-headlining tour with KREATOR, will enter Foel Studios in Wales next month to record the follow up to 2005?s “The Code Is Red? Long Live The Code”.

David Gilmour – AOL Music Session – Direct Link

A direct link to the DAVID GILMOUR AOL Sessions has been made available. You can check out Gilmour jamming some classic PINK FLOYD tunes, as well as his solo material, at this location.

OSI – Feat. Dream Theater, Fates Warning – April 25 Release; Tracklisting Revealed

Following up on the success of their debut album ?Office of Strategic Influence?, OSI returns with ?Free? April 25th through Inside Out Music.

OSI, who comprises members of the progressive metal leaders DREAM THEATER (Mike Portnoy and Kevin Moore) as well as FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, is hailed as one of the most technically-proficient and innovative supergroups of our time.

?Free? was produced by the band themselves and contains 11 tracks including:

1. Sure You Will
2. Free
3. Go
4. All Gone Now
5. Home Was Good
6. Bigger Wave
7. Kicking
8. Better
9. Simple Life
10. Once
11. Our Town

The Smashing Pumpkins – Officially Reunite

After lots of rumors and speculation, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have posted the following message on their web site:

“It’s official, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS are currently writing songs for their upcoming album, their first since 2000. No release date has yet been set, but the band plans to begin recording this summer.”

Peeping Tom – Peforming On Late Night With Conan O’Brien

It appears as if Mike Patton and DUB TRIO will be teaming up for a performance on the NBC show Late Night With Conan O’Brien on May 26th. The two are expected to be performing their PEEPING TOM track “Not Alone.”

Tom Petty – Initial North American Tour Dates Released

Initial dates have been released for TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBRAKERS‘ North American Highway Companions Tour:

with Trey Anastasio:
June 9 – Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amp. Charlotte
June 10 – Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
June 12 – Portsmouth, VA @ NTELOS Pavilion at Harbor Center
June 14 – Columbus, OH @ Germain Amphitheater
June 16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
June 17 – Maryland Heights, MO @ UMB Bank Pavilion
June 20 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
June 21 – Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
June 23 – Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center

with Pearl Jam:
June 26 – Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
June 27 – Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
June 29 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
June 30 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
July 2 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
July 3 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – Set To Re-Release Debut Album

SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM will be re-releasing their 2001 effort “Grand Opening And Closing” through The End Records this summer, and it is expected to feature at least two new studio bonus tracks. The band’s new album will be released in March of next year.

FASSW, Cattle Decapitation – Tour Dates Announced

Dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW, CATTLE DECAPITATION, MISERY INDEX, ANIMOSITY, and JOB FOR A COWBOY:

June 10 – Fredericksburg, VA @ KC’s w/ Dillinger Escape Plan
June 11 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony w/ Dillinger Escape Plan
June 12 – Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprises
June 13 – Revere, MA @ Club Lido
June 14 – Hamden, CT @ Hamden Elks Lodge
June 15 – New York, NY @ CBGB
June 16 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
June 17 – Kent, OH @ Screwy Louie’s
June 20 – Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
June 21 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Glastnost
June 23 – Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
June 24 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit w/ Bane
June 25 – Corpus Christi, TX @ The Ballroom
June 26 – El Paso, TX @ Chic’s Bar
June 27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Metal Devastation
June 28 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
June 29 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whiskey A Go-Go
June 30 – Ventura, CA @ Alpine
July 1 – Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry’s Pizza
July 2 – Fresno, CA @ The Belmont
July 3 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
July 5 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
July 6 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
July 7 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
July 8 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
July 10 – Ogden, UT @ Club Boom Va
July 11 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
July 12 – Papillion, NE @ The Rock
July 13 – St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
July 14 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
July 15 – Southgate, MI @ The Modern Exchange
July 17 – Binghamton, NY @ Club Escape
July 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
July 19 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
July 20 – Centerreach, NY @ Centerreach VFW
July 22 – West Bend, IN @ Skate Country (Robot Mosh Fest)

Sonic Syndicate – “Jailbreak” Live Video Posted Online

Swedish metal quintet SONIC SYNDICATE have recently posted a live video for their first single “Jailbreak.” Guitarist Roger Sjunnesson comments, “We’ve put together a small Live clip (Note: This is not a music video) from our hit single “Jailbreak.” The clip is a mixture of different gigs we have played in the last year, however, the clip is not 100% finished. But already now you can get a small taste of how uncool, unhip, and out of vogue we really are!” You can download the clip here.

The band has also lined up the following upcoming shows:

May 27 – Studenternas Hus Norrköping, Sweden w/ Teardrive
June 2 – Café 1000Fryd, Aalborg, Denmark
October 13 – Belsepub, Gothenburg, Sweden w/ Blinded Colony
November 18 – Folkets Park, Växjö, Sweden

Skinless – New Album Preview Video Online

You can check out a video featuring samples of some of SKINLESS‘ new material here. Their new album Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead will be released June 13th through Relapse Records.

Kylesa – Damad Reunion, Tour Info, Band Update

Savannah, GA sludge rockers KYLESA have finalized touring plans for the coming weeks. The band will be playing with VICTIMS, BARONESS, and other assorted bands along the way, including a collaboration with label mates Yakuza for the May 31 date of the “Decibel Presents DYSRHYTHMISA, YAKUZA, BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS” tour.

The band is continuing to support 2005’s well-received To Walk A Middle Course, while also playing new songs with new drummers Jeff Porter and Carl McGinley. The drumming duo made their live debut with the band in April.

“Thanks to everyone who came out to check out our new lineup and the two drummer attack [last week],” the band posted on the official KYLESA website. “We’re so stoked with this line up and are continuing to write new material. We’re playing a bunch of new songs for these upcoming shows, so come check it out and let us know what you think.”

On a related note, KYLESA guitarist Phillip Cope will play in a reunion, benefit show with his previous band, DAMAD, May 6 at The Jinx in Savannah, GA.

David Gilmour – 4/20 US Debt on Jay Leno – AOL Music Session 4/21

Make sure to watch The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, tonight 4/20 on NBC to see DAVID GILMOUR‘s U.S. television debut. He?ll be performing ?On An Island? with special guests David Crosby and Graham Nash plus one PINK FLOYD classic with touring band mates Richard Wright of PINK FLOYD and ROXY MUSIC‘s Phil Manzanera.

Check your local listings for times.

Then ? make sure to check out AOL Music starting Friday, April 21 for David Gilmour?s AOL Session on his artist page this location. He performed ‘On An Island/This Heaven/Take A Breath/Smile/High Hopes’, and ‘Comfortably Numb’.

And if watching DAVID GILMOUR perform songs on your computer isn?t good enough ? Americans can head over to their local Regal Cinemas and watch the London concert in its entirety from May 15-30th. More details to follow.

Skindred – Announce Two One Off US Shows for May in Florida

SKINDRED will be playing two US shows, and two US shows only on May 26 in Orlando at the House Of Blues and May 27 at The Revolution in Ft. Lauderdale. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.

Six Feet Under, Krisiun – Team Up For North American Tour

SIX FEET UNDER, KRISIUN, CATTLE DECAPITATION, DECAPITATED, and ABYSMAL DAWN will be teaming up for a North American tour later this year. The first confirmed dates are as follows:

September 12 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
October 8 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

Satyricon – “K.I.N.G.” Video Posted Online

You can check out SATYRICON‘s new video for the track “K.I.N.G.” here. The song comes off their new album “Now, Diabolical” which will be released in the U.S. on June 13th through Century Media.

Belphegor – Confirm First Romanian Appearance for June 12

“Metalhead Romania” presents the death/black metal legend, BELPHEGOR, Friday, June 12 in Bucharest Romania. It`s the first time the Polish extreme-metal group plays for the Romanian fans. The band is included in the fourth edition of the Bucharest Metal Nights Festival, along with local legend bands like TAINE and PSYCHO SYMPHONY.

Opening acts cofirmed include:

INTERITUS DEI
L.O.S.T.
NEXUS

Ticket prices are around 10 euros and the venue is Old School Club. After OPERA IX attended the third edition of the festival and almost 900 people came (sold-out event), Romanian metalheads prepare for another storming blast assured by “Metalhead Romania”.

Raging Speedhorn – Members and Crew form Beer + Whiskey Fueled Viking Skull

Formed by assorted members of the RAGING SPEEDHORN band and crew, VIKING SKULL thrives on the singularly alcoholic maxim best stated by Roddy Stone, RAGING SPEEDHORN‘s long time guitar tech:

?It?s gonna be easy. All we gotta do is get in, get fucked and get out.? Roddy, lead vocalist and guitarist of VIKING SKULL, heads a lineup consisting of guitarist Darren Smith, drummer Gordon Morisson and bassist Waldie. With a ballsy swagger that fits neatly between early Black Sabbath and latter-day Corrosion Of Conformity, VIKING SKULL provide solid proof that the United Kingdom is still the undisputed home of hard rock music.

On VIKING SKULL‘s debut full-length album, Born In Hell, inspiration comes from the most obvious of places. The foursome from Corby, United Kingdom, eschews a gritty, hard-driving form of hard rock fueled by beer and whiskey with women on the brain. The true charm of VIKING SKULL lies in their unabashed desire to rock, drink and womanize; all the while churning out songs detailing their exploits. “Born In Hell” will be re-released in the US on May 16.

Slayer – New Album Their Fastest Yet?

The following article is from MTV.com:

The last time speed-metallers SLAYER released an album’s worth of new material, it came in the form of God Hates Us All and arrived on shelves the morning of September 11, 2001.

So bass-wielding frontman Tom Araya understandably feels some apprehension about SLAYER‘s forthcoming, still-untitled disc, which they’re still working on in Los Angeles with producer Josh Abraham (STAIND, VELVET REVOLVER). The finished product will be preceded by a digital release on June 6 (making SLAYER one of several metal bands who just can’t pass up the opportunity for a 6/6/06 release date).

“I’m hoping that whenever it comes out, nothing major happens,” Araya said. “It’s like, ‘I wonder what’s going to happen this time around?’ ”

The CD should surface in late July, he said, and feature the tracks “Cult,” “Catalyst,” “Catatonic” and “Jihad.” At this stage, seven weeks into recording, five of the album’s 11 tracks are finished and about to be put through the mixing process. SLAYER still need to put the finishing touches on the remaining songs, but Araya expects the band will be finished with everything in the next week or so.

“This album is actually like a culmination of everything we’ve done,” Araya said. “There’s one song that I’m thinking will surprise everybody, because of the song itself. I’m not going to say why, because you have to keep that element of surprise, dude. Musically, it’s going to blow everybody away. It’s going to trip everyone out. It has all the elements of everything we’ve done. No one’s going to be disappointed with this record. It’s fast, heavy ? maybe faster than anything we’ve done before. It’s going to be brutal. It’s what everyone expects from a SLAYER record.”

A track called “Eyes of the Insane,” Araya said, is perhaps the most political song on the album. The song was inspired by an article he’d read in an issue of Texas Monthly magazine.

“The song’s about the effects of war on some of these soldiers,” he said. “This article ? and it was a pretty trippy article ? it really affected me. The entire magazine was devoted to soldiers of this new Iraq conflict that’s going on. The effect that the war has had on some of these kids who’re coming home and having a tough time dealing with what they’ve seen ? I mean, some of these kids are traumatized and mentally destroyed by what they’ve seen. The magazine also ran an entire list of the soldiers from Texas who’ve died. It was several pages with pictures of these kids. It blew my mind.”

The rest of the album’s lyricism is standard SLAYER fare: “Hate, religion ? that kind of stuff,” Araya said.

This summer, SLAYER will preview new material on the road as part of their closing set on each night of the Unholy Alliance Tour. The run kicks off June 6 in San Diego and wraps up July 22 in Long Beach, California. Treks in Europe, Japan, Australia and South America will follow.

“For the heavier crowd, you’re definitely going to get your money’s worth [from this tour],” Araya said.

Ihsahn – Special Listening Session Available on MP3.com

Candlelight Records USA with MP3.com have premiered a special listening session for the entire new album by IHSAHN, “The Adversary”, which is in stores now. If you have not yet picked it up and want to hear more tracks before you head out to your local shop bring your browser to this location for the special promotion.

“The Adversary” was released in the US on Tuesday, April 18.

Hammerfall – 7 Songs Completed for New Album – Write Silly Song for Sweden for World Cup

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak checks in about the new album on his blog:

“This is where we stand at the moment: Seven songs for the new album are all but finished on my part, Joacim [Cans, vocals] is hard at work on the five he has gotten from me so far. Stefan [Elmgren, guitar] has been involved in two of these seven songs, writing most of one completely by himself (a first for a track with vocals). We have a wide range of songs this time around as well, and I have a very good feeling about the material so far. And since the recordings will commence in a just over two months, that is a comforting feeling to have, let me tell you!

“We have now spent the past three days locked in a small room, going over the seven finished songs for the new album. Compared to the first rehearsal in preparation of Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken, this was a fucking breeze! Back then, after the first day, everybody thought, ‘This sounds absolutely terrible, what the hell is going to happen when we enter the studio? Chaos?’ And I’m not talking about the music, more the performance, but because of that, also the songs themselves. Personally, it had a lot to do with the fact that I was very unsure of my playing ability due to the motorcycle accident I had had the previous year. Anyway, we sounded absolutely horrible then, and we all expected a repeat of that this time around. And I believe that to be a reason for everyone being more prepared than perhaps ever before. Whatever the cause, by the end of yesterday’s session, the seven songs all sounded remarkably well-played, and I got a pretty good overlook of the material.

In other news, HAMMERFALL vocalist Joacim Cans has teamed up with former HELLOWEEN and current MASTERPLAN drummer Uli Kusch to write a song for the Swedish football team for the upcoming World Cup – a team who will unfortunately will be dominated by fellow Europeans, England, come June 20.

The song, however, is entitled ‘Glorious’, and will also feature Swedish singer Mikeyla as the main vocalist, with special guest appearances by Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR), Tobias Sammet (EDGUY), Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN) and Oscar Dronjak (HAMMERFALL). The production is taking place in Sweden April 24-25.

Indorphine – Ink Deal with Rock Ridge Music – July 11 Release

Orlando, Florida?s INDORPHINE has signed deal with Rock Ridge Music. The official release date is July 11 for ?Glowsticks For Clubbing Baby Seals?. INDORPHINE was named among the Top 4 unsigned bands at the SXSW Music Conference by KingsofA&R.com. ?It?s like getting punched in the face and then licked?.