Orphaned Land Issues New Album Recording Update

Israeli act Orphaned Land is currently working on the follow-up to the 2010 album “The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR” (reviewed here). The band has now checked in with the following recording update:

“We are after 3 days of recordings already (1 in Turkey and 2 in Israel) So far we ‘naiked’ violins, buzuki, cumbus, 12 strings acoustic + classic guitars, flutes and some vocals for 1 song.

“At the upcoming weekend we will rehearse the songs again and again. On Monday next week we will to Sweden to record the heavy machines – drums, bass, guitars & vocals!

“Shabat Shalom & Juma’a Mubarak, happy weekend to all of you.”

Photos from the recording sessions can also be found at the band’s Facebook profile here.

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Opeth Reveals North American Tour Dates With Katatonia

The ever-evolving Swedish band Opeth will return to North America in support of most recent studio album, “Heritage.” The tour will kick off on April 18th in Buffalo and will take the band throughout North America on a 30+ city tour. Katatonia has been confirmed as direct support for the tour.

There will be several dates of note during Opeth’ s North American run. On April 20th, Opeth will be making a stop to headline alongside Anthrax, Hatebreed, and Suicidal Tendencies at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. The April 28th show in Clifton Park, NY will see Åkerfeldt’s Storm Corrosion collaborator and friend Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree join Opeth for a special evening that is not to be missed.

There will also be two rare and intimate evenings with Opeth planned for Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on April 29th and The Roxy in Los Angeles on May 24th. These shows will allow fans the unique opportunity to experience Opeth like never before.

4/18 The Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
4/20 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival Worcester, MA
4/21 Capitole Quebec City, QC
4/23 Halifax Forum Halifax, NS
4/24 Casino New Brunswick Moncton, NB
4/26 Guelph Concert Theatre Guelph, ON
4/27 Crocodile Rock Allentown, PA
4/28 Upstate Concert Hall Clifton Park, NY
4/29 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
4/30 NorVa Theater Norfolk, VA
5/2 Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale, FL
5/3 State Theatre St. Petersburg, FL
5/4 Georgia Theatre Athens, GA
5/5 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC
5/6 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC
5/8 Buster’s Billiards & Backroom Lexington, KY
5/9 The Vogue Indianapolis, IN
5/10 The Machine Shop Flint, MI
5/11 Mojoe’s Joliet, IL
5/12 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
5/14 The Venue Fargo, ND
5/15 Wooly’s Des Moines, IA
5/16 Pop’s Sauget, IL
5/17 Bourbon Theatre Lincoln, NE
5/18 Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, OK
5/20 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
5/21 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
5/23 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
5/24 The Roxy Los Angeles, CA
5/25 The Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA
5/26 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA

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Anthrax Issues Statement On Splitting With Guitarist Rob Caggiano

Anthrax has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Rob Caggiano:

“Rob has been an integral part of Anthrax for so many years, as our lead guitarist, in a production capacity, but most of all, as our close friend. His contributions to the band have been enormous.

“While we are sad that he is leaving, we wish him nothing but great success going forward, and hope to share the stage with him again sometime down the road.

“With the Metal Alliance Tour on the horizon, we have been considering several lead guitarist options, and will be making an announcement on that shortly.”

Dates for the Metal Alliance tour with Exodus, Municipal Waste, and Holy Grail can be found at this location.

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First Studio Diary Report Available From Eden’s Curse

Multinational melodic metal band Eden’s Curse have posted the first episode in a series of studio diaries for the band’s upcoming fourth album. The band has still not decided on a new singer since the departure of Marco Sandron in early October.

The first video features guitarist Thorsten Koehne (Attack/Aterial), drummer Pete Newdeck (Ex-Grim Reaper/Ex-Paul Di’anno) and bassist Paul Logue and it focuses primarily on the song writing sessions and in particular a new track called “Evil & Devine.” Check it out here:

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Corrections House Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Corrections House describes itself as “experimental/spoken word/acoustic + end times collaboration” and is the new collective featuring Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium) and Bruce Lamont (Yakuza). The group today confirms a string a rare live shows.

The 19-date trek will commence on January 21st, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York and wind its way through much of the of the East Coast before concluding in Denver, Colorado.

Special solo sets by Parker, Lamont, Kelly and Williams will be performed prior to closing each night as Correctiosn House. Dates are available below.

1/21/2013 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
1/22/2013 Great Scott – Boston, MA
1/23/2013 BAR – New Haven, CT
1/24/2013 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
1/25/2013 DC9 – Washington, DC
1/26/2013 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
1/27/2013 Kings Barcade – Raleigh, NC
1/28/2013 The Atlantic – Gainesville, FL
1/30/2013 Churchill’s – Miami, FL
1/31/2013 Crowbar – Tampa, FL
2/02/2013 Bottletree – Birmingham, AL
2/06/2013 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
2/07/2013 Rudyyards – Houston, TX
2/08/2013 Korova – San Antonio, TX
2/09/2013 Red 7 – Austin, TX
2/10/2013 Bryan Street Tavern – Dallas, TX
2/11/2013 Opolis – Norman, OK
2/13/2013 Slowdown – Omaha, NE
2/15/2013 Moon Room – Denver, CO

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"Bloopers I" Studio Footage Posted By Epysode

Belgium based Epysode, posted a short in studio video “Bloopers I” featuring Julien & Sam having fun during the recordings of the upcoming Epysode II release. Epysode is currently in Noise Factory Studios with sound engineer Gerald Jans recording the album for a 2013 release.

Check out the “Bloopers I” footage here:

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The Nurso Experience Offering New Song "Family Reunion" For Download

St. Louis, MO act The Nurso Experience has posted a new song online titled “Family Reunion,” which can be heard in the SoundCloud player below or downloaded over at this location. You can also listen to the previously posted song “The Peacemakers” right here.

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Believer Posts Video Answering Fan Questions

Kurt Bachman of Believer has posted a video online responding to various Facebook comments from fans. Topics include the band recording a follow-up album to the “Transhuman” release (reviewed here), a call for more cow bell, a possible guest appearance by Justin Bieber, and Believer’s plans for 2013. Check out the video below.

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Children Of Bodom To Begin Recording Album Tomorrow

Children of Bodom drummer Jaska Raatikainen has checked in with the following update about gearing up to enter the recording studio tomorrow (December 28th):

“Yo! Today we had the last rehearsals before entering the studio tomorrow to record drums for the new album.

“Last two days have been quite intensive. Playing the songs over and over again, lots of fuck ups and broken drum sticks, sweating, frustration, coffee and what have you, a little bit of arranging and all that shit.

“I am convinced that the new songs are great. A little bit of black metal, heavy metal, metal, old school death metal, melodies, solos and anything you need to make a nice album. And the most important, new ideas à la COB!

“Stay tuned, studio reports will follow. Now I think I am ready for a beer! KIPPIS!”

This upcoming new album will be the follow-up to Children of Bodom’s 2011 full-length release “Relentless Reckless Forever” (reviewed here).

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Raven Lord Reveals New Album "Descent To The Underworld" Details

Raven Lord’s debut album, “Descent To The Underworld,” will be released on February 1st, 2013 in Europe and February 12th, 2013 in North America via Mausoleum Records.

The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström and was mastered by U.S. mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum. The cover artwork was created by Brazilian artist Caio Caldas of CadiesArt, who has previously worked with Doro, Seven Kingdoms, Dominanza, and others.

Ravenlord consists of:

Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine) – Vocals
Joe Stump (Holyhell, Reing of Terror – Lead Guitar
Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin) – Bass
Lawrence “Larry” Paterson (Blaze Baley) – Drums
George Karafotis (Vermillion Days) – Guitar
Alessandro Duo (Voodoo Highway) – Keyboards

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