Nightwish Announces U.S. Release Date For "Imaginaerum"

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish announced the U.S. release date for “Imaginaerum” as January 12, 2012. Previously, the band announced that the new LP would be released on November 30, 2011 (Finland) and December 2, 2011 (Europe). Continue reading

30 Second Preview Of "The View" From Metallica/Lou Reed "Lulu" Project Surfaces On YouTube

A 30 second preview of the song “The View” from the collaborative project “Lulu” from Metallica and Lou Reed surfaced on YouTube today. “Lulu” is scheduled for release on October 31, 2011 (EU) and November 1, 2011 (North America). Continue reading

Elvenking Announce "10 Years In Heathenry Tour" 2011-2012

Italian folk metal masters Elvenking has announced the first set of dates for the “10 Years In Heathenry Tour” scheduled for October 2011 into January 2012. The tour is a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the band’s first LP “Heathenreel.” Confirmed tour dates are as follows: 2011/10/28 – Blogos – Bologna, Italy 2011/10/29 – Halloween Night – Bergamo, Italy 2011/10/30 – Borderline – Massa Carrara, Italy 2011/11/26 – Deposito Giordani – Pordenone, Italy 2012/01/06 – TBA – Manchester, UK 2012/01/07 – Arctic Festival – London, UK 2012/01/08 – TBA – Birmingham, UK More dates are expected to be announced. Continue reading

More Bands Announced For ProgPower USA XIII In 2012

ProgPower USA XIII is shaping up to be the event of the year in the United States in 2012. The current lineup for each day is as follows: Friday: Epica (Headliner) Redemption Primordial Serenity Solution .45 Kingcrow Sinbreed Saturday: Symphony X (Headliner) Pretty Maids Mayan Mystic Prophecy Amaranthe Lanfear Above Symmetry Continue reading

Epica And Mayan To Play ProgPower USA XIII In 2012

Symphonic metal bands Epica and Mayan, both led by Mark Jansen, have confirmed on the bands’ Facebook pages that both will play ProgPower USA XIII in 2012. Epica are currently in the studio recording its fifth LP, untitled as of yet, which is scheduled for release in March, 2012. Continue reading

Brutal Truth To Replace Aborted At The Goregrowler’s Ball 2011

Belgium’s ABORTED had to cancel their appearance at Goregrowler’s Ball 2011 festival. They opted to take a European tour that travels through the dates of the festival, and could not have performed at the fest as a result Continue reading

Leaves’ Eye Singer, Liv Kristine, Announces Solo Concert

Leaves’ Eyes singer, Liv Kristine, has announced a concert, “One night with Liv Kristine,” on December 2nd at Alte Seminarturnhalle in Nagold, Germany. The Norwegian female singer will be presenting a row of her own songs and special cover songs from her own career (solo, Leaves’ Eyes & Theatre of Tragedy) acoustically. Last but least you will get the chance to listen to new, unreleased material. Continue reading

Dark Funeral Parts Ways With Regain Records

Lord Ahriman of Swedish blackened death metal band Dark Funeral has confirmed the band’s split with Regain Records: “Since the question has come up quite a few times in recent months, I guess it is about time we make it all official: Yes, we have left Regain Records. “Time went by and we didn’t see any future whatsoever to continue to work with them. At this point in time we have not signed to a new label, but negotiations are currently taking place. Continue reading

Castrofate Announces New Album, "Systematic Suicide," Details

New York old-school thrash metal band Castrofate will release their fourth album, “Systematic Suicide,” on October 2, 2011 via Cataclysmic Metal Records. As with 2009’s “iHuman,” “Systematic Suicide” was also produced by the same production team of Dan Castro, Vin Cin, & Ryan Parks with Vin Cin engineering, and the album also features once again cover art by Eliran Kantor (Testament) who also did the cover of 2009’s “iHuman.” The same line-up from 2008’s “Cataclysmic Insanity” & 2009’s “iHuman,” which consists of Dan Castro performing everything except the drums, and Dmitriy Shnaydman on the drums, is once again the line-up of “Systematic Suicide,” only this time there are no additional guest guitar solos Continue reading

ProgPower USA XII: Day One

Friday began early in the day for the ProgPower crowd when US-based Creation’s End took the stage at around 2:40. Italian Guitarist Marco Sfogli got the crowd warmed up with some serious movement on his fretboard. Rhythm guitarist Rudy Albert and bassist Joe Black pulled on their best game faces for the early crowd Continue reading