The Finnish/Sweden symphonic metallers Nightwish seventh studio album 'Imaginaerum' hit Gold in Poland for sales that hit 10,000 copies. Previously, 'Imaginaerum' was certified Gold in Switzerland, Slovakia, Greece and Germany! But it doesn't quite stop there! the news just keep coming, In Finland they positioned at Number 1 with a Triple Platinum after selling more than 60,000 units. Nightwish has now sold over 1,000,000 albums in Germany.
Siege Of Amida Records, home of Awaken Demons, Annotations Of An Autopsy, The Breathing Process, Shaped By Fate, Molotov Solution and more heavy as hell bands has released a free sampler online for download. Check out the track listing below and download the release www.facebook.com/siegeofamidarecords
Great Cynics have announced they will be releasing their 7" 'In The Valley' February 28th, 2012 on Kind Of Like Records. It will also be available as a download. The EP is three tracks which were originally released as acoustic songs under the name Cynics, now re-recorded as a full band. Check out the track listing below.
Hardcore punk/metal moguls, Ringworm, have released the cover art to their newest album 'We'll Always Have The End' for fans to see. It can be seen down below. 'We'll Always Have The End' follows up the groups 2011 release 'Scars' (Victory Records). Check out a review for 'Scars' HERE
Ill Niño has entered the studio to begin work on their sixth full-length release and follow-up to their Victory debut, 'Dead New World'. The effort is slated for a summer 2012 release. Frontman Cristian Machado commented, "It's 2012 and we're all still alive. It's time to redefine Latin metal."
The iconic airbrush artist Wes Benscoter (Slayer, AC/DC, Black Sabbath) is the talent behind the artwork for Phantom Antichrist by longtime champions of German thrash Kreator. 'Phantom Antichrist' is Kreator's thirteenth studio album and marks the band's debut for Nuclear Blast, which is scheduled for release on June 1st in Europe and June 5th in North America.
No young band made a bigger impact on rock and roll this past year than Los Angeles' Rival Sons! The band signed to Earache Records in June and quickly churned out the incredible 'Pressure & Time’', which created buzz throughout the globe as being the best new rock band to come around in ages, including being labeled as iTunes' Breakout Rock Artist of The Year. The band also reached other highlights such as playing the SuperBowl Salute to the Troops Kick-Off Party and performing across the world with acts such as Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, AC/DC and Evanescence, amongst others. Rival Sons also had the great pleasure of performing alongside Jeff Beck at the Classic Rock Awards (broadcast on Sky TV), where the band was also nominated for two awards.
Lords Of Acid, the Belgian electro-industrial outfit who turned the dance music world on its ear in 1991 with the legendary single "I Sit On Acid," return with their first album in over eleven years, 'Deep Chills', which is slated for an Apr. 10th release on Metropolis Records.
Canadian Power metallers Kemilon announce they have signed a worldwide deal with Maple Metal Records of Toronto, Canada. Their debut album 'Twisted Storm' is set for release in early April, but the exact date has yet to be determined.
A symphonic black metal force since 2004, Erevos stunned those lucky enough to hear
'Decensus Ad Inferos' upon its release late in 2011 on Greece's Orkestral Promenade Records. The time is now for the rest of the world to experience this brilliantly composed, frighteningly ferocious addition to a proud Greek black metal legacy. 'Decensus Ad Inferos' was recorded at Revolver Studios in Greece with mixing and mastering done by Dan Swano in Sweden at Unisound studios. Listen to album track "Adou Katavasis" below.
Royal Thunder, the Atlanta four-piece Brooklyn Vegan described as "Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde fronting Black Sabbath," have completed recording their debut album, 'CVI'. The album will be released on CD/2xLP/digital on May 22nd via Relapse Records.
Weathermaker Music has announced the date of February 28th as the official retail release for the Clutch double vinyl edition of 'Blast Tyrant'. This 180+ gram expanded vinyl contains 16 songs and includes six mini-posters taken straight from 'Blast Tyrant's' "Atlas Of The Invisible World". Each illustrated poster is sized (8.5" x 11") and depicts one of the various characters featured within the 'Blast Tyrant' storyline.
Following the news of their signing to Athens-based record label The Mylene Sheath, Los Angeles-based rock band Æges have announced details of their forthcoming debut album 'The Bridge,' available everywhere on April 17th.
No Motiv's (Oxnard, CA) first release in nearly eight years, 'Winterlong', is now available from Jersey City label Black Numbers (PJ Bond, Go Rydell, Grey Area, Luther) in the limited vinyl format. The 12" vinyl is limited to 500 pieces on three different colorways, 100 Clear, 150 Colorlight Blue and 250 White. All colors, as well as limited test press packages and an exclusive T-shirt, are available HERE
Exalt (Kitchener, ON) is a band comprised of five friends and brothers. Together they make passionate, sullen and above all else real music for those of like-mind. Promoting self-worth and a life separate of the negative aspects of the world, Exalt makes music straight from the heart, as their love/hate relationship with humanity fuels every song.
Prong have confirmed the release date for their new album 'Carved Into Stone'. The album will be released April 24th in North America on Long Branch Records. The band has also unveiled the album artwork and track listing for the album. The artwork was created by Vance Kelly (Down, The Sword).
Italian hard rockers Voodoo Highway announce that they will be back in studio to record their second album at the end of this month. Recordings will start on February 27th 2012 at the renowned Zeta Factory Studios with producers Dualized and Eddy Cavazza for "dysFUNCTION Productions", who has already worked with big names such as Anthony Phillips (Genesis), John Wetton (King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Asia), Logan Mader (Machine Head, Soulfly), Danish producer Tue Madsen, Fear Factory, Jonny Santos (Spineshank), RipTide Music, Reality Entertainment and more…
The track listing for the jewel-case version of Municipal Waste's fifth studio album 'The Fatal Feast' (featuring artwork by Justin Osbourn of Slasher Design) is below. 'The Fatal Feast' features guest appearances by Nuclear Assault guitarist and vocalist John Connelly, Zombi's Steve Moore, and former Avail vocalist Tim Barry.
Attention old-school death metal fans, zombie/horror culture freaks and general savages… the debut full-length from Austrian deathsquad Zombie Inc. has arrived. Zombie Inc. may be a new name to the death metal scene, but some of the henchmen involved this gory, plodding debauchery will surely raise some interest… namely former Pungent Stench vocalist Martin Schirenc's return to the death metal scene! Schirenc's guttural oral thunder is brutally backed by guitars from songwriting mastermind Wolfgang Rothbauer (Disbelief, Eisblut, etc.) and Gerald Huber (Collapse 7), low-end from bassist Daniel Lechner (The Cascades, ex-Lacrimas Profundere) and the percussive onslaught of Tomasz “Nefastus” Janiszewski (Belphegor, Fleshcrawl, Debauchery).
King Mob is a brand new English beat combo comprising guitar legend Chris Spedding (Roxy Music, Elton John, John Cale, Paul McCartney), Martin Chambers – drums (Pretenders), Stephen W Parsons aka Snips – vocals (film composer and vocalist of legendary 70's band Sharks) and introducing amazing young Japanese bassist Toshi Ogawa and hot new guitar talent Sixteen.