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Black Tide are currently in the studio with renowned producer GGGarth (Atreyu, Chevelle, Mudvayne) recording the follow up to their 2008 critically acclaimed debut, Light From Above.  

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Serbian Black/Death metal hoard, BANE has posted “The True Insomnia,” from their forthcoming full-length debut Chaos, Darkness, Emptiness. Recorded Hellsound Studio in The Czech Republic, Chaos, Darkness, Emptiness was produced, mixed and mastered by Honza Kapak (Judas Iscariot, Krieg, Nargaroth, et al).  

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Stormwitch are next to Helloween the biggest German heavy metal legend ever to walk this planet. Their career started in the 80’s with a string of successful albums and lasted until 1994, when the group disbanded due to personal differences. Fortunately, Stormwitch returned in 2002 with a new line-up and a new album, “Dance with the Witches”.  

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Making the highest chart debut of their career, The Devil Wears Prada sees their “Zombie EP” (Ferret) enter the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #10, with nearly 25,000 copies sold (w/e 9/11/10).  The EP also debuted in the Number One position on the Billboard Hard Music chart, and at #2 on Billboard’s Independent Chart.  

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Metal guitarist Jon Donais of the chart-topping metal band Shadows Fall will be featured in the sixth issue of the Eternal Descent comic book series slated for release later this year. The issue features a storyline inspired by “Embrace Annihilation”, a track from the band’s “Retribution” album. Jon sides with chaos, joining the nefarious Loki as a fathful servant of the damned. An allegiance with dire consequences, Lyra and Sirian must fight for survival, as the ground trembles and shadows fall.  

SNAIL GAMES USA today announced the “Vox Populi” contest for Ministry of War, the upcoming free-to-play MMORTS. The contest gives the community an opportunity to submit a quote that will be spoken by one of the villagers in the game. Quotes can be anything from a simple shout-out, to advice, to words of encouragement (or discouragement, as the case may be).  Only obscenities or griefing are off limits. The winning entry will appear in the final version of the game, along with the winner’s name.  

The End Records announces the launch of a new editorial website featuring staff-written reviews of demos sent to the label. The site, underground.theendrecords.com launches today with album reviews, links, photos, and song previews of seven bands, and will be updated weekly with new reviews.  

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The Swedish metal scene is known for many great bands, some of which became true legends of the genre. The Duskfall is yet another fine example of Scandinavian domination – their brutal, yet melodic sound captures all the most prominent features of modern metal music.  

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YORKSHIRE, UK – 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the UK doom titan, My Dying Bride.  To commemorate two decades of doom and gloom, the band embarked upon a project to re-work familiar melodies and themes from My Dying Bride’s extensive catalogue into long, flowing symphonic compositions, including new vocals and passages from vocalist, Aaron Stainthorpe.  These arrangements have been brought to life, in cooperation with keyboard maestro Johnny Maudling (of Bal Sagoth fame), and will be released as Evinta this fall on Peaceville Records.   

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Burbank, CA – “Nightmare,” the current single from Southern California’s Avenged Sevenfold, has climbed to No. 1 at Active Rock Radio in the U.S. this week, marking the first time the band has achieved Number 1 in radio airplay.  It has enjoyed airplay at Active Rock, Mainstream, and Modern Rock radio stations across the country and was the No. 1 Rock Song on iTunes in the U.S. and the U.K. in its debut week.  

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Riot Fest announces the largest  festival yet, set for October 6-10, 2010 in Chicago. Known for its punk rock, founder Riot Mike has broadened the fest to include just about every sub-genre, including hardcore, metal and everything in between.  Heavy bands confirmed this year are Corrosion of Conformity (playing in their original power-trio line-up for the first time in 20-odd years), High on Fire, Torche, Kylesa, Righteous Fool, Articles of Faith  

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