Aeonsgate to release “Pentalpha” on October 24th 2014

Aeonsgate is a doom project and it may become a cult. 
The first record called “Pentalpha” is a one hour long song that tells a sad, romantic and very heavy-doomy story of someone's first minutes of death. It was recorded at Inception Studios in different parts of the world (L.A., Stockholm, Barcelona...) and produced, mixed and mastered by Billy Anderson at SharkBite Studios (Oakland, Ca). The release is set for October 24th, 2014 through Germany's The Church Within Records.

While Heaven Wept - Suspended at Aphelion on October 24th 2014

Virginia's long running epic metal legends are commemorating their 25th year with the release of their sixth full length album “Suspended at Aphelion” via Nuclear Blast this October. “Suspended at Aphelion” is undoubtedly their most ambitious, epic, and progressive album so far featuring a single track divided into 11 parts, performed by the entire “Fear of Infinity” line-up as well as several esteemed guests, including Fates Warning alumni drummer Mark Zonder and co-founding guitarist Victor Arduini - uniting two eras of Fates Warning for the first time ever. 

Isole signs with Cyclone Empire

Hailing from Gävle/Norrland, Isole are the newest members of the Cyclone Empire familia. Swedish legend Isole is a true force and celebrates now nearly 25 years in the Doom Metal scene. Well known and loved for their unique, majestic, epic and powerful doom hymns, a new dark and epic album will be out in fall of 2014. We can’t wait to unleash "The Calm Hunter", the sixth masterpiece of this fantastic band!
With their first releases, Isole was able to secure an excellent reputation within the doom metal underground. They have elevated their status even further with their three albums released by Napalm Records.

Slough Feg parts ways with drummer Harry Cantwell

Heavy metal stalwarts Slough Feg have announced that longtime drummer Harry Cantwell will be leaving the band after their July 28 show at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. Cantwell has performed with the band for the past seven years, and on their last three studio albums: “Ape Uprising!”, “The Animal Spirits”, and “Digital Resistence”. The band plans to begin auditioning new drummers as soon as possible. Interested drummers can reach out via e-mail or via facebook.

Nothgard - Age of Pandora on September 12th 2014

Nothgard is a German epic melodic death metal band. The band's vocalist & lead guitarist Dom R. Crey recently joined the German top-notch Epic Metal act Equilibrium.
Their 2nd full-length “Age of Pandora” will be released on September 12th, 2014 via Trollzorn.
With their new and second album “Age of Pandora” Nothgard is heading straight towards to originality, technical finesse and maturity.

Ensiferum to release new album this Fall

Finland’s Ensiferum have spent the summer of 2014 on tour through Europe, and will also perform in Japan this winter. In the midst of bringing their melodic folk-infused attack to stages worldwide, the band has been crafting songs for their sixth studio album (their Metal Blade Records debut), and the writing process is nearing completion. They plan to record the new album in September and October of this year with producer Anssi Kippo at Astia Studio in Finland. The release date is tentatively scheduled for early 2015.
Bassist Sami Hinkka has offered the following update:


Hey Pär. First of all, congrats on “Heroes” – it’s indeed a stunning epic metal album. I can’t believe it’s already been two years since we’ve talked about your previous work.
P: Big thanks. Time flies fast. We have been very busy doing around 100 shows every year and also managing to write and record a new album.
So, no concept album in the strict meaning of the word… but still you’re dealing with a theme that has a certain continuation. You’re dealing with some worldwide Heroes in general, right?

Sabaton - Heroes

Sabaton saw the earth moving under their feet just a little bit before the release of their previous album “Carolus Rex” (read the review here). They didn’t stand back not for a while. They immediately gathered their pieces and stood back on their feet in no time! Only very few bands could have “come back” after such a major strike of fate. I guess that’s the inner strength of the true Epic Metal brothers!

Ancient Bards reveal “A New Dawn Ending” cover artwork

Ancient Bards along with Limb Music and Rockshots Music Management, are proud to present “A New Dawn Ending”.
This is the title of the new album of Ancient Bards, containing the third and last chapter of the first part of the “Black Crystal Sword Saga”, which began with “The Alliance of the Kings” in 2010 and continued with “Soulless Child” in 2011.

Sabaton - Heroes on May 27th 2014

For their upcoming new record “Heroes”, Swedish Heavy Metal institution Sabaton now reveals the different track lists, including all the bonus tracks that will be available. Among them are three cover versions of Metallica, Battle Beast and Raubtier.
“Heroes” will be released on May 27th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
The band comments the decisions like this:
Metallica - “For Whom the Bell Tolls”: