Latest news (coming from Joe Siegler @black-sabbath.com):
A new year with a new Black Sabbath album (first time we've been able to say that since 1995) is upon us. As the album is due in late April, some details have started to emerge. The album is due to have ten tracks in all, and the album is being produced by the band itself, along with engineer Mike Exeter. Mike also produced Tony Iommi's “Fused” solo album (2005). In addition he played keyboards on the 2004 version of Iommi's "Dep Sessions" solo release. (Yeah, I'm giving up the pretense of the Heaven & Hell name: it's Black Sabbath. It's the darn issue I keep seeing over and over again about ownership of Black Sabbath. I am taking this opportunity to point out again that the name Black Sabbath is 100% owned by Tony Iommi. He bought up those rights in 1985 from the original holders, and has been the sole owner ever since.) We have the first batch of dates from the band for the 2009 tour. All of these are European dates, nothing in the US or anywhere else except Europe:
May 5 - Bogota, Colombia, Coliseo el Campin
May 7 - Buenos Aires, Argentina, Luna Park
May 8 - Santiago, Chile, Velodromo
May 10 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Chevrolet Hall
May 13 - Brasilia, Brazil, Ginadsio Nilson Nelson
May 15 - Sao Paulo, Brazil, Credicard Hall
May 16 - Sao Paulo, Brazil, Credicard Hall
May 17 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Citibank Hall Rio
May 30 - Moscow, Russia, B1
May 31 - Moscow, Russia, B1
June 2 - Helsinki, Finland, Icehall
June 4 - Oslo, Norway, Spektrum
June 6 - Solvesborg, Sweden, Sweden Rock Festival
June 8 - Giessen, Germany, Hessenhallen
June 9 - Berlin, Germany, Zitadelle
June 10 - Bamburg, Germany, Jakoarena
June 12 - Donnington, England, Download Festival
June 13 - Bergum, Holland, Waldrock Festival
June 14 - Karlsruhe, Germany, Europahalle
June 16 - Bonn, Germany, Museumsplatz
June 17 - Zurich, Switzerland, Volkshaus
June 19 - Clisson, France, Hellfest
June 26 - Dessel, Belgium, Graspop Festival
June 27 - Milan, Italy, Gods Of Metal
“Audible Minority”, the 7th full-length album from the experimental / progressive band Kekal will be the first NePlusUltra Music release. The title "Audible Minority" is based on the fact that the music on the album has mapped itself into the extreme minority status: something beyond recognition of the musical norms. "Audible Minority" is a stateless, nameless, and label-less manifesto made from all the bitterness and pain, the album that is entirely bleak, gloom and dark, a perfect collision of metal and extreme electronic music as well as dark, stripped-down, emotional jazz and blues. Kekal combines organic rock instruments with Moog synths, theremin and electronics.
"Innergy" is the third album from Portugal based Forgotten Suns. This album sees some personnel changes and a quantum leap forward in songwriting and recording quality. Having shared the stage with such Prog luminaries as Pain of Salvation, The Flower Kings and Fish, it is obvious this band has what it takes to captivate a variety of music fans.
Heads Up (USA) – “Soul Brother Crisis Intervention”
SBB (Poland) – “Iron Curtain”
Strawberry Fields (Poland) – “Rivers Gone Dry”
Pendragon (UK) – “Concerto Maximo” DVD
Metal Mind Records presents re-release of one of the best albums in the history of funk/rock collaborations – “Soul Brother Crisis Intervention” by Heads Up! Heads Up’s debut album “Soul Brother Crisis Intervention” was released in 1990 by the acclaimed label Roadrunner Records, instantly scoring great reviews in the press and gathering numerous fans of both rock and the alternative. The album’s content was often compared to such bands as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus and Faith No More, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix. This exclusive re-release of “Soul Brother Crisis Intervention” comes with an impressive bonus content – the entire 5-song “Duke” EP , which Heads Up released in 1991, shortly before disbanding. Nowadays the group remains a shining, yet overlooked gem – a hidden treasure of the rock scene. May this re-release reveal to you the rich and addictive mixture of thrash heaviness and funk energy! “Soul Brother Crisis Intervention” will be released by Metal Mind Records on 19th January in Europe and 10th March in USA (via MVD). New digipak edition is limited to 2000 copies: Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on a golden disc.
SBB’s new studio album, “Iron Curtain”, is set to be released by Metal Mind on 26th January in Europe / 7th April in the States (via MVD) .
Strawberry Fields’ debut album entitled “Rivers Gone Dry” will be released by Metal Mind on 26th January in Europe and 10th March in USA (via MVD).
Pendragon’s forthcoming DVD, “Concerto Maximo”, will feature 150 minutes of the band’s performance recorded on the 13th October 2008 in Wyspianski Theatre in Katowice, Poland, an exclusive bonus video featuring interviews with the band members and behind the scenes footage. Metal Mind sets the release date for 23rd February 2009 in Europe and 10th March 2009 in USA (via MVD).
Metal Mind is proud to announce the first edition of the progressive rock festival, MM Progrock-2009, which will be held at the Wyspianski Theatre in Katowice, Poland, on February 16 and 17. The bands to appear at the festival are: SBB (Poland), Shadowland (UK), Tinyfish (USA), RPWL (Germany), DeeExpus (UK) and Overhead (Finland).