Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Music News & Notes

Interpol Reveal New Album Cover

Following the announcement that their fourth album is scheduled for release around September, New York indie dignitaries Interpol have now completed the puzzle by unveiling the new album’s cover and tracklist.

The album, simply titled Interpol, will be graced by the cover art above, and will now drop September 7, a week prior to the previously announced date September 14, courtesy of Matador.

Interpol is available now for pre-order. Orders taken at the Matador website will receive a free, Interpol-themed poster and 45 adaptor.


Behemoth Frontman Cleared of Anti-Religious Charges

Polish black metal scary guys Behemoth have been tearing up bibles onstage for a long time, so it wasn’t too shocking when lead gurgler Adam “Nergal” Darski was formally charged back in March for insulting Roman Catholics.

The band posted the following on their MySpace page on Monday (June 28):

The District Court for Gdynia has dismissed the investigation against Behemoth vocalist/guitarist Adam Darski (pseudonym/nickname Nergal), accused of an offence against religious feelings (sec. 196 of Polish Criminal Code).

During the preparatory proceedings the defender filled the application, which was entirely accepted by the Court. The defendant’s behaviour wasn’t recognized as a crime. Moreover the Court acknowledged no causal connection/cause-and-effect relationship between Adam Darski’s behaviour and the consequence in a form of outrage of religious emotions.

The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred in September of 2007 when Nergal reportedly referred to the Catholic Church as “the most murderous cult on the planet” and tore up a copy of the bible onstage. If found guilty, Nergal would have faced up to two years in prison.


Halcyon Way unveil cover art for “Building The Towers”, designed by Travis Smith

Nightmare Records recording artist Halcyon Way have unveiled the art for their sophomore release, “Building The Towers”. The design was handled by the legendary Travis Smith, known for his work with Opeth, Nevermore, Avenged Sevenfold, Overkill, and many others. The album is due for worldwide release late Summer 2010, and the release date will be announced in the coming days. Two advance tracks from the album can be heard on the band’s MySpace page.


Ozzy Osbourne Enters Billboard Top Five With New Album,"Scream"

Heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne has entered the Billboard Album Charts at number four with his latest studio album, "Scream." The record sold around 78,000 copies in it's first week of release, ranking Ozzy behind Eminem, Drake and Miley Cyrus in the charts. The album is now available everywhere through Epic Records.

"Scream" is Ozzy's tenth solo ablum and is his first album since 2007's, "Black Rain." He recently released the first music video off the album for the single, "Let Me Hear You Scream."

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