08:34 - ScreamingSteelUS I've returned from tonight's show with a setlist from Mayhem, a pick from Watain's bassist, the new Mayhem and Rotting Christ, a Mayhem shirt, and vomit on my shoes from the guy next to me. Shook Necrobutcher's hand. Good show.
The Finnish band HIM set up a pleasant surprise for the audience of Qstock festival in Oulu, Finland with a secret performance. The festival had originally booked Ville Valo's solo project Rambo Rimbaud, but Valo and the rest of the band apparently decided otherwise and introduced their new drummer, Jukka "Kosmo" Kröger, on stage. Jukka previously played in the Finnish pop-rock group Herra Ylppö & Ihmiset.
Drummer Mika Kristian "Gas Lipstick" Karppinen has announced that he is leaving the Finns HIM. He has been in the band for a long time, since 1999 and now leaves because he feels it's time to move on and pursue his own musical interests. However, there is no animosity between him and the band.
The Finns HIM released their last album Tears On Tape back in 2013. Now the band's singer Ville Valo has confirmed that the band plans to work on new music in 2015. Currently touring in the U.S., they will conclude their 2014 schedule with a hometown show on New Year's Eve and take a little break before working on the next release.
Chimaira released their newest album Crown Of Phantoms last year. The American metallers share now a video for the tune "Wrapped In Violence". The video was shot on location around the band's home town of Cleveland (and local areas), and was filmed, edited and directed by the team at Alex Morgan Imaging. If you are curious about it, enjoy the clip here.
Inner Wound Recordings announced that the label will re-release the classic Andromeda progressive metal albums II = I and Chimera. The release dates are set for January 21st for North America and January 24th for Europe. Both albums are remastered and contain liner notes written by Andromeda guitarist Johan Reinholdz.
Japanese avantgarde metallers Sigh have confirmed today that multi-instrumentalist You Oshima from the solo project Kadenzza is going to play guitars for the band's upcoming 10th album Graveward to be recorded this year. According to the band, Graveward will be a "very cinematic album, epic, symphonic and of course evil and scary."
"Into The Night", the brand new video from Finnish group HIM, can now be seen below. The clip was directed by Stefan Lindfors, who also directed the band's classic, award-winning video "Funeral Of Hearts" and the recent "Tears On Tape" clip. The song is from their latest release Tears On Tape.
Paul Antonio Ortiz, the main man in the Chimp Spanner project, has recently announced that his new album is officially in progress. He also confirmed that there will be no songs from the last EP All Roads Lead Here and it will only feature new material. Some working titles include "Mega Rainbow", "Curiosity Killed My Cat" & "BRB Gone Crazy".
Chimaira's fresh new album Crown Of Phantoms is hitting stores today in North America via eOne Music and the follow-up to The Age Of Hell comes after the group's numerous lineup changes. To accompany the release of the new album, the metallers have also released a new video for the song "All That's Left Is Blood". You can now watch it below.
Cleveland-based groove metallers Chimaira have released a new video clip for their upcoming 2013 album Crown Of Phantoms, which will be in stores on July 30th via eOne Music. The chosen song for the video was "No Mercy" and you can watch it right now. It was directed by Patrick Finegan. Don't miss out on the opportunity to hear something from the follow-up to The Age Of Hell.
Americans Chimaira are pleased to announce a headlining "Crown Of Phantoms" tour, scheduled for this coming July and August. Dates will stretch coast to coast across the United States (plus Toronto date) with support from The Browning, Threat Signal, and label-mates Dark Sermon. The band will be touring in support of their upcoming new album Crown Of Phantoms, which shall see the light of day on July 30th via eOne Music. See the dates and tour flyer below.
"All Lips Go Blue", the new video from Finnish group HIM, has premiered online and can now be seen below. The song comes off the band's new album Tears On Tape, which was released on April 30th via Razor & Tie.
Bad news arrive from HIM's camp today. The band has been forced to cancel their North American tour in support of their new album Tears On Tape because their vocalist Ville Valo has been diagnosed with severe asthma with presumptive pneumonia.