"The Scandinavian version of the ProgPower festival that launched last year has booked Pagan's Mind for this years event. October 31st and November 1st 2008 will the doors open for the second edition of ProgPower Scandinavia."
Also confirmed for the event are:
Pain Of Salvation
The two remaining headliners are yet to be announced.
Guitarist and vocalist Oddleif Stensland has written the following album update on the band's myspace page:
Finally, the mixing of the new album is done, and the master has been sent to our record company Nuclear Blast. Hopefully they will like what we have been working on, cause they have not a single clue on what this album contains, as they have not previewed any demos or anything prior to entering the studio, until the master drops on their office table. But we have tons of confident and this is some of the most insane work we have ever done. The guitar and drums sounds fantastic, and Tor-Atle is playing his best stuff ever, Erik's bass lines are more in your face than it has been before and my vocals has never been as varied as this before. We have no clue on what you guys out there will think of this new material, or what the magazines will have to say about it, but we know it will be hard to top the reviews and sound check positions from "Waves of Visual Decay", because they were so raving all over, so it will be exiting to follow the coming months of promotion.
Nuclear Blast is proud to announce the signing of Sumerian thrashing black metallers Melechesh (pronounced "mele-kesh")! After founding the band in Jerusalem back in 1993 the band managed to become the first metal outfit out of the middle east to draw mass attention from all over the world. Since releasing their break through album "Sphynx" in 2003 every headbanger out there has heard of this oriental blackish, thrashy force called Melechash (which by the way is Hebrew/Aramaic for "king of fire")! After their even more successful 2006 effort "Emissaries" it was time to move on businesswise - enter 2008 this unique and promosing band finally found its new home under the flag of Nuclear Blast! Welcome, brothers!
Swedish metallers Scar Symmetry have posted the following album update on their myspace page:
"We're happy to announce that our 3rd CD, "Holographic Universe", has now been mixed, mastered and delivered to the people at Nuclear Blast Records! We pushed the "record"-button for the first time early December and the time since has been hectic and intense to say the least. We've worked our asses off 24/7 and the result is 12 new songs, featuring all the creamy goodness of "Symmetric In Design" and the spicy flavours of "Pitch Black Progress", this time with a lot of added cheese and pork-fat... Does it make sense to you? No, not to us either..."
"Rumors have been circulating for some time, but Guitar World has confirmed that Ripper Owens is indeed the new lead singer for Yngwie Malmsteen. Yngwie announced the news to the Guitar World staff today when he came to the magazine's New York headquarters for an exclusive interview and photo shoot.
Malmsteen and Owens, who formerly fronted Judas Priest, are hard at work on a new CD, which is currently scheduled for a July release."
Lithuanian metallers Obtest have posted the following update on their myspace page:
The much anticipated fourth album of Obtest "Gyvybės Medis" will be released April 4th in three different formats - digipak compact disk and picture vinyl record is handled by Osmose Productions, whilst collectors' A5 sized CD book is worked by Ledo Takas Records. The album with a total playing time of 44 minutes consists of nine songs, the list of which you can find in the Releases section.
Starting Feb 26, the "Sakalo Vaikai" will be streaming at this location, and can also be accessed through visiting the renewed official websites of both the band and the label.
Swedish death metallers Coldworker have posted updates about their forthcoming album on their website:
Coldworker's second album is entitled "Rotting Paradise" cover art] and will be released worldwide, tentatively, in May 2008. The album was recorded at four different locations and mixed and mastered at a fifth. The drums were recorded over a couple of days at Soundlab Studios. The guitars (all digital this time) were recorded at Johan from his Haven's house, while the bass was recorded at drummer Anders Jakobson's house and the vocals in Coldworker Studios. After all that, Dan Swanö mixed and mastered everything at his own Unisound Studios.
Lee Barrett has stepped down as bass player for To-Mera. It was a decision made at the beginning of the year and a replacement is already in place.
Mark Harrington, also in Demagogue MySpace], is now the new bass player, so please wish him a warm welcome into the fold!
"I've had a great time playing with the band, but unfortunately my "real life" work dictated that I was unable to fulfil any possible future touring or musical commitments. It was only fair to the rest of the band that I left now rather than encounter any potential scheduling conflicts at a later date. I shall hopefully still be involved behind the scenes and taking care of the band's day-to-day business as I have been before, so I'll still be sticking around. Cheers for everyone's support over the last couple of years!" said Lee upon leaving the band.
"American death metallers Nile will appear on a tour in Europe in September! That's gonna be their first European headlining tournee after the release of "Ithyphallic" album (Nuclear Blast). Band's previous tournee alongside Six Feet Under and Finntroll turned out to be a great success so we hope for another glorious crusade.
Nile will play a monthly tour, appearing not only in places passed over during their recent trip, like the Balkans, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, the UK, but also in Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria and Germany.
Special guest acts of "Ithyphallic Europe Tour 2008" will be Swedish death metal horde Grave, promoting their newest album "Dominion VIII" (Regain) and Austrian black-death metallers Belphegor, also promoting their new studio album "Bondage.Goat.Zombie"(Nuclear Blast).
Hollenthon's first two albums "Domus Mundi" (1999) and "With Vilest Of Worms To Dwell" (2001) are going to be available for a free 24h live streaming at Heavylaw.com. The date for each particular album is listed below:
Thursday, March 20th for "Domus Mundi"
Saturday, March 29th for "With Vilest Of Worms To Dwell"
"Nil Recurring" is finally given a full retail release today , and Peaceville have a micro site Link] dedicated to the album which includes a new video by Lasse Hoile for the song "Normal". The retail edition of the album is identical to the original mail order version except that it comes in a super-jewel case with a card slipcase, instead of the digipack Transmission version. Both this and the "We Lost The Skyline" CD are now shipping from the PT Store.
Kivimetsän Druidi has found a new vocalist in replacement of Jenni Onishko. The new female singer of the band is Leeni-Maria Hovila. The band has issued the following statement:
"We are proud to inform you that our new female voice is Leeni-Maria Hovila from Helsinki.
She is also known from Exsecratus, a Helsinki based Melodic Death Metal band that released its debut album "Tainted Dreams" at the end of last year. Her beautiful singing can also be heard on Swallow The Sun's "Hope" album.
Leeni-Maria's first live gig with Kivimetsän Druidi will be at the Curium Fest in Gloria, Helsinki on the 14th of March."
Hatesphere have posted the following short message on their MySpace page:
"We're very happy to announce that we won a grammy at the Danish Music Awards earlier today for our album "Serpent Smiles And Killer Eyes"! We were nominated in the category "Best hard rock act"... and yes, we won. We will post a celebration video soon... so keep your eyes and ears open for that..."
The 40th Danish Music Awards show was held earlier tonight (Saturday, February 23) at Tivoli in Copenhagen, Denmark and was broadcast live on MySpace. Other nominees in that category were Mnemic and The Psyke Project.
Pain touring guitarist Marcus Jidell (Royal Hunt, House Of Shakira) has issued the following update on his official MySpace:
"We had to cancel the gig tonight in Leipzig while some crazy assholes kicked Peter (Tägtgren), Johan (Husgafvel) and David (Wallin) down when they where on their way home from a local bar yesterday. They just came from behind so there was nothing they could do. I was in the bus watching a movie so I am totally ok, besides the fact that we had to cancel. I feel really shitty to cancel but there was no way we could play today . I hope we will be able to be on stage tomorrow but I am not sure. But the guys are in a good mood and are working on recovering. Today we will sleep in a hotel and I'll try to make our heroes feel a little bit better."