US metaller Overlorde have posted the following update:
"Overlorde announces that the band has parted ways with vocalist Chris Colfax. Kong, Dave and M.E. wish Chris the best of luck!
Meanwhile, the band will now begin to look for a replacement. The band is well into preparing for its next release on Sonic Age Records, the followup to the highly acclaimed CD titled "Return Of The Snow Giant". So the vocalist should be ready to hit the ground running.
Any interested vocalists should feel free to contact the band at vocal_search overlorde com. Let Overlorde know how to hear some of you work online and give us some basic information about yourself.
In other News... the band's namesake song "Overlorde", has been added to the Myspace Music Player."
"Kolossus", the new album from Norwegian metallers Keep Of Kalessin, is available for streaming in its entirety at the band's MySpace page.
The album will be released in Europe on June 6th (North America on June 10th) by Indie Recordings and licensed to Nuclear Blast for the following territories: Germany, Austria, Switzerland and rest of the world outside Europe (except Australia and Russia).
The following Sanctity update by original members Jeremy London (drums) and Zeff Childress (guitar) was posted on the band's MySpace page:
"Hey guys, this is probably long over due. So here is the rap about whats been going on with us. WE DID NOT BREAK UP!!! Yes we are still together. Basically to make a long story short Jared had a baby and decided to step down as our singer/guitar player. Derek as well decided to leave for his own personal reasons, there was no bad blood with anyone, those guys are our brothers and we had a good run with them. So now for the future of Sanctity, WE have three new members Scott Smith on bass, Zach Jordan on rythem gutar, and Nate Queen filling the shoes of Front man, we will have new pics up soon for everyone to see as well as some new songs once we are done. Zeff and I have never been happier with a lineup before, it's sad to see the guys go, but it's inspiring to have these new guys with us. We can't be happier with the response and support we have had from everyone so far. Make sure to stay updated with all our new stuff."
Canadian Technical Death metallers Neuraxis have posted a new track, entitled "Darkness Prevails", on their MySpace page.
The song comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "The Thin Line Between", which is scheduled for release on July 22 via Prosthetic Records. The album was recorded by Jeff Fortin (Anonymus) and the band in February and March of this year and features guest vocals from Luc Lemay (Gorguts). The CD artwork Link] was created by Dennis Sibejin (Chimaira, Job For A Cowboy).
Saxon vocalist Peter "Biff" Byford has posted the following update, adressed to the visitors of the Saxon forum:
"We took of the link, this is the official web site of the band we understand that it was put on in total innocence but until OD (OLIVER/DAWSON) decide to stop trying to undermine the achievements of this band we will continue not to support them in anyway if and when they stop trying to con people and concede that times have changed can we enter into any conciliatory talks. They are the ones blocking any future. As you know in my book I did not slag them of in any way and still say that they were great times but we have to move on the ball is in their court.
On a more pleasant note we are in the studio making the next album, while recording guitars I was on the net looking at Coat Of Arms. My coat is a silver eagle holding a lions foot. Doug) Scrarratt (guitar) and (Paul) Quinn (guitar) are both Irish which explains a lot. (Nigel) Glockler (drums) is of German dissent. Well anyway, you get the picture - put coat of arms in Google and have a look, maybe post some crests on the site.
Psyopus is happy to announce the enlisting of new vocalist and Rochester, NY native Matt Dalberth. Matt is replacing vocalist Harrison Christie. The band comments:
"The addition of Matt to the band makes the majority of the band from Western, NY which provides cohesiveness and new stability to the line up. Matt's talents can be witnessed by his performances with the Rochester, NY band Burn Everything. Psyopus welcomes him and his high energy stage presence to the band. Psyopus wishes Harrison Christie the best of luck with his future endeavors and would like to thank him for the time shared with Psyopus."
The band is currently writing and rehearsing for their next album yet to be titled. The album will be recorded July 20th through August 16th with engineer Doug White at Watchmen Studios in Lockport, NY.
UK's very own The Rotted (previously known as Gorerotted) have uploaded the first song of their upcoming album "Get Dead Or Die Trying". Click here (mp3 download) or here (stream online) to check out "Nothin' But A Nosebleed". Also the title track of the new album is available for streaming online at the band's MySpace.
"Get Dead Or Die Trying" will be released the 27th of June (D/A/CH/I) / 30th of June (rest of Europe).
"Awaiting Evil", the first album of Bay Area Thrashers Hatchet is available for streaming online at this location. "Awaiting Evil" is due for release on May 30th of (Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Italy) / May 26th of (rest of Europe) via Metal Blade.
"Awaiting Evil" cover] has the following tracklisting:
01. Darkening Skies
02. Frailty Of The Flesh
03. Sealed Fate
04. Frozen Hell
05. Attack Imminent
06. Morlocks Tomb
07. Storm The Gates
08. The Dead Will March
09. Awaiting Evil
More about Hatchet at http://www.myspace.com/hatchet2006.
Italian metallers Vision Divine have issued the following update:
"We are very happy and proud to finally announce that Fabio Lione Rhapsody Of Fire] joins Vision Divine Family again. He's best natural choice for us, and first person we thought about it, even 'cause Fabio is a wonderful singer and a very special friend. Fabio with Olaf created Vision Divine 10 years ago, he wrote wonderful melodies for first 3 band's albums (from the 1st "Vision Divine" up to the high acclaimed "Stream Of Consciousness"). Just to be clear, Fabio is fully involved with the band, not as session man but as real part of the band, including recording sessions, live shows and tours.
"After a couple of try-outs we found the perfect guy to help us out for the upcoming shows, namely Michiel van der Plicht (Toxocara, Prostitute Disfigurement)! Michiel is without doubt one of the most talented Death metal drummers in Holland, and a cool guy to work with! All shows that are scheduled for now will be played with Michiel on drums, starting with next friday when we headline the Peppel in Zeist together with Izegrim. Many thanks go to Michiel for helping us out!!
In the meantime we will continue our search for a new permanent drummer. So get in touch if you are interested!"
Norwegian metallers Helheim have issued the following update:
"We are truly sorry to say that Thorbjørn has left Helheim. He has been a central piece in Helheim since he joined in 1999. Many fantastic riffs and great ideas has come from his weird mind. Now he will focus on his other musical project, Sinking Sea, with Lindheim and others. We wish you good luck, and hope you will succeed with Sinking Sea!"
Bravewords is reporting that, Catamenia have parted ways with singer Olli-Jukka Mustonen. Guitarist Ari Nissilä has issued the following update:
"The fear that something negative will happen turned into reality at Montreal when we realized that Olli, our lead vocalist, won't show up there. Unfotunately he missed his flight at Paris CDG airport, but we did hope that he could fly to Montreal next day with reserved ticket, but this never happened.
Now, we had a nightmare staring us. We didn't came all the way to Canada just to inform that this is it, we can't do the tour. When the first shock was over, we start to seek the solution. Since I was doing vocals on rehearsals just for this kind of 'impossible situations,' we wanted to give a shot for it, so I'm going to do lead vocals.
Bay Area Thrashers Lääz Rockit have uploaded two new songs on their MySpace page. The songs are called "Brain Wash" and "Liar". More news and updates are coming soon, the band announced.
In other news, the band have inked a deal with Germany's Massacre Records. The group's new album "Left For Dead" will be released on July 25. "Left For Dead" was reportedly produced by Scott Sargeant by Juan Urteaga.
In a statement sent today to the Earache REcords offices, Glen Benton gives an update on his whereabouts and future plans for Deicide:
"It is with great pleasure to announce that I will be performing with Deicide once again after a 14 month absence and that my legal issues that have prevented myself from performing have been resolved. Without going into great detail about my personal life, because I am a person who prefers his privacy. I wish to extend my apologies to the promoters and to my business associates who may have been inconvenienced.
I look forward to rejoining Steve, Jack and Ralph on stage, and I would like to announce that we are presently booking exclusive dates or the United States and Europe for 2008 in support of "Till Death Do Us Part". I will be performing exclusive dates in major markets and festival dates only as to accommodate my parental responsibilities.
UK-based Mathcore/Progressive Avantgarde metallers SikTh have issued the following final statement concerning the band at their MySpace page:
"It deeply saddens the four of us to announce that we are closing the book on SikTh... it's time to split up. A combination of factors have driven us to make this decision. We want to assure you that if it were viable for us to carry on - we would. We are so proud of all that we have achieved as Sikth and we have agreed to work together again in the future. We are currently involved in new projects so keep checking our personal pages for announcements. And finally, we owe such huge and sincere thanks to all of you for listening to our music and enabling us to live our dream. We know we have left you in the dark lately and we are sorry for that.