US power thrash metal band Meliah Rage are currently working on new material for their next album.
The band issued the following update on MySpace: "It's been quite some months since we updated this page, so it's time to catch up with things and tell you what's been going on in the Meliah camp recently.
First of all, vocalist Paul Souza has returned to the band to record our new full-length CD as well as our first-ever cover song, "Halo of Flies" (originally on Alice Cooper's 1971 classic Killer LP). The song will be a bonus track on the soon to be re-released remix of 2004's "Barley Human" (that will be officially called "Barely Human Remix").
Black metal pioneers Immortal will return to Mexico and South America for the first time in over a decade. Dubbed Battles In The South, the Norwegian trio will kick off the five-date tour in early October. Tickets will be on sale soon. Get the dates after the jump.
Finnish progressive death/doom metal band Ikuinen Kaamos have parted ways with vocalist Risto Herranen. The band is also working on new material.
Comments the band: "We are sorry to announce that we have parted ways with our singer Risto Herranen. It wasn't an easy decision but we felt it was the right one as we move forward. Risto is a good singer and a great person and we wish him nothing but the best in the future. At the moment we are in the midst of writing and rehearsing new material. Hopefully we can announce something sooner rather than later."
The Norwegian metallers from Communic are back with their new album The Bottom Deep which is simply breath-taking! The music of the exceptional band from Norway includes many elements from various metal genres. Their grasp for variety of power, melody, and intelligent lyrics with a highly progressive musical approach made Communic one of the best newcomers for years! If you like progressiv metal, there is no way without Communic!
Now, the band announced the tracklist and the artwork of the upcoming album:
01. Facing Tomorrow
03. Flood River Blood
04. Voyage Of Discovery
05. In Silence With My Scars
06. My Fallen
07. Destroyer Of Bloodlines
08. Wayward Soul
"12:34", the new video from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based metallers 3 Inches Of Blood, can be viewed at this location. The clip was directed by Tom MacLeod.
"12:34" comes off the band's latest album, Here Waits Thy Doom, which was released on August 2009 via Century Media Records. The album was reissued on June 29, 2010 as a Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem edition with four exclusive new tracks along with a bonus DVD featuring the video for "Battles And Brotherhood", 3 Inches Of Blood's performance on Fuel TV and more.
Renowned guitar virtuoso Tom Hess is now officially a new member of Rhapsody Of Fire.
Tom Hess is well-known worldwide for his unique guitar skills and for being the creator of the famous online guitar courses. He recorded most of the rhythmic parts of the new upcoming Rhapsody Of Fire album From Chaos To Eternity and also two guitar solos.
Comments Alex: "I saw Tom Hess playing on stage several times and always got impressed by his great stage presence and his way of playing. When I have heard the rhythmic and the solo guitars he recorded for Rhapsody Of Fire I was blown away, I could feel that strong presence in between every single note".
Luca adds: "I know Tom since many years. He is a great person, a good friend of mine and I am not surprised of the success he's having teaching his guitar techniques all around the world. I am really proud to have built a strong partnership with him and I will always thank him for the support he gave me when I decided to create my Neoclassical Revelation Guitar Course. Therefore I am really honored to present Tom to all the fans of Rhapsody Of Fire as I am sure he will be the one who, through his artistic talent and unique skills, will make the difference in this band for the years to come!"
Explains guitarist John Laux: "Our goal with this record is to make something beyond a run-of-the-mill metal CD. The most difficult challenge is always finding just the right balance between a raw, aggressive sound and modern production standards.
Chimaira have revealed their new line-up following the recent departures of drummer Andols Herrick and keyboardist/programmer Chris Spicuzza.
Dååth vocalist Sean Zatorsky will fill in on keyboards, while Bleed The Sky drummer Austin D'Amond will sit behind the kit for all of Chimaira's upcoming shows. Drum tracks on the band's recently completed new album however were laid down by the CD's producer, Ben Schigel (who has previously worked with Drowning Pool and Walls Of Jericho).
Dååth guitarist Emil Werstler was already filling in on bass since Jim LaMarca's departure last November.
Indonesian epic power metal band Lord Symphony is scheduled to perform as the only metal band at this year's Bandung Wayang Festival, taking place April 22-30th in Bandung, Indonesia.
Lord Symphony - who opened for Helloween back in February 2008 - will play two festival dates at different venues. On April 24th, the band will perform at Kota Baru Parahyangan, and the next day at Pajajaran University.
Bandung Wayang Festival is an international festival to preserve Wayang, a traditional Indonesian culture which is already claimed as World's Heritage by UNESCO.