Sadly, just a few days into their European tour with Amon Amarth, Evile's Mike Alexander was suddenly taken ill and rushed to hospital, but tragically passed away in Lulea, Sweden.
Evile members Matt Drake, Ol Drake and Ben Carter have released the following statement:
"This is so hard to find the words to express fully how we feel. We can't believe or accept what's happened. One minute we're talking to our buddy, Mike, the next minute we can never speak to him again.
There's so many things rushing through our heads that we want to say, do and feel. We half expect him to come round the corner and call us 'dickheads'. We can't get our heads around it.
Sirenia has posted the following news on their MySpace page:
"As Jonathan Perez became a father recently, he has decided to take some time off with his family. So for the Beauty and the Beast tour in November (with Leaves' Eyes, Atrocity, Elis and Stream Of Passion), Roland Navratil from Edenbridge and Dignity will step in as a session drummer. It is not the first time we work with Roland, as he also replaced Jonathan on our European tour back in 2004/2005. We are looking forward to work with him again, and we would like to wish Jonathan the best of luck and some great time with his family."
Slagmaur's spokeswoman has sent out the following message:
""Klokker Tramp", a track taken from "Von Rov Shelter", the new album from Black Metallers Slagmaur, is now streaming on the band’s MySpace page at www.myspace.com/slagmaur. "Von Rov Shelter", which means "Lair of the Beast" in Norwegian, was released this month on Osmose Productions.
The album was composed using much the same techniques as those used by 18th Century composers, but with standard rock instruments mingling with the more classical instrument such as cellos and double basses, which Slagmaur's mastermind, General Gribbsphiiser, learned to play especially for the album. "Von Rov Shelter", was produced by Gribbsphiiser and Snorre W. Ruch of Thorns, and includes lyrics by Thomas B Whitaker, an inmate on Death Row at the Polunsky Unit, in Livingstone, Texas, and guest vocals from Krush and the late Steingrim (Kaosritual, Celestial Bloodshed, Selvhat), who was recently killed in a shooting accident.
Armored Saint are set to enter Tranzformer Studios in Burbank, CA to begin recording the band's 6th full-length studio album. Tranzformer Studios is owned by Dave Jerdan (Alice In Chains, Jane's Addiction, etc) who produced Armored Saint's 1991 classic "Symbol of Salvation" and Bryan Carlstrom who handled engineering on the same album. The Saint will be working with Bryan Carlstrom who will once again handle engineering duties with the bands very own Joey Vera producing, and both Joey and Bryan mixing the record. A partial song list for the upcoming album, which is expected to hit streets in the spring 2010 is: "Black Feet", "Chilled", "Loose Cannon", "Blues", "La Raza", "Head On", "Get off the Fence", "Left Hook From Right Field".
Sick Of It All will enter the studio in early-November to begin recording their next full-length. The band has written sixteen songs thus far, though not all of the tracks will appear on the album. New song titles include "Dominated," "A Month of Sundays," "Hope and Fear," "Bent Out of Shape," and "Dirty Money." A spring-2010 release is expected via an unannounced label (the group is in the process of finalizing a deal).
Henri Pirkkalainen, drummer of Excalion, has revealed the title of the new album: "High Time".
"The news that many people have been asking about is here. The title for the third Excalion album is "High Time". It will be released by Limb music in early 2010. More accurate day will be announced as the album is ready. The mixing of the album started today at studio Watercastle, Jyväskylä. The artwork is being finalized aswell. The band is feeling extremely strong and can't wait to get the album released."
The pioneers of the "Gothenburg Sound" have posted the "Final Resistance" live video from the upcoming "Where Death Is Most Alive" DVD online.
The show was recorded last year at the Rolling Stone Club in Milan, Italy. Disc 1 of the DVD contains 20 tracks Live In Milan and disc 2 offers the "Out Of Nothing" Dark Tranquillity documentary, another 21 rare live videos and all promo videos. Here's the link to the DVD trailer.
Furthermore Dark Tranquillity are proud to announce a special 20 Years party in their hometown Gothenburg. Mikael Stanne commented: "The day is drawing near. The day when we celebrate our 20th anniversary by releasing this DVD that we've been working our asses off on. The result is something that we feel is pretty spectacular and we felt like sharing it with some our friends and fans. So we figured what better way to do so than to have a special screening right here in Gothenburg. Right in the heart of the city in one of our most classic movie theaters.
Nightrage have announced, they now have added an additional eight shows to the Mexican tour in February-March 2010. Some of these dates and venues are tentative, so check back with regularly to get the latest updates.
Here are all Nightrage Mexican tour dates:
Feb 27 2010 - Mexico City - Hard Rock Live (Extreme Sound Festival)
Feb 28 2010 - Cuernavaca - Foro de PIT
Mar 05 2010 - Guadalajara - Auditorio FEU
Mar 06 2010 - Torreon - TBA
Mar 07 2010 - Durango - TBA
Mar 12 2010 - Ciudad Obregón - Salon Chaparral
Mar 13 2010 - Hermosillo - TBA
Mar 14 2010 - TBA - TBA
After returning from several festivals including Battlefield Metal Fest in Spain, Up The Hammers in Greece, and Manowar's Magic Circle Festival in Germany, and before starting pre-production of the forthcoming, third full lenght studio album, Polish female fronted Heavy Metal squad Crystal Viper, entered the Polish MP Studio to record the "Stronghold: Under Siege" song, for the most awaited board game of the year: Stronghold. The song has been recorded with Mariusz Pietka behind the recording/mixing console, and with Bart Gabriel as the producer. The "Stronghold" single will be released on October 8th as the digital download and CD single, which will be added to the European edition of the Stronghold game. The band is also working on the official video clip for the song, which will feature XIII and XV century knight brotherhoods.
The new Samael video for "Black Hole" can be viewed here.
Comment by the band: "If your favourite video clip from Samael is "Baphomet's Throne" you're going to love the new "Black Hole" video. It's black and white with lots of live footages taken from the latest Swiss shows all mixed up with various designs and animations. It has been filmed and edited by Sergeï Ulyanov who happens to be the bass player of Makro's death/doom metal band Sludge. We've tried to come up with something simple which would fit the intensity and aggressiveness of the song. The video is very dense and hard to digest at once... you've been warned."
Phoenix, Arizona's Landmine Marathon have announced the title and other details of their forthcoming release on Prosthetic Records. The album is entitled, "Sovereign Descent ," and was recorded at guitarist Ryan Butler's Arcane Digital Recording Studios, where he's recorded past efforts from the band, as well as Misery Index, Phobia, The Funeral Pyre and many more. The album will be mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (Converge, Hatebreed, The Dillinger Escape Plan). The cover art is being handled by acclaimed artist Dan Seagrave who's done covers for acts such as Entombed, Dismember, Morbid Angel, Suffocation and many many more. "Sovereign Descent" will see a release in early 2010. The band documented the recording sessions via video blogs which can be seen at their site.
Belphegor have uploaded the videoclip for the track "Der Geistertreiber" right here.
The video was shot in Abtenau, Austria with director Walter Fanninger.
Vocalist/guitarist Helmuth stated: "The song is about the celebration on the 30th of April, better known as the Walpurgis Nacht, the occult celebrations on the mountain. It's the first time that we hired a professional camera team for a Belphegor video, so the result is beyond amazing. We rented a cottage three days high in the mountains in middle of nowhere in the woods. There was nothing around. Just a lot of excess, alcohol, substances etc. Was a great intense time!"
The song was taken from the band's upcoming album "Walpurgis Rites - Hexenwahn" to be released via Nuclear Blast on October 9th (Europe) and 20th (North America).
Italian deathcore specialists Stigma have been holed up in pre-production for their as-yet-untitled sophomore release which will be produced by former Bleeding Through and current Bring Me The Horizon guitarist Jona Weinhofen and mixed & mastered by Scott Atkins (Behemoth, Cradle Of Filth, Sylosis, Ignominous Incarceration).
Additionally, Stigma have parted ways with guitarist Morgan Ferrua and will enter the studio this November as a four piece. The group recently stated: "After nearly seven years together we decided to part ways with our guitar player Morgan. There's no bad blood between us, we'd like to thank him for the time he spent in the band and wish him the best in whatever he'll do in the future. We'll record the new album as a four piece; in the meantime we'll look for the right shredder to join the band.
Within Temptation's latest video "Utopia" can be viewed below. The song is a duet between Sharon and a new English singer who goes by the name of Chris Jones. The song comes off the band's upcoming live album "An Acoustic Night At The Theatre", which will be released on November 2nd. More info about "An Acoustic Night At The Theatre" here.