The following message has been posted on the official Michael Kiske website:
Acoustic Past/new Guest Appearance/new album:
while preparing his next solo-album, Michael Kiske had the idea to make a full-acoustic album of his Helloween-compositions. All in all around 11 songs will be re-arranged but also one brand new song will find its way on this album. More news follow soon...
New Guest Appearance:
Michael accepted an offer for another guest appearance. Michael took over a guest role singing a duet with the feminine vocalist of the band Indigo Dying for the song 'Breathe In Water'.
while collecting new ideas for his upcoming solo-album, Michi developed the feeling for his new songs that are supposed to go in a more mythical direction like 'Do I Remember A Life Or Longing'...Great idea!
Swedish death metal band Crypt of Kerberos reunited after more than ten years of inactivity. After releasing their demo compilation in 2005 (The Macrodex of War) under Australian record label Bleed Records, the band is planning on recording new material, which will be quite different from the early days but yet will still have the CoK touch according to the band members. Let's wait and see.
Current line up :
Peter Bjärgö - Guitar
Jonas Strandell - Guitar
Mattias Borgh - Drums
Christian Eriksson - Vocals
Stefan Källarsson - Bass
Crypt of Kerberos' debut album World of Myth is available through Adipocere records.
Swedish metallers, The Haunted have announced that they will be returning to the U.K. in February 2007 for a full tour in support of their new album, "The Dead Eye". The full touring package is still to be confirmed and will be announced shortly along with additional shows. The band has been confirmed to play the following venues so far:
Feb. 04 - Bristol - Academy 2
Feb. 05 - Birmingham - Academy 2
Feb. 06 - Dublin - Temple Bar
Feb. 07 - Liverpool - Academy 2
Feb. 08 - Nottingham - Rock City
Feb. 09 - Glasgow - Cathouse
Feb. 10 - Manchester - Hop & Grape
Feb. 11 - Leeds - Cockpit
Feb. 12 - Norwich - Waterfront
The Metal Female Voices Festival IV takes place in Wieze, Belgium today. Theatre Of Tragedy were due to perform but have been forced to pull out. They have issued the following statement:
"Unfortunately we have to announce that Theatre Of Tragedy have to cancel their show at the Metal female Voices Fest in Belgium this weekend due to sickness of two band members (one of those is the singer). The band has already announced to be willing to do the show at next year's event. Apologies for this inconvenience."
The song 'Dis-Organ-Ized' from underground death metal legends Impetigo's classic 1990 album "Ultimo Mondo Cannibale" has been put online on this location.
The album will be re-issued on Halloween through Razorback Records. For more information on the release, click here.
Reunited Austrian black metallers Abigor have posted the following update at their MySpace page:
"Finally we decided to upload an exclusive studio outtake from the upcoming album "Fractal Possession". Note: it's a studio outtake of 2 songs, not mixed, nor mastered, but you'll haven an approximate view, what could await you..."
Check out the preview at this location.
Since March, the new Abigor line-up goes as follows:
Peter Kubik - guitars, bass
Thomas Tannenberger - drums
A.Sethnacht - vocals
Lucia-M. Fàroutan-Kubik - live synth
Texas Black Metal act Averse Sefira have officially inked a deal with Candlelight Records.
The band was formed in 1996 and has released three albums so far. They already toured in support of bands such as Cradle Of Filth, Dark Funeral and Candlemass.
Averse Sefira is currently working on their Candlelight debut and they'll be headlining the Halloween Metal Ball on October 28th in Austin, Texas at the Redrum Club.
You can check out a video for 'Plagabraha' here, or listen to a few songs at the band's MySpace page here.
Swedish brutal death metallers, Vomitory will enter Leon Music Studios outside Karlstad, Sweden on December 3 to begin recording their sixth album. The band's statement goes as follows:
"This time we'll work with producer Rikard Löfgren, who is the founder/owner of Leon Music," the band said in a statement. "Rikard Löfgren is still a pretty unfamiliar name within the death metal scene. He mostly works with more commercial music but he is a great producer and has his roots in metal. We know the guy since ages and we have great confidence in him."
It's going to feel strange to do a new Vomitory album not working with our sidekick Henrik Larsson, but we feel it's time to try something new. Since Vomitory isn't exactly an experimental band, we feel that working in a new studio with a new producer is a good way of renewing the band. We have two weeks for the recording and one week of mix and mastering."
According to Therion's official website, (and directly quoting it) the band will play at the Palace Hall/Bucharest/Romania, on December 9th with nearly 70 musicians of the Academic Radio Choir, 100 instrumentists of the Romanian Radio Orchestra and guest classical singers from Vienna, awarded as best opera-voices world-wide.
The repertoire includes famous classical pieces in Therion's version, as well as Therion songs with symphonic orchestra, some of them never played live before.
Tickets are on sale starting October 25, on 3 price ranges
I - Eur 70 (rows A:11-33; B,C: 11-33; D, E)
II - Eur 55 (rows F&G: 1-27)
III - Eur 25 (rows J, K, L, M)
This is an official statement from Beseech (as can be read on the official website):
All of us in the band have come to the sad conclusion to put Beseech to rest for good. The decision has not been easy because this has been a really big part of our personal lives for many years. We have met so many great people through the music and really loved what we have done. We are proud of the work that we have achieved.
However we cannot hide from the fact that we have grown apart from each other as persons and we have different views of how we want Beseech to work as a band. This has taken away all the inspiration to continue and we see this as the only solution in the end. This way we can all part as friends and wish each other good luck with new endeavors that will follow.
Earache Records is happy to announce the signing of fast-rising young UK thrashers Evile, fresh from their triumphant performance at last weekend's Damnation Festival, where they slayed the crowd on the Jagermeister stage, as openers for The Haunted, Skindred & Biomechanical.
Evile formed 2 years ago in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, UK by brothers Matt Drake (vocals/guitar) and Ol Drake (lead guitar), along with Ben Carter (drums) and Mike Alexander (bass) and have since rapidly picked up a rabid following, eager to enjoy a night of heads-down, no-nonsense Thrash.
Though unsigned, Evile were hand-picked to play 2 prestigious UK festivals in the summer of 2006 - Bloodstock Open Air and most recently, Damnation Festival - both to great acclaim from fans. Now the band will spend the rest of the year gigging far and wide, and expect to record and release their debut album on Earache early in 2007.
Melodic death metal act Nightrage have finally found a new permanent drummer. Alex Svenningson will fill the spot, which has been vacant since July. Olof Mörck of Dragonland will also pull double duty as both bands' guitarist on their upcoming tour with Vader
Here's a video of Svenningson practicing for the tour.
Folk/Black Metallers Ensiferum have made a posting on their official website about the rumour of their performing at next year's 'No Mercy Fest 2007'. The band have confirmed that this is merely a rumour and that the promotional advertising going around at the moment is false, they won't in fact be playing at the festival.
In other Ensiferum news, the release date of a single from the band's upcoming album has been announced. The album will be released in early 2007, and on the 7th February an as yet unamed single will be released.
Gothic Metal band Leaves' Eyes have announced that they will be releasing their first ever DVD next year. After the band tours with Blind Guardian, the production for the DVD will start. This will be around the end of December. The DVD will include a complete movie with some background information. Leaves' Eyes are also planning an indoor and an outdoor show with a special stage soon, and show will be recorded exclusively for the DVD. More information about the DVD will be announced soon.