Classic Rock reports that, Mel Galley, guitarist of Trapeze and Whitesnake, has lost his battle with cancer of the oesophagus. The Midlands-born musician was a member of Finders Seekers with bassist Glenn Hughes, and together they co-founded Trapeze in 1969. He had just turned 60 years old - the photo with Glenn Hughes Link] was taken at his 60th birthday party.
"Mel was my hero growing up as a kid in Cannock," Hughes tells Classic Rock. "He was four years older than me and along with Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton was one of my guitar gods. He taught me music, and more importantly, how to live. After Cream, Trapeze were the greatest English rock trio." When Hughes reluctantly accepted an offer to join Deep Purple, a far bigger band, in 1973, Trapeze continued with Pete Goalby (later of Uriah Heep) on vocals. Along with brother Tom, Galley helped to guide the Phenomena project, which featured the likes of Cozy Powell, Neil Murray, Budgie's John Thomas and current Deep Purple keyboard player Don Airey, before accepting an offer from David Coverdale to join Whitesnake. Though he toured with the band and played on 1984's "Slide It In" album, a freak arm injury seemed to have curtailed Galley's career. However, with the help of a specially developed spring and wire device that was fitted to his hand, affectionately called 'The Claw', he was able to bypass the problematic nerve endings. In 1986 he formed MGM with fellow ex-Whitesnake alumni Bernie Marsden and Neil Murray, then worked on another Phenomena record. However, after a 1991 Trapeze reunion that featured Hughes and drummer Dave Holland, by then a star in his own right with Judas Priest, plus Geoffrey Downes of Asia on keyboards, Galley elected to retire from performing. After a well-publicised fracas with a stalker - curtailed when Galley confronted the individual on the latter's doorstep - he had just begun playing music again when his illness was diagnosed.
"The new record´s been released right now! Live album "Capturing Sweden - Live in Falkenberg" (Lava Productions) was recorded at 2 Heavy 4 You Open Air in Falkenberg (SWE) - May 2001. After 2LP release (Monsternation Records) it´s time also for CD collectors who can enjoy killer atmosphere and cool playlist of this legendary show. This live album becomes real cult record in worldwide Metal underground... Soon in our e-shop or write e-mail order."
Finnish doom metallers Ordog have posted the following brief update:
"The new album is under pressing at the moment, but the release date isn't yet decided. Also Aleksi will head to military service but Ordog still keeps posting news about new album and gigs etc. There will be also soon a new lay-out for the pages and Ordog has composed couple of new songs for the future."
Here´s a little newsflash from the Wuthering Heights camp just to keep you updated on the band´s activities.
"Plans are being laid at the moment to get the busy guys together to rehearse for the ProgPower show in October. Rehearsals will most likely take place late August or early September at Teddy´s place in Uppsala, Sweden. The guys are looking forward to playing again, partying and breaking stuff…!?! The lineup is still intact from the last ProgPower gig and that infamous live album.
And yes, we are working on a new album. The album is more or less planned out, although still in a very rough state. The album will be titled: SALT. Thematically it´s the usual crazy stuff from Erik´s sick mind, some of it with a bit of a "maritime" twist this time, and musically it promises to be a very melodic and very folksy affair. Here are a few tentative song titles:
According to an official press release from Candlelight records:
"Due to unforeseen difficulties with the printing of the new Daylight Dies album "Lost To The Living", Candlelight Records have regretfully had to postpone its UK & European release date until 14th July 2008. This difficult decision has been taken in order to ensure that the band's vision for their stunning new album is preserved, and to make sure it looks as good as it sounds!
"Lost To The Living" features captivatingly dark original artwork from renowned artist Travis Smith, who has worked with the band before and whose other previous collaborations include Opeth, Anathema & Katatonia!
With their new album, Daylight Dies have put forth the most mature and varied release of their career. The lush textures which were introduced with the previous album continue and are greatly expanded upon. Acoustic and clean guitars ride alongside heavy rhythms more prevalently than previously, creating a multi-layered sound saturated in atmosphere and depth. "Lost To The Living" is a mix of beautiful melancholic leads and harsh dissonant rhythms; despair driven hooks and the overall dark atmosphere you've come to expect.
The following message has been posted on the Bloodstock website:
"Due to an overwhelming request for day tickets, Bloodstock Open Air has announced the sale of a limited number of day tickets for this year's festival.
As the venue is limited to 10,000 capacity the day tickets will be sold on a strictly first come, first serve basis.
This year's Bloodstock Open Air festival takes place on August 15-17 at Catton Hall, Derby, and promises to be the biggest and best yet. With three stages boasting a frankly stunning line-up of steel-plated talent from around the globe, it promises to be the finest metal festival the UK has ever witnessed. Alongside headliners Nightwish, Dimmu Borgir and Opeth, fans will also be able to see the likes of the recently reunited At The Gates, who will be making their only appearance on a UK stage in 2008, plus Helloween, Iced Earth, Napalm Death, Overkill, Soilwork, As I Lay Dying, Primal Fear, Destruction, Evile, Moonsorrow, Akercocke, Grand Magus and many, many more.
"We gladly inform you that Suicidal Angels are spending their time rehearsing new songs for their second full length album due in 2009. So far we have 5 songs ready and they mean serious thrash business! The new record will feature fast and aggressive thrash tunes like the first one, but rest assured we won't create an exact copy of "Eternal Domination"! The new tunes are shaping up with interesting differences compared to the E.D songs and we are all very pleased with the outcome.
What's more, Suicidal Angels are working on a European tour in Winter, when they will present some of the new tunes, plus a concert in their hometown, Athens, sometime soon! Stay tuned for more information, as the plans to hit the stage again are in motion!"
Danish metallers Exmortem have recently finished the recordings of their forthcoming album. The band has skilfully handled production duties itself, while mixing was done by Jacob Bredahl (Hatesphere, Last Mile). The album has been titled "Funeral Phantom" and will be released worldwide on October 20th.
"Funeral Phantom" tracklisting:
1. Black Opium
2. Souls Of Tyrants
3. Fixed In Slime
4. Funeral Phantom
5. The Vultures Gather
6. Anger Trumpet Blow
8. For The Grave of History
9. Slow Death Regimes
10. A View To A Death In The Morning
German metallers Haggard will release their new album, entitled "Tales Of Ithiria", on August 29th via Drakkar Records.
"Tales Of Ithiria" cover] tracklisting:
01. The Origin
02. Chapter I - Tales Of Ithiria
03. From Deep Within
04. Chapter II - Upon Fallen Autumn Leaves
05. In Des Königs Hallen (Allegretto Siciliano)
06. Chapter III - La Terra Santa
07. Vor Dem Sturme
08. Chapter IV - The Sleeping Child
09. Hijo De La Luna
10. On These Endless Fields
11. Chapter V - The Hidden Sign
Russian Pagan Folk metal band Nevid have added a new guitarist to the fold. The new member is called Arsafes and according to Nevid's drummer Alex Smirnov, the band is very glad with his addition to the band. The band also announced they're busy writing new songs. More info (in Russian) here.
Dutch math-Metal maestros TEXTURES are forced to cancel their appearance at Metal Camp festival in Slovenia this Sunday due to Eric Kalsbeek (Vocals) suffering throat problems :
"We regret to announce that we have been forced to cancel our appearance at Metal Camp in Slovenia this Sunday due to our singer Eric Kalsbeek suffering throat problems. After having his throat examined at the hospital, doctors found out that Eric had an abnormal reaction to allergies which has resulted in loss of voice and throat problems. A few weeks of prescribed rest and medication will have him back on his feet before you know it.
Sorry to everyone who was excited to see us on this year's Metal Camp, we truly hope to make up for it in the near future."
''Now we want to offer you the new dates for 2009. Here you can see the confirmed dates. Alestorm and one second band will support our shows."
Grave Digger & Alestorm plus special guest
Do 15.Januar 2009 Halle- Easy Schorre
Fr 16.Januar 2009 Lichtenfels- Stadthalle
Sa 17.Januar 2009 Glauchau- Alte Spinnerei
So 18.Januar 2009 Berlin- Columbia Club
Mo 19.Januar 2009 Bochum- Zeche
Di 20.Januar 2009 Aschaffenburg- Colosaal
Mi 21.Januar 2009 Ludwigsburg- Rockfabrik
Do 22.Januar 2009 Saarbrücken- Garage
Fr 23.Januar 2009 Speyer- Halle 101
Sa 24.Januar 2009 Andernach-Juz Live Club
So 25.Januar 2009 Hamburg- Markthalle
Mo 26.Januar 2009 München- New Backstage
An e-card for "The Thin Line Between," the new album from Canadian technical death metallers Neuraxis, can be accessed at this location. Due on July 22nd via Prosthetic Records, the CD 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 album artwork was created by Dennis Sibejin (Chimaira, Job For A Cowboy).
"The Thin Line Between" track listing:
01. Darkness Prevails
04. Deviation Occurs
05. The Thin Line Between
06. Dreaming The End
07. Standing Despite…
10. The All And The Nothing
Canadian metallers Into Eternity have posted a new song online, called "Diagnosis Terminal". The song is from their upcoming album "The Incurable Tragedy", which
will be released on 25th of August this year.
Norway's darkest, Gorgoroth, have announced new European live dates for October and November 2008:
16-10 Norway John Dee, Oslo
17-10 Norway Folken, Stavenger
18-10 Russia Tba, Moskow
19-10 Russia Tba, St Petersburg
21-10 Finland Hella, Tampere
22-10 Finland Travastia, Helsinki
23-10 Estonia Nômme Cult, Talinn
24-10 Latvia Melna Piekdiena, Riga
25-10 Lithuania Mulen Ruzas, Vilnius
27-10 Czech Rep Exit Chmelnice, Prague
28-10 Slovakia Randall, Bratislava
29-10 Croatia Boogaloo, Zagreb
30-10 Slovenia VPK Media Park, Ljubljana
31-10 Serbia SKC, Beograd
01-11 Romania Irish Music Pub, Cluj Napoca
02-11 Romania Fabrika, Bucaresti
04-11 Bulgaria Black Box, Sofia
06-11 Greece Mylos Liebe, Thessaloniki