Arkona have published the cover artwork and several release dates of the upcoming "Noch Velesova" DVD, released through Napalm Records.
27 May: Finland, Spain
29 May: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, France, Italy, Sweden
01 Jun: Rest of Europe
16 Jun: USA, Canada
The cover artwork was drawn by the Belgian artist Kris Verwimp who is famous for his design works made for Enslaved, Immortal, Marduk, Månegarm, Moonsorrow, Old Man's Child, Nevermore, Arch Enemy, Thyrfing and more.
"We are sad to announce that Dallas Coyle has decided to leave God Forbid. Here's what guitarist Doc Coyle had to say on the matter: "There have been a barrage of rumors and questions on whether or not Dallas has left God Forbid. It's true that Dallas has left the band. It's taken us a few days to confirm this definitely, and figure out what we were going to do considering the fact that we are starting a very important tour with Lamb Of God this week.
I don't want to go into the hairy details, but all I can say is that there was a mutual disagreement between Dallas and I, and the disagreement became angry on both sides, and he decided to sit out the tour the day we were supposed to leave. We later learned he did not want to tour anymore at all. Everyone in the band, including myself, was upset and shocked. For me, it's a lot tougher because he's my brother and I have a very close bond with him. We've done everything together our whole lives, so it's difficult to deal with emotionally but I understand he has bigger responsibilities at home to care for. I wish he would've handled it in a different way, but I am not angry at him for leaving if he is unhappy with our situation. I really hope he finds success and happiness in his future pursuits.
Five years after the acclaimed comeback album "The Art Of Dying", and the following album "Killing Season", the legendary and one of the most influential bands of the Bay Area Thrash Metal scene Death Angel will release a DVD with two full length concerts filmed in Germany.
The DVD was filmed live at Rockhard Festival 2007 and in Adelsheim in 2008. It contains some of the new songs, two clips and a lot of old Death Angel stuff which is still seriously cult. This is the first live DVD ever in the history of Death Angel and it also contains a live CD."
Thrash metallers Overkill have issued the following update:
"Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain) has been slated to mix the new Overkill record in August. D.D. Verni has been locked in the studio putting together what will be the bands 25th Anniversary release. The band is currently still talking with different labels, but plans are for a new CD at the end of the year. As you know 2010 will be the 25th Anniversary since the release of the debut Overkill album "Feel The Fire" and consequently there are lots of plans for 2010. US and European Tours are currently in the works for early 2010 with some pretty cool shit being talked about... Keep checking for further announcements."
Hellfuelled have revealed the title and tracklist of their upcoming new album. The album will be entilted ''Emission Of Sins" and will be released due later this year. The CD was recorded over a seven-week period at Leon Music studios with producer Rikard Löfgren (Deathstars, Sparanza).
Commented the band: "Producer Rikard Löfgren (felt) totally right for us and we (worked) as a team on making some new arrengements and stuff on the songs. It almost (felt) like recording the first album again now with a new producer and studio."
"Emission Of Sins" track listing:
01. Where Angels Die
02. Am I Blind
03. I Am The Crucifix
04. A Remission Of My Sins
Sepultura and Angra go on tour together in Brazil and Latin America for the first time. A statement from the band reads as follows:
"The two greatest metal bands from Brazil, Sepultura and Angra, will go on a big tour together for the first time. The tour will cover all the Brazilian territory and many other Latin American countries. In Brazil, the tour will include more than 20 cities, with shows in the best venues in the country, like Via Funchal in Sao Paulo and Canecao in Rio de Janeiro, during the months of May, August and September.
Sepultura will begin its Brazilian tour promoting their new CD "A-Lex", after returning from a tour in Europe in February and March that included more than 20 countries. The band is already all booked for 2009, with shows in Europe, United States and Asia. The record has just been released all around the world and is receiving many praises from the Brazilian and international specialized media.
Finnish metallers Eternal Tears Of Sorrow have issued the following update:
"Unfortunately, we have to announce that our solo guitarist Risto Ruuth has left Eternal Tears of Sorrow. The situation came to us as a total surprise. We have no information on the reasons or the background behind his decision. We received Risto's a unilateral declaration a week ago.
During the past week, we have done everything possible to find a replacement in time so that we could make it to do the confirmed live dates according to the previously established timetable. Unfortunately, it has proven to be an exceedingly difficult task with this schedule, and thus it will affect the confirmed live dates.
Arsis' original drummer and founding member Michael Van Dyne has rejoined the group.
Commented Van Dyne: "I'm looking forward to working with my friend Jim again, as well as the great people at Nuclear Blast. Judging by the new material that Jim Malone and Nick Cordle have been working on, I think we may be sitting on some of the most memorable and thrashy Arsis material written to date. Due to obligations with my full-time career, session drummers will most likely be utilized for big tours that Jim wishes to do in the future... However, regional shows and occasional mini-tours or festival gigs either here in North America or overseas are a definite possibility (and something I'd be totally psyched to do) if our collective schedules allow it. Good times."
German metallers Dreamscape have issued teh following:
"We are proud to finally announce our new singer:
Erik 'Ez' Blomkvist picture] is the new voice and frontman of Dreamscape.
You might know Erik from his former band Platitude with which he was touring e.g. with bands like Threshold and amongst others played the Sweden Rock and ProgPower Europe Festivals. Erik is a great guy and awesome singer and all of us are very happy to have him aboard!
Furthermore we will soon be able to present you a snippet of the titletrack of our upcoming album "Everlight" in the Media section / Media player. Please be aware that this will only be a demo recording as the final Vocal recordings are going to take place in May. Of course we´ll keep you updated about cover artwork, release date and the progress of the recordings, so stay tuned!"
French metallers Hacride have posted online a new song, "My Enemy", on their MySpace page.
"My Enemy" comes off the band's new album, entitled "Lazarus", due later this month via Listenable Records. The CD was recorded at Loko Studio in Normandie, France with producers Franck Hueso and Marc Casanova.
"Lazarus" cover artwork] tracklisting:
01. To Walk Among Them
02. Act Of God
05. A World Of Lies
07. My Enemy
Some changes happened on Hellfest 2009 line-up... Here is the official announcement of the festival.
"We are sorry to tell you that some changes have occurred in the line up of the festival. EDGUY, was forced to cancel because of some logistic problems, NACHTMYSTIUM's singer just broke his leg and will be out for 4 months and SLAPSHOT has postponed its tour.
Unfortunately, ASPHYX won't be able to play either due to a misunderstanding.
Do not fret! As replacements, we didn't choose 2nd tier bands… SAINT VITUS will be back to France for the first time since 1991, making Friday our "DOOMsday"! The mystic KARMA TO BURN joins the line up on the 19th of June, such a great band was a must have. Finally, BLACK STONE CHERRY and SAMAEL will also play at Hellfest 2009.