Exoudus have founded a new vocalist, there is the statement take it from the band site:
"I'd like to take this moment to welcome to our ranks Rob Dukes as our new vocalist. He has been absolutely crushing in practice and only gets stronger every day. I know some of you will want details, i.e. what bands has he been in, ect., but I'll have to get back to you on that one. I've heard some of his old demo stuff, but he is a virtual unknown. But he is going to blow peoples minds. He does incredible justice to both Paul and Zetro's material but when you hear the new shit you won't believe your ears. Totally crushing! To all who sent in their demos and such I'd like to thank each and every one of you for taking the time. But now our search is over. Rob just happened to end up my guitar tech for the Megadeth tour after things didn't work out with my first tech. Rob was refered to me by a friend at the Hollwood show and the rest is history. Divine intervention if you will! We will be recording some demos of a few new songs next week and if everything stays on track we will be in the studio recording the next album in April.
A Happy New Year to everyone! Though you have not heard a lot from us during the last months we have not been lazy at all. There are a lot of things going on at the moment. Just to mention a few: the Demons and Wizards production is making good progress and the same can be said about the songwriting for the next Blind Guardian album which is at a very important point.
André and I have completed 5 songs for the new album and 10 songs for the orchestral project. Yesterday, we had a meeting with Charlie Bauerfeind (who is going to produce both albums) during which we have set up a rough schedule for the next months. We definitely will start the production within the year and it won't take as much time to accomplish it as it did with "A Night at the Opera".
"The new year will begin for Iced Earth with the delivery of the long-awaited Gettysburg DVD. This unique release will feature the epic work "Gettysburg (1863)" from 2004's The Glorious Burden stepping out of its stereo confines and expanding into a powerful 5.1-channel surround-sound mix. In fact, there will be two different surround-sound mixes (one "metal" and one "theatrical"), set to moving images. Additionally, the DVD will feature a historical commentary from the Gettysburg battlefield, and an in-depth interview with Jon Schaffer. More details will follow.
A brief trailer for the DVD can be seen at the Downloads page".
Writing and preliminary recording of the sixth BAL-SAGOTH album is proceeding concurrently, with the final completion date scheduled for the spring. The running time of the sixth album will be somewhere around 60 to 70 minutes. A detailed press release concerning the opus will be unveiled exclusively here at the Official Bal-Sagoth Website to coincide with the completion of recording, and will include the disclosure of the album title and the individual track titles. A release through Nuclear Blast is scheduled for July 2005.
Theatres des Vampires, decided not to replace Alexander, the male singer that left the band a few months ago. Scarlet, the female-singer of the band, will continue singing. In this way the band feels that the fans will not at all be betrayed. Scarlet was already beloved by the fans and leaving to her all the singing parts looks like the best way to continue playing without making a dramatic change from the past.
The next album will thus feature a lot more female singing than ever before. The male singing parts in the new album will be realized by special guests that will be announced soon.
Theatres des Vampires would like to thank all the fans and the people that sent tons of demos in this 2 months from all around Europe asking to take the place of the male singer. A lot of you are great singers, but now we feel that it is time to make a musical change for Theatres des Vampires.
The lawsuit filed by former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson against
singer-guitarist David Mustaine, disputing the legitimacy of a May 2004
settlement agreement and seeking at least $18.5 million in damages, was
dismissed by a federal judge in New York on January 13th, according to The
Hollywood Reporter.com. The article also states that Ellefson's attorney
has already filed a notice of appeal, and that a countersuit filed by
Mustaine against Ellefson remains pending.
The band has announced they will re-release the 1991 documentary 'Seen
Between the Lines' on DVD this spring. The documentary contains live
footage, promotional music videos, rare video clips, as well as behind the
scenes and candid footage.
Following the departure of Mark Zonder, the band has announced the
drummers for their upcoming European shows. Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
will join them on drums for the Headway festival. Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's
Beard) will handle drumming duties for the scheduled February dates.
Kataklysm have parted ways with drummer Martin Maurais, citing "personal
and professional reasons." Max Duhamel, who performed on five past
Kataklysm albums including Shadows and Dust has been named as his
replacement. Kataklysm will be direct support on the Danzig tour with
Trivium and Eyes of Fire, beginning February 18th.
The band featuring Wade Black on vocals (ex-Crimson Glory, ex-Seven Witches, Lucian Blaque, Rick Renstrom, Leash Law), Mark Kozlowski on guitars, Michael Estes on guitars (Burning Inside, ex-Acheron) and Emo Mowery on bass (ex-Nocturnus, Leash Law), and that also featured the now retired drummer Richard Christy, have found a new drummer it's Chris Pisitllo, whom plays on Yeti and Desperate Cry. Acording to Mowery: "New material for another upcoming release is being created now! TIWANAKU has finally risen from project status to band status!!!! Regular rehearsals will commence next week!!!"
The german Heavy metal band featuring former Grave Digger members (Uwe Lulis and Tomi Göttlich) have ink a deal with Massacre Records according to their official website. They have plans to release a new album, more details on the album to come soon.
The Gathering will record a special live registration for the long-awaited own DVD release. These recordings will take place Monday the 23rd of may at the beautiful Paradiso theatre - Amsterdam. The band will play 2 shows the same day, and both gigs will be recorded. These 2 concerts are the only 2 official concerts the Gathering will play this year!
Because the shows are seated, please note there are only 650 seats per show available. Don't miss it. It will be an unique and overwhelming experience. Presales start Saturday the 29th of January.
Date and place: 23th of May, Paradiso, Amsterdam, Weteringschans 6-8 AMSTERDAM, www.paradiso.nl
Entree: One ticket: 17,50 € , Passepartout ticket both shows 27,50 €
Anders posted the following message on Katatonia's official website:
"During the following 6 months, we'll be very busy with the making of our new album. Nevertheless, we won't be locked up in the studio the entire time as we have just confirmed 3 live dates in march - the Metal Mania festivals (http://negativeart.hu/metalmania.html), that will take place in Hungary, Czech and Poland. Other bands appearing on the bill are Cradle of Filth, Apocalyptica, Moonspell etc. This will be only opportunity to catch the band for a long time, so show up and rock with us!"
"Consign to Oblivion" will be the title of the upcoming Epica album which will be released in March/April of this year.
Philip and Sascha have just worked out the last details on the mix and the result is really amazing!!! The cd is now waiting to be mastered which will happen next Monday by Peter van '/t Riet at Soundfactory. More info will follow soon so stay tuned!