Finnish Progressive metallers Malpractice have uploaded another new song, entitled "Deception", to the band's MySpace page.
This new song comes from the band just-released third album, entitled "Triangular".
Another new song, entitled "Maze Of Inequity", was previously released on their MySpace page as stated here.
On 11th of April Vader will play an exclusive show in Egypt. That's gonna be one of the first death metal shows in that part of the world! The show will take place in Kair at La Villa Club. Local acts Worm and Dark Philosphy will appear on stage as support acts. The show will be organized by Music Gates agency. "That will be definitely an exciting outing, Vader have never played in Egypt and frankly speaking, we feel almost like pioneers trying to put up a death metal flag on a "no-man's-land". We have some doubts (concerning safety and gig's organization) but hopefully the organizers of the show will do the best to make this show an unforgettable experience both for the fans and the band. We are going to play a great concert for a great audience and be back home safe and sound." - Mariusz Kmiolek (Massive Music).
Roadrunner Records has set an April 29 release date for the reissue of Life Of Agony's classic "River Runs Red" album. Originally released in 1993, the new version of "River Runs Red" will include several extra tracks and a bonus DVD
The track listing for the reissue is as follows:
01. This Time
04. River Runs Red
05. Through And Through
06. Words And Music
08. Bad Seed
09. My Eyes
11. Method Of Groove
12. The Stain Remains
14. Here I Am, Here I Stay (bonus track)
15. Depression (bonus track)
16. 3 Companions (bonus track)
17. Plexiglass Gate (bonus track)
01. Through And Through (video)
02. This Time (video)
US Technical Death Metal/Grindcore band Brain Drill have broken up. Guitarist Dylan Ruskin has posted the following epic explanation on the band's MySpace page:
"Three members of Brain Drill (being Steve, Marco, Jeff) have huge weed smoking habits. I do not and couldn't be more against smoking weed. I don't have a problem if you do it but just be smart about it. Before we left for this tour with the Black Dahlia Murder I told them a million times not to bring weed, pipes, etc. with them in the van because we are driving across the country and the last thing we need is to get pulled over and arrested for possession. The laws in CA are nothing compared other states. They don't listen to me and go ahead and bring pipes weed, papers and even brought an ounce of mushrooms. We get pulled over outside of Salt Lake City, UT, right after they had just smoked a blunt. The car smelled like weed. The cop comes up to the window and he says is "I smell pot," so they take us out of the car and they search the van. They tear it apart and even use a dog to sniff out everything. They find the weed, pipes, and mushrooms. I was convinced that we were going to jail but for whatever reason they let us go. After we pulled away I told them "from now on the rule of the band is to not ever bring weed pipes or other drugs into the van and also not to smoke in the van." Jeff's response: "I don't think that's gonna happen, bro." They neglected to listen to me and the next day there were more pipes and accessories in the van. We then get pulled over another 4 times before our first show. Miraculously we didn't get searched again.
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter will be supported by Lady Cat-Man on guitar from now on. She will replace guitarist Pitrone, who the band split up with.
A statement of the band on http://www.reitermania.de reads as follows: "Hello Maniacs. There was a line up change. Pitrone is no longer part of the band. His job as guitarist will be taken over by Lady Cat-Man this instant. We hesitated for a long time to take this step, but there were many reasons to let Pitrone go and look for a replacement.
Not many of you know that Pitrone himself wanted to leave in May 2006. That hit us like a ten ton hammer back then since "Riders On The Storm" was about to be released and the Riders-tour in autumn was threatened. After a week of looking desperately for a replacement we got a surprise call from Pitrone, saying that he wanted to continue after all. So hold your horses? Since the schedule was so tight we hardly had the time to think it over. Still, the bitter aftertaste lingered. Not on tour, not during backstage parties, but being home alone with all the sudden silence there was the feeling that something wasn't working, somehow everything felt tainted.
Sonic Syndicate have entered Black Lounge studios to record their follow up album to "Only Inhuman", which will be released in late summer. For the next 6 weeks the band will be sharing some of their every day lives as they begin to record their new album (Title soon to be released).
Commented bassist Karin Axelsson on the band's MySpace: "We can't wait to get started. It's been an amazing year and everyone has been writing new music like crazy at home and on tour. A lot of people have been asking what the new material will sound like and all I have to say is, 'Time will tell.'"
Sonic Syndicate made its U.S. live debut with Amon Amarth and Himsa. The band will return in May as direct support to Nightwish.
Once again we can inform you about a change within Officium Triste's line up. After much thought Martin has decided to quit drumming and start focusing on the synth-parts. As one of the main composers he has always had a big influence on the music and especially the synths. So, from now on he'll be doing the synths and he keeps on writing music. His decision has a lot to do with the fact he's living in Germany and he feels he cannot deliver what is needed for the band when talking about rehearsing and doing live gigs. Therefore, Martin has decided to switch to synths exclusively. This will give the band much more opportunities and we're happy to see Martin in this setting.
The following announcement was posted on the official ProgPower Scandinavia homepage a while back:
"Finally we can announce the last band for PP Scan '08 - the headliner for Friday October 31st:
Vanden Plas from Germany is one of the most well-respected melodic progressive metal bands around. With a 20 year history behind them, the band made their big mark on the scene back in the mid-nineties with such great discs as "Colour Temple" and "The God Thing". Their latest release, the impressive conceptual album "Christ O" from 2006 see the band taking another step further in combining easy-listening hard rock melodies with technical prog-metal.
Last time Vanden Plas played in Copenhagen was almost 10 years ago, as support for Dream Theater in front of 5.000 fans. With their show on ProgPower Scandinavia, Friday October 31st 2008, we're bringing back Vanden Plas for a long overdue performance here in Denmark."
According to a posting on Blabbermouth Patrick Uterwijk will join Pestilence as touring guitarist.
Dutch guitarist/vocalist Patrick Mameli has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the upcoming album and tour from his resurrected late '80s/early '90s death metal outfit Pestilence: "Although previous statements about a Pestilence reunion with original members (which I think still isn't my intention), it's with great pleasure to announce that none other than Patrick Uterwijk will be touring once again with Pestilence next year. "After almost six years, I got in touch with Patrick U. through a mutual friend, Sean Sitka. He gave me Uterwijk's mail address and phone number stressing me I have to call the guy since Tymon K. wasn't gonna work out because of his involvement with CYNIC. We spoke for one and a half hour about the past and future. "Although he will not be recording for the new album, he got very excited about the new material as well. We also spoke about his illness because of the energy it takes to do a tour." Uterwijk said in a statement: "I'm feeling great and doctors think now I'm probably not suffering from M.S. at all (first diagnoses at the time made doctors think this was the case). This off course is great news as well!!!! So now, people can enjoy Pestilence live in an almost original and familiar setting!!!"
BW&BK has received a Krisiun press release stating the band signed with Strictly Heavy Management on March 1st. It appears below:
"It is often the case, a successful metal band will seek out management assistance after being signed to a major label, touring the world, and even selling many records. A decision not easily reached, likely due to the many management horror stories reported among our industry peers. With long-term career aspirations, the Brazilian Death Metal band Krisiun sought a personal management agreement with Strictly Heavy Management, owned and operated by the veteran personal manager, Theresa C. Mullins-Aldao.
Strictly Heavy Management is proud to announce the signing of Krisiun to an exclusive North American territory personal management deal. Strictly Heavy Management (SHM) was founded in 1995, with it's first three (3) metal bands on the roster which were also from South America. Owner, Theresa Aldao says, "heavy metal never died down there, but Krisiun's geographic location warrants special attention to communication and functioning details. Krisiun is signed to one of the best metal labels, they tour and sell their products around the world. No doubt the band has incredible label support, but it is my desire to bring them to the forefront. To increase their sale figures, to increase their performance draw, to build their demand. Building the business of the band is what we are all about."
In an update from the band, singer Mirai Kawashima reports: "Sigh entered the studio last week, recording six Venom covers for an upcoming release from the band on The End Records appropriately titled "Sigh's Tribute To Venom." This recording marks Mikannibal's studio debut with Sigh (vocals/sax).
Paying tribute to Venom goes all the way back to Sigh's earliest days, with covers being regularly played at shows. A rare live tribute album was released on cassette from "Voices From The Dark Side Productions" in 1995.
01. Black Metal
03. Die Hard
04. Countless Bathory
05. Teacher's Pet
06. Witching Hour
After playing together in the same line-up for over 10 years, Dutch melodic thrashers Detonation are now making their first ever line-up change.
The band has welcomed Danny Tunker (also Fuelblooded, The Saturnine) to the ranks to handle the guitar. This automatically means that co-founder Koen Romeijn (Guitar/Vocals) will lay down his guitar within Detonation, and that he will be focusing on the vocals only from this point on.
Commented vocalist Koen Romeijn:
We all felt the need for a change within Detonation, and I had been thinking about focusing on the vocals for quite some time now, so I decided to bring in my idea to the group. Mike, Otto and Thomas were all quite shocked that this decision came from me, but they were all positively surprised. Danny, besides being one of our closest friends, is easily one of the best guitar players in the Netherlands, and we all believe that he is the only person suitable for the job. So from now on, he will be handling my guitar parts, and I will start focusing my energy on the vocals, which without doubt will be a positive change for our live shows and performance and most important; our future albums! As for the creative aspect, I will still function as one of the songwriters for Detonation, as I have been doing since the beginning of this band, so no worries for the die-hard Detonation fans haha! I personally can't wait for Danny to join us on stage and in the writing process of our upcoming 4th album!
Swedish thrashers The Haunted have posted on their MySpace page a new video clip featuring interviews with the band members about the songwriting process for the band's new album.
The video clip is available in:
- A High Definition Flash Version: Link].
(A minimum of 1280*720 desktop resolution required. Also, you need the latest version of Flash).
- A Low-Resolution Youtube Version: Link].
The follow-up to 2006's "The Dead Eye" will once again be recorded at PUK studios in Denmark beginning on April 1, with the vocals sessions scheduled to take place at In Flames' IF studio (former location of Studio Fredman) in Gothenburg (Sweden).
Some working song titles set to appear on the CD: 'Walk On Water', 'Final Regression', 'You', 'Faultline' and 'Narcotic'.
According to a posting on Kalmah's website, recording dust has settled and the band is now working on the booklet. The album cover will be revealed next week. "For The Revolution" was mastered at Cutting Room, Sweden, and will be released on 2 April. The complete tracklist is:
01. For The Revolution
02. Dead Man's Shadow
03. Holy Symphony Of War
04. Wings Of Blackening
05. Ready For Salvation
06. Towards The Sky
09. Like A Slave