After 10 years of service - and shortly before the release of the new album The Tinder Box - vocalist Rob Sowden has left UK prog metallers Arena. Here's the word from the band:
"We are sad to announce that singer Rob Sowden has decided to part ways with the band. The explanation given so many times at moments like this is "musical differences", usually as a veil for somewhat darker reasons; but actually, in this case, it is precisely the reason. Arena thank Rob for his involvement and support for the last ten years and wish him all the best for the future. In the meantime Arena will be performing their shows in November where they will be presenting their new vocalist, as well as material from their next album, The Tinder Box."
Monster Magnet have debuted a new video clip for the song "Gods And Punks" at this location. The song comes off the band's upcoming album Mastermind scheduled for release later this month. All details available here.
The new Cradle Of Filth video for "Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)" is now available on the band's MySpace page and of course below.
"Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)" is the first single to be lifted from the forthcoming album Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa. The single will be available from October 18th, with album following on November 1st (November 9th in USA).
A preview of "Nun With The Astral Habit", another new track from the album, is also streaming on the album's mini-site at this location. The track is also playing on the band's iPhone app which launched last week.
In addition to the new track the mini-site also features a video blog, info about the album, a gallery featuring new band pics and elements from the album artwork, a link to download a MP3 of the track "Lilith Immaculate", downloads and more. The site is being updated on a weekly basis with video blogs, fan competitions, promo videos, new downloads and more.
Earlier this week the news got out that Apostasy guitarist Ludvig Johansson has quit the band. Johansson announced his departure from the Swedish black metal band band as follows:
"I have decided to leave the band for personal reasons. It has been a hard decision to make, and there's no hard feelings involved. It's been a great time and I wish all the guys in the band the best luck in their future endeavors."
For Tom Angelripper, his thrash metal band Sodom is a perfect vehicle to bluntly take a stand. Like few other musicians on this scene, he personifies - along with down-to-earthiness and honesty - a healthily critical position on political authorities and decision-makers from finance and industry. On their latest album, In War And Pieces, Sodom focus on the worst excesses of power: arrogance, greed, spotlight-seeking, fanaticism, corruption, cowardice and oppression.
Tom states: "I've always written about what's going on in the world, about the injustice and mistakes that happen everywhere. I know that you can't change anything politically that way, but I would like to at least comment on the situation and generate an awareness of this deplorable state of affairs. Being a singer in a metal band allows me to voice my anger to a large audience."
Cyclone Empire Records has uploaded a new Facebreaker song, called "Reanimating The Dead". The brand new track is available for streaming over at this location. The song comes off Facebreaker's upcoming output simply entitled Infected. The album is scheduled for a release on 29th October.
Infected cover art] tracklist:
01. Creeping Flesh
03. Torn To Shreds
05. The Return (Bonustrack)
07. Mankind Under Siege
08. Waiting For The Pain
09. Into The Pit
11. Reanimating The Dead
You can check out "Heaven's Descent", the new song from German metallers Neaera at the Metal Blade band page available here. "Heaven's Descent" comes off Neaera's upcoming album "Forging The Eclipse", which is due to be released in Europe on October 22 via Metal Blade. Album details available here.
Amorphis recently entered the studio to record the follow-up to 2009's Skyforger. The release of the band's as of yet untitled tenth album is planned for an early to midyear 2011 release. Check out a clip of the band goofing around in the studio at this location.
After a great edition in 2010, all the Hellfest team is back to business and working hard on our next festival. We would like to remind you that Hellfest 2011, which will be held on the 17th, 18th and 19th of June, will be the last on these grounds. In 2012, Hellfest will move to a new place... We will not say anything else today but you can expect some great surprises.
Now let's speak about 2011! The start of the festival isn't for tomorrow, but time flies and as always we want to be the first to announce some of the bands which will be playing next summer! Don't expect any headliner today... negotiations are long and complicated, you'll have to be patient but we know that you are real connoisseurs and passionate people and we're sure that you'll like this first list, with bands playing different kind of music!
We saw this coming and the band has confirmed it. Leaves' Eyes has decided to cancel the remainder of their North American Tour after their Co-Headliners Kamelot pulled out earlier this month due to Roy Khan's Illness. The band writes:-
"Dear Fans & Friends, We regret to announce that the remaining dates of our North-American Tour will not take place. This also includes the show in Mexico City. As a result of Kamelot's last-minute cancellation of their headlining tour, Leaves' Eyes still tried their best to play as many dates in the USA and Canada as possible. The big gap between the cancelled Kamelot tourdates and our own headlining dates is just to big to overcome. This made it impossible to continue any further.
Guitarist Stefan Weinerhall of the Swedish metal band Falconer has issued the following update:
"Recording time is coming up. Most songs Falconer album] are written and rehearsed. Studio time is drawing nearer, starting to feel a bit stressed!! The album will be mixed at the end of January, so I'd guess we're up for a late spring release. The title of the new album will be Armod and will be completely sung in Swedish except for the bonus tracks that will simply be an English versions of the best (according to us) new songs.
This time we have concentrated on the traditional folk side of our music including more traditional folk songs (the majority of the material is still our own), more fiddles and flutes. Be calm, the horrid sound of accordions will firmly be left behind!! This is a way to finally devote an entire album to the influence and getting that out of our system, so to speak, and to do the thing some have asked for ten years. This is not a new direction but just the sound of THIS album.
After the successful release of their latest studio effort Solitaire Edenbridge is now set to play in Vietnam come December for the first time ever. The show will take place on the International Sailing Festival 2010; Therefore Sabine and Lanvall were invited to Hanoi in the beginning of October to make promotion for the festival and do an acoustic performance on the Chao Ha Noi International Festival.