Deeds Of Flesh' vocalist/bassist and 1993 founding member Jacoby Kingston has announced his retirement from the band and will be replaced by Erlend Caspersen Blood Red Throne] from Norway.
Jacoby Kingston's official statement goes as follows:
"To begin, I want to express my gratitude to all of the Deeds Of Flesh fans and friends out there who have supported me throughout my 14 year tenure as Bassist/Vocalist for the band. It makes me sad to know that I won't see a lot of you whom I have come to know so well. As for myself, I can no longer live the life of a traveling musician; therefore, I am giving up my position in the band to someone who can put 100% into it and keep the music going strong. I will continue to support the band and help out in any way I can. I still love Death Metal and all things dark and that will not change. This was a hard dicision, but it is for the betterment of Deeds. It would not be fair to my band mates to not put full effort into the music.
Christofer Johnsson (guitar, vocals) has posted the following message on Therion's official website.
"I will be at the Frankfurt Musikmesse (the Frankfurt Music Fair, website) on the 29:th of March for a Signing Session/Meet and Greet as a part of the Gibson guitar endorsement. It will be starting at 12.00. I doubt it's gonna be crowded with Therion fans there, so it's a great opportunity for fans to besides get stuff signed and get a quick photos also have time for a bit of talking. So anyone having the possibility to pop by is more than welcome!
U.D.O., the band led by former Accept frontman Udo Dirkschneider, will release a new EP, entitled "The Wrong Side Of Midnight", on April 27. The EP will include two versions of the title track as well as three non-album tracks.
U.D.O. is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on its new album, "Mastercutor", due on May 18 via AFM Records.
The following message was posted by guitarist Gary Holt on the Exodus website today (March 14):
"Breaking news in the Exodus camp!
I'd like to take a moment here and welcome back Tom Hunting to the drum throne of Exodus. It was always understood that when and if Tom was ever ready to resume his drumming duties for the band his seat would be waiting. Paul always knew this, and was the first to say it upon joining the band. Paul and Tom always have been good friends and we, as a band, cannot thank Paul enough for his services on "Shovel Head" and all subsequent tours. We had a great time, and kicked many asses along the way. Paul has given this reunion his whole endorsement with no mixed blessings, and is happy to see Tom back in the fold. Now someone may just become the luckiest suckers in the world, because one hell of a drummer is on the market! We wish Paul all the best, and he will always be a member of the extended Exodus family.
The following message was posted on the Paradise Lost website:
"In support of their forthcoming album release "In Requiem" on Century Media, the godfathers of Gothic Metal, Paradise Lost announce a special guest slot supporting Nightwish on their autumn tour. The tour will be only the band's third visit to the US, after previously supporting Morbid Angel and Opeth.
Paradise Lost's 11th album, "In Requiem", was produced by Rhys Fulber and mixed by Mike Frazer, and marks a return to their heavy trademark sound."
Nick Holmes comments: "We can't wait to get to the US on a great tour, and try and make an impact after years of focusing on Europe."
Norwegian Black Metallers Satyricon have issued the following update on their website:
"We are looking to recruit a rhythm guitar player and a bass player for our live band, with immediate effect.
You are a skilled musician with some touring experience. Your age is of no big concern, if you are good enough, you are good enough. However, you need to be relentlessly hungry and ambitious in your work with Satyricon. Satyricon is during touring cycles, a very time consuming effort and Satyricon would be your number one musical priority. If you do not wish to re-locate to Oslo our nearby, you will have to travel and be available for rehearsal in Oslo whenever called upon.
We will consider candidates from anywhere in the world. If you think you have what it takes, you will be invited to come jam with Satyricon in Oslo as soon as possible.
Norwegian Black Metallers Mayhem have lined up the following U.S. tour dates:
July 17 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
July 18 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
July 20 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
July 22 - Chicago, IL @ Joe's
July 23 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 24 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Swedish Black Metallers Marduk have announced live dates in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine on their official website.
These dates will take place before the upcoming European Tour (The Excess of Evil Tour, starting in May) with Enslaved, Keep Of Kalessin, Melechesh, Goatwhore and Pantheon I. Details for that tour can be found here.
Here's the list of the new upcoming shows:
04.04 BELARUS Minsk, Arena
05.04 UKRAINE Kiev, Dk Svjatoshin
08.04 RUSSIA St Petersburgh, Orlandia
10.04 RUSSIA Krasdonar, Orbita
11.04 RUSSIA, Rostov-On-Don, Podzemka
13.04 RUSSIA, Rjazan, Planetary
14.04 RUSSIA, Moscow, Tochka
Emission Phase release party
Saturday April 21st we'll celebrate the release of 'Emission Phase' with a CD release party. The location will be dB's studio in Utrecht. From 20.30 everyone is welcome, and at 21:00 we'll play the entire album. We will not be playing live, but you will be able to hear the new CD, ask us all you want to know about the new album and party along! Later on there will be a metal karaoke as well, and you can sing along with many metal classic supported by a live band.
If you want to come, we'd appreciate if you can send us a message here on MySpace or by email, so we can estimate how much people will be there.
Death/Progressive Metallers Textures have update their official site with "The Fall Of Ideals European Tour 2007"
They are happy to announce that they will be touring Europe alongside the almighty All That Remains and Misery Signals during the months of March/April. The tour will run through Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, the UK and the Benelux. Some territories where they have never played before and are really looking forward to play!
"Tetra Karcist", Enthroned's seventh seal, will be recorded in June at the Dungeon Studio in Belgium by Harris Johns (Sodom, Celtic Frost, Immolation...) and will feature guest appearences of Alsvid (ex-Enthroned) on drums and Nerath Daemon (ex-Enthroned/Emptiness) on samples/Fx.
The Club Klunen organization has announced the first bands on the line up of the annual Meetjesland Metalfest, set to take place on Friday September 7 and Saturday September 8 at CC De Herbakker, Eeklo, Belgium.
Bands confirmed so far are:
07-09 - Destruction, Agent Steel, Vicious Rumors, After All and Evil Pony's
08-09 - Days Of Betrayal and Spoil Engine