Finnish metallers Amoral have issued the following update on their website:
"We are more than happy to welcome Pekka Johansson to the band as our new bass player! Pekka has been helping us out with our recent live duties, and the vibe's been great both on and off stage. The dude's a great bassist, has a killer stage presence and is good company, so we quickly realized we'd need to look no further.
Pekka will be joining the official Amoral forum soon, so you can all pick his brain over there and ask him anything you wanna know..."
Swedish metallers Wolf have issued the following update on their MySpace page:
"Wolf proudly present Richard "Raptor" Holmgren as their new official drummer. Richard is a well known musician and previously played in several bands such as Apostasy, Haterush and more. Raptor is now a fulltime member of the howling Swedish Heavy Metal machine that is Wolf. Please check out this video introduction by Richard "Raptor" Holmgren."
In other news, Wolf is currently working hard on a new album. Johannes "Axeman" Losbäck comments:
"We've successfully progressed in the writing process as we got about 7-8 songs finished and more to work with. We feel that this next Wolf album will knock your teeth out by the sheer sight of it. We will have some very exciting news about the recording coming your way soon."
Swedish metallers Cloudscape have issued the following update on their MySpace page:
"The wait is almost over!! Cloudscape is proud to announce that they have inked a deal with recordlabel Golden Core / Roastinghouse Records (ZYX) to release the new (third) album entitled "Global Drama" all over Europe during mid August, 2008. "Global Drama" will also be released in the US and Canada through Nightmare Records in August.
An 8 minute sample containing parts from all songs from "Global Drama" have been uploaded here, so, go there and have a listen… comments are welcome so, please join the official Cloudscape forum.
For magazines, webzines, TV and radio stations who wants to get in touch with Cloudscape for interview requests, promos and so forth ..please contact their management at email@example.com or contact the staff at Golden Core."
An e-card for Paradise Lost's forthcoming DVD, entitled "The Anatomy Of Melancholy", can be accessed at this location.
The DVD was filmed and directed by Paul M Green and his Dash Productions team (Opeth, The Damned, Gary Numan). Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Symphony X) mixed the brilliantly captured live sound at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden, and the dark enchanting cover artwork was done again by Greek artist Seth who already worked on the band's last two album covers.
"The Anatomy Of Melancholy" release dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux and Italy: May 23th.
Spain and Portugal: May 27th.
Sweden, Finland and Hungary: May 28th.
Peaceville Records is proud to announce the extension of their partnership with My Dying Bride, widely regarded as purveyors of the best genre-defining Doom/Gothic Metal since the early days of Peaceville. Long may it continue!
On signing the new deal Andrew Craighan commented "We've been with Peaceville since the release of our very first album way back in 1992 and it's a pleasure to announce that we'll continue working together for the coming future, as we feel there is a great understanding etween ourselves & Peaceville moving forward, and both look forward to bringing more crushing
doom your way soon".
The new My Dying Bride live CD/DVD set, An Ode to Woe is available now and the band are currently underway with recording their highly-anticipated follow-up to 2006's album, A Line of Deathless Kings with long-time producer, Mags.
"As a taster we have put up a few samples of the near final mix of the Killing Music sessions. Let us know what you think so far. We like it!! In all there will be 14 original songs along with 2 cover versions. We are just finishing off all the bollocks that goes with an album release. New photos, album sleeve, videos etc., so hopefully all will be in your grubby little hands at the beginning of September - which will mark the beginning of a full European tour starting September 18th, 2008."
Check out the samples at Benediction official MySpace.
The final "Killing Music" tracklisting is as follows:
Northern Metal webzine is reporting that, reactivated Norwegian cult act Khold is back after a short break. Since their debut release in 2001, the excellent album "Masterpiss Of Pain", Khold has established themselves as a leading force within the Black Metal genre. By fronting a raw, primitive and obscure playing style, they have earned excellent feedback on all continents, and due to excessive touring the band have build up a solid fanbase.
Khold hits tight as clenched fists, and you are bound to enjoy their crunchy mid-paced black/doom compositions. Khold's fifth opus is entitled "Hundre År Gammal" and will be released on June 9th via Norwegian Tabu Records. Check artwork here.
Metal Hammer writer Joel McIver reports that the new guitarist in Florida Death Metal legends Morbid Angel is none other than Zyklon's longtime axemeister Destructhor (Thor Anders Myhren).
Frontman David Vincent told Metal Hammer in a recent interview, "The hunt for another guitarist to play alongside Trey (Azagthoth, the band's primary songwriter) was long and difficult. Man, I tell you, we had tapes sent to us from all over the world from guys who wanted to play in our band, and many of them were extremely talented - but Thor was the right choice for us. He's a fantastic guitarist and fits right in with the band. Also, Zyklon have supported Morbid Angel in the past, so the guys knew each other already.
Sonata Arctica have issued the following statement:
"Despite rumours and announcements to the contrary, Sonata Arctica are NOT going to play at Adria Rock Festival in Niš/Serbia on May 29th 2008.
Note: All officially announced gigs can be found at http://www.sonataarctica.info as soon as they are confirmed. If the band is announced to play anywhere and you cannot find the information on the official website, don't believe it."
The festival flyer looks as follows, Link]. But also second headliner Hanoi Rocks are NOT confirmed to play the festival, as the Adria Rock Fest is not mentioned on the band's tour agenda on their official website.
According to some Serbian inside sources, it's possible that this whole festival is a scam, or at least they're trying to misguide people by putting well-known bands on the bill. DISCLAIMER: this last paragraph does not necessarily represent the point of view of the Metal Storm Staff]
Italian band Stormlord has posted two other new songs, entitled 'The Castaway' and 'Legacy Of The Snake', on its MySpace page.
Two other new songs, entitled 'Mare Nostrum' and 'Neon Karma', were previously added by the band on its MySpace page.
The band adds:
"Here we go!
As promised, even the fourth and last new song taken from the upcoming album is online on our Myspace page.
It's a different song, the acoustic epic ballad 'The Castaway', that moved the curiosity of many of you, it's something really new, and we are really proud of it. We are really impatient to hear your impressions!
Well, with these 4 songs we think we gave you a complete idea of how the new album sounds like. The album will be released on 23 of may and will be avaliable in all Europe week by week.
"For the past 21 years Darkthrone have been leaders of the black metal scene. To coincide with this anniversary, Peaceville Records are releasing the 3CD set, "Frostland Tapes" Small Cover] on June 9th 2008. This is a fascinating trip into the earliest years of the band and the first official release ever to contain all 4 of Darkthrone's demos in one place.
"Frostland Tapes" also includes a rare live recording from Denmark in 1990 (one of only a handful of live appearances that Darkthrone has ever made) and, perhaps most significantly, the previously unreleased version of the infamous 1991 Goatlord rehearsal session.
These songs were intended to feature on the proposed second album, before the band changed direction and the tapes were confined to the vaults. Vocals were subsequently added in the mid-nineties, but they are presented here as the recording sounded in 1991 - instrumental genius, showing the complexity and intricacy of a band with a great future ahead of them.
As posted on the Deathstars website: "It's time to feel the explosion once again, because Nuclear Blast recently released the ultimate edition of Deathstars breath-taking 2nd album "Termination Bliss" - simply a must have for every fan of the Swedish death-glam-heroes. The "Termination Bliss Extended" version contains 2 bonus tracks and an extremely hot Special-DVD including all video-clips and special "making of" features of Deathstars. In addition there is also a single DVD - simply titled "Termination Bliss EXTENSION" - available. Check it out! But that's not enough: Deathstars will release a fat 7 inch picture single of "Blitzkrieg/Cyanide" via Nuclear Blast pretty soon! So be prepared for another upcoming boom!"
The following statement was posted on Sirenia's myspace page:
After almost 4 years of co-operation guitarplayer Bjørnar Landa has decided to part ways with Sirenia, in order to have more time for his family and studies. We end the co-operation as great friends, just as we started it. The band would like to wish Bjørnar all the best for the future, and thank him for all the great experiences we shared over the years.
Sirenia's new guitarplayer is Michael S. Krumins. Michael played together with Jonathan in 'Trail Of Tears' in the very beginning of his musical career. After leaving this band at an early stage, he explored different styles of music in the years to come. In 2003 he joined 'Green Carnation' as a lead guitarist, after the recent split up of this band he decided to join Sirenia. Michael is educated at the Conservatory of Music in Kristiansand.