Tobias Sammet has posted the following statement on his official website:
"How are you doing? It's been a while since I have been speaking to you. I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you for your great support. "The Scarecrow" is an album that means a lot to me and it was quite a commercial risk to just follow my heart instead of doing exactly what people expected. But if I take a look at the chart positions and sales - it went into the album charts in 16 countries, hitting the Top10 in four countries - it seems like you appreciate my honesty! Thank you!
Now preparing for the festival summer with Avantasia seems so surreal. Avantasia has never been on stage before and all of the sudden we are headlining the biggest festivals in the world, just been confirmed for the Sziget festival in Hungary on the 13th of August, playing amongst legendary bands such as R.E.M., die Ärzte, Iron Maiden and the Sex Pistols. Amazing!
Edguy are currently preparing to hit the studio to work on the successor of their recent album "Rocket Ride".
Vocalist Tobias Sammet has posted the following update:
"People think that we are quite fast but that's not the truth. I completed the Avantasia album last autumn, the Avantasia songwriting itself was completed even way back in 2006. All the new ideas I've had since then could be taken for Edguy. In fact, this is a long time to refresh your creativity and gather new stuff. The material sounds very fresh, it embraces all the different trademarks of Edguy, I think it is a logical continuation of Rocket Ride and Hellfire Club. Maybe it doesn't come across as goofy as Rocket Ride, but I am sure if we have fun in the studio we'll have enough possibilities to ruin the day for notoriously bitter people, haha. Yet it's more bombastic and heavier, not too fast cause I really don't like pure Speed Metal that much anymore. I like Lavatory Love Machine, The Piper Never Dies, Mandrake and Sacrifice. There's three fast tracks, but they are all good, not 'just fast'! We'll enter the studio next week and work whenever producer Sascha Paeth and me come back from the Avantasia weekends."
German thrashers Abandoned have posted the following news on their myspace page:
"Dear deaf people!
The Abandonettes have some good and bad news to deliver:
First the bad news: Konrad "Konny" Cartini, the original Abando-drummer, will lay down his drumsticks immediately due to sexual differences! Gone are the times of spontaneous stand-up comedy and delicate drumming that enriched each single live gig and our records... The reason for all this: Konny's gonna be a daddy for the second time! Seems like it's time for him to take care of his kids before they end up like him, haha! We'll miss you, brother!
But Abandoned wouldn't be Abandoned if we had no equivalent successor for the no longer vacant position (which indeed is the good news)!
"The Play - II", the new video from the Swedish metallers Darkwater, can be viewed at this location (or on YouTube here).
The track comes off the band's debut album, entitled "Calling The Earth To Witness", which was issued in Sweden on May 2007 via Ulterium Records. The album was mixed by Pelle Saether (Act, Skyfire) at Studio Underground and was mastered by Göran Finnberg (In Flames, The Haunted, Dark Tranquillity) at the Mastering Room.
Necrophagist have issued the following update on their official website:
"Romain Goulon joins Necrophagist as the official new drummer. The band and Romain look forward to working together on the new album. Meanwhile, check out a video of Romain playing to guitar tracks from the album "Epitaph" at Necrophagist's official YouTube channel.
The band wants to thank 'human metronome' Marco Minnemann for playing drums on last year's Summer Slaughter tour. It was an honor and a lot of fun playing with one of the world's greatest drummers.
However, Marco Minnemann and Muhammed Suicmez decided to launch a whole new band. Commented Muhammed: "I am very excited about this, because jamming with Marco inspires me to come up with great ideas and I have a lot of respect for Marco as a composer. So forging a whole new style by mixing mine and his is something I can't wait to do, because not only is Marco one of the best drummers in the world, he is a great guitarist also."
The upcoming new album "Amanethes", from Sweden's Tiamat is available for streaming online at the band's official MySpace page. The album will be released in the US on May 2nd via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was released on on April 18 in Europe already.
You can check out a brand new song from Repulsive Dissection entitled "Decimate" online here. The track comes off the forthcoming "Damn & Blast Vol. 3" compilation from Grindethic Records. The band is currently recording a full length which should be ready for release in a few months.
"One month before the release of their amazing new studio album Night Eternal, Moonspell and SPV are proud to unleash their widget on the world. With the entire album stream, a "Making Of" the "Scorpion Flower" video (feat. Anneke van Giersbergen) and a blog from Moonspell singer Fernando Ribiero, fans get a sneak peek from Portugal's most famous musical export.
The widget will be constantly updated directly via RSS feed, so embed it in your MySpace etc. pages, pass it on to friends, and DEFINITELY keep checking it!!! There's much more to come, and Fernando will also be keeping you informed about all Moonspell happenings on his blog!
In Flames are proud to announce the following live headline shows:
03 Luxembourg Den Atelier LUX
04 Cologne Paladium GER
05 Wiesbaden Schlachthof GER
08 Paris Zenith FRA
09 Tilburg 013 HOL
10 Nancy L'escale FRA
11 Lyon Tranbordeur FRA
13 Barcelona Razzamatazz 1 ESP
14 Granada La Copera ESP
15 Madrid La Riviera ESP
16 Bilbao Rock Star Live ESP
19 Munich Zenith GER
24 Dresden Alter SchlacthofGER
25 Berlin Columbiahalle GER
This is to be part of the upcoming European headline tour and more dates will be announced soon, so please note that these are NOT all the dates on this tour, more to be announced VERY soon!
Support on the tour comes from:
Gojira - http://www.myspace.com/gojira
Regain Records is proud to announce the signing of Swedish Unanimated (featuring former members of Entombed and Dismember).
The band is actually mastering their first two albums "In The Forest Of The Dreaming Dead" & "Ancient God Of Evil" which will be re-released with bonus-tracks in June through Regain Records.
The band will enter the studio during the summer to record a brand new full-length album.
The line-up consists of:
Micke Jansson - Vocals
Johan Bolin - Guitars
Richard Cabeza - bass
Peter Stjärnvind - Drums
Having fulfilled our record contract with The End Records, we have decided not to renew with them. We thank The End for 10 years of hard work and dedication. Our three full-length albums will continue to be in print for as long as there is a demand for them. Agalloch's immediate plans are to remain low key, work on new material, and look towards the future.
Crises has posted some news of their upcoming album:
The title of our new upcoming album will be "Coral Dreams". Musically it's much closer to our old progressive days than it's predecessor "Summerworks". Not only because of our singer Domink Eckert - which gives Crises his voice since 2006 - the songs are once again more melodic and a bit more complex.
The rap parts which many fans weren't to happy with have finally become a thing of the past. Moreover we took songs from our progressive past like "Choices", "The Blame" or "End Of A Rainbow" back into our regular set. Some of them will be released as bonus tracks.
Also the new CD will have a few unreleased songs from our days with Douglas Engelbrecht (2002-2004) like "Strange", "Fighting With Myself" or "Cubical". Some songs from our "Summerworks" album have been completely rewritten and have new titles, like "Stormy Weather" and "When You Were Mine" (formally known as "Everything" and "Footprints").
"We are proud to announce that the 4th Thy Majestie full lenght has been completed. Recording, mixing and mastering are now finally over. We are ENTHUSIASTIC of the final result. We think (and we don't say that only because it's usual to say these things after a new album) that this is the best album Thy Majestie have ever recorded
Catchy melodies, amazing guitars and keyboards solos (thanks to the guitar hero Simone Campione and the virtuoso Valerio Castorino) and a great, stunning, unbelievable vocal performance by Dario Cascio, "DAWN" cover]is ready and will be released by Dark Balance Records in July the 2nd .
Thy Majestie will be headliners at FEAR DARK festivals in Holland in the end of May and we'll play at Stuttgard (Germany) in the 2nd of June"
Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth have made an edit of a new song called "Lotus Eater" available online. The upcoming Opeth album "Watershed" will be released on 3th June at Roadrunner Records. You can download the song at this location.
In other news, Opeth have recently filmed a promotional video to an edit of the song "Porcelain Heart". The clip was directed by Lasse Hoile (Porcupine Tree etc) and shot in Vaxholm/Sweden at the marvellous Bogesund castle, built in the 1640's. The edit was done by Jens Bogren and Mikael Åkerfeldt. Mikael comments: "I think the video came out great! The location and the castle was beyond gorgeous, even though it was cold and empty in there and...yeah, a little scary too. Lasse and his team as well as the actors did a great job! The clip is very gothic looking which I think is the perfect imagery for the song and for Opeth overall I suppose. Really enjoyed filming that one actually!" Check out a few screen-shots here! The video can be watched by clicking this link.