Due to a Retina-Detachment, Henjo, Gamma Ray's guitarist, has undergone surgery. The shows, therefore, in Saarbrücken and Langen will not take place as planned. The show in Langen will be moved to the following Monday the 22 of March. Saarbrücken will be on Tuesday the 23 of March. The shows in Lichtenfels and Prague will happen as planned.
UPDATED (thanks to BudDa)
Gamma Ray drummer Daniel Zimmermann posted the following update on Henjo Richter's condition:
"Henjo's eye surgery went better than expected. Nevertheless, Henjo cannot play the shows in Lichtenfels, Prague, Langen and Saarbrücken. The band decided to engage guitar player Kasperi Heikkinen (Amberian Dawn, Iconofear, ex-Elenium) from Finland again to play the four shows mentioned above. Kasperi already replaced Henjo for a few shows in 2006."
Hammerfall have announced they'll be doing a short UK Tour in May. Here's the epic word from the band:
"The wait is over: HammerFall will finally return in style to the United Kingdom! Kicking off spring and May with a week of Templar invasion on the British shores, it will be nothing short of... yes, a crusade. In the name of heavy metal, time to fly your rebel banners high, folks!"
01.05.2010 - Manchester - Academy
02.05.2010 - Glasgow - Cathouse
03.05.2010 - Sheffield - Corporation
04.05.2010 - Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
05.05.2010 - Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall
06.05.2010 - London - Electric Ballroom
UPDATE (thanks to BudDa)
Dream Evil will be supporting Hammerfall on their UK tour in May.
German pagan metallers Equilibrium have officially announced the addition of drummer Tuval "Hati" Refaeli from Israel to their ranks:
Stated Hati: "I feel extremely lucky and honoured to play with Equilibrium. It's a dream come true for me and a great opportunity. And I would like to thank Arafel's violinist] Nasha Nocturna for connecting us!"
Commented mainman René Berthiaume: "When we made officially announced being on the hunt for a drummer, we received lots of applications of really good drummers every day. We feel honoured also renowned artists were among them. Eventually we chose this guy from Israel. Hati has the ambition and the talent to kick major ass with us!"
Ulterium Records are very proud to announce the signing of the Greek melodic power metal band InnerWish to the label. The bands new album No Turning Back will be released on May 28th in Europe and North America. The mixing of the album was done by Fredrik Nordström In Flames, Hammerfall, Dimmu Borgir] at Studio Fredman, and mastering was handled by Mika Jussila Nightwish, Children Of Bodom, Stratovarius] at Finnvox Studios.
Head over to the band's official MySpace profile to check out the entire opening-track "The Signs Of Our Lives" as well as some more samples from the album.
Soilwork have confirmed a headlining North American tour for the summer. Support will come from Death Angel, Augury, Mutiny Within, and tour sluts Swashbuckle. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Jul. 14 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
Jul. 15 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Jul. 16 - The Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
Jul. 17 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Jul. 18 - FouFounes Electriques - Montreal, QC
Jul. 19 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON
Jul. 20 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Jul. 21 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
Jul. 22 - Reggies Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Jul. 23 - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
Jul. 24 - The Rock - Maplewood, MN
Jul. 27 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Jul. 28 - Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC
Modern metallers Sonic Syndicate have revealed the first details for their upcoming effort We Rule The Night, out May 28th via Nuclear Blast.
"The time has once again arrived for all of us in Sonic Syndicate to unleash a new album on the world. Just a short time ago we burned down your city and now we're back with full force to announce that We Rule The Night. Over the last few months we've been working on the artwork for our new album - coming out on May 28th, 2010 - with our good friend Gustavo Sazes. We asked Gustavo to create a bright cover that was also very dark to fit with the title of out new album. After countless hours of frustration and adjustments an email arrives with what has now become the brightest yet darkest cover we could possibly hope for. Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages. We present to you the cover artwork of our new album, We Rule The Night."
French experimental act Eclectika recently released their sophomore release Dazzling Dawn, via Asylum Ruins Records. Like the first album The Last Blue Bird (released in 2007), the album is a crossover of several kinds of music. A dowload track of a new song can be found below.
Dazzling Dawn cover art] tracklist:
01. The End
02. Dazzling Dawn .mp3]
03. Sophist Revenge
04. Les Démons Obsédants Du Regret
05. There Is No Daylight In The Darkest Paradise
06. Experience 835
07. The Next Blue Exoplanet
08. Marble Altar
09. Stokholm Syndrome
10. 11 Corps Décharnés
Six Magics have announced Pablo Ignacio Sepúlveda as the new guitar player replacing Gabriel Hidalgo. Here's the band's comment about the new line up: "We are excited to announce that Pablo Ignacio Sepúlveda has officially joined Six Magics as new guitar player. Pablo has replaced Gabriel Hidalgo when he decided to quit the band to live and study in USA. Pablo was with us in our promotional tour in Germany last month and it wasn't hard to realize he is not just a great guitarist but a lovely person, too. Please give him a warm welcome!"
Coroner Records licensed the album Behind The Sorrow to the Japanese label Howling Bull. The album will be released in Japan on the 28th of April 2010 and it will contain a live version of the song "Behind The Sorrow" as bonus track.
Hour Of Penance will hit the European soil for almost 3 weeks in late April/May to promote the new album Paradogma out on Unique Leader on March 30th in the US and on March 31st in the rest of the world. The band will also take part in two of the most extreme European festivals including the Dutch Neurotic Deathfest and the UK Deathfest respectively on april 30th and May 2nd.
24.04.2010 - ITA, Brescia - Olden Live Club
25.04.2010 - ITA, Vicenza - Jack Hole
26.04.2010 - TBA
27.04.2010 - SVK, Kosice - Colloseum Club
28.04.2010 - CZE, Prague - Black Pes
29.04.2010 - GER, TBA
30.04.2010 - NED, Tilburg - Neurotic Deathfest
02.05.2010 - UK, Leeds - UK Deathfest
04.05.2010 - TBA
05.05.2010 - TBA
06.05.2010 - ESP, Bilbao - (venue TBA)
"Hope everyone is warming up after such a dreadful snowy winter. Anyhoo we're back from our NZ/AUS/Japan tour and of course it was a blast, thanks to everyone coming out and to Baroness who were f'n shredding like the madmen they are. Now it's time for more shows - this time in our own territory. We're gonna be playing with some great bands - Jakob (killer post-rock from New Zealand,) Tombs from Brooklyn, Melvins (!!!) and Cave In (that's right.) We're also be playing at this years Bonnaroo Festival which should be good times as well."
May 26, 2010 - The Casbah, San Diego, CA (with Jakob and Tombs)
May 29, 2010 - WOW Hall, Eugene, OR (with Jakob and Tombs)
The new single "Ofïussa (A Terra Das Serpentes)" from the new album Horn Triskelion by Portuguese folk metallers Gwydion is now available for streaming at this location. The album will be released on April 9.
Norwegian black metal band 1349 has posted a new song "Atomic Chapel " on their MySpace page. The song comes off the upcoming Demonoir, which will be released on April 26th through Indie Recordings in Europe and on April 27th through Prosthetic Records in North America. All album details here.
Gama Bomb have shot a video for the song "Slam Anthem". The song is off the album Tales From The Grave In Space which was released last year and which is also still available for free download at this location.
The band will embark on a "Back To The Fu" tour in April (with SSS) and May (with Mutant). The band is also confirmed to tour the UK with Sepultura. Tour dates can be found here.