Guitarist Hjalmar Nielsen has decided to leave Swedish Black Metal formation Lord Belial. According to a statement from Hjalmar: "There are absolutely no hard feelings involved in my decision and I just hope the best for the guys as they are great people and good friends."
Following to the depart, guitarist Niclas "Pepa" Andersson has rejoined the fold. In this way the band has all his original members again.
Lord Belial's seventh studio album entitled "Revelation" is expected to receive a late 2006 release through Regain Records.
Full statements and all other info can be found at http://www.lordbelial.com.
Battelore's previously announced European tour with Draconain and Darzamat has been cancelled due to "booking problems," according to a posting on the Finnish "fantasy metal" band's web site. The post further adds : "Battlelore has nothing to do with the cancellation. The whole band is deeply sorry for the fans and very disappointed in this situation."
Amon Amarth has posted the following message on their official web site:
"We have been offered to join Children Of Bodom on their North American tour in December and therefore we have been forced to postpone the Scandinavian leg of our headlining tour.
Of course this is not a perfect scenario for us, as we hate to pospone shows and were really looking forward to playing in Gothenburg, Oslo and Stockholm. However, we will do an extended Scandinavian tour in Jan - Feb, dates and venues will be announced soon.
We are also working on other countries that have been left out from the November European tour for early next year."
For all upcoming Amon Amarth tour dates, click here
The Swedish viking death metal metallers' sixth full-length album, "With Oden On Our Side" is scheduled for release in Europe on September 25 (September 22 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland) via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren.
Russian doom-metal label Solitude Prod. has concluded an agreement with Elegy Records for releasing Evoken's "Embrace the Emptiness" album. Earlier this album had been released by the American label in 1998 with limited circulation.
The CD is to be released in the first half of October this year, it will be exclusively designed.
In America "Embrace the Emptiness" will be spread only by Elegy Records.
Solitude Prod - Russian Doom Metal Label
There have been big News in the Arcane camp this last weeks, so here we go:
After more than 10 years playing with us, our bassist and old friend Claudio Botarro has left Poema Arcanvs. Personal issues are the main cause of his departure, and of course it has all been on friendly terms. We wish him the best of luck in his forthcoming projects (musical and not musical). Cheers Boterror! We'll miss you.
Well, the situation was known by us more than a month ago, but we decided not to say anything until we found a new member. And so we did.
So, now we are glad to present our new member: Mr. Juan Pablo "Hueso" Vallejos. He's been rehearsing with us for a couple weeks already and things have worked perfectly, given that he is a killer bassist which we knew from before. We cannot wait to play live again with this new line-up! Cheers and Welcome, Mr. Hueso!!!!
Initial dates for Necrophagist's UK/Ireland tour have been announced. A few more dates will be added, but here's the current itinerary :
10/15 London, UK @ The Underworld
10/17 Manchester, UK @ Satan's Hollow w/ Napalm Death
10/18 Stoke, UK @ The Glebe
10/19 Cork, IRE @ An Cruiscin Lan
10/20 Dublin, IRE @ Voodoo Lounge
10/23 Birmingham, UK @ Edward's No.8
10/24 Newport, UK @ TJ's
Necrophagist will tour the USA with Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus and Unmerciful ("Carving North America's Epitaph Vol. II" tou) afterwards. Those dates can be found at the band's official website.
A brand new God Dethroned song, entiled '2014' has been posted online via God Dethroned official MySpace page. The song comes off the Dutch death metallers' sixth album through Metal Blade Records "The Toxic Touch" due on October 20 in Germany/Austria/Switzerland, and on October 23 in the rest of Europe.
Click here to check it out.
Cradle Of Filth have announced three UK tour dates in December in support of their new album "Thornography" which will be released on October 16. Support comes from Sabbat (featuring producer extraordinaire, Andy Sneap), plus one other band tba. Tour dates are as follows :
Dec. 17 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
Dec. 18 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy
Dec. 19 - London, UK @ Astoria
Cradle Of Filth have announced three UK live dates in support of their new album "Thornography". They have since announced a live date for Antwerp, Belgium at Hof Ter Lo on December 16th.
Cradle Of Filth has confirmed that Sabbat, featuring Andy Sneap and Martin Walkyier, will reunite for the UK shows as one of two support acts. It's not known at this time if they will play the Belgium show.
Immortal mainman's I project, featuring Ice Dale (Enslaved, Audrey Horne), TC King (Sahg, ex-Gorgoroth) and Armagedda (ex-Immortal), has just uploaded two new songs from their debut album entitled "Between Two Worlds" via Abbath's MySpace page. Check out the songs "The Storm I Ride" and "Cursed We Are" here.
Check out new promotional photos here. Pictures from the band's appearance last month at the Hole In The Sky festival in Bergen, Norway can be found here.
Mortal Love, a Gothic Metal band from Norway, will release a new album called "Forever Will Be Gone". This will be their third studio album and it'll be on stores on 22nd September 2006. The following hasbeen posted on their official "My Space" page:
"Our new album, the third and final chapter in our trilogy, will be released on September 22nd!!! A new web site will co-incide with the release of the album."
A teaser of one of the song can be found at there official web site http://www.mortallove.com. More info will be announced soon!
Suffocation's new full-length album "Suffocation" is available in its entirety for online listening courtesy of AOL Music's 'Full CD Listening Party.' Click here to listen. The album will be released today, on 19 September.
You can also hear Alice In Chains' "The Essential" (released 5 September) here, and Janes Addiction's "Best Of..." CD (release date today (19 September) here.
Veteran Heavy Metal band W.A.S.P. have posted some new tour dates online. The dates add to W.A.S.P.'s already extensive European tour. This part of the tour will happen at the end of this year. All these dates are with the band 'Jaded'.
Here are the new dates:
18/11/06 - Ireland, Dublin @ Tripod
19/11/06 - Ireland, Belfast @ Spring & Airbrake
20/11/06 - Ireland, Belfast @ Spring & Airbrake
23/11/06 - Spain, Alicante @ Nave 8
24/11/06 - Spain, Madrid @ Macumba
25/11/06 - Spain, Santiago De Compostela @ Capitol
26/11/06 - Spain, Bergara @ Jam
27/11/06 - Spain, Barcelona @ Razzmatazz
01/12/06 - Portugal, Lisbon @ T.B.A.
02/12/06 - Spain, Seville @ T.B.A.
Therion's official website has been updated with the following :
"We are giving it another shot! A series of videos is now available for downloads. The quality is not the best in the world, but at least it is something. If this doesn't kill the server we will hopefully be able to put up more videos with better quality. So go on over to the Download section and grab them."
As previously reported, the recordings of the band's new album have been completed and the mixing is now in progress. The band "estimate to have the album done by the end of the month." It is set to be released on January 16th.