The Australian tour announced by Deströyer 666 some months ago has been cancelled. Dates for the tour hadn't been posted yet, but the tour has been postponed until further notice. The reason for the postponement is the untimely death of drummer Mersus' uncle. The band has however been confirmed for the United Metal Maniacs Festung Festival 2009.
In other Deströyer 666 news, the upcoming new album from the band originally titled "Siege" has now been renamed to "Defiance".
Legendary Swedish doom metallers CANDLEMASS have completed work on their new album for an early 2009 release.
Commented bassist/songwriter Leif Edling: "We've worked on the album all autumn and it feels really good that it is completed. The sound is superfat, heavy as hell, and very organic/dynamic at the same time. Our friend Chris (Laney; Randy Piper, Zan Clan) has done a great job mixing it! I personally think this album is the best one of the three we have released in the new millennium, easy! It is bigger, better, louder and a bit more mature, I must say! It is our 'Heaven And Hell', hehe. And if you guys behave and eat your vegetables, we just might be able to add a couple of sound bits on the C-MASS site. Maybe the wait for the release in May next year will be easier. Check this page sometime before X-mas. The only thing that pisses me off is the fact that we can't call it 'Hammer Of Doom', after one of the songs on it. A brand new stupid festival in Germany calls themselves that! Who spilled the beans??? Well, well... the album absolutely KILLS and we will surely come up with a suitable name for it."
"I have some sad news for all our Mithras fans; the ZT Xmas bash on the 14th of December will be my last show with Mithras as I am leaving the band. I realise this may come as somewhat sudden news, but I have found myself increasingly unable to commit as much time to Mithras as a) I could like and b) it really requires of me. The result is that I'm holding the band back and putting increasing pressure on Leon and his own busy lifestyle, which has never been something I wanted to do as a band member or as a friend. I find myself with increasing commitments and responsibilities in my life which at this point in time could do with my full attention. This isn't to say I'm just going to disappear into the void, I'm still a massive fan of the band and will support it in all its pursuits and I'll still be around on the board and myspace. I have had a fantastic time writing, recording and rehearsing all the albums and music that has been written so far, it's been a huge part of my life that I have really enjoyed and am very proud of all we've accomplished.
Sepultura have posted two new songs from the upcoming album "A-Lex". The songs are called "The Treatment" and "We've Lost You". "A-Lex" cover art] will be released through SPV Records on the following dates in January:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Brasil: January 23rd
UK, Scandinavia and the rest of Europe: January 26th
USA and Canada: January 27th
Polish media have informed - and the official Acid Drinkers website confirmed the news - that their second guitarist, Aleksander "Olass" Mendyk has died yesterday (November 30th). He passed away in Krakow, at the age of 29. Cause of death is unknown, the police is still investigating the case. No further details are currently available.
Metal Hammer have posted the newest video, "At War With The Inferior", from Swedish Melodic Death metallers Zonaria, online. The song comes off the band's second full-length album, "The Cancer Empire", which was released last month via Century Media Records.
Samael have set "Above" as the title of their upcoming album due to be release in winter 2009.
This is what vocalist/guitarist Vorph says about the record: "After 20 years we've tried to do an album that would represent what Samael is all about and we did "Solar Soul". We feel now it is the right time to remember the people where we come from and that's exactly what "Above" will do. It is like an enhanced version of our three or four first albums, maybe the missing link between "Cermony Of Opposites" and "Passage". With the "Era One" project we've tried to work on different influences, with "Above" we stripped everything down. It is a metal album through and through."
WeRock City has informed Blabbermouth.net that drummer Munetaka Higuchi of veteran Japanese metallers Loudness passed away today (Sunday, November 30) around 10:00 a.m. (Japan Standard Time) at a hospital in Osaka, Japan. He was 49 years old. Loudness guitarist Akira Takasaki confirmed the news on his online blog (also in Japanese).
Higuchi was diagnosed with liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma) in April 2008. He had reportedly undergone two rounds of chemotherapy treatment and an operation to remove part of his liver.
In an October 18, 2008 statement released via the band's official website, Munetaka wrote about his condition (translated from Japanese): "It has been half a year since I was diagnosed with liver cancer. I am really sorry that the fans are worried. The cancer has become worse despite the fact that I have been taking care of my health, and I will need more time for my treatment. Even after undergoing the big operation to remove half of my liver, I still need more treatment. There are various risks and dangers involved with my condition, but I'll do my best to keep my spirits up and maintain my physical strength to fight this illness. I know it is still the middle of my treatment, but I just wanted inform you about my progress since the operation. Thank you very much for all the support."
Florida death metallers Hate Eternal have issued the following update:
"Hate Eternal have been forced to drop off the ongoing Job For A Cowboy North American tour due an infection in Erik Rutan's hand and complications in his kidney. Erik was admitted to an Iowa City hospital on the early morning of Nov. 23rd and has remained under doctor's supervision since.
The infection has caused concern for the doctors, but the major concern of the doctor's is, Erik's kidney. Erik has had a couple of procedures done on his kidney. Erik will not be able to continue the tour, but he is expected to make a full recovery. He is expected to be released sometime next week and then will seek further treatment at home in Florida.
Swedish death metallers Nominon have issued the following update:
"Writing this note to let you all know wtf that is going on in the Nominon clan. For now we're more or less only concentrate to write new riffs and stuff for the fourth album that we do plan to record sometime during 2009. We have a few songs already written, but still there is a bit of arranging to take care of since we do want to release the best and most grotesque shit ever and not any half-hearted weak pussy Metal that so many other bands do.
We are also (as usual) negotiating about doing some touring next year, and for now it looks as we'll probably be doing a headline European trip for two weeks in May. There's also a few openings for Nominon to tour The States again, so who knows, we might be doing a triumphant return over there during 2009. Would be fucking awesome, so we could brutalize the west coast this time around as well. See you in the pit motherfuckers, and be prepared because we'll be heading your way sooner or later!"
Russian label Irond records presents the new Kramola album "Krov Svobody". Kramola is the latest side project with members of Moscow metal band Nevid.
The album was recorded by some original Nevid members: Lesiar, Arsafes, Olga Lantseva, Olga Mashkina, and other musicians like Wolfenhirt, Harry, Alex Kozlovsky, Alex Bolshov. Also live on stage other Nevid members Alex Smirnov and Glen will be performing for Kramola.
Sepultura recently composed a bossa nova song, called "Coquinho", for the new Volkswagen Voyage commercial that aired all over South America since late October. Now as a "Christmas gift", the band has made the track available for direct download at this location. You can watch the actual commercial clip in high quality on YouTube here.
Sepultura's upcoming album "A-Lex" will be released through SPV Records in January.
Italy's Novembre have a new bass player. The band announced the following on their MySpace blog:
"The tormented role of bass player is passed on to Valerio Di Lella, already the band's live sound engineer for years, and singer of Death Metal band Grimness. Novembre, who recently parted company with Luca Giovagnoli, are glad to officially welcome Valerio on board.
In Valerio's own words: "I'm so thrilled to join this band, as being always on the road with them as a soundguy had made me one of them anyways. Moreover, we totally share the same musical tastes and I'm so digging the new songs which are taking shape these days".
Indeed, the band's just started the writing sessions for their next studio album. It's way too early to say anything about it except for the unmistakeable Novembre's style which is always there and ain't gonna be altered.
Twisted Sister have posted their new video online for the song "I'll Be Home For Christmas". The song features the vocal contributions of Lita Ford, in her first video in 20 years. You can check it out at the band's Myspace page. The song is featured on the "A Twisted Christmas" album, released in 2006. "A Twisted Christmas" is the band's very own holiday CD and DVD featuring 'twisted' versions of Christmas classics.
The Black Dahlia Murder have issued the following announcement:
"On the eve of our December tour with friends Misery Index and Soilent Green, we in The Black Dahlia Murder are faced with a heartbreaking dilemma: John K. has abruptly left the fold and refuses to accompany us on the tour. We are left with no choice but to carry on with the dates as a four piece. The remaining members of the band apologize for these unprofessional circumstances, but we feel that it is best to go through with the tour and not disappoint the other bands as well as the fans who are looking forward to these shows. Please come out and show some Black Dahlia love in our hour of need."