BEM Agency was one of the biggest concert organizers in Estonia bringing state of the art rock and metal artists to Estonia and organizing Green Christmas festival in Rakvere each year. Tough times call for tough decisions and BEM Agency has decided to wrap their business up. According to the Gunnar Viese interview given to Eesti Päevaleht Online, the firm does not see any ways to continue. As Gunnar Viese stated, starting from last Autumn the number of concert visitors has dropped about a third. VAT raise at the beginning of the year has also played a big role in ticket pricing and further raise in ticket prices seems to be out of the question. Although there is motivation to continue, BEM Agency sees no way that the situation in this field is going to improve soon. Thus comes the tough decision to quit.
Swedish metallers Skyfire have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"After 5 years of computer failure, illness, lineup-changes and countless other obstacles, Swedish progressive death metallers Skyfire will triumphantly return to unleash their long awaited 4th album "Esoteric" this September 8th in North America, 14th in the UK and 18th in Europe via Pivotal Rockordings. Bassist Martin Hanner comments on the band's new album which features 10 epic new songs, some of which utilizing up to 70 individual tracks each:
"For this album, we were heavily inspired by bands like Symphony X and Bal-Sagoth; bands that write epic and catchy songs at the same time. We really thought long and hard about how we can make this new record as epic as possible without it coming off as cheesy and we then carefully began writing the subtle choir and orchestra parts to accompany the already bombastic music. This took quite some time, but we are pleased with the final result. The writing and overall planning for this CD took years and we literally weren't finished writing until right after all the recording was done.
The following update was issued on the SIG:AR:TYR's MySpace blog:
"I've been hard at work over the last several months on the third full-length SIG:AR:TYR album. I'm about 2/3 of the way done, and still aiming to be completed by the end of summer.
The new album will be called "Godsaga". Its theme centers around the concept of man transforming into a god, and Odin's sacrifice on the world tree Yggdrasil. This album is not a linear concept album such as "Sailing The Seas Of Fate", but each song deals with these similar themes.
Expect a darker, heavier, more intense and focused album, while still delivering the traditional SIG:AR:TYR hallmarks of previous works."
Swedish metallers Spawn Of Possession have issued the following update:
"Two very talented and competent musicians have recently joined Spawn Of Possession. Matthew Chalk (Ex-Psycroptic) is going to handle the vocal and lyric writing. Christian Münzner (Obscura, Ex-Necrophagist) is going to do the lead guitar part and unleash his madness into the multicoloured and distorted universe of Spawn Of Possession."
Spawn Of Possession' current line-up:
Vocals - Matthew Chalk
Bass - Erlend Caspersen
Drums - Richard Schill
Guitar - Christian Münzner
Guitar - Jonas Bryssling
Regarding the upcoming album, the band adds: "The songwriting process has been going quite well these last few months and five new songs are now complete. Seven other songs are in the works. We recorded a little pre-production of a new song to finally break the silence. Download it here."
US metallers Flotsam & Jetsam have scheduled the following European tour dates:
Aug. 21 - Treibsand - Lübeck, Germany
Aug. 22 - Rock Mania - Dettelbach, Germany
Aug. 23 - Rock Temple - Kerkrade, The Netherlands
Aug. 24 - Die Halle - Frankfurt, Germany
Aug. 25 - Exit Chmelnice - Praha, Czech Republic
Aug. 26 - Heya Club - Szczecin, Poland
Aug. 27 - Wacken Rocks South - Rieden/Kreuth, Germany
Aug. 28 - Turock - Essen, Germany
Aug. 29 - Wacken Rocks Seaside - Aurich, Germany
Aug. 29 - Elsrock - Rijssen, The Netherlands
"It is with great regret that our long time keyboard player Sammy Giaccotto has decided to leave Eyefear. We wish him all the best and thank him for his contribution. It's been an awesome ride !!!!!!
On the positive side we will be introducing our new keyboard player in the next few days."
Sammy's statement was posted as well, and reads as follows:
"Life is full of many decisions, and this was by far one of the most difficult I've had to make.
I have decided to leave Eyefear so I may concentrate more on music recording/production and less on live performance, etc. This is not to say that I wont be performing live any more, I'm sure that in the future I will submit to creativity and write and record a studio album to play live once or twice, this project may even include some Eyefear members, who knows!
The following update was issued on Sycronomica's MySpace blog:
"Munich's epic-blackmetal band Sycronomica have signed a new worldwide record deal with the Bavarian label Silverwolf Productions/SPV. At the moment the band's third output "Sycroscope" is recorded in Munich's well known Helion Studios where also both predecessor albums "Paths" (2004) and "Gate" (2006) have been recorded.
The release is scheduled for October the 23rd 2009 and will be celebrated with a special release show at the Helion Festival II (among others Equilibrium, Debauchery, Suidakra, Dark Fortress, Riger) in Munich on October the 24th.
At the moment Sycronomica is looking for other shows as well as a tour slot for the period autumn/winter 2009/10. Bookers and promoters may contact the band at any time via sycronomica web de."
Wacken Open Air, believed to be the biggest Heavy Metal open air festival in the world, is only one more month away. The festival has been sold out for many months now... but so what?
For everyone who had already given up hope for this year's Wacken Festival, here comes your salvation: Wacken Online Live Stream is back! 40 hours of live streaming and broadcasts are waiting for you from all of the stages: True Stage, Black Stage, Party Stage, and W.E.T. Stage! The whole thing is provided in amazing quality, so that even online you can get your mosh pit money's worth.
If you don't want to miss out, you need to get your online tickets quickly - moshers who get their orders in early will pay even less: anyone who orders their ticket by July 15 will pay just €10.90 for all 3 days (after July 15th it will cost €15.90).
Canadian legends Voivod have just put their new album "Infini" (released June 12th) online as a stream. You can listen to the complete album - which is late guitarist's Denis "Piggy" D'Amours legacy - right here.
"Infini" cover art] tracklist:
01. God Phones
02. From The Cave
04. Global Warning
05. A Room With A View
06. Destroy After Reading
07. Treasure Chase
08. Krap Radio
09. In Orbit
E1 Music announces the addition of Canada's Kittie to its heavy metal roster. Under this worldwide deal, Kittie will release three albums for the label.
Kittie (Morgan Lander - vocals and guitar, Mercedes Lander - drums, Tara McLeod - guitar, and Ivy Vujic - bass guitar) have released four studio albums during its career which have sold collectively over 1,250,000 copies. The band's new album, "In The Black", is slated for release on September 15, 2009. Some new songs on the album are "Cut Throat, "Sorrow I Know" and "My Plague."
Kittie vocalist Morgan Lander says: "We are totally thrilled and honored to be working with Scott Givens and to now be part of the E1 family. We have been hard at work for the past few months perfecting our latest musical offering and are pleased with the final result of "In The Black". It is everything that Kittie is supposed to be: heavy, fast, brash and nasty, yet at times introspective, feminine and emotional. One thing it is not, however, is compromising of the sound and style that we have come to be known for. This shit is HEAVY! Our new label pairing with E1 will actualize the vision that we have held constant over the years for the band."
Guitarist Giulio Moschini of Italian brutal death metal band Hour Of Penance has posted the following update:
"After an almost three-years long hiatus, Hour Of Penance welcomes back the former guitarist and founder Enrico, who apparently got tired of the cold and dark Norwegian life... The band is now back as a quintet and will perform for the first time with the renowned line-up at the Armageddon In The Park Festival on August 1st. Join us there!"
According to several webstores, the tracklist of Leaves' Eyes upcoming new album "Njord" will look as follows:
02. My Destiny
03. Emerald Island
04. Take The Devil In Me
05. Scarborough Fair
06. Through Our Veins
07. Irish Rain
11. The Holy Bond
12. Forya's Theme
13. Landscape Of The Dead
14. Les Champs De Lavande
The Leaves' Eyes album "Njord" will be released August 28th 2009, the EP "My Destiny" will be already out July 24th 2009. A picture of the cover art can be found here.