Dutch metallers Delain have issued the following update:
"We are sad to announce that Ronald Alexander Landa has decided to part ways with Delain. Ronald has been of great value to the band. We would like to thank him for his everlasting devotion for Delain! We will never forget all the great moments we have shared together and wish him the very best for the future!
Ronald will still play our shows in Zwolle and Birmingham and besides that there is a big chance he will appear on stage now and then at one of our future shows. We hope to be able to announce his successor very soon and keep you updated on that!"
Denmark Power metallers Anubis Gate have issued the short following update:
"We have started writing new material. All song writers have a lot of material, that needs to be put together to form real songs. The plan is to enter the studio during the summer of 2010, but before that we have a lot of demoing the new material, writing lyrics and generally coming up with something spectacular for our coming album."
Ex-Pestilence bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling, who played on the band's fourth album Spheres (1993), will rejoin the Dutch death metallers after a break of 15 years. Thesseling has played in the Progressive Death Metal band Obscura since late 2007 and played on their second album Cosmogenesis, released in February this year. He will play in both bands as of now.
Here is a comment from Thesseling: "After such a long period of time it's great to be part of Pestilence again. I'm convinced that this cooperation will result in brilliant technical death metal. In order to avoid misunderstandings I want to emphasize that I will continue to work with my German colleagues of Obscura as well."
Cathedral are ready to commence work on their ninth studio album. The band will enter the Chapel Studios together with producer Warren Riker in November to record The Guessing Game. Some song titles have also been revealed: "Journeys Into Jade", "The Casket Chasers", "Funeral Of Dreams", "Death Of An Anarchist", "La Noche Del Buque Maldito" (aka Ghost Ship Of The Blind Dead) and "Open Mind Surgery". The artwork will once more be supplied by longtime Cathedral cover artist Dave Patchett.
The Guessing Game is scheduled for a spring 2010 release.
To make this years Halloween even more evil and dark Metalforce recorded a song to celebrate that demonic night.
Click here to download the song "Halloween" for free and click here to download a printable CD jewelcase cover artwork but do it at your own risk because you might awake some creatures of the night if you play it too loud!
Pulverised Records welcomes Ukrainian Black Metallers Balfor. Describing their music as "Barbaric Black Metal", that explores themes from their countries' warrior past, the band had recently completed their debut full-length album entitled Barbaric Blood.
Barbaric Blood will be slated for a street release date sometime in the first quarter of 2010. More details and any further announcements will be made soon.
Comments Pulverised Records A&R manager Calvin: "Balfor are one of those bands that has pretty much the whole package; top-class musicianship and excellent songwriting prowess that perfectly describes their brand of Darkened Black Metal. It is our pleasure to be working with Balfor on their debut album, so expect nothing short of killer headbanging riffs blending together with the atmospheric feel that is ever so essential in Black Metal."
Haggard have offered the following update on their upcoming activities:
"Guitarist and vocalist Asis Nasseri did seclude himself in his four walls, to work on new material, write notes, to compose, sing and play. One thing is for sure: It will not take another 4 years until the next output! The topic of the forthcoming CD has still not been decided yet.
It is confirmed: Haggard are happy to fly another time this year to Latin America to rock Argentinia, Chile and Mexico! Here are the dates:
16.12.2009 - ARGENTINIA, Salta
17.12.2009 - ARGENTINIA, Buenos Aires
18.12.2009 - CHILE, Santiago de Chile
20.12.2009 - MEXICO, Guadalajara
21.12.2009 - MEXICO, Mexico City
22.12.2009 - MEXICO, Morelia
Between The Buried And Me have confirmed they will do a N. American tour with Cynic, Devin Townsend (as part of The Devin Townsend Project) and Scale The Summit. Between The Buried And Me are headlining the tour, set to take place in January and February 2010, in support of their new album The Great Misdirect.
Dates announced so far include:
1/08 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
1/09 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
1/10 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
1/11 Houston, TX @ Meridian
1/12 Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar (Big room)
1/13 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
1/15 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
1/16 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
1/17 West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
1/18 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Henry Lauer, bass player from Ironwood, posted the following message on their Myspace site:
Ironwood has been cloistered away these last few months, with nary a gig nor missive, but I am now proud to announce that we have finished recording the follow-up to our debut album!
Although I'm hesitant to say too much, the new release, to be titled Storm Over Sea, explores the elemental themes to which its name alludes. It employs them as vehicles for a range of emotions and sentiments, from inky depths through to airy wistfulness.
The ocean is famed for its complex, multi-faceted nature: we hope and believe that the new album will reflect that faithfully with some intense (and technical) metal workouts, lush vocal harmonies, and immersive post-rock passages.
Immolation have entered Millbrook Sound Studios in New York with longtime producer Paul Orofino to begin recording their Nuclear Blast Records debut, and eighth overall album. The band checked in from the studio today to offer the following details and update:
"Today we have begun the recording process for our eighth full-length release. Once again we have entered Millbrook Sound Studios in upstate Millbrook, New York and will start tracking with Paul Orofino tomorrow. This will be our sixth time visiting Millbrook Studios and we are really looking forward to the whole process.
The new album will contain ten songs of the strongest material we have ever written. The new material is more violent and aggressive, with fast sections that take us to a new level of speed and intensity, while complementing the dark and sullen heavier moments. There are plenty of miserable and militant movements to please the die hard and new Immolation fans alike.
Australian rockers Airbourne are pleased to announce No Guts, No Glory as the title of their second album for Roadrunner Records. The album is set for release on February 23, 2010. No Guts, No Glory was recorded in Chicago with noted producer Johnny K (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Staind). The band relocated from their shared home in Warrnambool and moved into K's spacious studio to record the album.
Frontman Joel O'Keefe says: "Working with Johnny was great, he's one of the boys. We basically just set up all the gear, chucked a few mics around and went for it! Good times!" Brother and drummer Ryan confirms the precarious microphone placement: "With this album, we threw the mics all over the building, left the doors and windows open and pressed record!"
The Gathering drummer Hans Rutten has issued the following update about the band's 20th Anniversary plans:
"I am proud to announce the first dates for our upcoming The West Pole/20th Anniversary European Tour (Jan/Febr. 2010). Please note there will be more gigs added this tour. We are still working on a couple of Greek dates too, as well as a South American tour and some more club gigs in The Netherlands.
As you might know Marjolein will not be able to play with us the first week. Old bandmember Hugo Prinsen Geerligs will join us on stage, after 6 years! So these gigs will me memorable for sure! Hugo will join us from Krefeld untill Bratislava, Marjolein will be on stage again in Budapest untill the end.We are thrilled and excited and we hope the same goes for you!"
11/28/09: Ottawa, Ontario at Cafe Deckuf (with The Last Felony, Revocation)
11/29/09: Toronto, Ontario at Wreckroom (with Revocation)
12/04/09: Trois-Rivieres, Quebec at Rock Cafe le Stage (with The Last Felony, Unfallen)
12/05/09: Rimouski, Quebec at Paradis (Rimouski deathfest 3)
12/11/09: Moncton, New-Brunswick at The Manhattan
12/12/09: Halifax, Nova-Scotia at Gus Pub
In other news, Neuraxis have secured Olivier Pinard (Vengeful) on bass and Olivier Beaudoin (ex-Eternal Burden/ex-Stareblind) on drums for the upcoming shows. Commented singer Alex Leblanc: "We started jamming with the two Oli's and it's been amazing so far. They are really talented and we can't wait to assault stages with them."