According to a posting on the band's official MySpace, "Malevolent Creation are very disappointed to announce the unfortunate cancellation of the Death Before Dishonor Tour which was booked for November 2008 in Europe.
The situation was beyond the band's control as they never received the contracts or plane tickets they were promised by the X Factor Booking Agency (which is Metallysee doing operation under new name).
The band is moving forward and looking to reschedule the tour through an agency with a better reputation with Vital Remains for early next year following a devastatingly brutal new CD from this Malevolent Creation!
Malevolent Creation are focusing now on writing a very angry, fast and furious opus to conquer 2009 with."
Guitarist Peter "Pepe" Lyse Hansen of Danish thrash/death metallers Hatesphere has issued the following update:
"We have just wrapped up the song writing for the new album this weekend, so we are more than prepared to enter the studio next week on October 13th. The album will be produced and mixed by Tue Madsen at the Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark. Keep your eyes and ears open for studio blogs and updates on both this page and our MySpace-page - and on this location.
Also, we have been confirmed for this years Aalborg Metal Festival to take place on November 7th in Aalborg, Denmark. Other bands playing are amongst others Opeth. Furthermore we have confirmed a show at the P3 in Purmerend, Holland, on December 5th. We visited Purmerend last time in February on our tour with Dismember, and we are looking forward to seeing all of you guys and girls there again. Support on this show will come from the Danish band, The Psyke Project, which will also support us on December 6th at the Bang your Head Festival in Esch, Luxembourg."
Civilization One original members, Chitral "Chity" Somapala (vocals) and Pierre-Emmanuel Pélisson (bass) have issued the following statement:
"We are sad to announce that we parted ways with Christian Münzner (guitars), Björn Daigger (guitars) and Holger Rodammer (drums).
With the exception of the very first Civilization One concert at Progpower UK, this line-up has played all the shows following the release of our first album "Revolution Rising". We were looking forward to recording the second album "Calling The Gods" together. However, during the last months and for various reasons, it has proven more and more difficult working all together. In the end, we thought it was best to go on our seperate ways. There are definitely no hard feelings on our side and so we wish Chris, Björn and Holly all the best in their future projects.
Scar Symmetry have announced some new decisions among the band:
"When things went from bad to worse and we realized that it wasn't going to work out with Christian, we were faced with two options; either calling it quits, or seizing the opportunity to take the next logical step in the evolution of our sound. We chose the latter. We've used both growls and clean vocals in our music since day one, and with each album we've pushed the envelope of what you can do vocally in a metal band to the point where a lot of the songs on "Holographic Universe" would be hard if not impossible to sing live. So the question is: Is it really possible to push the vocals even further and manage to perform everything live?
French metallers Gojira have posted online their new video, for the song "Vacuity", which can be viewed at this location.
The video was helmed by French producers Julien Mokrani and Samuel Bodin of Six Pieds Sous Terre Productions. The location of the shoot was in the Basque country where Gojira resides.
"Vacuity" comes off the band's upcoming album, entitled "The Way Of All Flesh", which will be released on October 13th via Listenable Records.
Online concert site FabChannel.com have announced an exclusive live video webcast of Volbeat's sold-out concert at the legendary Paradiso in Amsterdam, this Thursday. Fans from all over the world can tune in to watch the concert for free at this location. The live webcast starts at 7:30 PM (GMT) on Thursday, October 9th. The support show of Atlanta's Stuck Mojo will also be shown live at 6:45 PM (GMT) before the main event. A few days after the live webcast, the entire recording will be added to Fabchannel's online video archive.
An e-card for Volbeat's new album "Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood" can be found here.
"We finally signed a worldwide licensing deal with a U.S. record label NePlusUltra Music for our 7th album "Audible Minority", and they will release the album in December 2008. NePlusUltra Music is a new label who understands Kekal's vision, and we believe they will back us up full-force in order to break the limits.
The first pressing of the CD version will be a special Digipak format, strictly limited to 777 copies hand-numbered. Digital version will also be available for download. The most interesting part is that through NePlusUltra Music website, we will offer the Pay-what-you-want / Free Download version at the time of release. This legal Free Download version will have 8 out of 11 tracks of the album with no time-limit.
San Diego metallers, Cage, have posted a demo version of a new song on their MySpace page entitled "Operation Overlord." The band has also issued the following update:
"Cage has raised the bar for American heavy metal with every single cd release in their history, but the benchmark had been raised since the release of "Darker Than Black" in 2003 and "Hell Destroyer" in 2007. How did Cage top "Astrology"? By writing and recording what many have defined as Cage's crowning glory 3rd cd "Darker Than Black". This again put Cage to the test with how do we top "Darker Than Black"? By writing one of the genre's heaviest cds ever to be recorded in the good old USA, "Hell Destroyer". With 2 back to back critical acclaimed cds released, Cage found themselves in the unenviable but potentially dangerous position of not being able to deliver the goods.
Reunited California-based metallers Détente — featuring vocalist Ann Boleyn (Hellion) and guitarist Michael Carlino (Fear Of God) alongside original Détente members Dennis Butler (drums), Caleb Quinn (guitar) and Steve Hochheiser (bass) — has issued the following short update:
"Détente will take a couple months off from playing live to focus on new material. The new material will be introduced in December at a Los Angeles show soon to be announced."
As posted on blabbermouth, Cognitive Records/MVD Entertainment Group has just released the "History I" CD containing the original four-song demo from Détente plus the demo from the post-Détente band Catalepsy. According to a press release, "The original four-song demo recorded in 1985 generated such excitement in the extreme metal scene that Kerrang! called Détente the 'most promising band to emerge from the thrash genre.' Mastered and available for the first time this recording has been coupled with the post-Détente Catalepsy. Catalepsy featured the Détente songwriting duo of Steve Hochheiser and Ross Robinson as well as Machine Head's Dave McClain on drums. Critics praised Catalepsy as one of the first progressive thrash bands and as the natural evolution of DétenteE."
Danish death metallers Exmortem have posted a new song, "Funeral Phantom", on their MySpace page. The track - "This time it's a faster and very atmospheric track called Funeral Phantom - pure sonic mayhem!", the band says - comes off Exmortem's fifth album, "Funeral Phantoms", due on October 27 via Mighty Music. The CD was self-produced by the band, while the mixing was handled by Jacob Bredahl (Hatesphere, Last Mile). According to a press release, fans should "expect a crushing, sludgy, energetic death machine."
Floridian black metallers Kult ov Azazel have posted the demo version of a new song called "Conquer & Decimate" on their official website. The track, which will appear on the band's next studio album, "Destroying The Sacred", is available for download at this location .
According to blabbermouth.net, Swedish metal band Dreamland will enter Andy La Rocque's (King Diamond) Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden this fall to begin recording their new album for a March 2009 release via Dockyard 1.
The band's latest CD, "Eye for an Eye", was recorded at Joacim Cans' (Hammerfall) Moonshine Studio and Andy La Rocque's old studio, Los Angered Recording, where the album was also mixed. According to the group, the effort follows the melodic-yet-heavy style of their first release, "Future's Calling" (2005) "but also surprise the listener here 'n' there."
Dreamland last year saw both of its full-length albums released in the U.S. via Ryko Distribution / Locomotive / Dockyard 1.
A new track from the Norwegian black metal band Darkthrone is available for free download by subscribing to the Peaceville Records mailing list at this location .
Darkthrone will release its new album, "Dark Thrones And Black Flags" on October 20 through Peaceville. The follow-up to 2007's acclaimed "F.O.A.D." LP will be made available in three formats: a regular edition in super jewel case; a vinyl edition; and a special edition in a slipcased super jewel case package with exclusive new video footage featuring Darkthrone in the studio — "Fucking Around Version 1" and "Fucking Around Version 2." All info here.
World management is truly excited to announce that Thrash legends Kreator are coming to North America in 2009. The band will have a new release on January 13, 2009 entitled "Hordes of Chaos".
Kreator's Mille Petrozza had this to say about the upcoming tour and album: "The new album is recorded and mixed and I'm really looking forward to getting some feedback from our worldwide legion of supporters and friends. I promise that you will not be disappointed! "Hordes of Chaos" is our most intense album so far! Collin Richardson did an amazing job mixing this monster. Kreator is very excited to come to the USA and Canada again to play for all our fans overseas! This will be a killer tour and we're expecting total chaos at the shows. We're honored to have such a great bands as Exodus on the bill, they have been - and still are - a huge inspiration for us. It'll also be cool to see Belphegor and Warbringer every night. It's been way too long since we've been among North American metal hordes!"