Age Eternal (formerly known as Middian) has posted the following statement on their mysapce page:
Age Our lawsuit Click here for more info] is finally coming to a close. It has been a hard year, and we could not have done it without the support of the metal community world wide and the time and money people donated to our cause. We are eternally in your debt. Sadly, the lawsuit came with a high cost to us personally and interpersonally. Scott Headrick is quitting the band and moving. Mike S felt he needed to back off from touring due to family and work/lack of work issues, cutting his touring commitment from 60-70 shows a year to a handful of shows, mostly local to the West Coast, for an indefinite amount of time, maybe permanently. This extreme change in direction, coupled with the immense stress of our lawsuit and inner conflicts in the band resulted in Scott's decision to move on with his life. Scott Headrick is the highest caliber of person. We mourn his loss, and support his need to take care of himself.
The Rotted announced the addition of bassist Reverend Trudgill (Screamin' Daemon) photo] to the group's ranks. Rev. Trudgill has already joined The Rotted on stage in two festivals (Summer Breeze Open Air, Wacken Open Air) and has proven to be perfect for the role, both in terms of commitment and musical direction.
The Italian Folk Metallers have posted the following update on their official site regarding their new acoustic album:
''...and the acoustic album is finally ready! Everything is done. It's been a hell of a ride, for sure the hardest work was to stay in the deadlines but in the end we reached the goal and we're here. The mix has been done the last days of July in the lands of Germany with Martin Buchwalter at Gernhart studios, and Achim Koehler gave the final touch with the right mastering at Indiscreet Audio.
In the meantime also photo sessions and work on the cover and layout have been done...have we told you that the thing has been handled once again by Gyula Havancsák as for The Winter Wake and The Scythe covers? So you know what to expect.
German Power Metallers Primal Fear have posted the following update:
"Well, the time has come to start officially with the writing sessions for our new album! We will be in Sweden at Magnus studio in September to write a bunch of new tracks and do some pre-production. We've collected already some ideas and it sounds very promising. We will try to keep the great vibe of the live shows in the band... Of course, we will try to surprise all of you again with a new direction :-) - cheers, PF"
Swedish metallers In Flames have announced a North American headline tour for 2008. Support on the tour comes from All That Remains, Gojira and 36 Crazyfists.
Full North American tour dates:
November 6 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
November 7 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
November 8 - Detroit, MI - Emerald Theater
November 10 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
November 12 - Minneapolis, MN - Myth
November 14 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
November 15 - Edmonton, AB - Events Center
November 17 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore
November 18 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
November 19 - Portland, OR - Roseland
November 21 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
November 22 - Los Angeles, CA - The Nokia Club
November 23 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
According to their record company AFM Records' official website:
"The guys from Shakra will enter the Swiss Powerride Studios in the beginning of September to start with the recordings of their new album. The working title of the new album will be "Everest". All bass tracks will be recorded by the new Shakra bass player Dominik Pfister".
Enthroned, the Belgian Black Metal band have announced tour dates in Brazil and Russia. They will be the headliners and support will come from Sadus and Dutch band Severe Torture.
Here are all the dates:
19/09 - Sمo Paulo/SP (Brasil) @ Hangar 110
20/09 - Belo Horizonte/MG (Brasil) @ Bar Brasil
21/09 - Curitiba/PR (Brasil) @ Opera 1
22/09 - Porto Alegre/RS (Brasil) @ Bar Opiniمo
22/11 - Moscow (Russia) @ Plan B
Enthroned are also currently working on the successor to their last offering "Tetra Karcist". Frontman Nornagest comments: "The composition is in the early stages of the writing process but already shows that the next full-length will destroy. We are not ready to enter the recording studio yet, but what we got until now promises that the next album will be crushing and will definitely continue where Tetra Karcist stopped".
Bob Katsionis (guitars, keyboards) recently recorded an instructional lesson that can now be viewed on FireTV, the band's official YouTube page here. Stay tuned for new episodes featuring vocal lessons from Apollo, drum lessons from Mark and additional Gus G. clips, which should be posted over the next couple of weeks.
Katsionis further comments: "In this series of lessons, I will show and explain some of my keyboard solos and parts out of 'The Premonition' album as well as present some of my simultaneous keyboard and guitar performances as these have been seen during FIREWIND gigs. This first video lesson contains stuff from the songs 'Into The Fire,' 'Angels Forgive Me' and some lead keyboard licks."
Pain Of Salvation Updated their site with some great news:
They will part of a series of Charitiy Gigs: "As usual, Pain of Salvation will always do what they can to support causes they agree with, and this year they will play in Finnaker, Sweden on the 6th of September at the charity festival Rock for Moc (for Mozambique), and later on in Eskilstuna, Sweden, at the last day of the European Mobility Week, September 22 (car free day). On the 10th of October they will again play in Eskilstuna, at the Balsta Musikslott (Buster stage), headlining the "Rock for the Children of the World" night".
Daniel said the following about the dvd: "The DVD is starting to come together, and will consist of two separate discs - one will be the live show from our last tour, and the other one will be a documentary following the band on the 2005 tour, which marked the end of that line-up. The fact that the band has seen such major changes the last two years made it very difficult emotionally to invest time and energy in this product, and it wasn't until the documentary draft was proposed by Per Hillblom that I started to see what this DVD was trying to communicate. We still have a few commentary tracks to record but we are starting to see the end of it."
Keyboardist Jens Johansson has updated the band's website with the following news:
"We have some good news. Earlier this summer, Timo K, Jens and Lauri got together with a guitar player in a forest cottage in west Finland and wrote and arranged some songs. It went extremely well, and we are very happy with the material, the direction, and the general vibe in the band.
We now have over 15 songs written and demoed already, but probably not all of these will make it to the actual album.
We are happy to confirm that our new guitar player is Matias Kupiainen photo]. He was the only guy we even considered seriously. This interesting fellow was born May 11, 1983 and is a native of Helsinki, Finland. You can find some information and pictures on his myspace page. Here is a video.
Swedish vikings Thyrfing have annouced more details about their upcoming new album. The album will be called "Hels Vite". A teaser trailer can be seen here. The band has also released the cover artwork for the album. Click here to see it.
Following is the tracklist of new album:
01. En Sista Litania
02. Från Stormens Öga
04. Hels Vite
06. Becoming The Eye
07. Tre Vintrar - Två Solar
Hels Vite will be released via Regain Records in October 2008.
Psycroptic's record label Nuclear Blast have announced the following about the band's new album:
"The new album and Nuclear Blast debut, (Ob)Servant, by Tasmanian Tech Death Metallers Psycroptic will include a free bonus DVD featuring a studio diary as well as full live shows of their 2006 gig in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Wellington, New Zealand, 2008. The free bonus DVD will run about 85 minutes in total. (Ob)Servant will be released on September 26th as CD/DVD and will be on sale for the price of a regular CD".
Abysmal Dawn have posted the following update on their official site:
"After almost five years together Abysmal Dawn have parted ways with guitarist Jamie Boulanger. Currently Jamie has other priorities that he needs to take care of in his life, including his new baby girl. We wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors.
We are proud to announce Ian Jekelis of Aartisan as our new second guitarist. Ian filled in for our past two tours and we're proud to have him as a permanent member. Check out Ian playing "Servants To Their Knees" with us on the Contamination tour here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCn4-0G7MY4".
Nine Inch Nails has announced a large batch of new tour dates for the fall. Here are the new US tour dates:
10.23.08 - San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
10.25.08 - New Orleans, LA Voodoo Festival, City Park
10.28.08 - Orlando, FL UCF Arena
10.29.08 - Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
10.31.08 - Nashville, TN Sommet Center
11.01.08 - Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center
11.03.08 - Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
11.05.08 - Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
11.08.08 - Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
11.09.08 - Worchester, MA DCU Center (rescheduled from previous date)
11.11.08 - Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
11.12.08 - Montreal, QC Bell Centre
11.14.08 - Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum