US extreme metal outfit Origin has announced that Skinless vocalist Jason Keyser has taken over the role as the band's new lead singer.
Longtime Origin vocalist James Lee left the band last year in February. Back then, Mica "Maniac" Meneke (The Faceless) was brought into the band as his temporary replacement.
Keyser will be making his debut with the band on the forthcoming North American tour with Hate Eternal, Vital Remains and Abysmal Dawn. Those tour dates were previously reported over here.
Commented the band: "This tour will mark our first full length run with new vocalist, Jason Keyser (Skinless, Mucopus). It took some time for us to arrive at this point, but be ready for the most blistering Origin performances to date. See you all on tour!"
Soilwork - who were originally scheduled to head out this April & May supporting Symphony X and Nevermore - have regretfully been forced to cancel their participation on this upcoming North American tour.
Drummer Dirk Verbeuren has issued the following statement: "Due to recurring issues with a herniated disc in his lower back requiring a prolonged period of resting and healing, our guitarist Peter Wichers is forced to sit out this spring's North American tour with Symphony X and Nevermore.
We did consider hiring a fill-in guitar player, but we've decided to stick together as a band and out of respect for our fans, to cancel our participation in the tour. Our apologies to those of you who were hoping to see us. If all goes well, Peter should be healed and ready to hit the road in time for the summer festivals."
Paul Di'Anno, best known for singing on the first two Iron Maiden albums and milking them dry for the last thirty years, has reportedly admitted in court to have falsely claimed a total of £45,000 (53,000€, $72,000) from the British tax-payers money.
He was arrested last year and charged with fraud. In court on the 10th of February 2011, he was told to prepare for a jail sentence after admitting eight counts of benefit fraud. The hearing has been adjourned until March the 11th 2011 for a pre-sentence report, and has bail in the meantime.
For the period between 2002 and 2008, he claimed he had nerve damage in his back, which disabled him from being able to work. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had an anonymous tip-off, and caught Paul out with a YouTube video of him apparently jumping around stage in 2006.
Finnish melodic death metal band Mors Principium Est has just lost two guitar players, as both Kalle Aaltonen (Synestesia) and Tomy Laisto (Hateform) have left the band.
Vocalist Ville Viljanen commented as follows: "To be honest, things are pretty bad. Our guitar players feel that Mors Principium Est is not something they want be part of anymore. They have their reasons why they feel so, so...
Anyways. If we still want to continue with Mors Principium Est, we need new guitar players. This is our LAST try to make things happen. If it does not work this time, or we don't find the right person/persons, then it's game over for Mors Principium Est.
So, if you are, or know somebody, who is at least 21 years old, willing and able to write and play death metal with melodies and also would like to be a part of the new Mors Principium Est, then send us an email. YOU CAN BE FROM ANYWHERE. As long as you are eager and get something done, then you may be the one we are looking for."
"Of Age And Origin - Part 1: A Violent Day", a brand-new track from US death doom metal band Novembers Doom, has been made available for streaming over at this location.
"Of Age And Origin - Part 1: A Violent Day" comes off the band's upcoming new album Aphotic, which will be released on May 10th through The End Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
Remember that time Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon broke a few ribs when she tripped over a toy lying on the floor? Well, the band has now decided to postpone the new album vocal recordings until April 4th in order to allow her a longer recovery period.
Anette Olzon blogged as follows: "Today me, Ewo Pohjola (Nightwish manager) and mainman Tuomas Holopainen decided that its better if I rest the whole month and get in shape so I can do the vocals super good and have booked my vocal recordings from April 4 instead in another studio in Finland. This is really good cause noone will be happy if the album won't sound perfect. And we don't have any hurry since the album has plenty of time to get mastered and ready still.
For their upcoming shows in 2011, Slipknot has asked Donnie Steele to fill in on bass for the late Paul Gray.
Donnie, as some may recall, was the original guitar player in Slipknot and had actually reconnected with Paul in recent years.
Commented the band on their decision: "Donnie was in the band at the very beginning, and rather than get an outsider, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to Paul to play with someone from within the family. Donnie was great friends with Paul and we can't think of a better way to celebrate his memory than with someone who was there with us at the very beginning. The eight of us are looking forward to being onstage again and honoring Paul's legacy with our families in Europe and Brazil this summer."
German power metallers Brainstorm are working on a new album, called On The Spur Of The Moment.
Brainstorm vocalist Andy B. Franck issued the following update: "Finally and long awaited, we are in the studio to record our new studio album. We decided to work together with Axel Heckert at the "Studio 22" in Ludwigsburg, near Stuttgart. He is a big fan of the band and we will definitely reach a new level with that album. The new material is even more homogeneous and aggressive than the latest songs we wrote.
Memorial Roots was super, On The Spur Of The Moment will be awesome!"
"For Victory Or Death", another brand-new track from Swedish melodeath warriors Amon Amarth, has been made available for streaming, exclusively at Metal Hammer.
Two other tracks, "Slaves Of Fear" and "War Of The Gods", are still streaming here and here respectively.
"For Victory Or Death" comes off the band's upcoming new album Surtur Rising, which will be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on March 25th, in the rest of Europe on March 28th, and in North America on March 29th through Metal Blade Records.
Greek metllers Septicflesh will release their new album, The Great Mass, on April 18 in Europe (April 19 in North America) via Season Of Mist. The new opus will be made available in the following formats:
- CD + Blu-ray digipak
- Collector's book, including 2 CDs + Blu-ray
- 12" gatefold LP
- CD jewel case
- Digital download
An album trailer for The Great Mass is now available at this location. More details about the album were previously reported over here.
Denmark's Anubis Gate has inked a deal with Nightmare Records. The band has also parted ways with singer Jacob Hansen replaced him with Henrik Fevre.
Commented the group: "Nightmare Records is a label that we have had our eyes on for some time, but due to contractual obligations with our old label we haven't been able to join them before now. Needless to say, we are very excited about signing with Nightmare who we feel is the perfect home for our music. With a record label that really loves music (and those are few and far in-between) the future for Anubis Gate looks brighter than ever."
On the topic of the singer switch, Anubis Gate said, "With Jacob's ever-more-demanding schedule as a first-class producer, Jacob found it hard to have the time and keep his heart in the band. We fully respect his decision and reasons to leave and want to thank Jacob for being with us for an amazing couple of albums. We are still very good friends and Jacob is still involved in shaping the new album in his capacity as the best producer in metal. We wish Jacob nothing but the best in his future career. Anubis Gate has always been blessed with great singers. The decision to have Henrik take over vocal duties is a natural one for us. Henrik is the one that for a big part shaped the vocal melodies and lyrics of Anubis Gate and when Torben had to bow out of the gigs we did in support of A Perfect Forever it was Henrik who sang those gigs. Henrik has also had several songs on our albums where he performed lead vocals. Most notably "Take Me Home" on the Andromeda Unchained album. So we knew beforehand it would work out great, which it certainly has."
"Burn", the new video from U.S. metallers Jag Panzer, can be viewed at this location.
"Burn" comes off the band's latest album, entitled The Scourge Of The Light , which was released on February 25 in Germany (February 28 in the rest of Europe) and on March 8 in the U.S. via SPV/Steamhammer Records.