18:31 - Apothecary That's really not low at all, as a matter of fact I'm surprised it's not lower, as it is inferior to the other two. I'd be surprised if you were expecting it to have anything above a 7.5
18:26 - netZach There is definitely something lacking in the new Nathrakh record. Didn't expect innovation but this is just... meh
18:20 - Hex_Omega Yes 7.3 with 23 votes is a low rating.
The following update was posted on Vision Divine's official website:
"Michele Luppi is no longer singing with Vision Divine. Beside any speculation which could be done regarding the truth behind all this, we simply believe it was the right time to both make the right choice. We wish Michele all the best with his future and we thank him for the great time we had together"
The band adds:
"Any scheduled activity will be accomplished, and there won't be any delay in our plans. The new singer will be announced on May 1st. Please stay tuned for more news in the forthcoming days."
Canadian metallers Blinded By Faith have announced the addition of bassist Jean-François Gagné to the band's ranks. He will make his live debut with the group on Friday, May 16 at Rock Café Le Stage in Trois-Rivières, Québec.
Jean-François Gagné replaces Vincent Roy who has left the band for personal meanings.
The band adds:
"Thousand thanks and big cheers to Vince who was a former member of Blinded By Faith. We'll never forget all those great memories."
Swedish metallers Siebenbürgen have uploaded audio samples of three songs from their new album, entitled "Revelation VI".
You can check out the tracks 'Grimheim', 'The Soulless' and 'In Sanctum' on the band's MySpace page at this location.
"Revelation VI" is scheduled for release on May 30 via Massacre Records. The album was recorded at Studio 301 in Stockholm and Sonic Train in Varberg.
Candlemass announced that the "Lucifer Rising" EP will be recorded in April with a scheduled September release through Nuclear Blast. The EP features two brand new tracks - "Lucifer Rising" and "The White God", plus a whole bunch of live tracks from the previous tour.
A new album will be recorded in autumn for a spring 2009 release.
Also, the following albums will be re-released in 2008 on Snapper/Peaceville:
Chapter VI (1992): March 31
Dactylis Glomerata (1998) + Abstrakt Algebra 2: May 26
From the 13th Sun (1999) (bonus tracks "Oil", "Nimis", "Rock'n'roll"): June 23
Live (1990) (bonus cd audio disc Dynamo Open Air 88): August 11
Boris have lined up the following U.S and Canada tour dates. Joining them will be Torche and Wolves In The Throne Room.
24/06 Casbah - San Diego, CA
25/06 The Clubhous - Tempe, AZ
27/06 Rubber Gloves - Denton, TX
28/06 The Mohawk - Austin, TX
29/06 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
01/07 Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
02/07 Common Grounds - Gainesville, FL
03/07 The Social - Orlando, FL
05/07 The Earl - Atlanta, GA
06/07 Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
08/07 Black Cat - Washington, DC
09/07 First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA
10/07 Webster Hall - New York, NY
11/07 The Middle East - Cambridge, MA
12/07 La Sala Rosa - Montreal, QC
13/07 Barrymore - Ottawa, ON
14/07 Lee's Palace - Toronto, ON
"For many fans Annihilator was always the silent hero of thrash metal. They never got the same attention as Megadeth, Metallica or Slayer, but when musical critics predicted the end of thrash metal by the end of the 80's, they shut their mouths with one of the most intense thrash metal releases ever - "Alice In Hell". The album was a brilliant mixture of melody, power and aggression - everything a thrash metal band could ever wish for in their debut. Annihilator's next offering, "Never, Neverland", was proof that the debut was not made by accident - the album delivered the same amount of sheer thrash madness, backed by some extremely melodic riffs and solos. After these two releases the group continued their career with various line-up changes (eventually leaving guitarist Jeff Waters the only original member), but every album recorded after 1990 had a totally different vibe than the first two releases. Perhaps that was the reason why in 1996 Roadrunner Records decided to put out a live album covering the period from 1989 to 1990, by many fans considered Annihilator's strongest years. "In Command" brilliantly captures the band at the beginning of their musical voyage, when all that mattered was the joy of playing thrash metal and kicking some ass!
"Well,thats it. We've recorded everything and now we have to let go of it. It is in the more than capable hands of the producer, Mick 'Ginger Cunt' Kenney of Anaal Nathrakh infamy. If you can imagine the crispness of the grindbastard album with the ferocity of Anaal Nathrakh on a disc then you will get the idea of what is to come. A lot of beer, football, hospitals, pubs, curries, kebabs, kitkats and crisps went into the making of "Killing Music"!
Thanks to everyone who popped in on the recording sessions to give support and drink our free beer! We look forward to hearing the finished product once mick has weaved his ginger magic on our baby."
As posted on the MySpace page of the US Power metal band:
"New Jersey metallers Attacker have announced the addition of Walter Figueroa to the group's ranks. Figueroa is the former lead singer of Severed Hand (a band that features Sebastian Bach's son on drums) and he recently did a stint as vocalist for 1980s metal cover band Smell The Glove (which features Seven Witches and current Joey Belladonna guitarist Jack Frost). Walter Figueroa has also been involved with hard rock band Imprecari and progressive rock/metal band Paradox (New Jersey).
Walter Figueroa's influences include Geoff Tate, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, and Tony Harnell. These influences can clearly be heard in Figueroa's soaring, powerful voice.
Tobias Sammet has posted the following statement on his official website:
"How are you doing? It's been a while since I have been speaking to you. I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you for your great support. "The Scarecrow" is an album that means a lot to me and it was quite a commercial risk to just follow my heart instead of doing exactly what people expected. But if I take a look at the chart positions and sales - it went into the album charts in 16 countries, hitting the Top10 in four countries - it seems like you appreciate my honesty! Thank you!
Now preparing for the festival summer with Avantasia seems so surreal. Avantasia has never been on stage before and all of the sudden we are headlining the biggest festivals in the world, just been confirmed for the Sziget festival in Hungary on the 13th of August, playing amongst legendary bands such as R.E.M., die Ärzte, Iron Maiden and the Sex Pistols. Amazing!
Edguy are currently preparing to hit the studio to work on the successor of their recent album "Rocket Ride".
Vocalist Tobias Sammet has posted the following update:
"People think that we are quite fast but that's not the truth. I completed the Avantasia album last autumn, the Avantasia songwriting itself was completed even way back in 2006. All the new ideas I've had since then could be taken for Edguy. In fact, this is a long time to refresh your creativity and gather new stuff. The material sounds very fresh, it embraces all the different trademarks of Edguy, I think it is a logical continuation of Rocket Ride and Hellfire Club. Maybe it doesn't come across as goofy as Rocket Ride, but I am sure if we have fun in the studio we'll have enough possibilities to ruin the day for notoriously bitter people, haha. Yet it's more bombastic and heavier, not too fast cause I really don't like pure Speed Metal that much anymore. I like Lavatory Love Machine, The Piper Never Dies, Mandrake and Sacrifice. There's three fast tracks, but they are all good, not 'just fast'! We'll enter the studio next week and work whenever producer Sascha Paeth and me come back from the Avantasia weekends."
German thrashers Abandoned have posted the following news on their myspace page:
"Dear deaf people!
The Abandonettes have some good and bad news to deliver:
First the bad news: Konrad "Konny" Cartini, the original Abando-drummer, will lay down his drumsticks immediately due to sexual differences! Gone are the times of spontaneous stand-up comedy and delicate drumming that enriched each single live gig and our records... The reason for all this: Konny's gonna be a daddy for the second time! Seems like it's time for him to take care of his kids before they end up like him, haha! We'll miss you, brother!
But Abandoned wouldn't be Abandoned if we had no equivalent successor for the no longer vacant position (which indeed is the good news)!
"The Play - II", the new video from the Swedish metallers Darkwater, can be viewed at this location (or on YouTube here).
The track comes off the band's debut album, entitled "Calling The Earth To Witness", which was issued in Sweden on May 2007 via Ulterium Records. The album was mixed by Pelle Saether (Act, Skyfire) at Studio Underground and was mastered by Göran Finnberg (In Flames, The Haunted, Dark Tranquillity) at the Mastering Room.
Necrophagist have issued the following update on their official website:
"Romain Goulon joins Necrophagist as the official new drummer. The band and Romain look forward to working together on the new album. Meanwhile, check out a video of Romain playing to guitar tracks from the album "Epitaph" at Necrophagist's official YouTube channel.
The band wants to thank 'human metronome' Marco Minnemann for playing drums on last year's Summer Slaughter tour. It was an honor and a lot of fun playing with one of the world's greatest drummers.
However, Marco Minnemann and Muhammed Suicmez decided to launch a whole new band. Commented Muhammed: "I am very excited about this, because jamming with Marco inspires me to come up with great ideas and I have a lot of respect for Marco as a composer. So forging a whole new style by mixing mine and his is something I can't wait to do, because not only is Marco one of the best drummers in the world, he is a great guitarist also."
The upcoming new album "Amanethes", from Sweden's Tiamat is available for streaming online at the band's official MySpace page. The album will be released in the US on May 2nd via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was released on on April 18 in Europe already.