The following statement has been issued on Arch Enemy's website:
Arch Enemy are pleased to be able to announce that original guitarist Christopher Amott is rejoining the band with immediate effect. The band, having finished an intense 18 month touring cycle all over the world promoting the "Doomsday Machine' album and "Live Apocalypse" DVD, are currently busy working on songs for their new studio album.
Christopher surprised many by departing Arch Enemy at the end of the "Doomsday Machine' recording sessions in 2005, having been in the band for 10 years (starting with Arch Enemy at age 18). Christopher followed his urge to see the outside world and find what else is out there apart from music. Having done that, the time is right for him to return to the fold with a newly injected bite and focus and to resume his career.
The following announcement has been posted on Evergrey's website:
"As you may remember we were unfortunately forced to cancel our performance in Bucharest, Romania two months ago. This was due to a vehicle malfunction and totally out of our control. We then said we would come back to make up for this, and guess what - now we are returning to Bucharest, Romania!
Saturday April 21st is the day that we will be at Sala Preotasa in Bucharest. We will fly all the way from Sweden to Romania just to see our Romanian fans so make sure you don't miss it!"
As previously reported in February (here), Tool had to reschedule their North American Tour, due to an injury of drummer Danny Carey, who tore a bicep.
Rescheduled dates are now announced, and are as follows:
List has been Updated on 19-04-07, thanks to lordz]
Apr. 27 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
Apr. 28 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
Apr. 30 - Reno, NV @ Reno Event Center
May 02 - San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena
May 03 - San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena
May 05 - Las Cruces, NM @ Pan American Center
May 06 - Tucson, AZ @ Convention Center Arena
May 08 - Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
May 09 - Colorado Springs, CO @ World Arena
May 11 - Wichita, KS @ Kansas Coliseum
May 12 - Council Bluffs, IA @ Mid America Center
Denver, Colorado's Cephalic Carnage has completed work on its brand new full-length, titled "Xenosapien".
"Xenosapien" was recorded by the band and longtime producer/engineer Dave Otero in their studio in Denver, CO. Advance songtitles include "Endless Cycle of Violence", "Touched by an Angel", "Vaporized", "G.lobal O.verhaul D.vice" and "Ov Vicissitude".
"Xenosapien" is scheduled for a May 29 North American release (May 28 internationally) via Relapse Records.
Two songs from the upcoming Ensiferum album "Victory Songs" have been put online on the Ensiferum's MySpace Page.
The first song is called 'Deathbringer From The Sky' and the second 'One More Magic Potion'.
A sample (for the song 'Ahti') was already available on the Spinfarm Records website here.
"Victory Songs" will be available for purchase on April 20th.
Here's the tracklisting again:
01. Ad Victoriam
02. Blood Is The Price Of Glory
03. Deathbringer From The Sky
05. One More Magic Potion
07. Raised By The Sword
08. The New Dawn
09. Victory Song
Gaia Epicus are ready to Rock the world! but there is one or should we say two problems with it. Number one: our guitar wizard Jokke doesn't feel like going all the way and cannot give 100% into the band. That's why we have decided to look for
a skilled guitarist who can act as a Live Stand-In player, and with time maybe become the next solo guitarist of Gaia Epicus. This is not something we want to happen but it seems to be the best for the band. Jokke is still a member of the band
until we find a better solution.
Problem number two: is that we are still seeking a new bass player, and have decided to use a Live Stand-in player also on the bass.
The following "Ghost Opera Press Release" has been posted on Kamelot's official website:
After their biggest and most successful releases "The Black Halo" and the critically acclaimed "One Cold Winter's Night" metal pioneers Kamelot return with another studio masterpiece; "Ghost Opera" which will hit stores on these dates:
Germany: June 1
Europe: June 4
USA: June 5
"Ghost Opera" will be Kamelot 's third release via SPV/Steamhammer Records.
"Ghost Opera" was recorded and mixed at Gate Studios and Pathway Studios in Wolfsburg , Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro. Artwork was handled by Mattias Norén with contributions by Alexandra V. Bach, Liliana Sanchez and Derek Gores. A limited-edition digipack version of the CD will include the bonus cut "The Pendulous Fall" along with a bonus DVD containing the video for the album's title track, "Ghost Opera", shot by director Ivan Colic of Serbia's ICode Team as well as the making of the "Ghost Opera" video. The Limited Edition will contain a special extended booklet as well.
Ole Walaunet, guitarist of Norway's Black/Death Metal band Grimfist, has stated the following announcement on the band's official website:
"Grimfist welcomes Morten Muller on vocals and Birger Larsen on bass!! The guys are also members in Dead Trooper. We've been rehearsing in Oslo and are fired up and ready to fucking slay with this line-up!!! We're confident that these bastards are the right guys for the job, and will bring the band further to the next level"
First confirmed livedate featuring the new Grimfist line-up will be: 25.05 - Club Maiden (Oslo)
Taken from The Underground Video Television Newsletter:
Black Metal band Goatwhore's track 'Bloodletting Upon The Cloven Hoof From A Haunting Curse' is the latest live video release on the Underground Video Television (UVTV) website, here.
The footage was taken during the band's tour swing with Celtic Frost at Magic City Music Hall late last year in Binghamton NY.
Goatwhore will embark on another North American tour with 1349 and Nachtmystium which kicks off March 23 in Tampa FL.
In May, Goatwhore will head to Europe on "The Excess Of Evil" tour with Marduk, Enslaved, Keep Of Kalessin, Melechesh and Pantheon I.
(Dates for that tour can be found here).
The new album by Goatwhore entitled "A Haunting Curse" is currently available via Metal Blade.
Norwegian ex-Tristania singer Vibeke Stene has shot down reports that she has joined Nightwish as the replacement for Tarja Turunen.
Yesterday, Blabbermouth.net(!) published the rumors that Stene accepted the job as new vocalist for the Finnish symphonic metal band, after the misinterpretation and misunderstanding of an article in Finland's biggest tabloid, Ilta-Sanomat (you can find that article here).
However, according to Stene, "That is not true. I would not want to sing for Nightwish," she told the Norwegian newspaper VG.
Stene believes that it might not be a coincidence that the rumors have surfaced around the time of the release of the new Tristania album.
According to Vibeke, Tristania's record label asked her a year ago if it was OK for them to put out the rumor that she was going to take over the singer slot in Nightwish. This was in order to generate interest in Tristania, which Stene quit three weeks ago "due to personal reasons."
Swedish metallers Entombed will release their new album, "Serpent Saints - The Ten Amendments", later in the year through Threeman Recordings via a special arrangement with Candlelight Records. The 10-song effort will mark the group's first release with drummer Olle Dahlstedt (Alpha Safari, ex-Misery Loves Co.), who replaced Peter Stjärnvind in 2006.
Commented the band: "We're mixing right now and the devil is smiling. Yesterday we got final mixes on the songs 'In The Blood' and 'The Dead, The Dying And The Dying To Be Dead' with top man Soren Elofsson at the console. He's helping us tweak the mix and will most likely master the beast at Cosmos Mastering, Stockholm, Sweden, later this month.
Alex Skolnick Trio, the band led by Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, has posted four songs from its newly released album, "Last Day In Paradise", on its MySpace Page. Check out the tracks 'Mercury Retrograde', 'Western Sabbath Stomp', 'Last Day In Paradise' and 'Tom Sawyer' (a live electronica-inspired version of the Rush classic) at this location.
"Last Day In Paradise" is available on Magnatude Records. The CD consists of seven original compositions along with three arrangements of hard rock "standards" (a concept upon which the trio has built a strong reputation as an instrumental group that appeals to straight ahead jazz fans and rock fans alike).
According to a recent press release directly from Paragon Records, Georgia-based cult Doom Metal band Eyes Of Ligeia have decided to call it a day. A statement from the band's leader, Dante, goes as follows:
"After nine years, the cycle is complete. Eyes of Ligeia has been laid to rest, having accomplished all that was meant to be. No further information will be forthcoming."
Two mp3's for your listening pleasure:
'The Shadow Out Of Time' from the album "A Fever Which Would Cling to Thee Forever"
'Polaris' from the album "What The Moon Brings"