Paradise Lost drummer Jeff Singer has posted the next statement on the bands official site:
"I guess no one would have seen this coming but as of the end of August I will no longer be drumming for Paradise Lost. I have decided to hang up my sticks altogether. It is an incredibly hard decision to have had to make as drumming has been my life for as long as I can remember and through good and bad has been my living for nearly 20 years. It is going to be very difficult I am sure and after four and a half years I will miss Nick, Aaron, Steve, Greg (and Milly) very much but in my heart I know that it is the correct thing for me to do.
So why am I leaving, well, to be honest it is a difficult thing to explain in a few paragraphs, but here goes.
"The upcoming European tour in September together with Incantation has unfortunately been cancelled. Incantation has been forced to cancel due to personal familiy issues, which leaves us with no headliner for the tour. Vomitory will still play a few of the planned shows (see dates below). We are of course very sorry for the cancellation, but the things that have happened are beyond anyone's control, which makes it impossible to fulfil this tour. We apologize to our fans and all the promotors involved. We are aiming for a full European tour next year after the release of our next album, which is planned for a May 2009 release."
Vomitory will still play these shows just as planned:
"Agathodaimon is without question one of the most interesting and original bands on the modern scene. Their music easily joins extreme heaviness with a dark, yet romantic and erotic atmosphere, strengthened with a huge dose of disturbing melancholy. The exclusive re-releases of all of the band's albums - "Blacken The Angel", "Higher Art of Rebellion", "Chapter III" and "Serpent's Embrace" - bring an unique collection of some of the most inspiring works, combining the best elements of dark wave, gothic and black metal…
"Blacken The Angel" released in late 1998, immediately received excellent reviews in worldwide press. The album was a truly stunning mixture of power, beauty and dark majesty. Combining symphonic black metal with gothic elements, Agathodaimon delivered a handful of amazing tracks, starting with the atmospheric 8-minute opener "Tristetea Vehementa" (meaning "The Loud Sadness"). Another highlight of the album was the 15-minute epic juggernaut "Near Dark" - a complex and rich compositions, revealing Agathodaimon's progressive edge. Other songs worth mentioning are definitely "Ill of an Imaginary Guilt" and "Die Nacht des Unwesens", bearing some resemblance to such bands as Darkthrone or even Black Sabbath. The lyrics were written in English, Romanian and German; some of them were inspired by Romanian poets Mihai Eminescu and Ion Minulescu. Overall, "Blacken The Angel" became a huge success for the band and to this day remains one of their finest offerings.
Dutch metallers Magnacult have posted a new video for the song "Identity 676" on their YouTube site. The footage was shot during the band's European tour with Devildriver and Ill Nino at their own headlining shows in Holland.
Magnacult is currently writing material for its as-yet-untitled sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2009. "We are very excited to enter the studio again and record our new material," says drummer Bionic. "A few songs are already finished and others are still in progress but it will be a hard-hitting record again."
Decapitated guitarist Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka has recently posted a blog regarding the future of the band:
"I would like to inform everyone interested in knowing about the status of the band that we are on indefinite hiatus for now. It is too early to continue or try to continue without Vitek and/or Covan at the moment.
Regarding Covan. He's recovering now and needs all the time in the world to comeback to a normal life. So I want to wait for him, so we could both decide what the future will hold for Decapitated.
I definitely want to keep on playing and touring as it's very important for me to keep on playing music. While we have this break with Decapitated, I'd like to mention that I'm open to explore options regarding joining or touring as a session player. Given the seriousness of the project I could work on dedicate as much time as possible to it.
Metal Storm received the following message from the SolMusic Management:
"Hello Shaman fans, Shaman is looking for you!
Tiziana Hurd speaking, SolMusic Management Inc. Canada, and Shaman's manager.
Shaman is working to prepare the score to give to Gocmen Symphony Orchestra of Turkey for the Summer European Festivals 2009. In fact we will be touring all summer and it will be a special exclusive tour.
Anyway, as Shaman's manager, I'm looking for a Shaman European fan that would like working with me and to open an Shaman European Fan Club. Shaman has the official one in Brazil, but I really I would need your support to create an European one too.
If you are seriously interested to be our future Shaman Official European Fan Club President and to work for your loved band - please contact me back. Shaman & I, we will be very honored to hear back from you!
After many months of intense work, the members of Thy Disease finally announced the end of the "Anshu-Za" recording session.
Band members confirm that, the album will represent typical for Thy Disease, sound of the cybernetic metal. In the words of Psycho - vocalist of the band:
"It is by far the most complex album, we have ever recorded. I know that every musician says so after recording the new album, but I'm convinced that this time we've managed to create our opus magnum - the greatest work of our lives. There are also some changes in vocals, cause in few songs you will hear the voice of our keyboard player - Cube - who has developed his singing skills a lot, since the recording of Perfect Form in 2002."
The new album of Australian Doomsters The Eternal, "Kartika", will see its first release on Firebox Records 12 November. This will be for Finland only, Europe will follow shortly after. "As for the rest of the world, we are currently negotiating the release in several different territories, so expect an update soon", added the band.
The artwork for "Kartika" was done by Italian designer Diego Maniscalco at Unspire. The album was mastered by John Ruberto at Crystal Mastering. The first pressing of Kartika will come with a limited bonus disc, featuring unreleased demos & remixes; over 95 minutes of new material from The Eternal. The final track listing is as follows:
Dark Funeral's guitarist Lord Ahriman has posted the following MySpace blog today:
"So, finally it's time... On Monday Aug 18, Chaq Mol and I will enter the studio together with producer Örjan Örnkloo (Misery Loves CO) to begin the songwriting process of a new, yet untitled full-length album.
Exactly how long it will take is hard to say, but the plan is to be done with a pre-production within the next 3-4 weeks. We already have quite some material written so I feel that we are as pre-prepared as we can be at this stage.
We will only work in the studio during the weekdays. So every weekend when we're home we'll post a studio report to keep you updated. Anyway, time to get busy. Talk to you in about a week again."
Finnish goth metal masters Poisonblack, featuring former Sentenced-vocalist Ville Laihiala, are back with a vengeance! Their brand-new album "A Dead Heavy Day" will be released via Century Media Records in August/September 2008 (see below for the exact release date in your territory) and the band has now premiered the video for the song "Bear The Cross" at this location, check it out NOW!
"A Dead Heavy Day" will be released on the following dates:
Finland: Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Germany / Austria / Switzerland / BeNeLux / Italy: Friday, August 29, 2008
UK / France / Greece / Denmark / Norway: Monday, September 1, 2008
Spain / Portugal: Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Pantheist have posted the following on their MySpace:
"As you might have noticed in the last few weeks, there have been a few changes in the tourdates with Skepticism and Ophis. We are proud to announce that the 7 dates have now been finally confirmed! This short but intense tour is going to be a unique event (not joking, considering Skepticism only tour for the second time in their long career and for us it's only our second proper tour as well). Hope to see many of you there.
In related news, we have a great time recording our third album "Journey Through Lands Unknown" with Greg at Priory Studios. The album is currently being mastered at Sonic Mastering by Rik Dowding (some of you might recognize his name from the credits of the last Portishead album; you might even have seen him, as he was their sound engineer on their recent tour). We should be able to post a full track on the myspace site by next weekend or so."
Pitch Black Records announces the arrival of the debut album by local Cypriot act Prodigal Earth. Their style is melodic classic heavy metal with a touch of power and this promises to be one of the best metal albums to have ever come out of Cyprus; both in terms of production and in terms of composition.
The album, titled "Zenith II Zero", will be released in October 2008 and it includes 12 melodic heavy/power compositions characterized by an overall fresh sound as well as Nicholas Leptos' (Diphtheria, Arryan Path) charismatic voice. The album's cover and inlay artwork have been created by Thomas Ewerhard who is well known for his work with Therion, Jorn, Tankard, Vanden Plas and Hammerfall among others.
Pain will release its new album "Cynic Paradise" on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to "Psalms Of Extinction", which was released in 2007 via Roadrunner, features "eleven gems offering a vast variety of styles and influences which are even new for Pain," according to a press release. Nightwish singer Anette Olzon makes a guest appearance on two tracks, "Follow Me" and "Feed Us". The artwork was created by renowned artist Travis Smith (Amorphis, Opeth, Nevermore).
"Cynic Paradise" will be available as a limited-edition digipack including a bonus Cd.