The following was posted on the US Prog band's official website a few weeks ago:
''Some more good news - we've finally found a new bass player to take up the low end duties vacated by the passing of our friend, Mr. John Lally.
Ben Bond is a 5 and 6 string bassist, formerly of the prog outfit Twilight Machine and currently holding down the duties on the low end for the local band "Into the Arena". Ben has been rehearsing with us most of this month and will be making his first live appearance with us on Saturday evening October 27, 2007 (see Shows page) We hope to see you there!
Speaking of which, some slightly bad news....We have had to cancel the scheduled Friday night October 26 show due to the various things that have happened with the band since May. We regret having to do this but there is only so much we can accomplish at one time - especially when working with a a new member of the band. Better luck next time, eh?
The following update has been posted on the official Falconer website:
Now we have all the new songs for the next album written. There's just the finishing touches left to do. We will start recording around christmas this year and then mix it in May 2008. Faster and more complex than the last album is a quite good description I would say.
The 3rd birth has happened within Falconer in a year as Magnus got a little son.
All shirts are sold out now and we're looking for companies to handle the printing and selling of the official merchandise in the future. As long as it is a fair deal it's interesting. We'll see what happens.
But in fact it's the oldest recording we could find . Through the Eyes of God" was recorded in the summer of 1998, when we were stilled called "Infernal Dream" and obviously much more influenced by black metal bands. The quality is pretty poor but we think it's very cool nevertheless, demonstrating how fucking "true" we were back then Check it out, it's the fifth song in our player on our MySpace profile!
The following update was posted on Soilwork's official website:
"Sworn To A Great Divide" hits stores on October 19th in Europe, and October 23rd in North America! A New e-card is now online and this is your first chance to hear clips from the entire album! Click here to find the e-card.
Pig Destroyer's first video from their acclaimed "Phantom Limb" album, for the song "Loathsome", has debuted exclusively via Singingfool.com. The video was shot in Baltimore, MD at the Ottobar with director Dave Brodsky for MyGoodEye (The Red Chord, Kylesa, Goatwhore, God Forbid).
Pig Destroyer released "Phantom Limb" this past June. The band played a handful of shows around the album's release and live footage from their Brooklyn performance can be seen now at MetalKult.com along with a candid question-and-answer session with the band.
The following message was posted on the Italian Doom Metal band's website:
"The time has finally come: "Obscura Arcana Mortis: The Demo Years" is out!! This CD includes the remastered reissue of the now-classic debut Demo-MCD of the band "Obscura Arcana Mortis" (originally recorded in 1999 and released during 2000 in a strictly-limited edition of 215 copies) plus 2 lenghty and exclusive Live bonus-tracks (recorded in 2004 at Waking The Dead Fest, The Netherlands).
The CD is completed with fully renewed graphix and liner notes by Herr Morbid, including never-seen-before pictures taken between 1998 and 2000. A must to have for all the true FT fanatics worldwide!! The CD is limited to 1000 hand-numbered copies and it has been released by italian label Eerie Art Records (www.eerieartrecords.com). A cold, dark and monumental piece of pure old-fashioned Black Metal that every fan of this music should have in his collection. Fast, uncompromising and with a killer-sound too, no lo-fi bullshit here! You can order it from Eerie Art Records or directly from the band or by visiting the Merchandise page of our website."
The following update was posted on the official website of long-running Venice Beach, California Thrash band Suicidal Tendencies:
"Please don't email about geting on any tour dates...Sorry, there are no opening slots on the tour... The support bands have already been worked out and there will be no other dates booked. There are however more show dates that will be posted later, just waiting on routing of two shows, then will we post all the dates as one show already had to be moved to a different date. Also, the band will do a East Coast tour next year, and will also make it to the mid west in 08 too."
Suicidal Tendencies will embark on a West Coast tour starting middle of November. Support on the shows will come from Municipal Waste.
Machine Head has made a new music video for the song 'Now I Lay Thee Down'. You can watch it the official site of Machine Head here.
According to Headbangers Blog, the clip was shot in February and additional footage was filmed in August. Mike Sloat directed, working in various locations around San Francisco, but mostly in and around the Regency Center, a theater built in 1909. According to Roadrunner Records, "All of the backdrops of the play are original to the theater, close to 100 years old and include ornate images of hell, forest, and more. As for the plot, the band's label says "the video is a play about a past time in which a strange and grotesque man, who is shunned by society and outcast, decides that he wants to know what it's like to die. He asks his lover, the only person who cares for him, to take his life. Reluctantly, she does. But then she becomes so distraught and miserable about losing her only love that she decides she must take her own life as well to be with him forever. The play ends with the two lovers together again, at last in the afterlife. The curtain drops and the entire cast bows to the audience."
Finnish metallers Children of Bodom have just entered Petrax Studio in Hollola, Finland to begin recording their as-yet-untitled sixth album. The follow-up to 2005's "Are You Dead Yet?" is being produced by Mikko Karmila and will feature a guest appearance by Peter Tägtgren of Hypocrisy and Pain fame. An April 2008 release is expected.
The band posted the following message on their website: "Children Of Bodom entered the studio and started to record their sixth studio album which is scheduled to be released on April 2nd in 2008. Henkka wrote the first part of a studio diary that will regularly inform you about the recording process.
You can find the first part of it at this location. Stay tuned for the next parts!"
"Chavis Records unveils the new cover art and track listing for "Standing The Test Of Time" the Best Of release from heavy metallers Attacker. The exquisite cover art was hand painted by artist Jowita Kaminska. "The cover is symbolic and the meaning is definitive, it tells our story." explains vocalist Bob Mitchell.
The CD will contain 16 tracks including four tracks from each release.
01. (Call On) The Attacker
02. Slayer's Blade
04. The Hermit
05. Zero Hour
06. Captives Of Babylon
08. Revelations Of Evil
09. Soul Taker
11. Sleepy Hollow
12. The End
13. The Unknown
14. Nail It Down
15. I Am Sinn
The following was posted at November's Doom's offical home page :
''A third and final show has been added in Europe this November. This performance will be held on November 12th at Rockconcern De Rots, Antwerp Belgium. To build off the special evening of November 10th, where the band will shoot their first ever live DVD in Vosselaar, the show in Antwerp will be entirely acoustic, also a first for the band."
"There's always a list of songs in our catalog people ask to hear live, and we decided to try something a bit different, and play a different sort of set for the band," comments singer Paul Kuhr. "We will be performing the entire set, acoustically, and playing a large amount of songs we have never performed live before. We wanted to make our short trip to Europe a special one, and with all the focus being on the DVD shoot, this acoustic evening will be a great time for us, also giving the fans something unique from the band."
According to the Ayreon's Official Website, you can find here the list of the new "guest singers" of the upcoming album… No doubt that it will be one of the most incredible line-up ever seen.
Arjen Lucassen, has recently posted new audio samples of the next three guest singers who will appear upcoming album:
Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain Of Salvation) Sample
Wudstik (from a Dutch hip hop band) Sample
Marjan Welman (Elister) Sample
The names of the other vocalist already confirmed are: Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Steve Lee (Gotthard), Bob Catley (Magnum), Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering), Jonas P. Renske (Katatonia), Jorn Lande (Jorn Lande), Tom S. Englund (Evergrey), Ty Tabor (King's X), Magali Luyten (Virus IV), Simone Simons (Epica), Liselotte Hegt (Dial), Phideaux Xavier and Floor Jansen (After Forever).
According to a blog on the legendary Bay Area Thrashers' MySpace, Testament are officially working with acclaimed drummer Paul Bostaph (ex-Slayer/ex-Forbidden/ex-Exodus).
Paul Bostaph will join the ranks alongside originating classic thrash legends Chuck Billy on vocals, Alex Skolnick on lead guitar, Eric Peterson on rhythm guitar and Greg Christian on bass.
Unfortunately Nick Barker will not be recording with Testament on this new album, due to Homeland Security and International Work Visa issues. Rather than delaying this long awaited return of Testament, the band has chosen to recruit Paul Bostaph, long time friend and member, to record on the much anticipated album, which is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2008 release via Nuclear Blast. Paul Bostaph will join the ranks alongside originating classic thrash legends Chuck Billy on vocals, Alex Skolnick on lead guitar, Eric Peterson on rhythm guitar and Greg Christian on bass.
Demonoid, the Swedish band featuring Therion brothers Kristian Niemann (guitars) and Johan Niemann (bass), and ex-Therion/ex-Soilwork/ex-Chimaira drummer Richard Evensand, have issued the following statement:
"It is with great pleasure we'd like to introduce you to the new larynx-ripping screamer in Demonoid: All bow yer heads to the mighty CALIGULA!!! Known from his legendary vocal work in Dark Funeral and God Among Insects he needs no further introduction. We're extremely excited to have him aboard and we can't wait to unleash some seriously face-melting metal upon you..."
Masse "Emperor Magus Caligula" Bromberg replaces Therion vocalist Christofer Johnsson, who sang on the band's 2004 debut album "Riders Of The Apocalypse".