02:52 - Amatsu Mikaboshi Still need to check out Gehenna. I've always been curious ever since I last saw them live, what Justin ans Liz are like, whether if there completely introverted, private hermits or sociable?...
02:50 - Alex Fenger [link] added a few more albums (Lurk, Lynchgate, Lithotome, Infestus, and Suffer Yourself)
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"
British dark lords Akercocke have set "Antichrist" as the title of their new album, due on May 28 via Earache Records.
Commented the band: "The concept of "Antichrist" is wonderfully rich. It represents a supreme opposite. The epithet of the great antagonist provided a wonderful metaphoric framework within which to work. We have strived to make elements of the recording as evil as possible. Creating atmospheres that are deliberately uncomfortable. Spurred on by a rage enhanced by the complete disgust with our recent history, we didn't have to dig very deeply to find the malice and rancour sufficient to evoke the spirit of violent antithesis. "Antichrist" is the perfect banner for a collection of songs that are tales of opposition, sanguinary lust and the axiom of our raison d'etre."
Montreal based Neuraxis have announced that vocalist Alex Leblanc (Atheretic, Point Blank Rage) has joined as permanent member of the band.
The band comments: "After completing the European Domination tour, we knew Alex was the right man for the job. His vocals were rushing, and he displayed a very intense energy both onstage and offstage. We look forward to Alex contributing to the writing of our next album."
Neuraxis has confirmed they will be touring Canada in May with Martyr. The following dates have been confirmed:
Italian Gothic Black Metallers Graveworm have posted the following update on their website:
"The new album will be released in Europe on Massacre Records. The album was produced at the stage one studio with Andy Classen (Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Disbelief, Dew-Scented). The new masterpiece will be released as limited edition digipack."
Massacre Records has set May 25th as the release date for the album, entitled "Collateral Defect". A small picture of the cover art can be found at this location.
The follow-up to 2005's "(N)utopia" features guest appearances by Maurizio Iacono from Kataklysm and Matze from The Sorrow.
"Collateral Defect" contains the 10 following songs:
Fear Factory is currently working on another remix album, tentatively due later in the year.
A first taste of the upcoming CD - a remixed version of the song 'Supernova' (from the 2005 CD "Transgression") - can be heard on the band's MySpace Page.
Fast-rising young UK Thrashers Evile have announced that their forthcoming debut album, entitled "Enter The Grave", is to be recorded in May 2007 at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark with legendary producer Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica, Morbid Angel, Artillery).
The album is scheduled to be released Worldwide in September 2007 via Earache Records.
The following message was posted on Arch Enemy's official website :
"Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott has scheduled a signing sessions at the Frankfurt Musik Messe in Germany, Europe's largest international trade fair for musical instruments, music software and computer hardware, sheet music and accessories.
Michael Amott comments: 'It's going to be a blast coming down to Germany for the weekend, check out gear, meet fans and hang out with my ESP family! The ESP signings are always a good time!
I am also going to be doing a signing at the Randall Amplifiers booth, I have recently hooked up with Randall and we are working on all kinds of cool stuff - one of those things being a 'Michael Amott NINJA V2' amp! Come and check out the prototype of this beast if you are at the event! See you there!"
Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth, has posted the following message concerning the band's new albums on the message boards of the bands official site:
"I just wanted to give you an update of what's happening in Iced Earth world."
"We just finished mixing and mastering the single which will be titled "Overture of the Wicked" and should be released in late May or early June. The 4 songs that will be featured on this are as follows:
1.) Ten Thousand Strong
3.) Birth of the Wicked
4.) The Coming Curse
"Ten Thousand Strong will be the song that we will be filming a video for in the following months, most likely in June right around the Sweden Rock festival."
Royal Hunt and John West have decided that at this time (after numerous albums and concert tours) they are no longer able to contribute creatively to each other's future musical development. It's been a hell of a ride, but both parties feel like it is about time to move on and explore different musical paths - therefore, they mutually agreed to part ways as of March 16th, 2007.
"We're not ruling out possible future collaborations for a joint venture or a side project" - André and John state - "but it won't be under the RH moniker."
John had joined Royal Hunt in 1999 during the recording of the "Fear" album and he worked with the band until our latest release - live CD/DVD "Royal Hunt 2006." We'd like to express our gratitude to John for a great 8-year run and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.