Magnus Martinsson (ex-Insision), live guitarist for Swedish death metal band Grave, won't be joining the band on their upcoming Metal Chainsaw Massacre Tour.
Commented the band: "Due to some unforeseen reasons, our live guitarist Magnus Martinsson will not join us for the Metal Chainsaw Massacre Tour now in March/April. Therefore, we've recruited Mika Lagreen from Facebreaker to step in and he's been doing one hell of a job so far at rehearsal! Welcome Mika!"
All Metal Chainsaw Massacre tour dates were previously reported over here.
The Discovery, the new album from US progressive deathcore act Born Of Osiris, is now available for streaming in its entirety at Facebook (you'll need to "like" the band, in case you didn't already, to listen to the stream).
The Discovery will be released today, March 22nd, through Sumerian Records.
The Discovery tracklist:
01. Follow The Signs
06. Two Worlds Of Design
07. A Solution
08. Shaping The Masterpiece
10. Automatic Motion
11. The Omniscient (An Interlude)
12. Last Straw
In other news, "Recreate", the new video from Born Of Osiris, can now be watched below.
Vader have recently parted ways with former Christ Agony bassist Tomasz "Reyash" Rejek. Due to "family matters," also drummer Pawel "Paul" Jaroszewicz will leave the band. However, he'll still be laying down tracks for the band's new album, Welcome To The Morbid Reich, and taking part in the group's already confirmed concerts in summer.
Mariusz Kmiołek from Massive Music Management released the following statement on behalf of the band: "New musicians, some changes and, hopefully, new great news - hence the new opening in the band. The beginning of the year was marked with Peter's decision about line-up reshuffle - he thanked Reyash for two-years' cooperation. The band and Reyash parted their ways because the latter recently failed on many fields. The main reason for this news is also his statement about reasons for leaving the band which are not true.
Danish melodic doom metal band Saturnus have recently parted ways with Firebox Records and are currently seeking a new label home. The band has also added two new members, namely Henrik Glass on drums and Mattias Svensson as the band's new rhythm guitarist.
Vocalist Thomas A.G. Jensen commented as follows: "Saturnus has been through a major transition due to a necessary line-up change arising from different views on how things needed to be run. This put the brakes on the bands progression for so long that eventually something had to break or otherwise we would inevitably have split up. We love playing live whenever we can and right now we want to do it more than ever to follow on and raise our profile once again to echo the success of our last album, Veronica Decides To Die, and previous efforts.
Norwegian melodic power metallers Pagan's Mind have inked a deal with SPV/Steamhammer for the release of their fifth studio album, Heavenly Ecstasy.
Heavenly Ecstasy will be released on May 20th in Germany, on May 23rd in the rest of Europe and in June on North American territory.
One of the new tracks, called "Intermission", was already made available for streaming over at this location.
Guitarist and producer Jørn Viggo Lofstad says: "After considering offers from various labels, we decided to be a part of the new SPV family. Signing with such a respected label gave us the spark to come up with what we think is the most cohesive album we have done, and probably our best offering so far. We can't wait to get back in action and present these songs to you all."
Skeletonwitch have tapped drummer Tony Laureano for their upcoming spring dates and to play on their upcoming as-yet-untitled new album, due out this fall.
Laureano, who's played for acts such as 1349, Nile, Dimmu Borgir, Massacre, Angelcorpse and more, will be replacing the recently departed, Derrick "Mullet Chad" Nau, who is returning to art school and further pursuing his art career.
Guitarist Scott Hedrick commented: "Our good friend Tony will be playing drums on our April tour, new album, and for the foreseeable future. We're fucking stoked to have a drummer of his caliber and experience on board. He's a beast behind the kit and a great fucking guy as well. You can't ask for more than that!
Audio samples of all tracks set to appear on the new Scar Symmetry album The Unseen Empire are available on Amazon.co.uk.
The Unseen Empire will be released on April 15th through Nuclear Blast Records.
The Unseen Empire tracklist:
01. The Anomaly
02. Illuminoid Dream Sequence
03. Extinction Mantra
04. Seers Of The Schaton
05. Domination Agenda
07. Rise Of The Reptilian Regime
08. The Draconian Arrival
09. Alpha And Omega
In other news, a song-by-song analysis with Scar Symmetry drummer Henrik Ohlsson can be watched below.
Due to the current situation in Japan following the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, Japanese neoclassical power metal/J-Rock outfit Versailles have postponed their previously announced spring tour dates till May.
The new dates are now as follows:
May 04 - Saitama - Heavenfs Rock Saitama Shintoshin
May 05 - Saitama - Heavenfs Rock Saitama Shintoshin
May 11 - Kanagawa - Yokohama BAYSIS
May 15 - Osaka - Esaka Muse
May 16 - Osaka - Esaka Muse
May 18 - Saitama - Heavenfs Rock Kumagaya
May 20 - Aichi - Nagoya Electric Lady Land
Feeding The Inevitable, the new album from Danish death metallers The Cleansing, will be released later this spring through Deepsend Records.
The album was mixed at CB studios in Denmark with producer Christian Bonde, and mastered by Bjørn Engelmann (Behemoth, Bloodbath) at the Cutting Room in Sweden. The cover artwork was created by Remy C. from Headsplit Design.
Feeding The Inevitable tracklist:
01. The Promethean Promise
02. Third Eye Starring
03. Your Flesh, Your Curse
04. A Cheating Progression
05. Hour Of Decadence
06. Processed For Contamination
07. Law Of Reciprocity
08. Two Days
The Song Remains Not The Same, the new acoustic album from Black Label Society, will be released on May 3rd through Entertainment One Music.
The album will feature acoustic versions of tracks from the band's latest record, Order of the Black, along with other songs recorded during the Order sessions. One of the acoustic tracks, "Darkest Days," will feature an appearance by country star John Rich.
The Song Remains Not The Same tracklist :
02. Parade Of The Dead
03. Riders Of The Damned
04. Darkest Days
05. Junior's Eyes
07. Bridge Over Troubled Water
08. Can't Find My Way Home
09. Darkest Days
10. The First Noel
"Hammer Of The Gods", a brand-new track from British heavy metal band Saxon, has been made available for streaming over at this location.
"Hammer Of The Gods" comes off the band's upcoming new album Call To Arms, which will be released on May 23rd through Militia Guard Music, UDR & EMI. More album details were previously reported over here.
A couple of days ago, Therion mainman Christofer Johnsson issued the following update:
"First the good news! Bassist Nalley Påhlsson has used his time well, sobered up and got his life back together. We're very happy to welcome him back and do all the upcoming shows with him again! A BIG THANX to Waldemar Sorychta (Enemy Of The Sun, ReVamp) for filling Nalley's duties meanwhile!
Second news will make many of you sad. Tour vocalist Katarina Lilja has decided to give it a second attempt to join the boring civil world and not be a cool rock star anymore. To sit at home with the boyfriend and just have a regular job.
She gave that a try before after the Gothic Kabbalah Tour and she therefore wasn't with us for the Adulruna Redviva 20 year anniversary Tour. Maybe it was the wrong boyfriend back then, or maybe it was the wrong job? Or both? Anyway, with a new boyfriend (and hopefully soon a new job), she's now up for giving BRLWBAR (Boring Regular Life Without Being A Rockstar) version 2,0 a try. But this time she have at least found a great boyfriend, so as much as we will miss her on stage and on the road, we wish her all the best and all the luck!"