The following message was posted by frontman Ares on Aeternus' official MySpace page:
"A while ago it was decided to let S Winter go from his status as Aeternus' drummer. This due to the fact that he lives too far away from us others and it became a too big burden to have that type of slow flow in the band.
It was a shitty decision to make, but also an important one.
He's a great drummer and and truly among very few are so dedicated as he is and it made it hard to take this step. Never the less, it was done.
These days, a drummer in Bergen is under audition for a shot at the drumseat in Aeternus! He's working on some songs and will soon have a jam with the band.
Then we'll see and take it from there...
An e-card for the second full-length album from Vicious Art (Swedish death/thrash metal band featuring former Dark Funeral members Matias Mäkelä and Robert Lundin, along with Jörgen Sandström (The Project Hate, ex-Entombed, Grave) on bass) has been made available at this location.
Due in Scandinavia on November 5 (early 2008 elsewhere), "Pick Up This Sick Child" was recorded at Offbeat studios in Jakobsberg, Sweden and was mastered in Denmark by Jacob Hansen. The album artwork was created by Kristian Karlberg.
Here's the tracklisting again:
01. Tombstone Grind
02. The Paulina Paw Paintings
03. Our Family Flesh
05. We're Both Into Killing Me
Gothenburg-based melodic death metal/metalcore act Engel have been announced as support act for Dimmu Borgir and Amon Amarth on their Invaluable Darkness Tour. The band featuring former members of In Flames, The Crown and Evergrey thus replaces Hatesphere who had pulled out of the tour due to their split with frontman Jacob Bredahl.
In addition Engel also takes part in the European tour of Atreyu and Still Remains. A complete list of dates can be found here.
Threshold will release their first ever "Best Of" collection in November, featuring over 140 minutes of music from all their studio albums plus some previously unreleased radio edits. The album will be released by Threshold's previous label Inside Out Music. The tracklisting for the compilation, entitled "The Ravages Of Time (The Best of Threshold)", was selected by the band in conjunction with the label. "The decision to include the unreleased single edits was because we know there are a lot of fans who are frustrated when there are edits made but not available on CD", commented Richard West. "Of course there wasn't room for everything but between us we thought it was a good overall list."
The following message was posted on Helloween's official website:
"Gambling With The Devil" out on October 29th, 2007
Limited first edition featuring bonus CD and scratch ticket
Single download from September 28th, 2007
Helloween were busy working on their latest album until the end of August, now the band are ready to release details about "Gambling With The Devil": The regular album consists of eleven songs (plus an intro, spoken by Saxon's Biff Byford) with a total playing time of 57:40 minutes. For their many faithful fans, there will also be a limited first edition (40,000 units in a Digipak with an embossed and stamped slipcase to be released in Europe, and 10,000 units in a jewel case in the US) with a bonus CD featuring two extra tracks, the video supporting the first single 'As Long As I Fall', and a 'making-of' of the video, including interview sequences. As a special highlight, the first edition includes a scratch ticket with an exciting puzzle, as described in detail on the Helloween homepage. The solution to the puzzle allows you to register at www.helloween.org and take part in a draw with a sensational first prize: The lucky winner will receive a trip for two to a Helloween show in America - including flight, accommodation at the band hotel, backstage tickets, and of course a personal meeting with the band! There are also signed Gibson/Epiphone guitars and great fan packs to be won.
Former Carcass guitarist Mike Amott (currently in Arch Enemy) has revealed that the legendary U.K. death metal band might reunite for a tour.
In an exclusive interview with Sweden's Close-Up magazine, Amott said that he and guitarist/vocalist Bill Steer secretly met in Halmstad, Sweden last year to rehearse old Carcass material. A couple of months later, they were joined by vocalist/bassist Jeff Walker for another practice session. Arch Enemy's Daniel Erlandsson was handling the drum duties at these rehearsals.
"It sounded really good and it was a lot of fun," said Amott. "We rehearsed pretty much the entire 'Heartwork' album ."
The original plan was for Carcass to play several festival shows this summer, but that fell through.
The following message has been posted on the band's official website:
"As a result of personal issues, HateSphere and vocalist Jacob Bredahl have parted ways. This has been in the air for a little while now and is without doubt, the best decision for the band. Having to tour with a person who's not able to give it one hundred percent in the future and vice versa is pointless. We'd like to thank Jacob for 10 years of hard work and good times, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours! This may come as a shock for many of you but we can only emphasize that HateSphere will continue and are already in the midst of auditioning new singers.
In effect of this and some unanticipated, economical circumstances, we have been forced to cancel our upcoming European tour with Dimmu Borgir and Amon Amarth. We are very sorry for that but have seen no other solution, as it would be too difficult to find a new singer in only ten days. The gigs we have after the tour will not be affected by this, and we promise you all to come back soon and make it up to you.
The following message was posted on Flowing Tears' official website:
"It's time to reveal some more details about the upcoming live album. "Invanity - Live in Berlin" will be released on October 29 and will contain the following tracks:
03. Portsall (Departure Song)
04. Lovesong For A Dead Child
05. The Marching Sane
07. Pitch Black Water
08. Dead Skin Mask (Slayer cover)
09. The Weeping Song (Nick Cave cover with Johan Edlund on guest vocals)
Cover artwork here.
The album will be released as a splendid digipack version with a huge photobooklet and liner notes. Apart from that we're looking forward to our return on stages at Metal Female Voices Fest in October — see you all there!"
"Rise Of The Tyrant" has been receiving huge acclaim from the media throughout the world and upon release date on September 24th in Europe, the album will be available in the following formats with alternate cover artwork coloring: CD; Limited Edition CD including O-Card packaging, uncoated booklet paper and a bonus 3" Mini-DVD; and LP format with the bare CD as special bonus. The Mini-DVD of the limited edition release includes the following impressive live footage filmed in South America on Arch Enemy's headlining tour early 2007:
- I Am Legend/Out For Blood (Live)
- Diva Satanica (Live)
- On The Road Movie
UK's gothic metal forefathers Paradise Lost present you their stunning new video clip for "Praise Lamented Shade" taken from the band's latest, much lauded masterpiece "In Requiem", which was released via Century Media Records in May 2007.
The clip was filmed during their show in the beautiful Koko, London in April which will be released on DVD later on. However, it already gives you a glimpse of the things to come.
The video was directed by Dash Productions (who worked with people such as Steven Seagal, Gary Numan, Level 42, Paul Rodgers, Rick Astley, Heaven 17, The Damned, Marc Almond, Dexy's Midnight Runners and many more) and you can watch it at Youtube.com by clicking here!
The Bloodstock Open Air website has been updated stating Finnish metallers Moonsorrow as the first band confirmed for next year's festival, and that more bands will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
The message reads:
"Bloodstock are very pleased to confirm the first band to announced for next years Bloodstock Open Air, finnish Metallers Moonsorrow!
Moonsorrow have been a band continually requested by the fans and the band are very excited about their only UK festival appearance of 2008!"
The message continues:
"Bloodstock will be confirming bands for 2008 in the coming weeks, we are negotiating as we speak with some incredible bands for next year and we will ensure we bring bands to the UK that rarely play as well as bands that are highly requested by the metal masses!
As posted on the official Annihilator forum, Annihilator will return to Europe starting early October as "very special guest" to Iced Earth.
Guitarist/Mainman Jeff Waters says "We are looking forward to another great tour through Europe and, this time, courtesy of metal warriors Iced Earth. Ripper and I have been good friends for years and it was an honor to be asked to join them on this tour, spreading more METAL through Europe. See you all again real soon!"
Iced Earth + Annihilator:
Oct. 08 - Köln, Germany - Live Music Hall
Oct. 09 - München, Germany - Backstage Werk
Oct. 10 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
Oct. 12 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Razzmatazz 1
Oct. 13 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
Classic Rock has just announced after much speculation that Led Zeppelin will reunite for a one-off special show at the O2 Arena in London on Monday, November 26.
The message on the Classic Rock website procedes:
"Tickets cost £125 each and will be available 'by ballot'. More details as we have it.
The bill also includes Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman & The Rhythm Kings, Foreigner and Paolo Nutini.
Founding members Jimmy Page (guitar), Robert Plant (vocals) and John Paul Jones (bass) will be joined by Jason Bonham, son of the late John Bonham, on drums.
The one-off performance has just been announced via a handout given to attendees at a press conference in the Vue cinema at the O2 complex. It's a memorial gig in honour of Ahmet Ertegun, the co-founder and longstanding chairman of Atlantic Records.
The German melodic metallers of Edguy have posted the following statement in their official site:
"Due to big technical problems Edguy had to cancel the show in Hartford . Most of the technical devices and instruments were not delivered as agreed on prior to the tour. Edguy apologizes for this and are working to fix all problems so they can play the tour as planned. Edguy is not responsible for this, as there was no chance to even do a 30% show.
The Rocket Ride world tour is going on. On September 12th Edguy will start their North American coast-to-coast tour in W. Springfield, Virginia. Check the tour dates to make sure you you won't miss the guys during their 20 shows in the USA and Canada. Furthermore Edguy will return to Brazil for one show, the Greenpeace Manifesto Festival at Via Funchal on the 11th of November. In Europe, Edguy have just been confirmed to co-headline the Bulgarian issue of the Nuclear Blast festial at the "Winter Palace of Sports" on November 3rd. Last but not least Edguy will be special guest to play a 45 minutes mini-set during the Nuclear Blast festival in Stuttgart on October 27th at the Schleyerhalle in Stuttgart."