Swedish grindcore outfit General Surgery have scheduled the following US tour dates:
May 09 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory (Los Angeles Murderfest 5.0)
May 10 - Phoenix, AZ @ The PHiX (with Ghoul)
May 11 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Blue Lagoon (with Ghoul)
May 12 - Oakland, CA @ Your House (with Ghoul)
May 13 - Portland, OR @ Satyricon (with Engorged, Funerot)
May 14 - Olympia, WA @ T.B.A. (with Engorged, Funerot)
May 22-24 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest VII)
Vocalist Mike DiMeo (ex-Riot) has confirmed he parted ways with Masterplan. On a blog on his MySpace he writes as follows:
"I did some really cool session work and have a bunch of releases slated for 2009 of which I am really looking forward to. One of them is with Australian band "Ilium" and I am really happy with how it turned out. I also do want to confirm that I am no longer working with the Masterplan guys, although I have nothing but profound respect for them and continue to wish them nothing but success in the future." (Read the whole message here)
Although Masterplan has yet to announce a replacement for DiMeo, guitarist Roland Grapow wrote in an online posting in November that the band had commenced the recording sessions for a new studio album, which is tentatively expected in May/June via AFM Records.
"All The Tears", the new animated video from French metallers Gojira has been made available online. "All The Tears" comes off the Gojira's latest album, entitled "The Way Of All Flesh", which was released on October 13, 2008 via Listenable Records. The clip was directed and made by Spanish artist Jossie Malis.
Drummer Mario Duplantier comments: "We first came accross Jossie's work with his astounding animated films: Bend It To Machine and we really liked the way he told stories in a very mysterious and unusual manner. His enigmatic animations deal with serious issues and are yet always permeated with a sense of poetry. We, as music writers, are trying to mix very different emotional atmospheres. We are happy to present a visual/audio work that gathers the sort of brutality of our music with the sensibility of his drawings."
Bay Area Thrashers Death Angel have issued the following statement about their new bass player:
"Death Angel is pleased to announce, and welcome new bassist Sammy Diosdado to the line up! A bay area native who formerly played with the S.F. Hardcore band The Sick. Also in San Francisco's Punk n' Roll outfit "All Time Highs!" featuring Mark Osegueda from Death Angel on lead vocals. With his in your face punk assault on bass, and on stage he was the perfect fit to fill the shoes of former bassist, and founding member Dennis Pepa who brought the punk attitude to Death Angel on albums, and on stage!"
Vocalist Mark Osegueda states: "I could not be more thrilled! People in the Bay Area who have seen Sammy on stage know what I'm talking about, and now it is time for the rest of the world to see! Sammy just Plain ROCKS! So I urge all Death Angel fans to welcome Sammy to the Death Angel family, and come see us live when we come to your town that will be all the convincing you will need that we made the right choice!"
As posted on Saturday the 10th of January, 2009, on the official Mithras website:
"Mithras would like to welcome Sam Bean (The Senseless/ex-The Berzerker) into the fold as their new vocalist/bassist. Sam was the only person asked to audition for the spot and dominated the tracks chosen for the audition with his brutal vocal delivery and deft basswork.
Founder/guitarist Leon Macey commented: "Since joining Sam in his band The Senseless back in 2007 (as drummer) we've been working together closely on the new The Senseless record 'The Floating World', so I know we gel extremely well musically and have a similar attitude and vision. This combined with the huge amount of band/live/industry experience he has from all the work he's done with The Berzerker makes him the perfect guy to take the role and help lift Mithras to the next level. We're going to get gig-ready asap then simultaneously start slaying audiences while working some more on the new Mithras record."
Alice In Chains will team up for some dates in Australia. Next to shows as part of the Soundwave festival, Alice In Chains'll also do two headlining shows. These'll be Alice in Chains' first headline performances in Australia in over a decade.
All dates are as follows:
Feb. 21 - Brisbane, AUS - Soundwave Festival
Feb. 22 - Sydney, AUS - Soundwave Festival
Feb. 25 - Sydney, AUS - Enmore Theatre *
Feb. 26 - Melbourne, AUS - Palais Theatre *
Feb. 27 - Melbourne, AUS - Soundwave Festival
Feb. 28 - Adelaide, AUS - Soundwave Festival
Mar. 02 - Perth, AUS - Soundwave Festival
Cannibal Corpse have posted the title track online from the new upcoming album, "Evisceration Plague", which will be released on February 3 via Metal Blade Records. The new track can be found on the band's official MySpace.
Long-running Dutch death/thrash metal band Thanatos are busy mixing a new album. Thanatos guitarist/vocalist Stephan Gebédi has poted the following message on the band's MySpace:
"It took us a fucking long time, but in a couple of months, "Justified Genocide", our 5th full length album, will finally hit the shelves. The album is currently being mixed by Dan Swanö and it's great to see the album actually (and finally) taking shape now. After all the delays and the record label shit we've been through once again, it's a real good feeling to listen to the - almost - finished recordings now. It's pretty safe to say that this album will have the rawest, most dirty and "in your face" sound we ever managed to achieve on a Thanatos record. It features some of the fastest, most aggressive shit we ever recorded, but of course we also have some slower, heavier parts. The emphasis definitely lies on thrash metal, but as always there's also some death metal in our songs. Judge for yourself in March. We'll upload another song (rough mix) on our MySpace page in early February. We'll also make sure that the album will be directly available through our website."
According to a Nuclear Blast posting, the one and only masters of Epic Doom, namely Candlemass, have just revealed some crucial details about their upcoming album. The release date has now been set for March 27th, and disciples of the Doom sound can expect eight mighty hymns on "Death Magic Doom"!!! The tracklist reads as follows:
01. If I Ever Die
02. Hammer Of Doom
03. The Bleeding Baroness
04. Demon Of The Deep
05. House Of 1,000 Voices
06. Dead Angel
07. Clouds Of Dementia
08. My Funeral Dreams
In December, bassist/songwriter Leif Edling commented: "We've worked on all autumn and it feels really good that it is completed. The sound is superfat, heavy as hell, and very organic/dynamic at the same time. Our friend Chris Laney (Laney; Randy Piper, Zan Clan) has done a great job mixing it!! I personally think this album is the best one of the three we have released in the new millennium, easy!! It is bigger, better, louder and a bit more mature, I must say!! It is our "Heaven And Hell"."
Just like two years ago, In Flames have won a Swedish "Grammi Award" in the Best Hard Rock category, this time for their latest effort "A Sense Of Purpose". This is already the fourth time in five years the band is honoured with such an award (Mustasch won the Award last year). A total of five bands were nominated for their most recent releases, all of which came out during 2008. The nominees were as follows:
In Flames - A Sense Of Purpose
Meshuggah - obZen
Millencolin - Machine 15
Opeth - Watershed
Sabaton - The Art Of War
The Swedish "Grammis" gala was held on Wednesday night (January 7) at Hovet in Stockholm. In Flames were also nominated for the "Best Live" act. The band also performed the song "Alias" during the ceremony, which was broadcast live on Swedish national channel TV4. Video footage of the acceptance speech (in Swedish) and the performance can be viewed on blabbermouth.
You can listen to the whole new Sirenia album "The 13th Floor" on the band's MySpace page. The fourth Sirenia album will be released on January 23, 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records. "The 13th Floor" was tracked at Sound Suite Studios in France and Stargoth Studios in Norway while the mixing and mastering sessions took place at the Antfarm Studios in Denmark with Tue Madsen.
"Unfortunately, we have to begin 2009 with some sad news. Bassist Steve Scott has decided to make his move to New Zealand a permanent one and as a result has decided it is time for him to leave Power Quest. We are all very sorry to see him go but wish him all the best in his new life in New Zealand."
Steve Scott commented: "Well, it's been almost 10 years with Dragon Heart (now DragonForce) and then Power Quest playing alongside keyboard legend Steve Williams. Looking back over those years, it has been a fabulous time both recording and touring. Too many funny stories, as usual, from the tours to go into, but maybe I'll write a book or bring out a DVD with it all. I would like to thank the guys in the band and management for the great times we have had and I wish them all the best with the future tours and recordings. Life is so sweet here Down Under that it just makes damn good sense to me and to the band to pass the 'torch' of power metal bass playing over to someone else... someone who lives a bit closer than the other side of the world... so the quest goes on."
German Pagan Folk metal outfit Wolfchant have inked a record deal with Massacre Records. The comment on their website reads as follows:
"By common accord we reversed our record deal with CCP Records. We want to thank Claus and Eva for the very good cooperation during the last years. We are proud to announce that we signed a record deal with Massacre Records. With bands such as Legion Of The Damned, Crematory, Illdisposed, One Man Army & TUQ,... as label mates we are in very good company!
"Determined Damnation" will be released 09-04-24 so be prepared!"