Rough days for Apocalyptica. Earlier this week the news came out the band had to pay €45,000 to Rammstein regarding a trademark infringement during the band's advertising campaign in Germany for their 2007 release Worlds Collide. You can read the details again over here.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, the Finnish cello metallers have now been forced to pull the vocals of Shinedown frontman Brent Smith off the band's new single, Not Strong Enough. A source told The Pulse Of Radio that Apocalyptica apparently failed to secure the rights from Shinedown's label, Atlantic Records, to release the song to radio with Smith's vocals on it. Instead, the radio version will feature vocals from Hoobastank singer Doug Robb. The version with Smith on vocals remains featured on the band's latest effort, 7th Symphony.
Y&T bassist Phil Kennemore passed away earlier this morning. Phil Kennemore was diagnosed with lung cancer last year in August. Back then his doctors believed the disease to be "treatable", and that he should be back on his feet soon enough.
Y&T vocalist/guitarist Dave Meniketti released the following statement: "It is with profound sadness and disbelief that I tell you that my best buddy for 37 years passed away this morning, January 7, 2011 at 1am at Stanford Hospital. Bravely and steadfastly battling the horrible spectacle of lung cancer, at the end he was surrounded by his family members, and the Y&T family up until his final breath.
R.I.P. Phil Kennemore
All the beautiful things that I could say about my buddy Phil could never be summed up in a short sentence or two, and I promise that I will be back to say so much more about how I feel about him and his talents in due time. But for now, at 3am, after just having returned home from his passing, let me at least put this out there.
Vocalist Jeff Keith and guitarist Frank Hannon have been working in the studio recording some tracks for the "acoustic" style album that US hard-rockers Tesla have been planning to release in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their multi-platinum Five Man Acoustical Jam album.
There is no tentative title for the new release yet, but expect to hear some never before heard versions of Tesla classics such as "Changes", "Paradise", as well as some recordings of studio versions from the 2004 acoustic tour. Also featured will be a brand new song called "2nd Street", and the infamous "Better off without You" recorded acoustically.
Teutonic thrash metal band Sodom has posted a new track, entitled "The Art of Killing Poetry", online. "The Art of Killing Poetry" is available for streaming over at Decibel Magazine.
"The Art of Killing Poetry" comes off the band's latest album In War and Pieces which will be released on January 11, 2011 in the United States. In War and Pieces album details were previously reported here.
US Power/Thrash metal band Imagika have called it a day.
Lead guitarist, songwriter and only remaining original member, Steve Rice, commented as follows on the bands demise: "All things must come to an end and for Imagika the time is now. After 17 years, 7 worldwide releases, 2 vocalist, 5 guitarist, 3 bassist, 2 drummers, countless performances and tour dates I've decided to put the band to rest. The reasons are many, but the truth is that it's time for something new and to move forward without being bound to the past. I'm not mourning the end because I'm grateful the band lasted as long as it did.
I look forward to building upon the music and legacy of a band I spearheaded for close to 2 decades with my new project. I would personally like to thank all the fans, press, labels, booking agents, promoters, venues, studios, engineers, artist, instrument manufactures and everyone else that had a helping hand in Imagika's career. It could not have happened without you! I will personally still handle and oversea everything Imagika post mortem for the foreseeable future.
Norwegian death metal band Obliteration have inked a deal with Indie Recordings. At the moment the band is hard at work on "their third opus of hellish horror and twisted metal," set for an autumn 2011 release.
The band's debut album Perpetual Decay came out in May 2007 and was followed by 2009's Nekrospalms. More news to come!
Deftones have announced the first batch of dates for the Diamond Eyes North American Tour taking place in April and May of 2011, with support coming from The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Diamond Eyes North American Tour Dates:
4/14/11 - Seattle, WA at Paramount Theatre
4/16/11 - Portland, OR at Crystal Ballroom
4/18/11 - Vancouver, BC at Commodore Ballroom
4/22/11 - Denver, CO at Ogden Theatre
4/25/11 - Kansas City, MO at Harrah's
4/26/11 - St. Louis, MO at The Pageant
4/28/11 - Minneapolis, MN at First Avenue
4/29/11 - Milwaukee, WI at The Rave
4/30/11 - Chicago, IL at Riviera Theatre
5/01/11 - Detroit, MI at Fillmore Theatre
5/04/11 - Montreal, QC at Metropolis
5/05/11 - Hampton, NH at Hampton Beach Casino
Glorious Collision, the eight studio album of Swedish metallers Evergrey, will be released in late February. Audio samples of all tracks appearing on the band's upcoming album can now be streamed over at this location.
Glorious Collision album details were previously reported here.
Swedish death metallers Vomitory have finished the recordings for their anticipated new album, Opus Mortis VIII.
Comments the band: "On Sunday, December 19th, we completed the work on the eighth Vomitory album that we have entitled Opus Mortis VIII. It's our eighth musical work of death, so we think it's a very fitting title and we have some nice things going on artwork-wise for this one.
Producer and studio owner Rikard Löfgren has done a tremendous job to get the best sounding Vomitory album to date - no competition! We are so fucking happy with the result. The production is absolutely top-notch and the material offers diversity and dynamics that you haven't quite heard from Vomitory before. You will get 14 songs altogether and roughly 54 minutes playing time."
Unearth has commenced recording their next album, recruiting Killswitch Engage's Justin Foley to lay down the drum tracks.
The band had the following to say: "We wanted to let everyone know that tracking for the new album has officially begun! We're currently at Zing Studios in Westfield, MA tracking drums with our sit-in drummer for the album Justin Foley of Killswitch Engage/Blood Has Been Shed. Foley was an obvious choice for this album for many reasons, but mainly because of his abilities and knowledge of heavy music as well as his long time friendship with the band. A decade plus of friendship has made this an easy transition for the band, Foley and our producer/engineer Adam D."
Cauldron have announced a new tour that will see the band trekking across eastern Canada throughout February. The band will be taking their timeless brand of raw, exciting heavy metal to the masses all around the Great White North and getting fans stoked for the release of their upcoming album, Burning Fortune. The USA will also have its first taste of Burning Fortune in January when Cauldron teams up with Volture for 3 special shows.
Burning Fortune is due to be released through Earache Records on February 15th. More album details were previously reported here.
Jan 28 - Richmond, VA - Canal Club
Jan 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Millcreek Tavern
Jan 30 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
Bassist Geilt has parted ways with Italian doom metal band DoomSword after six years of service. Geilt will continue to play with Midryasi and to work with his brother Deathmaster on future musical projects. DoomSword would like to thank Geilt for his contribution to the band.
The band has announced Christian "Nidhoggr" Grillo as his replacement. Christian is a talented musician and an old friend of the band having played with drummer Wrathlord in Fury N Grace, and in Gjallarhorn with vocalist Deathmaster and Wrathlord.
Choose Suffolk over the last months have been carrying out an open poll to allow people to vote for an image which is most iconic of the easterly county of Suffolk. The winning image was to be used to advertise the county as an attractive destination to visit.
An image of Suffolk resident Dani Filth from the county's most notorious band Cradle Of Filth turned out to be the winner, with a total number of 13,025 votes. A picture of an old swimming pool came second with a tiny 2,055 votes in comparison.
Choose Suffolk have unfortunately disregarded the support for the funny-looking man and have ignored the result in favour of a new short-list of images to choose from.
A spokesperson for the website apparently stated that the judges were "looking for icons which had a wider currency outside the borders of Suffolk", which apparently Cradle Of Filth don't have.