"Due to the latest years evolving differences in musical ideas and visions, Asgeir Mickelson has decided to quit Borknagar. The split happens in a friendly manner and with mutual respect for the decision that he has made. He will remain a good friend of the band. We wish to thank him for a great collaboration over the years and the best of luck with future endeavours! The split will have little or no effect on the schedule of the forthcoming album. We are currently working on pre-productions and we are heading for an early-next-year release. As stated before, the new album will regain the musical forces that dominated the 4 first albums. So beware!"
Regain Records have announced the new line-up of Norwegian Black metal Horde Ragnarok. The new line-up consists of HansFyrste on vocals, Brigge as new guitarist, Decepticon, who will take care of the bass and backing vocals, and only original member Jontho on drums.
Drummer Jontho states: "We will play at the Storm of Destruction (Ingolstadt) festival in Germany this weekend and we are planning touring in Europe and the United States later this year. We also do plan our next album these days that will be released in early 2009 via Regain Records at the same time as we will celebrate 15 years of spreading mental terror to the masses."
Regain Records have posted the following Lord Belial news:
"Swedish melodic Black Metal horde Lord Belial will return with a new album in september 2008. The new masterpiece will be called "The Black Curse" cover art] and offers you ten tracks of pure melodic swedish Black Metal! In case you are in search for something stronger and darker than this album is definitely for you!
Due the huge request Regain Records will re-release the old Lord Belial demos on one CD called "Ancient Demons" - out in june 2008!!! "Ancient Demons" cover art] are awesome on their own as something to crank up and revel in the old-school vibe, as well as a document of a watershed era in the history of extreme music, one that has yet to be topped for sheer creativity and boundary destroying."
An e-card for Ihsahn's forthcoming album, entitled "AngL", can be accessed at this location.
According to a Candlelight Records press release:
"Ihsahn's second solo album "AngL" is a continuation of the former Emperor frontman's work within the Metal genre.
Following on from his debut solo album "The Adversary", this second opus builds on the experience Ihsahn has gained as a solo artist and presents a complex and enticing tapestry: blending textures of light and dark together into an album that is at once challenging and accessible; captivating and intensely moving. Musically this album can be seen as a natural progression from "The Adversary", but with a somewhat heavier touch - incorporating the subtleties of expression explored on his debut into a more recognisably 'extreme' framework.
Dutch label Descent Productions has issued the following statement:
We are very proud to announce that Be'lakor has joined the Descent Productions roster.
Be'lakor, a dark melodic metal band from Melbourne, has quickly come to be regarded as one of Australia's leading metal acts. In the year that has followed the independent release of their debut, The Frail Tide, the band's international reputation has grown rapidly. Reviewers in the metal press have universally praised the album, commenting on Be'lakor's masterful song writing and a remarkable feel for distinctive melodies and mood. Drawing influences from ancient mythology and the perpetual struggle between destruction and life, Be'lakor creates songs that take the listener on a compelling journey.
Anathema are very pleased to announce that the "Hindsight" album has been finished and the masters have been sent to the record company. As you may be aware, "Hindsight" is a semi acoustic album of classic Anathema tracks, and includes one new song.
Work on the new Anathema album "Horizons" is already well underway. We expect this to be our greatest album by a long, long way.
In other news, Danny Cavanagh will be touring Norway and Sweden with Anneke Van Giersbergen, former singer of The Gathering and now with Agua De Annique. Expect some special performances together. Not to be missed!
Danny Cavanagh / Anneke Van Giersbergen tour dates:
The organizers of the Summer Slaughter Tour have just announced a second nationwide underground festival tour to take place later in the Summer. It's called The Thrash And Burn Tour, presented by Revolver Magazine in conjunction with Deathcote, Merch Now and Iron Fist Clothing.
While Summer Slaughter is known to be "The Most Extreme Tour of the Year" with a cutting edge line-up focused on pure progressive brutality and the different faces of death metal, The Thrash And Burn Tour will showcase a diverse mix of underground metal bands who draw from decades of Thrash, Punk and Hardcore to mold their 21st century sounds. Darkest Hour, fresh off their tour with At The Gates has been chosen to headline this tour.
Cali's reunited thrashers Forbidden posted the following:
"Forbidden proudly announces Mark Hernandez (Heathen, Defiance, Re-Ignition, Vio-lence, Torque, Technocracy, Social Unrest), as the drummer for Forbidden's upcoming European tour. Mark Hernandez is one of the most dynamic and solid drummers in Hard Rock/Heavy Metal today. His aggressive attack and technical ability shine. Mark has proven himself over and over from his time in one of the most respected thrash metal bands of all time Vio-lence and more recently with Heathen and the rebirth of Defiance. Mark will be one of the most watched drummers in Hard rock & Heavy Metal for years to come."
Brutal Truth recorded four new songs late last year for the upcoming Relapse Records compilation "This Comp Kills Fascists". A new Brutal Truth song, "Turmoil", is now available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
In the tradition of the legendary "Cry Now, Cry Later" compilations of the 90's, Pig Destroyer / Agoraphobic Nosebleed's Scott Hull has brought together some of the very best of today's underground grindcore, hardcore, and power violence bands making up volume one of "This Comp Kills Fascists". The complete listing of bands included is: Agents Of Satan, A.S.R.A, Brutal Truth, Chainsaw To The Face, Insect Warfare, Kill The Client, Magrudergrind, Man Will Destroy Himself, Shitstorm, Spoonful Of Vicodin, Total Fucking Destruction, Wasteoid, and Weekend Nachos.
Napalm Records is offering an exclusive preview of the new albums by Faroe Islands pagan metal band Týr and Austrian symphonic black metallers Hollenthon at this location (free MySpace registration may be required to view).
Týr's new album "Land" will be released on May 28th (Finland), May 30th (Germany, Sweden, France, Italy), June 6th (rest of Europe) and June 10th (US, Canada) via Napalm Records. Hollenthon's album "Opus Magnum" is scheduled for release on May 30th (Europe) and June 7th (North America).
Folk metallers Waylander have posted on their Myspace page two fully mixed and mastered songs from their upcoming album entitled "Honour Amongst Chaos" cover]. The album will be release in June 2008 via Listenable Records.
Finnish metallers Amoral have issued the following update on their website:
"We are more than happy to welcome Pekka Johansson to the band as our new bass player! Pekka has been helping us out with our recent live duties, and the vibe's been great both on and off stage. The dude's a great bassist, has a killer stage presence and is good company, so we quickly realized we'd need to look no further.
Pekka will be joining the official Amoral forum soon, so you can all pick his brain over there and ask him anything you wanna know..."
Swedish metallers Wolf have issued the following update on their MySpace page:
"Wolf proudly present Richard "Raptor" Holmgren as their new official drummer. Richard is a well known musician and previously played in several bands such as Apostasy, Haterush and more. Raptor is now a fulltime member of the howling Swedish Heavy Metal machine that is Wolf. Please check out this video introduction by Richard "Raptor" Holmgren."
In other news, Wolf is currently working hard on a new album. Johannes "Axeman" Losbäck comments:
"We've successfully progressed in the writing process as we got about 7-8 songs finished and more to work with. We feel that this next Wolf album will knock your teeth out by the sheer sight of it. We will have some very exciting news about the recording coming your way soon."
Swedish metallers Cloudscape have issued the following update on their MySpace page:
"The wait is almost over!! Cloudscape is proud to announce that they have inked a deal with recordlabel Golden Core / Roastinghouse Records (ZYX) to release the new (third) album entitled "Global Drama" all over Europe during mid August, 2008. "Global Drama" will also be released in the US and Canada through Nightmare Records in August.
An 8 minute sample containing parts from all songs from "Global Drama" have been uploaded here, so, go there and have a listen… comments are welcome so, please join the official Cloudscape forum.
For magazines, webzines, TV and radio stations who wants to get in touch with Cloudscape for interview requests, promos and so forth ..please contact their management at email@example.com or contact the staff at Golden Core."