After the decision of vocalist Mark Fox to leave Shakra in autumn, the band is looking for a new vocalist.
The statement from the band reads as follows: "Quite recently, we were informed by Mark about his intention to leave the band by the end of October and we took note of it. Mark feels that some of the contractual agreements between the band and their business environment are too much to his disadvantage.
The remaining four band members however don't see themselves put in a disadvantage by their business partners. On the contrary, it is not least thanks to the management, booking-agency and record label's professional contribution that the success of Shakra was made possible.
Australian Black Metallers Pestilential Shadows recently inked a worldwide deal for their latest opus "In Memoriam, Ill Omen". The already-completed and released third full-length effort features some of Aussie's most prominent musicans from Naxzul, Rift, Illium, etc.
In a world filled with human-caused diseases and mindless genocides, it is no wonder why Hell Under's Pestilential Shadows chose the term "Anti-Human Plague Black Metal" to represent their brand of devastation.
Treading the exact same path with their third full-length release, "In Memoriam, Ill Omen" offers a bleak journey of sorrow-drenched riffs and a sonic production that mirrors the early 90's Black Metal sound, courtesy of guitarist / singer Balam.
Fallen Martyr's eagerly awaited EP, "The Six Roots of True Will," has been released on the band's website. Due to popular demand for their live show, the band was invited to debut songs from their EP on the main stage of what promises to be the most extreme U.S. tour of the year, the Summer Slaughter Tour. Additional tour dates on the East Coast will follow.
Inspired by the classic work of Dream Theater, Testament and Arch Enemy, the band also draws upon the progressive influence of Opeth to deliver a new sound. Lead guitarist, Gabriel, describes Fallen Martyr as a band without inhibitions, freely melting the forms of metal into artwork that cannot be replicated or replayed in less than five minutes on the stage.
According to an interview conducted by Speed Freaks with Fear Factory members Christian Olde Wolbers (guitar) and Raymond Herrera (drums), they claim that Dino Cazares and Burt C. Bell reformed as "Fear Factory" without even communicating with them.
The part of the interview goes as follows:
Raymond: We're actually still in Fear Factory. There's a big legal battle going on right now. Essentially, what's happened is Dino and Burt have become friends again and they decided to start a new band, and furthermore, they decided to call it Fear Factory. They never communicated with us about it, and they're acting like there was never any contract, but there's four members that are Fear Factory Incorporated - which is the four of us - so it's almost like them two against us two, so it's kind of a stalemate. Moving forward, I don't know what's gonna happen with the trademark, so to speak. It's kind of a weird situation, but it's not a situation that we created that was weird.
The Swedish melodic metal band Harmony have posted their brand new video for the track "Prevail" online. The track is taken from their album "Chapter II: Aftermath" released last fall in Europe and North America by Ulterium Records, and in February in Japan by King Records.
US progressive metal act Odd Logic are releasing their new album "Legends Of Monta: Part II", the epic prog metal follow-up to Part I. According to AM Music, this is independent progressive metal at its best. Sonic soundscapes and pounding rhythms take you through epic rock operas. Influences include Jorn, Fates Warning, Queensrÿche, King's X, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Enchant and Rush.
The "Legends Of Monta: Part II" tracklist looks like follows:
01. I. An Old Book Reopens - II. A Call to Gather
02. I. Ruins - II. Anniversary Tears - III. Take Us Away
03. I. The King's Wizard - II. Assembly of Heroes
04. Ship of Lore
05. The Stonelands
06. I. Deceiver - II. Hills of Shadows
Ascendance Records are proud to announce that Ram-Zet's fourth studio album entitled "Neutralized" will be released through the label this autumn.
Since 2000 Ram-Zet have built a strong and dedicated following. Led by Zet's creative talents for guitar and vocals and the sultry voice of Sfinx, "Neutralized" is sure to please their fan-base as ever.
The album was recorded during 2008 and early 2009, seeing the band at the peak of their creativity. Ram-Zet employed a lengthy, busy writing schedule with the album being mixed this summer ready for a tentative release date of September. Illustrating the innovative, challenging and intense sound that fans have come to expect from Ram-Zet, "Neutralized" is the perfect next addition to their catalogue.
French black metal band Glorior Belli have announced their line-up is complete again. Here is the official message from the band's MySpace:
"Gaël Barthelemy, known for his work with Balrog, Svartcrown, Diabolic, Drowning, Antaeus... is now officially drumming for Glorior Belli. Therefore, Glorior Belli will be available again for gigs shortly."
DragonForce will be back in the US and Canada for the final round of Ultra Beatdown this year. The band will be unleashing a new set list of new songs, old songs and ones they have never played on any other tours before. Special guests confirmed are Sonata Arctica and Taking Dawn.
Sep. 18 - House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 19 - Regency Center @ The Grand - San Francisco, CA
Sep. 20 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
Sep. 21 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
Sep. 23 - Edmonton Events Centre - Edmonton, AB
Sep. 24 - MacEwan Hall Ballroom - Calgary, AB
Sep. 25 - Odeon Events Centre - Saskatoon, SK
Sep. 26 - Burton Cummings - Winnipeg, MA
Sep. 28 - Beaumont - Kansas City, MO
Sep. 29 - The Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
According to a posting on the band's official website, the band discovered internet porn and are therefore calling it quits:
"OK, that's not entirely true, we knew about the porn all along. But, after two albums , both of which we're hugely proud of, and about a hundred shows, all of them memorable in their own way, the question that remained for us was: what's next? The answer can be short: nothing. "La Muerte" and "Rise To Ruin" are two albums with which we've expanded, and indeed completed our body of work to our full satisfaction. Barring one or two exceptions, all the shows we've done since we decided to reform sometime in 2004 have been tremendously enjoyable. So why quit? Pretty simple, really: Every ride comes to an end. This is ours."
"Romulus", the debut album from Ex Deo - the band led by Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono - is available for streaming in its entirety at this location until June 18th.
Ex Deo will unleash its monster of a debut album, "Romulus", to the world on June 19 (Europe) and June 30 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
The album was recorded with producer (and Kataklysm guitarist) Jean-Francois Dagenais (Misery Index, Despised Icon, Malevolent Creation).
Nergal (Behemoth), Karl Sanders (Nile) and Obsidian C (Keep Of Kalessin) will make special guest appearances on "Romulus". Nergal will appear in the song "Storm The Gates Of Alesia," singing a very famous Caesar quote; Sanders laid down a ripping solo in the song "The Final War (The Battle Of Actium)" which deals with Antony and Cleopatra's defiance of Octivian in Egypt, and Obsidian C lends a majestic and melodic solo to the track "Cruor Nostri Abbas."
The first details about a new Nightwish album are surfacing. In a recent interview, keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen revealed he already wrote three new songs for the new album, including a 3min30 instrumental interlude. In the same interview, Tuomas said the new album will be will be his way to realise his biggest dream since he plays music:
"First of all when it comes to music and Nightwish I have a huge dream and we are doing everything we can to fulfill it on the next album. I am going to be a bit mystical here because I can't reveal to you anymore but there is going to be a big twist so to say, on the next album. I just hope we can realize that because it is going to be the all time dream come true if we can pull it off. It is going to take alot of time, effort, work, and money. We will see what happens, I am really looking forward to it."
Dutch gothic rock band Nemesea have welcomed Lasse Dellbrügge as the newest addition to the fold. The band comments: "We are proud to present to you our new fifth member, an amazing guy and a very talented DJ/keyboard player: Lasse Dellbrügge. He used to play with Orphanage and we are very happy to welcome him aboard."
News front the Finnish Folk metal camp Korpiklaani:
"The new video from Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani, "Vodka", will make its online debut on Thursday, June 11, 2009 via the bands MySpace page. The track is currently is available for streaming at this location.
Korpiklaani will release its sixth album, Karkelo (English translation: "Pleasure" or "Party"), on June 26, 2009 (Europe) and August 25, 2009 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Petrax studio in Hollola, Finland."
"NY avant-doom metal enigma Bloody Panda have completed work on their suffocating sophomore opus, "Summon".
The follow up to the acclaimed "Pheromone" release, "Summon" sees the nightmare Bloody Panda initially conceived (with their split LP with experimentalists Kayo Dot) taken further into the depths. Recorded in various locations and in different times and spaces, and by crafting a more nightmarish and cryptic opus than all previous works, "Summon" is an artful time-stretching opus that lurks within the deep dark chambers of doom metal horror.