"Day And Then The Shade", the new video from Swedish metallers Katatonia, has been made available online. The clip was directed by Lasse Hoile, who has previously worked with Opeth and Porcupine Tree, among others.
"Day And Then The Shade" comes off the band's latest album, Night Is The New Day, which was released on October this year via Peaceville Records.
Well, well, changes that have been underway for a long time can sometimes come about in the blink of an eye. Last week, Mike told us that he wanted to leave the band permanently. The rest of us did some serious thinking and soul-searching, sat down and had "the big talk" and came to the agreement that the only way to continue the band was to part ways with Mikkel and Morten as well. During the last year we have been working on a new album and it has become clear that we no longer share the same vision and enthusiasm about the direction and the future of the band. Martin, Rene, Mike and I wanted to play faster, heavier and more modern (yet old school) material, but for the band as a whole this evidently didn't work out.
German metallers The Ocean have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Ladies and Gentlemen,
After many weeks in the dark, The Ocean have finally found a new vocalist. We are happy to announce Mr. Loïc Rossetti as tour new vocalist. "We are looking forward to weeks and months of intense touring in the future and a new era in the story of our lives!", comments Robin Staps.
"Having Loïc in the band enables me to do what I've always been wanting to do with this band. His voice is strong and expressive and his variety of tone and the ease with which he switches between different vocal styles really amazing. There are no limits anymore. His screams are devastating, but his most valuable quality is his singing voice, which we will employ much more on the upcoming album."
US metallers Bonded By Blood have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Well where to start. We had a great run this year with the tours in support for Feed The Beast we did a west coast tour a full USA tour and 2 European tours. We got great feedback and had lots of fun. A lot has happened since then. We have been working really hard to give you a great 2nd album. We don't want to disappoint and I'm pretty sure you wont be. We also lost a great friend and bassist but quickly found a great replacement in a guy named Jerry Garcia, some of you locals may know him as the Taking Over Bassist, which has brought great ideas to the Bonded By Blood table. Now on to the juicy stuff...
Finnish metallers Sonata Arctica will embark on a N. American headlining tour in the spring. Support will come from Mutiny Within and Powerglove.
Announced dates are as follows:
Apr. 02 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
Apr. 03 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Apr. 05 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Apr. 06 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
Apr. 07 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Apr. 09 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Apr. 10 - Detroit, MI @ Blondies
Apr. 11 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Apr. 12 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Apr. 13 - Winnipeg, MB @ WECC
Apr. 15 - Calgary, AB @ Warehouse
Apr. 16 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
Apr. 18 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue
Apr. 19 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Apr. 20 - Portland, OR @ Peters Room
UK metallers Esoteric have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"We, Esoteric are currently looking for a replacement for our third guitarist, Kris Clayton who departed from the band earlier this year and also require a replacement for our keyboard player, Olivier Goyet who recently moved back to his homeland, France.
Experience and own equipment are a necessity. The band has been in existence since July 1992 and is currently writing material for the sixth album.
Montreal-based metallers Augury have issued the following update:
"We sadly have to announce that drummer Antoine Baril has decided to retire from the band."
Antoine Baril stated: "I'm very sad to have to announce my departure from Augury. Some personal and professional reasons made multiple touring impossible for me at the moment. I wish all the best for Augury because those wonderful guys are making incredibly good music. I will never forget those memorable shows and I would like to thank everyone for their support on the road everywhere we've been on tour."
The band added: "We thank Antoine for all the good times and excellent music, and we wish him well in all aspects of his life. He will remain a close friend for all of us. For the upcoming tour with Vader, drummer Robin "Frog" Stone from Australian industrial metal mad scientists The Amenta will take over the drum throne. He is a very tight and skilled drummer, having learned our set in a matter of hours. Here is a video of Robin in action.
Swiss metallers Kruger have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Kruger are pretty proud to unveil the artwork of their upcoming effort, For Death, Glory And The End Of The World, scheduled for mid-February 2010. Connoisseurs and art students will unmask the shameful theft of Jérôme Bosch' "Jardin Des délices", which fits the heaviness epic character of this new piece pretty well."
Regarding the recording of the album, the band added: "Locked in studio without food nor booze during the past three weeks, the Kruger dudes are pretty relieved to have finished the recording of their upcoming album without major disaster (no hard drive crash, no manic depression, no nothing!) Champagne!"
Finnish metallers Ensiferum have confirmed dates for tour through China in January 2010. The band adds: "We are excited and eager to conquer new territory!"
Confirmed dates are as follows:
Jan. 09 - Beijng, China - Mao Livehouse
Jan. 10 - Xi An, China - Sunset Bar
Jan. 13 - Shanghai, China - Yu Ying Tang
Jan. 15 - Guang Zhou, China - Tekkwun Livehouse
Jan. 17 - Taipei, Taiwan - The Wall Livehouse
Austrian metallers Mastic Scum will release their fothcoming album, Dust, on November 13 via Twilight Distribution.
Dust contains 12 song and was mixed at Grindlab Studio and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Heaven Shall Burn, Aborted, Hatesphere). The cover artwork for the album was created by Killustrations (Six Feet Under, Kataklysm, Amon Amarth).
An e-card for Dust can be found here and a short trailer for the album can be found at this location.
Dust cover art] tracklist:
01. Ashes To Dust
03. The Consciousness In A State Of Mind
05. Dead Remains
06. The Sufferage
07. Blood For Blood
08. Revelation Of Mankind
09. A Life For A Lie
10. Adrenaline 2.0
11. The Will To Kill
Finnish metallers Deathbound will release their forthcoming album, Non Compos Mentis, via Dynamic Arts Records on the following dates:
January 25: World
January 27: Finland
January 29: Germany / Austria / Switzerland
Non Compos Mentis cover art] tracklist:
01. I Hate Them Still
02. The Wave Called Misery
03. Free Shackles For Everyone
04. The Process Of Destruction
05. A Better Tomorrow
06. A Reason For Your Fight
07. Hell Could Be The Cure
08. When The Seas Are Boiling
10. The Blues Of A Dying Man
11. Death Comes For A Visit
12. Non Compos Mentis
13. The World Is But A Memory
14. A Need To Survive
Also two new songs from Non Compos Mentis, entitled "Free Shackles For Everyone" and "A Reason For Your Fight", have been made available at the band's MySpace page.
Swiss pagan horde Eluveitie just finished the recordings for the new album which is scheduled for release in spring 2010. The band also revealed the artwork and album title of their third effort: Everything Remains As It Never Was.
Currently mainman Chrigel Glanzmann attends the mixing sessions with legendary Colin Richardson and Martyn "Ginge" Ford in Wales. "Somehow it seems almost unreal to me: The recordings for our upcoming album are finished! Right now I'm in the Welsh Nott-In Pill studios with Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Machine Head, Kreator, Behemoth, Bullet For My Valentine and many more) and Martyn "Ginge" Ford working on the mix of the album. And believe me, the mix will be mind-blowing! Well, what can I say... Colin is just a pure genius!
Soulfly bassist Bobby Burns has issued the following update:
"Stoppin' by for a quick second to say hello! Its been a real busy year for us and as I write this we're all finally back home in our collective home cities relaxing and packing up to head into the studio in L.A. this Friday to begin recording the new Soulfly record! We've been playing together better than ever in recent times and we're all really excited to get to work on the new shit! I've been 'thinking' about doing some sort of video diary on my mac from the studio sessions to kinda keep everyone in the loop and possibly post them up like once a week on my MySpace page but I have yet to make up my mind. Other than that. Talks of more touring in the new year but I'm not sure yet.