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23.08After All - Singer Forced To Sit Out Tour
 Green Carnation - Line Up Split
22.08Fall Of The Leafe - Call It Quits
 Exodus - Release New Album In October
21.08Porcupine Tree - Preview Of New Mini Album Available
 Opeth - To Release Live Album
 Brutal Truth - Begin Work On New Material
20.08Dark Tranquillity - Join Eastpak Antidote Tour
19.08Mercenary - Entering The Studio
 Pungent Stench - Split Up
18.08Savage Circus - Parts Ways With Thomen Stauch
16.08Stryper - Working On New Album
 Nightwish - New Video Online
 Cynic - Entire Concert Available For Streaming Online
 Katatonia - Two Mexico Dates Confirmed

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After All - Singer Forced To Sit Out Tour

Belgian's loudest - Thrash Metal band - After All have updated their website with the following update:

"For reasons beyond his control, After All singer Piet Focroul is forced to sit out most of the upcoming European tour with Vicious Rumors and Agent Steel. On the affected dates, Piet will be replaced by Peter Evrard.

The scheduled dates in Dortmund, Frankfurt, Weert, Eeklo (Meetjesland Metalfest IV), Noordwijk and Rijssen are not affected and will feature Piet as lead singer. Peter joins the tour from September 10th in Pratteln, Switzerland, until the end of the run in Vienna, Austria on September 29th.

The show must go on indeed. However, Peter joining the band is a temporary thing only. From October on, Piet returns and will perform with After All as scheduled."


Band profile: After All
Event: Agent Steel: Alienigma European Tour
Posted: 23.08.2007 by Thryce | Comments (2)

Green Carnation - Line Up Split

Green Carnation frontman and guitarist Tchort has announced in an announcement on the band's website that the current line up of Green Carnation has split up.

"Although releasing the amazing concert DVD "A Night Under The Dam" earlier this year, the band felt drained of energy after the miserable organized USA tour put together by The End Records and their booking agent. The End Records being one of the main supporters of the band the last years, bringing hope back to Green Carnation's view on the music business, left the band with broken promises, huge debts, theft of license money and a poor organized tour draining the band for energy. The band doesn't blame The End Records for all of its problems, but they made a bad situation worse by first giving the tour a green light when the conditions for the tour were doomed from the beginning and then later withdraw license money, merchandise money, merchandise and not paying the band or its sound engineer, leaving the band in debts. All of which could have been avoided by cancelling the tour before it started. The End Records lost money on the tour as well, so why it wasn't cancelled when the contracts for the tour were offered to the label, is a unanswered question.


Band profile: Green Carnation
Posted: 23.08.2007 by Thryce | Comments (27)

Fall Of The Leafe - Call It Quits

Finnish Atmospheric Gothic Metal/Gothenburg Metal band Fall Of The Leafe have split up after a carreer of eleven years.
Vocalist Tuomas Tuominen has issued the following statement on the band's official website:

"It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that after our last remaining shows in September, Fall of the Leafe is no more.

The reasons that led to this this decision are many and the biggest one I cannot put my finger on. I think we were lead and ultimately forced into this decision by each other, by the same very different tastes and likings that made our music so special, by our private lives and perhaps finally by our own faults as people.

For me, it has been a ten year experience and adventure with my friends and all of you who have shared Fall of the Leafe with us. For that I thank you all. Thank you Jussi, Kaj, Matias, Petri, Miska - it's been a blast."


Band profile: Fall Of The Leafe
Posted: 22.08.2007 by Thryce | Comments (8)

Exodus - Release New Album In October

San Francisco Bay Area Thrashers Exodus have revelaed the details of their eighth studio album.

"The album is titled " The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A ". And the track listing is as follows.

01. A Call To Arms
02. Riot Act
03. Funeral Hymn
04. Children Of A Worthless God
05. As It Was, As It Soon Shall Be
06. The Atrocity Exhibition
07. Iconoclasm
08. The Garden Of Bleeding
09. Bedlam 123

Why Exhibit A you might ask? Because we already have four songs recorded and finished for the next album, which we will resume recording some time around the end of the year, and this is a two part record. Part two being exhibit B. So yes, there will be another Exodus album finished hopefully soon after the release of this one."


Band profile: Exodus
Posted: 22.08.2007 by Thryce | Comments (12)

Porcupine Tree - Preview Of New Mini Album Available

As announced on the band's MySpace, Porcupine Tree are going to release a new mini album in September called "Nil Recurring". It will feature 4 tracks (almost 30 minutes of music) that were written during the "Fear Of A Blank Planet" sessions, including the title track featuring Robert Fripp on guitar, and "Cheating The Polygraph", which was premiered on the 2006 tour, but subsequently left off the "Fear Of A Blank Planet" album.

Full tracklisting is:

01. Nil Recurring (6.08)
02. Normal (7.07)
03. Cheating the Polygraph (7.06)
04. What Happens Now? (8.23)

Surround sound mixes of the new tracks will be included on the definitive "Fear Of A Blank Planet" 5.1 DVDA edition. This DVDA will also include a special "Fear Of A Blank Planet" introduction short film made by Lasse Hoile, and the video for the title track.


Band profile: Porcupine Tree
Posted: 21.08.2007 by Thryce | Comments (8)

Opeth - To Release Live Album

Official press release:

Peaceville Records is proud to announce the forthcoming release by one of the metal world's greatest acts.

"The Roundhouse concert will always be a very memorable gig for us for many reasons, but most importantly it caught the band at the peak of the "Ghost Reveries" tour. I must say we're quite tight after 18 odd months on the road supporting the record. I'm extremely pleased we got it documented and I hope it will please our beloved fans as well. As an extra bonus we've decided to collaborate with one of our past labels for this release, the legendary Peaceville Records. Here's a toast to Hammy and Lisa for helping us back in the day as well as to the new team for preserving this pleasurable memory for today's music lovers as well as for generations to come." - Mikael Åkerfeldt


Band profile: Opeth
Posted: 21.08.2007 by Thryce | Comments (18)

Brutal Truth - Begin Work On New Material

According to a press release of Relapse Records, the guys of reunited seminal grindcore / extreme metal outfit Brutal Truth have begun writing for a new full-length album. The troupe has crafted six brand new songs so far, each one faster and more brutal than the one before it.

Brutal Truth's Danny Lilker elaborates: ""We have 6 new songs in varying stages of evolution that are shaping up to be some of the most intense shit we've ever written. After 8 years it feels damn good to write some really psychotic grind, and we've jumped right into the deep end of the pool. Stylistically it seems to pick up where Sounds of the Animal Kingdom left off with the main difference being we're also incorporating some of the old school type riffing from Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses but at a much faster tempo. We'll keep you posted as things develop!"


Band profile: Brutal Truth
Posted: 21.08.2007 by HW71 | Comments (1)

Dark Tranquillity - Join Eastpak Antidote Tour

As posted on the official Dark Tranquillity website:

"We're excited to announce that we'll embark on the "Eastpak Antidote" tour that will take us through Europe together with the fine metal merchants of Soilwork, Caliban and Sonic Syndicate.

Here are the dates. For more info, please visit the official tour homepage.

Sep. 30 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
Oct. 01 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfun Hall
Oct. 02 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit
Oct. 03 - London, UK - Islington Academy
Oct. 04 - Nottingham, UK - Rockcity
Oct. 05 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
Oct. 06 - Glasgow, UK - Garage
Oct. 07 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront
Oct. 09 - Den Bosch, Holland - W2
Oct. 10 - Utrecht, Holland - Tivoli


Band profile: Dark Tranquillity
Event: Eastpak Antidote Tour
Posted: 20.08.2007 by Warman | Comments (12)

Mercenary - Entering The Studio

Vocalist Mikkel Sandager of Danish metal act Mercenary has issued the following update:

"Well, first of all, the new album is really progressing rapidly. We are in writing mode and it feels really good to be creative again. I guess I didn't realize how much I had piled up inside because I find myself writing and writing.

"Can't comment on any titles or songs yet but I am really exited about everything I have heard so far. It is going to be very nice to have René in the process as well as he is able to give us the harsh vocals that I couldn't do on 'The Hours That Remain'.

"On another note, I am starting to look very much forward to playing the next show. I guess I have become quite addicted to doing shows and I feel pretty strange to not play any for two or three months.


Band profile: Mercenary
Posted: 19.08.2007 by Thryce | Comments (2)

Pungent Stench - Split Up

Vocalist/guitarist Martin Schirenc from Austrian long-running Death Metal outfit Pungent Stench, has posted the following message on the band's forum:

"Dear boys and girls!

You probably have noticed that I didn't post any updates on our forthcoming album for the last four weeks and now I have a sad announcement to make:

Due to band internal disputes, both personal and business related, we came to the point where it's impossible to continue making music together.
All upcoming shows have been cancelled and there won't be any further live activities in the future, at least not with the current line-up.
This wasn't an easy decision and, speaking strictly for me, I wish we could have worked things out. Unfortunately, we couldn't come to a compromise settlement. However, I'll do everything in my power to release this album, since I believe it's too good to be trashed and mostly because we owe it to you, our loyal fans! I will also continue making music together with El Gore, who had a big bearing on the new album and is a great musician and friend. I hope you understand my position and I would be pleased to see you at a show of my future musical projects, because I ain't done rockin', yet!


Band profile: Pungent Stench
Posted: 19.08.2007 by Thryce | Comments (3)

Savage Circus - Parts Ways With Thomen Stauch

As posted on Savage Circus official website:

Umea/Hamburg the 17th of August 2007

Dear Friends,

After the recent events at the Rengsdorf Rock&Blues Festival and the Rock Am Schloss Festival the band sees no perspective any more to go on with our drummer Thomen Stauch. Therefore we immediately release him from all duties.

Even though we are aware of his personal situation we cannot ignore the fact anymore that he is still not able to carry out his duties for Savage Circus. Already in summer 2005 Thomes started to cancel most of his all planed out promotional activities. In 2006 he canceled the Japanese shows and wasn't part of any other activity for the whole year. We gave him this entire year to solve his situation because we deeply hoped that he would be able to recover and to get back into pace again. But instead in spring this year Thomen almost canceled the Circle II Circle tour. Now he canceled two festival shows with extremely short notice again…


Band profile: Savage Circus
Posted: 18.08.2007 by wrathchild | Comments (11)

Stryper - Working On New Album

Stryper guitarist Oz Fox (Bloodgood) has revealed that the US Christian Heavy Metal band are currently recording their new album "on the east coast." The as-yet-untitled new album is the follow-up to the band's 2005 comeback album, Reborn, and is expected out later this year.

Stryper have announced five shows for Spain, due to take place in November. Their schedule is as follows:

7 - Santiago de Compostela - Capitol
9 - Palencia - Fronton Municipal Eras de Santa Marina
10 - Madrid - Joy Eslava
12 - Bilbao - Santana 27
13 - Barcelona - Apolo

For ticket information go to this location.


Band profile: Stryper
Posted: 16.08.2007 by Thryce | Comments (16)

Nightwish - New Video Online

The newest Nightwish video "Amarath" has been played on the MTV Finland and it is now online. It is the first appearence of the band after the replacing of soprano singer Tarja Turunen with Anette Olzon. Amaranth is the release single of the new album Dark Passion Play and it has been directed by Antti Jokinen (Korn, Stratovarius).

To watch the "Amarath" video, click here.


Band profile: Nightwish
Posted: 16.08.2007 by Thryce | Comments (56)

Cynic - Entire Concert Available For Streaming Online

American iconic progressive death metal band Cynic played at Maximum Rock Festival, on August 12th in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. After more than a decade of absence, the band reunited and toured throughout Europe this summer. In Cluj, the legendary "Focus" album was played entirely, to the delight of a small but dedicated crowd. The show lasted for about an hour, and also featured the new song, "Evolutionary Sleeper".

The setlist was as follows:

Veil Of Maya
Celestial Voyage
The Eagle Nature
I'm But A Wave To…
Evolutionary Sleeper
Uroboric Forms
How Could I

You can watch the full show at

From Blabbermouth:

An MP3 of "Evolutionary Sleeper" has been made available for download at this location. The track was recorded live during the band's June 29, 2007 appearance at the Hovefestivalen in Arendal, Norway. Professionally filmed video footage of Cynic's concert at Hovefestivalen has been posted on YouTube.


Band profile: Cynic
Posted: 16.08.2007 by Thryce | Comments (1)

Katatonia - Two Mexico Dates Confirmed

As confirmed on, at the end of the North American tour, Katatonia will head on to Mexico for the first time ever to play two exclusive gigs (Mexico City and Monterrey).
The band commented "We can't wait to meet all our mexican friends coming out for these special occassions, it's been a long time coming…"

More info is expected to be announced shortly.

UPDATED (on 20.08.07):

Dates are as follows:
Sept. 28 - Circo Volador, Mexico City
Sept. 29 - Café Iguana, Monterrey


Band profile: Katatonia
Event: Katatonia
Posted: 16.08.2007 by Firewalker | Comments (3)

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