Swedish Melodic Death metallers Dark Tranquillity have issued the following update:
"That's right - it's time to jump on the Web 2.0 bandwagon! We recently opened a YouTube channel for the purpose of displaying exclusive video clips and rare gems from the D.T. treasure chest, and the first offering is a live video of 'The Treason Wall' from the Gwang Myeong festival in South Korea earlier this autumn. More clips will be added in the near future. You will dig: http://www.youtube.com/dtofficial."
Dodo Datel, frontman of the Slovak doom metal Galadriel, announced that the new design of the website is because of the band's new forthcoming album. The album will be called "Renascence", and it is going to be released next spring. (Due to some technical problems Galadriel scheduled the recording of new album to March 2007. So it will be released in spring 2007).
Also, the band is going to make a tour in Romania in April 2007 to present this new album.
News about "Renascence" and the tour will be updated on the website.
Italian progressive avantgarde black metallers Ephel Duath have scheduled more European live dates in January.
The band's itinerary is as follows:
4 at Lyon's Hall in Lyon, France
5 at Le Korigan in Marseille (Luynes), France
6 at Le Volume in Nice, France
11 at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands
12 at Eurosonic Festival, Minerva Stage in Groningen, Netherlands
19 at Le Romandie in Lausanne, Switzerland
20 at Chraemerhuus in Langenthal, Switzerland
MVD Visual has set a January 16, 2007 U.S. release date for Obituary's first-ever DVD, entitled "Frozen Alive". The DVD, which was filmed on August 24 at the Stodola Club in Warsaw, Poland, will include a seven-camera shoot of the show plus the "Insane" video, the previously unreleased "On the Floor" video, interviews with Frank Watkins (bass), Trevor Peres (guitar), John (vocals) and Donald Tardy (drums), and three documentaries — the making of "Insane", the making of "Frozen In Time" album, and "Backstage In Poland".
"Frozen Alive" track listing:
01. (Intro: Rain)
02. Redneck Stomp
03. On the Floor
05. Chopped in Half
German thrash legends Kreator and the newly-reunited Celtic Frost will be teaming up with for a European tour beginning in March 2007.
Says Kreator in a statement: "At the moment the band is working on bringing out a stage production that will be more extreme than anything you've seen from Kreator before! The setlist will include tons of suprises! We´ll keep you updated with more details as soon as we get them in, so stay tuned!"
Confirmed dates on the trek are as follows:
8 - Köln, Germany at Live Music Hall
9 - Antwerpen, Belgium at Hof Ter Lo
10 - Herhugowaard, Netherlands at De Waerdsetempel
11 - Tilburg, Netherlands at 013
13 - Glasgow, UK at Garage
14 - Bradford, UK at Rio
The new video from Canadian Progressive Death Metal outfit Into Eternity has been put online on YouTube here.
The group's video for the track 'Severe Emotional Distress', from the band's latest album "The Scattering Of Ashes", was shot by up-and-coming director Kevin Wildt (Set Your Goals, The Warriors).
Tim Roth (guitars, vocals) checks in with the following report: "It's a full-blown blizzard here in our hometown, so we have been chilling out indoors. We plan on hitting the road on Jan. 13th for a Western Canadian tour, which will lead to an appearance at the Seattle Metal Fest on Jan. 20th. Hopefully, we'll see everyone out on the road soon!
The band is ecstatic about our new video, 'Severe Emotional Distress,' which is our first true promotional video. I think it turned out really well. Kevin did a great job producing the video. The storyline goes perfect with the aggressiveness of the song and the meaning behind the lyrics. Hopefully the video will open up new people to our band. Enjoy, and look for us on the road in the U.S. this spring. See you soon."
Finland's Tarot, featuring bassist Marco Hietala (Nightwish, ex-Sinergy) have updated the Video section of their website to include their new clip, for the track 'Ashes To The Stars'. Check it out here.
'Ashes To The Stars' is featured on Tarot's new album, "Crows Fly Black", which was released in Finland on October 27th.
Swedish Melo-Death powerhouse In Flames have announced their touring line up containing a second session guitarist for their upcoming headlining North American tour with Lacuna Coil, The Sword and Seemless. The band has posted the following message on their official website:
"For the upcoming US-tour Björn will be sitting out as his wife is due to give birth to their second child. Substituting on guitar will be our good friend Henrik Danhage from Evergrey.
As previously reported: Jesper is taking the rest of the year off due to personal reasons, on which he will comment later on, and Niklas Engelin (Engel/Passenger) is filling in for him until Dec 20:th.
We´ve all heard the speculations and rumours and we want to put a stop to it here and now: NO, In Flames are not breaking up! NO, Jesper or Björn are NOT quitting the band!
Why having such a page when we already have a hell of a site?
Just because MySpace has become a great source of bands - old, new, famous or underground. It's obvious when you see that many news are first published by the bands themselves on their MySpace page before their official sites are updated.
Our MySpace page is to be seen as a road sign to show those bands (as well as labels and metalheads) the way to Metal Storm.
It will also provide us and our partners with an additional advertisement place. For example, the events we support are detailed in the Calendar and the corresponding flyers can be found in the Pictures.
We will also keep you aware of changes happening to Metal Storm through blog entries and bulletins. Don't worry, you won't be overwhelmed with bulletins coming from our MySpace page, that's not Metal Storm's spirit.
Mortiis has been busy writing and recording new material for a new album, to be released 2007.
"The music so far is pretty varied," said frontman and band namesake Mortiis. "There´s a bunch of really heavy stuff in there, probably the hardest stuff we´ve done so far, really guitar driven shit. Then there´s some really ambient sounding stuff, very drone-y and atmospheric, as well as some more electronic sounding songs too."
Mortiis notes that the songs are still in various stages of completion, leaving them open to many shifts and changes before the follow-up to The Grudge is recorded.
"It sounds really interesting right now," Mortiis said. "Some old vibes came back to us on some of the songs, some Smell Of Rain vibes and some Grudge vibes and some new vibes. It´s all totally dysfunctional and fucked up in one way or another. Diseased or hurt minds never really heal up, I guess, and because of that, all in all it's going to be a really hard, attacking kind of album with the moody stuff in between."
Norwegian Black Metal outfit Nidingr have announced the following:
Due to commitments elsewhere, Nidingr drummer Sabizz will only perform with the band on gigs in Norway. The band's new drummer is none other than Tony Laureano (ex-Nile, Malevolent Creation). Nidingr also have a new bassist in 1349's Seidemann.
With Tony Laureano and Seidemann in the band, Nidingr will start work on a new album which probably will see the light of day sometime in 2007. In the meantime, their 1999 demo and four new tracks will be released through Planet Satan Revolution. You'll find more info on Nidingr's website.
With the imminent release of Existentia on January 30th, 2007 in North America, Napalm recording artists Trail Of Tears are in a bit of a quandary, and much speculation has ensued. Therefore, founding vocalist Ronny Thorsen has released this official statement:
The following lines are written in the attempt of clarifying the news that have been circulating in the past few days. There is really no easy way of telling this, so I will try to explain to the best of my ability.
On the 26th of November, Trail Of Tears completed a 10-date tour of Mexico, a tour which was in large part ridden with organisational problems and resulted in a severe financial loss for everyone involved. As a result of this, I was called to the band hotel on the morning of November 28th, asking for a meeting by the remaining members. Arriving to the hotel, I am instead given a message, lasting a mere two minutes, that because of the situation they have decided to end the band effective immidiately. The decision has been made entirely without my consultation and approval, and thus Trail of Tears is NOT dead and will continue in a new shape and formation.
Following the previous announcement of Immortal's return to the stage in 2007, Photograve Management confirms Immortal's long-awaited return to France next year: June 22-24, another installment of the mighty Hellfest will be held, and Immortal will co-headline the mainstage during the weekend.
"France has always been an important country for Immortal, and we're looking forward to finally meeting our dedicated French fans again", Abbath and Horgh state.
This will be Immortal's only concert in France for 2007.
For more info on Hellfest and tickets, please see the festival's website: http://www.hellfest.fr
Power Metallers Sonata Arctica have been confirmed as one of the headlining acts for ProgPower USA VIII. The band will join Virgin Steele, Redemption, Firewind, Communic and Raintime as one of the so far announced bands. There are still four more unannounced bands to join the festival. ProgPower USA VIII will take place on the 5th-6th October, 2007 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
In 2007 Death Metallers Arch Enemy will be hitting the continent of South America for a tour. Brazil, Argentina and Chile are the countries that the band will be visiting. The fairly short tour will be happening in January.
Here is a comment by guitarist Michael Amott: "FINALLY! This one has been a long time coming… We are all very much looking forward to playing for our loyal South American fans! We are ready to bring the PURE FUCKING METAL to Brazil, Argentina and Chile! See you in January 2007!"
Here is a list of the dates:
January 09 - Master Hall, Curitiba, Brazil
January 10 - Via Funchal, Sao Paulo, Brazil
January 12 - Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
January 14 - Teatro la Cupula, Santiago, Chile