The organizers of W:O:A state in an email sent to Press representatives around the world:
"Tobias Sammet returns with his mammoth project AVANTASIA!!!!!
Presenting the third part of an ongoing epic concept journey through a progtastic variation of styles, elements and emotions, the first gigantic appetizer is about to be unleashed: in October, the first single / EP will hit the shelves and all details and infos will be revealed at an exclusive press conference at Wacken Open Air. But we can assure you this single / EP will feature enough material other bands would fill a full-length album with - for mastermind and EDGUY-fronter Tobias Sammet it is a sign of things to come....
Also be aware of the fact that Mister Sammet has once more summoned a whole bunch of famous guest stars...that we won't reveal to you yet!
Brainstorm have entered Gate Studios in Wolfsburg together with producers Sascha Paeth and Michael Rodenberg to start recording their new upcoming album, which is due 25th January 2008. Preceding the full length CD will be a single release, which will come out on 19th October 2007. The single will give fans a first look at the new Brainstorm tunes. "Be prepared for a real Brainstorm from head to toe." say the band.
Brainstorm comments further: "Recordings are going extremely well so far and we are simply overwhelmed how impressive the new songs sound. These are definitely the best Brainstorm songs that have seen the light of day yet, no kidding, no empty phrases - this is the ultimate Brainstorm album so far. Really can't wait to let you hear!!!"
Veteran thrashers Exciter have ended their search for a new record label. The band is now signed to Massacre Records, who will release their upcoming new album "Thrash, Speed, Burn". The newly announced album will have ten tracks and is the first Exciter release to feature new vocalist Kenny Winter. The album will be released on the 9th November this year.
Here is the full track list for Thrash, Speed, Burn:
01. Thrash Speed Burn
02. Demon's Gate
03. Evil Omen
05. In Mortal Fear
08. The Punisher
09. Massacre Mountain
10. Rot The Devil King
DragonForce announced they'll re-release their debut album Valley of the Damned - Remixed & Remastered with a bonus DVD in October 2007. The remixed debut and their second album Sonic Firestorm will also be available for the first time on picture disc vinyl.
You can find an extensive statement from guitarist Herman Li regarding this re-release package at this location.
Valley Of The Damned - REMIXED & REMASTERED
Disc 1 - CD
1. Invocation of the Apocalyptic Evil
2. Valley of the Damned
3. Black Fire
4. Black Winter Night
6. Disciples of Babylon
8. Evening Star
9. Heart of a Dragon
Disc 2 - DVD
Interviews with the band members and producer reflecting on the Valley of the Damned period and the remix
Both Anthrax relatives Stormtroopers Of Death and Method Of Destruction have new releases on the way. Megaforce Records will release S.O.D.'s final (extended) E.P. 'Rise Of The Infidels', which contains four studio tracks, a live concert from Seattle and a DVD with footage of 'The Fenix' show. It's release date will be August 21, 2007.
One month later, Index Entertainment is going to release M.O.D.'s new studio album, called 'Red, White And Screwed', which was recorded earlier this year. It's release date will be September 25, 2007.
The cover artwork for both albums can be seen here (Rise Of The Infedels) and here (Red, White And Screwed).
Greek Black metal band Rotting Christ will, for the first time, embark on a Canadian tour in November.
The dates are as follows:
Nov. 20 - CAN Mondreal The Saints
Nov. 21 - CAN Quebec L'anti
Nov. 22 - CAN Trois-Riviere Le Maquisart
Nov. 23 - CAN Saint-Hyacinthe Bar le Trash
Nov. 24 - CAN Rouyn Petit Theatre du Vieux - Noranda
Nov. 25 - CAN Sudbury The Jubilee Hall
Nov. 26 - CAN Toronto The Metal Bar
Nov. 27 - CAN Hamilton The Underground
Nov. 28 - CAN Ottawa TBA
Hate Eternal have announced their new permanent drummer. Jade Simonetto is now their full member of the band. Jade has been working with the band lately, but has just now been given a full position. In further Hate Eternal news, new details about an upcoming album have been announced.
Vocallist/guitarist Erik Rutan made the following comments on the band's official website: "Jade and I have been working together for six months or so, and his incredible skill and dedication to extreme drumming and groove has made him the perfect drummer for Hate Eternal. We gel on everything from all the old songs to the new and the creativity process has been amazing. Working with Jade on the new songs, there is so much diversity and signature drumming to the melodies and riffs.
Around early November thrashers Megadeth will be hitting the island of Japan for a tour. The band are excited about the tour, and look forward to playing in Japan after their US tour has finished.
Here is a comment from frontman Dave Mustaine: "I really hope to see as many of you as possible on this next leg and as you probably noticed on the Killing Road page, we have added our Japanese dates and we are excited about our returning to The Land Of The Rising Sun."
Here are all the upcoming Japanese tour dates:
October 30 - Shibuya C.C. Lemon Hall, Tokyo
October 31 - Shibuya C.C. Lemon Hall, Tokyo
November 1 - Shibuya AX, Tokyo
November 5 - Zepp Nagoya, Nagoya
November 6 - Koseinekin Kaikan, Osaka
Austrian Symphonic metal band Edenbridge have updated their official website with the following message;
"Songwriting for Edenbridge´s 6th studio album has just been finished. The band will enter the studio on September 19 to start the recordings. Mix is scheduled for early January and the album will be released in April/May 2008.
Some of the new songs are titled:
"Undying Devotion", "Fallen From Grace", "Place Of Higher Power", "Whale Rider" and "Remember Me".
All in all the album will contain 10 songs plus intro.
More news according to the new album will follow soon!"
"Soilwork are proud to announce that the release for their upcoming album, "Sworn To A Great Divide", has been set for October 19 2007 through Nuclear Blast Records.
"Sworn To A Great Divide" cover] tracklisting:
01. Sworn To A Great Divide
03. Breeding Thorns
04. Your Beloved Scapegoat
05. The Pittsburgh Syndrome
06. I, Vermin
07. Light Discovering Darkness
08. As The Sleeper Awakes
09. Silent Bullet
10. Sick Heart River
11. 20 More Miles
To watch a video statement from guitarist Ola Frenning on the new album, click here.
German Thrash Metal Legends Destruction have posted the following message on their website:
"The show in Wacken this year will feature some special surprise performances:
Beside the "Mad Butcher & his pleasureslaves", all the original and former members will join the band for the finale of the performance. Although the band will perform '"the Alliance of Hellhoundz" with different guest singers!
You can enjoy the 75 minutes "Best of Destruction" set at 6.45PM on the Wacken BLACKSTAGE.
The event will be filmed for the 25th anniversary DVD, that will be released in 2007!"
The following blog was posted on Dimmu Borgir's MySpace page:
"Due to a recently diagnosed injury, Dimmu Borgir drummer Hellhammer will be unable to play drums for the band on the remaining festival dates this summer and the upcoming European tour with Amon Amarth and Hatesphere.
Hellhammer's x-ray confirmed a severe neck prolapse causing numbness in his right arm. He will be going into treatment soon and could - quite possibly - undergo corrective surgery.
Taking over drum duties for the upcoming shows will be Tony Laureano (Nile, Angelcorpse, Aurora Borealis), who played for Dimmu Borgir during the band's North American stint on Ozzfest in 2004 and during festival performances throughout 2005.
Jim LaMarca has been forced to miss a few shows on the current Sounds Of The Underground tour due to a death in his family. Filling in on bass for the affected dates are Beefcake (Gwar), Paul Romanko (Shadows Fall), Andy Williams (Every Time I Die) and Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter.
Professionally filmed video footage of Chimaira's performance at this year's Graspop Metal Meeting, which took place June 22-24 in Dessel, Belgium, has been posted at YouTube, here!