"We have exciting news for our fans Down Under. There has been rumours in the past few days about a possible Amon Amarth tour in Australia. Well, the rumours are true. We are thrilled about this tour in Australia. This will be the first time that the band sets foot on the continent. The tour will be in early January. Tour dates and locations can be found in the tour dates section. We are looking forward to performing for and meeting our Australian fans for the first time. See you at the shows!"
Australia and New Zealand tour dates 2008 are as follows:
01.04 - Adelaide - Fowler's Live (All Ages)
01.05 - Perth - Amplifier Bar
01.06 - Sydney - The Enmore Theatre (All Ages)
Last night Infernus, guitarist of Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth gave reason to believe the band may be splitting up with the following update on the band's official MySpace site:
"I am writing to inform you about the fact that there has been taken a decision to split up the band, Infernus on one side, Gaahl and King on the other. We can not continue working together any longer. What is still not agreed upon is who rightfully get to keep the band's name, as it is both parts will to continue. Since this will be a question of legal affairs, I am afraid this might take time to get sorted out. I am sorry for that."
But we now know that whatever happens, the band's European tour will continue as planned, with an update to the band's official website this morning:
Foued Moukid has stepped down from his drums wielding duties after 3 years in The Old Dead Tree. Foued has decided to devote himself to his other band Arkan in "full-time" mode, and also to others personal private projects.
"We had been working in this band together for almost 3 years and we shared some unforgettable experiences together all over Europe. We will obviously remain friends and this "break up" has been on very good terms from both sides. We would like to thank our friend and wish him the best of luck with his future ventures!"
Please note that all gigs scheduled - except Portugal - are still confirmed! A session drummer - Raphaël Antheaume- will replace Foued until his successor has been found.
Influential bassist Paul Raven passed away on the 20th of October. A message posted on the MySpace page of his latest project Mob Research states:
"Mob Research founder and bassist Paul Raven passed away today Saturday 20th October, apparently from a heart attack. The cause of the attack is currently unknown. He had just arrived in Europe to commence recording with his friends Treponem Pal.
Raven was the charismatic bass player for Killing Joke for many years, also Prong and most recently Ministry and Mob Research. He was a great friend to many and a legendary bass player. We shall all miss Paul incredibly. When we have more information on his untimely passing and cause of death we will let you know. We are still in a state of shock. We understand the funeral services will be held in England. Any messages of condolence are welcomed.
Information regarding Ministry's Al Jourgensen suing his ex-bandmate Paul Barker has recently been circulating the Internet. According to the official Los Angeles Superior Court website, case number SC094122, a case for tortious interference regarding contractual agreement has been filed by Al Jourgensen against Paul Barker and Spurburn music. Although documented in legal archives, this case has not yet been publicly confirmed by either side.
Paul Barker left Ministry in 2003, following the release of the album Animositisomina, citing musical differences and personal problems as the reason for this decision. The split seemed amiable and only now is evidence pointing to the contrary beginning to emerge. Since leaving Ministry, Barker has recorded an album as Pink Anvil and joined the band USSA.
Tristania is proud to present their new female singer, Mariangela "Mary" Demurtas. Possessing a voice and talent that will not only complement the bands music, but give it an entirely new dimension. She is sure to usher in a new age of Tristania.
Mariangela Demurtas, aged 25, from the island of Sardinia, Italy, is the singer Tristania was looking, but did not dare hope, for. The band was focusing on voice and talent when they went out looking for a new singer half a year ago. After a thorough search and many audtions, little did they know they would get all that, and more, in the form of Mary.
She's all about music - and metal to the bone. She has performed with several Italian bands, before finally joining up with Tristania. She lists her musical influences to include Janis Joplin, Diamanda Galas, Lisa DalBello, Lauryn Hill, Skin, Chris Cornell and Jeff Buckley. An educated linguist, she has already moved to Norway and settled in Tristania's home town of Stavanger. Although this is not her first time living abroad (she studied for a year in the Dominican Republic at the age of 16), it's living proof of the dedication she brings to Tristania.
"Yes, it's true... At The Gates will reunite for some shows next summer."
So says the message left on the band's official website. Guitarist Anders has also commented regarding the reunion:
"Well, it felt like the timing was right for once. We have been talking about a possible reunion for years now, but this was the first time everything fell into place. For me personally, it feels like getting closure. The break-up over ten years ago was abrupt and left a bad vibe between us that took years to get over. We have a better relationship today and a more relaxed approach to who we are and what we do. The time is right to get together and play some shows. Try to catch us live in the summer 2008. It could be your last chance."
The following update was posted on Omnium Gatherum's official website:
"We´re sad to inform that our long-time bass player for 10 years Janne Markkanen has decided to step aside from OG crew due to his lack of time and motivation for this type of music. There´s none bad blood between us and of course we wish him best of luck for whatever he is doing from now on.
Good news are that we have new fresh motivated blood in the crew as Eerik Purdon is our new bassist from now on and he´ll be looking after to create some demonic bottom pulse and groove to our noise. Eerik have been our good friend for some time and he also helped us and played bass on Omnium Gatherum's Summer Blast Fest Spain / Portugal -tour in June 2007 when Janne was unavailable to do the shows and the dude really showed his infernal talents and Omnium Gatherum attitude there! Eerik also plays in Crystal Blaze and he was acting session bassist in Amoral for their latest Finnish shows."
The following news was posted on German Power Metal band Stormwarrior's MySpace:
"New Warrior: After the successful gigs at the Magic Circle Festival and the Wacken Open Air we are proud to anounce that Yenz Leonhardt will be the new full member on the bass of Stormwarrior. Velkommen i bandet, DK Rocker!"
"The new Helstar album "Sins Of The Past" will be released on November, 23! The guys around singer James Rivera re-recorded some of the old classics from the first Helstar records to put them on this album. This is for sure not just another best of album! All the old songs will come with an outstanding new sound and the album will also include 2 brandnew Helstar tracks! The first edition of "Sins Of The Past" will come in a special CD layout. Furthermore, a limited picture vinyl version will be available."
Here is the tracklist of "Sins Of The Past" cover]:
01. Burning Star
02. Suicidal Nightmare
03. The King Is Dead
04. Evil Reign
Alternative/Experimental/Rap Metal band Candiria have announced plans to put out a record consisting of rare tracks and "b-side" material. Details have yet to be finalized, but the group has issued the following:
"We have decided to put out a rare tracks/B sides record. Older, odder material that never made it to any of the records for one reason or another, OR, stuff that was never actually intended to go on any of the records but was written by a Candirian. So that is next on the agenda... after that a remix compilation."
The following message has been posted by Christofer Johnsson on the official Therion website:
"Due to line-up problems Sirenia are forced to pull out and won't be able to fulfill their commitments. As we're on tour and time is short, we won't replace them. Therion will be playing 2,5 hours with a break in between and there will be a considerably improved stage scenery so there is no real need for a mid act in order to have a full evening going. On top on this there will be special guests and special performances (more info to come on that further on)."
The Vision Bleak will open with a 30 minute set, followed by an 2 1/2 hours set by Therion including one pause of 20 minutes to set change Therions production.
SMN is proud to present Nightwish streaming live (for free!) this Friday, October 19 on SMNnews.com.
The show, marking the North American debut of new frontwoman Anette Olzon, kicks off at 6pm EST, and will be an exclusive 30 minute in-store electric performance.
Nightwish's new studio album was released earlier this year through Nuclear Blast in Europe and Roadrunner Records in the US.
YeboTV.com, gateway to the world of new internet music, will be providing the stream. During the broadcast, you can chat live with other fans, upload personal videos, and even create your own private profile page. Stay tuned!
You can check out a new song from British Extreme Metallers Anaal Nathrakh entitled 'Screaming Of The Unborn' online at the Feto Records MySpace page, here. The band earlier already made the song 'The Final Absolution' available online at their own MySpace page.
Both tracks are taken from the band's forthcoming new album "Hell Is Empty And All The Devils Are Here" which is set to be released on October 29th via Feto Records.
Belgian Brutal Death Metallers Emeth have issued the following update:
"The most notorious pack of degenerates from Belgium Emeth, which features in its ranks ex-Aborted guitarist Matty Dupont and Blood Red Throne bassist Erlend Caspersen, has set "Telesis" as the title of its highly anticipated third album, due early 2008 via Brutal Bands. The band recently finished recording their new album at Hertz Studios with the Wieslawscy brother's as producers and is currently mixing eleven tracks for this new effort.
It features the following track listing:
01. Silence Goes Unheard
02. Anochi Kofer
04. SoulStorming Echoes
05. Folly and Weakness
07. Existence Beyond Being