Yesterday the kick off show of the European tour of Leaves' Eyes together with Kamelot and Adagio took place in Charleroi, Belgium. This was also the live debut of the new Leaves' Eyes drummer Roland Navratil. Roland joined Leaves' Eyes and also Atrocity after the bands decided to continue without former drummer Seven Antonopoulos.
Both bands wish Seven all the best for the future, and welcomes the Austrian drummer Roland Navratil, who played in the past with bands like Edenbridge, Sirenia and Dignity!
Roland: "First of all I like the diversity of both bands, Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes. I listen to a lot of different music and was blown away by the Werk 80 CD of Atrocity. So called "Female fronted" metal bands where always a favorite kind of music of myself, too. That's why I know a lot about Liv and her music and the band Leaves' Eyes. I love to play songs like "Elegy", "Emerald Island" or the new smasher "At Heaven's End"! The first time I met Alex was years ago when Atrocity played in Vienna. I met them and Liv again back in 2005 when I was playing in Germany. As I was on the "Beauty And The Beast" Tour as a session drummer for Sirenia, it was very cool to tour with both bands, Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes. I was excited as they asked me, if I would like to play with them because we had a lot of fun on tour last fall. The rehearsals went great and now I am looking forward to share the stages together! Keep on rockin'! See you on tour!"
Tristania has again joined the Napalm Records ranks. It is the return of the Gothic Metal masters, who made themselves immortal by releasing classic albums like Widow's Weeds and Beyond the Veil. A new collection of songs is tentatively scheduled for a summer release.
"We're happy to say that Tristania has reunited forces with Napalm Records. Tristania is back where it all started 13 years ago, and we are looking forward to work together with Napalm again. Our new album is completely recorded, and at the moment only mixing and mastering remains. We are totally enthusiastic about it, and feel that this album will appeal to those of you who have followed us through the years. True to tradition, the new album will also bring along several surprises and elements that are new in our musical universe. Five different singers will appear on the album, and we have already announced that Pete Johansen contributes with his brilliant violin play - for the first time since World of Glass in 2001. We are really looking forward to share this album with you guys. The album title will be revealed soon!"
German heavy metallers Kissin' Dynamite are set to release their new album Addicted To Metal on March 26th. The band's first single is "Addicted To Metal" featuring Udo Dirkschneider, which came about, after the band has supported U.D.O. on their tour in December. Here you can check out "Addicted To Metal" featuring Udo and more music of Kissin' Dynamite.
"The new album is very recommendable and even Udo says that he hasn't been so excited from a German band for a long time and that they've got what it takes to become successful internationally."
Addicted To Metal cover art] tracklist:
01. Addicted To Metal
02. Run For Your Life
03. Supersonic Killer
It's a bill that fans of horror and hard rock could only dream of until now: Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper sharing the stage for a night of theatrical rock n' roll madness. For the first time ever, the "gruesome twosome" will play an exclusive limited run of North American tour dates beginning April 26th at the MTS Center in Winnipeg, MB.
Rob Zombie commented: "The dream or the nightmare comes true! Me and The Coop have been talking about touring together for the last 15 years and finally the moment is here. This will be without a doubt a Rock 'N' Roll Spooktacular for all the Cool Ghouls."
Alice Cooper added: "I'm looking forward to theses concerts with Rob. It's sort of like Dracula Vs. Frankenstein. We're like this generation's classic monsters. When we're not onstage frightening audiences, we'll be backstage trying to scare each other."
Megadeth is confirmed to play shows in Mexico, Central America, and South America this coming April and May 2010. The Latin American leg of the "The Endgame Tour" will kick off in Mexico City, Mexico on April 17 with dates just announced in Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Guatemala. More dates to be announced soon.
April 17 - Mexico City, Mexico - Sports Palace
April 24 - São Paulo, Brazil - Credicard Hall
April 26 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Pepsi On Stage
April 30 - Santiago, Chile - Movistar Arena
May 02 - Lima, Peru - Explanada del Monumental
May 06 - Caracas, Venezuela - CIEC Metropolitan University
May 13 - Guatemala City, Guatemala - Mundo e Pavillion
Century Media Records has set a June 8 North American release date for The Obsidian Conspiracy, the long-awaited new album from Seattle metallers Nevermore.
The drum tracks for The Obsidian Conspiracy were completed in the group's hometown of Seattle with Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers, who previously worked with Dane on the singer's solo debut, Praises To The War Machine. Longtime friend and collaborator Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Exodus, Machine Head) once again handled mixing duties.
The following songs (among others) were laid down during the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2005's This Godless Endeavor:
The official AFM Records press release reads as follows: "One of the most innovative and best Power Metal bands has signed a new contract with AFM Records:
Symphorce. The band around singer Andy B. Franck and guitarist Cede Dupont is working on their new album right now, a late August release is expected."
The band commented in the same brief manner: "Yes, it is true. Symphorce signed with AFM Records and a new album is expected for a late August release. Stay tuned for more info!"
French pagan metallers Belenos have announced the new album Yen Sonn Gardis should be finished soon. A tentative release is set for the summer on Northern Silence Productions, with limited edition. All songs are exclusively sung in Breton language, English translations will be present in the booklet.
Yen Sonn Gardis tracklist:
02. Hollved Hirisus
03. Ene Kelt
04. Skorn Ha Tan
05. Baleerien An Are
07. Mestr Ar C'Hoad
09. En Argoll
Due to a lot of problems and personal reasons, Belenos will stop their live activities again. Last chance to see the band live on stage will be the Black Druid Fest near Metz (close to the border with Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany).
Textures is excited to announce that Daniel de Jongh - former front man of the Dutch metal band Cilice - will replace Eric Kalsbeek who left the band earlier this year.
Daniel had to say this about joining Textures: "I am truly honored to have been asked to replace Eric as vocalist for Textures. Textures is a standout band and is a band which I've listened to the last couple of years, like so many other metal-fans out there. Although it was a pretty tough decision to leave my former band Cilice, this was an offer I just couldn't refuse. The guys in Textures are just a great bunch of people and it is clear that there is and will be loads of inspiration for the next years to come. I also know how much Eric was respected by the fans and I hope that I can assure you guys out there that I will replace him with as much dignity as he did for Textures the last 6 years. All I can say is that we as Textures are ready to rock everyone out there and that the anticipation for the next album can be withhold. We are in writing process at the time and I can reveal that it is going to be kick-ass as always!"
The new album Hypomanic of Belgian razorgrind act Leng Tch'e is set to a May 24th release in Europe and June 8th in the USA.
Hypomanic cover art] tracklist:
01. Wirehead Imbeciles
03. The Stockholm Malevolence Project
04. World State Abomination
05. Refined Torture
06. Misleading Innuendos
07. Obiter Dicta
08. Death's Head Cockroach
10. Anthropocentric Suicide
11. Silence Is Better Than Unmeaning Words
12. Violence Does Even Justice
13. Corrosive Rotgut
14. Perfervid Odysse
Austrian metalcore act The Sorrow will be posting their entire December home concert, at the Event Center in Hohenems, online very soon. In anticipation of the event, the band has posted a little trailer online. Watch the clip below. The band's latest record Origin of the Storm was released in February 2009 through Drakkar Records.
Origin of the Storm cover art] tracklist:
02. Where Is the Sun
03. My Immortal Guardian
05. Eyes of Darkness
06. Raising the Devil
07. Anchor in the Storm
08. From This Day On
09. Heaven Is No Place for Us
11. Collector of Tears
13. Day of the Lord
Finnish metallers Amorphis have issued the following update on their official website:
"The "Forging Europe Tour" will continue in November 2010 with 21 gigs in twelve countries. The tour will be presented by Metal Hammer and Terrorizer; both support acts are to be announced later. Tickets for the German shows can be ordered from Metaltix."
Announced tour dates are as follows:
Nov. 05 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
Nov. 06 - Aalborg, Denmark - Metal Festival
Nov. 07 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
Nov. 09 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Cathouse
Nov. 10 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Academy 3
Nov. 11 - London, United Kingdom - O2 Academy Islington
Nov. 12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli De Helling
Florida death metal monsters Malevolent Creation have just signed a management deal with Extreme Management Group (Suffocation, Origin). It is also at this time that the band would like to confirm April 5 2010 as the starting date for recording their new album with Eric Rutan at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Vital Remains, Goatwhore, etc.).
The band has released the following official statement: "After over 20 years in existence, and now having the most solid line up in years, we really wanted to make sure that with this new album we elevated the band in every way. Getting good management was crucial and Extreme Management Group has a great track record. Erik had been talking to us since Doomsday X to record us, and with Gus Rios (drums) being the band full time now, we didn't want him to have the responsibility of producing the album as well as writing and playing. Erik really understands what we are about, and has all of the same thoughts about recording as us. It really couldn't be a better working situation. We've said it before but this album really is without a doubt is the most relentless, focused and brutal Malevolent Creation album ever! We really went back to our roots, not only as a band, but as fans of metal. We wrote an album of songs that we as fans of brutal music would want to hear."