Hate Eternal will utilize the bass playing skills of J.J. Hrubovcak (Vile, Divine Rapture, Randall Flagg) on their upcoming European tour with Cephalic Carnage and Skeletonwith.
Dates are as follows:
9 - Würzburg, Germany at AKW (with Deadborn)
10 - Leipzig, Germany at Conne Island (with Deadborn)
11 - Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle (with Deadborn)
13 - Prague, Czech Republic at Exit Chmelnice (with Deadborn)
14 - Wien, Austria at Arena (with Deadborn)
15 - Ljubljana, Slovenia at Gala Hala (with Deadborn)
16 - München, Germany at Feierwerk (with Deadborn)
17 - Verona, Italy at Lucille Club (with Deadborn)
18 - Rome, Italy at Alpheus Club (with Deadborn)
20 - Martigny, Switzerland at Les Caves du Manoir (with Deadborn)
Norwegian black/death metallers Allfader posted the following item on their official website:
"Since the release of 'At Least We Will Die Together' in 2006 we had a period where our guitarist Per was very indifferent and not motivated to continue with the band. We didn't fire him because I go back with him quite a few years and was hoping his feelings would change. They did not, at least not fast enough. So eventually I took over his guitar duties. That's why things have been a bit slow over here. There’s no bad blood, no scandals. We’ve all moved on.
At first I was apprehensive about playing guitar while singing, but it has worked out incredibly well. Also, I feel I'm more in touch with the material when we write, and the writing process itself has been smoother than ever. We also did more shows in 2007 than the years 2001-2006 combined.
Amidst many rumors it has been announced earlier today that Kory Clarke, of Warrior Soul will be the new front man effective immediately.
The news comes as the band returns to their Chicago homes following a successful European Tour.
Trouble founder and guitarist, Rick Wartell explains:
It was a mutual agreement, you need to follow your heart in this business and if you are not into it a hundred percent then it is time to move on. We all felt it was the best thing for all parties involved. There are no hard feelings. I'm sure Eric will continue making music and we wish him the best.
We are very excited to have Kory step in and take over the vocals for trouble. He is been one of my favorite frontmen in this industry for many years he will add a new dimension that we can use. It is not like we just picked out some guy to fill in, this is one of rocks most dynamic and creative frontmen in the industry. I know that when trouble fans get a taste of what Kory does, they will not be disappointed at all. Anyone who has seen Kory with Warrior Soul already knows what to expect, and it's awesome.
The following message was posted on the official Nuclear Blast website:
"The ink on the contract hasn't dried yet and we can already proudly report the return of Nuclear Blast-veteran Peter Tägtgren and his Industrial Metal band Pain! After more than ten years have been passing by since the release of the self-titled Pain debut on Nuclear Blast, the swedish mastermind and Hypocrisy-mainman is already busy working on his comeback album that is scheduled for a release in October 2008. Pain have also just returned from an immensely successful European tour as a support act for Nightwish, which led them through 18 countries and was being witnessed by approximately 150.000 people. Welcome home, Peter!"
Dutch death/thrash metal act Detonation have announced parting ways with drummer Thomas Kalksma. Kalksma was one of the original founders of the band and had been part of Detonation for over ten years. Commented by the band: "It was a very hard decision to make, but in the end both Thomas and the band agreed it would be better to part ways. We've had differences of opinion on the future of Detonation and these differences eventually where too strong to overcome. There are no hard feelings mutually and Detonation wish Thomas all the best for his future musical career."
"I regret and feel very glad simultaneously to be leaving Detonation. After a lot of big ups an downs in this band, I feel that the abovementioned differences in opinion took away my passion for this band. Despite the fact that I've been jamming with Koen even before Detonation started, and the fact that i've put alot of effort in this band, I felt a huge need for change during the past months. Therefore i'll move forward and will focus on my other musical activities. I'm also open to interesting offers.
Chaosanct are the latest UK based metal act which features among it's members former Cradle Of Filth guitarist James McIlroy and former Biomechanical drummer Matt C.
The complete Chaosanct is:
James McIlroy - Guitar
Matt C - Drums
Dave R Kuchta - Vocals
Andrew Ongley - Guitar
Tilman Wolff-Moore - Bass
Chaosanct as an entity has been in existence since January '08. Having jammed together way back in the mists of time, a chance re-union at an infamous London Venue saw Andy & James decide to team up and put together something new & exciting. Devoid of all the headaches and difficulties of previous projects, this project has come to embody a sense of freedom and a desire to excel
The search was on to find the right members, people with passion, understanding & drive to succeed. First Dave brought his individual vocal style to the table, having known James for a number of years. On Daves recommendation, Tilman also joined to handle bass duties. Finally in early '08, on the recommendation of Adrian Erlandsson (At the Gates, The Haunted, Cradle of Filth), Matt completed the rhythm section on drums.
Russian metal band Nevid are introducing their new members, namely the charming female vocalists Olga (Helga) Lantseva and Olga (Skandinavien) Mashkina:
"About Olga Lantseva: she appears as the main female vocalist in the band. About herself: "Ambitious, mean and VERY (addition of the band) kind!" A real treasure for the group. All about wonderful vocals, perfect singing technique. During her musical career, she worked with the bands "Tears Are Pathetic" and simultaneously with the guys from "Los Aybolitos". Before coming to the Nevid, she was singing in the "Galatheia" band. She graduated from Regional Musical College of Rachmaninoff (Kaliningrad, 1999-2003), the specialty of the director of a choir, folk music. Her passion is everything that sounds beautiful and also billiards, paintball, Darts and fantasy genre.
New York tech death metallers/grinders Psyopus have posted a song about siamese twins simply titled "2" on their MySpace page. The song comes off the band's latest effort "Our Puzzling Encounters Considered" which has been released last year in February.
In related news, Psyopus kick off with the following tour dates in the US with Dance Club Massacre.
US Tour Dates:
(also with The Crinn)
02/05 The Penny Arcade - Charlotte, NY
(with The Crinn and Epicurean)
03/05 Ghouolardi's - Lorain, OH
04/05 Flushing Masonic Temple - Flushing, MI
05/05 Von's (Vault 13) - Detroit, MI
06/05 The Static Age - Romeo, MI
07/05 Skelletones - Grand Rapids, MI
08/05 Rack N' Roll - Riverview, MI
Finnish Melodic Black metallers Catamenia have issued the following update:
"We will enter the studio little bit later than as planned. New schedule is set on 7th of July because of the renewing and reconstructioning the Mastervox Studios. The release for the album is somewhere around October 2008. Thank you really much you all for your patience."
The band has previously announced their forthcoming album will be entitled "VIII".
US metallers Lamb Of God have issued the following update:
"Lamb Of God are proud to announce the release of an all-new, 2-disc DVD on July 1, 2008. "Walk With Me In Hell" is a documentary chronicling every detail in the lives of the biggest band in metal as they completed recording and toured around the world nearly three times over in support of the biggest selling metal album of 2007, the Grammy-nominated, Top 10 charting, Sacrament.
Fans can check out an Exclusive trailer for "Walk With Me In Hell" at the band's official MySpace page here (or here for a direct link to the trailer).
The "Walk With Me In Hell" two DVD set features over five hours of incredible, all-access footage. Disc 1 contains the highly anticipated feature documentary 'Walk With Me In Hell' and multiple live performance extras from across the globe on the Sacrament World Tour. Disc 2 includes the additional full-length feature "Making of Sacrament" plus Lamb Of God's entire, uncut, brutal performance at the Download Festival 2007, where they performed in front of over 72,000 fans. Extras include deleted scenes, live performance videos for various tour stops, the official music video for "Redneck," and a "Making of Redneck" documentary.
Midnattsol has posted the following update regarding Christian Hector's departure:
Hello Midnattsol folks,
three days ago we got a bad message. Our guitarist Christian Hector has decided to leave Midnattsol. Christian describes the reasons for this step in the following statement:
it's been some years since Carmen and me started out forming Midnattsol. Now it's time for me to move on and experience new musical directions. My decision is due to the musical development of the band, the lack of time for family and friends and last but not least my second band Ahab. I'd like to focus on the work along with my dear friend Daniel Droste and Cornelius Althammer. Nonetheless, I still call everyone in Midnattsol my dearest friends, too! And I guess we'll have too much beer together again quite soon .
Norwegian metallers Communic have posted on their MySpace page an edit version of the track 'On Ancient Ground'.
The song comes off the new Communic's album, entitled "Payment Of Existence", which will be release on May 30 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The band adds that you can also find this track on the latest RockHard magazine sampler.
German metallers Xandria have issued the following update:
"Lisa Middelhauve is not the singer of Xandria anymore. After almost eight years of successful work together she decided to leave the band due to personal reasons. For some time now Lisa didn´t feel comfortable with her role as Xandria´s front woman anymore and wants to step aside to make it possible for the band to find someone who can stand behind Xandria completely. A step that we all regret, but is highly respected.
We want to thank her for the great, successful and unforgettable time we had together and wish her only the best for the future! Thank you - your contribution to Xandria and everything you did for the band we will never forget!"
Swedish metallers Amon Amarth have issued the following update:
"On May 1st, (Labour Day here in Sweden) we enter Fascination Street Studio to start recording our seventh full-length album. We have 10 killer songs, some classic Amon Amarth tunes, some really epic moments and some of the most brutal stuff we've ever written! We are confident that this will be our best and most diverse album to date!
Jens Bogren will be producing the album, he produced "With Oden On Our Side". We're looking forward to yet another successful collaboration. We'll barricade ourselves for the next month and a half. The album will be recorded in the traditional way, starting with drums, followed by guitars, bass, and vocals.
Nuclear Blast have released an E-Card for the new Testament album "The Formation of Damnation" which was released on April 25. The E-Card includes a gallery, a biography, and samples for each song of the new album.