Century Media Records and Finnish symphonic fantasy/folk metallers Kivimetsän Druidi have signed a worldwide record deal. Kivimetsän Druidi, who played a massive European tour supporting fellow Finnish folkmetalheads Korpiklaani last October and November, have entered Noice Camp studio in Turku in order to record their forthcoming debut album due to be released at the end of October 2008.
"Kivimetsän Druidi members are extremely pleased with the deal with Century Media Records whose impressive catalogue speaks for itself. It is great to be a part of the Century Media family with such awesome bands like Turisas, Strapping Young Lad, Lacuna Coil and Arch Enemy."
During the summer Kivimetsän Druidi will play only a handful of festival gigs as they are busy recording their forthcoming album, but when the autumn comes they will tour extensively both in Finland and abroad.
"Shit happens again and we found ourselves again losing the bass player somewhere out in space. Eerik really surprised us all and decided to left the band this soon. No drama, no fights, no-thing, as we ain´t got a clue really whatta hell happened here! So - all the decent basstard candidates feel free to contact us on this case (ogatherum gmail com)!
However, this won´t affect in any way to our autumn touring and all the booked gigs and the european tour will be made & played..."
"Head on over to myspace.com/metal and check out our latest video for "Forevermore". It's being featured on MySpace so it's the only place you can see the video right now. There's some sick footage from the Red Bull Air Race in there that you have to see. If you don't know what the Red Bull Air Race is then now's a good time to find out. We can definitely consider it a pretty metal sport!"
"After a long time playing together with us, Sevan (flute, whistles, bagpipes) and Rafi (bass) decided to leave Eluveitie. Both of them came to this desicion due to personal reasons. Both, Sevan and Rafi, were longtime members. Sevan was with Eluveitie from the very beginning on. So their step was kind of a shock for us. Yet we also understand and accept their desicion. We won't forget the years we spent together and we wish Sevan and Rafi all the very best on their future musical as well as personal ways! "Thank you both for your dedication and for the time we spent together the last four years! Take care & horns raised!!!
Sevan and Rafi will still play with us the next couple of shows! But of course we're now looking for worthy replacements - a bass player and a multi-instrumentalist well playing bagpipes (Gaita and similar), tin and low whistles and eventually Irish flute. If you're interested in playing in Eluveitie, then click here!"
The 2008 edition of the Castle Festival, set to take place from July 1st - 5th in Smederevo Fortress, Serbia has reportedly been cancelled.
According to a posting on Helloween's website, who were headlining day 5, "the Castle Festival in Smederevo/Serbia has to be cancelled from the side of the local promoter because of the political situation and local incidents in the country."
An official statement on the Castle Festival website is expected soon.
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter have posted two new tracks, entitled "Es Wird Schlimmer" and "Der Weg", from the upcoming album "Licht" on the group's MySpace page.
The band will release an exclusive EP "Der Weg", via iTunes on June 27. "Der Weg" will feature four songs, two of which will only be available on this EP. The new album "Licht" is scheduled for a August 29 release through Nuclear Blast Records.
"Theocracy is happy to announce that they have signed with Sweden's Ulterium Records for the release of their sophomore album, Mirror of Souls.
"We're very excited to finally get this album out," says band founder Matt Smith. "Ulterium really understands what we're about, and they believe in this record. We're really looking forward to working together."
Ulterium Records owner Emil Westerdahl shares that excitement, saying, "I've been a fan of Theocracy since the release of their debut album, and I'm thrilled about this opportunity to work together with them on "Mirror Of Souls". This album will surely be received very well by both critics and fans, and exciting times are definitely ahead for Theocracy!"
Voting for the UK wide initiative Metal 2 The Masses has opened. Bloodstock was inundated with venues wanting to host their own heats in order to put forward 4 bands to represent their area. All the voters have to do is go to the forum page on www.bloodstock.uk.com and click on the unsigned section and well, basically...vote for the band of your choice at each venue. From over 50 venue applicants hosts were selected at Alton, Birmingham, Derby, Glasgow, Kent and Swindon. Each of these partner venues held several heats over March, April and May to find the best Metal bands in and around their county.
Bloodstock's Clive Leighton who heads up the Unsigned Stages and Marquees, is personally handling M2TM. Winning bands will be announced on 01 July and they'll all earn a place on the Bloodstock Unsigned stage.
Norwegian Black Metallers Gorgoroth have announced their live line up. Gorgoroth live members this summer are Nick Barker on drums, Teloch and Ice Dale on guitars. The band added "Be prepared for some spectacular shows."
US metallers Arsis have issued the following update:
"Although we had a great run over the past year and a half with drummer Darren Cesca , we have decided to stop working with him in Arsis. The reasoning behind this decision is simply differences in personalities and an overall difference in direction. Darren is an amazing musician and we harbor no ill feelings towards him. We wish him all the best. We are most excited to announce that Alex Tomlin, a long time friend of ours and an outstanding drummer, will be replacing Darren. His first shows with us will be on the "In Thrash We Trust" tour starting this Wednesday. Come out and support Arsis and the new addition to our line-up!"
Swedish modern melodic death metallers Engel have posted a second video online, for the song "Next Closed Door". The song comes off the band's debut album "Absolute Design", which was released last year. The clip is filmed in Belgrade, Serbia with Rock The Nation. You can watch the video at this location.
Finnish metallers Omnium Gatherum have issued the following update:
"The new 4th Omnium Gatherum album, titled "The Redshift", is now ready 'n' willing and mixed 'n' mastered. ...And it´s rocking like never before! We´re very satisfied and proud of this work and this is a big leap to the next level!
"The Redshift" tracklisting:
02. A Shadowkey
03. Chameleon Skin
04. No Breaking Point
05. The Return
06. Shapes And Shades
07. The Redshifter
09. The Second Flame
10. Song For December
11. Distant Light Highway
More info about the album & release date soon - Stay tuned!"
Here´s what the mixing/mastering wizard Dan The Man Swanö himself (Unisound Studio) said about this new album: "I hate bands like Omnium Gatherum, they are so good it pisses me off!!! Their fine blend of melody and aggression is so good I actually thought about stealing the record and release it as my own. You won´t find a better album in years."
Danish metallers Anubis Gate have issued the following update:
"This summer will indeed be far from inactive in the Anubis Gate camp! We will start recording the drums at Hansen Studios early July, and after the drums have been tracked, guitars, keyboards and bass will be recorded at Kim Olesen's studio.
Jacob Hansen's vocals will be done at Hansen Studios, and Henrik Fevre's vocals + backing will be done at his own studio. The mix will be done mid August at Hansen Studios.
Locomotive will release the album February 2009.
All the songs have been written and lyrics are being completed as we write this.
We feel very strong about the new songs, that very much are following the lines of Andromeda Unchained, although with a twist. There's a feeling that some of the newer songs will be heavier, leaning a bit towards the hard riffage from "A Perfect Forever", as well as there are some new elements and surpising twists to the Anubis Gate sound. Every one of us is anxious to get started!