2011 marks God Dethroned's final year in existence.
God Dethroned vocalist and guitarist Henri Sattler released the following statement on behalf of the band: "We could have spent another year in a tour bus because the amount of offers was endless, but I just don't feel like touring anymore. People told me to take a break for a year or maybe two, but as I'm an "all, or nothing at all" type of person, I decided to call it quits.
Not immediately, but in December of this year we will definitely play our last show. That's gonna be at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting in Holland.
I'm very proud of what we achieved with the band, but the time has come for new challenges. I would like to thank all of our fans for their support for all these years."
Here is the official press release of the festival:
Unfortunately we're sad to announce that two bands are forced to cancel their upcoming appearances at Hellfest 2011.
The first one, and not the least, is Trust. Here is the band's official statement :
"Unfortunately Trust will not be playing on the 18th of June 2011 at Hellfest festival. The band will not be performing any concerts for an indefined period of time. We would like to point out that that it is not linked in any way with the organization of the Hellfest event."
The second cancelation is Lock Up originally scheduled to play Saturday, June 18th under the Rock Hard tent. A problem in their tour schedules has forced the band to cancel this performance.
"Mare", a brand new song from Norwegian metallers Kampfar, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
"Mare" is the title track from Kampfar's new album, Mare, which will be released on March 25 in Europe (April 5 in the US) via Napalm Records. More details about Mare were previously reported over here.
Finnish metallers Soulfallen have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"We have been quiet for some time now, but now it is time to break the silence. Lately there have not been a lot of gigs, and we will only do a selected amount of shows this spring, since we have been and wish to concentrate on writing new material fitting our upcoming evil plans. Plans that include the recording of our third album in the summer of 2011!
The successor of Grave New World will be forged to life at the familiar and fiendly fires of Mount Doom also known as Studio Watercastle, located in Jyväskylä, Finland. And as before, additional orchestral perversions will be invoked at Noisework productions. The new album will be the end of a trilogy, the final step into the dark. It will bear the trademark sound of Soulfallen, but with a few more sinister twists and turns to elevate this auditory plague into whole new depths of gloom. We can't wait for you all to feast your ears upon this!
"Love Will Set You Free", the new video from UK metallers Whitesnake, can be viewed at this location. The clip was directed by Devin DeHaven of Fortress Entertainment (Papa Roach, Method Man, Talib Kweli) and was filmed in Lake Tahoe, Nevada (where Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale has a house).
"Love Will Set You Free" is the first single from Whitesnake's new album, Forevermore, which will be released on March 25 in Europe (March 29 in North America) via Frontiers Records. The band's eleventh studio album was recorded, produced and mixed by Coverdale, guitarist Doug Aldrich and Michael McIntyre at Snakebyte Studios and Grumblenott Studios & Villas in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, with additional work at Casa Dala, Sherman Oaks, California.
Danish metallers Illdisposed will release their new album, There Is Light (But It's Not For Me), on April 1 via Massacre Records. The album was recorded at Antfarm Studio in Århus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (Moonspell, Dark Tranquillity, Gorefest, Sick Of It All).
There Is Light (But It's Not For Me) cover art] tracklist:
01. Your Own Best Companion
02. Heaven Forbid
03. Our Words Betrayed
04. The Taste Of You
05. Ast The Day Rottens
06. Reality To Fall
07. Step Into My Winter
09. Sunday Black
11. Our Words Betrayed
Last night, Iron Maiden were honored with a Grammy Award for "Best Metal Performance".
The band was nominated for the track "El Dorado", from the band's latest album The Final Frontier. The ceremony of the 53rd annual Grammy Awards was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Iron Maiden were not there to accept the Award as they just kicked off their Final Frontier World Tour.
This marks the first Grammy win for Iron Maiden. The band was previously nominated for "Fear of the Dark" (at the 1994 Grammys) and "The Wicker Man" (at the 2001 Grammys).
Other nominees in this year's "Metal" category were as follows:
Iron Maiden - "El Dorado" (from The Final Frontier)
Longtime Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has shot down rumors of a Black Sabbath reunion with all original members.
Butler released the following statement: "I would like to make it clear, because of mounting speculation and rumours, that there will be definitely NO reunion of all four original members of Black Sabbath, whether to record an album or to tour."
The original Sabbath line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward has not toured together since the summer of 2005, and last convened for their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in early 2006.
Jeff Hanneman, guitarist and founding member of Slayer, was hospitalized late last month where he underwent emergency surgery on his right arm after contracting a serious infection, according to his band mates Kerry King, Tom Araya and Dave Lombardo.
While Hanneman's doctors were not able to definitively identify the infection's origin, they diagnosed necrotizing fasciitis (commonly known as flesh-eating disease), and indicated it likely was rooted in a spider bite. The guitarist is now recuperating at home, has already begun the process of subsequent medical procedures including skin grafts, and is expected to make a full recovery.
In light of this situation and Slayer's upcoming participation in the Australian Soundwave Festival tour that is set to kick off on February 26, the band has made the tough decision to play the dates without Hanneman, and will bring on a guest guitarist to fill in for him until such time as he has fully recovered and is ready to return to the line-up. The band will announce details about the guest guitarist shortly.
Melodic death metal tyrants Amon Amarth are proud to announce their 2011 US headlining tour.
Simply dubbed An Evening With Amon Amarth, this very special trek will find the band touring without support and instead performing two separate sets each night! One set will feature upcoming album Surtur Rising in its entirety.
The Viking-inspired festivities will commence on April 14th in Chicago, Illinois and pillage its way through 17 cities throughout the country before drawing to a climactic close on May 7 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tickets are on sale now through all local ticket outlets.
Elaborated drummer Fredrik Andersson: "We're really excited about the upcoming album, Surtur Rising. And what better way to showcase it by playing the full album on our first U.S. tour for Surtur Rising?! It's definitely a unique opportunity for our fans because not only will the album be performed live but a second set with material from our previous albums will take place. We want our fans to really experience Amon Amarth."
Arkan have finished the recordings of their sophomore album, Salam (trans: Peace). The follow-up to 2008's Hilal will be released on April 18th through Season Of Mist.
The French/Algerian/Moroccan melodic death metal band with Middle Eastern influences has revealed that Orphaned Land mainman Kobi Farhi will make a guest appearance on the album.
The album was produced by Fredrik Nordström at Fredman Studio, who made the following comment: "With this album Arkan excel in their art of mixing metal and Arabic music. The result is close to a masterpiece and these guys are its amazing conductors."
"Arabic music brings endless inspiration and with Salam we are only beginning", the band adds.
40 Watt Sun - the new band featuring Warning mainman Patrick Walker and Warning drummer Christian Leitch - will release their debut album, The Inside Room, on March 4th through Cyclone Empire Records.
According to a press release, the music of 40 Watt Sun "is characterised by distorted guitars, down-tempo rhythms and strong melodies, and by Patrick Walker's introspective lyrical themes and poignant vocals."
The Inside Room was recorded over three days and nights at The Library Studio in London, produced entirely by the band and engineered and mixed by bassist William Spong. It features five new songs of highly original, melancholic, pained but yet sanguine material.