"Metal Mind Productions" will make a DVD from the Blaze gig in Poland! A camera team will follow the band and crew, from they arrive in Poland until they leave after the gig. The gig will take place on 24 March at Katowice, and is part of the Metalmania festival.
In other news, Blaze Bayley will get married the 14th February 2007 with his long term girlfriend Debbie on the island of Gran Canaria, where he recently held a free concert. Blaze first met Debbie in the Wolfsbane days 1989 at a Rhythm Damage gig at the arts center in Tamworth and they remained friends whilst following their separate careers, and now they have finally decided to tie the knot.
Eternal Tears Of Sorrow have launched a video page on http://youtube.com/etoslive. Live footage from the band's December 31st show show at Teatria in Oulu, Finland is currently available for streaming. The songs currently on offer are "Blood Of Failth (Stains My Hands)' and 'Autumn's Grief".
After triumphantly headlining the annual Wacken Open Air festival in Germany and four capacity performances in America last summer, Norwegian black metal pioneers Emperor have announced their return to the United States for three encore appearances this spring.
"We have made a decision to return to the U.S. for a few additional shows," notes guitarist Samoth. "This time Chicago is also put on the map.
"The shows last summer were very successful and we had an amazing turnout and support from all the fans. It was also a bit stressful because of the embassy hassle that we unfortunately had to endure. So we feel a few more shows are due and this time, all visas are in order and the band will appear in its full command."
Finnish metallers Nightwish have updated their website with following message: "The auditions for the new vocalist have ended, with more than 2000 demos sent to us. (yesterday, 15.1. we received 120 demos!) A big thanks to everybody! So please don't send anymore demos, since now we need to concentrate on finishing the album recordings." The new vocalist will be announced at the end of May, together with the release of a new single.
The Blikfest-organisation has announced the fourth edition of the well-tasted festival Blikfest, on 3 November at JH Togenblik at Beveren-Waas, Belgium. First bands announced are Axamenta and Crusader.
Both bands are very popular inside the Belgian metal scene and already proved their merit several times on all different kinds of (Belgian) festivals. To name just a few, Crusader recently played on Frostrock and can also be seen on the Spring Madness Festival in May, and Axamenta was featered on the Graspop Metal Meeting line up last year.
The organisation also promised a very nice international headliner, as always.
Iron Maiden have confirmed that further to last weeks announcement of an additional show in Athens they will be playing a headline show in Belgrade on Wednesday March 14th 2007 as part of a short run of dates in mid March.
The venue is the 18,000 capacity Belgrade Fair Indoor Arena and tickets for the show will be going on sale on Wednesday 24th January.
Says Steve Harris "I'm pretty sure in saying that this will be the first time we've been to Belgrade for just over 20 years back on the Somewhere in Time tour so I'm sure many of our fans in Serbia will be very excited at the news that we're making this visit that some would say is long overdue! As we said a couple of years ago we would try and visit new places and cities where we haven't played for a long time when the opportunity to do so came up and this is just such an occasion. And we are very much looking forward to it"
"U.S. legends of epic black death metal" Vital Remains have just returned home from Mana Recording Studio in Florida, where they recorded their followup to 2003's "Dechristianize" featuring Glen Benton of Deicide once again on vocals.
Here is a statement from guitarist Tony Lazaro:
We've just returned home from Mana Recordings in Florida where we spent the whole month of December/January working on the new album. Yes, it's done and what can we say other than holy shit! We cannot wait for the fans to hear this new album!! I really think all of our fans are going to shit themselves when they hear this. To those few who thought we couldn't top Dechristianize, you're in for a real surprise because we did! We thought Dechristianize was a tough album to do, oh man! This album, hands down sets the bar. We spent 12-13 hours a day straight with no days off. The drums took some 10 days alone to track all nine songs. Glen's vocals sound sick and his performance and attack was awesome! Dave's leads and harmonies are some of his best work to date. Total shredding as well as a great drum performance done by Dave. He really worked hard to get his best drum tracks down. The overall sound of the new album is just HUGE! We are very proud of the results of all this hard work and we think our fans will soon agree as well. A BIG THANKS to Erik Rutan who really worked us to near death ha! Much respect to you and Shaun Otani for really working hard and pushing us to the point of insanity to bring out our best performances, to which we think you did without a doubt!
Thanatos guitarists Stephan Gebédi and Paul Baayens have joined forces with former Pestilence/Asphyx-singer Martin Van Drunen, Gorefest drummer Ed Warby and former Houwitser bass player Theo van Eekelen in a brand new project.
The as-yet-unnamed band will record a three-track promo CD later this year. "We're simply going to crank out some brutal old-school death metal stuff — nothing more, nothing less!" says Gebédi
Pig Destroyer: "Writing and rehearsing for Phantom Limb are almost all done," Scott Hull says from his home in Virginia, as Pig Destroyer prepare to enter Omega Studios (immortalized by Bad Brains' The Omega Sessions) to record their fourth album. "Very different writing process this time around. I wrote and demoed all the tracks in my studio with the drum machine—not much differently than I would do with Agoraphobic Nosebleed—then presented all the songs completed to the rest of the band for practice."
The guitarist and producer has been doing a lot of practicing on his own as of late: "I've been doing a lot of studying at Omega with their engineers and in their rooms," he explains. "I'm slowly putting myself in the position to produce bands, which is something I've never really been prepared to do. I produced Phobia's Cruel this year and had a good experience. I've grown in the process of completing some movie scores as well. One of which, for a film called Sanctified, really put my music knowledge to the test as the score includes a lot of actual orchestral pieces I had to compose."
Haggard's upcoming album called 'Tales Of Ithiria' will be released on the 29th of June, 2007, the band will tour Europe promoting it during September.
Asis, the leader of the band, explains why the releasedate of the album has been delayed: "The theme of the new CD will not be a historical person, rather a for this purpose developed own story has been written. And together, these things take more time as planned. But I can justifiably say, that the CD will be finished soon!"
Early next month Blood Red Throne will be entering Jailhouse Studios in Horsens, Denmark to begin recording their fourth album. So far four song titles have been decided upon. They are "Rebirth In Blood", "Come Death", "No New Beginning" and "Slaying The Lamb".
The album will be the first to include new drummer Anders Haave and new vocallist Vald. It is set for release around July/August through Earache Records.
Greek Black Metallers Ravencult have announced a deal with Dark Essence Records. The band have inked the deal with the Norwegian record label in time for their next release. The release will be their debut album 'Temples Of Torment'. The album will be released on the 26th of March, 2007.
Here is the track list for the album:
01. The Sigil Of Baphomet
02. In Times Of Demise
03. Onslaught Command
04. Blessed In Heresy
05. Commence The Burning Of Heavens
06. The Nightsky Codex
07. Utter Cold Void
08. The Needles Of Truth
More information including the cover art will be posted soon.
Veteran Thrashers Testament have updated their Australian tour schedule. The group's previously announced February 9th show in Canberra has been moved to Brisbane and the February 11th show in Perth has been cancelled altogether.
Testament's Australian tour now looks like this:
February 07 - The Prince of Wales Hotel, Melbourne, Australia
February 08 - The Manning Bar, Sydney, Australia
February 09 - The Waterloo Hotel, Brisbane, Australia
Australian Power/Progressive Metal band Vanishing Point have officially started their search for a new drummer. Former drummer Jack Lukic left the band at the end of last year, and now Vanishing Point are looking for a replacement.
Here is a posting taken from the band's official website: "Vanishing Point begins it's arduous task of finding a drummer who will be replacing Jack. After releasing three studio albums, nearing completion of their fourth album/new album and completing extensive European and Australian tours, Vanishing Point seeks a drummer with great communication skills, who is friendly, easy going, has own transport and is willing to commit 100%. Must have the ability to write in a team environment and have some stage experience, should be financially secure and be able to tour overseas.