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Primal Fear - 15 Songs Written For New Album

German metallers Primal Fear have issued the following update on their official website:

"Happy easter to everybody out there! Just a short Hello from the pre-production of the new Primal Fear album - We've written 15 songs so far and are thrilled and excited about the new stuff so far. But we can already promise to deliver a pure Primal Fear album with all the trademarks, heavy riffs and melodies our loyal fans want to hear, spiced with a splendid musical journey and ganished with two outstanding ballads. We will start with the drums recordings soon!

And now it's your time - the new PF album has no title so far - if you have any suggestion, write us! The best 3 options will receive a very special Primal Fear package! Cheers!"


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Posted: 22.04.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (4)

Twisted Tower Dire - New Song Online

"White Shadow", a brand new song from US metallers Twisted Tower Dire, is available for streaming at this location.

"White Shadow" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled Make It Dark, which will be released on May 3 via Cruz Del Sur Music.

Make It Dark cover art] tracklist:

01. Mystera
02. Snow Leopard
03. The Stone
04. Make It Dark
05. White Shadow
06. The Only Way
07. Torture Torture
08. Beyond The Gate


Posted: 22.04.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)

Rob Zombie - New Drummer Announced

Rob Zombie has officially recruited former Marilyn Manson drummer Ginger Fish (real name: Kenneth Robert Wilson) as the replacement for departed sticksman Joey Jordison who left due to scheduling conflicts with his primary band, Slipknot.

Ginger Fish played his first show with Rob Zombie on February 6 at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California. He remained behind the kit for all of Rob Zombie's US dates in February before Jordison who was in Europe performing with Murderdolls rejoined the group in time for Rob Zombie's UK headlining dates at the end of that same month.


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Posted: 22.04.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (3)

Nevermore - Jeff Loomis And Van Williams Leave The Band

Guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams have announced their departure from Seattle-based progressive thrashers Nevermore. The following announcement was posted on the band's Myspace page:

"In a mutual decision Jeff Loomis and Van Williams have decided to leave Nevermore. The time has come to pursue our own paths from the group. Due to internal struggles and ongoing issues within the band, we feel it is our time to move on. We would like to thank all of our fans around the world for their years of love, support and enthusiasm. This was not an easy decision but a very necessary one at this point, may we all meet again someday, somewhere in time."

Loomis and Williams had been with Nevermore since the band's first album, the self-titled Nevermore from 1995. Nevermore recently announced that they would be cancelling their planned tour with Symphony X. No information regarding additional confirmed tour dates is known at this time.


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Posted: 21.04.2011 by Collin | Comments (82)

Shining - Part Ways With Guitarist

The following announcement was issued by Shining front man and founder Niklas Kvarforth on the band's Facbook page:

"Guitarist Fredric Gråby has left the ranks of Shining today because he no longer felt able to continue playing. Unfortunately this means that we have been forced to cancel our appearance at the Ragnarök Festival this month as there is not enough time for a new guitarist to learn the material.

We are also pleased to announce that Christian "Draug" Larsson, who has been playing bass with the band for some time on a temporary basis, has now has joined Shining as a permanent full-time member."


Band profile: Shining
Event: Ragnarök Festival
Posted: 21.04.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (3)

Legion Of The Damned - Guitarist Quits The Band

Official press release

Erik, Harold and Maurice got the shocking news that guitarist Richard Ebisch has to stop his current activity in the band Legion Of The damned.

Richard states: "I am very grateful for having achieved so much with Legion Of The Damned, but after having played in bands for so many years and having toured numerous times I decided to leave the band after careful deliberation. Because of health issues it was no longer possible for me to continue at this pace. I would like to say thank you to the fans and the Legion of the damned guys and wish them, and their new guitarist, all the best for the future."

We did not really expect this says Maurice Swinkels, who is doing the band with Richard for more than 16 years, he stated: "We recently succesful ended Sweden Rock Cruise and have alot of other great festivals planned ahead such as Graspop, Nummirock in Finland, Metalcamp, Bang your head and With Full force, we didn't really notice anything or felt like this is going to end somewhere for Richard. During Kettersach Festival last weekend Richard announced that he would still do Paaspop this upcoming weekend, but call it an end after that, it will be a great lost for us, but we accept his decision of course."

With the question in mind how Legion of the damned will continue. Maurice states: "Even though this came out of blue for us, we have no intention on cancel any of the planned festivals, who is going to replace Richard Ebisch is still a question unanswered, but hopefully we will have this answered as soon as possible as well , one thing is for sure, after Paaspop finnish metalfest Nummirock is next in line and we will be there stronger than ever!"

That it struck everybody in the band personally is no surprise, as Harold states: "It's really sad that Richard decided to leave the band, but it's his decision to end his carrier as a musician and we have to accept it as it is. I am really happy to be part of the Legion family, and shared the stage with Richard for 5 years. I have to thank him as well for all the fun and musical influences we shared. Richard is a great guitar player with an own style, and I wish him all the best with his future plans."

Also Erik who is doing the band with Richard for more than 16 years stated: "Bandmembers leaving the band was always something that happened in other bands, not with Legion of the damned, we are like brothers, shared joy and happiness as well as dissapointment and sadness together, it was always the four of us, but thats also part of being in a band that it might end somewhere or that someone leaves at a certain point, we have to accept it. We will miss Richard and I wish him all the best in the future."


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Posted: 21.04.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (4)

Poisonblack - Entire New Album Streaming Online

Drive, the forthcoming album from Finnish metallers Poisonblack, is available for streaming in its entirety on the band's Facebook page. Simply click "Like" for your chance to hear the CD.

Drive will be released on April 27 via Hype Records. The CD was recorded at Antfarm Studio in Århus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Moonspell, Dark Tranquillity, Gorefest).

Drive cover art] tracklist:

01. Piston Head
02. Mercury Falling
03. A Good Day For The Crows
04. Maggot Song
05. From Now-Here To Nowhere
06. Sycophant
07. The Dead-End Stream
08. Futile Man
09. Scars
10. Driftwood


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Posted: 21.04.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (4)

Dawn Of Disease - New Song Online

"Legends Of Brutality", a brand new song from German metallers Dawn Of Disease, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.

Also a trailer for the album was previously posted online at this location.

"Legends Of Brutality" is the title track from the band's forthcoming album which will be released on April 29 via Noise Art Records. The CD was recorded at Soundlodge Studio (God Dethroned, Dew-Scented, Sinister) with producer Jörg Uken.

Legends Of Brutality cover art] tracklist:

01. Gasping For Life
02. Above The Gods
03. Impervious Mind
04. Legends Of Brutality
05. Soul Harvest
06. When White Turns Red
07. Death Shall Be Mine
08. Justified Retaliation
09. Out Of Breath
10. Sinister Rapture
11. Bitter Fate
12. Silence Prevails


Posted: 21.04.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (1)

Testament - To Enter The Studio This Summer

Famed British producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Nevermore, Exodus) has revealed to Radio Metal that he will enter the studio this summer with San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans Testament to begin work on the follow-up to 2008's The Formation Of Damnation. A late 2011/early 2012 release is expected.

"The new album will most likely be a culmination of The Gathering (1999) and The Formation of Damnation, but we're definitely not going to forget who we are or our roots. I think we've found a comfortable spot in our writing style," Testament vocalist Chuck Billy stated in a 2010 interview.


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Posted: 21.04.2011 by Kincaid | Comments (13)

Omen - Sign With DSN Music

Official press release

The legendary hard rock and heavy metal group Omen has signed an exclusive digital distribution deal with DSN Music, featuring their latest release Hammer Damage. The new album will be the 11th from the veteran rockers, who consist of Matt Story on vocals, guitarist and founder Kenny Powell, bassist Andy Haas, and Wampa on drums.

"We are extremely excited about signing with DSN Music" said Omen's Kenny Powell. "This release will be a ride straight into the glory days of Metal, no compromises, take no prisoners!"

Omen was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1983, by lead guitarist Kenny Powell; previously with the rock group Savage Grace and signed on with Metal Blade Records in 1984, and released their debut album Battle Cry. In 1985 the second album Warning Of Danger followed, building up Omen's reputation as one of the forefathers of power metal acts, such as Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer. In 1986, Omen's successes lead to the release of the blockbuster album The Curse on Capital Records. The hit single Thorn In Your Flesh from their release Escape To Nowhere topped the metal charts in 1985.

Omen continued releasing an incredible collection of heavy metal masterpieces over the years, as well as building a loyal fan base via successful worldwide tours.

"We are pumped to have Omen join the DSN family" said DSN Music President Guy Giuliano. "Omen was one of the pioneers of the power metal genre and we're proud to give them a global platform for their latest offerings."

Omen enjoyed national broadcast airplay from the famed rock radio network Z-Rock, thanks to the devotion of high profile jocks like Madd Maxx Hammer, Wild Bill Scott, and Jason Lee Tipton. "Omen's "Thorn In Your Flesh" was getting a lot of airplay and their sound created a lot of excitement and generated great phones!" said Tipton. Records sales soared in markets where the Z-Rock network was carried, fueling a national following for the group.

"We are seeing a new generation of rockers worldwide discovering Omen via digital technology and other forms of entertainment media" said Giuliano. Omen's classic single The Axeman from their debut release Battle Cry was recently featured on the soundtrack for the heavy metal themed video game "Brütal Legend".

Omen's Hammer Damage is scheduled for a summer release and will be available via online and mobile stores such as, iTunes,, Verizon, and hundreds more worldwide.


Band profile: Omen
Posted: 21.04.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (1)

Eden Weint Im Grab - New Video Online

"Moritat Des Leierkastenmanns", the new video from German metallers Eden Weint Im Grab, can be viewed at this location.

"Moritat Des Leierkastenmanns" ("Ballad Of The Organ Grinder" in English) comes off the band's fourth album, entitled Geysterstunde I ("Witching Hour" in English), which will be released on May 6th via Winter Solitude Productions. More details about Geysterstunde I were previously reported over here.


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Posted: 20.04.2011 by Windrider | Comments (0)

Turisas - New Video Online

"Stand Up And Fight", the new video from Finnish metallers Turisas, can be viewed at this location. The clip was filmed on February 7 in the California desert with director Iain Sclater.

"Stand Up And Fight" is the title track of the band's third album, which was released on February 21, 2011 in Europe (on March 8 in North America) via Century Media Records.

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Posted: 20.04.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (16)

Kvelertak - New Video Online

"Ordsmedar Av Rang", the new video from Norwegian metallers Kvelertak, can be viewed at this location.

"Ordsmedar Av Rang" comes off the band's self-titled debut album, which was released on June 21, 2010 via Indie Recordings. Kvelertak received a North American release on March 15 via The End Records.


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Posted: 20.04.2011 by *!* | Comments (1)

The Poodles - New Video Online

"I Want It All", the new video from Swedish metallers The Poodles, can be viewed at this location.

"I Want It All" comes off the band's latest album, entitled Performocracy, which was released on April 15 via Frontiers Records.


Posted: 20.04.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (6)

Judas Priest - K.K. Downing Leaves The Band

Judas Priest have released a letter stating that original guitarist K.K. Downing has formally retired from the band, and will not join the band on the upcoming Epitaph World Tour. The band respect his decision and wish him well.

Replacing K.K. on the tour will be 31 year old British guitar player Richie Faulkner (Lauren Harris, Dirty Deeds), who has apparently blended into the band perfectly and will set the stage on fire.

The upcoming "Epitaph" tour will include songs from every Judas Priest studio album, including some the band have never performed before. It will be "heavy metal at its best complete with lasers, lights, bikes and hellfire!!"

The band also have another album due out next year.

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Posted: 20.04.2011 by Baz Anderson | Comments (50)