Threat Signal has officially added guitarist Chris Feener and drummer Alex Rudinger to their ranks. They will replace guitarist Adam Weber and drummer Norman Killeen, who parted ways with the band last year.
Frontman Jon Howard commented as follows: I'd like to announce two new members of the Threat Signal camp. We destroyed Europe with these guys, and we couldn't be more excited with the sound of the band right now and what the future holds together.
Replacing Norm Killeen on drums is Alex Rudinger from Frederick, MD, USA. I caught wind of Alex's drumming through YouTube. He has a large number of drumming videos including covers, and originals. My jaw dropped when I first saw this kid play!
US Power/Thrash metal supergroup Charred Walls Of The Damned (featuring vocalist Tim "The Ripper" Owens, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and guitarist Jason Suecof) are busy recording a new album. The band's founding father, drummer Richard Christy, has issued the following update:
"Last week I recorded drum tracks for 12 new songs for the second Charred Walls of the Damned album! I flew down to Miami, Florida the day after Christmas to start tracking drums at the legendary studio The Hit Factory Criteria Studios. The drum room we recorded in was insane, it was the size of a school gymnasium and my drums sounded massive in there! We got a very natural drum sound thanks to our awesome engineer Mark Lewis and the amazing drum room, everything went really smooth and we finished up in a very quick two and a half days, and I'm super excited for everyone to hear the monster drum sound we got for these awesome songs.
While you are reading these lines the editors are putting the finishing touches on the forthcoming Avantasia double DVD (concert film and documentary) The Flying Opera - Around The World In 20 Days.
Both DVD's portray the all-star ensemble's journey on their first ever world tour in 2008. Within just a few weeks the studio project Avantasia became a traveling live event featuring many artists from various bands who got together and set off on the road under the flag of Avantasia for the first time.
The first DVD contains a live concert with a running time of almost two hours featuring footage filmed at the headlining shows of Wacken Open Air (Germany) and Masters Of Rock (Czech Republic). On the second DVD there will be a movie "Around The World In 20 Days" that gives fans the opportunity to join Avantasia backstage and take a look at the surroundings and the thrill behind the scenes that go along with an extensive undertaking such as this. The DVD-set will portray Avantasia 2008 when it all started.
US deathcore act Whitechapel has parted ways with drummer Kevin Lane. According to internet sources, Lane has returned home to Kingsport, TN and is planning to go back to school in the near future. The band has reportedly recruited Ben Harclerode, drummer for Knights Of The Abyss, to replace him.
Canadian death metal band Neuraxis has posted a new track, entitled "Asylum", online. "Asylum" is available for streaming over at this location. The track comes off the band's upcoming sixth album Asylon which will be released in North America on February 15th, 2011.
US progressive metallers Grayceon have completed work on their third studio album, named ll We Destroy. The CD is slated for a March 1st release through Profound Lore Records.
An MP3 of the track "Shellmounds" can be found here.
Stated the band: "We are so proud of this album and feel it is our strongest, heaviest, most epic album to date."
"We would also like to announce our CD release show which will take place on February 11th at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, CA, with friends and label mates Worm Ouroboros and a new band we love called Hollow Mirrors. If you pay entry into this show, you get a copy of All We Destroy for FREE! You heard it right, you get our new album two weeks before the release date for absolutely free with entry into the show. So, if you are local, please come out and show your support."
"Summoning Majestic War", the first single off the new The Project Hate MCMXCIX album Bleeding The New Apocalypse is available for free download at this location (.mp3).
Bleeding The New Apocalypse will be released on February 14th, 2011 via Season Of Mist. More album details are available here.
Frontman Lord K. Philipson comments: "Why have we chosen this particular track to be your first glimpse of the new album? No reason really, we could have chosen any of them since they all absolutely dominate. We just thought it'd be nice to have Leif Edling somewhat introduce you to what we have created this time around. Yeah, Candlemass bassist/everyday legend Leif Edling contributes some spoken words in this track. You can all start applauding now. But not only that. In this tune you'll also get some insanely nice vocals from Christian Älvestam (ex-Scar Symmetry) (who also sang a line or two on our last album).
As previously announced, Septicflesh's forthcoming album will hit the stores on April 18th (one day later in North America). The Greek demons' new opus is entitled The Great Mass and will be available in several formats to be unveiled soon.
The Vampire from Nazareth, the first single off the new album, can still be purchased from digital download platforms. Go to Amazon to listen to a 30-second clip.
Season Of Mist has added German black metallers Endstille to their artist roster. The band's seventh full-length album (according to a studio update in July entitled Infektion 1813) has been scheduled for a tentative release date in spring 2011.
Commented Endstille: "We're satisfied to get reinforcements now by our new comrades of Season of Mist. They already proved to be a successful label in the past. So we know that our new brothers in arms can give us enough support for being finally at war with all."
The new music video for "Tequila", the first single off the upcoming Korpiklaani effort Ukon Wacka, is available for viewing below.
Ukon Wacka will hit the streets on February 4, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album title refers to an ancient pagan sacrificial feast, dedicated to Ukko. Further album details were previously reported here.
Sylosis will release their new full-length album, Edge Of The Earth, on March 11th through Nuclear Blast.
The album was produced by Scott Atkins, and clocks in at 1:12:45. Cover artwork was done by Daniel Goldsworthy. One of the new tracks, called "Empyreal (Part 1)", is now available for streaming on the band's homepage.
Edge Of The Earth cover art] tracklist:
02. Sands Of Time
03. Empyreal (Part 1)
04. Empyreal (Part 2)
05. A Serpent's Tongue
07. Kingdom Of Solitude
08. Where The Sky Ends
11. Altered States Of Consciousness
12. Beyond The Resurrected
14. From The Edge Of The Earth
The Regional Court of Berlin has convicted Apocalyptica for trademark infringement against Rammstein. The Finnish cello metallers face a fine of €45,000.
The case concerns the advertising campaign launched in Germany for Apocalyptica's 2007 release Worlds Collide. Worlds Collide featured many guest musicians, including Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann and guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe on the track "Helden" (a David Bowie cover of "Heroes"). The band promoted the album's release on stickers, magazines and posters with the words "featuring Rammstein", this without the authorization of the band and their management.
UPDATED, in case you have trouble understanding: Apocalyptica used the name "Rammstein", which is a trademark, for commercial use without authorization of the trademark holder. The trademark holder (Rammstein and their management) rightfully filed a lawsuit against Apocalyptica for copyright infringement. They won.
Eden's Curse will return with their latest and third studio release Trinity on the 18th March via AFM Records (Europe) and Metal Mayhem (USA) with Spiritual Beast releasing the album in Japan on 16th March. The band have been working daily on this release fine tuning every last detail over the last twelve months.
Comments the band: "We are delighted to announce that leading the infamous Curse Choir this time around is none other than Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie."
LaBrie lends his backing vocals to the entire album and also duets with Eden's Curse front man Michael Eden on the slamming epic "No Holy Man", which is also set to be released on the bands European label AFM Records as a digital single on 25th February.
Dutch Gothenburg metal band Detonation has gone gone through some serious line-up changes recently. Guitarist Mike Ferguson (ex-Kutschurft checked in with the following message:
"We have some good and some sad news!
Sad news first... we parted ways with 3 band members recently. Danny Tunker (guitar) and Michiel van der Plicht (drums) have gone on to seek their fame and fortune with God Dethroned and Prostitute Disfigurement. Due to their busy schedules it was impossible to keep playing in Detonation. However, we parted as friends and wish them good luck and much success in these bands.
Also, after 12 years in Detonation Otto Schimmelpenninck (bass) has decided to leave the band. His busy schedule with Delain prohibited his 100% focus and attention for Detonation, and as he did not think this was fair towards us, he respectfully gave up his role as bass player for Detonation. We will miss Otto as a friend and also wish him much success with Delain!
According to a Twitter message from guitarist John Petrucci, Dream Theater have started recording a new full-length album.
Petrucci writes: "First day in studio and the dawn of a new era for DT. Can't wait to get the music flowing."
And what about Mike Portnoy? Well meanwhile, the ex-Avenged Sevenfold drummer and founding member of Dream Theater has joined forces with guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple, ex-Kansas), multi-instrumentalist Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock's Beard), bassist Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs) and vocalist Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev, Endochine). The as-yet-unnamed project has just entered the studio as well to begin work on a new album, due later in the year.