Power metallers Kamelot have issued the following update:
"As Kamelot's concert schedule grows and commitments increase the demand on its members has also increased. Kamelot's guitarist Thomas Youngblood states "Glenn called me a few weeks ago and told me he just couldn't do it anymore, and has to step aside. He is like a brother to us and we've been through a lot of great times, so we wanted him to make this decision."
Bassist Sean Tibbetts has been on tour with Kamelot now for more than 2.5 years, stepping in for Glenn Barry while he took time off for family. We are very pleased to announce Sean Tibbetts as the new Kamelot bassist!"
Swedish metallers Dark Tranquillity have issued the following update on their official website:
"Right now, a mere 15 hours before planning to leave for the airport, we got informed by the promotor Unirock that the entire Turkish tour has been cancelled.
This is incredibly frustrating for us. Turkey is the home of some of the most passionate and devoted Dark Tranquillity fans on the planet, and we very much looked forward to the adventure of playing not only Istanbul but other cities as well.
We've spent lots of time and energy preparing for these shows; rehearsing, hiring crew, fixing merchandise and working out an enormous amount of practical and logistical details, and to see it all getting cancelled in the very last minute is extremely disappointing.
After the immense worldwide success following the release of our debut album in 2006 Ebony Veiled, that was reviewed as one of the best Doom Metal releases of the year, and as many of you already know, we have a new album coming up under Russian label StygianCrypt Productions entitled Solitary Impact. The album is still in the mixing/mastering process and should be ready soon!
Meanwhile, to give you a taste of the new album and what to expect, a new track "Bloody Tourniquet" has been uploaded on our official website and now available for download.
NJ Thrash legends Overkill have announced their signature 25th Anniversary tour entitled Killfest 2010. The tour will span the length of the US, hitting spots in Canada with one final show at New York City's Nokia Theater. Support duties coming from Vader, God Dethroned, Warbringer, Evile and Woe Of Tyrants.
Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth says: "The road never ends, and that's a good thing kids! We've all been tearing this up for over 25 years now and still going strong. April it starts again and this time it's Ironbound, live and in your face, let the games begin!"
The band's new record, Ironbound will be available on CD and vinyl, and is set for release on February 9, 2010. Ironbound celebrates the band's monumental 25-year anniversary.
Prosthetic Records has signed the UK's Dragged Into Sunlight to a worldwide recording contract. This marks the first signing of a UK act for the label, which will re-release the UK-based band's album, Hatred For Mankind, in April, 2010. The album, recorded by Tom Dring and Billy Anderson (Eyehategod, Neurosis, Weedeater), was originally released in 2009 by Mordgrimm Records (Anaal Nathrakh, Covenant). The mysterious band, whose sound can be described as a mixture of black, death and doom metal, has shared the stage with acts such as Vader, Grief, Trap Them, Gama Bomb and Lazarus Blackstar.
The band, who appear masked in photos, play in near total darkness and smoke and do not publicize their individual names, commented about today's heavy music scene: "A few blastbeats, a scrawled logo and people accept it, regardless of the reality. Dragged Into Sunlight is a concept, we've taken the time to come up with our own understanding and presentation of what we want to see associated with extreme metal in 2009 and beyond."
US progressive power metallers Dark Arena are set to release Flowing Black, the band's sophomore album, in two weeks.
Flowing Black cover art] tracklist:
01. Sector 7
02. Eclipse of the Sun
03. 9 Days Below
04. Dark Crusade
05. The Holy Grail
06. Pax Et Bello
07. The Offering
08. Dirty Bomb
09. Another Day Gone By
10. Blind Leading the Blind
11. Flowing Black
"The Holy Grail", "Dirty Bomb", "Blind Leading the Blind" and "Eclipse of the Sun" are available for streaming at http://www.myspace.com/darkarena.
As Charred Walls Of The Damned prepare for their self-titled debut album out February 2nd 2010 - the group is gearing up for their official release by unleashing a "radio spot" created by Richard Christy (Death, Iced Earth, Control Denied, Acheron) himself. The "radio spot" that is being streamed as of tomorrow December 1st via the band's MySpace page features clips of the first single "Ghost Town", taken from the band's debut album, Charred Walls of the Damned.
"I am beyond excited about how the Charred Walls of the Damned album turned out. Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Beyond Fear), Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Death, Testament, Iced Earth, Quo Vadis, Dragonlord) and Jason Suecof (Capharnaum, Crotchduster]) all did an amazing job and I can't wait for people to hear it! The songs are super heavy and melodic at the same time, and I think my fellow Metalheads will be pumped when they hear the album" comments drummer and founding member Richard Christy.
Todesbonden is in the process of writing and revising material for their follow-up to Sleep Now, Quiet Forest. The new material will be even more symphonic & epic, with a noticeably stronger world music influence.
In the meantime, be sure to catch Todesbonden live at Jaxx on January 26, 2010 (with Epica and Threat Signal) for the live debut of several of their new songs.
Metalcore artists Burning The Memory have entered The Wild Arctic Studios once again, to begin production on their yet untitled follow-up release. A webisode has been uploaded to their YouTube channel and can be seen here.
The band's debut album So Long The Dreamer was released in April through Spare Change Records.
More info about the band on http://www.myspace.com/burningthememory.
In an interview at the beginning of November, Satyr told Terrorizer.com that Satyricon's London show on 20 December is "not just the last gig of the tour. It's also the beginning of a new phase in the evolution of the band. From then on, there are going to be a lot of changes in the Satyricon camp. After we take a long touring break and come back a couple of years later, certain people may not be with us any longer. Although we won't be doing anything overly dramatic, we'll be trying quite a few different things, which I think is going to be really good for Satyricon. The reason we're doing that is so we can continue to develop our sound. At the moment we are still enjoying what we do, but if that continues any longer it'll undoubtedly stagnate, so we need to ensure that doesn't happen. And moving in different musical directions is definitely a good way to go about it." Read the full article here.
"Unleashed are currently in guitarist Fredrik Folkare's "Chrome Studio" for the recording of our 10th full length album. The album will be released on Nuclear Blast records early next year. Musically, it will be the logical continuation from Midvinterblot and Hammer Battalion. Lyrically, you will recognize what has become the Unleashed trademark since more than 20 years, the combination of the past, present and future of viking struggle and way of life. A few of the songs also mark the beginning of a story never before told. More details about the album and song titles coming soon."