Speculation around the line-up of Finland's Thunderstone has come to an end. The band has decided upon a new vocalist and keyboarder. While people thought that tour vocalist Tommi "Tuple" Salmela would gain permanent duties with the band, this has turned out not to be the case. The new member behind the microphone is Sweden's Rick Altzi, who some may know through his recent work with At Vance. As for the band's tour keyboarder Jukka Karinen, he has been signed to the band for a permanent position.
Here is a comment regarding Tuple from bassist Titus Hjelm: "There was no drama with Tuple. It was clear to everybody from the beginning that the deal was for the tour only and then we would check the situation again. At the end of the day we were just more comfortable with Rick's voice and we didn't want to make any compromises in this issue. Tuple is an awesome singer and we are forever indebted to him for doing the tour with us and taking us through some hard times. And we will certainly drink vodka with him in the future also!"
Norwegian Death Metal fivesome Blood Red Throne have announced new shows around Europe. They will start with a Scandinavian show, then head towards Turkey and surrounding areas for some gigs and some festival appearances.
Here are the new tour dates:
09.02 - Voxhall, Århus, Denmark (Royale Metal Festival)
12.04 - Dynamo/Grosser Saal, Zurich, Switzerland (Heavymetal.ch Festival IV)
02.05 - TBA, Istanbul, Turkey
03.05 - TBA, Ankara, Turkey
13.09 - Caos Emergente Festival, Lisboa, Portugal
Blood Red Throne will also make appearances at Neurotic Death Fest in Tilburg, The Netherlands on the 30th May, Summer Breeze Open Air Festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany on the 16th August and Castle Festival in Smederevo, Serbia on the 1st July this year.
Darkthrone's Nocturno Culto has posted the following message on his official myspace page regarding the band's new album:
"After some months with making riffs, recording, working, planning and generally having a blast, I suddenly remembered there's something called MySpace. Yeah, we have recorded four songs for the next album 'Dark Thrones And Black Flags', we sort of tried to keep the title 'hidden', but my mouth ran over talking to Metal Hammer (damn!!!), so anyway, that's the title, and NO, it's not punkish you bastards, it's METAL TO THE BONE!!! I tell ya, what we allow ourselves to do these days....riff wise I mean. IT'S A BLOODY FEAST!!!! The plan is to have the final recordings ready in July at latest. I know I know, this album comes fast, but not to worry, we'll use just a tad more time on the album after that."
Argentinian folk metal act Skiltron have announced very special guests to play on their upcoming album ''Beheading The Liars'', set to be released in May 2008. The guests include Kevin Ridley, Steve Ramsey and Georgine Biddle of Skyclad, Jonne Järvelä of Korpiklaani and Patrice Roques and Patrick Lafforgue of Stille Volk.
The tracklist with the guests musicians reads as follows:
02. The Beheading
03. I'm What You've Done
04. Praying Is Nothing (featuring Jonne Järvelä)
05. Calling Out
06. The Vision Of Blind Harry
07. Hate Dance
08. Signs, Symbols And The Marks Of Man (featuring Kevin Ridley, Steve Ramsey and Georgina Biddle)
09. Let The Spirit Be
Hail Of Bullets will enter Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland in February to begin recording their debut album for a May release via Metal Blade Records.
Comments drummer Ed Warby: "Yesterday we had our last band rehearsal before we enter the studio. Worked out some final arrangements and played the last two songs we wrote for the first time. One is the epic closer to the album (we'll have fun building this one up in the studio), and another is the proposed bonus track; a groovy beast of a tune that actually has a dual guitar solo in it. Martin couldn't attend, so we'll leave the vocal fine-tuning for the studio. I'm also working on a nice, moody intro for the album. Some strings, some bombs... it's turning out a lot cooler than I expected; God bless ProTools! Meanwhile our creative department is hard at work on putting together the artwork, it's starting to look very promising indeed. And finally we're close to securing a U.S. deal... more information will follow shortly."
Behemoth frontman Nergal has just revealed that the band will be filming their show in Paris La Locomotive on February 17.
"I've been thinking about this DVD for a long time now. Our last release "Crush.Fukk.Create" seems to be pretty outdated. We've released two records in new line up since then, we've toured the world few times and definitely grew as a band and developed our stage show. It's time for something fresh and exciting!
We've managed to collect over 100 tapes documenting all the touring for our last two records. Some of the most insane footage was caught there. Fall/winter release on Regain records is planned."
Guitarist Alan Jordan of the reactivated British Thrashers Onslaught has released the following statement to Blabbermouth.net:
"It is with immediate effect that I will no longer be a part of Onslaught. I had the best part of three very happy years with the band and recorded what I considered to be a great album and DVD, both of which I'm very proud to be a part of.
Some internal circumstances within Onslaught changed and certain ideas were moving in a very different direction to what I envisaged.
I have no long-term plans at this moment in time, but would like to thank all the fans across the globe that I have met and spent time with. Respect to you all."
Greek melodic metal masters Firewind are glad to premier the first track taken off their forthcoming, much anticipated fifth album "The Premonition". The song is entitled "Mercenary Man" and will also be released as a CD-single in the band's home country, the song is streaming at the is location.
"The Premonition" scheduled for a release on March 24th in Europe, album cover art can be viewed here.
01. Into The Fire
02. Head Up High
03. Mercenary Man
04. Angels Forgive Me
06. My Loneliness
07. Circle Of Life
08. The Silent Code
10. Life Foreclosed
Bandleader and guitar-wizard Gus G. advances some own words about the new material:
It is time once more for the annual Metal Storm Awards to take flight and collect your votes! It is up to you to decide just which of the many great albums of 2007 deserve the glory of being hailed winner in their category.
As the trend has been the past number of years, 2007 provided us once more with another fantastic year for metal of all kinds, which once again proved to be a more difficult task than we first imagined where agreeing on the limited amount of nominations is concerned. Indeed each category we feel has the best selection of albums from over the span of the year with the focus on the quality of the albums, not to be swayed by the big names that may just assume they have a place. Of course if your favourite is not nominated, you can still vote for it using the "write-in vote" to have your say about it.
Eluveitie have been busy the last days producing an "EPK" (Electronic Press Kit) from the new album, entitled "Slania". You can find this EKP at this location.
This short video includes previews of the songs: "Samon (acoustic)", "Primordial Breath", "Inis Mona", "The Somber Lay", "Bloodstained Ground", "Gray Sublime Archon" & "Slanias Song".
Also the band has uploaded a new video for the song "Inis Mona" at this location.
"Slania" release dates are as follows:
Germany / Switzerland / Austria: February 15th, 2008.
Rest of the World (except the USA): February 18th, 2008.
USA: March 11th, 2008.
Belgian Brutal Death Metal band Aborted have issued the following news:
"Hey everyone, it is with great pleasure that we announce the Iconoclast Part I Tour, where we will be supporting germany's finest Heaven Shall Burn alongside Misery Speakds.
The dates are as follows:
ICONOCLAST PART I
28.03.08 Brugge (B) - Entreepot
29.03.08 Lingen (Ger) - Alter Schlachthof
30.03.08 Hellendorn (NL) - De Lantaarn
31.03.08 Köln (Ger) - Werkstatt
01.04.08 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation
02.04.08 London (UK) - Underworld
03.04.08 Den Bosch (NL) - W2
04.04.08 Paris (F) - Le Nouveau Casino
05.04.08 Ravenna (I) - Rock Planet Club
06.04.08 Zürich (CH) - Abart
07.04.08 Stuttgart (Ger) - Röhre
Finnish Melodic Death Metallers Omnium Gatherum have issued the following update:
"OG will begin to record the 4th magnum opus extravaganza in March and this time the album will be done in three different studios; recordings will be done at Sound Supreme Studios by Janne Saksa and at SouthEastSounds by Teemu Aalto and the mixing and mastering will be done at legendary Unisound Studio at Örebro, Sweden by Dan Swanö (Nightingale, ex-Edge Of Sanity, ex-Bloodbath etc.) who´ve produced the albums for Opeth, Katatonia and Dissection for example. So, we could say that we´re really enthusiastic about this, surprise!
First time the album composing process have been really easy task and this pure fresh spirit can really be heard from the songs. The next level have been entered, so beware folks - autumn 2008 will be time for THE OG INVASION!"
The following message can be found on the official Deep Purple website:
"These dates are confirmed by the Deep Purple management. If you hear or see any other dates that are not listed here then they are not yet confirmed or are only rumored dates. Deep Purple and the management can not be held responsible for falsely posted dates at other sites. Also, please be aware that cancelations, although rare as they are, may happen due to circumstances beyond the control of Deep Purple, their management and promoters. The dates you see here are the dates the web team know of. We post dates as soon as we receive them from the management. There is no point in e-mailing and asking if the band will play in your town/country anytime soon as what you see here is what we know. If you are a promoter looking to book the band, please send an e-mail with a brief presentation of your company, dates etc to info(AT)deep-purple(DOT)com. Thank you for understanding."
God Dethroned's guitarists Isaac Delahaye has posted the following statement on the band's website:
A little while ago our long time drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek announced he would join the ranks of Dutch gothic metal rockers Epica, leaving us no other choice than to let him go. We do understand his career move and we wish him all the best of luck for the future, and we'd like to thank him for all the years of pure blasphemy.
We will play a farewell show with Ariën on March 28th at the Mezz club in Breda, Holland.
At the same time we are happy to announce the return of Roel Sanders, our drummer on the Grand Grimoire and Bloody Blasphemy albums!
Roel left God Dethroned in the summer of 2000, but this time he's back to stay with us till the end.