The cover artwork for "Watershed", the forthcoming album from Swedish metallers Opeth, can be viewed here. The cover was (as usual) designed by Travis Smith in co-operation with frontman/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt.
"Watershed" is scheduled for release on June 3 via Roadrunner Records (one day earlier internationally). The CD, recorded in the band's native Sweden and produced by frontman/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and Jens Bogren, is a masterwork that follows the time-honored Opeth tradition; its modern yet timeless, progressive yet paying homage to the sounds of classic rock.
After a few months of search and the cancellation as support of the Therion tour, Morten Veland's Sirenia have finally announced a new vocalist. This is the band's statemant regarding the new frontwoman:
"Sirenia is finally ready to introduce their new female singer. Ailyn - Born 1982 in Barcelona, now settled in Granada, Spain. Ailyn has been strongly attached to music all her life, and began singing at an early age. Later on she studied singing at The School of Music Albéniz, and obtained singing lessons with several singing teachers around Spain. In the past she's been singing and performing all kinds of styles and genres, but in 2004 she discovered the sounds of metal combined with atmospheric and classical elements, this style of music made a big impression and she knew right away in which direction she wanted to take her career. Sirenia has done pre-productions of several new songs and recognizes that Ailyn's voice match perfectly with the new songmaterial. The band is very pleased to have Ailyn onboard and we all look forward to a future collaboration."
"We are excited to announce that a our new album "Silhouettes" can be listened to in its entirety on our MySpace page. This a week before it will see its European release through Listenable Records! We would love some feedback, as this is the result of 6 months of hard work!"
"Silhouettes" is due to be released on April 21st via Listenable Records.
Jordanian Dark Oriental Metal Band Bilocate released the following official statement through their website:
"Following the success of Bilocate's last release "Dysphoria" back in 2005, a new Chapter has begun with engineer Jens Bogren best Recognized for his outstanding work with Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath, Amon Amarth, Symphony X, Paradise Lost and many more, the new Album is currently being mixed by Jens in Fascination Street Studio in Sweden.
As Jens commented on Bilocate Album:
"Bilocate takes the qualities from the best epic death metal bands and blend it with their very own middle eastern touch, and out comes one of the most interesting metal bands I've heard for a long time You can hear that they put effort and thought in to every note and every scream!" (Jens Bogren)
On May, 2, 2008, the metal compilation "Power And Glory - The Best Power Metal Hymns - Vol. 1" cover] will be released through AFM Records. Besides AFM Bands like Circle II Circle, Axxis, Headhunter and Jon Oliva's Pain, this sampler will also contain lots of "non AFM bands" like Helloween, Nightwish and Gamma Ray.
01. Nightwish - Bye Bye Beautiful
02. Helloween - As Long As I Fall
03. Jon Oliva's Pain - Adding The Cost
04. HammerFall - Last Man Standing
05. Saint Deamon - My Heart
06. Headhunter - Silverskull
07. Rage - Carved In Stone
08. Primal Fear - Face The Emptiness
09. Ross The Boss - We Will Kill
10. Brainstorm - Fire Walk With Me
11. Sonata Arctica - Paid In Full
A very brief statement was posted on Celtic Frost's website states the following:
"Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer has left Celtic Frost due to the irresolvable, severe erosion of the personal basis so urgently required to collaborate within a band so unique, volatile, and ambitious."
UPDATED on 11 April (thanks to SlaytallicA):
Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer talks about his departure from the band. Here's his statement:
"I am devastated beyond description, and I am infinitely disappointed. As the one member of Celtic Frost who is exposed most dramatically to the feedback by our audiences and the media, I feel troubled and humiliated about being unable to honor the enormous goodwill extended to Celtic Frost during the past few years and meet the justified expectations of our fans.
Debemur Morti Productions issued a news item concering the Finnish October Falls and more in particular, details about the new album:
"The title and artwork of Finnish artist OCTOBER FALLS' forthcoming second album have been unveiled. The vast vistas and lycanthropic landscapes encountered during the four epic tracks of "The Womb Of Primordial Nature" are tragic, morose and discomforting.
There is no tracklisting; instead, the prevailing theme - centred around the primal beast within man - is divided into four 'tales'. An edited version of the third part has been uploaded and can be heard here. Release date is foreseen for this coming June."
Vocalist Gus Monsanto has posted the following announcement on his myspace page:
Brazilian singer/guitarist/songwriter Gus Monsanto has parted ways with French prog-metal band Adagio after four years of hard work, which included a successful album and a European tour.
"We parted ways friendly. It has been an overwhelming experience to fill David Readman's shoes and I will take with me the great people I met on the road, the friends I made during this period, the countries I have visited. The road stories and great music I made with Stephan, Franck, Eric and Kevin will not be forgotten. They will carry on as the archangels in black they are, as all of us are Metal Commandos," Monsanto said.
The following message has been posted on the official Axel Rudi Pell website:
"Just would like to let you know that we will enter the studio on April 20th to start recording the next CD. I completed the writing process for all songs and I'm very proud to tell you, that the next record will be awesome! It will feature 10 songs, runs approx. 60 minutes and has NO Intro... hahaha...! Also there will be NO coverversion on it... I'll keep you updated with some more Infos and photos during the next coupla months..."
"The CD will be released by SPV in Germany on October 24th and in Europe on October 27th. The release date for the USA will be confirmed very soon. Catch the band live this year at the Rock Of Ages and Wacken Open Air festivals during the summer. A headlining tour is planned for January 2009"
From SMN: "Pathetic excuse for a death metal band Brain Drill have posted the following update to try and play off their recent e-fighting/break up Link] as a rumor and announce their intention to reform, as if anyone with decent taste in music gives a fuck about them:"
From Lambgoat: "Not surprisingly, Northern California metal band Brain Drill has reformed. You may recall their meltdown last month Link]. Here's the official word :"
"Brain Drill will be carrying on despite all the recent rumors of break ups. The band is currently looking for a new drummer and more information will be made available shortly for those interested in trying out for the spot."
Italian "Extreme Epic metal" act Stormlord has issued the following update:
"Hi legions of the Storm, finally it's time for the big announcement: the 23 of May 2008 Locomotive Records will release our long awaited fourth album, titled "Mare Nostrum".
It was recorded at Giuseppe Orlando's Outer Sound Studios (Necrodeath, Novembre, Klimt 1918 and many more) and mastered at Finnvox Studios by the well known engineer Mika Jussila (HIM, Children Of Bodom, Nightwish, Sentenced etc.).
The entire artwork Link] was made by Gyula Havancsak (Annihilator, Destruction, Benedictum, Elvenking, Grave Digger and more)."
Viking Metallers Thyrfing have posted the following news on their MySpace:
"This weekend we started the recordings of the sixth album! The album will be co-produced by Thyrfing and Jörgen Svensson of Tyroon Production (http://www.tyroon.com). The recordings and mixing will take place between April and June and the album is scheduled for release through Regain Records in October. Stay tuned for some visual and textual reports and other shite from the workshop!"
Fear Factory members Christian Olde Wolbers (guitar) and Raymond Herrera (drums) are proud to announce the debut album of their new group, Arkaea. The band also features one of metal's hungriest young singers, Jon Howard (Threat Signal).
Arkaea has just finished up preproduction and are scheduled to enter the studio to begin recording.
The band's yet untitled album is due out fall 2008 on Koch Records and plans for touring are under way in support of the record.
You can preview new music at http://www.myspace.com/arkaeamusic.