Aeon has posted the following updates on their website:
Since it has been awfully quiet in here for the last 3 month I thought it would be fair to inform you all about what's going on in the Aeon camp. We have been working really hard on finding a temporary or permanent solution to our drummer situation. There are some interesting drummers out there that we have been talking to but we have not come to any conclusions just yet.
And speaking of drummers, we have straightened a few things out with Nils (former drummer) under the last month. He contacted us and wanted to sort a couple of things out regarding to his earlier behaviors. He is very aware of the damage he caused us and he is just sorry for how things turned out. I believe there where some personal / private issues involved that caused him to get all burned / stressed out and that eventually made him to act the way he did. We are still very disappointed in how things where handled by him, but since Nils is a very good friend of ours, we just can't stay mad at him forever.
Finnish metal band Altaria has posted the following updates on their website:
Altaria has parted ways with record company Metal Heaven and is currently negotiating a new contract. Material for the fourth album, which earlier was scheduled to be released in 2007, is basically ready just waiting to be recorded and unleashed upon the world this year.
In the aftermath of this split bass player Marko Pukkila decided to quit. Altaria will not look for a replacement and the bass will as of now be handled by Marco Luponero who in his previous band Terrorwheel also held the position as bassist/vocalist. Rehearsals have shown that the band now is working better than ever as a solid and creative unit and the Altaria-camp is very exited about everything going on in the "History Of Times To Come."
The Swedish Metal Awards were held Saturday Night 26 January at the Grand Hotel in Falkenberg, Sweden. Almost 59,000 fans voted in the 2007 awards, and following is a list of the winners:
Hard-rock Category: Hardcore Superstar - Dreamin' In A Casket
Death Metal Category: Arch Enemy - Rise Of The Tyrant
Heavy/Power Metal Category: Sabaton - Metalizer
Glam/Sleazy Category: Crashdiet - Unattractive Revolution
Punk/Hardcore Category: Dia Psalma - Djupa Skogen
Metal Category: Pain - Psalms Of Extinction
Alternative Metal Category: Dark Tranquillity - Fiction
Best Newcomers Category: Sonic Syndicate
Best Live Act Category: Europe
Best Foreign Hard-rock Category: Nightwish - Dark Passion Play
Kamelot have posted the following update: "After cancellation of Visions Of Atlantis, we are happy to announce the new opening band Forever Slave from Spain on upcoming European Tour 2008. Welcome boys & girl!"
More info on Gothic Metal band Forever Slave at http://www.foreverslave.com and http://www.myspace.com/foreverslavemusic.
US Post-Thrash/Groove Metallers Byzantine have issued the following statement:
"In regards to the current state of Byzantine: As of today (Saturday, January 26) Byzantine is no longer a functioning band. Due to various circumstances the band will not be touring or performing together. We would like to first thank everyone that has supported this band throughout the years. You are the people that really made everything worthwhile and we are amazed at the wonderful response we have had from all of you. Because of you, we were part of something special and without you none of this would have been possible. Next, we would like to thank all the kickass bands that we have played shows with and hung out with. These were good times that we won't soon forget. It's with heavy hearts that we move on from this. Sincerely, from all of us in Byzantine, thank you so very much for the great experience that this was. Stay metal everyone. Montani Semper Liberi."
American metallers Iced Earth, is seeking a deeply passionate and motivated bass guitarist to complete the band's touring lineup for the 2008 tour season. The band posted the following requirements for the potential applicants:
If you have the chops to join Jon Schaffer and Brent Smedley in metal's most bulletproof rhythm section, read on.
Applicants must possess the following:
01. A demonstrated ability to play with impeccable timing and accuracy.
02. A commanding stage presence that bleeds intensity, aggression, and emotion.
03. Confidence in themselves but also a willingness to be a team player.
04. Proficiency in finger-style playing with some picking experience.
05. Residency in the United States (Midwest residence is a bonus, but not required).
Mercenary's upcoming album "Architect Of Lies" will be released on:
- Monday, March 17th, 2008 (Denmark)
- Friday, March 21st, 2008 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy)
- Monday, March 24th, 2008 (UK, France, Norway, Rest Of Europe)
- Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 (Spain, Portugal)
- March 26th, 2008 (Sweden, Finland, Hungary)
Total playing time is 52:03 and the Album cover art can be viewed at this location.
01. New Desire
03. Embrace The Nothing
04. This Black And Endless Never
05. Isolation (The Loneliness In December)
06. The Endless Fall
07. Black And Hollow
08. Execution Style
09. I Am Lies
10. Public Failure Number One
The band has also been confirmed to support Megadeth on the following select dates:
After the great "Maniacal Renderings" album, the guys around Jon Oliva will put another log on the fire. The new studioalbum "Global Warning" will be released on March 21. The first audio samples announce another brilliant album of the band, based around the voice of Savatage. If you would like to hear the new material live, you can check out the live show of Jon Oliva's Pain at the following dates (Savatage classics included!):
JON OLIVA'S PAIN TOURDATES
25.04.2008 Haugesund (NO), Karmøygeddon Metal Festival
26.04.2008 Copenhagen (DK), The Rock
28.04.2008 Aschaffenburg (DE), Colos-Saal
29.04.2008 Wien (AT), Planet Music
01.05.2008 Pratteln (CH), Z7
02.05.2008 Piacenza (IT), Fillmore
Iron Maiden are very pleased to announce that Avenged Sevenfold will join them as special guests at Twickenham Stadium on July 5, Paris Bercy July 2 and 3 and a number of dates in Finland and Scandanavia (as listed below) on their "Somewhere Back In Time World Tour."
Following the mighty success of their recent album, "Avenged Sevenfold" (which charted at No 3 in Billboard in the USA and is close to gold in the UK), the band are currently on an extensive sold out UK tour and vocalist M. Shadows comments - "I've seen Maiden play countless times and am continually blown away, not just by their live show, but also by the great records they continue to make. We have learned much from Iron Maiden and are honored to be sharing the stage with some of the greatest icons in rock music."
Hardcore Superstar's guitar player Thomas Silver announced yesterday that he is tired of music and touring. He will leave the band immediately. All the band members accept his decision respectfully and they are separating as best friends.
Hardcore Superstar continues the successful world tour with the temporary guitar player Vic Zino from the band Crazy Lixx. Hardcore Superstar are now looking for a permanent guitar player.
Leaving Autumn feels like severing one of my precious limbs; an extraordinarily painful event. As you've read, a mixture of feelings has led to this decision. At some point in the past year, my health seriously abandoned me for the first time in my life. As many of you may know, this forced me to pull out of a number shows. Though it felt horrible having to do this, it did force me to reflect on my life, activities and ambitions.
My life has gone through some serious changes in the last couple of years. Together with my partner, I've brought our studio (Graveland Studio) to a higher level, accelerated proceedings with my own band DejaFuse and started writing material for commercials, motion pictures and other artists. I had never dreamt of doing any of these things in such a way that the two of us could end up making a living off it. More and more, it became apparent to me that I was having difficulty combining all these activities in terms of time, energy and that bit of love you have to invest in them. It dawned on me that Autumn, its fans and all people involved in the band sometimes had to settle for less than the 100% dedicated Nienke that I've always been. This began to frustrate me and could in time end up having a negative effect on Autumn as a band.
English death metallers Gorerotted have issued the following on the band's myspace blog:
"Gorerotted have parted ways with drummer Jon Rushforth.
It was a hard decision for us to make and it wasn't a personal issue at all. In the end it came down to time commitments and professionalism. You will still be able to hear Jon's drumming skills through his other bands Infected Disarray, Hades Lab and Detrimentum. We wish him the best of luck with all his bands and Grindethic Records.
The new drummer is to be Nate Gould of UK weirdoes Screamin' Daemon fame. Rehearsals and writing are already underway with Nate for Gorerotted's 4th album 'Get Dead Or Die Trying', to be released summer 2008. People will be blown away when they hear the new material we've been working on over the last few weeks! Nate is a great guy and an amazing drummer so it's really cool to have him on board."
Kataklysm has just finished the recording process for their highly anticipated new album "Prevail". Comments producer/guitarist Jean-François Dagenais:
"Finally... I'm the one who never takes a break in the band and I can finally breathe!! After two months, the album is fucking done! Just layed down a few leads yesterday and double checked everything, the album came out great. The sources are fantastic and don't expect "In the Arms Of Devastation 2" - this album stands on a league of its own, everyone gave it 150%. It's the most brutal since "Temple Of Knowledge" and "Serenity In Fire" and the most catchy since "Shadows & Dust" and "In The Arms Of Devastation". Expect the best, because that's the effort we gave it. Next week we fly to Jason Suecof's studio in Orlando, FL. where we will be putting the final touches to this masterpiece!"
"The release of Metallica's new album has been delayed again, sources from the band's record label told Stereo Warning. The album is now expected to hit the stores in September. Originally Lars Ulrich said it would be out in February, then the release was delayed till April. With the band still in the studio, it was clear that April was not gonna happen. Fans can take comfort in the fact that the last time the band spent this much time in the studio the year was 1991 and the result was the "Black Album". One can only hope for similar results this time! In the meantime, the boys have lined up a few dates for their upcoming European tour this summer."
Evergrey and Expedition Delta have been confirmed for the Castle Festial, set to take place July 01-05 in Smederevo Fortress, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
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