The two recently departed band members, Hupogrammos and Sol Faur issued the following statement today:
"This statement is signed by Sol Faur and myself (Hupogrammos). Our aim is to shed light on the recent developments in relation to Negura Bunget. We also want to prevent further abuse of the name Negura Bunget and our past activities. Our decision should be well understood and fans and media have a right to be correctly informed of the current development. We owe this to the public and Negura Bunget itself. There is no intention to turn this into a personal issue between us and our former drummer Negru. We do not wish to create a public scandal, but a line has been crossed and it is time now to stand up and fight for what we believe in.
Festival organisers for the Download Festival at Donington Park have today announced that all camping tickets have now officially SOLD OUT.
This includes all RIP Park Farm packages, including Tipis and Shacks. In addition, all combined coach travel & camping tickets have also now completely sold out. There are still a LIMITED number of the RIP "Platinum" hotel packages available.
Organisers are now urging anyone planning to attend this year's Download who haven't yet picked up their tickets to do so NOW - arena tickets for the full weekend and day tickets are still on sale but are likely to all be snapped up soon. For all tickets and packages please visit http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.
Ex-Stratovarius member Timo Tolkki's has blogged on his Myspace page about a new project, titled 'Project Strato: Return To Dreamspace' with a link to a music page for the group of the same name.
This Myspace page shed's more light on the project:
"After Tolkki's departure from Stratovarius in the late 2007 an idea was born to get the classic Dreamspace line up together for an album. As a result the summer 2009 will be spent writing and demoing songs for a late 2009 release tentatively titled as: "PROJECT STRATO:RETURN TO DREAMSPACE". This album will see Timo Tolkki handling the vocals again and the fans of the Twilight Time/Dreamspace era will surely not be disappointed."
The following announcement was posted on Lifelover's Myspace blog:
"1853 and S. have quit the band.
Our members 1853 - Additional vocals, speech, lyrics and S. - Drums (live) has left Lifelover, due to personal reasons they could no longer be a part of this sick miserable orchestra. We wish them the best in the future and would like to thank them for their time in Lifelover.
Some of their work during their time in the band:
Lyrics: Herrens Hand, En Sång Om Dig (written in co-operation with B), Besatt, Cancertid, Twitch, Mitt Annexia.
Vocals/speech: Vardagsnytt (second verse), Herrens Hand, Besatt, Mitt Annexia.
Rehearsed with the band 2007-2008 and played the drums during our first live show September 2008, and was supposed to be handling the drums on upcoming releases and live-shows.
Swallow the Sun's new drummer was announced today on the band's website:
"Kai Hahto to play with Swallow the Sun
We are glad to announce that Kai Hahto (Wintersun, ex-Rotten Sound) will be playing drums on our forthcoming album and live shows next summer.
We have known Kai for years, and we have worked with him earlier when he played with us on our North American tour back in 2007. Knowing what he's capable of behind the drum set we are really excited about working with him again. We are confident that he can deliver drum parts that will not only perfectly fit the trademark Swallow the Sun -sound, but take it even further. We'll start rehearsing with him at the end of this month, and we'll keep you posted on how the album is coming up!"
Norwegian black metallers Gorgoroth have posted the following update on their official site:
''After a two-year absence from the live arena, Gorgoroth will once again perform their Satanic rituals on stage on August 29, 2009. Gorgoroth will then headline the last night of the 10th anniversary Hole in the Sky Metal Festival in Bergen, Norway, with none other than US doom legends Pentagram as co-headliners! More info on the festival can be found at www.holeinthesky.no. This exclusive Gorgoroth concert will be held in tribute of the band's former drummer Erik "Grim" Brødreskift (1966-1999). The setlist will include classic songs from the legendary "Pentagram" album - not played live for 12 years - and perhaps also brand new material from the upcoming album, "Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt". If and when any other Gorgoroth live appearances this summer are confirmed, they will be made public here on the official website.''
Dimmu Borgir posted the following announcement on their Facebook page:
"DIMMU BORGIR - TERMINAL PRESS SUMMONS THE FURY OF BLACK METAL WITH 'DARK FORTRESS'
Terminal Press and Nuclear Blast Records have teamed up for one of the most brutal comics of the year with "Dimmu Borgir: Dark Fortress." This is the first in a series of books influenced by the lyrical, artistic and musical concepts from Nuclear Blast's polarizing roster of bands translated into the comic medium by the creative teams at Terminal Press.
Three reluctant men are chosen to quest to the Dark Fortress in a desperate attempt to protect their land from a growing evil. Despite a legend warning that the harsh land built upon lava fields is actually the gateway to Hell, they make their way across the treacherous path, encountering horrors, madness and death along the way. The three men will either survive the journey and learn the secret behind the legend of the Dark Fortress, or meet a most gruesome demise.
Swedish metal band The Project Hate MCMXCIX has posted a brand new song, ''You Come To Me Through Hell'', at their MySpace site
http://www.myspace.com/theprojecthate. The track comes off the band's upcoming album entilted "The Lustrate Process", which is scheduled for release on 6th July this year.
Death doom metallers De Profundis have posted the following statement on their website about the departure of their bassist and announcing the replacement:
De Profundis and bassist Aleksej Obradovic have parted ways after more than 3 years of successful collaboration due to musical differences. Additionally, Aleksej's job commitments would have made it very hard for the band to go touring or to perform live on a regular basis. The split was amicable and we remain on good terms with Aleksej.
De Profundis would like to thank Aleksej for his contribution to the band and wish him the best of luck in his future musical endeavours.
A replacement bass player has already been found. We have been fortunate enough to secure Arran McSporran's services as a new full-time band member. Arran will be laying down all the bass tracks on the new De Profundis album, due to be recorded in June 2009 with producer Fernando Pereira. Arran will be making his live debut with De Profundis at Romania's Rock City Open Air 2009 Festival.
Queensrÿche will take their acclaimed American Soldier Tour online by broadcasting an entire show live in high definition at cdpulse.tv. When the band takes the stage at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida on May 19 at 8PM ET, fans worldwide can watch a high definition stream of the performance live as it happens. Fans can gain access to the show by purchasing an e-ticket at cdpulse.tv for the cost $5.95 for an advance ticket or $7.95 for a ticket on the day of the show. The show can be viewed virtually worldwide in high definition clarity via premium content delivery access systems featuring 43,000 servers in 17 different countries. For more details and technical information, please visit cdpulse.tv.
Audio samples of all the tracks that are set to appear on "Children Of The Dark Waters", the forthcoming album from Finnish metallers Eternal Tears Of Sorrow, are available for streaming on the Amazon.co.uk website.
"Children Of The Dark Waters" will be released in Finland on May 27 via Suomen Musiikki (in the rest of Europe via Massacre Records and in Asia via Marquee/Avalon).
More details about "Children Of The Dark Waters" were previously reported at this location.
French metallers Gorod have posted online a new song, "Disavow Your God", on their MySpace page.
"Disavow Your God" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Process Of A New Decline", which is scheduled for release before this summer via Willowtip Records.
UPDATE (thanks to Deadmeat)
French metallers Gorod have posted online another new song, "Programmers Of Decline", on their MySpace page.
"Programmers Of Decline" comes off the band's forthcoming album "Process Of A New Decline", which is due to be released in Europe on June 1st via Listenable Records (this summer in US via Willowtip Records).