With a musical landscape as varied as the range of their band member's occupations (which includes a psychologist, an electrician, a youth center worker, and a graphic designer), Italian sextet Graveworm will be bringing their brand of melodic goth/black metal to North American shores for the first time during the Metal Maniacs and Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles-sponsored North American Metal Crusaders Tour.
A compact version of a traveling United Nations, Italy's Graveworm is joining forces with Vader (Poland), Kataklysm (Canada), Destruction (Germany), Speed\Kill/Hate (New York), and The Absence (Tampa). The first show of this truly international line-up is set to take place on May 26th in Montreal, Quebec. Checking in from his home in Italy, trilingual architect student and Graveworm vocalist Stefano Fiori shares his thoughts on his maiden trip to North America in support of (N)utopia:
World Management and Symphony X would like to announce that the European Festivals for June in Sweden and Spain will unfortunately have to be cancelled due to severe illness. We Hope that Michael Lepond's surgery will go well and wish him a speedy and full recovery. We would like to let all the fans know that we will be back on tour fall 2006 around release of the band's next record.
Please read the post below from Michael Lepond:
"To whom it may concern. I have been diagnosed with Crohn's disease (an Inflammatory Bowel disorder) This has caused an obstruction in my small intestine, making it impossible to digest solid foods.Currently, I am hospitalized where they can feed me through an I.V. unit supplemented with a liquid diet. But, there is some good news The doctors tell me, that with a surgical procedure, they will have me back to 100% in about 6 weeks. And, although it is a chronic disease, this procedure will make it much easier to control its effects in the future. I want to thank the band, the crew, the fans and everyone else involved for your understanding and support during this tough time. You will all make my healing process much easier and I'll be back on the bass in no time.
Following on from the chart success of their recent single 'Our Truth', Lacuna Coil are now set to unleash thier second single to be taken from thier latest album ' Karmacode'. The band's cover of the Depeche Mode song 'Enjoy the Silence' is due to be released in UK via Century Media on Monday June 26th.
'Enjoy the Silence' will be available in the following formats:
Enjoy the Silence - Vol I (CD single Digipack+Poster)
1. Enjoy the Silence
2. To the Edge (Live)
3. Fragile (Live)
4. Enchanced Video Interview
Enjoy the Silence - Vol II (CD single)
1. Enjoy the Silence
2. Virtual Environment (Non Album bonus track )
Enjoy the Silence - Vol III ( 7" Blue Coloured Vinyl )
After several months away from his drumming duties in Opeth Martin Lopez has permanently decided to leave the group. After being plagued by illness and anxiety attacks Lopez decided he wanted to concentrate fully on his own project, currently unnamed. His replacement will be Martin "Axe" Axenrot who's been filling in for the last 5 tours and who also recorded with the band during the recent BBC sessions.
Mikael Åkerfeldt: "However sad I and the rest of the band feel in light of Lopez departure I want to thank him for his incredible work with Opeth and immense dedication to the band. We recorded some classic stuff together and he obviously had an enormous impact on our sound. I now feel very excited to hear the material of his own band. In the meantime Opeth fans can rest assured that we'll continue jamming it out with Axe and we all have high expectations about our coming musical ventures"
This fest comes into being every year, the 7° Edition will feature one of the sickest bands in the latin metal scene, the band is "Brujeria", they will be the ones closing this Festival actually. The bands featured in this fest are everything but meta (Lucybell, Vaquero, Zurdok, Austin T.V., Lost Acapulco, Zoé, Hummersqueal, among others), so we hope nothing but good responses about Brujeria and their death metal roots.
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The band posted the following message on their myspace site:
In response to all the email requests and offers for Exhorder to get back together and/or to play shows we would like to thank everyone for all the support and encouragement but Exhorder will NOT be getting back together. Sad to say, but the official status of Exhorder is "Permanently Disbanded"
Iced Earth's guitarist and leader posted the following message on the band's website:
I know I've been really lame with the updates and I'm sorry about that. We've let things get pretty lax here at Iced Earth.com and we're going to be making some changes in this in the not too distant future. As some of you are aware, I'm not really the internet type of guy and only use it for my email, and even that I avoid often (which does annoy my business associates at times; but hey, that's what phones are for!), so I spend as little time as possible on a computer; unless it's my studio computer and I'm spending a LOT of time on that one. Tim enjoys surfing and all of that stuff so he's going to be involved in the IE site a lot more in the future. You'll be seeing some big changes in the site with the release of the next IE CD.
The band posted the following update concerning some coming releases and some other things:
We've wrapped up the east coast leg of this spring tour and it couldn't of been better. Well, maybe Richmond could have been, but even that turned out ok. Thanks to eveyone who came out to be a part of the shows, we know a good number you travelled a long way, we appreciate it. Bear hugs again to Zombi and Dalek who killed it every night as well as being great friends and tourmates.
So we finally got the Live 4 CD together and will have a limited number of them available from our webstore soon. This volume is a compilation of songs from different shows over the past 6 years or so, with some older songs, a couple newer extended line-up songs, and a live improv 'jam.'
The following message by Chris Impellitteri has been posted on Impellitteri's official fan club site:
"I am still in the studio finishing the writing process for my next record. The CD working title is called "Good and Evil". It will be a return to the sound of Impellitteri with influences from my Screaming Symphony, Crunch, and System X recordings. The music will feature lots of shredding guitar solos and screaming vocals with the usual fat production.
At this time I have ten tracks written. They are fast and furious tracks mixed with good song writing. Also, there is an instrumental song very reminiscent of Bach or Mozart on steroids.
Both the metal community and the musicians should enjoy this disc.
Due to personal commitments, vocalist Simon Calabrese has parted ways with Daysend. After over three years together, all members of Daysend and Simon remain close friends and wish all the best to their former band mate for the future.
Simon would like to pass on the following: "It saddens me to leave Daysend as the music (old & new) is nothing short of sensational, however it is something that I must do at this stage of my life. Daysend has the capacity to be one of the world's greatest bands and I wish them all the best for the future. I will miss being a part of the Daysend experience but will always remain the best of friends with all of the people associated with Daysend. Lastly, I would like to personally thank all of the fans & friends I have made during my time in Daysend...as I