After a great edition in 2010, all the Hellfest team is back to business and working hard on our next festival. We would like to remind you that Hellfest 2011, which will be held on the 17th, 18th and 19th of June, will be the last on these grounds. In 2012, Hellfest will move to a new place... We will not say anything else today but you can expect some great surprises.
Now let's speak about 2011! The start of the festival isn't for tomorrow, but time flies and as always we want to be the first to announce some of the bands which will be playing next summer! Don't expect any headliner today... negotiations are long and complicated, you'll have to be patient but we know that you are real connoisseurs and passionate people and we're sure that you'll like this first list, with bands playing different kind of music!
We saw this coming and the band has confirmed it. Leaves' Eyes has decided to cancel the remainder of their North American Tour after their Co-Headliners Kamelot pulled out earlier this month due to Roy Khan's Illness. The band writes:-
"Dear Fans & Friends, We regret to announce that the remaining dates of our North-American Tour will not take place. This also includes the show in Mexico City. As a result of Kamelot's last-minute cancellation of their headlining tour, Leaves' Eyes still tried their best to play as many dates in the USA and Canada as possible. The big gap between the cancelled Kamelot tourdates and our own headlining dates is just to big to overcome. This made it impossible to continue any further.
Guitarist Stefan Weinerhall of the Swedish metal band Falconer has issued the following update:
"Recording time is coming up. Most songs Falconer album] are written and rehearsed. Studio time is drawing nearer, starting to feel a bit stressed!! The album will be mixed at the end of January, so I'd guess we're up for a late spring release. The title of the new album will be Armod and will be completely sung in Swedish except for the bonus tracks that will simply be an English versions of the best (according to us) new songs.
This time we have concentrated on the traditional folk side of our music including more traditional folk songs (the majority of the material is still our own), more fiddles and flutes. Be calm, the horrid sound of accordions will firmly be left behind!! This is a way to finally devote an entire album to the influence and getting that out of our system, so to speak, and to do the thing some have asked for ten years. This is not a new direction but just the sound of THIS album.
After the successful release of their latest studio effort Solitaire Edenbridge is now set to play in Vietnam come December for the first time ever. The show will take place on the International Sailing Festival 2010; Therefore Sabine and Lanvall were invited to Hanoi in the beginning of October to make promotion for the festival and do an acoustic performance on the Chao Ha Noi International Festival.
German heavy metal legends Accept will embark on a headlining European tour in January next year, in support of their new album Blood Of The Nations. The tour contains 28 dates, plus some planned shows for Russia and UK as well. More details will be announced soon.
14.01.11 - Osnabrück, Halle Gartlage, GER
15.01.11 - Kassel, Outback, GER
16.01.11 - Antwerp, Hof ter Lo, B
18.01.11 - Paris, Elysee Montmartre, F
19.01.11 - Biarritz, L'attabal, F
21.01.11 - Madrid, La Rivera, E
22.01.11 - Pamplona, Totem, E
23.01.11 - Barcelona, Apollo, E
25.01.11 - Pratteln, Z7, CH
27.01.11 - Milan, Magazzini, I
28.01.11 - Tuttlingen, Stadthalle, GER
29.01.11 - Geiselwind, Eventcentrum Strohofer, GER
Last week already, British death metallers Ignominious Incarceration have announced they will be changing names to The Soulless. Here's the official statement:
"The band started in the pits of hell that was Sam's basement. We were just playing heavy music and having fun. When we decided on the name Ignominious Incarceration, we never anticipated the level we would get to. Had we known, I'm sure we would have chosen a simpler name. The band started to get gigs and we started to take the band way more seriously as we discovered how much fun we could have. We did our first tour with Trigger The Bloodshed and this was when we were first approached by Earache Records. This was a real turning point for the band and we realised we could make something of it. We debated changing the name whilst recording Of Winter Born, but chose to stick with it. We don't regret doing this as it is what represented the band at the time.
Polish extreme metallers Hate have completed work on a new album, entitled Erebos. The album is slated for a November 2010 European release via Listenable Records. The album will be available in North America in January 2011 as an "extended version" featuring bonus live material.
Erebos was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland with producers Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawski (Decapitated, Vader). The new album contains ten new songs, which are said to be a fusion of blackened death metal, industrial and ambient sounds, deathcore and heavy metal. "Erebos" comes from ancient Greek and means literally "deep darkness" or shadow. Studio reports and vlogs are available on the band's MySpace page.
US progressive metallers Redemption are composing new material for their fifth studio album. Guitarist Nicolas van Dyk checked in with the following statement:
"Hello folks, and sorry for the long silence from us. It's been a very busy summer for us away from Redemption, particularly for Ray who as most of you surely know did a reunion tour with the Parallels lineup of Fates Warning to commemorate the 20th anniversary of that fantastic release.
I remain in complete remission with no trace of the disease that I announced publicly about a year ago. I remain on three powerful medications to ensure that the cancer does not return. Of the five original active lesions in my bones, none are active for cancer and one of them has resolved (i.e. been completely repaired with new bone). The other four are in the process of being repaired and that is the next big milestone. Patience is required but I believe they will get there. If that happens, it is a good sign that I am well down the road to being cured (according to the very aggressive doctor to whom I entrust my care). However I must remain on these medicines for two more years. They have many unpleasant side effects but I am resolved to stick with the program and beat "incurable" blood cancer. Thank you all very much for your prayers, positive vibes and words of support - they mean a lot.
As confirmed last Friday, Virginia-based melodic tech death metal masters, Arsis, are pleased to announce their headlining tour across North America this upcoming December.
A Tour for the Sick is presented by MetalInjection.net and will include 8 bit metal heroes Powerglove and the Sumerian Records touring juggernaut Conducting From The Grave.
Arsis vocalist/guitarist Jim Malone commented: "What does a band that is notorious for canceling tours, video game induced tendinitis, and a Noah Martin look-a-like all have in common? If you have spent the better part of your existence trying to play 16th triplet arpeggios at 250 bpm you will probably be overcome with joy (or something) to hear that we (meaning Arsis dudes), Powerglove, and Conducting From The Grave are teaming up for a US tour this December. We are beyond stoked for our first headlining tour in support of Starve for the Devil and hope to see you at one (or more) of the tour dates. We promise to 'turn up the hell' on this one and make your weekend (or week night) one that is 'rock hard' and metalificated."
Last week Spawn Of Possession announced they have re-joined with the band's original vocalist Dennis Röndum (ex-Visceral Bleeding). Dennis parted ways, not so amicably, with the band back in 2006. This is what he had to say about his return to Spawn Of Possession:
"I've been quite disconnected from the band for a long time now so when Bryssling got in touch with me it felt kind of surreal. But none the less amazing when he started to describe his visions for the next Spawn Of Possession record and that he wanted me to handle the vocals for it. Now, mind you, it's been over four years of silence between us and we parted on a somewhat bad note but that's in the past. The focus is now on the new material, which Bryssling has invited me to get involved with and after listening to the temp tracks, all I can say is that I'm in for a serious ride. Although my presence have been lacking in the scene I've been busy writing and recording with my new band. It's still all under wraps but hopefully I'll be able to share it with you in a not too distant future. With that said, I'm really excited to be back in the Spawn Of Possession camp and I can't wait to join the others to complete what I believe will be a masterpiece of unparalleled proportions."
Friendly reminder; Apoptosis, the second effort of Finnish metallers Sole Remedy is still streaming in its entirety on the band official MySpace page. The album was released earlier this week, September 27th to be precise, through the Aftermath Music label.
Further album details, including a review by Troy Gallant, can be found here.
Last week the news got out that Norman Skinner, vocalist of US metallers Imagika, has left the band. Skinner posted the following message:
"After 6 Years, 4 Albums, festivals, tours & countless shows today I announce that I am officially leaving Imagika. This decision was not made lightly and has been a constant thought throughout this last year. I don't want anyone to get the wrong idea as I have no animosity towards any of the members of Imagika. They are and will continue to be my very good friends. My decision to leave is purely one of musical direction differences and an overall career choice. I feel that I have contributed and done all I can within the band but my heart is no longer in it.
Just in case you missed this, you can still download the brand new Annihilator compilation album, Total Annihilation, for free.
All you need to do is surf to the Earache Records website and at the price of one e-mail address you can get a free download package of the album in case you haven't already (.mp3 - 320kbps).
Total Annihilation cover art] tracklist:
01. The Trend
04. Carnival Diablos
05. Back To The Palace
06. Nothing Left
09. King Of The Kill
10. Second To None
12. Refresh The Demon
13. Tricks And Traps
14. Never Forget
Portuguese metallers The Spektrum are working on a new album. A couple of days ago the band issued the following update:
"We are very proud to announce that the pre-production of the successor of Daemonicus Awakening is almost complete. The album doesn't have a name yet but this opus will be bigger, with more variety and darker. This time, to help us in our search to find and gather all obscurity on Earth, we are very pleased to announce that we will be working with the producer Magnus "Devo" Andersson (Marduk). The recordings will start on the 23rd of November at Endarker Studios, in Sweden."