The following message was posted on the Metal Mind website:
"Metal Mind Productions is proud to present a veritable treat for fans of melodic heavy-metal: legendary Blaze Bayley (ex-Wolfsbane, ex-Iron Maiden) on his first live DVD - "Alive in Poland"! Recorded during the 21st edition of the Metalmania Festival in Katowice (Poland), the footage documents a fantastic, over 1,5 hour show during which he presented the best tracks taken from Blaze's discography as well as selected tracks of his previous band - Iron Maiden ('Man on the Edge', 'Futureal'). This energetic performance was one of the highlights of the festival. The DVD also includes many great bonus features such as an interview with Blaze Bayley, an interview with all members of Blaze's band (featuring footage filmed during their visit to Poland) and more. The title is also available in a limited edition - including a CD with songs recorded at the concert!."
The following message was posted on Eldritch's official website:
"Due to personal problems and to other different point of views, Eldritch decided to replace the drummer Dave Simone with the young and talented Raffahell Dridge. This is another important loss in the band's history, but sometimes it's necessary to take different roads. Dave is still a brother and the band will never forget what he's done for Eldritch in these last 7 years and 4 albums! We all wish him all the best for his future carreer. More news will follow in the next months..."
Hate Eternal is proud to announce the newest member to its family, Shaune Kelley, joining the band as the second guitarist.
Leader Erik Rutan comments on the official band's website:
"Shaune and I played together in for Ripping Corpse for over 5 years before my involvement in Morbid Angel and Hate Eternal, and have been friends for over 20 years. I am totally ecstatic to have Shaune in the band and recreate a guitar team that always connected on all fronts. Shaune's contribution to the new record will be tremendous as well as touring that will follow. It will be the first time Hate Eternal will actually be a four piece live band, due to other situations never working out.
Rehearsals have been amazing jamming with Alex, Jade, and Shaune for the last couple of months at Mana Studios. The new songs are finished and sounding awesome! We have spent much more time on the preparation of this new album on all fronts compared to our past releases and the results have provided a much more focused and deeper layered results (more solos, yes!). We start recording the drums on August 21st and then following through, finishing by mid October for an early 2008 Metal Blade release."
Taken from The Underground Video Television Newsletter:
"Another live clip of God Forbid taken during their recent run with Hatebreed & "The Monsters Of Mayhem" tour (which also featured Evergreen Terrace & The Acacia Strain) is available online for viewing. This live video is for God Forbid's track "Broken Promise" and can
be seen at the Underground Video Television (UVTV) website, here."
After the very successful 18th edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, the following message has been posted on the festival's official website:
The 18th W:O:A is now part of our history and this year again 3 positive factors about our cult festival will stay in our minds:
- the best audience worldwide
- brilliant bands with great performances
- the sun is from Northern Germany!
We'd like to thank you for your support because without YOU we would not be what we are:
One of the biggest Heavy Metal Festival worldwide!
Of course there have been problems this year because of the disastrous weather conditions whilst the assembling period, at the park- and campinggrounds as well as at the arrival which we will try to change next year. But altogether we all celebrated a brilliant Metal party.
Finnish Power Metallers Sonata Arctica have issued the following update:
"As many already know, our guitarist Jani Liimatainen has been absent from the line-up this spring and summer. The reason was his messing around with his compulsory military/civil/prison duty, or rather, complete failure to take care of it.
This matter, and everything that goes with it, caused a split between Jani and the other band members. This split was impossible to mend without Jani's help and co-operation.
Therefore we would like to make known the following: During fall of '06 and spring of '07, Jani's personal matters and actions drove us to a situation where we had no option but to ask Jani to leave the band.
This following text was posted at Evergrey's Blog:
"Our new bass-players name is Jari Kainulainen!
Some of you might know him as a former member of Stratovarius and we are extremely happy to have him in the band as we know he will improve our sound in a great way which he already proved when we rehearsed together.
Me and Henrik talked after the rehearsal and both said we had goosebumps and this coming from a a guy playing bass. Before it's always been like - hey whatever it's only bass - but now we really feel that Jari will bring our sound up to a new level .
We got along great and it of course also helps a lot that Jari is a very experienced player when it comes to playing live with his several world tours together with Stratovarius as proof.
"The End Records has set a North American release date of October 2nd, 2007 for the upcoming album "Shadows Of The Sun" from Norway's Ulver.
The album serves as the follow-up to 2004's "Blood Inside", the critically-acclaimed album that showcased the band's vibrant musical progression masterfully scripted amongst their unique vision, style and sound.
To view a large version of the "Shadows Of The Sun" artwork, go here."
In regards to the direction of the new album, the band recently posted on their official site: "Many of you have been waiting for sound, and we are sorry for the silence. We needed to be alone, without the hustle and bustle of the living. We are uncomfortable with the world, the industry and our place. We have been working, sluggishly, well aware we could end up with nothing. Nonetheless we believe we have succeeded in giving our fears some kind of form. We feel it is our most personal record to date. Low-key, dark, and tragic. As we are."
Finally, the day I know you (and we) have all been waiting for: Mr. van Drunen added his sick vocals to the 4 tracks which will soon be known as the first official Hail Of Bullets promo! He came in, had a few beers, killed a few microphones, had a few more beers, and so it was done.
We put up one song for your enjoyment, but be sure to check back regularly, we may upload another one. Note: this is still unmixed, hopefully by the end of august we'll be able to put up the real thing (i.e. mixed by the master of heaviness, Dan Swanö).
For now let this rough slice of brutality satisfy your cravings for all things death and metal!
The following message was posted on Astral Doors's official website:
"As you can see here, the new cover for our upcoming album "New Revelation" is done. It was created by the Germany company Killustrations (cover here).
We've uploaded one full song and 2 samples for you to check out of "New Revelation". The full song is the title-track. We're very curious to hear your opinion on it, so feel free to leave us a comment in the guestbook or on our new forum (which should be online within the next few days)." (You can find these samples on a jukebox by clicking here).
"New Revelation" tracklisting:
01. New Revelation
02. Freedom War
03. Pentecostal Bound
A brand new The Old Dead Tree track entitled 'Dive', has been posted online at this location. The song comes off the Parisian goth metallers' new album "The Water Fields" due on September 17 via Season of Mist. The CD was recorded at Stage One Studio in Germany with producer Andy Classen.
The following message was posted on Enslaved's official website:
"Enslaved said they would be back with a new European tour in the fall of 2007, and they stick to their word. 12 exclusive European shows have been officially added to the busy autumn schedule:
16th Oct 2007: Paris - Locomotive (FR)
17th Oct 2007: Lyon - CCO Villeurbanne (FR)
18th Oct 2007: Belfort - Poudrière (FR)
19th Oct 2007: Niort - Camji (FR)
20th Oct 2007: Rennes - Ubu (FR)
21st Oct 2007: London - Mean Fiddler (UK)
22nd Oct 2007: UK - TBA
23rd Oct 2007: Mezz, Breda (NL)
24th Oct 2007: Biebob, Vosselaar (B)
25th Oct 2007: Doornroosje, Nijmegen (NL)
26th Oct 2007: Munich - Backstage (DE) (w/ Secrets Of The Moon)
"We present you the first episode of COBTV News - a special report from the studio session for the band's brand new song Tie My Rope which will appear on the upcoming Viva La Bands Volume Two CD, in stores Sept 4th throughout North America."
The video is available on Children Of Bodom's website for download or streaming.
The following message was posted on Earache's website:
"August 27th sees the long-awaited release of "Enter The Grave" from upcoming Yorkshire thrashers Evile. To mark the release of their debut the band are giving away an exclusive red 7 inch with all pre-orders from the Earache webstore, along with a free Evile poster. Click here to see a picture of the red 7 inch vinyl. The vinyl is Limited Edition, with only 1,000 copies available and features two unreleased demo tracks entitled 'Darkness Shall Bring Death' and 'Sacrificial'. The 7 inch will also be available with 'Enter The Grave' from selected independent retailers. To see a list of these stores, click here.
The new album of Dutch Death Metallers Gorefest, "Rise To Ruin", is available for streaming in its entirety on the band's MySpace page.
Due in the U.S. on September 25 (Candlelight) and in Europe on August 3 (Nuclear Blast), the CD was mixed by Danish producer Tue Madsen at his Antfarm studios in Århus, Denmark. "He managed to make everything sound even heavier than we'd imagined," guitarist Frank Harthoorn previously said.