Swedish Melodic Death Metal band Satariel have announced the following message:
"Satariel have parted ways with guitarist Mikael Granqvist. Granqvist made the decision to leave the band because he no longer felt inspired to keep playing the guitar. Satariel has already secured a replacement guitarist in the shape of a well-known musician who has previously played with "some other great bands." More info will come soon."
More info about the band at http://www.myspace.com/satariel.
Peaceville Records have launched a "mini-site" for Opeth's new live album "The Roundhouse Tapes". Check it out at this location. "The Roundhouse Tapes" was released in Europe on the 22nd of October and in North America on the 20th of November.
According to the site "The Roundhouse Tapes" contains "a captivating Opeth performance from the Camden Roundhouse, London, UK, on November 9, 2006, and sees the band in scintillating form churning out a selection of classics from their illustrious career.
According to the official Opeth website, the (even more anticipated) HD filmed DVD will be released in early 2008. This will also feature (lots of) fan interviews, band interviews, soundcheck footage and live photos + exclusive menu music written by Åkerfeldt and Wiberg.
The following news has been posted on the MySpace of Belgium's razorgrinders Leng Tch'e':
"It is a well known fact that everybody in Leng Tch'e is an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist (PS: John Myung, stop e-mailing me for tabs). So instead of looking for a second guitar player, Nicolas will return to his original position as guitarist, leaving the bass player spot indeed vacant. If you think you have the balls to play bass in Leng Tch'e, tons of motivation, your own gear and transportation, then send your application to email@example.com."
In other news, Death metal / Grindcore stalwarts Leng Tch'e will embark on their first foray into the UK in November in support of their latest album "Marasmus". Joining Leng Tch'e on this tour will be Glasgow's Man Must Die and London's Ted Maul."
The following update was posted on Queensrÿche's official website:
"Rhino just released the official "Take Cover" E-Card. Here's your chance to hear full versions of 'Welcome To The Machine', 'For The Love Of Money' and 'Neon Knights' in their entirety. To view/listen to the E-Card please visit Rhino.com."
"Take Cover" will be released on November 13th, 2007. The line up includes Geoff Tate (vocals), Michael Wilton (guitar), Mike Stone (guitar, background vocals), Eddie Jackson (bass, background vocals), Scott Rockenfield (drums, percussion), album produced by Kenny Nemes & Karen Ahmed.
The following update was posted on Soulfly's official website:
"Soulfly entered the Porch Studios on September 12th to begin recording their next full length album, the followup to 2005's "Dark Ages", and here is the first studio update since the process has begun.
After recording up until the end of September, the band was able to complete nearly all of the basic tracking for the recording - including the majority of drum, bass, rhythm guitar, and lead guitar tracks. Working titles for some of the 13 songs which were tracked include 'Burndown', 'Enemy Ghost', 'Axis Of Wrath', and 'Blood, Fire, War, Hate'. For the time being, Soulfly has put recording at the Porch with engineer Tim Lau on hold; ever since they left the studio on September 29th, Max has been traveling throughout Egypt and Siberia with recording devices, and when he returns he will begin to mold the samples, noises, and music that he collects during his travels into the framework of the songs which he jammed out with Marc, Bobby, and Joe last month. Vocals and percussion have only been completed on a handful of songs, but Soulfly plans to go back to the Porch before the end of the year to complete tracking. After that, Andy Sneap will be doing the mixing on this one! As of now, you can expect the next album to be ready for release by early summer of 2008.
Nightwish kicked off its current US tour on October 15 at Jaxx in West Springfield, Virginia. The band revealed via their website the details of their upcoming spring 2008 North American run, which is scheduled to kick off in early May 2008.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
May 05 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
May 06 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
May 07 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
May 09 - Quebec City, QUE @ Centre De Foire
May 11 - London, ONT @ Cowboy's
May 14 - Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
May 15 - Regina, SK @ The Drink
May 16 - Edmonton, AL @ Starlite Room
May 17 - Calgary, AL @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
May 19 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar
May 20 - Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Centre
Special announcement, from the official W.A.S.P. website:
"Dear fans, please DO NOT bring any cameras into the shows this fall as it is strictly prohibited to take pictures or recordings of the performance of W.A.S.P. Security Personnel at every venue will confiscate any cameras (including digital cameras and mobile phones with ability to record) from you before entering the venues. Please respect this request and enjoy the evening with The Crimson Idol.
Inquiries have been made as to whether The Crimson Idol will be performed only in select locations. The Crimson Idol Event will be performed every night in each of the cities in the Tour Schedule. After the Crimson Idol has been performed the band will take a 10 minute intermission and return to perform all the great W.A.S.P. classics you know and love."
UK Power Metallers Power Quest have announced the following news:
"After keeping everyone in suspense for so long we are proud to announce that Power Quest have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records! We are extremely excited about the prospect of working with Thomas Steindl, Thomas Caser and all the staff at the label!
And of course...recording starts this week on the fourth PQ album "Master of Illusion"
Steve Williams and Steve Scott have just returned from the final pre-production sessions at the Power Quest rehearsal headquarters in Vicenza, Italy. Tracks have now been selected for the album and recording will begin at Remaster studios on October 25th."
The following update was posted on Battlelore's MySpace page:
"Hellos all! Thanks for reading my blurbs and keep those comments coming.
First of all, we have been working on the new songs lately and at the moment we actually have some 10 songs in very good "skeleton-phase". Looks extremely positive so far. The music is getting a few steps back in our history and a few steps forward to the future... At the moment it seems that there will be bigger, more epic parts in the vein of "Sword's Song" but also more harder, heavier parts in the vein of "Evernight". I'm quite sure that you fans won't be disappointed with this one. The album should be out sometime in June/July/August 2008.
"After the release of their great new album "Ghost Opera", Kamelot will hit the road again and will do shows in main areas of Europe. The album entered a lot of charts in different countries. For example: Norway #25, Sweden #29, Finland #35, USA #48 Indie, Netherlands #51, Germany #61, France #83, Switzerland #83, Greece #23, Japan #13, UK #24 Indie.
With the success of the "Ghost Opera" album fans are demanding more, more, more! Melodic metal masters Kamelot return to select Europe cities for a once in a lifetime tour and stage show. Bringing with them as special guests the Greek heavyweights Firewind and the Austrian/American female fronted group Visions Of Atlantis, this package will be one of the highlights of the year.
Pelican has officially announced the impending release of their "After the Ceiling Cracked" DVD + 3" CD. Here's a rundown from the band:
"For those who do not know, the DVD's centerpiece is a full concert in London from December of 2005 documented by four camera people with Jesu mastermind Justin Broadrick manning the console for both the live and recorded sound mix. The DVD is chock full of photos and songs from several other shows spanning our career. The 3" CD is the digital version of the tunes from our recently released 'Pink Mammoth' 10" EP with an additional collaborative version of the title track featuring contributions from our boys in "These Arms Are Snakes". The whole thing is rounded out by yet another gorgeous layout courtesy of Aaron Turner."
"The rock-n-sad chart breakers Lacrimas Profundere return in 2008 to record the follow-up to the highly successful "Filthy" album. Lacrimas will again work with renowned producer John Fryer (HIM, NIN) to complete this latest release expected in February 2008. Expect a melancholic masterpiece full of surprises."
Following a six-year hiatus, Martin Schirenc plans Hollenthon's triumphant return in the spring of 2008 with the long overdue follow-up to the highly acclaimed With Vilest of Worms to Dwell. Currently, the band is busy recording the new tracks in Schirenc's very own studio. The new material is much heavier, but still remains true to the bombastic orchestral and ethnic elements for which Hollenthon is known. A cover version of "The Tea Party" and artwork by Ralph Manfreda (Belphegor) complete this exciting package.
A few days ago, Exodus have issued the following announcement on their website:
"Exodus will not perform the announced Mexico shows on October 25th - 27th on their upcoming South American tour. The band was booked under false pretense by a promoter who failed to fulfill even basic requirements, logistically and financially.
It later surfaced that the promoter in question was involved in other show related controversies earlier this year when a world-known thrash metal band from Europe had to cancel a planned Mexico appearance last minute and advance tickets sold in Mexico were not refunded to the fans.
Exodus is sorry to let down their Mexican fans but after failing to meet several deadlines for deposits, airfares and supplying production information, the promoter made it impossible to realize those shows. As of today, six days to originally planned departure from the U.S., the band did not receive any information regarding equipment, lodging and internal transport; neither airfares nor guarantees were paid."
The following blog was posted on the British Funeral Doomster's MySpace Page:
''As you will have noticed, we have been quite slow with updates lately so I thought I will kickstart some more activity here. First the band news:
We are in the process of recording a two-song promo to send to labels for feedback. It will consist of two ultra epic, lengthy tracks that, although they retain the typical Pantheist flavour, will be more evolved in terms of atmosphere and execution. We hope to have a finished product by the end of this year. Any interested labels that would like to release a future classic in the dark doom genre and lose a lot of money along the way can contact us via the website or this myspace site for a copy of the promo.