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The Crown - Johan Lindstrand Rejoins The Band

Swedish metallers The Crown have issued the following update:

"We have an announcement to make, Johan Lindstrand has re-joined The Crown, this means that the original line-up is now ready to kill once again!

The Crown line-up, September 2011:

Johan Lindstrand - Vocals
Magnus Olsfelt - Bass
Marko Tervonen - Rhythm Guitars
Janne Saarenpää - Drums
Marcus Sunesson - Lead Guitars

We would like to thank our metal-brother Jonas Stålhammar for the amazing team-work for the last couple of years! Respect! Next week we'll start rehearsing new material (6 - 7 news songs written at this point). We hope to enter the studio early 2012. We are thinking of doing a few Swedish dates within a couple of months (most likely a first reunion show in our hometown Trollhättan, this time in a proper club) and then focus on doing some kick-ass festivals in 2012."

Johan Lindstrand commented: "Hi there all amazing The Crown fans out there. Once again I have been blessed with the opportunity to join my oldest friends and brothers in arms Marko, Janne, Magnus and Markus. I'm am so grateful for this and I will do my best to make the original lineup live up to all expectations and we will definitely have a total blast together while rippin´ the world to pieces with a lot more years to come. Yeah, from now on I am the lead singer in this classic death metal outfit called The Crown. Damn! That feels good to say. I will also take some time here to thank Jonas Stålhammar 'cause he did an amazing job on Doomsday King. You rule dude! Other than that I have to say: The original 5 has returned! Go hide your children."

Jonas Stålhammar commented: "Come in Number 51, your time is up! It's fitting quoting the classic Pink Floyd song right about now. My time with The Crown comes to an end with the return of the true voice of The Crown, Johan Lindstrand. It's been a bumpy but really enjoyable ride for me being a member of The Crown. It's with great respect I step down to let Johan take his rightful place in the band again. I wish them all the best and they are truly my brothers still."


Band profile: The Crown
Posted: 10.09.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (5)

Cynic - To Release New EP

Official Season of Mist press release

Forefathers of Progressive Metal Cynic have recorded a new EP entitled Carbon-Based Anatomy, to be released on November 11th in Europe (November 15th in North America). Contrary to last year's Re-Traced, this new EP exclusively consists of brand new material.


Band profile: Cynic
Posted: 09.09.2011 by Unhealer | Comments (9)

Megadeth - New Album Artwork And Tracklisting Revealed

Megadeth have revealed their new album Th1rt3en tracklist and artwork, which was once again created by artist John Lorenzi, who worked on the last two Megadeth studio albums, 2007's United Abominations and 2009's Endgame, as well as the band's 2007 box set, Warchest. You can pre-order the album now at this location, and get a limited-edition version that comes on double picture disc vinyl. The new single, "Public Enemy No. 1" is now available for streaming over here.


Band profile: Megadeth
Posted: 09.09.2011 by Dominus | Comments (45)

Adagio - Announce New Singer And Guitarist Solo Album Update

The French dark progressive metal band Adagio announced their new singer to be Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Outworld, Beyond Twilight, Darkology). After the departure of Christian Palin, Adagio were helped out by Mats Leven (Yngwie Malmsteen, Krux, Therion, At Vance, Fatal Force, Firewind). The band comments that Mats was never meant to be a permanent member, which was mutually understood, and they appreciate his help on tour.


Band profile: Adagio
Posted: 09.09.2011 by K†ulu | Comments (8)

Almah - New Video Online

"Trace Of Trait", a new video clip from Brazilian power/heavy metal outfit Almah is available for viewing below. The song comes off of the band's upcoming album Motion which will be released on October 14th via AFM Records. The footage was done in Caxias do Sul, a city in the South of Brazil at the end of August under direction of producer and photographer Alex Milesi.


Band profile: Almah
Posted: 09.09.2011 by BudDa | Comments (2)

Nightwish - New Album Release Date, Cover Art & Tracklist Revealed

Nightwish have announced on their Imaginaerum website that their new album, Imaginaerum, will be released on November 30th in Finland and on December 2nd in Europe.


Band profile: Nightwish
Posted: 09.09.2011 by Shadowcross | Comments (33)

Finntroll - To Release Special Edition Of Latest Album

Finnish black/folk metallers Finntroll have set their latest release Nifelvind to be reissued as a limited tour edition with three, unreleased bonus cover tracks of Metallica, Pet Shop Boys and Oingo Boingo for their upcoming headliner tour with Finnish battle metallers Turisas.


Band profile: Finntroll
Posted: 08.09.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (3)

Star Monarchy - New Project By Ex-Halford Bassist

Bassist Ray Riendeau (Ex-Halford, James LaBrie) has launched a new project called Star Monarchy.

The music will feature songs written by Ray and some collaborations with other artists. It will be recorded by an ongoing cast of players/singers in various metal genres. Volume 1 features Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish) on guitar, Dan Tompkins (Ex-Tesseract) on vocals and Peter Wildoer (Darkane, James LaBrie) on drums.


Posted: 08.09.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (1)

Ufomammut - Sign With Neurot Recordings

The Italian band Ufommamut has signed a deal for their upcoming album with Neurot Recordings.

This is what Neurot owner Steve Von Till had to say about the signing: "Welcome Ufomammut to the Neurot family. Ufomammut is our kind of band. These sonic brothers from Italy are heavy, psychedelic, and driven. We couldn't be happier than to have them working with Neurot Recordings for their next full-length album. Though we have been fans of their music for a while, being able to meet them and share the stage with them on our recent trip to Europe was awesome. We formed a great and meaningful bond, which of course is the most important aspect of what we do. We admire their prolific nature as visionary musicians, as members of the Malleus art collective, and as owners of their own label, Supernatural Cat. They truly embody the same spirit of music and art that we all strive for. Ufomammut is in the studio at this very moment working on their next epic."

Ufomammut also commented..."Working with Neurot signals an evolutionary change for Ufomammut. In the last years we've built up our own music world, doing everything by ourselves, working on our own art and recordings, creating a label, and taking care of every aspect of our projects.

We feel very excited by this change because this confirms that we did a good job, especially coming from these guys who we have always considered a great inspiration.

We're sure this Neurot and UFOMAMMUT friendship will open new perspectives and directions in our sonic adventure, because we feel we have the same vision and attitude about what music should be. In few words we feel totally honored and proud to become a part of the Neurot Family."

Ufomammut is set tour in Europe on September and October, the dates are the following:


(Supported by MoRkObOt)

14th. Groovestation - Dresden - D
15th. Festaal Kreuzberg - Berlin - D
16th. Stengade - Copenaghen - DK
17th. Inkonst - Malmo - SWE
18th. Blitz - Oslo - NO
19th. Truck Stop Alaska - Goteborg - SWE
21st . Nuclear Night Club - Oulu - FI
22nd. Lutakko - Jyväskylä - FI
23rd. Yo-talo - Tampere - FI
24th. Korjaamo - Helsinki - FI
26th. Molotow - Hamburg - D
27th. Underground - Cologne - D
28th. 013 - Tilburg - NL
29th. Bastard Club - Osnabrück - D
30th. Baroeg - Rotterdam - NL

(Supported by MoRkObOt)

01st. Het Depot - Leuven - B
03rd. The Croft - Bristol - UK
04th - The Well - Leeds - UK
05 th - The Continental - Preston - UK


Band profile: Ufomammut
Posted: 08.09.2011 by Et Ermit | Comments (5)

Krisiun - New Album Details

Brazilian death metallers Krisiun will release their new album, The Great Execution, on October 31 in Europe and November 1 in North America via Century Media Records.

The band's eighth studio CD "musically expands Krisiun trademark high-speed death metal violence with a heavily increased amount of diversity ranging from extreme tempo variations over distinct rhythm patterns to clean guitars and even Flamenco parts!" according to a press release.

Krisiun only used analog gear and instruments this time to avoid the compressed sound that so many musicians produce today. This wise decision resulted in a more organic sound, with the songs on The Great Execution possessing both warmth and rawness, which are so often lost through digital production. The low end is deeper, with drums that pound instead of bounce and guitar tones that sear rather than hiss.


Band profile: Krisiun
Posted: 08.09.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (9)

Primus - New Album Streaming Online

Green Naugahyde, the new album from US alternative metal band Primus, which doesn't hit stores until September 13th, is currently streaming in its entirety at South Park's Facebook Page as part of South Park's "Year of the Fan". Head over to that location and check it out. Previous news about the band's upcoming effort can be found over here.


Band profile: Primus
Posted: 08.09.2011 by BudDa | Comments (6)

Unirock Festival - Hammerfall And Eluveitie Drop Off The Billing

After the cancellations of Opeth and Katatonia less than a month ago Turkey's Unirock Open Air Festival, set to take place on the coming weekend from 9th to 11th of September 2011 in Istanbul, has to suffer from two further high-profile cancellations. Sweden's power metal band Hammerfall and Swiss folk metallers Eluveitie both report communication and logistic problems with the festival organizer which force both bands to pull out of the billing.


Event: Unirock Open Air Festival
Posted: 08.09.2011 by Promonex | Comments (2)

Epica - Recording New Album

As of today, symphonic metal band Epica has started the recordings for their 5th full-length album. This still untitled album will expectedly be released by Nuclear Blast on the 9th of March, 2012. Epica entered the famous Gate-studio's in Germany once more with world-renowned producer Sascha Paeth (Kamelot, Avantasia, Rhapsody Of Fire).

First up is Ariën Van Weesenbeek to record his drum parts.

Keep a close eye on the official Epica-channels for updates on the recordings!


Band profile: Epica
Posted: 08.09.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (24)

Absu - New Song Online

"Abraxas Connexus", a brand-new song from mythological metallers Absu can now be streamed on Pitchfork and in the YouTube-video below for the time being.


Band profile: Absu
Posted: 07.09.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (7)

Animals As Leaders - New Album Details

More details regarding Weightless, the second album from groundbreaking progressive instrumentalist act, Animals As Leaders, have surfaced. The endeavor was produced by drummer, Navene Koperweis and Animals As Leaders, and mixed by guitarist Javier Reyes. The album marks the recording debut of Koperweis and Reyes with Animals As Leaders.

Weightless is set to be released by Prosthetic Records in North America on November 8th, in mainland Europe on November 4th and in the UK on November 7th.


Posted: 07.09.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (4)