More sad news in the world of Rock. Gotthard singer Steve Lee died yesterday (5th October 2010) in a motorcycle accident in the United States.
He was 47 years old when he died in the accident in Nevada. Long-time Gotthard manager Jan Bayati commented "it is a tragedy." and that he would give more details soon. But the Nevada Highway Patrol have confirmed the death, confirming it happened about 50 miles north of the "Las Vegas Motor Speedway".
He died at the scene after being clipped by a lorry.
As you might have heard, cult progressive metal band Psychotic Waltz recently reunited. But now the band issued the news on their Facebook Page that also original guitarist Dan Rock has re-joined the fold, meaning Psychotic Waltz are back in their original setting.
Said the band: "Original guitar player Dan Rock returns. The circle is now complete. Huge thanks to Steve Cox for helping us get this thing back off the ground. We really appreciate everything you have done over the last year. Thank you Brother. We wouldn't be where we are now without your help."
Vocalist Devon Graves (also in Deadsoul Tribe) released the following statement in mid-September: "I am blown away by the response over Psychotic Waltz. I am really looking forward! In the meantime, please don't overlook my other band, The Shadow Theory. We have a new album out this November (October for the US) 2010. This album could be the highpoint of my career (so far). My intention is to be in both bands for the... future. Enjoy The Shadow Theory while Psychotic Waltz writes the new album. You have time."
Swedish metallers One Man Army And The Undead Quartet have issued the following update:
Marek here with an update from Black lounge / The abyss studio.
So the process have begun, we are recording a new album. The dark epic... And what a killer album it will be. I starded this morning off pretty early about 7 am. Changed all the heads and tuned and rigged my kit. Jonas showed up as planned about 9am and started putting micks on the drums and preparing all his stuff. By lunch the linecheck and basicsound was complete and we where ready to start tracking.
We grabbed a quick bite and then started.
First of was "The Dark Epic..." then "Devil's Harlot", followed by "Zombie Syndrome" and finishing up the day with "Inside The Head Of God". If felt really good to get such start from day one. I'm really happy with today, tired but happy.
Finnish death metal band Torture Killer have released the following statement:
"The tours and shows to support our third album, Sewers, are now complete. Doing a full list of dates here back home, European tour with Demonical, a Russian tour, homeland festivals and the Baltic dates with Cannibal Corpse behind us, we will now look into the future.
We have a bunch of songs at demo phase and will start working on them in the coming weeks. 2011 will not see a new full-length but we are doing something for sure, a mini-CD or a seven inch. More on that as things move forward."
Catamenia main-man Riku Hopeakoski has announced the following huge line-up changes:
"I'm sad to inform you all about huge and unfortunate line-up changes in the band. Ari Nissilä (vocals/guitar), Toni Kansanoja (bass), Kari Vähäkuopus (clean vocals) and Mikko Nevanlahti (drums) decided to part ways with Catamenia because of their project bands, businesses, lack of inspiration and time, personal issues and etc.
I had a great time with you and hope nothing but the best for you. We'll always be true friends, no question about it! You've been my family for years and you will always be part of it, now and in future! There are no words to describe, but only: Thousands of sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart, guys - it was a damn awesome journey with great unforgettable memories! THANK YOU!!!
In other news, the band will release their third full-length album Damnation Reigns on October 22 through Black Bards Entertainment. The album features guest appearances by Tim "The Ripper" Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest, Iced Earth) and Victor Smolski (Rage).
Hail Of Bullets have launched a full album stream of the upcoming album On Divine Winds exclusively on MetalUnderground.com. Go check it out here.
In conjunction with the upcoming second full-length release from Hail Of Bullets, On Divine Winds, Metal Blade Records has teamed up with MetalUnderground.com to premier the "extreme modern metal" act's album On Divine Winds in its entirety. The stream ends Monday, October 11th (the official street date of the album in North America).
Finnish heavy metal monsters Lordi have released the following statement:
"It is our unfortunate task to inform that drummer Kita is no longer a member of Lordi. Kita has made a decision to pursue his own career publicly as himself, without his alter ego Kita. This is in direct conflict with one of the cornerstones of Lordi's image. Therefore it is not possible for him to continue as a member of the band anymore.
Lordi will continue as always, masked and costumed, consisting of monster personas. Also, the upcoming tour will happen as planned. We thank Kita for the years he has been an important part of the band and our successes and wish him all the best in his future."
This hard decision came after the announcement earlier today that Finnish melodic rock band Stala & So. - which features in its ranks Kita (real name: Sampsa Astala) on vocals and ex-Lordi bassist Kalma (real name: Niko Hurme; also known by his current stage name Nick Gore) - will be competing to represent Finland in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.
Canadian death metal outfit Thy Flesh Consumed has decided to call it quits. The band issued the following statement:
"October 30th, 2010 will be Thy Flesh Consumed's final show. Vocalist Peter Mestre is moving out of province for work. It should be noted that the collective interest in the band has been fading this past year and regardless, the end was near. Instead of fading away, we are going out with a bang, and on October 30th, we will be sharing the stage with Hellacaust and Terratomb for the last time. Expect blasting material from all 4 full-lengths as well as material from our upcoming "swan song" split with Tyrant's Blood. Hellacaust will be celebrating their 10th anniversary with an all out horror themed show so please come in costume!
Brothers Massimiliano Antonio and Igor Graziano Cavalera are scheduled to return to their homeland of Brasil together to perform with their side project Cavalera Conspiracy at this year's Starts With You (SWU) Festival on October 11th. This performance will be the brothers first time appearing onstage together in Brasil since they toured the country around the release of Sepultura's Roots, just before the subsequent fracture of the band band 15 years ago. Get your tickets now. Cavalera Conspiracy will be warming up for the show with a performance at the Maquinaria Festival in Santiago, Chile on October 9th.
Cavalera Conspiracy are expected to release their forthcoming second album (the followup to 2008's debut Inflikted) at the start of 2011.
By popular, close to overwhelming demand we are hosting a Tr00 Satanic Black Metal edition of the infamous Greatest Metal Video Ever... Series. Here to take you on a journey to the world of raped goat corpses, shameless blasphemy and expressive panda make-up is your mistress of evil, Elodie Artour. Off we go!
The Black Satans - Satanic Darkness
Shot in the deepest darkest woods of Finland on a sunny summerday, The Black Satan's video has everything a black metal video needs: inverted crosses, an undisputed toughguy attitude, female slaves, evil facial expressions, partial nudity and a flag of Norway. Grimness; they're doing it right!
Reckless Tide - Kleemähendeäbte
The life of a black metal warrior sure is tough... or so this video implies. We all know those days when you wake up with tons of make-up and Hawaii shorts on, when it feels like the whole world - including that son of a bitch Superman - seems to be in your way. Add a wiseguy in a suit who has had his face painted, performing a line that could be described best as a mixture of Alphaville and HIM, whispering to a plush white tiger and an iceman trying to make a living... and what do you get? The perfect black metal video of course!
Ex-Carnal Forge drummer and founding member Stefan Westerberg (ex-Steel Attack, World Below, Asperity) - who parted ways with Carnal Forge back in January - has now officially joined Wasteland Skills, the alternative metal band from Kristianstad, Sweden.
Commented the band: "Today is a great day for the band, we´re now a full band again. Our NEW drummer is Stefan Westerberg (ex. Carnal Forge). And we´re now rehearsing as much as we can so we can hit the road and play for you guys."
The band just got signed with Swedish Amplifi Management and a new record, Beyond the Barrier, is scheduled to be released in November/December. More info on Wasteland Skills can be found on MySpace.