Stratovarius will return to North America for a short tour this autumn. They will also take part in a once-in-a-lifetime pre-concert meet-and-greet which will take place prior to doors opening. With a purchase of the VIP ticket, you gain access to the venue at least one hour early for the meet-and-greet.
This is available for all shows and will be on sale until all VIP tickets are sold out (limited to 100 per night). You can purchase these VIP tickets at EnterTheVault.com; you will then be automatically registered to win four tickets to a show of your choice between May 27 and December 31, 2009. Each city will have one winner and they will be notified via e-mail on May 19.
Tickets for all shows are on sale via EnterTheVault.com exclusively until March 20 at which point they will become available through all normal ticketing outlets.
This was recently posted on the official Faithful Darkness website:
"It is with great sadness we must announce that Andrea is no longer a part of Faithful Darkness. Duo to personal and professional reasons FD and Andrea must go separate ways. We wish her the best of luck in the future. This doesn't effect the gig at The Tivoli.
But one thing leads to another and this means that Faithful Darkness is in the need of a new keyboard player. If YOU think that you would be the new perfect FD keyboard player, please send a E-mail to Johan faithfuldarkness com. Write a couple of lines about yourshelf, what your exerience are and why you should be perfect for Faithful!
We have a demo version of the song "Black Mirrors Reflection" at our MySpace."
Danish metallers Illnath have issued the following update:
"Next Friday, February 13th at Pavillionen Grenå (Denmark) we will say goodbye to Artur "Tyr" Meinild and give a big welcome to Larz Munch on the keyboards. Larz has been taking care of the keys in the Danish 'Faith No More Jam' for several years, and now we have the honour to wish him welcome in the Illnath camp.
Don't miss the show... both Tyr and Larz will be found on stage and it's gonna be a very special night for all of us!"
Pelican have issued the following update on their MySpace:
"The news is true, over the weekend we met up with Greg Anderson of Southern Lord Records over a round of espressos and signed a recording contract to do our next few records with his label. We couldn't be more excited- the label is home to some good friends and amazing bands: Boris, Earth, Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Burning Witch... I could seriously go on all day. Please don't get the wrong impression, Hydrahead are still our friends and family. But after 6 years, 3 full-lengths, 3 eps, 2 dvds, and a large handful of limited releases we felt like we needed a change of scenery, a chance to try some different waters. In others words, we are the same old Pelican just doing records on a new label.
"Embraze has come to the end of the road; we have decided to call it quits. The decision was made together as a band, and we want to throw one more gig and finish the story of Embraze with style.
Lots of water has streamed in River Kiiminkijoki in the past 15 years, when children have become so-called grown-ups. We've experienced moments of joy and success just as well as some setbacks, line-up changes and battles with record labels. Despite the energy-consuming setbacks, however, we have prevailed and made a long career.
One of the best recording experiences we had was recording "Katharsis" in the Finnish Lapland when we packed our gear in a trailer and recorded the album at Raanujärvi with Aki Karppinen and Kake Vähäkuopus. We lived and worked in a 300m² mansion, brought from the 19th century Soviet Union. The doors at the mansion locked themselves on their own from the inside and all kinds of fun and exciting things were going on in the house. It was great experiencing that recording sessions can, indeed, be relaxing and fun.
This year, Mayhem are about to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band and you are all welcome to the party! Thunderdome Touring and Season of Mist are proud to announce that the Norwegians veterans will team up with some of the strongest extreme metal acts to tour North America on next May and June! Enter the Blackenedfest, featuring: Mayhem, Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation and Withered.
Here are the tour dates:
21 May 09 - New York, NY (US) The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
22 May 09 - Baltimore, MD (US) Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
23 May 09 - Atlanta, GA (US) Masquerade
24 May 09 - Orlando, FL (US) Club Firestone
26 May 09 - Houston, TX (US) Numbers
27 May 09 - San Antonio, TX (US) White Rabbit
The dates for the the Paganfest America Part II Tour are revealed. The upcoming traveling spectacle will include: Finland's folk freaks Korpiklaani as the headliners, Switzerland's Eluveitie, Ireland's Primordial, Finland's Moonsorrow, Canada's Blackguard (formerly known as Profugus Mortis) and straight off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, New Jersey's crazy Pirate Metal drunks, Swashbuckle as the opening party starters throughout the tour!
Apr 28 2009 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
Apr 29 2009 - Montreal, QC - Medley
Apr 30 2009 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial
May 01 2009 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
May 03 2009 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
May 04 2009 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Finnish metallers Amorphis have revealed some new details about their new fothcoming album, entilted "Skyforger". The album will be released on May 29 via Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork of the album can be viewed at this location.
Tracklisting of the "Skyforger":
02. Silver Bride
03. From The Heaven Of My Heart
04. Sky Is Mine
05. Majestic Beast
06. My Sun
07. Highest Star
09. Course Of Fate
10. From Eearth I Rose
Swedish melodic death metal band Zonaria are now confirmed as support for Norwegian black metallers Satyricon, during their Scandinavian tour 2009. A tour poster can be found here.
The dates are as follows:
April 13 - SE Göteborg, Trädgårn
April 14 - DK Århus, Voxhall
April 15 - DK Copenhagen, The Rock
April 16 - SE Malmö, KB
April 17 - SE Mariestad, Folkparken
April 18 - SE Sundsvall, Nordfest
April 19 - SE Västerås, Sigurdsgatan 25
April 21 - SE Stockholm, Klubben
April 23 - FI Helsinki, nosturi
April 24 - FI Tampere, Pakkahoune
April 25 - FI Oulu, Teatria
April 27 - SE Umeå, Folkets Hus
It's official: the new After All album is called "Cult Of Sin".
The Belgian Thrash metal band comments: "Right now, we're looking at an early March 2009 release. We'll announce the exact date in a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, we can already reveal Gabriel Bueno's amazing artwork for the new album. Gabriel has been designing some very interesting stuff lately, for bands like Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God and Unearth. It's nice to be part of such an impressive portfolio.
Dan Swanö (known from his work for Edge Of Sanity, Hail Of Bullets, Novembers Doom, among others) finished mixing and mastering "Cult Of Sin" earlier this week at Unisound in Örebro, Sweden. Dan provided us with an ultra-heavy, yet crystal clear sound, exceeding any expectation we had - just the way this record was supposed to sound!
Psyopus is proud to announce the release date for their third album "Odd Senses". The album is to be released Feb 17th 2009. The album will list 10 tracks all lending themselves to the Psyopus tech, mathy and experimental formula:
03. The Burning Halo
04. Duct Tape Smile
05. X and Y
07. Imogen's Puzzle Pt 3
08. Choker Chain
09. Ms Shyflower
10. A Murder to Child
Psyopus is also happy to announce their track "The Burning Halo" has been placed on their MySpace page for fans review.
UPDATE (thanks to ArtiA)
Psyopus have posted "Medusa", the second new song coming off "Odd Senses", online over at the band's MySpace.
Metallica have won a Grammy Award in the Best Metal Performance category with the song "My Apocalypse" at the 51st annual Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles last night. This is Metallica's eight Grammy thus far, including five for "Best Metal Performance."
All the nominees for Best Metal Performance (for solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only):
DragonForce - Heroes Of Our Time (from the album "Ultra Beatdown")
Judas Priest - Nostradamus (from the album "Nostradamus")
Metallica - My Apocalypse (from the album "Death Magnetic")
Ministry - Under My Thumb (from the album "Cover Up")
Slipknot - Psychosocial (from the album "All Hope Is Gone")