Calling in from a frozen tundra somewhere in Iowa, Arsis frontman/guitarist Jim Malone provides this update:
"Everyone's fine. Hard to believe this happened during the day, but the road is solid ice. The trailer flipped, broke loose of the hitch, and is now stuck in a snow bank. Better the trailer and not us. We're waiting to get it towed, since it's unusable. It's lodged in ice and we can't get to our gear, but we're sure it's all smashed. We need to assess the situation and see how much of our gear still works before we can say anything about finishing out the rest of the tour. We can't afford to buy a new trailer at this point. Again, we apologize to our fans. We'll have an update soon."
The Greek death metal band, made the following announcement recently on their official site:
"The band would like to say a warm "Welcome on board!!" to the new female singer Maria-Melissa Routi, who has undertaken from today the "Female Microphone" in KINETIC, replacing Margaret Staikou. You can find some first information about her at her MySpace profile here. Hopefully her fist live appearance with the band will be on March 15th at Underworld club (Athens) even performing a small number of songs from band's playlist."
The previous female vocalist, Margaret Staikou, was dismissed previously from the band, according to an announcement on 16/2.
Reunited US Thrashers have posted the following message on their MySpace:
"Deathrash will be posting the song "Unfinished Business" this Friday 3/07/08!!! This is the first new Deathrash song in 20 years and the first track from our upcoming CD "Thrash Beyond Death". We have also posted the artwork for the CD cover by artist Rich Rethorn Link]. You can check out more of his art at http://www.myspace.com/richrethorn. "Thrash Beyond Death" will be out summer of 2008.
ONCE MORE INTO THE PITS CAUSE WE HAVE UNFINISHED BUSINESS!!!"
The band is having a twenty year reunion and they will be releasing a CD that will include the '86 demo and a collection of never released live material from '86-'87
Peaceville Records are releasing "Still Life" (2 CD special edition including 5.1 surround Mix). Still will be a 2 disc edition of the classic Opeth album.
"This new 2 disc edition of the critically acclaimed "Still Life" features a re-mastered stereo mix of the album on CD plus DVD with new 5.1 surround sound mix plus "Face Of Melinda" filmed live in London. The artwork has been re-worked by original designer Travis Smith.
"Still Life" was Opeth's first outing for Peaceville. Blessed with renewed enthusiasm, the band delivered yet another flawless gem of an album.
Like "My Arms, Your Hearse" before it, "Still Life" was originally recorded at Gothenburg's famous Studio Fredman under the watchful eye of engineer Fredrik Nordström, and has now been re-mastered and re-mixed by Jens Borgen at Fascination Street Studios.
The Old Dead Tree have announced the following news:
"The search is over, and a new drummer has now joined the band. The level of competition and skills among the few drummers who remained at the top of the crop was extremely high, but this guy logically outplayed everyone in the end.
Indeed, we are very happy to announce that after having worked with us as a session musician for about six months now, Raphaël has decided to join The Old Dead Tree as a full time member! For those who aren't familiar with him yet, Raphaël is the drummer of the french symphonic metal band Penumbra. As a professional musician, he is also involved in others projects and various music styles. If you want to find out more about Raphaël, you can check his MySpace.
Nevermore frontman Warrel Dane has posted a new song called "Messenger", taken from his new solo album "Praises To The War Machine", on his official MySpace page. The song features a guest solo by Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis.
Warrel Dane's debut solo album, "Praises to the War Machine" cover art] will be released on April 28 in Europe and May 13 in North America via Century Media Records.
01. When We Pray
04. Lucretia My Reflection
05. Let You Down
07. Your Chosen Misery
08. The Day The Rats Went to War
11. This Old Man
Go to this location to read the Century Media press release.
The following message was posted on the official Impaled MySpace:
"After many years of hiding out, the video for the song "Choke On It" from the album "Mondo Medicale" has finally surfaced via YouTube! The video, edited and directed by our very own Raul Varela, can be viewed here. After watching it, make a promise to us to stay fuck!"
Sanctity drummer Jeremy has posted the following update:
"Just a little update for all you guys, we are all good back here in NC. We are currently writing new songs and so far they are pretty brutal. Can't wait to get them out we are stoked. The new lineup will be released soon so stay tuned with us for that. Hope everyone out there is doing awesome, can't wait to see everyone on the road."
Meshuggah will be streaming their concert "LIVE" on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at: at: 5:00pm (Pacific) -- 6:00pm (Mountain) -- 7:00pm (Central) -- 8:00pm (Eastern) -- (Europe - This will be Wednesday morning your time!) ...from The Agora Theater in Cleveland, Ohio exclusively at YeboTV.com.
The stream is FREE for fans around the world to view right from the comfort of their home computers. Visit this link to register in advance for this exclusive event.
For more info about the Dimmu Borgir free live internet stream, click here.
According to Bravewords, Danish Death/Black metallers Panzerchrist have announced the addition of drummer Morten Løwe Sørensen (The Arcane Order, Submission) who replaces Reno Kiilerich (ex-Dimmu Borgir, Hate Eternal) and new singer Johnny who replaces Bo Summer (Illdisposed). The band also features guitarists Michael Enevoldsen (ex-Illdisposed) and Rasmus Henriksen and keyboards/bassist Karina Bundgaard.
Check out Panzerchrist on http://www.myspace.com/panzerchristofficial.
Members of '80s German Thrash band Exumer began negotiating a full fledged reunion for 2009. The projected reunion includes a new album, re-releases of the band's two albums from the 1980s and a substantial tour.
Vocalist Mem V. Stein of NYC Thrashers Sun Descends comments:
"This reunion won't be like the one-off show we played at the Wacken Open Air, in 2001. This time we will deliver the entire package and release a new, third Exumer album. It's been close to 22 years since the second Exumer release in 1987 and it seems that the band is still relevant, especially when you consider the new generation of thrash metal bands that quote Exumer as a major influence of theirs. I will keep SD alive and I'm not abandoning the project but most of 2009 will be dedicated to a new Exumer album and it's promotion. We also have Paul Arakaki (guitars/bass) in the band who replaced me on the second Exumer album and now lives in Hawaii. I frequently get emails from fans asking for a Exumer reunion and I feel that the time is right to finally go ahead and make it a reality. We have never played live in North America and I believe that we owe it to the fans here in the States to see the band at least once with full-on live production"
Singapore's Rudra have issued the following update:
"Rudra has finally completed the pre-production of their yet to be titled album which will be the 2nd instalment to the Brahmavidya trilogy. The songs have so much of Brahmavidya: Primordial I & Kurukshetra in them. Shiva is still relentlessly pounding his drums as hell and Devan has contributed nasty vedic metal riffs into this one which will sure make all you faithful ones drool. Rudra will not be playing any shows till the album is completed. The band will be taking a short break after the recording which will commence next month. Soon after the break, Rudra are planning to complete songs for the 3rd instalment of the Brahmavidya trilogy, which will be a more east-meets-west fusion like vedic metal/rock. Look out for more updates!"
Teräsbetoni won the Finnish Eurovision Pre-Selection Final with their song "Missä Miehet Ratsastaa" by getting almost 40% of all the given votes. Eurovision Song Contest was held in Finland 2007 because Lordi won the Contest on 2006. Last year the winner came from Serbia and therefore this year the Contest will be held in Serbia.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2008 is the 53rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be hosted by Serbia. The semi-finals will be held on 20 and 22 May respectively and the final on 24 May 2008 in the capital, Belgrade.
Teräsbetoni (Finnish for "Steel-reinforced concrete") is a Finnish heavy metal band. Their first album "Metallitotuus" (Finnish for "Metal truth"), was published in 2005 and has so far sold more than 32,000 copies. Teräsbetoni has been strongly influenced by bands such as Manowar. So far they have done only one concert outside Finland, which was at Wacken Open Air 2005.
Guitarists Stefan Leibing has posted the following statement on the band's website:
Dear Primal Fear fans,
After 10 years being in Primal Fear I have decided to take a time out from the music business for some time. I do this for my family, especially for my two little sons, who deserve to have more time together with their father. Of course this is no easy decision, even if I know this is the right one.
I leave the guys from Primal Fear in friendship and want to thank them at this point for their understanding and supporting me in this decision.I also want to thank you fans for a wonderful time during the last years! I say goodbye to you, having in mind, that this will NOT be a goodbye forever!