German Black Metal band Dark Fortress completed their line up again with a new vocalist. A statement on the band's MySpace blog goes as follows:
"After receiving various applications we finally decided to recruit Morean of progressive death/thrashers Noneuclid as our new vocalist. Morean already appeared on "Séance" as the composer of the piece 'Incide' and the arranger of the string section used in the song 'While They Sleep'. Our decision is based on his immense musical and vocal abilities, his personage and dedication to extreme and dark music. He will be responsible for the lyrical concept of the forthcoming album, which will be completely finished by the end of October. Expect a world-wide release via Century Media Records in early 2008, followed by increased live activities."
The following update has been posted on Helloween's official MySpace page:
"Ok everyone, here it is, the album gambling with the devil. Here is the cover anyway as David just posted it not too long ago on the official website. Obviously August 24th comes in Germany before it comes to America so I am posting this about 12:30 my time here in Cleveland. Oh and all of you who feared that this would be the crappy imposter cover posted all over the internet can put your fears to rest. Thic cover is a hell of a lot better!
Here it is guys and gals! Let me know what you all think!
Leave your comments on the blog! The cover looks fucking awesome! I will have a tracklisting for all of you as soon as I have the information. The tentative release date is October 31st 2007."
The following update was posted on Metal Mind's official website:
"Vader will release their third DVD in October. The DVD entitled "...And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw" will feature the footage from the band's fantastic concert at Stodola Club in February 2007, which was the final stop of the tour promoting their latest album "Impressions in Blood". The show was filmed with 7 cameras so you can expect a truly amazing recording with great lights and dynamic shots - over 80 min. of brutal, fast, uncompromising death metal!! As a special surprise for the fans, the concert featured also a guest appearance of Orion: a member of two other great Polish metal acts: Vesania & Behemoth.
Danish Extreme Metal act Illdisposed have signed with AFM Records. The official press release goes as follows:
"There are band who come out and play, and there are bands who just simply rock and kick every ass! Illdisposed are maybe the coolest and most sick rockstars on earth - but they just simply rule! Since their debut album "Four Depressive Seasons" in 1993 the band did nine killer albums including their current Roadrunner release "Burn Me Wicked".
Finally Illdisposed have signed a new deal with AFM Records, who set up the release date for their 10th strike on March, 28th 2008.
Guitar player Jakob Batten comments: "I am happy to announce that we have signed a new worldwide record deal with AFM Records. This will be the beginning of a new chapter in the illdisbook and we're looking forward to work with these guys. It's time for being a priority now. For some years our albums have been limited to Europe and a few other territories - now it's time for the whole world to be able to buy our albums at their local album pusher again. The new album will contain 12 songs of groovy brutality."
According to the website of Roadrunner Records the bassist of Machine Head, Adam Duce, get injured while doing some Dirt Biking in Redding, California.
The first diagnose was a bad sprain of his leg, but additional physical examinations and an x-ray revealed that his leg actually was broken. This diagnose required surgery to attach a steel plate and two screws to the broken bone.
A disappointed Duce commented this accident: "It sucks to be in this position, because we have such a killer tour set up for the end of the summer and now we'll have to find a replacement for me. I've never missed one show that this band has ever played up to this point and I never thought I would see the day when Machine Head would be playing and I wouldn't be on stage."
The band entered the studio last week with producer and guitarist J-f Dagenais, - drummer Max Duhamel will be first laying down the drum work for "Prevail" - The recording process will last five weeks (hopefully) with vocalist Maurizio Iacono schedualed to record his vocals in September.
" The album is done and ready to go, although it was a breeze to write this album as things came so naturally, on the lyrics end, I worked the hardest i have in years making sure everything is where it should be,at times it was real difficult but the end result will speak for itself, Im truely convinced this album will take no prisoners, as you know we dont repeat the same record twice, this album stands on a league of its own..and im not saying its our best album, because only the fans have the right to say wether it is or not, all im saying is I listen to the songs and I wanna punch the fucking wall, that means we are on to something good."
Belgian's loudest - Thrash Metal band - After All have updated their website with the following update:
"For reasons beyond his control, After All singer Piet Focroul is forced to sit out most of the upcoming European tour with Vicious Rumors and Agent Steel. On the affected dates, Piet will be replaced by Peter Evrard.
The scheduled dates in Dortmund, Frankfurt, Weert, Eeklo (Meetjesland Metalfest IV), Noordwijk and Rijssen are not affected and will feature Piet as lead singer. Peter joins the tour from September 10th in Pratteln, Switzerland, until the end of the run in Vienna, Austria on September 29th.
The show must go on indeed. However, Peter joining the band is a temporary thing only. From October on, Piet returns and will perform with After All as scheduled."
Green Carnation frontman and guitarist Tchort has announced in an announcement on the band's website that the current line up of Green Carnation has split up.
"Although releasing the amazing concert DVD "A Night Under The Dam" earlier this year, the band felt drained of energy after the miserable organized USA tour put together by The End Records and their booking agent. The End Records being one of the main supporters of the band the last years, bringing hope back to Green Carnation's view on the music business, left the band with broken promises, huge debts, theft of license money and a poor organized tour draining the band for energy. The band doesn't blame The End Records for all of its problems, but they made a bad situation worse by first giving the tour a green light when the conditions for the tour were doomed from the beginning and then later withdraw license money, merchandise money, merchandise and not paying the band or its sound engineer, leaving the band in debts. All of which could have been avoided by cancelling the tour before it started. The End Records lost money on the tour as well, so why it wasn't cancelled when the contracts for the tour were offered to the label, is a unanswered question.
Finnish Atmospheric Gothic Metal/Gothenburg Metal band Fall Of The Leafe have split up after a carreer of eleven years.
Vocalist Tuomas Tuominen has issued the following statement on the band's official website:
"It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that after our last remaining shows in September, Fall of the Leafe is no more.
The reasons that led to this this decision are many and the biggest one I cannot put my finger on. I think we were lead and ultimately forced into this decision by each other, by the same very different tastes and likings that made our music so special, by our private lives and perhaps finally by our own faults as people.
For me, it has been a ten year experience and adventure with my friends and all of you who have shared Fall of the Leafe with us. For that I thank you all. Thank you Jussi, Kaj, Matias, Petri, Miska - it's been a blast."
San Francisco Bay Area Thrashers Exodus have revelaed the details of their eighth studio album.
"The album is titled " The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A ". And the track listing is as follows.
01. A Call To Arms
02. Riot Act
03. Funeral Hymn
04. Children Of A Worthless God
05. As It Was, As It Soon Shall Be
06. The Atrocity Exhibition
08. The Garden Of Bleeding
09. Bedlam 123
Why Exhibit A you might ask? Because we already have four songs recorded and finished for the next album, which we will resume recording some time around the end of the year, and this is a two part record. Part two being exhibit B. So yes, there will be another Exodus album finished hopefully soon after the release of this one."
As announced on the band's MySpace, Porcupine Tree are going to release a new mini album in September called "Nil Recurring". It will feature 4 tracks (almost 30 minutes of music) that were written during the "Fear Of A Blank Planet" sessions, including the title track featuring Robert Fripp on guitar, and "Cheating The Polygraph", which was premiered on the 2006 tour, but subsequently left off the "Fear Of A Blank Planet" album.
Full tracklisting is:
01. Nil Recurring (6.08)
02. Normal (7.07)
03. Cheating the Polygraph (7.06)
04. What Happens Now? (8.23)
Surround sound mixes of the new tracks will be included on the definitive "Fear Of A Blank Planet" 5.1 DVDA edition. This DVDA will also include a special "Fear Of A Blank Planet" introduction short film made by Lasse Hoile, and the video for the title track.
Peaceville Records is proud to announce the forthcoming release by one of the metal world's greatest acts.
"The Roundhouse concert will always be a very memorable gig for us for many reasons, but most importantly it caught the band at the peak of the "Ghost Reveries" tour. I must say we're quite tight after 18 odd months on the road supporting the record. I'm extremely pleased we got it documented and I hope it will please our beloved fans as well. As an extra bonus we've decided to collaborate with one of our past labels for this release, the legendary Peaceville Records. Here's a toast to Hammy and Lisa for helping us back in the day as well as to the new team for preserving this pleasurable memory for today's music lovers as well as for generations to come." - Mikael Åkerfeldt
According to a press release of Relapse Records, the guys of reunited seminal grindcore / extreme metal outfit Brutal Truth have begun writing for a new full-length album. The troupe has crafted six brand new songs so far, each one faster and more brutal than the one before it.
Brutal Truth's Danny Lilker elaborates: ""We have 6 new songs in varying stages of evolution that are shaping up to be some of the most intense shit we've ever written. After 8 years it feels damn good to write some really psychotic grind, and we've jumped right into the deep end of the pool. Stylistically it seems to pick up where Sounds of the Animal Kingdom left off with the main difference being we're also incorporating some of the old school type riffing from Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses but at a much faster tempo. We'll keep you posted as things develop!"
Vocalist Mikkel Sandager of Danish metal act Mercenary has issued the following update:
"Well, first of all, the new album is really progressing rapidly. We are in writing mode and it feels really good to be creative again. I guess I didn't realize how much I had piled up inside because I find myself writing and writing.
"Can't comment on any titles or songs yet but I am really exited about everything I have heard so far. It is going to be very nice to have René in the process as well as he is able to give us the harsh vocals that I couldn't do on 'The Hours That Remain'.
"On another note, I am starting to look very much forward to playing the next show. I guess I have become quite addicted to doing shows and I feel pretty strange to not play any for two or three months.