UK's very own The Rotted (previously known as Gorerotted) have uploaded the first song of their upcoming album "Get Dead Or Die Trying". Click here (mp3 download) or here (stream online) to check out "Nothin' But A Nosebleed". Also the title track of the new album is available for streaming online at the band's MySpace.
"Get Dead Or Die Trying" will be released the 27th of June (D/A/CH/I) / 30th of June (rest of Europe).
"Awaiting Evil", the first album of Bay Area Thrashers Hatchet is available for streaming online at this location. "Awaiting Evil" is due for release on May 30th of (Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Italy) / May 26th of (rest of Europe) via Metal Blade.
"Awaiting Evil" cover] has the following tracklisting:
01. Darkening Skies
02. Frailty Of The Flesh
03. Sealed Fate
04. Frozen Hell
05. Attack Imminent
06. Morlocks Tomb
07. Storm The Gates
08. The Dead Will March
09. Awaiting Evil
More about Hatchet at http://www.myspace.com/hatchet2006.
Italian metallers Vision Divine have issued the following update:
"We are very happy and proud to finally announce that Fabio Lione Rhapsody Of Fire] joins Vision Divine Family again. He's best natural choice for us, and first person we thought about it, even 'cause Fabio is a wonderful singer and a very special friend. Fabio with Olaf created Vision Divine 10 years ago, he wrote wonderful melodies for first 3 band's albums (from the 1st "Vision Divine" up to the high acclaimed "Stream Of Consciousness"). Just to be clear, Fabio is fully involved with the band, not as session man but as real part of the band, including recording sessions, live shows and tours.
"After a couple of try-outs we found the perfect guy to help us out for the upcoming shows, namely Michiel van der Plicht (Toxocara, Prostitute Disfigurement)! Michiel is without doubt one of the most talented Death metal drummers in Holland, and a cool guy to work with! All shows that are scheduled for now will be played with Michiel on drums, starting with next friday when we headline the Peppel in Zeist together with Izegrim. Many thanks go to Michiel for helping us out!!
In the meantime we will continue our search for a new permanent drummer. So get in touch if you are interested!"
Norwegian metallers Helheim have issued the following update:
"We are truly sorry to say that Thorbjørn has left Helheim. He has been a central piece in Helheim since he joined in 1999. Many fantastic riffs and great ideas has come from his weird mind. Now he will focus on his other musical project, Sinking Sea, with Lindheim and others. We wish you good luck, and hope you will succeed with Sinking Sea!"
Bravewords is reporting that, Catamenia have parted ways with singer Olli-Jukka Mustonen. Guitarist Ari Nissilä has issued the following update:
"The fear that something negative will happen turned into reality at Montreal when we realized that Olli, our lead vocalist, won't show up there. Unfotunately he missed his flight at Paris CDG airport, but we did hope that he could fly to Montreal next day with reserved ticket, but this never happened.
Now, we had a nightmare staring us. We didn't came all the way to Canada just to inform that this is it, we can't do the tour. When the first shock was over, we start to seek the solution. Since I was doing vocals on rehearsals just for this kind of 'impossible situations,' we wanted to give a shot for it, so I'm going to do lead vocals.
Bay Area Thrashers Lääz Rockit have uploaded two new songs on their MySpace page. The songs are called "Brain Wash" and "Liar". More news and updates are coming soon, the band announced.
In other news, the band have inked a deal with Germany's Massacre Records. The group's new album "Left For Dead" will be released on July 25. "Left For Dead" was reportedly produced by Scott Sargeant by Juan Urteaga.
In a statement sent today to the Earache REcords offices, Glen Benton gives an update on his whereabouts and future plans for Deicide:
"It is with great pleasure to announce that I will be performing with Deicide once again after a 14 month absence and that my legal issues that have prevented myself from performing have been resolved. Without going into great detail about my personal life, because I am a person who prefers his privacy. I wish to extend my apologies to the promoters and to my business associates who may have been inconvenienced.
I look forward to rejoining Steve, Jack and Ralph on stage, and I would like to announce that we are presently booking exclusive dates or the United States and Europe for 2008 in support of "Till Death Do Us Part". I will be performing exclusive dates in major markets and festival dates only as to accommodate my parental responsibilities.
UK-based Mathcore/Progressive Avantgarde metallers SikTh have issued the following final statement concerning the band at their MySpace page:
"It deeply saddens the four of us to announce that we are closing the book on SikTh... it's time to split up. A combination of factors have driven us to make this decision. We want to assure you that if it were viable for us to carry on - we would. We are so proud of all that we have achieved as Sikth and we have agreed to work together again in the future. We are currently involved in new projects so keep checking our personal pages for announcements. And finally, we owe such huge and sincere thanks to all of you for listening to our music and enabling us to live our dream. We know we have left you in the dark lately and we are sorry for that.
The End Records have set a release date of August 5th, 2008 for Novembers Doom's first live-DVD "The Novella Vosselaar: Live in Belgium". A picture of the cover art can be found here.
The show was recorded on November 10th, 2007 in Vosselaar, Belgium at the Biebob in front of a live capacity audience. The set list covered material from most of the bands current and back catalog, ranging from the fast and heavy, to the slow ballad, the set was chosen to cover all aspects of their musical directions.
Says singer Paul Kuhr about the DVD: '"The Novella Vosselaar: Live in Belgium" is a perfect way for fans all over the world to experience Novembers Doom live, who may not have had the opportunity to attend a performance, or for those who wish to enjoy the live atmosphere in the comfort of home.'
Samples of the new upcoming album "Sweet Blood Theory" by Italian Power metallers Secret Sphere have been made available at this location (Flash Player required).
The album was recorded during December '07 and February '08 at Authoma Studios by Federico Pennazzato, and mixed in March '08 by Achim Koehler (Producer for Primal Fear, Brainstorm ,etc..) in Germany at Indiscreet Audio.
"Sweet Blood Theory" is a concept album based on the novel "The Vampire" written by John William Polidori in 1814 and is regarded as one of the early novels with a vampire character, by some even as the very first.
To embrace the concept and create the music for this fantasy epic, the band took inspiration from the famous movie director Tim Burton ("Nightmare Before Christmas", "The Corpse Bride", "Edward Scissorhand" etc), trying to re-create the typical atmospheres of his most famous movies in both the orchestral score (reminiscent of that of Danny Elfman, who did the music for the aforementioned Tim Burton movies) and for the artwork.
Jordanian dark oriental metallers Bilocate have inked a distribution deal with Daxar Multimedia Ltd. for the Middle East region for the band's upcoming album, "Sudden Death Syndrome". The CD will be made available on the shelves of Virgin Megastores showrooms in UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan and Bahrain in addition to the airports and free zones in the aforementioned countries.
The cover artwork for "Sudden Death Syndrome" can be viewed at this location. The artwork was designed by Dennis Sibeijn, who has previously worked with such bands as Draconian, Chimaira and Aborted.
Commented vocalist Ramzi Essayed: "During the mixing stage, we were working in parallel together with Dennis on the artwork idea and layout. It's ready now with the magnificent work of Dennis. He truly reflected the album spirit and concepts. A special thanks to him from Bilocate for his efforts and support."
A few weeks ago, it was announced that Metal Blade will be releasing a special edition of the 1989 Fates Warning album "Perfect Symmetry". The 2 CD and DVD package will be released on June 13 (Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Italy) and June 16 in the rest of Europe. The reissue will include remastered audio, a bonus disc of "Perfect Symmetry" demos and a DVD with over 90 minutes of live footage.
"Perfect Symmetry" was recorded and mixed between April 1989 and May 1989 at Carriage House Studios, Stamford, CT. The CD was produced by Roger Probert for Major Productions and was mixed by Phil Magnotti and Max Norman. It was the first album to feature Mark Zonder on drums.
Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity have issued the following update:
Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes are sorry to inform you that Nick Barker cannot continue to play with the bands due to a drastic change in his private life. The bands wish Nick all the best in his future life and we hope that he will feel better very soon! Drummer Peter Hornung stepped into the breach for Nick at short notice for the shows at the Gottlieb Daimler Stadium and Rockmania Festival, so that the band was able to play the shows.
In other news, both bands have also stated that the already planned tour in China and Taiwan unfortunately had to be postponed until further notice. It hopefully will take place in autumn this year. Both bands are deeply touched by the momentary situation in the disaster areas and feel deep sympathy for all the people involved.