Finnish Power Metallers Sonata Arctica have issued the following update:
"As many already know, our guitarist Jani Liimatainen has been absent from the line-up this spring and summer. The reason was his messing around with his compulsory military/civil/prison duty, or rather, complete failure to take care of it.
This matter, and everything that goes with it, caused a split between Jani and the other band members. This split was impossible to mend without Jani's help and co-operation.
Therefore we would like to make known the following: During fall of '06 and spring of '07, Jani's personal matters and actions drove us to a situation where we had no option but to ask Jani to leave the band.
This following text was posted at Evergrey's Blog:
"Our new bass-players name is Jari Kainulainen!
Some of you might know him as a former member of Stratovarius and we are extremely happy to have him in the band as we know he will improve our sound in a great way which he already proved when we rehearsed together.
Me and Henrik talked after the rehearsal and both said we had goosebumps and this coming from a a guy playing bass. Before it's always been like - hey whatever it's only bass - but now we really feel that Jari will bring our sound up to a new level .
We got along great and it of course also helps a lot that Jari is a very experienced player when it comes to playing live with his several world tours together with Stratovarius as proof.
"The End Records has set a North American release date of October 2nd, 2007 for the upcoming album "Shadows Of The Sun" from Norway's Ulver.
The album serves as the follow-up to 2004's "Blood Inside", the critically-acclaimed album that showcased the band's vibrant musical progression masterfully scripted amongst their unique vision, style and sound.
To view a large version of the "Shadows Of The Sun" artwork, go here."
In regards to the direction of the new album, the band recently posted on their official site: "Many of you have been waiting for sound, and we are sorry for the silence. We needed to be alone, without the hustle and bustle of the living. We are uncomfortable with the world, the industry and our place. We have been working, sluggishly, well aware we could end up with nothing. Nonetheless we believe we have succeeded in giving our fears some kind of form. We feel it is our most personal record to date. Low-key, dark, and tragic. As we are."
Finally, the day I know you (and we) have all been waiting for: Mr. van Drunen added his sick vocals to the 4 tracks which will soon be known as the first official Hail Of Bullets promo! He came in, had a few beers, killed a few microphones, had a few more beers, and so it was done.
We put up one song for your enjoyment, but be sure to check back regularly, we may upload another one. Note: this is still unmixed, hopefully by the end of august we'll be able to put up the real thing (i.e. mixed by the master of heaviness, Dan Swanö).
For now let this rough slice of brutality satisfy your cravings for all things death and metal!
The following message was posted on Astral Doors's official website:
"As you can see here, the new cover for our upcoming album "New Revelation" is done. It was created by the Germany company Killustrations (cover here).
We've uploaded one full song and 2 samples for you to check out of "New Revelation". The full song is the title-track. We're very curious to hear your opinion on it, so feel free to leave us a comment in the guestbook or on our new forum (which should be online within the next few days)." (You can find these samples on a jukebox by clicking here).
"New Revelation" tracklisting:
01. New Revelation
02. Freedom War
03. Pentecostal Bound
A brand new The Old Dead Tree track entitled 'Dive', has been posted online at this location. The song comes off the Parisian goth metallers' new album "The Water Fields" due on September 17 via Season of Mist. The CD was recorded at Stage One Studio in Germany with producer Andy Classen.
The following message was posted on Enslaved's official website:
"Enslaved said they would be back with a new European tour in the fall of 2007, and they stick to their word. 12 exclusive European shows have been officially added to the busy autumn schedule:
16th Oct 2007: Paris - Locomotive (FR)
17th Oct 2007: Lyon - CCO Villeurbanne (FR)
18th Oct 2007: Belfort - Poudrière (FR)
19th Oct 2007: Niort - Camji (FR)
20th Oct 2007: Rennes - Ubu (FR)
21st Oct 2007: London - Mean Fiddler (UK)
22nd Oct 2007: UK - TBA
23rd Oct 2007: Mezz, Breda (NL)
24th Oct 2007: Biebob, Vosselaar (B)
25th Oct 2007: Doornroosje, Nijmegen (NL)
26th Oct 2007: Munich - Backstage (DE) (w/ Secrets Of The Moon)
"We present you the first episode of COBTV News - a special report from the studio session for the band's brand new song Tie My Rope which will appear on the upcoming Viva La Bands Volume Two CD, in stores Sept 4th throughout North America."
The video is available on Children Of Bodom's website for download or streaming.
The following message was posted on Earache's website:
"August 27th sees the long-awaited release of "Enter The Grave" from upcoming Yorkshire thrashers Evile. To mark the release of their debut the band are giving away an exclusive red 7 inch with all pre-orders from the Earache webstore, along with a free Evile poster. Click here to see a picture of the red 7 inch vinyl. The vinyl is Limited Edition, with only 1,000 copies available and features two unreleased demo tracks entitled 'Darkness Shall Bring Death' and 'Sacrificial'. The 7 inch will also be available with 'Enter The Grave' from selected independent retailers. To see a list of these stores, click here.
The new album of Dutch Death Metallers Gorefest, "Rise To Ruin", is available for streaming in its entirety on the band's MySpace page.
Due in the U.S. on September 25 (Candlelight) and in Europe on August 3 (Nuclear Blast), the CD was mixed by Danish producer Tue Madsen at his Antfarm studios in Århus, Denmark. "He managed to make everything sound even heavier than we'd imagined," guitarist Frank Harthoorn previously said.
Brazilian Thrashers Chaosfear have posted the news on their website:
"After quitting Scars, Edu Boccomino was interested in playing with his brother Fernando once again. "Everything happened so naturally because we have been friends for such a long time. We just had a quick talk and started playing again.", said the rest of the band. Welcome back Edu."
Guitarist Eduardo Boccomino is the brother of vocalist, guitarist Fernando Boccomino. Eduardo quit the band before the release of the "Inside The Extreme World" demo. The whole demo is available for free download at the band's website at this location.
Chaosfear has started writing material for the follow-up to "One Step Behind Anger", tentatively due in 2008 via OSM Records.
Rare video clips of Canadian Thrash legends Annihilator have recently been posted on YouTube, which showcase the band performing live at various points throughout their career, including the following:
'Riff Raff' (AC/DC cover live in Japan 1995): video
official 'Syn Kill' video video
'The Perfect Virus' (live in Greece 2001): video
'Shallow Grave' (live in Greece 2001): video
'Blackest Day' (live in Paris 2002): video
'Never Neverland' (live on SwedenRock cruise 2006): video
UPDATED (on 13/08/07) thanks to Nervel:
Annihilator has posted more video's online, check them out at this YouTube location.
The following dates have been released for the "Lucifer Over America Tour 2008" featuring Rotting Christ, Immolation, Belphegor and Averse Sefira:
February 4 - Charlote, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
February 5 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
February 6 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
February 7 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
February 8 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
February 9 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
February 10 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
February 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
February 12 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
February 14 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
February 15 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
February 16 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
February 19 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Devildriver have been added to this summer's Ozzfest 2007 following the departure of Mondo Generator. Starting in Dallas, TX on August 2, Devildriver will be playing the second stage at 3:30pm.
Coupled with this announcement, the band have also been forced to cancel their upcoming headlining tour of the US. It's expected they will be back out on the road in North America in early'08 to support their new record The Last Kind Words, out July 31 through Roadrunner Records.
August 2 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Center,
August 4 - San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 6 - St. Louis, MO @ UMB Bank Pavilion
August 8 - Columbus, OH @ Germain Amphitheatre
August 10 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Killswitch Engage's video for the cover of the Dio classic 'Holy Diver' has been posted on MySpace at this location.
The clip was shot in the Calistoga, California area the weekend of June 16-17 with director Brian Thompson.