Drummer Marcus Losbjer of the Swedish metal band Wolverine has issued the following update:
"I'm looking forward to FINALLY record the new album, after more than 3(!) years of writing in a limbo! The absence of inspiration have been really severe this time. This album have been a struggle to write, by far the most difficult album to puzzle together out of all the Wolverine albums. It's the complete opposite to the last album ("Still") that was a dream to write. It was fast and actually quite easy!
As you may have read on forums, MySpace and so on, we've had more difficulties to deal with this year than just the minor problems concerning the band. The heartproblems with Stefans daughter has maybe been the toughest. A reminder of how fragile we are! Everything has been mixed into a big melting-pot, just ready to explode! Thankfully, it didn't.
"AC/DC had been in existence for six years and had released as many albums when they recorded this rollicking show at Towson State College, near Baltimore, Maryland. The band was in its prime, with vocalist Bon Scott leading the group through what would later be viewed as some of their strongest material, with the Young Brothers (Angus and Malcolm) driving the guitar-boogie riffs at full throttle.
The band had just released "Highway To Hell", the album that would break the entertaining Aussie band worldwide, and was burning up the rock radio charts with a platter of classics that included "Girl's Got Rhythm," "Touch Too Much," and the title track.
Just like last year, Mob Rules are wishing their fans a Happy New Year with promises for a new album. The band revealed the following:
"Meanwhile the band continues to work on the new (already 6th) album. No album title is confirmed yet, but a "hint" to the previous album "Ethnolution A.D." is likely. The main part of songs is already composed, also the band has started to record the first songs in the studio. This time Mob Rules' members work in legs to secure the best result possible. Beside the known Mob Rules qualities the new album will hold some surprises and unexpected things in store. One secret can be revealed here now: the six Northern Germans have written the longest song of their career so far and will amaze you with a real Melodic Metal pamphlet that lyrically deals with a very exciting up-to-date subject.
Dark Moor are sad to announce that Dani Fernandez has decided to parts ways with the band. "We want to thank Dani for his work and dedication all these years and wish the very best for the future!"
You can read a personal statement from the former Dark Moor bassist here:
"I will try to go straigh to the point in this statement. After thinking about this a lot, I took this tough decision that my time in Dark Moor ends here.
In the last few months my head was not with Dark Moor and this situation could have been damaging for the band and for my personal relation with Alfred, Enrik and Roberto in a near future, therefore after some conversations with the guys I have made this decision, which I think is the right thing to do.
Death metallers Resurrection have issued the following update on their MySpace page:
"The long awaited "Embalmed Existence" re-issue is finally ready for release. The official release date is March 27th via Massacre Records. This disc will include the re-mastered original recordings, both demo recordings prior to the "Embalmed Existence" album, and the original storyteller recording sessions from the album that are unedited complete stories, plus other bonus material. The CD will feature an extra large 18 page booklet with liner notes and never before seen photos and other extras. We hope that you all will enjoy this release and you might want to consider adding this to your collection as soon as it comes out as it won't be getting another release... this is it. There will be a new line of "Embalmed Existence" merchandise available by the release date of the disc."
Polish Heavy metallers Crystal Viper have posted the following update on their MySpace blog:
"As some of you probably know, our live guitarist - Rafal "Guras" Gorny - had to leave Crystal Viper due to his day job. We of course remain friends, and Guras will always be part of the Crystal Viper family. Thank you for everything, brother!
We also want to announce, that Crystal Viper has new official guitarist, who filled the slot after Rafal "Guras". His name is Mateusz "Gajdek" Gajdzik (and you may also know his other band, Witchking).
Since Gajdek is band's member for just few days, and had no time to prepare all the material yet, the very next Crystal Viper live show (January 23, Valencia, Spain) will be played with a very special guest on 2nd guitar: Pete Raven of Kruk (who also played with Crystal Viper last year in Germany).
Peter Tägtgren has issued the following update, on behalf of Hypocrisy:
"There hasn't been too much going on for the past year or so, so it hasn't made sense to update... but now things are looking up. Bassist Mikael Hedlund came to the Abyss Studio the other day and between me and him we have 13 songs done, and Horgh will come to studio beginning of January and crack the drums on it. Just wanted to let you know that we still breathing. We´ll keep you updated from now on with the prossess of the making of the new album."
French metallers Lyzanxia have issued the following update :
To celebrate Lyzanxia's 10-year anniversary, we decided to treat ourselves, our fans and our buddies to something really fun and special...brand new versions our 4 favorite songs from our very first demo "Lullaby"!
The 4 songs that we picked for a special 2008 total makeover are Trepan, My Prisoner, Hurricane, and Slave Cross. We just finished re-recording them and it feels so good to be able to offer them to you all with the sound that they deserve! And of course we had a blast and many fits of laughter re-arranging and re-listening to the original versions! The cringe factor was off the charts and it was so much fun to go back to those very early days and realize how much we have evolved in the past ten years!
Seattle-based hard rock band Q5, featuring famed tremolo manufacturer Floyd Rose, is confirmed for the next edition of Germany's Headbangers Open Air festival to take place in Brande-Hörnerkirchen near Hamburg on 23rd/24th of July 2009. The band will play for the very first time in Europe.
US metallers God Forbid have posted online a new song, entitled "The Rain", on their MySpace page.
The track comes off the group's new album, entitled "Earthsblood", which will be released via Century Media Records on February 16th, 2009 in Europe and February 24th, 2009 in the US.
"Earthsblood" was produced by Eric Rachel (Atreyu) with Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory, Threat Signal) handling all vocal tracking. The mixing was handled by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Amon Amarth).
A free mp3 download of "War Of Attrition" is NOW available on the band's newly unveiled NING website. Go to http://www.godforbid1.com and click to enter at the bottom of the page. You will have to sign up in order to receive the mp3.
UK brutal death metal band Nailed has posted the following update right before Christmas:
"Well we've just finished up the tour for "Hatred, Failure..." and we're back in the rehearsal space just before Christmas. We're holed up finishing song number 7 right now and are aiming to write another two before booking studio time. So far the material is crushingly heavy, a little faster, but also diverging into more twisted realms in terms of polyrhythms. It's definitely the best stuff we've written, more focused and cohesive as we've churned it out with one complete lineup in the space of a few months, unlike all the other material which was written through turbulent times and over long periods. We'll almost definitely do a studio recording blog thing with video updates once we're in there so keep your eyes open for that.
Three new Trollfest tracks, "Wo Bin Ich Jetz Aufgewacht?", "Der Jegermeister" and "Uraltes Elemente", are available for streaming at the band's official MySpace page. The tracks come off the band's forthcoming new album, entitled "Villanden", due on January 9th via Twilight Vertrieb.
Not even one year has elapsed since Gorath's triumphant "Misotheism" and the band brings to light the upcoming release. The fourth album will be entitled "MXCII" and will contain seven deadly revelations. At this time they have not stated a release date and it is undecided which label shall host the upcoming release. After receiving such great reviews for "Misotheism" the band is sure to deliver its next masterpiece.
Finnish metallers Pain Confessor have announced new guitarist, Tommi Kurki, on their official site:
''Mr. Tommi Kurki has been around since the first gigs of Pain Confessor. In fact, he has been our mainstay Sound Engineer for pretty much all these years. This made the transition from behind the mixer to the frontlines an easy one, and very natural.
He Wasn't Born Yesterday™ as a guitarist either. Tommi "Tommi Kurki" Kurki, or The Bullfinch as we like to call him, played guitar in the old Finnish progressive metal band Sancnity along with Pain Confessor producer Janne Saksa. Sancnity's swansong was their excellent early 90's album "Dew".
A multitude of musical paths were ventured after that, a few to mention were as a guitarist in Wooden Bone (Sancnity reincarnate as a more pop/rock-esque band) and as the vocalist for the Finnish punk band Rehtorit.
Suicidal Angels have issued the following statement on their MySpace blog:
"Hello to everyone!
As it is now confirmed, we can announce that everything's set for the recording of the second Suicidal Angels album! Recordings will be held at "Prophecy and Music Factory Studios" in Germany, under the direction of producer R.D. Liapakis, who, as many might know, is an accomplished fellow Greek musician and recording engineer, lead singer of the heavy metal group Mystic Prophecy.
The yet untitled record will contain 9 tracks of pure thrash metal, which we can't wait to play live by the way! It will be recorded in March and released (hopefully) later in 2009. One of the songs, "Jesus Lies", has already been performed live in various occasions and can also be heard through our upcoming DVD, "Live Domination", the production of which has been unfortunately hampered by some artwork issues, that will very soon be resolved. This song will give you an idea of the straight-in-your-face approach we have adopted while writing new material, that we hope you like.