Indie Recordings has announced the signing of the Norwegian metallers Enslaved. According to a press release:
"Having worked with Enslaved before it is an honour to again being allowed to work with one of the absolute top acts in metal today. Their new album "Vertebrae" will be released September 2008, marking a quantum leap for Extreme Metal. "Vertebrae" is Enslaved's most important achievement to date, and will convince through haunting songs, the most powerful production and unmatched integrity. More details on the album itself will be revealed shortly. Enslaved is also widely acclaimed as one of the best live acts on the scene today - following the release, Enslaved will commence on an extensive European Tour, being supported by fellow Norwegians Stonegard and Krakow. See here for complete tour-list."
A new DVD from Black Metallers Dimmu Borgir has been announced. It will revolve around concerts for the band's Invaluable Darkness tour and their appearance at last year's Wacken Open Air festival. The Invaluable Darkness DVD will be a three-disc release: 2 DVDs plus a bonus audio CD. Click here to see the DVD's extensive tracklist.
In other news Dimmu Borgir has been confirmed for the Blackest Of The Black tour with Danzig, Moonspell, Winds Of Plague, and Skeletonwitch. The tour will be a 24-show trek on October 9th in Miami Beach, Florida and play its wrap-up show on November 10th in San Francisco, California.
Glenn Danzig had this to say: "I'm very happy to have Dimmu Borgir sharing the stage this time, as they are one of my favorite bands and I always wanted them on. Should be an incredible 20th anniversary tour."
Century Media announced the following post for the Divine Heresy regarding their search for a new vocalist:
"There has been much speculation as of late to the status of Divine Heresy's lead singer situation after their last tour, and the band is now going back to the drawing board to explore more options. If you are interested in trying out for the position, you need to go to the group's Myspace page to download some instrumental tracks. You will need to record your vocals on them and submit them back to Divineheresyband@AOL.com along with a bio, any possible photos and contact info. Vocal tracks should be as organic as possible. No autotune or vocal effects, excessive reverb, etc.
Porcupine Tree's official site and Steven Wilson's official site announced the following post :
"The fifth and penultimate in the series of Steven Wilson's Cover Version singles is now available to pre-order from Headphone Dust. As with the first 4, the single contains a surprise cover version and a Steve Wilson original, the original this time being a reworked version of a song previously heard on the Steve Wilson Myspace page, "Well You're Wrong". The previous 4 cover version singles are all still available and there is currently a special offer to get all 5 for £15. Any single Cover Version CD (including the new one) is now at the reduced price of £3.50.
Agathodaimon's official site and label Nuclear Blast announced the following update:
Guitarist Sathonys explains:
"We are currently finishing the works on our upcoming fifth album Phoenix, but still on the search for a new vocalist as permanent member. Please note that we only consider vocalists that live in Germany; it's no use having someone that lives far away in the band, as we insist on steady rehearsals. Thanks to all those people from around the globe who showed their interest so far, but seriously, this makes no sense to us. We prefer to rehearse often, and this might become complicated if you're living on another continent. Until a new member is found, Jonas Iscariot will support us for upcoming gigs such as the one in Romania, 26th July. Skilled and motivated vocalists are invited to send info/bio and samples of their work to email@example.com!"
Founding member Holger Ziegler from Thrashers Abandoned has decided to leave the band. The reason for this was said to be "due to new priorities it was time for change". His replacement has already been announced - Fabian Schwarz from Runamok, The New Black and ex-Paradox/Stormwitch will fill Ziegler's shoes.
The following gig info was posted on the band's official Myspace page:
"To bid Holg properly farewell, we'll play these heartbreaking farewell shows in the ABANDONED Mk.II-LineUp:
More details about Disarmonia Mundi's new album have been released. The album title has been announced and is called "The Isolation Game". Some other new song titles have also been added. They are "Perdition Haze", "Stepchild Of Laceration", "Digging The Grave Of Silence" and "Cypher Drone".
More news about the new album is said to be announced soon.
Amon Amarth have announced a North American tour to support their upcoming album "Twilight Of The Thunder God". The following was taken from the band's official website:
"It's time again for us Vikings to make our way across the Atlantic. The tour will start October 1, taking off from Anaheim, CA and last until October 21. Joining our venture will be Ensiferum, Belphegor and The Absence, all solid and outstanding bands that we are honoured to make part of our tour. We are excited to perform in front of our North American fans and cannot wait until then. Since our new album, "Twilight of the Thunder God" will be coming out September 30th, expect new songs to be played! We're expecting a good proper horde, so hope to see as many of you out there as possible!"
The band will release Chaos In Motion 2007/2008, which documents their "Chaos In Motion" world tour, which kicked off June 3, 2007 at the Monsters of Rock Festival in Milan, Italy and concluded almost a year to the day later on June 4, 2008 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It's essentially a travelogue of their most recent touring experience and it hits shelves on September 23. Chaos In Motion 2007/2008 will be available in two configurations: as a double DVD set and as five disc collector's set which includes two DVDs and three CDs, containing 14 live tracks featured in the DVD set and expanded artwork.
The Chaos in Motion Tour was a trek that found the band traversing the globe, playing 115 shows in 105 cities in 35 countries on five continents to hundreds of thousands of fans. It also included the first annual Progressive Nation Tour, an idea that the band had kicked around for a few years and finally launched into action this past spring.
Release dates for Amon Amarth's new album "Twilight Of The Thunder God" have been posted. The album will be released the 17th of September in Sweden, 19th of September in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy and the 22nd of September in the rest of Europe. North America and rest of the world's release date is September 30.
The album was recorded at Fascination Street Studio in Örebro, Sweden and will include such song titles as "Guardians Of Asgaard", "Live For The Kill" and "Tattered Banners And Bloody Flags".
Nige Rockett , from UK metallers Onslaught, has issued the following update:
"Hi Ladies / Gentlemen
Hope everyone is doing good...?
Just to let you all know, Onslaught will now begin work on writing the follow up album to last years thrash assault "Killing Peace".......First track was written and completed early last year, but now over the next few months we will forge ahead to write the remaining slabs of 666% Pure Thrash....We have a choice of 3 titles for the new album and all of the basic song outlines are firmly in place...
We're all real excited about making this album, we have our own studio set-up and a whole new outlook on how to make this next record a screaming fucking monster...!!!! with Andy Rosser-Davies now in the band there's gonna be lots of fresh input and a slightly different slant to the 'Slaught'...He's a very aggressive player, very much like me, so the musical violence is gonna be increased considerably...with serious amounts of shredding.......!!!!!
After auditioning some really good singers during the last couple of months, we have finally found a new band-brother -none other than singer extraordinaire Urban breed (ex-Tad Morose) has joined our ranks, and we are all very excited. Urban is well known for his powerful voice, stage presence and great diversity. We welcome Urban into the band, and we hope that our fantastic fans will approve of this choice too. Trust us when we say there's no one better to fill out the big shoes left by his predecessors. To those of you who do not know Urban yet, I would like to encourage you to check out the MP3's at the end of this announcement - this is just a little taste of what Urban sounds like. Please note - the songs are NOT new Pyramaze songs, but material from Urban's past recordings. Thanks for your attention, and now on to a statement from Urban himself.
The French progressive neo-classical metal band Adagio announced on May 11 that the bass, guitars, drums, and vocals for their upcoming album "Archangels in Black" have been recorded. They promised that Kevin Codfert would record his keyboard and piano parts the following week. The name of the European Label that Archangels in Black will be released through will be announced in the upcoming weeks and a French Headline Tour is already in talks for November 2008.
Before this tour, some gigs have already been confirmed:
21 June - Reunion Island (close to Madagascar) + Stephan and Eric's Masterclass.
3 July - Castle Festival in Serbia
25 July - Blue Beach Festival in Châteauneuf les Martigues (close to Marseille).
Pyramaze has been announced as the support for Volbeat on the Danish leg of the band's European tour. The tour will be in support of Volbeat's new upcoming album "Guitar Gangsters And Cadillac Blood". The full extensive list of dates can be seen here.
Pyramaze's Michael Kammeyer comments: "We are very pleased that we have been invited on to the Volbeat tour. They are currently the biggest and best selling heavy metal band in Denmark, and we are proud that we have been invited personally by the band to be their special guest".