Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon is having a baby. Here's what she wrote on her blog today:
"I have held a little secret for you all for some time now, but today I feel I want to share it with you all. As you all know, I am very private and don't want to share to much about my personal life, but due to some speculations and since I am so happy I have decided to tell my secret:
Last autumn in the middle of my demo recordings of my solo album, I started to feel very, very tired and also nauseated. I took a pregnancy test and guess if me and my bf was really surprised to see that I had gotten pregnant. Since I had decided to not have any more children than my son, it was totally not planned, but after the very first shock, it felt really, really good.
Salem have made their new album Playing God And Other Short Stories available for streaming in its entirety at AOL Music for a limited time period.
Playing God And Other Short Stories will be released later in the year via Pulverised Records. The album was recorded at Harold Studios in Israel and was mastered by UE Nastasi at Sterling Sound in New York City. More album details available here.
Finnish rockers Apocalyptica have announced that their upcoming album will be titled 7th Symphony. The new album will follow up their chart-topping release Worlds Collide. 7th Symphony will be - shockingly - Apocalyptica's 7th studio album. The album will be released in a few months. Read more here.
The band recently announced tour dates in their native Finland with more international dates to be revealed soon.
Dutch Death Doom metal band Officium Triste were so kind to post the following news:
"2010 is already 3 months on its way so it is about time to let you all know what's going on with Officium Triste. We've got some bad news and some more exciting news. Let's start with the bad news. We had to part ways with drummer Ronald Lagerwaard. Ronald simply couldn't commit to the plans we have concerning Officium Triste's future. Because of this we had to make a difficult decision as we really appreciated Ronald as a person and as a skilled drummer. As a band we do want to perform live on a regular basis and that simply wasn't possible due to logistics and personal affairs. We like to thank Ronald for his time in Officium Triste.
A brand new song, called "Edwige's Eyes" from Cathedral's forthcoming album The Guessing Game is now available for streaming at the band's MySpace. The Guessing Game will hit the streets on March 26 via Nuclear Blast Records. More album details can be here.
Here's a video of Kalmah playing in the snow/making complete asses of themselves. The song is the title track of the new album 12 Gauge which will be released worldwide tomorrow.
The video was shot in the band's hometown of Pudasjärvi. The group added: "The thermometer was pretty low, -37 Celsius as we started. By the end of the day it was -27. It was freezing, but anyways we managed to pull it out."
Swedish war machine Sabaton is about to embark on yet another invasion. Here's the official statement from the band:
"As our new album Coat of Arms hits the stores on the 21st of May we prepare for a massive assault through the European mainland on major metal festivals during the summer. Our headline tour, fittingly named the "World War Tour" kicks off on the 27th of August and consists of over 60 shows in more than 20 nations.
The final show will take place on the 11th of December, after which we will regroup, rearm and prepare for yet another strike in 2011. Tickets are already available for many of the shows and the rest will follow ASAP."
"The Longest Year", a new video from Swedish metallers Katatonia, has been made available online. The video was directed by Charlie Granberg, and comes off both the band's last effort, Night Is The New Day, and their upcoming EP titled The Longest Year.
"Collapsing", the new video from US metallers Demon Hunter, can be viewed at this location.
"Collapsing" comes off the band's forthcoming album, The World Is A Thorn, which is scheduled for release on March 9 via SolidState Records.
The World Is A Thorn cover art] tracklist:
01. Descending Upon Us
04. This Is The Line
05. Driving Nails
06. The World Is A Thorn
07. Tie This Around Your Neck
08. Just Breathe
09. Shallow Water
10. Feel As Though You Could
11. Blood In The Tears
Madder Mortem, Norway's darlings of the avantgarde, unearth a new box of treasures with their new EP, Where Dream & Day Collide.
The EP contains 3 brand new songs from the Madders' warped imaginations, along with the single & album versions of the title track, taken from the sublime 2009 release Eight Ways; a dynamic journey through jazz, prog, metal & numerous musical anomalies in between.
Artwork appears courtesy of Christian Ruud, who, along with Kim Holm & the people at Toxic, is also responsible for the breathtaking visuals on the suitably mysterious "Where Dream & Day Collide" video which also features on the disc.
The new EP, which will be released on May, can be pre-ordered through the Peaceville webstore.
German metallers Powerwolf have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Stefane Funebre will have to focus on his increasing religious duties in the future and will therefore no longer be able to join the wolves on their crusade. Funebre will however remain a part of the pack for life and will keep supporting us with his spiritual and mental guidance behind the scenes.
As the new member of the Wolfpack we welcome Tom Diener, who will take place on the holy drumseat in the future.
Tom already toured with us as temporary replacement for Funebre during the last 12 months and in the meantime has become a true member of the pack and a master of the ceremony. Be sure he will unleash some great metal madness with us in the future."
In anticipation of the God Of War 3 soundtrack - entitled God Of War: Blood And Metal - to be released today, March 2nd, Roadrunner Records is streaming Killswitch Engage's contribution, "My Obsession", on their official website.
"I have played the previous God of War releases,'" Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones says of the upcoming game. "To be a part of this game in any fashion is amazing! Let the rivers flow red with blood; there is vengeance to bestow! Bring me more new finishing blows to my enemies!"
Gamers interested in picking up a copy of this digital-only exclusive EP can do so for just $2 for a limited time here.