It seems that Soulfly bassist Bobby Burns has quit the band. In a recent Tweet, Burns writes: "To all the fans... Soulfly and I have decided to part ways. Stay tuned for my next projects already in the works."
A statement from the Cavalera camp is expected any time soon.
Burns was part of the band for seven years and appeared on four studio albums. He also sings and plays guitar and bass in a hip-hop/punk/metal band called Primer 55.
The Cavalera camp has indeed confirmed the split with bassist Bobby Burns, as announced yesterday. "Soulfly have indeed parted ways with bassist Bobby Burns. The split was completely amicable and there was no animosity on either side," a statement on the band's website reads.
Progressive death metal act Obscura has begun recording the follow-up album to their breakthrough release Cosmogenesis at Woodshed Studio in southern Germany. Engineer V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress) will helm the recording. An early 2011 release date is expected with additional album details to be announced soon.
Obscura founder Steffen Kummerer commented on the new album: "We are glad to work with our long-time friend V.Santura once again to record our new album. The new material feels broader in some way as everybody in this band brought many unique ideas to the songwriting and we were able to integrate different elements into our sound. More open chords, more acoustic guitars, more seven string shred-tunes. Remember: more is always more. We are excited to create another album of progressive death metal and to start touring through the whole world in early 2011."
Swedish Viking Folk Death Metallers King Of Asgard - the band featuring ex-Mithotyn members - have uploaded two songs off their upcoming debut album Fi'mbulvintr, to be released August 13/16 via Metal Blade Records in Europe. Click here to check out the songs "Einhärjar" and "Never Will You Know Of Flesh Again".
King Of Asgard also just posted the second studio trailer on their YouTube channel. Check it out below.
Fi'mbulvintr was recorded in March and April of 2010 in Varberg, Sweden at Andy LaRoqcue's (King Diamond) Sonic Train Studios. Andy also engineered and co-produced the album.
Belgian Pegan black metallers Theudho has posted the following news on their MySpace blog:
"Multi-instrumentalist Nick, known from bands such as Waelcyrge, Grimm, Hooded Priest, Zwartketterij, Gae Bolga and Hypochondria, has agreed to play bass on the upcoming Theudho album. Nick almost played bass for Theudho for a bunch of live dates back in 2007/2008, but it never happened due to practical reasons. We've known Nick for quite a long time, so now the time has come to see where this cooperation will lead us!"
Theudho are now in the the final phase of the writing process for the next album.
In the meantime, drummer Joachim, who handled the drums on The Völsunga Saga and Cult of Wuotan has agreed to return for the recording of the album. Guitar wizard extraordinaire Dieter, who also stepped in during the fall/winter of 2008, will take care of all the leads and solos on the album.
US Thrashers Flotsam & Jetsam have finally revealed the remaining details for their upcoming new album The Cold. The band's first album in five years will be released through Driven Music Group (the label of Korn's Brian "Head" Welch) and will hit the stores on September 14th. Mark your calendars!
Stated guitarist Mark Simpson back in November 2008: "10 songs - ALL Brutal, ALL Killer, NO Filler!"
Flotsam & Jetsam was recently rejoined by former guitarist Michael Gilbert after Edward Carlson decided he no longer wanted to tour or record.
The Cold cover art] tracklist:
03. The Cold
04. Black Cloud
05. Blackened Eyes Staring
06. Better Off Dead
Def Leppard are planning to release their first live album in 2011.
Speaking to Billboard.com, frontman Joe Elliott revealed that the band are looking to put out a live record culled from their 2009 tour. They hope to add a four or five track EP of brand new material to go along with it.
"There'll be stuff from this century on it - "Rock On", "Nine Lives", "Come On Come On" - Elliott notes. "Vivian has been in the band 17 years, so I think he deserves a shot at being on a live record. We've got a live video out from the Steve era, "In the Round, In Your Face"; I've always said before that if you're desperate to hear us live, put that video on and turn your telly off and just listen to the sound."
Forgotten Tomb have signed a deal with Polish Agonia Records. The band will enter the studio at the end of August 2010 to record the brand-new album Under Saturn Retrograde, to be released hopefully in the beginning of 2011.
The band also added the following: "In the meantime, as you may have noticed already, the release-date for Vol.5: 1999/2009 was postponed to August 2010 due to reasons beyond our control, though by now it should be a matter of 1 or 2 weeks before its actual release. Stay tuned for news! Also, the Love's Burial Ground 2LP is in the making and should be out around October 2010 on Funeral Industries."
Due to certain "gettin'-a-German-visa problems", Russian folk metal band Svartby is forced to cancel the 3 announced shows this week, as the band won't be able to take flights to Germany.
The band stated: "We express our deepest regrets and apologies for those who tended to see us this Summer and hope we'll rock next time! (hope soon) We also express deepest regrets for ourselves of course, as the ride was planned to be a top-event for the band this summer.
Meanwhile, we're solving the mysteries of the third album, including tracklist, musical content, mythology and surprises... and other important details. Recording of the Elemental Tales album is planned for Autumn. Don't forget to download for free Svartby's latest teaser-single "Scum from Underwater" at this location. The Black Village will return in 2011 with a pure elemental rage!"
Richie Pony, the debut album of Romanian experimental project Dwarf Planet, is now available for download exclusively on Metalhead.ro, free of charge of course. To ensure high quality, the album can be downloaded in both MP3 format and WAW. Click here for your download copy. You can also preview one track, called "To Ride Eyes", at the same location.
The entire creative process of Richie Pony took place between 2008-2010. The recording, mixing and mastering was done with the help of Alex Dragomir, guitarist of the band.
Richie Pony contains 10 purely experimental songs featuring a concept that binds classic elements of metal, hardcore, alternative rock, rock 'n roll and a slight tinge of avantgarde.
With Abandon, the new experimental Metalcore/Deathcore outfit featuring ex-War From A Harlots Mouth vocalist Steffen Winopal, have uploaded their brand new video for the song "It's Mercy, Compassion And Forgiveness I Lack. Not Rationality!". The clip was directed by Earf from Awake The Mutes. You can watch it below.
"It's Mercy, Compassion And Forgiveness I Lack. Not Rationality!" is one of the two new promo tracks the band recently recorded. At the end of last year the German band released their debut EP Maturation. At the moment, the band is in the middle of the songwriting process for their first full-length release. In a statement the band said: "Almost half of the material is more or less ready - depending on peripheral developments, 2010 may see the release of the first With Abandon album."
The new un-edited version of Avenged Sevefold's new video for the song "Nightmare" can be viewed below. The video was directed by Wayne Isham (Metallica, Pantera, Pink Floyd).
The video has several references to the band's deceased drummer The Rev (fe. the last drum kit he ever played with the band). Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy played drums on the new album, but is not featured in this video clip.
The song comes off the band's upcoming album Nightmare scheduled to be released next week (July 27, 2010). Nightmare, the first single off that album, was released digitally on May 18, 2010.
After months of deciding and several different covers, The Eternal finally have the artwork for Under A New Sun complete. The cover artwork and several images in the booklet are based on photography by fantastic Romanian photographer Felicia Simion.
Under A New Sun was recorded at the 301 Studios in Byron Bay in December with producer Jeff Martin (The Tea Party). The album was co-engineered by Paul Pilsneniks (The Living End, The Mars Volta) and features a guest contribution of acclaimed Finnish keyboard player Maria Ilmoniemi (Tarja).
Four 50 second samples of the songs "Under A New Sun", "Delirium & Desire", "The Sleeper" and "Cast In Stone" are still streaming at the band's MySpace, while you can find a live acoustic version of "The Sleeper" below. The song is performed by The Eternal's singer/guitarist Mark Kelson, together with Jeff Martin (who produced the album) and contributed vocals to this track on the album version and his bass player Jay Cortez, in Melbourne at The Corner Hotel on May 14th, 2010.
"The Maze Of Madness", the new video from Israeli metallers Dagor Dagorath, can be viewed at this location. The clip was shot at the Tel Aviv release party for the band's debut album, Yetzer Ha'Ra, with director/editor Carmi Productions.
"The Maze Of Madness" comes off the band's debut album, Yetzer Ha'Ra, which was released in Russia on August 2009 through More Hate Productions.
Nightwish keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen has announced the band is working on new material and will start recording a new album in October. In an update in the band's "Summer Camp diary" he writes:
"Almost exactly 4 years ago we gathered into an idyllic place in the small village of Sävi to rehearse and arrange what would later be called Dark Passion Play. It was such glorious and inspiring times that we decided to do something similar with the upcoming Nightwish album called...
So again we are here in the deepest countryside of Finland beginning to create a follower for DPP. It's just us guys for now, Anette will join the camp a bit later. We arrived yesterday and the reunion was celebrated with some water-skiing, bbq and Quilmes. I foresee the same trinity taking place more or less on a daily basis.