The new Gamma Ray DVD with the long title of "Hell Yeah! The Awesome Foursome (And The Finnish Keyboarder Who Didn't Want To Wear His Donald Duck Costume) Live in Montreal" has now been finished. The production has just been completed and the band were ready to hand it over to their record company to get it released. But Gamma Ray have been informed that the Sanctuary office in Berlin will be closed by the end of this year which makes it impossible to release the DVD at the moment.
So Gamma Ray are now working with the Santuary office in the UK to get the DVD released. Due to all this, the DVD will now be released around April 2007.
Here is a comment by Gamma Ray: "I know these are sad news for all of you who have waited since month for the release and expected to watch the DVD at the latest under the x-mas tree. But you can be sure that we're also very disappointed with the actual situation and work hard on a solution for the release. As soon as the situation is clarified we will be back with more news.
Swiss metal band Celtic Frost has announced new tour dates for Japan, beginning in January of 2007, as part of the "Extreme The Dojo" tour. This marks the first time that Celtic Frost has ever toured Japan.
"It goes without saying that we are very much looking forward to finally bringing Celtic Frost to Japan" stated guitarist/vocalist Tom Gabriel Fischer. "After touring extensively in Europe and North America these past few months, our live show will speak for itself."
The tour dates are as follows:
Jan. 16 - Tokyo, JPN @ Club Quattro
Jan. 17 - Osaka, JPN @ Club Quattro
Jan. 18 - Nagoya, JPN @ Club Quattro
The ongoing rumours about After Forever signing with Nuclear Blast for their upcoming album appear to have been true - although neither party made an official announcement yet, an After Forever page has been added to Nuclear Blast's official website. It is still under construction, but it can already be viewed at this location.
As rumored here earlier today, Nuclear Blast Germany have issued the following press release regarding the signing of Dutch metallers After Forever:
There have been a lot of rumours already, now it's finally official: Another superb band has found its way to the realms of Nuclear Blast - After Forever! The Dutch act around front amazon Floor Jansen (also known from various guest appearances for projects of Arjen Lucassen - Ayreon) is specialized in thrilling melodic/gothic metal and ranks among the "big ones" of the scene in their home country. The band already toured with Nightwish and had appearances at every important festival BeNeLux-wide (such as Lowlands, Pinkpop, Graspop, Dynamo Open Air, Fields Of Rock), not to forget a steadily growing fan base in South America, France, Spain and Germany!
Due to copyright and trademark issues the band formerly known as NanowaR has changed its name to NanowaR Of Steel. The band members consider this a great new start, reflecting the empowered and increasingly true direction that their music has taken.
"The power of the power of the power of the power of the great sword will burn brighter than ever before," says guitarist/songwriter Mohammed Abdul. Bassist/songwriter Gatto Panceri 666 adds, "The name NanowaR Of Steel better represents the trueness that has always been present in this band and its music."
With a new record company in True Metal Of The World Of Steel Rec., a new tour planned and a new album on the way, NanowaR Of Steel will continue to explore musical truemetal worlds with the precision musicianship and unique lyrical concepts that their fans have come to expect and adore.
"To prevent the annoying speculations of how things went in European Tour and why Tero is not anymore in the band, we decided to make an official statement regarding the situation.
When finishing the Russian Tour, Tero informed at the train station of St. Petersburg he won't continue to the European Tour with us, but he'll go back to Moscow. We do not know the exact reason for this, but we have seen how things turned out - he simply followed our Russian promoter there. Thank you for these years and good luck in the future, Tero.
European Tour - Managers from ProMusic Productions/Romania were totally rip-offs and did not care about bands at all from the start.
Freak Kitchen über-guitarist Mattias "IA" Eklundh will embark on a five-day "Freak Guitar" clinic tour of Germany in November, sponsored by Laney. The dates are as follows:
Nov. 20 - Musik Produktiv Ibbenbüren: 19:00h
Nov. 21 - Music Store Köln: 19:30h
Nov. 22 - Musik Schmidt Frankfurt/Main: 19:00h
Nov. 23 - Music Town Neubrandenburg: 20:00h
Nov. 24 - Musik Meisinger Simbach/Inn: 19:00h
There will also be "Freak Guitar" clinics in Ulricehamn, Sweden on November 26 and Musikhuset in Huddinge, Sweden on December 6.
Posted on Rage's official website on October 29th:
At the moment, Victor is working on another big project, a compilation CD for the 20th anniversary of Nuclear Blast.
It will be an album, for which Victor will completely compose, record and produce about 10 songs for various metal bands of Nuclear Blast history, inclusive a new Rage song, furthermore Peavy helped with the lyrics! The organisation is big stress, as it's not so easy, to get musicians from all over the world with different tour and studio schedules reconciled.
A detailed studio report of this production will follow.
Dutch death metal drummer Maarten "Ploegbaas" Luysterburg (Brutus, ex-Goddess Of Desire) took his own life on Tuesday, October 24. He was 25 years old. In a posting in the guestbook section of the band's official website the band confirmed Luysterburg's passing, saying that "the weight of the world motivated him throughout his life but in the end got the best of him."
Services for Maarten "Ploegbaas" Luysterburg will be held on Monday, October 30 in Etten-Leur, Holland.
The band has posted the following statement in their official website:
"We are sorry to annunce that Alessandro is no longer a member of Klimt 1918. We appreciate that this may come as a surprise to our fans and friends, however the reasons for this decision are a lot, professional and personal, due to misunderstandings, different point of views related to the band. This was far from an easy situation as Alessandro has been an important part of the band for four years and two albums recorded together but we feel that this is the best way to ensure a positive future for both. We wish Alessandro all the best with his future projects, musically or for his life.
Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki has issued the following update:
"I have written 11 new songs and we are first going to demo them. This will be completed by the end of the year and we will enter the studio to record that actual album around February. Timo Kotipelto is releasing his third solo album around that time (and what I have heard, it sounds really great) as well and he has naturally promotional activities and I think he is also doing a tour during Spring. Stratovarius production will be ready sometime in the summer 2007 and depending on various different things, the album, entitled R...... R.......:), will be released in October 2007 or in the beginning of 2008 followed by a massive world tour. So all okay here, everybody´s happy, the songs are great and we are looking forward to the new adventures."
Reunited Austrian black metal band Abigor have inked a deal with End All Life Records.
The band write in a statement :
"We're glad to announce the co-operation with End All Life Records.
Note: There different reasons for our decision, but at least we're still rooted in the lungs of hell, and not one major/underground label/distribution could offer us a deal similar to End All Life.
So await the release of a great album with the support of an independent label with a worldwide distribution...
Anyway, we'd like to thank all labels and distributions that would have been interested in a co-operation with Abigor."
According to Spanish concert promoter Gamerco, the opening concert of Tool's Europan tour — originally scheduled for November 3 in Barcelona, Spain — has been cancelled due to "logistical" problems. As a result, the band's tour will now kick off on November 4 in Madrid, Spain.