New sound-clips from Jon Oliva's Pain's "Global Warning" are now up for your listening pleasure! Samples from the tracks "Before I Hang", "Adding The Cost", "Firefly", "Open Up Your Eyes" and "You Never Know" can be found at this location.
AFM Records is set to release Jon Oliva's Pain's "Global Warning" on March 8th and Circle II Circle's "Delusions Of Grandeur" on April 25th.
Guitarist Andreas Kisser from Brazil's Sepultura has posted the following message:
"We started the writing process for the Sepultura new album today in our studio in Sao Paulo. All the equipament was prepared yesterday by our crew and today we tried some ideas for songs. We will follow kind of the same steps we did in our last album, "Dante XXI", but this time we will be inspired by the book "A Clockwork Orange", first released in 1962 written by Anthony Burgess and it´s a movie, a classic, made by Stanley Kubrik. We will write our soundtrack for this story and Burgess´ life will be an inspiration also to write the music, lyrics and for the artwork.
Swedish metallers Shining has posted the following on the band's myspace page:
Bassist Phil A. Cirone have decided to once again leave Shining. There is absolutely no bad blood him and the band inbetween. Shining thank him eternally for his years of edication and death!
This will not effect our coming ceremonies as Phil will remain a live-musician until a replacement has been found.
We have decided that in the search of a new bassist we are going to hold an audition where we invite you to try out for us. We are not looking for any session-members whatsoever so the place is permanent to whoever might suit the band, thus, the requirements as seen below. We need you to record a videoclip where you show off your skills and send it to us along with a motivation of why you want to join Shining and what you think you could contribute with as both musician and person to the band. We need all applications in hand before the 1st of March as we intend to tour pretty much the rest of the year as well as recording our sixth album. Once we have gone through the material you have sent we will choose the best ones and invite you to Oslo, Norway where we will play a few songs together to see who will become the new bassist of Shining.
Metal Blade has released the following official press release:
Amon Amarth, the Swedish metal band that has taken the world by storm with their brand of intense and melodic Viking influenced music, has just renewed their contract with Metal Blade Records. The 3 album, worldwide deal, will kick off with the band's follow up release to 2006's highly praised With Oden on Our Side, which the band is currently hard at work writing. "The plan is to return to Fascination Street Studios in May to record the new album, once again working with Jens Bogren as engineer and producer" states the band. There will be more details to come in the following weeks & months so stay tuned for more updates from the band.
Reunited Dutch Death Metallers Asphyx have posted the following news on their MySpace:
"Last year Asphyx reunited for doing just one show at the Party San festival. But it turned out a bit different. We're enjoy playing the tunes of brutality and we're having lots of fun together that much, that quiting isn't an option. We wrote already 3 new songs and there a more to come!!! One of them, the fastest track, is recorded a few weeks ago. Finally today the mix is finished: please check out "Death... The Brutal Way" (unmastered).
It's not yet downloadable, but it will be soon!!"
In other news, Asphyx have confirmed they will headline a gig dubbed "Triumph Of Death", scheduled for March 29th at Knaack Club in Berlin, Germany. Also on the bill for the show: Drowned, Necrovation, Tribulation and Slugathor.
3 Inches Of Blood has dropped off the remainder of their tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, Hate Eternal, and Decrepit Birth, and has also cancelled their subsequent Canadian run with Rammer. Here's a statement from the band:
"Unfortunately we've had to drop off the remainder of tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, Hate Eternal, and Decrepit Birth. We will also be missing our Canadian dates, Feb 16-23, with Rammer.
It was not an easy decision to make, but due to the rapidly declining weather in the remaining areas of the tour we have decided that it would be unsafe to continue touring in these conditions. We have had a great time with all of the bands on this tour, so it is especially disappointing to have to cancel our remaining appearances. We are committed to rescheduling our appearances in all the cities we will be missing, but when the weather is warmer and the roads less treacherous. Sorry to disappoint anybody, but we would rather stay safe and live to play another day"
Switzerland Gothenburg/Folk Metal band Eluveitie have posted the following blog on their MySpace:
"For all those of you who haven't heard and seen yet: Since TODAY Eluveitie is featured on MYSPACE MUSIC… with: AN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF COMPLETE UPCOMING ALBUM "SLANIA"! Each song of the album is online! So, go and check it out! And let us know if you like it."
The stream comes courtesy of MySpace Metal and will last until February 15th.
"Furthermore, for those that live near our area: We're looking forward to celebrate the release of our "new baby" and we'd be happy to have you celebrating with us! So, don't miss our release party on 16th of February 2008 @ http://www.gaswerk.ch in Winterthur/Switzerland! It will be an amazing evening, also together with Morrigu and Königs Halunken from Helvetia! And furthermore it will be one of the FIRST POSSIBILITIES TO LAY YOUR HANDS ON SLANIA! So, we hope to see you there. Horns raised"
The following has been posted on Dream Theater's myspace page:
New York progressive metal pioneers Dream Theater are set to unveil the maiden voyage of "Progressive Nation". A package tour they will headline that will also feature the talents of Opeth, Between The Buried And Me and 3.
The tour is the brainchild of Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy who explains: "I've been wanting to assemble a package tour like this for many years now. With all of the festivals and package tours that go through America, I've been talking with our manager and agent for over 10 years now about doing something that focuses on the more progressive, musician-oriented side of hard rock and metal. I decided it was time to stop talking the talk, lace up and finally walk the walk"
Dutch metallers Textures third studio album entitled "Silhouettes" will be released on 21 April 2008 through Listenable Records.
01. Old Days Born Anew
02. The Sun's Architect
04. Laments Of An Icarus
05. One Eye For A Thousand
06. State Of Disobedience
07. Storm Warning
09. To Erase A Lifetime
The band has also posted studio reports of the recording of the album and can be viewed at this location.
The following was posted on Jon Oliva's Pain's my space page:
Jon Oliva's Pain, Circle II Circle, & Manticora will team-up for the first leg of the North American "Global Intrusions" tour this fall. This marks the first time that Jon Oliva (Jon Oliva's Pain, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) & Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, ex-Savatage) have toured together since their days in Savatage in 1999.
"Wow, it's certainly been a while since I have been able to get back on the road here in America...it must be snowing in hell. It's going to be great touring in support of what I consider one of the best records of my career. We really pulled out all the stops for this one. Touring with Zak and the Circle II Circle guys is going to be a treat as well, especially for Savatage fans. We've got a few tricks up our sleeves so don't miss out as it may never happen again. Looking forward to seeing all of you soon" said Oliva. Stevens adds, "It's always special to perform on the same bill with Jon Oliva, especially here in the States! Obviously Jon has been a huge influence on my musical career and I remain one of his biggest fans. This tour will be a special event for all our fans that have enjoyed our work throughout the Savatage years and now into the new generation of Jon Oliva's Pain and Circle II Circle music."
Swedish thrashers Carnal Forge have issued the following update:
"Jari Kuusisto (rythm guitar) & Jens C Mortensen (vocals) have both left the band. We are sorry not to have the guys on board anymore, and we wish them all the best for the future. We want to thank them for all their work and efforts in the band and all the crazy times we've shared through the years... Cheers!!!
The good news is that we have found two new members to replace Jari and Jens. Dino Medanhodzic on lead guitar (Soulbreach) and Peter Tuthill on vocals (ex Construcdead, and also in Godsic). We have been rehearsing for the last month and the transition has gone real smooth, and we are ready to hit the stage again. The first show with the new line up will be in Sala, Sweden on the 23:rd of February at Rockland. In March and April we will team up with brittish thrashers Onslaught for a European tour of 22 shows."
Living Sacrifice has returned. Founding members Bruce Fitzhugh (Vocals / Guitar) and Lance Garvin (Drums) have reunited with Rocky Gray (lead guitar) and Arthur Green (bass). See a new band pic here. The band will be on tour this summer and we are already writing material for our brand new album, which will be released in 2008. All info on http://www.myspace.com/livingsacrifice.
The following was posted on Moonsorrow's website: "The release date of "Tulimyrsky EP" is set to March 26th by Spikefarm Records. Although called an EP, the length of this opus is somewhere past one hour. It consists of one new song, two covers and two old demo songs reworked.
Looking like this:
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica cover)
03. Taistelu Pohjolasta (originally on "Tämä Ikuinen Talvi")
04. Hvergelmir (originally on "Metsä")
05. Back To North (Merciless cover)
The EP also sees a set of visitors in form of actor Turkka Mastomäki, Olav Eira (Áigi), Tomi Koivusaari (Amorphis), Oppu Laine (Mannhai) and Janne Perttilä (Rytmihäiriö/Moonsorrow), all of them giving their contribution to the vocals.
Madder Mortem has posted this update on their website:
Some people have uttered their concern about our long period of public silence. We assure you all, that there's nothing to worry about! At the moment of writing, we're in the last stages of preparation before starting to record our newest compilation of Madder Madness onto disk. There are quite some things that needs to be settled, and that's partly the reason why things have been taking such a long time, but do not fear; we're absolutely still together as the band you all know, highly alive and kicking, so look forward to more news to come, as we get into the recording process, and a new Madder era starts to take shape!