The new album of Therion entitled "Gothic Kabbalah", is now available for streaming here.
Due in North America on February 6, 2007, the CD was recorded and mixed in Stockholm by Stefan Glaumann and features Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw sharing the vocal duties with Mats Levén and two female singers Katarina Lilja on solo and choral vocals; and Hannah Holgersson on solo, choral, and soprano vocals.
Power Metal band Black Majesty have been added to the Masters Of Rock Open Air Festival 2007 billing. Other bands that have already been confirmed include: Motorhead, Rage, Stratovarius, Die Happy, After Forever, Epica and Silent Stream of Godless Elegy. The festival is set to take place on the 13th-15th July 2007, in the Czech Republic.
Australian Black/Thrash Metallers Gospel Of The Horns have posted a sample from their upcoming new album online. The album will be called 'Realm Of The Damned' and is due to be released in January 2007. The album preview can be streamed from the band's offical myspace page.
Also, Australian fans can pre-order a limited edition version of the new album, which will come with a free patch and a pin. Click here for more information.
Australian Power/Progressive Metal band Vanishing Point have regretfully annouced the parting with drummer Jack Lukic. Lukic and his wife are soon to be expecting twins, so the drummer's priorities are now more about family than music. This Saturday night on the 9th December will be the band's show with Gamma Ray. It will be Lukic's last performance with Vanishing Point.
Here is a posting by Lukic:
"Hi everyone this is Jack here, drummer from Vanishing Point. I wish to inform you all that after 16 great years with Vanishing Point, it has now come to the time for me to call it the day. All my goals I believe have been fulfilled as a musician, recording three albums, European tours and film clips to name a few. After just getting married and my wife now expecting twins, my focus is now more on family rather than music. I will still remain to be close to the band and will help them when in need. I have also recorded the drums to the follow up album "Embrace the Silence" which the title is yet to be named. We all still remain close friends and I wish all the success they thoroughly deserve in the upcoming future. Please be assured that Vanishing Point still are as strong as ever before which will be proven with the release of the new album sometime next year.
Angtoria are currently featured at Last.fm Radio, with three songs from their debut album "God Has A Plan For Us All" available for free download. The tracks on offer are 'Six Feet Under's Not Deep Enough', 'Do You See Me Now' and 'God Has A Plan For Us All'. Click here to check them out.
The entire album is available for streaming and purchase at the site.
Angtoria features Cradle Of Filth session singer Sarah Jezebel Deva (Therion, Mortiis) and the Swedish brothers Chris Rehn (Abyssos) and Tommy Rehn (Moahni Moahna), Dave Pybus (Cradle Of Filth) and John Henriksson (My Own Grave).
"God Has A Plan For Us All" was released on 27 April.
Thunderstone have issued the following update on their forthcoming album:
Thunderstone's upcoming fourth studio effort is confirmed to be released worldwide (except USA) on March 14th, 2007 and later in the spring in the USA. The album bears the title "Evolution 4.0".
Band members characterize the forthcoming album as 'a milestone, bringing in more of the heavier stuff that "Tools Of Destruction" already hinted at, but still retaining the landmark melodies of Thunderstone. That's why we thought the title "Evolution 4.0" best represents where we now stand.
Some song titles include 'Roots Of Anger', '10 000 Ways', 'Swirled', 'Down With Me' and 'The Source'.
Finnish metallers Mors Principium Est have issued the following update:
"Our guitarist and main songwriter Jori (Haukio) decided to leave the band after seven years and three albums. He felt that MPE was not his thing anymore. We wish him all the best!
Our friend Karri Kuisma will be our session guitarist from now on."
As previously reported, Mors Principium Est's new album, Liberation = Termination, is due out in early 2007 via Listenable Records.
Swedish metallers Evergrey will embark on their first Eastern European tour in January. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Jan. 11 - Nitra, SK - Stara Pekaren
Jan. 12 - Budapest, HUN - Kultiplex
Jan. 14 - Larissa, GRE - Live Music House
Jan. 15 - Plovdiv, BUL - Geo Milev Hall
Jan. 17 - Sofia, BUL - Sredec Hall
Jan. 19 - Ankara, TUR - Saklikent
Jan. 20 - Istanbul, TUR - Studio Live
Jan. 21 - Bukarest, ROM - Sala Preoteasa
Jan. 22 - Belgrad, SER - Dom Omladine
Jan. 23 - Zagreb, CRO - Mochvara
Jan. 24 - Wörgl, AUT - Komma
Support on the trek (except in Nitra and Budapest) will come from the Norwegian band Stonegard.
Irish doom titans Mourning Beloveth have parted ways with bassist Adrian Butler. Adrian's official statement on the matter reads as follows:
"I am no longer part of the doom troupe that are Mourning Beloveth. I was talking to Darren last weekend and the band are going to continue with current session bassist Brendan Roche and make him a permanent member of MB. I moved to Spain in Oct '05 and the fact of not being able to be present for weekly practice has been very tough and impossible for us to keep up the long distance relationship so to speak. I've been leaving since last year in a way but making this final decision is tough but better off for both parties. I can say though that it's been a fabulous 10 years with MB. We've toured America, Europe a few times and recorded three great albums. We also played our first open air festivals this year so I am more than happy with what I was involved in and pleased to have been able to play a part in advancing the bands career since 1996 when I recorded their first demo with Alan from Primordial. I will be helping out the band in the future in another capacity too so I won't be going away. My friends in MB will always remain so and we'll continue to insult each other, get drunk, fall down and have a laugh whenever its possible to get together.
Swiss Symphonic Power Metal formation Lunatica have posted a video for the song 'Song For You' on their website. The video can be viewed here.
"Song For You" comes off the band's latest album "The Edge Of Infinity", which was released on 25 August.
Norther has announced on their official website today that they will release a new EP in February 2007. The EP will be titled "No Way Back". It'll contain 5 songs and is made in co-operation with Suomen Musiikki and Mr Kari Hynninen.
As previously reported, Norther will play on the Fuck X-Mas Party in Helsinki the day after tomorrow. More info here.
At last we got a certain information about the recording date! March 20 is the day Tvangeste will enter the studio to record new material. Unfortunately there were no chances to schedule any earlier time because of the line of bands waiting for their turn. Recording session will take place at three European studios. Studio time is booked so there is no retreat, no surrender!
Album will be mixed by Andy LaRocque (KING DIAMOND) at his Los Angered in Goeteborg / Sweden - at the moment we are negotiating the mixing time.
One more feature of the new album is our collaboration with pretty female singer Gaby Koss (ex-vocalist of HAGGARD). So prepare for a magic chants performed by one of the most talented vocalist on this Planet!
Since a while there's rumours about Mike leaving Rage, so now Peavy and Victor speak to the public: From now on we won't continue our colaboration with Mike because personal and musical differences that exist since a while, became unbearable. This cut is definitely not easy for us, but to avoid damage for Rage we have no other choice. Unfortunately there's not much left from our former unity, since a while, comunication between Mike and us broke down completely, so we have to pull the emergency brake. We decided to work with a new drummer in the future, because we don't want to ruin it all to a point, where's no future at all. We want to keep our power and joy in music, so there's no other way.
Montreal's act Unexpect has posted the following update:
"After ten years of enjoyable companionship, we now officially announce that our violinist, le bateleur, will be leaving Unexpect for good. We'll always keep strong ties with him but it seems that extensive touring don't fit well with his future life plans. We wish him the best and hope he'll get the most out of life !
Unexpect is so looking for a replacement. Candidates should :
* absolutely be devoid of any criminal records
* have some stage experience
* be ready to tour extensively
* be musically open minded ( obviously )
* have a nice and well groomed moustache
* forget about that last statement