After finishing their different tours around USA, Europe and Japan, Cave In are now taking a break.
The band will reunite around summer time to start to work in a new album, about how will sound their new album, the band says: "Our responses to those questions and others like them have been different each time we've been pressed to answer them. However, the entertainment value of those declarations and many more in similar nature will never decrease. Simply put, we find it grand to know that you're interested in what we're doing and in short, we can only abide by the guts of our limbs and our throats when the time comes for us to do so."
Finally the Cave In website is expected to suffer major transformations soon.
2002 "Maïeutics", first album of Amartia is released. This is the point of start for the band. Great progressive / Atmospheric album, Amartia is acclaimed by all relevants medias, being compared with The Gathering.
After a complete renewal of line up, Vince (composer / Guitar) gives a new musical orientation to Amartia. More personal, "Marionette", the album to come reveals incredible female vocals parts, by Britta, a new german singer, based on subtle songs. Lots of fine arrangements, keys & guitar duets, fretless bass, Amartia imposes its trademark based on skilled musicians & more, on clever & high emotional songs. Buy this unique limited digipack version which includes one bonus track & multimedia part !
Peter Dolving of Swedish act The Haunted has posted the following studio update regarding the band's forthcoming new album:
"We're going forward. This is exciting and scary. So far we got 12 songs that are evolving smoothly. So far I'd say the stuff is much heavier than previous records, I get a feeling like AT The Gates meets King Crimson.
Oh I don't know - It's hard to describe but personally I think we're coming up some heavy shit. Sometimes I feel like 'WHOA! This is turning into a Pink Floyd record for the dysfunctional.'
It's nice for a change to have a good rehearsal space in Gothenburg this time and the possibility to communicate with our computers instead of having to play stuff over the phone at 2 in the morning, especially now since we've moved out all across Sweden. Well, I have a really good feeling and I'm really looking forward to recording this monster..."
Lars Brandle of Monsters and Critics is reporting that Finnish "cello rock" group Apocalyptica has signed a worldwide, multi-album recording deal with 20-20 Entertainment, Martin Dodd's New York-based joint venture with Sony BMG International.
According to a statement issued Monday (March 20) from Sony BMG, the band is to enter the studio later in the year to record their sixth album, which will feature new material with unidentified collaborations.
"We are immensely proud to sign Apocalyptica," comments Maarten Steinkamp, president, Sony BMG Continental Europe and chairman/CEO of the company's German operations. "Apocalyptica are unique and we look forward to working with them and developing their success yet further."
According to the Austrian black metal webzine BlackMetal.at, Peter Kubik (a.k.a. Virus 666) has put his Hellbound and St. Lucifer projects to rest and has reformed the acclaimed Austrian black metal outfit Abigor. "There're different reasons for this decision, and some might hate me about it, but I give a shit on them," Kubik is quoted as saying. "I know, I wrote that I am pissed by the black-metal scene as I split Abigor back in 2003, and still I am, but maybe this 'not being involved' made me thirsty again. However, I don't feel the need to justify my point of view anymore. Accept it or not, Abigor is back! Currently it's me and Lukas Lindenberger on drums, but T.T., Thurisaz and Silenius are still invited to join the band again, time will tell. Don't expect a rise of the 'old' Abigor, it's 2006. Abigor is reborn, and it'll be a new area — we're back, still hell!"
Christopher Jhonsson announced that he will quit singing in a email sent to Therion's website. He explains:
"As was announced on the Metal Mania festivals, I am going to retire from vocals. The reasons for this are two. One is that I feel it's not fun to sing anymore (even though I have enjoyed playing the old songs on guitar), the voice is getting weaker over the years and I experienced problems at the end of the US/Canada tour. The problem isn't only getting older, but rather that we basically never rehearse as a band and therefore I don't keep my throat "warm". It simply doesn't work to not sing for half a year and then go on tour for 2 months and shout every evening. It used to work when I was younger, but now I feel it's not comfortable anymore and when it doesn't feel right, it's definatly time to stop.
Jon Oliva's Project "Jon Oliva's Pain" have inked a deal with AFM Records for the release of the a new album. The album tentatively entitled "Maniacal Renderings" is set to be released on Sepetmber 2006. The album was recorded (on more time) at Audio Lab Studios in Tampa, Florida.
Oliva Commented on the deal with AFM: "AFM was the obvious choice for us. Complete dedication to their bands, in both support and marketing, is the reason we have made this critical move. The next record for JON OLIVA'S PAIN is taking on a new and more intense direction. We needed a label that not only understood what we are trying to do, but embraced it with genuine excitement. Knowing that your record company is really pumped about the new music helps to drive the recording process to a whole new level of intensity....We're going to push every button possible!"
Henrik "Kral" Andersen decided to leave Mercenary, the band parted ways with Kral in a friendly way. The reason of the departure hasn't been reveled but it's expected that Kral deliver a statement soon.
The recording of the new album is not going to be affected; the band explains that they have been working on the new album in Kral's absence for two months. Mikkel Sandager will be in charge of writing the lyrics (as well of doing the vocals as usual and the screams for this time). Also the plans for touring won't be affected.
In other hand the band started searching for a replacement to play & that also can do the screams
Roadrunner Records is proud to announce the signing of legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde and his band, Black Label Society.
Having sold over 1.4 million albums worldwide BLS is currently working with producer Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, Ozzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chili Peppers) on Shot To Hell, their first release for Roadrunner, which will be released this summer. "After spending a lifetime as Wylde Z. Coyote, I guess it was just a matter of time before I'd catch the Roadrunner," comments Wylde.
Shot To Hell is the follow up to Mafia, which debuted in March 2005 at #15 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and at #1 on the Top Independent Albums chart. The top rock track "In This River" from Mafia will be on the upcoming MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge album, out April 11th.
Groundbreaking Japanese metal act Sigh have signed a worldwide deal with The End Records and will release their seventh album "Hangman's Hymn" sometime later this year.
The Japanese outfit has become one of the most respected and creative entities in the metal music scene thanks to the versatile and unique albums they have released, most notably 1997's black metal opus "Hail Horror Hail" and the psychedelic-tinged sounds of 2001's "Imaginary Sonicscape."
On the sound and direction of the new album, Sigh frontman/leader Mirai Kawashima says that "Hangman's Hymn" is "thrash-metal-meets-German-symphonies! Fast, heavy, bombastic and majestic!"