02:52 - Amatsu Mikaboshi Still need to check out Gehenna. I've always been curious ever since I last saw them live, what Justin ans Liz are like, whether if there completely introverted, private hermits or sociable?...
02:50 - Alex Fenger [link] added a few more albums (Lurk, Lynchgate, Lithotome, Infestus, and Suffer Yourself)
Guitarist Sathonys of the German black metallers Agathodaimon has issued the following update:
"Our bass player, Darin 'Eddie' Smith, recently left, so we're looking for a replacement and are testing some potential candidates currently.
"If you have a professional attitude and would like to apply for the job (area Mainz/Darmstadt/Frankfurt preferred), send a mail to: email@example.com along with further info about you and your musical background.
"Besides, the new website will be relaunched early next month. Meanwhile, check out the new page at myspace: www.myspace.com/agathodaimon and join our friends list if you like. Of course, we're also working on the yet untitled successor 'Serpent's Embrace'. A release date is set to November 24th. More news soon!"
The following message has been delivered via The Gathering newsletter:
Due to illness, the Gathering has unfortunately been forced to cancel all shows in Europe and the Netherlands scheduled between 19 April and 28 May. Anneke van Giersbergen is suffering from an obstinate bronchial and sinus infection, which has taken a turn for the worse over the past few days.
"The band very much regrets having to take this step, but Anneke's health will have to come first. We are consulting with promoters to try to reschedule the concerts to later this year so that tickets would remain valid", declares the band's management.
The latest recording Home was released this past weekend. So this cancellation is very unfortunate for the band as well as for their fans. The Gathering will resume touring starting in June.
Finland's Finntroll have secured the services of Twilight Moon frontman Mathias Lillmåns as the group's new lead singer. Lillmåns is reportedly 23 years old, and like Fintroll's original vocalist, Katla Mathias, is Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue. Check out pictures of Finntroll performing live with Mathias Lillmåns on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at the Night Life Rock club in Helsinki at this location.
For more information on Lillmåns' other band, Twilight Moon, click here.
Finntroll parted ways with frontman Tapio Wilska (Sethian, ex-Wizzard, former session vocalist for Nightwish) in January after "reach a situation in which we it impossible to continue Finntroll" with their previous vocalist, according to a statement issued by the group a short time after the split.
The complete track listing has been revealed for the three CDs that will be included in the upcoming Bathory box set, "In Memory of Quorthon", due on June 3 via Black Mark Records. As previously reported, the full package will contain three CDs, one DVD, a book and a poster. Börje "Boss" Forsberg — owner of Black Mark Records and father of late Bathory mainman Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg — had previously stated that the package would contain "Quorthon's and Bathory's complete musical history."
"In Memory of Quorthon" track listing:
01. Song to Hall up High
02. Oden's Ride over Nordland
03. Twilight of the Gods
04. Foreverdark Woods
I, the new band consisting of former Immortal frontman Abbath, original Immortal drummer Armagedda, Enslaved guitarist Arve Isdal and Gorgoroth bassist King ov Hell, have signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band will enter the studio at the end of this month to begin recording their debut album, which will feature lyrics written primarily by former Immortal guitarist Demonaz. A late 2006 release is expected.
I will make their live debut on August 26 at the Hole In The Sky festival in Bergen, Norway. Additional live appearances will be announced soon.
To coincide with the announcement of Virgin Black's three requiems, the band is giving an inside view of the production process by revealing excerpts of string arrangements performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - (full instrumentation not represented). The fragments are taken from songs featured on "Requiem - pianissimo". You can find the download on the "Download" section of their website http://www.virginblack.com
A release date for Requiem has not as yet been confirmed. The label is currently deliberating over those details.
The band announced the new bassist, it's Roel Vink, "he is a young bassplayer with a lot of good musical ambitions, and we will start to work hard on learning him all the songs." commented the band.
Roel Vink will play live with Sun Caged for the first time at the Elsrock festival in Rijssen, The Netherlands on August 26th.
Also the band commented on the recording of their upcoming album: "We are currently recording our second album. All drums have been recorded, and now Marcel and Rene are recording their tracks.
Barend Tromp (ex Lemur Voice) will play bass on a few songs, and also will play a sitar solo in one of our songs. It will be great for fans of Lemur Voice to see Marcel work with Barend again, since Lemur Voice splitted up in 2000."
Anathema have posted the following message on their official website :
"Here we present a brand new Anathema song called 'Everything'.
It has been recorded and mixed by the band, independent of any record company. We decided to give this song directly to the public as soon as it was finished, as a thank you to all those people who have kept faith with anathema and what we are doing.
Anathema presently has no record deal. For this reason we have included a Donate Option, where you can help the band by donating a small amount to the process of recording this new record.
In return, we will present more songs for you to download over the coming weeks and months. These versions will be exclusive and not available anywhere else.
Gaia Epicus have posted the following message on their official website :
"12th of July Gaia Epicus will enter Top Room Studios to record their 3'rd album which will be called "Victory". The band will have the album finished by the time they go to the USA, and hope to make some good promotion for the album at the Minneapolis Mayhem Fest. The band have already received some offers from record labels that wishes to release this new album, but nothing have been
decided about this yet. The cover painting for the album will be done by famous J. P. Fournier, who also did the bands first album cover "Satrap" in 2003."
The following statment was posted at Mercenary's official website:
"We've been waiting for this moment for a long time, and now it's finally here.
The new Mercenary album - the follow up to "11 Dreams" - is done.
The recordings ended on Friday, April 7th.
We're also finally able to spill out some more details that we've had on the tip of our tongues for several months:
The new album title is: "The Hours that Remain"
The album will contain 10 brand new songs - about 60 minutes of playing time.
Some track titles are; "The Year of the Plague", "My world is Ending", "Obscure Indiscretion" & "Lost Reality".
Vintersorg posted the following message on his official website:
"The new album will be finished recorded after the summer. There're some things that has to be solved but most of the guitars are recorded, the keyboards are done and some other FX are also completed.
We'll record the drums and bass during the summer, this time our live session drummer Benny Hägglund will be perfoming with us. For the bass we'll work with our live session bass player Johan Lindgren and we think it'll be a very interesting album from several aspects. The metal element are extended still melody is there of course. The most striking thing is that the lyrics will be this time is Swedish.
Sirenia is finally ready to introduce their new female singer. Her name is Monika Pedersen, from Denmark, born 1978. Monika has been dedicated to music all her life, and has loads of experience from other bands, projects, choirs etc. In addition she has been working with several professional singing teachers in Luxemburg and Denmark. From now on she will have an important role in Sirenia's music, and we all look forward to a future collaboration.
Luca Turilli posted the following message on his official website:
"Hi my friends, today I am proud to announce you that Karsten, my faithful and talented webmaster, added some samples to this and the Dreamquest website for all those people that want to know more about the evolution of my musical style and how these new upcoming releases will sound. The samples that you can find on this website consist in an excerpt from the following tracks: 'Mother Nature', 'Altitudes' and 'The Miracle of Life', tracks that represent well the intensity of these new compositions sounding more mature and modern than ever before, also thanks to the wonderful voice of Bridget Fogle, that from simple chorist became lead singer of this band. Surely 'The Infinite Wonders of Creation' is the most symphonic album I released until now and the opera choirs, singed by the talented 'Voices of Astral Conscience', are massive and epic from the first until the last track of the CD. And more: when you will see the booklet that Karsten created for this album you will understand how the complete concept around my new release, musically, lyrically and graphically, took a particularly defined way of inner expression that will represent from now on the trademark for my future solo productions.
The Rekuiem album 'Time Will Tell' will be available around the World from 24th April 2006. The album is already released in Japan on Jan 27th, 2006 (entering the album chart in Japan at number 44).
The band have also shot videos for two tracks from the album and these will be made available in some format to Rekuiem fans in the near future (some early copies of the album will be sold complete with a free copy of the dvd featuring both videos, but these will be available purely on a first come, first served basis). The Video is expected to be avaiable for streaming in place from the band's website.
The band have signed to Majestic and plan later in the year to play a few select festivals across Europe and hopefully make a debut appearance in the U.S.A. to promote the release. Edited MP3 samples of all 10 tracks from the European release are now available from the album page on their website.