On January 30 2007, Locomotive Records will release a history DVD with title "Iron Maiden: The History Of Fear". This is an unauthorized documentary about Iron Maiden, packed with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage that tells the story of how this magnificent group became Metal legends. A must-have for all Iron Maiden Fans!
With the release of their latest album, Christ Illusion, the L.A thrashers finally return to Australian/New Zealand shores in early 2007. This is the first time in fifteen years with the original line-up. Support is to come from Mastodon. The tour dates are as follows:
Thursday 12th April - Metro City Perth
Tickets from 78's, Planet, Beat and Bocs - 08 9484 1133
Saturday 14th April - Thebarton Theatre Adelaide
Tickets from Venuetix - 08 8225 8888
Sunday 15th April - Vodafone Arena Melbourne
Tickets from Ticketek - 132849
Tuesday 17th April - Hordern Pavilion Sydney
Tickets from Ticketek - 132849
Last month, Thomas Youngblood from Kamelot posted a message on their official website telling that he's dying to reveal the ideas and titles of the new songs but he's "sworn to secrecy". They are working on the art with several artists "including one amazing new one from France", he says. Casey has finished recording the drums at Gate Studios in Wolfsburg. Thomas also says: "We are aiming for a release of Spring 2007, followed by the first leg of Europe tour, then to Japan and another run in North America in August."
There's a live video online "When the Lights are Down", taken from the Kamelot's DVD "One Cold Winter's Night". Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn-nxMKiT8I
Mikael Akerfeldt has posted a message on their website telling that he has started the writing for what is supposed to be the 9th Opeth record and is also working on a as of yet unnamed side project. The members of the band wish to extend a big "thank you" to all their fans worldwide who came and saw them on the "Ghost Reveries" world tour 2005/2006. They also want to thank the promoters and agents who made this tour possible. They hope to see you again soon!
Blabbermouth.net reported earlier that Opeth will be Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson's guests on this Saturday, January 6 during Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio show, aptly named "Rock Show". Listen to the program live via the Internet between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight) U.K. time (between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST) at BBC.co.uk.
Swedish metal kings In Flames first performance in 2007 will be on the awards show "Rockbjörnen" in Stockholm, Sweden the 11th of January, where the band are nominated in 3 categories: best Swedish band, best song and best album.
The tickets for next years biggest happening within the scene are now out for sale! Shining headline the big stage at Diezel, 3 February in Halmstad, for the celebration of the new album (V Halmstad). The gig will consist of songs from the whole Shining era and will be the first apperance with the new frontman "Ghoul".
DHG (Dødheimsgard), the norweigan cult black metal band, have the honour of playing as a support act. The last time DHG stood on stage was 7 years ago, when they joined Dimmu Borgir on tour. A third band will be added. The ceremony takes place at Diezel, Halmstad (close to Gothenburg, Malmoe, Kastrup).
The SHINING gig will be shot professionally for a forthcoming DVD entitled "Fy Fan För Livet!", which will concist of, besides the gig, a 2 hour long tour roadmovie and the promovideo for the new song "Låt Oss Ta Allt Från Varandra". All in all, a package full of sickness and depravation!
After their contribuition to the soundtrack of the MMO game "Chronicles of Spellborn (TCoS)" with the song "The Howling", Within Temptation will release new single in January 2007 titled "What Have You Done", featuring Keith Caputo (from Life of Agony) as guest singer.
The band will also start their european tour this spring, playing at festivals and concerts in several countries: the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Denmark, the UK, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
More information about tour dates and ticket outlets in the official band site: www.within-temptation.com
Now the time has come to disclose the secret about our new singer! Sandra Schleret will do the vocals for Elis in the future! Sandra comes from Innsbruck (A) and stood behind the microphone for various bands, among others for 'Dreams of Sanity' and 'Siegfried'. She did also guest appearances for 'Samael'. She impressed us with her voice and her personality and we guess, that she fits perfect to Elis! You will find more information under Sandra in the Biography section. We want to thank all of the candidates once again dearly and we wish all of you the best of luck on your further path!
Again I have to apologize for the delay in updates. I've been extremely busy with writing and preproduction for the new IE CD's.
I also lost the one person that was my true mentor and inspiration throughout my life, which was very difficult. My Father, Tom Schaffer, died unexpectedly of a massive stroke in October. He was 67, and died two weeks before his 68th birthday. It's hard to imagine what my life would have been like without my Dad's influence. I would not be who I am today, that's for sure. Fortunately, he was able to travel with the band a few times, and he really enjoyed meeting and talking with the fans. He was there for the Alive in Athens recording and was dubbed Papa Earth by some of the fans in Greece. I will miss him very much.
Australian Power/Progressive band Vanishing Point have announced the replacement for just recently departed bass player Steve Cox. The new bassist will be Adrian Alimic who has played with Manic Opera and Here I Die. Alimic will play bass on the upcoming Vanishing Point album, and he's already completed the bass parts for it.
Vanishing Point have also posted more news about the upcoming album. Some album titles have been thrown up in the air, but nothing has been ultimately decided on. In a couple of months the band say they will post all the album information online. The music parts have been completed and vocallist Silvio Massaro will be doing the vocals in the first week of January. The band says that the album will be finished in about April next year.
Symphony X's webmaster has posted another studio update online. The band are still working on their upcoming album 'Paradise Lost' which is supposed to be released some time in the first half of 2007.
Here is the posting, taken from symphonyx.com:
"Spoke to MJR for a while this afternoon, and here's what he had to say...
They had planned to start the mix on the CD this week, but were delayed a bit overall by the holiday earlier this week, so mixing has been rescheduled for January. Russ has 3 songs to finish (and was on his way to The Dungeon as Mike & I spoke) & hopes to be done with his recording by the weekend, and MJR has a couple more solos that he wants to record, as well as getting some loose ends tied up and polishing things up overall. They are still aiming for a Spring '07 release, & Mike had some pretty exciting things to say about the material, saying that it has something for old fans and new fans alike, so I'm confident more than ever in saying that the CD will be well worth the wait.
The 21st edition of Metalmania Festival - the biggest metal fest in Central-Eastern Europe - will take place on 24th March 2007 in Spodek Hall in Katowice, Poland. As usual there will be two stages where around 25 bands will perform for thousands of metal freaks!!!!
Bands who are interested in performing on the small stage of the Festival can still send their application to the following e-mail address:
The deadline: January 8, 2007 at noon.
METALMANIA FESTIVAL 2007
Spodek Hall, Katowice, Poland
Danish Death/Thrash metallers Hatesphere have issued the following update via the band's official website:
"Have a good new year - don't blow yourselves up! We will do that for you with our new album next year on April 27th and April 30th. Until then, go buy the new German Metal Hammer - there is a DVD with 15 minutes of Danish Metal with your own Jacob and friends.
We will start recording the new album on the 5th of January - and we will of course keep you updated with pictures, videoclips and reports etc. The drums will be recorded with our old friend Tommy Hansen in his Jailhouse Studios in Horsens, Denmark. Guitars, bass and vocals will be done in Jacobs Smart´n´hard Studios here in Aarhus, while Tue Madsen will do the mix at his Antfarm Studio."