After 5 years Dawn Of Destiny and Tanja go separate ways from now on. Because of the "so-called" musical differences Tanja decided to leave the band. We regret this step, but consider it as right and consequent. We say thanks to Tanja for 5 years of friendship, musicianship and the engagement to support Dawn Of Destiny in reaching our current status.
Tanja's statement: "Unfortunately somewhen in life comes the time of farewell. Regrettably the musical ideas within the band develop into a direction where I cannot identify myself with Dawn Of Destiny anymore. Therefore I want to announce, that I'm going to leave the band. I wish the guys of Dawn Of Destiny big success on their new way. Dear Dawn Of Destiny-Fans! Dear Fallen Angels! With all my hear I want to say thank you for the big support, the fun and the bright cordiality, that you gave me on each gig! The "Wacken-WG" is still an issue. Peter - You are the Best! Many thanks for the nice time! I am sure that we'll meet each other on stage! All of you shall feel embraced!"
Cold Day Memory, the forthcoming album from US metallers Sevendust, is available for streaming online in its entirety at this location.
Cold Day Memory is scheduled for release on April 20 via 7Bros. Records.
Cold Day Memory cover art] tracklist:
02. Forever Dead
04. Last Breath
06. Ride Insane
07. Confessions (Without Faith)
09. Here And Now
10. The End Is Coming
11. Better Place
12. Strong Arm Broken
"Affirmations", a new song from US metallers Burning The Memory, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
This new song is the title track off of their Spare Change Records follow-up release entitled Affirmations. Artwork duties were handled by Mike D'Antonio (Killswitch Engage) and will be revealed soon, along with the tracklisting.
Finnish metallers Ultimatium have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Ultimatium has decided to cancel their recording deal with Mastervox Records, affecting immediately. Because decision about recording and releasing of third album was not made in time by Mastervox Records, Ultimatium sees that deal has been fulfilled and Mastervox records does not wish to use their option for third album. In the end, musical differences and visions about third album between artist and label were just too apart. And to make things clear, we tried to avoid this until the inevitable end and we would have been pleased to record our new album for Mastervox Records, but it takes two for a dialog...
The Metal Storm / Pensées Nocturnes contest is now officially over, as you may have noticed already. The correct answer to the question: "What is Vaerohn's favourite type of food? (this may, or may not, be a trick question)" was... ...*drumroll*... nothing! He does not have a favourite type of food! You could have found the answer in one of his old interviews.
The winners of this contest are:
Congratulations you three! The contact information of the three winners has been passed on to the Pensées Nocturnes' record label Les Acteurs De Lombre. You'll be contacted by them for your adress and then your prizes will be shipped. We hope you are happy with your prize (do tell us what you think of the album) but remember, Metal Storm is not responsible for items lost/damaged/stolen in the mail.
"Lord Of The Wasteland", the new video from US metallers Toxic Holocaust, can be viewed at this location. The clip was shot at various live gigs during the band's extensive 2009 tour schedule.
"Lord Of The Wasteland" comes off the band's latest album, An Overdose Of Death..., which was released on September 2008 via Relapse Records.
In other news, Toxic Holocaust are currently writing for the follow-up album to An Overdose Of Death... with plans to begin recording this summer. Additional recording information will be made available shortly.
Canadian metallers Into Eternity have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"A few days ago I checked my mail and was happy to find out Toy's Factory had sent me the Japanese releases of our last 2 releases: The Scattering Of Ashes and The Incurable Tragedy! It's nice to know that we have such great industry people and fans supporting us in Japan. I will never forget the great times we had in 2008 and 2009. Japan rules!
In other news, we have started rehearsals again and things are coming along. We have also started on "song 1". I have lots of music demoed at home now, so we are looking through it and starting our first new song. So far the song starts with an arpeggio instrumental and then heads into some heavy riffing.
Swedish metallers Construcdead have issued the following update on their official website:
"Sorry to say but after almost 11 Years with Construcdead and as the founder of the band Christian has decided to leave the band."
Christian added: "A big thank you and goodnight to Construcdead and all the people who have supported me and the band through the years. I wish the guys all the best in the future, love, hugs and beers."
OBSCURA / PESTILENCE bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling, who is known for his signature six-string fretless playing in progressive death metal, is offering private bass lessons and personal coaching in metal and other styles. "These lessons are suitable for bass players of all levels who want to get more out of their instrument. Many bassists in metal and other genres concentrate primarily on playing techniques, while there's often more that could be developed. The main focus, therefore, will be on intonation, tone development, bass arrangements and fretless playing", says Thesseling. The lessons will be given in Amsterdam , the Netherlands , as well as in Genoa , Italy . Interested parties can contact Jeroen via his official website www.jeroenthesseling.com
Quality footage of one of Type O Negative's last live performances is available at HardTimes.ca. The show took place on October 24 last year at the Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY on the band's final N. American trek. Also available at the same location is an interview with the late Peter Steele, who passed away earlier this week.
Type O Negative manager Mike Renault has confirmed "heart failure" is suspected in the frontman's death.
In July 2010 Witchery will return with the new album Witchkrieg and new vocalist Legion (ex-Marduk, ex-Devian).
Jensen: "So it's finally for a new Witchery album! And not just any ol' new album, no sir. This is quite possibly the best Witchery album to date. Let me correct myself. This is the best Witchery album to date. I know a lot of bands claim their current releases to be 'their best work' and everyone knows that's a load of bullshit. However, in our case, I can say its 100% true. If you don't believe me, then check out the album. You will notice how your flapping jaws slowly close, how you crank the volume and how you forget about your miserable life for while! On a sadder note, due to conflicting schedules, we have had to part ways with founding member Toxine. We wish our brother in metal all the best in the future. Therefore, I would like to introduce to the world, a new unholy axis of musical terror. We wish to welcome a new fulltime member to the Witchery coven; none other than: Legion!"
Swedish metallers Narnia have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Some of you may have heard rumors, and some of You may be surprised by what you're about to read. We confirm today that we're facing the end of the journey of this band. We want to thank all our fans, friends and our families who stood behind us all the time. Thank You for believing.
The decision was made around new-year 09/10. It's time to move on. Music business is tough, and it's getting tougher every day. But it's also the greatest business to be in thanks to the crowds and the people we've met along this long road. Thank You for sharing Your stories and for letting our music and message be a part of You lives.
The Swedish progressive metal band Darkwater will start recording their second album next week. Joining them on the album is Simon Andersson (ex-Pain Of Salvation) on bass. The yet untitled album will be mixed this summer by Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir) at Studio Fredman, and is planned for a fall 2010 release through Ulterium Records.
Henrik Båth of Darkwater comments: "We're thrilled and eager to head into the studio and record our second album. Our debut album was received so much better than we could have hoped for, but still we feel that we can top it. We've got some great material ready to be recorded, and with the addition of Simon Andersson on bass as well as Fredrik Nordström for the mixing of the album everything feels right. We're definitely ready to take everything to the next level with this release."
The new album Phlegethon, of Italian progressive metallers Kingcrow, will be available worldwide on May 17th 2010 through Scarlet Records.
A new song "Evasion" from that album is available for download at this location (.mp3). More samples are available here.
The album Phlegethon is described as "a new overall and exciting concept, representing the very best of their progressive rock/metal approach. According to the band: "This new discs finds us exploring paths of progressive rock and metal we've never ventured before - it is an exciting time for us and we feel more confident about Kingcrow's future then ever".
"Describing the band today is quite a difficult task, but one could state that the influence of such artists as Porcupine Tree, Riverside, Opeth, Orphaned Land or even Dream Theater in their more subtle moments are all present in the music of Kingcrow. With each release Kingcrow has taken a step further away from their original roots as a classic hard rock / metal band and is today one of the most exciting bands that Italy has to offer."