Industrial Metal band Fear Factoy have announced the cancellation of their showing in New Zealand. The band was previously going to appear there on the 13th September as part of their Australia/New Zealand tour. The New Zealand portion is now cancelled however, and Fear Factory will only be appearing in Australia.
Here is Fear Factory's official statement about why they've cancelled: "Due to band's busy schedule, the New Zealand date is cancelled as the band, being on tour were unable to appear for visa processing".
Fear Factory drummer Raymond Herrera has scheduled three signing sessions in Australia this month. He will be appearing at the capital cities Brisbane, Sydney and Perth for the three two hour sessions.
Death Metallers Kataklysm have announced the dates for their upcoming 'The Road To Devastation' European tour. The tour will commence at the start of 2007, and will feature Kataklysm and previously announced supports Neaera, Fear My Thoughts and Quo Vadis. The Road To Devastation will be presented by metal magazine 'Metal Hammer'.
Here is the complete list of dates for the tour:
04.01.2007 - Arnhem, Holland @ Goudvishal
05.01.2007 - Vosselaar, Belgium @ Biebob
06.01.2007 - Hannover, Germany @ Muzik Zentrum
07.01.2007 - Flensburg, Germany @ Roxy
08.01.2007 - Essen, Germany @ Zeche Karl
09.01.2007 - Berlin, Germany @ K-17 Berlin
10.01.2007 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Stengade
Swedish death metal band Aeon has now signed with Metal Blade Records. Speaking of the multi-album deal, the band states:
"Metal Blade is the label that we always wanted to be a part of and we are really looking forward to work with them. We think that they can give us the support we need to evolve as a band and we could not be happier so far."
Formed in 1999, the group has previously released material with Unique Leader Records and Necropolis Records. You can check out some of their material here.
Aeon has also new bass player : "The permanent bass player spot has now been filled with Max Carlberg. He have proven that he is a great bass player, an easy learner and most important of all, he is a good and decent guy. For those who attended at the Storsjöyran festival have already seen Max in action with us then as a session bass player."
Shadows Fall entered the studio in late-August to begin pre-production for their new album, and Atlantic Records debut. Here's an update from drummer Jason Bittner :
"Well everyone, as of 2 weeks ago we started pre-production for our new album with our producer Nick Raskulinecz. He flew out from LA on a Monday evening, and by Tuesday afternoon we were in our rehearsal room slowly dissecting all of the material that we currently have written for our Atlantic debut.
First off, I think everyone was impressed...Nick was pretty stoked with our material and ambitions, and the band was extremely excited and impressed by Nick's ideas, let alone his never-ending enthusiasm! We put a solid 6 hours in the 1st day just jamming and revamping. Later on that night brought a well-deserved evening at the bar discussing what we would do once we got in the studio.
An interview with Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy is featured on the Rhino.com podcast. The chat begins at 21:18 of the podcast, which can be heard at this location: http://www.rhino.com/RZine/rhinocasts/index.lasso.
Holland's FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt and guitarist Peter Lindgren. Åkerfeldt and Lindgren discuss the upcoming "deluxe" version of "Ghost Reveries", MySpace, David Coverdale, Dave Mustaine, Metallica, Scott Walker, Joni Mitchell, Danko Jones, Muse, Gigantour, changing drummers, playing live, touring, drugs and lots more. Watch the interview here.
Just two months after releasing their "Dutch Metal Cult Series" Rusty Cage Records signs a two record deal with Dutch best kept secret, thrash/death sensation "Cypher".
Their debut album "Darkday Carnival", produced by "Textures" guitarist Jochem Jacobs, will be released at the end of October 2006.
"Darkday Carnival" is an album that explores the darker side of the human condition, lyrics masked by more than 2000 years of deceit and corruption, musically progressing towards a more complex and dynamic style without losing the brutal, relentless edge.
You've all heard bands like In Flames, Slayer, Morbid Angel, Nevermore and Testament, but wait 'til you hear this album!
The Greek Power Metal band Firewind had already been confirmed for a support of Dragonforce on tour, but now they've been announced to open for Dragonforce in the UK. They will play thirteen dates at the end of this year. The tour will contain Dragonforce, Firewind and All That Remains.
Here are the confirmed dates:
Nov. 29 - UK, Folkestone - Leas Cliff Hall
Nov. 30 - UK, Southampton - Guildhall
Dec. 01 - UK, Leeds - University
Dec. 02 - UK, Nottingham - Rock City
Dec. 04 - UK, Cardiff - University Students Union
Dec. 05 - UK, Birmingham - Academy
Dec. 07 - UK, Sheffield - Octagon
Dec. 08 - UK, Manchester - Academy
Dec. 09 - UK, Glasgow - Barrowlands
Dec. 11 - UK, Norwich - UEA
Dec. 12 - UK, Bristol - Academy
Maidenfans.com, issued the following status report on Iron Maiden's new album, 'A Matter Of Life And Death', which has been storming the charts the world over:
"As the week rolls, more charts positions are getting in. We already announced you that 'A Matter of Life and Death' was number 1 in Finland and in Italy. Well, it also reached the first spot in Germany. Great news considering the competition and knowing that Maiden's two previous albums reached #3 and #2. As already mentionned, the album reached #4 in the UK Charts after being #3 on the midweeks. A Maiden album is often frontloaded which partially explains this slip during the week. However, almost 45,000 have reportedly left the shelves! In neighbouring Ireland, the album is at #5. In Poland, it's at #6. In the Netherlands, it's 7th and finally, down-under in Australia, it settled on place 12."
AOL music have uploaded the new albums for Blind Guardian, Iron Maiden and Goatwhore. All three albums are available to listen to via streaming. There are also links for buying each album. All three albums have just been released in the last few days.
Here are the links to the albums:
To listen to Blind Guardian - A Twist In The Myth, click here.
To listen to Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death, click here.
To listen to Goatwhore - A Haunting Curse, click here.
In Flames will perform at The W:O:A 2007, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. Also scheduled to perform are Blind Guardian, Saxon, Stratovarius, Grave Digger, Therion, Samael, Schandmaul and of course the reunited Norwegian black metal band Immortal.
Here is a comment by the W:O:A organisers: "We step on the gas and our billing grows up faster than ever! We are pround to announce: In Flames will perform at the WOA 2007!!".
Power Metal band Mob Rules have posted two new 'Making Of' diary entries on their official website. Mob Rules are in the process of creating a new album which is entitled 'Ethnolution A.D.'. Each making of entry tells about the process of recording the album, etc. Each one contains about four or five paragraphs worth. There are now four in total.
Swedish Black Metal band Marduk have had to push back the release date for their upcoming DVD entitled 'Blood Puke Salvation'. The DVD was originally going to be released on the 4th September, but the date is now set to the 25th September. The DVD will contain over 90 minutes of live material filmed in Tilburg, Holland and in Antwerpen, Belgium during December 2004. It will also contain promo videos, interviews and more. A teaser clip for the upcoming DVD will be posted online soon.
In other Marduk news, the band has posted a collection of photos from their showing at the Party San Open Air festival. You can view the photos here.
Black Metal duo Satyricon have posted their new video 'The Pentagram Burns' online. The band have been working on the video for the last month or two, but now it's complete, and available for download. The song from the video comes from Satyricon's most recent album 'Now, Diabolical'. It was filmed in Oslo, Norway and directed by Håvard Arnstad.