The Austrian black/death metal band Belphegor posted the following message on the official website:
"Barth has had an accident in January, resulting in a bad wound on the right hand. He had an operation, but at this time its uncertain whether he can play the bass for Belphegor again.
The band write in a statement: However, he´ll always be a member of Belphegor, taking care of the merchandise on the road and similar stuff now. Get well soon bro!
Belphegor absolved the recent gigs with a session bass player, named A.X. from Germany, who´s also gonna do the next shows.
With that being said Belphegor are currently looking for a bass player, anyone interested can contact the bands management through e-mail at: email@example.com
Crematory will release a new album called "Klagebilder" on August 4th.
Massacre Records have posted the following message :
German gothic metal leaders Crematory have returned to their roots signing with Massacre, who have also already released their first four albums. The new album "Klagebilder" will be released on August 4th and will be available as limited Digipak, jewel case CD and big-sized box set including a bonus CD!
Cradle Of Filth's new album will be titled 'Thornography' and will be released September 19th through Roadrunner Records. Song titles include: "Libertina Grim," "Tonight in Flames," "Cemetery and Sundown," "I Am the Thorn," "The Byronic Man," (featuring guest vocals from H.I.M.'s Ville Valo) and "Temptation."
Canada's pioneering metal band Voivod have set July 25 as the North American release date (via The End Records) for their much-anticipated album 'Katorz.'
The legendary band has worked alongside veteran producer Glen Robinson (Voivod's 'Nothingface,' Tea Party') to create an album that will continue the legacy of their fallen friend/bandmember/guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour.
'Katorz' was recorded at Multisons studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where Robinson and the band - drummer Michael "Away" Langevin, singer Denis "Snake" Belanger and bassist Jason "Jasonic" Newsted - utilized all of the guitar parts that founding guitarist "Piggy" had recorded for the record on his laptop with ProTools before his death last summer.
Crimson Glory sign multiple releases deal with Black Lotus Records
Crimson Glory members Jon Drenning, Jeff Lords and Ben Jackson have finally reunited with their original singer Midnight. There is a wealth of material that the band will release through Black Lotus Records - on this - the bands 20th anniversary.
The debut album of Crimson Glory will be expanded - remastered and have a new title. Crimson Glory - 'Lost Reflections', will feature new artwork, new and previously unseen band photos, lyrics and new liner notes and also the added bonus of the previously unreleased songs - "Love me - kill me" and "Dream Dancer" which was originally only found on the Par cassette release of the album and on some hard to find singles, a new video for the song 'Lost Refection' and a band interview about the first CD.
Solitaire's brand new album will be released on Battle Cry Records on 29th May. The new outburst, the band's 3rd in their career, will be titled Invasion Metropolis and it features the following 10 new Solitaire originals:
Soul Restless Soul
Blue Lights Flashing
The Decade Of Aggression
Engage The Power
Potential Hazard To Life
Thy Majetie decided to parted ways with singer Giulio Di Gregorio. The band commented: "There are a lot of personal reasons for this choice. But it had to be done.
It will be really difficult to find a replacement here in Sicily, so at the moment Thy Majestie's future is uncertain. We hope to come back soon with good news."
The band doesn't have any requirements more than being professional to fill in the position. "We have posted on our site a .Zip file with some mp3s of our latest album, if you think that you are a professional singer and you would like to join Thy Majestie please download the file from here : MP3s , add your voice and then send back the mp3 to our official address. We will let you know."
The band has added Tampa, Florida's own J.R. Daniels aka "Kid Gnarly"(ex-Unholy Ghost/Royal Anguish) to its roster! He'll be covering the upcoming tours and is a permanent replacement.
Cattle Decapitation upcoming dates are:
5/10 Reno, NV @ Liquid Lounge
5/11 - Roseville (Sacramento), CA @ The Underground
5/12 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
5/13 - Whittier, CA @ California Metalfest
5/14 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
5/15 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound
5/16 - Tulsa, OK @ The Venue
5/17 - Arlington (Dallas), TX @ Phoenix Music Complex
5/18 - San Antonio, TX @ Graham Central Station
5/19 - Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
5/20 - Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
Daniel Gildenlöw has posted the following message on the official website :
"The drums have now been recorded for "Scarsick". Me and Johan went down to Orebro and the Fascination Street Studio (previously Studio Kuling) for the recording. As usual, Jens was a true pleasure to work with. And, as usual, Johan pulled everything off with ease. The whole album was done in less than five days."
"I guess we are a bit old school when it comes to music. We still want the album to be played rather than trigged, fixed and quantized. This could slow things up, but on the other hand you are forced to learn to play and in the end you will be more effective after all. If we are to believe Jens, he hasn't been as relaxed and had such confident in a drummer since his school days, and no album recording had apparently focused so much on real playing for at least three years. I allow myself to be a bit cynical when I consider that, by a coincident, that happens to be just about the time when we were there the last time for the "BE" drum recording."
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.