Finnish Melodic Death Metallers Naildown have posted the following statement on their website:
"As some of you have might witnessed on our last two gigs, we pulled those shows without Jarmo so it's time to tell the truth for everybody about the situation; Naildown has parted ways with keyboard player Jarmo Puikkonen. No big drama here, just a "little" different views of what being in a band actually requires.
Us, the remaining Naildowners feel sorry that things were gettting into this point but there was no other way, this decision was best for everybody. However, this have NO effect on our live performances. We will continue without a keyboard player as long as we find the right person for the job. And if we don't find anyone by the next album's session, that's not a problem either since we are fully capable to handle keyboard tracks in studio by our own. So, we are gonna consider carefully before making anyone an official member of the band. Later.."
Two new songs from US Brutal Death Metal act Decrepit Birth, called "A Gathering Of Imaginations" and "Dimensions Intertwine" has been made available for streaming online at the band's official MySpace page. The track comes off Decrepit Birth's highly anticipated forthcoming new full-length "Diminishing Between Worlds". The album will be released on January 29th via Unique Leader Records.
Vocalist/guitarist Gio Smet from Belgian Heavy Metal band Gitaron has informed us that the second edition of the Spring Madness Festival will take place on 17 May 2008. The cosy Belgian Metal festival will once again be held at Café Lindenhof at Beveren-Waas, Belgium.
The festival bill is shaping up as follows: Belgian Heavy Metal veterans Double Diamond are headlining the festival, while Gitaron will be the co-headliner of the day. Also the hardrockers of Red Ocean will be present. For more information about these bands go to http://www.myspace.com/doublediamondmetal, http://www.gitaron.be/songs.html and http://www.myspace.com/redoceanband.
An official festival website is expected to be online soon. Until then, you can visit the Gitaron website at this location for more information and updates about the festival.
The following has been posted by Ole Bang on the official website of the band:
"Most regretfully we have to announce that King will not be able to tour North America as planned. King has over the past 6 month been suffering from a herniated disc in the spine, and has still not recovered to a satisfactory level. He was prescribed absolute rest for several months, and this appear to be more than half a year.
Following several visits to specialists and most recent MRI-scan; we have to realize that his condition need far more rest than expected in the first place. At the moment he can neither walk for more than an hour at a time, nor can he sit like you would do in a normal daily life; ie. there is no chance that he will fully recover in time for the tour start in March.
It's with great honour that we announce the signing of Dutch Death Metal supergroup Hail Of Bullets!
Hail Of Bullets was formed in late 2006 by former Pestilence/Asphyx singer Martin van Drunen, ex-Houwitser bass player Theo van Eekelen, Gorefest drummer Ed Warby and both Thanatos guitarists Paul Baayens and Stephan Gebédi. A mutual love for old school death metal bands like Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, Massacre, Celtic Frost and Death resulted in the idea to form a band together.
In the summer of 2007 the band recorded a four-song promo-CD in Rotterdam, which was mixed by the infamous Death Metal guru Dan Swanö in Sweden. And Swanö stated it right: "If this promo doesn't get you guys a good record deal, I will eat my laptop!"
Bassist Chris Lukhaup and drummer Moritz Neuner have parted ways with the band. The following was posted on Leaves' Eyes website:
Leaves' Eyes played their last show of the year together with Blind Guardian and Astral Doors in the Krefeld Hockeystadium in front of 3.000 people. Moreover, this was the final concert of Leaves' Eyes with bass player Chris Lukhaup and drummer Moritz Neuner; Chris Lukhaup had to leave the band due to personal reasons and Moritz Neuner is taking another turn in his working career. The band wishes them both all the best in the future. At the moment Leaves' Eyes are checking out new musicians - if you are interested and a killer bassist or drummer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The following message was posted on Firewind's website by guitarists Gus G.:
"Looking back on 2007 now I can say that I'm very happy with what we've accomplished with Firewind. We toured heavily for the "Allegiance" album and our world tour passed thru 22 countries and we did about 100 shows to promote it. We had great times touring with some of metal's premier bands such as DragonForce, All That Remains, Angra, Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, etc. through Europe, UK, North America and Japan. We even got to play in Tunisia for the first time!
After a successful Japan tour this October we're finally wrapping up our World Allegiance tour with two final festivals in Europe - one in Spain (Senderos Del Rock) and one in Denmark (Prog Power Scandinavia).
The following news was posted on the website of Century Media :
"Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of Finnish Metal band Norther. Since the early days of Sentenced, Century Media was always fond of Finnish acts and we are glad to celebrate the company's 20th anniversary in 2008 with another highlight from the cold North."
The band comments as follows:
"Norther is very excited to announce that we are now a part of the Century Media family. We have been working hard on our new album for months now, and currently we are finishing the mastering and artwork. All members of Norther are very excited about this new contract as well as the forthcoming album which presents a new found power that we all are very proud of. The album will be released in early 2008, stay posted for exact dates. We are anxious to get this album released through a big label and tour the world like never before. Looking forward to meeting you all at the shows!"
German thrash gods Destruction have released the following statement after the recent tour of the U.K. and Ireland.
"All three bands really want to thank all of the fans who turned out to support us on our recent Tour of the UK., but we also wish with hindsight, to apologise to some of you that you had to see us in circumstances that were not ideal, at some venues which sometimes should not have even been included on the schedule. This is solely down to the work undertaken by the booking agent we opted to use, Jon Knight of HAGP Music and we would like to draw the attention of all other bands and the fans to this person because we are most disappointed that charlatans like this continue to be in positions of power in the industry we all love - that of Metal!"
As you've noticed over a past month we've been down a couple times. Since we've been on a shared hosting service we haven't had much to say on the matter and... well the server that has been hosting the site has simply chickened out on us on those times. Hence we've bought ourselves our own server and we'll be upgrading our Internet connection as well, as the current one is obviously lacking for some of you out there outside Estonia.
As of this news item no further news will be posted until the move is completed. Some time during tomorrow we'll turn Metal Storm into a read-only mode and you will all be forced to logout. You'll be able to browse but you won't be able to post, edit, rate, etc. On the top a corresponding message will appear. When we have switched over, it will take a bit of time for DNS records to adjust for the whole world. Once the message on the top disappears and you can log in again, you'll know that you've reached the new location.
Earache Records announces the release of an explosive collection of tracks from the growing legion of New-School Thrash & Crossover bands, set to appear instores in UK and Europe on 21 January 2008 & February 5th in USA.
The compilation entitled "Thrashing Like A Maniac" brings together the very best of the new crop of bands who are revelling in re-awakening the long lost genre, and building on the work of the past thrash masters. It will surely please old and new fans of the genre alike, if razor-sharp riffs, blistering drum speeds and shredding guitar solos are what you crave.
To find out more about the release , head over to http://www.myspace.com/thrashinglikeamaniac.
For many of the acts this collection brings together their very first recordings. Bands include Earache's Evile and Bonded By Blood, plus the debut of recent Earache signees, Irish Thrashers Gama Bomb, as well as the leaders of the current thrash-pack - Municipal Waste. Hand-picked tracks from Dekapitator, Warbringer, Fueled By Fire, Toxic Holocaust, SSS, Mutant, Brasil's Violator, Merciless Death, UK's Deadfall, Lazarus, Send More Paramedics and Sweden's Decadence also appear.
Tankard has announced their first South American tour ever! This is the message that Gerre posted on their official website:
We proudly announce the dates of our very first South-America-tour! We are really looking forward to thrash and party following cities and clubs:
04.12.07 Santiago (RCH), Galpon Victor Jara
05.12.07 Porto Alegre/RS (BR), Bar Opinião
06.12.07 Cascavel/PR (BR), Cascavel Country Clube
07.12.07 Sao Paulo/SP (BR), Hangar 110
08.12.07 Belo Horizonte/MG (BR), Lapa Multishow
Open Grave Records has announced their first ever free download weekend From November 23rd - November 25th, 10 different albums on the Open Grave Records roster will be up for free download.
Albums currently selected for FREE download include:
Necrodemon - Ice Fields of Hyperion
Exterminance - Vomiting the Trinity
Primitive Graven Image - Traversing the Awesome Night
Sapremia - Hollow
Frost Like Ashes - Tophet
A.W.A.S. - Hope
Demon Dog Sperm - Hopeless
Grind Minded - 9mm Facial (officially a Filthy Records release)
No Souls Lost - Eulogy of Genocide (officially self released)
Open Grave Records' president, James Mattern is quoted saying, "We are excited about trying something that is still unheard of in the recording business, however it's time for a label to step forward and give music fans what they have been asking for."
Syrian Death Metal band Absentation have opened their official website, http://www.absentationband.com. The bands first EP "Death Chapter" is available for free to download, while you can find samples of the full-length album "Mental Battle Resurrection" at the discography section on the website.
In other news, Absentation are now looking for a Bassist and a Drummer, if you are interested please contact the band manager via the contact page (here). Absentation will enter to the studio in middle of november to record the new album entitled "Claves Inferni".