Norwegian black metallers Den Saakaldte have recruited Anders Kobro, long time drummer with the legendary Carpathian Forest (but also known from his work for Green Carnation, In The Woods..., Blood Red Throne and Chain Collector) to their ranks to replace the departing Uruz. Kobro will join the band with immediate effect, and begin rehearsing for next years' live appearances and upcoming recording sessions.
Jarle "Uruz" Byberg (ex-Urgehal, ex-Shining) left the band in November. The band recently inked a deal with Pulverised Records for the release of the second full-length album, Kapittel II: Faen I Helvete, due out in 2010, and new material is currently being prepared.
"Watching The Night Sky", a new song from Blaze Bayley, has been made available online.
"Watching The Night Sky" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Promise And Terror, which is scheduled for release on February 1, 2010.
Promise And Terror cover art] tracklist:
01. Watching The Night Sky
02. Madness And Sorrow
04. God Of Speed
05. City Of Bones
07. Time To Dare
08. Surrounded By Sadness
09. The Trace Of Things That Have No Words
10. Letting Go Of The World
11. Comfortable In Darkness
Danish metallers Royal Hunt have issued the following update on their official website:
"Happy New Year, everyone!
Hope you like this new-and-improved look and functionality of our website. So - what do we have in store for you?
First of all: our new album is done! As this will be our tenth studio release we decided not to elaborate on its title too much, so here you go: Royal Hunt - X... and it will be out in 2010...
Secondly: we've been talking to various promoters in order to arrange some gigs to support our new release and it looks like there'll be some "live on stage" action in April/May 2010.
In general: it's hard to predict how things will shape out with the current state-of-affairs in our "beloved" music business (with piracy and illegal downloading playing the rapidly increasing, harmful part of it), but we'll definitively give this album a fair chance and work hard to make it successful; in case it won't work... well, then you'd have to make the next one yourselves.
Stratovarius have issued the following update from the road, revealing details on future tour and album endeavours:
"We're still in the middle of the Polaris world tour, but we do have a bit of news.
The European summer festivals earlier this year were nice and relaxing as always, and then we embarked on a long three-month leg which covered the Far East, North and South America, and Finland. One highlight was Beijing, a place none of us in the band had played or visited before. Some of bassist Lauri Porra's video blogs from the past year can be found at this location.
After a break for the holidays, the caravan will roll on in 2010, and we will do a long tour of Europe in January and February. You can always check an up-to-date list of any upcoming dates at this address.
James Owen Sullivan, drummer and backup vocalist for Avenged Sevenfold, has been found dead at his home in Southern California, authorities have confirmed.
Police Lt. John Domingo said the 28-year-old Sullivan, who went by the stage name "The Rev", appears to have died of natural causes on Monday in Huntington Beach. Police were notified by firefighters who had responded to Sullivan's home about 1 p.m. The Orange County coroner's office is investigating the death.
Avenged Sevenfold formed in Huntington Beach in 1999 - Sullivan was a member from the beginning - and won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006. According to their MySpace page, the five-man metalcore band was working on their fifth album.
British independent label Unbelievable Music UK - an emerging label, and current home to shredmeister Andy James and classic rockers Boned - are seeking tracks for a new metal compilation. This is primarily aimed at unsigned metal artists. The compilation will initially be released worldwide online in early 2010. The deal will be non-exclusive, but all tracks submitted must be previously unreleased/unpublished. This represents a great way to gain more exposure for the artists and also generate some revenue. Bands can submit material initially via email (info unbelievablemusic co uk) or web link.
German gothic metallers Crematory have revealed more details about their upcoming album Infinity, to be released on January 29 2010. Here's what the official press release says:
"Lyrically and vocally Crematory use again English lyrics on Infinity but also two german tracks have made it on the album. The splitted vocals of Felix and Matthias, the extreme duel of clean vocals and deep growls surely was kept and even improved.
Crematory deliver hot fireworks of their catchy trademark tunes, topped with massive guitar riffing which turned out heavier and darker than on their previous albums. Gothic-Thrash-Metal is exactly the right description for this new masterpiece.
A cover tune can never beat the original - Crematory know that too but they already proved quality versions of Sisters Of Mercy's "Temple of Love" and Metallica's "One" in the past which undoubtly have their own characteristic sound.
Guitarist Tony Warburton of UK thrashers Cerebral Fix has announced the passing of their drummer Neil Farrington. Farrington passed away on Sunday 20th December, he was 38 years old.
"Just a short note as I am still in shock. It saddens me to bring the news that our most recent drummer (and my good friend) Neil Farrington has passed away. A Facebook group has been set up by his girlfriend for people to leave any thoughts/comments or you could just leave them here."
Next to Cerebral Fix, Neil Farrington drummed in bands such as Lacerator, Darksied and Warlord UK.
Readers of the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet - one of the larger daily newspapers in the Nordic countries - have chosen In Flames' 2006 album Come Clarity as the best Swedish album of the past decade. In Flames got about a quarter of all votes, ending up as the only metal related band in the top 10. Four albums of Swedish rock band Kent appeared in the top 10 too. Top 10 results "Best Swedish Album Of The Decade" here.
Bruce Springsteen's 15th studio album Magic, released in 2007, was voted best album by a foreign (non-Swedish) artist, before Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Linkin Park. See the top 10 here.
New York death metal veterans Immolation just announced the title and tracklist of their new album, marking the first one for their new label Nuclear Blast Records.
The album, scheduled for an early 2010 release, will be entitled Majesty And Decay.
Majesty And Decay tracklist:
02. The Purge
03. A Token Of Malice
04. Majesty And Decay
05. Divine Code
06. In Human Form
07. A Glorious Epoch
09. A Thunderous Consequence
10. The Rapture Of Ghosts
11. Power And Shame
12. The Comfort Of Cowards
New York death metal legends Immolation just revealed the cover artwork for their upcoming 8th album Majesty And Decay.