Poland's Antigama has recently completed work on their Relapse Records debut album, "Resonance."
The effort was recorded in December at Studio X in Olsztyn, Poland by engineer Szymon Czech. The 18 song album is set for a May 2007 release. Advance song titles for Resonance include: "Seismic Report", "Ecstasy", "Pursuit", "Neutral Balance", "Order", "Pending", "Remembering Nothing", "By And By", "Shymrok", and "Stars."
"It's certainly the best sounding and most mature album of Antigama" says guitarist Sebastian Rokicki, "In short it's the most brutal, wild, astonishing, uncommon and experimental piece of music we've ever made."
The year 2006 was a very successful year for AXXIS and now we got bad news :-(
Guido wanted to leave AXXIS.
The band did know his decision since september 2006 and wanted to say thanxx for the great time, the great productions and the wonderful gigs with him. For AXXIS it's not an easy situation but everybody accepted Guido's plan for his own future.
In Karlsruhe/Germany was the last gig with him and AXXIS presented a large cake for their long-time colleague during their private party. The goodbye was not easy...
Here you can read Guido's statement =>
"Hello my dear friends and fans!!
As you probably know by now I have left Axxis! The reasons for my decision are very personal and I would like you not to speculate too much about them. More imortant to me is that you respect my decision and hold on to Axxis. Please give a heartly and warm welcome to my follow up. Just like you welcomed me as i followed Walter in 1998. Hopefully I will show up on stage again soon and I would be very happy to see familiar faces. You'll soon be able to find and contact me on MySpace.
You can check out a new song from Aborted entitled 'The Chondrin Enigma,' off their upcoming new album "Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture", over at their official MySpace page.
"Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture" will be released on 20 February 2007. The album is recorded at Denmark's Antfarm Studios with producer/engineer Tue Madsen (Himsa, The Haunted), and including guest vocal performances by Jeff Walker (ex-Carcass) and Jacob Bredahl (Hatesphere)
Through an unfortunate turn of events recently, Apothys is faced with the task of replacing their drummer. Auditions will start very soon.
Apothys is an established, original metal band out of the Woodbridge, Virginia area, and they have been generating a lot of buzz in the Northern, Virginia/Washington, DC area. They released a demo this past year that has garnered some great reviews, and is being played on several underground stations across the country, and a few overseas.
Apothys has also opened for some national bands, including Venom, Dope, Evergrey and Nevermore. Their music has been described as heavy, brutal and driving, and they have been referred to as "Virginia's Metal Monsters". They are also well respected by many bands that they have shared the stage with who view Apothys as being a very "tight" live band.
Deicide's video for the song "Desecration" has been posted online at Earache.com and YouTube.com.
The track comes off the Florida-based death metallers' latest CD, "The Stench of Redemption", which was released in August via Earache Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Scars of the Crucifix" was recorded at Morrisound in Tampa, Florida and marks the first recording with the new Deicide lineup following the departure of the Hoffman brothers.
Guitarist David Gallegos of defunkt San Antonio bases prog-metallers Power Of Omens has issued the following statement in regards to the passing of the band's original bassist Matt Wlliamson:
"It comes with great sadness to announce the passing of one of my dearest friends... Matt Williamson.
As many of you know, he had been diagosed with terminal cancer almost 2 years ago, and was only given 3 months to live at that time... but Matt's determination to fight this and win the battle was evident in his amazing struggle to survive almost 2 more years after his diagnosis.
Unfortunately, as I just found out this morning (December 14th), Matt lost his battle this past Saturday, December 9th.
Chicago's Novembers Doom have posted their video for 'Autumn Reflection' (off of 2005's "The Pale Haunt Departure") and some live footage of their recent European tour on YouTube here.
The band also recently posted a tour diary on their official MySpace page. For the full tour dairy, click here.
The band has set February 20th, 2007 as the release date of their forthcoming album "The Novella Reservoir" via The End Records. An mp3 of the song 'Drown The Inland Mere' can be found at this location.
After Forever guitarist Sander Gommans has a side-project called HDK, which he describes as "a lot more agressive and guitar orientated than After Forever. However, because I write all the stuff, you'll certainly find some After Forever elements in these songs." He has issued the following update:
"The first new singer that will give his contribution to the HDK project, will be Mike Scheijen of the band 37 Stabwoundz (www.myspace.com/mike_37, www.37stabwoundz.com)
This guy has a kick ass voice (extremely versatile, sometimes his voice even resembles Phil Anselmo) for the real agressive stuff, check out the websites!!! It could take a while, but I'll put some vocal parts online as soon as we've recorded something."
The new Voivod video for the track 'The Getaway' is available online here. The song is pulled off of the band's latest album, "Katorz", out now in North America via The End Records and in Europe through Nuclear Blast.
The footage was pulled from the 2003 American tours and the 2006 recording sessions of "Katorz" (The End Records). Voivod are working on a video for 'Polaroids' with Banger Productions (Metal: A Headbangers Journey) and then we will follow that up with a video for 'The X-Stream'.
In a recent update, drummer Michel "Away" Langevin. said that that Voivod are "hard at work on the reissues (due out on The End Records next year). We will start with the Sanctuary ones (Rrroooaaarrr, Dimension Hatross and Killing Technology). Each album will be remastered and will come with a bonus Iron Gang DVD. The pre-production for the follow-up to Katorz will start this winter. Also, we are still trying to coordinate a tribute show for 2007."
Inga Brittingham, singer of Naked Beggars and wife of Glam Metal band Cinderella/Naked Beggars bassist Eric Brittingham, has issued the following update:
"It's been a rough week. I wanted to finally share what we have been through. Eric suffered a mild heart attack last week. We are slowly getting through this period. Even through all of this healing time the rest of the band is continuing to write for the third album."
Naked Beggars' upcoming CD will be the group's first since the addition of drummer Lisa Rav, who is described in a press release as "the best rock drummer rock has seen in a long time. . . Lisa brings tremendous talent and new possibilities to the band. In addition to her drumming skills and experience, she is an accomplished vocalist. She is a hard-hitting, visual performer who we feel is a perfect fit for us."
Netherlands-based melodic doom/death metal band Her Enchantment have called it a day.
A band statement reads as follows: "Teun (guitar) and Richard (vocals) left Her Enchantment, and the remaining members decided to quit as well. After a period of 12 years Her Enchantment comes to an End."
The band's last album was this year's "Darkest" that was issued through Burning Star Records.
After a pleasing Australian tour earlier this year, Lamb Of God have decided to return to the southern country for some shows in April and May next year. Tickets for the tour will go on sale from 9am on the 22nd December.
Here are the dates:
27th April - The Palace, Melbourne
28th April - The Arena, Brisbane
29th April - UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney
30th April - HQ, Adelaide
1st May - The Metropolis, Fremantle
As well as that, Lamb Of God will do a North American Sacrament tour next year. The supports will be Machine Head, Gojira and Trivium. The tour will kick off on the 16th February in Dallas, USA. More dates for this tour will be announced soon.