Mike Portnoy has posted the following on the Dream Theater website:
"It is with the utmost disappointment that I am forced to share the unfortunate news of both Pain Of Salvation and Beardfish having to pull out of this summer's Progressive Nation tour....
Their label Inside Out just recently lost the financial funding for the tour as a result of their distributor SPV recently claiming bankruptcy...which effectively meant that both Pain Of Salvation and Beardfish lost the tour support that was essential to their ability to come to North America for Progressive Nation.
All parties involved (myself, both bands, Inside Out, etc) are beyond devastated at this turn of events and are truly sorry to all of the fans that were looking forward to this lineup. We tried everything we could do to salvage the situation, but in the end it was not possible...
Polish metal band Darzamat have posted the following statement about their new label signing with Massacre Records:
One of the most important Polish dark metal band Darzamat has inked a worldwide deal with German Massacre Records. The label is known for working with such bands as King Diamond, Atrocity, Crematory, Darkane, Legion of the Damned, Solitude Aeturnus, Theatre of Tragedy, Das Ich and Disbelief. The group's fifth album "Solfernus' Path", is scheduled for release on August 28 (In Japan album will be released by Spiritual Beast).
Commented Flauros, vocalist of the band: "We are more then happy to announce that we have signed a new record deal at Massacre Records. We hope that thanks to the experience of the Massacre Records crew our music will have a chance to reach more people now. We are really looking forward to working with them and promoting the "Solfernus' Path". We are also extremely happy to enter the Asian market through Spiritual Beast.''
Danish metallers Illdisposed have set "To Those Who Walk Behind Us" as the title of their new album, due on August 28 via Massacre Records. The cover artwork for the album was done by by René Asmussen (Evergrey).
"To Those Who Walk Behind Us" was recorded at AB Studio in Aarhus, Denmark and was mixed at Fredman Studio in Sweden with Fredrik Nordström.
Eleven tracks will appear on the CD which will be available as a jewel case CD, limited digipack with bonus material and strictly limited box set with exclusive t-shirt.
US metallers Devildriver have posted online a new song, "Back With A Vengeance", on their MySpace page.
"Back With A Vengeance" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Pray For Villains", which is scheduled for release on July 14 via Roadrunner Records.
"Pray For Villains" cover art] tracklisting:
01. Pray For Villains
02. Pure Sincerity
03. Fate Stepped In
04. Back With A Vengeance
05. I've Been Sober
06. Resurrection Blvd.
07. Forgiveness Is A Six Gun
08. Waiting For November
09. It's In The Cards
10. Another Night In London
11. Bitter Pill
12. Teach Me To Whisper
13. I See Belief
15. Dust Be The Destiny
Press release from the Wacken staff reads as follows:
For the three day Open Air Festivals "Wacken Rocks Seaside" and "Wacken Rocks Southside" two major highlights of the metal-scene have been added to the Line-Up: SLAYER & VOLBEAT
SLAYER will come to Germany exclusively for the Wacken Rocks shows!
The Thrash-Metal Band SLAYER from California is considered to be one of the most influential metal bands in the world. SLAYER will only perform two Open-Air shows in Germany: one show in Rieden/Kreuth, Southern Germany, and one show in Aurich, East Frisia.
SLAYER, the name says it all. Hardly any other band, no matter how commercially successful they might be, has had such a big influence on the metal-circuit as the foursome from California. In the early Eighties they started to spread out merciless noise from the Sunshine-State to all points of the compass.
British thrash metallers Evile are ready to reveal to the world their brand new album, "Infected Nations", which is due to be released on September 21st in Europe and on September 22nd in the USA.
Following Evile's 2007 debut, "Enter The Grave" - an homage to the thrash of past - the band are now hitting out and marking a new milestone of their own with "Infected Nations".
Evile frontman Matt Drake comments on "Infected Nations":
"We can't wait for everyone to hear our new album, when we did Enter the Grave two years ago it was made up of songs we had been playing for a few years and some written in the excitement of actually getting to record an album, we were happy to just be making noise but since then we've learnt a few things and we're more interested in making music. Evile fans can expect to hear a more mature offering, an album that concentrates on all aspects of what each member can do; it's a heck of a lot more focused, more satisfying and we're really proud of what we've achieved with it. Russ Russell has helped us to push ourselves to the next level and pull us out of the '80s. The whole retro thing has been cool but we feel it's time for us to leave that behind and stand up for ourselves and show people what we can really
Bassist Per Schelander has announced he'll be parting ways with Royal Hunt.
Here's his official statement: "After 4 rollercoaster years of music, laughter and good memories I have to leave Royal Hunt - the reason is that I simply can't (due to my obligations in Pain Of Salvation) give RH the time and effort the band deserves. It's been lovely to play with you guys - André, Marcus, Allan, Mark and Maria! It also feels good to pass the torch to such a great player as Andreas Passmark, who will fit the band perfectly. My warmest thanks go to all the fans I met during these last 4 years - you really made me feel welcome when I was the new guy and loved while I was on board!"
Atargaris have completed the search for a suitable guitar player.
A message from the band reads as follows: "We're glad to tell you that we have the job on the guitar staffed again. Our new man on board of the Atargaris crew is Artur Vladinovskij and comes from Latvia.
Artur is going to perform at the upcoming shows with us already. The Nocturnal Culture Festival (Deutzen /D) on the 5th of September will be his live-baptism of fire with us.
We are pleased that in Artur we have found a professional, committed and highly amiable musician who is surely a great enrichment for the band. Welcome aboard, Artur!
We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all applicants who came from all regions and countries around the world! We are sure that each of you will continue to follow a successful path. Also, we want to again thank our former guitarist AZMO to have helped us out at the Wave Gotik Treffen (Leipzig / D), without whom we would have had to cancel the gig."
Black Sheep Records are soon releasing "Anodyne", the debut album of Vulgarizer, a five piece death metal band based in Seattle, WA.
Black Sheep Records is a label focused on quality extreme music, specifically in the Seattle, WA area. According to their press release, bands as relentlessly brutal as Vulgarizer are anomalies in their home town of Seattle, a city better known for indie pop and crying than death metal. Vulgarizer weaves intricate musicianship and abrasive growls into a wall of sound that is more likely to break your limbs than your heart. "Anodyne", Vulgarizer's full-length debut on Black Sheep Records is a
compilation of new material as well as rerecordings of the best of their early material. Each track on "Anodyne" will pummel listeners, and will redefine brutality for even the most jaded of metal heads. In short, Vulgarizer is not for the weak. For fans of: Deicide, Suffocation, Hate Eternal, Deeds Of Flesh, Drawn And Quartered.
Today is the second day of Hellfest. Many of us (including me, as I must confess) are sunburnt, probably not a single person on the whole festival site slept very well and a substantial part of the festival-goers have been drunk for most of the last 40 hours. In other words; we're having a blast!
Both Pentagram and Bring Me The Horizon had to cancel their set, but further everything seems to be going by plan. The weather is playing along nicely too. It hasn't rained, save a wee little bit on Friday morning, and sometimes a small breeze passes by to cool us down a little.
Only one name has been announced so far, but we've been told that there should be around 100 bands playing at Hellfest in 2010. The one band that has already been announced is nothing less than Immortal though!
Dubai-based death/thrash act Nervecell have been confirmed for this year's With Full Force Festival. With Full Force XVI is scheduled for July 3rd - 5th, 2009 at Flugplatz/Roitzschjora in Löbnitz, Germany. Other confirmed bands include: Carcass, Legion Of The Damned, Warbringer, Asphyx, Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir and My Dying Bride. For more information go to this location.
Nervecell also recently confirmed to perform at this year's Metal GDL Festival taking place in 5-6 of June in Grandola, Portugal and Desert Rock Festival along with Motörhead, Arch Enemy, Opeth, Chimaira and August Burns Red which is set to take place March 6, 2009 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Heavy metal institution Megadeth have announced "Endgame" as the title of their twelfth studio album. The album is expected to be released in September through Roadrunner Records. It was recorded at the band's self-built brand new studio, Vic's Garage, located near San Diego and named after the legendary and iconic Vic Rattlehead character.
"Endgame" is being produced by Andy Sneap and Dave Mustaine, who also manned the boards for 2007's "United Abominations". Some track titles include "Headcrusher," "1,320'," "How the Story Ends" and "This Day We Fight!"
"Endgame" boasts the technicality, ferocity and snarl that's synonymous with Megadeth and their leader, Dave Mustaine. It's a violent masterwork that represents Mustaine's best work in nearly two decades. In a musical world dominated by bands that make generic blanket statements, "Endgame" finds Mustaine, once again, making informed and substantial lyrical declarations about the state of the world we live in.