It wasn't that long ago when German Power Metallers Primal Fear broke off from record company Nuclear Blast. And they haven't remained record-label-less for long as they've now re-signed to Nuclear Blast. The record label will be with them when Primal Fear releases an upcoming Best-Of Compilation. The compilation will be called 'Metal Is Forever' and will contain 16 tracks. There will also be a bonus CD accompanying it called 'Classic Metal Tracks'. The release date for the album is 29th September.
Here is what bassist Mat Sinner has said on Primal Fear's official website: "Nuclear Blast and Primal Fear will carry on their successful work to make this album a success and a worthy release, with special packaging, photos, story etc. - more information and a songlist with be follow here soon!"
Posted by Keith on May 18th 2006 on the official website :
"I received a phone call from Black Lotus today (18th May) saying they are ending and all bands are being released. As of now, Cruachan are without a label!!!!. We have a fantastic new album ready to be released, we just need a good label to get in touch. All artwork is ready so record labels, please email me at email@example.com"
Danish metal band Mnemic have officially named Frenchman Guillaume Bideau (Scarve) as their new vocalist. The band recently commented on the news:
"As you've probably heard from other sources, the new singer of Mnemic will be Guillaume Bideau from Scarve. Now it's official, and it's official when we say its official. Guillaume impressed us in the rehearsal and in the studio. First off he nailed the old songs 110%, and second we did a demo one of the new songs with him, which turned out like a multilayered vocal metallic opera. He will definitely bring the sound of Mnemic to the next level and we are more than happy to have him in the band as the new frontmonster!"
A long-time member of Scarve, Bideau issued his first statement as the singer for Mnemic hours ago on the band's website:
SikTh are now sampling their entire record Death of a Dead Day at this location. The album hits stores tomorrow (6.6.06) in the US and June 26 in the UK through Bieler Bros. Records and will feature special artwork and personally autographed posters for the first ten thousand copies sold. Furthermore anyone who buys the record will be eligible to win an Ipod filled with music from Bieler Bros. Records. Visit this location for more details.
Cephalic Carnage will team up with Darkest Hour and Dead To Fall for an extensive European tour that also includes a number of festival appearances.
The tour will kick off on June 8 in Karlsruhe, Germany and is scheduled to conclude on July 2 in Tilburg, Netherlands. During the course of the tour, Cephalic Carnage will be making appearances at such high-profile festivals such as the HellFest Open Air, Pressure Fest, Munster Vainstream Rock Festival, Power Fest, Transmitter Fest, Summer Blast Fest and more. A complete listing of tour dates can be found in the tour section.
This is Cephalic Carnage's second European tour in support of their current record Anomalies and follows their most recent North American tour with A Life Once Lost.
Alabama Thunderpussy has announced the addition of vocalist Kyle Thomas (ex- Exhorder / Floodgate) to its lineup.
Thomas states: "This band is stocked with amazing musicians and most importantly quality people. It's great to be in the fold and an honor to be considered by such a great, hard working band as Alabama Thunderpussy. Above all, a big thank you to goes out to Karrie Hill for contacting me so that this could all be possible.".
"Kyle is a world class singer with an impressive résumé that includes being a founding member of seminal New Orleans metal band Exhorder and singing with other acts including Floodgate, Pitts Vs Preps And Trouble." comments ATP drummer Bryan Cox. Cox continues; "With the singer situation resolved, we will be headed quickly toward hitting the studio and getting it on tape. If you are at all familiar with Kyle's work, then you know what he is going to bring to this ATP record. It will be very special and we feel honored and fortunate to be taking the next step forward as Alabama Thunderpussy with him as a part of the team."
Gojira has joined the already wonderful bill of the "Unholy Alliance" concert to take place in Paris at the "Palais Omnisport De Paris Bercy" on November 7th 2006. Doors open at 3:30 pm. The following bands will be performing in the following order :
Thine eyes bleed
Lamb Of God
Children Of Bodom
Crossfire has just confirmed for Bulgarian Monsters Of Rock festival. East Europe's biggest open air festival will take place in Varna, Bulgaria between 01 - 09 August 2006.
Crossfire will share the same stage with legends like: Motörhead, Saxon, UFO, Nevermore, Morbid Angel, Fear Factory, Celtic Frost, Gamma Ray, Soulfly, Opeth, Kreator, Amon Amarth, Masterplan, Axel Rudi Pell, Doro, UDO, Edguy, Metal Church.
As previously reported German Thrashers Kreator will be touring Australia this August. Rumors were flying around about the band coming down under, and they confirmed that they would be doing just that on their official website. Kreator only confirmed one date and that was Sydney on the 25th. Here are more confirmed dates and venues:
23th Melbourne, The Hifi
24th Melbourne, The Hifi
25th Sydney, Gaelic Theatre
26th Brisbane, The Arena
Fast Power Metallers Dragonforce have confirmed dates for playing at Ozzfest. Here are the dates:
Jun. 30 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
Jul. 05 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
Jul. 12 - Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theatre
Their Ozzfest tour is part of their whole USA sweep. Here's their whole American tour dates. Starting at the end of June and finishing mid-August:
Thu Jun. 29 - Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheatre
Fri Jun. 30 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
Sat Jul. 01 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sun Jul. 02 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Tue Jul. 04 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
Wed Jul. 05 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
Fri Jul. 07 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Pavilion
Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) has posted the following SebastianBlog at his official website:
"Sometimes, in life, you make true friends. A true friend is someone whom you can see and then not see, but when you see them again, it is like no time has passed at all. A true friend is someone whom you can laugh with, talk with, hang out with, rock with, and confide in. Then there is the friend who gives you so much, you can't express in words how much they mean to you. When I look back on my life, I have to say that one of my true friends is Mr. W. Axl Rose.
As everyone now knows, when Guns N' Roses made their triumphant return to New York City a few weeks ago, Axl was cool enough to invite me on stage all four nights to sing with him the Guns N' Roses song of my choice, which happens to be 'My Michelle'. During the NYC shows Axl asked me if I wanted to fly with him to Europe to duet with him in England at Donington and Hammersmith. Of course I said YES and then I mentioned to him the recording of the new CD 'Angel Down' and how much it would mean for our band to open some Guns N' Roses shows. Axl's response was to offer the band the whole European tour.
Power Metallers Kamelot have a new album on the way. The band has been busy writing songs in Norway and have so far completed nine of them. They will be travelling to Wolfsburg, Germany in a month or so to do all the recordings, etc.
Here is a statement by guitarist Thomas Youngblood on the band's official website: "I am just returning from Norway and we were more productive than ever on this writing session. I am more pleased than ever with the progress of the new songs".
The album is set for an early 2007 release.
In other Kamelot news the band has announced some North American tour dates with special guest Epica. Here are the confirmed tour dates, as posted on their website: