"It's with great pleasure we can now announce the next two bands for PROGPOWER SCANDINAVIA 2009:
Headliner for the first night of our main-event will be Swedish doom metal kings Candlemass (www.candlemass.se). 10 full length albums, a live album, a couple of live DVDs and a bunch of EPs, into their career and they are sounding better than ever, a statement to which the new album "Death Magic Doom" (their second with American vocalist Robert Lowe) serves as bullet-proof evidence. Although Candlemass isn't exactly power or progressive metal, we feel that their heavy-as-hell blend of classic metal infused riffs and doom-stomping beats makes them the prime example of how genre-descriptions doesn't really matter - it's all about the quality! We're sure that any open minded music fan will be able to embrace this fantastic band and enjoy witnessing them headline the first night of PP Scan 2009.
German metallers Deadlock posted the following statement on their myspace page:
"We're not happy to announce, that we parted ways with Tom after more than 7 common years. Due to some musical and personal differences we agreed with him that it's better to make a cut.
There's no shittalking whatsoever, no bad mood or angry feelings. We just decided that Deadlock should go on with a new bass player.
We thank Tom for all the amazing years, the great time, his friendship and all our happy experiences together!
All future shows will be played with session musicians until we find a new member for that part. More news on our search for the new DEADLOCK family member will be posted soon!"
"Donnie Hamzik, the original drummer for Manowar, will be on tour with the band in 2009! Manowar and special guests HolyHell will be headlining some of Europe's major metal festivals, including their very own Magic Circle Festival III at the Loreley on the Rhine River in Germany on Saturday, July 18, 2009."
Look for official news and tour dates as they develop on Manowar appearances and events via http://www.manowar.com/tour.html.
As reported by Liverpool Echo, Liverpool-based Anathema who were about to play to more than 1,000 fans in Tunisia had the plug pulled on their concert when authorities believed rumours they were Satanists.
Anfield group Anathema were ready to perform a sold out gig in the capital Tunis when they were told they could not go ahead. They hoped to reschedule for a couple of nights later but the gig was cancelled a second time.
Guitar technician Darryl Anthony wrote in his blog: "Our promoter told us that somebody has informed the Tunisian interior ministry that Anathema are Satan worshippers who eat black cats and drink their blood. The ministry have requested song lyrics to peruse over the weekend in order to put their minds at rest."
Royal Hunt are entering the very final stages of preproduction for their new - tenth since their debut in 1991 - studio album (the actual recordings will start by the end of this month). This time the band decided to revisit their roots and incorporate some of the musical values of the 70´s into their songwriting as well as - in order to reinforce that particular atmosphere - employing mostly "retro" means of production (recording in analogue format exclusively being one of them). Music has been described as "an interesting mix of what's been tagged as Classic Rock nowadays (established by Kansas, Genesis, ELP´s earlier works and Deep Purple, Uriah Heep´s classics from the same era) and Royal Hunt´s trademark composition/delivery".
The following update was issued on Century Media's website:
"Norwegian melodic black metal masters Old Man's Child, led by guitarist/vocalist Galder (Dimmu Borgir), are about to return to the spotlight with the release of their new album "Slaves Of The World".
The album was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy, In Flames, etc.), who had previously worked successfully with the band on their "In Defiance Of Existence" (2003) and "Vermin" (2005) albums. For drum duties and sticking to the tradition of bringing in a new exceptional player for each new album, Old Man's Child mastermind Galder decided to enlist Peter Wildoer (Darkane, ex-Arch Enemy, Pestilence, etc.) this time around, guaranteeing a mercilessly blasting, yet technically high skilled musical punch from start to finish! This extreme, yet bombastically melodic Black Metal masterpiece is rounded off by devilish artwork by Gustavo Sazes (Firewind, God Forbid, Krisiun, etc.)."
The Ocean guitarist Robin Staps has issued the following statement regarding the departure of vocalist Mike Pilat:
"Being in a band is the constant struggle to reach the one, the final, the ultimate line-up. The right people, the right musicians. The line-up that clicks, where the music that is created on stage is somehow greater than the sum of each individual's output. Once a band has reached that line-up, it is flirting with divinity, it has the chance to be larger than life, to touch majesty.
Any lineup is usually a very fragile constellation, and essentially a ticking time-bomb. 5 passionate people's egos, their respective ideas, preferences, defects, habits, characters, the insecurities of their lives, all these are dangerous threats to the existence and future of a band. Struggle is an integral part of any band's existence. As my friend Mitch pointed out recently, Van Halen were only a decent band with David Lee Roth in the band, but everybody hated him. There are countless examples.
Swedish Death Metal monsters Vomitory have posted the first new song of their upcoming album "Carnage Euphoria", to be released on 8 May via Metal Blade Records. Click here to download (mp3) or here to stream "Serpents".
The first single from the forthcoming album "Skyforger" will be titled "Silver Bride" and is set for release on April 22 (Finland only). As announced earlier, the street date for the new Amorphis album is May 27 in Finland and May 29 in the remaining European countries. In addition to the basic version, "Skyforger" will be available as a special digipak edition featuring the bonus track "Godlike Machine".
UPDATE (thanks to 13767)
Amorphis have made "Silver Bride" available for streaming online at this location.
German extreme metal outfit Neaera have posted the first new song off their upcoming album "Omnicide - Creation Unleashed". Click here for the mp3 download or visit this link to check out the album opener "I Loathe".
"Omnicide - Creation Unleashed" will be released on May 22 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy and on 25 May in the rest of Europe via Metal Blade Records.
"We would like to proudly announce that Polish death metallers Vader have inked a deal with German giant- Nuclear Blast Records! We are very glad that after so many years Vader finally joined one of the biggest metal labels in the world. We really believe in their potential, experience and famous German reliability. We are pretty confident that the cooperation will be successful both for the band and the record label. Now Vader is ready to explode! We have been waiting for such a solid record deal for sooo long so it's safe to say that the new era in Vader's career has just begun!". The upcoming album "Necropolis", currently being recorded and produced at Hertz and Antfarm Studios, will be released by Nuclear Blast at the end of August. Vader will start to promote the album a bit earlier, appearing on a pre-summer tour and some summer festivals, such as Hellfest, With Full Force, Summer Breeze, Metalcamp and others. Regular Polish and European tours are planned for autumn. Furthermore Vader is going to appear on extensive tours in the US, Canada, South America, Japan and Asia, Australia and Russia. More info concerning band's future plans will follow soon. The last but not least, we would like to thank Regain Records for all these years of our cooperation- all the best to you!"
US Death/Doom metal outfit Fall Of Empyrean have announced they have signed with Germany's Grau Records, home of Longing For Dawn, Mourning Beloveth, Mael Mórdha, and others. Their first album for Grau will be their oft-delayed third full-length, "A Life Spent Dying." There is no official release date yet, but they hope to announce that in the near future.
In honor of As I Lay Dying's upcoming triple DVD release "This Is Who We Are", Metal Blade has created a handful of exclusive clips and given them to different sites to offer fans a sneak peak of the upcoming DVD. Check out the latest clip viewable exclusively at HMMagazine.com.
Other preview clips are available here and here.
"This Is Who We Are" will be released April, 9th / 14th in Europe!