Bassplayer Ilker Ersin (Ex Freedom Call) and singer Chity Somapala, who recently decided to leave Firewind, have joined forces to create a new project called "Power World". The current line-up is Chity Somapala - Vocals, Ilker Ersin - Bass, Warthy - guitars, Nils Neumann(also in Freedom Call) - Keys.
US Doom metal band Unearthly Trance have inked a deal with Relapse Records. Unearthly Trance, consisting of Ryan Lipynsky - guitar / vocals /noise, Jay Newman - bass /noise and Darren Verni - drums, "are currently completing the writing process for what will become their third album and Relapse debut."
The following message by Glen Drover was posted in the Eidolon's official website:
Here is an update to let you know where we stand with the progress of recording the new Eidolon album "The Parallel Otherworld"
All that is left now are 2 bass tracks, my solos and Nils vocals, which we will have in our hands in about 3 weeks time.
This will also be the first time that we mix and Master the album in my studio, with the help of my great Pro Tools teacher, Tony Crea. Learning all these different things in Pro Tools is so cool, as it really opens the doors to many more possibilities in recording. through the process of doing this new album, right up to the completion, i will have really good handle on what i need to do for all the different stages of recording in the future!
Progressive Metal band, Vision Divine, have launched their new website (http://www.visiondivine.com/) in relation to their soon to be release album, "The Perfect Machine". An mp3 sample of the complete song, God Is Dead, can be found online along with many new features.
As previously reported, Timo Tolkki from Stratovarius produced the album with the band. Release dates are October 26th (Japan) and November 7th, 2005. The final track list for "The Perfect Machine" is:
1. The Perfect Machine
2. 1st day of a never-ending day
3. The ancestor's blood
4. Land of Fear
5. God is Dead
6. Rising Sun
7. Here in 6048
8. The River
9. Now that You've gone
10. The Needle Lies (Queensryche cover, Bonus Track for Japan only)
The band featuring former Einherjer members "has signed a deal with the norwegian label Tabu Recordings. The album, which was recorded this summer, will be mixed next month and is set for release in Europe in february/march 2006. The U.S. release will be announced later."
The tracklist of their debut album is the following(in no particular order):
The following message by Luc Lemay was posted on the Gorgut's official website:
"It's true that I've decided to end GORGUTS last year...
There will be a official statement soon here.
I will release a live cd from the tour we did in 93' for EROSION....and also a DVD later in 2006 from the OBSCURA tour.
I took a long break from music and started my own business....I'm a full time self taught wood carver now.....I have a nice workshop, I design and build fine furniture and I carve alot of signs for business.
But now I feel for me it's about time to come back to music with my long time partner in crime and best friend Steeve Hurdle."
Nightwish's ex-singer Tarja Turunen has posted following message in her homesite:
Since last Sunday morning, I have been asked to express my position by magazines, newspapers, radio and TV stations, fan clubs and fans from Finland and from all over the world. So many in total that it is physically impossible for me to find the time to reply to them all individually. Hence I decided to put down a couple of words in this text to let my fans, family and friends and the public know how I feel after the recent events.
This is a moment of grief and pain and I find it very hard to speak.
At the moment I am in Argentina. I hope you can understand that after this shocking life change comparable to a divorce, I didn't want to stay alone at home in Finland. My husband had booked his tickets to Argentina many months ago and I decided to travel with him at the last minute.
The Finnish band featuring former Apocalyptica member Max Lilja, have set 21st of November 2005 for the international release date of their debut full lenght album "Sound Over Matter". Also the band announced that "after a rigorous qualifying process, the bass duties have been handed over to mr. Janne Jaakkola. As trial by fire he'll be playing a couple of gigs, starting next friday at Tullikamarin klubi (Tampere) where Hevein will perform amongst Stratovarius and Hammerfall."
The video for the song "Last Drop Of Innocence" is posted on the Video Section at Hevein website.
The following message was posted in Silent Force's official website:
"Dear All, we proudly announce new record deals. We just signed a new deal with two of the leading Rock'n Roll Companies in the world: AFM Records from Germany and KING Records from Japan. We are happy to be a part of the family and looking foreward to release the new album next year."
Liv Kristine sings duet with Marco Hietala of NIGHTWISH
Last weekend former Within Temptation keyboarder Martijn Westerhold visited the Mastersound Studio.
Together with producer Alexander Krull the recordings of Liv Kristine's vocals for two songs of Westerhold's new project Delain were done. One of the tracks is a duet with Marco Hietala, male singer and bass player of Nightwish. The album of Delain will be released on Roadrunner Records in 2006.