Swedish death metallers Visceral Bleeding have announced the departure of guitarist Marcus Nilsson with the following update :
Due to other commitments, Marcus has decided to discontinue his guitar work in Visceral Bleeding.
"It's been an interesting and exhilarating ride, that's for sure, but I feel my lack of commitment to the band at this point will likely only hold the other guys back. I therefore step aside to let someone else join forces and strengthen the Visceral momentum for future brutalization!
My musical endeavors do not end here though. I will never put down the guitar and will continue exploring the vast realm of music, indefinitely. I wish Visceral Bleeding the best of luck and hope they will succeed in whatever they aspire to!
Finnish melodic death/thrash metallers Mors Principium Est will enter the studio in June to begin recording their third album, tentatively due in early 2007 via Listenable Records. The mixing for the follow-up to 2005's "The Unborn" will take place at Astia Studios in Finland in late August while the mastering will be done in September at Helsinki's Finnvox.
Synchestra has been extremely well received, more than any other DT records. it made the charts in France, Germany and Finland so we would thank each and everyone of you that managed to get a copy. The DTB released a video for 'Vampira'. This video is available in the Fan section. This video is very funny and maybe not what you expect from an album like Synchestra but we hope it gets some attention anyway.
To finish, a European tour was planned for the DTB in May but we apologize as it was forced to be cancelled. The reason is not for Ozzfest or the new SYL record but Devin and Tracy are going to have a baby so they needed to be together for the first part of the pregnancy and medical tests. The baby is due in October which will postpone any touring until 2007.
Hell yeah! If that is not a great victory for hard rock/metal, I don't know what is. No, you're not hallucinating, Finnish metal monsters Lordi won the formatted Eurovision contest (known for its sloppy poppish radio tunes) HANDS DOWN!
They were 44 points ahead Russia (the mullet singer) and gave a fresh new start to the oh-so-boring Eurovision stuff.
We wish to congratulate the winners from the depths of our hearts. LONG LIVE METAL
ProgPower Europe organizers have announced that this year's lineup is complete.
The organizers wrote in a statement: "We have negotiated with several bands, not all the bands were available for this year so we have decided to go for the best options possible. This means that we will have two headliners for Saturday 30 September, both the Dutch amazing newcomer Textures as well als Danish Mercenary will play for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Riverside will end this year's edition of the festival witha 2 hour show. Besides Textures, the following bands complete the line-up: Dreamscape, Ephel Duath and Voyager."
The final line-up for ProgPower Europe 2006 is as follows:
Friday, September 29 (free pre-party): Dreamscape, Zero Gravity
Norwegian black metallers 1349 have issued the following statement:
"Due to delays in the processing of the visa-application to enter the USA, 1349 will unfortunately have to cancel their appearance at the Death In The Forest festival, scheduled to find place tomorrow 20'th of may in New York. We've done everything in our power and have followed every procedure to make this happen, and this matter is out of our hands. It is with great dissapointment that we have to announce this, and we share with the fans the frustration this causes- this is mutual from our side."
Withersoul have also been forced to cancel their appearance:
As much as we hate to do this, but Withersoul has cancelled from being
The following was posted on the band's official website
3rd Insomnium album finally mixed!
We finally finished the mixing of forthcoming Insomnium album today! This time we really feel that we succeeded in the studio and the songs sound just amazing to our ears. Album will be mastered in the famous Finnvox studios in the beginning of the June and released later in the fall (9th of October) by Candlelight Records. We will also shoot new video from the song "Mortal Share" on next Tuesday. Stay tuned for more updates. Here's the complete tracklist:
Insomnium - Above the Weeping World
1. The Gale
2. Mortal Share
3. Drawn to Black
4. Change of Heart
5. At the Gates of Sleep
Blind Guardian's Singer Hansi Kürsch has posted following letter in band's official homesite:
Time to break the silence, time to say hello. As you all most probably know: we have finished the album some days ago and started doing some first shows already. It has been a blast to be back on stage again and do these small shows in Rijssen and Vosseljaar. We appreciate the kindness and the support of the people there and enjoyed the club atmosphere a lot. Istanbul was a great experience and "The Bard's Song" sung by more than 2000 Turkish fans has been nothing but spectacular. I could go on like that but I guess what you are more interested in at the moment is the new album. Even though the secret is revealed already I would like to point out one more time the album is entitled "A Twist in the Myth" and that's just because I unfortunately could not find allies for my most favorite album title suggestion "A Day at the Races".
Finnish metallers Excalion have issued the following studio update:
"The band is recording their new album entitled Waterlines at Watercastle Studios in Jyväskylä, Finland this month. The album will bring 10 songs. The new songs are very mature both musically and lyrically. The whole band has improved a lot since their debut album in 2005 and the vocals of Jarmo Paakkonen are more impressive than ever. The actual music is fully rich in the song-writing and playing, it isn't prog or power metal anymore; there are strong influences of Euro melodic metal and US hard rock. We
could say the band found their "own sound" for now! Visit the band website (www.excalion.com) to check the studio diary; they have added some pics and videos."
The Death In The Forest Festival, previously set to take place on May 20 at the Orange County Fair Grounds in upstate New York, has been relocated to the Club Avalon at 47 West 20th Street @ 6th Ave in New York City. Trouble with the weather has forced the organizers of Watchers Entertainment to move the festival to Catskill Montain Ranch in Sullivan County where they encountered legal problems with the town officials of Mamakating, forcing them to relocate the festival once again, this time to New York City. As to meet time constraints the event will now be running from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m..
Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Poland's Antigama. The Warsaw-based, progressive grindcore quartet is comprised of Lukasz Myszkowski (vocals), Sebastian Rokicki (guitar), Michal Pietrasik (bass) and Krzysztof Bentkowski (drums). Rokicki comments on the signing: "Relapse is the perfect label for Antigama and we are happy to be there. We grew up on Relapse and have watched the label develop from the very beginning. Our new album for Relapse means an awesome new chapter in the history of our band." The band is planning a winter recording for their as-yet-untitled Relapse debut.
Antigama has previously released several independent releases as well as the critically-acclaimed full-length Zeroland via Selfmadegod Records. You can listen to some of their material here.
Hammerfall has now entered the studio to record their sixth album. The location and producer chosen are the same as last time, Lundgård Studios in Denmark and Charlie Bauerfeind respectively. The session will continue for two months, during which time eleven tracks will be laid down.
As usual, Oscar will write a studio diary. It will be posted on the myspace blog initially, and on this site as well eventually. Check it out at:
'The Smoke', the second single from the Eclipse album, is scheduled for release in Finland on June 7th. Included on the CD is the video clip for 'House Of Sleep'. For international orders, you can visit the Nuclear Blast Online Shop here.
The artwork for the single can be seen here.
The band continues, "Two more Finnish festival dates have been added to the tour calendar: Raumanmeren Juhannus and Himos Festival."
Amorphis' tour schedule can be found at this location.