Vocalist Ben Goreskin of Britain's Gorerotted has issued the following blog on the band's MySpace:
"The boys have literally just entered Parlour Sounds Studios with Producers Russ Russell and James Dunkley to begin production on "Get Dead Or Die Trying", and I'll be joining them in a few weeks to lay down some vocals. We're incredibly excited to be working with these reputable gentlemen and also to lay down our most accomplished, diverse and strongest material to date. I'll try and update how it's going from time to time, I aint gonna fill this page with irrelevant shite though, you can ask us more on our forum if you want cos we'll try and check in there from time to time."
Metal Storm received the following good news from bassist Rodrigo Gálvez of Chilean doom metallers Mar De Grises:
"Yes, this is official.
We have a new album and we have confirmed our second tour over Europe. After a long period of silence, we are glad to announce the release of our new album.
"Draining The Waterheart" cover] is the title, and in 8 tracks it contains more than 60 minutes of an intense and unique kind of music. We took quite a long time to compose and record it, but we are pleased with the result. As always, our musical limits at the time of composing it were still very few.
The songs have varied structures and musical arrangements; the guitars are very varied in terms of melody. We tried a lot of new things, and in general, this album seems to be a bit more aggressive and technical. About the title of the album and songs, they represent, in some way, an act of liberation of our most deep feelings. The endless contradictions of a thinking being yet emotional, illusions, disillusions, and our most bitter feelings conjugate, inspiring us in this new sonorous story.
Belgium's Leng Tch'e have psoted the following blog on their MySpace page:
"As you can see we've revamped our MySpace site. We thought this would be a good occasion to make a couple of announcements, so here goes:
We're currently recording 4 brand new songs for a split 7"/MCD release with our good friends in Fuck The Facts. The split album will be released by Power It Up Records in the summer. These songs will be the first recordings with our new drummer Tony and will be a taste of what's to come on our next full length, due in 2009.
We're also working on a tour of Canada in November. Yup that's right, we'll be invading the frostbitten tundra once again. We've become way too lean these past two years so it's time to replenish our bodies with poutine."
"Mike Kimball has resigned his position in Dying Fetus. Here is a statement from Mike: "This is easily the most difficult decision I've ever had to make in my life. I have had moments where I felt that it might be time to part ways with Dying Fetus but didn't want to accept it, out of love for performing as a musician, and of course being less than thrilled with the prospect of disappointing my band mates or the fans. Being in Dying Fetus has been an amazing experience, and I'm eternally grateful to the guys in the band (past and present), as well as all of our crew members, all the bands we have toured with, and most of all the fans for their support. Thank you all so much!"
Blabbermouth.net is reporting that reactivated Swedish metallers At The Gates will team up with Darkest Hour and Municipal Waste for a North American tour in July. Confirmed dates are as follows:
July 10 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
July 11 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
July 12 - Montreal, QC - Le Medley
July 13 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
July 14 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
July 15 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
July 17 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
July 18 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
July 21 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
July 23 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
July 24 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
July 25 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
July 26 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
Irish Doomsters Mourning Beloveth have issued the following official statement regarding the cancellation of their upcoming tour:
"Sorry but Mourning Beloveth will not be able to do the tour for personal problems that have arisen within one of the members family. They had hoped that it wasn't as serious as previously thought but the worst news came through today and they cannot do the tour. The rest of the members have decided not to go ahead without the full band. Apologies to all the promoters/support bands and venues who have put a lot of work into the tour preparations. The tour is currently being rescheduled for October 2008."
Still holding the flame, metal vets Queensrÿche stopped by MP3.com to play an acoustic set.
In a career that has spanned nearly three decades, Queensrÿche has released 20 albums and toured relentlessly. In doing so, it has been a long-time favorite of both headbangers and fans of more operatic music.
Some people might know this band only from its biggest chart hit "Silent Lucidity," but Queensrÿche was around long before that and shows no sign of slowing down. Frontman Geoff Tate and company recently announced that a new album is in the works.
In San Francisco on yet another tour, the band stopped by MP3.com to play a short set, including "The Killing Words" from the 1986 album "Rage For Order", "Eyes Of A Stranger" from its 1988 breakthrough "Operation: Mindcrime", and "The Hands" from "Operation: Mindcrime II".
"Canada's Neuraxis has issued the a video clip entitled "Neuraxis Studio episode 1 - Drums," featuring footage and interviews from the recording of the band's fifth studio record. The clip is online at the band's MySpace page here. The band's debut album for Prosthetic Records, "The Thin Line Between" will be the follow-up to "Trilateral Progression." Tapping Jef Fortin (of fellow Canadians Anonymus) for production duties, Neuraxis entered the studio Feb. 19 and the recording process should be completed later this month. Alan Douches (Mastodon, Converge, Shadows Fall) will master the effort while artist Dennis Sibejin of Damnengine Art (Job For A Cowboy, Chimaira) will showcase the record's visuals. "The Thin Line Between" is currently scheduled for a July release.
Sweden's Unleashed have issued the following update on their MySpace:
"Unleashed are currently hard at work in the studio to record their 9th studio album, "Hammer Battalion". Check in here for some photos from one of the recording sessions.
They also wanted to take this opportunity to reveal the song titles on "Hammer Battalion"
01. The Greatest Of All Lies
02. Long Before Winter's Call
03. Your Children Will Burn
04. Hammer Battalion
05. This Day Belongs To Me
06. Marching Off To War
07. Entering The Hall Of The Slain
08. Black Horizon
09. Carved In Stone
10. Warriors Of Midgard
11. Midsummer Solstice
12. Home Of The Brave
13. I Want You Dead
Vocalist Andreas Babuschkin of German Speed/Power metallers Paragon has posted the following update:
"Once again we are in songwriting mood. Here are some titles of the new metal hymns: "The Blade In The Dark", "Screenslaves", "Bloodfeast", "Disconnected" and "King Of My Castle". There is no Album title so far. We will decide this after we've finished all compositions. Recording should start in April 2008. Release should be in summer/autumn 2008 followed by live activities."
Mnemosyne Productions are pleased to report that Opeth mastermind Mikael Åkerfeldt has performed lead vocals for the song "Unhealer" from the upcoming Ihsahn album, "angL".
"We´ve been talking about doing something for a while and I´m really happy it finally came together. Needless to say, Mikael´s performance is nothing short of amazing!" says Ihsahn.
Asgeir Mickelson once again handles drums for the album. Ihsahn has also handed over bass duties to Asgeir's colleague from Spiral Architect, Lars Norberg. "Asgeir and Lars have delivered a rock-solid foundation for the whole album. Pounding blast-beats to slow fretless passages are all performed with great precision," Ihsahn continues.
According to the official Pestilence fansite, Pestilence are back. The message was already posted on 12 January and reads as follows:
"I have for you the best news you can even imagine... PESTILENCE IS BACK!!! There is new line up: founder Patrick Mameli (vocals, guitar) C-187], well known Tony Choy (bass) Atheist, Cynic, C-187] and drummer Peter Wildoer Darkane, Non-Human Level and others]. Patrick is working on new great songs which style he describes as modern fusion of "Testimony..." and "Spheres", but even more technical (!!!) and more brutal. New album will be recorded by Jacob Hansen and produced by Patrick himself. As you see we all have a reason to live!"
An expanded version of Antimatter's rarity compilation "Unreleased 98-03" is set to be released through Prophecy later in 2008. Mick Moss is already keen on this project and looking forward to its realisation: "The tentative title for this is "Alternative Matter", and if all goes well should be making progress in summer this year. The DVD which is supposed to be included should be fun to compile, there are loads of bits lying around, the more I looked, the more I found."
Additionally the successor of last year's highly acclaimed album "Leaving Eden" is already in the works. Mick Moss: "I have another album burning holes in my head, and this year I'll be slowly sifting through that and refining the songs and motifs in there. The theme this time is the question of sanity in people's actions, and also the things that are likely to drive you to distraction in the modern political and social climate. Once again it's a shade different from the previous album. There's a nice piece of artwork lined up for the release, which I should start recording either the end of 2008 or the start of 2009."