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26.02Voivod - New Album Title Revealed
25.02My Dying Bride - To Enter The Studio
24.02Sunrise - Call It Quits
23.02Rotting Christ - Re-release First Two Albums
 Necrophagist - New Guitarist Announced
21.02Pain Of Salvation - Bassist Leaves The Band
 Arch Enemy - Upcoming DVD (and more)
20.02Sun Caged - Bassist Leave The Band
17.02Benediction - To Release New Album
 Beyond Twilight - Finish Work On New Album
 Count Raven - New Lineup
15.02DragonForce - Announce New Bassist
14.02Aeternus - Drummer Leaves Band
 Madder Mortem - Desiderata Release Date
 W.A.S.P. - Drummer Stet Howland Departs

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Voivod - New Album Title Revealed

Canada's pioneering metal band Voivod have set "Katorz" as the title of their forthcoming album due out late spring on The End Records in North America.

Voivod, who just finished mixing the album with producer Glen Robinson (Tea Party, GWAR) at Multisons studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, are now mastering the album in New York.

The follow-up to 2003's "Voivod" is the first album in the band's 20-plus-year career that did not feature founding guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour working alongside his bandmembers in the studio. D'Amour died August 26, 2005 in a Montreal hospital from complications of advanced colon cancer.

In order to record "Katorz," drummer Michael "Away" Langevin, singer Denis "Snake" Belanger and bassist Jason "Jasonic" Newsted utilized all of the guitar parts that Piggy had recorded for the record on his laptop with ProTools before his death.


Band profile: Voivod
Posted: 26.02.2006 by Promonex | Comments (0)

My Dying Bride - To Enter The Studio

The band spent the winter in writting mode for a new album, and have already booked the studio for April. Also some pictures from their latest concert were posted here.

In other news the band announce some new gigs:

June 24 Graspop Dessel Belgium
July 22 Metal Camp Tolmin Slovenia
August 17/22 Summer Breeze Germany (Exact date t.b.d.)
August 25/26 Hole In the Sky Bergen Norway (Exact date t.b.d.)


Band profile: My Dying Bride
Posted: 25.02.2006 by Metalforthespirit | Comments (0)

Sunrise - Call It Quits

The Warsaw-based Melodeath/Metalcore band Sunrise have posted the following message on their official website:

"It is high time to say goodbye after 11 years of being around. It has been a while and we came to the point where we are pretty happy with the shape of the band but in the very same time we realize that we won't go much further and can easily get frustrated, as lives of some of us are not that careless anymore. We went through lots of hardships and we could start one of these 'veteran' talks but the bottom line is that every good show we had paid it off tenfold. There were many of them and we will always remember these great times. We never thought it could last so long and we would meet so many good people. We would lie big time if we wrote that Sunrise was not one of the most important things in our lives and some of us were absorbed by doing this every single day. It might sound pretty weird but calling it quits when Sunrise is in its best shape is the best we can do. We had enough opportunities to break up but we always wanted to carry on. This time we all agreed it is time to call it a day. We are not able to carry it on and we don't want to see how it deteriorates.


Posted: 24.02.2006 by Deadsoulman | Comments (0)

Rotting Christ - Re-release First Two Albums

Rotting Christ have announced the official re-release (digitally remastered) of their first albums "Passage To Arcturo" and "Non Serviam" on a double CD through their new label Season Of Mist ( The package is coming with bonus songs from their first demo and the 7" EP "Dawn Of The Iconoclast" as well as bootleg live video performances shot back in 1994.

Band profile: Rotting Christ
Posted: 23.02.2006 by Deadsoulman | Comments (0)

Necrophagist - New Guitarist Announced

The following message was posted at Necrophagist's website:

"The band would like to announce Helsinki/Finland based Sami Raatikainen as the new guitar player. We look forward to working together with an extremely talented fella, as we never met someone working faster or harder before.

We would also like to thank the applicants that didn't get the spot, you guys have done a great job! But in the end, there can only be one. Thank you all!"

Band profile: Necrophagist
Posted: 23.02.2006 by Metalforthespirit | Comments (0)

Pain Of Salvation - Bassist Leaves The Band

As posted on the official website:

Kristoffer leaves Pain of Salvation!

We are sad to announce that Kristoffer is of now no longer a member of Pain of Salvation. After having been the band's bass player since 1994, he has now kindly been asked by the other members to leave the band. The separation derives from growing difficulties to function together as a band since Kristoffer moved to Holland a few years back.

The band's own statement:
"We are a band who loves to play music together, and who values being a real band rather than a project that functions on distance. Being a tight unit welded together musically and personally is an important part of the band's soul; and constantly being decimated while composing, rehearsing, and even recording, simply proved impossible in the long run.


Band profile: Pain Of Salvation
Posted: 21.02.2006 by wrathchild | Comments (0)

Arch Enemy - Upcoming DVD (and more)

An excited Michael Amott released yesterday an update on the upcoming DVD on the official Arch Enemy website:

"Hello dear Arch Enemies!

About time for an update here at - don't you think!?

Ok, so what's happened 'round here? Well, we've actually been keeping busy and focused during our time home since the holidays. A lot of effort has gone into working on the first ever Arch Enemy DVD, 'LIVE APOCALYPSE' which is now very near completion. The DVD is shaping up to be an ultra cool 2-disc affair and I honestly couldn't be happier with it. The main show is from the Forum in London, U.K (December '04) and we also have footage from Manchester, U.K in December '05 (there'll be 3 songs included from that). It goes without saying that there's tons of extras/special features - as there should be! The artwork was done by Niklas Sundin of Cabin Fever Media. We'll be posting the cover ASAP… Paul Smith - who's been editing all the concert footage has done a superb job, it looks stunning. I spent a couple of days in London recently at his studio and that was a blast…had a lot of fun annoying him! Andy Sneap's audio mix (5.1 and stereo) is HEAVY…it almost blew my speakers out. Andy really captured the live feel and power of the show, it's like you are right there in the audience! Brilliant. Rickard Bengtsson did a killer job on the stereo mixes from Manchester all sounds mint! This DVD crushes some of my fave metal DVD's in my collection - and I have a sick collection… Once again, I am happy that we work with the best - they make us look and sound great! There will soon be more detailed information (including release dates!) on the 'LIVE APOCALYPSE' DVD here. Also some cool trailers…so stay tuned.


Band profile: Arch Enemy
Posted: 21.02.2006 by Metal_Head | Comments (0)

Sun Caged - Bassist Leave The Band

After almost 7 years bassist Rob Van Der Loo decided to leave the band due to musical differences, the departure was in a friendly way. Rob posted the following message to explain the situation:

"I've been a member of Sun Caged for almost seven years which is quite a while.
Playing in Sun Caged convinced me that I wanted to be a full-time professional musician.
But seven years is quite a long time and in this period a lot of things like personal interests and musical taste can change. As a musician I need to be challenged and through the last 18 months I started to realize that Sun Caged wasn't longer the challenge for which I was looking.
When I'm a member of a band I need to support the music for 200% and not for 100% or less.


Band profile: Sun Caged
Posted: 20.02.2006 by Metalforthespirit | Comments (0)

Benediction - To Release New Album

British extreme metallers Benediction have set "Killing Music" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in June/July. "Killing Music" will mark the recording debut with the group of new drummer Nick Barker (Dimmu Borgir) as well as the return to Nuclear Blast! Following the album's release, the band will be appearing at festivals worldwide over the summer, followed by a full-blown world tour starting in September. With regards to the musical style on "Killing music", the band said, "The new album has a few new styles on it, along with the punk/death riffs that we like so much. You´ll love it".

- Nuclear Blast Newsletter -

Band profile: Benediction
Posted: 17.02.2006 by Metalforthespirit | Comments (0)

Beyond Twilight - Finish Work On New Album

After lots of hassle with the former singer Kelly Sundown Carpenter, Danish progressive metal band Beyond Twilight has finally finished the works on the new album "For The Love Of Art And The Making." It consists of one ongoing composition containing 43 sections, which are to be considered pieces of a puzzle. According to the label Massacre Records "the album a meaning from start to end but if you set your cd player on shuffle new doors to the meaning of the album will open for you." The album will be released on April 21, 2006.


Band profile: Beyond Twilight
Posted: 17.02.2006 by Promonex | Comments (0)

Count Raven - New Lineup

Dan Fondelius, frontman of the Swedish doom metal legend Count Raven, has parted ways with bassist Tommy 'Wilbur' Eriksson and drummer Christer 'Renfield' Petersson after reuniting with them after a five year hiatus in 2003. The replacements are Fredrik Jansson and Jens Bock respectively. The official statement of Fondelius:

"Count Raven has after two and a half years decided to go through some changes. There are a number of reasons for this: The main one's due to problems working in one direction, due to lack of interest and bad communication. Another one is simply that the old magic wasn't there anymore. This is not a new thing, it happens to a lot of bands that reunite, and for some reason they can't find that old mojo working.


Band profile: Count Raven
Posted: 17.02.2006 by Promonex | Comments (0)

DragonForce - Announce New Bassist

Current touring bassist Frederic Leclercq (former Heavenly guitarist, and current live guitarist for French act Carnival In Coal) was announced through a press release at Roadrunner records UK as the new bassist to DragonForce.

According to Roadrunner: "Fred is a longtime friend of Dragonforce guitarist, Herman Li. Whilst out on the road with Dragonforce, the band realised that Fred fitted into the band perfectly and invited him to join on a permanent basis.

Fred is a bit of a super-talented 'multi-man'. As well as being fluent in the English, French and German languages (and swear words in most others!), Fred is actually multi-instrumental (he plays guitar, bass, keyboards and sings) in multiple metal genres.


Band profile: DragonForce
Posted: 15.02.2006 by Metalforthespirit | Comments (0)

Aeternus - Drummer Leaves Band

Statement 07.02.2006

Greetings to you all!

Erik, the drummer of Aeternus decided to quit the band a while after the Production of "HeXaeon" was completed. He was with Aeternus from the same year as I started the band which was 1993.

His reasons were honest and understandable as we all respect his ways and opinions regarding his musical path and so forth. Erik said he simply had no more to give the style of extreme metal-music, he felt he had done enough and his passion and fire towards this type of metal style were no longer with him to the extent where it would give him something as a musician and a drummer to proceed.

Erik meant a lot to Aeternus' music and his drumming was always a part of what makes Aeternus what it is today. I will personally always be glad and honored for the time he spent in Aeternus. His skills and dedication were at 100% at all times. The way it should be. He will be missed and remembered as one of the greatest musicians I have personally ever worked with. I am glad to know that his drumming on ALL of Aeternus' released material will always be there, reminding me of a tremendously great musical Era, but first and foremost an Era that has given me SO much inspiration as a composer of extreme music. Growing as a musician with him over a period of 13 years was something very, very special that I wouldn't trade for anything.


Band profile: Aeternus
Posted: 14.02.2006 by eternalfear | Comments (0)

Madder Mortem - Desiderata Release Date

Desiderata release date set:

We're very happy to tell you that Desiderata is set for release on Peaceville records on the 27th of March 2006.
It'll be accompanied by a video for the opening track of the album, "My name is silence".

The release party for Desiderata will be held at John Dee on Friday 31st March 2006.

The main event will naturally be the concert and the very first public perfomance of most of the songs from Desiderata, but we're hoping to give you some other fun experiences too:

-As a support act, we're proud to offer you Dr Feedback, who, amongst other things, will be performing acoustic versions of Madder Mortem classics.
-We'll be setting up some competitions and giveaways...stay tuned for news!


Band profile: Madder Mortem
Posted: 14.02.2006 by eternalfear | Comments (0)

W.A.S.P. - Drummer Stet Howland Departs

Drummer Stet Howland has announced his departure from W.A.S.P. on the band's official forum:

"I appreciate the kind words and I am sorry if some of you are sad about my departure. Out of respect to the band and the upcoming tour, I didn't send out a press release about this, as I didn't want to cause possible worry to you good people.
I just got in from a long weekend and my ass is kicked, so I'll keep this short and to the point.
Without going into detail that would most likely get turned into something negative, let me give a Reader's Digest version of what's up.
In mid-January, Blackie and I had a phone conversation that resulted in our parting. It wasn't shitty, ugly, or disrespectful in any way. It was two old and dear friends being honest with each other. After 16 years as friends and bandmates, one thing you learn is how to be honest with each other.


Band profile: W.A.S.P.
Posted: 14.02.2006 by Promonex | Comments (0)

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