The following message was posted on Impaled Nazarene's official website:
Tuomio has decided to step aside from Impaled Nazarene. His decision is personal and we thank him for everything he did with us the last four years and wish him the best of luck for his future adventures. Tomi UG Ullgren is our new lead guitarist, many of you have already witnessed him with us on stage as he has been a session member of this band since 2000, done various tours with us etc. This change will not affect any of our forth-coming shows.
We have now finished recording vocals of our new album Manifest. Sounds fucking killer. "Manifest" will be mixed at Sonic Pump studio by Tapio Pennanen at late July and mastered at Finnvox studio by Mika Jussila mid August. We also decided with Osmose that "Manifest" will be put out as double 10" vinyl instead of normal 12". We will now start working on cover and lay-out with our house artist Ritual".
The following message was posted on Mayhem's official website:
"Season of Mist, Thunderdome Booking and Decibel Magazine regret to inform you of the cancellation of Mayhem's "Deconsecrate the States" 2007 US Tour that was scheduled to hit this coming July. During his recent stint across the US with fellow countrymen Dimmu Borgir, elder Mayhem member and battery, Hellhammer, has suffered an unfortunate and serious injury to his right limb. It is impossible for him to play any time soon as he is currently scheduling surgery and will need rest and rehabilitation in order to heal his impaired arm. Being such an indispensable part of the band, fellow members Necrobutcher, Blasphemer and Attila realized that they are not complete without him and had no choice but to cancel this current US jaunt.
The following message was posted on W.A.S.P.'s official website:
"Veteran shock rockers W.A.S.P. have been forced to cancel their upcoming U.S. tour (which included Alabama Thunderpussy on many of the dates) due to its North American label losing its distribution. The tour will be rescheduled at a later undisclosed date. The group - longled by singer/guitarist Blackie Lawless - issued their fourteenth studio album overall last April,'Dominator' (also produced byLawless). The album sees Lawless tackling such tough topics as America's foreign policies,and is a follow-up to 2004's 'The Neon God Part II: The Demise.'
W.A.S.P. originally came up as part of the same Sunset Strip metal scene that also birthed such renowned names as Motley Crue, Ratt, andQuiet Riot, and scored such '80s metal classics as 1984's 'W.A.S.P.'and 1985's 'The Last Command,' as well as the x-rated anthem, "Animal (F**k Like A Beast)." The group's following remains large and rabid to this day, which makes the cancellation of the U.S. tour a major let down to metalheads coast to coast".
Belgian grinders Leng Tch'e have made the following announcement:
"Last week's tour was awesome and therefore we'd like to give mad props to all the guys in Immolation, Krisiun and Dawn Of Azazel plus the whole Massive Music crew for being excellent professionals and genuinely nice people.
On a lesser note, the drama continues as Svencho decided to quit the band in order to focus on Aborted and other musical projects. We thank him for the years invested in Leng Tch'e and wish him luck in his future endeavors. However, this will definitely not be the end of the band since we feel that "Marasmus" is our strongest record to date and therefore we will continue on our path of mayhem and destruction. Interested drummers can send their applications to firstname.lastname@example.org."
The following message was posted on Ayreon's official website:
"The very first vocalist for the seventh Ayreon album was recorded in the Electric Castle Studio last week. We're not revealing the name of the vocalist just yet, but you can listen to a sample of the voice (without instruments) here.
During the time leading up to the official announcement of each of the vocalists participating on the new Ayreon album, we'll be giving acapella previews of every vocalist. Currently 12 vocalists have been confirmed, and a few more will be added.
Discuss the sample, and all things Ayreon, on our messageboard or on Arjen's official MySpace site".
The rescheduled European tour is now taking form. Marduk will be teaming up with Death Metal veterans Unleashed. Marduk will do a week of dates before the tour starts with concerts in Finland and the Baltic States. Dates for those shows will be posted soon.
The month-long co-headlining trek will kick off late November and will run through mid-December. Confirmed dates are as follows:
23.11 SWEDEN Stockholm, Klubben
24.11 NORWAY Oslo, Maiden
25.11 SWEDEN Malmö, KB
27.11 HOLLAND Sneek, Bolwerk
28.11 ENGLAND London, The Underworld
29.11 ENGLAND Sheffield, The Corporation
30.11 BELGIUM Vosselaar, Biebob
01.12 HOLLAND Arnhem, Music Sacrum
02.12 FRANCE Paris, Elysee Montmarte
03.12 FRANCE Strasbourg, La Laiterie
The following message was posted on Metal Mind Production website:
"On the 9th July (on 31st July in US via MVD) Metal Mind Productions will release a live DVD of the icon of extreme death metal - Vital Remains.
Release entitled "Evil Death Live" brings us one hour of gloom and ultrafast massacre recorded during the band's performance at the Metalmania Festival 2007 (Katowice, Poland). The track list is comprised of songs from a very well received album "Dechristianized" as also from the band's latest outstanding release "Icons of Evil". The DVD is enhanced with the interview with Tony Lazaro (one of the band's founders) and Dave Suzuki, live bootleg footage and many other surprises. Also available in a limited DVD+CD swing case edition, including a bonus CD with songs recorded at the gig".
The following message was posted on Nightwish's official website:
"The video of the track "While Your Lips Are Still Red", written by Tuomas as the main theme track for the upcoming Finnish feature film "Lieska", is now available on YouTube from the link below. The track features Marco on vocals, Tuomas on keys and Jukka on drums. Though "While Your Lips Are Still Red" is not exactly a Nightwish-track, it will be included as a bonus track on Nightwish's forthcoming "Amaranth" CD-single.
The movie "Lieska!", directed and written by renown Finnish movie director Markku Pölönen, premiers in Finland during September 2007. Watch the video here."
The following message was posted on Helloween's official website:
"As already rumoured during the last couple of weeks, it is now confirmed that Gamma Ray will team up with Helloween on their upcoming European tour! The tour will kick off mid of November this year, and the line up will be completed by 1-2 additional acts.
Apart from very few festival appearances, this will be the first time ever both bands touring together and bears the possibility of Kai Hansen -Gamma Ray leader and ex- Helloween member- entering the stage to jam one or the other classic Helloween-song with his former band mates!
"This is going to be a historical event for all Helloween fans, we are looking forward to have Kai and his band on our tour with us" states Helloween guitarist Michael Weikath.
Sad news for Black Metal fans… Hellhammer, drummer of Mayhem, broke an arm.
Therefore, Mayhem will not be able to play at Hellfest this year. In order to stay consistent, we decided that the Norwegian band Enslaved will take over their time slot! We hope that you will understand this last minute change and that this replacement of choice will comfort you!
Some news about the Sin Cession battle of the bands now. "End.", a band from Toulouse (France) http://www.myspace.com/end1freefr won the contest that took place last week in Lyon. Their music is powerful with some dark, loud and oppressive atmopheres. "End." is really loud and crushing on stage and can be considered one of the most promising band from France. Don't miss them on Sunday 24 at 2:15 PM on the discover Stage!
Nightwish's upcoming album will be called "Dark Passion Play". It will be released by Nuclear Blast on September 28th, by Spinefarm Records / Universal on September 26th and by Roadrunner Records on September 28th.
The tracklist reads as follows:
1. The Poet And The Pendulum
2. Bye Bye Beautiful
4. Cadence Of Her Last Breath
5. Master Passion Greed
8. Whoever Brings The Night
9. For The Heart I Once Had
10. The Islander
11. Last Of The Wilds
12. 7 Days To The Wolves
13. Meadows Of Heaven
You can take a look at the cover artwork here.
Even before that date, on August 24th (Nuclear Blast) and on August 22nd (Spinefarm/Universal), the single "Amaranth" will be released. It will come in different versions, their tracklists will be announced later.
The following message was posted on Firewind's official website:
"Hard-working Greek melodic metal sensation Firewind will be releasing their 2nd single in Greece off the band's latest album "Allegiance", which stayed in the Greek album charts for nine weeks! With the album's first single "Falling To Pieces" Firewind managed to reach position # 11 in the official Greek single charts and brought some real Metal to the chart-lists for no less than eleven (!!!) weeks!
On July 2nd, 2007 Firewind will now unleash the power-ballad "Breaking The Silence" (feat. Tara Teresa on duelling guest vocals), a song set to continue this wake of success. A new video clip for "Breaking The Silence" has already been shot with director Patric Ullaeus from Revolver Company Sweden (Dimmu Borgir, Within Temptation, etc.) and will be premiered soon!
"Arkona" are now recording their fourth album "Ot Serdca k Nebu" ("From the Heart to the Sky"), maybe the most epic and majestic album in their career.
The band has already recorded the drum tracks.
Vlad Sokolov (Drummer): "This time we did the drum tracks in "Gigant-records" studio (Zemfira, Kipelov, Zapreshyonnie Barabanshiki, Tracktor Bowling...). We didn't want to use triggers for this album and recorded the clean acoustic drum signal. All the drum tracks were recorded on a rare DW set with a unique microphone park in 5 hours, almost everytime, from the first take. For now this is my best work..."
As always, Masha "Scream" and Sergei "Lazar" are producing the CD.
Masha "Scream" Arhipova (Vocals, Music and Lyrics):
"The new songs are totally one with my present mood and world view.
There are no more "happy" songs like "Maslenitsa" or "Viydu Ya Na Volyushku". This album will be far more epic and dark.
Best folk musicians of Russia and Belarus will take part in the recording process, as well as friends from other bands. Their names will be announced later."
The band will continue recording "Ot Serdca k Nebu" in June at CDM Records/Moscow sound.
Cadaveria present the new enchanting "The Dream" video clip as mentionned on their official website.
You can download the video of 'The Dream' here.
'The Dream' was taken on the last Cadaveria's album titled "In Your Blood" which was released by Season Of Mist on May, 21st 2007.
It was recorded and mixed at Capt. Woofer Studios - Italy between June and November 2006.
Mastered at SOM Factory - France.
Produced by Cadaveria.
Engineered by John and Stefano.
Cover art and photo design by Manuel Bravi.
'In Your Blood' tracklisting:
01. 100.000 Faces
02. The Dream
04. Memento Audere Semper
05. Laying In Black
06. Queen Of Forgotten
The following message was posted on Sieges Even's official Myspace page:
"Wow, we are almost done!
The recordings for our new record "Paramount" were finished last week. Right now, our Co-Producer and Engineer Kristian Kohlmannslehner is working hard on the mix of the 11 tracks.
We don't have a finally order for the CD yet, but you can expect the following tracks to be on the album:
- When Alpha And Omega Collide
- Bridge To The Divine
- Mounting Castles in The Blood Red Sky (Instr)
- Where Our Shadows Sleep
- A Wallflower On The Day Of Saint Juliana
- A Dream In Monochrome
The CD will be released by the end of September by Inside Out Records".