With the imminent release of Existentia on January 30th, 2007 in North America, Napalm recording artists Trail Of Tears are in a bit of a quandary, and much speculation has ensued. Therefore, founding vocalist Ronny Thorsen has released this official statement:
The following lines are written in the attempt of clarifying the news that have been circulating in the past few days. There is really no easy way of telling this, so I will try to explain to the best of my ability.
On the 26th of November, Trail Of Tears completed a 10-date tour of Mexico, a tour which was in large part ridden with organisational problems and resulted in a severe financial loss for everyone involved. As a result of this, I was called to the band hotel on the morning of November 28th, asking for a meeting by the remaining members. Arriving to the hotel, I am instead given a message, lasting a mere two minutes, that because of the situation they have decided to end the band effective immidiately. The decision has been made entirely without my consultation and approval, and thus Trail of Tears is NOT dead and will continue in a new shape and formation.
Following the previous announcement of Immortal's return to the stage in 2007, Photograve Management confirms Immortal's long-awaited return to France next year: June 22-24, another installment of the mighty Hellfest will be held, and Immortal will co-headline the mainstage during the weekend.
"France has always been an important country for Immortal, and we're looking forward to finally meeting our dedicated French fans again", Abbath and Horgh state.
This will be Immortal's only concert in France for 2007.
For more info on Hellfest and tickets, please see the festival's website: http://www.hellfest.fr
Power Metallers Sonata Arctica have been confirmed as one of the headlining acts for ProgPower USA VIII. The band will join Virgin Steele, Redemption, Firewind, Communic and Raintime as one of the so far announced bands. There are still four more unannounced bands to join the festival. ProgPower USA VIII will take place on the 5th-6th October, 2007 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
In 2007 Death Metallers Arch Enemy will be hitting the continent of South America for a tour. Brazil, Argentina and Chile are the countries that the band will be visiting. The fairly short tour will be happening in January.
Here is a comment by guitarist Michael Amott: "FINALLY! This one has been a long time coming… We are all very much looking forward to playing for our loyal South American fans! We are ready to bring the PURE FUCKING METAL to Brazil, Argentina and Chile! See you in January 2007!"
Here is a list of the dates:
January 09 - Master Hall, Curitiba, Brazil
January 10 - Via Funchal, Sao Paulo, Brazil
January 12 - Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
January 14 - Teatro la Cupula, Santiago, Chile
Death metal stalwarts Immolation are currently fine-tuning the tracks for their much-anticipated new album. The band is currently holed up at drummer Steve Shalaty's house in Ohio prepping their new material, which is shaping up to be very aggressive and much more intense than their past work. The group will make their way over to Millbrook, NY by week's end to meet with Paul Orofino, the band's producer for their last four records, at Millbrook Sound Studios.
Robert Vigna (guitars) describes his thoughts on the new material: "We are really excited. The songs are shorter but pack more of a punch. They kick you hard right from the start and leave you pummeled by the end! It's definitely a darker, meaner album. I think the fans are going to go apeshit when they hear these tracks."
Death Metallers Deicide will be releasing another live DVD early next year. The DVD was filmed on November 10, 2006 at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles and will be called 'Doomsday in L.A.'. The bonus material will include exclusive interviews and promo videos, including the recent 'Homage For Satan' clip.
Here is the tracklist for the DVD:
02. Dead By Dawn
03. Once Upon The Cross
04. Scars Of The Crucifix
05. The Stench Of Redemption
06. Death To Jesus
07. When Satan Rules His World
08. Serpents Of The Light
09. They Are The Children Of The Underworld
11. Bastards Of Christ
12. Dead But Dreaming
14. When Heaven Burns
15. Walk With the Devil In Dreams You Behold
Details of the upcoming new Visions Of Atlantis album have been announced. The album will be entitled 'Trinity'. The album cover artwork has also been posted online. Artist Anthony Clarrksson who has designed cover artwork for Blind Guardian, Hypocrisy and Exodus before has done the artwork for Trinity. You can see the cover here.
Swedish melodic power metallers Hammerfall have cancelled their Finnish headlining shows (originally scheduled for early January) in order to allow singer Joacim Cans enough time to recover from an operation which he is due to undergo in December.
Here goes the statement of the band:
"After a couple of months of serious vocal problems, my doctor finally tracked down the root of all evil. On my right vocal cord he found a polyp that affected both my speaking and singing voice. Lately I have lost almost one octave of my natural (high) range and I can promise you that it's been very frustrating. So, next week it's time for my doctor's magic hands to sharpen the scalpel and do surgery on 'my precious' cords. After the surgery I have to shut up for at least seven days — gonna be hard! — followed by some professional vocal training in order to build up the strength again. The tour will start as planned in Denmark on January 18, but unfortunatelly the shows in Finland have been postponed to a later date and all promotional work including me have been cancelled."
Swedish death metallers Dismember have cancelled their previously announced West Coast tour with Grave. Here goes the statement of the band:
"The US tour is cancelled due to financial reasons. The band is really sorry for this and has already started working on a new US tour for the spring of 2007 to make up for the lost dates. More info will come soon."
The trek, which was originally slated to be headlined by Entombed, was scheduled to kick off December 1 in Hollywood, California.
Italian gothic metal band Theatres Des Vampires will release a new double CD, "Desire Of Damnation (The Addiction Tour)", in February 2007 via Plastic Head/Blackend Records. The set will include a CD with the audio version of the recently released DVD (Plastic Head Video) and a separate disc with four new studio songs, three remixes, one special version of a medley featuring "Vampyrica" (2001) and "Suicide Vampire" (2002), performed by the tenor voice Franco Carta (Vampyre Dionysus) and arranged and directed by composer Stefano Lazzoni.
To promote this new album, Theatres Des Vampires will play several shows all around Europe next year. A release party will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2007 at Slimelight in London.
According to a post on Macbeth's official website, the band is currently writing their new album. The songs are 90% done and the band will enter the studio next month in order to start recording. Macbeth's 4th album is scheduled for release in spring 2007.
Portuguese gothic metal act Moonspell will issue a special-edition CD/DVD version of their latest album, "Memorial", on December 4 in Portugal.
Regarding this event, the band has issued some details concerning the release (in Portuguese) at the band's official website.
Swedish thrashers The Haunted have been confirmed as main support for Killswitch Engage on their European tour, set to take place January-February 2007.
As a result, The Haunted will be forced to postpone the majority of its previously announced European headline dates. "Don't worry, we're not canceling — just postponing," the band says in a statement. "Look out for new headline dates later in 2007."
Dates and locations are as follow:
Jan. 07 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Jan. 08 - Glasgow, SCO @ Barrowlands
Jan. 10 - Dublin, IRE @ Ambassador Theatre
Jan. 11 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
Jan. 12 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy
Jan. 13 - London, UK @ Brixton Academy
Jan. 14 - Bristol, UK @ Academy
Folk Doom metal band Silent Scream Of Godless Elegy (Czech Republic) have posted a live video of 'Tanczylabym' online, taken during their Master Of Rock open-air 2006 performance. The song comes off the band's 2006 EP release "Osamelí".
You can download it here or watch it via YouTube here.
German Heavy metallers Grave Digger have put two new songs from their upcoming album "Liberty Or Death" online at their unofficial MySpace.
The songs are called 'Liberty Or Death' and 'Ocean Of Blood' and are the first two songs of the album, which will be released on 12 January 2007. More info about the album here.