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Megadeth - Bassist David Ellefson Returns To Line-Up

Megadeth founder and frontman Dave Mustaine has announced the return of original bassist David Ellefson (1983-2002) to the iconic multi-platinum group. This reunion is appropriately timed to Megadeth's upcoming historic month-long Rust In Peace 20th anniversary tour which launches March 1 in Spokane, WA. At these incredibly special shows, Megadeth will play their landmark, genre-defining 1990 album Rust In Peace in its entirety, in addition to other Megadeth favorites.

"This shows the power of brotherly love and forgiveness," Mustaine says. "David Ellefson belongs in Megadeth. Next we are going to show you the power of getting your asses kicked...HARD!"

David Ellefson concurs: "This is a huge moment for all of us, band and fans alike. It is a great celebration of the music from one of the biggest landmark albums of our career."

Ellefson will join Mustaine and Megadeth band members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar) on tour in support of the group's current CD Endgame, which has received some of the highest critical accolades of the band's career.

"We'd like to thank James LoMenzo for several years of loyal service on the bass, and wish him the very best," Mustaine adds.

Band profile: Megadeth
Posted: 09.02.2010 by Bad English | Comments (55)

Kreator - Sign With Nuclear Blast Records

German metallers Kreator have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records.

Leader Mille Petrozza has issued the following statement: "We're happy to anounce that Kreator has just signed a new long- dated deal with Nuclear Blast! Based on a friendship with Andy Siry (head of A&R of Nuclear Blast) that lasted for decades we will now finally join forces on a professional level! Becoming a part of the Nuclear Blast-family means a lot to us and together with the world's biggest metal label we will conquer the future!"

Andy Siry (head of A&R of Nuclear Blast): "For me another 'thrash dream' has come true with the signing of Germany's finest and Europe's leading thrash legends Kreator! I still remember the day when I heard Endless Pain for the first time, I became a huge fan of the band. I have been following Kreator through their career and I built up a very good friendship with Mille. The last years I have been working very hard to make it possible that Kreator would join the Nuclear Family. Together we are looking into a very bright future in which we will be leading Kreator onwards to world domination!"


Band profile: Kreator
Posted: 09.02.2010 by SlaytallicA | Comments (23)

Skyforger - Sign With Metal Blade Records

Official press release

Since today Skyforger have a new label, which is Metal Blade Records!

We are currently mixing our new album Kurbads which will be released on Metal Blade worldwide.

Album is set for release the 23th/26th of April 2010 in Europe, 11th of May in North America. More details on the recording process and the album details will be announced shortly as well as a brand new song will be posted soon!

Stay tuned!

A short album video trailer (with new music!) can be seen on YouTube and Vimeo!

Furthermore, this saturday You can catch Skyforger live on Winterfire Festival!


Band profile: Skyforger
Posted: 09.02.2010 by Ellrohir | Comments (4)

Elexorien - New Vocalist Announced

Dutch metallers Elexorien have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:

"Hearken, proud Legions of the Blade, and hear our words, for we have been quiet for too long, now.

Allow us to share something with you.

Something out of the ordinary, really. A thing which fills us with great pride and honour, and which has changed our perspective for the better, from a reminiscent gaze at what we have achieved so far, to boldly looking ahead at a bright and splendorous future for Elexorien.

My friends, we have found our new singer!

Lotte - vocals

(pic by onderkrocht fotografie)

Nineteen years of age, she goes by the name of Lotte, and she will manifest baffling new definitions of sounding the siren call. Numerous events are being planned as we speak, so have no fear of missing out on an opportunity to behold us in full glory once more in the near future.

Exact dates and locations of said conquerings will be announced soon. We expect our Legion to be at its full strength, and present at all skirmishes.

As always, we are looking forward to rush into the fray side by side with you.

Salutations, mighty hails,
Lainedil, Liza, Bert, Merlijn, Wolve, Lotte."


Band profile: Elexorien
Posted: 09.02.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (8)

The Red Chord - Former Drummer Rejoins

US metallers The Red Chord have issued the following update on their official website:

"We will perform with our original drummer Michael Justian at all upcoming shows. Justian has not publicly performed with us since the Maryland Deathfest of 2004 and replaces our recently departed drummer, Brad Fickeisen.

Justian left the band at the end of 2003, joined Unearth in 2004 and also spent time filling in for Trap Them, Earth Crisis, Shai Hulud and 108 in the interim.

We wish Brad the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Says Mike McKenzie: "It's been great to be jamming with Mike again. His approach to drumming is truly unique and amazing. Even though it has been about six years since he has played this stuff, his playing is stronger than ever. We have rehearsed almost every day for the last month and we cannot wait to do this live again."

The first show with our adjusted lineup will be this Wednesday, February 10 at the Hideaway in Johnson City, Tennessee before meeting up with My Children My Bride, Chelsea Grin and Those Who Lie Beneath on the Burgers And Bowling Tour."


Posted: 09.02.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (1)

Avantasia - More Album Details Revealed

Original news, posted on 16.01.2010

More details are surfacing regarding the upcoming Avantasia double album The Wicked Symphony / Angel Of Babylon. The album will see a April 3, 2010 release date, and will be released as two separate albums, as well as in one box set as limited deluxe edition. Cover artwork for both albums was created by Thomas Ewerhard - known from his work for Edguy's Hellfire Club and Avantasia's The Scarecrow.

A list of confirmed guest musicians is shaping up as follows:

Klaus Meine (Scorpions)
Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen, Iced Earth)
Eric Singer (Kiss, Alice Cooper)
Michael Kiske (Helloween)
Jorn Lande (Masterplan, Ark, Millenium)
Bob Catley (Magnum)
Sascha Paeth
Felix Bohnke (Edguy)
Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody Of Fire, Sieges Even)
Russell Allen (Symphony X)
Jens Johansson (Stratovarius, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen)
André Matos (Angra, Shaaman, Viper)
Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad)
Cloudy Yang
Oliver Hartmann (At Vance, Hartmann)

UPDATE (thanks to Kallis Helmi)

On April 3, Avantasia will return with a new epic in two chapters, The Wicked Symphony and Angel Of Babylon. The tracklistings for each album are as follows:

The Wicked Symphony cover art] tracklist:

01. The Wicked Symphony
02. Wastelands
03. Scales Of Justice
04. Dying For An Angel
05. Blizzard On a Broken Mirror
06. Runaway Train
07. Crestfallen
08. Forever Is A Long Time
09. Black Wings
10. States Of Matter
11. The Edge

Angel Of Babylon cover art] tracklist:

01. Angel Of Babylon
02. Stargazers
03. Your Love Is Evil
04. Death Is Just A Feeling
05. Rat Race
06. Down In The Dark
07. Blowing Out The Flame
08. Symphony Of Life
09. Alone I Remember
10. Promised Land (Part 2)
11. Journey To Arcadia


Band profile: Avantasia
Posted: 08.02.2010 by Thryce | Comments (39)

Nominon - New Vocalist Announced

Swedish metallers Nominon have issued the following statement on their MySpace blog:

"Salute the hordes of darkness and despair...

The search for a damn frontman is now officially over! Let us introduce you to the guy behind the microphone; Henke Skoog.

Some of you suckers of the underworld might previously have take notice of his name, since he is also a member of the morbid deathsters Eviscerated.

Nominon 2010:

Witness the debut live performances of these deformed freaks during their upcoming mini-tour of Sweden in May 2010.

You will see blasphemy..."


Band profile: Nominon
Posted: 08.02.2010 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Burzum - New Album Samples Online

Audio samples of all the tracks that appear on Belus, the forthcoming album from Burzum, are available at this location.

Belus will be released worldwide on Byelobog Productions on the 8th March 2010.

Belus cover art] tracklist:

01. Lukans Renkespill
02. Belus' Død
03. Glemselens Elv
04. Kaimadalthas' Nedstigning
05. Besøk Til Kelio
06. Alvenes Dans
07. Alvegavene
08. Sverddans
09. Keliohesten
10. Morgenrøde
11. Belus' Tilbakekomst


Band profile: Burzum
Posted: 08.02.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (13)

Canvas Solaris - New Song Online

"Conveyance Of Flux", a new song from US metallers Canvas Solaris, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.

"Conveyance Of Flux" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Irradiance, which is scheduled for release in early May via Sensory Records.


Posted: 08.02.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)

Wuthering Heights - New Album Details And New Song Online

Danish metallers Wuthering Heights will release their forthcoming album, Salt, on the following dates:

April 12 - Europe (via Scarlet)
March 26 - Asia (Marquee/Avalon)
End of April - North America (Sensory)

Salt cover art] tracklist:

01. Away!
02. The Mad Sailor
03. The Desperate Poet
04. Tears
05. Weather The Storm
06. The Field
07. The Last Tribe
08. Water Of Life
09. Lost At Sea
10. Sympathy Uriah Heep cover]

Also a free MP3 of the song "The Desperate Poet" is available at this location.

More information about Salt can be found at this location.


Band profile: Wuthering Heights
Posted: 08.02.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (7)

Charon - Band Update

Finnish metallers Charon have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:

"New decade brings changes to Charon and now it's good time to update the situation. There have been rumours among Charon fans and followers about the future of the band. Playfully it could be said that Charon was not able to escape the cold grip of ongoing recession and had to go through re-organization and layoffs.

After taking some time out last summer we were not able to tune our engine to the needed pace for the studio sessions. We had written a bunch of new songs during the last couple of years but were not able to put them on record. After a long pondering and going through different alternatives, it was inevitable that we cannot output the next album in this mood of confusion. As a consequence guitarist Pasi Sipilä has left Charon.

Charon will continue playing and writing songs as a quartet. At the moment we are looking forward to new working methods and finding new ways to surprise our fans and to challenge bandmates with no boundaries on style or sound. We would like to thank Pasi for all his work for Charon during the years and wish him good luck with music!

We were glad to notice on our November gig that fans still believe in our work. It really kicks us forward and gives us a reason to continue. Hopefully we will meet again soon!

We wish all our fans and friends great and interesting new year 2010! Charon will be entering the studio in March to record couple of new songs. Brand-new track will be released in March at our website in free internet dowload!"

(Also thanks to MaSTeMa)


Band profile: Charon
Posted: 08.02.2010 by SlaytallicA | Comments (4)

Svartsot - New Album Title And Release Date Revealed

Danish metallers posted Svartsot the following update on their MySpace blog:

"We are proud to be able to announce the title and release dates of the forthcoming Svartsot album. The album is entitled Mulmets Viser (which translates to "Songs Of The Darkness"), and contains 12 tracks. A limited edition digipack boasting two bonus tracks and an alternative cover will also be available.

The tracklist is as follows:

01. Æthelred
02. Lokkevisen
03. Havfruens Kvad
04. Højen På Glødende Pæle
05. På Odden Af Hans Hedenske Sværd
06. Laster Og Tarv
07. Den Svarte Sot
08. Kromandens Datter
09. Grendel
10. Jagten
11. Lindisfarne
12. I Salens Varme Glød

And the release dates are:

24.03.10 - Spain
26.03.10 - GAS, Benelux, FRA, ITA, SWE
29.03.10 - Rest of Europ
06.04.10 - USA/Canada

Keep an eye on the official Svartsot's MySpace page for new details and features over the next couple of weeks..."

(Also thanks to Sjuk)


Band profile: Svartsot
Posted: 08.02.2010 by BudDa | Comments (3)

Requiem - Part Ways With Vocalist

Swiss metallers Requiem have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:

"After 13 years vocalist Michi Kuster has decided to leave the band due to family reasons. It's not possible for him anymore to take part of the busy band schedule.

Michi will play his two last shows with Requiem on 06.02.2010 at Kiff, Aarau (CH) and on 11.02.2010 at Dynamo, Zurich (CH) supporting Hypocrisy.

The whole band wishes him and his family all the best for the future. Requiem made the decision to continue as a three-piece band from now on."

New line-up (from left to right): Phil Klauser (guitars), Ralf Winzer Garcia (vocals/bass) and Reto Crola (drums)


Posted: 08.02.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)

Warrior Soul - European Tour Dates

Reunited US rockers Warrior Soul will embark on a European tour this spring.

Announced dates are as follows:

Mar. 25 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
Mar. 26 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
Mar. 27 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche
Mar. 28 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
Mar. 29 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
Mar. 30 - Stuttgart, Germany - Röhre
Mar. 31 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
Apr. 02 - London, UK - Islington Academy
Apr. 04 - Birmingham, UK - Academy 2
Apr. 05 - Sheffield, UK - Academy 2
Apr. 07 - Weert, The Netherlands - Bosuil
Apr. 08 - Hengelo, The Netherlands - Metropool


Event: Warrior Soul
Posted: 08.02.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)

Sevendust - New Song Online

"Forever Dead", a new song from US metallers Sevendust, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.

"Forever Dead" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Cold Day Memory, which is scheduled for release in the spring.

Cold Day Memory tracklist:

01. Splinter
02. Forever Dead
03. Unraveling
04. Last Breath
05. Karma
06. Ride Insane
07. Confessions (Without Faith)
08. Nowhere
09. Here And Now
10. The End Is Coming
11. Better Place
12. Strong Arm Broken


Posted: 08.02.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)