The band posted the following message on their official website:
"Yes it's finally time for us to enter the studio for our fourth full length album.
The date is set to the beginning of May and will take about 4 weeks. This time we have chosen to enter Studio Underground (Västerås). We have no doubts that the producer Pelle Saether will do an excellent job so we are really looking forward to this recording.
To all of you who wonder how the new album will sound I can only say this:
This album has by far the best material so far. It is going to be a bit harder then our previous albums but I think that all of you will enjoy it.
There are also going to be a couple of FESTIVALS this year.
WE ARE DONE! We are all done with the mixing of the new CD and we are now going to sit on it for about a week and make sure we are totally happy before mastering, which should be sometime next week! It has been so awesome to be back in the studio and we are really pumped about the new songs. Can't wait to get out and play them live!
ALLENTOWN, PA get ready because we are coming! We will be playing at this year Louder-Harder-Faster Festival(http://www.louder-harder-faster.com/) on June 4th at the Crocodile Rock Cafe. We have not been in PA in sometime and it will be good to see all of you!
The band posted the following announcement: "Guitarist Jensen has unfortunately been forced to leave the tour after the Lisboa show, due to urgent familiy matters back home in Sweden. The Haunted will however continue to do the remaining dates of the tour".
Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON have posted the following message on their official web site:
"Continuing the new way of writing and working on song arragements in remote places, Satyr just returned from another session held in a cabin by the sea on Norway's second biggest populated island. Now we are preparing for a test-recording for two new songs that will take place three weeks from now. The band has also managed to obtain an audio recording of the Pope's last rite held last night CET. We hope to make a song based around this recording and have Phil Spector produce it."
DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz has confirmed that MAYHEM's Jan Axel Blomberg (a.k.a. Hellhammer) will play on the next DIMMU BORGIR CD as a session drummer. In a posting on the band's official web site, Silenoz writes, "To get this rumor bullshit out of the way, we confirm that mercenary Hellhammer will be doing the drums for us as a session member on the next album. And that's that."
The Norwegian symphonic black metallers had previously utilized the services of NILE's Tony Laureano and Reno Kiilerich (PANZERCHRIST, EXMORTEM, VILE) as touring members following the departure of Nick Barker (ex-CRADLE OF FILTH) in early 2004.
DIMMU BORGIR recently announced plans to re-record their second album, "Stormblåst" (originally released in 1996 via Cacophonous Records) later in the year. No further information is currently available.
French epic metal band Seyminhol releases their new album Septentrion's Walk on 18th April 2005. The second album of the band will be released on Brennus/Musea Records and there will be two differents editions available: Double Digipack Collector Edition (CD1 : Septentrion's Walk, CD2 : unreleased title, clip... and other surprises...) and Cristal Box Edition. Both editions will be released at the same price.
Seyminhol - Septentrion's Walk
Part IV: Thorgis Last Peregrination
12 - The Christian's World's Death THroes?
13 - A Furore Normanorrum
1st Interlude: A Fatal Omen
14 - Laments Of King
15 - Return Of The Long Snake
16 - Veizla Oh Drykkja
Part V: When The North Is Raging
According to the official website of the band, Boosty Collins should replace John Myung during the next tour of Dream Theater…
Mike Portnoy said during an interview: John is a fan of Saturday Night Fever and he always tries to Dance like Travolta… But he is definitely better with a bass than on the Dance Floor… We will miss him during the tour but he cannot play with his injured leg … Bootsy will be perfect one to replace him…
Bootsy seems to be really happy to do this upcoming tour with the masters of the Progressive Metal and he promised to put some groove into the music of the Famous American "disco" Metal act.
Also, as an insight from the future tour, the band will play some Joe Dassin songs, remixed to be suited for Dream Theater.
ECJ Case/ No Future for Metal Music in Europe?
Two days ago, the European Court of Justice (CEJ), the highest court in Europe, gave a landmark decision, with consequences hard to envisage: at the request of the European Commission, in a legal action directed against the "European Federation of Dead and Black Metal Music Federation", based in the Isle of an (UK), the Court held it is proportionate and desirable to limit the access of the youngest generations to, as it was called, the "disruptive" music, invoking an old legal act, Regulation (EEC) no. 666/1966 regarding the use and selling of "some disruptive artistic products". Interesting enough, the Regulation was never used or invoked until these days, even if it was originally directed against hippie, blues & rock music.
Savatage - Near Future Re-issue of " Handful of Rain "
According to Jon Oliva, interviewed by the largest Belorussian daily newspaper "Novi Puti", Savatage is planning to re-release the "arranged" album "Handful of Rain". Mr. Oliva said it will be a fully new album, hip-hop oriented. Among others, it will feature Coolio and P. Daddy. To listen to a track from the album, "Chance", featuring Coolio in duet with Yokomuthou Ya Ka Miquy (a famous Japanese rapper), follow the link:
As it was reported yesterday late, V. Vikernes was visited in prison by Emma Bovary, the famous French top model and former lover, among others, of the soccer player Vieri, and, also, by representative of the Helsinki Committee, aiming to review the detention conditions of the convicted. Miss Bovary told to the press a petition was filed to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice for reducing the sentence. Vikernes was confident of a positive solution, leading his guests to the gates of the prison. He hasn't forgot to reaffirm his clear ideas on the superiority of the white race (…).
If things go as they were predicted, Vikernes could be released in late May.
Søren Kierkegaard, the former bassplayer of the Danish metal band was found dead. An eye whiteness of this tragic incident, Martin Heidegger, a friend of Kierkegaard, confessed to the police the guy was in serious troubles being accused repeatedly of drug-traffic.
Known as a genius musician, composer and instrumentalist, Kierkegaard's career went to the final moment when he was held in detention for drug selling.
Blaise Pascal, another friend of Kirekegaard, told to the Danish newspaper "Aarhus Posten": "I'm in a deep shock; how is this possible? We have already experienced a lot of tragic losses in the metal music… Simply, I don't have enough words to express what I feel now". Being questioned about the incident, Pascal expressed his concerns, and suggested the Russian mafia might have been into this.
Firebox Records has set an August 24 European release date for as-yet-untitled second album from Finnish melodic death/doom metallers Swallow The Sun. A single, "Forgive Her", will be released on April 13 exclusively in Finland. In addition to the nine-minute title track, the single features a cover version of the Candlemass classic "Solitude", with Magister Albert from Reverend Bizarre on vocals. . Two different versions of the album will be available; a standard release and a special two-CD version featuring the stylish video "Descending Winters" as well as possible live footage.
Swallow The Sun second album track listing:
01. The Giant (11:55)
02. Descending Winters (6:11)
"12 songs have been written so far and we're all extremely excited. Hopefully both old and new members of the IF-family will be pleased. Daniel will begin tracking drums in about 2 weeks and at the end of May we will have a new album finished. We'll keep you updated about what's going on in the studio.
As you know by now we're on Ozzfest this summer and it looks like a great bill this year with lots of METAL bands. Great to see that our friends in Soilwork, Haunted and Arch Enemy will be there with us to spread the Swedish sound. Can't wait to see you all in the dust and the heating sun.
"Comalies", LACUNA COIL's critically acclaimed album, has just surpassed the 200.000 U.S. SoundScan plateau. This marks the first time a Century Media artist has reached this illustrious benchmark. The accomplishment comes on the heels of the radio success of the powerful singles "Heaven's A Lie" and "Swamped" with the video-clips also exploding at numerous music TV stations worldwide. The group spent the past two years touring the US relentlessly with the likes of Anthrax, Opeth, P.O.D. and Type O Negative only to emerge as Ozzfest 2004's breakout artist after consistently outselling all other second stage acts each week while Europe was successfully toured with Sentenced and Moonspell. Led by the undeniably captivating Cristina Scabbia (vocals), the group garnered mainstream acclaim from such publications as Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and Stuff, among others.