"Just got word a few days ago that The Angelic Process mastermind K. Angylus passed away around the end of April (pretty much exactly a year after the creation/release of the monumental "Weighing Souls With Sand" album). Very sad (and shocking) news indeed that took us off guard, especially considering the visionary and amazing musician this man was and how he conjured up one of the greatest triumphs in the Profound Lore catalog; namely "Weighing Souls With Sand". Cause of death is of course speculative, so we won't get into any of this, but nonetheless we of course appreciated the man Kris was; as a musical perfectionist, he was also one of the most humble and sincere persons we have had the pleasure to deal with. Condolences to those close to him... Godspeed..."
Belgian Heavy metal band Gitaron have announced they've changed their line up once more. The word from the band is that in may 2008, Gitaron decided to continue without guitar player Aaron Onghena. Shorlty after the departure of Aaron, also drummer Tom Willems decided to leave the band due to personal reasons. His place was taken over by Freddie Vandenberghe, brother of bass player Wilfried. The new guitar player is David Van Gompel.
The statement from the band reads as follows:
"Tom Willems has decided to leave the band due personal reasons. We want to thank him for the time he spend with Gitaron and wish him all the best. In the meantime, Freddie Vandenberghe will take over his drumming duties. Welcome Freddie!"
Guitarist Gavin Harper has issued the following statement on the band's myspace page:
I'm very sad to report that Wilson has informed us last night that he is unable to continue in Alestorm due to a heavy touring schedule and a career that unfortunately leaves little room for time off.
The parting has been on excellent terms and there is no bad blood whatsoever, I, and all of Alestorm/Napalm Records wish Wilson the best of luck in his chosen path and we understand his decision completely.
We have got an excellent drummer filling Wilson's big shoes and has already proven himself as the perfect choice for the new Alestorm Drummer.
Details will be posted in the coming days after meetings have taken place with both band and record label on Monday in London.
Amon Amarrth have posted the following update on their official website:
"This weekend we are off to that magical island called the UK for a show at legendary Donington Park and the Download Festival. It's sure to be a full weekend of mayhem - and then some - as we're also doing an appearance on the Metal Hammer Awards after party before we return to Stockholm on Tuesday.
In other news we are completely finished with the recording of the new album and Jens (Bogren - producer) has started the mixing process. If everything goes to plan, the mixing will be done by the end of next week and we are confident that this will be a killer album."
Songtitles to be included on the album are "Guardians Of Asgaard", "Live For The Kill" and "Tattered Banners And Bloody Flags".
"The unstoppable Montreal killing machine, Cryptopsy, are currently wrapping up a very successful European tour that will immediately lead them into this year's crushing Summer Slaughter North American touring package.
This trek marks their first stateside run in support of their career defining release, "The Unspoken King", which could quite possibly also be their most brutal, yet dynamic offering. The much anticipated new effort is set for a June 24th release.
Cryptopsy recently shot a new video with acclaimed director David Brodsky (GWAR, Soilent Green) for the album's vicious opening cut "Worship Your Demons." The clip captures the band's unrelenting, frenetic stage energy and it is sure to catch your attention. It made its exclusive, online debut through the Headbangers Ball Blog today and premieres on MTV2 this Sat. night. Click here to check it out now."
Danish metallers Hatesphere have issued the following update:
"Mid-June we will enter Antfarm Studios here in Aarhus, Denmark, together with Tue Madsen (who also mixed our two latest albums) to record two new tracks. This will be the first recordings to feature the new line-up, and Tue will mix the whole lot, so it will be ready in the end of June. So for all of you who are anxious to hear the new material - the wait is over. Expect to hear the first samples beginning of July!"
For the impatient ones check out these two Youtube-clips of the new songs:
"Chaos broke out recently when Virginian thrashers Municipal Waste paid a visit to a nuclear power plant. Needless to say, the power plant couldn't handle the sheer energy of the band and the building started to collapse, causing toxic waste to leak into the local water supply with some rather unsettling results.
There couldn't be a scarier thought, but luckily for us, this didn't actually happen. This tale of terror sets the scene for Municipal Waste's gory new music video for the track "Sadistic Magician", which comes off the band's 2007 Earache Records album, "The Art Of Partying".
Filmed at the Hyperion Sewage Treatment Plant in Playa del Ray, California, the "Sadistic Magician" video was directed by Jeff Speed of 1134 Films and produced by Carolyn Vye of The Vault LA (Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Madina Lake) and features Municipal Waste doing what they best - thrashing it up and laying waste to everything around them!
Check out Artistdirect.com right now to see the premiere of the new video for "Walk With Me In Hell"! All the footage from this new video was taken from the upcoming Lamb Of God double DVD "Walk With Me In Hell" out July 1st everywhere.
U.K. metallers Bolt Thrower have issued the following update:
"We've spent the last year trying to write songs for a new album, planning to go into the studio this summer, unfortunately, after a lot of thought, we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone the recording indefinitely. We know everybody says that their new album is better than their last, but with us we really believed that. From day one we made it clear that we'd stop recording when we felt we'd written the ultimate Bolt Thrower album, we just never knew when that would be, we kind of took for granted that each release would get better and better. But we have realised now that our last release, "Those Once Loyal" turned out to be that album, and basically the new stuff we have written just doesn't match up to it. We have a lot of pride in our back catalogue, and we refuse to turn into one of the many bands (like the ones we grew up listening to) who end up releasing crap, and we're also not prepared to compromise by instead releasing an album of cover versions or a 'best of' album. Sorry to disappoint those of you looking forward to hearing new Bolt Thrower songs, but we always said that we would never release anything we weren't happy with or that, in our view, didn't at least match up to our previous work.
Regain Records has launched a new and dedicated Lord Belial MySpace page featuring a streaming version of one track - "Sworn" from the Swedish black metallers' eighth studio spinner "The Black Curse", which will see a September release. According to their MySpace hype, this will be the album that qualifies them for the Champion's League of Swedish Black Metal.
As has been in metal news, Regain will re-release the old Lord Belial demos this month on one CD called "Ancient Demons". According to a press release, "Ancient Demons" are awesome on their own as something to crank up and revel in the old-school vibe, as well as a document of a watershed era in the history of extreme music, one that has yet to be topped for sheer creativity and boundary destroying."
"Aborted's entire new album "Strychnine.213" will be exclusively streamed at their MySpace page from June 13th, 2008 on for one week! So, make sure you don't miss the chance to check out this deadly masterpiece.
Furthermore, the "European death metal butchers" have posted live footage plus a short backstage interview filmed at Neurotic Death Fest in Tilburg (NL) on May 30th, 2008 online. So, if you are ready for some intense live devastation, follow this link.
Easily the band's most diverse and intense effort to date, "Strychnine.213" will be released all across Europe via Century Media Records on June 23rd, 2008 in a special O-card packaging with alternate cover artwork and a blistering cover of "Slaughtered" (originally by Pantera) as bonus track."
Aussie grinders The Berzerker have announced UK tour dates. Also, they yesterday (June 11) posted some details about their new release - their fifth studio album "The Reawakening" which will not be available in stores. The tour dates are listed on the band's profile, and here's a reminder of them;
UK Tour Dates:
25/06 The Attic - Sawyers Venue - Kettering, Northamptonshire
26/06 Junktion 7 - Nottingham
27/06 TJ's - Newport, Wales
28/06 The White Rabbit - Plymouth
29/06 Ghostfest - Leeds, England
30/06 Ivory Blacks - Glasgow, Scotland
01/07 Queens Hall - Nuneaton
02/07 The Underworld - London
05/07 Groundzero Festival (DJ performance) - Bussloo, Holland
19/07 Folkets Park - Trelleborg, Sweden
Keep Of Kalessin's recently shot video for the track "Ascendant" in Gothenburg, Sweden with director Patrick Ullaeus (who has previously worked with such bands as Dimmu Borgir, Sonic Syndicate, and In Flames) is now available for worldwide viewing!
Watch the video at MySpace Metal.
According to the band, it is a "…performance video shot on white screen / green screen" and "…will be one of the 'baddest' metal videos of 2008!"