Bassist Frankie Sparcello of reactivated New Orleans groove metallers Exhorder has passed away yesterday (Tuesday, March 22nd). More information will be made available shortly.
Sparcello joined Exhorder prior to the recording sessions for the band's sophomore album, The Law, released in 1992. The group broke up a short time later and reformed with its original lineup a few years later (and repeated that process a couple of times). Sparcello rejoined Exhorder in 2009 and was scheduled to perform with the band at this year's Maryland Deathfest IX, set to take place May 26-29, 2011 at Sonar in Baltimore.
Guitarist Adam Zaars (also in Tribulation) has quit Swedish traditional heavy metal band Enforcer.
Adam Zaars issued the following statement: "After 5 years, 2 albums and almost 200 gigs in the band I have decided to tread new paths in life hence leaving Enforcer behind. I made this decision in January and told the band in China, on the way home from a truly memorable visit in South Korea and Japan. A good ending I figured. The decision was inevitable, yet of course a difficult one to make. I would like to thank the rest of the guys in the band for everything we've been through, the trials and the tribulations and the simply good times. I would also like to thank all the people that have helped us through the years. I want to wish Enforcer all the best for the future!"
Following a lengthy European tour earlier this year, Norwegian metallers Mortiis will once again team up with Combichrist for another round of live dates in the UK this summer.
Said mainman Mortiis: "We haven't played the UK in a while. It feels great to finally be able to get back over there and meet some old friends and hopefully gain some new ones. The European tour with Combichrist was a blast so we know this one will be, too."
Mortiis + Combichrist - UK Tour:
June 28 - Southampton, UK @ Talking Heads
June 29 - Leamington Spa, UK @ The Assembly
June 30 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
July 01 - Glasgow, UK @ The Classic Grand
July 02 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
July 03 - London, UK @ Koko
"Path Of The Beam", a brand-new track from US progressive metalcore band Becoming The Archetype, has been made available for streaming, exclusively at Noisecreep.
Another new track, called "The Magnetic Sky", is still streaming at this location.
"Path Of The Beam" and "The Magnetic Sky" come off the band's upcoming new album Celestial Completion, which will be released on March 29th through Solid State Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
Magnus Martinsson (ex-Insision), live guitarist for Swedish death metal band Grave, won't be joining the band on their upcoming Metal Chainsaw Massacre Tour.
Commented the band: "Due to some unforeseen reasons, our live guitarist Magnus Martinsson will not join us for the Metal Chainsaw Massacre Tour now in March/April. Therefore, we've recruited Mika Lagreen from Facebreaker to step in and he's been doing one hell of a job so far at rehearsal! Welcome Mika!"
All Metal Chainsaw Massacre tour dates were previously reported over here.
The Discovery, the new album from US progressive deathcore act Born Of Osiris, is now available for streaming in its entirety at Facebook (you'll need to "like" the band, in case you didn't already, to listen to the stream).
The Discovery will be released today, March 22nd, through Sumerian Records.
The Discovery tracklist:
01. Follow The Signs
06. Two Worlds Of Design
07. A Solution
08. Shaping The Masterpiece
10. Automatic Motion
11. The Omniscient (An Interlude)
12. Last Straw
In other news, "Recreate", the new video from Born Of Osiris, can now be watched below.
Vader have recently parted ways with former Christ Agony bassist Tomasz "Reyash" Rejek. Due to "family matters," also drummer Pawel "Paul" Jaroszewicz will leave the band. However, he'll still be laying down tracks for the band's new album, Welcome To The Morbid Reich, and taking part in the group's already confirmed concerts in summer.
Mariusz Kmiołek from Massive Music Management released the following statement on behalf of the band: "New musicians, some changes and, hopefully, new great news - hence the new opening in the band. The beginning of the year was marked with Peter's decision about line-up reshuffle - he thanked Reyash for two-years' cooperation. The band and Reyash parted their ways because the latter recently failed on many fields. The main reason for this news is also his statement about reasons for leaving the band which are not true.
Danish melodic doom metal band Saturnus have recently parted ways with Firebox Records and are currently seeking a new label home. The band has also added two new members, namely Henrik Glass on drums and Mattias Svensson as the band's new rhythm guitarist.
Vocalist Thomas A.G. Jensen commented as follows: "Saturnus has been through a major transition due to a necessary line-up change arising from different views on how things needed to be run. This put the brakes on the bands progression for so long that eventually something had to break or otherwise we would inevitably have split up. We love playing live whenever we can and right now we want to do it more than ever to follow on and raise our profile once again to echo the success of our last album, Veronica Decides To Die, and previous efforts.
Norwegian melodic power metallers Pagan's Mind have inked a deal with SPV/Steamhammer for the release of their fifth studio album, Heavenly Ecstasy.
Heavenly Ecstasy will be released on May 20th in Germany, on May 23rd in the rest of Europe and in June on North American territory.
One of the new tracks, called "Intermission", was already made available for streaming over at this location.
Guitarist and producer Jørn Viggo Lofstad says: "After considering offers from various labels, we decided to be a part of the new SPV family. Signing with such a respected label gave us the spark to come up with what we think is the most cohesive album we have done, and probably our best offering so far. We can't wait to get back in action and present these songs to you all."
Skeletonwitch have tapped drummer Tony Laureano for their upcoming spring dates and to play on their upcoming as-yet-untitled new album, due out this fall.
Laureano, who's played for acts such as 1349, Nile, Dimmu Borgir, Massacre, Angelcorpse and more, will be replacing the recently departed, Derrick "Mullet Chad" Nau, who is returning to art school and further pursuing his art career.
Guitarist Scott Hedrick commented: "Our good friend Tony will be playing drums on our April tour, new album, and for the foreseeable future. We're fucking stoked to have a drummer of his caliber and experience on board. He's a beast behind the kit and a great fucking guy as well. You can't ask for more than that!
Audio samples of all tracks set to appear on the new Scar Symmetry album The Unseen Empire are available on Amazon.co.uk.
The Unseen Empire will be released on April 15th through Nuclear Blast Records.
The Unseen Empire tracklist:
01. The Anomaly
02. Illuminoid Dream Sequence
03. Extinction Mantra
04. Seers Of The Schaton
05. Domination Agenda
07. Rise Of The Reptilian Regime
08. The Draconian Arrival
09. Alpha And Omega
In other news, a song-by-song analysis with Scar Symmetry drummer Henrik Ohlsson can be watched below.
Due to the current situation in Japan following the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, Japanese neoclassical power metal/J-Rock outfit Versailles have postponed their previously announced spring tour dates till May.
The new dates are now as follows:
May 04 - Saitama - Heavenfs Rock Saitama Shintoshin
May 05 - Saitama - Heavenfs Rock Saitama Shintoshin
May 11 - Kanagawa - Yokohama BAYSIS
May 15 - Osaka - Esaka Muse
May 16 - Osaka - Esaka Muse
May 18 - Saitama - Heavenfs Rock Kumagaya
May 20 - Aichi - Nagoya Electric Lady Land