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.
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:
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
12. I Salens Varme Glød
"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:
02. Forever Dead
04. Last Breath
06. Ride Insane
07. Confessions (Without Faith)
09. Here And Now
10. The End Is Coming
11. Better Place
12. Strong Arm Broken
Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice, the forthcoming album from Finnish hard-rockers HIM, is available for streaming online in its entirety at the band's MySpace page.
Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice will be released on February 9 via Sire Records.
Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice cover art] tracklist:
01. In Venere Veritas
02. Scared To Death
04. Dying Song
05. Disarm Me (With Your Loneliness)
06. Love, The Hardest Way
07. Katherine Wheel
08. In The Arms Of Rain
09. Ode To Solitude
10. Shatter Me With Hope
11. Acoustic Funeral (For Love In Limbo)
12. Like St. Valentine
13. The Foreboding Sense Of Impending Happiness
Arizona-based metallers Flotsam & Jetsam will embark on a European headlining tour in April.
Announced dates are as follows:
April 01 - Amesfoort, Holland - De Kelder
April 02 - Eindhoven, Holland - Dynamo
April 03 - Leeuwarden, Holland - Romein
April 04 - Oberhausen, Germany - Turbinenhalle
April 05 - Colmar, France - Le Grillen
April 06 - Bologna, Italy - Sottotetto Club
April 07 - Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra 1
April 08 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Live
April 10 - Tongeren, Belgium - De Velnix
April 11 - Istanbul, Turkey - Live Club
April 12 - Athens, Greece - Sin City
Swedish metallers Pain have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"We've created a place for all Pain headz to meet up and discuss everything from Pain songs and shows to Peters beard and how much money Johan spends monthly on hygiene hair products. Hopefully we'll be able to answer some of your questions, ask you questions, and maybe we'll get to know each other a little bit better. You'll find it at this location.
Pain will only visit one summer festival 2010. But it will feel and sound like fifteen, he he. We will put all the energy, all the songs, all the headbanging, all the lights, all the power, all the volume, and all the booze we usually spend on a whole summer into one show. Which one it is will be official later this month (February)
We are very excited to bring you these news! We are almost done writing the songs for the new album, and we couldn't be happier! There is a general feeling that this is gonna be a really great album. Every time I listen to ourselves playing the songs, I can't help smiling. We are totally into every little detail and small part to make this one of the best Angra albums ever.
The rehearsals are taking place at Ricardo's country house, near São Paulo. We don't have TV or internet, and phone signal is very poor, so we can't help but concentrate fully on the composition process, and this is intentional. We have a whole new set of challenges in the new arragements, since every part of them is being taken to the next level, both technically and musically.
Following the Funeral Nation tour headlined by Marduk and Anaal Nathrakh, UK based Black Metal band, Zebadiah Crowe, will release their new album in the UK on March 1, 2010.
The new album entitled: Grawl! The Many Deaths Of The Great Beast is Zebadiah Crowe's third release. The album was produced and recorded in the UK by Zebadiah Crowe's most infamous member, "The Horrid". The cover art design was done by artist Adrian Smith who has showcased his talent on Sci Fi and horror book covers all over the world, most notably The Black Library.
Grawl! The Many Deaths Of The Great Beast will be released by North American Extreme Metal label and global distributor Apocrypha Recogreerds.
It's the news that metal fans across the UK have been waiting for, for some time now - metal titans Arch Enemy are going to headline the UK... and they're bringing Sabbat & Enslaved with them!
Singer Angela Gossow checked in from the road to say a few words to the UK fans: "We strongly felt its time to visit the shores of The United Kingdom Of Heavy Metal again! We miss you, ladies and gentlemen! We only did the Bloodstock Festival in 2009. It was a fantastic gig and reminded us of why we love the Amott brothers' homeland so much. Even better, we are bringing the UK cult thrashers Sabbat with us and the Norwegian Sons Of Darkness, Enslaved! We will cook up a devastating setlist for this run and won't leave any prisoners behind ;-) Get ready for The Metal Hammer Meltdown attack!"
New York, NY Florida metallers Trivium are pleased to announce Nick Augusto as their new permanent drummer. Augusto was introduced to Trivium fans when he filled in behind the kit on last fall's "Into the Mouth of Hell We Tour" trek. He is now stepping in to permanently replace the departing Travis Smith.
Vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy commented: "We're really happy to have our good friend and fellow Floridian Nick Augusto join the Trivium family. Nick's drumming is very technical and diverse and he brings a real intense energy to the band and we can't wait for everyone to hear the new song, "Shattering The Skies Above", that we just recorded with Nick. I think it's the best Trivium recording we've ever done; it's raw, full of energy and I think Nick's drumming really pushed us to a new level."
Eparistera Daimones, the forthcoming debut album by Triptykon, the group founded by former Hellhammer/Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior, is not only musically a leviathan. Remarkably, the album will also feature the epic artwork by renowned Swiss artist H.R. Giger and New York-based surrealist Vincent Castiglia.
In an exceptionally rare gesture, HR Giger has granted Triptykon the use of his dramatic painting "Vlad Tepes" (work no. 412, 200 x 140 cm, acrylic on paper on wood, 1978). It is the artist's first authorized appearance on an album cover in 17 years, and the second time he collaborates with Warrior (following Celtic Frost's To Mega Therion album in 1985).
UK metallers Anterior have issued the following update on their MySpace page:
"Hey sexy people,
After a long time searching we have finally found a new drummer. If any of you saw us play in December the fine gentlemen behind the kit will now be joining the band full time. We would like to welcome James Cook into the band and are very excited to see what he adds to the fold.
He did a great job on our December tour with only a few rehearsals before hand. He is a great guy and an exceptional musician.
On this note we are still writing for the album and cannot wait to see what James can add to the new material. We will be going into the studio
in a few months time to record our second album to be released later this year on Metal Blade records.