"Morning Glory Clouds (In Manus Tuas Domine)", a brand new track from the Portuguese Dark-Rock/ Metal outfit Heavenwood, is available for exclusive streaming on the band's MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/heavenwood. The song comes off the band's new album, Abyss Masterpiece, which will be released on March 14 via Listenable Records and is already available for pre-orders at http://shop.listenable.net/product.php?id_product=2060. The follow-up to 2008's Redemption was produced by Ricardo Dias & Heavenwood and was mixed & mastered by Kristian "Kohle" Kohlmannslehner at Kohlekeller Studios, Germany. In related news, Heavenwoodhave announced the addition to their line-up of Paulo Chanoca (DEMON DAGGER/ DECREPIDEMIC) as new session bass-player.
DragonForce bassist Frédéric Leclercq will play with Sabaton - but only for their World War Tour 2011.
Sabaton explain the situation as follows:
"Our old friend and companion from the band DragonForce will take over on guitars from Rikard during the upcoming World War Tour in Europe. This is since Rikard has decided to multiply himself and will have his first kid at this time. Of course its the highest wish of Sabaton to tour with all six members but this time Rikard wanted to pass and to ensure that the fans that come to these shows will get a good show we wanted to bring in a person with both great musical talent as well as a great stage act together with a chemistry that we know fits in Sabaton. We are sure that Frédéric is that person.
Black Country Communion - the hard-rock supergroup featuring vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (ex-Black Sabbath, ex-Deep Purple), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), and blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa - have confirmed their as-yet-untitled sophomore effort will be released in June. A tour in support of the album will coincide with its release.
Black Country, the debut album of Black Country Communion was released in September last year. The band's killer single "One Last Soul" is currently streaming at this location.
Black Country cover art] tracklist:
01. Black Country
02. One Last Soul
03. The Great Divide
In case you haven't heard, Dew-Scented parted ways with guitarist Martin Walczak late last year. The band has however found a temporarily replacement just in time for their European Tour with Nile later this month: Michael Hankel of Holy Moses will be taking over rhythm guitar duties for the tour.
Commented Dew-Scented: "We have known Michi for several years now and are certain he will compliment the band in a great way for the coming shows!"
Michael "Michi" Hankel added: "I am proud to let you know that I am joining Dew-Scented for their upcoming European Tour. I have liked these guys and their material since many years and in my opinion Dew-Scented are a real challenge for all Thrash Metallers. Their songs are sounding heavy now and will kick you right in the face... I am truly looking forward to meeting you all on this amazing tour!"
January 11th, Stratovarius didn't perform in Paris as expected. They went on stage with promoter Oliver Garnier to announce that although this particular date was supposed to be a real party due to Jörg Michael being back in the band after his first therapy against cancer, Timo Kotipelto had been suffering from food poisoning since some time before Christmas. Although they tried everything that was possible, he was still unable to sing a single note, he said.
After the announcement, roadies cleared the stage that they had so carefully set for Stratovarius, allowing rumors that they had indeed hoped to perform until the very last minute.
Stratovarius is currently embarked in a European with German power metallers Helloween. It hasn't been stated when Stratovarius would be performing again, so it is to believe that they won't take the stage on Thursday January 12th in Lyon, France, as well.
Bloodbound are pleased to announce the addition of bassist Anders Broman to their ranks!
The band commented: "We're very excited to have Anders in the band and we are looking forward to working with him. He is adding his own flavor to the band as well as being a very powerfull player and live performer."
Former bass player Johan Sohlberg decided to leave the band and focus on his career and family. The break-up was on good terms.
The band commented: "We are sad to see Johan leave the band, he has been a great member of our family and a strong character always keeping the spirit high. We wish him the best of luck in the future with his career and family."
Time for your weekly update on Mike Portnoy! In only a matter of months the legendary musician went from ex-Dream Theater drummer to ex-Avenged Sevenfold drummer to drummer in a, err, Beatles cover band, called Yellow Matter Custard. Srsly!
After having had such a fun experience the first time around in 2003, Mike Portnoy, Paul Gilbert (Paul Gilbert, Racer X) and Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock's Beard) are reuniting once again to pay tribute to their greatest influence of all: The Beatles!
Due to a scheduling conflict (and further fueling the "Paul is dead" rumours), original YMC bassist Matt Bissonette is unable to join the band this time, but Yellow Matter Custard is pleased to announce the addition of Utopia legend Kasim Sulton who will surely be an amazing addition to the line-up.
Time Is Up, the follow-up to Denver-based Havok's 2009 debut, Burn, will be released via Candlelight Records on March 29, 2011.
Featuring ten tracks mixed by the legendary James Murphy, the record immediately showcases the band's collective penchant for writing mammoth thrash anthems and the flawless musicianship that's come from the last year's worth of tireless live performances.
Havok will kick off their first tour in support of Time Is Up next month as support for Florida death metallers Malevolent Creation. Tour dates are available at this location.
Time Is Up tracklist:
01. Prepare For Attack
02. Fatal Intervention
03. No Amnesty
05. Covering Fire
06. Killing Tendencies
The Embodiment Of Paradox And Chaos is the title of third studio album by grindcore "supergroup" Lock Up. The new album, tentatively due this spring via a yet to be determined record label, was recorded at the end of the last year at HVR Studios in Ipswich, UK and is scheduled to be mixed later this month.
A new track, "Life Of Devastation", set to appear on an upcoming split seven-inch single with Misery Index, can be streamed at the band's MySpace.
The contemporary Lock Up line-up looks as follows:
Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Brujeria, Venomous Concept) - bass
Nicholas Barker (ex-Cradle Of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir, Benediction) - drums
Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, ex-Nightrage, The Great Deceiver) - vocals
Sons Of Aeon has uploaded three brand-new songs online. The tracks are called "Weakness," "Seeds of Destruction," and "Burden" and are available for streaming/free download at the band's website.
The drums were recorded at Studio Watercastle in Jyväskylä, Finland by Arttu Sarvanne, while guitars and bass were recorded at Sons Of Aeon's home studio and the vocals were handled by Teemu Liekkala. The mixing and mastering was taken care of by Antti Malinen.
The Finnish-based metal band features ex-Swallow The Sun drummer Pasi Pasanen, Ghost Brigade guitarist Wille Naukkarinen and Ghost Brigade guitarist Tommi Kiviniemi on bass. The line-up is completed with Code For Silence vocalist Tony Kaikkonen and Tapio Vartiainen on guitars.
Following the recent commotion concerning a lawsuit for copyright infringement filed by Rammstein, Apocalyptica have now released a statement clarifying the events:
"The article's headline Anwalt24.de, ed.] is substantially wrong: neither the band Apocalyptica nor their management are or were involved in the described lawsuit. However, the parties involved are the band Rammstein and Sony Music Entertainment GmbH, as the successor of the by now defunct affiliated label "Gun Records".
Apocalyptica and Halbe Miete Management regret the events, but neither had any influence on a violation of trademark and naming rights, nor any part in whatsoever resulting agreements.
It is correct, that "Gun Records" published advertisements with the stated endorsement disregarding existing agreements, and the band Rammstein subsequently filed a lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment GmbH as the parent company. It is furthermore correct, that Sony Music Entertainment GmbH and Rammstein have agreed on a settlement. The details of which, however, are unknown to Apocalyptica and Halbe Miete Management. We ask that further articles on the topic correctly reproduce the facts."
Today Is The Day are set to enter the studio any time soon to start the recordings of their Black Market Activities debut. The band will be recording in March with Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou. A summer release is expected.
Afterwards, Today Is The Day will do a European tour in support of the album. Dates have yet to be announced. The band has also been confirmed for the Roadburn Festival on Thursday April 14th in Tilburg, The Netherlands.