Nightwish kicked off its current US tour on October 15 at Jaxx in West Springfield, Virginia. The band revealed via their website the details of their upcoming spring 2008 North American run, which is scheduled to kick off in early May 2008.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
May 05 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
May 06 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
May 07 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
May 09 - Quebec City, QUE @ Centre De Foire
May 11 - London, ONT @ Cowboy's
May 14 - Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
May 15 - Regina, SK @ The Drink
May 16 - Edmonton, AL @ Starlite Room
May 17 - Calgary, AL @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
May 19 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar
May 20 - Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Centre
Special announcement, from the official W.A.S.P. website:
"Dear fans, please DO NOT bring any cameras into the shows this fall as it is strictly prohibited to take pictures or recordings of the performance of W.A.S.P. Security Personnel at every venue will confiscate any cameras (including digital cameras and mobile phones with ability to record) from you before entering the venues. Please respect this request and enjoy the evening with The Crimson Idol.
Inquiries have been made as to whether The Crimson Idol will be performed only in select locations. The Crimson Idol Event will be performed every night in each of the cities in the Tour Schedule. After the Crimson Idol has been performed the band will take a 10 minute intermission and return to perform all the great W.A.S.P. classics you know and love."
UK Power Metallers Power Quest have announced the following news:
"After keeping everyone in suspense for so long we are proud to announce that Power Quest have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records! We are extremely excited about the prospect of working with Thomas Steindl, Thomas Caser and all the staff at the label!
And of course...recording starts this week on the fourth PQ album "Master of Illusion"
Steve Williams and Steve Scott have just returned from the final pre-production sessions at the Power Quest rehearsal headquarters in Vicenza, Italy. Tracks have now been selected for the album and recording will begin at Remaster studios on October 25th."
The following update was posted on Battlelore's MySpace page:
"Hellos all! Thanks for reading my blurbs and keep those comments coming.
First of all, we have been working on the new songs lately and at the moment we actually have some 10 songs in very good "skeleton-phase". Looks extremely positive so far. The music is getting a few steps back in our history and a few steps forward to the future... At the moment it seems that there will be bigger, more epic parts in the vein of "Sword's Song" but also more harder, heavier parts in the vein of "Evernight". I'm quite sure that you fans won't be disappointed with this one. The album should be out sometime in June/July/August 2008.
"After the release of their great new album "Ghost Opera", Kamelot will hit the road again and will do shows in main areas of Europe. The album entered a lot of charts in different countries. For example: Norway #25, Sweden #29, Finland #35, USA #48 Indie, Netherlands #51, Germany #61, France #83, Switzerland #83, Greece #23, Japan #13, UK #24 Indie.
With the success of the "Ghost Opera" album fans are demanding more, more, more! Melodic metal masters Kamelot return to select Europe cities for a once in a lifetime tour and stage show. Bringing with them as special guests the Greek heavyweights Firewind and the Austrian/American female fronted group Visions Of Atlantis, this package will be one of the highlights of the year.
Pelican has officially announced the impending release of their "After the Ceiling Cracked" DVD + 3" CD. Here's a rundown from the band:
"For those who do not know, the DVD's centerpiece is a full concert in London from December of 2005 documented by four camera people with Jesu mastermind Justin Broadrick manning the console for both the live and recorded sound mix. The DVD is chock full of photos and songs from several other shows spanning our career. The 3" CD is the digital version of the tunes from our recently released 'Pink Mammoth' 10" EP with an additional collaborative version of the title track featuring contributions from our boys in "These Arms Are Snakes". The whole thing is rounded out by yet another gorgeous layout courtesy of Aaron Turner."
"The rock-n-sad chart breakers Lacrimas Profundere return in 2008 to record the follow-up to the highly successful "Filthy" album. Lacrimas will again work with renowned producer John Fryer (HIM, NIN) to complete this latest release expected in February 2008. Expect a melancholic masterpiece full of surprises."
Following a six-year hiatus, Martin Schirenc plans Hollenthon's triumphant return in the spring of 2008 with the long overdue follow-up to the highly acclaimed With Vilest of Worms to Dwell. Currently, the band is busy recording the new tracks in Schirenc's very own studio. The new material is much heavier, but still remains true to the bombastic orchestral and ethnic elements for which Hollenthon is known. A cover version of "The Tea Party" and artwork by Ralph Manfreda (Belphegor) complete this exciting package.
A few days ago, Exodus have issued the following announcement on their website:
"Exodus will not perform the announced Mexico shows on October 25th - 27th on their upcoming South American tour. The band was booked under false pretense by a promoter who failed to fulfill even basic requirements, logistically and financially.
It later surfaced that the promoter in question was involved in other show related controversies earlier this year when a world-known thrash metal band from Europe had to cancel a planned Mexico appearance last minute and advance tickets sold in Mexico were not refunded to the fans.
Exodus is sorry to let down their Mexican fans but after failing to meet several deadlines for deposits, airfares and supplying production information, the promoter made it impossible to realize those shows. As of today, six days to originally planned departure from the U.S., the band did not receive any information regarding equipment, lodging and internal transport; neither airfares nor guarantees were paid."
The following blog was posted on the British Funeral Doomster's MySpace Page:
''As you will have noticed, we have been quite slow with updates lately so I thought I will kickstart some more activity here. First the band news:
We are in the process of recording a two-song promo to send to labels for feedback. It will consist of two ultra epic, lengthy tracks that, although they retain the typical Pantheist flavour, will be more evolved in terms of atmosphere and execution. We hope to have a finished product by the end of this year. Any interested labels that would like to release a future classic in the dark doom genre and lose a lot of money along the way can contact us via the website or this myspace site for a copy of the promo.
Swedish Death Metal band Grave are currently working on material for their upcoming 8th studio album. As stated on their official website "The writing process has been going very good the past month and we already have some songs in the final stages. Release is scheduled to April/May 2008 on a label that we are very excited to start working with. More news on that soon.."
According to a posting on the Napalm Records website, Swedisch Gothic Doom Metal band Draconian have completed the recording of their fourth album tentatively scheduled for a Jan 2008 relase date. With producer Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studio (Katatonia, Amon Amarth) at the helm, the band delivers raw Doom elements combined with the soft vocals of female vocalist Lisa and the ethereal melody lines well-known to fans of Draconian.
To watch fan-filmed video footage of Draconian performing a new song at the Metal Female Voices Fest V on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium, click here.
According to the band's MySpace page, Therion mainman Christofer Johnsson has vowed to carry on with the group's North American tour even if vocalist Snowy Shaw is forced to sit out a few dates due to his passport being stolen in San Francisco, CA.
In a statement sent earlier today, Johnsson said, "Just want to correct what was just posted by Snowy. There is no risk at all that we will be canceling shows. He may lose a few shows, but we will carry on those without him with Thomas doing his vocal parts. Promoters and fans that travel far can be sure the shows will take place and the only reliable source for possible cancellations of shows is the official Therion web page."
We decided to let you into a sneak preview of the new album "Delusions" that's coming out early next year. There's three brand new samples up on our page for you to check out. A full song will be uploaded in a couple of weeks, so hopefully this will keep you going until then
We've gone for a far more progressive approach musically this time around, and Julie's voice has emcompassed a jazzy style that befits the nature of a lot of the material. These samples don't even come close to portraying the overall variation of styles and moods, but will hopefully give you a rough idea.
Returning from Japan marks the end of Zyklon's touring activities for "Disintegrate". Japan is always an awesome experience. We had amazing crowds, hospitality and, of course, lots of sake. Looking back on the general touring activities for "Disintegrate", we've seen many of the same clubs and people, but also some new places and a lot of new faces, which has been great. We made it back to the states, even if only for a one-off festival, we played the Roskilde festival, which was really cool opportunity for an extreme metal band like Zyklon, and we did a bunch of other European festivals, some smaller tours, etc. It's been a good run, and a particularly interesting one as Trym, Secthdamon and myself have also done a bunch of big Emperor shows during the same timeline. There have been both pros and cons to that situation, but all in all it's been very cool.