Theatres des Vampires announced their decision to take a break for really serious personal problems. In this statement posted on Theatres Des Vampires's website, keyboardist Fabian Varesi explained:
"Sonya has been having a nervous breakdown for a huge psychological stress linked to some really serious family problems. She cannot follow any planned activities this period cause her precarious health condition. We are really worried for Sonya's health and it would be almost impossible for us to carry on at this moment. We hope that all ours fans could understeand the reason for this temporary break."
Further news on Sonya Scarlet's health will follow as soon will be available.
Kalmah have posted the following message on their website:
"As many of you might have noticed there has been a media silence for a while in Kalmah camp and there is a reason. We have been writing material for the sixth Kalmah album which will be recorded during Spring 2009. Inspiration has not let us down and we have all in all five songs in the process. So where we are going with the new stuff? At this point all I can say we like the new songs and if we like them we know there will be some fans to feel likewise.
If you want to hear the new material be sure to get on board SpineFeast at sea. I'm pretty sure we will play at least one new song live."
German Heavy Metal band Rage have just revealed some details for their upcoming EP "Gib Dich Nie Auf" which will contain the German version of the songs "Never Give Up" and "Full Moon" as well as two bonus tracks, one brand new song and a video clip.
Tracklist "Gib Dich Nie Auf":
01. Gib Dich Nie Auf (German version of "Never Give Up")
02. Vollmond (German version of "Full Moon")
03. Never Give Up
04. Terrified (taken from the album "Nuclear Blast Allstars - Into The Light")
05. Lord Of The Flies (orchestral version)
06. Home (new song)
+ enhanced video clip "Refuge" (recorded live at Wacken Open Air 2007)
"Gib Dich Nie Auf" will be released on January 16th as a boxed set cover art] including Rage's latest album "Carved In Stone". The EP cover art] will also be available separately via the Nuclear Blast Mailorder
"We recently moved in to a new rehearsal studio in Los Angeles and we've been busy writing; some real good song ideas coming along; we'll keep you updated as the songs develop. We have an upcoming show at the end of this month at the Black Castle in Inglewood on Saturday, November 29th also on the bill will be Exmortus and Dreams Of Damnation, Scrapmetal, Dismantle and others! Should be a kick ass show. New A.S. merchandise coming soon to retail stores in the U.K. There's also some negotiations going on for some possible Agent Steel European festival appearances for 2009."
In October 1988 Samael released their auto produced 7" EP "Medieval Prophecy". 20 years later an official and strictly limited edition is now available on CD.
It contains all demos and rehearsals recordings prior to "Worship Him". Fully re-mastered and limited at 1'200 numerated copies, it comes as a deluxe digipack with rare graphics and liner notes and is only available through the Samael online shop. Release date is planed for 24th November 2008.
Hatesphere have issued the following short update:
"Due to the fact that Pepe is currently awaiting the birth of his first child we have been forced to postpone our show in Næstved on November 15th. Don't worry though, we will be back in Næstved, when the new album is released.
In other news we are proud to tell you that the new album is now done. Be prepared for a giant kick in the ass!!! More news soon..."
"The next album will be entitled "Riot Squad". The heaviest album of the band´s history is set for release late summer 2009. The phase of composing is over and finest thrashmetal songs like "Hollow Peace", "Dream Hero", "Rise In Rank", "Nothingness", "Psychofficial", "Timegrain", "Planet Terror", "Evolution Reset" are already partly recorded."
The band´s coverversion of Tankard´s "Zombie Attack" can be heard at this location.
Vocalist/guitarist Jim Malone has posted the following update:
"There is a lot going on in the land of ARSIS these days. For starters, we will be heading overseas in a few weeks for our first European tour ever where we have the pleasure of sharing the stage with Morbid Angel, Kataklysm, Marduk, and Keep Of Kalessin. We are all so excited for this! Since the departure of Noah Martin from the band, we have been performing with a new bassist named Nick Cordle. I can not say enough good things about Nick; he is truly an amazing musician. Aside from being a great bassist, he fucking rips on guitar. He is without a doubt one of the best musicians I have ever had a chance to play with. We would also like to thank Shawn Priest for playing drums with us for the past four months and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Starting with the European tour, we will be working with drummer David Kinkade, formerly of Malevolent Creation and Divine Empire. David also plays drums in Borknagar and I feel that we'll be working with him for a long time. He is one the most 'real' people that I have ever met. Look for Arsis on a headlining tour of The States in the late winter. Hope to see you at a show!"
A collectors edition Mastodonvinyl box set is set to be issued on November 18th via Relapse Records. This box set will be a one-time pressing strictly limited to 1,000 copies and include nine 180-gram LP's encapsulating the legendary band's entire history of recordings.
The box set will be cased in a heavy duty, foil stamped black box and include the following:
* The vinyl pressing of Mastodon's '06 Reprise debut "Blood Mountain" on expanded double LP.
* The band's critically-acclaimed 2004 release "Leviathan", expanded to double LP.
* The band covers of "The Bit" (Melvins), "Emerald" (Thin Lizzy), and "Orion" (Metallica).
Axxis have announced Alex Landenburg as the new drummer in the group. Commented on the band's official site:
"It took a long time…but now the search for a new drummer is over. Alex Landenburg is the new Axxis drummer. Due to the high number of applications of some really great drummers, it was not an easy choice for the Axxis guys to be made.
Harry Oellers (keyboards): "We were really spoilt for choice this time, with the level of the drummers being top notch, and it wasn't easy for us to turn the others down. With some of them we will keep in touch for other projects though."
Bernhard Weiß (vocals): "The shows we got to play with Alex were a lot of fun for us! He's a great guy and he just fits us both musically and personality wise! I'm looking forward to the next production where his drumming will add a new twist to our songs!"
"We regret to announce that our supporting appearance under Septicflesh is cancelled. For reasons beyond the band, we won't have the pleasure to perform under this great Greek death metal group, which we want to sincerely thank for the invitation and wish it all the best for January's show.
However, we will perform live again soon! We are happy to have been presented with the opportunity to play live with German neothrashers Dew-Scented, on February 27 at Texas Necropolis in Athens. This will be the last Suicidal Angels show for a while, as we will start production of our new album in early Spring, which we hope to release later in 2009. The songs are ready, we like them a lot and we can't wait to record and present them to all you maniacs out there!
Satyricon have made their upcoming single "Black Crow On A Tombstone" (which will be released on the 20th October) available for your listening pleasure, at this location (check it out in the player below that page).
The single is the first off the upcoming album "The Age Of Nero" which will be released on the 3rd November. All info about the album here.
UPDATE (thanks to ArtiA)
"Black Crow On A Tombstone", the new video from Satyricon can now be viewed at this location. The band also posted a "The Age Of Nero" song-by-song video online, which can be watched at the same location.
After a great long decade of silence, Swedish Melodic Black Metallers Algaion is back to the fold, reunited and preparations of a new full-length album are underway.
Previously busy on his stint with other bands (Hypocrisy, Pain, etc) and also currently in Swedish Power Metal band Morifade, Mathias Kamijo decided that it was time to resurrect the ghost of Algaion and brought it back to life in 2008 together with founding member Mårten Björkman.
New blood have since joined the Algaion camp, with current members from Coporation 187 (Viktor Klint and Robert Eng contributing on guitars and drums respectively) and Tobias Leffler (previously in Vergelmer and N.C.O) on bass.
In the meantime, the band signed a record deal with Pulverised Records. The label commented: "It is our great pleasure to have Algaion join the ranks of the Pulverised Records roster; we are very excited and definitely looking forward to a great working releationship with such a veteran class act!"
"This time we have a rather unusual "new signing" announcement. You know that Shining's Kvarforth is rather a moving soul in constant angst. Besides his official band and official (too many to mention) guestings and projects, he now has proven himself with quite of an effort: to "vocalise" a yet recorded instrumental "album". We are talking here about Norwegian psycho-doom monster Hjarnidaudi (MySpace), who released his début album in 2006 entitled "Pain:Noise:March", originally released on Paradigms Recordings."
Avantgarde Music mentioned this could be the first episode of a "Niklas Kvarforth presents:" serie, in which "our beloved chanteur re-interpreting and paying hommage to some key-albums of his existence". Together with the release of the album we will spread a real statement, written by Niklas himself, where you will understand more about the real spirit behind this release.