"As some may or may not know, Jesper Strömblad has struggled for some time with alcoholic abuse, and decided to sit this one out (South America/Australia/Japan) in order to seek help and focus on rehabilitation and all that comes with it. We all talked about it and together with Jesper we chose to ask our longtime friend Niclas Engelin (Engel, ex-Gardenian), who helped us before, to complete the tour. We are all sad that it needed to come to this, but health comes first. Thanks for your understanding."
In other news, In Flames also won all three Bandit Rock Awards the band was nominated for, namely Best Swedish Band, Best Swedish Album and Best Swedish Live Band. The Bandit Rock Awards were held in Stockholm at Tyrol last Friday (January 30th). For more info, click here.
Anglo-Chilean thrash metallers Criminal have uploaded the track "21st Century Paranoia", from their upcoming album "White Hell", to their MySpace page.
"White Hell" will be released on February 27th, 2009 by Massacre Records. In Europe the album will be released in a limited edition including a bonus DVD, the contents of which will be announced shortly, while the South American version of the album will contain the bonus track "Hermanos Dementes".
UPDATE (thanks to Deadmeat)
Also "Crime And Punishment", another new song by Criminal is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
Mens Rea is an Israeli Hard Rock/Grunge group, consisting of four 25 year old members. The band plays original music that has already received plenty of acclamations. The band's songs have been played on Israel's national radio, and have created quite a buzz. The 1st song on the band's MySpace, entitled "Abandoned", was recently released, and is the group's best song yet (probably because of its amazing guitar line). In addition, "Abandoned" has been selected by JMG (Jewish Music Group) for a compilation called "Israel Unleashed", released last November in the United States, and distributed by Sony/BMG. A video clip has also been released for this song.
Danish metal band Urkraft have issued the following update on their official site:
"After 13 years of death metal we have decided to pull the plug.
We would like to express our gratitude to fans and friends who have supported us throughout the years, bought the records, showed up at gigs or even shared the stage with us.
We have achieved a lot of the things we hoped for when we started the band: album releases, lots of gigs and tours, beers and booze, good friends, and much more. There have been plenty of ups and downs, and as many other bands, we have taken our share of beatings from the music industry... nothing comes for free, so thank you and fuck you! To everyone else... cheers!
Nightwish have set the release for a new MCD and DVD in March, details are as follows: "Nightwish: "Made In Hong Kong (And Various Other Places)" MCD + DVD. The MCD was recorded during the still ongoing "Dark Passion Play World Tour". The release also includes a bonus DVD with material from Israel to South America, directed by Ville Lipiäinen. The tracklist of the MCD will be published later.
The band will be touring in March as well, see all dates here!
UPDATE (thanks to ArtiA)
Nightwish have revealed the tracklist of the upcoming MCD/DVD "Nightwish: "Made In Hong Kong (And Various Other Places)" cover art]:
Earache recording artists Municipal Waste are set to start work on recording their new, yet to be titled album this March at Red Planet Studios in their hometown of Richmond, VA. The album will be produced by Zeuss, who produced the band's last album, 'The Art of Partying'.
The writing process for the new record is almost complete and the band is excited about bringing new ideas to the table. Frontman Tony Foresta comments: "So far the song-writing is coming off a lot more aggressive than our previous efforts."
Drummer Dave Witte agrees: "This set of new songs are challenging and super fun to play; we turned up the aggression and speed knobs while keeping the good time intact."
The following statement was posted by Cryptopsy guitarist Alex Auburn:
"I am announcing my departure of the band Cryptopsy. There are many reasons why I must leave the band, and this has been going on for a while now, so I am quitting. The band and I believe it is better for me to go, so I am moving forward.
I want to thank the guys in Cryptopsy for an adventurous and crazy 10 years. It's been a great ride. I will especially miss the fans a great deal and I want to thank all of you for your awesome support throughout those years. Right now I need to take a break for a few months to reflect on my life and my future in music. As far as music goes, I might start my own band next summer but I don't know yet. In the meantime I am open to good offers and to join other forces."
Dutch brutal death metal band Supreme Pain have unveiled the cover art for their upcoming second full-length album, "Nemesis Enforcer".
Supreme Pain recently signed a record deal with Metal Age Productions from Slovakia to release their sophomore album. On february 2 they will enter the Soundlodge Studio in Germany to start with the recordings, together with producer Jorg Uken (God Dethroned, Sinister, Dew-Scented).
UPDATE (thanks to Deadmeat)
Supreme Pain guitarist Erwin Harreman has posted the following update on the band's forthcoming album "Nemesis Enforcer":
"In a few hours we start with the recordings of our second cd at The Soundlodge Studio with producer Jorg Uken in Germany. All music and lyrics are finished and it is fast, aggressive, brutal and sick. So for the forthcoming 10 days we will be busy to record the sickness and create some aggressive brutal death metal. The cd will contain 8 tracks of extreme brutality."
It is with our immense pleasure to announce that we had dug up an old Swedish Death Metal gem from the late 80's and bring you the legendary Desultory. With three ridiculously under-rated albums ("Into Eternity", "Bitterness" and "Swallow The Snake" respectively) under Metal Blade Records, the band was put to sleep indefinitely and was conjured back to life only recently. We are very eager to see what form of Death Metal disaster awaits us with this classic resurrection.
The band comments: "We are very pleased to sign with Pulverised Records as they have a very good reputation here in Sweden. Professional guys and fans of the Death Metal scene, just as it should be. After our 3rd album in 1996, we put Desultory to sleep and went on to explore other musical directions. But now, 13 years later, we are back again, we felt the need to create some new Death Metal and that it was time for Desultory to be reborn. The new material for the forthcoming record will be a touch of the old Desultory but mixed up with new influences. It will be hard, brutal and melodic.
After almost two years after their break up, the Greek groove/death/grind band Homo Iratus are finally back to kick some serious ass. During the past two years, most of the members enrolled in other projects/bands and now that they reunited they are ready to bring the Greek death metal scene onto a higher level.
"What's really interesting is the current line up of the band... So we have Mitch on vocals, Angelos on bass, Argy on drums and Kostas on guitars - Homo Iratus' first guitarist. However, there's also another member on guitars who recently joined the band, Kostas. During the past two years following the break up of Homo Iratus, Angelos, Argy and the band's new member, Kostas, formed "God Of Rotors" and this is how they initially decided to include Kostas in the current line up of Homo Iratus."
Italian metal band Perseo Miranda have recorded a new single with Pierangelo "Pier" Gonella (known from Necrodeath and Labyrinth fame).
"Lodger Records are releasing the fourth release by Perseo Miranda: a single with two tracks, entitled "Parallel Dimension" and "The Mountain". The new single was recorded at The Quake Studio in Genoa (Italy). This release marks an important turning point for the Genoese artists, who might have abandoned the dark Gothic metal, which characterised the "Light And Darkness" and "Evolution Of The Spirit" records, to give in to a personal Thrash/Prog metal, more elaborated and incisive a style.
Perseo Miranda wrote both the lyrics and the music, Pier Gonnella - official guitarist of Necrodeath and Labyrinth - plays guitar and bass guitar. Gonnella with great art alterns the sheer vocal melodies of Perrseo with amazing solos. Along with Gonnella, we find the American drummer Mick Johnson.
...In Deviltry was formed by Tommy Lindal in late 2008. Tommy Lindal who left the Norwegian band Theatre Of Tragedy in 1997 for medical reasons, moved to Brasil, was not ready to quit making music and formed the band "...In Deviltry" with all Brazilian members. ...In Deviltry will be Tommy´s sequel.
The whole idea of the band is to continue the saga that Theatre Of Tragedy began writing in the beginning. It has been decided to only play old Theatre Of Tragedy material from this epic for one reason, to get all members to "communicate" in the same language, before they start writing new material early this year.
2009 will be a very busy year for ...In Deviltry that will consist of shows, touring and recordings. They are still waiting for the bands Ravenland and Semblant to release their albums and go on tour which is aparently going to be in march/april next year. ...In Deviltry´s Tommy Lindal also did a guest appearance last week and recorded two songs for the release of Ravenland´s "And A Crow Brings Me Back" CD that is scheduled for an release by the Brazilian recordcompany "Free Mind Records" in March 2008.
Bilocate announced their 2008 album "Sudden Death Syndrome" will be released in the USA Through The End Records. The band posted the following statement:
"Good news for Bilocate's fans and friends in the USA and surrounding countries, Bilocate latest album "Sudden Death Syndrome" is available through The End Records (Omega Distribution). You purchase your copy now.
Quoting The Omega Distribution: "A killer work of ornate death/doom/dark metal, influenced by Opeth, Novembers Doom, Edge Of Sanity, Primordial and other great bands. This is top-notch stuff!"
On the other hand, for fans and friends in Europe, very soon Bilocate will list their official distributors in varied countries through-out Europe.
Austrian Symphonic Metal band Visions Of Atlantis announced their new female voice:
"We are proud and happy to present Joanna Nieniewska as the new female Voice of Visions of Atlantis. This 20 year old Austrian girl offers a wide range and a strong soprano combined with a great natural feeling for vocal harmonies. For more information about her just take a look into the forum where you can find an exclusive interview with Joanna at this location.
The Metal Storm Awards 2008 are officially opened!
As you may have noticed, there has been a huge banner on the frontpage for a couple of hours now. Click on it to discover our annual Award fest. Vote for your favourite album in each category and hope for it to win! The voting will close at the end of February, so you have plenty of time to check out any albums you have not heard yet. You might even discover a great new band/album. If you feel the need to discuss these Awards, check this thread.