21:56 - Zaphod Saw him once a few years ago, 2011 I think. I wasn't all that impressed, but then I don't enjoy most of his solo work and only really like early Mercyful Fate. If you like his stuff I can't see how it wouldn't be a great show...
21:55 - Severian93 J.N. - yeah and maybe we'll get a new diSEMBOWELMENT or Coroner album too
21:50 - Apothecary Mmkay, fair enough then. Sometimes shit just happens. Anyway, that's a guy who's very high on my "must see" list, so I really do hope I get the chance before he either retires or kicks the bucket
21:40 - J. N. What about Necrophagist and Wintersun tho.
21:38 - Zaphod You never know though, maybe he has tried to come back, but hasn't been able to manage it or something. Although in 8 years there should have been a few opportunities.
21:11 - Apothecary He hasn't come back to the FL since. That really kinda irritates me, I feel like if a band has to cancel a tour they should make it up to the fans by coming back to the planned locations sometime in the near future
UK Heavy metallers Eden's Curse are busy recording their new album, Trinity. Eden's Curse is currently in the studio, together with the band's long term producer Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Angra, Krokus) once again at the helm. Trinity will mark the bands recording debut with new keyboard player Alessandro Del Vecchio (Glenn Hughes, Iain Paice, Moonstone Project, Edge Of Forever). An autumn 2010 release is planned with full promotion to follow. Here's a short studio update:
"Pete Newdeck has entered Higher Studios in Tewkesbury, England, to begin recording the drums for the third Eden's Curse album Trinity. The band aim to complete Trinity around the Summertime, under the tutelage of long term producer Dennis Ward, and will recording tracks such as "Saints Of Tomorrow", "No Holy Man", "Can't Fool The Devil", "Jerusalem Sleeps" and a very special cover tune."
Following the departure of original bassist Rob van der Loo last month, Delain has sought and finally found his replacement in the names of Otto "The Baron" Schimmelpenninck van der Oye (who also plays bass in Detonation).
"We would like to introduce to you with pride our new fulltime Delain-member, Otto "The Baron" Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, who will replace Rob on the bass. We are very happy to welcome Otto to the Delain family. Starting from our upcoming UK tour, he will join Delain live on stage. We will update our member profiles soon. Until then, you can get to know Otto by visiting his MySpace.
We would like to thank Rob for his years of dedication, musical craftmanship and the good times we had throughout the years. Rob's official last show with Delain will be at the Mezz in Breda (08-04-2010), we'll make this show one hell of a party in his honor!"
San Francisco's Exodus have named their ninth studio album Exhibit B: The Human Condition. The band are currently recording in Northern California with Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Kreator). The album is expected to be released in Spring 2010.
A brand new song, entitled "Good Riddance," which will appear on the forthcoming CD is available for streaming in the YouTube clip here (as premiered during an Exodus live web stream on December 19).
Exodus will soon be on tour with Arch Enemy, Arsis, and Mutiny Within on the Tyrants Of Evil tour, which launches in Towson, Maryland on January 20th, 2010.
UPDATED on 26.02.2010 (thanks to BudDa and Dahalak)
Violence and chaos broke out around Bogota's Simon Bolivar park last Wednesday night, when hundreds of frenzied fans tried to crash Metallica's first Colombian concert in eleven years.
Bogota's Regulatory Center of Emergency Services reported that four policemen and four civilians were hospitalized throughout the evening for cuts, lesions to the head and one fractured leg. One youth was stabbed with knife in the hand.
160 people were arrested and property was vandalized and destroyed, as ticketless fans tried to storm the venue in order to catch a glimpse of their "rock-god idols". Radio Santa Fe reported that prior to the concert, there were posts on social networking site Facebook inciting fans to crash the Metallica concert. Estimates of audience numbers by Colombian media sources oscillate wildly between 20,000 and 70,000.
Canadian extreme metallers Kataklysm have completed the song writing process for their new album entitled Heaven's Venom. Currently the album is tentatively scheduled for a Fall of 2010 release via Nuclear Blast.
Vocalist Maurizio Iacono commented: "It's done after two years of hard work! We really made sure we had every element covered, going over all the riffs and arrangements hundreds of times to make it the best it could be. Our fans have given us so much over the years and it was time for us, without any label pressure or time limit, to give back with the album they have been waiting for. We think we've accomplished something special, but we are not going to say this is the heaviest or best Kataklysm and all that stuff. The fans will decide that. I just know the mission is accomplished when all of us have big cheesy smiles on our faces!
Ensiferum, Equilibrium, Swashbuckle and Heidevolk - with Eisregen on select dates - will embark on the European Heidenfest tour this autumn. One very special guest will be announced soon. Here's the obligatory tour announcement:
"The gods of the North reawake to new life this Autumn and send their bravest heathen warriors back to the fronts to prepare another, bombastic foray through Europe. In this moment a tribe of irreligious barbarians, honorable swordfighters and fearless druids arm for a very special battle in mind to continue the fascinating Northern mythology of the past days also in 2010. A storm is brewing, because from every dark corner the horns call for war, heralding the might of this upcoming Ragnarök. In this year, Heidenfest complies all the wishes of pagan-metal-lovers once again and invites to a monstrous spectacular. The wide range of heathen sound-art will be united in this festival-tour: If black-metal-epic, melancholic melodies, rampant wrath or folkloristic catchy-tunes, Heidenfest feeds you with the most essential substances of pagan culture."
The 2010 line-up for the Danish metal festival Royal Metal Fest is ready. Royal Metal Fest is a 3-day metal festival, organized by Danish promoter Metal Royale (hence the name). This is the third annual edition of the festival which is to be held April 15th - 17th in the city of Aarhus. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at this location.
The following acts are confirmed for Royal Metal Fest 2010: Sepultura, Sodom, Decapitated, Belphegor, Vreid, Onslaught, Crowbar, The Ocean, Dawn Of Demise, In-Quest, Disintegrated, The Kandidate, Burning Skies, Armed For Apocalypse, Koldborn, Hamlet, Die, and Bullet Train Blast.
One more act for Saturday will be announced very soon.
German Thrash Metallers Dew-Scented have signed a European deal with Metal Blade Records for the release of their upcoming, still untitled new studio album.
The band comments the signing as follows: "We are happy to finally be able to announce that we have just signed a new deal with Metal Blade for Europe! We have known the European staff at Metal Blade for many years already and considering the label's massive history in Metal as well as the fact that their current repertoire includes several cool bands that we have toured with throughout the years like Amon Amarth, Cannibal Corpse or God Dethroned, we look forward to this new co-operation and are excited about the release of our next album, which we will be recorded in the coming weeks."
According to a statement on the band's website, Turisas have begun work for their upcoming third album in Sound Supreme studio, Hämeenlinna, Finland - the same studio where the band recorded the previous album The Varangian Way. The new album, successor to the renowned records Battle Metal (2004) and The Varangian Way (2007), is due to be released still later this year.
Vocalist, songwriter and producer Mathias Nygård comments: "After a nine-month break from touring to be able to fully focus on songwriting, we've finally moved forward and have now started recording. It's going to be a long project, and keep us busy all the way until the break of summer, but believe me, the wait will be all worth it. With three years between albums, there's been enough of time to find a fresh angle and new ideas not to repeat ourselves or albums we've done in the past. The songs rock big time, but the epic elements aren't going anywhere - it's going to sound larger than ever before. The leap forward is going to be just as big as between Battle Metal and The Varangian Way. "
Is Jewish Nu metal - aka Ju Metal (pun courtesy of Promonex - Ed.) - going to be the next big thing in the metal scene? We sure believe so!
Atzmus - the quite peculiar metal band from Argentina - just released their new album Ciudad De Luz (Eng. City Of Light) this weekend through Dont Pay Music Records. If you register on the website for free, you can download the album for free. Samples of all the tracks can be found here. Check out the video below (no seriously, check it out).
Vocalist Eliezer explains the meaning behind Ciudad de Luz: "This world is like a game full of doors that confuse people, but at the same time they train us in the discernment of truth. Thus "the waves of steel in a thirsty field" take our souls to a higher place, even higher than it was before its decline. But your soul is not alone in this journey, his mother called Shejina departs with it. When the two meet, it's redeemed like if it was born again. By experiencing this reality, the melodies emerge and begin to sing and "children's songs begin to sound". These are nothing but the unspeakable words of higher souls who assist us, from times even before the foundation of the world. When we surrender to these melodies, our soul's light breaks the darkness of the world, the same way a child breaks out of the womb. This is where there is unity and purpose. Make this world a "City of Light", an eternal house, a house of refuge, comfort, and meeting that transcends all boundaries that make us different."
Saxon bassist Tim "Nibbs" Carter has been forced to take a step back from the band's upcoming tour due to his wife's illness. Here's the statement issued by the band:
"Sadly we are forced to announce that Nibbs won't be able to join us on the upcoming tour. Due to health problems of his wife we all decided that it will be the best for all if he stays with his wife and family to make sure that she will get well soon. We still want to do the tour and looking really forward to meeting all the Saxon fans out there - it wouldn't be fair to you to postpone the tour again. Gladly our friend Yenz Leonhardt (Kingdom Come, Lacrimosa etc.) will jump in for this part of the tour and try to replace Nibbs part as best he can, although Nibbs is irreplaceable to us."
German metallers Disbelief are looking for a new guitarist - after Jonas Khalil (Sacred Steel) left the band last year. In the meantime, Alex Hagenauer of Soul Demise continues to perform for the Disbelief on upcoming live shows. Though, the band has decided it is time to look out for a permanent guitar player. All persons who fit the profile are encouraged to audition.
Destruction and drummer Marc Reign will go separate ways in the future. Reign sat behind the drum kit for nine years. Here's the word from the band:
"Now it's official, the DVD A Savage Symphony, is the farewell gift from drummer Marc Reign for the Destruction fans. Tour-stress caused personal and musical differences, so both parties decided to go separate ways in the future.
Marc will concentrate on his rock-project Volcano and wants to keep himself open for other musical styles. He wants to thank all the Destruction maniacs worldwide and the band for all the great fun and support over all those years. Mike and Schmier wish him all the best and much success for his future projects.
Neverland, the prog/power metal band which features Turkey's Dreamtone and Greece's Iris Mavraki, will see an official TV premier of their debut video, "This Voice Inside", on MTV GREECE's "Headbangers Ball", on Tuesday March 16th. MTV GREECE's "Headbangers Ball" is hosted by Orpheus Spiliotopoulos & Vanessa Christodoulou and airs every Tuesday at midnight.
The band's first-ever official video, directed by Turkish award winning director Sila Unlu, comes off its sophomore album, Ophidia which is due for release on March 26th via AFM Records. The band's follow up to 2008's Reversing Time features special guest appearances by Jon Oliva (Savatage, Jon Oliva's Pain), Edu Falaschi (Angra, Almah) and Urban Breed (Pyramaze, ex-Tad Morose).