Last week, Greek Melodic Death metallers Nightfall announced their return with a fresh line-up. Before the weekend, the band issued the following update on the recording process:
"Preproduction is ready to roll. The album will have 12 tracks unfold in 45 minutes approximately. Composed of epic melodies backed by heavy powerful drumming the way it was before trigger mania arrived in the neighbourhood will certainly be a pleasure trip in time for anyone into metal.
Jorg as a studio owner himself (Soundlodge studios, Germany - God Dethroned, Dew-Scented), knows exactly what he is doing, resulting in super efficient drum takes. This makes the process much easier on everyone else, since no stress is accumulated during this initial phase of recording.
Therion have announced a string of European/Russian live dates - dubbed the Sitra Ahra Tour 2010 - in support of their upcoming new album. The tour will start late October and will run till the end of the year.
2010-10-29 - The Netherlands - Tilburg, O13
2010-10-30 - The Netherlands - Groningen, Oosterpoort
2010-10-31 - United Kingdom - London, Sheperds Bush Empire
2010-11-01 - Belgium - Antwerp, Hof ter Lo
2010-11-02 - France - Lille, Aeronef
2010-11-03 - France - Paris, Elysée Montmartre
2010-11-04 - Germany - Frankfurt, Batschkapp
2010-11-05 - Czech Rep. - Zlin, Masters of Rock Cafe
2010-11-06 - Austria - Vienna, Szene
2010-11-07 - Croatia - Zagreb, Boogallo Club
2010-11-08 - Slovenia - Ljubljana, Kino Siska Club
Delain have posted the following news on their website:
"Recently we started working on our new third album, which we hope to release this year. Together with Roadrunner we are working on extending our cooperation, and together we're aiming for bigger, better, and heavier then ever before. An external producer, a real orchestra, and much more exciting stuff will be involved. We will work more extensively on Delain during this process, and we are very much looking forward to it. We will keep you informed with movie samples and blogs.
However because of Delain's development the last couple of years it's becoming more time-consuming for all of us. That's why our band mate Rob van der Loo (ex-Sun Caged) has decided to leave the band later this year. You can find his comment here on his MySpace. We will communicate more about his departure and his last show later on. Together with Rob we are already organizing his replacement. If you are also interested to audition you can contact us on delainauditie (at) hotmail (dot) com."
Bay Area Thrash band Heathen have posted all 10 tracks from their new album The Evolution of Chaos on MySpace.
The Evolution of Chaos will see its release in the US next Tuesday, February 16th via Mascot Records. The album, which was released in Japan on December 23rd and in Europe on January 25th, has garnered incredible reviews worldwide and recently debuted at #75 on the German charts. Heathen is currently scheduling a tour of Europe in support of the new album, with dates to be announced soon.
French progressive symphonic metallers Adagio have reported that Christian Palin, vocalist since 2008, has departed from their line-up. Guitarist Stéphan Forté reports: "We have had no other choice but to separate from Christian Palin this morning (Saturday Feb. 13). That is a decision we needed to take as soon as possible for the best of Adagio. We have no hard feelings towards him and wish him all the best for the future. More news very soon..."
The following update has appeared on In Flames's official website:
"Jesper Strömblad, guitarist in In Flames has decided to leave the band permanently.
He had this to say - 'I have decided it is best for me to leave In Flames and to quit the band permanently. The last 17 years have been a blast, and I am proud to have been part of this great journey, with the most talented and amazing people anyone can wish to have the privilege to work with. I'm also the luckiest guy in the world, to have the BEST fans in the world, who have been supporting me during my difficult times. It means the world to me, and I'm determined to fight and defeat my demons once and for all.... and by the help from you guys, I'm on my way. I'm far from done with music, metal, or whatever my direction is taking me, so be sure to hear from me in the future.
German pagan metallers Equilibrium have parted ways with vocalist Helge Stang and drummer Manuel Di Camillo. This has been reported by the organizers of Winterfire Festival at which Equilibrium were supposed to perfom next weekend (13th February 2010). So far the band itself has only published the following statement on its official Myspace site:
"We regret to inform you that we have to cancel our appearance at Winterfire Festival due to serious restructuring within the band. We regret this deeply and hope for your understanding. Of course we will inform you as soon as possible about the future of Equilibrium."
UPDATED on 13.02.2010:
By now the band has confirmed the split officially. The statement on the band's Myspace reads as follows:
Napalm Records will be celebrating the company's 15th anniversary in May.
To mark this special occasion, a Napalm Records label night will be held in cooperation with Metalfest Austria. On 12 May a colorful selection of Napalm bands — from the medieval chartbreakers Saltatio Mortis to the combative Vikings of Týr, and the unique group Van Canto, to name but a few — will transform the festival grounds into an unrivaled musical extravaganza! For those of you who want even more excitement, be sure to come by our exclusive Napalm stand, offering a wide selection of 15 years of metal history.
Metalfest, Mining am Inn, Austria
12 May: Napalm Records Label Night with Saltatio Mortis, Týr, Van Canto, Schelmish, Edenbridge, Svartsot, Artas
The new Eluveitie album Everything Remains As It Never Was is being streamed in its entirety on the band's MySpace page.
The album is scheduled for release on February 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. Here's the tracklisting again:
02. Everything Remains As It Never Was
05. The Essence Of Ashes
07. Kingdom Come Undone
08. Quoth The Raven
11. Sempiternal Embers
13. The Liminal Passage
Against The Plagues, the Swedish/Polish/North-American extreme-metal act (featuring members of Lost Horizon/Luciferion/Forest Of Impaled/Vex/Malevolent Creation) have recently signed with Dutch label, Vic Records. The new, official album Decoding the Mainframe will be released in March 2010.
Against the Plagues' co-founder Varyen Chylinsky states: "I am very excited to announce and confirm that we have signed with Vic Records. As a result of this cooperation, we have decided to release our official album, Decoding the Mainframe. This release will contain all 8 songs from our self-released CD Architecture of Oppression; however, these are completely new versions of the songs! All songs are re-mastered and mixed by one of the best producers in the metal world - Dan Swano (Edge Of Sanity, Aeon, Dissection, Katatonia, Marduk).
Belgium's loudest After All have parted ways with long-running vocalist Piet Focroul and bassist Erwin Casier. After All extend thanks and appreciation to both Piet and Erwin for the many years they gave it all for the band. The thrash attack continues with vocalist Sammy Peleman (September Syn) and bassist Frederik Vanmassenhove (ex-Aborted). "Welcome to the madness!"
In other news, After All confirmed their presence as direct support on Fear Factory's upcoming tour dates in Belgium (Feb. 21) and The Netherlands (Feb. 22).
The Ocean's upcoming albums are going to be entitled Heliocentric and Anthropocentric. They are due for April and October 2010. The concept at the base of both albums is a critique of Christianity from different philosophical and personal angles.
While the songs, art and lyrics of Heliocentric tell the story of the rise of the heliocentric world view and its effects on Christian belief from medieval times to Darwin and Dawkins, Anthropocentric challenges the views of creationists and other modern fundamentalists who still believe that the Earth is at the center of the universe.
Heliocentric cover art] tracklist:
03. The First Commandment Of The Luminaries
04. Ptolemy Was Wrong
Winterhorde, the Israeli melodic extreme metal band, has posted two brand new songs "Tenth Wave" and "The Martyr and Deliverance", on the group's MySpace page. The tracks come off Winterhorde's somophore full-length album Underwatermoon, which will be released later in the year through yet-not-determined label.
Underwatermoon, a conceptual album based on the story written by Winterhorde's bass player and co-founder Celestial, was recorded partly with German producer V.Santura (Dark Fortress, Tryptikon, Obscura) and Morgenrrot, Winterhorde's keyboards player. Mixed and mastered by V.Santura at Woodshed Studio, LA,Germany.
Artwork of Underwatermoon was created by Gustavo Sazes of Abstrata Studio (Arch Enemy, Old Man's Child, Krusium).
German metallers Masterplan have issued the short following update on their official website:
"Masterplan have just reunited with original singer Jorn Lande and also finished the recordings for their new album Time To Be King, that will be released on April 16th. For March you can expect the release of a single to preceed the album."
Norwegian metallers Goat The Head will release their second full-length album, Doppelgängers, this summer.
The album was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (Halford, Behemoth, Kataklysm, The Haunted) at his Antfarm Studio in Århus, Denmark and it "boasts 10 furious tracks exerting about every color of the metal palette" acccording to a press release.
Also, a new song, entitled "Neolithic Rocket Science", wich comes off Doppelgängers, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page (or at this location on YouTube).
01. Neolithic Rocket Science
02. Uncanny Valley Clan
03. This Tube Is The Gospel
05. Bestial Domestication