The following messages were posted at the Deceased's site:
"We will be taking a break from playing live this winter to start writing songs for our next release, tentatively entitled "Surreal Overdose". Song titles in the works are "Skin Crawling Progress", "Doom Laden Aura" and "The Traumatic"."
"The original mix of Blueprints For Madness is now available on vinyl through Hells Headbangers. The first 100 copies are on colored vinyl, the remaining 400 copies are on black vinyl. Early 2006 will see a picture disc version of Luck Of The Corpse and As The Weird Travel On released on vinyl."
The following message was posted at the band's official site:
"After months in the studio, the work on the new Theatre of Tragedy album is coming to an end.
Producer Rico Darum has met up with mixmaster Greg Reely(Paradise Lost, Fear Factory, Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy etc) at The Green Jacket, Richmond, BC, Canada. What remains is the final twisting and turning of knobs.
12 songs have been picked out of the 15 that were recorded.
10 will make it to the final version of the album. The remaining songs will either be bonus tracks or included on future releases.
The title for the 6th Theatre Of Tragedy album will be "Storm".
Some of the song titles that will be included on the album are "Storm", "Begin and End", "Disintegration", Fade" and "Dust".
Guitarist Hubi Meisel (Book of Reflections, Maeve of Connacht, ex-Dreamscape) announced the release date for his upcoming solo album "Kailash" that will be an concept album dealing "about the Himalayas & Tibet and ancient myths of the Buddhist/Hindu culture".
The Release of the album will be on 27 of February 2006 via Lion Records.
Nigel Glocker (drummer of Saxon) posted the following message in his official website:
"Just a quickie! - we're back out for a short pre-Christmas tour starting this Saturday 3rd December in Stockholm. Due to the US tour being postponed, we didn't waste anytime and spent a couple of weeks trying a few new song ideas out. After the Christmas and New Year break, we aim to get into "Serious Writing Mode" - obviously, this won't affect any touring schedules. Other news - went and saw Motorhead down in Southampton - once again , superb! Thanks to Phil, Lem, and Mikky for the hospitality! The support, 'In Flames', were great too!
On a final note, The Mad Men track, 'Cheers Murray'(aka 'Pit Stop'), is on the new 'They Think It's all over....' dvd. See you on the road."
The band announced that Venis (also in Luminaria) will be their new drummer. "StrommoussHeld will play as a special guest of Metalfilia Festival in Krakow, Poland scheduled on 17th of December 2005. Other confirmed bands are Sceptic, Thy Disease & Virgin Snatch."
The following message is posted at Crimson Glory's website:
"It's been six years since the band released its last album, and 16 years since it performed with its classic lineup.
That will change in 2006, when CG celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first album with reissues of its back catalog, new releases of rare audio and video, and live performances, says founder/guitarist Jon Drenning.
"There's a tremendous amount of loyal fans around the world who love this band, and they're making it possible for this to happen, because they keep demanding more material from Crimson Glory," Drenning said.
Drenning has reassembled original members Midnight (lead vocals), Ben Jackson (guitar) and Jeff Lords (bass). The drummer has yet to be announced.
Melechesh announced via press release on their website the new member of the band, the drummer Xul (Thanatos, Abode of the Blessed and Liar of Golgotha). Recently the band have splited with Proscritor. The band have already worked with Xul on new material during the year.
Ashmedi commented: "we are very glad to announce the addition of Xul to the Melechesh Djinn union; Xul is a tremendously talented drummer with outstanding technical ability".
Xul talks about being in the band: "I am honored to finally be part of this cult. Playing with Melechesh is an enriching experience both on a musical and on an ideological level".
The Japanese black metal band Sabbat has posted the following on their official website:
"Sabbat are in search of a new guitar player! After over 14 years with Sabbat Temis Osmond is leaving the band due to difficulties in combining the schedules of the band and his private life. Gezol and Zorugelion are determined to continue but for the time being Sabbat are not likely to play live shows until a new guitar player is found. Temis has still agreed to help the band with some studio work but a permanent solution for the line-up problem is being searched."
The following update has been posted on the band's official website:
"After more then 7 years, 4 albums(1999 "Negative Prevails", 2000"Bedtime for Mercy", 2002"Necrospective", 2004"Livid Corruption" ) and a couple of compilations, Natron officially part ways with their label Holy Records.
"Our deal still included an option but - some discussions later - we all thought better to anticipate the expiration of the contract as cooperation didn't satisfy both parts anymore.We thank Holy Records for helping somehow Natron to spread their music in the underground through the past years.
"Beside planning tours/gigs ( we're going to update the gig section really soon!), we're currently demoing new songs and planning to release a new album within the summer/fall 2006....in the meanwhile we're looking for a new label as well,stay tuned!"
ATROCITY fans watch out! Additionally to the work on the follower to "Werk 80", ATROCITY are already busy with their next project: the first DVD of the band will be released in 2006! To present you the best possible retrospective of the more than 20-year-long band history ATROCITY need your support. Send them all the dates of concerts you visited, especially those in the first years of the band. They also ask you to send photos, videos etc. of their live gigs. The best stuff will be featured on the DVD!
Your ATROCITY stuff to:
c/o Atrocity History
Schorndorfer Straße 25
Century Media Records has announced the signing of German black metal hopefuls DARK FORTRESS. The group's fourth full-length CD, "Séance", will be released in Europe on January 30, 2006 and will feature the artwork by Travis Smith (NEVERMORE, KATATONIA, OPETH).
"Séance" track listing:
01. Ghastly Indoctrination (7:39)
02. CataWomb (6:41)
03. Requiem Grotesque (6:50)
04. While They Sleep (7:11)
05. To Harvest The Artefacts Of Mockery (4:11)
06. Poltergeist (5:56)
07. Revolution:Vanity (5:14)
08. Incide (5:20)
09. Shardfigures (6:22)
10. Insomnia (6:34)