Arsis' original drummer and founding member Michael Van Dyne has rejoined the group.
Commented Van Dyne: "I'm looking forward to working with my friend Jim again, as well as the great people at Nuclear Blast. Judging by the new material that Jim Malone and Nick Cordle have been working on, I think we may be sitting on some of the most memorable and thrashy Arsis material written to date. Due to obligations with my full-time career, session drummers will most likely be utilized for big tours that Jim wishes to do in the future... However, regional shows and occasional mini-tours or festival gigs either here in North America or overseas are a definite possibility (and something I'd be totally psyched to do) if our collective schedules allow it. Good times."
German metallers Dreamscape have issued teh following:
"We are proud to finally announce our new singer:
Erik 'Ez' Blomkvist picture] is the new voice and frontman of Dreamscape.
You might know Erik from his former band Platitude with which he was touring e.g. with bands like Threshold and amongst others played the Sweden Rock and ProgPower Europe Festivals. Erik is a great guy and awesome singer and all of us are very happy to have him aboard!
Furthermore we will soon be able to present you a snippet of the titletrack of our upcoming album "Everlight" in the Media section / Media player. Please be aware that this will only be a demo recording as the final Vocal recordings are going to take place in May. Of course we´ll keep you updated about cover artwork, release date and the progress of the recordings, so stay tuned!"
French metallers Hacride have posted online a new song, "My Enemy", on their MySpace page.
"My Enemy" comes off the band's new album, entitled "Lazarus", due later this month via Listenable Records. The CD was recorded at Loko Studio in Normandie, France with producers Franck Hueso and Marc Casanova.
"Lazarus" cover artwork] tracklisting:
01. To Walk Among Them
02. Act Of God
05. A World Of Lies
07. My Enemy
Some changes happened on Hellfest 2009 line-up... Here is the official announcement of the festival.
"We are sorry to tell you that some changes have occurred in the line up of the festival. EDGUY, was forced to cancel because of some logistic problems, NACHTMYSTIUM's singer just broke his leg and will be out for 4 months and SLAPSHOT has postponed its tour.
Unfortunately, ASPHYX won't be able to play either due to a misunderstanding.
Do not fret! As replacements, we didn't choose 2nd tier bands… SAINT VITUS will be back to France for the first time since 1991, making Friday our "DOOMsday"! The mystic KARMA TO BURN joins the line up on the 19th of June, such a great band was a must have. Finally, BLACK STONE CHERRY and SAMAEL will also play at Hellfest 2009.
French metallers Glorior Belli have posted online a new song, "There Is But One Light", on their MySpace page.
Another new song, entitled "In Every Grief-Stricken Blues", is also available for exclusive streaming at MetalKult.com.
The two songs come off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Meet Us Of The Southern Sign", which will be released on June 2, 2009 via Candlelight Records.
"Meet Us Of The Southern Sign" cover artwork] tracklisting:
01. Once In A Blood Red Moon
02. The Forbidden Words
03. Swamp That Shame
04. There Is But One Light
05. My True Essence
06. In Every Grief-Stricken Blues
07. Nox Illuminatio Mea
08. The Blazing Darkness (Of Luciferian Skies)
German metallers Die Apokalyptischen Reiter have just announced the departure of their latest guitarist Lady Cat-Man (who was playing on the band's latest album, entitled "Licht").
According to the band: "She will be replaced by Ady picture] who will hit the stage with the band soon: for example on this year's Paganfest where Die Apokalyptischen Reiter will light autumnal fires as co-headliners! A new album is planned for 2010."
"Revelation 666", the new song from Swedish metallers Necrophobic, is available for streaming at this location.
"Revelation 666" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Death To All" cover artwork], which is scheduled for release in May via Regain Records. Other songtitles set to appear on the CD include "For Those Who Stayed Satanic", "Triumph Of The Horned", "Wings Of Death" and "The Tower".
"Sonic Syndicate regrets to announce that Roland Johansson has decided to leave Sonic Syndicate due to personal reasons beyond our control. All of us in Sonic Syndicate wish Roland the best of luck in the future and we plan to continue our friendship/brotherhood outside the band. Thank you for all the hard work, and the good/bad times we had together.
Today we have started the search for a new singer. All of us in Sonic Syndicate are so full of energy and we can't wait to get a new member/family member into the band and continue our long life dreams. The last two years have been more then amazing for us, we've seen half the world, meet so many great fans and made even more along the way. You guys are what keeps us alive and makes life exciting.
Originally the brainchild of Arjen Lucassen's (Ayreon, Star One...), Stream Of Passion is now ready to release their second studio album. "The Flame Within" leaves its predecessor in the dust thanks to maturer songwriting that presents a further developed band able to give Gothic Metal a newfound profundity. Carried by Marcela Bovios' fantastic vocal lines, Stream of Passion delivers the entire spectrum of human emotions-at times dreamy and melancholic, at others uninhibited and forward pressing. In this way, heavy riffs merge with romantic undertones in majestic unity. Jens Bogren's (Fascination Street Studios) mastering work allows the tracks' subtle nuances to come into play. "The Flame Within" is more than a loosely arranged sequence of songs, but rather a holistic Gothic Metal masterpiece complete with mystic elements and sonorous symphonic romanticism.
"We are honored to announce that band Pandemia signs contract to their fourth full-length album with german label War Anthem Records. CD should be released in November 2009 and Pandemia will record it in Stage One Studio. This CD will produce Andy Classen which is known as a guitarist of Holy Moses and as a producer of Belphegor, Krisiun, Legion Of The Damned, Tankard, Holy Moses, Rotting Christ, Graveworm and more. New CD will be recorded in July 2009. The CD will be out with world wide distribution! So watch out!"
German death metallers Hackneyed have entered Weltraumstudios in Munich with producer Corni Bartels to begin recording their new album, entitled "Burn After Reaping".
Vocalist Philipp Mazal comments: "We're really putting the pedal to the (Death)metal with our ideas and Corni Bartels, our producer from the Weltraumstudios, creates some amazing sound which is going to blow your brains out! We'll keep you up to date and will provide you some cool studio stuff soon. Stay tuned!"
"Burn After Reaping" is set to be released in Summer 2009 via Nuclear Blast.
Rudra have posted two new songs, from their upcoming album "Brahmavidya: Transcendental I", online. You can listen to the songs "Ravens of Paradise" and "Reversing the Currents" at the band's MySpace page. Rudra's forthcoming album is the second installment of the "Brahmavidya" trilogy, which is set to be released on the 15th of April via Trinity Records, Hongkong.