Evan Seinfeld, bassist/vocalist of New York-based hardcore/metal outfit Biohazard is leaving the band. This announcement comes three months before the band are expected to release their first new album in six years.
"We have a long history together, but it's time for a change," said guitarist/co-founder Bobby Hambel. "We wish Evan well."
Scott Roberts, who played on the band's 2005 Means To An End and has been part of the Biohazard extended family since, will step in for Seinfeld when Biohazard plays the UK's Download Festival on June 12th, and again on June 13th at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London. Hambel, guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei and drummer Danny Schuler will begin scouting for a permanent replacement when they return to the US.
Canadian metallers Threat Signal will enter the studio this weekend to begin recording their as-yet-untitled third album with producer Chriss "Zeuss" Harris.
The band issued the following statement: "On June 12th we are driving our asses out to Massachusetts to begin tracking our 3rd release with metal mastermind Zeuss. He has worked on many killer albums from bands such as Chimaira, Hatebreed, All That Remains, The Acacia Strain, Born Of Osiris, Shadows Fall, and many more... We are extremely excited to have Zeuss on board producing and mixing our new record!
So what can you expect from the new Threat Signal record? Well... basically we said let's write the heaviest fuckin record we possibly can. We've been experimenting with 7 string guitars and drop tunings since the early days, so we have decided to write almost the whole new record that way. We are headed back to the Under Reprisal days but with bigger balls.'
Having returned from a successful European Tour, Theatres Des Vampires are now set to embark on a Latin American Tour in 2012.
The band states: "It has been since 2006 that Theatres des Vampires have long been awaited in Latin America, thanks to the support and love of hundreds of Latin American fan clubs. The dream of all the followers of Theatres des Vampires in South and Central America will come true! More details will be available soon."
In other Theatres Des Vampires news, the band is also working on a Moonlight Waltz Tour 2011 DVD and live CD. The DVD is a recording of the Russian and European Tour with HD cameras, and Professional Digital Audio equipment.
The band continues: "At the moment Fabian Varesi from Theatres des Vampires and Christian Ice from Temple of Noise Studio are working together to finalize a new upcoming DVD and live CD.
Festivals of the Wicked, the six-hour DVD extravaganza of Iced Earth will be released in Europe later this month (June 27th) and America shortly thereafter (July 12th). The live DVD will be comprised of three full-length concerts (Wacken, Rock Hard, and Metal Camp), a 60-minute documentary, photo galleries, and video clips. More details were previously reported over here.
The second two-minute trailer for the upcoming DVD release can be now be watched over at the band's website.
Maledictus Eris, the new upcoming album of Danish folk metal band Svartsot will be released in July/August.
The band released the following statement: "We're proud to be able to release the cover artwork and tracklist for the third Svartsot album; Maledictus Eris. As previously announced, the album recounts the tale of the Black Death's incursion into Danish history from 1349 to 1350. The album begins the tale from just prior to the plague's arrival through to when the first bout relinquished its grasp, and focuses on the way the epidemic affected the population - from victim to survivor. We have taken more inspiration from medieval music than on previous albums, and the feel of the album in general has taken a darker and more emotive turn on this recording.
"Unleashed Upon Mankind", Dying Fetus' take on the Bolt Thrower classic, has been made available for streaming over at Facebook.
"Unleashed Upon Mankind" comes off the band's upcoming 20th anniversary cover EP, entitled History Repeats..., which will be released on July 19th through FYE stores and Relapse mailorder exclusively. More album details were previously reported over here.
Greek metallic powerhouse Firewind is extremely excited to announce their first-ever headlining North American tour, dubbed the Frets of Fury. This package (sponsored by ESP Guitars, BlackStar Amps and Guitar World) kicks off on October 9th and features a wide array of metal's elite: Arsis, White Wizzard and Nightrage.
General Admission tickets will go on sale everywhere on June 16. Get the dates after the jump.
"Man In The Middle", the new video from hard-rock supergroup Black Country Communion can be watched below. The clip was directed by Davin Maske and produced by Kevin Shirley of J&R Adventures
"Man In The Middle" comes off the band's upcoming new album, simply entitled 2, which will be released in Europe on June 13th through Mascot Records and in North America on June 14th through the J&R Adventures label.
At the start of their final world tour, Judas Priest and Sony Music are proud to announce the release, for the first time ever, of their complete UK/CBS singles. Single Cuts is testament to Priest's enduring influence and through the singles, tells the story of one of the biggest metal bands of all time.
Presented in a deluxe, numbered box, Single Cuts boasts a massive 52 tracks across 20 CD's, featuring original singles artwork and labels plus booklet including sleevenotes and photos. Will only cost you a mere £59.99/€69.99/US $99 (delivery included).
During the summer Crucified Barbara will enter the studio and start recording their 3rd album. This time the band will work together with producer Chips Kiesbye (Hellacopters, Sahara Hotnights, Millencolin, Nomads, Wilmer X, Bonafide).
Except for the studio work, Crucified Barbara will also play at a few festivals this summer such as Hellfest in France, Norway Rock in Norway and at the Stockholm Pride Festival. Get the dates after the jump.
"The Great Pretender", the new video from Swedish industrial metal band Pain, can now be watched below.
The video for "Dirty Woman" can still be watched over at this location.
"The Great Pretender" comes off the band's upcoming new album You Only Live Twice, which was released last week in Europe and will be out on June 21st in North America through Nuclear Blast Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
Progressive metallers Dream Theater have set A Dramatic Turn Of Events as the title of their eagerly awaited new album, due in early September through Roadrunner Records. The album track listing can be found below.