Following message was posted in band's website on january 10th:
V: Hävitetty is unleashed upon an unsuspecting world today! Tell your friends and enemies! The new website design is up. Hope you like it! There are still sections awaiting completion. These will be up soon.
"After having reviewed 6 offers for a new record deal there was only 2 that could have been interesting to proceed, but we didn't go with any of these offers. For some time Thomas have been thinking about the idea to start his own label, and now was the right time to try and do just that. So the new album will be released on his new label which is called Epicus Records.
Release date for the new Gaia album will be in the end of January or early February 2007. One more song from the new album can be heard at Epicus Records Myspace page (3 songs total)"
Sweden's SOILWORK check in with the following band update:
"First of all, we wanna say thanks for a great 2006. We had a great year and alot of great tours. It was fun to see you all out there. Since the release of Stabbing The Drama in 2005, we made about 250 shows for that album. Now its time to take a rest, but also to get focused on the upcoming album.
Right now we're working on the new songs. We have about seven songs ready and so far it sounds great. It will be a killer album. We will enter the studio at the beginning of March and, hopefully, the album will be out in late summer. We will keep you updated of the recording progress. And... regarding the guitarist situation... soon it will be decided who's gonna replace Peter. So, once again... thanks for the great support and... see ya in 2007."
Canadian technical death metal act Martyr have lined up the following tour dates:
Jan. 24 - Oshawa, ON - The Dungeon
Jan. 25 - London, ON - The Embassy
Jan. 26 - Peterborough, ON - The Red Dog Tavern
Jan. 27 - Toronto, ON - TBA
Jan. 28 - Hamilton, ON - The Underground
Feb. 23 - Moncton, NB - Manhattan
Feb. 24 - Halifax, NS - Pavilion
Mar. 09 - Jonquiere, QC - Côté Cours
Mar. 17 - Trois-Rivieres, QC - Maquisart
Mar. 24 - L'épiphanie, QC - Centre Guy Melancon
Apr. 06 - Quebec, QC - L'Impérial
Apr. 21 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Powerfest
Type O Negative will now play two nights at Anaheim, California's House Of Blues venue this month. The dates are:
21 - House Of Blues - Anaheim, CA
22 - House Of Blues - Anaheim, CA
The band's new album, Dead Again , is scheduled for release via SPV on March 13th - US/Canada, March 16th - Germany and March 19th - Europe.
Tracks to appear on the release include: 'Dead Again', 'Tripping A Blind Man', 'The Profits Of Doom', 'September Sun', 'Halloween In Heaven', 'These Three Things', 'She Burned Me Down', 'Some Stupid Tomorrow', 'An Ode To Locksmiths', 'Hail And Farewell To Britain'.
A live video of British death metal veterans Bolt Thrower performing the song "The Killchain" (from 2005's "Those Once Loyal") at the 2006 edition of Germany's Rock Hard Festival (which took place June 2-4 in Gelsenkirchen) has been posted online at YouTube.com.
Bolt Thrower earlier in the year completed a European tour in support of its new CD, "Those Once Loyal", which entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 76 — the group's highest-charting release in Germany so far. The follow-up to 2001's "Honour, Valour, Pride" was recorded at Andy Faulkner's Sable Rose studios and is the band's first album since the return of original vocalist Karl Willetts as a full-time member.
Mors Principium Est have made two songs from their incoming album "Liberation=Termination" listenable on their MySpace. These two songs are named "The Oppressed Will Rise" and "Sinners Defeat" and are the second and seventh tracks of the album respectively. Band's MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/morsprincipiumestmyspace
As previously reported, the band has announced the album coming out due in early 2007 via Listenable Records. The follow-up to "The Unborn" was recorded at Astia Studio in Finland and was mastered at Imperial Mastering in Concord, California.
Swedish Heavy Metal/Thrash band Morgana Lafey will release a new album in March 2007, according to a message posted atband's website:
So what's new?
Well, we will release a new album in march 2007. What do we have to do?
The album is recorded, so that is not a problem. And the name of the album is not a problem... anymore, so that is nothing to worry about.
By the way, the album title is "Primal Chaos".
And as a "sorry that we suck at updating our website" we have a few late christmas presents for you!!
2. Make A Wish
3. The Rush Of Possession
5. Caught In The Treadwheel
6. Reflections Of War
7. Face Of Fear
8. Where I Rule
The band has posted the following on their website:
I'm moving away from Finland for a six months and during that time Battlelore will use a session guitarist to cover me on the upcoming gigs.
The new guitarist is Mr.Tommi Lintunen who has played in various Finnish bands.
There is not going to be any kind of break in songwriting or cancellations with the gigs.
I'm coming back on line in June 2007.
According to a posting on Gorgoroth's official web site, the group's frontman, Gaahl, was finally released from prison last month after being jailed since the spring of 2006.
Gaahl was sentenced to 14 months in prison in February 2005 for beating a 41-year-old man and threatening to drink his blood. The 31-year-old, whose real name was not revealed by the Norwegian media, was charged with a crime that carries a maximum penalty of nine years in prison. The original 18-month sentence, which was handed down in May 2004, was reduced by four months while the amount in damages Gaahl was required to pay to the victim was increased from 100,000 NOK (approximately $15,000) to 190,000 NOK (approximately $29,000).
Tiamat frontman Johan Edlund has issued the following update on his Lucyfire project via his official MySpace page:
"Me and Lars (Sköld, producer etc.) are finishing up the new LucyFire demo to be sent out to record companies. We have plenty of songs, but so far we'll tease them with these four: 'Thunder & Lightning', 'All The Children Sing', 'Codeine', 'Black Gold'.
I just got back from Sweden where I visited Lars cozy studio. We got A.D. Lord in there to bang out a teardripping lead for 'Codeine'. In the meantime, listen to 'All The Children Sing'. Because I'm a lovely person."
Go to this location to check out 'All The Children Sing'.
Former Iron Maiden/Wolfbane singer Blaze Bayley has parted ways with the members of his most recent Blaze touring lineup. The departing members — Oliver Palotai (guitar), Luca Princiotta (guitar), Christian Ammann (bass), and Daniel Schild (drums) — have issued the following statement regarding the matter:
"We are in the sad situation to give out the news that the complete current lineup of Blaze, therefore the authors of this letter, will leave the band.
"In the past years Blaze was in a difficult situation, regarding finances, management and organization. Finally, during summer 2006, things started to clear up a bit, after working together on all those aspects.
"Most of the songs for the next album have been already written together. Still — in a tough music business today — we were prepared it would be not easy to launch the new era of Blaze. But we always had the feeling we had a great band, further being really good friends, and being capable of handling that.
The following statement has been published via the band's official newsletter:
"The new year brings some changes:
After the short tour through Spain and Portugal in November (some pics from the tour can be seen in our gallery at http://www.agathodaimon.de), our vocalist/guitarist Frank "Akaias" Nordmann revealed that he received an excellent job offer he can't refuse- sadly this means he has to move to Norway, so he will leave the band. We collectively wish him all the best for his future plans and thank him for the great time we spent together in the rehearsal room, on stage and of course off stage as well!
So, we're looking for a new vocalist and guitarist already- if you think you can handle both duties, you're welcome, too.