Alabama Thunderpussy guitarist Erik Larson has posted the following statement regarding the band:
"It's been a very quiet 2008 from us here in ATP thus far. I know there has been speculation and uncertainty about exactly what the status of the band is, and our apologies go out to y'all for being MIA. Finally, I'm able to give you an update.
The beginning of 2008 brought yet more upheaval in the saga that is this band, when Kyle Thomas left the group to focus on his family and the impending Exhorder reunion. The remaining four of us had a band meeting and after serious discussion, decided to take a much deserved/needed few months hiatus to regroup and focus on home life and other individual projects. The "few months" seemed to flow into a bit longer as the summer progressed and we all dug deeper into our lives as individuals outside of ATP.
"The new Bloodbath minisite for latest album "The Fathomless Mastery" is now unleashed, to coincide with the October 6th (Europe) & October 28th (North America) release of this latest slab of brutality.
The minisite feature album information, downloads and much more. We also give you the chance to check out the world premiere of two complete audio tracks; "Slaughtering The Will To Live" (currently up on the minisite) and the unholy anthem "Mock The Cross" (currently streaming on Bloodbath's MySpace). The streamed song selections will possibly be changed weekly up 'til the release date, so keep checking back in."
Finnish black metallers Horna will release their seventh album, "Sanojesi Äärelle", on September 29th via Debemur Morti Productions. You can also see the artwork
of the new album, at this location.
On "Sanojesi Äärelle", "the abyssic ones have conceived a dual tribute to the energies that stimulate them - one side worshipping Satanic darkness, one praising Luciferian light," according to a press release.
"Sanojesi Äärelle" tracklisting:
01. Muinaisten Alttarilta
03. Mustan Kirkkauden Sarastus
06. Sanojesi Äärelle
08. Risti Ja Ruoska
Elvenking have announced that, "Two Tragedy Poets (...And A Caravan Of Weird Figures)" will be the name of the new acoustic album. It will be released in digipack and jewel case editions and will be preceded by an online single.
The release date is November 14th for Europe, via AFM Records, while the dates for the other countries will be announced soon.
"Two Tragedy Poets (...And A Caravan Of Weird Figures)" cover art] tracklisting:
01. The Caravan Of Weird Figures
02. Another Awful Hobs Tale
03. From Blood To Stone
04. Ask A Silly Question
05. She Lives At Dawn
06. The Winter Wake
07. Heaven Is A Place On Earth
08. My Own Spider's Web
09. Not My Final Song
10. The Blackest Of My Hearts
Guitarist Noah Carpenter of the New York-based death metallers Skinless has issued the following update:
"We've been laying low in 2008 after some pretty intense touring for the "Trample The Weak..." album. We're finally ready to start working on material for a new Skinless release in 2009. We're heading to Europe very soon for a short tour and we expect to be back there next spring for a more extensive invasion. Also in the battle plans for 2009 are North America/South America and beyond."
Swedish Power metallers Crystal Eyes have announced the following:
"We're finally done mixing the new Crystal Eyes record which will be titled "Chained". The recording lasted through the summer and Fredrik Nordström has once again set the ultimate sound at Studio Fredman. Think 1984, think Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Accept, Dio and Manowar and you'll get the picture.
The songs in the right order are:
01. Ride The Rainbow
02. The Fire Of Hades
03. The Devil Inside
04. Waves Of War
05. Dying In The Rain
07. Shadow Rider
08. Lonely Ball Of Fate
09. Guardian *
* Featuring original singer Mikael Dahl on vocals
Stay tuned for a cover, new songs on MySpace and a release-date."
Hungarian heavy metal band Ossian have made three new tracks available for streaming. You can listen to the songs on their official MySpace. These track are from the band's soon upcoming album, called "Küldetés" (Mission), which will be released on September 8th
via HAmmer Records Hungary. The album was recorded once again with the help of their longtime producer/friend Miklós Küronya at the studio P in Törökbálint.
01. Ébredés (Awakening) (intro)
02. A Számuzött visszatér (Outcast's Return)
03. A Véletlen (The Accident)
04. Új Aranykor /New Golden Age)
"As announced earlier, Amorphis will embark on a North American tour in September. Esa Holopainen elaborates: "This is our first tour in this region with our latest album, "Silent Waters". Tickets are selling well so you can only be happy. We picked Samael, Leaves' Eyes and Virgin Black as support acts because we know the guys and this kind of musical combination offers something for everyone." The tour kicks off on ProgPower USA IX in Atlanta on September 26. All tour dates can be found here.
In November Amorphis will enter Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki to record a follow-up to their highly acclaimed "Eclipse" and "Silent Waters" albums. The band has received gold records for both albums in their native Finland. Esa reveals: "We have been working really hard on new material and the new record should be out sometime next spring. The new material will again be very epic."
Original drummer of German thrashers Sodom, Chris "Witchhunter" Dudek, who left the band in 1992 has recently died on Sunday the 7th of September.
The message on the official Sodom site reads:
I want to inform you that Chris Witchhunter died last Night. A few hours ago we received a message from Witchhunters Mom that Chris is dead. We are shocked and stunned this time but we want to tell all Sodom Fans that one of the founding Members of Sodom gone forever. At first we thought that this is not true but by the tears of Chris Mom… it´s true!
Massive Music Management have posted the following official statement, entitled "Vader would like to thank you all for 25 years of support!":
"We would like to thank to all the participants of our anniversary gig: bands, fans and staff. Thanx to you all we were able to celebrate the 25 anniversary of Vader in so special way. Big thanx to fans for such a numerous presence, bands for fantastic shows they all played in Warsaw, guests for their appearance on this show and our crew for nearly 24 hours of hard work! It was a very important show for us, the more so because it took place in such a difficult circumstances. We were forced to give up an idea of recording DVD due to some technical issues. For technical reasons we were also unable to build a special stage scenery prepared exclusively for this show. Sorry for very long queues for food and drink and the high price of our energy drink - these things were beyond our control. The show ended up turning out well and despite these shortcomings we believe it was a success. Once again- thank you all! All the blood, sweat and tears poured into Vader have been worth it!
The Norwegian Viking metal legends Einherjer have been announced to reunite at Ragnarök Festival which is to take place on 17th-18th April 2009 in Lichtenfels, Germany. Furthermore Alkonost and Fejd have been added to the billing. Below the entire statement of the festival:
"For about four years you didn't hear anything from Einherjer, one of the most important bands in viking metal, which split up in 2004. We're proud to announce their comeback will be next year at Ragnarök Festival, which is a great chance for many metalheads to see their idols again or maybe for the first time. We hope that yet another great chapter will be added to the band's awesome history in April 2009 at Lichtenfels and hopefully many other shows will follow.
Vocalist Jon Howard from Canadian metal band Threat Signal has posted the following statement:
"So I think its time I should let you know whats going on with the new album. We've been working really hard for almost a year writing and doing pre production for the new album. And I couldnt be more stoked on the songs! If you thought "Under Reprisal" was killer, you need to check this shit out. The album is 95% writen, and we will be hitting the studio in Nov to start recording the real thing. So with that said, we'll be looking at a release date early next year.
I'll have a lot more details for you soon...
You can also catch us in the East Cost on these dates playing new songs from the record"
Due to Infestvvs' serious health problems, the French Black Metal band had to cancel all the dates of their European tour with Impiety and Spearhead. Infestvvs, vocalist and leader of the band posted the following statement on the official myspace blog:
"The day before the gig in Arnhem I got seriously sick and had to go to the hospital in emergency. They discovered that something was wrong with my heart, the left part is deficient and it causes a lot of troubles (lungs, blood pressure...) and a risk of heart attack in the end. Therefore I am forced to take some rest and avoid efforts & stress for a while... 2 different opinions but the same diagnostic.
The decision wasn't easy as you can imagine, giving up on such a great opportunity and people who relied on GB, but there would be no point playing in those circumstances".
US rockers Warrant have posted the following announcement on their MySpace:
"It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that Jani Lane will no longer be performing with Warrant. From the beginning of our reunion talks to the last note of our last show together in Houston this past weekend we have had nothing but good intentions of bringing a quality original Warrant show to our fans and friends. We wish Jani nothing but the best and remain friends.
We are very excited that we have found an unbelievable voice in Robert Mason (known from Lynch Mob), an old friend of the band. We have three dates confirmed, come out and judge for yourself…we don't think you will be disappointed!"