Pantheist have posted the following news on MySpace:
"Following 3 great years of collaboration, fantastic times at gigs, in tour vans and the studio, we have sadly decided to part ways with guitarist Pete Benjamin (Akercocke, Corpsing, For The Blind). For the upcoming gigs this year, our Belgian, Czech and Polish fans will have the opportunity to witness Pantheist with Esoteric's Greg Chandler joining Ilia on guitar duties. We are really excited about this one-off set of appearances, as Greg, who engineered our latest album "Journey Through Lands Unknown", brings his own flair into our music.
Following these concerts we will be looking into recruiting a suitably talented and open-minded replacement for Pete. We are looking for someone capable of both rhythm and lead guitar, with their own equipment, suitable for live performances and willing to commit to at least 3 rehearsals a month in London, England. Live and recording experience and skills in other instruments are not necessary but highly welcome. If you feel you are the right person for the job, contact the band at the MySpace site."
Sigh mainman Mirai Kawashima has issued the following update:
"Finally, here we reveal the cover artwork for our eighth studio album, "Scenes From Hell". It was designed by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Mekong Delta, Gwar, etc). We're truly proud of the artwork. This is the perfect descrition of what the album is about - namely War, Hell and Death!
The End Records has set January 19, 2010 release date for this album.
As reported before, it features a real string quartet and real orchestral instruments such as trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba, flute, clarinet and so on, and it turned out to be the perfect score to the scenes from hell. We can assure you that this is by far the most grandiose and powerful album by Sigh. Also, the album features the great aural cooperations from David Tibet (Current 93) and Kam Lee."
Venom will be embarking on a tour of South America this coming December 2009. The bands management commented: "we started looking into the possibility of organising a Venom tour in South America a couple of years back, Venom have a massive following in Latin America, and now that the bands Agent has organised a fantastic tour with the Promoters, the band immediately agreed to take time out from recording the new album to start their rehearsals for the tour.é
The dates are as follows:
Dec. 05 - Mexico, Mexico City - Circo Volador
Dec. 06 - Colombia, Bogotá - Teatro Metropol
Dec. 09 - Chile, Santiago - Teatro Caupolican
Dec. 10 - Argentina, Buenos Aires - Teatro Flores
Dec. 12 - Brazil, São Paulo - Victoria Hall
"For the last several months, Josh Silver has been in school working towards certification as a paramedic. He is in the heart of the program and will be unable to tour with the band on the upcoming dates. Rest assured, Josh remains a member of Type O Negative and will continue working with the band going forward. With that said, we would like to announce that stepping in on keyboards for the dates will be Scott Warren from Heaven And Hell/Dio."
AFM Records presents a new high-class addition to its roster: Orden Ogan. The Melodic/Power/Folk Metal band from Arnsberg, Germany, is one of Europe´s hottest prospects of the last years. Orden Ogan have released their first own-pressed CD "Testimonium A.D." in 2004, to critical acclaim. Their label debut album "Vale" then followed in February 2008, with again critics praising the band´s undenieable qualities. Despite all their traditional Metal roots, the band never becomes stereotype, but sounds fresh and up-to-date. Symphonic keyboards melt into grinding guitar riffs, bombastic choirs and orchestral arrangements create an impressive wall of sound.
The new Orden Ogan album "Easton Hope" will be released in early 2010. It will be the band´s first world wide release. In August Orden Ogan already uploaded their new video clip „We Are Pirates", which can we viewed here. The song was used by Germany´s biggest TV station RTL for several trailers that aired during the station´s Formula 1 broadcast. More info on the new hopefuls of German Metal can be found here.
The new Nostradameus album "Illusion´s Parade" will be released on November, 13th, 2009. With their five studio albums, the band acuired a true fan base with their own kind of Power Metal which contains American as well as European influences.
The album was once again produced by Anders "Theo" Theander in the famous Roasting House Studios in Sweden. The result is a fresh mixture of speed, heavyness and thrilling intensity.
"Illusion's Parade" cover art] tracklist:
01. Art Of Deception Listen]
03. Walk Of Pain
05. Virgin Mary
06. Eclipse Of The Sun Cult
07. Illusion's Parade
08. Armageddon Forever
09. Time For Madness
10. The Voyager
Lion's Share members Lars Chriss and Sampo Axelsson have, in cooperation with Sidelake Media and Christian Rehn (Angtoria), written the official intro song for Swedish elite ice hockey team Timrå IK (Red Eagles). The clip is shown up on the Jumbotron when the players enter the ice.
"The main riff was based on the song "Shadows" from Lion's Share's "Two" (1997) album, with an AC/DC and Rammstein twist since this style works so well in hockey arenas."
"The Sea Of See Through Skins" is the title of the brand new album by Greek metallers Tardive Dyskinesia that has been released the 12th October via Coroner Records. Aggressive, math, psychotic and obsessive are the keywords that identify this new work, amazingly mixed and mastered by Jochem Jacob at Split Second Sound Studio in Holland (Textures, In-Quest, Chiraw). You can listen to a full preview of the new album here.
"The Sea Of See Through Skins" cover art] tracklist:
01. Triggering The Fear Reactor
05. The Sea Of See Through Skins
06. Brains Trust
07. Ask E Sea
09. Reverse Arms
09. Tinge Of Irony
Reactivated Swedish Atmospheric Black Metallers Algaion have set their third upcoming effort as "Exthros" (meaning "Enemy" in Greek). "Exthros" was recorded at Helltower Studio by Algaion live/studio drummer Robert Eng (also of Corporation 187 fame) and the mastering duties were handled by Simon Söderberg at Mayfire Studio.
"Exthros" cover art] tracklist:
02. That Time Is Nigh
03. Theos Tou Aimatos Listen]
04. We Are The Enemy
05. The Last Of Cursed Days
06. Nature Our Slave
07. Ruach Adversi
08. This Is Our Temple
09. Sign Of Evil Existence / The Era Of Satan Rising
10. House Of War
Finnish metal band Swallow The Sun has posted a new song, ''These Woods Breathe Evil'', at their MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/swallowthesundoom. This track comes off the bands upcoming album ''New Moon'', which will be released in early November via Spinefarm Records.
"Italy In Progress Tour 2009" YtseJam Kr + Twinspirits + guests
Twinspirits and OnStage Booking are pleased to announce the first leg of "Italy in Progress Tour 2009", which will kick off in December, bringing the band in some of the best rock live club around Italy:
"Italy In Progress Tour 2009"
YtseJam Kr + Twinspirits + guest
03/12/2009 "MILANO in progress 2009" Zoe Club - Milano
04/12/2009 "BOLOGNA in progress 2009" Ke Me Meo - Argelato (BO)
05/12/2009 "PADOVA in progress 2009" Country Star - Albignasego (PD)
10/12/2009 "PERUGIA in progress 2009" Urban Club - Perugia
11/12/2009 "CASERTA in progress 2009" Oddly Shed - Casagiove (CE)
Champions of the old school Swedish death metal style (Stockholm, not Gothenburg), Ventura, California's Fatalist pay tribute to the likes of Nihilist, Grave, Entombed, and Dismember on debut full-length The Depths Of Inhumanity. The follow up to 2007's impressive (and now sold out) Loss demo will be released on November 23, 2009 on Ibex Moon Records. While the influences are obvious, the band injects its own personality into these 11 songs, while staying true to the bruising 'n buzzing sounds of early 90s Stockholm.
Guitarist/vocalist Neil Burkdoll (Dirty Dead, Stump) Burkdoll had this to say about the recording: "Well, three years in the making; it has been a long ass time. Our album The Depths of Inhumanity is finally going to see the light of day on Nov 23, 2009. It is 11 songs of old school death metal that we hope you guys enjoy. We really tried to make each song stand alone from the others and have their own identity. We are happy as hell that the album is coming out on Ibex Moon as well. We really felt that we would fit nicely on the Ibex Moon roster and it was a great day when John agreed to talk to us about an album deal. Things went really smooth with the label and we hope to work with them again in the future."
Taiwanese extreme metallers Chthonic have been honored with the "Best International Artist" award for their participation in the Free Tibet concert in Taipei on July 11 of this year. The award was given out at this year's Tibetan Music Awards, which took place on October 10 in McLeod Ganj, India.
Says vocalist Freddy Lim: "This is an honor for all the performers, staff, volunteers, and audiences involved with the Free Tibet concert earlier this year in Taiwan. Let's keep fighting for justice and freedom, and I believe that all Tibetans will be winners and earn their rights eventually!"
Chthonic is currently on tour with Satyricon in support of its latest album, "Mirror of Retribution", which was issued in the U.S. on September 15 via Spinefarm Records.
An e-card for "Lightslaying Rituals", the forthcoming album from French black metallers Temple Of Baal, can be found at this location. The album was recorded at Paris' Hybreed Studios by Andrew Guillotin last April and will be released on November 27th via Agonia Records.
"Lightslaying Rituals" cover art] tracklisting:
01. Piercing The Veils Of Slumber
02. Triumph Of Heretic Fire
03. Black Sun Of The Damned
05. Dead Cult
06. Hate Is My Name
07. Poisoned Words
08. Vectors To The Void
09. Blessings Of Blackfire