Teutonic Thrash veterans Destruction have entered the Hansen Studio and have revealed their new album will be entitled "D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N."! The official AFM Records press release reads as follows:
"2008 - 25 years of German Thrash Metal history has elapsed, but still the unrelenting Thrash Monster that is Destruction is hungry, out there and on your trail!! The degeneration of the human race human can be delayed no longer.
Perfectly transforming this ethos into 10 destructive new Thrash hymns including blistering moments such as "Offenders Of The Throne", "Under Compulsion" or "Doomed To Devolution", this upcoming album will re-write Thrash Metal history! Meaner and more musical than ever before, the German metal originator reports back after three years without a new studio record! Sure, "Thrash Anthems" put down a marker, but that was bringing the past stingingly up to date. This is the future. Mark the 29th of August as an "Official" Thrash Metal Holiday!!!
Danish metallers As We Fight have issued the following update:
"We're sad to announce that after seven years with the band, Jason Campbell will be moving on. We'd like to wish him all the best in the future!
No shows will be cancelled!!!
We're excited to announce that our friend Esse (Numbnuts) will give us a helping hand for the shows in Denmark and Germany in May, where we furthermore will air a couple of songs from the upcoming album! See you guys on the road!"
Italian metallers Stormlord have issued the folowing update:
"Another new song from "Mare Nostrum" is online and ready to be listened!
Now it's time for 'Neon Karma' song, a killer carchy song that will make the happiness of the fans of 'Wurdulak' song! Just go to our Myspace profile and check it! As usual, we are waiting for your impressions!!!!"
'Neon Karma' track comes off the band's fourth full-length album, entitled "Mare Nostrum", which will be release on May 23th via Locomotive Records.
The album was recorded at Giuseppe Orlando's Outer Sound Studios (Necrodeath, Novembre, Klimt 1918) and was mastered at Finnvox Studios by Mika Jussila (HIM, Children Of Bodom, Nightwish, Sentenced).
Andreas Hedlund (frontman of Borknagar, Vintersorg) has launched a new project under the name Gravisphere. An unmixed track from the band, "Teleporting The Universe", is available for streaming on the Gravisphere MySpace page.
An update by the band reads as follows:
"We almost have all the music ready for what will be the debut album from Gravisphere. The songs are in the same style as Teleporting the Universe, but in the same time very different. Every song has its unique touch, but you can still recognize that it is Gravisphere.
It has been some speculation around wich label that will release the album. So far we have not signed Gravisphere to any label. So, anyone interested out there can send us a mail."
"Mankind's sense for creativity probably manifests best in the sheer unlimited ways of torturing, mutilating, and killing each other. Successfully applying this atrocious inventiveness to their perversely precise sonic executions, "European death metal butchers" Aborted with members hailing from Belgium, France & UK have refined and re-defined the tools of their trade on their sixth full-length "Strychnine.213" to murder the listener with unimaginably gruesome, shockingly diverse brutality.
Besides the macabre cover artwork by Colin Marks / Rain Song, Aborted now present you two new songs from their stunning follow-up to 2007's much-lauded Century Media debut "Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture" at their revamped MySpace site.
Spanish metallers Dark Moor have issued the following update:
"Dark Moor are working on new songs for the next album wich is planned to be recorded this summer in the New Sin Studios in Italy. The release date for the next album will be between the end of 2008-2009. Stay tuned for more news!"
A trailer for "Sacred 2" including some new Blind Guardian music has been posted at http://www.gametrailers.com. The direct link to the high definition version is HERE and to that of the standard definition version HERE.
A more detailed explanation is given at this location. All info on http://www.blind-guardian.com.
Italian metallers Lacuna Coil have announced their first headlining Australian tour.
20/06 - Perth, AUS @ Metro
22/06 - Adelaide AUS @ Fowlers
24/06 - Melbourne AUS @ Billboard
26/06 - Sydney AUS @ The Enmore
27/06 - Brisbane AUS @ The Arena
Frontwoman Cristina Scabbia states: "AAAAAAH!" Hell yeah, that's EXACTLY what I yelled when I heard we were going back to AUSTRALIA!!!!!!! If you know Lacuna Coil you already know how many times we said we had a blast on the Gigantour with Megadeth and that we were just waiting to come back and kick ass again. This time we get to play more material for you, and spend more time hanging out with everyone in that wonderful place. Now it's the right time, and WE ARE COMING BACK! And trust me, it's gonna be FUN! Love you all, rock on!"
Hate Eternal will utilize the bass playing skills of J.J. Hrubovcak (Vile, Divine Rapture, Randall Flagg) on their upcoming European tour with Cephalic Carnage and Skeletonwith.
Dates are as follows:
9 - Würzburg, Germany at AKW (with Deadborn)
10 - Leipzig, Germany at Conne Island (with Deadborn)
11 - Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle (with Deadborn)
13 - Prague, Czech Republic at Exit Chmelnice (with Deadborn)
14 - Wien, Austria at Arena (with Deadborn)
15 - Ljubljana, Slovenia at Gala Hala (with Deadborn)
16 - München, Germany at Feierwerk (with Deadborn)
17 - Verona, Italy at Lucille Club (with Deadborn)
18 - Rome, Italy at Alpheus Club (with Deadborn)
20 - Martigny, Switzerland at Les Caves du Manoir (with Deadborn)
Norwegian black/death metallers Allfader posted the following item on their official website:
"Since the release of 'At Least We Will Die Together' in 2006 we had a period where our guitarist Per was very indifferent and not motivated to continue with the band. We didn't fire him because I go back with him quite a few years and was hoping his feelings would change. They did not, at least not fast enough. So eventually I took over his guitar duties. That's why things have been a bit slow over here. There’s no bad blood, no scandals. We’ve all moved on.
At first I was apprehensive about playing guitar while singing, but it has worked out incredibly well. Also, I feel I'm more in touch with the material when we write, and the writing process itself has been smoother than ever. We also did more shows in 2007 than the years 2001-2006 combined.
Amidst many rumors it has been announced earlier today that Kory Clarke, of Warrior Soul will be the new front man effective immediately.
The news comes as the band returns to their Chicago homes following a successful European Tour.
Trouble founder and guitarist, Rick Wartell explains:
It was a mutual agreement, you need to follow your heart in this business and if you are not into it a hundred percent then it is time to move on. We all felt it was the best thing for all parties involved. There are no hard feelings. I'm sure Eric will continue making music and we wish him the best.
We are very excited to have Kory step in and take over the vocals for trouble. He is been one of my favorite frontmen in this industry for many years he will add a new dimension that we can use. It is not like we just picked out some guy to fill in, this is one of rocks most dynamic and creative frontmen in the industry. I know that when trouble fans get a taste of what Kory does, they will not be disappointed at all. Anyone who has seen Kory with Warrior Soul already knows what to expect, and it's awesome.
The following message was posted on the official Nuclear Blast website:
"The ink on the contract hasn't dried yet and we can already proudly report the return of Nuclear Blast-veteran Peter Tägtgren and his Industrial Metal band Pain! After more than ten years have been passing by since the release of the self-titled Pain debut on Nuclear Blast, the swedish mastermind and Hypocrisy-mainman is already busy working on his comeback album that is scheduled for a release in October 2008. Pain have also just returned from an immensely successful European tour as a support act for Nightwish, which led them through 18 countries and was being witnessed by approximately 150.000 people. Welcome home, Peter!"
Dutch death/thrash metal act Detonation have announced parting ways with drummer Thomas Kalksma. Kalksma was one of the original founders of the band and had been part of Detonation for over ten years. Commented by the band: "It was a very hard decision to make, but in the end both Thomas and the band agreed it would be better to part ways. We've had differences of opinion on the future of Detonation and these differences eventually where too strong to overcome. There are no hard feelings mutually and Detonation wish Thomas all the best for his future musical career."
"I regret and feel very glad simultaneously to be leaving Detonation. After a lot of big ups an downs in this band, I feel that the abovementioned differences in opinion took away my passion for this band. Despite the fact that I've been jamming with Koen even before Detonation started, and the fact that i've put alot of effort in this band, I felt a huge need for change during the past months. Therefore i'll move forward and will focus on my other musical activities. I'm also open to interesting offers.
Chaosanct are the latest UK based metal act which features among it's members former Cradle Of Filth guitarist James McIlroy and former Biomechanical drummer Matt C.
The complete Chaosanct is:
James McIlroy - Guitar
Matt C - Drums
Dave R Kuchta - Vocals
Andrew Ongley - Guitar
Tilman Wolff-Moore - Bass
Chaosanct as an entity has been in existence since January '08. Having jammed together way back in the mists of time, a chance re-union at an infamous London Venue saw Andy & James decide to team up and put together something new & exciting. Devoid of all the headaches and difficulties of previous projects, this project has come to embody a sense of freedom and a desire to excel
The search was on to find the right members, people with passion, understanding & drive to succeed. First Dave brought his individual vocal style to the table, having known James for a number of years. On Daves recommendation, Tilman also joined to handle bass duties. Finally in early '08, on the recommendation of Adrian Erlandsson (At the Gates, The Haunted, Cradle of Filth), Matt completed the rhythm section on drums.