According to a statement sent to the Blabbermouth website:
"It has been rumored that Gaahl and King have disbanded God Seed. However, this is not the case. Gaahl has chosen to retire from metal music. It should not be assumed that this decision has anything to do with Gaahl and King's working relationship. Gaahl has made this decision for his own personal artistic reasons."
King states: "There is no drama and there is no bad blood between us; Gaahl just wants a break from metal. God Seed will be frozen and I'm prepared to pick it up again when the time is right. Meanwhile, I will focus on other musical projects."
After almost 10 years, Maurizio "The Forger" Bugin has left DoomSword for personal reasons.
The band commented: "We are glad that our friendship and brotherhood is still intact and strong, although taking different paths. We in DoomSword thank The Forger from the bottom of our hearts for many years of friendship, fun, plundering and pillage, and we wish him the best of luck with his future."
There are no news about replacement, as the band continues to work for their fifth album.
Jodis, an entirely new outfit involving James Plotkin (Khanate, Khlyst, Phantomsmasher, O.L.D.) Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, Lotus Eaters, House Of Low Culture, GREYMACHINE) and Tim Wyskida (Khanate, Blind Idiot God), is a modern exploration of restrained sonic minimalism and tonal/textural density.
Jodis' "Secret House," as a whole, recalls a void, a shoreless pit, a slow nihilistic decent into absolute blankness... The vocals emote a deviating distress, one that the listener will walk away from also knowing. The guitars loom with an almost inconceivable image of stillness. The percussion possesses an irregular circularity facilitating the general disorientation encapsulating the mood of the record. In summation, a thorough listen would kick the living shit out of your aptitude for co-habituation with other humans.
"Under The Wizard's Sleeve", the new video of Brooklyn, NY-based Wizardry has been made available online. The video was directed by Paul Kermizian along with a crack team of alchemists, pyrotechnicians, astrologers, and soothsayers in the netherworlds of Algonquois.
Wizardry are about to release a new album. More info about the band on http://www.myspace.com/wizardrylives.
Polish Symphonic Power metal band Pathfinder have issued the following update:
"In the waiting for Pathfinder debut album, we decided to record for you a small "music surprise" - this song always enchanted us - since the 80's up to this day. "Moonlight Shadow" by Mike Oldfield - the great song of great composer! Its amazing melody and harmony forced us to move this masterpiece to our world of music: the world of speed, symphony, opera and magic dimensions!
That's only 3 minutes, but we believe, that the magic of power posses your mind and let you dream as far as we release the album!
Expect more surprises... and the moonlight motive is very suitable to the album concept, which you will discover very soon."
Legendary long-running death metal veterans Master have announced their upcoming tenth full-length album as "The Human Machine".
The band has also tapped in Israeli artist Eliran Kantor (Aghora, To-Mera, Gwar, Sickening Horror, etc) to work on the visual aspects of "The Human Machine", whom was also recently responsible for Testament's "Formation Of Damnation" album cover.
The album artwork for "The Human Machine" can be viewed here.
Master are scheduled to start working on "The Human Machine" after completing a series of upcoming Mexican and South American tours and the band will be expected to enter the studio in December 2009.
US metallers Echoes Of Eternity have posted online a new song, "Ten Of Swords", on their MySpace page.
"Ten Of Swords" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "As Shadows Burn", which is scheduled for release in North America on September 22 via Nuclear Blast Records (September 25 in Europe via Massacre Records).
"As Shadows Burn" cover art] tracklist:
01. Ten Of Swords
02. A Veiled Horizon
03. Memories Of Blood And Gold
04. The Scarlet Embrace
05. Descent Of A Blackened Soul
06. Twilight Fires
07. Buried Beneath A Thousand Dreams
08. Letalis Deus
09. Funeral In The Sky
A three-and-a-half minute video trailer with footage from Echoes Of Eternity's bonus DVD is now available.
"Crushed Beyond Dust," the lead track from Skeletonwitch's highly anticipated new album, "Breathing The Fire," due out October 13, is now available for streaming via the band's MySpace.
Vocalist, Chance Garnette, commented about the track: "This song is simply about killing someone with nothing but your bare hands! Plus I was stoked I could find a home for the word "quashed."
"Breathing The Fire," cover art] is the follow up to the band's critically acclaimed album, "Beyond The Permafrost." (Prosthetic Records, 2007). The Athens, OH based band traveled to Seattle, WA to record with producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, High On Fire). The album was mastered by Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer. The band will be on the road in the USA/Canada in September and October supporting Children Of Bodom and The Black Dahlia Murder.
Scar Symmetry have announced the tracklist of their upcoming masterpiece "Dark Matter Dimensions":
01. The Iconoclast
02. The Consciousness Eaters
03. Noumenon And Phenomenon
04. Ascension Chamber
05. Mechanical Soul Cybernetics
06. Non-Human Era
07. Dark Matter Dimensions
08. Sculptor Void
09. A Parenthesis In Eternity
11. Radiant Strain
Drummer Henrik Ohlsson also commented on the choice of the album title and its artwork: "The album title came from the scientific fact that you can't see at least 95% of the universe and despite that fact we behave like we know everything there is to know. We trust our eyes even though they give us a very limited range of perception and we dismiss things because they seem to defy our narrow and cynical sense of logic. The title "Dark Matter Dimensions" stands for an appreciation and acknowledgement of the unseen worlds and dimensions, because without the existence of these unseen forces our physical universe would never be able to exist. These so-called "Dark Matter Dimensions", a term I use for everything unseen, orchestrates everything our eyes are allowed to see. And you can bring this down to a personal level aswell, from the macrocosmic to the microcosmic, and realize that our appearance stands for a small percentage of who we are. At least 95% of what we are consists of consciousness, thoughts, feelings and other unseen activities. So the term "Dark Matter Dimensions" applies on both macrocosmic and microcosmic levels. As above, so below.
At the beginning of the week, Swedish metallers Assailant have posted the following statement about the departure of keyboardist Peder Sandström:
"Some sad but healthy news for all of ya. Our keyboard player Peder Sandström has decided to leave the band due to the lack of interest. And of course we feel that it's a damn shame and a bit sad but we are happy for his sake. It is never easy to leave something you've invested so much time in, but then again, one should never force oneself to stay just because. Be well man and we hope all the best for ya!"
As posted by Whitesnake, a couple of days ago on 12 August:
"Unfortunately, last night at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver, Whitesnake had to cut their performance short due to Mr Coverdale experiencing considerable pain in his vocal chords. He was immediately taken to a specialist for examination. The specialist discovered that David was suffering from severe vocal fold edema and a left vocal fold vascular lesion. He was instructed to cancel all performances for the next two weeks & then undergo a further examination. The doctors told us we were fortunate this was caught at a stage where no apparent permanent damage has been caused. We therefore regretfully have to announce that Whitesnake will not be appearing on the remainder of the US tour with Judas Priest, Whitesnake sincerely regrets any disappointment this may cause."
Keep Of Kalessin have issued the following studio report:
"We are now preparing and recording stuff for our new album, and are also doing our first studioreport today (Friday, 14 August). So stay tuned and we will come with more updates, interviews, clips of the new music and news for the new album.
You can also discuss and get updates from our Keep Of Kalessin forum."
"Heart Of Darkness", the new Burnt By The Sun album, is available for streaming in its entirety at this location.
"Heart Of Darkness" will be released on August 18 in the US (August 24 in the rest of the World) via Relapse Records. The album will be available on CD, limited edition LP, and a limited edition deluxe CD / DVD set that includes all of the band's official music and live videos plus behind the scenes footage shot during the making of "Heart Of Darkness". Additional information on these different formats, including pre-order options, can be found at this location.