For those of us Metalstormers who love the truly awesome, amazing, crushing wall of sound which is Minsk, it is time for a Saturday Feel Bad. The band is now on indefinite hiatus. Woe is us. From their facebook page:
Dysfunction, Sad News, Indefinite Hiatus...
by Minsk on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 9:56am
We regret to have to say that for the immediate and indefinite future, Minsk will be on a continued hiatus. In the recent months, it's been increasingly difficult to answer the question "what is up with Minsk?" Truthfully, I don't think anyone has a definitive answer. It doesn't feel like we've done everything that we intended to do or exhausted the creative space that Minsk occupied. But times and people change.
Former Dio band members Rudy Sarzo (bass), Simon Wright (drums), Craig Goldy (guitar) and Scott Warren (keyboards) will join forces with singers Tim "Ripper" Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest, Iced Earth) and Toby Jepson (Little Angels, Gun) to play a number of shows in Europe under the moniker Dio Disciples.
Because of Sarzo's commitment to Blue Öyster Cult, James Lomenzo (Megadeth, Black Label Society) will join the band for the European dates until Rudy becomes available.
Ronnie James Dio's widow and manager Wendy recently said the following about this project: "There will never be another Ronnie, but we want to keep his music alive and hope you will support the band and become one of the Dio Disciples."
"Extinction Mantra", a brand-new track from Swedish melodic death metal band Scar Symmetry, has been made available for streaming over at Soundcloud.
Another new track, called "Illuminoid Dream Sequence", is still streaming at this location.
"Extinction Mantra" and "Illuminoid Dream Sequence" come off the band's upcoming new album The Unseen Empire, which will be released on April 15th through Nuclear Blast Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
Amberian Dawn are happy to announce that they're starting the recordings of a new album this summer.
Amberian Dawn's frontman, keyboardist and guitarist Tuomas Seppälä, has composed all ten songs for this new album and vocalist Heidi Parviainen has already started working on the lyrics.
According to Tuomas: "There's going to be some changes in our working methods and the next album is going to sound different compared to our previous albums. We're going to use backing vocalists for example. Earlier we have had only guesting lead singers and no backing vocalists at all. There's some really fast songs on this album and also some 80's- style songs like Valkyries and Kokko from our previous albums. Technically there's great challenges for the band and all the skills possessed by the new line-up will be essential. We're going to break some new limits again and lift the level of our quality even higher than before. With some guesting vocalists or musicians on this album, just like on all our previous albums, this new album is going to be more solid than our latest album End Of Eden."
Dark Tranquillity, Eluveitie, Death Angel, Varg (rotating slot), Mercenary (rotating slot) and Omnium Gatherum will be joining forces for the Neckbreaker's Ball, taking place throughout Europe in October/November.
Neckbreaker's Ball Tour 2011:
Oct. 28 - München, Germany - Backstage
Oct. 29 - Linz, Austria - Posthof
Oct. 30 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Majestic Music Club
Oct. 31 - Wien, Austria - Arena
Nov. 01 - Budapest, Hungary - Club 202
Nov. 02 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Cvetlicarna
Nov. 03 - Milan, Italy - Live Club
Nov. 04 - Klagenfurt, Austria - Messehalle
Nov. 05 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn
Nov. 06 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Nov. 07 - London, England - Electric Ballroom
Deliver Us, the first taste of the upcoming new In Flames album Sounds Of A Playground Fading, will be released as a digital single in May through Century Media Records on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Australia, New Zealand: Friday, May 6th
UK: Sunday, May 8th
North America, Spain, Italy: Tuesday, May 10th
Finland, Hungary: Wednesday, May 11th
Rest Of Europe: Monday, May 9th
Sounds Of A Playground Fading will be out on the following dates: on June 15th in Sweden, on June 17th in Germany, on June 20th in the rest Of Europe and on June 21st in North America through Century Media Records.
German black metallers Secrets Of The Moon have enlisted Triptykon head honcho Thomas Gabriel Fischer (ex-Hellhammer, ex-Celtic Frost) and Triptykon guitarist Victor Santura (who was also the producer for Obscura, Pestilence, etc.) to mix their new upcoming album, Seven Bells, at Woodshed Studio in Bavaria, Germany.
Fischer posted the following update on his blog: "Back once again at V. Santura's Woodshed Studio in the Bavarian countryside near Landshut, Germany, this time to mix the new album by Secrets Of The Moon, Seven Bells, together with V.
These sessions easily rank among the most fascinating, enthralling, and constructive I have ever been a part of. The friendship with Secrets Of The Moon, which has begun in such a unique manner, shall hopefully persist for a very long time."
Talking about Shining, it's only been a few days since Niklas Kvarforth announced his departure from one of his other bands Den Saakaldte.
That band has now introduced their new vocalist in the person of Øyvind "Maztema" Hægeland (Spiral Architect, ex-Arcturus, ex-Lunaris).
The band released the following statement: "When Niklas decided to leave Den Saakaldte in order to focus to his main band Shining, we knew that it would be damn difficult to find someone capable and charismatic like Niklas is.
We think we did well in finding that person... We are proud to announce that the new vocalist of Den Saakaldte, is no other than Mr. Øyvind Hægeland, known for his amazing work with Spiral Architect, Arcturus, Scariot, etc.
"Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel", a brand-new track from Swedish extreme metallers Shining, has been made available for streaming over at Soundcloud.
"Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel" comes off the band's upcoming new album VII - Född Förlorare (trans: Born Loser), which will be released on May 25th through Spinefarm Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
A song-by-song by Shining frontman Niklas Kvarforth can be read at this location.
Subscribers of Swedish hard-rock magazine Close-Up Magazine are in for a little treat: none other than Arch Enemy are featured in the next issue of Close-Up Magazine with a special CD attached, entitled Dawn Of Khaos.
This special Dawn Of Khaos CD features: two exclusive new songs of the upcoming album Khaos Legions, a rare Kiss cover song, called "The Oath" (previously released in Japan-only), two unreleased live tracks and seven more classic songs off their previous records, including "My Apocalypse", "Dead Eyes See No Future", "We Will Rise", "Ravenous" and "Beast Of Man".
More info (in Swedish) can be found over here.
Khaos Legions will be released on May 30th in Europe and on June 7th in North America through Century Media Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
Italian brutal death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse are busy working on new material.
The band issued the following update: "We are really hard at work on a brand new album for a summer release. Ideally during Summer Slaughter Festival in North America. We are seeking a new home as well. We promise to bring some more news soon... so guys stay tuned!"
Exact cities, venues and dates for the North American Summer Slaughter Tour - which will run from July 21st through August 21st - will be announced on April 20th.
The billing for the travelling festival is shaping up as follows: The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Darkest Hour, Six Feet Under, Dying Fetus, As Blood Runs Black, Oceano, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Powerglove.
The band has released the following update: "After a successful world tour with more than 100 concerts all over the globe in support of their latest release Tinnitus Sanctus in 2008, Edguy have entered the studio to record a new album.
Still under the influence of their arena tour as special guests of Scorpions and the latest Avantasia world tour (featuring Tobias Sammet and Felix Bohnke), Edguy feel it's about time to squeeze their energy on tape in a recording studio again. This time the band has chosen the famous Peppermint-Park in Hannover (Scorpions, Phil Collins), according to the band " a recording temple with a tremendously great sounding room".
As we have reached the month of the release of Septicflesh's new masterpiece The Great Mass, it is time for revelation.
You can now witness the Suicidal God statue in all its gruesome glory, the final part that completes the cover artwork of the CD+DVD digipak, the gatefold LP and the dust jacket of the artbook edition.
The Great Mass will be released on April 18th in Europe and April 19th in North America through Season Of Mist. More album details were previously reported over here and over here.
Keyboardist Per Wiberg has been relieved of his duties in Opeth as part of a mutual decision with the band. Keyboard duties on upcoming tours will be handled by a musician who is already rehearsing with the band. Said musician's identity will be released at a later date.
Vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt released the following statement about the matter: "Well, it's been somewhat of a revolving door of members during the last couple of years, and now, Per is no longer a member. Mendez, Axe and Fredrik and I came to the decision that we should find a replacement for Per right after the recordings of the new album, and this came as no surprise to Per. He had, in turn, been thinking about leaving, so you could say it was a mutual decision. There's no bad blood, just a relationship that came to an end, and that's that. We wish Per the best, and he did a splendid job recording keyboards for the last record, which stands as his final recording with Opeth."