As Blabbermouth.net exclusively reported earlier today, the surviving members of Dissection have now officially confirmed the death of the band's mainman, Jon Nödtveidt. The group's statement on the matter reads as follows:
"As rumours have started to spread we feel obliged to confirm Jon Nödtveidt's death.
Jon Nödtveidt was a man who lived his life according to his convictions and True Will. A couple of days ago he chose to end his life by his own hands. As a true Satanist he led his life in the way he wanted and ended it when he felt that he had fulfilled his self-created destiny. Not everyone will have understanding or acceptance for his personal path in this life and beyond, but all must respect his choice.
In October and November, Grind/Death Metallers Napalm Death will be touring Europe. It will be the follow up to their 'Monsters Of Mayhem' tour and will cover a dozen countries. Napalm Death's new album 'Smear Campaign' will be released by then, so some songs from the album are to be expected.
Finishing the recording of 'Smear Campaign' their follow-up to 'The Code Is Redů Long Live the Code', Napalm Death posted a preview of the new album, straight from the recording studio. You can stream the video at http://specials.centurymedia.de/video/napalm_death__studio_preview.rm
Songtitles set to appear on the CD include 'Rabid Wolves (For Christ)', 'In Deference', 'Atheist Runt', 'When All Is Said And Done', 'Sink Fast, Let Go', 'Shattered Existence', 'Fatalist' and 'Call That An Option?' 'Smear Campaign' is set for European release via Century Media Records on September 18th (one day later in North America).
Death/Grindcore band Napalm Death have been working away in the studio producing a new album set for release at the end of this year. The new album will be entitled 'Smear Campaign'. So far a fair bit of stuff has been written, and three track names have been decided on. These tracks are: 'Persona Nongrata', 'Smear Campaign' and 'Call That an Option?'. Vocallist Barney Greenway made the following comment regarding the new album:
"This thing is already sounding totally immense - even better than 'The Code Is Red...', from where I'm standing. It's fast and furious, as you'd expect, but we're also throwing a few curveballs in, in true Napalm Death tradition, can't wait for everyone to hear it."
Napalm Death have begun recording their followup to 2005's "Long Live The Code". The tentatively titled "Smear Campaign" is set to be released through Century Media Records at the end of 2006. More details to be released soon.
Napalm Death vocalist Barney Greenway commented, "After working our arses off on new stuff for the last couple of months, we kind of slipped into the studio when noone was looking. This thing is already sounding totally immense - even better than Code..., from where I'm standing. It's fast and furious, as you'd expect, but we're also throwing a few curveballs in, in true ND tradition. Can't wait for everyone to hear it. Take it easy peeps."
Norwegian black metallers 1349 have issued the following statement:
"Due to delays in the processing of the visa-application to enter the USA, 1349 will unfortunately have to cancel their appearance at the Death In The Forest festival, scheduled to find place tomorrow 20'th of may in New York. We've done everything in our power and have followed every procedure to make this happen, and this matter is out of our hands. It is with great dissapointment that we have to announce this, and we share with the fans the frustration this causes- this is mutual from our side."
Withersoul have also been forced to cancel their appearance:
As much as we hate to do this, but Withersoul has cancelled from being
The Death In The Forest Festival, previously set to take place on May 20 at the Orange County Fair Grounds in upstate New York, has been relocated to the Club Avalon at 47 West 20th Street @ 6th Ave in New York City. Trouble with the weather has forced the organizers of Watchers Entertainment to move the festival to Catskill Montain Ranch in Sullivan County where they encountered legal problems with the town officials of Mamakating, forcing them to relocate the festival once again, this time to New York City. As to meet time constraints the event will now be running from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m..
Shane Embury (Napalm Death's bassist) commented concerning the plans of the bands: "we will rehearse our 17th and final track for our new album,then practise like crazed lunatics before heading into the studio on the 13th of may to start recording our 12th full length album."
Italian Black-Thrash band Necrodeath is ready to release their upcoming album via Scarlet Records on 17 of April 2006. The album will be entitled "100% Hell" here you can check the cover art and the tracklist is as follow:
1. February 5th, 1984
2. Forever Slaves
3. War Paint:
4. Master Of Morphine
5. The Wave
6. Theoretical And Artificial
7. Identity Crisis
8. Beautiful-Brutal World
10. 100% Hell
An Mp3 of the song Forever Slaves can be downloaded here.
The final line-up for next year's Maryland Deathfest, which will take place May 27th and 28th @ the Sonar in Baltimore, has been revealed:
Dismember - Sweden
Vital Remains - Rhode Island
Haemorrhage - Spain
Pungent Stench - Austria
Necrophagist - Germany
Demilich - Finland
Unholy Grave - Japan
Machetazo - Spain
Butcher Abc - Japan
Disfear - Sweden
Severe Torture - Netherlands
Anata - Sweden
Sanitys Dawn - Germany
Rompeprop - Netherlands
Cliteater - Netherlands
Skinless - New York
Gorgasm - Illinois
Embalmer - Ohio
Yacoepsae - Germany
Wtn - Singapore
Engorged - Oregon
Burnt By The Sun - New Jersey
Municipal Waste - Virginia
Cenotaph - Turkey
Mucupurulent - Germany
Total Fucking Destruction - Pesnnsylvania
This is a message from Mark Osegueda, frontman of Death Angel, posted on the band's website:
"Hey Guys!! It's Mark here. Thank you for all the support. You guys Fucking rule!!! Just letting you know that I have a new band. Don't get me wrong. I still sing for Death Angel. But while there is this bit of down time. I needed to keep busy. So new is this band that we don't even have a name yet. But I'm lovin it. And it's fun as hell playing again. Probably won't start playing out till early next year. The Music is more straight ahead Balls out rock. (Mc5/ The Bronx) short punchy songs. Very in your face!! For those of you from the Bay Area. The band consists of a couple of guys from Lica-sto, a guy from Tres Pistolas, a guy who was in The Sick, and The OOzies, and a guy from Death Angel!!(me). We have like 6 songs, and more keep coming fast. I'll keep you all posted. But I assure you this does not mean Death Angel is dead. I can't wait to be on stage again with them. But Music is my life, and I can only stay still for so long!! I also can't wait to play out with these guys. It's F*cking Fun man!! Until then, I'll keep you posted. I miss every one of you beautiful mother fucker's.
Two bands have dropped off next year's Maryland Death Fest, scheduled to take place May 27th and 28th 2006 at The Sonar in Baltimore, MD. Those bands are Fistfuck and Frightmare. The following explanation has been posted on the Maryland Death Fest website:
"A band member in Fistfuck had a personal matter come up and won't be able to travel to the US next May. It is not the bands fault, nor is it ours. The band has stated they will play shows in the US as soon as it is possible again.
Also, although Frightmare was the first band we confirmed for MDF IV, they have canceled. Now they don't want to make their appearance exclusive to MDF and that's the only explanation we can provide you. As frustrating as this for us, that's all we're going to say. "
NAPALM DEATH guitarist Mitch Harris spoke to Australia's Themetalforge.com recently about the status of guitarist Jesse Pintado.
"He's out of the band," Harris said pointedly. "He didn't actually leave the band. We sent him home. He had some personal issues. We knew that being in the band wasn't the right environment for his current state of mind. So we sent him home to get some help and support from his family and stuff. We waited for two years for him to get his act together. For example, he didn't even play on Order Of The Leech (from 2002) or the covers album (2004's Leaders Not Followers 2). He just kinda disappeared on us and he became unreliable. There were a lot of issues which were holding us back and confusing the issue and we really just wanted to play ball and just get up there and do what we do, and it was really, really affecting the band in a negative way and it was affecting him in a negative way as well as us personally. We thought it would be best. We gave him 200 million chances and he came back after two years, and his condition hadn't improved and we decided to let him go because he just became unreliable. We have a really hard year ahead of us with lots and lots of touring. We thought it would be best for the band, for the album and also for the fans to just let him go which is a shame because we've been through so much. We've achieved so much together and he's been our room mate for years and just living together we've managed to remain good friends. He wishes us all the best as well as we wish him all the best. I can't put it in any more detail than that because it's his own personal kind of deal. It's his own business really. It's a shame,"