Equilibrium's bassist Jen Majura has joined forces with the rock band Evanescence as their new guitarist. This is due to Terry Balsamo's departure after working with Evanescence on two albums. Evanescence's Amy Lee wrote on Facebook that she met Jen Majura during a show in Germany and apparently was impressed by her performance on stage.
The Swedish mergers of swing and metal Diablo Swing Orchestra have a new lyric video for us. It is "Jigsaw Hustle," the first single for the still unnamed album number 4 after Pandora's Piñata. This song also features the band's new vocalist Kristin Evegård and as promised, a good amount of disco beats. You can enjoy the new song below, and don't forget to dance.
Tool's drummer Danny Carey and his long-running project VOLTO! will release their debut album today, July 23rd on iTunes, and August 6th via Fantasy/Concord Music Group everywhere else. The jazz fusion album is called Incitare. They've already released their first-ever video for "Tocino" which you can see at this location. Furthermore, you can already listen to the whole album over here and enjoy it right now.
The British doom/sludge bringers Undersmile have released a new video for the song "Soil", taken from their Wood & Wire 12" split with their acoustic alter-egos Coma Wall. The video was directed by M. Arthur Wickson and you can watch it below. The video was filmed in the spring of 2013 at various locations and tries to capture the band's live energy.
The Dutch symphonic metal band Epica has confirmed that they will stop playing live from the 1st of July due to Simone Simons' pregnancy, but the DVD of their 10 year anniversary called Retrospect will be hitting stores next fall. In other good news, the group also plans to write a new album in the second half of 2013 and release it in 2014.
Not the best week for music fans with The Mars Volta breaking up, now another respected band The Devil's Blood quits making music. The reason for disbandment is unclear so far as the band members Selim and Farida Lemouchi posted a vague message on their Facebook page.
Most prog fans still remember Dissona after their self-titled album released last year, but they have surprised the fans by revealing that they would be sharing a previously unreleased album, Ten Masks. The album was recorded in 2009 and it is now available as a digital release and stream on their Bandcamp page.
In other good news for avantgarde metal fans, Todtgelichter have revealed the cover art and tracklist for their much-anticipated new album called Apnoe, to be out in March/April 2013. The band also promised to release a teaser trailer soon. Apnoe is the successor to their previous album Angst, which was released back in 2010.
The avantgarde metal band Diablo Swing Orchestra has expanded their craziness by releasing a video for the song "Black Box Messiah". This is their first music video off the new album Pandora's Piñata, and it was directed and shot by Klas Hjertberg. You can enjoy the video below.
Norwegian extreme progressive metal band The Fallen Divine has released a new video for the song "Fire Lights The Night (Self Ignition)". The song is from The Binding Cycle, their first full-length album released in 2011. Indie Recordings later signed the band and released it in May 2012. Check out the video directed by Magnus Borka Kloster-Jensen below.