Finns Wintersun have released big news recently: Jari Mäenpää will now drop the guitar to focus on vocals when it comes to live performances. So, the band is searching for a new guitarist. Read their update below to find out what is happening exactly. Part of the reason is because the new "material is too complicated" for Jari to sing and play the guitar at the same time.
Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum are hitting the studio next month to record their upcoming album that follows Unsung Heroes. With pre-production out of the way, the band is prepared to begin recording. Work will begin on September 8th at Astia Studio in Lappeenranta, Finland with producer Anssi Kippo. Fans can expect to hear new music at the beginning of January 2015.
Nightwish drummer Jukka Nevalainen will take a break from the recording of the new album and the upcoming tour due to his insomnia. Kai Hahto known from his work with Wintersun and Swallow The Sun will take care of the drums on the upcoming album.
Austrian black metallers Summoning have issued an update concerning their upcoming album and revealing its title. Apart from that, we can also expect a teaser soon before the album is released in the first quarter of 2013. The band's last album Oath Bound was released in 2006.
Scottish folk metallers Alestorm have posted online a new video for the song "Death Throes Of The Terrorsquid" and you can watch it below. The song comes off their latest album Back Through Time, released last year through Napalm Records.
Finnish folk metallers Turisas have announced that current bassist Hannes Horma and accordionist Netta Skog have decided to leave the band due to personal and motivational reasons. Jukka-Pekka Miettinen (ex-Arthemesia, ex-Ensiferum) will be joining the band on bass for forthcoming shows, and Robert Engstrand (ex-Kotipelto, The Flower Kings) will be coming into a completely new role in the band - as keyboard player.
Equilibrium have uploaded another new song "Der Ewige Sieg" from the upcoming album Rekreatur witch will be realased on June 18 via Nuclear Blast. Check it out here.
The band will also shoot a video for this song, commented mainman René Berthiaume: "Der ewige Sieg" is about the renewal of nature and mankind at the turn of the year which also is connected to the album title. The video clip for that song will be directed by Florian Puchert. He's an old friend of the band since I composed the music for some of his movies. Now we're turning tables and he does the flick for our music. Other than our last video we won't have that many digital effects in it rather than going for a more organic and realistic look. He and his team have tons of good ideas and we are looking forward to work with him!"
Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren has issued the following statement:
"It's official: Soilwork will enter the studio in January 2010! The long-awaited follow-up to 2007's Sworn To A Great Divide will be produced by guitarist Peter Wichers and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, Bloodbath). Drums will be tracked at Echo Mountain in Asheville, NC. The rest of the recording is set to take place in Tampa, FL and the mix at Fascination Street in Orebro, Sweden.
Soilwork's as-yet-untitled eighth album will be the first to feature Peter Wichers since his return to the band in 2008, as well as the studio debut with guitarist Sylvain Coudret (Scarve) who also joined last year.
Sonata Arctica have unveiled the new artwork, tracklisting as well as the album title of their forthcoming album. "The Days Of Grays" will see a worldwide release (excluding Asia) through Nuclear Blast Records on September 18th, 2009 (September 22nd in the US of America).
"The Days Of Grays" cover art] tracklist:
01. Everything Fades To Gray (Instrumental)
03. The Last Amazing Grays
04. Flag In The Ground
07. The Dead Skin
09. No Dream Can Heal A Broken Heart
10. As If The World Wasn't Ending
11. The Truth Is Out There
12. Everything Fades To Gray (full version)
13. In The Dark
Sonata Arctica are going to tour through Europe in November/December. This time they are also playing in some countries that weren't included in any previous European tours. See the tourdates below. Some more shows and details will be announced later.
11-12 - Club Roxy - Prague, Czech Republic
11-13 - Masters of Rock Cafe - Zlín, Czech Republic
11-14 - Cassosport Hall - Kosice, Slovakia
11-15 - SKC - Belgrade, Serbia
11-17 - Petõfi Csarnok - Budapest, Hungary
11-18 - Boogaloo - Zagreb, Croatia
11-19 - Szene - Vienna, Austria
11-20 - Backstage - Munich, Germany
11-22 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
11-23 - Longhorn - Stuttgart, Germany
11-24 - Löwensaal - Nuremberg, Germany
Nuclear Blast have posted following news on their website:
"Swiss pagan metal horde Eluveitie just revealed the release date of their long announced folk / acoustic album "Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion". The record will feature guest appearances by Oliver S. Tyr of Faun and Alan A. Nemtheanga of Primordial among others. The album will contain 15 folk songs, mostly written in ancient gaulish language will be unleashed on April 10th 2009 via Nuclear Blast."
Updated (on 20.01.2009, thanks to S.K.Ø.M)
Swiss metallers Eluveitie just revealed the cover artwork of their upcoming new album, entitle "Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion".
Scar Symmetry have announced some new decisions among the band:
"When things went from bad to worse and we realized that it wasn't going to work out with Christian, we were faced with two options; either calling it quits, or seizing the opportunity to take the next logical step in the evolution of our sound. We chose the latter. We've used both growls and clean vocals in our music since day one, and with each album we've pushed the envelope of what you can do vocally in a metal band to the point where a lot of the songs on "Holographic Universe" would be hard if not impossible to sing live. So the question is: Is it really possible to push the vocals even further and manage to perform everything live?