King Diamond backing vocalist Livia Zita (who is also King Diamong's wife) has issued the following update on King's (real name: Kim Bendix Petersen) health status:
"Let me catch you all up on the past couple of weeks' happenings, because it affects many things.
On Monday the 29th of November, King had to be transported to the nearby hospital by ambulance. After several different tests were done and the EKG machine showing abnormalities, the doctors recommended that he get a cardiac catheterization.
Cardiac catheterization is a procedure where the doctors lead a very thin tube up from the leg and into the heart, where it injects dye into the bloodstream. Then a camera at the end of the tube takes many pictures of the heart's arteries, looking for blockages. After this was done, they determined that King had several heart attacks, and three of his heart's arteries were the cause: one was completely blocked, the second was 90% blocked, and the third was 65% blocked.
Rhapsody Of Fire are proud to announce the first dates of their upcoming worldwide tour, in support of the new album The Frozen Tears Of Angels, released in April via Nuclear Blast Records. Here they are:
November 10th, 2010 - Beijing - China
November 12th, 2010 - Shanghai - China
November 13th, 2010 - Taipei - Taiwan
November 20th, 2010 - Mexico City - Mexico
November 29th, 2010 - Santiago - Chile
Streams Inwards, Mar De Grises' forthcoming album, will be released on August 30th (September 14th in North America) by Season Of Mist. You can now download a full song from the album for free! Check out "Shining Human Skin" here (MP3).
All you need to know about the new album can be read here.
Finnish cello-rockers Apocalyptica are set to release a new album this summer. The word got out last week already, but it seems that nobody is paying attention/cares around here (so thanks Daggon). However, seeing this band has at least 250 fans on Metal Storm, this might be something you want to know. Anyway, here's the full news:
"Apocalyptica just announced a summer debut for their latest metal-inspired creation. The new album will follow up their chart-topping release Worlds Collide (released in 2007) featuring the #1 Billboard single "I Don't Care" produced by Howard Benson (Motörhead, Papa Roach, Sepultura). Three Days Grace front man Adam Gontier provided vocals for the track and sultry video, which became a top 20 fixture on the modern rock charts for nearly an entire year.
Andreas Halvardsson has decided to step down as the drummer of Diablo Swing Orchestra due to personal reasons. A statement from the band reads as follows:
"We wish Andreas the best in his future musical endeavors. The good news is that we have found a replacement and would like to say welcome to Petter Karlsson (ex-Therion, Holocoaster) as a full time member of Diablo Swing Orchestra. We've only had one rehearsal together so far but we were all blown away by his drumming so check him out on his MySpace. Petter is also a skilled songwriter so it will be interesting to see what he can add to the already twisted process of making a Diablo Swing Orchestra song.
We are now rehearsing to get ready for touring later this year, new songs are also in the making and pre-production will probably start in the winter. Hope to see you on the road."
The following update was issued on the SIG:AR:TYR's MySpace blog:
"I've been hard at work over the last several months on the third full-length SIG:AR:TYR album. I'm about 2/3 of the way done, and still aiming to be completed by the end of summer.
The new album will be called "Godsaga". Its theme centers around the concept of man transforming into a god, and Odin's sacrifice on the world tree Yggdrasil. This album is not a linear concept album such as "Sailing The Seas Of Fate", but each song deals with these similar themes.
Expect a darker, heavier, more intense and focused album, while still delivering the traditional SIG:AR:TYR hallmarks of previous works."
As stated on the official MySpace blog of the band a couple of days ago:
"Porcupine Tree are happy to announce the forthcoming release of their tenth studio album "The Incident". The record is set to be released via Roadrunner Records worldwide on 21st September, as a double CD.
The centre-piece is the title track, which takes up the whole of the first disc. The 55-minute work is described as "a slightly surreal song cycle about beginnings and endings and the sense that 'after this, things will never be the same again'."
The self-produced album is completed by four standalone compositions that developed out of band writing sessions last December - Flicker, Bonnie The Cat, Black Dahlia, and Remember Me Lover feature on a separate EP length disc to stress their independence from the song cycle.
Finnish metallers Eternal Tears Of Sorrow have posted the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Eternal Tears Of Sorrow has had several setbacks during the past nine months, including the most recent setback, Risto Ruuth leaving the band just before the mixing session. However, Eternal Tears Of Sorrow proves that adversities can be overcome. The band announced an open search and plenty of applications arrived from Finland and abroad. After listening to the demos and having test rehearsals, the band made their decision."
Altti Veteläinen adds: "the new guitarist is Mika Lammassaari from Oulu. Mika has a "heavy hand" when it comes to playing guitar, he has quick fingers and is full energy for the live shows. He is already known from Mors Subita MySpace], an Oulu-based metal band, in which he is responsible for almost all of the band's material."
Lacrimosa's new album will be released on the 8th of May 2009. The band's tenth album will be called "Sehnsucht" (=Longing) and features the following tracklist:
01. Die Sehnsucht In Mir
02. Mandira Nabula
05. A Prayer For Your Heart
06. I Lost My Star In Krasnodar
07. Die Taube
08. Call Me With The Voice Of Love
09. Der Tote Winkel
Check out the official Lacrimosa website for an audio teaser and for a preview of the cover artwork.
Posted by frontman Daemonskald on the official MySpace site:
"I've been busy the last few months and have completed two songs already for the next album. I will release more details on the new album as things become more concrete. I hope to get it out fairly quickly before the end of the year, as "Beyond The North Winds" has done very well and received great reviews, and I want to capitalize on the momentum.
I also took the time to record a cover song (after I swore I would never do one, never say never I suppose...). It is for the Valhalla Productions Bathory tribute, which is only viking-era Bathory songs. I decided to do "Song to Hall Up High", as I don't think its a song that's really been covered much, and I was able to do something a little different with it. There is no point in doing a cover song if all you are going to do is re-do the original. I have no idea what's going on with Valhalla, and if this tribute will see the light of day. If not, I'm sure the song will get MySpace'd here or tagged on to the next album or a re-release of my older albums.
As posted by the band on their website in October already (but only brought to the attention just now):
"We would like to inform everybody that actually the Rhapsody Of Fire band activity relatively to album releases and touring has been suspended, independently from our will, for an unspecified period of time. We are sorry for that. Further news will be made available as soon as we will be in the conditions to release them. Thank you for understanding."
The last news from the band came in June when the announced Rhapsody Of Fire was in a "hard legal fight with MCM and his main representative Mr. Joey De Maio"... No further info was given by the band!
Magic Circle Music was founded by Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio in 2005 in order to give the band (Manowar) complete creative control of their operation. Furthermore it is stated on their website that "they (Manowar) saw many other bands fall to the perils of greed and commercialization in the music industry." and so through Magic Circle Music DeMaio felt he could help other developing artists avoid these "traps".