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Ark - Breaking Up Again?

So it seems like Ark, who only reformed at the end of 2009, are breaking up again. As usual with Ark, an official statement is missing, but drummer John Macaluso (Chris Caffery, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Jorn) recently posted the following not-to-be-misunderstood message on his Facebook wall:

"Ark is over for good bro. After going through it again, I had it. I am done. I tried but the thing I thought would change did not and I have to move on from it for good. Sorry, could been amazing! Lots of new music coming out soon though."


Band profile: Ark
Posted: 16.07.2011 by Zhao | Comments (8)

Kamelot - Roy Khan Leaves The Band, Seek Replacement (UPDATED)

Original news, published on 22.04.2011

Despite Kamelot themselves not announcing it, Roy Khan has issued a statement on his Myspace confirming the rumors of him leaving the band:

"Dear fans & friends,

There have been a lot of speculations around why I am not touring with Kamelot and I want to make a statement although it may not prevent further guessing as to what's actually going on. It is a fact however that I told the guys in the band already last fall (well after my burnout) that I was leaving the band. Naturally enough they were shocked (as was the label and everyone else working with Kamelot). In addition to risk of dropping ticket sales they wanted to give me time to think things over, and so I did. My decision still stands; It is finished.

I am currently spending time with my family in Norway taking it easy and wondering profoundly what the future is going to bring. Communication with the outer world has been so and so, but I have had several talks with Thomas along the way although I am still called in sick. I am terribly sorry that my decision is affecting so many others and I want you to know I wish the band & associates all the best for the future and that I enjoyed every second in the spotlight. How could I not...they were nourished by the best fans in the world! I am eternally thankful for everything you and Kamelot have given me and equally sorry that it has to end here. The good news is; God was there after all...

Love you to death!

All the best & so long,
Roy Khan"

UPDATED, on 22.04.2011 (Thanks to Zhao)

The remaining members of Kamelot have released the following statement regarding the departure of the band's frontman, Roy Khan:

"With a heavy heart we can now announce that Roy Khan has chosen to leave the band. We wanted to give him ample time for this kind of decision, due to his recent burnout and also the amount of amazing times we have shared with him in Kamelot. We respectfully accept his resignation from the band and wish him the best in his future endeavors. The timing is actually good since we feel the uncertainty the fans have had can now be laid to rest and the band can move on to finding a new singer.

"The tour is going great so far and the fans have been amazing throughout this entire process" - adds keyboardist Oliver Palotai. With the new tour already in progress, Kamelot has already begun the search for a new vocalist. "I have a few guys in mind", said band founder Thomas Youngblood. "And as you can imagine, it is a very important decision. There are some amazing singers that have already contacted us on this but we will take our time to find the right person". Due to the overwhelming success of the recent shows in South America, we are pleased to announce new shows in November/December for Europe (stay tuned).


Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 22.04.2011 by Zhao | Comments (97)

Arcturus - ProgPower USA Show Cancelled

Arcturus has unfortunately cancelled their appearence at ProgPower USA. Ihsahn will replace them.

The band issued the following statement: "Arcturus still suffer from hibernation sickness, and due to outdated parts we deeply regret to inform you: we are canceling Progpower USA. This lack of maintenance is entirely our own fault, and sincere apologies go out to the promoter and all ticket holders, especially those of you who had planned to travel far..."

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston seems just as confused by the statement as everyone else: "I have no idea what the hell that statement means. I'm not going to try and figure it out either, as I have wasted enough time and effort on that "band" already. In the meantime, I would like to personally thank Ihsahn for taking the slot. His professionalism in this situation is greatly appreciated."


Band profile: Arcturus
Event: ProgPower USA XII
Posted: 14.04.2011 by Zhao | Comments (17)

Kamelot - New Video Online

"The Great Pandemonium, the new video from US metallers Kamelot, can be viewed at this location. The video was shot in Sweden and directed by Owe Lingvall of Village Road Films.

"The Great Pandemonium" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Poetry For The Poisoned, which will be released in Europe on September 10 through earMUSIC/Edel. Everything you need to know about this album was previously reported here, here and here.


Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 02.09.2010 by Zhao | Comments (23)

Blind Guardian - Audio Samples Of Entire New Album

Audio samples of all the tracks that are set to appear on At The Edge Of Time, the forthcoming album from German metallers Blind Guardian, are available for streaming at the band's official website.

At The Edge Of Time is scheduled for release on July 30 via Nuclear Blast Records.

At The Edge Of Time cover art] tracklist:

01. Sacred Worlds
02. Tanelorn
03. Road Of No Release
04. Ride Into Obsession
05. Curse My Name
06. Valkyries
07. Control The Divine
08. War Of The Thrones
09. A Voice In The Dark
10. Wheel Of Time


Band profile: Blind Guardian
Posted: 25.06.2010 by Zhao | Comments (12)

Kamelot - New Album Due In September, S. American Shows

In an update on their website, Kamelot announced they'll film a video for "The Great Pandemonium", and indirectly revealed the new as-yet-untitled album will be released somewhere in September.

"Kamelot has tapped Village Road Films and Director Owe Lingvall for the video shoot and production of the song "The Great Pandemonium". The song will appear on Kamelot's upcoming album due in stores September 2010!"

More release details are expected to be revealed soon, so stay tuned. In other news, the band also announced several live dates for South America and Mexico in April next year.

Kamelot keymaster Oliver Palotai states: "We played in Brazil a few years ago and it was amazing. We have heard from fans all over South America and how loud and crazy the fans will be, we know these shows will be killer! In addition to this we have added 2 very exclusive and special concerts in Mexico to this leg."

South American / Pandemonium Tour 2011

April 07, 2011 - Santiago De Chile - CHI - Teatro Caupolica
April 08, 2011 - Buenos Aires - ARG - Teatro Flore
April 09, 2011 - Sao Paulo - BRA - Victoria Hall
April 12, 2011 - Bogota - COL - Downtown Majestic
April 14, 2011 - Mexico City - MEX - Teatro Metropolitan
April 15, 2011 - Chihuahua - MEX - Chihuahua Arena



Band profile: Kamelot
Event: Kamelot: Pandemonium Tour
Posted: 19.06.2010 by Zhao | Comments (11)

Kamelot - Record Deal For Japan

Kamelot have inked a deal with Marquee/Avalon for the Japanese release of the band's forthcoming album, tentatively due in late Summer 2010. The album features special guest appearances by Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), Simone Simons (Epica), Jon Oliva (Jon Oliva's Pain, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and more.

"Marquee/Avalon is happy to have Kamelot - such a great band in our family and we are proud of announcing it. We all hope that Kamelot's fame will be at a higher level with the next album. we trust the band a potential to become so," states Marquee's Naohiro Yamazaki.

Roy Khan adds: "We are very excited about working with Marquee on the new album! We are also planning to return to Japan for some very special concerts with all the amazing fans there."

A release date will be announced in the near future.


Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 25.05.2010 by Zhao | Comments (8)

Dio - Public Memorial Service; Tribute Stages On Sweden Rock And Bloodstock

According to Dio's website there will be a public memorial service for the late legend in Los Angeles.

"There will be a Public Memorial Service for Ronnie James Dio on Sunday, May 30th at 2:00 PM at The Hall Of Liberty located at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068. This will be a celebration of the life and music of Ronnie James Dio and is open to all of his friends and fans from around the world.

For those of you that will be flying in from out of town or out of the country, we are working with various local hotels to arrange discount rates. As soon as we have more information, we will make it available. "

In related news, organizers of Bloodstock Open Air in Catton Hall, UK and Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, have announced there will be a Ronnie James Dio stage as a tribute to the fallen metal icon.

Statement from Bloodstock: "We'd like to pay tribute to one of metal's leading and legendary lights, with the announcement of the renaming of Bloodstock's Main Stage as the Ronnie James Dio stage." A comment by Bloodstock founder Paul Gregory - responsible for the cover artwork for Dio's Angry Machines and Inferno - Last In Live albums - can be read here.

Statement from Sweden Rock: "Ronnie James Dio made five appearances at Sweden Rock Festival: three times with his own band Dio, and twice with Heaven And Hell - most recently just last summer. Ronnie always had a keen eye towards Sweden and Sweden Rock, and over the years we developed a good relationship to both him and his wife/manager Wendy... To honour his memory, we have decided to rename the Zeppelin Stage: this year it will be called Dio Stage. We are also planning a tribute ceremony on one of the main stages. More info on this will follow shortly."

In October, most prominent Swedish metal musicians will do a tribute concert on the Sweden Rock Cruise.


Band profile: Dio
Posted: 20.05.2010 by Zhao | Comments (11)

Blind Guardian - Album Title Revealed

The webmaster of the Blind Guardian website has just announced the title of the new BG album:

"The title of the forthcoming Blind Guardian album is At the Edge of Time. The long awaited follow up to A Twist in the Myth will be released in late summer 2010. More details to come..."

Announced titles so far include:

01. Valkyries
02. Sacred
03. Tanelorn
04. A Voice In The Dark
05. Wheel Of Time
06. Curse My Name
07. Control The Divine

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Band profile: Blind Guardian
Posted: 10.05.2010 by Zhao | Comments (20)

Pain Of Salvation - New Song Online

Pain Of Salvation have posted a new song online, called "No Way". The song appears on the upcoming release Road Salt One, and is available on MySpace.

The album will be available on the following dates:

Sweden: May 12
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: May 14
UK, France, Benelux, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, rest of Europe: May 17
Spain, Italy: May 18
Finland, Hungary: May 19
North America: June 8

Road Salt One cover art] tracklist:

01. What She Means To Me
02. No Way
03. She Likes To Hide
04. Sisters
05. Of Dust
06. Tell Me You Don't Know
07. Sleeping Under The Stars
08. Darkness Of Mine
09. Linoleum
10. Curiosity
11. Where It Hurts
12. Road Salt
13. Innocence

Swedish prog metallers Pain Of Salvation has posted a new song online, named "Linoleum" and "No Way". The song, who will appear on their new album "Road Salt One", is avalible on their newly updated myspace.



Band profile: Pain Of Salvation
Posted: 06.05.2010 by Zhao | Comments (2)

Kamelot - Studio Update

Kamelot vocalist Roy Khan issued the following short update:

"Things are going great here in Wolfsburg! We will take a break next week for Christmas and then we are back to finishing things up. Lots going on here, new album, new setlist for the tour, new label news and more. Lots of diversity on the new record. We hope to announce more details soon including the cover art etc... stay tuned and get ready for a MONSTER 2010! Kamelot has set a tentative release date for their next album for March 22nd, 2010!"


Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 17.12.2009 by Zhao | Comments (11)