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Mägo De Oz - Long-Time Vocalist Leaves The Band

Spanish folk heavy metal band Mägo De Oz have announced that their vocalist, José Andrea, has decided to leave the band after 15 years.

Here it is the official statement: "José Andrea and Mägo de Oz, by agreement, amicably, have decided to break up our relationship and terminate it in a stage where we could enjoy one of the most magical voices of Spanish Rock in the past 15 years."


Band profile: Mägo De Oz
Posted: 03.11.2011 by Angel Of Rage | Comments (7)

Sirenia - Introduce New Guitarist

Norwegian metallers Sirenia have issued the following update:

"We are very happy to announce Sirenia's new guitar player. Jan Erik Soltvedt has joined the band and will take over the place as lead guitarist. Some of you already know Jan Erik from the shows at Wacken Open Air and GSM Fest. We bid him welcome aboard and look forward to more touring together. First up is the South American tour, so we ask all our South American fans to give Jan Erik a warm welcome."


Band profile: Sirenia
Posted: 25.10.2011 by Angel Of Rage | Comments (1)

Tygers Of Pan Tang - To Record New EP

January 2011 will see the Tygers Of Pan Tang go into the studio to record a special EP to celebrate 30 years since the release of their iconic album release Spellbound. The EP will be titled The Spellbound Sessions and include 6 songs from the original album re-recorded by the current Tygers line-up.

The songs the band have chosen are:

01. Hellbound
02. Don't Stop By
03. Tyger Bay
04. Gangland
05. Take it
06. Mirror

All these tracks will be completely re-recorded.

2010 saw the band record The Wildcat Sessions EP and the feedback was fantastic so the band wanted to continue with this concept. The band have always respected their past releases which form the majority of the live show set so it is a fitting tribute.

The recording will be completed in January 2011 and then following the licence application and manufacture should be available from the webshop from early February. The EP will also be available at the live shows during 2011.


Band profile: Tygers Of Pan Tang
Posted: 23.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (1)

Warrior Soul - New Album Update

Warrior Soul will be hitting the studio in January to record their eagerly anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed Destroy The War Machine album.

More updates as they happen.


Posted: 17.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (0)

Poisonblack - Start Recording New Album

Finnish metallers Poisonblack - who are a quartet again after the departure of guitarist Janne Markus (The Man-Eating Tree) a couple of weeks ago - will begin recording their new studio album in January. Lead & Roll Vol. 5 will be the working title of the band's fifth full-length.

Here's the official word from the band: "So it is set. The recordings for the next album will start January 14th 2011 in Antfarm studios, Århus Denmark with Tue Madsen as the producer. We'll keep you posted as the recordings start and progress. So until then sleep tight and dream of Sodoma."


Band profile: Poisonblack
Posted: 17.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (0)

Ill Niño - US Live Shows Announced

Ill Niño is pleased to announce their return with a new US headlining tour Restore The Insanity 2011 Tour. The 26 city tour begins on January 18th and runs through February 20th! Support on the trek will come from Anew Revolution, Ekotren and Fashion Bomb. More dates will be announced soon.

Ill Niño - Restore The Insanity Tour:

Jan 18 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
Jan 19 - Rack N Roll - Riverview, MI
Jan 20 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Jan 21 - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
Jan 25 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
Jan 27 - Key Club - West Hollywood, CA
Jan 28 - Last Day Saloon - Santa Rosa, CA
Jan 29 - Feelgoods - Las Vegas, NV
Feb 01 - Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
Feb 03 - Trees - Dallas, TX
Feb 04 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX
Feb 05 - The City Club of Houma - Houma, LA
Feb 07 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Feb 10 - The Norva - Norfolk, VA
Feb 11 - Jaxx Nightclub - Springfield, VA
Feb 13 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
Feb 15 - Palladium - Worcester, MA
Feb 16 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
Feb 17 - Santos Party House - New York, NY
Feb 18 - The Wescott Theater - Syracuse, NY
Feb 19 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA


Band profile: Ill Niño
Event: Ill Niño: Restore The Insanity Tour
Posted: 15.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (3)

As I Lay Dying - North American Headlining Tour

As I Lay Dying will hit the ground running in 2011 with a full US tour. The dates start on February 12th at the Aggie Theater in Ft. Collins, CO and wrap up March 18th in Sacramento, CA. The tour will hit cities that the band hasn't been to in years and cities the band has yet to visit. The full schedule is below. This is a great opportunity for fans to see As I Lay Dying in an intimate club-setting, which should make for some insane circle pits and stage dives.

Support on the tour will come from Winds Of Plague and After The Burial.

02/12 - Ft. Collins, CO @ The Aggie Theater
02/14 - Fargo, ND @ The Venue
02/15 - Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
02/16 - Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theater
02/17 - Green Bay, WI @ Riverside Ballroom
02/18 - Lansing, MI @ The Loft
02/19 - Dayton, OH @ The Attic Club
02/20 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
02/21 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
02/22 - Providence, RI @ The Met
02/24 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
02/25 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
02/26 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
02/27 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
02/28 - Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
03/01 - Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
03/02 - Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
03/03 - Tampa, FL State @ Theater
03/04 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
03/05 - Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
03/06 - Pensacola, FL @ American Legion Hall
03/07 - Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
03/09 - Columbia, MO The @ Blue Note
03/10 - Tulsa, OK Cain's @ Ballroom
03/11 - Wichita, KS @ The Cotilion
03/12 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
03/13 - Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
03/15 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre
03/16 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brew
03/17 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
03/18 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades


Band profile: As I Lay Dying
Event: As I Lay Dying
Posted: 15.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (0)

Flotsam & Jetsam - Part Ways With Guitarist

Flotsam & Jetsam guitarist Mark Simpson has decided to leave the band in friendship.

Simpson released the following statement: "I've decided to leave the band. No bad blood at all, of course. Those guys are my brothers, nothing will ever change that and I will continue to support them always. I'm ridiculously happy The Cold is doing so well in the press and with the fans but I'm just taking this moment to move on and try something new. It's as simple as that.

Thanks to everyone that I've had a chance to work with and a huge thank you to all the passionate and loyal fans that I had the honor to meet over the years. Buy The Cold! Flots out."


Band profile: Flotsam And Jetsam
Posted: 13.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (0)

Izegrim - New Song Available For Streaming

Dutch Thrash/Death metal band Izegrim have made a brand-new track available for streaming. Check out "Victim Of Honor" at the band's MySpace page. The song comes off the group's upcoming effort Code Of Consequences, to be released in February 2011 via Listenable Records.


Band profile: Izegrim
Posted: 11.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (1)

Suicidal Tendencies - Australian Tour Dates

Suicidal Tendencies will embark on an Australian tour in May 2011. Tickets go on sale Thursday December 16. Confirmed live shows include:

May 12 - Gold Coast, AUS @ Coolangatta Hotel
May 13 - Brisbane, AUS @ The Hi-Fi
May 14 - Sydney, AUS @ The Metro
May 15 - Melbourne, AUS @ Billboard
May 17 - Adelaide, AUS @ Fowlers
May 18 - Perth, AUS @ The Capitol


Band profile: Suicidal Tendencies
Event: Suicidal Tendencies
Posted: 11.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (2)

Samael - To Reveal New Album Title Later This Month

Samael will reveal the title of their new album on the winter solstice 2010, being the 21th of December. Stay tuned.

The band entered the studio back in August to record the successor of Above. The new album is slated for an April 2011 release via Nuclear Blast Records.

The album's first single is titled "Antigod" and can still be streamed at MySpace. More details for the Antigod EP were previously reported here.


Band profile: Samael
Posted: 11.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (0)

Einherjer - Signs With Indie Recordings

Indie Recordings is proud to announce the signing of Einherjer.

Official press release: Legendary Viking Metal act Einherjer have signed to Indie Recording for the release of their comeback album due out in the spring of 2011.
Einherjer was one of the very first bands to use the Viking thematic and the Norse mythology in metal, and are one of the founders of this now widely acclaimed metal sub-genre.

Their name also origins from the Norse mythology as Einherjer is a vikings life after death. When a viking was slained in battle, he was brought up to Valhalla by the Valkyries, for then to join the army of Einherjers and help the Gods in their clash against the Giants in the age of Ragnarok.

Einherjer disbanded in 2004 after the release of their album Blot through Tabu Recordings. Einherjer was gone until 2008 when they announced their return to the live scene, and in 2009 they played the Wacken, Ragnarock, Kaltenbach and some selected dates on the Paganfest 09 tour. Einherjer is currently finishing up their 5th studio album, still in the spirit of their previous releases.

Einherjer on the signing: "Finally, after a long wait, we're very proud to announce that we have chosen the most dedicated, enthusiastic and hard working label to release our next albums... Indie Recordings! To work with this level of professionalism is something we've always emphasized, and Indie Recordings has shown through the years that they can deliver. This will be the start of a new chapter for us and we look into the future with great expectations and a great deal of excitement. We do it our way... we always have and always will!

More details on the upcoming album and live shows will be announced shortly.


Band profile: Einherjer
Posted: 11.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (4)

Katatonia - New Night Over South America Tour Dates

Katatonia will be touring South America in February 2011. Below is the official statement of the band:

"There's been quite a few rumours going on about us touring South America and we're very happy to announce that those rumours are true! We're all very excited and can't wait to get our asses over and enjoy all the good things South America has to offer. Tour dates are as follows and ticket links will be up soon."

February 20, 2011 - Mexico, Mexico City, Circo Volador
February 22, 2011 - Colombia, Bogota, Teatro La Mama
February 24, 2011 - Chile, Santiago de Chile, Teatro La Cupula
February 25, 2011 - Argentina, Buenos Aires, Roxy Live
February 26, 2011 - Uruguay, Montevideo, VENUE TBC
February 28, 2011 - Brasil, Sao Paulo, Hangar 110

35732 for the dates!]


Band profile: Katatonia
Event: Katatonia: New Night Over South America Tour
Posted: 11.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (3)

Annihilator - Former Touring Drummer Passed Away

Dave Machander, touring drummer for Annihilator on Refresh the Demon Europe tour 1996, has sadly lost his battle with cancer. Annihilator mainman Jeff Waters released the following statement:

"A few weeks ago (while I was touring in Europe), I got word that we lost a former member of Annihilator's touring lineup, Dave Machander. He passed away from cancer.

Dave was a super nice guy. I met him under stressful circumstances. In 1996, we did a record called Refresh The Demon. Randy Black was our drummer then and I had bought everyone's plane tickets for our upcoming Refresh the Demon EUROPE tour 1996.

12 days BEFORE the tour weas supposed to start, I get a call from Randy telling me that, if I did not pay him dounle+ the money I was to pay him for the tour, that he would not come along and would join another Vancouver artist "Bif Naked" instead (as she apparently was offering more money). I told him that we could not afford this and that it is very, very wrong to hold us "hostage" like this. He ended up leaving for Bif Naked (which ended up lasting one tour and he was out anyway!) but, more importantly, Randy Black left us with NO DRUMMER, a cancelled flight that I did not get my money back for and a tour in 12 days!!!

12 days is wayyyy too short of a time to get someone to jump in and play an Annihilator set and I still had to hope I could find someone!!

Dave Davis, our long-time guitar player, suggested his friend Dave Machander and thought he could handdle the gig/pressure. I was not convinced but had no other option than to literally say "you are in", before I even heard him play drums!

We rehearsed on Vancouver Island, near where both Dave's lived. We had 6 rehearsals scheduled. Normally, for a drummer with us, headlining Europe, we would need 10 reherasals.

Many drummers play along with a "click". That is a cowbell kind of sound that keeps a time/beat in the drummer's earphones and lets him play close to perfect timing... it helps him zoom in and play tighter than without one. Well, Dave was not playing well to it. Turns out, he had never played to one before. I was in panic mode. So was everyone else. So by the 4th rehearsal of 6, I was ready to cancel. Almost. Then Dave Davis said "Jeff, why don't we simply take Machander OFF the click and let him just "feel" the music".

I said "Might as well try, Dave".

We did. INSTANTLY, the guy played fantastic. Really good. Better than good. He then really only had 2 good rehersals with us and then got on the plane with us and kicked ass on that tour. The guy pulled through and stuck with it. Most guys would have quit after the first few rehearsals but he would not give up. And thanks to Dave Davis for the tour-saving suggestion!


Band profile: Annihilator
Posted: 09.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (14)

Sodom - New Drummer Introduced

German thrash metallers Sodom have introduced their new drummer after the departure of long-time drummer Bobby Schottkowski early last week.

The new drummer is Markus "Makka" Freiwald - who is known for playing with bands, such as: Despair, Flaming Anger, Voodoocult, Kreator, Moonspell, and Rotting Christ.


Band profile: Sodom
Posted: 09.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (7)