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."
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."
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:
02. Don't Stop By
03. Tyger Bay
05. Take it
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.
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."
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
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
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."
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.
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
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.
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
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!!!