12:46 - Nimlot That's true. Ed Byrne loves them too. He thinks the "pull my finger" gag is the greatest thing in the world. "I think the man who invented it is genius. I'd love to meet him but I'd be too afraid to shake his hand."
Darkane vocalist Andreas Sydow has decided to leave the band and issued his official statement on the Darkane website:
"The time has come, my friends for me to step down from my position as vocalist of the greatest band in the world!
I feel I've reached a stand still in the creative process with Darkane and together we came to the decision to let fresh blood into the band for the upcoming fifth album. Darkane is constantly evolving and I'm sure that this ignition will be great for the band.
We certainly part ways as very good friends and we're in fact still working together on finishing the long awaited DVD. Hopefully the Darkane "Layers of Live" DVD will be released this autumn and, in a way, sum up my 7 years with Darkane and be the perfect closure.
Psycroptic have issued an update on their website:
"Psycroptic have just returned from a short Australian tour and are now currently hard at work writing material for the as yet untitled new album. Live shows have been put on hold as the writing process is now the main priority and all energy is focused on this. It is hoped the band will enter the studio in late 2007 to record, with an early to mid 2008 release planned."
Belgian grinders Leng Tch'e have made the following announcement:
"Last week's tour was awesome and therefore we'd like to give mad props to all the guys in Immolation, Krisiun and Dawn Of Azazel plus the whole Massive Music crew for being excellent professionals and genuinely nice people.
On a lesser note, the drama continues as Svencho decided to quit the band in order to focus on Aborted and other musical projects. We thank him for the years invested in Leng Tch'e and wish him luck in his future endeavors. However, this will definitely not be the end of the band since we feel that "Marasmus" is our strongest record to date and therefore we will continue on our path of mayhem and destruction. Interested drummers can send their applications to email@example.com."
Kataklysm singer Maurizio Iacono has issued the following update:
"First off, I want to sincerely thank everyone involved with The Invaluable Darkness Tour we just completed with our friends Dimmu Borgir. We would like to thank them for treating us like brothers and to all their crew for helping us out when we needed it. This new friendship is forged in blood! Thanks also to Devildriver whom we shared a bus with and developed a new friendship. Last but not least, the dudes in Unearth, all cool people. This tour was a triumph for us in all senses, especially to be able to play for our fans on a bigger package, who proved to us everyday that all the blood and sweat wasn't for nothing. The words of encouragement from our fans mean EVERYTHING.
Veteran Florida-based Extreme Metallers Malevolent Creation have inked a European deal with Massacre Records for the release of their new album, "Doomsday X". The album is due out on the 24th of August.
Florida death metal legends Obituary have set "Xecutioner's Return" (Candlelight Records) as the title of their forthcoming album. The CD's release date has been pushed forward to August 28 from the previously announced September 11. The band is finalizing U.S. touring plans now that will kick off in early September. Full tour details will be announced shortly.
Obituary is working with artist Andreas Marshall for the cover art for "Xecutioner's Return". Marshall has worked with the band for "The End Complete" and their most recent record "Frozen in Time". Tracking of the record has now been completed with mixing and mastering now on schedule in the coming weeks.
A new song from King Diamond entitled 'Never Ending Hill' is available for free download online here. The track comes off the group's upcoming new album "Give Me Your Soul… Please", which will be released on June 26th through Metal Blade Records.
Dutch death metallers Severe Torture have set "Sworn Vengeance" as the title of their new album, due late June on Earache Records. "The album recordings are close to finished," the band writes on its web site. "Dennis is almost done recording vocals and everything is turning out great!"
"Sworn Vengeance" will contain the following 10 songs (in no particular order):
Swedish Death Metal legends Dismember have posted the following update:
"We are sad to announce that after almost 20 years Fred has, after long and careful consideration, decided to leave the band.
'My decision to put my family in first hand makes it impossible to keep on touring and commit to the band full time. I want to thank all the fans, friends, bands and all the other cool people I've met through the years and I wish Dismember all the best in the future. Fred.'
Dismember are currently in the process of writing new material and this sad loss will not interrupt any future plans in any way. The commitment to keep on playing is stronger than ever!"
Cephalic Carnage has unveiled the first new track 'Endless Cycle Of Violence', from their upcoming full-length album "Xenosapien", via the band's MySpace page.
"Endless Cycle Of Violence", the album's lead-off track, will also be the first video from the record.
The albums is due for a 28 May release.
"Supervillian Outcast", the new album from the Norwegian Black Metal band Dødheimsgard, is available for streaming at this location. The album will be released on April 17th on Moonfog/The End Records.