Last year, Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody had a melt down which led his colleagues to abandon him on stage. Now, he made another scene. He suffered what he called a "mental moment" on stage at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, appearing to claim that his "mother" was dying. He was led off stage. Now he has dropped off the tour, with the band saying he's "fallen ill" and they will complete their live commitments with All That Remains singer Phil Labonte instead.
Georgia-based melodic metal act Theocracy is thrilled to welcome Ernie Topran to the band as their permanent drummer. Ernie has been drumming for more than 20 years, and has been active in the Atlanta music scene since 2006. During that time, he has performed with many different bands, and he has been Theocracy's touring drummer for the last couple years. The band recently released their new album, Ghost Ship.
Two symphonic metal forces, Amberian Dawn and Diabulus In Musica, have teamed up for a co-headlining European tour next year! Support and opening act will be Finnish based Crimson Sun. Both bands are celebrating their 10th anniversary.
My Sleeping Karma's first live record of their decade long career is coming! Titled Mela Ananda - Live, the German four-piece showcases their brand of psychedelic rock. Check out the album artwork, tracklist and release date. The detailed artwork is the great work of Sebastian Jerke. Mela Ananda translates directly to "a gathering of bliss" and will be released on February 24th 2017 via Napalm Records.
If you love progressive symphonic metal, there's good news! Edenbridge just revealed a little bit more about their upcoming new album, The Great Momentum, their first in four years. Feast your eyes on the cover artwork below, a co-production by Anthony Clarkson and drummer Johannes Jungreithmeier. The song titles were also unveiled.
THQ Nordic is celebrating the release of "The Dwarves" game on PC and console with the official music video of "Children Of The Smith'" with members from German power metallers Blind Guardian. The band revealed a few months ago that they would be part of "The Dwarves" video game and soundtrack. Enjoy!
Symphonic masters Xandria will soon release a new album, titled Theater Of Dimensions but we still haven't heard much from it. For now, the group has started revealing the guests that will appear on the opus. First, Björn "Speed" Strid of Soilwork will guest on one of the new songs. Hear a snippet of the song "We Are Murderers (We All)" below.
The Finns Wolfheart have a new single out! It's the band's first new material since they released the album Shadow World in 2015. Their new single is called "Boneyard" and is available on digital platforms here, where you can also preview the track. Wolfheart have a new album recorded and ready. Stay tuned for more details about it.
Anneke Van Giersbergen has a new band! The Dutch singer has just announced Vuur, which is about to record its debut album. The band also features members from The Gentle Storm project, including drummer Ed Warby, bassist Johan Van Stratum, guitarist Ferry Duijsens, and singer Marcela Bovio. Guitarist Jord Otto is also in the band. These past few months, they have been busy writing and rehearsing songs for their debut album that will be recorded early next year and released in the fall of 2017 via InsideOut Music. Be prepared for something heavy, melodic and progressive.
Ghost will be haunting European stages again next year with a new tour in support of their Popestar EP released this year. The Swedes released the EP as a bridge between their third album Meliora launched in 2015 and their upcoming fourth full-length work, expected in 2017.
Soon you will be able to hear new Ulver material, as the band penned the soundtrack for the crime film "Riverhead". The original score for the film will be released on December 9th via House Of Mythology, who also issued this year's album, ATGCLVLSSCAP. Hear a bit of the haunting music below.
Bornholm's new album, Primaeval Pantheons, will be released on December 2nd via Massacre Records! The Hungarian occult/pagan black metal outfit presents their 4th studio album, just in time for the darker season. The album was recorded, produced and mixed by Victor "Max" Scheer and mastered by Paul Ericksen. Enjoy the lyric video for "Runes Of Power" here.
Sólstafir are now releasing a new video for the track "Dagmál", which is taken from the band's latest full-length, Ótta. In other news, Season of Mist also announced the re-signing of Sólstafir and today marks the start of the third week of the band recording their new album. They are working with renowned producers Birgir Birgirsson (Sigur Rós, Alcest) and Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Cathedral, Paradise Lost, Oranssi Pazuzu).
Another The Great Old Ones song? Yes, please! The French metallers are unleashing the next brooding song extracted from their new opus EOD - A Tale Of Dark Legacy, which has been composed as a sequel to H.P. Lovecraft's masterpiece "The Shadow Over Innsmouth". Listen to "Mare Infinitum" below. If you like it, buy the record through Season Of Mist on January 27th, 2017.
It's been 9 long years but now Deinonychus is back. Its reactivated Dutch protagonist, Marco Kehren, has set Ode To Acts Of Murder, Dystopia And Suicide as the title of the long-awaited new album. Marco entered Spacelab Studio in Grefrath, Germany with Christian Moos a few weeks ago to begin recordings for their 8th album, the band's first release since Warfare Machines released in 2007.