Greek power metal band Spitfire just announced that their first singer Dinos Kostakis (1984-1986) just died. The band posted online: "R.I.P. Dinos Kostakis you will forever be missed and never forgotten..."
NWOBHM giants Quartz announced on their Facebook page that their original vocalist Mike "Taffy" Taylor passed away on September 27th. Taylor's last album with the band was 1980's sophomore effort, Stand Up And Fight, featuring the singles "Stoking Up The Fires Of Hell" and the title track.
In case you didn't know yet, Cradle Of Filth will be releasing Dusk... And Her Embrace - The Original Sin via the recently resurrected extreme music label Cacophonous Records on July 8th. Recorded at Birmingham's Zella Studios in the Spring of 1995, Dusk... And Her Embrace - The Original Sin saw the band introduce Gothic elements to their extreme sound. However, soon after recording the band split, half of the band forming The Blood Divine, and the remaining members made the collective decision at the time to not release a record that was not representative of the new line-up. Hear the old new sounds at this location.
Three original Entombed members - Alex Hellid (guitar), Ulf "Uffe" Cederlund (guitar) and Nicke Andersson (drums) - will rejoin forces for an appearance on the Close-Up Båten cruise, which will leave the Stockholm, Sweden port on October 27th for Åbo, Finland, and return the following day. The group will also perform their 1991 second landmark album, Clandestine, with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra in Malmö, Sweden on November 12th.
Misery Signals are embarking on a special trek this summer. They recently announced that they will be playing a limited amount of shows in July and August. These shows will feature their original lineup of Jesse Zaraska, Ryan Morgan, Branden Morgan, Kyle Johnson, and Stuart Ross.
This could be interesting for Arch Enemy fans. The original line-up of the band will reunite and perform Arch Enemy's first three albums material live on stage as Black Earth. An extensive tour of Japan in May was announced today! Last year, Arch Enemy performed at Loudpark in Japan and during that show the group was joined on stage by the rest of the original founding members, singer Johan Liiva and guitarist Christopher Amott. The original lineup made the band's classic first three albums: Black Earth, Stigmata and Burning Bridges; the exception being bassist Sharlee D'Angelo who only joined in 1999 but has been in the band ever since.
Norwegian progressive black metallers Borknagar are happy to announce that original vocalist Kristoffer "Garm" Rygg (Ulver) is to guest on two tracks of the band's upcoming album, due out this fall through Century Media. The as-yet-untitled album will be mixed in June by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio.
US technical death metal giants Origin will team up with Brazilian death metal trio Krisiun for an extensive co-headlining trek across North America this fall. 'Devastation On The Nation Tour' will also include Aeon, Alterbeast, Soreption, and Ingested as support, making this a must-see show for all death metal sympathizers. Full schedule of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
Finland's Amoral announced what they had been teasing the day before: singer Niko Kalliojärvi has returned to the band after a seven year absence. The progressive band is now a six-piece again. Kalliojärvi's return has been cooking up since last year, and he will be largely present on the band's 7th studio album, on which they are currently working on, with an early 2016 release planned.
1349 are bringing their black metal to the masses in the U.S. on their Chaos Raids USA 2015. Furthermore, they are taking with them Origin, Abysmal Dawn and Wolvhammer on this trek. 1349 will be presenting their new album Massive Cauldron Of Chaos which was released this year.
Origin's new album, Omnipresent, sees its official release today in Europe via Agonia Records. While it will only hit stores on July 8th in North America via Nuclear Blast, the entire new opus is currently streaming online until midnight on Saturday, 5th of July. So, you better enjoy it while you can! You can stream Omnipresent below, all of its 35 minutes of death metal. What did you think about this new album?
Doom metallers The Wounded Kings released a new album this year called Consolamentum. However, the band is now facing a line-up change as singer Sharie Neyland decided to leave for personal reasons. The Wounded Kings have brought back original vocalist George Birch who will join the band on their European tour. Sharie Neyland had been with the band since 2011.
Origin's new album is upon us and the band just keeps sharing new tracks. Why complain? And now you can enjoy the new tune "Absurdity Of What I Am" from the upcoming album Omnipresent in the form of a lyric video. Mark your calendars for a release on July 4th in Europe (Agonia Records) and July 8th in North America (Nuclear Blast). More importantly, enjoy the music.
'The Hell Over Europe' is coming our way this November/December, with Aborted in the main role. These Belgian extremers have announced a month-long headlining tour, on which they will be supported by American tech-death machine Origin and grinder maniacs Exhumed and Miasmal as the opening act. Check out the confirmed dates under the flyer.
Origin have been kind enough to share another new track from Omnipresent, their impending release. The death metallers now give you "All Things Dead" via the lyric video below. The track comes off their upcoming album, out on July 8th, 2014 in North America via Nuclear Blast (and on Agonia Records on July 4th in Europe). Enjoy!