Finnish metallers Catamenia have issued the short following update:
"We've decided to take the keyboards back to our music, so we want to welcome Jussi Sauvola from Silent Threnody and Decrowned to join the band. His profile can be found here. Welcome to Cata-family, Jussi!"
It is with great sadness that we bring to you (the fans) the following news:
Due to unexpected circumstances regarding some potentially serious health issues, our long time lead guitarist and dear friend Tom Klimchuck will unfortunately have to put his musical endeavors on hold for at least the foreseeable future. Although we all wanted so much for Tom to be able to participate in the 20 Year Anniversary tours, we collectively decided that it was too risky and that his health and family should take precedent. Thankfully, (with Tom's blessing) we have found a replacement in Adam Phillips (Indorphine) and so the tours will move forward as planned. The fans can expect a great show, as we have quite an ambitious set list lined up for them. A personal statement from Tom to the fans can be expected shortly. In the meantime, we welcome Adam aboard and we wish Tom a speedy and full recovery. Thank you all for your support during this difficult time and transition, and special thanks to Tom for his many years of flawless commitment to our beloved band (this tour's for you). We hope to see you all at the gigs!"
"You I Need", the brand-new single from Finnish heavy metallers Amorphis, has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.
"You I Need" comes off the band's upcoming new album The Beginning Of Times, which will be released on May 27th in Europe and June 7th in North America through Nuclear Blast Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
UPDATE Vargsmal, Blizk and 34845 for the news!]
"My Enemy", another brand new song from Finnish metallers Amorphis, is available for streaming at the band's Facebook page.
"My Enemy" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled The Beginning Of Times, which will be released on May 27th in Europe and June 7th in North America through Nuclear Blast Records.
Norwegian metallers Circus Maximus have issued the following update on their official website:
"As many of you have been wondering, what has been, or is going on in the Circus Maximus camp these days? What is the status on the recording on the new album? Well... To give you the short and brutal version, here is where we are today:
After finishing the drum tracks in November, the band took the Christmas holidays off, presuming to start up right over new years with drum editing, and continue with guitar, bass, keys and vocals right after that. What we didn't plan out as a result of Mats' grueling long hours in front of the computer, editing drums, was that he got arm inflammation in both arms. Because of this, both the drum editing (that was over half ways finished), and upcoming rhythm guitar tracking had to be postponed until further notice. With this, and other personal/family stuff that had to be dealt with, the recording process stagnated quite a bit.
Lebanese metallers Kimaera have released a new single, entitled December Ends, after their second album Solitary Impact. The artwork of the single was done by Anastasiya Shylina. The song "December Ends" is available for free download at this location.
The band also recorded a video for the song, which includes footage from the band's rehearsals and their performance in "Masters of Rock 2010" in Czech Republic. The video was directed by Rayframe and can be viewed here (you can also download the video at this location).
Hate Eternal's upcoming album Phoenix Amongst The Ashes (out May 10) is currently streaming in its entirety on Metal Sucks here. Be sure to check out the album while you can (comes down Monday May 9) and leave a comment.
Founder, vocalist and guitarist Erik Rutan comments: "Phoenix Amongst The Ashes is an album that we did everything possible to create a death metal classic that would stand out amongst all of our releases as an album that not only carries the traditional Hate Eternal sound, but expands the boundaries of what is possible within the confines of extreme death metal. I feel that this album truly represents a band that overtime has matured into creating our most dynamic and intense album yet. At times fast and extreme, at times, heavy, atmospheric, evil and melodic with the darkest of overtones. I truly feel this is one of my finest moments in my career and a defining moment for Hate Eternal. If you are a death metal fan, you should give it a listen, you won't be disappointed!"
"The End Of Innocence", a brand new song from US metallers Symphony X, is available for streaming on the band's Facebook page.
"The End Of Innocence" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Iconoclast, which will be released in Europe on June 17 and in North America on June 21 via Nuclear Blast Records. More details about Iconoclast were previously reported over here.
"Expulsion Of Fury", a brand new song from US metallers Origin, is available for streaming at the band's Facebook page.
"Expulsion Of Fury" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled Entity, which will be released in June. More details about Entity were previously reported over here. Also, a review of the album by Baz Anderson, can be found here.
Danish metallers Hatesphere have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"We have booked the Antfarm Studio, Aarhus, Denmark, from June 13th in order to make you a new album! Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Sick Of It All) will be guiding us through it, hopefully without getting too many grey hairs! Tue has been working with us on four of our releases - and we look forward to doing it once again!!
A little funny anecdote: Tue actually produced our second demo Disconnected '97 back in 1997 as one of his first productions... and this was an actual demo tape! Those were the days."
Dutch metallers Epica have issued the short following update on the band's Facebook page:
"Epica is currently working on the new album. About 14 tracks have been written already but no lyrics yet, that will be the next step. The studio is booked for the period right after summer. Sascha Paeth will produce the new album again (who else)."