Last Wednesday, March 31st, Within Temptation singer Sharon den Adel gave birth to a baby boy, named Logan Arwin Westerholt.
Logan is the third child of Sharon den Adel and Within Temptation guitarist Robert Westerholt. The boy came into the world a little over five weeks early, but both mother and son are doing fine.
Sharon den Adel found the time to post the following message: "We are so extremely happy he's here now with us safe and sound. The delivery went very well and myself and Logan are feeling just great. What a week... it's all overwhelming. For the moment greetings from the clouds we're floating on and we wish all of you a fantastic day also!"
A picture of the newborn child can be found at this location, if you must.
"Night City", the new video from US stoner metallers The Sword, can now be watched below.
The video was directed by Artificial Army, and features Esteban Powell, best-known for his role as Carl in Dazed and Confused. The clip is the third and final part of the Warp Riders video trilogy. The first and second chapters of the saga were for "Tres Brujas" and "Lawless Lands".
"Night City" comes off the band's latest album Warp Riders, which was released back in August 2010 through Kemado Records.
Illwill, the new album from Swedish gothic metallers Lake Of Tears, will be released on April 29th through AFMRecords.
Illwill will be made available on CD, limited edition digipak and limited 180 gr. vinyl (with different cover artwork). The digipak will contain the following live bonus tracks recorded at the Gloria Club in Helsinki, Finland:
11. As Daylight Yields (live)
12. Demon you/Lily Anne (live)
13. Crazyman (live)
One of the new tracks, called "U.N.S.A.N.E.", was already made available for free download over at this location.
Taiwanese metal band Chthonic have entered the studio to record their new album, Takasago Army.
Takasago Army was produced by Rickard Bengtsson (Arch Enemy, Nemesis) in Sweet Spot Studios, Sweden. The 10-track album completes a trilogy by Chthonic, binding the albums Seediq Bale (2007) and Mirror Of Retribution (2009) together. The album will be released in June through Spinefarm Records.
Comments bassist Doris Yeh: "The Takasago Army was a Taiwanese troop of Japanese force/Axis powers that fought in the Pacific War/World War II between 1940 and 1944. The Takasago soldiers were descendants of a brave and powerful people from the mountains of Taiwan, people with a strong warrior tradition. They impressed their rivals with their cunning, tenacity and skill on the battlefield, and they became the most revered and most feared combat unit in the Japanese Imperial Army.
We're excited to debut the the first recording specifically done under Metal Storm Music. Other bands had music done, but this is the first track recorded in house in the basement vault/studio of Metal Storm Towers.
Enjoy the extremely rough, un-mixed, un-mastered majesty of BitchTroll's "The Siren"
Click and brace to be rocked!
The Bitches and the Troll just got done layin' down another smokin' track. Again, it's just a demo, but it is so hot I'm typing with oven mitts!
First it was .Net. Then it was version 4.0.Now Metal Storm is taking the next step towards total world domination. No, we aren't looking to overthrow a Eastern European government and installing ourselves as a Metal Oligarchy. Our plans are much more insidious.
We are proud to announce the launch of Metal Storm Music!
That's right. We're taking the steps to become our own label! We figure with the number of acts throwing stuff at us for reviews or write-ups in the Clandestine Cuts features, and hoping some label signs the brightest and boldest, why not just cut out the middle man and start putting stuff out our damned selves. After all, we've been telling all of you what is worth listening to in metal for nearly a decade.
Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O'Brien will be filling in for Exodus guitarist Gary Holt who was filling in for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman who is recovering from an emergency surgery on his right arm after contracting necrotizing fasciitis (commonly known as flesh-eating disease), possibly caused by a spider bite. Got all that?
The Slayer camp released the following message: "Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O'Brien will fill in for Exodus' Gary Holt when Holt leaves the Slayer European tour to play with his own band Exodus at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile on April 4. Holt has been filling in for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman since the tour kicked off February 26 in Australia.
German melodic death metal band Mourning Caress has issued the following statement:
"We finally found a new guitarist and can officially call ourselves a five-piece again. The new guy is called Wolfgang "Sandman" Sander, a skilled guitar player and insane metalhead. He joined the band directly after the recordings of the new album were completed. So you naturally can´t hear him on the new output. In the meantime he got introduced to our friends and families on a very intimate and private gig we played in our rehearsal room some weeks ago. It was a blast! Please check our new facebook site for some pictures of the event.
We're also happy to unveil the title of our third album: Deep Wounds. Bright Scars.. As mentioned above the recordings are done and we are now facing the mixing stage, the mastering is due in April or May. Once this all is finished we need to find a suitable label to release Deep Wounds. Bright Scars.. The result is sure enough a heavy and very intensive yet melancholic piece of metal which makes us proud to the bone. We can´t wait to share the first songs with you, it´s only a matter of time..."
Celestial Completion, the new upcoming album from US progressive metalcore band Becoming The Archetype, is now available for streaming in its entirety at AOL Music.
Celestial Completion was released on March 29th through Solid State Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
In other news, the new Becoming The Archetype video "Magnetic Sky" can now be watched below.
The clip is described in a press release as "an 8-bit fantasy adventure that finds the members of Becoming The Archetype wandering through a sci-fi landscape in the format of an old Nintendo game, fighting their way through a wasteland of terrifying creatures to fulfill an arcane mission."
French melodic death metallers Winds Of Torment have parted ways with their vocalist Xavier. He has since been replaced with Pierre Arnoux of the French death metal band Aabsinthe.
The band posted the following: "The members of Winds Of Torment are pleased to announce the official arrival of Peter (Aabsinthe) as vocalist, replacing Xavier. Effective since the beginning of the year. The arrival of Peter is a boost to the group as they are currently finalizing the composition of their second album."
Coverfield, the new cover EP from German metalcore band Caliban, will be released in May through Century Media Records.
Comments the band: "We finished recording the songs for our Cover EP Coverfield, and the results literally blew us away! We really hope you will be overwhelmed with our song collection (see the tracklist below) and how we interpreted those originals in our very own way."
Cover artwork by Mark Kraemer for Twenty-dirt.com.
Coverfield EP tracklist:
01. My Girlfriend's Girlfriend Type O Negative cover]
02. Sonne Rammstein cover]
03. Blinded By Fear At The Gates cover]
04. Helter Skelter The Beatles cover]
In other news, Caliban will embark on the Cover Europe With...! Tour in May with support from As Blood Runs Black, Adept and For Today.
Sodom are forced to cancel their appearance at the Silesian Massacre Festival in Katowice, Poland this weekend, after guitarist, Bernd "Bernemann" Kost, was rushed to the hospital today.
Sodom's booking agency, Fleisch, issued the following statement: "A few minutes ago I received an upsetting phone call from Tom and Makka as Bernemann has been rushed to hospital. We do not know what exactly has happened as I write this e-mail, he is currently under medical observation in the emergency section to discover exactly what the problem is.
We feel very sorry, but unfortunately and obviously because of the situation as it stands at the moment the band cannot travel to Katowice on Saturday. I know it is not the best time and it is short notice, but the situation as it is with Bernemann leaves the band no choice. I hope for your understanding and I regret that this situation has come about, the band were looking forward to playing at your festival."
Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham told Billboard.com that it may be time to bring his band back into the studio again.
Thin Lizzy hasn't released a new album since 1983's Thunder and Lightning and certainly have not thought about it since iconic frontman Phil Lynott's death in 1986. But according to the Billboard interview, guitarist Gorham - who was with the group from 1974-83 and has led various configurations of reconstituted Thin Lizzys since 1996 - thinks that the current line-up may just be good enough to try to add some music to the Lizzy legacy.
Said Gorham: "That's the No. 1 question we're getting from people — are we gonna record some new material? The fans seem to trust this line-up, and I don't blame them. We've kind of jumped this emotional hurdle together. Ricky's writing some fucking killer lyrics, and with the kind of talent that's in Thin Lizzy now I think we can pull off a really cool set of tunes. At least it's something that we can think about now, where before it wasn't on the table."
British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley has issued the following message:
"Due to financial and medical reasons I've been forced to part ways with the band. I will give a full statement in the next few days about my future plans. I hope that all my fans will keep on supporting me in my further projects. The English dates will be postponed to December but the festivals in Germany, Sweden, Lithuania and the show in Istanbul will definitely proceed!"
Blaze Bayley has released the following lengthy statement explaining his decision of going solo:
"First of all thanks again for all the wonderful messages of support I have received in the last few days. The mental, financial and emotional strain of keeping the Blaze Bayley Band together has proven to be too much for me and has taken a terrible toll on my mental health. As a result of that, I have had to split with the Blaze Bayley Band, now I am just Blaze Bayley, a soloartist and also the lead singer of Wolfsbane. Since Anna and Larry left the Blaze Bayley Band, we've tried to do everything ourselves and for me it has been too much. Without a proper manager coordinating concerts, touring, festivals, promotion, record releases and all the finances, it's too much to cope with.