"After 5 years of working with Vader, our bassist Novy (true name Marcin Nowak) decided to part ways with the band! He made his decision right after recently finished European tour. We would like to thank him for all those years of successful cooperation and just a great work he did for the band within the time. The band's members wish him all the best for the future!... Unfortunately, Marcin's decision of leaving the band was made not only after the finished tour in Europe, but also just before the upcoming (and very important) US tour Summer Slaughter Tour 2008 (when we appear alongside Black Dalhia Murder, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy and other bands). This is a very hard situation for the band but don't worry- we have already found a replacement - the session bassist for this tour will be Martin (ex- Decapitated). We are convinced that together with him VADER will be a killer! The session bass player for the shows planned for the rest of 2008 will be announced after the US tour. On August 3 Vader will appear on Polish Woodstock Festival. On August 30 the band will play a special anniversary show in Warsaw. In October panzerdivision under command of Peter will hit the road again, playing a tour through across Scandinavia and the Baltic States. (Mariusz Kmiołek - Massive Music Management)."
Power metallers Power Quest have announced that former Cellador and current Coldera guitarist Bill Hudson had been recruited into the Power Quest ranks and is set to form an incredible twin guitar partnership with Andrea Martongelli.
Keyboardist Steve Williams comments:
"I'm absolutely ecstatic with this news! I've been good friends with Bill for a couple of years now and we have often talked about working together in some shape or form and now we have the perfect opportunity to do just that. As well as being a fantastic guitarist, Bill is also a great songwriter too which means this is going to benefit the band on a number of levels. Welcome aboard brother!"
Metallica has just announced the title of their upcoming album, "Death Magnetic". The band has been posting teaser images all week leading up to this image. The album is due out in September.
A short video clip revealing the new album title can be viewed here. The clip also contains audio from a new and untitled song.
"Death Magnetic" is "a stunning, overdue return to the shock and rush of the band's speed-metal monuments, 1984's "Ride The Lightning" and 1986's "Master Of Puppets"," according to Rolling Stone.
According to some internet sources, the album will be preceded by an eight-minute single which is being described as "a tour de force that features some of their fastest playing ever." The record is being produced by Rick Rubin (Slayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and mixed by Greg Fidelman.
Bulgaria's death-grinders Enthrallment have entered Basement Studios, having signed with Slovakia's Metal Age Productions, with producer Emil Marinov (Ablepsia) to record their new full length album, "Immerse Into Bloody Bliss."
The band entered the studio on June 12 and will record until the end of August, coinciding with their live shows at the East Noise Attack festival. The songs will be mastered by Peter Number at Mega Wimp Sound Studio in Germany (Lividity, Sodom, Primordial, Septic Flesh).
Enthrallment will also film a video for one of the tracks, to be announced in the fear future.
Check out some songs, 4 videos and more info at their MySpace page.
Enthrallment will be playing at the East Noise Attack Festival in Varna. Here are the dates:
Dark The Suns has already found a new drummer. Eino Kauppila has joined the band and you can check out this line up's for the first time in Välipuistorock!
The band added: "Another good news are that we are going to record a new single "The Dead End" in the end of August. The single is going to be released in the beginning of October and in addition to "The Dead End" it will include an In Flames-cover featuring Tuomas Saukkonen from Before The Dawn."
"Just got word a few days ago that The Angelic Process mastermind K. Angylus passed away around the end of April (pretty much exactly a year after the creation/release of the monumental "Weighing Souls With Sand" album). Very sad (and shocking) news indeed that took us off guard, especially considering the visionary and amazing musician this man was and how he conjured up one of the greatest triumphs in the Profound Lore catalog; namely "Weighing Souls With Sand". Cause of death is of course speculative, so we won't get into any of this, but nonetheless we of course appreciated the man Kris was; as a musical perfectionist, he was also one of the most humble and sincere persons we have had the pleasure to deal with. Condolences to those close to him... Godspeed..."
Belgian Heavy metal band Gitaron have announced they've changed their line up once more. The word from the band is that in may 2008, Gitaron decided to continue without guitar player Aaron Onghena. Shorlty after the departure of Aaron, also drummer Tom Willems decided to leave the band due to personal reasons. His place was taken over by Freddie Vandenberghe, brother of bass player Wilfried. The new guitar player is David Van Gompel.
The statement from the band reads as follows:
"Tom Willems has decided to leave the band due personal reasons. We want to thank him for the time he spend with Gitaron and wish him all the best. In the meantime, Freddie Vandenberghe will take over his drumming duties. Welcome Freddie!"
Guitarist Gavin Harper has issued the following statement on the band's myspace page:
I'm very sad to report that Wilson has informed us last night that he is unable to continue in Alestorm due to a heavy touring schedule and a career that unfortunately leaves little room for time off.
The parting has been on excellent terms and there is no bad blood whatsoever, I, and all of Alestorm/Napalm Records wish Wilson the best of luck in his chosen path and we understand his decision completely.
We have got an excellent drummer filling Wilson's big shoes and has already proven himself as the perfect choice for the new Alestorm Drummer.
Details will be posted in the coming days after meetings have taken place with both band and record label on Monday in London.
Amon Amarrth have posted the following update on their official website:
"This weekend we are off to that magical island called the UK for a show at legendary Donington Park and the Download Festival. It's sure to be a full weekend of mayhem - and then some - as we're also doing an appearance on the Metal Hammer Awards after party before we return to Stockholm on Tuesday.
In other news we are completely finished with the recording of the new album and Jens (Bogren - producer) has started the mixing process. If everything goes to plan, the mixing will be done by the end of next week and we are confident that this will be a killer album."
Songtitles to be included on the album are "Guardians Of Asgaard", "Live For The Kill" and "Tattered Banners And Bloody Flags".
"The unstoppable Montreal killing machine, Cryptopsy, are currently wrapping up a very successful European tour that will immediately lead them into this year's crushing Summer Slaughter North American touring package.
This trek marks their first stateside run in support of their career defining release, "The Unspoken King", which could quite possibly also be their most brutal, yet dynamic offering. The much anticipated new effort is set for a June 24th release.
Cryptopsy recently shot a new video with acclaimed director David Brodsky (GWAR, Soilent Green) for the album's vicious opening cut "Worship Your Demons." The clip captures the band's unrelenting, frenetic stage energy and it is sure to catch your attention. It made its exclusive, online debut through the Headbangers Ball Blog today and premieres on MTV2 this Sat. night. Click here to check it out now."
Danish metallers Hatesphere have issued the following update:
"Mid-June we will enter Antfarm Studios here in Aarhus, Denmark, together with Tue Madsen (who also mixed our two latest albums) to record two new tracks. This will be the first recordings to feature the new line-up, and Tue will mix the whole lot, so it will be ready in the end of June. So for all of you who are anxious to hear the new material - the wait is over. Expect to hear the first samples beginning of July!"
For the impatient ones check out these two Youtube-clips of the new songs:
"Chaos broke out recently when Virginian thrashers Municipal Waste paid a visit to a nuclear power plant. Needless to say, the power plant couldn't handle the sheer energy of the band and the building started to collapse, causing toxic waste to leak into the local water supply with some rather unsettling results.
There couldn't be a scarier thought, but luckily for us, this didn't actually happen. This tale of terror sets the scene for Municipal Waste's gory new music video for the track "Sadistic Magician", which comes off the band's 2007 Earache Records album, "The Art Of Partying".
Filmed at the Hyperion Sewage Treatment Plant in Playa del Ray, California, the "Sadistic Magician" video was directed by Jeff Speed of 1134 Films and produced by Carolyn Vye of The Vault LA (Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Madina Lake) and features Municipal Waste doing what they best - thrashing it up and laying waste to everything around them!
Check out Artistdirect.com right now to see the premiere of the new video for "Walk With Me In Hell"! All the footage from this new video was taken from the upcoming Lamb Of God double DVD "Walk With Me In Hell" out July 1st everywhere.
U.K. metallers Bolt Thrower have issued the following update:
"We've spent the last year trying to write songs for a new album, planning to go into the studio this summer, unfortunately, after a lot of thought, we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone the recording indefinitely. We know everybody says that their new album is better than their last, but with us we really believed that. From day one we made it clear that we'd stop recording when we felt we'd written the ultimate Bolt Thrower album, we just never knew when that would be, we kind of took for granted that each release would get better and better. But we have realised now that our last release, "Those Once Loyal" turned out to be that album, and basically the new stuff we have written just doesn't match up to it. We have a lot of pride in our back catalogue, and we refuse to turn into one of the many bands (like the ones we grew up listening to) who end up releasing crap, and we're also not prepared to compromise by instead releasing an album of cover versions or a 'best of' album. Sorry to disappoint those of you looking forward to hearing new Bolt Thrower songs, but we always said that we would never release anything we weren't happy with or that, in our view, didn't at least match up to our previous work.