Swedish metallers Scar Symmetry have posted the following album update on their myspace page:
"We're happy to announce that our 3rd CD, "Holographic Universe", has now been mixed, mastered and delivered to the people at Nuclear Blast Records! We pushed the "record"-button for the first time early December and the time since has been hectic and intense to say the least. We've worked our asses off 24/7 and the result is 12 new songs, featuring all the creamy goodness of "Symmetric In Design" and the spicy flavours of "Pitch Black Progress", this time with a lot of added cheese and pork-fat... Does it make sense to you? No, not to us either..."
"Rumors have been circulating for some time, but Guitar World has confirmed that Ripper Owens is indeed the new lead singer for Yngwie Malmsteen. Yngwie announced the news to the Guitar World staff today when he came to the magazine's New York headquarters for an exclusive interview and photo shoot.
Malmsteen and Owens, who formerly fronted Judas Priest, are hard at work on a new CD, which is currently scheduled for a July release."
Lithuanian metallers Obtest have posted the following update on their myspace page:
The much anticipated fourth album of Obtest "Gyvybės Medis" will be released April 4th in three different formats - digipak compact disk and picture vinyl record is handled by Osmose Productions, whilst collectors' A5 sized CD book is worked by Ledo Takas Records. The album with a total playing time of 44 minutes consists of nine songs, the list of which you can find in the Releases section.
Starting Feb 26, the "Sakalo Vaikai" will be streaming at this location, and can also be accessed through visiting the renewed official websites of both the band and the label.
Swedish death metallers Coldworker have posted updates about their forthcoming album on their website:
Coldworker's second album is entitled "Rotting Paradise" cover art] and will be released worldwide, tentatively, in May 2008. The album was recorded at four different locations and mixed and mastered at a fifth. The drums were recorded over a couple of days at Soundlab Studios. The guitars (all digital this time) were recorded at Johan from his Haven's house, while the bass was recorded at drummer Anders Jakobson's house and the vocals in Coldworker Studios. After all that, Dan Swanö mixed and mastered everything at his own Unisound Studios.
Lee Barrett has stepped down as bass player for To-Mera. It was a decision made at the beginning of the year and a replacement is already in place.
Mark Harrington, also in Demagogue MySpace], is now the new bass player, so please wish him a warm welcome into the fold!
"I've had a great time playing with the band, but unfortunately my "real life" work dictated that I was unable to fulfil any possible future touring or musical commitments. It was only fair to the rest of the band that I left now rather than encounter any potential scheduling conflicts at a later date. I shall hopefully still be involved behind the scenes and taking care of the band's day-to-day business as I have been before, so I'll still be sticking around. Cheers for everyone's support over the last couple of years!" said Lee upon leaving the band.
"American death metallers Nile will appear on a tour in Europe in September! That's gonna be their first European headlining tournee after the release of "Ithyphallic" album (Nuclear Blast). Band's previous tournee alongside Six Feet Under and Finntroll turned out to be a great success so we hope for another glorious crusade.
Nile will play a monthly tour, appearing not only in places passed over during their recent trip, like the Balkans, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, the UK, but also in Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria and Germany.
Special guest acts of "Ithyphallic Europe Tour 2008" will be Swedish death metal horde Grave, promoting their newest album "Dominion VIII" (Regain) and Austrian black-death metallers Belphegor, also promoting their new studio album "Bondage.Goat.Zombie"(Nuclear Blast).
Hollenthon's first two albums "Domus Mundi" (1999) and "With Vilest Of Worms To Dwell" (2001) are going to be available for a free 24h live streaming at Heavylaw.com. The date for each particular album is listed below:
Thursday, March 20th for "Domus Mundi"
Saturday, March 29th for "With Vilest Of Worms To Dwell"
"Nil Recurring" is finally given a full retail release today , and Peaceville have a micro site Link] dedicated to the album which includes a new video by Lasse Hoile for the song "Normal". The retail edition of the album is identical to the original mail order version except that it comes in a super-jewel case with a card slipcase, instead of the digipack Transmission version. Both this and the "We Lost The Skyline" CD are now shipping from the PT Store.
Kivimetsän Druidi has found a new vocalist in replacement of Jenni Onishko. The new female singer of the band is Leeni-Maria Hovila. The band has issued the following statement:
"We are proud to inform you that our new female voice is Leeni-Maria Hovila from Helsinki.
She is also known from Exsecratus, a Helsinki based Melodic Death Metal band that released its debut album "Tainted Dreams" at the end of last year. Her beautiful singing can also be heard on Swallow The Sun's "Hope" album.
Leeni-Maria's first live gig with Kivimetsän Druidi will be at the Curium Fest in Gloria, Helsinki on the 14th of March."
Hatesphere have posted the following short message on their MySpace page:
"We're very happy to announce that we won a grammy at the Danish Music Awards earlier today for our album "Serpent Smiles And Killer Eyes"! We were nominated in the category "Best hard rock act"... and yes, we won. We will post a celebration video soon... so keep your eyes and ears open for that..."
The 40th Danish Music Awards show was held earlier tonight (Saturday, February 23) at Tivoli in Copenhagen, Denmark and was broadcast live on MySpace. Other nominees in that category were Mnemic and The Psyke Project.
Pain touring guitarist Marcus Jidell (Royal Hunt, House Of Shakira) has issued the following update on his official MySpace:
"We had to cancel the gig tonight in Leipzig while some crazy assholes kicked Peter (Tägtgren), Johan (Husgafvel) and David (Wallin) down when they where on their way home from a local bar yesterday. They just came from behind so there was nothing they could do. I was in the bus watching a movie so I am totally ok, besides the fact that we had to cancel. I feel really shitty to cancel but there was no way we could play today . I hope we will be able to be on stage tomorrow but I am not sure. But the guys are in a good mood and are working on recovering. Today we will sleep in a hotel and I'll try to make our heroes feel a little bit better."
You can check out a new track from Hate Eternal entitled "Fury Within" at the following location. Also "Bringer Of Storms" has already been made available at the band's MySpace page for your listening pleasure. The song is featured on the band's newest album "Fury And Flames".
An e-card for German Black metal band Dark Fortress's fifth full-length album "Eidolon", can be accessed at this location.
The band's first effort with new vocalist Morean will be released via Century Media Records on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: February 22
UK, France, Greece, Denmark, Norway, Rest Of Europe: February 25
Spain, Portugal: February 26
Finland, Sweden, Hungary: February 29
American heavy metallers Metal Church have issued the following statement on their website:
"Due to personal reasons, Jay Reynolds has left Metal Church. We thank him for his contributions to the band, and wish him all the best in future endeavors.
Jay's replacement has not been decided upon yet, but it will be announced here when a decision has been reached."
Metal Church are currently working on a new release. The following was written in a blog on the band's MySpace: "We will keep you all posted on the progress of the new release. Metal Church is back with a vengeance and we want the world to know. It is time metal takes back its place in the world of music! Are you ready to bang your head?"