Jan Somers - original guitarist of long-running Dutch traditional metal band Vengeance - passed away yesterday afternoon (Friday January 28th). The 46-year-old hard-rocker suffered a fatal heart attack at his home in Mierlo, The Netherlands.
The surviving members released the following message: "We deeply regret the suddenly passing away from our dearly beloved band member and personal friend Jan Somers. Jan was one of the bandmembers from the FIRST hour of the band Vengeance. We wish his family, friends and fans the strength to rock on. The family's request is to give them peace and quitness for the next two days."
Audio samples from the forthcoming Burzum album, Fallen, are available for streaming below.
Fallen marks the second studio album from the controversial recording artist since his release from prison in May 2009.
Fallen was recorded and mixed in only two weeks at the Grieghallen Studios. The album will be released in Europe on March 7th through Byelobog Productions and in North America on April 5th through Candlelight Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
In autumn 2010, vocalist Mauro Gonzalez stepped in at the last minute to front Pomona, CA thrash act Bonded By Blood through a long stretch of touring that only convened towards the end of the year. Because of the tremendous job he did in fronting the band on short notice with little rehearsal through a seemingly never-ending schedule of dates, Bonded By Blood is proud to announce Mauro Gonzalez as a permanent member.
Bonded By Blood bassist Jerry Garcia states: "We would like to formally announce that Mauro Gonzalez is now officially the new frontman for Bonded By Blood. He has shown great promise and dedication in the past few months and we have received great reviews from many old fans, new fans, and well-established musicians throughout our recent North American trek. We are very excited about our decision and we hope that you guys welcome him into the BBB family like we have! See you guys on the killing road real soon."
After touring throughout mainland Europe as part of the Bonecrusher Fest, Italian brutal death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse were planning to cross the Channel to embark on the Mafia UK Tour in March. Those shows have now been rescheduled and will take place in May instead.
Dates are now as follows:
May 18th - Bristol, The Croft
May 19th - Derby, The Old Bell
May 20th - Liverpool, The Masque
May 21st - Wakefield, The Snooty Fox
May 22nd - Reading, The Face Bar
German melodic death metal band Fragments of Unbecoming are currently working on their fifth studio effort. For the time being, the band has chosen to go with The Art Of Coming Apart as the title of the new album. Some of the new song titles are "Trapping the Unseen", "Hours of Suffering" and "Memorial Stone".
Defeated Sanity will play their last shows with current vocalist AJ Magana (ex-Disgorge) in May of this year. Afterwards the band will replace him with Konstantin Lühring (ex-Despondency).
The band explains: "We will play a small US tour around Maryland Deathfest in May 2011. Expect these shows to be the final ones with AJ Magana on vocals. The dates will be released soon. We enjoyed working with AJ as he is an awesome musician who inspired us with his voice but also a great person in general. Though, everyone of us knows this collaboration is tough to be kept alive over the distance we're living away from each other, making this decision inevitable. So props to AJ for his contribution to Defeated Sanity. We wish him all the best for the future in both his musical and personal activities!
Swedish folk metallers Yggdrasil will release their new album Irrbloss (trans: "Will-o-Wisps") on April 25th via Grand Master Music. The awaited follow-up to 2008's Vedergällning was recorded, mixed and mastered at Grand Master Audio in Sweden.
To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the band, the first two albums Kvällningsvindar Över Nordrönt Land and Vedergällning will be re-issued also on April 25th. The new editions will include previously unreleased bonus material and expanded booklets including, for the very first time, all lyrics in both English and their original Swedish.
Portuguese atmospheric doomsters Mourning Lenore have parted ways with vocalist/guitarist João Galrito. The band will announce his replacement in the near future.
The official word from the band reads as follows: "Mourning Lenore hereby announces that due to various differences, the band will follow their path without João Galrito. However, the band will honor the previous commitments and will not cancel any of the two gigs already confirmed - March 19th at Benavente and March 25th at Moita Metal Fest.
At both concerts, the position of João Galrito will be filled by a very special guest, whose name will be announced soon and certainly won't disappoint anyone. In the meanwhile, auditions for the final place(s) of vocalist/lead guitarist are opened.
US thrash/tech death metal band Revocation are currently recording their new as-yet-untitled full-length album at Damage Studios in Southbridge, Massachusetts with engineer Pete Rutcho. The follow-up to the band's break-through Relapse debut Existence Is Futile is expected to see its release in summer 2011.
Guitarist/vocalist David Davidson recently checked in from Damage Studios with the following: "We are currently wrapping up the recording process for our third studio album and we firmly believe that this is our strongest material to date. The songs on the new release are incredibly varied and all have the own character. They range from technical thrash to groove laden death metal, there's even a song with a full horn section this time around. We can't wait for people to check it out!"
Finnish battle metal warriors Turisas will be releasing their upcoming album Stand Up And Fight through Century Media Records on the following dates:
Finland, Japan: February 23, 2011
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: February 25, 2011
Rest Of Europe: February 28, 2011
Australia, New Zealand: March 4, 2011
North America: March 8, 2011
A preview of the album, as well as some in-depth interview snippets with vocalist Mathias Nygård and violinist Olli Vänskä, can be watched below. The title track off the band's highly anticipated new album is still available as a free download at this location. More album details were previously reported over here.
An eleven-minutes preview of the new Aurora Borealis album, Timeline: The Beginning And End Of Everything, is available for streaming below.
Timeline: The Beginning And End Of Everything will be released in mid-February and will only be available through the band by PayPal. The album will also be made available as a free download at the band's website.
Timeline: The Beginning And End Of Everything, which was recorded at Nightsky Studios and produced by Aurora Borealis vocalist/guitarist Ron Vento, marks the recording debut of drummer Mark Green. The album will consist of nine tracks and two narratives. Timeline: The Beginning And End Of Everything is described as a conceptual effort that starts from the beginning of all existence and continues through until the very end of universe and the eventual retraction and rebirth of it all.
Swedish prog metallers Cloudscape are all set to record their forthcoming album New Era during the next few months. The album is tentatively slated for a late 2011 release. A sneak preview can already be watched below.
After a long period as the frontman of Devious, singer Arnold Oudemiddendorp has decided to take a step back and quit the Dutch death metal band - again (Oudemiddendorp already left the band once between 2004 and 2008). The rest of the band respects his decision and wishes him all the best.
Devious will perform live one final time with Arnold on vocals on February 5th at the Metropool in the band's hometown Hengelo (with God Dethroned and Dictated).
Oudemiddendorp's departure will certainly not mean the end of Devious. In fact, the band is holding open auditions to find a replacement.