The waiting and speculation is over, Magnus has been replaced. The new guy should be no stranger to any HammerFall fan: (re)enter Fredrik Larsson, original member of the band and fugutive for the past decade.
"I am very happy and excited to be back! I have known the guys for more than ten years and we have kept in touch all the time, so it is not as if I come in a complete stranger. We played a few songs together last weekend, and it felt like 1997 was just a couple of weeks ago", says Fredrik about coming back into the fold.
Oscar had these comments: "Fredrik brings structure to the rhythm section and I think you will definitely hear and feel the difference when we play live". "He plays with a pick, for one, and has a great groove and timing, all of which will make HammerFall sound better than we ever have before,"
German Gothic Doom Metal Band Lacrimas Profundere have published the following statement on their website:
"I don't feel able to combine the permanent stress (of touring, concerts and of the general turbulences regarding the music business) with my "normal" life and my future."
In this case he often quotes his collegues of the "Strokes" with: "I wonna be forgotten and I don´t wonna be reminded."
Christopher doesn´t want to leave the stage without saying "thank you" to all the fans of Lacrimas Profundere for all the brilliant years of "Rock´n´sad".
The complete Band regret his decision but feel pretty happy about the fact that Christopher will be with Lacrimas Profundere as a lyricist and songwriter. The "LACRIMAS sound" will not change, because the brothers Oliver and Christopher co-operate as before, and Christopher will put some vocallines on the next album too!
Guitarist Infernus (real name: Roger Tiegs) of the Norwegian black metallers Gorgoroth has started his own record label, Forces Of Satan Records.
According to a posting on the band's website, the goal of the label is "to be an independent media company/record label with a clear-cut Satanic profile only relating to, signing, producing and promoting bands with a certain attitude and commitment."
First bands that have been signed are Black Flame (Italy) and Ophiolatry (Brazil).
A webpage and a MySpace account are under construction.
German technical death metal band Necrophagist have issued the following update on their website:
Necrophagist is excited to announce Drumming phenomenon and luminary Marco Minnemman as the new permanent drummer. Marco will start playing drums for Necrophagist on the upcoming "Summer Slaughter" tour starting June 1st 2007, sponsored by Ibanez, TAMA and Revolver Mag.
The band is absolutely stoked to announce that Marco Minnemann will be drumming on the new Necrophagist album, due in 2008. We can't wait to work on arranging the new songs with such an incredibly talented, proficient and complete musician/composer. The list of musicians Marco collaborated with throughout his impressive career includes but is not limited to legends such as Paul Gilbert, Mike Keneally, Allan Holdsworth, Terry Bozzio, Chad Wackerman etc...to check out Marco's playing or gather more info about him please visit http://www.myspace.com/marcominnemann.
Strapping Young Lad frontman Devin Townsend's new full-length concept album "Ziltoid The Omniscient" is due to be issued through InsideOut on May 21st in Europe and May 22nd in North America.
The tracklist for "Ziltoid The Omniscient" cover art], is as follows:
02. By Your Command
03. Ziltoidia Attaxx!
04. Solar Winds
07. Planet Smasher
08. Omnidimensional Creator
09. Color Your World
10. The Greys
11. Tall Latté
The following official "Ziltoid The Omniscient" press release can be found on the website of Hevy Devy Records:
"The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered in February due for an early summer release on Inside Out and HDR. Devin played all of the instruments on the record with the assistance of the Drumkit from Hell (thanks Fredrik!). The artwork is by Travis Smith.
Ibanez, Tama, Revolver, and Lambgoat will be presenting the first annual Summer Slaughter Tour with Necrophagist headlining and support from Decapitated, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, The Faceless, As Blood Runs Black, Arsis, Ion Dissonance and Beneath The Massacre.
Founder Ash Avildsen has dubbed it "the most extreme tour of the year."
More information can be found online at this location.
Here's the latest schedule:
6/1 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
6/2 New Jersey @ Infest
6/3 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
6/4 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
6/5 Louisville, KY @ Headliner's
6/6 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (+ Daath)
6/8 Houston, TX @ Meridian w/ Daath (+ Daath)
6/9 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit (+ Daath)
You can check out a new song from Greek technical death metallers Sickening Horror, entitled 'This Cold Funeral,' online here.
The track comes off their upcoming new album "When Landscapes Bled Backwards", which is expected to be released later this year through Neurotic Records.
More info about the band on http://www.sickeninghorror.net.
Finnish metal monsters Lordi have postponed their North American tour dates due to poor ticket sales and are now being rescheduled to take place around their Ozzfest dates here for those dates]. They are still confirmed for The Bamboozle festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 5 and 6.
The affected dates include:
20 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
21 - Hollywood, CA - Avalon
22 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
24 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
27 - Chicago, IL - Metro
28 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
1 - Montreal, QUE - Le Spectrum
2 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
3 - Baltimore, MD - Recher Theatre
Also Lordi's concert on May 11th in Helsinki, Finland at Jäähalli has been cancelled due to scheduling problems.
The "Highway to Hellfest" contest of our partner Violent Solutions is now finished. Finally, we can give you the 3 winners elected by their readers!
In the Extreme category: 7th Nemesis, in the Core category: Zubrowska, and in the Metal category: Klone! Congratulations to the winners and thanks to VS Solutions and to all the competitors who allowed us to add 3 great bands to the line-up of the Hellfest!
You will also be able to appreciate the great return of dEFDUMP added at the last minute to this nearly final line-up which, we hope, will please you.
Only one band still remains to be added to the line-up. You'll have the luck to vote for your favorite band during the SIN TRANSFER contest which will be organized by our friends of ROCK'N'ROLL RUNNERS the 9 of June 2007 at Lyon. Please be sure that you'll vote for the last band of the Hellfest 2007!
A number of audio clips from Ozzy Osbourne's forthcoming album "Black Rain" have been posted online at Ozzy.com (Note: You have to scroll over and click on the books and other images on the main page to hear the audio. For direct links to audio samples, click here.).
The follow-up to 2001's "Down to Earth", was recorded with the same band that backed Osbourne on his scattered 2006 Ozzfest dates — Zakk Wylde on guitar, Mike Bordin on drums, and former Rob Zombie bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson. The album has no official producer, although longtime Mutt Lange protégé Kevin Churko is serving as the engineer.
Dimension Zero has finalized the track listing for its third album, "He Who Shall Not Bleed", due later in the year via an as-yet-undisclosed label. The CD was recorded at IF studios in December and was co-produced by the band with Arnold Lindberg.
"He Who Shall Not Bleed" tracklisting:
01. He Who Shall Not Bleed
02. Unto Others
03. A Paler Shade of White (A Darker Side of Black)
04. Hell Is Within
05. Red Dead Heat
06. I Can Hear the Dark
07. Going Deep
10. The Was
11. Way to Shine
Check out audio samples of the songs 'He Who Shall Not Bleed', 'Unto Others' and 'Hell Is Within' at the band's website.
Dimension Zero is a Gothenburg Melodic Death Metal band from Sweden, which features In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad on bass, former Marduk singer Jocke Göthberg, drummer Hans Nilsson (Luciferion, Diabolique) and guitarist Daniel Antonsson (Pathos)
KNAC.COM air personality Junkman just checked in with the following sad news:
"Just got a call this afternoon stating that my friend, former Kiss guitarist Mark St. John, died this morning from a cerebral hemorrage. He was 51.
I have known him for a long time. I roadied for his band White Tiger, and just spoke with him at the recent NAMM show.
As soon as I fid out more info I will let you know. My heart goes out to his family. A very sad day.
Mark replaced Vinnie Vincent as lead guitarist for KISS in April 1984, following Vincent's falling-out with the band (Mark was suggested to Bruce Kulick was featured on the song, "Lonely Is The Hunter"). During work for the album, St. John clashed with the other members of the band, and eventually developed arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome), which caused his hands and arms to swell. He was all but unable to perform live as a member of KISS, and only played three (one in full) shows during the "Animalize" tour, with Kulick filling in for the rest. He was officially replaced by Kulick in December 8, 1984.
Norwegian death metallers Blood Red Throne have issued the following update:
"We finished recording the new album after some weeks of what we like to refer to as 'the BRT curse.' We are very happy with the material and can't wait to get it back from Valle Adzic, who will be mixing the album in the coming weeks. Valle also mixed the 'Altered Genesis' album .'
Blood Red Throne's fourth studio album was recorded at Jailhouse Studios in Horsens, Denmark. The upcoming CD will be the group's first to feature new members Anders Haave (drums) and Vald (vocals). Songtitles set to appear on the album include "Rebirth in Blood", "Come Death", "No New Beginning" and "Slaying the Lamb".