Masters Of Rock 2005 takes a place in Vizovice, Czech Republic on July 15th to July 17th 2005. You'll have a possibility to enjoy festival feeling without worries about rain or bad weather, a festival under the roof. The lineup for this summer is following:
The band is currently in the studio recording the new album "Inventor of evil" that will be mixed by Peter Tätgtren. The album is schedule to be release at 15 August in Europe (in the rest of the world will be a bit later).
The band is expecting to have some guests on the album. It seems like the ex-guitarist Harry will be doing some apparence on the album. Also the band is preparing a song "dealing with more unity and tolerance in the 'szene'!" and this would include "many 'well-known' Metalsingers from all exiting styles". More news to come.
Flo Mounier is going to release a Instructional Drum Video to come about summer this year, on this matter Flo also published his own website: http://www.flomounier.com , there you will find more info about the video, here is some of the content that the dvd will include:
- Warm ups for practices and shows.
- Various stretching exercises.
- Endurance and speed building exercises.
- Foot and hand technique.
- Grind library: Samples of various grind beats used in extreme metal.
- Gear & Drum Setup details.
- Live footage: Approximately 5 songs from different shows filmed from behind the drums during the Canada 2004 and U.S. 2005 Tours.
- Notations for these songs.
- Montreal Drumfest 2003 footage: An instrumental medley of new and exclusive material with fellow Cryptopsy members followed by a 7 minutes drum solo, Phobophile (instrumental) and a duet with drummer Ange Curcio.
The band announced in their website the adquisition of John Ryan. He plays Fiddle, Banjo, Bouzouki and tin-whistle, and has been with the band since April 2004, but now he's an official member of the band.
Dream Theater have completed work on their 8th full length studio album Octavarium, which is tentatively set for release through Atlantic Records on June 7th, 2005.
The track listing is as follows:
The Root Of All Evil
The Answer Lies Within
I Walk Beside You
Dream Theater's 2005/2006 World Tour will kick off on June 10th in Sweden with a leg of European Festivals and select headlining shows which will then be followed by a North American leg throughout July/August as part of a "package" tour with several other bands TBA very soon.
Manowar has just revealed some of the incredible things that are scheduled to happen at the Earthshaker Fest 2005 Germany ( July 23 ). Manowar will invite all of the original members from each lineup to join them on stage for a once in a lifetime event. Ross The Boss and original Manowar drummer Donnie Hamzik will perform and so will Rhino and David Shankle.
Speaking of special guests the legendary actor Mr. Christopher Lee will narrate the original parts recorded by Orson Welles in the songs Dark Avenger and Defender live on stage with Manowar. The festival will be filmed in high definition with 30 cameras and recorded live in surround sound with Germany's best mobile recording truck. This will be Manowar's biggest production ever that will feature a 100 piece orchestra and a 100 piece choir.
Due to the recent departure of the guitarist Tripp Eisen, Wayne has posted the following message:
"I am very excited to announce that former Static-X guitarist Koichi Fukuda has rejoined the band. Koichi was with us back in the club days here in Los Angeles, played on our first record, Wisconsin Death Trip, and did the first two years of touring with the band. He's been in the studio with us since October working on the new record and this feels like a very natural transition. The first shows with Koichi will be at the Galaxy in Santa Ana on March 25th and at the Key Club in Hollywood on March 26th. We'll be releasing details very soon about more extensive touring plans as well as the title and release date for the new record. Tony, Nick, and I want to thank all of you for your continued support...you guys have never let us down. Thanks! -Wayne Static"
Some interesting facts from Devin Townsend website:
"Devin continues to work on the DTB DVD. With everything else going on he has not been able to devote a consistent amount of time to the project but has been diligently working when time allows. The audio should be mixed while he is on the promo tour so not much longer to completion. He has also been writing and jamming the new DTB album that he hopes to begin recording after the SYL tour, we will keep you updated about the new album recording process very soon.
Thanks to all the fans that opened their mind to Devlab. It was surprising for us to see all the attention that went into this record. Records like Devlab are very useful for Dev's creativity. As there is no musical boundary for him, we will continue to release website-only projects as Dev likes to make little records and share them.
The band posted the following message on their website:
The recordings of our fourth full length album ´Remagine´ has finally begun!
Monday, March 7, the recordings of the drums started. The first thing we asked the studio engineers, was to give a professional assessment of the recording quality of the drums on the pre production we had recorded.
Andre had drummed on this pre production and we hoped we would be able to use this material. To our great relief the engineers thought this was Top Quality material. So, without Andre being present in the studio, his drums will be on Remagine!!!
We thank Ernst van der Ee, Andre's friend and professional example, who was prepared to drum the album, for being there if necessary.
The band has finished the guitars recently and the vocals are expected to be recorded on 12 & 13 March, the bass will be handled by Michael Håkansson of Evergrey as a sesion member. After all is done it will be sent to Dan Swano, who will be responsible for the mix of the album.
The release date of the album hasn't been decided yet but the band expect to have everything ready by April.