Axxis have announced Alex Landenburg as the new drummer in the group. Commented on the band's official site:
"It took a long time…but now the search for a new drummer is over. Alex Landenburg is the new Axxis drummer. Due to the high number of applications of some really great drummers, it was not an easy choice for the Axxis guys to be made.
Harry Oellers (keyboards): "We were really spoilt for choice this time, with the level of the drummers being top notch, and it wasn't easy for us to turn the others down. With some of them we will keep in touch for other projects though."
Bernhard Weiß (vocals): "The shows we got to play with Alex were a lot of fun for us! He's a great guy and he just fits us both musically and personality wise! I'm looking forward to the next production where his drumming will add a new twist to our songs!"
"We regret to announce that our supporting appearance under Septicflesh is cancelled. For reasons beyond the band, we won't have the pleasure to perform under this great Greek death metal group, which we want to sincerely thank for the invitation and wish it all the best for January's show.
However, we will perform live again soon! We are happy to have been presented with the opportunity to play live with German neothrashers Dew-Scented, on February 27 at Texas Necropolis in Athens. This will be the last Suicidal Angels show for a while, as we will start production of our new album in early Spring, which we hope to release later in 2009. The songs are ready, we like them a lot and we can't wait to record and present them to all you maniacs out there!
Satyricon have made their upcoming single "Black Crow On A Tombstone" (which will be released on the 20th October) available for your listening pleasure, at this location (check it out in the player below that page).
The single is the first off the upcoming album "The Age Of Nero" which will be released on the 3rd November. All info about the album here.
UPDATE (thanks to ArtiA)
"Black Crow On A Tombstone", the new video from Satyricon can now be viewed at this location. The band also posted a "The Age Of Nero" song-by-song video online, which can be watched at the same location.
After a great long decade of silence, Swedish Melodic Black Metallers Algaion is back to the fold, reunited and preparations of a new full-length album are underway.
Previously busy on his stint with other bands (Hypocrisy, Pain, etc) and also currently in Swedish Power Metal band Morifade, Mathias Kamijo decided that it was time to resurrect the ghost of Algaion and brought it back to life in 2008 together with founding member Mårten Björkman.
New blood have since joined the Algaion camp, with current members from Coporation 187 (Viktor Klint and Robert Eng contributing on guitars and drums respectively) and Tobias Leffler (previously in Vergelmer and N.C.O) on bass.
In the meantime, the band signed a record deal with Pulverised Records. The label commented: "It is our great pleasure to have Algaion join the ranks of the Pulverised Records roster; we are very excited and definitely looking forward to a great working releationship with such a veteran class act!"
"This time we have a rather unusual "new signing" announcement. You know that Shining's Kvarforth is rather a moving soul in constant angst. Besides his official band and official (too many to mention) guestings and projects, he now has proven himself with quite of an effort: to "vocalise" a yet recorded instrumental "album". We are talking here about Norwegian psycho-doom monster Hjarnidaudi (MySpace), who released his début album in 2006 entitled "Pain:Noise:March", originally released on Paradigms Recordings."
Avantgarde Music mentioned this could be the first episode of a "Niklas Kvarforth presents:" serie, in which "our beloved chanteur re-interpreting and paying hommage to some key-albums of his existence". Together with the release of the album we will spread a real statement, written by Niklas himself, where you will understand more about the real spirit behind this release.
Demigod posted a bulletin on their official website and their MySpace with only these words: "Demigod has split up." No further details have been given.
Demigod gained relative popularity with their '92 classic album "Slumber Of Sullen Eyes". Despite this, the band split up a couple of years later. 1998 saw the reformation of the band and two more albums were released. But the band never reached the height of "Slumber..." again and right now it looks like they never will.
"As many of you may or may not know, Dennis has departed from the band. We wish him all the best. So now it's time for someone new to join the pack! We are now accepting applications for this position... do you have what it takes? If you wanna give it a shot, please send bio, photo, demo and or link to your website / myspace page so we can check you out! Send your info to: deathangelbass gmail com
We look forward to hearing from you. Oh yeah, better have your passport in order as we are doing a week of dates in Australia in March and who knows what else... let's Jam!"
"The new album is recorded, the artwork is ready, the promo copies are being pressed right now... and Entwine will back on the road to promote it in January 2009.
First of next year's shows are now released, starting in Finland:
17.01.2009 FINLANDIA-KLUBI, Lahti
13.02.2009 HENRYS PUB, Kuopio
14.02.2009 KARJALATALON KELLARI, Joensuu
20.02.2009 PANAMA JACK, Kerava
27.02.2009 LUTAKKO, Jyväskylä
28.02.2009 VILLIMIES, Kankaanpää
06.03.2009 HOUSE OF ROCK, Kouvola
24.04.2009 HOTELLI IISOPPI, Nokia
More details about shows and the album to follow soon..."
Evereve have issued the following update regarding their new upcoming album:
"As you probably still remember from our previous announcements, there will be new EverEve music coming your way. By now we have finished up the songwriting, additional planning and prepare for the upcoming production. We'll record a cycle of three songs we call "E - Mission" where each of the songs ("Revelation, "Reborn" and "Regret") are tied together in a conceptional sense. So it basically is a continuation of the EverEve history, lyrically and musically, which you are familiar with and still packed with surprises based on new and different aspects of our creativity!
"Gripping virtuoso guitar licks and a glimpse at history as it was being made accurately summarize Jason Becker's new album, "Collection". Even as paralysis set in from his disease, Jason still had a strong desire to compose ."Collection" not only contains some of Jason's favorite moments from his Shrapnel and David Lee Roth recordings, it also features three new Becker compositions, each as impressive as anything he has recorded in the past. Jason has enlisted some of the largest names in instrumental guitar music and has as many as three guitarists per track trading off riveting performances. Including performances by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Michael Lee Firkins, Marty Friedman and Greg Howe. "Collection" is exactly the kind of record that Becker fans have been waiting for."
Four new songs from Swedish/Danish power metallers Crystal Eyes have been posted online. "The Fire Of Hades", "Waves Of War", "Shadow Rider" and "Dying In The Rain" are now streaming on http://www.myspace.com/crystaleyesfromsweden. The tracks come off the band's upcoming album "Chained", which is scheduled for a November 21 release via Metal Heaven.
The cover artwork made by Carl-André Beckston (known as Metal Storm's very own monowasp) can be viewed here. All info about the new album can be found here.
"We uploaded a first brand new song from our new album "Manifesto". Please check our profile and listen to the track "The Brave / Agony Applause". We're looking forward to your feedback!
We also have just finished the video shoot for this song together with director Philipp Hirsch (Heaven Shall Burn, Amon Amarth, Disillusion). The clip will be premiered by the beginning of November and we promise you, it will roooock!!
"Manifesto" will be out on 14th November in Germany/Austria/Switzerland. and 17th November in the rest of Europe. The U.S. will follow on 20th January and the hungry audience in Japan will be served on 17th November as well.
Within Temptation have issued the following update:
"Unfortunately we have to announce that, due to family matters, Stephen hasn't been able to rehearse with us for the upcoming theatre tour. That's why Stephen has asked Mike Coolen to replace him for the rehearsals and consequently also for the theatre tour. You might have seen Mike Coolen (Brotherhood Foundation, Daybroke) with us before, as he replaced Stephen during a few shows last year. We kindly ask you to also give Mike a warm welcome!
Speaking of shows, the upcoming theatre tour will be our last tour for a while. The upcoming year we will focus on writing new songs and work on recording a new album. We have done over 180 shows in 40 countries in the past 2 years. New continents have been visited (like the United States, South-America and Russia) and we also did shows in Eastern Europe for the first time. The Black Symphony concert with the Metropole Orchestra in Ahoy Rotterdam has been an absolute highlight. We're still very proud of the amazing DVD and Blu-ray in which it has resulted. It have been two intense, but amazing years and we'd like to thank you all for giving us your warm welcome and support!
German metallers Stormwarrior will release their first DVD, entitled "If It's Not In Your Bloode... You Will Never Understande!", on early 2009 through Remedy Records (a glimpse of the cover artwork is available at this location).
The package include the full show from the 2007 Wacken Open Air live performance in both DVD and audio CD formats, plus an extensive bonus section containing: "Impressions From The First 10 Years", as well as the official "Iron Prayers" and "Heading Northe" promo clips.
The full tracklisting is as follows:
01. And The Northewinde Bloweth
02. Signe Of The Warlorde
03. Heavy Metal Fire
04. Heading Northe
05. Odinn's Warriors
Finnish goth metallers Sinamore have posted the following update on the band's MySpace:
"We've been in the studio recording some demo material for our forthcoming album with Juho Räihä (known from the bands Before The Dawn and Gloria Morti). Drums have now recorded, also rhythm guitars, and today (November 4th) we're gonna concentrate on lead/clean guitar and bass tracks. Really hard stuff coming out so you should be prepared."