It seems that original Vermin drummer Pascal Payens has left the band after eight years of service. The Dutch death metal band announced on their MySpace they are looking for a new drummer who knows his blastbeats, doublebass paterns and heavy grooves.
The person should also preferably live in the west of Brabant area in The Netherlands. Applicants should also own a descent drumkit for gigs/recordings. Rehearsals are near Breda on Saturday afternoon.
The band latest album Define : Divine was released in October last year.
Fap away gentlemen, Opeth have revealed that their new live album In Live Concert At The Royal Albert Hall will be released through Roadrunner on September 20th. When you're done, you can read the entire press release below.
As part of the ongoing celebration of their 20th anniversary, Sweden's Opeth is releasing live footage and audio from the band's recent performance at London's famed Royal Albert Hall. In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, due out 9/21/10, is a fierce testament to Opeth's continued success in the progressive metal community.
Twenty years and nine records into their legendary career, Opeth's "progressively creative spirit" (ARTISTdirect) remains unwavering, propelling the band through the "Evolution XX: An Opeth Anthology" tour, which brought the Swedish titans to six of the world's most unique venues, and now, with the release of In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, into the homes of their fans.
Italian metallers Elvenking have set Red Silent Tides as the title of their new album. The release date (as well as different edition details of the album) will be announced soon.
The CD was recorded at Piranha studios in Karsdolf, Germany with producer Dennis Ward (Angra, Pink Cream 69, Primal Fear). The album's cover artwork was created by Samuel Araya, who has previously worked on Cradle Of Filth's Thornography CD.
Red Silent Tides cover art] tracklist:
02. The Last Hour
03. Silence De Mort
04. The Cabal
07. Your Heroes Are Dead
08. Those Days
09. This Nightmare Will Never End
10. What's Left Of Me
11. The Play Of The Leaves
Swiss doom/sludge band Rorcal will release its second studio album Heliogabalus in September. The cover art will approximately look like this.
According to a press release: "Going right out of inferno, Heliogabalus is a 70 minutes song which illustrate the decadence of a roman emperor. This time Rorcal is going ways further than before, with crushing doom parts, including long hellish droning fields.
This album is scary, really aggressive, completely gloomy. Be sure, you never heard something like that, and you never will. Rorcal is doom at its best, it's like Hell on Earth. If you're looking for something really extreme, this is exactly what you need.
Released by Cal of Ror Records (Lilium Sova), in partnership with Division Records (Kehlvin, Unfold, Vancouver), this monolith will be presented in a A6 digifile, including 6 pages booklet, limited to 500 copies, hand numbered.
Only a few days after their latest tour announcement, Helloween have updated their website again with the following message:
"As many of you thought while reading the last news, the band named it´s new studio effort: 7 Sinners. It is not 100% clear who the remaining two sinners are, be sure that you´ll find out the day of the release!
At the moment, the guys are busy laying down the last tracks for the album, before long time producer Charlie Bauerfeind goes on with the mix. The guys are very enthusiastic about their "new baby", stating there is a great Helloween album to come!"
Along with the album title, here's an updated list of European tour dates, with support of Stratovarius.
You can now listen to "Star Born", the first single off Spiritual Beggars's upcoming album Return To Zero at this location.
In other news, Spiritual Beggars are also working on more live dates and recently confirmed new shows in Greece. The band's songwriter and guitarist, Michael Amott, is happy to announce the shows as follows: "Greece has always been a special place for Spiritual Beggars over the years. Some of the best fans in the world of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal without a doubt. The shows we've played in the past in Athens are memories we hold close to our hearts. Therefore it is with great excitement we can now announce two shows in Greece to kick off our Return To Zero album campaign in style!"
Knife Fight Media is proud to announce that Kamelot have formed the recording label Kamelot Media Group (KMG Recordings). Teaming up with DisManic Distribution via E1 and the brand marketing and promotions company Knife Fight Media, the premier KMG label release will be the North American debut of Kamelot's highly anticipated 9th studio album, Poetry For The Poisoned, on September 14, 2010.
The formation of KMG Recordings seems a natural progression for the group. Guitarist Thomas Youngblood states: "We are in a very unique and fast changing era for the music world; I am very excited about the new venture of KMG in North America. We have a team of experienced and passionate people working with us on this new release, which will be another step for Kamelot and our fans."
As previously reported, the guys of Demiurg will be releasing their new album Slakthus Gamleby at the end of the month. In anticipation of that new album, the band has now uploaded the full version of the brand new song "Life Is A Coma" to their MySpace player. Check it out by clicking here.
Katatonia are forced to cancel their appearance at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting in December. The band issued the following statement:
"It is with great regret that we have to cancel our gig at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting scheduled for 17 and 18th of December. Holland has lately been really good to us and we hate to disappoint our Dutch fans, but Katatonia been offered an opportunity to tour in a few places that we have never visited and played before and we simply couldn't refuse. Where these places are will be announced here soon and we promise to make it up to our fans in the low country."
Meanwhile, the festival organization has confirmed the addition of Endstille and Moonspell to the festival billing. The complete festival line-up is now shaping up as follows:
Finnish melodic black metallers Gloria Morti have uploaded a new song, called "Awakening Of A Discordant Machine". The track is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
The song is apparently one of the "highlights" of the band's new, "massively blasting killer-album" Anthems Of Annihilation. The album is slated for a July 30 release via Cyclone Empire Records. More album details are available here.
Kiske/Somerville, the rock project formed by vocalists Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween) and Amanda Somerville (Aina, Avantasia, HDK) and featuring bassist Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner), guitarists Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Allen/Lande) and Sander Gommans (ex-After Forever, HDK), drummer Martin Schmidt (ex-Atrocity/Leaves' Eyes) and keyboarder Jimmy Kresic (Voodoocircle), will release their debut album on September 24th via Frontiers Records (in the U.S. on October 12). Before the release of the album, the single "Silence" will be out on August 20th. 90 second samples of each song of the album have been uploaded to Frontiers Records website and can be streamed here.
UVTV have uploaded a full Dark Tranquillity live concert that was filmed recently at Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago, IL. The audio for the show was professionally tracked and mixed. Check out the 73 minute concert at this location.
The setlist for the show was as follows:
01. At the Point of Ignition
02. The Fatalist
03. Focus Shift
04. The Wonders At Your Feet
05. Final Resistance
06. Misery's Crown
07. Punish My Heaven
09. Shadow in Our Blood
10. The Lesser Faith
11. Dream Oblivion
13. Lost To Apathy
15. The Grandest Accusation
16. Terminus (Where Death Is Most Alive)
"Whitewater", a brand new song from US metallers 36 Crazyfists, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
"Whitewater" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Collisions And Castaways, which is scheduled for release on July 27 via Ferret Music.
Collisions And Castaways cover art] tracklist:
01. In The Midnights
04. Mercy And Grace
06. Death Renames The Light
07. Waterhaul II
09. Long Roads To Late Nights
10. The Deserter
11. Caving In Spirals
And also US sludge/stoner/doom outfit Shrinebuilder will embark a European tour at the end of the year. The tour kicks off at the beginning of November all through to the early days of December. Here are the dates:
09.11.2010 - NED, Utrecht at Tivoli
10.11.2010 - BEL, Kortrijk at De Kreun
11.11.2010 - GER, Koln at Gebauede 9
12.11.2010 - GER, Berlin at Berghain
13.11.2010 - POL, Poznan at Eskalup
14.11.2010 - GER, Leipzig at Conne Island
15.11.2010 - GER, Munich at Feierwerk
16.11.2010 - CZE, Prague at Futurum
17.11.2010 - HUN, Budapest at Durer Kert
18.11.2010 - AUT, Vienna at Arena
19.11.2010 - ITA, Ravenna at Bronson
20.11.2010 - ITA, Mezzago at Bloom
21.11.2010 - SUI, Zurich at Rote Fabrik