In reality TV style, Dream Theater have put together a trio of videos documenting their search for their new drummer. The last video of the series shows the last applicants of the seven-man short-list auditioning and jamming with the band in their hope to be selected as the new American Idol. After narrowing the short-list down to two drummers and a long and hard deliberation, the band have chosen Mike Mangini as their new drummer.
The whole series can be found at these locations:
Mike Mangini's history includes drumming with Annihilator, Steve Vai and James LaBrie.
Please welcome metal legends, Jungle Rot to the Victory Records roster. The new album Kill On Command will be in stores everywhere June 21st, 2011. Pre-order the new album now. Watch the introduction video here.
Obscura drummer Hanness Grossman will release his instructional DVD, Progressive Concepts For The Modern Metal Drummer. The 2-DVD set features almost four hours of lessons, clips, and live footage of both Obscura and Necrophagist and is available for pre-order at this location along with complete details on the DVD.
Also a trailer for Progressive Concepts For The Modern Metal Drummer can be viewed at this location.
Melechesh have amicably parted ways with bass player Rahm who officially joined the band a year ago.
The band cited professional reasons as grounds for this.
Founding member Ashmedi commented: "The band unanimously decided it is best to part ways with Rahm due to professional reasons that could have seriously affected the well being of the band. We wish him nothing but the best, we had good times. For now we will be auditioning bass players /backing vocalists."
The band will start auditioning experienced bass players effective immediately
- Interest in the themes and music of Melechesh is paramount
- Of semi sound and open mind
US metallers August Burns Red will release their forthcoming album, entitled Leveler, on June 21 via Sollid State Records. The effort will be available in both regular and deluxe editions.
JB Brubaker commented: "What we were going for with the cover was an image of a house that had been destroyed by a natural disaster . The cover depicts a house that has been leveled by something like a hurricane. You can see the trees in the background are bent sideways from enduring strong winds. There are a bunch of chickens in the foreground who have come out of hiding to continue on with their daily activities. The chickens represent the calm after the storm. They represent life and the promise of a new day. The art has a real indie-rock vibe to it, which I like because while we're obviously not an indie band, we're not a typical metal band either."
A one-minute YouTube clip containing snippets of new songs from US metallers Mutiny Within is available at this location.
Mutiny Within bassist Andrew "AJ" Jacobs commented: "For the past few months, underneath the snow, we've been writing and recording pre-production . The new material is sounding great, we're so excited for it. It's a fresh sound that takes things up a level; you won't be disappointed!"
"As Hammer To Anvil", a brand new song from US metallers Exhumed, is available for streaming at this location.
"As Hammer To Anvil" comes off the band's forthcoming full-length album, All Guts, No Glory, which will be released on July 5 via Relapse Records. More details about the album were previously reported over here.
Since their first album in 2002 Insomnium developed to one of the most promising and unique Melodic Death Metal bands. In 2010 they've been honored with the Finnish Metal Award for Best Band and Best Album (Across The Dark, 2009). Shortly before their 2010 tour with Dark Tranquillity they recorded the new track "Weather The Storm" with Mikael Stanne on guest vocals and performed the song together in London on September 28th. Director Janne Tamminen filmed the show and you can watch the video here.
Niilo Sevänen (vocals/bass): "Weather the Storm music video was shot at Underworld, London last autumn when we were touring with Dark Tranquillity. The house was sold out, we had a great show and people got really crazy - so it was really a night to remember! London, we salute you! Mikael Stanne joined us on stage for this special song so huge thanks to him!"
German thrash metal veterans Exumer have issued the following update on their Myspace blog:
"We will be recording and mixing our first album release in 24 years, in Dortmund/Germany over the summer. We have recruited legendary producer, Waldemar Sorychta (Grip Inc., Enemy Of The Sun, Voodoocult, Therion, Tiamat, Moonspell etc.), to produce what will be the third Exumer album to date. We will enter the studio in early June and remain there throughout July to complete the recording/mixing process. We have commissioned Baptiste Treton, a French born artist who resides in Vietnam, to illustrate the new album's artwork."
Vocalist Mem commented: "We basically took off from playing live for this entire year in order to concentrate solely on writing, recording and mixing this record. Waldemar was the most logical choice for us in regards to producing this very important album. We heard what he had done with the last Sodom album and we all agreed that he is capable of preserving the spirit of a 1980s thrash band but still make them sound relevant today. That is exactly what we envision for Exumer. We became quite confident that we will achieve this objective after meeting Waldemar earlier this year and trust his intuition as a producer, songwriter and musician, as well as his ability to push Exumer's envelope when it is necessary."
Angtoria vocalist / ex-Cradle Of Filth backing vocalist Sarah Jezebel Deva, who recently completed work on her new solo album The Corruption Of Mercy, has revealed she has signed with Listenable Records.
She has issued the following update: "We are extremely proud to announce we have signed to Listenable Records for three albums. The new album The Corruption Of Mercy is due to be released around July in Europe and September in the USA/Canada/South America. More news will be posted once Listenable have made their announcement, until then, please check out the new site, the dates and merch and please follow us."
Eclipse, the forthcoming album from Journey, will be released in the US and Canada on May 24 exclusively at Walmart and on June 3 in Europe on Frontiers Records. The CD will be made available on Scarecrow Records in Mexico, WET Music in Brazil and D.B.N. in the rest of Latin America.