According to Japanese newspapers report, Loudness drummer Munetaka Higuchi was diagnosed with liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma) earlier this month. He is still in hospital, where he has been undergoing radiotherapy for HCC. Loudness are going to play the scheduled 3 gigs with a replacement drummer, whose name hasn't been revealed yet. After those gigs the band are going to be put on hold indefinitely until Munetaka gets full strength back.
An official statement from the band's management can be found in the official Loudness website, though it is written in Japanese.
Melodic Swedish metallers Blinded Colony have announced the following update:
"We would like to introduce and welcome a new member to Blinded Colony. His name is Martin Bergman (ex-Evildoer) and he will be the new guitar player next to Tobias. Of course this doesn't mean that Johan Blomström has quit the band; he will instead handle the bass from now on. You will get a proper introduction from Martin himself later on and some other really cool news."
Blinded Colony's "Bedtime Prayers", came out in January 2007 through Pivotal Rockordings. They followed up with a 38-day tour with Ektomorf and Kayser.
Napalm Records has signed Lunatica. The Swiss band is right in the middle of recording their new album. Michael Levine (Hans Zimmer's arranger - Pirates of the Carribean, The Rock) has provided his expertise on one track. In addition, Jimi Jamsion (Survivor's ex-vocalist) as well as John Payne (ex-Asia) will perform two songs with frontlady Andrea. An album release is tentatively scheduled for winter 2008/2009. Make sure to check out Lunatica's music and art on MySpace.
Australian masters of grind The Berzerker have begun work on their fifth studio album, due in an undetermined amount of time later this year through Earache Records. An official 2.26mins video clip featuring footage of some of the early recording sessions can be viewed here
Animosity New Zealand Tour Dates:
24/04 Level One - Christchurch, NZ + Vixen Execution, Anthropophagus, Innard Splatter
25/04 Valve+) - Wellington, NZ + Backyard Burial, Bloodletting, Slave Cadaver
26/04 Powerstation - Auckland, NZ + Dawn Of Azazel, Sinate, State Of Integrity, World War Four, Malevolence, Cripple Mr Onion, Human, Wrath, Tainted, Just One Fix, Vatikan
27/04 Yellow Submarine - Hamilton, NZ + Bloodletting, Blacktooth, + guests
Atlanta's Withered have completed work on the band's latest album, "Folie Circulaire," which will see a June 24 release through Prosthetic Records. Withered posted the following on their MySpace Page:
"Our new record is officially completed and we're very satisfied," the band says. "Thanks to everyone involved, some very cool things have fallen into place for this release. Most of you are already aware of Barney Greenway's (Napalm Death) guest vocal appearance on "...The Fated Breath" and "Clamor Beneath." As always, his vocals are amazing and can't wait for everyone to hear them.
Also, the last song on the album is a cover song called 'Into Armageddon' by Necrophobic. If you're not already a fan of them, you need to be. They're in our top friends and some of the best black metal to ever come out of Sweden so check them out. Big thanks to them for being very cool about us recording their song and for writing it in the first place.
Thrash metallers Testament are currently streaming their entire new album, "The Formation Of Damnation", on their MySpace page.
The album will be released on April, 25th in Germany (on April, 29th in North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork was created by Eliran Kantor. The band recorded "The Formation Of Damnation" in part with producer Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Nevermore) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.
Posted on the official website on April 16th by Anders "Blakkheim" Nystrom:
"Bloodbath just spent the last week at Park Studio in Stockholm where Axe put down an (un)healthy doze of all the basic ingredients and more to get this death metal monster meal cooking in hell's oven. We're talking classic oldschool skinpounding, furious blastbeats, double bassdrums, all kinds of tempos and a heavy load of killer fills, yeah you name itů This time it turned out to be 11 brand new songs on the menu for the band's still untitled third album. So what direction does the material take this time? Well It's definately taking off where we left with "Unblessing The Purity". The material represents nothing but hateful brutality, so there's surely a lot of speed countered with heavy groove. Riff wise, we're playing a lot with dissonant harmonies for that feverish possessed feeling, but we also brought back the whole melodic yet haunting "bee-swarming" theme concept from the past albums to represent the classic sound, so there's definately gonna be a good deal of variety on here which we hope to pack together in the most crushing production yet. The recording will now be moved to engineer David Castillo's newbuilt studio where we'll put down the guitars and bass over the next month while waiting for Mike to return from his touring in June to cut the vocals before we enter mix mode. The cover artwork will once again be handled by Dusty Peterson. The album has been set for an October 6th release, but the album title, song titles, audio teasers and the coverartwork will show up during the summer. Stay tuned. Bloodbath is here to slay, Bloodbath is here to stay!"
Therion has posted the following update on their website:
Today we have an announcement that will come as a shock to all of you. The four permanent members of the band have had some discussions and it is clear that we have different goals and visions for the future. Therefore it is best for the band, our selves as individuals and for the fans that we go separate ways now when there is still plenty of time before the next Therion album and World Tour. This means that Christofer will continue with Therion and the others will perform their music in other projects and bands.
We're all still friends, no one is disappointed and there's still some work we have left to do together in terms of editing of materials we have recorded for future DVD's.Best regards to all of you and thank you so much for the wonderful support you have given the band during the time we have played together.
Italian band Stormlord has posted a new song, entitled 'Mare Nostrum', on its MySpace page Link].
This track comes off the band's fourth full-length album, entitled "Mare Nostrum", which will be release on May 23th via Locomotive Records.
The album was recorded at Giuseppe Orlando's Outer Sound Studios (Necrodeath, Novembre, Klimt 1918) and was mastered at Finnvox Studios by Mika Jussila (HIM, Children Of Bodom, Nightwish, Sentenced).
Also the band adds:
"We'll upload 3 more songs in the last 3 weeks before the release, so stay tuned!"
Finnish folk metal band have posted following at their website:
"We are crossing the Atlantic Ocean again this fall. This time we head out with support from American Death/Thrashers Warbringer! The dates can be found in the Live-section. Tickets on sale exclusively until May 3rd through www.EnterTheVault.com, later through all normal ticketing services.
The dates are:
22.08.2008 - USA, Springfield, VA
23.08.2008 - USA, Philadelphia, PA
24.08.2008 - USA, New York, NY
25.08.2008 - USA, Cambridge, MA
26.08.2008 - CAN, Montreal, QC
27.08.2008 - CAN, Quebec City, QC
28.08.2008 - CAN, Toronto, ON
29.08.2008 - USA, Cleveland, OH
30.08.2008 - USA, Mokena, IL
31.08.2008 - USA, Minneapolis, MN
Graveworm have confirmed on their myspace page their participation in the metal fest Casa Gateways in Casablanca-Morocco, the event is going to be one of the very biggest in Africa with th participation of 16 bands, among the bands that haven't confirmed their participation yet on their pages Behemoth, Nightmare, Emeth, Nervecell, Kimaera,Tchi Hi Dis(Tunisia)..
Florida death metallers Obituary have issued the following update:
"We leave today for South America for a couple of weeks. This is always a great time with insane fans!!! This trip will take us to places we have been and places we have not been too yet, so we are really getting excited! We have 4 shows in Brazil and 1 in Chile, Venezuela, Columbia and Ecuador! (all dates: Link]).
We have so much going on when we get back it is just crazy. We started to write new music for an EP that we plan on releasing in a few months and we need to get that recorded, so Redneck Studios will be getting fired back up for that! We have to get our new setlist ready for a really busy European Summer Festival Tour (full list here) and we finally have a show set up in Tampa!!!! We will be playing at The Crowbar in Tampa, FL (Ybor City) on Friday - May, 23 2008."
A trailer for the upcoming horror film "Wicked Lake" has been released. Al Jourgensen of Ministry composed the music to this film, and also acts as a music supervisor.
Jourgensen described the film as "Faster Pussycat Kill Kill gone very bad" and is also expected to play the small role of a perverted art professor. Wicked Lake's director Zach Passero also directed Ministry's last video clip "LiesLiesLies".
The trailer is available on the official website or here. Please be warned that there is some brief nudity and gore in the trailer and might therefore be not safe for work.
Italian metallers Elvenking have some news regarding their upcoming album on their website:
It's been a while since the release of our last album "The Scythe", which moved a whirlwind of different reactions on the metal crowd (thing that we love so much ) and is growing as a great success for this band.
Now we'd like to announce that Elvenking are working on a brand new exciting project. The next release from Elvenking will be another great challenge, something that once again will create curiosity: a totally acoustic album.
So no hard riffing and headbanging amount of metallic mayhem this time, but softer, romantic but still strong and emotional rhymes in music. We can consider this as an experiment, something that shows once again how much this band needs everytime new paths to follow and to express itself and its musical ideas.