02:52 - Amatsu Mikaboshi Still need to check out Gehenna. I've always been curious ever since I last saw them live, what Justin ans Liz are like, whether if there completely introverted, private hermits or sociable?...
Ole Walaunet, guitarist of Norway's Black/Death Metal band Grimfist, has stated the following announcement on the band's official website:
"Grimfist welcomes Morten Muller on vocals and Birger Larsen on bass!! The guys are also members in Dead Trooper. We've been rehearsing in Oslo and are fired up and ready to fucking slay with this line-up!!! We're confident that these bastards are the right guys for the job, and will bring the band further to the next level"
First confirmed livedate featuring the new Grimfist line-up will be: 25.05 - Club Maiden (Oslo)
Taken from The Underground Video Television Newsletter:
Black Metal band Goatwhore's track 'Bloodletting Upon The Cloven Hoof From A Haunting Curse' is the latest live video release on the Underground Video Television (UVTV) website, here.
The footage was taken during the band's tour swing with Celtic Frost at Magic City Music Hall late last year in Binghamton NY.
Goatwhore will embark on another North American tour with 1349 and Nachtmystium which kicks off March 23 in Tampa FL.
In May, Goatwhore will head to Europe on "The Excess Of Evil" tour with Marduk, Enslaved, Keep Of Kalessin, Melechesh and Pantheon I.
(Dates for that tour can be found here).
The new album by Goatwhore entitled "A Haunting Curse" is currently available via Metal Blade.
Norwegian ex-Tristania singer Vibeke Stene has shot down reports that she has joined Nightwish as the replacement for Tarja Turunen.
Yesterday, Blabbermouth.net(!) published the rumors that Stene accepted the job as new vocalist for the Finnish symphonic metal band, after the misinterpretation and misunderstanding of an article in Finland's biggest tabloid, Ilta-Sanomat (you can find that article here).
However, according to Stene, "That is not true. I would not want to sing for Nightwish," she told the Norwegian newspaper VG.
Stene believes that it might not be a coincidence that the rumors have surfaced around the time of the release of the new Tristania album.
According to Vibeke, Tristania's record label asked her a year ago if it was OK for them to put out the rumor that she was going to take over the singer slot in Nightwish. This was in order to generate interest in Tristania, which Stene quit three weeks ago "due to personal reasons."
Swedish metallers Entombed will release their new album, "Serpent Saints - The Ten Amendments", later in the year through Threeman Recordings via a special arrangement with Candlelight Records. The 10-song effort will mark the group's first release with drummer Olle Dahlstedt (Alpha Safari, ex-Misery Loves Co.), who replaced Peter Stjärnvind in 2006.
Commented the band: "We're mixing right now and the devil is smiling. Yesterday we got final mixes on the songs 'In The Blood' and 'The Dead, The Dying And The Dying To Be Dead' with top man Soren Elofsson at the console. He's helping us tweak the mix and will most likely master the beast at Cosmos Mastering, Stockholm, Sweden, later this month.
Alex Skolnick Trio, the band led by Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, has posted four songs from its newly released album, "Last Day In Paradise", on its MySpace Page. Check out the tracks 'Mercury Retrograde', 'Western Sabbath Stomp', 'Last Day In Paradise' and 'Tom Sawyer' (a live electronica-inspired version of the Rush classic) at this location.
"Last Day In Paradise" is available on Magnatude Records. The CD consists of seven original compositions along with three arrangements of hard rock "standards" (a concept upon which the trio has built a strong reputation as an instrumental group that appeals to straight ahead jazz fans and rock fans alike).
According to a recent press release directly from Paragon Records, Georgia-based cult Doom Metal band Eyes Of Ligeia have decided to call it a day. A statement from the band's leader, Dante, goes as follows:
"After nine years, the cycle is complete. Eyes of Ligeia has been laid to rest, having accomplished all that was meant to be. No further information will be forthcoming."
Two mp3's for your listening pleasure:
'The Shadow Out Of Time' from the album "A Fever Which Would Cling to Thee Forever"
'Polaris' from the album "What The Moon Brings"
British dark lords Akercocke have set "Antichrist" as the title of their new album, due on May 28 via Earache Records.
Commented the band: "The concept of "Antichrist" is wonderfully rich. It represents a supreme opposite. The epithet of the great antagonist provided a wonderful metaphoric framework within which to work. We have strived to make elements of the recording as evil as possible. Creating atmospheres that are deliberately uncomfortable. Spurred on by a rage enhanced by the complete disgust with our recent history, we didn't have to dig very deeply to find the malice and rancour sufficient to evoke the spirit of violent antithesis. "Antichrist" is the perfect banner for a collection of songs that are tales of opposition, sanguinary lust and the axiom of our raison d'etre."
Montreal based Neuraxis have announced that vocalist Alex Leblanc (Atheretic, Point Blank Rage) has joined as permanent member of the band.
The band comments: "After completing the European Domination tour, we knew Alex was the right man for the job. His vocals were rushing, and he displayed a very intense energy both onstage and offstage. We look forward to Alex contributing to the writing of our next album."
Neuraxis has confirmed they will be touring Canada in May with Martyr. The following dates have been confirmed:
Italian Gothic Black Metallers Graveworm have posted the following update on their website:
"The new album will be released in Europe on Massacre Records. The album was produced at the stage one studio with Andy Classen (Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Disbelief, Dew-Scented). The new masterpiece will be released as limited edition digipack."
Massacre Records has set May 25th as the release date for the album, entitled "Collateral Defect". A small picture of the cover art can be found at this location.
The follow-up to 2005's "(N)utopia" features guest appearances by Maurizio Iacono from Kataklysm and Matze from The Sorrow.
"Collateral Defect" contains the 10 following songs:
Fear Factory is currently working on another remix album, tentatively due later in the year.
A first taste of the upcoming CD - a remixed version of the song 'Supernova' (from the 2005 CD "Transgression") - can be heard on the band's MySpace Page.
Fast-rising young UK Thrashers Evile have announced that their forthcoming debut album, entitled "Enter The Grave", is to be recorded in May 2007 at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark with legendary producer Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica, Morbid Angel, Artillery).
The album is scheduled to be released Worldwide in September 2007 via Earache Records.