Dutch symphonic metal outfit Within Temptation has announced that singer Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt are expecting a baby. The band's upcoming tour, which was scheduled from February through April 2011, has been rescheduled to the fall of the same year. Already acquired tickets remain valid for the new dates, which can be found below the official statement.
States Sharon den Adel:
"As we are all gearing up for the release of our new album I have news which might come as a surprise: Robert and I are expecting a child. To be honest, this was not planned at all, but we're very happy about it as we experience our kids as an enrichment of our lives.
I'm happy to tell you that the release of our new album will not change: March 2011! The recordings for the album are completed and the songs are being mixed right now, all preparations for the release are in full swing, so there is no reason to put things on hold.
After eight years and two well-received releases, it is with regret that Old Season announces Frank Brennan's departure from the band. They would like to thank Frank for his contribution to the music over the years and wish him all the very best in the future.
Wendy Dio, the wife/manager of late heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio, has told VH1 Radio that she encourages the surviving members of Heaven And Hell — Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice — to work together again under a different moniker.
"I don't know what they're doing right now," she said. "I know that Geezer's been asked several times, and he's just... he took it very hard. I don't really know what they're doing right now. They should do something else, with Vinny, too. I mean, the band was amazing, an amazing band and they should carry on to do something. It won't be called Heaven And Hell but whatever they call it, it will be great, it will be amazing."
Onslaught is streaming a 1:30min sample from the upcoming new single Bomber at their brand new MySpace profile. The single will include guest appearances of Motörhead and Sodom members, Phil Campbell (guitars) and Tom Angelripper (vocals) respectively.
The new digital single will be available worldwide on December 17th including the songs "Bomber" (indeed a Motörhead cover) as well as "The Sound Of Violence", the title track from the upcoming album Sounds of Violence due to be released in early 2011.
The sixth album of Czech Grammy award double winners Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy is entitled Návaz and has been scheduled for a January 17th, 2011 (January 25th in North America) release via Season Of Mist.
Návaz will come as a digipak edition with a free amulet, limited to the very first pressing.
01. Mokoš / Earth Mother
02. Zlatohlav / Golden Head
03. Skryj Hlavu Do Dlaní / Hide Your Head Into Hands
04. Přísahám / Promise
06. Sudice / The Fate
07. Dva Stíny Mám / I Have Two Shadows
08. Pramen, Co Ví / Thinking Spring
09. Samodiva / Fay
So it's starting to look like System Of A Down are planning a string of reunion gigs in 2011... which is excellent news (and if you can't accept that go fuck yourself, ed.). Anyway, here's the copy from Blabbermouth:
According to the official blog of Francis Zégut, host of the show "Pop Rock Station" on the French radio station RTL2, System Of A Down will perform at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy in Paris, France on June 6, 2011. This is expected to be one of many gigs the reunited band will play in Europe during next summer's festival season. An official announcement on the matter, with more details about the group's future plans, could come as early as next week.
Japanese Death metallers Defiled will be back on Season of Mist on next January 17th, 2011 (January 25th in the US) with their fourth full-length In Crisis.
In Crisis will be released as a digipak edition limited to the very first pressing.
In Crisis cover art] tracklist:
01. From Alpha
02. Lethal Agitator
04. Unconscious Slavery
05. Paradoxical Chaos
06. In Crisis
07. Behind You Pray
08. Resentment Without End
10. Maze Of Nescience
11. Revelation Of Doom
12. To Omega
Eager to become the talk of every music fans' Thanksgiving dinner today, Axl Rose has just issued his most insane lawsuit yet, suing "Guitar Hero" makers Activision for $20 million for featuring Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
Axl initially signed off on "Welcome to the Jungle" being used in the game, but on one condition: do not put any music by Velvet Revolver, which boasts guitarist Slash (Rose's former bandmate and mortal enemy) in the game. Well, not only did "Guitar Hero III" offer a bunch of Velvet Revolver songs, they crowned Slash the game's spokesperson, featured him on the game's cover and made him a playable avatar. Cue Axl's lawsuit.
On the 30th November Mägo De Oz will re-release their last album Gaia III - Atlantia in a special box set edition with lots of extra material. The special box set will contain their last work Gaia III - Atlantia, a DVD with the last video clips ant their making of, plus a third CD called Gaia Epílogo with some new songs composed during the 3 Gaia albums but not edited up to date.
Gaia III - Atlantia was originally released worldwide on 6 April 2010.
Swedish blackened death metal band Spazmosity are forced to cancel their gigs for the remainder of this year, due to drummer Dimman being involved in a motorcycle accident. Spazmosity will return to the live and festival scene in early 2011.
All 26 tracks included in the recent three-disc deluxe re-issue of Control Denied's The Fragile Art of Existence are streaming online now via the band's website.
Control Denied's legendary first album has been re-mastered, re-packaged and features liner notes from drummer Richard Christy, never-before-seen photographs, as well as over an hour of previously unreleased demo and rehearsal tracks. The Fragile Art of Existence tracklist and album details were previously reported at this location. The album is available through Relapse Mailorder.
Dubai-based death metallers Nervecell have finished writing the songs for their next studio album. The recordings will take place somewhere next month. The band issued the following update:
"We are really thrilled that the writing process for the new album has been successfully completed and the band is eager to enter the studio next month and start recording. We've been working really hard on this record through out this year and in between the tours we've had in Europe and Asia. All the pre-production for the songs are done and we're very happy with how everything has turned out for us so far.
The new songs are sounding aggressive, fast and dark! The fans can expect a heavy dosage of old school death metal, modern thrash metal, intertwined with our touch of Eastern melodies and brutality. Needless to say there will be more exciting news and surprises featured on this new record to follow.
Helstar will be touring Europe this December in support of its latest effort, "Glory of Chaos", released on November 5, 2010 in Europe via AFM Records. Helstar's European headlining tour will kick-off on December 10th in Kerkrade, Netherlands, and will conclude on December 18th in Tilburg, Netherlands.
Helstar December 2010 European Tour Schedule:
10-12 The Rock Temple - Kerkrade, Netherlands
11-12 Metal City Festival - Lünen, Germany
12-12 Kaminwerk - Memmingen, Germany
13-12 Gala Hala - Ljubljana, Slovenia
14-12 Viper Room - Vienna, Austria (with Blaze Bayley)
15-12 Rock City - Uster, Switzerland
16-12 Eiche - Crailsheim, Germany
17-12 Eindhoven Metal Meeting Festival - Eindhoven, Netherlands
18-12 Little Devil - Tilburg, Netherlands
Several sources claim that Saxon have announced the following UK tour dates for next spring, ending with yet another show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on St George's Day. These are the dates:
April 9: Leamington Spa Assembly
April 10: Nottingham Rock City
April 11: Whitehaven Civic Hall
April 13: Manchester Academy 2
April 14: Glasgow O2 ABC
April 15: Newcastle O2 Academy
April 17: Leeds O2 Academy
April 18: Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
April 19: Bristol O2 Academy
April 21: Falmouth Princess Pavilion
April 22: Bournemouth O2 Academy
April 23: London Shepherd's Bush O2 Academy
The first five dates of the UK tour scheduled to start tomorrow have been cancelled:
The band did personally not want to cancel this tour but unfortunately Michael Poulsen was ordered by doctors not to fly or travel until his medical condition is stabilized to their satisfaction. At this moment Michael Poulsen is currently under doctor's supervision and a full recovery is expected within time to be able to pursue engagements from Dec 1st and onwards.