Vocalist/guitarist Martin Schirenc from Austrian long-running Death Metal outfit Pungent Stench, has posted the following message on the band's forum:
"Dear boys and girls!
You probably have noticed that I didn't post any updates on our forthcoming album for the last four weeks and now I have a sad announcement to make:
Due to band internal disputes, both personal and business related, we came to the point where it's impossible to continue making music together.
All upcoming shows have been cancelled and there won't be any further live activities in the future, at least not with the current line-up.
This wasn't an easy decision and, speaking strictly for me, I wish we could have worked things out. Unfortunately, we couldn't come to a compromise settlement. However, I'll do everything in my power to release this album, since I believe it's too good to be trashed and mostly because we owe it to you, our loyal fans! I will also continue making music together with El Gore, who had a big bearing on the new album and is a great musician and friend. I hope you understand my position and I would be pleased to see you at a show of my future musical projects, because I ain't done rockin', yet!
After the recent events at the Rengsdorf Rock&Blues Festival and the Rock Am Schloss Festival the band sees no perspective any more to go on with our drummer Thomen Stauch. Therefore we immediately release him from all duties.
Even though we are aware of his personal situation we cannot ignore the fact anymore that he is still not able to carry out his duties for Savage Circus. Already in summer 2005 Thomes started to cancel most of his all planed out promotional activities. In 2006 he canceled the Japanese shows and wasn't part of any other activity for the whole year. We gave him this entire year to solve his situation because we deeply hoped that he would be able to recover and to get back into pace again. But instead in spring this year Thomen almost canceled the Circle II Circle tour. Now he canceled two festival shows with extremely short notice again…
Stryper guitarist Oz Fox (Bloodgood) has revealed that the US Christian Heavy Metal band are currently recording their new album "on the east coast." The as-yet-untitled new album is the follow-up to the band's 2005 comeback album, Reborn, and is expected out later this year.
Stryper have announced five shows for Spain, due to take place in November. Their schedule is as follows:
7 - Santiago de Compostela - Capitol
9 - Palencia - Fronton Municipal Eras de Santa Marina
10 - Madrid - Joy Eslava
12 - Bilbao - Santana 27
13 - Barcelona - Apolo
The newest Nightwish video "Amarath" has been played on the MTV Finland and it is now online. It is the first appearence of the band after the replacing of soprano singer Tarja Turunen with Anette Olzon. Amaranth is the release single of the new album Dark Passion Play and it has been directed by Antti Jokinen (Korn, Stratovarius).
American iconic progressive death metal band Cynic played at Maximum Rock Festival, on August 12th in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. After more than a decade of absence, the band reunited and toured throughout Europe this summer. In Cluj, the legendary "Focus" album was played entirely, to the delight of a small but dedicated crowd. The show lasted for about an hour, and also featured the new song, "Evolutionary Sleeper".
The setlist was as follows:
Veil Of Maya
The Eagle Nature
I'm But A Wave To…
How Could I
You can watch the full show at metalcharge.com.
An MP3 of "Evolutionary Sleeper" has been made available for download at this location. The track was recorded live during the band's June 29, 2007 appearance at the Hovefestivalen in Arendal, Norway. Professionally filmed video footage of Cynic's concert at Hovefestivalen has been posted on YouTube.
As confirmed on katatonia.com, at the end of the North American tour, Katatonia will head on to Mexico for the first time ever to play two exclusive gigs (Mexico City and Monterrey).
The band commented "We can't wait to meet all our mexican friends coming out for these special occassions, it's been a long time coming…"
More info is expected to be announced shortly.
UPDATED (on 20.08.07):
Dates are as follows:
Sept. 28 - Circo Volador, Mexico City
Sept. 29 - Café Iguana, Monterrey
Audio samples of all the tracks that are set to appear on Iced Earth's new album, "Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I", have been posted at this location (by clicking on each songs on the tracklisting).
"Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I" will be released on September 7 (Germany), September 10 (Rest of Europe) and September 11 (North America).
The following message was posted on Soil's official forum:
"Well we hope all are having a wicked summer, we are knee deep in writing new music for the next album so no shows for awhile sorry!! But we wanted to give all the junkies some stuff to tide you all over soo here is the new re launched my space Soil site. We added a rare b side from the "True Self" session. The track 'Burn My Words' is a demo version that Mr A J Cavalier did the mix. So download it free. Also Tue aug 14th an old cd of ours by the name of Throttle Junkies is coming back out with a few rare tracks from that era so check your fave stores for that!!!"
You can download 'Burn My Words' at this location.
Official press release, token from the Primordial website:
"So we are finally finished the recording of our sixth album. After a few rain sodden weeks locked up in Foel Studios in North Wales "To The Nameless Dead" is for all but mastering and final artwork completed.
This time far away from the chaos and negative influences of a big city the recording process was far smoother and more complete then we have ever known. We left at the end quietly satisfied as opposed to feeling like our nerves were shot and far more stressed then we began. Much of this we owe to Chris Fielding who engineered it and put many long hours into its creation and to Dave Anderson who has created something we can only call a "good vibe" in the middle of nowhere far from the meddling influence of civilisation….immense thanks.
The track 'Convictions And Contradictions' from Norway's classical/progressive metal supergroup Winds' upcoming album "Prominence And Demise" (out September 4th, 2007 on The End Records), has been posted at the official The End Records MySpace.com site.
In update about the mp3 and the band, keyboardist Andy Winter says, "We are now only 3 weeks away from the release date of our new album "Prominence And Demise" and with that in mind, we think it is a suitable time to post one of the new songs on the web for everyone to hear. The new track is called 'Convictions And Contradictions'. All the tracks on the new record are distinctly different from one another and this track definitely contains some unique contributions from everyone in the band. It's also what we in the band refer to as the 'duet' song, as it features synchronized vocals from Agnete (M. Kirkevaag; Madder Mortem) and Lars. In other news, we will be re-launching our official website at www.winds.ws on September 4th to coincide with the release date of the new album. I will be heading to The End's offices in New York in a couple of weeks to do some promotion for the new record. Finally the moment is almost here for the new record to be unleashed! "
As indicate on the official band website and MySpace page, with the engagement of bass player Manuel Walther (instructor: PR Music Factory; guitarist: Purple Haze) and drummer Alex Landenburg (Annihilator tour drummer; Philosophobia; Broken Grace etc.), Olaf Lenk has once again formed a powerful line-up, making 2007's At Vance more powerful than ever!
At Vance released its new album, "VII", on June 29 via AFM Records. The group's seventh effort marks the debut of new singer Rick Altzi (production and mixing of Olaf Lenk and the mastering of Mika Jussila, Finnvox studios, Helsinki)
As of now, Detonation will be cooperating with Loudnoise Booking Agency for the booking of dutch shows. Loudnoise is a renown booking agency and has been working with bands such as Municipal Waste, Gorefest and Mnemic. We are very confident this will work out well and Loudnoise can get us the shows we need!
As the summer is coming to an end, we're preparing for our shows in September and the rest of the year. On December 15th we'll be playing Black Winter Day Festival in Bradford UK, and most likely we'll be doing shows in the UK on the 13th and 14th of December as well. More info on that soon!
According to a posting on the band's website, Black Metallers Satyricon have announced a new show in Fredrikstad on September 29th. More shows scheduled for this coming fall will be announced in the next few weeks. The shows this weekend at Brutal Assault and Sziget Festival will wrap up the festival season for Satyricon.
Satyricon also states: "Thank you for the support so far! Next week we will return to our mountain resort to continue song writing and record demos for the new album. All is going really well with that indeed! We have also extended our partnership with Roadrunner and next year will be a very exciting one for Satyricon and our friends out there. See you soon."
Belgian Brutal Death Metal outfit Emeth have issued the following update:
"The band is stoked to announce the fact that they will soon enter the Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland with the Wieslawscy brother's as producers (Vader, Decapitated, Kronos,...) to record the follow-up to it's highly acclaimed predecessor "Reticulated".
The recordings will start on September 12th. Mixing and mastering is sheduled during late October, aiming for an early 2008 Brutal Bands Release.
Currently the band is in the last stage of an elaborte proces of songwriting and pre-production recordings in order to finalize this new slab of modern extremity. It will feature the most mature and ambitious material from the band thus far, demonstrating a great step forward in terms of composition and arrangements.
Behemoth and Job For A Cowboy are teaming up for a co-headlining US tour this fall. Support comes from Gojira and Beneath The Massacre. Here are the dates:
10/18 Baltimore, MD @ Ram's (Head Live)
10/19 Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
10/20 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/21 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
10/22 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
10/23 Houston, TX @ Meridian
10/24 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
10/26 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
10/27 San Diego, CA @ SOMA
10/28 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
10/29 San Francisco, CA @ Slims
10/30 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/31 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11/2 Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
11/3 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
11/4 St. Louis, MO @ Pops
11/6 Minneapolis, MN @ Station Four