Blabbermouth.net is reporting that reactivated Swedish metallers At The Gates will team up with Darkest Hour and Municipal Waste for a North American tour in July. Confirmed dates are as follows:
July 10 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
July 11 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
July 12 - Montreal, QC - Le Medley
July 13 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
July 14 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
July 15 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
July 17 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
July 18 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
July 21 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
July 23 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
July 24 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
July 25 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
July 26 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
Irish Doomsters Mourning Beloveth have issued the following official statement regarding the cancellation of their upcoming tour:
"Sorry but Mourning Beloveth will not be able to do the tour for personal problems that have arisen within one of the members family. They had hoped that it wasn't as serious as previously thought but the worst news came through today and they cannot do the tour. The rest of the members have decided not to go ahead without the full band. Apologies to all the promoters/support bands and venues who have put a lot of work into the tour preparations. The tour is currently being rescheduled for October 2008."
Still holding the flame, metal vets Queensrÿche stopped by MP3.com to play an acoustic set.
In a career that has spanned nearly three decades, Queensrÿche has released 20 albums and toured relentlessly. In doing so, it has been a long-time favorite of both headbangers and fans of more operatic music.
Some people might know this band only from its biggest chart hit "Silent Lucidity," but Queensrÿche was around long before that and shows no sign of slowing down. Frontman Geoff Tate and company recently announced that a new album is in the works.
In San Francisco on yet another tour, the band stopped by MP3.com to play a short set, including "The Killing Words" from the 1986 album "Rage For Order", "Eyes Of A Stranger" from its 1988 breakthrough "Operation: Mindcrime", and "The Hands" from "Operation: Mindcrime II".
"Canada's Neuraxis has issued the a video clip entitled "Neuraxis Studio episode 1 - Drums," featuring footage and interviews from the recording of the band's fifth studio record. The clip is online at the band's MySpace page here. The band's debut album for Prosthetic Records, "The Thin Line Between" will be the follow-up to "Trilateral Progression." Tapping Jef Fortin (of fellow Canadians Anonymus) for production duties, Neuraxis entered the studio Feb. 19 and the recording process should be completed later this month. Alan Douches (Mastodon, Converge, Shadows Fall) will master the effort while artist Dennis Sibejin of Damnengine Art (Job For A Cowboy, Chimaira) will showcase the record's visuals. "The Thin Line Between" is currently scheduled for a July release.
Sweden's Unleashed have issued the following update on their MySpace:
"Unleashed are currently hard at work in the studio to record their 9th studio album, "Hammer Battalion". Check in here for some photos from one of the recording sessions.
They also wanted to take this opportunity to reveal the song titles on "Hammer Battalion"
01. The Greatest Of All Lies
02. Long Before Winter's Call
03. Your Children Will Burn
04. Hammer Battalion
05. This Day Belongs To Me
06. Marching Off To War
07. Entering The Hall Of The Slain
08. Black Horizon
09. Carved In Stone
10. Warriors Of Midgard
11. Midsummer Solstice
12. Home Of The Brave
13. I Want You Dead
Vocalist Andreas Babuschkin of German Speed/Power metallers Paragon has posted the following update:
"Once again we are in songwriting mood. Here are some titles of the new metal hymns: "The Blade In The Dark", "Screenslaves", "Bloodfeast", "Disconnected" and "King Of My Castle". There is no Album title so far. We will decide this after we've finished all compositions. Recording should start in April 2008. Release should be in summer/autumn 2008 followed by live activities."
Mnemosyne Productions are pleased to report that Opeth mastermind Mikael Åkerfeldt has performed lead vocals for the song "Unhealer" from the upcoming Ihsahn album, "angL".
"We´ve been talking about doing something for a while and I´m really happy it finally came together. Needless to say, Mikael´s performance is nothing short of amazing!" says Ihsahn.
Asgeir Mickelson once again handles drums for the album. Ihsahn has also handed over bass duties to Asgeir's colleague from Spiral Architect, Lars Norberg. "Asgeir and Lars have delivered a rock-solid foundation for the whole album. Pounding blast-beats to slow fretless passages are all performed with great precision," Ihsahn continues.
According to the official Pestilence fansite, Pestilence are back. The message was already posted on 12 January and reads as follows:
"I have for you the best news you can even imagine... PESTILENCE IS BACK!!! There is new line up: founder Patrick Mameli (vocals, guitar) C-187], well known Tony Choy (bass) Atheist, Cynic, C-187] and drummer Peter Wildoer Darkane, Non-Human Level and others]. Patrick is working on new great songs which style he describes as modern fusion of "Testimony..." and "Spheres", but even more technical (!!!) and more brutal. New album will be recorded by Jacob Hansen and produced by Patrick himself. As you see we all have a reason to live!"
An expanded version of Antimatter's rarity compilation "Unreleased 98-03" is set to be released through Prophecy later in 2008. Mick Moss is already keen on this project and looking forward to its realisation: "The tentative title for this is "Alternative Matter", and if all goes well should be making progress in summer this year. The DVD which is supposed to be included should be fun to compile, there are loads of bits lying around, the more I looked, the more I found."
Additionally the successor of last year's highly acclaimed album "Leaving Eden" is already in the works. Mick Moss: "I have another album burning holes in my head, and this year I'll be slowly sifting through that and refining the songs and motifs in there. The theme this time is the question of sanity in people's actions, and also the things that are likely to drive you to distraction in the modern political and social climate. Once again it's a shade different from the previous album. There's a nice piece of artwork lined up for the release, which I should start recording either the end of 2008 or the start of 2009."
"New Jersey's metal titans God Forbid entered the studio this week with longtime producer Eric Rachel (Atreyu, The Dillinger Escape Plan) to begin tracking their much anticipated new full-length album. This new effort is the follow up to the group's most successful offering yet, "IV: The Constitution Of Treason", and the depth and diversity on this disc is easily going to position the band as of one the most innovative bands within the genre. This is an entirely new God Forbid that have matured beyond their years and are now more focused than ever before.
Doc Coyle (guitars, vocals) states: "Here we are! We have begun recording the new God Forbid album at Trax East in South River, NJ with Eric Rachel. Everyone in the band is really focused on this record and super excited about the songs. We did a very in depth pre-production for the last 2 weeks, where a lot of kinks have been worked out. There is more preparation for this album and any previous one. We have to give serious thanks to Steve Lagudi, who brought an entire studio to John's house to record pre-pro, and busted his ass engineering and tracking for two weeks. The material is varied and challenging, and I definitely feel another shift in the trajectory of our sound. We will be doing a studio blog keeping everyone posted about the progress, and also video taping as much as possible. Stay tuned to our MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/godforbid for updates. Horns!"
Belgian Heavy Metal band Gitaron have announced that frontman Gio Smet has decided to concentrate on his guitar parts only. The band found a new singer in Nico De Clerq. Nico has a lot of experience and a great voice for Gitaron. In the meantime, backgroundvocalist Femke Waterschoot decided to leave the band. She made this decicion together with the band, as she couldn't combine her work for the band and being a mom at the same time.
Current Gitaron Line up:
Nico De Clercq - vocals
Giovanni Smet - lead guitar/backing vocals
Aaron Onghena - lead guitar
Wilfried Vandenberghe - bass guitar
Tom Willems - drums
You can check out and download a new song from Belgium's Emeth entitled "Anochi Kofer" online over at their official MySpace page. The track comes off the band's new album "Telesis" which has been released today (7 March).
The most notorious pack of degenerates from Belgium Emeth, which features in its ranks ex-Aborted guitarist Matty Dupont and Blood Red Throne bassist Erlend Caspersen, has set "Telesis" as the title of its highly anticipated third album, due early 2008 via Brutal Bands. The band recently finished recording their new album at Hertz Studios with the Wieslawscy brother's as producers and is currently mixing eleven tracks for this new effort. It features the following track listing:
Calling in from a frozen tundra somewhere in Iowa, Arsis frontman/guitarist Jim Malone provides this update:
"Everyone's fine. Hard to believe this happened during the day, but the road is solid ice. The trailer flipped, broke loose of the hitch, and is now stuck in a snow bank. Better the trailer and not us. We're waiting to get it towed, since it's unusable. It's lodged in ice and we can't get to our gear, but we're sure it's all smashed. We need to assess the situation and see how much of our gear still works before we can say anything about finishing out the rest of the tour. We can't afford to buy a new trailer at this point. Again, we apologize to our fans. We'll have an update soon."
The Greek death metal band, made the following announcement recently on their official site:
"The band would like to say a warm "Welcome on board!!" to the new female singer Maria-Melissa Routi, who has undertaken from today the "Female Microphone" in KINETIC, replacing Margaret Staikou. You can find some first information about her at her MySpace profile here. Hopefully her fist live appearance with the band will be on March 15th at Underworld club (Athens) even performing a small number of songs from band's playlist."
The previous female vocalist, Margaret Staikou, was dismissed previously from the band, according to an announcement on 16/2.
Reunited US Thrashers have posted the following message on their MySpace:
"Deathrash will be posting the song "Unfinished Business" this Friday 3/07/08!!! This is the first new Deathrash song in 20 years and the first track from our upcoming CD "Thrash Beyond Death". We have also posted the artwork for the CD cover by artist Rich Rethorn Link]. You can check out more of his art at http://www.myspace.com/richrethorn. "Thrash Beyond Death" will be out summer of 2008.
ONCE MORE INTO THE PITS CAUSE WE HAVE UNFINISHED BUSINESS!!!"
The band is having a twenty year reunion and they will be releasing a CD that will include the '86 demo and a collection of never released live material from '86-'87