Danish symphonic black metallers Illnath announced late last month that they had tapped Reno Kiilerich (ex-Dimmu Borgir, Panzerchrist, Dew-Scented to play drums on their third album, entitled "Three Nights In The Sewers Of Sodom". They have since issued the following update on their drummer situation:
"No luck again... The recent drum recordings in the studio weren't what we had hoped for. So now we're once again looking for a drummer to step up to the challenge and do the drums on the next Illnath album. Furthermore, we are going on tour this year, and for that we need a drummer as well. Anyone interested, please contact Illnath ."
"Three Nights In The Sewers Of Sodom" is being recorded at Borsing Studios and will feature artwork by Wilhelm Steiner.
Belgium's Brutal Death Metal outfit Aborted have issued the following update:
"Well, yes, finally, after months of auditioning and looking for the right person for the spot, we're glad to announce we have found a new permanent drummer in Dan Wilding. Dan completely knocked us off our feet at his audition and will without a doubt prove to be the perfect addition to complete the lineup we were looking for. Dan's first show will be on March 16th in Bamberg, Germany."
You can find a photo of Dan Wilding at this location.
Aborted recently launched an e-card for its new album, "Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture", at this location. The e-card features the group's striking new video for the track "The Chondrin Enigma".
Jesu will be forced to miss the beginning of their tour with Isis, which kicks off this week in California. The group has issued the following statement:
"We are sorry to report that Jesu are still stuck in England and will NOT be playing the Spaceland, L.A headline/release party; work permits for Jesu have still not been cleared by U.S officials/customs and the band are not allowed into the U.S until the permits are officially cleared. The band are yet to receive a date of clearance and simply have to wait until they do so before entering the U.S, hence Jesu will not be appearing at any shows with Isis until the permits are available and Jesu can leave England.
Please watch this space for further news; once Jesu have their permits we will post confirmation of this and the first show that Jesu will play in the U.S. Hopefully the band will not miss more than the first week of this tour, being the band's first tour of the U.S.
Manowar is going to shoot parts of their newest video for the song 'Die For Metal' on Saturday, February 24 in Bochum, Germany, during the Manowar Fan Release Party for the new album, "Gods Of War".
All fans are welcome to be part of this video. We want to have an insane true metal crowd, so put on your favorite MANOWAR shirt and show us what you've got.
Besides the fans, the video will also star well known German actor Tim Sander. As Manowar band members will not appear in this particular part of video and therefore won't be present, we are counting on you, the greatest fans in the world to star in this scene and to once again show the whole world just what Manowar fans are about.
In an interview with Radiotangra.com, guitar player Michael Weikath revealed that Helloween will enter studio in May or June 2007 to start recording their next full-length album. The entire conversation can be read and heard here.
Canadian thrashers Annihilator have revealed the complete track listing for their new album, "Metal", due in Europe on April 16 via SPV Records. An official statement by the band on their forum goes as follows:
The CD's ten new tracks were recorded by Jeff Waters (guitar, bass and lead vocals on one song), drum legend Mike Mangini and Dave Padden (long-time vocalist and touring guitarist/vocalist).
"Metal" also features sensational performances by some of metal's finest players and Annihilator's good friends, like Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom), Danko Jones (Danko Jones), Michael Amott and Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy), Corey Beaulieu (Trivium), William Adler (Lamb Of God), Jeff Loomis (Nevermore), Jesper Strömblad (In Flames), Steve "Lips" Kudlow (Anvil), Anders Björler (The Haunted), Jacob Lynam (Lynam) and more.
Children Of Bodom was honored with the "Band Of The Year" award at the Finnish Metal Awards, which were held Friday night (February 16) during the Finnish Metal Expo at the Cable Factory in Helsinki, Finland. Members of the Finnish metal media pre-selected the candidates and the people cast their votes to select the winners, which were as follows:
Album Of The Year: Mokoma - Kuoleman Laulukunnaat
Band Of The Year: Children Of Bodom
Rookie Of The Year: Profane Omen
Cover Art Of The Year: Mokoma - Kuoleman Laulukunnaat here]
Musician Of The Year: Kai Hahto of Wintersun
Vocalist Of The Year: Marco Hietala of Tarot / Nightwish
Saturday (Feb. 17) tickets for the two-day Finnish Metal Expo MS Event Page] were sold out in advance and the 2,500-capacity venue was filled to the brim. An almost equal number of people visited the world's premiere Metal Expo on Friday. Live performances were held by the likes of DragonForce, Amon Amarth, Moonsorrow, etc.
SYL guitarist Jed Simon has issued the following update on the band's MySpace page:
The good folks at the Download Festival have put our entire set up for viewing.
See the link in our 'bio' section. here.]
I watched the whole thing again, and it still gives me goosebumps. That was an amazing event, and a great day. Thanks to all of you who were there to see us, and to those who weren't but enjoyed it anyway! Welcome to the family.
The new video for the song 'Face In The Mirror' by Finlands Heavy/Power Metal band Thunderstone, taken from their forthcoming album "Evolution 4.0", is now online at the band's official website. Click the following links to check it out:
'Face In The Mirror'
'Face In The Mirror'
"Evolution 4.0" is Thunderstone's fourth album, and will be released on March 14th in Europe and in the spring in North America.
Thunderstone's official MySpace page can be found at http://www.myspace.com/thunderstoneband..
As promised, here is a list of the new 25 bands confirmed for the 2007 edition of HELLFEST! These 25 bands were added to the line-up and, we hope, will satisfy everybody. Be patient, we will reveal the final line-up in the next few weeks!
Here are the new confirmed bands:
Korn / Machine Head / Within Temptation / Emperor / Neurosis / Children Of Bodom / Moonspell / Epica / Lamb Of God / Cynic / Unearth / After Forever / Vader / Heaven Shall Burn / Misery Index / Dew Scented / Salem / Coldworker / The Arrs / Fubar / Furia / Dylath Leen / Imply In All / Ellipsis / Homestell
Yes! You'll have the luck to behold the exceptional presence of Emperor and Neurosis during the last week-end of June. These two shows are Hell Fest exclusive!
Finnish Folk metal band Korpiklaani posted in their official website:
The cover artwork of the upcoming album "Tervaskanto" has been released. The release date has been set to May 2007.
Here's the link to see the picture: http://www.korpiklaani.com/news/pics/tervaskanto.jpg.
"Tervaskanto" is already Korpiklaani's fourth studio album.
Italian Gothic Metal band Lacuna Coil posted in the Karmacode page the following dates for the Jägermeister Music Tour in The United States. Also on the bill of this tour are Stone Sour and Shadows Fall.
23.03: Myth - St. Paul, Minnesota
24.03: The Rave - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
25.03: Lifestyle Pavilion - Columbus, Ohio
27.03: Congress Theater - Chicago, Illinois
28.03: Egyptian Room - Indianapolis, Indiana
30.03: State Theatre - Detroit, Michigan
31.03: Dome Theater - Niagara Falls
01.04: House of Blues - Cleveland, Ohio
04.04: Avalon - Boston, Massachusetts
06.04: Roseland Ballroom - New York, New York
07.04: Electric Factory Concerts - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
09.04: Bogarts - Cincinnati, Ohio
German power metallers Freedom Call have issued the following update already a few days ago:
"Yesterday (February 10th) we finished work at (producer) Tommy Newton's Area 51 Studios at Celle, Germany and arrived our hometown Nuremberg with the master tape in the bag. The new album "Dimensions" is ready. After more than seven months hard work we are totally happy with the awesome result and can't wait to introduce the new 12 songs. The official release will probably be April 20th/23rd of 2007."
01. Mr. Evil
02. Far Away
03. Mission Divine
06. Blackened Sun
09. Ride The Universe