The band has announced on their mypace blog that guitarist Johan Jacob no longer wants to be a part of Iron Fire. According to the band, Johan's passion for Jazz has over the years grown bigger then for good old Heavy Metal and he now wants to give that full attention. The band is currently looking for a guitarist to start recording for the next album in the spring.
The Miskolc International Opera Festival proudly announces that Epica will be performing a classical show with symphonic orchestra and choir.
The "Epica: The Classical Conspiracy Show" is going to be a very unique event, because the Dutch symphonic-metal band will play a very specific musical program. They will perform classical pieces from Mozart, Dvorak, Verdi, Orff, Prokofiev, Grieg, Vivaldi in Epica's style and of course symphonic versions of Epica songs. Some Epica songs will be rewritten - to make it more bombastic - only for this event. Moreover there will be other surprises as well.
The Epica classical show is going to start on 14.06.2008 at 21:00.
Sabaton has posted the tracklist for "The Art Of War":
01. Sun Tzu says
02. Ghost Division
03. The Art Of War
06. The nature Of Warfare
07. Cliffs Of Gallipoli
10. Union (Slopes Of St.Benedict)
11. The Price Of A Mile
13. A Secret
The band will enter the studio this Friday to start the recording.
Deathgrinders have updated their MySpace with the following New Year's message:
"Hails dirty bastards! 2008, a year of likely recession and warpiss is upon us and I'm sure we can all drink to that. It will also mark Circle of Dead Children's 10th year in the ear-slaughter business. 2007 was a bum year for CODC and without a doubt our least active, but after all the craziness I think we're ready to step into 2008 with more fire than ever.
In February, Matt Francis joined as CODC's 4th and hopefully last drummer. Despite the 7-hour distance and infrequent band practices, we've been able to write the majority of a new yet-to-be-titled album which we're confident to say will be the most cataclysmic and venomous release that we've done in 10 years. Matt's addition has allowed the band to step into a new realm of noxious sonic hate.
The 2008 Gigantour's lineup has been officially announced. According to Megadeth's website, the tour is scheduled to kick off mid-April and run through end of May with the lineup as follows:
Children Of Bodom
Job For A Cowboy
High On Fire
Tour dates to be revealed soon.
Dave Mustaine has posted the following:
"The breaking news is we are going to have five bands this year, instead of eight. The decision to drop it down from eight bands to five was based on timing, set lengths, stage sizes, unions, and most importantly allowing 'us' - the musicians - to deliver to 'you' - the fans - the best shows we can."
Cattle Decapitation has announced on their myspace blog that David McGraw (ex-Sleep Terror) is the band's new drummer. David had toured the US with the band during the Death By Decibels tour with Vader and Malevolent Creation.
The band has also announced that they will start writing for the new album next month and is also planning an Australian tour in the second half of 2008.
Ayreon's official web site (here) is currently premiering "Beneath The Waves", a stunning CGI film produced by Simon van Vegten. The film was made to accompany the song of the same name from the upcoming Ayreon album, "01011001", which is scheduled for release on January 28 via InsideOut Music. The "Beneath The Waves" movie with 5.1 mix will be included as one of many bonus DVD features on "01011001".
"01011001"will be available in three editions:
- a regular two-CD edition with a 28 page booklet.
- a special edition: a box containing the regular 2CD edition and a bonus DVD.
- a deluxe limited edition, a DVD size fold-out case with embossed silver lettering on the slipcase. This edition contains the 2 CDs and a bonus DVD plus a 36 page booklet with additional artwork.
The following update was issued on Eluveitie's Mypace page:
"New song tonight!! 2008 is near - and the release of our new album "Slania" is coming closer!
While you've probably been enjoying your holidays we haven't been lazy, so here you go with some goodies for the start of the new year...
First of all: tonight, at 00:00 CET, we will upload a first song out of our new album "Slania", called 'Inis Mona'! (song available by clicking here).
You may want to enjoy the new new wave of folk metal on our new designed Myspace-page together with the final cover artwork for "Slania" (by clicking here), done by Manuel Vargaz (http://www.manvarle.com/).
More fine details have been posted on the Myspace blog of recently split Chicagoan extreme metal band Usurper. In November it was announced that a 10th anniversary re-release was in the works for the group's critically acclaimed CD EP 'Threshold of the Usurper'. Here are the specifics straight from the band's fingers:
"Greetings Warriors of Iron and Rust! This is just a quick update on the new Usurper album slated for early January 2008.
Actually it is not really a new album, it is a re-issue of our long out-of-print "Threshold of the Usurper" MCD. It does however have 2 unreleased tracks in addition to new killer artwork from JUHA VUORMA (Usurper: Skeletal Season/Autopsy fame), as well as never-seen-before photos, a 16 page booklet with extensive liner notes, and a new interview with founding members/songwriters Rick Scythe and General Diabolical Slaughter. This is a must have for anyone who followed Usurper over the years.
Sold Out Promotion has issued a press release stating that Marduk's show on 15 January 2008 which was suppose to take place at the Underworld Club in Athens has been cancelled.
The booking agency stated that the cancellation was from the band. The reasons were that the transportation of the band from Turkey to Athens via ferry is impossible and so there is no other option than to cancel the show.
German power metallers Mob Rules have been working on writing songs for the upcoming album since November. The band reports that almost half of the material has already been finished and the current work concentrates on three to four songs at the same time. Next May, the band will be back in the studio to record the next album. The album, with no title yet, will be released in late summer, after that the band heads for a brand new tour.
As many of you know, Middian received a cease and desist demand in October from Midian of Milwaukee LLC. This demand required Middian to stop using our name completely, stop selling our album, and further demanded that all of our recorded cds and albums be destroyed. Middian was served a cease and desist by a band that has never played outside of Wisconsin, hasn't put out a single record, or had a steady line up in the last 7 years. They hadn't even updated their website since year 2000, as of a few weeks ago. We played Milwaukee in May, and no one there even mentioned a local band Midian of one "d". Nor did one of their "fans" come to the show.
Prior to this demand, we had never heard of them. Upon further research into the group, we discovered they had not used their name or trademark in years or even played outside of Wisconsin, ever. Our initial response was that our bands could peacefully co-exist. Especially since we learned that our usage combined with their non-usage entitled us to the name, rendering their trademark useless. But we felt it would be wasting everyones time and money to send the issue to litigation. Besides, before the name Middian was chosen, a careful online search was done, proving that no other active unit had the same spelling.
Blabbermouth.net is reporting that former Emperor vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn has set "Angl" as the title of his second solo album, tentatively due mid-spring via Candlelight Records. The follow-up to 2006's "The Adversary" is "in its final completion stages now," according to a Candlelight press release.
Korpiklaani's next album entitled Korven Kuningas will be released 21 March 2008.
And on 14 February 2008 a CD single as well as a 7" picture vinyl will be released. The title for the single will be "Keep On Galloping" and it will contain the two songs "Keep On Galloping" and "Paljon On Koskessa Kiviä".
"Throughout the ages it has been under way. Life has carried itself. Carried secrets in itself... Carried life through life. Ourselves among the bearers. Together we have come from the unknown and are heading... This path begins somewhere and it will lead on to somewhere... to the finite and the endless, in ourselves and in those who will follow... The thirst for life spurs one to heave the fertility stone... to blow life's sparks into a roaring flame, to find answers in oneself to the most primeval roots that fall speechless before our questions. To questions that rise swords and let them fall again, feel harsh fangs and blow warmth to frozen hearts. A human being's questions to life. And the answers scour wild expanses and the frozen high seas, and roam among people and the inner flame...