Estonian pagan metallers Urt have updated their myspace page with two tracks entitled "Pohjala Paganad" and "Karjed Pimedast Metsast." Both tracks come from the band's upcoming album "Saatanhark II - Ussikuningas" which is scheduled to be released later this year. The album features guest appearance such as L.O.N. from the Hellveto, Krauklis from Urskumug and Riho "Sorts" Kiiber from Ignorabimus.
Folk metallers Týr have posted the following update on their website:
"Due to injury Kári Streymoy will not be able to man the drumkit during the coming Paganfest tour in Europe, Canada and the US. We are sad at not having him with us, but we have found a worthy replacement for the Europe part of the Paganfest in 20-year old Amon Djurhuus, also from the Faroe Islands.
Amon was first introduced to drumming by Kári himself and has studied with him for a number of years. We've rehearsed with Amon wielding the drumsticks and are confident in his ability to fill Kári's shoes.
For the Canadian and US part of the Paganfest Merlin Sutter, the drummer from Eluveitie, will fill in for Kári."
According to Century Media website, Danish metallers Mercenary now offers you the chance to listen to their new album "Architect Of Lies" in its entirety. Just head for http://www.myspace.com/mercenarydenmark and enjoy the new tracks!
Produced by the renowned Jacob Hansen, "Architect Of Lies" proves to be a stunning fusion of metallic aggression, progressive elements and catchy melodies and will be released on the following dates:
Denmark: March 17, 2008.
Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Benelux / Italy: March 21, 2008.
UK / France / Greece / Norway / Rest Of Europe: March 24, 2008.
Spain / Portugal: March 25, 2008.
Sweden / Finland / Hungary: March 26, 2008.
Dutch thrash/death metal band MagnaCult have been added to the DevilDriver tour line-up this coming April.
The dates are:
27.04 TOURCOING (FR), Grand-Mix
28.04 KÖLN (D), Die Werkstatt
29.04 PARIS (FR), Le Trabendo
30.04 LUXEMBOURG (LUX), Rockhal Club
The band released their successful debut album 'Synoré' through Rusty Cage Records last year. The record was produced and mixed by Jochem Jacobs (Textures) and Bouke Visser at the famous Dutch Split Second Sound Studios.
MagnaCult recently posted a third track, 'Identity 676', on their Myspace (www.myspace.com/magnacult) from their album 'Synoré'.
Oddleif Stensland from Communic has issued the following update on the band's MySpace page:
"This time we believe that we have created our most diverse and heavy stuff ever, but it is still Communic all the way. It has been two years since the release of "Waves Of Visual Decay" and the energy from touring and live gigging has left a few marks on this new album. The production by Jacob Hansen is crisp and fresh, and takes our sound to a new level, while the artwork by Jan Yrlund just completes it all as it fits the theme and atmosphere of this album perfectly. Release date has been set to 30.05.08."
New album title will be "Payment Of Existence" cover] and has the following tracklisting:
Vocalist Ben Goreskin of Britain's Gorerotted has issued the following blog on the band's MySpace:
"The boys have literally just entered Parlour Sounds Studios with Producers Russ Russell and James Dunkley to begin production on "Get Dead Or Die Trying", and I'll be joining them in a few weeks to lay down some vocals. We're incredibly excited to be working with these reputable gentlemen and also to lay down our most accomplished, diverse and strongest material to date. I'll try and update how it's going from time to time, I aint gonna fill this page with irrelevant shite though, you can ask us more on our forum if you want cos we'll try and check in there from time to time."
Metal Storm received the following good news from bassist Rodrigo Gálvez of Chilean doom metallers Mar De Grises:
"Yes, this is official.
We have a new album and we have confirmed our second tour over Europe. After a long period of silence, we are glad to announce the release of our new album.
"Draining The Waterheart" cover] is the title, and in 8 tracks it contains more than 60 minutes of an intense and unique kind of music. We took quite a long time to compose and record it, but we are pleased with the result. As always, our musical limits at the time of composing it were still very few.
The songs have varied structures and musical arrangements; the guitars are very varied in terms of melody. We tried a lot of new things, and in general, this album seems to be a bit more aggressive and technical. About the title of the album and songs, they represent, in some way, an act of liberation of our most deep feelings. The endless contradictions of a thinking being yet emotional, illusions, disillusions, and our most bitter feelings conjugate, inspiring us in this new sonorous story.
Belgium's Leng Tch'e have psoted the following blog on their MySpace page:
"As you can see we've revamped our MySpace site. We thought this would be a good occasion to make a couple of announcements, so here goes:
We're currently recording 4 brand new songs for a split 7"/MCD release with our good friends in Fuck The Facts. The split album will be released by Power It Up Records in the summer. These songs will be the first recordings with our new drummer Tony and will be a taste of what's to come on our next full length, due in 2009.
We're also working on a tour of Canada in November. Yup that's right, we'll be invading the frostbitten tundra once again. We've become way too lean these past two years so it's time to replenish our bodies with poutine."
"Mike Kimball has resigned his position in Dying Fetus. Here is a statement from Mike: "This is easily the most difficult decision I've ever had to make in my life. I have had moments where I felt that it might be time to part ways with Dying Fetus but didn't want to accept it, out of love for performing as a musician, and of course being less than thrilled with the prospect of disappointing my band mates or the fans. Being in Dying Fetus has been an amazing experience, and I'm eternally grateful to the guys in the band (past and present), as well as all of our crew members, all the bands we have toured with, and most of all the fans for their support. Thank you all so much!"
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.