Orphaned Land, Primordial and Naer Mataron have been confirmed for the Metal Healing Festival, set to take place July 20-22 in Greece. The Metal Healing Fest billing is now as follows (alphabetical order):
The Danish Metal Awards 2006 were held yesterday (November 18th) in Copenhagen, Denmark at Amager Bio. The winners were as follows:
Metal Album Of The Year: Mercenary - The Hours That Remain
Metal Debut album Of The Year: Submission - Failure To Perfection
International Metal Album Of The Year: Satyricon - Now, Diabolical
Metal Track Of The Year: Submission - Deathride To Escape
Metal Production Of The Year: Raunchy - Death Pop Romance
Metal Artwork Of The Year: Raunchy
Metal Live Band Of The Year: Volbeat
Metal Talent Of The Year: Frameless Scar
The Honor Award was handed out to the legendary Mercyful Fate. - original members Michael Denner (guitar), Hank Shermann (guitar), Timi "Grabber" Hansen (bass) and Kim Ruzz (drums) appeared in public together for the first time in 22 years to accept the award. Vocalist King Diamond was unable to attend the ceremony.
Vocalist A.A. Nemtheanga from Irish metallers Primordial has issued the following update on the band's official website:
"The song-writing for the new album has been coming along, slowly as usual but gradually happening none the less. To my ears at least it sounds more up tempo then gathering. There is one song which is mainly blast-beats and some more mid-up tempo anthemic sounding tracks. The projection for going into the studio is april/may 2007 but time is most definitely not constant in primordial land so that's completely open to change. as much of a pain for Metal Blade as that will be.
I had planned on doing backing vocals on the new Rotting Christ album and also was asked and duly contributed a lyric for sakis, sadly neither happened. The vocals because of studio money/time constraints and the lyrics because sakis hadn't a track for them! Next time. However the idea has been hatched to do a Primordial/Rotting Christ split 10" or something like that. So we shall see what happens there. Anyone who knows me knows my love of rotting christ and the fact triarchy of the lost lovers is one of my top 5 metal albums ever made...yep read that again !!!!. So i hope we can sort it out. There are plans to do some backing vocals for another rather famous band of panzer commanders later this year but we shall have to wait and see.
Austrian symphonic metal band Edenbridge has announced the details of its upcoming Asian tour, together with Visions Of Atlantis. The dates are as follows:
Dec. 29 - Taiwan - Taipei - Armed Forces Cultural Center
Dec. 31 - Hong Kong - Kowloon - HITEC Auditorium
Jan. 02 - China - Guangzhou - (to be announced)
Jan. 04 - China - Shanghai - The Ark
Jan. 06 - China - Beijing - Star Live
Also, Edenbridge recently signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records.
Commented the group: "Napalm Records have been doing a brilliant job for their bands. Since last year they have been making a great effort to sign us and therefore we are extremely happy to work together with them for the next years to bring Edenbridge to the next level together. It's nice to see again that a label has one hundred percent trust and therefore invests into a band. Thank you also to all the other labels who were making offers to the band and showed their big interest, and to Massacre Records for the cooperation in the past years."
Online "news" sources have been spreading rumours that Epica vocalist Simone Simons has been in talks with Nightwish about joining the band. Epica has addressed the issue via their official website with the following statement:
"The last few months there have been a lot of rumours about Simone, implying she would leave Epica to join Nightwish as their new vocalist. With this rumour being published in a Finnish celebrity gossip magazine we are again getting a lot of questions whether or not this is true, so once again: Simone is not in contact with Nightwish nor their management and will not be leaving Epica. Don't believe everything you read, specially not in gossip magazines.
Upcoming Finnish metallers April have released some songs for preview from their upcoming album "Tidelines" to be released on the 7th of January, 2007. They can be heard at their Myspace page. April have played at major metal festivals and also supported Bullet for My Valentine on their recent tour.
A short biography:
Helsinki-based five-piece metal combo was founded in 2004. The band's trademark is relentless blend of soulful heavy metal with melodic and pop-esque twists - I guess you could say that April is the old dogs new bag of tricks - a modern metal gem in the global pile of faceless bands jumping the bandwagon.
After signing to Spinefarm Records in early 2006, the band immediately started the pre-production of their debut album - due out in February 2007 - with Tero Kinnunen, a Finnish producer whose work with million-selling Nightwish has won international recognition and acclaim.
Meshuggah is currently writing a new album, which they hope to release in late-spring 2007. The group has issued the following update:
"Right now we are writing material for the new album. After the Nothing re-release, we more-or-less finished working on our studio, so know we're putting together a kind of demo to see where we are at material-wise and basically give the studio, the songs, and us a test-run, heh, heh. We are swimming in dark waters that constitute putting an album together and whatever we find beneath the surface is definitely gonna be... interesting. Suffice to say that we're in a weird but inspirational period right now. It's all gonna be about the writing during November. The demo recording is hopefully happening in December in-between the pinball tournaments here in the studio. Then we'll see where we're at, I guess. In hell, probably. We've got no working title or concrete cover ideas yet, but it's getting there. It's the slow process of coming to terms with the material we've got and hopefully understand what to make of it. The plan is to have the album out late Spring or - if things get fucked up - early Fall. Naturally, the touring will be planned around the album release, so we'll see when we get closer to completing the album."
Slayer is hitting the road again, for a US winter tour - with Unearth as support act - that will shatter your eardrums!
See the dates below and check Slayer.net often for updates. Also, for the hardcore fans, there will be a pre-sale for select dates, starting THIS WEDNESDAY, Nov 15th. On select shows, buying a ticket through this presale, will allow you early entrance to the venues! Click this presale link for more details.
24-Jan-07 Tucson, AZ Tucson Convention Center
25-Jan-07 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
28-Jan-07 Sacramento, CA Sacramento Memorial Aud.
30-Jan-07 Salt Lake City, UT Great Salt Air
31-Jan-07 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
2-Feb-07 Oklahoma City, OK Bricktown Events Center
A replacement for just recently departed Cradle Of Filth drummer Adrian Erlandson has been announced. The band has recruited Czech drummer Marthus (Martin Škaroupka). Škaroupka is 25 and has previously played in such bands as Galactic Industry and Inner Fear.
Here is a comment by Cradle Of Filth: "A fine gent whose skills are second to none, Martin will be continuing to play on the rest of the tour. Those of you who have already seen us you will know that Martin is more than qualified for the job!"
After months of rumors and speculation, British extreme metallers Cradle Of Filth have officially confirmed the departure of drummer Adrian Erlandsson. According to an official press release, "Erlandsson has found that his two side projects Needleye and Nemhain are taking up more and more of his time and has made the decision to leave Cradle Of Filth so he can concentrate more of his energies on them."
Commented Adrian: "I have enjoyed my time with Cradle but it is now time to move on. I feel I am going out on a high as 'Thornography' is definitely our best album to date."
Over the course of the last few months, rumors of Adrian's departure have been gaining strength, with several "in-the-know" parties claiming that Adrian was fired from the group just days before they were to sign a new publishing deal. As a result, it was reported (but not officially confirmed) that Erlandsson was relegated to the status of a "session" member (whereby he was paid only for time worked and was not entitled to any publishing or artist royalties), a situation which was rumored to have strained his relationship with the band's frontman Dani Davey (a.k.a. Dani Filth).
Twisted Sister's video for the track "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" has been posted online here.
The song has been selected as the new single from the band's "A Twisted Christmas" collection of metal versions of holiday classics, which came out on October 17 via Razor & Tie Records. The single will go for radio adds on November 27-28.
The Berzerker have been forced to cancel their Birmingham show after the club burnt down. The Berzerker himself has this to say:
"As im sure some of your are aware Edward's No.8 club has burnt to the ground. We were set to play there on the 14th of December. We are sorting out a new veune as we speak and details will follow as they are confirmed"
A major fire has destroyed the busy nightclub in Birmingham's city centre. Five hundred people had to be led to safety as the blaze took hold in the early hours at Edward's No.8 club. Ten people were treated for minor injuries but firefighters, who praised nightclub staff for their actions, say all inside the club escaped.