Freak Kitchen über-guitarist Mattias "IA" Eklundh will embark on a five-day "Freak Guitar" clinic tour of Germany in November, sponsored by Laney. The dates are as follows:
Nov. 20 - Musik Produktiv Ibbenbüren: 19:00h
Nov. 21 - Music Store Köln: 19:30h
Nov. 22 - Musik Schmidt Frankfurt/Main: 19:00h
Nov. 23 - Music Town Neubrandenburg: 20:00h
Nov. 24 - Musik Meisinger Simbach/Inn: 19:00h
There will also be "Freak Guitar" clinics in Ulricehamn, Sweden on November 26 and Musikhuset in Huddinge, Sweden on December 6.
Posted on Rage's official website on October 29th:
At the moment, Victor is working on another big project, a compilation CD for the 20th anniversary of Nuclear Blast.
It will be an album, for which Victor will completely compose, record and produce about 10 songs for various metal bands of Nuclear Blast history, inclusive a new Rage song, furthermore Peavy helped with the lyrics! The organisation is big stress, as it's not so easy, to get musicians from all over the world with different tour and studio schedules reconciled.
A detailed studio report of this production will follow.
Dutch death metal drummer Maarten "Ploegbaas" Luysterburg (Brutus, ex-Goddess Of Desire) took his own life on Tuesday, October 24. He was 25 years old. In a posting in the guestbook section of the band's official website the band confirmed Luysterburg's passing, saying that "the weight of the world motivated him throughout his life but in the end got the best of him."
Services for Maarten "Ploegbaas" Luysterburg will be held on Monday, October 30 in Etten-Leur, Holland.
The band has posted the following statement in their official website:
"We are sorry to annunce that Alessandro is no longer a member of Klimt 1918. We appreciate that this may come as a surprise to our fans and friends, however the reasons for this decision are a lot, professional and personal, due to misunderstandings, different point of views related to the band. This was far from an easy situation as Alessandro has been an important part of the band for four years and two albums recorded together but we feel that this is the best way to ensure a positive future for both. We wish Alessandro all the best with his future projects, musically or for his life.
Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki has issued the following update:
"I have written 11 new songs and we are first going to demo them. This will be completed by the end of the year and we will enter the studio to record that actual album around February. Timo Kotipelto is releasing his third solo album around that time (and what I have heard, it sounds really great) as well and he has naturally promotional activities and I think he is also doing a tour during Spring. Stratovarius production will be ready sometime in the summer 2007 and depending on various different things, the album, entitled R...... R.......:), will be released in October 2007 or in the beginning of 2008 followed by a massive world tour. So all okay here, everybody´s happy, the songs are great and we are looking forward to the new adventures."
Reunited Austrian black metal band Abigor have inked a deal with End All Life Records.
The band write in a statement :
"We're glad to announce the co-operation with End All Life Records.
Note: There different reasons for our decision, but at least we're still rooted in the lungs of hell, and not one major/underground label/distribution could offer us a deal similar to End All Life.
So await the release of a great album with the support of an independent label with a worldwide distribution...
Anyway, we'd like to thank all labels and distributions that would have been interested in a co-operation with Abigor."
According to Spanish concert promoter Gamerco, the opening concert of Tool's Europan tour — originally scheduled for November 3 in Barcelona, Spain — has been cancelled due to "logistical" problems. As a result, the band's tour will now kick off on November 4 in Madrid, Spain.
Canadian death metallers Kataklysm filmed their performance this past summer at the Party.San Open Air festival in Bad Berka, Germany for their new DVD, titled "Live in Deutschland (The Devastation Begins)". The set will feature the whole show filled with an explosive setlist, a 30-minute documentary covering the band's 15-year history and a bonus live CD. An early 2007 release via Nuclear Blast is expected.
"Live in Deutschland (The Devastation Begins)" track listing:
Disc 1 (DVD)
Live At Party.San Open Air - August 12, 2006 in Bad Berka, Germany:
01. Like Angels Weeping (The Dark)
02. Where the Enemy Sleeps
03. The Ressurected
04. Let Them Burn
05. As I Slither
Bewitched (Sweden) and Melechesh (Israel/Natherlands) have been confirmed for next year's edition of the Party.San Open Air festival, set to take place August 9-11, 2007 in Bad Berka, Germany. Also scheduled to appear are Taake (Norway), Haemorrhage (Spain) and Disaster KFW (Germany). More acts will be announced soon.
Extreme metal titans Vital Remains recently wrapped up their touring campaign for Dechristianize. The group will now focus on completing their much-anticipated new album before heading into the studio with the renowned Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore) early next year. This effort marks the group's second recording with Glen Benton (Deicide) on vocals, and promises to be their most blasphemous and devastating offering yet.
Tony Lazaro (guitars) checks in with the following report: "The mighty Erik Rutan took Dave Suzuki (guitars) and I up to visit his studio, Mana Recording. The place is so nice, and the gear they have is awesome! We can't wait to record our new album down there; it's going to be sick! With Rutan, Benton, Suzuki and me locked in a studio for a month, there's not enough holy water to wash away the mess we are going to make."
Courtesy of Maidenfans.com, single camera live video footage of Iron Maiden performing in Uniondale, NY on October 12th is now available on YouTube. Click on the following links to check the footage out:
'The Longest Day'
'For The Greater Good Of God'
Details on Sentenced's forthcoming DVD, titled "Buried Alive" have been released. The concert was filmed by Finnish director Mika Ronkainen during the band's final gig in their hometown of Oulu, Finland on October 1, 2005. A DVD screening was held on September 9, 2006 at the Oulu Music Video Festival. The concert features a 25 song setlist, including a very special 5 song performance with former vocalist Taneli Jarva.
The Farewell Performance:
Where Waters Fall Frozen
May Today Become the Day
The Rain Comes Falling Down
Sun Won't Shine
Dead Moon Rising
The Suicider / Excuse Me While I Kill Myself (medley)
Here's a little heavy metal history you'll need to get into your iPods: Mercyful Fate's massively influential - and still utterly unique - studio albums are now available for download for the first time!
Visit your digital retailer of choice right now and you'll be able to replace those dusty vinyl albums or sticky CDs with 1983's groundbreaking debut Melissa, 1984's brilliant follow-up and swansong Don't Break the Oath, 1987's early recordings collection, The Beginning, and 1992's vault-clearing rarities set, Return of the Vampire.
Finnish melodic death metal band Enter My Silence have placed both of their acclaimed career full lenghts "Remotecontrolled Scythe" (2001) and "Coordinate: D1SA5T3R" (Feb. 2006) available as free streaming audio on their MySpace-site http://www.myspace.com/entermysilence!
Their music is a powerful mixture of melodicism and feel of e.g. early In Flames & Sentenced, the drive and aggression of the likes of Pantera & Machine Head, progressive elements and furious vocal work of Mika Lisitzin.
The band is currently on the lookout for a new label to work with in the future. Finnish label that released "Coordinate: D1SA5T3R" suffered some major setbacks and the (continuing) uncertainty of the situation forced Enter Mys Silence to break loose from the contract.