Circus Maximus has posted the following statement on their website:
"To all fans and friends in the states. We are sorry to say that we have to cancel the upcoming tour due to some major turn of events. The reason is that we have been offered to participate on a European tour as support for a bigger act. This is an opportunity that we can't say no to. We hope you all understand our decision and that we will see you all on tour, hopefully in the near future.
We would also like to throw a BIG thank you to Glenn, Hoyt, Lars and Claus at Intromental who has been working their asses of for the last 6 months . Without them a USA tour wouldn't even be possible . They even believed in the tour after Circle II Circle had to cancel and that is something that they should get a lot of credit for . Kudos to them!! They support and respect our decision and understand that this is a very important move for our career in Europe and a huge step for the band in general.
Swedish Melodic Death Metal outfit Unleashed recently announced the following on their website: "The result of the pre-production of the new album is very satisfying and we will enter the studio early January to record our 9th full length album. Title, release date and such will be posted on the website soon. The new Unleashed album will continue in the same victorious spirit as our previous album "Midvinterblot"."
MetalKult.com has just posted six MP3 audio files from a 1988 Death rehearsal.
In January 1988, the members of Death convened in Orlando, Florida, to rehearse six of the songs that would eventually wind up on the band's second and highly influential album, "Leprosy".
The tracks captured during that rehearsal are as follows:
01. Left To Die
02. Open Casket
03. Pull The Plug
04. Choke On It
05. Born Dead
06. Forgotten Past
The Death lineup at the time included guitarist/vocalist Chuck Schuldiner, guitarist Rick Rozz, bassist Terry Butler and drummer Bill Andrews.
Go to MetalKult.com to download these mp3s.
In other news, according to Blabbermouth.net, Death's classic 1995 album "Symbolic" will be reissued in March 2008 via Roadrunner Records. The remastered LP will include the original album tracks plus several previously unreleased, ultra-rare, mostly instrumental demo recordings that were completed in early 1994 with the lineup of Chuck Schuldiner (guitar), Gene Hoglan (drums) and Steve DiGiorgio (bass). The package will also come with brand new liner notes written by longtime metal journalist Don Kaye.
Swedish death metallers have revealed the new title of their upcoming album; it will be called "Dominion VIII" and will contain 9 tracks of sheer evil and mass brutality. Currently the vocal parts and mixing/mastering is underway and will be completed next January.
Castle Festival Team has announced the first bands for Serbian biggest open air metal festival: Judas Priest, Avantasia, Helloween, Sodom, At The Gates, Soilwork, Dismember, Ensiferum, Saturnus, Sybreed, Manticora.
Castle Festival 2008 will take place during the first 5 days of July at the Smederevo Fortress, Serbia! Tickets are already on sale.
All info on http://castlefestival.organd http://www.myspace.com/castlef.
In March 2008, Arch Enemy will be touring Japan supported by Shadows Fall. Guitarist Michael Amott has posted the following comments on the band's website:
"It feels great to announce the 2008 Japan headline tour which we are calling... "Tyrants Of The Rising Sun"! This band loves touring Japan and even after countless visits under our belts we are still ecstatic about this next venture to the land in the east. The "Rise Of The Tyrant" album has performed phenomenally in Japan and is our fastest selling album there in the history of the band. Our recent performances at the amazing Loud Park festivals in Tokyo and Osaka is fresh in our memories and we are anxious to return! We'll be working hard at putting together a special and memorable show for our Japanese fans. See you in March!"
The 69 Eyes has announced that their first ever live album will be released on 16th January. The Album is entitled "Hollywood Kills - Live At The Whisky A Go Go" and it comes out through Virgin Finland.
The Tracklisting is as follows:
01. Introduction By Bam Margera
03. Don't Turn Your Back On Fear
04. Betty Blue
05. Christina Death
06. Crashing High
07. The Chair
09. Feel Berlin
10. Gothic Girl
11. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
12. Sister Of Charity
13. Dance d'Amour
14. Framed In Blood
15. Lost Boys
16. I Just Want To Have Something To Do
17. Brandon Lee
Porcupine Tree 's "Fear of a Blank Planet" album has received a nomination at this year's Grammy awards, for "Best Surround Sound Album". The full list of nominees is available on the official Grammy website
In other news, Snapper Music will gradually make Porcupine Tree catalogue available for digital download (including most of the band's music originally issued between 1992-2000) over the next few months. The albums will be made available in chronological order, starting with "On the Sunday of Life..." (1992) and the updated 2005 version of "Up the Downstair" (1993), which will be available from 11th December. The micro-site for the downloads can be found here.
The band reported that everything has been recorded for the new album and the mixing will start at the beginning of 2008. The band estimates 1-2 weeks to get everything completed. This album will be guitar driven, raw sounding, more riff-oriented but melodic as Kalmah album always is. The band members state that they're very pleased with the results so far.
New pictures have been posted in the band's gallery, and can be viewed here.
Long-running German metallers Atrocity will release a new two-song download single on 11 January, and according to vocalist Alex Krull, "Smalltown Boy turned out to be hymn-like, catchy and melodic whereas Relax has become a real monster song!"
"Smalltown Boy" and "Relax" come off Atrocity's long-awaited new album, "Werk 80 II", which is scheduled for release on 29 February 2008. Like the first "Werk 80" release, which came out in 1997, "Werk 80 II" features Atrocity's interpretations of hit songs from the '80s.
"Werk 80 II" tracklisting:
01. People Are People (Depeche Mode)
02. Smalltown Boy (Bronski Beat)
Danish metallers Royal Hunt announced on their website that their upcoming album entitled Collision Course - Paradox II will be out in Feb/Mar 2008. The band is also working on some tour dates for next spring.
In other news, the band earlier this month has announced a new vocalist, Mark Boals who has contributed to the upcoming release. Two tracks from the new albums, "Blood In Blood Out" and "Surrender" are streaming on the band's myspace page.
Danish doom metal band Saturnus has announced on their MySpace page that their bassist Lennart Jacobsen with whom they've recorded "Veronika Decides To Die" and toured the United States, Russia and parts of Europe has parted ways with the band. No reasons were disclosed for the departure, but according to the band there were no hard feelings involved and they wish him best of luck with his music in the future.
In other news, ex-bass player Brian Pomy Hansen with whom the band has recorded "Paradise Belongs To You", "For The Loveless Lonely Nights" and "Martyre" has rejoined the band. Biran was playing in the band Wizard of Doom with current vocalist Thomas, and when he was contacted by the band he agreed on rejoining.
The following statement from Matt Barlow was posted on Pyramaze's website regarding his future status with the band:
Brothers and Sisters,
In light of recent events, it is rather apparent that I need to address what's going on in my life as it pertains to Pyramaze and Iced Earth. As I'm sure you're aware, last week, my wife gave birth to our second son. We are all doing well, but it has taken a little time to get my thoughts together following that and the announcement of my return to Iced Earth. After Michael's statement, it became very clear to me that I must come to terms with the fact that I can not be in all places at all times. Obviously, there are some of you who had the same concerns. It just took me a little longer to figure that out. Well, the point is, I contacted Michael and let him know that I very much wanted to perform on the record, but that I would not be able to continue on with the band in a full time position as planned. I pointed out to Michael that I was extremely grateful to him and the rest of the guys for bringing me on board and I felt obligated to be up front with him on this. I did not want to do the record and then back out, leaving things on bad terms. Understandably, Michael was disappointed but ultimately understanding of the situation. Pyramaze is an extremely talented group of musicians, who's work is well known in the progressive metal community and will be in high demand in a short time. I am happy to say that I will be working with them, if only in a limited term. The music that Michael has written is going to make for a kick ass heavy metal record (KAHMR) and I give you my word that I will give everything that I've got to insure that. Thanks for your time...you'll hear from us soon!
Dark progressive metal band To-Mera has posted another new track, entitled 'Inside The Hourglass' on their MySpace page at this location.
'Inside The Hourglass' comes off the new To-Mera's album, entitled "Delusions", due on February 18, 2008 via Candlelight Records (February 26, 2008 in North America).
More details of "Delusions" were already reported earlier at this location.
HV has decided to leave Rapture, here's his statement:
"So, now it is official. I'm no longer a member of Rapture. I have decided to part ways with the band and give my full attention to other projects I feel more close to me. There is plenty of reasons (I leave unmentioned) to end up to this decision but for you to know our ways separated in good terms. I wish the band good luck, the very best for the future. Create more these amazing albums!"