Akercocke's bassist Peter Theobalds has announced his surprise departure from the band on January 18. This sudden news comes just as founding members Jason Mendonca and David Gray celebrate the band's tenth anniversary this year.
Peter has said of his departure:
"It's been possibly the most difficult decision in my life to make but after 10 years of the beast that Akercocke has become, it's time to hit the highway in search of new adventures. My reasons are many and varied but the principal factor has been that the original vibe that drove me to play has gone, the fun, the utter immersion of the music and friendship and the camaraderie has been slowly eroding for me personally over the last year or so.
Lille Gruber of Defeated Sanity has announced that he will be filling in on drums for Belphegor on the band's upcoming North American tour with Unleashed and Krisiun. You can check out the confirmed dates for the tour online here.
Municipal Waste will enter the studio in late-March to begin recording a new album for Earache Records. Recording will take place at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall) producing. The album is expected to hit streets late this summer.
The band will be releasing a reissue of the now legendary "Hazardous Mutation," complete with a bonus live DVD on January 23rd.
Pro-shot live footage of Savatage performing 'Dead Winter Dead' at the Dynamo Festival in Holland in 1996 has surfaced on YouTube. Go to this location to check it out. The footage was shot by German video channel VIVA TV for their now defunct metal program, Metalla.
Also, live bootleg footage from 1981 of original Savatage guitarist Criss Oliva performing Van Halen's 'Erution/You Really Got Me' when the band was still called Avatar is now available on YouTube. Go to this location to check it out.
Footage from the same show of the band performing the song 'Holocaust' can be found at this location.
Relapse Records will reissue the split release between Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Converge, The Poacher Diaries, on Tuesday, January 23rd (January 29th internationally).
The Poacher Diaries reissue has been completely re-mastered by the team of Scott Hull and Nick Zampiello of New Alliance East and features nine tracks from grindcore masters Agoraphobic Nosebleed along with five of the most hostile Converge songs ever to be written, including live-favorites "Locust Reign" and "My Great Devastator." The re-issue artwork will remain the original work of artist Derek Hess. For more information on this release, you can check here.
Tamara Press (started by Daniel from Incision) will release on 23 of this month a huge nice 500 page book about Swedish Death Metal, containing a listing of about 900 bands, and many other information such as the fanzines that were active in those days, interviews of 30 of the most important characters in the Swedish Death Metal Scene including members from bands like Merciless, Grave, Dismember/Carnage, Treblinka/Tiamat... a huge number of pictures, etc...
All in all, A MUST for Swedish Death metal maniacs !!!!
The book is about 1,5 kg heavy and costs 50 Euro. 55 Outside Europe.
An exclusive release party will be on the 26 of January at Kafé 44 in Stockholm. A party for invited OLD FARTS only. The flyier nicely claims "STRICTLY NO POSERS, HARDLY ANYONE UNDER 30 ALLOWED ENTRANCE" And will feature unique performances of Nirvana 2002, Grotesque and Internment.
After Forever's official release party for their forthcoming self-titled album, scheduled to take place on March 22nd at Tivoli in Utrecht, Holland has been postponed. The album was due to be issued on the same day by Nuclear Blast, but according to the band the release date has been changed. The new date will be announced soon and the party will be rescheduled.
The listening parties scheduled to take place in Holland in February will go ahead as planned. They are as follows:
22 - Burgerweeshuis in Deventer, Holland
23 - W2 in Den Bosch, Holland
The new video for the song "Diary Of Evil" was posted on Mat Sinner's MySpace and will be featured in the limited edition of "Mask Of Sanity". There's also a trailer by MTM Music regarding the new album posted on the band's page. The new album will be released today (19 January 2007).
A personally signed limited edition copy of "Mask Of Sanity" can be pre-ordered now.
"Metal Mind Productions" will make a DVD from the Blaze gig in Poland! A camera team will follow the band and crew, from they arrive in Poland until they leave after the gig. The gig will take place on 24 March at Katowice, and is part of the Metalmania festival.
In other news, Blaze Bayley will get married the 14th February 2007 with his long term girlfriend Debbie on the island of Gran Canaria, where he recently held a free concert. Blaze first met Debbie in the Wolfsbane days 1989 at a Rhythm Damage gig at the arts center in Tamworth and they remained friends whilst following their separate careers, and now they have finally decided to tie the knot.
Eternal Tears Of Sorrow have launched a video page on http://youtube.com/etoslive. Live footage from the band's December 31st show show at Teatria in Oulu, Finland is currently available for streaming. The songs currently on offer are "Blood Of Failth (Stains My Hands)' and 'Autumn's Grief".
After triumphantly headlining the annual Wacken Open Air festival in Germany and four capacity performances in America last summer, Norwegian black metal pioneers Emperor have announced their return to the United States for three encore appearances this spring.
"We have made a decision to return to the U.S. for a few additional shows," notes guitarist Samoth. "This time Chicago is also put on the map.
"The shows last summer were very successful and we had an amazing turnout and support from all the fans. It was also a bit stressful because of the embassy hassle that we unfortunately had to endure. So we feel a few more shows are due and this time, all visas are in order and the band will appear in its full command."