Mayhem guitarist / songwriter Blasphemer has decided to leave the band. Here's the musician's comment:
"It is with these written words that I hereby retract myself from my position as the guitar player of Mayhem.
The main reason behind this conclusion lies in the fact that I simply don't see any future for me in the band anymore, at least not a future I'd like to participate in over the coming years. I've been playing my part in the band now for more than 13 years already, having composed, produced and released several albums with great vision, dedication and craftsmanship, to arrive at this crossroad of opposites. Sooner or later, all things comes to an end, and in my case, this circle is complete.
Audio samples from "Elected" EP — a collaboration between Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) and Tobias Sammet (Avantasia) — are available at this location.
More information about this EP was previously reported here.
"Elected" EP will be release by InsideOut Music/SPV (April 25 for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, April 28 for the rest of Europe).
The band has reported that it's spliting up by postng a brief statement on their myspace page:
The members have decided to calls it quits, nor the band members or record company seems to have the urge to make a second album. There was not much media focus and together with a minor support from the record company we came to the point where is just not worth the work to even try to complete a second record.
Inferna Profundus Records will release a digipack version of Slagmaur's original Domfeldt demo. This was posted on their website:
"Domfeldt, the original demo from Norwegian black metallers SLAGMAUR, is to be re-released in Digipack format by Inferna Profundus Records in co-operation with Nocturnal Woodlands Productions during the summer. The re-release has been licensed to the label by Nekk Brekk Productions, Slagmaur's own label, after the band kept receiving requests for the now hard-to find original. The Digipack version will have completely new artwork, once again created by Norwegian artist Robert Høyem, and the guest track from Aptorian Demon, that featured on the original version, will be replaced by a Slagmaur track that was left off the first recording, and that has never been heard before. A completely new track, written by Lt. Wardr especially for the release will also be included.
The UK's Gorerotted have decided to take the big step of changing their name to THE ROTTED! Having worked so hard on their new album "Get Dead Or Die Trying", the lads felt that due to the huge progression they've made from previous releases musically and lyrically and after frequent line-up changes that this was the only right thing to do.
Says frontman Ben McCrow: "The motives behind what we were doing with Gorerotted have changed over the years, and as a mark of respect for what we achieved, for previous band members and for fans, we didn't feel it was right to continue under our previous monicker. This album is gonna blow people away, I couldn't even classify it for you if I tried, all I can say is its heavy as fuck, catchy as hell and a piece of work we're all incredibly proud of. People have been affectionally referring to us as The Rotted for some time now, so it seemed like a decent change to us."
You can choose any of Loits' singles to make your home video and the band makes no restrictions to your imagination or your artistic visions. Just feel free to use any you like. Anyone can participate at the contest and the band is glad to give you some advice if needed. The winner will be chosen by the band itself. The winning video will be present on Loits' DVD which is going to be released on September 5th 2008.
Loits will award the winner with ten brand-new DVDs and Lasering music store certificate for 2 500 EEK (160 EUR).
See Delfi for detailed information. The contest ends on May 30th 2008. The winner(s) will be announced at the latest on June 2nd 2008.
The following dates have been officially announced for "The Metal Masters Tour," which will feature Judas Priest, Heaven And Hell, Motörhead and Testament:
August 6 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 7 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
August 9 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 10 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach
August 13 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
August 16 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Post Gazette Pavilion
August 18 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 19 - Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
August 22 - Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Amphitheatre
August 23 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 24 - San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Swedish metallers Siebenbürgen have finalized the track listing of their new album, entitled "Revelation VI".
The album will be release on May 30 via Massacre Records. It was recorded at Studio 301 in Stockholm and Sonic Train in Varberg. Also the CD will feature 12 tracks plus one bonus track for the limited edition digi-pack.
"Revelation VI" cover] tracklisting:
02. Rebirth Of The Nameless
04. Revelation VI
06. After The Wolf (Do Dead Men Follow)
08. The Oaken Throne
09. The Soulless
10. Enter Omega
11. In Sanctum
12. Fire Leaps High
13. At The End Of Twilight
To get a taste of what awaits for you within "Nostradamus", go to http://www.epicrecords.com/judaspriest/ today to download exclusive free mp3 of the album's title track, as well as view the world premiere of the album cover art.
"Nostradamus" track listing:
01. Dawn of Creation *
03. Awakening *
05. The Four Horsemen *
07. Sands of Time *
08. Pestilence And Plague
10. Peace *
12. Lost Love
14. Solitude *
17. Shadows In the Flame *
19. Hope *
20. New Beginnings
21. Calm Before the Storm *
23. Future Of Mankind
* Intro pieces of music/interludes going into the main track
Sinister has posted the following update regarding the release of a new compilation album:
"Goregiastic Records is very proud to announce the upcoming release of Sinister's "The Blood Past" CD featuring a complete collection of all the early, long-time out-of-print band material released during the 1990-1992 period. This magnificent release will include their 2 EP's from 1990, the 1990 and 1991 demos, the split EP with Monastery from 1991 plus special bonus tracks! As that was not enough, the release will be packed with a comprehensive booklet including all the ep's and demo covers, tons of pics, liner notes, recordings info and more!
Expect a masterful cover artwork by none other than cult underground artist Chris Moyen (Incantation, Blasphemy, Vital Remains, Mortician, Sarcofago, etc) that is sure to capture the true essence of the early band stages and then translate into artwork!"
Swedish metal band Skyfire have posted following at their official myspace page:
"Swedish progressive death metallers Skyfire have set "Esoteric" as the title of their fourth album, due this fall via Pivotal Rockordings. The cover art, which can only be described as "epic," was created by Pär Olofsson, who has previously worked with Brain Drill, Psycroptic, Spawn Of Posession, and Persuader.
The recording process for Esoteric is nearing completion at Powernest Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. Studio blogs can be viewed at Revolution-Music.dk.
The follow-up to 2004's "Spectral", Esoteric is scheduled to be mixed and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry) at Black Lounge Studios..."
Pontus Norgren from The Poodles will be replacing Stefan Elmgren, who left Hammerfall in early April to focus on his new career as a pilot. "Pontus is a fantastic guitar player with musical roots in Accept and neo-classical metal," commented Hammerfall drummer Anders Johansson. "I have known him for many years. I know how he works as a musician and as a person."
"I like Hammerfall. I think they have amazing stage shows and I like their songs, so when I heard they were looking for a guitar player I thought I'd give it a try." says Pontus. "Playing in The Poodles has been a wonderful experience in many ways, but I have always liked a little heavier music and have felt at times that this wasn't the right kind of forum for the music I'd most like to play. It's simply time to move on."
Vocalist Alan "Nemtheanga" Averill has posted some updates on the band's website:
Forgive me father it's been months since my last confession...
I have been lazy, accept my apologies. It's about time I posted a new message on the site and let you all know whats happening on Planet Satan.
The gigs have now started coming a few every couple of weeks. The Ragnarok Festival in Lichtenfels was a triumph for us, our first show in Germany for the new album and nearly 5000 people there to give praise to the Old Gods. We also shot a dvd, it remains to be seen whether we can use it but this is something we are going to be looking at over the coming months. Tomahawk festival the following day in Osnabruck was not quite the success of the previous day and we arrived very late due to a day when everything that could go wrong did !. The show was excellent and we played possibly the best we have done since the album came out but it seems like quite a few of you thought we had cancelled and headed home after Turisas. Next time