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King Diamond - Update On King Diamond's Health Status

King Diamond backing vocalist Livia Zita (who is also King Diamong's wife) has issued the following update on King's (real name: Kim Bendix Petersen) health status:

"Let me catch you all up on the past couple of weeks' happenings, because it affects many things.

On Monday the 29th of November, King had to be transported to the nearby hospital by ambulance. After several different tests were done and the EKG machine showing abnormalities, the doctors recommended that he get a cardiac catheterization.

Cardiac catheterization is a procedure where the doctors lead a very thin tube up from the leg and into the heart, where it injects dye into the bloodstream. Then a camera at the end of the tube takes many pictures of the heart's arteries, looking for blockages. After this was done, they determined that King had several heart attacks, and three of his heart's arteries were the cause: one was completely blocked, the second was 90% blocked, and the third was 65% blocked.

The only solution to this was an open heart triple bypass surgery.

If you are interested in the details of how this surgery is performed, please look it up online. I will only touch on the basics. The sternum (breastbone) is cut in half and pulled apart, to expose the heart. Veins are harvested from other places of the body, in King's case it was his left leg and chest wall. The person is then hooked up to a machine that practically does the job of the heart, circulating and oxygenating the blood. The heart is then stopped, and the lungs collapse (the lungs stop working since the blood is being oxygenated by the machine). The surgeon then sews the harvested veins in place, bypassing the found blockages. Once the surgery is done, the surgeon moves the ribs and breastbone back into place and wires it together. The chest is closed as well. They use an electric pulse to start the heart and a breathing machine is lead into the lungs to restart breathing.

King's surgery took approximately 7 hours.

Everything went well, and King was taken to ICU for recovery. He was walking and eating solid food already 2 days after the operation, and he was the first one in the history of the hospital who walked on his own power from the ICU to normal care. 10 days after the ambulance took him to the emergency room, he is at home and is recovering well. It will be a few months before he feels completely normal and is without pain.

He would like to mention here that he's eternally grateful for the wonderful staff at Centennial Medical Center who took care of him. Dr. Kourlis, Dr. Kamili, Dr. Alang, Nurse Christie and Nurse Thomas among many others made sure that he got the best care and attention he could ever have hoped for. They were always very nice to me too, letting me stay overnight in the ICU after visiting hours were over.


Band profile: King Diamond
Posted: 12.12.2010 by Daggon | Comments (23)

Rhapsody Of Fire - The Frozen Tour Of Angels - First Dates

Rhapsody Of Fire are proud to announce the first dates of their upcoming worldwide tour, in support of the new album The Frozen Tears Of Angels, released in April via Nuclear Blast Records. Here they are:

November 10th, 2010 - Beijing - China
November 12th, 2010 - Shanghai - China
November 13th, 2010 - Taipei - Taiwan
November 20th, 2010 - Mexico City - Mexico
November 29th, 2010 - Santiago - Chile

More dates will be announced soon. Stay tuned.


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Event: Rhapsody Of Fire: The Frozen Tour Of Angels
Posted: 14.08.2010 by Daggon | Comments (7)

Mar De Grises - Check Out The New Song

Streams Inwards, Mar De Grises' forthcoming album, will be released on August 30th (September 14th in North America) by Season Of Mist. You can now download a full song from the album for free! Check out "Shining Human Skin" here (MP3).

All you need to know about the new album can be read here.


Band profile: Mar De Grises
Posted: 14.07.2010 by Daggon | Comments (4)

Apocalyptica - New Album This Summer

Finnish cello-rockers Apocalyptica are set to release a new album this summer. The word got out last week already, but it seems that nobody is paying attention/cares around here (so thanks Daggon). However, seeing this band has at least 250 fans on Metal Storm, this might be something you want to know. Anyway, here's the full news:

"Apocalyptica just announced a summer debut for their latest metal-inspired creation. The new album will follow up their chart-topping release Worlds Collide (released in 2007) featuring the #1 Billboard single "I Don't Care" produced by Howard Benson (Motörhead, Papa Roach, Sepultura). Three Days Grace front man Adam Gontier provided vocals for the track and sultry video, which became a top 20 fixture on the modern rock charts for nearly an entire year.

On this 7th studio album, fans can look forward to more of Benson's production as well as strong artistic direction from Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age, Coheed & Cambria), who is presently in Finland with the quartet perfecting the final details. Dave Lombardo of Slayer along with several other surprise guest musicians are also set to participate in the project.

Classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Perttu Kivilaakso and drummer Mikko Sirén are currently putting finishing touches on the album and gearing up for their February invasion of Kaapelitehdas, Finland's world famous metal expo. By early March the band will return to Los Angeles and prepare to unveil the anticipated album on an international stage."

More news as we get it... (on time, we promise. - Ed.)


Band profile: Apocalyptica
Posted: 20.02.2010 by Daggon | Comments (18)

Diablo Swing Orchestra - Drummer Quits, Ex-Therion Member Steps In

Andreas Halvardsson has decided to step down as the drummer of Diablo Swing Orchestra due to personal reasons. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"We wish Andreas the best in his future musical endeavors. The good news is that we have found a replacement and would like to say welcome to Petter Karlsson (ex-Therion, Holocoaster) as a full time member of Diablo Swing Orchestra. We've only had one rehearsal together so far but we were all blown away by his drumming so check him out on his MySpace. Petter is also a skilled songwriter so it will be interesting to see what he can add to the already twisted process of making a Diablo Swing Orchestra song.

We are now rehearsing to get ready for touring later this year, new songs are also in the making and pre-production will probably start in the winter. Hope to see you on the road."

(Also thank to BudDa)


Band profile: Diablo Swing Orchestra
Posted: 19.01.2010 by Daggon | Comments (6)

SIG:AR:TYR - New Album Details And New Song Online

The following update was issued on the SIG:AR:TYR's MySpace blog:

"I've been hard at work over the last several months on the third full-length SIG:AR:TYR album. I'm about 2/3 of the way done, and still aiming to be completed by the end of summer.

The new album will be called "Godsaga". Its theme centers around the concept of man transforming into a god, and Odin's sacrifice on the world tree Yggdrasil. This album is not a linear concept album such as "Sailing The Seas Of Fate", but each song deals with these similar themes.

Expect a darker, heavier, more intense and focused album, while still delivering the traditional SIG:AR:TYR hallmarks of previous works."

"Godsaga" tracklist:

01. Nights All Nine
02. Midwinter Sacrifice
03. Blood Of The North
04. Black Sun's Bane
05. Eternal Return
06. Sleep Of The Sword
07. Sonatorrek
08. Godsaga
09. Distant Northern Shore

In other news, I've been asked to put together a playlist of Viking/Folk metal songs for the Blood Eagle Radio podcast show. I hope to play some of my favourites, but also a few more obscure tracks from bands that I think deserve more attention.

As an added bonus, to give everyone a taste of what is to come, we will also be playing a brand new track from the upcoming "Godsaga" album! Stay tuned for news on when this podcast will be released.

Hails to you all this Midsummer,
Till next time,

Two days ago, Daemonskald added: "The latest podcast of Blood Eagle Radio is now up, featuring a playlist of some of my favourite pagan/viking/folk metal bands, including a few fellow Canadian bands. At the end of the show is the premiere of a brand new SIG:AR:TYR track "Blood Of The North" from the forthcoming album."


Band profile: SIG:AR:TYR
Posted: 30.06.2009 by Daggon | Comments (2)

Porcupine Tree - New Album On The Way

Original news, posted on 19.06.2009

As stated on the official MySpace blog of the band a couple of days ago:

"Porcupine Tree are happy to announce the forthcoming release of their tenth studio album "The Incident". The record is set to be released via Roadrunner Records worldwide on 21st September, as a double CD.

The centre-piece is the title track, which takes up the whole of the first disc. The 55-minute work is described as "a slightly surreal song cycle about beginnings and endings and the sense that 'after this, things will never be the same again'."

The self-produced album is completed by four standalone compositions that developed out of band writing sessions last December - Flicker, Bonnie The Cat, Black Dahlia, and Remember Me Lover feature on a separate EP length disc to stress their independence from the song cycle.

Video footage of the band in the studio working on The Incident, as well as audio previews, will be available online soon. The band will tour extensively to promote the album from mid September onwards."

UPDATE (thanks to 1304)

Tracklist and cover art for the upcoming Porcupine Tree album "The Incident" have been revealed. The cover image and subtitles to the various parts of the long song cycle that takes up the whole of the first CD were revealed at a playback in New York earlier this week. The cover was photographed by Lasse Hoile and designed by Carl Glover.

Disc I
01. The Incident
1 - Occam's Razor
2 - The Blind House
3 - Great Expectations
4 - Kneel And Disconnect
5 - Drawing The Line
6 - The Incident
7 - Your Unpleasant Family
8 - The Yellow Windows Of The Evening Train
9 - Time Flies
10 - Degree Zero Of Liberty
11 - Octane Twisted
12 - The Séance
13 - Circle Of Manias
14 - I Drive The Hearse

Disc II
01. Flicker
02. Bonnie The Cat
03. Black Dahlia
04. Remember Me Lover


Band profile: Porcupine Tree
Posted: 24.06.2009 by Daggon | Comments (22)

Eternal Tears Of Sorrow - New Guitarist Announced

Finnish metallers Eternal Tears Of Sorrow have posted the following update on their MySpace blog:

"Eternal Tears Of Sorrow has had several setbacks during the past nine months, including the most recent setback, Risto Ruuth leaving the band just before the mixing session. However, Eternal Tears Of Sorrow proves that adversities can be overcome. The band announced an open search and plenty of applications arrived from Finland and abroad. After listening to the demos and having test rehearsals, the band made their decision."

Altti Veteläinen adds: "the new guitarist is Mika Lammassaari from Oulu. Mika has a "heavy hand" when it comes to playing guitar, he has quick fingers and is full energy for the live shows. He is already known from Mors Subita MySpace], an Oulu-based metal band, in which he is responsible for almost all of the band's material."


Band profile: Eternal Tears Of Sorrow
Posted: 12.05.2009 by Daggon | Comments (10)

Lacrimosa - New Album Details

Lacrimosa's new album will be released on the 8th of May 2009. The band's tenth album will be called "Sehnsucht" (=Longing) and features the following tracklist:

01. Die Sehnsucht In Mir
02. Mandira Nabula
03. A.U.S.
04. Feuer
05. A Prayer For Your Heart
06. I Lost My Star In Krasnodar
07. Die Taube
08. Call Me With The Voice Of Love
09. Der Tote Winkel
10. Koma

Check out the official Lacrimosa website for an audio teaser and for a preview of the cover artwork.


Band profile: Lacrimosa
Posted: 11.03.2009 by Daggon | Comments (9)

SIG:AR:TYR - Update From The Band

Posted by frontman Daemonskald on the official MySpace site:

"I've been busy the last few months and have completed two songs already for the next album. I will release more details on the new album as things become more concrete. I hope to get it out fairly quickly before the end of the year, as "Beyond The North Winds" has done very well and received great reviews, and I want to capitalize on the momentum.

I also took the time to record a cover song (after I swore I would never do one, never say never I suppose...). It is for the Valhalla Productions Bathory tribute, which is only viking-era Bathory songs. I decided to do "Song to Hall Up High", as I don't think its a song that's really been covered much, and I was able to do something a little different with it. There is no point in doing a cover song if all you are going to do is re-do the original. I have no idea what's going on with Valhalla, and if this tribute will see the light of day. If not, I'm sure the song will get MySpace'd here or tagged on to the next album or a re-release of my older albums.

A lot of people have been writing about the availability of "Sailing The Seas of Fate" and the demo "The Stranger". Only a 1000 of "Sailing..." were made, and only 100 of "The Stranger" and you can find them at the odd distro here and there. We are hoping to re-release "Sailing The Seas of Fate" this year, as long as finances permit because of all the requests. Such is life in the underground!"


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Posted: 11.03.2009 by Daggon | Comments (3)

Rhapsody Of Fire - Activities Suspended

As posted by the band on their website in October already (but only brought to the attention just now):

"We would like to inform everybody that actually the Rhapsody Of Fire band activity relatively to album releases and touring has been suspended, independently from our will, for an unspecified period of time. We are sorry for that. Further news will be made available as soon as we will be in the conditions to release them. Thank you for understanding."

The last news from the band came in June when the announced Rhapsody Of Fire was in a "hard legal fight with MCM and his main representative Mr. Joey De Maio"... No further info was given by the band!

Magic Circle Music was founded by Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio in 2005 in order to give the band (Manowar) complete creative control of their operation. Furthermore it is stated on their website that "they (Manowar) saw many other bands fall to the perils of greed and commercialization in the music industry." and so through Magic Circle Music DeMaio felt he could help other developing artists avoid these "traps".

Band profile: Rhapsody
Posted: 21.11.2008 by Daggon | Comments (43)