So it seems like Ark, who only reformed at the end of 2009, are breaking up again. As usual with Ark, an official statement is missing, but drummer John Macaluso (Chris Caffery, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Jorn) recently posted the following not-to-be-misunderstood message on his Facebook wall:
"Ark is over for good bro. After going through it again, I had it. I am done. I tried but the thing I thought would change did not and I have to move on from it for good. Sorry, could been amazing! Lots of new music coming out soon though."
Despite Kamelot themselves not announcing it, Roy Khan has issued a statement on his Myspace confirming the rumors of him leaving the band:
"Dear fans & friends,
There have been a lot of speculations around why I am not touring with Kamelot and I want to make a statement although it may not prevent further guessing as to what's actually going on. It is a fact however that I told the guys in the band already last fall (well after my burnout) that I was leaving the band. Naturally enough they were shocked (as was the label and everyone else working with Kamelot). In addition to risk of dropping ticket sales they wanted to give me time to think things over, and so I did. My decision still stands; It is finished.
Arcturus has unfortunately cancelled their appearence at ProgPower USA. Ihsahn will replace them.
The band issued the following statement: "Arcturus still suffer from hibernation sickness, and due to outdated parts we deeply regret to inform you: we are canceling Progpower USA. This lack of maintenance is entirely our own fault, and sincere apologies go out to the promoter and all ticket holders, especially those of you who had planned to travel far..."
ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston seems just as confused by the statement as everyone else: "I have no idea what the hell that statement means. I'm not going to try and figure it out either, as I have wasted enough time and effort on that "band" already. In the meantime, I would like to personally thank Ihsahn for taking the slot. His professionalism in this situation is greatly appreciated."
"The Great Pandemonium, the new video from US metallers Kamelot, can be viewed at this location. The video was shot in Sweden and directed by Owe Lingvall of Village Road Films.
"The Great Pandemonium" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Poetry For The Poisoned, which will be released in Europe on September 10 through earMUSIC/Edel. Everything you need to know about this album was previously reported here, here and here.
In an update on their website, Kamelot announced they'll film a video for "The Great Pandemonium", and indirectly revealed the new as-yet-untitled album will be released somewhere in September.
"Kamelot has tapped Village Road Films and Director Owe Lingvall for the video shoot and production of the song "The Great Pandemonium". The song will appear on Kamelot's upcoming album due in stores September 2010!"
More release details are expected to be revealed soon, so stay tuned. In other news, the band also announced several live dates for South America and Mexico in April next year.
Kamelot keymaster Oliver Palotai states: "We played in Brazil a few years ago and it was amazing. We have heard from fans all over South America and how loud and crazy the fans will be, we know these shows will be killer! In addition to this we have added 2 very exclusive and special concerts in Mexico to this leg."
Kamelot have inked a deal with Marquee/Avalon for the Japanese release of the band's forthcoming album, tentatively due in late Summer 2010. The album features special guest appearances by Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), Simone Simons (Epica), Jon Oliva (Jon Oliva's Pain, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and more.
"Marquee/Avalon is happy to have Kamelot - such a great band in our family and we are proud of announcing it. We all hope that Kamelot's fame will be at a higher level with the next album. we trust the band a potential to become so," states Marquee's Naohiro Yamazaki.
Roy Khan adds: "We are very excited about working with Marquee on the new album! We are also planning to return to Japan for some very special concerts with all the amazing fans there."
According to Dio's website there will be a public memorial service for the late legend in Los Angeles.
"There will be a Public Memorial Service for Ronnie James Dio on Sunday, May 30th at 2:00 PM at The Hall Of Liberty located at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068. This will be a celebration of the life and music of Ronnie James Dio and is open to all of his friends and fans from around the world.
For those of you that will be flying in from out of town or out of the country, we are working with various local hotels to arrange discount rates. As soon as we have more information, we will make it available. "
In related news, organizers of Bloodstock Open Air in Catton Hall, UK and Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, have announced there will be a Ronnie James Dio stage as a tribute to the fallen metal icon.
Pain Of Salvation have posted a new song online, called "No Way". The song appears on the upcoming release Road Salt One, and is available on MySpace.
The album will be available on the following dates:
Sweden: May 12
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: May 14
UK, France, Benelux, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, rest of Europe: May 17
Spain, Italy: May 18
Finland, Hungary: May 19
North America: June 8
Road Salt One cover art] tracklist:
01. What She Means To Me
02. No Way
03. She Likes To Hide
05. Of Dust
06. Tell Me You Don't Know
07. Sleeping Under The Stars
08. Darkness Of Mine
11. Where It Hurts
12. Road Salt
Swedish prog metallers Pain Of Salvation has posted a new song online, named "Linoleum" and "No Way". The song, who will appear on their new album "Road Salt One", is avalible on their newly updated myspace.
Kamelot vocalist Roy Khan issued the following short update:
"Things are going great here in Wolfsburg! We will take a break next week for Christmas and then we are back to finishing things up. Lots going on here, new album, new setlist for the tour, new label news and more. Lots of diversity on the new record. We hope to announce more details soon including the cover art etc... stay tuned and get ready for a MONSTER 2010! Kamelot has set a tentative release date for their next album for March 22nd, 2010!"