Swedish melodic power metallers Hammerfall have cancelled their Finnish headlining shows (originally scheduled for early January) in order to allow singer Joacim Cans enough time to recover from an operation which he is due to undergo in December.
Here goes the statement of the band:
"After a couple of months of serious vocal problems, my doctor finally tracked down the root of all evil. On my right vocal cord he found a polyp that affected both my speaking and singing voice. Lately I have lost almost one octave of my natural (high) range and I can promise you that it's been very frustrating. So, next week it's time for my doctor's magic hands to sharpen the scalpel and do surgery on 'my precious' cords. After the surgery I have to shut up for at least seven days — gonna be hard! — followed by some professional vocal training in order to build up the strength again. The tour will start as planned in Denmark on January 18, but unfortunatelly the shows in Finland have been postponed to a later date and all promotional work including me have been cancelled."
Swedish death metallers Dismember have cancelled their previously announced West Coast tour with Grave. Here goes the statement of the band:
"The US tour is cancelled due to financial reasons. The band is really sorry for this and has already started working on a new US tour for the spring of 2007 to make up for the lost dates. More info will come soon."
The trek, which was originally slated to be headlined by Entombed, was scheduled to kick off December 1 in Hollywood, California.
Italian gothic metal band Theatres Des Vampires will release a new double CD, "Desire Of Damnation (The Addiction Tour)", in February 2007 via Plastic Head/Blackend Records. The set will include a CD with the audio version of the recently released DVD (Plastic Head Video) and a separate disc with four new studio songs, three remixes, one special version of a medley featuring "Vampyrica" (2001) and "Suicide Vampire" (2002), performed by the tenor voice Franco Carta (Vampyre Dionysus) and arranged and directed by composer Stefano Lazzoni.
To promote this new album, Theatres Des Vampires will play several shows all around Europe next year. A release party will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2007 at Slimelight in London.
Portuguese gothic metal act Moonspell will issue a special-edition CD/DVD version of their latest album, "Memorial", on December 4 in Portugal.
Regarding this event, the band has issued some details concerning the release (in Portuguese) at the band's official website.
Polish death metallers Vader have posted the following message on their official web site:
"As you might know, in 2007 Vader won't appear on any regular European tour. Instead of this, the band is going to play on some summer festivals. The band's appearance at Wacken Open Air (Germany), Kaltenbach Festival (Austria) and Party.San (Germany) have been already confirmed. Apart from that, at the beginning of March Vaderis going to play a short tour of Japan (together with Brutal Truth). Afterwards panzermachine will appear on their first Australian tour (which is pre-scheduled to take place in April or June) and play the tour in Russia, Belorus, the Ukraine and Baltic countries. At the beginning of September Vader kick off the second part of Polish Blitzkrieg 4 Tour, invading such places like Rzeszów, Bialystok, Zielona Góra, Poznan and many more.
Bloodbath' s Breeding Death the sold out classic mini CD from 1999 has now been re-released and comes with a revamped layout, previously unreleased lyrics to all songs, plus two demo recordings of the tracks 'Breeding Death' and 'Omnious Bloodvomit'.
Bloodbath lineup on "Breeding Death":
Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) - Vocals
Anders Nyström (Katatonia) - Guitars/Backing Vocals
Dan Swanö (ex-Edge Of Sanity, NIGHTINGALE) - Guitars
Jonas Renkse (Katatonia) - Bass/Backing Vocals
Amon Amarth, In Extremo and Die Apokalyptischen Reiter have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 16-18, 2007 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Here goes the statement of the Summer Breeze Team:
Amon Amarth:Here you go now. Your number one! Voted by you, the fans. Hitting position 1 on the band wishlist for next year. We are happy to confirm Amon Amarth to be the first headliner for Summer Breeze 2007. Our show - around Vikings have just delivered their strongest album so far, "With Oden On Our Side". Playing Dinkelsbuehl they will be guided by the jomsvikings (http://www.jomswikinger.de), well known from the "Wrath Of The Norsemen" DVD. All coming up with no mercy and real fight action added by an extensive pyro show which can be seen at Summer Breeze only! And for friends of battle axes and met we will be doing a real Viking camp on the festival ground. With oden on our side!
AFM Records have issued the following press release with regards to the forthcoming Destruction Best Of compilation, "Thrash Anthems", scheduled for a January 22nd release in Europe, and a January 23rd release in North America via Candlelight Records.
"Thrash Anthems will include 13 Destruction classics from the Years 1984 to 1990, but who will think of just another Best Of album now is completely wrong. All the classics are new recorded and re-arranged. The band worked with nearly the same team which did the production of the outstanding Inventor Of Evil album. The tracks were mixed by one of the best metal producers in Europe: Jacob Hansen, the Danish producer/INVOCATOR singer and guitarist.
Amon Amarth and Powermad have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 22-23, 2007 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. Here is the festival's billing (Alphabetical order) :
Vader and Belphegor have been confirmed for next year's edition of the Party.San Open Air festival, set to take place August 9-11, 2007 in Bad Berka, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (alphabetical order):
German technical death metallers, Necrophagist will embark on a Headlining Tour throughout Europe starting February 2007. Direct support duties will be taken over by Misery Index, Coldworker (Ex-Nasum) and Burning Skies. The first dates of the Carving Europe's Epitaph Tour Vol. II are as follows:
Feb. 08 - DE - Trier @ Exhaus
Feb. 10 - DE - Essen @ Turock, Essen Death Feast
Feb. 11 - DE - Flensburg @ Roxy
Feb. 14 - SE - Stockholm @ Klubben
Feb. 15 - SE - Gothenburg @ Musikens Hus
Feb. 16 - DE - Berlin @ K17
Feb. 17 - DE - Leipzig @ Conne Island
Feb. 20 - AT - Wien @ Arena
Feb. 21 - DE - Muenchen @ Feierwerk
Feb. 22 - IT - Roncade @ New Age Club
Feb. 23 - CH - Oberentfelden @ Boroem Poem Poem
Orphaned Land, Primordial and Naer Mataron have been confirmed for the Metal Healing Festival, set to take place July 20-22 in Greece. The Metal Healing Fest billing is now as follows (alphabetical order):
Vocalist A.A. Nemtheanga from Irish metallers Primordial has issued the following update on the band's official website:
"The song-writing for the new album has been coming along, slowly as usual but gradually happening none the less. To my ears at least it sounds more up tempo then gathering. There is one song which is mainly blast-beats and some more mid-up tempo anthemic sounding tracks. The projection for going into the studio is april/may 2007 but time is most definitely not constant in primordial land so that's completely open to change. as much of a pain for Metal Blade as that will be.
I had planned on doing backing vocals on the new Rotting Christ album and also was asked and duly contributed a lyric for sakis, sadly neither happened. The vocals because of studio money/time constraints and the lyrics because sakis hadn't a track for them! Next time. However the idea has been hatched to do a Primordial/Rotting Christ split 10" or something like that. So we shall see what happens there. Anyone who knows me knows my love of rotting christ and the fact triarchy of the lost lovers is one of my top 5 metal albums ever made...yep read that again !!!!. So i hope we can sort it out. There are plans to do some backing vocals for another rather famous band of panzer commanders later this year but we shall have to wait and see.