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Alestorm - Already Announce New Guitarist

After the guitarist Gavin Harper's departure from Alestorm only a few days ago, the band have already found a replacement. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"It is with great pleasure (and relief) that I announce we've found a new guitarist! Enter Mr Tim Shaw. The more eagle-eyed watchers of the underground amongst you may know him as the mastermind behind the epic black metal project Fyrdsman, and as the guitarist of the now-departed death metal titans Premithon. He's a beastly good guitarist, and a great lad to boot. It's gonna be a fucking blast when we get up on stage and in the studio. Gavin's shoes are going to be tough ones to fill, but that's ok, because Tim has big feet. And you know what they say about guys with big feet..."

Band profile: Alestorm
Posted: 16.09.2008 by CyGuy6587 | Comments (14)

Scar Symmetry - Part Ways With Vocalist

Scar Symmetry parts ways with vocalist and posted the following staement

"Dear friends.

A few months ago we decided to part ways with Christian. The reasons are mainly the clichéd "business and creative differences" and lack of interpersonal chemistry. We came to a point where the band's existence was in jeopardy because of these differences, and the only way for us to continue with an inspired state of mind was to go through with this change in the line-up.

This should come as a total surprise to most of you, though you might have wondered why no gigs/tours have been announced since the release of "Holographic Universe". The truth is, we have been offered several tours and one-off shows that everyone in the band wanted to do except for Christian. In a situation like that you get a lot of frustration and it was in everyone's best interest to go separate ways.

We started Scar Symmetry just for the fun of it, never with the idea of becoming hugely successful or whatever. Now, three albums into our career, we've toured both Europe and North America, our latest CD made it to Billboard's Top Heatseekers' chart and we've enjoyed success way beyond our expectations. Needless to say, the situation for us as a band has changed since we started playing together in 2004 and the band is bigger than ever. We had the choice to either take a step back with Christian in the band or a step forward without him... We choose to go forward.

There comes a time to let go and move on, and that time is now. Scar Symmetry wishes Christian the best of luck with his future endeavours and salutes the good times we had with him in the band. We will announce the identity of Christian's replacement shortly."

Comments former singer Christian Älvestam:

"Hi all!

After discussions between us in the band, I'm sad to say we've decided to part ways! Mainly for reasons of different outlooks on musical production and touring. Of course it's sad to see that Scar Symmetry will not continue in its present form, but unfortunately these things happen.

I hope Scar Symmetry will go on being successful, while I myself will for sure keep on singing, playing, writing and performing my own music, in various shapes and forms, for a very long time. My musical journey has just begun!

Unfortunate as it is, I'd nevertheless like to thank all the bands I've come to meet and play with during my years in the band; all the organizers we've worked with since the start, Nuclear Blast and all its street-teams for believing and supporting (band-wise and personally); all the magazines, TV- and radio-stations giving us the attention, helping us spreading the name; all the crews that have helped us out during the tours.


Band profile: Scar Symmetry
Posted: 11.09.2008 by CyGuy6587 | Comments (26)

Carcass - Announce Last Show Ever

Reunited grindcore/death metal legends Carcasss will play their only UK date headlining the Damnation Festival 2008. The death metal legends will perform their first show on home soil in 14 years on Saturday, November 22nd at Leeds University. And the band yesterday hinted it could be the last show they ever play, wrapping up a successful reunion tour headlining some of the biggest metal stages across the globe.

Frontman Jeff Walker said: "Well, we enjoyed making you sweat… this is gonna be the ONLY UK show this year, and quite possibly your last chance to EVER catch us live! You Southerners are gonna have to get your shoes dirty and make your way 'oop' North to Leeds! To quote Herschell Gordon Lewis 'Prepare To Die!'"

Damnation Festival director Gavin McInally added: "The exclusive booking of Carcass is the biggest coup in British metal in 2008 and we're delighted to host their return to home soil. The fact that it could be the last time they ever take the stage together, makes the prospect of seeing them headline Damnation even more special. After a 14-year break, it's almost impossible to predict just how large the demands for tickets will be, so without the cheesy sales pitch, pawn your wedding ring or steal from close friends - just make sure you grab a brief! And stayed tuned for further announcements as the finest, doom, grind, black, rock and heavy metal completes what will be the finest day of music the UK will witness in 2008."

Tickets for Damnation will go on sale this Friday, June 27th at 9am. For more information, you can check here.


Band profile: Carcass
Event: Damnation Festival 2008
Posted: 26.06.2008 by CyGuy6587 | Comments (18)

Iced Earth - Audio Samples From New Single Online

Iced Earth have posted audio clips from all four songs appearing on the band's forthcoming single, "I Walk Among You" at the band's official MySpace page. The single marks longtime frontman Matt Barlow's triumphant return to the band, and is sure to leave people yearning for more. "I Walk Among You" will precede the band's forthcoming full-length follow-up to "Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I" in the Fall of 2008.

The tracklisting and release dates for "I Walk Among You" are as follow:

01. I Walk Alone
02. Setian Massacre
03. The Clouding
04. A Charge to Keep (exclusive iTunes track)

Germany : June 13, 2008
Europe : June 16, 2008
USA/Canada : June 17, 2008

Iced Earth kick-off a heavy dose of touring in 2008 on May 2 when they headline Chicago Powerfest in Mokena, Illinois.


Band profile: Iced Earth
Posted: 06.04.2008 by CyGuy6587 | Comments (11)

Iced Earth - New Single In June

With the framework for the Armageddon Of Man firmly laid with the band's 2007 full-length release, "Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I", Iced Earth are set to launch the next installment of Jon Schaffer's "Something Wicked" saga with the release of their new single, "I Walk Among You", in June of 2008. The full-length studio follow-up to "Something Wicked Part I" is due for release in Fall of 2008.

The new single and proceeding full-length studio album mark the return of longtime frontman, Matt Barlow to the band who's dark and sinister tones are the perfect fit to narrate the intense and viscous annihilation of mankind set in motion with the birth of the story's main character, "Set Abominae", in "Something Wicked Part II." The single will allow fans to get a glimpse of the bright future for the band, and the perhaps not-so-bright future for humanity as we now know it.

The single will feature 3 songs, an exclusive version of the song "I Walk Alone" and a few tracks from "Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Part 1)" with new vocal performances by Matt Barlow. Due to the re-tracking of the lead vocals these tracks have been remixed and remastered. There will be an iTunes exclusive version of the single "I Walk Among You" that features "A Charge To Keep" which has also been re-sung by Matt, remixed and re-mastered.

The video for "I Walk Alone" is being filmed in early April.

All tracks were recorded at Jon Schaffer's studio, Soaring Eagle Sound, and mixed and mastered at Morrisound. The single, and following full-length platter will be released by Steamhammer/SPV.

"I Walk Among You" cover] Tracklisting:

01. I Walk Alone
02. Setian Massacre
03. The Clouding
04. A Charge To Keep (exclusive iTunes track)


Band profile: Iced Earth
Posted: 15.03.2008 by CyGuy6587 | Comments (11)

Norther - New Video Online

Century Media Press Release:

Before unleashing their new album "N", Finnish metal act Norther present you the video clip for their massive metal anthem "We Rock", which was filmed with Helsinki-based production team Tunne Productions. You can watch the clip now by clicking HERE!

Their stunning new effort sees Norther perfecting their mix of ripping riffs, aggressive vocals and epic melodies and will be premiered live at the well-known Finnish Metal Expo on February 16th, 2008 in Helsinki. Furthermore, the band will support their country mates Turisas on their UK & European headliner tour in March/April 2008! here]

"N" was recorded and produced by long time partner Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, etc.) at Astia Studios, mixed by Fredrik Nordström (Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, In Flames etc.) at Studio Fredman in Sweden, mastered at Cutting Room Studios, and will be available as CD & limited edition Media Book including 3 bonus tracks at the following release dates:

Feb. 13 - Finland
Feb. 22 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, BeNeLux
Feb. 25 - UK, France, Denmark, Greece, Norway
Feb. 26 - Spain, Portugal
Feb. 29 - Sweden, Hungary


Band profile: Norther
Posted: 09.02.2008 by Steve | Comments (25)

Carcass - Confirmed For Wacken 2008

Carcass are the latest band to be confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2008, this is how the band commented:

"Well, they said it would never happen. In fact I said it would never happen. Then I noticed no one pays attention to what I say anyway and I sounded like an idiot...

Summer 2008 will be the twentieth anniversary since the release of Carcass' first studio album. It will be fourteen years since we last played live. We've decided to exhume the old corpse next Summer at Wacken. The timing is purely coincidental - it's been a long journey to get to this point where myself, Bill Steer and Mike Amott have enough common desire again to make it possible. We're finally conceding to the demand that seems to be at an all time high and doesn't appear to be going away any time soon. Any past reasons we may have had for not wanting to do it, or thinking it was impossible, have simply dissipated in the face of overwhelming interest in us performing THOSE riffs for a generation of believers who never had the opportunity back in the day. We could say we're doing it for 'the kids' - but fuck that ! We're doing it 'cos it will be fun again to play the classic Carcass tunes !! Of course it would seem inappropriate for us to contemplate to do this without Ken Owen, but I assure you he'll be there, and we'll push some sticks in his hands and make him play, plus we'll have a killer drummer to sit in and play HIS parts.

Myself Jeff Walker on bass and vocals, "the semi-legendary" Bill Steer and Mike Amott on lead guitar and Daniel Erlandsson, filling in for Ken on drums, look forwards to mutilating your hearing.

And if we don't do it ? Who else will overshadow the Led Zeppelin reunion ?

Ha !

Prepare to rot and roll."

Band profile: Carcass
Event: Wacken Open Air 2008
Posted: 05.10.2007 by Steve | Comments (19)

DragonForce - To Remix Valley Of The Damned

DragonForce announced they'll re-release their debut album Valley of the Damned - Remixed & Remastered with a bonus DVD in October 2007. The remixed debut and their second album Sonic Firestorm will also be available for the first time on picture disc vinyl.
You can find an extensive statement from guitarist Herman Li regarding this re-release package at this location.

Valley Of The Damned - REMIXED & REMASTERED
Disc 1 - CD
1. Invocation of the Apocalyptic Evil
2. Valley of the Damned
3. Black Fire
4. Black Winter Night
5. Starfire
6. Disciples of Babylon
7. Revelations
8. Evening Star
9. Heart of a Dragon

Disc 2 - DVD
- Interviews
Interviews with the band members and producer reflecting on the Valley of the Damned period and the remix
- Valley of the Damned Live
Previously unreleased professionally filmed live video recording from their first Japanese tour.
Commentary version from Herman and Vadim
Commentary version from ZP and Karl
- Backstage Footage
DragonForce Home videos. See through the eyes of Sam and ZP in Japan on the day of the show.
- Recording Valley of the Damned
Footage from the drum recording session in Denmark
Commentary version from Herman and Vadim
- Remixing Valley of the Damned
Get technical with Herman, Vadim and producer Karl Groom. See how they remixed the album.


Band profile: DragonForce
Posted: 27.07.2007 by Steve | Comments (13)

Destruction - UK Tour Rescheduled

Good news for all UK thrashers: The new schedule for the postponed UK tour will be November. Onslaught, Amenti and Rasta will Thrash the UK together with Destruction.

Here are the new confirmed dates:

09.11. - Kingston - The Peel
10.11. - Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
11.11. - Cork - An Cruiscin Lan
12.11. - Glasgow - Soundhaus
13.11. - Leeds - Rios
14.11. - Liverpool - Stanley theatre
15.11. - Manchester - Satans Hollow
16.11. - Newport - TJ's
17.11. - London - Underworld
18.11. - Brighton - Concorde 2
19.11. - Southampton - Unit 22

Frontman Marcel Schmier says an extra long setlist will be played, as a compensation for the see-saw changes on the UK dates.

Band profile: Destruction
Posted: 05.06.2007 by Steve | Comments (0)

Onslaught - Forced To Cancel UK Dates

Posted on the official blog on Onslaught's MySpace:

"UK Thrashers Onslaught have been forced to cancel the remaining dates of their British tour due to a serious health issue concerning vocalist Sy Keeler.
The Onslaught frontman was rushed to hospital during the soundcheck at Leeds Rios suffering from an acute loss of vision. Keeler has since undergone an emergency operation to repair a detached retina in his left eye. If it was not for this immediate procedure the doctors said he would have almost certainly lost the sight in this eye.
Following the bands announcement to the Rios crowd regarding the situation , Onslaught were taken aback by the overwhelming warmth and support showed to them by the enthusiastic audience. This compelled the band to quickly reorganise and power through a few chosen classics with guitarist Nige Rockett handling the bulk of the vocal duties. Eviles' Matt Drake also joined the band onstage to scream out a thunderous version of Shellshock
Speaking from hospital a distraught Sy Keeler expressed his sincere apologies to all the fans that were looking forward to the first leg of the 'Killing Peace' tour and is hoping to be fit enough to hit the road as soon as is humanly possible
Onslaught are currently looking into re-scheduling the cancelled dates for later in the year."

Band profile: Onslaught
Posted: 04.05.2007 by Steve | Comments (3)

Iced Earth - Guitarist Leaves Again, UK Tour Dates With Heaven And Hell, Lamb Of God

As first reported last night, Heaven And Hell — the band featuring Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ronnie James Dio, and drummer Vinny Appice — will tour the U.K. in November 2007 with support from none other than Lamb Of God and Iced Earth. Tickets for the dates are expected to go on sale at the end of this week. The dates are as follows:

Nov. 04 - UK - Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Nov. 06 - UK - SECC, Glasgow
Nov. 07 - UK - Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield
Nov. 09 - UK - Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester
Nov. 10 - UK - Wembley Arena, London
Nov. 11 - UK - Centre, Brighton
Nov. 13 - UK - NEC, Birmingham
Nov. 14 - UK - International Arena, Cardiff
Nov. 15 - UK - Arena, Nottingham
Nov. 17 - UK - Pavilions, Plymouth
Nov. 18 - UK - BIC, Bournemouth

In other Iced Earth news, the band has parted ways again with guitarist Tim Mills, who joined the band in October last year. More info about his departure can be found at this location.


Band profile: Iced Earth
Event: Heaven And Hell + Iced Earth: UK Tour
Posted: 28.03.2007 by Steve | Comments (17)

Masterplan - Uli Kusch Quits Band

Drummer Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween) has left Masterplan, the German melodic metal band he formed with guitarist Roland Grapow. An official announcement on the matter is expected shortly...

Masterplan recently began recording its third album — the group's first without singer Jorn Lande, who announced his departure in early May. The band's final show with Lande took place on August 8 at Lokersefeesten in Belgium.

According to a statement released by Masterplan in May, Lande's exit was caused by increased "musical differences" between the vocalist and the rest of the band. During the songwriting process for the group's third album, it became increasingly apparent that the other members of the band had different visions and plans for the group's musical direction. While Jorn wanted Masterplan to follow a more melodic path, the rest of the band wanted to return to the metallic roots of their debut album.

Band profile: Masterplan
Posted: 07.10.2006 by CyGuy_666 | Comments (20)