The two recently departed band members, Hupogrammos and Sol Faur issued the following statement today:
"This statement is signed by Sol Faur and myself (Hupogrammos). Our aim is to shed light on the recent developments in relation to Negura Bunget. We also want to prevent further abuse of the name Negura Bunget and our past activities. Our decision should be well understood and fans and media have a right to be correctly informed of the current development. We owe this to the public and Negura Bunget itself. There is no intention to turn this into a personal issue between us and our former drummer Negru. We do not wish to create a public scandal, but a line has been crossed and it is time now to stand up and fight for what we believe in.
After 6 years of silence Sweden's Funeral Mist is back with a new album. The album will be called "Maranatha" and will contain 8 tracks. Release date is set for 23rd of February. The cover art can be viewed here (Explicit Content Warning: not work friendly).
01. Sword Of Faith
02. White Stone
03. Jesus Saves!
04. A New Light
05. Blessed Curse
06. Living Temples
07. Anathema Maranatha
08. Anti-Flesh Nimbus
Deathspell Omega and S.V.E.S.T. offer two glances right into the primeval fracture, the suppurating wound at the heart of everything, the fissure undermining up to the least attempt at harmony. "Summa Divisio", the first of all divisions, the mother of all scissions and the annunciation of woe and affliction to come. The work of both bands can be understood as a variation on a same theme, independent yet complementary.
The split, entitled "Chaining The Katechon / Le Diable Est Ma Raison" cover art], will be released on the 8th of December, through End All Life Productions, as a noble gatefold LP featuring both bands and as two digipak mini-cds, each featuring one band, with identical artwork and layout
As a closure to the two year long Fuck the World Tour, Watain will do a final date in Uppsala, Sweden, on the 6th of December. This ceremonial performance shall mark the 10 year anniversary of the band, which is also why it is held in it's place of earthly origin. Both setlist and new stage show will be crafted exclusively for this concert, which will be the last not only on the tour but for a long time ahead, as Watain shall devote the coming year entirely to the crafting of the next full-length album.
To further enhance this monumental evening, three additional bands shall also perform. None other than Die Hard, Unpure and Grand Magus. More information regarding these bands, tickets, venue etc can be found at http://www.watain10years.tk.
"Porcupine Tree will play 2 shows at 013, Tilburg, the Netherlands, on 15th and 16th October.
The short run of European shows (sorry no US shows this time) during October is in order to shoot a DVD based on the Fear of a Blank Planet album cycle, and the main body of the filming will take place at Tilburg, where the band will play as much different material as possible during the course of the 2 nights. So please come along and help us to make the atmosphere very special and get yourself in the film!
Tickets are on sale from the 7th June from www.013web.nl."
The cover artwork for "Watershed", the forthcoming album from Swedish metallers Opeth, can be viewed here. The cover was (as usual) designed by Travis Smith in co-operation with frontman/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt.
"Watershed" is scheduled for release on June 3 via Roadrunner Records (one day earlier internationally). The CD, recorded in the band's native Sweden and produced by frontman/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and Jens Bogren, is a masterwork that follows the time-honored Opeth tradition; its modern yet timeless, progressive yet paying homage to the sounds of classic rock.
"Nil Recurring" is finally given a full retail release today , and Peaceville have a micro site Link] dedicated to the album which includes a new video by Lasse Hoile for the song "Normal". The retail edition of the album is identical to the original mail order version except that it comes in a super-jewel case with a card slipcase, instead of the digipack Transmission version. Both this and the "We Lost The Skyline" CD are now shipping from the PT Store.
Porcupine Tree 's "Fear of a Blank Planet" album has received a nomination at this year's Grammy awards, for "Best Surround Sound Album". The full list of nominees is available on the official Grammy website
In other news, Snapper Music will gradually make Porcupine Tree catalogue available for digital download (including most of the band's music originally issued between 1992-2000) over the next few months. The albums will be made available in chronological order, starting with "On the Sunday of Life..." (1992) and the updated 2005 version of "Up the Downstair" (1993), which will be available from 11th December. The micro-site for the downloads can be found here.
The following dates were posted on the Sepultura Army website:
(03.05.07 Monterrey, MX : TBA)
(04.05.07 Torreon, MX : Poliforum)
(05.05.07 Aguascalientes, MX : Auditorio Morelos)
19.05.07 Curitiba, BR : Helloch
20.05.07 Santiago, CL : Estadio Victor Jara
26.05.07 Varginha, BR : Roça In Roll, Fazenda Estrela
02.06.07 Brasilia, BR : Porão do Rock
16.06.07 Caixas do Sul, BR : TBA
28.06.07 Alba, IT : Altro Mondo
29.06.07 Alba, IT : Altro Mondo
30.06.07 Lleida, ES : Parc Municipal de les Basses (Senglar Rock Festival)
01.07.07 Dundee, UK : Fat Sams
02.07.07 Inverness, UK : The Ironworks
03.07.07 Glasgow, UK : ABC 1
04.07.07 Manchester, UK : University Of Manchester Union
06.07.07 Moscow, RU : Plan B
Time has come again for another Negura Bunget European Tour. We had some last minute changes, a couple of new gigs in the UK added, and the schedule is now complete. We are looking forward too see you all there, as we are ready to give our best on stage!
Feel free to spread this message. We appreciate any kind of support!
The dates are the following:
04/04/2007 - Budapest (HUN) - Blue Hell + Adultery
05/04/2007 - Trencin (SVK) - Piano Club + Adultery
06/04/2007 - Ostrava (CZE) - Prostor + Adultery, Hyperborean Desire
07/04/2007 - Gmunden (AT) - Mc Wolverines + Adultery, Trimonium
08/04/2007 - Praga (CZE) - Bordo + Adultery, Tabor Radosti
10/04/2007 - Nice (FR) - Sezamo + Kathaarsys, Artefact
Vital Remains have left for Europe, here are the tourdates, be sure to catch them on the road. Vital Remains will be acompanied by Godphobia (from 30.03. to 16.05), Kenos (from 30.03. to 14.04.) and Tombthroat (from 28.04. to 10.05).
Sa. 24.03. Katovice (POL) Metal Mind - Festival
Fr. 30.03. Cork (IRE) - An Cruiscin Lan
Sa. 31.03. Dublin (IRE) - Voodoo Lunge
Su. 01.04. Newport (Uk) - TJ's
Mo. 02.04. Dudley (Uk) - JB's
Tue. 03.04. Glasgow (Uk) Soundhaus
We. 04.04. Bradford (UK) - Rios
Thu. 05.04. London (Uk) - The Underworld
Fr. 06.04. Rotterdam (NL) - Baroeg
Sa. 07.04. Leeuwarden (NL) - Romein
Su. 08.04. Kristianstad (S) - Magazinet
Mo. 09.04. Stockholm (S) - Tantogarden
Tue. 10.04. Gävele (S) - Club Monster
Swedish metallers Evergrey will embark on their first Eastern European tour in January. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Jan. 11 - Nitra, SK - Stara Pekaren
Jan. 12 - Budapest, HUN - Kultiplex
Jan. 14 - Larissa, GRE - Live Music House
Jan. 15 - Plovdiv, BUL - Geo Milev Hall
Jan. 17 - Sofia, BUL - Sredec Hall
Jan. 19 - Ankara, TUR - Saklikent
Jan. 20 - Istanbul, TUR - Studio Live
Jan. 21 - Bukarest, ROM - Sala Preoteasa
Jan. 22 - Belgrad, SER - Dom Omladine
Jan. 23 - Zagreb, CRO - Mochvara
Jan. 24 - Wörgl, AUT - Komma
Support on the trek (except in Nitra and Budapest) will come from the Norwegian band Stonegard.
Irish doom titans Mourning Beloveth have parted ways with bassist Adrian Butler. Adrian's official statement on the matter reads as follows:
"I am no longer part of the doom troupe that are Mourning Beloveth. I was talking to Darren last weekend and the band are going to continue with current session bassist Brendan Roche and make him a permanent member of MB. I moved to Spain in Oct '05 and the fact of not being able to be present for weekly practice has been very tough and impossible for us to keep up the long distance relationship so to speak. I've been leaving since last year in a way but making this final decision is tough but better off for both parties. I can say though that it's been a fabulous 10 years with MB. We've toured America, Europe a few times and recorded three great albums. We also played our first open air festivals this year so I am more than happy with what I was involved in and pleased to have been able to play a part in advancing the bands career since 1996 when I recorded their first demo with Alan from Primordial. I will be helping out the band in the future in another capacity too so I won't be going away. My friends in MB will always remain so and we'll continue to insult each other, get drunk, fall down and have a laugh whenever its possible to get together.
Greek female black metal trio Astarte has posted the cover artwork for its upcoming fifth album, "Demonized", at this location (cover artwork by Timo Wuerz). The CD, which is tentatively due next month via Avantgarde Records, was mixed at Tico Tico studios in Finland. It features guest appearances on vocals by Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow, Mayhem's Attila Csihar, God Dethroned's Henri Sattler and Lloth's Nicolas Sic Maiis. The track listing is as follows:
01. Mutter Astarte
02. God Among Men (feat. Nicolas Sic Maiis)
04. Heart Of Flames
06. Black Star
07. Lycon (feat. Attila Csihar)
08. God I Hate Them All
09. Queen Of The Damned (feat. Henri Sattler)