20:55 - !J.O.O.E.! The big one on the bottom left? Looks like planet sex-toy to me :P
20:54 - 3rdWorld Pretty sure thats a star, not a planet. =P
20:52 - !J.O.O.E.! That was the one I was asked to review. Was good, but found the drums overbearing. That artwork is better than the original one they had, but looks kinda cack up close. Also one of the planets looks like a fleshlight, so...
20:49 - 3rdWorld Don't remember much how it sounded but I didn't enjoy it much I guess. Definitely prefer this to that, and this version of the cover art too. [link]
20:45 - !J.O.O.E.! Heh, I recognise the band now. A friend of the band who used to live here near me asked me to review them. They've improved a lot.
Nightwish were forced to cut Monday night's (November 10) concert in Belo Horizone, Brazil short after the group's lead singer Anette Olzon suddenly started "crying" at the end of the song "The Poet And The Pendulum" (about six tracks into the group's set) and walked off stage, leaving the rest of the band to finish the song with bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala attempting to handle some of the lead-vocal parts. The group reportedly played two more cover songs and ended the show, explaining that Anette is going through a difficult phase in her life, and that she was really sad.
Fan-filmed video footage of Olzon walking off can be viewed here and here.
Agalloch have updated their MySpace with the following blog:
"Agalloch will finally release "The White EP" through Vendlus Records in early 2008. It is the follow-up to 2004's "The Grey EP" and completes a dichotomy of releases for the label. "The White EP" contains seven dark folk and ambient works written and recorded over the past 3 years.
"The White EP" tracklisting:
01. The Isle Of Summer
02. Birch Black
03. Hollow Stone
05. Birch White
06. Sowilo Rune
07. Summerisle Reprise
Also, the band has two European gigs confirmed for next year. We will be playing the 5th edition of the annual Ragnarök Festival in Germany alongside Negura Bunget, Skyforger, Menhir, Haggard, Sear Bliss, Unleashed, and several others. This will be followed by a headlining gig in Belgium with Mourning Beloveth (UK) and In Age And Sadness (Hol). Of course, a couple gigs in our native Pacific Northwest will be played before we head off to Europe. More info regarding that will be forthcoming.
Well, we've got 8 new songs in various states of completion. Titles confirmed so far include "The Lie", "A Sorrow to Kill", "Merry-Go-Round" and "Asylum". Working titles (IE: these could change!) include "Temptation" and "A Silver Key".
We will start the recording process on the 21st August, again using Brett Caldas-Lima who produced the debut "Transcendental". Recording will take place near Oxford, England at a purpose built rehearsal studio (which is a bit better than the "back room of a pub" like last time, hehe).
The music's definitely going in a heavier direction. I know most bands say this, but since Tom is writing a majority of the stuff with his 7-string baritone tuned to F# it's definitely true. The songs are also going to be considerably more complex and roundly structured than before. All the parts that have become "typically" To-Mera are still going to be there only much more so in every possible way. There's more fluidity and emotional depth to the new songs. We're all more than happy with the way things are working out.
Epica have issued the following update on their forthcoming album, The Divine Conspiracy:
"After having announced the title of the upcoming Epica album last week, this week we want to give you some more info on The Divine Conspiracy.
The Divine Conspiracy will be Epica's first full length concept album. This concept deals with the theory that, as a test, God created all kinds of different religions and released those upon humanity to see if they would be able to find the true nature of them, realizing that in all religions it is actually the same. But there's more to it, it also concludes the "Embrace That Smothers" concept that could already be found on The Phantom Agony.
Iced Earth mastermind Jon Schaffer has announced the addition of the band's latest guitarist with a brief band personnel update:
"Our new guitar players name is Troy Seele. Troy did a few solos on the new record and will be touring with us. He's been a friend of mine for about 10 years and is from the Indianapolis (indy) area. He's by far the best guitar player in Indy and will be bringing some cool vibes to the table. - Jon"
More details will be posted on the official Iced Earth website as they become available.
Thomas C. Hansen, mainman for Norwegian power metallers Gaia Epicus, is planning to release his first solo album this fall. The album will be called "Like A Shadow" and the music is going to be melodic rock/metal. According to a press release, "the album will mostly be instrumental songs with some progressive elements."
For more information, visit http://www.thomashansen.info.
Pain Of Salvation have issued the following announcement:
"One of the world's best drummers has decided to be one of the world's best fathers and 9-5 workers instead. We are sad to announce that Johan Langell has decided to leave the band, to focus on family. This is not a sudden decision, but something that has been pending for several years."
You can read the whole Langell statement here:
All band members have also commented his departure on the band's official website:
With the release of their new album "Dead Again" right around the corner (March 13 release in the USA, March 16 in Germany and March 19 in Europe), Type Of Negative has announced their European tour plans.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
1 - Spirit Of Rock Festival - Zurich, SWITZERLAND
2 - Rock Am Ring - Nurburgring, GERMANY
3 - Rock Im Park - Nurnberg, GERMANY
4 - Docks - Hamburg, GERMANY
5 - Amager Bio - Copenhagen, DENMARK
10 - Rock Café - Tallinn, ESTONIA
11 - Mad Mix Factory - Riga, LATVIA
13 - Lucerna Music Bar - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
14 - Stodola Club - Warsaw, POLAND
15 - Columbiahalle - Berlin, GERMANY
16 - Woodstage Festival - Chemnitz, GERMANY
17 - Fields of Rock - Biddinghuizen, HOLLAND
According to Forsaken's official myspace, "It is with great satisfaction and elation that I Hate Records (Sweden) and Forsaken (Malta) can now officially announce that they have reached agreement on terms, which shall see Forsaken releasing their forthcoming heavy, epic doom metal opus on I Hate Records. The band's next album on I Hate Records is planned for mid-2008 and the contract that Forsaken have etched with the label, also provides the option for the release of two further albums, thereby providing for a fruitful and mutually rewarding long-term relationship between both parties."
The full announcement can be read at this location.
In a short post on the official website of Finnish Power-Steamrollers Sonata Arctica, it is announced that they have named their forthcoming new album "Unia". It will be the band's fifth studio album. The album will be released on May 25 via Nuclear Blast Records.
As announced, Sonata Arctica recently confirmed some Finnish and USA tour dates. More dates are expected to be announced soon.
Advance tickets are now on sale for a handful of dates by Dutch progressive metallers Epica (fronted by Simone Simons). The following are current dates confirmed at htpp://www.enterthevault.com
05.09.2007 - USA, Springfield, VA
06.09.2007 - USA, Hartford, CT
07.09.2007 - USA, Poughkeepsie, NY
08.09.2007 - USA, Bedford, NH
09.09.2007 - USA, New York City, NY
14.09.2007 - USA, Toronto, ON
15.09.2007 - USA, Cleveland, OH
16.09.2007 - USA, Detroit, MI
18.09.2007 - USA, Mokena, IL
19.09.2007 - USA, St. Paul, MN
22.09.2007 - USA, Seattle, WA
25.09.2007 - USA, Hollywood, CA
27.09.2007 - USA, Mexicali, MEX
30.09.2007 - USA, San Antonio TX
01.10.2007 - USA, Houston, TX
Austria's Visions Of Atlantis will be opening the shows.