Australian death / thrash metal act Truth Corroded are pleased to welcome Jake Sproule as the bands new drummer!! Jake also performs with death metal slam act Whoretopsy and tech death act Necrospyre (featuring Jason Peppiatt of Psycroptic) Jake has already been playing as a live session drummer with Truth Corroded for the past several months across Australia and Asia.
Commenting on joining the band Jake offers
"Pretty stoked to be officially joining Truth Corroded, I have been having a great time touring with them since late last year. They're a great group of mates, they make great music and are fun to work with, so I am very much looking forward to working with these guys in the future and I look forward to writing music with them in the years to come."
Truth Corroded bass guitarist Greg Shaw adds 'Jake is an outstanding drummer and anyone who has seen him perform with us live will appreciate that he is also an outstanding fit for the band. Having seen him play in his own band Whoretopsy for a number of years, and as a student of the mighty Dave Haley of Psycroptic, he is not only a great addition to the band but also one of the best this country has produced - raising the bar on the quality of Australia's extreme music talent'
Jake replaces long time live drummer Kieran Murray, who has been with the band since 2011. Truth Corroded vocalist Jason North offers 'We have had an incredible time with Kieran and have had some of the bands best experiences across the world with him as a member of the band. He is not only a powerful drummer but a really great friend, and a great laugh. We wish Kieran the very best for his endeavours with his other bands Seminal Embalment & Meth Leppard, the separation is amicable, and we look forward to partying with him off stage." Truth Corroded have featured Kevin Talley (Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Chimaira) as a studio drummer on the bands past two albums, and Kevin performs once again on the bands upcoming new release.
Truth Corroded have been busy recording the band’s new album which will be released in early 2018 (more details to come). 2017 has seen the band tour extensively across Australia, New Zealand and Asia, performing at high profile festivals in Australia such as Blacken Open Air, Under The Southern Cross Festival, Hell On The Bay and the Dead Of Winter Festival, a headlining tour in Taiwan and Vietnam and to close out the year tour supports alongside Kreator and Vader followed by The New Dead Festival supporting Napalm Death and Lock Up.
Italian “Vampiric Metal” legends Theatres Des Vampires have announced their new guitarist:
"We want to officially welcome our new guitar player Flavio Gianello to the team! We are really thrilled about the strong and confident feeling between us. Flavio is a great, badass guitarist! We also want to take the opportunity to thank Giorgio Ferrante for the great days we spent together. It was awesome to share the stage with him. Stay tuned for more shows and tour announcements!"
Just recently Theatres Des Vampires released the video for their new single ‘Resurrection Mary’ taken from the band’s latest album ‘Candyland’ (out on Scarlet Records). The video is directed by Patrizia Cogliati Musicphoto (www.musichphoto.it). Watch “Resurrection Mary” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiDVWbGQCR0
Theatres Des Vampires is an Italian Gothic Metal band with strong symphonic influences, formed in 1994 and renowned for the predominant theme of vampirism in their lyrics. ‘Candyland’ has been inspired by a room of the infamous Pennhurst asylum in Pennsylvania, a room which was different from all the others, with coloured walls and bars on the windows, described as hell on earth by the patients of the facility, where adults and children with severe mental problems have been hidden from the public eye for decades. ‘Candyland’ was the name of that room. Obsession and madness characterizes Theatres Des Vampires’ latest work, their sound is forceful and sensual at the same time, pervaded with those wistful and melancholic bursts which the band is renowned for. “Candyland” sees a very special guest appearance by legendary Moonspell frontman Fernando Ribeiro on the song ‘Seventh Room’.
Buy your “Candyland” copy:
Light The Torch is a burgeoning new force within the hard rock/metal community who just inked a new world-wide deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The group, formerly known as Devil You Know, features the iconic Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage) on vocals, Francesco Artusato (ex-All Shall Perish) on guitars and Ryan Wombacher (ex-Bleeding Through) on bass. The new full-length album is currently in the mixing stages and showcases the band in an all new light, as Jones delivers the most poignant performance of his storied career. With no more song-writing restrictions, the band are reaching greater heights trying out a plethora of new ideas, which you will all hear in the coming months.
Light The Torch will absolutely continue to perform Devil You Know songs and as the band state below, the only way the group could legally continue to perform as band would be under this course of action.
Light The Torchstates: “After member issues and legalities continued for a year with no end in sight, we collectively felt it was time to put DYK to rest. Every effort was made to avoid this decision, but it needed/had to be done for the sake of moving forward. We will be forever grateful to those of you who shared that journey with us. With that said, we decided that this was a perfect time to write and record something truly different, something that reflected what we have been through and what we have become. Our new album is almost done being mixed, and there will be many more details coming in the following days and weeks. We are Light The Torch. See you soon."
Italian thrash-metal legends Extrema have announced their new vocalist, Tiziano "Titian" Spigno and reveal first official photo of new line-up!
"We're extremely pleased and excited to announce our new singer Tiziano Spigno! His live debut with us will be on July 7th at B.Est Fest. Please don’t expect a Clone of our old Singer GL. We have a great and deep gratitude for our former singer work and his long-time contribution in the band .
We chose Tiziano for his own style and personality. We're sure you all will be positively surprised! So Please give a warm welcome to Tiziano. A new chapter has begun!"
Extrema’s upcoming Festivals:
July 07 – Berbenno di Valtellina (Italy) – B.EST Rock Festival 2017
July 08 – Gaggiano (Milan, Italy)– GRAVE PARTY 2017
September 16 – Parc De Villeroy (Mennecy, France) – Mennecy Metal Fest
November 25 – Espace René Fallet 91560 (Crosne, France) – MusikÖ_Eye FEST
BAND: https://www.facebook.com/extrema-official – https://www.extremateam.com
Legendary New Jersey thrashers, Overkill, have kept the machine running strong in 2017 with the release of their highly-acclaimed eighteenth album, ‘The Grinding Wheel’, as well as adding another US tour under their belts. Today, the band welcomes another addition to Overkill’s history with their new drummer, Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner (Shadows Fall, Flotsam And Jetsam).
"Overkill would like to announce its newest member, behind the kit and steering the ship, Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner," comments Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth. "We wholeheartedly would like to thank Eddy ‘The Mexicutioner’ Garcia for holding down the ship and keeping the momentum up for the band over this past year plus. Eddy has and always will be part of the Overkill machine. Jason is a long-time friend of the band and his abilities have always spoken for themselves. Let the touring continue... onward-upwards!"
Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner states:
"When my phone rang about 2 months ago and Blitz said 'Hey, me and DD are wondering if you would be interested in joining?' It really didn't take much for me to write back a one word answer… ABSOLUTELY! I am extremely excited to be a part, once again, of thrash metal history, and I cannot wait to get out on the road and wreck stages across the world with the 'Mean Green Killing Machine!'"
Finnish epic metallers Wintersun proudly present their new second guitarist - 27-year old Asim Searah. Asim was born in Pakistan and moved to Finland at the age of 18 to pursue a career in music and has been playing in several bands and projects since then.
Jari Mäenpää commented:
"We've known him for a long time and we knew he is a great singer, but we didn't realise how talented and skilful a guitar player he is. Asim was actually the first one who sent us an audition video, which surprised us very positively. After the video auditions and two rounds of live auditions we realised he was exactly what we were looking for. He is very motivated and passionate with a good heavy metal attitude - a great guitar player and vocalist to improve the live sound of Wintersun even further!"
"It's an honour to be a part of a band that I have looked up to for many years. It's definitely a dream come true and I'm super excited to share the stage with Wintersun!"
You can follow Asim on his social media channels:
Check out Wintersun's crowdfunding trailer (incl. song snippets):
Due to high demand, you can still support the band at their IndieGoGo campaign until April 30th: www.indiegogo.com/projects/wintersun-crowdfunding
Wintersun's third studio album 'The Forest Seasons', will also be released physically though Nuclear Blast in July.
Following a long stretch of radio silence, Portland, Oregon-based grindcore band Transient announces a revamped line-up, and plans of returning to both the stage and the studio in the months ahead.
Following the 2013 release of their self-titled debut LP through Six Weeks Records and an extensive US tour, Transient took some time to realign their line-up and attack. Having replaced two members in recent months, vocalist Krysta Curry (formerly Martinez, also of Landmine Marathon) and guitarist Adam Wilson now welcome bassist Brandon Curry, and drummer, Justin Rodda, both new members also hailing from Endorphins Lost, who released their debut LP through Six Weeks in late 2016.
Issues Transient on the status of the band, "We are really proud of the years that we've spent on this project. We love everyone who has helped bring the band to life at one time or another and continue to wish them all the best in their variegated endeavours. This Summer, Transient will emerge from hiding with new music and faces. Justin and Brandon bring with them tremendous abilities and will add a new depth and ferocity to our sound. Those that have had the privilege of watching them perform live know exactly how much infectious energy they'll bring. We're excited for what the future holds."
Transient has also booked Earhammer Studios for the first week of September, where the band will work with Greg Wilkinson to record the follow-up to their debut LP. Shows in Seattle, Portland, and Oakland are being booked surrounding the recording sessions. Transient will continue working on their new material, and will make their live re-emergence at Northwest Terror Fest in June, joining Warning, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves In The Throne Room, Yob, Samothrace, and dozens more.
Additional widespread touring from the band is imminent.
6/16/2017 Barboza - Seattle, WA @ Northwest Terror Fest [tickets]
Romanian Melodic Death Metal combo False Reality announces a line-up modification, after Marc Spedalska, the bass player who only performed in three live gigs, decided to quit the band, after being admitted as a resident neurologist medic in the city of Cluj-Napoca, thus pursuing his medical career.
His replacement is a young bass player from Brasov, the band’s home city, Radu “Snuff” Constantinescu, who was active in the bands Consequence and Around the World and who has other two active projects: Arrest The Moment and My Backyard Telescope. He already performed in two live shows with False Reality during the first two concerts in the End of Eternity album promotion tour that started in January this year.
False Reality will continue their Romanian tour with their new bass player, announcing four more shows for now, in March, in the following cities:
Triaxis are proud to reveal their new vocalist to be the incredible Greek musician and songwriter Angel Wolf-Black. Those with a keen interest in European metal will know Angel from her own solo work, or with bands such as ‘Seduce The Heaven’, ‘Bare Infinity’, featuring in ‘Vivaldi Metal Project’ or working with female metal vocalist community ‘Eve’s Apple’. Having recently moved from Greece to study music in Southampton, UK, this is a perfect time for Angel to bring her unique tones to mix with a typically British classic metal sound, forging something exciting for Triaxis fans old and new to enjoy.
Angel comments: “Over the last couple of months I have loved learning and rehearsing the Triaxis material and I am so excited to perform it live! I hope that the fans will share in my excitement and enthusiasm for the future. We have already begun to write for our next release so they shouldn’t have long to wait!”
Angel joins Glyn Williams and Matt Chambers (guitars), Becky Baldwin (Bass) and Gareth Arlett (drums), to work together rehearsing for upcoming shows and writing the band’s fourth album. Becky comments on the recent changes and the future of the band:
“We are very happy to welcome Angel on board, it was pure good fortune that such a perfect fit for the band had just moved to England when we had started advertising for a singer. We would also like to thank the Triaxis vocalist of 10 years, Krissie Kirby, for all her work with the band. When she first spoke about leaving the band we were of course feeling low and uneasy. But now we are honoured to have Krissie’s blessing in continuing the band in it’s new chapter with Angel at the helm. There is still an exciting future ahead for Triaxis!"
You can catch Angel Wolf-Black fronting Triaxis on tour this Spring, starting with a support slot on the 25th of February in Southampton, and a full headline performance in Birmingham on the 26th of February for Power Metal Quest Fest. (Get tickets from http://triaxis.bigcartel.com/ )
Watch a clip of Angel performing ‘Stand Your Ground’ from Triaxis’ latest album ‘Zero Hour’ here:
Gigs this spring include:
Saturday 25th February @ The Firehouse, Southampton
Sunday 26th February @ The Roadhouse, Birmingham
Friday 7th April @ Sound Circus, Bournemouth
Waiting is finally over! Folk metal superstars Eluveitie have taken a lot of time with the search for new musicians to guarantee you the best possible line-up of all time and with the help of a countdown on their homepage they have presented little by little the new formation with wanted poster, videos and interviews. On the 1st of January, they finally announced the last new band member - so the complete new line-up is set! This happened just right before the band's own festival, 'Eluveitie & Friends', will take place at Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland on the 6th/7th of January! At this festival, Eluveitie will perform with their new line-up for the first time!
Welcome to the family of Eluveitie (at the picture from left to right): Jonas Wolf (guitars), Matteo Sisti (whistles, bagpipes, mandola), Nicole Ansperger (fiddle), Alain Ackermann (drums), Chrigel Glanzmann (vocals, whistles, mandola, bagpipes, bodhran), Fabienne Erni (vocals, Celtic harp, Mandola), Kay Brem (bass), Michalina Malisz (hurdy gurdy) and Rafael Salzmann (guitars)!
The band states: "Above all we're super happy and thankful that we're complete again (even more than complete, actually) and given the chance to have such gifted musicians on board! What could be a better start into a new year? 2017 is our year! We cannot wait to enter the studios soon and finish »Evocation II«. And right afterwards we'll be back with full force to rock the summer festival stages. Cheers & sláinte."
If you want to get more information about the new members, check their facebook homepages:
Alain Ackermann: http://www.facebook.com/officialalainackermann/
Rafael Salzmann: http://www.facebook.com/salzmannrafael/
Jonas Wolf: http://www.facebook.com/adventuresofthewolf
Kay Brem: http://www.facebook.com/kaybremfansite/
Michalina Malisz: https://www.facebook.com/helvetion/
Nicole Ansperger: http://www.facebook.com/nicole.ansperger/
Chrigel Glanzmann: http://www.facebook.com/Chrigel-Glanzmann-Official-672844562792387/
Fabienne Erni: http://www.facebook.com/fabienneerniofficial/
Matteo Sisti: http://www.facebook.com/matteo.eluveitie.sisti/
Make sure you don't miss the 'Eluveitie & Friends' festival and catch one of the last tickets to enjoy Eluveitie live and in full strength with their new line-up! Get your tickets here:
2-day passes: http://www.z-7.ch/event.php?eventid=1297
Friday, Jan 6th: http://www.z-7.ch/event.php?eventid=1295
Saturday, Jan 7th: http://www.z-7.ch/event.php?eventid=1296
You can also still get some Meet & Greet tickets here:
VIP Upgrades Jan 6th: http://bit.ly/2gyyH02
VIP Upgrades Jan 7th: http://bit.ly/2fEJrW3
More live dates:
06. - 07.01. CH Pratteln - Eluveitie & Friends
08. - 10.06. CH Interlaken - Greenfield Festival
05. - 08.07. E Viveiro - Resurrection Fest
09. - 12.08 CZ Jaromer - Brutal Assault
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