Xandria Splits With Vocalist Dianne Van Giersbergen

German symphonic metal band Xandria has now split with its fifth vocalist, officially parting ways with Dianne van Giersbergen today. The group issued this statement:

“Dear all, we are very sad about the situation that we and you, the people following Xandria, have to face now. After we already had to cancel many concerts since July due to Dianne not being able to perform we had now been informed by her that she is leaving the band with immediate effect.

“This happened after we published news that the upcoming concerts will be played with a temporary replacement singer. It was clear to everyone, including Dianne, that it was supposed to be a temporary solution only. We had to learn about her departure in a way that has been surprising us very much and with a statement in which we do not recognize ourselves in.

“We have been very downhearted about not being able to play these concerts, and probably would not have been able to play for an undetermined time also in the future. For that reason, we wanted to play at least the concerts in November and December with a temporary replacement singer that can celebrate the music we love so much together with you and us, instead of cancelling any more concerts.

“We always have been doing our best to be there for you fans, so we tried the same in this difficult situation. Just as we always tried to find a good way to care for all members of the band to live the passion that is music, which can sometimes be difficult for everyone. Unfortunately, it seems that Dianne´s needs and goals were drifting apart from the band´s ones.

“However, we are proudly looking back at what we achieved together and we are thanking Dianne for the great times we shared and everything she did for the band. We wish her all the best for what she is heading for on her future way. We will live the passion we have for our music together with you all on our concerts in November, December & beyond! With a heavy heart, but at the same time looking forward to the future and to see you out there sharing our music with you,

“Philip, Marco, Steven & Gerit.”

Dianne tells a very different version of events, posting this message online via Facebook about her departure from Xandria:

“The moment I promised you and me that would never come is here: I am leaving Xandria. And the reason is simple: staying in the band would cause further damage to the health problems the band has caused me.

“For nearly 2 years now I’ve been trying to put band and management issues on the table, with the sole reason to keep this band healthy, together and ready for the future. Today I am sad to say that my attempts failed and have been ignored, that my cries for help have been met with financial threats and emotional extortion and that my persistence to keep on going, ignoring all the warning signs, has left me with uncontrollable stress symptoms (confirmed by doctors). I am a fighter, but I’ve come to see that this is one I cannot win. I don’t want to leave, I love the music that I got to write for you – which is 100% me – but I can’t live, can’t perform, can simply not exist in an environment that harms me. This environment does not care for me nor for the fans (even proposed me to playback in order to do more shows in a row) and somehow miraculously never generated any financial outcome and therefore no stability for any of its band members.

“Yesterday evening the last hope I had of ever reconciling with the boys was shattered when they made a statement announcing that ‘I’ could not perform with the band anymore, forgetting to mention that I am in this unhealthy position because of Xandria & management. Not surprisingly they also already have a replacement for me and kicked me out of every Xandria social media page. With that they’ve send me one last clear message: they are not interested in fixing the situation nor are they willing to support me if that means (partly) stepping away from the business perspective (quote: ‘we are not friends’) which leads me to conclude what I know now: it is time for me to close this chapter and wish them the best of luck in continuing the band I loved so much.

“Now, I don’t know where we will meet again, but I didn’t follow my passion, study all those hours and travel all those roads to simply give up. I’m sad to close this chapter, but I’m sure there will be another one to write. In the meantime I will be focussing on what does make me happy and I will be posting my daily business and updates on my Precious Metal Jewelry and Ex Libris stuff as usual. I very much hope to see you online so we can stay in touch and who knows, maybe one day in an audience again. Thank you all for understanding, for your love and support! I am forever grateful.”

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Max Georgiev Covers Yngwie Malmsteen’s “Far Beyond The Sun”

Session & touring guitarist Max Georgiev (Escape The Fate, Gemini Syndrome) just released a guitar playthrough cover for “Far Beyond the Sun” originally performed by Yngwie Malmsteen.

Max’s debut solo album “Exorcism Chapter One (A Spanish Guitar Odyssey)” is also out now and can be picked up digitally at iTunes.

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New Video “Born In Flames” Issued By Athorn

German melodic death metal act Athorn issued a new video clip for the song “Born in Flames.” The song appears on the latest album “Necropolis” – a post-apocalyptic concept album.

With “Born In Flames” the Germans open another chapter of the space western and this time the band reveals a soft side, as the tune is a genuine heavy metal ballad. The video shows singer Carsten Frank and in proper style Björn Spier on the acoustic guitar as comic characters which take turns with filigrane designed image sequences that reflect the topic of the epic concept album, including zombies, space cowboys, priests and not to forget the fine portion of end time romantic which is essential for a true ballad.

Check out the clip here:

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Details Of New Album “New Blood Old Chapter” Issued By Adligate

German groove metal act Adligate will issue the new release “New Blood Old Chapter” on June 10th via Pure Steel Publishing. The pre-order phase will start on May 27th.

Adligate was founded 2007 as a metal act and the band worked hard to finalize the line up for the new album “New Blood Old Chapter.” In the years up until 2014, the band polished a signature sound of rock/groove with genius riff attacks from the heart.

“New Blood Old Chapter” was produced and mastered at the QuSOUND Studios in Hagen, Germany. The track list is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Mountain
3. Sweet Revenge
4. Mother Of Lies
5. Pussyeater
6. Kill The Moon (see music video here)
7. ADHS
8. Big Balls

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Dimmu Borgir Re-Signs With Nuclear Blast For New Album Release

In an update that is long overdue, Dimmu Borgir has officially announced an extension of the band’s partnership with Nuclear Blast Records. The group posted this message online:

“We wish to inform you that Dimmu Borgir and Nuclear Blast once again put pen to paper, acknowledging the past, present and future by opening another chapter in the history of extreme music! Stay tuned and watch this space for more updates on the new album and the ‘Forces of The Northern Night Live’ DVD/Blu-Ray release as it becomes available!”

The upcoming album will follow 2010’s “Abrahadabra” (reviewed here). Dimmu Borgir’s history was also covered in our annual Black Metal History Month – check out the full article here.

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New Album “The Obedience To Authority” Announced By Autokrator

French death/doom act Autokrator has completed the work on the second full-length album entitled “The Obedience To Authority.” The album is scheduled for release on April 22nd via
Godz ov War Productions.

The new album contains eight tracks which continue and develop the style presented on the debut album “Autokrator.” Intense, uncompromising conglomerate of suffocating death metal with industrial influences, enriched with drone elements, has been presented in a much more diversified and clear form than ever. Autokrator’s most important features continue to be brutality, thick atmosphere and crushing vocals, while the lyrical concept of the album has been based on considerations regarding human inclinations towards obedience to authority.

The material was recorded by L.F (guitars, bass, sampling) and David Bailey (vocals). Mixed and mastered by L.F. The track list and the cover (by Nestor Avalos) can be seen below:

– Chapter I
– Chapter II
– Chapter III
– Chapter IV
– Chapter V
– Chapter VI
– Chapter VII
– Chapter VIII

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New Album “The Obedience To Authority” Announced By Autokrator

French death/doom act Autokrator has completed the work on the second full-length album entitled “The Obedience To Authority.” The album is scheduled for release on April 22nd via
Godz ov War Productions.

The new album contains eight tracks which continue and develop the style presented on the debut album “Autokrator.” Intense, uncompromising conglomerate of suffocating death metal with industrial influences, enriched with drone elements, has been presented in a much more diversified and clear form than ever. Autokrator’s most important features continue to be brutality, thick atmosphere and crushing vocals, while the lyrical concept of the album has been based on considerations regarding human inclinations towards obedience to authority.

The material was recorded by L.F (guitars, bass, sampling) and David Bailey (vocals). Mixed and mastered by L.F. The track list and the cover (by Nestor Avalos) can be seen below:

– Chapter I
– Chapter II
– Chapter III
– Chapter IV
– Chapter V
– Chapter VI
– Chapter VII
– Chapter VIII

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Sepultura Begins Work On New Album

In a short Facebook update, Brazilian metal legends Sepultura announced that they have begun work on their next studio album, which is as yet untitled. A statement from the band reads as follows:

“February has been really special. Besides the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Roots, we started writing another chapter in our history. We’ve just started the writing process of our upcoming album and you’ll know every step of it. Stay tuned!”

This will be Sepultura’s first full length album since 2013’s, “The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart” and their third for Nuclear Blast Records. More information will be revealed as it becomes available.

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Preview Clip For New Album “Hollowlands” Issued By Chronos Zero

Italy’s Chronos Zero posted a preview clip for the new release “Hollowlands – The Tears Path: Chapter One,” which is set to drop tomorrow, January 22nd via Scarlet Records. Our review for the album can be read at this location.

The album is the first to feature the new vocal team of Manuel Guerrieri (Crawling Chaos, Hortus Animae) and Margherita Leardini, both having joined the band in 2014.

“Hollowlands – The Tears Path: Chapter One” was mixed and mastered by producer Simone Mularoni (DGM) at Domination Studios in San Marino and features guests appearances by Mularoni himself, Matt Marinelli (Borealis) and Jan Manenti (Love.Might.Kill.).

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Compression of Time (see lyric video here)
2. Fracture
3. Shattered
4. On the Tears of Path
5. Who Are You? (A Shape of Nothingness)
6. Who Am I? (Overcame by Blackwater Rain)
7. Ruins of the Memories of Fear
8. Phalanx of Madness
9. Oblivion, Pt. 1 – The Underworld
10. Oblivion, Pt. 2 – The Trial of Maat
11. Oblivion, Pt. 3 – The Harp
12. The Fall of the Balance
13. Near the Nightmare
14. From Chaos to Chaos

Check out the preview clip here:

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Lyric Video For New Track “The Compression Of Time” Issued By Chronos Zero

Chronos Zero released a lyric video for the new track “The Compression of Time.” The song appears on the band’s upcoming sophomore release “Hollowlands – The Tears Path: Chapter One,” which is set to drop on January 22nd via Scarlet Records.

The album is the first to feature the new vocal team of Manuel Guerrieri (Crawling Chaos, Hortus Animae) and Margherita Leardini, both having joined the band in 2014.

“Hollowlands – The Tears Path: Chapter One” was mixed and mastered by producer Simone Mularoni (DGM) at Domination Studios in San Marino and features guests appearances by Mularoni himself, Matt Marinelli (Borealis) and Jan Manenti (Love.Might.Kill.).

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Compression of Time
2. Fracture
3. Shattered
4. On the Tears of Path
5. Who Are You? (A Shape of Nothingness)
6. Who Am I? (Overcame by Blackwater Rain)
7. Ruins of the Memories of Fear
8. Phalanx of Madness
9. Oblivion, Pt. 1 – The Underworld
10. Oblivion, Pt. 2 – The Trial of Maat
11. Oblivion, Pt. 3 – The Harp
12. The Fall of the Balance
13. Near the Nightmare
14. From Chaos to Chaos

Check out “The Compression of Time” here:

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