Raven Drummer Joe Hasselvander To Miss Shows Due To Health Issue

NWOBHM group Raven has hit a slight snag in live activity, releasing the following tour update to fans:

“So… life can (and does) throw the occasional ‘mother’ of a curve ball…. Due to a sudden serious health issue, our drummer Joe ‘the Baron’ Hasselvander will unfortunately be unable to play with us on our current and upcoming dates.

“As you can imagine, the health and well being of our good mate & partner in mayhem is paramount in importance. However in order to meet our obligations to our fans, we will still be playing all upcoming shows with the assistance of some amazing fill-in drummers who have stepped up to the plate to help the show go on.

“Thursday in Chicago, Jimmy Mess from Tattooed Millionaires will do the honors, and the shows this weekend on the East Coast we are extremely honored to have Fear Factory drummer, and all around Metal legend Mike Heller behind the kit. And for the European tour, Kill Ritual drummer Dave Chedrick will do the honors.

“Please join with us in wishing Joe best wishes and a speedy recovery. We’ll see you this weekend.”

Thursday, May 18th Reggie’s Rock Club, Chicago
Friday, May 19th Dingbatz, Clifton NJ.
Saturday, May 20 Fish Head Cantina, Halethorpe MD
Sunday, May 20 Bar XIII Wilmington DE

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Xibalba Issues Tour Recap, Working On New Album For 2014 Release

California outfit Xibalba has checked in with the following tour recap and announcement about working on new material:

“It’s been a great summer/fall and we have finally made it home. Thanks to everyone within North America and Europe who came out to a show or supported us.

“Reminiscing on the past few years Xibalba has been to places and done far more than we ever imagined, We are forever grateful.

“While we don’t know what’s in the future for Xibalba we can say will be releasing a split and taking some months off to write and record a new record. See ya in 2014, Hasta la Muerte!”

For more info on Xibalba, head over to the band’s Facebook profile here.

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New Music Video “Früher War Alles Besser” Posted By Saltatio Mortis

German modern folk act Saltatio Mortis posted a new music video for the track “Früher War Alles Besser.” The track appears on the band’s latest release “Das Schwarze Einmaleins,” which is available now through Napalm Records.

Check it out here:

The band also confirmed the following tour dates:

Das Schwarze IXI Tour 2013:

31.10.13 DE – Berlin / Kesselhaus
01.11.13 DE – Dresden / Alter Schlachthof
02.11.13 DE – Würzburg / Posthalle
07.11.13 DE – Köln / Live Music Hall
08.11.13 DE – Kaiserslautern / Kammgarn
09.11.13 CH – Pratteln / Z7
14.11.13 DE – Wilhelmshaven / Pumpwerk
15.11.13 DE – Hannover / Capitol
16.11.13 DE – Hamburg / Große Freiheit
21.11.13 DE – München / Backstage
22.11.13 DE – Stuttgart / LKA Longhorn
23.11.13 DE – Bochum / Ruhr Congress
30.11.13 AT – St. Pölten / VAZ St. Pölten/Mittelalterspektakel

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Now, Voyager Checks In With Tour Recap

Now, Voyager recently completed a live trek and has now checked in with the following tour recap:

“Our FIRST tour is over and we are back home in Belgium. This has been an absolutely amazing experience, filled with memories we will never forget. We want to thank every single person that came out to a show, bought merch, and supported us. You have no idea how much this all meant to us.

“Special shout-outs to the boys in Housefires who are brilliant musicians and hilarious dudes, and our boys in Violet for sharing this tour with us. We miss you guys very much!

“We decided to mark the end of this tour by leaving the UK with a souvenir. Thank you again all very much, and we’ll see you soon!”

The band also recently posted some new studio footage online, which can be viewed right here.

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Anathema Posts New Tour Diary Online

Anathema, which recently dropped new album “Weather Systems” (reviewed here), has now checked in with the following tour diary:

“Here’s the first of the tour diaries from Dan as the tour begins in Krakow. We’ll be bringing you regular updates as we travel through Europe.

“We begin the new chapter in Poland! The scene of so many great nights for band and audience in the past..

“In fact I still have kept the plectrum from the show in 2010 at this very club, as it seemed to me to be the best show with the most receptive audience we had ever played to at that point. Something came together that night that has lived long in the memory. Can we top it? That remains to be seen, but I’m sure we’ll do our best and the audience will play their part.

“So, welcome to the weather systems tour diary for 2012, from a beautiful and rainy Krakow, Poland. The first night of the tour, and everyone is looking forward to this. There are some new songs that we are so looking forward to playing live.. These are exciting times for us and you too we hope..

“The response to the new album has been great and we thank each and every fan for all your continued support, we hope to enjoy the journey with you together..

“We have just come offstage from sound check and it’s starting to get closer to the moment of truth! I can honestly say I’m not the least bit nervous, strange though it seems 🙂

“Oh and the rain has stopped…

“..to be continued.”

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Iced Earth To Begin Writing New Album This Fall

Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth has checked in with the following tour recap and announcement about the band beginning the writing process for a new album later this year:

“Hello gang! Just wanted to write a thank you to all the fans on the last leg of the tour. You guys were amazing every single night, no matter where in the world we were. It was a truly special run, and one that will remain high in my memories for years to come.

“We will start song writing in the Fall this year and will continue that, and the subsequent production for the new album, in between and around upcoming tour plans for the remainder of 2012-2013. Busy, focused, and energizing times lie ahead, but we are stoked and ready! Count on it!

“I’m currently in South America, hanging with friends, and taking care of some personal business here. Home sweet home is just around the corner, and I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own bed! AHHHHH!!!!

“I’d also like to say good luck to Freddie Vidales, we had a lot of fun through the years and I wish him all the best for his future. We totally understand his decision and support it 100%.
Best to you brother!

“Until next time, thank you once again… take care, and I wish you all the very best life has to offer!”

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Gorgoroth Issues Tour Recap, Announces New Live Shows

Gorgoroth has checked in with the following tour recap and announcement about upcoming live shows:

“Gorgoroth’s 38 show European tour of November and December 2011 was a great success for the band, and we wish to thank the audience and also the local promoters for the warm welcome we received. Check out the tour report from Sheol Magazine here. A 6-page tour report can also be found in the February 2012 issue of the Norwegian magazine Alfa.

“We are currently looking into the possibility of doing another European tour as early as May 2012. More information on this when things are confirmed. Gorgoroth will also be featured in Norwegian metal magazine Helvete Magazine’s January-March 2012 issue.

“After a press conference in São Paulo last week, we are now pleased to announce that Gorgoroth will also return to Brazil in September 2012. A total of five concerts are planned. Hopefully this tour will also include other Latin American countries. More information will be announced at a later stage.”

06.09.12 – TBA
07.09.12 – Belo Horizonte
08.09.12 – São Paulo
09.09.12 – TBA
10.09.12 – Porto Alegre

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Gorgoroth Issues Tour Recap, Announces New Live Shows

Gorgoroth has checked in with the following tour recap and announcement about upcoming live shows:

“Gorgoroth’s 38 show European tour of November and December 2011 was a great success for the band, and we wish to thank the audience and also the local promoters for the warm welcome we received. Check out the tour report from Sheol Magazine here. A 6-page tour report can also be found in the February 2012 issue of the Norwegian magazine Alfa.

“We are currently looking into the possibility of doing another European tour as early as May 2012. More information on this when things are confirmed. Gorgoroth will also be featured in Norwegian metal magazine Helvete Magazine’s January-March 2012 issue.

“After a press conference in São Paulo last week, we are now pleased to announce that Gorgoroth will also return to Brazil in September 2012. A total of five concerts are planned. Hopefully this tour will also include other Latin American countries. More information will be announced at a later stage.”

06.09.12 – TBA
07.09.12 – Belo Horizonte
08.09.12 – São Paulo
09.09.12 – TBA
10.09.12 – Porto Alegre

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Reign Of Vengeance On Mini Tour With Turbid North

Arizona death metallers Reign of Vengeance are embarking on The Arctic Brutality and Bloodshed mini tour with Turbid North in late January. Both bands have new albums released earlier this year, Turbid North releasing “Orogeny” in June and Reign of Vengeance dropping it’s full length “Disemboweling Swine.” Reign of Vengeance filmed it’s performance at Chaser’s in Scottsdale on November 4th to include in a couple of new videos, one for the track “She’s Best Kept Headless” and another for one of it’s earlier tunes, “Frosty the Snowman.” The following tour dates have been confirmed.

January 24th- New Mexico- TBA
January 25th- Gallup, NM- The Juggernaut
January 26th- Tempe, AZ- The Red Owl
January 27th- Riverside, CA- The Vibe
January 28th- Santa Ana, CA- Malone’s
January 29th- Las Vegas, NV- The Cheyenne Saloon

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Age Of Woe Announces Digital Release Of Self-Titled 7"

Gothenburg, Sweden based metallers Age of Woe will release their self-titled debut 7″ digitally this autumn via Pivotal Rockordings. Age of Woe consists of members of End of All, Massmord, The Process, and No Hawaii.

Age of Woe’s debut self-titled 7″ release was recorded and mixed at Belly of the Whale Studio in Gothenburg with Carlos Sepulveda and Mastered by Ulf Blomberg of HoboRec in February of this year. Pivotal Rockordings will make the debut available digitally worldwide and the limited vinyl printings will be available through Addiction to War in France, Halvfabrikat Records and HoboRec in Sweden, and Nakkeskudd Plater in Norway.

The “Age of Woe” track listing is as follows:

1. We Are Dead
2. The Antagonist
3. No Remorse

Age of Woe has also confirmed the following tour dates with more to be announced in the near future:

Aug 20 – Blitz, Oslo, Norway
Aug 27 – Skjul 46, Gothenburg, Sweden
Nov 1 – Soap Box Club, Nancy, France
Nov 2 – Les Arcades, Besançon, France
Nov 3 – Kuzeb, Bremgarten, Switzerland

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