Caelestia Debut New Video “Devil´s Game” & Reveal “Thanatopsis” Album Details

Greek Symphonic Extreme Metal band, Caelestia, will release their new album ‘Thanatopsis’, on December 8th via EMP Label Group/SPV. The album was mixed and mastered at Fredman Studios (Gothenburg, Sweden) by Fredrik Nordström (Dream Evil). Caelestia have posted a audio video for the song ‘Devil´s Game’, which can be viewed below.


1. Intro / Time For Redemption
2. Initium Vitae Et Mortis
3. Thanatopsis
4. Chamber Of Torments
5. Devil´s Game
6. Dancing With The Demons
7. Travel To Eternity
8. Underlife
9. Martyrs (feat. Jason Bittner – OVERKILL, ex-FLOTSAM & JETSAM)
10. Lament Of The Sea


Dimitra Talamantes Vintsou – Vocals
Nikos Palivos – Vocals
Vassilis Thomas – Guitars
Socratis Panagouleas – Drums
Stelios Varotsakis – Bass
Vangelis Evangelou – Guitars

The cover artwork was made by Gogo Melone (LUNA OBSCURA).

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Summer Tour Dates Announced By Flotsam And Jetsam

Flotsam And Jetsam announced the 2017 summer tour dates with a handful of shows in the U.S., before traveling to Europe for select club dates centered around the band’s appearances at this year’s Wacken Open Air and Into The Grave Festival, in Leeuwarden, NL.

With the departure of Jason Bittner to Overkill, Flotsam And Jetsam is fortunate to have friend of the band and Phoenix, AZ native Ken Mary (Fifth Angel, Alice Cooper, House Of Lords, TKO, Chastain) step in to handle drum duties for the upcoming dates.

“We’re looking forward to seeing our European friends and fans one last time this year, before we start production work on our upcoming album. And we’re just as excited to get a chance to play a few shows with a drum legend like Ken Mary. Good times ahead,” the band commented.

The band recently posted on Facebook an email address for drummers to request audition songs to send videos into the band, which generated numerous submissions from around the world. The band is working through the audition videos to narrow down and then select a permanent drummer after the summer tour dates are complete. Also, the band begins pre-production tracking for a new album for a Spring 2018 release.

The live dates are:

20.07.2017 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
21.07.2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
22.07.2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
23.07.2017 Malone’s – Santa Ana, CA

02.08.2017 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
05.08.2017 Hypothalamus – Rheine, Germany
06.08.2017 Moonlight Music – Diest, Belgium
10.08.2017 Nueshoorm – Leeuwarden, Netherlands
11.08.2017 Into The Grave Festival – Leeuwarden, Netherlands

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Flotsam And Jetsam Recruits New Drummer Jason Bittner

After parting ways with Kelly Smith last month, Flotsam and Jetsam today announces the recruitment of Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall).

“In my opinion, Jason in one of only a couple of men on my short list for the job,” states Kelly.
“Jason’s an amazing all-around drummer, a true professional, good friend, and solid stand-up guy. I was humbled to hear, after first meeting Jason in 1988 in Boston, that I had inspired him as a drummer.”

Jason Bittner comments: “I have been a Flotsam and Jetsam fan for decades, following the band around the East Coast in the eighties and nineties. I’ve been lucky enough to be in the background of the Flotsam and Jetsam camp as a fan, supporter, and gear leader to my dear friend, Kelly David Smith.

“I am hard at work relearning all the classic Flotz material and can’t wait to record and tour with the band in 2015. This will become my focus after the completion of the 2015 U.S. Shadows Fall hiatus tour, which will happen spring/summer 2015.

“As they say… ‘Flotz ’till death!’ See you in Europe, in April.”

Stay tuned for details on an upcoming album and new tour dates from Flotsam and Jetsam.

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Shadows Fall Announces Fill In Drummers For Upcoming Tour Dates

Shadows Fall’s Jason Bittner has checked in with the following statement about missing upcoming tour dates on the Party to the Apocalypse tour:

“As of last week I was told to rest for one more week and then as long as I’m feeling better, I can resume starting to play again in order to recoup and rejoin the tour – at this present time it’s hard to say exactly when I will be 110%, maybe a week, maybe 2, maybe even longer, but rest assured I will be doing my best to get back as soon as humanly possible without chancing a relapse.

“I appreciate all the well-wishing and support, so in my absence please still go and support my other bandmates and the Party to the Apocalypse tour! I shall return.”

Brandon Lundeen from Trumpet The Harlot and Jay Waterman from Thy Will Be Done will be handling drum duties for Shadows Fall on these upcoming shows.

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Dark Day Sunday Streaming New Song "Halfway To Godz"

Dark Day Sunday, the new thrash act formed by Frank Aresti of Fates Warning and Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall, is giving fans a taste of what the band will be bringing this year by offering a free MP3 of the song “Halfway To Godz.” Head over to Dark Day Sunday’s Facebook profile to check out the track. The band also commented on its creation:

“DDS is composed of four guys with a common love for head banging fury, wailing guitar solos, melodic vocals that simply won’t quit, and a rhythm section so in tune with one another you’d swear they were born of the same insanity. Frank Aresti started his career with seminal prog-metal band, Fates Warning. As inspiration to many later bands, from Dream Theater to Slipknot, Frank’s guitar playing helped propel the band to commercial success and critical acclaim.”

“I love playing with Fates,” comments Frank, “but DDS has a special place in my heart. I grew up listening to late 70’s British punk and hardcore, then to early American thrash. I absolutely love this music.”

In the drummer’s seat is Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall. “Jason brings a great energy to this band,” comments Aresti. “He lends an aggressive approach, pushing the beat while completely locking up with the rhythm section. It’s a powerful feeling when you hear us live.”

Rounding out the rhythm section on bass is Ed Lanouette. He cites his main influences as Jaco Pastorius and Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler. The un-seeming mix can be distinctly heard in Dark Day Sunday’s music, as Ed blends a heavy, intense approach with melodic agility. Soaring above the ferocious riffs and pounding rhythm section is vocalist Marc Lopes, who cites his main influence as Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden: “Bruce has the ability to be melodic and aggressive at the same time. I love that, and that’s what I go for in my singing.”

“I want to take this band on the road, across the world,” says Aresti. “I want to continue making and recording music as long as we can. And judging how all four of us love doing this, that’s going to be a long time.”

Dark Day Sunday expects to release a debut album later this year which will be supported by extensive international touring.

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Shadows Fall Hosting Live Interview With Jason Bittner Tonight

Shadows Fall, which is currently in the process of recording a new full-length album, has checked in with the following brief announcement about hosting a live chat with fans later tonight:

“Live interview with Jason Bittner TODAY at 7pm EST. Come prepared with a webcam and mic for a chance to ask a few questions of your own.”

You can catch the live interview and get the chance to ask your own question by navigating to the Yowie website at this location. Shadows Fall’s currently as-yet-untitled album is set to be released sometime in 2012, with more details to be announced in the near future.

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SHADOWS FALL’s JASON BITTNER: Footage From Wichita Drum Clinic Available

Video footage of SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner’s drum solo from his May 13, 2011 clinic at Midwest Drum & Percussion in Wichita, Kansas.

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SHADOWS FALL’s JASON BITTNER: Footage From Wichita Drum Clinic Available

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