In Flames Guitarist To Miss North American Tour; Former Megadeth Guitarist Chris Broderick To Step In

Guitarist Niclas Engelin will be unable to join In Flames on their upcoming North American tour. Former Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick (Act Of Defiance) will step in for Engelin.

A message from In Flames states: “To all of the Jesterheads coming out to our upcoming North American tour: We’re extremely sad to inform that, due to strong medical advisement to stay home, Niclas will not be joining the tour. Luckily, ex-Megadeth guitarist and longtime friend, Chris Broderick was able to step in at the last minute for the full run. Please wish Niclas the best as he stays home to rest. We can’t wait to see you soon.”

In Flames will release their new album, I, The Mask, on March 1st via Eleven Seven Music in North America, and on Nuclear Blast throughout the rest of the world.

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We Sell The Dead (In Flames, Spiritual Beggars) Premiere New Single “Echoes Of An Ugly Past”

New doom metal outfit We Sell The Dead – featuring Spiritual Beggars vocalist Apollo Papathanasio, In Flames guitarist Niclas Engelin, Drömriket guitarist Jonas Slättung, and ex-HIM drummer Gas Lipstick – premiere their new single titled “Echoes Of An Ugly Past”.

Check it out below:

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Niclas Etelävuori Splits With Amorphis Due To Management, Band Recruits Original Bassist To Replace

After wrapping up an extensive North American tour with Swallow the Sun, Finland’s Amorphis announced that bassist Niclas Etelävuori has decided to leave the band. Original bassist Olli-Pekka Laine has rejoined the band as his replacement.

In an announcement on Facebook, the band stated: “Dear all, We just arrived back home from almost an 8 week North American tour that was a great success in many ways. A humble thank you to all who came to the shows and meet & greets to tell us that we were truly missed last 8 years. Next tour will take place much sooner, that’s for sure.

“There are a lot of things happening right now in Amorphis camp but the saddest part is that our dear brother Niclas Etelävuori has decided to part ways with Amorphis. His decision has nothing to do with the band, no bad blood, no hard feelings between us so it is better that you read his statement and thoughts below. It’s really hard to describe the feelings everyone is going through right now, especially when we have worked as a family with him for so many years. People should understand that Amorphis has always been a democratic band and it’s pretty obvious that not all choices can please everyone. Some people don’t get along with each other, that’s life. The focus and all decisions have still aimed for the greater good and only what is best for AMORPHIS. We will continue with our current management as we feel that there is no distrust between us whatsoever.

“Even in these circumstances the show must go on, so we are happy to announce that our old friend and original Amorphis bass player Olli-Pekka (Oppu) Laine is going to play the forthcoming shows and festivals with us. It’s been a long time since we played together but it sure is going to be nostalgic and great fun. Rest of the year continues busy as we are now heading to Russia after couple of weeks and from there to Radio Rock (FIN) cruise before the festival season starts. Under The Red Cloud tour will end in September and after that we start to work on a new album. We’ll keep you informed about that later on.

“Most of all, we want to wish Niclas nothing but the best in the future and he will always remain as a close brother to us. Shine on!”

Niclas stated:

“I’ve been avoiding hanging on Facebook since it was invented but now I feel it’s probably the only way to get my message out as intended so I have to start now.

“I’m very very sad to inform you that after 17 years I’ve decided to leave my duties as bass player of Amorphis. This is probably the hardest decision I ever made in my life. I still love the music and the guys and the crew are still my brothers and I wish them all all the best in the future. There’s absolutely no bad blood between us.

“The reason for my departure is 100% due to the (mis)management of the band. It probably sounds crazy to most of you, but that’s how it is (music business can sometimes be very complicated). I got the guy his job back in the day and now I only heard lies and bullshit for the last many years, I just had enough so I gotta go I can’t work or live like that. It is pretty obvious to me that the manager only works for his own best interest not for the bands best interest, and that’s not how it should be.

“Strange enough for me ‘most’ of the band still wants to continue on this path so I better find another one.

“We all gotta do what we believe in and I don’t believe in our manager anymore. I have left the door open if the band would decide to change things.

“Staying true to yourself is most important in life and that’s what I’m trying to do, you only live once and life is too short for bullshit. I could probably write a book about it but I’ll save that for later now I’m too tired and I have to look for a new job.

“I’d like to thank all the fans, companies, people I’ve met and worked with all over the world over the years it’s been a blast. I hope we meet again some sunny day.”

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Crystal Eyes Announces Return Of Former Guitarist Niclas Karlsson

Swedish act Crystal Eyes has checked in with the following announcement about re-recruiting former guitarist Niclas Karlsson:

“Paul is out of the band and we’re ready for another chapter. We’re now extremely happy to welcome back Niclas Karlsson and are looking forward to once again share the path of heavy metal with this great guitarist.

“If you know your Crystal Eyes’s history you know that Niclas started the band with Mikael in 1992, quit the band after short break in 1995, got back between 2006-2007 and has played with Mikael in the Judas Priest tribute band Defenders of the Faith since the dawn of time.”

Crystal Eyes is featured in Metal Munchers “The Festival Edition,” a cook book about some of Sweden’s best rock bands today including favourite dishes, promotion pictures, band presentations and much more. It’s only available in Swedish but an English edition is about to follow.

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