Greek melodic metallers FIREWIND — who feature in their ranks current OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G. — have released the following statement:
“Due to circumstances beyond the band’s control, FIREWIND‘s previously announced tour of Australia [which was scheduled to take place in April 2013] has been postponed. The band members are all extremely disappointed as they were all looking forward to playing their first shows Down Under and promise to make it up to their Australian fans with rescheduled dates as soon as possible.”
FIREWIND‘s new album, “Few Against Many”, entered the official chart in Greece at No. 42 and in Germany at No. 90. Released in Europe on May 21 via Century Media Recordsband in North America on May 22 through DisManic, Inc. via eOne Distribution, the CD was mixed by Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi at Audiohammer Studios (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, DEATH ANGEL) in Sanford, Florida.
Produced by Gus, “Few Against Many” was recorded with his longtime bandmates, vocalist Apollo Papathanasio, keyboardist/guitarist Bob Katsionis and bassist Petros Christo, at Valve Studio in Greece as well as the Sweetspot Studios in Sweden and sees the band expanding on its signature melodic sound with some of its most aggressive songs to date. The CD also marks the recording debut of new FIREWIND drummer Johan Nunez (NIGHTRAGE).
According to Faster Louder, a BLACK SABBATH Australian tour announcement on Halloween seems imminent as a mysterious video posted by promoters Live Nation this morning (Aussie time) suggests that the reunited band could be announcing a tour. The seven second video (which has since been pulled) promises that “darkness descends” tonight at 10pm (Aussie time) before directing fans towards a collection of Sabbath clips.
The reunited Black Sabbath (minus drummer Bill Ward) are currently working on their first full studio album since 1978′s Never Say Die with Rick Rubin (METALLICA, SLAYER) at the production helm. According to Metal Injection, there are 15 songs that have been written, and Geezer Butler says 12 of them will make the record, most likely with the additional three serving as bonus tracks for different special editions.
Apparently, guitarist Tony Iommi completed all 15 guitar tracks during the band’s sessions in England earlier this year, and judging by the way most bands record, that would mean drums are done as well. Ozzy and Geezer are working to complete the tracks in five song increments, with the first five being worked on currently.
Ozzy is tracking vocals, with bassist Geezer Butler writing all the lyrics. One song title has been confirmed and it’s ‘God Is Dead’.
NUCLEAR BLAST has issued as follows:
Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA are pleased to announce their first ever Australian tour to take place April of next year. EPICA singer Simone Simons had this to say about the upcoming tour: “Epica has been traveling around the world and has until now never set foot on Australian soil. Being able to perform in Australia is another dream coming true. We are ecstatic to come down under and meet our Australian fans”
The band will tour Australia to promote Requiem for the Indifferent, which was released on March 13th 2012 through Nuclear Blast.
Tickets will go on sale on Friday October 19th 2012. There will be a limited amount of special VIP tickets available for all shows. These tickets include VIP meet-and-greet, early entry and commemorative poster signed by the band.
17th April 2013 – Hi Fi, Brisbane Tickets
19th April 2013 – Metro (All Ages), Sydney Tickets
21st April 2013 – Billboard, Melbourne Tickets
California metallers DEVILDRIVER have been forced to cancel their previously announced Australian tour with SIX FEET UNDER and DARKEST HOUR.
Commented DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara: “I’ve NEVER cancelled a tour before. EVER…
“I have pneumonia and I’m restricted from flying for at least two weeks. So, unfortunately, we have to cancel our Australian tour.
“I respectfully apologize to all our Australian fans, SIX FEET UNDER; DARKEST HOUR and the folks at Soundwave Touring, who worked so hard to put this tour together.
“Thank you for your support. We’ll make it up to you on the next tour.”
Ticket holders can go back to the point of purchase for a refund. Source: Blabbermouth.net