Posts Tagged “Separate Ways”

Mesopotamian kings of blackened thrash metal MELECHESH have announced the addition of drummer Sasha Horn to the group’s ranks.

Commented MELECHESH mainman, songwriter, singer and guitarist Ashmedi: “After a lengthy search, MELECHESH are proud to announce the inclusion of new drummer Sasha ‘Sin’ Horn. Sin as in the Mesopotamian moon god. He will be appearing on the upcoming album, which we will follow up with more details. Meanwhile, he flew in from the USA to our rehearsal room in Germany to work with the band on new material and meet the label guys and the chemistry was great. His drumming skills will sure bring in an extra kick to the new album.”

Since there were rumors and uncertainties of the current second guitarist of MELECHESH, the pioneering band clarified the situation in the following statement: “After one show, it became obvious things wouldn’t work out with Sirus, so we mutually agreed to go separate ways. For now, the position is not vacant until a great talent crosses our ways. Ashmedi will track guitars and former guitarist and longtime friend Moloch might be flying to the studio for recordings, but not touring as well. We have two great touring guitarist who are friends of ours and will step in as live session musicians.”

MELECHESH is currently writing material for its upcoming sixth album.

The band’s latest CD and Nuclear Blast debut, “The Epigenesis”, was released in 2010 and received rave reviews all over the globe, followed by eight tours with the likes of SEPTICFLESH and NILE.


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British doom metal outfit SOLSTICE has completed its first recording since 1998’s “New Dark Age” album. Recorded in GM Studios in Huddersfield and mixed by Richard Whittaker, the new material will be released as a four-song, 27-minute mini-album entitled “Death’s Crown Is Victory”. Initially available as a download from the SOLSTICE Bandcamp page, it will be followed by a vinyl release and a CD version. Ireland’s Into The Void Records will also release the album on cassette.

The new SOLSTICE track “I Am The Hunter” can now be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

SOLSTICE released only two albums and one EP before going their separate ways more than a decade ago.

Formed in the early 1990s by vocalist Simon Matravers, the band included guitarists Richard M. Walker and John Piras, bassist Lee “Chaz” Netherwood, and drummer Lennaert Roomer. According to AllMusic, the group introduced its particularly sorrowful style via its 1994 debut album, “Lamentations” (Candlelight). The “Halcyon” EP (featuring guitarist Gian Pyres, later of CRADLE OF FILTH) followed in 1995, after which SOLSTICE experienced numerous business-related and internal difficulties. By the time “New Dark Age” was released, the band featured only two original members (Walker and Netherwood) alongside vocalist Morris Ingram, guitarist Hamish Hamilton Glencross and drummer Rick Budby.


Paul Kearns – Vocals
Richard Walker – Guitars
Andy Whittaker – Guitars
Ian “Izak” Buxton – Bass
James Ashbey – Drums

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SPIRALARMS, the San Francisco Bay Area-based heavy rock band featuring Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN, ex-MANMADEGOD) on guitar, Tim Narducci (ex-SYSTEMATIC) on vocals, Chris “Cornbread” Lombardo on bass, Brad Barth on keyboards, Anthony Traslavina on rhythm guitar and Ron Redeen (THE ESSENESS PROJECT) on drums, will release its second album, “Freedom”, on October 22 via Steamhammer/SPV.

SPIRALARMS rose from the ashes of millennial bands SYSTEMATIC, FORBIDDEN and MANMADE GOD.

Friends since the age of 15, Narducci and Locicero bonded over their love of heavy metal and hard rock music. Looking back at that time period, Craig said, “[We were] probably the youngest kids in the East Bay metal scene that were drinking beer out in the parking lot after seeing bands like TESTAMENT and EXODUS play.”

Although the two remained friends throughout the years, they both went their separate ways and started bands of their own.

After years of playing with their respective groups, the two friends contacted each other and decided it was time to start playing music together again, and in 2004 SPIRALARMS was born.

“Freedom”‘s down-to-earth and very dynamic production deserves a mention. The album oozes a liveliness, which many other bands tend to lose in the studio. “We always work at the studio as a full band,” says Locicero. “The basic tracks of the new album were recorded in just about 16 hours, the rest was recorded by and by, but always in the same spirit. From the beginning, we never lost sight of our vision and that special flair which our new songs have.”

“Freedom” track listing:

01. Dropping Like Flies
02. Hold Me To The Sky
03. Exit 63
04. Blackmoon Morning
05. Drugs & Alcohol
06. Dealer
07. Lovers Leap
08. Tomorrow’s Dream
09. Freedom
10. I Lay Low (digipack bonus track)

The song “Dealer” can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.


Tim Narducci – Vocals/Guitar
Craig Locicero – Guitar
Anthony Traslavina – Guitar
Chris “Cornbread” Lombardo – Bass/Vocals
Brad Barth – Keyboards
Ron Redeen – Drums


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The reformed CHASTAIN — featuring Leather Leone on vocals — has set “Surrender To No One” as the title of its comeback album, tentatively due in early 2014 via an as-yet-undetermined record label.

“Surrender To No One” track listing:

01. Surrender To No One
02. Fear My Wrath
03. I Am Sin
04. Stand And Fight
05. Freedom Within
06. Bleed Through Me
07. Call Of The Wild
08. Evil Awaits Us
09. Save Me Tonight
10. Deep Down In The Darkness
11. Rise Up

Guitarist David T. Chastain and Leather Leone have been writing material since January. Also back in the saddle is original bassist Mike Skimmerhorn. The drum tracks for the CD were recorded by Stian Kristoffersen (PAGAN’S MIND, FIREWIND) since original drummer Fred Coury is still busy touring with CINDERELLA and other projects.

The Leather-fronted version of CHASTAIN recorded five CDs in the mid-to-late 1980s: 1985’s “Mystery Of Illusion”, 1986’s “Ruler Of The Wasteland”, 1987’s “The 7th Of Never”, 1988’s “The Voice Of The Cult” and 1990’s “For Those Who Dare”. After the “For Those Who Dare” tour, David and Leather amicably went their separate ways but kept in touch over the years.

Leather last year released the debut album from her SLEDGE LEATHER project, “Imagine Me Alive”. The CD was inspired in 2010 when Leather called Sandy Sledge to collaborate on the Ronnie James Dio track “Egypt” for a demo tribute recording. Due to the overwhelming response for more material, SLEDGE LEATHER was born and was confirmed for Germany’s Keep It True festival in April 2011.

Regarding the new CHASTAIN material, David states: “We are trying to write and record music that is expected of us but with some modern twists and turns. We demoed up 20 tracks and it was difficult to leave any of them off the CD. Stian did an amazing job with the drum tracks and his performance is probably the best drumming on any CHASTAIN release to date. We have been in no rush as we wanted to make sure everything would live up to our past releases, but at this point we are in the home stretch.”

Leviathan Records in 2010 released “The Reign of Leather”, a collection of CHASTAIN tracks Leather had a hand in writing during her glory days with the band. Leviathan also reissued two of the classic CHASTAIN CDs with Leather: “The 7th of Never” and “The Voice Of The Cult”. Both were digitally remastered and are in their original unedited versions.

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“Blown Away”, the new video from Canadian rockers CONEY HATCH, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s reunion album, “Four”, which will be released on September 24 in North America and September 27 in Europe via Frontiers Records.

Once dubbed “the loudest band in Toronto,” CONEY HATCH is back with its first record of new material in over two decades. “Four” is chock-full of the unique brand of melodic riff-rock that first brought the band to the attention of critics and rock fans all over the world.

Formed back in the early ’80s in Toronto Canada, original members Andy Curran, Carl Dixon, Dave Ketchum and Steve Shelski released three records on Anthem Records in Canada and Polygram for the rest of the world. The band toured relentlessly and played support slots on tour with the likes of JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, ACCEPT, TED NUGENT and CHEAP TRICK, to name a few. After three releases and many miles of success and rocky road under their belts, the four band members went their separate ways in 1986.

The story of this reunion is an amazing journey that only fate could be responsible for. Late one night, on his way home from a recording session in Australia, a weary Carl Dixon had a near fatal head-on car collision that left him clinging to life. While Carl was still in an induced coma, his wife reached out to the other members of CONEY HATCH and asked them to offer words of encouragement over to the phone to Carl. She held the phone to his ear as he lay unconscious in his bed. “I told him to get better quick,” says bassist/vocalist Andy Curran. “I said we had a lot more rockin’ to do with CONEY HATCH. I really didn’t think we’d play together again but it just came out of my mouth… and Carl remembered it!”

After many operations, Band-Aids, stitches, titanium rods, doctors, nurses, medicine and sheer gut-determination Carl Dixon returned to the stage with his three original bandmates in August of 2010 in Hamilton Ontario in front of 7,500 hungry HATCH fans. News of that show travelled fast and the original CONEY HATCH was soon invited to play Firefest 2011 for their first time ever in the U.K.! The rave reviews flooded in after that sweaty night in Nottingham and the band returned to their homeland to find a record deal offer waiting for an all new CONEY HATCH record.

After much discussion and soul-searching, the band decided to grab the opportunity from Frontiers to work together again. They enlisted the help of long time friend and Juno Award-winning engineer Vic Florencia (Danko Jones, Nelly Furtado, Hillary Duff, Marc Jordan, Olivia Newton-John etc) to capture the new recordings.

“All of us are thrilled to have recorded a fourth CONEY HATCH record,” says Curran. “We never thought it would happen but the stars aligned and hell froze over! The new material feels like it could have been the record after ‘Outa Hand’ before ‘Friction’… Its raw and not too overproduced, but still has that vintage HATCH sound. Sonically, we did a ‘2013 L.A. botox face lift’ job and it sounds pretty fresh. The recording process was extremely challenging as the four of us all live separate lives in four different towns…it was honestly like herding cats, but eventually we got them all in the same bag! We’re very happy with the final outcome.”

“Four” track listing:

01. Blown Away
02. Boys Club
03. Down & Dirty
04. Do It Again
05. Connected
06. Revive
07. We Want More
08. Devil U Know
09. Marseille
10. Keep Drivin’
11. Holdin’ On


Carl Dixon (lead vocal, guitar)
Andy Curran (vocals, bass)
Steve Shelski (lead guitar)
Dave Ketchum (drums)


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Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have parted ways with bassist Marko Paasikoski.

Says Marko in a statement: “I have come to a situation in my life where being a part of a touring band is not an option for me anymore and it’s time to explore other things.

“I wish to thank all the fans and my bandmates for all the good times, great shows and adventures that we have had over the last decade. The memories from this time will stay with me forever but at the moment I don’t have the motivation or the passion that is required to be in the band so it’s better for all parties involved that we go our separate ways. I wish all the best for the guys.”

Added the remaining members of the band: “”We understand Marko‘s decision and this is, of course, a thing that we have talked about during the last tour. We appreciate Marko being a stand-up guy and finishing up the ‘Stones Grow Her Name’ world tour. Thank you, Marko, for all these years and best of luck and fortunes with your future endeaveurs. We’ll miss you, bro.

“Our new bass player is Pasi Kauppinen (SILENT VOICES, ex-REQUIEM, WINTERBORN). We’ve known him for many years and he has mixed both our DVDs as well as recorded parts of our last three studio albums. He will join the band starting with the upcoming album.

SONATA ARCTICA will start rehearsing in September and enter the studio in October. The new studio album will be out next spring with a world tour to follow.”

According to Timo Isoaho of Finland’s Soundi magazine, SONATA ARCTICA vocalist Tony Kakko has written around 50 songs for the follow-up to 2012’s “Stones Grow Her Name”, with plans to track and mix the effort over a three-month period.

Regarding the musical direction of SONATA ARCTICA‘s next CD, Kakko told Soundi that he has come up with some “diverse and versatile” material this time around, and that “at least the slower and heavier stuff will find its place on next record.” The band is planning to make a slightly heavier and “more metal” album than “Stones Grow Her Name”, which was certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. Kakko also revealed that he has composed a 10-minute song for the new SONATA ARCTICA LP, but he wasn’t sure if the track was going to make its way onto the finished product.

Released in Europe on May 18, 2012 and in North America on May 22, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records, “Stones Grow Her Name” was recorded in several studios all over Finland, mixed at Sonic Pump Studios by Mikko Karmila and mastered at Chartmakers by Svante Forsbäck. The effort was released as a limited-edition digipak, standard jewel case, vinyl and download.

“Stones Grow Her Name” sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 9 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.


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Seattle rockers going separate ways for some time after the current tour.

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German symphonic metal act Sons Of Seasons, featuring Kamelot keyboardist Oliver Palotai, have mutually parted ways with vocalist Henning Basse (MaYaN/Uli Jon Roth). The announcement came via the band’s Facebook Page, which reads: “Sons Of Seasons and Henning Basse will go separate ways in the future. The musical and professional plans have been going into different directions since a while so that we finally made this decision in mutual agreement

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Swedish modern metal band ONE WITHOUT has released the following statement:

“We have jointly decided to not continue with ONE WITHOUT, and are going separate ways to focus on other bands instead.

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U.S. band Mind’s I has posted the following message online regarding the departure of two members:

“Dear Mind’s I fans, Khaled and I (Joe Vanderhoff) have decided to parts ways with Mind’s I. We had a lot of fun creating and playing music together, but we all agree that it is time for us to go our separate ways. Marcy and Jon are really great musicians and we wish them the best on their future musical endeavors!

“Don’t worry, they’ll be lots of music coming from all of us! I will be pursuing my musical love, Crossing The Event Horizon full time now!

“We just uploaded lots of old demos to our facebook page, so please go check those out, like the page if you dig what you hear, and expect LOTS of new material in the near future! Khaled will be working with me in this band as well, so head over there for your fretless bass fix! For any other material I’m working on, feel free to check out my soundcloud page.

“I’m sorry to anyone that this may disappoint. It was wonderful to get to work with Marcy and Jon, but at the end of the day we all have different creative paths that we must follow!”

To hear what Mind’s I has to offer, check out the song “Correlation’s Part 2″ over at this location.

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