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Metal News for March 16, 2009

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29 news articles posted on this day.

Church Of Misery Announces European Tour Dates

Japanese doom metal band Church Of Misery has announced the a European tour, including UK tour dates with Firebird. Church of Misery's "Houses of the Unholy" and Firebird's "Grand Union" are both due Monday, April 20th in Europe.

Here are the latest Church of Misery tour date:

Thu. 23.04. NL- Tilburg, Roadburn Festival
Sun. 26.04. GER - Hamburg, Hafenklang + ROADSAW/ PAWNSHOP
Mon. 27.04. GER - Jena, Rosenkeller + ROADSAW/ PAWNSHOP
Tue. 28.04. GER - Osnabrück, Bastard Club + DUST
Wed. 29.04. GER - Köln, Underground + ROADSAW/ PAWNSHOP
Thu. 30.04. CH - Luzern, Sedel + ROADSAW/ PAWNSHOP
Fri. 01.05. I - Caselle Dal Tivole (Treviso), Centro Ricreativo
Sat. 02.05. I - Genova, Milk Club
Sun. 03.05. I - Milano, Dautaun c/o C.S. Leoncavallo.
Mon. 04.05. CRO - Rijeka, Palach
Tue. 05.05. SLO - Ljubljana, Channel Zero
Wed. 06.05. A - Wien Arena + SOLACE/ DOOMRAISER
Thu. 07.05. GER - Nürnberg, K4 - Komm Kino + VTSM
Fri. 08.05. GER - Rostock, Mau Club + ULME
Sat. 09.05. GER - Halle, Hafenstr. + BURNPILOT
Sun. 10.05. GER - Berlin, Wild At Heart
Tue. 12.05. DK - Kopenhagen, Loppen
Thu. 14.05. UK - Manchester, Star & Garter + FIREBIRD
Fri. 15.05. UK - Birmingham, Edwards + FIREBIRD
Sat. 16.05. UK - London, Underworld + FIREBIRD
Sun. 17.05. UK - Gateshead, The Three Tuns + FIREBIRD
Mon. 18.05. UK - Bristol The Craft + FIREBIRD

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Oranssi Pazuzu Readies New Album

Finnish metal band Oranssi Pazuzu recently signed to Violent Journey Records for the Finnish release of their new album. The band is readying their upcoming album, "Muukalainen puhuu," for an April 22 release in Finalnd. You can pre-order it from the local distributor Firebox Records netstore.

In the meantime, you can check out a couple of songs from Oranssi Pazuzu on their MySpace page.

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Nachtmystium Drops Off Tour With The Haunted

Nachtmystium has announced that they have been forced to cancel their appearance supporting Swedish thrashers The Haunted after their frontman Blake Judd broke his leg. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Nachtmystium unfortunately had to cancel our slot co-headlining The Haunted’s U.S. / Canadian tour this coming April. Front-man Blake Judd had an accident and broke his leg last weekend and will be in a cast for the next twelve weeks and may need surgery. More news in the coming weeks…

"We’ve already rescheduled a U.S. / Canadian tour for June and are awaiting the “OK” from our booking representatives the announce the tour and dates.

"Sorry to anyone hoping to see us in April! After this whole bullshit fiasco with the Scion Rock Fest a few weeks back, and now this, it’s been one thing after the other around here. Fear not, we will be back soon enough…

Metal and Hell,
Nachtmystium"

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Davidian On Maroon Release, Hardline Therapy Fest

DAVIDIAN has been confirmed to support MAROON at their CD release show on 25th April in Stuttgart, Germany. They're also confirmed as co-headliner for the Czech extreme metal festival "Hardline Therapy" with bands VADER, BORN FROM PAIN, HOLLENTHON, HATE and more.

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Heal These Wounds Parts Ways With Guitarist

Albany’s Heal These Wounds has issued the following update regarding the departure of guitarist Dillon Beebe:

"First off HTW and Dillon Beebe have parted ways. We want to thank Dillon for his contributions he made during his time in the band and we wish him the best of luck. In light of Dillon's departure Kyle will be switching from bass to guitar. Our dear friend Cory will take over the bizass. Also joining us playing guitar will be Brendon. Brendon played with Dave in their old band and we are excited to have him come aboard." More...

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New Guitar Hero: Metallica Trailer Posted Online

A fourth trailer for the upcoming new video game, Guitar Hero: Metallica, has been posted online. You can check it out below. The game will see a worldwide release on Playstation 3 and XBox 360 on March 29th, with an early Spring release set for the Playstation 2 and Nintendo Wii. More...

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Judas Priest To Perform "British Steel" In Full

Judas Priest has revealed that next year, the band will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their landmark album, "British Steel" by performing the album from start to finish on a special tour where they will also be performing other classic songs. Guitarist Glen Tipton has also stated that the proposed "Nostradamus" tour, which will see the band perform their latest two disc epic album in full complete with actors and a theatrical production, will be postponed until a later time.

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Replacements Announced For As I Lay Dying Slot

As previously reported, As I Lay Dying will be sitting out the first five shows of their upcoming tour with Lamb Of God. However, the crowd will not be disapointed as replacing them on April 2nd, 4th, 5th and 7th will be Los Angeles legends Suicidal Tendencies with Devildriver filling in for As I Lay Dying on April 3rd in Los Angeles.

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Bullet For My Valentine Writing New Album

Welsh rock band Bullet For My Valentine has revealed that they are currently writing the music for their third studio album. Frontman Matt Tuck claims that there are around four to five songs that are completely finished so far. Speaking about one, unnamed song, he said: "There’s one song that’s about not being able to have what you want. Being in the band it doesn’t happen much. When it comes to girls you can have the pick of the bunch, but you always want what you can’t have, y’know… but it’s this one chick man… so it’s a song about obsession."

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Iron Maiden Guitarist Discusses New Album

Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith was recently interviewed by British metal magazine Metal Hammer about a variety of topics. When asked about the new Iron Maiden album, he said: "Yeah, we were talking about it briefly the other day and I’ve been thinking about it every day since because there are so many ways we can go with it. It’d be nice if we had the songs now and we could come off tour and go straight into the studio match-fit, as it were. Usually we have a long time off, and the way we play in the studio is as live, so it’s always a bit tense at first because we haven’t played for six months. I’d ideally like to go in [soon]. Again, it’s a day-to-day thing, you go in, take it as you find it, try and do the best job you can."

Read the full article at MetalHammer.co.uk.

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Behemoth Issues Recording Update

Behemoth has issued the following update about the recording process for their new album:

"Behemoth is close to finish tracking down guitars for their next, yet untitled album. This time Woytek and Slawek Wieslawscy from Studio Hertz are co-producing guitars.

“Works are in progress, everything is goin’ just smooth. We get along real fine and I believe we found a killer tone for each guitar!” comments Woytek Wieslawski.

“It’s been five days of recordings and we nailed 3 songs already. We lay down 3 rhythm guitars on each side, sometimes even more.” Adds Woytek’s brother, Slawek.

“We use Mesa Boogie Road King, Sammatone and Diezel Herbert. First two amps are used by Behemoth live so we are bringing some of this live vibe to the record too. Diezel is there just to spice up the overall sound…

“This is the most relaxing and at the same time most creative studio session I’ve ever been a part of. These guys are very effective and they work incredibly fast! Both are very anal bout details so now my guitars for the first time ever don’t sound sloppy haha. We found some fresh sounding guitar tones and mixed it up together… I’m using this new custom amp Sammatone that was built for me in US and it sounds just amazing! I’m a long time Mesa Boogie fan so I’m using Road King as a main sound. We mix it with Diezel Herbert. I’m sure there’s some new quality made here!” comments Nergal."

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Amorphis To Release New Single "Silver Bride"

Amorphis has issued the following update about releasing a new single:

"Silver Bride, the first single from the forthcoming album Skyforger, will hit Finnish record stores on April 22. The album itself will be released in Europe on May 29 (Finland: May 27) as a regular jewel case version and a deluxe digipak edition, the latter including the bonus track "Godlike Machine."

"Please note two new additions to the gig calendar: Pori (April 9) and Kalajoen Juhannus (June 19).

"And if you're interested in what the band has to say about the forthcoming album, check out the latest video in the Amorphis Mobile Blog!" More...

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Testament Announces North American Tour Dates

Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament has announced a headlining tour of North America. Joining them on the tour will be Unearth and Lazarus AD.

Lead singer Chuck Billy states: "It was really exciting last summer touring with Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell, and Motorhead, playing in front of all the old-school as well as new-school metalheads. Now we look forward to CRUSHING on our first headline tour on the Damnation Vacation US run. Heavy metal forever!!!"

The tour dates are as follows:

5/2 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
5/3 - Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
5/4 - Vancouver, BC – Commodore
5/6 - Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom
5/7 - Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Centre
5/9 - Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick Centre
5/10 - Maplewood, MN – The Rock
5/12 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Theater
5/13 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
5/15 - Chicago, IL – House of Blues
5/16 - Detroit, MI – Harpos
5/17 - Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
5/18 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
5/20 - Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
5/21 - Montreal, QC – Metropolis
5/22 - Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
5/23 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
5/24 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
5/26 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
5/27 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
5/28 – Norfolk, VA – Norva
5/29 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
5/30 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
5/31 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
6/2 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
6/3 – San Antonio – Scout Bar
6/4 – Ft. Worth, TX – Ridglea Theater
6/6 – Kansas City, MO – The Beaumont
6/7 – Denver, CO – Cervantes
6/9 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
6/10 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
6/11 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
6/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

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Tim "Ripper" Owens Unveils Solo Album Details

Former Judas Priest and Iced Earth front man Tim "Ripper" Owens has announced that his upcoming solo album will be titled "Play My Game." The artwork for the album can be viewed here. "Play My Game" is set for release on May 15th in Germany, May 18th in the rest of Europe, and May 19th in North America.

The track listing will be as follows:

1. Starting Over
2. Believe
3. The Cover Up
4. Pick Yourself Up
5. It Is Me
6. No Good Goodbyes
7. The World Is Blind
8. To Live Again
9. The Light
10. Play My Game
11. Death Race
12. The Shadows Are Alive
13. A Challenge (iTunes exclusive)

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Celesty Posts Music Video Online For "Fading Away"

Finnish symphonic power metallers Celesty have posted a video online for their song "Fading Away," which comes from their upcoming album "Vendetta." The video was shot in a quarry 100 miles from Seinäjok by director Markus Nieminen and it can be viewed below. Drummer Jere Luokkamäki issued the following statement about the video:

"It required some Sisu to shoot the video for full twelve hours in sub-zero Finnish winter. But in the end it was definitely worth all the freezing - the video came out even cooler (heh) than I thought!" More...

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Crue Fest 2 Lineup Announced

Mötley Crüe announced the lineup today for their second annual summer festival tour, Crüe Fest 2 at the Fuse TV studio in New York City. The follow-up to the most successful rock festival of last summer stars Mötley Crüe with Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool and introduces Charm City Devils.

In addition to announcing the 2009 line up, the Crüe debuted a new music video featuring members of all five Crüe Fest 2 bands performing the single “White Trash Circus.” During the announcement Mötley Crüe was joined on stage by Sully Erna of Godsmack, Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman, Ryan McCombs of Drowning Pool and John Allen of Charm City Devils. The single of this track featuring Mötley Crüe with these vocalists is available to radio today.

Crüe Fest 2, produced by Live Nation and kicking off on July 19th in Camden, NJ tours across North America and concludes on September 5th in Darien Lake, NY. Select dates go on sale to the public on March 20th, the remainder go on sale the 21st -- check www.CrueFest2.com and www.Motley.com for exact on-sale information and for tickets. Tickets are also available at on Live Nation's website at www.livenation.com. Additional details can be found by calling 818.748.9075.

Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx says, "This is what we imagined when we came up with the idea of Crüe Fest last summer – putting together the most kick ass bands on one bill for a day of rock. All of the bands on this tour compliment the others -- musically, theatrically and passionately."

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Spiritus Mortis To Release New Single

Finnish metal band Spiritus Mortis has announced that they will be releasing a new single on March 18th. The single will include the songs "When the Wind Howled with a Human Voice" and "Waiting for the Sun."

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As I Lay Dying To Miss First Five Tour Dates

As I Lay Dying has issued the following update about missing the first five tour dates of their upcoming tour with Lamb of God:

"Tim has been in the process of adopting a child from Ethiopia for a year now and just recently learned that the official adoption and travel dates are the first week of April. As a result As I Lay Dying will have to miss the first five (5) shows of the upcoming Lamb of God US tour. Tim had the following to say: “It’s impossible to time something like this, and it goes without saying that I won’t be able to make the first five shows of our upcoming tour. However, I’m very thankful to the Lamb of God guys for their understanding and support. Fortunately they’ve been able to find excellent bands to replace us keeping the lineup of this tour exciting as ever. We’ll be meeting up with the tour in Vancouver, BC and finishing out the remaining five weeks. We look forward to seeing you all then!” While there is no specific time period currently set for the band to make up these shows, they definitely want their fans to know that they plan to get back into these five cities at some point in the near future."

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Machiavellian Signs To Glasstone Records

Glasstone Records has announced the signing of MACHIAVELLIAN for a UK release of their latest album.

MACHIAVELLIAN is a five piece metal band from Lancashire (UK). Formed in 2006, the band’s inspiration for "The Impossibility Of Death In The Mind’s Of The Living" was coming from a town with no opportunities or potential, and the struggle to break away or be productive with it’s confines without losing hope and settling for the hand with which they were dealt. The record deals with the resulting anger and despair associated with such a scenario.

The mini-album was recorded at Foel Studios, Llanfair Caereinion, Wales, and produced/mixed by Chris Fielding (Napalm Death, Electric Wizard, Primordial). It was also mastered by legendary metal producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir).

Since forming, the band has toured with the likes of Misery Index, Sikth, Dry Kill Logic, Job For A Cowboy, SSS and Bring Me The Horizon.

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Live Video Of Mastodon Performance Posted Online

A live video has been posted online of Mastodon performing the song "Crystal Skull" at a recent show in Atlanta alongside Scott Kelly of the band Neurosis. The video can be viewed below. More...

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Moth Eater Streaming Three Tracks Online

New York based doom metal band Moth Eater, feautring guitarist John Conley of Scar Culture, are currently streaming three tracks online. The songs "Motha Chunga," "Lead Belly's Revenge," and "The Thunder Gods of Monster Island" can be heard on their official MySpace page. The band has also posted a video, which can be viewed below, of their writing sessions. More...

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Secrets Of The Moon Finishes Recording New Album

German black metal band Secrets of the Moon has announced that they have completed the recording of their upcoming album titled "Privilegivm." No release date has yet been announced for the album.

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop Festival 2009

The organizers of Belgium's premier metal festival Graspop Metal Meeting has announced some more big names for this years edition of the event. New additions to the friday are tribal metal act Soulfly and British power metal band Dragonforce. Saturday features Korn, Death Angel, Journey, Monster Magnet, All Shall Perish, Duff McKagen's Loaded, Five Finger Death Punch and No Use For A Name. Finally, the new bands confirmed for the sunday are Lamb Of God, Children Of Bodom, Nightwish, All That Remains, Sick Of It All, Suicidal Tendencies and Warbringer. More bands will be announced soon.

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Ex-Cradle Of FIlth Drummer Joins Paradise Lost

Adrian Erlandsson, the former drummer for Cradle Of Filth, The Haunted and At The Gates, has been confirmed as the new permanent drummer for British goth metal group Paradise Lost. Erlandsson states:

"Paradise Lost has been one of my favourite bands since I first heard them in 1990. When my fellow BRUJERIA member Jeff Walker told me that PL were looking for a drummer I got in contact with Greg straight away. After a few chats and emails I was on my way to the audition. I had learnt 10 songs out of their last setlist, but after playing only 4 songs Nick said, 'the job is yours if you want it'. Great success!! I look forward to growing even older with the lads and rocking hard with them live!!!!" More...

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Vorum Posts New Video Online, Readies New MCD

Finnish death metal band Vorum is readying their new MCD, "Grim Death Awaits" for an April 8 release on Woodcut Records. You can pre-listen to the MCD on the band's Last.fm page or their official website.

The band also recently posted a video for "They Are The Dead," which can be viewed below. More...

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Magenta's "Art and Accidents" To Get US Release

Described as The Human League meets Sisters of Mercy, dark eclectic band Magenta's latest album, "Art and Accidents," will finally see a North American release on April 10 via Vendlus Music.

Fronted by vocalist Vilde Lockert, MAGENTA was formed in Norway in the summer of 1995 by Anders Odden, whose experience includes stints with bands such as APOPTYGMA BERZERK and CADAVER, as well as recording for SATYRICON, live guitarist with CELTIC FROST and guesting with MINISTRY. Over the years, the band has released a series of albums and singles, as well as a video with MORTIIS, and the current lineup was completed by guitarist Daniel Hill in 2006. Hill’s arrival signalled the start of a new dynamism and creativity for the band, which has culminated in the release of “Art And Accidents” on the All This And Music Too label on February 9.

The band has steadfastly refused to be stereotyped and likes to work outside of the conventional genre definitions, using elements that include rock, pop, metal, trip hop, electro, techno, industrial, new wave, gothic, acoustic, psychedelic, trance and film music. Odden best summed it up his creation like this: “MAGENTA is my playground where I can be as diverse and melodic as I want. Not being tied to any particular genre definition means we don’t have to restrict ourselves too narrowly, and allows us all to make the kind of music we feel like making at any given time. We all have a lot of musical experience in many genres, and as individuals we work with amazingly diverse types of artists, both in the studio and live, and each of us brings something a bit unique to the mix.”

“Art and Accidents” includes guest appearances by GOTHMINISTER, Jonas Groth and Stu Manx from GLUECIFER, and Angel and Geir from APOPTYGMA BERZERK, and is complemented by the release of two specially commissioned videos by Sandra Jensen for the track “Darkest Dream.”

Here is the “Art And Accidents” track listing: More...

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Left To Vanish Added To Salt The Wound Tour

LEFT TO VANISH has been added to the SALT THE WOUND / WOE OF TRYANTS tour this April leading up to the band's New England Metal Fest's appearance.

Here are the Left to Vanish tour dates with Salt The Wound and Woe of Tyrants:

Mar 31, 2009 @ THE MUSE Nashville, Tennessee
Apr 1, 2009 @ THE COUP Clarksville, Tennessee
Apr 3, 2009 @ BIG DADDY’S Tallahassee, Florida
Apr 4, 2009 @ BRASS MUG Tampa, Florida
Apr 6, 2009 @ GALLERY 13 Columbus, Georgia
Apr 7, 2009 @ SWAYZES Marietta, Georgia
Apr 8, 2009 @ GROUND ZERO Spartanburg, South Carolina
Apr 9, 2009 @ THE REFUGE Fredericksburg, Virginia
Apr 10, 2009 @ PLAN B Danville, Virginia
Apr 11, 2009 @ CLUB RELEVANT Virginia Beach, Virginia
Apr 12, 2009 @ CLARK KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HALL Clark, New Jersey
Apr 13, 2009 @ ALEXANDER’S Philladelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 14, 2009 @ EUROPA Brooklyn, New York
Apr 15, 2009 @ THE HAUNT Yonkers, New York
Apr 16, 2009 @ THE LOST HORIZON Syracuse, New York

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CrueFest1: The Movie Special Screening Announced

CrueFest1: The Movie will premiere in select theaters across the U.S. this Thursday, March 19. The movie includes ninety minutes of live footage from CrueFest 1, including behind the scenes footage and show performances from Buckcherry, Sixx A.M., Trapt, Papa Roach, and of course, Motley Crue. More...

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Susperia Vocalist To Undergo Open Heart Surgery

SUSPERIA vocalist Athera (Pal Mathieson) remains under close observation at Akershus Universitetssykehus Hospital in Lørenskog, Norway following his heart attack last week. The singer has been diagnosed with a previously undetected genetic disorder that will require the replacement of three narrowed arteries and three heart valves. He will undergo a triple heart by-pass operation through open heart surgery today, on Monday, March 16th 2009. Meanwhile the singer is being kept on heavy doses of medication to keep his blood thin and his heart rate down.

Though in a serious, but stable condition, a highly spirited and medicated Athera speaking from his hospital bed sent the following message:

"Hey everyone out there in the metal universe - friends and strangers. Thanks for all your messages of support. I'm lying here in the hospital reading them all and it's really nice to see that so many of you have taken the time to send them. It's overwhelming. I've had a big shock and it's not something I would want anyone to experience. You know, I always wanted to hit the headlines - but not in this way! Looks like the SUSPERIA curse has hit again, a new album and tour on the way and one of us complicates it all. But damn it, we will never let anything stop us - ever! Even if death itself comes knocking and believe me it did. I am undergoing open heart surgery this Monday to replace some broken valves and veins, and then this metal heart will beat once again. The Doc(tor) says I'll be back stronger than ever. I will have to spend a long time in the hospital, but it's not that bad. You should see the nurses taking care of me. Could be worse. Looking forward to getting back up and on the road again. Sorry for the shows that I'm not going to be able to do. I will make it up to you guys. You all make me stronger, I am truly grateful."

Future plans for SUSPERIA remain mixed. However the band has confirmed the postponement of Norwegian dates, which were set for April 09. Their UK tour in May with Breed 77 will go ahead at the insistence of Athera himself. He has urged the band not to let their UK fans down and to look at finding a replacement vocalist.

The release of SUSPERIA's next studio album is still set for early summer as planned, through the band's new label Candlelight Records. Full details will be announced shortly.

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