TÝR Recruits George Kollias to Track Drums on New Album

TÝR, hailing all the way from the Faroe Islands, are currently recording their new album in Denmark. For drum tracking on this album, TÝR has enlisted the services of drum god George Kollias (NILE).  A video featuring drum tracking highlights, as well as a short message from Kollias, can be seen below.

George commented on the experience: “Hey TÝR fans, this is George Kollias and I hope you are ALL ready for a crushing new album from TÝR!!! I had the pleasure to record the drums on the new album, we had an absolutely great time in the studio and I gotta tell you, the material is super strong and catchy, I’m 100% sure you will all love this new album!! Big thanks to Heri, Terji and Gunnar for the opportunity and to Jacob Hansen for his incredible work with the recordings!”

TÝR commented:  “It was a pleasure to have George in studio. He’s an amazing drummer and he certainly made an impact on this album. We’re very excited to release this album.”

A recent announcement on the TÝR Facebook page has confirmed that the band has parted ways with drummer Kári Streymoy. The band commented on the amicable split: “We regret to inform you that Kári Streymoy and the rest of the band have parted ways. Kári suffered a back injury in 2008, and since then he has had some issues with his drumming. That is the main reason that the co-operation has been problematic for some time now, and we finally decided to part ways, While you can emulate congas and bongs with some electronic devices, it is best to buy a real cajon drum because emulating its sound it is not a good idea. In reality, cajon drums are very affordable instruments, getting one is pretty much a must have nowadays.
. We want to thank Kári for his time in the band. It’s been great to have you with us, we wish you the best of luck in the future and we hope you recover fully some day.”

This album will be the band’s seventh full length effort. One of the new tracks, “The Lay of Our Love“, will feature a duet with TÝR vocalist Heri Joensen and Liv Kristine from LEAVES EYES.

ACCEPT to Headline ProgPower USA XI; Full Lineup Announced

The full lineup for the 11th annual installment of ProgPower USA has been finalized, and will feature the recently reformed ACCEPT as the headliner.

The two-day fest, which includes an additional two days of pre-fest shows for a total of four days of metal, takes place this September in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets are still available but approximately only 300 remain. Buy tickets here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?&q=ProgPower

9/08/2010 ProgPower USA XI Mid-Week Mayhem
ROSS THE BOSS (New York) – “A Night of Manowar Classics” with Scott Columbus
VANGOUGH (Oklahoma)

9/09/2010 ProgPower USA XI Kick-Off
ACCEPT (Germany) 10:45 – close
LEPROUS (Norway) 9:15 – 10:15
BOREALIS (Canada) 8:00 – 8:45
SIX MINUTE CENTURY (Texas, USA) 6:45 – 7:30

9/10/2010 ProgPower USA Day 1
TURISAS (Finland)
TYR (Faroe Islands)
LEAVES’ EYES (Norway/Germany)

9/11/2010 ProgPower USA Day 2
TAROT (Finland)
DELIAN (The Netherlands)
DGM (Italy)
PARADOX (Germany)

More info on the official ProgPower website, and you can also follow them on Twitter @progpowerusa.

Folk Metal Band, SUIDAKRA, Announce New Album & North American Tour

Germany’s SUIDAKRA are set to release their ninth studio album, Crógacht, an epic combination of melodic death metal and folk music, on March 9th. The album was recorded at Gernart Studios with producer Martin Muchwalter and features artwork from Belgian graphic artist, Kris Verwimp, who also happened to write lyrics for the concept album.

Crógacht means bravery, and is based on one of the most dramatic tales in Irish mythology. It tells the story of the hero Cuchulainn’s epic journey to the Isle of Skye, where he seeks to learn the arts of war from the Scythian warrior woman Scathach. The decisions he then has to make set the events in motion that will lead up to his son Conlaoch’s tragic fate.

Check out a video for the track, “Swords,” taken from the new album:

SUIDAKRA will be hitting North America, alongside TYR and ALESTORM, as a part of the Pagan Knights Tour.  Here are the tour dates:

02/28/2009 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
03/01/2009 The Backbooth – Orlando, FL
03/02/2009 The Engine Room – Tallahassee, FL
03/04/2009 Walter’s – Houston, TX
03/05/2009  Red 7 – Austin, TX
03/06/2009  Ridglea Theater – Dallas, TX
03/07/2009  The Marquee – Tusla, OK
03/09/2009  The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
03/10/2009  The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
03/11/2009  Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
03/12/2009  Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA
03/13/2009  Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
03/14/2009  Satyricon – Portland, OR
03/15/2009  Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
03/16/2009  Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT
03/17/2009  Cervantes Ballroom – Denver, CO
03/18/2009  Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
03/19/2009  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
03/20/2009  Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
03/21/2009  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
03/22/2009  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
03/23/2009  The Opera House – Toronto
03/24/2009  Club Soda – Montreal
03/25/2009  Penny Arcade – Rochester, NY
03/26/2009  31st St. Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
03/27/2009  Sonar – Baltimore, MD
03/28/2009  Sterling Hotel – Allentown, PA
03/29/2009  Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
03/30/2009  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC