THE SIRENS: Godmothers of Female Metal Vocalists Join Forces in New Project

The progenitors of female lead vocalists in metal, Liv Kristine (LEAVES’ EYES, ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY), Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-THE GATHERING) and Kari Rueslåtten (ex-3RD AND THE MORTAL), have teamed up for a new project, THE SIRENS.

Two songs have been posted online:

THE SIRENS are also hitting the road in Europe this month.  As a special treat for fans, they will be performing classics from their former bands.

AMORPHIS, SAMAEL, LEAVES EYES, VIRGIN BLACK to Tour This Fall

SAMAEL is proud to announce their first US tour in nearly five years in support of their latest Solar Soul release! The band will be making the trek with headliners/labelmates AMORPHIS as well as LEAVES EYES and VIRGIN BLACK. Co-founder, Xy, had this to say about SAMAEL’s return to US shores:

“We haven’t played in the US since our last tour for ‘Eternal’ back in 2003. It has been far too long and the wait is over! We are happy to announce we’ll be back in September to present material from not one but two albums, namely ‘Reign Of Light’ and ‘Solar Soul,’ as well as songs off our other records. We’re excited about this tour and are looking forward to connecting with our American audience once again!”

The complete schedule is as follows:
Sep. 27 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Sep. 28 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Sep. 29 – New York City, NY @ BB Kings
Sep. 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
Oct. 01 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
Oct. 02 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Oct. 03 – Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 04 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Oct. 05 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
Oct. 06 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Oct. 07 – St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Oct. 09 – Spokane, WA @ Big Easy Concert House
Oct. 10 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Oct. 11 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 12 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Oct. 13 – West Hollywood, Ca @ House of Blues
Oct. 14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Brickhouse
Oct. 16 – Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
Oct. 17 – San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
Oct. 18 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

Injury Forces KING DIAMOND to Cancel March 2008 Tour

KING DIAMOND have announced that they have been forced to cancel their anticipated March 2008 tour with KREATOR, LEAVES EYES, and CELLADOR due to a serious herniated disc injury to King Diamond.

Here is official word from the band’s manager, Ole Bang:

“Most regretfully we have to announce that King will not be able to tour North America as planned.

King has over the past 6 month been suffering from a herniated disc in the spine, and has still not recovered to a satisfactory level.

“He was prescribed absolute rest for several months, and this appear to be more than half a year.

“Following several visits to specialists and most recent MRI-scan; we have to realize that his condition need far more rest than expected in the first place. At the moment he can neither walk for more than an hour at a time, nor can he sit like you would do in a normal daily life; ie. there is no chance that he will fully recover in time for the tour start in March.

“We deeply regret the inconvenience caused for everyone involved, for promoters, bands and fans; and most of all we’re very very sorry that we can not go out and perform for the fans; who have been waiting for the tour to kick off.

“Unfortunately life is unpredictable, and it’s completely out of our hands when illness kick in, and no medicine, how harsh it might have been, can cure the situation. If anything could remedy the situation it would have been done, but for now we simply just have to wait, and let King get the much needed rest.

“I will post news about any developments as soon as it’s available.

“At this time we will also like to say Thanks, for all the kind words of a speedy recovery we have received.”