Nice news is coming from the Grand Magus camp. The Swedish heavy metallers are preparing their new album and they have already entered the studio! Below you can read what they posted on their official Facebook page.

“The Magus is back in the studio to record the ninth album! It’s been a very special process this time. We decided to let go of the current philosophy to record drums first and then bass and then guitar etc. This time we met up, jammed and created together during the last six months with the goal to record basic tracks live. That basically means the thing we do everytime we play live. When we do that, we play together. It’s music after all, not a science project. This led us to use the studio you see in the video. We recorded take by take (usually first takes, haha) until the groove, feel and violence was right. Now we will start with the overdubs, solos and vocals. We are chuffed and we think you will be too. Metal victory!”.

It is very interesting to listen to what Yngwie Malmsteen has to say. The legendary Swedish guitar hero is a large personality, often misjudged but always respected. This time Malmsteen stroke back with some sayings, that will be discussed. In a Malaysian press conference, he was asked why he chose to handle lead vocals himself on his latest album ("World On Fire", 2016). And he answered: "When I started out when I was a kid in Sweden, I had a band called Rising Force, I was the singer. Then I came to America and I was playing with Steeler and Alcatrazz, they had their own singers. I always thought that singers have the Elvis Presley syndrome — they think they're Elvis Presley. They're not Elvis Presley. Because I write the music, I write the lyrics, I write the vocal melody lines — I write everything. Just because I let somebody sing something doesn't mean they're more important than the bass player or the keyboard player or the drummer. Because I write all the parts — I write the drum parts, the bass parts, the keyboard parts, the guitar parts and the vocal parts — like a classical composer. And I really kind of got tired of dealing with their bullshit, really. So I decided to sing myself".  

Kamelot has just announced the second North American leg of their "The Shadow Tour" and Sonata Arctica and Battle Beast are going to be there with them. This second North American part of the band's 2019 tour wasn't planned from the beginning since all begun as a one-off performance. The tour starts in Silver Spring, MD and ends in Tampa Bay, FL. 

Guitarist and mastermind of Kamelot, Thomas Youngblood, comments: "We're very excited to announce we're bringing 'The Shadow Tour' back to North America again for another round. On the previous tour we missed some of our favorite cities due to logistics, we demanded to return to North America as soon as possible and visit these great cities. Completing this amazing lineup is the addition of Finland's Sonata Arctica and Battle Beast. Don't miss this amazing package and once in a decade lineup!".




The Sword, the stoner metal band from Texas, is going on hiatus. Directly following their upcoming U.S. shows, the band is going to take a break and that's why they have canceled their late October tour dates in Australia. The band, which released its latest album, "Used Future" in March 2018, states: "After 15 years of non-stop recording and touring, The Sword will take a hiatus following their U.S. shows at the beginning of October. The Australian tour scheduled for the end of October has been canceled. The band apologizes to their Australian fans, but feel it is time for a breather".