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Melodic death metallers Amorphis’ eleventh studio album, and the fifth with vocalist Tomi Joutsen will be released on April 19, 2013. Titled “Circle,” the new album will be out via Nuclear Blast Records. The band issued the following update on their official website:

Amorphis Circle

The band has consistently delivered high quality releases, particularly with Tomi Joutsen in recent years, and I’m sure the new record will be no different! Stoked!

Amorphis2011c - Copy

Australian singer/songwriter Gotye will perform in Delhi as part of Oz Fest, the biggest Australian cultural festival ever held in India. The “Somebody I Used to Know” hitmaker will perform his maiden Indian concert at Blue Frog, New Delhi on February 6.

The singer received three Grammy nominations recently, two for his album “Making Mirrors” (Best Alternative Music Album and the prestigious Record of the Year) and one for his signature song “Somebody That I Used To Know” (Best Pop Duo/Group). Gotye also won six awards at the 2012 ARIAs (Australian Recording Industry Association), more than any other artist last year, including Best Male Artist and Album of the Year.

Great news for Indian music lovers, I think, for this is one of those rare occasions when a musician will perform here while still at the top of his game. One of the major downsides of the live music scene in India at the moment is that most artists that FINALLY make it here are a decade or two too late.

Remember, Blue Frog is a limited-capacity venue, so grab your tickets asap:

http://in.bookmyshow.com/booktickets/?cid=BFRD&eid=ET00012911&sid=72&ety=EV

Wouter "Wally" De Backer AKA Gotye

Wouter “Wally” De Backer AKA Gotye

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has issued an official statement following his release (on bail) from a Czech prison where he was incarcerated for over a month. The vocalist landed on US soil this past weekend after finally being granted bail and permission to leave the Czech Republic for the time being by authorities. The official statement follows:

“Greetings. This is D. Randall Blythe, checking in from my beloved hometown of Richmond, VA, United States of America. I was recently released on bail from Pankrác Prison in Prague, Czech Republic, after over a month of incarceration. Now that I am out for the moment, I would like to say a few things.

1. While in prison, I had minimal knowledge of how my case was viewed anywhere but the Czech Republic. I was told by my attorney that I had a lot support from peers in the music industry, my hometown, fans, and of course my family.  I cannot express how emotional it made me upon my release to read about even a fraction of the voices that were raised on my behalf. From legends in my music community, to fans across the world, and even people who were previously unaware of my existence but sympathized with my plight- I am truly humbled.  I cannot thank you enough for your thoughts and prayers. I would especially like to thank the people of Richmond, VA, for standing by me. In the 48 hours I have been home, many people I have never met before have stopped me on the street, waved and smiled as I passed by, or said hello in a restaurant. All have said “We are glad you are home, Randy”. You all make me proud and grateful that I call Richmond home.

2. I would like state that I suffered no abuse, from either authorities or inmates, during my incarceration in Pankrác. I received no special treatment, and was in general population with everyone else- make no mistake, it was prison, not some celebrity rehab tv show. But I was treated fairly by the guards and kindly by my fellow inmates. People are dying of starvation all over the world. Men and women are losing their lives daily in the Middle East and other war torn regions. I had food, clothes, shelter, and no one was trying to kill me. I cannot complain over a short stay in prison while many people elsewhere fight to survive on a daily basis.

3. If it is deemed necessary for me to do so, I WILL return to Prague to stand trial. While I maintain my innocence 100%, and will do so steadfastly, I will NOT hide in the United States, safe from extradition and possible prosecution. As I write this, the family of a fan of my band suffers through the indescribably tragic loss of their child. They have to deal with constantly varying media reports about the circumstances surrounding his death. I am charged with maliciously causing severe bodily harm to this young man, resulting in his death. While I consider the charge leveled against me ludicrous and without qualification, my opinion makes no difference in this matter. The charge exists, and for the family of this young man, questions remain. The worst possible pain remains. It is fairly common knowledge amongst fans of my band that I once lost a child as well. I, unfortunately, am intimately familiar with what their pain is like. Therefore, I know all too well that in their time of grief, this family needs and deserves some real answers, not a media explosion followed by the accused killer of their son hiding like a coward thousands of miles away while they suffer. I am a man. I was raised to face my problems head on, not run from them like a petulant child. I hope that justice is done, and the family of Daniel N. will receive the closure they undoubtably need to facilitate healing. I feel VERY STRONGLY that as an adult, it would be both irresponsible and immoral for me not to return to Prague if I am summoned. This is not about bail money. This is about a young man who lost his life. I will act with honor, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter. Thank you for reading this, and I wish you all peace.”

Randy was arrested earlier on June 28th in the Czech Republic and charged with manslaughter over an incident that happened at the band’s concert at the Prague Club Abaton in May 2010 that resulted in the death of a fan.

Poest Of The Fall

UPDATE: LINKS TO BUY TICKETS ADDED

Finnish rockers Poets of the Fall will soon grace Indian shores in support of their latest album “Temple of Thought.” The band will play five Indian cities including Bengaluru, Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad & Kolkata this August, soon after the August 3rd  release of their new album here in India. This tour marks the band’s third visit to the country following their headlining appearances at Synchronicity, IIT Kanpur in 2007 and the Great Indian Octoberfest, Bengaluru in 2011.

Their latest album, the band’s fifth, was released in March 2012 in Europe and entered the Finnish charts at #3. The band have two platinum and two gold certified albums to their credit in their native Finland and have sold more than 100,000 albums worldwide. Their first four albums debuted atop Finnish charts, an astounding feat for a rock band.

This is the second time EMI Music India is bringing an international alternative rock band for a multi-city tour in support of a new release. 2010 witnessed the American rockers Saving Abel perform in support of their self-titled debut.

Tour Dates:

August 22, 2012 – Hard Rock Cafe, Benguluru
Buy tickets at: http://www.indianstage.in/EventDetails.do?eventId=3226

August 24, 2012 – Hard Rock Cafe, New Delhi

Buy tickets at: http://www.indianstage.in/EventDetails.do?eventId=3227

August 25,  2012 – Hard Rock Cafe, Pune

Buy tickets at: http://www.indianstage.in/EventDetails.do?eventId=3228

August 26, 2012 – Leonia Resort, Hyderabad

Buy tickets at: http://www.indianstage.in/EventDetails.do?eventId=3218

August 28,  2012 – Nazrul Munch, Kolkata

Buy tickets at: http://www.indianstage.in/pre_book.htm

More details to be announced soon, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, Indian fans may grab their brand new album “Temple of Thought” in 320 Kbps MP3 for a meagre 79 bucks from Flipkart’s Flyte Digital Store!
http://www.flipkart.com/temple-of-thought/p/itmdb9fxe74ewjtc?pid=DGADB9YGG8FGP8KT&ref=f2849193-a8a2-4aef-b4d8-3b5e38f52a8c

For old-school fans like myself, there’s always the good-old CD:
http://www.flipkart.com/temple-thought-music/p/itmdaa4dt7nhf4ke?pid=AVMDAA4BXPZE4KZJ&ref=a11292a1-6bd9-4cca-a96d-a0c0754c95ef

Free Randy Blythe!

Please sign the petition to help free Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) from prison. It is free and creating an account takes only a couple minutes. Citizens of all nationalities can join in. Please spread the word!

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/help-free-d-randall-blythe-prage-czech-republic-where-he-falsely-accused-commiting-manslaughter/3dsZD2Gd