News Bit: Therion, Cattle Decaptitaion, Kataklysm

Canadian extreme metallers Kataklysm have uploaded a new track, ‘Determined (Vows of Vengence) onto their Official MySpace page. The track is taken from ‘Heaven’s Venom’, their upcoming album due August 24th in North America. 
Recorded by Kataklysm guitarist J-F Dagenais (Malevolent Creation, Misery Index) and mixed by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Mnemic, Dark Tranquillity), the album promises to be quite the ass kicker!
Therion has announced that they have parted ways with their vocalist, Snowy Shaw. If you check after the jump, you can read the official band statement regarding the situation. 
Also, after the jump, you can read all about the new Cattle Decapitation tour!

The official statement from Therion:
“We are sad to confirm that Snowy Shaw has suddenly decided to not do any of the upcoming shows with Therion. This decision took us by surprise, because, up to now, we have had a great collaboration. The reason is simply that he has been working on an album with another big band (as a bass player – that came as a surprise too!), who have now offered him a deal he felt he could not refuse. We don’t think this is a good decision, but accept the situation and wish him good luck.
 
“We realize many will miss Snowy, who did a great job during the more theatrical direction Therion took during the Gothic Kabbalah era (as well as on the coming album, Sitra Ahra). Like all the other close guest collaborators in the history of the band (Mats Levén, Andy “the bald guy” Engberg, Karin Fjellander, Sara Jezebel Deva, Martina Hornbacher, Dan Swanö…), he contributed with something unique and put his mark on the ongoing Therion development. And just like the choice of Mats Levén was questioned in the beginning, (for being too rock ‘n’ roll for Therion) and later became a beloved part of the band’s identity at the time,  Snowy also made the journey from being regarded as a somewhat odd choice to becoming a popular character in the Therion show.
 
“This vacancy, however, gives us an opportunity to yet again take a different direction. We are right now in the process of creating the new production that will be used for the Sitra Ahra World Tour, and we have some thrilling options to choose from. As always, Therion will deliver something unique and challenging that will turn the water of the skeptics into the wine of a classic set-up. Stay tuned!”
Cattle Decaptitation announces the California Blood Tour! Starting in late September, Cattle Decapitation will be hitting the road with Devourment, Knights of the Abyss, Burning The Masses, and Son of Aurelius. Select dates will also have Slaughterbox, and Condemned. This tour is the last support Cattle Decapitation is giving their last album, ‘The Harvest Floor’, before going into the studio to record their 5th Metal Blade release.
Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan had this to say about the tour:
“We’ve had this idea for a tour that was mostly comprised of California bands for quite a while now. I don’t know, there was just something about the term ‘California love’ (popularized by Tupac Shakur) that never quite sat right with us so we came up with something a little more fitting, considering the level of brutality that California has always had under its belt. From the seedy sewers in the big cities to the ‘Cowshwitz’ communities of central CA to the inhospitable depravity of the dry desert, we decided it was time to show the rest of the US that CaliGOREnia is not just about hippies, silicone bodies and marijuana dispensaries (not that there’s anything wrong with that, haha!)”
THE CALIFORNIA BLOOD TOUR Dates:
09/29 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse w/ Condemned
09/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
10/04 – Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
10/05 – Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
10/06 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
10/07 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
10/08 – Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
10/09 – Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
10/10 – Stuart, FL @ Cruiser’s
10/12 – Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
10/13 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
10/14 – Spartanburg, NC @ Ground Zero
10/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
10/16 – Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
10/17 – Patchogue, NY @ Karma
10/18 – New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House
10/19 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/20 – Buffalo, NY @ Club Paradise
10/21 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
10/22 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
10/23 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
10/24 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
10/25 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
10/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
10.27 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
10/28 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7 w/ Slaughterbox
10/29 – Portland, OR @ Satyricon w/ Slaughterbox
10/30 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ Slaughterbox
10/31 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Farm
11/01 – Hesperia, CA @ The Seen
11/02 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky*
* = No Devourment