a couple of bands that come to mind that both released their debut albums in 2001 are Vuvr and Vortex (Japan), they're still both listed as 'active' on metal archives but haven't heard anything from them ever since
Seconding Bal-Sagoth. What the fuck happened!? I want more albums of glorious goodness!
from their facebook:
"Hail to all Bal-Sagoth fans! It's a question we get asked fairly frequently, so just to clarify the situation and eliminate any rumours before they spiral out of control, here is the current state of play regarding possible future Bal-Sagoth albums. Alas, contrary to what you might have heard, there are still currently no definite plans for a new Bal-Sagoth album. True, Jonny and Chris are currently working on some new material (which according to Chris may well be used for a new, as yet unnamed side project by them), but the truth of the matter is that there are still NO concrete plans for a new Bal-Sagoth release. But fear not, nothing has been ruled out, and it always remains a possibility as long as the band exists. Just wanted to clarify the matter. Thanks to all for your support! BYRON"
I was looking forward to empyrean Sky's new album, but they've completely disappeared, despite stating they were working on a new album a few years back.
from their web site:
"Extending the Tangent release date 2012.
That's right ladies and germs. It's done. It will be released this year.
Ok, that's great but what the heck took you so long?
Funny you should ask. Lots of things, and lots of nothing as well. Here's a brief timeline of the events as best I can recall.
2004 - Snow White Rose of Paradise released
2005 - Start recording Extending the Tangent
06/06/06 - Hard drive crashed. We lost everything. Nearly a year of recording. The devil's handy work? As a computer guy, you'd think I would've had a backup.
07/07/07 - Tracking completed for the second time.
2008 - My wife is pregnant and starts the nesting phase. In other words, progress on the Tangent stops and housework begins.
2009 - My son is born! In other words, progress on the Tangent stops and fatherhood begins.
2010 - Whew parenting is a lot of work! Little dude is growing up so fast, and I realize time is flying by! I better wrap this album up! Maybe I could use some help?
05/24/10 - Enter Wellerhill Productions. Dan and Justin of WellerHill began their careers as members of Sikth and moved on to Production. Justin was awesome to work with and really gave me a fresh new perpective on my mixing techniques. Accepted his mix of Trauma and Tragedy.
2010 - 2011 - Armed with loads of new tricks learned from Wellerhill, I started to really dive in. We start to listen to rough mixes of Extending the Tangent on the way to daycare. Everything just keeps getting better!
2012 - Mastering took forever. Much longer than I expected. I understand why people say you shouldn't mix and master the same project. It's REALLY hard to remain objective, escpecially when it's your own material.
We had SO many things happen along the way, but we never wanted to skimp on the quality. Now it's done and probably about 99% of it is exactly the way I want it. I couldn't be more satisfied with how this has turned out. I can't wait for you all to hear it. Now we just need to get some cover art together and we're off to the presses!
I may not speak for the whole band, but Extending the Tangent is my favorite cd. Not just my favorite ES cd, I mean it's my favorite CD, period. This is what I have always wanted to hear on a metal album, and regardless of its success or lack there of, I really couldn't be happier with it. I've listened to it literally hundreds if not more than a thousand times, and I still love it. Should the rare occasion occur that I don't listen to it for about a week or two, when I put it in again, it's like I've never heard it before. Awesome.
Thanks to everyone who has lent their ears along the way and for their invaluable feedback and thanks to our fans for waiting patiently. I hope you'll all enjoy as much as we do. "