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April 17th, 2005
  • SCENES TO RELEASE CALL US AT THE NUMBER YOU PROVIDE ON ESCAPI MUSIC APRIL 19, 2005

    Formed in 1995 in Ludwigsburg, Germany by guitarist Chris Lorey, Scenes has been a constantly evolving project. The newest and strongest incarnation of the band is made up of Lorey, vocalist Alex Koch (ex-Powergod, Spiral Tower), drummer Hendirk Edelthalhammer, bassist Jan Ebert and keyboardist Florian Wenzel. Having signed a deal with Escapi Music, the band is looking forward to making new fans and followers as they prepare to unleash their music on the world.

    The band’s latest foray into powerful progressive metal, Call Us At The Number You Provide presents an intense philosophical and emotional journey. Lorey says, “The whole album is about dead end connections or misunderstandings. It’s about problems which could have been avoided with the right communication.” Songs like “So (Father)” which communicates a relationship between a father and son, show heartfelt emotion behind a musical maelstrom and Koch’s powerful vocal delivery helps to bolster the already jaw-dropping musicianship displayed by the whole band. The mixing and mastering was done by Tommy Newton (Victory, Halloween, Conception). Lorey says, “Even though we are a prog band we wanted to sound really heavy and fat and I think Tommy achieved this goal better than we all expected.” Due for an April 19th release, Call Us At The Number You Provide promises to fill a void long vacant in the world of experimental metal.

    www.scenes.de

  • Vyagra Music And Crocodile Rock Café Present

    LOUDER HARDER FASTER

    Music Festival June 3rd, 4th & 5th

    Mind-Blowing Package To Include Classic TESTAMENT Lineup As Well As Performances By OBITUARY, TROUBLE, FLOTSAM & JETSAM, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, GOD FORBID, MUSHROOMHEAD, AGNOSTIC FRONT, MACABRE, TURMOIL And Many More

    On June 3rd – 5th of 2005 the Earth will shake, the speakers will rumble and the heads will bang. Vyagra Music and Crocodile Rock Cafe are set to bring Allentown, PA to its knees with an impressive hard music festival like no other. The Louder Harder Faster festival promises to be a memorable one, with an amazing lineup and an affordable price that won’t keep metal and hardcore fans away.

    Such notable acts as Obituary, God Forbid, Agnostic Front, Macabre, Incantation, Turmoil, Full Blown Chaos, Mushroomhead and Trouble are scheduled to appear. The highlight of the festival will be an extremely rare performance by the classic Testament lineup of Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson, Alex Skolnick, Greg Christian and Louie Clemente. Furthermore, Flotsam & Jetsam will perform with original vocalist Erik Knutson. The weekend of metal mayhem will also include a performance by the full original lineup of New York thrash titans Nuclear Assault and a performance by Speed\Kill/Hate, featuring members of Overkill. Such a lineup cannot be missed by any true extreme music fan.

    Tickets for the three-day festival go on sale Tuesday, March 29th at 12PM EST. Tickets are $60 in advance and can be purchased at the Crocodile Rock Café Box Office or at Vyagra Music. This is an all-ages event. If the weekend does not sell out, tickets will be available on individual days. Friday tickets will be $15, Saturday $35 and Sunday $35.

    The Full Festival Lineup Includes:

    Friday June 3rd
    Doors @ 6:00pm
    First band @ 7:00pm
    Hydrogyn
    Ion Vein
    Slikhelvetika
    Twilight Odyssey
    Flotsam & Jetsam
    Trouble

    Saturday June 4th
    Doors @ 11:00am
    First band @ 12PM
    The Aurora
    Without End
    Enamored
    Hurt Locker
    Vampire Mooose
    Funerus
    Full Blown Chaos
    Champion
    Martyr AD
    Agnostic Front
    Turmoil
    Macabre
    Obituary

    Sunday June 5th
    Doors @ 11:00am
    First band @ 12PM
    Belt Fed Weapon
    Krusifire
    Try Redemption
    The Kiss Of Death
    Lupara
    Beyond The Flesh
    Incantation
    Speed/Kill/Hate
    Nuclear Assault
    Mushroomhead
    God Forbid
    Testament

    For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:

    www.crocodilerockcafe.com

    www.louder-harder-faster.com

    Or call

    Vyagra Music: 610-433-7884 & 610-266-6552
    Crocodile Rock Box Office: 610-434-4600

  • DEREK SHERINIAN Teams Up With ZAKK WYLDE, STEVE STEVENS AND OTHER GREATS

    SHERINIAN Releases His 4th Instrumental Metal Masterpiece

    “MYTHOLOGY” IN STORES NOW

    HOLLYWOOD (March 29, 2005) – Famed keyboardist, Derek Sherinian, releases yet another masterpiece on InsideOut Music. Mythology, Sherinian’s fourth solo album is a true brilliant work of art. Playing with a cast of virtuoso’s, Mythology is a combination of styles - rock, prog and metal with splashes of jazz. As the composer, Sherinian left a lot of room for the guest artists to feel natural in playing. So much so that Zakk Wylde was inspired by the flow of the music that he wrote lyrics for the track The River Run and also performed the vocals.

    The cast o’ characters are comprised of Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society/Ozzy), Allan Holdsworth, Steve Lukather (Toto), Simon Phillips (Toto), John Sykes (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake, Blue Murder), Tony Franklin (The Firm/Blue Murder), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Blue Murder/Whitesnake/Ted Nugent/Ozzy), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra/Dixie Dregs) and Brian Tichy (Billy Idol, Ozzy, Slashes Snakepit). With a line-up like that you can only expect the best.

    Much of the album was recorded at Sherinian’s own Beachwood Manor Studios in Burbank, CA. Considering that he has released eight full-length recordings in the last five years – three solo albums, two with Planet X, two with all-star quartet Platypus and one with Platypus offshoot Jughead – the studio is always busy. That’s just the way Sherinian likes it. “All I’m trying to do is create music that moves me first,” he says. “I hope other people dig it too.”

  • 3rd newsletter DVS Records & ProgPower Europe.

    Welcome at the 3rd newsletter for the PROGPOWER EUROPE festival and DVS RECORDS, feel free to spread this news on your website, magazine, mailing lists, forums and so on, all kind of publication is more than welcome. This time we have one more band confirmed for ProgPower, announce a new band for DVS Records and promote a gig we organize in coorporation with Sjiwa in Baarlo, The Netherlands. Enjoy our newsletter and if you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to contact us, in that case send an email to [email protected].

    GREEN CARNATION confirmed for ProgPower Europe 2005.
    After their fantastic performace at ProgPower in 2003, we have decided to invite GREEN CARNATION once more. The band is more than happy to come back again, they will play ProgPower this year on Saturday October 1 as co-headliner. Next week we will announce the opening band for Sunday October 2, the 2 headliners will be announce in about 3 weeks. Check out the website for a full update and be sure to stay on the mailinglist to be informed about all the news at first, www.progpower.com.

    NIGHTINGALE + TOMORROW'S EVE + DYNAMIC LIGHTS + local support.
    In coorporation with Sjiwa, the venue where ProgPower will take place later on in October, we present you NIGHTINGALE on Saturday April 23, Sjiwa, Baarlo, The Netherlands. This will be the last gig of the upcoming tour by the Swedish band of Dan Swano, a tour to cellebrate the 10th anniversary of the band. NIGHTINGALE will be supported by the German band TOMORROW'S EVE and the Italian band DYNAMIC LIGHTS. Both NIGHTINGALE and TOMORROW'S EVE already played the ProgPower festival and DYNAMIC LIGHTS will perform this year. A local band will open this evening on Saturday April 23, for more information about advance tickets or press passes, check out www.dvsrecords.com/gigs/nightingale.htm.

    DVS Records signs CHAOSWAVE
    The Italian band CHAOSWAVE has signed a contract with DVS Records for the release of the debut album, to be recorded this summer, scheduled to be released in November this year. CHAOSWAVE was formed by Henrik Rangstrup, who is also the guitarist of the Danish band Sinphonia. The band has just released an EP that receives and overwhelming response from the press, the music can be described as a mix between Nevermore and Lacuna Coil. Check out the homepage of CHAOSWAVE for more information and some music, we are convinced that most of you will be pleasently surprised. www.chaoswave.it.

    DVS Records / ProgPower Europe
    Vergelt 5a, 5991 PJ BAARLO, The Netherlands
    www.dvsrecords.com www.progpower.com

  • Former GLENN HUGHES Bass Player Joins LION’S SHARE

    Former GLENN HUGHES/CRAWLEY bassist Sampo Axelsson has officially joined Swedish melodic heavy metal masters LION'S SHARE. Sampo co-wrote several songs with Hughes for his "Addiction" and "The Way It Is" CDs, besides being a touring member with Hughes during the late '90s. Axelsson and LION'S SHARE mainman Lars Chriss are currently writing material with an as-yet-undisclosed singer for a fifth album to be released some time during 2006. The songs written so far are being described as "heavier and more straight-ahead with tons of energy and attitude." More information on Sampo will soon be available at the official LION’S SHARE homepage, www.lionsshare.org

  • LEGACY Sign with Valhalla Records

    The Los Angeles based hardrock group Legacy founded by bass ace Marten Andersson (LIZZY BORDEN/GEORGE LYNCH) has inked a deal with UK's Valhalla Records. The label will re-master and release Legacy's debut CD with new art work, bonus tracks as well as future releases through this agreement. Marten Andersson will be starting to work on new material for a follow up CD, slated for a 2006 release.

    LEGACY's debut CD features bass player Marten Andersson (LIZZY BORDEN/GEORGE LYNCH), guitarist Jonas Hansson (SILVER MOUNTAIN/JONAS HANSSON BAND), vocalist Chris Roseberry and drummer Stephan Emig with special appearances from drummer Sammy J. Watson (Apex Theory, Ricky Lee Jones) and guitarist Joy Basu (Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Coco Lee).

    The self-titled debut album has received wonderful reviews so far and is described as "addictive, in-your-face hard rock." Metalvault calls it "Possibly one of the best Metal records I will hear this year". WCRC 104 FM says "This CD rocks. Its like Malmsteen meets Krokus meets nothing you ever heard before, a high octane metal fest", Hardradio calls it "Very cool stuff! Check it out", KNAC.com says "Legacy delivers straight-forward, honest, melodic rock with some great guitar playing".

    Legacy's CD was mixed and produced by Marten Andersson and Jonas Hansson at Mastergroove Studio's in Granada Hills, California, with the assistance of Mastergroove studio owner Dave Morse (Aerosmith, Guns 'N Roses, Van Halen and Warrant).

    Eddie Marsh, Valhalla Records UK, Label Manager commented, "Legacy" is one of the best hardrock bands we have heard in a very long time. We are very excited to release this killer album and we hope to welcome the band live in the UK and mainland Europe very soon!

    A summer release is expected. The final track listing is as follows:

    1. Troubleshooter
    2. Underdog
    3. Tool
    4. Autumn Rising
    5. Mission of Mercy
    6. Leave it Alone
    7. 2.4.1
    8. Can't Remember Love
    9. My Last Sunrise
    10. Astral Sundown
    11. Thank You (Extended Version)
    12. Bonus 1 TBA
    13. Bonus 2 TBA

    For more information and song samples, visit www.legacylive.com or www.valhallarecords.co.uk

  • CANNIBAL CORPSE, SADUS, AND INCANTATION TO ATTEND PRE-DEATH FEST PARTY FOR MEET AND GREET

    SEATTLE - The pre-party for the Northwest Death Fest will be held on April 2 at Jimmy Zs in Everett, Wash.

    The evening will feature performances from nine bands, as well as a meet and greets and autograph session with headliners Cannibal Corpse, Sadus, and Incantation. Jasmin St. Claire will also attend the party to sign autographs.

    "The pre-show party is a good opportunity for people to meet some of their favorite bands and gear up for a full day of punishing brutality," said Robert Day, vocalist/guitarist for Blackgoat. "Just make sure to save enough energy for the main event. A long day of headbanging fury awaits!"

    There are five bands on the bill that are also playing the following day on the Northwest Death Fest - Funeral Age, Kuru, Full Throttle, Mummification, and Embryonic Devourment.

    Pathos, Times Of Desperation, Zuckuss, and Evangilist will also perform at the pre-fest party.

    "It is awesome that the local true metal scene in Seattle has shaped up to become what it is," said Kevin Bedra, vocalist/guitarist from the Seattle band Funeral Age. "As for the headliners, it will be a distinct honor to have shared the stage with such legends."

    "This party will get everyone psyched for the festival," said promoter Frank Hetzel. "The bands will be tearing it up extra hard, especially since Cannibal Corpse, Sadus, and Incantation will be in the house watching and hanging with the fans."

    Tickets for the Northwest Death Fest 2005 will be available at the pre-party, as well as through Ticketmaster, Northwestdeathfest.com, and the Fenix Underground box office.

    The all-day metal event will be held at the Fenix Underground in Seattle on April 3, featuring one-off performances by Cannibal Corpse, Sadus, and Incantation, as well as 24 underground metal acts from the Pacific Northwest area.

    Guitarist Rob Barrett, who was a member of Cannibal Corpse from 1993 to 1997, will rejoin the band for their Northwest Death Fest performance.

    "It's been a while since we played in the Northwest, so we can't wait to play this festival," said Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster. "Rob Barrett is joining back up with us on guitar for this show, so expect a lot of old classics as well as some more recent tunes."

    Jimmy Zs is located at 1712 Hewitt Ave. in Everett, Wash. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first band takes the stage at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door with a Death Fest ticket or $10 without. This is an all ages event, 21 and over with ID to drink.

    www.northwestdeathfest.com
    www.jimmyzltd.com
    Metal Maniacs

  • NEW BLOOD FOR LILITU

    Lilitu is proud to announce new Bassist, Noah Martin as a permanent fixture in the band. Hailing from Virginia Beach the 20 year old plays like a pro! In other news, the band is making plans to tour this spring as well as shooting a video for the title track," The Delores Lesion." Metal Maniacs

  • Sharon And OZZY Osbourne Flee House Fire

    BBC News is reporting that Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne had to flee their mansion when a blaze broke out as they slept.

    The fire started in the living room of the Buckinghamshire home late at night.

    BLACK SABBATH star Ozzy and "X-Factor" judge Sharon were roused by a fire alarm and ran to safety in the garden, rescuing their pets as they escaped.

    The couple were not injured in the fire, which happened on Good Friday (March 25), but were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

    Two fire engines turned up at the home and four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went inside to douse the flames.

    Fire chiefs believe the cause may have been electrical.

    On Wednesday (March 30) fire officers visited the couple to give them safety advice.

    The blaze is the latest in a series of blows for the MTV reality show stars.

    Last November the couple were burgled at the Chalfont St Peter mansion, with an estimated ?2m-worth (approximately $3.8 million) of jewelry stolen.

    Eleven months before the burglary Ozzy had suffered a near-fatal crash on a quad bike. [Source: Blabbermouth.net] Metal Maniacs

  • JUDAS PRIEST HEAD OUT TO THE HIGHWAY

    CLASSIC LINEUP LAUNCHES FIRST FULL HEADLINING U.S. TOUR IN 15 YEARS

    Reunited metal legends Judas Priest have announced their first full headlining tour in over 15 years. The long-awaited road jaunt begins Wednesday, June 1st at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Also appearing on the bill will be special guests Queensryche.

    The seminal hard music band (vocalist Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis) is touring in support of its critically acclaimed new album ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION, which entered Billboard's Top 200 at #13, making it both the highest debut and highest charting album in their illustrious 30-plus-year-career.

    The album is drawing rave reviews from fans and critics alike, including Playboy, who gave the disc four stars and described it as " ...One of the best headbanging albums in years and one of the best Priest records of all time." Rolling Stone called it " ... An album that holds up well to Priest's strongest, most sustained recordings" and Associated Press wrote " ... Judas Priest seems primed to reclaim their perch as the most dominant band in heavy metal."

    The band is currently wrapping up an overseas tour that covered Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany and the United Kingdom, with upcoming dates hitting Holland, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Japan.

    Dates for the beginning of the U.S. tour are:

    DATE CITY VENUE
    6/1 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
    6/3 Chicago, IL @ Tweeter Center
    6/4 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
    6/7 Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake Perf. Arts Center
    6/8 Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
    6/10 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
    6/11 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
    6/12 Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
    6/14 Scranton, PA @ Montage Mountain
    6/15 Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
    6/18 Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center
    6/19 Washington, DC @ Nissan Pavilion
    6/22 Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre
    6/23 W. Palm Beach, [email protected] Sound Advice Amphitheatre
    6/25 San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    6/26 Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Centre
    (additional dates to follow)


April 8th, 2005
  • NOCTURNE TO RELEASE 'GUIDE TO EXTINCTION' ON APRIL 19, 2005,
    THROUGH TRIPLE X RECORDS

    BAND'S FOURTH OVERALL ALBUM GOES IN METAL-ORIENTED DIRECTION

    'THE FREE FOR ALL TOUR' WITH PIGFACE SCHEDULED THIS SPRING

    The industrial band Nocturne will release 'Guide To Extinction' on April 19, 2005, through Triple X Records.

    It's the third full-length album and fourth album overall from Nocturne. The band's two core members are vocalist/founder Lacey Conner -- a striking woman with an otherworldly voice -- and guitarist/programmer Chris Telkes.

    The 13 songs on 'Guide To Extinction' include "Shallow," "I Lie," "Alibi," "Passion," "Walk Away," "Indulge," "Class War," "Nothing," "Dirty Sanchez," "No Way Out," "Dead Man," "Cocaine Sex" and "They'll Never Find Your Body."

    "Our roots are in industrial music, but 'Guide To Extinction' finds us going in a metal-oriented direction. It feels very natural," says Conner.

    Conner and Telkes were a couple for 8 1/2 years but broke up about a year ago. They remain close friends, but Conner admits some songs on 'Guide To Extinction' are the split's aftermath.

    "We have spent so much time and blood, sweat and tears on Nocturne that it's not worth it to throw it all away," says Conner.

    The band puts on a mesmerizing, hypnotic and wildly entertaining live show.

    "We focus on our heavier material when it comes to our live set," Conner says.

    Nocturne, with touring bass guitarist Rotten Rotny and special guest touring drummer Ben Graves of Murderdolls (the side project of Joey Jordison of Slipknot), will embark on an extensive tour, 'The Free For All Tour' with headliners Pigface, in 2005.

    'The Free For All Tour' dates with Pigface include:

    DATE CITY VENUE
    Thursday, April 14th Palatines, IL Durty Nellies
    Friday, April 15th Cleveland, OH Odeon
    Saturday, April 16th Detroit, MI Majic Stick
    Sunday, April 17th Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small's Fun House
    Monday, April 18th Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
    Tuesday, April 19th Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
    Wednesday, April 20th Richmond, VA Alley Katz
    Thursday, April 21st Washington, DC Nation
    Friday, April 22nd Atlanta, GA Masquerade
    Saturday, April 23rd Tampa, FL Masquerade
    Monday, April 25th Tallahassee, FL Beta Bar
    Tuesday, April 26th New Orleans, LA Howlin' Wolf
    Thursday, April 28th Austin, TX Elysium
    Saturday, April 30th Denver, CO Ogden Theater

    Sunday, May 1st Salt Lake City, UT The Velvet Room
    Tuesday, May 3rd Seattle, WA Fenix
    Wednesday, May 4th Portland, OR Dante's
    Thursday, May 5th San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
    Saturday, May 7th San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
    Sunday, May 8th Hollywood, CA Key Club
    Monday, May 9th Phoenix, AZ Marquee
    Tuesday, May 10th Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
    Wednesday, May 11th San Antonio, TX Sanctuary
    Thursday, May 12th Dallas, TX Curtain Club
    Saturday, May 14th Springfield, MO The Rockwell
    Monday, May 16th Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy's
    Tuesday, May 17th New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club
    Saturday, May 21st Columbus, OH Promowest Pavilion

    www.nocturne.cc

  • BRUCE DICKINSON
    New Solo album Tyranny of Souls
    Released May 24th 2005 on Sanctuary Records

    Bruce Dickinson is an artist who has influenced thousands of singers, musicians and fans alike in his outstanding role as the front man of legendary band Iron Maiden. He has achieved great success as a solo artist, and is also acclaimed as a Radio DJ, TV presenter, pilot, author and voice of modern music.

    It has been seven years since Dickinson released his last solo album, The Chemical Wedding, which received massive critical acclaim while exploring intriguing and dark themes. The intervening years have seen him make a highly successful return to Iron Maiden, with two huge albums and record breaking live shows and tours.

    Tyranny Of Souls, Bruce’s new solo venture, sees him return once again to collaborate with guitarist/producer/writer Roy Z. The album’s cover is adorned with a 15th century depiction of Hell by Hans Hemling and the music continues along this path to explore dark, apocalyptic themes. Delving into science, theology and of course, his love of flight, with thought provoking, intelligent and menacing lyrics that are sure to leave the listener’s mind unsettled, Tyranny Of Souls is pure Dickinson. Heavy riff-laden songs and explosive virtuoso guitar work from Roy joined with the definitive Dickinson soaring vocals, makes this ground breaking album a tour de force of modern Metal.

    It was following on from the end of the last Maiden tour that Bruce saw an opportunity to work alongside Roy again.

    “With Maiden, once the band has finished up on the tours, we all tend to go our separate ways and do our own thing for a while until it’s time to saddle up again for the next album. I knew I could seize the chance to work with Roy in between his work on the new Judas Priest album. We both work quickly together which I like and the recording is very organic so it came together quite easily. I’m very proud of it.”

    Tracklisting – Tyranny Of Souls

    1 Mars Within (Intro)
    2 Abduction
    3 Soul Intruders
    4 Kill Devil Hill
    5 Navigate The Seas Of The Sun
    6 River Of No Return
    7 Power Of The Sun
    8 Devil On A Hog
    9 Believil
    10 A Tyranny Of Souls

  • SLUMBER - Fallout

    The haunting music of six-piece, Swedish-based SLUMBER is a fresh and unique mixture of early doom and melodic death that is sure to intrique first-time audiences and see to the start of the band’s eventual US fanbase. Chocked full of elaborate and impressive arrangements, the compositions contained on Fallout are nothing short of breathtaking.

    Ontario Metal Pages says, "You will be doing yourself a huge disservice if you pass this awesome platter up." Extreme Music News adds, "the album sounds absolutely incredible! Check this masterpiece out and let the music do the talking."

    Official band website: http://www.slumber.nu/
    Release date: March 22, 2005

  • SEVERE TORTURE - Bloodletting

    "Appearing in 2001 with the brutally heavy Feasting on Blood, Severe Torture took the metal world by storm with its thunderous approach and razor-sharp riffs," says All Music Guide regarding dutch metaller’s Severe Torture. Since release of their debut, the five-piece have consistently worked to expand their worldwide fanbase. With Bloodletting, the band’s first live album, the band once again is put front-stage proving they are a formidable contender in current-day death metal circles.

    Bloodletting features 15 band and fan favorites, including live renditions of early demo (and popular underground favorites) material. A popular performer, it showcases their strength and passion for the live stage. An Amazon.com buyer notes of Severe Torture, "from the get go, the death metal chaos starts and goes full blast until the very last brutal note." Popular website Metal Review adds, "Quality no-holds-barred death metal."

    Severe Torture are expected to release their third studio album later in 2005 on a new, undecided label.

    Official band website: http://www.severetorture.com/
    Release date: March 22, 2005

  • BATTLE AT HELM'S DEEP "LIVE"

    In Celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of "Battle At Helm's Deep", ATTACKER will perform this classic album, in its entirety, at an exclusive engagement to be held at the HEADBANGER'S BALLROOM on Sunday July 10th in Hamburg, Germany.

    Vocalist Bob Mitchell recently stated "This is our way of saying thank you to all of our fans, here in Europe, for their years of support and for making our debut at last years Keep It True Festival in Germany an experience we will never, ever forget"

    In addition to this special show, The Lords of Thunder will also appear at these great events:

    HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR FESTIVAL on Saturday July 9th Brande-Hoernerkirchen, Germany

    THRASH 'TIL DEATH FESTIVAL on Friday July 15th Wendessen, Germany

    Two more dates to be announced! Visit the Official ATTACKER Website for more details!

    www.attacker.tv

  • BORKNAGAR - Acoustic Album!

    "Dear fans and associates,

    Having created epic metal for several years now, an idea and a vision has arisen within the Borknagar camp, and we hereby want to inform you about how it will affect our forthcoming release: The next BORKNAGAR album will be an acoustic effort based entirely on the epic and progressive aspect of the band. The recording will commence this very spring, most likely in late May, at Toproom Studio in Norway as we are planning an autumn release.

    This is something we have wanted to do for many years now, and the idea has lingered within the band ever since the recording of Quintessence and a few private sessions with a grand piano and an acoustic guitar. The album will be acoustic based but largely arranged with a wide range of instruments and vocal styles. It will be recorded by the same line-up that did EPIC, and we will be working with different locations during the recording process in order to catch the sounds of different acoustic environments. Musically the album will be rather dissimilar from what we have done before, though the unique BORKNAGAR-sound will surly shine through.

    This is not a permanent change of the bands musical style, but rather a musical quest and a challenge for us as well as for our audience!

    The title of the album will be released soon.

    Best regard,

    Øystein G. Brun
    BORKNAGAR"

    http://www.borknagar.com
    Century Media

  • MICHALE SCHMALE – R.I.P.

    It is with much sadness we must report the loss of another young musician. Michael Schmale, guitarist and main songwriter of the German death metal band LEMMING PROJECT, died on Thursday, February 17th at the age of 33. Lemming Project initially formed in 1986 and eventually signed to Noise Records for the release of the two albums "Extinction" and "Hate And Despise", the latter of which was licensed and released by Century Media in the USA. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Michael’s longterm girlfriend as well as his family and bandmates. For messages to the ex band members, you can contact former Lemming Project bassist Thomas Jäschke at: [email protected] - R.I.P., Michael Schmale. Century Media

  • ARCH ENEMY - Studio Update

    Arch Enemy is in the studio recording their follow up to 2003's "Anthems Of Rebellion"! Check out the reports and pics from the studio on http://www.archenemy.net. Century Media

  • KOTIPELTO - On tour!

    KOTIPELTO is touring in support of his sophomore solo album "Coldness", released in Europe April 2004 through Century Media Records. The successor to 2002's "Waiting for the Dawn" was engineered by Janne Wirman at Beyond Abilities studios and by Tero Kostermaa at High and Loud’s ELK-Studios as well as famous Finnvox studios in Helsinki, Finland, while the latter also served as the household location for the mix (by Mikko Karmila) and mastering (by Mika Jussila). The atmospherically suitable artwork was designed by Mattias Norden, who also created art for Lost Horizon, Evergrey, Into Eternity, etc.

    You can check the single "Reasons" at this location: http://www.www.centurymedia.de

    Line Up for the tour:
    Lauri Porra (Tunnelvision) - Bass
    Tuomas Wäinölä (Heartplay, Nylon Beat) - Guitar
    Mikko Kaakkuriniemi (Quintessence) - Drums
    Robert Engstrand (The Flower Kings) - Keyboards
    Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius) - Vocals

    Once more the overview of the dates:
    18. March 05 (E) Madrid Sala Macuba
    19. March 05 (E) Bergara Sala Jam
    20. March 05 (E) Zaragoza Sala Oasis
    21. March 05 (E) Barcelona Sala Razzmatazz 2
    23. March 05 (F) Paris Elysee Montmartre
    24. March 05 (NL) Zaandam De Kade
    25. March 05 (D) Speyer Halle 101
    26. March 05 (CH) Pratteln Z7
    28. March 05 (D) Aschaffenburg Colos Saal
    29. March 05 (D) Nürnberg Hirsch
    30. March 05 (I) Milan Rainbow Club
    01. April 05 (D) Andernach Juz Live Club
    02. April 05 (B) Brussels Ten Weyngaert
    03. April 05 (NL) Helmond Plato
    04. April 05 (D) Bochum Zeche
    05. April 05 (NL) Zoetermeer De Boerderij
    08. April 05 (GR) Thessaloniki Hydrogeios**
    09. April 05 (GR) Athens Gagarin 205**
    **without Epica

    http://www.noisegateproductions.com
    http://www.kotipelto.com
    Century Media

  • DIVINE EMPIRE - New album & tour

    Florida´s death metal outfit DIVINE EMPIRE is ready to unleash their brand new, hate fueled bullets upon all of us with their new album “Method Of Execution” ! Opening with the crushing atmospheric track “Vowed Revenge,” it becomes immediately clear that the new album “Method of Execution” is a giant leap forward for the band. “Prelude to the Storm,” for example, provides some beautiful classical guitar melodies accompanied by violin and cello lines before blasting into “Storm of Hatred".

    Produced once again by Jeremy Staska (Malevolent Creation, Hateplow, Remembering Never, Nonpoint, Poison The Well), DIVINE EMPIRE have achieved their most stellar production to date. The guitars are clear yet dirty; the drums sound big yet sharp; and the bass cuts through beautifully, making Blachowicz’s impressive techniques on the four-string apparent. He also gives the vocal performance of his career, displaying a range that could very well give Glen Benton a run for his money.

    DIVINE EMPIRE have always released strong death metal records, but with “Method of Execution”, the band has reached a creative zenith. They’ve grown from their straight ahead death metal origins to include a variety of influences, helping distance them from their Malevolent Creation brethren. Stronger melodies, catchier song structures and hints of classical, doom, black, and even classic rock all rear their ugly heads. Without a doubt the EMPIRE has solidified its reign and shall continue to rule for years to come.

    DIVINE EMPIRE - "Method Of Execution" (58:08)

    Tracklist:
    1. Vowed Revenge (4:07)
    2. The Mauler (3:55)
    3. Surgical Strike (2:13)
    4. Dungeon Mask (4:01)
    5. Shadow Of Violence (3:44)
    6. Prelude To The Storm (2:02)
    7. Storm Of Hatred (4:04)
    8. Random Beheadings (3:14)
    9. Incarcerated (3:53)
    10.Judge, Jury & Executioner (3:59)
    11.Terror Zone (3:57)
    12.Sanctionized Homicide (2:26)
    13.Impervious Deception (3:42)
    14.Kill The King (4:34)
    15.Murderous (3:55)
    16.Reduced to Ashes (4:22)

    “Method Of Execution” will be released in Europe on April 25th!!!

    DIVINE EMPIRE will promote their new album directly after its release by touring Europe alongside Bay Area thrash legends Testament! So watch out for a serious punch in the guts! Here are the dates:

    DIVINE EMPIRE
    Supporting Testament
    04. May 05 (D) Luckau MZA / Fuck the Commerce Festival
    08. May 05 (UK) London Koko
    09. May 05 (F) Paris La Locomotive
    10. May 05 (LUX) Esch Alsette
    11. May 05 (I) Milan Rolling Stone
    12. May 05 (A) Innsbruck Hafen
    13. May 05 (D) Lichtenfels Stadthalle
    14. May 05 (D) Münster / Dieburg Live Arena
    15. May 05 (B) Gavere Racing
    Booking: http://www.bruchstein-tours.de

    Official homepage: http://www.metalasylum.com/divine/
    Century Media

  • MERENDINE ATOMICHE
    News about New Album!
    To all magazines World wide

    It's a pleausure for Merendine Atomiche to announce that they'll hit the studio in august 2005 at the New Sin Studios in Treviso, Italy for the new album . This will be the second full lenght album and the fifth disc in these ten years of heavy metal. The name will be:

    "Raw!"

    It will contains from 9 to 11 tracks. The band didn't decided, this, yet so, the name of the songs and the right numbers will be announced before to hit the studio.

    This new album follow the good results of first full lenght "Walk across fire" and it will be support by a great metal star. It's a pleausure for us to announce, as guest and, as co-producer of the disc, the partecipation of guitarist who already played with bands such us Savatage and Overkill and now member of Seven Witches:

    Jack Frost!

    In this tenth year since the band has been started to play metal this will be another great way to spread their music with joy and strenght! All magazines and fans interested to know more, write to the contact below, or simple, take a look to the Merendine Atomiche Official web site at this address: http://www.merendineatomiche.com
    "Raw!" is coming and we hope to give the best fresh shit ever to our fans. The preliminares seems good! don'tya?

    Merendine Atomiche staff
    [email protected]
    www.merendineatomiche.com

  • GOD FORBID Embark On Headlining U.S. Tour;
    Commence Pre-Production For New Album

    Early next month GOD FORBID will begin their final round of touring in support of their critically acclaimed and highly successful Gone Forever album. This will be the group-s first national headlining US tour supporting their latest offering and it will feature Caliban, It Dies Today and Full Blown Chaos in the support slots. This trek marks their first US tour since last years Ozzfest. The upcoming four-week run, which kicks off on April 1st, also includes a stop at the esteemed New England Metal And Hardcore Fest.

    Doc Coyle (guitars) further conveys his excitement over their upcoming tour: "The headlining tour this April is going to be amazing. This is a sick lineup with our good friends Full Blown Chaos, German metalcore giants Caliban (who we just toured Europe with and are doing their first US tour in almost a year) and Trustkill records breakout band of 2005, It Dies Today. We're so excited to play a long set that covers both the old and new material that everyone's been asking for. So bring your dancing shoes and get your tickets before these shows start selling out! Peace."

    Straight on the heels of a highly successful east-coast run with Soulfly, the group proceeded to enter the studio to begin pre-production on their highly anticipated new album, IV:Constitution Of Treason, with Jason Suecof (Trivium) at Audiohammer Studios. In May, GOD FORBID will join back up with Suecof and Eric Rachel (Atreyu, Dillinger Escape Plan) at Trax East to begin tracking the new effort. The album is tentatively set for an October release.

    GOD FORBID w/ Caliban, It Dies Today, Full Blown Chaos
    4/01 FOUFOUNES ELECTRIQUES MONTREAL, QC
    4/02 EL MOCAMBO TORONTO, ON
    4/03 I-ROCK DETROIT, MI
    4/04 CLEARWATER THEATRE WEST DUNDEE, IL
    4/05 STATION 4 MINNEAPOLIS, MN
    4/06 THE EAGLES CLUB MILWAUKEE, WI
    4/07 POPS SAUGET, IL
    4/08 BRICKTOWN LIVE OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
    4/09 RIDGLEA THEATRE FT. WORTH, TX
    4/10 SANCTUARY SAN ANTONIO, TX
    4/12 THE ROCK TUCSON, AZ
    4/13 KEY CLUB WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
    4/14 SOMA-SIDESTAGE SAN DIEGO,CA
    4/15 SHOWCASE THEATRE CORONA, CA
    4/16 THE POUND @PIER 96 SAN FRANCISCO, CA
    4/18 ROCK ISLAND DENVER, CO
    4/19 GRANADA THEATRE LAWRENCE, KS
    4/20 EMERSON THEATRE INDIANAPOLIS, IN
    4/22 CLUB TUNDRA SYRACUSE, NY
    4/23 THE PALLADIUM WORCESTER, MA* (NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL)
    4/24 THE CHANCE POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
    4/25 AGORA THEATRE CLEVELAND, OH
    4/26 CBGB'S NEW YORK, NY
    4/27 THE DOWNTOWN FARMINGDALE, NY
    4/29 THE TROCADERO PHILADELPHIA, PA

    www.godforbid1.com
    Metal Maniacs

  • NORWAY'S EXTOL PREPARE TO DIVE ACROSS THE US

    Few could argue the technical and artistic vision EXTOL have maintained in their near 10-year history. Never comfortable maintaining the status quo the band continues to break new musical ground, and on their May 3rd Century Media release, The Blueprint Dives, the prolific and influential Norwegian band have launched themselves into a remarkable new era. As with prior releases, Extol continue to explore their ambitious groundbreaking musical vision in a straightforward but formative way. Intertwining style and creativity The Blueprint Dives contains EXTOL's heaviest and most diverse material to date.

    In support of the albums release, EXTOL will be touring the US throughout the summer. Dates include appearances at the Ichthus Festival, New England Metal And Hardcore Festival, Cornerstone Festival dates, Sonshine Festival and shows with Haste The Day, Embrace Today, Dead To Fall and Twelve Tribes.

    EXTOL
    4/20 Coray Alumni Gym Wheaton, IL
    4/22 Ichthus Festival Wilmore, KY
    4/24 The Palladium Worcester, MA (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)
    4/26 The Icon Buffalo, NY w/ Haste the Day, Embrace Today
    5/03 Hyamp Huntington, WV w/ Haste the Day, Embrace Today
    5/04 The Toneyard Knoxville, TN w/ Haste the Day, Embrace Today
    5/06 The Complex Memphis, TN w/ Haste the Day, Embrace Today
    5/11 Thee Imperial Jacksonville, FL w/ Haste the Day, Dead to Fall, Twelve Tribes
    5/13 Cornerstone Festival Orlando, FL
    6/30 Cornerstone Festival Bushnell, IL (Tooth and Nail Day)
    7/01 Cornerstone Festival Bushnell, IL
    7/15 Sonshine Festival Willmar, MN
    More dates to be announced
    Metal Maniacs

  • NOVEMBERS DOOM And SAURON Confirmed For MINNEAPOLIS MAYHEM 2 Festival

    NOVEMBERS DOOM (Illinois) and SAURON (Michigan) have been confirmed for this year's Minneapolis Mayhem 2 festival, set to take place on May 6-7 at Star Central in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:

    SODOM
    SADUS
    AVENGER OF BLOOD
    SUMMON
    NOVEMBERS DOOM
    THE CHASM
    USURPER
    SOULLESS
    THROCULT
    DEW-SCENTED
    ESTUARY
    SAURON
    EPICUREAN
    WINTERTHRALL
    EMPYREAN SKY
    CYST
    BELTFED WEAPON
    POST MORTOM

    For more information, visit http://www.minneapolismayhem.com
    Tickets Now on sale!

  • GUITAR SHREDDER “JOHN 5” WILL JOIN ROB ZOMBIE
    HEADLINING THE 2ND STAGE @ OZZFEST 2005

    HOLLYWOOD (March 24, 2005) – John 5 is ‘shredder of choice’ for Horror Rocker Rob Zombie for this years Ozzfest 2005 tour. “I'm totally stoked about this because this guy is a fucking shredder,” explains Zombie. “I played Thunder Kiss 65 with him at The Arrowhead Pond Arena for a benefit a couple weeks back and it never sounded so fucking good." John 5 is elated that he will be playing guitar for Rob Zombie on the Hot Topic Second stage at this year's Ozzfest. "I'm totally ecstatic about having the opportunity to play with Rob on Ozzfest,” exclaims John 5. “He has been one of my favorite artists for the longest time. I had the opportunity to play with him a few weeks back, and never thought that I would have the chance to share the stage with him playing the Zombie songs we all know and love!"

    John5 is best known for his tour-of-duty with the controversial Marylin Manson. "I had a great run with Marilyn Manson. “It was a lot of fun and it was a really great experience, but I've got a lot of other stuff going on. I'm busier now than I was on tour," explains John5. A lot of stuff going on indeed. While playing with famed guitar guru Les Paul in New York, Paul gave John5 some good old-fashioned advice. He told the player to venture out with his monster playing ability and go solo. Influenced by Les Paul’s advice, John5 is unleashing solo project aptly named Vertigo.

    Since that release, John5 has gone on to put together another band project named LOSER. John5 launched his new band LOSER to the public live in Hollywood, bringing much attention to the major labels. You will be hearing more about LOSER this summer - Introducing to you the players are Joe (vocals, yes, just Joe), John5 (guitar), Charles Lee (bass) and Glenn Crain (drums).

    John 5 has yet one more project up his sleeve for 2005. He will be recording his second instrumental on Shrapnel Records. This album will have guitar Shred-King Steve Vai and chicken pickin’ Maestro Albert Lee. This untitled album is in the works and will release fall 2005 –

    "John 5 is an underrated guitar Giant.
    It's rare to hear a musician fuse various styles and
    create a unique blend and a brand all his own. It takes balls
    but that's what's needed to be truly original."
    Steve Vai

  • THE ‘BATTLE FOR OZZFEST’ TOUR COMING YOUR WAY

    ‘A DOZEN FURIES,’ ‘MANNTIS’ AND ‘CURSE YOUR NAME’


    HOLLYWOOD (March 24, 2005) – Saturday March 26th launches the Battle For Ozzfest Tour in Hollywood, Ca at the Avalon. The top 3 winners from the show will brutalize the stage with their raw-metal music.

    “Battle For Ozzfest” aired on MTV from Oct. 25th – Jan. 10th on Monday nights. At the open-call auditions held in Los Angeles and New York City, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne got a first-hand look at some of the most talented bands from all over America. After many long weeks, the battle had finally come to an end. And now we present you the Top-3 on tour - ‘A Dozen Furies,’ ‘Manntis.’ And ‘Curse Your Name.’ These 3 bands beat out over 600 bands to compete on MTV’s “Battle For Ozzfest.”

    A Dozen Furies, the Dallas-based metal outfit has landed side-by-side with some of metal’s most popular contemporary acts (including Chimaira, Sworn Enemy, 18Visions, As I Lay Dying, and The Bled). The future looks just as busy and productive for the band, as they plan on writing and releasing their first full length record and touring all summer long on Ozzfest 2005. www.adozenfuries.com

    Manntis is a five piece band From the Riverside county area of Southern California. Their sound of music cannot really be labeled into a certain category of style due to the fact it reaches so many different types. The best way you could describe would be Hardcore with a lot of metal influences. Many bands have influenced the members through the years including Deftones, Pantera, Killswitch Engage, Boy sets Fire, Zao, Machine Head, Sepultura, Meshuggah, Hatebreed and Lamb of God. www.manntis.com

    Curse Your Name, from bucolic North Carolina is a 6-piece unit that knows no boundaries when it comes to climbing to the top. This is not a band that relies solely on one type of sound; it’s all over the radar, ranging from slow and psychotically peaceful melodies to fast-paced and aggressive chaos. www.curseyourname.com

    BATTLE FOR OZZFEST 2005 TOUR DATES

    Sat Mar 26 Los Angeles, CA Avalon
    Mon Mar 28 Phoenix, AZ Martini Ranch
    Fri Apr 01 El Paso, TX Xcape
    Sun Apr 03 Lubbock, TX Jake's Backroom
    Mon Apr 04 Dallas, TX Trees
    Tue Apr 05 Houston, TX Meridian
    Wed Apr 06 New Orleans, LA Howlin' Wolf
    Sat Apr 09 Oklahoma City, OK Bricktown Live
    Sun Apr 10 Kansas City, KS El Torreon
    Tue Apr 12 Minneapolis, MN Ascot Room (at The Quest)
    Wed Apr 13 Chicago, IL Durty Nellies
    Thu Apr 14 Milwaukee, WI Shank Hall
    Fri Apr 15 Detroit, MI St. Andrew's Hall
    Sat Apr 16 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
    Sun Apr 17 Cleveland, OH Odeon
    Tue Apr 19 New York, NY Sin-E
    Wed Apr 20 Philadelphia, PA TLA
    Thu Apr 21 Boston, MA Axis
    Fri Apr 22 Washington, DC Nation
    Sat Apr 23 Richmond, VA Alley Katz

    For More information - http://www.ozzfest.com/battletour.html

  • Polish horde IPERYT has just finished its first assault called "Particular Hatred".

    This EP consists of four massive nihilist hymns which can be only described as dehumanized terror metal where raw oldschool meets speedcore beats and cadaverous venom of lyrics in its particular way.

    "Particular Hatred" was recorded and mixed during january/february of 2005 in the pits of hell.

    IPERYT is now looking for suitable label to cooperate with.

    The Band will also appear on two live warfares in Poland this April.

    You can find more (mp3, photos, frontline news) on IPERYT's official website: http://www.iperyt.pl

  • OCTAVIA SPERATI US RELEASE DATE SET

    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records today confirms June 14 as the US release date of Winter Enclosure, the debut album from Norway's 6-piece, all-female band Octavia Sperati. Recorded in their hometown of Bergen, Norway, the album was produced by Herbrand Larsen and Arve Isdal, both members of US labelmates Enslaved.

    Kerrang calls Octavia Sperati “extravagant, dramatic doom with a rock and roll heart.” This, however, merely taps the surface of what is contained on this, their full-length debut. Breathtaking, provocative and yet metallic, the band's style is dynamic, commanding and uniquely sensual. Expected to immediately appeal to fans of The Gathering, My Dying Bride, Lacuna Coil, Third & the Mortal, Nightwish and others, Octavia Sperati's dark romanticism is brought to impressive heights amongst a backdrop of heavy doom and metallic edge resulting in a unique musical experience. Already they are being hailed throughout the European press community as word on the band initially starts to circulate amongst American outlets.

    Formed in 2000, Octavia Sperati is singer Silje Wergeland, bassist Trine C. Johansen, drummer Hege S. Larsen, guitarists Gyri S. Losnegaard and Bodil Myklebust, and keyboardist Tone Midtgaard. Already having graced the stages at numerous European festivals, the band already enjoys an extensive support throughout their native country. Winter Enclosure has already found initial international acclaim from Kerrang, Terrorizer, and Metal Hammer and all very early on in the label’s marketing/promotional set up. With a video for “Lifelines of Depths” in the working stages, it is expected to be an eventful and exceptionally busy year for Octavia Sperati.

    Track listing for Winter Enclosure is: Intro, Lifelines of Depths, Soundless, Hymn, Hunting Eye, Future Is, Below Zero, Wasted on the Living, Without Air (Before), Without Air (After).

April 7th, 2005
  • HIRAX LIVE NORTH AMERICAN DATES

    SATURDAY, APRIL 9TH - PHOENIX, ARIZONA
    ARIZONA METAL DEVASTATION FESTIVAL APRIL 8TH & 9TH
    ALL AGES “Old Brickhouse” • 1 E. Jackson -- Phoenix, AZ - U.S.A
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    HIRAX in studio RADIO INTERVIEW Friday, April 29th TIJUANA, MEXICO
    102.5 "Instintos" 7pm - 8pm
    PHONE: 011 - 52 - 6646 - 81- 33 - 93 OR 011 - 52 - 6646 - 81- 33 - 94

    SATURDAY, APRIL 30TH TIJUANA, MEXICO
    ALL AGES "Box Underground" next to the old Jai Ali building 1500 Ave Revolucion
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    FRIDAY, MAY 13th THRASH OF THE QUINTANA SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
    HIRAX to play KUSF 23rd Anniversary of Rampage Radio
    ALL AGES “The Pound” 357 N Pier 96 • San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 826-9202
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    SATURDAY, JUNE 18th LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA
    21 AND over “The Prospector” 2400 7th Street (562) 439-3839

    MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED…

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    April 4TH 2005
    "LOUDER THAN HELL" CD/7" vinyl featuring: HIRAX, The Accused, Toxic Narcotic, Municipal Waste, and Voetsek

    COMING SOON… The long awaited, 'Raging Violence' 1985 and 'Hate, Fear and Power' 1986 on one CD,

    "NOT DEAD YET" including never before seen photos, lyrics, flyers, etc.

    FINALLY!! THE AMERICAN RELEASE of "The Age of Terror" including new artwork.

    Release date: To be announced.

    Also check out www.HIRAX.org

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Katon
    HIRAX

    NEW T-SHIRTS and HIRAX merchandise available now www.BlackDevilRecords.com

  • 16. WACKEN : OPEN : AIR 2005

    http://www.wacken.com

    04.08. - 06.08.2005

    Here the latest list of confirmed bands for W:O:A 2005:+ ACCEPT + APOCALYPTICA + AXEL RUDI PELL + BLOODBATH + CANDLEMASS + CORVUS CORAX + COUNT RAVEN + DISSECTION + EDGUY + EISREGEN + ENDHAMMER + ENDSTILLE + ENSIFERUM + EQUILIBRIUM + FINNTROLL + GOREFEST + HAMMERFALL + HANOI ROCKS + ILLDISPOSED + KREATOR + MACHINE MEN + MAMBO KURT + MARDUK + MARKY RAMONE + MERCENARY + METAL CHURCH + MORGANA LEFAY + NAGLFAR + NIGHTWISH + OBITUARY + OOMPH! + OVERKILL + POTENTIA ANIMI + SAMAEL + SENTENCED + SONATA ARCTICA + SUFFOCATION + TORFROCK + TRISTANIA + TURISAS + W:O:A FIREFIGHTERS + ZYKLON +

    Info: http://www.wacken.com

    After the great success of the X-MAS Packages ( thanx to all Metalheads for your support! ) there is now the 3-day ticket available. The ticket will be available as orignal hardticket!

    The 3-Day Ticket includes:
    • free camping starting from 03.08.05
    • free entrance for the Wacken Swimming Pool starting from 01.08.05
    • camp directly at your car
    • no limitations of drinks and food on the campingground
    • reservations of campingground for groups with more than 50 peopple
    • only grass surfaces, short ways to the festivalground and village
    • mind. 60 Bands on 4 Open Air Stages and a Tentstage (Headbangersballroom)
    • Videoscreen, LED-Info-Systems
    • beer-garden
    • park-fee 20,- EUR per car (doesn't matter how many people inside)
    ... and much more

    The tickets price is 79,00 EUR incl. presale charge + p&p

    Ticketlink: http://www.metaltix.com/link/?item,21444,nlwoa20041223
    or hotline +49 (0) 4627 - 18 38 38
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    To get the latest News about the W:O:A just go to http://www.wacken.com

  • PRO-PAIN NEW ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE
    TOUR KICKS OFF APRIL 3

    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records today confirms June 14 as the stateside release date for Prophets of Doom, the new album from long-running metal/hardcore pioneers PRO-PAIN. In addition, the band prepares to kick off their next US tour, following their recent run with labelmates Entombed, Crowbar and The Mighty Nimbus. The tour, set to begin on April 3 in New York City, will wrap in Rochester on May 12. The band will then perform two headline shows before returning to Florida, their current base, to prepare for already confirmed European summer-time festivals.

    With Prophets of Doom, PRO-PAIN (as always) deliver a punishing record that expands upon the diversity and musical acrimony that was found on Fistful of Hate - their successful 2004 release. In fact, Prophets can and is expected to be noted as the band's best album in their 15-year career. Aggressive, meticulous, passionate, righteous - all distinguishing traits that have come to symbolize the fundamentals the four-piece - Prophets of Doom adds to the quartet's successful and enviable career and confirms that they still manage to find room to improve. And more importantly, impress.
    Formed in 1990 by vocalist/bassist Gary Meskil (ex-Crumbsuckers), then New York-based PRO-PAIN benefited early from substantial support via MTV's Headbanger’s Ball. In 2004, the band returned to the program, clocking in regular and repeated rotation with “Can You Feel It.” The band, currently featuring guitarists Tom Klimchuck, Eric Klinger (ex-Spudmonsters) and drummer JC Dwyer (ex-Paingod) with Meskil, again plan a new video for Prophets of Doom; track not confirmed as of press time. PRO-PAIN's worldwide catalog sales currently nears one million units.

    Track listing for Prophets of Doom: Neocon, UnAmerican, Hate Marches On, One World Ain’t Enough, Getting Over, Operation Blood for Oil, Torn, Death Toll Rises, The Prisoner, Days of Shame. The album was produced by the band.

    PRO-PAIN discography: Foul Taste of Freedom (1992), The Truth Hurts (1994), Contents Under Pressure (1996), Pro-Pain (1997), Act of God (1999), Round Six (2000), Road Rage Live (2001), Shreds of Dignity (2002), Run for Cover (2003), Fistful of Hate (2004), Prophets of Doom (2005).

    www.pro-pain.com

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  • DEMOLITION
    will be supporting
    TESTAMENT

    on their reunion tour throughout Europe

    The dates:

    MAY 08, SUN - LONDON (UK) KOKO (FORMERLY CAMDEN PALACE)
    MAY 09, MON - PARIS (FR) LA LOCOMOTIVE
    MAY 10, TUE - ESCH SUR ALZETTE (LUX) KULTURFABRIK
    MAY 11, WED - MILAN (IT) ROLLING STONE
    MAY 12, THU - INNSBRUCK (A) HAFEN
    MAY 13, FRI - LICHTENFELS (GER) STADTHALLE
    MAY 14, SAT - MÜNSTER - DIEBURG (GER) LIVE ARENA
    MAY 15, SUN - GAVERE ( BEL) RACING

  • DANZIG AND DOYLE TO HEADLINE SECOND NIGHT OF NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL

    WORCESTER, Mass. – Danzig and special guest Doyle have been confirmed as the Saturday headliner for the seventh annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.

    In addition to the regular Danzig set, Doyle with join the band for a blistering 30-minute set of classic Misfits material. Danzig and Doyle have performed together just three times during Danzig’s recent tour – their first performances together in over 21 years.

    Hatebreed, Unearth and Obituary will headline Friday night. Saturday’s other headliners will include Chimaira and Cryptopsy. Sunday’s headliners are King Diamond, Nile and Soilwork. Also appearing are A Life Once Lost, All Shall Perish, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, Blood Has Been Shed, Bury Your Dead, Dark Tranquility, Darkest Hour, Evergreen Terrace, Full Blown Chaos, Glass Casket, Hypocrisy, If Hope Dies, Internal Bleeding, Ion Dissonance, It Dies Today, Kylesa, Maroon, Misery Signals, Nimic (Mnemic), Premonitions Of War, Pro-Pain, Red Chord, Reflux, Remembering Never, Scurvy, Sonata Arctica, Stemm, Strapping Young Lad, The Acacia Strain, The Agony Scene, The Esoteric, The Killing, The Minor Times, Throwdown, Trivium, Winter Solstice, and many more to be added. Talent is subject to change.

    Single day tickets are $35 per day. Three-day passes are $99. Tickets are on sale NOW at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.

    The show will once again take place on the two stages in the Palladium. This year there will once again be a film crew recording every second of action on the stage and behind the scenes for another LIVE DVD. Record labels, vendors, and record distributors will set up shop in the balcony of the upstairs room. Sponsors this year include Decibel Magazine who is presenting this fest, Prosthetic Records who is sponsoring the 2nd Stage upstairs, Metal Blade Records, Trustkill Records, Ibanez Guitars, Fuse / Uranium, Metal Maniacs Magazine, Revolver Magazine, Relapse Records, Mazur PR, The Syndicate, defyunlearn.com, jeremysaffer.com, returntothepit.com, and theundergroundscene.net. Vendors this year include Acrux Clothing / Deep Send Records, Austin Enterprise, Century Media / Nuclear Blast, Decibel Magazine, The End Records, Eulogy Recordings, Ferret Records, Lifeforce Records, Lost Disciple Records, Metal Blade Records, Metal Maniacs Magazine, Prosthetic Records, Red Rocket Records, Relapse Records, Revolver Magazine, Tooth And Nail Records, Trustkill Records and Victory Records.

    METAL AND HARDCORE FEST ON MYSPACE.COM:
    Join us at www.myspace.com/metalandhardcorefestival and let us know what you are thinking.

    For more information on this concert please visit the festival website at metalandhardcorefestival.com

  • TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL ANNOUNCMENT

    - Line-up almost complete, one more artist to be added
    - Ticket sales start on Friday April 1st

    Tuska Open Air Metal Festival has added more international and Finnish acts to the 2005 roster. The line-up is almost complete with only 1 more artist to be added for Saturday afternoon as well as the winner from the band contest at Rotonde-Festival, France, which is to be held later this spring. This year's Tuska-Festival is more international than ever, with nearly half of the artists coming from abroad. The evening clubs will most likely see some international action as well.

    New additions in Finnish professionalism will be represented by Apocalyptica, whose cello metal is witnessed way too rarely on their native soil. Apocalytica just recently supported Rammstein on their European tour and appeared stateside on a few selected dates.

    German precision and universal greatness is brought to you by the mighty Gamma Ray. The band last appeared on the bill at Tuska 2000 and have since built their fanbase by selling out club shows on a regular basis.

    Other additions include up-and-coming death metallers Amoral, Finnish- singing Stam1na and Viikate, as well as Callisto who are about to embark on a European tour in a few weeks.

    The search continues for one more, either domestic or foreign artist.

    Ticket sales for Tuska 2005 start on Friday April 1st. Three-day ticket costs 67 euro, one-day ticket 32 euro. Go to www.lippupalvelu.fi to purchase tickets.

    Current Tuska 2005 line-up reads as follows:

    Friday 15.7.
    Monster Magnet (USA)
    Apocalyptica
    Finntroll
    Teräsbetoni
    Scarve (FRA)
    Primal Fear (GER)
    Destruction (GER)
    Callisto
    Wintersun

    Saturday 16.7.
    Dimmu Borgir (NOR)
    Testament (GER)
    Gamma Ray (GER)
    Deathchain
    Thunderstone
    Amoral
    Rotten Sound
    Lake Of Tears (SWE)
    Ajattara
    Pain Confessor
    Sinking
    Naglfar (SWE)

    Sunday 17.7.
    Accept (GER)
    Sentenced
    Children Of Bodom
    Evergrey (SWE)
    Viikate
    Bal-Sagoth (UK)
    Stam1na
    Turmion Kätilöt
    Hieronymus Bosch (RUS)

    Additional Information:
    www.tuska-festival.fi