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April 30th, 2007
  • VELVET REVOLVER, LAMB OF GOD, UNEARTH Confirmed For Finland's Provinssirock Fest

    VELVET REVOLVER, LAMB OF GOD, UNEARTH and AIDEN have been confirmed for the 2007 edition of the Provinssirock festival, set to take place June 15-17 in Seinäjoki, Finland.

    For more information, visit www.provinssirock.fi.

    VELVET REVOLVER's sophomore album, "Libertad", is tentatively scheduled for release in early June. The band has been recording the CD since the beginning of 2007 in a Los Angeles studio.

    The group is tentatively scheduled to visit South America in April with AEROSMITH, followed by a U.S. theatre tour in May.
  • LIFE OF AGONY: European Dates Announced

    This summer, LIFE OF AGONY will head to Europe for a series of festival dates and headlining shows. There will also be special performances by LOA bassist Alan Robert's punk band SPOILER NYC on all of the dates. The details are as follows:

    Jun. 15 - Live Music Hall - Cologne, GER
    Jun. 17 - Fields Of Rock Festival - Biddinghuizen, NL
    Jun. 18 - 013 - Tilburg, NL
    Jun. 19 - Train - Aarhus, DEN
    Jun. 20 - Vega - Copenhagen, DEN
    Jun. 21 - Markthalle - Hamburg, GER
    Jun. 22 - Serengeti Festival - Bielefeld, GER
    Jun. 23 - Graspop Festival - Dessel, BEL

    LIFE OF AGONY spent most of 2006 on a break after completing its successful touring cycle for the 2005 Epic Records release, "Broken Valley". The band is currently without a record deal, having parted ways with Epic in 2005. In the meantime, lead singer Keith Caputo released a solo album, titled "Heart's Blood on Your Dawn", and toured Europe to support it with a group of talented Dutch musicians. Guitarist Joey Z has opened a recording studio in Brooklyn, NY called Method of Groove Studio and has successfully produced and mixed BRAND NEW SIN's latest release for Century Media. Joey has also teamed up with Peter Steele (TYPE O NEGATIVE) to reform CARNIVORE. Drummer Sal Abruscato has been actively building custom motorcycles and recently won an award for his latest creation.
  • New Death Angel Album CD

    Guitarist Rob Cavestany of Bay Area Thrash Titans Death Angel has issued the following update:

    "We've been jamming out at our studio in Oakland, creating a new album which we plan to release later this year. Good vibes are flowing! Can't wait for you to feel it…

    "We're pretty much going to lay low on the live shows until we get the album completed. In fact, we did not plan to do any shows at all before summer but then we got invited to play in the Philippines! 'Pulp Summer Slam Seven' takes place at Amoranto Stadium in Manila [on April 28] and we can't wait to hit that outdoor stage in the sizzling heat… it's gonna be insane!

    "OK, maybe one or two of the summer festivals in Europe; it's torture passing those up!

    "Other than that, it's all about getting that 'studio tan,' but you can bet your sweet ass that we'll be coming your way after we drop our new disc on ya… I also want to thank each and every one of you who continue to support and enjoy our music. You make us feel so warm and fuzzy."
  • BLACK MAJESTY: New Album Update

    Australian melodic power metal band BLACK MAJESTY has finished recording all the music for its upcoming third album, with singer John Cavaliere having just commenced recording vocals. Things are on track for a mid-2007 release through the Limb Music Products label.

    In other news, BLACK MAJESTY has confirmed two Australian shows in April: Wagga Wagga, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, April 21 at the Home Tavern Bass Bar and Adelaide, Australia at The Bridgeway Hotel (all-ages show) on Saturday, April 28. The band has also added another live date as part of its upcoming European tour at the Benatska Noc Festival in the Czech Republic, which happens from July 27 until July 29.

    BLACK MAJESTY upcoming live dates:
    May 13-15 - Masters of Rock Open Air Festival, Czech Republic
    Jul. 27-29 - Benatska Noc Festival, Czech Republic
    Aug. 2-4 - Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
  • OVERKILL: More U.S. Dates Announced

    OVERKILL has scheduled the following U.S. dates in October:

    Oct. 04 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
    Oct. 05 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
    Oct. 06 - Sayerville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
    Oct. 11 - Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
    Oct. 12 - Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
    Oct. 13 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
    Oct. 14 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
    Oct. 17 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
    Oct. 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
    Oct. 19 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
    Oct. 20 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Showplace
    Oct. 21 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

    OVERKILL is currently recording its new album, due later in the year. The band's latest CD, "ReliXIV", is available on Eagle Rock/Spitfire Records.

    According to Tangra Mega Rock, Sofia Music Enterprises confirmed today that IRON MAIDEN will headline this year's edition of the Arena Muzika Festival, set to take place on June 4 at the Locomotive Stadium in Sofia, Bulgaria. Tickets for the show will be available from next week and will cost between 30 and 60 leva (between 15 and 30 euros). Other bands that will take part in the event will be announced soon.

    IRON MAIDEN's latest live DVD, "Death on the Road", finally received a much-deserved U.S. release on January 30. Filmed at the Westenfalenhalle Arena in Dortmund, Germany, the performance was personally edited by founding member/bassist Steve Harris, to fully capture the magnificent stage production and to cut right to the heart and the electricity of the band's performance.

    Vocalist Bob Mitchell (ATTACKER) and Guitarist Jack Frost (SEVEN WITCHES, SAVATAGE) will join forces and co-write four original songs that will be featured on Frost's, upcoming, third solo album. As in his previous solo releases, FROST will have on board an array of great singers and musicians, however, Frost now plans on touring his solo efforts and it is likely that Mitchell will be the touring vocalist.

    Regarding this new found alliance, Mitchell had this to say, "This is a partnership that is long over due. Jack and I share a friendship of over twenty years so I am honored by this great opportunity. We've done some great things seperately with our respective bands and we have contributed to the Metal world for many years. I can only imagine what we'll do as a team".

    Along with this, the Metal veterans will also team up to record a full length album of Heavy Metal classics tentatively titled "ASSYLUM OF METAL" under the band name FM.

    The album will consist of cover songs by such artists as UFO, GILLAN, ACCEPT, JUDAS PRIEST and more! Details and release dates for both albums will be forthcoming.

    Currently, both SEVEN WITCHES and ATTACKER are in their studios writing and recording their respective new albums. Stay Tuned!!!

April 22nd, 2007
  • Desolate Ways with new website and samples of second album

    With the approaching of the release date of the second album, Tearful, the doomsters of DESOLATE WAYS already launched the new version of their website, based on the artwork of the new album, which can be seen at www.desolateways.com

    They also posted in their MySpace page - www.myspace.com/des0lateways - the new songs "Drowned in Tears" and "Forgive Me" for streaming.

    Tearful will be released in Brazil in a few weeks, by Erpland Records, and the first concerts are already being booked. An European release of the album is still being negotiated, and also a re-release of the first album, Eternal Dreams.

  • METALLICA Announces Dates In Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia

    METALLICA has posted the following message on its official web site:

    "Enough already with this announcing one show at atime B.S. ...we've got four more to tell you about!

    "First up, is Oslo, Norway on July 10th. Last time we were there is it was winter (Dec. '03)... We're psyched to be playing outside in the summer, actually our first outside gig ever in Norway.

    "We haven't been to Stockholm, Sweden in way tooooooo long ... so it's very cool that we'll be back on July 12th to play at Stockholm Stadion for the second time. See how these things work ... 'cause the next show is in ... Helsinki, Finland, July 15th, our eighth visit to Helsinki and again our second time at the Olympic Stadium. Yeah, there are a couple of days off in there . . . what to do, what to do?

    "Last tidbit from tonight's update ... a city we have only played once before, and site of one of the best and most intense shows in 'TALLICA history ... Moscow on July 18th, this time at the Lushniki Stadium.

    "They're all METALLICA shows, with of course a few cool opening bands that we'll let you in on as soon as all the details are sorted.

    "We have a few more shows in the works, so we'll get back to you soon as they're confirmed ... keep watching here."

    METALLICA "Sick of the Studio '07 Tour" dates so far:

    Jul. 01 - Werchter, BEL @ Rock Werchter Festival
    Jul. 03 - Athens, GRE @ Rockwave Festival
    Jul. 05 - Vienna, AUT @ Rotundenplatz
    Jul. 10 - Oslo, NOR @ Valle Hovin Stadion
    Jul. 12 - Stockholm, SWE @ Stadion
    Jul. 15 - Helsinki, FIN @ Olympic Stadium
    Jul. 18 - Moscow, RUS @ Lushniki Stadium

    METALLICA producer Rick Rubin told MTV.com last week that he wants the band to make a "defining" album when they enter the studio next month. Rubin admitted he was "really nervous" about working with the group after seeing the candid 2005 documentary about their near-breakup, "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster", but said that the band is now the opposite of how they appeared in the film. Rubin said, "They're really productive, really communicative — it seems like they really like being in the room together. It's a great process. They say they're more excited than they have been in a long time about making music...I asked them not to reinvent themselves so much as to make a defining album, like the purest of what METALLICA is."

    Drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone magazine that Rubin wants to make the band sound like "the METALLICA that made them METALLICA without going backward."

    METALLICA hopes to release its ninth studio effort by the end of the year.
  • Soulless Update

    Hails Fiends!

    Recording/mixing of "Forever Defiant" is finally completed. The CD will be mastered in March and should be released by World Chaos this spring. Check out The Soulless Domain for more details, Including a preview of Matt Cavotta's artwork for the new album.

    We have also made available a limited quantity of our long out of print "The Darkening of Days" CD. These are quality printed CDR's packaged with the original CD booklets and tray cards. They are super cheap and supply is limited. Check out our Merch page for this and many other killer items.

    Until next time...
    Thrash 'til Death!!

    The Soulless Beer Brigade
    P.O. Box 347417, Parma, Ohio 44134

    Dear friends of METAL!!!

    What is a weekend compared to a whole WEEK of METAL? Just imagine 7 days of LOUD MUSIC, beer, great food, excellent venue and thousands of people just like you, waiting to headbang and relax.

    The fantasy became reality as Slovenia’s finest metalfest METALCAMP will spread a whole WEEK of metal insanity in its best form. Settled in probably the best festival site ever, Tolmin, where mountains, cold river and huge forests bring you the primal feeling of WILDERNESS that is just perfectly fitting with what METAL is all about. Hey, who would dare to miss the opportunity of a whole metal week with one of the finest metal acts such as IMMORTAL, SEPULTURA, AMON AMARTH, BLIND GUARDIAN, SODOM, THE EXPLOITED, DORO, HATEBREED, DEW-SCENTED, UNLEASHED, DISMEMBER, etc.
    Although there are many immortal names here, there is only one name that lives and breathes everything that is METAL – and that, dear friends, is MOTÖRHEAD!

    If you claim to be in metal and cannot name at least one of their legendary songs, than Lemmy and co. will – as they always claim – KICK YOUR ASS! Being there from day one, this band has shaped the true spirit of Rock into something even more furious – and that is METAL. Every legendary band that you listen to, will state among their influences Motörhead. Who would think that three people could do this even if their bodily age is quite high? Well, Lemmy is GOD and by that fact he is immortal and so is his band. And God will visit the METALCAMP. Finally, you’ll be able to hear thundering roar of this 3-piece legends as their legacy will spew forth all over the beautiful valley. Songs such as Ace Of Spades, Bomber, Overkill, Iron Fist, I'm So Bad Baby and countless more will hit your ears like a raging thunderstorm. Lemmy and his diabolical associates know no rest or mercy. They drink, they smoke, they live on the edge, they raise Hell like no one else did, does or ever will. And only the live experience of MOTÖRHEAD can live up to the written words.

    MOTÖRHEAD at METALCAMP along with many others will definitely be a sight to remember. Be there to witness the legend!



    Digital Entertainment Packages (DEPs)
    Metal God Entertainment LLC / RHML

    For more than a decade value-added CD and DVD packaging have spurred sales and achieved very impressive appearances and functions. Finally, the brethren to physical packaging in the digital arena has arrived, and it too offers distributors unlimited premium services for their targeted consumers.

    As the game, music, film and television industries adjust their business models from a physical to a digitally-managed and digitally-distributed environment; visionaries have curiously asked 'what does digital packaging consist of?' Is it possible to provide exclusive packaging to the consumer and control its digital proliferation?

    Heavy Metal musician Rob Halford(Halford / Judas Priest vocalist) launched his new label Metal God Entertainment late-November 2006; utilizing digital distribution as his exclusive means to distribute current and future music and film product www.HalfordMusic.com. That is right, no traditional brick-and-mortar music store housing The Metal God's works - at least not yet. Metal God Entertainment also operates a global iTunes label featuring Rob Halford's music and short-film releases for the world's iTunes and iPod communities.

    Consumers purchasing from www.HalfordMusic.com will find each of Rob Halford's six (6) music releases accompanied with a premium digital package housing music and film for PC purchasers. Mac users receive the premium digital packaging and 192k MP3 files. Due to Apple's iTunes Digital Rights Management restrictions; Mac users must purchase Halford's videos direct from Apple's iTunes Store.

    Halford's Digital Entertainment Packages (DEP) have been soundly developed for Apple's Mac OS X systems as well as Microsoft's PC Windows environment. Each Halford premium digital package offers a custom interface which guides users through their new music, videos, wallpaper, lyrics, expanded liner notes and promotional photographs.

    Click on Rob Halford discography within the digital package, and a music player appears with 30 second audio clips of Rob Halford's entire solo catalog; as well as, links to purchase or gift a song, release or entire catalog.

    Halford's DEPs also include Halford updates via a web link to www.RobHalford.com. Rob's official site hosts millions of visitors annually.

    Halford debuted his first premium digital packaging in 2004 - featuring a rare 'live' performance of his band at Anaheim, California's House of Blues, and a retro-styled video game which ignited his web boards for an entire year as his audience strived for highest score.

    Every organization faces new marketing challenges as the industry embraces digital distribution. HalfordMusic.com and iTunes deliver quality music and film product over the Internet to the consumer.

    However, many consumer's dread looking at just a web page and order form. They want to be enveloped and allowed to see how a production was created, and they want to be entertained during the process. Someone in my audience is discovering our DEPs everyday; and their reactions are off-the-charts.
    -Rob Halford

    Please visit www.HalfordMusic.com and www.RobHalford.com for more details.

    The label that many a metalhead holds near and dear to their heart - Perris Records - will be celebrating their 15th anniversary come this July. The label has issued all new studio albums by such renowned veteran hard rock/metal acts as Stephen Pearcy(formerly of Ratt), Bang Tango, L.A. Guns, Vain, Enuff Z'Nuff, while also managing to introduce headbangers to newer acts, including 3 Legged Dogg, Blind Alley, and Backwash, among others.

    Perris has grown beyond just being a label, as they have launched their own music newspaper, 'Rocknation,' which features both artists from the label as well as other notable names - including Rob Halford, Slash, AC/DC, and Megadeth.

    Thus far, two issues have hit the streets, with the inaugural issue currently viewable at the Rocknation website. Published by Perris label head Tom Mathers, the paper features such respected metal writers as Brian Rademacher, Chris Akin, Mitch Lafon, and Todd Newton.

    Additionally, 'Rocknation' TV video show will be launched the same month as Perris' anniversary, which will be made available on both Time Warner and Comcast.

    The show will air weekly each Sunday night, and promises to be a prime source of hard rock videos for fans throughout the nation.

    "I am very excited about the launch of Rocknation," says Mathers. "I believe that Rocknation will bring rock back into the mainstream, and will give bands a medium to promote their music nationwide."

    Rocknation is also looking for local talent for nationwide concerts - contact [email protected]

    Also, add 'Rocknation Myspace' as a friend, for nationwide concerts and TV show info, plus giveaways at www.myspace.com/rocknationtv

    For additional info on the Rocknation music paper and upcoming TV program, please visit www.rocknation.us

    For news on the Perris Records catalog and upcoming releases, visit www.perrisrecords.com

    The New England Metal and Hardcore festival, presented by ESP Guitars & Basses and Krank Amps, is set for Friday, April 27 and Saturday, 28 with a Friday night headline performance by Norwegian black metal sensations Dimmu Borgir and a tribute to Metal Blade Records’ 25th Anniversary to cap off the festival on Saturday night.

    The festival will join forces with Metal Blade this year to celebrate the label’s 25th anniversary. Numerous Metal Blade bands will perform on Saturday in tribute to the long-standing, highly respected metal label, in addition to a once-in-lifetime performance that will bring together musicians from Metal Blade’s stellar roster of bands.

    “Metal Blade is very happy to celebrate our 25th Anniversary at the legendary New England Metal and Hardcore Fest,” said Metal Blade founder Brian Slagel. “We are able to have most of our roster appear at this great festival. We have always been big supporters of the NEMF and found this was the perfect way to kick off our 25th Anniversary celebration.”

    Additional bands confirmed for Friday are: Bury Your Dead, Devil Driver, Satyricon, Walls of Jericho, Kataklysm, Kylesa, Skinless, The Devil Wears Prada, All Shall Perish, 100 Demons, Nora, The Human Abstract, Still Remains, Thy Will Be Done, Nachtmystium, December Aeterali, Merauder, Death Before Dishonor, Suicide Silence, Beneath the Massacre, Skeleton Witch, Stick to Your Guns, The Faceless, Blood Runs Black, Dead Hearts, xDeathStarx, Palehorse, Bloodlined Calligraphy, and The Funeral Pyre.

    Saturday’s performers include: Unearth, Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, The Red Chord, Job for a Cowboy, Lizzy Borden, Goatwhore, I Killed the Prom Queen, Shai Halud, Since the Flood, Demiricous, Hallows Eve, Cellador, Beyond the Embrace, The Architect, Animosity, Psyopus, If Hope Dies, Ed Gein, The Absence, Gaza, Forever in Terror, Apiary, Sons of Azreal, The Destro, and The Network.

    “ESP is happy to once again support this year’s New England Metal and Hardcore Festival,” said Allen Steelgrave, Director of Marketing and Artist Relations, ESP Guitars. “We’re proud that the majority of the bands at this year's festival will be playing ESP and LTD guitars, and we do everything we can to help support the artists who choose ESP.”

    Now in its ninth year, the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival has built a name as the country’s premiere festival for these genres, drawing fans from across the country and around the world.

    The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival take place at the Palladium, located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, Mass. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, March. The cost is $35 for a one-day pass and $65 for a two-day pass. Tickets will be available at all Strawberries and FYE Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling 1-800-477-6849.

    The festival is presented this year by ESP Guitars & Basses and Krank Amps. Other sponsors include Metal Blade Records, Revolver magazine (the exclusive magazine of the festival), Monster Energy Drink, Prosthetic Records, Roadrunner Records, Thrash Talk with Mistress Juliya, Mazur Public Relations, The Syndicate, Heavy Hitter, JeremySaffer.com, DefyUnlearn.com, and ReturnToThePit.com.

    On-site vendors will include ESP Guitars / Krank Amps, Eulogy Recordings / Hand Of Hope Records, Metal Blade Records, Monster Energy Drink, Prosthetic Records, Revolver Magazine, Roadrunner Records, and many more in the festival’s marketplace area.

  • Seduced by Suicide News

    Seduced by Suicide to be featured in next issue of Insomnia Magazine compilation

    Seduced by Suicide will be featured in the compilation cd of the Insomnia Magazine's issue. This british magazine covers musical genres like gothic, punk, metal, industrial and electro. Each issue comes with a compilation cd, orders can be made through www.insomniamagazine.net

    Actually Seduced by Suicide is still recording a single and soon the band will make the first concert, which will be announced soon.

    Meanwhile some saples of Gothic Dream cd are available in the band's MySpace page - www.myspace.com/seducedbysuicide

    Seduced by Suicide
  • VÁN Records attacks... The Ruins of Beverast, Nagelfar

    --Rain Upon The Impure--

    "Goddamn, this is some of the fiercest stuff I've heard, ever. Unlock the Shrine was something else,
    but Rain Upon the Impure takes things miles and miles further." - Vampire Magazine

    "...the kind of album while listening to it someone has to ask himself why there hasn't
    existed something similar before." - Metal Archives

    The second full-length-output of German Ruins Of Beverast moves another step further into the mental abyss of loathsomeness, disgust and unease. Rain Upon The Impure features a sonic collapse of all earthly organisms, a celebration of negativism, composed of insurmountable and ceaseless works creating soundscapes of furious wrath, blissful insanity and slowest torment. This album is a sound-wise and compositional denial of all that is Black Metal Standard.

    --Virus West reissue--

    This is the re-release of the last album that was produced by this disbanded German Black Metal formation. “Virus West” is by far the most aggressive and powerful piece of music ever released by the band, leaving the shores of melancholy and reverie behind and setting sails for harsh and wrathful fields of either fast or energetic midtempo tunes. The production of the album was once again taken over by Andy Classen within the walls of the famous Stage One studio, which means that the sound of the compositions will rearrange your entire anatomy.

  • KINETIC at RockWave Festival.

    Hello everyone!!

    Here is Savvas Betinis from KINETIC, sending some important news!!!

    Check the banner below... We confirmed our appearance as opening act to Athens ROCKWAVE FESTIVAL 2007. The lineup for it`s first day, July 1st, is the following:


    It is a big honor for us to be in such place, having a really important role, to warm-up the crowd coming to see those Megatherions!! No more words...Just Hard Work!!!

    For all the details, such as ticket prices, Lineups for the remaining days and everything else check the link www.didimusic.gr

    Finally a big THANK YOU to DiDi Music/Big Star promotion for giving us this chance.


    With best regards
    Savvas Betinis

    KINETIC.KINETIC-The Official Web Of Consciousness

    KINETIC at MySpace:
  • MONARCH! "Dead Men Tell No Tales" 2xCD coming soon

    Crucial Blast will be releasing the North American version of the upcoming MONARCH! double CD set, Dead Men Tell No Tales, a colossal collection of not one, but two full length albums previously released on vinyl only by the French glacial sludge/feedback/lava rock behemoth known as MONARCH!.

    MONARCH! unleash a slow motion avalanche of impossibly glacial, blackened sludge and hypnotic feedback, each song a series of epic tarpit riffage stretched out eternally over lumbering drums and the cavernous rumble of speaker cabinets. Over these yawning expanses of black void appears the demonic, throat-shredding shrieks and ghostly singing of Emilie, whose petite appearance belies one of the harshest throats in the underground Doom spectrum. Beyond heavy. MONARCH!'s mega-crawling ambient doom/drone/sludge follows in the grand tradition of fellow tarpit adventurers Melvins, Corrupted, Noothgrush, and Black Sabbath, and accompany their music with an iconoclastic design style that decorates their material with deceptively cute imagery drawing from the collective influence of Sanrio, Japanese animation, European graffiti, weirdo hardcore, and skateboard culture.
    This double CD set will contain both MONARCH!'s newest album Die Tonight, and the now out-of-print Speak Of The Sea LP, both released in limited vinyl editions as European imports, with additional unreleased songs exclusive to this release. The North Amercian version of Dead Men Tell No Tales will be presented in an offset-printed, 4-panel case printed by Stumptown Printers, with all new original artwork in the band's unique design style. The North American release will be available in North America on March 13th 2007.

  • North American release of Year Of No Light's 'Nord'

    As part of our current plundering of the French art-metal underground, Crucial Blast will be releasing a domestic version of 'Nord', the colossal debut from French ensemble Year Of No Light that was originally released via the French label Radar Swarm earlier in 2006.

    Year Of No Light bring an amazing set of songwriting chops to the 10 songs that make up 'Nord', a heavy, chugging metallic monster that channels both gloomy atmospherics reminiscent of The Cure, and crushing Neurosis-inspired dirgecore, heavy and raw but at times extremely beautiful. To us, YEAR OF NO LIGHT's Nord seems to orbit the guitar-heavy early 90's alt rock of bands like Swervedriver and Dinosaur Jr., The Cure and My Bloody Valentine, just as much as it draws from the dirgey, metallic, crushing post-hardcore of Isis and Neurosis. Sure, there are a ton of bands out there that touch upon similar influences, but we can't think of anyone recently that has delivered an album in this style that is quite this catchy and well-written. Nord flows seamlessly between passages of ultra melodic post-rock and frenzied bursts of dissonant, crushing hardcore, to austere radiant guitar figures and gorgeous Troum-esque ambient drones, to massive doomy dirge metal, utterly gorgeous Loveless-esque melodic bliss, and some almost folksy, but unbelievably EPIC riffs, with powerful, strained vocals fighting through their wall of sound.
    Crucial Blast's release of 'Nord' for North America is planned for May 2007.

    "This is a debut of incredible maturity, and one of the most moving albums of this year." - Stylus

    "On 'Par Économie Pendant...'they are as air-punchingly triumphant as Envy, while doom-laden closer 'La Bouche De Vitus Bering' is bleaker than an eternal nuclear winter. Intoxicating stuff." - Rock Sound

  • ACE FREHLEY: 'Rumors Of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated'

    Contrary to published reports, former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is alive and well and working on his highly anticipated solo album.

    It has been erroneously reported on various web sites and wire services that the legendary guitarist had committed suicide.

    Not so!

    "I don't know how this ridiculous rumor got started," smiles Ace, as he eats his daily allotment of wheat germ, preparing to jump back on his treadmill.

    In a January 2006 interview with Guitar World magazine, Frehley had the following to say regarding his current projects: "I've been working on a solo album and a few film projects. I'd love to do an instructional video, but I want it to be comedic. [Laughs] I don't want it to be just another boring how-to-play video. I may not be the world's greatest guitarist, but at least I'm never boring."

    DOWNLORD, the Danish death metal band featuring ex-BOLT THROWER/BENEDICTION vocalist Dave Ingram and former members of INIQUITY, DAEMON, and SUPERFICIAL, have posted the video for their 2nd single, “Wake Up & Smell the Species” off of their debut album, “Random Dictionary of the Damned,” which was released world-wide by Open Grave Records in late January.

    The song, “Wake Up & Smell the Species” uses lyrical excerpts from "Hymn of the Satanic Empire", and was written by Anton Lavey in 1988 and was included on the "Satanic Mass" album.

    The video can be viewed at the Open Grave Records website (http://www.opengraverecords.com).

    German based Whirlwind Records, the home of Lengsel, Pantokrator, Kashee Opeiah, amongst other artists has entered into an exclusive distribution deal with Open Grave Records Distribution making their releases easily available at most major US chain stores as well as independent music stores.

    The first Whirlwind release to see a US release date will be Lengsel’s, “The Kiss The Hope”, which will hit stores on June 5th. Lengsel hails from Oslo, Norway and consists of Ole Halvard Sveen, Tor Glidje, and John Robert Mjåland, all member of the band Extol.

    Future releases and release dates will be announced as they become available.

    For more information visit:
  • ELENIUM news

    Finnish melodic death metallers ELENIUM have inked a deal with the new Finnish label Kampas Records. The band's second album, "Caught in a Wheel", will be released in March / April 2007. Two songs from the CD ? "Human" and the title track ? are available for listening on the group's MySpace page. http://www.myspace.com/elenium

    ELENIUM's full-length debut, "For Giving - For Getting", was released in 2003 through England's Rage Of Achilles Records.

    For more info visit:
  • STiiLPOiNT release debut album on March 16, 2007.

    STiiLPOiNT has set a release date of March 16, 2007 for their debut album, "Bleed Every Note". This will be the first major release by Southern Metal Records (owned by ex-NOTHINGFACE singer David Gabbard). The album was Produced by David Gabbard; Mixed and Mastered by Skip Lapekas.


    Industrial Goth enigma Mortiis is set to release a remix album titled 'Some Kind of Heroin', reworking material from 'The Grudge', on April 17 in Europe, via Earache Records.

    For much of Mortiis' career, the striking visual aspect combined with his rapid musical evolution has become a subject of much urban legend over the years. And yet over a series of progressively more ambitious albums, Mortiis has morphed into a band unit that has become known for aggressive live shows and ambitious records, and has spawned two Top 50 UK singles.

    In keeping with the rapidly developing nature of the music and the direction of the band, 'Some Kind of Heroin' offers diverse remix material including interpretations by a wide range of contemporaries, such as Zombie Girl, Gothminister, Implant, XP8, Mental Siege, PIG, The Kovenant, Velvet Acid Christ, Girls Under Glass, David Wallace, Kubrick, Funker Vogt, Flesh Field, Dope Stars and In the Nursery.

    Mortiis states: "I´m really stoked we finally got to do a remix album and since it's been in process for quite some time now I'm happy to be able to finally release it. I've always been fascinated with taking songs and twisting them into something different, the ability to grab the elements you like and put them into a totally different environment. The flexibility of that really appeals to me.

    I think the mixes all those guys did came out really cool, many of them vastly different from what would have come out of the studio if I had done them. It's cool to see what happens when you let other people inside your head, so to speak. I think the variety of mixers and sonic realms created here will appeal to a large variety of people."

    Track listing for 'Some Kind of Heroin' is as follows:

    01. Underdog (Zombie Girl Remix)
    02. The Grudge (Gothminister mix)
    03. Twist The Knife (The Gibbering mix by Implant)
    04. Broken Skin feat. Stephan Groth (Septic Wound mix by XP8)
    05. The Grudge (Mental Siege Mix)
    06. Gibber (PIG Remix)
    07. Way too Wicked (Rape, Dope and the American Way mix by The Kovenant)
    08. Gibber (Lysergic Club Mix by Velvet Acid Christ)
    09. The Worst in Me (Girls Under Glass Mix)
    10. The Grudge (David Wallace Remix)
    11. Broken Skin feat. Stephan Groth (Funker Vogt Remix)
    12. The Grudge (Emotional Heresy by Kubrick)
    13. Decadent & Desperate (Therafuck remix by Dope Stars)
    14. Gibber (Gibbering Idiot)
    15. Way too Wicked (Absinthium mix)
    16. The Worst in Me (Extraction mix by In the Nursery)

    Mortiis undertakes a European tour with Deathstars in April in support of 'Some Kind of Heroin', with dates as follows:

    European Tour

    Apr. 21 - Oktoberhallen - Wieze, BE
    Apr. 22 - Baroeg - Rotterdam, NETH
    Apr. 23 - Muzikzentrum - Hannover, DE
    Apr. 24 - Copenhagen - The Rock - DK
    Apr. 25 - Train - Arhus, DK
    Apr. 26 - Markthallle - Hamburg, DE
    Apr. 27 - Hellraiser - Leipzig, DE
    Apr. 28 - Skalica - Brainwashing Fest - Slovakia
    Apr. 29 - Futurum Music Club - Prague, CZ
    Apr. 30 - Petofi Hall - Budapest, HUN
    May 01 - Backstage - Munich, DE
    May 02 - Steinbruchtheater - Darmstadt, DE

  • NORTT - Ligfærd CD - out now!

    Throughout its duration, Ligfaerd relentlessly smothers the listener in more layers of ghostly atmosphere than its predecessor, but the decidedly doom-oriented black metal component is definitely still present. Nortt's basic sound is still made up of morose background synths and piano, barely human snarls, ponderous drumming, despondent fuzzed-out guitars and other string laments -- all tied in chains almost too heavy to bear. This time however, these elements find themselves trapped in a more spacious environment, a cold void where each strumming of a chord comes back off the walls to haunt the listener. This sparse approach trades impact for atmosphere; at times it seems to increase the significance of each note, but it can also place more strain on the album's ability to keep the listener's attention. It all sounds like some barren ghost town somewhere between this world and another; the last funeral before your own has just taken place, and half-imagined church bells echo in your mind as a reminder that your miserable journey is coming to an end.

    Red Stream, Inc.
    P.O. Box 196242
    Winter Springs, FL 32719-6242
  • New album THE INNER SANCTUM out on March 5th

    Single 'If I Was You' (single mix) available for download now
    Major European tour to start end of February

    The rolling thunder can be heard from afar: British metal legends, Saxon, are scheduled to release their latest album, The Inner Sanctum, on March 5, 2007 , proving that they have succeeded yet again in keeping that special place between traditional and contemporary music. “The Inner Sanctum is a typical Saxon recording that kicks off with gargatum heavy metal tracks, followed by classic rock’n’roll numbers, returning to Metal towards at the end,” vocalist Biff Byford describes his group’s new offering, which features two near 10 Minutes songs, rating the release in Saxon’s history as follows: “I’d say the album is in the style of Lionheart and Metalhead, a number of tracks have a Solid Ball Of Rocktouch, but at the same time the production is very modern.” The Inner Sanctum will be available in a digipak with Bonus DVD or in a jewel case, including bonus track.

    Charlie Bauerfeind was in charge of the driving sound, keeping the typical Saxon elements of each song to incorporate them in a contemporary production. All those who have known Saxon since the Eighties and followed their amazing development will love The Inner Sanctum. The first single lifted from the album will be ‘If I Was You’, available for download : a driving metal track that fits in seamlessly among the long list of Saxon classics, increasing still the anticipation of the album.

    Five days before the album arrives at the stores, Saxon will embark on their extensive European tour, scheduled to last until mid-May, which will take Biff Byford, Paul Quinn (guitar), Doug Scarratt (guitar), Nibbs Carter (bass) and Nigel Glockler (drums) through England, Ireland, Germany, Spain, France, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Poland, Russia, Austria, Sweden and Finland, among others. Byford has already hinted at his band’s live show, which has been updated as usual: “All those who know us are aware that we always include six to seven new numbers in our track listing when we have a new album to promote.” So all Saxon fans had better mark in their calendars the show nearest them!


    TRACK LISTING "The Inner Sanctum" Limited Editon:

    01. State Of Grace
    02. Need For Speed
    03. Let Me Feel Your Power
    04. Red Star Falling
    05. I`ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)
    06. If I Was You (album version)
    07. Going Nowhere Fast
    08. Ashes To Ashes
    09. Empire Rising
    10. Atila The Hun

    Content Bonus DVD:

    A night out with the Boys:

    01. To hell and back again
    02. A night out with the Boys – The idea
    03. A night out with the Boys – Not really
    04. See the light shining
    05. A night out with the Boys – Now it started
    06. Redline
    07. Suzie Hold On
    08. Stand Up And Be Counted
    09. Frozen Rainbow
    10. Never Surrender

    DVD 5
    2.0 Dolby Digital & 5.1 Audio
    Duration approx. 50 min
    Code free
    Subtitles: German
  • KRISIUN & GRAVE European tour with Immolation!

    A true delicacy for any death metal maniac out there is about to be unleashed upon European stages as Brazilian “blastbeasts” KRISIUN and Swedish death metal legends GRAVE are confirmed as support of long-running New York-based death metal act Immolation’s European tour starting early May 2007.

    Both bands are still promoting their latest death metal masterpieces released via Century Media Records: KRISIUN’s highly acclaimed “Assassination” album hit stores in early 2006 and GRAVE delivered their mighty “As Rapture Comes” album in July 2006. Visit the band’s Myspace pages to check out some brutal sounds of both bands’ latest efforts.


    As opening band Australia’s Dawn Of Azazel are part of the billing as well, and Belgium’s Leng Tch’e will replace GRAVE on the last seven shows of the tour, please see below for an exact list of dates!

    Immolation + Krisiun + Grave + Dawn Of Azazel
    (* Leng Tch'e replace Grave)

    04.05.07 BEL Vosselaar @ Biebob
    05.05.07 GER Osnabrück @ Bastard Club
    06.05.07 HOL Groningen @ Vera
    07.05.07 GER Flensburg @ Roxy
    08.05.07 DEN Aarhus @ Train
    09.05.07 DEN Kopenhagen @ The Rock
    10.05.07 GER Hamburg @ Hafenklang-Exil
    11.05.07 GER Hannover @ MusikZentrum
    12.05.07 HOL Eindhoven @ Dynamo
    13.05.07 HOL Hengelo @ Metropol
    14.05.07 FR Charleroi @ Le Colisseum
    15.05.07 UK Bradford @ Rio
    16.05.07 IRE Dublin @ Voodoo Lounge
    17.05.07 UK Glasgow @ Soundhaus
    18.05.07 UK London @ Camden Underworld
    19.05.07 GER Trier @ ExHaus
    20.05.07 FR Paris @ La Locomotive
    21.05.07 FR Nancy @ Azimut 854
    23.05.07 CZ Prague @ Lucerna Music Bar
    24.05.07 GER Berlin @ Knaack
    25.05.07 GER Leipzig @ Hellraiser Festival
    26.05.07 GER Rosenheim @ Bavarian Battle Summer Fest
    27.05.07 A Klagenfurt @ Mexicohalle
    28.05.07 ITA Prato @ Siddharta
    29.05.07 FR Lyon @ CCO Villeurbanne
    30.05.07 FR Marseille @ TBA
    31.05.07 SP Barcelona @ Mephisto
    01.06.07 SP Madrid @ Ritmo & Compas
    02.06.07 SP Sevilla @ Sala Q
    03.06.07 POR Corroios @ Cine Teatro
    04.06.07 SP Irun @ Tunk *
    05.06.07 FR Toulouse @ Salle Des Fetes *
    06.06.07 CH Geneve @ L'Usine *
    07.06.07 CH Pratteln @ Z7 *
    08.06.07 GER Wachenroth @ Suffering Life Festival *
    09.06.07 GER Duisburg @ Deathfest *
    10.06.07 HOL Nijmegen @ Doornroosje *

    Booking: http://www.massive-music.pl

    Additionally, GRAVE are confirmed for some festival dates in the Summer:

    05.07.07 CZ Trutnov @ Obscene Extreme Festival / www.obscene.cz
    09.08.07 GER Erfurt @ Party.San Open Air / www.party-san.net
    07.08.07 FIN Oulu @ Jalometalli Festival / www.jalometalli.net
    08.09.07 GER Osnabrück @ Hellflame Festival North / www.hellflame.de
    22.09.07 GER Lichtenfels @ Hellflame Festival South / www.hellflame.de

  • NAPALM DEATH announce new tour dates!

    British godfathers of grindcore are about to return to European stages to further support their much lauded “Smear Campaign” album , which was released by Century Media Records in September 2006 and got instantly hailed as one of the best full frontal sonic assaults in the entire history of NAPALM DEATH. In addition to their European tour, the band will also perform at several summer festivals including Wacken Open Air 2007, Hole In The Sky Festival and others.

    See below for an updated live schedule of the legendary grinders!

    NAPALM DEATH live:
    presented by : OX Fanzine, Livegigs.de, SLAM Magazine

    28.04.2007 Barroselas (PT) Metalfest
    04.05.2007 Arlon (B) Les Nuits De L'entrepot
    05.05.2007 Wuustwezel (B) Puntpop
    09.06.2007 Reichenbach (D) Death Fest Open Air
    13.06.2007 Preston (UK) 53 Degrees
    14.06.2007 Nottingham (UK) Rock City
    15.06.2007 Leicester (UK) Charlotte
    16.06.2007 Colchester (UK) Twist
    17.06.2007 Norwich (UK) Waterfront
    22.06.2007 Bournemouth (UK) Old Fire Station
    23.06.2007 Clisson (F) Hellfest
    05.07.2007 Frome (UK) Cheese & Grain
    06.07.2007 Derbyshire (UK) First Floor
    07.07.2007 Manchester (UK) Academy 3
    08.07.2007 Knaresborough (UK) Daddy Cools
    13.07.2007 Spital am Semmering (A) Kaltenbach Open Air
    15.07.2007 Viveiro (E) Beach Fest
    19.07.2007 Bridgewater (UK) Palace
    20.07.2007 Plymouth (UK) White Rabbit
    21.07.2007 Birmingham (UK) Caling Academy 2
    22.07.2007 Aberdeen (UK) Leom Three
    23.07.2007 Glasgow (UK) Barfly
    02.08.2007 Wacken (D) Wacken Open Air
    03.08.2007 Wacken (D) Wacken Open Air
    04.08.2007 Wacken (D) Wacken Open Air
    23.08.2007 Bergen (NOR) Hole In The Sky Festival

    Watch NAPALM DEATH’s latest video clip for “When All Is Said And Done” at Century Media’s Youtube page: www.youtube.com/user/centurymediaeurope

  • WOLF New tour dates; UK edition of “The Black Flame”; Vinyl!

    Swedish metal monsters WOLF deliver an update on their upcoming live schedule and are glad to announce a vinyl edition of their 2006 Century Media Records debut “The Black Flame”, which will come out on Swedish label Blackcave Records. The vinyl will be strictly limited to 500 copies and will be signed and numbered by the band.

    Check www.blackcave.se for details on the release date and availability, the band comments the vinyl release as follows:

    "There was never a doubt about releasing “The Black Flame” as vinyl record, though we've been getting a lot of questions regarding the matter, we just wanted to wait for the right time to do it and we feel that we've reached that point now. Vinyl is very important for us and our fans and it is an important element of the heavy metal community. It's just like denim & leather – we’re naked without it." – WOLF

    On February 19th 2007, “The Black Flame” was also officially released in the United Kingdom as a special edition containing the following bonus content:

    - Live video footage filmed at Keep It True Festival, November 4, 2006 in Germany.
    1. "The Bite" - from the album "The Black Flame"
    2. "Genocide" - from the album "Black Wings"

    - "I Will Kill Again" (promo-video clip, long splatter version!)
    Find below WOLF’s upcoming live shows, be there & raise the horns!

    WOLF Live:
    Supporting Celtic Frost, Kreator
    27.04.2007 Gothenburg (S) @ Belsepub
    22-23.06.2007 Balingen (D) @ Bang Your Head Festival
    12.07.2007 Brande-Hoernerkirchen (D) @ Headbangers Open Air

    “If "The Black Flame" doesn't cause you to break into fist-waving singalongs or air-guitar seizures, then you, my friend, are just not very metal.”
    - Keith Bergman/BLABBERMOUTH

    The band:


    The guitars:
  • MAROON TV feature online!

    As previously reported, German act MAROON has been filmed during one of their latest live shows for a TV feature on German channel ZDF. You can now watch the entire feature at the following link: ZDF Maroon Link


  • VITAL REMAINS New album on it´s way & European tour dates!

    US extreme death metal heroes VITAL REMAINS are back with a bang! The new album “Icons Of Evil” was produced by Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, etc) in Florida and features once again death metal legend Glen Benton (Deicide) on vocals, spilling the poison over the whole world. The new slap of blasphemy will be released in Europe April 2nd 2007, so watch out for a lethal dose of total mayhem!

    Here´s the “Icons Of Evil” CD tracklist:

    Where is Your God Now
    Icons Of Evil
    Born To Rape The World
    Reborn…the Upheaval of Nihility
    Hammer Down The Nails
    Shrapnel Embedded Flesh
    ´Till Death
    In Infamity
    Disciples Of Hell

    Recording Line-Up:

    Tony Lazaro – rhythm guitars & bass
    Dave Suzuki – drums, lead guitar & backing vocals
    Glen Benton – vocals

    VITAL REMAINS will hit the road in Europe from March 24th on as they are on the billing of the famous Polish Metal Mind Festival. This will be followed by a European headliner tour

    Vital Remains
    with Godphobia + support
    19.04.2007 Zlin (CZ) Club Golem
    20.04.2007 Innsbruck (A) Hafen
    21.04.2007 Vienna (A) Escape
    22.04.2007 Altofen (A) Endorphin
    25.04.2007 Belgrad (SER) SKC
    29.04.2007 Turin (I) Il Noise
    30.04.2007 Ascoli (I) La Tanne Dell Tigri
    03.05.2007 Barcelona (E) Mephisto
    04.05.2007 Irun (E) Tunk
    05.05.2007 Toulouse (F) Les Vents Du Sud
    07.05.2007 Essen (D) Turock

    with Denial Fiend, Godphobia, Bloody Sign
    11.05.2007 Eindhoven (NL) Dynamo Festival
    12.05.2007 Giebelstadt (D) Bringer Of Death Festival

    with Denial Fiend
    17.05. – 19.05. 2007 Jüterbog (D) Fuck The Commerce Festival

  • HASTE THE DAY new song on Myspace!

    Haste The Day will post the second new track of their upcoming album “Pressure The Hinges” this Sunday night. So make sure you pass by their www.myspace.com/hastetheday on Monday morning and add the song “Stitches” to your profile and be the coolest girl/guy in town! This song is also going to be their video track. A beautiful and nasty E-Card will be launched next Monday @ www.centurymedia.com/eu. Have a look!

    HASTE THE DAY´s new album “Pressure The Hinges” will be released in Europe March 26th, 2007 via Century Media Records and will include 3 bonus tracks.

  • EYEHATEGOD Confirmed For Austin's CHAOS IN TEJAS Festival

    EYEHATEGOD will play a few shows in mid-May in Louisiana and Texas. They've confirmed their appearance at the Chaos In Tejas festival at Emo's in Austin on May 18 and will be doing shows in Houston, Fort Worth, and New Orleans. More information will be made available soon.

    Regarded as the founders of American sludgecore, EYEHATEGOD has become one of the most important bands to emerge from the NOLA (New Orleans, Louisana) metal scene. EYEHATEGOD formed in 1988 and became known for their heavy, detuned and bluesy guitar riffs, combined with walls of feedback and tortured vocals to create a harsh misanthropic vibe.
  • DARK TRANQUILLITY Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

    Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 22-23, 2007 in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

  • TYPE O NEGATIVE Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

    TYPE O NEGATIVE has been confirmed for this year's Gods of Metal festival, which will take place in two separate installments at Idropark in Milan, Italy. The first part of the festival will be held on June 2-3 while the second installment will take place June 30. There will be eight bands performing each day (a total of 24 artists over the three days). So far the following artists have been confirmed:

    June 2:
    [to be announced]

    June 3:

    June 30:
    [to be announced]

    Legendary Bay Area thrash/crossover band SKITZO, where scheduled to perform at Roosters Roadhouse in Alameda, CA on March 31st . However after the owner of the club viewed a rerun of The Judge Judy show in which front man Lance Ozanix was charged with vomiting on an audience member, the promoter made the decision that SKITZO could no longer play the venue for liability issues.

    As previously announced SKITZO will release its 17th CD, "Five Point Containment", on May 15 via Open Grave Records, which has special guests Jeff Becerra (POSSESSED), Phil Demel (VIO-LENCE, MACHINE HEAD), Sickie (THE MENTORS), and John Marshall (METAL CHURCH, BLIND ILLUSION) playing on the album.

    “Five Point Containment”, is currently available for presale via Open Grave Records webpage, and comes with a limited edition presale only Skitzo poster while supplies last.