|April 20th, 2008
- AXEMASTER happenings...........
While the band finished the music for the new CD and turned the recording
over to new singer Dan Kaisk to lay down the vocals for what will be
BY FAR the best Axemaster ever, there has been some news.............
The band's release "5 Demons (Imperative is their Demise)"
from 1991 has been added to Smog Veil Records' I-Tunes roster for downloading
(joining "Blessing in the Skies"). "5 Demons" was
the last release the band did while still active and the last time they
released all new music. It's quite possibly the best of their old material.
Check it out at http://www.smogveil.com/ecom/.
Sol Music Management (http://www.solmusicmanagement.com/)
hooked the band up with the Independent Artist Company and KAIC to create
a page which includes two of the band's most popular old songs to specifically
be downloaded by radio stations for airplay. The songs have gotten great
response from several shows/stations. You can see the page at http://iacmusic.com/artist.aspx?id=93089.
Promo clips of new material available at
- KYLESA, WITHERED to embark on tour with The Ocean, Lair of The Minotaur
Savannah’s KYLESA will be embarking on a co-headlining tour in
May with Germany’s The Ocean in May and early June. Also on the
tour will be Lair of The Minotaur and KYLESA’s Prosthetic Records
labelmates WITHERED. KYLESA continues to support 2006’s ‘Time
Will Fuse Its Worth,’ which recently sent the band to Europe alongside
fellow Georgians Baroness. WITHERED, meanwhile, will be supporting the
band’s forthcoming release, ‘Folie Circulaire,’ which
is currently slated for release in June. The effort is currently being
recorded by Phillip Cope (Baroness, Kylesa, Black Tusk).
“Everything is going very well,” WITHERED guitarist Mike
Thompson previously said from the studio. “Phillip has a great
ear and a great vision for this album. I think it will likely exceed
our expectations. Phillip has really gotten a grasp of how we want the
record to sound and done a great job of getting in our heads. We were
able to transform The Jam Room into our own little world. We’ve
been sleeping on the floor and have completely lost track of time. There
are no windows or clocks. The focus has been incredible.”
“We chose to work with Phillip because we’ve known him for
a long time and his crusty background with Damad and Kylesa is something
we really wanted to incorporate into the record,” Thompson elaborates.
“A full tilt death or black metal production would have been the
wrong direction. Phillip is also a big fan of black and death metal
which gives him a unique perspective that we can trust.” An image
of the band and Cope can be viewed here (http://prostheticrecords.com/withered_phillip.jpg).
‘Folie Circulaire’ is the follow-up to 2005’s critically-acclaimed
‘Memento Mori,’ and will be the band’s Prosthetic
Records debut. An unnamed demo song from ‘Folie Circulaire,’
along with previous material, is available on WITHERED’s official
MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/withered).
KYLESA on tour
5/22 Raleigh, NC – Volume 11 (with Withered)
5/23 Philadelphia, PA – Millcreek Tavern (with Disfear, Thrones)
(with The Ocean, Lair of the Minotaur, Withered)
5/24 Boston, MA – Church of Boston
5/25 Wallingford, CT – Cherry Street Station
5/26 New York, NY – Knitting Factory
5/27 Cleveland, OH – Reggie’s Rock Club
5/28 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
5/29 Covington, KY – Mad Hatter
5/30 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
5/31 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
(with The Ocean, Lair of the Minotaur)
6/01 Orlando, FL – Back Booth
6/02 Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
6/03 Tallahassee, FL – The Beta Bar
WITHERED on tour
3/14 Nashville, TN – The End
3/15 Fayetteville, AR - The Dart Room
3/17 Denver, CO - The Kingdom of Doom
3/18 Salt Lake City, UT - Kamikaze's (Metal Night)
3/19 San Fracisco, CA - Annie's Social Club
3/20 Los Angeles, CA - The Relax Bar (with The Funeral Pyre)
3/21 San Marcos, CA - The Jumping Turtle
3/22 Tempe, AZ - The Stray Cat
3/23 Juarez, Mexico - The Cave Club
3/24 Metarie, LA - High Ground Venue
3/25 Austin, TX - Red 7
3/26 Houston, TX - Java Jazz
3/27 Metarie, LA – High Ground (with Catholicon)
3/28 Baton Rouge, LA – The Darkroom (with Scale the Summit)
5/22 Raleigh, NC – Volume 11 (with Kylesa)
(with The Ocean, Lair of the Minotaur, Withered)
5/24 Boston, MA – Church of Boston
5/25 Wallingford, CT – Cherry Street Station
5/26 New York, NY – Knitting Factory
5/27 Cleveland, OH – Reggie’s Rock Club
5/28 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
5/29 Covington, KY – Mad Hatter
5/30 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
5/31 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
- News Bellgrave/Twilight Zone Records
The Berlin Death ´N Roller Bellgrave have signed a new record
deal with Twilight Zone Records. The new album “Evil Mood”
will be released end of 2008. It´s possible to listen to 4 new
songs on www.myspace.com/bellgrave1
(rough mixes - not the final sound). At this time the guys are working
on the final mix and sound. That’s a statement of the singer Danny:
„Everyone must be prepared for a fat rocking bastard of Death
Metal and Rock. You will not find ballads or other shitty things on
the album. Only hard riffing, great melodies und deep growls. A must-have
for every fan that owns albums of Motörhead right to Entombed.“
- THE OCEAN NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINING TOUR
We are going over to the U.S. of A. and Canada in May/June for a full
North American headlining tour. It's not easy for European metal bands
to tour in North America and we've been wanting to get over there for
a long time, so we're very happy that the extremely positive feedback
that Precambrian has received in Canada and the US finally makes it
possible now. The tour will start off May 21st with three shows in Canada
and conclude in Los Angeles June 18th, with support coming from Lair
of the Minotaur, Kylesa, Intronaut, Withered, and The Destro on select
05/21 Toronto, ON -- Wreck Room (w/ Catamenia)
05/22 St Catharines, ON -- L3 Nightclub
05/23 Montreal, QC -- Lambi
THE OCEAN/KYLESA co-headline
w/ Lair of the Minotaur and Withered
05/24 Boston, MA -- Church Of Boston
05/25 Wallingford, CT -- Cherry Street Station
05/26 New York, NY -- Knitting Factory
05/27 Cleveland, OH -- Peabody's
05/28 Chicago, IL -- Reggie's Rock Club
05/29 Covington, KY -- Mad Hatter
05/30 Charlotte, NC -- Tremont Music Hall
05/31 Atlanta, GA -- The Masquerade
THE OCEAN/KYLESA co-headline
w/ Lair of the Minotaur
06/01 Orlando, FL -- Back Booth
06/02 Tampa, FL -- Brass Mug
06/03 Tallahassee, FL -- The Beta Bar
w/ Lair of the Minotaur
06/04 Metairie, LA -- The High Ground
w/ The Destro, Lair of the Minotaur
06/05 Houston, TX -- TBA
06/06 Austin, TX -- Red 7
06/07 Denton, TX -- Rubber Gloves
06/08 San Antonio, TX -- Rock Bottom
w/ Lair of the Minotaur
06/10 El Paso, TX -- Chic's
06/11 Farmington, NM -- Gator's
w/ Lair of the Minotaur and Intronaut
06/12 Tempe, AZ -- Clubhouse
06/13 Fresno, CA -- Audie's Olympic
06/14 San Francisco, CA -- Annie's Social Club
06/15 San Marcos, CA -- Jumping Turtle
06/16 San Luis Obispo, CA -- Downtown Brew
06/17 Hollywood, CA -- Knitting Factory
- THE MASS will rip your face right off your face
SF Bay Area metal/punk/jazz/lunatic combo THE MASS proudly release limited
CD-R EP Holocene #6 now boasting 4-string assault skills of Andrew Lund
(Lower Forty-Eight, Sons of Oswald). Once again utilizing producer Tim
Green of The Fucking Champs, four fullthrottle tunes showcasing blasphemous
sonic headfuckery, raw death guitar ripping flesh, thrashing scream
throat hate, warped unjazz Coleman saxophone massacre, too-distorted
fuckyou bass chugs, neck-snapping too-fast frantic drum fragments, thudding
plodding stop-on-a dime, fast/slow unorthodox approach to music composition,
answering to no trend, caring for no approval, leaving all who know
this disc chock full of Fuck-off old-school punk Coltrane disaster-economics.
End game, we do not care any more about popularity contests and online
friend-orgies, we just wanted to say fuck it all and make the gnarliest
shit of our careers, and we did, and you are holding it now here in
your hands, fucking crank it sucker.
- Celestia will play their first concert in over five years, alongside
Imago Mortis (ita), Mefitic (ita), Noksorg (fra) in Lyon, France.
Click here for the show flier
Celestia released their sophomore album, Frigidiis Apotheosia on January
30th via Paragon Recs in America, and Apparitia Recordings in Europe.
"From the stellar song writing, to lyrical concept, exquisite booklet
with beautiful black and white photos, masterful mixing/engineering/production,
and cover art, 'Frigidiis Apotheosia Abstinencia Genesiis' is definitely
a must own album" -Unholycult.com
- Paragon Recs will be releasing the latest release of rekindled Death
Metal legends Crucifier. The release will be a 7" entitled "Trampled
Under Cloven Hooves", and will feature two new tracks in addition
to a Viking cover, as well as a re-recorded version of an older Crucifier
The band is currently working on the ep, and should see the light of
day, later this year.
The track listing for Trampled Under Cloven Hooves is as follows:
1. Berserker (Viking cover)
2. The Funeral
3. When The Bough Breaks
4. Bible Burner
- Kyrgyzstan Black Metallers, Darkestrah, have completed work on their
fourth album entitled, The Great Silk Road. The album contains 5 tracks
running at roughly one hour playing time, and will continue along with
Darkestrah's style of Shamanist Pagan Black Metal.
A release for The Great Silk Road is planned for late May via Paragon
Also, Darkestrah t-shirts and long-sleeves with the Epos album cover
on the front, and band pics on the back are now available!
- In the demonology tome The Lesser Key of Solomon, Paimon is keeper
of the secrets of music, art and philosophy. His appearance is heralded
by demons in the form of men blaring discordant trumpets and rattling
cymbals. In order to receive Paimon's knowledge, a conjurer must first
allow him to ask any question he wishes.
A., I. and D. are Castevet. Their debut seven-inch EP "Stones/Salts"
reshapes the grim, dissonant riffing and anguished rasp of black metal
into a new form that asks questions of the listener before revealing
the secrets hidden within its epic structures. Paragon Records will
release "Stones/Salts" later in 2008 under the sigil of Paimon.
A preview of Castevet's "Stones/Salts" can be previewed here.
- Theatres des Vampires – Anima Noir – Release date 2nd
Vampirism has a SOUL.
And this soul has a name.. Theatres des Vampires
Anima Noir.. the new chapter of “the vampire chronicles”
is near to be released, produced by Aural Music/SPV
After 3 years from the last Full Lenght Album “Pleasure and Pain”,
after the successfull release of the live DVD “The Addiction tour”
and the double live cd “Desire of Damnation” in 2007, Theatres
des Vampires is back with a new Full Lenght.
After a long tour that involved Mexico, Brasil, Russia, and several
countries in Europe and Est Europe, Theatres des Vampires is back from
the underworld, ready for a new bloodbath.
Anima Noir 10 tracks of PURE vampirism..
Romantic lyrics, lyrical voices, strong orchestration, powerfull guitars
and powerfull drumming.
All the elements that you loved in Theatres des Vampires are back in
this new production.
A new modern sound and a super modern production that took 6 months
of work in the studio for recording and mixing it, offering you the
best experience of vampirism as always, with the enchanting vocals of
the mistress of your nightmare: Countess Sonya Scarlet, this time with
her best performance ever
Check the internet site
and myspace at
to listen in preview 3 NEW songs of the album.
In blood we LUST...
Till the end of time..
Theatres des Vampires
- IHSAHN's angL set for release
Candlelight Records today confirms May 27 as the American release date
for angL, the second solo album from former Emperor vocalist/guitarist
Ihsahn. The album features nine new songs all written and performed
by the highly respected musician. The album features guest performances
by drummer Asgeir Mickelson, bassist Lars Koppang Norberg (both of the
band Spiral Architect) and Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth).
Recorded and mixed by Ihsahn at Symphonique Studios in Notodden, Norway
(the studio owned by Ihsahn and partner Heidi Tveitan), additional work
was completed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth) at Fascination
Street Studios and Borge Finnstad (Mayhem, Borknagar) at Toproom Studios.
Commenting about the record’s musical collaborations, “Asgeir
(Mickelson) did such a great job on my last album (The Adversary, Candlelight
2006), that while in preproduction for angL I programmed a much more
generic drum track to leave more creative license for him. It was on
Asgeir’s recommendation that Lars (Koppang Norberg) contribute
to the album. They both recorded at Asgeir’s studio (Multimono
Studios) and it came together nicely.”
Working with Mikael (Akerfeldt), “Mikael and I go back as friends
since the early nineties. We met up when Emperor headlined Wacken in
2006 and had a great time watching bands together. We talked then about
doing something together at some point and in spite of busy schedules
on both sides this luckily came to happen. Rough mixes of “Unhealer”
with lyrics were sent to Mikael with the idea for both clean and growl
vocals. He worked on it during his off-time recording the new Opeth
album. I could not be any happier with the results.”
Writing for angL began early in 2007 and picked up momentum after the
Emperor US performances early last summer. “I knew to a greater
extent where I wanted to go with this album, though I feel all albums
are a kind of struggle to overcome. Regardless of how many you make,
it never gets any easier.” An aggressive schedule to complete
the album, in addition to recording projects for Hardingrock (in which
Ihsahn also contributes) and Starofash (released February 26), Ihsahn
completed album tracking in early December. With mixing and mastering
completed early this year, the musician is already starting promotion
with for the album; efforts that will take up much of his time over
the coming months leading up to album release.
Track listing for angL (not in running order) is: Alchemist, Elevator,
Malediction, Misanthrope, Monolith, Morningstar, Scarab, Threnody and
Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy) Award Nominee Ihsahn (born Vegard Tveitan)
began playing music at a very early age. As a teenager, his friendship
with Tomas Haugen (a.k.a. Samoth) would trigger the start of his music
career – one that to date includes over fifty individual recordings,
five high-profile Emperor European tours (the band reaching US shores
on only 3 occasions) and the respect of fans and peers worldwide.
- FROST LIKE ASHES sign w/Sullen Records
SULLEN RECORDS is pleased to announce that Kansas City based FROST LIKE
ASHES has signed on for the release of their new EP titled “Born
to Pieces”. “Born to Pieces” is the follow up to their
2006 acclaimed album, “Tophet”. “Born to Pieces”
will be released this May and will be available as a limited release
with only 250 units to be produced.
FROST LIKE ASHES is as well schedule to headline the Sanctuary Tent
at Cornerstone Festival (Bushnell, IL) on July 3rd. A limited number
of copies of “Born to Pieces” will be held over for attendees
of this event.
Pre-orders will begin to be taken via the Open Grave Records web shop
in the coming days (http://www.opengraverecords.com).
- DAMN NATION ALBUM FINISHED UP and COMING SOON... BONUS TRACK POSTED
The "Damn Nation" album’s mastering is finally all done.
It seems like it’s taken forever and a day...but that day has
passed and it’s almost time to rock!
We’ve posted a cover of the IRON MAIDEN song "Be Quick Or
Be Dead" which we recorded during the "Damn Nation" sessions.
We will not be including this song on the CD, so we thought we’d
throw it out there for now. Original songs will be posted when there
is a label announcement and release date...along with more videos and
blah blah. It won’t be long now.
Also, for those of you in the New York area, Ravage will be appearing
at the TMT Metalfest in Tioga NY this summer with Flotsam and Jetsam,
Helstar, Metal Mike from Halford, Chris Caffery of Savatage, The Jerky
Boys and many more...don't miss it.
Check out the myspace for details on that show and our upcoming RADIO
appearance. More news to come soon.
- HEAVEN SHALL BURN European tour starts March 28, 2008!
After massive acclaim from fans and media alike plus a stunning position
#21 in the official German album charts as well as chart entries in
Austria, Switzerland and Greece for their latest masterpiece “Iconoclast”,
German act HEAVEN SHALL BURN will be heading out on a European tour
in March/April 2008. Make sure to catch them live on this run as afterwards
HEAVEN SHALL BURN will be busy touring the US and this will be the last
time to see them live in Europe until the festival season starts!
“Iconoclast” was awarded the title “Album Of The Month”
in Rock Hard (D) and Legacy (D) magazines and achieved soundcheck position
#2 in Metal Hammer (D). Together with an impressive cover feature in
Guitar (D) magazine there can be no doubt that HEAVEN SHALL BURN are
hardly rivalled in the current metal scene.
Don’t miss them live on the following dates:
“Iconoclast – Part I”
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
Special Guests: Aborted & Misery Speaks
Presented by Myspace.com (D), Rock Hard (D), Fuze (D), Slam (D)
28.03. (B) Brugge - Entreepot
29.03. (D) Lingen - Alter Schlachthof
30.03. (NL) Hellendorn - De Lantaarn
31.03. (D) Cologne - Werkstatt
01.04. (UK) Sheffield - Corporation
02.04. (UK) London - Underworld
03.04. (NL) Den Bosch - W2
04.04. (F) Paris - Le Nouveau Casino
05.04. (I) Ravenna - Rock Planet Club
06.04. (CH) Zuerich - Abart [+Neaera]
07.04. (D) Stuttgart - Röhre [+Neaera]
08.04. (CZ) Prague - Rock Café
09.04. (D) Berlin - Columbia Club [+Neaera]
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
With Embrace The End, The Ghost Inside
11.04.2008 (US) Orangevale @ The Boardwalk
12.04.2008 (US) Portland @ Hawthorne Theater
13.04.2008 (US) Seattle @ El Corazon
16.04.2008 (US) St Paul @ Station 4
17.04.2008 (US) Mokena @ The Pearl Room
18.04.2008 (US) Cleveland @ Peabody's
19.04.2008 (CAN) Toronto @ Wreck Room
20.04.2008 (US) Detroit @ Magic Stick
21.04.2008 (US) Louisville @ Uncle Peasants
22.04.2008 (US) Nashville @ The Muse
23.04.2008 (US) Charlotte @ The Casbah
24.04.2008 (US) West Springfield @ Jaxx
25.04.2008 (US) Pompton Lakes @ Mainstage
HEAVEN SHALL BURN @ Summer festivals
10.05.2008 (B) Meerhout @ Groezrock Festival
21.06.2008 (D) Trier @ Summerblast Festival
04.07.2008 (SLO) Tolmin @ Metal Camp Festival 2008
05.07.2008 (D) Roitzschjora @ With Full Force Festival
19.07.2008 (B) Dour @ Dour Festival
16.08.2008 (D) Dinkelsbuehl @ Summer Breeze Festival
30.08.2008 (NL) Rijssen @ Elsrock Festival
For more info on “Iconoclast” visit the following websites:
- MERCENARY stream the entire new album @ MySpace NOW!
Danish metal dynamite MERCENARY now offers you the chance to listen
to their new album “Architect Of Lies” in its entirety.
Just head for www.myspace.com/mercenarydenmark and enjoy the new tracks!
Produced by the renowned Jacob Hansen, “Architect Of Lies”
proves to be a stunning fusion of metallic aggression, progressive elements
and catchy melodies and will be released on the following dates:
DENMARK: Monday, March 17, 2008.
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, March 21,
UK / FRANCE / GREECE / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, March 24, 2008.
SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, March 25, 2008.
SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, March 26, 2008.
Media feedback on the new effort is also extremely positive:
“From melodic death metal over to classic heavy metal to progressive
song arrangements – fans of In Flames, Gamma Ray and Dream Theater
will be delighted by this one to equal parts.”
METAL HAMMER (D)
“Old School meets New School: Once again MERCENARY unite the best
of both worlds!”
ROCK HARD (D)
After lately supporting Megadeth (last support show today), MERCENARY
are now confirmed to tour Europe in April 2008 with legendary Bay Area
thrashers Death Angel, please see below for a full list of dates!
11.03.2008 (D) – Neu-Isenburg @ Hugenottenhalle / direct support
20.03.2008 (DK) – Herning @ Kulturellen
21.03.2008 (DK) – Aalborg @ Studenterhuset
22.03.2008 (DK) – Aarhus @ Voxhall
23.03.2008 (DK) – Copenhagen @ The Rock
05.07.2008 (SI) – Tolmin @ Metal Camp Festival 2008
31.07.-03.08.2008 (D) – Wacken @ Wacken Open Air
presented by Rock Hard (D)
02.04.2008 (NL) Utrecht @ Tivoli
03.04.2008 (D) Osnabrück @ N8
04.04.2008 (NL) Rotterdam @ Baroeg
05.04.2008 (NL) Eindhoven @ Dynamo Club
06.04.2008 (B) Vosselaar @ Biebob
07.04.2008 (D) Lindau @ Vaudeville
09.04.2008 (HUN) Budapest @ A38 Ship
10.04.2008 (AT) Wien @ Planet
11.04.2008 (CH) Pratteln @ Z7
12.04.2008 (IT) Piacenza @ Fillmore
13.04.2008 (IT) Rome @ Alpheus
15.04.2008 (UK) London @ The Underworld
16.04.2008 (UK) Nottingham @ Junction 7
17.04.2008 (UK) Glasgow @ Ivory Blacks
18.04.2008 (UK) Wolverhampton @ Civic
19.04.2008 (D) Essen @ Turock
20.04.2008 (D) Leipzig @ Hellraiser
23.04.2008 (D) Hamburg @ Markthalle
24.04.2008 (D) Berlin @ K17
25.04.2008 (D) Adelsheim @ Livefactory
- Desensitised news
Desensitised will continue under the name MURDER SYNDICATE.
Susan & Desensitised / Murder Syndicate
- Battle Dagorath - Eternal Throne CD 2008 -- out now
Out now on Mercenary Musik (USA/WAR48)
BATTLE DAGORATH - Eternal Throne CD 2008
Style: Freezing Epic Black Metal
An Opus of Cold Bleak Atmospheres and Intense Glorification of Darkness.
The Chilling debut release from this Tolkien inspired horde induces
a deathmarch through Cosmic Frozen Landscapes. Raw Sweeping Monuments
to the Black Towers and the haunting presence of the Ancient Fallen
Warspirits. Enter the Realm of Cold Misanthropic Majesty. Intro / Outro
written & performed by Vinterriket in 2006, mastering by Vinterriket.
Featuring the vocals of Wulfskreiger of Warwulf.
Dead Eyes of The Moon (MP3)
Ruin Upon the Mountainside
the Dark Fire, the Black Gate
The Marching Shadows of Eternal Death
Under the Warlord Spell
In the Forest of Frozen Darkness
Archetyp des Schicksals (Ausklang)
P.O. BOX 41986
L.A., CA 90041
- ZERO HOUR returns to ProgPower Europe!
Enclosed the latest information about ProgPower Europe 2008. We are
coming closer to the final line-up for our 10th anniversary, if things
go well we will announce the next band already on Wednesday and the
3rd headliner next weekend. For now we confirm ZERO HOUR
ZERO HOUR returns to ProgPower Europe!
It is with great pleassure to confirm the return of ZERO HOUR at ProgPower
Europe. The band already played the festival back in 2001 but will now
also be part of the 10th anniversary of the festival. Read
all the details...
PAASPOP at Sjiwa
Sjiwa, the venue were ProgPower is held, also helds the annual Easter
festival Paaspop. Because the line-up could interest some of you we
support this festival. Read
the entire details of Paaspop...
VOYAGER returns to Europe
Australian band VOYAGER returns to Europe after their succesful performance
at ProgPower Europe 2006. Among others, the band will do 2 shows in
The Netherlands, 1 in Venray and 1 in Zwolle. Both gigs are supported
by ProgPower Europe. Read
all the details of the European trip of VOYAGER...
- Gaia Epicus - New album this summer 2008
We are happy to present to you the coverpicture for the 4th album. Damnation
cover picture (Made by J.P Fournier)
Also the official Gaia Epicus webpage
has new artwork to match the new cd.
Some new press photos can be found at pressphotos
The album is due to be released this summer.
Roland Grapow from the band Masterplan. (ex-Helloween)
Andreas Olsson from the Swedish band Narnia,,Rob Rock & Stormwind
And more names to be released soon...
Best Metal Regards
- BA'AL - joins the maintain records family!
Something huge has been concocted! Thuringian's BA'AL, who already caused
a sensation with their debut "The Lilith Complex" in 2004,
have now found a new home at Maintain Records. In january they already
finished the work on their 2nd longplayer in the Rape Of Harmony Studio.
There is no exact release date yet, but keep your eyes and ears open,
for BA'AL are bringing you an infernal masterpiece, that will blow you
over. The album will be definetely out before this summer and we hope
to be able to present to you some accoustic samples within the next
weeks. WATCH OUT AND BE PREPARED!
- ABSU parts ways with guitarist (again); replacement and new recording
Texas-based mythological occult metal outfit ABSU has announced the
addition of guitarist/keyboardist Zawicizuz (ex-Rape, Pillage &
Burn/Infernal Oak) to the group’s ranks. He replaces Vastator
who recently quit the band due to musical and personal differences.
Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor says of the replacement, "We are very
proud to welcome Zawicizuz as the newest musician of ABSU! He is one
of the best-kept secrets in the extreme Texas music environment and
we are delighted to convey our next chapter of mythological occult metal
ABSU will enter Nomad Recording Studio in April 2008 to begin recording
the self-titled CD for a tentative autumn release on Candlelight Records.
The album will be engineered/produced by none other than Sterling Winfield
(King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Solitude Aeternus, Usurper, Blood of the
Sun, Etc.) and mastered by Proscriptor at his studio Tarot Productions.
"Absu" projected track listing: (in no particular order)
01. 13 Globes
02. In The Name of Auebothiabathabaithobeuee
03. Between the Absu of Eridu & Erech
04. Night Fire Canonization
05. Those of the Void Will Re-Enter
07. Girra's Temple
08. Magick Square Cipher
09. Ye Uttuku Spells
11. …Of the Dead Who Never Rest In Their Tombs Are the Attendance
Of Familiar Spirits…Including:
a.) Diversified Signs Inscribed
c.) Sceptre Command
d.) Twix Yesterday, the Day & the Morrow
e.) Our Earth of Black
Proscriptor adds: "Lyrically, I am concentrating more on Sumerian-based
occult themes of magick and mythology versus the Celtic aspect of my
previous writings, which was heavily expressed on the last few ABSU
studio albums. Musically speaking, the material will be quite similar
to 'Tara', but with more of a '70s progressive/psychedelic texture within
it. You will not be disappointed — trust me. I will be utilizing
the first logo created by Equitant and Belgian artist Kris Verwimp will
handle the cover illustration once again. In other news, I am also pleased
to announce the following guest musicians that will appear on the album:
Jex Thoth (Jex Thoth/ex-Totem)
Mindwalker (The Firstborn)
www.absu.us | www.myspace.com/absu
- Road Warriors KATAKLYSM Confirmed for SHADOWS FALL Tour!
For immediate release:
Northern hyper-blasters, KATAKLYSM, have just been confirmed as direct
support to SHADOWS FALL this April! Also appearing on the tour are THE
SHOWDOWN, ARSIS and DROID. Lead singer Maurizio Iacono had this to say
about the bands hectic schedule in support of their upcoming release,
"Well I guess our break time is over. Today we will be having a
listening session of our new album ‘Prevail’ for the media
and our friends in Hollywood, then we fly off to Australia for our first
ever tour there! We are planning a massive touring campaign centered
around the new album. On our return from Australia we will prepare for
a two week run with SHADOWS FALL. It will be cool to tour with those
guys again since it’s been a while since we’ve played together.
We are also working on a Canadian headlining tour for the end of May
with our good friends INTO ETERNITY. As many of you already know as
well we will be on the ‘Summer Slaughter Tour’ this June/July.
So in true KATAKLYSM road warrior tradition we have set ourselves up
for something like 60 to 70 shows from a April to July!
We will be premiering some new songs on our MySpace next month and we’re
thinking of playing two new tracks on the SHADOWS FALL run! We are very
proud of ‘Prevail’ and the comments from those who’ve
heard it so far have been OUTSTANDING! We can’t wait to see all
you crazy fucks out there in the pit with fists in the air! See you
Shadows Fall Confirmed Dates:
04/13/08 Showplace Theater – Buffalo, NY
04/14/08 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
04/15/08 Mr. Smalls Theater – Millvale, PA
04/16/08 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
04/17/08 The Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
04/19/08 Crocodile Rock Café – Allentown, PA
04/20/08 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
04/21/08 Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
04/22/08 Jester’s Pub – Fayetteville, NC
04/23/08 Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC
04/24/08 The National – Richmond, VA
04/25/08 Recher Theater – Towson, MD
04/26/08 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
As previously announced the band will be direct support to THE BLACK
DAHLIA MURDER on this years “Summer Slaughter Tour” with
VADER, CRYPTOPSY, THE FACELESS, DESPISED ICON, ABORTED, BORN OF OSIRIS,
PSYCROPTIC, and WHITECHAPEL.
KATAKLYSM recently shot a video for the track “Taking the World
by Storm” with director David Brodsky (THE RED CHORD, GWAR, STRAPPING
The cover artwork for "Prevail", at this location (http://www.kataklysmrocks.com/images/prevail.jpg).
The band decided to "immortalize" the character that was featured
on the cover of their last CD, "In the Arms of Devastation",
and have him re-appear as the main character — dubbed "The
Heartbeast" — on "Prevail".
"Prevail" was mixed at AudioHammer Studios in Orlando,
Florida with producer Jason Suecof and is scheduled for release via
Nuclear Blast Records on May 23 (Europe) and May 27 (North America).
The CD will feature guest solo appearances by Pat O'Brien (CANNIBAL
CORPSE), Dave Linsk (OVERKILL) and producer and guitar shredder Jason
Suecof himself. The band promises "a monstrous album that will
pummel you from start to finish."
|April 11th, 2008
- HIMSA post tour trailer! See them live NOW!
Seattle’s HIMSA have just started their European headliner tour
and present you an entertaining tour trailer that invites all of you
to come out to the shows and join the pit! Watch it by clicking HERE!
This is the band’s current Europe/UK headliner tour in support
of their much acclaimed latest effort “Summon In Thunder”,
so see below for the exact dates & be there!!!
A LIFE ONCE LOST
TOO PURE TO DIE
TED MAUL (UK Opener)
ANTERIOR (Mainland Opener)
presented by Metal.de, Metal Hammer (D), Fuze (D), Close Up (SWE), Toazted
(NL), Allschools (D), MetalNews.de (D)
04.03.2008 Sweden – Stockholm, Klubben
05.03.2008 Sweden – Gothenburg, Musikens Hus
06.03.2008 Germany – Berlin, Magnet
07.03.2008 Germany – Rosswein, Juha
08.03.2008 Austria – Vienna, Arena
09.03.2008 Italy – Milano, Zoe Club
10.03.2008 Germany – Munich, Feierwerk
11.03.2008 Switzerland – Aarau, Kiff
12.03.2008 Holland – Tilburg, O13
13.03.2008 UK – Yeovil, The Orange Box
14.03.2008 UK – Birmingham, Barfly
15.03.2008 UK – Leeds, Rios
16.03.2008 UK – Sheffield, Corporation
17.03.2008 UK - Glasgow, Barfly
18.03.2008 UK – Cardiff, Barfly
19.03.2008 UK – London, Underworld
20.03.2008 France – Paris, Locomotive
21.03.2008 Belgium – Hasselt, Muziek-o-droom
22.03.2008 Germany – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
Don’t forget to check out some HIMSA tunes & the video clip
for “Big Timber” @
Further info on HIMSA can be obtained at the following websites:
- FIREWIND - Details for “The Premonition” special edition
with bonus DVD revealed; Gus G. @ Frankfurt music fair & North American
As the European release date of Greek melodic metal act FIREWIND’s
highly anticipated new effort “The Premonition” is drawing
closer, the content of the limited edition has been revealed: The special
version of the album comes with an O-Card packaging and a bonus DVD
dubbed “Live Premonition” which includes four brand-new
(!) songs from the album “The Premonition” recorded live
in Thessaloniki, Greece, on January 12th, 2008 as well as interviews
with all of the band members. Here is the exact tracklisting:
Live Premonition bonus DVD:
1. Into The Fire (6:34)
2. Head Up High (3:43)
3. Mercenary Man (3:56)
4. My Loneliness (4:01)
+ Individual interviews with all members of FIREWIND
FIREWIND’s mastermind Gus G. comments on the bonus DVD as follows:
“We worked very hard to be able to present you this bonus DVD,
as we really wanted to put together a very special package for our fans
this time around. The whole idea started back in late 2007 when we decided
to play a show in our hometown Thessaloniki and present the whole new
album live - from start to finish before it was even released. Looking
back now, I realize that this was a big project to accomplish.
But the night of January 12th made up for the whole work and stress.
Over 1.200 crazy fans filled the Principal Theater and the vibe was
just magical! We caught that on film and now we present you this bonus
DVD with 4 songs from that show, fully edited and mixed PLUS in-depth
interviews with each band member! Dig in and feel the burn of FIREWIND!”
In related news, Gus G. and FIREWIND drummer Mark Cross are confirmed
to appear at the renowned music fair in Frankfurt (Germany) on March
14th – 15th, 2008 and will use this opportunity to do exclusive
signing sessions as well. See below for a detailed schedule:
Gus G. performance @ FMM: Friday, March 14th, 2008 – Agora Stage
Gus G. Signing Session: Saturday, March, 15th – ESP booth @ 14:30h
with Will Adler (Lamb of God), Dave Pybus (Cradle of Filth), Gus G.
Mark Cross Signing Session: Friday, March 14th – Paiste Cymbals
booth @ 16:00h
After the upcoming European tour in April/May with Kamelot, FIREWIND
have also just been confirmed to tour in North America May as part of
the “Tyranny & Bloodshred Tour 2008” alongside Arch
Enemy, Dark Tranquillity and Divine Heresy (Dates listed below!). Gus
“I'm so happy that FIREWIND gets to return to North America as
a part of this package! It’s very versatile, with really good
bands on the bill. Personally speaking, I'm happy for the fact that
I'll get to tour with Arch Enemy again. It was a blast playing with
them in 2005 and Michael Amott and Co. are such great musicians and
people. I have a lot of respect for them. We will give the fans a really
intense setlist as we will present material from our new album, “The
Premonition”, for the first time.”
“The Premonition” will be released as regular CD and as
limited edition CD incl. o-card packaging and bonus DVD on the following
dates within Europe:
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, March 21,
FRANCE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, March 24, 2008.
SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, March 25, 2008.
SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, March 26, 2008.
UK: Monday, April 7, 2008.
Also, FIREWIND’s brand-new single “Mercenary Man”
has just been released in their home country of Greece and for all other
European customers, the Nuclear Blast mailorder exclusively offers the
single at a fan-friendly price of 3,99€. Click HERE to order it
Next FIREWIND live appearances:
ics festival service, rock hard magazine, hardy.tv, wacken radio, wacken
roadshow & metaltix.com presents:
KAMELOT, FIREWIND, FOREVER SLAVE
04.04.2008 UK, London @ Carling Academy
05.04.2008 UK, Wolverhampton @ Wulfrun
06.04.2008 NL, Amsterdam @ Paradiso
09.04.2008 BEL, Antwerpen @ Hof Ter Lo
10.04.2008 GER, Saarbrücken @ Garage
11.04.2008 F, Paris @ Elysee Montmartre
12.04.2008 SWI, Pratteln @ Z7
13.04.2008 ITA, Milano @ Alcatraz
16.04.2008 GRE, Athens @ Fuzz Club
17.04.2008 GRE, Thessaloniki @ Ydrogeios
18.04.2008 BUL, Sofia @ Hristov Botev
19.04.2008 SER, Beograd @ SKC
20.04.2008 HUN, Budapest @ Wigwam
21.04.2008 GER, Reichenbach/Vogtl. @ Neuberinhaus
22.04.2008 GER, München @ Backstage
23.04.2008 GER, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
24.04.2008 GER, Essen @ Weststadthalle
25.04.2008 GER, Hamburg @ Markthalle
28.04.2008 FIN, Helsinki @ Tavastia
29.04.2008 FIN, Oulu @ Teatria
01.05.2008 SWE, Stockholm @ Klubben
02.05.2008 SWE, Gothenburg @ Trädgarn
03.05.2008 N, Oslo @ Sentrum Scene
“Tyranny & Bloodshred Tour 2008”
ARCH ENEMY, DARK TRANQUILLITY, DIVINE HERESY, FIREWIND
May-09 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
May-10 Towson, MD @ Recher Theater
May-11 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
May-13 Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
May-14 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
May-16 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May-17 Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theater
May-19 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May-20 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
May-21 Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
May-23 Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom
May-24 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
May-27 Seattle, WA @ Showbox
May-29 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
May-30 West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
More info and details on FIREWIND can be found on these newly re-designed
- WARBRINGER - post new MySpace blog containing impressions from the
road; more shows confirmed!
Parallel to receiving much praise for their debut assault “War
Without End” (OUT NOW!), Californian thrashers WARBRINGER are
also highly active touring-wise. Right after returning from their first
major tour in the US, the band is now also confirmed for several UK
headliner shows apart from their previously announced gig at Wacken
Open Air 2008 as well as their European tour with Napalm Death &
plus another US run with Nile, Suicide Silence and others. To check
out some impressions from their first US-tour with thrash titans Exodus,
Arsis & Goatwhore, read vocalist Kevin’s new MySpace blog
You can also check out WARBRINGER’s extra old school video-clip
for the song “Combat Shock”, the latest tour dates, thrashing
downloads, a super funny weapon-player and much more on their brand-new
Ecard, so come and get some thrash metal HERE!
with Napalm Death, Suffocation
08.05.2008 Dordrecht (NL) @ Bibelot
09.05.2008 Zaandam (NL) @ Kade
10.05.2008 Berlin (D) @ SO36
12.05.2008 Hasselt (B) @ Muziek-O-Droom
13.05.2008 Paris (F) @ La Locomotive
14.05.2008 Rennes (F) @ Antipode
15.05.2008 Biarritz (F) @ Atabal
16.05.2008 Durango (E) @ Plateruena Kafe Antzoky
17.05.2008 Corroios (PT) @ Cine Teatro De Corroios
18.05.2008 Madrid (E) @ Sala Caracol
19.05.2008 Barcelona (E) @ Sala Mephisto
20.05.2008 Toulouse (F) @ Le Bikini
21.05.2008 Bulle (CH) @ Ebullition
22.05.2008 Roma (IT) @ Circolo Degli Artisti
23.05.2008 Roncade (IT) @ New Age
24.05.2008 Pinarella Di Cervia (IT) @ Rockplanet Club
25.05.2008 Luzern (CH) @ Schüür
26.05.2008 Lindau (D) @ Club Vaudeville
27.05.2008 Saarbruecken (D) @ Roxy
28.05.2008 Nuremberg (D) @ Hirsch
29.05.2008 Stuttgart (D) @ tba
30.05.2008 Tilburg (NL) @ O13 // Neurotic Death Fest, with Asphyx, Unmerciful,
Cryptopsy & more
31.05.2008 Magdeburg (D) @ Froximum Arena
01.06.2008 Warzawa (PL) @ Club Progresja
02.06.2008 Wroclaw (PL) @ Club WZ
03.06.2008 Hannover (D) @ Musikzentrum
04.06.2008 Leipzig (D) @ Conne Island
05.06.2008 Copenhagen (DK) @ Rock
06.06.2008 Aalborg (DK) @ Studenterhuset
07.06.2008 Hamburg (D) @ tba
WARBRINGER UK headliner shows:
09.06.2008 London (UK) @ The Underworld
13.06.2008 Plymouth (UK) @ White Rabbit
14.06.2008 Milton Keynes (UK) @ The Pitz
31.07.2008 Weinheim (D) @ Café Central, with Sworn Enemy, All
01.08.2008 Wacken (D) @ Wacken Open Air 2008
02.08.2008 Leisnig (D) @ Sucks N Summer Festival
22.08.2008 Ieper (B) @ Ieper Festival
- FEAR MY THOUGHTS currently recording new album!
Right now, German modern metal outfit FEAR MY THOUGHTS is extremely
busy finishing the recordings for their highly anticipated follow-up
to last year’s much lauded “Vulcanus” album. Here’s
the band’s latest update straight from the studio:
“We are currently working our asses off on the new record! Drums
are being recorded with the help of Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In
Flames, Behemoth, Soilwork) and the guys of Arsen-studios who supplied
us with some high-end gear. At the moment, we’re about to finish
the vocal recordings, and the result so far sounds simply amazing. Martin
is doing a great job and his vocals come across more variable than ever
before. While Martin is basically working on his own in Karlsruhe, the
others were busy recording guitars and bass in Freiburg, Grenzach-Wyhlen
and Weil am Rhein...actually we spent most time travelling from one
city to the other...arghhhh! It is pretty hard to describe how the new
songs sound. While listening to the rough mixes, I’m trying to
find possible comparisons...sometimes it feels like Slayer, sometimes
like Pink Floyd. You can definitely hear a strong Progressive Rock vibe
in the vein of Porcupine Tree or Tool, on the other side it’s
straight-forward Rock and Metal more than ever before! The new record
is definitely shaping up well, but probably in a way you would not have
The new FEAR MY THOUGHTS album is expected to surface in July 2008 and
the band is already confirmed to perform live at the renowned Metal
Camp Festival in Tolmin (Slovenia) on July 6, 2008. Stay tuned for further
updates on the recording process!
Listen to FEAR MY THOUGHTS @
Official FEAR MY THOUGHTS website:
- WARREL DANE announces solo album details; new song & cover artwork
After much anticipation, the stunning, inaugural solo effort, “Praises
To The War Machine”, from Nevermore vocalist WARREL DANE will
finally be released in Europe in April 2008. With this effort one of
metal’s most defining and revolutionary vocalists further hones
his craft to perfection.
Dane, who first shattered the boundaries of conventionality with the
legendary Sanctuary and Nevermore, proves that he is one of metal’s
most diverse frontmen with this solo effort as he unleashes a barrage
of introspective and personal lyrics that are heartfelt and extremely
powerful. All of this emotion backed with his soaring angelic and dynamic
vocals provides all of the necessary elements for a savagely captivating,
melodic assault that quickly hooks you in.
Before beginning this new venture Dane went out and surrounded himself
with some of the best musicians that he could find. This search ultimately
resulted in landing the renowned Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork) on guitars
and bass, Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork) on drums and Matt Wicklund (ex-Himsa)
on guitars. The effort was also recorded and mixed by Wichers (co-producer
Soilwork). As guest musicians Jeff Loomis (Nevermore) and James Murphy
(Obituary, Testament, etc.) are featured on the album.
You can now check out the album’s cover artwork by renowned artist
Travis Smith (Death, Katatonia, Opeth) by clicking HERE!
The album’s tracklist reads as follows:
1. When We Pray 3:38
2. Messenger 3:59 (feat. Jeff Loomis)
3. Obey 3:59
4. Lucretia My Reflection 4:38 (The Sisters Of Mercy-Cover)
5. Let You Down 3:54
6. August 3:48
7. Your Chosen Misery 4:10
8. The Day The Rats Went To War 3:37 (feat. James Murphy)
9. Brother 3:24
10. Patterns 4:01 (Paul Simon-Cover)
11. This Old Man 3:43
12. Equilibrium 3:54
Total running time: 45:53
As a first sonic appetizer, the song “Messenger” has just
been posted at:
Dane further comments as to how this solo effort came about:
“Right around the time Nevermore was recording This Godless Endeavour
I started talking to Peter Wichers about maybe doing something together.
I think we both wanted to do something different and that’s ultimately
what got the ball rolling. I had always wanted to work with a songwriter
that had a more song based approach rather than focusing on technical
skills and Peter was exactly that. We collaborated on almost everything
and I wrote all the lyrics and melodies. Peter had great ideas at times
for harmonies, that's what a good producer does, and I think he's really
come into his own as a producer with this record.
The purpose of doing this project was to step out of the confines of
Nevermore and focus on coming up with memorable songs instead of constructing
songs that showcased everyone’s skills. The material is more straightforward
than Nevermore, but I don't know what to call it. I think my influences
have really played a part of the sound. I love old school goth and I
love thrash metal, and every other kind of metal, there's a little bit
of all of that in the record.”
“Praises To The War Machine” is an absolute must for all
Nevermore fans and will soon be hailed as Dane’s most ambitious
offering yet. Prepare yourself for the sheer beauty and elegance that
awaits. The album will be available on the following release dates:
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: April 25, 2008.
UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: April 28,
SPAIN / PORTUGAL: April 29, 2008.
SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: April 30, 2008.
USA/CANADA: May 13, 2008.
- TURISAS launch tour competition; Europe & UK tour starts tomorrow!
To properly celebrate the start of their first headliner tour through
Europe & UK, Finnish folk/metal warriors TURISAS have now launched
an exclusive competition especially for you, the fans! Here are the
Be “the face in the crowd”!
On each of the upcoming shows TURISAS will take a picture of the audience
every night from the stage and pick out one face randomly from the crowd.
That person will be the lucky winner of an impressive TURISAS-fan package,
including a signed tour poster with war paint hand prints of all band
members on it, a signed 'fan extraordinaire' tour-pass, a guitar pick,
a lighter and, of course, a printed and signed version of your photo
in the crowd. To win, all you have to do is make sure you catch TURISAS
on one of their many shows, rock out in the crowd and be picked as the
After the show make sure to check THIS THREAD regularly for your face
and if you are the chosen one, take a picture of yourself holding the
ticket of the show (so please make sure you keep it) and send an email
with that picture of yours plus the exact date and place of the show
to the following address: [email protected]
So, don’t miss this chance to win your personal TURISAS-fan package
& go nuts at the following dates:
TURISAS UK & EUROPEAN TOUR 2008
Special guest: Norther (FIN)
Support on UK-leg: Alestorm (SCO)
Presented by MySpace.com (D), Rock Hard (D), Heavy (D), Orkus (D) und
Mar. 01 - Northampton, UK @ Soundhouse
Mar. 02 - Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
Mar. 03 - Aberdeen, UK @ Moshulu
Mar. 04 - Edinburgh, UK @ Studio 24
Mar. 05 - Liverpool, UK @ Academy 2
Mar. 06 - Norwich, UK @ Waterfront
Mar. 07 - Peterborough, UK @ Park
Mar. 08 - Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
Mar. 10 - Exeter, UK @ Cavern
Mar. 11 - Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
Mar. 12 - Southampton, UK @ The Brook
Mar. 13 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
Mar. 14 - Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
Mar. 15 - Haarlem, Netherlands @ Patronaat
Mar. 16 - Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Doornroosje
Mar. 18 - Hamburg, Germany @ Marx
Mar. 19 - Karlsruhe, Germany @ Substage
Mar. 20 - Munich, Germany @ Metropolis
Mar. 21 - Winterthur, Switzerland @ Salzhaus
Mar. 22 - Bochum, Germany @ Matrix
Mar. 23 - Berlin, Germany @ Kato
Mar. 25 - Vienna, Austria @ Planet Music
Mar. 26 - Bratislava, Slovakia @ Randal
Mar. 27 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Rock Café
Mar. 28 - Lichtenfels, Germany @ Ragnarök Festival
Mar. 29 - Osnabrueck, Germany @ Tomahawk Festival
Mar. 31 - Malmö, Sweden @ KB
Apr. 01 - Gothenburg, Sweden @ Musikens Hus
Apr. 02 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ The Rock*
Apr. 03 - Oslo, Norway @ John Dee*
Apr. 04 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben*
*) = Without Norther
- CRYPTOPSY Announces new album title; touring Europe with Unmerciful
and Decrepit Birth in May / June!
Canadian masters of brutality CRYPTOPSY are currently putting the finishing
touches on their sixth full-length studio album, “The Unspoken
King”. The group recently announced the addition of new frontman
Matt McGachy (3 Mile Scream) and keyboards/samplist Maggie Durand to
their line-up. Vocalist Matt comments the work on the new album as follows:
“The studio process has been very fulfilling. We have just recently
finished all of the vocal tracks and the samples are in the process
of being completed. The songs are just as brutal as on the previous
albums while being far more concise. We have even brought in ex-Ion
Dissonance vocalist Gabriel McCaughry to add some vocals to a track
called “Anoint the Dead”. Some of the other tracks on the
album are called “Worship Your Demons”, “The Headsmen”
and “Bemoan the Martyr”.”
Regretfully, CRYPTOPSY have been forced to cancel their recently announced
tour of South America in March, after drummer Flo Mounier broke his
knee cap. Mounier had completed the drum tracking process for the group’s
new album prior to the incident, so it did not affect the recording.
The tour of South America is expected to be re-scheduled later in 2008.
European CRYPTOPSY fans will be delighted to hear that the band will
be touring Europe right on time of the release of their highly anticipated
new effort in May-June 2008, supported by Decrepit Birth and Unmerciful.
So, prepare to be crushed!
"Death Feast" European Tour 2008:
with Decrepit Birth & Unmerciful
Presented by Legacy (D)
30.05. GER - Berlin @ K17
31.05. NL - Tilburg @ O13 - Neurotic Deathfest / www.neuroticdeathfest.com
01.06. BE - Genk @ Rondepunt26 - Death Fest
02.06. GER - Hamburg @ Logo + Sufferage
03.06. DEN - Copenhagen @ The Rock
05.06. CZ - Prague @ Chmelnice
06.06. GER - Wachenroth @ Suffering Life Festival / www.sufferinglifefestival.com
07.06. UK - London @ Underworld - Death Fest IX
08.06. FR - Paris @ La Locomotive - Death Feast
09.06. FR - Strasbourg @ TBA
10.06. GER - Trier @ Exhaus
11.06. GER - Munich @ Metropolis
12.06. SLO - Zilina @ Pistol Club - Apocalypse Death Fest 2
14.06. GER - Huenxe @ Death Feast Open Air / www.deathfeast.de
- AKASHIC DVD recordings are finished
- The progressive metal band AKASHIC finished the recordings of their
first DVD. After the release of two albums, "Timeless Realm"
and "A Brand New Day", the group gathered together to show
live some of their songs. Still untitled, the new release was recorded
in January and is being produced by the band members, which didn't announce
yet a release date.
The presentation featured the guest singer Tita Sachet, in the ballad
The track list of the DVD is:
01. For Freedom
02. Voices and Signs
03. Who am I?
05. Be The Hero
06. Revealed Secrets
07. Give Me Shelter
08. Coming Home
Meanwhile, when waiting for the DVD release, the fans can watch the
band's video clip made for the song "For Freedom", which is
available in MySpace and YouTube through the following links www.myspace.com/akashicrock
- Midwest Metal Mag on-line update: Slayer, Nightshade (ex-Usurper),
All Out War and more.....
MIDWEST METAL MAGAZINE On-Line UPDATE!
Featuring interviews with Kerry King of Slayer, read about Kerry's views
on the Grammy Awards, Slayer collecting, set lists, gold records and
Mike Score of All Out War brings us up-to-date on the forever criminally
underrated All Out War and their latest metallic juggernaut 'Assassins
In The House of God'.
Former Usurper guitarist Rick Scythe of Nightshade discusses the end
of Usurper and the beginning of Nightshade and the positives and negatives
of starting a new band with a fresh outlook.
Mark Weglarz, owner of Chicago's best record store Metal Haven talks
about his experiences running a Metal retail store and answers some
questions with some surprising answers including the biggest seller
in the stores 8+ year history.
Reviews: The latest from Akercocke, Angel Corpse, Annihilator, Asskicker,
The Autumn Offering, Blut Aus Nord, Candlemass, Carnal Forge, Demiricous,
Dew-Scented, Dimmu Borgir, Electric Wizard, Enthroned, Ephel Duath,
Entombed, Evile, Gamma Ray, Helloween, High On Fire, Horncrowned, Iced
Earth, Ignitor, Limbonic Art, Marduk, Mayhem, Mithras, M.O.D., Monster
Magnet, Moonspell, Municipal Waste, Nex, N.I.L., Nominion, October File,
Omnium Gatherum, Opeth, OverKill, Pantheon-I, Pro-Pain, Prong, Raging
Speedhorn, Ringworm, Sear Bliss, Solitude Aeturnus, Spun In Darkness,
Trollech, Vinter sorg, The Vision Bleak, Vorkuta, Widow, Wolves in the
Throne Room, Zoroaster and more!
Plus Media Reviews: DVD's by Dark Funeral, Heaven and Hell, Obituary,
Nirvana and Darryl Keck's Metal Generation book.
Photos: Over 100 pix added including classic and recent shots of; Anthrax,
Biohazard, Black Label Society, Cannibal Corpse, C.O.C., Dark Funeral,
Earthride, Electric Wizard, Exodus, Fear Factory, High On Fire, Immortal,
Jerry Cantrell, Machine Head, Mastodon, Megadeth, Motorhead, Napalm
Death, Opeth, Orange Goblin, Slayer, Solitude Aeternus, Sourvein, Usurper,
Watain and more.
- Lair of the Minotaur... War Metal Battle Master poised to strike
Lair of the Minotaur’s third full length on Southern Lord Records,
War Metal Battle Master, is a concept album about solving conflicts
with a big fucking axe. Recorded at Volume Studios in Chicago by Sanford
Parker and mastered by Scott Hull, the album shall be unleashed for
human consumption on March 25, 2008. The songs are a mix of the thrashing
aggression & mega-riffage of The Ultimate Destroyer and the unrelenting
beatings & Sabbath chugs of Carnage, mixed with a new emotionless
ferocity reserved for an executioner.
Check out the new press page for new album art, photos, an mp3 of the
album-opening Horde of Undead Vengeance and more: http://www.southernlord.com/press/lotmwmbm/
CD track list:
1. Horde of Undead Vengeance
2. War Metal Battle Master
3. When the Ice Giants Slayed All
4. Slaughter the Bestial Legion
5. Black Viper Barbarian Clan
6. Assassins of the Cused Mist
8. Hades Unleashed
The album features art by Jeremy Mohler and layout by Seldon Hunt (Neurosis,
Jesu, Isis). The CD version contains a 20 page booklet with graphic
illustrations for each song. A limited edition version will contain
dropcard with a password activated web link to download exclusive live
tracks recorded at a show in Chicago in October 2007. The LP version
will be released on Southern Lord sometime this summer with bonus tracks.
And also coming soon is the uncensored video for the title track War
Metal Battle Master. Directed by Gary Smithson (High on Fire, Exodus,
Until then, catch them on the road or at the free WMBM listening party
March 18th at Chicago's Kuma's Corner; the heavy metal burger joint
where LOTM just had a burger named after them.
Lair Of The Minotaur w/Today Is The Day, Mouth Of The Architect, Complete
02/28/2008 The Ritz - Warren, MI
03/29/2008 Ravari Room - Columbus, OH
03/30/2008 Peabody's Pirate's Cove - Cleveland, OH
03/21/2008 Melody Inn - Indianapolis, IN
04/01/2008 The Note - Chicago, IL
04/03/2008 Mojo's - Columbia, MO
04/04/2008 Cactus Club - Milwaukee, WI
04/05/2008 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN
04/06/2008 Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
A U.S. May/June tour with The Ocean (Germany), Kylesa and Intronaut
is planned and we'll have official dates announced soon!
Interviews available now via email and phone and in person... let it
- MESHUGGAH TOURS NORTH AMERICA WITH MINISTRY
It’s been three years since their last tour and last album, but
with their highly-anticipated new masterpiece, obZen, slated for release
in the U.S. and Canada on March 11th, a new Swedish My Space pre-listening
promotion record for a 1⁄4 of a million album streams, and Blender
Magazine’s “Best Heavy Metal Drummer” & Guitar
World’s #35 ranked “Greatest Metal Guitarists” in
tow, Sweden’s MESHUGGAH are ready to bring their trademarked arrhythmia
back to North America on Ministry’s “C-U-LaTour” Farewell
A truly lateral-thinking force genuinely dedicated to pushing the boundaries
of extreme music, MESHUGGAH have spent the last twenty years developing
and exploring their metric art. It’s never shocking to see some
of the biggest names in metal standing in the wings at MESHUGGAH shows
shaking their heads at the band’s (di)versions of standard 4/4
time. States Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter, “Through all
these years, I’ve been waiting to hear someone that does something
more pummeling, and it’s just not coming. Their stuff changed
my life.” Not surprisingly, the band’s discography underwent
scholarly analysis at the 34th Annual Meeting of The Music Theory Society
of New York State in 2006, and the article, “Re-casting Metal:
Rhythm & Meter in the Music of MESHUGGAH” was published in
Music Theory Spectrum, the journal of The Society for Music Theory in
the latter half of 2007.
With obZen primed to become another testament of MESHUGGAH’s importance
to the fields of recording and performing arts, it’s safe to say
that MESHUGGAH is to music what Sir Isaac Newton is to calculus.
Clear your schedule and come to one of the show dates below. An epiphany
in music awaits you.
Music, album artwork, band logo, high resolution band photos, photo
passes, guest list accommodations, and interviews are all available
Visit the band online at www.MESHUGGAH.net
MESHUGGAH with Ministry & Hemlock
03/25/08 Big Easy Concert Hall – Spokane, WA
03/26/08 Whiskey Nightclub – Calgary, AB – CANADA
03/27/08 Croatian Cultural Center – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
03/28/08 Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC - CANADA
03/29/08 Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA
03/30/08 Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR
04/01/08 The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
04/02/08 The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
04/04/08 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
04/05/08 House of Blues - Hollywood, CA
04/06/08 House of Blues - Hollywood, CA
04/07/08 House of Blues - San Diego, CA
04/08/08 Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
04/09/08 House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
04/11/08 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
04/12/08 Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
04/14/08 Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
04/15/08 La Zona Rosa - Austin, TX
04/16/08 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
04/17/08 The Palladium - Dallas, TX
04/18/08 Verizon Wireless Theatre - Houston, TX
04/19/08 House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
04/21/08 Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/22/08 House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL
04/23/08 Jannus Landing - St. Petersburg, FL
04/24/08 Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
04/25/08 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
04/26/08 Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
04/27/08 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
04/29/08 The Fillmore (at Theatre of Living Arts) - Philadelphia, PA
05/01/08 The Fillmore (at Irving Plaza) - New York, NY
05/02/08 The Fillmore (at Irving Plaza) - New York, NY
05/03/08 Metropolis - Montreal, QC - CANADA
05/04/08 Koolhaus - Toronto, ON - CANADA
05/06/08 The Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
05/07/08 Emerald Theatre - Detroit, MI
05/08/08 House of Blues - Chicago, IL
05/09/08 House of Blues - Chicago, IL
- Salem's new DVD release
Salem's new DVD release is just around the corner; We are happy to announce
that the final touches are being applied to our forthcoming DVD, "Salem
Underground". This release is a collection of performances from
4 different shows. The concept for this DVD was to mix the recorded
audio (in Stereo) but to leave it un-edited to maintain the rawest live
experience possible. The release date will be announced next week along
with some show dates, new merch items and more. Stick around.
- W:O:A 2008 - New bands confirmed
The US death metal legend is back - live at the W:O:A 2008
The swedish metal flagship at the W:O:A 2008
The southern rock heroes at the Wacken Open Air
The death metal cult band from the USA in Wacken!
Negura Bunget und Alestorm
2 new bands confirmed
W:O:A 2008 - Actual Billing
3 inches of Blood, As I Lay Dying, At the Gates, Autumn, Avantasia,
Axel Rudi Pell, Axxis, Before the Dawn, Carcass, Children of Bodom,
Corvus Corax, Crematory, Destructor, Dream of an Opium Eater, Enemy
of the Sun, Ensiferum, Evocation, Excrementory Grindfuckers, Exodus,
Girugämesh, Gorerotted, Gorgoroth, Grave, Hatebreed, Headhunter,
Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage, Kreator, Krypteria, Leaves´Eyes,
Lord Belial, Lordi, Machine Men, Massacre, Mercenary, Nifelheim, Nightwish,
Obituary, Opeth, Powerwolf, Primordial, PsychoPunch, Sabaton, Saltatio
Mortis, Soilwork, Sonata Arctica, Sturm und Drang, The Bones, Van
Canto, Warbringer, Watain and many more!
Further infos about all bands are following constantly at www.wacken.com
Tickets at Metaltix ( www.metaltix.com
), +49 (0)4627-18 38 38 für EUR 99,00 (incl. EUR 20,00 für
Full Metal Service) plus VVK-Gebühr EUR 10,00 (zahlt nicht mehr
an den VVKstellen!) + Porto bestellen.
This includes for example:
free parking (for any verhicle equaly if car, bus, motorbike, or camper)
> free camping - directly at your vehicle for the W:O:A Feeling
(as far as the weather allows it). > Like before there is no limitation
for drinks or any food on the parking- and camping area > only
greenfields and direct ways to the fesivalarea (as far as the weather
allows it). > Shuttle to the Wacken or Schenefeld swimming-bath.
> Garbage will be collected from us for free - No garbage deposit
> Festivalstickers > free CD > many little suprises = Full
Metal Bag > and many more...... Tickets: www.metaltix.com
- New Signing Innerstrength Records
Innerstrength Records is pleased to announce the addition of Chicago,
IL based hardcore band Through The fire. Through the Fire will enter
the studio this Spring to record their debut album, which will be released
on July 15, 2008. They will be touring the entire Summer in support
of their upcoming album.
For further information and to check out their music www.myspace.com/throughthefirehc
1. As I Rise
2. The World At Our Feet
3. Worth Knowing
4. Times Have Changed
5. Bonfires on Sunsets
6. Witness and Trial
7. The Day You Wished For
8. Throw Away Your Sidekicks
THROUGH THE FIRE’S UPCOMING SHOWS
Mar 9 2008 Wake The Dead Cafe W/ THE WORLD WE KNEW Decatur, Illinois
Mar 14 2008 Blooming Dale Park District IN ARMS 1ST SHOW Bloomingdale,
Mar 14 2008 TOUR MAR 14TH-21st TBA, Illinois
Mar 28 2008 SOUNDLAB W/ RINGWORM BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT MOKENA, Illinois
Mar 29 2008 Lyons Town Hall-BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT Lyons, Wisconsin
Apr 12 2008 Knights Of Columbus w/ ETM IN ARMS FLED THE KING Arlington
Apr 19 2008 SOUNDLAB W/ CDC Mokena
May 17 2008 THE ANALYST CD RELEASE SHOW Southbend, Indiana
May 24 2008 Soundlab W/ FIGHTTHE CROWD & WEEKEND FM Mokena, Illinois
May 31 2008 Shorewood Legion Hall Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jun 13 2008 SUMMER TOUR!
JUNE 13th-28th EVERYWHERE, Illinois
Jun 13 2008 Reckless Summer Tour W/ Endomora Cleveland, Ohio
Jun 14 2008 Reckless Summer Tour W/ Endomora Warren, Michigan
Jun 15 2008 Reckless Summer Tour W/ Endomora Southbend, Indiana
Jun 16 2008 Reckless Summer Tour W/ Endomora Indianapolis, Indiana
Jun 17 2008 Reckless Summer Tour W/ Endomora Cincinatti/Dayton, Ohio
Jun 18 2008 Reckless Summer Tour W/ Endomora Wheeling, West Virginia
Jun 19 2008 Reckless Summer Tour W/ Endomora Washington DC, Washington
Jun 20 2008 Reckless Summer Tour W/ Endomora Virginia Beach, Virginia
Jun 21 2008 Reckless Summer Tour W/ Endomora Richmond, Virginia
Jun 22 2008 Reckless Summer Tour W/ Endomora Baltimore, Maryland
Jun 23 2008 Reckless Summer Tour W/ Endomora Delran, New Jersey
Jun 24 2008 Reckless Summer Tour W/ Endomora Poughkeepsie, New York
Jun 25 2008 Reckless Summer Tour W/ Endomora Buffalo/Rochestor, New
Jun 27 2008 Reckless Summer Tour W/ Endomora Pittburgh, Pennsylvania
Jun 28 2008 Reckless Summer Tour W/ Endomora Alliance, Ohio
|April 7th, 2008
- Dutch Metal Cult band MARTYR signs with Rusty Cage Records.
We are very pleased to announce the addition of this eighties cult band
to our roster. After releasing the Dutch Metal Cult Series, containing
re-issues of 5 rare albums, we received many requests about Martyr's
first album 'For the universe'. We will release a special version of
this classic metal album: the guys have written new songs and will be
recording them very soon!
Expect this great album to be released with the new recorded songs this
The Martyr section of the RCR site will be ready within a couple of
weeks. Check out the official Martyr
website in the meantime!
- Dutch Progressive metallers FEED FORWARD signs with Rusty Cage Records.
For some time we were looking for a progressive metal band. Finally
we found one with an added bonus: Female vocalist Biejanka! The band
has been around for 5 years now, and found its own unique style.
Expect the release of their album "Barefoot and Naked" spring
2008. The Feed Forward section of the RCR site will be ready within
a couple of weeks.
Check out the official Feed
Forward website in the meantime!
- Ilkka Salminen is no longer in TENHI
Ilkka Salminen has now officially left the band. We decided to announce
this as there has been some speculation around the matter.
This isn't a dramatic change in the band at all but rather awaited decision.
His contribution has decreased along the years and his personal interests
lie elsewhere, while for us the band has become even more crucial part
of our lives.
Despite this he will still be around as a friend for sure...
So thanks for the past years - rock on!
Here by Ilkka's own words:
I have now officially left TENHI.
This is my own decision and I want you to know that it happens in the
best spirit between all of us. It might not be a surprise for you, as
my contribution in TENHI has decreased ever since we released Maaäet.
For the time being I haven't got the possibility to devote myself to
TENHI anymore with the same intensity as Tyko and Ilmari.
I'm extremely proud and happy for everything we achieved in TENHI and
it all means an awful lot to me. I feel privileged that for the past
decade I was given the possibility to create music with such talents
as Tyko and Ilmari. I think TENHI is doing very well in their care,
and I encourage them to carry on the TENHI saga for a long time.
On my behalf I'd like to thank all of you TENHI fans for the fantastic
support you've given throughout the years. I wish you all the best,
keep TENHI flame burning!
- Sammath demo track
Sammath demo track "Triumph in hatred" on the Sammath myspace
site, track will play directly, turn up the volume to piss everyone
From the upcoming CD "Blood".
To be released by Folter Records later this year. http://www.folter666.de
- The Old Dead Tree NEW DRUMMER REVEALED : RAPHAEL ANTHEAUME JOINS THE
OLD DEAD TREE AS FULL TIME MEMBER!
The search is over, and a new drummer has now joined the band. The level
of competition and skills among the few drummers who remained at the
top of the crop was extremely high, but this guy logically outplayed
everyone in the end.
Indeed, we are very happy to announce that after having worked with
us as a session musician for about six months now, Raphaël has
decided to join THE OLD DEAD TREE as a full time member! For those who
aren\'t familiar with him yet, Raphaël is the drummer of the french
symphonic metal band PENUMBRA. As a professional musician, he is also
involved in others projects and various music styles. If you want to
find out more about Raphaël, you can check his myspace : www.myspace.com/raphaelantheaume.
To the drummers we met : Again, we want to thank you all for offering
your services and wish you all the best for the future!
- Joey Vera news
I’ll be doing some local gigs with singer Brad Alden which also
takes us to Tokyo, Japan for a gig on April 23rd. And for some Armored
Saint news: Saint will be playing at this years Rocklahoma Festival
in Pryor, Oklahoma which is just outside Tulsa.
Saint will be playing on Friday July 11, also on the bill is Kingdome
Come, Extreme, Night Ranger and Triumph (all original members). Tickets
are on sale now for this 4 day event. As of now, this is the only scheduled
show for Saint for the rest of the year.
The Bass Invaders CD is out now. This is a project recorded by Marcus
Grosskopf, bassist for Helloween. He made a record with Peavy (Rage)
of songs played entirely without any guitars! The CD features bass solos
from players such as Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and yours truly (that
would be me) on track 8 “Far Too Late”. Check it out!
I want to also say Thanks! For the great response and emails I’m
getting for my new solo CD A Chinese Firedrill. I really appreciate
it and am glad you are all enjoying it. I hope to start writing some
new material for a follow up very soon.
- ARSIS TRAILER FLIPS OVER, JEOPARDIZES REST OF HEADLINING TOUR
Calling in from a frozen tundra somewhere in Iowa, ARSIS frontman/guitarist
Jim Malone provides this update:
“Everyone’s fine. Hard to believe this happened during the
day, but the road is solid ice. The trailer flipped, broke loose of
the hitch, and is now stuck in a snow bank. Better the trailer and not
us. We’re waiting to get it towed, since it’s unusable.
It’s lodged in ice and we can’t get to our gear, but we’re
sure it’s all smashed. We need to assess the situation and see
how much of our gear still works before we can say anything about finishing
out the rest of the tour. We can’t afford to buy a new trailer
at this point. Again, we apologize to our fans. We’ll have an
Adds bassist Noah Martin:
“We’re going to try to find a room up the highway in the
next small town. Hopefully we won’t have to fight off inbred zombie
cannibals… like we need that right now. We are all suuuper pissed
that this has happened just as we were getting back on this tour. This
sucks a lot of dinosaur dick – and that’s a LOT of meat!”
Stream the title track off the new ARSIS album, We Are The Nightmare,
We Are The Nightmare will be available in North America on April 15th,
- NEURAXIS offers studio episode #1 footage
Canada’s NEURAXIS has issued the a video clip entitled “NEURAXIS
Studio episode #1 – Drums,” featuring footage and interviews
from the recording of the band’s fifth studio record. The clip
is online at the band’s MySpace page here.
The band’s debut album for Prosthetic Records, ‘The Thin
Line Between’ will be the follow-up to ‘Trilateral Progression.’
Tapping Jef Fortin (of fellow Canadians Anonymus) for production duties,
NEURAXIS entered the studio Feb. 19 and the recording process should
be completed later this month. Alan Douches (Mastodon, Converge, Shadows
Fall) will master the effort while artist Dennis Sibejin of Damnengine
Art (Job For A Cowboy, Chimaira) will showcase the record’s visuals.
‘The Thin Line Between’ is currently scheduled for a July
‘The Thin Line Between’ tracklisting:
1) Darkness Prevails
4) Deviation Occurs
5) The Thin Line Between
6) Dreaming The End
7) Standing Despite...
10) The All And The Nothing
The new album will be the first studio album featuring new vocalist
Alex Leblanc and guitarist William Seghers, both having appeared on
the recently released 'Live Progression,’ via Galy Records. ‘Live
Progression’ is the live follow-up to NEURAXIS’ last studio
album, 2005's 'Trilateral Progression.’ More details, artwork
for ‘The Thin Line Between,’ tour dates, and regular in-studio
footage updates will be available shortly.
NEURAXIS on tour
4/25 London, ONT – The Embassy
4/26 Sudbury, ONT – The Serbian Centre (Sundbury Metalfest)
- MEMORY CRASH – OUT NOW on MAGNA CARTA RECORDS
GUITAR ICON STEVE STEVEN’S of BILLY IDOL releases FIRST SOLO ALBUM
IN OVER 10 YEARS MARCH 4TH, 2008
HOLLYWOOD – After a decade, the much anticipated Steve Stevens
solo release is invading the world - MEMORY CRASH releases March 4th,
2008 on Magna Carta Records.
Steven’s spent the last few years out on tour in support of Idols
album “The Devils Playground.” Once off tour, Stevens spent
time orchestrating his new album and signed to Magna Carta Records.
He spent the last year meticulously laying down the tracks to his newest
Choosing a very retro-contemporary style, Stevens decided he would make
this a very real and well conceived album, something that has not been
heard in years. Reasserting the quality that made him a star, Stevens
just calls it good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll. It’s just Steve
Stevens, his guitar, and his beloved effects – all the ingredients
that make's this album a work of genius.
MEMORY CRASH boasts such tracks as “Water on Ares”, “Hellcats
Take the Highway”, “Small Arms Fire”, an interpretation
of Robin Trower’s’ “Day of the Eagle” (featuring
Dug Pinnick of King’s X), and the rousing/psychedelic “Cherry
Vanilla.” “I have a lot of weird little segues going on
with this record,” Stevens explains. “I’ve always
loved that about the prog records, like Dark Side of the Moon. You enter
this little theater of the mind. It’s a true headphone experience.”
Guitar World magazine once said that Steve Stevens “orchestrates
the growls and snarls that come of his guitar much the same way that
Bernstein conducts the Philharmonic.” It’s this variety
of aural characteristics that also explains Stevens’ musical career
path. Not only is he the longtime musical partner and friend of British
punk-rock icon, Billy Idol—together delivering the million-selling
albums BILLY IDOL, REBEL YELL, WHIPLASH SMILE, VITAL IDOL, GREATEST
HITS as well as a new CD, DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND—but he’s
a Grammy Award winner (Best Rock Instrumental for his work on the TOP
GUN Soundtrack), a sought-after songwriter (co-wrote “Bolero”
for the ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO Soundtrack), a noted session guitarist
(Michael Jackson, the late Robert Palmer, The Cars Ric Ocasek and most
recently, Pink), and a solo artist with two vastly divergent albums,
rock ‘n rolling ATOMIC PLAYBOYS and the Latin-influenced FLAMENCO
A GO GO. Not bad for a shy kid from the rough and tumble section of
the Ramones’ Rockaway, Queens on the edge of New York City.
MEMORY CRASH was recorded and engineered by Steve Stevens and Beazle
T. Monk at the Purple Room. Brian Tichy (Billy Idol/drummer) plays all
percussion and drums, Stevens’ plays guitar and all other instruments.
For more information please go to www.stevestevens.net
- SOL INVICTUS signs contract with Auerbach Tontraeger
The beginning of spring brings good news for all fans of classic Folk
noir: Mastermind Tony Wakeford's legendary British band SOL INVICTUS
have signed a contract with Auerbach on the group's back catalogue and
future releases. "Prophecy Productions/Auerbach is a rarity. A
label that has, and deserves, its good reputation. I am very happy that
Sol Invictus have found a home here," Wakeford explains his decision
to go with the German label, adding, "Now can I have my cat returned
to me as promised."
Fans will be familiar with the trademark black humour of the man who
after a wild life - as a member of the cult Punk band Crisis and one
of the founders of the ever mysterious Death In June, among other things
- founded his own project SOL INVICTUS back in 1987. Under the banner
of this ancient Roman solar deity, the last 20 years have seen more
than a dozen albums charting a musical progression from raw, post-punk
Dark Folk to ever more refined arrangements with influences from Early
Music, Classical, Ambient, and Jazz. With changing musical collaborators,
Wakeford presents in his unmistakable voice pessimistic visions that
are equally inspired by ancient myths, modern writers, and deeply personal
reflections on (the sorrows of) love and the vanity of things.
Many SOL INVICTUS albums today stand as landmarks of their genre, Tony
Wakeford is considered one of the founding fathers of Apocalyptic Folk
alongside Douglas P. of Death In June and David Tibet of Current 93.
After some of their records have been deleted for years, Auerbach are
pleased to present all studio albums by SOL INVICTUS in beautifully
done re-editions to fans old and new. His future works will also attest
to the fact that Mr. Wakeford hasn't lost his punch and that the original
is always better than any copy.
- Grind Minded announce new bass player
Dutch old school death/grind band Grindminded is pleased to announce
the addition of bassist Gea Mulder to their lineup. Gea has been in
bands such as Mirdyn and Pharmacore. "We are excited to have Gea
as part of the Grindminded family." said guitarist Jerry Duinkerken.
"She's turning out to be an awesome bass player, she's learned
much of our material already, and she will only make the band stronger,"
Duinkerken said. The change came in response to news that former bassist
Jasper Bolderjik was leaving the band earlier this year. Grindminded
will be beginning to play out live with Mulder later this month, in
support of their brand new full length album entitled "Domestic
Violence." Check out the band at http://www.myspace.com/grindminded
- PAGAN SIGNS SATHANAS-news
PAGAN RECORDS of poland signs SATHANAS FOR 2 CD DEAL. They are writing
material now for their first full length on PAGAN. to hear latest samples
go to myspace.com/sathanasmetal
Sathanas are also looking for booking agents for european tour late
08. get in contact at [email protected]