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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
    www.myspace.com/thebandaxemaster
    www.myspace.com/jsguitar
  • 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

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • 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.“

    Bellgrave
    www.bellgrave.de
    www.myspace.com/bellgrave1
  • 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 dates.

    THE OCEAN
    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

    THE OCEAN
    w/ Lair of the Minotaur
    06/04 Metairie, LA -- The High Ground

    THE OCEAN
    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

    THE OCEAN
    w/ Lair of the Minotaur
    06/10 El Paso, TX -- Chic's
    06/11 Farmington, NM -- Gator's

    THE OCEAN
    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

    http://www.theoceancollective.com/
    http://www.myspace.com/theoceancollective
  • 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.

    www.themass.us | www.myspace.com/themass
  • 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
    http://www.paragonrecords.net/gfx/flyerlyon.jpg

    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

    www.paragonrecords.net
  • 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 track.

    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

    www.paragonrecords.net
  • 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 Recs.

    Also, Darkestrah t-shirts and long-sleeves with the Epos album cover on the front, and band pics on the back are now available!

    www.paragonrecords.net
  • 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.
    www.myspace.com/castevet

    www.paragonrecords.net
  • Theatres des Vampires – Anima Noir – Release date 2nd May 2008

    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
    www.theatres-des-vampires.com
    and myspace at
    www.myspace.com/theatresdesvampires
    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 Unhealer.

    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.

    www.ihsahn.com | www.myspace.com/ihsahn | www.emperorhorde.com
    www.candlelightrecordsusa.com | www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa
  • 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

    Greetings all,

    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.

    www.myspace.com/swwr

    - Al
  • 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:
    http://ecard.centurymedia.com/heavenshallburn_iconoclast
    www.myspace.com/officialheavenshallburn
    http://www.heavenshallburn.com
  • 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, 2008.
    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!

    MERCENARY Live:
    11.03.2008 (D) – Neu-Isenburg @ Hugenottenhalle / direct support for Megadeth
    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

    DEATH ANGEL
    MERCENARY
    DEMOLITION
    EXTREMA
    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

    www.mercenary.dk
  • Desensitised news

    Desensitised will continue under the name MURDER SYNDICATE.

    Cheers,
    Susan & Desensitised / Murder Syndicate

    www.desensitised.nl
    www.myspace.com/desensitised
  • 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.

    Tracklist:

    Dämmerstunde (Einklang)
    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
    Carn Dûm
    In the Forest of Frozen Darkness
    Archetyp des Schicksals (Ausklang)

    Mercenary Musik
    P.O. BOX 41986
    L.A., CA 90041
    www.mercenarymusik.com
  • ZERO HOUR returns to ProgPower Europe!

    Dear people,

    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
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    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...

    Greetings,
    Stichting ProgPower

    WWW.PROGPOWER.EU
  • Gaia Epicus - New album this summer 2008

    Hello!

    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.

    Guest Musicians:
    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...

    ___________________________
    __M_E_T_A_L__I_S__L_A_W__

    Best Metal Regards
    Thomas

    www.gaia-epicus.com
  • 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!

    web:
    http://baalmetal.com
    http://myspace.com/baal
    http://maintainrecords.com
    http://myspace.com/maintainrec
  • ABSU parts ways with guitarist (again); replacement and new recording announced

    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 with him."

    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
    06. Nunbarshegunu
    07. Girra's Temple
    08. Magick Square Cipher
    09. Ye Uttuku Spells
    10. Amy
    11. …Of the Dead Who Never Rest In Their Tombs Are the Attendance Of Familiar Spirits…Including:
    a.) Diversified Signs Inscribed
    b.) Voor
    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:

    Ashmedi (Melechesh)
    Jex Thoth (Jex Thoth/ex-Totem)
    Mindwalker (The Firstborn)
    Nornagest (Enthroned)
    Sataniac (Desaster)
    Vorskaath (Zemial)

    www.absu.us | www.myspace.com/absu
    www.candlelightrecordsusa.com | www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa
  • 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, “Prevail”:

    "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 soon!”

    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 YOUNG LAD).

    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!!!

    HIMSA
    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” @
    www.myspace.com/himsa

    Further info on HIMSA can be obtained at the following websites:
    www.himsa.org
  • FIREWIND - Details for “The Premonition” special edition with bonus DVD revealed; Gus G. @ Frankfurt music fair & North American tourdates…

    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 @ 11:30h

    Gus G. Signing Session: Saturday, March, 15th – ESP booth @ 14:30h
    with Will Adler (Lamb of God), Dave Pybus (Cradle of Filth), Gus G. (Firewind)

    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 G. adds:

    “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, 2008.
    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 directly.

    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 sites:

    www.firewind.gr
    www.myspace.com/firewind
  • 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 at www.myspace.com/centurymediaeurope!

    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!

    WARBRINGER Live:
    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 Shall Perish
    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

    www.myspace.com/warbringer
  • 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 expected!”

    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 @
    www.myspace.com/fearmythoughts

    Official FEAR MY THOUGHTS website:
    www.myspace.com/fearmythoughts
  • WARREL DANE announces solo album details; new song & cover artwork posted online!

    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:
    www.myspace.com/centurymediaeurope
    www.myspace.com/warreldane

    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, 2008.
    SPAIN / PORTUGAL: April 29, 2008.
    SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: April 30, 2008.
    USA/CANADA: May 13, 2008.

    www.myspace.com/warreldane
    www.warreldane.com
  • 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 details:
    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 lucky one!

    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 Metal.de (D)

    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

    www.myspace.com/turisasofficial
    www.turisas.com
    www.thevarangianway.com
  • 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:
    CRYPTOPSY
    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

    Booking: www.bcp-agency.com
    www.myspace.com/cryptopsy
    www.cryptopsy.net
  • 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 "Coming Home".

    The track list of the DVD is:

    01. For Freedom
    02. Voices and Signs
    03. Who am I?
    04. Dove
    05. Be The Hero
    06. Revealed Secrets
    07. Give Me Shelter
    08. Coming Home
    09. Vaudeville

    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 and www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH-MF_CoU4k

    Akashic Press
    [email protected]
    www.akashic.com.br
    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 more.

    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.

    www.midwestmetalmagazine.com
  • 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
    7. Doomtrooper
    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, Goatwhore).

    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 Failure:
    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 rip.

    www.lairoftheminotaur.com | www.myspace.com/lairoftheminotaur
    www.southernlord.com | www.myspace.com/southernlordrecordings
  • 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 Tour.

    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 on request.

    Visit the band online at www.MESHUGGAH.net and www.myspace.com/MESHUGGAH

    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

    Hello.

    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.

    www.salemband.com
    www.myspace.com/salemband
  • W:O:A 2008 - New bands confirmed

    Massacre
    The US death metal legend is back - live at the W:O:A 2008

    The Haunted
    The swedish metal flagship at the W:O:A 2008

    Nashville Pussy
    The southern rock heroes at the Wacken Open Air

    Cynic
    The death metal cult band from the USA in Wacken!

    Negura Bunget und Alestorm
    2 new bands confirmed

    W:O:A 2008 - Actual Billing

    Confirmed bands:
    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

    Track listing
    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, Illinois
    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 Heights, Illinois
    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 DC
    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 York
    Jun 27 2008 Reckless Summer Tour W/ Endomora Pittburgh, Pennsylvania
    Jun 28 2008 Reckless Summer Tour W/ Endomora Alliance, Ohio

    www.myspace.com/innerstrengthrecords

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 summer.

    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:

    Dear fans,
    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!

    Yours,
    Ilkka Salminen
  • Sammath demo track

    Greetings,

    http://www.myspace.com/sammath666

    Sammath demo track "Triumph in hatred" on the Sammath myspace site, track will play directly, turn up the volume to piss everyone off!

    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

    Quick note:

    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.

    Take Care,
    Joey

    www.joeyvera.com
    www.myspace.com/joeyvera
  • 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 update soon.”

    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, at: www.myspace.com/ARSIS

    We Are The Nightmare will be available in North America on April 15th, 2008.
  • 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 release.

    ‘The Thin Line Between’ tracklisting:
    1) Darkness Prevails
    2) Wicked
    3) Versus
    4) Deviation Occurs
    5) The Thin Line Between
    6) Dreaming The End
    7) Standing Despite...
    8) Oracle
    9) Phoenix
    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)

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • 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 guitar masterpiece.

    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 or www.magnacarta.com
  • 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]