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April 30th, 2008
  • My Minds Weapon - Debut Album

    Monday 9th of June 2008 sees the release of 'The Carrion Sky', the highly anticipated debut album from UK metal's brightest new hope; MY MINDS WEAPON

    Mixed and mastered at the soon to be legendary Wellerhill Studios by Dan Weller and Justin Hill (SIKTH), the album features ten blistering tracks of progressive and technical metal, as well as some awesome guest vocals by Justin Hill himself.

    Regardless of their relatively short lifespan, the band have already ripped up stages with the likes of Caliban, Textures, Alexisonfire, Misery Signals and Bleeding Through, as well as venturing out on full UK tours with buddies Flood Of Red, Enter Shikari, Blueprint To A Downfall, and cryforsilence; the latter leading to a slot on the prestigious Taste Of Chaos tour...

    You can catch MY MINDS WEAPON at the following shows over the coming months (please feel free to add to your gig guides)

    02nd May - Face Bar w/ FELLSILENT - Reading, UK
    03nd May - Jubilee Hall w/ FELLSILENT - Amersham, UK
    04th May - MyFest w/ FELLSILENT - North Weald, Essex, UK
    05th May - USBU w/ FELLSILENT - Luton, UK
    30th May - Dexters Bar w/ B.T.A.D. - Dundee, UK
    31st May - The Portland Club w/ B.T.A.D. - Inverness, UK
    01st June - Drummonds w/ B.T.A.D. - Aberdeen, UK
    02nd June - Soundhaus w/ B.T.A.D. - Glasgow, UK
    04th June - Music Box w/ B.T.A.D. - Manchester, UK
    05th June - The Shed w/ B.T.A.D. - Leicester, UK
    06th June - The Chapel w/ B.T.A.D. - Huddersfield, UK
    07th June - Rios w/ B.T.A.D. - Leeds, UK
    09th June - The Black Horse w/ B.T.A.D. - Birmingham, UK
    10th June - Engine Rooms w/ B.T.A.D. - Brighton, UK
    11th June - Mr C’s w/ B.T.A.D. - Poole, UK
    12th June - The Hub w/ B.T.A.D. - Exeter, UK
    14th June - The Windsor Club w/ B.T.A.D. - Neath, UK
    15th June - The Zephyr Bar w/ B.T.A.D. - Newton Abbot, UK

    Lots more exciting Basick news to come, this year is gonna be a busy one !
    Thanks again for your continued support, we really appreciate it.

    www.basickrecords.com
  • MERCENARY - New video online; “Architect Of Lies” to be released!

    Just in time for the release of the new album “Architect Of Lies”, Denmark’s finest metal export MERCENARY presents you the brand-new video clip for the song “Isolation (The Loneliness In December) at this location.

    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.

    Please head over to the band’s redesigned Myspace site: www.myspace.com/mercenarydenmark and check out the two fantastic new tracks “Bloodsong” and “Embrace The Nothing” NOW!

    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)

    www.mercenary.dk
    www.centurymedia.com
  • IGNITE - kick off band contest for opening slot on their upcoming European tour and launch exclusive Reell and Trashmark IGNITE merch raffle @ MySpace!

    California’s hardcore legend IGNITE is presently getting ready to hit the road again on their upcoming European club tour in April 2008, supported by Terror, Strung Out & Death Before Dishonor. In order to round off this screaming tour package IGNITE now call out to all of you ambitious bands out there to join them as opener on their tour!!!

    If you’re convinced your band is ready for this special challenge take action in the contest! For all further info, exact dates and conditions click here: www.myspace.com/ignitetour

    As an appetizer for the tour, IGNITE just launched a special merch raffle for their fans. In collaboration with Reell Clothing (www.reelljeans.com) and Trashmark (www.trashmark.de) the band is offering you the chance to win some exclusive items. Just head to www.myspace.com/ignitetour or www.myspace.com/centurymediaeurope straight away for detailed information!

    Check out the following dates to make sure you don’t miss one of the most exciting live-bands on tour across Europe in April:

    IGNITE, Death Before Dishonour, Burn The 8 Track
    Presented by: Ox Fanzine, Livegigs.de, Slam Magazin, Stardust, Fuze
    22.04. (F) Paris – Gibus
    23.04. (E) Durango – Plateruena
    24.04. (P) Lisbon – Tuatara Lisboa
    25.04. (E) Madrid – La Sala Live
    26.04. (E) Barcelona – Sala Apolo *
    27.04. (F) Nantes – Le Ferrailleur
    28.04. (CH) Biel – Gaskeller
    29.04. (I) Bologna – Quememeo
    30.04. (I) Rome – Forte Prenestino
    01.05. (I) Padova – La Gabbia
    03.05. (BG) Sofia – tba.
    04.05. (RO) Bucharest – tba.
    26.05. (UK) Plymouth – White Rabbit
    27.05. (UK) Newcastle – Trillians
    28.05. (UK) Glasgow – King Tuts
    29.05. (UK) Peterborough – Met Lounge
    30.05. (UK) London – Underworld
    * w/ Sick Of It All

    www.igniteband.com
    www.myspace.com/ignitemusic
    www.centurymedia.com
  • FIREWIND - “The Premonition” album trailer; win signed “Mercenary Man” single!

    While the worldwide metal scene is eagerly awaiting the release of Greek melodic metal sensation FIREWIND’s new album “The Premonition”, the band now presents you a further appetizer that should even increase your appetite for this metal delicacy. Click HERE to watch the brand-new album trailer.

    As a special competition in cooperation with German Rock Hard magazine, you now have the chance to win one of five copies of FIREWIND’s Greece-only single “Mercenary Man”. All copies were signed by Gus G. and the only thing you need to do is guess the three classic metal riffs Gus performs in the video posted HERE (you have to scroll down a bit). Once you accomplished that, just email the songtitles to Rock Hard magazine by clicking HERE and please state “Firewind-Singles” in the subject line!

    “The Premonition” will be released as standard jewel case CD and limited edition CD incl. O-Card packaging and a bonus DVD entitled “Live Premonition” which includes four brand-new (!) songs recorded live in Thessaloniki, Greece, on January 12th, 2008 as well as interviews with all of the band members on the following dates:

    BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, March 21, 2008.
    GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND: Saturday, March 22, 2008.
    GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, March 24, 2008.
    SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, March 25, 2008.
    SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, March 26, 2008.
    FRANCE: Monday, March 31, 2008.
    UK: Monday, April 7, 2008.

    Press feedback on “The Premonition” so far is absolutely overwhelming:

    “The Premonition” is a heavy metal album par excellence, offering everything you love about the genre.
    Rock Hard (D)

    If you don’t check this out, you’re definitely going to miss something!
    Metal Hammer (D)

    It is always important for a scene’s health that ambitious young musicians come up and clean up the old rusty structures.
    Gitarre & Bass (D)

    Many bands used to be much better in the early days. FIREWIND are so much better nowadays than in their infancy, it’s not even the same galaxy anymore!
    Sweden Rock (SWE)

    With this record you can definitely add FIREWIND to the top of all current Heavy Metal bands.
    Rock Tribune (B)

    Album of the month!
    Rock Hard (F)

    Melodic - Rock/Metal at it’s best!
    Guitar (D)

    Buy this!
    Heavy (D)

    FIREWIND Live:
    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

    Bang Your Head Festival Warm-Up Show with Forbidden, Breaker, No Creeps
    June-26 Hechingen, GER @ Discothek WOM
    www.bang-your-head.de

    More info and details on FIREWIND can be found on these newly re-designed sites:
    www.firewind.gr
    www.myspace.com/firewind
  • ZIMMERS HOLE - New album out now!

    The devil’s favorite sons, ZIMMERS HOLE, celebrate the release of their highly anticipated new full-length “When You Were Shouting At The Devil…We Were In League With Satan”!

    With a wicked, twisted sense of humor and an undying love for true metal, guitarist Jed Simon (Tenet, SYL), bass player Byron Stroud (Fear Factory, SYL), vocalist The Heathen, and long-time biggest fan Gene Hoglan (Dethklok, SYL) on drums have delivered a furious metal assault, perfectly produced by the infamous Devin Townsend (Darkest Hour, Lamb of God) and overwhelmingly received by metal media:

    Killer! With their third full-length ZIMMERS HOLE is one of the best pure metal-worships ever. If Tenacious D would have the balls and talent to play metal, he would sound like ZIMMERS HOLE.
    ROCK HARD (D), soundcheck #4

    “When You Were Shouting At The Devil…” doubtlessly is the wet dream of every steadfast metalhead come true! The album contains countless catchy hits every metalfan should check out, no matter if you prefer PRIEST, MAIDEN or even SYL.”
    HEAVY (D), album of the month

    To get an impression of the album, check out the title track on the band’s official MySpace page (www.myspace.com/zimmershole).A video for the song will also be finished soon.

    With a new album in the bag and a newly intense focus, THE HOLE are looking forward to hitting the worldwide roads as a collective. The time has come for those in league with Satan to gather and start praising the unholy ZIMMERS HOLE.

    www.legionofflames.com
    www.myspace.com/zimmershole
  • DESPISED ICON - complete highly successful European tour; video résumé posted online!

    Montreal extremists DESPISED ICON just completed a highly successful tour of Europe, which included their first trip to Russia, with Misery Index and Beneath the Massacre. The group now prepares for a slew of upcoming Mexican dates leading them into the much anticipated Summer Slaughter tour. An entertaining video résumé of their trip to Europe has just been posted at YouTube.com, so watch it now at http://youtube.com/watch?v=KirrqDp0Uv4

    Alex Erian (vocals) states:

    “We started this European tour with no expectations. I mean it was only our second time, not to mention BTM's first time, in Europe so we figured we were mostly into it to hang out with our boys in BTM and MI and play in front of 100 metalheads a night. But after about a week of playing in packed venues, we understood that this tour was gonna be killer. Much respect to everyone that came out to the shows, had a good time and turned this into something special for us. I haven't had this much fun on tour in a while. We plan on coming back to Europe in August for a short festival run with Cephalic Carnage. See you there!”

    So look forward to DESPISED ICON’s return to Europe during the upcoming festival season and stay tuned to www.myspace.com/despisedicon for constant updates.
  • VENOMOUS CONCEPT - Album-Coverartwork, tracklist & new song!

    Featuring such illustrious members as Shane Embury (guitar, Napalm Death), Kevin Sharp (vocals, Brutal Truth), Danny Lilker (bass, Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault) and Danny Herrera (drums, Napalm Death), VENOMOUS CONCEPT are about to deliver a furious old school hardcore/punk assault with their second effort “Poisoned Apple”. Here are the exact release dates:

    GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, April 25, 2008.
    UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, April 28, 2008.
    SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, April 29, 2008.
    SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, April 30, 2008.

    Profiting from each band member’s long-time dedication and integrity in the field of extreme music, “Poisoned Apple” sounds as honest and convicted as it gets! You can now check out the album’s artwork in higher resolution by clicking HERE as well as listen to the brand-new song “Water Cooler” at the band’s Century Media artist profile, just click HERE!

    The album’s tracklisting reads as follows:

    VENOMOUS CONCEPT “Poisoned Apple” (33:59) track-listing:
    1. Drop Dead (2:07)
    2. Toxic Kiss (0:55)
    3. Life (1:47)
    4. Water Cooler (2:58)
    5. P.R.I. (1:32)
    6. Artist Friendly (1:30)
    7. A Case Of The Mondays (2:37)
    8. Every Mother’s Son (1:54)
    9. Workers Unite (1:39)
    10. Half Full? (2:56)
    11. Check Out (3:26)
    12. White Devil (1:53)
    13. Hero (2:39)
    14. Three (1:17)
    15. Screwball (1:48)
    16. Chaos! (1:28)
    17. Think? (1:33)

    With the highly anticipated follow-up to 2004’s “Retroactive Abortion” (on Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings), VENOMOUS CONCEPT are looking forward to spit their sonic and lyrical venom straight into your face, so taste the poison or drop dead!

    www.myspace.com/venomousconcept
  • SHANNON - ANGEL IN DISGUISE
    Release Date :- 28/03/2008
    Artist Service

    French melodic hard rockers SHANNON are impressively back with their long awaited 2nd full length album. Shannon are delivering a perfect blend of west coast inspired US hard rock and NWOBHM that fans of the genres will surely go for. Mighty melodies, powerful riffing and forward pushing beats - that's what Shannon stand for.

    'The best and most autheic LA hard rock album from France that ever has found the way into my player - a must for all fans of Dokken, Danger Danger, Hurricane etc..' Andreas Schowe Rock It/Metal Hammer

    'Shannon are a damn good band that should appeal to you if you are reading Fireworks'
    Nicky Baldrian, Fireworks Magazine UK.

    www.myspace.com/artitservice
    www.musicbymail.eu
  • GHOST CIRCUS - ACROSS THE LINE
    Release Date :- 08/04/2008
    ProgRock Rrcords

    Ghost Circus return with their stunnig second album 'Across The Line' which is a concept album following one man's path from death to the hereafter; a ghost story from a unique perspective. Combining elements of AOR and Progressive Rock, there is so much to enjoy with the album. Significant equipment upgrades to both studios has allowed for a wider and more accurate expression of the duos' unusual musical vision. 'Across The Line' proves that Ghost Circus has melded into a cohesive blend of the eclectic talents of Chris Brown and Ronald Wahle. The sound is huge and powefrul and Ghost Circus are truly impressive.

    www.progrockrecords.com
  • NEW MESHUGGAH ALBUM DEBUTS AT #59 ON THE BILLBOARD CHART

    It’s been three years since Sweden’s MESHUGGAH last released a studio album and toured North America, but given their recent achievements, such as debuting at #59 on the American Top 200 Billboard chart, clinching the #14 spot on the iTunes Top Rock Albums chart, being the #1 Most Added metal album on the CMJ Loud Rock and FMQB radio charts, setting a new Swedish My Space pre-listening promotion record for over a quarter of a million album streams in seven days, and sporting Blender Magazine’s “Best Heavy Metal Drummer” & Guitar World’s #35 ranked “Greatest Metal Guitarists” in their line-up, they’re more than making up for lost time.

    Taking a break from band rehearsals for their upcoming participation on Ministry’s C-U-La-Tour (which launches this Tuesday, March 25th in Spokane, Washington) from their studio in Stockholm, Sweden is MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake:

    “We are SUPER-STOKED! With a diminishing market for CD sales, we didn’t quite know what to expect for obZen, but reaching a place on the Billboard charts is truly AWESOME! Of course, we feel that we have a strong album and all that, but kudos where it’s due. This would not have been possible without the tremendous work of all the gents and gals at EMI & Caroline, our label Nuclear Blast, and of course, our fans. Thank you ALL for helping us reach new levels!”

    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. 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.

    obZen is primed to become yet another arrhythmic testament of MESHUGGAH’s importance to the fields of recording and performing arts.

    Press praise for obZen:

    · “There’s an obvious method in [MESHUGGAH’s] madness… a kind of savage, abstracted calm.” – NEW YORK TIMES

    · “MESHUGGAH’s most brutal installment yet, obZen is a thundershower of hammers raining from the sky.” – GUITAR WORLD

    · “obZen recaptures the feeling and fury of the discs that made MESHUGGAH math-metal’s undisputed champions.” – REVOLVER

    · “Undeniably brilliant.” – DECIBEL

    · “The most important metal band in a 20-year generation.” – METAL MANIACS

    · “With obZen, MESHUGGAH are far from done reinventing the metal wheel.” - ALTERNATIVE PRESS

    · “obZen is the first album of 2008 that deserves a solid listen.” – MTV.com

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

    To view dates for the upcoming C-U-La-Tour with Ministry, click here.
  • Denmark’s VOLBEAT delivers American debut in June

    ROCK THE REBEL/METAL THE DEVIL on MASCOT RECORDS USA

    HOLLYWOOD – Elvis metal ‘n’ rollers VOLBEAT, who combine ‘50s rock with modern metal, will unleash their trademark rockabilly sound on unsuspecting Americans come June 10th via their first ever U.S. release, ROCK THE REBEL/METAL THE DEVIL on Mascot Records USA. Expect to hear the first single Sad Man’s Tongue on radio nationwide in May.

    Original and different, classic and cutting edge, VOLBEAT is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Michael Poulsen, guitarist Thomas Bredahl, bassist Anders Kjølholm and drummer Jon Larsen. Already endorsed by Vans, Eastpak, Gibson, In Tune Guitar Picks, De Palma and Dean Markley, VOLBEAT is intent on earning the adoration of American fans from coast to coast.

    In their native Denmark, ROCK THE REBEL/METAL THE DEVIL has been certified platinum. Further solidifying their success, VOLBEAT was nominated once at the 2007 MTV European Music Awards and four times at this year’s annual Danish Music Awards (the Danish Grammy Awards equivalent) – where ROCK THE REBEL/METAL THE DEVIL was named album of the year.

    When it comes to performing live, VOLBEAT has taken the stage at numerous prestigious European festivals including, but not limited to: Wacken Open Air, Roskilde, With Full Force, Summer Breeze and Graspop. In July 2007, VOLBEAT opened for Metallica on their Sick of the Studio tour when it stopped in Denmark.

    America is about to learn what Europe is already well aware of – VOLBEAT rocks! ROCK THE REBEL/METAL THE DEVIL releases June 10th, 2008 on Mascot Records U.S.A. Expect their U.S. tour in the fall, dates TBA.

    For more information visit www.volbeat.dk or www.myspace.com/volbeat or watch Volbeats new video Sad Man’s Tongue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mV_HHL-h6g .
  • KEEP OF KALESSIN Announce N. American Release Date/ Comment on DIMMU BORGIR Tour!

    Norway’s KEEP OF KALESSIN have announced June 10th as the North American release date for the band’s “Kolossus” release. This will be hot on the heals of their tour with DIMMU BORGIR and BEHEMOTH (dubbed the “Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2”) happening this April into early May. Founding guitarist Obsidian C. had this to say about the bands new North American activity:

    “We're very excited about finally touring the US after 13 years in the band's existence. Being support for juggernauts as DIMMU BORGIR and BEHEMOTH just makes this a unique opportunity for KEEP OF KALESSIN to show ourselves to the US audience.

    Also, the partnership with NUCLEAR BLAST will prove invaluable for the band's conquering of America and will definitely prove to be the highlight in our career so far!”

    04/02 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
    04/03 Metropolis – Montreal, QC (w/Necronomicon)
    04/04 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
    04/05 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
    04/07 The Myth – St. Paul, MN
    04/09 Edmonton Events Center – Edmonton, AB
    04/10 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB
    04/11 The Big Easy – Spokane, WA
    04/12 Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR (w/Heaven Shall Burn)
    04/14 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
    04/16 The Grove – Anaheim, CA
    04/17 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
    04/18 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
    04/19 Ogden Theater – Denver, CO
    04/20 Lonestar Event Center – Lubbock, TX
    04/21 Stubbs BBQ – Austin, TX
    04/22 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
    04/24 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
    04/25 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
    04/26 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metalfest)
    04/27 930 Club – Washington, DC
    04/28 NorVA – Norfolk, VA
    04/30 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    05/01 Jannus Landing – St. Petersburg, FL
    05/02 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
    05/03 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
    05/04 House of Blues – Chicago, IL

    The video clip for the song “Crown of the Kings” can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB33JV0iXsU. The song comes from the bands 2006 release “Armada.”
  • MERCILESS DEATH ANNOUNCES “REALM OF TERROR” STREET DATE

    MERCILESS DEATH annihilated the unsuspecting masses in early 2007 with their scorching debut Evil in the Night. Eager to keep fans banging their heads, thrash metal purveyors MERCILESS DEATH have set a release date for their highly anticipated sophomore effort entitled Realm of Terror which will be unleashed on May 20th 2008. Gracing the cover of Realm of Terror will be artwork be legendary metal artist Andreas Marschall whose talents have been displayed on classic albums by such bands as Sodom, King Diamond, Destruction and Obituary. And once again HEAVY ARTILLERY will be pulling out all the stops with limited edition vinyl featuring a full color gatefold jacket, inner sleeve, deluxe 24” x 24” poster and limited colored vinyl.

    MERCILESS DEATH will land on European soil for the first time with an exclusive appearance at the upcoming KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL X on April 4th. This historic event marks the tenth installment of the legendary festival and is celebrated with exclusive early material sets by JAG PANZER, MANILLA ROAD, HELSTAR, OMEN, TITAN FORCE, and ATTACKER, amongst others. American headbangers fret not, details of their spring 2008 US tour are coming soon….

    Listen to MERCILESS DEATH at http://www.myspace.com/mercilessdeath

    For more info on KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL visit: http://www.keep-it-true.de/

    www.heavyartillery.us
  • StoneLake News

    Hi everyone, if you are wondering what we are upto here in StoneLake camp we can tell you that we are shooting a new video for a song from our latest album. We will post it on the site in the near future.

    www.ump.se
    www.stonelake.se
  • Headbangers Ball Tour Dates Announced

    PILGRIMZ

    Announces Headbanger Ball Tour dates:

    8 Aug 2008 MTV Headbangers Ball Launch Event, Amager Bio,
    w. Obituary, Agnostic Front, As We Fight

    4 Sep 2008 MTV Headbangers Ball Tour, Amager Bio
    5 Sep 2008 MTV Headbangers Ball Tour, Gimle
    6 Sep 2008 MTV Headbangers Ball Tour, Train
    11 Sep 2008 MTV Headbangers Ball Tour, Posten
    12 Sep 2008 MTV Headbangers Ball Tour, Fermaten
    13 Sep 2008 MTV Headbangers Ball Tour, Studenterhuset
    19 Sep 2008 MTV Headbangers Ball Tour, Tobakken
    20 Sep 2008 MTV Headbangers Ball Tour, Musikhuset
    26 Sep 2008 MTV Headbangers Ball Tour, Den Gl. Sportshal
    27 Sep 2008 MTV Headbangers Ball Tour, Gozzfest
    w. Mecernary, Raunchy, Last Mile
    Tickets: www.gaffa.dk

    PILGRIMZ will attend MTV HEADBANGERS BALL TOUR 2008 along with Mercenary, Raunchy and Last Mile (Ex: As We Fight / Hatesphere members) The launch of the tour is scheduled 8th August in Copenhagen, Amager Bio where PILGRIMZ will help kick off the tour along with OBITUARY (US), Agnostic Front (US) and AS WE FIGHT.

    Last month PILGRIMZ announced that they will attend Roskilde Festival ’08 with bands such as AT THE GATES (S), BAND OF HORSES (US), CLUTCH (US), ENTER SHIKARI (UK), JOB FOR A COWBOY (US)

    We’ll announce record label and release date for PILGRIMZ debut album within a few months.

    *Promoters: Pilgrimz is available for summer festivals and club shows from June 2008 – so get in touch with our booking agents.

    More info:
    www.myspace.com/pilgrimz
    www.mtv.dk/headbangersball/live
    www.myspace.com/headbangersball_live
  • KLIMT 1918 "Just In Case We'll Never Meet Again (Soundtrack For The Cassette Generation)"

    The taste in your mouth for the last time. Then silence, the hours that go by slowly, the winding nights. Eyes lost in the Milky Way chasing memories. In the tail of a cold comet, with arms stretched out; the heavens suggest words unsaid, phrases unheard. Should we never meet again, this is the music we will listen to until we bleed. With our walkmen, across people who will never know. Hoping not to belong to anything but to distance, to solitary paths, to the city that sleeps, to ghosts of the past.

    KLIMT 1918's third album is set to be released in June and will be entitled "Just In Case We'll Never Meet Again (soundtrack for the cassette generation)". It will be available as limited Digipak CD and Jewelcase CD - and there will be also a format for the cassette generation.

    The album tracklist:
    1. The Breathtaking Days (via lactea)
    2. Skygazer
    3. Ghost Of A Tape Listener
    4. The Graduate
    5. Just An Interlude In Your Life
    6. Just In Case We'll Never Meet Again
    7. Suspense Music
    8. Disco Awayness
    9. Atget
    10. All Summer Long
    11. True Love Is The Oldest Fear

    release dates:
    Germany: 20.06.2008
    World: 23.06.2008
    USA: 24.06.2008

    PROPHECY
    http://www.prophecy.cd/
  • TODESBONDEN "Sleep Now, Quiet Forest"

    TODESBONDEN is an exotic blend of world music, symphonic classical music, and epic metal, fronted by versatile female vocals reminiscent of Balkan, Middle Eastern, Celtic, Folk, Operatic and Modern styles. The band's debut album "Sleep Now, Quiet Forest" will be released in June and is, according to vocalist and lyricist Laurie Ann Haus, "a diverse album that touches on different time periods yet held together by a uniform epic, fantasy feeling."

    The album tracklist:
    1. Surrender To The Sea
    2. Surya Namaskara
    3. Trianon
    4. Aengus Og's Fiddle
    5. Fading Empire
    6. Ghost Of A Crescent Moon
    7. Flow My Tears
    8. Sailing Alone
    9. Lullaby
    10. Battle Of Kadesh
    11. Sleep Now, Quiet Forest

    release dates:
    Germany: 20.06.2008
    World: 23.06.2008
    USA: 24.06.2008

    formats:
    ltd. Digipak CD
    Jewelcase CD

    PROPHECY
    http://www.prophecy.cd/
  • DEATH ANGEL Announce "In Thrash We Trust Tour" w/ GOD FORBID!

    San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans, DEATH ANGEL, are pleased to announce their first full US tour since their initial split 18 years ago! The band will embark on a co-headlining tour this May/June with GOD FORBID that will include SOILENT GREEN and LIGHT THIS CITY. Dubbed the “In Thrash We Trust” tour, this will mark the bands first tour in support of their critically acclaimed “Killing Season” record. A visibly excited founding guitarist, Rob Cavestany, eagerly offered a few words about the event:

    “DEATH ANGEL is teaming up with GOD FORBID to hit the road and we couldn't be more stoked! ‘In Thrash We Trust’ will be the first full blown tour of the states that DEATH ANGEL has done since the ‘ACT III tour’ in 1990 and we are gonna bring it! Also on the bill are SOILENT GREEN and LIGHT THIS CITY so you better prepare to get thrashed all night long! Can't wait to see you all very soon! ‘Killing Season’ has begun!!!”

    Confirmed Dates:
    5/01-Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop w/ TESTAMENT
    5/02-Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's w/ TESTAMENT
    5/03-Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
    5/04-Long Island, NY @ Crazy Donkey
    5/07-Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
    5/08-Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
    5/09-Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
    5/10-Virginia Beach, VA @ Steppin Out
    5/13-Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
    5/14-Seminole, FL @ Boomerz
    5/16-Houston, TX @ TBA
    5/17-Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
    5/18-San Antonio, TX @ Rock Bottom
    5/19-El Paso, TX @ Chic's
    5/21-Farmington, NM @ Gator's
    5/23-Las Vegas, NV @ Jillian's
    5/24-Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
    5/25-San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
    5/26-Bakersfield, CA @ The Dome
    5/27-Modesto, CA @ Fat Cats
    5/28-Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
    5/30-Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
    5/31-Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
    6/02-Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
    6/05-Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
    6/06-Mokena (Chicago), IL @ The Pearl Room
    6/07-Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
    6/08-Toronto, ON @ Opera House
    6/11-New York, NY @ BB Kings

    DEATH ANGEL recently filmed a video for the track "Dethroned" with director Robert Sexton (THE DWARVES, AMEN, MONDO GENERATOR) in Santa Paula, California. Check out photos from the video shoot at this location.

    Released on February 26, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records, “Killing Season” sold approximately 2,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album was recorded at Studio 606 in Northridge, California with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has previously worked with FOO FIGHTERS, RUSH, VELVET REVOLVER, SHADOWS FALL and STONE SOUR, among other acts.
  • LIGHT THIS CITY offers video update from the studio

    San Francisco’s melodic death metallers LIGHT THIS CITY have issued the first of four in-studio video updates, while the band is recording its fourth record, tentatively scheduled for a fall 2008 release via Prosthetic Records.

    “We are now back home safely in the Bay Area from one of the most intense tours ever!” says drummer Ben Muray. “These two weeks with All That Remains and Chimaira across the US were amazing, and by far the biggest shows we have ever played. Thanks so much to all of the bands and people behind the scenes that made this tour such a success. There are tons of new pictures from the tour in the pictures section of our MySpace site (http://www.myspace.com/lightthiscity). Go check those out and leave some comments!

    “Now on to what you really want to hear: We have been in the studio in Oakland, CA with engineer Zack Ohren tracking the follow up to Facing the Thousand, which should see a release date in September. We couldn’t be more excited on how these new songs have turned out, and we are SURE that you guys will love them. We have posted our 1st of 4 studio journals on YouTube, so check it out by clicking here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6hOuyshv3c)! Stay tuned for more info on the album as well as more video journals as the recording progresses.

    “Lastly, we have added ‘Like Every Song’s Our Last’ onto the player on the MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/lightthiscity). Go give it some listens and thrash out in your room! We will be playing the song on the next tour, which will be announced shortly, so stay tuned!”

    LIGHT THIS CITY on tour
    4/07 Redwood City, CA – The Oddstad Gallery (with The Swellers)
    4/20 Bakersfield, CA – The Dome (with Dragonlord)

    5/01 Flint, MI The – Machine Shop (with Testament)
    5/02 Cleveland, OH – Peabody's (with Testament)
    5/03 Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
    5/04 Long Island, NY – Crazy Donkey
    5/07 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
    5/08 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
    5/09 Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
    5/10 Virginia Beach, VA – Steppin Out
    5/13 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
    5/14 Seminole, FL - Boomerz
    5/16 Houston, TX - TBA
    5/17 Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theatre
    5/18 San Antonio, TX - Rock Bottom
    5/19 El Paso, TX - Chic's
    5/21 Farmington, NM - Gator's
    5/23 Las Vegas, NV - Jillian's
    5/24 Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
    5/25 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
    5/26 Bakersfield, CA - The Dome
    5/27 Modesto, CA - Fat Cats
    5/28 Sacramento, CA - The Boardwalk
    5/30 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
    5/31 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
    6/02 Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
    6/05 Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa
    6/06 Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
    6/07 Detroit, MI - Harpo's
    6/08 Toronto, ON - Opera House
    6/11 New York, NY - BB Kings

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • FILTER RETURNS WITH 'ANTHEMS FOR THE DAMNED' IN STORES MAY 13

    First Single "Soldiers Of Misfortune" Racing Up Radio Charts

    Single Digital Release April 15

    FILTER is back.

    After a five-year hiatus and a successful run with Army of Anyone, RICHARD PATRICK has reclaimed his legacy with FILTER for ANTHEMS FOR THE DAMNED, due out May 13 on Pulse Recordings.

    Produced by Josh Abraham (Slayer, 30 Seconds to Mars, Velvet Revolver, Staind, Courtney Love), PATRICK calls ANTHEMS FOR THE DAMNED his "howl in the night," a harsh indictment of civilization that doesn't exclude himself from its vision of a world falling apart.

    The album's first single "Soldiers of Misfortune" will be available digitally on April 15 and is quickly climbing up the radio charts as the #1 Most Added track at Active Rock & Alternative radio in its first week. PATRICK describes the soaring anthem--with its U2/Bowie flavor and stacked backdrop of buzzing electric guitars--as a "sardonic anti-war/pro-troops song." The first-person narrative was inspired by a letter from a FILTER fan who had enlisted in the Army reserves to get his college tuition paid; in his final year of college, he was shipped off to Iraq where he died from a rocket attack and small arms fire after just a few days of duty.

    Most recently, former FILTER bassist--now Army Sergeant--Frank Cavanagh traveled to Kuwait to join his former band on FILTER's "Hey Man Nice Shot" for the Operation MySpace concert. Cavanagh--who is due to begin his tour of duty later this month--was authorized by the U.S. Army to join the band so that he could be a part of this memorable performance.

    "I love the Army and I love Filter," Cavanagh said. "To be able to join Richard and my former band for the first time in nearly six years is a huge honor. To perform this song with the band in Kuwait holds a truly special meaning for me, as I am able to share the musical part of my life with my brothers and sisters who are serving our country."

    FILTER frontman Richard Patrick said, "It was an honor for us to perform for the troops in Kuwait at the Operation MySpace concert. Having my former bandmate and current enlisted Army Sergeant Frank Cavanagh on stage next to me made this a show that I will remember for the rest of my life."

    ANTHEMS FOR THE DAMNED features such collaborators as guitarist/songwriter John 5, guitarist Wes Borland and drummer Josh Freese and marks FILTER's first release in five years since The Amalgamut. Pointed and passionate, the new album traces PATRICK's own anger and shame with the state of things, from the intense alternative industrial blast of "The Take," "What's Next" and "Hatred is Contagious," the ultimate resignation of "Kill the Day" and "Lie After Lie" to the tentative hope expressed by "Only You" and the ambient soundscape of the closing "Can Stop This."

    TOUR DATES AS OF 3/24/08- SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE:

    CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS

    Apr 24 2008 7:00P Stubbs Austin, Texas
    Apr 26 2008 9:00P The Woodlands...Buzzfest Houston, Texas
    Apr 27 2008 8:00P KDGE-Edge-fest Pizza Hut Frisco, Texas
    May 9 2008 8:00P Band Camp 2008 Jacksonville, Florida
    May 13 2008 8:00P Record Release Party and Performance Mercury Lounge New York, New York
    May 17 2008 8:00P ROCK ON THE RANGE--CREW STADIUM Columbus, Ohio
    May 18 2008 8:00P Pointfest Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis, Missouri
    Jun 1 2008 8:00P WBCN's River Rave Tweeter Center Boston, Massachusetts
    Jun 6 2008 8:00P Rock im Park Nurnberg, Germany
    Jun 8 2008 8:00P Rock am Ring Nurburgring, Germany
    Jun 9 2008 8:00P Islington Academy London, London and South East

    www.officialfilter.com/
    http://www.myspace.com/filter1

April 29th, 2008
  • LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR.... coming to your town to burn it to the ground

    Lair of the Minotaur announce even more tour dates for the coming months, including some newly added and changed dates to the previously announced tour with Today Is The Day, Mouth of the Architect and Complete Failure, as well as add a burst of dates touring with Kylesa, Intronaut, Withered, The Ocean and more.

    With the Chicagoan shitkickers' new album War Metal Battle Master hitting the stores on Tuesday, frontman Steve Rathbone is up for interviews and interrogations of all kinds now and through the upcoming months' touring as well. Drop Earsplit a bomb if you want in on the action.....

    Lair of the Minotaur's road schedule:

    LOTM w/Today is the Day, Mouth of the Architect, Complete Failure

    05/22/2008 Mac’s Bar - Lansing, MI
    05/23/2008 Michalina’s Bistro - Buffalo, NY

    LOTM w/The Ocean, Kylesa, Withered
    05/24/2008 Church Of Boston - Boston, MA
    05/25/2008 Cherry Street Station - Wallingford, CT
    05/26/2008 Knitting Factory - New York, NY
    05/27/2008 Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH
    05/28/2008 Reggie’s Rock Club - Chicago, IL
    05/29/2008 Mad Hatter - Covington, KY
    05/30/2008 Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
    05/31/2008 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA

    LOTM w/The Ocean, Kylesa
    06/01/2008 Back Booth - Orlando, FL
    06/02/2008 Brass Mug - Tampa, FL
    06/03/2008 The Beta Bar - Tallahassee, FL

    LOTM w/The Ocean
    06/04/2008 The High Ground - Metarie, LA

    LOTM w/The Ocean The Destro
    06/05/2008 *tba - Houston, TX
    06/06/2008 Red 7 - Austin, TX
    06/07/2008 Rubber Gloves - Denton, TX
    06/08/2008 Rock Bottom - San Antonio, TX

    LOTM w/The Ocean
    06/10/2008 Chic’s - El Paso, TX
    06/11/2008 Gator’s - Farmington, NM

    LOTM w/The Ocean, Intronaut
    06/12/2008 Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
    06/13/2008 Audie’s Olympic - Fresno, CA
    06/14/2008 Annie’s Social Club - San Francisco, CA
    06/15/2008 Jumping Turtle - San Marcos, CA
    06/16/2008 Downtown Brew - San Luis Obispo, CA
    06/17/2008 Knitting Factory - Hollywood, CA

    www.lairoftheminotaur.com | www.myspace.com/lairoftheminotaur
    www.southernlord.com | www.myspace.com/southernlordrecordings
  • HALFORD AND FIGHT ANNOUNCE NEW RELEASES!

    Into The Pit 4-Disc Fight Box Set
    Releasing May 26, 2008

    Halford Live At Rock In Rio III 5.1 DVD
    Includes: Resurrection - Remastered
    2-Disc Halford Digi-Pak Releasing September 23, 2008

    Halford Live Insurrection - Remixed And Remastered Available in CD & 5.1
    Hi-Definition Audio on Blu-Ray Disc

    Releasing September 23, 2008

    Metal God Entertainment and Rob Halford are pleased to announce the release of two custom-designed Digi-Paks with exclusive new DVD content for 2008.

    'Into The Pit' a four-disc collection from Fight releases May 26, 2008 and includes Fight's original recordings re-engineered for release: War Of Words - Remixed and Remastered; Mutations - Remastered; A Small Deadly Space - Remixed and Remastered as well as a new DVD release 'Live In Phoenix' featuring rare and unreleased Fight footage.

    Into The Pit will debut in a Numbered Digi-Pak Edition, original Rob Halford autograph and 24-page booklet. World-wide release begins May 26th at local and online retailers.

    'Halford Live At Rock In Rio III' a 5.1 DVD also includes Halford's debut recording 'Resurrection - Remastered' and releases September 23, 2008. 13-cameras are fixed on Metal's most diverse band of the decade as The Metal God delivers one of his best live performances in front of two-hundred thousand+ Brazilians.

    Halford's 2001 double-live CD 'Live Insurrection' makes its debut in Blu-Ray Hi-Definition 5.1 Surround Audio September 23, 2008. Live Insurrection - Remastered Blu-Ray will feature a custom-designed Digi-Pak, original Rob Halford autograph and 20 Page Booklet including rare pictures and exclusive liner notes. Live Insurrection will dazzle Metal God music fans possessing the latest in 5.1 Blu-Ray technologies.

    Visit iTunes.com -- Keywords Halford and Fight, www.HalfordMusic.com or dozens of international digital service providers for Videos, MP3s, CD-quality Fight and Halford downloads.

    U.S. iPhone consumers may customize Fight and Halford Ringtones at iTunes beginning May 1, 2008. Visit www.RobHalford.com April 2008 for more details.
  • SAMAEL Comment on US Tour w/ AMORPHIS!

    SAMAEL is proud to announce their first US tour in nearly five years in support of their latest “Solar Soul” release! The band will be making the trek with headliners/labelmates AMORPHIS as well as LEAVES EYES and VIRGIN BLACK. Co-founder, Xy, had this to say about SAMAEL’s return to US shores:

    “We haven’t played in the US since our last tour for ‘Eternal’ back in 2003. It has been far too long and the wait is over! We are happy to announce we'll be back in September to present material from not one but two albums, namely ‘Reign Of Light’ and ‘Solar Soul,’ as well as songs off our other records. We're excited about this tour and are looking forward to connecting with our American audience once again!”

    The complete schedule is as follows:
    Sep. 27 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
    Sep. 28 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
    Sep. 29 - New York City, NY @ BB Kings
    Sep. 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
    Oct. 01 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
    Oct. 02 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
    Oct. 03 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
    Oct. 04 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
    Oct. 05 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
    Oct. 06 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
    Oct. 07 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
    Oct. 09 - Spokane, WA @ Big Easy Concert House
    Oct. 10 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
    Oct. 11 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
    Oct. 12 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
    Oct. 13 - West Hollywood, Ca @ House of Blues
    Oct. 14 - Phoenix, AZ @ Brickhouse
    Oct. 16 - Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
    Oct. 17 - San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
    Oct. 18 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

    Tickets will go on sale today exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until April 23, at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing systems.

    SAMAEL's eighth album, "Solar Soul", was released in June 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records.
    A video clip from the “Solar Soul” track “Slavocracy” can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMzWysnhr5c.