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August 23rd, 2005
  • NUCLEAR ASSAULT "Third World Genocide"

    Nuclear Assault were among thrash metal's most socially aware groups, making room for serious subject matter (and occasional goofs) in their careening speed metal riffing. They also remained closer to the world of hardcore than most of their peers, and at their late-'80s peak released some of the most uncompromising thrash metal offerings of the time.

    One of the Big Apple's few challengers (along with Anthrax and Overkill) to the Bay Area dominance of all things thrash metal, Nuclear Assault became immediate contenders due to the cumulative sum of its parts — not to mention, their extreme nature and their ability to back it up with solid musicianship. Produced by metal stalwart Alex Perialas, their first album, 1986's Game Over, was regarded as a breath of fresh air with its potent speed metal tinged with hardcore overtones. In the process, fans and critics alike instantly accepted it and the band was quickly off to the races.

    In early 2002 the band was approached by a mutual friend to reform for a couple of shows. Their first reunion show was a the Metal Meltdown in April and there they found out that their was a demand for the band to continue. They played the classic NYC venue CBGB in May along with a show in Massachusetts that was recorded for a live album to be released on SPV in early 2003.

    Currently, Nuclear Assault has just finished a successful tour of South America with the band Sodom and is preparing for a European tour to support their first studio album in 10 years called “3rd World Genocide”. The album features 13 tracks performed by core members Lilker, Evans and Connelly along with Bramante and Burke. Supporting videos are planned for the songs “Long Haired Asshole” and “Price of Freedom”.

    US Dates w/ TESTAMENT
    08/27 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
    08/28 - Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey
    09/23 - Portland, OR @ Sabalas
    09/24- Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
    09/25 - Spokane, WA @ Fat Tuesdays

    Line-Up:
    Danny Lilker (Bass/Vocals)
    Glenn Evans (Drums)
    John Connelly (Guitar/Vocals)
    Erik Burke (Guitar)

    Tracklisting:
    1. Third World Genocide
    2. Price of Freedom
    3. Human Wreckage
    4. Living Hell
    5. Whine and Cheese
    6. Defiled Innocence
    7. Exoskeletal
    8. Discharged Reason
    9. Fractured Minds
    10. The Hockey Song
    11. Eroded Liberty
    12. Long Haired Asshole
    13. Glenn's Song

    Discography:
    Game Over (1987)
    Survive (1988)
    Handle With Care (1989)
    Out of Order (1991)
    Live at Hammersmith Odeon (1992)
    Something Wicked (1993)
    Alive Again (2003)
    Third World Genocide (2005)

    WWW.SPVUSA.COM

  • It's official! After regrouping back in 2001, RHINO BUCKET has signed a record deal with Acetate Records (www.acetate.com) out of LA to seal the deal on Rhino Bucket's 4th album, their first release in over 11 years. With the comeback of straight ahead, hard rock, Rhino Bucket is on the finishing touches of completing recording of the album and hope to have a release by October 2005.

    Rhino Bucket has kept the old style hard rock style in the genre of bands like AC/DC, Four Horsemen, Motorhead, Jackyl etc... and only refined their style with the addition of Brian Forsythe, formerly from the heavy metal band Kix.

    Rhino Bucket has 5 new songs in the not yet released motion picture by Perryscope Pictures, The Outdoorsmen: Blood Sweat and Beers. You can listen to Rhino Bucket's new song, "Blood Sweat and Beers" at www.bloodsweatandbeersmovie.com and also listen to new song "She Rides", from the motion picture, "Rolling Kansas" on the band's homepage at www.rhinobucket.com.

    The band will be playing in the UK in Wrexham, Wales, UK on August 7th at "The Big Ball", known as the largest AC/DC 3 day convention in the world.(www.acdcconvention.co.uk)

    For info on Rhino Bucket contact [email protected]

  • New MASTIC SCUM mp3 tracks from the upcoming 3rd album "mind" are available for download now! The new album will be released September 5th by Cudgel Agency / Twilight Distribution. For mp3 downloads visit our "sounds" section at our homepage. www.masticscum.com

  • VIOLENT DEVOTIES new album "Entwined by Vengeance" is in it´s final process of mastering. The whole got more power and we are very proud to announce that the album will be out in a few weeks. "Entwined By Vengeance" will also be the first efford with new bass-player Gerd (Khiron/The Sheepnoric Ent.). He replaced Kathe, who left the band in 2004.

    There will also be a video shot for the opening track "Scarlet Horrors" within the next weeks. The video will be presented at the bands release party for the upcoming album and will be able to watch through the bands website VIOLENT DEVOTIES and on their VIOLENT DEVOTIES on MySpace.

    Listen to excerpts of songs from the upcoming album at: http://www.myspace.com/violentdevoties

    But that´s not all, we are already working on new material to be recorded this winter. The mix and mastering for these songs is planned in famous Dimensional Sound Studio (owned by Erik Rutan, Hate Eternal, ex-Morbid Angel) and at West West Side Studios (Shadows Fall, Sepultura, Lamb Of God etc.). The working title for this record is "Within the blood of the great venom".
    We are also working on some covers for the upcoming European tour. One of them will be "Carnal" by Polish Death Metal gods VADER. More to come.

    http://www.violentdevoties.com

  • ADDITIONAL SPECIAL GUEST TO THE NIGHTWISH-SHOW AT HARTWALL- ARENA IN HELSINKI ON 21.10.2005

    Another very special guest has been added to the Nightwish's October-show at the Hartwall-Arena in Helsinki. John Two-Hawks, a Native American hailing from Arkansas USA, will appear on the stage to perform the song Creek Mary's Blood with Nightwish.

    John Two-Hawks is a multi-instrumentalist who is devoted to spreading the culture and mentality of Native Americans. He has published six solo-albums and although he is constantly touring the US, Two-Hawks is very rarely seen on European soil.

    Creek Mary's Blood was composed by Tuomas Holopainen and the song was featured on Nightwish's platinum-selling Once-album. On Creek Mary's Blood John Two-Hawks plays the flute and reads a poem translated to his native-language. The song has never before been performed by its original recording line-up.

    Tickets for the show go on sale on Monday 25th of July at 9:00 through Lippupalvelu and Menolippu.

    The concert is presented in cooperation with Radio City, whose metal program Rautakanki will offer special features and contests regarding this event, as well as SUE-Magazine, the biggest music magazine in Finland.

    Nightwish and Sonata Arctica, Hartwall Arena, Helsinki 21.10.2005. Doors
    Open 18:30, Show Starts 20:00. No age Restrictions.
    Tickets on sale on 25.7.2005 through Lippupalvelu and Menolippu.
    www.lippupalvelu.fi, www.menolippu.fi.
    Ticket Price: 42/35 Euro.

    Additional Information:
    www.tuska-festival.fi
    www.nightwish.com

  • HELLSTORM OF UNHOLY LEGIONS" 2005 EAST COAST DESECRATION
    w/ Kult ov Azazel, Blood Storm, Teratism & Horn of Valere

    August 13
    Philadelphia, PA @ The Concord Cafe
    w/ Baphomet's Horns

    August 14
    Brooklyn, NY @ North Six
    w/ Algol, Dimentianon & Feldgrau

    August 15
    Utica, NY @ Albie's Bar

    August 17
    Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Street Pub
    w/ Harvest

    August 19
    Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

    August 22
    Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
    w/ Tenebrous & Catholicon

    August 23
    Houston, TX @ Fat Cats
    w/ To Scale the Throne & Tenebrous

    August 25
    Orlando, FL @ The Haven
    w/ Black Witchery & Tenebrous

    August 26
    Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
    w/ Tenebrous

    August 27
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
    w/ Tenebrous & Devastator

    www.kultovazazel.com

  • sunnO)): "Black One is complete"

    The crippling tonal invocations of sunnO))'s dismal trademark execution takes a crushing next step in subharmonic expansion, as the monolithic sound slab Black One is completed...

    The cult and mainstream masses that their White One and White Two releases gained the duo by storming countless national press outlets and publications and bulldozing the band into the mainstream, have awaited this day. Although hard to fathom, Black One pulls you much deeper into a quagmire of sound with even more of a oppressive shroud of depressive grim tone, this time exorcising the black metal demons that posses these more doom-related icons. Conjuring dark forces to aid in their cause, sunnO))'s primary players (Greg Anderson - Southern Lord Records, Goatsnake and Stephen O))Malley - Khanate, Lotus Eaters) are joined by a pack of savages including Wrest (Leviathan), Maelific (Xasthur), John Wiese (Bastard Noise, Sissy Spacek) Mathias Schneeberger (producer of The Obsessed, Saint Vitus, Goatsnake) and atmospheric soundscape artist Oren Ambarchi.

    Needless to say, the final product is a bewildering avalanche of unparalleled sonic doom. A Neanderthal release in its entirety, this will set a new precedent for worshipers of the cavedrone….

    Black One suffocates the planet October 18th, 2005.

    www.southernlord.com | www.ideologic.org

  • EMBLAZONED New EP out now!
    "A Ceremony Of Hellfire"

    Emblazoned was incepted to melt the fierce speed and technicality of Black metal with groove laden trash metal. A Ceremony of Hellfire is a four song blistering display of Midwest Black Metal in its most raw and fierce form. Magazines, Radio contact us for promo copies.

    Trades are welcome please e-mail first!!
    $5.00 Postage paid WORLD. Trades are sent with out cases.

    Emblazoned
    PO Box 070397
    Milwaukee, WI 53207

    www.emblazoned.net
    [email protected]

  • RELEASE DATES SET FOR FORTHCOMING ATHEIST REISSUES

    Relapse Records has set release dates for the reissues of the three full-length albums (1989's Piece of Time, 1992's Unquestionable Presence and 1993's Elements) by seminal technical metal pioneers ATHEIST.

    Elements and Unquestionable Presence will be released officially on August 30 (North America) and September 5 (Europe). Piece of Time will follow with a September 13 release (North America) and September 19 (Europe).

    Guitarist/vocalist Kelly Shaefer comments on the impending CD reissues; "We could not be more proud of the job done on these reissues by the folks at Relapse. When this ATHEIST re-issue project started unfolding, I wanted them to be treated with the same care as if they were new releases."

    Shaefer continues, "Now that they are done I can say 110% that this is the quintessential ATHEIST collection! It includes all the original classics plus tons of bonus tracks, incredible liner notes, and photos even the band has never seen until now. The art is expanded and more vibrant than ever and the sound has been remastered to pristine metal standards! The attention to detail in these reissues is outstanding and even if you had owned the records in their original pressings, you MUST have this in your collection as they are the definitive versions of the ATHEIST records." Metal Maniacs

  • SIEBENBURGEN RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED

    Napalm Records America is proud to announce September 29th as the domestic release date of the new SIEBENBURGEN album, Darker Designs & Images.

    Dark sounds, a threatening distorted voice and gut-wrenching cries introduce the latest work from SIEBENBURGEN, Darker Designs & Images. The masters of vampiric metal deliver an obscure and raw release complemented by beautiful melody lines and the charming voice of Erika Roos, whose vocals counteract Marcus Ehlin's unmistakable growls. The Swedes remain true to their Transylvanian tradition, creating a shadowy realm from the beginning of the first track to the very final note of the last.

    SIEBENBURGEN understands the art of songwriting and conveying the proper atmosphere. Both double-bass parts as well as acoustic guitar transitions find their niche in this perfect interaction -- one that allows the imagination to run wild. The perfect soundtrack for Dracula! Metal Maniacs

  • CBGBs Update

    As many of you may be aware, CBGB is currently in dispute with its landlord over a new lease. The current lease ends at the end of August. To put all rumors to rest, the lease dispute is not over violations or unpaid rent. It is simple economics. The neighborhood is changing. Where there once were abandoned lots and supply warehouses, there are now high price condominiums and chic upscale boutiques. Neighborhoods in this city change. We understand that. Whether you want to call it gentrification or progress is a matter of opinion, and rather than turn this into a political diatribe, allow me to simply explain how this effects CBGB and we can save the political and class questions for another time.

    Our landlord is the BRC (Bowery Resident's Committee) a not for profit charity that assists the homeless. They run and maintain various shelters and outreach programs. We support their cause and believe we can, not only have a good relationship as landlord and tennant, but we can also help each other.

    Currently, our landlord wants us out. The reason is simple. The changes in the neighborhood (present and planned) have made the property value skyrocket. Whether they rent our space to a new tennant, use it for themselves, or have different plans all together, they believe they can make more money with us gone.

    We are trying to negotiate a new lease with our landlord. Part of what we are doing is holding a series of benefit shows through the month of August. People have asked what the money is being used for. Let me explain. The money raised will be used to help cover our enormous legal expenses in our effort to obtain a new lease. If the lease dispute is resolved, these benefit shows will be a celebration and the money raised will be used to donate to the BRC to help them in their support of the homeless.

    Many of the bands playing on these benefits are waiting to confirm dates... and some bands have asked not to be advertized yet.

    These are the bands that have confirmed with dates confirmed as well. This list will be updated in upcoming bulletins.

    8/2 RANA
    8/5 BUSH TETRAS
    8/9 APHASIA, SHORTIE
    8/10 AGAINST ME, THE EXIT, WORLD INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY
    8/12 MISFITS
    8/13 VANS WARPED TOUR AFTER PARTY
    8/14 GORILLA BISCUITS, BLACK TRAIN JACK
    8/15 RAW POWER
    8/20 THE VANDALS
    8/24 BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION/NIKKI SIXX AND TRACII GUNS
    8/26 DEAD BOYS, FLIPPER, PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES, ADRENALIN O.D., FURIOUS GEORGE
    8/27 DEAD BOYS, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, SFA, NIHILISTICS
    8/28 SHAM 69, FLIPPER, CHEETAH CHROME & THE BLACK ANGELS
    8/29 SHAM 69, THE RADICTS

    Also confirmed to play are:
    CONFLICT, VERBAL ABUSE, MDC, TODAY IS THE DAY, CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN,
    ADOLYNE, SICK OF IT ALL, FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, CIRCLE JERKS,
    ADOLESCENTS, D.I. , CHANNEL 3, ZERO BOYS, and DR. KNOW

    Other bands are not yet completely confirmed and there may be a few surprises... so keep checking back. Metal Maniacs

  • MEGADETH PARTS WAYS WITH SANCTUARY

    The latest MEGADETH release, Greatest Hits: Back To The Start (Capitol), entered the charts at #65. On the concert front, MEGADETH is performing this summer on the inaugural GIGANTOUR package tour with Dream Theater, Fear Factory and others. The six-week festival trek with the fan-friendly ticket price of approximately $35 each - is the brainchild of DAVE MUSTAINE, who hand-picked the bands for GIGANTOUR, with a focus on musicianship.

    MEGADETH founder and frontman DAVE MUSTAINE also confirms that the group has parted ways with Sanctuary Records. The legendary, multi-platinum group released three albums on Sanctuary, including 2004's critically acclaimed The System Has Failed which debuted at #18 on the Billboard pop albums chart. Metal Maniacs

  • "Question!" TO BE SYSTEM OF A DOWN'S NEXT SINGLE

    "Question!" will be the second single from System of a Down's already Platinum record, Mezmerize, which was released on May 17, and debuted at Number One on the Billboard/SoundScan charts. "Question!" will go to radio on July 19, and follows the Top 5 smash, "B.Y.O.B."

    Lyrics and music for "Question!" were written by Serj Tankian with additional music by Daron Malakian, and is a haunting song that examines mortality. According to Tankian, "I wrote 'Question!' last year and I think it's one of the better songs that I've written for the band. The subject of death is universal - what is death? What happens afterwards? To me, it's very mystical."

    In addition to writing more than half of the lyrics for both Mezmerize and its companion disc Hypnotize (out late this fall), Tankian played acoustic guitars, piano, and synths on the discs. Utilizing his state-of-the-art and well-appointed home studio, he also handled the string arrangements for the six songs that required them on the new release. "I enjoyed working out the patterns for violins, cellos, violas, and other instruments," Tankian says.

    "We mocked up the arrangements using samples, then got a real string section into the studio."

    On "Question!" and Mezmerize/Hypnotize as a whole, the working relationship between Tankian and Malakian involved a great deal of reciprocity. According to Malakian, "I might have a great chorus but I don't think the verse is that great, so I'll ask Serj to make the verse better. He does the same thing with me on songs that he writes."

    System of a Down shot the video for "Question!" earlier this month in Los Angeles with System's bassist Shavo Odadjian and Howard Greenhalgh (Sneaker Pimps, Muse, Sting) co-directing. The video was written by and based on a dream that Odadjian had, and is a surreal, high-concept fairytale.

    System of a Down will kick off their North American tour on August 4 in Los Angeles. Over the course of the tour, System of a Down will headline some forty arena dates with The Mars Volta as the tour's Special guests. With some new dates added, the confirmed itinerary is below.

    Leg One: SOAD, The Mars Volta, Bad Acid Trip

    AUGUST
    4 -5 Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA
    6 Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
    8 America West Arena, Phoenix, AZ
    11 American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
    12 SBC Arena, San Antonio, TX
    13 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
    15 Civic Center, Pensacola, FL
    16 TD Waterhouse Arena, Orlando, FL
    17 Office Depot Center, Miami, FL
    19 Gwinnett Arena, Atlanta, GA
    21 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
    22 Baltimore Arena, Baltimore, MD
    23 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
    26 Wachovia Spectrum Center, Philadelphia, PA
    27 The Centrum, Worcester, MA
    29 Belle Centre, Montreal, QC
    30 Colisee Pepsi, Quebec City, QC

    SEPTEMBER
    1 Air Canada Center, Toronto, ONT

    Leg Two: SOAD, The Mars Volta, Hella

    17 Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC
    19 Pengrowth Arena, Calgary, AB
    20 Rexall Arena, Edmonton, AB
    22 MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
    23 Xcel Center, Minneapolis, MN
    25 Natiionwide Arena, Columbus, OH
    26 Wolstein Center at CSU, Cleveland, OH
    29 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
    30 Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL

    OCTOBER
    2 Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
    5 Key Arena, Seattle, WA
    6 Rose Garden, Portland, OR

    Metal Maniacs

  • CHTON: New Drummer Announced

    Vegar "Vyl" Larsen, also in Keep of Kalessin, is now the permanent drummer inCHTON. Vegar played with us all through autumn 2004, at the Hole in the Sky-festival and the Southern Discomfort-festival, as session-drummer during our former drummer Vidar's absence. Vegar has nowre placed Vidar permanently, as Vidar has quit CHTON to focus on otheractivities. Vegar has already contributed to the songwriting and we have several new songs ready for an upcoming album! The music isn't verydifferent from what can be found on our debut Chtonian Lifecode inessence - it's still dark and brutal Death Metal! CHTON is also looking for a new label! We signed for only one album with the UK label Retribute Records, and we've chosen not to resign with themfor our future releases. We're planning to have material for a new albumready by autumn 2005. Contact-info can be found at: www.chton.com. Metal Maniacs

  • EXODUS TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

    Long-running San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS will be teaming up with 3 INCHES OF BLOOD and CRISIS for a North American tour beginning on October 1. LOSA will provide additional support between October 1 and October 18; WATCH THEM DIE will fill the opening slot between October 19 and November 6. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

    Oct. 05 House Of Rock N Roll El Paso, TX
    Oct. 07 Purgatory Oklahoma City, OK
    Oct. 08 The Galaxy Club Dallas, TX
    Oct. 09 The Engine Room Houston, TX
    Oct. 13 Planet Rock Jacksonville, NC
    Oct. 15 The Downtown Farmingdale, NY
    Oct. 16 Webster Theater Hartford, CT
    Oct. 17 The Palladium Worcester, MA
    Oct. 19 Emerald Theater Detroit, MI
    Oct. 20 Annies Cincinnati, OH
    Oct. 21 Peabodys Cleveland, OH
    Oct. 22 Pearl Room Mokena, IL
    Oct. 23 Ten Bells Grand Rapids, MI
    Oct. 26 Creepy Crawl St. Louis, MO
    Oct. 27 Hairy Marys Des Moines, IA
    Oct. 28 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
    Oct. 30 Bogies Boise, ID
    Oct. 31 El Corazon Seattle, WA
    Nov. 04 The Boulevard San Marcos, CA

    EXODUS have set Shovel Headed Kill Machine as the title of their upcoming album, due on October 5 release via Nuclear Blast Records. Recorded at Trident studios in Pacheco, California and mixed by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY), the follow-up to 2004's Tempo of the Damned is the band's first to feature ex-SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph and new singer Rob Dukes.

    EXODUS recently parted ways with longtime drummer Tom Hunting after Hunting was taken ill and had to be hospitalized several times. [Source: Blabbermouth.net] Metal Maniacs

  • ILLNATH Announce Drummer

    Danish symphonic black metallers ILLNATH have announced the addition of drummer Lars (7THORNS) to the group's ranks. Furthermore, the band have parted ways with bassist Tobias and are currently seeking a replacement.
    ILLNATH last year completed work on their sophomore full-length album, Second Skin of Harlequin. According to a posting on the group's web site, the album won't be released until the band's record label, Worldchaos Production, pays for the production costs. Audio samples from the CD can be found at SoundVenue.com. Metal Maniacs

  • SEPULTURA GUITARIST TO RECORD SOLO ALBUM

    SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has entered A Voz do Brasil studio in Sao Paulo, Brazil to begin recording his his first solo album, tentatively due in early 2006 via Holland's Mascot Records. No further information is currently available.

    SPV Records recently pushed back the projected release date of the new SEPULTURA album to early next year. The upcoming CD will be based on the The Divine Comedy, widely considered the greatest epic poem of Italian literature, and one of the greatest of world literature.

    SEPULTURA's last album, Roorback, was issued in North America in August 2003 via SPV Records. The follow-up to 2001's Nation was recorded and mixed by producer Steve Evetts (SNAPCASE, EARTH CRISIS) at Mosh Studios in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and was released in Europe in May 2003 through SPV.

    SEPULTURA drummer Igor Cavalera will be collaborating with hardcore Brooklyn rapper NECRO on a track for NECRO's upcoming release,Circle of Tyrants. [Source: Blabbermouth.net]. Metal Maniacs

  • SOLEFALD TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM

    SOLEFALD have finished recording the first part of their new saga, which is based on Viking mythology and history, entitled Red for Fire + Black for Death.

    Red for Fire: An Icelandic Odyssey part 1 will be released through Season of Mist, worldwide, before the end of 2005 and will quickly be followed by Black for Death: An Icelandic Odyssey part 2 in early Spring 2006.

    Part 1 features guest appearances by electronica singer Aggie Frost Peterson, on the songs "Sun I Call" and "White Frost Queen," and from Jormundur Ingi, the ancient supreme Godi of Iceland (an Asatru priest), who reads the poem "Lokasenna" (an argument between gods) on the last track of the album. The previously announced guest appearance by Garm of Ulver will be featured on "Black for Death."

    SOLEFALD's new effort, a true Viking metal album according to its authors, is produced by Borge Finnstad (MAYHEM, ARCTURUS etc.).

    As SOLEFALD previously stated, "we were experimental when everybody was trying to be as basic as possible. Now that we feel we've said what we had to say in this field, and now that everybody is experimenting one way or another, this is our attempt at being true." But considering the individuals involved, expect something very unique to say the least! And from what we've heard so far during a listening session with a few selected journalists, this album will be a milestone in Scandinavian Metal history! Metal Maniacs

  • HELLOWEEN to Release DVD Anthology
    Hellish Videos: The Complete Video Collection
    Through Sanctuary Visual Entertainment on August 16, 2005

    Comprehensive Compilation Includes Bonus Extras

    The highly influential heavy metal band Helloween will release Hellish Videos: The Complete Video Collection on DVD on August 16, 2005, through Sanctuary Visual Entertainment. This DVD, compiled and produced by vocalist Andi Deris, features all the promotional videos ever made by the band.

    The 13 tracks include: "Halloween," "I Want Out," "Kids Of The Century," "When The Sinner," "Mr. Ego," "Where The Rain Grows," "Perfect Gentleman," "Power," "The Time Of The Oath," "Forever And One (Neverland)" "I Can," "If I Could Fly" and "Just A Little Sign." These videos appropriately reflect Helloween's musical diversity. The stark, enigmatic "Halloween" shows the band performing in the middle of a forest while "Just A Little Sign" features state-of-the-art, space-themed animation.

    Bonus extras include a live version of "Hey Lord!" as well as a photo gallery and behind-the-scenes tour outtakes.

    Helloween was formed in Hamburg, Germany. The band quickly earned acclaim and became a major influence in 1980s heavy metal by creating a style known as power metal. Massive success followed, especially in Europe and Japan. Helloween has weathered and overcame tragedy and lineup changes to solidify its position as the world's leading practitioner of power metal for more than 20 years.

    The clips gathered on Hellish Videos: The Complete Video Collection are for songs from genre-defining albums like Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Pt. 1, Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Pt. 2, Pink Bubbles Go Ape, Chameleon, Master Of The Rings, The Time Of The Oath, Better Than Raw, The Dark Ride and Rabbit Don't Come Easy.

    For all the latest Helloween news, visit:

    www.helloween.org
    www.sanctuaryrecordsgroup.com

  • DESOLATE WAYS - Recordings of new album

    Desolate Ways is entering in studio this month to begin the recordings of their second full length, still untitled. Because of this the band won't play with After Forever in July 31st, as it was announced some weeks ago.

    www.desolateways.com

  • BEAUTIFUL CREATURES TO RELEASE 'DEUCE' ON AUGUST 23, 2005
    THROUGH SPITFIRE RECORDS

    NEW YORK, (date) -- Beautiful Creatures puts a fresh spin on hard rock and heavy metal. This kind of honest rock 'n' roll never goes away and never will, it just takes on new shapes and forms.

    The universe loves pure rock 'n' roll bands and will open its arms to welcome the long-awaited Beautiful Creatures album Deuce on August 23, 2005. This is the band's first release for Spitfire Records, an imprint of Eagle Rock Entertainment.

    Deuce is a full-blooded hard rock/heavy metal album full of in-your-face attitude and punchy, blast-furnace songs. The first single from Deuce will be "Anyone.” The album also includes "Thanks," "Freedom," "Unforgiven," "Save Me," "Empty," "Never," "Super Fly," "Straight To Hell," "The Unknown," "Ton Of Lead," "Brand New Day" and "I Won't Be The One."

    Deuce, which was produced and mixed by Focx , is Beautiful Creatures' second album. It's been four years since its self-titled debut was released. The record company shakeups and band member changes that happened shortly after that would destroy lesser bands. Not Beautiful Creatures.

    Beautiful Creatures’ vocalist Joe LeSte, rhythm guitarist Anthony Focx, lead guitarist Mark Simpson, bass guitarist Kenny Kweens and drummer Timmy Russell are excited about the return of the band.

    ”It took a long time to complete Deuce because we didn't want to have any throwaway songs on it," LeSte says. "It's a very well-rounded album and we're very happy with it. We’re all focused and have a very positive attitude.

    "We're all about perseverance,” he continues. “You have to remember that when our first album came out, there was no Darkness or Velvet Revolver, and we endured being a ‘rock band.’ Yet we played with Kiss, then we played on Ozzfest and got a great reception and then toured for another year."

    The rabid, overwhelmingly positive reaction Beautiful Creatures received from its early fans even exceeded what the veteran members had experienced in their previous bands. LeSte was the lead vocalist with Bang Tango and Simpson (a new addition to the band along with Russell) was the lead guitarist with Flotsam & Jetsam, but Beautiful Creatures sounds nothing like them.

    Big plans are afoot for a major tour to promote Deuce. Beautiful Creatures will be performing some radio shows including August 27th Motorycycle Mayhem in Fresno with LIT.

    "Beautiful Creatures is a gang,” LeSte says. "We’re a team. We put our heart and soul into everything."

    For all the latest news, including updated tour date information, visit www.beautifulcreatures.net.

  • Italian/Danish modern heavy metallers CHAOSWAVE are currently in the studio recording their debut full-length for the Dutch label DVS Records. The tracklist is set to be, in no particular order: Indifferent, The wasteland of days, From the stare to the storm, Mirror, Pain the poet dead, The 3rd moment of madness, Swept away, The end of me, See nothing hear nothing say nothing, Hate create (bonus, for special editions).

    The album going under the worktitle "Wastelands" is the follow-up of last years succesfull debut cd, which gained 'top promo' status in several magazines and webzines. "Swept Away", a track from the debut, has in 6 months been downloaded more than 5000 times from the band's homesite.

    European and American release is expected for November.

    www.chaoswave.it

  • LIBERTY N' JUSTICE announce singers & post interview w/ Stephen Pearcy (RATT):

    Liberty n' Justice has been busy for the last year finishing their "new" all-star CD entitled "Soundtrack Of A Soul". On Saturday July 30th, they will post the clips to two more singers, Mike Lee (Barren Cross) and Joe Cerisano (Silver Condor/ Trans-Siberian Orchestra). Joe's track will all so feature two guest musicians as well, Charlie Calv (Shotgun Symphony) and John "JD" DeServio (former bass player for Black Label Society). After Saturday, LNJ only has three singers yet to be announced!

    The other singers announced so far are Stephen Pearcy (RATT), Oni Logan (Lynch Mob), Ted Poley (Danger Danger), Jamie Rowe (Guardian/ Adriangale), Leif Garrett, Dale & Troy Thompson (BRIDE), Phil Naro (Talas), Ez Gomer (Jet Circus), Scott Wenzel (White Cross/ Missionary One), Josh Kramer (Saint), and Russell Arcara (Surgin/Prophet/Arcara).

    Other guest musicians announced so far are Mikkey Dee (Motorhead), Tim Gaines (former Stryper bassist), Tommy Denander (Radioactive), & Jack Frost (Sevon Witches/ Savatage) and Harry Hess (Harem Scarem).

    All so, on Saturday we will post a brand new interview we just conducted with Pearcy. Stephen talks about his past, the future of RATT, and his thoughts on Ratt's current singer, Jizzy Pearl.

    www.libertynjustice.net

  • YNIS VITRIN releases new version of first demo

    The first copies from the demo A Dark Land of Ynis Vitrin are almost finishing. The next copies will be in a different version, including some new songs, here is the full track list:

    01 - Shattered Days
    02 - Remains of Life
    03 - A Dark Land
    04 - Arise
    05 - When The Moon Lost Its Shine
    06 - End Of Line
    07 - Cry
    08 - Awake
    09 - Crossfire
    10 - Wiser
    11 - Wasting My Tears

    Everyone interested to purchase this full length demo (more than 60 minutes of prog/power metal) just visit www.ynisvitrin.com

  • FEAR FACTORY release Transgression Ecard!

    You can check out the new Fear Factory ecard to preview their upcoming release Transgression. The new albums is due out August 23. Clips from the new album are featured on the ecard. The songs “540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit” and “Supernova” will give you a glimse of the new disc.

    Here is the ecard:
    http://ut.netmusicpromotions.com/iwd9zwrw.html

  • CLUTCH Has New Video!

    You can view the new Clutch video for the song "Bearning Beard." To check out this new video click this link: http://www.drt-entertainment.com/videos/clutch/clutch.mov

  • DOG FACED GODS To Kick Off Summer Tour in Support of Debut Album

    After experiencing critical success with the release of their debut album ‘Stoned Council’ (Voodoo/AGU Music), the Dog Faced Gods have announced that they will be embarking on a summer-long tour that will take them from Pittsburg, PA to Portland, OR in just two months.

    The Dog Faced Gods, who hail from the ancient San Manuel Indian Reservation in California, are known for their distinctive sound that incorporates the traditional rhythms of their native heritage with the eclectic backbeats of today’s commercial music. And fans and critics alike just can’t get enough.

    “The Dog Faced Gods take alt-rock's angst-ridden minor-key modulations, metal's chugging riffs, and dashes of hip-hop, and mix the influences into a debut album that has more twists than the Pacific Coast Highway,” said Rob O’Connor from Revolver Magazine.

    Kicking off August 9th in Pittsburg, PA, the tour runs through September ending in Denver, CO. The official tour dates include:

    Tuesday, August 9th Pittsburg, PA Rex Theatre
    Wednesday, August 10th Hartford, CT Webster Theater
    Thursday, August 11th Springfield, VA Jaxx
    Saturday, August 13th Cleveland, OH The Odeon
    Monday, August 15th Baltimore, MD Ottos
    Tuesday, August 16th Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theater
    Wednesday, August 17th West Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
    Thursday, August 18th Atlanta, GA Masquerade
    Saturday, August 20th Seminole, FL Boomers Boiler Room
    Tuesday, August 23rd New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
    Wednesday, August 24th Houston, TX Fitzgeralds
    Saturday, August 27th Fort Worth, TX Ridgela Tavern
    Saturday, Sept. 3rd Salt Lake City, UT Ultimate Combat Academy
    Sunday, Sept. 4th Boise, ID Boogies
    Monday, Sept. 5th Seattle, WA Studio Seven
    Wednesday, Sept. 7th Portland, OR Rock n’ Roll Pizza
    Friday, Sept. 9th Highland, CA San Manuel Casino
    Sunday, Sept.11th W. Hollywood, CA Key Club
    Tuesday, Sept. 13th Denver, CO Larimer Lounge

    www.dogfacedgods.com.

  • Once Was Not, CRYPTOPSY fifth studio album, is now complete. Sébastien Marsan, at his Studio Vortex, did a wondrous job of engineering and mixing it. The album was mastered by UE Nastasi at Sterling Sound in New York City and features artwork by François Quévillon, Filip Ivanovic and Martin Lacroix. With eleven tracks totaling about 50 minutes, this is a concept album where every song has its own identity. We made sure to have a lot of flavors and different rhythms and tempos throughout the whole process, the variations in the tracks may surprise some of you. An exclusive Cryptopsy studio report will be featured in BW&BK #91 (mid-August), more infos are available here:

    http://www.bravewords.com/features.html?id=1000368 .

    Expect Once Was Not to be released in October by Century Media Records.

    In the meantime, Cryptopsy are still a 4-piece looking for a fifth piece: In this case, a second guitarist for our bouts of extensive touring.

    Guitarists: send your bios to [email protected] and send your CDs and DVDs (for the obvious reason that we like freebies) at this address:

    Cryptopsy
    P.O..Box 37534
    159, 25th Avenue
    St-Eustache(Quebec)
    J7P 5N2
    Canada

    Other than that, we'll see you at the New Jersey Hellfest, and then later this fall on tour with Suffocation and Aborted in the United States and Canada.

    -Cryptopsy

    TOUR DATES

    September 27: Farmingdale, NY Downtown (w/ Despised Icon)
    September 29: Nashville, TN The Muse (w/ Despised Icon)
    September 30: Tulsa, OK The Pinkeye (w/ Despised Icon)

    W/ Suffocation, Despised Icon, Aborted
    October 01: Houston, TX Mary Jane’s
    October 02: McAllen, TX Villa Real Convention Center
    October 04: San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
    October 05: Ft Worth, TX Ridglea Theatre
    October 06: Albuquerque, NM Launch Pad
    October 07: Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse (w/ Cattle Decapitation)
    October 08: San Diego, CA Soma (w/ Cattle Decapitation)
    October 11: Anaheim, CA House of Blues (w/ Cattle Decapitation)
    October 12: West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
    October 13: Orangevale, CA The Boardwalk (w/ With Passion)
    October 14: San Francisco, CA The Pound
    October 15: Portland, OR Meow Meow
    October 16: Seattle, WA Studio Seven
    October 17: Victoria, BC Sugar (w/ With Passion)
    October 18: Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
    October 19: Prince George, BC The Generator
    October 20: Calgary, AB Warehouse (w/ With Passion)
    October 21: Edmonton, AB Starlite Room (w/ With Passion)
    October 22: Regina, SK Riddel Center (w/ With Passion)
    October 23: Saskatoon, SK Roxy on Broadway (w/ With Passion)
    October 24: Winnipeg, MB Pyramid (w/ With Passion)
    October 25: Minneapolis, MN Ascot Room
    October 26: Mokena, IL The Pearl Room
    October 27: Cleveland, OH Peabody's
    October 28: Detroit, MI Harpo's Concert Theatre
    October 29: Toronto, ON The Opera House (w/ With Passion)
    October 30: Ottawa, ON Capital Music Hall (w/ With Passion)
    October 31: Rouyn-Noranda, QC Petit Theatre Du Vieux Noranda (w/ Vader, With Passion
    November 01: Chicoutimi, QC Polyvalente Laure Conan (w/ Vader, With Passion
    November 02: Rimouski, QC La Coudée (w/ Vader, With Passion
    November 03: Quebec City, QC L'Imperial (w/ Vader, With Passion
    November 04: Montreal, QC Medley (w/ Vader, With Passion
    November 05: Worcester, MA The Palladium
    November 06: West Springfield, VA Jaxx (w/ Vader, Decapitated)
    November 07: New York, NY BB King's (w/ Vader, Decapitated)

    http://cryptopsy.net

August 14th, 2005
  • KEITH ALEXANDER PASSES ON

    Original CARNIVORE guitarist Keith Alexander (later of the short-lived PRIMAL SCREAM project) was reportedly killed in a bike accident Monday night (July 11). In addition to playing with CARNIVORE, Alexander spent a three-year stint with Dee Snider of TWISTED SISTER, touring extensively throughout North America and Scandinavia, with some audiences numbering over 20,000.

    A body piercer since 1991, Keith had performed well over 22,000 piercings and over 150 cuttings and brandings. He also had extensive experience with play piercings. Formerly a staff piercer for Gauntlet, Inc. in New York City, Keith spent one year as a full-time apprentice to master piercers Dan Kopka and Mark Seitchik. Gauntlet founder Jim Ward issued Keith's certificate on August 2, 1994. [Source: Blabbermouth] Metal Maniacs

  • Mike Hill Ends ANODYNE, Focuses on Black Box Recordings

    Anodyne founder and frontman Mike Hill has announced that Anodyne has officially broken up. "I think that we've gone as far creatively that we can. I don't see any more good music coming out of the three of us playing together. It's time to move on," stated Hill.

    Founded by Mike Hill in 1997, Anodyne made a name for itself over the years as one of the heaviest and most hardworking bands in the US hardcore scene. Before arriving at the final lineup of Hill, bassist Josh Scott, and drummer Joel Stallings, Anodyne counted numerous notable members in its ranks, including Dave Witte (Burnt By The Sun, Discordance Axis, Municipal Waste) and Ayal Naor (27). Between '97 and '05, Anodyne released one album on Level-Plane Records (Hot Cross, The Minor Times), two albums on Escape Artist Records (Isis, Time In Malta) and a handful of EPs, splits and compilation tracks on various other labels; the band played an estimated 400 shows in North America and completed a full European tour.

    Hill states that he will now be focusing the majority of his time and energy on Black Box Recordings, the independent label he founded in 2004. Based out of Hill's home in Brooklyn, New York, Black Box Recordings has four releases under its belt to date, including: The First Four Years, an Anodyne discography; Closed Coffin, a Black Army Jacket discography; an Engineer/McCarthy Blacklist split 7" and Parapraxes, the debut release by The Heuristic.

    For more information about Black Box Recordings, visit the label's official site:
    http://www.blackboxrec.com

    Metal Maniacs

  • BLACK LOTUS SIGNS CRUACHAN

    Cruachan: (Cruachu, Cruachain, Rath Cruachain) the ancient capital of the kingdom of Connacht, and the seat of Ailill and Medb in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology. Its site is now known as Rathcroghan, a low mound surrounded by a complex of archeological sites near Tulsk in County Roscommon. A standing stone there is said to mark the grave of Dathi, one of the last pagan High Kings of Ireland.

    Cruachan: the name of an Irish Celtic metal band founded in 1992 by Keith Fay after the end of Minas Tirith which was established 1989. Cruachan mixes Celtic folk music, history, and mythology with Rock and Metal. The band's first release in 1995 (Tuatha na Gael) was influenced heavily by Black Metal, but today they incorporate all types of underground metal into their sound. Recent work has defined Cruachan's unique sound and style, mixing metal, folk and even classical music.

    Greek label, BLACK LOTUS RECORDS, proudly announces that Cruachan has joined the ranks! "The label roster is enriched with a precious name that we always admired." The band is currently working on the songs for their (yet untitled) upcoming album and are scheduled to enter the studio in January 2006. Martin Walkyier (SKYCLAD) will also join them as guest vocalist on one song. Some titles for the upcoming new songs include Diarmuid and Grainne, The Well Below the Valley, Ungoliant and Shelob.

    CRUACHAN will also play the following dates in September to be followed by a Russian tour in October (dates will be announced soon).

    16.09.05 D Luneck, Riders Cafe
    17.09.05 D Stavenhagen, Tankhaus
    18.09.05 NL Arnheim, Goudvishal
    19.09.05 D Gie?en, Jokus
    20.09.05 CH Luzern, Sedel
    21.09.05 AU Innsbruck, Hafen
    22.09.05 D Jena, Rosenkeller
    23.09.05 D Annaberg-Buchholz, Alte Brauerei
    24.09.05 D Berlin, Knaak

    www.cruachan.cjb.net
    www.black-lotus-recs.com

    Metal Maniacs

  • THRASH AGAINST CANCER A SUCCESS

    Over 700 metal fans turned out for the Thrash Against Cancer benefit on July 9 at the Pound amphitheatre in San Francisco. Keith Regan, whose family is one of the recipients of the proceeds from the show, was extremely pleased with how the event turned out. "The crew from TAC deserves the utmost respect and praise from my family and everyone who decided to attend the show," Regan said. "They were instrumental in every aspect of the behind the scenes and made the day go as smooth as it could be. The show it self was incredible! All the people that approached us had nothing but high praise to say about every band!" Regan is looking into organizing another Thrash Against Cancer show next year, possibly involving different genres of music, in order to raise money for families with children who have pediatric cancer.

    www.thrashagainstcancer.com

    Metal Maniacs

  • THE ETERNAL Release Sleep of Reason

    Australian melodic doom metal band THE ETERNAL (formerly CRYPTAL DARKNESS) have finished with their their upcoming second album, Sleep of Reason.

    The album's decidedly Stygian sleeve-art was created by Travis Smith (Opeth, Katatonia, Anathema) based on the etching "El sueo de la Razon Produce Monstruos" by Francisco de Goya.

    Sleep of Reason is scheduled for release on September 28 via Firebox Records. The followup to last year's The Sombre Light of Isolation was recorded at Palm Studios in Melbourne and was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox studios (Ajattara, Sonata Arctica, Steel Attack, Tiamat) in Helsinki, Finland.

    The band is currently scheduling their second European tour for spring 2006.

    The current lineup of the band:
    Chris Stevenson - Keyboards
    Mark Kelson - Vocals, Guitars
    James Hunt - Bass
    Lincoln Bowen - Guitars (Ex-Mortification)
    Marty O'shea - Drums

    www.the-eternal.com
    http://clik.to/eternalforum
    www.firebox.fi
    www.fireboxmagyarorszag.hu
    (opens 15.08.2005)

    Metal Maniacs

  • AGATHODAIMON FROM SATHONYS

    An update on the vigorous creative process from AGATHODAIMON guitarist Sathonys:

    "Mid-way through 2005 and work on the sixth album continues. Recording of the drum tracks is now complete, and the next phase of recording is scheduled to begin soon. We have now locked ourselves away to concentrate all efforts towards the completion of the sixth album, spurning all extraneous human contact until such time as the sacred task is fulfilled. Any and all prior engagements and previous commitments will be ruthlessly forsaken until the opus is finally complete. Upon the completion of the mixing process, the album title and individual track titles will be unveiled in a major press release."

    www.agathodaimon.de

    Metal Maniacs

  • L.A. GUNS: NEW RELEASE

    ‘TALES FROM THE STRIP’ ON SHRAPNEL RECORDS

    HOLLYWOOD (July 15, 2005) – In January 2005 L.A. Guns headed to the studio with producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones) and began work on “Tales from the Strip.”

    “Tales From The Strip” is a reference to the band’s long time affiliation with L.A.’s legendary rock scene, whose hub is the renowned Sunset Strip. The album’s lyrical focus is inspired by a historically significant rock scene that L. A. GUNS had a strong hand in creating. With producer Andy Johns at the helm, L.A. GUNS delivers a new studio record of original songs that proves, without a doubt, that L.A. GUNS is still on top of their game.

    The 2005 summer release is planned to hit the stores August 16th. The band will be on tour throughout the summer of 2005 with W.A.S.P to support the new CD.

    Tracks:

    1. IT DON'T MEAN NOTHING
    2. ELECTRIC NEON SUNSET
    3. GYPSY SOUL
    4. ORIGINAL SIN
    5. VAMPIRE
    6. HOLLYWOOD'S BURNING
    7. 6.9 EARTHSHAKER
    8. ROX BABY GIRL
    9. CRAZY MOTORCYCLE
    10. SKIN
    11. SHAME
    12. RESURRECTION
    13. AMANECER
    14. (CAN'T GIVE YOU) ANYTHING BETTER THAN LOVE

  • MYSTIC SHADOWS - Full album available for download

    The epic black metal band, Mystic Shadows put their debut album, ...Over Old Hills, for download at the band's website. All the 8 songs are available, even the booklet and lyrics. Visit www.mshadows.com and get this epic work for free!

  • HEXAGRAM EP to be recorded soon

    Hexagram is going to record a EP soon, after finishing the final details the recording dates will be announced. Now the band is with a full line-up ready to attack with their thrash metal. Hexagram is now formed by:

    - Aaron (guitars)
    - Rob (drums)
    - Scott (vocals)
    - Terry (bass)

    More informations and mp3s are available it the band's website at www.hexagrammusic.com

  • LIV KRISTINE new album!

    After reaching successful positions with LEAVES' EYES in the German Charts LIV KRISTINE is already busy with producing her second solo album. The well-expected follower to "Deus ex Machina" will be called "Enter my Religion" and will be released on Roadrunner Records. LIV KRISTINE: "The recordings are going very well. We have produced so many new songs that it will be hard to make a desicion concerning the final album tracks.The songs are very diverse - you will hear soft ballads, cadanced pop songs and also rocking tracks. It's all so ineteresting for me as we are working with some very exotic instruments. This is a new challenge for me as an artist because I can realize so many new ideas I've been dreaming of for a long time." Once more, LIV KRISTINE will proof her unique talent and enchant with the different facettes of her voice.

  • COMBATMUSICRADIO.COM LAUNCHES

    MEDFORD, Ore. – Scott Kelly - a founding member of psychedelic hardcore band Neurosis - and Christopher Moeschl together have founded and launched Combatmusicradio.com, a new website born of a passion for heavy music and blood sports.

    The first offering from Combatmusicradio.com (KMBT) is a weekly pre-recorded radio show called "The Show," hosted by Kelly, focusing on past and present underground metal, punk, and noise, and news and interviews pertaining to blood sports." "The Show," in addition to streaming, is available as a weekly podcast." The site also features written columns about music and blood sports."

    "The goal of combatmusicradio.com is to create a platform where we can bring these two worlds together," said Kelly.

    A Reviews column deals exclusively with music-related items such as record reviews and live reviews, while the Blood Sports section offers news and reviews of events and athletes. Eugene Robinson, a practicing fighter who has been involved in the fight game for a number of years and has previously written for "Grappling" magazine pens the Damage Ink monthly column, focusing on NHB, mixed martial arts, and street fighting." Superjoint Ritual vocalist Phil Anselmo, an encyclopedia of boxing knowledge, is covering the sport for the site.

    "Our ultimate goal with KMBT radio is too be streaming audio 24/7," said Kelly. "We will also be looking for people who would like to contribute their own work to our programming."

  • JOHN 5: NEW RELEASE

    ‘SONGS FOR SANITY’ ON SHRAPNEL RECORDS

    FEATURING STEVE VAI & ALBERT LEE

    HOLLYWOOD (July 15, 2005) – “Songs For Sanity” is a follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed “Vertigo.” On this phenomenal new record, 5 exhibits incredible diversity as a writer and guitarist. The album also further showcases him to be one of the most technically advanced guitarists in the business today. Fans of driving rhythms and ear-catching, over the top, guitar work will keep this in their CD player for months on end.

    John 5 offers a fresh approach to guitar instrumental music on his new CD, which features a guest guitar solo from two of legendary guitarists - Steve Vai and Albert Lee. “With these two particular guitar players, they were both, from the first time I heard them, was a life changing experience for me. It is a true honor to have on them on record, ” explains John 5.

    John 5 came to the Shrapnel label after creating a worldwide following as a widely respected guitarist with such platinum artists as Marilyn Manson, David Lee Roth, and Rob Halford. These prior gigs were before taking his notoriety to the next level with the release of “Vertigo”, an album that many guitar fans described as “the guitar album of the new millennium”. John 5’s eclectic influences combine for a truly unique guitar oriented record that once again sets new standards in the genre. With guitar sales near an all time high and last year’s “Vertigo” still among Shrapnel’s current best sellers. ‘Songs For Sanity’ is sure to be the next top seller.

  • Don Anderson is hard at work writing the third full-length, as yet untitled SCULPTURED album. So far he has about half the album written. The new material is further developing the musical language initiated with "Apollo Ends."

    Anderson says regarding the new songs, "I am really forcing myself to look at the guitar neck in a whole new manner. By using matrices I have to write most of the music out first and then learn it. It has been a real challenge because I can't rely on melodic patterns that have been ingrained into my hand for years. I am exploring new patterns and working with stacking chords together into 'blocks of sound.' I am really pleased with the new material." So far titles include "The Shape Of Rage" "Bodies Without Organs" "Becoming Something Other Than Death" "Help, I've Swallowed My Teeth" and an untitled song currently being composed. The themes of the third full-length are inspired by filmmaker David Cronenberg's "body horror" films and postmodern philosophy. This is music for BRAVE NEW EARS. Thanks for everyone's patience and support!”

    (official site: www.lasteve.com/sculptured )

  • New CD of DISFIGURED CORPSE - Mankind Collapse

    CRYSTAL PRODUCTION'S presents:

    "United he666and" "Megaultrainter "Flash Of Pain" galactic core 2000"

    With old school hard core,grind core and death metal are with the fourth CD DISFIGURED CORPSE on the road across UG scene!!!!!!!!!

    The sixteen track with 32 min length and videotrack demonstrates that D.C. are back and full of power!!!!!!!!

    MP3 and video you can download at www.crystalprod.cz

  • OUT THIRD ALBUM FROM DARK SECRET!

    Out the new long-awaited album from DARK SECRET whose title is "...in Death..." featuring 8 monster tracks in pure death metal style plus a video version of "Double Reality" edited by UNDERTOW STUDIOS (e-mail [email protected]).

    For more infos: www.darksecret.it

  • CHILDREN OF BODOM have recorded a cover version of BRITNEY SPEARS' "Oops I Did It Again" for their upcoming single, "In Your Face". The cover artwork for the single has been posted online at Spinefarm.fi. The single, which is scheduled for release in Finland on August 17 via Spinefarm, will contain the following track listing:

    01. In Your Face
    02. Oops I Did It Again
    03. In Your Face (censored version)

    A total of two cover songs were recorded during the recording sessions for the group's new album, "Are You Dead Yet?". The second cover song will be used as bonus track for the Japanese version of the album.

  • YNGWIE MALMSTEEN’S RISING FORCE TO RELEASE UNLEASH THE FURY IN NORTH AMERICA
    ON JULY 26, 2005, THROUGH SPITFIRE RECORDS

    The long wait is over for fans of neo-classical rock guitar genius Yngwie Malmsteen. The new Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force album Unleash The Fury will be released in North America on July 26, 2005, through Eagle Rock Entertainment's Spitfire Records.

    Unleash The Fury has already received rave reviews since hitting the streets overseas. Malmsteen played all guitar and bass guitar parts on the album and “Cherokee Warrior” features his lead vocals as well. His Rising Force band includes vocalist Doogie White, keyboardist Joakim Svalberg and drummer Patrick Johansson.

    The new album bursts with 18 songs, including four instrumentals: “Locked And Loaded,” “Revolution,” “Crackin” “The Whip,” “Winds Of War (Invasion),” “Crown Of Thorns,” “BogeyMan,” “Beauty And A Beast,” “Fuguetta (Instrumental),” “Cherokee Warrior,” “Guardian Angel (Instrumental),” “Let The Good Times Roll,” “Revelation (Drinking With The Devil),” “Magic And Mayhem (Instrumental),” “Exile,” “The Hunt,” “Russian Roulette,” “Unleash The Fury” and “Paraphrase (Instrumental)”. Both “Fuguetta” and “Paraphrase” are variations of themes composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, one of Malmsteen’s favorite composers. Unleash The Fury also features CD-ROM bonus clips of Malmsteen demonstrating his signature guitar technique.

    With 24 albums to his credit, Malmsteen has been a highly respected musical visionary around the world for more than two decades for his groundbreaking neo-classical style. But the Stockholm, Sweden native is proud of the early praise Unleash The Fury has earned. He realized early on that he nailed it with this album.

    “In the last several years I’ve done a lot of experimental things in this vein or that vein. Some were very song-oriented or classically oriented or focused on a dark production. They were done deliberately. On the last album, Attack!!, I went with whatever came out. It was very spontaneous,” Malmsteen says.

    “With Unleash The Fury I was very, very meticulous and very, very particular about what I wanted. I was really involved with everything, including drums – even when to use crash or ride cymbals. It was a bit like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this album.”

    Malmsteen spends a great deal of time writing his songs, and that includes everything: overall instrumental and vocal melodies, solos and lyrics. He enjoys writing lyrics as much as writing guitar and bass guitar parts, and works on them carefully.

    “I express myself with my lyrics just as much as I do with my guitar. To me, the whole thing is one expression. Lyrics are poetry in time with a melody,” Malmsteen says. “When the music comes, it’s easy. It’s all improvisation. If I’m not inspired, I don’t bother. But writing lyrics is a difficult process; when it’s done, I find it was an enjoyable experience.”

    He is also incredibly prolific, and one of the rewarding challenges he embraces is choosing material.

    “I have two recording studios at home, and one of them is a live setup. Me and the drummer, Patrick Johansson, recorded about 43 demos for this album,” says Malmsteen.

    Having his own recording studios allows Malmsteen the luxury of creative freedom without any restraints. Unexpected benefits happen too. The main reason he sings lead vocals on “Cherokee Warrior” is that he and the engineer were simply doing a soundcheck with a new microphone and it sounded so good they decided to keep it.

    Malmsteen, White, Johansson, Svalberg and touring bass guitarist Mick Cervino have already begun a world tour, which will arrive in North America later this year.

    Unleash The Fury is one of the finest albums of Malmsteen’s career, and its creation is rooted in one simple, yet profound belief: “I have a philosophy: More is more, less is less. The idea that less is more is illogical.”

    Malmsteen's Concerto DVD, featuring his performance with the New Japan Philharmonic orchestra, is also due from Eagle Rock on September 20, 2005. For more information, including all the latest news and tour dates, visit www.yngwie.org.

    Eagle Rock Entertainment develops, acquires and produces music programming for a wide range of notable and high profile artists, which the company distributes on a worldwide basis. Eagle Rock Entertainment, Eagle Vision and Eagle Eye Media are wholly owned divisions of Eagle Rock Group, LTD. The company’s North American headquarters are in New York City. Its corporate headquarters are in London, with offices in Paris and Hamburg.

    www.yngwie.org
    www.eaglerockent.com

  • By mutual agreement, INOCCULTA has decided to separate from Spoliatorion in order to answer the musical evolution of the band, essential to its current level. This is why INOCCULTA urgently seeks a rhythmic/lead guitarist and a singer who is able to combine clear and Black Metal voice. The band is looking for people motivated, open-minded and having a good technique. INOCCULTA is in constant evolution and its influences lie mainly in bands like In The Woods, Opeth, Forbidden Site and Katatonia. Don't hesitate to contact us if you are interested !!

    Following the departure of Spoliatorion, INOCCULTA will unfortunately not be able to take part in the concert which was envisaged on September 17, 2005 in homage to Nancy and the band is thus forced to cancel it in the absence of a valid line-up.

    Thorselder

    www.inocculta.com

  • BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION

    “RUNAWAY BRIDES” TO RELEASE SEPTEMBER 27TH
    ON SHRAPNEL RECORDS

    “Sex is good, caffeine is a drug, greed is an addiction, love based religions have killed millions in the name of their god and Jesus loved the white trash of his time”…London LeGrande

    HOLLYWOOD (July 17, 2005) - After Nikki Sixx succumbed to the demands to reform Motley Crue, the undaunted co-founder, Tracii Guns, lead vocalist London LeGrande and drummer Scot Coogan recruited former Amen bassist Scott Sorry. Armed with a batch of strong new songs and a unified band spirit, this new incarnation has not lost its step. The group soon entered into a new record deal with Shrapnel Records founder Mike Varney. Varney signed Brides of Destruction to his label Shrapnel/Ryko at the end of 2004 and they soon found themselves in the studio with veteran producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and Free). The result of this incredible union “Runaway Brides” is a staggering collection of street lethal rock and roll, imbued with both the classic rock & roll spirit and the edge of modern youth.

    In the tradition of Brides of Destruction, the music continues to be stripped down and raw with dark, melodic lyrics. The music is utterly electrifying in the realms of Black Sabbath, The Sex Pistols and early KISS.

    The first single "WHITE TRASH" is exactly what it sounds like. “The pot calls the kettle black ..money can’t buy class ...but in LA it’s all for free all you need is a casting couch, a bloody scalpel and a sugar daddy,” recites LeGrande. It pays homage to all the trailer-park-style culture and the people that try to leave them. From there the Brides discharges a slew of slamming songs like “Criminal”, “Deadman’s Ruin” and “Lords of the Mind.” “This is the record we always wanted to make,” states Tracii Guns. “It has a great blend of modern rock heaviness with retro sounds and styles. It is the perfect ‘Brides’ record of today. ”

  • MERCENARY On tour with NEVERMORE!

    Mercenary are extremely proud to announce that they will be supporting American metalgods Nevermore on their forthcoming European Tour, taking place in September and October, following the release of the highly anticipated new Nevermore album “This Godless Endeavour” on the 25th of July. Also supporting Nevermore on this tour are German thrashers Dew-Scented.

    Mercenary singer/bassplayer Kral comments on getting the tour: " I think that Nevermore is Mercenary´s collectively favorite band, so to go on tour with this 'godless' outfit at their peak is truly a dream come true. This is the tour we've been aiming at for years. On another note, I´m turning 33 in 2 hours what better way to celebrate this "

    Here are the complete European dates:
    16. September 05 (NL) Tilburg 013
    17. September 05 (B) Antwerpen Hof Ter Loo
    18. September 05 (NL) Haarlem Patronaat
    20. September 05 (UK) Dudley JB´s
    21. September 05 (UK) Glasgow Cathouse
    22. September 05 (UK) Dublin Whelans
    23. September 05 (UK) Bradford Rio
    24. September 05 (UK) Nottingham Rock City
    25. September 05 (UK) London Scala
    27. September 05 (D) Bochum Zeche
    29. September 05 (I) Milan Rolling Stone
    01. October 05 (A) Salzburg Rockhaus
    02. October 05 (SLO) Ljubljana VPK Mediapark
    03. October 05 (HUN) Budapest Petofi Hall
    05. October 05 (D) Frankfurt Batschkapp
    06. October 05 (D) Hamburg Markthalle
    08. October 05 (S) Gothenburg Chalmers
    09. October 05 (S) Stockholm Klubben
    11. October 05 (D) Osnabrück Hyde Park

    The tour is presented by Rock Hard (D), booking by Continental-Concerts.

  • Innerstrength Records has posted "Lay in Wait" from the eagerly anticipated debut release from Shallow Water Grave at www.myspace.com/innerstrengthrecords.

    The album, which is titled "Suspension of Disbelief," will hit the streets in September. The effort was recorded at Zing Studios(Unearth, Killswitch Engage)

    Innerstrength Records
    www.innerstrengthrecords.net

August 11th, 2005
  • Here is a FEAR FACTORY podcast that has some out takes from when the band was in the studio:
    http://ut.netmusicpromotions.com/w66767pp.html
  • NIGHTWISH ENDS THEIR WORLD TOUR IN HELSINKI

    TUSKA WINTER EVENT DEPARTMENT BACK IN ACTION - THE GRANDE FINALE OF
    NIGHTWISH WORLD TOUR AT THE HARTWALL ARENA IN HELSINKI

    The greatest and the most beautiful of all exports of the Finnish music industry, Nightwish, will once again up the ante in terms of how far a Finnish group can take their show. On the 21st of October, Nightwish will bring their performance to the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. This is something a very few Finnish acts have accomplished and the magnitude of the show is second to none.

    Once Upon A Tour 2004-2005 has been selling out venues around the world for nearly eighteen months and the group are now keen to end the tour on their home turf. At more than 150 shows on all continents, more than one million spectators have witnessed the Nightwish-Spectacle. The Hartwall Arena -show will be their last before Nightwish take a lengthy time-out, estimated to last for at least eighteen months, during which they will compose and record the follow up to their highly successful Once-Album.

    To add fuel to the fire, the Nightwish has decided to record the show in order to release it on a later date as a full-length DVD. The director will be Antti Jokinen who is known for directing the Nemo music video, among many other major music videos. The show will be recorded with twenty cameras, which is unheard of in Finland. But then again, not many bands have sold 2,5 million records and are able to present a spectacle featuring such an arsenal of sound, light, visuals and pyro effects.

    Nightwish's last Finnish appearance before this summer's three festival shows took place at the Helsinki Icehall on December 26th 2004. It didn't take more than a few hours to sell out the 6500 capacity venue.

    The night at the Hartwall Arena will be kicked off by Sonata Arctica. The band will complement their on-going Finnish festival tour with 14-show European tour, which will take them through eight countries. In addition to this very special appearance, Sonata Arctica will only perform a few selected Finnish dates this year. The band's latest album, Reckoning Night, has also been one the greatest success stories in Finnish metal.

    Tickets for this unique event will go on sale on 25.7. at 9:00 through Lippupalvelu.

    The concert is presented in cooperation with Radio City, whose metal program Rautakanki will offer special features and contests regarding this event, as well as SUE-Magazine, the biggest music magazine in Finland.

    Nightwish and Sonata Arctica, Hartwall Arena, Helsinki 21.10.2005.
    Doors Open 18:30, Show Starts 20:00. No age Restrictions.
    Tickets on sale on 25.7.2005 through Lippupalvelu. www.lippupalvelu.fi.
    Ticket Price: 42/35 Euro.

    Additional Information:
    www.tuska-festival.fi
    www.nightwish.com
    www.sonataarctica.info

  • Taf Production presents
    CHAOTICA METAL FEAST 2005
    with:

    APOSTHATE
    www.thyanthemfades.com/aposthate
    Blashpemic xtreme metal, out debut mcd "First born evil"

    METUS
    out new full lenght "Di Niente Facciamo Parte"

    CRIMINAL HATE
    Southern extreme metal

    THRONE OF MOLOK
    www.throneofmolok.tk
    Nuclear Death Core

    Wednesday 27 luglio 2005 "Il Solito Posto" Discopub
    - Caltanissetta (ITALY) -
    start 21,00

    For info:
    TAF PRODUCTION
    www.thyanthemfades.com

  • STRATOVARIUS to Release 11th Album Sept. 13

    Stratovarius, the Finnish masters of symphonic metal, are prepared to unleash their eponymous 11th album, on September 13th, 2005. The respected lineup of vocalist Timo Kotipelto, guitarist Timo Tolkki, drummer Jorg Michael and keyboardist Jens Johansson has carried on the Stratovarius legacy, along with new bassist Lauri Porra. A full-scale world tour will accompany the album’s release.

    Confirmed North American tour dates include:
    September 12 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Hard Rock Live
    September 14 – Mexico City DF, Mexico – Circo Volador
    September 17 – Atlanta, GA – Prog Power
    September 19 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx
    September 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
    September 21 – New York, NY - BB King’s
    September 23 – Montreal, Canada – Le Medley
    September 24 – Quebec City, Canada – Le Capitole
    September 25 – Toronto, Canada – Opera House
    September 27 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
    September 28 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
    September 29 – Minneapolis, MN – Fineline Music Café
    September 30 – Winnipeg, Canada – Pyramid
    October 2 - Edmonton, Canada – Starlite
    October 3 – Calgary, Canada – Warehouse
    October 5 – Vancouver, Canada – Commodore Ballroom
    October 6 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
    October 8 – San Francisco, CA – The Pound
    October 9 – Santa Ana, CA – Galaxy Theater
    October 10 – Los Angeles, CA Key Club

    Stratovarius will include the following tracks:
    Maniac Dance
    Fight!!!
    Just Carry On
    Back To Madness
    Gypsy In Me
    Götterdämmerung (Zenith Of Power)
    The Land Of Ice And Snow
    Leave The Tribe
    United

August 8th, 2005
  • BESEECH - Album release!

    Hello Beseechers!

    Some news from the BESEECH camp...

    *** ALBUM NEWS ***
    The european releasedate of "SUNLESS DAYS" are set to the 5th of September through Napalm Records!

    Tracklistning on "SUNLESS DAYS" are now complete:
    01. Innerlane
    02. The Outpost
    03. A bittersweet Tragedy
    04. Everytime I Die
    05. Devil´s Plaything (Danzig coversong)
    06. Lost
    07. Last Obsession
    08. Emotional Decay
    09. Restless Dreams
    10. The reversed Mind

    The DIGIPACK version of "SUNLESS DAYS" will also include:

    11. Manmade Dreams (Remake, 2005 version)
    12. Lost (Emotional & shorter version)

    - A complete animated video for "Innerlane" are now in progress and the only thing we can say is that it looks amazing so far!!!

    *** OTHER NEWS ***
    - Within some weeks will there be a campign site for the new album with some new music, promotion pictures and we´ll also reveal the albumcover and the new webstore with some new merchandise!

    - Beseech will for the first time play a complete acoustic set in two stores on the minitour in Finland, please check the homepage for more information!

    *** UPCOMING GIGS ****
    11 Aug (FIN) Kuoio @ LEVYKAUPPA ÄX, Tulliportinkatu 27 (time 17.00)
    11 Aug (FIN) Kuopio @ Henry`s Pub (with Swallow The Sun + 2 bands)
    12 Aug (FIN) Turku @ LEVYKAUPPA ÄX, Eerikinkatu 2 (time 17.00)
    12 Aug (FIN) Turku @ Klubi (with Swallow The SUn + 1 band)
    13 Aug (FIN) Pellavarock Festival - http://www.pellavarock.fi

    http://www.beseech.net

  • YNGWIE MALMSTEEN’S RISING FORCE TO RELEASE UNLEASH THE FURY IN NORTH AMERICA
    ON JULY 26, 2005, THROUGH SPITFIRE RECORDS

    The long wait is over for fans of neo-classical rock guitar genius Yngwie Malmsteen. The new Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force album Unleash The Fury will be released in North America on July 26, 2005, through Eagle Rock Entertainment's Spitfire Records.

    Unleash The Fury has already received rave reviews since hitting the streets overseas. Malmsteen played all guitar and bass guitar parts on the album and “Cherokee Warrior” features his lead vocals as well. His Rising Force band includes vocalist Doogie White, keyboardist Joakim Svalberg and drummer Patrick Johansson.

    The new album bursts with 18 songs, including four instrumentals: “Locked And Loaded,” “Revolution,” “Crackin” “The Whip,” “Winds Of War (Invasion),” “Crown Of Thorns,” “BogeyMan,” “Beauty And A Beast,” “Fuguetta (Instrumental),” “Cherokee Warrior,” “Guardian Angel (Instrumental),” “Let The Good Times Roll,” “Revelation (Drinking With The Devil),” “Magic And Mayhem (Instrumental),” “Exile,” “The Hunt,” “Russian Roulette,” “Unleash The Fury” and “Paraphrase (Instrumental)”. Both “Fuguetta” and “Paraphrase” are variations of themes composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, one of Malmsteen’s favorite composers. Unleash The Fury also features CD-ROM bonus clips of Malmsteen demonstrating his signature guitar technique.

    With 24 albums to his credit, Malmsteen has been a highly respected musical visionary around the world for more than two decades for his groundbreaking neo-classical style. But the Stockholm, Sweden native is proud of the early praise Unleash The Fury has earned. He realized early on that he nailed it with this album.

    “In the last several years I’ve done a lot of experimental things in this vein or that vein. Some were very song-oriented or classically oriented or focused on a dark production. They were done deliberately. On the last album, Attack!!, I went with whatever came out. It was very spontaneous,” Malmsteen says.

    “With Unleash The Fury I was very, very meticulous and very, very particular about what I wanted. I was really involved with everything, including drums – even when to use crash or ride cymbals. It was a bit like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this album.”

    Malmsteen spends a great deal of time writing his songs, and that includes everything: overall instrumental and vocal melodies, solos and lyrics. He enjoys writing lyrics as much as writing guitar and bass guitar parts, and works on them carefully.

    “I express myself with my lyrics just as much as I do with my guitar. To me, the whole thing is one expression. Lyrics are poetry in time with a melody,” Malmsteen says. “When the music comes, it’s easy. It’s all improvisation. If I’m not inspired, I don’t bother. But writing lyrics is a difficult process; when it’s done, I find it was an enjoyable experience.”

    He is also incredibly prolific, and one of the rewarding challenges he embraces is choosing material.

    “I have two recording studios at home, and one of them is a live setup. Me and the drummer, Patrick Johansson, recorded about 43 demos for this album,” says Malmsteen.

    Having his own recording studios allows Malmsteen the luxury of creative freedom without any restraints. Unexpected benefits happen too. The main reason he sings lead vocals on “Cherokee Warrior” is that he and the engineer were simply doing a soundcheck with a new microphone and it sounded so good they decided to keep it.

    Malmsteen, White, Johansson, Svalberg and touring bass guitarist Mick Cervino have already begun a world tour, which will arrive in North America later this year.

    Unleash The Fury is one of the finest albums of Malmsteen’s career, and its creation is rooted in one simple, yet profound belief: “I have a philosophy: More is more, less is less. The idea that less is more is illogical.”

    Malmsteen's Concerto DVD, featuring his performance with the New Japan Philharmonic orchestra, is also due from Eagle Rock on September 20, 2005. For more information, including all the latest news and tour dates, visit www.yngwie.org.

    Eagle Rock Entertainment develops, acquires and produces music programming for a wide range of notable and high profile artists, which the company distributes on a worldwide basis. Eagle Rock Entertainment, Eagle Vision and Eagle Eye Media are wholly owned divisions of Eagle Rock Group, LTD. The company’s North American headquarters are in New York City. Its corporate headquarters are in London, with offices in Paris and Hamburg.

    www.yngwie.org
    www.eaglerockent.com

  • CRYPTOPSY COMPLETE NEW ALBUM

    Montreal’s “extreme metal champions” Cryptopsy, “the most technically proficient and mind-jarring death metal band on the planet” (BW&BK), have completed recordings for their yet-to-be titled October release. Guitar player Alex Auburn checked in with the following wrap up: “We have finished the fifth full-length Cryptopsy album. We started recording the album on May 16th at Vortex Studio in St-Constant, about 20 minutes south of Montreal. It was really fun and quiet recording there, as not a lot goes on in a small city like that, so we really focused on recording. Eleven tracks totaling about 50 minutes, this is a concept album where every song has its own identity, and we made sure to have a lot of flavors and different rhythms and tempos throughout the whole process. The variations in the tracks may surprise some of you. The goal this time around was to focus on writing excellent songs, which we did. Producer Sebastien Marsan did a phenomenal job, and we are glad he took the time to work with us. Finally, this album will be out soon, and we can't wait to see you all when we hit the road with this new material.”

    Touring extensively across North America this fall with Suffocation and Aborted, Cryptopsy are ready to bring the worms to your town, dates follow. More information on the band can be found at their official website, or at www.centurymedia.com.

    CRYPTOPSY
    w/Suffocation, Aborted

    09/28 Downtown- Farmingdale, NY
    09/29 The Muse- Nashville, TN
    09/30 The Pinkeye- Tulsa, OK
    10/01 Mary Jane’s- Houston, TX
    10/02 Villa Reel Convention Center- McAllen, TX
    10/04 White Rabbit- San Antonio, TX- New Venue
    10/05 Ridglea Theater- Ft Worth, TX
    10/06 Launch Pad- Albuquerque, NM
    10/07 The Clubhouse- Tempe, AZ
    10/08 Soma- San Diego, CA
    10/11 House of Blues- Anaheim, CA
    10/12 House of Blues- West Hollywood, CA
    10/13 The Boardwalk- Orangevale, CA
    10/14 The Pound- San Francisco, CA
    10/15 Meow Meow- Portland, OR
    10/16 Studio Seven- Seattle, WA
    10/17 Sugar- Victoria, BC
    10/18 Commodore Ballroom- Vancouver, BC
    10/19 The Generator- Prince George, BC
    10/20 Warehouse- Calgary, AB
    10/21 Starlite Room- Edmonton, AB
    10/22 Riddel Center- Regina, SK
    10/23 Roxy on Broadway- Saskatoon, SK
    10/24 Pyramid- Winnipeg, MB
    10/25 Ascot Room- Minneapolis, MN
    10/26 Mr. Kelleys- Chicago Heights, IL
    10/27 Peabody’s- Cleveland, OH
    10/28 Harpo’s Concert Theatre- Detroit, MI
    10/29 The Opera House- Toronto, ON
    10/30 Capital Music Hall- Ottawa, ON
    10/31 Petit Theatre Du Vieux Noranda- Royun-Noranda, QC
    11/01 Poly Laure Conan- Chicoutiml, QC
    11/02 La Coudee- Rimouski, QC
    11/03 L’Imperial- Quebec City, QC
    11/04 Medley- Montreal, QC
    11/05 The Palladium- Worcester, MA
    11/06 Jaxx- West Springfield, VA
    11/07 BB King’s- New York, NY

  • FEAR FACTORY Announce Tracklisting to "Transgression"

    Fear Factory has announced the final track listing for their upcoming release Transgression due out August 23 on Calvin Records, an imprint of Liquid 8 Records. The band has just finished up in the studio with producer Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Korn, Metallica) and are preparing for the Gigantour for which they were selected by Dave Mustaine.

    “It’s really cool to be writing a new record. We are all feeling very positive and it’s moving quickly since we have overcome some major obstacles. Now we can work on a fucking great album. 2005 is the year of Transgression for FEAR FACTORY!” said Burton Bell.
    1. 540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit
    2. Transgression
    3. Spinal Compression
    4. Contagion
    5. Empty Vision
    6. Echo Of My Scream
    7. Supernova
    8. New Promise
    9. I Will Follow
    10. Millennium
    11. Moment Of Impact
    12. *Empire (bonus track for Best Buy only)

  • THE MASS "Perfect Picture Of Wisdom And Boldness" Album Coming In September

    Crucial Blast will release the 2nd full length album from Oakland, California's THE MASS on September 13th, 2005, entitled "Perfect Picture Of Wisdom And Boldness". Crucial Blast will release the album for North America. The European version will be released through Monotreme Records in the UK.

    The 2nd album from Oakland California's THE MASS further refines the band's unique brand of malevolent indie-thrash, oozing a crawling heaviness not apparent on earlier releases. Crushing, epic, and melodic...moving beyond the hyperkinetic seizures of the band's 2003 debut full length "City Of Dis" (released in North America by Crucial Blast in early 2005), here THE MASS whip out blazing, staccato riffs and multifaceted vocal attacks that knife through complex structures and sludgy, epic elegies, as wicked saxophone melodies interweave with angular crunch and creepy nocturnal post-rock. Like a stuttering, bat-winged Bay Area thrash metal outfit arming itself with Louisville/Chicago schooled math-thug asymmetry, pounding dirges, and fierce,evocative mutant jazz flourishes while lobbing some whopping bonged-out grooves. THE MASS continues to evolve its cryptic heaviosity.

    "We went for a heavier, more epic vibe this time..." commented drummer Tyler Cox. "We came up with a dirgy record with more melody, girth and headbanging appeal. I think we also found a greater songwriting approach in that we spent more time thinking of the songs as stories with beginnings, middles, and ends."

    The Mass will tour the United States in September 2005 in support of "Perfect Picture Of Wisdom And Boldness".

    www.themass.us

  • TOTIMOSHI sophomore album Mysterioso to be re-issued in North America, announce US tour.

    Crucial Blast will re-issue the second full length album from Oakland, California psych-fuzz sludge rockers Totimoshi on August 9th. Totimoshi was formed by singer/songwriter/guitarist Tony Aguilar and bassist Meg Castellanos in November 1997. The band has toured constantly throughout the United States, and have built a strong, loyal following for their innovative and heavy
    underground rock assault.

    Hailing from Oakland, California, Totimoshi has three releases under their collective belt: 1999's self-titled, self-released debut CD, their sophomore full length Mysterioso? (Crucial Blast, 2002), and Monoli' (This Dark Reign, 2003). They have worked with acclaimed producers Billy Anderson (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, Sleep, Neurosis) and Alex Newport (At the Drive In, Melvins), respectively. The past few years has found Totimoshi and their releases on various year's best Top 10 lists, and in
    May 2003 was chosen as "Best Rock Band" in California's East Bay Express. Appearances at Emissions From The Monolith and Stoner Hands of Doom Festivals have further solidified their place in the contemporary heavy rock scene, which has culminated in supporting the likes of Helmet, Melvins, and High On Fire on tour in 2004.

    Crucial Blast will re-issue the band's 2002 full length, Mysterioso, as a special enhanced CD on August 9th, 2005, and will include an exclusive video for "Cellophane", directed by Lyn Gaza, a tour video featuring new music from the band, and all-new artwork and package design.

    "Mysterioso" intersects earthquake-heavy rock and wicked sludge riffage with the wiry hooks and dynamics of 80's post-punk / new wave, Spanish melodies, and an adventurous, occasionally improvisational fuzz attack. It's like someone gave an old Beggars Banquet band a cocktail of steroids, huge amps, and battered copies of Melvins' Stoner Witch and Mainliner's Mellow Out. Heavy, crunchy, catchy, hypnotic - "Mysterioso" winds, grinds, and explodes every step of the way.

    Totimoshi will tour the United States in August-September 2005 in support of Mysterioso, and will make their first-ever Canadian appearance in Toronto, Ontario on August 28th.

    www.totimoshi.com

  • DESOLATE WAYS - Line-up changes

    Rafael Giordano is the new bass player of Desolate Ways. The band already made two concerts with the new line-up, at Heavy Grande do Sul, in Porto Alegre and at Noise Rock Festival, in Pelotas.

    www.desolateways.com

  • HEXAGRAM EP to be recorded soon

    Hexagram is going to record a EP soon, after finishing the final details the recording dates will be announced. Now the band is with a full line-up ready to attack with their thrash metal. Hexagram is now formed by:

    - Aaron (guitars)
    - Rob (drums)
    - Scott (vocals)
    - Terry (bass)

    More informations and mp3s are available it the band's website at www.hexagrammusic.com

August 4th, 2005
  • SONIC SYNDICATE complete new album, mp3 available, and tentative release date announced.

    The Swedish metal sextet SONIC SYNDICATE have completed their debut album Eden Fire. An mp3 of the song "Jailbreak" has been posted on their website www.sonicsyndicate.com. The album currently has a tentative August 30th release date. Online mailorder will be provided by Century Media Records Mailorder (http://cmdistro.com/), The End Records Mailorder (http://theendrecords.com/omega/), and Interpunk (http://interpunk.com/) among others to be determined at a later date. The track listing for the album is as follows:

    Helix Reign - Chronicles of a Broken Covenant
    I. Jailbreak
    II. Enhance My Nightmare
    III. History Repeats Itself
    Extinction - A Sinwar Quadrilogy
    IV. Zion Must Fall
    V. Misanthropic Coil
    VI. Lament of Innocence
    VII. Prelude to Extinction
    Black Lotus - The Shadow Flora
    VIII. Soulstone Splinter
    IX. Crowned in Despair

  • THE METAL BIBLE IS RELEASED!

    Finally after 3 years work The Metal Bible is now out. This special Bible contains the New Testament in an easy to understand language as well as testimonies from metalheads that talk about what God and the Bible means to them. Participating persons are: Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Tommy Aldridge (Whitesnake), Brian Welsh (ex-Korn), Rob Rock, Michael Sweet (Stryper), Ken Tamplin, Metal Pastor Bob Beeman (Sanctuary International), Karl Walfridsson (Pantokrator), Shadows of Paragon, Luke Renno (Crimson Thorn), Simon "Pilgrim" Rosén (Crimson Moonlight), Christian Rivel (Narnia, Divinefire), Matt Smith (Theocracy), Ulf Christiansson (Jerusalem), Michael Hero (Sons of Thunder, Hero), Torbjörn Weinesjö (Veni Domine), Slav Simanic, Richard Lynch (Saint), Steve Rowe (Mortification), Ted Kirkpatrick (Tourniquet), Herbie Langhans & Mike Pflüger (Seventh Avenue), Carl Johan Grimmark (Narnia), Jani Stefanovic (Renascent), Scott Waters (Ultimatum), Batista (Antidemon), John Schlitt (Petra), Miguel Martinez (Exousia), Gabriela Sepúlveda (Boanerges), Rod Rivera & Johnny Bomma (Rivera/Bomma) and some more.

    The language of this first edition is in Swedish. Later on it will also come in other languages like English, Portugese and Spanish. The purpose of this special Bible is to break down prejudices and misconceptions that many metalheads have about the Bible and show that the Bible is not a boring book but an interesting book that has a lot to tell us today. You can see a trailer of how the metal bible looks on http://www.unblack-metal.de/realaudio/bildspel.wmv More info about this special bible can be found at http://www.metalbibel.nu (Click on info on the menu and you will find some info in English)

  • SEVENDUST SIGNS NEW RECORD DEAL

    Readies to release new album, Next, October 11th

    New York, NY (June 27, 2005) – Sevendust is teaming up with innovative record label WineDark Records which is distributed in the U.S. by Fontana Distribution, a division of Universal Music and Video Distribution (UMVD), for the upcoming release of their latest record, Next. Sevendust is the Atlanta, GA-based rock group who clawed their way through the late 1990s and early 2000s with a string of hit albums, forming the backbone of a sound and attitude that defies genre classification. Beginning with their 1997 self-titled debut and continuing through to their most recent record, Seasons, Sevendust, despite a self described “roller coaster ride,” has sold nearly four million units in the US alone and is poised to expand it’s domain to the rest of the world.

    Sevendust commented : “It was amazing to see the reaction to what we had created from such a large percentage of the record industry. After weighing many options we decided to sign with WineDark Records who subsequently offered us our own record label imprint, 7Bros. Records. The excitement that we feel from WineDark Records, is something we have never felt before. The end result is truly gratifying”

    WineDark Records, is the latest project from music industry executives Michael Powlen, Gary Katz, Camille M. Barbone, and Larry Stessel. Katz, Barbone and Stessel have previously spearheaded many artist projects and have helped amass a combined sales tally of well over 100 million records.

    Powlen added : “Sevendust coming to WineDark Records is the birth of a new and mutually beneficial relationship between a record company and band in which both collaborate on every aspect of the recording, marketing and dissemination of the music. These guys are successful because their music is truly original. They connect with their fans by communicating a mutual love and respect. Who they are on stage reflects their off-stage energy, sincerity and integrity, and in the final analysis, their music says it all.”

    Sevendust’s fifth record, Next, will be available on October 11th, 2005.

    www.sevendust.info and www.7brosrecords.com and www.winedarkrecords.com

  • INTENSE have completed phase one of the recording for the new album and will finish off in August. Complimenting Threshold’s Karl Groom, Rich West is also helping with production duties this time. Rich has kindly agreed to handle the keyboards for the album also which is great news!! The follow up to Second Sight’s Title will be announced next month along with track listing. Sean will begin talks with labels next month, main priority for the band is distribution.

    www.intense-uk.com

  • ARCANA - Le serpent rouge
    Release date: 28.07.2005

    This 6th full length album is Arcana as you have never heard them before. With melodies from the orient, feelings of the hot arabic landscape and beautiful sounds of instruments like the Duduk and the Hammered Dulcimer, Arcana has on this release moved abit further from the original sound that we have heard through out the years. Along with the fabulous art of Agnieszka Szuba, this album is a release you can't miss.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. In search of the divine
    2. Le serpent rouge
    3. Cathar
    4. Under the sun

    Side B
    1. Amber
    2. Seductive flame
    3. Serpents dance
    4. The passage
    5. The nemesis

  • HELL ON EARTH FESTIVAL featuring:

    AS I LAY DYING
    HEAVEN SHALL BURN
    EVERGREEN TERRACE
    AGENTS OF MAN
    END OF DAYS
    NEAERA

    13.10.2005 | BOLOGNA, Officina Estragon

    www.hellonearthfestivalitaly.com

  • RECOURSE is pleased to announce their new endorsement through Halo Guitars. Halo Guitars is a brand new Custom Guitar manufacturer from California. Check them out at www.haloguitars.com.

    A video for "Fallout" from the Devil Doll Records debut Weakening The Structure is posted on the bands' site as well: http://www.recoursemetal.com/multi.html

    The metal press world is taking to the young Deleware outfit rather well, with response from regional, national and online outlets coughing up excellnet reviews right next to the teeth this album had 'em spitting like Chicklets.... check it out:

    "Blending its influences (D.R.I., Dying Fetus, Hatebreed) seamlessly, Recourse delivers a cohesive record with hardcore attitude and American death metal execution. Swedish wizardry and obtuse math metal passages are nowhere to be found, a welcome respite from recent metal's far too common mélange." - Chord Magazine

    "Weakening The Structure combines old school thrash, modern day hardcore, and death metal style riffing to create an in your face audio bludgeoning." - Valley Scene Magazine

    "A goddamn excellent release with great packaging and cover art, Recourse are one of the best deathcore bands I have ever heard. Highly recommended." - Jackal Blaster Webzine

    "The angry, bastard children of Pantera continue to multiply, and Maryland’s Recourse are amongst the spawn. There’s a direct line from the agro-hardcore metal thrashings on Weakening the Structure to those laid out on Vulgar Display of Power... With the angry barking and machine-like playing, it’s an open invitation to mosh and elbow someone in the throat." - Stonerrock.com

    RECOURSE Shows:
    08/27 Coyote's - Seaford, DE (free show)
    w/ Anti-Audio, Eternal Ruin, Built Upon Frustration
    08/29 Cricket Club - Irvington, NJ
    Metal Redemption Fest w/ Epoch of Unlight, Body Count, etc.

    Keep up-to-date with new shows, grab the bio, pics, etc. at:
    WWW.RECOURSEMETAL.COM
    WWW.DEVILDOLLRECORDS.COM

  • MASTERPLAN US RELEASE DATE CONFIRMED

    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records with AFM Records confirm September 20 as the US release date for Aeronautics, the second album from German-based metal/hard rock band Masteplan. It is the first record via the two label's recently announced agreement for the North American territory.

    Released to critical acclaim throughout Europe earlier this year, Aeronautics is a true gem. A timeless record that will appeal to fans of traditional heavy metal (Dio, Whitesnake), progressive rock/metal (Dream Theater, Symphony X) as well the more adventurous fans of Opeth, Iced Earth and others, it rocks with the best of them, mastering emotion with a keen musicianship that is second to none. Germany's Metal Heart calls Aeronautics, “a masterpiece of maximum perfection and harmony.” Rock Hard says, "absolutely essential!“

    Formed in 2002