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August 28th, 2005


    Have a look at the real men behind the masks!

    August 2, 2005, Cleveland, OH - Cleveland-based art-metal octet Mushroomhead will premiere their self-lensed video for "Kill Tomorrow" on August 5 at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time via their website, www.mushroomhead.com. The clip will be available during a brief 30-minute to one-hour window, and henceforth on DVD.

    The super-creative, visually driven band self-produced, shot, directed and edited the entire clip, which appears on their landmark DVD release, "Volume 1" (slated for August 9 release on the band's The Filthy Hands Company label). "Kill Tomorrow" marks the first time Mushroomhead shot its own video - an event that, considering the band's ultra hands-on approach on everything from their music to their stage design to their business, was imminent. The track is from their most recent full length release, "XIII" (Universal).

    Drummer Skinny says the band learned the craft of music video direction from director/photographer Dean Karr (Godsmack, Coal Chamber, Cypress Hill), who shot their video for "Solitaire/Unraveling" (from 2000's XX album). "He rocks!" Skinny enthuses. "It was a great learning experience." He furthers that the clip's "dark, dirty, abandoned" feel reflects Mushroomhead's collective personality and "looks great back-to-back with the other videos."

    Mushroomhead financed the DVD project entirely themselves, says Skinny. They reinvested their album advances in “some badass stuff” including cameras, editing equipment, computers and books on cinematography, which they knew would come in handy someday. “We knew that the label well might run dry one day and that we would want to do our own thing again,” he says, “so we built a fantastic production studio, one piece at a time.”

    As with any other Mushroomhead project, the band pooled their artistic talents—several members, including Skinny, are trained visual artists—to create a singular aesthetic that spotlights the visual aspect of the band. Yet, in copious behind-the-scenes footage, the band allows its fans see them without their trademark masks and makeup. Skinny says the intent is to bond with the fans, let them see the people behind Mushroomhead’s intense stage presence. “We’re not that hardcore about concealing our identities,” he says, adding that the point of the music with masks, makeup and costumes has been to offer a multi-sensory experience. He believes Mushroomhead fans will enjoy the intimacy of seeing the real guys behind the masks “just screwing around.” Running time on the film is 70 minutes.

    Mushroomhead just launched a headline tour featuring their new vocalist Waylon, replacing J-Mann, who left the band late last year. Also featuring Dope and Crossbreed, the Music for FREEdom tour is sponsored by Jagermeister and offers free admission to all military personnel. See dates below.

    Mushroomhead features Skinny - Drums / Shmotz - Keys / Waylon - Vocals / Jeffrey Nothing - vocals / Pig Benis - Bass / Gravy - Guitar / Bronson- Guitar / Stitch - Samples


    Tues 8/2 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
    Thur 8/4 Manchester, NH Bombshelter
    Fri 8/5 Portland, ME State Theatre
    Sat 8/6 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
    Sun 8/7 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
    Mon 8/8 Springfield, VA Jaxx
    Tues 8/9 Jacksonville, NC Planet Rock
    Wed 8/10 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
    Thur 8/11 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
    Fri 8/12 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
    Sat 8/13 Tampa, FL The Masquerade
    Sun 8/14 Daytona Beach, FL Fuel Nightclub
    Tue 8/16 New Orleans House of Blues
    Wed 8/17 Houston, TX Numbers
    Thur 8/18 Austin, TX The Back Room
    Fri 8/19 Abilene, TX The Live Room at Rock"n'Rodeo
    Sat 8/20 Lubbock, TX Jake's
    Thu 8/23 San Diego, CA House of Blues
    Wed 8/24 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
    Thu 8/25 Tuscon, AZ Rialto Theatre
    Fri 8/26 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
    Sat 8/27 West Hollywood, CA The Roxy Theater
    Sun 8/28 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues Las Vegas
    Tues 8/30 Orangevale, CA The Boardwalk
    Wed 8/31 San Francisco, CA Pound S.F.

    Sat 9/3 Magna, UT The Great Salt Air
    Sun 9/4 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
    Thu 9/8 Rockford, IL Forest Hills Lodge
    Fri 9/9 Chicago, IL House of Blues
    Sat 9/10 Chicago, IL The Machine Shop
    Sun 9/11 Kent, OH Screwy Louie's
    Mon 9/12 State College, PA Crowbar
    Tues 9/12 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Cafe
    Wed 9/14 Orono, ME Ushuaia
    Fri 9/16 Columbus, OH Al Rosa Villa

  • BEAUTIFUL CREATURES to Release Deuce on August 23, 2005
    Through Spitfire Records

    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.

    Eagle Rock Entertainment is one of the leading independent sources for music audio and audio/visual programming, which it releases worldwide on DVD, CD and other formats, as well as through channels such as television and VOD. Eagle Rock’s mission is to bring music fans high quality music audio and audio/ visual content from the broadest range of artists, with superior production, sound and high definition visuals, as well as other historically significant releases. Eagle Vision’s extensive catalog covers every genre of music, and includes the Classic Albums documentary series, which tells the stories behind some of the greatest albums in rock history, and Live at Montreux, which features performances from top artists at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival.

    The company’s record imprints include frontline artist label Eagle Records, and the hard rock/ heavy metal label Spitfire Records. Eagle Media releases a variety of comedy, television and fact-based programming. Eagle Vision, Eagle Records, Eagle Media, Eagle Eye Media and Spitfire are imprints of Eagle Rock Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S., which is a part of Eagle Rock Entertainment, Ltd. The company’s North American headquarters are in New York City. Its corporate headquarters are in London, with offices in Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.



    Genghis Tron wipe out in New Mexico, ending their US tour in support of their debut CDEP, "Cloak Of Love". The band wrecked after hitting a bunny at 70mph.

    "We're all back home safely now, taking time to relax and spend time with our families and ladyfriends," says guitarist Hamilton. "The crash was pretty terrifying, and we're still shocked to be alive and unharmed, five days after the fact. After hitting a jackrabbit in the New Mexico desert going 70 MPH, we lost control and rolled off the highway, landing upside down. Our vehicle and the trailer - which was ripped off our rig and flung a good 20 or 30 feet into the desert - were both completely totalled. A good amount of our stuff inside the trailer was messed up, but luckily a decent chunk of equipment seems to have survived the crash safely - if terribly banged up. We're having the surviving stuff shipped back home in August, upon when we will touch it tenderly and take it in for repairs. We'll probably put a lot of our t-shirts on sale online as a fund-raiser then, too. It's gonna take a long time before we can get all of this settled with insurance and save up/borrow the money to replace everything else which was lost, but we're not going to let such a situation deter us from making music and playing shows. It's just going to take a while. We hope to be road-ready by the end of the year so that we can tour in December and/or January. We'll eventually hit all of the spots where we had to cancel shows; it'll just take a while. Don't forget about us out there!"

    "In the meantime, we're gonna focus on getting things back to normal as well as working on hard on material for our upcoming album. Thanks for all of the emails and messages in the last week. It means a lot to hear from people who care about our music. We'll keep you updated."




    HOLLYWOOD (August 2, 2005) – BOD will be on tour supporting their new album RUNAWAY BRIDES releasing September 27th on Shrapnel Records. Their first single White Trash is soon to hit the airwaves. "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 will discharge a slew of slamming songs on the audience 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. ”

    ADEMA will be coming off their own headlining tour to join the Brides on a tour of debauchery in support of their latest album release PLANETS. Standout tracks include: the first single, "Tornado"; title track, "Planets"; a ballad, "Rise Above"; rocker "Bad Triangle", featuring a guest vocal appearance by Jujitsu master Ralek Gracie, aka Rio Life, a member of the world-renowned Gracie Family (and friend of Adema drummer Kris Kohls, himself an avid Jujitsu trainer); and fierce closer, "Vikraphone". Yet, the truth is, all the tracks on "Planets" (count them, 16!... plus one extra surprise!) are expertly-crafted, hook- laden songs; there is not a miss among them.


    Sept. 30 San Diego, CA Canes
    Oct. 1 Santa Ana, Ca The Galaxy Theater
    Oct. 10 Cleveland, Ohio Peabody's
    Oct. 12 Passaic, New Jersey Dingbatz
    Oct. 14 Saugus, Mass The Palace Entertainment Center
    Oct. 15 Bedford, N.H. Marks Place
    Oct. 21 Brooklyn, New York Brooklyn Music Terminal
    Oct. 22 Springfield, Va Jaxx
    Nov. 3 Los Angeles, Ca The Key Club
    Nov. 8 Boise, Idaho The Core
    Nov. 9 Seattle WA The Fenix

  • ANTIMATTER - Planetary Confinement (out now)
    Free mp3 at http://promedia.semperatus.de/mp3/antimatter_legions.mp3

    "Planetary Confinement", the third album of ANTIMATTER is available now. While their first two albums seduced the listeners with a blending of relaxed guitars and darkly melancholic electronic elements, their new work "Planetary Confinement" has turned out as an acoustic, fragile, and very personal album. "Theres no concept as a whole, but the songs are strung together by a common thread which is mainly that something is bugging us and we need to write about it in order to make sense of it all", says Mick Moss. "'Epitaph' for example deals with bereavement, and 'A Portrait Of The Young Man As An Artist' is a reflection of how the Liverpool music scene has become so obsessed with plagiarism, cocaine, arrogance and shameless name-dropping. With "Mr. White" there´s also a cover song on the album. The original is a song by the Doom-Metal legend Trouble.

    Asked why they chose to cut a nearly purely acoustic album, ANTIMATTER responded:"Of course the Unplugged tour was an influence. We wanted to do a session that was 100% wood. So theres a completely natural feel throughout my session - acoustic guitar, bass, live drums, violin and vocal. As Queen used to put it - NO SYNTHESISERS" The first edition of "Planetary Confinement" will be released as luxuary Digipak.

  • Duncan Patterson leaves ANTIMATTER

    Duncan Patterson leaves ANTIMATTER but this is not the end of the band because Mick Moss - who wrote 50 % of the songs on the actual album "Planetary Confinement" - will continue with ANTIMATTER. Duncans statement: "I have decided that Planetary Confinement is to be my departing Antimatter album. This is for my own personal reasons, (per·son·al - adj. Concerning a particular person and his or her private business, interests, or activities; intimate: "I have something personal to tell you"), and nothing to do with anyone else. Feel free to gossip and start rumours though, it will help us sell more cds and that. Good luck to Mick, and thanks to the many people who have helped and supported us for the past seven years. I'm moving on with a new project "Íon", for which I have a deal with Equilibrium Music. Anyone who is interested in my future releases etc. can check http://www.duncanpatterson.com for regularly updated news."

  • 29th August is the release date of THE VISION BLEAK album called "Carpathia".

    "Carpathia" is an incomparable and sinister musical drama ".

    Forceful, black riffs, heavyweight drums and many-facetted vocals. Horror Metal - monumental, mighty, majestic and magnificent like the Carpathian mountains. "Carpathia"is the fateful story of a businessman becoming heir to the old estates of his family in far and strange Carpathia," Schwadorf outlines the concept. We, the listeners, accompany the young man on this journey through creepy mountain passes, sit beside him in his cab, sense the slow assembly of evil, share his shivers as he encounters the rustic villagers of Carpathia, travel further into the exotic and fearfully outlandish world of "Arabian Nights", and at the end we know: the protagonist is cursed, probably even possessed.

    "Carpathia" will be released as normal Jewelcase CD and as luxuary Digipak edition with Bonus CD.

    First international press reactions:

    TERRORIZER (UK): "Conjures the image of a horror epic with all the atmosphere of a Lovecraft classic...imagination and creativity running on all cylinders...Nosferatu-esque"

    METAL HAMMER (D): "This is a class of it´s own" METAL SHOCK (I): Top Album September

    UNRESTRAINED (CAN): With ist dark visions and a masterful sense of exploration and storytelling, THE VISION BLEAK´s "Carpathia" is a worthwile journey"

  • PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE release their new album "Noised" on Sept 27th

    "Noised" is the last ever Plastic Noise Experience record as a duo. SM Kalwa has left the band to pursue other interests. This swan song PNE album includes a completely reworked and remastered "Rauschen" record plus six new tracks including a great cover version of Motorhead's "Hellraiser". Experience this pioneer duo's last historic contribution to the genre.

  • BULLISTIC signs to Backstreet Records; New album due this month

    Backstreet Records Goes Bullistic

    Mechanicsville, VA - July 2005 - Backstreet Records announces it has signed Bullistic of Richmond, VA, to the label. Bullistic will release its new Backstreet album in August 2005 and promote it with a national tour.

    While the actual signing took place in February of this year, Backstreet executives chose to hold the announcement until the band was able to complete the recording process.

    Bullistic already has a great fan base and plays a very busy schedule. We felt it best to not apply any more pressure the announcement of their signing during the creative process,” says Backstreet Records President Linwood Toombs. “Already a number of radio stations are champing at the bit to get their hands on this release.”

    Bullistic's Backstreet debut was recorded with Jeff Covert’s team of engineers at the Grammy-nominated Wally Cleaver’s Recording Studio in Fredericksburg, VA. The recording was mastered by Roger Lian, a mastering engineer for Masterdisk Corp. in New York, NY.

    Since 1998, Lian has mastered numerous records for artists including Faith Hill, Powerman 5000, Mariah Carey, Slayer, Pantera, Staind, U2 and LL Cool J. He was also responsible for mastering all eight of Backstreet Records’ global releases from 1994 to 2002. These Backstreet albums were from Trixter, Meliah Rage, Skate the Razor, John Flywheel, Grady Cain, Axis Y, Graffix 420 and Uncle Jack.

    About Backstreet Records

    Backstreet Records was established in 1993. The label emerged from Backstreet Entertainment, an artist development and management company owned and operated by Jack Krenicki since the early 1980s. Backstreet Records was formed as a joint venture between Backstreet Entertainment and producer Tony Bongiovi, owner of the world renowned Power Station recording studio in New York City. Backstreet Records is credited with eight global releases from 1994 to 2002.

    While not actively seeking new submissions, Backstreet Records continued to promote and distribute its back catalog. In 2004, the idea to re-launch Backstreet Records with a bold new look and feel was born. Linwood Toombs of Mechanicsville, VA, stepped in as president of Backstreet Records. Krenicki remains with the label as vice president. Toombs and Krenicki have set out to bring back the artist development that has been sorely lacking in the music industry. Together they have assembled a powerhouse team of marketers, publicists and other industry professionals and look forward to their highly anticipated new releases.

    To learn more about the label, check out the company’s web site at:


  • THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER guitarist arrested for indecent exposure!

    On July 23rd at Ozzfest in Pittsburgh, PA The Black Dahlia Murder guitarist Brian Eschbach was arrested for indecent exposure while filming footage for FUSE TV's Uranium. Brian was given Uranium host Juliya's camcorder and was walking around the second stage area interviewing random bands and fans when someone pulled his towel off, which happened to be the only thing he was wearing. The police immediately seized Brian and escorted him away to a holding cell on site where he was detained for about 30 minutes before being let go with a citation. Luckily FUSE's Uranium was onsite and caught everything on camera which will be aired not only on Uranium and Metal Asylum but also on a FUSE special on Ozzfest. MTV News was also at Ozzfest and you can catch both The Black Dahlia Murder and As I Lay Dying in their coverage of the festival ten to the hour every hour or watch it on MTV Overdrive right now by going to MTVNews.com, and at the bottom of the page click overdrive. Here's what Brian had to say about his brush with the law in Pittsburgh, "I'd like to start off by saying that it feels good to be free. Of coarse its weird saying that when this incident just draws so much light on how much injustice there is in America and how much general lack of freedom we really have. But it feels good to be back on tour rocking with my band mates… and word up to all my boys in cell A and I hope to see you all again soon."


  • NIGHTMARE reveal complete tracklisting For New Album, The Dominion Gate, to be released on REGAIN RECORDS this fall!

    French power metallers, NIGHTMARE have revealed the complete tracklisting for their new album, The Dominion Gate, to be released this fall by Regain Records...

    The album was recorded during April / May, 2005 at Soundsuite Studio with Norwegian producer Terje Refsnes on the helm (TRISTANIA, SIRENIA, GREEN CARNATION... ).

    Special guests to appear on the album are Floor Jansen & Sander Gommans (After Forever) and Ricky Marx (Ex-Pretty Maids) !

    The tracklisting: 'Temple Of Tears', 'A Taste Of Armageddon', 'Messenger Of Faith', 'Secret Rules', 'The Dressmaker', 'Endless Agony', 'Paranormal Magnitude Part II', 'Circle Of The Dark', 'Haunting Memories', 'Heretic', 'The Dominion Gate', 'The Watchtower', 'K-141'... + one bonus track for Japan...

    NIGHTMARE have already confirmed a few concerts to promote the album including appearances at Raismes Festival (Northern France, close to
    Valenciennes) on September 10 (www.raismesfest.com), as well as co-headlining with After Forever in Paris, at La Loco on November 20 for the "Vibes In Paris Festival" together with Magica, Malediction, Dornfall... etc...

    NIGHTMARE will also make a special headlining promo show in their hometown of Grenoble (F) in Crolles, Espace Culturel, on November
    05... before embarking from January 27th. 2006, on full european tour which will visit countries like Holland, Belgium, UK, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Austria & Germany...

    Expect a blast!


  • NEVERMORE’s This Godless Endeavor Strong First Week Debut

    “Final Product” Video To Premier on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball

    NEVERMORE’s new album This Godless Endeavor, released July 26th, sold over 5,200 copies in its first week. Catapulting the album to #12 on the Heatseekers Chart and #24 on the Indies Chart, the album showed the strongest first week sales in the band’s 13-year history. Currently performing on the mainstage of Megadeth’s Gigantour alongside Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and more, the band is thrilled about fan and press reaction to the new album.

    Additionally, the video for Nevermore’s “Final Product” will premier Saturday, August 6th on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball. Directed by Kevin Leonard (Himsa, Terror) the song is the first single from Nevermore’s new album This Godless Endeavor. Receiving rave reviews including 5/5 from Revolver, BW&BK’s Brave Pick of The Month (August), and “…the best album of Nevermore’s long and storied career” A.P., the album debuted at #26 in the top 100 on the German charts and #51 in the Italian charts this past week. An MP3 of “Final Product” can be found at the Century Media website.

    Already posted at Yahoo Music, and the Century Media website, the video was broadcast initially on Fuse’s Metal Asylum last night, Tuesday August 2nd.

  • BARBARIAN WRATH is back !

    After a long line of complications we finally have some positive news to offer.

    1) www.BarbarianWrath.org has undergone a complete overhaul and now there's a complete german version besides the english one. All previous mp3s are available again and you can also find new songs of the recently released albums (COUNTESS, STINY PLAMENU and GRAVEWÜRM) as well as songs of the albums due for release in September 2005 (ANAEL, TEARSTAINED and DEATH BEAST).

    2) www.Witches-Brew.org has been updated and translated to german. Among other things mp3s of the upcoming HAMMERWHORE album have been added.

    3) Our distribution, www.TheBasar.org is now bilingual as well and all ordering info can be found in german as well.

    We're introducing the "Cauldron", a new package of 4 WITCHES BREW CDs of your choice for 30 EUR (35 EUR for customers outside Europe). More info on that can be found at www.TheBasar.org under "Cauldron".

    The promo versions of ALASTOR "Crushing Christendom", COUNTESS "The Shining Swords Of Hate", COUNTESS "The Revenge Of The Horned One Pt. I", COUNTESS "The Revenge Of The Horned One Pt. II", GRAVEWÜRM "Ancient Storms Of War", NUNSLAUGHTER "Radio Damnation" and STINY PLAMENU "Ve Spine Je Pravda" are now available on www.TheBasar.org as long as supply lasts. Compared to the regular numbered version, the last page of the booklet has been holepunched through the checkbox where the CD number is written normally.

    Other than that the CDs are complete.

  • SATHANAS will be releasing their new cd "ENTERING THE DIABOLIC TRINITY" oct. 31st on PULVERISED RECORDS. Recorded at INNERTUBE STUDIOS. Engineered by Nick Kucel. Artwork by the Infernal Juan Castellano. tracks include: INTO THE MASSACRE, DEMONIZED, ENTERING THE DIABOLIC TRINITY, TRIUMPH OF DARKNESS, UNDER A BLACK SPELL, CELESTIAL CARNAGE, DECENT OF THE HOLY, and IN THE CIRCLE OF HELL. labels, distros contact [email protected] . band info [email protected] new website up soon!!! Designed by Lord Ahriman of Dark Funeral!!


    Fans are so rabid for new Chimaira material that one of them stole the video to "Nothing Remains," the first single off the self-titled album that will be in stores August 9th, and put it up all over the web. The video was stolen from the directors website after the fan illegally, hacked in. Still in it's inital editing phase, the video had yet to be seen by the band or executives at Roadrunner Records. Commented singer Mark Hunter, "it's exciting to see that our fans are itching to get a hold of our new material, and to see that they actually enjoyed the video. However, the video was in its infant stage and while we are extremely proud of where it stands now, we know that it will be much better when it is finished. I can't wait for our fans to see the finished version and as soon as it's done I'll put it up on the web myself." Metal Maniacs


    Madder Mortem, "It feels great to finally have settled in our new home in the fabulous town of Peaceville. We have all been great admirers of some of the long-time residents of this eerie homestead, such as My Dying Bride and Katatonia.Some of the bands have had quite an influence on us, like early My Dying Bride, Darkthrone, Paradise Lost and Anathema.

    It's an honor for us to include the Peaceville label on our art and we're thrilled to work with this legendary company. This marks a new era in the Madder Mortem history, and we're 150% determined to make it the most glorious one!"

    Madder Mortem have already recorded their first album for Peaceville; entitled Desiderata the album was recorded in Norway's Space Valley Studio last year. Hopefully Desiderata will be released later this year. Metal Maniacs


    Please give it up for Italy's awesome Novembre.

    Novembre, "Our journey through nothingness and slumber has come to an end. NOVEMBRE finally get signed to the legendary Peaceville Records. A label that, with the bands they produced and the albums released, has traced a deep and indissoluble mark in our songwriting spine. Definitely the label we should have always been signed to.

    MATERIA is our fifth and best album. No discussions about that. Furthermore, we never had the chance to get such a huge and professional sound before. We've been trapped in the pleasant Antarctic town of Helsinki, at Finnvox Studios, freezing our bones to death in order to release this magnum opus. We're sure some of that abysmal cold remained imprinted somewhere in the tracks."

    Materia will be released on Peaceville in November. Metal Maniacs


    Relapse Records recording artists BURNT BY THE SUN have announced the addition of vocalist Nate Johnson, second guitar player Nick Hale and drummer Brandon Thomas.

    The new members join the heralded New Jersey band following the departure of former BURNT BY THE SUN vocalist Mike Oleander and drummer David Witte last year. Both Nate Johnson and Nick Hale come to BBTS as ex-members of PREMONITIONS OF WAR, while celebrated drummer Brandon Thomas unites with the band after time spent in DIM-MAK and infamous New Jersey death / trash titans RIPPING CORPSE, where he played on the band's now-classic release, Dreaming With the Dead. Johnson, Hale and Thomas join the existing BURNT BY THE SUN core of John Adubato (guitar) and Ted Patterson (bass).

    BURNT BY THE SUN have released two full-length albums on Relapse Records; 2002's groundbreaking Soundtrack to the Personal Revolution and 2003's critically acclaimed, The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good. Since their inception, BURNT BY THE SUN have come to be known for their outstanding musicianship, dynamic, forward-thinking composition and intelligent lyrical approach. The band is currently writing material for their next release and is expected to announce forthcoming touring plans in the imminent future.


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    Headmeat - Mass Sociogenic Illness CD - Headmeat sounds darker than ever, combining the best from death and black metal to brew a dark death metal 8-track cd. Mass Sociogenic Illness features unsane dark death metal with a weird horror feel, ghastly keys and effects and non-standard riffs. Mass Sociogenic Illness was recorded at the CCR-studio, comes in a killer digipack and has an extra videoclip for "Perfect Murder Sequence."

    Endura - Black Eden CD - The sinister music of Endura has gathered appreciation from an increasingly diverse audience who appreciate that burgeoning movement of individuals and bands using electronics to sculpt a music that has been called Dark ambient.

    Hallowmas - The Road To Hallow's Eve mini-CD - Hallowmas returns with more dark, powerful sing-a-longs in the key ofdeath, with their fear-charged, spine ripping 7 song CD that is sure toleave a scar.

    Urgrund - Unchangeable Fate CD - A rite of Apocalyptic war clashing thrash,
    straight from the Urgrund bunker. This new release is another level charged for the hellbanging fans of the The Graven Sign release. Soaring guitars and militant beats. Hail The Hunt... Praise to war!

    To order these fine release and more,
    go to www.redstream.org or contact: [email protected]

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    Norwegian industrial rock band, Mortiis, has been selected to perform on the 2005 Blackest of the Black Tour.

    The Blackest of the Black lineup features Danzig (joined by former Misfit Doyle Von Frankenstein for a special 30-minute set of Misfits classics), Chimaira, Behemoth, Himsa and The Agony Scene.

    "I think it's a very interesting package and should draw a rather diverse crowd," said Mortiis' frontman and namesake. "I'm a big fan of pretty much everything Danzig ever put out, and always loved his classic horror approach to image and art. I can totally relate to that, given our own image isn't that far removed from what he did early on in The Misfits."

    Mortiis' one and only tour of America was in 1999 with Christian Death. "If anyone saw us then and comes to see us now, they're in for a bit of a shock," said Mortiis. "A lot has changed and everything that we used to be has been killed off to make way for a new monster."

    Each of Mortiis' releases show a marked growth from its predecessor, with last year's The Grudge delving into an angrier, more guitar-driven sound. Mortiis is also now officially a collective effort from a full band.

    Mortiis' first DVD, entitled Soul in a Hole, will be released November 1. The DVD was filmed last year in London during the two-month The Unlimited Grudge Tour tour with Susperia. The DVD will contain four bonus videos, photo galleries, interviews, and other extras, in addition to live footage.

    Blackest of the Black Tour 2005 dates:
    9/30/05 Fri. Soma, San Diego, CA
    10/01/05 Sat. Hard Rock/The Joint, Las Vegas, NV
    10/02/05 Sun. The Pound SF Outdoors, San Francisco, CA
    10/04/05 Tue. Premier, Seattle, WA
    10/06/05 Thu. Big Easy Concert House, Spokane, WA
    10/07/05 Fri. The Big Easy, Boise, ID
    10/08/05 Sat. Valley Ice Garden, Bozeman, MT
    10/11/05 Tue. Harpo's, Detroit, MI
    10/12/05 Wed. House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
    10/14/05 Fri. The Dome Theatre, Niagara Falls, NY
    10/15/05 Sat. The Medley, Montreal, QUE, Canada
    10/17/05 Mon. Nokia Theatre, New York, NY
    10/18/05 Tue. Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI
    10/19/05 Wed. House Of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ
    10/21/05 Fri. Earthlink Live, Atlanta, GA
    10/22/05 Sat. Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    10/23/05 Sun. Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
    10/25/05 Tue. Twi Ropa, New Orleans, LA
    10/26/05 Wed. Nokia Theatre, Grand Prairie, TX
    10/27/05 Thu. Sunken Garden Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX
    10/29/05 Sat. Gibson Amphitheatre @ Universal City Walk, Universal City, CA


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    Firebox Records proudly announces the signing of celebrated Danish doomsters SATURNUS.
    The band and label have negotiated a contract for two albums; the much-awaited third full-length Saturnus studio album will be recorded later this year and is currently slated for an early 2006 release.

    Saturnus discography so far (on Euphonious Records):
    Paradise Belongs To You (CD, 1997)
    For The Loveless Lonely Nights (MCD, 1998)
    Martyre (CD, 2000)

    For more information visit the official Saturnus website at: www.saturnus.dk

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    To mark the upcoming release of the Anthrax Anthrology: No Hit Wonders (1985-1991) double-CD and Alive 2 CD on September 26th, the NEW Official Anthrax Store is offering this massive 3-CD & T-shirt Pre-Order bundle AND EXCLUSIVE CONTEST!

    As if pre-ordering this EXCLUSIVE BUNDLE so it arrives at your door on/around release date isn't enough, you'll also have the chance to show Anthrax your chops by entering the Demo Contest.

    Here's how it works:

    We want all you insane Anthrax fans to show us what you've got! Your pre-order of this bundle allows you to submit a ONE-song Demo CD of YOUR music. On Sept. 26th, the band will choose the winning song from all entries. The WINNER will receive a Washburn Scott Ian Signature Guitar (worth $1,499), an endorsement deal with Washburn Guitars, AND play a song ON STAGE with Anthrax!

    THAT'S RIGHT...the winning songwriter will PLAY ON STAGE WITH ANTHRAX!

    Get your amps fired up and get over to the store to pre-order the new CD's and enter the contest.

    Official Site: www.Anthrax.com

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    Fresh off of Sounds Of The Underground Tour Madball have announced a headlining tour of the US. The NY hardcore heroes will hit the national circuit with support from Walls Of Jericho, Misery Signals and Full Blown Chaos. This tour will be the band's first following the release of their new full-length and first for Ferret Records entitled Legacy this August. Produced by Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall) the album is the largest sounding Madball record while retaining all the signature grittiness of their live shows. True to it's name, Legacy is the perfect stone monument to hang Madball's name on. A video for the song, HeavenHell directed by Dale Resteghini (Dillinger Escape Plan, Killswitch Engage) will premiere on Headbangers Ball when the band takes over as guests on the episode airing on Aug 13th. The episode promises to be an informative one as host Jamey Jasta is a long time fan and Madball were one of the first bands to take Hatebreed on tour early on.

    The video will also premiere on Fuse TV's Metal Asylum which will have the band on as guests on an episode airing the third week of August. Press has already hit landslide proportions as the band will host an hour long episode of Heart Attack Radio for Sirius Satelite Radio premiering new songs and talking about the new album for the second week of

    Though Madball have helped define both metal-core and NY Hardcore in their fifteen plus years of existence, age-wise Cricien, Hoya (bass) Mitts (guitar) and Riggs (drums) are all under 30 years old! The group formed as a side project of Agnostic Front with Cricien on vocals at twelve years old! Eventually Madball (a nick name of young Cricien) became a full time endeavor with new members including mainstay Hoya on bass and released classic albums on Roadrunner Records such as Set It Off and Demonstrating My Style while in their teens. The band's last full-length Hold It Down was on Epitaph Records and marked the band's most mature release combining their previous fury with a more tempered attack. After a whirlwind career, the members took an extended break which resulted in various side projects. Earlier this year while entertaining label offers, Madball played a show with Nora, whom includes Ferret Records pres, Carl Severson on vocals. Delighted to see the band was entertaining offers, Ferret and Madball were quick to strike a partnership. Ferret, which is run by hardcore kids for hardcore kids is the perfect home for the ultimate hardcore band.

    9/7 Revere, MA Club Lido
    9/8 Baltimore, MD Otto Bar
    9/9 New York, NY Knitting Factory
    9/10 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
    9/11 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
    9/12 Chicago, IL Logan Square
    9/13 Kansas City, MO El Torreon
    9/14 Denver, CO Rock Island
    9/15 Salt Lake City, UT Lo-Fi Caf?
    9/16 Boise, ID The Core
    9/17 Seattle, WA Studio 7
    9/18 Portland OR Hawthorne Theater
    9/20 San Francisco, CA Pound SF
    9/21 Los Angeles, CA Roxy Theater
    9/22 San Diego, CA Soma Sidestage
    9/23 Corona, CA Showcase Theater
    9/24 Phoenix, AZ Brick House
    9/26 San Antonio, TX Sanctuary
    9/27 Dallas, TX Galaxy Club
    9/29 St. Louis MO Creepy Crawl
    10/1 Buffalo NY Buffalo Icon

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    Flotsam And Jetsam will shoot a video in support of their latest album Dreams Of Death in Phoenix, Arizona on August 14th. The video will be for the song "Straight To Hell." The clip is expected to be finished late August and ready for national and regional video outlets by September 1st.
    Dreams Of Death was released on July 26, 2005 and the album has been receiving great reviews and impressive sales since its release.
    Flotsam & Jetsam was formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1984 by bassist Jason Newsted, who eventually left the band to join Metallica. The band currently consists of Eric A.K. (vocals), Craig Nielsen (drums), Jason Ward (Bass), Mark Simpson (Guitar) and Ed Carlson (Guitar).


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  • THE RED CHORD loose guitarist Kevin Rampelburg!
    The cat is out of the bag:

    Kevin Rampelberg (aka Big Kev) is no longer with The Red Chord. Kevin and I (Guy) have been playing together in bands for the past 10 years and in The Red Chord for the last 6 or so. Kevin played his last show with the band at the Palladium in Worcester last week (July 26th). The split was abrupt, but amicable. For the time being, we are performing as a 4 piece with Gunface (aka Mike McKenzie) handling all the guitar duties.

    On the special occasion side of things, Psyopus guitarist, Chris Arp, is currently out with The Red Chord learning our songs in order to start filling in over the next few days. For those of you confused, Psyopus is supposed to be out with Ion Dissonance and Swarm of the Lotus right now. Unfortunately, according to preliminary reports from the band, they were waiting to leave for the first show of the tour and they received a wild and confusing call from drummer Lee Fisher explaining he would not be able to do the tour.Psyopus contemplated having a drum machine fill in to keep from bailing, but parties involved disagreed with the practicality of the idea.

    Psyopus has made other drummer arrangements and will be back on their feet in no time. Look for Psyopus and The Red Chord to be playing together at Day 3 of this year's Hellfest and look for the Arp/Red Chord collaboration to begin in the next few days for the duration of The Red Chord tour with Between the Buried and Me and Acacia Strain. Metal Maniacs

  • ORPHANED LAND Preparing For ProgPower USA VI

    Israel’s ORPHANED LAND is gearing up for their 2005 ProgPower USA VI appearance where they will be performing an all-acoustic set Thursday, September 15 at ProgPower USA’s pre-party and a metal set for their Friday ProgPower USA VI performance. Sold out for a consecutive four years in a row (this year in 3 days) ProgPower USA has quickly become North America’s most praised festival. In the past the festival has attracted prestigious European metal acts for their initial U.S. performances such as Nightwish, Blind Guardian, and this year Stratovarius.

    ORPHANED LAND vocalist Kobi Farhi sends this message out to the band’s fans, "Hi everyone, after living on the road and completing 40 shows in 21 countries (with Paradise Lost, some mini tours, and festival dates), we are getting ready for the double acoustic / metallic shows we will be playing at ProgPower USA VI. We have never played two different shows like this back to back. It’s going be really exciting, especially as it is our debut U.S. performance. We can't wait to meet you all." Guitarist Matti Svatski commented, “I have never been to the U.S. and it has been a dream of mine since childhood. Playing such a respected festival with such top of the line bands makes the adventure seem that much more extreme.”

  • SAPROGENIC enters the studio to begin working on their new full length. It is being recorded at Cloud City (Black Dahlia Murder) so you can expect a massive sounding heavy as hell production. Pat Thompson is doing the artwork so expect a completely pro package on Saprogenic's debut full length for Forever Underground. They are signed to a 3 album deal and one of the albums will be a split CD with Mutilated. An Mp3 will be posted as soon as the recording is complete. I believe they are going in the studio for a week and a half so mid August expect new Sparogenic to be completed.

  • BEYOND FATAL has scheduled their final studio session and should be finishing up the recording in the next 2 weeks. Tony koehl is handling the artwork and layout. The Cd cover is already finished and is sick as hell. Should make a killer shirt design! More news on Beyond Fatal as it is available. As soon as they wrap up in the studio an MP3 will be posted.

  • MUTILATED continues to write new material and practice with their new drummer to get ready for their next full length which is going to crush every other release to come out. If you have seen them perform their new shit at their live shows then you know what I am talking about. Mutilated is also preparing to hit the road for a couple weeks beginning in early September. Show dates will be posted very soon. If they are playing your city be sure to check em out. You will not be disappointed.

  • European tour ... October 2005

    WASTEFORM (brutal death - NY/USA)
    SMASHED FACE (brutal death - Czech republic)

    12th October Chemnitz
    13th October t.b.a. Germany
    14th October Zittau (D) Deathfest
    15th October Sursee (Switzerland)
    16th October t.b.a. Italy
    17th October t.b.a. Italy/France
    18th October t.b.a.
    19th October t.b.a.
    20th October t.b.a.
    21th October t.b.a.
    22th October Josef_v D_l (CZ) NTEY Deathfest
    23th October t.b.a CZ or SK
    24th October t.b.a.
    25th October Vienna (A) Monastery

    we are looking for T.B.A. gigs
    if you can help us..write me on [email protected]



    The new record "The Sickness Within" is finished. We just did the final mastering today, and it is absolutely amazing!

    Tue Madsen really did a great job mixing and mastering - it´s definitely the most aggressive record we've done so far. The tracklist will be:

    1. The White Fever
    2. The Fallen Shall Rise In A River Of Blood
    3. Reaper Of Life
    4. Sickness Within
    5. Murderous Intent
    6. The Coming Of Chaos
    7. Bleed To Death
    8. Heaven Is Ready To Fall
    9. Seeds Of Shame
    10. Chamber Master
    11. Marked By Darkness

    Marked By Darkness features a guitar solo chase between Steve Smyth (Nevermore, ex-Testament, Dragonlord, ex-Vicious Rumors) and Heinz. And as Steve Smyth describes it - "it fucking shreds ears!!!

    The record will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on the 26th September in Europe and 27th September in the US. It will be released through Soundoholic in Japan, but the release date is yet to be announced - more about that later.




    HOLLYWOOD (August 7, 2005) – The best band in the land is touring with Billy Idol. Long time band-mate Steve Stevens (guitar), Brian Tichy (drums) and Derek Sherinian (keyboards) will be embarking on 'The Devils Playground Tour 2005' with Rock Icon Billy Idol as they invade more of the U.S. before leaving for Europe. The band will be slamming out all the Idol hits from White Wedding to Rebel Yell, including the smash hit from The Devils Playground "Scream."


    Ottawa, ON
    Congress Centre

    Quebec City, QC
    L'Agora Du Vieux Port

    Ste. Adele, QC
    Bourbon Street North

    London, ON
    John Labatt Centre

    Toronto, ON
    Molson Amphitheatre

    Winnipeg, MB
    MTS Centre

    Saskatoon, SK
    Credit Union Centre

    New York, NY
    Radio City Music Hall

    Poughkeepsie, NY
    Mid-Hudson Civic Center

    Rochester, NY
    Auditorium Theatre

    Sterling Heights, MI
    Jerome Duncan Ford Theatre

    Milwaukee, WI
    The Rave / Eagles Club




    “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 (August 7, 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. ”

August 25th, 2005
  • THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER enter Billboard top 200 Charts with MIASMA!

    The Black Dahlia Murder's sophomore effort Miasma has entered the top 200 Billboard charts for their first week of sales at 119 selling just under 10,000 copies. They also landed the number 1 position in the Billboard Heat Seekers chart, which celebrates new artists' releases. In addition The Black Dahlia Murder secured the number 5 position on the Billboard Independent chart and the number 14 position on the Billboard Top Hard Music chart. "We feel that the new record is more intense than the last on every front. I would almost say less accessible than Unhallowed. It's awesome to see that our fans are growing right along with us, musically speaking, and are accepting the record with open arms," comments vocalist Trevor Strnad. This also marks the bands first week out on Ozzfest. So far the band has played to massive numbers in Boston, Connecticut, and Philly and has also gone over extremely well with their off-dates in Montreal, Vermont, and Syracuse. "The fans have been coming out in droves, yet at the same time, we've been reaching a lot of new people, which is very important to us. We get to speak for a genre that is highly overlooked with this opportunity, and possibly save people from Nu Metal damnation."

  • NIGHTMARE reveal complete tracklisting For New Album,
    The Dominion Gate, to be released on REGAIN RECORDS this fall !

    French power metallers, NIGHTMARE have revealed the complete tracklisting for their new album,
    The Dominion Gate, to be released this fall by Regain Records...

    The album was recorded during April / May, 2005 at Soundsuite Studio with Norwegian producer Terje Refsnes on the helm (TRISTANIA, SIRENIA, GREEN CARNATION... ).

    Special guests to appear on the album are Floor Jansen & Sander Gommans (After Forever)
    and Ricky Marx (Ex-Pretty Maids) !

    The tracklisting: ‘Temple Of Tears’, ‘A Taste Of Armageddon’, ‘Messenger Of Faith’, ‘Secret Rules’, ‘The Dressmaker’, ‘Endless Agony’, ‘Paranormal Magnitude Part II’, ‘Circle Of The Dark’, ‘Haunting Memories’, ‘Heretic’, ‘The Dominion Gate’, ‘The Watchtower’, ‘K-141’... + one bonus track for Japan...

    NIGHTMARE have already confirmed a few concerts to promote the album including appearances at Raismes Festival (Northern France, close to Valenciennes) on September 10 (www.raismesfest.com), as well as co-headlining with After Forever in Paris, at La Loco on November 20 for the "Vibes In Paris Festival" together with Magica, Malediction, Dornfall... etc...

    NIGHTMARE will also make a special headlining promo show in their hometown of Grenoble (F) in Crolles, Espace Culturel, on November 05... before embarking from January 27th. 2006, on full european tour which will visit countries like Holland, Belgium, UK, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Austria & Germany...

    Expect a blast!



    The World AbomiNations Tour
    :::3 INCHES OF BLOOD:::
    :::WATCH THEM DIE:::

    10/04/05 Tue Marquee Theatre Tempe AZ
    10/05/05 Wed House Of Rock And Roll El Paso TX
    10/07/05 Fri Purgatory Oklahoma City OK
    10/08/05 Sat The Galaxy Club Dallas TX
    10/09/05 Sun The Engine Room Houston TX
    10/13/05 Thu Planet Rock Jacksonville NC
    10/14/05 Fri Sterling Hotel Allentown PA
    10/15/05 Sat The Downtown Farmingdale NY
    10/16/05 Sun Webster Theatre Hartford CT
    10/17/05 Mon The Palladium Worchester MA
    10/19/05 Wed Emerald Theatre Detroit MI
    10/20/05 Thu Annie’s Cincinnati OH
    10/21/05 Fri Peabody’s Cleveland OH
    10/22/05 Sat Pearl Room Mokena IL
    10/23/05 Sun Ten Bells Grand Rapids MI
    10/26/05 Wed Creepy Crawl St. Louis MO
    10/27/05 Thu Hairy Mary’s Des Moines IA
    10/28/05 Fri Bluebird Theatre Denver CO
    10/29/05 Sat The Ritz Salt Lake City UT
    10/30/05 Sun Bogies Boise ID
    10/31/05 Mon El Corazon Seattle WA
    11/01/05 Tue Hawthorne Theatre Portland OR
    11/02/05 Wed The Boardwalk Orangeville CA
    11/04/05 Fri The Boulevard San Marcos CA

    more dates to follow....

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    Relapse Records recording artists SOILENT GREEN have completed work on the first music video from their brand new album, Confrontation.

    The video, for the Confrontation roll-out track "Leaves of Three" was shot on location in Atlanta, Georgia by Director Chad Rullman (NILE, MASTODON, THE AGONY SCENE) for Supercollider Films and features SOILENT GREEN (vocalist Ben Falgoust (also of GOATWHORE), guitarists Brian Patton (also of EYEHATEGOD) and Tony White, bassist Scott Crochet and drummer Tommy Buckley (also of CROWBAR) performing in a stripped down, super-intense setting a la the PANTERA videos "I'm Broken" and "Five Minutes Alone." The video is expected to make its world premiere imminently.

    SOILENT GREEN's Confrontation album hit stores this past Tuesday, July 19th and will see a European release date of July 25th. The band is currently in the midst of a US headlining tour with support from A Perfect Murder, Into the Moat and Watch Them Die.


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    Danzig, Doyle, Chimaira, Behemoth, Hisma, Mortiis, The Agony Scene
    To Hit the Road this Fall

    Below please find initial tour dates for the Blackest of the Black tour with Danzig headlining

    30 SOMA, San Diego, CA

    1 The Joint, Las Vegas, NV
    2 The Backyard at the Pound, San Francisco, CA
    4 Premier, Seattle, WA
    6 The Big Easy, Spokane, WA
    7 The Big Easy, Boise, ID
    8 Valley Ice Garden, Bozeman, MT
    10 TBA
    11 Harpo's, Detroit, MI
    12 House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
    14 TBA
    15 The Medley, Montreal, QUE
    17 Nokia Theatre, New York, NY
    18 The Strand at Lupo's, Providence, RI
    19 House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ
    21 Earthlink Live, Atlanta, GA
    22 Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    23 Hard Rock, Orlando, FL
    25 TWI Ropa, New Orleans, LA
    26 Nokia Theatre, Dallas, TX
    27 Sunken Gardens, San Antonio, TX
    29 Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA

    Glenn Danzig, at the forefront of the hardcore/dark metal movement for more than 25 years, announces that the 2005 Blackest of the Black tour will kick off in San Diego at the end of September and end on the west coast on Halloween. For the sophomore year of this Fall traveling festival, Danzig has assembled a lineup of the crEme de la crEme of the hardcore/dark/black metal bands - Chimaira, Behemoth, Himsa, Mortiis (ex-Emperor) and The Agony Scene. Danzig will headline.

    Danzig's performance on all dates of the Blackest of the Black tour will feature former Misfits' guitarist Doyle Von Frankenstein for a special 30-minute set of Misfits classics. Doyle joined Danzig on a handful of tour dates last winter (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) for "the closest thing to a Misfits reunion you're going to see."

    "The Blackest of the Black tour is for extreme bands that sell out venues across the country, that sell records, but don't get radio play or get on MTV," said Danzig. "It's anti the corporate crap nu-rap-metal that gets shoved down fans' throats at other concerts." The Blackest of the Black festival was organized by Danzig and debuted in the Summer of 2003 with Danzig, Superjoint Ritual, Opeth, Nile, Lacuna Coil and Behemoth on the bill. "I'd like to see this being an on-going event," Danzig added.

    In addition to organizing and headlining the "Blackest of the Black" tour, Glenn Danzig will see the release of the DVD Il Demonio Nera (evilive) on July 12. Il Demonio Nera is a collection of videos, video outtakes, alternative versions and previously unreleased music videos from the band's Danzig 4 and Danzig 5 CDs. His new CD, Black Aria II, the follow up to 1993's Black Aria, has been completed and will be released later this year and Glenn is in the process of shooting his first feature film, Gerouge, which he has written and will direct. Gerouge is based on one of the comic book titles distributed by his Verotik publishing company, and concerns Turn of the Century New Orleans Voodoo.

    Glenn Danzig has received many titles, from the Godfather of dark metal, to a punk pioneer, to a man of integrity, but most agree that over his 25-year career, his intense musical and lyrical statements have left a permanent mark on rock music. He is a gifted songwriter, and his songs have been covered by such diverse artists as Johnny Cash, Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Roy Orbison and Evan Dando, just to name a few. Danzig's music is dark, gothic, and haunting, and continues to influence generation after generation of musicians and music fans worldwide. www.danzig-verotik.com

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    Danish extreme metallers PANZERCHRIST will be utilizing a session drummer for the recordings of their new album, Batallion Beast. The lyrics to the follow-up to 2003's Room Service (Mighty Music) will be in German, according to a posting on the band's web site.

    PANZERCHRIST, who recently announced the addition of keyboardist Dea Lillelund (also in FAIRYTALE ABUSE) to the group's ranks, will release the new album through Neurotic Records. [Source: Blabbermouth.net]

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    TYPE O NEGATIVE frontman Peter Steele will be joining the cast of the new vampire movie, Tao of M, this August. Steele will be taking on the role of Viktor Baine, the vampire who sires Midael, another vampire who terrorizes New Orleans, played by Steve Blaze (LILLIAN AXE, NEAR LIFE EXPERIENCE). Eric Morris also stars, and members of TWISTED SISTER are slated to portray a group of "false priests" who get on Midael's bad side, according to Fangoria. James L. Bills is directing the hi-def production, produced by Milena Rimassa-Merrill and featuring makeup FX by Matt Green, director of Vicious.

    Tao of M is reportedly being shot by Velvet Life Productions (the production company formed by Blaze, Morris and Bills) in a joint venture with Isis Films. Shooting for Tao of M, which is based on the half-hour indie film Slayer Zed and the City of the Dead, began in early July, and the moviemakers are aiming for a world premiere this Halloween.

    Rimassa-Merrill, President/CEO of Isis Films, took the pre-production trailer for the film, as well as some promotional material, to the the Cannes Film Festival 2005, where it was reportedly well received. [Source: Blabbermouth.net]

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    Newly reformed New Jersey band DIM MAK, featuring former members of the legendary RIPPING CORPSE and drummer extraordinaire John Longstreth (ex-ORIGIN, THE RED CHORD, ANGELCORPSE, SKINLESS), have inked a deal with Willowtip Records. The band will enter Sound Spa studios in September to record their Willowtip debut, tentatively due in early 2006. Guitarist Shaune Kelley (ex-RIPPING CORPSE) comments on the new material: "Expect precision annhilation from the shadow claw. Jeet Kune deathcore."

    DIM MAK had previously released material on Dies Irae Productions and Olympic/Century Media.
    [Source: Blabbermouth.net]

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  • Legendary act VOIVOD signs with The End Records


    VOIVOD signs with The End Records

    The End Records, already known for its eclectic cutting-edge roster, has signed the legendary Voivod for the USA. Hailed as one of the most important groundbreakers in metal, Voivod's ever-evolving progressive mindset is a perfect fit for The End.

    The band will enter the studio in the fall of 2005. Release date for the band's 11th studio album is not yet confirmed, but should appear sometime in early 2006.

    Drummer Michel Langevin (aka Away) confirms that the band has completed the writing of the album, describing the material as "heavy" and "experimental".

    Regarding the new partnership, Voivod states: "We are very proud to join The End Records in their quest to promote modern heavy music. A perfect home for a band like Voivod.”

    www.voivod.com | www.voivod.net | www.voivodfan.com
    The End Records | www.theendrecords.com |

  • Many moons ago a MINSK demo reached the office of At A Loss Recordings deep in the woods of Crownsville thanks to Brian of Meatjack / Darsombra fame. Contact was made and time passed. A new communication was conveyed to At A Loss by Rwakes own transmitter of low end - Reid. It indicated investigation of new sonic evolution by Minsk was mandatory! Eardrums were ruptured, contact was made, souls were sold, and now At A Loss Recordings is proud to annouce the release of Minsk's first full length Out of a Center Which is Neither Dead Nor Alive. The street date is August 30th of the year 2005.

    "Out of a Center Which Is Neither Dead Nor Alive is so good, it’s almost spiritual. The distorted riffs, tribal drumming, and electronic touches, combined with the distinct roars of Minsk’s multiple vocalists, make this a must have for 2005 and beyond. You bet your ass this is recommended." - StonerRock.com


    Minsk Tour Dates:
    Sat Sept 3 Chicago, IL @ The Double Door

    Minsk is doing a short tour in Sept / Oct. Tentative dates are the following:
    Wed.Sept. 28th Cleveland @ TBA
    Thurs. Sept. 29th Pittsburgh / Philadelphia PA @ TBA
    Fri. Sept. 30th Baltimore, MD / Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
    Sat. Oct. 1st Washington, DC @ Warehouse Next Door
    Sun. Oct. 2nd Brookln, NY @ North Six w/ Unearthly Trance
    Mon. Oct. 3rd Harrisonburg, VA @ TBA
    Tues. Oct. 4th Wilmington / Hickory, NC @ TBA
    Weds Oct. 5th Asheville, NC @ TBA
    Thurs. Oct 6th Nashville, TN @ TBA
    Fri. Oct. 7th Louisville, KY @ TBA
    Sat. Oct. 8th . Dayton, OH / Indianapolis, IN @ TBA

  • KICK AXE - Rock The World

    Kick Axe long lost third album 'Rock The World' has just been re-issued by Elfin Stone Records. This album has not been commercially available since 1988 and recently several original copies have sold for more than $150 on eBay. The album features strong vocals by George Criston and fabulous guitar work by Larry Gillstrom. The band's signature harmonies and driving rhythm section make this album a powerhouse of melodic rock tunes. "Rock The World" includes a grinding metal version of the Fleetwood Mac song "Chain" and a never before released bonus track "Piece of the Rock".

    This album was digitally remastered by Raymond Harvey and is being released with new artwork.

    Kick Axe "Rock The World" can be ordered directly from the band.

    Kick Axe Online


    w w w . l e a v e s e y e s . c o m

    Sa 13.08.2005 D - Hildesheim / MERA LUNA-Festival
    Sa 20.08.2005 D - Berlin / K17
    So 04.09.2005 NL - Heerhugowaard / MIXTREAM-Festival
    Do 08.09.2005 MEX - Mexico City / Circo Volador
    Fr 09.09.2005 MEX - Mexico City / Circo Volador
    Sa 10.09.2005 MEX - Monterry
    Sa 17.09.2005 NL - Steenwijk / Theater De Meenthe
    So 18.09.2005 UK - London / Electrowerkz
    Do 22.09.2005 UK - Bradford / Rios
    Fr 23.09.2005 UK - Glasgow / Garage
    Di 27.09.2005 UK - Dudley / JBS
    Mi 28.09.2005 UK - Manchester / Academy 3
    Sa 22.10.2005 B - Wieze / Oktoberhallen METAL FEMALE VOICES-Festival 3
    Fr 28.10.2005 D - Erfurt / Stadtgarten
    Sa 29.10.2005 D - Andernach / JUZ
    So 30.10.2005 D - Kehlheim / Sporthalle
    Mo 31.10.2005 D - Lindau / Club Vaudeville
    Do 15.12.2005 D - Karlsruhe / Festhalle Durlach
    Fr 16.12.2005 D - München / Tonhalle
    Sa 17.12.2005 A - Wien / Arena
    So 18.12.2005 D - Dresden / Alter Schlachthof
    Mo 19.12.2005 D - Frankfurt / Batschkapp
    Di 20.12.2005 D - Köln / Live Music Hall
    Mi 21.12.2005 D - Dortmund / Soundgarden
    Mo 26.12.2005 D - Losheim/Saar / Alte Eisenbahnhalle
    Di 27.12.2005 D - Bremen / Aladin
    Mi 28.12.2005 D - Braunschweig / Jolly Joker
    Do 29.12.2005 D - Bad Salzungen / Pressenwerk
    Fr 30.12.2005 D - Potsdam / Lindenpark



    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.

    5. VAMPIRE
    7. 6.9 EARTHSHAKER
    10. SKIN
    11. SHAME
    13. AMANECER


    At spectrum December 10th 2005.

    Tickets on sale at Ticket pro and: Soundcentral, CDément, Freeson, l’Oblique from august 20th 2005.
    Advance: 32,99$ + txs / At the door: 34,99$ +txs / VIP: 64,99$ +txs
    Doors open at: 18h00 show starts at: 19h30 / All ages
    Infos: Janick Langlais : [email protected] / [email protected]
    Flyer and website to come.

  • EHR - AVERSE SEFIRA new album - OUT NOW!!!

    proudly presents:

    "Tetragrammatical Astygmata" CD
    OUT NOW!!!

    Evil Horde Records is proud to announce the worldwide release of "TETRAGRAMMATICAL ASTYGMATA" , third album of this Extreme Black Metal band from US.

    AVERSE SEFIRA is one of the oldest and most expressive American bands at this genre. Formed in 1996 by Wrath and Sanguini, the band showed from the very beginning its great potential. After two acclaimed releases and several worldwide tours, we can say that this is one of the most respected and known Black Metal bands from the US.

    Averse Sefira has already booked 3 dates in Brazil, including a performance at Setembro Negro (September 2nd), one of the most important Extreme Metal Festivals in Brazil. Before coming to Brazil the band will play a couple of gigs in Canada and US.

    One more greatly awaited release of Evil Horde Rec!


  • Continental Concerts Tourdates



    07.10.2005 (J) NAGOYA / Zepp Nagoya
    08.10.2005 (J) OSAKA / Zepp Osaka
    09.10.2005 (J) FUKUOKA / Zepp Fukuoka
    11.10.2005 (J) TOKYO / Shibuya AX
    12.10.2005 (J) TOKYO / Shibuya AX
    16.10.2005 (J) HIROSHIMA / Club Quattro
    17.10.2005 (J) SENDAI / Zepp Sendai
    18.10.2005 (J) SAPPORO / Zepp Sapporo

    supporting SONATA ARCTICA (feat. SYMPHORCE)
    presented by ROCK HARD, METAL HEART, AMM (D)

    08.09.2005 (D) HAMBURG / Markthalle
    09.09.2005 (NL) `S-HERTOGENBOSCH / Willem 2
    12.09.2005 (F) BORDEAUX / Theatre Barbey
    13.09.2005 (F) TOULOUSE / Havanna Café
    14.09.2005 (F) LYON / Transboedeur
    16.09.2005 (A) WIEN / Planet Music *
    17.09.2005 (H) BUDAPEST / Wigwam *
    19.09.2005 (D) MÜNCHEN / Backstage
    20.09.2005 (I) MILAN / Rolling Stone
    21.09.2005 (D) LUDWIGSBURG / Rockfabrik
    23.09.2005 (B) ANTWERP / Hof Ter Lo
    24.09.2005 (CH) PRATTELN / Z 7
    25.09.2005 (D) BOCHUM / Zeche

    * without SYMPHORCE

    Ticket-Hotline (only Germany)
    04627/18 38 38

    supporting NEVERMORE (feat. DEW-SCENTED)
    presented by ROCK HARD (D)

    16.09.2005 (NL) TILBURG / 013
    17.09.2005 (B) ANTWERP / Hof Ter Loo
    18.09.2005 (NL) HAARLEM / Patronaat
    20.09.2005 (GB) DUDLEY / JB´s
    21.09.2005 (GB) GLASGOW / Cathouse
    22.09.2005 (IRL) DUBLIN / Whelans
    23.09.2005 (GB) BRADFORD / Rio
    24.09.2005 (GB) NOTTINGHAM / Rock City
    25.09.2005 (GB) LONDON / Scala
    27.09.2005 (D) BOCHUM / Zeche
    29.09.2005 (I) MILAN / Rolling Stone
    01.10.2005 (A) SALZBURG / Rockhaus
    02.10.2005 (SLO) LJUBLJANA / VPK Mediapark
    03.10.2005 (H) BUDAPEST / Petöfi Hall
    05.10.2005 (D) FRANKFURT / Batschkapp
    06.10.2005 (D) HAMBURG / Markthalle
    08.10.2005 (S) GÖTEBORG / Chlamers
    09.10.2005 (S) STOCKHOLM / Klubben
    11.10.2005 (D) OSNABRÜCK / Hyde Park

    Ticket-Hotline (only Germany)
    04627/18 38 38

    Gigantour (with MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER and more)

    26.08.2005 (USA) BOSTON, MA / Bank Of American Pavilion
    27.08.2005 (USA) READING, PA / Sovereign Center
    28.08.2005 (USA) ATLANTIC CITY, NJ / House Of Blues
    30.08.2005 (USA) DARIEN CENTER, NY / Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
    31.08.2005 (USA) HUNTINGTON, WV / Big Sandy Superstore Arena
    02.09.2005 (CDN) MONTREAL, QC / Bell Center
    03.09.2005 (CDN) TORONTO, ON / The Molson Amphitheater
    06.09.2005 (CDN) EDMONTON, AB / Show Conference Center
    07.09.2005 (CDN) CALGARY, AB / Calgary Stampede Corral
    09.09.2005 (CDN) VANCOUVER, BC / PNE Coliseum
    10.09.2005 (USA) AUBURN, WA / White River Amphitheater
    11.09.2005 (USA) PORTLAND, OR / Clark County Amphitheater

    presented by ROCK HARD (D)

    16.09.2005 (NL) TILBURG / 013
    17.09.2005 (B) ANTWERP / Hof Ter Loo
    18.09.2005 (NL) HAARLEM / Patronaat
    20.09.2005 (GB) DUDLEY / JB´s
    21.09.2005 (GB) GLASGOW / Cathouse
    22.09.2005 (IRL) DUBLIN / Whelans
    23.09.2005 (GB) BRADFORD / Rio
    24.09.2005 (GB) NOTTINGHAM / Rock City
    25.09.2005 (GB) LONDON / Scala
    27.09.2005 (D) BOCHUM / Zeche
    28.09.2005 (CH) BERN / tba
    29.09.2005 (I) MILAN / Rolling Stone
    01.10.2005 (A) SALZBURG / Rockhaus
    02.10.2005 (SLO) LJUBLJANA / VPK Mediapark
    03.10.2005 (H) BUDAPEST / Petöfi Hall
    05.10.2005 (D) FRANKFURT / Batschkapp
    06.10.2005 (D) HAMBURG / Markthalle
    08.10.2005 (S) GÖTEBORG / Chlamers
    09.10.2005 (S) STOCKHOLM / Klubben
    11.10.2005 (D) OSNABRÜCK / Hyde Park

    Ticket-Hotline (only Germany)
    04627/18 38 38

    Support: FINNTROLL

    06.01.2006 (USA) SPRINGFIELD; VA / Jaxx
    07.01.2006 (USA) POUGHKEEPSIE; NY / The Chance
    08.01.2006 (USA) NEW YORK; NY / BB King´s
    09.01.2006 (CDN) MONTREAL / Medley
    10.01.2006 (CDN) QUEBECK CITY / L´imerial
    11.01.2006 (CDN) TORONTO / The Opera House

    presented by ROCK HARD, METAL HEART, ORKUS (D)

    05.10.2005 (FIN) TAMPERE / Pukkahone
    06.10.2005 (FIN) JYVÄSKYLÄ / Lutakko
    07.10.2005 (FIN) OULU / tba
    08.10.2005 (FIN) HELSINKI / Nosturi
    11.10.2005 (S) STOCKHOLM / Klubben
    12.10.2005 (S) MALMÖ / KB
    13.10.2005 (D) HAMBURG / Markthalle
    14.10.2005 (D) ESSEN / Zeche Carl
    15.10.2005 (NL) AMSTERDAM / Melkweg
    16.10.2005 (B) VOSSELAAR / Biebob
    22.10.2005 (A) SALZBURG / Rockhaus
    23.10.2005 (A) VIENNA / Planet Music

    Ticket-Hotline (only Germany)
    04627/18 38 38

    Headlining Shows

    14.01.2006 (USA) ROCHESTER / tba
    15.01.2006 (USA) POUGHKEEPSIE / tba
    17.01.2006 (USA) SPRINGFIELD / tba
    18.01.2006 (USA) NEW YORK / tba
    20.01.2006 (USA) WORCESTER / tba
    21.01.2006 (CDN) MONTREAL / tba
    22.01.2006 (CDN) QUEBECK CITY / tba
    24.01.2006 (CDN) ROYN-NORANDA / tba
    25.01.2006 (CDN) TORONTO / tba
    26.01.2006 (USA) CHICAGO / tba
    28.01.2006 (USA) DETROIT / tba
    29.01.2006 (USA) CLEVELAND / tba
    31.01.2006 (USA) MINNEAPOLIS / tba
    01.02.2006 (CDN) WINNIPEG / tba
    03.02.2006 (CDN) CALGARY / tba
    04.02.2006 (CDN) EDMONTON / tba
    06.02.2006 (CDN) VANCOUVER / tba
    07.02.2006 (USA) SEATTLE / tba
    09.02.2006 (USA) SAN FRANCISCO / tba
    10.02.2006 (USA) CLEVELAND / tba
    11.02.2006 (USA) SANTA ANA / tba
    13.02.2006 (USA) PHOENIX / tba

    Support: INTO ETERNITY

    19.09.2005 (USA) WEST SPRINGFIELD; VA / Jaxx
    20.09.2005 (USA) PHILADELPHIA; PA / Trocadero
    21.09.2005 (USA) NEW YORK; NY / B.B. King´s
    23.09.2005 (CDN) MONTREAL / Le Medley
    24.09.2005 (CDN) QUEBECK CITY / Le Capitole
    25.09.2005 (CDN) TORONTO / Opera House
    27.09.2005 (USA) CLEVELAND; OH / House Of Blues
    28.09.2005 (USA) CHICAGO; IL / House Of Blues
    29.09.2005 (USA) MINNEAPOLIS; MN / Ascot Room
    30.09.2005 (CDN) WINNIPEG / Pyramid
    02.10.2005 (CDN) EDMONTON / Starlite
    03.10.2005 (CDN) CALGARY / Warehouse
    05.10.2005 (CDN) VANCOUVER / Richards On Richards
    06.10.2005 (USA) SEATTLE; WA / Studio Seven
    08.10.2005 (USA) SAN FRANCISCO; CA / The Pound
    09.10.2005 (USA) LOS ANGELES; CA / Key Club
    10.10.2005 (USA) SANTA ANA; CA / Galaxy Theater

    double headlining tour with HAMMERFALL
    presented by METAL HAMMER, METAL HEART, WOM (D)

    26.10.2005 (FIN) HELSINKI / Kulttuuritalo
    28.10.2005 (FIN) TAMPERE / Pakkahuone
    29.10.2005 (FIN) TURKU / Caribia
    30.10.2005 (S) UMEA / Skycom Arena
    01.11.2005 (N) OSLO / Rockefeller
    02.11.2005 (S) STOCKHOLM / Arenan
    04.11.2005 (D) KÖLN / Palladium
    05.11.2005 (B) ANTWERP / Hof Ter Lo
    06.11.2005 (NL) TILBURG / 013
    07.11.2005 (GB) LONDON / Koko
    09.11.2005 (F) LILLE / Splendid
    10.11.2005 (D) HAMBURG / Docks
    11.11.2005 (D) OSNABRÜCK / Halle Gartlage
    13.11.2005 (F) PARIS / Elysée Montmartre
    16.11.2005 (E) BARCELONA / Razzmatazz
    17.11.2005 (E) MURCIA / Sala Gamma
    18.11.2005 (E) MADRID / La Riviera
    19.11.2005 (E) PAMPLONA / Pabellon Anaitasuna
    21.11.2005 (F) LYON / Transbordeur
    23.11.2005 (CH) PRATTELN / Z 7
    24.11.2005 (D) FÜRTH / Stadthalle
    25.11.2005 (CH) PRATTELN / Z 7
    26.11.2005 (D) KAUBEUREN / All-Karthalle
    27.11.2005 (I) MILAN / Alcatraz
    29.11.2005 (SLO) LJUBLJANA / VPK Mediapark
    30.11.2005 (A) WIEN / Planet Music
    01.12.2005 (H) BUDAPEST / Petöfi Hall
    03.12.2005 (CZ) ZLIN / Vanue Novesta
    04.12.2005 (D) BERLIN / Kesselhaus

    Ticket-Hotline (only Germany)
    04627/18 38 38


    18.01.2006 (J) OSAKA / Shinsaibashi Club Quattro
    19.01.2006 (J) NAGOYA / Bottomline
    21.01.2006 (J) TOKYO / Shibuya O-East
    22.01.2006 (J) TOKYO / Shibuya O-East

  • SALEM "Strings Attached" will be released in Mexico

    "Strings Attached" will be released in Mexico through Oz Productions ( http://www.ozproductions.com ) who just signed a license deal and is planning to release a digipack edition of Salem's latest masterpiece.

    More Info: www.salemband.com