|August 13th, 2006
- VADER, BLOODTHORN, and NIGHTRAGE
Scandinavia Tour with:
11.11.06 DEN Kolding @ Godset
12.11.06 DEN Copenhagen @ The Rock
13.11.06 SWE Gothenburg @ Musikens Hus
14.11.06 NOR Oslo @ Garage
15.11.06 NOR Kristiansand @ tba
16.11.06 NOR Bergen @ Garage
17.11.06 NOR Trondheim @ Blaest
18.11.06 SWE Orebro @ Satin
19.11.06 SWE Stockholm @ Klubben
20.11.06 SWE Gavle @ Monster
21.11.06 SWE Umea @ Midnight
22.11.06 FIN Oulu @ Teatria
23.11.06 FIN Jyvaskyla @ tba
24.11.06 FIN Helsinki @ tba
25.11.06 FIN Turku @ Klubi
- 2 ANGTORIA-songs for free download
ANGTORIA (Featuring Cradle of Filth backing vocalist Sarah Jezebel Deva
and Bassist Dave Pybus) post 2 Full length songs for free download on
their official Myspace site:
- TERRORIZER Announce release date for new album “Darker Days
In today’s extreme music scene only a few bands deserve to be
seen as “legendary” and pioneers. Los Angeles’ own
TERRORIZER certainly belong to those that shaped the whole face of the
Grindcore and Death Metal movement. Having released their highly acclaimed
and genre-defining debut album “World Downfall” in 1989
via Earache Records, the band took the scene by storm with an aggression
and ferocity unheard of until then. Consequently, “World Downfall”
achieved to lead this underground outfit to become a cult institution,
despite their prompt disbanding, which saw the musicians on the album
concentrate on their future main bands: Pete Sandoval (drums) with Morbid
Angel and Jesse Pintado (guitars) with Napalm Death.
Creating the “Reign In Blood” of Grindcore with “World
Downfall”, TERRORIZER succeeded in inspiring an entire generation
of bands, letting the act’s popularity never cease throughout
the years to come. The massive amount of available bootleg-recordings
and band merchandise as well as rumours of a follow-up album kept TERRORIZER’s
name well alive.
Now, the day has finally come to turn rumours into an unstoppable reality:
“Darker Days Ahead”, the highly anticipated second official
album will be released on CD and LP on August 21st, 2006 via Century
TERRORIZER – “Darker Days Ahead” CD / LP (39:25)
1. Inevitable [intro] (1:03)
2. Darker Days Ahead (3:46)
3. Crematorium (3:54)
4. Fallout (3:48)
5. Doomed Forever (3:23)
6. Mayhem (3:57)
7. Blind Army (3:06)
8. Nightmare (3:42)
9. Legacy Of Brutality (2:25)
10. Dead Shall Rise V.06 (3:32)
11. Victim Of Greed (4:11)
12. Ghost Train [outro] (2:35)
The eleven newly written tracks as well as the new version of the band’s
classic tune “Dead Shall Rise”, now entitled “Dead
Shall Rise V.06”, were recorded at Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez’
DOW Studios (Morbid Angel, Christian Death, etc.) and resulted in a
more mature, sinister piece of Death/Grind, fuelled with contempt and
a harsh outlook on the status of our present and future world. “Darker
Days Ahead” is trademarked by Jesse Pintado’s and Tony Norman’s
(Morbid Angel, ex-Monstrosity) unmistakably feral sounding guitar tone
and Pete Sandoval’s skin-flaying blast beats. Joined by vocalist
Anthony Rezhawk (Resistant Culture), who renders an outstanding performance
on every level, TERRORIZER unleash a brutal tempest predicting the darkest
Official band website: www.terrorizer.us
- GRAVE New song online!
Swedish death metal cult act GRAVE have an appetizer for their upcoming
album “As Rapture Comes” (European street date: July 24th,
2006) ready to rip your neck to shreds! “Burn” (as an edit
version) is the massive opening track of the new album, which was again
recorded and produced by Peter Tägtgren (Dimmu Borgir, Hypocrisy)
and apart from a staggeringly heavy cover of Alice In Chains classic
“Them Bones”, "As Rapture Comes" delivers some
of the strongest and most brutal material GRAVE ever recorded, so feel
Furthermore GRAVE are confirmed to appear on the "Masters Of Death
Tour" in November 2006 alongside country mates Unleashed, Entombed
and Dismember, which promises to be the most annihilating death metal
live package hitting Europe this year. Exact dates will be announced
But now click on the link below to stream the new song “Burn”:
- FIREWIND New song online!
Greek melodic metal upstarts FIREWIND unveil a new song of their upcoming
new album “Allegiance”. “Falling To Pieces”
is also the track chosen for the band’s first video clip shot
by Patric Ullaeus / Revolver Film Company AB (www.revolver.se)
and apart from filming commercials he is well known in the metal sector
for his work with Dimmu Borgir, Heiland, Evergrey, Children Of Bodom
and many others.
On July 24, 2006 FIREWIND will release their newest masterpiece “Allegiance”
on Century Media Records which offers a stunning mixture of brilliant
hooks, majestic melodies and guitarist/main songwriter Gus G.’s
adept leads. As a first appetizer on one of this year’s melodic
metal delicacies, you can now stream “Falling To Pieces”
at the following location:
- LACUNA COIL 2nd single “Enjoy The Silence”!
LACUNA COIL are releasing the second single for their highly successful
album “Karmacode”, their mesmerizing cover-version of Depeche
Mode’s all-time favourite “Enjoy The Silence”, commercially
in Europe on the following dates:
BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, June 16, 2006.
SPAIN / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, June 19, 2006.
FINLAND: Wednesday, June 21, 2006.
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND: Friday, June 23, 2006.
UK: Monday, June 26, 2006.
The single is available in different formats including live versions
from “To The Edge”, “Fragile” and “Tight
Rope” as well as the non-album track “Virtual Environment”
(feat. Eric Fish from Subway To Sally on bagpipes!). Also watch out
for the Digipak-version that contains an interview enhancement and a
free poster as well as a 7” vinyl-single that comes in blue vinyl.
Andrea Ferro (male vocals) checks in with the following report: “Hi
everyone, just checkin’ in from home. We are almost done with
our round of European festivals, and it’s really been a blast!
Some shows, we played in front of some of the biggest crowds we’ve
ever seen, and with so many of our favourite bands.”
Right now the band is gearing up for their much-anticipated return to
the U.S. on June 29th as part of this year’s Ozzfest main stage
line-up. In between they will play a number of high profile off-dates
this summer with the likes of Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed, among
Watch out for the video for “Enjoy The Silence”, completed
by the directorial team Fort Awesome, who also shot the group’s
acclaimed “Our Truth” clip (and whose individual credits
include Queens of the Stone Age, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Chevelle and
To round things up, two additional shows have been confirmed for their
upcoming tour in the fall:
02. November 06 (D) München - Georg-Elser-Halle
06. November 06 (D) Cologne - Live Music Hall
- DIECAST Experience An Internal Revolution; New Album's Release Date
Boston heroes DIECAST surprised the Metal and Hardcore world with their
Century Media Records debut “Tearing Down Your Blue Skies”
in 2004. According to UK’s Metal Hammer the album is "the
sound of metalcore exactly as it should be played and begs for superlative
terms to describe". Since then they toured twice in Europe (w/
Agnostic Front and Napalm Death) and countless times in their home country
US (w/ Hatebreed and many many more).
DIECAST are currently in Miami recording their new album, "Internal
Revolution", with long-time producer Paul Trust. The effort will
be mixed by the acclaimed Tue Madsen (HIMSA, THE HAUNTED, Heaven Shall
Burn) at Antfarm Studios in Denmark. This marks the group’s first
effort with an entirely new rhythm section composed of Dennis Pavia
(drums) and Brad Horion (bass). The group will be posting frequent video
clips documenting their studio progress. Click www.bhcdiecast.com
to check out the first (really funny) instalments.
The album release is planned for September 18th in Europe (19th in the
US). So watch out for the “Internal Revolution” across the
- HEAVEN SHALL BURN "Deaf To Our Prayers" out August 28th
August 28th will see the release of "Deaf To Our Prayers",
the long awaited follow-up for HEAVEN SHALL BURNs highly acclaimed album
"Finally, we are holding the Masters for our new CD 'Deaf To Our
Prayers' in our hands and we are pretty certain that we've recorded
an album that’ll be a more than worthy successor for 'Antigone'",
says guitarist Maik Weichert.
Again, the recording of "Deaf To Our Prayers" was done at
Rape Of Harmonies Studios in beautiful Thüringen. "Patrick
W. Engel and Ralf Müller have added their share another time and
we cannot picture working on an album without them."
For the first time they used Jacob Hansen and his Hansen Studios for
the mix. "We had a great time in Ribe, the oldest city in Denmark
and worked extremely hard on getting the maximum out of the new songs.
Right from the beginning of the writing process we had the vision to
record a raw and direct album. I think 'Deaf To Our Prayers' is a lot
more brutal than 'Antigone' while still having some mid-tempo passages.
Simply 100% HSB!"
As on their previous albums HEAVEN SHALL BURN don’t just have
intense music to offer, but also food for thought. "The title 'Deaf
To Our Prayers' is influenced by a line from a poem by Heinrich Heine
that dealt with the situation of industrial workers from Silesia in
the 19th century. Other songs like 'Of No Avail' or 'The Final March'
were influenced by Gerhard Hauptmann’s drama 'The Weavers'. Especially
the situation of the workers in the 19th century, the so-called Industrial
Revolution, shows oppressive parallels to current developments in our
society that’s highly affected by globalisation."
However, "Deaf To Our Prayers" is also dealing with other
historic aspects. "'Armia' for example is about the hopeless, 64-day
fight that Polish partisans fought against the occupying power in the
battle of Warsaw in August 1944. - Again, we stayed away from topics
such as heartache, problems with parents and 'I'll kill every single
one of you'. We know that there are people out there who want to use
their heads for banging AND thinking - that’s what we are about."
- NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane is collaborating with former SOILWORK
guitarist Peter Wichers on material for Dane's first solo album. The
CD is expected to include an appearance by Warrel's former SANCTUARY
(pre-NEVERMORE) bandmate Dave Budbill (currently in ZEROCREEP) on drums.
No information is presently available regarding the album's musical
direction or possible release date.
- KRISIUN Speak About Upcoming U.S. Tour
Brazil’s "living definition of death metal" (Outburn),
Krisiun prepare to once again assault the U.S. Supporting this year’s
incendiary new album, AssassiNation, MP3’s here,
vocalist/bassist Alex Camargo sent this message to fans, "We in
Krisiun would like say thanks to our North American death metal brothers
for the great support through the years. Due to the great response we
had to our latest album, we are coming back for another U.S. tour in
September. This time around we are going to be direct support... which
means that we are gonna have more time to play a longer set. Six Feet
Under is going to be the headlining band plus Decapitated, Cattle Decapitation
and Abysmal Dawn are on the bill too; a fuckin’ brutal tour. We
hope to see all you death metal maniacs, without you we are nothing.”
A complete list of dates can be found here.
Having toured North America earlier this year with The Monsters Of Chaos
Tour (Morbid Angel, Behemoth and Despised Icon), Krisiun released the
AssassiNation CD and Live Armageddon DVD on February 26. Called "a
punishing career pinnacle," (Revolver) AssassiNation pours fourth
with uncompromising skull-splitting intensity while incorporating moshable
W/Six Feet Under, Decapitated, Cattle Decapitation, Abysmal Dawn
09/12 Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
09/13 State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL
09/15 Java Jazz - Houston, TX
09/16 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
09/21 Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
09/22 Showcase Theater - Corona, CA
09/23 The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
09/25 Rock N Roll Pizza - Portland, OR
09/26 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
09/29 Club Boom Va - Ogden, UT
09/30 Iliff Park Saloon - Aurora, CO
10/01 The Rock - Omaha, NE
10/03 The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL
10/05 Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH
10/06 Goodtimes Emporium - Somerville, MA
10/07 Mark’s Place - Bedford, NH
10/08 BB King’s - New York City, NY
10/12 Planet Rock - Jacksonville, NC
10/13 Planet Rock - Myrtle Beach, SC
10/14 KC’s - Fredericksburg, VA
- UNEXPECT Release
The definitive release date for "In a Flesh Aquarium" is now
officially announced by The End Records. The album shall see the light
in North America on August 22! No other dates have been proclaimed for
the rest of the world, but chaos should spread and find its way out
there in the following weeks.
The Tour with Tub Ring is now reported in September. More information
to come soon…
We're currently busy working on the foundations of another album and
practicing our new live set on the back of a moose for a better understanding
of physical laws whilst playing.
On a somewhat…darker note…we are proud to announce that
we'll be part of the last show ever of the legendary and controversial
Swedish black metal band: Dissection !
The band recently declared their own death and will offer 2 last exclusive
shows in North America : Los Angeles and New York. Being old time fans
of the band, it's an honour for us to participate at the New York event,
on September 6, at the BB King Blues club.
Our new website will be online in August. Completely re-designed, it
should remove from your head this curious idea you've been toying with
since your youth…you know…brushing your teeth with a meteor
and all these astronomy deviances…it's healthier to read book
by instance…or even… buy a large and cumbersome animal.
Also, we want to mention the arrival of the most excellent and eclectic
band Estradasphere into the ranks of The End Records. Welcome.
It's worth the listen I tell you !
…And here is a small reminder to visit and participate in our
official forum…come and take a peek! No taboos…just words….
Official Website: www.unexpect.com
- ARCH ENEMY release their first DVD, "Live Apocalypse"
They will release their first DVD, Live Apocalypse, on August 8th, which
is chock-full of phenomenal live footage, in-depth interviews and promotional
video clips. The group are currently in the midst of the European festival
season and will make their return to the U.S. late summer in support
of their critically acclaimed new album, Doomsday Machine, which debuted
at #87 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and recently surpassed the 70,000
U.S. SoundScan plateau. They also recently completed a new video for
the track “My Apocalypse” with director Roger Johansson
(In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Soilwork). Click the link below to check
Mike Amott (guitars) checks in with the following report: "Hail
ARCH ENEMY fans! Just want to drop a few lines and thank everyone who
came out and had fun with ARCH ENEMY at the Sweden Rock and Download
festivals and what a great time it was. After our show at Sweden Rock,
which went surprisingly well with only a few technical problems (standard
procedure at festivals), we had to pack our gear together quickly and
race down the highway to Copenhagen Airport for an evening flight to
the UK to play the Download festival in the early afternoon the next
day. The ARCH ENEMY show there also went well, although much shorter
than what we normally play at festivals - only 30 minutes, we made a
big impact. They told us that we had 40,000 people in the audience when
we played - that’s the biggest show we’ve ever played!
The total capacity at DOWNLOAD was 65,000 and it was sold-out, I watched
the Metallica set from the side of the stage and they opened up with
“Creeping Death” and you gotta love that.
We hung out with friends (seemed like I knew everyone there) and did
a signing session at the KERRANG! tent (amazing) and few of us even
stayed on for the Metal Hammer awards in London on the Monday. After
that we were pretty wrecked and have spent the last few days picking
up the pieces. Basically, we enjoyed perfect summer weather and strong
shows at both performances – a good start to our European festival
Next up, is Hellfest (France) and Graspop (Belgium) and we are headlining
the 2nd stage at both these festivals and we are prepared to blow these
up – be there or be, well…not metal"
- BEHEMOTH video for “Slaves Shall Serve”
Polish extreme metal titans BEHEMOTH will embark on The Sounds of The
Underground on July 8th and it is definitely the group’s biggest
U.S. touring opportunity yet. They recently wrapped up a highly successful
run on the Masters of Chaos tour this past spring as direct support
to Morbid Angel. The tour also included labelmates Krisiun and Despised
Icon in the support slots. This was the first U.S. run in which BEHEMOTH
had the opportunity to play an extended 45-minute set and it was also
their fourth nationwide U.S. trek in support of their critically-acclaimed
record, Demigod. The stunning video for “Slaves Shall Serve”
quickly caught people's attention with its intense and controversial
imagery. Check it out at the link below.
Nergal (vocals, guitars) further describes his excitement over the upcoming
SOTU tour: “This tour is definitely a huge opportunity for us
and we are very honored to be a part of The Sounds of The Underground
this year. This is the perfect chance for us to have our brand of extreme
music heard by crowds that would not normally seek out bands like us.
We feel that we are at the top of our game and promise to deliver our
most devastating performances yet. We look forward to seeing you all
- BRAND NEW SIN Team with WWE Work on New Disc
The Syracuse-based quintet - whose self-titled 2002 debut was reissued
last month -recently recorded a new version of the entrance theme music
for the 7-foot, 500-pound ECW wrestler known as Big Show, who recently
"defected" from WWE's Raw roster. The theme, "Crank It
Up," was first heard on the new compilation CD WWE: Wreckless Intent,
which three weeks ago debuted at #8 on the Billboard charts. "Crank
It Up" made its broadcast debut June 11 on ECW's "One Night
Last week, BRAND NEW SIN took a break from recording its third album
in Brooklyn, N.Y. with producer Joey Z (Life of Agony) to visit WWE's
studios in Stamford, Conn. There, the band - under the watchful eye
of WWE music guru Jim Johnston - recorded an acoustic version of "Crank
It Up," which will soon be posted as an exclusive streaming download
on WWE.com. Additionally, BRAND NEW SIN appeared alongside WWE wrestler
Carlito at a Wreckless Intent in-store signing session last Sunday at
a Best Buy in their hometown of Syracuse.
After playing two shows later this week - one alongside Seemless, the
other at an annual festival in upstate New York called "Nikstock"
– the band will return to New York City next week to master their
as-yet-untitled new album with George Marino (Metallica, AC/DC, Guns
N' Roses, Aerosmith, Kiss) at Sterling Sound. A fall release is expected.
Click the below links to view two in-studio video updates that vocalist
Joe Altier recently uploaded to the band's website:
Click Here for Clip 1
Here for Clip 2
- DIECAST Recording
They are currently in Miami recording their highly anticipated new album,
Internal Revolution, with longtime producer Paul Trust. The effort will
be mixed by the acclaimed Tue Madsen (Himsa, The Haunted) at Antfarm
Studios in Denmark. This marks the group's first effort with an entirely
new rhythm section composed of Dennis Pavia (drums) and Brad Horion
(bass). DIECAST are now more focused and determined than ever and can't
wait to show the world what they are truly capable of creating.
Paul Stoddard (vocals) checks in with the following report: "To
our fans and friends, let there be no worries at all. DIECAST are now
stronger than ever. We just finished writing our new record, Internal
Revolution, and I think it's going to be one of the most diverse records
to hit our scene to date. Guaranteed to be something for everyone. We'll
continue to check in throughout the recording process. Thanks to all
of our fans and friends who have been supporting us through all the
shit we've been going through. We can't wait to party with every one
of you. See you all soon."
The group will be posting frequent video clips documenting their studio
progress. Click below to check out the first few installments.
Here for Clip 1
Here for Clip 2
Internal Revolution is currently set for a September 19th release.
- EYES OF FIRE Return from Tour
The dynamic Orange County-based quintet EYES OF FIRE recently completed
the “One Nation Undivided” tour with Ill Nino, God Forbid,
Silent Civilian and Bleed The Sky. The Jagermeister-sponsored, 28-city
major market assault, was the group’s first major national run
in support of their critically acclaimed new album, Prisons, which was
recorded at Grandmaster Recorders (Tool, NIN) with renowned producer
Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis). A video for the track “It All Dies
Today” was shot by acclaimed director Gary Smithson (Exodus, High
On Fire) and click the link below to check it out.
Matt Fisher (vocals, bass) checks in with the post-tour report: “Our
new video for ‘It All Dies Today’ is this week’s Bang
of the Week on Headbangers Ball. The video is also on the HBB main page
and can be viewed at www.mtv2.com/#series/10896
or launch the our E-card at
Also, it seems that EYES OF FIRE was also the 3rd most requested song
on the Music Choice Cable Metal channel. We are very excited about this
and hope to keep the momentum going with more touring in the near future.
We just finished the "One Nation Undivided" tour with Ill
Nino and God Forbid, Silent Civilian and Bleed the Sky. This was an
extremely fun tour and we would like to thank all the bands, crew, staff
and especially the friends and supporters across the nation who made
this tour happen! It was an alchoholocaust to say the least. EYES OF
FIRE are working hard to get back out on the road immediately and hope
to stay out through the rest of the year. See you all soon.”
Prisons further develops the sound introduced on EYES OF FIRE’s
debut offering, Ashes To Embers, which lashed out with a barrage of
intensity, leaving the listener victim to a sonic pummeling, while still
walking a fine line between melody and brutality. The album stunned
critics and fans alike. The group succeeds in areas where most bands
today don’t even bother venturing: songwriting, hooks and emotion,
drawing similarities to such cult icons as Anathema, Katatonia and Neurosis.
- GOD FORBID Wrapped Up Tour
They also recently wrapped up “The One Nation Undivided”
U.S. tour as direct support to Ill Nino in support of IV: Constitution
of Treason. The group’s stunning, emotional video for the track
“To The Fallen Hero” can also currently be viewed at AOLmusic.com,
Music Choice On Demand, MySpace and Yahoo Music, or you can also check
it out at the following location listed below. The epic clip, shot by
the acclaimed director Shane Drake (Fall Out Boy, Hawthorne Heights),
is the group’s most ambitious concept yet and will easily catch
your attention and set itself apart from the pack.
GOD FORBID’s critically acclaimed new album, IV: Constitution
of Treason, entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #119 in its first
week of release, and it's the first time the group has ever appeared
in the Top 200 charts. Produced by Jason Suecof (Trivium) and Eric Rachel
(Atreyu, Dillinger Escape Plan), the album -- a socially and politically
charged vision of a post-apocalyptic world -- further displays the incredible
creativity and talent of one of the most highly-respected bands in metal
- LACUNA COIL SoundScanned over 100,000 units
LACUNA COIL will make their much-anticipated return to the U.S. on June
29th as part of this year’s Ozzfest main stage lineup. The massive
summer trek will also coincide with the release of the new single “Enjoy
The Silence,” which will impact commercial radio on July 11th.
The video for the track, completed by the directorial team Fort Awesome,
who also shot the group’s acclaimed “Our Truth” clip,
will make its Fuse and MTV2 debut the same week the track hits radio.
Since its release, LACUNA COIL’s new album, Karmacode, has SoundScanned
over 100,000 units and spent a total of eight weeks on the Billboard
Top 200 chart. The album’s success can be partly contributed to
the strength of its lead-off single, “Our Truth,” and stellar
live performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, which took place last month.
The track was added by over 75 Commercial Rock and Alternative Radio
outlets (and played by well over 125 Commercial Outlets), becoming a
Top 30 Active Rock single while spending over 2 1/2 months on the Top
40 Active Rock Radio Chart and reaching a monitored Arbitron audience
of over 11 million listeners.
LACUNA COIL have also scheduled a number of high profile off-dates this
summer with the likes of Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed, among others.
Their complete touring itinerary is below.
Andrea Ferro (male vocals) checks in with the following report: “Hi
everyone, just checkin’ in from home. We are almost done with
our round of European festivals, and it’s really been a blast!
Some shows, we played in front of some of the biggest crowds we’ve
ever seen, and with so many of our favorite bands. The summer is finally
kickin’ in and things are looking great for us since we will be
performing on the main stage of Ozzfest this year. I clearly remember
what happened in 2004 when this new band from Italy first had the pleasure
of taking part in this mythical event. We couldn’t believe we
were really going to spend the summer playing in the U.S. in front of
so many people each day while being able to hang out with all those
icons. It really was a dream come true! To be back this year on the
main stage is once again something very unexpected and a true honor
for us. We hope to see ya all there ready to jump and sing along with
the new songs. See you all very soon.”
LACUNA COIL and Music Choice, the leading multi-platform music network,
have joined forces to bring you exclusive material that no hard rock/metal
fan will want to miss. An amazing live version of their hit single "Our
Truth" is currently available throughout the month of June on Music
Choice On-Demand, the most-popular free video-on-demand music service
available in millions of digital cable homes nationwide.
- MAROON Album Out Now
The German powerhouse quintet MAROON have just released their highly
anticipated new album, When Worlds Collide, to rave reviews. The band
added a whole new dimension and depth to the watered down metalcore
scene and quickly became one of Europe’s most crushing live acts.
It’s ironic that their buzz never made its way over to the U.S.,
as they helped pioneer the genre that has been thriving in North American
for the past few years. Prepare yourself for the punishment that is
about to ensue.
Taking hardcore ethics to a whole new level, MAROON are quickly outplaying
and outlasting their contemporaries around the globe. Formed in early
1998, the vegan, straightedge five-piece is clearly showing their dedication
and no signs of slowing down. Their unique sound offers a heavyweight
mix of brutal hardcore molded with metal riffs, which infuses strong
and effective melodic elements. Their major influences are primarily
drawn from straightedge bands like Earth Crisis, while still remaining
true to their passion for old-school visionaries like At The Gates,
The Haunted and Iron Maiden.
Andre Moraweck (vocals) further describes the band’s excitement
over the new deal: “Hey everybody we are very excited to release
our new album, When Worlds Collide, and this effort is the next logical
step for us as a band. It’s definitely our most aggressive offering
yet. We hope that all the fans in the U.S. join the army of darkness
and make this album’s campaign a great one.
"This album is just plain brutal and features more classic metal
influences. The disc also features guest appearances by Barney Greenway
(vocals) of Napalm Death, Roger Miret (vocals) of Agnostic Front and
Mikkel Sandager (vocals) of Mercenary. Our main goal this summer is
to extensively tour the U.S., so keep an eye out for the new album and
upcoming shows in your area. We hope to see you all very soon."
The band's 2004 sophomore release, Endorsed By Hate, was a stunning
portrayal of passion and anger that caught the underground metal scene
by storm, but with When Worlds Collide the group are now out to prove
that they are one of the genre’s elite.
Click below to check out the stunning brand new track “Wake Up
In Hell” and prepare yourself for the barrage of aggression.
- POISONBLACK "Lust Stained Despair"
As Sentenced fades into the cold white light a new shadow of despair
unfolds upon the gloomy Finnish landscape, which is sure to haunt the
soul with its somber and melancholic composite. This abundance of sorrow
is better known as Poisonblack, who features ex-Sentenced frontman Ville
Laihiala on lead vocals and guitars. The group has returned with their
highly anticipated sophomore release, Lust Stained Despair, which is
a voracious hard rock assault laden with mesmerizing gothic overtones.
Poisonblack was formed towards the end of 2000 as Laihiala felt the
urge to pursue his ambition as a guitarist after playing the instrument
on the side for 17 years. This all began to take shape after he got
together with a couple of talented, close friends with whom he had jammed
in various bands before, among them his soulbrother Janne Kukkonen on
bass. Both of them not only shared a long history in various bands,
but also embrace the same musical vision. J.P. Leppäluoto (Charon)
was soon enlisted to handle vocal duties after Laihiala met him back
on their Crimson tour and knew his vocal style was a perfect fit for
this new project. They released their debut album, Escapexstacy, in
early 2003 to rave reviews, but the band’s touring would be close
to nonexistent due to member’s obligations to their main bands.
Now with Sentenced put to rest Laihiala’s main priority is Poisonblack
and in early 2006 they entered Tonebox Studios in their hometown to
begin work on their next epic. The effort was mixed and mastered at
Antfarm Studios by the acclaimed Tue Madsen (Himsa, The Haunted) and
is definitely a must for Amorphis, HIM and Katatonia fans. With a more
focused lineup in place the group are poised to deliver a release that
should add a glimmer of hope to an otherwise bleak world.
Lust Stained Despair is set for an August 22nd release.
- SHADOWS FALL New Disc Doing Well
The new critically acclaimed SHADOWS FALL album, Fallout From The War,
had a very impressive first week at retail debuting at #83 on the Billboard
Top 200 chart, while SoundScanning over 12,700 copies. The record’s
sessions were again produced and mixed by long-time friend, Zeuss (Hatebreed,
God Forbid), at Planet Z Studios in the band’s home state of Massachusetts.
Fallout From The War is a must-have for the band’s dedicated following
as each of the album’s eleven tracks is either a brand-new, original
SHADOWS FALL track, an exclusive, brand-new cover song, or a newly re-recorded
version of rare material from over the years.
The group also just completed a new video for the track “In Effigy”
with longtime director Zack Merck (Atreyu, Lacuna Coil) that will make
its debut on Headbangers Ball on Saturday, July 1st where the group
will also be featured guests.
Be sure to click below to hear “In Effigy,” the new album’s
blistering lead off track.
SHADOWS FALL have also landed the cover spot of Decibel magazine's July
issue, which is on stands now. Click the following link in order to
check out the cover shot.
SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner landed DRUM! Magazine’s July
2006 cover feature, which hits stands on June 12th. The 7-page cover
feature contains a sidebar with Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy’s
thoughts on Bittner, a “Locking The Low End” sidebar with
SHADOWS FALL bassist Paul Romanko and transcriptions of the tracks “In
Effigy” and “Seize The Calm.”
Click on the link below to check out Drum! Magazines’ July 2006
Bittner recently scored major accolades in Modern Drummer’s 2006
Readers’ Poll, as he was named the #1 drummer in the metal category
for the second year in a row beating out such acclaimed peers as Joey
Jordison (Slipknot) and Chris Adler (Lamb of God). The Readers' Poll
results also appear in the July 2006 issue of the magazine, which will
hit the stands in early June.
This July, SHADOWS FALL will headline the third annual Strhess Tour,
which will be their only U.S. run in support of their highly anticipated
new release, Fallout From The War. The trek is set to kick off on July,
12th and runs though August, 11th. Be sure to scroll below to view the
tour’s schedule. This year’s Strhess Tour also features
Poison The Well in the direct support slot in addition to It Dies Today
and Still Remains, with other acclaimed acts such as Darkest Hour, Bury
Your Dead, Himsa, Throwdown and Suffocation joining the tour in select
Fans in Phoenix and San Diego will have the chance to witness history
as The Strhess Tour joins forces with The Sounds of The Underground
for two very special festival style shows. Be sure to visit the tour’s
official site www.strhesstour.com
for all up to date information in regards to news and routing.
Fallout From The War follows the group’s most acclaimed disc to
date, The War Within, which originally debut at #20 on the Billboard
Top 200 chart, has gone on to sell over 250,000 units in the U.S. alone,
and features the Active Rock hit and Grammy-nominated track, “What
Drives The Weak”.
- STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Ozzfest Off-dates
These Canadian extremists have just announced a slew of major Ozzfest
off-dates with such heralded acts as Hatebreed and Unearth, among others.
Be sure to scroll down to view their complete summer touring itinerary.
The group have triumphantly returned with The New Black, a stunningly
well-defined and more diverse effort that is soon to be a landmark in
the epic pantheon of heavy metal. The much anticipated new album is
set for a July 11th release and the group, led by singer, songwriter
and producer Devin Townsend, have redefined their sound, creating what
is soon to be the definitive offering of their already stellar career.
SYL recently completed a new video for the track “Wrong Side”
with renowned director David Brodsky (God Forbid, The Red Chord). Look
for the clip to make its Fuse and MTV2 debut early next month.
For an early sample of the record click the link below and hear why
SYL thinks you suck.
The album’s U.S. touring campaign kicks off on June 29th when
SYL hits the second stage at Ozzfest, alongside such acclaimed acts
as Atreyu, Bleeding Through and Unearth, among others. Townsend further
describes his excitement over being a part of Ozzfest and sheds some
light on their new disc: “We were very inspired with the idea
of doing Ozzfest, and the concept we are running with on this record
is really based around abhorring the current music scene, yet being
a part of it in some weird way. SYL is ready to be a subversive product
for the unwitting 14-year-olds to scream along with. We also intend
to sprinkle a little ugly around all the pretty bands this year. You
can think of us as the proverbial pubic hair in the cheesecake of this
year’s festival. See you all soon.”
Century Media Records also just re-released STRAPPING YOUNG LAD’s
1995 debut album, Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing, which changed the metal
world forever. The re-issue features a re-mastered version of this classic
debut, 4 bonus tracks, the “S.Y.L.” video and a 12-page
booklet with extended liner notes from Devin himself.
In 2006, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD will leave their definitive mark on the
genre, leaving their contemporaries wondering how they could ever possibly
- THE HAUNTED New Record
Swedish thrash titans THE HAUNTED have just completed the recording
process for the highly anticipated follow-up to 2004’s critically
acclaimed rEVOLVEr album. The new effort was recorded in Denmark at
Antfarm Studios with renowned producer Tue Madsen (Himsa, Kataklysm)
and it looks to be their most accomplished work to date. The group spent
months working on the new material pushing themselves to create something
unique that combines certain elements of their previous efforts, while
ultimately forging ahead in new, unexplored directions. An announcement
in regards to the title of the new album and its release date will follow
over the next few weeks.
Peter Dolving (vocals) checks in with the following post studio report:
"Oh, the power of the internet and wireless computers. I'm currently
sitting on the john writing this report thinking about all you good
folks out there, while my kids are watching cartoons in the living room.
We just finished a new album and I gotta say, I'm proud as fuck. It's
bigger, better, madder and thicker. Hell, that's the weird part with
the album business - how the hell to describe what you've just done.
Anyway, it rocks. Big time. Really. Per (drums) told me at rehearsals
a couple of days ago, ‘If I died tomorrow I couldn't be more satisfied
so if people don't like it, fuck them.’ I couldn't agree more.
We started writing around Ozzfest last year, bouncing around ideas,
recording anything that came to mind without the old ‘more or
less metal’-filter, and pretty much knew that we were sick of
the whole 900 bpm-chugga-chugga-AAARRRGGGGH-PUKE-end. We wanted to do
something we'd just touched upon with our previous four albums. This
album is simply more diverse, dynamic and HEAVY AS FUCK. Bands like
Trouble, Autopsy, Ganx, Masters Of The Universe, King Crimson and early
Metallica have all really had a great influence on us as a band, and
I think this album really draws a lot in color from those artists.
“We just completed the recording process and are now putting the
artwork together with Manne Andreasson, a bearded wierdo and dear friend
or ours. Working with Tue Madsen's been great. The dude is down-to-earth
man, and working with someone who's got his shit together like that
is a joy. Anders spent six weeks in Denmark getting guitars down while
working with Per and Jonas and then helping me out while I was doing
vocals. Before we started recording, he was telling us he didn't want
to do ANY solos on this record, but in the end we got him to do four
really cool pieces. I think we've managed to find an immense sound:
the drums are clearer, heavier and less processed, and we've even got
acoustic guitars, congas, strings and loads of weird noise manipulations
going on. As far as the vocals go, I honestly didn't know I could even
sing some of the stuff. I was nervous as fuck when I got down to Tue's
studio, and felt like a complete rookie: ‘Shit, how the hell am
I going to live up to this.’ Turns out all I had to do was keep
running my miles and warm up like when we're on tour. You can look forward
to an album we're proud as fuck of, and we're looking forward to seeing
you all again as soon as we head out for tour. It'll be ugly as ever,
I'm sure. Stay sick.”
Click below to check out the band’s latest video from the studio.
- WAKING JUDEA signs with Innerstrength Records
Waking Judea has signed with Innerstrength Records to release their
follow up to ‘04's “The Desolate” which was released
by Paper Street Records. Their new album is titled “Invisible
Cities” and features seven new tracks. A late Summer release is
You can hear some tracks from “Invisible Cities” at www.myspace.com/wakingjudea.
They will also head out on a short tour in August with label mates Shallow
2. Crowned in Dust
3. The Architect of Earth and Sea
4. The Architect of Heaven
6. Desire Extinction
7. Cities and the Dead
Waking Judea/Shallow Water Grave
8/8 Long Island, NY
8/9 Asbury Park, NJ
8/10 Richmond, VA
8/11 Virginia Beach, VA
8/12 Nashville, TN
8/13 Louisville, KY
8/14 Philadelphia, PA
8/15 Poughkeepsie, NY
8/16 Boston, MA
8/17 Providence, RI
8/18 Wallingford, CT
- VICIOUS CIRCLE 'The Art of Agony' released!!! On Crash Music
With Agony comes Art. The Art of Brutality and Violence. The Fury is
Pure and the Fury is Ferocious!!
Vicious Circle’s ‘The Art of Agony’ is out NOW!!
June 27th, 2006 Crash Music brings to you Vicious Circle’s chaotic
12 tracks of high intensity and crushing insanity. A cacophony of death,
speed, and technicality bubbling in a sinister cauldron of thrashing
mayhem. WARNING: ‘The Art of Agony’ WILL cause severe neck
pain due to the uncontrollable banging of one’s head.
Get your copy of ‘The Art of Agony’ today!! Vicious Circle’s
‘The Art of Agony’ will be in all major record stores as
well as online EVERYWHERE!! If your local store is foolish enough not
to carry ‘The Art of Agony’ then order it directly from
Crash Music at www.crashmusicinc.com
‘The Art of Agony’ comes at you with horns bowed to gore
and disembowel with the following songs of destruction!!
1. Dead Scent
2. Neurotic Reminders
3. Lord of S**t
4. I Remain in Filth
5. Live Long and Suffer
6. Phantasia Through Agony
7. Triple Murder Suicide
8. Phantom Pains
10. Wishing the Djinn Away
11. Spiritual Deformity
12. Written in Flesh
What does the metal community have to say about Vicious Circle’s
‘The Art of Agony’?
“The punishing extremity that is the sound of Vicious Circle writhes
and churns with beloved dischordancy, merciless metalcore causing your
guts to churn until you experience auto-evisceration. Even then you’re
still moving, bouncing, killing yourself on concrete walls as the brutality
escalates, maintains, refuses to back down. Loud, fast, change-ups cranking
out, the music of VC is war declared on the gutless but happy listener.”
You have been commanded by the FORCES!! Get ‘The Art of Agony’
now!! The gods will not be pleased if you do not indulge.
"Vicious Circle has been tearing up the airwaves for years with
their crushing blend of brutal death and skull slamming thrash metal!!
Now they intend to bring their own brand of chaos to the land of television!!
Vicious Circle's debut video for 'Live Long and Suffer' filmed and directed
by the metal video maven, Jay Bones, will be assaulting your eyes and
ears at a metal video outlet in the all too soon future!!"
- LIQUOR AND POKER MUSIC: THE NEW ‘FU’ FIGHTERS
Legendary Orange County hard rockers FU MANCHU to release tenth album
early next year
LOS ANGELES – After nine albums, countless world tours and more
than a dozen years of leading their scene, FU MANCHU – perhaps
the definitive Southern California hard rock band of the last decade
– have signed a worldwide recording agreement with The Century
Family. Their tenth, as-yet-untitled album will surface in early 2007
on Liquor and Poker Music in America and on Century Media Records in
Europe. An Asian release will be confirmed in the coming months.
“FU MANCHU is one of the most influential rock groups of recent
times,” says Marco Barbieri, president of The Century Family and
Liquor and Poker Music’s “high roller.” “We’re
proud and excited to welcome the band to our roster, and we look forward
to being part of a new chapter of their impressive history.”
Founded by guitarist/vocalist Scott Hill, FU MANCHU debuted their ‘70s-inspired
fuzz rock on 1994’s acclaimed No One Rides For Free. Over the
next decade, the group received extensive international acclaim for
such landmark albums as 1996’s In Search Of…, the following
year’s The Action Is Go, 2000’s King of the Road (hailed
by Rolling Stone as “the ultimate desert-rock car album”)
and California Crossing (2001).
Most recently, the group released Start The Machine in 2004. Supported
by a nationwide tour with Corrosion of Conformity, the album was praised
by All Music Guide as proof that “FU MANCHU have actually improved
with age: They first stood out simply as one of the first groups to
do what they do, and now deservingly stand out as one of the best at
what they do.”
The band – which for the last four-plus years has featured Hill,
drummer Scott Reeder (ex-Smile) and longtime members Bob Balch (guitars)
and Brad Davis (bass) – also has several famous alumni: Nebula
mainstays Eddie Glass and Ruben Romano, as well as former Kyuss/Queens
of the Stone Age drummer Brant Bjork.
FU MANCHU will track their new album at Hollywood’s Grandmaster
Recorders studios (Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Black Crowes) – where
they also recorded In Search Of… and The Action Is Go –
with co-producer Andrew Alekel (Weezer, Rancid, Queens of the Stone
Age). The band plans to record 13 new songs and, in classic FU fashion,
three cover songs: The Cars’ “Moving In Stereo,” Void’s
“Who Are You” and Van Halen’s “D.O.A.”
“We are excited to be working with Liquor and Poker and the entire
Century Family,” Hill says. “We feel that they really understand
rock bands like us. Our new record is heavier, thicker, fuzzier and
more aggressive than anything that we've done for a while. We can’t
wait to get this record out and then hit the road to play these songs
live. We can only turn up so much at practice, but these songs are meant
to be played loud!”
Although recording will take precedence for the immediate future, FU
MANCHU will perform live periodically throughout the rest of 2006 and
kick off a full world tour early next year.
Launched in 2003, Liquor and Poker Music is the “rock” imprint
of the Century Family’s flagship label, Century Media Records.
With a roster featuring such celebrated acts as Fireball Ministry and
Nebula, and with a catalog of two dozen acclaimed releases by the likes
of The Hellacopters, Hanoi Rocks and Backyard Babies, the label –
part Cold Gin and part Ace of Spades – is actively seeking to
develop the next generation of rock stars.
- NECROPHOBIC MP3 POSTED
Philadelphia: Candlelight Records has premiered "I Strike with
Wrath" from Necrophobic's forthcoming album Hrimthursum at the
label's official My Space page. Bring your browser to www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa
to have your first listen.
Produced by the band with engineers Anders Bentell and Fredrik Folkare
(Unleashed) and featuring art by Erik Tyrant Gustafsson, Hrimthursum
closes the band's four-year absence. Taken from old Norse mythology
and meaning The Frost Giants, Hrimthursum is a musically impressive
record with the albums compositions surely among the best of the bands
decade-plus long career. The songs are memorable with hooks and amazing
guitar and drum work. A sixty-minute adventure that makes the wait well
Hrimthursum will hit US stores on August 22.
- EPIC RECORDS RE-TEAMS WITH MARK BURNETT PRODUCTIONS FOR "ROCK
HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW SEASON FEATURING EX-MEMBERS OF METALLICA, GUNS
N' ROSES & MOTLEY CRUE
TO LAUNCH JULY 5
ALBUM SCHEDULED FOR A FALL RELEASE
New York, NY - Epic Records and Mark Burnett Productions have re-teamed
for "Rock Star: Supernova," the highly anticipated second
season of the hit CBS reality series.
The ambitious show, executive-produced by Mark Burnett, follows SUPERNOVA,
an all-star band featuring famed Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, ex-Guns
N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, and former Metallica bassist Jason
Newsted on their quest to find a lead singer. Supernova's Epic debut,
tentatively scheduled for a fall release, will feature the winner of
the competition. The highly anticipated album will be produced by Butch
Walker (Avril Lavigne, Bowling For Soup, Pink).
"Now more than ever, TV is the new radio," says Charlie Walk,
President of Epic Records. "And with the launch of Supernova through
Mark Burnett's incredible vision, the stage is set for Tommy Lee, Gilby
Clarke and Jason Newsted to truly make their mark on pop culture. I
can't wait to see the outcome."
"I'm thrilled to be working with Epic Records again," says
Burnett. "Supernova has been in the studio with Butch Walker every
day creating an amazing new sound for their debut album. With the power
of the television show behind them, helping to find the greatest unsigned
talent on the planet to front their band, the sky is the limit for this
After an exhaustive search for contestants that spanned 25,000 entrants,
22 cities and 6 continents, "Rock Star: Supernova" will debut
on CBS Wednesday, July 5th at 8PM EST with 15 rock vocalists vying for
the gig of a lifetime. The 13 weeks that follow will see Lee, Clarke,
Newsted and special guests assessing the candidates in everything from
songwriting to live performance. The winner will record an album with
the group and embark on a worldwide tour.
Adds Tommy Lee, "What do you get when three members from the biggest
rock bands in the world search the globe for the ultimate singer? We
all know the answer! All I can say is bring your helmets kids!"
"Rock Star: Supernova" will air twice a week, with the two-hour
finale scheduled for Wednesday, September 27th.
"Rock Star: Supernova" follows the 2005 summer smash "Rock
Star: INXS," in which Canadian native J.D. Fortune beat out a cast
of hopefuls to become the new lead singer of multi-platinum rock band
INXS. Fortune and INXS went out to record their Epic debut, launched
a sold-out worldwide tour and released two hit singles.
- NAPALM DEATH: Report in from studio, online Smear Campaign video preview!
UK’s godfathers of Grindcore have finished recording Smear Campaign,
their highly anticipated follow-up to last year’s The Code Is
Red…Long Live The Code. A preview on the album fresh from the
can be streamed here.
Reporting on the Foel Studios recording sessions, vocalist Barney Greenway
said, "We just spent a few weeks again in the studio in Wales where
we recorded The Code..., which was obviously such a good experience
that we decided to return. Whilst we were not trying to compete with
Code..., or make the same album again, it has to be said that Smear
Campaign sounds twice as immense. We didn’t fuck around getting
the songs together but somehow Smear Campaign seems to come across as
a more in-depth experience.
“It was very cool that Anneke from The Gathering offered to sing
on the album. It’s really funny, because we never would have thought
about having guest vocals before the The Code... but every vocalist
worked well with the song they contributed to. Anneke´s style
is clearly very different to that of, for example, Jello Biafra but
what she does totally enhances the experience. It sounds pretty spooky.
“Lyrics: I guess people know about the album title now but to
give a brief explanation the general thread is actually a question asking
why exactly we need religion to give us a basis on how to run our lives.
Can we not be trusted as human beings to make our own decisions? This
applies in my eyes to everything from Christianity to Paganism to Satanism.
Surely the world would be more peaceful without religious restrictions
and all this false morality!”
Some song titles we can already reveal are: “Rabid Wolves (For
Christ)”, “In Deference”, “Atheist Runt”,
“When All Is Said and Done”, “Sink Fast, Let Go”,
“Shattered Existence”, “Fatalist”, and “Call
That An Option?” Set for release via Century Media Records, NAPALM
DEATH’s Smear Campaign’s European release is slated for
September 18 and September 19 in North America. Having completed the
new album, NAPALM DEATH will be hitting some European summer festivals
delivering a dose of utter violent grindcore intensity onstage! For
more information please contact me directly.
29.06.2006 Masnou El Mansou (E) @ In The Beach
30.06.2006 Roitzschjora (D) @ With Full Force Festval www.withfullforce.de
01.07.2006 Vigo M Trento (I) @ Metalparty Festival
02.07.2006 Cuneo (I) @ Nuvolari Fest
03.07.2006 Roma (I) @ Forte Prenestino
05.07.2006 Porto Torres (I) @ Campo Sportivo
06.07.2006 Palermo (I) @ Bier Garten
07.07.2006 Cologne-BS (I) @ Grind Your Mother III
12.08.2006 Prague (CZ) @ Brutal Assault Festival
14.08.2006 Szczytno (PL) @ Hunterfestival
26.08.2006 Kavarna (PL) @ Thrash Til Death Festival
- MOTORHEAD to Release Kiss of Death through Sanctuary Records on August
After the successful release of Inferno in 2004, and worldwide tours
with the likes of Iron Maiden, Dio and Corrosion of Conformity, Motörhead
is prepared to return to the metal fold with Kiss of Death. Coming out
August 29th on Sanctuary Records, Kiss of Death does not disappoint.
For three decades Motörhead has maintained an impressive relevance
and profile that has won recognition and respect from peers and influences
alike: artists as varied as Metallica, Rancid, Trivium and the Ramones
have sung the praises of Lemmy Kilmister and crew. Kiss of Death promises
to continue the Motörhead legacy of fast, hard and incredibly loud
Kiss of Death was produced by Cameron Webb, who also worked with the
group on their last effort. A new Motörhead track, entitled "Kingdom
of the Worm", received its world premiere on May 19th during Lemmy's
appearance on the "Jonesy's Jukebox" radio show on Indie 103.1
Not content to be thought of as the singer for one of the world's top
metal bands, Lemmy is also featured in the June 2006 issue of Maxim
magazine as one of the top 10 "Living Legends of Sex" alongside
Jack Nicholson, Julio Iglesias, Gene Simmons, Charlie Sheen and Magic
Johnson, among others.
Kiss of Death track listing:
02. One Night Stand
03. Devil I Know
05. Under The Gun
06. God Was Never On Your Side
07. Living In The Past
09. Sword of Glory
10. Be My Baby
11. Kingdom of the Worm
12. Going Down
- SCALD – ‘VERMICULATUS’ WILL BE RELEASED 12TH JUNE
2006 ON CODE666 RECORDS!
Luxuriously packaged in a deluxe 6 panel oversized digifolder, this
edition is strictly limited to 999 copies. Vermitronic will only be
selling this direct to customers in Ireland (North + South).
Pre-order now at www.vermitronic.me.uk
The rest of the world can order direct from the Aural Music webstore
Vermiculatus is Scald's most experimental, innovative and un-commercial
project to date. The work consists of a singular album length instrumental
track, the first section of which is performed by the band and is a
complex composition of no repeated parts, followed by the closing section,
which is an ambient reconstruction of the performance part. This is
accompanied on the CD-rom track by a short animated film (Vermiculatus
B1) with a further reconstructed soundtrack, an integral facet to the
work and concept as a whole.Scald are not known for being free with
explanations behind their concepts but it can be stated that the on-going
conceptual, metaphorical representations of the parasitic worm as psychological
states has been further evolved from the ‘Nematoid' & ‘Headworm'
material. Without the use of words or human voice these emotional and
neurological conditions must be conveyed through the aural and visual
stimulus of the Vermiculatus whole. It is not necessary to understand,
only to be aware.
Read more and listen to samples at www.vermiculatus.me.uk
- OATH TO VANQUISH: Album Artwork Unveiled, Release Date Announced
Lebanese extreme metallers, OATH TO VANQUISH have now completed their
debut album due on July 25 via Grindethic Records. The album cover artwork
has been posted at this location.
The band's debut album "Applied Schizophrenic Science" was
mixed and mastered by Colin Davis (VILE) at Imperial Mastering. Track
01. Pear of Anguish
02. Dearly Beheaded
03. Funeral in F Sharp
04. Executive Onslaught (MP3
05. Toxic Bowel Manoeuvre
06. Sulphuric Semen
07. Symptoms of Accrued Transgression
08. Sorrow in Adornment
09. Coat-hanger Massacre
The band will also feature on the upcoming Grindethic Damn & Blast
Vol.2 compilation, full track listing available here.
In other news, OATH TO VANQUISH have been confirmed to take part in
a series of shows this summer, including the Images of the Middle East
Festival taking place across Denmark later this summer. Dates so far
(more to be confirmed soon):
Middle East Rock Bash Festival
Aug. 18 – Beirut, LBN @ Murr Stadium Dora (w/CENOTAPH)
Images of the Middle East Festival
Aug. 30 – Copenhagen, DEN @ Ungdomshuset (w/SYGDOM, STALK OF DEATH)
Aug. 31 – Roskilde, DEN @ Gimle
Sep. 01 – Odense, DEN @ Badstuen (w/NAYLED, CODEX)
OATH TO VANQUISH have been described as "regurgitating a vicious,
bone-crushing and twisted concoction of brutaldeath garnished with gore/grind,
whilst somehow managing to blend in an evil melodic tinge, all added
for good measure."
More info can be found at http://www.grindethic.co.uk
- CLASSIC 'VENOM' RE-ISSUE & TOURDATES ANNOUNCED!
VENOM 'CAST IN STONE' expanded edition out via Sanctuary Records July,
"7 Days of Hell" North American tour confirmed for August,
Originally released in December 1997, Cast In Stone also became known
as the reunion album as the original line-up of Cronos, Mantas and Abaddon
put the past behind them to once again grasp black metal by the barbs.
This edition of the album has been completely remastered by Cronos,
who also presides over the entire artistic direction. As per the original
release, a bonus disc of classic re-recorded Venom tracks is retained
but this time a further five tracks from the rare Venom ’96 mini
album, recorded as a limited edition release for the band’s Dynamo
Festival headline to 90,000 fans, are added.
The original founders of the movement that became known as Black Metal,
Venom’s influence is felt far and wide throughout the world of
heavy metal, molding and informing bands both old and new. March 2006
saw the opening of a completely fresh chapter in the Venom tale with
the release of the visceral, stinging Metal Black, an album that has
turned metal on its head once more.
The tracklisting for the Expanded Edition of Cast In Stone:
Disc 1 - Cast In Stone - 'The Evil One', 'Raised In Hell', 'All Devils
Eve', 'Bleeding', 'Destroyed And Damned', 'Domus Mundi', 'Flight Of
The Hydra', 'God's Forsaken', 'Mortals', 'Infectious', 'Kings Of Evil',
'You’re All Gonna Die', 'Judgement Day', 'Swarm'.
Disc 2 - Classics Re-Recorded - 'Intro', 'Bloodlust', 'Die Hard', 'Acid
Queen', 'Bursting Out', 'Warhead', 'Lady Lust', 'Manitou', 'Rip Ride',
Limited Edtion Dynamo Festival 1996 Mini Album - '7 Gates Of Hell',
'Welcome To Hell', 'In Nomine Satanas', 'Black Metal', 'The Evil One'.
In celebration of the recently released Metal Black' studio recording
and 'Cast In Stone' expanded edition, VENOM will be embarking on the
"7 Days of Hell" North American tour in mid August.
The confirmed dates for the trek are as follows:
Aug. 13 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Aug. 15 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
Aug. 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
Aug. 20 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Aug. 22 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Aug. 24 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Aug. 25 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
- South American tour of Dominus Praelii may be featured in Guinness
Book of Records
- The brazilian band Dominus Praelii is carrying the flag of traditional
heavy metal for six years, and now are going for a new battle, to be
featured in Guinness, the book of records. With the release of their
second album, Bastards and Killers, the band booked a huge promotional
tour, the Be a Banger or be a Bastard South American Tour - 2006, which
will make the band to travel through 50 cities of the South American
countries like Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia,
Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Chile.
If Dominus Praelii reaches such number of concerts, it will be the biggest
tour made by a rock band (and related genres) in South America.
The announced dates of the first part of the tour are:
14/05 – Londrina - PR - BRAZIL
10/06 – Maringá - PR - BRAZIL
15/06 -- Guarapuava - PR - BRAZIL
16/06 – Foz do Iguaçu - PR - BRAZIL
17/06 – Ciudad del Leste - PARAGUAY
24/06 – Juiz de Fora - MG - BRAZIL
25/06 – Belo Horizonte - MG - BRAZIL
30/06 – Aracajú - SE - BRAZIL
01/07 – Salvador, Maniac Festival - BA - BRAZIL
02/07 – Paulo Afonso - BA - BRAZIL
07/07 – Maceió - AL - BRAZIL
08/07 – Serrinha - BA - BRAZIL
09/07 – Feira de Santana - BA - BRAZIL
14/07 – Natal - RN - BRAZIL
15/07 – Recife - PE - BRAZIL
16/07 – Campina Grande - PB - BRAZIL
21/07 – Mossoró - RN - BRAZIL
22/07 – Fortaleza - CE - BRAZIL
28/07 – Teresina - PI - BRAZIL
29/07 – São Luís - MA - BRAZIL
05/08 – Belém - PA - BRAZIL
11/08 – Manaus - AM - BRAZIL
12/08 – Boa Vista - RR - BRAZIL
13/08 – Caracas - VENEZUELA *
17/08 – Bogotá - COLOMBIA *
18/08 – Medellin - COLOMBIA *
19/08 – Calli - COLOMBIA
20/08 – Quito - ECUADOR
24/08 – Chiclayo - PERU
25/08 – Trujillo - PERU
26/08 – Lima - PERU
27/08 – Tacna - PERU *
29/08 – Arequipa - PERU
30/08 – Puno - PERU
01/09 – La Paz –BOLIVIA
02/09 – Cochabamba - BOLIVIA
03/09 – Santa Cruz - BOLIVIA
08/09 – Cuiabá - MT - BRAZIL
09/09 – Campo Grande - MS - BRAZIL
23/09 – Presidente Prudente - SP - BRAZIL
* To be confirmed
Every news about the tour will be available on the band's website, www.dominuspraelii.com,
and some samples of the new album, Bastards and Killers, were made available
on MySpace - www.myspace.com/dominuspraelii
- Black Crucifixion - Faustian Dream CD
After releasing two mini albums ”The Fallen One of Flames”
(1992) and ”Promethean Gift” (1993) Black Crucifixion had
grown tired of black metal. These Finnish pioneers of dark metal started
to create music with more variance and began the recordings for their
debut full length album “Faustian Dream” in 1996. The album
was never released, until now, after ten years it has been finalised
and will finally come out on SoulSeller Records (NORTH & SOUTH AMERICAN
RELEASE THROUGH PARAGON RECORDS).
The album has nine tracks that display the darkest melodies and the
most northern metal ever released.
IN STORES JULY 1!
IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES THIS RELEASE IS ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR
Germany - No Colours Records
Finland - Primitive Reaction
France - Hurricane Entertainment
Eastern Europe - Agonia
Italy - Alkemist Fanatix
U.K. - Supernal Music
|August 11th, 2006
- GOD DETHRONED announces album title and track listing
Tomorrow producer Joerg Uken will start on the mix of our new album
called, "The Toxic Touch".
These will be the song titles:
"Typhoid Mary", "On Wings of Pestilence", "Falling
Down", "Away From Emptiness", "Hating Life",
"Bleeding Mirrors", "Fail to Exist", "Macabre
World" and "2014".
The Artwork is being made as we speak by Jacek Wisniewski who also did
the cover for our "Lair of the White Worm" album. We've seen
the first concepts of the artwork and it looks very promising.
Mix and mastering should be finished before the end of June and the
release is scheduled for October through Metal Blade Records.
- NIGHTRAGE sign to Lifeforce Records
Lifeforce Records is proud to announce the signing of swedish/ greek
melodic death metal outfit NIGHTRAGE to its growing roster.
Lifeforce Records president Stefan Luedicke about the signing
"I'm very happy about the signing of NIGHTRAGE, a band I've been
a fan of since their first release "Sweet Vengeance" on Century
Media, but I'm sure their Lifeforce Records debut will easily kill their
Marios Ilipoulos, guitarist/ song-writer speaking on behalf of NIGHTRAGE:
"We are proud about the signing with Lifeforce Records, this is
really exciting for us and we feel that we will continue deliver our
craft through a really nice partner like Lifeforce Records, who are
into the music we are doing and together we can achieve really great
The band was originally formed in Greece back in the year 2000 by guitarist
and mastermind Marios Iliopoulos, ex - Exhumation (who released three
high quality Death Metal albums before, all produced in Sweden) and
his friend Gus G. (known for his acclaimed performances with CMR shooting
stars Dream Evil as well as Firewind and Mystic Prophecy). NIGHTRAGE
released two albums on Century Media Records, "Sweet Vengeance"
(2003) and "Descent Into Chaos" (2005) before they parted
ways with vocalist Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear, The Crown)
and Jimmie Strimell joined the band on vocal duties.
NIGHTRAGE will record their yet untitled Lifeforce Records debut later
this year at Studio Fredman and the album will be released in early
- STROMMOUSSHELD begin recording the new album
After successful performances in Czech Republic and Slovakia, Polish
experimental dark metallers STROMMOUSSHELD have entered SH Studio in
Poland to begin recording their long-awaited new full-length album.
"We've been waiting almost two years to finish the concept of the
new album," the band write in a statement. "The story is focused
around mental individuals vs. fanatic ideologies, permutations, organic
connections and astrophysic rules. Expect complex riff structures, cold
psychodelic industrial spaces, blur orchestrations, hypnotic drums and
STROMMOUSSHELD issued their most recent EP, "Halfdecadance",
in 2004 via Metal Mind Productions and the debut album "Behind
the Curtain" in 2003 via Avantgarde Music .
- FEAR FACTORY headline the deadliest tour of the year!
FEAR FACTORY defy musical borders, break conventional arrangement, and
influence metal bands worldwide. Now FEAR FACTORY are armed with another
successful album, equipped to blast the tour doors open with a brutal
metal militia in tow.
Headling the MACHINES AT WAR North American tour, FEAR FACTORY wage
war from the West, preparing to leave the powerless in their bloody
wake. Rivals in the East, bring the menacing SUFFOCATION to the helm
while HYPOCRISY battle to the death with Viking valor and DECAPITATED
gather their mercenaries to prove the unholiness of Poland. All corners
of the nation will find themselves compelled to witness the massacre
of the MACHINES AT WAR and engage in the armed conflict of metal!
Say's FEAR FACTORY drummer, Raymond Herrera, "I'm really excited
about doing a heavy tour like this. A brutal line-up full of metal pioneers
has been a long time coming. I guarantee a lot of our fans will
agree. Plus you'll be certain to hear some FEAR FACTORY songs
that have not been played live in quite some time."
FEAR FACTORY have often been referred to as forefathers of metal with
soaring, anthemic choruses, a vast, loyal fan following and a long consistent
history of successful releases. The most recent album Transgression,
unleashed by Calvin Records on August 23rd, 2005, proved FEAR FACTORY
deserve the respect they have always received.
Also on the FEAR FACTORY front, producer Christian Olde Wolbers, and
Mnemic have commenced recording at Track Record Studios in Los Angeles
for the Danish band's yet-to-be-titled third album. This will
be Olde Wolbers' second production project, recently he manned
the helm for the upcoming debut from Threat Signal (Under Reprisal
due out August 22nd) and he will also be producing the upcoming
Bleed The Sky record in late 2006.
MACHINES AT WAR TOUR
Featuring FEAR FACTORY and guests; Suffocation, Hypocrisy and Decapitated
The confirmed dates are as follows:
Oct. 26 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
Oct. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
Oct. 28 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Oct. 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
Oct. 30 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Nov. 01 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse live
Nov. 02 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Nov. 03 - St, Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
Nov. 04 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Nov. 06 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jeeters Pub
Nov. 07 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Nov. 08 - New York, NY @ B.B. King's Blues Club
Nov. 10 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Nov. 11 - Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
Nov. 12 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
Nov. 13 - Montreal, Que @ Medley
Nov. 14 - Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
Nov. 16 - Cohoes, NY @ Saratoga Winners
Nov. 17 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Nov. 18 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Nov. 19 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Nov. 22 - South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
Nov. 24 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Nov. 25 - Chicago, IL @ Metro/Smart Bar
Nov. 26 - Saginaw, MI @ Shooters
Nov. 27 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
Nov. 28 - Columbia Hts., MN @ Star Central
Nov. 29 - Winnipeg, MB @ Ramada Conf. Center
Dec. 01 - Edmonton, AL @ Starlite Room
Dec. 02 - Edmonton, AB @ Warehouse
Dec. 05 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Dec. 06 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Dec. 08 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theater
Dec. 09 - Albuquerque, MN @ Sunshine Theater
For more information on tour dates visit:
Fear Factory Website
- OBITUARY To Play Gig In Warsaw, Poland
Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce that on 24th August one
of the best Death Metal bands - Obituary - will play a one of gig in
Stodola Club in Warsaw, Poland. This special concert will be recorded
for the future release - their first official DVD! Obituary will come
to Poland as part of European Summer tour that started on 10th June
at Sweden Rock Festival. At gig in Warsaw Obituary will be supported
by 3 excellent bands: Grave (Sweden), Sinister (The Netherlands) and
Catamenia (Finland) whose shows will also be recorded for the DVD releases.
OBITUARY was born in 1984 in Florida US as a Xecutioner. After changing
their name to Obituary, the career of one of the most successful and
influential Death Metal bands began. In 1989 they recorded phenomenal
debut album - "Slowly We Rot" (1989). Obituary was unlike
anything anyone had heard before. In 1997 they released their 5th album
"Back From The Dead" and then made a long time break&..
They've returned on the Death Metal stage in July 2005 with a great
album "Frozen In Time".
GRAVE is one of the longest-running Swedish death metal bands, that
has created a sound and style which has been an inspiration on a number
of the genre's more promising younger outfits. The group's legendary
1991 debut, Into The Grave, quickly established the quartet as one of
death metal's most brutal hopefuls, a title the act has cemented through
a decade's worth of albums and tours with some of the biggest metal
bands in the world, including Death, Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel.
Their new album "As Rapture Comes" is scheduled for release
SINISTER - one of the most interesting Dutch bands on a Death Metal
scene. There debut album "Cross the Styx" saw the light
in early 1992, and sold many copies worldwide. Touring with bands like
Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse and Deicide increased the number of people
knowing Sinister. Assembled in 1988 and disbanded in 2004, they have
reformed in 2005 to record their newest album "Afterburner"
which they promote on current tour.
CATAMENIA, formed in 1995, is surely one of the most catchy and "commercial"
bands in the Black/Nordic-Metal style and therefore also finds their
fans outside their genre. Catamenia combine the coldness of Black Metal
with pure metal-guitar riffs and almost ballades melodies. Their forthcoming
album "Location:COLD" will be released on 25th of August 2006
METAL MIND PRODUCTIONS
24.08.06 - Warszawa, Stodola Club, POLAND
Special price tickets (13 Euro) available soon at www.metalopolis.pl
- DAWNBRINGER Finishes Album, Song Available Online
Ten years after the release of its debut EP, 'Sacrament', the Pennsylvania-based
metal obscurity DAWNBRINGER has completed its third full-length album.
Entitled 'In Sickness and In Dreams', the album is scheduled for a July
release via Battle Kommand Records. An MP3 of the song "There
and Back" is available at this location: Click
The new album is said to be a culmination of the wild and unconventional
metal style found on the band's previous releases, combining a taste
for modern speed with the melodic aspects of early US and British metal.
The album was written and produced by Chris Black (also a member of
PHARAOH and SUPERCHRIST), who also handled the drums, bass, vocals,
and keyboards during the recordings.
Joining "Professor" Black on the album are longtime DAWNBRINGER
guitarist Scott Hoffman and, as a special guest, PHARAOH guitarist Matt
Johnsen. The album's confronting cover was photographed by Chicago-based
fashion/fetish photographer Caesar Cole.
'In Sickness and In Dreams' ends a five-year silence since the previous
DAWNBRINGER album ('Catharsis Instinct') and promises to cement the
group's status as the preferred alternative to a saturated "extreme
'In Sickness and In Dreams' final tracklist:
1. Scream and Run
3. Hell is a Desert
4. There and Back
5. Under No Flag
6. You Get Nothing
9. Attack of the Spiders
10. The Snitch
11. End of Earth
12. Death in Time
13. Endless Guilt
14. No Answer
- HATESPHERE - The Sickness Within
US Release Date: September 12, 2006
Hatesphere; the prolific five-piece who in their current unbeatable
lineup of Jacob Bredahl (v), Peter Lyse Hansen (g), Mikael Ehlert (b),
Henrik Bastrup Jacobsen (g) and Drummer Anders Gyldenøhr are
shaking the walls of the world. Since 2001 this leading Death Thrash
quintet from the quiet town of Aarhus, Denmark has been throwing right-hooks
to the jaw of the international metal community. From their self-titled
debut to the recent release of THE KILLING EP (2005), a twisted little
teaser for their SPV debut, Hatesphere have been stunning metal fans
and critics worldwide. Chris Akin, host of The Metal Show on Cleveland’s
Xtreme Radio exclaims, “This band demands your attention. If you
aren’t giving it to them yet, then I question how “metal”
you really are.”
This five-pronged jackhammer of Thrash and Death Metal ferocity is about
to unleash another attack. The new masterpiece from Hatesphere, THE
SICKNESS WITHIN, delivers a festival of hate that cracks the foundations
from the first moment. THE KILLING EP was a harbinger of the evil tones
to come. “We love this kind of music. It’s as simple as
that”, says singer Bredahl. “But in saying that, there always
has to be a balance between heavy, insanity and melody.”
This self-inflicted goal has definitely been met with THE SICKNESS WITHIN.
The band’s influences, ranging from old-school Thrash, Hardcore,
Rock and Death Metal, all the way to merciless technical Brutal Death
Metal á la Suffocation can all be found on THE SICKNESS WITHIN.
Album number four for the Danes is definitely the most multi-faceted
thrashfest of their career! This deadly mixture that has come to be
known as the Hatesphere signature sound has not only made its way through
headbanging fan-circles, but many of their metal colleagues also hold
them in high regard. In fact, Nevermore guitarist Steve Smyth was so
taken by their music, not to mention their energy-loaded live performances
that he offered to throw in a killer solo for the album’s closer
‘Marked By Darkness’. THE SICKNESS WITHIN is hailing fast
skull-crushers from start to finish. “The White Fever”,
“Heaven’s Ready to Fall”, “Murderous Intent”
“The Coming of Chaos”… all are absolutely punishing.
There is no doubt that THE SICKNESS WITHIN holds true to the band’s
style and tradition. Hatesphere have always pushed the envelope instead
of copying themselves or totally stepping back from their songwriting.
It’s the songs, and their ability to evolve and improve that have
pushed the group to become the metal beast they are now.
The message is simple. To be free from the disease of mediocrity you
need only experience THE SICKNESS WITHIN.
|August 2nd, 2006
- ROB ZOMBIE WITH GODSMACK
Rob Zombie is confirmed to join Godsmack for a 2 month outing across
the U.S. The North American tour is set to open August 25th in Dallas,
TX at the Smirnoff Music Center and will run through October 1st. As
a showman of colossal proportion, Rob Zombie fans should expect a visual
and aural circus of the unexpected on this tour extravaganza.
Aug-25 Dallas Smirnoff Music Center
Aug-26 San Antonio Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug-27 Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug-29 Atlanta Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre
Aug-31 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sep-02 Washington DC Nissan Pavilion
Sep-03 Camden Tweeter Center
Sep-04 Darien Lakes Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
Sep-07 Boston Tweeter Center
Sep-08 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
Sep-09 Wantagh Jones Beach
Sep-12 Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheatre
Sep-13 Detroit DTE Amphitheatre
Sep-15 Indianapolis Tweeter Center
Sep-16 Chicago First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sep-17 St. Louis UMB Bank Pavilion
Sep-19 Kansas City Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sep-20 Denver Red Rocks
Sep-22 Las Vegas Theatre Under The Stars
Sep-23 Phoenix Cricket Pavilion
Sep-24 Albuquerque Journal Pavilion
Sep-27 Seattle White River Amphitheatre
Sep-29 Sacramento Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sep-30 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Oct-01 Concord Sleep Train Pavilion
- Doom Metal Legends RIGOR SARDONICOUS release latest album.
The long awaited 'Risus ex Mortuus' is now available the world over!
Released by the Russian label Endless
Desperation Records this new version has the massive low-end attack
you could only expect and anticipate from Rigor Sardonicous and several
new tracks, one being a cover of 'God of Thunder' by KISS.
Click below to hear a track - hope your speakers have good bass capability.
Rigor Sardonicous site
- NIGHTWISH charts
The live DVD slips perfectly into gear as expected. Only one week after
the release, the DVD already reached gold status in Germany and left
superstars like Pink, Ronan Keating and Scooter behind. Even Madonna
who also released a Live DVD two weeks after Nightwish had no chance!
NIGHTWISH entered the german album charts at #3 and was several weeks
at #1 of the DVD charts at the same time. In Austria the DVD was also
a long time on #2. The live DVD of Pink, which was released the same
week, only entered at #32. Last week the NIGHTWISH DVD pushed back the
Pink DVD to #4 in Austria.
For comparison only: Madonna entered the german album charts at #8.
No chart entry for Madonna in Austria by the way. Scooter also released
their new live DVD the same day. They had to live with #29. The new
album of Ronan Keating only achieved #7.
The NIGHTWISH chart pathway up to now: #2, #17, #22, #25
As seen in the daily trendcharts, the NIGHTWISH will also be in the
Top 30 next week: #24, #29, #26,#29, #25
Also from Switzerland, we only have good news: #18, #31, #41, #30. This
means that NIGHTWISH even climbed up again last week!
- DIMMU BORGIR to record new masterpiece
DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz just checked in to enlighten all the
fans of Norwegian Black Metal with some news regarding the upcoming
album and a brand new endorsement deal. "We're playing a few festivals
this summer, so no vacation for us! We’re quite busy writing for
the new album. Scheduled to start recording in October with Fredrik
Nordström in Fredman Studios in Gothenburg, for a release early
next year. I can also inform you that DIMMU BORGIR are proudly endorsed
by ESP Guitars!" Drumming on the yet untitled work in progress
will be Hellhammer of MAYHEM fame. We expect nothing less than a pitch
black masterpiece as the successor of the brilliant and epic "Death
- IN FLAMES confirmed for the unholy alliance tour 2006
Nuclear Blast Records is very proud to announce that In Flames are confirmed
for the UNHOLY ALLIANCE tour 2006!
In Flames will be main support to the mighty SLAYER on the whole European
leg of this tour and the UK dates looks like this:
30.10.2006 CARDIFF - CIA Arena (GB)
01.11.2006 BIRMINGHAM - NEC (GB)
02.11.2006 GLASGOW - SECC (GB)
03.11.2006 MANCHESTER - Men Arena (GB)
19.11.2006 LONDON - Brixton Academy (GB)
20.11.2006 LONDON - Brixton Academy (GB)
- SIRENIA to enter studio in july
Norwegian Symphonic Goth Metal act SIRENIA are currently more than busy
with their new songs. Vocalist Morten Veland (ex-vocalist of TRISTANIA)
posted the following news on the band`s official website www.sirenia.no:
"The song material for the upcoming CD is more or less complete;
we are just working on the last details at the moment. It seems we will
start the recordings by the end of July. The upcoming full-length album
will consist of nine brand new SIRENIA songs — no cover songs
or remix material this time." The band`s upcoming, yet untitled
third album will mark the first appearance of new female singer Monika
Pedersen with SIRENIA. The album will also be the band`s debut with
- KATAKLYSM to film partysan show for dvd
Our Norther Hyperblasters, KATAKLYSM, have confirmed that they will
be filming their entire co-headlining show at this year's PARTYSAN open
air festival in Bad Berka / Germany. The show will be professionally
filmed and stated for release for the end of the year in a double DVD
release. The DVD will be entitled "KATAKLYSM Live in Germany"
and the second bonus DVD "The Test of Time", which will feature
footage spanning over the band's 15 year career. Interviews and various
videoclips will also be included. The Canadian cult act is currently
touring the U.S. to promote their latest effort "In the arms of
- Conquer Records is extremely proud to announce recent signing of Polish
avant-garde black/death metal act - DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS!!! Their latest
masterpiece "Plurima Mortis Imago” – will hit the streets
at the end of September this year and will prove that not everything
has been done in this genre yet!!! The album contains following tracks:
Lunarium, Rebellion of Will Manifesto, Visions of Kingdom to come…,
Dracula’s Mechanized Universe, Funeral of God, Alpha & Omega
Spaces, Crowned to be crucified, Smell of Death, SataniChaoSymphony.
Check out some tracks from the upcoming album at the band’s website:
- Death Metal Trio WARFACE Release Debut Album
Insanity of the Obsessed on Deathquake Records August 15th
Deathquake Records is proud to present Death Metal Trio WARFACE and
their full-length debut Insanity of the Obsessed. Hailing from San Diego,
CA the trio is comprised of Laura Christine (Lead guitar), Dave Smith
(vocals/bass) and Scott Ellis (drums).
Insanity of the Obsessed is a follow up to their self-titled EP Warface,
which was released in 2001. Their previous release achieved them critical
acclaim in the underground. Metal Maniacs Magazine praised WARFACE as
“A little piece of all the major players that defined death metal
is packed into one little three-piece [Warface]."
Since the release of their EP, WARFACE has grown and developed its unique
style and chemistry giving fans music that they can really sink their
teeth into. When Deathquake Records came knocking, they recognized the
brutal metal music this band created and signed the Death Metal trio
immediately. After signing the band was sent straight to the studio
to work with world-class engineer/producer Alan Sanderson (SYSTEM OF
A DOWN, SLAYER, ROLLING STONES, JOHNNY CASH,).
Insanity of the Obsessed blends complex yet catchy moody-melodies with
low brow pounding grooves that hook. This style of writing makes the
songs memorable and sticks in the listener’s head and soul.
One other unique dynamic of this extreme metal band is their female
lead guitarist Laura Christine. The extreme metal genre has yet to see
a female out front handling all rhythm and lead guitar duties single
handedly as well as writing and producing. Metal Curse Magazine declared
that “Warface is something that you don’t see every day:
Brutal Death Metal with not only a female guitarist, but in fact a female
WARFACE is not trying to reinvent metal, but simply carry on the tradition
of bringing quality metal music to the masses. Insanity of the Obsessed
was written and performed to honor the great legends before them. Insanity
of the Obsessed will be available in stores and the web August 15th,
- BLACK CRUCIFIXION Faustian Dream CD OUT NOW!!!!
After releasing two mini albums "The Fallen One of Flames"
(1992) and "Promethean Gift" (1993) Black Crucifixion had
grown tired of black metal. These Finnish pioneers of dark metal started
to create music with more variance and began the recordings for their
debut full length album "Faustian Dream" in 1996. The album
was never released, until now, after ten years it has been finalized.
FOR SALE IN NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA ONLY! The euro edition of the CD
will be released by Soulseller Recs.
"Faustian Dream" inhabits the same sort of darkness, its musical
approach is a little different. Lush guitar work, gothic melodies and
deep, delicious male vox combine for music that is truly moody and dark
and utterly listenable thanks to the beauty of the songwriting. Besides
the songwriting, the production is also sweet. Intelligence and gorgeous
aural manifestations make this one of the year's watchworthy metal albums.
- MOONSPELL HEADLINE 'NOCTURNAL MOURNING' TOUR
MOONSPELL, Portugal's #1 heavy metal export are preparing to embark
on their first headlining tour in five years. Vocalist Fernando Ribeiro
fondly recalls, " Last time we headlined was late 2001, after the
release of 'Darkness and Hope'. The support band was Lacuna Coil on
their very first American experience. We can't wait to get back to play
our own show and to underline the great ties we built in all of our
tours there with our small but very dedicated fan basis. Memorial is
intense live and we want our American shows to follow up what we have
been doing in Europe so far."
This is the first American tour for MOONSPELL in support of "Memorial",
the band's latest release which was hailed by Decibel magazine as "by
far the strongest and heaviest album Moonspell have made since Sin/Pecado".
Metal Maniacs deemed 'Memorial' "full of powerful songs" and
Outburn simply calls it "stunning". This time around fans
can expect "better and bigger production. We are finally bringing
our light team with us. We will have the full strength of 'Memorial',
the theatrics... the passion... it will all be there" enthuses
Supporting MOONSPELL on the appropriately labeled 'NOCTURNAL MOURNING'
tour are KATATONIA and DAYLIGHT DIES. Ribeiro raves, "I love Katatonia
and I think they are the most brilliant band around. Dance of December
Souls is still my album for the rainy days. Daylight Dies caught my
attention with an advance single and since then I purchased No Reply
and Dismantling Devotion to get really deeply into this band that, with
a life of their own, brings me back to the glorious days of Death Doom,
a style so close to my heart and soul. I believe it is a great, great
package with original, individual bands that do it for the passion and
for the music. The moonfest for all undergrounders!!! The Euro fans
are very jealous!"
The 'NOCTURNAL MOURNING" tour is scheduled to kick off October
20th at The Loft in Poughkeepsie, New York. Dates and venues are subject
NOCTURNAL MOURNING TOUR
W/ MOONSPELL, Katatonia, Daylight Dies
10/20/06 Poughkeepsie, NY The Loft
10/21/06 Bedford, NH Mark's Showplace
10/22/06 New York, NY B.B. King's Blues Club
10/23/06 Montreal, QC Le Medley
10/24/06 Quebec City, QC Imperial
10/25/06 Toronto, ON Opera House
10/26/06 Cleveland, OH Peabody's Down Under
10/27/06 Detroit, MI I-Rock Nightclub
10/28/06 Mokena, IL Pearl Room
10/29/06 Columbia Heights, MN Star Central
10/31/06 Aurora, CO Illiff Park Saloon
11/02/06 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
11/03/06 Portland, OR Rock N Roll Pizza
11/04/06 San Francisco, CA The Pound SF
11/06/06 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
11/11/06 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
11/17/06 Springfield, VA Jaxx
11/18/06 Latham, NY Saratoga Winners
11/19/06 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre / Underground
- EPIC RECORDS TO RELEASE AUDIOSLAVE'S REVELATIONS
GRAMMY NOMINATED ROCK BAND RE-TEAMS WITH
ACCLAIMED PRODUCER BRENDAN O'BRIEN FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW RECORD
ALBUM IN STORES SEPTEMBER 5
Epic Records has announced a September 5th release date for REVELATIONS,
the highly anticipated new album from multi-platinum rock band AUDIOSLAVE.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone.com, guitarist Tom Morello
described the record as "Led Zeppelin meets Earth, Wind and Fire,"
adding that it's a "big hard rock record with a funky bottom."
Among the album's many highlights is the groove-driven lead single,
"Original Fire," and "Wide Awake," about the aftermath
of Hurricane Katrina. "It's probably Audioslave's most political
song to date," says Morello.
The Grammy-nominated quartet (vocalist Chris Cornell, bassist Tim Commerford
and drummer Brad Wilk) recorded REVELATIONS at Henson Studios in Los
Angeleswith acclaimed producer Brendan O'Brien. O'Brien, whose myriad
credits include Pearl Jam and Bruce Spingsteen, mixed Audioslave's Out
of Exile record and the Live in Cuba CD and DVD. His history with the
band goes back even farther, as he produced Rage Against The Machine
albums Evil Empire (1996), The Battle of Los Angeles (1999) and Renegades
(2000) and mixed Soundgarden's Superunknown (1994).
REVELATIONS follows 2005's Out of Exile, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's
Top 200 and featured the Grammy nominated single "Doesn't Remind
The full track listing for REVELATIONS is as follows:
"One And The Same"
"Sound of a Gun"
"Until We Fall"
"Shape of Things To Come"
"Jewel of the Summertime"
"Nothing Left To Say But Goodbye"
- MELANCHOLIC ART Live video of concert with Krisiun is available
- In May 28th, Melancholic Art played in a concert with the death metal
legend Krisiun, promoting the re-release of the album Força Black
Metal Pampeano, which was released and sold-out in the last year and
is being released again, now with a new cover artwork.
According to Anwar Amon (vocals): "This show was very important,
besides of the re-release of our cd, after the first 1.000 sold-out
copies, it was one of the most polemic concerts and with the best response,
which shows why we are here, to break every moralism. Watch out, because
more massacres will come! Ave Lucifer Rex!"
More than 1.500 fans went to the show, and now the band put for download
a live recording containing the songs "Força Black Metal
Pampeano", which carries the name of the album, and "Bestial
The video can be download through the band's website - www.melancholicart.com
or watched online through MySpace - www.myspace.com/melancholicart
- REVEREND announces new singer!
The long pursuit for the new REVEREND vocalist has ended with the signing
of Michael Lance, of ANCIENT CROSS.
Several months after lead singer David Wayne's death, the band decided
to carry on and search for a new singer, honoring David Wayne's pursuit
and love of METAL.
Davey Lee, REVEREND Guitarist, stated, "Michael fits with the band
extremely well. We weren't out to find another David Wayne, but someone
who could do ju