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August 13th, 2006
    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 Ahead”

    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 Media Records!

    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 of days.

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  • 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 warned!

    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 soon!
    But now click on the link below to stream the new song “Burn”:

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  • 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 ( 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:

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  • 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 others.

    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 more).

    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

    Official Websites
  • DIECAST Experience An Internal Revolution; New Album's Release Date Set

    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 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 world.

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  • 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 "Antigone".

    "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 grooves.

    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….

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  • 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 it out.

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    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 summer!

    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.

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    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 soon.”
  • 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 Stand" pay-per-view.

    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 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

    Click 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.

    Click Here for Clip 1

    Click 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.

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    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 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, 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.

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    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 today.
  • 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.

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  • 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.
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    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 cover
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    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 markets.

    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 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.

    Check Here

    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 compete.
  • 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.
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  • 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 planned.

    You can hear some tracks from “Invisible Cities” at

    They will also head out on a short tour in August with label mates Shallow Water Grave.

    1. Pythagoras
    2. Crowned in Dust
    3. The Architect of Earth and Sea
    4. The Architect of Heaven
    5. Spires
    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

    Innerstrength Records
  • 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 masterpiece.

    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

    ‘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
    9. Unfulfillment
    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!!"

    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.

    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 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 worth it.

    Hrimthursum will hit US stores on August 22.


    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 album's success."

    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.

    Napalm Death
    29.06.2006 Masnou El Mansou (E) @ In The Beach
    30.06.2006 Roitzschjora (D) @ With Full Force Festval
    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 29th, 2006

    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 music.

    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 FM.

    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:

    01. Sucker
    02. One Night Stand
    03. Devil I Know
    04. Trigger
    05. Under The Gun
    06. God Was Never On Your Side
    07. Living In The Past
    08. Christine
    09. Sword of Glory
    10. Be My Baby
    11. Kingdom of the Worm
    12. Going Down
    13. R.A.M.O.N.E.S.

    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

    The rest of the world can order direct from the Aural Music webstore at

    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
  • 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 listing:

    01. Pear of Anguish
    02. Dearly Beheaded
    03. Funeral in F Sharp
    04. Executive Onslaught (MP3 Click Here)
    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

    VENOM 'CAST IN STONE' expanded edition out via Sanctuary Records July, 18th 2006.

    "7 Days of Hell" North American tour confirmed for August, 2006.

    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', 'Venom'.

    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,, and some samples of the new album, Bastards and Killers, were made available on MySpace -

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  • 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.



    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.

    Metal Maniacs
  • 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 previous releases."

    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 things.

    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 2007.

    Metal Maniacs
  • 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 mesmeric vocals..."

    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 .

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  • 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. 

    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

    Metal Maniacs
  • 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 in July.

    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
    Grave (SWE)
    Sinister (NL)
    Catamenia (FI)
    24.08.06 - Warszawa, Stodola Club, POLAND
    Special price tickets (13 Euro) available soon at 

    Metal Maniacs
  • 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 Here.

    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 metal" underground. 

    'In Sickness and In Dreams' final tracklist:

    1. Scream and Run
    2. Anomie
    3. Hell is a Desert
    4. There and Back
    5. Under No Flag
    6. You Get Nothing
    7. 11:58
    8. Midnight
    9. Attack of the Spiders
    10. The Snitch
    11. End of Earth
    12. Death in Time
    13. Endless Guilt
    14. No Answer

    Metal Maniacs
  • 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 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 mp3

    Official 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 Cult Armageddon"...
  • 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 "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 Nuclear Blast."
  • 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 devastation" live."
  • 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 guitar hero!"

    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, 2006. or

    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, 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 Ribeiro.

    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 to change.

    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 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, 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 Me."

    The full track listing for REVELATIONS is as follows:

    "One And The Same"
    "Sound of a Gun"
    "Until We Fall"
    "Original Fire"
    "Broken City"
    "Shape of Things To Come"
    "Jewel of the Summertime"
    "Wide Awake"
    "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 Carnage Flesh".

    The video can be download through the band's website - or watched online through MySpace -
  • 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