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December 14th, 2005
  • VOIVOD to make album 'Piggy would be proud of'

    Voivod drummer Away has issued the following update to fans regarding their upcoming album and other projects for 2006:

    "Dear Voivodians,

    We will do our best to make a great record that Piggy would be proud of as we worked very hard for the past two years on the new songs. Jasonic has already put down his bass tracks and Glen Robinson and I will edit Piggy's guitar tracks in December. We will track my drum parts and Snake's vocals in Montreal in January. Then we'll mix it, get it mastered and released as soon as possible via The End records in USA, Nuclear Blast in Europe and Hypnotic-Linus/Universal in Canada.

    In other news, I am still working on my long overdue art book, coming out on Troubleman Unlimited in 2006. Also coming out next year, DVOD-2, our second DVD which will be covering the 90's line-up with Eric Forrest. Thanks for your patience!


    P.S. If you get a chance to see the movie Metal: A Headbanger's History it is great and has a short interview with Piggy in it. We saw the Montreal premiere a few weeks ago at the invitation of Sam and Scott the filmmakers and they introduced the movie by dedicating it to Piggy, which was very cool of them."


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    Pitbulls In The Nursery (PITN) hail from Rambouillet, near Paris and are ready to take the scene by force! Their name translates to a vibrant mix of thrusting metal, groovy sounds and musical mastery! The result is just pure alchemy!

    Formed around 2001, soon after they released their first 3-track demo Impact. Impact was sold out immediately and gained the band the appropriate attention of the press and the fans alike. On this demo, echoes of Dying Fetus, Death, Atheist and Messhuggah all combine to forge a unique PITN kaleidoscope of sounds.

    PITN are very active on stage. They have shared the bill with bands such as Aborted, Gojira, Gronibard, Kaizen, No Return and others and played at prestigious venues like the LA LOCO in Paris and L'USINE in Geneva. Their shows are full of energy& it is a band with this rare magical touch that can turn the audiences on with ease. An unbelievable raging machine spiting furious metal on all directions!

    Their full-length debut album entitled Lunatic will introduce you to the world of PITN. It was recorded at the Studio des Milans (Gojira, Psykup, Trepalium) during a three-week period and was mastered by Jean Pierre Bouquet (Loudblast, Watcha, Lofofora). Their record deal with Black Lotus will definitely get them amongst the cream of extreme metal acts!

    Lunatic is set for release for February 2006. A US release is set for April 2006.


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    Proscriptor and Melechesh will not be working together on recording the upcoming Melechesh album. This was a mutual decision that had to be taken due to the geographic circumstances and overlapping time schedules.

    Proscriptor has been a member of Melechesh since 1999 and has recorded two albums with them: Djinn and Sphynx. Both the Melechesh members and Proscriptor had to take this decision; however, this does not affect their comradeship and possibilities for future cooperation.

    "We have nothing but high regards for Proscriptor. He is one of the very few true artists that I know of, a dear friend and we appreciate his talent. But this cross Atlantic distance was becoming quite impractical and limited the creative inputs of both of us. I feel confident that we will cooperate musically again in one way or another, but it was simply impossible to do so for the upcoming Melechesh album. Should time permit though, Proscriptor may provide guest vocals on the upcoming (4th) Melechesh album. One thing is for sure: he certainly deserves the medal of honor" Quoted Melechesh founder Ashmedi

    Osmose Productions/The End Records recently released a double digipack Absu anthology compilation CD Mythological Occult Metal 1991-2001. News on the upcoming Melechesh album will follow.


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    It is with a feeling of sadness and anger that we are writing these words. Having worked for months we were thrilled to finally confirm the Free Fall into Fear tour of Mexico due to take place in November 2005. As it turns out it is not possible to go through with the tour due to severe neglect and lack of responsibility by the organisor.

    First of all we would like to offer our sincere apologies to all the Mexican fans, it is important for us that you know that this was our number one priority for this year and something that we had all been looking forward to with great excitement.

    Then some words regarding the cancellation. The organisor of this tour, HOD Productions/AlterEgo Entertainment with promoter Carlos Hernandez is the sole reason why we find ourselves in this frustrating situation. The organisor has failed to fulfill his responsibilities towards the band in the utmost amateuristic way. We see it as our duty to warn everyone in the scene against the organisor so that no-one has to experience what we are now going through.

    The worst thing is that we have not been given any time to look for alternative solutions in order to substitute these shows, thus resulting in severe financial loss for the band. Since we do not have time to book alternative shows for this period it means that the band stands completely without income for the entire period. We have also turned down very attractive offers in Europe so that the Mexican tour would become a reality.

    Again we would like to apologize to all of you who had been looking forward to the tour and we ask for your understanding in this difficult case. We will not be broken by this however, and promise you all that we will be back with a vengeance as soon as we have the chance!


    Ronny, Kjetil, Kjell, Runar, Terje and Jonathan.
    Trail of Tears.


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    Legendary rock group KISS will release the two-disc concert DVD set KISS ROCK THE NATION LIVE! December 13 via Image Entertainment, Inc.

    Filmed in high-definition during KISS' mind-blowing 2004 Rock The Nation tour, KISS ROCK THE NATION LIVE! features a vast collection of KISS gems, many performed live for the first time in years. Over two hours in length, the DVD set is teeming with 20 live performances of KISS classics including Rock And Roll All Nite, Detroit Rock City, Lick It Up, Shout It Out Loud, Love Gun, I Was Made for Lovin' You, Deuce and many more songs that have defined rock n roll. In addition, live versions of songs such as Makin' Love, Christine Sixteen, She, Tears Are Falling, Got To Choose, Love Her All I Can, I Want You and Parasite, are seen here for the first time.

    An unprecedented look at KISS onstage and off, KISS ROCK THE NATION LIVE! is loaded with behind-the-scenes footage of the band, who've sold over 80 million albums worldwide. It includes soundchecks, photo sessions, life on the road and even a rare glimpse inside the famed KISS dressing room. An added bonus for die-hard fans is KISS Powervision, an interactive feature that includes Select-A-KISS, which allows viewers access to separate channels for each of the four band members. At any given moment, the viewer can watch the main concert program or switch to different cameras focusing on PAUL STANLEY, TOMMY THAYER, ERIC SINGER or GENE SIMMONS.

    From their formative years in the early '70s to the present day, KISS -- one of the most influential rock bands of all-time, inspiring many key rock, alternative and punk musicians -- continue to make rock and roll history. After over 30 years of exhaustive touring around the globe, including high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and the 2004 Rockin' The Corps concert at Camp Pendleton where the group performed for US troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation, transcending age, race and creed. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army is a striking testament to the band's unbreakable bond with their fans.

    KISS ROCK THE NATION LIVE! gives KISS fans everywhere an exclusive fly-on-the-wall perspective that's the next best thing to being in the band. KISS are stronger and more vital than ever, commanding massive audiences in stadiums and areas around the world. The DVD captures the group at their best, offering a re-energized show infused with a blistering new level of performance, theatricality and musicality that KISS is known and loved for worldwide.

    Check out the song track listings for KISS ROCK THE NATION LIVE!:


    Love Gun
    Makin' Love
    Lick It Up
    Christine Sixteen
    Tears Are Falling
    Got To Choose
    I Love It Loud
    Love Her All I Can
    I Want You


    War Machine
    100,000 Years
    I Was Made For Lovin' You
    Detroit Rock City
    God Gave Rock & Roll To You II
    Rock & Roll All Nite

    Go to www.kissonline.com/ for up-to-date information on KISS.

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    ORACLE SUN is a new band with members from Labyrinth, Sigma, Shining Fury, Angel Grace and Seven Gates! The debut album Deep Inside will be released in January 2006 by Scarlet Records. Nine songs of incredible prog-power metal based on a heavy-riffing session, dreamy solos and melodic singing that will make your minds blow out! In Japan 'Deep Indide' is released by King Records and Japanese fans are just going crazy about it!

    Val Shieldon - Vocals (ex-Sigma)
    Emy Manuguerra - Guitars (ex-Angel Grace)
    Fabrizio Marnik - Guitars
    Alessandro Cola - Bass (ex-Shining Fury)
    Frank Andiver - Drums (ex-Labyrinth/Wonderland)


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    BELPHEGOR to start recording - All right, last days before we hit the studios. We're all set, most of the 10 compositions/arrangements are finished in a rudimentary form. Equipment is packed, new cymbals arrived and cables/strings/plecs a.o.have been fixed.

    Andy Classen (Stage One Studios / Kassel Germany) will be at the helm as producer, the four recording sessions and mixing/mastering process should be complete by middle of February '06, and the yet untitled album's release date will hopefully be sometime in April/May of 2006.

    As for the new album, we are doing everything we can to make sure it's the heaviest, most intense - monumental one BELPHEGOR ever made.

    We never rehearsed as often as for these 10 sound-collages, hell yeah,.....we feel that this will be the mightiest BELPHEGOR jewel yet.

    Well, we will let you in on the progress being made and give you an insight into the recording processes, reports will be posted on this site on a regular basis...

    Helmuth, Sigurd, Nefastus & Barth.

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  • MASTODON to issue first official DVD release; collection of first recordings

    Atlanta hard rock giants MASTODON will issue their first official DVD and a collection of their earliest recordings in February through Relapse Records.

    The DVD, entitled The Workhorse Chronicles, features over three hours of exclusive MASTODON footage. The Workhorse Chronicles contains in-depth interviews with each band member, candid behind-the-scenes shots from the band's personal video archives and a career spanning range of live performances - including rare footage of the band in their initial form as a five piece through to sold-out clubs worldwide. Bassist Troy Sanders comments, "We had been wanting to do a DVD for awhile, and figured that with all that has happened now would be the right time to document our early years. Consider it [the DVD] an invitation to walk the paths we've traveled and see what lies ahead." The Workhorse Chronicles is set for a February 21st release in North America (February 28th release in Europe).

    MASTODON will also issue Call of the Mastodon, a remixed and remastered collection of their first-ever recording session, in February. Comprised of the first nine tracks the young quartet had ever written, Call of the Mastodon is an audio document of a then-new band finding its own space. Sanders describes Call of the Mastodon as "the first real monster we ever created. It's the original beast laid to tape complete with the dirt and drive." The nine tracks (some of whose original recordings comprised the Lifesblood mini-CD) were remixed and remastered by original engineer Matt Washburn at Atlanta's Ledbelly Sound, and will feature all new packaging courtesy of the band's longtime artist Paul Romano. Call of the Mastodon is set for a February 7th release in North America (January 30th release in Europe).


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  • Former SCAR CULTURE Frontman Launches Label

    Former Scar Culture frontman, Roman Garbacik, has started a record label. Spare Change Records, currently has Torn Asunder and the End-Time Illusion on it's roster, and has an early 2006 release date set for a limited edition 12" LP picture disc of the new Crematorium album, The Process of Endtime. Visit www.sparechangerecords.com for more details. Metal Maniacs

  • THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER announce upcoming tour in Korea & Japan

    The Black Dahlia Murder has just announced upcoming tour dates in Korea and Japan in support of their highly praised release Miasma! Trevor Strnad (vox), Brian Eschbach (guitar), and John Kempainen (guitar), have announced that Tony Laureano (ex-Nile) will sit in as the drummer and Bart Williams (Today I Wait) will be filling in on bass for these dates. The band will also embark on a European tour starting on January 20 in Essen, Germany with the band Liar.

    Dec. 12 (Mon) Osaka Shinsaibashi Club Quattro
    Dec. 13 (Tue) Tokyo Daikanyama Club Unit
    Dec. 16 (Fri) Korea TBA

    European dates w/ Liar:
    Jan. 20 (Fri) Essen, Germany Zeche Carl w/ Fear My Thoughts
    Jan. 21 (Sat) Sneek, Holland Het Bollwerk
    Jan. 22 (Sun) Luxemburg, Luxemburg Kulturfabriek
    Jan. 24 (Tue) Rennes, France Jardin Moderne
    Jan. 25 (Wed) Paris, France Point FMR
    Jan. 26 (Thur) Montreux, Switzerland NED Club
    Jan. 27 (Fri) Milan, Italy Bloom
    Jan. 28 (Sat) Prato, Italy Anomalia Club
    Jan. 29 (Sun) Budapest, Hungary Kultiplex
    Jan. 30 (Mon) Wien, Austria Arena
    Jan. 31 (Tue) Schweinfurt, Germany Alter Stadtbahnhof
    Feb. 01 (Wed) Giessen, Germany MUK
    Feb. 02 (Thur) Darmstadt, Germany ?ttinger Villa
    Feb. 03 (Fri) Chemnitz, Germany AJZ Talschock
    Feb. 04 (Sat) Berlin, Germany Kato
    Feb. 05 (Sun) Tilburg, Holland O13
    Feb. 06 (Mon) London, England Underworld
    Feb. 07 (Tue) Newcastle, England Trillians
    Feb. 08 (Wed) Glasgow, England Barfly
    Feb. 09 (Thur) Manchester, England Satan's Ghollow
    Feb. 10 (Fri) Newport, England NCLA
    Feb. 11 (Sat) Norwich, England Ferryboat
    Feb. 12 (Sun) Kontich, Holland Lintfabriek


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    Ingraved will release their first full-length Hatred from Outside via French label Deadsun Records. The release was recorded at Sound Cubed recording studio in Bari (Italy) and mastered by Tom Morris at Morrisound Studio in Tampa. Hatred from Outside will be distributed worldwide by Twilight Recs and by Adipocere in France.


    C/o Antonio Gianfreda
    via Nievo 2
    72013 Ceglie Messapica (Br)
    [email protected]

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  • DEPRESSION "Das Relikt -Erinnerungen-" Double-CD-Digipak !!

    (contains the complete "Erinnerungen" Demo-Tape from 1995 first time available on CD and all 22 songs brandnew recorded in the studio 2005 on the other CD!! More than two hours of groovy Death/Grind!! Including two bonus trax: "Underestimation" from godly Defecation and "Depressionen Part II" as the second part of the Depressionen trilogy!! This limited edition of 1.000 copies worldwide has besides the nice Digipak a fully packed 28pages booklets with all lyrics, tons of rare fotos, linernotes from every member, the history and other shit !)

    This first edition is limited to 1.000 copies worldwide !

    So be fast to get your copy NOW for only 10 Euro for the DCD (wholesale price + postage)!!
    We are also into trades!!!!

    Check MP3s now at: http://www.depression-grind.de!!


    Philadelphia: Zyklon have begun recording of their third album, tentatively titled Disintegrate. The album is being recorded at Akkerhaugen Lydstudio in Norway with time already set at Studio Fredman for the album's mix in early February. The band have confirmed nine song titles for the album, including "Wrenched," "Cold Grave," "Disintegrate," "In Hindsight," "Skinned and Endangered," "Vulture," "Subversive Faith," "Underdog," "Ways of the World," and "Vile Ritual."

    As recording starts the band are also hard at work with final edits on their planned first dvd, titled Storm Detonation Live. Recorded at Germany's 2004 Party San Festival, the dvd will contain the band's live show plus exclusive on-the-road/backstage footage, an exclusive look into reheasals for the band's new album and both "Psyklon Aeon" and "Core Solution" videos.

    Guitarist Samoth says, “we’ve just hit the studio this past week and already on the second day of tracking Trym (drums) has nailed down seven tracks. So we’re on the go! Some of the material is really heavy while other tracks are blasting fast. We’re really excited to finally be recording this album and are eager to start tracking guitars soon. We’re very confident that it will be a solid follow-up to Aeon."

    Candlelight is planning a spring release for both Disintegrate and Storm Denotation Live.

  • Tobi, webmaster of the long-running German ICED EARTH fan site Iced Realm, has decided to shut down the site for good, citing several reasons for his decision, including "the general atmosphere" of the site's discussion forum, money, and his less-than-favorable view of the band's recent musical output. An excerpt from his letter announcing his decision reads as follows:

    "[ICED EARTH] aren't even close to being my favorite band anymore. I still love the first three albums, obviously, and still like the three albums that followed, but that's it. I don't remember the last time I listened to an ICED EARTH album all the way through.

    "The ICED EARTH I loved doesn't exist anymore. Without Matt's [Barlow, ex-ICED EARTH singer] voice, they just aren't the same. I don't know whether he would've been able to save 'The Glorious Burden' [the band's latest studio album], but Tim [Owens, current ICED EARTH frontman] most certainly couldn't. The new DEMONS & WIZARDS album [featuring ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer], on closer inspection, proved to be more of the same as well. Nowadays there are about 2 1/2 songs on there I can actually listen to all the way through. Schaffer, let's face it, has lost it. I don't even wanna know how the [upcoming ICED EARTH] 'Something Wicked' concept albums will sound.

    "As I mentioned earlier, the boards were the only reason the site still exists...so now the site and the boards will go together. It simply doesn't make sense for me to continue running an ICED EARTH site when all I can do upon reading a new interview with Jon is laugh at his endless repetitions of how the next album will be the most killerest thing ever and that he slept in abandoned houses when he was 16.

    "The time has come for someone else to run an ICED EARTH fanpage, someone who still is dedicated to the band the same way that I once was."

  • New LULLACRY / NOCTURNAL RITES Albums To Share Jan. 24, 2006 Release Date

    New albums from Finland’s LULLACRY and Sweden’s NOCTURNAL RITES will see North American release on Jan. 24. Female fronted rock band LULLACRY fire all 8-cylinders throughout Vol. 4’s 10-tracks. A pedal pushing crimson joyride straight down a denim and leather studded highway, Vol. 4’s supercharged rhythms take control while Tanja Lainio’s enchanting vocals mesmerize. “Mixing modern, hard edged rock with sweet pop vocals and rowdy 80’s abandon” (Outburn), Crucify My Heart, LULLACRY’s 2003 release, “bridged the gap between Pat Benatar and nü metal guitar power” (Lollipop). Supporting Nightwish on their sold-out 2004 tour, North American audiences were introduced to their mesmerizing live performance. “A natural pop-diva” (Alternative Press) “whose voice will lure you to her lair” (CMJ), Tanja’s crowd-pleasing stage presence made minions of concertgoers. The New Year and the new album will see Lullacry seduce their way into your heart.

    Blending melodic metal and powerful hard rock with a deadly progressive thread, Sweden’s NOCTURNAL RITES crown their 10 years together with Grand Illusion. Driven by thundering double-bass drums, authoritative vocal lines, along with gracefully fluid rhythm and solo duel guitar work, the new album captivates as well as commands. Developing “a harder and heavier sound” (Outburn), NOCTURNAL RITES “have been evolving into one of power metal’s most heroic acts” (Kerrang). Touring extensively across Europe and Japan with Nightwish, Gamma Ray, Nevermore, Overkill, Hammerfall and more and performing at every major European Metal festival (Dynamo, Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock, etc.), the band has converted legions of fans worldwide. New World Messiah, their 2003 release, was praised as “fantastically brilliant from start to end” (BW&BK). Grand Illusion, which features guest performances from members of Hammerfall, Stratovarius, Evergrey and Naglfar, along with cover art by Axel Hermann (Dream Evil, In Flames) and a CD-ROM containing video extras, is sure to surpass fans’ every expectation.


    NEW YORK – Mortiis has returned home to Norway after a successful U.S. run on the Blackest of the Black tour.

    The industrial rock band was chosen to play alongside headliner Danzig (joined by former Misfit Doyle), Chimaira, Behemoth, Himsa, and The Agony Scene.

    “It was great to finally be able to return to the U.S.,” said Mortiis’ namesake and leader, who toured America in 1999 with goth legends Christian Death. “We’ve had a bunch of offers to come over during the years but it always fell through for various reasons, so that made it extra cool for us to finally get over there and play our new stuff.”

    Mortiis’ sound has evolved drastically since the 1999 tour, so the band was especially excited to present its newer music to American audiences. “It was important to us to show people how much we’ve changed,” Mortiis said.

    Mortiis began his journey down an ever-evolving path in the early ‘90s as a singular mastermind who a decade later would be the namesake of Mortiis’ full-band incarnation. Mortiis – the man and the band - have traveled many musical paths over the course of their career, with each release stepping further away from the last and expanding into new territories. The Mortiis of today takes the darkness of the earlier ambient creations and fuses it with deep-seated anger and aggression. “The Grudge,” Mortiis’s latest release, is a twisted mixture of electronics, fierce guitars, and hard-hitting drumming.

    The shocking end to Mortiis’ set saw the frontman removing his elfin pointy nose mask to reveal his human form. “We only tried this once before at a show in Norway, and it was cool to see people’s faces when the mask came off,” he said.Mortiis plans to return to the U.S. in the near future for more touring.

    “We’re all very excited about this idea and can't wait to return, do longer sets and go to the places we missed this time,” said Mortiis.

    A day-by-day tour diary is available on Mortiis’ website.


December 10th, 2005
  • Lineup change in SYMPHORCE

    "Right after an amazing tour, Sascha suddenly decided to leave after more than 4 years in the band. His decision was based on personal reasons. But since we have to take things as they come, we're proud to announce two guest drummers for the shows that are already booked and confirmed!

    We will be helped out by Andy Flache (who is well known as one of our chief roadies from hell) and Steffen Theurer (ex-Chinchilla/Woodpeckers). We hope to get everything fixed in time and hope Sascha will find his way.

    We're looking forward to even more amazing shows and are ready to rock da house!"



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  • DISSECTION Announce Two Exclusive Shows Based on the Classic Albums!

    Dissection will perform two Exclusive Headline concerts, for the last time performing a set solely based on the old songs! The first show will be an apocalyptic new years death party taking place on the 30th of December at Kolingsborg (The Shrine), Stockholm, Sweden (with special guests Behemoth) and the second one will be on the 28th of January headlining the Winternoize Festival in Osnabrück, Germany.

    These shows will be the last ever based on the classic albums and the only shows before the next summer. Don't miss this!

    Dec 30: Kolingsborg, Stockholm SWEDEN
    Jan 28: Winternoize Festival Osnabrück, GERMANY

    All DISSECTION albums The Somberlain and Storm of the Lights Bane are out of print completely! These classic albums will not be available until they are re-released at a later date. You had better buy your copy while you can, once they're gone, they're gone.

    DISSECTION has signed merchandise deals with JSR Merchandise for North America, and Razamataz for Europe. Brand new DISSECTION designs will be available soon.

    DISSECTION has also opened their own exclusive web shop BLACK HORIZON MUSIC where the fans can order special and exclusive designs available nowhere else.

    Fore more information visit the official DISSECTION homepage


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  • Teen Wearing SLIPKNOT Jumpsuit Causes Jail To Be Placed On Lockdown

    Penne Usher of the Auburn Journal is reporting that a Californian teenager's SLIPKNOT jumpsuit created quit a stir and prompted the Placer County Jail to be placed on lockdown.

    Dispatchers at the Placer County Sheriff's Department received a call Sunday afternoon reporting a man wearing an orange inmate jumpsuit and shackles getting into a car at the Taco Bell on Highway 49 and Luther Road in Auburn, officials said.

    To ensure one of Placer County's inmates hadn't decided to leave jail early for a little trick or treating, officials slammed the doors shut.

    "As a precaution they locked down the entire jail," said Lt. George Malim, spokesman for the Placer County Sheriff's Department. "When you hear something like that, you err on the side of caution."
    Fear not, all the inmates were present and accounted for. Patrol officers confirmed the man in the costume was not an escapee.

    Eddie Hail, 17, of Auburn, had no idea Monday that his costume had caused such a stir. When learning that the jail was placed on lockdown, Hail replied, "Oops."

    "They actually thought I was a convict?" Hail asked.

    His girlfriend bought him the jumpsuit so he could dress up as a member of the band SLIPKNOT. But, together they decided he looked better as a convict.

    "I just decided to walk around in the costume," Hail said. "The police came out and asked if anyone saw a guy in an orange jumpsuit."

    Taco Bell employees explained to deputies that the inmate was really the boyfriend of one of the employees.

    Read more at AuburnJournal.com.
    [Source: Blabbermouth.net]
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  • VOIVOD: Photos From PIGGY Memorial Posted Online

    A slideshow of photos taken at a special by-invitation-only memorial held for late VOIVOD guitarist Denis Piggy D'Amour on Oct. 22 at Le Savoy in Montreal has been posted online http://www.photographex.com/hot-shot/voivod/index.html. The gathering was attended by VOIVOD members Michel Away Langevin (drums) and Denis Snake Belanger (vocals) as well as ex-VOIVOD bassist Jean-Yves Blacky Theriault, Piggy's parents, girlfriend and other relatives and friends.

    D'Amour died Aug. 26 in a Montreal hospital from complications of advanced colon cancer. The surviving VOIVOD members - Snake, Away and bassist Jason Jasonic Newsted (ex-METALLICA) - are expected to return to the recording studio shortly to resume work on their 14th album, tentatively due in early 2006 via The End Records. According to Snake, the album will be "the definitive VOIVOD" effort. "I am sure that Piggy would trust us to complete the project as a tribute to him." Metal Maniacs

  • THE ARCANE ORDER release demo track online!

    The demo track, titled The Sanity Insane, by Denmark's The Arcane Order, featuring vocalist Kasper Thomsen (Raunchy) and guitarist Flemming C. Lund (Invocator, ex-Autumn Leaves), has been posted online at www.myspace.com/thearcaneorder.

    The Arcane Order recently signed a deal with Metal Blade Records. The band is scheduled to record their debut album in the spring of 2006 with producer Jacob Hansen at Hansen studios in Ribe, Denmark. The CD will feature 8-9 tracks of blistering, intense and melodic thrash metal.

    A demo version of the track Breathe the Poison can also be found at this location.

    The Arcane Order lineup includes:
    Kasper Thomsen (Raunchy) on vocals
    Flemming C. Lund (Invocator, ex-Autumn Leaves) on rhythm and lead guitar
    Boris Tandrup (Submission, Slugs, ex-Autumn Leaves) on bass
    Morten Løwe Sørensen (Submission, Slugs) on drums


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    Impaled Nazarene has decided to name their 9th studio album PRO PATRIA FINLANDIA. The band will head for Sonic Pump studio with producer Tapio Pennanen in mid November.

    Cancer, For Those Who Have Fallen, KUT, Contempt, Hate-Despise-Arrogance are among the cuts to be featured on the album.

    Osmose Productions has set street date for PRO PATRIA FINLANDIA 28th of March 2006.

    Impaled Nazarene will head for Latin American tour in late January 2006, more info soon! Three shows in Mexico has already been confirmed and more to follow. Metal Maniacs

  • MOTORHEAD's LEMMY Tells Welsh Assembly: Legalize Heroin

    Daniel Davies of icWales has issued the following report:

    Heavy metal hellraiser Lemmy used a Tory Party platform to advocate legalising heroin today.

    The MOTORHEAD frontman was invited to the Welsh Assembly to give his "message" on drugs by Tory AM William Graham.

    Pin-striped Mr Graham, AM for South Wales East, said he had been moved by Lemmy's account on a Channel 4 documentary of how heroin abuse wrecked lives.

    Lemmy, real name Ian Kilminster, said the only way to tackle "the single most destructive drug in the world" was to legalise it.

    "I have never had heroin but since I moved to London from north Wales in '67 I have mixed with junkies on a casual and almost daily basis," he said.

    "I also lived with a young woman who tried heroin just to see what it was like. It killed her three years later.

    "I hate the idea even as I say it, but I do believe the only way to treat heroin is to legalize it."

    He said legalizing the drug would wipe out dealers and stop criminalizing young people.

    Its sale would generate tax revenue, "which I am sure would appeal to you all," he told the crowd of politicians and their staff in the Assembly's milling area.

    Lemmy, who grew up on Anglesey, north Wales, said the problem of heroin was a "contagion'" and "junkies who don't die become Typhoid Marys spreading the infection."

    "If it were legal and on a prescription, then at least two-thirds of the dealers would disappear, you would have records of who was and wasn't using it."

    If you send a young heroin user to prison he will "certainly be a criminal when he comes out."

    "Probably, they will also be brutally sodomised by long-term prisoners and polarised against society in general, and force of law in particular."

    Reading from a pre-written speech, he went on: "You have tried heavier and heavier policing - it hasn't worked has it?

    "Know why? It's because you cannot keep people from doing what makes them feel good.

    "If a junkie has a regular supply of heroin, most are quite able to do a job.

    "They will never rehabilitate until somebody - you - gives them a chance to."

    However the singer refused to comment on other drugs. Despite boasting in interviews of his tolerance for Jack Daniels, he would only answer questions about heroin.

    "Heroin is the only one I have seen anybody die of," he said

    "You have tried everything else and it hasn't worked."

    Asked if he agreed with the rocker, Mr Graham said: "Lemmy has an alternative solution to the one presently being tried. The message is against drugs."

    Afterwards a Conservative spokesman stressed the party did not share Lemmy's policy.

    "It was Lemmy who made the comment," he said.
    [Source: Blabbermouth.net]
    Metal Maniacs


    Relapse Records recording artists SOILENT GREEN will see their video for Leaves of Three make its MTV2 world premiere on this week's edition of Headbangers Ball. Headbangers Ball airs Saturdays from 10-12 PM EST on MTV2. This is the first video ever from the New Orleans, LA quintet.

    The video, the first single from the band's recent release Confrontation, was shot on location in Atlanta, Georgia by Director Chad Rullman (NILE, MASTODON, NEUROSIS, THE AGONY SCENE) for Supercollider Films.

    SOILENT GREEN will be heading out on the road again this winter supporting labelmatesNILE on their US tour. A complete listing of tour dates follows this message.

    Metal Maniacs

  • Canada's PENETRATOR have made a statement throughout the world with their debut release of 'Penetrator'. The band heads into The Sound Lounge studio on November 11 to start recording their next CD "Voo Doom", which promises to be the total package of music brilliance. Penetrator fans won't be disappointed with the collection of new songs pumped out by the writing phenomena of Black & Ross!

    Final touches are being added to the band's video for the song 'Adulteress' and a release date will be announced shortly.

    Penetrator Official Website: www.penetratorpower.com

  • Sound Riot Records signs
    (Raw Black Metal from Poland)

    The legendary band Infernum signed a record deal of 3 albums with Sound Riot Records!

    Infernum were one of the most promising and well-respected Polish Black Metal hordes from 90´s, offering a truly obscure Black Metal with a profound mysterious atmosphere. Since the Anextiomarus´ death their 2nd album “The Curse” is unreleased but now, this album will out through the Sound Riot in the beginning of 2006. A new album will come to out later in 2006.


  • SOMBERLAIN change plans about recordings of the full length

    Somberlain would record, initially, the first full length on August, but due some commitments of the band members and some changes in the track list they decided to reschedule the recordings to December. Between some of the news to be revealed soon, is a song based on a known horror movie, as brutal as Somberlain's music. More informations will be available soon in the band 's website - www.somberlain.com.br

  • LEAVES' EYES Venue change for gig in Frankfurt

    Due to the great demand for tickets of the LEAVES' EYES concert with SUBWAY TO SALLY on 19.12., the show has moved from Frankfurter Batschkapp to Stadthalle Langen (near Frankfurt). All sold tickets are still valid.

    Here are the complete dates of the "Nord Nord Ost Tour" with SUBWAY TO SALLY in December:

    15.12.2005 D - Karlsruhe / Festhalle Durlach
    16.12.2005 D - München / Elser Halle (NEW!!!)
    17.12.2005 A - Wien / Arena
    18.12.2005 D - Dresden / Alter Schlachthof
    19.12.2005 D - Langen bei Frankfurt / Stadthalle (NEW!!!)
    20.12.2005 D - Köln / Live Music Hall
    21.12.2005 D - Dortmund / Soundgarden
    26.12.2005 D - Losheim/Saar / Alte Eisenbahnhalle
    27.12.2005 D - Bremen / Aladin
    28.12.2005 D - Braunschweig / Jolly Joker
    29.12.2005 D - Bad Salzungen / Pressenwerk
    30.12.2005 D - Potsdam / Lindenpark

  • The Ultimate VENOM Box Set, MMV
    Available November 8th through Sanctuary Records

    Many bands have seemingly made a deal with the devil to mark their place in the annals of heavy metal history, but Venom was perhaps the first to outwardly flaunt such a pact and easily among the most influential. With their 1981 debut album “Welcome To Hell” and the ominous chant of, “Evil…In league with Satan!,” Venom declared war on the status quo, spit in the face of the very notion of common decency, and set the pace for what was to come in the world of extreme music. The British trio of alcohol-fueled, evil-minded wild men created a legacy unlike any other, coining the phrase “black metal” and influencing such juggernauts as Slayer and Metallica. Indeed, the very image of Cronos, Mantas and Abaddon, as well as the pentagrams and inverted crosses that adorned their album covers, helped bring an image and an attitude to heavy metal that is still poignant to this day. MMV is a long overdue, four disc testament to the legacy of Venom.

    MMV is a trek into the past, featuring demos, outtakes, rarities, a radio interview and alternative versions of songs. Such impactful Venom classics as “Black Metal”, “In League With Satan”, “Live Like An Angel (Die Like A Devil)”, “Welcome To Hell”, “Bloodlust” and “Acid Queen” are all represented in fully re-mastered form. Also included is a full disc of material from the Assault album series. Re-mastered and assembled by Cronos himself, the four disc collection comes packaged in a 6”x12” box, emblazoned with Venom’s distinct logo and baphomet design. The box set includes a 60 page booklet and collector’s poster. MMV’s release comes at a very appropriate time: 2005 marks the 25th anniversary of Venom’s storied career. Any metal enthusiast should make room in their collection for this audio-history of a band that changed the face of metal forever.

    For more information, visit:


  • “Rainbow Six: Lockdown Soundtrack” to be Released November 15th Through Calvin Records

    Produced By Fear Factory’s Raymond Herrera, CD to Feature Such Heavy-Hitters as Soilwork, Chimaira Trivium, Strapping Young Lad and More

    What do you get when you mix Fear Factory, Trivium, Chimaira and Soilwork with the likes of Killing Zone, Strapping Young Lad and Not Forgotten? One bad-ass metal compilation that is sure to shake the music industry to its core. Produced by Fear Factory drummer Raymond Herrera and partner Laddie Ervin (3Volution Productions), these artists and more will be featured on the new “Rainbow Six: Lockdown Soundtrack” which hits stores November 15th courtesy of Calvin Records.

    Rainbow Six is currently one of the top-selling video games for PSP, X-Box, Game Cube and Playstation 2. Its accompanying soundtrack is just one of few that has been released as a stand-alone compilation. However Herrera, who founded 3Volution, a voice-over, music and sound effects company for the video game industry, says that he sees the “Rainbow Six: Lockdown Soundtrack” as just the beginning of a new trend in entertainment.

    “There’s a natural synergy between the gaming world and the music business,” he says. “With all of the advances in technology and the lines quickly being blurred, I believe that relationships like this are going to become the norm and not the exception. I am just excited to be on the ground floor of it all.”

    The soundtrack includes some of the bands’ biggest hits like Soilwork’s “Stabbing the Drama,” Chimaira’s “Eyes of a Criminal” and Not Forgotten’s “Waiting.” Fear Factory recorded the exclusive track “Lockdown” as well as their version of the Rainbow Six theme just for the album.

    Being distributed to all major chains, independents and big-box outlets, the “Rainbow Six: Lockdown Soundtrack” will also include a bonus DVD with four music videos, live interviews with Herrera, a virtual comic, e-coupon and a game trailer as part of the label’s value-added packaging plan.

    “We wanted to give consumers something that was truly unique,” said Mike Catain, president of Calvin Records. “I believe that this is an important project for both the video game and music communities.”

    While this release is Calvin Records’ first within the video game industry, Catain says that it certainly isn’t its last. "This release emphasizes Calvin's Video Game Soundtrack initiative. We are actively pursuing companies and bands that can bring us into this world,” he said.

    The official tracklisting includes:

    All My Life - Killing Zone
    Lockdown - Fear Factory
    Unstable - Kush
    Never Forget - Not Forgotten
    Game Over - Last Amanda
    Waiting - Not Forgotten
    Rainbow Six Lockdown Theme - Fear Factory
    Stabbing the Drama - Soilwork
    Like Light to the Flies - Trivium
    Door 2:12 - Mnemic
    The Color of Money - Bury Your Dead
    Love? - Strapping Young Lad
    The Heart and Shape - 36 Crazyfist
    Eyes of a Criminal - Chimaira
    I Could Care Less - Devil Driver
    Rainbow Six Theme - Bill Brown

    For more information about the “Rainbow Six: Lockdown Soundtrack”, visit:



    We would like to proudly announce that the long awaited "Speak The Name" video is currently available as a download and in streaming formats at the official www.painmuseum.com.

    We shot the video utilizing a young, talented and enthusiastic company called

    Evil Eye Sight. These guys are simply amazing. We did the work in only one day in an exhausting 12 hour marathon. Various techniques were emplyed to get the desired shots and a combination of digital video and super 8mm movie film were utilized to create the desired effect. We have played through the song over 30 times.

    There are no actors, there are no Bentleys, there are no paid hookers, and there is no bling bling. What you get however is a real and true Metal band, doing what we do best, and that is to play Metal with balls, passion and conviction.

    www.evileyesight.com has also posted a 61 photo slideshow from the video shoot. We hope that you will all enjoy this.

    Metal Is Eternal,

  • Spitfire Records To Release SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM

    In February 2006

    Self-titled Debut Features Members of Brother Cane and Queensrÿche

    "We wanted to make music without knowing what to expect and with boundaries left open," says drummer Scott Rockenfield of Slave To The System. Rockenfield, along with vocalist/guitarist Damon Johnson, guitarist/vocalist Kelly Gray and bassist Roman Glick, set out to do something they had never done before: they wanted to create music without rules, without corporate influence, and without being part of "the system".

    "We weren’t thinking about demographics or sales," adds Johnson. "Everybody just wanted to rock out and start something new and unique and the result is a project that we’re very excited about, like kids starting their first band. The spirit of fearlessness is something we wanted to embody in our music "

    Indeed, Slave To The System is something different. It seems impossible that such a solid album was written and recorded in a mere three weeks. The band members combine their various influences and approaches to create something that will appeal to a broad spectrum of listeners. By pooling their talents, the members of Slave To The System evoke music that is both reminiscent of hard rock veterans like The Who, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Thin Lizzy, as well as a younger breed of music akin to Audioslave and Velvet Revolver. "This band rocks a little harder," says Johnson. "We’ve made 30 or 40 records between the four of us...For once, we didn’t feel the pressure to write on a deadline."

    The title track is a lyrical mission statement for the band. "You must believe in all you do / That better days are coming soon / So open up your very soul / And lay it out, they will behold / And if you do, you'll never be / A slave to the system." Other powerful songs like “Stigmata”, “Cruz Out Of Control” and “Live This Life” really hammer home the fact that this band is a force to be reckoned with. Not bad for a group of guys just trying to have some fun.

    The musicianship and vocal delivery of Slave To The System rival any Top 40 radio rock band. “The drums and the riff and the vocal melody can all be the strength of a song,” explains Rockenfield. “We find that strength and bring it to the forefront on each song. When you have talented and experienced musicians working together, I think it can be more difficult to write a good song than to overplay and drown out the strengths. I think we succeeded in avoiding that potential problem and the result is an album full of good, melodic rock songs.” As for production, the band handled the responsibilities themselves. “We all have studio experience, so we can avoid doing things the ‘normal’ way.”

    A project started for the sake of self-satisfaction, Slave To The System is an incredible testament to the creative power and musical talents of four very impressive musicians.
    A full track listing for Slave To The System comprises:

    1. Stigmata
    2. Ruby Wednesday
    3. Slave To The System
    4. Live This Life
    5. Cruz Out Of Control
    6. Abyss
    7. Disinfected
    8. Gone Today
    9. Will You Be There
    10. Leaves
    11. Ragdoll
    12. Walk The Line

    For up to date information on Slave To The System, please visit:

  • Cryptopsy Return Home, Talk To Fans

    Montreal’s CRYPTOPSY have returned home after their North American tour supporting their new release Once Was Not. After 6-weeks of live performances that were said to have “left jaws permanently affixed to the floor” (Metal Maniacs) drummer Flo Mounier sent the following message to fans, “Good to be back from a long tour, which by the way, went fantastic. Nothing is better then touring with bands that get along so well and that have been friends for years; Despised Icon, Aborted, Vader and Suffocation, thank you all so much. What a brutal metal package, every night was a lesson in punishment. Hope you gals and guys enjoyed yourselves ‘cause I saw these bands night after night and it was awesome every time. We’ll be back in 2006 for more pounding tours and to showcase Once Was Not. Till then…”


    HOLLYWOOD (Novenmber 10, 2005) – In January 2005 L.A. Guns headed to the studio with producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones) and began work on “Tales from the Strip.”

    Upon completion of the album, L.A. Guns headed out on the American Metal Blast Tour 2005 this last summer, with metal-giants W.A.S.P headlining the show. They went on to continue album support and played all over Europe to .

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


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

  • Former CARCASS Frontman's Country/Blues Solo Album To Surface Early Next Year - Nov. 9, 2005

    Fractured Transmitter Records will be issuing former CARCASS bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker's solo album consisting exclusively of country and blues covers from artists including SKEETER DAVIS, HANK WILLIAMS, JOHNNY CASH, CONNIE SMITH, and JOHN DENVER — albeit with a metallic spin. The CD, entitled "Welcome to Carcass Cuntry", is tentatively scheduled for release in February/March 2006.

    "What I'm doing is kinda left of center to some extent," Walker told Decibel magazine late last year. "It's really not that original of an idea when you consider that [SOCIAL DISTORTION frontman] Mike Ness has already done a country-hybrid album. But I don't think anyone from a background like mine has done it, and done it with a bit of respect — not turning it into a piss take."

    "Welcome to Carcass Cuntry" will include contributions from H.I.M. drummer Gas, H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo (bass/backing vocals), former CARCASS guitarist/FIREBIRD frontman Bill Steer (lead guitar, harmonica, slide guitar, vocals), AMORPHIS guitarists Esa Holopainen and Tomi Koivusaari (guitars), keyboardist Santeri Kallio (keyboards) and bassist Niclas Etelävuori (bass), ex-FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould, and former CARCASS drummer Ken Owen.

    "I like the irony of me doing a solo album and being the most untalented person on the album," Walker joked. "I could play the instruments half-assed, but I think it's better to recognize your own failings and get someone else in who could do it better."

  • MOTORHEAD: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Expanded Editions
    Available November 11th through Sanctuary Records

    Classic Motörhead Albums Receive Special Treatment With Bonus Tracks, Re-Mastering And Extensive Liner Notes

    30 years ago, a man called “Lemmy” created something ugly, loud and legendary. That something was Motörhead.

    In celebration of three decades of one of the most underrated, influential, and downright noisy bands to ever walk the face of the planet, Sanctuary Records presents commemorative, 30th anniversary editions of some of Motörhead’s most important and memorable albums, as well as a collection of BBC archive recordings and vintage performances from the 70s and 80s. Overkill, Bomber, Ace Of Spades, Iron Fist and No Remorse have all been faithfully restored and enhanced for the momentous occasion.

    Debuting in 1976 after Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister was unceremoniously ejected from the space-rock band Hwawkwind, Motörhead was certainly something “different”. “Different” in a good way, of course. The band invented a musical genre known, appropriately enough, as “speed metal”. Fast, crude, in-your-face and abrasive as hell, there had never been anything else quite like Motörhead.

    With the release of Overkill in 1979, Motörhead introduced the lineup that would create some of the most important hard music albums ever written: Lemmy on bass and grinding vocal duties, “Fast” Eddie Clarke on guitar and “Philthy” Phil Taylor on drums. It seems only fitting that the first album to feature this legendary unit should receive the deluxe edition treatment. Such memorable tracks as “Overkill”, “Stay Clean”, “Damage Case” and “Tear Ya Down” are given a high-profile presentation, while a second disc of bonus tracks, including b-sides and BBC radio performances makes this release worth having.

    Bomber, Motörhead’s second 1979 release and the album made famous by the unique “bomber” shaped lighting rig that highlighted the accompanying tour, features such awesome songs as “Bomber” and “Stone Dead Forever”, as well as a bonus disc featuring b-sides, alternate versions of album tracks, and the “Golden Years” EP.

    1980’s Ace Of Spades again features fully re-mastered takes of the entire original album, including the seminal title track, perhaps Motörhead’s most well-known anthem, as well as multiple alternate versions of many of the album’s standout tracks and BBC radio session outtakes.

    Iron Fist, originally released in 1982, features a bonus disc with a full live set performed in 1982 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.

    No Remorse, a “best-of” collection originally released in 1984, now features bonus tracks “Under The Knife”, “Masterplan” and two tracks “No Class” and “Stand By Your Man” with guest vocals by shock rock icon Wendy O’Williams.

    Finally, the BBC Live & In-Session features 2 discs comprising 5 unique BBC recording sessions of Motörhead classics recorded between 1978 and 1986.

    In 30 years, Motörhead has done as much as any ten lesser bands and is still going strong. Such a unique legacy deserves recognition and celebration, and the 30th Anniversary Deluxe Expanded Editions are an appropriate tribute to such a storied career.

  • Former Fuel Drummer Announces New Project

    Famed Artist to Start Recording with FOSTERCHILD This Month

    Kevin Miller, the drummer who helped Fuel reach superstardom with the multi-platinum hit albums Sunburn (Sony/Epic, 1998) and Something Like Human (Song/Epic, 2000), has announced that his new project FOSTERCHILD is entering the studio this month to record its debut album.

    FOSTERCHILD is a four-piece rock band that Miller and guitarist Brian Quinn formed shortly after Miller’s departure from Fuel earlier this year. The band is currently in the midst of pre-production and will begin recording with producer du jour Jeff Glixman (Kansas, Black Sabbath, Kiss’ Paul Stanley) later this month.

    The album is slated for an early 2006 release date however four of the songs are available now for download on their MySpace page at www.myspace.com/fosterchildmusic.

    For more information about Fosterchild, visit www.fosterchildmusic.com or www.myspace.com/fosterchild.


    The grind gods of Chicago's financial district drop five of their best songs yet on this Enhanced CDEP, which features the infamous music video for "Master of Profits." Blazing and brutally intricate grindcore, perched to hostilely takeover all weak-ass imitators and drive profits through the roof! Scratch and Sniff Digipak packaging featuring the smell of laundered money. Order from Interpunk.com and get a limited a copy of the CDEP with an autographed one dollar bill, along with a free poster courtesy of Eugenics Record Label.


  • ANGTORIA signs record deal with Listenable Records!

    Swedish/Uk based orchestral metal band ANGTORIA has as a result of their collaboration with Fortress Music And Artist Management teamed up with Listenable Records and signed a record deal! Formed in July 2004, this female fronted band consist of singer Sarah Jezebel Deva (known from Cradle Of Filth, Therion, Mortiis etc), musician/composer Chris Rehn (Abyssos) and musician/composer Tommy Rehn (Moahni Moahna).

    Having already recieved numerous top rated reviews and awards for their demo in magazines all over the world, the collaboration with Listenable Records will reveal their awaited debut album scheduled to be released worldwide in spring 2006.

    Visit www.listenable.net or www.angtoria.com for official information and updates.

  • Gary Schutt "Sentimetal" released

    Arise Records has just released the long awaited reissue of Gary Schutt ´s “Sentimetal” album (originally released in 1995)

    All vocals of the album were recorded by Jeff Scott Soto (Y.J.Malmsteen, Soul Sirkus, Talisman...).
    This new edition has been remastered, contains 3 bonus tracks and new layout.

    “Sentimetal” tracklisting:
    1. Warpaint
    2. In Some Other Lifetime
    3. The Imperial March
    4. No Man's Land
    5. I Guess I'm Still In Love
    6. Dangerous Horseplay
    7. Stranded
    8. Should Have Been Me
    9. She's Letting Go
    10. Your Friend
    11. Faultline
    bonus tracks:
    12. Highway To Nowhere (demo)
    13. Mental Ward (demo)
    14. Act Of Sympathy (demo)

    Mp3 available at http://www.arisemetal.net/12.php

  • VILE's New Age of Chaos

    Almost ten years after releasing their first 3-song demo “Unearthed” onto the American death metal landscape, Vile is poised for relentless attack and will accept nothing but total world domination!

    Major U.S. tours with bands like Cannibal Corpse, Cephalic Carnage, Deeds of Flesh; and a hugely successful European headlining tour have solidified Vile's base, and proved their worth to thousands of extreme metal fans. Catch Vile live this year and in 2006! Witness the domination for yourself as Vile drop the bomb on another unsuspecting crowd!

    Now in September 2005, Vile will release their third full-length album entitled “The New Age of Chaos”. Written and recorded by founding member and death metal producer Colin Davis, it is Vile’s most mature and memorable offering to date. “The New Age of Chaos” will surely be deemed one of American extreme metal’s brightest offerings and solidify Vile’s rightful place among the “Death Metal Elite”.

    “The New Age of Chaos” is not just more of the same American style underground metal. It contains a mixture of modern extreme metal influences including prominent black metal style melodies as well as Vile's patented pit invoking grooves! “The New Age of Chaos” is a finely crafted musical landscape that takes the listener to a place of uncertainty, a place of inhuman conditions and out-and-out war. A war of civilizations. A war of ideas and extreme ideals. A war that could determine the eventual fate of mankind.

    Based on current events and intertwined with horrific fantasy, Vile entertains the idea of a complete and total world war between the West and the terrorists of fundamentalist Islam. Step into the brutal and horrifying present.

    Step into the New Age of Chaos!


December 7th, 2005

    "This CD is dedicated to our fans and all metal fans," says Jeff Waters of Canadian thrash-masters Annihilator. "This time around I went right for the throat: 100% thrash metal with an attitude. No Ballads. No Breaks in the Insanity. Schizo Deluxe is what a lot of metal fans have been screaming at me to give them this time: Brutal guitar riffs and solos, second-to-none musicianship, and back-to-the-roots thrash/heavy metal songwriting."

    To be released on Locomotive Records on November 8, Schizo Deluxe reaffirms Waters' street cred and relevance to the metal scene in 2005. Since its 1989 Alice In Hell debut, Annihilator has stayed true--with a few creative alterations along the way, of course--to its singular mono-maniacal devotion to that original spark that emanated out of San Francisco in the mid-90s: THRASH.

    Touring twice with Judas Priest; respected by metal guitarists worldwide; selling over a million units overseas, Waters has carved out his own chunk of metal history with Annihilator. While most '80s metal bands didn't survive past the early '90s, Waters has persisted with his vision, since 1984, of cutting the fat from the mix to only keep the choice cuts. Schizo Deluxe has 10 such morsels: Maximum Satan, Drive, Warbird, Plasma Zombies, Invite It, Like Father Like Gun, Pride, Too Far Gone, Clare and Something Witchy.

    Like the late Chuck Schuldiner, who spent his life defining and refining his singular perspective into crystal-clear clarity, Waters has had a similar career trajectory. As Schuldiner was to Death Metal, Waters is to thrash. Thus, the release of Schizo Deluxe is cause for celebration in the international metal community. Metal Maniacs


    New Revolting Cocks coming on Valentines Day 2006
    New Ministry album to follow in April 2006

    Rock pioneer Al Jourgensen ventures into the record label business with the launch of 13th Planet Records, the new home of Ministry and Revolting Cocks. The imprint/boutique label is a joint venture with Megaforce Records for the US and Canadian markets, distributed by RED/Sony. "It's great to be working with Ministry again. We had platinum success during the Psalm 69 days and Ministry remains an iconic and pioneering band. There is nobody better than Al Jourgensen releasing terror and greatness as he continues to challenge the status quo," says VP of Megaforce, Missi Callazzo.

    Jourgensen was a pioneer in bringing industrial music to the masses and he essentially returns to his roots with his latest endeavor. Al spearheaded the Chicago based Waxtrax! imprint throughout the late '80s and '90s bringing forth the release of such notable alter-ego ventures as Revolting Cocks, Pailhead, 1000 Homo DJ's, Acid Horse, PTP and Lard. Jourgensen explains: "Being clean for three years, I decided it was time for me to get back in the saddle and create an independent and autonomous outlet for Ministry and other side projects again. I'm looking forward to developing 13th Planet Records into a successful, prolific, and creatively rewarding artist run label."

    13th Planet Records unveils its new website www.thirteenthplanet.com on October 31, 2005. The site will host news, music, tour information, and merchandise for all things Ministry, Revolting Cocks and Jourgensen's side-projects.

    13th Planet/Megaforce unleases its debut release Revolting Cocks: Cocked and Loaded February 14, 2006. Produced by Al Jourgensen, the CD features the contributions of guest artists Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Gibby Haynes (Butt Hole Surfers), Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Stevie Banch (Spyder Baby) and Phildo Owen (Skatenigs) and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick).

    The anticipated new Ministry album, Rio Grande Blood, will follow with an April 2006 release via 13th Planet/Megaforce. Also produced by Ministry founder Jourgensen, the new album features Tommy Victor (Prong) and Paul Raven (Killing Joke).

    Ministry and Revolting Cocks hit the road for the MasterBa Tour 2006. With 60 dates scheduled throughout the US and Canada, tickets are on sale now for May 6th through July 20th and European dates are currently being booked for August and September 2006.

    For further information:

    Metal Maniacs


    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A new police report details a chaotic scene at last December's Damageplan concert, with the tour manager getting wounded as he tried to prevent a gunman from climbing on stage -- he then was helped to the side where he watched former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott get shot in the head three times.

    At the heavy metal concert, 25-year-old Nathan Gale killed four people, including Abbott, before a Columbus policeman shot and killed Gale.

    Nearly 300 witness interviews, released Thursday in a 627-page report, showed people were confused about the sequence of the shootings at the Alrosa Villa nightclub.

    Witnesses said Gale sneaked into the concert before opening fire with his 9mm handgun. Christopher Paluska, Damageplan's tour manager, said he was shot first -- though it was previously believed Abbott was the initial victim. Paluska was one of three people shot who survived. Another, stage technician John Brooks, wrestled with Gale who pinned him as a hostage as police moved toward the stage.

    Officer James Niggemeyer then killed Gale with one shotgun blast while he was holding Brooks hostage. Brooks told investigators although he didn't hear Niggemeyer fire at Gale, he felt Gale's grip weaken and hurried off the stage.

    A grand jury cleared Niggemeyer, 31, of any wrongdoing in May. Gale still had 35 bullets left when killed, investigators said. During the melee, Damageplan drummer Vincent Abbott hid behind amplifiers and lead singer Patrick Lachman jumped and screamed into the microphone for someone to call the police.

    Gale's mother has said her son was obsessed with Pantera -- who was nominated for Grammys for best metal performance in 1995 for I'm Broken and in 2001 for Revolution Is My Name -- and believed the band had stolen song lyrics from him.

    He previously told both his mother and a former employer that he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic before he was discharged from the Marines in October 2003, two years into a four-year stint. Military records do not mention mental illness as the reason for the discharge. [Source: CNN.COM] Metal Maniacs

  • THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER confirms 2006 European tour!

    The Black Dahlia Murder has confirmed a European tour for January/February 2006. The full European tour starts on January 20th in Essen, Germany with direct support provided by Liar. For more info about the tour dates go to: www.mad-tourbooking.de.

    1/20 Essen, Germany Zeche Carl w/ Fear My Thoughts
    1/21 Sneek, Holland Het Bollwerk
    1/22 Luxemburg, Luxemburg Kulturfabriek
    1/24 Rennes, France Jardin Moderne
    1/25 Paris, France Point FMR
    1/26 Montreux, Switzerland NED Club
    1/27 Milan, Italy Bloom
    1/28 Prato, Italy Anomalia Club
    1/29 Budapest, Hungary Kultiplex
    1/30 Wien, Austria Arena
    1/31 Schweinfurt, Germany Alter Stadtbahnhof
    2/01 Giessen, Germany MUK
    2/02 Darmstadt, Germany ?ttinger Villa
    2/03 Chemnitz, Germany AJZ Talschock
    2/04 Berlin, Germany Kato
    2/05 Tilburg, Holland O13
    2/06 London, England Underworld
    2/07 Newcastle, England Trillians
    2/08 Glasgow, England Barfly
    2/09 Manchester, England Satans Ghollow
    2/10 Newport, England NCLA
    2/11 Norwich, England Ferryboat
    2/12 Kontich , Holland Lintfabriek


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  • CANNIBAL CORPSE studio update from George Fisher!

    Tampa-based death metal gurus CANNIBAL CORPSE have entered Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, FL with producer Erik Rutan (MORBID ANGEL, HATE ETERNAL) to begin recording their 10th studio album. While speaking to BW&BK about
    his PATHS OF POSSESSION project (Promises In Blood - out now Metal Blade Records), vocalist George Corpsegrinder Fisher provided the following

    Cannibal Corpse update: "It's hard to imagine how we could get much more brutal," he describes, "but if you love Cannibal Corpse then you're gonna love this record. There are some songs that are maybe not the fastest we've done, but they are definitely the heaviest. I've been saying nut rumblers! We're working with Erik Rutan so we're very confident that we'll get the production we want. When people hear these songs they're gonna rumble your balls when you're sitting in a chair. The fans are gonna love it. Why would I think anything else? These guys write great fucking music and it's a pleasure to sing over it. Even Rob (Barrett - guitar) wrote a song on this album. It's going to be killer."


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  • VEHEMENCE calls it quits!

    "Eight years after it all started, we decided that now is the time to throw in the towel. It was fun, and we would like to thank all the people who have supported us along the way. Vehemence was and is a huge part of our lives, but at this point its time to start fresh. The death of Vehemence has since spawned 3 new bands from its ex members. Abigail Williams featuring Mark, Andy and Bjorn of Vehemence [www.myspace.com/abigailwilliams], He Who Binds Himself featuring Nathan [www.myspace.com/hewhobindshimself] and as John stated "I'm looking for members for a new band and I am also available for touring. Currently I'm also affiliated with several other side projects which I will release soon." -John Chavez

    We still have a batch of new shirts coming this year, as well as a new remixed version of our first self released disc entitled The Thoughts From Which I Hide, that will be available exclusively at our website. Vehemence may do shows every now and then, but will not be a full time band. Just keep checking our website as that will still be up and running. www.vehemence.com

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  • CALLENISH CIRCLE release mp3 from [Pitch.Black.Effects]!

    A brand new Callenish Circle track titled Ignorant has been posted online on the band's MySpace domain: www.myspace.com/callenishcircle

    This track will be featured on Callenish Circle's upcoming (and meanwhile 5th) full length album titled [Pitch.Black.Effects]. [Pitch.Black.Effects] was recorded at aRe U Recordings in Holland under supervision of producer Gail Liebling. The final mix was done at the Antfarm Studio in Denmark with Tue Madsen (a.o. The Haunted, Illdisposed & Mnemic). Mastering duties were handled again by Peter Neuber at Mega Wimp Sound in Germany and last but not least the complete artwork was created by Danish art talent Mircea Gabriel Eftemie at Cadaverman Media.

    Track listing:
    1. This Day You Regret
    2. Ignorant
    3. Behind Lines
    4. Schwarzes Licht
    5. Sweet Cyanide
    6. Blind
    7. Guess Again
    8. Self-Inflicted
    9. As You Speak
    10. Pitch Black

    [Pitch.Black.Effects] hits stores January 10th, 2006!


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  • VOMITORY announce the departure of long time guitarist Ulf Dalegren:

    "We are very sorry to break the news that guitarist Ulf Dalegren has decided to leave Vomitory after fifteen years in the band. Life changes quite a lot during fifteen years and the priorities we need to make change as well along with it. We hate to see Ulf go, but we understand and respect his decision to 100%. We part our musical ways as the best of friends and continue as drinking companions just as usual. We wish him the best of luck with everything in the future! Uffe - we salute you!" -Vomitory

    In Ulf's own words: "It's with great sadness in my worm infested death metal heart that I have to announce my departure from Vomitory. I feel that there's no need for details. It's on a personal level, that's it. All I can say is that there are no hard feelings between me and the other guys. I wish them all the luck and hope that the band will be out there spreading high quality death metal for many years to come. I'll return, don't know where - don't know when. Death is meant to last forever" -Ulf

    Vomitory will be playing the scheduled shows in the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands and Sweden in November just as planned. The bands good friend Lord K Philipsson (The Project Hate/God Among Insects) will be helping out on the November shows. Kudos to K! After the November shows Vomitory will begin searching for a new permanent guitarist. More updates on this later.


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    New Full-length for Feb 06
    (Ferret Records)

    Remembering Never has just begun work on their next album to be titled God Save us and will be released on Ferret Records in Feb 06. The Ft. Lauderdale based band made up of Mean Pete (vocals), Grease (guitar), Aldo (bass), Norm (guitar) and Danny (drums) are known for their sound incorporating chaotic hardcore, shards of melody and strong political and ethical lyrics. The band has sold over 35,000 copies of their previous album Women & Children Die First, which they toured non-stop over the last two years to support with such groups as Terror, The Acacia Strain, Throwdown, Most Precious Blood, Eighteen Visions and many more.

    The group are locked in the studio with famed producer Zeuss in his Massachusetts based Planet Z studios for the next month. Known for his ability to create some of the loudest and fullest albums including work with Madball, Shadows Fall, Hatebreed and Throwdown it was actually his work on Blood Has Been Shed's recent album that won over Remembering Never to working with him. The vocalist of Blood Has Been Shed is Howard Jones who also sings in a little band called Killswitch Engage and also manages Remembering Never. When asked about the new album, Mean Pete responded "Well everyone progresses, so there are definitely natural changes in the music over time, but it's Remembering Never. In the lyric department it's the most personal album I've ever written." That means furious things are in store as Remembering Never is at the fore of bringing the message back into hardcore. The album booklet for Women And Children Die First ends with the statement from Mean Pete: "Being in a hardcore band, it is my privilege and my responsibility to share ideas." From vegetarianism to environmentalism to the war, Remembering Never ambitiously tackles socio-political issues of all realms. Metal Maniacs


    For twenty years New York's golden boys, Sick of It All, have been relentlessly etching themselves into the very flesh of the hardcore scene- and we were able to snag them!

    We at Abacus Recordings, bursting with the pride of a new mother, present to you the explosive news of full-length album number nine.

    This release entitled, Death To Tyrants, should hit the stores sometime in early 2006.

    "Although the songs growl in a new way, they're Sick of It All through and through, with something to offer all our fans from every era." says Armand Majidi, drummer of SOIA.

    Death To Tyrants will be recorded with Dean Baltulonis (Bouncing Souls, Give Up The Ghost, Most Precious Blood) at Atomic Studios this winter with mixing being handled by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Heaven Shall Burn). Metal Maniacs


    Malleus Maleficarum. The Witchhammer. The 1487 edition book with which the medieval priests struck down on witches and heretics alike, a tool of tremendeous power at the time...

    With equal force and precision, Witchammer is executing their return to the ranks of Heavy Metal. With sparks igniting the flame earlier this year, the remainder of 2005 and the coming year 2006 will see Witchhammer returning to touring and recording, as well as re-releasing old material.

    Returning to their classic thrash metal roots of the 1487 album, the upcoming recordings will showcase the band as a leading force in Norwegian Heavy Metal once again...

    Watch for re-releases of these classic album on the 19th november, and a brand new album out in spring 2006!

    In the meantime, some selected tracks, videos and unreleased material is available as free MP3 downloads from www.witchhammer.com

    Sign the guestbook while downloading the stuff..

    The latest news from the band; Witchhammer headlines Swordbrothers festival in Germany 4. march 2006!

    For distribution, interviews, booking or questionaries about the latest issues, send us an email: [email protected]

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    Springfield, Massachusetts' suppliers of all things heavy, THE ACACIA STRAIN, have booked studio time for recording the follow up to 2004's 3750. The new album, scheduled for a late-spring release date through Prosthetic Records, will tentatively be called VICTIMS, a name sure to conjure up images of those left in the band's wake of brutality.

    Recording will begin Dec. 1 with seasoned producer Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage, All That Remains), who was previously responsible for the bludgeoning sound of 3750. The band is currently at work finishing material for the new album.


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    Melodic metallers SUSPERIA, have taken their heavy sounds to the masses in their native Norway with the release of their new EP Devil May Care. The band entered the singles charts for the first time in their career last week when the EP made it's debut at Number 21 on Norway's Official Hit List. The EP has climbed a further two places to Number 19 in the past seven days. As a result, the band have created history by becoming the first home grown act in the metal genre to achieve a Top 20 hit in the country. In the process they have caused a stir among the pop orientated releases that usually dominates the Norwegian charts. The band currently lie between Mariah Carey and Kelly Clarkson in a chart that also contains Depeche Mode and Robbie Williams.

    Bass guitarist Memnock commented with a wry grin that, "It's nice to be the thorn between two roses. On a serious note though, this is a great achievement for Susperia and it's good to see that Norwegian metal acts are being recognised by a wider audience. It's nice to make the popstars feel a little uncomfortable once in a while"

    Devil May Care was released in Europe through TABU Recordings as a special edition CD. The EP features a combination of original and cover songs that have been drawn from various recording sessions.Tracks appearing on the release are the Unlimited album track Devil May Care, new song Venting The Anger and three covers, Lack Of Comprehension originally recorded by Death, Wild Child originally recorded by WASP and a version of The Sun Always Shines On TV - a worldwide hit for fellow Norwegians A-Ha. As an added bonus the release contains the promo videos for Chemistry and Devil May Care as well as screensavers, wallpapers and booklet picture gallery. The EP was completed at StrandStudio in Oslo, Norway. Production duties were handled by the band and engineered by Marius Strand

    SUSPERIA have gone from strength to strength since the release 2004's critically acclaimed album Unlimited, which was recognised with a nomination in the Metal category of Norway's prestigious Alarm Awards. Sales of the CD have gone on to exceed those of the bands' previous albums which were released through the Nuclear Blast label. A tour with Bay area thrash legends Testament on their Reunion tour earlier this year further boosted the bands profile.

    The band - Athera (vocals), Elvorn and Cyrus (guitars) Memnock (bass guitar), Tjodalv (drums) - have a live show lined up at the John Dee, Oslo Norway on Saturday 22nd October. Support comes from Mindgrinder. A European tour is currently being lined up for December to promote the release of 'Devil May Care'. Details will be announced shortly.


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    Crash Music, Inc. today announces a release date of February 21, 2006 for the new Flotsam & Jetsam DVD entitled Live In Japan. The DVD was filmed over three shows in Japan in January of this year.

    Some of the songs included will be No Place for Disgrace, Doomsday For The Deceiver, Hard On You, Nothing To Say, Hammerhead and more.

    The band recently released their Crash Music debut Dreams Of Death on July 26 of this year with great response from the metal community.

    Flotsam & Jetsam was formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1984 by bassist Jason Newsted, who eventually left the band to join Metallica. The band currently consists of Eric A.K. (vocals), Craig Nielsen (drums), Jason Ward (Bass), Mark Simpson (Guitar) and Ed Carlson (Guitar)

    Crash Music is distributed in the US by Caroline Distribution and has offices in Germany and France that handle the European territories through Crash Music Europe.


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    Heralded Swedish metal quintet IN FLAMES has signed a North American record deal with New Jersey's Ferret Music. The influential band, whose cumulative record sales total over one million worldwide, will see their highly anticipated new album, Come Clarity released on February 7th, 2006 in North America. The record will be released in Europe on February 3rd via Nuclear Blast Records.

    The follow up to the band's 2004 release, Soundtrack to Your Escape, Come Clarity features thirteen explosive tracks, including the roll-out single and video, Take this Life. The final track listing for Come Clarity is Take This Life, Leeches, Reflect the Storm, Dead End, Scream, Come Clarity, Vacuum, Pacing Death's Trail, Crawl through Knives, Versus Terminus, Our Infinite Struggle, Vanishing Light and Your Bedtime Story Is Scaring Everyone.

    On the topic of signing IN FLAMES, Ferret Music President Carl Severson comments, "Signing In Flames is one of the most exciting things we've done at Ferret. Everyone at the label loves the band as fans and as people.There are a ton of music fans that haven't yet been exposed to the band and they are missing out. We can't wait to change that."

    Hot off a high profile summer tour as part of OZZFEST 2005, where the band shared the main stage with BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN amongst others, IN FLAMES (Bjorn Gelotte - Guitars, Daniel Svensson - Drums, Peter Iwers - Bass, Jesper Stromblad - Guitars and Anders Frid?n - Vocals) will launch a UK tour alongside MOTORHEAD beginning October 30th. The band will preview songs from Come Clarity over the course of the three week trek. A January, 2006 US headlining tour is expected to be announced shortly.


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    Napalm Records is extremely pleased to announce that KAMPFAR have joined our roster of talented artists and are currently working on their debut for the label. These veteran Norwegian black metallers have two genre classics under their bulletbelts, 1997's Mellom Skogkledde Aaser and 1999's Fra Underverdenen, and their as-yet-untitled next masterpiece has been described by the band as "in the style of old DARKTHRONE." No US release date is confirmed as of this writing, but expect the record to drop later on in 2006. Spread the word, and prepare for reckoning.


    Giant Squid, a sonic colossus a prowl in the Northern California music scene since 2002, builds an overwhelming wall of gorgeous melody that is as likely to crumble into abyssal serenity, as it is to rupture forth waves of down-tuned guitar doom. Expect epic fuzz tones, saturated in analog synthesizer sounds, giving way to delicate breaks of clean tranquility. Bizarre song titles referring to marine life and historical tragedies are the norm as Giant Squid's cinematic soundscapes are soaked with imagery of nautical desolation and mountainous solitude.

    Three haunting voices swell from husband and wife guitar players, Aaron and Aurielle Gregory, and the soulful, keyboard virtuoso, Andy Southard, forming a combined vocal range that reaches down to the darkest depths and up to the highest tides. This trio of drastically dynamic sirens dart in and out from one another while telling melodious tales of lost loved ones, unbeatable odds, cannibalistic friendships, and... sharks (usually in a metaphorical sense). The unorthodox bass-guitar of Bryan Beeson slithers through the nether regions of Giant Squid's music like some unseen cephalopodic monster, always on top of the precise and perpetual movement of Mike Conroy's drumming, as if the beats themselves were its prey.

    Giant Squid garnered the attention of eclectic indie-metal label The End Records with its self-released first album, Metridium Field, engineered by legendary veteran producer of heavy music, Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Melvins, High On Fire, Mr. Bungle). The band signed a deal with The End in 2005. This original release, featuring the concussion-inducing beats of legendary Sacramento drummer Jason Divencenzo, (Red Tape-- Roadrunner Records) will be fully re-mixed with added vocals and instrumentation by Billy Anderson, and then re-released in a beautiful new digipak highlighting the original cover art of Aurielle Gregory.

    Any fan of artistically intelligent and organically heavy indie-rock music, in the vein of Isis, Sonic Youth, Pleasure Forever, Black Heart Procession, Tarantula Hawk, My Bloody Valentine, Pelican, Mogwai, Ulver, Neurosis, Tarental, High on Fire, or classic rock and punk like Black Sabbath and the Subhumans, should appreciate the band's worship of guitar overdrive, somber interludes, and tide-like build ups.

    Andy Southard (keyboard, vocals, pants)
    Mike Conroy (drums, theories)
    Aurielle Gregory (guitar, vocals, wife)
    Bryan Beeson (bass, final fantasy)
    Aaron Gregory (guitar, vocals, husband)


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    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records announces the worldwide signing of Raleigh, North Carolina-based Daylight Dies. The band's label debut, Dismantling Devotion, is currently being completed at The Cutting Room in Solna, Sweden and is expected for release in early 2006.

    Formed in 1996, Terrorizer Magazine called Daylight Dies 2003 debut "memorable and engaging." Outburn Magazine proclaimed, "pristine doom metal." And Digital Metal added, "a combination of dark melody and deathly aggression." With Dismantling Devotion, the band look to further their already growing profile. Drummer Jesse Haff says "it is certainly the most mature material we've written to date. For us it is a strong progression that really shows off our emotionally dark and desperate music; a diverse mix of melancholic, melodic and exceedingly heavy songs."


    Trinidad-based rock band Orange Sky has just been named the opening act for the upcoming fall 2005 U.S. tour by guitar wizard Yngwie Malmsteen.

    Orange Sky will be promoting its Granite Records debut CD 'Upstairs' and DVD 'Live In Trinidad' on the 17-date run of shows from October 31 to December 7.

    Band members include lead vocalist/lead guitarist/songwriter Nigel Rojas, bass guitarist/vocalist Nicholas Rojas, rhythm guitarist Adam Murray, keyboardist/vocalist Richard Hall and drummer/vocalist Obasi Springer. Nigel and Nicholas are brothers.

    "We feel really honored to be touring with Yngwie Malmsteen," Nigel Rojas says. "When we were growing up, his posters were on our walls. As young guitar players, Nicholas and I especially loved him. He's a guitar god."

    Deeply influenced by a broad range of genres including everything from heavy metal and hard rock to pop to reggae, Orange Sky's music is excitingly original and richly melodic. The exotic Caribbean textures that occur naturally in the versatile band's songs guarantee listeners a sonic experience like no other.

    From a musical standpoint, Orange Sky makes a perfect touring partner for an eclectic range of artists. In Trinidad, Orange Sky has opened for the likes of Skid Row, Six Feet Under, Hatebreed and Ludacris.

    "We toured the West Coast recently with Adema, and it was our first time out of Trinidad doing any type of shows. We also opened for Buckcherry in Los Angeles," Nigel says. "That was off the hook as well. Los Angeles is a pretty historic place, rock 'n' roll wise. We got to walk around the Sunset Strip and Hollywood Boulevard -- all the places we grew up reading about. We love driving from city to city and seeing America. It's a beautiful country. It's been amazing."

    Orange Sky is hugely popular at home in Trinidad and Tobago and throughout the Caribbean. In fact, Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Tourism has officially named the band as International Ambassadors.

    "The positive reaction from American fans so far has been overwhelming. We don't sound like the average rock band. We have our metal moments, and a lot of Caribbean elements. On tour, we can play a variety of things," says Nigel.

    "We're so happy to be out on the road in America making new friends and fans every night. We've got a lot of love in our hearts, and we're giving it all that we've got."

    For all the latest Orange Sky information, visit www.theorangesky.com.



    Be prepared to plunge into the Chronicles of the masters of modern symphonic dark metal: With the celebration of their first release on NeoKlaSick Prod., AEONS CONFER are ready to conquer new musical territories …


    The Chronicles of Aeons Confer accumulates the bands achievements of the last three years, bringing together their previous two outputs in remastered versions on one cd as well as the video to the smash hit “The Soul of the Universe”. Highly detailed artwork and quality packaging in DVD-case format and a hologram-logo on each disc let The Chronicles of Aeons Confer become an instant collector’s item.




  • ALTERHATE, hardcore-thrash band from Milan, are currently on rotation on ItalianPodder.it, site of podcasting among the more active in european circle. The introduced song of the italian band is "State Of Mind" taken from the EP "Destroy" published in 2004. This week's episode can be downloaded at this address:


    The band is currently finishing the recording sessions of the first full-lenght, anticipated within the end of 2005.

    Info: http://www.alterhate.com


    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records today confirms the US license for six back catalog titles from Swedish doom legends Candlemass. Set for release in February, the titles include four currently unavailable albums, a live record and the band's cd/dvd collection.

    Epicus Doomicus Metallicus stands as one of doom metal's true milestone recordings. Originally released in 1986, the record has been completely remastered and will include a live bonus disc circa 1988 clocking in at over 51 minutes. In stores February 7, Stonerrock says "it defined a genre and still remains a well-loved and esential metal album more than sixteen frigging years after it came out."

    Ancient Dreams, also remastered and featuring live bonus material, saw original release in 1988 and was the second album to feature vocalist Messiah Marcolin. Album opener "Mirror Mirror" with "Darkness in Paradise" and "The Bells of Acheron," now all fan favorites, further extended the band's genius epic signature. In stores February 7, All Music Guide calls the album "compelling."

    Doomed for Live features seventeen songs recorded during the band's 2001 reunion tour (that further led to their current reunion). The hugely successful European run celebrated the band's legendary status. The record also hits stores February 7.

    Nightfall, the band's brilliant second album, introduced Marcolin to the world and today continues to be one of the band's most popular records. Originally released 1987, it has been remastered and features a bonus disc including rare demo plus studio and additional live footage previously unavailable. In stores February 21, an interview with the band as well video for "Bewitched" has also been added.

    The conceptual album Tales of Creation found original release in 1989. Including "The Edge of Heaven" that Doom-metal.com calls "one of Candlemass' best songs ever," the reissue features more rarere demo material as well video for "Dark Reflections." Also in stores February 21, the album with the cd/dvd Essential Doom (featuring nearly 20 Candlemass classics!) nearly complete Candlemass' respected and prolific recording career.

    Formed in 1985, All Music Guide says, "Candlemass helped reintroduce the lumbering power chords of Black Sabbath to an entire generation of post-New Wave of British Heavy Metal and post-thrash metalheads, almost single-handedly writing the handbook for the modern doom metal movement in the process." The band's latest album, simply titled Candlemass, was released earlier this year via Nuclear Blast.

  • AGATHOCLES is currently in the studio recording their upcoming album 'Mincer'. Expect the release to hit the streets early 2006.

  • ANAL VOMIT and FBP agreed on a limited picture disc version of the excellent 'Demoniac flagellation' album! With altered layout this collectable gem will be made available early next year in a limited 666 edition. Shirts of the band should be made available around that time as well.

  • GOAT SEMEN completed writing and rehearsing several new tracks for the upcoming full length on FBP. Recording will take place early next year. Expect nothing but total South American black death worship the old school way!

  • To suppress the rumours about INFINITED HATE, the band announced that there has never been any idea to quit at all. The band found the rumours ridiculous and do not understand where they were coming from. The band is currently writing material for their third album. The drumming will again be done by Dirk Verbeuren (SOILWORK, ABORTED).

  • SURRENDER OF DIVINITY is currently in the studio in Bangkok recording their anxiously awaited debut full length. Fans of IMPIETY, BLASPHEMY and SARCÓFAGO need this!

  • OLD MAN'S CHILD Garners Press Accolades

    Norway’s Old Man’s Child’s new album Vermin has received 5/5 stars in the December issue of Revolver Magazine. Released on October 16, “the monster of a black-metal album… is packed with majestic arrangements, gothic keyboard flourishes, and full-tilt blast beats. Having a thrashier side as well, Vermin is packed with classic head-nodding rhythms and melodic guitar interplay” (Revolver). For fans of the man (Galder), his band (Old Man’s Child), or his other band (Dimmu Borgir), the issue contains a two-page interview about the release and his plans for OMC’s future.