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December 20th, 2006
  • CELESTIA’s long delayed “Apparitia” reissue is currently being pressed, and there will be a release date for sometime in December. In addition, Celestia’s long awaited sophomore effort, Frigidiis Apotheosia: Genèse de l'Abstinence,  will see the light of day sometime in 2007 on Paragon and Aeternitas Tenebrarum Foundation. More details to follow.

    www.paragonrecords.net
  • After a decade long run, BIOLOCH have sadly called it a day.  The members will continue on in new projects and bands.

    www.paragonrecords.net
  • Paragon Records have picked up Vorkuta for their next two releases. To the uninitiated, Vorkuta from Hungary play a cold and desecrating form of Black Metal. At times, attaining  the atmosphere of “Blood,Fire,Death” era Bathory. As well as the traditional style of Black Metal found on Darkthrone’s “Total Death” album. The band has previously released cassettes on WAR productions, Stygian Shadows Productions, and FolterKammer Records. And will soon issue split releases with the likes of Abigail, Inferno, and Marblebog.We will issue the “Caverns of Lunacy” CD in January, which showcases the bands more majestic, and atmospheric side. You can visit Vorkuta at their site by clicking here. www.vorkuta.uw.hu

    www.paragonrecords.net
  • Paragon Recs have started working with Ash Pool. A primitive and sadomasochist black metal duo, who previously released two demos. One of which (Genital Tomb) was just released by Canadian label, Tour De Garde. Ash Pool, which also consists of Dominick Fernow of the Noise act Prurient, have already been described as the new force in American Black Metal.  A 7” ep “Black Bondage in the North” will be released in January 2007 which shows the band going for a more atmospheric sound, yet maintaining their previously established confrontational approach. Sound clips will be posted shortly.

    www.paragonrecords.net
  • DAWN OF DEFIANCE thrash / death metal

    Unique in it's genre, Dawn of Defiance is the soloist thrash - death metal project from Diego Sendra, composer and multi - instrumentist musician currently living in Montevideo - Uruguay (South America). Visit our site to listen Dawn of Defiance's music. Thanks

    http://www.dawnofdefiance.com

    Please download promo song "Payback time" from "The Obscure Awakening" album clicking here
  • ATTACKER NEWS!

    ATTACKER have ended their performance schedule, for 2006, this past Sunday in their hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey at the reknowned MAXWELL's venue. 2006 has been the bands most prolific year to date with live shows in the UNITED STATES and EUROPE in support of their latest album "The Unknown".

    Not comfortable with resting on it's proverbial laurels, the US Metal band will re-enter the studio the first week of November to begin work on their fifth album with an expected release date projected for September 2007 through SENTINEL STEEL RECORDS. The new albums title will be "King Of Hate". This coming April 2007, the band will take a break from recording their new album to embark on a debut headlining performance in the UNITED KINGDOM. Details will be forthcoming. Stay Tuned.....
  • Mondongo Canibale records new releases

    TENEBRARUM: "VOICES" CD
     
    Track List:

    1. Search (Mp3)
    2. Voices
    3. Rites (Mp3)
    4. Traveler
    5. Battle
    6. Sadness
    7. Visions (Mp3)
    8. Tears
    9. Enlightment
    10. End
    11. *
    12. Traveler (Live)
    13. Battle (video)
     14. Mar de zozobra/Godess video
    Running time: 55.43 min

    Re-release of the seventh album from this cult colombian act. In "voices" we'll find an excellent effort of pure doom metal, plenty of strenght and melody, sounding mature, personal, and very well played and arranged; for this recording even they used a hall orchestra and the album has been mastered in New York at the Sterling Sound Studio by George Marino (Metallica, Aerosmith, Type O Negative). A conceptual album, with a history of love and war that goes around ten chapters of passion and misery, in short music full of life. Here we have brand new artwork, one live track, one videoclip and two live videos as extras. Among their influences we could name to diverse bands such as Moonspell, Metallica, Paradise Lost, Rammstein, Pink Floid or Black Sabbath. If you are into doom or melodic rock/metal in general don't miss this, 'cause is an album worthy of being near the classics of the genre. More info here

    http://www.tenebrarumband.com

    You can purchase this good work of honest doom metal here
    Price: 9 €/ 11 usa $ (postage not included)

    SPEEDFREAKS: "OUT FOR KICKS" CD
     
    Track List:

    1. Out for Kicks
    2. Somebody to Roll
    3. Going Underground (Mp3)
    4. Freakbeat
    5. Violent Breed
    6. Beautyshine
    7. Agony Has no Age (Mp3)
    8. The Dogs
    9. Money? (Mp3)
    10. Break-Out Time 
    Running time: 33.55 min

    Sweden, and concretely Gothenburg have been one of the most actives scenes in the rock and metal world. From this cold city arise now Speedfreaks to become in one of the local rock icons, although with a music far from the so-called "gothenburg sound". The band is back in this second album with a more mature, personal and powerful sound, that take roots in bands as Motörhead, Black Label Society, Black Sabbath and The Cult among others, but obtaining their own and original sound, based in a mixture between rock'n'roll, hard rock, plus some touches of metal and punk. High energy and pure Rock'n Roll, plenty of power, aggressiveness, good melodies, catchy songs full of brilliant riffs and an excellent cover of Nazareth´s classic "Somebody to roll". More info here

    http://www.speedfreaks.se

    You can purchase this good work of honest rock here
    Price: 9 €/ 11 usa $ (postage not included)
     
    Mondongo Canibale             
    P.O. Box 27106                   
    28080 Madrid
    Spain

    [email protected]
    www.mondongocanibale.com
  • DIMMU BORGIR recording update!

    Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have entered Studio Fredman with producer Fredrik Nordström to begin recording their new album for an early 2007 release. DIMMU guitarist Silenoz checks in with the following recording update: "So, just to let you know, everything moves along nicely in the studio, perhaps a bit too well…? With past studio ghost experiences in mind, something is just bound to happen… I'm sure of it. Well, apart from being the typical pessimist, at least it didn't take us too long to get all the basic rhythm guitar tracks down and even better - it sounds awesome! A fat and razor-sharp tone, without compromise, hitting you right between the eyes! Proper equipment — Engl amps, ESP guitars and Seymour Duncan pickups — make things hell of a lot easier, I say. Leads/solos and acoustic/clean guitars will be laid down later when everything else is ready. Bass and keys are up next. We expect it to sound nothing less than grandiose once this beast is finished. Oh, yeah, almost forgot, we have the album title as well, but we're not gonna announce it until the time is right!"
  • CANDLEMASS in search of a new singer

    After the cooperation between the band and singer Messiah Marcolin has come to a complete end now (for an extensive statement, please check www.candlemass.se), CANDLEMASS are searching for a new lead singer now. The band states: "CANDLEMASS will start to look for a new singer as soon as possible. Watch our website. More info on the matter will come soon. In the meantime, don't try to send us tapes or CDs or links."
  • KATAKLYSM DVD-artwork and tracklist revealed

    Our Nothern Hyperblast monsters KATAKLYSM from Canada have revealed the artwork and setlist for their upcoming DVD "Live In Deutschland" (Releasedate: 26.01.2007)

    Click here for the cover!

    See the content of the DVD/CD-package below!

    Live at "The Party-San open air" (Germany) Disc 1 DVD
    1- Like Angels weeping (The Dark)
    2 -Where the Enemy sleeps
    3- The Ressurected
    4- Let Them Burn
    5- As I Slither
    6- As the glorious Weep 7- The Ambassador of Pain
    8- Manipulator Of souls
    9- Crippled & Broken
    10- In Shadows & Dust
    11- Face The Face of War
    12- The Road To Devastation

    Live At The Medley (Canada) / Bonus Footage
    13- Illuminati
    14- To Reign Again
    15- The Awakener
    16- Sorcery -The Test of time-
    *Band profilers/interviews
    *Band / Fan Pictures
    *On the Road footage
    *Videoclips : The Awakener, In Shadows & Dust, As I Slither, Crippled & Broken ,To Reign Again

    DISC 2 " Live at The Party-San open Air" Audio CD
  • WINTERSUN mixing to start in May

    The mixing for WINTERSUN's new album "Time" is finally scheduled to take place at Nino Laurenne's Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland, in May 2007. Watch out for the release of the album in August 2007! Drummer Kai Hato about the delay of the record: "Jari is still working very hard to finish the album and to make the best possible second release for WINTERSUN.The release date is now planned to be somewhere in August 2007 but I promise that the wait will be worth it! We are very sorry for this delay! Have patience." You can read the full statement here: www.wintermadness.net
  • THUNDERSTONE in the studio now!

    Our finnish melodic power metallers from THUNDERSTONE are in the studio right now to record their fourth album! The recording sessions are taking place in the Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki. 11 Songs will be on the regular version, 2 coverversions were recorded for the limited edition. Check out the studiodairy at the following location to be up to date!
  • New AXEMASTER CD cover

    The cover of the new AXEMASTER CD has been unveiled by Burning Star Records. The mastering has been completed and the disc is now in production. Things are still on schedule for a December release. Hope you'll check it out once it's available!!!!!

    www.myspace.com/thebandaxemaster
    www.Burning-Star.net
     
    "Blessing in the Skies" was a 9 song record that was originally released in 1987 by Azra International Records.
  • THE VOID- New Prog-Metal Band Featuring John Macaluso (Yngwie/ Ark) and Chris Caffery, Zandelle, October Thorns Members.

    THE VOID is in preproduction for their upcoming debut to be released in the spring of 2007.

    Tracking will begin in November at DCity Studios in Long Island with John Macaluso, formerly of Yngwie Malmsteen and Ark on drums.

    John recently completed basic tracks there for his first solo CD featuring James Labrie, Tony Harnell and Mike DiMeo on vocals and many other guests that he has worked with over the years.

    THE VOID features members from the Chris Caffery Band, Zandelle and October Thorns. Their sound has been described as aggressive prog-metal with a focus on stripped down song-writing.

    One exception will be an epic, classically inspired piece that borrows from the traditions of symphonic music while incorporating modern instruments and recording techniques. David Z from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and ZO2 will be providing a 2 handed 6 string bass section with Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and Vitalij Kuprij (Artension) under consideration for their own separate contributions.

    Demo tracks are available at myspace.com/seekthevoid.

    Stentor Productions

  • OPEN GRAVE RECORDS SIGNS EXCLUSIVE US DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH OARFIN DISTRIBUTION
     
    Open Grave Records is please to announce that they have inked an exclusive US distribution deal with OarFin Distribution. OarFin Distribution is a National Distributor that deals with national & independent music store chains as well as online retailers, as well as other distributors and key independent stores.
     
    Owner of Open Grave Records, James Mattern is quoted saying, “Everyone at Open Grave Records is really pleased about this partnership with OarFin. With this deal in place we will be better able to get our products into the hands of the fans. This will also give every artist that is a part of Open Grave Records the opportunity to grow”.
     
    The first releases that are being made available nationwide will:
    Downlord – Random Dictionary of the Damned
    Atrocity - Contaminated
    Necrodemon – Ice Fields of Hyperion
    End of Destiny – The Thoughtless Existence
    The Everscathed – Razors of Unrest
     
    These titled will hit stores on January 30th 2007.
     
    Links:
    Open Grave Records / http://www.opengraverecords.com
    OarFin Distribution / http://www.oarfindistribution.com
  • DESTRUCTION return with Thrash Til Death North American tour

    Metal Maniacs presents:"THRASH TILL DEATH over North America!

    German metal gods DESTRUCTION will be joined by US thrash companions SADUS and MUNICIPIAL WASTE!!!

    01/20/07 Seattle WA @ Showbox
    01/21/07 Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
    01/22/07 Las Vegas, NV @ Celebrity Club
    01/23/07 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
    01/24/07 San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
    01/25/07 Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
    01/26/07 Denver, CO @ Hubba's House Of Rock
    01/27/07 Tulsa, OK @ The Hive
    01/28/07 Omaha, NE @ Sokol
    01/29/07 Chicago, IL @ Joe's
    01/30/07 Sauget, IL @ Pop's
    01/31/07 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
    02/01/07 Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
    02/02/07 Quebec City, QUE @ Le Petit Theatre du Capital
    02/03/07 Montreal, QUE @ Foufounes Electriques
    02/04/07 Boston, MA @ Middle East
    02/05/07 New York City, NY @ Rebel
    02/06/07 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
    02/07/07 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
    02/08/07 Fayetteville, NC
    02/09/07 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
    02/10/07 Ft Lauderdale, FL
    02/11/07 Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
    02/12/07 New Orleans
    02/13/07 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
    02/14/07 Houston, TX @ Walter's On Washington
    02/15/07 El Paso, TX @ Chic's
    02/16/07 Phoenix, AZ @ Clubhouse
    02/17/07 Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
     
    Destruction continue to reap praise with last year's monumental Inventor of Evil album that landed them on a massive North American tour with labelmates Vader that many have dubbed THE best metal tour in years. The band will also be supporting their upcoming release Thrash Anthems out in January, which showcases some killer re-recorded classics as well as new material.
     
    www.destruction.de
    www.candlelightrecordsusa.com
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  • AVAILABLE NOW Infected Malignity/Malebolgia/Tragical Memories // 3Way Split CD

    Track Listing:

    Infected Malignity
    1. Revenge to Capitalism 
    2. Desperate Death 
    3. Cruel Recollection 
    4. Revenge to Capitalism (Live)
    5. Retaliate Against the Pain (Live)

    Malebolgia
    6. Pissing Pus
    7. Chainsaw Impalement
    8. Vomit 
    9. Infesdead
    10. Born of the Nephilim 

    Tragical Memories
    11. Permanently Insane 
    12. Perfectly Executed 
    13. Collection Of Butchery In My Tool Shed 
    14. To Cut Your Arteries...
    15. ...to See You Suffer Is Why I Live!

    All tracks mastered by Keisuke Tsuboi ([email protected])
    re-mastered by Armand Boy at Disembowel (DDC)
    Cover art, design & title logo by Armand Boy, Disembowel Crushing Design ([email protected])

    www.disembowelrecords.com
  • CROWBAR DVD RELEASE DATE SET

    Candlelight Records today confirms January 23 as the North American release date for Crowbar's Live: With Full Force.  Filmed at the popular German open air festival of the same name, Live: With Full Force was captured on Crowbar’s world tour supporting their 2005 release, Lifesblood for the Downtrodden.  The live performance dvd also includes candid backstage footage plus the band’s second (and previously unavailable) promotional video for Lifesblood for the Downtrodden album track “Slave No More.”

    It goes without saying the scope of contributions and merits Crowbar have had on the heavy music scene since their formation over a decade ago. Originally noted as a cross-mix of Pantera and The Melvins, later dubbed sludge metal/core, Crowbar pioneered the genre’s early sound and today continue to push its boundaries with experimentation and endless determination. To date their US soundscan history approaching a quarter of a million units.  “Crowbar are the meat n’ potatoes of extreme metal... a comforting, welcome sustenance that is satisfying no matter how many times you experience it.” - Digital Metal
     
    Track listing for Live: With Full Force is as follows:  Self-Inflicted, I Am Forever, The Lasting Dose, Burn Your World, New Dawn, High Rate Extinction, Planets Collide, All I Had (I Gave), Slave No More (video)

    Crowbar are planning a series of dates in 2007 while continuing work on new material for their next album expected early 2008. 

    Candlelight Records USA
    PO Box 707
    Plymouth Meeting PA 19462
    ph: 610-828-8339
    fx: 610-828-3770

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  • ABIGAIL WILLIAMS DEBUT EP RELEASE DATE SET
     
    Candlelight Records today confirms January 23 as the North American release date for Abigail Williams' Legend.  The limited edition 5-song ep is the territory's formal introduction to the Phoenix-based extreme metal band and coincides with the band’s first national American tour; the band participating on Candlelight’s upcoming (and highly anticipated) label tour featuring co-headliners Dark Funeral and Enslaved.
     
    Amassing an impressive quarter million hits to their MySpace page (this in under six months!), Abigial Williams defy classification by taking the groove and melody of Gothenburg-styled death metal, face-smashing breakdowns of the hardcore scene and top it with the bombastic and epic-flavored frostbite of black metal’s evilest hordes. The result is a multi-faceted and unforgettable hybrid that already has genre aficionados taking an immediate interest.  Kerrang! says, “the bloody birth of black metalcore. Abigail Williams have taken fresh-faced metal down the left hand path... the result is obscenely exciting.”

    Abigail Williams' full length debut is planned for an early Spring 2007 release.  Additional touring plans will be announced in cooperation with the album's release date.

    Track listing for Legend is as follows:  From a Buried Heart, Like Carrion Birds, The Conqueror Wyrm, Watchtower, Procession of the Aeons (exclusive demo).
     
    Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising dates featuring Abigail Williams with Dark Funeral and Enslaved are available at www.candlelightrecordsusa.com.
     
    Candlelight Records USA
    PO Box 707
    Plymouth Meeting PA 19462
    ph: 610-828-8339
    fx: 610-828-3770

    our official sites!
    www.candlelightrecordsusa.com
    www.candlelightrecords.co.uk

December 18th, 2006
  • TUSKA PRESS RELEASE - IMMORTAL CONFIRMED FOR 2007

    TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL PRESS RELEASE FALL 2006 
     
    Immortal confirmed for Tuska 2007 
    Tuska present at the Finnish Metal Expo in Helsinki in February 
     
    After being exhausted by the heat and the drought of summer 2006, Tuska-organisation is now starting to show signs of life. Tuska-Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the classic location of Kaisaniemi, Helsinki, between 29.6.-1.7.2007. Tuska’s 10th anniversary Friday will feature a very special guest, as one the truest black metallers of all time, Immortal (NOR) take the stage at Kaisaniemi. More of the program as well as a limited run of special priced Tuska 2007 -tickets will be available at the Finnish Metal Expo in February. Stay tuned. 
     
    As mentioned, Tuska-Festival will also be strongly present at the third annual Finnish Metal Expo at the Cable Factory in Helsinki, on 16.-17.2.2007. Finnish Metal Expo, the long hair Disneyland, provides everything you ever wanted in metal: live-shows, instrument clinics, exhibition stands from record labels, merchandise, equipment etc. The Finnish Metal Awards-gala will once again distribute the glory to the deserving on Friday Feb 16 on the Main Stage. Complete line-up and list of exhibitors to be announced in December. www.fme.fi 
     
    Additional information on everything regarding Tuska-Festival and the Finnish Metal Expo: 
     
    Outi Alander [email protected] +358 40 510 26 71 
    Niklas Nuppola [email protected] +358 40 552 74 94 
    Jouni Markkanen [email protected] +358 500 574 636 (Booking) 
     
    Finnish Metal Events Oy 
    Fredrikinkatu 61 A 4. krs, 
    00100 HELSINKI 
    FINLAND 
     
    Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2007: Kaisaniemi, Helsinki, 29.6.-1.7.2007. www.tuska-festival.fi 
     
    Finnish Metal Expo: Cable Factory, Helsinki, 16.-17.2.2007. www.fme.fi
  • OBITUARY Confirm Cover Of Frozen Alive DVD Recorded Live In Warsaw 

    This release cannot be missed by a genuine Obituary fan as it constitutes a live review of the band's music, featuring songs both old and new, all testifying to the musicians' technical perfection, charisma, and excellence. It includes lots of sensational bonus materials for the fan's enjoyment such as "Insane" video, an interview with Frank Watkins & Trevor Peres, an interview with John & Donald Tardy, documentaries and more! Also available in a limited DVD+CD swing case edition - including a CD with songs recorded at the concert!

    DVD track list:
     
    1. (Intro: Rain)
    2. Redneck Stomp
    3. On the Floor
    4. Insane
    5. Chopped in Half
    6. Turned Inside Out
    7. Dying
    8. (Internal Bleeding Intro)
    9. Internal Bleeding
    10. Back to One
    11. Find the Arise
    12. Back Inside
    13. Threatening Skies
    14. By the Light
    15. (Kill for Me Intro)
    16. Kill for Me
    17. Solid State
    18. Stand Alone
    19. Back from the Dead
    20. Lockjaw
    21. Slow Death
    22. 'Til Death
    23. Slowly We Rot
     
    + bonus video material

    +Photo gallery
    Biography
    Discography
    Desktop images
    Weblinks
     
    "Frozen Alive" DVD/DVD+CD will be released on 27th November.

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  • BLACKMORE'S NIGHT To Release Winter Carols On Locomotive

    Locomotive Sends A Christmas Gift To The World With The November 7th Release Of Winter Carols By BLACKMORE'S NIGHT
     
    "Ritchie Blackmore has been known worldwide for his guitar shredding in Deep Purple and Rainbow. He has also shown hints of his penchant for medieval music in both of those bands. That 18th and 19th Century love, though, has only truly come to the fore within the acoustic context of his "renaissance rock project, Blackmore's Night. The seven-piece band, featuring the airy vocals of his lovely wife, Candice Night, who has been compared to Stevie Nicks and Karen Carpenter, has been an ongoing passion of the guitarist's since 1997. On November 24th, Locomotive Records will release a very special holiday album, Winter Carols.
     
    "The holiday season has always embodied joy, love, peace and togetherness, says Candice. "We are entranced by the magic of the season. The sentiments of the holidays are what we try to express in our music year round – so this CD is a natural progression. All the music we craft and create has always been about love, unity and friendship. These songs as a whole are beautiful unifying carols. Feel the warmth of friendship! Everyone can join in.

    "The origin of the word `carol' means `dance,' adds Ritchie. "I am naturally attracted to these melodies. As a kid, I would go from house to house during the holiday time and sing them just to earn some money. As an adult, I thought I could play them and make more money!
     
    Track Listing
    1) Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Come All Ye Faithful
    2) I Saw Three Ships
    3) Winter (Basse Dance)
    4) Ding Dong Merrily On High
    5) Ma-O-Tzur
    6) Good King Wenceslas
    7) Lord Of The Dance/Simple Gifts
    8) We Three Kings
    9) Wish You Were Here
    10) Emmanuel
    11) Christmas Eve
    12) We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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  • CHIMAIRA In Studio With Andy Sneap; Expect Early Spring 2007 Release

    Last week producer Andy Sneap  (Nevermore, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage) recorded drum tracks for "Resurrection"  in Cleveland with original Chimaira drummer Andols Herrick who is now back (in Chimaira) by popular demand;  Andy Sneap will be mixing the album once it is completed.  Expect to see this recording in stores Spring 2007 on Ferret Records.
     
     Vocalist Mark Hunter explains, "This is our fourth album and we as a band, are collectively and for the first time ever, in synch and in a "positive" new headspace; we are all really excited about the new material.
     
    "Resurrection" features 13 songs;  of which two of those songs will be added as bonus tracks for a special limited edition simultaneous worldwide release; plus, an added bonus documentary of  "the making of Resurrection" directed by Todd Bell. Todd directed Chimaira's last DVD and at last fans can expect the loose ends from their (DVD The Dehumanizing Process) to be tied together with this special bonus release 
     
    In matching the new Chimaira material which is like the musical equivalent of a sledgehammer to the face; the band announces that their cover art will be done by legendary artist Paul Booth.
     
    For more information on chimaira head to www.myspace.com/chimaira or watch weekly webisodes created by the band at www.youtube.com/chimairatube.

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  • Devilish Impressions Sign To Conquer Records; Tour Dates Announced
     
    DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS who has signed records deal with British label Conquer Records in June 2006 has been confirmed as a main support act for AETERNUS on their European tour in November/December this year. The band will be promoting their latest effort "Plurima Mortis Imago which is out now.

    The band's first official release consists of 9 new compositions, plus - as a special bonus - video clip to SataniChaoSymphony. DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS new album may be a big step forward on the Avant-Garde Black/Death metal scene, as this time the band goes even further to gain more brutality combined with unique atmosphere and a subtle melody of each track. According to one of the band's member: " (...) it is a record for every metal fan, as it contains a mass of technical death metal riffs as well as essential dose of original melodies, breathtakingly fast blasts, raging vocals and beautiful keyboard passages, enveloped in a totally sick and furious atmosphere of all-pervading coldness, rebellion and licentiousness! With this record we want to prove that not everything within this field has been said. Moving across the genre makes it possible to distance oneself and play the music a little differently, but without losing the original spirit of what metal has always been, is and what it should be in the future!!! (Quazarre)

    One of "Plurima Mortis Imago" producers is Arek Malczewski, who is also the producer and sound engineer for Behemoth, Vesania, Asgaard and Lost Soul amongst others. Editing and mixing were carried out in the home studio of Asgaard's keyboard player, Wojtek Kostrzewa, and finally the album was mastered by the Wieslawski Brothers of the Hertz Studio in Bialystok (Vader, Decapitated, Hate etc.).
     
    ORDER FROM;
    www.conquerrec.com/shop/shop.htm
     
    www.devilish-impressions.com
    www.conquerrec.com

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  • Moonlight rescheduled release date of their new album.

    Integrated In The System Of Guilt will be issued on 27th November on Metal Mind Productions. New material was recorded in August, in Fonoplastykon studio with Marcin Bors as the sound engineer. Andrzej Kutys: "The album is heavy and powerful but also lyrical, psychedelic and disco-like; it is full of noises as well as beautiful melodies& The songs interleave, thus  creating a musical whole. Also, you are in for a big surprise as, for the first time in the band's history, we have a guest on the album! Adam Sypula from Ctrl-Alt-Del joined Maja on vocals in one track. In our opinion, it is the best Moonlight album."

    As part of promotion Moonlight supported Polish act Riverside during their Second Live Syndrome II Tour in Poland. Moonlight comments: "Seven days on the tour. We love to play gigs and this time we had great fun too. First time we played for people who didn't know our works. It was a quite different audience then we are used to. This people listened very carefully to everything we wanted to present them. We had a lot of positive emotions about it&. Friends from Riverside turned out to be great companions to talk not only about music. We hope to meet with them on next tour. We would like to greet our "old" and "new" listeners and first of all Riverside - It was a sensational tour".
     
    "Integrated In The System Of Guilt" is the Moonlight's 10th jubilee release!

    Tracklist (English language version):
    1. Slice
    2. Recovering
    3. Come with me
    4. Noom
    5. For better days
    6. Not my politics
    7. Reset
    8. Redrum
     
    Current line-up:
    Maja Konarska - vocal
    Andrzej Kutys - guitar
    Michal Podciechowski - bass guitar
    Kuba Maciejewski - keyboards
    Krzysztof Medrala - drums

    Metal Maniacs
  • PROFUNDI: Ex-NAGLFAR Frontman Launches Official Website, MP3 Sound Clips From Entire Album Available

    Ex-NAGLFAR frontman Jens Ryden has officially launched the PROFUNDI website, www.profundi.com to prepare for the release of his debut album The Omega Rising to be released in North America via Profound Lore Records (www.profoundlorerecords.com) on November 21st in a very limited edition  specially designed digipack (1000 units) with a stunning 24 page booklet  that will contain exclusive artwork done by Ryden himself.

    On the "News" section of the Profundi website (not the "Download" section),  you can download excerpts from the entire album to get a good taste of what The Omega Rising will offer. Just simply scroll down a bit until you see all  the tracks where you can simply click on to hear.

    For more info, please visit:
    www.profoundlorerecords.com

    PO Box 12046
    Mississauga, Ontario
    L5C 4R7
    CANADA

    Metal Maniacs
  • SICK OF IT ALL Tribute Album Our Impact Will Be Felt  Featuring Rise Against, Hatebreed, Bleeding Through And More  In Stores January 23rd, 2007!
      
    One of the most influential bands in the history of hard music, Sick Of It All, are celebrating their 20th year as a band. In honor of this mark in history Sick Of It All are releasing a tribute album entitled "Our Impact Will Be Felt" with many of today's leading bands covering their favorite songs by the band. This album will be in stores on January 23rd, 2007 through Abacus Recordings.

    As one of the longest standing bands still proudly waving the flag of New York Hardcore, Sick Of It All have made their mark as one of the cornerstones of hard music, proving that heart, hard work and dedication to hardcore is about more than just the music and an image, it's a way of life. Since their inception in 1986; Sick Of It All have released 9 full length albums, toured the world countless times, have been hailed in such publications as Rolling Stone, The New York  Times, Alternative Press, Penthouse, Revolver, Guitar World and more and can currently be seen on FUSE and MTV's Headbangers Ball. Still exhibiting as much energy as the day they started, Sick Of It All are not slowing down in the least with their latest release "Death To Tyrants" soaring the charts and their energetic live show engaging thousands across the globe. 

    "Everything they do is an inspiration. They have been together during three different decades -- not for the money, the glory, or the fame, but for the love and spirit of the music. There is no other band that has captured the true heart of hardcore like Sick Of It All." - Brandan Schieppati - Bleeding Through
     
    "(Sick Of It All) shaped the way I write songs which is still present to this day. It's a complete honor to be a part of this tribute." - Joe Principe - Rise Against
     
    Our Impact Will Be Felt
    (not final tracklisting, more tba)
     
    Bane "We Stand Alone
    Bleeding Through "The Truth"
    Bouncing Souls "Good Lookin' Out"
    Hatebreed "Shut Me Out"
    Himsa "Maladjusted"
    Ignite "Cease Fire"
    Kill Your Idols "Friends Like You"
    Madball "Give Respect"
    Most Precious Blood "Alone"
    Napalm Death "Who Sets The Rules"
    Pennywise "My Life"
    Rise Against "Built To Last"
    Sepultura "Scratch The Surface"
    Stretch Armstrong "Busted"
    Suicide Machines "Goatless"
    Unearth "Clobberin Time/What's Going On"
    Walls Of Jericho "Us Vs. Them"

    www.sickofitall.com
    www.myspace.com/sickofitallny

    Metal Maniacs
  • GLAUKOM SYNOD: Uczulony / Out now!
     
    The new demo of GLAUKOM SYNOD, entitled "Uczulony", is out now!
     
    Expect more than 40 minutes of sounds crushing between Industrial, extreme metal, dark electronic...
     
    It contains few remixes, such as the ones of ABYSSAL SUFFERING (Brutal death) or KABUTOGANI (Electronic/ experimental)
     
    It comes as a CDr, with clean and neat xeroxed cover/ inlay.
     
    Trades are welcome,
     
    For more infos: http://glaukomsynod.site.voila.fr
    For mp3s: http://www.myspace.com/glaukomsynod
  • Somberlain launches new website
     
    It's available the new website of the death metal band Somberlain. The new version has a layout based on the new band's album and was created by the band's guitarist, Diego Lucena.
     
    Somberlain will release in the next weeks a surprise for the fans, besides of news about the band's debut. Visit www.somberlain.com.br
  • VIOLENT STORM, the new band formed by ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/BLACKMORE'S NIGHT bassist Mick Cervino, has posted the song "War No More", featuring K.K. Downing of JUDAS PRIEST on lead guitar, at www.violentstorm.net. The track comes off the group's new album, "Storm Warning", which was released yesterday (Oct. 23) in Europe. The CD, which was released in Japan in June, was produced by K.K. Downing (his first production credit outside of JUDAS PRIEST), and features guest appearances by Downing, Yngwie Malmsteen and Roy Z (HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON).
  • HAMMERFALL no. 1 in sweden!!!

    The hammer has fallen: "Threshold", the new album of Swedish Metal kings HAMMERFALL, has entered the official Swedish album charts on no. 1! It's the bands first # 1 in their home country since 2000's effort "Renegade". Congratulations!
  • THERION new album title revealed

    Sweden's THERION has set Gothic Kabbalah as the title of the new album, due in early 2007.

    The band will team up with GRAVE DIGGER and SABATON for European tour beginning on January 17 in Essen, Germany. A complete list of tour dates can be found at the THERION website!

    THERION will play with a full symphonic orchestra, choir, plus international opera stars on December 9, 2006 at the Palace Hall in Bucharest, Romania.
  • ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET in the studio again!

    Our shooting stars ONE MAN ARMY (with Ex-THE CROWN frontman Johan Lindstrand in it´s ranks) are in the studio again in order to record the follow up to the killer debut "21st Century Killing Machine". The name of the second album will be "Error In Evolution". Expect another masterpiece of Deaththrashin' Rock´n´Roll! An early March 2007 release ins expected.

    The album will be recorded by Ex-bass player Valle Adzic (IMPIOUS). These new tracks will be on the album:

    01. Mine for the Taking
    02. The Supreme Butcher
    03. Such a Sick Boy
    04. Knights in Satan's Service
    05. Battlefield Paradise
    06. Heaven Knows No Pain
    07. Nightmare in Ashes And Blood
    08. The Sun Never Shines
    09. He's Back (The Man behind the Mask) – Alice Cooper coverversion!
    10. See Them Burn
    11. Silencer
    12. Hail the King

    Please notice that the final order of the songs could be changed!
    For regular studio updates check the ONE MAN ARMY homepage www.onemanarmy.tv!
  • THE HAUNTED New Ecard for “The Dead Eye” online!

    Swedish THE HAUNTED are deservedly labelled one of the most influential bands in the field of modern heavy music and with their newest masterpiece “The Dead Eye” (European Street Date: October 30, 2006) they are more than prepared to collect the merits for one of this year’s most daring and fascinating efforts.

    At http://ecard.centurymedia.com/thehaunted you can preview the new album with the two new tracks “The Medication” and “The Drowning” as well as check out detailed info on the album, the band and regularly updated tour dates. Furthermore, you can participate in a competition offering you the chance to win a hand drawn sketch by singer Peter Dolving as well as watch several exclusive videos!

    So, surf there now & stare into “The Dead Eye”!

    www.the-haunted.com
    www.centurymedia.com
  • Witches Brew presents: SCYTHE "Decay" CD

    Order your copy now and get pounded by the heavy oldschool Death Metal of 'Bitterness' or float away on an atmospheric composition like 'Pretending Not To See'. This new masterpiece offers the perfect mixture between both extremes ! Add to that some oriental seasonings for a well rounded and varied 4th album somewhere between UNLEASHED and 90s VOIVOD.

    Listen to both songs mentioned above:
    Click Here for Bitterness
    Click Here for Pretending Not to See

    Conveniently order at these locations:
    USA / Canada / Mexico visit www.thebasar.org/NorthAmerica
    New Zealand / Australia / South East Asia visit www.thebasar.org/AustralAsia
    Europe visit www.thebasar.org or www.thebasar.org/Europe

    Support a small label / band, spread this newsletter to all your Metal contacts!
  • CANNIBAL CORPSE recaps Australia/New Zealand tour!

    We have just returned from a very successful tour of Australia and New Zealand. We would like to thank the guys at Soundworks Touring for doing such a great job with the organization and promotion of the tour.
     
    Thanks also go out to Darren and all at Stomp for the help they gave us before and during the tour, and to the clubs and local promoters that helped make the tour possible.
     
    We would also like to say thanks and hello to Psycroptic, Plague, and Ulcerate. It was great to share the stage with such killer bands while we were down there.
     
    Finally, and most importantly, we would like to say a huge thank you to all of the fans who attended the shows in Australia and New Zealand. We had not been to Australia in many years, and we had never been to New Zealand, so we were not entirely sure what to expect. The size and enthusiasm of the crowds was even greater than we had hoped for, and we wanted to make sure you all knew how much we appreciate that. We got the chance to hang out with a lot of friends old and new, and you all made the long trip and hectic schedule (8 shows in 8 days, with flights between each city) more than worth the effort for us. We'll make sure that we return to Australia and New Zealand a lot more often, because you guys rule!
     
    http://www.cannibalcorpse.net
  • Soulless News

    Infernal Hails!

    We are very proud to announce that Soulless have signed with far east metal foundry WorldChaos Production. We are honored to be alongside such metal greats as Terror Squad, Kings Evil, Grimforce and many others. WorldChaos is a label of integrity with an amazing work ethic known for putting exceptional effort into all of their releases. We are privileged to be able to work with them once again. Tracking for the record has been completed at Spider Studios in Strongsville, Ohio and we will begin mixing as soon as producer Ben Schigel's schedule allows. Artwork duties will once again be handled by the amazing Matt Cavotta. The record will be mastered by Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge Studios. We will have a solid release date soon. The album will be entitled "Forever Defiant" and there will be a limited edition Japanese version containing two exclusive bonus tracks.

    The track list is as follows:

    What Remains?
    The Price of Life
    The Hunt (Subtle)
    The Devil's Hand
    Of Liars and Thieves...
    Betray the Light
    D-composition (Instrumental)
    Prey on the Weak
    Deadly Sins
    To the Death
    Dead to Me
    Straight to Hell
    As Darkness Dawns

    Thrash 'til Death!

    The Soulless Beer Brigade
    P.O. Box 347417, Parma, Ohio 44134

    www.soullessdomain.com

    Join the Soulless Legions today!
  • THE ACCURSED To Release 'Seasons Of The Scythe' On Halloween.

    It's very fitting that the extreme metal quintet THE ACCURSED should release their full-length debut, "Seasons of the Scythe", on Halloween. After all, this is a band that signed their recording contract in blood — their own blood. "They really did sign in their own blood," admits Screaming Ferret Wreckords founder Timothy A. Koukos. "I had no clue they were going to do that. Signed it with a pen then pulled out knives and started cutting their hands."

    Hailing from New Bedford, Massachusetts, THE ACCURSED is comprised of Jonathan Helme on vocals, Helme's brother Chris on drums, guitarists Tim Giblin and Loki, and bassist George Pacheco. And although "Scythe" is the group's first full-length, THE ACCURSED have already shared the stage with some of metal's most renowned names — BEHEMOTH, NILE, BEYOND THE EMBRACE, BODY COUNT, NUCLEAR ASSAULT and M.O.D.

    While such song titles as "Slaughter of the Gods", "Land of the Dead", and "I Am Famine" show that THE ACCURSED posses a serious dark streak, singer Helme wants fans to have fun on their forthcoming supporting tour. "When we play live, I want to see old-style circle pits. If people want to get in the pit to have a good time, they should be able to. Too many people get seriously hurt at shows now. It's like they forgot how to dance right."

    From the first cutting riff, it becomes immediately clear that the unholy offspring of classic thrash and death metal presented by The Accursed on Seasons Of The Scythe is the result of years of listening and learning. Well-versed in all things heavy, The Accursed spew forth a lethal dose of musical toxin that proudly carries on the metal tradition. Exuding the venomous snarl of a young and angry James Hetfield, vocalist Jonathan Helme leads this sadistic platoon - brother Chris on drums, guitarists Tim Giblin and Loki, and bassist George Pacheco - into vicious sonic battle with nods to the likes of Death, Slayer, Venom, At The Gates and Anthrax along the way.

    The Accursed combines a youthful exuberance with all that was good about metal of years past. They have already shared the stage with such extreme music greats as Behemoth, Nile, Beyond The Embrace, Body Count, Nuclear Assault and MOD while playing festivals like the Milwaukee and New Jersey Metalfests and the Northern Aggression festival.

    The Accursed has a commitment to their craft not often seen. "We signed our contract in our own blood… I proposed to my wife on stage at one of our shows… we drove thirty hours to play a show in Minneapolis…." says Helme. "As long as there is a last breath in me, I'll never stop playing."

    And what does The Accursed want fans to get from their music? "Whiplash!"

    A track listing for "Seasons Of The Scythe" includes:
    1. Deities and Demigods/Sawtoothsmile
    2. Seasons Of The Scythe
    3. Fire Of 1000 Cries
    4. I Am Famine
    5. Aftermath Of Sorrow
    6. The Rider
    7. Land Of The Dead
    8. Slaughter Of The Gods
    9. Cold Is The Grave
    10. Funeral March
    11. The Black Thrash
    12. Armageddon Eulogy

    Official web sites:
    www.theaccursed.net
    www.myspace.com/theaccursed
  • SODOM TOUR EUROPE
    Support: FINNTROLL, LEGION OF THE DAMNED
    presented by ROCK HARD, LEGACY, Metal.de

    26.12.2006 (NL) AMSTERDAM / Melkweg
    27.12.2006 (D) OSNABRÜCK-GEORGSMARIENHÜTTE / Eventcenter B 51
    28.12.2006 (D) BOCHUM / Zeche
    29.12.2006 (B) ANTWERP / Hof Ter Loo
    30.12.2006 (D) KARLSRUHE / Substage
    31.12.2006 (CH) PRATTELN / Z 7

    Ticket-Hotline METALTIX (only Germany)
    04627/18 38 38
    http://www.metaltix.com
  • ROB HALFORD TO DEBUT FIRST NEW 'HALFORD' TRACK IN FOUR YEARS; FIVE 'HALFORD'

    AUDIO TITLES, RARE 'FIGHT' AUDIO TITLE AND BONUS FILM FOOTAGE FORTHCOMING

    This November will see a flurry of release from one of heavy metal's all-time great voices, Judas Priest's Rob Halford. Rob's solo band 'Halford' make an unforgettable and exclusive return to Apple's iTunes Music Store this fall. On November 21, 2006 Halford will debut its first new track in more than four years: 'Forgotten Generation' exclusively @ Apple.com/iTunes/store - keyword: Halford.

    One week later - on November 28, 2006 - three (3) full-length Halford albums: 'Resurrection' with bonus material (2000/2006), 'Live Insurrection' (2001/2006), and 'Crucible' with bonus material (2002/2006) will re-release after being re-acquired earlier this year. 'Resurrection' signaled Halford's glorious metallic return, and featured a duet with Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, 'The One You Love To Hate.' The ensuing tour was faithfully documented on 'Live Insurrection,' which combined new Halford and Fight tracks with such Priest classics as 'Stained Class,' 'Genocide,' and 'Breaking the Law.' Halford's sophomore studio set, 'Crucible,' showed the group continuing to gel as one of metal's fiercest outfits, before the singer returned to front the classic Judas Priest line-up once more. All titles are available exclusively @ Apple.com/iTunes/store - keyword: Halford.

    The new 'Halford: Metal God Essentials - Volume 1' (2006) release features fifteen (15) outstanding tracks from Rob's early solo days right up to the inclusion of two new Halford tracks from the current 'Halford IV' writing sessions: 'Forgotten Generation' and 'Drop Out.'

    The first Halford Expanded Singles EP: 'Silent Screams' (2006) is the fifth Halford title to release on November 28, 2006. Rob Halford's original 1999 demonstration recording of 'Silent Screams;' is bundled with three additional Halford versions. Bonus 'Silent Screams' film footage previewing next year's 'Halford - Live at Rock In Rio III (2001/2007) film release is included with your full-EP digital download purchase. Exclusively available @ Apple.com/iTunes/store - keyword: Halford.

    MGE's sixth release is a very rare, full-length 'Fight' demonstration recording: 'K5 The War Of Words Demos' (1992/2006). K5 features The Metal God's first written material and recorded performances as a solo artist (1992); PLUS, five (5) previously unreleased Rob Halford songs; reflecting Rob's original vision of his first solo effort. Available exclusively @ Apple.com/iTunes/store - keyword: Fight.

    Each Halford and Fight K5 iTunes full album and EP digital pack features: mastered audio, new & enhanced art, expanded liner notes and exclusive media @ RobHalford.com with your iTunes order number, PLUS exclusive, bonus film footage of The Metal God & band is packaged with your full-album and EP iTunes digital download purchase.

    Halford's new video 'Forgotten Generation' debuts November 28, 2006 @ Apple.com/iTunes/store - keyword: Halford.

    Save on your own early purchase and gift Halford and Fight to your family and friends; 'The Halford and Fight iTunes pre-sale' begins November 21, 2006 - November 27, 2006.

    Halford are: Rob Halford - vox, Metal Mike Chlasciak and Roy Z. - Guitars, Bobby Jarzombek - Drums, and Mike Davis - Bass.

    Tracklisting for 'Halford: Metal God Essentials - Volume 1' includes:
    1) Resurrection (Resurrection 2000/2006)
    2) Made In Hell (Resurrection 2000/2006)
    3) Screaming In The Dark (Live Insurrection 2001/2006)
    4) Golgotha (Crucible 2002/2006)
    5) Silent Screams 1999 Demo (1999/2006)
    6) Crystal (Crucible 2002/2006)
    7) Into The Pit (New K5 - 1992/2006)
    8) Nailed To The Gun (New K5 - 1992/2006)
    9) Slow Down (Resurrection 2000/2006)
    10) Forgotten Generation (New - 2006)
    11) Drop Out (New - 2006)
    12) Locked and Loaded (Resurrection 2000/2006)
    13) War Of Words (New K5 - 1992/2006)
    14) Sun (Crucible 2002/2006)
    15) Trail Of Tears (Crucible 2002/2006)

    Additional details available at: www.RobHalford.com

December 17th, 2006
  • Imperious Malevolence - new album out now!!!

    IMPERIOUS MALEVOLENCE
    "Where Demons Dwell" CD
    EVIL DEATH METAL

    New album of this well-known Brazilian Evil Death Metal band. With such a vast experience on stage (3 European Tours) and several releases out, IMPERIOUS MALEVOLENCE presents us now an extremly brutal and musically mature work.

    12 tracks of pure Evil Death Metal. The CD still includes a CD-Rom track video of the song "Arquiteto da Destruição"

    1. Excruciate
    2. Divine Disease
    3. The Christcrusher
    4. We Evoke Thee
    5. Everlasting Hell Damnation
    6. Midnight Bleeding Death
    7. Pure Infestation of Evil
    8. Firestorm
    9. From Flesh To Nothingness
    10. Icon of Filth
    11. Adventus Caligo
    12. Where Demons Dwell
    13. CD-Rom track video "Arquitetos da Destruição"

    One more greatly awaited release of Evil Horde Rec!
    ORDER NOW FROM:

    www.evilhorderec.com
  • CRESCENT SHIELD “The Last Of My Kind” cruz17
    RELEASE DATE: 20/11/06

    Crescent Shield's sound, tight and fierce, is the sum of years and years spent playing, living, and breathing Heavy Metal Music - born and developed by true Heavy Metal musicians capable of recreating and further expanding the glorious sound of the US Metal school.
     
    With slabs of the most refined Jag Panzer, Mercyful Fate, Fates Warning, "The Last Of My Kind" moves through epic and melodic atmospheres, maintaining the tension high with a sharp and creative guitar sound matched by one of the most impressive vocal performances in today's metal music. The strong, precise, and solid rhythm section delivers an inspired and clean performance that will make "The Last of My Kind" a classic heavy metal release for the years to come.
     
    The beautiful artwork of the album was especially created for Crescent Shield by IMAGE/ DC/ MARVEL Artist Gerry Alanguilan.
     
    The package will contain a killer 16 page booklet layout was done by heavy metal's artwork and packaging master Travis Smith.
     
    Crescent Shield:
    Michael Grant (Onward) vocals
    Daniel DeLucie (Destiny's End) guitars
    Melanie Sisneros (New Eden/Sinergy) bass
    Craig Anderson (Ignite/Engine) drums  
     
    CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC and CRESCENT SHIELD have issued a promotional podcast of “The Last Of My Kind”, with full-length songs (with voice-overs) available on streaming and for download.

    http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/cs/prev_cs.htm
    http://www.crescentshield.com

    It was the express willing of the band, who felt necessary to provide fans any tool available to enjoy their music.

    As a label we often think  on how to meet people’s desire to know beforehand what they’re buying, what is the best way to provide an useful service to fans, but at the same time, how to protect both musicians and label from illegal exploitation or use (read: illegal album downloading) of the rights connected to the music.
    So we fulfilled band’s wishes, thinking it is a good middle point in the issue and agreed for the first time to put online a full release of our catalogue.
     
    T-shirts available soon!
  • ANTIQUUS “Eleutheria” cruz22
    RELEASE DATE: 20/11/06

    Mixing the raw, old-school traditions of their 80's metal influences with fresh, melodic, and more modern elements, Vancouver’s ANTIQUUS is a band that eclipses the power and prog-metal genres, crafting a sound that can only be described with one word: EPIC.
     
    With “Eleutheria” Antiquus offer an audacious release to all Metal fans, daring to break the boundaries of nowadays mostly unexciting metal scene. “Eleutheria” it’s an album that will slowly but constantly grow on the listeners, building and strengthening itself piece by piece, song after song.

    It’s an exciting experience for all fans of true heavy metal, Slough Feg, Manilla Road, but also a pleasant discover for those who love the emotions of progressive metal, where the lyrics, the music, the atmospheres are all merged into one musical experience.
     
    “Eleutheria” was recorded at Turtle Studio, engineered by Brad Graham, and mixed by Larry Anschell (who has worked with Paul Rogers, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains).

    Later “Eleutheria” was mastered by Goran Finnberg (In Flames, Soilwork) at Mastering Room, Stockholm, Sweden.

    Preview available here.
  • ANGTORIA writing intro to new Cradle of Filth release

    Sarah Jezebel Deva posted the following to both the Angtoria message board and to the once official Cradle of Filth board: 
     
    "Angtoria was kindly asked to write the intro to the new CoF album Thornography. Of course we jumped at the chance and although i didnt take part in the writing myself, im damn proud of the composing and producing brothers Chris and Tommy Rehn. 
     
    So er... go buy it and spread the word... " 
     
    The track in question is called "Under Pregnant Skies She Comes Alive Like Miss Leviathan." The CD is out now 
     
    BONUSNEWS !!!!! 
     
    Aggy Anger hits the world !!! 
    Don´t miss this short animated hardcore Tim Burton-style Helloweenstory 
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgKG18Uf1PQ
     
    http://www.aggyanger.com 
    http://www.myspace.com/aggyanger
  • First LEAVES' EYES DVD in preparation!

    After a fantastic Tour around the globe LEAVES' EYES will tour the USA, Canada and Mexico together with BLIND GUARDIAN in November/December. At Christmas the band will start the production of their first DVD which will include a complete movie with a lot of interesting background information. Moreover, the band is planning an indoor and an outdoor show with special stage- and show elementsexclusively for the DVD. More information is coming up soon!

    www.leaveseyes.com

  • Rigor Sardonicous 'Parasitosis' video re-edit

    Greetings All!

    Our video 'Parasitosis' which was featured on our album 'Apocalypsis Damnare' (2005) has been re-edited to the drsire that we strove for initially, but due to time constraints we could not fully complete. Here it is in all it's glory.

    Warning: This video depicts actual and graphic violence and death. Ask your parents for permission first...

    Click Here

    Sui Generis Media
    http://www.suimedia.com

    Rigor Sardonicous
    http://smilingdeath.com/RigorSardonicous/
  • Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising Tour

    Updated show information for the forthcoming Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising tour featuring Dark Funeral, Enslaved and introducing Abigail Williams are noted below.  The tour, sponsored by Metal Maniacs and Blabbermouth is confirmed at the following venues.
     
    Jan 09 - Jaxx Nite Club, Springfield VA
    Jan 10 - BB King Blues Club, New York NY
    Jan 11 - Le Medley, Montreal QC
    Jan 12 - L'Imperial, Quebec City QC
    Jan 13 - Opera House, Toronto ON
    Jan 14 - Peabody's, Cleveland OH
    Jan 15 - Pearl Room, Mokena IL
    Jan 16 - Station 4, St. Paul MN
    Jan 19 - Boardwalk, Sacramento CA
    Jan 20 - Pound, San Francisco CA
    Jan 21 - Key Club, Los Angeles CA
    Jan 22 - Galaxy Theater, Santa Ana CA
    Jan 23 - Clubhouse, Phoenix AZ
    Jan 25 - Bluebird Theater, Denver CO
    Jan 26 - Launch Pad, Albuquerque NM
    Jan 27 - Texas Avenue Live, El Paso TX
    Jan 28 - Sanctuary, San Antonio TX
    Jan 29 - Ridgelea Theatre, Dallas TX
    Jan 30 - Warehouse Live, Houston TX
    Feb 01 - State Theatre, Tampa FL
    Feb 02 - Jesters Pub, Fayetteville NC
    Feb 03 - The Chance, Poughkeepsie NY
    Feb 04 - Webster Theater, Hartford CT
    Feb 05 - Mark's Showplace, Bedford NH
    Feb 07 - Petit Theatre Du Vieux Noranda, Royun-Noranda QC
    Feb 08 - Jubliee Centre, Sudbury, QC
     
    Candlelight Records USA
    www.candlelightrecordsusa.com
    www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa
  • DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS who has signed records deal with British label Conquer Records in June 2006 has been confirmed as a main support act for AETERNUS on their European tour in November/December this year. The band will be promoting their latest effort – “Plurima Mortis Imago” which is out now.

    The band’s first official release consists of 9 new compositions, plus - as a special bonus - video clip to "SataniChaoSymphony”. DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS’ new album may be a big step forward on the Avant-Garde Black/Death metal scene, as this time the band goes even further to gain more brutality combined with unique atmosphere and a subtle melody of each track. According to one of the band’s member: " (...) it is a record for every metal fan, as it contains a mass of technical death metal riffs as well as essential dose of original melodies, breathtakingly fast blasts, raging vocals and beautiful keyboard passages, enveloped in a totally sick and furious atmosphere of all-pervading coldness, rebellion and licentiousness! With this record we want to prove that not everything within this field has been said. Moving across the genre makes it possible to distance oneself and play the music a little differently, but without losing the original spirit of what metal has always been, is and what it should be in the future!!!" (Quazarre)

    One of “Plurima Mortis Imago” producers is Arek Malczewski, who is also the producer and sound engineer for Behemoth, Vesania, Asgaard and Lost Soul amongst others. Editing and mixing were carried out in the home studio of Asgaard’s keyboard player, Wojtek Kostrzewa, and finally the album was mastered by the Wieslawski Brothers of the Hertz Studio in Bialystok (Vader, Decapitated, Hate etc.).

    ORDER FROM;
    http://www.conquerrec.com/shop/shop.htm
     
    SELLING POINTS;
    -Upcoming TOURS and shows in EU & UK 2006/2007
    -Members of ASGAARD, LUNA AD NOCTUM
    -Songs on CD-Compilations: Terrorizer (UK), 2x Zero-Tolerance (UK), Legacy (GER), Metallian (FR) Necromance Mag, Brutallica Mag.,+ many others
    -1 video-clip promoting an album (to be played on TV)
    -CD including 1 video clip

    www.devilish-impressions.com
    www.conquerrec.com
  • Metal Blade Records signs Since The Flood!

    I'm pleased to announce Metal Blade Records has officially inked a worldwide deal with the brutal North Shore/Boston Massachusetts hardcore band Since the Flood. Since The Flood's debut release, No Compromise will mark the bands follow up to the underground hit Valor and Vengeance which came out through Iron Clad Recordings (Unearth frontman Trevor Phipps' label) in February 2005. No Compromise, recorded at Outpost Studios in Stoughton, MA with Jim Siegal (Blood for Blood, Cave In, and the Dropkick Murphys), shows the band heading in a more focused and intense direction with the end results being a far more concentrated hardcore record than anything they have done in the past. "There's no doubt in our mind that both old fans, and new, will be very surprised and pleased with the direction we've gone musically since Valor and Vengeance" states the band.

    No Compromise will be released in early 2007. More information and tour dates will be released shortly.

    Since The Flood is:
    Luke Buckbee – drums
    Kevin Leary – guitars
    Chuck Bouley - vocals
    Dave Stauble – guitars
    Rob Deangelis – bass

    http://www.myspace.com/sincetheflood
  • Metal Blade Records signs AEON!

    I am very pleased to announce the signing of AEON, one of our latest additions to the Metal Blade family. Known for their technicality and sheer brutality AEON has made a place for themselves among the leaders of the death metal community by creating excruciatingly heavy, yet catchy songs that have caught the attention death metal heavy weights Cannibal Corpse, who are some of their biggest supporters. "AEON's musicianship is among the best in death metal, but their songwriting is what truly sets them apart. It's rare to find a death metal band that is simultaneously crushingly brutal and infectiously catchy. AEON is one of those rare bands" states Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster.

    Not content with merely playing extremely fast, Aeon set out to take death metal to a new level by having all the instruments "support" each other while taking the time to create superior riffs, lyrics and vocal patterns with thought behind them. With the band already working on new material for their Metal Blade debut and tours already in the works, you can expect to see great things from this Swedish death metal quintet.

    Here's what guitarist Zeb Nilsson had to say about their recent signing:

    "This is the kind of deal we've been waiting for since we started up as a band. We are all very exited about this new chapter for us, and we already have 7 or 8 new songs done for our next album and they all sound killer, I am very satisfied so far…"

    Stay tuned for more information on Aeon's upcoming Metal Blade debut and tour dates.

    Aeon is:
    Tommy Dahlström - Vocals
    Zeb Nilsson - Guitar
    Daniel Dlimi - Guitar
    Nils Fjellström - Drums
    Max Carlberg – Bass

    http://www.aeon666.com/
    http://www.myspace.com/aeon666
    http://www.globaldomination.se/forums/ - Official Aeon forum
  • Galy Records is proud to announce the signing of Anonymus 
     
    Galy Records is proud to announce the release of the forthcoming Anonymus album 'Chapter Chaos begins'. This new album, produced by Jean-François Dagenais (Kataklysm, Misery Index) and mastered by Peter In de Betou (Meshuggah, Dimmu Borgir), contains ten songs of pure and ferocious thrash metal. 
     
    A well respected institution among the Quebec metal scene, Anonymus have always delivered a live performance full of intensity and infectious energy.  They are without a doubt a driving force in the Canadian metal scene. It’s with great pleasure that Galy Records announces its partnership with Anonymus to add another blistering chapter to their career. 
     
    Listen to Anonymus here - http://www.myspace.com/anonymusmetal
  • DEMON DOG SPERM JOINS THE OPEN GRAVE RECORDS FAMILY
     
    Open Grave Records is pleased to announce the addition of Demon Dog Sperm to the Open Grave Records family of artists. Demon Dog Sperm (also known as D.D.S.) hails from Allentown, PA. Formed in 2005 with the lineup of Sid (Vocals), Deron Christman (Guitar), Steve Lelong (Bass) and Dennis Christman (Drums) and later adding Chris Reinhart as a second guitarist.
     
    Having shared the stage with acts such as Clutch, Saliva, Exodus, Crisis, 3 Inches of Blood along with in 2005 having competed and won the Van's Warped Tour Battle of the Bands and securing themselves a spot on The Warped tour they have grown their number of fans to huge proportions. 
     
    Influences such as the oozing down tuned distortion of Acid Bath, Mortician, Six Feet Under and the song flow of Clutch, Hatebreed, and Nothingface, gives Demon Dog Sperm a solid music foundation and direction. Their triple vocals attack, distinctive guitar sound, sonic bass and percussive assault contribute to the bands originality. Demon Dog Sperm fills the missing piece you've always been looking for in metal but couldn't put your finger on it.
     
    A track for the bands demo entitled, “Tumor” can be downloaded via Open Grave Records website at http://www.opengraverecords.com.

    Demon Dog Sperm will be entering the studio in late 2006 to begin recording for their debut album on Open Grave Records which is scheduled for a late fall release.
     
    Demon Dog Sperm on the web:
    http://www.demondogsperm.com
    http://www.myspace.com/demondogsperm666
  • BLINDED COLONY’S “Bedtime Prayers” Album Pushed Back To January Release Date

    The sophomore release from Sweden’s BLINDED COLONY, “Bedtime Prayers” has been pushed to January 9th Worldwide and January 12th in Europe. The primary reason for this stated delay can be cited as a technical problem in the manufacturing and duplication process. Both the Pivotal Rockordings label and BLINDED COLONY hope look forward kicking off a new year on a STRONG note.

    BLINDED COLONY recently posted their first single, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” from “Bedtime Prayers” onto their Myspace and their Official Website. The song has received great praise from fans and the band looks forward to unleashing the video for “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” which was directed by Thomas Tjäder (In Flames) in December/January.

    Pivotal Rockordings will still be hosting a listening party in support of Bedtime Prayers on November 14th at Metal Haven in Chicago at 8pm CST. Directions and information about the event can be found on the BLINDED COLONY Myspace Page. At the listening party, fans can purchase Bedtime Prayers before the release date in January, listen to the album all the way through in the store, and participate in a “Meet and Greet” with one of the owners of Pivotal Rockordings.

    BLINDED COLONY will also be selling the album at all live appearances prior to the official retail release of Bedtime Prayers as a way of thanking their fans for their continued support.

    BLINDED COLONY plan to hit the road next year for a European tour.

    PIVOTAL ROCKORDINGS LLC (Record Label)
    http://label.pivotalalliance.com/ -Label Website
    http://www.myspace.com/pivotalrockordings

    BLINDED COLONY (Sweden)
    http://www.blindedcolony.com -Official Website
    http://www.myspace.com/blindedcolony -Myspace Site

    SONIC SYNDICATE (Sweden)
    http://www.sonicsyndicate.com -Official Website
    http://www.myspace.com/sonicsyndicate -Myspace Site
  • STEEL ATTACK EXPANDS INTO PROGRESSIVE AND SYMPHONIC METAL REALM ON “DIABOLIC SYMPHONY”

    TRENTON, NJ - Steel Attack’s fifth album “Diabolic Symphony” is now released in the US through Locomotive Records.

    The album, recorded at Black Lounges Studio in Avesta, Sweden, was mixed by by Jonas Kjellgren and produced by Kjellgren and Steel Attack. “Diabolic Symphony” is also the first album to be recorded with drummer Tony Elfving, who was previously in Arcana Major and Lack of Faith with vocalist Ronny Hemlin.

    “Diabolic Symphony” is a clear departure from Steel Attack’s traditional power metal style and explores the realms of heavy melodic metal with symphonic progressive undertones.

    “We all agreed it was time for a change,” said vocalist Ronny Hemlin. “We felt we needed to mature musically and it was also a natural progression due to the new blood in the band.”

    The CD includes a bonus video for the track "Diabolic Symphony,” directed by Owe Lingvall, drummer of Nocturnal Rites.

    “The video plays out a very dark story of a mentally disturbed man trapped in a void - a dark space which is this man’s own Hell,” said Hemlin. “He has been lured there by an enchanting diabolic symphony. The story is also mixed with sequences of the band playing in a “diabolical” environment."

    The video is included on the Nuclear Blast compilation DVD “Monsters Of Metal Volume 5,” released this past summer.

    Steel Attack has currently returned to Lingvall’s studio to film their second video from the album for the track “Invisible God.”

    “Diabolic Symphony” Track Listing

    Diabolic Symphony
    Dead Forever
    Shallow Seas Of Hatred
    Dreaming
    Embraced By Fear
    Invisible God
    Sanctimonious
    Haunting
    Show Me The Way
    Winter Hell
    I Bow My Head In Shame
    The Other Side

    www.steelattack.com
    www.myspace.com/steelattack
    www.locomotiverecords.com
    www.mazurpr.com
  • INCUBUS PULLS THE PIN ON LIGHT GRENADES
     
    MULTIPLATINUM QUINTET ANNOUNCES DATES FOR FIRST NORTH AMERICAN TOUR IN TWO YEARS

    ALBUM IN STORES NOVEMBER 28TH

    EXCLUSIVE PRE-SALE OFFER CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT ENJOYINCUBUS.COM
     
    New York, NY - Epic recording artists Incubus have announced dates for their first North American tour in two years. The long-awaited road jaunt kicks off January 5th at the Queen Elizabeth Theatrein Vancouver and will cover 25 major cities across the U.S. and Canada.

    The multiplatinum quintet (vocalist Brandon Boyd, guitarist Mike Einziger, bassist Ben Kenney, DJ Chris Kilmore and drummer Jose Pasillas) will be touring in support of their sixth studio release, LIGHT GRENADES. The disc-a mix of hard rocking songs and sublime ballads-was recorded in Atlanta and L.A. with acclaimed producer Brendan O'Brien (Audioslave, Neil Young, Pearl Jam) and arrives in stores November 28th.

    About the album, lead singer Brandon Boyd says, "It kicks, it bites, it loves, it hurts. It's the closest we've come to being the band we want to be."

    To celebrate the release of this highly anticipated record, Incubus is offering fans the opportunity to pre-order the album from www.enjoyincubus.com and become eligible to purchase a pair of tickets to an upcoming show.  

    LIGHT GRENADES is generating serious buzz thanks to the early success of hook-ridden lead single "Anna Molly." Since hitting the airwaves just three weeks ago, the song has become a hit at rock radio and recently ascended onto the Modern Rock Chart's Top 10. There will be two versions of the "Anna Molly" companion video: the first is a highly-charged cinematic clip directed by Jamie Thraves (Coldplay, Death Cab For Cutie and Radiohead.). For the second, Incubus is teaming with Verizon Wireless for an online promotion in which fans will "direct" a special video that will stream on YouTube, Yahoo! Music, V CAST Service, etc.

    Boyd, Einziger and Pasillas formed Incubus in 1991 when they were high school classmates in Calabasas, California. DJ Kilmore joined in 1998. The band's big break came in 1999 with the singles, "Pardon Me," "Stellar" and "Drive" from their second full-length, double-platinum-selling disc Make Yourself. The group's third album, Morning View, released in 2001, debuted at number two on the album chart and included the radio hits "Wish You Were Here," "Nice to Know You" and "Warning." Kenney joined the band in 2003. The most recent release from Incubus, 2004's A Crow Left of the Murder, achieved platinum status on the strength of the #1 radio hit, "Megalomaniac."
     
    After completing their North American Tour, Incubus will head overseas for a string of international tour dates.
     
    www.enjoyincubus.com

    Tour dates are as follows:
     
    Date - City - Venue
    Jan. 5 - Vancouver, CA - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
    Jan. 6 - Seattle, WA - The Paramount
    Jan. 7 - Portland, OR - Roseland
    Jan. 9 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
    Jan. 12 - San Diego, CA - SOMA
    Jan. 13 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock
    Jan. 15 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee
    Jan. 17 - Dallas, TX - Gypsy Tea Room
    Jan. 18 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
    Jan. 19 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theatre
    Jan. 21 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
    Jan. 22 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock
    Jan. 23 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
    Jan. 25 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
    Jan. 26 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
    Jan. 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
    Jan. 30 - Boston, MA - Avalon
    Jan. 31 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
    Feb. 2 - Detroit, MI - State Theatre
    Feb. 3 - Cleveland, OH - Agora
    Feb. 4 - Toronto, ON - Koolhaus
    Feb. 6 - Chicago, IL - Riviera
    Feb. 7 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
    Feb. 8 - Denver, CO - Fillmore
    Feb. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern

December 1st, 2006
  • ROTTING CHRIST and CARPATHIAN FOREST Tour Europe
    (+ Malevolent Creation + Incantation + Neuraxis)

    14 Feb 07 Warsaw (PL) Progresja
    15 Feb 07 Leipzig (DE) Hellriser
    16 Feb 07 Wien (AU) Szene
    17 Feb 07 Salzburg (AU) Rockhaus
    18 Feb 07 Innsbruck (AU) Hafen
    19 Feb 07 Plattern (CH) Z7
    20 Feb 07 Strasbourg (FR) Laiterie
    21 Feb 07 Paris (FR) Locomotive
    22 Feb 07 Eindhoven (NL) Effenaar
    23 Feb 07 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
    24 Feb 07 Adelsheim (DE) Live Factory
    25 Feb 07 Brno (CZ) Fledo
    26 Feb 07 Bratislava (CZ) Randal
    27 Feb 07 Este (PD) Sottosopra (IT) Rock Club
    28 Feb 07 Munchen (DE) Metropolis
    01 Mar 07 Osnabruck (DE) N8
    02 Mar 07 Groningen (NL) Vera
    03 Mar 07 Essen (DE) Turock
    04 Mar 07 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg
  • Metal Maniacs presents DESTRUCTION w/ Sadus + Municipal Waste 
     
    20/01 Seattle,Wa @ The Showbox *
    26/01 Denver,Co @ Hubba's House of rock
    28/01 Minneapolis,Mn @ First Avenue
    30/01 Sauget,Il @ Pop's
    01/02 Toronto,On @ The Opera House
    02/02 Montreal,Qc @ Foufounes Electriques
    03/02 Quebec City,Qc @ L' Imperial
    04/02 Boston,Ma @ The Middle East Club
    06/02 Philadelphia,Pa @ First Uniterian Church
    07/02 Springfield, Wv @ Jaxx
    15/02 San Antonio,Tx @ White Rabbitt
     
    * Seattlle Metalfest / Destruction only
     
    MORE DATES COMING SOON!!! ... Thrash never dies..

    Metal Maniacs
  • MELECHESH Confirmed for Arnhem Metal Meeting Fest

    The Festival is set to take place on 9 December in Musis Sacrum in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Confirmed bands are: Arch Enemy, Immolation, Tankard, Moonsorrow, Ancient Rites, Necrophobic, Melechesh, Aeternus, Skyforger, Anateus and Thronar [more bands to be confirmed] For more information visit http://www.arnhemmetalmeeting.nl
     
    Melechesh was also  interviewed by Sam Dunn for the upcoming "Global Metal" film which is the follow up for "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" documentary co-directed by Scot Mcfadyen and Sam Dunn. The Melechesh performance at the Opera House show in Toronto was also filmed for the purpose of this movie. 

    Metal Maniacs
  • SLAYER New Album Banned In India By Christian Group

    By Nyay Bhushan, New Delhi

    Mumbai-based EMI Virgin India Ltd said Friday (Oct. 6) it will recall all copies of the new Slayer album "Christ Illusion" following protests by a Christian group, Mumbai-based Catholic Secular Forum (CSF).

    Early this week, Joseph Dias, general secretary of CSF, issued a statement taking "strong exception" to the album's cover artwork, which he said depicts "Christ with a missing eye and amputated arms." He added, "we also condemn the track, 'Skeleton Christ' as the lyrics are an insult to Christianity." The CSF also sent a memorandum to Mumbai's police commissioner, adding that the album "will affect the sensibilities of the Muslims on the track 'Jihad' and secular Indians who have respect for all faiths."

    Kaveri Khullar, marketing manager, EMI India said in an interview, "We met with the CSF and were apologetic while assuring them that all copies of the album would be pulled out. We have no plans of re-issuing it in any way."

    The "Christ Illusion" album had been on the shelves for only a week. Khullar did not confirm the number of units released only stating, "There weren't too many that we launched anyway."

    The CSF had earlier protested against the Indian release of "The Da Vinci Code" which led the Censor Board to instruct the India distributor, Mumbai-based Sony Pictures Releasing India, to include a notice to accompany the film to explain that it was a work of fiction.

    Metal Maniacs
  • AT THE GATES Limited Picture LP Release Announced

    The all-time classic "Slaughter Of The Soul" from Swedish death-metallers At The Gates is being released as a Limited Picture LP throughout the UK and Europe on October 16th. This exclusive vinyl release (1500 copies) contains timelessly brutal tracks taken from the original 1995 record plus six added tracks, as yet unreleased on vinyl.

    This limited edition picture LP serves as a memorial to the band's legendary power-fuelled, raw sound, which became the blueprint for Swedish Death Metal. With original artwork designed by Kristian Wahlin this release is a definite collectors item.

    The full tracklisting for the LP is as follows:

    01. Blinded by Fear
    02. Slaughter of the Soul
    03. Cold
    04. Under A Serpent Sun
    05. Into the Dead Sky
    06. Suicide Nation
    07. World of Lies
    08. Unto Others
    09. Nausea
    10. Need
    11. The Flames of the End
    12. Legion (Slaughterlord cover)
    13. The Dying (unreleased track)
    14. Captor of Sin (Slayer cover)
    15. Unto Others ('95 Demo)
    16. Suicide Nation ('95 Demo)
    17. Bister Verklighet (No Security cover)

    You can check out a picture of the vinyl at:
    Click Here

    The Limited Picture LP can also be pre-ordered at the UK/Europe webstore at www.earacheshop.com/store/product1524.html

    Metal Maniacs
  • Crucial Blast is stoked to be releasing the new full length from Pittsburgh death ray thrashers MICROWAVES.
     
    If the Pittsburgh, PA. independent music scene were a nursery, Microwaves would be the incorrigible 7-year-old who should have graduated five years ago, scrawling "fuck off" on the wall sloppily, in permanent ink. If it were a Radio Shack franchise, Microwaves would be the taciturn employee who wires the store sprinkler system up to a motion sensor, dousing and electrocuting customers and staff alike at the first false movement. The Pittsburgh music scene is neither, thankfully, and the three members of Microwaves are content with their roles in the universe as conduits - nothing more, nothing less.
     
    As artistic pedigree goes, well, you be the judge: Drummer John Roman (formerly of the 1985) and guitarist/vocalist Dr. David Kuzy founded the group with original bass player Steve Moore (now of Relapse records artists Zombi) for their first three independent releases, and only recently have parted ways with Jason Jouver, now serving as one-half of the rhythm section of the reactivated Don Caballero. Longtime fan and former Creation is Crucifixion/Fate of Icarus/Conelrad guitarist Adam MacGregor hastily purchased the remainder of Moore's 'waves-era bass gear to step up and round out the lineup in November of 2005, just in time to record the band's latest record, "Contagion Heuristic", to be released by the Crucial Blast label in November 2006.
     
    In the anti-tradition of whitebread Bay Area thrash metal, the violent morass of New York no wave, and a familiarity with Ralph Records insanity, Microwaves draws from a palette that is somehow as wide as it seems limited. On "Contagion Heuristic", Kuzy spits tonality-impaired, spiked skronk-infested riffs like so much chaff from a surgically calibrated tree shredder. MacGregor processes his fretless bass with all manner of effects, often rendering it as more a bowel-rumbling presence than an instrument. When the two "groove" along to Roman's cyborg clatter, it is more the exception than the norm. The dual vocal attack of MacGregor's narrations from the edge and Kuzy, the detached town crier - seals the deal as it serves to further blast MICROWAVES' dystopian thrash into the outer void. Indeed, Microwaves pride themselves in creating a blues-free vacuum in a shot-and-beer milltown rife with 12-bar ponytail-growers.
     
    www.myspace.com/microwaves
  • Crucial Blast welcomes Portland, Oregon's blazing BLACK ELK to the label's roster, and will be issuing their debut full length on 11/7/06.
     
    The eponymous debut from Portland, Oregon's BLACK ELK is a raging destructo rock eruption, heavy, catchy, and flattening.  This ten song album contains a creeped out conglom of carnivorous charred hardcore punk, the sludgy power of primo Pacific Northwest tarpit rawk (think KARP, MELVINS, and early SOUNDGARDEN as reference points), twitchy Midwestern noise rage somewhere between Am Rep Records (circa-1991) and a more rabid DIE KREUZEN, and a goatheaded psychedelic backwoods black mass/dance party risen to a freakin' fever pitch.  Total crush. Produced by Mike Lastra at Smegma Studios (EARTH, THRONES, JACKIE O MOTHERFUCKER).

    Black Elk is now on tour beginning in support of this release:

    12/08    Seattle, WA @ The Sunset Tavern-CD RELEASE SHOW
    12/09    Portland, OR @ Ash Street Saloon - CD RELEASE SHOW
    12/16    Seattle, WA @ High Dive
    12/29    Portland, OR @ The Tonic Lounge
     
    www.myspace.com/blackelk
    www.blackelk.net
  • Open Grave Records announces digital distribution through Audiolunchbox.com
     
    Open Grave Records has announced today that they have entered into a digital distribution deal with audiolunchbox.com to distribute the entire Open Grave Records catalog and future releases in MP3 format. Releases from Downlord, Necrodemon, The Everscathed, Morbid Sacrifice and Mournblade are currently available. Future releases will be available upon their release.
     
    Audiolunchbox.com offers 2 ways to shop. You can purchase a month-to-month or pre-paid subscription plan, or use an a la carte service and pay as you go. Their subscription programs allow you to get permanent, legal digital music downloads cheaper than anywhere else on the web.