News / Tours - February 2004 - Back
- BOBFEST 2004
The Metal Festival Bobfest 2004 will take place 5-7 March in Linkoping,
Sweden. The gigs will be held in Cupolen, Folkets Park, Linkoping, Sweden.
Participating bands are:
Extol (technic thrash/death metal), Kekal (experimental black metal
from Indonesia!), Harmony (melodic metal), Oratorio (melodic power metal),
Antestor (atmospheric black metal), Shadows of Paragon (black metal),
Benea Reach (hardcore), Tekla Knos (punk)
Mainspeaker during the festival is Metal Pastor Bob Beeman (who has
given Bobfest its name).
For more info visit www.bobfest.org
- The Italian metal act HIGHLORD is just finishing the recording of
their fourth album entitled "Medusa´s Coil" at New Sin
Studios , the new album will be released on May 04.
"MEDUSA´S COIL" Tracklisting:
2-Far from the light of God
3-Dancing with Destiny
5-Where my hero lies
7-Your story too
8-The Hand of God
9-Tough Boy (Japanese bonus track)
10-Tough Boy - Karaoke version (Japanese bonus track)
- From Beyond Productions will release BAZZAH's second full length album
"Kingdom of the dead" this summer.
Both the ultra rare debut full length (only 300 CD copies locally released
in the late nineties) as well as the later recorded second full length
(locally only released on limited cassette) will be issued as a lengthy
CD in the summer of 2004, with artwork by the mighty Ereshkigal (see
also Thornspawn, Inquisition and Surrender of Divinity)!
Prepare for some slaughtering primitive destruction, along the lines
of early Beherit, Blasphemy, Naked Whipper and Von!
- WINDIR, the Norwegian band's vocalist, Terje "Valfar" Bakken,
was found dead on January 17 as the result of hypothermia - Terje was
on his way to the family cabin when he succumbed to cold weather and
deep snow. Metal
- Nick Barker (Cradle Of Filth, Lock Up) has parted ways with DIMMU
BORGIR - the official statement from Dimmu is as follows: "Nicholas
has been removed from the line up of Dimmu Borgir. A session drummer
will be used in the future. Don't waste your time speculating why, we
have already moved on. See you on the road very soon!" Metal
- ENTOMBED bassist Jörgen Sandström (Grave, The Project Hate,
Krux, Vicious Art) has
left the band - his replacement is Nico Engelstrand (Terra Firma). Metal
- Matt Thompson (King Diamond) will be playing drums on the new SINGLE
BULLET THEORY disc - at the present time, it is unclear whether Matt
will join SBT as a full-fledged member. Metal
- Derron Bell has replaced POWER OF OMENS' original drummer Alex Arellano
- original vocalist Chris Salinas has returned to the group - the band
is currently writing new material. Metal
- SHRINE OF SCARS bass player Mike Francis has returned to the fold.
- Drummer Tim DiDuro has replaced Phil Varone in SKID ROW. Metal
- Jason "Gong" Jones has been selected by DROWNING POOL as
their new singer. Metal
- Black-sabbath.com reports that TONY IOMMI intends to release what's
commonly known as the "Eighth Star Bootleg" - this material
was recorded back in 1996 for what was then to be Tony Iommi's first
official solo album - the recording features performances by: vocalist/bassist
Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), keyboardist Don Airey (Ozzy,
Black Sabbath, Deep Purple) and drummer Dave Holland (Judas Priest).
- IRON MAIDEN's highly anticipated string of dates in New York City
was plagued by misfortune: last Saturday's show was cut short after
a fan threw a beer which landed on the soundboard and Tuesday's show
was cancelled due to an error in the confirmation of the venue between
the promoter and the venue. Metal
- LIQUID 8 RECORDS ANNOUNCES APRIL RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM "ARCHETYPE"
FROM RESURGENT FEAR FACTORY
Liquid 8 Records and Entertainment announces the release of Fear Factory's
fifth studio album, Archetype. The album, featuring the evolved, unsuppressed
and definitive Fear Factory sound, will be released on April 20, 2004.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1990, Fear Factory was one of the first bands
to fuse the loud, crushing intensity of death metal with the cold harshness
of industrial electronics and samples, along with melodic choruses,
producing a signature sonic palette that expresses a bleak view of modern,
technology-driven society. The band has sold more than 1.2 million albums
over its career, and Archetype represents a return to the band's signature
sound, with songs that delve into the dark heart of modern living.
Fans across the world are anticipating the arrival of this new album
for 2004. As a Hard & Heavy magazine reporter who joined in a recent
studio session, notes, "Fear Factory is back, more furious than
ever. And that's the way we like it. Really."
"When you look up the definition of the word, 'archetype,' it's
the actual model from which everything else is copied," says Burton
C. Bell, the band's lyricist and front man. "Fear Factory is that
in my opinion, and Archetype is a defining moment for us. Listen to
this record, and you'll know exactly where all these other bands came
Michael Catain, CEO of Liquid 8 Records & Entertainment, is looking
forward to the new release. "This album puts Fear Factory back
on track. It's really true to the band's signature sound. We are behind
this release 100 percent, with a number of creative promotions."
The plans include extensive online outreach, concentrated radio promotion,
and the creation of an enhanced CD with an animated video to excite
retailers. Fans will also want to get multiple copies of the album,
as they will better their chances of winning a golden ticket good for
a backstage visit with the band.
Fear Factory was recently in Vancouver, Canada, putting the final touches
on Archetype, which features all-new songs by Bell and band mates Raymond
Herrera and Christian Olde Wolbers. Expect to see Fear Factory in February
supporting Korn in Australia, their first tour since the completion
of their new album. A US.tour will follow early spring.
- Hard Rockers CLUTCH to Release New Record March 30, 2004 on DRT Entertainment
New York, NY- Clutch will release a new record entitled Blast Tyrant
on the newly formed DRT label on March 30, 2004. The new record is the
follow up to their critically acclaimed 2001 release, Pure Rock Fury.
Clutch has been churning our beautifully constructed hard rock for over
11 years. Blast Tyrant is their 6th full length release to date.
Lead singer, Neil Fallon explains how the record came together, "One
of our approaches for Blast Tyrant was to keep in mind that less can
be more. So, we tried to use a minimum of tracks, keeping a classic
stereo image in mind. Most of the lyrics were written on the spot, which
lends some thematic cohesion, namely, the adventures of one conscientious
objector, 'Worm Drink' (a demon, of sorts), and the effects of his actions
(both anecdotal and epic) while fleeing the guns of the Blast Tyrant's
prize ship, 'The Swollen Goat.' That is not to say that the record is
any sort of rock opera. More like a soundtrack without a movie."
Clutch is an eclectic mix of musical styles that easily blend together
to create a truly unique rock sound. From the genius craftsmanship of
Led Zeppelin to the quirky Frank Zappa to the lyrical invention of Chuck
D, Clutch is the total rock package.
Blast Tyrant breaks new musical ground for Clutch. The songs alternate
between compact form and elaborate instrumental sections. The CD is
rhythm-driven and eccentric. It immediately rewards the listener with
lyrical invention and musical power.
Clutch has toured the world over. Most recently, they toured with System
of a Down and the Deftones. The band will embark on a headline tour
January 20- February 15. They'll be back on the road in March in support
of their new release, Blast Tyrant.
They're proud to continue their great tradition as one of the best live
acts today. With the release of Blast Tyrant, Clutch will continue to
hold its course. They will keep on pleasing their fans as they continue
to attract new fans across the musical universe.
The exclusive Clutch website is located at: www.pro-rock.com
La Curandera, Mercury, Swollen Goat, Weather Maker's Delight, Worm Drink;
Army of Bono, Ribonucleic Acid Freak Out, Ghost, The Regulator, Spleen
Merchant, Cypress Grove, WYSIWYG, Promoter. Metal
- GORGUTS has been nominated for the Canadian Indie Music Awards 'Favourite
Other nominees are:
Protest the Hero
Toronto, Ontario (January 21, 2004) - Independent recording artists
will be honoured at the Canadian Independent Music Awards ("The
Indies") on Wednesday, March 3, 9 p.m., at the Phoenix Concert
Theatre, Toronto. The event, now in its fourth year, launches Canadian
Music Week (CMW) festivities.
Nominees are chosen by committees made-up of industry professionals
from all areas of the Canadian music scene and this year the fans will
decide on the winners by voting online for their favorite independent
recording artist at www.cmw.net
from January 26 to February 15. For a
About Canadian Music Week
Canadian Music Week is Canada's largest annual entertainment event dedicated
to the expression and growth of the country's music, media and entertainment
industries. Combining two information-intensive conferences; a cutting-edge
trade exposition; five awards shows and the Canadian Music Week Festival,
CMW spans over a four-day period from March 3 to March 6, 2004 at the
Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto attracting participants from across
the globe. For more information, visit www.cmw.net.
- RELAPSE RECORDS ANNOUNCES 'CONTAMINATION TOUR 2004'
Relapse Records has announced plans for the 'Contamination Tour 2004',
a 14-city tour comprised completely of acts on the label's burgeoning
roster. The two week jaunt is the first of several planned 2004 Relapse
label tours and begins March 12th in Salt Lake City, UT, running through
March 28th in San Francisco, CA.
The tour will be headlined by the highly-touted Bay Area trio HIGH ON
FIRE -- who will be debuting new material from the forthcoming follow
up to their Relapse debut Surrounded By Thieves -- and recent Relapse
signees ZEKE. HIGH ON FIRE and ZEKE will be joined on the tour by instrumental
trio DYSRHYTHMIA. The tour will be joined at select points by new Relapse
signing THE END and Boston-based trio 27 and will also include a stop
at the 2004 Relapse Records SXSW showcase (March 18th in Austin, TX),
where legendary noise rockers UNSANE will join the bill.
RELAPSE CONTAMINATION TOUR Spring 2004:
HIGH ON FIRE and ZEKE with special guests
DYSRHYTHMIA, THE END and 27
March 12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Liquid Joe's
March 13 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
March 15 - Oklahoma City, OK - Green Door (w/ Dysrhythmia)
March 16 - Austin, TX - Emo's (w/ Dysrhythmia)
March 17 - Fort Worth, TX - Wreck Room (w/ Dysrhythmia, The End, 27)
March 18 - Austin, TX - Emo's Annex (w/ High On Fire, Unsane, Dysrhythmia,
The End, 27 as part of the Relapse SXSW showcase)
March 19 - Houston, TX - Rudyard's (w/ Dysrhythmia)
March 20 - San Antonio, TX - Sam's Burger Joint (w/ Dysrhythmia)
March 21 - El Paso, TX - E9 Club (w/ Dysrhythmia)
March 22 - Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad (Dysrhythmia only)
March 23 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress (w/ Dysrhythmia)
March 24 - tba (w/ Dysrhythmia)
March 25 - Hollywood, CA - Troubadour (w/ Dysrhythmia)
March 26 - San Diego, CA - Casbah (w/ Dysrhythmia)
March 27 - Long Beach, CA - Alex's (w/ Dysrhythmia)
March 28 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill (w/ Dysrhythmia)
- KING’S X have just announced plans to headline a US tour in
May. No dates or support acts have been confirmed yet. Check www.metalblade.com
for dates as they are confirmed.
- Mix and mastering of the DISILLUSION debut album Back To Times Of
Splendor are finally finished! The band is very satisfied with the complete
work and surely convinced that it has been worth every minute of the
past eight months. Even after this long time the band is blown away
by the intense density and flow the album offers - a CD in widescreen
and cinemascope! This album is a mixture of several Metal styles, combined
in harmony in a perfect way.
- From the GWAR camp: "Hey, kids. We finally have some new info
for everyone out there eager to hear what's going on with your favorite
First up, the upcoming GWAR tour. GWAR is scheduled to start touring
in late April/early May and will be on the road for a month or two.
No, we don't have any dates yet. Yes, they will be posted here first.
No, whiney emails to me won't make them come to your city. YES! Harassing
your local club's booking manager and giving them booking information
for GWAR will help get them to your city! That is all I know for now.
Second, lots of you have been asking about the GWAR "Rumble in
Antarctica" figurines. Well, some of them have been reissued and
they are now available on GWAR.net in the Rumble in Antarctica merchandise
section! Also, the new Dave Brockie Experience CD Songs for the Wrong
is also available online.
Next, GWAR made it into the Washington Post! This article has a quick
interview with Dave "Oderus Urungus" Brockie and was written
on January 2, 2004, just before the 9:30 Club appearance.
Finally, there is an eBay auction up of one of the GWAR Sims Snowboards
that was featured on this site last year. It is a 2003-2004 series,
148cm "Beefcake the Mighty" model. It is one of a kind as
it is the only one signed by the entire band. This includes: Balsac,
Jizmak, Oderus, Flattus, Sleazy, Davis "Slavis" Bradley, Slave
Matt Maguire and Slave Bob Gorman. The buyer will receive a certificate
of authenticity from Slave Pit Inc. It retails for $350. You can find
a few pictures of it at the auction page on eBay: GWAR - Autographed
Snowboard Sims Sedition.
- THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Tour with Every Time I Die, AS I LAY DYING,
3/19 - Maplewood, MN - Aldridge Arena
3/23 - Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theatre
3/25 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
3/27 - Toronto, ON - The Rocket
3/29 - Montreal, QC - Salle L’x
3/30 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s
3/31 - New York, NY - The Knitting Factory
4/01 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
4/02 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar
4/03 - Richmond, VA - Alley Katz
4/04 - Charlotte, NC - The Casbah
4/06 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
4/07 - Orlando, FL - The Social
4/15 - San Diego, CA - Soma
4/17 - Petaluma, CA - Phoenix Theatre
4/18 - San Francisco, CA - The Pound
4/19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Albee Square
4/21 - Kansas City, MO - Rock Island
- WINDS has just completed the recordings of their upcoming album, The
Imaginary Direction of Time, which is scheduled for a late April release!
Recorded at Toproom and Fagerborg studios in Norway and mixed at The
Factory in Vancouver, Winds proclaims this their darkest yet most elegant
album to-date. The members, Carl August Tideman (Arcturus, Tritonus
etc), Jan Axel Blomberg (Mayhem, Arcturus etc), Lars Eric Si and Andy
Winter, proudly claimed this is the most complete and diverse album
they have ever worked on, while Carl also added it features the most
challenging guitarwork he has ever put on a record so far! Artwork for
this highly anticipated release is provided by Travis Smith.
01. What Is Beauty
02. Sounds Like Desolation
03. Theory Of Relativity
04. Visions Of Perfection
05. The Fireworks Of Genesis
06. Under The Stars
07. A Moment For Reflection
08. Time Without End
09. The Final End
10. Beyond Fate
11. Silence In Despair
- IMMOLATION - Bringing down the World DVD - The definite masters of
pure , genuine and unhealthy death metal IMMOLATION are releasing their
debut DVD on 27/01/04. IMMOLATION's DVD is a very fan orientated product
gathering several shows in support of their successful 2002 album Unholy
cult. It features a show filmed in Amsterdam in the huge place of the
ROCK HEINEKEN music hall in front of 3000 people, filmed with 7 cameras.
There's a lot of onstage footage so the viewer get to know how this
armageddon gets conceived. 3 other bonus shows are included, more in
a high quality sounding bootleg range: A raging gig in Paris where the
audience goes totally beserk, songs from a show in Tilburg at the 013,
and a very recent show filmed in Los Angeles at the Key Club where you
can feel the crowd was definitely dedicated fans. IMMOLATION are really
masters in a live situation, they own a particular groove that few bands
have ever approached.
Interviews and backstage stuff are joined as well. Essential for fans
of this fresh and unique sounding pure death metal band.
- VOID OF SILENCE Recording Third Opus - The new album Human Antithesis
has been completed.
Void of Silence has begun the recording sessions in the "Sick Lab'
s Studios" in Rome (Italy).
new singer Alan Nemtheanga (Primordial) will come in Italy to record
the vocal parts in February 2004. Tracklist and cover preview soon revealed!
- INFERNAL MAJESTY signs with Galy Records, new album due out April
6th, 2004 Canadian act Infernal Majesty the band who released 1987's
cult classic None Shall Defy have set One Who Points to Death as the
title of their upcoming new album, due out April 6th, 2004 through Galy
The CD, which was recorded by Sho at Profile Sound Studios in Vancouver,
Canada and mastered by Pierre Remillard at Wild Studios in St-Zenon,
Quebec, Canada, contains the following track listing:
01. Death of Heaven
02. Pestilential Eternity
03. Angels and Acid
04. Honey Tongue of Satan
05. Hysterion Proteron
06. Cathedral of Hate
07. Virgin Blood Tastes Purest At Night
08. One Who Points To Death
One Who Points to Death is packed with old school thrash crunch and
modern death metal intensity. Get ready for some infernal mayhem!
- ZAKK WYLDE CHOSEN TO MARK ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN GUITAR
PLAYER MAGAZINE’S 37-YEAR HISTORY
GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE RE-ENGINEERS IMAGE WITH A BOLD NEW LOOK
HOLLYWOOD (February 3, 2004) – Zakk Wylde graces the cover of
Guitar Player Magazine’s March 2004 issue.
This cover is not only a landmark issue for Guitar Player Magazine,
but also a landmark for Zakk Wylde, both personally and professionally.
“I have always wanted to be on the cover of Guitar Player Magazine
since I was a kid,” explains Wylde. “Back in the day, they
were the only guitar magazine. I saw all my heroes on the cover and
I still own those magazines to this day. Guitar Player Magazine always
has the real-deal serious players on the cover. It is an honor for me
to be considered a player of the same caliber as my heroes.”
The first cover, featuring Zakk Wylde, was designed by award-winning
Pentagram Design. Guitar Player Magazine now touts a bold new look and
appeal. “We needed to have the perfect cover for this transition.
Zakk was the obvious choice for us,” states Michael Molenda, Editor
and Chief of Guitar Player Magazine. “Zakk appeals to everyone.
The youth love him for his style of music he plays and our core readers
respect him for being the unbelievable technician that he is. He marries
both sides perfectly.”
- INITIAL MARCH METAL MELTDOWN 6 LINEUP ANNOUNCED
IRVINGTON, N.J. – The initial lineup for March Metal Meltdown
6, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 12 and 13 at the Cricket
Club in Irvington, N.J., has been announced.
Bands confirmed for the show are: Testament, Symphony X, Vital Remains
(w/ Glen Benton), MOD, Madball, Joey Belladonna, Macabre, Jon Oliva
(of Savatage), October 31, Attacker, Raven, Nasty Savage, Black Dahlia
Murder, Bloodstorm, Seven Witches, Stigmata, The End, Premonition of
War, Gothic Knights, Twisted Tower Dire, Abazagorath, Thundercore, Bar
Whore, Meth Sessions, Nuse, The Hixon, Trivium, Killingsworth, Laceration,
Cirrhosis, Wind Wraith, Black Widow, Without End, The Apostacy, Kaos,
and Cobalt. More acts will be announced shortly.
There will be autograph sessions with select bands. March Metal Meltdown
will also feature the Vendorville marketplace.
March Metal Meltdown 6 is an all ages event. Alcohol will be served
with proper ID. Re-entry is permitted and cameras are allowed.
Tickets are $35 for a single day and $55 for a two-day pass. Tickets
are on sale now through all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com,
and charge by phone (201-507-8900 or 212-307-7171). Tickets are also
available at Vintage Vinyl (Woodbridge, N.J.), Vyagra Music (Allentown,
Penn.), Sound City (Bayonne, N.J.), and Music Connection (Elmwood park,
The Cricket Club is located at 415 16th Avenue in Irvington, N.J.
- MERENDINE ATOMICHE
is proud to announce their presence at
METAL MELTDOWN FESTIVAL (Irvington - New Jersey - USA
march 12-13, 2004) and at MINNEAPOLIS METAL MAYHEM FESTIVAL, april 24,
After the great results of "Walk across fire", the big promotion
in USa thanks to Skateboard Marketing ,the 37th place on the american
charts, the first in Poland, the great reviews and interviews World
wide, the recording session in Sweden at famous sunlight studios and
the guests Jeff waters and Anders Lundemark, the band will be part of
this great events in New Jersey and Minnesota. The bills of the shows
are really cool. Testament, Symphony X, MOD, Joey Belladonna, John Oliva,
Raven and more at Meltdown and Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Agent steel,
Satyricon, Seven witches at Mayhem festival!
here we want to explain our thanks to all of the fans who followed us
in these years, all the guys who believed in us, the guys who went in
Sweden where "walk across fire" born, In Belgium for the shows
and in Canada for the promotion. Now the dream come true, and this is
also thanks to you guys. You know who you are! thanks to everybody and
see ya in New Jersey and Minnesota next march and april !
p.s. the band is working over an American tour scheduled for April 2004.
Soon the venus and all the confirmations.
Blood for flory
- FERAL HOUSE BOOKS TO RELEASE 'CHOOSING DEATH:
THE IMPROBABLE HISTORY OF DEATH METAL & GRINDCORE' THIS FALL
LOS ANGELES - Feral House Books will release Choosing Death: The Improbable
History of Death Metal & Grindcore, written by longtime extreme
metal journalist Albert Mudrian, this autumn.
Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore,
which features an introduction by internationally respected DJ John
Peel, conquers the lofty task of telling the two-decade-long history
of this underground art form through interviews with some of the most
esteemed names in these musical genres, from musicians to producers
to label heads.
"Many people don't understand the true origins of this music,"
said Mudrian. "Moreover, I think the secret histories of the bands
involved are just as captivating as the revolutionary music they created."
"This music was another step into outlaw territory beyond any aggressive
music heard before," said John Peel. "I think death metal
and grindcore was a return to a more extreme punk."
For longtime followers, Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death
Metal & Grindcore will revisit critical moments in the genres' developments.
For newer fans, the book will serve as an invaluable reference piece.
"The enduring impact of death metal can been seen in much of today's
heavier music," Mudrian said. "From metallic hardcore to even
commercial nu metal, countless bands owe a sizable debt to the work
of Napalm Death, Morbid Angel, and Carcass. It's time those groundbreaking
influences were properly acknowledged."
Feral House Books has published other definitive extreme music books
such as American Hardcore and Lords of Chaos.
- The debut CD release from SIC SEED, "Psychotic Bloodline"
is now available directly from Sinternational. Featuring 9 tracks of
professionally produced brutal metal, and a knock-out layout design
by Bjoern at Killustrations, this release is sure to establish Sic Seed
has a heavy contender on the brutal music scene. Check out a preview
of the Sic Seed CD, download an mp3 track, and order online now with
credit card, money order or cash for only $10.00 at www.sicseed.net.
- SCAVENGER from Ireland are the latest band from the ever-increasing
and prosperous Irish metal scene. Their brand of Megadeth meets Maiden
and Judas Priest styled Heavy Metal will be released very soon with
a full promo capmaign to reach all ends of the metal earth.
The album was recorded at FatDog Studios Duleek, Co. Meath Ireland and
has been recently mixed and mastered by Stuart Anstis. The album will
be entitled 'Madness to Our Method'.
You can check out a full MP3 track 'Ethereal Journey' on the Sentinel
On The Outside
Prisoner Of Time
Daydreams In Dystopia
- CRASH MUSIC SET TO RELEASE PYREXIA "Cruelty Beyond Submission"
PYREXIA is one of the forefathers of New York Death metal. Over 10 years
ago PYREXIA exploded onto the underground Death Metal scene, attracting
a strong cult of followers. Pioneers in brutality, with incredibly thought
out and catchy songwriting ability as well as razor sharp musicianship,
the band has time and time again reinvented ways to cause people to
want to break neck bones. Cruelty Beyond Submission is a pure audio
assault consisting of three new PYREXIA tracks, along with a collection
of songs from the past three underground PYREXIA classics. This will
be the metal album thats talked about all year, and no doubt sets the
bar for 2004.
- ICED EARTH PROVE THEIR POWER ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200
ICED EARTH makes a stunning entry onto the Billboard charts this week
as their new album THE GLORIOUS BURDEN debuts at #145 on the Top 200
Chart and captures the #4 spot on Billboard's Top Independent Albums
The legends of U.S. metal are also making news around the globe, as
the album debuts at #15 on the German charts, #24 in Austria, #30 in
Finland and #77 in Switzerland.
These strong first-week sales numbers come directly on the heels of
some other very impressive action for the band. The album is also being
embraced by metal radio, as proven by their rapid ascent to the #1 position
on CMJ's Loud Rock chart and the print media action has been simply
ICED EARTH are gearing up for a full-scale North American tour beginning
April 18th with support coming from Children Of Bodom. Confirmed dates
appear below. Also keep an eye out for the ICED EARTH TV spots now running
nationwide on Uranium and Headbangers Ball!
ICED EARTH - NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2004
with Children Of Bodom as support
April 18 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
April 19 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop's
April 20 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
April 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Quest
April 23 - Detroit, MI @ Harpos
April 24 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
April 25 - Cleveland, OH @ Odeon
April 26 - Toronto, ON @ Government
April 28 - Montreal, QC @ The Medley
April 29 - New York, NY @ BB Kings
April 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 01 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
May 02 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 04 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 05 - Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
May 07 - New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
May 08 - Houston, TX @ Engine Room
May 09 - Austin, TX @ Backroom
May 10 - Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Live
May 12 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
May 14 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
May 15 - Seattle, WA @ Graceland
May 17 - San Francisco, CA @ Avalon
May 18 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy
May 19 - Phoenix, AZ (venue tba)
May 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues Metal
- EXHUMED ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR WITH CANNIBAL CORPSE
Relapse Records recording artists EXHUMED have announced their first
tour of 2004 in support of their latest album Anatomy Is Destiny . EXHUMED
will team up with CANNIBAL CORPSE and HYPOCRISY for a four week span
beginning February 12th in Houston, TX. The tour is scheduled to conclude
March 14th in Orlando, FL.
Additionally, EXHUMED will be performing headlining shows previous to,
and after the tour in addition to select headlining dates during the
course of the tour. A full list of EXHUMED U.S. tour dates follows at
the bottom of this message.
EXHUMED TOUR DATES:
*Shows are all ages unless otherwise noted.*
2.5 Sacramento, CA The Distillery (w/Origin, Uphill Battle)
2.6 Las Vegas, NV The Boston (w/ Origin, Uphill Battle)
2.7 Albuquerque, NM Launch Pad
2.8 Amarillo, TX The Durango
2.9 Oklahoma City,OK The Conservatory (w/ Exitium, Spinefed, Epicurean)
2.10 Little Rock, AR - Downtown Music
2.11 New Orleans, LA - Dixie Tavern
2.12 Houston, TX - Engine Room
2.13 Dallas, TX - Trees
2.14 Austin, TX - The Back Room
2.15 El Paso, TX Surges (Exhumed headlining show.)
2.16 Phoenix, AZ - Mason Jar
2.17 Hollywood, CA - The Key Club
2.18 Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Concert
2.19 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
2.21 Seattle, WA - Graceland
2.23 Salt Lake City, UT - Bricks
2.24 Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
2.25 Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
2.26 Sauget, IL - Pop's
2.27 Milwaukee, WI - The Eagles Club
2.28 Minneapolis, MN - Quest Club
2.29 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
3.1 Indianapolis, IN - Rehearsal Studios (w/ The End, Premonitions of
3.2 Detroit, MI - I-Rock
3.3 Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
3.4 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Laga
3.5 Worcester, MA - Palladium
3.6 Brooklyn, NY - L'Amour
3.7 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
3.8 Hagerstown, MD - Wilson Raritan
3.9 W. Springfield, VA - Jaxx
3.10 Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's
3.11 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
3.13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
3.14 Orlando, FL - The Social
3.18 Memphis, TN - Caravan (Exhumed headlining show.)
3.19 Shreveport, LA - 516 Sound Stage (Exhumed headlining show.) Metal
- LIFEFORCE NEWS
HEAVEN SHALL BURN SIGNED WITH CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS
Heaven Shall Burn now have officially signed with Century Media Records,
now finally are all the rumours, going on the past few months, coming
to an end. As you can imagine we are not really happy to loose one of
our best and also one of our bestselling bands ;), but to prevent any
new rumours from the beginning, we at Lifeforce and the guys in Heaven
Shall Burn are still very close friends and their switch to Century
Media won't change this.
Century Media Records will release Antigone in Europe on April 26th.
The initial pressing of the album will be a limited edition version
with special packaging that includes two bonus cover tracks. More details
on the release and an exact North American release date will be announced
shortly. Additionally, the album will be available in South America
via Brazil's Liberation Records and Lifeforce Records will taking care
of the LP version, which will be also released on April 26th, as well
as a future limited CDEP release for Heaven Shall Burn following later
Here is an official statement by the band:
Marcus/vocals: "I am extremely excited to have signed to the label
that is home to plenty of my favourite bands. 2004 promises to become
a really challenging year for HSB. Full force ahead!!!"
Maik/guitar: "I am very happy about the new deal with CM. It was
a really important step forwards to take for us as a band, but even
more important was to make it together with a partner who doesn't only
understand how to promote and market HSB's music but who also has the
ability and attitude to support the political and socio-critical dimension
of the band. Furthermore, it means a lot to us that we didn't only find
a good new home, but that will also manage to continue the co-operation
with Lifeforce Records. There still won't be any compromises for the
future with HSB! Everything that needs to be said will be said, and
everything that needs to be done will be done! We are positively looking
forward to 2004!"
- JOACIM CANS, welknown singer of HammerFall, has signed a long term
contract with Sanctuary Records. His first album entiteled Beyond The
Gates features Matt Sinner (bass), Metal Mike Chlasciak (guitar), Stefan
Elmgren (guitar) and Mark Zonder (drums). Please visit www.joacimcans.com
for more info. Metal
- ZYKLON TO SUPPORT ARCH ENEMY
Philadelphia: Candlelight Records confirms Zyklon as support for Arch
Enemy on their upcoming European tour. The dates, scheduled to begin
February 17 in Cologne, Germany marks the band's first European tour
in support of their current album, Aeon, and will follow their first
trip to Japan as headliners for the nineth Extreme the Dojo festival.
Zyklon guitarist Samoth says, "Needless to say we are very excited
about Japan. We never even got to go there with Emperor so this is definitely
a big highlight for us. And after several attempts we have finally finally
confirmed a full European tour, and it's a good one too. Stampin' Ground
will also be on the bill with us and Arch Enemy, so it should make a
strong package, covering several aspects of metal.
Formed from the ashes of Emperor, Zyklon released their debut World
ov Worms in 2001 to worldwide critical acclaim. The Norwegian band,
featuring guitarist Destructhor and bassist/vocalist Secthdamon (also
of Myrkskog), with drummer Trym and guitarist Samoth, participated on
the successful "Extreme Music for Extreme People" US tour
featuring Morbid Angel, Deicide, Soilent Green and Exhumed. In early
2002, the band began work on their second album, Aeon. The album was
recorded at Akkerhaugen Lydstudio (Emperor) and mixed by Fredrik Nodstrom
at Fredman Studios (In Flames, Meshuggah, Arch Enemy),
Confirmed dates with Arch Enemy as of press time include:
Feb. 17 - Cologne, GER - Live Music Hall
Feb. 18 - Aalen/Stuttgart, GER - RockIt
Feb. 19 - Munich, GER - New Backstage
Feb. 21 - Vidia, ITA - Cesena
Feb. 22 - Bergamo, ITA - Motion
Feb. 24 - Barcelona, SPA - Razzmatazz II
Feb. 25 - Madrid, SPA - Caracol
Feb. 27 - Paris, FRA - Elysee Montmartre
Feb. 28 - Hellendoorn, NETH - Lantaarrn
Feb. 29 - Eindhoven, NETH - Effenaar
Mar. 02 - Hamburg, GER - Logo
Mar. 03 - Osnabruck, GER - Works
Mar. 04 - Essen, GER - Zeche Carl
Mar. 05 - Antwerpen, BEL - Hof Ter Loo Metal
- CADAVER & KHOLD SIGN TO CANDLELIGHT RECORDS
Blut Aus Nord, Niya and Mithras also join worldwide family
Philadelphia: Candlelight Records announces the addition of Norway's
CADAVER and KHOLD to the label's growing worldwide roster. France's
Blut Aus Nord, Poland's Niya and England's Mithras also join Candlelight,
signalling the label's most aggressive artist acquisition period in
its ten-plus year history. All are scheduled to release new albums in
the coming months.
Norway's CADAVER date to 1989. The now popular death metal band released
their full-length debut Hallucinating Anxiety via Earache Records in
1990, followed by In Pains in 1992. Growing sales and interest, however,
could not hold back the rising interest in black metal thus Cadaver
would separate in 1993. Reformed (and renamed Cadaver Inc.) in 1999
by founding band member Neddo, the band completed their contract with
Earache in 2001 releasing their third album, Discipline. The band would
tour with Morbid Angel, Extreme Noise Terror and visit the US for the
first time in support of the record, quickly regaining the interest
and support they had in 1993. Signing with Candlelight, the band - currently
featuring vocalist Apollyon, drummer Czral, bassist LJ Balvaz with guitarist
Neddo - drop Inc and prepare for the release of their fourth album,
Necrosis. The album is confirmed for US release April 20.
Formed in 2000, KHOLD come to Candlelight with already two previous
albums recorded to their credit. Masterpiss of Pain and Phantom (Moonfog)
both received high accolades via metal magazines and fans worldwide
- no doubt initially inspired by interest from the members, including
vocalist/guitarist Gard (Old Man's Child), drummer Sarke (Old Man's
Child) and bassist Brandr (Red Harvest), other band associations. The
band has been likened to an "updated Bathory or Darkthrone."
The band are currently completing their label debut, with release expected
Candlelight Records, with offices in Philadelphia and headquartered
in London, is distributed exclusively in the US by Caroline Distribution;
in Canada by PHD Canada; throughout the rest of the world by Plastichead
- KATATONIA added to BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend!
Was it just coincidence that the Swedes recently announced a dual disc
compilation of older material, going under the name Brave Yester Days?
Regardless, Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles magazine is pleased to
add KATATONIA to the line-up of the second BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend,
June 3-5, 2004, in Cleveland, Ohio. This will be an EXCLUSIVE, the band's
ONLY American appearance, joining several others European outfits making
the BW&BK show their only stop on this side of the Atlantic!
On Thursday, June 3rd, a warm-up show, featuring the best metal talent
in Northeast Ohio, will kick off the weekend (separate admission required).
The BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend features 14 international acts, signings,
giveaways & acoustic performances.
Alongside Katatonia, the others confirmed acts are:
PRIMAL FEAR, GRAVE DIGGER, DORO, SEVEN WITCHES, E-FORCE (ex-VoiVod),
SHOK PARIS, SHADOWKEEP, ION VEIN, LILITU
On Saturday afternoon, there will be acoustic performances, including
Ben Jackson (guitar) and Midnight (vocals) of the legendary CRIMSON
GLORY, who will perform an acoustic set of their best-known classics.
James Rivera & Jack Frost, from SEVEN WITCHES, will play an array
of material, including songs by Helstar, Frost's solo effort and a few
surprises. Still more bands to be announced, including headliner.
Check the BW&BK website for more info, updates and hotels discounts.
- PAUL NELSON to appear on Johnny Winter`s New CD
Guitarist Paul Nelson(Liege Lord) has just completed laying down guitar
tracks for Rock/Blues legend Johnny Winter's new release "I'm a
Bluesman" a CD which he will appear on as both guitarist and songwriter
including the title track. Nelson is now part of an elite group of guitarists
to have recorded with the famed Texas guitar slinger one other among
those being none other than Rick Derringer. Produced by Dick Shurman,.CD
release in mid-May 2004 on Virgin Records America.
- ENID new album ready to be released
The new and fourth ENID album titled "Gradwanderer" will be
released on code666 in the next months. this record is the band's very
own and most evolutionary appearance, wrapping blues and swing influences,
straight rock songs, epic folk ballads up in some independent, groovy
(metallic) music, adorned by a sheer unbelievable spectrum of vocal
- VOID OF SILENCE Recording Third Opus
The new album "Human Antithesis" has been completed. Void
of Silence has begun the recording sessions in the "Sick Lab' s
Studios" in Rome (Italy). new singer Alan Nemtheanga (Primordial)
will come in Italy to record the vocal parts in February 2004. Tracklist
and cover preview soon revealed!
- CHRISTIAN RIVEL'S AUDIOVISION To Feature Some Of Hard Rock's Finest
Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Tony Franklin (ex-WHITESNAKE,
BLUE MURDER, FIRM), Mats Levén (KRUX, AT VANCE, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN)
and Mic Michaeli (EUROPE) are among the special guests set to appear
on the debut album from CHRISTIAN RIVEL'S AUDIOVISION, the new solo
project from NARNIA frontman Christian Rivel.
According to an official press release, the vision for the project is
"to create good heavy metal with strong melodies and lots of harmony
vocals like QUEEN & THE SWEET. Everything will be packed in a superb
production by producer & guitarist Lars Chriss from LION'S SHARE,"
who has co-written most of the songs together with Christian Rivel.
The first chance for anyone to hear AUDIOVISION will come with the release
of the band's contribution to the Swedish tribute to THE SWEET titled
"The Sweet According To Sweden". AUDIOVISION recorded the
album's opening cut, "Love Is Like Oxygen", featuring a duet
between Rivel and Jeff Scott Soto. The album is scheduled for release
on February 9. (for more info. visit www.rivelrecords.com/sweettribute)
The AUDIOVISION album will feature contributions from some of the best
musicians in melodic hard rock and heavy metal. Confirmed guests include:
Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN)
Tony Franklin (WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, FIRM)
Mats Levén (KRUX, AT VANCE ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN)
Mic Michaeli (EUROPE)
Michael Höglund (PUNCHLINE, ex-THUNDER, GREAT KING RAT)
Thomas Broman (HUGHES & TURNER, GLENN HUGHES BAND, ex-ELECTRIC BOYS)
Thomas Vikström (BRAZEN ABBOT, ex-CANDLEMASS, TALISMAN)
Lars Chriss (LION'S SHARE)
Tommy Denander (RADIOACTIVE)
Carl Johan Grimmark (NARNIA)
Andreas Lindahl (PLATITUDE)
Jörgen Schelander (MERCURY FANG)
Michael Andersson (CLOUDSCAPE)
More big names will be announced later this year at www.rivelrecords.com/audiovision
- After 12 years on the throne of extreme black metal, MARDUK finally
makes their first DVD. Including 2 hours high quality material. 2 video
clips, 2 full concerts and more bonus material. Featuring some of the
stronges live performances from the band ever.
Live France, Paris, la Loco, April 9th 2003
2.With Satan and Victorious Weapons
8.Of Hells Fire
9.Darkness it shall be
10.Fistfucking Gods Planet
Live Poland, Katowiche, April 5th 2003
2.WIth Satan and Victorious Weapons
8.Of Hells Fire
9.Darkness it shall be
10.Fistfucking Gods Planet
Live Germany, Party San Festival, Bad Berka, August 7th 2003
1.Jesus Christ Sodomized
2.Baptism by Fire
4.Still Fucking Dead
1.Hearse (recording April 2003)
2.World Funeral (recorded April 2003)
- "SOUL TAKER" the new album the seminal US Pioneers of True
Metal, ATTACKER, is now available world-wide on IRON GLORY RECORDS!
- Austrian metalcore grinders MASTIC SCUM have a new bass player, the
founding member of french emo/noise band CHIVAN. In spring 2004 you
can see this band together with NATRON (Italy) on their EUROPEAN TOUR
2004. for exact dates go to their website www.masticscum.com!
20.02.2004 Skofia Loka - Pri Redi Ostrigi (Slovenia)
21.02.2004 Klagenfurt - Point (Austria)
23.02.2004 Vienna - Planet Music (Austria)
27.02.2004 Istanbul - t.b.a. (Turkey)
28.02.2004 Ankara - t.b.a. (Turkey)
29.02.2004 Bursa - t.b.a. (Turkey)
13.03.2004 Linz - Ann and Pat (Austria)
26.03.2004 Leipzig - Kulturbundhaus (Germany)
27.03.2004 t.b.a. (Germany)
09.04.2004 Vienna - Arena (Austria)
EUROPE TOUR 2004 - NATRON (ITA) & MASTIC SCUM (AUT)
28.04.2004 t.b.a. (France)
29.04.2004 Bordeaux - Farenheit (France)
30.04.2004 La Ferriere - Mat'Sa Cafe' (France)
01.05.2004 Lille - t.b.a. (France)
02.05.2004 Paris - t.b.a. (France)
03.05.2004 Mechelen - t.b.a. (Belgium)
04.05.2004 Dinslaken - Kulturkantine (Germany)
05.05.2004 t.b.a. (Germany)
06.05.2004 Berlin - K17 (Germany)
07.05.2004 t.b.a. (Austria)
08.05.2004 Brescia - The Spew Fest (Italy)
09.05.2004 t.b.a. (Italy)
- Mastermind Andy has reinforced his army, DAMNABLE. And finally there
is someone on the drums again! Radek is known through bands like SQUASH
BOWELS, NEUROPATHIA & INCARNATED! Furthermore Andy started to play
the guitar for DEAD INFECTION.
- Chicago's MACABRE have been delivering tales of bizarre true crime
for over fifteen years without ever having a single line up change.
Brilliant musicianship combined with diverse songwriting and storytelling
have established MACABRE as genuine originals.
Each track on the new MURDER METAL CD will take you the listener on
a historical journey, telling fiendish true tales of horror. The band
are ready to hit the road, are about to release The MACABRE MINSTRELS
(Macabre unplugged), posted a medley from the release on www.murdermetal.com
and are offering their classic Zodiac merchandise design in longsleeves
and hoodies directly to their mailing list and have a new message board
to post on.
FINAL TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
EUROPE JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2004
with CEPHALIC CARNAGE & BRUTUS
29th HOLLAND Arnhem @ Goudvishal
30th BELGIUM Vosselaar @ Biebob
31st GERMANY Wermelskirchen @ AJZ Bahndamm
1st HOLLAND Rotterdam @ Baroeg
2nd GERMANY Hamburg @ Markthalle/Marx
4th SWEDEN Stockholm @ Debaser
5th FINLAND Mariehamn @ Pub Bastun
6th SWEDEN Karlstad @ Metalclub
7th SWEDEN Motala @ Folkets Park
8th SWEDEN Gothenburg @ Musikens Hus
10th GERMANY Berlin @ K17
11th GERMANY Halle/Saale @ Rockstation
12th GERMANY Aalen @ Rock-It
13th AUSTRIA Vienna @ Arena
14th CZECH REPUBLIC "FEST OCELOVA OSTRAVA" @ Hala Tatran
w/ PUNGENT STENCH, DEAD INFECTION, HYPNOS, TORR, CAROUSEL OF TEARS
15th CZECH REPUBLIC Prague @ Black Pes
16th FRANCE Strasbourg @ Molodoi
18th FRANCE Marseille @ Le Poste A Galene
19th SWITZERLAND Basel @ Hirscheneck
20th HOLLAND Weert @ Bosuil
21st UNITED KINGDOM London @ Underworld
22nd HOLLAND Tilburg @ 013 with Morbid Angel / Chimaira and others
MACABRE MARCH 2004 U.S. TOUR DATES
3/3/04 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl w/ The End & Premonitions
3/4/04 Nashville, TN @ The 5 Spot w/ The End & Premonitions Of
3/5/04 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade w/ The End & Premonitions Of War
3/6/04 Pinellas Park, FL @ Sun N Steel Festival
3/7/04 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits w/ The End & Premonitions
Of War ALL AGES
3/8/04 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero w/ The End & Premonitions
3/9/04 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx w/ Cannibal Corpse, Hypocrisy, Exhumed
3/10/04 Phil;adelphia, PA @ Balcony Bar w/ The End & Premonitions
3/11/04 Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar w/ The End & Premonitions Of
3/12/04 Irvington, NJ @ March Metal Meltdown VI
3/13/04 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft at Club Crannel w/ Premonitions
3/14/04 Brooklyn, NY @ L'amour w/ Premonitions Of War
3/15/04 Boston, MA Monday Night Metal @ Bill's Bar w/ Premonitions
3/16/04 Hagarstown, MD @ Wilson Ruritan w/ Rune
3/17/04 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre w/ Rune ALL AGES
3/18/04 Detroit, MI @ IROC w/ Rune
3/19/04 Indianapolis, IN @ Rehearsal Studios w/ Rune & Gates Of
3/20/04 Chicago Heights, IL @ Oasis 160 w/ Rune, Midget Parade &
ALL AGES only Chicago area show on the tour
- Denmark’s FORCE OF EVIL, Featuring Legendary Mercyful Fate Alumni,
Releases Debut through Escapi Music
In a time when the hard rock scene has become convoluted, confused and
dull, it takes a true originator to re-hone rock’s edge. Enter
legendary Mercyful Fate guitarist Hank Shermann, who has pulled together
some familiar friends to create the scorching powerhouse outfit FORCE
OF EVIL. The band’s self-titled debut is being released through
Escapi Music in coordination with Navarre Distribution.
Having set the standard for menacing yet intricate heavy metal for over
20 years (Metallica openly cites Mercyful Fate as a major influence
and even recorded a cover medley of their songs on 1998’s Garage,
Inc.), Hank Shermann celebrates the crux of searing metal music on Force
Of Evil. He elaborates, “Compared to my previous projects, this
one is closest to my roots in Metal. This band stays very true to what
I enjoy the most and what I feel I’m best at doing. It probably
closely resembles Mercyful Fate in that it’s based in the same
background and influences.”
Couple that ideal with the reunion of Shermann with his Mercyful Fate
partner-in-crime, the one-time retired Michael Denner, and a fire is
destined to ignite. Shermann & Denner forged a metal paradigm with
such classic albums as Melissa, Don’t Break The Oath, In The Shadows,
Time, and Into The Unknown. Rounding out the FORCE OF EVIL lineup are
drummer Bjarne Holm (who joined Mercyful Fate in 1995), bassist Hal
Patino (who gained notoriety for his work on the King Diamond classics
Them, Conspiracy, The Eye, as well as recent albums Abigail II &
The Puppet Master), and vocalist Martin Steene (from the cult European
metal act Ironfire). Shermann offers a bit of background, “The
seeds for this band date back to 1999, when Mercyful Fate went on a
little hiatus. Since King was so busy doing his solo thing, it was actually
nice to put FORCE OF EVIL together. Where the Mercyful Fate band members
are scattered across 5 different cities & countries, everyone in
FORCE OF EVIL is based in one place, Copenhagen, Denmark. We can rehearse
on a weekly basis, and communication is very easy.”
The album, an eleven-track odyssey of pure metal fury, compiles a new
chapter in the influential book of Hank Shermann. The songs erupt with
archetypal twin guitar harmonies of Shermann/Denner, encompassed with
raw riffing, piercing guitar solos in a climactic emotional maelstrom,
accentuated with sinister and soul-searing vocals. The full tracklisting
for Force Of Evil includes:
Dawn of Dominion
Hell On Earth
Fountain of Grace
Eye of the Storm
Under the Blade
MP3s of “Hell On Earth”, “Eye Of The Storm”
and “The Calling” are available for download at www.forceofevil.net
But have no apprehensions of a one-off release, as Shermann is quick
to point out, “FORCE OF EVIL is definitely a band, not a side
project. We are all writing together a lot and we are planning a bunch
of shows for the summer. We’ve already got a number of songs prepared
for the next album! We’d like to get into the studio at the end
of April and prepare to release the follow-up at the close of 2004.”
The band played their debut performance at the 2003 inaugural BW&BK
6-Pack Weekend Festival in Cleveland, OH. In November 2003, the band
performed their first European show in Stockholm, Sweden alongside doom
metal pioneers Candlemass and Trouble. That performance was captured
on film to be released on DVD this spring.
With such an impressive resume behind him, Shermann could have had his
pick of labels to release the debut, however, he chose to sign with
the up-and-coming Escapi Music, a label primarily known for licensing,
production and distributing DVD and VHS programming in such diverse
categories as Documentaries, Children's programs, Music, Animation,
Travel, Fashion and Sports. He explains, “We really like Escapi,
because it’s a label not really known for CDs, so we became a
major priority in a new field for them. We are actually the first CD
release for the label, and they are working really hard to promote us.”
So where does this leave Mercyful Fate, one might ask? According to
Shermann, “If King calls this year to do another Mercyful Fate
album, we’ll have to work around the FORCE OF EVIL schedule.”
- IMMEMORIAL's confirmed tours and shows:
EUROPEAN TOUR - DIMENSION ZERO, IMMEMORIAL, DETONATION
(DIMENSION ZERO is the band of Jesper Strömblad the guitarist and
main songwriter of IN FLAMES and of Jocke Göthburg the ex-MARDUK
14.02.04 D-Engelsdorf, Hellraiser
15.02.04 D-Essen, Zeche Carl
16.02.04 D-Hamburg, Markthalle
17.02.04 D-Frankfurt, Batschkapp
18.02.04 D-Münster/Breitefeld, Live Arena
19.02.04 UK-London, The Underworld
20.02.04 F-Nancy, Azimut 854
21.02.04 NL-Arnheim, Goudvishal
22.02.04 D-Aaalen, Rock It
23.02.04 D-München, Garage
24.02.04 CH-Pratteln, Konzertfabrik Z7
25.02.04 I-Bergamo, Motion
26.02.04 A-Innsbruck, Hafen
IMMEMORIAL Slovak and Hungarian tour will be confirm soon
- TANK news!
Hi everybody, bad news for all of us:
"Algy will be taken into hospital next month to remove a tumor
from his head. He's been having problems with his hearing and getting
headaches.The doctors only discovered the problem a couple of days ago.
Obviously this means Tank will be unable to play the festivals in March.
Algy is very upset about this because he feels he is letting everyone
down. It's taken us the past 6 months to get on these festivals.We had
our plane tickets and hotels booked. We were all really excited.
Shit happens I guess. Hopefully Algy will make a full recovery soon
and we can re-shedule some shows.
We still have Sweden rock fest booked in June and we will also play
some clubs. Also Wacken festival should be confirmed for August.
I'll keep you informed on Algy's condition and Hopefully next time I
will have good news for you. Cheers, Cliff Evans"
Best regards, Oleg.
Visit TANK 'This Means War' Website:
- John Monte (M.O.D., Mindfunk, Dragpipe) has replaced longtime bassist
Paul Barker in MINISTRY. Metal
- Drummer Anders Johansson (Hammerfall) has decided not to join STRATOVARIUS
- the search for a permanent drummer is ongoing. Metal
- VENOMOUS CONCEPT is anew supergroup that features bassist Shane Embury
(Napalm Death), guitarist Buzz Osborne (Melvins, Fantomas), drummer
Danny Herrera (Napalm Death) and vocalist Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth)
- the music is described as outlaw punk. Metal
- ANNIHILATOR bassist Russ "The Woodsman" Bergquist has left
the band for undisclosed personal reasons
- Drummer John Longstreth (Origin, Skinless) will join EXHUMED for upcoming
- In the wake of John Longstreth's departure from SKINLESS, drummer
Bob "The Big Guns" Beaulac will return to the fold for some
shows in March and some European touring. Metal
- Guitarist Jaye Thompson (Defenestration) has replaced Tony Loughlin
in RAGING SPEEDHORN. Metal
- SINGLE BULLET THEORY drummer, John Sasso, has left the group. Metal
- The new lineup for THROCULT is as follows: Ivan Alcala (v,g), Nick
Jackson (g), Dave Borusch (b) & David Csicsely (d). Metal
- Chuck White (Spirit Web, Winterkill, Michael Angelo) is ION VEIN's
new drummer. Metal
- CIRCLE OF FEAR has added Brian Keeley (Chopcore) as new guitarist.
- ICED EARTH "The Glorious Burden" debuted at #145 on The
Billboard 200 chart and #4 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.
- LACUNA COIL proved to be Century Media Records' most successful European
band in the company's 13-year history with commercial radio play all
over the USA and strong sales of "Comalies" - in light of
the excellent support throughout the years and because of the good relations
with the worldwide Century Family, Lacuna Coil will renew their record
deal with the label. Metal
- BBC new reports that former JUDAS PRIEST drummer David Holland has
been found guilty of trying to rape a teenage boy who visited his home
for drum lessons. Metal
- Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Grip Inc., Fantomas) will be performing drums
for the soundtrack to the upcoming re-make of the classic horror flick
"Dawn Of The Dead". Metal
- Dave Grohl, of PROBOT, recently informed the Metal Update that he
will be hosting a future episode of Headbanger's Ball that will feature
all old school metal - he further revealed that he will be joined by
Eric Wagner (Trouble) and Wino (The Hidden Hand) to perform "My
Tortured Soul" off of the Probot album - for more information,
see this week's feature. Metal
- MY DYING BRIDE US RELEASE DATE CONFIRMED
Philadelphia: Peaceville Records today confirms March 9 as the US release
date for the new album from England's My Dying Bride. Titled Songs Of
Darkness, Words Of Light, it is the band's eighth studio album.
Recorded at Academy Studios under the always watchful eye of Mags, Songs
of Darkness, Words of Light is already highly anticipated by US fans,
following the band's return to doom form on 2001's The Dreadful Hours.
The album recalls echoes of the band's crowning early 90's album, Like
Gods Of The Sun, adding to it a light-and-shade writing process which
has birthed possibly the six-piece band's most commercial song to date
- the graceful "My Wine In Silence."
Formed in 1990, My Dying Bride currently features vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe,
guitarists Andrew Craighan and Hamish Glencross, bassist Ade Jackson,
drummer Shaun Taylor-Steels and keyboardist Sarah Stanton. The band
are regarded as one of doom metal's most prolific and notable bands.
They have been acclaimed by Alternative Press, Rolling Stone, Metal
Maniacs, Terrorizer, Brave Words Bloody Knuckles, Guitar, Guitar World,
Unrestrained, Metal Hammer and countless publications.
Full track listing for Songs of Darkness, Words of Light includes "The
Wreckage of My Flesh," "The Scarlet Garden," "Catherine
Blake," "My Wine in Silence," "The Prize of Beauty,"
"Blue Lotus," "And My Fury Stands Ready," "A
Doomed Lover." Album artwork is by Andy Green, who worked with
the band for 1998's Like Gods of the Sun.
My Dying Bride are currently completing work on their first video in
nearly five years, for the album track "The Price of Beauty."
Producer and conceptual details not available as of press time. Metal
- NEUROSIS NEWS
Neurosis has just returned from Chicago where they completed the latest
record with Steve Albini behind the controls. On January 2nd they played
a show: Blood & Time, Steve Von Till, and Tribes of Neurot, followed
by a listening event where the band played the newly-minted Neurosis
album in its entirety.
The yet-untitled album will be released in early summer 2004 on Relapse
Europe and on Neurot Recordings worldwide. There will be an advance
track on the upcoming Neurot Recordings compilation, which will be released
with a bonus DVD.
- GORGOROTH new homepage and DVD
Gorgoroth have their brand new homepage up and running! Besides merchandise,
a download section, the latest band news, a forum and a guestbook you'll
find more universal band information and new pictures from every Gorgoroth
member (taken by the approved Peter Beste!). This page will be updated
regularly and it's definitely worth to behold! Check that hellish site
at www.gorgoroth.orgThe guys are also preparing a live DVD which will
be released next year. It'll be recorded in Poland / Krakow and you
can look forward to an amazing live show, unique bonus material and
interviews. "We have a big thing going on in Poland this month
- DVD production, with lots of pyro, gallons of blood, live crucifixion,
nude models used and abused in the name of Satan" says Infernus.
More news regarding that matter can be found on the guys new homepage
- THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER update from Brian: "We are working hard
to get everything together for touring this spring. Hopefully you will
see us on the road as soon as February. We are planning on going out
with Every Time I Die and As I Lay Dying in March. This will be a great
tour for us. We will be exposed to a whole new crowd, hope they like
us. We just got confirmed for the March Metal Meltdown in New Jersey,
which we are excited about." www.theblackdahliamurder.com
- SIX FEET UNDER recently got confirmed to play With Full Force 2004
as well as Summer Breeze and more festivals in Europe this summer (t.b.a.).
SFU are also getting into the studio to record Graveyard Classics 2.
The band intends to go to the studio recording in late April/early May
for a fall release!
In other news SFU will be heading out in a few weeks to headline the
King’s of Roadkill tour starting January 30th, 2004. Other bands
on the bill are Bile and Full Blown Chaos. http://sfu420.com/
- KING DIAMOND, after recently completing a full US tour with ENTOMBED,
is mulling over the idea of releasing a full live CD from several shows
that were recorded during the aforementioned outing.
The band is currently in Sweden at guitarist Andy LaRocque's studio
outside Gothenburg listening to the tracks and deciding what to use
toward this possible live CD. Drummer Matt Thompson had this to say:
"They sound great and a live album should be finished next year.
We will tour Europe in 2004 if all goes as planned."
The entire KING DIAMOND band minus its singer and namesake joined the
Swedish KING DIAMOND tribute act KUNG DIAMANT (featuring members of
TON OF BRICKS, RELEVANT FEW, SABOTAGE and others) for a couple of tunes
during their set on Saturday, December 13 at Pianobaren in Trollhattan,
- BOLT THROWER are currently writing new material for their 8th (as
yet untitled) studio album. They plan to go into the studio in May,
and the album will be released around October/November on Metal Blade
Records. The band plan to promote the release with a full European tour
and hopefully their first US tour for 10 years! www.metalblade.com/bands/Bolt_Thrower/index2004.html
- AMON AMARTH Update from Olavi: “Again we are back home from
touring and again we would like to thank all bands and crew on the European
X-mas festivals. The tour was really successful and it’s all thanks
to you fans that showed up at the shows to support the tour. We couldn't
ask for a better way to end this year of Versus The World touring. A
big thanks as well goes out to all of the others that have been supporting
the band during this year! It has been a hectic year and also a very
rewarding one. Now we are going to rest for a week or so and then start
to work on our next album. We are scheduled to enter Berno Studio in
mid May. Be well and don't forget that beer gives you immortality, poetry-knowledge
and wisdom.” www.amonamarth.com
- THE CROWN update from the band: We’re back home again! The European
tour went well. We had a blast. Considering that the posters for this
tour (mysteriously?) never turned up, the shows were good anyway. I
was glad to see how many people follow the tour dates on the website,
thanx!!! One bad thing that happened on this tour was that we needed
to cancel the Paris show. Well, WE didn’t cancel it, it was the
local promoters decision, and so it was totally beyond our control.
Definitely a shame, we were looking forward to Paris and to spend our
day off there. But then again, TWO days off in Amsterdam was all good.
Next on the schedule is starting the mix of the “new” Crowned
in Terror album; we’ll start mixing the 2nd of January 2004. I’ll
keep you posted on news about that. At this point we haven’t set
any releases date for it.
And we are working on new live dates as well. As always, as soon as
the dates are confirmed you’ll see it on the LIVE http://w1.520.telia.com/~u52007308/live.htm
page. The Party-San Festival got confirmed a few days ago, so one festival
confirmed so far.
Oh, one more thing. The shop is back online with both new and old designs.
Take it easy folks! www.thecrownonline.com
- CANNIBAL CORPSE is going to begin filming for their first music video
off the highly anticipated follow up to Gore Obsessed, titled The Wretched
Spawn in stores February 24, 2004. The video will be for the song Decency
- The versatile Canadian quintet CRYPTOPSY are proud to announce the
return of their original vocalist, Lord Worm, to the lineup. These innovators
of dynamic, technical extreme metal immediately raised the bar for all
other bands in the genre with their first two albums, Blasphemy Made
Flesh (1994) and None So Vile (1996), which established them as one
of the most relentless and brutal forces on the planet. With the return
of Lord Worm, the group's stellar decade-long career has come full circle,
and the future looks very promising.
The mighty Lord Worm checks in with the following comments regarding
his much anticipated return; "Un mal pour un bien, I've heard it
said, and those seven long years ago, unhappy though I was at leaving
(for a private question of honor, not beer), it was none the less for
the best. Now, we've come full circle and again a private question of
honor finds me back in the fold. It is so and it cannot be otherwise.
See you soon."CRYPTOPSY are currently writing material for their
fifth studio album, which theyâ€™re planning to start
recording in March at Wild Studio with producer Pierre Remillard. Expect
nothing but their most uncompromising and unrelenting offering to date.
- The New Jersey quintet GOD FORBID have just released a new low-priced
EP entitled Better Days. The EP features the new track, "Better
Days," from the group's highly anticipated new effort, Gone Forever,
along with an exclusive new song only available on this disc. The set
also contains a demo version of "Wicked," which appeared on
2001's breakthrough release Determination, and one song each from the
Out of Misery and Reject The Sickness albums. Gone Forever, set for
February 24th release, was recorded at Trax East Studios by Eric Rachel
(Atreyu, A Life Once Lost) and mixed by acclaimed producer Colin Richardson
(Chimaira, Fear Factory). www.godforbid.com
- After an extremely busy and successful year SHADOWS FALL will now
begin the songwriting process for their highly anticipated new album.
Both guitarists, Jon Donias and Matt Bachand, went on to score the coveted
top spot in the Best New Talent category in this month's Guitar World
reader's poll. The blistering duo's work on "Destroyer of Senses"
from the group's latest offering, The Art of Balance, was also named
by Guitar One as one of the greatest riffs of the year. www.shadowsfall.com
- After years of silence, THRONED is back with a new MCD.
It's titled "...There where the moon rises" and contains four
Black Metal chants.
In 1994 a black-metal band, without an official name, is born, Throned
is the singer and Armseel the drummer and they prepare tracks for 2
never published CDs due to the unexpected split of the group. For that
reason Throned, in 1995, decides to found a solo-project, always with
the collaboration of Armseel playing drums.
We must wait until 1997 for the debut of Throned, with the first MCD
"Watching the Lands of Purity", released by the label BTOD
and featuring four tracks of black-metal with symphonic parts.
In 1998 Throned records a new track called "Nemthorsted" for
the compilation cd vol. VI of BTOD label, released the following year.
And the kind of music is "pure Black Metal".
Between 1995 and 1998, Throned writes other tracks that, for personal
reasons, remain unreleased. Then subsequently completed and finally
recorded in 2003 at the Twilight Studio. A new MCD is ready, it's called
"...There Where the Moon rises" featuring four tracks of "pure
black-metal". For this MCD Throned, always writer and composer
of lyrics and music, collaborates with Equinoxe (Mystical Fullmoon)
as drummer and Astraghon (The True Endless) as singer.