- DARK TRANQUILLITY's new album, 'Character,' entered the official national
charts in Sweden at #3. The album landed at #1 on the Swedish metal
charts. Previously, Dark Tranquillity had reached #47 on the Swedish
single charts with their 'Lost to Apathy' EP. The band will embark on
a tour of Europe with Kreator in February. Metal
- GORGOROTH was unable to come to an agreement to continue with their
former label, Season of Mist. Season of Mist will still handle the remastered
reissue of Gorgoroth's classic albums, 'Pentagram,' 'Antichrist,' and
'Under the Sign of Hell,' in limited digipack format with guitar picks.
- SENTENCED is set to release their as-yet-untitled new record through
Century Media in Europe at the end of May. Hiili Hiilesmaa produced
the album, which was recorded mainly at Finnvox and Tonebox studios
in Finland. Metal
- NILE is recording their new album, entitled, 'Annihilation of the
Wicked,' with Neil Kernon and Bob Moore. The disc is scheduled for a
late spring release through Relapse Records. The band will begin a headlining
tour of Europe in March with Dying Fetus and Necrophagist as support,
then return to the States to begin touring with King Diamond, Behemoth,
and The Black Dahlia Murder in April. Metal
- DANZIG will begin a month long tour of the U.S. in February, in support
of their current release, 'Circle of Snakes.' 'Black Aria II,' Glenn
Danzig's follow up to 1993's 'Black Aria' which reached the #1 position
on the Billboard classical chart, is expected to be released through
Evilive in early summer. Metal
- Talks of a DEFIANCE reunion show are being shelved. Instead, the band
has decided to work on writing new material. They intend to enter the
studio later this year. Metal
- Dageth (a.k.a. Patrick Panter), vocalist, lead guitarist and main
composer for U.S. black metal band BLOOD STAINED DUSK was killed in
a car accident on Monday, January 24th. According to the band's statement,
they had just released 'Continuance of Evil' on Black Flame Records
and were about to begin recording their follow up, 'The Black Faith
- WINDIR performed one last concert to bid farewell to the band's frontman
and founder, Valfar, who died in January 2004. The concert took place
on September 3, 2004, the day of what would have been Valfar's 26th
birthday. A DVD of the concert is being released this February though
Tabu Recordings. The DVD, entitled, 'SognaMetal,' will also contain
live clips, backstage material, photo gallery, and an interview with
Valfar from Norwegian national TV. Metal
- The complete line up has been announced for INFERNO METAL FESTIVAL
2005, taking place in Norway on March 24th - 26th. Bands scheduled to
perform: Morbid Angel, Candlemass, Dissection, Amon Amarth, Arcturus,
Gehenna, Lamented Souls, Aura Noir, Green Carnation, Mortiis, Grimfist,
Grave, Chton, Vreid, Mantas, Bloodthorn, Seth, Sunn0))), Horricane,
Zeenon, Tsjuder, Gorelord, Deceiver, Naer Mataron, Nebular Mystic, She
Said Destroy, Obliteration, Taakefer, Slogstorm, Goatlord. Metal
- SUBLIMINAL CRUSHER are currently in the recording studio to begin
working on their yet unnamed first full length record, tentatively due
on late spring. The track list counts 11 tracks, and some of the track
names are "Unfertile Suggestions", "A Poetry", "Slavery",
"Fuck-simile". A cover version of a Testament classic will
also be recorded, to be included as a bonus track at the end of the
- Prepare to rethink all that you know about Detroit Rock City, because
Liquor and Poker Music has found the DIRTY AMERICANS and once again,
your idea of what’s “cool” is about to be altered
forever. Dirty Americans are the next band to be crowned the kings of
Detroit “rock” once Liquor And Poker Music releases the
band’s chopper and whisky-fueled debut album, Strange Generation,
in 2005. The quartet came together in January of 2001 after the breakup
of Myron (vocals), Jeff Piper (guitars) and Pete Bever’s (bass)
original band. Determined to keep their musical journey going, Piper
placed an ad on a Detroit website that said, “Drummer needed,
big sound, no metal, someone to equal out this bizarre equation.”
Within a few minutes of the post, aspiring rock drummer Jeremiah Pilbeam
contacted Piper. A rehearsal was scheduled so the four members could
meet and it was during that rehearsal when Myron, Bever and Piper knew
they had found the missing puzzle piece. Ironically, the band’s
name was also decided upon in that first rehearsal when Myron asked
Pilbeam what kind of band he wanted to play in. Pilbeam’s response
to that question was, “Just some dirty American rock band.”
An understatement to say the least! In the summer of 2002, the band
met with producer Paul Ebersold (3 Doors Down and Saliva) in Memphis,
Tennessee to discuss the recording of their first record. Ebersold had
heard the rumblings the band was making in their hometown, and the producer
and band immediately hit it off. All members of the group were confident
that Ebersold could bring to life their vision of what rock ‘n’
roll is and should be. In early 2003, the band and Ebersold ran through
over 50 songs the band had written to form what is now known as Strange
Generation. The title track is a Motor City anthem that a band like
the mighty Grand Funk Railroad would praise due to its amazing guitar
work and Cheap Trick-esque backing vocals that proves this band is worthy
of the crown mentioned earlier, and “Burn You Down” is really
the best song Blue Öyster Cult never wrote. The release of Strange
Generation in Europe last March by Roadrunner Records was praised by
the press for its “…everything good about ‘70s rock”
(Metal Hammer) sound. The success of the release allowed the band to
share stages with Metallica, Monster Magnet, Brides Of Destruction and
many others at the Download Festival in England and Motörhead,
The Datsuns and Turbonegro at the Rock Im Park Festival in Germany.
In between festival dates, the band played sold-out headlining gigs
in clubs all across Europe. Japan, meanwhile, saw the band headlining
a sold-out gig in Tokyo, while they played alongside The Darkness, Green
Day and the MC5, to name just a few, at the Summer Sonic Festival in
Osaka and Tokyo. Back in Detroit, a limited edition EP was released
with the help of the city’s number one rock radio station, 101.1
WRIF, and ultimately gained the band a bigger following in their home
state. The band soon began playing almost non-stop in the Midwest with
the likes of Alice Cooper, Bret Michaels, Silvertide, Seether and Brand
New Sin. The release of Strange Generation in the States will finally
complete the world domination this band has been working toward, and
you will no doubt see this band opening a show and eventually headlining
an arena near you soon. In the world of prefabricated and preconceived
so-called rock bands which we now live, Dirty Americans truly possess
the Easy Rider, raisin’ hell, alcohol fueled brand of rock ‘n’
roll that the legends of Detroit rock made famous and infamous in the
glory days. Liquor and Poker Music will be releasing Strange Generation
in a deluxe embossed Digipak that will take the cover art of the record
to standards unheard of in the industry today. The music video for the
title track, directed by Dale Resteghini (Fear Factory, Mudvayne , Shadows
Fall), will be included on the CD and prove what bad-asses these guys
are. The White Stripes and Kid Rock might have put Detroit Rock City
back on the map, but it’s Dirty Americans that are gonna make
damn sure it stays that way! Be a part of the Strange Generation when
Liquor And Poker Music releases Strange Generation in the Spring of
2005. Kneel and bow now for the new kings of Detroit Rock City!
- BLASTCORPS have finished their debut CD titled 'Gloryfied' The artwork
is being finalized and the CD will be released around June. Aad (ex-Sinister,
Houwitser and Infinited Hate) turns out something a bit different. I
have not heard the final songs yet but I am told the overall sound is
a mix of Dismember and Lock Up and extremely heavy sounding.
- GORED have also finished their debut CD titled 'Incinerate The Vanquished'.
Mastering time is being booked for Feb and the CD will be released in
April. Brutal Texas Death Metal at it's best. Alot of you have been
asking about it and at long last it is on the way.
- JUDAS PRIEST UNLEASH ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION
REUNITED LINEUP DEFEND THE FAITH WITH FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 15 YEARS
SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION PACKAGING INCLUDES DVD FEATURING RARE LIVE FOOTAGE
FROM 2004 SPAIN CONCERTS
ALBUM IN STORES MARCH 1ST
Epic Records has announced a March 1st release date for ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION,
the long-awaited new album from metal legends Judas Priest. Talk about
a highly anticipated release: this is the first new music in 15 years
from the reunited lineup of vocalist Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton
and K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis. Led by
first single "Revolution," the perfectly paced album brings
a revitalized energy to the spirit of vintage Priest.
"Years from now, I really feel that this album is going to be viewed
as an absolute classic metal masterpiece," says Tipton. "We're
firing on all cylinders." "It almost seems like a brand new
start for us," adds Downing. "We're back at full strength,
having a lot of fun, and really looking forward to the future."
Co-produced by Roy Z and Judas Priest, ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION follows
the 2004 release of the band's acclaimed career-spanning boxed set Metalogy
and their headline-grabbing stint on last summer's Ozzfest tour. Show
after show, Priest took the stage and never gave it back, earning rave
reviews from fans and press alike. The New York Times called their performance
"immaculate," LA Weekly praised them as "the most entertaining
and musically effective act in metal" and Rolling Stone said the
band dominated Ozzfest. "The night truly belonged to Judas Priest,"
they wrote. "A fully leather-clad Rob Halford, reunited with the
group after more than 12 years, appeared to enjoy the set more than
even the most rabid fans."
The influential quintet maintained momentum by returning to the studio
and recording their first new album since 1990's Painkiller. "The
decade that we were out of each other's company just seems to have vanished
in smoke," says Halford. "When we got together to begin writing
the new material, it was really a continuation of where we would have
been had we made the next record after Painkiller. All the pieces were
already in place."ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION will be issued in two configurations:
the first is a dual-disc set featuring the full album and an action-packed
DVD. The 30-minute disc amplifies the album with behind-the-scenes documentary
footage and classic live tracks filmed last summer during two speaker-shattering
shows in Spain. ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION will also be released as a limited
edition double-disc set featuring the new tracks and a long-form DVD
bundled in special hardcover packaging. The total running time of the
DVD is 1 hour, 12 minutes, highlighting the seven live cuts and 40 minutes
of documentary footage.
With the first side of every DualDisc containing a full audio album,
and the DVD side providing the same album in enhanced sound, along with
such multimedia features as music videos, documentary footage, photo
galleries, web links, and so on, DualDisc was created to bring the fan
even closer to the creative artistic process. DualDisc will add an exciting
new dimension to the consumer's musical experience.
The track listing for ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION is as follows:
"Deal With The Devil"
"Worth Fighting For"
"Wheels of Fire"
The DVD track listing is:
"Breaking The Law"
"Diamonds and Rust"
"Touch of Evil"
"Hell Bent For Leather"
"Living After Midnight"
Judas Priest is currently gearing up for a European tour that begins
February 23rd in Copenhagen.
- Displeased Records will rerelease CRYPTOPSY's debut 'Blasphemy made
flesh' with its original cover and complete new artwork on CD. For the
first time also available on LP! Both versions available from late March
2005. In related news, Jon Levasseur left the band. Read more here.
- Both INCRIMINATED and THRONEUM delivered the material for the limited
split 7", to be issued in early summer 2005 via FBP.
- INFINITED HATE just finished the recording of their second album 'Heaven
termination'. Recorded in Excess Studios, this new full length promises
to be a maturation of the band's style presented on their raw debut.
- Last week Deathstrike Records from Germany released a noble vinyl
version of the NOCTURNAL 'Arrival of the carnivore' album, recently
issued on CD via FBP. The killer gatefold, great poster and bonus track
(Violent Force cover) really enlarges the album as a whole. Available
from both Deathstrike and Displeased.
- Having laid low for a long while, Polish grinders REINFECTION are
back from the undead, and sent the recently recorded exclusive tracks
for the limited 7" release for FBP, originally scheduled for a
2002 release. Finally out, later this year.
- After many delays RESUSCITATOR finally were able to hand over the
master of the upcoming 'A warrior's death' album. The result is astonishing,
expect a whirlwind mix of later Immortal and recent Enthroned. It's
that good. Out late April 2005.
- With alternative cover artwork, FBP will present a limited vinyl version
of the 'Tyranny returns' album of SARGEIST in late April, with a CD
version out now on Moribund Records.
- UTUK XUL is currently working on a European tour. More news will follow
as soon as the dates are set.
- HIDDEN-ALEXISSTAR MORPHALITE CD 2005
ON BAPHOMET RECORDS (MANUFACTURED BY RED STREAM)
BAPH 126 (666616002625)
A cryptic phenomenon of interstellar Black/Death Metal with elements
of Doom, composed and transmitted by mere humans.
Primordial and ferocious in its’ delivery and influenced by events
over two billion years old.
Fast, heavy old school metal mix with horrid and disgusting Black/Death
Metal vocals for a scientifically sick album, not heard in centuries.
6-The Search For Where Life May Have Existed
7-Interplanetary Space Physics and Climatology
8-Ripples in Time
9-Planets of Metal
- LAMB OF GOD is BANNED from performing at the Forum in Los Angeles!!!
Lamb Of God is being forced to step aside from one of their arena concerts
on the upcoming Subliminal Verses Tour with Slipknot, because of their
name Lamb Of God and former moniker Burn The Priest. Metal
- GOD FORBID Embark On Their First Headlining US Tour; Commence Songwriting
For New Album
This March, GOD FORBID will begin their final round of touring in support
of their critically acclaimed and highly successful Gone Forever album.
The band will first serve as direct support to Soulfly for a string
of East Coast dates, followed by a headlining stint in the U.K. Metal
- RESUSCITATOR are currently searching for a dedicated drummer. If anyone
instersted enough to relocate to the Los Angeles, California area, help
will be provided for individual. Serious candidates contact us at [email protected]
for mp3s www.download.com/resuscitator
Keep the black flame burning high!!!
- VEHEMENCE NEWS
FEBRUARY 4, 2005 - VEHEMENCE ANNOUNCE NEW VOCALIST
Vehemence would like to thank all the people that have submitted vocal
try-outs and it is greatly appreciated! At this time we would like to
announce that our new vocalist is Sean Vandegrift, former vocalist for
From A Second Story Window on (Blackmarket Activities/ Metal Blade).
We are excited as to what he will bring to Vehemence, and what the future
holds in store.
Catch Sean's debut with Vehemence on a U.S. tour with Crematorium, The
Red Death, and Losa starting this April. We also have a west coast America
run in March with Thine Eyes Bleed (The End Records), with temporary
vocalist Bryan Edwards from Clifton www.cliftonrock.com,
helping us out before Sean gets settled in. A complete list of tour
dates will be up very soon so check back at www.vehemence.com
to see when we'll be in your town. Confirmed dates for most of the upcoming
tours are available on our tours & shows page.
MARCH - *with temporary vocalist
Psyopus / Vehemence / Red Tear Memory/ Kill The Last Hour / Job For
TUES - 8 - PHOENIX, AZ - THE MASON JAR
2303 East Indian School Road. Phoenix, AZ 85016
VEHEMENCE/ THINE EYES BLEED - SPRING TOUR 2005
3/21/05 - 4/6/05 *with temporary vocalist
More info on co/headliner: www.thineeyesbleed.com
MON - 21 - EL PASO, TX - SURGES (w/Soma, His Shotgun Proposal)
4100 Montana Ave. El Paso, TX 79903 (915) 566-4716 * pending
TUE - 22 - COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - CLASSICS (w/TBA)
5943 Delmonico Dr. Colorado Springs 80919
WED - 23 - LAKEWOOD, CO - ECK'S SALOON (w/TBA)
9890 W. Girton Dr. Lakewood, CO 80227
THURS - 24 - FORT COLLINS, CO - THE STARLIGHT THEATER (w/TBA)
167 N. College Ave. Fort Collins, CO 80524
FRI - 25 - BOISE, ID - THE VENUE (w/TBA)
523 Broad St. Boise, ID 83702
SAT - 26 - SPOKANE, WA - THE B-SIDE (w/Pathos, Drawn and Quartered,
After Eyes Are Gone)
230 W. Riverside Ave. Spokane, WA 99201
SUN - 27 - SEATTLE, WA - STUDIO SEVEN (w/Embalmed, Seven Percent Sleep
Terror, After Eyes Are Gone) 6:30PM - All Ages
110 South Horton St. Seattle, WA. 98134
MON - 28 - PORTLAND, OR - SABALA'S MT. TABOR (w/TBA)
4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR. 97215
THURS - 31 - SAN FRANCISCO - THE POUND SF (w/TBA)
100 Cargo Way @ Pier 96 San Francisco CA 94124
FRI - 1 - SANTA ROSA, CA - THE LAST DAY (w/TBA)
120 Fifth St. @ Davis St. Santa Rosa, CA 95401
SAT - 2 - BAKERSFIELD, CA - JERRY'S PIZZA (w/TBA)
1817 Chester Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93301
SUN - 3 - CORONA, CA - THE SHOWCASE THEATER (w/TBA)
683 South Main St. Corona, CA 92882
MON - 4 - SAN DIEGO, CA - BRICK BY BRICK (w/TBA)
1130 Buenos Ave. San Diego, CA 92110
- GREAT WHITE OUT ON SHORT CANADIAN TOUR
HOLLYWOOD (February 7, 2005) – GREAT WHITE is heading out on on
a Canadian tour. GREAT WHITE will perform all of their hard-rockin'
hits from multi-platinum albums "Once Bitten...," "...Twice
Shy," "Hooked" and many others.
Nominated for a Grammy in 1989, GREAT WHITE has sold over 8 million
records worldwide, 2 top 40 hits and 13 top MTV videos. Their concert
performance includes their popular songs ‘#1-Once Bitten-Twice
Shy,’ ‘#2-The Angel Song’ and of course ‘Rock
8-Mar Calgary Cowboy's Nightclub
9-Mar Edmonton Union Hall
10-Mar Grand Prarie B.J's Nightclub
11-Mar FT. McMurray Cowboy's Nightclub
15-Mar Saskatoon The Roxy
16-Mar Regina The Pump Rhoadhouse
18-Mar Winnepeg The Pyramid Night Club
19-Mar Brandon Tails West
All performances by GREAT WHITE will continue to benefit the Station
Family Fund. Proceeds from their shows go to the fund to create further
awareness and financial assistance to those touched by the Rhode Island
tragedy. Proceeds go directly to The Station Family Fund. The funds
raised will be controlled and administered by The Station Family Fund.
GREAT WHITE's line-up consists of original members Jack Russell (vocals),
Mark Kendall (lead guitar), Tyler Nelson (guitar), Derrick Pontier (drums)
and Scott Pounds (bass).
- FEMALE-FRONTED MELODIC METAL BAND, OF INFINITY, RELEASES 3-SONG CD
FEBRUARY, 2005 (SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS / SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH / LITTLE ROCK,
ARKANSAS USA) --
Of Infinity, San Antonio, Texas’ premier female-fronted metal
band, has released their new 3-song CD, “The Essence Of Infinity”,
this Fall/Winter 2004/2005. Promotional packages are available to magazines,
reviewers, webzines, radio stations, and other music industry and media
professionals free of charge. CDs can be purchased by fans for $5.00
each. Sample song clips, images, and CD purchase/promo pack request
info can be found at www.ofinfinity.com.
The songs on the CD are infectious, powerful and melodious. The first
song, “The Voice Without” (5:33) is a keyboard-driven attack
that seizes listeners by the throat at the opening chords and does not
care to slacken its hold. Nicknamed “The Wall O’ Sound”,
the instant you play this song, it’s as if you’re being
slammed into a wall, the music has that kind of awesome power to it.
The second song, “Shadow Of A Lie” (6:37) is a remake with
vocals of an older Of Infinity instrumental. It’s gorgeous, with
epic violin intros and outros performed by Berklee College of Music
educated violinist, Emily Hesterman. The last song, “It’s
Only For Forever” (4:50), is bluesy and medieval-flavoured, with
beautiful, delicate harmonized vocals. Many of the lyrics were done
in collaboration with creative writer and John Steinbeck Award winner
Paul Greulich. The production on the CD is top-quality. Producer Jonathon
Shults interned in California under his uncle who has produced such
bands as Megadeth amongst other major acts, and with his expertise,
the mixing, mastering and recording on the CD is exceptional.
The band has roots in Salt Lake City, Utah; Little Rock, Arkansas; and
the tri-state NY/NJ/PA area but bases its operations out of Texas where
they write, record, and play music that is as intense and beautiful
as can be created. Described as heavy, gothic, doom, progressive, and
melodic, and likened to such bands as Lacuna Coil, Evanescence, Nightwish,
and Theatre Of Tragedy, Of Infinity is appealing to fans of all styles
of metal and hard rock. With an uncompromising drive, Of Infinity brings
into being breathtaking metal.
Band members include: Alessandra Zinicola; Vocals/Piano/Keyboards –
Former Utah Opera & Symphony composer and Trinity College of London
piano forte diploma holder, Nazareth Sando; Guitars – Former “Fallen
Empire” guitarist opening for such bands as Danzig, Nile, and
Morbid Angel, Kurtis Kyllo; Bass. – Former “Pinkeye”
member and Carlos Teller; Drums – Former “St. Anne”
and “April Death” drummer. Of Infinity has been an established
metal band since 1999 with a sizeable loyal fan base as well as a collection
of phenomenal music to reveal.
- VANITAS, Dark Metal from Austria, have recorded a video of the song
„Endlosschleife” from our current CD “Lichtgestalten”
(CCP Records, www.ccprecords.com).
This video is available on our homepage http://www.vanitas.at
- CRIONICS US RELEASE DATE CONFIRMED
Philadelphia: Candlelight Records confirms March 8 as the US release
date for Armageddons Evolution, the new album album from Poland's Crionics.
It is the band's second widely distributed full-length recording from
the death/black metal band.
With recording duties split between Cracow Lynx and Hertz Studios (Decapitated),
tracks for Armageddons Evolution were laid down during the summer of
2004. Near 60 minutes of newly penned blackened compositions, Crionics'
sophomore recording is exactly the album they need to elevate them in
the extreme metal stakes. Containing the band’s stellar remake
of “The Loss and Curse of Reverence (hail Emperor!), the album
is an impressive leap that will have both new and growing fans applaud.
Formed in 1997, Crionics originally found release only in their native
country. But the buzz would not be contained for long. Beyond the Blazing
Horizon, the band’s first mini-recording was recorded in 2000.
Shortly after release widespread touring, with the likes of Vader and
Behemoth, among others, would keep the band active as their European
profile began to grow. It would be in 2002 that the band, with writing
in full swing for their debut, would find the interest of London-based
Candlelight Records. Upon release Human Error: Ways to Self Destruction
was hailed by England’s Terrorizer, Metal Maniacs, and Poland’s
Thrash ‘Em All, among others. Metal Bite said, “tight production,
superior drumming and guitar work that could give Old Man's Child a
hangover.” Metal Observer adds, “though I'm sure the best
is yet to come, "Human Error..." has succeeded in establishing
Crionics as a band worth keeping a eye on.”
Track listing for Armageddons Evolution is: Arrival Of Non Parallel
Aeons, Final Inversion, Armageddons Evolution, Chant Of Rebel Angels
(intro), FFF (Freezing Fields Of Infinity), Xenomorphized Soul Devoured,
Disconnected Minds, Celestial Interference, Black Manifest (The Sermon
To The Masses), Dept 666 (bonus), The Loss & Curse Of Reverence
Visit the band's website at www.crionics.rockmetal.art.pl
- Every so often a record comes along that is truly special. In the
case of CHUCK SCHULDINER/Zero Tolerance, this record comes not only
with a lot of emotions but one with much highly publicized baggage.
Every December since 2001, the metal word remembers the passing of one
of its favorite and most influential metal brothers, Chuck Schuldiner.
His long battle with cancer was highly followed by fans, media and most
immediately his beloved family who continue to hold vigil mourning his
passion, creativity and life accomplishments. Well known at the time
of his death, Chuck was working on the second album from his new band,
Control Denied. The album became his main focus, spiritually allowing
him to continue to pursue the love that served as his life-long muse.
The album would never be completed with his untimely passing yet fans
have continued to ask for recordings as it would serve to his final
Europe released this special 2cd package as individual, full-priced
recordings. While it is not a new recording and surely not of the quality
that we all know Chuck would normally require of any material of his
commercially released, it is an important recording that, while many
may have differing opinions on, should be released.
Chuck was a dear friend to many in this industry and some of us at Candlelight
had the pleasure of working with him directly. We wish his family continued
prayers and hope that you can save space in your upcoming issues to
print kind words about Chuck and the legacy he left behind for all of
us to enjoy.
- DEBRIS INC US RELEASE DATE CONFIRMED
FIRST RELEASE VIA RISE ABOVE/CANDLELIGHT PARTNERSHIP
Philadelphia: Candlelight Records confirms April 5 as the release date
of the debut album from Debris Inc. The record is the first release
through the new US arrangement between Rise Above Records and Candlelight,
announced earlier this year.
Debris Inc. is a new band featuring Saint Vitus alumni Dave Chandler
with long-time Trouble bassist Ron Holzner. Outlaws who on occassion
join in the drunken bedlam include Trouble’s Barry Stern, Eyehategod/Superjoint
Ritual/Crowbar skinsman Jimmy Bower, and Goatsnake/Obsessed-famed Greg
Rogers among others. The self-titled debut contains self-prescribed
anthems for the depressed, the stoned, happy and angry punkers, metalheads
and lazy scumbags alike. The album’s storming chant-a-long punk
anthems, "Full Of Shit" and "You're The Reason I'm Medicated,"
are sure to be instant favorites whilst the the band’s raucous
cover of Fear classic "I Love Living In The City" comes across
sounding more akin to early ‘Flag on crack! The band is already
extremely active, having toured the US with labelmates Orange Goblin,
have made appearances at Templars of Doom, Emissions of the Monolith
and Milwaukee Metal Festivals. The band recently collaborated with Los
Angeles-based Crisis for a reworking of X’s “Nausea.”
Rise Above Records was formed in 1989 by Cathedral/ex-Napalm Death vocalist
Lee Dorrian. Since then, the label has released over 50 records from
such notable bands as Orange Goblin, Electric Wizard, Grand Magus, Witchcraft,
and more. Lee Dorrian says of the cooperation with Candlelight Records,
"We are extremely excited about being part of the Candlelight family.
The growth the company has achieved in the US over the last few years
has really impressed us, purely from an observer's point of view, and
when the opportunity came to do a deal we jumped at it."
Track listing for Debris Inc. includes: Too Many Mushrooms On My Pizza,
Fuckin’ Mess, Full of Shit (f.o.s.), The Old Man and His Bong,
The Nightmare, You’re the Reason I’m Medicated, Dime-a-dozen,
The Life and Times of Claude & Elmo, Shut Up, Nausea, Sickening
Thud, Junkbak, I Feel Like Shit Again, Pain, The Ballad of Debris, I
Love Living in the City, Manhattan Breakfast.
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
- CROWBAR ANTICIPATION CONTINUES TO BUILD
INITIAL TOURS IN SUPPORT SET TO LAUNCH NEXT WEEK
Philadelphia: The anticipation surrounding the upcoming February 8 release
of Lifesblood for the Downtrodden, the new album from New Orleans-based
Crowbar, is rising as US and European tour dates near their start. Fans
flocked to Candlelight's recently launched US site on January 22 to
download the album's first available MP3, for the song "Dead Sun."
Since the launch, over 6500 downloads have been reported.
Participating in Candlelight Record's first package tour for the US,
Crowbar will tour for the first time in several years alongside labelmates
Entombed, Pro-Pain and The Mighty Nimbus. The tour, announced in early
December, includes stops in New York City, Philadelphia, Cleveland,
Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix and others.
After the tour's February 28 conclusion, Crowbar will immediately fly
to Europe where they will tour in support of Hatebreed. The band will
have further headline shows around the continent before heading home
to regroup for the next stateside run, expected in early summer.
All Music Guide calls Crowbar “New Orleans' all-time greatest
metal export.” Never one for compromise, the down-tuned metallic
purveyors have consistently championed a sound, accredited by most to
them, and expanded not only the accepted norm of what exactly ‘heavy”
is but have throughout their career kept their music fresh, exciting
Lifesblood for the Downtrodden, already being hailed by Metal Maniacs
(cover story hitting newstands tomorrow), Terrorizer, Kerrang and more,
is a sonic testimonial to the determination, spirit and sheer creativity
of a band very much at a continuing upswing of musical output. Produced
by Rex Brown (Pantera) and Warren Riker (Corrosion of Conformity, Down),
it finds guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein, guitarist Steve Gibb, bassist
Pat Bruders, and drummer Tommy Buckley (with additional performances
from Rex Brown, Craig Nunenmacher, and Sid Montz) in top form and concludes
a three-year silence. a video for album track "Dead Sun" was
filmed in Miami during January and is set to be serviced to national
and regional video outlets this week. The record impacts hard rock/college
radio today, partnered with the debut from The Mighty Nimbus.
Debuting in 1992 with the formidable Obedience Through Suffering, Crowbar
immediately found audience for their slow, bellowing sounds. Originally
noted as a cross-mix of Pantera and The Melvins, later dubbed sludge
metal/core, Crowbar would pioneer the sound with Time Heals Nothing
and Broken Glass. 1998’s Odd Fellows Rest saw the band’s
line up change with former Acid Bath guitarist Sammy le Duet (now Goatwhore)
and Eyehategod drummer Jimmy Bower stepping in (he also contributing
to Down with Windstein, Corrossion of Conformity’s Pepper Keenan
and Pantera’s Phillip Anselmo). The band signed to Candlelight
Records worldwide in 2004.
- Candlelight Records proudly announces the worldwide premiere of "Holy
Blood, Holy Grail" from MARDUK's soon to be released new album,
Plague Angel. Candlelight Records will make the song available for download
beginning 9am EST on Saturday, February 5. Bring your browser to the
label's recently launched US site at http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/
to download the MP3. Additionally, Candlelight will make available "Wrath
of Mine," the lead song from Kraft, the debut album from VREID
(featuring former members of Windir), available for download.
Its been over a decade since Marduk’s now infamous “Fuck
Me Jesus” demo reared its blasphemous head. Despite death metal’s
prevailing stature at the time, the recording found immediate worldwide
acclaim for its innovative sound. Black metal would later rise to popularity
and Marduk’s claim to royalty was instant. In 2005, their begotten
Plague Angel, the ninth full-length recording from Swedish quartet,
is a punishing and uncompromising effort that stands as another robust
testimony from a classic and influential band. The band’s dominating
power and aggression cascades through each and every track as their
proclaimed and vitriolic deathmarch rages on. Recorded at Endarker Studios
in Norrkoping, Sweden, Plague Angel is corrosive from start to finish.
Chronicles of Chaos says, “Plague Angel ushers in a new era of
songwriting maturity and misanthropic efficiency for the quartet.”
Live4metal adds, “Plague Angel sees the band cocked and more than
ready for action.. an album that is both challenging in its barbarity
and deadly serious in its tone.”
Pre-recording line-up changes finds Plague Angel with new blood, (re)introducing
bassist Magnus Devo Andersson (who produced the album) and vocalist
Mortuus to the ranks. Founder/guitarist Morgan Hakansson and drummer
Fredrik Andersson round out the album’s personnel. A visual assault,
in the form of the newly filmed video for album track "Throne of
Rats," was directed by director Roger Johansson (The Haunted, In
Flames, Hammerfall) and has already been described as "a morbid
masterpiece." Derailed on their last several attempts to tour the
US, Marduk are determined to crack the borders to enthrall stateside
Marduk's Plague Angel hits stores nationwide March 8.
Every new band starts out with a hope, a goal and an expectation of
great things to come. Partnering with their overall concept, musical
vision and personal credence to their craft, they set out to cultivate
a following and create a sound that all others will grow to like and
respect. In the case of Norway’s Vreid so much of this initial
groundwork lays in the band’s previous efforts - then the working
nucleus of the much heralded band, Windir. With the tragic death of
the band’s singer in 2004, the rest of the band regrouped and
decided to herald on.
In Kraft Vreid, Norwegian for “wrath,” have composed an
impressive first offering that is sure to find acclaim far and wide.
Upon its European release, Holland’s Vampire Magazine claimed,
“an absolute fantastic album,” noting the recording’s
diversity and sheer creativity; heavy, dark, aggressive and absolutely
dominating Norwegian extreme/black metal. Constructed at Studio 1184
(bassist Hvall’s new studio) and mixed at Subsonic Society Studios
(Dismember, Susperia, Red Harvest, Darkthrone), Kraft will appeal to
fans of Enslaved, Emperor, Arcturus, Darkthrone and Immortal.
Formed in 1994, Windir leave behind four incredible recordings, all
recorded for Head Not Found Records. The band graced stages at Inferno,
Quart and Hole in the Sky European Festivals plus an appearance (and
now only US show) at Milwaukee’s Metal Fest. The band was set
to record their fifth album and first to receive worldwide release via
Candlelight/Tabu Records before Valfar’s untimely death.
Vreid's Kraft is in stores now.
- CRYPTOPSY News
Jon Levasseur's departure
Greetings all Cryptopsy fans!
Jon Levasseur here writing to officially announce my departure from
Cryptopsy. It is something I strangely felt coming on since a year prior
to my departure (August 2004) as my inspiration for such extreme music
was growing thin. After 10 years in the band, I now wish to step back,
lay low and explore other things in music. Who knows, maybe one day
this new chapter in my life could turn out into something interesting!
That being said, I want to say that I'm very proud of what Cryptopsy
has accomplished as a band and I consider myself extremely fortunate
to have broken through boundaries with some of the best musicians in
the business. So to Flo Mounier, Eric Langlois, Lord Worm and Alex Auburn,
it's been a great ride guys, full of memories. Thanx for everything
and for putting up with me!!! I also wish extend thanx to the ex-members
club: Steve Thibault, Mike DiSalvo, Miguel Roy, Martin Lacroix, Martin
Fergusson, Dave Galea and to the 6th member for the past 6 years, Maurice
Richard and all other people who have been involved in the bands success!
Finally, I want to thank every Cryptopsy fan on the planet. Because
of your undying support, the band is able to bring its music around
the globe and it made me live so many great things and experiences.
I got to play for fans in many places in the world, some places even
beyond my own expectations. Hail to you all, thank you and do look forward
to the next Cryptopsy album!
Long life to Cryptopsy!