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February 15th, 2007
  • DORO TO PLAY NYC IN JUNE N OTHER DORO NEWS

    German metal queen DORO has scheduled a headlining concert at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City on June 11, 2007. Support at the show will come from ARCTIC FLAME and OPERATIKA. More U.S. dates are expected to be announced soon.

    In other news, Doro will be a guest on the German sports TV show "Das aktuelle Sportstudio" (broadcast on the ZDF network) tonight (January 6) at 11:00 p.m. She and her friend, WIBF flyweight female boxing world champion Regina Halmich, will discuss Halmich's next match, which is scheduled to take place on January 13 at the Brandberge Arena in Halle/Saale, Germany. Halmich will be defending her title against Hungarian Reka Kempf.

    Doro originally wrote and recorded "She's like Thunder" as a theme song for Halmich's fights. A new version of the song, re-titled "We're like Thunder", featuring Halmich, was released in September 2005 via AFM Records.

    In other news, Doro has been selected to serve as a jury member for the 16th annual Echo 2007 awards, Germany's version of the Grammy Awards. The awards show will take place on March 25 in Berlin and will be broadcast on German TV via RTL.
  • SOILWORK To Enter Studio In March

    Sweden's SOILWORK has posted the following message on its official web site:

    "First of all, we wanna say thanks for a great 2006. We had a great year and a lot of great tours. It was fun to see you all out there.

    "Since the release of 'Stabbing the Drama' in 2005, we made about 250 shows for that album. Now it's time to take a rest, but also to get focused on the upcoming album.

    "Right now we're working on the new songs. We have about seven songs ready and so far it sounds great. It will be a killer album. We will enter the studio at the beginning of March and, hopefully, the album will be out at late summer. We will keep you updated of the recording progress.

    "And... regarding the guitarist situation; Soon it will be decided who's gonna replace Peter [Wichers].

    "So, once again... thanks for the great support and... see ya in 2007."

    SOILWORK's latest CD, "Stabbing the Drama", is available now on Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Figure Number Five" was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro and Dug-Out Productions in Uppsala, Sweden with producer Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STUCK MOJO).

    Peter Wichers left SOILWORK in December 2005 to pursue a career in producing.
  • SONATA ARCTICA: North American Tour Dates Announced

    Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA will embark on a North American headlining tour in September/October 2007. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

    Sep. 16 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
    Sep. 17 - Galaxy Theater - Santa Ana, CA
    Sep. 21 - The Metro - Chicago, IL
    Sep. 22 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
    Sep. 23 - Peabody's Down Under - Cleveland, OH
    Sep. 24 - Opera House - Toronto, ONT
    Sep. 27 - The Medley - Montreal, QC
    Sep. 28 - The Chance Theater - Poughkeepsie, NY
    Sep. 29 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
    Sep. 30 - B.B. King's - New York, NY
    Oct. 02 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
    Oct. 03 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
    Oct. 05 - ProgPower USA VIII - Atlanta, GA
    Oct. 09 - The Meridian - Houston, TX

    SONATA ARCTICA is currently recording its new studio album for a tentative early 2007 release.

    The new single from SONATA ARCTICA, "Replica" — containing a new version of the title cut, which originally appeared on the band's 1999 debut, "Ecliptica", plus the songs "Draw Me" (instrumental) and "Respect the Wilderness" — entered the Finnish single chart last month at position No. 1.

    The new version of "Replica" is included on SONATA ARCTICA's "best of" collection, entitled "The Collection 1999-2006", which entered the Finnish album chart at No. 16. In addition to material from the band's studio albums, the CD contains a new version of the song "My Land", which also originally appeared on "Ecliptica".
  • KITTIE, WALLS OF JERICHO, DEAD TO FALL: More Tour Dates Announced

    Canadian metal band KITTIE will team up with WALLS OF JERICHO, DEAD TO FALL, 36 CRAZYFISTS and IN THIS
    MOMENT for "The Funeral for Yesterday Tour" beginning in early February. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

    Feb. 09 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
    Feb. 10 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
    Feb. 11 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Fastlane
    Feb. 12 - New York, NY - BB King's Blues Club & Grill
    Feb. 16 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
    Feb. 17 - Fayetteville, NC - Jester's Pub
    Feb. 18 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
    Feb. 20 - Jacksonvile, FL - The Imperial
    Feb. 21 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
    Feb. 23 - Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theatre
    Feb. 24 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
    Feb. 27 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
    Mar. 01 - Farmington, NM - Gator's
    Mar. 02 - Albuquerque, NM - The Sunshine Theater
    Mar. 03 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
    Mar. 04 - Los Angeles, CA - The Key Club
    Mar. 06 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
    Mar. 09 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
    Mar. 13 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater
    Mar. 16 - Cedar Falls, IA - The Reverb
    Mar. 22 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
    Mar. 24 - Warren, MI - The Ritz
  • SEVENDUST Keeping It Heavy On The Road

    SEVENDUST guitarist John Connolly recently told HeraldTribune.com that he and his bandmates will be rocking harder than ever on their upcoming U.S. tour in support of their sixth studio album, "Alpha" (due March 6). "We're not going to have too many broken-down moments," explained the axeman. "We've been actually running a heavier set ever since [new guitarist] Sonny [Mayo] got in the band. The fans really seem to be reacting well to it."

    Mayo joined SEVENDUST in early 2005 as the replacement for Clint Lowery, who joined his brother, bassist Corey Lowery (ex-STUCK MOJO), in a new band, DARK NEW DAY.

    Lowery quit in December 2004 with a half-dozen shows remaining on a year-ending tour, leaving the group in the lurch.

    "That's the only thing I think any of us were really that bitter about, because Clint going to play with his brother wasn't a surprise or anything at all," Connolly said. "I mean, I called it four years before it happened. But just the way that he did it, I could never leave the guys like that."

    SEVENDUST's 57-date North American tour is scheduled to begin on February 8 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Support on the trek will come from DIECAST and LEGION.

    SEVENDUST will release "Alpha" through its own label, 7 Bros. Records, which recently entered into a partnership with Asylum/Warner Music Group. The CD's first single, "Deathstar", is now streaming at the band's official web site, Sevendust.info.

    Produced by Joe Miller, John Connolly, Morgan Rose and Shawn Grove, "Alpha" will be the group's first effort since 2005's "Next".

    "Alpha" track listing:

    01. Deathstar
    02. Clueless
    03. Driven
    04. Feed
    05. Suffer
    06. Beg to Differ
    07. Under
    08. Story of Your Life
    09. Confessions of Hatred
    10. Aggression
    11. Burn
    12. Alpha

    SEVENDUST announced in April 2006 that they and 7Bros. Records had officially parted ways with the Universal-affiliated WineDark Records. The band inked a deal with WineDark in early 2005 after a lengthy stint with TVT Records.

    SEVENDUST headlining dates with DIECAST and LEGION opening:

    Feb. 08 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Piere's
    Feb. 09 - South Bend, IN - Club Fever
    Feb. 10 - Appleton, WI - The Checkered Flag
    Feb. 11 - Peoria, IL - Youth Expo Gardens
    Feb. 13 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Orbit Room
    Feb. 15 - Madison, WI - Orhpeum Theatre
    Feb. 16 - Fargo, ND - Playmakers Pavillion
    Feb. 17 - Waterloo, IA - McElroy Auditorium
    Feb. 18 - Sioux Falls, SD - Ramkota Exhibit Hall
    Feb. 20 - Springfield, IL - The Warehouse
    Feb. 22 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights
    Feb. 23 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
    Feb. 24 - Providence, RI - Lupo's
    Feb. 25 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
    Feb. 27 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
    Mar. 02 - Little Rock, AR - Clear Channel Metroplex
    Mar. 03 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
    Mar. 04 - Houston, TX - Meridian
    Mar. 06 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
    Mar. 09 - Nashville, TN - City Hall
    Mar. 10 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
  • LEAVES' EYES: More North American Tour Dates With KAMELOT Announced

    LEAVES' EYES — the German/Norwegian band formed by ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY singer Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull and members of ATROCITY (who are fronted by Liv's husband Alexander Krull) — has confirmed that it will support KAMELOT on their upcoming North American tour. So far the following dates have been released:

    Aug. 18 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre
    Aug. 19 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
    Aug. 21 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place (no KAMELOT)
    Aug. 22 - Montreal, QUE @ Medley
    Aug. 24 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
    Aug. 25 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
    Aug. 27 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
    Aug. 28 - St.Paul, MN @ Station 4

    More dates will be announced soon.

    LEAVES' EYES is expected to begin production of its first DVD shortly. The as-yet-untitled disc will include a complete movie with a lot of interesting background information. Moreover, the band is planning an indoor and an outdoor show with special stage and show elements exclusively for the DVD. More information will be made available soon.

    LEAVES' EYES' latest EP, "Legend Land", entered the German chart at position No. 75.

    "Legend Land" was released in North America on July 28, 2006 via Napalm Records.
  • EMERALD SUN, DISTORTION OF PERCEPTION Confirmed For Greece's METAL HEALING Festival

    EMERALD SUN and DISTORTION OF PERCEPTION have been confirmed for the Metal Healing festival, set to take place July 20-22 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

    COMMUNIC
    DEMENZIA
    DESTRUCTION
    DISTORTION OF PERCEPTION
    EKTOMORF
    EMERALD SUN
    FIREWIND
    L.O.S.T.
    LEAVES' EYES
    LUNARSEA
    MYSTIC PROPHECY
    NAER MATARON
    NIGHTRAGE
    ORPHANED LAND
    OVERGARVEN
    PRIMORDIAL
    RAGE
    RIVERSIDE
    ROTTING CHRIST
    SILENT RAGE
    THE HAUNTED
    TO/DIE/FOR
    WASTEFALL

    For more information, visit www.metalbolt.com.
  • ANGTORIA members on tour with CRADLE OF FILTH in U.S.
     
    Sarah Jezebel Deva (Vocals in ANGTORIA)  and Dave Pybus (Bass in ANGTORIA) will be performing on the upcoming U.S. Cradle Of Filth tour. Dates are as follows: 

    Feb 01 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
    Feb 02 Harpo's Detroit, MI
    Feb 03 The Eagles Club Milwaukee, WI
    Feb 04 House of Blues Chicago, IL
    Feb 06 Gothic Theatre Englewood, CO
    Feb 08 Edmonton Events Centre Edmonton, ALB
    Feb 09 MacEwan Hall Calgary, ALB
    Feb 11 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
    Feb 12 Showbox Seattle, WA
    Feb 13 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
    Feb 15 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
    Feb 16 Avalon Theatre Hollywood, CA
    Feb 17 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
    Feb 18 House of Blues San Diego, CA
    Feb 19 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
    Feb 21 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
    Feb 22 Palladium Ballroom Dallas, TX
    Feb 23 The Meridian Houston, TX
    Feb 24 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
    Feb 26 Roxy Theatre Atlanta, GA
    Feb 27 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Feb 28 Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Mar 2 NorVa Norfolk, VA
    Mar 3 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD
    Mar 4 Irving Plaza New York, NY
      
    ANGTORIA released "God Has A Plan For Us All" in November, 2006 on Listenable Records. 
     
    For more information please visit:
    www.listenable.net
    www.angtoria.com
  • IRON MAIDEN’S ‘DEATH ON THE ROAD’ DVD TO RECEIVE U.S. RELEASE ON JANUARY 30TH!

    Released nearly a year ago in their native England, Iron Maiden’s latest live DVD, ‘Death on the Road,’ will finally be receiving a much-deserved U.S. release on January 30th. Filmed at the Westenfalenhalle Arena in Dortmund, Germany, the performance was personally edited by founding member/bassist Steve Harris, to fully capture the magnificent stage production and to cut right to the heart and the electricity of the band’s performance.

    'We realize that the fans have been made to wait a little longer than planned for the DVD to come out,” admits Harris. “We won't settle for anything but the best and the extra time and effort spent in the final production of this DVD should be apparent. I can safely say that when people see songs like 'Paschendale' and 'Dance Of Death' their jaws will hit the floor as mine did when I saw the final product on my TV at home. With visuals like this and the show played in 5.1 on a decent system it's just like being in the front rows of the show.”

    To ensure top quality and to avoid any compromise in reproducing the very best possible sound and picture quality, the band have taken the unprecedented step of making the full concert available on two separate discs – one with full traditional stereo soundtrack and the other with specially mixed 5.1 sound by Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley – which along with the special features disc makes three discs in all. As with all officially-release Maiden DVD’s issued thus far, ‘Death on the Road’ contains oodles of bonus material (this time, three hours worth), including an exclusive documentary directed by Matthew Amos - who also directed the band’s award winning ‘Early Days’ documentary. It's an insight into the production of the ‘Dance of Death’ album from its writing and recording through to the detail in what it takes to get a massive show like Maiden on the road. Also included are all of the promo videos from the album, background interviews with members of the production crew and fans during the tour, artwork, design sketches, and photo galleries.

    Since the taping of ‘Death on the Road,’ Iron Maiden has issued the critically heralded ‘A Matter of Life and Death,’ which went on to become the group’s highest charting U.S. album ever – peaking at #9 on the Billboard charts. Up next for the group is a headlining spot at the Dubai Desert Rock Festival on March 9th, which will see Iron Maiden joined by the likes of the Prodigy, Stone Sour, In Flames, Mastodon, Children of Bodom, Lauren Harris, and Junkyard Groove.

    The full set list from the show is:

    WILDEST DREAMS
    WRATHCHILD
    CAN I PLAY WITH MADNESS
    THE TROOPER
    DANCE OF DEATH
    RAINMAKER
    BRAVE NEW WORLD
    PASCHENDALE
    LORD OF THE FLIES
    NO MORE LIES
    HALLOWED BE THY NAME
    FEAR OF THE DARK
    IRON MAIDEN
    JOURNEYMAN
    THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST
    RUN TO THE HILLS

    Visit www.ironmaiden.com
  • IRON MAIDEN, AEROSMITH, HEAVEN AND HELL, MACHINE HEAD Rumored For Download Festival

    According to Metal Hammer, IRON MAIDEN, AEROSMITH, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, TOOL, HEAVEN AND HELL and MACHINE HEAD are among the artists that are rumored to be in talks to play this year's Download festival, set to take place June 8-10 at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England. Tickets for the event should go on sale next month.
  • PUNGENT STENCH: European Tour Dates Announced

    Long-running Austrian extreme metallers PUNGENT STENCH have lined up the following dates during the coming months:

    Feb. 10 - An Club - Athens (GR)
    Feb. 11 - Mylos Xilourgio - Saloniki (GR)
    Mar. 22 - Sottosopra Rock Zone - Este/Padova (IT)
    Mar. 23 - La Sfinge - Castenedolo/Brescia (IT)
    Mar. 24 - Rock City - Uster (CH)
    Mar. 25 - Im Bruchtal - Darmstadt (GER)
    Mar. 26 - [to be announced] - Paris (FR)
    Mar. 27 - Les Vents du Sud - Toulouse (FR)
    Mar. 28 - Billypool - Bilbao (ES)
    Mar. 29 - Carpe Noctem - Valladolid (ES)
    Mar. 30 - Sala Q - Sevilla (ES)
    Mar. 31 - Ritmo & Compas - Madrid (ES)
    Apr. 01 - [to be announced] - Murcia (ES)
    Apr. 02 - Sala Zero - Tarragona (ES)
    Apr. 21 - Dark & Evil Metalfest - Vorbachzimmern (GER)

    May 05 - Trisodium Festival (Schlachthof) – Wels (AUT)
    Jun. 22 - Summer Nights Festival – Strasswalchen (AUT)

    PUNGENT STENCH's latest album, "Ampeauty", was issued in September 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records.

    The members of PUNGENT STENCH recently recorded 10 new songs with Dr. Heathen Scum of THE MENTORS for an as-yet-unnamed side-project, to be released later in the year. A track from those sessions, "Euro Sluts", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The complete track listing for the recording — which, according to the group, consists of 10 "songs full of lust, love and sex . . . pure romantic stuff for lonely nights" — is as follows:

    01. Are You Ready for Me?
    02. Backdoor Romeo
    03. Can You Smell It?
    04. Euro Sluts
    05. Hot, Tight & Wet
    06. Operation Desert Slut Storm
    07. Rockin & Maxin
    08. Skrew Ya & Do Ya
    09. It's Time to Fuck
    10. Sleazy Chicks
  • BLAZE Mainman Parts Ways With Touring Lineup

    Former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley has parted ways with the members of his most recent BLAZE touring lineup. The departing members — Oliver Palotai (guitar), Luca Princiotta (guitar), Christian Ammann (bass), and Daniel Schild (drums) — have issued the following statement regarding the matter:

    "We are in the sad situation to give out the news that the complete current lineup of BLAZE, therefore the authors of this letter, will leave the band.

    "In the past years BLAZE was in a difficult situation, regarding finances, management and organization. Finally, during summer 2006, things started to clear up a bit, after working together on all those aspects.

    "Most of the songs for the next album have been already written together. Still — in a tough music business today — we were prepared it would be not easy to launch the new era of BLAZE. But we always had the feeling we had a great band, further being really good friends, and being capable of handling that.

    "But about four months ago Blaze Bayley got in contact with a new management. The ideas and working style of this management quickly showed to be very different what we, the musicians, considered to be right for this band.

    "Blaze Bayley himself decided to stay with the management. Thus a common basis for making music together is not longer existing.

    "We thank you for all your support during the past years. Have a happy and successful year 2007.

    BLAZE's most recent release, "Blood & Belief", was issued in Europe in April 2004. The follow-up to 2002's "Tenth Dimension" was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (NEVERMORE, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY).
  • BLINDED COLONY VOCALIST CHECKS IN, E-CARD AND NEW OFFICIAL WEBSITE
    LAUNCHED

    Karlshamn Sweden based melodic death metal band BLINDED COLONY have recently updated their official MYSPACE PAGE with four brand new songs from their sophomore release, Bedtime Prayers, which was released today worldwide through Florida based record label Pivotal Rockordings. Additionally, a brand new Official Webiste and E-CARD have been launched. Vocalist Johan Schuster has checked in and posted a lengthy message for the fans:

    “Johan Schuster here checking in to give you all a bit of an update!
    First of all, I wish to say that today is the day that we have been looking
    forward to for almost a year, and that is the Worldwide Release Date for
    Bedtime Prayers! I first of all want to thank all those that have made the
    release of Bedtime Prayers possible and we want to specifically thank all
    you fans for being so patient: it has been a long wait, but we know it’s
    worthwhile for all of you! I HIGHLY suggest that you try to order Bedtime
    Prayers from the website at the end of this message, it ships worldwide, is
    reliable, and takes any type of payment (for those of you without credit
    cards).

    I also want to announce that we have launched a BRAND NEW Official Website ! I encourage all of you to go check it out and let us know what you think! On the website you can find a series of reviews of Bedtime Prayers as well as interviews and up-to-date news and tour dates (see more about this below)! We have also put up an e-card where you can hear the songs “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and “Heart”. You can also view the music video for “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and read what the journalists have to say about Bedtime Prayers! For those of you who use Myspace we have added four new tracks from Bedtime Prayers and made “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” downloadable!

    Finally, and equally importantly, we are finalizing all the dates for the “Outcasts Over Europe 2007 Tour” with our friends in Ektomorf and our new friends in Kayser. We look forward to spending a month and a half with both bands on the road, sharing many beers, great memories, and even more beers! We hope to see all of our European fans on the road and we look forward to meeting each and every one of you! Below are the tour dates, as well as the website which you can order Bedtime Prayers from. Did I mention you can also get a FREE Blinded Colony tour poster from this site just by ordering Bedtime Prayers?!

    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/blindedcolony

    Thanks to all for the support and we look forward to seeing you on the road!!

    -Johan Schuster and Blinded Colony!

    01.02.2007 AUGSBURG (D) Musikkantine
    02.02.2007 LINDAU (D) Club Vaudeville
    03.02.2007 STUTTGART (D) Universum
    04.02.2007 PIRMASENS (D) Quasimodo
    05.02.2007 ESSEN (D) Turock
    06.02.2007 DARMSTADT (D) Steinbruch Theater
    07.02.2007 BERLIN (D) K17
    08.02.2007 PRAGUE (CZ) Bordo Club
    09.02.2007 JENA (D) F-Haus
    10.02.2007 EISLEBEN (D) Wiesenhaus
    11.02.2007 BIELEFELD (D) Movie
    12.02.2007 FLENSBURG (D) Roxy Concerts
    13.02.2007 HAMBURG (D) Logo
    14.02.2007 ARNHEM (NL) Goudvishal
    15.02.2007 HAMELN (D) Regenbogen
    16.02.2007 FREIBURG (D) Crash
    17.02.2007 LUZERN (CH) Sedel
    18.02.2007 PRATO (ITA) Cencio´s
    19.02.2007 MILAN (ITA) Transilvania Live
    22.02.2007 OBERMARCHTAL (D) Kreuz
    23.02.2007 NORDHORN (D) Scheune
    24.02.2007 BRUSSELS (BE) Magasin 4
    25.02.2007 NOTTINGHAM (UK) Junktion 7
    26.02.2007 GLASGOW (UK) The Barfly
    27.02.2007 DUNDEE (UK) The Doghouse
    28.02.2007 LEEDS (UK) Josephs Well
    01.03.2007 STOKE-ON-TRENT (UK) The Glebe
    02.03.2007 LONDON (UK) Camden Underworld
    03.03.2007 KOELN (D) Underground
    04.03.2007 WACHENROTH (D) Toxicity
    05.03.2007 BRNO (CZ) Faval
    06.03.2007 BRATISLAVA (SK) Randal Club
    07.03.2007 WIEN (AT) Arena
    08.03.2007 GRAZ (AT) Orpeum
    09.03.2007 VILLACH (AT) Volkshaus Landskron
    10.03.2007 SALZBURG (AT) Spring Metal Festival
  • GELGAMESH "Last Breath of the Dying One"

    Disembowel Records is proud to announce that once again GELGAMESH is licensed to Despise The Sun Records, their first full length "Episode of the Serial Murder" has been licensed by Despise The Sun Records for worldwide distribution with new title "Last Breath of the Dying One" and new artwork. Totally different !!! Expect this Indonesian hyper groove brutality.
  • JOB FOR A COWBOY announces newest addition, drummer Jon Rice!

    Job For A Cowboy is proud to announce the latest addition to the line-up, Jon "The Charn" Rice! Jon has been playing drums for about 7 years. After completing a year at Capital's Conservatory of Music, majoring in Music Business with a focus on Percussion, Jon left to pursue a career in music.

    JFAC guitarist, Ravi Bhadriraju had this to say about his new band mate:

    "Jon's Badass. His demo was awesome and we felt that after meeting and talking to other drummers that his personality fit best with ours. In addition to an awesome drummer, we needed someone who wants what we want and that is to tour as much as possible and he is down with that. We have no plans to stop and I'm glad we get to do that with the comfort of knowing we brought the right dude with us and that he feels the same."

    New drummer, Jon agrees:

    "For me it's a dream come true. It's one of those things where you take a chance and send a demo over and then your life is changed. I'm really looking forward to living on the road. I've lived in Pittsburgh forever and starting in a few weeks I will be living the dream and seeing the world."

    Job For A Cowboy just recently completed work on their Metal Blade Records debut which will be out in the Spring/Summer of 2007. 
  • BRAZIL’S NERVOCHAOS SIGNS WITH IBEX MOON RECORDS

    TRENTON, N.J. - Brazilian death-thrashers NervoChaos are preparing their third full-length, “Quarrel in Hell,” to be releases this spring via Ibex Moon Records.

    The furious Brazilian metallers combine the best elements of all extreme music, mixing sheer brutality, amazing technical skills, and speed with thrashing vibes. With “Quarrel in Hell,” NervoChaos manages to deliver the most brutal and yet sophisticated output of their career.

    “Quarrel in Hell” features special guest appearances by Alex Camargo (Krisiun), John McEntee (Incantation), Emperor Magnus Caligula (Dark Funeral), Sanguine & Wrath (Averse Sefira), and Mark “Barney” Greenway (Napalm Death).

    “I have known Eduardo, the drummer, for a long time,” said Ibex Moon owner and Incantation frontman John McEntee. “When Incantation was on tour in Brazil in 2004, he asked me if I would do some vocals on a track from their upcoming album. Being good friends with him, I gave it a shot. The music was kick ass and it was my first time officially recording my vocals, so it was cool to hear how they sounded on the recording. The finished CD kicks ass. They have their own sound and I think the death metal masses will like it.”

    The São Paolo-based group was formed in the spring of 1996, with the intention of creating an aggressive and chaotic band to shred the barriers of death metal and hardcore.

    In the decade since, NervoChaos has gained cult status in the extreme music scene thanks to their hard work and their demo tapes have become collector’s items in the underground scene.

    The has shared the stage with a long list of international bands from all sub-genres of extreme music, including Cannibal Corpse, Krisiun, Napalm Death, Kreator, Biohazard, Dismember, Agnostic Front, Disgorge, D.R.I., Monstrosity, Volcano, Deeds of Flesh, Pandemia, Total Fucking Destruction, Belphegor, and Iconoclasm.

    www.myspace.com/nervochaos

February 8th, 2007
  • AFTER FOREVER new album title revealed!

    After four full length albums and one mini album, AFTER FOREVER decided to make their upcoming album a self-titled album. Sander Gommans: "This album does not only show new elements of AFTER FOREVER, but it's also a reflection of the past. We wrote this album, while negotiating with new labels, and felt a lot of energy.

    The previous albums all had their own style and identity. This time we carried these different elements to the extremes. AFTER FOREVER is a metal band with classical influences, on our upcoming CD the "chemistry" between these two worlds worked out better than ever! Whatever we did in the past and planed for the future: you'll find it on 'After Forever'!"
  • MNEMIC playing only the UK dates

    Following Statement was released on the MNEMIC homepage recently:

    "Due to personal scheduling conflicts, MNEMIC will not be able to do the entire Deftones European Tour as announced. The band will only be doing the UK Deftones dates." Commented the band: "Any fans on Mainland Europe looking forward to finally seeing us there live -don´t worry- we´ll be back in May/June 2007 for a full blown headliner tour! Wishing all a pleasant Holiday Season and a Happy New Years!"
  • ECHOES OF ETERNITY new song posted online!

    Our Los Angeles-based Melodic Progressive Metal band ECHOES OF ETERNITY has uploaded a new song, entitled "Voices In a Dream", on its MySpace page. The track comes off the group's forthcoming debut album, "The Forgotten Goddess", due in Europe on February 2, 2007 in Europe. If you want to get a better impression of the album, HERE´s a stream of every song!
  • Negura Bunget - Tour 2007

    Time has come again for another Negura Bunget European Tour. We are keen to reach parts we where haven't been played before, return to some places we enjoyed a lot and specially reach the places we were unable to make to it in the past.

    If you feel you can help us arrange a date, please feel free to contact us:

    email - [email protected]

    mobile - 0040723565544

    Feel also free to spread this message. We appreciate any kind of support!

    04/04/2007 – Budapest (HUN) + Adultery
    05/04/2007 – Zilina (SVK) + Adultery
    06/04/2007 – Ostrava (CZE) + Adultery
    07/04/2007 – Katowice (POL) + Adultery
    08/04/2007 – Praha (CZE) + Adultery
    09/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    10/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    11/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    12/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    13/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    14/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    15/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    16/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    17/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    18/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    19/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    20/04/2007 – Eastclub – Bischofswerda (DE) + Menhir - tbc
    21/04/2007 – Linz (AU) - tbc
    22/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    23/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    24/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    25/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    26/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    27/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    28/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    29/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    30/04/2007 – t.b.a.
    02/05/2006 – POL – t.b.a.
    03/05/2006 – LIT – t.b.a.
    04/05/2006 – LAT – t.b.a.
    05/05/2006 – "Av is og ild Festival"- Bad Segeberg (DE) - tbc
    06/05/2006 – RUS – t.b.a.
    07/05/2006 – FIN – t.b.a.
    08/05/2006 – FIN – t.b.a.
    09/05/2006 – FIN – t.b.a.

    Tour details:

    Promotion:
    Every promoter, venue will get posters, flyers, promos. No charge and free shipment.

    E-press-kit and poster at www.negurabunget.com

    Massive media campaign.

    Catering:
    7 people. Nothing special.

    Accommodation:
    7 people. Hotel or private, nothing special.

    Merchandise:
    We'll need a stands for the CD's/shirts.

    Backline:
    The band will be traveling with its own complete backline. It's possible to share it, except for the guitar heads.

    Technical rider:
    Rider will follow. Expect the usual. PA & lights provided by the venue/promoter.

    We will have our own sound engineer.

    Fee:

    Fixed amount or percentage from ticket sales. Less for week days.
  • ATROCITY MAKES SAMPLES OF "CONTAMINATED" AVAILABLE ONLINE

    Reunited Torrington, Connecticut-based thrash/hardcore act ATROCITY (not to be confused with the German band) have posted 30 second samples of every track off of the upcoming “Contaminated” CD which features alternative recordings from the original “Infected” sessions. These sample are currently being streamed at http://www.opengraverecords.com.

    Formed in early 1985 by Rob Wedda (vocals), Rich Flint (bass), Scott Reynolds (guitar) and Jeff White (drums), ATROCITY had pushed out three demos ("Toxic Death", "Ravaged by Disease", "Mangled") and a self-financed seven-inch EP, entitled "Hatred Birth", by 1989. They soon caught the attention of U.K.-based Metalcore Records, a subsidiary of Plastichead Distribution, whom they ultimately signed with.

    ATROCITY's first album, "Infected" (1990), is very raw and featured a very violent death metal/grind sound. The second album, "The Art of Death" (1992), saw a lineup change when Scott left the band and was replaced by Jesse Piechowski on guitar.

    January 30 will see the release of "Contaminated", which is currently available for preorder via the Open Grave Records webstore. (http://www.opengraverecords.com).
  • U.D.O. To Headline Holland's BORSTROCK 2007 Festival

    U.D.O., the band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, has been confirmed as the headliner of Borstrock 2007, a two-day festival set to take place May 18-19 in Nieuw-Vossemeer, in the south of the Netherlands. Also scheduled to appear are VENGEANCE, SOMEWHERE ON STAGE (IRON MAIDEN tribute) and SCRUM. More acts will be announced soon.

    As previously reported, U.D.O. has set a May 4, 2007 release date for its new album. No further details are currently available. U.D.O.'s official web site has also been updated with a photo from the Sweden Rock Festival kick-off party, which was held on December 2, 2006 at Nalen in Stockholm. The event featured a performance by a one-off all-star band featuring the following musicians (from left to right in photo):

    * Mia Coldheart (CRUCIFIED BARBARA)
    * Nalle "Grizzly" Påhlsson (TREAT, ZAN CLAN)
    * Janne Stark (OVERDRIVE, LOCOMOTIVE BREATH, MOUNTAIN OF POWER)
    * Ian Haugland (EUROPE)
    * Ryan Roxie (ROXIE 77, ALICE COOPER, SLASH'S SNAKEPIT, ELECTRIC ANGELS)
    * Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., ACCEPT)
    * Oscar Dronjak (HAMMERFALL)

    The group's setlist was as follows:

    01. Metal Gods (JUDAS PRIEST)
    02. School's Out (ALICE COOPER)
    03. Independence Day (U.D.O.)
    04. Son Of A Bitch (ACCEPT)
    05. Balls To The Wall (ACCEPT)

    U.D.O. supported LORDI on September 28 at the Live Music Hall in Cologne. Dirkschneider makes an appearance on the song "They Only Come Out At Night" on LORDI's latest album, "The Arockalypse".

    U.D.O.'s last album, "Mission No. X", was issued in September 2005 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Thunderball" marked the recording debut with the group of new drummer Francesco Jovino. Jovino joined the band last year as the permanent replacement for Lorenzo Milani, who left the group for "personal reasons."
  • TAARMA 7"EP out NOW + new list!

    INFERNAL HAILS METAL WARRIORS!

    Another historical Metal masterpiece has been unleashed by the LEGION OF DEATH, so don't miss it! Read the details here :

    TAARMA "In Death I Submerge" (Afghanistan) 7"EP : Frozen, hateful and depressive Black Metal created by a dark soul hailing from the kingdom of Balochistan. The weirdest record ever spawned by LEGION OF DEATH Records. TAARMA is the expression of a hateful depressive soul, from a land beyond the vision of the masses, reflecting the hate for humanity and the rebellion against the curse of life. These hymns are dedicated to all the fallen ones who have walked the cold path of death. Enter the empire of darkness, destroy your soul. LOD023. And don't forget to check our new list full of real underground material. Go to the "Distruction" section of our HellSite or ask for it, we can send it via e-mail if you prefer!

    Keep the flame burning and hear from you soon,

    LEGION OF DEATH Records : THIRD WORLD UNDERGROUND METAL LABEL.
    HellSite : legionofdeath.cjb.net

    LEGION OF DEATH Records
    B.P. 21
    86210 Bonneuil-Matours
    FRANCE.
  • Biomechanical News

    Exodus Tour Report

    It's hard to put together everything that happened over 42 days in just a few paragraphs. All we can say is that we had an awesome time, travelled through shit loads of countries in just a few weeks , witnessed a man turn black (and I mean totally black, face, teeth, the lot!) with the help of black markers and various band members (for Christ's Sake, if on tour never pass out!! Guaranteed you will wake up full of graffiti) and met some amazing people along the way. Did hang out with the guys from Lamb of God, In Flames, Kerry King members of Dimmu Borgir and the legendary Venom!! But most off all we were glad to get off this tour knowing that we have made friends with the legends that are Exodus!! Those guys not only tear the shit out of every stage night after night but they also shared all their stuff with us. Their dressing room was our dressing room. Hell, Paul Bostaph even let Matt C use one of his kicks when his kick drum called it a day. Total respect to the guys , they are absolute fucking Thrash legends!!

    Unfortunately bad luck was all around us but we managed to escape it somehow! Jamie and Chris did escape a car crash in Bradford but the shit didn't really hit the fan until in Sweden when customs officers ripped the fucking handle off our bus !! With all our equipment and our shit locked in. It was a crucial moment 'cause we had no idea if we were going to make it for the rest of the tour. The officers fucked off and left us staring at a broken handle!! Then we nearly lost the ferry and one of our members had a severe asthma attack. All in 45 minutes.!! Never before a situation from pretty good has gone to pretty fucked up in such a short space of time! When it all seem lost a dude stopped next to us and he had 60 kilos of (we know what you think but no, it wasn't) Turkish sweet pie type of thing!! WTF?? It must have been a good sign 'cause the guy offered us shitloads of that thing and then our Tour Manager made a couple of phone calls and it was all sorted. Just like that! We managed to strike a deal with the bus owner so that we could fix the bus in Finland , got on the ferry and carried on with the tour!! The shit didn't stop there though, a broken cab, fucked up head, cracked kick drum skin, broken camera and other little bits and pieces kept happening after that moment. But we did carry on in to the rest of the tour with the necessary help of Jager and beer!! Thanks to Exodus for the tons (and we mean TONS) of beer and to Jagermeister for providing us with the much necessary liquids!!

    So what kept us alive was: ham & chee(se), Jager, Beer, Vodka, Petrol, Bo-Selecta, the A-Team, Family Guy, Aliens, Jurassic Park, Revenge of the Sith (John K only), Star Wars Trilogy (Original & Unaltered), Anchorman, Nutella, Cocopops , bus under floor heating, Craig (the man is a legend, drove 18 hours from Germany to Serbia), and the crazy fuckers who made it all worth while.

    Thanks to all who supported us from the UK all the way to Finland and Spain!! Metal hails and thanks to our brothers Garry, Lee, Rob, Jack and Paul and thanks and metal hails to Thilo (thanks for the awesome sound in Naples), Pete (Chill down dude ;-) and Ross. Our respect goes to Nick Barker and Craig (without you this just would not happen dude) and Sharon our agent for working her ass off keeping this shit together while we were travelling through Europe. It was the first Biomechanical full European tour and a massive thanks goes to our fans for making this an experience we won't forget!

    Biomechanical will be supporting 3 Inches of Blood on their UK Tour in March 2007!

    Here are the confirmed dates:
    11-03-07 - The Pitz Club - Milton Keynes
    12-03-07 - The WaterFront - Norwich
    13-03-07 - Music Box - Manchester
    15-03-07 - Voodoo Lounge - Dublin
    16-03-07 - Cypress Avenue - Cork
    17-03-07 - The Barfly - Glasgow
    18-03-07 - The Tunnels - Aberdeen
    19-03-07 - Trillians - Newcastle
    20-03-07 - Rio's - Bradford
    21-03-07 - Little Civic - Wolverhampton
    22-03-07 - The Furnace - Swindon
    23-03-07 - The Underworld - London
    24-03-07 - The Park - Peterborough
    25-03-07 - Central Station - Wrexham
    26-03-07 - Sin City - Swansea
    27-03-07 - Joiners - Southampton

    Great Metal Hammer Review for the Re-issue of The Empires of the Worlds!!

    Cool Terrorizer review for the Damnation Festival

    LONDON'S BIOMECANICAL are perhaps one of the brightest hope in the UK metal scene at present, mixing soaring falsetto vocal melodies with dino cazares-influenced industrial riffs. It's easy to see why their sound appeals to such an extreme and broad spectrum. Diving from extreme thrash to classic "NWOBHM", the Damnation crowd are somewhat oblivius to the sometimes sketchy sound but vocalist John K keeps them hypnotised with his phenomenal vocals , which translate exceptionally well to a live setting..

    SUPPORT BIOMECH!!!
  • IRON MAIDEN: 'Different World' Single Enters U.K. Chart At No. 3

    IRON MAIDEN's "Different World" single has entered the U.K. chart at position No. 3. Three traditional collectable formats were made available from local record stores on Tuesday, December 26:

    * Two-track CD — special souvenir price of £1.99 with previously unreleased live version of "Iron Maiden"

    * Limited-edition 7" picture disc with previously unreleased live version of "Fear Of the Dark"

    * Limited-edition DVD single with souvenir poster/2007 calendar. Includes the animated video directed by Howard Greenhalgh, and the previously unreleased live version of "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg", and the new studio recording of FOCUS' "Hocus Pocus". There is also a full picture library of live photos from the tour for fans to enjoy.

    All singles contain different tour photos, and live songs from "A Matter of Life and Death" European tour 2006.

    As previously reported, EMI also released what has to be the ultimate MAIDEN tour souvenir — the band's first-ever limited-edition digital single. This exclusive digital single — containing a live version of "Different World" recorded during the European tour — was made available for a limited period only and was deleted upon official release.

    As previously reported, IRON MAIDEN's "Different World" single entered the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart in the United States at position No. 7. The Hot 100 Singles Sales (also known as Singles Sales) is a chart released weekly by Billboard magazine in the U.S. It measures sales of commercial singles and is one of three component charts, along with the Hot 100 Airplay and the Hot Digital Songs, that determine the chart positions of singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

    IRON MAIDEN's new album, "A Matter of Life and Death", has sold 150,000 copies in the United States since its Sept. 5 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
  • CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: 'Doing Some Writing And Jamming The Tunes A Little'

    CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's official web site has just been updated with the following message from guitarist Woody Weatherman, dated November 14, 2006:

    "Mike Dean [bass], Jason Paterson [drums] and myself have been back at it just a bit. After a hiatus during the last half of summer, we have been holed up out at my place doing some writing and jamming the tunes a little. Pepper [Keenan; guitar/vocals] is in New Orleans working on some DOWN material, as most of you all know. So it may still be a spell before we'll have any new C.O.C. see the light of day. In the meantime we'll keep at it when we feel it, and maybe get something out there on the sly before the next century rolls around. Mike has been doing some vocalizing lately, so we may have some good stuff to report, and if anything real interesting happens soon we'll keep you informed of it."

    CORROSION OF CONFORMITY completed a U.K. headlining tour in January 2006 in support of its latest album, "In the Arms of God", available now on Sanctuary Records. The group's first collection of new material since 2000's "America's Volume Dealer" was produced by C.O.C.'s longtime collaborator John Custer. Besides working on four of the band's previous albums, Custer also produced C.O.C. bassist Mike Dean's track on Dave Grohl's PROBOT project and C.O.C.'s contribution to "Nativity In Black", the BLACK SABBATH tribute compilation. Playing drums was New Orleans' Stanton Moore, skinsman for the renowned jazz-funk combo GALACTIC.
  • GRAVE DIGGER & THERION plus Sabaton 2007
     
    01. Feb Thursday Croatia Zagreb Boogaloo
    02. Feb Friday Austria Salzburg Rockhouse
    03. Feb Saturday Austria Vienna Planet Music
    04. Feb Sunday Hungaria Budapest Petofi Hall
    05. Feb Monday Serbia Belgrad SKC
    07. Feb Wednesday Germany Stuttgart Longhorn
    08. Feb Thursday Germany Langen Stadthalle
    09. Feb Friday Swiss Pratteln Z7
    10. Feb Saturday Germany Glauchau Alte Spinnerei
    11. Feb Sunday Germany Munich New Backstage
    12. Feb Monday Czech Rep. Prague Abaton
    13. Feb Tuesday Poland Krakow Club 38
    14. Feb Wednesday Poland Warszawa Stodola
    15. Feb Thursday Germany Berlin Columbia Club
    16. Feb Friday Holland Tilburg O13
    17. Feb Saturday Holland Groningen Oosterpoort
    18. Feb Sunday Germany Hamburg Markthalle
  • Ragnarök IV Festival
    March 30 and 31 2007
    Stadthalle Lichtenfels
    Germany

    www.ragnaroek-festival.de
     
    - Aaskereia
    - Black Messiah
    - Cruachan (Irl)
    - Dawn of Blood
    - Eluveitie (Ch)
    - Fjoergyn
    - Gernotshagen
    - Heidevolk (Nl)
    - Hel
    - Helfahrt (Nor)
    - Helheim (Nor)
    - Kampfar (Nor)
    - Koldbrann (Nor)
    - Kromlek
    - Månegarm (Swe)
    - Minas Morgul
    - Moonsorrow (Fin)
    - Pagan Reign (Rus)
    - Riger
    - Swallow The Sun (Fin)
    - Sycronomica
    - Taake (Nor)
    - Ty´r (Faröer)
    - Urgehal (Nor)
    - Vreid (Nor)
    - Wolfchant
  • LILLIAN AXE RETURNS, SIGNS WITH METRO CITY RECORDS

    After an extended hiatus that left many fans wondering if they’d ever see the group up and running again, melodic metallists Lillian Axe has risen from the ashes and are preparing their first all-new studio album since 1993’s highly regarded Psychoschizophrenia.’ Led by founding guitarist Steve Blaze, Lillian Axe earned the respect of ‘Headbanger’s Ball’ viewers coast to coast with such releases as 1988’s self-titled debut and 1992’s ‘Poetic Justice’ –the latter of which saw the band turn a blind eye to the then-burgeoning grunge sound and stick to their stylistic guns. Now signed to Metro City Records - a division of Screaming Ferret Wreckords http://www.screamingferret.com/ and distributed by Fontana/Universal –Lillian Axe plans to issue the as-yet-untitled new platter in 2007. “After having been signed to four different labels in our history, we learned a lot about what a label should provide and what to look for in a relationship with one,” explains Blaze. “What we wanted now was hard work and a label that understands what Lillian Axe was about and what we were trying to accomplish. We are a different breed of animal and not always easy to put in a nice little package with a bow on top. I met Tim Koukos through my longtime friend and associate Chip Ruggieri whose opinions I greatly value. He said he had found the perfect home for Lillian. Tim immediately was straightforward and told me of his label and plans for the future.”

    Screaming Ferret head Koukos shares Blaze’s enthusiasm for the newly aligned union between label and band. “The more I talked to Steve the more I could see were this image of the band that I have in my mind comes from. I don’t think I’ve met a more modest man in this industry yet. Besides being a sophisticated and complex songwriter he has his hand in movies and acting. A true artistic vision with realistic and down to earth morals and values that’s reflected in the music. I swear, every time I hang up the phone with him I say to myself, “What a cool dude…”

    LILLIAN AXE is:
    Derrick LeFevre - Lead Vocals
    Steve Blaze - Lead Guitars/Vocals
    Sam Poitevent - Guitars/Vocals
    Eric Morris - Bass
    Ken Koudelka - Drums

    For more information, visit www.lillianaxe.com/ and www.screamingferret.com
  • Hexerei inks deal with Screaming Ferret Wreckords!

    Hexerei, the New Hampshire based metal outfit has signed a two album deal with Screaming Ferret Wreckords, the indie label based out of Southern New Hampshire best known for acts like Nuclear Assault and Meliah Rage, with full US distribution thru its label partners Fontana/Universal.

    Hexerei gained notoriety in the New England area by performing in support of their debut album "27" which was recorded at the legendary New Alliance Studio in Boston, Massachusetts. New Alliance Studio studio continues to be hallowed ground for hard and heavy music for 15 years and has spawned benchmark records from Converge, Tree, Scissorfight and Godsmack.

    Since the albums release, the band has performed with Saliva, Alice in Chains Shinedown, Drowning Pool, Lacuna Coil, Sevendust and was hand picked by WAAF FM 107.3, the influential commercial rock station in Boston, to open this past year's Family Values Tour with Korn, The Deftones, Stone Sour, and Flyleaf.

    Along with their nonstop shows around the New England area, the band gained a national fanbase in the summer of 2006 when Hexerei toured with Suicide City, the band featuring Billy Graziadei of Biohazard and Jennifer Arroyo of Kittie.

    Hexerei new studio album titled "Pay Your Dues" is tentatively scheduled for full US release in April 2007, which will be followed by a year of touring in support of the album.

    Travis Pfenning, lead vocalist, states, "we are very excited about this new album, and what the next year has in store for us. The band continues to work very hard to put all the pieces of the puzzle in place and now, that we have our management team solidified and a label that is going to support us properly, the sky is the limit."

    For further information on Hexerei please visit:

    www.myspace.com/hexerei

    http://www.screamingferret.com/
  • NEW TESTAMENT COLLECTION, ‘THE SPITFIRE COLLECTION,’ RELEASED FEBRUARY 13th!

    Testament’s classic late ‘80s/early ‘90s period has been well documented over the years by several compilations. However, the group’s latter era has thus far slipped through the cracks as far as compilations go. In February, this will change, as ‘The Spitfire Collection’ will be issued.

    Consisting of tracks from such Spitfire/Testament titles as ‘The Gathering,’ ‘Demonic,’ ‘Live at the Fillmore,’ ‘First Strike Still Deadly,’ and ‘Live in London,’ the fourteen track set chronicles an era that ultimately saw the original Testament reunite for a successful 2005 tour. As a result, ‘The Spitfire Collection’ features both live versions of such Testament classics as “Practice What You Preach,” “Over the Wall,” and “Souls of Black,” as well as such oft-overlooked studio tracks as “Careful What You Wish For” and “The Burning Times.” With such bands as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax introducing the world to thrash metal during the 1980’s, Testament was one of the few second wave thrash bands to make a strong impression on the charts – resulting in such renowned releases as 1988’s ‘New Order,’ 1989’s ‘Practice What You Preach,’ 1990’s ‘Souls of Black,’ and 1992’s ‘The Ritual.’

    TRACKS LISTING FOR ‘THE SPITFIRE COLLECTION’:

    The New Order
    Souls of Black
    Practice What You Preach
    Hatreds Rise
    The Burning Times
    John Doe
    Careful What You Wish For
    Down for Life
    Riding the Snake
    Over the Wall
    The Preacher
    Into the Pit
    Trial by Fire
    Disciples of the Watch

    For more information, visit www.testamentlegions.com & www.spitfirerecords.com
  • MEDIA ALERT *THE CURSED*

    The Cursed featuring vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (Overkill) and former Hades guitarist Dan Lorenzo, have recently finished the recording of their Screaming Ferret Wreckords debut tentatively titled "Room Full of Sinners".

    MP3s for two songs "Leven Als God in Frankrijk" (Living like a God in France) and the single, "Evil, In The Bag" will be added to The Cursed website http://www.the-cursed.net as well as the recently launched The Cursed MySpace page, http://www.myspace.com/thecurseddotnet, January 1st.

    The band, who also feature bassist Job The Raver (Murder 1) and drummer Mike Cristi (Non-Fiction) have placed their first official group photos to both sites as well.

    The Cursed recorded and mixed their debut CD for Screaming Ferret Wreckords at Crystal Studios in New Jersey, before and after Overkill's successful stint on the Gigantour which also featured Megadeth and Lamb of God. Mike Koenig from Crystal Studios engineered.

    "I can't wait for people to hear this CD" quotes Lorenzo. "People have never heard Blitz sing like this, he has some Bon Scott and Steven Tyler in him." Lorenzo continues, "our upcoming single "Evil, In The Bag" is real catchy and there are some really heavy songs on this CD, but there are a couple songs that will surprise people, the entire disc is solid."
  • METAL VETERANS LAUNCH 3 LEGGED DOGG, ISSUE DEBUT ALBUM, ‘FROZEN SUMMER,’ VIA PERRIS RECORDS

    Judging by the band members’ resumes, it’s understandable to assume that 3 Legged Dogg would reflect old school ‘80s metal. After all, its members are veterans of such world renowned metallic institutions as Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, Quiet Riot, David Lee Roth, and Bonham. But upon hearing the quintet’s debut full length for Perris Records, ‘Frozen Summer,’ the famous saying ‘You should never judge a book by its cover’ comes into play, as tracks such as “Frozen Summer” and “Give and Take Away” have a decidedly modern hard rock edge.

    Formed out of a California collective known as the Hollywood Allstarz, Appice and West are 3 Legged Dogg’s founding members, while Bain, Cavazo, and Young signed on soon after. And according to Appice, the group’s chemistry was instant. “It works great. Carlos has a lot of ideas, a lot of riffs and different things we tried. Jimmy comes up with - out of nowhere - different changes and certain riffs that he wrote himself. We just basically try them and if we like them, we keep working on them. Chas hears a vocal line, then we'll keep working on it and develop it into a song. And then Brian Young is more of a bluesy/rock player - he's got a lot of different riffs.” The group plans to hopefully play their first-ever live gigs sometime in 2007 – which may prove tricky, since Appice has been enlisted by Heaven and Hell (which includes Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler) to tour for much of the year. “We were planning to go out and do a tour in 2007, but now, the Black Sabbath thing is going to take a lot of my time up, so everything is put on hold. We intend to do a video in February, so we can have that at least on the internet. I think we'll probably end up doing some shows, because Black Sabbath won't go all the way for eight or nine months - there will be breaks here and there.”

    Despite the tricky scheduling, Appice is confident that 3 Legged Dogg will continue on, and begin work on their sophomore effort soon. “We're all talking about that. We got a good response on the first one. I think what we'll do is start getting together and write some stuff for the next CD.”

    3 LEGGED DOGG:

    Chas West (Bonham) - vocals
    Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot) - guitar
    Brian Young (David Lee Roth) -guitar
    Jimmy Bain (Rainbow, Dio) - bass
    Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven and Hell) - drums

    Track Listing for ‘Frozen Summer’:

    1. Frozen Summer
    2. Give And Take Away
    3. Rain On My Parade
    4. One Good Reason
    5. Wasted Life
    6. Long Way Back From Hell
    7. Left For Dead
    8. Bring The Hammer Down.

    For more information, visit:

    www.myspace.com/3leggeddogg
    www.perrisrecords.com
  • FINNISH METAL EXPO 16.-17.2.2007, CABLE FACTORY, HELSINKI
     
    -DragonForce and Rytmihäiriö complete the program
    -Finnish Metal Awards Gala – Vote for your favorites
     
    The program for the Finnish Metal Expo at Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland on FEB 16.-17. is now ready.
     
    Friday night at the FME will be concluded by the UK power metallers DragonForce who are touring relentlessly to promote their current Inhuman Rampage –album.
     
    The last missing piece for the Saturday Program is Helsinki-based Rytmihäiriö. While being relatively unknown outside of Finland, Rytmihäiriö has been on a steady killing spree with their alcohol-induced mix of hard core and thrash for more than a decade. Rytmihäiriö is also nominated in several categories in the Finnish Metal Awards.
     
    On Friday the 16th of February, the Finnish metal media will award their favorites as well as the crowd pleasers at the Finnish Metal Awards. A comprehensive jury consisting of the most relevant and influential metal medias in the country, has chosen nominees for six categories of which the fans will vote the winners. Vote at www.imperiumi.net/fma2006. Get those dictionaries out.
     
    Finnish Metal Expo will take a headstart on Thursday Feb 15 at Tavastia-Club when Tarot takes the stage. Marko Hietala & co. is supported by up-and-coming 80’s metallers, Leverage. Advance tickets at www.tiketti.fi, 12 euros each.
     
    See the latest updates at www.fme.fi
     
    Tickets for Finnish Metal Expo are now on sale through Tiketti and Lippupalvelu. We sell one day tickets only, 20 euros each for Friday and 22 euros each for Saturday. FME is an all-ages event with bars to those over 18 and feeling the urge for such services.
     
    Additional information on everything regarding the Finnish Metal Expo:
     
    Outi Alander, [email protected], +358 40 510 26 71
    Niklas Nuppola, [email protected], +358 40 552 74 94
    Jouni Markkanen, [email protected], +358 500 574 636
     
    Finnish Metal Events Oy
    Fredrikinkatu 61 A 4. krs,
    00100 HELSINKI
    FINLAND
  • Vocalist MIKE DIMEO Leaves RIOT

    RIOT/THE LIZARDS vocalist Mike DiMeo, who recently replaced Jorn Lande as the singer of MASTERPLAN, has issued the following statement:

    "In response to all the mail I have been receiving about my status with RIOT.... I have had many great years with the band, and I am tremendously proud of all the work I have done with them, especially [the latest CD] 'Army of One', but at this point in my life and career, I prefer to forge ahead with a new path musically. I look forward to a new creative beginning with MASTERPLAN, who are an incredibly talented and motivated group of guys!! I wish RIOT the best of luck in the future and will always consider them brothers."

    RIOT's latest album, "Army of One", was released in Europe in October via Metal Heaven. The CD was issued in Japan on July 17 via the Toshiba-EMI label.

    RIOT's current touring lineup includes singer Mike Tirelli (MESSIAH'S KISS, HOLY MOTHER, BURNING STARR), who has been filling in for DiMeo due to DiMeo's previous commitments with THE LIZARDS (also featuring drummer Bobby Rondinelli of BLUE ÖYSTER CULT/BLACK SABBATH/RAINBOW fame).
  • NIGHTWISH studio diary

    NIGHTWISH manager Ewo Pohjola of King Foo Entertainment has posted a studio diary from Abbey Road Studios London, England, where the band has recorded the orchestral parts of their upcoming album! Check out the diary HERE!
  • CHIMAIRA singer mark hunter spoke to mtv.com

    CHIMAIRA frontman Mark Hunter recently spoke to MTV.com about the group's upcoming album, "Resurrection", due in the U.S. on March 6, 2007 via Ferret Music and On March 2, 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records in Europe.

    "We named the album 'Resurrection' because that's exactly what it was," Hunter said. "When we talked, we got everything off our chests and out of our systems, and now we're friends again. And we're writing and playing better than ever."

    Read the rest of the article HERE!

    Furthermore, the band will be doing a signing session at Metal Hammer´s HELLFEST party at "Barfly" Sonthofen, Germany on the 27th of january 2007! In cooperation with Metal Hammer and ROSSIGNOL, you can win a very special Meet & Greet with the band on this day – For further information check out next Metal Hammer issue or go to www.metalhammer.de / www.hellfest.de
  • SONATA ARCTICA us tourdates announced

    Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA will embark on a North American headlining tour in September/October 2007. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

    Sep. 16 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
    Sep. 17 - Galaxy Theater - Santa Ana, CA
    Sep. 21 - The Metro - Chicago, IL
    Sep. 22 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
    Sep. 23 - Peabody's Down Under - Cleveland, OH
    Sep. 24 - Opera House - Toronto, ONT
    Sep. 27 - The Medley - Montreal, QC
    Sep. 28 - The Chance Theater - Poughkeepsie, NY
    Sep. 29 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
    Sep. 30 - B.B. King's - New York, NY
    Oct. 02 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
    Oct. 03 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
    Oct. 05 - ProgPower USA VIII - Atlanta, GA
    Oct. 09 - The Meridian - Houston, TX

    SONATA ARCTICA is currently recording ist new studio album for a tentative early 2007 release.

    The new single from SONATA ARCTICA, "Replica" — containing a new version of the title cut, which originally appeared on the band's 1999 debut, "Ecliptica", plus the songs "Draw Me" (instrumental) and "Respect the Wilderness" — entered the Finnish single chart last month at position No. 1.
  • MESHUGGAH new-old sound

    According to an article in REVOLVER Magazine the new MESHUGGAH album will sound a bit different to their 2005 47-minute opus "Catch Thirtythree": "We've got some fast, intense songs and hectic, heavy stuff that draws from all the things we've done in the past," says drummer Tomas Haake. "It's so great to actually be playing drums again." Recording is planned to be done until March – release in early may 2007.
  • RAGE to introduce new drummer

    German metal institution RAGE found a replacement for ex-drummer Mike Terrana quite quickly. "We proudly present our new man on the drums, André Hilgers. While working on the Nuclear Blast Anniversary album we were very surprised how perfectly André`s style matched our new song "Terrified". So it was obvious that we jammed through the RAGE classics, and the sparks were flying immediately. Andre had a lot of new ideas that fit our style perfectly and he brings a lot of fresh blood and power to the band. We have loads of fun again playing our music", Peavy and Victor had to say. The new drummer is equally thrilled: "Of course I was very happy regarding the request of the guys, and it’s a great honor belonging to RAGE now after drummers like Jörg Michael, Efti or Mike Terrana, lambasting the kettles. Meanwhile, we’ve started rehearsing and we will present you a great show in Illingen, with some real highlights of the RAGE history. I would like to wish Mike good luck with Masterplan and his next projects. As for me, he’s still a great drummer who was always raising the stakes for me", André Hilgers commented.
  • Seduced by Suicide recording single
     
    Almost one year after the release of Gothic Dream, first cd of Seduced by Suicide, the gothic rock project formed by Earth (Blood Tears, Nitro Sound Solutions) is already beginning the recordings of a new single, "My Best Just For You", which will be released in a few months.
     
    For this new work, Earth invited Aita, drummer of Burning in Hell, as guest musician. They already worked together in several other projects, including Burning in Hell, since Earth recorded vocals and was one of the producers of their first cd.
     
    Meanwhile Seduced by Suicide still have samples of Gothic Dream in the band's page on MySpace - www.myspace.com/seducedbysuicide
  • WINGER IV 2007 TOUR TO COMMENCE

    FINAL TOUR DATES
     
    HOLLYWOOD – The founding members of WINGER will embark on a 6 week U.S. tour starting February 1st @ Mulcahy’s in Wantagh, NY. WINGER members Kip Winger (bass/vocals), Reb Beach (guitar), Rod Morgenstein (drums), John Roth (guitars/vocals) a WINGER member since 1993’s “PULL” album and new comer Cenk Eroglu (keyboards/vocals) will be seen across the U.S. 
     
    TOUR DATES
     
    DATE - CITY, ST - VENUE
     
    Thurs 2/1/07 - Long Island, NY - Mulcahy’s
    Fri 2/2/07 - Boston, MA - Harper’s Ferry
    Sat 2/3/07 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
    Mon 2/5/07 - Hartford, CT - Webster’s Theater
    Tues 2/6/07 - Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar
    Wed 2/7/07 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
    Fri 2/9/07 - Melbourne, FL - County Line
    Sat 2/10/07 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
    Sun 2/11/07 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theater
    Mon 2/12/07 - Port St. Lucie, FL - Mojo Room
    Wed 2/14/07 - Cincinnati, OH - Whiskey Dicks
    Thurs 2/15/07 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
    Fri 2/16/07 - Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa
    Sat 2/17/07 - Detroit, MI - Harpo’s
    Sun 2/18/07 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
    Thurs 2/22/07 - Loveland, CO - Yukon
    Fri 2/23/07 - Gillette, WY - Jake’s Tavern
    Sat 2/24/07 - Denver, CO - Hubba’s
    Sun 2/25/07 - Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theater
    Tues 2/27/07 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
    Wed 2/28/07 - Las Vegas - Hilton
    Thurs 3/1/07 - Santa Clara, CA - Avalon
    Fri 3/2/07 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
    Sat 3/3/07 - Anaheim, CA - The Galaxy
    Mon 3/5/07 - Los Angeles, CA - The Key Club
    Tues 3/6/07 - Phoenix, AZ - Martini Ranch
    Thurs 3/8/07 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
    Fri 3/9/07 - Houston, TX - The Scout Bar
     
    For more information go to www.wingertheband.com or www.myspace.com/kipwingermusic
  • New STiiLPOiNT mixes!!! 
     
    STiiLPOiNT has new songs on their MySpace player!! They are new mixes that will soon appear on their NEW CD!!!! 
     
    Blood Stained Memory 
    My Sweet Nicole 
    Sting 
    No One Like Me 
     
    Check them out at www.myspace.com/stiilpoint!!!! 

February 6th, 2007
  • NECROSPIRITUAL DEATHCORE - out now!

    AMOK, the Norwegian death metal quartet featuring Lava (TAAKE, ex-AETERNUS) on guitar, Necrocum (MYSTICUM, ABORYM) on vocals, Iscariah (NECROPHAGIA, ex-IMMORTAL, WURDULAK) on bass and Stanley on drums, has released their debut album ,"Necrospiritual Deathcore", through Planet Satan Revolution.

    The album contains guest appearances by Kybermensch (Tri-Function Million), Taipan (Orcustus), Hoest (Taake) and Malfeitor Fabban/Nysrok Infernalien (Aborym).

    Tracklist:

    Necropsy Cunt
    Geitehelvete
    Channelling Black Horns
    Effective Mass-Torture
    Organ Ejaculator
    Providentialism
    Postapokalyptisk Korstog
    Goatflesh Removal (Corpus Christi)
    Goatflesh Removal (Memento Mori)
    Goatflesh Removal (Gloria In Excelsis Deo)

    FOR WHOLESALSE CONTACT:

    PLANET SATAN REVOLUTION: [email protected]
    www.planetsatanrevolution.com

    AFTERMATH MUSIC: [email protected]
    www.aftermath-music.com
  • SCORPIONS In Talks To Play Next Year's OZZFEST?

    Pat Martin of Sacramento's 98 Rock KRXQ reported on his radio show on Tuesday (Dec. 12) that veteran German hard rockers SCORPIONS are in talks to play next year's Ozzfest. "My source was a friend in the recording studio with the band, who gave him the news," Pat explained to a SCORPIONS fan who contacted him to find out more details. "Is it official? Far from it, but a really good rumor at this point."

    SCORPIONS arrived in Los Angeles in October to begin recording their new album with songwriter/producer Desmond Child. Child, who has worked with such high-profile pop/rock artists as AEROSMITH, BON JOVI, ALICE COOPER, KISS, RICKY MARTIN, CHER, MICHAEL BOLTON and BONNIE TYLER, recently worked with Michael Beinhorn, Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman as co-producer on MEAT LOAF's "Bat Out Of Hell 3: The Monster Is Loose" CD, and has also been mentioned as MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil's likely collaborator on Neil's upcoming solo album.

    SCORPIONS' latest album, "Unbreakable", was released in the U.S. in June 2004 through Sanctuary Records. The CD was recorded at Peppermint Park Studio in Hannover, Germany and was mixed at Wisseloord studios in Hilversum, Holland.
  • IRON MAIDEN Confirmed For United Arab Emirates' DESERT ROCK Festival

    IRON MAIDEN has been confirmed as the first headliner of the Desert Rock 2007 festival, set to take place March 9-10, 2007 at the Dubai Country Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Also newly added to the bill is LAUREN HARRIS, daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

    March 9, 2007:

    IRON MAIDEN
    THE PRODIGY
    STONE SOUR
    MASTODON
    IN FLAMES
    CHILDREN OF BODOM
    LAUREN HARRIS
    JUNKYARD GROOVE (Winners of the Battle to Desert Rock)

    March 10, 2007:

    INCUBUS
    PRIME CIRCLE

    More bands for the second day will be announced soon.
  • HALLOWEEN Confirmed For Germany's HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR Festival

    Detroit-based metallers HALLOWEEN have been confirmed for the the 2007 edition of the Headbangers Open Air festival, set to take place June 13-14, 2007 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

    AVENGER
    BEYOND FALLEN
    THE BLACK
    BULLET
    HALLOWEEN
    HOLLOW GROUND
    KAOS
    KILLINGSWORTH
    KNIGHT ERRANT
    MOONSORROW
    PARAGON
    RAGE
    RAVEN BLACK NIGHT
    SINNER
    VENGEANCE
    WARNING SF
    WRETCH

    For more information, visit
    www.headbangers-open-air.de.
  • DORO Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

    German hard rock singer DORO has been confirmed for the tenth-anniversary edition of Germany's Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 16-18, 2007 in Dinkelsbühl. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

    AMON AMARTH
    THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
    COMMUNIC
    DARK FUNERAL
    DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
    DORNENREICH
    DORO
    EISBRECHER
    FEAR MY THOUGHTS
    HARDCORE SUPERSTAR
    HEVEIN
    ILLDISPOSED
    IN EXTREMO
    KEEP OF KALESSIN
    KRYPTERIA
    MOONSORROW
    NECROPHOBIC
    SAMSAS TRAUM
    TANZWUT

    DORO released a new double DVD on November 17 as part of the "20 Years a Warrior Soul" version of her new career overview set, "Warrior Soul Winter Edition (20 Years a Warrior Soul)". On the first DVD you get a 90-minute documentary about DORO's 20-year anniversary show in Düsseldorf with guests like Lemmy (MOTÖRHEAD), Udo Dirkschneider (ACCEPT), Blaze Bayley (ex-IRON MAIDEN), Claus Lessmann and many more. It also contains a road movie about the "Warrior Soul" tour, featuring footage from tour stops in Germany, Spain and Russia, as well as through big festival events (Sweden Rock). The second DVD features the entire 180-minute anniversary show from Düsseldorf.
  • IRON MAIDEN To Play U.K.'s Donington Park In June?

    According to Last.fm, IRON MAIDEN has booked the U.K.'s Donington Park for June 6, 2007 — two days before the Download festival kicks off. This would, of course, fit with the rumors lately about MAIDEN going on a festival tour next summer, and the fact that MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson has been announcing from the stage at recent European gigs that the band will embark on a 2007 summer tour.

    Donington Park has a great pedigree of holding rock concerts and festivals, having played host to the Monsters of Rock concerts from the early '80s to mid-'90s, when groups such as AC/DC, METALLICA and IRON MAIDEN — who have each headlined three times — performed there. More recently, it has played host to STEREOPHONICS' A Day At The Races event in 2001, Ozzfest in 2002 and Download festival in 2003, headlined by IRON MAIDEN and AUDIOSLAVE, who were late replacements for LIMP BIZKIT, who pulled out of the festival. Download was held again in 2004, when METALLICA returned to Donington, accompanied by a star-studded lineup including SLIPKNOT, KORN, LINKIN PARK, SLAYER and a number of other high-profile rock bands.

    The 2005 Download festival was held in June, featuring BLACK SABBATH as well as SYSTEM OF A DOWN, FEEDER and VELVET REVOLVER. In 2006, TOOL, METALLICA and GUNS N' ROSES headlined the event.

    For more information on Donington Park, visit www.donington-park.co.uk.
  • KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, DRAGONFORCE, CHIMAIRA Tour To Kick Off Late

    House of Blues, a Live Nation brand, has partnered with clothing and lifestyle company No Fear in presenting Grammy-nominated Roadrunner Records recording artists KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Also featured on the bill will be Roadrunner labelmates DRAGONFORCE, as well as CHIMAIRA, and HE IS LEGEND. The 35-city trek commences February 21, 2007 at the House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ and concludes April 8 at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL. Tickets go on sale January 12 and can be purchased at www.hob.com and www.LiveNation.com. Check both web sites for information about more shows being added soon.

    "Live Nation and House of Blues are ecstatic," says Kevin Morrow, Senior Vice President of Entertainment at House of Blues, "to partner with legendary clothing and lifestyle company No Fear in presenting the North American tour for one of today's premier hard rock bands, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE."

    "Since the company's inception in 1990, No Fear has been heavily involved in motocross, surfing, skating and wake," says Britt Galland, No Fear Vice President of Marketing. "Through our presence in these cultures, we've come to believe that music actually transcends all of them. In 2006, we created Nofearbands.com and it quickly became our fastest growing segment. To further establish our commitment to music, we are proud to announce the No Fear Music Tour as well as our relationships with House of Blues and the phenomenal band, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. We want to roll up our sleeves and put our fingerprints all over this thing. It's not our style to just hang a shingle on a house and take off. We want to reach out to our friends and customers, engage them, and make this the best music tour of the year."
  • METALLICA Drummer Performs With GUNS N' ROSES In Oakland

    METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich joined GUNS N' ROSES on stage Friday, December 15 during Axl Rose and company's headlining appearance at the Oracle Arena (formerly Oakland Arena) in Oakland, California for a rendition of the GN'R classic "Out Ta Get Me".

    Launch Radio Networks reported last week that METALLICA has written about 25 songs for its ninth studio effort and is now concentrating on trimming that list to one album's worth of material, which it will begin recording in January. Ulrich told Launch on December 5 that the band's summer European tour, on which METALLICA played its classic 1986 album "Master of Puppets" in its entirety, paved the way for the sound of the new album. "What I hear sounds very lively, very spunky, got a lot of energy," he said. "I think that the shows we played over the summer, we were definitely leaner and kind of in better shape than we've been in a long time. I mean, having to deliver 'Master of Puppets' for three months this summer definitely revitalized some of that stuff in us, and it's been kind of fun having that in the back of our mind as we've been going through this process. I don't know what else to say. It's a little early to put it into a one-sentence soundbite on Blabbermouth, if you know what I mean."

    Referring to the controversial, low-fi production on 2003's "St. Anger", Ulrich said that he's "taken the drums out of the cardboard boxes" this time, and that lead guitarist Kirk Hammett will lay down guitar solos on this record.

    The new disc will be produced by Rick Rubin and is expected out by late 2007.
  • INOCCULTA NEWS

    Inocculta is pleased to announce the arrival of Martin Favresse on vocals. You will find the updated line-up in the members section of our website.

    Inocculta is looking for concerts:

    The line-up being at last complete, Inocculta is looking for concert dates. Do not hesitate to contact the band.

    www.inocculta.com
  • FIRST TWO BANDS CONFIRMED FOR VYNDYKATOR GUITARIST BENEFIT MEMORIAL SHOW!

    ATTACKER Vocalist Bob Mitchell has just confirmed New York Heavy  Metal band  DEVILS ISLAND and non-other than SEVEN WITCHES for the "Rob Oriani Benefit Memorial" show that will take place on Saturday March 24th at DINGBATZ in Clifton, New Jersey.
     
    Guitarist Jack Frost has issued the following statement, "Seven Witches are honored to take part in this amazing Memorial show that's being put together for Rob. Speaking personally for myself, Rob and I were close friends for more than 20 years. We have shared many, wonderful Metal moments together . He was a true brother and will always be family to me. I certainly do miss him as if he were one my own. I can almost see his fist raised up from heaven, looking down here and feeling our love. I hope that all of you will come out to remember this great man and musician. I want to thank Bob for putting this together, he's a credit to the Metal world".
     
    Two more bands will be confirmed, one of which will be a major coup for the organizers of the TRUE METAL AMERICA Concert Series who are presenting the event to which Mitchell also recently stated,  "This will be a most befiting announcement that I will be thrilled to make once all is in place. It will be big! The only thing that I can further elaborate upon is the fact that one of the acts is, truly, a bonefide legend. March 24th will be a night to remember and it's all for a great cause. This is what Heavy Metal is all about. Unifying as one and this event will further solidify our mission here at TMA"!
     
    Stay Tuned.....................
  • RIDE THE SKY sign with nuclear blast!

    RIDE THE SKY, the new band of ex-HELLOWEEN drummer and MASTERPLAN founder Uli Kusch and ex-TEARS OF ANGER / BEYOND TWILIGHT singer Bjørn Jansson plus Benny Jansson on guitar, have signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast!

    "We're very happy that RIDE THE SKY has inked a deal with the label that has brought up so many great bands in the past years", states Uli. "We're looking forward to a creative cooperation with Nuclear Blast!" "We are extremely proud about being part of the Nuclear Blast roster and together with Uli Kusch, our song writing will take us to a whole new dimension", adds singer Bjørn Jansson. At the moment, the band is still writing songs for the upcoming debut album. The recording will take place in the band's own studio (Monsterclan Studios N&S) soon; RIDE THE SKY will produce the record by themselves together with a co-producer and are currently in negotiations with various contacts concerning the mix.

    RIDE THE SKY's debut album will be released around August / September 2007.
  • THE DESTINY PROGRAM sign with nuclear blast!

    THE DESTINY PROGRAM, formerly DESTINY, have signed a contract with Nuclear Blast. “We are very happy and look forward to a good cooperation between us and the label”, the group has posted. The guys will hit the studio beginning of january together with Anders Fridén (IN FLAMES) and Daniel Bergstrand.

    For mixing Jörg Umbreit from Principal Studios will be responsible. “We have to thank everyone for patience and support. We can hardly wait to start with recording”, the band has further said. Hugo Sundkvist from Hitsville Graphix will take care for the artwork. The album ´s release is planned for early summer 2007.
  • SIRENIA brand new clip online!

    Be sure to visit our video section or the Nuclear Blast youtube account and check out the brand new video clip of SIRENIA for the hit single 'My Mind's Eye', realized by the renowned production company ROCK THE NATION BEOGRAD (DEATHSTARS, HAMMERFALL, BLIND GUARDIAN, SCAR SYMMETRY)!

    Please notice: There're TWO versions of the clip available – one for the album version and one for the radio edit!
  • RAGE tons of work for smolski!

    RAGE-guitarist Victor Smolski is currently working on a compilation CD for the 20th anniversary of Nuclear Blast. Though having a lot of work, he found some time to post news from the studio:

    "Hi friends, Victor here! It's a great honor for me, working at the compilation CD for the 20th anniversary of Nuclear Blast. It will be an album containing ten songs of various Metal bands out of the Nuclear Blast history, including a new RAGE song for which I composed, produced and recorded all guitars, keyboards and bass. I ´ve received support by Andre Hilgers (drums) and Peavy Wagner (lyrics). Exceptfor some vocal parts, all songs were recorded at VPS studio in Hamm, where Charly Czajkovski again did a great job.

    During composing, I tried to make all songs in typical style and concerning the pitch of the voice, much comfortable for the singer. I didn't expect that, besides hearing out the different styles of the bands, the composing and arranging, I would have so much stress with "office work such as mailing and phoning. Thanks a lot to all singers for the good cooperation. Special thanks to Andy Siry, Jaap Wagemaker and Achim Köhler, as well, for their support!”

    Here ´s some song examples for you:

    “Bloodsucker” sung by Schmier, DESTRUCTION:Really thrashy number with 200 double bass. The song deals with the current crisis in Irac war and their causes (failed US politics)

    “A Perfect Day” sung by Andi Deris, HELLOWEEN:Straight Helloween-style Metal song with a catchy chorus. The song deals with the incalculability of life and the associated fact that our end can overtake us any time.

    “Ruling The World” sung by Tony Kakko, SONATA ARCTICA: Straight Metal-tune with several voices and keyboard arrangements. The song is about the arrogant power politics of the western Great Powers.
  • CHIMAIRA tracklist and cover artwork revealed!

    CHIMAIRA ´s new album will be released on the 2nd of March 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records in Europe, and on March 6th via Ferret Music in the US! Check the track listing below!

    01. Resurrection
    02. Pleasure In Pain
    03. Worthless
    04. Six
    05. No Reason To Live
    06. Killing The Beast
    07. The Flame
    08. End It All
    09. Black Heart
    10. Needle
    11. Empire
  • ARCH ENEMY To Enter Studio In March

    ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott has issued the following update:

    "Looking back on 2006, we did a lot of cool stuff with ARCH ENEMY — it was a year of 'Doomsday' touring and getting out there… We had a great time — most of the time!

    "The release of the 'Live Apocalypse' DVD and the awesome feedback from the fans was also a highlight. "We will be continuing to rehearse through the next few weeks, working on the new songs. We have already written some 7-8 life-changing and ridiculously huge metal hymns; this is all in my own (not so) humble opinion of course! You'll see... :-) This stuff is SADISTIC!

    "Totally looking forward to 2007 and all that it will bring, some things are planned like the South American tour (which is going to be so much fun I'm sure!) and the studio time we have booked for March/April. I'm aching to get in the studio and lay these tunes down..."
  • TRIVIUM Frontman Battles Urine-Filled Balloons At London Gig

    A BLABBERMOUTH.NET visitor by the name of George Byron-Roberts has submitted the following report:

    "TRIVIUM frontman Matt Heafy interrupted the band's set [as the support act for IRON MAIDEN] at Earl's Court, London [Friday, Dec. 22] to chide members of the audience after being subjected to a barrage of urine-filled balloons and bottles. Heafy and bassist Paolo Gregoletto were showered with urine during their performance of 'Like Light to the Flies'. Heafy angrily declared that the act was 'really wrong' and that if he saw anyone throwing things at the band he would see that they were 'thrown the fuck out" and 'beaten the fuck up.'

    "The left hand side of the stage had been rowdy with fervent disapproval for TRIVIUM and their frontman from the beginning of their set, the band being lambasted with cries of 'death to false metal' between each of their songs; and throughout the set there was a constant exchange of rude gestures between Heafy and the antagonists. An attempt to block the missiles with a U.S. flag was shouted down by British fans, who angrily turned on the American fans, a group of young men and women who had travelled all the way from the USA to see TRIVIUM perform.

    "Heafy's polemic (after battling through the rest of the song) lasted almost five minutes. However IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson was unusually quiet about the event, preferring to focus his rant on the safety of fans at the front of the crowd and the horrors of war."

    A two-minute video clip of TRIVIUM frontman Matt Heafy getting an audience member kicked out of their December 12, 2006 show at the Birmingham NEC for allegedly throwing bottles at the band can be found at YouTube.com.
  • FINNTROLL Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

    FINNTROLL has been confirmed for the tenth-anniversary edition of Germany's Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 16-18, 2007 in Dinkelsbühl. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

    AMON AMARTH
    THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
    COMMUNIC
    CREMATORY
    DARK FUNERAL
    DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
    DORNENREICH
    DORO
    EISBRECHER
    FEAR MY THOUGHTS
    FINNTROLL
    HARDCORE SUPERSTAR
    HELRUNAR
    HEVEIN
    ILLDISPOSED
    IMMOLATION
    IN EXTREMO
    KEEP OF KALESSIN
    KRYPTERIA
    MOONSORROW
    NECROPHOBIC
    SAMSAS TRAUM
    SECRETS OF THE MOON
    SIRENIA
    TANKARD
    TANZWUT

    FINNTROLL recently spent time at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki putting the finishing touches to its fifth, as-yet-untitled album for a tentative March 2007 release via Spinefarm. This will be the group's first release with new vocalist Mathias Lillmåns (a.k.a. Vreth; TWILIGHT MOON) following the departure of Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, ex-WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH) this past spring. Lillmåns is reportedly 24 years old, and like FINNTROLL's original vocalist, Katla Mathias, is Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue.

    FINNTROLL parted ways with Wilska in January after "reach[ing] a situation in which we [found] it impossible to continue FINNTROLL" with their previous vocalist, according to a statement issued by the group a short time after the split.

    FINNTROLL in January completed a short North American tour with SODOM. The band will support SODOM again beginning this coming week on half a dozen dates in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium.
  • MOTÖRHEAD To Headline Germany's EARTHSHAKER FEST

    MOTÖRHEAD has been confirmed as the headliner next year's Earthshaker Fest, set to take place July 19-21, 2007 in Kreuth, Germany. More acts will be announced soon.

    As previously reported, MOTÖRHEAD's new album, "Kiss of Death", entered the national album charts in the following countries: Germany: #4, Norway: #9, Sweden: #13, Austria: #20, Switzerland: #26, U.K.: #45, Denmark: #53. The CD was recorded at the Paramount studios in Los Angeles with Cameron Webb, who also worked with the group on 2004's "Inferno". The album includes guest appearances by POISON guitarist C.C. Deville and ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Inez.
  • HAMMERFALL Announces U.K., Irish Tour Dates

    Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have added dates in U.K. and Ireland for their "At The Threshold of...Europe 2007" package tour, also featuring KROKUS and THE POODLES. The details are as follows:

    Feb. 20 - The Electric Ballroom - London, UK
    Feb. 21 - The Garage - Glasgow, UK
    Feb. 22 - Temple Bar Music Centre - Dublin, IRE
    Feb. 23 - Bradford Rio - Bradford, UK
    Feb. 24 - JB's - Dudley, UK

    HAMMERFALL was recently forced to postpone its Finnish headlining shows (originally scheduled for early January) in order to allow singer Joacim Cans enough time to recover from an operation which he is due to undergo this month.

    HAMMERFALL's new album, "Threshold", entered the album chart in Germany at position No. 15. The CD also landed on the Swedish album chart at position No. 1. This is the band's first No. 1 in their home country since 2000's "Renegade".
  • NAPALM DEATH Confirmed For France's HELLFEST

    British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have been confirmed for the Hellfest summer open-air 2007 festival, set to take place June 22-24 in Clisson, France. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

    1349
    BLIND GUARDIAN
    CANNIBAL CORPSE
    EPHEL DUATH
    HATEBREED
    IMMORTAL
    KICKBACK
    MOHO
    NAPALM DEATH
    ORTHODOX
    THERION

    For more information, visit Hellfest.fr.
  • OZZY OSBOURNE's Cancer Shock

    FemaleFirst.co.uk reports that Ozzy Osbourne says finding out that wife Sharon had cancer was like being hit over the head with a concrete block.

    The BLACK SABBATH singer's wife is now in remission but when she was first diagnosed with colon cancer her rocker husband couldn't believe how well she coped.

    Ozzy told Hello! magazine: "If I were her I would have been screaming the place down. But she just dealt with it.

    "When I found out it was like someone had got a slab of concrete and hit me with a big dose of reality. I thought cancer plus patient equals death. The thought of losing her was more than I could bear."

    The star of "The Osbournes" is delighted Sharon has such a successful TV career with the U.K. talent show "X Factor" but couldn't wait for the series to end so they can spend more time together.

    He said: "It's good to see my wife alive and well, doing something that she enjoys. I like watching it, but I've been a very lonely guy on Saturday nights so I'm glad to have her back."

    Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are featured on the cover of the latest issue of Hello! magazine, out on the newsstands now.
  • DEFEATED SANITY Album Artwork Unveiled, Release Date Announced
     
    U.K.-based label Grindethic Records has set a February 2007 release for the long-awaited sophomore album by German death metallers DEFEATED SANITY.
     
    "Psalms Of The Moribund" contains the bands heaviest material yet and adds more brutal slamming elements and progressive compositions into the mix of flawlessly technical death metal. The crushing production courtesy of Jörg Uken at Soundlodge Studios (Rhauderfehn, Germany) has been mastered by Robbe K of DISAVOWED.
     
    The album cover artwork was drawn by German artist Ray and coloured by Grindethic's own mercenary Tom, and has been unveiled at this location.
     
    "Psalms Of The Moribund" features nine crushing songs, final track listing, including link to MP3 of advance track, as follows:
     
    01. Stoned Then Defiled
    02. Fatal Self Inflicted Disfigurement
    03. Prelude to the Tragedy
    04. Hideously Disembodied
    05. Butchered Identity
    06. Psalms of the Moribund
    07. Engorged with Humiliation (MP3 link)
    08. Arousal Through Punishment
    09. Artifacts of Desolation
     
    The band has been joined by bassist Jacob Schmidt (CEREBRIC TURMOIL) to complete a five-piece lineup for the recording:
     
    Wolfgang Teske - Guitar
    Lille Gruber - Drums
    Jens Staschel - Vocals
    Christian Kühn - Guitar
    Jacob Schmidt - Bass
     
     
    DEFEATED SANITY released its debut album, "Prelude To The Tragedy" in 2004 via Grindethic Records.
     
    Pre-orders for the album are now being taken including a package deal with new " Psalms Of The Moribund" T-shirts.
     
    More info, MP3s and artwork can be found at http://www.grindethic.co.uk
  • DOWNLORD TV COMMERCIAL AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING

    Open Grave Records has posted a TV commercial for Downlord’s upcoming debut full length album, “Random Dictionary of the Damned” at http://www.opengraverecords.com. The ad was produced by horror movie director Richard Chandler.
     
    DOWNLORD, is the Danish death metal band featuring ex-BOLT THROWER/BENEDICTION vocalist Dave Ingram and former members of INIQUITY, DAEMON, and SUPERFICIAL. “Random Dictionary of the Damned” is due out January 30 on Open Grave Records.

    http://www.opengraverecords.com
  • DRAGONFORCE: Australian Tour Dates Announced

    U.K. extreme power metallers DRAGONFORCE will return to Australia in May 2007 as part of their Inhuman Rampage World Tour. This is will be DRAGONFORCE's second time in Australia touring in support of their latest album. Tickets go on sale February 16. The dates are as follows:

    May 09 - Sydney, AUS - The Forum (all ages)
    May 10 - Brisbane, AUS - The Arena (all ages)
    May 12 - Adelaide, AUS - Fowlers Live (all ages)
    May 13 - Perth, AUS - The Capitol (18+)
    May 15 - Melbourne, AUS - Hi Fi (18+)
    May 16 - Melbourne, AUS - Hi Fi (all ages)

    As previously reported, DRAGONFORCE will be IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson's guests on Saturday, January 20 during Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio show, aptly named "Rock Show". Listen to the program live via the Internet between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight) U.K. time (between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST) at BBC.co.uk.

    DRAGONFORCE will team up with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE (headliners), CHIMAIRA and HE IS LEGEND for the first annual No Fear Music Tour, set to kick off late February.

    DRAGONFORCE's "Inhuman Rampage" CD has sold around 100,000 copies in the United States since its June release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The follow-up to 2004's "Sonic Firestorm" was recorded at Thin Ice Studios in Virginia Water (Surrey) and guitarist Herman Li's own studio in West London between April and September 2005, while production duties were shared between Li, fellow axeman Sam Totman and keyboard player Vadim Pruzhanov.
  • Evil Imperium Records launches website
     
    The brazilian black metal label Evil Imperium Records recently launched their website. Founded by Mateus Andretta and João Carlos Vieira, who are fighting in the metal scene for over 10 years, the label has as their first release a limited edition of Melancholic Art's debut, Força Black Metal Pampeano, which is being released with a new artwork cover and will also be distributed in North America through the label Sinister Sounds.
     
    The first releases distributed in Brazil by Evil Imperium are Of Human Bondage's "The Goat Sessions Vol. II", and Eternal's "Satanic Templars of the Dark Age"
     
    For more informations visit www.evilimperium.com
  • DOWNLORD POSTPONE SPRING US TOUR
     
    DOWNLORD the Danish death metal band featuring ex-BOLT THROWER/BENEDICTION vocalist Dave Ingram and former members of INIQUITY, DAEMON, and SUPERFICIAL have been forced to postpone their scheduled US tour in support of their debut album, “Random Dictionary of the Damned” that is due out world wide January 30th via Open Grave Records.
     
    The tour has been postponed due to issues with the booking agency that had been booking the tour.   DOWNLORD is currently looking to reschedule the tour for the summer of 2007.
     
    Necrodemon and Clouds Turned Black, the other bands scheduled to play the US tour are planning on playing a minimum of two weeks of the tour. Some of those dates are currently available via Necrodemon’s myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/necrodemon.
  • MARAZENE Announce Tour Dates, Declare 2007: the NEW "Year of the SkumF***er"
     
    In a near repeat of their January 1st 2006 announcement, Chicago based MARAZENE have declared 2007 the NEW "Year of the SkumF***er".
     
    "Every day is another chance to outdo the day before and with the Agenda we are pr