News / Tours - January 2004 - Back
- The new started Swedish Heavy Metal Rock band DECEIVER, featuring
members from Maze of Torment and Serpent Obscene, will enter The Abyss
studio with Tommy Tägtgren in May 2004 for the recording of their
debut M-CD. Will be released through Singapore label KONQUEROR RECORDS
in August 2004. Fans of Judas Priest, Motörhead and Venom should
look out for this Metal release.
REMEMBER THE ANCIENT SPIRIT
THE DECEIVER HORDE
- The Swedish Death Metal band SKYFIRE signs with Arise Records, after
2 albums released through Hammerheart Records ("Timeless Departure"
(2001) and "Mind Revolutions" (2003)), the band will record
their third album in February/March 2004 at Los Angered Studios &
Underground Studios to be released in May 2004.
Jonas Sjögren: Bass
Andreas Edlund: Guitar/Synth
Henrik Wenngren: Vocals
Martin Hanner: Guitar/Synth
Joakim Jonsson: Drums/Guitar
- OPETH Releases First-Ever DVD
Lamentations – Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire 2003
on February 24th through KOCH Entertainment
Winter Tour Confirmed with DevilDriver
Sweden’s OPETH is a unique entity. The band balances an intense
focus on musicianship with a singular sonic intrigue imbued by their
mix of driving aggression and prog-influenced exploration.
OPETH’s notoriety has been built over a succession of ground-breaking
releases over the past few years on KOCH Records/Music For Nations:
From 2001’s eclectic Blackwater Park to the 2003’s double
shot of the menacing Deliverance (which Rolling Stone Magazine deemed
“…shockingly beautiful thunder”) and its polar opposite,
the sedate, thought-provoking Damnation (described by Guitar World Magazine
as “…a stunning demonstration of the group’s versatility”).
Damnation also yielded the band’s first video, for the track “Windowpane”,
which received considerable airplay on MTV’s Headbangers Ball.
An intense touring schedule over the intervening years proved to the
world that OPETH was not merely a studio band, but a sight to behold.
“Each song is a suite…,”proclaimed the New York Times.
The Village Voice concurred, “Opeth schooled even the most metal
In recognition of the band’s achievements and its rapidly increasing
fan base, KOCH Records is pleased to announce the February 24th release
of OPETH’s first-ever DVD, entitled Lamentations – Live
at Shepherd’s Bush Empire 2003. This special release not only
exhibits the band’s palpable technical prowess but also OPETH’s
inimitable charm as performers, drawing the viewer into the mesmerizing
web of atmospheric musicianship.
The DVD, presented in High Definition widescreen format, offers audio
options in Stereo, 5.1 Surround, and DTS, and the 2-hour set list offers
a brilliant mix of OPETH’s finest offerings, including a performance
of the Damnation album in its entirety!
The track listing includes:
In My Time of Need
Death Whispered a Lullaby
The Leper Affinity
To Rid The Disease
The Drapery Falls
A Fair Judgment
Lamentations – Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire 2003 also
includes a 65-minute documentary on the making of the Deliverance and
Damnation albums, where fans can actually witness the actual composition
and production of the two releases. Composed of in-depth behind-the-scenes
footage, studio outtakes, and interviews with the entire band (guitarist/vocalist
Mikael Åkerfeldt, guitarist Peter Lindgren, bassist Martin Mendez,
drummer Martin Lopez) as well as producer/collaborator Steven Wilson
(vocalist/guitarist for the progressive outfit Porcupine Tree), the
“making of” feature offers an intuitive glimpse of true
masterminds at work.
Åkerfeldt offers, “What we tried to do with this release
was to put out something that had the same quality and honesty of our
studio albums. I truly feel that the DVD represents what we sound like
in a live situation, and the documentary also offers insight on how
it is recording an album, or albums in our case. I'm really proud over
OPETH is promoting the DVD release throughout winter on an extensive
North American tour with aggro-rockers DevilDriver and the enchanting
Moonspell on a rotating bill.
Tour dates include:
Tuesday, January 20th - Edmonton, AB, Can. - Red’s
Wednesday, January 21st - Calgary, AB, Can. - MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Friday, January 23rd - Vancouver, BC, Can. - Commodore Ballroom
Saturday, January 24th - Seattle, WA - Graceland
Sunday, January 25th - Portland, OR - Roseland
Tuesday, January 27th - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Wednesday, January 28th - San Diego, CA - Canes Bar & Grill
Thursday, January 29th - W. Hollywood, CA - House of Blues (LA)
Friday, January 30th - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues (Anaheim)
Saturday, January 31st - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Monday, February 2nd - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Tuesday, February 3rd - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
Wednesday, February 4th - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
Thursday, February 5th - Dallas, TX - Trees
Friday, February 6th - Austin, TX - The Back Room
Saturday, February 7th - Houston, TX - Engine Room
Monday, February 9th - Tampa, FL - Masquerade
Tuesday, February 10th - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Thursday, February 12th - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of Blues (Orlando)
Friday, February 13th - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Saturday, February 14th - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
Sunday, February 15th - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Monday, February 16th - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
Wednesday, February 18th - Minneapolis, MN - The Quest
Thursday, February 19th - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Friday, February 20th - Detroit, MI - Harpo’s Concert Theatre
Saturday, February 21st - Latham, NY - Saratoga Winners
Sunday, February 22nd - Montreal, QC, Can. - The Medley
Tuesday, February 24th - Toronto, ON, Can. - Opera House
Wednesday, February 25th - Rochester, NY - Steel Music Hall
Thursday, February 26th - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
Friday, February 27th - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Saturday, February 28th - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
- ZAKK WYLDE TAKES TOP HONORS IN
GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE 2004 READERS POLL
Readers vote Zakk Wylde #1 MVP and “The Blessed Hellride”
#1 Best Metal Album
HOLLYWOOD (January 13, 2004) – The votes are in and have been
tallied up. Zakk Wylde sweeps two categories in Guitar World Magazine
2004 Readers Poll. For two years straight, Zakk Wylde has been recognized
as the MVP of the year by the fans. This is the highest honor on the
annual poll. “It’s definitely an honor to be chosen as Guitar
Worlds MVP for the second year in a row,” states Wylde.
Zakk Wylde has played a significant role for Ozzy Osbourne as one of
his legend lead guitarist. Zakk joined Ozzy at the early age of 19,
handpicked for his wicked-ass riffs and bone-crunching six-stringed
mastery, now he has come “into his own”. “When I first
started playing guitar the guys that won awards like this were the players
that I idolized,” explains Wylde. “Eddie Van Halen, Randy
Rhoads, Al Di Meola, Albert Lee, John McLaughlin and Frank Marino are
all my heroes to name a few.”
Zakk’s band, Black Label Society broke nationally at #50 on Billboards
prestigious Top 200 charts with their latest album “The Blessed
Hellride” on Spitfire Records, while the DVD – Boozed, Broozed
and Broken Boned entered Billboards Top Music Video charts at # 3. The
first single “Stillborn” was named "One Of The Top
10 Tracks of 2003 at Rock radio".
“For every 14 year old kid out there, who’s practicing their
ass-off, strive to be great. You want your name to be among the players
I named. Stay strong and bleed guitar.”
- Anathema’s A Natural Disaster
New Set From British Rock Legends
Bows February 24th on KOCH Records/Music For Nations
In a climate where music has become formulaic and predictable, Liverpool’s
Anathema is a rare pleasure. The band’s unique brand of ethereal,
neo-progressive rock is in full regalia with the unveiling of their
latest masterpiece, A Natural Disaster, on KOCH Records/Music For Nations
on February 24th.
The new album, the band’s seventh full-length studio album, displays
Anathema at their very finest, honing a most distinctive sound to the
climax of absolute perfection.
The current lineup consists of three brothers: vocalist/guitarist Vincent
Cavanagh, guitarist Danny Cavanagh, bassist Jamie Cavanagh, as well
as keyboardist Les Smith and drummer John Douglas.
A Natural Disaster, the follow-up to 2001’s critically-lauded
A Fine Day To Exit, is a collection of beautiful, powerful compositions
performed with uncommon feeling and intelligence.
Launching from the band’s bedrock foundation of hard progressive
rock, predominantly mellow numbers such as “Balance,” “Closer,”
“Are You There?” and “Flying” use sparse arrangements
and hypnotic nuances to first seduce and then enthrall the listener.
These core elements are further enhanced by instantly memorable choruses,
driving riffs and well-timed bursts of aggression.
And this is only the beginning, as additional wonders like the evocative
instrumental interlude “Childhood Dream,” the frighteningly
explosive “Pulled Under at 2000 Metres a Second,” and the
colossally building closer “Violence” are revealed apace
to devastating effect.
Although deceptively simple in their construction, all of the above
are really anything but, and, taken as a whole, their soaring layers
of sound conspire to weave an intricate painting for the ears that is
at once emotionally draining and a wholly inspiring listening experience.
The full album track listing includes:
Pulled Under at 2000 Metres a Second
A Natural Disaster
Are You There?
Song samples of “Pulled Under at 2000 Metres a Second” and
“A Natural Disaster” are available at www.anathema.ws
Primary songwriter Danny Cavanagh describes the album, as “A collection
of songs that reflect personal experience, thoughts and feelings that
have been building up for the past few years. [It’s] a journey
of light and shade, love and hate, yin and yang.”
Perhaps even more remarkable in light of these achievements, is the
fact that A Natural Disaster is the first opus produced by Anathema
themselves. Thus empowered, the band has attained an enviable position
of strength and creative independence, which only bodes well for a band
so dedicated to constant reinvention and facing new challenges. A Natural
Disaster was recorded at Parkgate Studios and engineered by Dan Turner.
The album will undoubtedly find its way into the hall of fame alongside
the albums of bands whose existence triggered the chain of events that
resulted in this classic album.
Anathema has long since been known as one of the most incredible live
bands to materialize from the UK, and is consistently asked to headline
festivals around Europe and America. With the release of A Natural Disaster,
Anathema will certainly achieve worldwide recognition.
- IMMEMORIAL's tour through EUROPE has been finally confirmed in Febuary
2004. During this tour their will be promote new album "After Deny".
IMMEMORIAL will hit the road as a guest of DIMENSION ZERO. DIMENSION
ZERO is the band of Jesper Strömblad the guitarist and main songwriter
of IN FLAMES and of Jocke Göthburg the ex-MARDUK vocalist. The
other band on the tour is HANDFUL OF RAIN. The Tour will begin in the
middle of Febuary.
14.02.04 D-Engelsdorf, Hellraiser
15.02.04 D-Essen, Zeche Carl
16.02.04 D-Hamburg, Markthalle
17.02.04 D-Frankfurt, Batschkapp
18.02.04 D-Münster/Breitefeld, Live Arena
19.02.04 UK-London, The Underworld
20.02.04 F-Nancy, Azimut 854
21.02.04 NL-Arnheim, Goudvishal
22.02.04 D-Aaalen, Rock It
23.02.04 D-München, Garage
24.02.04 CH-Pratteln, Konzertfabrik Z7
25.02.04 I-Bergamo, Motion
26.02.04 A-Innsbruck, Hafen
- A Finnish lady dubbed Miss K has been enlisted as STRATOVARIUS' new
vocalist - she is said to have a 3 octave range and according the the
band's website: "she is capable of transforming Stratovarius' sound
to something unique, something that has never been heard in metal before
- in addition, the drummer for the next album will be Anders Johansson,
the brother of Jens Johansson - meanwhile, Sanctuary Records is asking
Timo Tolkki to pay back 1 Million Euros from the recording agreement
advance based on their position that the agreement was for the old line
up - Tolkki disagrees with their position and refuses to pay. Metal
- HYPOCRISY has officially replaced drummer Lars Szöke with Horgh
- JUDAS PRIEST former drummer David Holland has been accused of sexually
abusing a 17-year-old boy who visited his home for drum lessons - Holland
reportedly faces one charge of attempted rape and five counts of indecently
assaulting the teenager. Metal
- LABRAT drummer Nathan Perrier was rushed to Naas General Hospital
in Southern Ireland for emergency surgery to remove part of his lower
intestine after being diagnosed with "necro-intesto" - he
will be laid up for 2 to 3 months while he recovers - the band was forced
to cancel scheduled tour dates. Metal
- Drummer John "JC" Cona (Matriarch) has been added to the
lineup of VYNDYKATOR. Metal
- JACOBS DREAM has announced that Chaz Bond (Biogenesis) is the new
- Vocalist Paul Kuhr (Novembers Doom) has been added as main vocalist
to SUBTERRANEAN MASQUERADE for the highly anticipated debut EP "Temporary
Psychotic State". Metal
- HAMMERFALL's vocalist, JOACIM CANS, recently recorded his first solo
album with the help of Matt Sinner (Sinner), Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford),
Stefan Elmgren (Hammerfall) and Mark Zonder (Fates Warning) - "Beyond
The Gates" is due to be released on Noise Records on April 26,
- David Ellefson (Megadeth) makes a guest appearance on three tracks
and assisted in the production of WARMACHINEs forthcoming debut. Metal
- Bassist Pawel Maciwoda (Section 31, Urbanator) has replaced Ralph
Rieckermann in the SCORPIONS. Metal
- On "Blood Delirium", THE RAVENOUS second full length, this
twisted Death-Horror-Metal act shows they are more than just another
puked-up side-project! Even more bizarre and sick-to-the-bone, The Ravenous
presents no less than 11 new and fucked-up Death Metal tracks! This
release is packaged in an excellent digipak with disgusting art that
is not suitable for children. Blood Delirium.......agggg......sick.......fuckin
- TESLA Releases Long-Awaited New Studio Album 'INTO THE NOW'
On SANCTUARY RECORDS On March 9, 2004
Tesla will release its eagerly anticipated new studio album 'Into the
Now' on Sanctuary Records on March 9, 2004. The original lineup of vocalist
Jeff Keith, guitarist Frank Hannon, guitarist Tommy Skeoch, bass guitarist
Brian Wheat and drummer Troy Luccketta spent more than two years writing
and recording 'Into the Now.' Tesla co-produced the album with Michael
The 12 songs on 'Into the Now' include: "Into the Now," "Look
@ Me," "What a Shame," "Heaven Nine Eleven,"
"Words Can't Explain," "Caught In a Dream," "Miles
Away," "Mighty Mouse," "Got No Glory," "Come
to Me," "Recognize" and "Only You."
These stellar songs fit with Tesla's well established melodic style
of gritty and emotionally resonant hard rock that sold more than 17
million albums worldwide and yet many of them add fresh, satisfying
sonic textures and arrangement twists. The band has grown, and the music
'Into the Now' marks a completely new beginning for Tesla. The quintet
had reunited, toured extensively and released the acclaimed double live
album 'Replugged Live' on Sanctuary, but the real test came with writing
Tesla changed its entire way of working for 'Into the Now' and that
included serious personal and musical reconnections as the foundation
for the new album. After such a long layoff, the band members wondered
whether they would be able to write strong songs and produce an album
largely by themselves.
Keith, Hannon, Skeoch, Wheat and Luccketta agreed that they had to be
satisfied with the songs, and that wasn't always the case in the past.
They realized how important this new album was going to be, and the
quality of the songs was the most important consideration. The band
often rewrote full sections or entire songs and sometimes recorded as
many as three different demos for each one. Writer's block was a problem
at times and the members would not settle on songs they weren't comfortable
with. They knew instinctively which songs were great and which ones
"To try to get away from a Tesla feel just wouldn't be natural,
but we still tried new things. The songwriting process was exciting
and rewarding but was, at times, very hard and aggravating. I was a
little scared. 'Can I still write?' thoughts were poisoning my mind.
But our songs have to have heart. We must believe in them and feel it,"
Keith says. "Producing the album largely by ourselves added an
extra element of fun too."
"The trick on the whole is to keep the Tesla style in place and
yet still grow musically and satisfy yourself but not change so much
that your fans are caught offguard," says Wheat. "We wrote
about 20 or 30 songs and these were the 12 best."
"The whole songwriting process was different from previous records.
We didn't settle for the first thing we wrote," Hannon says. "A
lot of that had to do with us being better friends and being more together
than ever. It felt totally comfortable. Having the songs totally ready
before recording is like sanding a house before painting it; the foundation
has to be there."
"Looking back at it now, it was all worth it. It was scary producing
it on our own but it turned out great. And we really focused on every
nook and cranny on every song. We couldn't have written and produced
the new album without the newfound communication within the band,"
Skeoch says. "The emphasis had to be on great songs. About half
the material was written before the Rock Never Stops summer tour in
2002 and the other half was written after that. We were really eager
to get a new album out there, but then we realized that the songs had
to be great and that we shouldn't hurry. Why do it if it's not great?"
The give-and-take guitar interplay between Hannon and Skeoch has always
been crucial to Tesla's music, and that natural relationship was even
more important on 'Into the Now.'
"There's always been a magic between us. I can't put my finger
on it," Skeoch says. "We've never fought over solos or who
was going to play what part. It just works out. For example, there were
some guitar solos on this album that we each tried but it just didn't
feel right until the other one did it. 'Words Can't Explain' and 'Got
No Glory' were retracked a couple of times, and 'Heaven Nine Eleven'
and 'Recognize' were rewritten with different chords and verse structures."
"When we were writing songs, we were able to live with them. We
relied on a voting process to decide which ones we loved and were going
to use. That was something new for us," Hannon says.
"A song took a majority vote -- three out of five votes -- to get
it approved. It worked. We'd always feel better after making a decision,"
Luccketta says. "I knew we'd pull it together. This was our biggest
growth spurt. We're tighter than ever. We've learned a lot of lessons."
"Each song is a snapshot of an event that took place during the
making of the record. There were a lot of experiences we had to go through
during these last two years. A lot of pain and growth. For example,
several friends of ours died during this time," Hannon says. "I
have really learned a lot making this record. There are so many benefits
to taking your time and making sure songs stand up months after you've
written them and you're still working."
One major luxury Tesla had making 'Into the Now' was recording in Hannon's
Sacramento studio. Hannon worked on the preproduction demos there as
well. Using this studio gave them plenty of time and saved a lot of
money. Producing and recording the album themselves offered unlimited
creative flexibility. Rosen helped with engineering and restructuring
the tempos of certain songs. For example, Hannon says that Rosen's tempo
suggestions for 'Heaven Nine Eleven' resulted in a "street beat."
The autobiographical title track "Into the Now" is one of
the most intriguing songs. It addresses the past while also becoming
a statement of purpose about the present and future. Musically speaking,
its relentlessly pounding rhythmic thump explores new territory.
"A big part of production was the writing and, sometimes more importantly,
the editing. There were several songs where there were sections that
just didn't work, so we'd just cut those out and tighten things up,"
Hannon remembers. "And we are more aggressive with rhythm guitar
parts on this album than ever before too. Using technology is a balancing
act, but one of the fun things that it allowed us to do was manipulate
some sounds. There's a part on the song 'Into the Now' that sounds like
it's record scratching but it's actually a guitar sound that we got."
"There were a lot of things to write about. I wrote most of the
lyrics although Frank was a big help. He wrote all the lyrics himself
for 'Heaven Nine Eleven' which was inspired by September 11 and what
it was like witnessing this terrible tragedy," Keith says.
Tesla enjoyed the creative freedom that modern recording technology
provided but it was important that the songs could be performed live.
"We did use overdubs, but we have to be able to play our songs
live. We don't want to have a keyboard player behind the scenes or anything
like that. If people aren't believing it's you on stage playing the
music then it loses the magic," says Keith.
Luccketta puts it simply: "We are a live band."
Tesla, named for the important but historically overlooked scientist
Nikola Tesla, certainly built a well-deserved reputation as one of the
best live bands in existence. Touring behind successful albums such
as the platinum debut 'Mechanical Resonance,' double platinum 'The Great
Radio Controversy,' platinum 'Psychotic Supper' and gold 'Bust a Nut'
earned a rabidly loyal fan base. Songs like "Modern Day Cowboy,"
"Little Suzi," "Love Song," "Heaven's Trail
(No Way Out)" and "Edison's Medicine" were fireballs.
Tesla's major commercial breakthrough was the unprecedented live acoustic
platinum-selling album 'Five Man Acoustical Jam' and its smash single
"Signs," a remake of the Five Man Electrical Band's hit.
Past successes have secured Tesla a place in the storied history of
hard rock but now it's time the band brings itself and its fans 'Into
- Dan Morteo (formerly of Madhops and Taproot) has signed on to take
over the guitar duties for THE BLANK THEORY. He has been a friend to
the band for a long time and they are very excited to have him on board.
The production team of Ben Moody (former guitarist of Evanescence) and
Dave Fortman (producer on SuperJoint Ritual, Evanescence, Boy Sets Fire)
have been lined up to helm TBT's 2nd record. The band will be heading
to Los Angeles soon to begin recording, tenatively scheduled for March.
More will be announced on this shortly.
- JASAD hail from Indonesia yet have a very American sounding style
of brutality. Melding New York groove and technicality with Texas styled
brutality Jasad will bring new respect to the Indonesian scene along
with other great bands from the region such as Siksakabur. Indonesia
is really turning out some good bands and Jasad is at the front of the
While Jasad's "Witness of Perfect Torture" has been out for
some time now, this is a re-recorded and remastered version that includes
their demo as bonus tracks. Previously released on Rottrevore Records.
Fans of all things brutal should check this CD out. Now available on
Forever Underground! www.foreverunderground.com
- Finally... at long last the second release from Chicago band VENEFICUM
is at press. The CD is scheduled for release on February 2nd. This Cd
is by far Forever Underground's best release to date. I am very impressed
with the entire CD. Musically Veneficum have come a long way and are
sure to impress fans of Symphonic Black Metal. Only it is not fair to
put it solely in the Symphonic Black Metal genre as there are so many
different layers musically. This Cd must be heard! Everything is top
notch on this CD from the recording to the mastering which was done
by Finnvox and the artwork which came out amazing thanks to Niklas Sundin.
Don't miss this one!
- Artwork is being finalized for CONVERGENCE FROM WITHIN's release "Only
The Strong" and is scheduled for a March 9th release. Also long
- STUMP and DECRYPT are finishing up material for their upcoming split
release. Expect insane grinding madness from Decrypt and top notch old
school death metal from Stump. Not an ordinary split as both bands will
be doing full length CDs and the total time of the CD will top out at
around 75 minutes or so. Artwork is being done now and the CD should
be released late March early April. www.foreverunderground.com
- GORED is finishing up a few more tracks to complete their upcoming
Forever Underground release which is slated for a May / June release.
Expect the most brutal album that Forever Underground has unleashed.
- BLOODTHRONE have re-signed to Forever Underground. Their new CD titled
"Shield Of Hate" will be out in March or April. An exact date
has not been set yet. www.foreverunderground.com
- REPROBATION are back in the news... their first CD "The Colour
Of Gore" is being re-released with bonus tracks and new artwork.
The CD is also being re-recorded to give the re-release the best possible
- BREAKPOINT, the french power heavy band, has just finished their second
album at P'n'F studios with Fred Rochette.The next release will be more
melodic and catchy than the first one. The mix process is planned in
February / March. Many labels are shown interested and the band is looking
for the best deal. The website has changed and the new adress is:
- During the days of October and November PYORRHOEA recorded in Hertz
studio debut full lenght entitled "Desire for torment". Album
includes 14 tracks of raw brutal death/grind... Some titles are "Slave",
"Dead orgy scene", "Addicted to killing", "Anal
arousal", "Excrements on your face", "Consume you"...
Pyorrhoea contains musicians from Hate, Vesania, Devilyn and Amok. The
band is searching for proper record label to release it... http://pyorrhoea.org
- Drummer Richard Evensand (Soilwork, Ebony Tears) has replaced Andy
Herrick in CHIMAIRA. Metal
- Dirk Verbeuren (Scarve) will be filling in as a session drummer for
the upcoming European tour for SOILWORK in the wake of Richard Evensand's
- Leon del Muerte (Impaled, Murder Construct) will be filling in on
bass for EXHUMED on the upcoming tours. Metal
- THE RED CHORD has enlisted bassist Gregory Weeks (Beyond the Sixth
Seal) and drummer Jon Dow (Dead Water Drowning) - the splits with former
members Adam Wentworth (b) and Mike Justain (d) were amicable - Justain
will continue playing in Unearth and Wentworth has assumed the role
of permanent bass player for Premonitions Of War. Metal
- HASTE has officially parted ways with vocalist Kelly Reaves due to
irreconcilable differences - they will continue on as a five-piece with
Chris Mosley taking over all lead vocals. Metal
- Sam Aliano has been drafted as permanent drummer for PROTOTYPE. Metal
- Moritz Neuner (Abigor, Darkwell, Shadowcast) will be playing drums
for GRAVEWORM during the upcoming year. Metal
- Emppu Vuorinen (Nightwish) has parted ways with ALTARIA by mutual
agreement - they will continue as a four-piece, but Petri Aho (Blindside)
will be added as second guitarist for live shows. Metal
- DISLIMB has parted ways with vocalist Ryan A. Inman due to personal
- Fauzzt and Fyaun have left IMPIETY - new recruits are: bassist/vocalist
Shyaithan, drummer Oscar Garcia (Hacavitz, Ravager) and lead guitarist
Antimo (Hacavitz, Ravager, Disgorge). Metal
- Jared Butler has joined PROPHECY on vocals. Metal
- DEVIN TOWNSEND will be releasing two CDs in February through his website
- 'Ass-sordid II' includes all the old demos from his early bands Noisescapes
and Grey Skies as well as a bunch of lost songs from the early days
- 'Devlab' is an assemblage of laptop workings that amount to a 72 minute
ambient record. Metal
- RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson was arrested for what police described
as drunken, violent behavior at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Naples, FL
on New Year's Eve. Metal
- ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has gotten engaged to Meatloaf's daughter,
Pearl Aday. Metal
- LIFE OF AGONY are gearing up for their headlining US Tour with Flaw
& Skrape supporting.
LIFE OF AGONY 2004 US TOUR DATES:
01/20/04 - Northern Lights - Albany, NY
01/21/04 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
01/23/04 - Paladium - Worcester, MA
01/24/04 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
01/25/04 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
01/27/04 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
01/28/04 - Club Laga - Pittsburgh, PA
01/29/04 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
01/30/04 - Al Rosa Villa - Columbus, OH
01/31/04 - Bogarts - Cincinnatti, OH
02/02/04 - Peabodys - Cleveland, OH
02/04/04 - Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
02/05/04 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
02/06/04 - Harpos - Detroit, MI
02/07/04 - The Rave - Milwaukee, MN
02/08/04 - The Quest - Minneapolis, MN
02/10/04 - Royal Groove - Lincoln, NE
02/11/04 - Pop's - St. Louis, MO
02/13/04 - Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK
02/14/04 - Live Room - Dallas, TX
*Live Room show w/Sevendust & Ill Nino
02/15/04 - Sunset Station - San Antonio, TX
*Sunset Station show w/Sevendust & Ill Nino
02/17/04 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
02/20/04 - Norva - Norfolk, VA
02/21/04 - Extreme Wheels - Buffalo, NY Metal
- After thirteen years of silence, classic swedish metallers LEVITICUS
returns with style and authority!
Björn, Peo and the whole gang did a reunion show for the Swedish
metal festival, Bobfest in 2003. They recorded the show with the intention
of treating fans to a live release. After hearing how good everything
sounded, the band was ecstatic to release it themselves. The audio sounds
amazing. This is classic Christian heavy metal from a band that helped
lay the foundation of the Christian music hard rock scene, beginning
with their EP release in 1982! This is great stuff, offering everything
a live concert CD release is supposed to be. BPD rates the audio, fidelity,
and production 10 out of 10. It's that good! The songs are Flames of
Fire, Saved, Messiah, Oh Lord, Majestic in Power, On The Rock, All is
Calm, Born Again, The Suffering Servant, Deborah & Barak, I'm Gonna
Rock. The cd is distributed all over USA through Brutal Planet Distribution.
Retailers can contact [email protected]
For more info about Leviticus visit their official website www.leviticus.se
- It was anounced some weeks ago by guitarist Fábio Rocha, the
end of the band SHINING STAR due to various problems occurred during
the recording of the second CD. According to Fábio, the situation
has become instable between the envolved on the project. Fábio
Rocha warns the fans that he has plans to
join a new band in the near future, with a new musical direction. In
the mean time, the drummer Juliano Collombo will have his solo álbum
"Fire" released in the beginning of the next year by Frontline/Avantage.
The CD is instrumental, and there will be participation of his former
band mates of Shining Star. Since Shining Star no longer exists, Juliano,
is looking for other options. Site: www.jcolombo.hpg.com.br
- NARNIA will play on Sweden Rock Festival! Sweden Rock Festival is
one of Europes and the World's biggest metal festivals and Narnia will
be the first christian metal band ever to appear on this festival. Narnia
will also release a live-DVD next year! www.narniaworld.com
- TAIWANESE METAL BAND CHTHONIC TO PERFORM IN FRONT OF PRESIDENT’S
HALL AND CHOSEN TO RECORD MANDARIN THEME FOR ‘FREDDY VS. JASON’
TAPEI, Taiwan – Taiwanese metal band Chthonic will finish out
a momentous year in its career with two more extraordinary events: playing
the annual New Year’s Eve concert in front of President’s
Hall and the release of the band’s Mandarin theme for the 21st
Century Fox Taiwan release of “Freddy vs. Jason.”
Chthonic will play with New Year’s Eve concert alongside the country’s
biggest artists, including Jolin Tsai, Jay Chau and more. The show will
be broadcast live by FTV (Formosa TV). Earlier this year, Chthonic won
Best Rock Group award at the 14th annual Golden Melody Award, the biggest
music award in Mandarin countries. The award was presented to the group
by Taiwan’s president Chen Shui-bian.
Though the “Freddy vs. Jason” film will not be released
until January 22, Chthonic’s theme single, “Satan’s
Horns” is set for release on December 30. A music video for the
track will combine footage of Chthonic and film clips for a truly horrifying
“Personally, I like ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ movies,
and my name is Freddy coincidently,” said Chthonic vocalist Freddy.
“I don't think this movie is scary, but I like the concept that
you can’t tell if it’s dream or reality.
After writing to New Line Cinema U.S. to inquire about the film’s
release in Taiwan, Freddy was directed to contact 21th Century Fox Taiwan,
its distributor in Taiwan.
“I sent an email to them to find out the ‘in theater’
date and I also introduced myself,” said Freddy. “That led
to a discussion about a cooperation between us.”
Chthonic will be at the January 17 “Freddy vs. Jason” premier
and press conference to promote the film. The band will also play a
“Freddy vs. Jason” concert on January 31 at The Wall House
Live in Taipei. The concert is free to anyone with a “Freddy vs.
Jason” ticket stub.
Chthonic has released three full-length albums: “Where the Ancestors'
Souls Gathered,” “9th Empyrean,” and “Relentless
Recurrence.” The group made it’s United States debut at
the 2002 Metal Meltdown festival and returned that year for a performance
at the Milwaukee Metalfest.
- MACABRE EUROPE JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2004
WITH CEPHALIC CARNAGE & BRUTUS
29-1 HOLLAND Arnhem Goudvishal
30-1 BELGIUM Vosselaar Biebob
31-1 GERMANY Wermelskirchen AJZ Bahndamm
01-2 HOLLAND Rotterdam Baroeg
02-2 GERMANY Hamburg Markthalle/Marx
03-2 DENMARK Kopenhagen TBA
04-2 SWEDEN Stockholm Debaser
05-2 NORWAY Oslo TBA
06-2 SWEDEN Karlstad Metalclub
10-2 GERMANY Berlin Halford 11-2 GERMANY Halle TBA
12-2 GERMANY Aalen Rock-It
13-2 AUSTRIA Vienna Arena
14-2 CZECH REPUBLIC Ostrava Hala Tatran w/ Pungent Stench
15-2 CZECH REPUBLIC Prague Black Pes
16-2 GERMANY TBA
18-2 FRANCE Marsaille
19-2 SWITZERLAND TBA
20-2 FRANCE Nancy Azimut 854
21-2 UNITED KINGDOM London TBA
22-2 HOLLAND Tilburg 013 with Morbid Angel/Chimaira and others
MACABRE MARCH 2004 U.S. DATES
with THE END from Canada (Relapse Records)
and PREMONITIONS OF WAR (Victory Records)
3/3/04 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl w/ The End & Premonitions Of
3/4/04 Nashville, TN @ The 5 Spot w/ The End & Premonitions Of War
3/5/04 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade w/ The End & Premonitions Of War
3/6/04 Pinellas Park, FL @ Sun N Steel Festival
3/8/04 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero w/ The End & Premonitions Of
3/12/04 Irvington, NJ @ March Metal Meltdown VI
3/15/04 Boston, MA Monday Night Metal @ Bill's Bar w/ Premonitions Of
3/16/04 Hagarstown, MD @ Wilson Ruritan w/ Premonitions Of War
3/19/04 Indianapolis, IN @ Rehersal Studios w/ Rune
- After years of silence, THRONED is back with a new MCD.
It's titled "...There where the moon rises" and contains four
Black Metal chants.
In 1994 a black-metal band, without an official name, is born, Throned
is the singer and Armseel the drummer and they prepare tracks for 2
never published CDs due to the unexpected split of the group. For that
reason Throned, in 1995, decides to found a solo-project, always with
the collaboration of Armseel playing drums.
We must wait until 1997 for the debut of Throned, with the first MCD
"Watching the Lands of Purity", released by the label BTOD
and featuring four tracks of black-metal with symphonic parts.
In 1998 Throned records a new track called "Nemthorsted" for
the compilation cd vol. VI of BTOD label, released the following year.
And the kind of music is "pure Black Metal".
Between 1995 and 1998, Throned writes other tracks that, for personal
reasons, remain unreleased. Then subsequently completed and finally
recorded in 2003 at the Twilight Studio. A new MCD is ready, it's called
"...There Where the Moon rises" featuring four tracks of "pure
black-metal". For this MCD Throned, always writer and composer
of lyrics and music, collaborates with Equinoxe (Mystical Fullmoon)
as drummer and Astraghon (The True Endless) as singer.
- GF93 new album to be mixed by Kurt Ballou from Converge !
We are really excited to announce that GF93 forthcoming new album will
be mixed by Kurt Ballou from most wanted hard-core cult band Converge
GF93 are currently working on the new songs that will be later mixed
in june at Godcity Studios, in Massachusett USA, home to bands like
Converge, Cave In, Supermachiner, Curl Up and Die, American Nightmare,
Old Man Gloom, Limpwrist, In pieces, Suicide Notes, Orchid, Drop Dead,
Garrison, Drowningman and the Hope Conspiracy.
- Melodic metallers STRYPER's tour in the USA was a big success to
say the least! According to the concert reports they sounded better
than ever and Michael could still hit all the high notes just like he
used to. If you were not able to attend the tour I have some great news
for you... There will be a DVD released from the tour! There will also
be a live cd released!! WOW!!! Now we really have something to look
forward to! Both the cd and dvd will be released sometime during next
year probably in Spring/Summer 2004. Concert reports from the tour and
lots of other interesting stuff are available on http://www.stryper.com/.
- MORTIFICATION from Australia is in the studio recording their new
album. It will be titled Brain Cleaner and will be the heaviest project
the band has recorded in Ten Years. A lot more of a Death Metal/Grind
orientated album but with plenty of Power & Thrash Metal mixed in
to keep it interesting and multi dimensional. Mike Forsberg (ex Cybergrind)
comes into the band on drums replacing Adam Zaffarese who left the band
in February for career reasons. Steve thanks Adam for his 3 years of
youthful input into the band. The World Tour was a high point for the
band in 2001. Mike Forsberg has many years experience playing in Extreme
Metal bands and brings a big feel of early Mortification back into the
sound. Steve is the main man on Bass & vocals with Mick Jelinic
continuing on Guitar to complete the new lineup. Expect a February 2004
release through Rowe Productions initially. www.roweproductions.com
- BOBFEST 2004 - Europes biggest Christian Metal Festival
Bobfest 2004 will be an event you don't want to miss! There will be
great gigs with some of the best bands in christian metal as well as
interesting seminars and great teachings. The first five bands have
now been announced. They are EXTOL (progressive thrash/death masters
from Norway), HARMONY (excellent melodic guitar metal from Sweden),
ORATORIO (the annointed melodic metal wonder from Finland), KEKAL (black
metal from Indonesia!), SHADOWS OF PARAGON (fresh black metal from Sweden).
More bands will soon be announced so stay tuned...
Seminar speakers will be longhairy Metal Pastor Bob Beeman from Santuary,
USA and Ole Halvard Sveen from Subchurch, Norway. The festival will
be held March 5-7, 2004 in Ryttargårdskyrkan, Linköping in
Sweden. The concerts will be held Friday and Saturday evenings at Cupolen,
Folkets Park, Linköping. There will also be a gallery where people
will show their artistic talents.
Festival Tickets cost 270 SEK for Swedish visitors (if paid before 15th
February) or 300 SEK if paid later or at the door. For non-swedish visitors
the price is only 200 SEK (approx. 22 EUR) for whole weekend. Accomodation
is also available nearby for an additional fee of 50 SEK (approx. 5,50
EUR) per night.
For those that want to attend the gigs only, the tickets cost 100 SEK
for Friday and 120 SEK for Saturday or 200 SEK for both gigs.
Look forward to a great weekend with 500+ likeminded metalheads coming
from all around the world! For more info about this cool festival visit
or mail [email protected] or [email protected]
- ORATORIO is a new melodic power metal band from Finland. They recently
released their their debut album titled The Reality of Existence on
Rivel Records. The album has sold very well and first pressing has already
sold out! The album is filled with melodic metal harmonies, hooks and
great guitar solos. For more info about the band visit www.oratoriometal.com.
can also contact their label Rivel Records at www.rivelrecords.com
or [email protected]
- THEOCRACY is the new metal wonder from USA. They recently released
their first cd and it's a must have for fans of bands like Narnia, Harmony,
Stryper, Avantasia, Iron Maiden, Edguy, Savatage and Iced Earth are
gonna like this band. It has something for everyone yet maintains its
own unique sound. The cd is released on MetalAges Records [email protected]
For more info about the band visit www.theocracymusic.com
- ENTHRALLMENT look for new label !!!
After two albums (by Dark Mist Productions and Butchery Music Co Records),
one split, tons of compilations and some great shows, bulgarian Death
metalers ENTHRALLMENT look for new company. The band play 100% US Death
Metal (Suffocation, Pyrexia, Deeds Of Flesh, etc) and they are ready
to send now promotional CD-R to everyone label, who have interest.
Chris / ENTHRALLMENT
87 "Russe" Blvd., Vh.Z. ap.8., 5803 Pleven
Mobil: 00359 887 863481
E-mail: [email protected]
- STRANGE LAND would like to welcome new drummer, Esteban Gonzalez,
into the band. Esteban joined the group in late September 2003 and he's
been getting up to speed on the material very quickly. The band has
already played a few shows with Esteban and is preparing material for
a new full length CD.
On the recording front the band's previous plans for a fall release
were put on hold due to the member change. The band has also just moved
into a new rehearsal space and recording studio. They are in the process
of getting the new space suitably set up for recording and plan to self
produce and record their new material. Tracking should begin by late
Strange Land is also pleased to announce the signing of a new distribution
deal with Nightmare Records (www.nightmarerecords.com).
This will help the band bring our music to a wider audience and they
look forward to a long relationship with Nightmare.
- Heading for the forthcoming year, DIVINE LUST have already written
most of the songs to be featured on a next release. The group is strongly
convinced that the new stuff - including titles like "Devilish
Deliverance", "Duskful Of Bliss, Morningful Of Misery"
or "Hunting" - shows a solid step ahead on what concerns to
song-writing and maturity, not to mention some heavy degrees not so
often found in this band before...
DIVINE LUST plan to come back to studio in 2004. Some Label contacts
have been taking place but, at this time, the band hasn't signed any
deal. About "Divine Lust", the debut album self-released in
2002, it has now distribution in Germany (Grau), Austria (Resound Records),
Russia (More Hate Productions) and France (Adipocere Records). In early
2004 it will also be available in other European countries as well as
North and Latin America. This effort has gathered many encouraging reactions
abroad and two examples are "Obskure" (http://www.obskure.com/fr/index_2_redir.php/?url=/fr/kro_model.php3?n_kro=1317)
and "Maitres du Metal" (http://www.maitresdumetal.fr.st)
webzines. You are strongly invited to visit the "REVIEWS"
section at www.divinelust.com.
- KINGCROW would like to announce the release of their new album "Insider",
a prog-rock/class metal concept.
3000 copies will be printed and distrubuted via mailorder.
One track from the album, "Eyes Of A Betrayer", is available
For further news and info, please visit the renewed official web site
- The new album from the swedish death squad CENTINEX "Decadence
- Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos" will be released through Candlelight
Records on March 8th [Europe] and 9th [USA]. The limited vinyl version
will surface in May through american Hells Headbangers.
The first Centinex shows for 2004 are also confirmed. These gigs are
the first ones to feature new drummer, Ronnie Bergerståhl [Julie
Laughs Nomore/Amaran/Mynjun]. The dates are:
11.01 2004 England - London - Underworld
06.02 2004 Sweden - Borlänge - S2
More dates tba soon.
- This new talented swedish heavy metal band DEDICATION, will release
their debut album "Reflections Of Time" in March through italian
Underground Symphony. Available both as digipack CD and limited vinyl.
The band plays true heavy metal a'la the legendary NWOBHM bands with
marvelous vocals by Per Englund [ex-Blacksmith].
- WORLD BELOW is amazing doom metal featuring Carnal Forge and Centinex
members. After numerous problems with labels it has now been decided
that Underground Symphony will release the debut "Sacrifices To
The Moon" in January. Available both as digipack CD and limited
vinyl. This is slow and heavy, like a mix between Candlemass, Black
Sabbath and old Cathedral.
- CREST OF DARKNESS banned by censorship
Once again censorship hits Extreme Metal. One of the most important
European manufacturing companies refused to print CREST OF DARKNESS
new album "Evil Knows Evil" out in January with their new
label My Kingdom Music, due to the lyrics and the artwork considered
too blasphemous, satanic and absolutely anti-Christian. To their request
of modifying the lyrics and the artwork, the label according with band
desire, didn't accept any change. In this way and for the nth time the
freedom of expression is repressed and one more time artists are banned
for their ideas.
The release date of the album has been now temporarily fixed to February
9th, 2004 and we proudly announce that no change will be made.
- DREAMAKER formed by the ex-Dark Moor members: Elisa C. Martín
(vocals), Albert Maroto (guitar) and Jorge Sáez (drums) will
release their debut album "Human Device" in March 2004. "Human
Device" should not be described as a Power Metal album. The unique
style of Elisa_s voice is the bridge between Dark Moor and Dreamaker
but Dreamaker prefers to offer a more direct music based on a powerful
guitar sound and ambient keyboards, but persevering the good melodies
in the vocal lines.
"Human Device" could be called as a new step in the metal
"Human Device" tracklist:
1. Dream Machines 2. The Eye Of War 3. Nightmares Factory 4. Without
Angels 5. Killing 6. Enemy 7. Forever In Your Arms 8. Alone Again 9.
Welcome To My Hell 10. Eternal Love 11. Crystaline Eyes 12. Awakening
- WIZ "Shattered-Mind-Therapy" will be released in March 2004.
Wiz is not the typical Heavy Metal band, their music is based on a raw
sound far from the standard Power Metal's bands and their compositions
keep a unique essence created to offer something different to the typical
cliches of the genre. Freddy Persson (vocals) and Jake Fredén
(guitar) (both members of Nostradameus) have created a unique and creative
Wiz has signed with JVC for the Asiatic territory.
1.Mr Sandman 2.In Your Eyes 3.Super Psychic Woman 4.One Chapter Of A
Fairyland 5.Sun Moon Stars 6.Down 7.Understand 8.Return Of Atlantis
9.Empty Words 10.From The Ashes We Rise
- ASPERITY the band presents their debut album in March 2004. Asperity
was formed by the Carnal Forge members Stefan Westerberg (drums) and
Petri Kuusisto (guitar). "The Final Demand" contains a good
amount of Heavy Metal Hymns with an own sound.
"The Final Demand" tracklist:
1-Pleasure and pain 2- The pray 3- Past life 4- The man with 1000 faces
5- Rebellion 6- Soul collector 7- Sad eyes 8- I`ll never understand
9- Will they come? 10- Final demand
- HIGHLORD will enter at New Sin Studios (Labyrinth, Dark Moor) in January
04 for the recording of their fourth album, "Medusa's Coil".
Highlord is one of the more representative bands in the Italian scene
and this album will show the real potential of this band."Medusa's
Coil" will be released in May 04.
- OZZY OSBOURNE, the madman will have his neck reinforced with a 7-inch
steel plate in the wake of his recent quad bike accident. Metal
- HEATHEN, the legendary bay area thrash band has reformed and is working
on new songs, as well as revamping old material - as it stands now,
guitarist Doug Piercy is not part of the reunion lineup. Metal
- THROCULT drummer Jeremy Portz has left the band to focus on school
- the current lineup is as follows: Inferno (v,g), Gremor Azazel (g)
Forneus Amon (b) and Lord Naberius (d). Metal
- After more than 10 years with ROYAL HUNT, Steen Mogensen (b) and Jacob
Kjaer (g) have left the band in order to explore different aspects of
their musical careers. Metal
- THE KYBOSH, this new "riff rawk" act features Eric Kuthe
(Sea Of Green) on vocals, Ron Bechard (Edwin & The Pressure) on
guitar, Frank Sargent (Sons Of Otis) on bass and Jeff Zurba (Plasma
Blast) on drums. Metal
- COLOUR TRIP recently joined forces with drummer Gary Williams and
bassist Shaun Varney from the New England hardcore band 5 Seconds Expired.
- ANTHRAX announces 20th Anniversary Plans
In every band’s career they have that one show that stands out
from the rest. Whether it be their breakthrough or their crowning glory,
there is always one that stands the test of time. Be it Shea Stadium,
Budokan, Madison Square Garden, or Red Rocks, some performances transcend
the realms of the live concert experience.
For ANTHRAX, their show at a sold out Metro in Chicago on Friday December
5th 2003 will forever stand as the show to define the bands legendary
career. And we got it all on tape!
One band, eight cameras, and thousands of crazed fans all came together
for what will prove to be one of the most lethal live albums and DVDs
of all time. Ninety minutes of pure destruction covering the entire
career of this influential band. From their raw debut Fistful Of Metal
through their critically acclaimed latest We’ve Come For You All
its all here. Songs like “Metal Thrashing Mad,” “Caught
In A Mosh,” “Be All End All,” “Only,”
and “Safe Home,” among others were performed with all the
power and passion that ANTHRAX has been known for throughout their 20
Look for this incredible concert to be unleashed on DVD/CD sometime
In other ANTHRAX news, there is still time for fans to vote for which
songs they would like to hear recorded on the band’s upcoming
CD Metallum Maximus Aeturnus, a project in which the band will re-record
classic ANTHRAX songs originally recorded by previous line-ups of the
band (circa 1984-1990) live in the studio as part of their 20th Anniversary
Celebration. The songs recorded will be chosen by the fans who are currently
voting online at www.anthrax.com.
First up though, the band will be heading to LA in January to film the
video for “What Doesn’t Die” the punishing opening
track off of their latest album We’ve Come For You All.
As reported earlier, the video was written and conceived by comic/writer
Brian Posehn, know best for his work on Mr. Show, Just Shoot Me and
his own stand up routine. Posehn will co-direct the clip with Michael
Sarna who has previously worked on videos for 50 Cent, Smashmouth, and
A management spokesperson describes the concept of the video as “
the most kick-ass, zombie-filled video of all time.”
- THE GATHERING / AGALLOCH
Mid-February East Coast tour:
We are very glad to announce the following set of dates for THE GATHERING.
This is the first USA appearance of the band since their last tour in
1999. It will also mark the appearance of Marjolein Kooijman on bass,
who replaced Hugo Prinsen Geerligs last month. Main support on all the
shows will be AGALLOCH, who will perform shows on the East coast for
the first time. We are also planning in offering exlcusive merchadise
for both bands so stay tuned!
Feb. 12 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora
Feb. 13 - Toronto, CAN @ Club Rockit
Feb. 14 - Brooklyn, NY @ L'Amour
Feb. 15 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
Feb. 16 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- CANNIBAL CORPSE tour announced! - “We are pleased to confirm
the first US tour for The Wretched Spawn, starting on February 14 2004
until March 13 2004. Other acts will be Hypocrisy and Vile. Dates and
venues will be announced shortly once they get confirmed. See you all
- Florida Death Metal veterans MALEVOLENT CREATION have titled they're
9th full length album "WARKULT". The said album will be recorded
in February with producer Jean Francois Degenais in control once again
in a few undisclosed Florida Recording Studio's. Release date is set
to be in June 2004 which will coincide with the bands European Summer
Festival appearances. As is with each Malevolent Creation album our
goal is to create the heaviest album we can and this album is no exception!
Some song titles to appear on "WARKULT" are:
3)Supremacy Through Annihilation
5)On Grounds Of Battle
Atleast 10 song's will be recorded for "WARKULT" and a few
cover's from some obscure thrash metal bands. First up is a cover from
australian cult band Hobbs Angel Of Death's song "Crucifixion"
from there debut album in 1988.Second up is a cover of atleast one song
from the 1986 4 song demo from Buffalo, NY thrash outfit Leviathan.
Leviathan was fronted by vocalist Chris Barnes (Six Feet Under, x-Cannibal
Corpse) along with guitarist Jeff Juszkiewicz (x-Malevolent Creation).
Malevolent Creation and Leviathan were the only thrash/death metal bands
in Buffalo in 86/87 and we were totally blown away when we heard they're
demo. They totally influenced us to being a better band and record our
first demo in early 87. The band was amazing and all 4 song's kill on
that demo, but we will atleast record one song from that classic demo
Upcoming Live Shows And Festival Appearances :
June 18th - 2004 - Rock Harz Open Air Festival - Germany - http://openair.rockharz.de
July 2nd - 2004 - With Full Force Open Air Festival - Germany - www.withfullforce.de
August 27- 28 - Up From The Ground Festival - Germany - www.upfromtheground.de
More shows and festivals are likely to be added in Europe and South
America upon the release of "Warkult" this summer.
One last thing concerning the comment's and e-mails we get from pissed
off people from the US about us touring everywhere else but here in
the states.Truth is we have not been offered any good tours in the US
and we do not have a booking agent here.We did about 35 shows earlier
this year in the states but missed out on the west coast and other cool
cities to invade.Hopefully this will change with the release of the
new album "Warkult" this summer through Nuclear Blast Records
in the US and everywhere else.We promise to do what we can to make a
proper US Tour happen in 2004 !!!
Phil Fasciana/Malevolent Creation
- OZZY OSBOURNE the prince of darkness suffered a fractured left collarbone,
eight fractured ribs and a fractured vertebrae in his neck in a quad
bike accident on his Buckinghamshire property in southern England –
the accident has put Ozzy’s singing career in jeopardy as it is
unknown at this time if he will make a full recovery. Metal
- STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto and drummer Jörg Michael
have left the band – bandleader Timo Tolkki is actively seeking
- DISSECTION drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun has left the
band as he is unable to stand behind the band's satanic ideology –
according to Faust: “My relation to Dissection is simply musical.
The problem occurs when the band takes form more as a cult where there
are rules for behaviors and strict codes.” Metal
- JON OLIVA, Savatage’s mastermind has recruited the former members
of Circle II Circle to perform a series of concerts showcasing his new
solo material as well as classic Savatage material - some of the Savatage
songs have never been performed live - Jon's voice is in excellent shape
and he is handling all lead vocals. Metal
- CRISIS recently signed to The End Records, the lineup is as follows:
Karyn Crisis (v), Afzaal Nasirudden (g), Gia Chaun Wang (b), Jwyanza
Hobson (g) and Josh Florian (d). Metal
- USURPER vocalist General Diabolical Slaughter has quit – the
band has declared that they are not breaking up. Metal
- DRY KILL LOGIC bassist Dave Kowatch has left the group – the
search for a replacement is
- RAGING SPEEDHORN has parted ways with guitarist Tony Loughlin on good
terms. Metal Update
- Joining Paul Speckmann (b, v) for the recording of the new MASTER
album ‘The Spirit Of The West’ are Zdenek Pradlovsky (d)
and Ale_ Nejezchleba (g) both from the band Shaark. Metal
- Jason Bowld (Pitchshifter) will play drums for the recording of BLAZE
Bayley and Co.’s third album. Metal
- LORD WORM RETURNS!
The original member and legendary vocalist/lyricist Lord Worm is back
with Cryptopsy. Lord Worm who appeared on the band’s first two
albums Blasphemy Made Flesh (1994) and None So Vile (1996) has posted
this statement on the group’s official web site:
"Un mal pour un bien", I've heard it said, and those seven
long years ago, unhappy though I was at leaving (for a private question
of honour, not beer), it was none the less for the best. Now, we've
come full circle, and again a private question of honour finds me back
in the fold. "It is so. It cannot be otherwise." See you soon...»
Cryptopsy are currently working on their fifth studio album and they’re
planning to start the recording next March at Wild Studio with producer
- CANNIBAL CORPSE/HYPOCRISY/DECAPITATED/VILE TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED!
HYPOCRISY are gearing up to conclude the DIMMU BORGIR tour and embark
on yet another brutal death march across the United States, this time
around as direct support for CANNIBAL CORPSE with DECAPITATED and VILE
as opening sparring partners.
The 2004 tour will begin directly before the release of HYPOCRISY's
latest opus, The Arrival, due out on February 24th, 2004. This release
will reinvent the glorious times of Abducted, The Final Chapter and
Hypocrisy through a full load of nine new, catchy and absolutely stunning
tracks. Look forward to a release filled with the signature gloomy doom
attitude and heavy mid-tempo ingredients that make HYPOCRISY so special
among the masses of Scandinavian death metal bands nowadays.
Start drafting your new years resolutions now, and remember to add the
most brutal tour of the New Year to your list.
*Dates and venues are tentative.
CANNIBAL CORPSE, HYPOCRISY, DECAPITATED & VILE
Feb-13 Houston, TX
Feb-14 Dallas, TX
Feb-15 San Antonio, TX OR Austin, TX
Feb-17 Phoenix, AZ
Feb-18 Los Angeles, CA
Feb-19 San Francisco, CA
Feb-20 Portland, OR
Feb-21 Seattle, WA
Feb-23 Salt Lake City, UT
Feb-24 Denver, CO
Feb-25 Lawrence, KS
Feb-26 St. Louis, MO
Feb-27 Milwaukee, WI
Feb-28 Minneapolis, MN
Feb-29 Chicago, IL
Mar-02 Detroit, MI
Mar-03 Cleveland, OH
Mar-04 Philadelphia, PA
Mar-05 Boston, MA OR Worcester, MA
Mar-06 Brooklyn, NY
Mar-07 Pittsburgh, PA
Mar-09 Springfield, VA
Mar-10 Winston-Salem, NC
Mar-11 Atlanta, GA
Mar-12 Orlando, FL
Mar-13 Tampa, FL
Mar-14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- Morbid Rec. proudly present IMMORTAL RITES from Schwäbisch Gmünd
/ Germany, who play fascinating, groovy & unique blackend Death
Metal ! The debut Art Of Devolution was produced at Alex Krull´s
(ATROCITY) Mastersound Studio. Guest musicians are Alex Krull &
Martin Schmidt from ATROCITY, as well as Liv Kristine ex-THEATRE OF
TRAGEDY/LEAVES EYES. Release is scheduled for March 2004. The guys plan
to appear on various summer festivals as the Summer Breeze or the Partisan.
- The Illinois Porn Gore heroes LIVIDITY have found a new guy to handle
the low end frequencies, CHRIS CHAMPBELL, and plan to record the successor
to Til Only The Sick Remain release is planned for late 2004. www.morbidrecords.de
- Czech Death Metal institution HYPNOS have decided to produce their
third inferno under the supervision of Harris Johns again. Release can
be expected late 2004. The band will then tour with Altar, as matters
stand right now. www.morbidrecords.de
- BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, Featuring Nikki Sixx, Tracii Guns, Scot Coogan
& London Legrand, Sign with SANCTUARY RECORDS
Debut Album HERE COME THE BRIDES Set for North American Release on March
The evolution of hard rock and heavy metal takes another step forward
with the formation of Brides of Destruction. The new quartet -- featuring
bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist Tracii Guns, drummer Scot Coogan and vocalist
London LeGrand -- has signed with Sanctuary Records. Here Come the Brides,
the band's debut album, is scheduled for North American release on March
Brides of Destruction signed a three-album deal with Sanctuary through
Sixx's company 12-11 Productions. The nine songs on Here Come the Brides
include: "Shut the F**k Up," "I Don't Care," "I
Got a Gun," "2 X Dead," "Brace Yourself," "Natural
Born Killers," "Life," "Revolution" and "Only
Get So Far."
Here Come the Brides was produced by Steve Bruno and mixed by Steve
Thompson, known for his production work with Metallica, Guns N' Roses
and Korn. Drummer Kris Kohls, a member of Adema, plays on half of Here
Come the Brides. "Shut the F**k Up" has been used in a skateboard
video shot by Drew Stone of Stone Films. The talent and past success
the members of Brides of Destruction bring with them to this band is
a cause for celebration in the world of heavy rock.
Sixx was the founding member and primary songwriting force behind Motley
Crue, the most successful hard rock band of the 1980s. After bursting
out of and then dominating the Los Angeles hard rock and heavy metal
scene that exploded more than 20 years ago, Sixx and Motley Crue have
sold more than 40 million copies of landmark albums such as Shout at
the Devil, Theatre of Pain, Girls, Girls, Girls and Dr. Feelgood. Their
wild, decadent, rock-star lifestyle became legendary -- shaming all
previous, supposed masters of excess.
Guns shot to fame with his band L.A. Guns. The band's 11 albums have
sold more than 6 million copies worldwide. Their biggest hit single
was "The Ballad of Jayne." Guns was a founding member of Guns
N' Roses but left and was replaced by childhood friend Slash. He has
worked with the likes of Motörhead, Johnny Thunders and the Misfits,
and he co-founded the supergroup Contraband with UFO guitarist Michael
Schenker. Guns' skills and diversity has led to a great deal of work
as a session guitarist in LA.
Coogan, after hitting some dead ends, got his big break when he landed
the gig as the touring drummer for the boy band All 4 One. He also became
an in-demand session player and touring drummer for other artists. Coogan
has played with Pete Yorn, Sinead O'Connor and Otep to name a few. Guns
saw him play and after an electrifying studio jam, he was hired on the
LeGrand is a total unknown, but he is obviously something special to
hold his own with Sixx, Guns and Coogan. His restless, vagabond background
and frustrating music experiences in Georgia ultimately led to a move
to LA where he met Sixx and Guns. He won't be anonymous for much longer
as the frontman for Brides of Destruction, which Sixx calls a "band
Brides of Destruction plays rock 'n' roll the way it was meant to be
played: sweaty, sticky, sleazy and savage. The universe has now been
sufficiently warned. Watch out, because Here Come the Brides!
- After their successful European tour with Nevermore and the "Jägermeister"
tour in North America together with Slayer & Hatebreed, Swedish/German
Melodic-Death-Metal sensation ARCH ENEMY will return with a long awaited
headlining tour to Europe! If you missed the band until now, do not
miss them again... you will regret it. Of course the band will present
old classic tunes and new hits from their current masterpiece "Anthems
Of Rebellion". The support acts will be confirmed soon. Be prepared
for something great!
European Headlining Tour
Presented by Rock Hard Magazine
(Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and France)
17-Feb-2004 (Tue) Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
18-Feb-2004 (Wed) Aalen/Stuttgart, Germany - RockIt
19-Feb-2004 (Thu) Munich, Germany - New Backstage
21-Feb-2004 (Sat) Vidia, Italy - Cesena
22-Feb-2004 (Sun) Bergamo, Italy - Motion
24-Feb-2004 (Tue) Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz II
25-Feb-2004 (Wed) Madrid, Spain - Caracol
27-Feb-2004 (Fri) Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
28-Feb-2004 (Sat) Hellendoorn, Netherlands - Lantaarrn
29-Feb-2004 (Sun) Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar
02-Mar-2004 (Tue) Hamburg, Germany - Logo
03-Mar-2004 (Wed) Osnabruck, Germany - Works
04-Mar-2004 (Thu) Essen, Germany - Zeche Carl
05-Mar-2004 (Fri) Antwerpen, Belgium Hof Ter Loo
German dates booked by Scorpio
Ticket Hotline: 040 - 853 88 853
- THE GATHERING - tourdates confirmed
THE GATHERING announces German "Sleepy Buildings - A Semi Acoustic
dates presented by HAMMER and SONIC SEDUCER
Accompanying the "Sleepy Buildings - A Semi Acoustic Evening"
release, out on 26th of January 2004, THE GATHERING is proud to present
German tour dates. More gigs in European and abroad will follow! Please
note, all of this shows will play in seated venues, so be quick with
tickets! Ticket price for all gigs in Germany is 15€.
08.03.2004 Essen "Zeche Carl"
09.03.2004 Hamburg "Markthalle"
10.03.2004 Berlin "Passionskirche"
11.03.2004 Erfurt "Gewerkschaftshaus"
08.01.2004 Huize Maas (Eurosonic), Groningen (NL) - Festival
30.01.2004 De Groene Engel, Oss (NL)
02.03.2004 Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL)
04.03.2004 Bosuil, Weert (NL)
05.03.2004 Lux, Nijmegen (NL)
06.03.2004 Lux, Nijmegen (NL)
07.03.2004 Oosterpoort, Groningen (NL)