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January 30th, 2007
  • GOD FORBID w/Goatwhore, Mnemic, Arsis, The Human Abstract (Jan. 4-31), Byzantine(Feb. 1-18) Tour

    01/30    Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX
    01/31    Walter’s on Washington – Houston, TX
    02/02    The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
    02/03    The Handlebar – Greenville, SC
    02/04    Thee Imperial – Jacksonville, FL
    02/05    Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    02/06     Backbooth – Orlando, FL
    02/07    The Garage – St. Petersburg, FL
    02/09    The Mad Hatter – Covington, KY
    02/10    The Muse – Nashville, TN
    02/11    Jaxx – Springfield, VA
    02/12    Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
    02/13    Jesters Pub – Fayetteville, NC
    02/14    Huntington Music Hall – Huntington, WV
    02/15    Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
    02/16    The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
    02/17    Penny Arcade – Rochester, NY
    02/18    Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
    02/20    Middle East Restaurant/Night Club – Cambridge, MA
    02/21    Fou Founes Electriques – Montreal, QC
  • DRAGONFORCE: Russian Dates Announced

    U.K. extreme power metallers DRAGONFORCE will continue their "Inhuman Rampage World Tour" in 2007 starting with two shows in Russia. Confirmed dates are as follows:

    Feb. 09 - St. Petersburg, RUS - Roks Club
    Feb. 10 - Moscow, RUS - Club Tochka
  • W:O:A 2007 - confirmed bands!

    Here's a complete list of all bands confirmed for the W:O:A 2007 (new bands since the last newsletter are signed with a *):

    AMORPHIS
    DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER *
    BELPHEGOR
    BENEDICTUM *
    THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
    BLACK MAJESTY
    BLIND GUARDIAN
    BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
    CANNIBAL CORPSE
    COMMUNIC
    DIMMU BORGIR - one and only Open Air Show in Germany 2007 *
    DISILLUSION
    ENSLAVED
    GRAVE DIGGER
    HAGGARD
    HEAVEN SHALL BURN
    IMMORTAL - Reunion, one and only Open Air Show in Germany 2007
    IN FLAMES
    J.B.O.
    KAMPFAR
    LACUNA COIL *
    LETZTE INSTANZ
    MOONSORROW
    MOONSPELL
    MUNICIPAL WASTE *
    NAPALM DEATH
    NEAERA
    NORTHER
    RAGE & Lingua Mortis Orchester
    SACRED REICH 20th anniversary *
    SAMAEL
    SAXON - A Night To Remember
    SCHANDMAUL
    SONIC SYNDICATE
    STORMWARRIOR feat. Kai Hansen
    STRATOVARIUS - Only Open Air Show in Germany
    THERION
    TYR
    VADER *
    THE VISION BLEAK *
    VOLBEAT

    and many more!

    More infos about the bands: Billing / Bands 2007

    More infos: www.wacken.com
  • BLINDED COLONY, MUSIC VIDEO POSTED ONLINE AND TOUR DATES ANNOUCED WITH EKTOMORF

    Karlshamn Sweden's BLINDED COLONY have posted the music video for their first single "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" on their MYSPACE PAGE, their OFFICIAL WEBSITE as well as the newly launched Pivotal Rockordings YOUTUBE channel. "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" comes from BLINDED COLONY's forthcoming album, Bedtime Prayers which is due out January 9 Worldwide and January 12 in Europe. The video was filmed in the band's hometown of Karlshamn and was produced by director Thomas Tjäder (In Flames). Guitarist Tobias Olsson had the following to say regarding the video for "Once Bitten, Twice Shy":

    "As you can see we release our the official video for "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" today. It was originally recorded in late 2005, but re-edited once again by Thomas Tjäder (In Flames), check it out and let us know what you think about it! Some of you may have seen the old version of the video with 'demo' version of "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", but we encourage you to not watch that one since it is now outdated. Check out the new one, spread it to your friends, and enjoy it!"

    BLINDED COLONY will also hit the road with Hungary's EKTOMORF for an extensive European/UK tour in February and March. Guitarist Tobbe Olsson had the following to say regarding the tour."

    We are doing a European tour together with Ektomorf stretching from the 1st of Feb to the 10th of March. This is what BLINDED COLONY has been working for all these years and finally the hard work have paid off! We are excited to hit the road with Ektomorf also since we had such a great time with them in Germany earlier this month! We are really looking forward to going back to Germany and playing to the awesome crowds there as well as our first trip to the UK. We know we have a great fan base there and we certainly look forward to giving everyone in Europe the chance to finally see us live!"

    These are the confirmed tour dates for Ektomorf/BLINDED COLONY European Tour 2007, sponsored by Metal Hammer. More dates are to be confirmed.

    01.02.2007 AUGSBURG (D) Musikkantine
    02.02.2007 LINDAU (D) Club Vauderville
    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
    16.02.2007 FREIBURG (D) Crash
    17.02.2007 LUZERN (CH) Sedel
    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
    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
  • TUNES OF GREY release Fading to Grey
     
    The gothic metal band TUNES OF GREY released their first demo, entitled Fading to Grey, which has the following five tracks:
     
    01 - My Ending Justify My Path
    02 - Die To Live
    03 - Live Forever
    04 - Making Love (In The Cemetery Ground)
    05 - Fire In My Veins
     
    The band' influences come from the "finnish school" formed by bands like To Die For, Charon, HIM and Poisonblack, to the complexity and instrumental beauty of bands like Opeth and Dream Theater, with a passional and romantic touch present in the literature of J. W. Goethe and fatalist of Herman Hesse, forming the identity which is presented in the form of Tunes of Grey.
     
    The demo is already receiving good response from the fans and press. In the first review, made by the All The Bangers webzine, besides of receiving the highest score, the cd was described as "great" and "catchy, but melancholic", great comments were also made about the musicians and production.
     
    Some samples of Fading to Grey are available in the band's website - www.tunesofgrey.com.br and MySpace - www.myspace.com/tunesofgrey
  • WINTERS BANE To Debut New Lineup In February

    WINTERS BANE, the classic U.S. metal band from Akron, OH, will be debuting their new lineup with a hometown show on Saturday, February 3, 2007 at Crossroads. WINTERS BANE will be performing songs from their entire catalog, including "Heart of a Killer", "Girth", and last year's critically acclaimed comeback album, "Redivivus". Also on the bill will be H.A.T.E., the side project of SHATTER MESSIAH singer Greg Wagner, and Auburn Records recording artist WRETCH.

    WINTERS BANE's new lineup is composed of founding member Lou St. Paul on guitars, bassist Jeffrey "Doc" Welch (who also performs with Lou in KILL PROCEDURE), vocalist Jeff "Z" Zaigen (ex-MOB SCENE), and returning drummer Jeff Curenton (ex-SEVEN WITCHES).

    According to a press release, "The band is very pleased to have Jeff Zaigen as their new singer, as his extraordinary vocal talents will shine thorough on the band's next album, 'Heart of a Killer – II', which will be released next summer and is a continuation of the story told on their revered first album.

    "This change in the vocalist and drum positions was an unfortunate inevitability, as both Alexander Koch and Mark Cross were based in Germany, and reality dictated that Lou needed to find local musicians to form a fully functioning band that can write, record, and tour on a regular basis. He wishes to thank Alex and Mark for their contributions on 'Redivivus', and wishes them both much success with their other bands
  • ANTHRAX To Release 'Caught in a Mosh - BBC Live in Concert' Double

    ANTHRAX will release a double live CD, entitled "Caught in a Mosh - BBC Live in Concert" on January 22 via Universal Music. Disc 1 of the set features the band's performance at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on February 15, 1987, while Disc 2 contains a recording of the band's Monsters Of Rock Festival set at Donington on August 22, 1987. The complete track listing is as follows:

    Disc 1: Hammersmith Odeon in London – February 15, 1987:

    01. A.I.R.
    02. Metal Thrashing Mad
    03. Panic
    04. The Enemy
    05. I Am The Law
    06. Madhouse
    07. Howling Furies
    08. Medusa
    09. Armed And Dangerous
    10. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    11. God Save The Queen
    12. Gung-Ho

    Disc 2: Monsters of Rock (Castle Donington) Festival, England - August 22, 1987:

    01. Among The Living
    02. Caught In A Mosh
    03. Madhouse
    04. I Am The Law
    05. Medusa
    06. Indians
    07. God Save The Queen
    08. A.I.R.
    09. I'm The Man
  • ROB HALFORD Speaking For Everyone On New Single

    Launch Radio Networks reports: Rob Halford has stepped away from JUDAS PRIEST for a moment to release some solo material. The frontman has reissued his solo work through his own Metal God Entertainment label, and he's also released a new single called "Forgotten Generation". The song deals with alienation, and Halford told Launch that he wrote the lyrics to speak to and for everyone. "To me, it means the assertation of every individual to kind of have a voice that's valuable and needs to be heard," he said. "So I'm talking about hypocrisy, I'm talking about, you know, speaking up and letting your feelings be felt and heard, and not being passed by, and that's just a streak that I carry with me, I'm the eternal optimist, in that respect."

    Halford's music is available on iTunes and through the official RobHalford.com web site.

    Halford and JUDAS PRIEST are deep into a concept album about the prophet Nostradamus, which should be out this year.
  • REUNITED ATROCITY TO PLAY FIRST REUNION SHOW IN MARCH 2007
     
    Reunited Torrington, Connecticut-based thrash/hardcore act ATROCITY (not to be confused with the German band) will play their first show since the bands reunion earlier this year on March 4th 2007 along side Necrodemon, Clouds Turned Black and Godless Rising in Winstead, CT
     
    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, to with they ultimately signed with.
     
    AROCITY'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 30th will see the release of “Contaminated,” which features alternative recordings from the original “Infected” sessions. “Contaminated” is currently available for presale via Open Grave Records website.
  • SOMBERLAIN - Video of recordings is available
     
    The death metallers of SOMBERLAIN put on YouTube a small video of the recordings of the song "Awakening in the Darkness", which will be part of the band's first full length.
     
    The production process of the cd is almost finished and soon more details will be available, besides of samples of the new songs.
     
    To watch the video click in the following link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq3D4NUFx0M
  • NECRODEMON MUSIC TO BE FEATURED IN UPCOMING RICHARD CHANDLER FILM
     
    Necrodemon music will be featured in an upcoming nationally distributed film, “Sons of Perdition”, directed by Richard Chandler of Boston, MA. Filming will begin in Jan 07 as planned. “Sons of Perdition” is a story about how the Devil has made a deal with corrupt leaders within the church to cause a crime wave through out the city of Boston. This huge crime wave involves a serial killer on the loose, the local police, and neo nazis.
     
    Chandler’s last film, “Our Kingdom Come” reached national distribution and it’s review can be seen here.
     
    Chandler said, “As planned, the indirect Sequel to “OKC”, “Sons of Perdition”, will be shoot this Jan-March. Just a little update, everything is good.” His myspace page is: http://www.myspace.com/ourkingdomcome.
  • FEAR MY THOUGHTS - FEAR MY THOUGHTS New Ecard online; tourdates updated!

    German modern melodic death outfit FEAR MY THOUGHTS has posted a great new Ecard online! At ecard.centurymedia.com/fmt you can check out a couple of songs taken from their upcoming album “Vulcanus” (European street date: January 15th, 2007), the regularly updated tour dates section, win exclusive FEAR MY THOUGHTS merchandise, a SCHECTER Guitar, as well as SCHECTER merch, and much more.

    First press reactions on the band’s new album “Vulcanus” so far have been overwhelmingly positive, Metal Hammer (D) titles it “one of the first potential albums of the year”, Legacy (D) names FEAR MY THOUGHTS “rightful aspirants to the German metal throne", and Guitar (D) adds: "One of the most fascinating and original albums of the last couple of months. Defining the future!"

    So, be sure that the new FEAR MY THOUGHTS Ecard is worth a visit and mark down the tour dates presented there, as the band will be hitting The Road To Devastation with Kataklysm, Nearea, Quo Vadis in early January as well as many other shows during the course of the year! Do not miss the chance to witness the future of metal!

    www.fearmythoughts.com
  • NORMA JEAN New Ecard online; European tour dates & more!

    Atlanta-based noisecore quintet NORMA JEAN who just returned with, “Redeemer”, the stunning follow-up to 2005’s critically acclaimed “O’ God, The Aftermath”, which was released in Europe via Century Media Records on November 6, 2006, have put a great new ecard online celebrating their upcoming European tour with label mates He Is Legend and The Showdown. So, do not forget to check it out at the following link: http://ecard.centurymedia.com/dirtysouthernblood

    And if you are still looking for a little Christmas present, NORMA JEAN’ s “Redeemer”, the heaviest and most personal album in the band’s arsenal, is still available and ready to blow away all those boring Christmas tunes with an intense dose of fresh, artful and noisy rock!

    Press on “Redeemer”:

    “Extremely strong third effort enabling NORMA JEAN to further expand their status over here. In the US these guys are already huge!”
    METAL HEART (D)

    “Until now, bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan or Converge were leading this genre, with “Redeemer” NORMA JEAN easily outrun them!”
    ROCK HARD (D)

    Also, NORMA JEAN’ s partners in crime on the Dirty Southern Blood European Tour – He Is Legend and The Showdown – have some great new albums ready to give you the best start into a new year ever!

    First, HE IS LEGEND delivers “Suck Out The Poison” on January 15th, 2007 guaranteeing a masterly executed mix of Southern Rock, Grunge, Metal and Emo. Then, one of metal’s most promising newcomers, The Showdown, are prepared to unleash what is likely to become the surprise in the field of heavy music in early 2007! With their second full-length “Temptation Come My Way” (out on February 26th, 2007) you can witness the birth of the new Metallica! Big words, yes, but a huge record, too! First media feedback has already labelled the album as the legitimate follow-up to the “Black Album”, so be prepared for some jaw-dropping metal next year…

    NORMA JEAN Live with HE IS LEGEND, MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER, THE SHOWDOWN

    09.01.2007 Boule Noir, Paris (F)
    10.01.2007 Die Roehre, Stuttgart (D)
    11.01.2007 Underground, Koeln (D)
    12.01.2007 Matrix, Bochum (D)
    13.01.2007 Helling, Utrecht (NL)
    14.01.2007 Biebob, Vosselaar (B)
    16.01.2007 Academy 3, Birmingham (UK)
    17.01.2007 Academy 3, Manchester (UK)
    18.01.2007 Corporation, Sheffield (UK)
    19.01.2007 King Tuts Garage, Glasgow (UK)
    20.01.2007 Cockpit, Leeds (UK)
    21.01.2007 Sugar Mill, Stoke (UK)
    22.01.2007 Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (UK)
    23.01.2007 Zodiac, Oxford (UK)
    24.01.2007 Islington Academy, London (UK)

    www.myspace.com/normajean
    www.myspace.com/theshowdown
    www.myspace.com/heislegend
  • MACHINE MEN finished video shooting for the song “No Talk Without The Giant”!

    The Finnish melodic metal youngStars MACHINE MEN have finished shooting a video for the song “No Talk Without The Giant” on December 17th, 2006. The song is taken from the upcoming album “Circus Of Fools”, in stores February 2007. Here are the exact release dates:

    FINLAND: Wednesday, February 14th, 2007.
    GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX: Friday, February 16th, 2007.
    UK / FRANCE / SPAIN / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, February 19th, 2007.
    SWEDEN / HUNGARY: Wednesday, February 21st, 2007.
    ITALY: Friday, February 23rd, 2007.

    Fans in Finland will get a first appetizer with the “No Talk Without The Giant” single which is going to be released on January 17th, 2007. The single will include two non-album bonus tracks.

    This is Antony’s (vocals) report on the video shooting:

    “The other guys woke up 3am on Sunday morning – I didn’t sleep at all ‘cos I was on the road with some Satanic Christmas band. I sat 2 hours in a train and the guys drove 300km from our hellish hometown Suolahti to Helsinki. The shooting place was a really big and old train hall – really cool and cruel place. The video will be for the punkrockheavy single song “No Talk without the Giant” and I really can’t wait to see it. I think my neck is broken ‘cos we banged our heads about 10 hours and we really hope you’ll enjoy the video and Merry Christmas – eat well! HoHoHo!“

    The video will be premiered shortly before the single release on the band’s Myspace site: http://www.myspace.com/machinemenband where you can already pre-listen the album’s title track and watch a video from a Finnish TV show for the last album’s single „Falling“ that entered Finnish charts on position #4.

    And please don’t forget to check the tour dates. So far about 30 shows all over Europe have been booked and MACHINE MEN are proud to share stages with the likes of Finntroll, Tarot, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter and After Forever on the Earthshaker Roadshock tour in April/May 2007.

    www.machinemen.net
    www.myspace.com/machinemenband
  • ABORTED Premiered new song @ Myspace!

    Belgium masters of brutality ABORTED have posted “The Chondrin Enigma”, a new track taken off their upcoming fifth full-length “Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture”, marking the band’s debut on Century Media Records at their myspace page: www.myspace.com/g0remagedd0n

    Vocalist Sven De Caluwe comments on the new track:

    “Yes, here it is, the first MP3 released off the new record “Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture” entitled 'The Chondrin Enigma', this is also the opening track for the record. We shot a video last week for the track with OneOone (who also did our DVD) & from what we saw as previews so far, this is going to be a killer video! Hope you guys enjoy the song, more will follow in the coming weeks!'

    Set for release on February 19, 2007, the new album shows ABORTED’s rapid development from a pure underground phenomenon to one of the most promising international acts in the field of extreme music. The new album “Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture” skilfully combines the technically flawless blasting ferocity ABORTED are known and dreaded for with epic leads and majestic melodies adding up to a diverse, astonishing effort that is likely to become one of 2007’s highlights for all lovers of extreme sounds!
  • CELTIC FROST vocalist previews new album; new song online; live dates announced!

    Following the release of their much acclaimed "Monotheist" album, Swiss extreme metal pioneers CELTIC FROST are proud to announce the dates of the band's highly anticipated first European tour in 17 years. On the heels of their victorious and extended North American tour in late 2006 and their first shows in Japan in early 2007, CELTIC FROST are teaming up with longtime friends Kreator from Germany to co-headline 25 concerts across Europe. It is expected that the line-up of the tour will be completed by two further highly exceptional bands, both of whom have been personally selected by CELTIC FROST and Kreator.

    We are excited to announce the Celtic Frost and Kreator co-headlining tour dates in Europe for spring 2007:

    08.3.2007 D Köln Live Music Hall
    09.3.2007 B Antwerpen Hof Ter Lo
    10.3.2007 NL Herhugowaard De Waerdsetempel
    11.3.2007 NL Tilburg O13
    13.3.2007 UK Glasgow Garage
    14.3.2007 UK Bradford Rio
    15.3.2007 UK Wolverhampton Wulfun Hall
    16.3.2007 UK Cardiff Souls
    17.3.2007 UK Nottingham Rock City
    18.3.2007 UK London Koko
    20.3.2007 F Paris Elysee Montmartre
    21.3.2007 F Bordeaux Theatre Barbey
    22.3.2007 SP Madrid La Riviera
    23.3.2007 SP Bilbao Rockstar
    24.3.2007 SP Barcelona Razzmatazz 1
    26.3.2007 CH Pratteln Z 7
    27.3.2007 I Milan Rolling Stone
    28.3.2007 D Stuttgart Longhorn
    29.3.2007 D Berlin Columbia Club
    31.3.2007 NOR Oslo Betong
    01.4.2007 S Gothenburg Trädtgarn
    02.4.2007 S Malmö KB
    03.4.2007 S Stockholm Arenan
    04.4.2007 FIN Helsinki Tavastia
    05.4.2007 D Hamburg Markthalle

    www.celticfrost.com
  • MACHINE MEN vocalist previews new album; new song online; live dates announced!

    THE Finnish metal sensation MACHINE MEN, who stormed into the Finnish single charts’ Top Five with their 2005 single “Falling”, are ready to deliver the highly anticipated follow-up to their much lauded last album “Elegies” (2005). Set for a February 19th, 2007 release, the new album “Circus Of Fools” is predestined to top the success of the predecessor by taking influences from classic metal gods like Iron Maiden, Queensryche to a completely new powerful and timely level. To properly preview the new masterpiece of MACHINE MEN you can check out the title track at the band’s myspace-profile: www.myspace.com/machinemenband! So get ready to bang your head!

    Vocalist Antony comments on the new effort as follows:

    “Hi Brothers & Sisters!

    Finally those hard and metallic studio sessions are over and it’s time to tell you something about the new album. Of course, I will praise it to the skies to get your attention, but it’s true – it sounds awesome! The album is heavier and has more metal power than ever before though it retains our typical melodic feel. We haven’t forgotten to include some of those emotional, more ballad-kind of songs either. The album starts off with the title track “Circus Of Fools” and after that another fast ass kicking song follows. Then slower and more massive tracks ensue before the album gives you another dose of faster head banging songs. You can also hear melancholic mandolins and sing along passages that are purely acoustic. After that, the album hits you straight in the face again with some harder tunes until you’ll drown in the waves in the end. We really hope you’ll enjoy your time with our new album, we are sure we delivered our best! See you on tour!

    Peace,
    Antony / Machine Men”

    ”Circus Of Fools” was recorded at Fantom Studios (Rotten Sound, Negative; www.fantomstudio.fi ) with Samu Oittinen behind the knobs. Finnish fans of the band will be glad to hear that a Finland-only single "No Talk Without The Giant" has been set for release on January 10th, 2007, so use your chance to let MACHINE MEN bring some refreshing, energetic melodic metal sounds into the charts again!

    Furthermore MACHINE MEN have just been confirmed for the Earthshaker Roadshock Tour 2007 which kicks off towards the end of April, prior to that the band will delight their Finnish fans with a number of shows, so check below for the full list of dates!

    MACHINE MEN Live:

    26.01.2007 Levi (FI) @ Hulluporock
    27.01.2007 Levi (FI) @ Hulluporock
    09.03.2007 Kuopio (FI) @ Henry's Pub
    16.03.2007 Lahti (FI) @ Nightlife
    17.03.2007 Oulu (FI) @ Teatria
    23.03.2007 Jyvaeskylae (FI) @ Lutakko
    24.03.2007 Helsinki (FI) @ Tavastia
    28.03.2007 Tampere (FI) @ Klubi
    29.03.2007 Turku (FI) @ Klubi
    30.03.2007 Mikkeli (FI) @ Vaakuna
    31.03.2007 Salo (FI) @ Bar Maksim

    Earthshaker Road Shock Tour 2007

    with Finntroll, After Forever, Tarot, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, All Ends

    27.04.2007 Antwerpen (B) @ Hof Ter Lo
    28.04.2007 Osnabrueck (D) @ Halle Gartlage
    29.04.2007 Hamburg (D) @ Markthalle
    30.04.2007 Adelsheim (D) @ Live Factory
    01.05.2007 Berlin (D) @ Postbahnhof
    02.05.2007 Muenchen (D) @ Backstage
    03.05.2007 Frankfurt (D) @ Batschkapp
    04.05.2007 Nürnberg (D) @ Hirsch
    05.05.2007 Wien (AT) @ Planet Music
    06.05.2007 Padova (I) @ Sottosopra Est
    07.05.2007 Pratteln (CH) @ Z 7
    08.05.2007 Essen (D) @ Zeche Carl
    09.05.2007 Saarbruecken (D) @ Garage
    10.05.2007 London (UK) @ Scala
    11.05.2007 Heerhugowaard (NL) @ De Waerdsetempel
    12.05.2007 Strasbourg (F) @ La Laiterie
    13.05.2007 Paris (F) @ Locomotive

    www.earthshaker-roadshock.com
  • Destruction MP3 Posted

    Candlelight Records USA has posted Destruction's remake of their classic "Mad Butcher" to the label's official MySpace site.  Bring your browser to www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa for a listen.
     
    There is no beter champion of thrash metal than Germany's Destruction.  Hailed as one of the genre's innovators, the trio have consistently delivered a one-two knock out punch of speed and intensity.  Uncompromising, honest and determined they continue twenty years on from their genesis.
     
    "Mad Butcher" comes from the band's forthcoming Thrash Anthems album, set to hit US stores on January 23.  Alongside 12 other remakes, Thrash Anthems contains two brand new songs ("Deposition/Your Heads Will Roll" and "Profanity"). 
     
    Destruction will kick off their headline tour (support via Sadus and Municipal Waste) on January 20.  Dates are posted at www.candlelightecordsusa.com.
  • WINGER ON TOUR 2007
     
    FIRST U.S. TOUR IN A DECADE

    HOLLYWOOD (December 23RD, 2006) – The founding members of WINGER will embark on a 6 week U.S. tour for the first time in over a decade. 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.
     
    Recently the band released their first album, WINGER IV, with all founding members of WINGER reunited on Shrapnel Records. "The new WINGER album" explains Kip, "starts where "Pull" left off and moves into new directions. It mixes some classic Hard Rock like VAN HALEN and early WINGER style, progressive and acoustic elements that may resemble GENESIS, MOTT THE HOOPLE or KING CRIMSON".
     
    Now get ready for their 2007 WINGER IV Tour - The following are the tour dates confirmed and where you can see WINGER in New Years Eve!
     
    TOUR DATES
     
    Feb 1 2007 8:00P Mulcahy's Long Island, NY
    Feb 2 2007 8:00P Harper’s Ferry Boston, MA
    Feb 3 2007 8:00P Stone Pony Asbury Park, NJ
    Feb 5 2007 8:00P The Webster Theater Hartford, CT
    Feb 6 2007 8:00P Otto Bar Baltimore, MD
    Feb 7 2007 8:00P Amos' Southend Charlotte, NC
    Feb 10 2007 8:00P The Culture room Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Feb 11 2007 8:00P State theater St. Petersburg, FL
    Feb 12 2007 8:00P Mojo Room Port St Lucie, FL
    Feb 15 2007 8:00P House of Blues Cleveland, OH
    Feb 16 2007 8:00P Alrosa Villa Columbus, OH
    Feb 17 2007 8:00P Harpo's Detroit, MI
    Feb 18 2007 8:00P House of Blues Chicago, IL
    Feb 22 2007 8:00P The Yukon Loveland, CO
    Feb 23 2007 8:00P Jakes tavern Gillette, WY
    Feb 24 2007 8:00P Hubbas house of rock Denver, CO
    Feb 25 2007 8:00P Mesa theater Grand Junction, CO
    Feb 26 2007 8:00P Club Vegas Salt Lake City, UT
    Mar 2 2007 8:00P Velvet Jones Santa Barbara, CA
    Mar 3 2007 8:00P The Galaxy Anaheim, CA
    Mar 5 2007 8:00P Metal Skool - Key Club Los Angeles, CA
    Mar 8 2007 8:00P Palladium Dallas, TX
    Mar 9 2007 8:00P Scout Bar Houston, TX

    For more information go to www.kipwinger.com or www.myspace.com/wingertheband
  • OZZY OSBOURNE To Go Back On The Road In April

    Ozzy Osbourne is "getting ready to tour next April" in support of his new solo album, Ozzy's wife/manager Sharon Osbourne revealed during an appearance on the "Dr. Phil" show earlier today (Thursday, December 14). "Three years this Christmas, [he's] clean and sober," she added.

    Osbourne was previously said to be working on two brand new studio CDs. The first album is tentatively set for release in February 2007. Most of the music was recorded before Ozzfest in May with Mike Bordin (drums), Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (bass) and Zakk Wylde (guitar). Wylde recently announced that he had to cancel three tour dates in October with his band BLACK LABEL SOCIETY to finish up obligations in the studio in connection with the new album. The second effort will be the soundtrack to Ozzy's musical about controversial Russian politician Grigory Rasputin. The album will be released first, and then the play will debut on Broadway or as a touring show according to Osbourne.

    In a recent interview, Ozzy said, "We wrote a song called 'Rasputin' (for the 1995 'Ozzmosis' album), but then it never got used, you know, and then every now and again I'd try to find this tape of songs. We wrote a bunch of songs, and I put this tape on and thought, 'You know what? That would be a great musical.' It kind of grew on its own. It's the traditional 'Fiddler on the Roof'-type of music, plus the kind of BEATLES-y kind of influence. There's this wonderful song that goes, 'How dark it is before the dawn, the day begins, a child is born.' It's beautiful. I'm really happy about it. I hope the rest of the world is. I spent 10 years of my f—king life in this thing."
  • MANOWAR announces release dates for new album!

    The new MANOWAR album " GODS OF WAR " will hit the stores on the following dates :

    February 23, 2007 ( Germany )
    February 26, 2007 ( Rest Of Europe, excl. France/UK)
    March 5, 2007 (France/UK)
    April 3, 2007 (USA / Canada )

    More details will be released soon, including the cover artwork !

    For more information, please visit www.manowar.com and www.magiccirclemusic.com

January 29th, 2007
  • LAMB OF GOD To Announce Spring Tour Details 'Very Soon'

    LAMB OF GOD is rumored to be planning a U.S. tour with MACHINE HEAD and TRIVIUM beginning in February and running through April. LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler stated in an online posting, "So the spring tour is shaping up nice. We are going to announce the details here in just a couple of days, but I will say this much — we've been playing arenas and festivals for almost two years now. While it has been exciting, huge and surprisingly successful, we are purposefully taking ourselves out of the arenas and back into the places we started. There is nothing like the power and energy of an intense club show and we are ready to breathe that air again. We have also been traveling the beaten path for several years as well and we are going off course on this one.

    "To all of you who 'never get shows,' watch out — you might be getting one real soon. That's all I can say for now, but keep checking back — we will announce the package and dates very soon."

    As previously reported, LAMB OF GOD has been nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category for "Redneck", the first single from their acclaimed album "Sacrament".

    "Sacrament", which was produced by Machine (CLUTCH, KING CRIMSON, PITCHSHIFTER, EIGHTEEN VISIONS, EVERY TIME I DIE), has sold 158,000 copies in the United States since its August 21, 2006 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
  • CRADLE OF FILTH, THE 69 EYES: More North American Tour Dates Announced

    British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH will team up with Finland's THE 69 EYES for a North American tour in January/February. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

    Jan. 23 - Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
    Jan. 24 - Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
    Jan. 26 - The Palladium, Worcester, MA
    Jan. 27 - Theatre Du Capitole, Quebec, QUE
    Jan. 28 - Metropolis, Montreal, QUE, Canada
    Jan. 29 - Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ONT, Canada
    Jan. 31 - House Of Blues, Cleveland, OH
    Feb. 01 - Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
    Feb. 03 - The Eagles Club, Milwaukee, WI
    Feb. 04 - House Of Blues, Chicago, IL
    Feb. 06 - Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO
    Feb. 08 - Edmonton Event Centre, Edmonton, ALB, Canada
    Feb. 09 - Mac Ewan Hall, Calgary, ALB, Canada
    Feb. 11 - Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Feb. 12 - Showbox Theatre, Seattle, WA
    Feb. 13 - Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
    Feb. 15 - The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
    Feb. 17 - Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
    Feb. 19 - House OF Blues, Anaheim, CA
    Feb. 21 - White Rabbit, San Antonio, TX
    Feb. 23 - 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. 02 - The Norva, Norfolk, VA

    According to a posting on CRADLE OF FILTH's official web site, rumor has it that the band will fly over a few days prior to the start of its U.S. tour to shoot a video with friend Bam Margera ("Jackass", "Viva La Bam") and may even appear on his new TV show, "Bam's Unholy Matrimony". No further details are currently available.

    CRADLE OF FILTH has recruited Czech drummer Marthus (real name: Martin S¼karoupka) to replace Adrian Erlandsson. Martin was born on January 20, 1981 in the Czech Republic and has previously played with GALACTIC INDUSTRY and INNER FEAR, among other bands. "A fine gent whose skills are second to none," Martin "will be continuing to play on the rest of the tour," CRADLE OF FILTH writes in a statement. "Those of you who have already seen us you will know that Martin is more than qualified for the job!"

    CRADLE OF FILTH's new album, "Thornography", has sold around 30,000 copies in the United States since its October 17 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The follow-up to 2004's "Nymphetamine" was recorded at Lincolnshire, England's Chapel studios with producer Rob Caggiano (BLEEDING THROUGH, ANTHRAX) and was mixed at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB, NEVERMORE).
  • HELLOWEEN: New Live DVD, CD Details Revealed

    Steamhammer/SPV will has announced the details of two separate HELLOWEEN releases — a CD and a DVD — both recorded live during the band's "Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy World Tour 2005/2006". The track listing is as follows:

    "Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy World Tour 2005/2006 - Live On 3 Continents" DVD:

    DVD 1:

    01. Intro (Sao Paulo)
    02. The King For A 1000 Years (Sao Paulo)
    03. Eagle Fly Free (Sao Paulo)
    04. Hell Was Made In Heaven (Sao Paulo)
    05. Keeper Of The Seven Keys (Sao Paulo - alternate view Sofia)
    06. A Tale That Wasn't Right (Sao Paulo - alternate view Sofia)
    07. Drum Solo (Edit from Sao Paulo, Sofia and Tokyo)
    08. Mr. Torture (Sao Paulo - alternate view Tokyo)
    09. If I Could Fly (Sao Paulo)
    10. Guitar Solo (Edit from Sao Paulo, Sofia and Tokyo)
    11. Power (Sao Paulo)
    12. Future World (Sao Paulo)
    13. The Invisible Man (Sao Paulo)
    14. Mrs. God (Sao Paulo)
    15. I Want Out (Sao Paulo - alternate view Sofia)
    16. Dr. Stein (Sao Paulo - alternate view Tokyo)
    17. Outro (Sao Paulo)

    DVD 2:

    01. Mrs. God (Sao Paulo)
    02. Halloween (Masters Of Rock, Vicovice CZ)
    03. Roadmovie, Interviews, "Mrs. God" (Video Clip), "Light The Universe" (Video Clip).

    "Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy World Tour 2005/2006 - Live In Sao Paulo" CD

    Track listing:

    CD 1:

    01. Intro
    02. The King For A 1000 Years
    03. Eagle Fly Free
    04. Hell Was Made In Heaven
    05. Keeper Of The Seven Keys
    06. A Tale That Wasn't Right
    07. Mr. Torture
    08. If I Could Fly
    09. Power

    CD 2:

    01. Future World
    02. The Invisible Man
    03. Mrs. God
    04. I Want Out
    05. Dr. Stein
    06. Occasion Avenue
    07. Halloween
  • TESTAMENT: New Tour Dates Announced

    Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have lined up the following dates during the coming months:

    Jan. 27 - San Francisco, CA - the Independent
    Feb. 07 - Melbourne, Australia - the Prince Hotel
    Feb. 08 - Sydney, Australia - the Manning Bar
    Feb. 09 - Canberra, Australia - the Anu Bar
    Feb. 11 - Perth, Australia - the Capital
    Mar. 23 - Budapest, Hungary - Almassy MK Hall
    Mar. 24 - Katowice, Poland - Hala Spodek
    Jul. 26 - Subotica, Serbia - Hellwood Festival
    Aug. 25 - Gemunden, Germany - Up From The Ground Open Air Fest

    TESTAMENT is now tentatively planning to enter the studio in early 2007 to record the long-awaited follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering", due before the end of next year.
  • TANZWUT Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

    German industrial/medieval rock band TANZWUT 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
    EISBRECHER
    ILLDISPOSED
    IN EXTREMO
    MOONSORROW
    NECROPHOBIC
    TANZWUT

    TANZWUT is comprised of members from the folk band CORVUS CORAX. Their name directly translates to "dance rage", which differs from the intended "fury dance". TANZWUT are known for their heavy use of bagpipes, an unusual instrument for a metal band. The group has achieved international success, filling concert halls as far away from their home country as Mexico.
  • DITCHWATER set to release "Sacred Relics" in early 2007.

    The album release will be an iTunes exclusive. It will be comprised of 13 tracks taken from Ditchwater recordings originally recorded from 2000 & 2001.

    Track listing:

    1. Blister *
    2. Head Case *
    3. Nothing Wrong *
    4. 10 to 12, Soul To Sell **
    5. I.D.G.A.F. **
    6. Let Me Down **
    7. Sim. Pathetic (The Only Thing) **
    8. Tired **
    9. Losing Ground **
    10. Away **
    11. Breakdown **
    12. Fragments **
    13. Snap Inside **

    * Vocals by Eric Chez
    ** Vocals by Bill Matthews

    This is for the long time fans out there who have followed the band from the beginning, and for new fans who otherwise would've never had a chance to hear where the band came from. It shed's light on the history of the group, how the DW sound was formed and the early struggles to make it out of the Chicago local scene.

    Ditchwater will begin touring in early 2007 to support both "Going Forward Looking Back" (released in September of '06) and "Sacred Relics" before heading into the studio for a brand new album in the summer.

    The new album to be recorded later in '07 will be the first to feature new vocalist Mike Loomis. Loomis (who hails from Madison, WI) replaces former singer Mike Meadows who quit the band back in September to pursue other musical interests.

    Ditchwater MySpace
  • DOWNLORD FINAL MASTERED SAMPLES AVAILABLE NOW
     
    DOWNLORD, the Danish death metal band featuring ex-BOLT THROWER/BENEDICTION vocalist Dave Ingram and former members of INIQUITY, DAEMON, and SUPERFICIAL, have released 30-second clips of the final mastered versions of each track off their debut album, "Random Dictionary Of The Damned", due out January 30 on Open Grave Records.

    Sound clips are available here.

    For a limited time, Open Grave Records will be giving away with pre-orders of the album the limited-edition "Grind Trials" mini-CD. Part of this added bonus will be that one lucky fan will receive number "666" of this limited-edition CD. Number "666" is signed by the entire band.

    "Random Dictionary Of The Damned", will be available through most major retailers across the US as well as in the UK through Code 7 / Plastichead Distribution. 

    http://www.opengraverecords.com
  • MORIONOR 2nd Album, Show Information!

    Hello everyone, thank you for signing up for our mailing list! If you have not already heard, we released our 2nd studio album, Noctem Invictus, last November! The new album Noctem Invictus as well as our debut self-titled album are both available for ordering through PayPal on our myspace page (myspace.com/morionorx) for a mere 5.00$. If you buy both at the same time you can save 2.50$, what an amazing deal! Check out the new tracks on our myspace for a sample of what the new album is like (hint: one million times better), and be sure to give our DragonForce cover a listen if you're into power metal.

    In other news if you live in Georgia we have lots of exciting things happening soon. We will be playing two shows at Langford Sound and Stage in Roswell (15 minutes up 75 from Atlanta) in Janurary and Feburary, with the likes of Collossick, Enders Game, Ecryptus and more! See our myspace calander for details. In addition to that, sometime during Janurary we will be playing a live gig on the UGA metal radio show "Loud Fast Rules!!" so if you live in Athens be sure to tune in. Also if you live in Athens we will more than likely be playing a few gigs down there starting in early 2007, again keep a lookout on our myspace for more details.

    We are still working on getting T-shirts printed, when they are ready you'll see it on our myspace (and most likely get a notification in your mail). That about covers it, hope everyone checks out our new material and thanks as always for being a fan, we really appreciate it!

    http://www.morionor.com
  • FURIAS RECORDS / ORION MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT NEW RELEASES IN STOCK! ...Orders now!

    WWW.ORIONMUSICFURIAS.COM.AR
     
    HEULEND HORN "FROM THE CAUCASUS TO GOTLAND"
     
    Track List 
    1. Leaving the Horn of Miklagard.
    2. The Knorr Crosses the Black Sea.
    3. Towards the Dnieper's Mouth.
    4. Kiev has Fallen.
    5. Nordic Ghost.
    6. The Death of Ormr.
    7. On the Black Sea of Gotland.
    8. Eykr's Lament.
    9. The Words of Odhinn.

    Format: CD
    Style: Pagan Black Metal
    Year: 2006
    Envelope: CD case
    Category: Full lenght release

    Free MP3 availables:
    http://www.audiostreet.net/artist.aspx?artistid=23477

    ECLIPTIC SUNSET "OF TORMENT AND GRIEF"

    Track List 
    1.Scar of the Crow
    2.Nine Broken Sorrows
    3.Funeral Forsaken
    4.My Endless Silence
    5.When She Becomes
    6.My Hatred Beloved
    7.Blood Serenade
    8.For my Suffering 
    9.Nine Broken Sorrows (VIDEO CLIP)

    Format: CD
    Style : Black Death Folk Metal 
    Year: 2006
    Envelope: CD case
    Category: Full lenght release

    Free MP3 availables: 
    http://www.furiasmagazine.com.ar/mp3sec/ES-myhatred.mp3
    http://www.furiasmagazine.com.ar/mp3sec/ES-nine.mp3 

    HEULEND HORN -  "FROM THE CAUCASUS TO GOTLAND"

    Has the Nordic Men real faith or just believing in their Gods? May themselves consider their own Gods just a mythology? A pantheon created only for "ordering the World"? Was there a real combat between the Viking Gods and the Christ for the faith of the Nordic Men? What happened ten centuries after the deliverance?  Two warriors, two soldiers, two men wandering in a trip along all the world they know, crossing rivers and hostile lands in search of their beliefs. Black Pagan Metal tinged with sounds from the arid Middle East up to the coldness of the Nordic World.
     
    ECLIPTIC SUNSET-"OF TORMENT AND GRIEF"

    This is the new album of Ecliptic Sunset and it shows us a new aspect of  the band. Alejandro Medina opens his soul plenty of dying visions and atrocious elements, narrating his reality, a reality of pain and constant bleeding... a fantastic Folk Black Death Metal opus entirely dedicated to the suffering and the horrors that lurk in his mind. Of Torment and Grief could be described by the Alejandro's own words: "The songs of this album are my opened wounds".
     
    Trades are welcome too but please, mail first to [email protected]
     
    Our Releases:
     
    HEULEND HORN-From the Caucasus to Gotland (Viking Black Metal CD) NEW RELEASE
    ECLIPTIC SUNSET-...Of torment of grief (Black Death Folk Metal CD) NEW RELEASE
     DARK SANCTUARY-Exaudi Vocem Meam- PART 1 (Dark Neoclassico) Avantgarde Music License
    QHWERTT- Cloudland (Funeral and Atmospheric doom metal)
    DIADEMA TRISTIS-Ways of Relief  (Depressive Folk Metal)
    REQUIEM AETERNAM-Philosopher (Black Death Metal)
    FUNGOID STREAM-Celaenus Fragments (Atmospheric Funeral Doom CD)
    ARTES NEGRAS-Let there be death... (Evil Black Thrash Metal CD)
    MITTERNACHT-The Raise of the secret cities (Symphonic Dark Ambient CD)
    MITTERNACHT- The Desolation of Blendenstein-( Symphonic dark ambient CD )
    MITTERNACHT-The Cyclic Deliverance (Double CD edition-Include your 2 first releases- in DVD case)
    HEULEND HORN-The saga of the draugr (Viking Black Metal CD)
    ECLIPTIC SUNSET-...From these dried lands (Black Folk Metal CD)
    PRION-Time of Plagues-( Death Metal CD )
    DUNKELSTORM- Schicksal -( Black Doom metal CD )
    DIVE IN MINDS- Innocent Victims (Melodic and technic Death Metal CD)
    EJECUCION-Observation-(Medieval doom metal CD) new artwork
    IN AETERNUM-Past and present sins (Death black metal CD) Necropolis Records License
    DIABOLIQUE-The Green Godess (Gothic darkwave CD) Necropolis Records License
    WAR-We are total war (War black death metal CD) Necropolis Records License
    1917-Vision (Ethnic Death Metal CD) 
     
    Eduardo Mallada 
    Furias Records/Orion Music Entertainment
    P.O.BOX 4570 (C.P.1000)
    Correo Central, Buenos Aires
    Argentina
     
    MORE INFO IN OUR SITE: 
    WWW.ORIONMUSICFURIAS.COM.AR
    WWW.FURIASMAGAZINE.COM.AR
  • TROUBLE: European Tour Dates Announced

    Veteran Chicago doom metallers TROUBLE have scheduled a number of European tour dates next spring prior to their appearance at the Sweden Rock Festival. The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows:

    Mar. 21 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub
    Mar. 22 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
    Mar. 23 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
    Mar. 24 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
    Mar. 25 – New York, NY @ B.B. King
    Mar. 26 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
    Mar. 28 - Toronto, ONT @ Lee's Palace
    Mar. 29 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
    Mar. 30 - Detroit, MI @ I Rock Nightclub
    Mar. 31 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
    May 24 - GRE Athens Underworld Club
    May 26 - NL Den Bosch W2
    May 27 - NL Amsterdam Melkweg
    May 28 - UK Wolverhampton Wulfrun
    May 29 - UK Bradford Rio
    May 30 - UK London Scala
    May 31 - F Paris Le Nouveau Casino
    Jun. 01 - GER Aschaffenburg Colos Saal
    Jun. 02 - GER München Backstage
    Jun. 03 - HUN Budapest A 38
    Jun. 05 - GER Nürnberg Hirsch
    Jun. 06 - CH Pratteln Z7
    Jun. 07 - GER Essen Zeche Carl
    Jun. 08 - GER Hamburg Markthalle
    Jun. 09 - SWE Sölvesborg Swedenrock Festival
    Jul. 23 - The Loft - Poughkeepsie, NY

    As previously reported, TROUBLE will re-release their 1995 album, "Plastic Green Head", on January 30, 2007 via Escapi Music. The reissue will include a separate DVD containing a six-song live video from Hamburg, Germany circa 1996. The track listing for the DVD is as follows:

    01. Sleeper
    02. Fear
    03. Plastic Green Head
    04. Opium Eater
    05. Long Shadows Fall
    06. Psychotic Reaction

    In other news, the long-awaited TROUBLE unplugged CD, featuring 40 percent new material and some of the old favorites, will be completed next summer. A late 2007 release is expected.

    TROUBLE's new studio album, "Simple Mind Condition", is scheduled for release on February 20, 2007 via Escapi Music. A new DVD featuring many new songs will be filmed during the European tour.

    The cover artwork for "Simple Mind Condition" has been posted online here.

    Commented founding member/guitarist Rick Wartell:

    "[The cover is] fucking eerie, true to life and death. There are many subtle clues regarding the content of the CD."

    The follow-up to 1995's "Plastic Green Head", "Simple Mind Condition" was produced by Vinny Wojno (KREATOR, MACHINE HEAD) and features vocalist Eric Wagner, guitarists Rick Wartell and Bruce Franklin, drummer Jeff Olson and bassist Chuck Robinson (formerly of THIS TORTURED SOUL).

    "Simple Mind Condition" tentative track listing (in no particular order):

    01. Goin' Home
    02. Mindbender
    03. Seven
    04. Pictures of Life
    05. After the Rain
    06. Trouble Maker
    07. Arthur Brown's Whiskey Bar
    08. Simple Mind Condition
    09. Ride in the Sky
    10. If I Only had a Reason
    11. The Beginning of Sorrows

    Escapi Music reissued TROUBLE's classic first two albums, "Psalm 9" (1984) and "The Skull" (1985), on October 24. Both were digitally remastered and are packed with rare photos and brand new liner notes. "Psalm 9" includes an extremely rare exclusive bonus DVD of a public-access TV performance from 1982. "The Skull" comes with an extremely rare exclusive bonus DVD of a 16-track live performance from 1984.
  • HAMMERFALL, KING DIAMOND Members Join Forces In X-WORLD/5

    HAMMERFALL bassist Magnus Rosén has teamed up with KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque and PAGAN'S MIND vocalist Nils K.Rue in a brand new project called X-WORLD/5. The band, whose mission is to "bring heavy metal into the future," features a sound that "comes to bring light above the darkness . . . made with heart and soul ... through positive thoughts."

    X-WORLD/5 is:

    Magnus Rosen (HAMMERFALL) - Bass
    Nils K.Rue (PAGAN'S MIND) - Vocals
    Big Swede - Drums
    Reeves Gabrels (TIN MACHINE, DAVID BOWIE) – Insane Guitars
    Andy La Rocque (KING DIAMOND) – Heavy Guitars
  • TESTAMENT: 'The Spitfire Collection' Due In February

    Spitfire Records has set a February 27, 2007 release date for a TESTAMENT "best of" collection, entitled "The Spitfire Collection". No further details are currently available.

    As previously reported, TESTAMENT has lined up the following dates during the coming months:

    Jan. 27 - San Francisco, CA - the Independent
    Feb. 07 - Melbourne, Australia - the Prince Hotel
    Feb. 08 - Sydney, Australia - the Manning Bar
    Feb. 09 - Canberra, Australia - the Anu Bar
    Feb. 11 - Perth, Australia - the Capital
    Mar. 23 - Budapest, Hungary - Almassy MK Hall
    Mar. 24 - Katowice, Poland - Hala Spodek
    Jul. 26 - Subotica, Serbia - Hellwood Festival
    Aug. 25 - Gemunden, Germany - Up From The Ground Open Air Fest

    TESTAMENT is now tentatively planning to enter the studio in early 2007 to record the long-awaited follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering", due before the end of next year.
  • UNEARTH To Embark On U.K. Headlining Tour In March

    Hot on the tail of their success as special guests to HATEBREED in November, and following their imminent stateside run as direct support to SLAYER, Boston's UNEARTH have announced their first-ever headlining tour of the U.K. in March 2007. Main support will come from Glendale, Arizona-based powerhouse JOB FOR A COWBOY, who return to the U.K. for the second time in less then a year before gearing up to record their debut album for Metal Blade (slated for a spring 2007 release). Also on the bill are Canadian deathcore pounders DESPISED ICON and one other act who will be announced shortly. The dates are as follows:

    Mar. 20 - Exeter - Lemon Grove
    Mar. 21 - Nottigham - Rock City
    Mar. 22 - Manchester - Academy 2
    Mar. 23 - Wolverhampton - Wolfrun Hall
    Mar. 24 - London - Mean Fiddler
    Mar. 26 - Oxford - Zodiac
    Mar. 27 - Glasgow - Garage
    Mar. 28 - Stoke - Sugarmill
    Mar. 29 - Portsmouth - Wedgewood Rooms
    Mar. 30 - Newport - TJ's

    UNEARTH's latest album, "III: In the Eyes of Fire", sold 22,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was recorded at a Seattle studio with producer Terry Date (PANTERA, DEFTONES). A limited-edition version of "III: In the Eyes of Fire" includes a bonus DVD containing the "making of" footage for the album and a live video filmed on the Sounds of The Underground tour.

January 22nd, 2007
  • DIMMU BORGIR Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

    Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

    AMORPHIS
    BELPHEGOR
    BENEDICTUM
    BLACK MAJESTY
    BLIND GUARDIAN
    CANNIBAL CORPSE
    COMMUNIC
    DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
    DIMMU BORGIR
    DISILLUSION
    ENSLAVED
    GRAVE DIGGER
    HAGGARD
    HEAVEN SHALL BURN
    IMMORTAL
    IN FLAMES
    J.B.O.
    KAMPFAR
    LACUNA COIL
    LETZTE INSTANZ
    MOONSORROW
    MOONSPELL
    MUNICIPAL WASTE
    NAPALM DEATH
    NEAERA
    RAGE & LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTER
    SACRED REICH
    SAMAEL
    SAXON
    SCHANDMAUL
    SONIC SYNDICATE
    STORMWARRIOR (feat. GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen)
    STRATOVARIUS
    THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
    THE VISION BLEAK
    THERION
    TYR
    VADER
    VOLBEAT

    DIMMU BORGIR has set "In Sorte Diaboli" as the title of its new album, tentatively due in early 2007 release via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded and mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producers Fredrik Nordström and Patrik J. Sten.

    Silenoz previously told Revolver magazine that the songwriting and recording process for the group's long-anticipated follow-up to 2003's "Death Cult Armageddon" involved none of the intensive pre-production of their last two discs, no demos, and no gallinvanting around with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. "It's definitely going to sound way more epic and bigger than we thought, because Mustis [keyboards] has also contributed with his keyboard ideas," said Silenoz. "I have to admit that some of the keyboard things on 'Death Cult Armageddon' sound better on the demo version than [their symphony versions] on the album. I probably shouldn't say that, but it's true."

    This will be DIMMU's first "concept album," a story set in always-epic Medieval Europe that also serves as a treatise on the modern-day political and social abuses of organized religion. "There's this dude that works as a priest's assistant, and after a while he just discovers that he has nothing to do with Christianity," said Silenoz of the storyline, which he conceived in full before even a note of music was composed. "He just sort of has this awakening and realizes that he has different abilities and different powers and is leaning more to the dark side."

    DIMMU BORGIR's current recording lineup is as follows:

    Shagrath - Vocals
    Silenoz - Guitars
    Galder - Guitars
    Vortex - Bass
    Mustis - Keys
    Hellhammer - Drums
  • FINNTROLL, AFTER FOREVER, TAROT To Team Up For EARTHSHAKER ROADSHOCK

    FINNTROLL, AFTER FOREVER, TAROT, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, MACHINE MEN and ALL ENDS will team up for the Earthshaker Roadshock Tour, which is set to kick off late April. The dates are as follows:

    Apr. 27 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Hof Ter Loo
    Apr. 28 - Osnabrück, Germany @ B51
    Apr. 29 - Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
    Apr. 30 - Adelsheim, Germany @ Live Factory
    May 01 - Berlin, Germany @ Postbahnhof
    May 02 - Munich, Germany @ Backstage
    May 03 - Frankfurt, Germany @ Batschkapp
    May 04 - Nürnberg, Germany @ Hirsch
    May 05 - Vienna, Austria @ Planet Music
    May 06 - Padova, Italy @ Sottoopra
    May 07 - Pratteln, Switzerland @ Z7
    May 08 - Essen, Germany @ Zeche Carl
    May 09 - Saarbrücken, Germany @ Garage
    May 10 - London, UK @ Scala
    May 11 - Heerhugowaard, Holland @ Waerdse Tempel
    May 12 - Strasbourg, France @ La Laiterie
  • THE HAUNTED To Headline Austria's KALTENBACH OPEN AIR Festival

    Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED have been confirmed as the headliners of the Kaltenbach Open Air festival, set to take place July 13-14, 2007 in Spital Am Semmering, Austria. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

    THE HAUNTED (SWE)
    DARK FUNERAL (SWE)
    BELPHEGOR (AUT)
    KAMPFAR (NOR)
    HOLY MOSES (GER)
    CALLENISH CIRCLE (NETH)
    SETHERIAL (SWE)
    AETERNUS (NOR)
    GOREROTTED (UK)
    WACO JESUS (USA)
    DARK FORTRESS (GER)
    SARKOM (NOR)
    WOLFCHANT (GER)
    HATRED (GER)
    DARKFALL (AUT)
    DEFENDER KFS (AUT)
    DISTORTED IMPALEMENT (AUT)
    EREBOS (AUT)
    FREUND HEIN (AUT)
    GODDAMNED X (AUT)
    INFESTIGATION (AUT)
    MISANTHROPIC MIGHT (AUT)
    OLEMUS (AUT)
    POSSESSION (AUT)
    RAW (AUT)
    SEPSIS (AUT)
    VANITAS (AUT)
    VARULV (AUT)

    More bands will be announced soon.
  • IRON MAIDEN Frontman Working On Movie About ALEISTER CROWLEY

    Rock star, pilot and expert swordsman — now IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson has even becomes a movie producer.

    This week, Swedish newspaper Expressen reported that Dickinson is working on a film about the satanist Aleister Crowley.

    "They are hoping for the Cannes festival," a source told Expressen.

    Crowley has been Bruce Dickinson's idol for many years. The IRON MAIDEN song "Revelations" is said to refer to Crowley's classic claim that he was the "anti-christ 666" reincarnated. In other words, the Devil himself.

    Bruce Dickinson is now involved in the pre-production of a movie inspired by Crowley, who lived between 1875 and 1947.

    "The project has been going on for a while, and is still at an early pre-production stage," said Dave Pattenden from IRON MAIDEN's management. "At the moment, Bruce cannot comment on the movie."

    The financing is ready and the movie is reportedly about a professor in an English university, who, after a failed experiment, becomes obsessed with Crowley's soul. Crowley himself was very much into red-haired women, and the professor becomes enchanted by a very beautiful, red-haired student.

    "Bruce talked to me about this during the whole dinner," said Expressen's source. "He is producing and is probably participating creatively as well. I even think Bruce will be doing the soundtrack for the movie. I know nothing about dates yet, but I think it will be released near the Cannes festival. That's what Bruce is hoping for."
  • KAMELOT, LEAVES' EYES To Team Up For U.S. Tour This Summer?

    According to a posting on the web site of the New York City venue B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, KAMELOT and LEAVES' EYES are scheduled to play there on August 19. More North American tour dates are expected to be announced soon.

    KAMELOT and LEAVES' EYES will team up for a European tour beginning late March. A list of dates can be found at Kamelot.com.

    As previously reported, a video clip of KAMELOT performing the song "When the Lights are Down" on February 11, 2006 at the historic Rockefeller venue in Oslo, Norway has been posted online at YouTube.com. The footage comes off the group's first-ever DVD, "One Cold Winter's Night", which entered the Swedish Music Video chart at position No. 8. KAMELOT enlisted renowned film and video director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES) to chronicle the night's events. Bringing with him from Gothenberg, Sweden, Patric had a large crew of professionals and equipment, including 18 cameras, that would be used in and around the concert grounds.

    KAMELOT is currently working on a new studio album for a spring 2007 release.
  • JUDAS PRIEST Looking At Mid-Year Release For 'Nostradamus' Concept

    Launch Radio Networks reports: Things are going well with the recording of the new JUDAS PRIEST album. It's a concept album about the 16th Century French prophet Nostradamus, and the band has started thinking about release dates. Frontman Rob Halford told Launch that everyone's excited about the project. "The writing sessions were fantastic — some of the best writing that (guitarists) Glenn (Tipton) and K.K. (Downing) and myself have ever created, and we're in good shape, we're recording. And finger's crossed, and with the belief that it's ready when it's ready, we should be out by the middle of 2007 with 'Nostradamus'."

    This will be PRIEST's first album since "Angel of Retribution" came out in 2005, marking Halford's return to the group.

    JUDAS PRIEST is also working out the details for a stage show to go along with the album's subject matter.
  • Former MANOWAR Guitarist ROSS THE BOSS To Headline ROB ORIANI BENEFIT

    Legendary MANOWAR guitarist Ross The Boss will headline the Rob Oriani Benefit Memorial Show (for late VYNDYKATOR guitarist Robert "Rob" Oriani) on Saturday, March 24 at Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey. Ross will perform a set of MANOWAR classics from the first six albums. Joining Ross will be vocalist Prometheus (GODS OF FIRE), bassist Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X) and drummer Mike Sabatini (ATTACKER).

    Ross is featured on MANOWAR's latest DVD, "The Day The Earth Shook - The Absolute Power".

    Commented ATTACKER vocalist Bob Mitchell (who is organizing the show): "Rob often said to me that the three reasons he played guitar were Ross, K.K. (Downing) and Glenn (Tipton). I'm truly honored to have [Ross] as part of this great show that is really coming together. So many bands and the fans now want to be a part of this and I feel that [True Metal America, Bob's company] is really sending a profound message. This is absolutely going to be a great night and a wonderful memory for not only the fans of heavy metal but for Rob's family whom I love dearly. I owe a great deal of gratitude to Joanne over at Dingbatz for allowing such an event to take place. When I went to her with this show, she didn't hesitate for a moment and said 'yes' right away. She is a true sister of metal and a wonderful friend."

    Two more bands will be confirmed in the next few days to complete the lineup. Also scheduled to appear are SEVEN WITCHES and DEVIL'S ISLAND. Set times and admission price will be finalized in the next several days after the final two bands are set in place. All proceeds (100%) from the night's performance will go to the family of Rob Oriani.
  • AC/DC In Talks To Play Ireland This Year?

    According to the AC/DC fan site Crabsody In Blue, The Mirror newspaper in the U.K. (Irish edition) reports that AC/DC have been asked to headline next summer's spectacular in Slane, Ireland.

    Bosses are banking on the group to sign a contract for a massive one-off show before 90,000 fans and help it become Ireland's music Mecca again.

    Secret negotiations have been taking place to lure the band to Ireland for a rare appearance.

    Slane suffered a huge blow over the past two years when EMINEM cancelled a sold-out gig in 2005 and no act signed up this year.

    A source revealed: "At this stage AC/DC are the number one target for Slane 2007. The show would be a huge hit and help Slane become the talk of the music world again.

    "AC/DC are one of the biggest selling bands in history and they would definitely sell somewhere as big as Slane out."

    AC/DC have sold over 160 million albums since they launched in 1973.

    They are also negotiating outdoor concerts in London, France and Germany next summer.
  • OPEN GRAVE RECORDS ANNOUNCES THE UNDERGROUND REISSUE SERIES
     
    The summer of 2007 Open Grave Records will be releasing a series of Underground Reissues. The first two bands to sign on for the series are Fredericksburg, VA’s Crucifer, and Cumberland, MD’s Exterminance.
     
    The Crucifer reissue will be 1993’s, “Pictures of Heaven” album along with the 1994 EP, “Separation”. Crucifer was a three piece death metal band that shook the underground scene for most of the 90’s with a total of 3 albums and 3 EPS most of which where released on the now defunct Wild Rags Records. More information can be found on Crucifer from their Official Myspace page at: http://www.myspace.com/crucifer2007.
     
    Exterminance will be releasing their entire discography under the working title of, “Vomiting the Trinity...The Exterminance Discography”, which will include their material from 1993 split 7” with Mass Psychosis, the 1994 “Seven Deadly Sins” album, and material from their earlier demos as well as exclusive compilation tracks. 2007 will also see the return of the Exterminance live show as the band is working to become active within the scene again. More information can be found on Exterminance from their Official Myspace page at: http://www.myspace.com/exterminance.
     
    More classic Underground Reissues to be announced in the near future.
  • DEATH METAL LEGENDS UNITE IN DENIAL FIEND

    TRENTON, N.J. – Ibex Moon Records has inked a deal with the Tampa, Fla., band Denial Fiend, the new project that unites vocalist Kam Lee (Masscare, Death) with bassist Terry Butler (Massacre, Death, Six Feet Under), drummer Curtis Beeson (Nasty Savage), and Sam Williams (Down By Law, Pseudo Heroes).

    “I'm proud to work with these metal and death metal pioneers and I look forward to Denial Fiend putting out a great release,” said Ibex Moon owner John McEntee. “I feel that they will appeal to old school and newer metal fans alike.”

    The band’s debut album, which will also mark Lee’s first full-length recording in over a decade, is planned for a June 2007 release. The album is tentatively titled “They Rise.”

    “I think Denial Fiend will surprise a lot of people,” said Butler. “This is not a ‘flash-in-the-pan’ side project. It’s a band that is dedicated and ready to bring metal to the masses!”

    Denial Fiend draws on elements of its members’ individual pasts to create an edgy yet classic sound of its own. A demo recording of the track “Cover Me in Blood” is available on Denial Fiend’s MySpace page at www.myspace.com/denialfiendband.

    http://www.trackthecurse.com/denialfiendmain.htm
    www.ibexmoonrecords.com

January 20th, 2007
  • AXEMASTER promo CDs for "Blessing in the Skies" re-release

    Hey!

    We just received the promo version of the "Blessing in the Skies" re-release from Burning Star Records. It's VERY cool, looks GREAT. You can check out a preview of the packaging click here.
     
    I'm especially impressed with the job the label did with re-mastering the songs. They sound much better than they did on the original album, more dynamic, full, and louder. This CD's definitely gonna kick some serious ass!!!!!!
     
    www.myspace.com/thebandaxemaster
    www.burning-star.net
  • CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC to release WHILE HEAVEN WEPT’s “Vast Oceans Lachrymose” in late 2007.
     
    CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC announces to have reached an agreement with the EPIC DOOM legend, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT for the release of their new album “Vast Oceans Lachrymose” in late 2007.
     
    As reported by the band’s official website (www.whileheavenwept.com), “Although there were many fair and generous offers from various entities after the untimely closure of Black Lotus Records, we felt that working with CDSM would be the best option for us at this time, and that aside, several members of our "extended musical family" including Slough Feg and Widow are part of the ever-growing (and strengthening) roster.”
     
    Concerning the release of “Vast Oceans Lachrymose” WHW’s mastermind Tom Philips said: “we're very much looking forward to delivering the most epic, diverse, and bastard heavy WHW album thus far via Cruz Del Sur, and we'll start making free samples available to the public during the  first quarter of 2007, up until the albums actual release.”.
     
    More informations and details available soon on:
     
    www.whileheavenwept.com
    www.myspace.com/whileheavenwept
    www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
    www.myspace.com/cruzdelsurmusic
  • SALEM signed a record contract with Season of Mist

    Hello

    Salem signed a record contract with French monster label Season of Mist. The new album "Necessary Evil" will be released in the first quarter of 2007. More updates coming up soon.

    http://www.season-of-mist.com/light/index.php?action=news&am p;ref=1
    www.salemband.com
    http://www.myspace.com/salemband
  • INTO ETERNITY: New Video Posted Online; New Tour Dates Announced

    Canadian progressive death outfit INTO ETERNITY have had a phenomenal year that saw the release of a new album — "The Scattering of Ashes", which continues to be hailed by critics and fans alike as a metal masterpiece — and a high-profile run on Gigantour alongside such genre titans as MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD, OPETH and ARCH ENEMY. They emerged as one of the fest's most talked-about acts and quickly developed new die-hard legions of fans along the way.

    The group's stunning new video for the track "Severe Emotional Distress" was shot by up-and-coming director Kevin Wildt ("Set Your Goals", "The Warriors"). Click here to check it out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5GSFcYqBoc

    Tim Roth (guitars, vocals) checks in with the following report: "It's a full-blown blizzard here in our hometown, so we have been chilling out indoors. We plan on hitting the road on Jan. 13th for a Western Canadian tour, which will lead to an appearance at the Seattle Metal Fest on Jan. 20th. Hopefully, we'll see everyone out on the road soon!

    "The band is ecstatic about our new video, 'Severe Emotional Distress', which is our first true promotional video. I think it turned out really well. Kevin did a great job producing the video. The storyline goes perfect with the aggressiveness of the song and the meaning behind the lyrics. Hopefully the video will open up new people to our band. Enjoy, and look for us on the road in the U.S. this spring. See you soon."

    Drawing from all aspects of heavy music, "The Scattering of Ashes" is the perfect blend of technicality, memorable songwriting, traditional heavy metal and the sheer savagery of metal's extreme genres. INTO ETERNITY have shown that they aren't afraid to bridge the gap between DREAM THEATER and DEATH, as well as appease all fans of guitar-oriented music. With "The Scattering of Ashes", they prove that they are here to ride the new wave of technically proficient metal and create a tsunami all their own.

    INTO ETERNITY tour dates:
    Jan. 13 - The Exchange - Regina, SK
    Jan. 20 - The Showbox - Seattle, WA (Seattle Metal Festival)
    Jan. 21 - The Lucky Bar - Victoria, BC
    Jan. 23 - The Stetson - Calgary, AB
    Jan. 24 - Mead Hall - Edmonton, AB
  • Dawn of Defiance News

    Unique in it's genre, Dawn of Defiance is the soloist thrash - death metal project from Diego Sendra, composer and multi - instrumentist musician currently living in Montevideo - Uruguay (South America). Dawn of Defiance shows up with a violent variation from the classical 80's thrash / death metal sound mixed with an obscure, often deppressive, vile atmosphere durante many passages of their music

    Visit our site in http://www.dawnofdefiance.com to listen Dawn of Defiance's music. Thanks

    Please download promo song "Payback time" from "The Obscure Awakening" album clicking here.

    Thanks
    DOD Management
    http://www.dawnofdefiance.com
    e-mail: [email protected]
  • INTO ETERNITY Announces New Members

    INTO ETERNITY will kick off 2007 with a short run of headlining dates leading them into a major U.S. tour this spring. This trek also marks the addition of new members, Steve Bolognese (ex-BEYOND THE EMBRACE) on drums and Justin Bender on guitars. Tim Roth (guitars, vocals) states: "We are really excited to announce Steve and Justin as permanent members. Both will be hitting the road with us in January. They figured all the music out by ear, so I didn't have to teach them anything. That just blew me away. Steve can do rapid-fire double-bass at 240 beats per minute, so the drumming on the new album won't be a problem for him. Look for us on the road in the U.S. this spring. See you soon."
  • Displeased Records new signing GRIMM

    BIOGRAPHY

    In early middle ages, when there were few people that could read, troubadours travelled through the European lands to play for the people and tell stories about kings, local heroes, good and evil, fairytales and all things that would give the people both amusement and in a certain way, faith. One of the stories from that time, is the story of the Pagan Witches Ensemble Grimm, an elite group of nature spirit occultists that ruled over a small area of land in the Southern Netherlands. They were said to be the last resisting pagan druids, finally prosecuted and burned by the inquisitors of the Vatican. How the story exactly goes, is unknown, because the only found written documents about them, were burned or partly destroyed by rats or they simply rotted away.

    But, what never faded away, was the idea of their existence and the strong spiritual force they left behind…….

    In the second half of the 19th century, however, some pictures of extraordinary, gentlemen with supernatural forces were made. They ware said to be reincarnations of the Grimm-gentlemen. But, also this story tragically ends, because, before they fully could regain their forces and set up a revolting alliance against the ruling Christian society, they were brutally executed and set as an example for other possible revolutionists.

    But, finally in the year 2007 they are back, stronger than ever, reunited in a trinity based coven of unholy heavy metal troubadours, pioneers of the underworld, wizards of the black arts, called Grimm. Their main goal: revenge! With their music, they curse al the next generations of the inquisitors that took both their lives, their powers and the folk spirit away from their pagan inheritants. The music of Grimm is a unique mix of haunting medieval folklore music and heavy metal, with dark poetry as lyrics, witchcraft in a certain way; casting spells, telling stories about the strength of the dark side of people, revenge and a gateway to spiritual freedom.

    The 3 diabolical masters of entertainment are.:
    - Heer Antikrist: vocals, guitars, bass
    - Heer VölkhV: guitars, bass
    - Heer Marchosias : additional vocals, drums

    Follow the Star Beyond The Stars!
    666

    Check out Grimm's music by listening to these two tracks from the upcoming 'Heksenkringen' album:

    Verbranding van een heks: MP3   Lyrics
    Van drakenbloed fel: MP3   Lyrics

    RELEASES
    Heksenkringen CD Displeased Records April 2007
    Dark medieval folklore CD Goatowa Records 2006
    Lasterkwaad Live demo Self released 2000

    MySpace: www.myspace.com/grimmfolklore
    Web: www.heksenkringen.nl
  • 1349 RETURN TO HEADLINE AMERICA
     
    Philadelphia:  Norwegian black metallers 1349 will return to the US beginning March 28 for their first headline tour of America.  The tour will also feature Goatwhore, Nachtmystium and Averse Sefira.  The first confirmed dates on the trek are noted below.  The tour will continue to support 1349's latest album, Hellfire.
     
    March 28 - The Muse, Nashville TN
    March 29 - Jaxx, West Springfield VA
    March 30 - The Loft, Poughkeepsie NY
    March 31 - Mark's Place, Bedford NH
    April 01 - BB King Blues Club, New York NY
    April 02 - L'Anti, Quebec City QC
    April 03 - FouFounes, Montreal QC
    April 04 - Petit Theater du Vieux Noranda, Royun Noranda QC
    April 06 - Opera House, Toronton ON
    April 09 - Station 4, St. Paul MN
    April 13 - Knitting Factory, Hollywood CA
    April 14 - Showcase Theater, Corona CA
     
    Additional dates will be confirmed shortly.
  • Austhral and Sodamned to be featured on 12th Rock Soldiers
     
    - The bands Austhral (black metal) and Sodamned (death metal) will be featured on 12th edition of Rock Soldiers compilation which will be distributed initially in USA, Brazil and Germany.
     
    Austhral will include the songs "Sacred" and "The Secret Cave", which are part of the forthcoming debut, to be released next year. Sodamned put the track "Locket in the Garret" which will also be part of their next release to be released in 2007.
     
    Meanwhile Sodamned is still looking for a new bassist and guitarist to replace the musicians Gerson and Nagata who left the band recently.
     
    More informations of both bands are available at www.austhral.com and www.sodamned.com
  • 1x1 Music Signs Philadelphia Metal Act "The Divining"

    There are a lot of metal bands today forming and assimilating to whatever fad exists in the scene at the moment. What is lacking in metal today is the influence of the classic thrash and heavy metal bands that have been forgotten in the industry-wide worship of nonsense.

    With the growing commercialism of metal and the MTV buzzword that's become "hardcore", many look upon the current state of heavy music with disappointment and disgust... and who can blame them? Breakdown focused song writing, image focused bands, and the fact that what has been a long time scene for many has now become a market and fad for others.

    "The Divining" come to you from Philadelphia, PA--a notorious and historic city in the world of underground metal and hardcore--as a reaffirmation of faith, that there are still young bands out there that have stuck to their guns in this recent movement of metal and hardcore into pop culture, a movement which has left integrity behind on its corporate minded warpath.

    "The Divining" deliver a refreshing mixture of thrash and heavy metal, sure to bring back memories of the days when bands like At The Gates, Pantera, and Testament were among the genre?Äôs elite.

    They will begin recording their 1x1 Music debut, "Revelation Of The Lost", this December (2006) at Labyrinth Sound (Lamb of God "Killadelphia", Hellfest DVD series, New England Metal and Hardcore Fest DVD series) in Cherry Hill, NJ and with Erik Rachel (God Forbid, A Life Once Lost) at Trax East.

    "Revelation Of The Lost is a huge improvement on our sound," says Rocco. "We've added a lot of new elements to our music and have written several tracks that will express our dynamic influences as a band. The riffs are much stronger and we just spent a lot of time tweaking everything to put together a record that we could be proud of". Rocco's lyrics focus on the naivety present today in our society, in religion, and in matters of politics.

    The band has completed tours with One Dead Three Wounded and Lokyata as well as a full US tour in the summer 2005 and an east coast tour in January 2006. The Divining have also shared the stage with bands such as Bleeding Through, Caliban, Sworn Enemy, Full Blown Chaos, The Minor Times, Himsa, Haste the Day, Scars of Tomorrow, 3 Inches of Blood, Arsis, Ion Dissonance, Death by Stereo, The Banner, Blacklisted, August Burns Red, and Ligeia to name a few.

    Look for "Revelation Of The Lost" from The Divining during the spring of 2007 on 1x1 Music.

    TheDivining.com
  • DANZIG: Equipment Truck 'Stolen', Santa Cruz Show Cancelled

    World Entertainment News Network reports that Glenn Danzig is keen to take the law into his own hands after a tour truck carrying his stage equipment was stolen on Thursday night (Nov. 30).

    Danzig and his namesake band DANZIG were relaxing after a show in Los Angeles when the equipment vehicle was stolen.

    As well as asking fans for information, angry Danzig is planning his revenge on the thieves.

    He fumes, "I should be able to kill somebody if they fuck with me."

    Meanwhile, one disappointed DANZIG fan who went to see the "Blackest of the Tour" show in Santa Cruz Thursday night — only to find out that DANZIG had pulled out of the show at the last minute — has submitted the following report to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

    "I went to the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California [Thursday] night for what was supposed to be the final show of the latest DANZIG tour, and lo and behold, the evil one had cancelled without notice or reason. Only a piece of paper on the wall stating technical difficulties gave some sort of explanation to the angry and dissapointed fans (myself included). The rest of the bands on the bill played and tickets were honored at the door with a seven-dollar refund. I went around back and got some information from one of the roadies who told me the 'official story': The guy driving the equipment bus was [allegedly] high on crack and after the previous night's show became paranoid, so fearing the police he took off in the bus with the equipment and was M.I.A at the time of the show. So DANZIG pulled out at the last minute and left many fans wondering why. The venue's website said nothing about the cancellation, nor did their phone line. The only way for people to find out about the cancellation was to go down to the venue, so manypeople who drove a long way, wasting both time and gas got totally let down."
  • BLIND GUARDIAN Confirmed For U.K.'s BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR Festival

    German power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have been confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place Saturday, July 7 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. Also scheduled to appear are Finnish folk metallers KORPIKLAANI.

    For more information, visit www.bloodstock.uk.com.

    First-week sales (approximately 3,000 copies) of BLIND GUARDIAN's "A Twist in the Myth" in the U.S. landed Germany's favorite sons at No. 21 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and No. 288 on the Billboard Album chart. The CD debuted at position No. 4 in Germany and No. 3 in Greece
  • BLACK SABBATH: 'The Dio Years' Collection Tentatively Due In April

    Rhino Records has set a tentative April 3, 2007 North American release date for the new Ronnie James Dio-era BLACK SABBATH best-of set, appropriately titled "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years". The single-disc collection will include a couple of brand new tracks that are currently being recorded in England by the lineup of Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice, as well as liner/sleeve notes by Garry Sharpe-Young of Rockdetector.com. "I've been given a track listing, but I can't divulge that yet," says Garry. "There are a few interesting tracks on there, though."

    In related news, it's looking likely that Garry Sharpe-Young's BLACK SABBATH book "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" will undergo a third amendment next year in light of the HEAVEN AND HELL project (the "new" band featuring Dio alongside original BLACK SABBATH members Iommi and Butler, plus Appice). "There's constant demand for this book and there is a lot more material still to add, both old and new," states Garry. "Some good surprises in store."

    "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" can be bought at Amazon.com. The book includes exclusive interview content with Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Cozy Powell, Ronnie James Dio, Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen, Tony Martin, Geoff Nicholls, Rob Halford, Bob Daisley, Lee Kerslake, Carmine Appice, Tommy Aldridge, Neil Murray, Dave Spitz, Eric Singer, David Donato, Jeff Fenholt, Bobby Rondinelli, Rudy Sarzo, Phil Soussan, Randy Castillo, Bernie Torme, Brad Gillis, Jo Burt, Pete Way, Dana Strum, Terry Chimes, Lita Ford, Steve Vai, Don Airey, Lindsey Bridgewater, Terry Nails and many, many more. Additional details: eight-page discography appendix detailing 264 career albums and singles from BLACK SABBATH, Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie James Dio, Bill Ward, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi.

    As previously reported, HEAVEN AND HELL has been confirmed for next year's Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 6-9, 2007 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. An exclusive New York City concert date for HEAVEN AND HELL in the spring of 2007 has already been booked but the exact details have not yet been revealed. Additional U.S. shows are being scheduled for late summer 2007.

    As previously reported, Dio recently revealed to Classic Rock magazine that HEAVEN AND HELL will likely headline next year's Monsters of Rock festival in England.

    Ozzy Osbourne has sent his best wishes to HEAVEN AND HELL, while adding that the classic BLACK SABBATH lineup — including drummer Bill Ward — will release a new album and mount a tour late next year.

    "Heaven and Hell" was the name of the first album Dio recorded with BLACK SABBATH, back in 1980.
  • MEGADETH Guitarist: New Album 'Is Very Close To Completion'

    MEGADETH guitarist Glen Drover has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:

    "Just a little note to let you all know that I have just arrived home safely from the MEGA sessions [for the new album, 'United Abominations'] and all went very very well! Working with [British producer] Andy Sneap [who is mixing the new CD] is absolutely awesome!!! Andy [NEVERMORE, MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, CRADLE OF FILTH] is a great guy and saying that he is the 'right man' for the job would be a complete understatement. To me, it really feels like we have been working together for a while — very natural and we are all on the same page. You really cannot ask for anything more, can you?

    "The album is very close to completion now and I will be going back to finish up my final guitar parts sometime later this month...

    "Very exciting stuff, people!!!!!"
  • MOONSORROW Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

    Finnish epic/pagan metallers MOONSORROW have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 16-18, 2007 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Also scheduled to appear are AMON AMARTH, IN EXTREMO, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER.

    As previousky reported, Spinefarm Records has revealed the track listing for the new album from MOONSORROW, entitled "V: Hävitetty". It is as follows:

    01. Jäästä syntynyt varjojen virta
    02. Tuleen ajettu maa

    MOONSORROW has been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. They are also scheduled to appear at the Arnhem Metal Meeting on Saturday, December 9 at Musis Sacrum in Arnhem, Holland.

    MOONSORROW's most recent CD, "Verisäkeet", was issued last year via Spikefarm.
  • ROB ZOMBIE Guitarist JOHN 5 To Release New Solo Album In April

    Guitarist John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, ex-MARILYN MANSON) will release his eagerly awaited third solo album on April 3, 2007 via Shrapnel Records. Entitled "The Devil Knows My Name", the CD will feature guest appearances by Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE), Joe Satriani, Tommy Clufetos (ROB ZOMBIE, ex-ALICE COOPER), Piggy D. (ROB ZOMBIE), and Matt Bissonette (DAVID LEE ROTH), among others.

    John 5's second solo album, "Songs for Sanity" (2005), featured guest guitar solos from Steve Vai and Albert Lee. John also worked with KISS frontman Paul Stanley on Stanley's second solo album, "Live to Win", which was released in October.
  • EDGUY Schedules Hometown Gigs

    EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has issued the following update:

    "On February 23rd and 24th, EDGUY will headline two shows at the Wartenberg Oval in Fulda, Angersbach [Germany]. The special guests will be announced soon. Get your tickets at www.ticketonline.com or at the office of Fuldaer Zeitung (phone + 49 661 280644). Tickets are available for one show only (€20, plus fee) and for both nights (€30, 26 plus fee). Tickets for both nights are non-transferable.

    "During the last twelve months, we've played to well over half a million people all over the world. We just want to celebrate a successful tour in our hometown and say 'thank you' to those first fans who've helped us from day one and made this all possible!!! We're going play some different songs each night, so we get the chance to play some tracks we've never played live before.

    "Some years ago when we've already sold out places in some parts of Europe we still struggled in our hometown and therefore tried to avoid playing that conservative little black spot on the map, because it seemed like the majority of people didn't care anyway. 'Cause we were just those stupid kids who couldn't play progressive music. Well, I still can't, I never wanted, I can count to four and tell stupid jokes, that's enough to rock and roll... ;-)

    "Well, as for lack of support the last tour proved us wrong and looking back without the grudges we've held at the time, I think there've always been supporters and friends. Now we'll be back with a special show and a bang that nobody won't ever forget. Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Mexico City... Fulda!!! We're back!"

    As previously reported, EDGUY filmed a live DVD on November 3 at the Credicard Hall in São Paulo, Brazil. The band is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Rocket Ride", which entered the German national album chart at position No. 8 upon its release in late January 2006. The CD also came in at No. 8 in Sweden, No. 25 in Finland, No. 32 in Hungary, No. 48 in Japan, No. 50 in Switzerland, No. 50 in Austria, No. 79 in Norway and No. 81 in Italy.
  • KREATOR Confirms European Tour With CELTIC FROST: More Dates Announc

    As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported earlier today, German thrashers KREATOR have now confirmed that they will team up with CELTIC FROST for a Euroepan tour beginning in early March.

    "The rumors are true!!!!" the band writes on its web site. "We're happy to anounce the first European tour dates for 2007! The band is working on bringing out a stage production that will be more extreme than anything you've seen from KREATOR before! Be prepared for a setlist that will include tons of suprises! We'll keep you updated with more details as soon as we get them in, so stay tuned!

    "To make the shows the haviest nights of your life KREATOR have invided the mighty CELTIC FROST to play with them as co-headliners! Right now, they're talking to two other amazing bands to join the tour as support acts."

    The dates are as follows:

    Mar. 08 - Köln, Geremany @ Live Music Hall
    Mar. 09 - Antwerpen, Belgium @ Hof Ter Lo
    Mar. 10 - Herhugowaard, Netherlands @ De Waerdsetempel
    Mar. 11 - Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013
    Mar. 13 - Glasgow, UK @ Garage
    Mar. 14 - Bradford, UK @ Rio
    Mar. 15 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun Hall
    Mar. 16 - Cardiff, UK @ Souls
    Mar. 17 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
    Mar. 18 - London, UK @ Koko
    Mar. 20 - Paris, France @ Elysee Montmartre
    Mar. 21 - Bordeaux, France @ Theatre Barbey
    Mar. 22 - Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
    Mar. 23 - Bilbao, Spain @ Rockstar
    Mar. 24 - Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz 1
    Mar. 26 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z7
    Mar. 27 - Milan, ITA @ Rolling Stone
    Mar. 28 - Suttgart, Germany @ Longhorn
    Mar. 29 - Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Club
    Mar. 31 - Oslo, Norway @ Betong
    Apr. 01 - Gothenburg, Sweden @ Trädtgarn
    Apr. 02 - Malmö, Sweden @ KB
    Apr. 03 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Arenan
    Apr. 04 - Helsinki, Finland @ Tavastia
    Apr. 05 - Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
  • SHADOWS FALL Frontman: New Album Is 'As Complete A Metal Record As Possible'

    SHADOWS FALL frontman Brian Fair has issued the following update:

    "We are back in [Massachusetts]. Just in time for the snow and cold weather! Perfect timing.

    "After six weeks on the West Coast recording the new album 'Threads of Life' with Nick Raskulinecz [FOO FIGHTERS, STONE SOUR, RUSH] at Studio 606, we have moved the base of operations to Planet Z in western Massachusetts with Zeuss [STAIND, HATEBREED, UNEARTH] to finish mixing. I am incredibly excited about the way this record is coming along.

    "Nick helped us to push our performances to new heights and experiment a lot more with vocal harmonies and guitar layers that have really added new dimensions to these songs. Zeuss is really bringing out the energy and nuances of the recording and really bringing our sound to a new level.

    "As a producer and mixer, Nick and Zeuss have formed like Voltron to create a friggin monster! We are going to be mastering soon and hopefully have this record near completion by the holidays. Sonically, 'Threads of Life' is a true culmination of all of our common influences as a band and is the most complete picture of the SHADOWS FALL sound to date.

    "We looked at this record as a full album that has a real ebb and flow throughout, covering a vide variety of emotions and levels of intensity. There are the full on thrash tunes, just balls-out and metal, some technical shred tunes that Jon [Donais, guitar] and Jason [Bittner, drums] really pushed their playing on and some acoustic melodic moments that offer a nice contrast to the more brutal moments.

    "We tried to make 'Threads of Life' as complete a metal record as possible. The album will hopefully be out early spring of 2007 and we plan on touring the world for awhile after its release. We are really looking forward to getting back on the road and hitting all the spots that we have not been able to reach on the last few tours.

    "With all of this time off from performing live, we will be hitting the stage hard will full strength and a lot of pent up energy!! We hope to see you all out on the road when SHADOWS FALL comes to town with new tunes to rock and partying on our mind."
  • MOTÖRHEAD, HAMMERFALL, RAGE Confirmed For Czech Republic's MASTER

    MOTÖRHEAD, HAMMERFALL and RAGE are among the confirmed bands for the Masters Of Rock festival, set to take place July 13-15, 2007 in Vizovice, Czech Republic.

    The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

    MOTÖRHEAD
    HAMMERFALL
    RAGE + LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA
    STRATOVARIUS
    DIE HAPPY
    PINK CREAM 69
    AFTER FOREVER
    EPICA
    THE TOMMYS
    BLACK MAJESTY

    More acts will be announced soon.
  • Bassist PAUL RAVEN Returns To PRONG?

    Gearwire recently conducted an interview with legenedary bassist Paul Raven (KILLING JOKE, PRONG, PIGFACE, MINISTRY). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

    On upcoming projects:

    "I am going to El Paso next year to record 'The Last Sucker' — the last MINISTRY record. It is going to be interesting — a lot of songs, a double CD maybe. . . After MINISTRY there is a new PRONG record and with that there is an opportunity there to use a lot of different effects; of painting a bit of a different picture."

    On MINISTRY music's political bent:

    "For me politics and punk rock went together. That has been handy about my association with Al [Jourgensen] and his Bush bashing. I have tried to keep my musical roots intact. I have lived in America so long I feel entitled to state my opinion. 'Maybe I can put a foot on George Bush's ass on his way out of the White House'."

    On whether he has changed what he plays over the years:

    "Mostly I haven't changed what I use but I have changed how I play. But I play less hard so I have somewhere to go dynamically. Chris Chaney from JANE'S ADDICTION does that. Its something I picked up listening to that dude. Previously I would bash away."
  • SAXON To Release 'The Inner Sanctum' In March

    SPV/Steamhammer has set a March 5, 2007 European release date for the new album from British metal veterans SAXON, entitled "The Inner Sanctum". The label will also release SAXON's new double live DVD, entitled "To Hell and Back Again". No further details are currently available.

    In a recent posting on the band's official web site, SAXON frontman Biff Byford stated about the upcoming CD, "On the next album we're are trying to make a massive affort to target England to bring the profile back up and we have been approached to make a documentary as part of this. It is not a reality show. The [secret] concert in Lincoln [which was held on Oct. 27, 2006] was part of the documentary. There will be many other things happening."
  • METAL CHURCH: DVD Of 1991 DYNAMO OPEN AIR Performance Due In February

    Escapi Music has set a February 23, 2007 release date for a live METAL CHURCH DVD featuring the band's now 1991 performance at the Dynamo Open Air festival in Eindhoven, Holland. The footage features the band touring in support of its "The Human Factor" album with the following lineup:

    Mike Howe (vocals)
    John Marshall (guitars)
    Craig Wells (guitars)
    Duke Erickson (bass)
    Kirk Arrington (drums)
  • LORDI signs to THE END RECORDS

    LORDI, Finland’s monster rock n’ roll extravaganza and winners of the 2006 Eurovision award, have signed to THE END RECORDS for North America.

    Since winning Eurovision LORDI’s popularity has grown to gargantuan heights with the band conquering numerous European charts and a six-week sold out tour of Europe. Now since signing with THE END RECORDS, the band has set their sights on North America and anticipates their success will continue across the pond.
     
    The band’s most recent album, The Arockalypse, will be released March 20, 2007 with bonus tracks and a DVD.
     
    LORDI are currently planning their first ever jaunt of North America this spring and are confirmed for a two night stint at the annual Bamboozle Festival this May. For more info check: http://www.thebamboozle.com/

    INFO

    LORDI - The Arockalypse
    TE080 / March 20th, 2007 / The End Records

    1. SCG3 Special Report
    2. Bringing Back The Balls To Rock
    3. The Deadite Girls Gone Wild  
    4. The Kids Who Wanna Play With The Dead
    5. It Snows In Hell         
    6. Who's Your Daddy    
    7. Hard Rock Hallelujah 
    8. They Only Come Out At Night
    9. Chainsaw Buffet        
    10. Good To Be Bad
    11. The Night Of The Loving Dead
    12. Supermonstars
    13. Would You Love A Monsterman? '06 [Bonus track]
    14. Mr. Killjoy [Bonus track]
    15. EviLove [Bonus track]
    Bonus DVD
     
    (All audio and video available at LORDI’s official MySpace site)

     What they are saying about LORDI…

    ”The band’s use of flaming-dragon-encrusted swords and exploding baby dolls expresses the warrior spirit of the Vikings.” – NEW YORK TIMES

    ”With their thumping rhythms and latex horror masks Lordi now seems poised for a new level of stardom.” - THE TIMES

     “Lordi proves, to all around the world, that rock still rules.” - THE INDEPENDENT

    ”The demonic quintet (from Finland) has been transformed from national scourges to national heroes.” – THE HERALD TRIBUNE

    ”If you want to party with your friends and get a huge kick out of the music you’re listening to then Lordi’s your band.” - METAL-TEMPLE.COM

    ” Lordi are pretty good fun” - ROCKSOMETHING.COM
     
    BIO:
    Monster rock n’ roll outfit LORDI -- national treasures back home in their native Finland - wants everyone in the world, nay, the universe to know who they are.. Bit by bit, LORDI is making this monsterican dream a reality.

    Since winning the 2006 Eurovision Award in May, LORDI’s dream has grown to gargantuan heights. Besides conquering numerous European charts the band has been given their own credit card though Finland’s Sampo Bank, as well as their own soft drink – Lordi Cola.

    LORDI anticipates their success in Europe will carry over to North America and become a monster hit when their album is released March 20, 2007 on The End Records.

    With an over-the-top, unstoppable live show that combines the theatrics of horror movies and a pyrotechnic-fuelled rock’n’roll, LORDI knows how to bowl over their fans. As bandleader Mr. Lordi explains, “Create the band that you would like to see on stage. Write the songs you’d love to sing along to. That’s pretty much all that we love to do.”

    With a gang of monsters at his side -- Amen the unstoppable mummy, Awa the vampire countess, Ox the hellbull and Kita the alien manbeast – LORDI unleashes ‘Thhe Arockalypse,’ an anthemic, rock’n’roll journey. Indeed, monsters do have more fun.

    ‘The Arockalypse’ finds LORDI leaner and meaner than ever before. The band has sharpened their focus in order to bring their dream-cum-nightmare to life and nothing short of a total bombardment of the senses will do. The riffs are certainly not de-fleshed nor are the mighty choruses mummified. These songs are made to kick your ass and then some.

    Some longtime heroes and fellow travelers of the netherworld have contributed to the band’s ‘good to be bad’ cause. Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider acts as the party's MC, infiltrating the radio broadcast that opens the album (“SCG3 Special Report”) while Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French guests on “Chainsaw Buffet.” Former KISS axeman Bruce Kulick delivers a blinding solo on “It Snows in Hell” and Accept legend Udo Dirkschneider's distinctive voice can be heard on “They Only Come Out at Night.”

    LORDI is ready to bring the balls back to North America! Are you ready for the monster invasion?

    More Info:
    Official LORDI homepage: http://www.lordi.fi
    Official LORDI MySpace.com site: http://www.myspace.com/lordiofficial
  • IN FLAMES, THE HAUNTED, HAMMERFALL Nominated For 'Best Hard Rock'

    BACKYARD BABIES, EUROPE, HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES and THE HAUNTED are competing for the "Best Hard Rock" honor at the Swedish "Grammis" awards, which are set to be held January 30, 2007 at Hovet in Stockholm. The bands have each been nominated for their most recent releases, all of which came out during 2006. The nominees are as follows:

    BACKYARD BABIES – "People Like People Like People Like Us" (RCA)
    EUROPE – "Secret Society" (T&T/Sanctuary)
    HAMMERFALL – "Threshold" (Nuclear Blast)
    IN FLAMES – "Come Clarity" (Nuclear Blast)
    THE HAUNTED – "The Dead Eye" (Century Media)

    THE POODLES, who recently signed a deal with the German label AFM Records, have been nominated in the "Best Cell Phone Ringtone" category for their song "Night of Passion".
  • MEGADETH Mainman Says 'Tour Dates Are Coming!'

    MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the
    following message in the "Forums" section of the
    band's official web site:

    "The ALLEGED statement of me leaving ESP is not an
    accurate statement 'from me.' It was a previous
    'draft' attempting to inform Dave Mustaine and
    MEGADETH fans, and ESP fans, without leading anyone on
    to think something bad happened between us. It was
    strictly business.

    "Sadly, again, someone posted this misinformation elsewhere, which due to a mistake of the wrong information being posted here (which happens, . . . very rarely, but it happens) before we were able to remove it and put the authorized statement out, has led to a lot of speculation and I think it is hella kewl with the interest.

    "Let me assure you, the statement will be like ' . . . ESP were great, the guitars were great, I wish them well, I hope we remain friends . . .' Also, as of this second, there is NO SUCH THING AS A CONCERT FOR NAMM THIS YEAR. That part was just goofing around. I am not even signed to a new guitar endorsement deal yet, so people calling up ESP or Jackson or anyone and telling them they know were I am going is hilarious for me.

    "All kidding aside, I am stoked to be able to tell you soon, prolly next week, who I am going with. It may surprise a lot of you. It surprised me.

    "January 3rd, 2007 I return to England to finish [the new MEGADETH album] 'United Abominations' and I was just 'thinking,' SO DON'T POST THIS SOMEPLACE ELSE YOUR PSYCHOS, about some of the fan club people working it out with Dave McRobb [webmaster] about dropping by for a sneak listen and a drink or a bite.

    "Sorry, just excited for you to hear it and Happy Holidays to everyone! Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to my brothers and sisters, Happy Kwanzaa to my bruthas and sistas, and Happy Holidays in whatever else way there is to say it to you all. Thanks for a great year and I hope you were all just a lil' more 'naughty' than 'nice'.

    "That always helps ;-)

    "By the way, Andy Sneap [producer] was great to work with. Except for his referrals to certain people, undergarment, strange gifts, and very disturbing images his *ahem* 'friends' send him, he was alright.

    "Tour dates are coming!!!"
  • BLIND GUARDIAN, THERION, CANNIBAL CORPSE Confirmed For France's HELLFEST

    BLIND GUARDIAN, THERION, CANNIBAL CORPSE and HATEBREED have been confirmed for next year's installment of Hellfest, set to take place June 22-24, 2007 in Clisson, France. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

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

    More acts and final headliners will be announced within the coming weeks.

    For more information, visit www.hellfest.fr.

January 14th, 2007
  • LAMB OF GOD RECEIVE GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR THEIR POWERHOUSE TRACK "REDNECK"

    New York, NY- American metal leaders Lamb of God have garnered a Grammy nomination for "Best Metal Performance" for "Redneck," the scorching first single from their acclaimed album Sacrament. 

    On their nomination, drummer Chris Adler states, "Grammy nomination? Is someone still trying to make up for that whole Jethro Tull thing?  In all seriousness and regardless of the outcome, we as LAMB OF GOD are overwhelmingly flattered to be recognized. It's truly hard to believe that we have come as far as we have, even harder to believe that we now share in the short list of some of the best in the business - and the historical company of some of the world's greatest bands. This nomination is bigger than our band; it is a tribute to our friends and fans whose undying and intense support has helped LAMB OF GOD become recognized in this way. Together, we are helping to create a new and heavier musical landscape for the future. No matter what the outcome may be, this is a very good sign for metal and as a fan I look forward to more doors like these continuing to open to the greatest music in the world - heavy fucking metal!!!" 

    Sacrament, which was produced by Machine (Clutch, King Crimson, Pitchshifter, 18 Visions, Every Time I Die) is a stunning example of how diverse, articulate and pummeling metal can be.  Entering the Billboard Top 200 at #8, with over 63,000 albums sold, Sacrament had the biggest first week album sales of all metal records released in 2006 - outselling first week numbers from metal legends such as Iron Maiden, Slayer as well as Mastodon and Killswitch Engage.

    Their sophomore Epic Records release, Sacrament has received countless accolades from critics, including being named Revolver Magazine's "Album of the Year" for 2006 and landing at #20 in Blender Magazine's Top 100 of 2006.  "...raw and passionate...a rich, diverse sounding record. Sacrament boasts an impressive degree of sonic clarity, and the band's playing is tight and dexterous." Revolver Magazine

    Having spent the summer of 2006 on two of the nations most highly touted metal tours - the Unholy Alliance Tour with Slayer and Gigantour with Megadeth - Lamb of God have spent the last decade bringing their unrelenting sound to the masses.  Hailed as heroes of new American metal by legions of fans across the country and around the world; this Richmond, VA5-piece continues to break ground and evolve.  Smart, skilled musicians, Lamb of God first came to the metal forefront with their Prosthetic Records release, As The Palaces Burn in 2003.  The next year saw their major label debut, Ashes of the Wake on Epic, rise above the rest with critical acclaim.  In 2005 the band released the behind the scenes live DVD Killadelphia which went gold in only a matter of weeks.  Now, capping off an already astounding year with a Grammy nomination the band will continue into 2007 with a soon to be announced headlining tour.  

    "Kneel before this Sacrament and hear 21st-century metal in all its recombinant brutality-a little death, a little thrash, some Southern riffing up your ass. Singer Randy Blythe avoids Cookie Monster cliché while keeping his growl somewhere south of Hades. How they managed to turn dangerously geeky prog chops into the sound of Lucifer storming heaven, well, God only knows". Spin Magazine  
  • AXEL RUDI PELL TOUR EUROPE
    Support: MAD MAX
    presented by ROCK HARD, ROCK IT, MUSIX, MusicBuyMail.com

    30.01.2007 (D) FULDA / Kreuz
    31.01.2007 (D) AUGSBURG / Spectrum
    02.02.2007 (E) MADRID / Heineken
    03.02.2007 (E) BERGARA / Jam
    04.02.2007 (E) BARCELONA / Razzmatazz 2
    06.02.2007 (CH) ZÜRICH / Rohstofflager
    07.02.2007 (D) HEIDELBERG / Halle 02
    08.02.2007 (GB) LONDON / Mean Fiddler
    09.02.2007 (NL) HELMOND / Plato

    Ticket-Hotline METALTIX (only Germany)
    04627/18 38 38

    http://www.metaltix.com
  • FINNTROLL TOUR EUROPE - Earthshaker Roadshock Tour
    Support: AFTER FOREVER, TAROT, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, MACHINE MEN, ALL ENDS
    presented by ROCK HARD, MUSIX

    27.04.2007 (B) ANTWREP / Hof Ter Loo
    28.04.2007 (D) OSNABRÜCK / Halle Gartlage
    29.04.2007 (D) HAMBURG / Markthalle
    30.04.2007 (D) ADELSHEIM / Live Factory
    01.05.2007 (D) BERLIN / Postbahnhof
    02.05.2007 (D) MÜNCHEN / Backstage
    03.05.2007 (D) FRANKFURT / Batschkapp
    04.05.2007 (D) NÜRNBERG / Hirsch
    05.05.2007 (A) WIEN / Planet Music
    06.05.2007 (I) ESTE PADOVA / Sottosopra
    07.05.2007 (CH) PRATTELN / Z7
    08.05.2007 (D) ESSEN / Zeche Carl
    09.05.2007 (D) SAARBRÜCKEN / Garage
    10.05.2007 (GB) LONDON / Scala
    11.05.2007 (NL) HEERHUGOWAARD / Waerdse Tempel
    12.05.2007 (F) STRASBOURG / La Laiterie
    13.05.2007 (F) PARIS / La Locomotive

    Ticket-Hotline (only Germany)
    01805- 969 00 00
  • MERCENARY TOUR EUROPE
    presented by METAL HAMMER, Metal.de
    headlining shows

    11.04.2007 (D) BERLIN / K17
    12.04.2007 (D) FULDA / Kulturkeller
    13.04.2007 (D) WÜRZBURG / B-Hof
    14.04.2007 (D) PASSAU / Zeughaus
    15.04.2007 (D) FÜRTH / Kofferfabrik
    17.04.2007 (D) WIESBADEN / Schlachthof
    18.04.2007 (A) WÖRGL / Komma
    19.04.2007 (D) AUGSBURG / Kantine
    20.04.2007 (D) WANGEN / Jugendhaus
    21.04.2007 (CH) OBERENTFELDEN / Böröm Pöm Pöm
    22.04.2007 (D) KARLSRUHE / Katakombe
    24.04.2007 (D) SAARBRÜCKEN / Roxy
    25.04.2007 (F) PARIS / Scene Bastille
    26.04.2007 (D) SOEST / Sonic
    27.04.2007 (D) OSNABRÜCK / Westwerk
    28.04.2007 (D) GOSLAR / Tor 3
    30.04.2007 (D) ESSEN / Turock
    01.05.2007 (B) VOSSELAAR / Biebob
    03.05.2007 (NL) WEERT / De Bosuil
    04.05.2007 (D) HAMBURG / Headbangers Ballroom
    05.05.2007 (D) FLENSBURG / Roxy
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  • MIZAR debut album " THE DARK SIGN" IS OUT NOW!!!!!

    Mizar debut album " The Dark Sign"  is finally out now, produced by Mizar and distributed by   Dead Sun  Records ( http://deadsun.free.fr/ - for info and purchasing)

    It is available in Benelux, Spain,Germany ( distributed by Rock Inc.),UK, Canada ( Distr. by PHD), France ( SOM), Japan ( Worldchaos), USA and Italy ( distro to be confirmed!)
    this is the track list
     
    1. Hope (6.39)
    2. Dark Sign (5.21)
    3. White Bright Man (7.57)
    4. Sacred Eyes (4.01)
    5. My Prayer (3.06)
    6. Rebirth (4.42)
    7. Redemption (5.12)
     
    www.mizarmusic.it
  • TREPHINE seeks drummer

    Baltimore based band TREPHINE is seeking a full time drummer. 

    TREPHINE, established in 1998, is a mostly instrumental, math, metal, sludge, prog band or something. Drummer must be versatile, open-minded, able to tour, have pro-gear, creativity, and a strong work ethic. TREPHINE has independently released two e.p's and a full length, which was released by Public Guilt in 2005. TREPHINE plans on recording a new album for Public Guilt in 2007, followed with subsequent touring. Some of our influences include: Melvins, King Crimson, Slayer, Keelhaul, Voivod, Happy Family, Skeleton Key, Black Sabbath, etc. TREPHINE has shared the stage with a wide variety of local, national, and international acts including: Mr. Bungle, Queens of the Stone Age, Rasputina, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Boris, Jucifer, Misery Index, Unsane, Dysrhythmia, Burnt By the Sun, Pelican, Big Business, etc. If you are interested contact at [email protected] or through: myspace.com/trephine.

    "Their songs sound like metallic mini-operas played by musical mad scientists taking the best parts of one idea and applying it to the next uncharted direction." 
    -Kevin Stewart-Panko, Metal Maniacs

    "If Mars Volta and Yes swung the ropes in a game of double-dutch for Mastodon with Voivod and Mr. Bungle kicking cans along the gutter, you might get the unpredictable street soiree that comprises Baltimore's Trephine." 
    -Live 4 Metal

    "Purely instrumental math-rock with teeth, this plays like some rabid , Slayer-ized version of Don Cabellero...The Fucking Champs meet Mastodon...Clutch and Moe! Staiano's Moe!kestra!... or something like that. These guys pull off some obtuse, angular riffage and jazzy beats but keep this firmly rooted in the HEAVY, balancing all of the abrupt shifts, propane-tank percussion, and complex shredding and abstract structures with some serious metalcore riffs, swaggering Southern sludge and over-all evil-sounding crunchiness."
    -Crucial Blast Records

    "Imagine the bastard offspring of King Crimson and the Melvins sold to the traveling freak show...moody prog rock pieces to heavy noise complex math rock chaotic assaults... recommended listening for your next surgery disaster."
    -Jackalblaster
  • IN FLAMES official statement / award nominee

    Sweden´s metallers IN FLAMES have posted a statement on their official homepage according to some band-split rumours and current live-situation:

    For the upcoming US-tour Björn will be sitting out as his wife is due to give birth to their second child. Substituting on guitar will be our good friend Henrik Danhage from Evergrey. We planned to play the tour with Jesper, but as previously reported: Jesper is taking the rest of the year off due to personal reasons ,so Niklas Engelin(Passenger / Engel) is filling in for him all the dates until Dec 20:th.

    We´ve all heard the speculations and rumours and we want to put a stop to it here and now: NO, In Flames are not breaking up! NO, Jesper or Björn are NOT quitting the band! We simply didn´t want to disappoint anyone so all shows that were booked prior to these circumstances will be done with the above named session guitarists.

    New shows/tours are being booked for next year as we speak, featuring the 5 of us (Anders,Björn,Peter,Daniel & Jesper).

    So stop worrying/speculating/gossiping and we´ll see you all very soon.

    Cheers
    Anders, Björn, Peter, Daniel & Jesper

    Furthermore the band has been nominated twice for P3 Gold – Best Rock/Metal and Best Live Act!
    Please click HERE for more P3 Gold information and HERE to vote for IN FLAMES!
  • RAGE split with mike terrana.

    Since a while there have been rumours about Mike leaving RAGE, so now Peavy and Victor speak to the public:

    "From now on we won´t continue our collaboration with Mike because of personal and musical differences that have been existing for a while now and became unbearable. This cut is definitely not easy for us - but to avoid damage to RAGE we have no other choice. Unfortunately, there´s not much left from our former unity. A while ago comunication between Mike and us broke down completely, so we have to pull the emergency brake. We decided to work with a new drummer in the future because we don´t want to ruin it all to a point where there´s no future at all. We want to keep our power and joy in music, so there´s no other way. We are aware how much this line up meant to you (and us) but that´s life. A band, especially a three-piece, is like a relationship. Over the years we just drifted apart. We wish Mike all the best for his further career.

    Nevertheless, there`s a bright perspective in front of us: We definitely won´t cancel a single show and are working intensely at the moment to present you a suitable new drummer soon. We have lots of plans for the next year , among others we´ll play some exclusive orchestra shows for you.

    We hope you all keep the faith in the future and promise to keep up our quality level to 100%

    See ya soon!
    Rage on!
    Yours Peavy & Victor
  • MNEMIC supporting deftones on tour!

    Denmarks finest, Modern Thrash Metal band MNEMIC, will support DEFTONES on their european tour, starting in February 2007.

    The release of the new MNEMIC album "Passenger" is on January, 19th n Europe. The album features the new singer Guillaume Bideau (ex-SCARVE) and guest appearences by Jeff Walker (ex-CARCASS) and Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH). Check out some soundbites at www.myspace.com/mnemicofficial

    Here as the confirmed dates:
    08.03.07 LIVERPOOL - Univerisity (GB)
    09.03.07 LEEDS - University (GB)
    12.03.07 MANCHESTER - Academy (GB)
    12.03.07 GLASGOW - Academy (GB)
    13.03.07 NEWCASTLE - Academy (GB)
    14.03.07 NOTTINGHAM - Rock City (GB)
    15.03.07 BIRMINGHAM - Academy (GB)
    16.03.07 NORWICH - UEA (GB)
    18.03.07 BRISTOL - Academy (GB)
    19.03.07 PORTSMOUTH - Guildhall (GB)
    20.03.07 LONDON - Brixton Academy (GB)
    22.03.07 PARIS - Olympia (F)
    23.03.07 WIESBADEN - Schlachthof (D)
    24.03.07 KöLN - E-Werk (D)
    25.03.07 TILBURG - 013 (NL)
    26.03.07 HAMBURG - Docks (D)
    27.03.07 BERLIN - Columbiahalle (D)
    29.03.07 DORTMUND - Westhafallenhalle (D)
    30.03.07 DIJON - Zenith (F)
    31.03.07 MüNCHEN - Elserhalle (D)
    02.04.07 VIENNA - Gasometer (A)
    03.04.07 ZüRICH - Volkshaus (CH)
    04.04.07 MILAN - Alcatrazz (I)
    06.04.07 CLERMONT-FERRAD - Coop de Mai (F)
    09.04.07 AMSTERDAM - Paradiso (NL)
    10.04.07 BRUSSELS - Halles de Schaerbeek (B)
  • GOREFEST stay unlucky with touring!

    The Gods don `t seem to be good with GOREFEST when it comes to touring. Again there will be no live shows by the Dutch guys.

    Metallysee Agency has shortly announced the cancellation of this year`s X-MASS FESTIVALS. This concerns not only Dutch Death Metal legend GOREFEST who have quite a history with cancelled tours now, but also BELPHEGOR. GOREFEST-guitarist Frank Harthoorn explains: "Ever since SIX FEET UNDER pulled out of this tour a couple of months ago, this has been a bit of an ongoing mess. We thought we'd stick with the plan, since this would be about the last chance to do some proper touring for “La Muerte” before we hit the studio for the next album. When we heard that headliner TRAIL OF TEARS split up last week, we already kind of felt this one slipping away, so we suggested to Metallysee we'd head out with a couple of the remaining bands. You know, join forces, cut prices, split the difference and what-not. Metallysee, however, wasn't having any of that, so come the end of 2006 we're looking at three cancelled tours, about 50 cancelled gigs, all within 11 months. That's something, isn't it? Almost looks like that curse Dani Filth put on us back in '94 is finally kicking in. Oh well, worse things happen at sea, I guess. Thankfully, Ed [Warby, drums] and Boudewijn [Vincent Bonebakker, guitar] have come up with some frightfully heavy shit for us to play with. They even wrote some songs as well, so for the next months, we'll be throwing riffs, fills, leads and, well, stuff at each other."
  • Paul Clark debut CD release
     
    And now something completely different......

    After releasing a series of Dutch metal cult bands, the successful 'Darkday Carnival' album of Cypher and signing Metal Bash winners 2005 Non-divine, we are very proud to announce the Benelux release of debut solo album 'Shredz at an exhibition' of guitarist Paul Clark.

    'Shredz at an exhibition' contains 7 great instrumental tracks telling the stories of 7 well known paintings. When you listen to the album you will certainly hear that he worked at this piece of art for over 5 years.

    When you're into instrumental guitar music like Steve Vai, Marty Friedman or Joe Satriani you will certainly love this album!

    Paul (aka Clarky) is most noted as the lead guitarist for The David Cross Band (David is a former member of the pioneering progressive rock band King Crimson). He is however also an instrumental rock / metal guitarist writing and recording solo material.

    Check out the first promo track 'The rape of the sabine women' at our site! A second track will be available at the beginning of 2007. More information about Rusty Cage records and artists:

    RUSTY CAGE RECORDS
    P.O. Box 8061
    1802 KB Alkmaar
    The Netherlands
    Mail RCR: [email protected]
    Web RCR: http://www.rustycagerecords.com
  • FOREVER IT SHALL BE News

    Forever It Shall Be are proud to announce that they´ve finished the recordings for their debut album "Reluming The Embers". The CD contains 11 tracks which were produced in the legendary Rape Of Harmonies studios(Heaven Shall Burn, Fall of Serenity, Narziss).

    Currently they are looking for a label which is interested in working with the band and releasing the album.

    To get a first impression of their stuff, check their brand new song "Love Lost" on their myspace: www.myspace.com/dont

    http://www.foreveritshallbe.com
    mail: [email protected]