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January 13th, 2008
  • SODAMNED releases "The Garret" CD

    - The death metal band SODAMNED will make the release concert of their brand new CD "The Garret" on this Saturday. It was released in a split CD with the black metal band Dark Celebration by the Face The Abyss Records.

    Samples are already available in the band's new website, www.sodamned.com , and MySpace, www.myspace.com/sodamned

    www.sodamned.com
    www.myspace.com/sodamned
  • GodHateCode sign with Maintain Records

    2008 is going to be heavy! We are glad to welcome the mighty Death Metal ordnance GodHateCode in our family. Even though the album "Aeons", which will be out in early 2008, is a debut release, the names behind that international heavy-formation are not unknown: behind the drums is no one else but the Swedish ex-GRAVE/COERCION drummer Pelle Ekegren, moreover are the Austrians Wolfgang Rothbauer (THIRDMOON, IN SLUMBER) and Armin Schweiger (DISTASTE) on board. For a short time, the quartet is completed by Tana (Antonio Carlos Rodriguez Espigares), who is also playing Bass in the Spanish band AVULSED.

    With these musicians, the musical concept of the band is quite obvious: "old-school death-metal meets modern and straight in the face brutality!", as described by the band itself.

    GodHateCode is by no means a pure studio allstars project, for international touring is definitely planned for the next year.

    By then, and until the release of "Aeons", you can blast your ears away with a first sample of the recording sessions, available on the band´s myspace profile.

    web:
    http://myspace.com/godhatecode
    http:myspace.com/maintainrec
    http://www.maintaintrecords.com
  • WORLD EXCLUSIVE: EXODUS “RIOT ACT” VIDEO DEBUTS ON HEADBANGERS BALL

    Deemed one of metal’s most important heritage bands for the lasting – and ongoing - contributions they’ve made to the creation and sustenance of the thrash metal genre, it is only apt that the first EXODUS video in support of their recently released, Billboard Heatseekers-charting album, The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A, would be visually pummeling. The band’s video for “Riot Act,” directed by Jon Schnepp of Metalocalypse (on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim) for Schneppzone Inc., will debut online this Friday, December 7th on the Headbangers Blog website and on-air on Saturday, December 8th on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball (check local listings for show times).

    Calling in from a helicopter somewhere over Santa Monica, Jon Schnepp had this to say about his experience working with EXODUS:

    “I had an AMAZING time working with ALL those guys – Gary, Rob, Jack, Lee, and Tom… they’re all GREAT. They did a FANTASTIC job and made it a really fun shoot. They were FULL of energy with EVERY take and you really can’t ask for more than that!”

    “We went out on a limb and asked Jon if he'd shoot our video,” reminisces EXODUS guitarist/songwriter/founding member Gary Holt. “When he said yes, we were stoked to say the least. The ideas he came up with made this our best video ever! I usually hate making videos, but this time I was actually excited about it! It’s unique, and of course, it’s heavy! We’re happy to see how things have been going for the new record. Number 23 on the Heatseekers chart - pretty killer indeed! Now it’s time to hit the road and play these songs – that’s what I’M talking about!!!”

    EXODUS will be launching a North American tour in support of The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A on January 20th, 2008 in Bakersfield, California with Goatwhore, Arsis, and Warbringer that will culminate in a hometown show in San Francisco on February 24th at Slim’s.

    To read Gary Holt’s rant about the strangest fan behavior he’s ever witnessed (and stream “Riot Act”on Friday the 7th), visit MTV2’s Headbangers Blog at http://headbangersblog.mtv.com/

    Visit EXODUS online at www.EXODUSATTACK.com and www.myspace.com/EXODUS

    EXODUS tour dates are available online at: http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/nb/v2/tours/tours.php
  • GRAYCEON News

    Vendlus Records' Grayceon has recently finished a 7" split with Giant Squid that is now available by The End Records, limited to 500 copies. Tour dates are scheduled through the first quarter of 2008 with acts like Agalloch, Lesbian, Giant Squid, Black Elk, Ludicra and more, with more dates being scheduled and updated all the time. Grayceon's self-titled debut is still available for coverage via Vendlus/Earsplit, with a new full-length scheduled to be recorded in February and released in August 2008 once again by Vendlus.

    01/13/2008 Bender's - San Francisco, CA w/La Fin Du Monde
    02/01/2008 Annie's Social Club - San Francisco, CA w/Lesbian
    02/02/2008 *TBA - Los Angeles, CA w/Lesbian
    02/23/2008 Annie's Social Club - San Francisco, CA w/Birushanah (Japan), Drain the Sky
    03/21/2008 *TBA - Portland, OR w/Agalloch
    03/22/2008 *TBA - Seattle, WA w/Agalloch

    "I'm not entirely sure if I can convey how truly beautiful parts of this album are, while still retaining a 'metalness' that fans of some of the bands above can still appreciate... Grayceon is absolutely fucking fantastic and early contender for my album of the year." - Digitalmetal.com

    "Grayceon have released an inventive and vivid debut that easily bests most metal released this year. Looks like Vendlus Records has gotten another good start in 2007. Highly recommended." - Metalreview.com

    www.grayceon.com | www.myspace.com/grayceon
  • "The Bitterest Flavours" - New Album finished - Listen Online!

    "The Bitterest Flavours", the second Divine Lust album, is finished and is currently being showcased within the label "industry". The final track-list goes as follows:

    - Last Will Left...
    - ... A Long Way Down
    - Good By Love
    - Hunting
    - Devilish Deliverance
    - Duskful Of Bliss, Morningful Of Misery
    - Veil Of Golden Leaves
    - Elsewhere But Here
    - The Son That Never Was
    - Selling My Soul
    - The White Flash

    The full version of "Selling My Soul" and "extended" samples of "Duskful Of Bliss, Morningful Of Misery" and "Good By Love" are available to listen online at the band's official site - www.divinelust.com - and MySpace - www.myspace.com/divinelustband .

    The album was recorded at Medusa Lab Studios and produced by Dikk and the band itself.

    Besides band members Filipe Gonçalves (vocals and guitars), João Costa (drums), António Capote (keyboards) and Ricardo Pinhal (guitars), these recordings were also enhanced by the contribution of Paula Teixeira (female vocals), Tiago Flores (violinist of the strings combo, Corvos), Ricardo Marques (Portuguese guitar) as well as the aforementioned producer Dikk (bass).

    Record labels and Distros interested in receiving "The Bitterest Flavours" advance promo-pack should get in touch with the band.

    Divine Lust
    www.divinelust.com
    www.myspace.com/divinelustband
  • Two new Hypnogaja albums now available at iTunes!

    Hey y'all!

    Two new Hypnogaja releases are now available:

    AUDIO FROM LAST NIGHT'S DREAM
    Buy at iTunes

    A new compilation album, featuring the brand new song, "Perfect Existence," and the previously unreleased track, "Open Ending." The iTunes version contains 4 bonus tracks, including audio commentary by the band on "The Spaceman" and "Put Your Hate On Me." A CD version of AUDIO FROM LAST NIGHT'S DREAM is coming to CDBaby soon.

    MIXTAPE
    Buy at iTunes

    A collection of remixes and rarities, including live tracks recorded on tour, remixes, alternate/demo versions of songs, and several previously unreleased tracks, including, "Blame It On The Full Moon."

    We've also launched the all new Hypnogaja website . Stop by and check the place out!
    Many thanks for all the love and support!!

    Peace,
    Mark, Jason, Jeeve, Adrian, Tim
    Hypnogaja

    www.myspace.com/hypnogaja

    www.hypnogaja.com
    www.apple.com/pro/profiles/hypnogaja
  • Magician's new album to be released in Japan, track list revealed

    - The power metal band MAGICIAN revealed the track list of their brand new album, Tales of the Magician, which will be released untill the end of the month in Japan by the label Soundholic (Grave Digger, Dark Funeral, Hate Eternal, Thyrfing, Evergrey, Nocturnal Rites, Marduk, etc). Check the track list:

    01. Tale I - Intro: Let the Spell Begin
    02. Tale II - Prime Evil
    03. Tale III - Underworld Terror
    04. Tale IV – Sandstorm
    05. Tale V - Terminal Day
    06. Tale VI - Dark Ritual (Hear your Master's Call)
    07. Tale VII - Minstrel's Domain
    08. Tale VIII - Siege on Zelgian
    09. Tale IX - Crossing the Last Gate
    10. Tale X - Finale: Let the Harmony Endure

    The japanese version has the following bonus tracks:

    - Underworld Terror (Pre-production version)
    - Minstrel's Domain (Karaoke version)
    - Minstrel's Domain (Videoclip)

    Soon it will also be available a video clip made for the song "Minstrel's Domain". Meanwhile check the samples posted in the band's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/magicianband

    www.magician.com.br
    www.myspace.com/magicianband
  • KYLESA to tour Europe with Baroness in early 2008

    Savannah, Ga. sludge rockers KYLESA will return to Europe in late January alongside fellow Georgians Baroness for nearly a month of live shows, returning to the old world for the first time since 2006. The band continues to support its latest effort, 'Time Will Fuse Its Worth,' which spawned the Dave Brodsky-directed video for "Hollow Severer" - available online here and at video outlets across the country.

    "When viewed on Headbanger's Ball in the context of other heavy music videos, I think that our video will offer something a little different than the average live footage video," guitarist/singer Laura Pleasants has said. "The depiction of the narration is abstracted and literal with the use of simple claymation and an overall raw energy is captured by David and Allie of My Good Eye (Goatwhore, The Acacia Strain). They were great and easy to work with and we hope to work with them again in the future."

    Having already toured alongside Genghis Tron, The Hidden Hand, Lacuna Coil, Modern Life Is War and Converge as well as appearing at Los Angeles Murderfest 3.0 and South By Southwest, KYLESA continues to support Time Will Fuse Its Worth. Recorded by KYLESA guitarist/vocalist Philip Cope, the record saw a late October 2006 release through Prosthetic Records.

    KYLESA on tour
    (with Baroness)
    26/01 Hilburg, Holland – Pop Centrum
    27/01 Hasselt, Belgium – Muziekodroom
    28/01 Bristol, UK – The Croft
    29/01 Birmingham, UK – Medicine Bar
    30/01 Manchester, UK – Star & Garter
    31/01 Glasgow, UK – Nice N Sleazy
    01/02 Sheffield, UK – Corporation
    02/02 London, UK – Monto Water Rats
    03/02 Brighton, UK – Barfly
    04/02 Paris, France – TBA
    05/02 Lausanne, Switzerland – Le Romandie
    06/02 Saarbrucken, Germany – Kleiner Club
    07/02 Donauworth, Germany – Juze
    08/02 Vienna, Australia – Szene
    09/02 Innsbruck, Australia – Pmk
    10/02 Prague, Czech Republic – Klub 007
    11/02 Leipzig, Germany – Zoro
    12/02 Berlin, Germany – Casseopia
    13/02 Copenhagen, Denmark – Stengade
    14/02 Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang
    15/02 Groningen, Holland – Vera
    16/02 Koln, Germany – Palladium (Visions Festival)

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • SKELETONWITCH to tour alongside Job For A Cowboy, The Red Chord

    Hot off returning home from the Dying Fetus / Cephalic Carnage tour alongside labelmates YEAR OF DESOLATION, Athens, Ohio's SKELETONWITCH have just been confirmed as a support act on an upcoming tour in late January alongside Job For A Cowboy and The Red Chord. Already touring heavily throughout 2007 in support of the band's Prosthetic Records debut, 'Beyond The Permafrost,' SKELETONWITCH has already shared time on the road with Withered, Nachtmystium, Municipal Waste and Toxic Holocaust, as well as Dying Fetus and Cephalic Carnage.

    Featuring artwork from John Baizley (Baroness, Pig Destroyer, Darkest Hour), 'Beyond The Permafrost' was recorded earlier this year with producer Cory Smoot (Municipal Waste, GWAR) and features a handful of brand new SKELETONWITCH songs alongside a few songs that previously appeared on the self-released Skeletonwitch records 'Worship The Witch' and 'At One With The Shadows.' Clips are available online here.

    SKELETONWITCH on tour
    (with Job For A Cowboy, The Red Chord)

    1/24 Fresno, CA – The Exit
    1/25 Reno, NV – Club Underground
    1/26 Bend, OR - Domino Room @ Midtown
    1/27 Spokane, WA – Big Easy Concert House
    1/28 Boise, ID – The Venue
    1/29 Salt Lake City, UT – Avalon Theater
    1/31 Sioux Falls, SD – Nutty’s North
    2/01 Iowa City, IA – The Picador
    2/02 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
    2/04 Grand Rapids, MI – Skelletones
    2/06 Lemoyne, PA – Champion Ship
    2/07 Dayton, OH – The Attic Club
    2/08 Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
    2/09 Joplin, MO – The Foundry
    2/10 Oklahoma City, OK – Bricktown Ballroom

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • WARBRINGER - post new video report online; shoot video for “Combat Shock”!

    LA thrashers WARBRINGER recently stopped by the American Century Media office and issued the following video report. Click on the link below to see what the band has to say about their biggest influences, recording with the renowned Bill Metoyer (Slayer, D.R.I. and Sacred Reich) and touring with the legendary Exodus. Also, the clip contains scenes filmed during the band’s mini-gig at the Century Media warehouse, so check it out & get thrashed! Just click HERE!

    The group’s much anticipated new effort, “War Without End”, will be released on February 28th, 2008 and guarantees a delicious Thrash Metal feast passionately reviving the sound of Baloff-era Exodus, Slayer’s “Hell Awaits”, and Kreator’s “Pleasure to Kill” for the 21st century in a strikingly inspired fashion.

    WARBRINGER also shot their first promotional video over the weekend for the track, “Combat Shock,” with acclaimed director Dan Dobi (Cannibal Corpse). The video is a brutally intense performance based clip that perfectly showcases the band’s unrelenting live energy. Look for it to make its debut online early next year.

    More info regarding WARBRINGER can be obtained at: www.myspace.com/warbringer!
  • SLIK HELVETIKA KICKS ASS ON ‘KRYPT KICKER 5’ EP

    There was a time – seemingly not long ago – that many rock bands seemed afraid to show off their ‘heavy metal side.’ This is where Slik Helvetika comes in - the group is an unashamed metal band to the bone, as evidenced by their recent EP, ‘Krypt Kicker 5.’ Issued via Screaming Ferret Wreckords and Metro City Records, the release touches upon all of the group’s influences, as the vocals and guitar work would undoubtedly make Rob Halford and Zakk Wylde mighty proud.

    Led by singer/guitarist Mikhall Myers, the group – which also includes guitarist J. Lee Haven, bassist Kurt Wagenseil, and drummer Mark Bennett - has quickly created a name for themselves throughout the metal underground. Originally forming in 2005, Myers assembled the group after he had “Put the metal away for a while after escaping the woes of being signed by a major label throughout the 80's", while leading a band called Destroyer. By their time of maturity, musical trends had changed, and rather than playing a lackluster popular genre, "I decided not to be half-hearted, and waited until powerful and energetic music with balls would have a chance again. That time is now!”

    Myers isn’t kidding, as Slik Helvetika is one mighty metallic beast, and such tracks as “Bastard” and “Pray for the Future” prove it. And they also break up the fury with several skits throughout ‘Krypt Kicker 5,’ which only adds to the intensity once they return with another hard hitter. Just don’t ask Myers to select a personal favorite. “Every song and skit on that disc is our favorite. We had to choose from 62 songs.” And it appears as though ‘Krypt Kicker 5’ is only the beginning for these metal diehards, as the next year will be a busy one for Slik Helvetika.

    “We are looking at options to get on a tour in '08, and we hit the studio to begin recording our full-length new disc, titled ‘Slik, Six, Six,’ in January 2008. We again have a lot of material to choose from. It is "up in the air" what label will get the disc right now. We are also talking about licensing our underground self-titled debut.”

    No doubt you will be hearing more from this fiercely rocking band in the coming months. And lastly, what’s up with the band’s moniker?

    “The band's name means ‘Eat the Wovenesta’ in Siamese. Just kidding! First of all, it sounds cool. Now...everyone has a homework assignment and should find out what Confoederatio Helvetica means in Latin, why the Helvetican warriors were thought to be invincible in the 1500’s, and which Helvetii tribe made captive Roman soldiers pass under the yoke upon the victory in the battle of Gaul which enraged Caesar.”

    For more information, go to:
    www.slikhelvetika.com
    www.myspace.com/slikhelvetika
  • THE FUNERAL PYRE prepares for West Coast tour with Book Of Black Earth

    Los Angeles-based band THE FUNERAL PYRE will hit the road in January for a West Coast Tour alongside Seattle's Book of Black Earth. Starting in Seattle in early January, the package will head down to California before wrapping up. Currently writing new material for a forthcoming new album, THE FUNERAL PYRE will showcase a new song on the road alongside songs from the band's latest effort, 'The Nature of Betrayal,' which saw a March re-release through Prosthetic after a distribution deal with Creator Destructor records.

    "We are finishing songs, playing them live and fine tuning what will be the 3rd installment in the Funeral Pyre career of metal," the band wrote recently on its blog. "It's been a long time already, to think that we're already on our 3rd record!? Nobody would have ever guessed we'd be here. I mean, we're not popular or anything, but hey, I like to think that we've accomplished a lot! If you have heard any of the new songs live, I'd really enjoy if you could give us some feedback about what you thought of them. These songs will be different than 'The Nature Of Betrayal' but yet the same...It's a big cycle we go through, you hear the same music, but it sounds different. How does that work? I'm not quite sure, but you will find out in 2008."

    THE FUNERAL PYRE
    (with Book of Black Earth)
    1/11 Seattle, WA – The Fun House
    1/12 Portland, OR – Satyricon
    1/13 Eugene, OR – Samurai Duck
    1/14 TBA - TBA
    1/15 Oakland, CA – Hazmat
    1/16 San Francisco, CA – Annie’s Social Club
    1/17 TBA - TBA
    1/18 Corona, CA – Showcase Theatre
    1/19 San Diego, CA – Chasers
    1/20 Hollywood, CA – The Relax Bar

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • Prosthetic Records signs SCALE THE SUMMIT

    Prosthetic Records is proud to announce Houston-based instrumental progressive quartet SCALE THE SUMMIT as the latest addition to the label's roster. Formed in Los Angeles in 2004, the band has previously released the self-financed full-length, 'Monument,' which has been receiving positive press worldwide. Clips from the release are available online here. SCALE THE SUMMIT is currently continuing to work on new material for the forthcoming Prosthetic Records debut, which is tentatively scheduled for a late 2008 release.

    "We're all very excited about working with Prosthetic Records and are looking forward to what we will accomplish together in the future," guitarist Chris Letchford says." We are currently preparing to go out on the road in 2008 in support of our current release 'Monument,' while also showcasing the new material that we have written for our first Prosthetic release. The new songs have really helped us solidify our signature sound, so expect to hear more evolved, face melting instrumental jams from SCALE THE SUMMIT!"

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • Stigma Completes Debut, Tracklisting Revealed

    Italy's Stigma Completes Work On Debut, Reveals Tracklisting

    Italy’s rising force in deathcore, STIGMA, has completed the recording process for their upcoming debut album, "When Midnight Strikes!", which is due out in spring 2008 through Pivotal Rockordings. The album was recorded at Db Studios with producer Ettore Rigotti (DISARMONIA MUNDI) and was mixed and mastered by Alessandro Vanara (DISARMONIA MUNDI, SLOWMOTION APOCALYPSE). Cover artwork, which was completed by Davide Nadalin, who has previously worked with NILE, THESHOLD, and THE DUSKFALL, can be seen here. Vocalist Vlad comments:

    “We're thrilled about the final result! We knew Ettore [Rigotti] is an outstanding producer, but we never thought we could reach this level at only the first album! We've recorded everything at its best, using only killer stuff and added all the melodies, solos, atmospheres, insane breakdowns and horrific parts we dreamed about during the songwriting! When Midnight Strikes! is truly an amazing debut, and we really can't wait to offer you the chance to listen to it!"

    "When Midnight Strikes!" features guest appearances from Tim Zlinsky (THE CLASSIC STRUGGLE), Alberto Zannier (SLOWMOTION APOCALYPSE), Ivan Odorico (SLOWMOTION APOCALYPSE), and Mike Lunacy (DARK LUNACY). Due to his departure from HATESPHERE, Jacob Bredahl was unable to participate in the recordings. A video for the first single, “I Am Dracula,” was filmed by WhereCloudsPart and features a cameo appearance from Belgian break dancer Metal Girl. A teaser for the video of “I Am Dracula” can be found on the band’s official YouTube Page. Stigma has also recently announced sponsorships Bulk Music, Shure (through SISME), and Hughes-And-Kettner, in addition to their deals with Black Flys Eyewear, Deepline Tattoo, Manne Guitars, and Ed Stone Rockwear (Lamb of God, Machine Head, Bullet For My Valentine). Tracklisting for “When Midnight Strikes!” is as follows:

    1. Walpurghis Night
    2. I Am Dracula
    3. Silver Bullets And Burning Crosses
    4. To Be Really Dead… That Must Be Glorious
    5. Flesh Ritual
    6. Beneath The Crown Of Eternal Light
    7. Blood, Your Precious Blood!
    8. A Call For Vengeance
    9. Walking The Fields Of Apocalypse
    10. Sons Of Midnight
    11. Epitaph Of Pain (Re-Mixed Bonus Track)
    12. Mirthless Soul (Re-Mixed Japanese Bonus Track)

    http://label.pivotalalliance.com/
    http://www.myspace.com/pivotalrockordings
  • DETRIMENTUM: New Album Artwork Unveiled, Release Date Announced

    UK extreme metallers DETRIMENTUM announce the worldwide release of their long awaited debut full length album, "Embracing This Deformity", on February 4, 2008 via Grindethic Records.

    Honing DETRIMENTUM's trademark style of blending brutal death metal with elements of black metal and doom, the album is equally at home expressing ferocious aggression with razor sharp blastbeats and guttural vocals, along with moments of dark introspection with soaring melodies and tortured screams.

    The album features the stunning artwork from former vocalist Eddie Ruffles and will contain a multimedia section with live video and full set of lyrics which stand head and shoulders above the usual death metal fare, taking an uneasy journey across bleak misanthropic landscapes. The cover artwork can be viewed at this location

    "Embracing This Deformity" track listing:

    01. Scalestomeasurethemisfortuneofman
    02. Disillusion Ethos (Of Torment and My Bleeding Shadow)
    03. Blood Simple
    04. Dark Eye [MP3 Link]
    05. The Flesh Elemental
    06. Born To Bleed (Losing Myself To Silence)
    07. Negativity Flux
    08. Ills To Which The Flesh Is Heir
    09. The Contusions Of Remorse
    10. Twilight's Slow Attrition

    This album marks the beginning of collaboration between Grindethic Records and distribution company Code7 with their partners at Plastic Head , which will see this release available through high street chains in the UK, mainstream online retailers and pay-to-download networks.

    DETRIMENTUM will celebrate the release of their new album with a launch party headline show at the Bar Monsta in London, UK, on 26 January 2008 where copies of the album will be available to purchase for the first time. Other bands scheduled to appear are BLOODWORK, SCYTHIAN and DYSCARNATE. A flyer for this show can be viewed here

    For more information, visit:
    http://www.grindethic.co.uk
    http://www.detrimentum.co.uk
    http://www.myspace.com/detrimentum
  • W:O:A 2008 - latest billing

    AS I LAY DYING, AT THE GATES, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CORVUS CORAX, CREMATORY, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, ENEMY OF THE SUN, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, GOREROTTED, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, NIGHTWISH, OBITUARY, POWERWOLF, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES, THE FORCE GORGOROTH, WARBRINGER

    More info: www.wacken.com

  • New MALEVOLENT CREATION Live Footage Online!
    From: Charles Elliott <[email protected]>
    To: undisclosed-recipients:;
    Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 3:12 pm
    For immediate release:

    Footage from MALEVOLENT CREATION’s December 5th show at The Rock in Tucson, AZ is now available online. The performance was captured on the band’s current “Death by Decibels Tour” sponsored by REVOLVER MAGAZINE. The event also features some of today’s finest extreme metal acts including VADER, CATTLE DECAPITATION, LIGHT THIS CITY, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS and VEIL OF MAYA. Check out the songs “Multiple Stab Wounds” and “Eve of the Apocalypse” .

    MALEVOLENT CREATION has recruited drummer Fabian Aguirre (SYNAPTICIDE, ex-GRINDCRUSHER, MISTY FATE, ANGEL NEGRO) as the replacement for the recently departed Dave Culross. Handling the bass duties for the group on the road will reportedly be Marco Martell, who has already previously toured with the band.

    The band previously stated about Aguirre, "MALEVOLENT CREATION compare this drummer to a Gene Hoglan-type of style and is a brutally fast hard-hitter."

    For more information on Fabian Aguirre, visit his MySpace page.

    MALEVOLENT CREATION's new album, "Doomsday X", was released in the U.S. on July 17 via Nuclear Blast Records and in Europe on August 24 via Massacre Records. The CD was recorded and engineered at Mercury Recording Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida by longtime friend and producer (and sometimes session member) Gus Rios, and is said to be the most diverse MALEVOLENT CREATION album recorded to date and "without a doubt their fastest!!" Mick Thomson, guitarist for SLIPKNOT, contributed a "ripping" guitar solo to the song "Deliver My Enemy".
  • ALL THAT REMAINS confirms headlining run alongside Chimaira, Five Finger Death Punch, Light This City, Divine Heresy

    Massachusetts' ALL THAT REMAINS is proud to announce a headlining run later this winter with support from Chimaira, Five Finger Death Punch, labelmates Light This City and Divine Heresy. Starting at the end of January and rolling into March, tickets are already available at https://tixx1.artistarena.com/allthatremains/. ALL THAT REMAINS continues to support its latest release, the hugely successful 'The Fall of Ideals,' which was released in July 2006 and has since spawned three music videos, the latest of which is for the song "Not Alone," and is available online here. Meanwhile, a live clip for the track "Six," which appears on the recently released DVD, ALL THAT REMAINS Live, is available here.

    Having just returned from the road as direct support to As I Lay Dying alongside Haste The Day and labelmates Through The Eyes of the Dead, ALL THAT REMAINS again heads out on the road, having already logged time on the road since the summer of 2006 on Ozzfest, alongside DragonForce, Killswitch Engage, and several headlining outings as well as several trips to Europe, a string of Mexican tour dates and appearances at this year's Wacken: Open-Air and Japan's Loud Park festivals earlier this year.

    The current string of dates will likely be All That Remains' last appearance out on the road before returning home to record the follow-up to 'The Fall of Ideals.' Details on that will be available shortly.

    ALL THAT REMAINS on tour
    (with Five Finger Death Punch)
    1/31 Albany, NY – Revolution Hall

    (with Chimaira, Five Finger Death Punch, Divine Heresy)
    2/01 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
    2/02 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
    2/05 Toronto, ONT - Phoenix (no Chimaira – special guest TBA)
    2/06 Montreal, QBC – Club Soda (no Chimaira – special guest TBA)
    2/08 Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre
    2/09 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
    2/10 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
    2/12 Minneapolis, MN – Station 4
    2/13 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
    2/15 Denver, CO - Gothic
    2/16 Salt Lake City, UT – The Avalon
    2/17 Boise, ID - Big Easy Concert House
    2/18 Spokane, WA – Big Easy Concert House

    (with Chimaira, Five Finger Death Punch, Light This City)
    2/21 San Francisco, CA – Slims
    2/22 San Diego, CA – SOMA
    2/23 Las Vegas, NV – Jillian’s
    2/25 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
    2/26 Phoenix, AZ - Marquee
    2/28 Dallas, TX – The Door
    2/29 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
    3/01 Houston, TX - Meridian
    3/03 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
    3/04 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
    3/05 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
    3/06 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • METALCAMP Announces HELLOWEEN Performance

    Dear Metalcampers,

    For five years, Slovenian festival METALCAMP has been carving the message of music and freedom into the harts of heavy metal fans from all over the world.

    Every year we try to provide you the best and most important artists in the history of heavy metal. Metalcamp is like having a dream collection of favourite bands, all there at one place in one week, ready to play for you. And this is the main idea behind Metalcamp holidays- a festival with all possible metal genres and sub genres.

    We are more than happy to announce one of the pioneers of German heavy metal scene, a band that everyone loves, and a band that carved their massage to all of us:

    HELLOWEEN means a lot to heavy metal crowd. They represent the scene. It’s the name that has always been here, the name that we all grew up with and who taught us about real heavy metal. Helloween entertain us since 1985. In mid 80ies they started one of the most important legacies for the history of heavy metal. Their first era started with EPs ‘Helloween’ and ‘Judas’ and their first LP ‘Walls of Jericho’. This is when they introduced us with the first vision of melodic European speed metal.

    They made the first line up change, got a new singer and this period sealed them as one of the most successful German heavy metal bands of all time. Young talented singer Michael Kiske joined Helloween in 1987 and recorded great albums as ‘Keeper of the 7 Keys’ in 1987 and ‘Keeper of the 7 keys Pt. 2’ in 1988.

    Guitarist Kai Hansen decided to leave the band shortly after. But Helloween kept recording and put out ‘Pink Bubbles go Ape’ in 1991 and ‘Chameleon’ in 1993. A big change had to happen. Helloween experimented in different musical styles but soon, after Kiske left the band, returned to their original sound and style. Andi Deris joined Helloween in 1994 and they recoded the comeback album ‘Master of the Rings’. In 1996 they released another important album; ‘The Time of the Oath’ which is a tribute album, recorded in the memory of their long time drummer Ingo. Even more successful era followed with the release of ‘Better that Raw’ in 1998 and the millennium release ‘The Dark Ride’. In 2003 they had some more line up changes and released ‘Rabbit don’t Come Easy’. Helloween impressed us again with their DVD ‘Keeper of the 7 keys- The Legacy World Tour’ and released another great studio album ‘Gambling with the Devil’ in 2007.

    This will be first time for Helloween performing METALCAMP and believe us…Metalcamp will go crazy!!!!!

    Another new confirmation is Mystic Prophecy

    They performed Metalcamp festival two years ago. They proved to be the true messengers of heavy metal, a real machine, a progressive band with sophisticated touch and a special feeling. They can play with emotions and speed metal at the same time. Mystic Prophecy released great albums like ‘Savage Souls’, ‘Regresus’, ‘Vengeance’ and the best in their career ‘Satanic Curses’. The record that will bring you various metal styles, influenced by American and European, researched in old and new.
    It will be just great to see the top four German heavy metal acts, each presenting its own school and perspective of heavy metal. Mystic Prophecy will complete the German melodic heavy list together with Brainstorm, Rage and Helloween.

    CONFIRMED BANDS FOR METALCAMP 08 ARE:

    MINISTRY - CELTIC FROST - BEHEMOTH - RAGE - KATAKLYSM - WINTERSUN
    TANKARD - HEAVEN SHALL BURN - BRAINSTORM - SKYFORGER
    CATAMENIA - DARK FORTRESS - PERSIHING MANKIND

    TICKETS AND LIMITED EDITION X-MASS PACKAGES AVAILABLE AT
    www.metalcamp.com

    Have a nice day,
    Your METALCAMP team

    MetalManiacs.com
  • KING DIAMOND Receives Grammy Nomination For Best Metal Performance

    Metal Blade is both very proud and excited to announce that King Diamond has received a Grammy Nomination for BEST METAL PERFORMANACE for the track Never Ending Hill off their latest album Give me Your Soul… Please.

    King comments on his bands nomination:

    “It’s a great honor to be picked as a nominee; it’s totally shocking and unexpected. We do feel as a band that this is the best album we have ever done. Hopefully there will be many more albums and tours to come. We feel that we have at least another good 10 years in us! This nomination is a testament to our legion of loyal fans and our thanks go out to them for the endless support and all of the kind words.”

    Metal Blade owner and CEO Brian Slagel comments on having two bands nominated for this years Grammy’s:

    “All of us at Metal Blade Records are extremely honored to have 2 of our artists, As I Lay Dying and King Diamond, nominated for Grammy awards. They both truly deserve this honor for the great artistry they have accomplished on these tremendous releases.”

    King Diamond’s Give Me Your Soul… Please was released on June 26th 2007 and came in at #174 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart! Give Me Your Soul… Please is a blistering metal horror-opera concept album that draws from themes from the occult and both King Diamond’s personal life, after-life experiences, as well as King Diamond’s signature dark imagination. The result is a montage of murder mysteries meets nightmare dream sequences wrapped in a proto-power-metal soundtrack. As King describes it, “Give Me Your Soul… Please is a horror murder mystery story mixed with reality from beginning to end.”

    MetalManiacs.com
  • HATE ETERNAL Announces New Album Title And Track Listing

    Tampa, FL’s very own Hate Eternal is back with the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2005 release I, Monarch, titled Fury and Flames. Fury and Flames will be the bands most diverse and emotionally fueled record to date due mainly in part to the passing of bassist and good friend Jared Anderson.

    Hate Eternal founder and vocalist/guitarist Erik Rutan recently did an interview with MTVnews.com where he stated, “Jared was one of my best friends, and his passing away really affected me and influenced this record a lot. It's a very dark and heavy record — not just heavy as in 'heavy metal,' but heavy-hearted as well." Go HERE to read the full article.

    Fury and Flames will feature cover art by Paul Romano (Mastodon, Animosity, The Red Chord) and features the addition of new members Shaune Kelley as second guitarist and Jade Simonetto on drums. The addition of second guitarist Shaune means that this will be the first time Hate Eternal will be able to perform as a four piece live. Something fans will be able to experience on the first tour for Fury and Flames when the band heads out with label-mates The Black Dahlia Murder. Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse fame stepped in on bass for the recording, but due to his insane schedule with Cannibal will not be able to tour with the band.

    Fury and Flames will be in stores and online everywhere on February 19th 2008.

    Fury and Flames track listing:
    1. Hell Envenom
    2. Whom Gods May Destroy
    3. Para Bellum
    4. Bringer of Storms
    5. The Funerary March
    6. Thus Salvation
    7. Proclamation of the Damned
    8. Fury Within
    9. Tombeau (Le Tombeau De La Fureur et Des Flames)
    10. Coronach

    HATE ETERNAL is:
    Erik Rutan – Lead and rhythm guitars/vocals
    Alex Webster – Bass
    Jade Simonetto – Drums
    Shaune Kelley – Lead and rhythm guitars

    In anticipation of the band’s third full-length release, and Metal Blade debut, Hate Eternal will be hitting the road with label mates The Black Dahlia Murder starting January 15th. The tour’s sponsors include the #1 horror movie magazine in the world FANGORIA, metal magazine heavyweights Metal Maniacs, and Microsoft Zune!

    Be sure to pick up the January issue of Fangoria out 12/18 and the January issue of Metal Maniacs out 1/01 to check out the tour ad with details on how to win a guitar from ESP, a guitar case from Coffin Case, and a corpse prop by FX wiz Drew Pierce of Cutthroat Studios.

    FANGORIA Magazine & Metal Maniacs presents:
    THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Tour w/ 3 Inches of Blood, HATE ETERNAL and Decrepit Birth
    01/15 Rochester, NY Club @ Water Street
    01/16 New York, NY B.B. King's Blues Club
    01/17 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
    01/18 Philadelphia, PA Fillmore
    01/19 Worcester, MA Palladium Upstairs
    01/20 Richmond, VA Alley Katz
    01/21 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
    01/22 Tampa, FL State Theatre
    01/23 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
    01/25 Houston, TX Meridian
    01/26 Ft. Worth The Rockyard
    01/27 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
    01/29 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theater
    01/30 San Diego, CA Soma Side Stage
    01/31 W. Hollywood, CA Key Club
    02/01 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
    02/02 San Francisco, CA Slims
    02/03 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
    02/04 Seattle, WA El Corazon
    02/05 Boise, ID The Venue
    02/06 Salt Lake City, UT Avalon Theatre
    02/07 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
    02/08 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
    02/09 Minneapolis, MN Station 4
    02/10 Iowa City, IA Picador
    02/12 Sauget, IL Pops
    02/13 Chicago, IL House of Blues
    02/14 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
    02/15 Detroit, MI The Majestic

    www.hateeternal.com | www.myspace.com/haeteternal

    MetalManiacs.com
  • THROWDOWN's SCUM OF THE EARTH TOUR KICKS OFF IN FEBRUARY

    Soilwork, Through The Eyes Of The Dead, War Of Ages Set To Take Part

    Orange County, CA - THROWDOWN will headline The Scum Of The Earth Tour which is set to kick off in February and will cross the United States (and some Canadian cities as well) through early April. It is the band's first headlining tour in support of their new album, Venom & Tears, which was released in August.

    Joining Throwdown on the bill for the Scum Of The Earth Tour, which is presented by Black Rose District Clothing, will be Swedish metal madmen Soilwork, whose own Sworn to a Great Divide was recently released to rave reviews from fans and critics. THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD are also onboard, touring in support of a new album of their own, Malice. War Of Ages rounds out what is sure to be a devastating lineup.

    "We haven't headlined our own tour in a long time, which is exciting," commented Throwdown frontman Dave Peters. "The most rewarding thing about playing our songs live is interacting and communicating with the audience. And now that our new album has been out for a few months, the songs have had a chance to really sink in, and we're looking forward to seeing people's reactions to songs both new and old."

    "We're also very stoked to be touring with Soilwork who are coming all the way over from Sweden," Peters added. "And with THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and War Of Ages onboard, it's a very strong and diverse bill."

    Venom & Tears is Throwdown's fastest-selling album, garnering favorable comparisons to landmark records by legendary metal bands while offering newfound metallic depth and emotional complexity. Peters recently interviewed Sepultura/ Soulfly founder Max Cavalera for Revolver's "Rebel Meets Rebel" feature.

    Throwdown have spent the last four years on the road as part of Vans Warped Tour, Ozzfest, Sounds of the Underground and as support for Machine Head, Soulfly, Lamb Of God, In Flames and As I Lay Dying, pausing briefly to write and record Venom & Tears and 2005's Vendetta album.

    Soilwork is currently part of a massive US tour with Killswitch Engage and Lamb Of God. The band's new single is featured as a downloadable track for Guitar Hero III. THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD will soon shoot another video with director Dave Brodsky, having taken part in a sold-out tour with All That Remains and As I Lay Dying. War Of Ages is busy writing the followup to Pride of the Wicked, which will be produced by Tim Lambesis.

    The Scum Of The Earth Tour will be preceded by Throwdown dates in smaller cities on the West Coast with My Children My Bride and Arsonists Get All The Girls in support. Look for confirmed dates for that very soon.

    "We're going to be stepping up our production on this tour as well, both sonically and visually," Peters added. "And with a bill as energized as this one, it's going to make for a great show all around."

    Here are the confirmed dates for the SCUM OF THE EARTH TOUR featuring Throwdown, Soilwork, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and War Of Ages.

    THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD on tour
    3/03 Dallas, TX – The Door
    3/04 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
    3/05 Houston, TX – Meridien
    3/07 Tampa, FL – StateTheatre
    3/08 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Firestone
    3/09 Orlando, FL – Firestone
    3/10 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
    3/11 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
    3/12 Norfolk, VA – Norva
    3/13 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
    3/19 Montreal, QUE – Le Studio
    3/20 Toronto, ONT – Opera House
    3/21 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
    3/27 Boise, ID – The Big Easy
    3/28 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
    3/29 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
    *more confirmed dates coming soon*

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • ATARFE VEGA ROCK FESTIVAL

    Dear Friends.

    We’re pleased to confirm that WITHIN TEMPTATION & ANGELUS APATRIDA will play at the ATARFE VEGA ROCK FESTIVAL, set to take place the 7th (Friday) and 8th of March (Saturday) 2008, in the city of ATARFE (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia - SPAIN). By now, this is the billing after adding this new act: ANGELUS APATRIDA, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL, UNLEASHED and WITHIN TEMPTATION. More bands to be announced very soon.

    This year the shows will be hold at “Coliseo Ciudad Atarfe”, a modern covered Bullring, with all the facilities, that a music festival like the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival requires.

    First tickets can now be sold. The special price for the two day tickets is 45 Euros + issue expenses, this promotion will end the 27th December. For more info about our festival, please visit the official website www.brmusic.net. We’ll go on updating it, to let you find there, all you need to now about the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival.

    Very soon there will be news about the festival, such as new bands and more details, which we will send you to this e-mail address. If you want us, to send these official press statements to another e - mail address instead of to this one, please tell us.

    In case you have any doubt or question you can send us an e-mail to this address or to the festival’s one. My colleagues and me will be pleased to answer your e-mails.

    Best Regards.

    Atarfe Vega Rock Festival – Press Department.
    www.brmusic.net
  • NILE VIDEOS ON HEADBANGER’S BLOG

    Praised in Revolver Magazine for “creating one of the best albums of their career” with their Nuclear Blast debut, Ithyphallic, South Carolina’s NILE have created an exclusive “Making Of..” video for MTV2, which can be viewed here

    On Thursday, December 13th, MTV2’s Headbanger’s Blog will exclusively debut NILE’s video for “Papyrus Containing The Spell To Preserve Its Possessor Against Attacks From He Who Is In The Water” online and debut it on-air Headbanger’s Ball on Saturday, December 15th (check local listings for times). To view the video and read vocalist/guitarist Dallas Toler-Wade’s account of the decision to include live Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) and relive their race against time to complete the video, visit MTV2’s Headbanger’s Blog at http://headbangersblog.mtv.com/ tomorrow.

    NILE will be launching a headlining North American tour in support of Ithyphallic on March 8th, 2008 in St. Petersburg, Florida with Unexpect, Suicide Silence, and The Faceless ending with a show in Charleston, South Carolina on April 4th.

    Visit NILE online at www.NILE-CATACOMBS.net and www.myspace.com/NILECATACOMBS

    NILE tour dates are available online at: http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/nb/v2/tours/tours.php
  • Ozzy Osbourne Bassist Confirmed For Metal Recording Industry Documentary

    Rob "Blasko" Nicholson Confirmed For Metal Recording Industry Documentary

    Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (Cryptic Slaughter, Drown, Prong, Danzig, Rob Zombie and current Ozzy Osbourne bassist) has been confirmed to take part in the upcoming metal recording industry documentary Behind The Suit and Tie. Filming will take place on December 21 in NYC.

    Through a series of interviews with players from both indie and major labels, Behind The Suit and Tie will showcase the truth of how the music industry is being affected by the downward spiral of CD sales and how new and up and coming artists must learn to adjust to changing times. The film will also contain insight from Radio DJ Eddie Trunk, Paul Conroy (Ferret Records), Missi Callazzo (Megaforce Records), Al Dawson (Earache Records), Pat Egan (Relapse Records), Ray Harkins (Century Media), JC (The End Records), Mark Nawara (Crash Music), Gary Susalis (Music Choice), Rayny Forster (Moshpit Tragedy), Demolition Records, Heavy Artillery Records, Ex-Megadeth and current F5 bassist David Ellefson, and Soulfly/Primer 55 bassist Bobby Lee Burns. More labels and artists are subjected to be added.

    Behind The Suit and Tie pulls no punches and features some of the prime movers in the heavy metal industry drawing back the veil of mystique surrounding the music business and addressing tough questions about the industry itself, how it's run and where labels see their role in a digital future. There has been a lot of bad blood shed throughout the metal recording industry for many years now and it's time we separate fact from fiction.

    Robert Jr./Producer, Energy Music comments: "This film is not going to be your ordinary music documentary. We will deliver a strong message throughout the heavy metal community to show you what is fact and what is fiction. We have started full production on November 1 in NYC and things are moving along as planned."

    For more info visit www.myspace.com/behindthesuitandtie.
  • ATTACKER Recording new CD single

    New Jersey Metallers, ATTACKER are recording a brand new song that will be featured in a free CD to be published by Polands HARD ROCKER MAGAZINE. The new song will be titled "CONDEMNED". The new song will later be released by the band as a commemorative CD single for fans attending the KEEP IT TRUE X Festival. In its release, there will only be 100 copies made and each copy will be autographed by ATTACKER themsleves.

    Vocalist Bob Mitchell recently made this statement "Bart Gabriel and I share a long term friendship and when he asked us to contribute a song for the magazines free CD, we counter offered a brand new song to him and for our fans throughout Europe. I will also confirm that we will later release this new song as a CD single. "CONDEMNED" will give fans an opportunity to check out what’s yet to come from us. It's also our way of giving back and saying thanks to those that have remained loyal and supported us".

    HARD ROCKER MAGAZINE's Bart Gabriel continues with this statement, "The new third issue of our own HARD ROCKER MAGAZINE just landed, but of course, we've already started working on the next one that will show up in the first week of February. As promised, our next magazine issue will, once again, include a free CD, and this time you will be able to check new songs from bands such as: LONEWOLF, HALLOWEEN, VOLNAYA STAYA, KINGCROSSING, FAITH FACTOR, BLOODWRITTEN, ATTACKER, MASTER, LAZARUS, CRYSTAL VIPER and others".

    The band will perform a special "Battle At Helms Deep" Show at the KIT X Festival on Friday April 4th at the Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany.

    ATTACKER "Standing The Test Of Time" on Chavis Records/BCD Music Group is in Stores right NOW!!

    Don't get caught with egg on your face. Play Chicktionary! Check it out!
  • SUICIDE SILENCE “The Cleansing” release date and on tour with Parkway Drive and Bury Your Dead

    SUICIDE SILENCE’s amazing album “The Cleansing” will finally hit Europe February 18th! Upon the US release of the album SUICIDE SILENCE made a huge statement to the metal world by entering the US Billboard Top 200 chart at #94, which marks the highest debut ever for a new Century Media artist.

    SUICIDE SILENCE adheres to no preconceived notions and refuses to be pigeonholed into any specific genre. Their music clearly represents their many influences, incorporating a savage mix of death metal, grindcore, black metal, hardcore and doom elements into each track. The songs are dynamic and crushing, shifting effortlessly from insane grind chaos into surgically precise, disorienting time signatures topped off with snail-paced grooves and destructive breakdowns. Check out songs from “The Cleansing” at:

    www.myspace.com/suicidesilence

    In spring 2007 they entered the studio with John Travis (Kid Rock, Static-X) to record their debut full-length while the renowned Tue Madsen (Dark Tranquillity, The Haunted) handled mixing duties. Its outstanding artwork was done by the legendary Dave McKean (Sandman comics, classic covers for Machine Head, My Dying Bride, Testament, Fear Factory).

    The devastating quintet from Riverside, California separated themselves from the underground through an undying work ethic and undeniable live performance. Not only did the band tour North America relentlessly with the likes of Unearth and Darkest Hour, but also went headlining for Despised Icon, Winds of Plague and Walls Of Jericho as well as simply ruling the UK on their first visit in 2006. Now, it will be time for their first tour all over Europe with Parkway Drive and Bury Your Dead.

    Vocalist Mitch Lucker comments:

    “We’re extremely pleased to be hitting the road once again with our friends in Bury Your Dead. We had a blast touring with them in the states and now it’s time to conquer the other side of the world on a great package featuring Parkway Drive as the headliner. We’re not really sure what to expect as we’ll be playing in many of these markets for the first time, but hopefully the European fans will live up to all the crazy things we’ve heard about them. See you on the road!”

    SUICIDE SILENCE
    On tour with Parkway Drive, Bury Your Dead, To Kill (opener mainland), Shaped By Fate (opener UK)

    18.04.2008 (D) Bruchsal - Rockfabrik
    19.04.2008 (D) Muenster - Sputnikhalle
    20.04.2008 (NL) Amsterdam - Melkweg
    21.04.2008 (D) Hamburg - Logo
    22.04.2008 (SE) Stockholm - Klubben
    23.04.2008 (SE) Gothenburg - Brew House
    24.04.2008 (D) Berlin - Magnet
    25.04.2008 (D) Leipzig - Conne Island
    26.04.2008 (A) Oberwart - OHO
    27.04.2008 (I) Bologna - Estragon
    28.04.2008 (D) Munich - Feierwerk
    29.04.2008 (CH) Zuerich - Abart
    30.04.2008 (D) Saarbruecken - Roxy
    01.05.2008 (UK) Newport - TJs
    02.05.2008 (UK) Nottingham - Rock City
    03.05.2008 (UK) Manchester - Academy 3
    04.05.2008 (UK) Glasgow - Barfly
    05.05.2008 (UK) Yeovil - The Orange Box
    06.05.2008 (UK) Sheffield - Corporation
    07.05.2008 (UK) London - Underworld
    09.05.2008 (D) Cologne - Underground

    www.myspace.com/suicidesilence
    www.suicidesilence.net
  • BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART European and UK tours

    Prepare yourself, because BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART invades Europe in January and early February for their first full European tour with labelmates Maroon as well as UK darlings Bring Me The Horizon and Architects after playing a sold-out UK only headlining tour with Enter Shikari in 2006.

    The band has been busy touring the US with the likes of Kittie, Silent Civilian, It Dies Today, Bring Me The Horizon, The Devil Wears Prada and A Day to Remember.
    The group's unique, infectious brand of '80s madness is undeniable, and they deliver a plethora of balls-out, party rock anthems that are so catchy and infectious, they will soon be your new guilty pleasure. This Montreal-based six-piece have put the pedal to the metal and will storm over the Atlantic to steal all our booze and women while having the times of their lives.

    Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/blessedbyabrokenheart for their complete touring itinerary.

    Their sophomore, appropriately entitled album “Pedal To The Metal” is scheduled for a release in the spring 2008. The effort was recorded by GGGarth (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiss, Motley Crue, Rise Against, Atreyu, Biffy Clyro, Nickelback, Rage Against The Machine, Testament) and mixed by Mike Hatalak from It Dies Today who also worked with Roses are Red and Dead Hearts. Make no mistake, this is fun people making music with only one intention in mind: to have a damn good time.

    BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART
    On tour with Maroon, Bring Me The Horizon, Architects:
    14.01.2008 (D) Trier - Exhaus
    15.01.2008 (D) Hamburg - Knust
    16.01.2008 (D) Berlin - Kato
    17.01.2008 (D) Chemnitz - AJZ
    18.01.2008 (D) Wien - Arena
    19.01.2008 (I) Cesena - Vidia Club
    20.01.2008 (I) Milano - Live Club
    21.01.2008 (CH) Luzern - Sedel
    22.01.2008 (D) Bochum - Matrix
    23.01.2008 (D) Paris - Batofar
    24.01.2008 (CH) Martigny - Le Caves Du Manoir
    25.01.2008 (D) Karlsruhe - Substage
    26.01.2008 (B) Hasselt - Muziek-O-Droom
    27.01.2008 (B) Tilburg - O13
    09.02.2007 (B) Ieper - Ieper Winterfest (afternoon show)
    09.02.2008 (B) Mol, Wezel - Knock Out Festival (evening show)

    Headlining with Azriel:

    28.01.2008 (UK) Hitchin - Club 85
    29.01.2008 (UK) Newport - The Meze Lounge
    30.01.2008 (UK) Trowbridge - Terry's Club
    31.01.2008 (UK) Stoke on Trent - Sugarmill
    01.02.2008 (UK) Norwich - Brickmasters 2
    02.02.2008 (UK) Doncaster - The Woolpack
    03.02.2008 (UK) Glasgow - Barfly
    04.02.2008 (UK) Manchester - Music Box
    05.02.2008 (UK) York - The Junction
    06.02.2008 (UK) London - Underworld
    07.02.2008 (UK) Sheffield - Corporation
    08.02.2008 (UK) Peterborough - The Park

    www.myspace.com/blessedbyabrokenheart
  • WINDS OF PLAGUE greetings from European tour

    Check out the short clip with some video-greetings and live-impressions from WINDS OF PLAGUE on their current European tour with Shai Hulud and Dead Hearts: http://www.youtube.com/centurymediaeurope

    Yes! The clip features some new tunes from the song “Anthems Of Apocalypse” from their upcoming album “Decimate The Weak” which will be out in Europe January 28th, 2008 and in the USA February 5th, 2008. If you are lucky you can grab a copy of a free Century Media Records give-away compilation (feat. “Anthems Of Apocalypse” and 12 mostly brand new songs from Heaven Shall Burn, Suicide Silence, Arch Enemy, The Agony Scene, Warbringer as well as a classic Hellhammer song and many more) directly from the band on their first European tour.

    “Decimate The Weak” was recorded with Daniel Castleman (As I Lay Dying) and mixed by the legendary Tue Madsen (Dark Tranquillity, The Haunted), its artwork was crafted by Pär Olofsson (Dominion, Deeds Of Flesh). Make sure to check out their crushing mix of modern metal, atmospheric sounds of Scandinavian black metal and classic American metal which should cater the needs of fans from Bleeding Through as well as Nile and Vital Remains.

    http://www.youtube.com/centurymediaeurope
  • POISONBLACK are recording "A Dead Heavy Day"

    Finland’s dark rockers POISONBLACK have just hit Soundmix Studio in their hometown Oulu with Kari Vähäkuopus for recordings of their 3rd album "A Dead Heavy Day".

    Drummer Tarmo Kanerva states:

    “On the one hand there is going to be some really melodic songs and on the other hand the heavy stuff is heavier than anything we have ever done before. Still, you won’t need to be afraid of dramatic changes. It’ll be the typical POISONBLACK sound.”
    The band featuring former Sentenced singer Ville Laihiala has supported their labelmates Lacuna Coil on their European tour end of 2006 and played several high profile festivals such as Wave Gotik Treffen (D), Summerbreeze (D), Sauna Open Air (FI) Ruisrock (FI), Myötätuulirock (FI) and Simerockin (FI) in 2007.

    www.poisonblack.com
    www.myspace.com/officialpoisonblack
  • CRYPTOPSY makes their triumphant return; announces new members!

    The genre-defying extreme metal titans, CRYPTOPSY, have triumphantly retuned with a vicious new lineup featuring the additions of vocalist Matt McGachy and keyboards/samplist Maggie Durand. The band will enter the studio mid-December to begin recording their much anticipated sixth full-length album.

    Furthermore, CRYPTOPSY will also be touring Mexico, Central and South America for the very first time throughout February and will possibly return to Mexico again in April 2008. Stay tuned to www.myspace.com/cryptopsy for upcoming tourdates and news.

    In 2008, CRYPTOPSY returns to redefine the boundaries of technical extreme metal with an album that is sure to catch the attention of the entire scene.
  • PAGAN'S MIND to headline ProgPower Europe 2008

    Hi,

    Norwegian progmetal masters PAGAN'S MIND will be one of the 3 headliners of ProgPower Europe 2008. Because we celebrate our 10th anniversary next year the festival will be a full 3-day event with 3 bands on Friday and 6 on Saturday and Sunday. PAGAN'S MIND will return to ProgPower Europe after their excellent performances back in 2003 and 2005, but this time they will offer you a full show of almost 2 hours.

    Tickets will go on sale on January 2, but check out www.progpower.eu for all the details.

January 10th, 2008
  • Disasterhate - Sacrifice to Eclipse Mcd

    The debut mcd is finally out !!! 5 killer songs of solid modern thrash metal sound, dark, dramatic and psychic !!!

    DISASTERHATE on www.myspace.com/disasterhate
  • Boris - Smile - April 2008

    A brand new, full-on studio album shall arise from the Japanese trio once again on Southern Lord. Featuring guest appearances from Michio Kurihara, Stephen O' Malley and others, and including some new formations within the band's sound (as always...) such as some amazing vocal work by Takeshi and even by guitarist Wata, Smile will continue to perpetuate the ongoing spirit of the entity known as Boris. More info to follow on a pre-album released CD/7" single, new video and even more in the coming weeks...

    www.inoxiarec.com/boris
  • EARTH - The Bee Made Honey in the Lion's Skull - February 2008

    Earth's latest incarnation has arrived. After re faceting some old gems for greater illumination on Hibernaculum, the band returns one again to it's continuing evolution. Where Hex... reveled in dark Satanic twang and austere American beauty, The Bee Made Honey in the Lion's Skull finds Dylan Carlson and the band growing into a harder, more rock and American Gospel-oriented and improvisational direction framed by truly psychedelic production and blazing guitar sounds. Earth show's it's affinity with a nod to the best elements of the more adventurous San Francisco bands of the late 60's and 70's, and the more spiritually aware and exciting forms of Jazz-Rock from the same era. This is no nostalgia trip but a thoroughly inspired and original metamorphosis. Earth is honored to be joined on this record for three songs by legendary virtuoso guitarist Bill Frisell (John Zorn, Elvis Costello, Ginger Baker, etc.) showcasing some of his most fuzzed out playing in years! Frisell adds a brilliant texture and counterpoint to the scintillating and inspired riffs of Dylan Carlson and the band. Adrienne Davies joins again on drums, lending a classic and steady feel to the proceedings. Steve Moore also returns adding heavy Hammond organ and his intense jazz inspired piano playing. Live bassist Don McGreevy also makes his full-length Earth debut on this record. Earth will begin touring throughout the world when the album is released, Australia, Europe and a full US campaign and on from there. The new songs are equally compelling live where Earth takes the vehicles and expand and explore them for further musical and meditative exploration.

    www.thronesanddominions.com
  • TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL 2008 ANNOUNCES FIRST ARTISTS

    - Tuska Festival, 27.-29.6.2008. Kaisaniemi, Helsinki, Finland
    - Carcass, Amon Amarth, Mokoma, Kreator, Tyr, Stam1na, Entombed, Korpiklaani etc.
    - Website now also in English

    The eleventh annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Kaisaniemi, Helsinki on June 27.-29. is proud to announce the first artists in the 2008 line up. One of the most anticipated bands in the festival’s history has to be the legendary Carcass who will embark on their reunion tour next summer. In addition to Jeff Walker & Co. Amon Amarth, Kreator, Entombed, Behemoth, Tyr, Stam1na and Korpiklaani will also be interpreting their art on the stages of the most prestigious metal festival in Finland. There will be 32 bands appearing on 3 stages over the Tuska-weekend as well as several dozen performing at the infamous evening clubs. More artists to be announced shortly.

    A project that’s most definitely long overdue for a international festival such as Tuska is a web site in English. Well, now we have it, check it out at www.tuska-festival.fi.

    Tickets for Tuska 2008 will go on sale on a later annouced date through www.tiketti.fi and www.lippupalvelu.fi.

    Confirmed artists for Tuska 2008 at this point:

    Carcass
    Amon Amarth
    Mokoma
    Kreator
    Stam1na
    Entombed
    Behemoth
    Tyr
    Korpiklaani
    The Sorrow
    Kiuas

    More info on Tuska Festival:

    Outi Alander [email protected] +358 40 510 2671
    Jouni Markkanen [email protected] +358 500 574 636
    Niklas Nuppola [email protected] +358 40 552 7494

    www.tuska-festival.fi
    www.finnishmetalevents.fi
  • AKASHIC posts video for the song "For Freedom"

    - The prog metallers of AKASHIC posted online their second video clip, made for the song "For Freedom", taken from the band's first album, Timeless Realm.

    The video clip can be watched through the band's MySpace page - www.myspace.com/akashicrock or directly through YouTube - www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH-MF_CoU4k

    www.akashic.com.br
    www.myspace.com/akashicrock
  • MERCILESS DEATH ENTERS THE STUDIO TO RECORD NEW ALBUM

    Thrash metal purveyors MERCILESS DEATH are set to enter the studio this week to begin work on the highly anticipated follow up to their critically acclaimed debut album, Evil in the Night. Fans can expect more of their trademark blistering, hook-laden thrash metal that recalls SLAYER and EXODUS in their prime. Details regarding the album title and artwork are forthcoming.

    In addition to the new album, MERCILESS DEATH are laying the ground work for another full US tour in March 2008. The band will also be making their first European appearance at the KEEP IT TRUE festival in Germany on April 4th 2008, to be followed by a full European tour.

    MERCILESS DEATH sent shockwaves through the metal world in March with the release of their debut album Evil in the Night followed by their first US tour in August. With a new album slated for release in early 2008 all hell is bound to let loose as the undisputed kings of the American thrash metal revival continue keep heads banging!

    Listen to MERCILESS DEATH at http://www.myspace.com/mercilessdeath

    www.heavyartillery.us
  • AMORPHIS "Album of the Year" in UNRESTRAINED Magazine!

    AMORPHIS recently landed the #1 spot for Unrestrained! magazine’s Top Albums of 2007 list with their “Silent Waters” release. Editor Tate Bengtson commented, "We are thrilled to have AMORPHIS’ ‘Silent Waters’ land the top spot in the Unrestrained! Top Albums of 2007 List. While AMORPHIS’ previous album, ‘Eclipse,’ demonstrated the impact of new vocalist Tomi Joutsen upon the band, ‘Silent Waters’ showcases the full extent of AMORPHIS’ rejuvenated chemistry and creative vision."

    "’Silent Waters’ enjoyed a remarkable showing among Unrestrained! staff. This is especially noteworthy in light of the diversity of our staff’s musical tastes and the sheer quantity of high calibre albums released in 2007. It was a banner year for metal and the competition was fierce, but ‘Silent Waters’ really struck a chord! Unrestrained! #36, which includes our Top Albums of 2007 List, will hit stores by December 15. It features interviews with ULVER, OBITUARY, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, TENHI, OM, TODAY IS THE DAY, ATAVIST, ARCH ENEMY, ICED EARTH, and many more."

    AMORPHIS' new album, "Silent Waters", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 44. Released in North America on September 18, the CD is the second AMORPHIS album to feature singer Tomi Joutsen (SINISTHRA). It was recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, Finland. Mixing duties were handled by Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS) at Finnvox studios.

    The video clip for the first single “Silent Waters” can be viewed at this location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb2gjwq1WXg
  • Zonaria Tour Dates Announced And Two New Tracks Online!

    Zonaria Eastern European Tour Dates Announced And Two Songs From Debut
    Available For Streaming

    Ume, Sweden melodic death metal quartet Zonaria have confirmed their participation on Vanitas Balkans 2008 tour. Zonaria will support Swedish black metallers Marduk and In Battle. Artisan will open the tour. Guitarist Emil Nyström had the following to say regarding the tour:

    "We are really excited to hit the road with Marduk and In Battle, two cool bands from our country of Sweden. It'll be cool hitting the Balkans with those two plus Artisan. We did a short tour of the Balkans with Impaled Nazarene a few years ago and it was really fun, so we can't wait to get back and play over there as well as in Turkey and Greece for the first time ever! Will be a great tour! Also, we look forward to ending the trip in Berlin, where we had a great show with Pain last month! See you all out at the venues headbanging! Be sure to drop by the merch stand after the shows to have some beers with us”

    Zonaria has also recently posted two additional songs from their debut album INFAMY AND THE BREED, which was released in September through Pivotal Rockordings. The songs “Descend Into Chaos” and “Black Omen” are now available for steaming, in addition to the single “Armageddon Anthem” which is now available for download on the band’s Myspace Page. A live video of the song “Black Omen” from Zonaria’s recent concert in Ljubljana at Media Park with Pain has recently been posted on Youtube. It can be viewed at the link below. “Black Omen” comes from INFAMY AND THE BREED, Zonaria’s debut release through Pivotal Rockordings

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taZS68ZC5fE

    Vanitas Balkans Tour 2008
    Marduk/In Battle/Zonaria/Artisan

    05.01.2008 ZILINA (SK) Kozel Pub
    06.01.2008 BUDEPEST (HU) Avalon
    07.01.2008 CLUJ NAPOCA (ROM) Roland Garros
    08.01.2008 BUCHAREST (ROM) Studio Martin
    09.01.2008 SOFIA (BUL) Black Box
    11.01.2008 ISANBUL (TUR) Studio Live
    12.01.2008 ESKISEHIR (TUR) Hayal Kahvesi
    13.01.2008 IZMIR (TUR) tba
    15.01.2008 ATHENS (GRE) An Club
    16.01.2008 THESSALONIKI (GRE) Ydrogeios Live Stage
    17.01.2008 SKOPJE (MAC) MKC
    18.01.2008 BELGRADE (SER) SKC
    19.01.2008 ZAGREB (CRO) Mochvara
    20.01.2008 LJUBLJANA (SLO) Media Park
    21.01.2008 GRAZ (AT) PPC
    22.01.2008 WIEN (AT) Planet Music
    23.01.2008 SALZBURG (AT) Cave
    24.01.2008 PILSEN (CZ) KD Serikova
    25.01.2008 BISCHOFSWERDA (D) East Club
    26.01.2008 BERLIN (D) K17

    http://label.pivotalalliance.com/
    http://www.myspace.com/pivotalrockordings
  • SONIC SYNDICATE Comments on US Tour/ New "Sonic TV" Episode Uploaded!

    The third enstallment of SONIC SYNDICATE’s “Sonic TV“ is now online at the following location: Click Here

    This episode documents the band‘s on hijinx while on tour in Europe recently with SOILWORK, DARK TRANQUILLITY and CALIBAN.

    SONIC SYDICATE are currently making their US debut with AMON AMARTH and HIMSA. The band will be returning next May as direct support to NIGHTWISH! Confirmed dates with NIGHTWISH so far:

    05/05/08 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
    05/06/08 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
    05/07/08 Chance Theater – Poughkeepsie, NY
    05/09/08 Centre De Foire – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
    05/11/08 Cowboy’s – London, ON – CANADA
    05/14/08 Garrik Centre – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
    05/15/08 The Drink – Regina, SK – CANADA
    05/16/08 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANDA
    05/17/08 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA
    05/19/08 Sugar – Victoria, BC – CANADA
    05/20/08 Croation Cultural Centre – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
    05/22/08 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
    05/23/08 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
    05/24/08 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
    05/26/08 Ogden Theater – Denver, CO
    05/27/08 Granada – Lawrence, KS
    05/28/08 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
    05/29/08 The Muse – Nashville, TN
    05/30/08 Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY
    05/31/08 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL

    SONIC SYNDICATE's video for the song "Enclave" has been posted at YouTube. The track comes off the Swedish metal band's sophomore CD, "Only Inhuman", which entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 64 — an impressive feat considering the group had never performed in the country prior to the album's release. The CD also landed at No. 22 on the Swedish chart.

    SONIC SYNDICATE's video for the first single off "Only Inhuman", "Denied", can be viewed at this location.
  • Inocculta's first album Before Withering

    Inocculta is proud to announce the end of the recording and sound mixing of his first album Before Withering.

    The recording and sound mixing were carried out in August 2007 at the Noise Factory studio (Namur, Belgium) and the mastering in October 2007 at the Electric City studio (Brussels, Belgium). Before Withering includes 8 tracks navigating between rock and extreme metal. It symbolizes what Inocculta has become: a band with multiple influences, devoid of barriers, whose Black Metal is just a weapon among many others to convey emotion.

    The concept of the album is all about the philosophy of Nietzsche, the lyrics are focused on the idea that Man must be topped by Art and Will. They attempt to describe the feelings of loss, abandonment and giddiness imposed by the transition from man to superman, the one who learned to love his destiny far away from nihilists and religious illusions.

    We canvass now labels, hoping to find a pressing/distribution contract. We have the original album tracks that can be remixed if necessary.

    You can already listen to a sample on our myspace: www.myspace.com/inocculta.
  • W:O:A 2008 - latest billing

    + AS I LAY DYING + AVANTASIA + AXXIS + CARCASS + CHILDREN OF BODOM + CREMATORY + DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER + EXCREMONY GRINDFUCKERS + HATEBREED + IRON MAIDEN + KILLSWITCH ENGAGE + KREATOR + KRYPTERIA + LORD BELIAL + OBITUARY + SABATON + SALTATIO MORTIS + SONATA ARTICA + THE BONES +

    New In BILLING: AUTUMN + GOREROTTED + POWERWOLF + PRIMORDIAL

    More infos: www.wacken.com
  • BURNT CROSS New Album 'Carcass of Humanity' Available For Download

    U.K. anarcho punks BURNT CROSS have released a new album entitled 'Carcass of Humanity' as part of a new sliding scale download series through Canada's Moshpit Tragedy Records.

    The 10-song politically charged release is now available on the label's website complete with a print-ready sleeve for as much or as little as each visitor chooses and is even being offered for free to those without a paypal account. An audio sample and cover art for the release is available at www.myspace.com/mptrecords.

    Guitarist/songwriter Rob Marriott offers the following statement on the band's myspace:

    BURNT CROSS were formed in January 2007 after a friend was gonna throw his old guitar out, so I took it and decided to learn a couple of old punk songs so that my twin brother (vocalist/lyricist Paul Marriott) and I could go into a studio and lay them down just as a personal project for ourselves. I then came across a cheap 8 track with in-built drum machine, brought a cheap mic and ended up doing the songs in my bedroom, with the guitar doubling up as a bass. The music is similiar to what we were doing over 15 years ago when we last played in a band together so neither of us had done any music for years, in fact I still only know the same two guitar chords.

    For more information visit www.moshpit-tragedy.com.
  • CADAVERIA RELEASE ANAGRAM VIDEO

    The announced new video by CADAVERIA is finally out. Switch your mind to the profane, to flesh and to madness. "Anagram" is a mass of deranged surrealism, of innocence turned into sin, stuffed with first choice offal.

    From a concept by Cadaveria and Marçelo Santos, the video features the contribution of Italian artist Max Bottino and involves theater actresses and performers.

    Soaked of tension and of obscure energy, the video shows the anguished face of the band's last album "In Your Blood".

    To solve the anagram go to www.cadaveria.com, www.myspace.com/cadaveriaband
    or directly click http://www.cadaveria.com/blood/media/video.html

January 5th, 2008
  • Second album PROMISES "In The Pharmacy" is released by Metal Breath
    Production.
    Official street date: 30th of November 2007

    Since 1994, Promises are preaching doom-metal mood all over the Czech Republic. After two successful demos, "Flight To Fall" album (2000) and participation on several compilation, a crisis came and band was on the edge of a break-up. But now, in 2007, brand new album "In The Pharmacy" is here. The descendant of "Last But Not Least" demo (2006) was born in this summer and brings fresh combination of heavy doom-rock riffs and melodic vocals, all covered with desperate atmosphere.

    More information: www.metalbreath.cz, promises.cz
  • NORTHER Sign worldwide deal with Century Media Records!

    Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of Finnish Metal band NORTHER. Since the early days of Sentenced, Century Media was always fond of Finnish acts and we are glad to celebrate the companies’ 20th anniversary in 2008 with another highlight from the cold North.

    The history of NORTHER dates back to the year 1996, when Petri Lindroos (who also joined Ensiferum as lead vocalist/guitarist in 2004) and some friends started playing together under the moniker Requiem. In 2000 Kristian Ranta (guitar) stepped in and the band released its first demo. It subsequently led to a deal with Spinefarm Records and it did not take long for the guys to find Jukka Koskinen (bass, also in Wintersun) and Tuomas Planman (keyboards) to finally create a stable line-up for NORTHER. Within a few years NORTHER became one of the most promising Finnish bands combining the best of Death, Black and Thrash Metal with haunting melodies.

    The albums "Dreams of Endless War" (2002), "Mirror of Madness" (2003, licensed by Century Media Records for US release), "Death Unlimited" (2004) and "Till Death Unites Us" (2006) helped to gather a world-wide fan base.

    In 2007, NORTHER left Spinefarm Records to release the “No Way Back” EP which entered the Finnish charts at #1 and marked the debut for drum talent Heikki Saari. Summer 2007 was highlighted by a successful Wacken Festival show followed by an European headliner club tour in October and further progress on completing their new album. The band’s Century Media debut was recorded and produced by long time partner Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, etc.) at Astia Studios and mixed by Fredrik Nordström (Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, In Flames etc.) at Studio Fredman in Sweden. The yet untitled album will be released in February 2008 and will be presented live at the renowned Finnish Metal Expo on February 16th, 2008 in Helsinki.

    The band comments as follows:
    “NORTHER is very excited to announce that we are now a part of the Century Media family. We have been working hard on our new album for months now, and currently we are finishing the mastering and artwork. All members of NORTHER are very excited about this new contract as well as the forthcoming album which presents a new found power that we all are very proud of. The album will be released in early 2008, stay posted for exact dates. We are anxious to get this album released through a big label and tour the world like never before. Looking forward to meeting you all at the shows!”

    Line-up:
    Kristian Ranta: Guitars, Clean Vocals
    Petri Lindroos: Guitars, Vocals
    Jukka Koskinen: Bass
    Tuomas Planman: Keyboards
    Heikki Saari: Drums

    More info on NORTHER can be obtained at the following websites:
    www.norther.net
    www.myspace.com/norther
  • PARADISE LOST - confirmed to tour Europe with HIM; new documentary Double-DVD out in November 2007; trailer available!

    Legendary founding fathers of “gothic metal” PARADISE LOST have been confirmed as support of Finnish rockers HIM on their European tour in February/March 2008. The band will use this great opportunity, which coincides with the band’s 20th anniversary in 2008, to further present you their highly acclaimed “In Requiem” album live, so have a look at the exact dates below & be there!

    Furthermore, “Over The Madness – A Diran Noubar Film” will be released via Century Media Records on November 26, 2007 as a double DVD set offering the first-ever, extremely comprehensive and very personal documentary on PARADISE LOST and the genre Gothic Metal – definitely a must-see for every fan! The film’s World Premiere was held at the Cannes Film Festival’s Market in May 2007 followed by a German Premiere at the Wave Gotik Festival in Leipzig the same month.

    The documentary features first-hand accounts from all current and former band members and many other dramatically influential acts. Furthermore, Noubar accompanied the band from their native Halifax (UK) to tour stops in Mexico and Greece where PARADISE LOST are regarded rock “gods”. Watch the trailer for “Over The Madness – A Diran Noubar Film” by clicking HERE!

    PARADISE LOST
    Supporting HIM

    16.02.2008 Berlin (D) @ Tempodrom
    17.02.2008 Mannheim (D) @ Mozartsaal
    18.02.2008 München (D) @ Elserhalle
    20.02.2008 Leipzig (D) @ Haus Auensee
    23.02.2008 Dortmund (D) @ Westfalenhalle 2
    24.02.2008 Köln (D) @ Palladium
    26.02.2008 Hamburg (D) @ Docks
    27.02.2008 Hamburg (D) @ Docks
    28.02.2008 Amsterdam (NL) @ Paradiso
    29.02.2008 Tilburg (NL) @ O13
    03.03.2008 Madrid (ES) @ La Riviera
    04.03.2008 Barcelona (ES) @ Espacio Movistar
    06.03.2008 Milan (I) @ Alcatrazz
    07.03.2008 Florence (I) @ Saschall
    08.03.2008 Modena (I) @ Vox
    10.03.2008 Zürich (CH) @ Xtra
    11.03.2008 Wien (AT) @ Gasometer
    12.03.2008 Prague (CZ) @ Lucerna

    Visit PARADISE LOST’s websites:
    http://www.paradiselost.co.uk
    http://www.myspace.com/paradiselostuk
  • WINDS OF PLAGUE hit Europe and post new song

    A dark ominous cloud has been cast upon the Southern California landscape as the
    ferocious WINDS OF PLAGUE prepare to unleash their wrath across Europe with their sophomore release, “Decimate The Weak” January 28th, 2008. Right before embarking on their European tour with the legendary Shai Hulud and Dead Hearts the band posted the brand new track “One Body Too Many” on their myspace profile: http://www.myspace.com/windsofplague

    “Decimate The Weak” was recorded with Daniel Castleman (As I Lay Dying) and mixed by the legendary Tue Madsen (Dark Tranquillity, The Haunted), its artwork was crafted by Pär Olofsson (Dominion, Deeds Of Flesh). Make sure to check out their crushing mix of modern metal, atmospheric sounds of Scandinavian black metal and classic American metal which should cater the needs of fans from Bleeding Through as well as Nile and Vital Remains.

    http://www.myspace.com/windsofplague
  • INTO ETERNITY Post 2007 recap / working on new album!

    Mastermind Tim Roth of Canadian progressive metal outfit INTO ETERNITY posted the following recap of their touring activities for the “The Scattering In Ashes” album, which was released via Century Media Records in 2006:

    “Hello everyone,
    We are officially done touring for "The Scattering Of Ashes". We ended up doing 150 shows and being away for close to 200 days of the year! The whole band did a great job, as it's not always easy being away from home for so long, but I think it's important to do it the old-school way and tour as much as we can. No one can say we're a lazy band!

    Because we had so many great opportunities to tour in North America, we were unfortunately unable to make it to Europe on the Scattering cycle, but we'll make up for that after our new album comes out. We appreciate all the support from European fans who saw us when we toured there behind “Buried In Oblivion”, as well as everyone who's discovered us since then -- and we can't wait to see you next year!

    Our last US tour was with Edguy, Light This City and Echoes Of Eternity. It was a big success for us, so we want to thank those bands again. It was cool bonding with all the bands and 'bro-ing down' with them at 4:20. This touring cycle, we also got to tour with Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, Sanctity, The Smash-Up, Destruction, Hirax, Municipal Waste, The Haunted, Dark Tranquillity, Scar Symmetry, Redemption and the mighty Dream Theater! We ended up doing five full U.S. tours on this cycle, and they all were special to us. Playing with Megadeth and Dream Theater each night was a real dream come true!

    Right now we are home in Canada awaiting the cold chill of winter. It is supposed to snow tomorrow, so I'll be in front of my warm computer composing new riffs for the next album. For the first time ever, we will be doing a concept album. Stu (vocals) and I are working on the lyrics right now. It's always good to keep moving forward and to try new things, and this is something that we have always wanted to do. We have done two songs already, and it's turning out really cool. We'll keep you posted in the future as things start to progress further.

    www.EnterTheVault.com have revealed dates for Symphony X' 2008 North American headlining tour with support from Epica and Into Eternity! Check out the April/May dates on our tour page.

    Thanks to all our fans for supporting us, and we'll see you again in 2008!
    // TIM”

    More info on the new album as it develops and for some INTO ETERNITY tunes and more visit the following websites:

    www.myspace.com/officialintoeternity
    www.intoeternity.com
  • DARK TRANQUILLITY Post video interview / live footage; tour update!

    After their highly successful participation in the Eastpak Antidote Tour alongside Caliban, Soilwork and Sonic Syndicate, Swedish melodic death metal pioneers DARK TRANQUILLITY have now posted a clip filmed during the tour containing an interview with vocalist Mikael Stanne as well as impressive live footage of D.T. performing the song “Focus Shift”. Check it out at:
    www.youtube.com/user/centurymediaeurope!

    Furthermore, the band will do not rest at home for long, but starts 2008 with live shows in China and Taiwan followed by their Japanese co-headliner tour with labelmates The Haunted. All European fans can already look forward to see DARK TRANQUILLITY live in early 2008 as well, so stay tuned!

    DARK TRANQUILLITY Live:
    Jan. 11: Beijing, China - MG Live Hall
    Jan. 13: Taipei, Taiwan - Young Lion Auditorium

    JAPANESE TOUR 2008 (co-headline with THE HAUNTED):
    Jan. 16: Osaka, Japan - Big Cat
    Jan. 17: Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro
    Jan. 18: Tokyo, Japan - O-East

    Further live destruction to be announced soon!
    www.darktranquillity.com
    www.myspace.com/dtofficial
  • MACBETH NEWS

    Italian gothic metallers MACBETH has posted a new song, entitled “H.A.T.E.”
    on the group’s MySpace page. www.myspace.com/macbethband

    The band has also posted a video from the recording sessions for “Superangelic Hate Bringers” the new album. Check out the footage at this location:
    http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc2l6idcLrs

    www.macbeth.it
  • MOSHPIT TRAGEDY RECORDS Introduces Sliding Scale Download Series

    Canada's Moshpit Tragedy Records have unveiled their new 'Sliding Scale' download series, in which a visitor to their website can download a high quality mp3 album (comes in a zip file with a print-ready sleeve) for as much or as little as they choose - they can even be downloaded for free. All monies are split between the band and the label, eliminating the need for additional middlemen such as stores and distributors. Without the increasing burdens of manufacturing physical cds it is also easier to take the risk of promoting new and unknown talent.

    The first release to be featured is from the political crust powerhouse FILTHPACT, who have just released their latest and final album "Plague Carriers of the Crust Apocalypse" as part of the new 'Sliding Scale' download series. An audio sample and cover art for the release is available at www.myspace.com/mptrecords.

    Hailing from Aberdeen Scotland, FILTHPACT formed in early 2004 and since then has been incredibly busy touring all over Europe several times before disbanding recently. Their previous effort "Total Crust Violence" was released by Profane Existence Records in co-operation with seven other labels.

    For more information visit www.moshpit-tragedy.com.
  • OPEN GRAVE RECORDS GIVES AWAY OVER 9,000 ALBUM DOWNLOADS IN 72 HOURS

    From November 23rd through November 25th we became the first record label to give music fans the opportunity to sample our catalog by giving away free MP3 downloads of ten of our current releases via our website.

    In the roughly 72 hours that the downloads were made available over 9,000 downloads took place, totaling over 300 gigs of music.

    While it is unclear at this point how this will effect sales, label owner James Mattern is declaring the experiment a success, "The main point behind this weekend was to get our artists a larger listening audience and more exposure, and at the same time give music fans what they have been screaming for; the opportunity to sample a complete album before making a commitment to purchase it. 9,000 downloads in such a short period of time, that is something to be proud of."

    Albums made available were:
    FEAST ETERNAL - "Prisons of Flesh"
    NECRODEMON - "Ice Fields of Hyperion"
    EXTERMINANCE - "Vomiting the Trinity"
    PRIMITIVE GRAVEN IMAGE - "Traversing the Awesome Night"
    SAPREMIA - "Hollow"
    FROST LIKE ASHES - "Tophet"
    A.W.A.S. - "Hope"
    DEMON DOG SPERM - "Hopeless"
    GRIND MINDED - "9mm Facial" (officially a Filthy Records release)
    NO SOULS LOST - "Eulogy of Genocide" (officially self-released)
  • Darkest Seed's new EP is available for download

    The heavy/hard band DARKEST SEED finished the recordings of the EP "The Seed is Rising". It was recorded in Nitro Sound Solutions being produced by Earth, the vocalist of Blood Tears and Seduced by Suicide.

    The EP is available for download in the band's website and features a remastered version of the cover for Queen's "The Show Must Go On", which was posted before and the new songs "The Darkest Seed" and "Silent Scream".

    Darkest Seed was born in 2004 with the proposal to produce expressive, technical and melodic music, talking about deep and current themes. Its line up is formed by the vocalist Benhur Lima (Ynis Vitrin, Anaxes, Fire Symphony), the guitarist Ricardo Reolon (ex-Burning In Hell) and the drummer César de Campos (Nebulousky).

    The new EP can be downloaded through the band's website and MySpace page at www.darkestseed.com and www.myspace.com/darkestseed

    www.darkestseed.com
    www.myspace.com/darkestseed
  • WINTER RIDE TOUR 2008
    NOMANS LAND – THRUDVANGAR – TROLLECH

    04.01.2008 (Friday) - GERMANY: Berlin - "K17"
    05.01.2008 (Saturyday) - GERMANY: Bad Salzungen - "KW70" + Helritt
    06.01.2008 (Sunday) - CZECH REPUBLIC: Pilsen - "Divadlog Pod Lampou"
    07.01.2008 (Monday) - CZECH REPUBLIC: Prague - "Kain"
    08.01.2008 (Tuesday) - CZECH REPUBLIC: Brno - "Melodka"
    09.01.2008 (Wednesday) GERMANY : Ingolstadt - "Paradox"
    10.01.2008 (Thursday) GERMANY : Aalen - "Rock It"
    11.01.2008 (Friday) GERMANY : Oberhausen - www.helvete.de
    12.01.2008 (Saturday) GERMANY: Minden "Musikbox" + Elivagar

    http://www.Einheit-Produktionen.de
  • THE VISION BLEAK / NEGURA BUNGET / FARSOT

    25.01.'08 tba
    26.01.'08 D - Freiburg / Crash
    27.01.'08 D - Köln / Underground
    28.01.'08 D - Frankfurt / Batschkapp
    29.01.'08 D - Hamburg / Marx
    30.01.'08 D - Berlin / Columbia-Halle
    31.01.'08 D - Hollfeld / Stadthalle
    01.02.'08 A - Wien / Viper-Room
    02.02.'08 D - München / Backstage
    03.02.'08 tba

    Info:
    http://www.rockthenation.eu/
    http://www.the-vision-bleak.de/
    http://www.negurabunget.com/
    http://www.farsot.de/
    http://www.prophecy.cd/
  • THE COLD EXISTENCE SIGNS WITH OPEN GRAVE RECORDS

    Open Grave Records has announced the signing of Swedish death metal band "The Cold Existence". Formed at the end of 1999, and