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January 31st, 2008
  • THRESHOLD confirmed as headliner for PROGPOWER EUROPE 2008

    Dear friends,

    We are proud to confirm THRESHOLD as one of the 3 headliners for PROGPOWER EUROPE 2008. The band already headlined ProgPower Europe back in 1999 (the first ProgPower event ever), so it is very special to us to have them back on stage this year as we celebrate our 10th anniversary. THRESHOLD will headline the event on Sunday 5 October with a full 2 hour show.

    Other bands that are confirmed so far are PAGAN’S MIND, DIVISION BY ZERO, SUSPYRE and GHOST BRIGADE, the next couple of weeks we will confirm more bands.

    We have started already advance sales of weekend tickets and package deals right now, check out the website for all the details, http://www.progpower.eu/. We hope to see you all in October as we celebrate our 10th anniversary.

    Greetings,
    ProgPower Europe 2008

    WWW.PROGPOWER.EU
  • DARK SUNS new album "Grave Human Genuine" out in February

    Following two highly successful tours with established Progressive metalists Pain Of Salvation and two years of exacting work, DARK SUNS have finished their third album "Grave Human Genuine".

    "Grave Human Genuine" - this unconventional title was chosen with care and purpose, as it represents the three characteristic elements of this work: 'Grave' signifies darkness, the sinister force, and the inevitable fate. 'Human' is synonymous with the music's inherent soul-depth, while 'Genuine' means 'real' or 'authentic' and hence refers to DARK SUNS' uncompromising approach to music.

    But what about the music? DARK SUNS don't merely pick up where the successful predecessor "Existence" (2005) left off, they present themselves as many-facetted as never before. A clear nod to Doom, complex polyrhythms, unusual and diverse instruments and, last but not least, drummer Niko Knappe's characteristic yearning vocals comprise the album's cornerstones. The variety of sounds stretches from angular Metal riff attacks via atmospheric ambient soundscapes and Techno reminiscences to Avant-garde influences - despite this complexity, an accomplished musical mosaic of enormous expressiveness.

    Exciting nuances are created by the incomparable bass of Pain Of Salvation's long-time member Kristoffer Gildenlöw, a friendly turn that resulted from the tours mentioned above, and Disillusion's Schmidt's guest vocals in "Flies In Amber".
    With "Grave Human Genuine" DARK SUNS have created a haunting album full of autonomy and instrumental class, self-consciously charting new musical territory. In this, the band from Leipzig embodies the essence of every true progressive band: compositional genius coupled with advancement.The dark suns radiate: gloomy, human and egregiously genuine.

    The album will be released as limited edition Digipak CD with bonustrack and normal Jewelcase edition on 25.02.2008.

    http://www.prophecy.cd/
  • ALL THAT REMAINS frontman offers year-end update

    Phil Labonte, frontman for Massachusetts' ALL THAT REMAINS, has issued a year-end update focusing on upcoming headlining tour plans as well as the writing and recording process for the forthcoming follow up to ‘The Fall of Ideals,’ tentatively scheduled for a mid-2008 release.

    “I'm writing stuff again,” Labonte says. ”It's awesome. I love playing guitar. I love Mesa Boogie cabs and Peavey 5150 heads. I love Mike's blonde Washburn, it sounds so fucking awesome. There's just one problem: When you got a sweet sounding guitar and amp even dumb shitty riffs sound heavy. Ha ha, I've written a couple of stinkers with an amp then play them in my room without an amp. I'm like, ‘am I fucking stupid? I liked that?’ But I digress. ATR started because I missed playing guitar (for those that don't know). I love when I get the chance to sit down and play. I kinda suck still, cause until the last week or two I hadn't played since we finished [The Fall of Ideals], but I don't care ‘cause the guitar sounds so good!

    “I've been writing lyrics too...Lots of pretty positive stuff. I'm a pretty positive dude anyway. But things have been really pretty good lately and it's really coming through in the new stuff. I believe that with conviction and honesty with yourself you can achieve pretty much anything you're willing to work for. So don't get a job. Start something. Be something. It's not gonna be easy but it's gonna be way better than busting your ass to make someone else money. Work for yourself. But again I'm off the subject. Lyrics to the new record are gonna give you something to feel good about. ‘Cause there's always plenty of stuff you make ya feel shitty.

    “Headline tour in February!! We are gonna be pulling out all the stops for this one. We're gonna have a far bigger production than we have ever had. I won't make any promises and we're probably not gonna play anything off of ‘Behind Silence.’ No time to teach old songs. We have a record to write as well as get ready for a tour. And it's gonna be a SWEET TOUR! Tickets are SELLING now. Five Finger Death Punch is blowing up. I see them EVERYWHERE; TV, all over MySpace, the interwebz, radio, everywhere. Chimaira, we've done a bunch of touring with this band and they are AWESOME live. Such a great show these guys put on. Basically ATR have to play our best every night or we're gonna look dumb. Ha ha ha. So yeah, get your tickets if ya plan on making the show.

    Oh yeah, Happy New Year!”

    Tickets for ALL THAT REMAINS’ headlining tour are available online here. The band continues to support its latest effort, ‘The Fall of Ideals,’ which saw a July 2006 release through Prosthetic Records. Also recently released this past fall were a reissue of the band’s since out of print debut ‘Behind Silence and Solitude’ as well as the band’s first-ever DVD, ‘All That Remains Live,’ which features all the band’s music videos, footage from two live shows, behind the scenes footage, interviews with the fans and the band, and more.

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

    (with Chimaira, Five Finger Death Punch, Divine Heresy)
    2/01 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
    2/02 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
    2/06 Montreal, QBC – Club Soda
    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 – 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 – White Rabbit
    2/29 Houston, TX - Meridian
    3/01 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
    3/03 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
    3/04 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
    3/05 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
    3/06 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • LIGHT THIS CITY offers year-end update

    Bay Area thrashers LIGHT THIS CITY have issued a year-end update on the band's MySpace page:

    "Holy Shit! 2007 Was a fucking beast! Thanks to everyone who came out to our shows, let us crash at their houses, and raised their horns high. Let's do a little recap, eh?

    "The year started off with a short tour with our buddies in All That Remains, which was absolutely incredible. We couldn't be more stoked to be going out with those dudes again in February. After that was the video shoot for 'The Unwelcome Savior' with Darren Doane which ended up on regular rotation on MTV2's Headbangers Ball and on Comcast on Demand. That was one of our dreams come true, and we can't thank Darren enough for being so rad and the awesome job done on the video!

    "Next was our Southwest 'California Love' tour with The Faceless and Antagonist, which was needless to say, tons of fun. Check out both bands if you haven't already, because they are awesome dudes who shred…hard. In April, we embarked on the 'Radicalysm' tour with Horse the Band, The Number 12 Looks Like You, and So Many Dynamos. All great great bands. So Many Dynamo's new record is going to be huge, so get into them early before they blow up!! That was one of the most interesting and hilariously awesome tours we have ever been a part of. All amazing dudes, we thank Horse the Band for taking us out and being such sweet guys.

    "After another run of shows with All That Remains in May, we embarked on our first ever headlining tour, the 'Thrash and Burn' Tour alongside Cerberus, The Funeral Pyre, and Antagonist. That was extremely successful, and we were so pleased with all you metalheads that came and showed your love! Make sure to check out the above mentioned bands, because they are some of the only genuine 'real' metal bands around right now, and they deserve your attention!

    "What came next blew our minds completely. The 'Rocket Ride' Tour with Edguy, Into Eternity and Echoes of Eternity. This was our first ever 'really really heavy metal' tour, and it was fucking incredible. The crowds every night were insane, and the bands were so good. Edguy is probably the best band ever, ever.

    "Almost lastly was the 'Death by Decibels' tour alongside Vader, Malevolent Creation, Cattle Decapitation, Abigail Williams and Veil of Maya, which most definitely kicked ass. Amazing bands, brutal music, brutal shows. So good. Lastly was this little 5 day run with good friends in Suicide Silence, The Faceless and Oblige entitled the 'Santa Slays Tour.' All these shows were amazing and absolutely packed. The perfect way to end the year. Thanks to all our California friends for showin' up and hangin' out! Definitely made us feel awesome, and ended the year in the best way possible. Raising the horns high in anticipation of 2008!

    "What's next for LTC you ask? We are home for January writing our new record which should be out in September 08'. Then we leave for a US tour with All That Remains and Chimaira. We are fucking excited. Plenty more news coming soon. Stay tuned!"

    Continuing to support Facing The Thousand, the band's latest release, LIGHT THIS CITY is now hard at work continuing to write material for the band's follow-up, tentatively due out fall 2008 through Prosthetic Records. The video for "The Unwelcome Savior" can be viewed online here.

    LIGHT THIS CITY
    (with All That Remains, Chimaira, Five Finger Death Punch)
    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 – White Rabbit
    2/29 Houston, TX - Meridian
    3/01 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
    3/03 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
    3/04 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
    3/05 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • ATARFE VEGA ROCK FESTIVAL

    Dear Friends.

    We’re pleased to announce that the last band that will play at the ATARFE VEGA ROCK FESTIVAL, is SAXON. The british band will make a historic show with the special “Eagle Lights Set”, so it’ll be one of these concerts that you can only enjoy in the best and biggest European festivals. As you know, the festival will take place the 7th (Friday) and 8th of March (Saturday) 2008, in the city of ATARFE (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia - ). This is the billing after adding this last act: ANGELUS APATRIDA, BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, RATT, SAXON, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL, UNLEASHED and WITHIN TEMPTATION.

    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.

    Tickets can be bought now in these stores and sites: Carrefour, Fnac, Tipo Stores and www.ticktackticket.com

    “Two days” tickets:

    From 28th December to 1st February: 55 € + issue expenses.

    From 2nd February to 6th March: 58 € + issue expenses.

    At the festival: 65 € + issue expenses.


    “Single day” tickets:

    Friday: 45 € + issue expenses.

    Saturday: 55 € + issue expenses.

    Tickets for the Camping Area:

    Until the 6th March: 3 € + expenses per tent.

    At the Festival: 5€ + expenses per tent.

    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
  • MARAZENE Issue Studio Update, Declare 2008: 'The Year of the MARAZENE Machine'

    Chicago based MARAZENE have issued a studio update via their Myspace blog and (in a tradition established in 2006) have declared 2008, 'The Year of The MARAZENE Machine'.

    An excerpt of the update issued by multi-instrumentalist and co-founder DieTrich Thrall follows:

    "It's time for NEW MUSIC and I am excited to be able to report that [multi-instrumentalist and co-founder] Nikk and myself are knuckle-deep in writing album two!

    We have a couple dozen really strong song ideas and we're writing more every day.

    There's plenty of new material in all different stages of development and we're constantly bouncing riffs off of one another on whatever instrument the part calls for.

    There is a running theme to the material that's coming about quite naturally and being a part of the refinement process of this collaboration is the fucking coolest thing since we were at this stage for album one. It's always a little strange to talk about the process involved in creating and things that are still in the idea stage (especially as you're doing it) but I am feeling pretty fucking good about everyones reaction to where we're headed.

    We're aiming for a Spring '08 Sneak Peek at live shows and other audio outlets and of course we'll keep everyone up to speed once we have things a bit more ironed out so sit tight."

    Read the entire blog posting HERE:

    http://www.Myspace.com/MARAZENE

    As previously reported this past June, MARAZENE became the first nationally touring
    band from the metal genre that exists in the real-world to make the jump from reality
    performance into virtual performance in SECOND LIFE, a Matrix-style social interactive virtual world.

    Marazene self released their debut album, 'MachiNation', on 06.06.06 and completed
    three National tours with such National acts as MUSHROOMHEAD, PSYCLON NINE, DEADSTAR ASSEMBLY, and THE HUMAN ABSTRACT as well as dozens of Midwestern regional tour dates in support, all under the banner '100% DIY'.
  • DARKEST SEED's guitarist launches MySpace page

    - Ricardo Reolon, guitarist of the heavy/hard band DARKEST SEED, launches his page on MySpace. The musician is endorsed by Cheruti (now Ledur) and among other bands and projects he played in Burning In Hell and recorded their debut album. On his page mp3 and videos are available besides of his biography and other information..

    Recently Ricardo released with Darkest Seed the EP "The Seed is Rising", which has a cover for Queen's "The Show Must Go On" and two new songs, which are available for download on the band's website. Actually they are recording the first album, which shall be released in the first half of 2008.

    Visit the guitarist's page at www.myspace.com/ricardoreolon

    www.darkestseed.com
    www.myspace.com/darkestseed
  • BUSHWHACK BALANCES PROG WITH MELODIC ROCK ON SELF-TITLED DEBUT

    It’s uncommon that an all-instrumental rock band can keep the attention span of
    non-musicians. But due to their penchant for crafting memorable non-vocal
    melodies along with their impressive, expert chops, Bushwhack is one such band
    that manages to successfully walk that fine line – as evidenced by their
    recently issued self-titled debut (available online and through iTunes).

    Comprised of guitarist Jamie Van Dyck, bassist Brandon Green, keyboardist/samplist Frank Sacramone, and drummer Ben Shanbrom, the New Haven, CT-based quartet has created an undeniable buzz on the strength of their debut, which features design by renowned artist Ioannis, as well as photographs by another renowned name in the rock world – Mark Weiss.

    Upon inspection of Bushwhack’s thirteen track debut – produced by Jeff Cannata – it quickly becomes apparent that the band posses a sound that brings to mind such acts (and chief Bushwhack influences) as Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree. However, like all rock bands that manage to stand out from the pack, Bushwhack transcend their influences, creating their own unique sound/style in the process – something that is becoming increasingly uncommon in rock’s current climate.

    But according to Sacramone, their non-vocal approach isn’t something they deliberately set out to do. But rather, it happened naturally, and at this point, is a crucial ingredient to the Bushwhack sound. “We haven’t really found a singer that has meshed with the band yet. Our band is comprised of four very close friends, and we need someone with a voice that would actually improve the melodic and tonal quality of the music.” Van Dyck adds, “The idea of a vocalist, we figured would fall into our laps. Now, here we are three years later. We are kind of reaching a fork in the road – we can continue as an instrumental unit, or we add a vocalist. Until we find the right vocalist, we’re probably not going to go down the vocalist path.”

    Which is just as well – judging from the strength of such tracks as “The Greatest Wall,” “Sea of Tranquility,” and “Introspection,” the compositions easily stand on their own. “The album has a collection of songs from about a span of two/two and a half years,” explains Sacramone. “It’s pretty diverse. Our consistency and our ability to write throughout those two years – we have been able to pursue the sound we wanted and not change due to trends or anyone’s wishing – accept our own.“

    And when it comes to the Bushwhack live experience, the band holds their own – even with the absence of a bonafide frontman, points out Sacramone. “Don’t take us for not being able to put on a live show. A big part of our success is our live performance. You will never expect an instrumental band to act like a hardcore metal band jumping around the stage, with such sophisticated music. But that’s exactly what we do. Ben destroys the drum set, I have a Keytar and run around – I even jump into the crowd, do 360’s off stage! It’s got a balance of fun and intensity at the same time.”

    Another factor has recently come into play for the band, as well. “We have to face the fact that we’re college students,” adds Van Dyck. “We have the decision to make – do we finish college, or is something big enough going to happen in the coming months that is going to cause us to take a year off – or even drop out?” Judging from the promise and strength of ‘Bushwhack,’ the prog metal world will benefit greatly if the members choose the latter…For more information, go to:

    www.myspace.com/bushwhack
    www.bushwhackmusic.com

  • Black Cobra US tour with Pelican & Uneartly Trance

    The band that refuses to stay off the road, Black Cobra continues to unleash it's crust-laden venomous attack on the world, this time heading out as direct support for Pelican and joined by Unearthly Trance. If that ain't heavy enough to have you front row unleashing hell, you're in the wrong business, Jack.

    PELICAN / BLACK COBRA / UNEARTHLY TRANCE
    02/28/2008 Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
    02/29/2008 The House - Dekalb, IL
    03/01/2008 Rhino's All Ages Music Club - Bloomington, IN
    03/02/2008 The Gargoyle - St Louis, MO
    03/04/2008 Hi Tone Cafe - Memphis, TN
    03/05/2008 Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
    03/06/2008 Sluggo's - Pensacola, FL w/City of Ships
    03/07/2008 Common Grounds - Gainesville, FL
    03/08/2008 The Big Cypress Reservation / Langerado Fest - Clewiston, FL
    03/10/2008 The Social - Orlando, FL
    03/12/2008 Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA
    03/13/2008 Casbah at Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
    03/15/2008 Headliners Music Hal - Louisville, KY w/Your Black Star

    www.blackcobra.net | www.myspace.com/blackcobra
    www.atalossrecordings.com | www.myspace.com/atalossrecordings
  • BENEATH THE MASSACRE confirms American headlining tour

    French Canadian death metallers BENEATH THE MASSACRE have confirmed plans for a headlining tour of America later this spring. Support on the package will come from See You Next Tuesday, Born of Osiris, and Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza. Currently at home in Quebec, BENEATH THE MASSACRE will be touring throughout provinces in Canada later this month before departing for the band's first European tour later in January alongside Misery Index and Despised Icon.

    BENEATH THE MASSACRE continues to support the band's full-length debut, 'Mechanics of Dysfunction,' which saw a February 2007 release through Prosthetic Records. The band previously released the 'Evidence of Inequity' EP in 2005. Touring in support of 'Mechanics of Dysfunction,' BENEATH THE MASSACRE has already toured North America several times with the likes of Animosity, Ion Dissonance, Necrophagist, Decapitated, Cephalic Carnage, Job For A Cowboy, Behemoth, and labelmates Gojira and Through The Eyes of The Dead, among others. The band has also shot a video with director Kevin Custer (Madball, The Destro, Ligeia) for the track "Society's Disposable Son," which is available online at the Prosthetic Records YouTube page.

    BENEATH THE MASSACRE on tour
    1/09 Hamilton, ONT – The Casbah
    1/10 Toronto, ONT – The Kathedral
    1/11 London, ONT – The Embassy Hotel (with Ion Dissonance)
    1/12 Grimsby, ONT – Peach King
    1/13 Belleville, ONT – The Bohemian Nightclub
    1/17 Montreal, QBC – Lambi (with Psyopus, Fuck The Facts)
    1/18 Quebec, QC – Anti (with Psyopus, Fuck The Facts)
    1/19 Trois-Rivieres, QC – Rock café le stage

    (with Misery Index, Despised Icon)
    25/01 Karlsruhe, Germany – Substage
    26/01 Essen, Germany – Turock (Death Feast)
    27/01 Hasselt, Belgium – Muziek-o-droom
    28/01 Brighton, UK – The Engine Room (with Annotations of An Autopsy)
    29/01 Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit (with Annotations of An Autopsy)
    30/01 Newport, UK – TJs (with Annotations of An Autopsy)
    31/01 Manchester, UK – Music Box (with Annotations of An Autopsy)
    01/02 Glasgow, UK - Soundhaus (with Annotations of An Autopsy)
    02/02 Milton Keynes, UK – The Pitz Club (with Annotations of An Autopsy)
    03/02 Leeds, UK - Rios (with Annotations of An Autopsy)
    04/02 Nottingham, UK – Junktion7 (with Annotations of An Autopsy)
    05/02 London, UK – Underworld (with Annotations of An Autopsy)
    06/02 Dunkerque, France – 4 Ecluses
    07/02 Paris, France – Nouveau Casino
    08/02 Aarau, Switzerland – Kiff
    09/02 Florence, Italy – Siddhartha Club
    10/02 Wien, Austria - Arena
    11/02 München, Germany - Feierwerk
    12/02 Giessen, Germany - MUK
    13/02 Berlin, Germany – K17
    14/02 Hamburg, Germany - MarX
    15/02 Tillburg, Holland – 0.13
    16/02 Trier, Germany - Exhaus

    (with See You Next Tuesday, Born of Osiris, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza)
    2/29 Rochester, NY – The Penny Arcade
    3/01 Wilmington, DE – Harmony Garage Hall
    3/02 Holyoke, MA – Waterfont Tavern
    3/03 Pompton Lakes, NJ – Mainstage
    3/04 Doylestown, PA – Siren Records
    3/05 New York, NY – The Knitting Factory
    3/06 Virginia Beach, VA – Steppin Out
    3/07 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
    3/08 Jacksonville, FL – The Pit
    3/09 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
    3/10 West Palm Beach, FL – The Underground
    3/11 Pensacola, FL – The Legion
    3/12 New Orleans, LA – The High Ground
    3/13 Dallas, TX – TBA
    3/14 San Antonio, TX – The White Rabbit
    3/15 Houston, TX – Java Jazz
    3/16 Mission, TX – Smoking Aces
    3/18 El Paso, TX – Chic's
    3/19 Albuquerque, NM – The Compound
    3/20 Phoenix, AZ – Cell Block
    3/21 San Marcos, CA – The Jumping Turtle
    3/22 San Bernardino, CA – The Hudson Theater
    3/24 Bakersfield, CA – The Dome
    3/25 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
    3/26 Fresno, CA – The Exit
    3/27 San Jose, CA – San Jose Skate
    3/28 Boise, ID – The Venue
    3/29 Logan, UT – Club NVO
    3/30 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
    3/31 Wichita, KS – Eagles Lodge
    4/01 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
    4/02 Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
    4/03 Louisville, KY – Uncle Pleasants
    4/04 Detroit, MI – The Hayloft
    4/05 Cleveland, OH – Peabody's

    www.prostheticrecords.com

January 20th, 2008

January 14th, 2008
  • AGONIA RECORDS (PL) is proud to present NEFARIUM - "HAERETICHRISTUS" CD/LP

    Second black metal opus of bestial aggression and death's glorification. Almost 40 minutes of intense, fast and skilled art of the devil.

    with guest appereance of :
    CHAQ MOL - DARK FUNERAL
    INFAUSTUS - SETHERIAL

    OUT ON THE 18th of JANUARY 2008 !
    WWW.AGONIARECORDS.COM WWW.NEFARIUM.ORG
    www.myspace.com/nefarium
  • Prosthetic Records signs Neuraxis

    Prosthetic Records is proud to announce the addition of Canadian progressive death metal band NEURAXIS to the label's roster. The band will tentatively release its Prosthetic debut in mid-2008. "The search for our new label is now over," guitarist Rob Milley comments. "Neuraxis is excited to be joining the Prosthetic Records family. We are working hard on finishing the new album and looking forward to touring like madmen next year!"

    NEURAXIS recently released 'Live Progression,' via Galy Records, the live follow-up to 2005's 'Trilateral Progression,' the band's latest studio album.

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • ROB ZOMBIE - SOLO DATES ADDED
    AND MORE TO COME

    The long-awaited first live album from Rob Zombie Zombie - Live (Geffen Records/UME) OUT NOW

    HOLLYWOOD – Rob Zombie has confirmed his continued tour support with Ozzy Osbourne as we enter 2008. Zombie will invade North America with his legendary rock show and Ozzy in support of his long awaited Zombie-Live album in stores now.

    Come join the madness as Ozzy and Zombie take over North America ~

    Ozzy Osbourne/Rob Zombie tour dates:

    OZZY/ ZOMBIE - 2007/2008

    Sun 01/13/08 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground - ZOMBIE ONLY*
    Mon 01/14/08 - Quebec City, QC - Colise Pepsi Arena
    Wed 01/16/08 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
    Fri 01/18/08 - Kitchener, ON - Elements - ZOMBIE ONLY*
    Sat 01/19/08 - London, ON - John Labatt Centre
    Mon 01/21/08 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
    Tue 01/22/08 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom – ZOMBIE ONLY*
    Wed 01/23/08 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion - ZOMBIE ONLY*
    Thu 01/24/08 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Orbit Room - ZOMBIE ONLY*
    Sat 01/26 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom - ZOMBIE ONLY*
    Sun 01/27 - Lubbock, TX - The Pavilion - ZOMBIE ONLY*
    Mon 01/28/08 - Albuquerque, NM - The Sunshine Theatre - ZOMBIE ONLY*

    For more information www.robzombie.com or www.myspace.com/robzombie
  • MAJOR AXEMASTER NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Axemaster would like to introduce the newest member of the band, vocalist Dan Kaisk has replaced Christopher Michael as the front man. Dan has an extremely powerful voice that fits the band's style PERFECTLY, a very welcome addition to the project. The move was made just in time to allow him to be featured on the upcoming Axemaster CD, which will make the release all the more kick ass!!!!!!!!!!! To hear a short demo clip that's an example of Dan's style/sound, go to www.myspace.com/thebandaxemaster.

    After several delays and technical problems, the band's once again moving forward with their new recording. 14 songs of pure traditional power/thrash with an original twist. Chamber studio is creating an excellent product which will surely allow Axemaster to become a major force in the underground!!!!!!!!!!!
  • DAYLIGHT DIES BEGIN TRACKING NEW ALBUM
    TOUR DATES WITH CANDLEMASS

    Philadelphia: Raleigh-based Daylight Dies have started tracking their new album, titled Lost to the Living. The album, expected for release late Spring 2008, is the band's second album with Candlelight Records. Drummer Jesse Haff reports, "drums, acoustic guitars and a solid chunk of the rhythm guitars are now completed. We feel the album is not only our most refined material to date, but also displays our most varied assortment of dark, desperate and melancholic music."

    In addition to recording teh band have been confirmed as direct support on the upcoming Candlemass American tour. With dates kicking off May 19, the tour will allow fans new and old opportunity to hear some of the band's new music before it finds official release. "Needless to say we are counting the days until the tour with Candlemass," says Haff. "We are looking forward to performing our guts out across the US."

    Formed in 1996, Daylight Dies have grown into a highly respected band. Noted for their electric and acoustic guitar work that further includes dual-vocals all witthin a passionate and heavy sonic atmosphere, the band have developed their growing fanbase via high-profile stateside tours with Lacuna Coil, Katatonia, and Moonspell. In 2006 the band were hand-selected to open for Emperor on their sold out New York City reunion performances. Revolver Magazine says of Dismantling Devotion, the band's second album, "Daylight Dies have one-upped themselves by conjuring an epic slab of gloom metal that's equal parts apoplectic rage and suicidal sorrow." Terrorizer Magazine notes, "Dismantling Devotion overspills with intelligent intensity, an epic journey as thoughtful and compellingly musical as it is bleak and vengeful. Essential."

    Confirmed dates are noted below. Additional performances are expected and will be announced shortly.

    May 19 - Jaxx Nite Club, Springfield VA
    May 20 - BB Kings Blues Club, New York NY
    May 22 - Starland Ballroom, Sayrevilel NJ
    May 23 - Peabody's Down Under, Cleveland OH
    May 24 - The Pearl Room, Mokena IL
    May 25 - Station 4, St. Paul MN
    May 28 - Studio Seven, Seattle WA
    May 29 - Hawthorne Theatre, Portland OR
    May 30 - Slim's, San Francisco CA
    May 31 - The Galaxy Theater, Santa Ana CA
    June 1 - Whiskey A Go Go, Hollywood CA
    June 6 - Scout Bar, Houston TX
    June 7 - Ridglea Theater, Ft. Worth TX

    For more information contact Candlelight Records.

    www.candlelightrecordsusa.com
    www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa
  • AVENGER OF BLOOD “DEATH BRIGADE” STREAMED AT MP3.COM

    In advance of the official street date of January 8th, AVENGER OF BLOOD’s new album Death Brigade is available to be streamed in its entirety now at MP3.com. Featuring cover artwork by Joe “Motorhead” Petagno, AVENGER OF BLOOD are at their brutal best with the full-blown thrash metal assault that is Death Brigade!

    The Las Vegas based AVENGER OF BLOOD have been busy making their mark on the metal underground since 2003 with relentless local and regional gigging as well as multiple appearances at Minneapolis Mayhem festival, Northwest Deathfest and a full U.S. tour with Godless Rising (ex-Vital Remains). While their scathing brand of thrash metal is often compared to such legendary bands as KREATOR, SODOM, and DESTRUCTION at their finest; AVENGER OF BLOOD bring a sound that is unmistakably their own. Earlier this year AVENGER OF BLOOD was showcased with on the HEAVY ARTILLERY compilation Speed Kills…Again!

    Stream Death Brigade at http://www.mp3.com:80/artist/avenger-of-blood/summary/

    For more info on AVENGER OF BLOOD visit www.myspace.com/avengerofblood

    www.heavyartillery.us
  • Conquest of Steel 2008 gigs and European Tours

    Conquest of Steel are due to hit the continent twice early in 2008 and will also play a handful of UK dates preceding the tours.

    UK dates:

    2/2/08 Hull, the Ringside

    8/2/08 Leeds, Rios with Reth

    The first European dates of the year include a short trip to Switzerland in February as follows:

    13/2/08 Antwerp (B) Venue TBC
    14/2/08 TBC
    15/2 08 Bulle (CH) L’Ebullition with Coverkill
    16/2/08 TBC

    Conquest will then revisit the continent in March for a longer tour:

    20/3/08 Croyden (UK) The Ship
    21/3/08 TBC
    22/3/08 Eindhoven (NL) Dynamo Café support Double Diamond
    23/3/08 TBC
    24/3/08 Prague (Cz) Exit Chmelnice
    25/3/08TBC
    26/3/08 Uster (CH) Rock City
    27/3/08TBC
    28/3/08 Amsterdam (NL) The Cave supprt Jinx
    29/3/08 TBC
    30/3/08 Leeuwarden (NL) Mukkes
    31/3/08 Tilburg (NL) Little Devil

    Conquest of Steel will then take a break from gigging to concentrate on writing material for their upcoming 3rd album to be recorded during summer 2008 and to be released early 2009.

    More news and information can be found at www.myspace.com/conquestofsteel and www.conquestofsteel.co.uk
  • EYES OF EDEN offer free download of unreleased song

    EYES OF EDEN, the gothic rock band led by legendary producer/guitarist Waldemar Sorychta (Lacuna Coil, Grip Inc., Enemy Of The Sun), is giving away an unreleased song that was not included on their debut “Faith” as a special gift for their fans.

    “We have a holiday gift for all our friends out there: an unreleased song called “Mother’s Revenge” from the “Faith” sessions – for free!”

    Go to http://www.myspace.com/eyesofedenband and listen to the new track or go to http://www.nuclearblast-musicshop.de! to download it until New Year’s!

    Let Franziska and Alla tell you all about it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4gmRanb3hU

    “Mother’s Revenge” was recorded for the album, but has not been released anywhere on the world so far. We just played it on our European tour with Paradise Lost last fall, it’s one of our heavier tracks. Hope you like it!

    This is our gift for you to top off a great year that saw the release our first album and our first major tour. More to come!

    Be well, thanks for listening, see you in 2008!” (Eyes Of Eden)

    EYES OF EDEN's debut album, "Faith", was released via Century Media in August (Europe) and November (North America) with music that’s hauntingly beautiful, bittersweet, mystical, dark, intense. And it rocks.

    http://www.eyesofeden.de
    http://www.myspace.com/eyesofedenband
  • DARK FORTRESS New album “Eidolon” out February 08; Cover artwork revealed!

    German black metal outfit DARK FORTRESS strikes back with its fifth full-length album “Eidolon” (please check the exact release dates below), which marks the band’s second effort on Century Media Records. Formed in 1994, DARK FORTRESS could establish themselves in the top ranks of the genre with intense live shows and fascinating, pitch black full-length masterpieces that meet the standard created mostly in northern Europe’s prolific scenes with ease. After the release of the Century Media debut “Séance” in 2006 the band played festivals such as With Full Force, shows with Satyricon and the first shows with Celtic Frost after their many years of hibernation. V. Santura and the legendary Celtic Frost got along so well that he joined them as a live guitarist later for their extensive touring.

    “Eidolon” is the band’s first effort with new vocalist Morean who is also responsible for the intricate lyrical concept. In its nine chapters the album describes the initiation, dehumanization and unearthly rebirth of a transcending soul by mirror magic and astral projection. An “Eidolon” is a Greek concept of an astral double of a living being or a “mirror”. The concept describes a magic mirror ritual as while a person is in a trance, the surface of the mirror is used as a gate to enter a new dimension. Three songs each form the album’s three chapters:

    DARK FORTRESS “Eidolon” track-listing (50:17):

    The first three songs describe the calling of beings from the other dimension, seen from three different angles:

    1. The Silver Gate (6:50)
    2. Cohorror (5:37)
    3. Baphomet (6:24)

    The second part is the initiation, when the astral soul is dehumanized and torn away from his earthly ties.

    4. The Unflesh (5:08)
    5. Analepsy (6:01)
    6. Edge of Night (3:57)

    The third part is the rebirth „on the other side of the mirror“.

    7. No Longer Human (5:36)
    8. Catacrusis (4:34)
    9. Antiversum (7:22)

    Release Dates:

    GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, February 22, 2008.
    UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, February 25, 2008.
    SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, February 26, 2008.
    FINLAND / SWEDEN / HUNGARY: Wednesday, February 29, 2008.

    With guest vocals by Tom Gabriel Fischer from Celtic Frost on the track “Baphomet”, an excellent production providing rawness and transparency to equal parts, and a European tour with Helheim and Vulture Industries in 2008, DARK FORTRESS are well prepared to plant their black seeds in support of their stunning new album “Eidolon”.

    Visit DARK FORTRESS’ official websites:

    http://www.thetruedarkfortress.com

    http://www.myspace.com/darkfortress
  • MERCENARY Finish recordings of new album; band comments & announce new shows!

    Danish masters of melodic & progressive metal, MERCENARY, have wrapped up the recordings for their highly anticipated successor to 2006’s “The Hours That Remain” (which was subsequently awarded the Danish Metal award in the category “Album Of The Year”). Guitarist Jakob Molberg states:

    "So, the new MERCENARY album has finally been completed, mixed and mastered! It was a really laborious birth after several intense months of constant writing and rehearsing while playing sweaty gigs nearly every weekend in between (Note to self: Let's never do that again.). As we went straight into the studio with our masterly producer Jacob Hansen right after the last gig, we couldn't help but to bring along a lot of the immediacy and groove that we love when playing live. The result is in many ways our most spontaneous album ever, but I also believe it's our strongest yet - it's very melodic, catchy, dark and complex (just like any decent metalhead would - or should - want his metal to be.). With bassplayer / shouter Rene Pedersen recording his first album with us, this album marks the return of some really aggressive vocals - mixed of course with Mikkel's soaring clean singing. It's an album that's straight to the point I think, and I can't help but feel we're at the top of our game here. I never had a stronger belief in the potential of this band before.

    The album title will be “Architect Of Lies” and it will be released in late March. Several killer tours and some great festivals are in the works. The year of 2008 will belong to Mercenary!

    // Jakob"

    Furthermore, MERCENARY can also reveal the following new live dates

    Jan. 26, 2008 (D) Nordhausen - Bloody Sunset Festival

    Feb. 07, 2008 (DK) Aalborg - Eskildsen musik
    Mar. 21, 2008 (DK) Aalborg - Studenterhuset
    Mar. 22, 2008 (DK) Århus - Voxhall
    Mar. 23, 2008 (DK) Copenhagen - The Rock
    July 3-9, 2008 (SLO) Metalcamp Festval

    www.mercenary.dk
    www.myspace.com/mercenarydenmark
  • NORTHER new album "N" details revealed; band comments!

    Freshly signed to Century Media Records, Finnish metal act NORTHER has just finished the work on its upcoming fifth full-length “N”, which will be released in Europe on the following dates:

    FINLAND: Wednesday, February 13, 2008.
    GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, February 22, 2008.
    UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, February 25, 2008.
    SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, February 26, 2008.
    SWEDEN / HUNGARY: Wednesday, February 29, 2008.

    “N” was recorded and produced by long time partner Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, etc.) at Astia Studios, mixed by Fredrik Nordström (Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, In Flames etc.) at Studio Fredman in Sweden and mastered at Cutting Room Studios. Bassist Jukka comments as follows:

    “Our new album “N” is the reflection of our true identity: it stands for North, NORTHER and never giving up! The new material sounds very melodic and versatile. There are songs in slow & fast mode as well as some totally new elements. Old sound meets new found power - we're reborn!

    We are more than pleased with the result and very eager to tour and play it live to all of you as soon as possible!

    Greetings: Jukka on behalf of the NORTHER guys!”

    Their stunning new effort sees NORTHER perfecting their mix of ripping riffs, aggressive vocals and epic melodies and will be premiered live at the well-known Finnish Metal Expo on February 16th, 2008 in Helsinki. With the release of the massive metal anthem “We Rock” as Finland-only single plus a new video currently in the works NORTHER are destined to induce 2008 with a metallic kick-off par excellence…

    NORTHER – “N” (48:55) track-listing:

    1. My Antichrist (3:25)
    2. Frozen Angel (4:07)
    3. Down (3:42)
    4. To Hell (4:07)
    5. Savior (5:03)
    6. Black Gold (3:18)
    7. We Rock (3:57)
    8. Always & Never (4:34)
    9. Tell Me Why (3:31)
    10. If You Go (3:56)
    11. Self-Righteous Fuck (4:47)
    12. Forever and Ever (4:27)

    “N” will be available as CD & limited edition Digipak including 3 bonus tracks!

    Visit NORTHER on the following websites:

    http://www.norther.net
    http://www.myspace.com/norther
  • New CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS MySpace-Account!

    Century Media Records are glad to announce the launch of our brand-new, revamped MySpace-account offering everything a metal, rock & hardcore fan can ask for. So feel invited to pay a visit to http://www.myspace.com/centurymediaeurope to watch tons of new video clips, listen to new tracks by Century Media artists, grab our MySpace banners to enhance your profile and much more! If you haven’t already added us to your friends do that now and look forward to more updates soon!

    http://www.myspace.com/centurymediaeurope
  • WARBRINGER Post New Track and Cover Art Online

    Los Angeles thrashers WARBRINGER have just revamped their official MySpace page to support the release of their vicious debut offering, “War Without End”, which is set for a February 25th 2008 release through Century Media Records. Head over to www.myspace.com/warbringer now to stream the new track, “Dread Command,” and to view the album’s striking cover art by acclaimed artist Dez Ambrose Root.

    “War Without End”, recorded by legendary thrash producer Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Dark Angel, D.R.I.), is shaping up to be one of the most talked about debuts to come along in years and is destined to add another glorious chapter to thrash metal’s illustrious history.

    WARBRINGER also just completed their first promotional video for the track, “Combat Shock,” with renowned 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.

    While WARBRINGER has built a rabid local fan base playing with others in the LA thrash revival scene, they’re set to join Exodus, Goatwhore and Arsis on a tour through the USA in January. Never before has the evil, no-holds barred sound of Baloff-era Exodus, Slayer’s Hell Awaits, and Kreator’s Pleasure to Kill been revived and revitalized for the 21st century in such a strikingly inspired and pure fashion.
  • DISMEMBER News

    Regain has launched a special Dismember MySpace page featuring a streaming version of one track, "Europa Burns," from the Swedish death metal masters' upcoming self-titled eight album which will be released February 18, 2008. Get your first impression via: www.myspace.com/dismemberpromo. This page will feature a huge competition soon, so re-check it from time to time. As long as Dismember live, death metal will reign!

    www.dismember.se
  • MACHINERY News

    We are really proud to announce that Stockholm based Machinery has inked a deal with Regain. The new album entitled The Passing can be described as an intense journey in epic and diverse metal – and album with great songs and an unique style that converges on death, black, thrash and classic metal styles! A perfect blend of what should truly appeal to every metalhead! The album is going to be released via Regain Records in early 2008.

    www.machinery.se
  • Magician - "Minstrel's Domain" video posted online

    - The brazilian power metal band MAGICIAN posted online the video for the song "Minstrel's Domain", taken from the new album "Tales of the Magician", which will be released before the end of December in Japan by Soundholic (Grave Digger, Dark Funeral, Marduk, Evergrey, Nocturnal Rites, etc).

    Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74-RtN7pYdM

    More information and samples of the band's new album are available on www.myspace.com/magicianband

    www.magician.com.br
    www.myspace.com/magicianband
  • ATARFE VEGA ROCK FESTIVAL

    Dear Friends.

    We’re pleased to confirm that BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER & SLAUGHTER 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, BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, SLAUGHTER, 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 30th December. Tickets can be bought in these stores and sites: Carrefour, Fnac, Tipo Stores and www.ticktackticket.com

    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