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July 15th, 2006
  • ROB ZOMBIE & GODSMACK JOIN FORCES BEGINNING AUGUST 25TH ON A U.S. FALL TOUR

    ZOMBIE CURRENTLY GEARING UP FOR HIS SUMMER TREK
    “THE AMERICAN WITCH TOUR”

    HOLLYWOOD – (June 6, 2006) – Rob Zombie is confirmed to join Godsmack for a 2 month outing across the U.S. The North American tour is set to open August 25th in Dallas, TX at the Smirnoff Music Center and will run through October 1st. As a showman of colossal proportion, Rob Zombie fans should expect a visual and aural circus of the unexpected on this tour extravaganza.

    Currently Rob Zombie’s American Witch Tour is slated to start June 30th in El Paso, TX at the County Coliseum. The single AMERICAN WITCH is the latest release off the Educated Horses CD (Geffen Records) and is currently on Billboards Top 20 Mainstream chart after only five weeks out. The Educated Horses CD entered the Billboard Top 200 at #5. Joining Zombie will be metal icons Anthrax.

    In other Zombie news, Dimension Films will make a new "Halloween" movie with Rob Zombie ("The Devil's Rejects," "House of 1000 Corpses") writing, directing and serving as a producer. "I have been a huge, huge fan of John Carpenter's original film since its release,” explains Zombie. So when Bob Weinstein approached me about this, I jumped at the chance to join forces with Dimension Films on this amazing project." Zombie will also serve as music supervisor on the film.

    For more information go to www.robzombie.com or www.myspace.com/robzombie

    Here are the confirmed Rob Zombie/ Godsmack tour dates:

    Fri-Aug-25 Dallas Smirnoff Music Center
    Sat-Aug-26 San Antonio Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    Sun-Aug-27 Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    Tue-Aug-29 Atlanta Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre
    Thu-Aug-31 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    Sat-Sep-02 Washington DC Nissan Pavilion
    Sun-Sep-03 Camden Tweeter Center
    Mon-Sep-04 Darien Lakes Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
    Thu-Sep-07 Boston Tweeter Center
    Fri-Sep-08 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
    Sat-Sep-09 Wantagh Jones Beach
    Tue-Sep-12 Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheatre
    Wed-Sep-13 Detroit DTE Amphitheatre
    Fri-Sep-15 Indianapolis Tweeter Center
    Sat-Sep-16 Chicago First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
    Sun-Sep-17 St. Louis UMB Bank Pavilion
    Tue-Sep-19 Kansas City Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    Wed-Sep-20 Denver Red Rock Amphitheatre
    Fri-Sep-22 Las Vegas Theatre Under The Stars
    Sat-Sep-23 Phoenix Cricket Pavilion
    Sun-Sep-24 Albuquerque Journal Pavilion
    Wed-Sep-27 Seattle White River Amphitheatre
    Fri-Sep-29 Sacramento Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    Sat-Sep-30 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    Sun-Oct-01 Concord Sleep Train Pavilion
  • MERCENARY New album "The Hours That Remain" to be released August 21st, 2006!

    Denmark’s MERCENARY, having just wrapped up recording and mixing their August 21st release, “The Hours That Remain”, with producer Jacob Hansen (Communic, Maroon, Hatesphere, etc.), who had already worked on the band’s previous “11 Dreams” offering. MERCENARY comment as follows on the album, “We made what we feel is the most powerful album in the band’s history. Both the writing and the recording processes have really made us a stronger band as we faced quite a few challenges along the way. We can’t wait for people to check out the new stuff, and look forward to playing it all live.”

    Additionally MERCENARY have welcomed bass player René Pedersen as their new bass player and add, “We are confident that René fits the bill perfectly, both as a musician and as a person. We have been rehearsing with him through the last month, and he is really kicking ass!”.

    Packaged with beautiful artwork by Travis Smith (Death, Nevermore, Opeth, etc.), “The Hours That Remain”, will include the following songs: “Redefine Me”, “Year Of The Plague”, “My World Is Ending”, “This Eternal Instant”, “Lost Reality”, “Soul Decision”, “Simplicity Demand”, “Obscure Indiscretion“, “My Secret Window” and “The Hours That Remain”.

    Here are the next already confirmed MERCENARY live-shows:
    15.09.2006 Atlanta (USA) - Progpower Festival
    30.09.2006 Barlo (Holland) - JC Sjiwa / Progpower Festival

    www.mercenary.dk
  • ARCH ENEMY Announce release of first ever 2DVD “Live Apocalypse”!

    ARCH ENEMY will release their first ever official full-length DVD on July 24th, 2006 in Europe. Entitled “Live Apocalypse”, this is a massive, jam-packed 2DVD set full of phenomenal live footage, in-depth interviews, on-the-road movies, multi-angle footage as well as the band’s promotional video clips; a classy follow-up release to last year’s acclaimed “Doomsday Machine” album, with which ARCH ENEMY managed to achieved chart entries in the US, Germany, UK, Sweden, Austria and The Netherlands, further establishing them as one of metal’s leading acts and taking them to a new peak in their already astonishing career.

    After returning from a North American Co-Headline tour with Chimaira, ARCH ENEMY are currently preparing for several live appearances in Europe during the 2006 festival summer, including performances at Sweden Rock Festival, Download Festival (UK), Graspop (BEL), With Full Force (GER), Wacken (GER) and many more (see below for a full list of dates). They also recently completed a new video for the track “My Apocalypse” with director Roger Johansson (In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Soilwork) which you can view under this link:

    Click Here

    To give you an idea what to expect of “Live Apocalypse”, band mastermind Mike Amott (guitars) outlines his thoughts on the upcoming 2DVD release:

    “The “Live Apocalypse” DVD is now finally complete. This shaped up to be an ultra cool 2-disc affair, and I honestly couldn’t be happier with it. The main show is from The Forum in London, UK (December ’04), and we also have footage from Manchester, UK in December ’05 (there’ll be 3 songs included from that). There are tons of extras and special features, as there should be. The artwork was done by Niklas Sundin of Cabin Fever Media, and we’ll be posting the cover ASAP. Andy Sneap’s audio mix (5.1 and stereo) is so heavy, it almost blew my speakers out! He really captured the live feel and power of the show; it's like you are right there in the audience. Brilliant! This DVD crushes some of my favourite metal DVDs from my own collection – and I have a sick collection. Once again, I am happy that we work with the best. They make us look and sound great.”

    So, all you ARCH ENEMY followers and lovers of high-quality metal DVDs, mark July 24th in your calendar and get ready for over three hours of crushing multi-angled filmed live shows, on-the-road videos, promo clips, behind the scenes material and much, much more. This is not only the ultimate ARCH ENEMY experience! It’s the ultimate extreme metal experience!

    ARCH ENEMY @ European festivals:
    July 20, 2006 - Earthshaker Fest (Germany) - http://www.earthshaker-fest.com
    July 21, 2006 - Metalcamp Festival (Tolmin, Slovenia) - http://www.metalcamp.com
    July 29, 2006 - MetalWay Festival (Gernika. SPAIN) - http://www.metalwayfestival.com
    August 5, 2006 - Wacken Open Air Festival (Germany) - http://www.wacken.com
    August 8, 2006 - Gothenburg City Fest (Sweden) - http://www.goteborg.com

    Feel free to check out a short movie trailer for “Live Apocalypse” under the following link (Flash Player 8 required):
    Click Here

    www.archenemy.net & www.centurymedia.com
  • CELTIC FROST Announce touring line-up addition; new album “Monotheist” hits stores!

    On the eve of retaking the stage next week with three low-key warm-up European shows, CELTIC FROST announce that they have expanded their touring line-up by adding Norwegian guitar player Anders Odden. Odden, who in the past was involved with acts such as Apoptygma Berzerk, Satyricon, Cadaver, and Mayhem, played his first session with the group on April 24, 2006, and returned to CELTIC FROST's base in Zurich, Switzerland, a week ago for final dedicated tour rehearsals. He is a lifelong CELTIC FROST devotee.

    Friday, May 26th, 2006, also marks the long-awaited release day in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, BeNeLux and Italy for “Monotheist”, CELTIC FROST’s monumental first full-length after fifteen years and one of the gloomiest masterpieces to be unleashed this year! For all other European territories, the following release dates are valid:

    UK / FRANCE / SPAIN / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF WORLD: Monday, May 29th, 2006.
    UNITED STATES: Tuesday, May 30th, 2006
    FINLAND / SWEDEN / HUNGARY: Wednesday, May 31st, 2006.

    “Monotheist“ is available in three different formats, limited edition DigiPak CD (incl. bonus track “Temple Of Depression”), limited edition gatefold DLP (incl. bonus track “Incantation Against You”) and standard jewel case CD. CELTIC FROST’s newest opus was produced by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain, Dimmu Borgir, Immortal) and features guest appearances by Satyr (Satyricon), Ravn (1349) and Xandria’s vocalist Lisa Middelhauve.

    Following the album’s release, CELTIC FROST will be playing numerous European festivals during the summer time before hitting North America for more onstage activity. British fans will be excited to find out that CELTIC FROST have just confirmed an exclusive London show on August 19th @ Mean Fiddler – the only UK show in 2006 - supported by labelmates Cryptopsy, as well as Gorerotted and She Said Destroy. See below for an updated list of European live shows, be there to witness the emperor’s return!

    CELTIC FROST live:
    12.07.2006 Malakassa - Greece @ Rockwave Festival
    29.07.2006 Guernica - Spain @ Metalway Festival
    30.07.2006 Jerez - Spain @ Metalway Festival
    04.08.2006 Wacken - Germany @ Wacken Open Air
    06.08.2006 Kavarna - Bulgaria @ Monsters of Rock
    19.08.2006 London - UK @ Mean Fiddler
    26.08.2006 Bergen - Norway @ Hole In The Sky Festival

    www.celticfrost.com
    www.monotheist.info
  • NEVERMORE Guitarist Hospitalized; Will Perform As A Four Piece

    Seattle’s NEVERMORE are disappointed to announce that guitarist Steve Smyth will be unable to perform with the band on their upcoming four European festival dates, Italy’s Gods Of Metal, Sweden Rock, and Ireland’s Rock Fest Belfast. Recently diagnosed with end stage kidney failure, the result of a congenital birth defect, Smyth commented on the current state of his condition, “It is with deep regret that I will not be able to perform at the European festivals over the next week with NEVERMORE, as I am now in the hospital being treated with dialysis. The total kidney failure that I thought was a few months away has already happened. I am extremely disappointed with this situation, but there is nothing I can do. I wish the guys in Nevermore all the best and hope that as many of you fans as possible give them your support in Europe.”

    Commenting from the Atlanta airport on their way to Italy, the band’s vocalist Warrel Dane said, “We are saddened by Steve’s escalating condition. He is an active part of this band and our thoughts stay with him. We will be performing as a four-piece for these shows and will have Chris Broderick join us for the rest of our European schedule.”

    Jag Panzer guitarist Chris Broderick performed with the band on their three-week American tour with In Flames and Evergrey. Broderick, who first performed with the band in 2003, said, “My heart goes out to Steve Smyth and I wish him all the best. It’s a dreadful situation, but I’m glad I can help out at this time.” You can find Nevermore’s upcoming itinerary can you find under this link:
    Click Here

    www.nevermore.tv
  • NAPALM DEATH Recording new album!

    The British inventors of grindcore NAPALM DEATH are recording a new album entitled “Smear Campaign” as the follow-up to last year’s highly acclaimed “The Code Is Red…Long Live The Code”. Vocalist Barney Greenway comments on the working process:

    "After working our arses off on new stuff for the last couple of months, we kind of slipped into the studio when no one was looking. This thing is already sounding totally immense - even better than “Code...”, from where I'm standing. It's fast and furious, as you'd expect, but we're also throwing a few curveballs in, in true NAPALM DEATH tradition. Can't wait for everyone to hear it. Take it easy peeps."
    The band are currently recording at Foel Studios in Wales, England, where they also recorded their last album, and aim for a September release via Century Media Records.

    After touring the US with Kreator and Suffocation, NAPALM DEATH are about to hit European shores again. If you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse on the new material at the band’s European festival appearances throughout this summer, when they probably play some new songs live and in the NAPALM DEATH’s typical onstage fury and intensity. So, check out the dates below and look forward to more touring activity during fall this year!

    NAPALM DEATH
    29.07.2006 Steenwijk (NL) @ Stonehenge Festival
    12.08.2006 Prague (CZ) @ Brutal Assault Festival
    14.08.2006 Szczytno (PL)@ Hunterfestival
    More to be added soon…

    www.enemyofthemusicbusiness.com
  • STRAPPING YOUNG LAD New Album Details; MP3 Track Now Available

    Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have returned with “The New Black”, a stunningly well-defined and more diverse effort that is soon to be a landmark in the epic pantheon of heavy metal. The much anticipated new album is set for a July 17th 2006 release and the group, led by singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend, have redefined their sound, creating what is soon to be the definitive offering of their already stellar career. SYL recently shot a new video for the track “Wrong Side” with renowned director David Brodsky (God Forbid, The Red Chord). Look for the clip to make its debut late next month.

    For an early sample of the record follow the link and hear why SYL thinks you suck:

    Click Here

    Past weekend the European tour started with the Rock Im Park / Rock Am Ring (Metallica, Tool, Lacuna Coil, etc.) festivals. Next is UK’s high profile Donington’s Download, Bologna’s Flame Fest, Sweden’s finest Hultsfred Festival and Finland’s Provinssirock started. The exclusive support band for the club shows is MAROON who just released their highly acclaimed Century Media debut “When Worlds Collide” on March 17th 2006. So don't miss this killer package.

    The album’s U.S. touring campaign kicks off when SYL hits the second stage at Ozzfest, alongside such acclaimed acts as Atreyu, Bleeding Through and Unearth, among others.

    On June 12th Century Media Records will also re-release STRAPPING YOUNG LAD’s 1995 debut album, “Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing”, which changed the metal world forever. The re-issue features a re-mastered version of this classic debut, 4 bonus tracks, the “S.Y.L.” video and a 12-page booklet with extended liner notes from Devin himself.

    In 2006, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD will leave their definitive mark on the genre, leaving their contemporaries wondering how they could ever possibly compete.

    www.strappingyounglad.com
  • BRUCE DICKINSON to release 3-disc DVD Anthology

    BRUCE DICKINSON ANTHOLOGY
    TRIPLE DISC DVD PACKAGE
    IN STORES JUNE 20th, 2006

    Sanctuary Visual Entertainment is proud to announce the triple disc DVD release of Bruce Dickinson Anthology on June 20, 2006. This is the definitive Dickinson package. It includes over six hours of videos and live performances, and previously unreleased and archive material. Bruce Dickinson is still the proverbial human whirlwind of activity, having made his mark both as the front man of the legendary Iron Maiden and as a longstanding solo artist, with a catalog that includes six studio albums of his own plus several concert releases. In addition to his musical talents, Bruce is also well known as a BBC Radio deejay, TV broadcaster, airline pilot, sword-fencing expert, novelist, family man and the quintessential voice of heavy music.

    Bruce says: “It's fantastic to share all of this collection with my fans. These DVDs contain rare material that people either won't know exists or have been unable to buy.

    The Samson video has changed hands for absurd amounts of money, and although we spent loads of time and had and lots and lots of fun making the promos, and because MTV didn't show them many of won't have been seen. It was high time they were all available together in one package.”

    DVD Disc 1 is a live performance extravaganza boasting 30 show-stopping tracks, recorded during the 90's as Bruce forged ahead with his solo career. Dive Dive Live was recorded at the Town and Country Club, Los Angeles on the Tattooed Millionaire Tour, August 14th 1990. This was Bruce's first outing as a solo artist with a new band made up of Janick Gers (Guitar), Andy Carr (Bass) and Dickie Fliszar (Drums).

    Dive Dive Live Track listing -
    01. Riding With The Angels
    02. Born In '58
    03. Lickin' The Gun
    04. Gypsy Road
    05. Dive Dive Dive
    06. Drum Solo
    07. Zulu Zulu
    08. The Ballad Of Mutt
    09. Son Of A Gun
    10. Hell On Wheels
    11. All The Young Dudes
    12. Tattooed Millionaire
    13. No Lies
    14. Fog On The Tyne
    15. Winds Of Change
    16. Sin City
    17. Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter
    18. Black Night

    The second live-in-concert performance offered up on Disc 1 was filmed over two sweaty back-to-back dates during the Skunkworks Tour in Pamplona and Gerona, Spain on May 31st and June 1st, 1996. Bruce was fronting a new young band, with a new name, and was joined on stage by Alex Dickson (Guitars), Chris Dale (Bass) and a certain infamous Italian drummer, Alessandro Elena. Originally created for a four track video EP release in Japan, this is the hour long Skunkworks concert in full, for the very first time.

    Skunkworks Live Track listing -
    01. Space Race
    02. Back From The Edge
    03. Tattooed Millionaire
    04. Inertia
    05. Faith
    06. Meltdown
    07. I Will Not Accept The Truth
    08. Laughing In The Hiding Bush
    09. Tears Of The Dragon
    10. God's Not Coming Back
    11. Dreamstate
    12. The Prisoner

    DVD Disc 2 keeps the live-in-concert experience alive with rare footage of Bruce performing in Sao Paulo, 1999 during the Chemical Wedding World Tour. Almost two hours in length, Scream For Me Brazil represents Bruce's last outing as a true solo artist before rejoining the ranks of Maiden shortly afterwards. No official film recording was permitted although this film taken from the crowd screen feeds features highlights of the show, which later become a live album of the same name. With a new heavier line-up made up of long time song writing partner Roy Z (Guitar), old Maiden partner Adrian Smith and rhythm section of Dave Ingraham (Drums) and Eddie Casillas (Bass), this 'bootleg' documents Bruce at his most intense.

    Scream For Me Brazil Track listing -
    01. King In Crimson
    02. Gates Of Urizen
    03. Killing Floor
    04. Book Of Thel
    05. Tears Of The Dragon
    06. Laughing In The Hiding Bush
    07. Accident Of Birth
    08. The Tower
    09. Darkside Of Aquarius
    10. The Road To Hell

    DVD Disc 3 is an extensive collection of promotional videos made during Bruce's solo career. From his days at EMI through to his own self produced videos of recent times, each video is accompanied by a short introduction by Bruce himself, discussing the ideas, concepts and eventual filming behind each of the videos. Each intro provides an interesting insight into Bruce's solo career as it progressed and the highlights and pitfalls of producing your own promotional videos. Alongside the 14 promotional videos, Disc 3 also includes over an hours worth of extras:

    The Tyranny of Souls interview was originally filmed as a general interview for press purposes. This is a track by track breakdown of the concept behind the songs on the Tyranny of Souls album, providing more of an in-depth look at the writing methods that Bruce has formed with long time writing partner Roy Z.

    Samson - Biceps of Steel

    Bruce made his video debut fronting Samson in this rather curious adaptation of the story of Samson and Delilah, filmed at the Rainbow Theatre, London. Filmed and directed by Julien Temple who perhaps was more famous for the Sex Pistols movie - The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, this 15 minute featurette was distributed through-out cinemas as a support feature to Hazel O' Connor’s Breaking Glass in 1980.

    Promotional Videos -
    01. Tattooed Millionaire
    02. All The Young Dudes
    03. Dive Dive Dive
    04. Born In '58
    05. Tears Of The Dragon
    06. Shoot All The Clowns
    07. Back From The Edge
    08. Inertia
    09. Accident Of Birth
    10. Road To Hell
    11. Man Of Sorrows
    12. Killing Floor
    13. The Tower
    14. Abduction
  • FLESHGORE - a deranged, insane, pain campaign from the Ukraine

    -- M A Y G O D S T R I K E M E D E A D --

    While coming as a new name to an old game to many death metal fans worldwide with this release, the Ukraine's Fleshgore have more heads hanging on their wall than one might initially believe. They've hit the Euro festival circuit with a vengeance for the past few years, playing and touring in over 18 countries and releasing two full-length albums (in addition to some demo releases) in only 5 years of existence - an incredible accomplishment for a band borne of post-U.S.S.R. Ukraine.

    Originally released in an extremely limited number in a few Eastern European countries until now, the blinding death/gore surge of May God Strike Me Dead hits audiences worldwide via This Dark Reign and supplies one of the most commanding death metal excursions of the year. If that's not enough to get your blood boiling, TDR will also be reissuing the bands previous Killing Absorption album later this year.

    Let your speakers turn your body into pulverized wall-spatter... OBTRUSION.

    SUMMER TOURS UPCOMING
    08/03-05 Wacken Rock Festival - Wacken, Germany
    08/03-07 Monsters of Rock Festival - Kavarna, Bulgaria
    08/10-12 Brutal Assault Festival - Czech Republic

    www.fleshgore.com -- www.thisdarkreign.com
  • EIGHTEEN VISIONS TO AMPLIFY WARPED TOUR

    LEAD SINGLE "VICTIM" NAMED OFFICIAL THEME SONG OF WWE®'S JUNE 25th PAY-PER-VIEW EVENT, "VENGEANCE®"

    HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW RECORD IN STORES JULY 18

    The buzz surrounding EIGHTEEN VISIONS continues to build as the band nears the July 18th release of their highly anticipated new album. 18V just finished a string of barn-burning dates with Avenged Sevenfold and Coheed & Cambria and are now gearing up for the Warped Tour. The band joins the traveling road show on June 30th at the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas.

    The tour will see the Orange County quintet (vocalist James Hart, guitarists Keith Barney and Ken Floyd, bassist Mick Morris and drummer Trevor Friedrich) previewing new material, including hard-hitting lead single "Victim," which has been chosen as the official theme song of World Wrestling Entertainment®'s upcoming Pay-Per-View, "Vengeance" (airing June 25th Live on Pay Per View).

    Meanwhile, the album is being lauded by those who've been given a sneak preview. Revolver magazine declared that "it's destined for greatness" and Alternative Press wrote, "...with songs built just as much for arenas as mosh pits, 18V are ready for a rock & roll takeover."

    The band, who is featured on the cover of this month's Outburn magazine, recorded the self-titled album with producer Machine (Lamb of God). The disc follows 2004's Obsession, the record Metal Hammer called "the album of the year." Eighteen Visions is currently on the European festival circuit, but don't miss your chance to catch them on this summer's Warped Tour.

    Dates are as follows:

    Date - City - Venue
    7/11 VENTURA, CA - SEASIDE PARK
    7/12 LOS ANGELES, CA - DODGER STADIUM
    7/13 SACRAMENTO, CA - SLEEP TRAIN AMPHITHEATRE
    7/14 NAMPA, ID - IDAHO CENTER AMPHITHEATER
    7/15 SEATTLE, WA - THE GORGE AMPHITHEATRE
    7/25 ST. LOUIS, MO - UMB BANK PAVILION
    7/26 CINCINNATI, OH - RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER
    7/28 PITTSBURGH, PA - POST- GAZETTE PAVILION
    7/29 DETROIT, MI - COMERICA PARK
    7/30 TINLEY PARK, IL - TWEETER CENTER
    8/04 MOOSIC, PA - TOYOTA PAVILION
    8/05 UNIONDALE, NY - NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, ARENA
    8/06 OLD BRIDGE, NJ - ENGLISHTOWN RACEWAY
    8/08 CHARLOTTE, NC - VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATER
    8/09 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE
    8/10 BRISTOW, VA - NISSAN PAVILLION AT STONE RIDGE
    8/11 CLEVELAND, OH - TOWER CITY AMPITHEATRE
    8/12 TORONTO, ON - PARK PLACE
    8/13 MONTREAL, QC - PARC JEAN-DRAPEAU
  • MERENDINE ATOMICHE To Release RAW On August 21st 2006

    Veteran Italian thrash metal stalwart Merendine Atomiche is prepared to present their most visceral and accomplished work to date: RAW. On August 21st, 2006, Mausoleum Records will unleash RAW on the world. This testament to the eleven year career of Merendine Atomiche is both a step forward in the evolution of the band, as well as an excellent point of introduction for those not yet acquainted with their music.

    RAW is Merendine Atomiche’s second full length album. Their 2003 release Walk across fire, along with their demo, mini cd, and tribute to Metallica, established the band’s powerful sound, mixing a classic thrash metal style with elements of hardcore and pure heavy metal. RAW brings that style to the next level. “Despite good reviews and a positive response to our last record, we were not satisfied,” says drummer Luca Cerardi. “We wanted to do something even better. After two years of hard work, the result is RAW.” Lead guitarist David Bisson adds, “For me this album represents the new sound of Merendine Atomiche. A new beginning.”

    RAW was produced by prominent metal guitarist Jack Frost, who has performed with Savatage, Seven Witches and many other bands. Frost is a very capable producer and helped Merendine Atomiche realize their full potential as a band.

    The songs on RAW hold deep personal meanings for the members of Merendine Atomiche. “RAW is a great album to me because I lived each song,” says vocalist Luca Zandarin. Indeed, the band worked their fingers to the bone for two years in the studio to make sure that RAW would be the best album possible. “Our target is to let people feel what we felt when we were making these songs: thrash them, give them energy and let them enjoy the music as much as possible while sending a positive message,” says rhythm guitarist Luca Securo.

    Perhaps bassist Dario Bianchi explains the point of the album best: “For me, RAW is not an album but a tale. A story about Merendine Atomiche as friends and as a band. Our experiences, our dreams and a musical trip into the life of five guys who are living a great experience through music can be heard with this album.”

    A Track Listing For RAW Comprises:

    1. In The Cage
    2. Roads and Beers
    3. Raw
    4. Peace Means War?
    5. I Want To Be A Man
    6. Ocean’s Shadows
    7. Zero Degrees
    8. Breathe The Big Apple
    9. We Didn’t Know
    10. Shake For Me
    11. 0, 41

    For more information, please visit:

    www.merendineatomiche.com
  • EVERSCATHED'S "RAZORS OF UNREST" INFO UNVEILED

    Open Grave Records has set a release date of July 11th 2006 for the release of Chicago, IL old school death metal band The Everscathed's full length album, "Razors of Unrest". The Everscathed is made up of: W. Frickenstein - Vocals, Bass (Unsolemn, ex-Enmortem), Brice Dalzell - Guitar, Vocals (ex-CorpseVomit (US), ex-Enmortem), and Tim Frickenstein - Drums (Unsolemn, ex-Enmortem). The cover art can be viewed at this location: cover click here, and a high quality mp3 of the track, "Shackled by Failure" can be downloaded from this location: ShackledByFailure.mp3.

    The track listing is as follows:

    1 Overthrow the Sphere of Existence
    2 Raging in Unrest
    3 Halted Glory
    4 Wounds of Confusion
    5 Surgical Theater
    6 The Everscathed
    7 Evil Bleeds On
    8 Shackled By Failure
    9 Cries Of Damnation's Rebirth
    10 ...To The Place of Death Begotten

    For more information on this release or other Open Grave Records artists please visit http://www.opengraverecords.com.
  • Minneapolis Mayhem 3 - Final Line-up

    Minneapolis Mayhem 3 festival, set to take place August 25-26 at the Star Central in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    TANKARD
    HIRAX
    RAVEN
    HELSTAR
    JAG PANZER
    OMEN
    STEEL ATTACK
    DIVISION
    USURPER
    AVENGER OF BLOOD
    IMAGIKA
    GAIA EPICUS
    NOCTUARY
    OCTOBER 31
    MERCILESS DEATH
    UNDER EDEN
    COLD COLOURS
    HEAD ON COLLISION

    Giveaways-Raffels-Autograph Sessions
    Tickets on Sale now.

    [email protected]
    http://www.minneapolismayhem.com
    http://www.myspace.com/mnmayhem
  • Eisenwahn Festival 28.and 29. July 2006 - Wolfchant - Kromlek - Thiasos Dionysos - Helfahrt - Equilibrium - etc

    We recommend a cure in the beautiful upper sense with metallic acoustic irradiation with acute lack of iron. The cure area will be equipped with historical beverages (beer, Met...) and comfortable overnight accomodations (camping).

    This offer applies to 28 and 29 July 2006.

    They already receive the complete Wellness program at a price from 17€ (2-Tages-Ticket, VVK) inclusive overnight accomodation.

    Music therapy with and through:

    Burden of Grief
    Dorn
    Eisregen
    Elexorien
    Equilibrium
    Fallen Yggdrasil
    Final Breath
    Gardens of Gehenna
    Hatred
    Lifthrasil
    Lyfthrasyr
    Ordo Draconis
    Rusted Chains
    Structural Defect
    Sumpfbold
    Asterius
    Wolfchant
    Helfahrt
    Sycronomica
    Thiasos Dionysos
    Kromlek

    www.eisenwahn-fest.de
  • CELTIC FROST - PRESS RELEASE

    Over the last couple of days we have received a lot of questions regarding the health of Tom Fischer, as well as a ton of get well notices. Here is an explanation of recent developments.

    At around 7pm on June 3rd, Tom was admitted to a hospital in Gelsenkirchen as his kidneys were causing him a great deal of pain. After several check-ups he was diagnosed with a kidney stone that was about to rupture.

    Tom's pain was so strong that only several large doses of morphine gave him any relief. Accordingly he was unable to perform at the Rock Hard Festival that very evening.

    Martin, Franco and especially Tom are extremely unhappy with the way things turned out and would like to apologise to all their fans who waited in vain for their set. Celtic Frost were looking forward to their first gig in 15 years and were determined to present a great show. Unfortunately, on this occasion it was not to be.

    Celtic Frost would like to thank all the other bands who entered the stage on the spur of the moment to make this a memorable evening for these fans.

    They would also like to thank the Rock Hard team, all their fans and Dr. Dielenschneider, the best doctor in the whole of Gelsenkirchen.

    Tom Gabriel Fischer has been transferred to a Zurich hospital and is undergoing a kidney operation as this press release is being typed. Instead of an easier to handle but more time consuming method he has decided to have this operation as he wants to be able to perform again as soon as possible.

    He is adamant that he will perform at Sweden Rock this coming weekend and also fulfil all other forthcoming festival dates.

    Best Regards
    Antje Lange
    Celtic Frost Management
  • IGNITE E-Card incl. full album stream online!

    To give you a better impression of what to expect of IGNITE’s newest masterpiece “Our Darkest Days” (European Release Date: May 15, 2006), we offer you a great e-card featuring the entire(!!!) album as online stream in the “you are listening to“ section. Furthermore, details on the record and the band alike, a photo gallery and an overview of the overwhelming media praise of “Our Darkest Days”, a regularly updated news and touring section can be discovered there as well as many other features.

    In addition to that, you can also participate in a competition offering you the chance to win the following items:
    1. 3 x big fan-package (limited t-shirt, signed poster, button, rare 2-track teaser CD, sticker)
    2. 5 x small fan-package (signed poster, button, rare 2-track teaser CD, sticker)
    3. 10 x signed poster

    Simply click on the following link: http://specials.centurymedia.de/ecards/ignite/

    IGNITE recently finished filming the video-clip for “Bleeding“ with Chris Sims (Anberlin, As I Lay Dying, Eighteen Visions, Bleeding Through, Poison The Well). Bassist Brett Rasmussen comments on the working process: "Working with Chris Sims on our first real video shoot was more than we ever hoped for. We wanted something bright visually as well as intense and I think we captured that."
    So, get “Our Darkest Days“, one of the greatest albums in 2006!

    Official band homepage: www.igniteband.com
  • PAINMUSEUM To Release You Have The Right To Remain Violent EP

    Metal Mike's PAINMUSEUM, led by Halford/ Sebastian Bach guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak, has set July 1st, 2006 as the release date of "You Have The Right To Remain Violent" enhanced EP.

    To be released exclusively on Metal Mike's own imprint C.M.M. Entertainment, LLC, the EP will feature a new studio track Scars In Black, 3 tracks taken from the band's debut "Metal For Life", a video for Speak The Name as well as animated menus, custom video players, photo gallery, six wall papers and an exclusive video message from Metal Mike.

    James Murphy (Testament, Disincarnate, Death) has once again provided the mastering duties at The Safe House in FL, while art was done by Darkmouth Design (Six Feet Under, Hatebreed).  The line up of musicians appearing on the EP remains same as in the band's 2005 debut "Metal For Life". Metal Mike - Guitars (Halford, Sebastian Bach, Testament), Bobby Jarzombek - Drums (Halford, Sebastian Bach, Riot), Steve DiGiorgio - Bass (Testament, Death, Sadus), Tim Clayborne - Vocals, Joe Comeau - additional Vocals (Overkill, Annihilator). Roy Z (Judas Priest, Halford, Dickinson) mixed all tracks.

    This special release is for many of our fans who write inquiring about a new PainmuseuM album. While we get our asses over to the studio and complete the next release, this is for the ones who are interested in our brand of Heavy Metal. This is a good way to further introduce new fans to the band who might have not yet hear our debut album and will help us further our mission during our headlining East Coast Violence 2006 tour dates this Summer. Crank this shit up, commented Metal Mike.

    Not to be licensed in any other territory, "You Have The Right To Remain Violent" will be available exclusively in North America through C.M.M. Entertainment, LLC, and on import in all other territories.

    Century Media's CM Distro will provide all North American retail location sales while on-line retailers will include cdbaby.com, bestbuy.com, guitarmusic9.com and towerrecords.com.

    PainmuseuM's debut Metal For Life, released  in 2005 is available worldwide through C.M.M/ Demolition Records via Universal/ UMVD Distribution. You can preview all tracks at www.cdbaby.com/metalmike.

    Metal Maniacs
  • MAX CAVALERA: Current Sepultura lineup "fake"

    Ex-SEPULTURA/current SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera has slammed the current touring version of his former band as "fake" and has reiterated his desire to one day take part in a reunion of the group's classic lineup. When asked during a Sirius Satellite Radio interview last month if there have been talks between him and the guys in SEPULTURA about getting back together one day, Max said, "There's been a lot of talk - rumor and stuff. I don't know& What I know is that Igor [Cavalera, Max's brother and current SEPULTURA drummer] is not on tour [with SEPULTURA] right now [Editor's Note: Igor announced earlier in the year that he was taking a break from SEPULTURA's touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their new son], and to me that's not SEPULTURA, man. I don't give a shit - that is not. We made the band, we created the band; it started with me and him. Andreas [Kisser, SEPULTURA guitarist] came way, way later in the picture. Paulo [Xisto Pinto Junior, SEPULTURA bassist], he got in the band 'cause he had a bass - his Dad bought a bass, [but Paulo] couldn't play. And I'm not trying to diss anybody, I'm just saying the facts - that me and Igor invented, created and carried& the Cavalera brothers carried SEPULTURA; we created it. So if it [the reunion] ever happens, it's gonna be [done] the right way for the right reason.

    "I kind of compare it to parachuting - I never parachuted before, I wanna parachute one day. It's like the SEPULTURA reunion. It's like parachuting. I'm not doing it tomorrow, but I'd like to do it eventually, sometime. 'Cause I know what it did to people; it changed a lot of people's lives. My kids wanna see it. Richie's [Max's stepson] like, 'I wanna see SEPULTURA.' Zyon and Igor [Max's youngest son] are like, 'I wanna see SEPULTURA with Max - the real SEPULTURA, not the fake SEPULTURA.

    "When the time comes and it happens, it will be for the right reason - I believe in all that kind of crazy shit. So it's gonna be done at the right time. I am right now where I am supposed to be, doing what I am supposed to be, and when that happens, it will be the right time."

    [Source: Blabbermouth.net]

    Metal Maniacs
  • POWERMAN 5000 TO SHOOT VIDEO FOR WILD WORLD 6/10

    NEW ALBUM OUT 8/1, U.S. TOUR BEGINS 7/1

    June 9, 2006, New York, NY – DRT recording artist Powerman 5000 begin shooting their video for the track “Wild World” on Sunday, June 11 in Los Angeles. “Wild World” is the first single off the band’s upcoming album, Destroy What You Enjoy, out August 1.

    “We're shooting most of it in an abandoned crack house," vocalist Spider comments. "It should be pretty glamorous."

    The video will showcase the band’s high energy live performance, and will be co-directed by Jeff Stewart and Spider.

    In other Powerman news, the band will embark on a U.S tour beginning July 1 in Lubbock, TX.

    Catch Powerman 5000 in your hometown:

    7/1/06 Lubbock TX Lonestar Events Center
    7/7/06 Orangevale CA The Boardwalk
    7/8/06 Petaluma CA Phoenix Theater
    7/10/06 Tempe AZ The Clubhouse
    7/11/06 Albuquerque NM Launch Pad
    7/13/06 Austin TX The Parish
    7/14/06 San Antonio TX White Rabbit
    7/15/06 Houston TX Scout Bar
    7/16/06 Dallas TX Gypsy Tea Room
    7/19/06 Kileen TX Hero's
    7/20/06 Tulsa OK Cain's Ballroom
    7/21/06 Denver CO Bluebird Theater
    7/22/06 Grand Junction CO Mesa Theater
    7/24/06 Ogden UT Boomba
    7/26/06 Billings MT 12th Planet
    7/27/06 Spokane WA Big Easy Concert House
    7/28/06 Seattle WA Studio Seven
    7/29/06 Boise ID Big Easy
  • GWAR TO RELEASE NEW DVD BLOOD BATH AND BEYOND OUT 6/20

    NEW SINGLE “SCHOOL’S OUT” AVAILABLE NOW AT GWAR.NET

    SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR BEGINS 7/8

    June 9, 2006, New York, NY – DRT recording artist GWAR will be releasing the ultimate GWAR DVD titled Blood Bath and Beyond on June 20. Hosted by Oderus Urungus and Sleazy P. Martini, the DVD contains over 90 minutes of rare and unreleased footage as well as mini movies, lost demo recordings and rare bootleg footage amassed over GWAR’s 20 year career since landing on Earth though their current World domination.

    Also, for the first time in the history of GWAR, the band has recorded a cover song. GWAR pays homage to the original master of shock rock, with a bone-crushing version of his most famous song--that's right, GWAR has covered Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.” The band’s take on the famous summer anthem is available for download now at www.gwar.net/schoolsout. “School’s Out” will also be the first single on the band’s upcoming, full-length studio release, Beyond Hell, due out in late summer. Both the single and the album were produced by Devin Townsend of Strapping Young Lad, and Cory Smoot.

    And if that isn’t enough GWAR for you, the band will be tearing it up again on this year’s Sounds of the Underground tour beginning July 8 in Cleveland, OH. Check out GWAR’s latest activities as well as special video interview and news features at http://www.gwar.net/slavepit

    Catch GWAR on the Sounds of the Underground Tour:

    07/08 Cleveland, OH THE PLAIN DEALER PAVILION (formerly Scene Pavilion)
    07/09 Tinley Park, IL MIDWEST BANK AMPHITHEATRE PARKING LOT
    07/11 Toronto, ON MOLSON AMPHITHEATRE
    07/12 Montreal, QC METROPOLIS
    07/13 Poughkeepsie, NY MID HUDSON CIVIC CENTER
    07/14 Mansfield, MA TWEETER CENTER
    07/15 Sayreville, NJ STARLAND BALLROOM OUTSIDE
    07/16 Camden, NJ TWEETER WATERFRONT
    07/17 Columbia, MD MERRYWEATHER POST PAVILLION
    07/19 Orlando, FL TINKER FIELD
    07/21 Houston, TX VERIZON WIRELESS THEATRE
    07/22 Corpus Christi, TX CONCRETE ST. AMPHITHEATRE
    07/23 Selma, TX VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE PARKING LOT
    07/26 Mesa, AZ MESA AMPHITHEATRE
    07/27 Las Vegas, NV HOUSE OF BLUES
    07/28 San Diego, CA SOMA Parking Lot
    07/29 Mountain View, CA SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE
    07/31 Denver, CO CITY LIGHTS PAVILION
    08/02 Sauget, IL POP'S OUTSIDE
    08/03 Clarkston, MI DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE PARKING LOT
    08/04 Milwaukee, WI EAGLES BALLROOM
    08/05 St. Paul, MN ROY WILKINS AUDITORIUM
    08/06 Winnipeg, MB WINNIPEG CONVENTION CENTRE
    08/07 Saskatoon, SK SASKATCHEWAN CREDIT UNION CENTER
    08/08 Edmonton, AB NORTHLANDS AGRICOM
    08/10 Vancouver, BC P.N.E. FORUM
    08/12 Los Angeles, CA GIBSON AMPHITHEATRE
  • COMMUNIC to replace exodus at the byh festival

    Norwegian chartbreakers COMMUNIC have just been confirmed to play at the German Bang Your Head!!! festival, scheduled to take place from June 23rd to 24th in Balingen. Thus the band replaces Thrash veterans EXODUS which cancelled their appearance recently.
  • MNEMIC name new vocalist!

    Danish Metal Machine MNEMIC have named Frenchman Guillaume Bideau (Scarve) as their new vocalist. The band recently commented on the news and their enthusiasm over the decision.

    "As you've probably heard from other sources, the new singer of MNEMIC is Guillaume Bideau from Scarve. Now it's official, and it's official when we say its official. Guillaume impressed us in the rehearsal and in the studio. First off he nailed the old songs 110%, and second we did a demo one of the new songs with him, which turned out like a multilayered vocal metallic opera. He will definitely bring the sound of Mnemic to the next level and we are more than happy to have him in the band as the new frontmonster!"

    A longtime member of Scarve, Bideau issued his first statement as the singer for MNEMIC hours ago on the band's website.

    "I'm extremely proud and happy to be joining MNEMIC. This is definitely a big turn in my musical career and I feel more confident than ever. I was in Scarve for almost 8 years and I'm leaving this band today without any feuds between the guys and myself, they totally understand my choice and decision. Sometimes things don't go as planed unfortunately, but the band still has plenty of time to finish the new album. I really wish Scarve all the very best for the future, I know they'll move on.

    MNEMIC is exactly the kind of crazy shit I was expecting to be part of! It's going to be an amazing, open minded human and musical adventure and I'll be able to be 100% myself in this band. I can't wait to join them in studio to record that damn new album! Trust me, it will be kickass!"

    The band will enter Bomb Shelter Studios in downtown Los Angeles in the next couple of weeks to begin tracking for their yet-to-be-titled third album for Nuclear Blast Records, due out in early 2007.
  • BARCODE new singer announced

    After having parted ways with former shouter Butch in January, Danish Hardcore steam-rollers BARCODE finally announced a new singer: SS Graveyard aka BloodKill, who is also employed as frontman of the Danish Metal band DEMOLITION INC. " What had always been Butch’s trademark – aggressive and fierce vocals, yet with a delicate sense of tone delivered with immense headroom and authority – SS Graveyard has it all", states the band on their official website www.barcodehardcore.dk

    BARCODE are presently working on six new songs, first results are supposed to show up very soon.

July 7th, 2006
  • MERCENARY Release Day Set; Name New Bass Player

    Denmark’s MERCENARY, having just wrapped up mixing their August 22 release, The Hours That Remain, with producer Jacob Hansen (Maroon, Hatesphere), who worked with the band on 11 Dreams, have finalized its tracklisting (below). Clocking in at just over one hour, vocalist Mikkel Sandager commented on the album, “We made what we feel is the most powerful album in the band’s history. Both the writing and the recording processes have really made us a stronger band as we faced quite a few challenges along the way. We can’t wait for people to check out the new stuff, and look forward to playing it all live.” The Hours That Remain will be packaged with beautiful artwork by Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth).

    Additionally MERCENARY have welcomed bass player René Pedersen, an active performer from Denmark’s Transparent, as their new bass player. Pedersen’s live debut will be this weekend at The Sägfestival in Greding, Germany. Speaking for the band Sandager said, “We are confident that René fits the bill perfectly, both as a musician and as a person. We have been rehearsing with him through the last month, and he is really kicking ass!” This will also be fan’s first opportunity to witness material from The Hours That Remain live. The band will then appear at Germany’s Rock Hard Festival, June 2, before joining King Diamond’s spring tour, complete dates here. MERCENARY have also been confirmed for September’s ProgPower USA VII and ProgPower Europe.

    The Hours That Remain
    1. Redefine Me
    2. Year Of The Plague
    3. My World Is Ending
    4. This Eternal Instant
    5. Lost Reality
    6. Soul Decision
    7. Simplicity Demand
    8. Obscure Indiscretion
    9. My Secret Window
    10. The Hours That Remain
  • MY DYING BRIDE have been locked up in the studio since the beginning of April and are busy recording their new album. According to the band, at least 5 songs have already been recorded with more in the pipeline. No details on song or album titles are available, yet. John, the drummer from The Prophecy, with whom the band have played live in the past year, is also behind the kit in the studio, filling in for regular MDB drummer Shaun Taylor-Steels (who is still having problems with his ankle after injuring it badly last year).
  • ALL-STAR PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCED FOR PROGPOWER USA VII

    ATLANTA – ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston has confirmed that there will be a very special "all-star" performance led by vocalist Jorn Lande during his headline set at ProgPower USA this year.

    Confirmed thus far to join Lande on stage are Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, ex-Savatage), Lance King (Pyramaze), Michele Luppi (Vision Divine), Pasi Rantanen (Thunderstone), Mikkel Sandager (Mercenary), Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus), and Mattias "IA" Eklundh (Freak Kitchen). Other participants will be announced at a later time.

    Along with Lande, Swedish progressive/power metal band Evergrey will headline the two-day festival, performing a worldwide exclusive set featuring the Evergrey choir and the Poulenc String Quartet from Atlanta.

    Lande and Evergrey will be joined by German power metal band Savage Circus, Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, Pyramaze, Wastefall, Sweden's Freak Kitchen, Finland's Thunderstone, Italy's Vision Divine, and Denmark's Mercenary, who is returning to ProgPower due to overwhelming popularity at ProgPower IV.

    ProgPower USA VII will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. A very limited number of tickets are available via www.progpowerusa.com.

    ProgPower USA VII is sponsored by Pacific Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Shure Microphones, Evans Drumheads, D'Addario Strings, and Planet Wave Cables. Interested sponsors may contact ProgPower USA via www.progpowerusa.com.

    Information is available on the website for parties interested in participating in the CD Showcase sampler or advertising in the official program.

    www.progpowerusa.com
  • COMMUNIC waves over germany!

    Norwegian progressive power metallers COMMUNIC have hit the equivalent of a grand-slam home run. “Waves Of Visual Decay“, the band's second album, ranked #1 in the "Soundcheck" category in Germany's top four metal magazines: Rock Hard, Metal Hammer, Metal Heart, and Heavy. This makes Waves Of Visual Decay the #1 Soundcheck album in Germany and a MUST HAVE!. Congratulations!
  • BLIND GUARDIAN hansi signs in!

    BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch has posted the following message on the official BG web site:

    "Time to break the silence, time to say hello. As you all most probably know, we have finished the album some days ago and started doing some first shows already. It has been a blast to be back on stage again and do these small shows in Rijssen and Vosseljaar. We appreciate the kindness and the support of the people there and enjoyed the club atmosphere a lot. Istanbul was a great experience and 'The Bard's Song' sung by more than 2,000 Turkish fans was nothing but spectacular.

    Even though the secret is revealed already, I would like to point out one more time the album is entitled A Twist in the Myth, and that's just because I unfortunately could not find allies for my most favorite album title suggestion, A Day At The Races. : ) With this album, I think, we have widened the range of the BLIND GUARDIAN universe more than we have ever done before. In terms of quality, we had a very good feeling during the whole recording session. But I nevertheless have to admit that the songs did make a gigantic step during the last days of recording and mixing. 'The Edge' and 'In Search Of The Lionheart' certainly will achieve absolute cult status within a very short amount of time. 'Skalds and Shadows' will prove its longevity in numerous live concerts. We are most excited about what your reaction to 'Another Stranger Me' — an aggressive and powerful heavy rocker — will be. The song has great potential.

    Marcus and I composed a number called 'All the King's Horses,' which will be released on the Japanese version of A Twist in the Myth and on a single we are going to release in the beginning of 2007. It is a great song which will set emotions free, I am sure.

    Some of the new songs will be presented on the road when we will start touring in September. We will use the summer break to check out which songs will fit in best to the program. Everything and everyone is in pretty good shape. All preparations for the fall tour are on schedule and the interest in tickets for the tour is really high. It pretty much looks like there are even more fans willing to see us than in 2002 which was the most successful tour we have done up to now. One more time we would like to thank you for your patience and can't wait to hear and see your reaction to the new songs. As soon as there are some download samples, we will let you know. Your endurance will be rewarded."

    BLIND GUARDIAN will be shooting a video later this month for the track "Another Stranger Me." The upcoming video will be be the first to feature new drummer Frederik Ehmke, who replaced Thomen Stauch in 2005.

    The track listing for A Twist in the Myth - due out in North America in September 2006 - is as follows:

    01. This Will Never End (5:07)
    02. Otherland (5:14)
    03. Turn the Page (4:16)
    04. Fly (5:43)
    05. Carry the Blessed Home (4:03)
    06. Another Stranger Me (4:36)
    07. Straight through the Mirror (5:48)
    08. Lionheart (4:15)
    09. Skalds and Shadows (3:13)
    10. The Edge (4:27)
    11. The New Order (4:49)

    View album artwork at this location!

    BLIND GUARDIAN's "Fly" single was released on April 18th and contained two exclusive tracks: an acoustic version of "Skalds and Shadows" and a cover of the Iron Butterfly classic "In A Gadda Da Vida."
  • EMBRYONIC DEVOURMENT "Beheaded by Volition" MCD
    GRTP 005

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    1.Beheaded by Volition
    2. Desanctifying the Mediterranean
    3.Bush for Disembowelment
    4.Demons in the Sea
    5.Mutiny

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  • Gorgoroth & Sahg MP3's Posted

    Candlelight Records has premiered "Wound Open" from Gorgoroth's forthcoming album Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam and "Boundless Demise" from Sahg's forthcoming debut Sahg 1 at the label's official My Space page. Bring your browser to www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa to have your first listen.

    Splitting studio time between Lydriket and Earshot Studios, Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam is the logical next chapter for the highly decorated and controversial Gorgoroth; many already calling it their most accomplished work to date. Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam hits US stores on July 25.

    Norway’s Sahg are a new disciple of timeless doom and gloom-flavoured metal. With Sahg 1, this “buzzing” Scandinavian four-piece blaze on to US shores with arguably one of the year’s best and memorable records. Taking influence from classics - Pentagram, Electric Wizard, Kyuss and Monster Magnet (to name a few) - and it has been said Sahg rock with a groove that would “make John Bonham proud!” Sahg 1 hits US stores July 25.
  • ANGUISH FORCE new EP!

    ANGUISH FORCE NEWS

    Works in progress at Heavy/Thrash Metal band ANGUISH FORCE for the EP "Defenders United".

    This is the feature:

    Defenders United (new track)
    Breaking the Law (Judas Priest cover)
    Anguish Force (Live)
    Vampire (Live)

    At the project are more guest stars like members of Crotalo, Skanners, Urban Violence, Dark season and more.

    ANGUISH FORCE
  • NAPALM DEATH Recording New Album; Talk About Material

    Commenting on recording material for the follow-up album to last year’s The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code, Napalm Death vocalist Barney Greenway said, "After working our arses off on new stuff for the last couple of months, we kind of slipped into the studio when noone was looking. This thing is already sounding totally immense - even better than Code..., from where I'm standing. It's fast and furious, as you'd expect, but we're also throwing a few curveballs in, in true ND tradition. Can't wait for everyone to hear it. Take it easy peeps." The band are currently recording at Foel Studios in Wales, England, where they also recorded their last album.

    Napalm Death toured North America earlier this year with Kreator, and in fall 2005 supporting Suffocation. Look for the new album to be released this fall with an extensive worldwide tour following.
  • RED DISTRIBUTION & FACEDOWN RECORDS INK EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION DEAL
    Leading Independent Record Distributor Pacts With Premiere Metalcore Label

    RED Distribution and Facedown Records have finalized terms for an exclusive distribution agreement it was announced today by Bob Morelli, Executive Vice President and General Manager, RED Distribution and Jason Dunn, President and Founder/Owner, Facedown Records.

    Under the new agreement, RED will partner with Facedown to maximize visibility and exposure for a variety of new and upcoming Facedown releases including Flee The Seen, Inked In Blood, Nodes of Ranvier, Bloodlined Calligraphy, War of Ages, A love for Enemies and others. RED and Facedown will collaborate on integrated distribution campaigns combining marketing tools ranging from t-shirts to album art to website design.

    With a focus on long term development for artists on the Facedown roster, RED will broaden the reach of the Facedown brand in both Christian and secular hard music markets targeting existing and potential fan bases through a variety of strategies ranging from traditional retail placement to new media initiatives.

    "We are excited to be in business with Facedown Records," said Mr. Morelli. "Jason has tapped into one of the most vital emerging genres in the contemporary music scene. He knows and loves his bands and their music and he understands the needs and drives of their fans. Facedown is already becoming one of the great lifestyle music companies in the world, a recognizable imprint that's known and respected for the integrity of its signings and the power of its music. I look forward to working with Jason and Facedown in bringing the label to the next level and helping to find its artists the success they deserve."

    "I brought Facedown into this deal with RED based on RED's long running history of excellence in the field of distribution," said Mr. Dunn. "Over the years, I've seen what RED has accomplished with labels like Ferret, Metal Blade, Victory, Trustkill, The Militia Group and others and I wanted to give the artists on Facedown the opportunity to achieve that kind of credibility and success through the power of a distribution system that believes in their art and their music. RED has the creative vision and the distribution network in place to give our artists and their fans the widest possible access to their music."

    Facedown Records was founded nine years ago in Menifee, California by Jason Dunn, the former drummer for No Innocent Victims. By 2003, Facedown had grown to become one of the most viable labels on the SoCal metalcore scene with a roster of bands appealing to both Christian and secular hard music audiences. For the past seven years, the label has played host to an annual two-day Facedown Fest in California showcasing the range and breadth of its roster. In November 2005, an east coast version of the Facedown Fest was held in Annapolis, Maryland.

    The award-winning RED Distribution is the largest and most successful independent distribution, sales and marketing company in the music industry. The company is best known for its pro-active label support through a fully integrated program of artist development, product management, sales, promotion, and new media marketing services designed to enhance its clients' efforts. It is the implementation of RED's forward thinking initiatives which have continually led to rising sales, consistent growth, gold and platinum status of the releases they distribute. RED Distribution is the independent arm of SONYBMG.
  • REAKTOR SEARCH WORLDWIDE FOR NEW DRUMMER

    REAKTOR (formerly known as RE:AKTOR) are searching worldwide for their new drummer. Since the amicable split with Cato Bekkevold (currently in ENSLAVED) in 2003, REAKTOR have been touring with drummers Daniel Cardoso (ex- SIRIUS, HEAD CONTROL SYSTEM) and Cyph.

    Subsequent to the release of their debut album “Zero Order” via Nuclear Blast Records back in 2003, the band is now said to be working on new material for their upcoming releases, despite the current lack of a permanent drummer. “The cards are on the table and the outlook is good. We’ve been writing some new stuff down for a while, but we certainly didn’t want to force or rush things. We’ve been through some difficult times, but it’s safe for me to say that you’ll be hearing from us soon!” said Nexion K., the band’s mastermind.

    For more details, candidates to the drummer vacancy are invited to visit the band’s official website at www.reaktorzone.com.
  • DISMEMBER ANNOUNCE DATES ON FIRST US TOUR IN YEARS

    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records today confirms the first string of US performances by Sweden's Dismember in over five years. Set to kick off September 29 the dates will visit East and Midwest cities before concluding on October 14 in Montreal.

    Along with labelmates Entombed (new album expected Fall 2006) Dismember have been widely credited with the creation of the Scandinavian Death Metal sound. Nearly two decades into a respected career, the band still is as fresh and vital today. The God That Never Was, the band's latest record available in stores nationwide now, showcases a finely-ground assault that commands attention. Swaying from war to religion, lyrically the band tackle new grounds all the while delivering their classic, primitive and always super tight death metal. “Musically we're trying to do better with every album,” explains drummer/producer Fred Estby. “Most of us are in our 30's and we have got to prove ourselves a little bit more every time. We fought hard with this album.”

    Formed in 1988 in Stockholm, Dismember have an extensive worldwide recording, sales and touring history. The band’s entire catalog was reissued in 2005 featuring previously unavailable live and demo recordings; all available now via Candlelight Records.

    Confirmed dates for the tour, also featuring Vital Remains, Grave, Demiricous and Withered, are noted below.

    09/30 - Mark's Showplace, Bedford NH
    10/01 - BB Kings Blues Club, New York NY
    10/02 - Jaxx Nite Club, Springfield VA
    10/04 - Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale FL
    10/05 - State Theatre , St. Petersburgh FL
    10/06 - Swayze's, Marietta GA
    10/07 - Creepy Crawl, St. Louis MO
    10/09 - Station 4, St. Paul MN
    10/10 - Abbey Pub, Chicago IL
    10/11 - Agora Ballroom, Cleveland OH
    10/12 - Backstreet Billiards, Saratoga Springs NY
    10/13 - Middle East Club, Boston MA
    10/14 - Le Medley, Montreal QU
  • KINETIC fresh news!!! We are back!!

    Hello to all!

    Here is Savvas Betinis from KINETIC. After some time of silence there are many and good news about us!!!!

    The band is back, stronger than ever! We are now a 6-member band, including keyboards and female vocals, by two new and most promising musicians. The music style became in a more "Black" way, including all the good elements of "The Chains That Bind Us" season. The new line up is:

    Stavros Bonikos-guitars
    Manolis Mamas-guitars
    Savvas Betinis-bass/lead vocals
    Kostas Alexakis-drums
    Mina Giannopoulou-female vocals
    Vaggelis Kakarougas-keyboards/samples (Also in EQUAL VECTOR)

    Most important is that we got a new deal with the most promising independent label from Greece, called BURNING STAR recs (http://www.burning-star.net/). The band`s new CD hopefully will be out in Spring/2007. We will go into studio in summer to start recording it.

    Check our site at the NEW address, www.kinetic.gr , soon our site will be re-built from a “0” point, for two important lives we have, in 28 August supporting the ultimate Techno-Deathsters ATHEIST, coming for first and only time in Greece and in 20 October opening for TANKARD.

    Thanks for your time. Cheers to you all!

    Savvas-KINETIC
    KINETIC-The Official Web Of Consciousness
    www.kinetic.gr
  • BLASKO rejoins with OZZY

    Demon Speeding Bassist BLASKO rejoins with OZZY For OZZFEST 2006

    HOLLYWOOD (May 27, 2006) – Blasko has rejoined with Ozzy Osbourne after originally joining the band in 2003 as the replacement for Jason Newsted (ex-METALLICA). After Blasko joined Ozzy, the following two Ozzfest’s touted Black Sabbath as the headliner – Blasko thought it was over. He performed with Ozzy on a few special shows during that time such as the NFL kick-off for the Patriot’s. “I got the call for this show – the NFL Kick- off,” explains Blasko. “I would never have guessed we would be playing in a giant helmet, but it was totally worth it.” After that show, Blasko resumed playing with Rob Zombie on his new CD Educated Horses. Performing on a sell-out tour with Zombie, Blasko came home to Ozzy calling him for Ozzfest duties. “I thought it was done and over but then I get the call and it all spiraled back to where we are now and I am back playing with Ozzy.”

    Performing solo for the first time in three years, OZZY will play a total of 10 dates on this year’s Ozzfest route, including the San Bernardino show.

    OZZfest 2006 tour dates:
    + indicates Ozzy headlining main stage.
    ++ indicates Ozzy headlining second stage.

    DATE CITY, STATE VENUE
    +Thu 6/29 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
    +Sat 7/01 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
    Sun 7/02 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    Tue 7/04 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
    Fri 7/07 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
    ++Sat 7/08 Los Angeles, CA Hyundai Pavilion of Glen Helen
    Sun 7/09 San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheater
    Tue 7/11 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    Fri 7/14 Somerset, WI Float-Rite Park
    Sat 7/15 St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
    +Sun 7/16 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amph.
    Tue 7/18 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
    Wed 7/19 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
    Fri 7/21 Columbus, OH Germain Amphitheatre
    +Sat 7/22 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
    Sun 7/23 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
    Tue 7/25 Toronto, CAN Molson Amphitheatre
    Wed 7/26 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion @ Montage Mountain
    Thu 7/27 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Six Flags PAC
    +Sat 7/29 New York, NY Randall’s Island
    Sun 7/30 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
    +Tue 8/01 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
    +Fri 8/04 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center @ the Waterfront
    Sat 8/05 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amph.
    +Sun 8/06 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
    Wed 8/09 Raleigh, NC Alltell Pavilion @ Walnut Creek
    Sun 8/13 W. Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Amphitheatre

    Rob “Blasko”Nicholson is perhaps best known for his performances on Rob Zombie's solo albums. He became Zombie’s bass demon in 1998 after he left his tour of duty with Danzig. Blasko has so far played on all of Rob Zombie's solo albums (Hellbilly Deluxe, The Sinister Urge, & Educated Horses).

    http://www.myspace.com/blasko666
  • LEAVES' EYES USA & Canada Tour with BLIND GUARDIAN

    LEAVES' EYES will be on an extensive tour through the USA and Canada
    together with BLIND GUARDIAN. The tour is scheduled for November and
    December of 2006.

    Here are the current show dates, updates will follow soon:

    08.11. - USA - PHOENIX, AZ / MARQUEE THEATRE
    09.11. - USA - SAN DIEGO, CA / HOUSE OF BLUES
    10.11. - USA - SANTA ANA, CA / GALAXY
    11.11. - USA - LOS ANGELES,CA / AVALON
    12.11. - USA - SAN FRANCISCO, CA / FILLMORE
    14.11. - CAN - VANCOUVER / COMMODORE
    15.11. - USA - SEATTLE, WA / EL COREZON
    17.11. - USA - SALT LAKE CITY,UT /AVALON
    18.11. - USA - DENVER, CO / GOTHIC THEATRE
    19.11. - USA - LAWRENCE, KS / GRANADA
    22.11. - USA - MINNEAPOLIS,MN / THE QUEST
    23.11. - USA - CHICAGO,IL / HOUSE OF BLUES
    24.11. - USA - CLEVELAND,OH / AGORA THEATRE
    25.11. - USA - DETROIT,MI / HARPO'S
    26.11. - CAN - TORONTO / OPERA HOUSE
    28.11. - CAN - QUEBEC CITY, QE / Salle Albert-Rousseau
    29.11. - CAN - MONTREAL / MEDLEY
    30.11. - USA - NEW YORK City, NY / BB KINGS or IRVING PLAZA
    01.12. - USA - WORCESTER, MA / PALLADIUM
    02.12. - USA - PHILADELPHIA, PA / TROCADERO
    04.12. - USA - SPRINGFIELD, VA / JAXX
    05.12. - USA - CHARLOTTE, NC / TREMONT MUSIC HALL
    07.12. - USA - ORLANDO, FL / HOUSE OF BLUES
    08.12. - USA - ATLANTA, GA / ROXY
    09.12. - USA - NEW ORLEANS, LA / HOUSE OF BLUES
    10.12. - USA - HOUSTON, TX / MERIDIAN
    11.12. - USA - AUSTIN, TX / BACKROOM
  • RAVAGE BEGINS RECORDING SECOND ALBUM "DAMN NATION"

    Ravage, the heavy metal band from Boston MA USA has begun recording their second album, tentatively entitled "Damn Nation". The album will be the follow-up to their debut album full-length "Spectral Rider", which was released by Germany's Karthago Records in 2005. The new album will feature at least 10 tracks of the scortching brand of high-energy melodic metal the band is known for. The album will be produced by Peter Rutcho (Vomitron, Graveheart, Blistered Earth, Random Acts of Violence). Cover art will be provided by Matt Andersen who completed the cover for the band's successful "Curse Of Heaven" demo in 2003. The band has already completed the tracking of the drums and hopes to have the album completed by mid summer.

    Titles will include
    1. Into the Shackles
    2. Captive Of Sin
    3. Damn Nation
    4. Freedom Fighter
    5. Rite Of The Night
    6. The Nightmare's Hold
    7. In Shattered Dreams
    8. The End Of Tommorow
    9. Reign Fall
    10. On Through The Madness

    Ravage's "Spectral Rider" full-length is currently available worldwide through www.KarthagoRecords.de and in America through www.SentinelSteel.com

    Look for updates at www.myspace.com/swwr and for Ravage's new website coming soon at www.RavageTheEarth.com
  • CELTIC FROST - Announce touring line-up addition; new album “Monotheist” hits stores!

    On the eve of retaking the stage next week with three low-key warm-up European shows, CELTIC FROST announce that they have expanded their touring line-up by adding Norwegian guitar player Anders Odden. Odden, who in the past was involved with acts such as Apoptygma Berzerk, Satyricon, Cadaver, and Mayhem, played his first session with the group on April 24, 2006, and returned to CELTIC FROST's base in Zurich, Switzerland, a week ago for final dedicated tour rehearsals. He is a lifelong CELTIC FROST devotee.

    Friday, May 26th, 2006, also marks the long-awaited release day in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, BeNeLux and Italy for “Monotheist”, CELTIC FROST’s monumental first full-length after fifteen years and one of the gloomiest masterpieces to be unleashed this year! For all other European territories, the following release dates are valid:

    UK / FRANCE / SPAIN / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF WORLD: Monday, May 29th, 2006.
    UNITED STATES: Tuesday, May 30th, 2006
    FINLAND / SWEDEN / HUNGARY: Wednesday, May 31st, 2006.

    “Monotheist“ is available in three different formats, limited edition DigiPak CD (incl. bonus track “Temple Of Depression”), limited edition gatefold DLP (incl. bonus track “Incantation Against You”) and standard jewel case CD. CELTIC FROST’s newest opus was produced by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain, Dimmu Borgir, Immortal) and features guest appearances by Satyr (Satyricon), Ravn (1349) and Xandria’s vocalist Lisa Middelhauve.

    Following the album’s release, CELTIC FROST will be playing numerous European festivals during the summer time before hitting North America for more onstage activity. British fans will be excited to find out that CELTIC FROST have just confirmed an exclusive London show on August 19th @ Mean Fiddler – the only UK show in 2006 - supported by labelmates Cryptopsy, as well as Gorerotted and She Said Destroy. See below for an updated list of European live shows, be there to witness the emperor’s return!

    CELTIC FROST live:

    10.06.2006 Sölvesborg - Sweden @ Sweden Rock Festival
    25.06.2006 Clisson - France @ Hellfest
    30.06.2006 Roitzschjora - Germany @ With Full Force
    02.07.2006 Helsinki - Finland @ Tuska Festival
    12.07.2006 Malakassa - Greece @ Rockwave Festival
    29.07.2006 Guernica - Spain @ Metalway Festival
    30.07.2006 Jerez - Spain @ Metalway Festival
    04.08.2006 Wacken - Germany @ Wacken Open Air
    06.08.2006 Kavarna - Bulgaria @ Monsters of Rock
    19.08.2006 London - UK @ Mean Fiddler
    26.08.2006 Bergen - Norway @ Hole In The Sky Festival

    www.celticfrost.com
    www.monotheist.info
  • HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE - The Locust years

    HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE
    The Locust Years
    cruz15
    release date: US/CANADA 26/06/2006 – EUROPE 04/09/06

    The new album from HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE will be finally available at the end of June 2006 in a deluxe digipack edition.
    “The Locust Years” brings the creative song-writing of The Hammers to an upper level, through the creation of a complex Rock Opera in which several different elements perfectly complete each other. Echoes of Yes, Pink Floyd and in general the legacy of 70s progressive rock are mixed with Hammers’ trademark of originality and love for uncommon solutions.

    The dramatic, bitter sense of Tragedy that surrounds the album makes it a masterpiece that goes beyond the term of “Metal”, to a wider meaning: “The Locust Years” is the perfect soundtrack for our souring times.

    The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Justin Weis at Trackworx Studios in San Francisco, while the fantastic cover-artwork was created by Thomas Woodruff.

    Tracklist:
    1. The Locust Years
    2. We Are the Widows
    3. Trot Out the Dead
    4. Famine’s Lamp
    5. Chastity Rides
    6. War Anthem
    7. Election Day
    8. Widow’s Wall

    PREVIEW: http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/hom_tly_mp3/prev_homtly.htm

July 6th, 2006
  • Wacken Open Air Update

    Dear Metalheadz!

    In this newsletter you'll find all the newest information about the W:O:A!

    Have fun in reading it. Till the next time!

    Yours Wacken Team

    How to unsubscribe you'll find at the end of this newsletter.
    Running Order 2006 Online!

    A preview version of the Running Order 2006 is online now! Please beware, nothing is set in stone, so changes are most likely!

    Link: Running Order 2006
    SENSATION: CARNIVORE : "WE ARE COMING!"

    the sensation is finally perfect - CARNIVORE is coming for two exclusive gigs in Europe, one of them at the W:O:A - Aug 4.

    Peter Steele quote "Carnivore".

    "WE ARE COMING! The first time ever on the European Continent. Say your prayers for the future. Punishment now for all men through computers. WE ARE COMING!"
    Peter Steele

    Carnivore is:
    Peter Steele - Vocal / Bass
    Paul Bento - Guitar / Vocal
    Joey Zampela - Guitar / Vocal
    Steve Tobin - Drums / Vocal

    Morbid Angel are confirmed for the W:O:A 2006

    The deathmetal band from the US will play with the following line up:

    Trey Azagthoth (Gitarre, Keyboard)
    Pete Sandoval (Drums)
    David Vincent (Bass, Vocals)
    Tony Norman (live Gitarre)

    Soulfly confirmed!

    The brasil combo of the singer and songwriter Max Cavalera are confirmed for the first time to play at the W:O:A 2006!

    Billing W:O:A 2006

    One great band after the other are filling the billing for the W:O:A 2006. Besides the great bands like the ones already mentioned, acts like SCORPIONS, MSG, MINISTRY, WHITESNAKE, MOTÖRHEAD, CELTIC FROST, CHILDREN OF BODOM and EMPEROR will rock the stages!

    You'll find more infos about the billing here:

    Link: Billing W:O:A 2006

    And the party goes on.....

    Advance sale
    W:O:A 2006 17 years Wacken Open Air - 03. - 05.08.2006

    From now on the 3 days ticket excl. camping 03.08 - 05.08.06 are available.

    HINT: Pre-payment is the cheapest and safest solution!

    More information and tickets here:

    Link: Ticketinfo

    Merch & Shop

    You´ll be able to get hold of loads of interesting things around Wacken under fair conditions.
    Audio, video, DVD, outdoor and more merchandise you´ll find at the following link:

    Link: Merch & Shop
    May it be some more?

    A must for every metal and rock fan is the onlineshop from METALTIX!
    Here you can not only just order the newest concert tickets but loads of media and merchandise articles. Easily from your home pc. The order will be send quickly, professionally and safely to your home adress.

    Have fun! Link: www.metaltix.com

    Further information about the W:O:A and more you´ll find at
    the W:O:A homepage http://www.wacken.com

    Now it's time to wish you some good days until it's once again:

    SEE YOU IN WACKEN - RAIN OR SHINE!

    Yours W:O:A Team
  • ONE DEAD THREE WOUNDED To Release MOVING UNITS On 1x1 Music, July 18th, 2006

    On July 18th, 2006, One Dead Three Wounded will release Moving Units, their sophomore effort on New Jersey-based 1x1 Music. “We spent more time on this record… a year…it makes for a better record,” says vocalist Tim Zahodski. “It’s more aggressive, pissed off, cynical…and it’s better written.” Continuing in the band’s unique style, Moving Units is a metal/hardcore fan’s fantasy album: the bastard child of Southern grooves and sledgehammer breakdowns.

    “Moving Units is our reaction to the insincerity of the business side of music. We've never been in a position where that mattered. It's a record that really questions our ethics and our place as apart of the industry. It also serves as a reminder for our future selves to not get sucked into it all. I want it to remind us what motivated us to play music to begin with: five kids in a van, in a basement, or a hall sharing something.”

    One Dead Three Wounded tours constantly and presents a crushing live performance. “That’s what the song ‘Pretty Faces, Shitty Places’ is about. We play in some of the worst parts of town whenever we go on tour, but it’s great to see all of these kids come out just to see us.” The band immediately gets the crowd moving, and it’s not uncommon for kids to rush the stage in an attempt to share vocal duties with Zahodski, especially in Philadelphia. “The fans react really well. You cannot recreate the feelings of a live hometown show.”

    A track listing for Moving Units comprises:

    1) Planning Obsolescence
    2) Black Holes
    3) Moving Units
    4) Soldiers
    5) Cold War
    6) Cardia
    7) Pretty Faces, Shitty Places
    8) We’re Broke Til Payday
    9) Compassionate Assassins
    10) Bad Business

    For more information, please visit:
    http://www.onedeadthreewounded.com/
  • Under The Black Sun Festival 2006: Thrudvagar - Skyforger - Kampfar - Nebular Mystic - etc

    The 9th UTBS Festival
    14.-15. July 2006
    Bernau/Helenenau
    10km north of Berlin
    with:

    AKERBELTZ (Psp)
    ARCHGOAT(Fin)
    BESATT (Pol)
    DARKESTRAH (Kg)
    EMPTY(Esp)
    GRÄFENSTEIN (Ger)
    HELLSAW (At)
    INFERNAL (Col)
    KAMPFAR(Nor)
    NEBULAR MYSTIC (Nor)
    NECROS CHRISTOS(Ger)
    SKYFORGER (Lv)
    THRUDVANGAR (Ger)
    WALPURGISNACHT (NL)

    Tickets:
    Pre 25,- €
    Door: 30,- €
    Day: 20,-€
    camping and parking for free
    more infos + map
    www.triple-six-concerts.de

    For tickets and hotel reservation write to: [email protected]
    www.folter666.de
  • JOE SATRIANI RAFFLES RARE GUITAR
    PROCEEDS BENEFIT MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAMS

    WINNER ANNOUNCED AT SAN FRANCISCO STOP

    (Los Angeles, CA) - Famed guitarist, JOE SATRIANI, gave fans the chance to win a rare customized and autographed Ibanez guitar, designed to commemorate the release of SATRIANI's 12th solo album, Super Colossal, while also supporting music education. During the tour, fans were able to purchase raffle tickets for $10, giving them a once in a lifetime chance to win. The prized guitar is one of only 10 Super Colossal Joe Satriani Signature Ibanez Guitars that were custom made featuring the album's cover artwork.

    The raffle began on April 1st in Denver, CO, the tour's first stop. Raffle sales ran throughout the tour, ending with the final show in San Francisco on May 13th, where the drawing took place. The lucky winner was John Sobczak from Kingston, NH. John attended the Boston tour stop with his son Michael, a student at The Berklee School of Music. As it turns out, John bought the ticket for his son and will now present Michael with the prized guitar at his 21st birthday celebration this weekend!

    The raffle raised over $22,000 with the proceeds benefiting two school music programs - Little Kids Rock and Music In Schools Today. SATRIANI was recently announced as an Honorary Board Member for the Little Kids Rock organization.

    This marks the end of SATRIANI's successful 6-week U.S. tour, promoting Super Colossal. Over 60,000 fans saw the shows which included sold-out dates in Chicago, New York, Montreal, Toronto, Boston, Atlanta, New Orleans, Austin, San Diego, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    Little Kids Rock helps restore music into the academic lives of children in our public schools by providing a rich music education program, including instrument instruction, free instruments and trained mentors. Founded by an elementary school teacher in 1996, Little Kids Rock has served more than 7,000 students in CA, NY, NJ and TN. Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, B.B. King and Les Paul sit on the Honorary Board of Directors and they are supported by friends Tom Waits, Liberty DeVitto, Bob Weir and others

    Music in Schools Today (MuST) supports, develops and promotes music education for youth in schools and in the community at large. Since 1983, MuST has served public school grades K-12 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The program is the Bay Area's answer to the crisis in music education. MuST serves over 20,000 children and youth annually in schools and community centers, conducts research and development and advocates to restore music as an essential principle of pre-K through 12 education.

    This year marks SATRIANI's 20-year anniversary as a solo artist. His first album, Not Of This Earth, was released in 1986. Over the course of his illustrious career, SATRIANI has achieved huge success, selling more than 10 million albums & DVDs worldwide with 12 solo albums (2 platinum, 4 gold) and 3 platinum DVD's, as well as garnering 13 Grammy nominations.

    For more information on Little Kids Rock, visit: http://www.littlekidsrock.org/
    For more information on Music In Schools Today, visit: http://www.mustcreate.org/index.shtml
  • Abysmal Dawn with Six Feet Under, Krisiun, Decapitated and Cattle Decapitation

    09/12 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
    09/13 St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
    09/15 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
    09/16 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
    09/21 Los Angeles, CA @ The Key Club
    09/22 Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
    09/23 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
    09/25 Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
    09/26 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
    09/29 Ogden, UT @ Club Boom VA
    09/30 Aurora, CO @ Iliff Park Saloon
    10/01 Omaha, NE @ The Rock
    10/03 Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
    10/06 Somerville, MA @ Goodtimes Emporium
    10/07 Manchester, NH @ Mark's Place
    10/08 New York, NY @ BB King's
  • INTO ETERNITY Call In Studio Update

    Canada’s technical metallers INTO ETERNITY are currently hard at work recording the follow-up to 2004’s groundbreaking, Buried In Oblivion. Calling in, guitarist and mainman Tim Roth said. “This week Jim (Austin) finished tracking drums on six songs, and I’ll start recording all the guitar parts Thursday. Hopefully I’ll be done this weekend as we start recording Troy’s bass on Monday and are shooting to get to vocals recorded by next weekend. All signs point towards an early fall release, if all goes well. I’d also like to say that the New England Metal Fest went great, and we got some great photos from that trip, check them and our photos with Dragonforce out here. We also posted photos from our sold-out hometown show there as well. That’ll have to tide you guys over until we get back on the road. See all of you later this year!”

    INTO ETERNITY spent 2005 circumnavigating North America on six different continent spanning tours. Returning home to finish writing material for this new album the band also performed at the New England Metal Fest before supporting Gamma Ray on the East Coast.
  • LEAVES' EYES "Legend Land" - signed edition!

    June 9th., the new LEAVES' EYES EP "Legend Land" will be in stores! Of course, LEAVES' EYES come up with a special thing for you: the mini-album containing five brandnew tracks including the Extended Version of the title song will be available as the regular CD with green cover as well as in an ultimate fan-edition in blue artwork.

    The first limited 5.000 copies with blue cover were signed by all the band members themselves. The signing took place with the band's attempt for the journalisation in the Guinness Book of Records carrying out the "Hardest Signing Session by a Rock Band". Mai 9th., LEAVES' EYES were the first band to sign a complete edition of 5.000 copies with blue cover within only 8 hours.

    Attention: The signed edition will only be in stores along with the regular version in Germany, Austria and Switzerland! All fans from abroad can order the EP via Amazon or directly via Napalm Records.

    Tracklist:
    1. Legend Land
    2. Skraelings
    3. Viking's Word
    4. The Crossing
    5. Lyset
    6. Legend Land (Extended Version)

    Order via www.leaveseyes.com (News section)
  • Metal's Darkside with Jasmin St. Claire

    HARD AND THE FURIOUS VOLUME 1
    Available on DVD
    April 25, 2006
    Through Music Video Distributors

    Music Video Distributors and Hypnotic are pleased to announce the home viewing release of Metal's Dark Side – Hard and the Furious Volume 1 for North American distribution on DVD.

    This DVD is packed with uncensored videos, shocking interviews, a tribute to Dimebag Darrell, and seriously scandalous bonus footage. From back stage at the Key Club in L.A., to the infamous Antfarm in Denmark, sexy host Jasmin St. Claire invades the minds of metal legends such as George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher (Cannibal Corpse), Satyr (Satyricon), Death Angel, Nevermore, and Vinnie Paul during one of the last Damageplan interviews ever!

    Tracklist:
    1. Interview with George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher of Cannibal Corpse
    2. Video: Cannibal Corpse "Decency Defied"
    3. Interview Ted Aguilar and Dennis Pepa of Death Angel
    4. Video: Death Angel "Thicker Than Blood"
    5. Interview with Nevermore
    6. Video: Nevermore "The Final Product"
    7. Interview with Satyr of Satyricon
    8. Video: Satyricon "Fuel For Hatred"
    9. Interview with Pat Lachman & Vinnie Paul of Damageplan
    10. A Tribute to Dimebag Darrell
    11. Clips from Metal's Darkside Volume II

    Bonus:
    Additional interview footage with George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher of Cannibal Corpse
  • SVARTSYN is making the following statement in order to clarify the current status and ambitions of the band:

    For over three years there has been only an indistinct pulse in the veins of Svartsyn. It is of utter and total significance for both members that the performance of every rehearsal and recording session is done in spirit black and a never ending hunger to create and sharpen a destructive atmosphere and message. For over three years this yearning has been missing.

    A few months ago Svartsyn felt the call to channel the depths of the occult once more. Both members desired to create and carve in stone. Straight, natural and close to the core of Black Metal in arrangement and sound – desolation in atmosphere - massive destruction in memorandum.

    A spirit black is reborn and shall face mankind again. Later this year, released by Sound Riot Records - this vision will be brought to you.

    Available on Sound Riot Records:
    SVARTSYN - Bloodline CD
    SVARTSYN - Destruction of Man CD

    www.myspace.com/svartsynband
    www.soundriotrecords.com
  • For Immediate Release from Chipster Entertainment Inc:

    Manowar Vocalist Eric Adams and Outdoors Enthusiast Chester Moore Present Wild Life and Wild Times on DVD, Through Magic Circle Music On June 27th 2006

    Heavy metal and outdoor adventuring may seem to be disparate entities, but in fact, they have one distinct quality in common: They are both lifestyles. It isn’t an easy task to find a “casual” metal fan, just as it is an enviable venture to dredge up an outdoorsman who doesn’t live and breathe his craft. There is a distinct sense of passion, devotion and intense involvement to be found within each field making each more than a hobby, but a way of life. Now, Eric Adams – vocalist of the inimitable heavy metal band Manowar – and Chester Moore – esteemed zoologist, outdoorsman, and wildlife journalist – have joined forces to create a unique and exciting look into the adventurous world of outdoor life in Wild Life and Wild Times.

    During the course of this visual excursion, Eric and Chester pursue such varied and exotic prey as emus, American bison, king salmon, elk, wild boar, and many more. They also investigate the unique phenomenon of rattlesnake roundups and venture into the night with television host Nathan Jones for a rousing bowfishing trip - which involves a unique bow and arrow rigged with a line and reel. “In the process, we used 33 arrows, 39 shotgun shells, 16 tree stands, four skinning knives, three sets of binoculars, four video cameras, 48 digital video tapes, flew more than 50,000 miles, drove 3,000 miles and gave 100 percent of ourselves every minute in the field and in the editing studio.” All of this combined with an instrumental soundtrack composed by Eric Adams results in an outdoor adventure experience unlike any other.

    To view the Wild Life and Wild Times e-card (including trailer, pictures and more) please visit:

    http://www.wildlifeandwildtimes.com/
  • LYZANXIA NEW LABEL

    LYZANXIA have signed a worldwide deal with LISTENABLE RECORDS. Their new album "UNSU" will be released in September all over Europe and shortly later in the USA. "Unsu" was recorded and mixed at the Fredman Studio with producer Fredrik Nordström in Sweden and was mastered by Peter In De Betou at Tailor Maid Studio. This follow-up to 2003/04's "Mindcrimes" offers 12 tracks of what promises to be LYZANXIA's most aggressive effort to date.

    www.lyzanxia.com
    www.listenable.net
  • ROB ZOMBIE VIDEO PREMIER AND TOUR DATES

    New ROB ZOMBIE Video Premieres on FUSE May 23rd

    ‘AMERICAN WITCH’ Video To Kick Off Zombie Tour

    With Special Guests ANTHRAX

    HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 22, 2006) – Continuing Rob Zombie’s tradition as pioneer of new horror media and music, he will be live in the FUSE studios to introduce his newest video masterpiece AMERICAN WITCH.

    The single AMERICAN WITCH hit the airwaves April 24th and is the latest release off the Educated Horses CD (Geffen Records). AMERICAN WITCH is currently on Billboards Top 20 Mainstream chart after only five weeks out. Educated Horses entered the Billboard Top 200 at #5.

    This premiere video release will set the tone of the upcoming American Witch Tour slated to start June 30th in El Paso, TX at the County Coliseum. Joining Zombie will be metal icons Anthrax.

    www.RobZombie.com and http://www.myspace.com/robzombie

    AMERICAN WITCH TOUR DATES – MORE TO COME:

    Date: City/State: Venue:

    6/30/06 El Paso, TX County Coliseum
    7/01/06 Lubbock, TX Lone Star Amphitheater
    7/02/06 Wichita Falls, TX Kay Yeager Coliseum
    7/05/06 McAllen, TX La Villa Real Special Events Ctr.
    7/07/06 North Little Rock, AR North Shore Riverwalk
    7/08/06 Springfield, MO Jordan Valley Festival Grounds
    7/09/06 Wichita, KS Kansas Coliseum
    7/11/06 Council Bluffs, IA Mid-America Center
    7/12/06 Oklahoma City, OK Fairgrounds Arena
    7/14/06 Grand Rapids, MI DeltaPlex
    7/15/06 Cleveland, OH Tower City Amphitheater
    7/16/06 Fort Wayne, IN Allen County War Mem. Coliseum
    7/18/06 Evansville, IN Roberts Stadium
    7/19/06 Moline, IL The Mark Of The Quad Cities
    7/20/06 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
    7/22/06 Mankato, MN Midwest Wireless Civic Center
    7/23/06 Fargo, ND Fargo Civic Memorial58102
    7/24/06 Sioux Falls, SD Ramkota Exhibit Hall57103
    7/26/06 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Hall
    7/27/06 Casper, WY Casper Events Center
    7/28/06 Billings, MT Shrine Auditorium
    7/30/06 Saskatoon, SK Prairieland Park
    7/31/06 Edmonton, AB Shaw Conference Center
    8/01/06 Calgary, AB Stampede Corral
    8/03/06 Vancover, BC Pacific Coliseum
    8/4/06 Salem, OR Salem Armory Auditorium
  • DIRTY RIG RELEASE

    I wanted to email everyone in the Rock/Metal world. I am very proud to let everyone know that Dirty Rig has joined the Escapi Music (Ryko/Warner Brothers) family. The band has signed a world wide deal for 5 cases of beer. Joking of course. Their CD will be released on June 27th titled "Rock Did It"

    We are gearing up to start sending out promos to all fine press folks in the rock/metal world. I dont want to forget anyone so please let me know if you arent on the Escapi mailing list and I will personally send you out one.

    The label has hired Carol Kaye over at Kayos Productions to handle all of the bands press needs. The band will totally be available morning, noon or night 7 days a week to cator to your every need. So if you would like to speak to the band personally please let me know. If you are in NYC and want to go out drinking with the band they will be more than happy to comply. You can also reach Carol Kaye at [email protected]

    The band will be filming a DVD on June 12 with director David Brodsky (All That Remains, God Forbid & The Smash Up) from My Good Eye here in NYC. The video will be for the lead off track "Suck It".

    We are all very excited about this record and I hope you will be as well. 10 songs of pure kick ass Rock & Roll. It even comes out with 30 minute DVD. Wait to you guys hear the guitar solos. WOW. Some really good shit. Its about time.

    Rock Did It
    Steve
  • MEGAHERZ - 5 in stores now...

    In stores everywhere now - Megaherz have unleashed their latest CD entitled "5" throughout the US. If you're into bands like Rammstien, Static-X, Ministry, or anything heavy... this CD can not be overlooked! After the great waves of success in 2001 and 2002, hundreds of European music publications including ROCK HARD and KERRANG described MEGAHERZ as one of the most important representatives of German modern rock & industrial metal music. After two years of preparation and intensive song writing, MEGAHERZ have unleashed their fifth album entitled "5" upon the United States. With their new single "Gott Sein '04" the band has redefined their sound and musical vision as more dynamic, more vivid, and better than ever before. Produced by Ralph Quick (Die Happy, H-BlockX, etc.), the album "5" was recorded in the Lundgaard Studios in Denmark. The outcome is an outstanding album that spans all genres of the category "Hard and German" – somewhere between industrial metal, modern rock, electronica, and "fat grooves". An album that rocks and speeds along, but doesn't ignore the sensitive, down-tempo ballads. “5” sets the new standard for industrial metal by which all will be judged by... 5 is available now in stores everywhere and also direct from Eclipse.

    Listen to the band's single "Gott Sein 04" right now!
    http://www.megaherz.com
    http://www.eclipserecords.com
    http://www.streetteam.com/megaherz.htm
  • SCUM OF THE EARTH - "Begin writing new material for next album"...

    In stores everywhere now - Scum of the Earth released their debut CD entitled "Blah...Blah...Blah...Love Songs for the New Millennium" almost 1 year ago, and have begun writing new material for their next album. The strong Rob Zombie influence that one hears in Scum of the Earth's material is no coincidence; the modern rock/alternative metal outfit is led by RIGGS, the in-your-face singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer who is best known for the six years he spent in Rob Zombie's employ, having co-written & played those guitar grinds we all loved so much from radio hits such as Dragula, Living Dead Girl, Superbeast and many others. Riggs joined forces with Rob Zombie in the ‘90s and stayed with him through 2004, Riggs decided to start a project of his own—and that project is Scum of the Earth. Featuring guest performances by John Tempesta (x-Rob zombie), Mike Tempesta (PM5K), and John dolmayan (SOAD). Preview or purchase the CD on the Eclipse website as well as Apple iTunes and Sony Connect.

    Listen to the band's single "Get Your Dead On" right now!
    http://www.scumoftheearth.com
    http://www.eclipserecords.com
    http://www.streetteam.com/scumoftheearth.htm
  • FIVE FOOT THICK - announce breakup and thank their fans...

    Spokane metal act Five Foot Thick has released the following statement, citing their decision to break up and move on to other things...
    "So it is with sad hearts, that we the 5 members