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June 16th, 2003
  • DREAMAKER begins when three former members of Dark Moor left the band. Elisa C. Martin (vocals) Albert Maroto (guitar) and Jorge Saez (drums) decide to create Dreamaker, a new band where they can represent all their own ideas. The band started their search to complete the line-up and Matías Sosa (guitar) was the first new member in the band.

    The band receive some offers from bass players and finally Carlos Peña became the bass player of Dreamaker. Roberto P.Camus (he left Dark Moor in June 2002) shows his interest into being the band and he completes the current line-up.

    DREAMAKER decided to sign with Arise Records. Their first album will be recorded at Sonic Pump Studios (Finland) in September. The History of Dreamaker begins...

    DREAMAKER:
    Elisa C.Martín - Vocals
    Albert Maroto - Guitar
    Jorge Saez - Drums
    Matías Sosa- Guitar
    Carlos Peña -Bass
    Roberto P. Camus - Keyboards

  • WIZ - Excellent Heavy Metal from Sweden featuring Freddy Persson (vocals) and Jake Fredén (guitar) from the wellknown metal act Nostradameus signs with Arise Records.

    The band will record their album in September at Gain Studios to be mixed at Fredman Studios.

  • STEEL ATTACK "Predator Of The Empire" will be released in Japan in the next days with the exclusive bonus track "Paradise".

  • AXENSTAR have just finished the recording of their second album "Far From Heaven" at Underground Studios (Sweden).
    The band will play at Sweden Rock Festival on 8th June.

  • DARK MOOR - Jose Garrido is the new guitarrist of Dark Moor, he also plays in Arwen. The band is just working in the last details before the recording of their new album in August.

  • VHÄLDEMAR will enter into Rock Studios for the recording of their second album in the next days.

  • CELESTY will play at the Finish Provinssirock (15th June) and Nummirock (20th June) festivals. The band will also support Stratovarius at Kauhajoki, Kasino (19th July).

  • ARWEN has a new keyboard player,his name is Javier Díez.

  • RED WINE will play at the Spanish Festival Derrame Rock on 27th June. Their last album is getting an important response in all metal media.

  • FRETERNIA is just working in the songwriting of their third album, first with the new guitarist Niclas Karlsson (ex-Zonata).

  • A message from MINDTWIST:

    "This past Thursday, Rob decided to leave Mindtwist. Kevin
    informed us that at that decision, that he would also not continue.
    With only two members remaining, it would be impossible to continue
    in the same mindset and spirit. Any questions you have regarding
    their reasons please take it up with them. It was their decision and
    their reasons, and both I nor Fabian would be able to adequately
    portray their feelings, nor care to. Please watch for new projects
    in the future, and I truly thank you all again, for your undying
    support."

    -allison

    " I would thank everyone who helped us out during all these years and
    I apologize to those who believed in us and we have let down for a
    few nonsense reasons."

    -fabian

    www.mindtwistmusic.com

  • NEVERMORE "Enemies Of Reality" released July 28th, 2003 + hear the new songs for the 1st time: live on Rock Hard Festival!

    Only a year prior to the band's ten-year anniversary, the US-Metal kings release their fifth album, Enemies Of Reality, on July 28th, 2003. Joining a variety of musical sub-genres that were never meant to be mutually exclusive, the band successfully emblazoned themselves with a grey enigmatic aura that has become their legacy. Once again, it is astonishing how unbelievably intense music can be.

    For two years, NEVERMORE's superbly crafted and complicated versatility has been brooding. Thanks to the assistance of Queensrÿche/Dokken producer Kelly Gray, we are once again invited into the band's dark subconscious with 2003's Enemies Of Reality. It is intelligent, emotionally complex and technically unbeatable. Their positions in the German Media Control Charts at 80 and 57 (respectively) with the band's last two albums pays witness to the fact that NEVERMORE never had any problems writing high-class albums. Still, with Enemies Of Reality they have managed to explore the extremes and be even more varied. As with its predecessors, an outstanding design from cutting-edge artist Travis Smith was used for Enemies Of Reality.

    Another perfect execution forged in the innovative heart of their own dismal abyss, Enemies Of Reality is NEVERMORE as they should be: dark, aggressive, and endlessly innovative.

    Warrel Dane comments the new record as follows: "being hit over the head with a wet sock of raw sausage" ... No more words necessary.

    Everyone attending the Rock Hard Festival can already look forward to the European premier of a number of songs from Enemies Of Reality, when the band is hitting the stage at 17:50 - 18:50 CET Saturday, June 7th. At 20:30 CET the band is looking forward to meeting you crazy metal-heads at the Rock Hard booth for a signing-session. Additionally, an exclusive NEVERMORE T-Shirt is planned for this event.

    Don't miss it: NEVERMORE at Rock Hard Festival 07. June 3rd, Gelsenkirchen, Amphitheater:

    Stage time: 17:50 CET - 18:50 CET

    Signing-session Rock Hard booth: 20:30 CET

    Watch out for a big European tour coming autumn.

    Following is the track listing for Enemies Of Reality:
    1. Enemies Of Reality (5:10)
    2. Ambivalent (4:12)
    3. Never Purify (4:01)
    4. Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday (4:34)
    5. I, Voyager (5:48)
    6. Create The Infinite (3:37)
    7. Who Decides (4:15)
    8. Noumenon (4:37)
    9. Seed Awakening (4:30)

    Photo by Karen Mason-Blair

    Cover by Travis Smith

    Band Website: www.nevermore.tv

    You can download the titletrack "Enemies of Reality" exclusively at this location:
    http://www.centurymedia.de/nevermore/

  • HIRAX appearing at this year's 'Bang Your Head' festival - GERMANY

    http://www.bang-your-head.de/home.htm

    June 28, 2003.

  • SKID ROW Releases Long-Awaited Studio CD 'THICKSKIN'
    And Documentary DVD in Summer 2003

    Extensive Summer Tour with Poison & Vince Neil Planned,
    Alongside Select Headlining Performances

    Multimillion-selling hard rock band Skid Row is set to explode in 2003 with an impressive string of projects including the upcoming release of the long-awaited studio album 'Thickskin', a documentary DVD about the making of the album and a fully packed summer tour schedule with Poison and Vince Neil and headlining shows. Vocalist Johnny Solinger, guitarist Snake Sabo, guitarist Scotti Hill, bass guitarist Rachel Bolan and drummer Phil Varone are thrilled with 'Thickskin'. It will be released independently in the United States on Skid Row Records this summer on July 22nd.

    " 'Thickskin' has been two years in the making. We're very excited about this, especially since it's the first Skid Row record for Johnny and Phil," says Bolan. "It took a long time to record due to the fact that we had to do it in short bursts because we were touring a lot the past several years. We were on the road with Kiss and then we did the Rock Never Stops tour last summer.

    "We were writing while we were on the road, and then when there was a tour break we'd write some more and then record. It required a lot of hard work. It was kind of like learning to drive in the middle of a demolition derby!"

    Skid Row kept working on the new songs that the songwriting core of Bolan and Sabo composed, and even debuted some of them live.

    The 12 songs on 'Thickskin' include: "New Generation," "Ghost," "Swallow Me (The Real You)," "Born a Beggar," "Thick is the Skin," "See You Around," "Mouth of Voodoo," "One Light," "I Remember You Two," "Lamb," "Down from Underground" and "Hittin' a Wall."

    'Thickskin' is a vicious, aggressive album with a contemporary vibe, yet it maintains the killer melodic hooks that made earlier albums like 'Skid Row' and 'Slave to the Grind' and their songs "Youth Gone Wild," "I Remember You," "18 and Life" and "Monkey Business" all monster hits.

    "We didn't consciously strive for a modern sound, nor did we intentionally try to copy what we've done in the past. 'Thickskin' turned out naturally. We still listen to everything just like we always have -- whatever's new out there and the old albums by our favorite bands that influenced us in the first place," Bolan explains.

    Two years in the life of Skid Row are chronicled in the DVD 'Under the Skin - The Making of Thickskin.' It's scheduled for release in May and it will give fans a tantalizing taste of 'Thickskin.'

    "A friend of ours named Fabio Jafet worked for CBS News and won a lot of Emmys and he had the idea about making a documentary. He covered everything from when Johnny joined the band, to the Kiss tour, to the making of 'Thickskin.' He shot 40 hours of tape over two years and condensed it for a one-hour DVD," says Bolan. "He was around quite a bit, but after awhile you forgot he was there.

    "On this DVD you get interviews and some previews of the 'Thickskin' CD as well as footage of us in the studio. In a way, it ends up kind of like a music video. There is a lot of great bonus footage too. It shows us out of our musical environment."

    For all the latest Skid Row news about 'Thickskin' and 'Under the Skin - The Making of Thickskin' visit www.skidrow.com.

    Upcoming tour dates with Poison and Vince Neil include:

    Sunday, June 1st Columbus, OH Germain Amphitheatre
    Tuesday, June 3rd Toronto, ON, Canada Molson Amphitheatre
    Wednesday, June 4th Darien Lake, NY Darien Lake PAC
    Friday, June 6th Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
    Saturday, June 7th Maryland Heights, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
    Sunday, June 8th Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
    Tuesday, June 10th Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
    Wednesday, June 11th Hartford, CT Meadows Music Theatre
    Thursday, June 12th Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance (Skid Row only)
    Friday, June 13th Wantagh, NY Tommy Hilfiger/Jones Beach
    Saturday, June 14th Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
    Sunday, June 15th Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center
    Tuesday, June 17th Toledo, OH Promenade Stage Park
    Friday, June 20th Columbus, NE Twister Bar (Skid Row only)
    Saturday, June 21st Sioux City, IA Sioux City Auditorium
    Tuesday, June 24th Casper, WY Casper Events Center Arena
    Thursday, June 26th Boise, ID Big Easy Concert House
    Friday, June 27th Idaho Falls, ID Sandy Downs
    Saturday, June 28th Missoula, MT Western Montana Fair
    Thursday, July 3rd Universal City, CA Universal Amphitheatre
    Saturday, July 5th Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Hotel - The Joint
    Sunday, July 6th Santa Clara, CA Redwood Amphitheatre
    Friday, July 11th Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
    Saturday, July 12th Englewood, CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
    Wednesday, July 16th Corpus Christi, TX Concrete St. Amphitheatre
    Friday, July 18th Beaumont, TX SETEC Amphitheatre
    Saturday, July 19th Spring, TX C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
    Sunday, July 20th Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Center
    Thursday, July 24th LaCrosse, WI Rockin' The Ridge
    Friday, July 25th Dubuque, IA Dubuque County Fair
    Saturday, July 26th Goddard, KS Wheatland Jam

    www.skidrow.com

  • "The Unholy Crusade" Tour featuring SUMMON, THORNSPAWN and EXCOMMUNION. America's first Ideological Black Metal tour, all three bands are bringing Armageddon across the USA! Be sure not to miss 'em desecrating your area, and spread this news to all you know like the SARS plague! 1,000 swords held high!

    7/3 Des Moines, IA @ Harry Mary's- All Ages w/ Incinerate
    7/4 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl- All Ages w/ Incinerate
    7/5 Ft Worth/Dallas, TX @ Division 1- All Ages
    7/6 Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds- All Ages w/Bar
    7/8 MEXICO
    7/9 Midland, TX @ Spellbound
    7/10 San Antonio, TX @ The Rox- 21+
    7/11 El Paso, TX @ Club 101- All Ages
    7/12 Las Cruces, NM @ The Dirt Records- All Ages
    7/13 Phoenix, AZ @ Metal Devastation- All Ages
    7/14 Mexicali, MEXICO (Baja CA)- Rock City- 18+
    7/15 San Diego, CA @ The Blue Agave-21+
    7/16 L.A./Corona, CA @ The Showcase-All Ages w/ Nokturne
    7/17 S.F./Oakland, CA @ iMusicast- All Ages w/Bar *
    * Show filming for DVD release!
    7/18 Reno, NV @ Ark-a-ik- All Ages w/Bloodyvictim
    7/19 Portland, OR @ Meow, Meow- All Ages * w/ Drawn And Quartered
    * Show filming for DVD release!
    7/20 Seattle, WA @ The Noise Lab- All Ages * w/ Drawn And Quartered
    * Show filming for DVD release!
    7/21 Boise, ID @ JD & Friends- All Ages w/ Rutah
    7/22 Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA w/ Ibex Throne
    7/23 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theatre-All Ages w/ Thocult

    Underground CD Metal Shop at each show!!!

    Seattle and Portland shows will also feature:
    Moribund 10 Year Anniversary Party! A Decade of the Devil’s Metal!!!
    1. Free CD, T-shirt, poster OR Magazine to the first 200 people through the door!
    2. Free “The Unholy Crusade” Color Tour Poster to the first 300 people through the door!
    3. Drawn & Quartered “Extermination Revelry” CD Release Party-
    Win free D&Q “Extermination Revelry” CD’s, T-Shirts and Posters!
    4. Win a chance to appear on “The Unholy Crusade” DVD Video!
    5. Moribund, Napalm and Osmose CD/Merchandise Store!

    Forget Trend and Corporate Metal! Come and support America’s 1st IDEOLOGICAL Black / Death Metal tour!!! Support the WAR on Christianity and Commercial Culture!!!

    BE A PART OF AMERICAN BLACK METAL HISTORY!!!

    www.moribundcult.com

  • VYNDYKATOR- The Power quintet have begun the writing stages for their next album "The Chromium Underground". Three songs have thus far been written and they are "I Am Sinn", "Saturnalia Rising" and "Penetration Overdose". Unless a deal struck with a bigger label, "The Chromium Underground" will expectedly be released through Greece's UNISOUND RECORDS and NY based OUTLAW RECORDINGS on Vinyl.

    The Classic Vinyl version of "Heaven Sent From Hell" will be released, tentatively, by the end of August through OUTLAW RECORDINGS.

  • ALCHEMY X- The upcoming Alchemy X shows will be recorded for a live EP. The EP will include a remake of the Beatles "He Said, She Said" and other surprises. The remake, is said to be a cross between Prog Rock and Stoner Metal (hmmmm quite a
    combination). The EP will, quite possibly, be released on Vinyl and CD through OUTLAW RECORDINGS. More Details forthcoming....

    The live A-X shows will feature material from both "A Delicate Balance" and "11:59:59" These shows will be the first set of performances to be fronted by Bob Mitchell. Mitchell joined the band in late 2001. Throughout 2002, Ol' Yeller co-wrote and recorded the "59" album. Now the prog rockers are ready to put it all on the line in their live performances. Something to really look foward to I must say. Stay Tuned.....

  • DECEMBER: DOUBLE ESP ENDORSEMENT

    DECEMBER axeman Julian Peach scored himself a full endorsement deal with ESP Guitars, making him the second ESP endorser in the band (after singer/guitarist Mark Moots!) Congratulations to Julian!

  • MORBID ANGEL IMMORTALIZED IN HEAVY METAL BIBLE

    According to author Ian Christe, his brand new heavy metal tome, "Sound Of The Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal", is "loaded with Morbid Angel info, amazing quotes from Trey, and photo evidence from the mid-1990s." Furthermore, the book contains a list of the 25 Best Metal Albums Of All Time which includes none other than Morbid Angel's "Formulas Fatal to the Flesh" amongst its exalted titles. Guitar World Magazine has hailed "Sound Of The Beast" as "a rousing three-dimensional account of metal and the people who made it legend".

    www.soundofthebeast.com

  • SOCIETY 1: U.S. SUMMER TOUR WITH TWIZTID

    Society 1 are making plans to hit the road this August for a US tour with none other than Twiztid.

    August
    15 - Expo 5 - Louisville, KY
    16 - The Norva - Norfolk, VA
    17 - Jaxx - West Springfield, VA
    20 - Downtown - Farmingdale, NY
    21 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
    22 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
    23 - Northern Lights - Clifton Park, NY
    24 - Don Hill's - New York, NY
    28 - Webster Theatre - Hartford, CT
    29 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
    30 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
    31 - Showplace Theatre - Buffalo, NY

    September
    02 - Metropol - Pittsburgh, PA
    03 - Bogarts - Cincinnati, OH
    05 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
    06 - Harpo's Concert Theatre - Detroit, MI
    07 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
    08 - Club Phenomenon - Freeport, IL
    10 - Quest Club - Minneapolis, MN
    12 - Playmakers - Fargo, ND
    13 - Ranch Bowl - Omaha, NE
    14 - Starlight - Ft Collins, CO
    15 - 32 Bleu - Colorado Springs, CO
    16 - Mesa Theatre - Grand Junction, CO
    18 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX
    19 - The Backroom - Austin, TX
    20 - The Underworld - Dallas, TX
    21 - Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK
    22 - Juanita's Cantina Ballroom - Little Rock, AR
    24 - Exit Inn - Nashville, TN
    26 - The Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS
    27 - Pop's - Sauget, IL
    28 - Knights of Columbus - Indianapolis, IN

  • Menacing Shock Rockers CRADLE OF FILTH Confirm Headline Dates Alongside OzzFest

    Chilling New Video for "Mannequin" To Be Directed By Thomas Mignone

    Shock Rock is being brought to a new extreme, as British sonic revolutionaries CRADLE OF FILTH prepare to headline Ozzfest's second stage this year, thus igniting North America with their singular brand of dramatic intense heavy music. In addition to Ozzfest, the band has booked a headlining tour (sponsored by Guitar World Magazine), which will run alongside the roaming festival and infect the rest of the continent like a rampaging epidemic. Having achieved much critical acclaim for the recent release of the Red Ink/Epic debut Damnation and a Day, the band obtained the notoriety for being the first 'black metal' band to debut in the Billboard Top 200 charts, and the album has remained in the Top 20 of Metal Radio charts for 10 weeks running (most band's bow out in 6!).

    Musically, the band destroys boundaries and smashes the mold of what defines extreme. CRADLE OF FILTH is indeed a unique entity, implementing the edgiest musicianship and blackened elegance possible, while intertwining a flowing score-like backdrop by employing a 40-piece orchestra & 32-piece choir found in Budapest, Hungary. Entertainment Weekly said of the album, "It's over-the-top and surprisingly catchy; these guys could be the talk of this year's Ozzfest."

    However, the band's morbid visions & musical apocalyptic revelations is only part of the band's notorious visage, as CRADLE OF FILTH's name slithered to infamous proportions over the years due to their impious eccentricities.

    The band has a veritable rap-sheet of indiscrepancies that grows as they progress.

    *They were arrested and held at gunpoint at the Vatican for impersonating a priest and wearing an 'I Love Satan' t-shirt.
    *They nearly caused the cancellation of the Milwaukee Metalfest, because the governor of Wisconsin tried to ban them from "bringing the Devil's music to the state".
    *They have been banned by numerous US radio stations for their 'obscene lyrical content'.
    *New Jersey was actually concerned about bringing Ozzfest to the state based on CRADLE OF FILTH's 'suitability issues' alone!
    *Their video for "Babalon AD (So Glad For The Madness)" from Damnation and a Day was quickly banned by MTV for its 'suggestive themes'. The video can be sampled here: http://www.cradleoffilth.com/video.php
    *The band is most infamous for their 'unique' & 'colorful' t-shirt slogans, like "Dead Girls Don't Say No", "Desire Me Like Satan", and the most outlandish of them all, "Jesus Is A C***". It was this last shirt that caused the arrest of 3 people (including the band's own drummer), the Provost of Glasgow instigated a police raid to have the shirts removed from Tower Records stores, and the Catholic League of America has even contacted the band's management demanding the shirts be taken out of production. Needless to say, the band will be bringing the shirts on the road with them, as well as a couple new designs.

    On the flipside of controversy, the band has reaped remarkable success, as they were the first 'black metal' band to sign with a major label (Sony Music worldwide), and they were the first 'black metal' band to have a full-length video land in the Billboard video charts (debuting at #12, and remaining for 7 weeks). CRADLE OF FILTH's well-versed and highly articulated lyrics were featured in the London Dome as part of a British language special, the band had a BBC Television program made about them, and they have sold over a million albums worldwide.

    Red Ink/Epic, realizing the band's shocking visual potential (FILTH's unique stage show frequently includes stilt-walkers & fire-breathers), commissioned a new conceptual video for Damnation and a Day, this time for the sinister, romantic track "Mannequin", which will be helmed by celebrated video director Thomas Mignone (Mudvayne, Slipknot, Type O Negative, Sepultura, Kittie, etc.) begins shooting on June 11th. Combining 'live' performance footage with macabre Tim Burton-esque, stop-motion puppeteer work courtesy of George Higham (www.poepuppet.com), "Mannequin" will display the grandiose imagery singular to CRADLE OF FILTH's style.

    In a world where corporate pressures have caused the taming of onetime controversial madmen like Ozzy Osbourne and Marilyn Manson, CRADLE OF FILTH exists to ensure that humanity does not remain protected in music entertainment complacency.

    Headline performances include:
    Monday, June 23rd New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
    Tuesday, June 24th Houston, TX Engine Room
    Wednesday, June 25th McAllen, TX Villa Real
    Tuesday, July 1st El Paso, TX Club 101 Outdoors
    Sunday, July 6th Las Vegas, NV Huntridge Theater
    Thursday, July 10th Portland, OR Roseland Theater
    Friday, July 11th Vancouver, BC, Can. Commodore Ballroom
    Monday, July 14th Denver, CO Ogden Theater
    Friday, July 18th Kansas City, MO The Beaumont Club
    Wednesday, July 23rd Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
    Sunday, July 27th Tulsa, OK The Other Side
    Tuesday, July 29th Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
    Monday, August 4th Guelph, ON, Can. Club Denim
    Friday, August 8th Plainview, NY The Vanderbilt
    Tuesday, August 12th Toronto, ON, Can. The Guvernment
    Saturday, August 16th Montreal, QC, Can. Metropolis
    Wednesday, August 20th Norfolk, VA NorVa
    Saturday, August 23rd Wilmington, NC Marzz
    Wednesday, August 27th Tampa, FL Masquerade

    OZZFEST Dates:
    Saturday, June 28th San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    Sunday, June 29th Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Center
    Wednesday, July 2nd Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
    Thursday, July 3rd Chula Vista, CA Coors Amphitheatre
    Saturday, July 5th Devore, CA Blockbuster Pavilion
    Tuesday, July 8th San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
    Wednesday, July 9th Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    Saturday, July 12th Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
    Tuesday, July 15th Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
    Thursday, July 17th St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
    Saturday, July 19th Minneapolis, MN Float-Rite Park
    Sunday, July 20th Chicago, IL Tweeter Center
    Tuesday, July 22nd Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Centre
    Thursday, July 24th Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
    Friday, July 25th Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
    Wednesday, July 30th Pittsburgh, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
    Thursday, July 31st Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    Saturday, August 2nd Milwaukee, WI Alpine Valley
    Sunday, August 3rd Columbus, OH Germain Amphitheatre
    Tuesday, August 5th Scranton, PA Montage Mountain
    Thursday, August 7th Philadelphia, PA Tweeter Center
    Saturday, August 9th Hartford, CT ctnow.com Meadows Music Theatre
    Monday, August 11th Buffalo, NY Darien Lakes PAC
    Thursday, August 14th Boston, MA Tweeter Center
    Friday, August 15th Boston, MA Tweeter Center
    Monday, August 18th Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
    Tuesday, August 19th Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
    Friday, August 22nd Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
    Sunday, August 24th Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    Tuesday, August 26th Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre
    Thursday, August 28th W. Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre

    www.cradleoffilth.com
    www.redmusic.com/redink

  • KITTIE TO LEND SUPPORT TO FELLOW LONDON MUSICIAN’S FAMILY
    AT FIRST HOMETOWN GIG IN THREE YEARS

    LONDON, Ontario – Kittie will make their first hometown appearance in three years at a June 20 show planned to lend support to the family of Neil Wolfe, father of local musician Justin Wolfe of the band Acacia and Gregg Wolfe of the band Dam 13, who has been struggling with cancer for several years.

    “Over the years of playing in Acacia, we have met a lot of friends and caring people who want to help out as much as they can with my situation,” said Justin Wolfe. “So it was only fitting to put on this show. It was more or less meant to be a gift, from Kittie and all the bands that we have played with and friends, to the family.”

    As long-time friends of Acacia, Kittie felt compelled to take part in the show. "We feel that it is our place to at least try and reach out to help those who are near and dear to us,” said Kittie guitarist/vocalist Morgan Lander. “Compassion is the one of the greatest feelings anyone can have, and if this contribution helps the Wolfe family in any way, it will make all of us feel like we accomplished something.”

    Acacia and Dam 13, which features brother Gregg, will also play. The all-ages show will be held at Call The Office in downtown London. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, with all proceeds benefiting the Wolfe family’s medical bills.

    Kittie will head to Mexico for the first time in late June and will also play a handful of dates on the East Coast, including Hellfest, a three-day metal and hardcore extravaganza in Syracuse, N.Y., featuring 99 bands.

    Kittie tour dates:
    06/20/03 Fri. Call The Office, London Ontario, Canada (Benefit)
    w/ Acacia, Dam 13. Doors 6:30 p.m. $10.00. All ages
    06/28/03 Sat. Circo Volador, Mexico City, Mexico
    06/29/03 Sun. TBA, Monterrey, Mexico
    07/02/03 Wed. Jaxx, W. Springfield, VA
    07/03/03 Thu. Jaxx, W. Springfield, VA
    07/04/03 Fri. Hellfest – New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY
    07/05/03 Sat. L’amour, Brooklyn, NY

    www.kittie.net

  • California Groove Rock Icons FU MANCHU Release Go For It…Live!
    Double-Live Album On July 22nd Through SPV

    Southern California's FU MANCHU has made massive waves for over ten years, blending fluid grooves with a leaden crunch, sending shockwaves rumbling across the entire hard rock community. On July 22nd, SPV commemorates the band's innovative talents with a 2-CD live release, entitled Go For It…Live!, which was recorded during the band's 2002 California Crossing world tour.

    Originating as a band wanting to inject a charge of SoCal mirth into the rhythmic grooves their influences, like Black Sabbath & Kyuss, FU MANCHU quickly evolved, carving a niche of their own with excellent showmanship backed by infectious songwriting & thunderous sonic power. The band eventually landed tours with the likes of Motörhead, P.O.D., and Sevendust, assimilating fans along the way. In 2001, the band's sponsor, Vans Shoes, asked FU MANCHU to perform a party at the Sundance Film Festival to commemorate the Dogtown & Z Boys documentary (which was about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skateboarding team). During this span, the band released 7 studio albums and toured virtually everywhere, including New Zealand & Japan!

    Go For It…Live! represents the cumulative effort of the band's experiences and evolution as a resonating dynamo. Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden and the band's home turf Los Angeles, CA, the album includes a bevy of FU MANCHU favorites, from "Ojo Rojo" to the now-famous cover version of Blue Öyster Cult's "Godzilla". Vocalist Scott Hill comments on the release, "We had a bunch of shows recorded to try to pick out the best ones, but we came out with so many songs, we felt it HAD to be 2 discs. It's probably the most accurate collection of our best work from our first album to the most recent. We also felt we've never really captured our true sound in the studio; we're very full, heavy sounding live. We've come close a few times, as far as rawness, but the live album represents how we really sound as a band."

    Along with vocalist/guitarist Hill, FU MANCHU also consists of lead guitarist Bob Balch, bassist Brad Davis, and drummer Scott Reeder (who replaced previous drummer Brant Bjork on the California Crossing tour). Go For It…Live! is the band's first recorded work with Reeder. The tracklisting includes:

    Disc 1
    Hell On Wheels
    Laserblast!
    Asphalt Risin
    Mongoose
    Downtown In Dogtown
    Boogie Van
    Tilt Godzilla
    Ojo Rojo
    Strato-Streak
    King Of The Road
    Anodizer

    Disc 2
    Evil Eye
    Hang On
    Wurkin
    California Crossing
    Over The Edge
    Regal Begal
    Superbird
    Weird Beard
    Squash That Fly
    Saturn III

    An mp3 of "King Of The Road" is currently available for download here:
    http://www.fu-manchu.com/fumanchu/mp3/GoForItLive-KingoftheRoad.mp3

    FU MANCHU plans to tour the US in August to support the release and is shortly heading to Europe for a month of headlining dates & festivals. Current routing includes:

    Friday, June 6th Manchester, England Academy 2
    Saturday, June 7th Dublin, Ireland The Village
    Sunday, June 8th Belfast, Ireland Limelight
    Monday, June 9th Glasgow, Scotland Cathouse
    Tuesday, June 10th London, England Mean Fiddler
    Thursday, June 12th Bad Bonn, Switzerland Bad Bonn Festival
    Friday, June 13th Zewentendorf, Austria Nuke Festival
    Saturday, June 14th Wiesbaden, Germany Schlachthop
    Sunday, June 15th Dresden, Germany Star Club
    Monday, June 16th Düsseldorf, Germany Zakk
    Tuesday, June 17th Cologne, Germany Kantine
    Wednesday, June 18th Berlin, Germany Columbia Fritz
    Friday, June 20th Wiesen, Austria Open Air
    Saturday, June 21st Scheeßel, Germany Hurricane Festival
    Sunday, June 22nd Wochenende, Germany Southside Festival
    Tuesday, June 24th Zurich, Switzerland Rote Fabrik
    Wednesday, June 25th Gent, Belgium Centrale
    Thursday, June 26th Haarlem, Netherlands Patronaat
    Friday, June 27th Eindhoven, Netherlands Effenaar

    For updates and a massive FU MANCHU merchandise catalogue, log on to www.fu-manchu.com

    www.spvusa.com

  • Reunited Metal Titans NUCLEAR ASSAULT Tours To Support Screaming Ferret Wreckords / SPV Live Album 'Alive Again'

    Album in stores July 1st!

    Thrash Metal Masters Writing New Material!

    The heralded and heavily anticipated return of the most gifted thrash metal giants thrusts into high gear, when the original lineup of New York's NUCLEAR ASSAULT initiates a world tour throughout the year to support the upcoming 'Alive Again' live album for Screaming Ferret Wreckords/SPV (release date is July 1st).

    The band's lineup, consisting of vocalist/guitarist John Connelly, bassist Danny Lilker, guitarist Anthony Bramante, and drummer Glenn Evans made their presence known throughout 2002 on select performances & festival dates around the world in an effort to 'test the waters' - if the world was ready for their unique, dexterous yet uncompromising metal. The result set the wheels in motion for the upcoming all-out assault! In August, Bramante bowed out due to the commitments of his job and was replaced by the more than capable Erik Burke. Lilker comments on the upcoming tour: "It's gonna be great to finally tour again! People seem totally psyched that they will get to see us in the flesh again. We hope to see all diehard metalheads banging and moshing in the front..."

    Formed in 1984 by Danny Lilker (who has also been a founding member of Anthrax, S.O.D., Brutal Truth, among others), NUCLEAR ASSAULT enjoyed a ten-year career that spawned 6 studio albums & EPs and a host of world tours. While emitting a dark sense of humor, the band's catalogue acknowledged the gamut of social concerns, from political tyranny and environmental devastation to capitalistic excess and basic human apathy. Their 1989 opus 'Handle With Care' garnered much critical-acclaim, while its singles "Critical Mass" and "Trail Of Tears" received generous MTV airplay.

    The forthcoming 'Alive Again' live album represents NUCLEAR ASSAULT's first release in over 9 years. Lilker explains: "We will soon be releasing our new live album, so people can see for themselves that we still have it! I know a lot of thrash bands seem to be reuniting and some people are wondering 'Can these guys in their late 30's still hack it?' The answer is undoubtedly yes!"

    The disc contains the following tracks:

    Rise From The Ashes
    Brainwashed
    F#
    New Song
    Critical Mass
    Sin
    Betrayal
    Radiation Sickness
    Game Over
    Butt F**k
    Trail Of Tears
    Hang The Pope

    'Alive Again' is rounded out with enhanced live video performances as well as interview segments.

    Not content to keep the reunion to a mere commemorative or nostalgic event, NUCLEAR ASSAULT is also planning a new studio record for the near future! Danny Lilker offers a sneak preview of what can be expected: "We are in the process of writing new material, and I can tell you that it's definitely in the style of the old stuff. Once again speaking for myself, I think the metal scene NEEDS an injection of classic thrash metal 'cos I've had enough of people thinking Linkin Park is metal. We'll have to show these youngsters how metal is really played!"

    Tour dates include:

    Friday, July 11 New York, NY Don Hill's
    Saturday, July 12 Clifton, NJ Connections
    Sunday, July 13 Buffalo, NY The Showplace

    THE BONDED BY METAL OVER EUROPE TOUR 2003
    Including: EXODUS, AGENT STEEL, BEHEMOTH, MORTICIAN, CARNAL FORGE, OCCULT and CALLENISH CIRCLEOct. 08 2003 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation

    Oct. 09 2003 - London, UK - Camden Palace
    Oct. 10 2003 - Eindhoven, NETH - Effenaar
    Oct. 11 2003 - Antwerpen, BEL - Hof Ter Loo
    Oct. 12 2003 - Paris, FRA - La Locomotive
    Oct. 13 2003 - Essen, GER - Zeche Carl
    Oct. 14 2003 - Berlin, GER - Columbia Halle Fritz
    Oct. 15 2003 - Hamburg, GER - Markthalle
    Oct. 16 2003 - Munster (Breitefeld), GER - Live Arena
    Oct. 17 2003 - Bischofswerda, GER - Hanger
    Oct. 18 2003 - Warszawa, POL - Proxima
    Oct. 19 2003 - Praha, CZ - Lucerna Music Club
    Oct. 20 2003 - Innsbruck, AUT - Hafen
    Oct. 21 2003 - Pratteln, SWI - Z7

    More dates to be announced soon!

    Official NUCLEAR ASSAULT t-shirts and other merchandise is currently available at www.screamingferret.com

    www.nuclearassault.us
    www.spvusa.com

  • Ex Machine Head guitarist Ahrue Luster has revealed that his new band is called SUPERNAUT. Metalshop
  • "Shadow Zone" appears to be the title of the forthcoming Static X album. Metalshop

  • Vivendi Universal Games have signed an exclusive multi-year agreement with METALLICA for a multi-platform vehicle combat action game. Metalshop

  • According to the US RR site, KSE are home in Massachusetts jamming and writing new material before hitting Ozzfest later this month. Metalshop

  • SLIPKNOT bass player Paul Gray was arrested after the vehicle he was driving was involved in an accident. Metalshop

  • A Message from KAZIEN

    Hi,
    We invite you to visit our website www.kaizen-utd.com. KAIZEN is an ultra metal band from Paris, France, the debut album "Clear the path" have been released May, 20th by XIIIbis/M10 in France and will be out the 26th in Germany and Scandinavia. [Already having shared the stage with Meshuggah, Nostromo, Gojira ou Black Bomb A, We are always looking for gigs to promote this record on stage.

    KAIZEN Live

    14.06.03 MAUREPAS @ Café de la plage + EXPLICIT NOISE + FUD + XORKA
    11.10.03 PLAISIR @ Clé des champs + FUNERARIUM + SPIRITED
    08.11.03 RAMBOUILLET @ Usine à chapeaux + PITBULLS IN THE NURSERY

    Other dates to be confirmed

    KAIZEN
    19 Rue Verte
    78990 ELANCOURT
    [email protected]
    www.kaizen-utd.com
  • PAI (Ingenious Audiovisual Productions) is a new Galician record company directed by the ex-bass player of the band Siniestro Total, Segundo Grandío. With this new adventure what we are trying to do is take one step further in the chain which forms the world of music, our aims are to cover artists and new musical styles that are not recognized by other channels, reach via the industries of music self-knowledge, investigate new possibilities and anresourcesd in concrete carry on working on what we like the most: music.

    Due to the amount and variation of musical taste of those who handle this company, PAI is going to have various subdivisions in order to canalize the different styles, and since what interests us the most right now is that you out there know about our first launch, let this sample be worth the inauguration of PAI ROCK&POP.ARTISTS:

    APHONNIC (www.aphonnic.com)
    NAME OF THE ALBUM: “SILENNCE”
    PRODUCED BY SEGUNDO GRANDIO&APHONNIC
    COMPANY: PAI ROCK&POP
    STYLE: NU METAL
    DISTRIBUTOR DISCMEDI

    SILENNCE is out on sale the 9th of June

    Aphonnic is a band from Vigo in Galicia, Spain, and is composed of the following people:
    Alex – Drums
    Chechu – Vocals
    Felipe – Keyboard
    Iván – Guitar
    Richar – Base

    The album SILENNCE has nine songs and has counted on further bycollaborations Vicente (singer of the band Kannon) and Dj de Laese (scratcher who works with a group called The Dismal).

    The nine themes of the album are varied, apt for all types of public from the most aggressive like “tango” or “make me toy” to the most fun (“here aphonnic”) even the “hip-hop” like “emigrantes si...pero nunca en mi barrio.” Their words speak of a trouble free life with nothing holding you down, peace and a world free of war and badness: Child pornography (“waltz of pleasure”), women abuse (“little girl”), racism (“klan ku klux,” “emigrantes si..pero nunca en mi barrio”), violence (“make me toy”), war (“tango”), abandonment of animals (“never play”) etc.... It also contains the “Here aphonnic” version which is a perfect adaptation of the song by Brian Mary & Freddy Mercury (“we will rock you”).

    The album counts on a interactive sight where we will be able to see the video clip of the song “Little girl,” directed by Jorge Coira (famous for the television series called “TERRA DE MIRANDA” or the short film called “ENTRE BATEAS”). We also count on the equipment of MOVI CB, photos of the group live, a making of and the words of their songs.

    A complete album which will not go unseen by the music critics of the world.

    To find out more: www.aphonnic.com .....www.pai-musica.com

  • August 18th Dutch brutalizers PROSTITUTE DISFIGUREMENT will unleash their 2nd album, Deeds of Derangement. This time with a inhuman, yet “human,” drummer and excellent production. German Death Metal lunatics HARMONY DIES will finally start their third all-out assault entitled Impact. Both recordings are just receive their finishing touches from mastermind Plut /Poserslaughter Rec at Megawimp Studios.

  • Czech inferno deathers HYPNOS have just left Exponent Studios and handed in two new neckbreakers as well as a very catchy Franky Goes To Hollywood coverversion . We will soon announce how the Death Metal public can get a hold of these tracks. The band is currently working on more songs for their third album, which will be recorded during the next months.

  • Chicago´s Death Metal battleship DISINTER have to give in to private obligations, which lets them stay together in the current line-up only till the end of this year. A few shows and maybe even an European tour as well as a double CD set entitled Designed by the Devil, Powered by the Dead are being prepared. Find out more at www.disinter.com

  • Unfortunately we had to part ways with a band:
    The lyrics of the new EVIL INCARNATE CD are too extreme for the European market and not tolerable for the label. We are negotiating with a few interesting acts so we can terrorize your hardened ears with new stuff soon. www.morbidrecords.de

June 14th, 2003
  • New ARCH ENEMY Album - "Anthems Of Rebellion" out August 25th 2003!

    Last Minute News: ARCH ENEMY confirmed for Rock Hard Festival!

    Do you remember what Heavy Metal was meant to be about when you were young? Yeah, REBELLION!!! And here we go.

    Michael Amott: "The title of the new Arch Enemy opus is "Anthems Of Rebellion". There is a thread of ANTI-establishment and REBELLION that goes through all the songs lyrics and also the artwork, but I wouldn't go as far as calling it a full-blown concept, that kind of stuff usually tends to get in the way of the music. [...] There's an absolute abundance of HEAVY riffs, THICK harmonies, RIPPING solos, FRANTIC drumming and SICK screaming - ALL OVER THIS ALBUM! The performances from the individual members are awesome! We are all so proud of each other!"

    The European release date of "Anthems Of Rebellion" will be the 25th of August 2003. The album was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK by Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Testament, Kreator, Nevermore etc.) who already worked on mixing the band's previous album "Wages Of Sin".

    We had a listening session at the 9th of May in the Century Media Germany hometown Dortmund with Angela Gossow, Michael Amott and media people. Everybody was blown away by the intense power of the music and the even more extreme vocals of Angela Gossow. Here is a list of working titles in no particular running order:

    "Rebel" (Intro)
    "Silent Wars"
    "We Will Rise"
    "Dead Eyes See No Future"
    "Instinct"
    "Leader Of The Rats (Anonymous Animosity)"
    "Exist To Exit"
    "Acoustic Instrumental"
    "Despicable Heroes"
    "End Of The Line"
    "Dehumanization"
    "Anthem (Instrumental)"
    "Saints And Sinners"

    Stay tuned for more information about the final track list, live activities and more.

    Like mentioned in the headline, the band will play at the Rock Hard Festival June 8th. For the complete billing feel free to check www.rockhard.de

    ARCH ENEMY Live:
    31.05.03 - Donington Park (UK) - Download Festival
    08.06.03 - Gelsenkirchen (D) - Rock Hard Festival
    15.06.03 - Nijmegen (NL) - Fields of Rock
    02.07.03 - Oslo (N) - Spektrum (supporting Iron Maiden)
    03.07.03 - Oslo (N) - Spektrum (supporting Iron Maiden)
    05.07.03 - Dessel (B) - Graspop Festival
    13.07.03 - Helsinki (SF) - Tuska Open Air
    02.08.03 - Hultsfred (S) - Gates Of Metal Festival

    www.centurymedia.de
    www.archenemy.net

  • PRESSURE FESTIVAL supported by Century Media Records.

    This might become one of the finest Hardcore and Metal festivals in Germany. Taking place at the Funbox Amalie in Essen / Germany from June 27th to 29th 2003 the Pressure Festival (indoor) will unite fans from every side with a strong billing featuring exclusive one-off gigs by the Century Media recording artists Dark Tranquillity, Carnal Forge, Stampin' Ground, Naglfar (New Haven Records) and The Forsaken - next to other highlights like Hatebreed, Youth Of Today (reunion show feat. Ray Capo from Shelter), Amon Amarth, Caliban, Heaven Shall Burn, Dew Scented and many other.

    Check out more festival information (tickets, route, running order etc.) on www.pressurefestival.com.

    www.centurymedia.de

  • Sweden's EVERGREY Performs Cleveland & Atlanta Festivals
    To Promote Vibrant 'Recreation Day'!!

    Having made a lasting impact with critics and fans alike with their last release 'In Search Of Truth', Sweden's EVERGREY has unveiled its latest masterwork upon the world with the elegant 'Recreation Day' for InsideOut Music America.

    Displaying marked growth with each release, EVERGREY has concocted a musically colorful, yet lyrically bleak, reflection of the world with 'Recreation Day'. Part fantasy & part honest emotion, the album (once again produced by King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque and mixed by Fredrik Nordström) redefines Swedish Metal with a progressive flair beyond even Meshuggah's capabilities. Thought provoking and sonically uncompromising, 'Recreation Day' is yet another exceptional release for EVERGREY, a band whose multi-textured style incorporates Northern moroseness, dextrous progressive musicianship, and soulful, heartfelt balladry. Vocalist/guitarist Tom S. Englund describes the bold content contained within 'Recreation Day', "The music is representative of what EVERGREY is about, the diversity we have in most of our songs. My idea was to make it really beautiful and hard-hitting."

    True words indeed, as the power harnessed on the album has compelled the band to film videos for the sobering "I'm Sorry" and the vigorous "Blinded" to promote the release.

    EVERGREY is also planning to promote the album in America with a number of live appearances, including the BWBK 6-Pack Weekend Festival at The Odeon in Cleveland on June 13 & 14 (alongside such legendary acts as Candlemass, Trouble, and Nevermore), as well as a return to the increasingly acclaimed Prog Power Festival at Earthlink Live in Atlanta on September 5 & 6 (with Nightwish, Rage, Symphony X, and others). Plans are also in the works for an extensive fall tour, the band's first-ever for North America.

    Although the content of EVERGREY's albums can be described as melancholic, their work ethic is anything but, and we will be seeing a lot more of the band as the year progresses.

    www.evergrey.net
    www.insideoutmusic.com

  • MORBID ANGEL: COMMENCE RECORDING OF NEW ALBUM, DUBBED "H2K3"

    MORBID ANGEL have entered D.O.W. (Diet Of Worms) Studios in Seffner, Florida, to record their next album. In the studio are guitarist Trey Azagthoth, drummer Pete Sandoval, and bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker, along with co-producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez who has worked as Morbid Angel's live front-of-house sound engineer for the past eight years. Tentatively dubbed "H2K3", Morbid Angel's next album is as-yet-untitled but is rumored to begin with the letter, "H", in keeping with the alphabetical order of all the band's preceding albums -- beginning with their 1989 Earache debut, "Altars Of Madness", and continuing through their last release, 2000's "Gateways To Annihilation". "H2K3" is slated for a September 2003 worldwide release on Earache Records. One of the earliest American bands to sign to Earache, Morbid Angel are one of the most influential metal bands of all time. Since their inception, Morbid Angel have consistently pushed the boundaries of metal, defining and redefining the genre of Death Metal. Equally revered for the technicality of their music, the brutality of their sound, and the creativity of their lyrics, Morbid Angel are true pioneers whose ever-evolving visions continue to guide them into new, untouched musical territories. We wait with baited breath for "H2K3", another landmark album in the making. Earache

  • NAPALM DEATH : "BEST of & RARE SET" ON EARACHE 7 JULY

    After a coupla years of wrangling between Napalm Death & Earache, peace finally reigns and Napalm & Earache have co-ordinated a Best of & Rarities 2 CD set for release on 7 July 2003 in UK/Europe. The title of the comp, selected by Barney is 'Noise For Music1s Sake'. Disc 1 of the set contains the best tracks culled from Napalm's 10 album career with Earache.Disc 2 is made up of very rare tracks, including long lost recordings from the early line-up with Lee Dorrian & Bill Steer. Shane Embury has supplied stunningly rare and never released tracks from early ND gigs at the Mermaid pub in 1986 from the early Bullen/Broadrick/Harrris era. Completely classic stuff!! Liner notes for the set incorporating many unseen pics and exclusive interviews with the band members is being co-ordinated by Shane Embury. see confirmed track listing on the earache site here http://www.earacherecords.org/catalog/mosh266.html

  • CARCASS - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW ON EARACHE.COM

    An in-depth interview with Carcass' ex-members is set to be exclusively revealed at http://www.earache.com at 17.00 UK time on Friday 30 May. Be sure to log onto the site to catch the first interview with this legendary band in 5 years, the first time they have spoken since they split. Some interesting news will be revealed!
  • MUDVAYNE SET TO RELEASE DVD SINGLE NOT FALLING JULY 15

    Mudvayne Join Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, and The Deftones on the Summer Sanitarium Tour

    Mudvayne's new single World So Cold Number One Most added at Active Rock

    New York, NY: Epic Records recording artists, Mudvayne, are proud to announce the release of their DVD single, Not Falling. The DVD features the Not Falling music video in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and includes a number of special features including a version of the Not Falling video with a commentary from the director, Dean Karr (Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Matthews), a making of the video segment, extended performance footage, and an alternate Blue Sphere featurette.

    Mudvayne's sophomore release The End of All Things to Come will be certified gold (June) and follows up the band's RIAA gold certified debut L.D. 50. The End of All Things to Come is a twelve track album, produced by David Bottrill (Tool, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson) continues to climb the Billboard top 200. Mudvayne's second single World So Cold was the number one most added song at Active Rock. New video to follow soon.

    Beginning July 4th in Detroit, Michigan, Mudvayne will join Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and The Deftones on the Summer Sanitarium Tour. Before joining Summer Sanitarium, Mudvayne will be touring Europe and performing festivals in England (Brighton Concorde 2, Donnington Download). In Paris and Prague, Mudvayne will be joining Linkin Park.

    Mudvayne, the ever-changing Metal foursome hail from Peoria, Illinois, continue to evolve from their make-up laden past to the shocking street clothes look that's evident in Entertainment Weekly's 2003 summer tour special.

    Mudvayne won the first ever MTV2 Video Award at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. The award represented the culmination of Mudvayne's fan appreciation and success of their first single, Dig. Mudvayne's Epic debut L.D. 50 was certified gold and their re-issue of the out of print and highly sought after 1997 EP The Beginning of All Things to End, formerly known as Kill I Oughtta, has sold nearly 150,000 copies. The EP includes interludes from L.D. 50 plus bonus remixes of Dig by Front Line Assembly's Rhys Fulber. Mudvayne's first full-length DVD, L(ive) D(osage) - Live in Peoria, along with their DVD single, Dig, have also been certified gold.

    The following dates are confirmed, and additional dates may be announced.

    Mudvayne Radio Dates
    June 22 Estacada, CA KNRK Timber Bowl
    July 2 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest

    Summer Sanitarium Tour Dates
    July 4 Detroit, MI Pontiac Silverdome
    July 5 Toronto, CAN Toronto Skydome
    July 6 Foxboro, MA Gillette Stadium
    July 8 East Rutherford, NJ Giants Stadium
    July 11 Atlanta, GA Turner Field
    July 12 Philadelphia, PA Veteran's Stadium
    July 13 Orlando, FL Citrus Bowl
    July 18 Washington, DC FedEx Field
    July 19 Columbus, OH Ohio Stadium
    July 20 Montreal, CAN Parc Jean Drapeau
    July 25 St. Louis, MO Edward Jones Dome
    July 26 Chicago, IL Hawthorne Racetrack
    July 27 Minneapolis, MN HHH Metrodome
    July 29 Council Bluffs, IA Mid America Center
    July 30 Wichita, KS Kansas Coliseum
    Aug 1 Denver, CO Invesco Field
    Aug 2 Houston, TX Reliant Stadium
    Aug 3 Irving, TX Texas Stadium
    Aug 7 Seattle, WA Seahawks Stadium
    Aug 9 Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
    Aug 10 San Francisco, CA Candlestick Park

    For Further information, interviews, or review copies, please contact Tom Muzquiz at Epic Records Media Relations.

    WWW.MUDVAYNE.COM

  • SLAVES ON DOPE Releases Emotionally-Charged Metafour On June 10th
    Through Bieler Bros. Records

    Montreal's SLAVES ON DOPE… Few names in rock music conjure up so many images and emotions. What does it mean? What is the message? The message is the music… and music is something to behold. The new record is dark and powerful but at the same time it soars, it lifts, it promises a glimpse of the future while staying firmly rooted in rocks rich history! On June 10th, SLAVES ON DOPE releases their sophomore effort; an emotionally supercharged disc entitled Metafour on Bieler Bros. Records/MCA (distributed by Universal).

    Self-described as 'pure rock', the four members that comprise SLAVES ON DOPE (Kevin, Rob, Frank & Jason) have channeled their surging rage into this new outing with a laser sharp focus. Bassist Frank Salvaggio describes the band's evolution as "a non-diluted, emotional form of heavy rock. Our influences forever have been AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Metallica & Stone Temple Pilots, and they are all part of our equation and what we've become. Metafour is a purging, or a cleansing of demons, for us. We not only open up a little more on this album, but we see things a little more clearly. It's a definite maturing."

    The highly anticipated follow-up to their debut Inches from the Mainline was recorded at Bieler Bros. Studios in Boca Raton, FL and produced by the band and co-produced by Jason Slater (Snake River Conspiracy, Good Charlotte, Earshot) and Troy Van Leeuwan (Queens Of The Stone Age and A Perfect Circle). Bieler Bros. is planning an onslaught of promotional activity building towards the June 10th release date. Having already toured much of the US with Nonpoint & labelmates Skindred, SLAVES ON DOPE is planning a Midwestern romp with Ra! The current itinerary includes:

    Saturday, May 31st Orangevale, CA The Boardwalk (headlining with One Side Zero)
    Wednesday, June 4th Ft. Wayne, IN Piere's (w/Ra)
    Thursday, June 5th Ironton, OH 3rd Street Showgrounds (w/Ra)
    Saturday, June 7th Madison, WI The Annex (w/ Twisted Method)
    Sunday, June 8th Chicago Heights, IL Oasis One Sixty (w/ Twisted Method)
    Tuesday, June 10th Flint, MI The Machine Shop (w/Ra)
    Wednesday, June 11th Traverse City, MI Streeters (w/Ra)
    Thursday, June 12th Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection (w/Ra)
    Friday, June 13th Toledo, OH Headliners (w/Twisted Method)
    Tuesday, June 17th Rochester, NY Water Street (w/Ra)
    Monday, June 22nd Hershey, PA Shakey's (w/Ra)
    Tuesday, June 24th Detroit, MI Emerald Theater (w/Ra)
    Wednesday, June 25th Chicago Heights, IL Oasis 160 (w/Ra)

    Metafour's first single, "Go", is already receiving huge support from many stations, including WJBX (Ft. Myers, FL), WRIF (Detroit, MI), WCCC (Hartford, CT), WJJO (Madison, WI), KUPD (Phoenix, AZ), WQLZ (Springfield, IL), WHMH (St. Cloud, MN), KHRO (El Paso, TX), and WCLG (Morganton , WV). With an arsenal of poignant anthems like "So Clear", "Casualty", and "Pattern" SLAVES ON DOPE exhibits more than enough potential to break wide open, while retaining ample potency to preserve the loyalty of their core fan base.

    Slaves on Dope…There is no faith but what we make!

    www.slavesondope.com
    www.bielerbros.com

  • DIO guitarist Warren DeMartini (Ratt) will not be joining the touring lineup - instead, long time guitarist, Craig Goldy, will rejoin the band for summer European festival shows and for a six week U.S. tour with Iron Maiden, Dio & Motorhead. Metal Update

  • CANDLEMASS for the first time, the Swedish doomsters will perform a short set of acoustic tunes as part of the BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend - the momentous event will take place on 6/14 at Alice Cooper'stown Restaurant prior to the band's headlining gig at the festival. Metal Update

  • CHAOSBREED heavily influenced by the Stockholm Sound, this new supergroup features: drummer Nalle Österman (Gandalf), bassist Oppu Laine (Amorphis, Mannhai), guitarist Marko Tarvonen (Moonsorrow), guitarist Esa Holopainen (Amorphis) and vocalist Taneli Jarva (Sentenced, The Black League). Metal Update

  • NASUM bassist Jesper Liveröd has decided to leave the band by the end of the summer to concentrate on his other band Burst - he has made it clear that there is no bad blood or ill will within Nasum." Metal Update

  • PROPHECY the band has added the following new members: drummer Anthony Walker (Unchecked Aggression), vocalist Ryan Johnson (Xphyxia) and bassist James "Carlos." Metal Update

  • THRONEAEON the band is in the process of changing their name to Godhate. Metal Update

  • HATESPHERE drummer Morten Toft Hansen has parted ways with the band to concentrate on Raunchy. Metal Update

  • PROGPOWER USA IV - North America’s premiere festival for progressive and power metal music, has officially sold out more than three months in advance – headlined by Nightwish and Rage, the event will take place in Atlanta, GA on 9/5 and 9/6. Metal Update
  • Finnish thrash/speed rockers DIVINE:DECAY will unleash the long awaited follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album SONGS OF THE DAMNED. The original release date for the album was June 2nd but it was pushed back to September 8th. The new album MAXIMIZE THE MISERY is released worldwide through Osmose Productions Records and it contains 11 brutal tracks from the devious minds of Hellsinki City Madmen. The album was recorded and produced by Janne Joutsenniemi (of SubUrbanTribe fame) and it was mixed by Mikko Karmila (Nightwish, Stratovarius,Children Of Bodom, Therion). DIVINE:DECAY is also playing at the finnish TUSKA festivals in July 12th, where TYPE O NEGATIVE and MINISTRY are taking headliners act.

    The new website www.divinedecay.com will be launched together with the album, meanwhile the latest info is available from: www.geocities.com/divinedecay/

  • AXIS OF ADVANCE: The front lines are a blackened, smoldering bloody wreck. However, discipline and order are holding and the command remains functional. We are aggressively pursuing leads and focusing on touring in the old world and our homeland. When the details are settled and the go-ahead is given - we'll be gone. Until then,other matters are pressing. New material is starting to flow like the "Styx of Hades. " Its filthy black tar smoulders; polluting all it encounters by a fume poisoned with the black fires of abhorrence. Choke on it soon!

  • ZYKLON will play a special one-off show at London’s Camden Underworld on June 6 with labelmates Myrkskog, plus Blackend’s Reign of Erebus and Noctural Art Production’s Void. The band has also been confirmed as a performer at this year’s With Full Force Festival. The band’s second album, Aeon (CDL27), will be released in the US on September 9. Track listing includes: Psyklon Aeon, Core Solution, Two Thousand Years, No Names Above the Names, The Prophetic Method, Specimen Eruption, Electric Current, An Eclectic Manner. Aeon was recorded at Akkerhaugen Lydstudio and mixed at Studio Fredman with Fredrik Nordstrom (www.zyklontribe.com)

  • YATTERING have announced the first tour dates in support of their Candlelight debut, Genocide (CDL59). The tour will include five dates in England as well as dates in Belgium, France, Switzerland, and France. (www.yattering.pl).

  • Candlelight proudly announces the signing of Norway’s GRIMFIST. The band’s debut, Ghouls of Grandeur (CDL60), was produced by Peter Tagtgren at Abyss Studios and is set for US release on September 23. Featuring current members of Immortal and Deride, GRIMFIST joined Candlelight in late 2002 after receiving interest from several other labels. Album track listing includes: Primal Aggression, Outlined In Black, A World of Wrath, From Hell & Back, No Compromise, Obsession, Lesser of Two Evils, Ghouls of Grandeur, Mosh-pit Underground, Christ Denied (www.grimfist.com).

  • Candlelight have acquired the US license for Walking on Phantom Ice (CDL68) – the third album from Denmark’s WITHERING SURFACE. Set for release September 23, the album has already received rave reviews on its initial 2001 European release. This will be the band’s first album with proper US distribution. Formed in 1994, WITHERING SURFACE recorded their debut, Scarlet Silhouettes in 1996. The album featured a guest appearance from In Flames guitarist Jesper Stromblad. The band entered Studio Fredman in 1998 for their second album, The Nude Ballet with the production help of Fredrik Nordstrom and In Flames vocalist Anders Friden. The album was nominated in 1999 for a Dutch Grammy. The year’s additional highlight included a performance at the renowned Roskilde Festival. The band signed with England’s Copro Records in 2001 and recorded Walking on Phantom Ice. Following its release, the band toured Denmark with Iniquity and in 2002 would tour England in support of Opeth and Arch Enemy. The year’s highly included a performance at Germany’s Wacken Open Air Festival (www.witheringsurface.dk).

  • Former EUROPE drummer Ian Haugland has teamed up with several of his DJ colleagues at Sweden's biggest classic rock station "106.7 Rockklassiker" to release the single "Rock 'n' Roll Allright" under the band name TEN 67. The track, which features Haugland on lead vocals for the first time ever, marks the first project for new label and studio Canvas, formed by former KISS Army Sweden president Johan Kihlberg and LION'S SHARE guitarist Lars Chriss, who also produced and mixed the song. "Rock 'n' Roll Allright" is already on the A-rotation list on 106.7 Rockklassiker and the band will soon do some live shows to promote it. Look for TEN 67 to appear at this year's Sweden Rock Festival alongside such acts as WHITESNAKE, QUEENSRŸCHE and SEPULTURA. More information on the label and studio can be found at www.jkproductions.org. To listen to 106.7 Rockklassiker live via the Internet, go to www.rockklassiker.se. LION'S SHARE homepage at www.lionsshare.org

  • German Thrash Metal Pioneers KREATOR Release First-Ever Live Album & DVD

    'Live Kreation' & 'Live Kreation - Revisioned Glory' Due on July 22nd Through SPV

    After nearly 20 years and over 1000 concert performances, German thrash metal pioneers KREATOR are prepared to unleash their first ever live album and accompanying DVD to the masses via SPV Records on July 22nd! The band experienced a vast resurgence in North American interest last year on their highly successful 'Violent Revolution' tour, and these upcoming collections are the band's way of giving something back to the fans for their diehard commitment to the Teutonic Thrash legacy.

    The CD, 'Live Kreation', collects 24 tracks of KREATOR's inimitable, blue-collared 'extreme aggression', recorded around the world and produced by renowned knob-smith Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Arch Enemy, Fozzy, Skinlab, etc.). Says KREATOR founder, vocalist/guitarist Mille Petrozza on the milestone, "Over the years, a lot of our fans kept asking us for a live record. We loved the idea and started working on it in the beginning of our 'World Revolution' tour. Modern technology allowed us to record 22 shows in total, so at the end of the day, we had tons of stuff to choose from. Capturing good performances from shows in Brazil, Korea, France, Germany and Greece, we've spent a long time picking the right atmosphere of each individual track, kept them all raw and direct, to make this first live album in the history of Kreator a special experience for us and our fans. Andy Sneap did a killer job mixing this 24-track monster, including songs from every album we've recorded."

    The historic 2-CD, 100+ minute full-contact extravaganza includes the following tracks:

    Disc 1
    The Patriarch
    Violent Revolution
    Reconquering The Throne
    Extreme Aggression
    People Of The Lie
    All Of The Same Blood
    Phobia
    Pleasure To Kill
    Renewal
    Servant In Heaven - King In Hell
    Black Sunrise
    Terrible Certainty
    Riot Of Violence

    Disc 2
    Lost
    Coma Of Souls
    Second Awakening
    Terrorzone
    Betrayer
    Leave This World Behind
    Under The Guillotine
    Awakening The Gods
    Golden Age
    Flag Of Hate
    Tormentor

    The DVD companion, 'Live Kreation - Revisioned Glory', not only includes 17 of the aforementioned 24 tracks mixed in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound, but also contains a complete 55-minute year-by-year video history of Kreator, including all of the band's video clips & new documentary-style interviews with Mille, additional live footage, behind-the-scenes footage and many other bonus features. Mille comments on this colossal endeavor, "Putting together the material for the DVD was hard work, a little tricky, but in the end a lot of fun! One thing was clear to me from the beginning: no compromise on ANYTHING to make this output the ultimate in quality!! I did not know many music DVDs before I started working on ours, so I checked other bands' releases. I was very disappointed by the fact that some artists just put out shitty hand-camera footage and sell it to their audiences as live videos. Luckily, our record company was aware of that problem, and so we hired two professional camera teams to film our shows in Korea and Brazil. Other than that, I personally started shooting all kinds of behind-the-scenes material on tour. To make it all complete, we put together a history documentary, going way back in time, including all official Kreator video clips shot so far, plus previously unreleased interview footage, TV appearances and other rare stuff. So now, after almost half a year in several cutting rooms, mixing studios, in my living room looking through old video tapes, I can promise you, you will definitely enjoy this f**ker!"

    The massive DVD tracklisting includes:

    Live Performances:
    The Patriarch
    Violent Revolution
    Reconquering The Throne
    Extreme Aggression
    People Of The Lie
    All Of The Same Blood
    Phobia
    Pleasure To Kill
    Renewal
    Servant In Heaven - King In Hell
    Black Sunrise
    Terrible Certainty
    Riot Of Violence
    Terrorzone
    Betrayer
    Lost
    Coma Of Souls

    Video History Extras:
    Toxic Trace (video clip)
    Betrayer (video clip)
    People Of The Lie (video clip)
    Renewal (video clip)
    Lost (video clip)
    Isolation (video clip)
    Leave This World Behind (video clip)
    Endorama (video clip)
    Chosen Few (video clip)
    Violent Revolution (video clip)
    BONUS VIDEOS (live at With Full Force Festival)
    Flag Of Hate
    Tormentor

    KREATOR is planning to commemorate the releases by returning to North America and lay waste to the clubs once again with what will surely be yet another round of memorable performances. Currently monikered "The Art of Noise 2”, KREATOR will be joined by Nile, Vader, Amon Amarth, and Goatwhore, starting October 1st.

    Dates include:

    Wednesday, October 1st Houston, TX Fitzgeralds
    Thursday, October 2nd McAllen, TX Villa Real Center
    Friday, October 3rd Austin, TX The Backroom
    Saturday, October 4th Dallas, TX Trees
    Sunday, October 5th El Paso, TX Club 101
    Monday, October 6th Phoenix, AZ Bash on Ash
    Tuesday, October 7th Los Angeles, CA The Key Club
    Wednesday, October 8th Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theatre
    Friday, October 10th San Francisco, CA The pound
    Saturday, October 11th Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
    Sunday, October 12th Seattle, WA Graceland
    Tuesday, October 14th Denver, CO Ogden Theater
    Friday, October 17th Sauget, IL Pop’s
    Saturday, October 18th Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
    Friday, October 24th Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
    Saturday, October 25th Worcester, MA The Palladium

    www.kreator-terrorzone.de
    www.spvusa.com

  • SOILWORK drummer Richard Evensand (Ebony Tears, Dog Faced Gods)has replaced Henry Ranta

  • ICED EARTH Ralph Santolla (Millenium, Death) has joined the group as second guitarist

  • UNIDA bassist Paul Gray (Slipknot) will be standing in for the band's West Coast tour

  • THY PRIMORDIAL the group has parted ways with vocalist Isidor citing "lack of interest and inspiration" on his part as the reason for the split - Nicke Holstensson (Nominon) has been tapped to fill the void

  • ANCIENT RITES former guitarist Bart Vandereycken has rejoined the band as a replacement for Jan Örlund (Lacrimosa, Prestige)

  • INTERNAL BLEEDING guitarist Chris Pervelis has left the band on good terms to focus on a myriad of personal endeavors - he will continue to be involved with the band on a day to day basis, helping with graphics, lyrics, philosophical frameworks and even music on occasion
  • BYAXIS the band has parted ways with vocalist Deadly Kristin (Ancient) due to creative and musical differences - bassist Justin Hoffman will handle vocal duties until a suitable dedicated frontman can be found

  • MEATJACK drummer Charlie Baum has been added to the lineup

  • HALFORD / PAINMUSEUM guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak will be performing the national anthem at the MetroStars MLS soccer match on July 2nd at Giants Stadium

  • LAMB OF GOD due to scheduling conflicts, the thrashers have turned down a slot on the main stage at Ozzfest – tour plans will be announced soon

June 12th, 2003
  • INCANTATION
    US DEATH METAL LEGENDS
    BLASPHEMY DOWNUNDER
    AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND TOUR JUNE 2003

    Hamilton - The Diggers Bar - Tuesday 17th June
    w/ Graymalkin, Ulcerate

    Auckland - The Kings Arms - Wednesday 18th June
    w/ Dawn of Azazel, Forced to Submit

    Christchurch - The Media Club - Thursday 19th June
    w/ Meat Yard, Aphelon

    Melbourne - The Espy - Saturday 21st June
    w/ Psycroptic, Atomizer, Gospel of the Horns, Abominator, Oni
    $33+bf | Doors 7:30pm
    TICKETS: THE ESPY, METAL MAYHEM, SMOKE DREAMS, MISSING LINK

    Adelaide - Le Rox - Sunday 22nd June
    w/ Psycroptic, Oni, Stargazer, Slaughter Thou, Dephiler
    $33+bf | Doors 6pm
    TICKETS: LE ROX, VERANDAH MUSIC

    Canberra - ANU Bar - Tuesday 24th June
    w/ Psycroptic, Psychrist, Miscreation, Reign of Terror
    $33+bf | Doors 7:30pm
    TICKETS: ANU BAR, IMPACT RECORDS

    Brisbane - The Waterloo - Thursday 26th June
    w/ Psycroptic, Astriaal, Portal, Excruciate
    $33+bf | Doors 7:30pm
    TICKETS: SKINNYS MUSIC, ROCKINGHORSE RECORDS, MOSHPIT MUSIC

    Sydney - Forest Inn - Friday 27th June
    w/ Psycroptic, Funerus (featuring Incantation members - exclusive Australian show) Oni, Grenade, Miscreation
    $33+bf | Doors 7pm
    TICKETS: RED EYE RECORDS, BEATDISC, REPRESSED RECORDS

    Sydney - Blacktown RSL (Bloodlust 3 Festival) - Saturday 28th June
    w/ Psycroptic, Dungeon, Astriaal, Psychrist, Atomizer, Gospel of the Horns, Oni, Stone Wings, Carbon, Grenade, Bludgeoner, Portal, Excruciate, Miscreation, Eternal Dark
    $40+bf | Doors 10am
    TICKETS: RED EYE RECORDS, BEATDISC, REPRESSED RECORDS

    http://run.to/krematory
  • DAVE MUSTAINE - megadave has been added to ESP Guitar Company’s roster – the guitarist has brought his unique vision and focus to a new line of ESP & LTD Signature Series guitars in the form of the Dave Mustaine "DV8" Signature model – having disbanded Megadeth, Mustaine is working on a solo album to be released by Sanctuary Records in 2004. Metal Update

  • MONSTER MAGNET - bassist Jim Baglino (Lord Sterling) has replaced Joe Calandra – the next album is tentatively titled ‘Radiation Day’ Metal Update

  • DARK ANGEL - the reunited thrash act has been forced to postpone their Darkness Returns summer tour plans due to an unfortunate injury sustained by Ron Rinehart - the vocalist suffered critical damage to the cervical spine, which, if left untreated, may lead to loss of autonomic nervous activity Metal Update

  • MORBID ANGEL - the Florida death metal innovators have welcomed bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker back to the fold and are currently crafting the next album at Tampa’s D.O.W. Recording Studios. Metal Update

  • ANNIHILATOR - the band has split with vocalist vocalist Joe Comeau (OverKill, Liege Lord) - according to Jeff Waters: "Joe and I had a difference of opinion on an issue (not of a musical nature) that just couldn't be resolved mutually.” – Comeau’s replacement is named Dave Padden Metal Update

  • THRONEAEON - the band has cancelled the balance of their tour as guitarist/vocalist Tony Freed has fallen ill Metal Update

  • ORIGIN - drummer Jon Longstreth has parted ways with the band - Longstreth will continue to work with Skinless full time and is considering doing other projects Metal Update

  • FLOWING TEARS - vocalist Helen Vogt has been added to the lineup Metal Update

  • NIGHTSKY STUDIOS - Ron Vento (Aurora Borealis) has just opened this new professional recording facility in Maryland specializing in death and black metal Metal Update

  • PROGPOWER USA IV OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT

    ATLANTA – ProgPower USA IV, North America’s premiere festival for progressive and power metal music, has officially sold out more than three months in advance.

    The festival will return to Atlanta’s Earthlink Live, the venue that housed last fall’s sold-out event, on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6.

    "I don't think anyone can doubt that ProgPower USA has taken the step to the next level with another sell-out this year,“ said promoter Glenn Harveston. “The fans have shown what kind of product they want, and I'm more than willing to deliver it to them each and every year."

    Finland’s Nightwish and Germany’s Rage will headline ProgPower IV with exclusive appearances. The festival will feature several first-time appearances from overseas artists such as Germany’s Vanden Plas, Italy’s Secret Sphere, Denmark’s Mercenary, and Norway’s Pagan’s Mind, as well as hosting a return appearance by Sweden’s Evergrey and American acts Symphony X, Circle II Circle, and Redemption. Fates Warning and Engine vocalist Ray Alder will make a special guest appearance, performing with Redemption.

    ProgPower USA is sponsored by Pacific Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Shure Microphones, Ultimate Support Systems, Sensory Records, and Metal Ages Media.

    ProgPower USA, an international affiliate of the Netherlands’ ProgPower Europe, was created to attract the top names in both the progressive and power metal genres. The first event was held at a small bar in Lansing, Ill., in February 2001 and featured the first U.S. appearance of Pain of Salvation. The 350-capacity show sold out three months in advance. Due to popular demand, a second event was held in November 2001 and featured the most unique progressive and power metal roster in the States to date (Symphony X, Kamelot, ARK, Evergrey, Angel Dust, Spiral Architect, plus others). The attendance increased in size to 750 with a crowd coming from 38 states and 15 countries. Last year’s ProgPower III featured the first American performances by Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray, Angra, Threshold, as well as Edguy, Pain of Salvation, Devin Townsend, Silent Force, Zero Hour, and Reading Zero. Tickets were sold to 1,300 fans worldwide.

    Visit www.progpowerusa.com for complete event information.

  • THE RETURN OF HATE PLOW EUROPEAN TOUR 2003 !!!!

    HATE PLOW (US) / ROTTEN SOUND (FIN) / DEBAUCHERY (GER)

    29.05. Fuck The Commerce Open Air Festival (Ger)
    04.06. Arnhem (Nl)-Goudvishal
    05.06. Kiel (Ger)-Tucholski
    06.06. Braunschweig (Ger)-Fireabend
    07.06. Chemnitz (Ger)-AJZ
    08.06. Prag Klanovice (Czr)-Black Pes Club
    09.06. Graz (A)-Explosiv
    10.06. Pula (Croa)-Club Monte Paradiso
    11.06. Ljubljana (Slo)-Orto Club
    12.06. Mailand (I)-Indians Saloon
    13.06. Zürich (CH)-Volkshaus
    14.06. Münster bei Dieburg (Ger)-Live Arena
    15.06. Berlin (Ger)-K17

    HATE PLOW LINE UP IS:
    Kyle Symons - Vokills
    Phil Fasciana - Guitar
    Rob Barrett - Guitar
    Dave Culross - Drums
    Xaphan - Bass

    Don't miss these rare live appearances from the masters of death grind !!!!!!
    www.hateplow.cjb.net

  • SPOCK'S BEARD Releases New Studio Album
    'FEEL EUPHORIA' On July 8, 2003 Through INSIDEOUT MUSIC AMERICA

    First Album To Feature Drummer NICK D'VIRGILIO As Lead VocalistChange can be a good thing, and it is for the highly regarded rock band Spock's Beard. The new studio album 'Feel Euphoria,' scheduled for release on InsideOut Music America on July 8, 2003, is the first to feature drummer Nick D'Virgilio as lead vocalist.

    D'Virgilio, guitarist/cellist Alan Morse, keyboardist Ryo Okumoto and bass guitarist Dave Meros decided to soldier on after the departure of vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist Neal Morse in 2002.

    "I think people will be pleasantly surprised by this album," says D'Virgilio.

    Pressure combined with the excitement of the unknown weighed on Spock's Beard, but once work began on 'Feel Euphoria' the band members felt more and more at ease and their confidence swelled when they realized they had written and recorded a strong album.

    "After the initial shock of Neal leaving, I got over being mad rather quickly and we looked at it as an opportunity. We're used to making records, but this one definitely had a different vibe. We all brought in demos and then worked on this music together," D'Virgilio says. "I wanted to make sure we sounded cohesive because Neal had a certain style to his songwriting."

    The diversity of 'Feel Euphoria' is demonstrated with heavy rock, shimmering melodic pop and experimental, progressive-oriented elements. The songs include: "Onomatopoeia," "The Bottom Line," "Feel Euphoria," "Shining Star," "East of Eden, West of Memphis," "Ghosts of Autumn," "A Guy Named Sid: Part 1 - Intro, Part II - Same Old Story, Part III - You Don't Know, Part IV - Judge, Part V - Sid's Boys Choir, Part VI - Change" and "Carry On."

    "My demos were pretty elaborate. I wanted to make sure the guys could see I could do this and step us a songwriter and lead singer. The first demo I did was 'A Guy Named Sid,' just to see if I could do something that challenging. Neal was really good at that kind of songwriting," says D'Virgilio. "Everybody did great songwriting and playing on this album. Alan's stuff is amazing, Ryo brought in the fantastic title tune and Dave's work is excellent."

    Spock's Beard collectively produced 'Feel Euphoria,' whereas Neal Morse produced previous albums. This was just another obstacle the band conquered. D'Virgilio praised engineer/mixer Richard Mouser, who essentially functioned as a co-producer as well.

    As Spock's Beard's new frontman, D'Virgilio realized the importance of his lead vocals.

    "As far as singing, I knew I wanted to be a real rock singer with a strong, commanding voice. I didn't want to sing lead with a high-sounding voice, which is what you often do for harmony vocals," he explains.

    When Spock's Beard tours to promote 'Feel Euphoria' D'Virgilio will literally be out front as a lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and acoustic guitarist, but he will also play drums live on many songs, especially instrumentals. A touring drummer will be utilized as well.

    For all the latest Spock's Beard information, including tour dates, visit www.spocksbeard.com.

    www.insideoutmusic.com

June 8th, 2003
  • ASTERIUS CONFIRMS ALEX KRULL (ATROCITY) FOR MASTERING

    German brightest Star ASTERIUS has confirmed Alex Krull, lead singer of the mighty Atrocity, has the Hand that will make the sound of “A Moment of Singularity” shine. Shortly the band will finish the recordings at Subzero Studio (check their website which will be refreshed very soon, www.subzero-rec.de ), we heard some advance of the recordings and Studio Master Ecki is really doing an excellent job, giving to ASTERIUS the more appropriate tools to express their creativity.

    The band will also soon take part of a photo session under the guidance of Jens Howorka, author of some beautiful Orkus’ covers (HIM, LONDON AFTER MINDINGHT, IN STRICT CONFIDENCE etc.).

    Please note that the band has registered the domain www.asterius.net which will soon be their new official, redesigned home page.

  • Argentinean Power Metallers JEZABEL have almost finished the recordings of their album entitled “Legiones Del Sur”. There is the need of a couple of days more for the mixing and then the Master will be sent to New Sin Studio for its mastering. We strongly hope to respect release-date (end of July) understanding that we have in our hands one of the most promising bands of the Southern American continent. Wishing the best luck to the band for their show supporting HAMMERFALL, we’d like also to confirm that the JEZABEL cd will be released in a special local edition for Argentina and South America. The band took also part to the shooting of a video-clip (the song chosen was “Un paso más) which we have not yet decided if it would be a special gift for South American fans only, or if it will be included also in our “world” edition.

  • EPHEL DUATH released "The Painter's Palette" last Monday the 19th May (it's out on the 17th June in North America) and so far the response has been amazing! So far we have 9/10 in Grind Zone, 95/100 on www.hmportal.it , KKKKK in Kerrang (two page feature on the band coming soon) and many more. I don't want to jinx it, but we haven't seen a negative comment about this album so far. And rightly so...

    A video clip of the song "The Passage" can be downloaded in Real Video format from our friends at www.ultimatemetal.com. Visit the site and follow the link on the front page. An MP3 of the track is available at the Elitist website.

    The band have also just re-opened their website, with a stunning piece of design work from Peppe at Temn0.un.Art. Visit it at www.ephelduath.net and be sure to sign the guest book.

  • WOLVERINE have run into a few problems with the re-mixing of their debut album for Elitist, "Cold Light Of Monday". The band took the master tapes to the renowned Space Lab studios in Germany only to find that the original recordings were too badly engineered to be able to fix in a way the band would like.

    The band have taken the decision to re-record everything besides the drums and keyboards back at Space Lab in July, meaning we will have to push the expected release date for this album to later in 2003. Judging from the quality of the actual songs we have heard so far, this will be well worth the wait!

  • Juliette (female vocals) and Roomy (guitar) have parted company with WITHOUT FACE and have returned to their native Hungary. The band is keen to continue and is looking for suitable replacements.

    The band are based in Nottingham, England, and are looking for a skilled, experienced guitarist and a quality female vocalist who would be able to withstand recording and touring commitments.

    Email directly to [email protected] in the first instance or send a videotape and/or CD with a picture/bio to the following address:

    Without Face
    c/o Earache Records
    PO Box 144
    Nottingham
    NG3 4GE
    ENGLAND

  • MONSTROSITY played Puerta La Cruz Venezuela on Saturday May 17th. The show was filmed for a possible live DVD. This will mark the second show for returning vocalist, Jason Avery. Jason's first show, back with the band, was played May 3rd in Puerto Rico and the band even made an appearance at the local San Juan mall running through a version of 'Imperial Doom' for unsuspecting patrons.The band will begin recording a new studio record Rise To Power the beginning of July. They have already completed a pre production demo of the entire record and are just preparing now to 'do it for real'. Monstrosity has also confirmed a headline show in Tampa, Florida for Friday the 13th of June at the Liars Club.

  • UNDER THREAT - Watch for them at this years Milwaukee Metal Fest! Their new release Behind Mankind's Disguise in stores now. You can check out the music (mp3s) at our site or go to amazon.com.

  • Snowy Shaw has just finished the mixing of NOTRE DAME´s new album Creepshow Freakshow Peepshow. It will be the very last album of Notre Dame. Vaudeville le Devil, the original album title, will see so the light under this new album name.

  • Originally under the already closed Evil Vengeance Records, The Mexican Demonz Horde DEMONIZED are have signed with Osmose Productions. The release date of the self titled album will be announced soon.

  • HOUWITSER has completed their new album: Damage Assessment, recorded in Excess Studios. Release date in October.

  • WHILE HEAVEN WEPT from Virginia, USA will release their ...Of Empires Forlorn masterpiece of epic, symphonic heavy metal worldwide on Rage Of Achilles in September. A European tour will follow in 2004.

  • Finland's FALL OF THE LEAFE will enter the studio in September to record their 4th album (their first for Rage Of Achilles). Following their highly acclaimed previous album Fermina, they will release a new single at the start of 2004 on Rage Of Achilles, and the new album shortly after.

  • DER GERWELT from Russia have also just signed with Rage Of Achilles. Featuring members of Rossomahaar, their debut album of grim, hatefueled Black Metal will be unleashed at the end of the Summer.

  • KALIBAS is recording for an EP to be entitled The Enthustastic Corruption of the Common Good to be released June 17th on Willow Tip [www.willowtip.com]. The recording will be the first with new members drummer Kurt Lancaster and guitarist Matt Colbert. Former drummer Erik Burke is playing guitar in Nuclear Assault and Sulaco, former guitarist Aaron Nichols is concentrating on schooling. We have also aquired Ryan Horwath on bass, although he will not be on the EP. http://come.to/kalibas
  • AS I LAY DYING - Living Sacrifice broke up so we are working on a new tour. The Death Campaign dates are still the same. Lastly, we put up the new 3/4-sleeve design in the MERCH section. - Tim www.asilaydying.net

  • Statement from NOTHINGFACE frontman Matt Holt regarding the cancelled tour dates...

    To all our fans,

    Unfortunately we have been forced to cancel the last eight dates of our tour. I apologize to the people that will not be able to see us perform and ask for your forgiveness. With the exception of the first three shows, my throat has been fucked up the entire tour. I played as long as I could, and tried not to cancel shows. Most of the fans that came saw a very sick singer. I couldn't even scream and you were all very patient and kind. My opinion of people in general has always been pretty low, but you guys have proved that there are a still lot of great people left in this shit stain called America. I love performing more than anything in the world and when I can't do my job it just rips my heart out. All I want to do is get out on stage and fucking throw down. I feel a strong responsibility to our fans and disappointing you fucking sucks. Without you we have no reason to play. You have been with us for eight years and four records, and we couldn't have made it past the first without your support. I never would have cancelled a single show, unless it was a must. I am consulting my doctor and will fix my throat problems. Fact is I damaged my voice because I pushed myself too hard. I kept singing through the pain and now I am paying the price. I didn't want to let the band or our fans down. We are not canceling our dates in Europe or Ozzfest, and will see you there. Thank you for your patience and please come to our next show.
    I love you all,

    Matt Holt

  • MULLETS ROCK! To Feature 35 Hair-Raising, Hell-Raising Tracks On Two CDs!!!

    EPIC/LEGACY Releases Classics-Loaded Set With Songs From Heavy Hitters,
    Such As LYNYRD SKYNYRD, BOSTON, DEEP PURPLE, JUDAS PRIEST, MOLLY HATCHET & ALICE COOPER

    Mullets are the new targets of hairstyle critics, replacing the much loathed moussed bouffants of "hair metal" bands. Mullets -- short in front and long in the back -- are favored among hard-rocking, hard-working, hard-partying blue collar American males, and the two-CD set Mullets Rock! is the music of their lives. And if you mock their lifestyle and their tunes, well, you're in for an ass-kicking!

    Mullets Rock! is jam-packed with classic rock favorites from the 1970s and 1980s, and it's arguably the best damn collection to listen to while driving ever released! Roll down the windows of your pickup truck, crank up the jams and shout along to these hits while the wind whips your mullet! It also makes a killer soundtrack to one hell of a tailgate party or barbecue. Mullets Rock! ain't music for wimps.

    The track listing for Mullets Rock! reads like a dream playlist from a divinely inspired classic rock radio station (without all the annoying commercials):

    DISC 1
    Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"
    Deep Purple - "Smoke on the Water"
    Foreigner - "Hot Blooded"
    Foghat - "Slow Ride"
    Billy Squier - "The Stroke"
    Ted Nugent - "Free for All"
    Brownsville Station - "Smokin' in the Boys Room"
    Rick Derringer - "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo"
    Cheap Trick - "Surrender"
    Loverboy - "Working for the Weekend"
    Journey - "Any Way You Want It" Bachman-Turner
    Toto - "Hold the Line"
    Eddie Money - "Two Tickets to Paradise"
    REO Speedwagon - "Roll With the Changes"
    Allman Brothers Band - "No One to Run With"
    Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"
    George Thorogood & The Destroyers - "Bad to the Bone"
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Simple Man"

    DISC 2
    Boston - "Smokin' "
    Molly Hatchet - "Flirtin' With Disaster"
    Judas Priest - "Living After Midnight"
    Twisted Sister - "I Wanna Rock"
    Quiet Riot - "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)"
    Blue Oyster Cult - "Godzilla"
    Edgar Winter Group - "Frankenstein"
    Kansas - "Carry On Wayward Son"
    Grand Funk Railroad - "We're An American Band"
    Electric Light Orchestra - "Don't Bring Me Down"
    Overdrive - "Takin' Care of Business"
    The Hollies - "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress"
    The Doobie Brothers - "Rockin' Down the Highway"
    Ram Jam - "Black Betty"
    Alice Cooper - "School's Out"
    Meat Loaf - "Bat Out of Hell"
    Argent - "Hold Your Head Up"

    Escape from awareness of Mullets Rock! will be impossible, but why wouldn't you want to know more about a collection this fun? Epic/Legacy is planning an extensive television advertising blitz, and Mullets Rock! has already been the subject of a story in USA Today. WWE wrestling superstar Diamond Dallas Page is the voice on the TV spot.

    Please note that Mullets Rock! is not available on 8-track, and six-packs of beer and cartons of smokes are sold separately.

    www.legacyrecordings.com/mulletsrock

June 5th, 2003
  • IRON MAIDEN offer up 'Visions of the Beast' DVD on July 15th,
    via Sanctuary Records Group/Columbia Records!

    'Give Me 'Ed... Til I'm Dead' Tour with Motörhead and Dio launches July 21st!
    New album readied for the FallFor over 20 years, Iron Maiden have been at the forefront of metal, clocking up over 50 million album sales and legions of adoring fans worldwide.

    For the first time ever, they have compiled every one of their promotional videos into an awesome two-DVD set which runs from 1980's 'Women In Uniform' through to the band's now legendary headlining slot in front of 250,000 fans at 2001's Rock In Rio performing 'Brave New World.'

    With a running time in excess of three hours, 'Visions Of The Beast' is the definitive chronicle of Iron Maiden through the years and includes many videos that were previously unavailable. Not only is every video the band has ever made included - 31 in total - but each DVD features never-before-seen Camp Chaos animated versions of six classic tracks, interactive menus and discographies, and some special hidden extras.

    The tracklisting for 'Visions Of The Beast' includes:

    DVD 1
    1. Women In Uniform (Brixton Academy 1980 - UK Promo)
    2. Wrathchild (Live at The Rainbow, London 1980)
    3. Run To The Hills (Brixton Academy 1981 - UK Promo)
    4. The Number Of The Beast (Newcastle City Hall 1982 - UK Promo)
    5. Flight Of Icarus (UK Promo)
    6. The Trooper (Brixton 1983 - UK Promo)
    7. 2 Minutes To Midnight (World Slavery Tour 1984 - UK Promo)
    8. Aces High (World Slavery Tour 1984 - UK Promo)
    9. Wasted Years (UK Promo)
    10. Stranger In A Strange Land (Sheffield 1986- UK Promo)
    11. Can I Play With Madness (UK Promo)
    12. The Evil That Men Do (Los Angeles 1988 - UK Promo)
    13. The Clairvoyant (Donington 1988 - UK Promo)
    14. Infinite Dreams (Live) (Birmingham NEC - from "Maiden England")
    15. Holy Smoke (UK Promo)
    16. Tailgunner (US Promo single only - not commercial release)

    DVD 1 Extras:
    1. Aces High (Camp Chaos version) - never used
    2. The Number Of The Beast (Camp Chaos version) - never used
    3. Futureal (Football Version)
    4. Fear Of The Dark (Rock In Rio) - full version with 5.1 Sound

    DVD 2:
    1. Bring Your Daughter...To The Slaughter (UK Promo)
    2. Be Quick Or Be Dead (London 1992 - UK Promo)
    3. From Here To Eternity (UK Promo)
    4. Wasting Love (London 1992 - US Promo - not released in UK)
    5. Fear Of The Dark (Donington 1992 - from "Donington Live 1992")
    6. Hallowed Be Thy Name - (Donington 1992 - from "Donington Live 1992")
    7. Man On The Edge (UK Promo)
    8. Afraid To Shoot Strangers (X Factor Tour - Used for promo - not released as a single)
    9. Lord Of the Flies ( X Factor Tour - UK Promo)
    10. Virus ( X Factor Tour - UK Promo)

    DVD 2 Extras:
    1. The Wicker Man (Camp Chaos Version) - not used previously
    2. Flight Of Icarus (Camp Chaos Version) - Promo
    3. Run To The Hills (Camp Chaos Version) - Promo

    'Visions Of The Beast' is every metal fan's dream, and serves as a timely reminder of just how important Iron Maiden are in the history of rock music. It is also the most concise and entertaining collection of their defining moments ever released - and a damn fine way to get psyched for their incredible new album, due in the Fall.
    The DVD is being released in conjunction with their upcoming globe-trotting marathon - the 'Give Me 'Ed... Til I'm Dead' World Tour. Of the trek, lead singer Bruce Dickinson states, "This tour is all about having fun as the name suggests. We love summer and we love playing big shows. We are going to be playing a lot of our favorite Maiden songs and many people know we've got a new album in the pipeline for later this year so perhaps we'll be playing a new song or two, but basically it will be full on Maiden! The band is firing on all cylinders and the show will be as spectacular as always."

    Iron Maiden Tour dates:
    7/21/03 Worcester, MA Centrum Centre
    7/22/03 Hartford, CT Meadows Music Theater
    7/23/03 Philadelphia, PA Tweeter Centre at the Waterfront
    7/25/03 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
    7/26/03 Wantagh, NY Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach
    7/29/03 Washington, DC Merriweather Post Pavilion
    7/30/03 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
    8/1/03 Quebec City, QC, Can. Colisee de Quebec
    8/2/03 Montreal, QC, Can. Bell Centre
    8/3/03 Toronto, ON, Can. Molson Amphitheatre
    8/5/03 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Centre
    8/6/03 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Centre
    8/8/03 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
    8/9/03 Columbus, OH Polaris Amp./ Germain
    8/10/03 Chicago, IL Tweeter Center
    8/13/03 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Centre
    8/15/03 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amp.
    8/16/03 Houston, TX Woodlands Pavilion
    8/18/03 El Paso, TX U.T.E.P.
    8/20/03 Denver, CO Fiddler's Green
    8/21/03 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
    8/22/03 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
    8/24/03 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
    8/25/03 Long Beach, CA Long Beach Arena
    8/26/03 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
    8/28/03 San Jose, CA Shoreline Amphitheater
    8/29/03 Concord, CA Chronicle Pavilion
    8/30/03 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Pavilion

    www.ironmaiden.com

  • Power Rock Trio KINGS X has a new CD out May 20 entitled "Black Like
    Sunday". The band is currently on tour.

    http://www.kingsxonline.com/

  • JAMES MURPHY: Health News, Disincarnate, Death Tribute, Napalm Death, Immortal, Kiss, Angra

    From James Murphy: "I just want to let everyone know that I received some really great news last week from my Ophthalmologist. Since my surgery my vision has been steadily improving and late last week my doctor officially pronounced my vision as "legal to drive" again. This is a very big announcement because when I first saw this same eye doctor over a year ago he told me that I would not see much improvement in my vision, and would never be able to drive again.

    Needless to say we are all very happy, including my doctor who couldn't wipe the smile off of his face.... apparently it is very rare for the optic nerve to recover so well from serious damage of the type which mine was believed to have sustained from the tumor's pressure. I no longer have 20/20 vision.... but there has been a big improvement!

    Anyway, I won't be running the roads anytime soon since I will now have to take care of old citations; $1100 worth from when I was driving with the effects of the tumor in full swing while still living in Oakland, CA back in 1999 and 2000. Yes, I could barely see, and my memory was not working very well, but I was driving around endangering myself and others thanks to the tumor. Needless to say OPD and SFPD didn't take kindly to my erratic swerving around the Bay Area roads and highways. I don't remember much about all of it, but the citations are on the records, and must be dealt with before I will be able to secure a Florida Driver's License.

    After I find some way to handle those fines I will then be faced with figuring out how to save for a car, but those issues aside, I am very happy and excited to know that I will be able to drive again!

    Musically speaking, I am in the process of a collaboration with Deron Miller of CKY, Brett Hoffman (ex-Malevolent Creation), and Dave Culross (ex- Malevolent Creation, Suffocation) which will take the form of a Death tribute album. This project was Deron's idea that he came up with as a way to help me with my medical expenses. The Schuldiner family has kindly given their blessings to this project and for that i am eternally grateful.

    We plan to have quite a few other preeminent guests from bands you may well know and love (not telling yet...). We have chosen the core band for the tribute and selected the tracks (so please don't bomb me with lists of requests! LOL!!) and now we are seeking a label. Anyone living in the S.F. Bay Area should be sure to check out Deron's band CKY as they open the show for Metallica on May 18th at the Fillmore auditorium!!

    I want to touch on the subject of Disincarnate briefly. I am still writing material, though at a slow-ish pace. I have had so many other things going on that I don't want to force the writing during whatever free time I could squeeze together and end up robbing myself, Nuclear Blast, and all of you who have been so patiently waiting, of the quality we are all expecting from a new Disincarnate album. So, I am focusing on the Death Tribute to guarantee that it will be great, and a few small production jobs which I must do to pull my weight in helping make ends meet and keep me in the producing game. This way I will have the time to focus fully on the new Disincarnate CD with few distractions. I want to make sure that it has the best chance possible to come out with the brutal, crushing songs and sound that I am envisioning for it.

    I am writing new Disincarnate riffs nearly every time I pick up my guitar, so as soon as I complete this other work I will have a big head start.

    Just to tie over those of you who are anxiously awaiting the new Disincarnate CD, and who have been searching long and hard for copies of the first album, RoadRunner Records Japan has recently re-released Dreams Of The Carrion Kind, and it has been re-mastered!! The new mastering gives the disc a great deal more power and clarity than the original release had. And, coming up, RoadRunner U.S. will also re-release Dreams... with the new mastering and extra liner notes.... and, if possible, the original demo tracks that got us signed to the label back in 1992!!

    Finally, please check out the auction links below. There are once again some cool items up for grabs from my good friend Doug Harper, who holds these auctions to help me with my bills and expenses. This time the list includes one of those cool Japanese Dreams of the Carrion Kind re-issues I mentioned earlier.

    Thanks for your time, and if you can squeeze an extra minute, revisit my website and check out the new graphic design that is in progress (thanks to my hardworking webmaster, Ms. Anthrope), and sign the guest book, or participate in a thread on my Official Forum courtesy of Ultimate Metal."

    ~James Murphy

    Official Site: http://www.msanthrope.com/jamesmurphy/

  • CATTLE DECAPITATION parts ways with drummer

    “CATTLE DECAPITATION have parted ways"with drummer David Astor due to inability to live up to the obligations of touring and regular necessities of the band... so we ate him. He has been replaced by drum wizard Michael Laughlin. You may know of him from the band CREATION IS CRUCIFIXION. The band is currently writing vigorously and rehearsing the old songs as well as new ones for the upcoming onslaught of tours that are already in the works. Expect to see us VERY SOON.”

    Cattle Decapitation will be entering the studio near the end of the month to record a new track for the upcoming Metal Blade compilation, Uncorrupted Steel 2. This will be everyone's first chance to hear the insane drumming of Michael Laughlin.

    www.cattledecapitation.com

  • VADER to release new EP!

    Polish metal gods Vader will be releasing an EP in early to late fall 2003 that will contain the import EP Reign Forever World and a new EP with new material. The EP that will contain a full albums worth of material will have a special low list price of $9.98!!! More information will be available in the coming months.

    http://vader.pl/

  • BEHEMOTH, the Polish metal titans recently took part in The Metal Gods and Blackest of the Black, two of the biggest metal festival tours of the year. Their new album Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond) continues to receive rave reviews and we hope to bring this killing machine back to the U.S. very soon. Nergal (vocalist/guitarist) recently checked in with the following report. "We're back. Again...it was rush ! We've never had such intense touring at any point of our career. It seems that our American agent (cheerz Tomas) and Century Media did their best to put us on these prestigious shows that would give the us the most exposure. Blackest of the Black was a great experience and we will never forget it. Playing the biggest venues in U.S., with some of the BEST bands ever was totally awesome...! There is no secret that DANZIG and NILE are two of my favorite bands, so all I have to say, is I'm happy. We've struggled for years to play shows like that...and we gave our fuckin best to show everyone BEHEMOTH's true potential. Needless to say, the idea behind Blackest of the Black was simply ingenious. Gratitude should be sent to Mr. Glenn Danzig and his manager for putting up together such a splendid bill ! Hopefully we will be back soon...maybe this fall. There are still lots of places we have to go and hearts to be conquered. I'd like to thank to all the people involved in these shows in anyway, and especially fans who came down to the shows early enough to see us and support the band." YOU ARE THE ONES !!!
    BEHEMOTH

  • After the gradual decline of the once prolific Florida death metal scene, a few local bands remained standing keeping the underground alive. DIVINE EMPIRE are one of those groups that has been around that scene for years and have never strayed away from their patent death metal assault. Featuring members of the legendary Malevolent Creation the group's third release, Nostradamus, takes the intensity level up a notch. Blending a barrage of pulverizing blasts and double bass insanity with fast grinding guitars, it will leave you foaming at the mouth with excitement. This is the release that extreme metal fans have been waiting for since the demise of Obituary years ago. On June 3rd the Empire strikes back with a record that will have their peers cowering in fear. You do not want to miss out on this one.
  • The response to the new VITAL REMAINS album, Dechristianize, has been nothing short of phenomenal. This is the most unrelenting extreme metal release of the year and it is the overwhelming guitar melodies that take this album to the next level, in addition the vocal assault delivered by Glen Benton (Deicide). The group are currently in negotiations for a full scale U.S. tour and soon no one shall be safe from their unholy wrath. The press raves continue to pour in and you do not want to miss out on the release that is already on most people's 2003 top ten lists.

  • For many years New York has produced some of metal's most genre-defining bands and it is showing no signs of slowing down. There is a new force emerging out of Rochester, New York that abides by no rules and have developed into a brand of intensity that will leave anyone in awe. This force is known as WITHERED EARTH, and their sonic assault will have you paralyzed in fear. This is how extreme music should be defined: original, aggressive and with utter disregard for conventionality. Take all preconceived notions regarding American death metal and throw them out the window.

    They just completed the writing process for Of Which They Bleed, their third full-length release, in late 2002. The record was produced by Bill Korecky (Mushroomhead, Incantation) at Mars Studio and also features cover art from Derek Hess (Converge, Unearth, Agoraphobic Nosebleed). This 12-track burst of aggression is a drastic musical progression that will surely get this band mentioned along with death metal's elite. Possessing lyrics that deal with the true horror of real life, Withered Earth strive to create music that is unique and thought-provoking while incorporating a myriad of influences ranging from Morbid Angel and Venom to Dillinger Escape Plan and Meshuggah. Punishing blast beats, which at times are more common to grind or hardcore, combine with dark and heavy guitar riffs to evolve into an atmospheric assault that keeps the listener always guessing what exactly will hit them next. The bleeding will begin on July 15th so be prepared.

  • The new ACHERON album "REBIRTH: Metamorphosing into Godhood" has begun. The drum tracks have been completed and the rest of the album will be recorded on June 6th, 2003. The band has decided to get rid of all keyboards on the new album. Crowley states "We are going to evolve, while staying true to our roots. We have always had problems dealing with keyboardists in the past , so we said "Fuck it" and took them out of the mix. We are now a three piece unit. This album will be very guitar driven." The band will be releasing this album in europe on BLACK LOTUS RECORDS. The band will soon be looking for labels in the USA, South America and other countries for possible releases.

  • Although the original lineup of QUEENSRYCHE is working together to create the next studio release, guitarist Chris DeGarmo has bowed out of both the European and US tours.
  • Metal Update
  • BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody) will be sitting in for Thomas Stauch on all scheduled dates as Stauch is suffering from ongoing problems with nerves in his hand. Metal Update

  • TYPE O NEGATIVE frontman Peter Steele is working on a new project with drummer Steve Tobin (Dust To Dust) and guitarist Paul Bento that is said to be a heavy, melodic cross between Type O and Audioslave – meanwhile Type O Negative’s new album ‘Life Is Killing Me’ is due out on 6/17. Metal Update

  • CRISIS new drummer Josh Florian, a Crisis fan from Baltimore, has been added to the lineup. Metal Update

  • ANCIENT CEREMONY church and city government have forbidden the band’s performance at Germany’s Summerbreeze Open Air because of the their satanic and blasphemous attitude - promoters were told the whole event would be cancelled if the band was allowed to play forcing them to take Ancient Ceremony off the bill. Metal Update

  • YAKUZA founding guitarist Eric Plonka has returned to the fold. Metal Update

  • VILE longtime vocalist Juan Urteaga has officially quit the band to concentrate on his Trident Studios and family obligations - James Lee (Origin) will be filling in for future tours. Metal Update

  • MURDER CONSTRUCT guitarist Paul Ryan has left the band to concentrate full time on Origin – the band will try to remain a three piece - vocalist / guitarist Leon Del Muerte (Impaled) and drummer Jeremy Gregg (Enter Self) are in the process of auditioning bassists. Metal Update

  • DAEMONICIDE this new “pure southern death metal” act features vocalist James Lee (Origin), guitarist Tym Walker (Enter Self), bassist Mark Davis (Enter Self) and drummer Jeremy Gregg (Enter Self, Murder Construct).Metal Update

  • SKINLAB music from the new track “Beneath The Surface” will be featured on the upcoming ‘Fallout: Brotherhood Of Steel’ video game, due to be release this summer and available for X-Box / Playstation systems. Metal Update

  • LIVING SACRIFICE the group has vowed to disband after completing currently scheduled dates “due to personal family obligations and issues that have recently come up.” Metal Update

  • DEVOURMENT bassist Joseph Fontenot (Prophecy) has been added to the lineup. Metal Update

  • KISS the band has formed a partnership with Sanctuary Records Group to launch KISS Records – the debut release will be KISS’ ‘Symphony: Alive IV’ on 7/21.Metal Update

  • PANTERA both Phil Anselmo and Vinnie Paul have made statements recently that indicate that Pantera is on indefinite hiatus – Anselmo is currently concentrating on Superjoint Ritual, while Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell are working with vocalist Pat Lachman (Halford) on a project called Newfound Power. Metal Update

  • FIREGOD Blabbermouth reports that this new supergroup involves the following metal veterans: guitarist Mike Wead (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond), drummer Snowy Shaw (King Diamond, Dream Evil, Notre Dame), Sharlee D'Angelo (Mercyful Fate, Arch Enemy, Witchery) and Simon Johansson (Memory Garden, Abstrakt Algebra) – the band is on the lookout for a vocalist. Metal Update

  • NEUROSIS is in the studio completing work on their collaborative project with Jarboe. The record will be released worldwide on Neurot Recordings this October.

June 2nd, 2003
  • CRASH MUSIC SIGNS DEAL WITH SWEDEN'S TRANSPORT LEAGUE
    Crash Music has signed a two record deal with Transport League for North America. Grand Amputation will be released on July 7th. The EP will be promoted by the video "Disconnect" which will be shipped to MTV Extreme Rock, Much Music and more. For more information on Transport League and to get a look at the video go to www.transportleague.com

  • CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS SIGN LABYRINTH TO WORLDWIDE DEAL
    Italy's melodic metal powerhouse LABYRINTH has signed a worldwide multi-album deal with Century Media Records and will release their fourth full length simply titled, Labyrinth.

    The band stormed onto the international metal scene in 1994 with the release of the Piece Of Time EP followed by their full-length debut No Limits, on Italy’s Underground Symphony label. Both of which featured future Rhapsody vocalist Fabio Lione, a.k.a. Joe Terry. After a short-lived relationship with Lione, the band enlisted the vocal talents of Roberto Tiranti a.k.a. Rob Tyrant, who added a new dimension to their sound.

    With the line-up solidified, LABYRINTH soon gained international recognition after landing a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records. The release of the landmark Return To Heaven Denied garnered rousing critical acclaim on virtually every continent. The follow-up Timeless Crime EP and their latest album Sons Of Thunder, continued to build a solid foundation. Appearances on tours with such highly regarded acts as Hammerfall, Primal Fear, Helloween, Iron Savior, Nocturnal Rites and major metal festivals like Gods Of Metal, Dynamo, Wacken, Bang Your Head have made the legend LABYRINTH ripple through the metal kingdom.

    After signing with Century Media Records in early 2003, a new path is once again being forged for LABYRINTH’s glorious return. Their phenomenal new album features artwork from the renowned Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth, Jag Panzer, etc.) and was recorded at Noise Factory Studio in Milano, Italy. Labyrinth offers 10 flawlessly executed tracks of aggressively melodic metal in its purest form. www.labyrinthmusic.it

  • ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF ELECTRIC WIZARD LEAVE TO FORM NEW BAND

    DORSET, ENGLAND, UK - After 10 years under the curse of the Wizard, original band members Mark Greening (drums & piano) and Tim Bagshaw (bass) quit the Crown Jewel of British Doom - Electric Wizard to concentrate on their new project, which they have baptised Ramesses. Exhausted, the duo laid down primitive recordings of low frequency riffs and visionary ideas. The big change now is that Tim is assuming command of a few more strings, seven in fact, playing lead guitar.
    All they needed now was a bass and vokills. Although both Mark and Tim
    tried a few chosen ones', they unearthed Adam Richardson Å] another local
    doom-meister who was hitting 4 strings for another local band called
    Spirmyard.

    RAMESSES, with the line-up completed, have been rehearsing and some 10 songs
    are being forged as you read this. A demo recording is scheduled this summer and they plan to shop their material in due course. Be warned: RAMESSES will deliver some really psychedelic space blues doom sounds with massive volume, in its own heavy way. Mark adds: "We want to put out the tracks we are working on really soon Å] we are open to offers! A few 7 inches would be cool. Eventually we would like to deal with a label that will enable us to get our cold evil doom/black/death punishing sounds over to as many of you as possible. It's great to have the freedom to sound like Queens of the Stone Age or Sleep one minute and Burning Witch the next. But with our track record youcan expect some fucked up organic thick atmospheric heavy futuristic drone sounds."

    Website coming soon....

  • CULT OF LUNA NOMINATED IN METAL HAMMER AWARDS

    Cult of Luna have been nominated for Best Underground Act in the 2003 Metal Hammer Awards. Other nominees for Best Underground Act are Arch Enemy, Opeth, and Shadows Fall.

    To vote for Cult Of Luna, go to http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/awards/

    The Metal Hammer Awards ceremony, dubbed "The Golden Gods", is set for Tuesday, June 3rd, at The London Forum in London, England. Scheduled to perform are Murderdolls, and more.

  • DEICIDE: EXCLUSIVE REPORT FROM THE REHEARSAL ROOM

    Deicide are currently in Tampa, writing and rehearsing material for their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled Earache debut. According to Deicide drummer Steve Asheim, the new material will be "the heaviest, fastest shit Deicide has ever released. Fans should have a box of Depends ready 'cause they'll all be shitting all over themselves when they hear it." Deicide plans to hit the studio mid-summer.

  • EPHEL DUATH'S "THE PAINTER'S PALETTE" TAKES METAL INTO THE NEXT STRATOSPHERE

    Italian virtuosos Ephel Duath have completed the recording of their new album, "The Painter's Palette". In a cynical age where musical stagnation is king, with the bland leading the bland, a band like Ephel Duath shines like a beacon from the mire. Mainman Davide Tiso has assembled an astonishingly diverse set of musicians in order to add flesh to the bones of his vision. Taking a giant stride away from the band's black metal influences of old, Ephel Duath are now charting unexplored territories within the metal genre. A heady mix of jazz fusion, hardcore and progressive metal, The Painter's Palette delves into the jazz-terrorism of John Zorn, the technical outburts of Dillinger Escape Plan, the earnest hardcore wailing of Refused, and the rock mysticism of Tool, combining these influences into a radically new sonic vision. "The Painter's Palette" is set for release in June.

    Click here for a new exclusive interview with Ephel Duath frontman Davide Tiso:
    http://www.earacherecords.org/news_stories/ephel_duath.html#interview

  • THE HAUNTED: HEADLINING U.S. TOUR WITH SHAI HULUD & KATAKLYSM

    Sweden's New Kings of Thrash return to American shores again this spring for a headlining tour with melodic metal-core legends Shai Hulud and Canadian death-grinders Kataklysm. Joining the tour for select dates are Darkest Hour and Bleeding Through. Also joining the tour for one historic night only (May 18 at Jaxx in Wset Springfield, VA) are Hate Eternal and Goatwhore. Skinless will not be doing this tour. Check these latest updates for the show nearest you!

    May
    08 - Krome - South Amboy, NJ *
    09 - Rainbow - Montreal, QC, CANADA *
    10 - Club Rockit - Toronto, ON, CANADA *
    11 - Majestic - Detroit, MI *
    14 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA *
    15 - Bridge Street Music Hall - Syracuse, NY *
    16 - Club Laga - Pittsburgh, PA *
    17 - The Palladium/ New England Metal and Hardcore Fest - Worcester, MA
    18 - Jaxx - West Springfield, VA + (w/ HATE ETERNAL & GOATWHORE)
    19 - Ziggy's - Winston-Salem, NC +
    20 - Uncle Doctor's - West Columbia, SC +
    21 - State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL +
    22 - The Factory - Fort Lauderdale, FL +
    23 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA +
    24 - Tek World - Louisville, KY +
    25 - Engine Room - Houston, TX +
    27 - Emo's - Austin, TX +
    28 - Tree's - Dallas, TX +
    29 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM +
    30 - Marquee - Tempe, AZ +
    31 - Huntridge Theatre - Las Vegas, NV +

    June
    01 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA +
    02 - The Pound - San Francisco, CA +
    04 - Gothic Theatre - Englewood, CO +
    05 - Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS +
    06 - The Quest - Minneapolis, MN +
    07 - The Metro - Chicago, IL +
    08 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH +
    09 - Knitting Factory - New York, NY +
    * - w/ Darkest Hour
    + - w/ Bleeding Through

  • NAPALM DEATH: "NOISE FOR MUSIC'S SAKE" TRACKLISTING FINALIZED

    Earache Records, in collaboration with Napalm Death, have finalized the tracklisting for "Noise For Music's Sake", the forthcoming 2-cd Napalm Death package, due to hit stores in June in the UK/Europe (July in the US). Disc One features all of Napalm Death's greatest "hits", from early classics "Scum" and "Suffer The Children", to later crushers "Diatribes" and "Breed To Breathe". Disc Two features a massive collection of bonus tracks, demos, live recordings, and other rare and unreleased material from throughout the band's career. Highlights include a live cover of Godflesh's "Avalanche Master Song"; two unreleased mixes of tracks from "Fear, Emptiness...Despair"; rare tracks from the "Pathological" and "North Atlantic Noise Attack" comps; and three live tracks dating back to the mid-80's, handpicked by Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury from his own personal collection -- one having been recorded on a hand-held recorder by Embury himself in '86 before he was in the band!

    Each disc clocks in at over 75 minutes of music. Also look for exclusive interviews from both Embury and Napalm Death vocal assassin Mark "Barney" Greenaway in the liner notes. Fully endorsed by the band, "Noise For Music's Sake" will stand as the definitive Napalm Death bible for years to come.

  • USURPER TO PLAY BESTIAL LEGION FEST

    Usurper have been confirmed to play the Gathering of the Bestial Legion Festival, July 13 at Club Alondra in Bellflower, California. Alsoscheduled to play are Phobia, Fog, Cattle Decapitation, Transmetal, andmany more.

    www.bestialfest.cjb.net

  • After some delays we are finally able to announce the release of the debut CD by Dutch band SILENT EDGE, entitled "The Eyes Of The Shadow". The album will be released at the end of June in The Netherlands, at the end of July in the rest of Europe and we are now negotiating details with a few companies to release the album outside Europe. To give you a little preview of the album, we have added one song as MP3 on our website, check out the samples page at www.dvsrecords.com!

  • German artrock band ALIAS EYEis confirmed for the progressive rock festival "Slottsskogen goes progressive" in Gothenburg, Sweden. This excellent outdoor festival will take place on August 16, it will be the first time for the band to play in Sweden so they are really looking forward to it. In the meantime the band continues recording songs for the next album, scheduled to be released in November of this year, entitled "A different view of you".

  • Canadian band HEAVEN'S CRY is very busy writing new songs for their third album. The band plans to record the album at the end of this year to release it in spring 2004, followed by a European tour in Autumn 2004. We initially planned a short European tour already this year, but we thought it better to concentrate on their home country these months where the band probably will do a short tour this summer. Than the band will enter the studio to record the new album, in the meantime DVS will re-release the hard to get debut CD "Food For Thought Substitude", sheduled to be released October 2003.

  • SEVENDUST TO HIT STUDIO WITH BUTCH WALKER

    Hard rock gods SEVENDUST have nabbed producer du jour Butch Walker to record new tracks for the follow-up to 2001's highly-acclaimed Animosity. Band and producer will roll into Walker's own Ruby Red Studios in Atlanta in two weeks to begin recording. While it's not known how many tracks Walker will helm for the album, Sevendust has twenty demos prepared thus far.

    Walker, who fronted the band Marvelous 3 and released his solo debut Left Of Self-Centered last year has made a hot name for himself recently as a producer with work for such bands as Injected and SR-71.

    Sevendust's as-yet-untitled fourth album is schedule for a fall release.

  • AXENSTAR are working in the recording of their second album at Underground Studios (Sweden). Here, you will find some of the song´s titles: "Infernal Angel", "Far From Heaven", "Don´t Hide your Eyes","Northern Sky"... The band will record the classic track "Thirlls In The Night" (Kiss) as bonus track for the Japanese edition of the album. The second album of Axenstar will be released in November.

  • AMERICAN DOG’s latest release “Red, White, Black & Blue” hits stores in the US May 20th via Glue Factory and features 3 Bonus tracks; including a ferocious version of Ted Nugent’s “Wang Dang, Sweet Poontang!”

    Watch for American Dog on tour this summer!

    www.americandog.net

  • The Chicago Music Factory proudly presents

    THE HEAVIEST SHOW EVER!
    SAINT VITUS REUNION SHOW

    The Chicago Music Factory is proud to announce a music event that is not to be missed. On Tuesday, July 1st the Double Door in Chicago will host this special metal event marking the return of the legendary Saint Vitus to the stage. The classic “Born Too Late” era line up of Dave Chandler, Scott “Wino” Wienrich, Armando Acosta and Mark Adams will take the stage together for the fist time since 1991.

    Dave Chandler had this to say about the reason behind the reunion and why Chicago as the location? “After we (Debris Inc.) performed 'Born Too Late' at Wacken Open Air in Germany last summer I saw that people still care about my music, I wanted my old band mates to see the reaction of people today to our music. We are going to play the With Full Force Festival in Germany and thought we should do a club show to warm up. We picked Chicago because it has always been one of the best cities we ever played in.”

    This does no mark a fulltime reunion of Saint Vitus as Chandler wants to concentrate on his new band Debris Inc. with also features Ron Holzner of Trouble fame and a host of other well known names as special guests. Their happydrunkenstonerdoompunk sound will also grace the stage on July 1st where you can expect a very unique set with some very special guests sitting in on their set to jam.

    Direct support to Saint Vitus will be Chicago’s very own Macabre who have recently finished up the recording of their forthcoming Murder Metal release scheduled for release September 23rd worldwide. Macabre are also planning to perform a special set for this special occasion.

    If that wasn’t enough heavy music in one night, opening the show will be Eyehategod direct from New Orleans, LA .Eyehategod features Jimmy Bower from Down and Superjoint Ritual and the ultimate band to kick off the festivities.

    Eyehategod haven't played out live in a long time, but being that they are huge Vitus fans they wanted to be a part of this special event and so did the Chicago Music Factory.

    The Chicago Music Factory is the new merchandising and promotions company of Rodney Pawlak (Mind Melt Media) and Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth) and this show will kick off what will be a series of special events in the months to come. Purchasing tickets far in advance is strongly suggested.

    WHO: SAINT VITUS (reunion), MACABRE, DEBRIS INC. & EYEHATEGOD.
    WHAT: THE HEAVIEST SHOW EVER!!!
    WHERE: Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago ph 773.489-3160
    WHEN: TUESDAY, JULY 1st 2003 AT 8:00 PM
    TICKETS: $15, advance tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster on 5/10/03
    ADDITIONAL INFO: this is a 21 and over show

    informational websites of interest:
    www.theCMF.com
    www.saintvitusreunion.com
    www.murdermetal.com
    www.debrisinc.com
    www.eyehategod.com
    www.mindmelt.com


  • Metal Maniacs
  • A message from Disillusion:

    Hello everyone,

    After quite some time there finally news to be spread about Disillusion: we have signed to Metal Blade Records! Already our first full-length album will be released worldwide through Metal Blade under license from Voice Of Life Records - all following cds then via Metal Blade!

    Metal Blade and we have been in contact for some time, making sure everything was set to go the right way from the start. By now we are very sure about having made the right decision, although neither of us in the band seems to be able to grasp the incredible speed by which things change and the band grows. We need not say that we feel very glad about signing to Metal Blade and we all wish for a prosperous time together. We also want to thank Frank at Voice Of Life at this point for great work he did for us!

    Second news: Disillusion t-shirts in the design of our Three Neuron Kings cd are now available at our website www.disillusion.de or at www.voiceoflife.de. Be sure to order your piece!

    Ok, that’s it for this time,
    We will be back in a couple of weeks with news around the upcoming album …

    Disillusion.

  • DEFECATION - The legendary extreme metal act founded by Napalm Death/ex-Righteous Pigs guitarist Mitch Harris and his brother, ex-Napalm Death/Scorn drummer Mick Harris (who is no longer in the band), have released the comeback effort Intention Surpassed. This time around Mitch handles all the work, but what it lacks in members it’s makes up for in shear force and brutality.

  • DESTRUCTION - Veteran German thrashers Destruction have set the tentative track listing for their new album, Metal Discharge, due out in late 2003. New drummer Marc Reign, who replaced the departed Sven Vormann joined longstanding members Mike and Schmier in Little Creek Studio in Switzerland earlier this month to do final production on the new album.
    www.destruction.de

  • DIMMU BORGIR - Have spent the past few weeks at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden recording their forthcoming CD, due later in the year. www.dimmu-borgir.com

  • GRAVEWORM - Italian black metalers Graveworm gear up for the release of their fourth disc, Engraved In Black. This will be their first release for Nuclear Blast and their first domestic release for North America. Engraved In Black was produced and mixed earlier this year at Stage One Studios with Andy Classen (Krisiun, Rotting Christ, Asphyx). Expect a unique mixture of old Satyricon, Dimmu Borgir and Cradle Of Filth. An album somewhere between black, death and gothic metal, the band describes as simply “dark metal.” Coming this summer. www.graveworm.de

  • HELLOWEEN - “The rabbit don’t come easy” but the music sure did! Helloween bring back what we loved about them all those years ago. Although the band have many new members you wouldn’t know it by listening to the disc. Rabbit Don’t Come Easy was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, Angra) and recorded at the Mi Sueno Studios (HammerFall, Blind Guardian), the studio owned by vocalist Andi Deris in Tenerife, Spain. Helloween have always been one step ahead by being extremely versatile in their songwriting and with Charlie’s energy and experience guiding them along, Helloween have created a landmark disc. Rabbit Don’t Come Easy hits shelves on May 20th. www.helloween.org

  • IN FLAMES - Sweden’s favorite sons offer up a new release for their fans. On June 17th Nuclear Blast will release the Trigger EP. This special release will contain one new track entitled “Watch Them Feed,” a cover version of the Genesis song “Land of Confusion,” as well as remixes of existing songs. The disc also includes the “Cloud Connected” video and the just finished video for “Trigger.” In other news, they’re already coming back! In Flames are set to return this summer to headline a tour across North America. This outing will see support by Nuclear Blast’s own Soilwork, Roadrunner’s Chimaira and Death By Stereo on Epitaph. The tour launches on June 27th in Montreal, Canada. www.inflames.com

  • KATAKLYSM - Kataklysm would also like to thank J-F Richard (Ion Dissonance) for doing a great job on the band’s North American tour with Hate Eternal and Dying Fetus this spring filling in for the departed Max Duhamel. The band have now found a permanent drummer in Martin Maurais and the band promises he will not disappoint. ::According to Maurizio Iacono, “We just finished jamming with Martin and all we can say is “::Holy shit... human machine??... Fuck yeah!” Martin will be introducing his own version of the Northern Hyperblast to the masses on the next album. “Fans of Nick Miller (Temple of Knowledge) and Max Duhamel - watch out!” comments Maurizio. Kataklysm continues to write their next album Serenity in Fire due out in early 2004. In other news, Kataklysm will support The Haunted (Earache) and Shai Hulud (Revelation) on a full North American tour in May and June. Victory’s Darkest Hour and Trustkill’s Bleeding Through will divide the opening slot for what will easily be the most brutal tour this year. The tour sets out on May 11th in Detroit, Michigan.
    www.kataklysm.net

  • MESHUGGAH - The band returned to the states on Friday to launch their full US tour with Strapping Young Lad. No strangers to this side of the ocean after highly successful tours with Slayer and Tool, as well as the months spent tearing up the second stage at 2002’s Ozzfest, (including off dates with System of a Down and Mushroomhead) the crusade continues with Meshuggah now in the leading slot. ::The amazing and insane Devin Townsend and his Strapping Young Lads do the opening duties on what might be the tour of the year.
    www.meshuggah.net

  • M.O.D. - The Rebel You Love to Hate, the name says it all, and the new work from Billy Milano’::s M.O.D. (Method Of Destruction) is not for the weak. The disc, recorded at Big Blue Meanie (Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Thursday) and Wayne Manor, was mixed by Billy Milano (Agnostic Front, Scar Culture, Merauder) and Dan Korneff (Ill Niño). “For me it’s a whole new ball game, new members, new music and the beginning of a new era,” states Milano. He continues, “It's about putting the fun back into the music scene and making kick-ass records that rock.” With songs like “Wigga,” which makes light of the white suburban Urban wannabe Gangsta,’ to “Rage Against The Mac Machine,” a song that questions not only the integrity of the band (Rage Against the Machine) but also shoots down the credibility of the group’s efforts by exposing the double standard that so many musicians take but rarely understand. This record offers fun for the whole family and is the feel good album of the year. Pick up a copy of The Rebel You Love to Hate on May 20th or you’re gonna get the Milano Mosh! www.billymilano.com

  • NARNIA - Another chapter is written and The Great Fall has come to fruition. Vocalist Christian Rivel’s (previously Christian Liljegren, but took the last name of his wife) clear voice continues to take listeners to new levels, and the addition of new bassist Andreas Olsson (Wisdom Call) makes this a superb follow-up to 2001’s Desert Land. The Great Fall also features guest performance by HammerFall drummer Anders Johnasson on “Judgment Day” and Saviour Machine vocalist Eric Clayton on “The Great Fall of Man.” Tracks like “ Back from Hell,” the catchy “The Countdown Has Begun” and particularly the monumental “The Great Fall of Man” (recorded with a large choir from Stockholm, Sweden) prove that Narnia are on the top of their genre. :: Check out The Great Fall available in stores now.
    www.narniaworld.com

  • PRIMAL FEAR - The band are happy to be in North America as part of the 2003 Metal Gods tour. The tour which includes Rob Halford, Testament, Immortal, Amon Amarth, Carnal Forge and Painmuseum made headway this past Friday at Chicago’s House of Blues. Primal Fear will play in the fourth position and will “show metal fans how power metal made in Germany sounds” according to bassist Mat Sinner. This will be the band’s first ever North American tour after playing 2002’s New Jersey Metalfest, as well as the 2002 Milwaukee Metalfest. Unfortunately, Primal Fear drummer Klaus Sperrling can't be part of the touring lineup but Annihilator drummer Randy Black takes care to completely destroy the drums on this tour. For a complete tour diary check the band's website at www.metalcommando.co.uk-feardiary.swf<-a>
    -www.primalfear.de

  • SOILWORK - The band are currently making tracks across Europe wowing audiences with Children of Bodom and Shadows Fall in support of their soon to be released, Figure Number Five. The band plans to hit North America this summer with In Flames in what will be only their second visit to this side of the ocean. The band are very excited to come back and show everyone what they are all about. Keep an eye out for the new video from Figure Number Five, the first track off the disc, “Rejection Role,” which should start airing on MTV2 and Much Music in the coming weeks. Figure Number Five comes out on Tuesday. Be sure to grab a copy quickly as the first pressing contains a free bonus disc with early demos from the band. Please note that the band’s URL is no longer soilwork.com. It has officially changed to www.soilwork.org

June 1st, 2003
  • The Chicago Music Factory proudly presents

    THE HEAVIEST SHOW EVER!
    SAINT VITUS REUNION SHOW

    The Chicago Music Factory is proud to announce a music event that is not to be missed. On Tuesday, July 1st the Double Door in Chicago will host this special metal event marking the return of the legendary Saint Vitus to the stage. The classic “Born Too Late” era line up of Dave Chandler, Scott “Wino” Wienrich, Armando Acosta and Mark Adams will take the stage together for the fist time since 1991.

    Dave Chandler had this to say about the reason behind the reunion and why Chicago as the location? “After we (Debris Inc.) performed 'Born Too Late' at Wacken Open Air in Germany last summer I saw that people still care about my music, I wanted my old band mates to see the reaction of people today to our music. We are going to play the With Full Force Festival in Germany and thought we should do a club show to warm up. We picked Chicago because it has always been one of the best cities we ever played in.”

    This does no mark a fulltime reunion of Saint Vitus as Chandler wants to concentrate on his new band Debris Inc. with also features Ron Holzner of Trouble fame and a host of other well known names as special guests. Their happydrunkenstonerdoompunk sound will also grace the stage on July 1st where you can expect a very unique set with some very special guests sitting in on their set to jam.

    Direct support to Saint Vitus will be Chicago’s very own Macabre who have recently finished up the recording of their forthcoming Murder Metal release scheduled for release September 23rd worldwide. Macabre are also planning to perform a special set for this special occasion.

    If that wasn’t enough heavy music in one night, opening the show will be Eyehategod direct from New Orleans, LA .Eyehategod features Jimmy Bower from Down and Superjoint Ritual and the ultimate band to kick off the festivities.

    Eyehategod haven't played out live in a long time, but being that they are huge Vitus fans they wanted to be a part of this special event and so did the Chicago Music Factory.

    The Chicago Music Factory is the new merchandising and promotions company of Rodney Pawlak (Mind Melt Media) and Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth) and this show will kick off what will be a series of special events in the months to come. Purchasing tickets far in advance is strongly suggested.

    WHO: SAINT VITUS (reunion), MACABRE, DEBRIS INC. & EYEHATEGOD.
    WHAT: THE HEAVIEST SHOW EVER!!!
    WHERE: Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago ph 773.489-3160
    WHEN: TUESDAY, JULY 1st 2003 AT 8:00 PM
    TICKETS: $15, advance tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster on 5/10/03
    ADDITIONAL INFO: this is a 21 and over show

    informational websites of interest:
    www.theCMF.com
    www.saintvitusreunion.com
    www.murdermetal.com
    www.debrisinc.com
    www.eyehategod.com
    www.mindmelt.com


  • Metal Maniacs
  • A message from Disillusion:

    Hello everyone,

    After quite some time there finally news to be spread about Disillusion: we have signed to Metal Blade Records! Already our first full-length album will be released worldwide through Metal Blade under license from Voice Of Life Records - all following cds then via Metal Blade!

    Metal Blade and we have been in contact for some time, making sure everything was set to go the right way from the start. By now we are very sure about having made the right decision, although neither of us in the band seems to be able to grasp the incredible speed by which things change and the band grows. We need not say that we feel very glad about signing to Metal Blade and we all wish for a prosperous time together. We also want to thank Frank at Voice Of Life at this point for great work he did for us!

    Second news: Disillusion t-shirts in the design of our Three Neuron Kings cd are now available at our website www.disillusion.de or at www.voiceoflife.de. Be sure to order your piece!

    Ok, that’s it for this time,
    We will be back in a couple of weeks with news around the upcoming album …

    Disillusion.

  • DEFECATION - The legendary extreme metal act founded by Napalm Death/ex-Righteous Pigs guitarist Mitch Harris and his brother, ex-Napalm Death/Scorn drummer Mick Harris (who is no longer in the band), have released the comeback effort Intention Surpassed. This time around Mitch handles all the work, but what it lacks in members it’s makes up for in shear force and brutality.

  • DESTRUCTION - Veteran German thrashers Destruction have set the tentative track listing for their new album, Metal Discharge, due out in late 2003. New drummer Marc Reign, who replaced the departed Sven Vormann joined longstanding members Mike and Schmier in Little Creek Studio in Switzerland earlier this month to do final production on the new album.
    www.destruction.de

  • DIMMU BORGIR - Have spent the past few weeks at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden recording their forthcoming CD, due later in the year. www.dimmu-borgir.com

  • GRAVEWORM - Italian black metalers Graveworm gear up for the release of their fourth disc, Engraved In Black. This will be their first release for Nuclear Blast and their first domestic release for North America. Engraved In Black was produced and mixed earlier this year at Stage One Studios with Andy Classen (Krisiun, Rotting Christ, Asphyx). Expect a unique mixture of old Satyricon, Dimmu Borgir and Cradle Of Filth. An album somewhere between black, death and gothic metal, the band describes as simply “dark metal.” Coming this summer. www.graveworm.de

  • HELLOWEEN - “The rabbit don’t come easy” but the music sure did! Helloween bring back what we loved about them all those years ago. Although the band have many new members you wouldn’t know it by listening to the disc. Rabbit Don’t Come Easy was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, Angra) and recorded at the Mi Sueno Studios (HammerFall, Blind Guardian), the studio owned by vocalist Andi Deris in Tenerife, Spain. Helloween have always been one step ahead by being extremely versatile in their songwriting and with Charlie’s energy and experience guiding them along, Helloween have created a landmark disc. Rabbit Don’t Come Easy hits shelves on May 20th. www.helloween.org

  • IN FLAMES - Sweden’s favorite sons offer up a new release for their fans. On June 17th Nuclear Blast will release the Trigger EP. This special release will contain one new track entitled “Watch Them Feed,” a cover version of the Genesis song “Land of Confusion,” as well as remixes of existing songs. The disc also includes the “Cloud Connected” video and the just finished video for “Trigger.” In other news, they’re already coming back! In Flames are set to return this summer to headline a tour across North America. This outing will see support by Nuclear Blast’s own Soilwork, Roadrunner’s Chimaira and Death By Stereo on Epitaph. The tour launches on June 27th in Montreal, Canada. www.inflames.com

  • KATAKLYSM - Kataklysm would also like to thank J-F Richard (Ion Dissonance) for doing a great job on the band’s North American tour with Hate Eternal and Dying Fetus this spring filling in for the departed Max Duhamel. The band have now found a permanent drummer in Martin Maurais and the band promises he will not disappoint. ::According to Maurizio Iacono, “We just finished jamming with Martin and all we can say is “::Holy shit... human machine??... Fuck yeah!” Martin will be introducing his own version of the Northern Hyperblast to the masses on the next album. “Fans of Nick Miller (Temple of Knowledge) and Max Duhamel - watch out!” comments Maurizio. Kataklysm continues to write their next album Serenity in Fire due out in early 2004. In other news, Kataklysm will support The Haunted (Earache) and Shai Hulud (Revelation) on a full North American tour in May and June. Victory’s Darkest Hour and Trustkill’s Bleeding Through will divide the opening slot for what will easily be the most brutal tour this year. The tour sets out on May 11th in Detroit, Michigan.
    www.kataklysm.net

  • MESHUGGAH - The band returned to the states on Friday to launch their full US tour with Strapping Young Lad. No strangers to this side of the ocean after highly successful tours with Slayer and Tool, as well as the months spent tearing up the second stage at 2002’s Ozzfest, (including off dates with System of a Down and Mushroomhead) the crusade continues with Meshuggah now in the leading slot. ::The amazing and insane Devin Townsend and his Strapping Young Lads do the opening duties on what might be the tour of the year.
    www.meshuggah.net

  • M.O.D. - The Rebel You Love to Hate, the name says it all, and the new work from Billy Milano’::s M.O.D. (Method Of Destruction) is not for the weak. The disc, recorded at Big Blue Meanie (Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Thursday) and Wayne Manor, was mixed by Billy Milano (Agnostic Front, Scar Culture, Merauder) and Dan Korneff (Ill Niño). “For me it’s a whole new ball game, new members, new music and the beginning of a new era,” states Milano. He continues, “It's about putting the fun back into the music scene and making kick-ass records that rock.” With songs like “Wigga,” which makes light of the white suburban Urban wannabe Gangsta,’ to “Rage Against The Mac Machine,” a song that questions not only the integrity of the band (Rage Against the Machine) but also shoots down the credibility of the group’s efforts by exposing the double standard that so many musicians take but rarely understand. This record offers fun for the whole family and is the feel good album of the year. Pick up a copy of The Rebel You Love to Hate on May 20th or you’re gonna get the Milano Mosh! www.billymilano.com

  • NARNIA - Another chapter is written and The Great Fall has come to fruition. Vocalist Christian Rivel’s (previously Christian Liljegren, but took the last name of his wife) clear voice continues to take listeners to new levels, and the addition of new bassist Andreas Olsson (Wisdom Call) makes this a superb follow-up to 2001’s Desert Land. The Great Fall also features guest performance by HammerFall drummer Anders Johnasson on “Judgment Day” and Saviour Machine vocalist Eric Clayton on “The Great Fall of Man.” Tracks like “ Back from Hell,” the catchy “The Countdown Has Begun” and particularly the monumental “The Great Fall of Man” (recorded with a large choir from Stockholm, Sweden) prove that Narnia are on the top of their genre. :: Check out The Great Fall available in stores now.
    www.narniaworld.com

  • PRIMAL FEAR - The band are happy to be in North America as part of the 2003 Metal Gods tour. The tour which includes Rob Halford, Testament, Immortal, Amon Amarth, Carnal Forge and Painmuseum made headway this past Friday at Chicago’s House of Blues. Primal Fear will play in the fourth position and will “show metal fans how power metal made in Germany sounds” according to bassist Mat Sinner. This will be the band’s first ever North American tour after playing 2002’s New Jersey Metalfest, as well as the 2002 Milwaukee Metalfest. Unfortunately, Primal Fear drummer Klaus Sperrling can't be part of the touring lineup but Annihilator drummer Randy Black takes care to completely destroy the drums on this tour. For a complete tour diary check the band’s website at www.metalcommando.co.uk-feardiary.swf<-a>
    -www.primalfear.de

  • SOILWORK - The band are currently making tracks across Europe wowing audiences with Children of Bodom and Shadows Fall in support of their soon to be released, Figure Number Five. The band plans to hit North America this summer with In Flames in what will be only their second visit to this side of the ocean. The band are very excited to come back and show everyone what they are all about. Keep an eye out for the new video from Figure Number Five, the first track off the disc, “Rejection Role,” which should start airing on MTV2 and Much Music in the coming weeks. Figure Number Five comes out on Tuesday. Be sure to grab a copy quickly as the first pressing contains a free bonus disc with early demos from the band. Please note that the band’s URL is no longer soilwork.com. It has officially changed to www.soilwork.org