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PAGAN FRONT, The hammer of National Socialist Black Metal Underground
strikes again with the fresher storm. Night comes once more with the
thickest fog...with tradegy...with death...with crime...and with a hope...
The hope for a brighter dawn....
THE NIGHT AND THE FOG part 2 Comp. Cd
Hammer Of National Socialist Black Metal
Released from Totenkopf Propaganda
Cd comes with 20 pages booklet , total playing time 73 min.
1) WOODS OF FALLEN ( Russia) "White Glory" intro
Unreleased Song From Their Upcoming Split Album With NOCTURNAL MORTUM
2) BILSKIRNIR (Germany) "Dem Feind Entgegen"
Unreleased And Exclusive Song Only For This Compilation
3) TEMNOZOR(Russia) "Werwolf"
Song Taken From their album "Horizons"
4) DER STURMER (Hellas) "Mors Triumphalis"
Unreleased And Exclusive Song Only For This Compilation
5) NOKTURNAL MORTUM (Ukraine) "As a Steel Eagle Into The Golden
6) PANTHEON(Vinland) "Pledge To Our Bannered Legions"
Unreleased Remixed Version Song
7) THALLIUM(BRA) "Hate Spirit"
Unreleased And Exclusive Song Only For This Compilation
8) THOR`S HAMMER(Pol) "Three Weeds From The Same Root"
Song From their Upcoming 4th Album , Different Version and Different
9) WOTANORDEN (Vinland) "Wotanorden"
Unreleased And Exclusive Song Only For This Compilation
10) ABSURD(Germany) "Der Hammer Zerschmettert Das Kreuz"
Unreleased Song From Their Upcoming Album "Totenlieder"
11) WODULF (Hellas) "Azulfethnar"
Unreleased And Exclusive Song Only For This Compilation
12) COMMAND(BRA) "Illusive Freedom"
Unreleased And Exclusive Song Only For This Compilation
13) NITBERG (Russia) "Nitsanger"
Unreleased And Exclusive Song Only For This Compilation
14) HOLOCAUSTUS (Germany) "Marsch Gegen Israel"
Unreleased And Exclusive Song Only For This Compilation
15) EISENWINTER(Switzerland) "Welt Uder Der Welt"
Unreleased Song Taken From Their Upcoming Split Cd with HOLOCAUSTUS
- Seattle's VANDERHOOF Releases 'A Blur In Time' Through SPV Records
Northwest Performance Date Confirmed
Nearly 6 years after the release of the self-titled debut, legendary
Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof's alter ego outfit VANDERHOOF
returns with a dynamic follow-up, the adventurous A Blur In Time. Released
once again through SPV Records, the album pays homage to the acts of
the 70s that made hard rock memorable, while implementing an edge of
"Vanderhoof was designed out of complete frustration," says
Kurdt. "I wanted to write the kind of music I wanted to listen
to - melodic hard rock just does not seem to exist anymore. The 70s
style rock that made me want to learn to play guitar in the first place.
I'm not going to worry whose going to dig it; hardcore metalheads won't
get it, but people who know the roots of rock will understand it."
Hearkening the classics, Kurdt expressed a vivid admiration towards
the work of Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, and vintage Styx, as the influence
of each band is prevalent throughout the disc.
Kurdt's irritation with the current state of music gave way to a wellspring
of inspiration, as A Blur In Time is a true rock album, a testimony
to motivated musicianship, with each track demonstrating a different
melodic soundscape without pretension - simply put, no filler! Tracklisting
Joining guitarist Vanderhoof in this paradoxical experiment include
vocalist Drew Hart, bassist R.J. Kurtz, keyboardist Jeff Powell, and
longtime Metal Church drummer Kirk Arrington. Following the recording
of the album, Drew Hart left the band in pursuit of family, and extraordinary
new singer John DiBernardo was brought in to fill the void. A Herculean
task to say the least, as the dexterous vocal performance on A Blur
In Time is nothing short of amazing, morphing to accentuate emotion
from one track to the next.
Kurdt confesses reasoning behind the intense work that has gone into
the creation of the album, "Music is very important to me, and
I am insulted & deeply saddened by what is considered the industry
standard - the bar has dropped so far. Records are so boring, every
song literally sounds the same - everything is just a quick sell anymore.
I want to be stimulated by talent. There's not going to be any more
'classic' albums, because I don't think anybody has the attention span
to listen to an entire album anymore. I don't know if there's going
to be another Dark Side Of The Moon, which is sad, because music should
improve, not get worse. I just want people know that there are still
people out there making this kind of music."
Audio samples from A Blur In Time can be found here:
As to the future of Metal Church, Kurdt offers a glimpse, "Don't
get me wrong, I'm still into hard rock & aggression, but it's got
to be done with some skill. I'm still very proud of Metal Church, and
we're hoping to get together and do a new record this summer. The lineup
is planned to include myself, John Marshall, Kirk Arrington, Duke Erickson,
and hopefully Mike Howe, but we're not sure yet."
In the meantime, VANDERHOOF has planned a date in the Pacific Northwest
to reinstate powerful rock music to the scene:
Saturday, June 28th Port Orchard, WA Howling Wolf Amphitheater
Log on to www.vanderhoofband.com
for further updates.
- CHECK OUT BLOODLINE'S NEW WEBSITE !!!
US TOUR 2003!
25 June to 20 July
June 28, 2003
San Francisco (CA)
Jul 11, 2003
Confirmed Providence (RI) Met Cafe
w/ Counterattack,Roachenders,Tommy and the Terrors
Jul 12, 2003
Confirmed Erie (PA)
w/ Counterattack, Throwbacks
Jul 13, 2003
New York (NJ) USA
Jul 14, 2003
Confirmed Albany (NY) Valentines
Jul 15, 2003
Confirmed Syracuse (NY)
w/ Counterattack,Coming On Strong
Jul 18, 2003
Confirmed Sciota (PA) Club Underworld
w/ AWKWARD THOUGHT from N.Y.C. and COUNTERATTACK
from Washington 6-11PM -- ALL AGES --
Jul 19, 2003
Confirmed Pittsburgh (PA) Zythos - South Side 2108
w/ Counterattack,The Templars, The Sussed,
The Weekend Warriors,The Traditionals
Starts at 8PM sharp.
More dates to be confirmed!
- WARRANT JOINS
THE “ROCK NEVER STOPS” TOUR 2003 (Los Angeles, CA) –
Warrant will be joining the “Rock Never Stops” tour this
summer. The tour will travel the nation with some of the most popular
rock bands that defined a generation. The tour package line-up is Whitesnake,
Warrant, Kip Winger & Slaughter. This is one of the biggest, hard-rockin’
packages this summer!
WARRANT will get down and dirty playing all of their hard-hitting biggest
hits. Hitting 7 million in record sales worldwide, 5 top 40 hits and
5 top MTV videos, the “Down Boys” can still leave the crowds
wanting more. Performing their popular songs ‘#2-Heaven,’
‘Down Boys’ and of course ‘Cherry Pie,’ WARRANT
gives the fans what they want, non-stop.
The complete Rock Never Stops tour dates for Summer 2003 are:
07/11/03 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
07/12/03 Hartford, CT CTNow.com Meadows Music
07/13/03 Trenton, NJ Sovereign Bank Arena
07/15/03 Pittsburgh, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
07/18/03 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater
07/19/03 Fort Dodge, IA Midwest Off Road Race Track
07/23/03 San Diego, CA SDSU Open Air Theatre
07/25/03 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
07/26/03 Las Vegas, NV Orleans Arena
07/27/03 Los Angeles, CA Universal Amphitheatre
07/29/03 Fresno, CA Fresno Downtown Stadium
08/01/03 San Antonio, TX Sunken Gardens
08/02/03 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Center
08/05/03 Denver, CO Fiddler's Green
08/06/03 Sturgis, SD Buffalo Chip Campground
08/08/03 Tinley Park, IL Tweeter Center
08/09/03 Bonner Springs, KS Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
08/10/03 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
08/12/03 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
08/13/03 Atlanta, GA HiFi Buys Amphitheater
08/15/03 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
08/16/03 West Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Amphitheatre
08/17/03 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
08/20/03 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
08/22/03 Cleveland, OH Tower City Amphitheatre
08/23/03 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/24/03 Hamilton, ON, Canada Copps Coliseum
- EXCELSIS is working with full speed on the new CD, to hopefully release
it this up-coming spring! We want to create new magnificent songs, combining
folklore melodies, the Swiss German language and various instruments
(as the flute, Alphorn, Dachchaenneli and Talerschwingen) with Power
Metal and turn it into a fresh and different sound!
Once again we want to present to our fans a tidbit in Helvetic folk
power metal, which will remain in eye and ear. One thing is for sure,
a lot of heart and soul will go into this cd before you can turn up
The starting shot for our summer concerts has fallen last Friday. In
a cozy but hot atmosphere we accomplished a great gig with our friends
Zero8fifteen. Luckily, there are still bands in this musicbizz not competing
each other but celebrating a big party whenever they meet!
We are very proud to support next Monday in Lucerne one of the probably
most famous middle-ages metal bands, IN EXTREMO from Germany.
Monday, 23rd June 2003 09.00pm ABCMixx / Lucerne
Saturday, 9th August 2003 OpenAir Eichlershuus / Wasen
Saturday, 16th August 2003 OpenAir / Volketswil
Saturday, 20th December 2003 Estrich / Winistorf
.....more concerts to come in October/November 2003!
- Tim Yeung (Hate Eternal, Nile) has been enlisted to play drums in
VITAL REMAINS - the band, joined by ‘Dechristianize’ vocalist
Glen Benton (Deicide), will be headlining the Milwaukee Metalfest. Metal
- DANZIG drummer Bevan Davies (Comes With The Fall) has been added to
the lineup. Metal
- PAUL DI'ANNO, the former Maiden frontman’s Canadian tour has
been cancelled with the blame being placed on the promoter. Metal
- CHAINGUNN bassist Cliff Paul (K-Octave) has joined the ranks. Metal
- LEPRECHAUN this new folk metal project features Damnagoras (Elvenking)
and Francesco Bucci (Stormlord). Metal
- DEAD KENNEDYS - the appeal of former frontman Jello Biafra’s
suit against the band attempting to take control of the band’s
material was denied - the ruling maintains the partnership with all
four members, including Biafra, sharing equally in ownership and control
of the bands’ creative works. Metal
- Just out: BARBATOS’ second full length album ‘Rocking
metal motherfucker’! Killer kamikaze eighties headbangin’
material in the veins of early Venom/Bathory, Warfare and Bulldozer.
Abigail side project. On tour in the USA later this year.
- BORKNAGAR’s majestic third album ‘Archaic course’
will finally be issued on vinyl.
- To support their recent third full length ‘Human harvest,’
CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN successfully performed at the Maryland Death
Fest, along with bands like Suffocation, Devourment and Dying Fetus
on May 23-25, 2003! Play the album and hear the most insane hyper-brutal
death/grind and inhuman vocals ever! Shirts are also available! New
high bandwidth site: www.circleofdeadchildren.net.
American customers should contact Martyr Music for a local CD release.
- CRYPTOPSY's amazing fourth full length ‘And then you’ll
beg’ will be issued on vinyl.
- Did you miss out on C.S.S.O. rare original early singles? Now you
have the change to get all recorded early 7” works by Japanese
twisted grind/rockers Clotted Symmetrical Sexual Organ on one lengthy
CD! With lots of bonus material! Check out the recently installed C.S.S.O.-side
project ABC Butcher!
- To be released June 28th, ENTHRAL’s latest effort after some
years of silence: ‘Subterranean movement’. A fabulous mix
of organic old school Nordic black and post-apocalyptic sonic mayhem!
Think Darkthrone meets Satyricon! Drummer Kjetil recently helped recording
the upcoming new album of Crest of Darkness as well. Check out the band’s
new site: www.enthral.org
- Both legendary late eighties black/doom demos by US cult act GOATLORD
will be reissued on CD as well as limited double vinyl. Essential for
underground maniacs who worship Hellhammer, early Evoken and demos-era
- GORETRADE is finally booked the recording studio and will record in
August! The upcoming full length ‘Ritual of flesh’ will
shred!!! Artwork by Jon Zig.
- INTERNAL SUFFERING is still busy doing the immense lengthy European
tour, together with Sanatorium. New album will be recorded in late November
at Mana Studios with Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal).
- KILLAMAN has risen from the ashes of Murder Corporation and signed
recently with Displeased records. With members of Deranged and Reclusion
this new outfit will continue where MC stopped, meaning groovy hard-hitting
aggressive (death) metal with hints to crust and punk. Full length to
be recorded at Berno Studios in late June.
- Both legendary MAJESTY demos plus live tracks will be issued on CD
and LP later this year. For those who don’t know, this US cult
act has been the predecessor of grind legends Terrorizer! Their recordings
are considered cult and have shown to be essential for the development
of death metal and grindcore! North American customers should contact
Music Obscure for a local CD release.
- After some delays the new MANEGARM album ‘Dodsfard’ will
finally be mastered for an August 2003 release. Still going strong!
Amazing cover art by Kris Verwimp.
- MASTER, the legendary 1985 unreleased album recordings from Master
are finally made available! Essential historical metal material! Paul
Speckmann is the Master!
- MOONSPELL's legendary first full length album ‘Wolfheart’
will finally be issued on vinyl, including the (then) limited digi-pak
bonus track! A legendary album!
- PERISHED got excellent response from their performance at the annual
Inferno Festival! For October 2003 a German tour is being prepared with
Perished, Graven, Riger plus more to be confirmed. Shirts available
in 2 weeks!
- SEPSISM just-released new album ‘Prevail in disgust’ has
gotten excellent reviews in various mags and e-zines. Shirts are available
as well! The band’s killer debut album will be made available
again via From Beyond Production later this year, with multimedia material
as a bonus. Brutal death metal aggression!!!
- WACKEN : OPEN : AIR 2003 - 14 years louder than hell
Metal & W:O:A rulez
See you in wacken - rain or shine
Euer W:O:A Team
"Wacken here we come!" - that's the scream of more and more
headbangers all over the world for the biggest Heavy Metal - Row of
Here comes the current newsletter for June and also extra links to the
warm up parties. NIGHT TO REMEMBER on Thursday, the 31. of july from
ANNIHILATOR + CIRCLE II CIRCLE + VICTORY (Reunion!) + RUNNING WILD
Confirmed bands so far...
ANCIENT RITES, ANNIHILATOR, ASSASSIN, BAI BANG, CALLENISH CIRCLE, CARPATHIAN
FOREST, DARK AGE, DARK ANGEL, DARK FUNERAL, DARKANE, DEW-SCENTED, DIAMOND
HEAD, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DISMEMBER, EIDOLON, EVIDENCE ONE,
EXTREME NOISE TERROR, FREEDOM CALL, GAMMA RAY, GRAVEWORM, HEAVENSHALLBURN,
HUMAN FORTRESS, ICED EARTH, IN FLAMES, KATAKLYSM, LORDI, LOTTO KING
KARL, MALEVOLENT CREATION, MASTERPLAN, METALIUM, NILE, OBSCENITY, ONKEL
TOM, ORATORY, PRIMAL FEAR, PSYCHOPUNCH, RAGE, RAISE HELL, RAUNCHY, ROTTING
CHRIST, RUNNING WILD, SENTENCED, SEVENTH ONE, SINISTER, SINNER, SLAYER,
SOILWORK, SONATA ARCTICA, STRATOVARIUS, SUBWAY TO SALLY, SYMPHORCE,
TESTAMENT, THE ALMIGHTY PUNCHDRUNK, THE CROWN, THYRFING, TWISTED TOWER
DIRE, V8 WANKERS, VADER, VICTIMS OF MADNESS & VICTORY
Tickethotline: + 49 (0) 4627 - 18 38 38
Here you´ll find all information regarding the festival like confirmed
Please visit our downloadarea where you can get infos like maps from
the campingground and the festival site, the running order, a bus shuttle
map and fan stuff like pictures, screensavers and posters.
Infos to the Warm Up Parties you can get here:
The current news from june you can read here:
- HASTE have recently solidified a spot at this year’s prestigious
Hellfest that will take place at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse,
NY on July 4th through the 6th. The dynamic Birmingham, Alabama sextet
will play alongside today’s premier hardcore and metal acts including
(Thursday, Dillinger Escape Plan, Soilwork, In Flames). After a monumental
performance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival the group
recently embarked on The Radio Takeover tour that will run through June
15th with This Day Forward, Bear Vs. Shark and Anatomy of a Ghost. Hailed
by Alternative Press as one of the summer’s crucial discs, The
Mercury Lift, arrives in stores July 1st.
Kelly Reaves (vocals) checks in with the following tour report. “This
past New England Metal and Hardcore Fest was the most memorable for
us. From seeing our friends Shadows Fall, KSE, Lamb of God, Himsa, BHBS,
Shai Hulud, to playing again in front of an always welcoming and amazing
bunch of people made us feel completely at home. We were looking forward
to playing but we had no idea how much fun it would turn out to be.
We had a blast as always but when Randy from LOG walked up and took
the mic for his parts we lost it. He is an amazing presence on stage
and an even more amazing person. I hope everyone else had as great of
an experience as we did. We look forward to seeing everyone out on The
Radio Takeover dates and expect us to remain on the road through the
end of the year.”
The Mercury Lift, the band’s third full-length release, is now
available in streaming format on the recently launched www.themercurylift.com
- HATESPHERE - The blistering new offering from the Danish thrash quintet
will quickly get your blood burning and this album is not for the weak.
After a very successful European tour in April with The Haunted and
Mastadon they were so inspired that they immediately started the writing
process for their next record. Bloodred Hatred, their second full-length
album, is licensed from Scarlet Records and this is the first time the
group will be officially exposed to U.S. audiences. The record is now
available and this is the new wave of unrelenting thrash metal and hopefully
you are prepared for the punishment coming your way.
Experience the hatred for yourself
- If you are a fan of aggressive Swedish thrash then brace yourself
because you are about to experience the new wave of melodic metal insanity.
This Finnish quintet KALMAH somehow manages to create the perfect mixture
of thrash and melody to surpass their influences. This nine-track blast
of speed will have fans of Children of Bodom and In Flames going wild
and they have no choice but to break out of the underground scene with
this stellar album. From the blazing dual guitars and dazzling keyboards
to the massive harmonies alongside a pummeling bass and drum assault
this record will leave thrash fans foaming at the mouth. The group have
built up a strong European presence with their previous releases albums
on Spikefarm Records. Now they have returned with Swampsong, their third
and most aggressive release that is sure to help then gain recognition
- This abrasive quintet LABRAT from the UK have an utter disregard for
conventionality and their new record Ruining It For Everyone is a lethal
dose of brutality. From the opening track you get severely beaten with
vicious drum intensity matched with blood-curdling growls and squeals
to create a volatile listening experience. Taking their relentless savagery
to the next level with each track that passes, this group proves that
commercial radio play and mainstream acceptance is the furthest thing
from their mind. With tracks titles such as “Diary of A Piss Drinker”
and “Phulled By Farmicuticals” you can easily tell that
this band are out to please nobody but themselves. This album is a must
for any fans of early Napalm Death, Brutal Truth and Today Is The Day
and you are entering in at your own risk.
The band recently checked in with the following update.
“Following the Decapitated and Necrophagia tours, we are currently
writing and rehearsing new material, and by cunt it's unpleasant! We're
not gonna sit here giving you the same bullshit every other band would
give you about how it's our 'best material to date' and 'heavier than
anything we've recorded before' 'cos everyone says that. However, it
is fucking horrible, everything you'd expect from the Rats...but MORE.
Working titles are "Chuck Fuckin Norris," "Thriving in
The Cold," "Inflicted With Glee," "The Whole Thing
Stinks Of Dogs" and "Gynocomastic Crisis"
We promised ourselves we'd stop touring until we had the album written,
but we're complete and utter tour whores so we're back on the road,
this time with the mighty Mastodon in June/July, with a tour of Ireland
scheduled for late July with Madman Is Absolute. We plan to take a break
from touring the UK after this, in order to concentrate on writing the
next album, as well as touring the other countries (most of Europe and
America). Hopefully, we will see you on the road soon, cunts.”
- LABYRINTH – The Italian traditional metal sensation have returned
with a stunning new album. The simply self-titled new offering is a
much welcomed return to the sound the band perfected on 1999’s
Return To Heaven Denied and is sure to garner rave reviews worldwide.
Now that they have signed an exclusive worldwide deal with Century Media
a new path is being paved for their triumphant return to the U.S.
Click on the following link to hear the blistering new track “The
- VITAL REMAINS – The response to Dechristianize has been phenomenal
and is already touted as the best extreme metal release of the year.
There is a big tour announcement that will be announced soon and it
looks as if Glen Benton will definitely be a part of the touring lineup.
This is the group’s more blasphemous and relentless offering to
date and features nine tracks of sheer melodic brutality.
- The New York-based quintet WITHERED EARTH have returned with a blistering
new offering that will quickly set them apart from the pack of average
U.S. death metal bands. This exceptional album entitled Of Which They
Bleed shows that the group are now easily contending with the death
metal elite. This record features 11 tracks of sheer brutality that
shows vocalist Adam Bonacci churning out some ferocious, tormented screams.
This is all matched by the low-end dual guitar hammering and pummeling
Bonacci recently checked in with the following update.
“Right now we are getting ready for a special show in Rochester
that we are putting together. It’s going to feature eight bands
including us, all of them doing a couple of Iron Maiden covers and then
a couple of our own songs. That’s going to be a good time. We
are also recreating and updating our website so that will be up soon.
Also, we are opening the June 22nd Today is the Day show in Buffalo
at the Cruise Inn. It seems like its been forever waiting for the new
CD to come out, but we are almost done and I would say its the best
Withered Earth to date. I just want to get our new album, Of Which They
Bleed, out and get back out on some tours and put the new stuff in people’s
Of Which They Bleed, their third full-length album, is set for a July
29th release. The band will also be making an appearance at this year’s
Milwaukee Metalfest on July 25th/26th at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Hopefully,
you will be able to survive the onslaught.
- Finally....the news you all have been waiting for. EINHERJER has signed
with the new Norwegian label Tabu Recordings. Release is scheduled for
September. The recording of the new, yet untitled, album has already
started & Gerhard is in the middle of tracking his drumparts. Einherjer.com
will keep you up-to-date with the latest news about the recording, the
release and the upcoming tour.
This is what Tabu Recordings says about the signing of Einherjer:
Tuba Records' metal label, TABU Recordings, are proud to present our
new world wide signing: EINHERJER
It's with great pride we announce that the makers of classics like Aurora
Borealis, Dragons of the North, Far Far North, Odin Owns Ye All &
Norwegian Native Art are back with a new album. Einherjer has just signed
with Tabu Recordings, and the new, yet untitled, album are scheduled
for release in september.
It's safe to say that the already-cult-band Einherjer will reclaim their
position at the top of the viking metal throne with the new album. Never
before has the band shown such skill, rage and originality. The band
manage to summon Ragnarok with these 13 anthems of true musical art.
Einherjer will grant you an experience not easily forgotten. Einherjer
will grant you the art of viking metal....
- NEGATIVE INFLUENCE is going thru a much needed change. We are
working with a new drummer that was much needed and a new bass
player that totally kicks ass. We will be re/writting some of
our old material as well as writing some kick ass new tunes..So
needless to say we will not be around for about a 1 1/2 months.
Our next big show is August 23rd @ Penny Arcade
This is a MDA Benefit show it is for a good cause
- A Message from Joe Comeau formally of ANNIHILATOR
As you are probably now aware, I am no longer working with Annihilator.
I would first like to thank all my friends and supporters who
have emailed me encouraging notes.
As you all deserve to know the truth in this matter, basically
there was a non-musical difference which I thought was something
we both could work out to a mutual understanding, however it did
not turn out that way. Annihilator is and always will be Jeff
Waters. It was his decision, and his decision alone that he made
to end our musical collaboration.
I find it to be very tragic as we had only begun to scratch the
surface of what we were capable of, and by far the best was yet
On a more positive note, I am already working on several possible
projects on which I will keep you posted.
Looking to the future, I will crush.
All the best,
German Thrash Metal Pioneers KREATOR Release First-Ever Live
Album & DVD
'Live Kreation' & 'Live Kreation - Revisioned Glory' Due on
July 22nd Through SPVAfter 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
The historic 2-CD, 100+ minute full-contact extravaganza includes
the following tracks:
Reconquering The Throne
People Of The Lie
All Of The Same Blood
Pleasure To Kill
Servant In Heaven - King In Hell
Riot Of Violence
Coma Of Souls
Leave This World Behind
Under The Guillotine
Awakening The Gods
Flag Of Hate
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:
Reconquering The Throne
People Of The Lie
All Of The Same Blood
Pleasure To Kill
Servant In Heaven - King In Hell
Riot Of Violence
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
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.
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
- SOILWORK drummer Richard Evensand (Ebony Tears, Dog Faced Gods)has
replaced Henry Ranta. Metal
- Ralph Santolla (Millenium, Death) has joined ICED EARTH as second
- UNIDA bassist Paul Gray (Slipknot) will be standing in for the
band's West Coast tour. Metal
- THY PRIMORDIAL 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. Metal
- 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. Metal
- BYAXIS 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. Metal
- 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. Metal
- 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. Metal
- METALLICA's "St. Anger" debuted at #1 on the Billboard
Top 200 chart and hit #1 on Soundscan's Top Albums Chart with
418,000 units sold in week one. Metal
- Don't miss them: GRAVE and CARNAL FORGE live on "Bonded
By Metal Over Europe"-Tour 2003
Sweden's death metal veterans GRAVE are confirmed for the "Bonded
By Metal Over Europe"-tour. Together with their labelmates
CARNAL FORGE they will support Thrash legends like Exodus, Nuclear
Assault and Agent Steel.
Rock Hard (D) sponsors:
"Bonded By Metal Over Europe"
GRAVE and CARNAL FORGE supporting:
Exodus - Nuclear Assault - Agent Steel - Behemoth - Mortician
- Callenish Circle - Occult
08. October 03 (UK) Sheffield - Corporation
09. October 03 (UK) London - Camden Palace
10. October 03 (NL) Eindhoven - Effennar
11. October 03 (B) Antwerp - Hof Ter Loo
12. October 03 (F) Paris - La Locomotive
13. October 03 (D) Essen - Zeche Carl
14. October 03 (D) Berlin - Columbia Halle Fritz
15. October 03 (D) Hamburg - Markthalle
16. October 03 (D) Münster/Breitefeld - Live Arena
17. October 03 (D) Bischofswerda - Hanger
18. October 03 (PL) Warsaw - Proxima
19. October 03 (CZ) Prague - Lucerna Music Club
20. October 03 (A) Innsbruck - Hafen
21. October 03 (CH) Pratteln - Z7
24. October 03 (E) Barcelona - La Capsa
25. October 03 (E) Madrid - Aqualung
26. October 03 (P) Porto - Hard Club
- MERCURY TIDE feat. Dirk Thurisch (Angel Dust), Anders Iwers
(Tiamat), Stefan Gemballa (Flowing Tears, Red Aim)
Since it was getting a little quiet around Angel Dust, singer
Dirk Thurisch is walking a different and very personal path with
MERCURY TIDE. While he did not only take over the vocals, but
also guitars Dirk gathered an excellent line-up around him for
Why? which will be released Europe-wide August 25th, 2003: Aside
from keyboardist Dennis Riehle Anders Iwers (bass) from Tiamat
and Stefan Gemballa (drums) from Flowing Tears and Red Aim joined
the team. "The musicians and I are a perfect match - from
a personal and musical standpoint", is speaking Dirk highly
of his partners in crime. "The co-operation with such great
musicians was very enjoyable." Why? was recorded and produced
by Siggi Bemm in the famous Woodhouse Studios with a helping hand
from Dennis Koehle.
Asked about the influences for the music Dirk explains: "They
came from completely different angles: Rock, Metal, Grunge, Gothic
and even Pop." Thus, the cover-version of Sting's "Russian"
surely makes perfect sense. The biggest influence for the lyrics
was Dirk's life: "The songs were mainly written at night.
Many of them are based around everyday stories and are written
from the gut. Therefore, this albums means a lot to me and I am
fully behind it."
The track-listing of MERCURY TIDE's Why? is as follows:
1. "Why?" (4:37)
2. "This Never Ending Dreaming" (4:47)
3. "Lost And Torn" (3:56)
4. "Souls Of The Ocean" (4:56)
5. "Back To Reality" (3:58)
6. "Russians" (3:20) *** [Sting Cover Version]
7. "Save This World" (4:04)
8. "Set Me Free" (4:05)
9. "Confusion" (1:18),
10. "Another One" (4:09)
11. "My Dear Enemies" (3:48)
12. "Alone" (6:19)
The website http://www.mercury-tide.com
will be launched on Why?'s release date August 25th, 2003.
- MELIAH RAGE's 'Unfinished Business',
Featuring GODSMACK's Sully Erna Now Available
Reunited Band Confirms Performances & Preps New Studio Effort!
Boston is about to get a lot louder, as the city's original metal
act has returned! MELIAH RAGE has reformed, recorded a brand new
studio album (which is scheduled to be mixed & mastered in
late June for release later this year), and has already booked
some festival performances to usher in the new era!
In the meantime, the long-awaited, previously unreleased album
featuring Godsmack's Sully Erna on drums, 'Unfinished Business',
is now available for sale at Screaming Ferret Wreckords website:
The album, originally recorded in 1992 as a series of demos to
shop for a new label after parting ways with Epic, consists of
eight emotionally charged aggression with a touch of class - MELIAH
RAGE's signature, as well as special 19-minute interview with
founding member, guitarist Anthony Nichols, which took place in
August, 2002. Anthony looks back fondly upon the legacy created
by the band, "I'm glad that we put out the albums we did;
I'll never complain about the legacy. We had 3 major label records,
2 MTV videos, toured Europe & the States. How many guys can
say that? Do you know how many bands there are that have NEVER
done that? I'll always be happy with what we accomplished."
The track listing for 'Unfinished Business' includes:
1. Mind Stalk
2. Moment Of Silence
4. Decade of Dreams
6. Possessing Judgment
7. Violent Force
8. Season To Kill
9. Interview with Tony Nichols (August 2002)
A sample of the song "Mind Stalk" from 'Unfinished Business'
is available here: http://www.screamingferret.com/sfw_audio/01_MeliahRage.mp3
The new incarnation of MELIAH RAGE consists of original members
Nichols, guitarist Jim Koury, bassist Jesse Johnson, as well as
newcomers Paul Souza on vocals and drummer Barry Spillberg (formerly
of Wargasm). Original vocalist Mike Munro bowed out of the reunion
to focus on the family business. Song titles from the new recording
sessions include "Ungodly", "Hate Machine",
"Hell Song", and "Church of the Day".
As previously stated, MELIAH RAGE will be re-introducing themselves
to America on select festival dates this summer, including The
Classic Metal Festival in Chicago, IL on June 28th (also featuring
Nasty Savage, Pagan War Machine, Vyndykator, October 31, Twisted
Tower Dire, Alchemy X and others), as well as Metal Mind Rage
II in Baltimore, MD on August 8th (alongside Zandelle, Gorman
Prophecy, October 31, Thundercore, Twilight Odyssey, and mothers).
More information about both festivals can be found at the following
Along with the CD, www.screamingferret.com
is also selling exclusive MELIAH RAGE t-shirts to commemorate
the release of 'Unfinished Business'.
For more information on MELIAH RAGE, visit the group's official
web site at www.meliahrage.com
- THE CROWN prepare to mix Possessed 13 - Swedish thrashers THE
CROWN, recently rejoined by original vocalist Johan Lindstrand,
have completed the recordings for their new album, Possessed 13,
and are taking a three-week break before returning to Gothenburg's
Studio Fredman in mid-June to mix the effort for a tentative September/October
release. "It sounds very fuckin' great and we can't wait
to release this fury upon your souls," Lindstrand wrote in
a recent online posting. "It has gone very smooth in the
studio, no problems at all and everybody is working their ass'
off. When we're not beating our instruments we are kickin' each
other's ass' in Tekken 4 and the undisputed champion is for the
moment Janne. We have now tuned down the guitars even more to
get a more deadly sound to the songs and it is fuckin' working,
and the fast songs have become even more faster than the pre-production
we did. As I'm writing this [on Thursday, May 22] I have only
one more song to do vocals on and that's 'Dawn Of Emptiness',
a mid tempo song that's gonna end the album along with the instrumental
piece 'The Endless Gate'. Marcus has also some solos left to do
and the shit he's done so far has fuckin' blown me away.
- AMARAN NEW ALBUM AND NEW BASS PLAYER ANNOUNCED - Here's a message
form Kari: "We spent the better part of april recording and
mixing our new album at Studio Underground - Västerås,
Sweden. The new album will be called' Pristine In Bondage and
we recorded 13 songs for it. I guess 10 of them will make it to
the album. We really like what we achieved! The new songsare much
stronger with than on A World Depraved, heavier, a bit faster
but still very melodic. I think everyone exceed themselves this
time around. Johanna vocals have never sounded better. The sound
is awesome and Pelle (the engineer) did a fantastic job!....The
album will be a killer! It's a promise! We also have a new bass
player in Ronnie Bergerståhl. The album will come out in
limited edition slipcase or digipack CD with one bonus track.
- Finally, after almost 8 years of hiatus, LUCIFERION are back
with a monster of an album! The Apostate is scheduled for early
September and shows a major musical progression from the band
who released the classic Demonication (The Manifest) album in
1996! The new songs display a huge deal of darkness and intensity,
packed by unreal guitar solos and mesmerizing melodies. It's still
wicked death metal but in a totally fresh execution and a very
extreme atmosphere. It's definitely a major release in the genre.
Keep checking the SOUND section on www.listenable.net
for a new track soon on offer there !.
- SKINLESS DEBUT ALBUM TO BE RE-RELEASED! - The active U.S. american
death metal band chose LISTENABLE to re-release their much sought
after debut album Progression Towards Evil. The album will, in
the label's tradition, feature unreleased material: 4 additional
live tracks and one video '"Crispy Kids". The band hopes
to tour in late 2003 to promote their recently released new album
for RELAPSE. Further info, please check: www.4skinless.com.
SKINLESS: Progression Towards Evil is scheduled for August 25th.
- THE LEGION (Sweden) are right now busy finishing the last songs
for the yet untitled debut album to be released on Listenable
this fall. The recording will take place early this summer at
the famous Abyss Studios in Sweden. Eight to ten songs of complex
and eclectic black/death metal, ranging in style from MORBID ANGEL
to SETHERIAL, are guaranteed. For you curious hellbangers out
there a five-track mini-CD called Awakened Fury is being released.
- IN.Y. favorites IMMOLATION are working on their upcoming DVD
due to be out in November. It'll display shows recorded in Holland
during their 2 recent tours in various places like Amsterdam (raging
in front of 3000 people !), Tilburg, Antwerpen (Belgium) but also
Paris and L.A.. The DVD will also contain bonuses and multi angle
- SCARVE's first ever video is ready and hot off the reel! It
illustrates "Emulate The Soul", the opening track for
last year's Luminiferous album, and was directed and edited by
Phil Marchal. Congratulations to him for his outstanding work!
SCARVE are hard at work finishing the songwriting for their upcoming
album to be recorded in July with Daniel Bergstrand. The yet untitled
album will be released in early 2004.
- Juan Ortega, vocalist for VILE since the early days left the
band. He's been very busy working in his TRIDENT studios and with
his family and the recent European tour he did with the band signified
the end of his career as a frontman. VILE will be joined by James
of ORIGIN for their upcoming summer West Coast American tour and
their full U.S. tour at the end of the year. Besides, the band
has started ideas for their upcoming album whose recording and
release date are yet to be announced.
- Out in July, 2003 - DEATH DIES "Product of Hate"
The comeback!! Black thrash Metal in the vein of gods such as
Celtic Frost!! Current line-up: SAMAEL VON MARTIN, DEMIAN DE SABA,
REX TENEBRAE. From cult Black Metal band EVOL.
- ROCK NEVER STOPS 2003 North American Tour Headlined by WHITESNAKE
With Special Guests
WARRANT, KIP WINGER & SLAUGHTER
Tour Sponsored by VH-1 Classic Television
The annual Rock Never Stops tour returns in the summer of 2003
headlined by Whitesnake with special guests Warrant, Kip Winger
and Slaughter. This exciting package, which is being sponsored
by VH1 Classic television, will hit amphitheaters, arenas and
fairs throughout North America from July 11 through August 24.
Fans can count on hearing all their favorite hits from the Rock
Never Stops artists.
Whitesnake is 2003's Rock Never Stops headliner, and with good
reason. Band leader and vocalist David Coverdale is one of the
most extraordinary singers rock 'n' roll has ever produced. Whitesnake's
double platinum 'Slide It In' was a musical and commercial breakthrough
due to hard-hitting songs like the title track, "Slow An'
Easy" and "Love Ain't No Stranger." But it was
the follow-up album, simply titled 'Whitesnake,' that set the
music world on fire and became an eternal classic. 'Whitesnake'
sold more than 8 millions copies and yielded the number one hit
single "Here I Go Again" and other smashes like "Is
This Love," "Still of the Night" and "Give
Me All Your Love." Yet another major success was the album
'Slip of the Tongue' and its notable songs such as "Fool
For Your Loving," "The Deeper the Love" and "Now
You're Gone." Whitesnake's latest release is the comprehensive
two-CD set 'Here I Go Again: The Whitesnake Collection.'
Few bands have played hard rock with as much fun-loving exuberance
as Warrant. Led by vocalist Jani Lane, Warrant roared out of the
starting gate with the double platinum debut 'Dirty Rotten Filthy
Stinking Rich' and its hits "Down Boys," "Heaven,"
"Sometimes She Cries" and "Big Talk." Warrant's
sophomore album, 'Cherry Pie,' was another double platinum best
seller on the strength of the title track, "I Saw Red,"
"Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "Blind Faith." 'Dog
Eat Dog' went gold. Warrant's most recent release, 'Under the
Influence,' includes covers and originals.
Kip Winger will perform as a solo artist on the Rock Never Stops
tour. His band Winger quickly became a multiplatinum-selling success.
The self-titled debut spawned a string of major hits like "Seventeen,"
"Madalaine," "Headed for a Heartbreak" and
"Hungry." The next album, 'In the Heart of the Young,'
featured "Miles Away," "Can't Get Enuff" and
"Easy Come Easy Go." 'Pull,' which Kip Winger regards
as the band's best album, included "Down Incognito."
The latest solo album released under his full name is 'Songs From
the Ocean Floor.'
Slaughter, led by vocalist Mark Slaughter and bassist Dana Strum,
has enjoyed enormous success. The double platinum 'Stick It To
Ya' included standouts like "Fly to the Angels," "Up
All Night" and "Spend My Life." 'The Wild Life'
was yet another best-selling favorite. Slaughter's latest releases
are coming soon -- remastered reissues of both 'Stick It To Ya'
and 'The Wild Life' complete with bonus tracks.
The complete Rock Never Stops tour dates for Summer 2003 are:
Friday, July 11th - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena
Saturday, July 12th - Hartford, CT - CTNow.com Meadows Music
Sunday, July 13th - Trenton, NJ - Sovereign Bank Arena
Tuesday, July 15th - Pittsburgh, PA - Post-Gazette Pavilion
Friday, July 18th - Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Amphitheatre
Saturday, July 19th - Fort Dodge, IA - Midwest Off Road Race Track
Wednesday, July 23rd - San Diego, CA - SDSU Open Air Theatre
Friday, July 25th - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Pavilion
Saturday, July 26th - Las Vegas, NV - Orleans Arena
Sunday, July 27th - Los Angeles, CA - Universal Amphitheatre
Tuesday, July 29th - Fresno, CA - Fresno Downtown Stadium
Friday, August 1st - San Antonio, TX - Sunken Gardens
Saturday, August 2nd - Dallas, TX - Smirnoff Music Center
Tuesday, August 5th - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green
Wednesday, August 6th - Sturgis, SD - Buffalo Chip Campground
Friday, August 8th - Tinley Park, IL - Tweeter Center
Saturday, August 9th - Bonner Springs, KS - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sunday, August 10th - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music
Tuesday, August 12th - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
Wednesday, August 13th - Atlanta, GA - HiFi Buys Amphitheater
Friday, August 15th - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
Saturday, August 16th - West Palm Beach, FL - Sound Advice Amphitheatre
Sunday, August 17th - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum
Wednesday, August 20th - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Friday, August 22nd - Cleveland, OH - Tower City Amphitheatre
Saturday, August 23rd - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sunday, August 24th - Hamilton, ON, Canada - Copps Coliseum
- NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL PROMOTER
ANNOUNCES NEW JERSEY FESTIVAL
WORCESTER, MA - MassConcerts, the promoter of the hugely successful
New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, has confirmed plans to
expand the festival into new territories beginning with Asbury
Park, N.J., in the fall of this year.
The New Jersey Metal And Hardcore Fest will be held at Asbury
Park's Convention Hall complex on Friday, November 14 and Saturday,
November 15. The lineup will be announced in July.
"It was very clear", said John Peters of MassConcerts,
"that the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival had grown
in popularity over the past five years and needed the opportunity
to go to markets outside of our New England home base. We decided
on New Jersey because of its strong metal music scene and it's
close proximity to New York. Convention Hall was the perfect fit
because of its history of hosting great acts like Pantera and
The New Jersey Metal And Hardcore Fest will follow the same format
as the annual New England festival but on a larger scale, as allowed
by the larger size of the New Jersey venue.
In just five years, the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival
has become one of the nation's top heavy metal festivals. This
year's show, held May 16 and 17 at the Palladium in Worcester,
Mass., sold out a week in advance and was documented by Trustkill
for a future DVD release. Rob Zombie was on site interviewing
bands for an episode of MTV 2's "Headbanger's Ball,"
as was Juliya, host of MuchMusic USA's "Uranium."
Following is just a sampling of what media outlets have had to
say about the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival: Revolver
Magazine stated, "If you decide to go to only one fest this
year, this should be it." CMJ says "...hands down, the
best metal fest in the world." After this year's fest MetalJudgment.com
said "This may have been the best metal festival ever on
MassConcerts will work in conjunction with local promoter Concerts
East on the New Jersey Metal And Hardcore Fest.
Visit the festival website at njmetalandhardcorefest.com.
- DOG FASHION DISCO HITS THE ROAD
BALTIMORE, MD – Dog Fashion Disco will begin touring this
summer in support of their new album Committed to a Bright Future.
The latest album by this completely unconventional band has was
released in early May and has been drawing rave reviews by industry
critics. “Dog Fashion Disco does not play it safe…I
can honestly say that the music of Dog Fashion Disco is a genre
unto itself.” (Live 4 Metal). The band has been gearing
up for the nationwide tour and is ready to unleash a show unlike
any other. With an arsenal of antics and no boundaries in sight,
the band promises to be unpredictable. “We are out to change
the landscape of heavy music as people know it,” said lead
singer Todd Smith. “I believe people are tired of bands
all sounding the same and not taking chances to push the envelope
and expand musical expression.”
Dog Fashion Disco will be appearing on stage for this tour with
a variety of heavy hitters. With bands like Hed Pe, Endo, and
Dope joining forces with DFD on some shows, hell is guaranteed
to break loose.
06/16/03 Mon. Fusion, Dayton, OH
06/17/03 Tue. Bogarts, Cincinnati, OH
06/19/03 Thu. Uncle Doctor’s, Columbia, SC
06/20/03 Fri. Sophisticated Otter, Johnson City, TN
06/21/03 Sat. The Bay, Chattanooga, TN
06/23/03 Mon. Exit Inn, Nashville, TN
06/24/03 Tue. Blue Monkey Tavern, Monroe, LA
06/26/03 Thu. Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, Austin, TX
06/28/03 Sat. Kemper Club, Kenosha, WI
06/30/03 Mon. Peabody’s Down Under, Cleveland, OH
07/3/03 Thu. Plaza Theater, Youngstown, OH
07/4/03 Fri. The High Five, Columbus, OH
07/5/03 Sat. Tek World, Louisville, KY
07/7/03 Mon. Jester’s Pub, Fayetteville, NC
07/11/03 Fri. Raritan Club, Sterling, VA
07/12/03 Sat. Jewish Mother, Virginia Beach, VA
07/13/03 Sun. Thunderdome, Baltimore, MD
07/16/03 Wed. Club Rocket, Toronto, ONT
07/17/03 Thu. Bomb Shelter, New Castle, PA
07/19/03 Sat. I Rock, Detroit, MI
07/21/03 Mon. Otto’s, Dekalb, IL
07/23/03 Wed. 32 Bleu, Colorado Springs, CO
07/24/03 Thu. Aggie Theater, Ft. Collins, CO
07/25/03 Fri. KRZZ Radio Show, Wichita, KS
07/29/03 Tue. Don Hills, New York City
07/31/03 Thu. Connections, Passaic, NJ
- In the autumn of 2000 IN THE WOODS announced their break up.
The mammoth project called In The Woods… Live At The Caledonien
Hall took place on 29th December in their hometown, Kristiansand.
It was to be a retrospect of one the most meaningful formations
of our time. In the Summer of 2003 the Live double CD Live At
the Caledonian Hall will appear as a legacy to IN THE WOODS. The
double CD has a 3rd additional bonus CD that gives an overview
of the newly founded Karmakosmetix label. (the newly founded record
label and artist platform made up of IN THE WOODS band members).
The Karmakosmetix releases will be through Prophecy.
- As already indicated in IN THE WOODS news, Prophecy will in
future be doing releases of the new record label KARMAKOSMETIX
founded by IN THE WOODS band members. An overview of the Artists
music on Karmakosmetix (amongst others NAERVAER, STILLE OPPROR,
X-BOTTERI, PLUTO & TRANSIT) is offered on the Karmakosmetix
Promo CD which accompanies the IN THE WOODS double CD. Though
the Karmakosmetix Promo CD can be ordered direct from Prophecy
by including return postage.
- ORPLID have begun work on their new piece which will be finished
under the name Sterbender Satyr. At the moment it is admittedly
still a little early to be able to say something exact about the
musical direction of the new album.- however we can already assume
that Sterbender Satyr will turn out more bombastic than Nächtliche
- The first 2 long sold out DORNENREICH CDs will now be re-released.
The debut Nicht Um Zu Sterben, originally appeared in 1997 and
illustrated the ‘Storm and stress’ time of a stormy
and free thinking feeling people. Bitter ist’s dem Tod zu
dienen the 2nd album of the Austrian group appeared for the first
time in 1999. DORNENREICH show their personal approach to Gothic/Black
metal on their 2nd album which hardly has similarities with overcoming
the chained up world but more to do with tragic freedom feelings.Both
CDs were remastered and are available for the first time with
the complete accompanying book – including all the lyrics
and many photos.
- "Lights Out," the title of the new ANTIMATTER CD (to
be released June 16th via Prophecy recs.) is essentially darker
but also more unified than the previous Saviour. Instead Duncan
Patterson’s inimitable feel for melancholic melodies always
shines far above all other clichés, already making ANATHEMA
one of the most unusual groups today.
- Los Angeles-based rockers MY RUIN have signed an exclusive worldwide
contract with Century Media. With Speak & Destroy, A Prayer
Under Pressure Of Violent Anguish, and the limited release To
Britain With Love And Bruises (Live) to their credit - in addition
to a dedicated worldwide fan base - their full-length Century
Media debut album, The Horror Of Beauty (co-produced by Mick Murphy,
Todd Osenbaugh, and Nick Raskulinecz of Foo Fighters, Marilyn
Manson, and Danzig fame) is tentatively scheduled for an October
- DECEASED will be releasing a DVD entitled Digital Graveyard
on Malt Soda Records out of AZ this summer. It will include many
years of gathered concert clips as well as audio commentary tracks
from the band and other deceasedness! The band has left Relapse
Records and has signed to Thrash Corner Records for their next
full length As The Weird Travel On! It's due to be recorded winter
2003 and released early 2004.
To be released on Khaosmaster Records is the re-release of Luck
Of The Corpse/13 Frightened Souls including some outtakes from
the 13... sessions and some live tracks from the era! It's titled
Corpses, Souls and Other Strangeness. A very limited picture disc
pressing of the band's last EP, Behind The Mourner's Veil is currently
available through Outlaw Records.
- VADER’s new MCD will contain 7 songs and among them there
is a track called Blood (rough title of the album). This is one
of two new cuts, which VADER is going to release on this MCD.
The band will start recording on the 10th of July and run through
for one week. After that Grzegorz Piwkowski will take care of
mastering and Jacek Wisniewski will create another stunning layout
of the MCD.
- SHINING FURY - Metal Blade Records is proud to present the latest
addition to their roster! New on the label is SHINING FURY out
of Lucca, Italy! The vision of the band was (and still is) to
create fast and melodic songs (the kind of music that makes you
bang your head!). In the beginning of 2003 SHINING FURY welcomed
Francesco Chelini – to be responsible for the second guitar
and to make the sound heavier. In the studio a good friend and
skilled player will join SHINING FURY: Oleg Smirnoff (ex-ELDRITCH)
who will add his psychotic keyboards to the songs to reach a higher
form of depth.
Metal Blade is very confident about the future of SHINING FURY.
“We know the market is flooded with Italian Power Metal
bands, but the demo the band sent was better than 99 % of all
that stuff. It really blew us away – we had no other choice
but signing them straight away! Their debut album will be like
a fresh breath of air”, says a spokesperson of the label.
No release date has been set yet, but we look forward to a fall
- DEATH DIES - "PRODUCT OF HATE"
After the well acclaimed "The Sound Of Demons" CD it's
time for a new opus
from Italian band DEATH DIES. DEATH DIES is now a three piece
and consists of:
SAMAEL VON MARTIN: vocals, guitars.
REX TENEBRAE: bass.
DEMIAN DE SABA: drums.
DEATH DIES CD "Product Of Hate" has been recorded at
Infernal Studios in
Mirano, Venice, where EVOL recorded all their albums. "Product
Of Hate" sounds as Black Thrash Metal in the old way... in
the vein of great bands such as Celtic Frost!!!
"Product Of Hate" tracks list (12 tracks - 44:50 minutes):
THORAZINE / DEATH DIES / SUNDOWN / HATE PRODUCT / EVIL TAKES ITS
FORM / FALSE PHILOSOPHERS (MERCENARIES OF DARKNESS) / BLASPHEMOUS
INVOCATION (THE OATH) / FAUST 2000 / UNHOLY REVENGE / THE CIRCLE
/ ROOTS OF CHAOS / TRIGGER.
Release date: 2003, July.
- OCULTAN - INFERNAL LIVE
"Infernal Live" is composed of 9 of OCULTAN´s
greatest hymns recorded during concerts of 2002, a agressive and
extreme release that presents an excellent graphical and sonorous
1 - Teu Reino de Sangue
2 - O Sangue, a Maior Oferenda
3 - Os Sete Caldeirões do Inferno
4 - O Orgulhoso Exu Belzebuth
5 - Caixões
6 - Nos Portais dos Cemitérios
7 - Morte
8 - For the Supreme Occult
9 - Lembranças do Mal, A Crucificação
R$ 20 - Brasil
U$ 14 - Worldwide
- STRYPER PLANS A TOUR!
Stryper plans on doing around 20 shows beginning summer of 2003!
(Wow!! Finally!) Details are still being worked out. A full tour
schedule including dates, locations, and ticket pricing will be
posted as soon as they become available. Find out more at the
new and improved official website www.stryper.com
STRYPER's new album titled "7" - The Very Best of Stryper"
is now available. The tracks are:
1.Something (New Track)
2 . For You (New Track)
3 . Shining Star
4 . Lady
5 . All For One
6 . In God We Trust
7 . Always There For You
8 . To Hell With The Devil
9. Calling On You
10 . Free
11 . Honestly
12 . The Way
13 . Soldiers Under Command
14 . Makes Me Wanna Sing
15 . Reach Out
16 . From Wrong To Right
17 . Loving You
18 . Believe .
As you can see , the CD begins with the newest tracks, then works
its way back through Stryper history (With the exception of "Believe"
as the final track.) The cd is released on Hollywood Records,
and distributed by Universal Distribution.
- Death Metal band HEARKEN have now released their first fullength
cd called Nuclear Negligence. It consists of almost 55 minutes
of Technical Brutality.
- VAAKEVANDRING IS NO MORE
I know some of you out there has been wondering what's been going
on with Vaakevandring. Well, to be honest: NOT MUCH! We played
our last show in Oslo, December 2001, and sadly, this WOULD be
the last show from Vaakevandring. Due to some personal affairs
within the band, we took a break after our guitar player left
the band in early spring of 2002. He was our webmaster, which
is the reason the website has been down for a while. The 4 remaining
members then decided to end the band late 2002, because of several
reasons. One being that 3 of the 4 members are now involved in
ANTESTOR fulltime. We don't want to make this dramatic at all,
and we (all 5) former members of the band are still good friends
and see each other every now and then. However, there are a few
Vaakevandring songs that we (the 4 remaining members) hope to
be able to record and release as a full length some day. Maybe
this year, but nothing has been set yet. Thanks alot for your
support, and we look really forward to serve you with Antestor
and other projects too!
On behalf of Antestor/Vaakevandring,
Pål Dæhlen Metal
- SAINT NEWS
Saint fans rejoice! Classic Heavy Metal band Saint has once again
raised the battleaxe ready to crush evil with their Heavy Heavy
Metal (which musically reminds of Judas Priest). Armor Records
will be reissuing the 2 disc set complete with all four SAINT
CD's "Warriors of the Son", "Time's End",
"Too Late For living" and "The Perfect Life".
It will come in a slim line jewel case and have 6 panels, 3 with
live shot pictures and 3 with info. The album shall be out by
June 15. More great news! Saint has rerecruited Josh Kramer on
vocals! A new album is also on the way! The new CD will be recorded
late this year and early next and tentatively named "In The
Battle". The sound will be traditional Saint and will sound
like a cross between Time's End" and "Too Late For Living".
Yes, finally SAINT is back again in full force! For more info
mail Richard Lynch at [email protected]
or visit www.angelfire.com/nj2/saint777/
Josh Kramer has also set up a Saint page at http://saint777.net/saint_page.html
- TOURNIQUET NEWS
Tourniquet's new album Where Moth and Rust Destroy on Metal Blade
is now available worldwide. The band has also released a DVD called
Ocular Digital featuring two concerts + Ark of Suffering video.
They are also working with a drumming DVD! Ted is getting the
final material together for the expanded DVD "The Unreleased
Drum Solos". The band has also made cool embroidered Tourniquet
patches as well as Where Moth and Rust Destroy shirts - short
AND long sleeve. More info at the website www.tourniquet.net
- Norwegian extreme band DROTTNAR have made a new EP. They are
signed by the new album Momentum Scandinavia and the new EP "Anamorphosis"
will be released in July. The EP will contain 4 tracks and will
be available in a limited edition.
- LIVING SACRIFICE IS OVER
This is it for real this time. Due to personal family obligations
and issues that have recently come up, Living Sacrifice will not
continue to tour after next week. We are very sorry to have to
cancel our west coast dates and all others in June and July. Our
final shows are listed below. If you would, please get the word
out so that these final shows will be successful. We have no plans
to do any other tours or albums as we feel that the time has come
to move on. thanks to all of you who have been a part of Living
Sacrifice and the success we have had over the last 13 years.
God Bless you all.
Bruce, Lance, Arthur, Matthew, and Cory.
6/28 Little Rock, AR @ Vino's
7/5 Bushnell, IL @ Cornerstone Festival
- The entire LIGHTFORCE recordings plus 2 bonus tracks has now
been rereleased. Lightforce 1986 to 1989 contains the Mystical
Thieves and Battlezone albums plus 2 bonus songs from the 1986
Lightforce Demo. This is where it all began for Steve of Mortification.
More info at www.roweproductions.com.
- Talking about MORTIFICATION you can also download MP3s and listen
to streaming music from all Mortification albums at http://www.roweproductions.com/mp3
Due to the war situation MORTIFICATION will not be touring overseas
this year, however in 2004 they plan to visit Switzerland, Germany,
Holland, USA, Mexico and Brazil as the opportunities become available.
- EXTOL NEWS
Synergy is now released at Century Media and available worldwide.
The Cover art for the new album is made by no other than Hugh
Syme who has made cover art for bands such as Rush, Megadeth,
Aerosmith & lots of other ones. It totally ROCKS! Musically
the new album reminds of the thrash band Believer! You can prelisten
to a few tunes on Extol's website www.undeceived.net
Extol also plans a world tour with the dates below. Most of them
are confirmed, but some are still being worked on, so changes
Fri. June 13, Club Impact, Tacoma, WA
Sat. June 14, Fat Tuesdays, Spokane, WA
Sun. June 15, The Zone Yakima, WA
Tue. June 17, Radio Rendesvouse, Twin Falls, ID
Thu. June 19, The Meow Meow, Portland, OR
Fri. June 20, Joshua Fest, Quincy, CA
Sat. June 21, The Boardwalk, Sacramento, CA
Sun. June 22, Showcase Theatre, Corona, CA
Mon. June 23, Bash on Ash, Tempe, AZ
Wed. June 25, Sox Place, Denver, CO
Thu. June 26, The Ground Zero, Wichita, KS
Fri. June 27, The Door, Dallas, TX
Sat. June 28, Vinos, Little Rock, AR
Sun. June 29, The El Torreon, Kansas City, MO
Tue. July 1, Cornerstone Festival, Tooth & Nail Day, Bushnell,
Thu. July 3, Cornerstone Festival, HM Stage, Bushnell, IL
Sun. July 6, SFBC, Atlanta, GA
Mon. July 7, RCKTWN Skatepark, Nashville, TN
Tue. July 8, The Emerson Theater, Indianapolis, IN
Thu. July 10, Sonshine Festival, HM Stage, Willmar, MN
Fri. July 11, The Eagle Reception Hall, Rock Island, IL
Sat. July 12, The Rock, Omaha, NE
Tue. July 15, TBA, Boise, ID
Thu. August 14, Flevo Festival, Main Stage, Eindhoven, Holland
Sat. August 16, Destruction Fest, The Underworld, London, UK.
- The European release date for ROB ROCK's new album "Eyes
of Eternity" has been rescheduled for June 23 on Massacre
Records, 4 days before the Rob Rock "Bang Your Head"
Festival performance in Balingen, Germany on Friday June 27th.
The Japan/Asia release date is scheduled for July 21 and includes
two bonus tracks for Japan. The US release will be available at
this site as soon as possible. The album is currently being mastered
at Finnvox Studios in Finland by Mika Jussila. The CD was produced,
arranged, and mixed by Roy Z. (Halford, Dickinson, Helloween)
All songs were written by Rob Rock and Roy Z.
Guest appearances on the epic 12 minute song “The Hour of
Dawn” include classic guitar solos from: Roy Z (Halford,
Tribe of Gypsies), Gus G. (Dream Evil, Firewind), Tom Naumann
(Primal Fear), Carl Johan Grimmark (Narnia), Rick Renstrom (Rage
of Creation), Jeff Kollman (Glenn Hughes), Jack Frost (Seven Witches),
Howie Simon (Tamplin, Jeff Scott Soto), Jimi Bell (Wayne's Metal
Church), and Axel Rudi Pell. “The Hour of Dawn” also
includes keyboard solos from Mistheria and Alex Argento. "Rock
The Earth" includes additional backing vocals by Sean Peck
(Cage). Stay tuned to www.robrock.com
for new updates and album release information, and concert information.
Rob Rock's Rage of Creation Band will soon begin rehearsals for
the new "Eyes of Eternity" tour. Warm-up shows are expected
in the Orlando Florida area before the band goes to Balingen Germany
for the Bang Your Head festival. Metal
- Melodic Metal band HARMONY have now released their first cd
titled Dreaming Awake on Massacre Records. This is melodic guitarshredding
metal that fans of Yngwie Malmsteen and Narnia are gonna love!
This is most excellent metal and can very well be the release
of the year.
- LAUDAMUS is proud to announce the signing with Escape Music
ltd. The album "Lost in Vain" will be released in Europe
16th June 2003. With special guests on the album the following
talents: Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Yngwie Malmsten), Marty Friedman
(Megadeth), Kee Marcello (Europe), Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen),
Rob Rock (Chris Impellitteri, Roy Z, Axel Rudi Pell, Joshua Perahia
and Dennis Cameron), Howie Simon (Ken Tamplin, Glenn Huges, Jeff
Scott Soto) and Ed Roth (Impellitteri, Coolio Maya). The result
is an album with great songs, heavy rhythms, powerful choruses
and a message that goes straight to the heart.
Melodic metallers Laudamus now have soundclips of two tunes that
will be on their upcoming album. You can check'em out at www.laudamus.se
- ALLSHERJAR have changed name to SHADOWS OF PARAGON. Metal
- INEVITABLE END is a new thrash/death metal band from Nässjö.
- Classic Metal band LEVITICUS will play on Hjoursfestival in
Hjo, Sweden on 20th of June. They will open up for In Flames!
They are also busy mixing the live album that was recorded on
Bobfest. Look for a release in August/September. The live album
can also be preordered at their official website.
- NARNIA's album The Great Fall is now released on Nuclear Blast.
Expect their heaviest album to date. Narnia also recorded a live
CD/DVD in Owen, Germany in front of 1800 fans. The release is
planned somewhere this autumn 2003. There is also a line-up change
in the band: Martin Claesson, Narnia's keyboard-player for six
years, has left the band. He left right after fullfilling his
dutys on the new album. Martin made this statement: "As You
know by now I have decided to leave Narnia - a tough decision
to make since I've really enjoyed being a part of the band and
meeting the fans at our concerts. Despite all this I feel that
it's time to move on. I want to thank all fans and promoters I
have met during my time with Narnia. You have made this time unforgettable!
I also want to wish the best of luck to Narnia and especially
my replacer Linus. God bless You and...LONG LIVE THE KING! "
/Martin. Martins replacer is Linus Kåse from Helsingborg
in Skåne (southern part of Sweden).
- CHRISTIAN RIVEL of Narnia are working hard with pre-production
of his solo album called Christian Rivel´s Audiovisions.
The producer is Lars Chriss from Lions Share and he has also written
songs for the album. Carl-Johan Grimmark from Narnia has written
one song and will play guitarsolos together with Pontus Norgren
ex. Talisman, Great King Rat & Damage Done. Andreas Olsson
from Narnia, Harmony & Stormwind and Per Schelander from Spyke
& House Of Shakira will handle the bass. Keyboards will be
handled by Micael Andersson from the band Cloudscape and more
musicians will be involved in this recording. The style is melodic
heavy metal with lots of harmony vocals in the vein of Uriah Heep
& Sweet. The album will be recorded during 2003 and be out
Christian Rivel's label Rivel Records are currently negotiating
with several record labels in South America for licencing in these
territories. More info later. If you are interested to licence
Rivel Records albums in your territory feel free to contact Christian
at: [email protected]
More info about this cool label can also be found on www.rivelrecords.com.
- The band SYSTEM BREAKDOWN featuring guitarist Carljohan Grimmark,
drummer Andreas Johansson and guitartech Ronnie Jaldemark on keyboards
from NARNIA. Vocalist of the band is Pär Hagström, fanstastic
vocalist in the same vein as Ronnie James Dio and Tony Martin.
The bass is handled by Karl Persson. The band is playing heavy
music and have influnces from bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin,
Sound Garden and also symphonic touches from Genesis. The album
will be released 4th of July 2003. Check out their site www.systembreakdown.com
that will be open soon. Metal
- Melodic Hardrockers in the band HEAVEN have a track on the
compilation "Metal for the world" by Big Riff Records
in Kansas, USA.
- PANTOKRATOR's first fullength album "Blod" (blood)
has been released on on rivel records Expect brutal and melodic
death metal with some female vocals added as extra effect.
- Black Metal band CRIMSON MOONLIGHT's first fulllength cd "The
Covenant Progress" contains 9 songs of brutal, melodic blackmetal
in the scandinavian vein.... This is outstanding black metal that
can beat any black metal band out there. The total runningtime
is over 50 minutes. The band is looking for a new bassplayer since
Hubbe now plays guitar and Petter synth. Crimson Moonlight has
also made t-shirts. Find out more about this cool band at www.crimsonmoonlight.com.
- SONS OF THUNDER released their new cd Circus of Power on Bobfest.
The cd is mixed by Thorbjörn Weinesjö from Veni Domine
and it contains plenty of heavy thundering praise metal. Both
Crimson Moonlight and Sons of Thunder are signed to Rivel Records.
For more about the band visit www.sonsofthunder777.com
- ENDLESS FUNERAL is a new black metal band. They have a demo
cd out titled Darkened Horizons. For more info visit http://126.96.36.199/artists/endlessfuneral
- Classic Metal band SHINING FORCE have now released their new
cd "The Old Serpent Wispers" on Bloodbought Records.
Look for a heavy release with bonecrushing metal.
- Power Metal band SEVENTH AVENUE announces a lineup-change. Geronimo
has left the band. He has done his last show on the 22.03 on their
CD release party. Now they are looking for a new bassman. He should
come from Wolfsburg / Gifhorn or Braunschweig. Please write to
Seventh Avenue has an European tour planned in late summer or
in fall. There they will be the support for Rob Rock and Narnia.
But the tour isn't firmed yet...
- THIRD/CROW said this about their latest album: "I think
this album is gonna blow people away, and show that styles like
Guardian and Stryper can be harmonized with sounds like P.O.D.
and Pillar," said Jonathan Bishop, lead singer.
- MOMENTUM SCANDINAVIA is the name of a new label brought to you
by the folks at Nordic Mission (Norway) & Endtime Productions
(Sweden). We just released our first album: ANTESTOR: The Defeat
Of Satan which is the re-release of the bands 2 first demos from
'91 & '93. The tapes have been totally remastered and the
release is strictly limited to 999 copies (each numbered) to make
this a collector's item. It also means this CD will become rare
and out of print very soon. The music is considered slow doomy
death with old thrash metal influences. Quite uniqe back in the
day, and a true legendary release from the upcoming extreme Scandinavian
metal scene. Contact us for distribution options. More releases
will come in the near future bringing you the best from the Christian
extreme underground! Hope to hear from you soon!
- Classic Metal band BLOODGOOD has been forced to change the address
to their website. The new address is http://www.bloodgoodband.com/
- REX CARROL fans rejoice! The phenomenal guitarist from Whitecross
plays the guitars on the rereleased cd Fan The Flame by the band
Eden! Rex holds nothing back as he handles all guitars on the
album. Any fan of Whitecross will instantly know the trademarked
signature sound of Rex Carroll on FAN THE FLAME”. Arguably,
Rex’s guitar playing has not been so flashy or predominant
since his early days in Whitecross. Singer in Eden is Joe Dokken.
Eden has a melodic hard rock sound that appeal to fans of Whitecross,
Guardian, Stryper, Dokken, and Warrant. http://www.dokkenseden.com.
The album is released on the new label Retroactive Records. Metal
- DANIEL BAND has re-released “Straight Ahead” &
“Run From the Darkness” on one cd. Metal
- SCREAMS OF CHAOS has re-released their cd "Genetic War".
Musically this is extreme death/black metal with cyber-industrial
leanings. The cd also contains 2 bonus tracks called Remember
and In The Name of God. According to the label Retroactive Records
it will appeal to fans of In Flames, Emperor, Extol, Ancient and
- JIMMY BROWN of Deliverance has released a industrial album with
the band FEARFUL SYMMETRY. The cd is called The Sad Veils of Tears
and will appeal to fans of Deliverance latest album Assimilition
as well as fans of Rammstein and Nine Inch Nails. Both Daniel
Band, Scream of Chaos and the Fearful Symmetry cds are released
by Retroactive Records. Metal
- Rich Davenport, who formerly where vocalist / guitarist in UK
rockers Through The Storm, is back in action. Now branching out
as a solo artist, Rich aims to maintain his former band's commitment
delivering hard-hitting, melodic Metal songs with a fresh, energetic
approach. This week sees the release of Rich's first comedy CD,
"Laugh Out Loud!", which features a selection of Monty
Python-style comedy sketches, along with two bonus tracks with
real hardhitting metal. The CD and free MP3 samples of these tracks
are available at www.richdavenport.co.uk
- KEN TAMPLIN's new cd titled Wake The Nations is now released.
The cd has strong hooks and plenty of guitar solos and many say
it's one of Tamplins' best. Guestplayers are no less than Marty
Friedman, Ritchie Kotzen, Reb Beach, Kee Marcello, Jeff Watson,
Pete Lesperence, Mattias Eklundh, Steve Salas and more http://www.kentamplin.com
- PURULENT guitarist David Rairan died last week as the result
of a tour bus accident. Metal
- ICED EARTH vocalist Matthew Barlow has decided to leave the
band to obtain his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration
and focus on a career in law enforcement administration. Metal
- SOILWORK drummer Henry Ranta has quit because he is worn out
– according to Ranta: “for the past two years I haven't
really found any joy playing, and with all the tours coming up
this year I felt that it was time for me to leave”. Metal
- 40 GRIT bassist Kevin Young has decided to leave the band –
according to Young: "the fire is no longer within me, I am
totally proud of 40 Grit and what we've done, and I will without
a doubt give you all my total support". Metal
- THE CHASM bassist Alfonso Polo has left the band – there
are no immediate plans to replace him - The Chasm will consider
using a session bassist for gigs. Metal
- ABIGOR the band has called it quits due to dissatisfaction with
the current state of the black metal genre. Metal
- ANCIENT RITES the band has split with guitarist Jan Yrlund (Prestige,
Lacrimosa) due to personal differences. Metal
- DRAGONFORCE long time drummer Didier Almouzni has officially
left the band - Christian Wirtl (Soul Source) will be sitting
in for the Sweden Rock Festival. Metal
- MNEMIC bassist Tomas "Oberst" Koefod (Grope) has replaced
Mikkel Larsen. Metal
- EXCITER bassist Paul Champagne has left the band due to musical
and personal differences. Metal
- HALFORD, the Metal God’s June 8 performance in Anaheim,
CA will be filmed for a future DVD release – fans can get
tickets at a 2-for-1 discount by providing the special password
-- the word "metal" –- when purchasing tickets.
- DARK TRANQUILLITY confirmed for Gods Of Metal Festival
The Swedish Melodic Death Metal outfit DARK TRANQUILLITY was just
confirmed for the Italian Gods Of Metal Festival in Milan, Palamazda.
Stage-time June 7th is 13:45 - 14:15 .
- Special NEVERMORE-site incl. MP3 track “Enemies Of Reality”
Visit the special NEVERMORE-Site at http://www.centurymedia.de/nevermore/!
Not only will you find an exclusive download of the title-track
of their new album Enemies Of Reality which will be release July
28th, 2003, but also a whole bunch of specials like personal profiles
of Warrel Dane, Jim Sheppard, Jeff Loomis and Van Williams, a
detailed biography and discography, infos on Rock Hard Festival
and a tour, plus a competition where you have the chance to win
a meet & greet with the band!
- SHADOWS FALL win Metal Hammer UK Award
Massachusetts-based SHADOWS FALL have returned to the States with
one of Metal Hammer UK magazine's coveted "Golden Gods"
The highly acclaimed metalcore mob kicked off the action at Tuesday’s
first ever Metal Hammer UK Awards ceremony with a blistering set
and were thrilled to then walk away with the award for “Best
The awards took place at a packed Forum in London, in front of
an audience of both fans and celebrities alike, including Lemmy,
Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Marilyn Manson, Amen, Cradle of
Filth, Mortiis, A, Soil, The Murderdolls, Gary Numan, Raging Speedhorn,
Satyr Wongraven, Ville Valo, Thrice, Strung Out, The Donnas and
Fresh from their triumphant Main Stage appearance at Saturday's
Download Festival at Donington Park (UK) and the recently completed
European tour with Children of Bodom and Soilwork, SHADOWS FALL
are now preparing to head out on the Stateside Rock N' Roll summer
camp known as Ozzfest, while their current album "The Art
Of Balance" continues to earn the unstoppable outfit heaps
of well-deserved praise.
- STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and ARCH ENEMY at Fields Of Rock Festival
The Canadians STRAPPING YOUNG LAD were just confirmed for the
Fields Of Rock Festival in Nijmegen (NL), Goffertpark (www.fieldsofrock.nl)
where they will hit the Tent Stage at 12:00 noon and play for
45 minutes! Right afterwards it’s still time to grab a beer
and head for ARCH ENEMY’s set from 14:50 – 15:35.
Other bands on the billing are: Subway To Sally, Nile, Mudvayne,
Opeth, Prong, Disturbed, Ministry, Monster Magnet, Stone Sour,
Marilyn Manson, Metallica – many good reasons to spend a
sunny Sunday in Nijmegen!
- ANTHRAX Films Video for "Safe Home",
Features Cameo by Keanu Reeves
Major North American Tour on the Horizon
Heavy Metal icons ANTHRAX recently wrapped a widely successful
US tour to promote their highly anticipated new release We've
Come for You All, but they are not resting on laurels. During
the tour, the band managed to shoot and compile a video for the
poignant single "Safe Home" at the House of Blues in
The video also features a special guest appearance by The Matrix
film star, Keanu Reeves. Reeves, a longtime Anthrax fan, was the
band's special guest at the sold-out Los Angeles tour closer.
Fans can check out the debut of "Safe Home" at Anthrax.com
in the very near future. The video is also being immediately serviced
to MTV, MTV2, Fuse, and MuchMusic for airplay consideration. Given
the infectious nature of the track, airplay should be imminent.
We've Come for You All has been selling extremely well since its
May 6 release, even debuting in the Billboard Top 200. Marriaging
haunting melody with ANTHRAX's trademark heavy groove riffs, the
album features guest performances by The Who's Roger Daltrey,
Pantera's Dimebag Darrell, and E Town Concrete's Anthony Martini.
Press immediately welcomed ANTHRAX's breath of fresh air in the
stale American metal climate:
"Anthrax have come back in a big way…" ~ Circus
"…a furiously dynamic and infectious slab of thrash/hard
rock…one killer comeback." ~ Revolver Magazine
"You want metal the way it was meant to be played? You got
it." ~ Drum! Magazine
~ Boston Phoenix
ANTHRAX is currently touring Europe & performing the major
festivals, but is planning a major North American trek beginning
in August. Stay tuned to www.anthrax.com