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June 30th, 2005
  • MARDUK ONSLAUGHT CONTINUES
    WORLD FUNERAL & FUNERAL MARCHES REISSUED

    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records with Regain Records confirm August 23 as the stateside re-issue date of Marduk's World Funeral. Also scheduled for release is the band's official dvd, Funeral Marches & Warsongs. Both titles are currently unavailable in the US and follow the ongoing success of the band's latest album, Plague Angel.

    Originally released in 2003, World Funeral (cd) plus Funeral Marches & Warsongs (dvd) captures the unholy essense that is, was and will always be Marduk. Their dvd features a one-off reunion with Joakim Af Gravf and was professionally filmed on various festivals and locations in Europe. Adding to the band's already impressive worldwide career sales, both titles find their triumphant return to US stores as the band eagerly anticipates their return to US shores, tentatively planned for later this year.

    Formed over a decade ago, Sweden's Marduk found immediate worldwide acclaim for their innovative sound. “The men in black wear every one of their bloody victories proudly on their shirtsleeves,” says Digital Metal. The band currently features bassist Magnus Devo Andersson, vocalist Mortuus, drummer Fredrik Andersson and founder/guitarist Morgan Hakansson. Marduk are featured on the cover of Metal Maniacs' August issue, currently on newstands nationwide.

    Track listings for each are noted below.

    World Funeral: With Satan & Victorious Weapons, Bleached Bones, Cloven Hoof, World Funeral, To the Death's Head True, Castrum Doloris, Hearse, Night of the Long Knives, Bloodletting, Blessed Unholy, Blackcrowned.

    Funeral Marches & Warsongs: (Live France, Paris, la Loco, April 9th 2003) Blackcrowned, With Satan and Victorious Weapons, Azrael, Wolves, World Funeral, Hearse, Bleached Bones, Of Hells Fire, Darkness it Shall Be, Fistfucking Gods Planet. (Live Poland, Katowiche, April 5th 2003) Blackcrowned, WIth Satan and Victorious Weapons, Azrael, Wolves, World Funeral, Hearse, Bleached Bones, Of Hells Fire, Darkness it Shall Be, Fistfucking Gods Planet. (Live Germany, Party San Festival, Bad Berka, August 7th 2003) Jesus Christ Sodomized, Baptism by Fire, The Black, Still Fucking Dead. (Video clips) Hearse (recording April 2003), World Funeral (recorded April 2003).

  • PAUL NELSON appears as special guest guitarist on the latest HALIFAX CD entitled The Inevitability of a Strange World on the song "Anthem for Tonight" due out soon worldwide through Drive Through Records.

    Visit: www.paulnelsonguitar.com, www.halifaxrock.com

  • FEAR FACTORY IN THE STUDIO AND UPCOMING TOUR

    After the success of FEAR FACTORY’s latest release, ARCHETYPE, which sold over 122,000 copies within its year of release, the world has no choice but to eagerly anticipate the next FEAR FACTORY creation. Fear not, the wait won’t be long. FEAR FACTORY are already working on their next release entitled Transgression tentatively due out August 23, 2005 on Trillion Records. Trillion is the new imprint from Liquid 8 Records and Entertainment founder and CEO, Mike Cattain, has created Trillion as a home for FEAR FACTORY and new bands seeking a creative haven grounded in growth. http://liquid8records.com

    FEAR FACTORY will enter Track Record Studios in North Hollywood, California on May 5th, 2005 joined by Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Korn, Metallica) who will produce along side with FEAR FACTORY this highly anticipated musical offering. “We are all very, very excited about the collaboration with Toby,” says singer Burton C. Bell. In addition to Toby Wright there will be a list of all stars collaborating on Transgression such as bass player, Billy Gold of Faith No More fame. Burton explains, “Billy brings a different vibe to the music the way his bass lines move around the beat and drive the songs with a unique element” Billy will contribute to two songs; “Echo Of My Scream” and “Super Nova.” Other working titles for Transgression are:

    Transgression

    New Promise (co-written with Mark Morton of Lamb of God)

    Empire

    540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit

    “It’s really cool to be writing a new record. We are all feeling very positive and it’s moving quickly since we have overcome some major obstacles. Now we can work on a fucking great album. 2005 is the year of Transgression for FEAR FACTORY!” say Burton on the current outlook of the band.You can get a preview of what’s to come of Transgression when you play the new game, RAINBOW SIX LOCKDOWN, which features a track from Transgression entitled, "Lockdown", as well as scores created by FEAR FACTORY throughout the menus. Apart from contributing music to RAINBOW SIX LOCKDOWN, drummer Raymond Herrera’s production company 3volution Productions, has produced the soundtrack to the Tom Clancy RAINBOW SIX LOCKDOWN game, which will include FEAR FACTORY tracks, and many other songs from various bands, to be released on Calvin/Trillion Records on August 3, 2005.

    Fans will get to hear some of the new FEAR FACTORY tracks this summer on Dave Mustaine’s GIGANTOUR. Christian Olde Wolbers, who will be slaying fans on the GIGANTOUR tour this summer with his new JACKSON signature series guitars and Krankenstein amps, states, “We’re really excited about doing a big summer tour - we haven’t done that since we headlined the side stage of Ozzfest in '98. I’m happy to convert the older and young metal fans of the GIGANTOUR. Once again Dave has put together a slamming summer tour!” For more information on tour dates, you can visit www.fearfactory.com.

    GIGANTOUR FEATURING FEAR FACTORY - TOUR DATES! After the success of FEAR FACTORY’s latest release, ARCHETYPE, which sold over 122,000 copies within its year of release, the world has no choice but to eagerly anticipate the next FEAR FACTORY creation. Fear not, the wait won’t be long. FEAR FACTORY are already working on their next release entitled Transgression tentatively due out August 23, 2005 on Trillion Records. Trillion is the new imprint from Liquid 8 Records and Entertainment founder and CEO, Mike Cattain, has created Trillion as a home for FEAR FACTORY and new bands seeking a creative haven grounded in growth. http://liquid8records.com

    Fans will get to hear some of the new FEAR FACTORY tracks this summer on Dave Mustaine’s GIGANTOUR. Christian Olde Wolbers, who will be slaying fans on the GIGANTOUR tour this summer with his new JACKSON signature series guitars and Krankenstein amps, states, “We’re really excited about doing a big summer tour - we haven’t done that since we headlined the side stage of Ozzfest in '98. I’m happy to convert the older and young metal fans of the GIGANTOUR. Once again Dave has put together a slamming summer tour!”

    Dave Mustaine handpicked the bands for GIGANTOUR, with a focus on musicianship. “There are a few very successful tours out each summer and in order to be significant, I knew the first GIGANTOUR had to make an impact with top bands like Dream Theater, FEAR FACTORY, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore.” Mustaine wanted to “put together a festival that consisted of positive bands that play heavy music in a high energyenvironment.”

    For more information on tour dates, you can visit www.fearfactory.com.

    GIGANTOUR
    Megadeth, Dream Theater, FEAR FACTORY, Dillinger Escape Plan, Nevermore, Dry Kill Logic, Symphony X

    07/21 Selland Arena- Fresno, CA
    07/22 Thomas and Mack Arena- Las Vegas, NV
    07/23 The Cove @ Cal Expo- Sacramento, CA
    07/24 Chronical Pavillion- Concord, CA
    07/30 Casino Anselmo- Tucson, AZ
    08/02 Nokia Live- Dallas, TX
    08/04 Concrete Street Amphitheatre- Corpus Christi, TX
    08/06 Hard Rock Live- Orlando, FL
    08/07 Sound Advice Amphitheatre- West Palm Beach, FL
    08/10 DTE Energy Amphitheatre- Detroit, MI
    08/12 Tweeter Center- Chicago, IL
    08/19 Civic Center- Portland, ME
    08/20 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre- Manchester, NH
    08/23 Jones Beach Amphitheater- Wantagh, NY
    08/24 PNC Bank Arts Center- Holmdel, NJ
    08/26 Bank of America Pavilion- Boston, MA
    09/02 Bell Centre- Montreal, QC
    09/03 Molson Amphitheatre- Toronto, ON

  • New bassist for HYPNOTIC FACE confirmed. That's Mira Ovad (ex-FAK..T). Why former bassist Vladka leaves the band you can see at www.hypnoticface.com. There're also 3 new live video clips with belly dancer. Check it out it's worth to see.

    www.hypnoticface.com

  • LIFE OF AGONY TO HEADLINE
    GIGANTOUR'S SECOND STAGE

    NEW ALBUM BROKEN VALLEY IN STORES JUNE 14

    Epic recording artists LIFE OF AGONY will headline the second stage of this
    summer's Gigantour, a six-week festival featuring Megadeth, Dream Theater,
    Dillinger Escape Plan and Fear Factory, among others. The speaker-shattering
    tour begins July 21 at the Selland Arena in Fresno, CA.

    The band, who recently wrapped dates with Mudvayne, will be touring in support
    of highly anticipated new album BROKEN VALLEY, their first new studio album in
    eight years. Produced by Greg Fidelman (Jet, Slipknot) and featuring lead single
    "Love To Let You Down," BROKEN VALLEY is a potent, poignant and perfectly paced
    rock album from a band whose creative spark is still smoldering.
    Here's what the critics are saying:

    Revolver
    "...Broken Valley is a bruising, anthemic disc that sounds like a punkier, bleaker Velvet Revolver."

    Daily Variety
    "'Love To Let You Down' is one of the catchiest singles to emerge from the metal world in recent memory."

    Alternative Press – 4 out of 5 stars
    "…LOA are back…"

    MTV News
    "…Broken Valley is 10 tracks of the NYC thuddery LOA is known for, but with something extra: a maturity born of nearly 20 years in the game."

    Guitar World
    "…the riffs are sharper and the choruses stronger than anything Life of Agony have recorded since their 1993 debut, River Runs Red."

    CMJ New Music Monthly
    "…more bloodthirsty than anything they've done previous."

    Kerrang! – 4 star review
    "…an utterly accomplished, passionate and powerful record which should see its makers win over a whole new generation of devotees. Today's young pretenders would do well to take note."

    Stuff – 3 star review
    "After a four-year hiatus, these Brooklyn headbangers have reunited, crafting a catchy metal album…"

    Outburn – 9 out of 10 stars
    "…The classic Life of Agony lineup has returned with a brilliant new record that should easily surpass the hopes and dreams of even the most cynical fan. A second chance at musical redemption is at hand."

    Metal Edge
    "…brilliant…distressing…compelling…it all comes together as a strangely beautiful album."

    Decibel – 7 out of 10 stars
    "…Broken Valley feels like a breakthrough...they deserve all the success that's bound to follow."

    Hit Parader
    "…Life of Agony have returned to the metal scene with a new album that finds them tougher, rougher and more charismatic than ever."

    The Aquarian
    "Broken Valley is not only a forward movement in the ongoing evolution of the band, seemingly uninterrupted by their split and reformation, but it encapsulates perfectly the band's complex personality and puts on a threshold the intense emotional honesty of the music that has been paramount on all of their releases. In short, it f*cking rocks."

    BROKEN VALLEY arrived in the early '90s and quickly made their mark with their now-classic debut, 1993's River Runs Red. Over the course of the half-dozen years that followed, the band released two acclaimed studio albums (1995's Ugly and 1997's Soul Searching Sun), toured with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, System Of A Down and Incubus, and garnered a diehard international following. After lineup changes and musical differences led to a split in 1999, the foursome re-grouped for two shows at Irving Plaza in January of 2003. They sold out within minutes.

    Additional dates and writing sessions followed, and by the time LIFE OF AGONY finished a European summer tour alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica and David Bowie, a new four-song demo had made the rounds and piqued label interest. They inked a deal with Epic shortly afterward and quickly headed into the studio to build BROKEN VALLEY. You can catch them tearing through VALLEY and playing other fan favorites on this summer's Gigantour. Dates are as follows:

    Date - City - Venue
    7/21 - FRESNO, CA @ SELLAND ARENA
    7/22 - LAS VEGAS, NV @ THOMAS AND MACK
    7/23 - PHOENIX, AZ @ CRICKET AMPHITHEATRE
    7/24 - IRVINE, CA @ VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE
    7/26 - SACRAMENTO, CA @ THE COVE @ CAL EXPO
    7/28 - SAN DIEGO, CA @ OAT
    7/29 - TUCSON, AZ @ CASINO ANSELMO
    7/30 - ALBUQUERQUE, NM @ JOURNAL AMPHITHEATRE
    8/2 - DALLAS, TX @ NOKIA LIVE
    8/3 - CORPUS CHRISTI, TX @ CONCRETE STREET AMPHITHEATRE
    8/5 - ATLANTA, GA @ GWINETT ARENA
    8/6 - ORLANDO, FL @ HARD ROCK LIVE
    8/7 - WEST PALM BEACH, FL @ SOUND ADVICE AMPHITHEATRE
    8/8 - TAMPA, FL @ ST. PETERSBURG TIMES FORUM
    8/10 - DETROIT, MI @ DTE ENERGY AMPHITHEATRE
    8/11 - FT. WAYNE, IN @ COLISEUM EXPO
    8/12 - CHICAGO, IL @ TWEETER CENTER
    8/13 - MILWAUKEE, WI @ EAGLES BALLROOM COMPLEX
    8/14 - CLEVELAND, OH @ TOWER CITY AMPHITHEATRE
    8/17 - PITTSBURGH, PA @ CHEVROLET AMPHITHEATRE
    8/19 - PORTLAND, ME @ CIVIC CENTER
    8/20 - MANCHESTER, NH @ VERIZON WIRELESS ARENA
    8/21 - POUGHKEEPSIE, NY @ MID-HUDSON CIVIC
    8/23 - WANTAGH, NY @ JONES BEACH AMPHITHEATRE
    8/24 - HOLMDEL, NJ @ PNC
    8/26 - BOSTON, MA @ BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION
    8/27 - READING, PA @ SOVEREIGN CENTER
    8/28 - ATLANTIC CITY, NJ @ HOUSE OF BLUES
    8/30 - BUFFALO, NY @ DARIEN LAKES AMPHITHEATRE
    9/2 - MONTREAL, PQ @ BELL CENTRE
    9/3 - TORONTO, ONT @ MOLSON AMPHITHEATRE

  • TONY IOMMI, the legendary Black Sabbath guitarist, will release his new album Fused on July 12, 2005, via Sanctuary Records. Joining Iommi is former Deep Purple vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes and former John Mellencamp drummer Kenny Aronoff, who has also played sessions with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd and countless others. The trio will hit the road to promote Fused later this year after Black Sabbath finishes headlining the 10th anniversary Ozzfest tour.

    Iommi's lethal guitar crunch leads the charge. Hughes truly pushes himself to the edge and adjusts his voice to fit the overall direction of each song while simultaneously propelling the rhythm with his pounding bass guitar. The volcanic thunder Aronoff unleashes from his drums sounds like nothing he has done before. Bob Marlette's sparkling, crisp production results in a hard-hitting, modern, in-your-face sound.

    TONY IOMMI: Fused, In Stores July 12th!!!

    Official Site: http://www.iommi.com/

  • BLACK ZODIAC, A METAL BAND BASED IN SOUTHERN FLORIDA,
    WILL BE PERFORMING AT "THE MASQUERADE" IN YBOR CITY, FLA.
    ON JULY 16, 2005

    NEW YORK CITY (JUNE 7, 2005) – BLACK ZODIAC, a heavy metal band based in Brandon, Fla., will be performing at The Masquerade (in the Infinity Room), Ybor City, Fla, on Saturday, July 16, 2005. Appearing on the bill with BLACK ZODIAC is the band "Must... Not... Kill...". The Masquerade is located at 1503 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City, Fla.; phone: (613) 247-3319. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.; ages eighteen and older. Tickets are $6.00 in advance and may be purchased through The Masquerade's website: www.masqueradetampa.com.

    Located in the Historic "Ybor City" district of Tampa Florida, The Masquerade is the perfect place to catch some of the hottest acts from around the world, in the middle of one of the hottest entertainment districts in the world!

    BLACK ZODIAC was formed in 2002 by Cuban-born beauty, Mayelin. To Mayelin, the name BLACK ZODIAC "represents all the different personalities of the zodiac with the darkness behind them."

    BLACK ZODIAC is comprised of Mayelin (vocals), Aaron Robinson (bass/guitar), and Jay Browing (drums).

    In May 2004, BLACK ZODIAC released the debut album, "Psychotic Hatred," on Sonic Wave International Records. The eleven-track album was produced by Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez (Morbid Angel’s co-producer). "Psychotic Hatred" was serviced to radio stations throughout the U.S., and it received airplay on more than 250 commercial and non-commercial stations. Accompanying the release of the album was a video for the tune, ‘Love in Darkness,’ which was solicited to various video outlets throughout the country.

    BLACK ZODIAC approaches their art differently than most of their contemporaries. They focus on the "whole picture," taking into consideration image, music, lyrical content, and performance, all arranged to fit together in perfect harmony. They look to be above the standards in metal today by keeping the lyrics clean and enlightening. They also extract musical influences from outside of the metal genre while still being true to the roots of the style. With Mayelin’s vocal power in combination with their unrestricted musical vision, there will be no end to BLACK ZODIAC.

    BLACK ZODIAC's website is located at www.blackzodiac.net.

  • Lock up your daughters, Stockholm's BACKYARD BABIES are returning to North America!!

    After a successful tour opening up for punk legends, Social Distortion, the Backyard Babies are returning to North America for a headlining national summer tour with labelmates The Black Halos, kicking off at the NXNE Conference in Toronto, June 9th at Funhaus.

    The Babies will be supporting their newest release, Tinnitus on California based Liquor and Poker Music. A compilation of four tracks from previously unreleased albums, Tinnitus is an overdue introduction to one of rock n' roll's unsung diamonds. It combines experiences of the Backyard Babies' teenage years listening to The Clash, Kiss, Dead Boys, Motley Crue, The Stooges, Hanoi Rocks and the Rolling Stones with the rock n' roll circus experiences gained as a touring band. More importantly, the unrelenting rock n' roll provides a glimpse into the past as well as the future of over the top, trashy, punk rawk & roll.

    Forerunners of the Swedish invasion that brought bands like The Hives, Sahara Hotnights and The Hellacopters, which guitarist Dregen was a founding member of, the BACKYARD BABIES have unleashed a mirror-shades-and-mascara action-rock riot upon unsuspecting citizenry in every corner of the globe.

    Everybody Ready??

    June 30 Casbah San Diego, CA
    July 1 Alex’s Bar Long Beach, CA
    July 2 Big Fish Pub Pheonix, AZ
    July 5 Gypsy Tea Room Dallas, TX
    July 6 One Eyed Jacks New Orleans, LA
    July 7 The Loft Atlanta, GA
    July 8 TBA Raleigh, NC
    July 9 Ottobar Batlimore, MD
    July 10 The Saint Asbury Park, NJ
    July 11 Great Scott Allston, MA
    July 12 Mercury Lounge New York, NY

  • TWISTED SISTER TO RELEASE 'LIVE AT WACKEN THE REUNION' DVDPLUS
    THROUGH EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT ON JUNE 28, 2005

    FIRST-EVER WORLDWIDE RELEASE OF REVOLUTIONARY DVDPLUS DOUBLE-SIDED DISC
    FEATURES BOTH FULL DVD VIDEO AND FULL CD AUDIO

    WACKEN CONCERT, NEW INTERVIEWS, ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE AND PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
    LIVE SONGS ARE INCLUDED

    The legendary hard-rock band Twisted Sister will release Live at Wacken The Reunion on DVDplus through Eagle Rock Entertainment on June 28, 2005.

    DVDplus is the revolutionary new medium featuring both full-length DVD video and CD audio on opposite sides of the same disc, unlike competing formats which do not offer consumer-desired full-length DVD capability. DVDplus discs are playable on existing DVD and CD equipment; no special gear is required. Live at Wacken The Reunion is the first DVDplus title to be released worldwide with label printing on both sides of the disc.

    The invertible hybrid disc was first conceived by acclaimed record producer and engineer Dieter Dierks, best known for his work with Twisted Sister and Scorpions. Twisted Sister vocalist Dee Snider was an early proponent of DVDplus and Phil Carson, Twisted Sister's manager and a legendary music industry executive, trumpeted the technology to countless record company heads and others. Eagle Rock Entertainment and Twisted Sister's foresight regarding DVDplus' potential has paved the way for others to follow in their footsteps.

    "I first heard of DVDplus when Dieter Dierks, a German record producer pal of mine, came to New York and showed me this astonishing technology," says Snider. "I saw a massive potential that is particularly important to record companies. Here is a way for them to give the consumer a much needed incentive to pay for a CD."

    Snider then showed the disc to Carson. "This is exactly what the industry needs," says Carson. "It gives the consumer extra value and serves as a deterrent to downloading."

    Twisted Sister leading the DVDplus charge with Live at Wacken The Reunion is not the first time the band has been at the "cutting edge" of the music business. Billboard Magazine once reported that the first CD in the history of recorded music to become a cutout was Twisted Sister's Dierks-produced 'Come Out and Play'!

    The DVD side of Live at Wacken The Reunion – mastered in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound audio -- features Snider, co-lead guitarist Jay Jay French, co-lead guitarist Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda, bass guitarist Mark "The Animal" Mendoza and drummer A.J. Pero tearing through a blistering set at the world-renowned Wacken Open Air festival in Germany on August 2, 2003.

    The 14 complete live DVD songs are "What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You)," "The Kids Are Back," "Stay Hungry," "Destroyer," "Like a Knife in the Back," "Under the Blade," "You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll," "The Fire Still Burns," "Shoot 'Em Down," "We're Not Gonna Take It," "The Price," "Burn in Hell," "I Wanna Rock" and "S.M.F."

    New, shockingly candid interviews with all five band members trace the steps from Twisted Sister's initial 1987 breakup through to the full 2003 reunion. These include everything from French and Snider's reconciliation, a partial 1997 reunion at the Speaks club in Long Island, VH1's 2001 "Behind the Music" episode, a performance at the NY Steel benefit show after September 11, the 2003 USO tour of American military bases in South Korea and much more. Rare archival footage from several of these events is featured. DVD bonuses are the story behind 'Still Hungry' and the recording of "Mendoza's choir" of family and friends providing background vocals for the album. Still Hungry, the re-recording of the classic 1984 album Stay Hungry, was originally supposed to serve as the CD portion of the DVDplus, but it was released on its own late in 2004.

    The CD side includes previously unreleased live versions of "Bad Boys (of Rock 'N' Roll)," "Born to Be Wild," "I'll Never Grow Up Now!" "You Know I Cry" and "You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll" recorded between 1980 and 1982, and six songs from the Wacken concert, including "What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You)," "The Kids Are Back," "Stay Hungry," "Like a Knife in the Back," "The Fire Still Burns" and the CD-side-only "I Am (I'm Me)."

    "Live at Wacken The Reunion is really the story of how a band breaks up at the peak of its game and manages to come back bigger than ever," French says. "After we reunited in 2003, we headlined European festivals that we used to be in the middle of the bill on during our original run."

    Technical obstacles delayed Live at Wacken The Reunion, which was originally planned to contain just the Wacken concert and Still Hungry. The technical issues were resolved and, during that time, the project grew and became much more than what Twisted Sister had first conceived.

    "We decided to make a documentary about the band's comeback. We spent our own money to do this, including writing a script and creating a timeline. This was an idea for a film -- a piece of art, something more substantial than just a concert. I think it's fitting since I think we're performance artists, not just a heavy metal band," French says. "It shows how we grew on a personal level and realized how special the band is and how we appreciate each other more now. Making this DVDplus was a catharsis."

    Nearly two years of work has paid off handsomely. Live at Wacken The Reunion turned into a remarkable, fully realized examination of Twisted Sister.

    "It's not simply a concert film. There's a bigger story here. It's the story of a band coming out of dormancy and an inside look at that band going from zero to 60 in a few seconds. Why did this happen now? A lot of bands that were popular in the '80s are revered even more these days," French says. "That's the question we're asked over and over again: Why would a band come back after 16 years? This DVDplus shows how that evolution occurred. Forces larger than the band brought us back together, and that can't be overstated."

    The band has scheduled more performances for 2005 to promote Live at Wacken The Reunion. For all the latest news and tour date information, visit www.twistedsister.com. The Philadelphia show on July 15 is a benefit concert for the band's former sound engineer Charlie Barreca, who received a liver transplant.

    Current North American tour dates include:

    DATE CITY VENUE
    Friday, July 15th Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory (benefit show)
    Saturday, July 16th Poughkeepsie, NY Mid-Hudson Civic Center
    Sunday, July 17th Long Island, NY Brookhaven Amphitheater
    Saturday, July 30th Grand Beach, MB Manitoba SummerFest
    Saturday, September 10th Tucson, AZ Tucson Electric Park (free)

    www.twistedsister.com
    www.eaglerockent.com

  • BEFORE EDEN New Album Released - Hellion Records

    The new album "The Legacy of Gaia" from the prog metal band Before Eden is being released through the label Hellion Records. The CD will be on stores in the end of june and includes ten tracks and a conceptual part about Gaia and the destiny of humanity. In this second album, the band shows a great evolution, playing a progressive and original sound, really heavy and melodious. Certainly it was made for fans of bands like Symphony X, Dream Theater, Kamelot...

    The releasing Show of the album will happen in the city of Blumenau/SC, date 07/08/2005 in "Cervejaria Bier Garten".

    Check the Official Site for more information.

    www.beforeeden.com
    www.hellionrecords.com

  • STEVE ZETROSOUZA TO EMCEE THRASH AGAINST CANCER BENEFIT; DEATH ANGEL GUITARIST TED AGUILAR'S SIDE PROJECT, MUDFACE, ADDED TO BILL

    Steve "Zetro" Souza, ex-vocalist for Bay area thrash bands Legacy and Exodus, will emcee the Thrash Against Cancer Benefit, on Friday, July 9, at The Pound SF outdoor amphitheatre. Headliners Testament will be joined by Hirax, Laaz Rockit and Vicious Rumors.

    "It's great to help out these families because I have children of my own and I would hate to see one of them lost to this dreadful disease," said Souza. "I'm sure everybody at some time in their lives has lost someone to cancer and they know how devastating it is."

    Souza had the privilege of singing for two of the most influential bands in the Bay area. He originally sang for Legacy, later renamed Testament, from 1983 to 1986. He left to join the now-legendary thrash band, Exodus, for whom he sang with until 1992. Souza rejoined Exodus in 2003 and the band recorded their first album in 11 years, the critically acclaimed Temple Of The Damned, which was voted "Best Metal Album" last year by the readers of Metal Maniacs.

    "The Bay area metal scene is my home," said Souza. "It's what made me what I am and who I am. Our scene is famous all over the world for the thrash bands it has produced and I'm proud to be a part of that history."

    Mudface, formally SIFT, the side project featuring Death Angel guitarist Ted Aguilar, has been added to the Thrash Against Cancer benefit. This will be the band's first show for new members, guitarist Rich Pia and bassist Nila, as well as their first performance under the name Mudface.

    "It feels great to play on the same stage with bands that I grew up listening to and still listen to now," said Aguilar. "I'm excited and everyone involved is excited; not only to play music with great friends, but to play music for a good cause."

    Mudface's current lineup is: Chris Dinsmore (vocals), Ted Aguilar (guitar), Rich Pia (guitar), Nila (bass) and Danny Stevenson (drums). The band recently reformed from a two-year hiatus due to the members' duties with their main bands.

    "Mudface is basically a side project for all of us since we all have our priority bands," said Aguilar. "We all share the same thing. We love to play HEAVY music."

    The proceeds from the Thrash Against Cancer benefit will aid in the financial recovery for families dealing with life-altering medical diagnosis. Among the families that will benefit from the concert are Keith and Brandy Regan, whose son, Cole Regan, was born with cancer (leukemia / AML) and survived up until three months short of his second birthday before passing away on July 28, 2004. The show will also help other families who have who have children with pediatric cancer and are in severe need of help.

    Tickets for the Thrash Against Cancer benefit are on sale now. The Pound amphitheater is located at 100 Cargo Way- Pier 96 (3rd St). This is an all ages event (21 years old w/ID to drink). Tickets are $40.00 in advance and are available through Ticketfusion.com and at The Pound SF's box office (415-826-5009) as well as www.poundsf.com

    http://thrashagainstcancer.blogspot.com
    www.testamentlegions.com

    Metal Maniacs

  • OBITUARY's Frozen In Time Slated For A July 19th Release; MP3 Posted

    OBITUARY's first collection of new songs since 1997's Back from the Dead, Frozen In Time was self-produced by the band, with Mark Prator and Scott Burns engineering, and was mastered by Tom Morris at Morrisound.

    Frozen In Time track listing:

    Redneck Stomp
    On the Floor
    Insane
    Blindsided
    Back Inside
    Mindset
    Stand Alone
    Slow Death
    Denied
    Lockjaw

    Download the track "Insane" at Roadrun.com.

    Metal Maniacs

  • PRONG To Release The Vault 2DVD

    PRONG returned in 2003 with Scorpio Rising and jumped right back into their notable sound, blending metal, hardcore and industrial with a hint of electronic elements. Now they are ready to open The Vault with 4 hours of live performances and amazing material that has never been seen before.

    The first DVD includes the complete concert from Amsterdam's MELKWEG in 2002 and the performance at the 2003 With Full Force Festival in Germany. The second DVD showcases the amazing show from Sweden's Hulsfred Festival along with extra bonus material in the "Surprise Section" consisting of Tommy on Japanese TV, backstage and interview footage from Full Force and a bootlegged Buffalo show. Metal Maniacs

  • THE OLD DEAD TREE COMPLETE NEW ALBUM

    It has been two years since THE OLD DEAD TREE released their first full-length album entitled The Nameless Disease. It's now time for their promising follow upThe Perpetual Motion, recorded in Stage One Studio with well-respected producer Andy Classen (www.stage-one-studio.de). We can already reveal some of the titles; the thrilling opener "Out of Breath," the catchy track "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8&" and the breathtaking title "Everyday Life." Melodic singing alternated by vast grunts as the debut album, but more varied and with new paths taken.

    The album was recorded with the new lineup: Manuel Munoz - vocals & guitars, Nicolas Chevrolier - guitars & backing vocals, Vincent Danhier - bass and Foued Moukid - drums.

    Season of Mist releases The Perpetual Motion on the 29th of August. Before this date the band will already play some of the new tracks during the Fury Fest in France (www.furyfest.com) and the Summer Darkness (www.summerdarkness.nl) and Baggerfest in The Netherlands. THE OLD DEAD TREE will tour Europe during October and November 2005.

    "It has been a great pleasure working with THE OLD DEAD TREE again! I really think that this band is standing out in the current European metal scene with their unique musical style. I am impressed, because they easily combine Extreme metal, Dark rock and Pop music...

    This time, the guys from THE OLD DEAD TREE did a real great job in their preparation for the new album The Perpetual Motion. They did perfect arrangements but still all the songs are very catchy. Manuel Munoz's vocals are exceptional, sliding without any effort from one style to another. The guitars parts are mixing aggressive riffs and beautiful melodic parts, while the efficient combination of drums and bass is putting efficient groove and rythms into the music!

    The work-out was even much better this time - We did the whole recordings/mixing/mastering process here at Stage-One-Studio which made the sound more compact and also much heavier than on the previous album.

    I really enjoyed working with them and I think they have a big future as a band... In fact, let me say that they have reached perfection with their new album The Perpetual Motion!" - Andy Classen - Producer - Stage One Studio

    www.theolddeadtree.com

    Metal Maniacs

  • THEATRES DES VAMPIRES SIGN WITH DREAMCELL11

    The italian band Theatres des Vampires have signed with Dreamcell11. The label, part of the Aural Music Group, will release the brand new album titled Pleasure and Pain in November 2005.

    Now fronted by mistress Sonya Scarlet, the 7th album of the italian Vampiric Theatre will be a new dawn for the band, modern and refreshing Gothic Metal at its best, with a decadent bloody touch...

    The album will feature important names of the international music scene as special guests, details will be revealed in the next newsletter.

    www.theatres-des-vampires.com

    Metal Maniacs

  • ANTIMATTER's Planetary Confinement Set For July 26th Release Vie The End Records

    The saddest album of the year. Antimatter moves toward richer, more organic textures with Planetary Confinement. Forsaking the electronic elements found on Saviour and Lights Out, natural string, piano and drum sounds form the foundation, with beautiful melancholy vocalizations provided by male and female vocalists. Recorded in two sessions, one in Ireland directed by Duncan Patterson (ex-Anathema), the other in England by Mick Moss. Features a contemplative, morose and quite liberal interpretation of Trouble's "Mr. White." For fans of Portishead, Massive Attack, Pink Floyd and anyone that feels the weight on the world on their shoulders. Metal Maniacs

  • SUBTERRANEAN MASQUERADE's Suspended Animation Dreams Set For June 21st Release Via The End Records

    This ambitious follow-up to last year's acclaimed Temporary Psychotic State EP finds Subterranean Masquerade questioning the limits of metal and create an amalgam of genres and styles, from Urban Jazz to Folk, Classical to World Music and Progressive onto extreme Metal. Guest vocals by Paul Khur of Novembers Doom, Kobi Farhi of Orphaned Land, Mike Sarten of the US band Starmy and many more. Metal Maniacs

  • PECCATUM's The Moribund People Set For July 12th Release Via The End Records

    Peccatum's second EP and fifth overall release offers three new recordings: "The Moribund People," "A Penny's Worth Of Heart" and a unique cover of Bathory's "For All Those Who Died." Showcasing the eerie and bizarre elements that populated previous full-length Lost In Reverie, Peccatum bravely continues to tread fresh ground with every new song -- a treasure for those demanding high-end symphonic avantgarde darkrock. The Moribund People also offers a video clip of the title track, a first for this special duo (which includes Ihsahn, formerly of the legendary Emperor). Metal Maniacs

  • ULVER's Blood Inside Set For July 12th Release Via The End Records

    The strange, stray birds of the black metal branch fly off into another metamorphosis. Blood Inside sees Ulver's evolution moving on a grand scale. Gaining much experience throughout the five years between their last proper studio album, PerditionCity, and this emergency-room excursion, Blood Inside offers more vocals, more variety and infinite interpretations. 9 surgically precise shapeshifts, performed with a wide array of instruments and unorthodox operational techniques. Black sheep? Never. Wolves prey upon sheep. Written, performed and produced by Ulver, with a little help from legendary producer/mixer/artist Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson's preferred audio pilot). Includes a video clip. All hail the new pope! If you're new, come see why this band has been nominated for a Grammy in Norway twice. If you're a follower, expect a brand new Ulver again. Metal Maniacs

  • INTO ETERNITY, JAG PANZER Conquer Mexico

    Having performed in over 20 countries across North America and Europe supporting their album Buried In Oblivion, Canadian progressive death metal band Into Eternity just added a new country to their resume, Mexico. Guitarist/growler Tim Roth returned from the Monterrey Metal Fest last week with the highest praise: “The festival was a complete success. We went on at 1:35pm on Saturday to thousands of fans. The crowd seemed hungry for metal. ‘Spiraling Into Depression’ went over the best from our set and after the show we met a lot of fans and signed everything that they had.”

    Jag Panzer guitarist Mark Briody, whose band headlined the second stage concurred: “I had high expectations for our first appearance in Mexico. I expected a festival attended by hordes of crazed metal fans; my expectations were exceeded, and then exceeded again and again.

    “There were 2 stages and they were a good distance apart, and to watch the whole crowd move from stage to stage was incredible. I noticed something unusual from the stage during the first chorus of the song: I’d see about one-fourth of the crowd singing along. By the next chorus , about half the crowd was singing, and by the end the whole crowd was singing. It was great to see people who were unfamiliar with the song learn it on the spot and participate.

    “Sign me up for any more shows in Mexico. Mexico RULES!”

    Into Eternity began their North American tour yesterday with the first of 7 headlining shows:

    06/08 QC Live - Davenport, IA
    06/09 The Arena - East Dubuque, IL
    06/10 Hairy Mary- Des Moines, IA
    06/11 Elbo’s- Dayton, OH (Dwell In Darkness Fest w/ Bobaflex, Dog Fashion Disco, All Shall Perish)
    06/12 J.J. Kelley’s- Chicago Heights, IL
    06/15 Jester’s Pub- Fayetteville, NC

    After these dates the band will be touring with Hate Eternal, Krisiun, Incantation, and All Shall Perish (dates follow). Visit the www.KNAC.com webpage, to enter to win two free tickets to one of the following dates. Into Eternity will also tour North America with Hammerfall and Edguy, and then again with Stratovarius.

    Into Eternity with Hate Eternal, Krisiun, Incantation, All Shall Perish
    06/30 Sokol Auditorium- Omaha, NE
    07/01 Ascot Room- Minneapolis, MN*
    07/02 Royal Albert Arms- Winnipeg, MB*
    07/03 The Exchange- Regina, SK*
    07/04 Starlite Room- Edmonton, AB*
    07/05 Warehouse- Calgary, AB*
    07/06 The Generator- Prince George, BC*
    07/07 Red Room- Vancouver, BC*
    07/08 Studio Seven- Seattle, WA
    07/09 Ash St Saloon- Portland, OR
    07/10 The Pound- San Francisco, CA
    07/12 The Boardwalk- Orangevale, CA
    07/13 The Key Club- Los Angeles, CA
    07/14 Galaxy Theatre- Santa Ana, CA
    07/15 The Clubhouse- Tempe, AZ
    07/16 Launch Pad- Albuquerque, NM
    07/18 Sanctuary- San Antonio, TX
    07/19 Mary Jane’s- Houston, TX
    07/21 The Masquerade- Atlanta, GA
    07/22 Thee Imperial- Jacksonville, FL
    07/23 The Masquerade- Tampa, FL
    07/24 Culture Room- Ft Lauderdale, FL

June 25th, 2005
  • DESOLATE WAYS launches new website

    Desolate Ways is launching a new website, created by Ricardo Meirelles, who works with known artists like To/Die/For and Ricardo Confessori (Shaaman). In the new website it's available a video clip made for the track "Sleep", taken from the band's debut, Eternal Dreams.

    The band is working in their second album and meanwhile there are two concerts confirmed in the cities of Porto Alegre (03/June at Heavy Grande do Sul festival) and Pelotas (04/June at 15 Noise Rock festival).

    To visit the new website just access www.desolateways.com

  • GRIND YOUR MOTHER Fest 2 [sabato 2 luglio - saturday july 2th | Gussago (BS) IT]

    PROSSIMO CONCERTO:

    GRIND YOUR MOTHER Fest 2
    PUNGENT STENCH (A) - 1° volta in Italia
    BLOOD DUSTER (AUS) - 1° volta in Italia
    NATRON (ITA) - LENG TCH'E (BEL) - 1° volta in Italia
    INHUME (HOL) - BIRDFLESH (SWE)
    CLITEATER (HOL) - ZUBROWSKA (FRA)CORPSEFUCKING ART (ITA) - BILE (HOL)
    INSANE ASSHOLES (ITA) - E.D.B.P. (ITA)
    [2 LUGLIO 2005 - JULY 2ND 2005]

    Merchandising, drinks, food and camping.

    Tickets available directly at the fest.

    How to reach the fest:

    Highway A4 (Milano-Venezia), exit "Brescia Ovest", direction "Lago d'Iseo", Brescia's Tangenziale (main road) direction "Lago d'Iseo", exit "Gussago", straight forward for another 500 mt. again towards Gussago, to the left in Staffoli road, loc. La Stacca, campo "Metra".

  • SENTENCED ~ Album in stores!

    It´s unleashed! The absolutely last record of one of the best rock bands in the world is released and can be found in stores all over the globe: SENTENCED – The Funeral Album.

    At the moment it looks like we are talking about the most successful album in the bands history. A good amount of important coverstories got secured and the single “Ever-Frost” entered the Finnish National Charts at Position 1!

    For sure there will be some chart entries of the album, too. Stay tuned for the first results. Still not sure if you should get the record? Well, then check the media feedback from Germany:

    ””The Funeral Album“ is an infectious musical legacy… As a band you cannot say goodbye with more dignity.” 8,5 out of 10, Rock Hard (D)

    “A must-have for absolutely everybody who wants to pay respect to the band for one last time and in whose chest a metal heart is beating.” Sonic Seducer (D)

    “Logically, full ratings as a bow to one of the very few who knew their ways. Get out your tissues and join the funeral procession! 10 out of 10, Orkus (D)

    “… now it’s up to the fans to accompany the band on their way to eternal rest in dignity. It’s a pity that a more than 15 year long career finds such a sudden end with such a masterpiece…” 10 out of 12, Heavy! (D)

    “… an inevitable must-have.” Zillo (D)

    “Finally a great band we don’t have to witness dying a slow death. Thanks for the many scary, but nice songs. Take care.” 9 out of 10, Metal Heart (D)

    ““The Funeral Album” is a dignified ending of the career of a groundbreaking band.” 9 out of 10, Rock It! (D)

    http://www.sentenced.org

  • IMPIETY + CENTINEX on European tour in October 2005

    IMPIETYs diabolical birth began in January 1990 with: Shyaithan (bass/vocals), XXXul (guitars) and Iblyss (battery) under heavy influences early BATHORY, SARCOFAGO, early POSSESSED, early MORBID ANGEL and BLASPHEMY.

    In 2004 Shyaithan established an international line-up. Oscar Garcia (drummer from HACAVITZ) and Antimo Buonanno (ex-DISGORGE, lead guitars from HACAVITZ and BLOOD REAPING) and Eduardo Guevara from BLOOD REAPING joined the Imperial War Command! IMPIETY signed with AGONIA RECORDS for 3 full length releases and a mini album.

    The band recorded their 4th full length album of 8 songs Paramount Evil at Ambox Studios. Right after the recording the band performed a 9 date Mexican Tour and 2 weeks long Asian tour that proved to be a success!

    In October 2005 the bands will unleash their power and fury over Europe!!!

    CENTINEX was formed around September 1990. With 7 full lenght albums a few European tours, US tour and many festivals behind them in November Centinex signed a new worldwide deal with Cold Records/Regain Records.

    The band started to write material for "World Declension" in December 2004/January 2005 and spent March and April at Black Lounge studios recording the album. The disc is expected to hit the shops in Europe in late June followed by USA and Japan after the summer. Early in the year the band did a few selected shows in Sweden and more dates have been booked for the spring. This includes several one-off shows, mini-tours and festivals in Sweden, England and Germany. The band hit on a full scale european tour in the October 2005 together with IMPIETY.

  • HIRAX AND LAAZ ROCKIT ADDED TO THRASH AGAINST CANCER SHOW

    Los Angeles thrash metal veterans HIRAX and the recently reunited '80s Bay Area thrashers Laaz Rockit have been added to the Thrash Against Cancer benefit, which will be headlined by Testament, on July 9 at The Pound SF outdoor amphitheatre. Vicious Rumors, announced last week, will also take part in this historic gathering of Bay area musicians.

    The proceeds from the show will aid in the financial recovery for families dealing with life-altering medical diagnosis. Among the families that will benefit from the concert are Keith and Brandy Regan, whose son, Cole Regan, was born with cancer (leukemia/AML) and survived up until three months short of his second birthday before passing away on July 28, 2004. The show will also help other families who have who have children with pediatric cancer and are in severe need of help. These families struggle on a daily basis to pay for medicine and co-pays, not to mention household bills and other expenses, to keep their hopes and futures at a functioning level while battling to keep their child alive.

    Keith Regan is a long-time fan of thrash metal and approached Testament's vocalist Chuck Billy about the possibility of the band playing a benefit for his family and for other families who have children with pediatric cancer. Billy brought the Regan's request to the attention of Walter Morgan, one of the organizers of the Thrash Of The Titans show, and the benefit began to take shape.

    "I am so honored to have all these amazing bands from my past step up and play this show to aid my family," said Keith Regan. "The Bay Area has been my home all my life and to have this opportunity for fans to see this show in our home town is awesome."

    Although HIRAX is from Los Angeles, the band considers the Bay area their second home.

    HIRAX has played there many times since 1984, sharing the stage with Slayer, Exodus, DRI, Dark Angel and Cryptic Slaughter just to mention a few. These bands helped to create the thrash metal scene and were instrumental in the genre's worldwide popularity.

    "HIRAX is honored to be a part of this benefit," said vocalist Katon W. De Pena. When we were asked to play this show, we did not hesitate to join forces with our brothers and sisters from the Bay area. This benefit will prove that the heavy metal community cares about the fans more than anything."

    HIRAX's 2004 recording, The New Age Of Terror, will be released in the US this summer on Deep Six Records, and singer Katon W. De Pena's label, Black Devil Records, will also release Not Dead Yet, a CD consisting of the band's first two classic records Raging Violence and Hate, Fear And Power.

    Laaz Rocket, formed in 1982, were a mainstay in the Bay area thrash scene for 9 years. Earlier this month, the original lineup reunited for the first time since 1991 to play 2 shows with Testament, including the prestigious Dynamo Festival in Holland. Their appearance at the Thrash Against Cancer benefit will be their first US show in over 14 years.

    "We're excited and honored to be a part of this show to help out such a worthy cause," said guitarist Aaron Jellum. "It will be interesting to see all the old friends and fans again from the Bay area.

    Tickets for the Thrash Against Cancer benefit will go on sale Wednesday, June 1. The Pound amphitheater is located at 100 Cargo Way- Pier 96 (3rd St). This is an all ages event (21 years old w/ID to drink). Tickets are $40.00 in advance and will be available at The Pound SF's box office (415-826-5009).

    http://thrashagainstcancer.blogspot.com
    www.testamentlegions.com

    Metal Maniacs

  • OPETH JOIN THE ROADRUNNER FAMILY

    New York, NY - Roadrunner Records is proud to announce the signing of Opeth. With a release planned for late summer 2005 -- following a spate of international touring that includes the much-anticipated Sounds of the Underground run in the US -- Opeth has never been busier - or more excited about the prospect of things. "The combination of a strong label and our best album so far is quite lethal!" states Opeth singer and guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt

    With a musical grasp that spans the baroque to the brutal, Opeth have spent the past decade honing a sound quite unlike any band in existence; 1994's Orchid being the starting point in the evolution of a sound that encompasses elements of metal, progressive rock, folk and classical music. The name Opeth has become synonymous with a soaring, cathedral of sound that has netted the band a legion of loyal fans and scored them Grammy award kudos in their native Sweden for their album Deliverance and were nominated for their other acclaimed opuses Damnation and Blackwater Park. With the release of their last album, 2003's Damnation, the Swedish band cemented their position not merely as standard-bearers in heavy music, but one of the greatest bands of the present day.

    Since the merger of Opeth's former label Music For Nations into BMG, Opeth have been one of the most sought after unsigned bands in the world. Opeth and its manager, Andy Farrow of The Northern Music Company finally struck a deal with Roadrunner Records. "Opeth is the sort of band that humbles you with every note," states Roadrunner A&R man Mike Gitter who adds Opeth to a personal roster of artists which also includes the Grammy-nominated Killswitch Engage. "We're excited and proud to be working with them."

    "I think all of us subconsciously had our minds set from the very beginning about signing to Roadrunner," says Akerfeldt. "For us it's probably our biggest career move since we started. Roadrunner is/was the home of many of our favorite metal artists of all time." He adds, "As I'm writing this I am in the studio and we're recording the new album I know that this album is going to really KILL! It's sounding incredible already, and we're nowhere near finished."

    Look out for the as-yet-untitled album late-summer 2005.

    Look out for Opeth with new labelmates Chimaira and Devildriver on Sounds of the Underground&

    6/25: Lowell, MA Paul E. Tsongas Arena
    6/26: Philadelphia, PA Penn's Landing
    6/28: Pontiac, MI Phoenix Plaza Amphitheatre
    6/30: Winston-Salem, NC Dixie Classic Fairgrounds
    7/1: Portsmouth, VA Harbor Center Pavilion
    7/2: Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
    7/5: Cleveland, OH The Scene Pavilion
    7/7: Minneapolis, MN US Band Theatre @ Target Center
    7/8: Tinley Park, IL Tweeter Center
    7/9: Sauget, IL Pop's Lot
    7/10: Tulsa, OK Brady Village
    7/12: Atlanta, GA Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre
    7/13: Orlando, FL Tinker Field
    7/15: Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Center
    7/16: Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheatre
    7/19: El Paso, TX El Paso County Coliseum
    7/20: Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre
    7/22: Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Sports Arena Lot
    7/23: Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre Lot
    7/25: Seattle, WA Qwest Field Event Center
    7/31: Denver, CO Universal Lending Pavilion

    Metal Maniacs

  • ABSU Set To Release Two-CD/LP Anthology of Rarities

    Osmose Productions is proud to announce the release of Mythological Occult Metal: 1991-2001, a double CD and LP anthology due out in September, 2005. The collection of songs, compiled by Equitant and re-mastered by Proscriptor, will feature tracks recorded by the band never featured on any of ABSUs five official releases. "This is not a posthumous 'best of' or 'greatest hits' release, but a compilation of songs many ABSU followers were never able to get their hands on."

    The track listing for the collection is as follows:

    DISQUE ONE
    I. The Gold Torques of Ulaid
    Taken from Gummo: Music from the Motion Picture - Soundtrack
    II. Never Blow Out the Eastern Candle
    Taken from World Domination - Compilation
    III. Stone of Destiny
    Taken from Tara - Album ("Hall of the Masters" Alternate Version)
    IV. Immortal Sorcery
    Taken from The Temples of Offal - 7" EP
    V. Sumerian Sands (The Silence)
    Taken from The Temples of Offal - 7" EP
    VI. Disembodied
    Taken from The Temples of Offal - 7" EP
    VII. &And Shineth unto the Cold Cometh& including Prelusion to Cythr?ul
    Taken from &And Shineth Unto the Cold Cometh& - 7" EP
    VIII. Akhera Goiti - Akhera Beiti (One Black Opalith for Tomorrow)
    Taken from &And Shineth Unto the Cold Cometh& - 7" EP
    IX. Reliquiae Celticae
    Taken from Hallstattian Swords - 7" EP
    X. The Great Battle Moving From Ideal to Actual
    Taken from Hallstattian Swords - 7" EP
    XI. Old Tombs at Hochdorf
    Taken from Hallstattian Swords - 7" EP

    DISQUE TWO
    I. Deathcrush including Silvester Angfang
    Taken from Originators of the Northern Darkness: A Tribute to Mayhem - Compilation
    II. Swing of the Axe
    Taken from Seven Gates of Horror: A Tribute to Possessed - Compilation
    III. Transylvania
    Taken from A Call to Irons: A Tribute to Iron Maiden - Compilation
    IV. Bestial Invasion
    Recorded Live at Universal Rehearsal: Studio A - Dallas, Texas - May 10, 1996 (Unreleased)
    V. The Winter Zephyr (&Within Kingdoms of Mist)
    Recorded Live at Le Bikini - Toulouse, France - April 28, 1997 (Unreleased)
    VI. Highland Tyrant Attack
    Recorded Live at Le Bikini - Toulouse, France - April 28, 1997 (Unreleased)
    VII. The Thrice is Greatest to Ninnigal
    Recorded Live at Poison Apple - Torino, Italy - April 29, 1995 (Unreleased)
    VIII. The Coming of War
    Recorded Live at Zeche Carl - Essen, Germany - April 26, 1995 (Unreleased)
    IX. Book of Splendour
    Recorded Live at the Place - Dallas, Texas - October 31, 1993 (Unreleased)
    X. Tasseomancy
    Recorded Live at the Place - Dallas, Texas - October 31, 1993 (Unreleased)

    Metal Maniacs

  • THROWDOWN'S VENDETTA TO INCLUDE LIMITED EDITION DVD

    Followup To Last Year's Breakthrough Album Haymaker Due June 28

    ORANGE COUNTY, California == The first 50,000 fans who pick up a copy of Throwdown's new album Vendetta will be treated to a limited-edition DVD that will include a brand new documentary.

    Nearly twenty-minutes in length the never-before-seen documentary features in-depth interviews with Dave Peters (vocals), Dom Macaluso (bass), Matt Mentley (guitar) and Ben Dussault (drums) as well as a plethora of photos and exclusive behind the scenes footage from the shoot for the album's first single, "Burn."

    With shocking depth and clarity Throwdown talks about the formation of the band, the state of heavy music, writing the songs on Vendetta, touring through most of last year, and working with producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall) on what is sure to go down as one of the most important heavy music releases of the year.

    The documentary was directed, filmed and edited by two producers whose extensive backgrounds in journalism, television and film make for something the likes of which is rarely seen in the worlds of hardcore or metal.

    Vendetta is the followup to the Orange County, California band's breakthrough album "Haymaker," which saw them on tour with Lamb Of God, Fear Factory, As I Lay Dying, Norma Jean and more across Europe, Japan, Australia and North America. It also produced the MTV2 Headbanger's Ball staple "Forever" and helped secure Throwdown a slot on last year's Ozzfest.

    Look for "BURN," directed by Chris Sims (Lamb Of God, Bleeding Through) to hit MTV2 and Fuse soon. "Vendetta" will crush this summer. You can catch Throwdown on tour this summer with SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND. Metal Maniacs

  • Karyn Crisis launches EXORSISTER T-Shirt line

    EXORSISTER is the name Karyn Crisis has chosen for her new line of women's T- shirts.

    Music journalist Alex Johnson tagged Karyn as "the Exorsister" in a review he wrote of a live Crisis show in an effort to describe her angelic/demonic vocal style and stage performance. The moniker stuck in her head, becoming the inspiration behind her T-Shirt line which features artwork that references female power-symbols. The EXORSISTER line will be launched with the 1st design of the series, "Avenging Angel."

    EXORSISTER shirts are currently only available at Crisis shows. Crisis begins touring the US June 9th in Houston, TX. See www.CrisisSite.com and www.KillithFair.com for more dates. Metal Maniacs

  • AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED SET RELEASE DATE FOR BESTIAL MACHINERY, BAND WEBSITE RELAUNCHED

    Relapse Records recording artists AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED (ANb) have set an August 2nd US release date for their long-awaited discography (Vol. 1).

    Titled Bestial Machinery: The Collected ANb Discography Volume 1, the 2xCD release will include all of AGORAPHOBIC's recorded material prior to their Relapse debut, Honkey Reduction. The collection will include the much sought after "30 song 7"/demo", long out of print vinyl splits with acts such as CATTLEPRESS, LACERATION and ENEMY SOIL amongst others, and a plethora of unreleased material. mazing cover artwork by Florian Bertmer (ANb/CONVERGE split, THE LOCUST) and layout / design from Orion Landau (HIGH ON FIRE, NILE, CEPHALIC CARNAGE) will accompany. The album is slated for an August 8th European release.

    Additionally, AGORAPHOBIC has relaunched their official website, www.agoraphobicnosebleed.com. Constructed and maintained by Swiz of the Electrocutionerdz and Joe Torpedo, the new ANb web domain features a detailed discography, up-to-date news, the official band web board, downloadable desktop wallpapers and album art and the ability to stream both audio tracks and videos from a majority of the band's releases to date. Metal Maniacs

  • SMAXONE Sign To Scarlet

    SmaXone debut albumRegression will be released through Scarlet in August 2005. This amazing band features Michael Bogballe (vox) and Brian Brylle Rasmussen (drums) from MNEMIC and Casper Skafte (guits) and Claus Lillelund (vox) from ELOPA. The basic idea of Smaxone is to keep the music as personal and original as possible. The clean and unique voice of Claus mixed with the screaming of Michael creates a varied and extremely interesting sound: from hard grinding metalriffs to the more atmospheric rock-ballad approach, with modern elements as electronic samples, breakbeats and synthesizers. Let's say that Fear Factory, Devin Townsend and Faith No More had a meeting in Denmark! The release date of Regression is planned for the end of August 2005.

    Casper comments: "Smaxone is very thrilled and proud to finally reveal that we have found the perfect record label to release our debut album Regression! We have known Scarlet Records for a long time since fellow Danes Invocater and Hatesphere among others have released several records through this dedicated hard 'n' heavy Italian label and we have only heard good about it! We are now looking forward to present the music to the world and we can?t wait to get out on the road to meet all you guys and play you some neck breakin' music!"

    The official lineup of Smaxone:
    Claus Lillelund - Clean vox
    Michael B?gballe - Distorted vox
    Casper Skafte - Guitar, bass, synth.
    Brian Brylle Rasmussen - Drums
    The live lineup of Smaxone :
    Claus lillelund - vox
    Michael Bogballe - vox
    Casper Skafte - guitar
    Brian Brylle Rasmussen - drums
    Obeast - bass
    Morten Sandager - keys and synths
    Lars Jelsbak - rythm guitar

    WWW.SMAXONE.NET
    WWW.SCARLETRECORDS.IT

    Metal Maniacs

  • MASTIC SCUM New album out Sept. 5th 2005

    The upcoming 3rd album "mind" will be out September 5th 2005. This album will contain 13 tracks + video clip and will be released by Cudgel Agency / Twilight Distribution. At this record we put more emphasis on Death Metal, combined with Grindcore and Hardcore tunes - Death Metal Core straight in the face! We are very curious about this album and can´t wait to promote it.

    For more infos visit: www.masticscum.com

June 24th, 2005
  • HOLY RECORDS - exclusive distributor of SALEM's new album in France

    Holy Records have signed a deal which will make them an exclusive distributor of Salem's new album, "Strings Attached" in France. Fifth of July is the album release date in the country.

    For more information, visit www.salemband.com

  • MEGADETH’S GREATEST HITS: BACK TO THE START TO BE RELEASED IN CD
    AND LIMITED EDITION CD/DVD PACKAGES BY CAPITOL/EMI
    In Stores: June 28, 2005

    Megadeth and Dream Theater to Co-headline Dave Mustaine’s “GIGANTOUR;” Other Mainstage Acts Include Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore

    Hollywood, California – May 2, 2005 – As Megadeth frontman and guitarist Dave Mustaine prepares to take his GIGANTOUR festival line-up to major North American cities this summer, Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing is gearing up to unleash Megadeth’s Greatest Hits: Back To the Start in two configurations. The 17-track CD and deluxe, limited edition CD/DVD set will be released June 28, both including a package essay written by the director of The Decline of Western Civilization documentary series, Penelope Spheeris.

    Megadeth Greatest Hits: Back To The Start follows Capitol/EMI’s 2004 extensive eight-album remastering campaign for the band’s catalog and the release of the band’s tenth studio album, The System Has Failed, which debuted at #18 upon its September 2004 release (Sanctuary Records). The Greatest Hits tracklist, selected by fans in a poll at the band’s official website, www.megadeth.com, packs 17 top hits and favorites on a 78-minute single disc, including “Peace Sells,” “Symphony Of Destruction,” “In My Darkest Hour,” “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due” and “Sweating Bullets.”

    The limited edition CD/DVD package is expanded to add approximately 40 minutes of video content, including a new Mega-Mix music video for "Kill The King," edited from past music videos and behind the scenes footage, seven previously unreleased live performance cuts from the band's 1999 Risk tour, and a preview for the forthcoming 2-DVD set, Arsenal Of Megadeth. To be released this fall, Arsenal Of Magadeth is a new career anthology including videos, live performances, interviews and Dave Mustaine's home movies of the band on the road. Pre-orders for the two new Greatest Hits: Back To The Start packages will be taken at the band’s official website: www.megadeth.com, just as Megadeth’s remastered catalog titles were first offered last year.

    Co-headlined by Megadeth and Dream Theater, with other mainstage acts Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore, Dave Mustaine’s six-week GIGANTOUR is set to launch in late July. GIGANTOUR will criss-cross North America, with stops in amphitheatres and arenas in cities including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, Denver and Minneapolis, among others, implementing a “fan friendly” ticket price of approximately $35. Mustaine notes, “I think people may want an affordable alternative to the choices out there, along the lines of a pure music festival, like ‘Monsters of Rock’ or ‘Clash of the Titans’.”

    GIGANTOUR, whose moniker was inspired by the classic 1960s cartoon “Gigantor,” follows Megadeth’s sold-out 2004 “Blackmail The Universe” tour in support of The System Has Failed and the band’s extensive catalog reissue campaign. Bandmates Glen Drover (guitar), James MacDonough (bass) and Shawn Drover (drums) will once again join Dave Mustaine on the road.

    To pre-order Megadeth Greatest Hits: Back To The Start, and for GIGANTOUR tour dates and other news, please visit www.megadeth.com.
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    MEGADETH: GREATEST HITS (CD)
    1. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due
    2. In My Darkest Hour
    3. Peace Sells
    4. Sweating Bullets
    5. Angry Again
    6. A Tout Le Monde
    7. Trust
    8. Kill The King
    9. Symphony Of Destruction
    10. Mechanix (2002 Remix)
    11. Train Of Consequences
    12. Wake Up Dead
    13. Hangar 18
    14. Dread And The Fugitive Mind
    15. Skin O' My Teeth
    16. She-Wolf
    17. Prince Of Darkness
    (TRT: 78:15)

    Limited Edition Greatest Hits CD/DVD: DVD tracklist
    1. “Kill The King” Mega-Mix video (New video, compiled from clips from Megadeth’s top music videos)
    2. 'Megadeth Live' intro screen / Prince Of Darkness
    3. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due
    4. In My Darkest Hour
    5. Hangar 18
    6. Sweating Bullets
    7. Symphony Of Destruction
    8. Peace Sells
    9. Preview for Arsenal Of Megadeth (forthcoming 2-DVD Megadeth release)
    (TRT: 39:09)

    Megadeth catalog titles remastered and reissued June 29, 2004 by Capitol/EMI:
    (more than 300,000 shipped to date)
    Title Original Release Date
    Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? September 19, 1986
    So Far So Good So What January 13, 1988
    Rust In Peace September 24, 1990
    Countdown To Extinction July 6, 1992
    Youthanasia November 1, 1994
    The Craving (MD.45, with Lee Ving) January 1, 1996
    Cryptic Writings July 17, 1997
    Risk August 31, 1999

  • BENEATH THE MASSACRE - Evidence of Inequity

    Make way for the new undisputed champions of Canadian death metal: Beneath the Massacre. One listen is all it will take to convince you of the veracity of such a bold statement. This band has it all, from insanely fast gravity blasts to devastating breakdowns. Mixed by Yannick St-Amand (Ion Dissonance, Despised Icon) and mastered by Alan Douches (Shadows Fall, Unearth), Beneath the Massacre's "Evidence of Inequity" is a skillful demonstration of astonishing technicality and relentless brutality. Everyone, from Suffocation and Origin fans to even The Dillinger Escape Plan enthusiasts will go crazy over this band.

    http://www.galyrecords.com/file-beneaththemassacre.html

    one of the greatest death metal albums in years, and perhaps the most brutal and equally technical release of 2005. – Uranium Music

    http://www.uraniummusic.com/albums/album.php?id=248

  • CAMILLA RHODES - Like the word love on the lips of a harlot

    Combining the heavy hitting force of metalcore and ferocity of death metal, Camilla Rhodes has crafted memorable songs that are definitely as catchy as a kick in the face. Tinted with ripping melodies, the band's debut album "Like the word love on the lips of a harlot" will prove that Camilla Rhodes shall become a new force to be reckoned with in the Canadian metal and hardcore scene. Showcasing raw energy and unquestionable talent, this four-piece is a must for fans of The Black Dahlia Murder, Dead to Fall and Between the Buried and me.

    http://www.galyrecords.com/file-camillarhodes.html
  • EIGHTEEN VISIONS ANNOUNCE NEW HEADLINING TOUR

    BAND RECORDS "QUIET" FOR UPCOMING SMASHING PUMPKINS TRIBUTE ALBUM

    Fresh off their triumphant tour of Europe, Epic recording artists Eighteen Visions have announced a string of new headlining dates beginning June 24th at Soma-2300 in San Diego.

    In between touring and writing for a new album, the Orange County quintet also recently recorded a stunning cover of "Quiet" for The Killer In You: A Tribute To Smashing Pumpkins. The album hits stores this September and sees Eighteen Visions joining a lineup that includes A Static Lullaby, Hopesfall, Poison The Well, among others. "Quiet" was produced by Mudrock (Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold), who also worked the boards for Eighteen Visions' current album OBSESSION.

    The band, who are among a select group praised as "The Future of American Metal" by Revolver, have been touring non-stop in support of OBSESSION, called "The Album of the Year" by Metal Hammer. The album has been wowing fans and critics alike with explosive tracks such as "Waiting For The Heavens," "Tower of Snakes" and new lead single "I Let Go." You can check out the "I Let Go" video, currently in rotation on Headbanger's Ball and Fuse) by clicking on one of the links below.

    http://www.sonymusic.com/artists/EighteenVisions/video/EighteenVisions_ILetGoVidFull_ref.mov

    http://www.sonymusic.com/artists/EighteenVisions/video/EighteenVisions_ILetGoVidFull.ram

    http://www.sonymusic.com/artists/EighteenVisions/video/EighteenVisions_ILetGoVidFull_56.asx

    http://www.sonymusic.com/artists/EighteenVisions/video/EighteenVisions_ILetGoVidFull_100.asx

    http://www.sonymusic.com/artists/EighteenVisions/video/EighteenVisions_ILetGoVidFull_300.asx

    http://www.sonymusic.com/artists/EighteenVisions/video/EighteenVisions_ILetGoVidFull_450.asx

    Don't miss your chance to catch Eighteen Visions playing songs from the album OC Weekly described as "crushing but tuneful."

    Tour dates are as follows:

    DATE MARKET VENUE

    W/ AS I LAY DYING, NO INNOCENT VICTIM AND ETCHED IN RED
    6/24 - SAN DIEGO, CA @ SOMA-2300
    W/ HE IS LEGEND AND KANE HODDER
    6/26 - BOISE, ID @ THE IMPART STORE
    6/27 - SPOKANE, WA @ FAT TUESDAY'S
    6/28 - TACOMA, WA @ HELL'S KITCHEN
    6/29 – VANCOUVER @ MESA LUNA
    W/ MISERY SIGNALS AND HE IS LEGEND
    6/30 – KELOWNA @ WAREHOUSE KELOWNA
    7/1 – EDMONTON @ THE STARLITE
    7/2 – EDMONTON @ RED'S ENTMNT COMPLEX
    7/3 – REGINA @ THE EXCHANGE
    7/4 – WINNEPEG @ COLLECTIVE CABARET
    W/ HE IS LEGEND AND THE BLACK MARIA
    7/7 – TORONTO @ THE 360 CLUB
    7/8 – LONDON @ EMBASSY HOTEL
    7/9 – OTTAWA @ BABYLON
    7/10 – MONTREAL @ EL SALON
    7/11 – QUEBEC @ L'ANTI
    7/13 – HALIFAX @ PAVILLION
    W/ HE IS LEGEND, THE BLACK MARIA AND LOVE HATE HERO
    7/14 - PORTLAND, [email protected] STATION
    7/15 - MANCHESTER, [email protected] SHELTER
    7/17 - FARMINGDALE, [email protected] THE DOWNTOWN
    7/18 - BALTIMORE, [email protected] THE OTTOBAR
    7/19 - HUNTINGTON,WV @ HYAMP
    7/20 - LOUISVILLE, KY @ HEADLINERS MUSIC HALL
    7/21 - NASHVILLE, TN @ EXIT /INN IN
    7/22 - LITTLE ROCK, AR @ VINOS
    7/23 - BIRMINGHAM, AL @ CAVE 9
    7/24 - MEMPHIS, TN @ THE COMPLEX
    7/26 - LUBBOCK, TX @ JAKE'S SPORTS CAFÉ
    7/27 - EL PASO, TX @ T-LOUNGE
    7/28 - TUCSON, AZ @ COCONUTS-650
    7/29 - HENDERSON, NV @ ROADHOUSE CASINO
    7/30 - CORONA, CA @ SHOWCASE THEATRE
    7/31 - LANCASTER, CA @ EL DORADO

  • "NEW DARK SECRET ALBUM IN PROGRESS!"

    On May the 3rd Dark Secret have started the recording-sessions for their third album due for Brutal Symphony Productions. This new album will feature eight tracks.

    Moreover, the video of 'Double Reality' produced by Undertow Studios will be avaliable on the same new album!

  • The new logo of BLOOD TEARS is being created by Christophe Szpajdel, who created logos of bands like Emperor, Falkenbach, Borknagar and Moonspell. The band is still recording the debut titled Nothing But Sorrow.

    More informations at www.bloodtears.net