|June 11th, 2006
- INTO ETERNITY: New Album To Be Mixed By ANDY SNEAP
Canada's technically progressive death metal band INTO ETERNITY will
head out for three upcoming East Coast dates before recording the follow
up to 2004's "Buried In Oblivion". Commenting on the band's
upcoming plans, guitarist/vocalist Tim Roth said, "Things are starting
back up for us. First up, we will play three shows in the U.S. starting
with the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival Sunday, April 30. May
1 we are in New York City and May 2 in Springfield, VA, both dates opening
for GAMMA RAY. Hopefully we will get a chance to say hello to you all
at these upcoming dates. As soon as we return to Canada we continue
pre-production for album number four. Once again we will be recording
in our hometown Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada at Touchwood Studios. We
have original drummer Jim Austin with us on the new record and he's
has been doing a great job in rehearsals.
"There will be one recording change with this album, for the first
time we are going to send the album out to be mixed. Andy Sneap (NEVERMORE,
ARCH ENEMY) will be handling the record's final mix. We are fans of
Andy's work and know he is the right man. This final step ensures that
this will be our best sounding effort to date."
INTO ETERNITY spent 2005 touring North America supporting the release
on no fewer than six continent-spanning tours. Look for the band to
tour extensively in support of the new album late this year.
- CANDLEMASS new album in the making
From his Stockholm apartment, founder/bassist Leif Edling provided BW&BK
exclusive details and aired a couple of demos for the follow-up to last
year's self-titled comeback. While neither the music, nor lyrics have
been completed (he's currently demoing the material with friend/Krux
singer Mats Leven), Edling is sure of one thing, "I'm trying to
write a concept story, just a loosely based concept, escapades from
society. I want to express myself in a way that gives the finger to
what's going on in society. Sweden is a mecca of reality shows: people
who know nothing, can do nothing, stupid exihitionists. It gets headlines,
which p isses me off. I believe in paying taxes and that there should
be a social safety net, for people who are sick and can't work, but
I wonder, 'Where does our tax money go?'
Edling revealed that their forthcoming album may be delayed until early
2007 due to frontman Messiah Marcolin's vocal chord infection. The operatic
god will not be able to sing until August at the earliest (by doctors
orders) and the band will record the entire record without vocals and
Marcolin's tracks will be dubbed in by producer Andy Sneap (NEVERMORE,
ARCH ENEMY) at the end of summer.
- Searching for EXTREME METAL BANDS for a SKINNY PUPPY Tribute!
NIHILISTIC HOLOCAUST is searching for Death metal, Grindcore, Black
metal bands to be a part of an Extreme metal Tribute to SKINNY PUPPY!
It should be full of guitars, contrary to the original songs... I think
that could be interesting to hear how metal bands would interpret and
turn the SKINNY songs their way!
The release is not sure to be done at all... Because I'm not sure if
enough bands would be interested in a strange idea of this kind.
The release would be limited to few thousands and total underground
(Xeroxed covers etc... But no crappy xerox...)
If you're interested mail me: [email protected]
- ALL SHALL PERISH New Album Title!
Oakland’s death metal bruisers will unveil their second Nuclear
Blast offering this summer. Entitled The Price Of Existence, this new
album from ASP shows incredible maturity and a more focused approach
to both songwriting and delivery. Although Hate, Malice, Revenge was
in-your-face and plenty brutal, The Price Of Existence enables the band
to encompass more of a convicted style to their music that will no doubt
help them rise above the packs of metalcore/death crossover bands currently
garnering attention. Drummer Matt Kuykendall checks in with the following…
“The album is done and epic as fuck, the artwork is being finalized
and hopefully won't be censored. The new songs are light years and warped
speeds ahead of the past stuff...expect some ridiculous solos and crazy
Massive touring will ensue in support of the new album, starting off
with a full US tour with Suicide Silence and Light This City throughout
July and August. In the meantime you can check out a demo mp3 of their
new song “Eradication” on the band’s website www.allshallperish.com
- MNEMIC Forgin On!
Following the quick departure of vocalist Tony Jelencovich (ex-Transport
League) MNEMIC are busy auditioning for lead vocalists and will make
a decision very soon. The band’s plans to begin recording their
third album are still intact; the band will enter ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
drummer Eric Kretz’s Bomb Shelter studios in downtown Los Angeles
to begin tracking drums in late May. Mixing duties will be handled by
Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at his Backstage
Studios in Derbyshire, U.K.
- RAGE Deadly Power!
As previously reported, German Metal icons RAGE will release their 17th
album, Speak Of The Dead, on May 16th in North America through Nuclear
Blast. In a recent interview with BW&BK, RAGE frontman/founder Peter
“Peavy” Wagner discussed the difference between composing
with an orchestra for their new album, Speak Of The Dead, versus the
way they composed the classical pieces for the Lingua Mortis album in
“It was a completely different thing this time around. First of
all, Victor (Smolski/guitars) composed and arranged everything for the
orchestra by himself. This guy comes from the country of music (Russia),
so when was 6 he was studying cello, piano, composition, everything.
He was never in a regular school, he was always at this music academy
in Minsk (in Belarus) where his father was the headmaster. So, Victor
is used to working with an orchestra and is trained to compose that
kind of stuff, which meant it wasn’t a problem for him at all.
He just did more work than he would have done for a regular RAGE album.
“He knew where the music was going, which was really great. I
just stepped back and said, ‘Okay, you’re going to do your
masterpiece now…’ (laughs). We decided that Victor would
focus on the orchestral thing and I would take care of the metal stuff.
So really, it’s the best of both worlds on this album.”
Early online reviews!
RAGE have also recently shot a video for the new single, "No Fear",
and the song is also featured on the official soundtrack for the independent
European psycho thriller, "Ludgers Fall". The clip was shot
on the island of Föhr in the North Sea and includes scenes from
the original film along with some great band performance footage. Speak
Of The Dead will see a North American release on May 16, 2006. For more
information visit www.nuclearblastusa.com
or the band's official site www.rage-on.de
- HOURCAST to Release State Of Disgrace On Alkamedia Records
Album In Stores June 6, 2006
Heavy music is often the result of deep emotions. Sadness, frustration
and anger combined with a musician’s talent can result in music
which is awesomely powerful, uniquely deep, and thought-provoking. Such
is the case with HourCast.
Born out of Boston, Massachusetts, HourCast combines elements of hard
rock and metal with a distinct electronic influence. “We had no
preconceptions as to what the band would sound like,” says vocalist
Patrick McBride. The members of HourCast – Mcbride, drummer Jerry
Clews, guitarist David Henriquez and bassist David Sullivan - have combined
their varied influences to create a unique sound that incorporates the
heavy flavor of Deftones and Tool with the dark electronic atmosphere
of Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode.
The somber tones of State Of Disgrace are a result of these efforts.
From the introspective opening track “This Life”, to “Freeze”
(which McBride describes as an “epic, desperate song”) State
Of Disgrace has a cold, sharp intensity. The self-loathing “Smash
Up” eschews a bitter tone, while “Lunar” tells a tale
of longing and loneliness. “The music and lyrics are a reflection
of what was going on at the time,” explains McBride. “I
found myself in a new environment and was going through a big change
in my life and that comes out in the songs.” State Of Disgrace
will be available at iTunes on May 2nd and in stores on June 6th, 2006.
Not being signed to a label could serve as a liability to some bands,
but not HourCast. “We didn’t have a label telling us what
to do and that allowed us to add variety and flavor to the album,”
says McBride. HourCast is a band looking to gain ground in the current
music scene. “Myspace and live shows are definitely helping us
to build a fan base,” says McBride.
The track listing for State Of Disgrace comprises:
Almost Like Life
3rd Of July
Memories And Lies
For more information, visit:
- NEVERMORE Guitarist diagnosed with kidney disease!
Unfortunately we have to report that NEVERMORE guitarist Steve Smyth
has been recently diagnosed with end stage kidney failure, the result
of a congenital birth defect.
Smyth comments: “I have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease,
and have been advised to preserve my health as much as possible at this
time, as I am facing ‘complete renal failure’ within six
months, and ultimately, a transplant. Due to my recently diagnosed condition,
I have decided not to join the band on the In Flames US tour. I want
to be fair to the fans, and be able to give them a show I know I can
deliver night after night. I will, however, join Nevermore on all four
of the European festivals on our itinerary in early June: Gods of Metal,
Rock Hard, Rott Fest, and Sweden Rock, after which, the doctors should
have some news about the next step in my treatment. I will say this:
I will fight this, and I will be back!”
Jag Panzer guitarist Chris Broderick will fill in for Smyth on the upcoming
US tour, after which Smyth will rejoin the band for the aforementioned
European festival dates. For more from Smyth about his health situation
and future career plans, please visit www.stevesmyth.com
All at Century Media Records wish him a fast recovery!
As for some good news from the NEVERMORE camp we can present you the
band’s updated European touring activities throughout the upcoming
festival season as well as the dates for the tour together with US rock/metal
NEVERMORE @ European festivals
01.06.2006 – Milano, Italy @ Gods Of Metal Festival
03.06.2006 – Gelsenkirchen, Germany @ Rock Hard Festival
08.06.2006 – Soelvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock Festival
21.07.2006 – Tolmin, Slovenia @ Metal Camp Festival
22.07.2006 – Kreuth, Germany @ Earthshaker Festival
04.08.2006 – Wacken, Germany @ Wacken Open Air
05.08.2006 – Kavarna, Bulgaria @ Monsters Of Rock
18.08.2006 – Oslo, Norway @ Ragnarock Festival
NEVERMORE supporting Disturbed
14.09.2006 – Muenchen, Germany @ Zenith
15.09.2006 – Fuerth, Germany @ Stadthalle
16.09.2006 – Leipzig, Germany @ Parkbuehne Open Air
17.09.2006 – Berlin, Germany @ Huxleys
18.09.2006 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Amager Bio
19.09.2006 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Musikenshus
20.09.2006 – Hamburg, Germany @ Grosse Freiheit
21.09.2006 – Bremen, Germany @ Aladin
22.09.2006 – Vosselaar, Belgium @ Biebob
23.09.2006 – Tilburg, Netherlands @ Club 013
24.09.2006 – Dortmund, Germany @ Westfalenhalle 2
25.09.2006 – Frankfurt. Germany @ Batschkapp
26.09.2006 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
27.09.2006 – Koeln, Germany @ Palladium
29.09.2006 – Newcastle, UK @ Academy
30.09.2006 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland
02.10.2006 – Manchester, UK @ Academy
04.10.2006 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
06.10.2006 – Birmingham, UK @ Academy
07.10.2006 – Liverpool, UK @ Academy
09.10.2006 – London, UK @ Astoria
10.10.2006 – London, UK @ Astoria
- ANGTORIA launch new website+Full Line up
With the release of the new album "God Has A Plan For Us All, a
brand new site design has been done to further enhance the release.
The site will continue to grow over time as more information is gathered,
but most of the information on the old site has been transferred to
the new site.
We are also happy to announce that Angtoria now have a complete line
up! John Henriksson from the band My Own Grave, who did an excellent
job behind the drums in the video despite getting only a couple of days
notice to practice and learn the song, has been added to the band, as
well as Dave Pybus who participated both on the album and in the video.
In the "Diaries" section we´ve added a detailed videodiary
done by Sarah.
+ information and pictures from the making of the video for the title
track of the album. There will also be a "behind the scenes"
video clip from the making of the video available to download on the
site shortly, we´ll keep you posted.
- ENTIRE MANNGARD ALBUM STREAMING ON MP3.COM
Click on the following link to listen to Manngard's new album "Circling
Buzzards" on MP3.COM. That's right, the whole thing! The album
is in stores now.
You can also visit their myspace page for more information: www.myspace.com/manngard
- THEATRE OF TRAGEDY & WOLVERINE MP3'S POSTED
Candlelight Records has premiered "Voices" from Theatre of
Tragedy's forthcoming album Storm and "Bleed" from Wolverine's
forthcoming album Still at the label's official My Space page. Bring
your browser to www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa
to have your first listen.
Produced by Rico Darum at Toproom Studios in Norway and mixed by Greg
Reely (Paradise Lost, Fear Factory, Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy)
at The Green Jacket studios in British Columbia, Storm is the eagerly
anticipated follow-up to Theatre of Tragedy's popular Assembly (Nuclear
Blast) album released nearly three years ago. Introducing new vocalist
Nell Sigland (replacing Liv Kristine), the album has already found much
success on its recent European release; the albums lead single placing
on numerous national sales charts. It is the band's first through Candlelight.
Storm will hit US stores on June 27.
Recorded at Spacelab Studios in Germany during mid-2005, Still is a
far more robust album, heavier in nature while simultaneously allowing
their emotive songwriting to shine. Its somber yet commanding. Revolver
Magazine said of the band's previous album, "a powerful soundscape
that draws you inescapably into the madness." Home to Opeth's early
trilogy of recordings, Wolverine joined Candlelight Records' growing
worldwide roster earlier this year after ending relations with Earache
Records. Still hits US stores July 11.
- DEADSTAR ASSEMBLY’s “Unsaved” to be released July
11th 2006 by PURE Records & The A Label
The violent industrial mayhem of DeadStar Assembly is about to set the
anti-mainstream ablaze for a second arson with the release of their
sophomore record, Unsaved. The troupe of musical avant-gardes has returned
with 15 new tracks of sonic mastery and electronic combustion to deliver
a testimonial of struggle, devotion and finally perseverance. Like demented
seraphim, DSA’s poisonous blend of death-pop/industrial rock is
inscribed with no apologies, and as heard on Unsaved, they don’t
intend to start.
Unsaved was written, recorded, and sweated over as an entirely collaborative
band effort. The album of chaotic synths and havoc-reeking melodies
features all live instrumentation with additional electronic percussion
and digital effects weaved amongst it. Produced by DSA themselves and
Jeremy Staska (Poison the Well, New Found Glory, Remembering Never),
Unsaved is a drastically personal album; ensuing the perfect combination
of therapeutic lyricism, razorblade vocals striving to end cultural
assimilation and surgically crafted melodies performed to bleed rather
than stitch. It’s a middle finger to the mundane and a red light
to ignite your inner deviance.
Tracks such as the commanding “Dejected” feature attention-demanding
guitars, swirling synths and authoritative vocals that are determined
to raise a de-generation of jaded and misguided to their spike-heeled
feet. It’s having sex on an induced high and its wandering home
alone through desolation as the sun is rising. The track “Pure
Blue” could easily serve as the theme song for Unsaved, as its
menacing guitars and powerful drum loops envelope into nightmarish choruses
and sonic twists, provoking chills from the fear of the unknown. The
song is entirely paralyzing in its fullness and angst-ridden lyrics,
providing the anthem for an album laced with crimson substance. “Bled,”
the smoky ballad of the album, masks the face of a monotonous society
and acts as a tourniquet for the fresh wounds cut as a result of it.
As singer Dearborn screams, “I am more than nothing.”
DeadStar Assembly sold over 10,000 units of their self-titled debut
album independently and gained the respect and loyalty of South Florida’s
underground music scene with such soul scorching hits as “Normal,”
“Breathe for Me” and the completely innovative cover of
“Send Me an Angel.” With the help of PURE Records in the
United States and Berlin’s The A Label, DSA are ready to further
infect the globe with Unsaved.
Unsaved is set for a July 11th release in the United States on PURE
Records (RED Distribution) and a late May/early June release in Europe
via The A Label, but DSA plan to spread their musical delirium to the
masses right now. The band just wrapped up a US tour in March and April
with Canadian industrial heavy hitters, The Birthday Massacre, followed
by more dates with the release of Unsaved.
- INTO ETERNITY Part Ways With Guitarist ROB DOHERTY?
Canada's technically progressive death metal band INTO ETERNITY appear
to have parted ways with guitarist Rob Doherty. The band are currently
opening for GAMMA RAY on two U.S. dates with the help of a replacement
guitarist, who was apparently recruited without Doherty's knowledge.
In an April 30, 2006 posting on the band's official forum, Rob wrote,
"I have moved from Regina after our last tour 'cause I needed to
work. I had three songs written for the next disc and a bunch of riffs
Tim [Roth, guitar/vocals] and I worked out. I had been waiting for these
shows and for some sort of solid confirmation. This never happened.
I flew home and gave the band the gear from my house and all seemed
fine. The next thing I know the band has a replacement for me...
"I have given all to this band for two years with the promise of
becoming a full-time member buisness-wise. I guess what I'm sayin is
if I am to be a hired gun then I need to be paid. I cannot pay my bills
on the hopes that everything will just work out. I cannot rely on 'IF
we sell merch' as a form of payment....
"I did this for two years and proved that I am into it. I play
my ass off every night as hard as I can and love it!!! But the fact
is we are on the road a lot and if we are gonna be out that much, there
needs to be a buisness plan to look after shit back home."
Upon their return to Canada later this week, INTO ETERNITY will continue
pre-production for their fourth album, which they will once again be
recording at Touchwood Studios in their hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan,
Canada. Original drummer Jim Austin has signed on to play on the new
record, which will be mixed by acclaimed producer Andy Sneap (NEVERMORE,
ARCH ENEMY, EXODUS).
- CRASH KELLY: ‘SATISFACTION’ GUARANTEED
New album, produced by Gilby Clarke, set for July release
LOS ANGELES – Liquor and Poker Music has set a July 25th release
date for the sophomore recording by Toronto rock quartet CRASH KELLY,
the Gilby Clarke-produced Electric Satisfaction. A track from the new
album, “Ride The Wire,” is currently posted on the band’s
MySpace page, www.myspace.com/crashkelly.
A modern yet timeless mix of glam, classic rock and power-pop, Electric
Satisfaction is the follow-up to CRASH KELLY’s acclaimed debut,
Penny Pills. That album was supported by gigs throughout not only their
native Canada, but also America, England, Ireland, Holland and Germany,
where the band performed with the likes of W.A.S.P., Skid Row, Alice
Cooper, The Quireboys, Enuff Z’Nuff, Pretty Boy Floyd, Faster
Pussycat, Quiet Riot, Union, Fireball Ministry and The Black Halos along
the way. Additionally, the group showcased at SXSW (Austin, Texas),
CMW (Toronto), NXNE (Toronto), PopKomm (Berlin, Germany) and CMJ (New
The summer of 2005 saw CRASH KELLY support legendary Swedish glam-punks
Backyard Babies on a full North American tour, after which they returned
home to perform a sold-out hometown show alongside Motley Crue. That
same season, front man Sean Kelly was named a finalist in Guitar Player
magazine’s “Guitar Hero 2005” competition, which led
to a live performance before such six-string luminaries as Joe Satriani
and Steve Lukather at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
By year’s end, the group – which also includes guitarist
Allister Thompson, drummer Kevin Taylor and bassist Jordan Michael Stewart
– had put the finishing touches on its second album, produced
by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist (and star of CBS’ “Rock
Star: Supernova”) Clarke. In addition to his stints in GNR, Heart
and The MC5, Clarke has produced albums by acts as varied as Bullets
and Octane, The Bronx and L.A. Guns, and as evident from his four acclaimed
solo recordings, he’s a kindred musical spirit to CRASH KELLY.
The studio pairing was magical, and Clarke even called in his former
GNR/Col. Parker bandmate Teddy “Zig-Zag” Andreadis to contribute
piano and keyboards to select tracks.
“The new album is all about honing in on the spirit of the rock
album as a collection of great songs,” Sean explains. “Gilby
had a huge role, for not only did he have all of the necessary tools
to make the album I’d always heard in my head, he has a huge musical
personality, great ears and a rock n’ roll heart. He went above
and beyond his duties in making a record we could all be proud of. We
share many of the same musical references, and he knew exactly what
I was talking about when I mentioned a certain Starz recording or the
guitar sound on a particular Thin Lizzy song. Plus, when you're trading
solos with Gilby Clarke, you can't help but feel that all is right in
your rock n’ roll universe!"
On May 1, CRASH KELLY kicked off their Electric Satisfaction tour in
grand style with a series of Canadian arena shows alongside Alice Cooper
(whom they honor on the album with a cover of the Alice classic “Cold
Ethyl”). “Playing with Alice Cooper in an arena setting
was the culmination of many teenage fantasies, and it really felt like
the beginning of the next phase for CRASH KELLY,” Sean says. “The
songs I write are designed to capture the feeling of the best of the
‘70s arena rock giants, and to actually share the stage with one
of those giants was an immense pleasure and privilege.”
In addition to the shows alongside Alice Cooper, the band is performing
a series of Jagermeister- and B.C. Rich-sponsored “Alice Cooper
Afterparty” gigs throughout the month. Further touring will follow,
but no matter whether they’re onstage or in your stereo, CRASH
KELLY is always 100% Satisfaction guaranteed.
- AS I LAY DYING reveal track listing for re-release!
The re-release date for our currently out of print recording will be
released on Tuesday May 16th. Here is the info below from our band/discography
section. Pre-sale for this release just started and is available in
AS I LAY DYING A Long March: The First Recordings
I. The re-recorded...
2. The Beginning
4. The Pain of Separation
II. The first two months (2001)...
BENEATH THE ENCASING OF ASHES
6. Beneath the Encasing of Ashes
7. Torn Within
8. Forced to Die
9. A Breath in the Eyes of Eternity
10. Blood Turned to Tears
11. The Voices that Betray Me
12. When This World Fades
13. A Long March
15. Refined by Your Embrace
16. The Innocence Spilled
17. Behind Me Lies Another Fallen Soldier
III. A year later (2002)...
THE EP (original versions)
19. The Beginning
21. The Pain of Separation
***Beneath the Encasing of Ashes and the split EP originally released
on Pluto Records
- GRAVE DIGGER NEWS
- Uncle Reaper became daddy. The little Reaper is given the name
Jamiro Alexander Boltendahl and was born healthy and strong
on 16th March 2006. He's the first offspring of the Boltendahl family
and his parents face a positive metallic future.
- The guys are working hard to get the new album ready. Recordings will
be done at Principal Studios in Munster from June to September.
Producers will be the established team consisting of Manni Schmidt and
Chris Boltendahl and the Resetti Brothers at the controls.
- The new album will be the official part two of the trilogy that has been
initiated with Rheingold.
- On 22nd September 2006 for the first time in Grave Digger's history
there will be a single out in the shops. Title of the single will be Yesterday
2006 and contain a new version of the Grave Digger Classic
Yesterday from the year 1984. Three additional titles will round out
the single which will also include a DVD with a complete Grave Digger
concert from 2001. So, it will be value for money.
- The album will be in the shops on 12th January 2007. Title as well
as concept will be announced in the following weeks.
- European tour will begin alongside Therion on 17th January 2007
and end on 18th February 2007. It's a double headline tour; Grave
Digger will not be supporter of Therion, as rumours spreading in
the internet tell. That's definitely not true and seems to be
propagated by some weird folks. Confirmed tour dates will be published
here in about 2 weeks.
- The new album won't be published by Nuclear Blast. Negotiations for
a contract with a new label are in full play. More about that after
the contract has been signed.
- Manni, HP and Chris are simultaneously working on the Warhammer Symphony
project. Auditions for the female vocals are taking place by now.
- This is an official announcement from Crisis...
All of us in Crisis would like to let our very faithful and diehard
fans know that the band is going on an indefinite hiatus. We are sorry
that our fans will not be hearing any new music from us in the
near future. Crisis has had a long and fruitful life thus far.
Therefore, we dont feel the need to justify our decision specifically.
The band members will be focusing on their personal lives, as
well as pursuing other artistic interests. In the meantime we
strongly urge our fans to support original and honest artists
and their music; a lot of them can be found on The End Records
roster. We would especially like to thank our dedicated fans the
world over for sticking so closely with us over a span of 12 years
and more. We would also like to thank Andreas Katsambas and The
End Records crew from the bottom of our hearts for all their support.
If Crisis ever thinks about releasing another album it would be
a pleasure for us to work with The End again.
As of today, I am sad to announce that I will also be disbanding the
Street Team. Thank you to everyone for all of your hard work and
dedication in helping to support and promote one of the greatest bands
of all time. It was a pleasure and an honour working with you
all-Please feel free to keep in touch!!!! Rock on, Metal Forever,
Much love, Jackie
- SCULPTURED announces new drummer, album title and recording schedule
Drummer extraordinaire Dave Murray -- who is best known for his
work with Estradasphere, the Deserts of Traun, Daedelus, and the soon-to-be-released
Tholus -- has agreed to join SCULPTURED for the recording of their third
full-length album entitled Embodiment (for THE END RECORDS). Murray's
work flawlessly combines references to Jazz, Death/Black Metal, Funk,
Fusion, Klezmer, and Progressive Rock, thus making him perfect for the
band's eclectic approach to Death Metal. For more information
on Dave Murray visit www.davemurrayonline.com
Other musicians rounding out the recording will be Agalloch members
Jason Walton, John Haughm, Don Anderson, and longtime vocalist Brian
Yager. So far Walton and Anderson have demoed the material and
have commented on its "jarring, uncomfortable, atonal riffs"
but have also maintained that the band's "alien sense of melody
remains very much intact." Taking their influence from the
musical iconoclast and prankster Charles Ives, Sculptured aims to upset
Death Metal harmony and melody. Following in the heels of Rock
in Opposition artists Henry Cow, and Dimension Hatross-era Voivod, the
band flats their fifths and sharps their sevenths for unlistenable and
awkward chords. Murray will be tracking the drums in Los Angeles
at the end of May while the rest of the band will finish the recording
this summer with longtime engineer Ronn Chick who has worked previously
with both Sculptured and Agalloch.
Cover art and tracklisting will follow shortly.
The playwright Antonin Artaud writes about the "the menacing, never
tiring presence of [the] body" thereby providing the lyrical subject
matter for Embodiment. Bodies are a terrible burden to carry;
they break down, catch disease, and are too messy to take seriously.
According to the band: "Anatomy is not destiny; it is tyranny.
Embodiment is the purest kind of horror."
Strengthen your ears. Stop eating. Avoid being a body.
Official Sculptured: http://www.lasteve.com/sculptured
Sculptured @ Myspace.com: http://www.myspace.com/matrixmetal
- ONCE AGAIN THE CURSE OF MAYHEM STRIKES DOWN UPON SEASON OF MIST
We are all happy to announce to all of you that the upcoming album by
legendary Norwegian Black Metalists MayheM will once again be handled
and crafted by Season of Mist.
This unholy alliance has been fighting together for more than 7 years
already and yet there is no end in sight. Ordo Ab Chao will then be
MayheM's 3rd full-length on the French label.
The band also states that "after the troubled "Chimera",
some conditions and issues have changed for the better. We are very
focused and eager to record our first album (since`93) with Attila Csihar
back behind the microphone. The beast has never been stronger".
Prepare for a totalitarian piece of chaotic Black Metal !!!
- SERAPHEL - Remembrance
Swedish label Khaoz Star Records are proud to announce the release of
Remembrance. The debutalbum from the Italian blackmetal band SERAPHEL
contains seven unholy, raw and primitive tunes, veiled in a chilling
atmosphere. Let this piece of grim musical artwork embrace your soul,
and become one with the darkness of SERAPHEL.
Official releasedate : May 5, 2006.
For further details about the band, visit their website at :
Or visit their gloomy space at : http://www.myspace.com/seraphel
Distributors around the world!! For wholesale prices and collaboration,
get in touch with Khaoz Star Records!
- IN FLAMES to film 'come clarity' video
Sweden's IN FLAMES will be shooting a video later this month in California
for the title track from their latest album, "Come Clarity".
The clip will be directed by Lex Halaby, who has previously worked with
MUDVAYNE and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE among others.
In other news, IN FLAMES will embark on a short Swedish tour dubbed
"A Day In Flames" in August/September 2006. The dates are
Aug. 26 - Göteborg, SWE @ Röda Sten
Aug. 30 - Stockholm, SWE @ Gröna Lund
Sep. 02 - Malmö, SWE @ Mölleplatsen
- ALL SHALL PERISH complete work on new album
Oakland's death metal bruisers ALL SHALL PERISH have set "The Price
of Existence" as the title of their second Nuclear Blast offering,
tentatively due this summer. According to a press release, "this
new album from ALL SHALL PERISH shows incredible maturity and a more
focused approach to both songwriting and delivery. Although 'Hate, Malice,
Revenge' was in-your-face and plenty brutal, 'The Price of Existence'
enables the band to encompass more of a convicted style to their music
that will no doubt help them rise above the packs of metalcore/death
crossover bands currently garnering attention."
Commented drummer Matt Kuykendall: "The album is done and epic
as fuck, the artwork is being finalized and hopefully won't be censored.
The new songs are lightyears and warped speeds ahead of the past stuff...expect
some ridiculous solos and crazy diverse songs!"
Massive touring will ensue in support of the new album, starting off
with a full U.S. tour with SUICIDE SILENCE and LIGHT THIS CITY throughout
July and August. In the meantime, you can check out a demo MP3 of ALL
SHALL PERISH's new song "Eradication" on the band's web site,
- HAMMERFALL complete nine songs for new album
HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message
on his official blog:
"We have once again spent three days in the rehearsal room, playing
through the now nine songs finished for the album. I can't remember
feeling this good about the material before a recording, ever. Especially
not for the last album, then I was very unsure about how things would
turn out. This time, the feeling is the complete opposite. Go figure.
Very weird, but good!
"Joacim [Cans, vocals] threw a great barbecue party for us all
on Saturday evening, and then we went to watch DRAGONLAND and BLOODBOUND,
among others, perform at the second annual Gothenburg Metal Festival.
Right now, I'm sitting in front of the TV trying to watch Jim Carrey
lose it in 'Bruce Almighty' and Sweden vs. Russia in the finals of the
LG Hockey Games simultaneously on a split screen. Tired but content
after a really good weekend."
HAMMERFALL are expected to enter the studio this summer to begin recording
their new album for an October 2006 release. Songtitles set to appear
on the CD include "Dark Wings, Dark Words", "Carved In
Stone", "Titan", "Shadow Empire", "Threshold"
and "Rebel Inside".
- Goodfellow Records inks THE HANDSHAKE MURDERS
Arkansas metallic hardcore unit THE HANDSHAKE MURDERS is the newest
addition to the Goodfellow Records roster. The band has just agreed
to a deal for three albums, the first of which will be recorded this
summer and is currently scheduled for release in January of 2007.
Over the past six years the band has toured incessantly throughout the
US and has become a fan favourite. Technically proficient and reminiscent
of band such as Meshuggah, Coalesce and The Red Chord, THE HANDSHAKE
MURDERS has proven itself as a formidable band on its way up. We are
thrilled to be able to welcome them to the fold.
For those unfamiliar, the band has two songs taken from their last studio
album, Essays On The Progression of Man (Southern Death Records), available
for download here: www.myspace.com/thehandshakemurders.
- MEMORIAL breaks into the charts!
"Our new record Memorial (released last week) broke into the Portuguese
and German charts this week. In Portugal it is now number one, due to
the incredible support of our Portuguese fans. Only Metallica and Maiden
did the same with their albums and for a country such as Portugal this
is more than a Moonspell achievement, a truly Heavy Metal moment of
victory. In Germany the record went number 68 on the official TOP 100,
another quite remarkable result for the album Memorial and an undeniable
sign of trust given by our Teutonic fans. To all of them, to our labels,
promoters and everyone involved our deepest and lunar thanks!!!"
'MEMORIAL" is also gaining strides on the American radio charts,
jumping to #15 on the FMQB Metal Detector chart and #8 on the MediaGuide
Metal Specialty Album chart. Details on the US Fall tour, being planned
now, will be available soon. Stay tuned.
- KAMELOT Tour Dates
9/15/06 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL (USA) - Culture Room - (only Kamelot)
9/16/06 - St. Petersburg, FL (USA) - State Theatre - (only Kamelot)
9/19/06 - Springfield, VA (USA) - Jaxx Nightclub
9/20/06 - New York, NY (USA) - B.B King
9/22/06 - Poughkeepsie, NY (USA) - The Chance Theater
9/23/06 - Rochester, NY (USA) - The Penny Arcade
9/24/06 - Montréal, QC (CA) - Le Medley
9/25/06 - Québec, QC (CA) - L'Imperial
9/27/06 - Toronto, ON (CA) - The Opera House
9/28/06 - Cleveland, OH (USA) - Agora Ballroom
9/29/06 - Detroit, MI (USA) - Harpo's
9/30/06 - Chicago, IL (USA) - The Pearl Room
10/02/06 - Columbia Heights, MN (USA) - Star Central
10/04/06 - Denver, CO (USA) - BlueBird Theater
10/06/06 - Seattle, WA (USA) - Studio Seven
10/07/06 - Portland, OR (USA) - Rock N Roll Pizza
10/08/06 - San Francisco, CA (USA) - Pound SF
10/10/06 - Santa Ana, CA (USA) - Galaxy Theatre
10/11/06 - Los Angeles, CA (USA) - Key Club
|June 4th, 2006
- ARCTURUS BASSIST IN ACCIDENT
We're sorry to announce that ARCTURUS' bassist Hugh Mingay recently
had a motorcycle accident. He's going to be well, but has to rest for
several weeks because a vertebra has been affected. Consequently, the
three Norwegian shows scheduled this week had to be cancelled. We all
wish Hugh to recover soon.
- TWELFTH GATE CHANGES SINGERS
TWELFTH GATE's vocalist Scott Huffman recently announced he has decided
to quit the band. Replacing him in the group is Brent "Red"
Commented bassist Rob Such: "This may come as a surprise to some,
but it's actually something that Scott's been hinting at for well over
a year now... Both for creative differences and reasons outside the
band. At the time, even though we weren't sure whether or not our latest
album ("Threshold of Revelation") would be his last, we made
the decision to go ahead as planned... Mainly because we had a great
album on our hands, and it deserved to be heard the way it was... With
Scott singing on it. Then as suspected, once the album was finished
at the end of last summer, Scott confirmed his decision to leave the
band. However, he did make a commitment to the band and the new album
until we found a new singer... To avoid any gap where the band did not
have a singer at all. That definitely made everything much less stressful,
but we still decided to start looking soon afterwards because we knew
that it could potentially take a long time before we found someone we
were happy with.
"Of course, with the release of the new album being pushed back
to early 2006, the timing couldn't have been worse... But it happens,
so we just dealt with it. Also, even before we started looking, we made
the decision that our new singer needed to be someone with a different
style, but whose voice would also fit the direction that the band was
going in. Scott's got an absolutely AMAZING voice, and we knew that
trying to find someone who sings in a similar style would just be futile...
Not to mention that chapter of TWELFTH GATE had officially come to a
"Fortunately, we got lucky fairly quick, and found someone [Red]
who fit us both musically and on a personal level. Red came highly recommended
through a close friend of the band, and everything began to progress
quite well after only a few rehearsals together. The only 'final test'
was how well we would all perform together live... So as a recommendation
from Scott, he thought it would be a good idea to debut Red at the Chicago
Powerfest, and then make our final decision. We agreed...and needless
to say, after our performance at the Powerfest we decided Red was the
man for the job... Though we really already knew it even prior to the
"Personally, even though I'm excited about what the future holds
for TWELFTH GATE, I'm still a bit sad to see Scott go. Scott and I are
very close friends, and have been ever since I joined the pre-SYRIS
version of SPIRIT WEB back in 1995. And now, after over 10 years of
being in bands together, our musical paths are going in separate directions...
Although, at least we're fortunate enough to have this happen while
we're still all good friends, and everyone's truly happy about the transition.
"All of the guys in TWELFTH GATE and I would like to wish Scott
the very best and much success with his new project, MINDWARP CHAMBER.
I know it's going to kick ass and I can't wait to hear it!"
- The Central Illinois Metalfest 2006!!!!!!!
We are pleased to announce the return of THE CENTRAL ILLINOIS METALFEST
2006! Its the SICKEST MUST SEE EVENT of 2006! Here is all the information:
July 21st & 22nd 2006
The Canopy Club
708 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Macabre - IL - Friday's Headliner
Origin - KS - Saturday's Headliner
Human Artifacts - IL
Lust Of Decay - NC
Devourment - TX
Deaden - IL
Incinerate - MN
Lividity - IL
Gorgasm - IL
Immersed In Blood - Sweden
Putrid Pile - WI
Waco Jesus - IL
Domination Through Impurity - NC
Exulcerate - TX
Rotteness - Mexico
Guttural Secrete - NV
Victimas - New Mexico
Prophecy - TX
Decrypt - IN
Malignancy - NY
Lapidate - Canada
Black The Sky - IL
Jungle Rot - WI
Gutrot - MI
Embalmer - OH
Unhallowed - NJ
Bloody Sign - France
Mortal Decay - NJ
Vitality - TX
Abysmal Torment - Malta
PRE-FEST SHOW & LINE-UP
July 20, 2006
Skeptik - IL
Low Twelve - IL
Cemetary Rapist - IL
Chainsaw Homicide - IL
1 day pass - $22.50
2 day pass - $40.00
Day of show:
1 day pass - $25.00
2 day pass - $45.00
Pre-fest show is $6.00 at the door
To find out who our sponsors are and for additional information regarding
this event, please visit our website at:
We hope to see all you sickos there!!!!!!!!!!!
Laura aka The Mistress
Matt Bishop - Human Artifacts
The Central Illinois Metalfest 2006
- MERENDINE ATOMICHE Official date releases
Merendine Atomiche announce the official date release for the new album
"Raw". Finally, after 11 years you can get our product in
store. Another good step for us to keep our passion for music alive.
We want to thanks everybody who helped us in these long time and all
magazines who always supported us spreading our news.
may 19th 2006 : Europe
may 22nd 2006: Italy
june 6th 2006: Usa and Canada
We want also say that for the AMerican release Merendine Atomiche will
be on air during the two months who will follow the release of the album
thanks to Skateboard marketing. News about it asap.
The band will host the release party the may 27th, 2006 @ Ricky's Pub
- Padova - Italy.
For further news check our official site:
- SUBLIMINAL FEAR signed with Burning Star Records
Subliminal Fear, Italian melodic death metal band, have just signed
a deal with the Greek label Burning Star Records, they will enter the
studio in this year to record their debut album.
They announce that Ivano Del Re (drums), leaves the band for a personal
choose and to annouce that new drummer is Marco Albanese, that has already
collaborated with the band in past years.
Official myspace page has been activated, where you can know news, dates,
to listen new songs and all about SUBLIMINAL FEAR’s world and
to contact all band’s members.
- COLD DIMENSIONS can proudly announce having signed pacts with two
very promising Black Metal bands from Germany:
GEIST and MORTUUS INFRADAEMONI.
GEIST could be already known by its debut album "PATINA" which
was released through Solistitium Records. The band now entered the studio
to bring the second album "KAINSMAL" into being. This promising
creation will be out through COLD DIMENSIONS in August 2006.
MORTUUS INFRADAEMONI is a new, still unknown band which did only an
unofficial, but very convincing, rehearsal demo up to date. Luckily
we could lay our hands on that demo and signed the band right away.
The debut album is planned to be released in early summer 2006.
- LUNAR AURORA is working intensely on new material which will be recorded
for the band's 8th album in the end of 2006 / the beginning of 2007.
- GRAUPEL is in creative processes, too: A split - LP with fellows ENDSTILLE
will be recorded soon. Please note that this LP will be released by
the bands themselves. GRAUPEL is also already working on songs for the
second album which will of course be released on COLD DIMENSIONS again.
- FOREIGNER BASSIST BRUCE TURGON RELEASES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM
After nearly 20 years of kicking around ideas for a solo album, bassist
Bruce Turgon (Foreigner, Shadow King) has finally had enough downtime
to make it a reality in the form of “Outside Looking In,”
out now in the USA on Frontiers/Locomotive Records.
“It was just time and timing,” the busy bassist said. “In
the fall of '03, I was at the end of an extensive five-month tour with
Lou Gramm, when I was approached by Serafino Perugino, president of
Frontiers Records, about recording a solo album. It was great timing
in that I wanted to take a break from touring and decided that I would
finally commit to doing it.”
Turgon, whose history with vocalist Lou Gramm dates back to the early
‘70s and a band called Black Sheep, has made a career of playing
top-notch melodic rock and did not stray far from the style that he
has perfected when he began compiling the songs for “Outside Looking
In” in the spring of 2004.
“My desire was to make an aggressive, honest hard rock album with
an emphasis on strong songwriting,” he said. “The initial
ideas for ‘Walk Thru Fire’ and ‘Living a Lie’
were from my older catalog, but were revamped for this album. ‘Walk
the Walk, the bonus track for the Japanese release, ‘Heart So
Strong,’ and ‘These Tears Must Fall’ were written
with Lou Gramm at different times. Everything else is new material.”
For the recording of “Outside Looking In,” Turgon enlisted
a notable group of friends: drummer Denny Carmassi (Heart, Whitesnake,
Foreigner, Montrose), guitarist Rocket Ritchotte (David Lee Roth, Stan
Bush, Cher, Rick Springfield), guitarist Scott McKinstry (Lou Gramm
Band), guitarist Ronnie Montrose, Ricky Philips, and Tom Gimbel on backing
vocals. Turgon himself also makes his debut as a singer on the record.
“They are all very good friends,” said Turgon, “My
own little ‘band of brothers.’ I'm grateful for their contributions
as they are all very talented.”
- NEVERMORE Bassist Jim Sheppard To Undergo Chron’s Disease Treatment
Band Announces Temporary Replacement
Nevermore bass player and one of the founding members Jim Sheppard will
soon be undergoing a minor procedure for Chron’s Disease, a condition
he’s managed for over 15 years. Precluding him from performing
with the band during the first part of their upcoming tour with In Flames,
Sheppard is expected to rejoin the band in Spokane, WA May 18. Filling
in for Sheppard will be long-time friend James McDonough (ex-Megadeth).
Nevermore, who just wrapped up a series of dates with Arch Enemy, will
be performing at several European summer festivals including Rock Hard,
Sweden Rock and Wacken Open Air before supporting Disturbed across Europe
this fall. After their touring activity the band will be taking time
off to write the follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed
album This Godless Endeavor.
- BLACK COBRA - Bestial uncoils
The doom-groove laden two-man-band Black Cobra was born over several
years of it's members (Jason Landrian/ex-Cavity and Rafael Martinez/ex-16)
meeting up over holidays in their original hometown of Miami, Florida.
It expanded to tape-trading riffs in the mail and spot bi-coastal practices,
with Jason in New York City and Rafa in Los Angeles. Eventually a three-song
demo, rounding out barely over six-minutes in length but with the strength
of a dozen whacks in the melon with the back-end of an axe, and was
enough for At A Loss to send a contract.
All fucking hail Bestial.
Check out the track Omniscient:
- ODROERIR plan an extentsive through European clubs September 8th through
23rd to promote their masterpiece "Götterlieder". Swiss
Folk Pagan group ELUVEITIE, who will release their new album on FEAR
DARK, will also be part of the tour. A limited re-release of ODROERIR´s
"Lasst Euch sagen aus alten Tagen" will come out any time
- The AISLING & WOLFCHANT (current album on CCP Records) had to
be re-scheduled to October/November 2006. Confirmed dates will be posted
soon. AISLING will be playing the BANDS BATTLE Festival (June 15th -
17th in Stavenhagen) & the METALCAMP Festival ( Juli 21st –
23rd in Tolmin. Several further dates have been booked in Italy. Info:
- We can proudly annouce a new signing to EINHEIT PRODUKTIONEN: German
Epic Viking Metal Heroes THRUDVANGAR, who caused quite a furor with
their debut "Ahnenthron", have completed the final mixing
sessions for the follow-up "Walhall". Release is scheduled
for August 8th 2006.
This year THRUDVANGAR will perform on ULTIMA RATIO Festival in Krefeld
(Mai 6th), PAGAN NIGHTS Open Air Festival in Ringelai(June 10th ) and
the VIKING SCREAM Festival in Bochum (October 21st). Get a first taste
- Norway´s SORGSVART will come out with "Fortapt Verden i
vakkert Selvmord" on August 8th as well. You can expect Epic Viking
Folk Black Metal, which Nocturno Culto/Darkthrone lately commented as
follows in an interview by Norwegian daily newspaper www.dagbladet.no.
When asked “Are there any good new Norwegian bands today ?”
he answered:” I am a fan of the demo by SORGSVART. There is a
will behind that.” Make up your own mind and check two songs of
the CD for free on www.Einheit-Produktionen.de.
- After another successful show on the RAGNARÖK Festival, Russian
vikings NOMANS LAND are busy completing the final touches to their yet
untitled third opus. The studio is booked for Juli in Russia. Mixing
will be done at the Thrudheim Studio in Anhalt. Release is planned for
the Julfest and an extensive European tour shall follow. Finally the
"Hammerfrost" album is available on vinyl.
- ULVHEDIN already have a new demo ready and contribute a new song to
the Karmøygeddon Compilation CD, which also features bands like
THUNDRA or BATTERED (ex- EINHERJER). Infos: http://www.karmoygeddon.info/.
The band is also working hard on the follow-up to "Pagan Manifest"
and both EINHEIT PRODUKTIONEN and the Norwegians hope to offer the finished
- CELTIC FROST: New Song “Ground” Online!
CELTIC FROST, synonymous for dark creativity and innovation across extreme
music’s genres, grant you a first aural glimpse into their newest
opus Monotheist, set for release May 30th, 2006. Online now, the new
song “Ground” is available for streaming here.
Called “staggeringly good… a Fuckin’ masterpiece”
(Decibel Magazine), Monotheist is one of the most anticipated metal
albums of the year. Following the album’s release, CELTIC FROST
will commence touring, performing at several major European summer festivals,
as well as an extensive North American tour this fall (dates here).
Date City Venue
9/12 Spingfield, VA Jaxx
9/13 Spingfield, VA Jaxx
9/14 New York, NY B.B. King's
9/15 New York, NY B.B. King's
9/16 Montreal, Canada Medley
9/18 Toronto, Canada Opera House
9/19 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theatre
9/20 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
9/22 Detroit, MI Harpos
9/23 Chicago, IL Vic Theater
9/24 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
9/25 Winnipeg, Canada Royal Albert Arms
9/27 Calgary, Canada Warehouse
9/28 Edmonton, Canada Starlite Room
9/30 Victoria, Canada Sugar
10/1 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/2 Portland, OR Roseland
10/3 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
10/4 San Diego, CA House of Blues
10/6 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
10/7 Hollywood, CA House of Blues
10/8 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theater
10/9 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
10/11 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
10/12 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
10/13 El Paso, TX The Zone
10/14 San Antonio, TX Sunset Station - Lone Star
10/16 Kansas City, KS Bottleneck
10/17 St. Louis, Missouri Pop's
10/19 Ft Worth, TX Ridglea Theater
10/20 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
10/21 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
10/23 Tampa, FL State Theater
10/24 Ft Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
10/25 Orlando, FL House of Blues
10/27 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
10/28 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
10/29 Fayetteville, NC Jester's Pub
10/31 Charlotte, NC Tremont
11/2 Norfolk, VA The Norva
11/3 Poughkeepsie, NY Chance Theatre
11/4 Worcester, MA Palladium
For the exact dates click on the following homepages:
- FINLANDS TUSKA-FESTIVAL RISES FUNDS FOR LORDI'S ESC PYROS
FINLAND’S EUROVISION SONG CONTEST PARTICIPANT LORDI’S PERFORMANCE
JEOPARDIZED BECAUSE OF OUTRAGEOUS PYROTECHNICS BILL – TUSKA OPEN
AIR METAL FESTIVAL TO THE RESCUE
Scandinavia’s premier metal festival, Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
taking place in Kaisaniemi, Helsinki, Finland, during 30.6.-2.7. has
decided to take action in assisting Finland’s controversial Eurovision
song contest participant, Lordi, with unrealistic pyrotechnics expenses.
Although Lordi representing Finland in the Eurovision song contest raised
very blunt opinions from the start, things took a serious turn for the
worse when Finnish National Radio received a cost estimate for the pyrotechnics
required in Lordi’s show. The German company who has the exclusive
right in providing the special effects for the contest, presented the
Finns with an estimate which is in no way compatible with the tariffs
of past years, the final amount climbing to tens of thousands of Euros.
Currently the Finnish National Radio (YLE) is pondering the option of
pulling out of the contest altogether.
Tuska-Festival is no stranger when it comes to struggling with tariffs,
therefore Tuska-organization is deeply concerned with the current situation.
Pyrotechnics are a vital part of Lordi’s show and performing without
them makes no sense.
Tuska-Festival promoter Jouni Markkanen pointed out that if public funds
aren’t sufficient to put on a proper show, let’s get the
money elsewhere. Therefore Tuska-Festival will pay the first 5000 Euros
of the pyrotechnic costs.
This is also intended as a challenge for others working within the music
industry to do their share. Even smaller amounts help.
Tuska-Festival is Scandinavia’s premier metal festival. This festival
takes place right in the center of Helsinki, 2006 edition being the
ninth consecutive annual Tuska-Festival. This year’s line-up features
the likes of Venom, Celtic Frost and Sonata Arctica along with 28 other
metal artists. Lordi appeared at Tuska in 2003.
- STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's new studio album, "The New Black",
is scheduled for release on July 18 via Century Media Records (one day
earlier internationally). A reissue of "Heavy As A Really Heavy
Thing", featuring bonus tracks, will be made available on June
- Into Eternity Talk About East Coast Dates, Forthcoming Recording
Canada’s technically progressive death metal band, Into Eternity,
will head out for three upcoming East Coast dates before recording the
follow up to 2004’s Buried In Oblivion. Commenting on the band’s
upcoming plans, guitarist/vocalist Tim Roth said, “Things are
starting back up for us. First up, we will play 3 shows in the U.S.
starting with The New England Metal Festival Sunday, April 30. May 1
we are in New York City and May 2 in Springfield, VA, both dates opening
for Gamma Ray. Hopefully we will get a chance to say hello to you all
at these upcoming dates. As soon as we return to Canada we continue
pre-production for album number four. Once again we will be recording
in our hometown Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada at Touchwood Studios. We
have original drummer Jim Austin with us on the new record and he’s
has been doing a great job in rehearsals.
“There will be one recording change with this album, for the first
time we are going to send the album out to be mixed. Any Sneap (Nevermore,
Arch Enemy) will be handling the record’s final mix. We are fans
of Andy's work and know he is the right man. This final step ensures
that this will be our best sounding effort to date.”
Calling Buried in Oblivion “a defiantly original work filled with
stunning musical virtuosity and truly original ideas,” (Revolver)
Into Eternity spent 2005 touring North America supporting the release
on no fewer than six continent spanning tours. Look for the band to
tour extensively in support of the new album late this year.
- BELPHEGOR part ways with Bassist, seek replacement!
Barth has had an accident in January, resulting in a bad wound on the
right hand. He had an operation, but at this time its uncertain wheter
he can play the bass for BELPHEGOR again.
The band write in a statement: However, he'll always be a member of
BELPHEGOR, taking care of the merchandise on the road and similar stuff
now. Get well soon bro!
BELPHEGOR absolved the recent gigs with a session bass player, named
A.X. from Germany, who?s also gonna do the next shows.
With that being said BELPHEGOR are currently looking for a bass player,
anyone interested can contact the bands management through e-mail at:
Please seriously inquires only, we are a full-time touring band so you
have to be able to be on the road, in the studio, or doin rehearsals
The requirements are as follows:
- u don't need to be Austrian ( but able to rehearse in Austria )
- professional musicians only, preferably with stage-tour experience
- must be at least 25 years old
- main interest in death/black metal, metal in general
- LEAVES' EYES TO RELEASE NEW MCD
Today the North American office of Napalm Records announces July 18th,
2006, as the confirmed release date for LEAVES EYES' new Legend Land
MCD. A year after the release of the critically acclaimed Vinland Saga
album, Legend Land continues the adventure with five brand-new, exclusive
tracks, including an extended version of the title track Legend Land,
all for the price of a CD-single.Legend Land will also be available
in a limited-edition version with blue cover artwork.
- AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED PCP Torpedo/ANBRX
The leaders of grind-metal madness are back to rip your face off!
Originally released in the final year of the 20th century in the unconventional
six-inch vinyl format, PCP Torpedo is finally reissued on CD-in the
equally unconventional three-inch CD format. (Not only is it a truly
compact disc; Agoraphobic Nosebleed apparently wanted to specifically
torture Mac users.).
The hideously deformed and many-fanged suckling of guitarist/machinist
Scott Hull (also of the equally unstoppable Pig Destroyer) and vocalist/programmer
J. Randall (formerly of ISIS), ANB specialize in stereophonic slaughter
and extreme pharmacological distress, the combination of which is commonly
referred to as hyper-grind.
Accelerating the BPMs well past human tolerance levels with a hallucinogenic
freeassociative pathology bordering on the mentally ill, PCP Torpedo
is equal parts total grind nightmare and industrial-strength psychosis,
not to mention an unequivocal demonstration of ANB's reckless &
willful disregard for both the hearing threshold and basic human decency.
The cleverly titled companion remix CD, ANBRX features hellish ANb
distortions created by the likes of Merzbow, Justin Broadrick (Jesu,
Godflesh), James Plotkin (Khanate, Phantomsmasher) and Vidnaobmana.
Together, PCP Torpedo/ANBRX will violate your already fragile psyche
and probably bring the average glue-huffing fan-boy within inches of
cutting an ear off-if they haven't done so already.
- LAMB OF GOD have set "Sacrament" as the title of their highly
anticipated album release, due late Summer 2006 via Epic Records.
The group has been unusually tight lipped about the new recording, turning
down all but a select few in-studio and pre-studio interviews. No listening
sessions, demo recordings or audio samples have been granted or released.
News from March 2nd notes that the band had once again tapped
friend and producer Machine ('Ashes of the Wake') to handle the
production duties for "Sacrament."
At that time drummer Chris Adler had the following to say.
"Everyone wants to know what the new material is like or have us
compare it to something. It's tough to do because when your proud of
something you want to say it's better than something else or that it's
more of this or that. I don't want to do that - every LAMB OF GOD
album has been a snapshot in time, a puzzle that spelled out who we
are as individual musicians and as a band. They each represent a certain
amount of experience and ability - and without saying more, we
now have more of both of those than ever. We have continued to raise
the bar for ourselves in every aspect of what we do, and we are expecting
more of ourselves than ever heading into this. We're looking forward
to tracking and releasing this intense and very heavy release."
News surfaced that as of April 11th drummer Chris Adler had finished
tracking drums at Spin Recording studios in Long Island City, New York.
All interviews with Chris and his brother Willie Adler were cancelled
during the drum tracking session and several more have been cancelled
as the band continues tracking guitars and vocals in Richmond, VA.
In the most recent news from the camp guitarist Mark Morton had the
following comments on the recording and the material:
"There's an intensity to this project that feels heavier than previous
records. The vibe around the sessions has been serious.
Not in a conflict sort of way, just more focused and driven than ever
We know we're onto something. I've done very few interviews over
the course of these sessions and everybody wants to know titles and
track listings and details like that, but we're not coming off of that
kind of stuff just yet. It's too early. This record's way
too important to us to allow anyone in until the five of us are in agreement
that it's exactly how we want it. It's definitely not a casual
approach this time around. We really want this album to have an
impact....it feels like it will."
LAMB OF GOD is scheduled to set out on the Unholy Alliance Tour with
Slayer, Children of Bodom and Mastodon beginning on June 6. The final
dates including additional headlining concerts will be announced at
- GREEN CARNATION schedule show in U.K. as part of mini-summer tour
Norway's prog masters GREEN CARNATION are bringing their 'Acoustic Verses'
to the U.K.
After a successful debut concert in London last year, Green Carnation
will be returning to The Underworld on Thursday August 24th, 2006 as
a part of a mini-tour. The gig in London will be an exclusive one for
England. The already confirmed show in Dublin, Ireland has been changed
to Saturday August 26th, 2006. The rest of the mini-tour will be announced
shortly as there are two more dates to be confirmed.
Says singer Kjetil Nordhus, "We had a great time in London last
year and got a lot of amazing feedback after the gig. So it's pleasure
to come back. Also, the show in Dublin will become something special.
There are still some details remaining before we can make that official,
but it's going to be a great mini-tour for the band anyway."
This will be the second year running that the band visit England and
the third year visiting Ireland. Many people have underlined the Celtic
influence on the band's 'Acoustic Verses.' And the singer doesn't rule
out that Green Carnation's recent touring history has something to do
with their trips to Ireland.
"That might well be. We get influenced by a lot of different stuff,
all the time. And with Ireland's proud music culture, it's hard not
to be inspired. So we're definitely looking forward to return, both
to England and to Ireland."
Official Green Carnation: http://www.greencarnation.no