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June 23nd, 2007
  • ALICE COOPER Opening Center For Troubled Teens

    Chris Casacchia of The Business Journal reports:

    Alice Cooper made a career of singing about rebellion, drug abuse and booze. Now, he spends much of his time trying to get kids to avoid those vices.

    The 59-year-old Detroit native became a cult hero in the '70s to millions of disillusioned teens, and scared the hell out of twice as many parents. In a way, he's revolutionized that label not for his impressionable lyrics, but for his philanthropic efforts.

    In late summer, Cooper and longtime golf buddy Chuck Savale plan to break ground on a $7.3 million teen center on the campus of Grand Canyon University, a private Christian college in west Phoenix.

    "The community right around there is economically challenged, a lot of single-parent homes," said Savale, a youth minister. "It will be a great help for the immediate neighborhoods. "

    Phoenix's social problems among youth are well documented. The city continually ranks low in student achievement and high in teen pregnancy and high school dropout rates.

    Read the entire article at this location.
  • ANATHEMA, DESTRUCTION To Headline Italy's S-HAMMER METAL FEST

    ANATHEMA and DESTRUCTION will headline the S-Hammer Metal Fest, set to take place July 20-21 at Hyppo Kampos Resort, Castelvolturno, Caserta, Italy.

    Friday, July 20:

    DEATH SS
    INFERNAL POETRY
    RAIN
    FROSTMOON ECLIPSE
    VALIANCE
    CORAM LETHE
    KINGCROW
    SRL
    SAVIOR FROM ANGER
    ENOCH

    Saturday, July 21:

    DESTRUCTION
    ANATHEMA
    VADER
    NOVEMBRE
    RECKLESS TIDE
    ILLOGICIST
    GRIMNESS
    SOTHIS
    WINTER OF LIFE

    For more information, visit www.shammermetalfest.com.
  • FIREWIND To Co-Headline PROGPOWER SCANDINAVIA Festival

    Greece's FIREWIND has been confirmed as the co-headliner of the ProgPower Scandinavia festival, set to take place November 9-10, 2007 at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Commented FIREWIND guitarist Gus G.: "We"re very excited to be a part of this great festival and also about returning to Scandinavia. Last time we played at The Rock in Copenhagen was on our European tour in 2006 with DRAGONFORCE. I remember we had great times there, so I'm looking forward to seeing you all again! I should also note that with this show we will wrap up our one-year-long World Allegiance Tour, so you"d better party hard with us!!"

    ProgPower Scandinavia final running order:

    Friday, November 9:

    00:15 - 01:45 - MERCENARY
    22:25 - 23:55 - THRESHOLD
    21:05 - 22:05 - CIRCUS MAXIMUS
    20:00 - 20:45 - SPHERIC UNIVERSE EXPERIENCE

    Saturday, November 10:

    00:25 - 01:55 - ORPHANED LAND
    22:50 - 00:05 - FIREWIND
    21:30 - 22:30 - ELDRITCH
    20:10 - 21:10 - DARKANE
    19:05 - 19:50 - MACHINE MEN
    18:00 - 18:45 - ANDROMEDA

    For more information, go to www.progpowerscandinavia.com.
  • OBITUARY, THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT Confirmed For Holland's WALDROCK Festival

    OBITUARY and THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT have been confirmed for the Waldrock festival, set to take place July 7 in Burgum (Bergum), in the northern region of The Netherlands. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

    ABORTED
    CELTIC FROST
    DROPKICK MURPHYS
    GOREROTTED
    LABERINTO
    M.A.N
    MESHUGGAH
    MOONSORROW
    MOONSPELL
    OBITUARY
    ONE BULLET LEFT
    OSDORP POSSE
    TERROR
    TESTAMENT
    THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT
    VADER
    W.A.S.P.
    WITHIN TEMPTATION

    For more information, visit www.waldrock.nl.
  • THERION split ways with singer mats leven!

    This is shocking news for all THERION fans - the masters of Opera Metal have recently announced a significant change in the band camp. From Wacken Open Air and onwards, Mats Levén will no longer be singing with the band!

    "It was a decision taken by the whole band in discussion with Mats. This change of line up is on friendly terms and the remaining shows before Wacken will be performed with the same energy and passion as if nothing had happened", the band promises. "There are no bad feelings. THERION will continue to develop even further into the direction we set on the last tour and Mats will focus on his new projects." Of course, mastermind Christofer Johnsson has already found a suitable replacement. "The new guy will be Thomas Vikström. He is probably most known in the metal world for singing on a CANDLEMASS album ('Chapter VI'). His great vocal abilities will for sure be more known at least among the THERION fans after the tour."
  • THE DUSKFALL recording almost finished

    Hailing from sweden, THE DUSKFALL have posted a statement regarding the recording process of their upcoming album "The Dying Wonders Of The World":

    "We are finished with all drums, guitars and bass and the sound is crushing! We have returned to our melodic roots, still keeping those thrashy parts alive and breathing. There will be more leads on this CD as we brought in a excellent guitarplayer as guestmusician. His name is Magnus Söderman and he will play leads on 4 songs so brace yourself for some brilliant shit! Oskar has also unloaded his best drumming on this recording, excellent fills and also a drumsolo on one of the tracks. The only thing left do do is for Kai to scream his lungs out and then we will mix this beast in end of May. For those interested we have put up some clips at this location!"
  • SOULIDIUM TO RELEASE
    CHILDREN OF CHAOS
    JUNE 19 ON KNIGHTVISION/ADRENALINE MUSIC

    Under the glamorized night life that Miami is known for, exists another underground and dark world. Melodically flowing with next level songwriting, this creative rock coven infuses cool visuals and dark elements that are making fans flock to their unique sound and image appeal. SOULIDIUM embodies not just a band, but a whole new movement of rock. The dark overtones, eccentric rock videos, gothic art, and strong presence that SOULIDIUM brings make for an addicting strong new combination.

    SOULIDIUM, led by Singer/Songwriter/Producer, Michael McKnight and with the aid of a popular social networking site, found guitarist AJ Maldonado and Eric Beausoleil. Drummer Danny Cayocca, a star drum line instructor relocated from Springfield, Mo, and guitarist Jake Jaden, who jumped at the challenge of switching his instrument in only one week, exceeded all of the band's expectations.

    CHILDREN OF CHAOS, produced by Danny Bernini (Blondie, Notorious B.I.G., P. Diddy), Michael McKnight and Bonnie Milner (Vocal Production) will be in-stores on June 19 on McKnight's ADA distributed imprint KnightVision via Adrenaline Music Group.

    SOULIDIUM's strengths come from their diverse approach to their music. Songs like the first single "The Light", speaks of being rescued from the darkness of loneliness. "Live Forever" is about breaking through to a new plane of existence. "Waiting" deals with the human emotion, and common struggle that we all share and with orchestral strings by GRAMMY® Award winning arranger Jeff Bova, the ever powerful "About You", make it evident that SOULIDIUM is, indeed, a band on its way to "The Big Time."

    SOULIDIUM takes you on a journey that stimulates the musical and artistic cravings of fans in a whole new way. Incorporating an intimate visual experience both on their website and through their powerful live shows, this band is bringing a new and powerful element to the scene. Come and discover your new addiction.. SOULIDIUM.

    CHILDREN OF CHAOS
    IN-STORES JUNE 19TH
    www.soulidium.com
  • SEVENDUST, DIECAST, POINT ONE TOUR DATES

    Dates Subject to change without notice:
    06/21 San Bernadino, CA Hudson Theatre
    06/22 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
    06/23 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
    06/26 Colorado Springs, CO City Auditorium
    06/29 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete St. Pavilion
    06/30 Dallas, TX Palladium/HOB
    07/01 Wichita, KS Cotillion
    07/03 Mokena, IL Pearl Room
    07/09 Baton Rouge, LA Texas Music Hall
  • Zonaria Release Dates

    Here are the release dates for "Infamy and The Breed" the new debut from Zonaria. In case any of you were misguided by my previous messages here are the final dates set in stone.

    September 3: United Kingdom
    September 4: North America
    September 7: Europe
  • TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL 2007 PRESS RELEASE

    - Programme for the Evening clubs now ready
    - Before The Dawn added to the Tuska Festival roster

    The programmes for the infamous Tuska Evening Clubs have been finalized. For those who don’t know, these are the places where lager flows, only the strongest remain and there’s definitely no rest for the wicked. The official Evening Club venues are Tavastia, Nosturi, Virgin Oil Co. and Inferno Bar and the line-ups boast the hottest, up-and-coming and you’ll-hear-about-them-metal acts.

    One of the freshest new bands out of Finland, Before The Dawn, has been added to the Tuska-Festival roster. There are 2 more acts announced soon to complete the Tuska 2007 line-up.

    Tuska Evening Clubs Programme 2007:

    THURSDAY 28.6.

    Tavastia 15€/17€ k-18
    TIMO RAUTIAINEN
    VIIKATE

    Virgin Oil Co. 10€, k-18
    SWALLOW THE SUN
    MUSTAN KUUN LAPSET
    DARK FILTH FRATERNITY
    CAUSE FOR EFFECT

    FRIDAY 29.6.

    Tavastia 8€/10€ -k-18
    ENSIFERUM
    METAL VIDEOTEQUE

    Nosturi 10€, s/k-18
    BARATHRUM
    BATTLELORE
    HANGING GARDEN

    Virgin Oil Co. 10€, k-18
    BLAKE
    THE SCOURGER
    DAUNTLESS
    CAUSE FOR EFFECT

    SATURDAY 30.6.

    Tavastia 10€/12€ -k-18
    TERÄSBETONI
    METAL VIDEOTEQUE

    Nosturi 10€, s/k-18
    DEATHCHAIN
    AJATTARA
    SHADE EMPIRE

    Virgin Oil Co. 10€, k-18
    TORTURE KILLER
    M.A.N.(swe)
    DOMINATION BLACK
    CAUSE FOR EFFECT

    SUNDAY 1.7.

    Tavastia 8€/10€ k-18
    TAROT
    METAL VIDEOTEQUE

    Tickets for the Evening Clubs go on sale on Thursday 24.5. at www.tiketti.fi.

    Tickets for Tuska 2007 are now sale on through www.tiketti.fi and www.lippupalvelu.fi. Tuska-Festival 2007 is an all ages event. Ticket prices 38e one-day ticket each and 75e three-day ticket.

    Additional info:

    www.tuska-festival.fi
  • Innerstrength Records has signed Massachusetts metal band Within The Ruins.

    Within The Ruins hails from Westfield, MA and are set to release their debut album “Driven by Fear” on Innerstrength Records this Summer. The band recently recruited a new singer from Kettering, England. He is flying to the states this month to record the vocals for “Driven by Fear” and then depart for a full US tour. The band has dates booked from 6/20-11/24 this year.

    For more www.myspace.com/withintheruins

    Track list for “Driven by Fear”
    1. Forgotten
    2. Fading Light
    3. Your Enemy
    4. To Walk Away
    5. Die Inside
    6. Waste of Life
    7. With This I Bleed

    www.myspace.com/innerstrengthrecords
  • Necromorbus Studio Mastering Facility

    Necromorbus Studio of Sweden is nowadays quite well-known for our works with bands like WATAIN, ONDSKAPT FUNERAL MIST, ARMAGEDDA, ZARATHUSTRA, NOMINON, ADORIOR, MERRIMACK, BLACKLODGE and so on, but apart from full productions we also work a lot with mastering nowadays, as people seem to have started to realize the importance of having a recording properly mastered before releasing it.

    Because of this increased stream of work, we have decided to open a new facility specialized only on mastering jobs. The studio is located in Lisbon, Portugal (where one of us is nowadays residing) and has a dedicated audio system for the purpose.

    We work predominately (though not exclusively) with Metal music and what we offer is based on our long experience with this particular genre, combined with the expertise in sound engineering that we have acquired over the years. We have numerous masterings in our back by now and all our clients have been very satisfied! Even if what you have is just a simple home-studio recording, rehearsal recording or some old demo that you want to brush up the sound on, or if you have recorded in a big studio but you think it sounds flat, weak or dull, we can make it sound better!

    To bring attention to the opening of this new facility, we are right now making a special offer:

    200 EUR, FLAT RATE (Regular charge: 250 EUR)

    You will get one (or more, if required) PQ coded, red-book audio compliant CD-r, plus a listening copy. If needed, we can also supply a full PQ track list.

    This offer is limited to the first five assignment that we acquire as a result of this email. It is therfore important that you mention this email when you write to us, if you want the discount to apply!

    If you are interested in this offer or want some more information, please write to:
    [email protected]

    Thank you for your attention and I hope we can do business with you in the future!Tore Stjerna, Necromorbus Studio

    http://www.necromorbusstudio.com
  • Electric Earth news

    Finally...

    ... Electric Earth’s “Selling Souls”-EP is released. The EP was originally planned to be available as an exclusive vinyl-EP but due to some unfortunate circumstances it was not possible to release it on vinyl. The CD-EP features the two newly recorded, none album, tracks “Bring On The Storm” and “Unicorn” as well as two covers featuring special guests. Mattias “Ia” Eklundh from Freak Kitchen plays a blinding solo on Kiss’ “I Want You” and Clawfinger’s front man Zak Tell leaves his personal mark on Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker”.

    The EP, which was recorded together with Impious mastermind Valle Adzic at his Studio Deadline, is only available directly from the band and their website. It costs € 6.00, including p & p, and can be ordered through Paypal ([email protected]).

    “I Want You” can be heard at www.myspace.com/electricearthband and “Heartbreaker” at www.myspace.com/phantommgmt. “I Want You” is by the way at the number one position at Kiss Army Sweden’s download site.

    Electric Earth’s second CD “Vol II – Words Unspoken”, their first on Belgium’s classic metal label Mausoleum Records, was released in Sweden April 20 and in the rest of the world a few weeks later. The CD, which was recorded in Studio Bohus together with producer Roberto Laghi (Mustasch, Hardcore Superstar, Freak Kitchen and The Awesome Machine), has so far received really good reviews, especially in Germany and Belgium.
  • KATATONIA TO RETURN TO THE US THIS FALL
    TOUR FEATURING ALL EUROPEAN LINE-UP

    Sweden's Katatonia will return to headline their first American tour this fall. Kicking of September 4, the tour will make nineteen stops around the country and will feature an all European line-up with Sweden's Scar Symmetry joining up with Finland's Insomnium and Swallow the Sun.

    The tour, beginning in Springfield, Virginia will be Katatonia's second visit to the US in a year, the band making their stateside touring debut last fall performing alongside Moonspell and North Carolina-based Daylight Dies (Candlelight). Touring in support of their first live album, Live Consternation, it will be the first time long-time American fans will be able to experience a full set from the highly acclaimed band. Live Consternation, set for American release June 5, is a stunning 5.01 cd/2.0 dvd package features selections from the band's successful 2006 album The Great Cold Distance and choice cuts from their growing and popular catalog. Kerrang notes, "submlime melodies and moments of sheer mellow bliss," while Rocksound adds, "absolutely astonishing."

    On-going acclaim for Scar Symmetry's 2006 virtuosic album, Pitch Black Progress, has yielded a second tour of North America for the melodic death metallers from Sweden. Hailed as "masters of melody, complexity, and aggression" by Kerrang! Magazine and praised by Metal Hammer for their "sickeningly good riffery," the band made their debuts in the U.S. and Canada a mere two months ago on the "Metal For The Masses" tour and have scanned close to eight thousand units of their sophomore release.

    Insomnium will make their stateside debut performing selections from their current/third album Above the Weeping World. “This is by far the best Insomnium album”, says vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevänen. “It is the first time we feel we really succeeded in the studio. As a band we are very happy with the end result.” Formed in 1997, Insomnium recorded two demos before signing with Candlelight Records. Kerrang says, “Insomnium have grown into something truly remarkable."

    Hope is the third album from rising Finnish doom/death band Swallow the Sun. Featuring a guest appearance by Katatonia vocalist Jonas Renske the album charted in the band's home country of Finland upon its release. The tour will be the band's first of America and comes as the band's profile is rising internationally. Digital Metal says, “Swallow the Sun have to be considered on of the genre's top newcomers... highly, highly recommended.”

    Confirmed dates as of press time are as noted. Ticket on sale information to follow.

    Sep-04, Jaxx Nite Club (West Springfield VA)
    Sep-06, BB King Blues Club (New York NY)
    Sep-07, Mark's Showplace (Bedford NH)
    Sep-08, Chance Theater (Poughkeepsie NY)
    Sep-09, Le Medley (Montreal QU)
    Sep-10, Imperial de Quebec (Quebec City QU)
    Sep-11, The Funhaus (Toronto ON)
    Sep-12, Peabody's (Cleveland OH)
    Sep-13, I-Rock (Detroit MI)
    Sep-14, The Pearl Room (Mokena IL)
    Sep-15, Station 4 (St. Paul MN)
    Sep-17, Bluebird Theater (Denver CO)
    Sep-19, Whiskey-A-Go-Go (West Hollywood CA)
    Sep-20, Showcase Theater (Corona CA)
    Sep-21, Brickhouse (Phoenix AZ)
    Sep-22, Launchpad (Albuqeruque NM)
    Sep-24, White Rabbit (San Antonio TX)
    Sep-25, Ridglea Theater (Ft. Worth TX)
    Sep-26, Scout Bar (Houston TX)

June 22nd, 2007
  • MANOWAR To Headline Kaliakra Rock Fest, Bulgaria On June 30th

    Joker Media has the utmost pleasure to announce The Loudest Band In The World. MANOWAR, the undisputed legendary Kings Of Heavy Metal will be staging their first ever concert in Kavarna, Bulgaria on June 30th 2007.

    MANOWAR will appear at the black sea coast city as headliners of this year's KALIAKRA ROCK FEST, which will take place from June 28th to June 30th. The negotiations with MANOWAR for their premier concert in Bulgaria took more than 3 years, with the band and its management finally expressing their great appreciation that MANOWAR will finally have the opportunity to meet and perform the ultimate metal concert for their many loyal Bulgarian fans who have waited anxiously for more than 2 decades.

    Tickets are available for sale at the following locations:

    - http://www.ticketstream.bg/
    - http://www.eventim.bg/
    - NDK (National Palace of Culture) box office - Tel. +359 2 916 63 69
  • Join MANOWAR on stage at the Magic Circle Festival

    During the Magic Circle Festival, scheduled for July 7th, 2007 in Bad Arolsen, Germany, MANOWAR will give a unique opportunity for some lucky fans. One lucky fan will receive the opportunity to play guitar during MANOWAR’s “The Gods Made Heavy Metal” while other fans will have the opportunity to join the band on stage for the duration of the song. The lucky guitarist will also get to keep one of Karl Logan’s guitars. In order to enter the contest, fans must submit a video to www.YouTube.com showing themselves rocking out, or getting wild in any way they choose to a MANOWAR song. Now is your chance so come on be as crazy as you want to!

    Videos cannot be longer than 2 minutes and all contestants must be at least 16 years old. After you upload your video, send the link to [email protected] along with your full name, phone number and date of birth. All Entries must be submitted by July 1st. If you need help uploading your video to YouTube please visit: http://www.google.com/support/youtube/

    This is a chance for all brothers and sisters of metal to get the heavy metal experience of a lifetime!

    For more information about the Magic Circle Festival please visit http://www.magiccirclefestival.com/
  • ACCEPT Guitarist WOLF HOFFMANN Guests On New SKEW SISKIN Album

    Legendary ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann makes a guest appearance in the track "Who The Hell Are You" on the new album from German female- fronted rockers SKEW SISKIN, entitled "Peace Breaker". The CD is scheduled for release via the Internet on May 22.

    Commented SKEW SISKIN singer Nina C. Alice: "We've recorded a great song from Ivan Kral, with lyrics written by his wife Cindy Hudson (who's a great light designer, too), adding a 'THE STOOGES' feel! Ivan was a band member of singer Patti Smith, guitarist for the one and only Iggy Pop, and he's also a truly blessed songwriter!

    "The name 'Peace Breaker' fits just too well with what's going on our planet these days. Though it's not a pure political CD, of course, it boldly tells everyone who wants to know and those who don't wanna know (but still oughta know!), what's on my mind about the mistreatment of people and all those psychopaths shooting around in real life as if in a video game. Besides all those infuriating stories about the tough reality on earth, I have again written lyrics about bold rocker feelings, like always, in my very own Ninalicious style with the help of Lemmy as my wonderful work-checker + sentence- contributor + one of the best lyric writer of all times (in my eyes) and my personal lyrics co-writer + one of my rare friends (sending kisses his way!)! 'We're so bad baby, we don't care!'

    "Of course, the title 'Peace Breaker' also depicts the vibes given off by SKEW SISKIN — uneasy for certain individuals because we're not those perfect, happy-smiling people serving the trendies with their visions, nor are we ass-kissers to people who think they're better. We're evil kids who'll keep making a lot of noise for other loud, mean kids (until we diiieeee!), and those who know us will always understand, we're having a lot of fun being the way we are. Keep it REAL and I am sorry to announce: reality bites and it's ugly...muhhaha, but rock 'n' roll is gonna save yer ass, baby."

    "Peace Breaker" track listing:

    01. Metal In Your Face
    02. We're An Institution
    03. Ridin' With The Devil
    04. Trouble Shooter
    05. Hit You Harder
    06. Who The Hell Are You (feat. Wolf Hoffmann)
    07. War, Fire, Guns & Blood
    08. I Wanna Be Me
    09. Eva Braun Is Back In Town
    10. I Don't Care (feat. Ivan Kral)
    11. Loser
    12. Can't Hear You
    13. Shoot The Rats

    Check out the song "Metal In Your Face" at the band's MySpace page SKEW SISKIN's last CD, "Album of the Year", was released in November 2003 through ulfTone Music.
  • EPICA: Dutch Tour Dates Announced

    Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA has announced several headlining dates in its home country for January 2008. The details are as follows:

    Jan. 05 - Doornroosie - Nijmegen, NETH
    Jan. 17 - De Kade - Zaandam, NETH
    Jan. 18 - Bibelot - Dordrecht, NETH
    Jan. 25 - Burgerweeshuis - Deventer, NETH
    Jan. 26 - Groene Engel - Oss, NETH

    As previously reported, EPICA has been confirmed as the support act for SONATA ARCTICA on their upcoming European tour in November.

    EPICA has set "The Divine Conspiracy" as the title of its new album, due August/September via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD, which is currently being mixed by Sascha Paeth, will feature a session appearance by GOD DETHRONED drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek. EPICA has yet to name a full-time drummer following the departure of Jeroen Simons in 2006.

    Formed by guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Mark Jansen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) in 2002, EPICA has so far released three albums, among them a full-length soundtrack in the vein of Hollywood composers Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman. The Dutch metallers have already played in 24 countries, and have completed successful tours in Europe, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and the USA.

    EPICA will embark on a North American headlining tour in September. Support at the shows will come from the Austrian/American "epic metal" band VISIONS OF ATLANTIS.

    EPICA's previously announced live DVD, which was filmed on May 4, 2006 at Paradiso in Amsterdam, Holland, has been delayed until later this year, according to a posting on the group's official web site. The band's latest album, "Consign to Oblivion", was recorded in early 2005 and features a guest contribution from KAMELOT vocalist Roy Khan.
  • ROB HALFORD's METAL GOD ENTERTAINMENT Signs Canadian Distribution De

    Metal God Entertainment and JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford have signed an exclusive Canadian distribution deal with Fusion 3. The first release under the agreement will be "Metal God Essentials - Volume 1", which is due out July 10.

    "Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" features thirteen tracks from Rob Halford's FIGHT and HALFORD solo releases. The HALFORD band's first new songs in more than four years, "Forgotten Generation" and "Drop Out", are also featured, as is an exclusive 2007 remix from producer Attie Bauw, "Resistance Canadian Mix".

    Metal God Entertainment will also produce three (new box sets for the European Union, U.S. and Canada for fall 2007/early 2008 release.

    The FIGHT and HALFORD box sets will feature a 5.1 DVD documentary and live concert performance, remastered audio releases, expanded booklet, rare and unreleased photos and liner notes.

June 21st, 2007
  • DYSTOPYA: New studio-work ready

    “ALWAYS REMEMBER ME”, first full-lenght of the italian thrashers DYSTOPYA, will be officially available from SATURDAY, MAY 19th 2007. The studio-work (produced under the supervision of APHAZEL from ANCIENT) is the second official self-produced release for the italian combo after the release of the E.P. “ALAMEIDA” in 2004 and will be introduced to the audience on SATURDAY, MAY 19th 2007 at MARMAJA LIVE CLUB in Cusano Milanino (Milan) during “THRASH TILL DEATH FESTIVAL” event. It will contains 9 tracks of modern thrash metal like PANTERA, SLAYER and SLIPKNOT and will be distributed in Italy by ANDROMEDA DISTRIBUZIONE. On the official MySpace page of the band you can listen to "PIL", final version of the song taken from the upcoming release. On working the new merchandise too, soon will be available on the shop page of the official site of the band.

    http://www.dystopya.it/
  • Metalcamp news

    KREATOR
    confirmed!

    For 7 bloody days you'll be able to escape from the cruel reality and slavery of modern civilization. Forests, beaches, clean river, fresh air and thousands of people with the same intention - to have fun while banging their heads to numerous acts which form today's world of METAL!

    On one of those days there will be time to raise the flag of hate, while German thrash gods KREATOR unleash their fury again. Although they visited Metalcamp last year, there is no trouble. Expect even bigger ferocity when Mille and co. scream and ravage over Tolmin. New set list, new energy and the same old metal spirit that granted a place for Kreator in the metal pantheon. Do you feel aggressive? Well, you should - the flag of Hate will be raised once again and there is no escaping the endless pain, while your bodies with terrible certainty fall into coma of souls. Extreme aggressions will perform a renewal, but it is just a cause for a conflict between endorama and past life trauma. For you'll become an outcast, while Kreator unleashes the violent revolution as the enemy of gods. The pleasure to kill never felt better...

    MOTÖRHEAD CRADLE OF FILTH BLIND GUARDIAN IMMORTAL SEPULTURA SATYRICON THE EXPLOITED SODOM DORO GRAVE DIGGER THRESHOLD UNLEASHED CONVERGE DISMEMBER PAIN KREATOR ENSIFERUM DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER DEW-SCENTED GRAVEWORM THE VISION BLEAK DISILLUSION ELUVEITIE ABORTED ONE MAN ARMY & THE UNDEAD QUARTET BORN FROM PAIN DEADLOCK VREID KORPIKLAANI DEAD SOUL TRIBE SADIST ANIMOSITY PROSPECT NOCTIFERIA EVENTIDE ARS MORIENDI SARDONIC + many more!

    Talent forum bands:
    ABSTRACT RAPTURE AMNESIA AWAKE BEFORE THE FALL BURDEN OF GRIEF CORPSE GRINDER CRIPPER DEATH MECHANISM DIVINUS EPSILON EXTERMINATOR FORGOTTEN EDEN INCITER IRREVERENCE LEVIATHANE LOW-CHI MIDNIGHTSTORM NEED NERVECELL OBNOUNCE PENITENZIAGITE PERISHING MANKIND PINCHBECK PORTIKUS RAGESPECT REPLICA RUNAMOK SABAIUM SEKTOR 7 SPECTRE DRAGON THE COLD EXISTENCE THE EMBODIMENT VERITAS MENTIS ZVIER + many more!

    www.metalcamp.com
  • SATHANAS NEWS

    HAILZ TO ALL!

    Sathanas' new CD Crowned Infernal on Pulverised Records is nearing the end of the recording process and will soon be going to Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm, Sweden for mixing and mastering by Tore Stjerna. Crowned Infernal is scheduled tentatively for a summer of 2007 release date.

    www.sathanas.net/Crowned_Infernal_temp.html
  • Overkill Plans New Album With New Tour Dates

    Veteran East Coast thrashers OVERKILL have signed with Bodog Music in the U.S. and TVT in Europe for the release of their follow-up to 2005's "ReliXIV", tentatively due in September/October. A U.S. tour will immediately follow the album's release. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

    Oct. 04 - The Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
    Oct. 05 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
    Oct. 06 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
    Oct. 07 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
    Oct. 08 - Penny Arcade - Rochester, NY
    Oct. 09 - Rex Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
    Oct. 10 - The Muse - Nashville, TN
    Oct. 11 - The Mad Hatter - Covington, KY
    Oct. 12 - Al Rosa Villa - Columbus, OH
    Oct. 13 - Harpo's Concert Theater - Detroit, MI
    Oct. 14 - The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL
    Oct. 15 - The Rock - Maplewood, MN
    Oct. 16 - Reverb - Cedar Falls, IO
    Oct. 17 - Pops Annex - Sauget, IL
    Oct. 18 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
    Oct. 19 - The Chance Theater - Poughkeepsie, NY
    Oct. 20 - Mark's Place - Bedford, NH
    Oct. 21 - BB King's - New York City, NY
  • EXODUS' GARY HOLT To Release 'A Lesson In Guitar Violence'

    EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt will release his first-ever instructional DVD, "A Lesson in Guitar Violence", later this month through Zaentz.

    Holt previously stated about the upcoming DVD, "I am planning on focusing on rhythm technique, some lead chops, and going over the correct way to play some of the EXODUS riffs. I feel there are enough straight shred things out there, so I want to do something as bit differrent. And of course I will make it funny as hell!"

    Zaentz Records is the new label formed by Steven Warner (EXODUS' manager) and partner Jonnie Zaentz (son of Saul Zaentz, Fantasy Records co-founder). Zaentz is an independent artist-friendly upstart label that features an in-house, state-of-the-art recording facility.

    Zaentz Records is now accepting submissions. Send CDs, DVDs, bio, press pack and photos to the following address;

    Zaentz Records
    3020 El Cerrito Plaza # 377
    El Cerrito, Ca 94530

    More information will soon be available at www.zaentzrecords.com.

    Steven Warner and Jonnie Zaentz have also started a tour bus company, Warner-Zaentz Bus Lines, LLC. More information is available at www.warnerzaentzbuslines.com.
  • More bands added to DAMNATION FESTIVAL 2007

    GROOVE driven metallers PANIC CELL, northern grind monkeys NARCOSIS and London death merchants TED MAUL will bolster the UK contingent appearing at this year's DAMNATION FESTIVAL, as tickets go on sale today!

    They will join a diverse bill of metal mayhem which already includes KREATOR, KATAKLYSM, AMEN, ABORTED, 1349 and ORANGE GOBLIN.

    Briefs for the event in Leeds Met Uni on Saturday 20th October are available now from http://www.seetickets.com and http://www.ticketline.co.uk

    Prices will be kept to £19.50 for the first few weeks as a small thanks to the dedicated fans who have supported Damnation Festival since 2005. In June the ticket price will rise to £22.

    England's Narcosis and Ted Maul will wreak havoc on a Terrorizer Stage bill that's fast shaping up to be uglier than a night in prison showers.

    Panic Cell meanwhile are looking forward to raising a pint of Jagermeister as they share a stage with Kreator and Amen.

    Frontman Luke Bell said: "We can't wait to kick ass onstage, and drink monsterous amounts of Jagermiester off it with all you nutters.

    "Damnation is the ultimate example of fan driven festivalry, the biggest supporter of the British underground metal scene there is, and to get to play it this year along with such titans as Kreator and Orange Goblin is simply incredible.

    "Damnation for us will be one of the pinnacles of 2007!"

    And headliners Kreator are also suitably impressed by it all. Vocalist Millie Petrozza added: "Kreator is looking forward to playing one of the UK's most trend free festivals.

    "The line up is not flavour of the week, but pure METAL! A tasty mix of the most exciting artists from different subgenres, all HEAVY in their own way!"

    This year will top an incredible history that includes The Haunted, Entombed, Raging Speedhorn, Sikth, Akercocke, Skindred and a farewell show by hardcore favourites Stampin' Ground.

    More top bands and a slew of British talent will be announced over the coming months for what is set to be the biggest, loudest Damnation Festival yet.

    Festival spokesman Gavin McInally said: "We've built a solid reputation on the basis of homegrown performers like Panic Cell, Narcosis and Ted Maul, so to have them join the bill is special. We'll continue to bring metal fans the UK's finest."

    Tickets for Damnation Festival 2007 are on sale now.

    They will be priced at £19.50 until Monday, June 11 and £22 thereafter and will be available through http://www.seetickets.com or http://www.ticketline.co.uk/ and in person at Manchester's Piccadilly Box Office and Liverpool's Radio City Box Office.

    For further information about the event visit:
    http://www.damnationfestival.co.uk or e-mail: [email protected]
    *Prices are subject to booking fee.
  • "Lucifer speaks" at Summer Festivals

    Secrets of the Moon will play a 60 minute set at Party San Open Air - Bad Berka (Germany). The show takes place on thursday night at 11pm. Arrive in time and prepare for a night of magic and fire!

    Also they are going to irrupt Northern Germany at this years Wacken Open Air on August 03rd and will play one more exclusive show in Hamburg on August 24th.

    Moreover the band is looking forward to their very first appearance on scandinavian ground on August 23rd at the "Hole in the Sky" Festival in Norway.

    Here are all recent shows:

    22. June 2007 Hellfest Summer Open Air 2007 - Clisson (Fr)
    23. June 2007 W.O.A. Warm Up Festival - Lebach (D)
    21. July 2007 Hells Pleasure Festival - Motocross-Strecke Poessneck (D)
    03. Aug 2007 Wacken Open Air - Wacken (D)
    09. Aug 2007 Party San Open Air - Bad Berka (D)
    17. Aug 2007 Summer Breeze Open Air - Dinkelsbühl (D)
    23. Aug 2007 Hole in the Sky Festival - Bergen (Nor)
    24. Aug 2007 Markthalle - Hamburg (D)
    25. Aug 2007 Vlamrock Festival - As (Bel)
    08. Sep 2007 Hellflame Festival - Osnabrück (D)
    22. Sep 2007 Hellflame Festival - Lichtenfels (D)
    27. Okt 2007 Halloween Metal Festival - Salzburg (A)
  • TENHI to embark on their first German tour for five years

    Great news! For the first time after a hiatus of roughly five years, TENHI are about to enter German stages again, as they are going to perform a few choice concerts hereabouts in September.

    Germany's own NEUN WELTEN, who are going to complement each performance with their mystical Nature Folk, will support the Finnish band.

    06/09/07 D - Berlin - Maschinenhaus
    07/09/07 D - Nuremberg - Diskothek Loop
    08/09/07 D - Zwischenwelten Festival - Koblenz
    09/09/07 D - Leipzig - Moritzbastei

    More information here: www.laviola.de
  • WINGER PLAYING WATERSTOCK 2007

    JUNE 30TH @ WATER WORKS PARK- DES MOINES, IA

    HOLLYWOOD – Platinum recording artist WINGER is playing Waterstock 2007 in Des Moines, IA at Water Works Park. Besides their slew of platinum hits such as Madalaine, Hungry, Seventeen and more – Winger will be in support of their first album in over a decade. The founding members of WINGER, Kip Winger (bass/vocals), Reb Beach (guitar), Rod Morgenstein (drums), have reunited for their forth record, which is touted as their finest album ever. WINGER is joined John Roth (guitars/vocals) a WINGER member since 1993’s “PULL” album and new comer Cenk Eroglu (keyboards/vocals).

    Being the first WINGER album in 14 years it’s not what you would expect. "The new WINGER album" explains Kip, "starts where "Pull" left off and moves into new directions. It mixes some classic Hard Rock like VAN HALEN and early WINGER style, progressive and acoustic elements that may resemble GENESIS, MOTT THE HOOPLE or KING CRIMSON".

    All bands confirmed for Waterstock 2007 are Vince Neil, Warrant, Winger, White Lion, Seven Mary Three, Faster Pussycat, Cold Filtered and Gear Down. The best outdoor music festival of the year takes place Saturday, June 30th at Waterworks Park. Tickets are currently on sale through Iowa Tix for only $27.50. This price is for a limited time only, so buy early and save. We also have 500 Part Pit Passes. Party Pit Pass tickets are $40 and get you side stage access, these will go fast.

    For more information go to:
    www.wingertheband.com
  • MISERY SPEAKS – Check in from studio, new album almost done!

    One of the most surprising metal acts of 2006, MISERY SPEAKS, have again entered the mighty halls of Rape Of Harmony (Heaven Shall Burn, etc) studio to record their new album.

    The band comments on the studio activities as follows:

    “Hey friends...

    greetings from the studio!!!! Everything is cool. The drums, bass and the guitars are finished..and it sounds awesome. We are very satisfied with the result so far.....it´s some brutal and gloomy shit!!! We have started the recordings of the vokills yesterday and it works very well. The dudes of the Rape of Harmonies studio punched the shit out of us.

    Next week we will send the material to mastermind Dan Swanö for the mixing duties.

    So be prepared for the new album, which will be released in autumn 2007.

    Hellish Greetings from the Misery Speaks squad. Metal up your ass!!!”

    MISERY SPEAKS´ self titled debut album was released in June 2006 through Alveran Records and received amazing praise from both press and metal fans all over the place.

    Furthermore the band will hit the road again once they are back home from the studio, here are the confirmed dates (more to follow soon):

    MISERY SPEAKS:
    24. Juni 2007 Herne (D) / Pressure Festival
    22./23. Juni 2007 Straßwalchen bei Salzburg (A) / Summer Nights Festival
    30. Juni 2007 Münster (D) / Vainstream Rockfest
    21. Juli 2007 Nunkirchen (D) / Rock am Bach Open Air
    08. August 2007 Berlin (D) / Kato (w. All That Remains, As We Fight, The Sorrow)
    10. August 2007 Trier (D) / Exhaus (w. All That Remains, As We Fight, The Sorrow)
    11. August 2007 Münster (D) / Sputnikhalle (w. All That Remains, As We Fight, The Sorrow)
    18. August 2007 Ubstadt-Weiher (D) / Motoball Arena Fest
    31. August / 01.September 2007 Hameln (D) / Joch´n Roll Festival
    08. September 2007 Herne (D) / Fight Animal Abuse Festival

    www.miseryspeaks.com
  • THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD reveals cover art for Malice; pre-orders available

    South Carolina's THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD have unveiled cover art for the band's forthcoming effort, 'Malice.' The album, the band's second full-length and the follow-up to 2005's 'Bloodlust,' has been slated for an August 21 release through Prosthetic Records. Cover artwork, again designed by artist Paul Romano (The Red Chord, Mastodon), can be viewed here, where the album is also available for pre-order in two exclusive CD / t-shirt packages.

    Bringing Romano back on board again for artwork, the band also tapped producer Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Vital Remains, Goatwhore) to record 'Malice' at Mana Studios earlier this spring. This will mark the debut of vocalist Nate Johnson (ex-Premonitions of War, ex-Deadwater Drowning) with THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD. Johnson is currently making his live debut with the band on a current European tour with Dead To Fall, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and Ion Dissonance, before the band returns to America later this month to support The Red Chord in June and July. Also playing that tour are Despised Icon, All Shall Perish, See You Next Tuesday.

    "We are extremely happy to have Nate on board with us as the new vocalist and frontman for TTEOTD," guitarist Justin Longshore previously said. "There's no doubt in my mind that Nate will deliver on 'Malice' as well as on tour. We'd like to thank everyone for their submissions that they sent us. There are some really killer vocalists out there and it was definitely a tough decision. Thanks to all of the fans for all of the support in this situation."

    THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD on tour

    (with The Red Chord, Despised Icon, All Shall Perish, See You Next Tuesday)

    6/20 Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
    6/21 Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
    6/22 Des Moines, IA - Picador
    6/23 St. Paul, MN - Station 4
    6/24 Chicago, IL - Metro
    6/25 Detroit, MI - Majestic
    6/26 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
    6/27 Toronto, ONT - Reverb
    6/28 Montreal, QBC - Le Studio
    6/29 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
    7/01 Farmingdale, NY – The Crazy Donkey

    "Bloodlust is a terrifying onslaught that wouldn't have the first clue what to do with a sing-along chorus. Except stab it in the face, obviously."
    – Kerrang!

    "Through The Eyes of the Dead are a monstrous proposition; seething, scything intensity and superhuman kick-drum violence are their stock in trade, but the songs are shrewdly written and arranged too..."
    – Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles

    "Bloodlust can only be described as premeditated musical warfare"
    – AMP magazine

    "Call them death, metalcore or even deathcore, it doesn't alter the fact that these guys know exactly what it takes to make a brutal record, bolting together a variety of styles to create a fearsomely deranged sound."
    – Metal Hammer

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • GET THRASHED: THE STORY OF THRASH METAL PREMIERES IN
    WASHINGTON, NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK

    TRENTON- The makers of Get Thrashed: The Story Of Thrash Metal are proud to announce three June screenings of the documentary - Saturday, June 2 at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival, Sunday, June 3 at the Hoboken International Film Festival and Friday, June 22 at the Staten Island Film Festival.

    “The LA screening was a total blast, complete with artists from the film in the house and a loud, extremely energetic crowd singing along, seemingly determined to bring down the house,” said Director Rick Ernst. “The screenings in every city have been unbelievable - from bands performing live, fans screaming along to the soundtrack or special guests showing up - they have been amazing and I can't wait for more fans to Get Thrashed from coast to coast in June.”

    Get Thrashed: The Story Of Thrash Metal is the story of bands like Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax and how they, and others, pioneered a new form of heavy metal in the early 1980s. This new music was called "thrash metal" and many of the bands went from playing friend’s parties and small clubs to touring the world and headlining arenas. Along the way, there were drugs, drinking, fights, deaths, mosh pits, leather jackets, long hair and most of all - groundbreaking new music. Eventually, the scene fell apart, but the seeds these bands planted gave rise to the new breed of extreme heavy metal we see and hear today. Get Thrashed features the music of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Kreator, Suicidal Tendencies, Pantera and many more, plus interviews with members of over 30 bands from old school (Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine, Kerry King, Gary Holt etc) to new school (Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Chimaira etc).

    “Get Thrashed made me feel like I was looking into a scrapbook of my musical life,” said Anthrax bassist Frank Bello. “The film gets it right and makes you feel the vibe and pulse of this music that we all know and love.”

    The Seattle, WA screening of Get Thrashed will be on Saturday, June 2 at 2 PM at the Seattle Art Museum (1300 First Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101). Tickets are $8.00 and are available through http://trueindependent.org/.

    The Hoboken, NJ screening will be on Sunday, June 3 at 6 PM at Stevens Institute of Technology - Burchard Auditorium (River St between 5th and 6th Sts, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030). Tickets are$9.00 and are available through www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com/.

    The Staten Island, NY screening will be on Friday, June 22 at 9 PM at The College of Staten Island - Recital Hall (2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, New York 10314). Tickets are $6.00 and are available through www.sifilmfestival.org.

    Get Thrashed: The Story Of Thrash Metal documentary is produced by Saigon1515 Productions in association with Kundrat Productions. Get Thrashed was directed by Rick Ernst and the documentary’s Associate Producer is Rat Skates, former drummer of the legendary thrash band Overkill.

    www.getthrashed.com
  • MARAZENE To Co-Headline 'Resurrection of Rock'

    Chicago based Machine / Metalists MARAZENE are confirmed to co-headline the 'Resurrection of Rock' with Dallas 'Ghetto-Rockers', DOWNSIID on Saturday, June 30th in Fort Dodge, IA at the Larmar Ballroom.

    "We're excited to be a part of this event," bassist DieTrich Thrall commented. "It's exactly the kind of show we were looking for to kick off our summer tour schedule."

    RadioUgly (www.radiougly.com) is locked in to broadcast the entire Resurrection of Rock performance.

    In addition to co-headliners, MARAZENE and Downsiid, the 14 and up show will feature recently signed Corporate Punishment Recording Artist, ON A PALE HORSE as well as Iowa natives; Lost Nation, Eddie Buzzard, Duhka, Stab Corp., and Bleed the Weak.

    MARAZENE recently completed their first two National Tours with Megaforce recording artists MUSHROOMHEAD and Pure Records recording artist DEADSTAR ASSEMBLY and continue to tour incessantly in support of their debut album, 'MachiNation', self released on 06.06.06

    For more information: http://www.MySpace.com/MARAZENE
  • Innerwish Upcoming Live shows !!!!

    Hi Metalheads!!!

    Inner wish have been confirmed for the Maximum Rock Festival, set to take place August 10-12 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

    Upcoming InnerWish's live shows:

    10/08/2009 - Maximum Rock Fest - Cluj-Napoca,Romania.

    29/09/2007 - THF, Tilburg, Netherlands

    More shows will be added in the next days.

    STAY METAL
  • W:O:A 2007 - latest Billing / Tickets

    The latest Bands since the last Newsletter:

    ALPHA ANIMAL
    THE ANSWER
    DIMENSION ZERO
    DRONE (Metal Battle Winner 2006)
    FAIR TO MIDLAND

    FASTWAY (with "Fast" Eddie Clark > Ex-Motörhead)
    GUTBUCKET
    HATESPHERE
    MAMBO KURT
    MENNEN
    PHARAO
    SECRETS OF THE MOON
    TURBONEGRO
    TYPE O NEGATIVE
    W:O:A FIREFIGHTERS

    All bands confirmed so far for the W:O:A 2007:

    - 1349 - ALPHA ANIMAL - ALL THAT REMAINS - AMORPHIS - THE ANSWER - BELPHEGOR - BENEDICTUM - THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER - BLACK MAJESTY - BLIND GUARDIAN - BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE - CANNIBAL CORPSE - CHTHONIC - COMMUNIC - DESTRUCTION - DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - DIMENSION ZERO - DIMMU BORGIR - DIR EN GREY - DISILLUSION - DRONE - ENSLAVED - FAIR TO MIDLAND - FALCONER - FASTWAY - GRAVE DIGGER - GUTBUCKET - HAGGARD - HATESPHERE - HEAVEN SHALL BURN - ICED EARTH - IMMORTAL - IN FLAMES - J.B.O. - KAMPFAR - LACUNA COIL - LETZTE INSTANZ - MAMBO KURT - MENNEN - MOONSORROW - MOONSPELL - MUNICIPAL WASTE - NAPALM DEATH - NARZISS - NEAERA - NORTHER - PHARAO - RAGE - SACRED REICH - SAMAEL - SAXON - SCHANDMAUL - SECRETS OF THE MOON - SODOM - SONIC SYNDICATE - THE SORROW - STORMWARRIOR - STRATOVARIUS - SWALLOW THE SUN - THERION - TURBONEGRO - TYPE O NEGATIVE - TYR - UNHEILIG - VADER - THE VISION BLEAK - VITAL REMAINS - VOLBEAT - W:O:A FIREFIGHTERS

    and many more!

    More infos about the bands: Billing / Bands 2007

    72,- Euro plus 7,- ticket fee = 79,- Euro. plus service charge (FULL METAL SERVICE)
    20,- Euro - 3-day-ticket costs incl. all shown services from above = 99,- (all in)

    Ticketlink www.metaltix.com
  • HIRAX Confirmed For Germany's METAL FORCES NIGHT - PART I Festival

    Reactivated California thrashers HIRAX will perform at the first Metal Forces Night - Part I festival, set to take place September 29 at Altes Wasserwerk in Lörrach, Germany. Also scheduled to appear are Dutch "true metallers" GODDESS OF DESIRE, FATAL EMBRACE from Berlin, Germany and SLIT from Malta.

    For more information, visit www.metalforcesfestival.de.
  • Guitarist PETER LINDGREN Quits OPETH; Replacement Announced

    Peter Lindgren has stepped down from his guitar-wielding duties in OPETH after 16 years. His official statement on the matter reads as follows:

    "It is with sadness I announce that OPETH and I are going separate ways after almost 16 years. The decision has been the toughest I've ever made but it is the right one to make at this point in my life.

    "The reason behind this is that I feel that I simply have lost some of the enthusiasm and inspiration needed to participate in a band that has grown from a few guys playing the music we love to a worldwide industry. The love of music has always been, and still is, our motive, but I personally have lost something along the way. The massive amount of touring has taken its toll.

    "OPETH has worked extremely hard to get where we are right now and in order to persist and maintain the quality of the music, it is necessary that we continue to work hard and always stay focused. But in doing so, it means that we nowadays spend 18 or 19 months on the road and I don't feel the same enthusiasm for the upcoming world tour that I have felt earlier. I have come to a point where I realize I won't be able to give the band 100%, and from both sides this will not be good enough for what OPETH stands for. I will always love playing, listening to, and living music, but I will do it differently from now on.

    "These years has easily been the best of my life and I will always cherish the memory of what we have experienced together.

    "I would like to thank the band, our management, record label people, all the bands I've made friends with for everything. Most of all, I would like to thank the fans from the depth of my heart for the support throughout the years.

    'I wish Mikael, Martin, Per and Axe all the best and I am confident they will continue doing the greatest music in the world!!"

    Fredrik Åkesson (ex-ARCH ENEMY, KRUX, TALISMAN) has been confirmed as the new guitarist in OPETH.

    Says OPETH leader Mikael Åkerfeldt: "Well, I think it's too soon right now to fully be able to explain what I feel.

    "Peter and I had been working in this band together for almost half of our lives and we shared some unforgettable experiences together all over the world. We will obviously remain friends and this 'break-up' has been on very good terms from both sides. We all wish him the best of luck with his future ventures!

    "Fredrik was the only name that popped up thinking about a replacement for Peter. In my opinion he's one of the top three guitar players out of Sweden. We all get along great as we've known each other for maybe four years and he already has the experience to take on the circus-like lifestyle we lead as members of OPETH.

    "I can't wait to see what he can bring to the table musically and also to get out on the roads touring together. His first gig will be at the Ilosaarirock festival [July 13-15 in Joensuu] in Finland. I'm sure he'll shit his pants before that one, but then again...so will I!"
  • IN FLAMMEN Open Air News

    13.07.-14.07.2007 Torgau / Brückenkopf

    DISBELIEF
    AGATHODAIMON
    DEATH REALITY
    LIFTHRASIL
    DAWN OF FATE
    SAXORIOR
    MOSHQUITO
    MIGHT OF LILITH
    BETRAYER
    SILENTIUM NOCTIS (I)
    BGT
    UNTAMED
    INFECTED BRAIN
    ARCHE:HAVOC
    ABGROGATION
    EXOTOXIN
    DEATH EMBRACE

    www.In-Flammen.com
  • SATYRICON, SOILWORK, PRO-PAIN Confirmed For Austria's SOUL OF METAL Festival

    SATYRICON, SOILWORK, PRO-PAIN and SAMAEL are among the confirmed bands for the Soul Of Metal festival, set to take place June 29-30 in Hargelsberg, Austria. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

    ALL FALLS DOWN
    CATARACT
    DAGOBA
    DARZAMAT
    DISILLUSION
    EDENBRIDGE
    EQUILIBRUM
    EYE OF BETRAYER
    ILLDISPOSED
    IN SLUMBER
    LEGACY
    LEGACY OF HATE
    LORDS OF DECADENCE
    LOST DREAMS
    LOXODROME
    PERISHING MANKIND
    PRO-PAIN
    REAP
    REPLICA
    SAMAEL
    SAMHAYN
    SATYRICON
    SERENITY
    SOILWORK
    THE MORPHEAN
    THIRD MOON
    TRASH CANNED
    WYDFARA'S PROPHECY

    For more information, visit www.soulofmetal.at.
  • MARSHALL LAW Pulls Out Of HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR, INTENSE Steps In

    Long-running Birmingham, U.K. metallers MARSHALL LAW have cancelled their appearance at the Headbanger's Open Air (set to take place June 13-14 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany) because they still haven't found a replacement for drummer Pete Hunt who left the band last November. Newly confirmed for the festival are fellow U.K. metallers INTENSE.

    Headbanger's Open Air festival billing:

    AVENGER
    BEYOND FALLEN
    THE BLACK
    BULLET
    CANDLEMASS
    DECEPTIVE SILENCE
    HALLOWEEN
    HOLLOW GROUND
    INTENSE
    KALEDON
    KAOS
    KNIGHT ERRANT
    MOONSORROW
    PARAGON
    RAGE
    RAVEN BLACK NIGHT
    SILVER FIST
    SINNER
    SIXTH ALLOY
    TAUNTED
    VENGEANCE
    WARNING SF
    WOLF
    WRETCH

    For more information, visit
    www.headbangers-open-air.de.
  • TESTAMENT: East Coast Dates Announced

    Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have announced several East Coast dates July. The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows:

    Europe:

    Jul. 06 - Mortegliano (Udine), Italy @ Festa in Tenda
    Jul. 07 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands @Waldrock Festival

    USA:

    Jul. 13 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
    Jul. 14 - Sayreville, NJ @ Sounds Of The Underground
    Jul. 15 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
    Jul. 16 - Southbridge, MA @ ADC Performance Center

    Europe:

    Jul. 19 - Rieden, Germany @ Earthshaker Fest

    Asia:

    Jul. 27 - Taipei, Taiwan - Formoz Fest
    Jul. 28 - Incheon City, Korea - Pentaport Rock Fest

    Europe:

    Aug. 16 - Derbyshire, U.K. @ Bloodstock O.A. Fest
    Aug. 17 - Oulu, Finland @ Jalometalli Festival
    Aug. 18 - Notodden, Norway @ Metal Heart Fest
    Aug. 19 - Gotenborg, Sweden @ TBC
    Aug. 21 - Kolding, Denmark @ Godset
    Aug. 22 - Antwerpen, Belgium @ Hof Ter Loo
    Aug. 23 - Deventer, Holland @ Burgerweeshuis
    Aug. 24 - Bergen, Norway @ Hole in the Sky - Bergen Metal Fest
    Aug. 25 - Gemunden, Germany @ Up From The Ground Open Air Fest
    Aug. 31 - Rimini, Italy @ Velvet
    Sep. 01 - Palmaggio-Casserta, Italy @ Route to Hell Fest

    TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy, bassist Greg Christian, and guitarists Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson, alongside ex-DIMMU BORGIR and CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Nick Barker, have finished writing more than half a dozen songs for the group's long-awaited follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering". Tracking is scheduled to begin in July/August for a tentative late 2007/early 2008 release. "It's been a long time coming," Billy said. "This new album is like a good wine: You throw in the grapes and crush."

    TESTAMENT is currently unsigned in the U.S. and Europe after parting ways with Spitfire Records earlier in the year (the Spitfire Records catalog was acquired last summer by Redux Records, the company formerly known as Sheridan Square Entertainment). A Japanese deal with Universal remains intact.

    Spitfire released a TESTAMENT compilation, "The Spitfire Collection", in February. Consisting of tracks from such Spitfire titles as "The Gathering", "Demonic", "Live at the Fillmore", "First Strike Still Deadly" and "Live in London", the 14-track set chronicles an era that ultimately saw the original TESTAMENT reunite for a successful 2005 tour.

June 18th, 2007
  • Metalcamp News

    DEAD SOUL TRIBE confirmed!

    Another dark pearl in the program of your headbanger’s holidays, will be DEAD SOUL TRIBE, who will present their newest Album “A Lullaby For The Devil” at the Slovenian festival for the very first time. In addition to that, the band prepares an exclusive “Best of DEAD SOUL TRIBE Show”, which will be included within their performance at METALCAMP 07. A real treat for people who still love Devon’s former band Psychotic Waltz! DEAD SOUL TRIBE grant to play some selected songs of their “ancestors”.

    MOTÖRHEAD CRADLE OF FILTH BLIND GUARDIAN IMMORTAL SEPULTURA SATYRICON THE EXPLOITED SODOM DORO GRAVE DIGGER THRESHOLD UNLEASHED CONVERGE DISMEMBER PAIN ENSIFERUM DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER DEW-SCENTED GRAVEWORM THE VISION BLEAK DISILLUSION ELUVEITIE ABORTED ONE MAN ARMY & THE UNDEAD QUARTET BORN FROM PAIN DEADLOCK VREID KORPIKLAANI DEAD SOUL TRIBE SADIST ANIMOSITY PROSPECT NOCTIFERIA EVENTIDE ARS MORIENDI SARDONIC + many more!

    Talent forum bands:
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  • THRASH METALS’ OLD SCHOOL: NEW FILM RELEASED

    BARNAGET, NJ- “Born in The Basement” a documentary from filmmaker/ OVERKILL founder RAT SKATES, will be released on May 12, 2007 by Kundrat Productions

    Written and narrated by Skates, this is an autobiographical journey that begins in 1980, when the East Coast of North America experienced a massive culture clash of Punk, Disco, Stoner Music, New Wave and Heavy Metal. Frustrated by this suburban identity crisis and fueled by "The New Wave of British Heavy Metal,” a small group of energetic youths was unknowingly creating the most extreme music ever to assault global eardrums – Thrash Metal.

    Skates was one of the most recognized pioneers of the movement. This is a drive through his tunnel vision to success, and the philosophy that turned his dreams into reality...THE "DIY" MINDSET!

    From milk-crate drum risers to toll-booth advertising and brain-washing girlfriends, this movie boldly goes well behind the scenes, deep into the NY/NJ cover band circuit and pre-digital tape-trading underground to candidly reveal the hidden hurdles that every young musician must jump in the quest for rock stardom, the passion of their vision, and dedication to their family...

    Conquering the skeptics and obliterating the odds, this vivid recollection of creating OVERKILL as part of a groundbreaking culture in un-chartered territory is told in true down-to-earth "Old School" spirit. “Born in The Basement” is an inspirational story of perseverance, where his imagination met a desire that turned into obsession...the true, naked secrets of success are exposed, and the realities that eternally haunt it...

    The film has been receiving noteworthy acclaim for its candidness: an open, honest, internal assessment of an overlooked time period that began the most significant pivotal point in Metal. Recently, the movie was privately screened by some well-known personnel in the industry: SCOTT IAN (ANTHRAX) said, “This looks deep into the scene we came up in and should be required viewing for anyone starting a career in music,” while JAY JAY FRENCH (TWISTED SISTER) agrees: “This exposes the deep inner-workings of a musician’s vision and dedication, and the dirty little secrets of success in this business for any band, from any genre.” Fellow Thrash pioneers GARY HOLT (EXODUS) and CHARLIE BENANTE (ANTHRAX) both “relived their past…very entertaining and 100% old school.” In the re-surfacing of his un-inhibited style, DAVID ELLEFSON (EX-MEGADETH) said, “Rat is a great MC for our community. This is a really ballsy retrospect.” Skates and Director Lori DeAngelis-Kundrat combined for an “affectionate and humorous” (RICHARD BIENSTOCK, GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE), “funny and compelling” (STEVEN BLUSH, AMERICAN HARDCORE) combination that CHEETAH CHROME (DEAD BOYS) sums up as “well told, with a lot of heart, and a hell of a lot of fun!”

    “Born in the Basement” contains never-before-seen or heard video, music and photos from the personal archives of Skates and Lori DeAngelis-Kundrat; it is packed with a huge variety of rare material from the bands, people and places that are part of this story; never-before seen or heard, anywhere, including a television performance and interview (1985), rough cuts from an aborted documentary (1986), radio interviews (1986), and recent interviews with Riff Thunder (Overkill founding guitarist) and Billy Vector (vocalist of the Lubricunts)

    Read the full reviews, view the trailer, check out some amazing history and purchase the DVD exclusively at www.ratskates.com

    Rat has been professionally involved in the filmmaking industry since 1999, writing and producing a wide variety of projects from corporate advertising and television commercials to the performing arts. He has also been working with Director Rick Ernst on the documentary Get Thrashed as Associate Producer since 2004. Lori DeAngelis-Kundrat is a writer and photographer and this film is her debut as a director.
  • NUCLEAR BLAST Anniversary CD 'Into The Light': Details Revealed

    RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski recently completed work on a compilation CD to celebrate Nuclear Blast Records' 20th anniversary, entitled "Into the Light". Smolski composed, recorded and produced 10 songs for various metal artists that are part of the Nuclear Blast history, including a track that is being recorded and performed by his own band.

    "Into the Light" will be released as double-CD, featuring a bonus disc with classics, rare tracks and brand new songs. Also, watch out for "Into the Light"'s dark twin "Out of the Dark", coming in the second half of 2007.

    "Into the Light" track listing:

    CD:

    01. Dirty Wings (feat. Tobias Sammet)
    02. Terrified (feat. Peter Peavy Wagner)
    03. Ruling The World (feat. Tony Kakko)
    04. Death Is Alive (feat. Mats Leven)
    05. Bloodsucker (feat. Marcel Schmier Schirmer)
    06. Slaves To The Desert (feat. Hansi Kürsch)
    07. A Perfect Day (feat. Andi Deris)
    08. Eternally (feat. Oddleif Stensland)
    09. Inner Sanctuary (feat. Marco Hietala)
    10. In The Picture (feat. Tarja Turunen)

    Bonus CD:

    01. HAMMERFALL - Hearts on Fire
    02. HELLOWEEN - The Madness Of The Crowds (Japan-Bonus 'Dark Ride' album) *
    03. GOTTHARD - El Traidor (Anytime, Anywhere Spanish version) *
    04. AFTER FOREVER - Sweet Enclosure *
    05. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection (new band of Uli Kusch) *
    06. THUNDERSTONE - Forevermore
    07. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
    08. AMORPHIS - The Smoke
    09. CANDLEMASS - Devil Seed (brandnew song) *
    10. SIRENIA - The Other Side

    * new song or rare bonus track.

    Lineup:

    Victor Smolski - Songwriting, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
    Andre Hilgers, Volker Schultz - Drums
    Jan-Michael Keller - Bass
    Andreas Dirksmeier - Keyboards
    Mario LeMole, Jen Majura - Backing Vocals

    Vocals:

    Tobias Sammet (EDGUY)
    Peavy Wagner (RAGE)
    Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA)
    Schmier (DESTRUCTION)
    Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN)
    Mats Leven (THERION, KRUX)
    Andi Deris (HELLOWEEN)
    Oddleif Stensland (COMMUNIC)
  • Seduced by Suicide News

    Seduced by Suicide - Live videos of the first show are available

    SEDUCED BY SUICIDE, the gothic rock band formed by Earth (Blood Tears - doom metal), posted four videos of its first show, made in Porto Alegre. This show featured the guest musicians Geraldo Aita (guitars - Burning in Hell), Maurício Pezzi (keyboards - Fermata) and César Campos (drums - Nebulousky) playing with Earth, who was responsible by all the vocals and bass.

    The recorded videos are:

    - Her Death By My Side - new song which will be part of the new single, and will feature Geraldo Aita, guitarist of Burning in Hell.

    - I Was Made For Loving You - gothic rock cover of a KISS' song from their "disco" era.

    - My Sweetest Choice (sample) - one of the most popular songs of Seduced by Suicide, available in the band's MCD Gothic Dream, released in 2006.

    - My Best Just For You (sample) - another new song, which will be just played live for a while.

    All the videos are available in the band's MySpace page - www.myspace.com/seducedbysuicide

    The next show of Seduced by Suicide will be in the band's home city, Caxias do Sul, on II Necessary Evil Festival, along with the gothic and doom bands A Sorrowful Dream, Desolate Ways and Estação das Brumas. Every information of the festival is available at www.nitross.com/necessaryevil:

    www.seducedbysuicide.com
  • the Overture Of The Wicked EP - helping ICED EARTH secure world domination

    ICED EARTH
    -Overture Of The Wicked-

    On June 5th, America's beloved heavy metal flag bearers Iced Earth return to action and set the stage for their upcoming double-album epic!

    The Overture Of The Wicked EP features the brand new, hard-hitting track "Ten Thousand Strong" along with a special 2007 version of the Something Wicked trilogy (originally appearing as the closing to 1998's classic "Something Wicked This Way Comes" album.) This release is the prelude to the full-length album Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Part 1), coming this fall.

    Led as always by guitarist/composer Jon Schaffer and featuring the soaring vocal mastery of Tim Owens, Iced Earth returns stronger than ever and are about to embark on the most ambitious journey of their career.

    Schaffer explains: "The Something Wicked trilogy (comprised of the songs "Prophecy", "Birth of the Wicked", and "The Coming Curse") has been completely rerecorded. From the ground up this is a more vicious and more atmospheric version of the epic piece. All of the vocals have been redone, obviously by Tim Owens, who did a masterful job at retaining the passion and honesty of the original, and still put his stamp on it and made it his own. We also put in some teaser atmospheric things that will give you a hint of things to come on Part 1. But just a hint...we don't want to spoil any surprises."

    "For those of you that aren't familiar with the old version or the Something Wicked story at all, you should check it out. The original trilogy is just an overview of the story that begins 12,000 years ago and leads us to modern day. You should look at the trilogy as an introduction to this whole epic. What is coming next in the two parts is a far more in depth look into this very tragic, heavy and apocalyptic sci-fi/fantasy story."

    A full tour of North America is in the planning stages - more details will be available soon.

    "This new version of the trilogy is excellent, but only after the initial shock of hearing all the changes—and
    changes are exactly what Jon should have made when re-recording these songs!" - Tartarean Desire

    "It's more aggressive and faster paced than the original was and I am sure this will become an EP that all
    Iced Earth fans will seek out and place proudly among their Metal collections." - Sea of Tranquility

    WWW.ICEDEARTH.COM | WWW.SPVUSA.COM
  • PARADISE LOST - Exclusive full album stream @ MySpace; launch new website!

    British founding fathers of Gothic Metal, PARADISE LOST, will release their highly anticipated new album “In Requiem” on May 21st, 2007. To get a full impression of this brilliant dark opus, you can stream the entire album from Friday, May 11th on at the band’s official MySpace page: www.myspace.com/paradiselostuk. Note that the album can be streamed only for one week, so check it out now! At PARADISE LOST’s MySpace page you can also watch the band’s gloomy clip for “The Enemy” filmed by acclaimed director Edward 209.

    In addition to that, PARADISE LOST will premier their completely redesigned website on May 11th, too, so be sure to pay a visit to http://www.paradiselost.co.uk!

    Discover further details about “In Requiem” and the band’s most recent single “The Enemy” as well as win some exclusive PARADISE LOST items at the band’s E-card, to visit it simply follow this link: http://ecard.centurymedia.com/paradiselost/

    www.centurymedia.com
  • NOCTURNAL RITES - New E-card online; post new video message & more!

    Swedish melodic/power metal outfit NOCTURNAL RITES present you their brand-new E-card revealing more details on the band’s upcoming eighth studio album “The 8th Sin”, out on Century Media Records May 28, 2007. At the E-card you can listen to several tracks off “The 8th Sin”, watch the band’s clip for “Never Again”, check the latest tour dates as well as win some exclusive NOCTURNAL RITES t-shirts! Visit it now @ http://ecard.centurymedia.com/nocturnalrites

    As a special treat for all NOCTURNAL RITES fans, the band has posted a new video message, check it out HERE

    Furthermore, you can also watch some cool footage of NOCTURNAL RITES performing “Never Trust” live at this year’s Gates Of Metal Boat(!!!), watch it HERE

    More NOCTURNAL RITES clips are available at the band’s official YouTube.com channel, you’ll find it @ http://youtube.com/noctv

    So enjoy some audiovisual Swedish metal insanity and get ready to bang your head on NOCTURNAL RITES’ masterly new album “The 8th Sin”!

    Press on “The 8th Sin”:
    “Ultimately a diverse and eclectic album, fans of melodic heavy rock as well as massive power metal should enjoy at instant!”
    METAL HAMMER (D)

    “Modern sounds, powerful riffs and epic choruses gorgeously combined!”
    HEAVY (D)

    www.nocturnalrites.com
    www.myspace.com/nocturnalrites
    www.centurymedia.com
  • HIMSA - first studio report video online!

    Straight from the recording studio one of the latest additions to the Century Media family, HIMSA, allows you an insight into the work on their on their upcoming Century Media Records debut, which is expected to surface later this year!

    You can watch HIMSA’s “Making Of – Part I” by clicking HERE!

    The group will track the drums, bass and guitars with Steve Carter (who produced HIMSA's “Courting Tragedy and Disaster” album); Devin Townsend (Lamb of God, Darkest Hour) will be tracking vocals and Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Heaven Shall Burn) will be handling mixing duties. Bassist Derek Harn states:

    “We are stoked to be collaborating with the aural assault team of Steve Carter, Devin Townsend and Tue Madsen. These are guys we trust and respect. We worked with Steve on “Courting”, we did “Hail Horror” with Tue. Devin is the new factor in all of this. He's doing the vocal tracking, and we're looking forward to his searing, manic, vocal skills giving new dimension to Pettibone's throaty mayhem.

    This album will be an evolution of everything people have grown to expect and respect from our enduring and grumpy metal band, with a few new twists. We're older, but we're wiser and faster than ever. We can't wait to see our fans around the globe this fall. Till then, stay true and keep the horns raised high.”

    More video clips from HIMSA recording their newest slab of vicious thrashing metal insanity will follow soon!

    For more info visit:
    http://www.myspace.com/himsa
    www.himsa.org
  • DARK TRANQUILLITY - New album “Fiction” enters Swedish, Finnish, German & Italian charts!

    Swedish melodic death metal legend DARK TRANQUILLITY is glad to announce that their new album “Fiction”, which has been released via Century Media Records on April 23, 2007, has entered the official album charts in the following countries:

    Sweden
    Week No.1: #12

    Germany
    Week No.1: #59

    Finland
    Week No.1: #19

    Italy:
    Week No.1: #34

    Italiy Indie charts:
    Week No.1: #9

    Congratulations! If you have not checked out the DARK TRANQUILLITY’s new masterpiece “Fiction”, make sure you check out the new tracks “Focus Shift” and “Terminus (Where Death Is Most Alive)” at the band’s MySpace profile: http://www.myspace.com/dtofficial

    Furthermore, don’t miss DARK TRANQUILLITY live at some of this year’s Summer festivals, the following festival appearances have already been confirmed:

    14.06.2007 Hulsfred (S) @ Hulsfred Festival
    22.06.2007 Balingen (D) @ Bang Your Head Festival
    24.06.2007 Clisson (F) @ Hellfest
    07.07.2007 Riga (LV) @ Metal Show IV
    13.07.2007 Arvika (S) @ Arvikafestivalen
    18.08.2007 Dinkelsbuehl (D) @ Summer Breeze Open Air

    Watch DARK TRANQUILLITY’s video clip for “Focus Shift” HERE !

    www.darktranquillity.com
  • KEKAL’S, “THE HABIT OF FIRE” STREAMING IN IT’S ENTIRETY

    Open Grave Records is currently streaming the entire new album from Indonesian metal band, KEKAL. This is their sixth album, “The Habit of Fire”, which releases in North America, Australia and Japan on May 15th.
    Described as "an experimental (but yet accessible) 70-minute epic concept album of urban avantgarde metal, with a liberal use of electronic elements and mix of countless musical sub-genres to accompany their trademark guitar-driven soundscapes," "The Habit of Fire" features the following track listing:

    01. Prelude: Worldhate Chronicle
    02. The Gathering of Ants
    03. Isolated I
    04. Manipulator Generals (Part I of Dictatorship)
    I. Failure is The System
    II. The Precaution of Aftermath
    III. Decadence and Excess
    05. Our Urban Industry Runs Monotonously
    06. To Whom It May Concern
    07. Free Association
    08. Historicity and State of Mind (Part II of Dictatorship)
    I. Repeated Patterns
    II. Aftermath
    09. Postlude: Saat Kemarau
    10. A Real Life to Fear About
    11. Escapism
    I. What on Earth Am I Here For?
    II. The Habit of Fire
    III. Subterranean Passageways
    IV. A Road Above, A Road Ahead
    V. Finding A Way to Stand Up Again

    The album is set to stream now through August 21st. Visit http://www.opengraverecords.com to listen.

    http://www.opengraverecords.com
  • KING DIAMOND To Tour North America Next Spring

    BLABBERMOUTH.NET has learned that KING DIAMOND is currently putting together a "blockbuster" North American touring package for the spring of 2008. More details, including other participating bands and exact cities/dates, will be announced soon.
  • DORO: New Version Of WARLOCK Classic 'All We Are' Due

    Doro Pesch recently recorded a new version of the WARLOCK classic "All We Are" with a backing band consisting of DESTRUCTION frontman Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer, AFTER FOREVER guitarist Bas Maas and well-known session drummer Tim Husung. The 45-minute CD, which will include other rare material and bonus video footage, will be released on May 25 via AFM Records.

    Pesch — along with Schirmer, Maas and Husun — performed "All We Are" live at a boxing match on March 30 between German female boxing champion (and Doro's close friend) Regina Halmich and German TV personality/comedian Stefan Raab. Doro played the track as Halmich's intro theme and the fight was broadcast live via German TV station Pro Sieben. Watch the performance online at YouTube.

    Doro originally wrote and recorded the track "She's like Thunder" as a theme song for Halmich's fights. A new version of the song, re-titled "We're like Thunder", featuring Halmich, was released in September 2005 via AFM Records.
  • IRON MAIDEN Announces 'A Matter Of The Beast Summer Tour '07'

    In acknowledgement of the 25th anniversary of the release of their seminal album "The Number of the Beast" and the tremendous international success of their recent album "A Matter of Life and Death", IRON MAIDEN's forthcoming June dates in Europe will go under the banner of "A Matter Of The Beast Summer Tour 07". The band will be playing five songs from each of these albums plus other fan favorites and will be taking out a full-on stage production which will include the final appearances of Eddie's notorious tank!

    Says vocalist Bruce Dickinson: "It's always a lot of fun for us to play outdoors in the summer. It tends to be a different vibe to playing indoors, much more of a party atmosphere so it's good to put together a set list that matches this. There has been a lot of interest in the 25th anniversary of the release of 'Number of the Beast' so we thought it would be great to give the fans a bit of extra Beast this summer to acknowledge this."
  • METALMANIA FESTIVAL 2008: First Details Announced

    The 22nd edition of Metalmania Festival — the biggest metal fest in Central-Eastern Europe — will take place on March 8, 2008 at the Spodek Hall in Katowice, Poland. As usual, there will be two stages where over 20 bands will perform for thousands of metal freaks.

    Metalmania Festival has a long and great history. Running for over 20 years, it has become the biggest and the most important metal festival in Poland. Its name is also very well known outside Poland and, every year, it brings more and more foreign visitors.

    In March 2007 Metal Mind Productions released "Metalmania 2006" DVD+CD. The DVD includes highlights of memorable performances by such great metal acts as MOONSPELL, ACID DRINKERS, ANATHEMA, NEVERMORE, VESANIA, 1349, HUNTER and HIERONYMUS BOSCH, among others. The CD serves as an introduction to some of the other interesting, if not as popular, acts that performed on the side stage of the festival.

    The 2007 edition of the festival, which took place on March 24, included appearances by such great bands as TESTAMENT, PARADISE LOST, MY DYING BRIDE, ENTOMBED, and JORN, to name a few. BLAZE BAYLEY's and DARZAMAT's shows were recorded for the future DVD releases.

    Bands interested in performing on the side stage at Metalmania 2008 can send their application (bio, link to web site, link to mp3 files etc) to the following e-mail address: [email protected].

    Deadline: November 30, 2007.