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March 29th, 2006
  • TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS WEEK FOR
    8TH ANNUAL NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL

    WORCESTER, Mass. – Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 24 for the 8th annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which is set to take place at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., on Friday, April 28, Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30. This year the event is presented by ESP Guitars and Krank Amps.

    Proclaimed in past years as one of the best American festivals focusing on heavy music, the three-day show will host numerous metal, hardcore, and metalcore bands along with a jam-packed vendor area where fans can purchase hard-to-find CDs, t-shirts, and other music merchandise. ESP Guitars will be giving away guitars and Krank Amps will be giving away amps and even a half stack. These two great companies will also be bringing you up close and personal with some of the bands they endorse - so as we get closer to fest we will have schedule of artist signings and other surprises.

    "If you decide to go to only one fest this year, this should be it,” says Revolver Magazine and MetalJudgment.com calls it “...hands down, the best metal fest in the world.”

    The show will once again take place on two stages at The Palladium. Bands that have already been confirmed for the festival are: Lacuna Coil, Gamma Ray, DragonForce (first time EVER in America!), Arch Enemy, Chimaira, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bullet For My Valentine, Exodus, Cryptopsy, 100 Demons, A Perfect Murder, Alarum, Arsis, Bloodline Calligraphy, Bronx Casket Company, Byzantine, Caliban, Cattle Decapitation, Colin Of Arabia, Damnation AD, Dead To Fall, Death Threat, Demiricous, Dying Eyes Bleed, Ed Gein, Embrace The End, Folly, Full Blown Chaos, Goat Horn, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Horse The Band, Hypersolid, If Hope Dies, Immolation, Inked In Blood, Into Eternity, Ion Dissonance, Ligeia, Losa, Mercury Switch, Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Nodes Of Ranvier, On Broken Wings, Protest The Hero, Ramallah, Righteous Jams, Ringworm, Sanctity, Scars Of Tomorrow, Second Story Window, Shoot To Kill, Since The Flood, Skinless, Still Remains, Suffocation, Sworn Enemy, The Acacia Strain, The Absence, The Classic Struggle, The Miles Between, Torn Assunder, Trouble, Twelve Tribes, Who Killed The Promo Queen, Wolf, xDEATHSTARx, and xLOOKINGFORWARDx. More bands will be announced in the coming weeks. Talent is subject to change.

    “We’ve been extremely happy with how this festival has grown over the years,” said MassConcerts Booking Agent and festival co-founder Scott Lee, “and this year the lineup is one of the most varied yet - a great mixture of different styles of bands.”

    The 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is brought to you by ESP Guitars and Krank Amps, teaming up to present the festival this year; Prosthetic Records, which is sponsoring the 2nd Stage upstairs, Revolver Magazine, the exclusive magazine partner and creator of the official event program, Facedown Records which is sponsoring the street marketing efforts, FUSE TV, Mazur PR and The Syndicate. Vendors this year include Century Media, Trustkill, Eulogy/Hand of Hope, Metal Blade, Red Rocket Records, and many others.

    Friday tickets are $35.00; Saturday and Sunday individual day tickets are $40.00. Three-day passes are $109.50. Tickets will be available at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.

    The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, Massachusetts.

    Visit the festival website at metalandhardcorefestival.com or myspace.com/metalandhardcorefestival.
  • LIQUOR AND POKER HOOKS UP WITH AN ‘AMERICAN’ BEAUTY
    Sophomore full-length from Bay Area rockers American Heartbreak due April 18

    LOS ANGELES – For nearly a decade, American Heartbreak have been one of rock’s underground heroes, but with the April 18 release of their eponymous second full-length, they’ll aim to leave the underground behind and follow in the footsteps of their arena rock idols. Three songs from the new album have been posted online at both the band’s website (www.americanheartbreak.com) and MySpace page (www.myspace.com/americanheartbreak).

    The San Francisco-based quintet – co-founded by Billy Rowe, onetime guitarist for Jetboy (a band All Music Guide calls “one of the best-kept secrets of ‘80s glam metal”) – blend a punk-influenced pop-metal aesthetic with the melodic allure and accessible hooks of classic pop radio. The group’s new album – co-produced by Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Space Twins [Weezer guitarist Brian Bell’s side project]) – proves that if the New Wave of Classic Rock is in session, American Heartbreak is at the front of the class.

    Along with vocalist Lance Boone and former Exodus bassist Michael Butler (currently the host of the highly successful “Rock and Roll Geek Show” weekly Podcast), Rowe first introduced American Heartbreak to rock fans via the 1997 EP What You Deserve, initially released on Perris Records. After several tribute album contributions and lineup changes, their first full-length, Postcards From Hell, surfaced three years later on hometown indie Coldfront Records. The album recalled the unpretentious fun of supercharged Sunset Strip rock while reinterpreting the buzz-saw melodies of arena rock legends such as Kiss and Cheap Trick for a post-alternative rock age.

    Following a 2001 split-CD with The Libertines, the group added rhythm guitarist Casey Crenshaw prior to a European tour, during which they recorded a live set that became the foundation of their next release. 2003’s You Will Not Be Getting Paid (Perris Records) featured five live songs, five acoustic tracks (including Starz and Cheap Trick covers) and six remixed songs from the What You Deserve EP.

    After the European releases of You Will Not Be Getting Paid and Postcards From Hell on People Like You Records in 2004, the group returned to the continent for another tour in early 2005. Back on the home front, they toured the West Coast with Backyard Babies, The Chelsea Smiles and Crash Kelly that summer. (The group has also toured and/or gigged with The New York Dolls, The Donnas, Queens of the Stone Age, Buckcherry, Warrant, Cinderella, The Scorpions, Dio, Sebastian Bach, L.A. Guns, Starz and Tsar, among others.)

    By year’s end, the band completed its second full-length with co-producer Parker. The result: 13 tracks of timeless rock n’ roll. It proves that while trend-seekers may be fawning over the latest batch of rock “saviors” as if the genre was invented only yesterday, American Heartbreak is the real deal – a band impervious to fads and driven purely by the desire to play loud, catchy rock.

    American Heartbreak will play a series of Western U.S. shows before and after the album’s release, with additional touring to come.

    March 22 Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar (w/The Hellacopters and Nebula)
    March 30 San Francisco, CA – Annie's Social Club (w/The Kimberly Trip)
    April 1 Sacramento, CA – Fox & Goose (w/The Kimberly Trip)
    April 7 Long Beach, CA – Alex's Bar (w/ The Generators)
    April 8 Pomona, CA – The Tiki Room (w/ The Generators)
    April 28 San Francisco, CA – The Pound (w/ Jetboy)
    April 29 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky (w/ Jetboy)
  • RHINO BUCKET release date

    The first new Rhino Bucket CD in 13 years, "And Then It Got Ugly", will be released on April 18th via Acetate Records. Pre-orders will be taken starting March 1st at www.acetate.com.
  • The Polish Black Metal group INFERNUM returns and presents their long-awaited 2nd full-length "The Curse" album featuring a new line-up is out in 17th March! After its releasing, INFERNUM will start to work on a new album, no official release date or further details regards to new songs on this statement yet. Evil prevails!

    http://www.myspace.com/infernumband
  • SVARTSYN will rehearsal for the first time in 4 years. Ornias and Draugen have fixed plans to compose new songs and record a new album this year, a release date is due to the end of 2006 or so. Further details about this dark art will be posted on Sound Riot site as soon as when the band has finished recordings.

    http://www.myspace.com/svartsynband
  • EXCALION will enter at Watercastle studios in May 2006 to record the follow up to "Primal Exhale" album. The new songs are very more mature both musically and lyrically. The whole band has improved a lot, but the vocals of Jarmo Paakkonen got a notable evolution. The actual music is more melodic, hard and fully rich in the songwriting and playing, it isn't only Prog or Power Metal in all. We could say the band found their "own sound" now. T-shirt available, contact the band to further details!

    http://www.excalion.com
  • Actually CHAIN COLLECTOR are looking for gigs or tours together with other bands in Europe, if you have a band or if you are a concert organizer, get in touch with them. Watch for an interesting interview with them on the upcoming issue of the famous Canadian magazine BW&BK!!!

    http://www.chaincollector.com
  • Finally, the BURIALMOUND's 2nd album is out now and it brings their debut album "Black Death" as bonus tracks. Death/Black Metal from Finland in the vein of Incantation, Morbid Angel, and Vital Remains.

    http://www.myspace.com/BURIALMOUND
    http://www.soundriotrecords.com/artists/burialmound.html
  • TRISTWOOD is newest good choice of Sound Riot! The release date for the debut album of this Austrian Extreme Metal combo is scheduled to April 21 of 2006.The new face of brutality, Apocalyptic Metal, a soundtrack for the end of the world!!

    www.tristwood.com
    http://www.soundriotrecords.com/artists/tristwood.html
  • TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL 2006 HAS CONFIRMED FIRST ARTISTS

    -New dates for Tuska-Festival; 30.6.-2.7.2006
    -Venom headlining Saturday July 1st
    -Top Finnish metal on the roster

    The ninth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Kaisaniemi, Helsinki, Finland will now take place two weeks earlier than before, during the weekend of 30.6-2.7.2006. First artists for the 2006 festival have been confirmed. The line up features once again something classic and something fresh, both from Finland and abroad.

    Saturday July 1st will be headlined by a true cult classic; Venom. This venomenal British group are true pioneers of black metal; they released their debut album a quarter of a century ago, in 1981. This appearance in Kaisaniemi from the originators of their genre is a rare treat for Finnish black metal fans.

    Other confirmed international artists at this point are Celtic Frost, who in Venom’s vein are adding fuel to the fire that was set deep in the 80’s. Also, Opeth from neighbouring Sweden, who are currently living their heyday and up and coming French metallers Gojira have been added to the bill.

    The current state of Finnish metal in Tuska is represented on all depths as Diablo, Sonata Arctica, Mokoma, Amorphis, Tarot, Stam1na, Wintersun, Swallow The Sun, Norther, April, Impaled Nazarene and Timo Rautiainen take turns in providing the soundtrack for the weekend.

    The current roster includes exactly half of the artists appearing at Tuska 2006. A total of 32 bands on three stages will perform at Kaisaniemi, Helsinki over the course of three days. In addition to this, a couple of dozen bands will be appearing at the infamous evening clubs.

    Current Tuska 2006 –roster reads as follows:

    Venom (UK)
    Celtic Frost (CH)
    Opeth (SWE)
    Diablo
    Sonata Arctica
    Mokoma
    Amorphis
    Tarot
    Stam1na
    Wintersun
    Gojira (FRA)
    Swallow the Sun
    Norther
    April
    Impaled Nazarene
    Timo Rautiainen

    Tickets for Tuska 2006 will go on sale on April 3rd through www.tiketti.fi and www.lippupalvelu.fi. Tuska-Festival 2006 is an all ages event. Ticket prices are revealed on a later date. Capacity of Tuska 2006 is 11 000 customers per day.

    Additional info:
    www.tuska-festival.fi
  • VADER are set to return to the US as headliner of the upcoming Metal Crusaders Tour. The dates will be in support of the recently released The Art of War mcd, in stores now.

    Blabbermouth says...
    "The Art of War is another impressive outing from these Polish veterans, and it only cements their status as living legends of the scene, on what has to be a record-breaking winning streak, and as vital as they've ever been."

    Chronicles of Chaos says...
    "Convincing aggression and enough speed to knock the earth off its axis; if 2006 can play host to a full-length of similar quality, then Vader's climb back on to the top of the mountain seems entirely certain."

    Gauntlet says...
    "Put simply, this album is a watershed release that ensures this group’s forthcoming full-length effort will be met with a serious degree of anticipation."

    Live4metal says...
    "I know it’s just an ep, but for me this is one of the best releases of the year. Essential!"

    confirmed dates are as follows.

    May 28 - Boston, MA @ The Middle East
    May 29 - New York City,NY @ The Knitting Factory
    May 30 - Springfield,VA @ Jaxx
    May 31 - Vernon, NY @ Nothing Fancy Cafe
    Jun 01 - Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Ballroom
    Jun 02 - Detroit,MI @ TNT
    Jun 03 - Chicago,IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
    Jun 04 - St-Paul,MN @ Station 4
    Jun 05 - Madison, WS @ Big E's Beach club
    Jun 06 - Cincinatti,OH @ Bogarts
    Jun 07 - Fayetteville,NC @ Jesters Pub
    Jun 09 - Spartenburg,SC @ Ground Zero
    Jun 10 - St-Petersburg,FL @ State Theater
    Jun 11 - Ft- Lauderdale,FL @ Culture Room
    Jun 12 - Tallahassee,FL @ Beta Bar
    Jun 14 - Houston, TX @ The Ballroom/Wharehouse live
    Jun 15 - Corpus Christi,TX @ The Ballroom
    Jun 16 - San Antonio,TX @ The White Rabbit
    Jun 17 - Arlington, TX @ The Phoenix Music Complex
    Jun 18 - Fayetteville,AR @ The Dart Room
    Jun 19 - Oklahoma City, Ok @ The Conservatory**
    Jun 20 - Denver, CO @ Lliff Park Saloon
    Jun 22 - Tempe,AZ @ Clubhouse
    Jun 23 - Corona,CA @ Showcase Theater
    Jun 24 - W. Hollywood,CA @ Knitting Factory
    Jun 25 - San Francisco,CA @ The Pound
    Jun 26 - Boise,ID @ Imparts
    Jun 27 - Spokane,WA @ Fat Tuesdays Concert Hall
    Jun 28 - Portland, OR @ Rock'n' Roll Pizza
    Jun 29 - Seattle,WA @ Studio Seven

    visit us at www.candlelightrecordsusa.com
    visit Vader at www.vader.pl
  • JOE SATRIANI SET TO RELEASE 12TH SOLO ALBUM WHILE CELEBRATING 20 YEAR CAREER

    SUPER COLOSSAL SET TO HIT STORES - MARCH 14, 2006

    FULL U.S. TOUR TO FOLLOW

    (Los Angeles, CA) - JOE SATRIANI is set to release his 12th solo album, Super Colossal, on March 14, 2006 through Epic Records. With thirteen new songs, SATRIANI completes his transformation from stunning instrumentalist to fully-realized artist. Since the late 80's, the guitar virtuoso has been winning over fans and musicians alike with his groundbreaking style and legendary sounds.

    Co-Produced by SATRIANI and Mike Fraser (AC/DC), Super Colossal features SATRIANI performing on all of the guitar and bass parts. Live drums were cut on four tracks by session giant Simon Phillips, the rest were played by Satriani's longtime collaborator Jeff Campitelli. The 13 diverse tracks on the album range from the title track's thundering, foot-stomp beat and intricately textured lead line, to the spiritual intensity of "A Love Eternal" and the raucous, party-down exhilaration of "Crowd Chant."

    On the day of the album's release, SATRIANI will begin a west coast trek, making special in-store appearances. Soon after, he will launch a full U.S. tour beginning on April 1st in Denver.

    Quite comfortable on the road, SATRIANI set out on his most ambitious worldwide tour yet in April 2004. Hitting 25 countries, playing 105 shows to over 500,000 people and logging in over 150,000 miles, SATRIANI wrapped up this worldwide trek in May 2005 by playing to over 20,000 people at three sold-out shows in India.

    This year marks SATRIANI's 20-year anniversary as a solo artist, his first album, Not Of This Earth, was released in 1986. Over the course of his illustrious career, Satriani has achieved huge success, selling more than 10 million albums & DVDs worldwide with 12 solo albums (2 platinum, 4 gold) and 3 platinum DVD's, as well as garnering 13 Grammy nominations.

    See attached itinerary for tour date information, more dates to be announced shortly.

    JOE SATRIANI ITINERARY:

    DATE CITY VENUE

    Sat 4/1 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
    Sun 4/2 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
    Mon 4/3 Omaha, NE Orpheum Theatre
    Wed 4/5 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
    Fri 4/7 Greensburg, PA Palace Theater
    Sun 4/9 Detroit, MI State Theater
    Mon 4/10 Buffalo, NY Center For The Arts
    Wed 4/12 Toronto, ONT Massey Hall
    Thurs 4/13 New York, NY Nokia Theater
    Fri 4/14 Boston, MA Berklee Performing Center
    Sat 4/22 Boca Raton, FL Mizner Amphitheatre
    Sat 4/29 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion

    *Eric Johnson opens on all dates
    **More dates to be announced
  • ROB ZOMBIE

    EDUCATED HORSES TOUR 2006

    3/17/06 Jacksonville, FL Plush
    3/18/06 Miami, FL Global Gathering
    3/19/06 Orlando, FL House of Blues
    3/22/06 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
    3/24/06 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
    3/25/06 Norfolk, VA Norva Theater
    3/26/06 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
    3/28/06 New York, NY Nokia Theater
    3/30/06 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
    4/1/06 Worcester, MA The Palladium
    4/3/06 Montreal, QC Metropolis
    4/4/06 Toronto, ON Kool Haus
    4/6/06 Columbus, OH PromoWest Pavilion
    4/7/06 Detroit, MI State Theatre
    4/8/06 Chicago, IL Riviera Theater
    4/9/06 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
    4/11/06 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
    4/13/06 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
    4/14/06 Minneapolis, MN Myth
    4/15/06 Kansas City, MO Memorial Hall
    4/17/06 Denver, CO The Fillmore
    4/18/06 Salt Lake City, UT Great Salt Air
    4/20/06 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
    4/21/06 San Diego, CA Soma
    4/22/06 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
    4/24/06 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
    4/27/06 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre

    ROB ZOMBIE-EDUCATED HORSES IN STORES MARCH 28
    For More Information on Rob Zombie, visit his official website at www.robzombie.com
  • JORN LANDE TO REPLACE NEVERMORE AT PROGPOWER USA VII

    ATLANTA – Jorn Lande, one of metal’s most renowned and prolific vocalists, has been tapped to replace Nevermore as the Saturday night headliner at ProgPower USA VII.

    The singer, whose credits include Masterplan and ARK, will close the show with a unique set covering not only his solo career but songs from the various bands and projects over the course of his entire career.

    “I hated to lose Nevermore, but I am ecstatic over being able to get one of the best voices in metal today,” said Promoter Glenn Harveston. “After speaking with Jorn, I am convinced that this will be a once in a lifetime set that you won’t see anywhere else in the world.”

    Added Lande: “It’s an honor to play ProgPower USA this year. The festival is well known around the world for keeping progressive metal and hard rock alive. We will do our best to give you a few surprises and make it one of the most memorable sets in the history of the festival.”

    Evergrey - complete with a choir and string quartet - will headline the first night of the two-day festival, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta.

    The rest of the lineup is German power metal band Savage Circus, Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, Pyramaze, Wastefall, Sweden’s Freak Kitchen, Finland’s Thunderstone, Italy’s Vision Divine, and Denmark’s Mercenary.

    The festival’s annual pre-party will take place on Thursday, September 14 at The Vinyl Club inside of Earthlink Live and will feature performances by Theocracy, Circus Maximus, Leatherwolf, and Circle II Circle.

    Tickets for ProgPower USA VII will go on sale Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. EST via all Ticketmaster outlets. Only 900 tickets will be made available to the public. Advance Gold Badges, which presently have a two-year wait list, are sold out. ProgPower USA has sold out more than four months in advance for the past four years. Last year’s festival sold out in a record four days.

    Tickets are for the pre-party are $20 and go on sale April 8 at 10 a.m. EST.
    There will only be 600 tickets available in advance.

    ProgPower USA VII is sponsored by Pacific Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Shure Microphones, Evans Drumheads, D’Addario Strings, and Planet Wave Cables. Interested sponsors may contact ProgPower USA via www.progpowerusa.com.

    Information is available on the website for parties interested in participating in the CD Showcase sampler or advertising in the official program.

    www.progpowerusa.com
  • Seattle power metallers NEVERMORE have issued the following statement regarding the cancellation of their appearance at the ProgPower USA VII festival, set to take place September 15-16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta, Georgia:

    "Unfortunately we have had to cancel our appearance at this years ProgPower fest in Atlanta due to the DISTURBED [European] tour being postponed until September and the resulting conflict of dates. This was our only option as we had committed to the DISTURBED support slot prior to ProgPower, and we hope everyone understands.... On a better note, we will be announcing U.S. tour dates soon."
  • MORS IN TABULA signed to Sleaszy Rider reords (www.sleaszyrider.com). Our debut album "Blemish" will be released in April and it will be distributed worldwide by EMI. Check it out!!!

    Mors In Tabula's profile now on Myspace music (www.myspace.com/morsintabula)
  • DRAGONIGHT AGENCY, International supporters of ATTACKER, are excited to announce the BRITISH STEEL FESTIVAL!

    5 Legendary New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands!
    This great event will take place on Saturday OCTOBER 14, 2006 and will be held at The Pitz in Milton Keynes, England !

    Appearing LIVE on stage will be DEMON, ELIXIR, CLOVEN HOOF, HAMMERHEAD & OVERDRIVE!

    For more information, log on to www.britishsteelfestival.com
  • SOMBERLAIN recording first full length

    Since January 21st the death metallers of Somberlain are recording their first full length, still untitled, which will be released between March and April. Here is the statement of Delano Lima (bass) about the recordings:

    "In January 21st finally we started the recordings of our first album. We recorded the drums in two days and now we are puting the equalizers and triggers on the drums. I suppose that between the end of March and April we will finish the recordings. After seeing Bruno (drums) showing an amazing work I can tell for sure that it will be a killer album, which will make us very proud, and satisfy the people who support us. In a few days we will begin to record the guitars and try to update you about the recordings."

    -Somberlain - www.somberlain.com.br
  • OMEN joins Mausoleum Metal Masters Tour

    We have just confirmed that OMEN will be added to the Mausoleum Metal Masters Tour for the Europe dates. The lineup will now be: OMEN / PHANTOM-X / IMAGIKA / HYADES. For more info go to www.phantom-x.net or for booking information contact [email protected]
  • HEART ATTACK RECORDS TO RELEASE ALBUM BY
    LEGENDARY ROCKER DAVE EVANS
    ENTITLED “SINNER” TO THE U.S. MARKET

    NEW YORK CITY (FEBRUARY 21, 2006) – Heart Attack Records is proud to announce the release of “Sinner” - the latest album by legendary rocker DAVE EVANS (founder and original vocalist of megaband AC/DC) on February 28, 2006.

    Australian DAVE EVANS was a member of AC/DC from the band’s inception in 1973 until 1974. Following his departure from AC/DC, DAVE EVANS formed the wild hedonistic rock band Rabbit, Melbourne 80’s rock outfit Dave Evans and Thunder Down Under, and lastly Dave Evans and Hot Cockerel. DAVE EVANS has also toured as a solo act, and in 2004 released “Sinner” on Germany’s Cultural Minority record label. “Sinner,” which has been available in Europe, now makes its way into stores in the U.S. The album is also available from CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com) and through DAVE’s website (www.daveevans.au.com).

    After successfully touring in Europe and with the fans asking for and wanting a new DAVE EVANS album, DAVE got together with some of Australia's finest hard rock musicians to write and record “Sinner.” Former Rabbit band members and mates Mark Tinson and David Hinds were quickly recruited as was former Hot Cockerel band member Simon Croft. Along with Newcastle's finest - Mac on drums and Ngariki on bass (and guitar on a couple of tracks) - everyone went to work to write and record this classic hard rock album. As Mark Tinson said "how hard can it be?". “Sinner” has the power, feel and conviction that hard rock fans all over the world love.

    Theresa Bowen, president of the “Dave Evans International Fan Club Society” stated, “I am extremely happy that ‘Sinner’ is finally available in the U.S. I have received literally thousands of enquiries from DAVE’s many U.S. fans asking - no demanding - that “Sinner” be available here. Now their wishes have been fulfilled!”

    DAVE has joined forces with with Black Zodiac, a heavy metal band based near Tampa, Fla. (www.blackzodiac.net) and they will be embarking on a nationwide “The Sins Of The Zodiac Tour” beginning this Spring.

    DAVE EVANS and Black Zodiac are represented by DaSBro Enterprise, a full-service entertainment agency based in New York City.

    DAVE EVANS’ website is located at www.daveevans.au.com.
  • MEGADETH AND CAPITOL/EMI TO RELEASE ARSENSAL OF MEGADETH, A TWO-DISC DVD ANTHOLOGY SPANNING BAND’S CAREER OF METAL MASTERY

    New DVD Set Contains Nearly Three Hours of Footage, Including Music Videos and 32 Previously Unreleased Live Performances, Home Video and Interviews

    In Stores: March 21, 2006

    Hollywood, California - February 21, 2006 – Megadeth has teamed with Capitol Records/EMI Music Catalog Marketing to unleash Arsenal of Megadeth, a new comprehensive two-disc DVD collection available March 21. A visual career anthology containing 32 previously unreleased clips, Arsenal of Megadeth chronicles the rise and evolution of the band, providing fans with a heavy metal armory of music videos, interviews, home video shot by Megadeth’s own Dave Mustaine and hidden tracks. Clocking in at almost three hours, Arsenal of Megadeth’s track list was personally compiled by Mustaine, ensuring the ultimate head-hammering Megadeth experience.

    Following the 2005 release of Megadeth’s Greatest Hits: Back to the Start CD and deluxe CD/DVD collections of singles and fan favorites, Arsenal of Megadeth provides fans with the most in-depth look ever provided into the band’s storied history. In addition to 20 of the band’s music videos, Arsenal contains a bevy of career-spanning previously unreleased material, including behind the scenes audition footage, a 1995 band appearance on MTV’s “Most Wanted,” a clip of Dave Mustaine’s guest appearance on “The Drew Carey Show,” and concert footage from 2005’s GIGANTOUR - essential cuts for every Megafan.

    In 2005, Megadeth was the headbanging, headlining act of Dave Mustaine’s GIGANTOUR, a tour founded on the principles of “fan-friendly” pricing and accessibility to the music. Mustaine’s vision for GIGANTOUR was to "put together a festival that consisted of positive bands that play heavy music in a high energy environment." 2005’s inaugural GIGANTOUR did just that and was an immense international success. Arsenal of Megadeth contains previously unreleased concert footage from the tour, including a live performance of Megadeth’s metal anthem, “Peace Sells.”

    Megadeth was formed in 1983, and in the words of The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years director Penelope Spheeris, “[have] always been intelligent and uncompromising; they gave an entire generation a new perspective on our troubled world.”

    Megadeth members Dave Mustaine, Glen Drover (lead and rhythm guitar), James MacDonough (bass) and Shawn Drover (drums) keep themselves engaged with their fanbase by regularly posting to the official Megadeth website (www.megadeth.com). The site connects fans to the Megadeth eBay auction site and fan forums, and provides up-to-date official information on all-things-Megadeth.

    As Megadeth rips into its 23rd year, check out Arsenal of Megadeth – an essential weapon for every Rattlehead and metal lover’s own DVD armory.

March 26th, 2006
  • MORTIIS BEGINS WORK ON FOLLOW-UP TO ‘THE GRUDGE’

    NOTODDEN, Norway – Mortiis has begun writing for a planned 2006 follow-up to “The Grudge.”

    Mortiis has been collaborating with well-known producer Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Delerium, Frontline Assembly, Paradise Lost) and is currently demoing material.

    “On the new songs, we are focusing more on what I think got a bit lost last time, which is songwriting and continuity,” said Mortiis. “Last time I was trying to make a really angry and abusive record, and I wanted to do everything at the same time because I wanted all this noisy stuff to happen. The distorted noise, electronics, and samples are still there, but these songs are more focused and have a more coherent interaction between the programmed and the organic. They are definitely a lot more organic, and I am putting a lot of weight on guitars this time.”

    Some of the working song titles include “The Ugly Truth,” “Doppelganger,” “Hard to Believe,” “Zeitgeist,” “Scolding the Burnt,” and “Great Deceiver.”

    In other news, guitarist Åge Troite has replaced Åsmund Sveinunggard for live duties with Mortiis. European and North American dates are being worked on at this time.

    For instant songs and remixes, visit www.mortiis.com/downloads.

    www.mortiis.com
  • CANNIBAL CORPSE statement about Wacken 2006 cancellation

    We regret to announce that we have to cancel our appearance at the Wacken Open Air in 2006. The cancellation is due to a scheduling conflict with a large tour in the USA that we will be appearing on. We have now been told that the USA tour (more details on this tour will be released on February 15th) will run from July 7th to August 13th, where originally we had been told that it would likely run from June until July. We would not have scheduled a Wacken performance if we had been aware of this conflict.

    We were really looking forward to playing Wacken, so we are quite disappointed that this has to happen, but we did not want to cancel a month long tour to perform a single concert. We are very sorry to all of our fans who were planning to see us at Wacken, and also to the festival organizers, who are in no way responsible for our cancellation. We hope to perform at Wacken again in the years to come, but unfortunately this year it is not possible.

    http://www.cannibalcorpse.net/
  • CATTLE DECAPITATION enters the studio!

    We just entered the studio with Billy Anderson (Swans, Mr. Bungle, Sleep) the past couple days getting drum sounds right and tracking has begun!!! We’ve been home for almost a year now writing the next record and we're finally rounding the bend and putting it to tape.

    May/June U.S. TOUR DATES, new album title and new rhythm guitarist announced soon!!!
     
    http://www.cattledecapitation.com
  • FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING set to release third full length album!

    On April, 4th Sterling Black Icon– the third full length release from Fragments of Unbecoming will hit the streets.

    Sterling Black Icon is a masterpiece of Death Metal with loads of eerie and haunting melodies. Brutal but melodic, technical but catchy, Fragment of Unbecoming combine all the extremes of Death Metal in a massive album. No mercy for the weak!

    Comments guitarist Sascha Ehrich: “Sterling Black Icon, the 3rd chapter in the history of Fragments of Unbecoming, takes us miles of steps closer to the sophistication of the characteristic song writing we’ve ever been standing for and nevertheless believe in: ‘Swedish Styled Death Metal’ (… from Tyskland by the way). With a new 5th face (Sam Anetzberger) on the front, we finally could play with a more variable double vocal performance that highly enriches every single song. We are proud announcing that the entire material got catchier and much more melodic but not less aggressive! One hook line peruses the next, one twin melody drifts into another - beauties and beasts never were that close to each other!”

    The production of Sterling Black Icon went out great due to the excellent mix and mastering work of Christoph Brandes at the Iguana Studios (e.g. Necrophagist, etc.).

    Glad to add that the outward appearance was done in cooperation with Niklas Sundin and Groundfrost.

    Track list for Sterling Black Icon:
    1. Carmine Preface (Entrance)
    2. Sterling Black Icon
    3. Weave Their Barren Path
    4. Dear Floating Water
    5. Breathe In The Black To See
    6. Ride For a Fall
    7. A Faint Illumination
    8. Live For The Moment, Stay ´Til The End
    9. Scythe Of Scarecrow
    10. Onward To The Finger Of God
    11. Stand The Tempest
    12. Chambre Noire (Departure)

    http://www.fragmentsofunbecoming.com/
  • ARCH ENEMY Explain Absence From Ozzfest DVD; Work On Their Own

    Although ARCH ENEMY spent last summer performing on the second stage at Ozzfest, they are not included in the Ozzfest 10th Anniversary DVD, which chronicles the 2005 tour. Bassist Sharlee D'Angelo explains why. "There's a simple reason for it. They shot all the live footage in Jersey and our bus broke down on the way there. We had a gig up in Vermont the night before. Our tour manager woke me up in the early morning saying, 'get your shit together because the bus is basically fucked.' So while they were trying to fix it, we were trying to get a way to the show. We tried to rent a van or find a flight, but we were still in Massachusetts somewhere. We talked to The Haunted and Soilwork and they said, 'use our equipment, whatever you need. Just get yourselves down here.' But there was no way for us to get there on time. So that's the reason for that. Of course it's a shame as it would have been nice to be on there, but there's not much we can do about it."

    Despite the fact that no live dates have been announced, Sharlee reveals that Arch Enemy will be heading back out on the road, "but probably not until March. Right now we're working on finishing the (currently untitled) DVD so we can get that out. The main part of that was shot at The Forum in London at Christmas 2004. That piece has been done for a long time. It's just the rest of it that we haven't had time to deal with because after that, we went straight into writing and recording (Doomsday Machine), then we went straight on tour. So we haven't been home, but that's what we're doing at the moment."

    When asked about a projected release date for the Arch Enemy DVD, Sharlee replied, "May sometime. It will probably be a double DVD, as it looks now. It's the London show on one disc and on the other one there are three or four songs done in Manchester, just a month ago. Then a few promo videos plus whatever camcorder footage we saw fit to release to the public eye. There's some interviews in there. There's going to be a little bit of everything."

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  • BRAND NEW SIN Begin Writing For New Album
     
    BRAND NEW SIN recently completed a highly successful US tour with Black Label Society, and their stunning 45-minute set captivated crowds while solidifying them a rabid new following. The group are now in full songwriting mode for the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Recipe For Disaster album. Their video for the single Days Are Numbered, shot by Dale Resteghini (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed), is currently in rotation on Headbangers Ball and can also be viewed on AOL Music, Music Choice and Yahoo. 
     
    Joe Altier (vocals) checks in with the following report: :I want to thank everyone for 2005. We got to tour with Motorhead, COC, LOA, BLS, and make good friends with all the guys in Mercy Clinic, Bloodsimple, Scum Of The Earth, Society 1, Dog Faced Gods.

    I want to thank my band mates, crew and our families for once again being there for me (us) thru everything, all the extended sin family for housing us, getting us drunk, and plain just making us feel at home wherever we go. We will continue to make music, so hopefully you will keep coming out to see us."The main focus right now is writing the follow up to Recipe For Disaster. We will hopefully be recording this spring and the boys and me are hard at work once again 5 nights a week hammering out some new tunes. We will spend the next two months writing and demoing new material. We are very excited! I promise to keep everyone updated on the progress and news about this in the coming weeks. And as the hometown show goers know this record is being fueled by Tequila so you better watch out."
      
    Click below to check out the new Days Are Numbered video.
    mms://mp3.centurymedia.com/brandnewsin_daysarenumbered.wmv

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  • HEATHEN STATEMENT REGARDING SOM SIGNING

    Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have issued a statement refuting a recent press release from the the French record company Season of Mist indicating that they have signed the band to a label deal. In a posting on their official web site, HEATHEN write, "OK, so it looks like the cat got out of the bag. Some of you have seen the posts regarding HEATHEN signing with Season of Mist. This message is to inform everyone that HEATHEN has not signed anything yet. We have had several offers and we now have a verbal agreement after negotiating a price. The band still needs to get together look over the contract and sign it....when that happens we will make the big announcement."

    HEATHEN were one of the most unique bands to rise from the Bay Area thrash explosion of the '80s/'90s, having released a groundbreaking debut album, Breaking the Silence, in 1987 went on to sell close to 100,000 copies worldwide.

    HEATHEN's current lineup includes vocalist David White, guitarists Terry Lauderdale (also of VAN HALEN cover band HOT FOR TEACHER) and Lee Altus (EXODUS, DIE KRUPPS), bassist Jon Torres (ANGEL WITCH, ULYSSES SIREN) and drummer Darren Minter.

    HEATHEN released their latest CD, Recovered, independently in the spring of 2004. The effort featured covers of songs from QUEEN, THIN LIZZY, TYGERS OF PAN TANG and SWEET SAVAGE, as well as an original track, "In Memory of&" (written and dedicated to former band member Randy Laird and singer David White's brother Jeffrey).

    [Source: Blabbermouth.net]

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  • VENOM TO RELEASE 7"

    VENOM's record label Sanctuary are planning to release a 7" single from the group's new album, Metal Black. The full-length CD is set for a March 27 release, although the single should hit the shops prior to the album. An exact release date ahs not yet been confirmed.

    Metal Black was mixed at the Townhouse Studios in London and contains 14 new songs, including Antechrist, the demo for which can be heard at this location.

    Metal Black track listing:

    Antechrist
    Burn In Hell
    House of Pain
    Death & Dying
    Rege Satanas
    Darkest Realm
    A Good Day to Die
    Assassin
    Lucifer Rising
    Blessed Dead
    Hours of Darkness
    Sleep When I'm Dead
    Maleficarvm
    Metal Black

    According to an official press release, Metal Black "sees original founder band member Cronos creating a new masterpiece of metal together with [drummer] Antton and [guitarist] Mykvs. With 14 brand new roaring and vital tracks, VENOM are again taking the goat by the horns and reinventing their own original style . . . Metal Black [is] an album that harkens back to the writing style of the '80s VENOM with a powerful production to incinerate any sound system, truly demonic in every sense and with the delivery of a charging beast."

    Commented Mykvs: "The album has a very raw feel. The intensity of the songs is awesome. We recorded the album as a live band, three demons bleeding for the heaviest metal we could create, and our new album will show that VENOM keeps getting stronger and heavier. Lay down your souls, muthafuckers, we have returned."

    Upcoming VENOM shows:

    Mar. 23 Glasgow, UK Garage
    Mar. 25 London, UK Mean Fiddler
    Mar. 26 Manchester, UK Academy 2
    Jun. 8-10 Solvesborg, SWE Sweden Rock Festival

    VENOM are planning additional European dates and are also looking at hitting America by early summer.

    [Source: Blabbermouth.net]

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  • CRASH MUSIC SIGNS LIVERPOOL'S TWIN METHOD

    Crash Music, Inc. announces that they have signed UK  progressive metal act Twin Method to a four-album deal.
    There's no denying the fact that Twin Method is a band that will leave a lasting impression, both musically and visually. Based out of Liverpool,

    England, the band recently finished recording at Audio Lab Studio in Los  Angeles with producer/engineer Logan Mader (Machine Head) for their soon to be released Crash Music debut album The Volume of Self.

    The album, featuring such mesmerizing tracks as The Abrasive, Flawless and Fake, takes a lyrical stance or better said a lyrical attack on people. According to lyricist/vocalist Jason, "I generally write about people who do things without thinking and cause problems for  others Basically, people who are idiots!"

    Twin Method's debut album The Volume of Self is to be released May 30, 2006, and followed by a US tour. With a unique sound and look and a high-energy live show that is visually over the top, expect nothing but  greatness to come form these Liverpool lads. 

    www.crashmusicinc.com 

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  • Original HIRAX Drummer Rejoins Band

    Original HIRAX drummer, John Tabares has rejoined the band alongside Lance Harrison on lead guitars.   
     
    The band is in preproduction ... writing songs... for the UPCOMING NEW EP Assassins of War. NEW INFO and TOUR DATES coming soon 2006!

    to view the new HIRAX album cover and more information click on link:  www.HIRAX.org

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  • SHADOWS FALL Announce New Album Details
     
    This spring, metal titans SHADOWS FALL return with their much-anticipated next album, Fallout From The War. The brand new release's sessions were again fully produced and mixed by long-time friend, Zeuss (Hatebreed, God Forbid), at Planet Z Studios in the band's home state of Massachusetts. Each of the album's 11 tracks is a must-have for the band's dedicated following.
     
    Fall Out From The War follows the group's most acclaimed disc to date, The War Within, which originally debut at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, has gone on to sell over 250,000 units in the US alone, and features the Active Rock hit and Grammy-nominated track, What Drives The Weak. Offical tracklisting and additional album details to be announced soon.
     
    www.shadowfallrocks.com

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  • THE GATHERING to release Home

    Dutch rock act THE GATHERING will release their upcoming album Home  on April 18th 2006 via THE END RECORDS in North America.
     
    Ever since their inception 15 years ago Dutch rock act The Gathering have continued to evolve, never settling on one set style and rarely ever duplicating themselves. They have embraced change along the way and used it as a tool to feed their ongoing creative process.
     
    Like their previous groundbreaking releases - their classic Mandylion (1995), the electronic dabblings of How to Measure a Planet? (1998) or the trip-hop/atmospheric warmth of Souvenirs (2003) - their latest album Home finds the band heading back to a bit more of rock vibe, yet still maintaining the delicate nuances and passages that fans worldwide have grown to love.
     
    But the momentum here is not entirely based on emotional highs, as the band still manages to capture the dark spirit that most human beings have had to deal with from time to time. Variation has always been the key, case in point the diverse offering of such numbers as In Between, Shortest Day, A Noise Severe and the powerfully moving title track.
     
    With Home once again fans old and new will find comfort in the diverse and emotional warmth of their music. Welcome home, The Gathering.
     
    The Gathering - Home
    TE065 | April 18th (USA/Canada)
     
    Tracklisting:
    1. Shortest Day
    2. In Between
    3. Alone
    4. Waking Hour
    5. Fatigue
    6. A Noise Severe
    7. Forgotten
    8. Solace
    9. Your Troubles Are Over
    10. Box
    11. The Quiet One
    12. Home
    13. Forgotten Reprise
     
    More info here:
     
    www.gathering.nl

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  • TIM OWENS Says Guitarist JON SCHAFFER Is Hard At Work On New ICED EARTH CD

    Former JUDAS PRIEST and current ICED EARTH/BEYOND FEAR frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens has issued the following update on ICED EARTH's current status:

    "Jon [Schaffer, ICED EARTH guitarist/mainman] and I spent New Year's Eve together along with our families, and we spent this past weekend together going over a few things! Jon is working on the new ICED EARTH CD and after my promo trip [for the debut album from BEYOND FEAR] in March, I will join him again for a week or so to work on some more material with him. Then I will come home to get ready for the ANTHRAX tour in April."

    With regards to Internet rumors regarding his departure from his pre-JUDAS PRIEST band WINTERS BANE, Owens said, "Let me tell you something, I left WINTERS BANE because we were going nowhere and there was some real attitudes in the band. NOT because of money. We didn't make any money and probably sold 500 to 1,000 copies of the CD, which was and the bass player and drummer went with me. I'm happy for Lou [St. Paul, WINTERS BANE guitarist] and maybe someday we'll re-do 'Heart of a Killer' with Jim Morris at the controls, But for now, that's how it is."

    On the subject of why WINTERS BANE is rarely mentioned in his magazine interviews, Tim said, "I have talked about WINTERS in interviews, most recently with the Scene mag in Cleveland. I told them that Lou helped with the first logo of BEYOND FEAR, which was real cool, But they didn't put it in their articles. Sorry, but I can't do anything about it! I've always gave WINTERS BANE its props and loved [it] at the time. But it was 15 years ago, and really magazines don't seem to care! I guess I'm also making the old BRAINICIDE fans mad because I don't talk about Dan Johnson and Steve Trent!

    "Good luck to Lou and WINTERS BANE. I hope they go out there and get a record deal and are real successful. Lou deserves it. He is a great guitar player."

    As previously reported, BEYOND FEAR have been confirmed as the opening act for ANTHRAX on their upcoming European headlining tour. A short audio sample of the track "Scream Machine", taken from BEYOND FEAR's upcoming self-titled debut album, has been posted online at www.timripperowens.com (audio comes on once the page loads).

    BEYOND FEAR features in its ranks Owens alongside guitarist John Comprix (SPAWN, 13 FACES), Dennis Hayes (ex-WINTERS BANE, SEVEN WITCHES) on bass, Dwane Bihary (MISSING SKIN) on rhythm guitar, and drummer Eric Elkins (CRYPTKICKER, ALL YOU FEAR).

    "Beyond Fear" is scheduled for release on May 9 (one day earlier internationally) via SPV Records. The CD was recorded at the legendary Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida, under the direction of producer Jim Morris. The album consists of fourteen haunting metal numbers, which, according to Owens, "show unmistakably where my musical roots lie: in the classic heavy metal of the Eighties. However, I've transported that traditional metal style into the present, lending it its own touch."
  • CALIBAN ANNOUNCE DATES FOR FULL US TOUR IN 2006!

    Lifeforce Records America / Abacus recording Artist CALIBAN are touring the US in May in support of their new release "The Undying Darkness." Caliban will be heading out with the likes of Sworn Enemy, Ion Dissonance and Embrace The End.

    You can also find Caliban's reissue of Shadow Hearts in stores now on Lifeforce Records America!

    CALIBAN US-TOUR w/ SWORN ENEMY, ION DISSONANCE, EMBRACE THE END:

    04/28/06 US - Long Island, NY @ Club Ritual
    04/29/06 US - Worcester, MA @ Palladium, New England Metal Fest
    04/30/06 US - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar, Maryland Metal Fest
    05/01/06 US - Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
    05/02/06 US - Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
    05/03/06 US - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
    05/04/06 US - Orlando, FL @ Island Oasis
    05/05/06 US - West Palm Beach, FL @ Ray's Downtown Blues
    05/06/06 US - Tampa, FL @ tba
    05/07/06 US - Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
    05/08/06 US - Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
    05/09/06 US - Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
    05/10/06 US - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
    05/12/06 US - Phoenix, AZ @ tba
    05/13/06 US - San Bernardino, CA @ NOS Event Centre, California Metal fest
    05/14/06 US - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
    05/15/06 US - Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
    05/16/06 US - Boise, ID @ The Venue
    05/17/06 US - Ogden, UT @ Club Boom
    05/18/06 US - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
    05/19/06 US - Omaha, NE @ tba
    05/20/06 US - Freeport, IL @ Freeport Convention Centre
    05/21/06 US - Chicago, IL @ tba
    05/22/06 US - Detroit, MI @ tba
    05/23/06 US - Cleveland, OH @ Screwy Louie's
    05/24/06 US - New York, NY @ B.B. King's
    05/25/06 US - Philadelphia, PA @ tba
    05/26/06 US - Danbury, CT @ Empress Ballroom
  • ORDO TYRANNIS - Available Now

    Our latest release, the debut album from Ordo Tyrannis entitled Vasa Iniquitatis is available now! The band consists of Saint ov Gravediggers (Vocals, Lyrics, Incantations) and Akhtya Nachttoter (Instruments, Mutations) of Black Funeral, Valefor and Psychonaut 75 notoriety. This is cold and sinister industrial-tinged black metal that quite honestly defies categorization. Ordo Tyrannis have surely conjured up something unique. Customers and distributors in Europe interested in this release please contact Masterpiece Distribution, our official European Distributor.

    Ordo Tyrannis: www.ordotyrannis.com
  • VOIVOD first glimpse at new album

    This past weekend, BW&BK scribe Chris Bruni had the exclusive opportunity to preview the new, as-yet-untitled VOIVOD album, and here were some of his observations upon first listen...

    Going into this album with the deck stacked against them, VOIVOD seemed to be pushed against a wall, face-to-face with the many impending obstacles laid down before them. But after hearing a full-on pre-mix version of the entire, as-yet-untitled album (at time of this review), it becomes so clear that one of VOIVOD's greatest strengths is excelling when the odds are candidly against them, defying them with integrity, class, and courage.

    To hear the new Voivod album, and to hear how such an album was put together, it seems like a miracle that it even manifested. But of course VOIVOD rose up to the challenge and triumphed.

    Nevertheless, the first impression after the final moments of the closing track, 'The Getaway', were heard, it was easy to come to the conclusion that this will undoubtedly be one of the most important metal albums of 2006.

    The overall vibe and aura of the new VOIVOD is simply overwhelming, and to hear the late Piggy's ethereal and unearthly guitar vibes was a chilling experience indeed (especially in the environment in which the new album was presented to yours truly, in the company of drummer Michel "Away" Langevin and singer Denis "Snake" Belanger at Multisons Studios).

    Overall, the album is heavy. Damn heavy with a dark undercurrent running its course throughout the massive and unforgiving wall-of-sound. Almost like a more aggressive Dimension Hatröss, while still maintaining that experimental edge with the cool luminous dark-rock-groove of Angel Rat and The Outer Limits, all while continuing in the character of their self-titled comeback album from 2003 and taking said character that much further...

    Just a simple first impression of course (although my hair stands on end just thinking about it), but according to Away, at the time of this session, there is still a bit more work to be done, like bringing up the guitars a bit more in the mix (which by the way do not sound like clean home-recorded "demos" whatsoever, Piggy's guitar manifestations upholding the true unique power they have always been known for doing) and adding some acoustic interludes, segments in which Piggy recorded at his girlfriend's place on a "primitive" digital four-track, these specific segments being some of the very final moments Piggy would commit to tape before his death.

    Comprised of ten tracks that will grace the new opus, here is a quick track-by-track description of what we can expect:

    'Dognation' - The opening track pretty much sets the stage in traditional VOIVOD-ian fashion with its massive hypnotic tones searing forth through a powerful groove, Jason Newsted's powerful bass tone, elegantly crafted pounding drums, and Snake's traditional distinct savvy metallic vocals, all coming at you in full-force. And this is only the beginning...

    'X-Tremetal' - I kinda like to call this one the "driving song", with its upbeat and catchy tone pretty much being the dominating force with powerful guitar breakdowns which have that trademark Piggy surgical resonance. It appears almost as if Snake is singing about driving a cool car, and driving it fast, with his "Let's roll..." line bringing an infectious tone to it all.

    'Polaroids' - The rock vibe continues to follow-through, but this time, subtly juxtaposed with more of Piggy's dissonant riff structures, which almost sound strangulating in nature, but then let up for the flow, while ominously returning for the kill.

    'After All' - Piggy's guitar histrionics continue to morph, grind, and twist, once again creating good dialogue with Jason Newsted's bass pulsations on those monstrous breakdowns (that make metalcore breakdowns look like something The Backstreet Boys would write) and groove parts. Snake's vocals continue to infectuate as the song's climax has the singer vocally swaying, "Been there, done that..."

    'No Angel' - Definitely one of the standout tracks on the album. Beginning with a very dark and spacey segment with Piggy's layered guitar ambience, said weird guitar ambience remains a dominating factor in this song. The groove laid down on this song is incredibly powerful, as Piggy's dark buzzsaw guitar solo makes its appearance in its machine-like coldness. Incredible!

    'Mr. Clean' - If there were to be a first-single from the album, 'Mr. Clean' would probably be it. An infectious and an unforgivingly catchy vibe pretty much dominates this song, giving this track such an amicable character that you cannot help but simply smile in joy.

    'Red My Mind' - Begins with a consistent build-up crescendo tone that lasts until the 2:20 mark and then breaks into that unforgiving wall-of-sound effect until it breaks back into those traditional, and dominating, dissonant grooves.

    'Silly Clones' - Beginning with a pulsating bass, this is one of the shortest songs on the album with its wickedly playful tones being juxtaposed with heaving riff strums that almost have this call-and-response effect with each other. On top of that, prose-wise, Snake once again proves that he is one of the most unique poets in metal.

    'Odds And Frauds' - The permeating recurring line that Snake huffs out, "The politicians always want more", is a characteristic of such a track that heavily builds up on guitar resonance with darker guitar ambience that permeates over the mid-paced groove until the climax builds itself up amongst a unsettling noise breakdown.

    'The Getaway' - The album ends on a solid rocking note, but the one thing that stood out on this track is this dark guitar undercurrent that subtly sneaks in within the background of the sound-picture, distinguishing itself in ist chameleon-like manner, almost gazing amongst the dominating pummeling rock.As the song climaxes, its pace slows down, and then abruptly stops.
  • IN FLAMES "Come Clarity" rules the charts

    We´re proud to announce the charts entries for IN FLAMES – COME CLARITY

    Sweden 1
    Finnland 1
    Germany 6
    Austria 16
    Japan 17
    Norway 27
    CH 30
    Denmark 52
    Canada 27
    USA 58
    United K. 67
    Spain 88
    NL 109

    Others:
    Sweden Rock charts 1
    UK Rock Charts 2
    UK Indie charts 7
    Australia JB-HIFI 20
    NL Indiecharts 27

    Thank you very much … For this great work!

    To be continued…
  • COMMUNIC studio report online

    COMMUNIC are currently in the studio working on the new album “Waves Of Visual Decay”. They have a studio diary running at this location. The first three entries can be found below.

    Friday 03rd February 2006 - Day 1:
    "And the ball is rolling again. Seems like a brief moment since last time we were at Hansen Studio, but here we are again. Arrived today, 5.00 in the morning, and just a few hours of sleep before slavery time. Drum kit was set up and tuned ready for sound check. We used the day tuning the drums, and setting the sound. We wanted to record drums in the evening, after Jacob went home, but after some technical problems that engineering rookies like us couldn't handle we ended the day hoping for a better start tomorrow." O.S.

    Saturday 04th February 2006 - Day 2:
    "The sound in the drum kit is really awesome, so this is for sure going to be some killer stuff. This day turns out to be a good day, and three of the songs were recorded. And it seems like this album will be just as heavy as we expected. The songs are in true Communic style, long as always, with a bit of progressive inputs, mixed with some good thrash, and there you go.. the Communic way." T.A.

    Sunday 05th February 2006 - Day 3:
    "Oh shit, it's already 9 in the morning and Jacob is ready for more drums. After a quick shower and breakfast, it was time to take a couple of more songs.A fast sound check was taken, and a few hours later 3 other song were caught on disk. It seems like for once that we are ahead of schedule. Stay tuned for more shit..." T.A.

    "While Tor and Jacob is recording drums I'm using the days arranging the final vocal parts and some guitar stuff on my laptop. There are still a few parts that I need to figure out. I also have one piece of lyrics to finish up. I have the basic ideas, but need some more 'flesh' on it. Other than that, the TV isnn't working and it's quite cold here in freaking Denmark. Good thing is that we left the snow back home with Erik. He will arrive later in the process to do his deeds." O.S.
  • DEICIDE Confirm Headlining This year's Arizona Metal Devastation Fest

    Florida Death Metal Heroes Deicide have now been confirmed to Headline this year's Arizona Metal Devastation Fest. The band has confirmed that they will be headlining this year's festival that takes place on April Seventh and Eighth at Bulldogs located in Glendale, Arizona. Deicide is currently scheduled to headline on Saturday April Eighth.

    The Festival billing is still in the works and not yet finalized but is shaping up to be a promising one. Already confirmed in addition to Deicide are: Waco Jesus, Meatshits, Engorged, Splatterhouse, Fecal Corpse, Bung, Golers, Burn Victim, He Who Binds Himself, Job For a Cowboy, Black Hell, Shattered, XXX Maniak, Gorgasm, Vital Remains, Nausea, ETTS, Inducing Terror, Saphead, Crematorium, Mercitron, and Sanity in Death. That's a whole lot of Death Metal for two days!

    Tickets will be limited to 400 for the event and are available in advance by contacting the metal devastation record store at: 602-265-6206. Tickets will be $25 per day or $40 for a 2-day pass. The Southwest better be prepared for the personal hell that Deicide will bring to the stage that evening. The band is said to be storming through a set of classics and new tracks from their upcoming album "The Stench of Redemption" set for a release early this summer. Blasphemers be prepared, the mighty Benton is on his way.

    For more information please see the festival's official website at: http://www.azmdfest.com
  • EPHEL DUATH announce Italian dates in April

    EPHEL DUATH have announced more shows on their "PAIN NECESSARY TO KNOW" Tour.

    They will play the following dates in their homeland:

    EPHEL DUATH _ NECESSARY ITALIAN TOUR 2006

    13.04.2006 IT CAGLIARI Transilvania Live
    14.04.2006 IT MILANO Transilvania Live
    15.04.2006 IT BASSANO DEL GRAPPA Transilvania Live
    21.04.2006 IT VICENZA Sixty Road
    22.04.2006 IT NAPOLI Jail
    23.04.2006 IT ROMA Sinister Noise
  • FINALLY: MINISTRY IN WACKEN

    The US-Cult-Band in Wacken for the first time!

    The waiting has an end...

    The only Heavy Metal Festival in Germany which Ministry will play with their bombastic LiveShow is the W:O:A!

    More and more brilliant bands are listed at the W:O:A 2006 billing list. Bands like CELTIC FROST, CHILDREN OF BODOM and EMPEROR will rock the stages!
  • BLACK MESSIAH will enter the studio these days to record the successor to "Oath of a Warrior", entitled "Of Myths & Legends". It will seamlessly follow the predecessor but according to the band the new album will be more aggressive yet more melodic. Release is scheduled for summer 2006. BLACK MESSIAH is confirmed to appear on these festivals in 2006: RAGNARÖK, ULTIMA RATIO, DONG OPEN AIR & NOCTURNAL EMPIRE FESTIVAL. More shows and a tour are under discussion.
  • OBITUARY AND SADUS ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINERS FOR
    NORTHWEST DEATHFEST 2006

    SEATTLE - Obituary and Sadus will headline the 3rd Annual Northwest Deathfest, which will be held on May 28 at The Fenix Underground in Seattle. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 17.

    Deeds Of Flesh and Severed Savior will headline the second stage. More bands from the Pacific Northwest will be announced as they are confirmed.

    Obituary recently returned from a month-long European tour in support of their latest album "Frozen In Time." Their Northwest Deathfest appearance is one of only two US shows that the band currently has scheduled.

    Bay area thrashers Sadus will return for their second appearance at the festival. The band will release their new album, "Out For Blood," on February 27 through Holland's Mascot Records. This will be Sadus' first studio recording since 1997.

    Howitzer Productions began in 2002 and has promoted over 100 shows, as well as five festivals in the Washington area.

    Sponsors for the festival include Pit Magazine, who will be on hand with magazines and merchandise. Unique Leader Records will sponsor the second stage.

    The door prizes this year include an X - Box 360 with games, autographed guitars, donated by Emerald City Guitars, and a DVD player with metal DVDs. There will also be free giveaways all day long. Vendors will be on hand selling collectible and current metal merchandise. The first 50 people through the door will receive an autographed poster and the first 500 people through the door will receive a free CD, which includes one track each from all of the bands appearing.

    The Fenix Underground is located at 109 S. Washington St. in Seattle, Wash. (206-405-4313). This is an all ages event, 21 and over with ID for access to the bar. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the show will begin at 11 a.m. Ticket prices are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 day of show, and are available through Northwestdeathfest.com, the Fenix Underground box office, Silver Platters, and Ticketmaster.

    www.northwestdeathfest.com
  • JOEY VERA Update

    Okay, all right, Yup. A new update.

    So it seems, there are some tidbits to share. From my head to yours, and just in time for Valentines Day. How Disgusting.

    First off, in mid January I was called to play some bass parts (from my buddy Jim Matheos of Fates Warning) for the follow up OSI record tentatively titled "Free". For those of you who don't know who OSI is, shame on you. OSI is the project band from Jim Matheos (Guitar, Fates Warning), Kevin Moore (Keys, ex-Dream Theater) and Mike Portnoy (Drums, Dream Theater). This is their second record for Inside Out records and it is tentatively set for a late March release. Having been a big fan of their debut, I was honored by the call. Look out for this new record for sure.

    On my solo record front, I'm still in the final obsessing stages. For those of you who know what it's like to record your own stuff... Well let's just say it's like stripping yourself naked, holding raw tenderloin's in each hand in front of two very hungry Lions and trying to get used to the temperature of the night air. But I'll survive because I'm in my home studio, not the Coliseum in ancient Rome. Seriously, I still hope to have this out of my little tuft of hair by summer.

    On the Armored Saint front: We have been offered a few shows in Europe this summer so we've turned a few shows into a very short 1 week mini tour. This all started with an offer to play at this years Bang Your Head Festival in Germany, which will be our second appearance there. We are also on this year's legendary Graspop festival in Belgium and having played in the UK (London) only once in our career, we decided to book our first ever string of UK dates. The tour dates are as follows:

    6/23 Arnhem, NL - Willemeen
    6/24 Balingen, Ger - Bang Your Head Fest
    6/25 Dessel, Belg - Graspop Fest
    6/27 Manchester, UK - Academy 3
    6/28 Sheffield, UK - Corporation
    6/29 London, UK - Underworld

    As of now, this is the only plan Saint has for the year but if anything else comes up, you'll be sure to hear of it.

    This is it for now and you can bet there'll be more soon!!!!

    Take Care,
    Joey Vera
    www.joeyvera.com
  • VOIVOD drummer Michel ‘Away’ Langevin and singer Denis ‘Snake’ Belanger’ are working on their forthcoming studio album with producer Glen Robinson (Voivod’s ‘Nothingface,’ Tea Party, GWAR) at Piccolo Studios in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

    The drummer recently started a blog about the studio work that will include studio updates, tidbits and photos. Away will update the blog on a frequent basis.
    The direct link can be found here.

    This is the first album in the band’s 20 year career that will not feature founding guitarist Denis ‘Piggy’ D'Amour working alongside his bandmembers in the studio. D’Amour died Aug. 26th, 2005 in a Montreal hospital from complications of advanced colon cancer.

    In order to record the album Away – along with singer Denis ‘Snake’ Belanger and bassist Jason ‘Jasonic’ Newsted - are utilizing all of the guitar parts that ‘Piggy’ had recorded for the record on his laptop with ProTools before his death.

    VOIVOD’s much-anticipated, still untitled album should surface sometime later this year on The End Records in North America.
  • AGALLOCH have entered the studio to begin pre-production work for their 3rd full-length album entitled “Ashes Against The Grain”. The recording process will begin Dec 10th and the band hopes to have the album finished by March. As usual the band will be working with Ronn Chick, who has engineered and produced both of their previous albums.

    Commenting on the new material, guitarist/vocalist John Haughm: “It is huge, bleak, and more rock-based than previous albums. I am confident this will be our darkest and most sonically intense record yet.”
  • STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Guitarist Checks In With Songwriting Update

    STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon has issued the following update on the songwriting process for the group's follow-up to last year's "Alien":

    "[The songwriting is] going great, got too many song ideas, haha! About 6 are complete, and the rest are very close...

    "Most of you probably know that Dev [SYL guitarist/vocalist Devin Townsend] and his merry men [THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND] are going on tour for a couple weeks with some very fine Swedish friends of ours, OPETH. So, during that time, the rest of us are going to be perfecting our song parts, 'tweaking' the little stuff, and writing a few more...this is when the barn doors get blown off! Dev has also got a couple ideas he's going to work on while he's out on tour, so when he gets back, we'll show him ours and vice-versa, and then we'll have WAY too many songs!!! Which is a good thing, because if it turns out that one song isn't 'feeling' right in the studio, there are more to choose from...or we can 'chop and blend' a part in or out, if a song just needs 'a little something.'

    "The sun is out in Vancouver...finally...it's been like 2 months of solid rain... depressing as hell, man. I'll take the snow and deepfreeze at home in Philly over that... even though it's been really mild there...no deep freeze yet... Crazy weather, man, makes me wonder, ya know?"
  • KITTIE EMBARKS ON FIRST TOUR IN OVER A YEAR THIS SPRING

    LONDON, Ontario – America will get its first taste of female metal band Kittie’s new lineup as the band hits the road this spring in support of its latest material, which was released in the form of a downloadable EP entitled “Never Again” on February 7 through Rock Ridge Music.

    “After a year hiatus we are more than ready to begin this tour in April and show the world what we have been up to and prove we are stronger and more focused than ever,” said vocalist/guitarist Morgan Lander. “This tour will rock!”

    The Never Again Tour will give audiences their first glimpse at the band with new bassist Trish Doan and guitarist Tara Macleod joining Kittie mainstays Morgan Lander (guitar/vocals) and Mercedes Lander (drums).

    “Never Again” features Kittie’s most mature work to date, with the band throwing out all preconceived notions and writing from the heart.

    “Never Again” will be available everywhere digital tracks are sold. iTunes will offer an exclusive 4-track version of the EP which includes bonus track “Everything That Could Have Been.”

    Kittie has sold more than a million records since the release of its debut, “Spit,” 2000, which was followed by 2001’s “Oracle” and 2004’s “Until the End,” with several EPs in between.

    Between wrapping up a tour in late 2004 and beginning work on new songs, the Lander sisters kept busy by finally bringing their dream of creating a clothing company into fruition. Poisoned Black (www.poisonedblack.com) was launched in September 2005.

    Direct support on the Never Again Tour will be provided by a variety of bands playing in different regions. Some of the bands slated to play are Seemless, Five Bolt Main, Twelve Tribes, Drop Dead Gorgeous, The Agony Scene, Bloodlined Calligraphy, Byzantine, Dead To Fall, Donnybrook, Calico System, Burning Armada, Job for a Cowboy, Naos Project, Jacknife, and On Broken Wings.

    “With great bands and our most talented line-up to date, the Never Again tour will be amazing,” said Lander.

    Dates are as follow:

    03/31/06 Fri. Marks Showplace, Bedford, NH
    04/01/06 Sat. Saratoga Winners, Latham, NY
    04/02/06 Sun. “Rockfest”@ Hippodrome, Springfield, MA
    04/05/06 Wed. Rex Theatre, Pittsburg, PA
    04/06/06 Thu. The Temple Club, Lansing, MI
    04/07/06 Fri. The Machine Shop, Flint, MI
    04/08/06 Sat. The Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
    04/09/06 Sun. Big E’s, Edgerton, WI
    04/11/06 Tue. The Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO
    04/12/06 Wed. Club Boom Va, Ogden, UT
    04/13/06 Thu. Big Easy Concert House, Boise, ID
    04/14/06 Fri. Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
    04/15/06 Sat. Rock and Roll Pizza, Portland, OR
    04/17/06 Mon. The Boardwalk, Sacramento, CA
    04/18/06 Tue. The Whisky, W. Hollywood, CA
    04/19/06 Wed. The Dome, Bakersfield, CA
    04/20/06 Thu. Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana, CA
    04/21/06 Fri. Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ
    04/22/06 Sat. Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
    04/23/06 Sun. The Zone, El Paso, TX
    04/25/06 Tue. The Ballroom, Corpus Christi, TX
    04/27/06 Thu. Meridian, Houston, TX
    04/28/06 Fri. The White Rabbit, San Antonio, TX
    04/29/06 Sat. Fat Daddys, Lewisville, TX
    04/30/06 Sun. The Hive, Tulsa, OK
    05/02/06 Tue. House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista, FL
    05/04/06 Thu. State Theatre, St. Petersburg, FL
    05/05/06 Fri. The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
    05/06/06 Sat. Jester’s Pub, Fayetteville, NC
    05/07/06 Sun. KC’s, Fredericksburg, VA
    05/10/06 Wed. Club Pure, Yonkers, NY
    05/11/06 Thu. Recher Theatre, Towson, MD
    05/12/06 Fri. Crocodile Rock, Allentown, PA
    05/13/06 Sat. Webster Theatre, Hartford, CT

    www.kittierocks.com
  • Swedish progressive goth/death metallers THE PROVENANCE have inked a deal with Peaceville Records. The group are currently working on the follow-up to their third full-length effort, "How Would You Like To Be Spat At" (2005, Scarlet Records), tentatively due later in the year. A video for the "How Would You Like To Be Spat At" album track "Catching Scarlet in the Sun" is still available for viewing at the band's official web site, TheProvenance.com.

March 23rd, 2006
  • DAMNATION FESTIVAL returns to Manchester on OCTOBER 15TH, 2006 with two of the UK's top acts kicking off a bill of uncompromising heavy metal. Rising metal superstars BIOMECHANICAL and zombie crew SEND MORE PARAMEDICS are the first of 14 stunning bands to be named for Britain's finest new festival.

    Last year's sell out event was a shot in the arm for home grown metal with a remarkable top four finish in Terrorizer magazine's worldwide "Biggest Musical Event" poll. In the aftermath, Virtual Festivals declared that: "The true face of underground UK metal has finally clawed its way onto the festival scene, leaving a wound that no amount of imported US and Euro talent can plaster over."

    The second instalment of UK-focussed metal will again take place across two stages at Jilly's Rockworld and Music Box. The main stage will be sponsored by our new partners JAGERMEISTER, surely the most rock n roll drink on the planet; while TERRORIZER magazine will once again support the extreme stage. Terrorizer PR chief Ben Crudgington said: "Terrorizer is proud to once again be involved, as the most brutal metal acts on the planet converge upon Manchester this October for Damnation Festival 2006. "One more giant nail in the coffin of corporate rock."

    Biomechanical were once described as being "suspended between Nevermore and Dream Theater...surely the greatest new UK band of their kind." And they were keen to live up to their reputation in Manchester this October: "We consider Damnation to be one of the most exciting new festivals that offer powerful and uncompromising metal music to the masses. "No doubt one of the best festivals around and we are extremely happy we are on the bill for this year's metalfest!"

    As for four-piece Leeds outfit Send More Paramedics - who describe their music as "Zombiecore: a hideous fusion of 80s-style thrash metal and modern hardcore punk, contaminated and deformed by an obsessive fascination with zombie b-movies" - it may very well be time to lock up your daughters. The SMP mob have been making a blood-splattered name for themselves up and down the UK circuit in recent years, amassing a cult following in their wake. Now it's time to unleash them on the Damnation masses. Of joining the bill? They simply said: "When there's no more room in hell, the dead will play Damnation Fest."

    Organiser Gavin McInally added: "We never even dreamed that our first year would be so successful; selling out, huge crowds for the opening bands through to the headliners, and a great response from fans and bands alike. "And to start 2006 with bands of the quality of Biomechanical and Send More Paramedics is a huge boost. "We cannot thank our community enough for the belief and support they have shown us from the beginning and we aim to thank them by putting on two of the finest stages of metal the country will see this year. "With Jagermeister and Terrorizer on board, and our new friends at UK Metal Underground ready to push things forward, we're ready for another memorable event."

    Tickets for Damnation Festival 2006 will be priced £15 and will be on sale in April.

    For further information about the event visit:
    http://www.damnationfestival.co.uk
    e-mail: [email protected]
  • German power metallers HELLOWEEN have added more dates to their upcoming South American/Mexican tour in March. The details are as follows:

    Mar. 18 - Mexico City, MEX (Circo Volador)
    Mar. 19 - Guadalajara, MEX (Hard Rock Live)
    Mar. 21 - El Salvador (Feria Internacional)
    Mar. 22 - Costa Rica (Planet Mall)
    Mar. 25 - Sao Paulo, BRA (Credicard Hall)
    Mar. 26 - Rio de Janeiro, BRA (Claro Hall)
    Mar. 28 - Buenos Aires, ARG (Obras)
    Mar. 29 - Porto Alegre, BRA (Opinão)
    Mar. 31 – Curitiba, BRA (Master Hall)
    Apr. 01 - Santos, BRA (Clube Atletico Santista)
    Apr. 04 – Santiago, CHL (Teatro Caupolican)
  • Veteran British heavy metal band SAXON have added French, Norwegian and Belgian tour dates to their current itinerary. Confirmed shows so far are as follows:

    Apr. 17 - Paris, FRA @ Elysee Montmartree
    Apr. 21 - Horst/America, NETH @ Rockweekend Festival
    Apr. 22 - Hellendoorn, NET [email protected] Lantaarn
    Apr. 23 - London, UK @ Astoria *
    Apr. 24 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun * / **
    Apr. 25 - Norwich, UK @ Waterfront *
    Apr. 26 - Manchester, UK @ Academy 2 *
    Apr. 27 - Dublin, IRE @ Temple Bar Music Centre
    Jun. 02 - Oslo, NOR @ Tinn (Rjukan Festival)
    Oct. 07 - Mexico City, MEX @ Palacio De Los Deportes / Live 'n' Louder Festival
    Oct. 12 - Buenos Aires, ARG @ River Plate Stadium / Live 'n' Louder Festival
    Oct. 14 - Sao Paulo, BRA @ Caninde / Live 'n' Louder Festival
    Nov. 18 - Poperinge, BEL @ Zaal Maeckeblijde w/ BLITZKRIEG * / GIRLSCHOOL **

    As previously reported, SAXON were originally slated to embark on an American tour last May but ended up cancelling the dates as a result of singer Biff Byford wanting to stay by his family's side after his house in the Normandie area of France burned down. In that incident, Biff, his wife and their children got out of the house at the very last minute and nobody was hurt.

    SAXON are continuing to tour in support of their latest CD, "Lionheart", available now on SPV Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Killing Ground" features artwork by Paul R. Gregory, who has previously worked with the group on the now classic "Crusader" album.
  • SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner has told upstate New York's TimesUnion.com that the band are currently finishing a new 12-song CD, "Fallout from the War", featuring some songs that didn't make it onto their breakthrough "The Art of War" album, some B-sides from Japan releases and a few cover songs. It's slated for release on the Century Media label in May.

    But there's an even bigger album in the works for SHADOWS FALL. "We're busy working on our debut major label album," Bittner told TimesUnion.com. "It's going to be on Atlantic Records here in the States, and we're signed to Roadrunner over in Europe. This is going to be the biggest record of our career, so we've really got to focus on it."

    The bandmembers are in songwriting mode right now for the Atlantic album, and they hope to be recording in the studio by May or June. The target date for the album release is February 2007.

    On Wednesday evening (Feb. 8), Bittner will be sitting in the Staples Center in Los Angeles with the four other members of his band for the 48th annual Grammy Awards ceremony. And he won't be just a spectator — he's a Grammy nominee.

    Bittner and his bandmates have earned a nod in the best metal performance category for their song "What Drives the Weak".

    The Grammy nomination — which finds SHADOWS FALL's song pitted against tracks by MUDVAYNE, SLIPKNOT, RAMMSTEIN and MINISTRY — is the band's first brush with mainstream success.

    "The nomination came right out of the blue. I had no idea," Bittner admitted. "I was online instant messaging with a buddy, when I got an e-mail from our management. The subject line read, 'SHADOWS FALL nominated for Grammy.' I couldn't believe it.

    "It's really surreal for us — we're going to go the Grammy Awards. It's definitely going to be weird, because we've never done this kind of red-carpet thing before. I even bought a suit. It was a good reason to buy a suit — finally.

    "Everybody keeps saying to us, 'Congratulations, congratulations,' and it's not that I'm downplaying it, but I know that we're not going to win. Sure, stranger things have happened, but the odds are against us. My personal opinion is that SLIPKNOT or MUDVAYNE will take it."

    Still, he admitted, "Well, yeah, I've got a spot cleared on the mantle — just in case."
  • TESTAMENT, MOONSPELL and WITHIN TEMPTATION are among the newly confirmed bands for this year's edition of the Evolution Festival, set to take place July 15-16, 2006 at Toscolano Maderno Campo Sportivo in Brescia, Italy. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

    ARTHEMIS
    ATHEIST
    DESTRUCTION
    FINNTROLL
    KAYSER
    KORPIKLAANI
    MOONSPELL
    SECRET SPHERE
    TESTAMENT
    THE GATHERING
    TRISTANIA
    WITHIN TEMPTATION