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March 24th, 2007
  • GENGHIS TRON SIGN TO RELAPSE RECORDS

    Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of avant-garde rock extremists GENGHIS TRON.

    Upon signing, GENGHIS TRON comment: "We're incredibly excited to be joining the Relapse family. The three of us have been huge fans of the label since the dawn of time and we can't wait to work with them on our future releases."

    The new Philadelphia transplants (Mookie Singerman, Michael Sochynsky, and Hamilton Jordan, Jr.) have recently released the critically acclaimed full-length Dead Mountain Mouth and are working on writing the follow-up and Relapse debut. "We're currently building a bold, psychedelic bridge to Godcity Studios where we'll be recording our next album in August with Kurt Ballou." comments the band. "Thanks to some serious unemployment we've been fully immersed in erecting said bridge--working 8 hours or more a day, seven days a week on new material. It's sounding insane and awesome and entirely indescribable. We're stoked." Dead Mountain Mouth garnered best of the year accolades in leading music-publications such as Rock Sound, Decibel Magazine, Kerrang!, CMJ, Exclaim!, and more.

    GENGHIS TRON's latest material can be heard via the band's MySpace: www.MySpace.com/GENGHISTRON and additional information on the band can be found via their website: www.GENGHISTRON.com.
  • BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Guitarist NICK CATANESE Forced To Leave Promo Tour

    BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Nick Catanese has left the band's current radio promotional acoustic tour due to "personal reasons." Zakk Wylde is still going forward with the tour as well as the scheduled Hard Rock Café performances. Listen to your local radio stations for more information.

    BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will support OZZY OSBOURNE on his upcoming European tour, which is scheduled to kick off in Moscow on May 27.

    BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's latest album, "Shot to Hell", has sold 102,000 copies in the United States since its Sept. 12 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
  • NOCTURNAL are looking for a new vocalist !

    After 6 years with NOCTURNAL we have parted ways with our singer Mayhem. As some of you may know he is also the vocalist of WITCHBURNER. We don´t want to get into details as they are only of our importance. But we asked him to choose for one band, and he decided himself for WITCHBURNER. So just to avoid rumours, he did not leave the band himself neither we kicked him out. We parted ways in good terms and we think it´s better for both bands this way. We wish him good luck for the future with WITCHBURNER.

    So we´re looking for a new vocalist rigth now since we want to play the scheduled live gigs and record a new album in the middle of this year !
  • W.A.S.P., AFTER FOREVER and LAKE OF TEARS are among the newly confirmed bands for the Rock Harz open-air festival, set to take place July 6-7 in Osterode-Dorste, Lower Saxony, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

    A.O.K.
    AFTER FOREVER
    ASP
    CRAYFOX
    DARZAMAT
    DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
    IN EXTREMO
    LAKE OF TEARS
    MAMBO KURT
    PRESIDENT EVIL
    RAGE
    SLAYENSEMBLE
    SQUEALER A.D.
    SUIDAKRA
    TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY
    VAN CANTO
    W.A.S.P.
    ZED YAGO
  • The re-release of Axemaster's debut album on CD is now available!
     
    Axemaster and Burning star Records are proud to announce That the "Blessing in the Skies" CD has been released!  For those of you who don't already know, the disc contains 12 songs, (6 of which have never been available on CD - 3 are bonus tracks), as well as a video from 1987. It features great remastered sound, and is packaged as a digi-pack with new excellent artwork and a 12 page booklet that includes rare photos from 1986-1988, Song lyrics, and liner notes. This is A disc that no heavy metal fan will want to miss......!
     
     To get a copy of the disc, you can purchase them online at http://burning-star.net/store/index.php - through the distributors listed  at www.burning-star.net - or contact the band at [email protected]

    "Blessing in the Skies" was a 9 song album that was originally released in 1987 by Azra International Records.

    You can hear music from the CD at www.myspace.com/thebandaxemaster and  www.myspace.com/jsguitar
  • SIX FEET UNDER announces album details and free mp3!

    A brand new SIX FEET UNDER track, entitled "Doomsday", is available for download HERE. The track appears on the group's new album, "Commandment", due April 17th from Metal Blade Records.
    Track listing for “Commandment”:

    1. Doomsday
    2. Thou Shall Kill
    3. Zombie Executioner
    4. The Edge of the Hatchet
    5. Bled to Death
    6. Resurrection of the Rotten
    7. As the Blade Turns
    8. The Evil Eye
    9. In a Vacant Grave
    10. Ghosts of the Undead

    In a recent interview with Mark Carras of RockMyMonkey.com, SIX FEET UNDER bassist Terry Butler stated about the upcoming CD, "I would say, if I had to describe the new style, it would be 'Maximum Violence' meets 'Haunted'. . . I'm really psyched about it. I really liked it. We had a good writing experience. We wrote all the music in the studio and it just flowed through. It's pretty upbeat the whole time, but there's some really catchy, groovy riffs. I think SFU fans are going to like it a lot, especially some of the older, the people who've been around for a long time listening to us, it will satisfy them. The last couple records we've kind of, I don't want to say gotten off our style, but we've always tried to be a little bit different. We didn't want to always just put ten records that sounded like 'Haunted'. So we just kind of, I don't want to say experimented, but we just kind of messed around a little bit, certain styles, but I think this is kind of back to what our fans would expect."

    Check out the entire interview in text and MP3 format at www.rockmymonkey.com.

    http://www.sfu420.com
  • UNEARTH "Sanctity Of Brothers" Teaser online now!

    Fans Of Unearth... the teaser for Unearth's newest video "Sanctity of Brothers" in available online HERE!

    Re-post this as much as you'd like, and keep in mind that the full length video for "Sanctity Of Brothers" will premiere EXCLUSIVELY on My Space on Monday, February 12th.

    http://www.unearth.tv
  • CANNIBAL CORPSE confirms shows in Iceland!

    Cannibal Corpse has confirmed to play two shows in Reykjavik, Iceland!

    Saturday 30th of June - Venue: Nasa, http://www.nasa.is - Age limit: 20
    Sunday 1st of July - Venue: Nasa, http://www.nasa.is - Age limit: All Ages

    http://www.cannibalcorpse.net/
  • FLESHCRAWL hard at work on new album!

    Fleshcrawl is currently hard a work on the follow-up to their 2004 release “Made of Flesh”. The band had these comments about the new record:

    “We are about to finish the last two songs of the new record. So far everybody is very pleased with the outcome and we are pretty sure this will become an awesome death metal hammer hitting you straight in your fuckin' face!

    “The tentative title of the record is "Structures of Death". I think we will end up having 11 songs.

    “Some titles confirmed are: Structures of Death, War of the Dead, Written in Blood, Nothing but Flesh Remains, A Spirit Dressed in Black. More titles to come soon...

    “We will start recording at the end of April at studio Toninfusion.de, Ulm, Germany. The mix will take place in the beginning of June in Sweden (Studio Underground), whereas the mastering will kick off right after the mix. So far no release date has been set, but it will be announced shortly.

    Expect another kick-ass cover artwork by Uwe Jarling!”

    http://www.fleshcrawl.de
  • GOTTHARD begins with recording

    Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD entered the studio late last year with producers Leo Leoni and Ronald Prent (who worked with the band on their last effort, "Lipservice") to begin recording their new album, entitled "Domino Effect", which will be released in early summer 2007!

    GOTTHARD last year scored its 10th consecutive No. 1 album in the band's home country of Switzerland. "Made in Switzerland" — which beat the latest releases from TOOL and PEARL JAM — is a CD/DVD set that contains 17 songs that were recorded during a concert at the Hallenstadion in Zürich in December 2005. In addition to the complete concert, the DVD includes "making-of" footage and many new photos.
  • SONATA ARCTICA album title revealed

    The new SONATA ARCTICA album is called "Unia" and will hit the street on May 25 via Nuclear Blast Records! www.sonataarctica.info
  • GRAVEWORM new album finished!

    Italian gothic black metal band GRAVEWORM have completed work on their sixth album at Stage One studios with producer Andy Classen (DEW-SCENTED, etc.). The follow-up to 2005's "(N)utopia" contains 10 songs and features guest appearances by Maurizio Iacono from KATAKLYSM and Matze from THE SORROW. The album will be released on May 11. Check all upcoming shows HERE!
  • THE ACCÜSED tour cancelled!

    The European tour of US Splatter Rock masters THE ACCÜSED that was planned to take place along with the reunited CRUMBSUCKERS and the French newcomer LYXANZIA has been cancelled. A reason has not been posted.
  • SINISTER us dates scheduled

    Dutch death metallers SINISTER will play several U.S. dates in May, culminating in their appearance at the Minneapolis Mayhem 4 festival on May 12 at the Station-4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    May 09 - Salt Lake City, UT @ [to be announced]
    May 10 - Denver, CO @ [to be announced]
    May 11 - Topeka, KS @ [to be announced]
    May 12 - St. Paul, MN @ Station-4 (Minneapolis Mayhem 4)
  • MESHUGGAH Confirmed For Sweden's PEACE & LOVE Festival

    Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH have been confirmed for the Peace & Love festival, set to take place June 28-30 in the center of Borlänge, Sweden. Also scheduled to appear are HAMMERFALL, CRASHDIET, NEVERSTORE IGGY & THE STOOGES, BABYSHAMBLES, HANOI ROCKS, SABATON, MORGANA LEFAY and DOZER, among others.

    In 2006, the festival organizers began to invite more metal bands to the event, which has previously featured performances by bands such as DARK TRANQUILLITY, SOILWORK, THE HAUNTED, TOTALT JÄVLA MÖRKER, ENGEL, KHOMA, BURST, ENTOMBED, HANOI ROCKS, DEATHSTARS and NEW YORK DOLLS.

    For more information, visit www.peaceandlove.nu.

    Revolver magazine reported last month that MESHUGGAH is returning on its next album to the pummeling double bass drums and angular riffage that defined their early material to sculpt what they say will be their most savage, eclectic offering yet. "We've got some fast, intense songs and hectic, heavy stuff that draws from all the things we've done in the past," said drummer Tomas Haake. "It's so great to actually be playing drums again."

    The band members started writing last August and are said to be working on more than a dozen new tunes. The goal is to finish by March, in time for a May release. To some extent, the tone of the music was motivated by the four months MESHUGGAH spent last year rerecording guitars for the Halloween re-release of their 2002 album, "Nothing". "It was great to revisit that super-heavy stuff," Haake told Revolver. "While we were doing it, we found new ways of playing guitar that give the music a really scary tone. That's going to make this record sound more brutal."
  • KORN, DIMMU BORGIR, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Confirmed For Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting

    KORN, DIMMU BORGIR, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and CHILDREN OF BODOM are among the confirmed bands for the Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 22-24 in Dessel, Belgium. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

    Friday, June 22:

    BLIND GUARDIAN
    THERION
    SABATON
    GRAVE DIGGER
    VADER
    1349
    PAIN OF SALVATION
    AMORPHIS

    Saturday, June 23:

    KORN
    LIFE OF AGONY
    CANNIBAL CORPSE
    TIAMAT
    DIMMU BORGIR
    ME FIRST & THE GIMME GIMMES
    SIRENIA
    BRUTAL TRUTH
    DROWNING POOL
    ATHEIST

    Sunday, June 24:

    BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
    CHILDREN OF BODOM
    AMON AMARTH
    FINNTROLL
    MOONSORROW
    DEVILDRIVER
    KORPIKLAANI
    IN THIS MOMENT
    TURISAS
    ELUVEITIE

    For more information, visit www.graspop.be.
  • SAXON's BIFF BYFORD To Publish Autobiography

    "We knew we'd recorded a good album; we just didn't know it was that good …" recalls SAXON frontman Biff Byford of 1980's breakthrough album "Wheels Of Steel".

    For over thirty years, SAXON has been led from the front by charismatic and larger-than-life vocalist Biff Byford. In "Never Surrender", he tells his story for the first time, from his working class childhood as a terribly shy schoolboy in Yorkshire through the mega-days of the early Eighties to the band's twenty-first century rise to fame once more. Sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, but always brutally honest, "Never Surrender" lifts the lid on the myths surrounding SAXON, as well as revealing the hard work and heartaches it takes to make it to the top and stay there.

    Co-author John Tucker is a music writer and photographer with a keen interest in — some would say obsession with — heavy metal. His first book, "Suzie Smiled… The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal", was published in 2006.

    "Saxon - Never Surrender (Or Nearly Good Looking): An Autobiography By Biff Byford And John Tucker", ISBN 978-3-931624-44-6, will be published via I.P. Publishing in April 2007. Distribution in the U.K. will be handled by Gazelle Book Services Limited.

    "The MÖTLEY CRÜE tour was the highpoint of sexual adventures, but just the whole American thing really was where most of the groupies were. And like I said, I nearly died from too much sex and too many shows … I remember us playing this gig and I looked up at the side of the stage and Tommy Lee's there, having a blowjob while he's watching us. Talk about off-putting!"

March 23rd, 2007
  • Electric Earth confirmed to play Gothenburg Metal Festival
     
    Electric Earth were today confirmed to play at the Gothenburg Metal Festival which will take place at Musiken Hus, Gothenburg, at the 29th and 30th of April.
     
    Other acts that are confirmed so far includes; Sabbtail, Crystal Eyes, Bullet, Faith, Treasure Land and MarysCreek.
     
    More info about the festival including ticket info at; http://www.gothenburgmetal.se/ or at the festivals myspace site; http://www.myspace.com/gothenburgmetalfestival

    For more information and sound samples please visit:

    www.electricearth1.com and www.myspace.com/electricearthband
  • EYEHATEGOD Tribute Album Moved Up A Month

    Emetic Records has set pushed up the projected release date of "For the Sick – A Tribute to Eyehategod" to February 20 from the previously announced March 20. According to the label, "all the artists involved in the release are friends or fans of the sludge legends and we are happy to have the best of the underground to show their support of EYEHATEGOD," who suffered substantial losses in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. A vinyl version of the album will be available at a later time as well.

    "For the Sick – A Tribute to Eyehategod" final track listing:

    Disc One:

    01. DOT(.) - Man is Too Ignorant to Exist
    02. UNEARTHLY TRANCE - Shinobi
    03. CABLE - Pigs
    04. BOWEL - Run it Into the Ground
    05. ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY - Godsong
    06. DEADBIRD - Children of God
    07. KYLESA - Left to Starve
    08. RUE - Blank
    09. BRUTAL TRUTH - Sister Fucker
    10. BYZANTINE - Shop Lift
    11. BURIED AT SEA w/ KEVIN SHARP - White N*gger
    12. RAGING SPEEDHORN - 30$ Bag
    13. THE UNHOLY 3 - Take As Needed for Pain
    14. THE ESOTERIC - Crimes Against Skin
    15. TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION - Kill Your Boss
    16. TRIAC - My Name is God (I Hate You)
    17. ONE DEAD THREE WOUNDED - Dog's Holy Life
    18. HALO OF LOCUSTS - Dixie Whisky

    Disc Two:

    01. MINSK - Ruptured Heart Theory
    02. RAMESSES - Lack of Almost Everything
    03. THE MIGHTY NIMBUS - Zero Nowhere
    04. LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR - Peace thru war
    05. SOURVEIN - Broken Down But Not Locked Up
    06. BLOODY PANDA - Anxiety Hangover
    07. MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT - Story of the Eye
    08. LEFT IN RUIN - Southern Discomfort
    09. WATCH THEM DIE - Serving Time In The Middle of Nowhere
    10. OZENZA - Revelation/Revolution
    11. SWARM OF THE LOTUS - Blood Money
    12. ICHABOD - Jack Ass In The Will Of God
    13. KILL THE CLIENT - The Confusion Machine Process
    14. SOW BELLY - 99 Miles of Bad Road
    15. IF HE DIES, HE DIES - Age of Bootcamp
    16. THE NAIN ROUGE - I am the Gestapo
    17. THE UNHOLY 3 - Torn Between Suicide And Breakfast

    More information, including a couple preview tracks, can be found at www.myspace.com/forthesick.
  • PARADISE LOST: New Album Title Revealed

    British gothic metallers PARADISE LOST have set "In Requiem" as the title of their 11th album, tentatively due for release in May via Century Media Records. The artwork for the CD will be created by Seth Siro Anton, who was the artwork designer for the group's last album, "Paradise Lost".

    According to a posting on PARADISE LOST's official web site, "The band recently returned from Canada following completion of recording the new CD, produced by Rhys Fulber. The album has been mixed by Mike Fraser — who is well known for his work with bands such as METALLICA, AC/DC, VAN HALEN etc."

    In other news, PARADISE LOST's April 12 concert at the Koko Club in London will be filmed for an upcoming DVD. More information will be made available soon.

    G.U.N./ Sony/BMG in Europe and Abacus Recordings in the U.K. and the U.S released the band's last album, "Paradise Lost". Century Media Records is re-releasing the album in the U.K. and U.S.
  • TESTAMENT: More Tour Dates Announced

    Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have lined up the following dates:

    Mar. 23 - Almassy MK Hall - Budapest, Hungary
    Mar. 24 - Hala Spodek - Katowice, Poland
    Mar. 26 - Granada Theatre - Dallas, TX
    Mar. 27 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX
    Mar. 29 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
    Mar. 30 - El Moro Theatre - Flagstaff, AZ
    Mar. 31 - California Metal Fest: Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
    Apr. 19 - Saloon Ferrocarrilero - Torreon, Mexico
    Apr. 20 - Cafe Iguana - Monterrey, Mexico
    Apr. 21 - Full Metal Fest 2: Arena Lopez Mateos - Mexico City, Mexico
    Apr. 22 - Arena Pier 10 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Apr. 25 - Bar Opiniao - Porto Alegre, Brazil
    Apr. 26 - Helloch - Curitiba, Brazil
    Apr. 27 - Via Funchal - Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Apr. 29 - El Teatro Flores - Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Jul. 06 - Bloodstock Fest - Derby, England
    Jul. 07 - Evolution Fest - Brescia, Italy
    Aug. 17 - Jalo Metalli Fest - Oulu, Finland
    Aug. 18 - Metal Heart Fest - Notodden, Norway
    Aug. 25 - Up From The Ground Fest - Gemunden, Germany
  • STRATOVARIUS: Tour Dates Announced

    Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have announced the following dates:

    May 22 - Osaka, JPN @ Big Cat
    May 24 - Tokyo, JPN @ Liquid Room
    May 25 - Tokyo, JPN @ Liquid Room (Finland Fest)
    Jul. 14-15 - Vizovice, CZR @ Masters of Rock
    Aug. 2-4 - Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air

    STRATOVARIUS mainman/guitarist Timo Tolkki and drummer Jörg Michael recently completed the basic demos in Germany for the band's new album (whose title consists of two separate words that both start with "R"). The actual album recordings are expected to begin on February 25 at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland for a tentative late 2007/early 2008 release.

    STRATOVARIUS' latest, self-titled effort was released in the U.S. in September 2005 via Sanctuary. A video for the album's first single, "Maniac Dance", was shot in April 2005 in Helsinki by director and Tolkki's old schoolmate Antti Jokinen (BEYONCÉ, WYCLEF JEAN, KORN, MISSY ELLIOT, NIGHTWISH, SHANIA TWAIN, CELINE DION).

    Tolkki recently produced the debut album from the Madrid, Spain-based metal band INFERNOISE. The CD was recorded in Madrid and will be mixed at Sonic Pump.
  • STRATOVARIUS: Tour Dates Announced

    Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS have announced the following dates:

    May 22 - Osaka, JPN @ Big Cat
    May 24 - Tokyo, JPN @ Liquid Room
    May 25 - Tokyo, JPN @ Liquid Room (Finland Fest)
    Jul. 14-15 - Vizovice, CZR @ Masters of Rock
    Aug. 2-4 - Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air

    STRATOVARIUS mainman/guitarist Timo Tolkki and drummer Jörg Michael recently completed the basic demos in Germany for the band's new album (whose title consists of two separate words that both start with "R"). The actual album recordings are expected to begin on February 25 at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland for a tentative late 2007/early 2008 release.

    STRATOVARIUS' latest, self-titled effort was released in the U.S. in September 2005 via Sanctuary. A video for the album's first single, "Maniac Dance", was shot in April 2005 in Helsinki by director and Tolkki's old schoolmate Antti Jokinen (BEYONCÉ, WYCLEF JEAN, KORN, MISSY ELLIOT, NIGHTWISH, SHANIA TWAIN, CELINE DION).

    Tolkki recently produced the debut album from the Madrid, Spain-based metal band INFERNOISE. The CD was recorded in Madrid and will be mixed at Sonic Pump.
  • TESTAMENT, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, SADUS Confirmed For CALIFORNIA METAL FEST

    TESTAMENT, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, SADUS and NECROPHAGIST are among the confirmed bands for the California Metal Fest, set to take place March 31 – April 1 at the Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana, California. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

    Saturday, March 31:

    TESTAMENT
    FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
    SADUS
    ANIMOSITY
    SEVERED SAVIOR
    ABIGAIL WILLIAMS
    ANTAGONIST
    SILENT CIVILIAN
    ARSIS
    LIGHT THIS CITY

    Sunday, April 1:

    NECROPHAGIST
    SUICIDE SILENCE
    DECREPIT BIRTH
    AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK
    THE FACELESS
    ION DISSONANCE
    BENEATH THE MASSACRE
    WINDS OF PLAGUE
    KNIGHTS OF THE ABYSS
    A DYING DREAM

    More acts will be announced soon
  • ANTIMATTER: "Leaving Eden" recordings finished, release in April

    ANTIMATTER have just finished working on their fourth studio album "Leaving Eden". After Duncan Patterson left the band in 2005, Mick Moss gathered a number of guest musicians around him - among others Danny Cavanagh (ANATHEMA) - to record the most depressive and heaviest album of ANTIMATTER's discography. This is attested by the dynamics of "Leaving Eden", the increased use of electric guitars and forceful drumming.

    "Leaving Eden" will be released as a limited first edition in a Digipak on April 16th, 2007.

    Tracklist:
     
    1. Redemption
    2. Another Face In A Window
    3. Ghosts
    4. The Freak Show
    5. Landlocked
    6. Conspire
    7. Leaving Eden
    8. The Immaculate Misconception
    9. Fighting For A Lost Cause
  • ELEND: New release "A World In Their Screams" out in April

    "A World In Their Screams" will be released on April 23th, 2007. This album is the third instalment in ELEND's "Winds" cycle and "continues the long epic prose poem combining personal themes with references to ancient Greek authors."

    As for now, the band - still in the finishing stages of the recording process - remains secretive and summarizes the new work as "the most brutal and bizarre album in ELEND's history, something most listeners will hardly recover from."

    "A World In Their Screams" will be released in Europe by Prophecy Productions, in France by Holy Records and in USA by Orphika - a division of Noevdia, via Season of Mist America.
  • TESTAMENT Confirmed For Norway's METAL HEART Festival

    San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans TESTAMENT are the first confirmed band for Metal Heart, a brand new two-day metal festival set to take place August 17-18 at Tapperiet in Notodden, Norway. A total of 10-to-12 acts will perform at the event.

    More information about bands and ticket availability will come soon.

    TESTAMENT is currently working with new drummer Nick Barker (formerly of DIMMU BORGIR and CRADLE OF FILTH) on material for its first studio album since 1999's "The Gathering". Nick Barker told BLABBERMOUTH.NET last week that "what we have so far is quite honestly mindblowing stuff in the vein of 'The Legacy'-, 'New Order'-meets-'The Gathering', only with yours truly behind the kit pounding like I've never pounded before."

    Spitfire will release a TESTAMENT compilation, "The Spitfire Collection", on February 13. Consisting of tracks from such Spitfire/Testament 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. As a result, "The Spitfire Collection" features both live versions of such TESTAMENT classics as "Practice What You Preach", "Over the Wall", and "Souls of Black", as well as such oft-overlooked studio tracks as "Careful What You Wish For" and "The Burning Times".
  • ROTTING CHRIST Mainman Feels 'Sorry' For MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE

    Decibel magazine reports that MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine forced Greece's ROTTING CHRIST off a 2005 Athens gig, later saying he didn't want to play with "full-on" Satanic band since being "saved" in 2002. He further spouted off on MEGADETH's web site that "No one knows for sure what [ROTTING CHRIST's] intent or content is, so I am not going to say they are [Satanic]." Nevertheless, even though MEGADETH had played with the group previously, he threatened to pass Greece by if ROTTING CHRIST was the support band.

    "The concerts that I headline or I put together is usually my choice who I want to play with; festivals are different," he said at the time. "If I don't feel it is right for me to do something, then I [will] just respectfully decline. I would not ask that anyone be taken off if they were already confirmed.

    "I have to draw the line and stand for my beliefs or they aren't beliefs at all, are they?" he added "I don't expect anyone to fully understand this, but I know many of [the MEGADETH fans] do, and I thank [them] for [their] support.

    More than anything, this confounded ROTTING CHRIST leader Sakis Tolis.

    "I didn't expect something like that from Dave Mustaine, because, you know, he's supposed to be metal — you know, 'metal band,' all metal," said Tolis. "I just feel sorry for him and for every new Christian with new ideas, because we think Christianity is the worst thing to happen in human history. This is a well-organized trick in order to control society, so when I see someone that's very much Christian, that's full of the system, I feel very sorry for him because he's not free. And of course, if you are a Christian who believes somewhere, I don't care. It's up to you to believe anywhere you want, but if you want to push your opinion to the others, then I have to feel sorry about you."
  • MOTÖRHEAD: More European Tour Dates Announced

    MOTÖRHEAD has lined up the following dates during the coming months:

    May 21 - Nantes, France @ Zenith
    May 23 - Isetres, France @ L'Usine
    May 24 - Nice, France @ Theatre De Verdure
    May 25 - Toulouse, France @ Zenith
    May 27 - Lyon, France @ Halle Tony Garnier
    May 29 - Lille, France @ Zenith
    May 30 - Nancy, France @ Zenith
    May 31 - Dijon, France @ Zenith
    Jun. 02 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Winterthur, Eishalle Dewutweg
    Jun. 03 - Luxembourg @ Rockhal
    Jun. 05 - Limoges, @ France Zenith
    Jun. 06 - Caen, France @ Zenith
    Jun. 09 - Solvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock
    Jun. 17 - Nijmegan, Holland @ Fields of Rock
    Jun. 20 - Rome, Italy @ Olympic Stadium
    Jun. 23 - Zaragoza, Spain @ Monsters of Rock
    Jun. 29 - Zrenjanin, Serbia @ Road Fest Festival
    Jul. 21 - Kreuth, Germany @ Earthshaker Fest

    MOTÖRHEAD's latest album, "Kiss of Death", entered the national album charts in the following countries: Germany: #4, Norway: #9, Sweden: #13, Austria: #20, Switzerland: #26, U.K.: #45, Denmark: #53. The CD was recorded at the Paramount studios in Los Angeles with Cameron Webb, who also worked with the group on 2004's "Inferno". The album includes guest appearances by POISON guitarist C.C. Deville and ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Inez.
  • MANOWAR announces tracklist for GODS OF WAR !
     
    Tracklist GODS OF WAR :
     
    1. OVERTURE TO THE HYMN OF THE IMMORTAL WARRIORS
    2. THE ASCENSION
    3. KING OF KINGS
    4. ARMY OF THE DEAD, PART I
    5. SLEIPNIR
    6. LOKI GOD OF FIRE
    7. BLOOD BROTHERS
    8. OVERTURE TO ODIN
    9. THE BLOOD OF ODIN
    10. THE SONS OF ODIN
    11. GLORY MAJESTY UNITY
    12. GODS OF WAR
    13. ARMY OF THE DEAD, PART II
    14. ODIN
    15. HYMN OF THE IMMORTAL WARRIORS
    Bonus track
    16. DIE FOR METAL
     
    Release dates :
    February 23, 2007 (Germany)
    February 26, 2007 (Rest of Europe, excl. France)
    March 5, 2007 (France)
    April 3, 2007 (USA/Canada)   
     
    ROYAL ARTIST CLUB
     
    MANOWAR has been added to the Royal Artist Club. The band has their own Official Blog there and all 4 band-members can upload pictures and text from anywhere in the world by using a cool new NOKIA phone. This phone uploads pics and text directly from the phone to their Official Blog!

    Check the site out at: www.royalartistclub.com and the OFFICIAL MANOWAR BLOG is located at :
    www.royalartistclub.com/manowar.

    For more information:

    www.manowar.com/godsofwar -  www.manowar.com - www.magiccirclemusic.com
  • MALEVOLENT CREATION FINISHED RECORDING NEW ALBUM "DOOMSDAY X"

    Florida Death Metal Merchant's have just finished recording they're 10th full length studio album "DOOMSDAY X" at Mercury Recording Studios in Pompano Beach,Florida.Recording sessions went very well and the band is very satisfied with the new material!!! Recorded and Engineered by long time(and sometimes session member..)friend and producer Gus Rios,"DOOMSDAY X" is said to be the most diverse Malevolent Creation album recorded and without a doubt they're fastest!!!! Mixing duties will be under way next while the band begins they're 2 month long European Tour starting in Greece on Feb.10th in Thessaloniki,Greece."DOOMSDAY X" will hopefully be released early this summer on Nuclear Blast Records worldwide.The new song titles for "DOOMSDAY" X" are:

    1)Deliver My Enemy
    2)Cauterized
    3)Culture Of Doubt
    4)Strength In Numbers
    5)Hollowed
    6)Unleash Hell
    7)Dawn Of Defeat
    8)Upon Their Cross
    9)Bio Terror
    10)Buried In A Nameless Grave
    11)Prelude To Doomsday

    Mick Thompson,guitarist for Slipknot also contributed a ripping guitar solo for the song "Deliver My Enemy" for the new M.C. album alongside band members:

    Brett Hoffmann - Vocals
    Dave Culross - Drums
    Phil Fasciana - Guitars
    Jon Rubin - Guitars
    Jason Blachowicz - Bass
  • Open Grave Records partners with The Free The West Memphis Three Defense Fund
     
    Open Grave Records is pleased to announce that they have entered into an agreement with The Free The West Memphis Three Defense Fund that 5% of all sales from the Open Grave Records online store will be donated to the fund.
     
    The founders of Open Grave Records have always been big supports of the WM3, and are pleased to be able support their cause and to offer this great incentive to their customers.
     
    The West Memphis Three (also known as WM3) are three boys (now men) from West Memphis, Arkansas . When they where teens they had been convicted of murders that they did not commit based on false evidence and the fact they liked “Heavy Metal” music. Today all three live behind bars, with one being giving the death sentence.
     
    The Free The West Memphis Three Defense Fund was started to raise money for the appeal of these sentences.
     
    For more information on The West Memphis Three Visit:
    http://www.wm3.org
     
    Open Grave Records:
    http://www.opengraverecords.com
  • HIGH IMPACT RECORDINGS/METAL BLADE RECORDS signs EVERGREEN TERRACE!

    High Impact Recordings and Metal Blade Records are proud to announce the signing of Jacksonville’s own, Evergreen Terrace.

    Since 1999, Evergreen Terrace has created their own brand of fast, powerful, heavy, and yet melodic hardcore. The band’s disregard for gimmicks and trends has allowed them to make music with true energy and passion. Evergreen Terrace’s diverse sound has allowed them to share the stage with bands like Norma Jean, Unearth, Every Time I Die, Hatebreed, Bane, and Gwar.

    High Impact Recordings founder, Tim Lambesis comments, "Evergreen Terrace is a band that will soon get the recognition they've deserved for quite some time. They are a band that started before their genre blew up, and all the while they've maintained a distinct identity by combining the energy of punk and the syncopation of metal with a melody that is their own. In a genre that sometime goes over the top trying to be "heavy", Evergreen Terrace reminds us that energy and good song-writing should still be the bottom line."

    Evergreen Terrace enthusiastically replies, "Now we can be a real band, thanks Metal Blade!!!"

    "Metal Blade...Fuck Yeah." - Josh of Evergreen Terrace

    "Very excited to work with such a hard working label that believes in what we are trying to accomplish as a band. It feels amazing to be a part of a roster with such a huge history in the underground and mainstream metal and hardcore scene." - Kyle of Evergreen Terrace

    Evergreen Terrace will begin recording the follow-up to 2005’s Sincerity is an Easy Disguise in This Business, in February 2007 at Vision Sound in Florida.

    Evergreen Terrace is:

    Andrew Carey - Vocals
    Craig Chaney - Guitar/Vocals
    Joshua James - Guitar
    Jason Southwell - Bass
    Kyle Mims - Drums

    http://www.evergreenterracehxc.com
    http://www.myspace.com/evergreenterrace

    http://www.highimpactrecordings.com
    http://www.metalblade.com
  • The ultimate Dimmu Borgir - In Sorte Diaboli news page

    Can`t wait for the new DIMMU BORGIR album "In Sorte Diaboli" any longer? On our very own website dedicated to the Norwegians` upcoming opus you`ll be the first to see the exclusive revelation of the devilish cover artwork for this masterpiece!!! Make sure to check in on Thursday, February 15th, to see the monster that`s gonna hit the shelves on April 27th (European release) and April 24th (USA release). Of course that`s not all: at www.nuclearblast.de/dimmu-borgir you will also receive the hottest news from the DIMMU BORGIR camp and receive exclusive infos and previews. Be first...see first!
  • DOWN: Seattle Headlining Show Announced

    DOWN — the acclaimed New Orleans band featuring CORROSION OF CONFORMITY guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan, drummer Jimmy Bower (EYEHATEGOD, SUPERJOINT RITUAL guitarist), bassist Rex Brown (ex-PANTERA), guitarist Kirk Windstein (CROWBAR), and vocalist Philip Anselmo (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ex-PANTERA) — has confirmed a headlining concert in Seattle on March 9 the group's stint as the opening band on the HEAVEN AND HELL Canadian tour (also featuring MEGADETH). DOWN's schedule is now shaping up as follows:

    Mar. 09 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon *
    Mar. 11 - Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum
    Mar. 13 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
    Mar. 14 - Calgary, AB @ Saddledome
    Mar. 16 - Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre
    Mar. 18 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
    Mar. 20 - Sault St. Marie, ON @ Steelback Centre
    Mar. 22 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
    Mar. 24 - London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
    Mar. 26 - Montreal, PQ @ Bell Centre
    Mar. 27 - Quebec City, PQ @ Colisee Pepsi Arena
    Mar. 28 - Ottawa, ON @ Civic Centre
    Mar. 30 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium *
    Mar. 31 - New York, NY @ Roseland *
    Apr. 01 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory *
    Apr. 02 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *

    * DOWN headlining shows

    DOWN is currently working on the material for its third album, tentatively titled "Down III". "We're doing this one the way we did our first album, when we were 19 or 20 years old," Keenan explained to Revolver magazine (web site). "So we're jamming in a room, recording on a jam box, and then throwing them on the ProTools rig and building things from there." Producer Warren Riker (CROWBAR, SUBLIME) has already signed on to helm the effort, for which the band has composed 18 tracks so far. The band plans to begin recording the album February 15. After the HEAVEN AND HELL tour wraps, DOWN will return to the studio to track the remainder of "Down III", which the guitarist told MTV.com could be out by summer's end.

    DOWN's sophomore album, "Down II", was released in March 2002 on Elektra Records. The band headlined the second stage at the 2002 Ozzfest.
  • DESTRUCTION Confirmed For Poland's METALMANIA Festival

    German thrashers DESTRUCTION have been confirmed for the Metalmania Festival 2007. The 21st edition of the biggest metal festival in Central-Eastern Europe will take place on March 24 at the Spodek Hall in Katowice, Poland. There will be two stages, where around 25 bands will perform for thousands of metal freaks. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

    TESTAMENT
    PARADISE LOST
    MY DYING BRIDE
    ENTOMBED
    KORPIKLAANI
    ZYKLON
    2TM2,3
    BLAZE
    JORN
    CRYSTAL ABYSS

    For more information, visit www.metalopolis.pl.
  • BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST 'Snubbed' By U.K. Rock Locations

    Birmingham reports that BLACK SABBATH, LED ZEPPELIN and JUDAS PRIEST are among the rock heavyweights with links to the Midlands — but a new rock locations map has failed to recognize their achievements in the region.

    Bev Bevan, former drummer with BLACK SABBATH, today claimed national tourism agency Visit Britain had disregarded the importance of venues like Mothers, in Erdington, and The Belfry, in Sutton Coldfield.

    During the '60s and 7'0s these venues hosted some of the biggest names in rock, including LED ZEPPELIN, PINK FLOYD, THE WHO and T.REX. John Peel was resident DJ at Mothers during that time. Bevan described the guide's "cursory mention" of BLACK SABBATH as an insult to the band who "invented heavy metal".

    "Mothers was one of the biggest clubs in the country so it's a major omission," said Bevan, who also played with THE MOVE and ELO.

    "Tony Iommi and Ozzy invented heavy metal with BLACK SABBATH, so to give them only a cursory mention, and to link it to their drinking rather than the music, is something of an insult.

    "The Cedar Club, off Constitution Hill, and The Belfry were also big venues, but smaller venues like The Plaza, in Handsworth, Ritz, in Kings Heath, or the Birmingham Odeon, on New Street, were just as important.

    "Alex's Pie Stand, now the Albany NCP car park behind the Alexandra Theatre, is where many bands met up and formed in the 60s over a late-night pie and chips."
  • Barros Project release album with members of Akashic
     
    Hellion Records is releasing in Brazil the album Gemini of Barros, a project formed by two members of the veteran Portuguese band Tarantula, Paulo and Luis Barros, besides of Akashic's vocalist Rafael Gubert and the portuguese bassist José Baltazar.
     
    This cd also features the legendary guitarist and producer Tommy Newton and Akashic's guitarist Marcos de Ros. It was recorded in Portugal in 2002, and released in Europe by Point Music. The lyrics had the help of musicians like Fábio Alves, Marcos de Ros, Alex and Kk Rech, Alan Akin, Jones Júnior and Rodrigo Campagnolo.
     
    Actually the members of Akashic are promoting their latest album, entitled A Brand New Day, which samples are available on MySpace - www.myspace.com/akashicrock
     
    www.akashic.com.br
    www.myspace.com/akashicrock
  • KRUGER releases two new song from "Redemption Through Looseness" on MySpace!

    After a rocking debut and aggro-belting album, “Built For Speed”, the Swiss, whiskey-induced, metal hybrid KRUGER continued to make themselves known in 2005 with a massive, heavy and promising second piece mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom in a very Swedish (think “thick”) kind of way. “Cattle Truck” has since been acclaimed by both critics and fans throughout Europe, and allowed KRUGER to share the stage with bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan, Isis, Cult of Luna, Sleeppers, Gojira or Unsane, with whom they hold the comparison very decently.

    They even slaughtered the stage this year at the mythical Montreux Jazz festival!
     
    Now in 2007, KRUGER delivers an epic and intense follow-up, “Redemption Through Looseness”.

    Gloomy and dark, yet overwhelmingly powerful, this new 9-track album drowns the band’s acknowledged influences (Breach, Entombed, Tool, Neurosis) into an intense magma of shredding metallurgic charge, drilling vocal turpitudes and desperate, naked heaviness.

    Thematically stuck into out-of-subject considerations and cynical bottle stories, KRUGER drive faster and louder, crashing the post-hardcore clichés in their way.
     
    Have a drink, relax, be loose: Redemption, the Kruger way.

    Damn! This is heavy as fuck!
     
    "KRUGER sounds a lot like a mix between Breach's industrial leanings and Isis' heavy slow drone.

    They pick things up a lot more than Isis, though, and these components never detract from the originality and talent on the disk.

    KRUGER really creates a unique sound."
    -Lambgoat

    Tracklisting for “Redemption Through Looseness”:

    1 Ammunition Matters
    2 Queen of the Meadow
    3 The Graveyard Party
    4 Hummers vs Pedestrians
    5 Holy Fire
    6 Army of Lovers
    7 War & Wine
    8 The Cowboy Song
    9 Crusaders 
     
    Discography:
    “Built For Speed” CD 2003 RRRecords
    “Cattle Truck” CD 2005  RRRecords
    “Redemption Through Looseness” CD April 2007 Listenable Records    

    http://www.myspace.com/krugerband
    http://www.kruger.ch/