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March 14th, 2008
  • REVEREND Recruits Bass Player hailing from NEW ORLEANS LA

    As previously reported REVEREND Bassist BRENDON KYLE enlisted in the United States Air Force and will be leaving to bootcamp this month (February)2008. In our quest to keep Metal Alive REVEREND would like to welcome MIKE FALLETTA hailing from NEW ORLEANS LA who will be the newest addition to the band.

    Davey Lee guitarist (REVEREND /BYFIST) commented "being that we knew Brendon would be leaving soon, we set out to find the best possible match that would do our music justice. We happened to see him perform at a club and when we pursued his talents he was just as excited to join with us as we were to have him in the band". Mike moved to Texas when Hurricaine Katrina devestated his world where he lost everything and had no choice but to start a new life somewhere else." Mike is a very fast learner and is extremely talented he fits right in"

    Look for REVEREND on tour this summer.
  • WHITECHAPEL butchering audiences, repeatedly

    Whitechapel will join up with The Black Dahlia Murder, Kataklysm, Vader, Cryptopsy and 5 others for the second Summer Slaughter tour kicking off June 20 this summer. Dates are not available yet but be on the lookout in the coming days. For now, catch the act out with Darkest Hour, Cephalic Carnage and Emmure, and on the following tours that have them on the road through Summer.

    Whitechapel posters available for giveaways, show promotion, etc. upon request. Interviews available at the shows. Bring it!

    Whitechapel tour dates:

    w/The Devil Wears Prada, Once Nothing
    04/09/2008 Skelltones - Grand Rapids, MI
    04/10/2008 The Rock Box - Rockford, IL
    04/11/2008 The Foundry Music Theatre - Joplin, MO
    04/12/2008 Eagles Lodge - Wichita, KS

    w/The Devil Wears Prada, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster, Once Nothing
    04/14/2008 Club NVO - Logan, UT
    04/15/2008 Club Underground - Reno, NV
    04/16/2008 The Boardwalk - Sacramento, CA
    04/17/2008 Palmdale Vets Hall - Palmdale, CA
    04/18/2008 Modesto Underground - Modesto, CA
    04/19/2008 Jerry’s - Bakersfield, CA
    04/20/2008 Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
    04/22/2008 The Rock - Tuscon, AZ
    04/23/2008 Chic’s Bar and Billiards - El Paso, TX
    04/24/2008 Fat Daddy’s Sound Shack - Lewisville, TX

    w/The Devil Wears Prada, Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster, Gwen Stacy
    04/25/2008 Otherside - Tulsa, OK
    04/26/2008 Vino’s - Little Rock, AR
    04/27/2008 Skatepark of Memphis - Cordova, TN
    04/29/2008 Club Hollywood - Stacy Augusta, GA
    04/30/2008 Soapbox Laundrolounge - Wilmington, NC
    05/01/2008 Canal Club Downstairs - Richmond, VA
    05/02/2008 Harmony Garage - Wilmington, DE
    05/06/2008 Living Room - Providence, RI
    05/07/2008 Revolution Hall - Troy, NY
    05/09/2008 Water Street Music Hall - Rochester, NY
    05/10/2008 Off Campus Activity Center - Edinboro, PA
    05/11/2008 Headliners - Toledo, OH
    05/13/2008 The Attic Club - Kettering, OH

    www.whitechapelmetal.com | www.myspace.com/whitechapelmetal
    www.candlelightrecordsusa.com | www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa
  • PHARAOH has completed the mixing of its third album, entitled Be Gone. Like its critically-acclaimed predecessor, The Longest Night, the new album was recorded with Matt Crooks at MCR Studios in Manassas, Virginia. Be Gone will now be mastered by Colin Davis of Imperial Mastering for a worldwide March release via the leading traditional heavy metal label Cruz del Sur Music. As a special treat for fans (and, it must be said, for the band themselves) the track "Dark New Life" features guest guitar solos from Mark Reale and Mike Flyntz from RIOT. Jim Dofka also appears for the third time on as many PHARAOH albums, contributing his extraordinary guitar chops to the song "No Remains". A release date, song samples, and cover art for Be Gone will be revealed in the coming weeks.

    PHARAOH will celebrate the new album and its ten-year history by performing live for the first time ever at Keep It True X on April 5, 2008, at Tauberfrankenhalle, Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. The festival is completely sold out as of September. For the occasion of their first live show ever, PHARAOH will be on stage with an extraordinary line-up featuring Hunter Ginn (CANVAS SOLARIS) on drums and guitarist Matt Crooks (DIVISION) as the second axe! To complete the news, we have finally a release-date which is set for the 24th of April 2008. Nevertheless a digipak limited edition will be released for the Keep It True festival, including an exclusive embroidered patch!

    www.solarflight.net
    www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
  • Greek Epic metal’s heroes BATTLEROAR are actually in the recording studio, completing the recordings of their third album To Death and Beyond. Greek comic artist (Conan Greek edition) John Rubulias has been hired for the artwork, expect a real epic metal artwork! The album will see the light on the 24th of April, and although the band’s is working against time, we're sure they'll make it! Also in this case a Limited digipak edition will be released in time for the Up The Hammers festival, including a bonus track and an exclusive embroidered patch!

    www.battleroar.com
    www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
  • LA’s CRESCENT SHIELD is working on the follow-up for their great late-2006 release, The Last of My Kind.

    The new album will be released by Cruz Del Sur after summer 2008, but some details are beginning to be unveiled such as that the album will be entitled, The Stars of Never Seen, and Gerry Alanguilan (Marvel/DC), after the excellent result of his cover-illustration for The Last of My Kind, will be again responsible of the artwork.

    www.crescentshield.com
    www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
  • NO SOULS LOST complete the recording of "HOSTIS HUMANI GENERIS"

    Texas death metal band No Souls Lost has announced the completion of their new album, "Hostis Humani Generis". "After lots of personnel changes, lots of struggle, and lots of hard work, we feel this is an album you'll be very happy with", guitarist Jason Jaeckel was quoted as saying. After a long search, new vocalist Andrew Vasa joined the lineup shortly before the album was completed, and laid his vocals down just in time. The members hold his talent in high regard. "I had been doing lead vocals for a long time, but we wanted a front person that could interact with the crowd more effectively. It's hard to entertain the crowd and perform brutal death metal vocals when you're busy concentrating on highly technical guitar riffs.", Jaeckel said. Fans will be held over with two tracks from the new record available on their myspace site. The album is set to be released in April on Open Grave Records.

    TRACK LISTING:
    1. Hostis Humani Generis
    2. Greater Pestilence
    3. Dracolich
    4. Metaphysics of Murder
    5. 793
    6. The Plane of Crossing
    7. Enuma Elish
    8. Catatonic Death Trance
    9. Solstice
    10. Impure Empire
    11. Descent Into Madness
    12. Heartwork (Carcass Cover)

    NEW LINE UP PHOTO: http://www.opengraverecords.com/nsl/nslnewlineup.jpg
    ALBUM COVER: http://www.opengraverecords.com/nsl/cover.jpg
    MYSPACE PAGE: http://www.myspace.com/nosoulslosttx
    LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.opengraverecords.com
  • THE RED CHORD to tour with Converge!

    Boston Massachusetts own, THE RED CHORD are set to hit the road with Converge and Genghis Tron starting March 30th in Worcester, MA with Baroness and Coliseum on select dates. Dubbed the Lions for Lambs tour, this run of 30+ dates showcases some of the most talented acts in metal today.

    To say THE RED CHORD has been busy touring since the release of Prey for Eyes is a gross understatement. The band hit the road a month before the album came out and hasn’t let up since. Not even a year into the release of their critically acclaimed album Prey for Eyes and the band has already toured the US multiple times and hit Europe with label mates The Black Dahlia Murder and Job for a Cowboy. And now the band has been confirmed for this summers MAYHEM FESTIVAL, which sees the band playing with metal heavyweights Slipknot, Disturbed, Dragonforce, Mastodon, and Machine Head just to name a few.

    Lions for Lambs tour featuring Converge, The Red Chord, and Genghis Tron
    dates w/ Baroness
    3/30 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
    4/01 NYC, NY @ The Blender Theatre @ Gramercy
    4/02 Buffalo, NY @ Showplace Theatre
    4/03 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Downunder
    4/04 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
    4/05 Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club
    4/06 Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club
    4/07 Milwaukee, WI @ Richfield Chalet
    4/08 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
    4/09 Sioux Falls, SD @ Nutty's North
    4/10 Iowa City, IA @ The Picador
    4/11 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
    4/12 Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
    4/13 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
    4/15 Boise, ID @ The Venue
    4/16 Portland, OR @ Satyricon
    4/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
    4/19 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
    4/20 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse Music Venue

    dates w/ Coliseum
    4/22 Austin, TX @ Red 7
    4/23 Dallas, TX @ The Door
    4/24 Houston, TX @ Red Room @ Meridian
    4/25 New Orleans, LA @ The High Ground
    4/26 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
    4/27 Orlando, FL @ The Social
    5/1 Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar
    5/2 Pittsburgh, PA @ The School
    5/3 Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom

    http://www.theredchord.com/ | http://www.myspace.com/theredchord
  • Brand new track from FATE’s debut album Vultures now available/new tour dates announced!

    Head over to Fate’s MySpace page to check out ‘Your Creed is Greed’, the first track available from the bands upcoming Metal Blade debut Vultures. Hailing from Carmichael, California this five-piece band does not compromise the veracity of their music for anyone. Deeply influenced by all things extreme and thrashy, FATE has directed their intense admiration of metal into the focus needed to create music for a new generation of Metalheads! Speed, ferocity, and the ability to write viciously energetic songs will surely set FATE apart from other acts as they prepare to take the metal world by storm with their Metal Blade Records debut Vultures.

    Fate is currently gearing up to head out on the road with Dance Club Massacre, label mates EPICUREAN, and Blind Witness starting February 19th in Newport Beach, CA. Shortly after they finish up the tour with Dance Club Massacre and Epicurean, Fate will head out on the road with The Warriors, The Ghost Inside, and Stray from the Path. Fate will be showcasing music off their April 29th release Vultures so make sure to catch the band to get a taste of the new album.

    FATE
    Tour w/ Dance Club Massacre, EPICUREAN, Blind Witness
    02/19 Newport Beach, CA Hogue Barmichaels
    02/20 Downey, CA Epic Lounge
    02/22 Bakersfield, CA The Dome
    02/23 San Jose, CA San Jose Skate
    02/28 Fort Collins, CO CB & Potts Clubhouse
    02/29 Denver, CO Climax Lounge
    03/02 Sioux City, IA Eagles Club
    03/04 Fargo, ND Red Raven Espresso Parlor
    03/05 Buffalo, MN The Vault
    03/07 Cedar Rapids, IA The Warehouse
    03/08 South Bend, IN RPMP
    03/09 Louisville, KY Bulldog Cafe
    03/11 Franklin, IN Rooftop Music Venue
    03/12 Trenton, OH Trenton Fisherman's Club
    03/13 Tinley Park, IL Mojoes Rock House
    03/14 Lansing, MI Mac's Bar
    03/15 Westland, MI Skateland West
    03/16 Warren, MI Ritz Theatre

    Tour w/ The Warriors, The Ghost Inside, Stray From The Path
    03/24 Pensacola, FL Sluggos
    03/25 New Orleans, LA The High Ground
    03/26 Lewisville, TX Fat Daddy's
    03/27 Houston, TX Java Jazz
    03/28 Mission, TX Smoking Aces
    03/29 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
    03/30 El Paso, TX Chic's
    03/31 Mesa, AZ Cell Block
    04/02 San Diego, CA Soma
    04/03 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction
    04/04 Palmdale, CA Palmdale Veterans Hall
    04/05 Westlake, CA Kung Foo Corner
    04/07 Los Angeles, CA Knitting Factory
    04/08 Bakersfield, CA Studio 99
    04/09 Modesto, CA The Rock
    04/10 Fresno, CA The Exit
    04/11 San Jose, CA SJ Skate
    04/12 Sacramento, CA Boardwalk
    04/13 Salinas, CA Jump N' Around

    http://www.myspace.com/fate
  • CATTLE DECAPITATION begins work on new material & announces first live dates of 2008!

    Everyone’s favorite vegetarian grindcore band CATTLE DECAPITATION has begun writing material for their next album, due out in late 2008. This will be the band’s first recording with new drummer David Mcgraw (ex-Sleep Terror) who joined CATTLE DECAPITATION in fall of 2007.
    Cattle Decapitation has also lined up some local Southern California shows, including first time appearances at the Los Angeles Murder Festival and The Gathering of the Sick Festival. Updates to the venues and additional cities will be posted on Cattle Decapitation’s MySpace page and website shortly.

    03/07 Ventura, CA Mais Cafe
    03/08 Berkeley, CA The 924 Gilman Project
    04/05 Corona, CA Showcase Theatre w/ Anal Blast
    04/20 Hollywood, CA The Knitting Factory (Los Angeles Murder-fest)
    04/25 Bakersfield, CA TBA
    04/26 Lancaster, CA Schooners
    05/31 Albuquerque, NM Gathering of the Sick Festival (Venue TBD)

    http://www.myspace.com/cattledecapitation | http://www.cattledecapitation.com/
  • 3 announce tour dates with Chevelle! Progressive Nation tour dates with Dream Theater, Opeth, 3, and Between the Buried and Me announced!

    Woodstock, NY’s prog-rockers 3 are pleased to announce live performances with alternative rock trio Chevelle in March. 3 will be joining Chevelle on March 10, 11, and 12 for shows in North Carolina and Virginia.

    3 will be playing to support the February 18 re-release of 2007’s The End Is Begun. The audio CD will feature the 13 previously released explosive, mind boggling tracks as well as a bonus track; 3’s spin on the classic Pink Floyd song, “See Emily Play.” The bonus DVD will feature live performances of the songs “Monster”, “Bramfatura” and “Amaze Disgrace” (all songs from the band’s 2004 Metal Blade Records release, Wake Pig) from the Metal Blade 25th Anniversary show from Worcester, Massachusetts. Production videos of the songs “All that Remains” and “Alien Angel” will also be included on the bonus DVD.

    OUTBURN MAGAZINE says 3 “…bear[s] the mark of a truly talented band, [and] has once again pushed the boundaries to exciting new places…” with The End is Begun.

    Be sure to catch 3 at their upcoming shows with Chevelle in March…stay tuned for additional US dates. The End Is Begun: Special Edition hits streets February 18!!!

    3 w/ Chevelle:
    03/10 Fayetteville, NC Jesters
    03/11 Jacksonville, NC Hooligans
    03/12 Roanoke, VA Cattle Annie’s

    3
    Tour w/ Dream Theatre, Opeth, Between the Buried and Me
    05/02 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheater
    05/03 Oakland, CA Paramount Theater
    05/05 Seattle, WA Wamu Theater
    05/06 Vancouver, BC Orpheum
    05/09 Calgary, AB Macewan Hall
    05/10 Calgary, AB Macewan Hall
    05/12 Minneapolis, MN Myth
    05/13 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theater
    05/14 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
    05/16 Columbus, OH LC Amphitheater
    05/17 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Amphitheater at Tower City
    05/18 Albany, NY The Armory
    05/20 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater
    05/21 New York, NY Terminal 5
    05/22 New York, NY Terminal 5
    05/26 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
    05/27 Richmond, VA The National
    05/28 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
    05/30 Miami, FL The Fillmore
    05/31 Orlando, FL Hard Rock
    06/01 Tampa, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall

    www.theband3.com | www.myspace.com/3
  • HATE ETERNAL announces European tour!

    Florida Death Metal Kings HATE ETERNAL has announced the dates for the European tour in the spring which are as follows:

    FURY AND FLAMES EUROPEAN TOUR 2008
    Presented by Metal Hammer, Slam, Fuze, Metalnews.de
    Tour w/ Cephalic Carnage, Skeletonwitch, Deadborn
    05/09 Würzburg, DE AKW
    05/10 Leipzig, DE Conne Island
    05/11 Hamburg, DE Markthalle
    05/13 Prague, CZ Exit Chmelnice
    05/14 Wien, AT Arena
    05/15 Ljubljana, SI Gala Hala
    05/16 München, DE Feierwerk
    05/17 Verona, IT Lucille Club
    05/18 Rome, IT Alpheus Club
    05/20 Martigny, CH Les Caves du Manoir

    Tour w/ Cephalic Carnage, Skeletonwitch
    05/21 Nantes, FR Le Ferrailleur
    05/22 Irun, ES Tunk
    05/23 Braga, PT Junta Freguesia de Panoias
    05/24 Madrid, ES Ritmo & Compas
    05/25 Barcelona, ES Apolo 2
    05/26 Luynes/Marseille, FR Le Korigan

    Tour w/ Cephalic Carnage, Skeletonwitch, Deadborn
    05/28 Karlsruhe, DE Substage
    05/29 Bochum, DE Matrix
    05/30 Trier, DE Exhaus
    Tour w/ Cephalic Carnage
    05/31 Tilburg, NE 013

    Tour w/ Cephalic Carnage, Skeletonwitch, Man Must Die
    06/01 Cardiff, UK Barfly
    06/02 Glasgow, UK Barfly
    06/04 Dublin, IE Whelans
    06/05 Sheffield, UK Corporation
    06/06 London, UK Underworld

    Tour w/ Cephalic Carnage, Skeletonwitch
    06/07 Aarschot, BE JC de Klinker

    http://www.hateeternal.com | http://www.myspace.com/haeteternal

March 13th, 2008
  • MAGICIAN's debut album sold more than 1.000 copies in Japan in less than one month

    - The new album of the power metal band MAGICIAN, "Tales of the Magician", was released in Japan in December 19th by the label Soundholic (Grave Digger, Dark Funeral, Marduk, Evergrey, Nocturnal Rites, etc) and in less than one month sold more than 1.000 copies, a great achievement considering that it's their first album.

    Actually Magician is finishing the negotiations for a worldwide release, which shall happen in the next months.

    Recently the band posted online a video clip made for the song "Minstrel's Domain". Check it on Magician's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/magicianband or directly on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=74-RtN7pYdM

    www.magician.com.br
    www.myspace.com/magicianband
  • COSMOSQUAD ANNOUNCE FIRST EVER JAPANESE SHOWS!

    Acclaimed Southern California metal fusioneers COSMOSQUAD, featuring guitarist Jeff Kollman (GLENN HUGHES, MOGG/WAY), bassist Christopher Maloney (DWEEZIL ZAPPA, HARDLINE), and drummer Shane Gaalaas (B'Z, DIESEL MACHINE), have announced their first ever Japanese shows. The band will be playing a pair of double headers (showtime: 7pm and 9pm, respectively) in Osaka and Tokyo and also appear at the Musician's Institute in Tokyo (open to students only!).

    Exact dates and venues are as follows:

    March 12 - Live Square 2nd Line, Osaka, Japan
    March 14 - Shibuya Duo Music Exchange, Tokyo, Japan
    March 15 - Musician's Institute, Tokyo, Japan

    For more info (in Japanese) please visit http://www.hipjpn.co.jp/pc/04_art/268.html

    In related news, NAMM show 2008 live footage of COSMOSQUAD (with Glen Sobel (SIXX:A.M., JENNIFER BATTEN) filling in for Shane Gaalaas) performing 'Fat, Mean and Nasty' at the Fender Frontline stage has been posted at this location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-D0paVP_x_0

    The first ever COSMOSQUAD live DVD, filmed at the band's recent Musician's Institute gig in Hollywood, CA, is currently in the mixing stages and will be out sometime in the spring. The group's latest studio album, 'Acid Test', was released in 2007 and is available on Zain/Big M.F. in Japan and Marmaduke Records in the rest of the world.

    For more info, please visit:
    www.myspace.com/officialcosmosquad
    www.cosmosquad.com
  • SOILWORK Gearing Up for "Scum of the Earth" Tour!

    Swedish heavyweight titans, SOILWORK, will be returning to North America as direct support to THROWDOWN this February/March! Joining them on what has been dubbed “The Scum of the Earth” tour are THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and WAR OF AGES. These billboard charting Swedes have been touring tirelessly (aside from a little holiday gluttony) since the release of “Sworn to a Great Divide” last October. The band shows no signs of letting up and vows to tour even more throughout 2008! Vocalist Björn “Speed” Strid recently offered this message to all the fans and soon to be converts:

    “What up everyone!? SOILWORK has risen once again from all the Xmas/New Year's decadence (including too much Swedish herring, amber ales and what not). We’re ready to strike North America once again together with THROWDOWN, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and WAR OF AGES. It's going to be a long tour and as you can see by the tour schedule, it will cover a lot of cities. We’ll see all of you out there: long time fans, the newly converted, doubters etc. No matter who you are, prepare to be hit by the Swedish bulldozer! Also, watch out for the next video being worked on at the moment for the title track ‘Sworn to a Great Divide’!”

    Confirmed Dates:
    02/29/08 The Glasshouse – Pomona, CA
    03/01/08 Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ
    03/02/08 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM (Soilwork Only)
    03/03/08 The Door – Dallas, TX
    03/04/08 The White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
    03/05/08 Meridian – Houston, TX
    03/07/08 State Theater – Tampa, FL
    03/08/08 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    03/09/08 The Club (at Firestone) – Orlando, FL
    03/10/08 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
    03/11/08 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
    03/12/08 The Norva – Norfolk, VA
    03/13/08 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
    03/14/08 Crocodile Rock Cafe – Allentown, PA
    03/15/08 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
    03/16/08 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
    03/17/08 The Penny Arcade – Rochester, NY (Soilwork Only)
    03/18/08 The Blender Theater (at Gramercy) – New York, NY
    03/19/08 Club Soda - Montreal, QC – CANADA
    03/20/08 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
    03/21/08 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
    03/22/08 Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL
    03/23/08 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
    03/24/08 Reverb – Cedar Falls, IA
    03/25/08 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO
    03/26/08 Avalon Theatre – Salt Lake City, UT
    03/27/08 The Big Easy – Boise, ID
    03/28/08 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
    03/29/08 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
    03/31/08 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
    04/01/08 The Belmont – Fresno, CA
    04/02/08 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
    04/03/08 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

    SOILWORK sold 5,000 copies of its new album, "Sworn to a Great Divide", in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 148 on The Billboard 200 chart.

    Check out footage of Bjorn performing “Five Minutes Alone” by PANTERA with members of LAMB OF GOD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and DEVILDRIVER at this location. The footage was taken from a performance at the Nokia Theatre last December, on the bands last North American tour with the previously mentioned acts.
  • OM - East Coast shows canceled, major band announcements

    A statement from Om:

    "Om is continuing forward with a new drummer and working on a new recording. Please check the band's website and myspace page for updates.

    A live vinyl only LP "Om - Live at Jerusalem" will be forthcoming. This is Chris Hakius' final release with the group.

    I personally apologize to east coast fans who planned on coming out to the shows. Please know that Om will be back in your area later in 08.

    Thank you to all of you. Live dates resume in late spring. There is a LOT of new material on its way.
    Shrinebuilder is also forging ahead.

    See you all soon." - Al/Om

    www.omvibratory.com | www.myspace.com/variationsontheme
    www.southernlord.com | www.myspace.com/southernlordrecordings
  • Masterstroke to European tour!

    Finland's melodic heavy metallers MASTERSTROKE will head up for their first European tour with Jon Oliva's Pain (the mastermind of Savatage). Tour will start from Norway's Karmøygeddon Metal Festival on 25th of April. Caravan goes through Norway, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands. Tour will end 14th of May in Tilburg, Netherlands. Other support act on the tour is Manticora from Denmark.

    MASTERSTROKE's second album “Sleep” was released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on week 4. Album is already available world wide, excluding Japan where it will be released during March through Art Union. Since the release of “Sleep” in November 2007 MASTERSTROKE guys have dominated the stages with their catchy and atmospheric heavy metal music!

    European tour will include gigs:

    25.04. - NO - Haugesund @ Karmøygeddon Metal Festival
    26.04. - DK - Copenhagen @ The Rock
    28.04. - DE - Aschaffenburg @ Colos-Saal
    29.04. - AT- Wien @ Planet Music
    01.05. - CH - Pratteln @ Z7
    02.05. - IT- Piacenza @ Fillmore
    03.05. - IT - Florence @ Viper Club
    06.05. - ES - Vitoria @ Azkena
    07.05. - ES - Madrid @ Caracol
    08.05. - ES - Barcelona @ Salamandra 1
    13.05. - DE - Essen @ Turock
    14.05. - NL - Tilburg @ 013

    Masterstroke official | Masterstroke MySpace | More information
  • OverMaster: New band for Gus and Carlos

    OverMaster is a new project started by Gus Gabarrò (ex White Skull vocalist) and Carlos (ex Skylark drummer). The songs are ready in pre-production and the band will start recording next months. OverMaster sound is an aggressive Power Metal in teutonic style, with a touch of '80 sound and all the passion of the two musicians. Complete line up will be announced soon.
  • THE SECRET - the Italian Battalion set to unleash Disentoxication

    Eastern Italy has never been know as a hotbed for things that are ugly or brutal, but the unassuming Eastern city of Trieste has unleashed one of the most fierce and destructive forces from the country’s music scene in the form of THE SECRET. After wowing many with their 2004 debut Luce, the band, now slimmed down to a quartet after some personnel changes, are back in a big way, literally blowing the roof off their debut with an album that is heavier, more frantic and rawer than anything else they've ever done. Their upcoming album Disentoxication - their second release for Goodfellow Records, due out February 26th - is a punishing slab of metallic, murderous riffing and relentless powerhouse breakdowns.

    Two new tracks from Disintoxication are available at the band's Myspace now. Instead of recording at home in Italy, this time around the band left their native country for the desolate, rural surroundings of Umea, Sweden to work with famed producer Magnus Lindberg at Tonteknik Recording. Disintoxication means leaving behind your bad situations and bad influences which slowly start destroying your life. Many of the lyrics are about loneliness and isolation; others are just a middle finger in the face of comfortable regular life. It’s all about the struggle you face when you have to take distance from someone or something you love but you know you can’t go on with, like a rehab. It’s about sleepless nights and desperation as well as spitting in the face of the world.

    Disintoxication is shipping now to press, interviews are available upon request. The band has random shows and tours scheduled now through the summer strewn about Europe, with an upcoming North American tour in the scheming stages now. Contact the Earsplit Compound with all requests.

    www.myspace.com/thesecret
    www.goodfellowrecords.com | www.myspace.com/goodfellowrecords
  • CAVALERA CONSPIRACY - INFLIKTED Due Out March 25th, 2008 on Roadrunner Records

    CAVALERA CONSPIRACY: MAX & IGGOR REUNITE
    THEY UNLEASH THE BEAST - FIRST ALBUM TOGETHER IN 10 YEARS

    INFLIKTED Due Out March 25th, 2008 on Roadrunner Records

    New York, NY: The sun shines in Metal as the two most influential brothers reunite after 10 years of silence. Max and Iggor Cavalera have formed the Cavalera Conspiracy and will release their first album INFLIKTED to the world March 25th, 2008 on Roadrunner Records. “Cavalera Conspiracy is about a sense of being unleashed,” says vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera. “You bottle a monster for 10 years and then let it out. It’s explosive, and we waited a long time for this beast to be set free.”

    What all Sepultura fans have hoped and waited for finally happened on August 17th 2006 in Tempe Arizona. Max and Iggor, the Cavalera brothers, finally reunited. Soulfly played a show in memory of Dana Wells (D-Low), the stepson of Max and son of Gloria Cavalera, whose death changed the life of the family forever. However, this brought back the force of friendship and family when Iggor Cavalera stepped on stage, almost in secret. He joined the band in the drum jam and in continuation he took a seat behind the drums. With the first sounds of “Attitude” the crowd realized who was keeping time behind Max and the band. They went wild. “Once we hit the first note, it felt like a bomb had dropped on stage,” exclaims Iggor. “From that moment on, I knew we needed to do something together musically.”

    This amazingly phenomenal show will go down in every heavy metal encyclopedia as the historic moment when the brothers Cavalera joined forces again. “There was over 10 years of not seeing or talking to each other at all, which is a long ass time,” explains Max. That’s what made it more special when it did finally happen.

    Cavalera Conspiracy consists of Max Cavalera (vocals/rhythm guitar), Iggor Cavalera (drums/percussion), Marc Rizzo (lead/rhythm guitars), and Joe Duplantier (bass). INFLIKTED is the long-awaited moment providing Metal a new era with the Cavalera Brothers. In the veins of Sepultura with a twist, the band turns back to heavier and darker material giving their fans exactly what they have been waiting for. Max’s vocals explodes onto the 11 tracks of INFLIKTED joined with the pounding of Iggor’s drum beats, Marc Rizzo’s shred slicing guitar and Joe Duplantier thumping bass lines. “When I listen to the album, it sounds old school, but new in its own way,” explains Iggor. “It’s a mix of both worlds.”

    Recording took place this past July at Undercity Studios in Los Angeles, with Logan Mader (former Machine Head guitarist) and Lucas Banker of the Dirty Icon production team. Rex Brown (Pantera, Down) cameos on bass on Ultra-Violent, and Black Ark features a collaboration with Max, Joe and Richie Cavalera (Incite) all on vocals.

    Tours dates for the Cavalera Conspiracy to be announced in spring. INFLIKTED is currently scheduled for release via Roadrunner Records internationally on March 24th and in North America on March 25th.

    The tracklist for the album is as follows:
    'Inflikted',
    'Sanctuary',
    'Terrorize',
    'Black Ark',
    'Ultra-Violent',
    'Hex',
    'The Doom Of All Fires',
    'Bloodbrawl',
    'Hearts Of Darkness
    'Nevertrust'
    'Must Kill'.

    www.cavaleraconspiracy.com and www.myspace.com/cavaleraconspiracy
  • GUITAR ICON - STEVE STEVEN’S of BILLY IDOL releases MEMORY CRASH

    FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN OVER 10 YEARS on MAGNA CARTA RECORDS MARCH 4TH, 2008

    HOLLYWOOD – After a decade, the much anticipated Steve Stevens solo release is invading the world - MEMORY CRASH releases March 4th, 2008 on Magna Carta Records.

    Steven’s spent the last few years out on tour in support of Idols album “The Devils Playground.” Once off tour, Stevens spent time orchestrating his new album and signed to Magna Carta Records. He spent the last year meticulously laying down the tracks to his newest guitar masterpiece.

    Choosing a very retro-contemporary style, Stevens decided he would make this a very real and well conceived album, something that has not been heard in years. Reasserting the quality that made him a star, Stevens just calls it good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll. It’s just Steve Stevens, his guitar, and his beloved effects – all the ingredients that make's this album a work of genius.

    MEMORY CRASH boasts such tracks as “Water on Ares”, “Hellcats Take the Highway”, “Small Arms Fire”, an interpretation of Robin Trower’s’ “Day of the Eagle” (featuring Dug Pinnick of King’s X), and the rousing/psychedelic “Cherry Vanilla.” “I have a lot of weird little segues going on with this record,” Stevens explains. “I’ve always loved that about the prog records, like Dark Side of the Moon. You enter this little theater of the mind. It’s a true headphone experience.”

    Guitar World magazine once said that Steve Stevens “orchestrates the growls and snarls that come of his guitar much the same way that Bernstein conducts the Philharmonic.” It’s this variety of aural characteristics that also explains Stevens’ musical career path. Not only is he the longtime musical partner and friend of British punk-rock icon, Billy Idol—together delivering the million-selling albums BILLY IDOL, REBEL YELL, WHIPLASH SMILE, VITAL IDOL, GREATEST HITS as well as a new CD, DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND—but he’s a Grammy Award winner (Best Rock Instrumental for his work on the TOP GUN Soundtrack), a sought-after songwriter (co-wrote “Bolero” for the ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO Soundtrack), a noted session guitarist (Michael Jackson, the late Robert Palmer, The Cars Ric Ocasek and most recently, Pink), and a solo artist with two vastly divergent albums, rock ‘n rolling ATOMIC PLAYBOYS and the Latin-influenced FLAMENCO A GO GO. Not bad for a shy kid from the rough and tumble section of the Ramones’ Rockaway, Queens on the edge of New York City.

    MEMORY CRASH was recorded and engineered by Steve Stevens and Beazle T. Monk at the Purple Room. Brian Tichy (Billy Idol/drummer) plays all percussion and drums, Stevens’ plays guitar and all other instruments.

    For more information please go to www.stevestevens.net or www.magnacarta.com
  • FATALIST signs to Ibex Moon Records

    Ibex Moon Records are proud to announce the signing of FATALIST from Ventura, CA. FATALIST features members Wes Caley (ex-Exhumed, ex-Uphill Battle), Neil Burkdoll (ex-Stump, Dirty Dead), Tyler Castro and Art Hayes. They formed in the spring of 2006 and write music reminiscent of Entombed, Nihilist, Grave, Dismember and Unleashed. FATALIST's demo CD entitled "Loss" was self-released in November of 2007.

    Check out their myspace page http://www.myspace.com/fatalist666

    John McEntee, Owner of Ibex Moon Records:

    "I was blown when I first heard this band. They have such a sincere heavy, catchy and aggressive death metal vibe. It reminded me of the first time I heard some of the classic Scandinavian death metal bands of the late 80's early 90's. I feel that FATALIST is a extremely promising band and will be a staple of the worldwide death metal scene. I'm proud to have them as a part of the Ibex Moon roster."

    Neil Burkdoll states, "We are really excited and happy to be working with Ibex Moon. With bands like Nominon, Funerus, and Incantation, how can you go wrong? John has been very supportive of us and we look forward to releasing a great album in 2008."

    Die Crawling Media:
    http://www.diecrawlingmedia.com

    Ibex Moon Records:
    http://www.ibexmoonrecords.com
  • FIREWIND post new track “Mercenary Man” @ MySpace!

    Greek melodic metal masters FIREWIND are glad to premier the first track taken off their forthcoming, much anticipated fifth album “The Premonition” at MySpace. The song is entitled “Mercenary Man” and will also be released as a CD-single in the band’s home country, so check it out now @ www.myspace.com/firewind!

    Furthermore, the band has just unveiled the track-listing for “The Premonition”, scheduled for a release on March 24th in Europe:

    FIREWIND – “The Premonition” CD:
    1. Into The Fire
    2. Head Up High
    3. Mercenary Man
    4. Angels Forgive Me
    5. Remembered
    6. My Loneliness
    7. Circle Of Life
    8. The Silent Code
    9. Maniac
    10. Life Foreclosed

    Bandleader and guitar-wizard Gus G. advances some own words about the new material:
    “Although the CD starts out with a pretty intense song (“Into The Fire”) which is like a six and half minute riffing, shredding and double bass madness, the next few songs are what I’d call modern hard rock – if I HAVE to put a tag on it!

    I think there’s a lot of cool guitar stuff all over the album and generally this is a more guitar-oriented effort. Our influences draw from Thin Lizzy to Black Sabbath and Megadeth and you can clearly hear that on the riffs and guitar melodies.

    Songwriting-wise I think all songs are special and once again everyone was involved in the writing – we basically kept the Allegiance “winning team” together.

    Thus, we once again recorded and mixed @ Studio Fredman in Sweden. Fredrik really knows the sounds we’re after and delivers it in no time! We tried a few different things in the engineering this time – mainly with the drums and guitars and I feel we have a pretty tight, bone crushing Metal sound.

    As for surprises we decided to cover the 80s pop smash hit, “Maniac”, not because we’re such lovers of the film “Flashdance”, but because it’s a kick ass song, period. Who knows, maybe we’ll get to do a remake of that famous video one day!”

    “The Premonition” was mastered at Peter in de Betou’s Tailor Maid Productions (Dark Tranquillity, Meshuggah, etc.) and offers about everything that a lover of quality modern melodic metal can ask for. FIREWIND’s ability to combine heavy riffing and classic metal structuring with immense catchiness and glorious hooklines all in an up-to-date and ever-entertaining way are outstanding and triumphantly elevate
    “The Premonition” to become of the melodic metal genre’s early highlights for 2008. Witness FIREWIND live in Europe throughout April and May at the following dates:

    ics festival service, rock hard magazine, hardy.tv, wacken radio, wacken roadshow & metaltix.com presents:

    KAMELOT, FIREWIND, FOREVER SLAVE
    04.04.2008 UK, London @ Carling Academy
    05.04.2008 UK, Wolverhampton @ Wulfrun
    06.04.2008 NL, Amsterdam @ Paradiso
    09.04.2008 BEL, Antwerpen @ Hof Ter Lo
    10.04.2008 GER, Saarbrücken @ Garage
    11.04.2008 F, Paris @ Elysee Montmartre
    12.04.2008 SWI, Pratteln @ Z7
    13.04.2008 ITA, Milano @ Alcatraz
    16.04.2008 GRE, Athens @ Fuzz Club
    17.04.2008 GRE, Thessaloniki @ Ydrogeios
    18.04.2008 BUL, Sofia @ Hristov Botev
    19.04.2008 SER, Beograd @ SKC
    20.04.2008 HUN, Budapest @ Wigwam
    21.04.2008 GER, Reichenbach/Vogtl. @ Neuberinhaus
    22.04.2008 GER, München @ Backstage
    23.04.2008 GER, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
    24.04.2008 GER, Essen @ Weststadthalle
    25.04.2008 GER, Hamburg @ Markthalle
    28.04.2008 FIN, Helsinki @ Tavastia
    29.04.2008 FIN, Oulu @ Teatria
    01.05.2008 SWE, Stockholm @ Klubben
    02.05.2008 SWE, Gothenburg @ Trädgarn
    03.05.2008 N, Oslo @ Sentrum Scene

    www.firewind.gr
  • MAROON touring with Chimaira and The Sorrow

    Modern metal outfit MAROON are definitely not resting on their laurels for their last effort “The Cold Heart Of The Sun”. Right after finalising a crushing, in various locations sold out tour with labelmates BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART as well as some of UK’s finest, Bring Me The Horizon and Architects, Germany’s busiest touring band is already confirmed for their next European run in March and April. Singer Andre Moraweck comments:

    “Hey Marooniacs,
    We just got back from the tour with our bros from Bring Me The Horizon, Architects and Blessed By A Broken Heart... We would like to thank everybody who toured with us for the past 2 weeks - all the bands, crew and fans. Most of the shows were sold out weeks before the tour started. Thanxxx again for the amazing support from you, our fans!

    We’re happy to announce that the next tour is already booked and we’re ready to attack mother Europe again. This time it’ll be with the American band Chimaira and our friends from The Sorrow. Check the dates and see all of you soon!” (Andre, Maroon)

    Make sure to catch this package on one of the following dates:

    MAROON w/ Chimaira & The Sorrow
    11.03. (NL) Amsterdam - Melkweg
    12.03. (D) Hamburg - Markthalle
    13.03. (DK) Aarhus - Train
    14.03. (D) Berlin - SO36
    15.03. (PL) Warsaw - Progresja
    16.03. (CZ) Prague - Rock Café
    18.03. (D) Munich - Backstage
    19.03. (A) Vienna - Arna
    20.03. (SLO) Ljubljana - Media Park
    21.03. (I) Bologna - Estragon
    22.03. (A) Innsbruck - Hafen
    23.03. (D) Frankfurt - Batschkapp
    24.03. (CH) Pratteln - Z7
    26.03. (F) Marseille - Escape Julien
    27.03. (E) Barcelona - Salamandra
    28.03. (E) Madrid - Copornica
    29.03. (E) Vigo - A
    30.03. (E) Irun - Tunk
    01.04. (D) Saarbruecken - Roxy
    02.04. (F) Paris - La Locomotive
    03.04. (UK) Norwich - Waterfront
    04.04. (UK) Sheffield - Corporation
    05.04. (UK) Glasgow - Yvory Black
    06.04. (UK) Bristol - Bierkeller
    08.04. (UK) Nottingham - Rock City
    09.04. (UK) London - Carling Academy
    10.04. (D) Essen - Zeche Carl

    Obviously, the above mentioned won’t be the only dates to see Maroon live on stage for the rest of 2008:
    08.02. (D) München - Backstage
    09.02. (GR) Athen - An Club
    29.02. (D) Marburg - KfZ
    07.03. (D) Freising - Lindenkeller
    02.05. (B) Arlon - Nuits de ‘Entrepot
    03.05. (D) Neu Wulmstorf - Metal Bash Festival
    13.06. (D) Frankfurt - CCL-Festival
    20.06. (A) Salzburg - Summer Nights Festival
    21.06. (D) Trier - Summerblast Festival
    19.07. (D) Osterode - Rockharz Festival

    To check out some songs from their much lauded album “The Cold Heart Of The Sun” and watch the video clip for “Reach (The Sun)” visit www.myspace.com/maroonhate.

    www.maroonhate.com
  • HEAVEN SHALL BURN "Endzeit" clip premiered @ MySpace

    The stunning new video for HEAVEN SHALL BURN’s “Endzeit“ has just been premiered at MySpace, to watch it simply visit www.myspace.com/officialheavenshallburn or click HERE!

    While filming the clip with director Philipp Hirsch (www.film-m.de) the band was temporarily arrested during their subversive activities; guitarist Maik Weichert explains what actually happened:

    "While we were shooting the video for “Endzeit“, me and Marcus were dressed as service technicians and installed several cameras in the pedestrian and other public areas of Leipzig’s city centre. Of course it was fake cameras, but they looked pretty real.

    While we were preparing the observation of the local branch office of a well-known fast food company, four police officers approached us and asked us what we were doing. Apparently worried citizens had called the cops telling them something suspicious was going on. I asked them if those “worried citizens” really meant us as there are many suspicious people walking around in the city of Leipzig! One of the policemen thought this was funny, another was seriously pissed off and the remaining two cops did not seem to get the joke, I think.

    Afterwards they got a little rougher and threatened to take us into custody. We were basically left with two options: Either we could shoot them down and bail, or simply solve the situation by showing them the camera man’s press card, what we eventually did. After the officers had contacted the police station and double-checked with their chief they let us go. Of course we were smart enough to secretly film the incident and it will always be a highly entertaining part of our private video collection. Unfortunately, we can not post it, but anyway once again we were almost arrested, but you have to take risks if you want to be metal!”

    The band’s new album has just been released and the limited edition of “Iconoclast” is sold out at the Century Media warehouse and there is also no stock left in the warehouse of our German distributor. All available copies are already in the shops, so no shop will have the chance to restock the limited edition of “Iconoclast”. Needless to say that this special item will not be reprinted!

    Visit the brand-new “Iconoclast” microsite for more info and a clip from the already legendary Wacken 2007 show, which is available in its entirety on the bonus DVD of the aforementioned limited edition:
    http://ecard.centurymedia.com/heavenshallburn_iconoclast

    Also, you can find the log in information in the booklet of “Iconoclast” to have access to the log in section of the microsite where you will be able to download exclusive wallpapers and a screensaver.

    German press is excited about “Iconoclast”:
    Album of the month / Rock Hard
    Album of the month / Legacy
    Soundcheck #2 / Metal Hammer

    In March/April, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, their label mates ABORTED and Misery Speaks will also play a short European tour, so see below for the exact dates & be there!

    “Iconoclast – Part I”
    HEAVEN SHALL BURN
    Special Guests: Aborted & Misery Speaks
    präsentiert von Myspace.com, Rock Hard, Fuze, Slam
    28.03. (B) Brugge - Entreepot
    29.03. (D) Lingen - Alter Schlachthof
    30.03. (NL) Hellendorn - De Lantaarn
    31.03. (D) Cologne - Werkstatt
    01.04. (UK) Sheffield - Corporation
    02.04. (UK) London - Underworld
    03.04. (NL) Den Bosch - W2
    04.04. (F) Paris - Le Nouveau Casino
    05.04. (I) Ravenna - Rock Planet Club
    06.04. (CH) Zuerich - Abart [+Neaera]
    07.04. (D) Stuttgart - Röhre [+Neaera]
    08.04. (CZ) Prague - Rock Café
    09.04. (D) Berlin - Columbia Club [+Neaera]

    Right afterwards the band will tour the US for the first time ever with Embrace The End and Ghost Inside!

    www.myspace.com/officialheavenshallburn
    www.heavenshallburn.com
  • YAKUZA posts “Black Market Liver” music video online

    Chicago's YAKUZA has posted a video for the track "Black Market Liver," which appears on the band's latest effort, 'Transmutations.' Directed by Sara Jean, the four-minute clip features video imagery, apt to YAKUZA’s unique sound, and can be seen online here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptPLaObjGO8.

    Also in YAZKUA news, the band is currently in the midst of booking tour dates to head down south for the South By Southwest music festival before heading up the West Coast and into Canada. A handful of dates have been confirmed already, and more will be available shortly. YAKUZA has been confirmed to share the stage this weekend at the House of Blues Chicago on labelmates All That Remains’ headlining run when it swoops through The Windy City.

    YAKUZA on tour
    2/10 Chicago, IL – House of Blues (with All That Remains, Chimaira)
    2/23 Blue Island, IL – Kelley’s Irish Pub
    2/29 Chicago, IL – Metro
    3/09 St. Louis, MO – Creepy Crawl
    3/10 Memphis, TN – Black Lodge Video
    3/11 Fayetteville, AR – Old Post Office
    3/13 Austin, TX - TBA
    3/14 Austin, TX - TBA
    3/15 Austin, TX - TBA
    3/16 San Antonio, TX – The Crossing (post-SXSW BBQ and bands)
    3/17 El Paso, TX – Mulligans Shot Bar (with The Sixth)
    3/24 San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room
    3/26 Portland, OR - Rotture
    3/27 Tacoma, WA – Hell’s Kitchen
    3/28 Kamloops/Kelowna, BC - TBA
    3/29 Calgary, Alberta - TBA
    3/30 Edmonton, AB - TBA
    3/31 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - TBA
    4/1 Regina, SK - TBA
    4/2 Winnipeg, Manitoba - TBA

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • MASCOT RECORDS INVADES THE USA

    THERE’S A NEW LABEL IN TOWN and THEY ARE TO BE RECKONED WITH

    HOLLYWOOD – As of February 1st, 2008 Mascot-Provogue Records will have offices in the United States, wielding a roster of the biggest and the best artists known. The company has so far established itself in Europe as an independent label with various genres of rock, from blues to jazz to metal and everything in between.

    Mascot-Provogue BV is a Dutch company grounded by Ed van Zijl who worked for Roadrunner Records in The Netherlands from 85 till ’92. The company was founded in 1993 as Mascot Records. The first successes came with Swedish bands B-Thong, Eleven Pictures, Ancient Rites, Transport league and Sadus. Later, Mascot followed their initial artists with Racer X, Paul Gilbert solo, Marty Friedman, John Norum, Jake E lee, Everon, Michael Schenker Group and Masters of Reality. Recent success in Europe has been John 5 and new rockabilly metal band Volbeat from Denmark.

    In 1998 Mascot bought the Provogue Records label and moved in the more blues oriented market with success stories like Joe Bonamassa and recently added artists such as Walter Trout and Monte Montgomery.

    In 2008 the company has moved into the North American market with the first releases being on the Mascot Records label. A few of the 2008 releases include:

    VOLBEAT – Platinum recording artist from Denmark who is one of the music revelations from the European scene. The band will tour US in September 2008 – click here to get a glimpse of things to come: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mV_HHL-h6g

    SCIENCE FAXTION – fabulous rock project with Bootsy Collins/Buckethead/Brain

    WALTER TROUT – one of the truly blues rock greats (new album out in June/produced by John Porter)

    This is a new USA label to watch for as their motto is “IN ROCK WE TRUST.” For more information on the labels roster www.mascotrecords.com or www.provoguerecords.com
  • Roskilde Festival 2008 / Pilgrimz (DK)

    PILGRIMZ (DK) has just been announced to play Roskilde Festival 2008 along with bands such as BAND OF HORSES (US), CLUTCH (US), ENTER SHIKARI (UK), JOB FOR A COWBOY (US) and many more!

    Roskilde Festival wrote:

    “PILGRIMZ (DK) are dirty like a mechanic's sweat cloth. Some critics have compared their rocking and rolling metal to a toughened up version of The Hives. But when listening to lead singer Max Vegas, you are also easily reminded of a Danish cousin to Pantera's Phil Anselmo.”

    We’ll announce record label and release date for PILGRIMZ debut album within a few months – but expect the album to be out during the spring of 2008. Furthermore, Pilgrimz has just signed European booking deals with Go Down Believing (HateSphere, Betzefer, Dismember) and Loud Noise (Pro-Pain, Sepultura). 3rd Tsunami Agency (Hatebreed, Volbeat) is presenting the band in Scandinavia.

    *Contact Dream Fire Agency for questions regarding Pilgrimz and this press release.
    *Press Picture (HS) attached.

    Useful links:

    www.pilgrimzband.com & www.roskilde-festival.dk
  • BLACK COMEDY DEBUT ALBUM DETAILS REVEALED

    OSLO, NORWAY - New Norwegian modern metallers BLACK COMEDY, will release their debut album 'Instigator' through Season of Mist on 18th February 2008 in Europe and 26th February 2008 in the USA.

    'Instigator' was recorded at Strand Studio in Oslo Norway during 2007. The album was produced by Marius Strand and co-produced by Bjorn M. Borg. Described as a display of massive guitar riffing, powerful drums, synthetic leads and ear-shattering epic vocals, 'Instigator' will contain 12 tracks and the initial pressing will come in a limited edition deluxe metal box.

    The full tracklisting for 'Instigator' is

    1. The Emergence (Intro)
    2. Favourite Hateobject
    3. War Incognito
    4. Sum Of All Shit
    5. Prime Specimen
    6. Civil Paranoia
    7. At One With Decadence
    8. Lord Of Locust
    9. Inhale The Sulphur
    10. Crawl To Exceed
    11. Subtle Conversion (Sic Transit Gloria Mundi)
    12. Story Of The God, The Beast And The Fools Between

    Teaser tracks can be heard at www.myspace.com/blackcomedymetal

    The album artwork features a futuristic concept from designer Vidar Hofmo Bjølgerud at This Fading Dream Design.

    BLACK COMEDY is Jon E. Bergan (vocals), Marius Strand (guitars and vocals). Stefano Bardellotto (guitars and backing vocals), Bjorn M. Borg (synths and programming), Memnock (bass guitar) and Tjodalv (drums).

    Artist: BLACK COMEDY
    Title: INSTIGATOR
    Label: SEASON OF MIST
    Cat No: SOM173M
    Release Date:
    EUROPE / REST OF WORLD - 18th February 2008
    USA / CANADA- 26th February 2008

    www.season-of-mist.com

    www.blackcomedy.net - www.myspace.com/blackcomedymetal
  • Brand new track from FATE’s debut album Vultures now available!

    Head over to Fate’s MySpace page to check out ‘Your Creed is Greed’, the first track available from the bands upcoming Metal Blade debut Vultures. Hailing from Carmichael, California this five-piece band does not compromise the veracity of their music for anyone. Deeply influenced by all things extreme and thrashy, FATE has directed their intense admiration of metal into the focus needed to create music for a new generation of Metalheads! Speed, ferocity, and the ability to write viciously energetic songs will surely set FATE apart from other acts as they prepare to take the metal world by storm with their Metal Blade Records debut Vultures.

    Fate is currently gearing up to head out on the road with Dance Club Massacre, Catalepsy, and Blind Witness starting February 19th in Newport Beach, CA. Fate will be showcasing music off their April 29th release Vultures so make sure to catch the band to get a taste of the new album.

    FATE
    Tour w/ Dance Club Massacre, Catalepsy, Blind Witness
    02/19 Newport Beach, CA Hogue Barmichaels
    02/20 Downey, CA Epic Lounge
    02/22 Bakersfield, CA The Dome
    02/23 San Jose, CA San Jose Skate
    02/28 Fort Collins, CO CB & Potts Clubhouse
    02/29 Denver, CO Climax Lounge
    03/02 Sioux City, IA Eagles Club
    03/04 Fargo, ND Red Raven Espresso Parlor
    03/05 Buffalo, MN The Vault
    03/07 Cedar Rapids, IA The Warehouse
    03/08 South Bend, IN RPMP
    03/09 Louisville, KY Bulldog Cafe
    03/11 Franklin, IN Rooftop Music Venue
    03/12 Trenton, OH Trenton Fisherman's Club
    03/13 Tinley Park, IL Mojoes Rock House
    03/14 Lansing, MI Mac's Bar
    03/15 Westland, MI Skateland West
    03/16 Warren, MI Ritz Theatre

    http://www.myspace.com/fate
  • THE MASTER'S THRONE Records News

    KNEEL BEFORE THE MASTER'S THRONE Records is proud the present you some news and updates. Again, the label worked hard to get some killer tunes to be released, most of these scheduled for 2008. The most current and bestial information is to be found at the last part of that message here, so read carefully until the end…

    - NOCTURNAL – "Arrival of the Carnivore" 12" Picture Disc will be released within less than 14 days. Expect Unholy Thrash Metal from Germany. Influences are obviously taken from the old unholy trinity SODOM, DESTRUCTION and KREATOR. Of course, that release already is to be counted as one of the best thrashing assaults of the last time. Originally released by FROM BEYOND on CD and DEATHTRIKE RECORDS on vinyl, you know will have the change to get a very noble looking 12" Picture Disc within a cover-jacket. There are still some copies left, both regular and DIE HARD Version (including shirt, bottle-opener in shape of a button, featuring the cover-artwork and a shaped logo patch). All copies will come with an A1 poster, featuring also the cover-artwork. No further trades accepted.
    http://www.myspace.com/nocturnalthrash

    - GOSPEL OF THE HORNS – "Sinners/Monuments of Impurity" CD will be released within less than 5 days. The second pressing of that CD will be released within a cool digi-pack. The first 100 copies will come with a button and a shaped logo patch. Furthermore, we soon also expect the layout-material as well as the previously unreleased bonus-tracks from 1996 for the re-release of "THE SATANIST'S DREAM" CD/LP, both to be released by KNEEL BEFORE THE MASTER'S THRONE Records. No deadline has been fixed, but as soon as the layout will be put together we will ship everything to the pressing plant. Both versions of "Sinners/Monuments…" (Regular and the one with shaped patch and button are still available). Trades are accepted and appreciated, so get in touch with us.
    http://www.myspace.com/gospelofthehorns

    - METAL INQUISITOR "Garage Nights (Bootleg)" LP will be released at the 1st of March at their 10th anniversary gig in Koblenz, GERMANY. The songs got re-mastered at TOXOMUSIC which is known from bands such as DESASTER, OLD and NOCTURNAL. Besides their own songs in an even greater demo-version (rehearsal, 4/8 track recordings) you also will get some great yet unreleased cover-versions of WITCHFYNDE (Stab in the Back), JUDAS PRIEST (Invader) and more. The playing time will be around 49 Minutes and 12 songs will be pressed on that vinyl only release. The first 100 copies will come with a shaped logo patch and the vinyl colour will be white. Everything is at the pressing plant by now, the secure a release for the 1st of March. Pre-order/reservations will be accepted from the 15th of February.
    www.metal-inquisitor.de

    - 12th of April will be a killer date. HERETIC from the Netherlands will return with their first live gig since 8 years. We will celebrate that evening also with the release and re-release of "BLACK METAL HOLOCAUST" on vinyl and compact-disc. Die Hard version will be done for sure. The vinyl will come with the usual stuff like coloured vinyl, Shirt (black, three coloured print), shaped logo patch and a button. The CD Version will come with different button and shaped logo patch as well. At the same evening the DENIAL OF GOD THE DAWN OF AEMIZAEZ: DEMOS 1992-1993 LP and SHACKLES – COUP DE GRACE CD will be available, too. Pre-orders for all 4 releases will start at the 15th of March. Further news and updates you always can read first at our Homepage (inside the forum).
    http://www.myspace.com/denialofgod
    http://www.myspace.com/shacklesofdeath

    - Both LIVING DEATH 12" Picture LP's ("VENGEANCE OF HELL" and "METAL REVOLUTION") will be released before summer. Everything got fixed in the meantime, now we are waiting for the layout-material to work on these.

    - ACHERON – "Rites of the Black Mass" 12" D-LP still need to get the new cover-artwork by KRIS VERWIMP. After getting that we will start working on the layout.

    - SATANIC FUNERAL – Night of the Goat LP (lim. to 132 copies) will be released lately in summer.

    - KRATORNAS from the Philippines will soon deliver the songs for their 2nd full-length that we will release on CD and LP. KRIS VERWIMP also will be responsible for the art-work. If everything goes right, the songs will get their mastering at Swedish NECROMORBUS STUDIO (Watain, Funeral Mist, Nominon, Zarathustra and more).

    - ZARATHUSTRA from Germany will soon start to compose and record some new songs for their next M-CD/M-LP.

    And now the time has come to announce two new still-born yet desecrating babies:

    - OSMOSE PRODUCTIONS agreed to our plans to release the first four albums of SADISTIK EXEKUTION unto Picture Disc. We are still in negotiations about the details, but expect "The Magus" on Picture Disc lately in autumn/winter of 2008. Other albums will be "We are death…fukk you!", Fukk I and Fukk II – furthermore we will release the debut album of ROK – "THIS IS SATANIK" on black/coloured vinyl. Both Hellfukkers are proud to bring "Heinkel Hellfukker" and the other great songs finally unto vinyl. That album also celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2008, so a vinyl-release is a must to do.

    - Already to be released in June will be the (so far) one and only album of the morbid Swedish horde THORNIUM. Some of you might remember that strong black metal album from 1995. "DOMINIONS OF THE ECLIPSE" will be released on double vinyl, the first 100 copies on clear transparent vinyl and those also will come with a black shirt, an A1 poster, patch and button – 400 copies on black vinyl. Bonus-tracks on both editions will be their 3 song demo-tape "North Storms of the bestial Goatsign" from 1994. We got permission from both, the old label NECROMANTIC GALLERY PRODUCTIONS as well the band members Thypheus and Ulverheim. The band also is active again and negotiations to record and release a second album will be forged soon. The band is still full of hate, so we only can say:
    Welcome back to hell – the cult is alive.

    www.mastersthrone.de
    www.myspace.com/mastersthrone
  • Bobby Undertaker leaves Deathchain – new album in works

    ANNOUNCEMENT 2008

    We have decided to announce this due to all questions regarding the issue: Our long-time guitar player Bobby Undertaker has decided to step off from this roaring machinery. It did not come as a complete surprise but somehow it was inevitable, as one will find out when reading the Undertaker’s last obituary. It is with full understanding we part our ways with long-time friend and brother, so cheers to you and may Cthulhu guard your steps!!!

    B. UNDERTAKER’S STATEMENT:

    DEATHCHAIN has come to a point where in order to grow bigger and more known as a band, more and more tours outside Finland must be done. It seems that DEATHCHAIN is going to be pretty busy on that matter. That means months away from Finland and for me, also months away from my day job. In my current situation in life, that job is something I just can’t afford to lose. Especially when doing tours as a support, usually there’s no income of any kind and for me that situation is financially impossible. It’s not fair that the whole band would be held back just because of me. Furthermore, I totally agree with the rest of the band that using someone to replace me on tours is totally lame and just plain stupid. Either you’re in, or you’re out and I’m sad to announce that under these circumstances, I am out of DEATHCHAIN.

    This is probably the hardest decision I’ve ever made. DEATHCHAIN has been a huge part of my life. We have done three albums and over 100 shows all around Europe, I’ve made a lots of friends on our gigs and met great bands, not to mention the fellow band members who have become one of my best friends. I will continue playing and with Corpse we have agreed to work together in the future. I wish all the best for DEATHCHAIN and thank you for the best years of my life.

    Stay metal,
    B. Undertaker

    BLOOD IN – BLOOD OUT:

    We have found a new brother, who will join our hordes under the name of Kult! There is no need to write about his past in here, because the future will show you that he is the right man for the job. We are already writing the next opus and Kult is deeply involved in the writing process, this is how strongly we trust him. So greet him with a pint of lager when you see him on this year’s shows!
    -DEATHCHAIN Squad-

    RECORDINGS OF THE NEW ALBUM:

    DEATHCHAIN will head up to studio for the recordings of their fourth album on May. As an engineer and producer works band's long time live sound engineer Jari "Tupi" Tuomainen. Tupi handled the same duties on band's previous album “Cult Of Death” which was released on May 2007. “Death Eternal” is the working title of the upcoming album and it will be released at the beginning of October. Yet unnamed album will be released during the September / October. DEATHCHAIN is known from their furious live performances and uncompromising attitude towards their deathrashing mayhem!

    Deathchain official | Deathchain MySpace | More information
  • The Old Dead Tree News

    SPECIAL SHOW IN PARIS, Le Trabendo ON APRIL, 3RD !

    We would like to inform that THE OLD DEAD TREE will perform a special show in Paris, Le Trabendo on April, 3rd ! Some « old » stuff and covers among more traditional pieces will be played live. We will also announce a very special guest shortly…
    See you there !

    The Old Dead Tree Official Website
  • Martriden... The Unsettling Dark is claiming souls

    This anticipated full-length debut is everything fans to this rising young band have longed for... powerful musicianship, creative songwriting and talent in metallic spades. For the audio, The Unsettling Dark finds this four-piece reuniting with producer Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage). The results truly stand up to offerings from modern contemporaries all with years on them in both age and recording experience.The album also features guest appearance from James Murphy (Testament). For the visual, the band taps the services of Erik Olofsson (Cult of Luna, Khoma) to create a stunning package that further enhances the band’s overall concept and presentation. This musical journey will appeal to fans of Behemoth, Opeth, Nile and more.

    More news will develop tour and show-wise on the band over the coming weeks, so stay tuned. Promo copies of The Unsettling Dark, as well as interviews are available via phone and email as of right now. Let it roll!!

    www.martriden.com
    www.candlelightrecordsusa.com
  • ORCIVUS - Consummatum Est

    -- Next Horizon Records present

    We are proud to announce the first opus of Swedish act ORCIVUS! This masterpiece features eight tracks of Liturgical Black Metal performed in utmost splendour.

    This cd version is scheduled for release on the 20th of February and we are hereby taking pre-orders for the album. The retail price is 12 EUR; wholesalers please get in touch for more details.

    Click here for an mp3 sample!

    www.orcivus.com
    www.nexthorizon.org
    www.hiberica.com
  • DENIAL FIEND release an update for the fans!

    Kam Lee of DENIAL FIEND:

    "DENIAL FIEND is busy working on several things at the moment. First of all we've confirmed several U.S. festivals including the Los Angeles Murderfest in April, and the Central Ill Metal Fest later this July. We're also working on a few European festivals throughout the summer and will release more information as those dates get confirmed.

    Additionally DENIAL FIEND's been creating brand new material including two tracks, 'C.H.U.D.' ( Cannibalistic Humanoid Under Dweller ) - based on of the 1984 movie with the same title, and 'THE BLOOD REAPING' - which is based on of the horror comic strip called 'The Blood Reaping Of Dr. Gore' created by horror artist ZORNOW.

    I've been talking with artist ZORNOW about new art concepts and ideas for future DENIAL FIEND projects which will include new T-shirt designs, new album cover art as well as a mini horror/gore comic book by ZORNOW (to be included with the next DENIAL FIEND release.)

    Also in the works from my end... keep an eye out for the new release by the band BLOOD FREAK out on Razorback Records. Their new album is intitled - 'Scared Stiff' - and it was 'yours truly' that wrote the lyrics for the title track. I will hopefully be doing a guest vocal appearance on that track as well!

    So 2008 will be a Horrorfilled year indeed, with the Horror Metal Legion growing stronger and DENIAL FIEND leading the zombie hordes onward to cunsume as much fresh flesh and brains as we can devour!"

    Sam guitarist of DENIAL FIEND:

    "DENIAL FIEND will be playing on March 7th at the Crowbar in Tampa, FL. We will play several covers (Samhain, The Accused, Misfits) on top of our regular set showcasing songs from last year's debut full-length, "They Rise". The show will be recorded for a possible upcoming release on Ibex Moon Records sometime this year. We're proud to perform cover songs from bands that have influenced us greatly throughout the years. Hopefully we'll play a few of them good enough to be released. In any case, it'll be a lot of fun."

    Ibex Moon Records
    http://www.ibexmoonrecords.com
  • WITHERED offers up recording, touring update

    “We’re hard at work on the new album,” entitled ‘Folie Circulaire,’ says Atlanta’s WITHERED. “Preproduction has begun and we’re entering the studio on Feb. 23 with producer and friend Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness, Black Tusk). Some things worth mentioning: There will be a guest vocal appearance by Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway of Napalm Death and we’re recording a cover of Necrophobic’s ‘Into Armageddon.’ WITHERED is finally spreading the darkness to the West Coast and Southwest, too. And, we’re doing it solo! We’re bringing new merch as well. See all you west coast people in about a month!”

    ‘Folie Circulaire’ is the follow-up to 2005’s critically-acclaimed ‘Memento Mori,’ and will be the band’s Prosthetic Records debut. Tentatively scheduled for a May release, more information will be available shortly. An unnamed demo song from ‘Folie Circulaire,’ along with previous material, is available on WITHERED’s official MySpace page.

    WITHERED on tour
    3/14 Nashville, TN – The End (with Today Is The Day)
    3/15 Fayetteville, AR – The Dart Room
    3/17 Denver, CO – The Kingdom of Doom
    3/18 Salt Lake City, UT – Kamikaze’s (part of Metal Night)
    3/19 San Francisco, CA – Annie’s Social Club
    3/20 Los Angeles, CA – The Relax Bar (with The Funeral Pyre)
    3/21 San Marcos, CA – The Jumping Turtle
    3/22 Tempe, AZ – The Stray Cat
    3/23 Jaurez, Mexico – The Cave Club
    3/24 Lubbock, TX – Whiskey Dix
    3/25 Austin, TX – Red 7
    3/26 Houston, TX – Java Jazz
    3/28 Baton Rouge, LA – The Dark Room

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • WARMASTER signs with Dutch Metal Records!

    DUTCH METAL RECORDS has inked a deal with Dutch Metalheads WARMASTER! WARMASTER is set to release their long awaited debut-cd 'FIRST WAR' On March 24th.

    'First War' is recorded and mixed at A.M. Studio, which has worked for bands such as Infinited Hate, Funeral Winds, Dark Remains and many others. Robbe K is responsible for mastering 'First War'.

    WARMASTER will go on tour to support the release of 'First War', dates will be announced soon!

    WARMASTER has created an album which takes Death metal back to basics, yet agressive music and is determined to conquer the metal scene!

    Check out the track 'In Cold Blood' of the bands upcoming release 'FIRST WAR' here.

    Tracklisting 'First War'
    1. Testimony From The Grave
    2. Unleashing Devilment
    3. silent Scream
    4. Against Heavy Odds
    5. Psychological Suffering
    6. In Cold Blood
    7. Silent
    8. 1914

    WARMASTER is:
    Corne Bijlemeer - vocals
    Rik van Gageldonk - guitars
    Merijn Schenkels - guitars
    Alex Schluter - bass
    Andre van der Ree - drums

    http://www.warmaster.nl
    http://www.myspace.com/warmasterdeathmetal

March 6th, 2008
  • HIMSA - The Agony Scene drop out of "Summon In Thunder" tour, A Life Once Lost steps in!

    The management of Seattle-based metal outfit HIMSA has posted the following statement regarding The Agony Scene’s dropping out of the “Summon In Thunder” European tour:

    “Hello everyone,

    It is with regret we have to announce that the Agony Scene will not be taking part in the upcoming Himsa “Summon in Thunder” European Tour. Members of the band are dealing with some major personal situations that make performing on this tour impossible. A Life Once Lost (Ferret Records) will assume main support position on this tour. We wish Agony Scene the best of luck in resolving these issues.”

    After successfully touring with As I Lay Dying, Darkest Hour & Maroon in 2007, this is HIMSA first European headliner tour in support of their much lauded album “Summon In Thunder”, which was released via Century Media past September. HIMSA will summon all their metallic fury at the following dates:

    HIMSA
    A LIFE ONCE LOST
    TOO PURE TO DIE
    TED MAUL (UK Opener)
    ANTERIOR (Mainland Opener)
    presented by Metal.de, Metal Hammer (D), Fuze (D), Close Up (SWE), Toazted (NL), Allschools (D), MetalNews.de (D)
    29.02.2008 Germany – Saarbruecken, Roxy
    01.03.2008 Germany – Bochum, Matrix
    02.03.2008 Germany – Hamburg, Markthalle, MarX
    03.03.2008 Norway – Oslo, Garage
    04.03.2008 Sweden – Stockholm, Klubben
    05.03.2008 Sweden – Gothenburg, Musikens Hus
    06.03.2008 Germany – Berlin, Magnet
    07.03.2008 Germany – Rosswein, Juha
    08.03.2008 Austria – Vienna, Arena
    09.03.2008 Italy – Milano, Zoe Club
    10.03.2008 Germany – Munich, Feierwerk
    11.03.2008 Switzerland – Aarau, Kiff
    12.03.2008 Holland – Tilburg, O13
    13.03.2008 UK – Yeovil, The Orange Box
    14.03.2008 UK – Birmingham, Barfly
    15.03.2008 UK – Leeds, Rios
    16.03.2008 UK – Sheffield, Corporation
    17.03.2008 UK - Glasgow, Barfly
    18.03.2008 UK – Cardiff, Barfly
    19.03.2008 UK – London, Underworld
    20.03.2008 France – Paris, Locomotive
    21.03.2008 Belgium – Hasselt, Muziek-o-droom
    22.03.2008 Germany – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof

    Don’t forget to check out some HIMSA tunes & the video clip for “Big Timber” @ www.myspace.com/himsa

    Further info on HIMSA can be obtained at www.himsa.org
  • FIREWIND reveal album title & artwork for their new album; touring Europe with Kamelot in April/May 2008!

    Greek melodic metal sensation FIREWIND will release its successor to 2006’s highly acclaimed “Allegiance” album on March 24th, 2008. Guitarist Gus G. checks in with details on the programmatically entitled “The Premonition”:

    “The Premonition” is a strong title and our drummer Mark came up with the idea. A premonition means feeling something is about to happen. We’ve worked hard the past two years and we just have a premonition that 2008 is going to be a very fun and exciting year for us as we plan to visit again many places and countries and hope to play for our fans as well as make new ones!

    Of course, you can interpret the album title in any way you want. Some people might read our lyrics and see that at times they’re about the course of mankind and the so-called “end of days”. So maybe this could be taken also as a warning or omen, because it’s definitely something that has been on our minds lately.

    I feel that the new FIREWIND album is yet another step up in our career – musically speaking. Once again we aimed for a highly variable effort as I really don’t like those albums where you’ve listened to the first song and it’s like you heard them all! This doesn’t happen on a FIREWIND album and certainly not on the new one!

    Regarding touring, we’ll start off in Europe right after the album’s release and we’ll spend about five weeks on the road with Kamelot (we recently toured Japan with them and it was just fantastic!). We plan to return to the US right after that, but no dates are confirmed yet. Of course, a Japan and Pan-Asian tour is being planned currently as well as several appearances at summer festivals.

    // Gus G.”

    The artwork for “The Premonition” was created by Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes (www.abstrata.net) and you can now view it in higher resolution by clicking HERE!

    See FIREWIND touring all over Europe upon the release of the new album:

    ics festival service, rock hard magazine, hardy.tv, wacken radio, wacken roadshow & metaltix.com presents:

    KAMELOT, FIREWIND, FOREVER SLAVE
    04.04.2008 UK, London @ Carling Academy
    05.04.2008 UK, Wolverhampton @ Wulfrun
    06.04.2008 NL, Amsterdam @ Paradiso
    09.04.2008 BEL, Antwerpen @ Hof Ter Lo
    10.04.2008 GER, Saarbrücken @ Garage
    11.04.2008 F, Paris @ Elysee Montmartre
    12.04.2008 SWI, Pratteln @ Z7
    13.04.2008 ITA, Milano @ Alcatraz
    16.04.2008 GRE, Athens @ Fuzz Club
    17.04.2008 GRE, Thessaloniki @ Ydrogeios
    18.04.2008 BUL, Sofia @ Hristov Botev
    19.04.2008 SER, Beograd @ SKC
    20.04.2008 HUN, Budapest @ Wigwam
    21.04.2008 GER, Reichenbach/Vogtl. @ Neuberinhaus
    22.04.2008 GER, München @ Backstage
    23.04.2008 GER, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
    24.04.2008 GER, Essen @ Weststadthalle
    25.04.2008 GER, Hamburg @ Markthalle
    28.04.2008 FIN, Helsinki @ Tavastia
    29.04.2008 FIN, Oulu @ Teatria
    01.05.2008 SWE, Stockholm @ Klubben
    02.05.2008 SWE, Gothenburg @ Trädgarn
    03.05.2008 N, Oslo @ Sentrum Scene

    www.firewind.gr
    www.myspace.com/firewind
  • HEAVEN SHALL BURN confirm European & US headliner tours!

    Right on time with the release of their highly anticipated new opus "Iconoclast", HEAVEN SHALL BURN have just confirmed the dates of their European headliner tour, guitarist Maik Weichert comments as follows:

    "Along with our release shows in Germany, we’re glad to announce our headliner tour running also through several European countries. Besides playing our new songs to the European fans we will use this opportunity to cover some white spots in our home country. With this tour we try to focus on some countries that we haven’t visited for quite a while, but that have been very supportive to us in the past.Furthermore, we’re thrilled to finally celebrate the “birthday” of our new record and despite the fact that we already know how our new baby looks and sounds, it is always a special moment to finally see it hit the stores. We hope you will love the new HSB-family member as much as we do!

    If you plan on getting it make sure to grab a copy of the limited edition of HEAVEN SHALL BURN’s “Iconoclast”, because we do not have any extra stock available. It is officially sold out from the Century Media Records warehouse. In Germany it is even a little more dramatic: There is no stock left in the warehouse of our German distributor. All available copies are already in the shops, so no shop will have the chance to restock “Iconoclast”. Needless to say that this special item will not be reprinted!

    “Iconoclast” will be released in Europe on the following dates:
    GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, January 25, 2008.
    UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, January 28, 2008.
    SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, January 29, 2008.
    SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, January 30, 2008.

    It is available as CD, LP (incl. the bare CD as bonus) as well as limited edition Mediabook CD plus DVD (incl. their entire, 45min. Wacken Open Air 2007 show, “Counterweight” video clip and photo gallery). Furthermore, the CD also includes an animated “Iconoclast” synopsis allowing you additional insights into the thought provoking concept of the new album. Visit the brand-new “Iconoclast” microsite for more info & a clip from the aforementioned Wacken show:

    http://ecard.centurymedia.com/heavenshallburn_iconoclast

    Also, you can find the log in information in the booklet of “Iconoclast” to have access to the log in section of the microsite where you will be able to download exclusive wallpapers and a screensaver.
    German press is also excited about “Iconoclast”:

    Album of the month / Rock Hard

    Album of the month / Legacy

    Soundcheck #2 / Metal Hammer

    HEAVEN SHALL BURN live release shows:
    08.02. Munich (D) @ Backstage (+ Maroon, Deadlock, Silent Decay)
    09.02. Athens (GR) @ AN Club
    15.02. Jena (D) @ F-Haus (+ Neaera, Narziss, Caliber)
    16.02. Essen (D) @ Rise Or Die Festival / JUZ Papestr. (+ Backfire, Cataract & more, http://www.riseordie.net)
    23.02. Wien (AT) @ Planet Music

    “THE FINAL RESISTANCE TOUR 2008”
    HEAVEN SHALL BURN
    Special Guests: Aborted & Misery Speaks
    presented by Rock Hard, Slam Zine & MySpace.com

    28.03. Brugge (B), Entreepot
    29.03. Lingen (D), Alter Schlachthof
    30.03. Hellendorn (NL), De Lantaarn
    31.03. Cologne (D), Werkstatt
    01.04. Sheffield (UK), Corporation
    02.04. London (UK), Underworld
    03.04. Den Bosch (NL), W2
    04.04. Paris (F), Le Nouveau Casino
    05.04. Ravenna (I), Rock Planet Club
    06.04. Zurich (CH), Abart*
    07.04. Stuttgart (D), Röhre*
    08.04. Prag (CZ), Rock Café
    09.04. Berlin (D), Columbia Club*

    *with Special Guests Neaera, Aborted, Misery Speaks

    Furthermore HEAVEN SHALL BURN will embark upon their first US Tour this spring alongside Embrace The End and The Ghost Inside.

    The band is ecstatic for the tour with guitarist Maik Weichert commenting on it saying:

    "Believe it or not, we´re coming!!! We´re more than happy to announce our first US tour, after so many years it worked out at last! We´re so looking forward to finally play live for you!!! By the start of the tour our new record "Iconoclast" will be released as well, so be prepared for some new stuff as well. Hope to meet you guys out there, we´re ready to kick some asses, join us!!!"

    Tickets can be purchased for the Heaven Shall Burn, Embrace The End and The Ghost Inside tour now at: www.enterthevault.com.

    4/11 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
    4/12 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
    4/13 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
    4/16 St Paul, MN @ Station 4
    4/17 Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
    4/18 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
    4/19 Toronto, ONT @ Wreck Room
    4/20 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
    4/21 Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
    4/22 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
    4/23 Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah
    4/24 West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx Nightclub
    4/25 Pompton Lakes, NJ @ Mainstage

    www.myspace.com/officialheavenshallburn
    www.heavenshallburn.com
    www.centurymedia.com
  • ZIMMERS HOLE - announces new album title and track listing; posts cover art and new track online!

    With a wicked, twisted sense of humor and an undying love for true metal, guitarist Jed Simon (Tenet, SYL) and bass player Byron Stroud (Fear Factory, SYL) pay homage to the genre by celebrating its eccentricities in their Canadian quartet, ZIMMERS HOLE. Rounded out by their certifiable vocalist The Heathen and long-time biggest fan Gene Hoglan (Dethklok, SYL) on drums, THE HOLE, as they are affectionately known by their loyal legion of miscreant followers, will reach worldwide audiences for the first time with their third full-length, “When You Were Shouting At the Devil, We Were In League With Satan”. The much anticipated offering, produced by the infamous Devin Townsend (Darkest Hour, Lamb of God), will be released in Europe on the following dates:

    GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, BENELUX, ITALY: Friday, March 14th, 2008
    UK, FRANCE, NORWAY, REST OF EUROPE: Monday, March 17th, 2008
    SPAIN, PORTUGAL: Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
    SWEDEN, FINLAND, HUNGARY: Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

    The album’s title track is currently streaming on the band’s official MySpace page (www.myspace.com/zimmershole), so head on over now to check it out. A video for the track will also be shot in the coming weeks. The disc’s cover art by renowned artist Travis Smith has also been posted on the MySpace page and you can also check it out in higher resolution by clicking HERE! See below for its track-listing:

    ZIMMERS HOLE – “When You Were Shouting At The Devil…We Were In League With Satan” (39:44)
    1. When You Were Shouting At The Devil… We Were In League With Satan (5:14)
    2. We Rule The Fucking Land (3:50)
    3. Flight Of The Knight Bat (2:41)
    4. 1312 (2:53)
    5. Devil’s Mouth (3:18)
    6. The Vowel Song (1:59)
    7. Fista Corpse (3:14)
    8. Anonymous Esophagus (3:00)
    9. Alright (3:11)
    10. Hair Doesn`t Grow On Steel (3:52)
    11. What’s My Name…Evil! (6:32)

    Although THE HOLE was dug before the formation of Strapping Young Lad, this is the first time Simon and Stroud have had the time to devote all their attention to the band, resulting in a more focused, streamlined effort. The inherent insanity in a project like THE HOLE is still there, but traditional metal influences abound in the epic, fist-pumping feel of songs like “We Rule the Fucking Land” and “Flight of the Knight Bat.” The crisp but cutting production clearly places “When You Were Shouting” on the modern side of things but Simon’s thrashy riffs and Hoglan’s blistering pace give the album a timeless and dangerous edge. This is a record for those true metal fans hungry for something that’s going to get their heart pumping and head banging. After all, THE HOLE are as serious about having fun as they are about keeping the integrity of metal intact.

    With a new album in the bag and a newly intense focus, THE HOLE are looking forward to hitting the worldwide roads as a collective. The time has come for those in league with Satan to gather and prepare for the arrival of the unholy ZIMMERS HOLE.

    www.legionofflames.com
  • MERCENARY post new track, reveal artwork & confirmed to support Megadeth!

    Right on time with the release of their highly anticipated new album “Architect Of Lies”, Danish metal outfit MERCENARY has been confirmed to share the stage with the mighty Megadeth in February/March 2008. See below for the exact dates.

    “Architect Of Lies”, the follow up to 2006’s “The Hours That Remain” (which subsequently was awarded the Danish Metal Award in the category “Best Album”) will be available on the following release dates:

    DENMARK: Monday, March 17th, 2008
    GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, BENELUX, ITALY: Friday, March 21st, 2008
    UK, FRANCE, NORWAY, REST OF EUROPE: Monday, March 24th, 2008
    SPAIN, PORTUGAL: Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
    SWEDEN, FINLAND, HUNGARY: March 26th, 2008

    MERCENARY guitarist Jakob Mølbjerg comments on the new album and the European shows with Megadeth as follows:

    “Hell yeah! What better way to kick off 2008 and preparing for our new album-release than getting out on the road with the almighty Megadeth? What a blast! We will be playing five shows with the Godfathers of Thrash during February and March, and four of the shows are even as direct support. This is an immense honour for us and a dream come true, as Megadeth has always been a great source of inspiration, as well as one of the main reasons I ever picked up a guitar in the first place. So check the new tourdates and prepare to 'Embrace the Nothing’, the new track on our Myspace profile. See you all out there on the Killing Roads!”

    Powered by countless live performances prior to the recordings, the new album certainly turns out to be MERCENARY’s most spontaneous album to date, combining melodic and dark elements, the catchy and the complex in irresistible metal hymns. To grant you a glimpse at the final result, the brand-new track “Embrace The Nothing” has just been posted at the band’s MySpace site, listen to it now!

    www.myspace.com/mercenarydenmark

    Garnered with artwork by Niklas Sundin (Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity), “Architect Of Lies” will be released as CD and Limited Edition incl. the bonus track “Death Connection” & bonus DVD offering live footage filmed at Bang Your Head festival 2007 & Summer Nights festival 2007, a detailed studio report and the promo video for “My World Is Ending”. See below for the album’s track-listing:

    MERCENARY – “Architect Of Lies” (52:03)
    1. New Desire 04:57
    2. Bloodsong 04:47
    3. Embrace The Nothing 04:51
    4. This Black And Endless Never 05:40
    5. Isolation (The Loneliness in December) 06:03
    6. The Endless Fall 05:08
    7. Black and Hollow 04:50
    8. Execution Style 05:50
    9. I Am Lies 05:43
    10. Public Failure Number One 05:00

    To not miss the opportunity to see MERCENARY unleash their new material live, have a look at the dates below & be there!

    MERCENARY live:
    26.01.2008 (D) – Nordhausen @ Bloody Sunset Festival
    07.02.2008 (DK) – Aalborg @ Eskildsen Musik
    08.02.2008 (DK) – Copenhagen @ KB Hallen / supporting Megadeth
    10.02.2008 (D) – Berlin @ Columbiahalle / direct support for Megadeth
    11.02.2008 (D) – Dortmund @ Westfalenhalle / direct support for Megadeth
    10.03.2008 (D) – Munich @ Zenith / direct support for Megadeth
    11.03.2008 (D) – Neu-Isenburg @ Hugenottenhalle / direct support for Megadeth
    20.03.2008 (DK) – Herning @ Kulturellen
    21.03.2008 (DK) – Aalborg @ Studenterhuset
    22.03.2008 (DK) – Aarhus @ Voxhall
    23.03.2008 (DK) – Copenhagen @ The Rock
    05.07.2008 (SI) – Tolmin @ Metal Camp Festival
    …more dates will follow soon…

    www.mercenary.dk