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March 30th, 2008
  • DARK FORTRESS - premiere new video clip @ YouTube! Album out now! On tour in March!

    German black metal act DARK FORTRESS has just premiered its stunning new video clip for the song “Edge Of Night” taken from their new album “Eidolon” (OUT NOW!) on YouTube, watch it by clicking HERE.

    Guitarist V. Santura comments on the new video as follows:

    “It’s great to finally present our fans the first-ever DARK FORTRESS promo video, which should be an excellent & sophisticated alternative to all the lame clips with crappy sound that are uploaded to YouTube usually. The “Edge Of Night” clip was filmed at an abandoned church and should captivate anybody with its dark and morbid atmosphere!”

    Furthermore, despite all rumours, the Dark Essence Alliance tour featuring DARK FORTRESS, Helheim & Vulture Industries will take place as planned, see below for the exact dates:

    DARK FORTRESS live
    with Helheim & Vulture Industries
    07.03. DE - Zella-Mehlis - Gasthaus Einsiedel
    08.03. DE - Aalen - Rock It
    09.03. NL - Rotterdam - Baroeg
    10.03. UK - London – Purple Turtle, Camden
    12.03. DE - Essen - Turock
    13.03. DE - Ingolstadt - Paradox
    15.03. AT - Salzburg - Arge Kultur
    18.03. CH - Uster - Rock City
    20.03. NL - Tilburg - Little Devil
    21.03. DE - Lübeck - Treibsand
    22.03. DE - Leipzig – Hellraiser

    For more info on “Eidolon” visit the band’s brand-new micro site, check out three songs - “Edge Of Night”, “Baphomet” (feat. Tom Gabriel Fischer/CELTIC FROST) and “No Longer Human” – and get further insights into the pitch black concept of “Eidolon” via song-by-song clips:
    http://ecard.centurymedia.com/darkfortress

    The media feedback on “Eidolon” has been overwhelming and underlines that DARK FORTRESS have successfully reached a new level of majestic black metal art:

    - LEGACY (D), soundcheck #2
    - ZILLO (D), soundcheck #4
    - ROCK HARD (D), soundcheck #5
    - METAL HAMMER (D), soundcheck #9
    - INFERNO (FIN), 5/5
    - ROCK TRIBUNE (B), 90/100

    “DARK FORTRESS managed to unite and renew the crucial moments of black metal history: Emperor, Mayhem, Satyricon, and Immortal can all be found on this devastating album. A must-buy!"
    ROCK HARD (I), 9/10

    “Eidolon” is an expertly crafted slice of black magic. Heaving with scraping riffs and atmospheric undertones…”
    KERRANG (UK), 4K

    More info on DARK FORTRESS can be obtained at the following websites:

    www.myspace.com/darkfortress
    www.thetruedarkfortress.com
  • MERCENARY - post studio report part II, finish video shoot & more

    Danish metal act MERCENARY has just posted the second part of its studio report for their highly anticipated new effort “Architect Of Lies” at YouTube, so click HERE to check out some further impressions from the album recordings with producer Jacob Hansen!

    Furthermore, the band has posted the following update on its MySpace blog:
    “As a teaser for our upcoming video for the track 'Isolation', we've posted a few pics from the shooting that took place the previous weekend @ www.myspace.com/mercenarydenmark. Everything went really smoothly, and director Morten Madsen (who also directed the video for “My World is Ending”) had some really great ideas, which involved, to name a few, a near naked girl on a bed, a near naked girl in a shower (all very tasteful and classy, mind you) and oh yeah, of course also something about some guys standing about in cool lights with instruments. Whatever that was all about. Anyway, the few raw shots we've seen so far already looked really bad ass. A big thank-u goes out to the fans who volunteered to act as extras in the video - you guys rocked!

    Moreover we also just played some of our greatest shows ever supporting Megadeth in Denmark and Germany. It was a total blast watching them every night and a great honour being there at all. On top of that everybody in the crew and the band were very friendly and (of course) super pro's and we were treated extremely well. To state the obvious, we're of course looking very much forward to the last two shows we have with Megadeth in March - hope to catch lots of you guys out there!”
    The band will be heading out as direct support for Bay Area legend Death Angel in April, see below for the exact dates!

    MERCENARY’s new album “Architect Of Lies” will be released on the following dates:

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

    MERCENARY Live:
    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 2008
    31.07.-03.08.2008 (D) – Wacken @ Wacken Open Air

    DEATH ANGEL
    MERCENARY
    DEMOLITION
    EXTREMA
    presented by Rock Hard (D)
    02.04.2008 (NL) Utrecht @ Tivoli
    03.04.2008 (D) Osnabrück @ N8
    04.04.2008 (NL) Rotterdam @ Baroeg
    05.04.2008 (NL) Eindhoven @ Dynamo Club
    06.04.2008 (B) Vosselaar @ Biebob
    07.04.2008 (D) Lindau @ Vaudeville
    09.04.2008 (HUN) Budapest @ A38 Ship
    10.04.2008 (AT) Wien @ Planet
    11.04.2008 (CH) Pratteln @ Z7
    12.04.2008 (IT) Piacenza @ Fillmore
    13.04.2008 (IT) Rome @ Alpheus
    15.04.2008 (UK) London @ The Underworld
    16.04.2008 (UK) Nottingham @ Junction 7
    17.04.2008 (UK) Glasgow @ Ivory Blacks
    18.04.2008 (UK) Wolverhampton @ Civic
    19.04.2008 (D) Essen @ Turock
    20.04.2008 (D) Leipzig @ Hellraiser
    23.04.2008 (D) Hamburg @ Markthalle
    24.04.2008 (D) Berlin @ K17
    25.04.2008 (D) Adelsheim @ Livefactory

    www.mercenary.dk

    Check out the new track “Embrace The Nothing”:
    www.myspace.com/mercenarydenmark
  • WARBRINGER - Thrashing Wacken Open Air 2008!

    Californian thrashers WARBRINGER are confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2008! This year, the legendary festival is going to happen from July 31st - August 2nd and will once again present you the best acts in the field of heavy music!

    WARBRINGER have just released their much lauded debut album “War Without End” and will be touring Europe in May/June with grindcore legend Napalm Death as well as brutal death forefathers Suffocation. See below for a listing of all upcoming WARBRINGER live shows.

    You can also check out their extra old school video-clip for the song “Combat Shock”, the latest tour dates, thrashing downloads, a super funny weapon-player and much more on WARBRINGER’s brand-new Ecard, so come and get some thrash metal HERE!

    WARBRINGER Live:
    with Napalm Death, Suffocation
    08.05.2008 Dordrecht (NL) @ Bibelot
    09.05.2008 Zaandam (NL) @ Kade
    10.05.2008 Berlin (D) @ SO36
    12.05.2008 Hasselt (B) @ Muziek-O-Droom
    13.05.2008 Paris (F) @ La Locomotive
    14.05.2008 Rennes (F) @ Antipode
    15.05.2008 Biarritz (F) @ Atabal
    16.05.2008 Durango (E) @ Plateruena Kafe Antzoky
    17.05.2008 Corroios (PT) @ Cine Teatro De Corroios
    18.05.2008 Madrid (E) @ Sala Caracol
    19.05.2008 Barcelona (E) @ Sala Mephisto
    20.05.2008 Toulouse (F) @ Le Bikini
    21.05.2008 Bulle (CH) @ Ebullition
    22.05.2008 Roma (IT) @ Circolo Degli Artisti
    23.05.2008 Roncade (IT) @ New Age
    24.05.2008 Pinarella Di Cervia (IT) @ Rockplanet Club
    25.05.2008 Luzern (CH) @ Schüür
    26.05.2008 Lindau (D) @ Club Vaudeville
    27.05.2008 Saarbruecken (D) @ Roxy
    28.05.2008 Nuremberg (D) @ Hirsch
    29.05.2008 Stuttgart (D) @ tba
    30.05.2008 Tilburg (NL) @ O13 // Neurotic Death Fest, with Asphyx, Unmerciful, Cryptopsy & more
    31.05.2008 Magdeburg (D) @ Froximum Arena
    01.06.2008 Warzawa (PL) @ Club Progresja
    02.06.2008 Wroclaw (PL) @ Club WZ
    03.06.2008 Hannover (D) @ Musikzentrum
    04.06.2008 Leipzig (D) @ Conne Island
    05.06.2008 Copenhagen (DK) @ Rock
    06.06.2008 Aalborg (DK) @ Studenterhuset
    07.06.2008 Hamburg (D) @ tba
    31.07.2008 Weinheim (D) @ Café Central, with Sworn Enemy, All Shall Perish
    01.08.2008 Wacken (D) @ Wacken Open Air 2008
    02.08.2008 Leisnig (D) @ Sucks N Summer Festival
    22.08.2008 Ieper (B) @ Ieper Festival

    www.myspace.com/warbringer
  • ABORTED - New album contest! Deadline: This weeks Saturday!

    Don´t miss this great opportunity and contribute your lyrics to the new ABORTED album. Mastermind Sven Dé Caluwe posted the following statement:

    “As usual we always want to involve the fans as closely as we can, for "The Archaic Abattoir" we did the victim list & evidence bag, for "Slaughter & Apparatus" we invited fans to join us in our videoshoot for "The Chondrin Enigma". This album should be no different, ABORTED would be nothing without the help of the fans & that is the way it will always be. This time we thought of involving you all in the creation of the new album!

    So we are launching a contest, songwriting has been entirely done for the album & artwork is near completion. However, we didn't finish one lyric/songtitle for one of the tracks on the new album & this was the perfect opportunity to involve all you guys/girls in offering us what you think could be a perfect songtitle/idea for this final track on the new album!

    Send in your submissions to [email protected], songtitles should obviously fit ABORTED & the themes we handle or something that can relate to it. If you have a clear idea, documentation is always welcome. Also include your full name in the email and adress.

    The winner will be announced upon finishing the recordings & will be credited in the booklet/myspace and receive a free copy of the new record.

    Deadline for this is this weeks Saturday at noon (!!!), so move fast if you want to be part of the record!
    Cheers, Sven/Aborted“

    ABORTED on tour with Heaven Shall Burn & 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

    ABORTED Live
    14.03. Wien (AT) - Szene, Metal For Fairness Festival
    15.03. Salzburg (AT) - ARGEKultur, Spring Metal Festival
    22.03. Namur (B) - Expo
    30.05. Tilburg (NL) - O13 / Neurotic Death Fest
    31.05. Arlon (B) - L'Entrepot

    www.myspace.com/abortedmetal
    www.goremageddon.be
  • HELLHAMMER - “Demon Entrails” out now! Special website launched, order it now!

    With the release of “Demon Entrails” the days of numerous sub-standard bootlegs of the classic HELLHAMMER demos “Death Fiend”, “Triumph of Death” and “Satanic Rites” are finally over! “Demon Entrails” has been released as an opulent oversized double CD media-book as well as a gatefold triple vinyl album. Both versions feature a lavish booklet and a poster. A bare-bones lower-price CD version is also available.

    To celebrate this pinnacle release a new website (www.demonentrails.com) has been created where fans can order all three versions at a special price for a limited time only. The site also features album cover art and complete track listings. Furthermore, the songs “Messiah” & “Blood Insanity” have been posted at the official HELLHAMMER MySpace site, so head over to:
    www.myspace.com/hellhammerband!

    “Demon Entrails” has been specially re-mastered from copies of the original master tapes under the supervision of Tom Gabriel Fischer, and the demos now represent HELLHAMMER exactly as the band sounded when recording these songs in June and December of 1983. Drawing from a wealth of previously unknown historical liner-notes material and artwork as well as plenty of unreleased HELLHAMMER photos from 1982 to 1984, “Demon Entrails” features all lyrics and essays detailing the individual demo recording sessions.

    “Demon Entrails” is an essential piece of black metal history!
    ROCK HARD (D)

    Visit the following websites for further information:

    www.hellhammer.org
    www.demonentrails.com
    www.myspace.com/hellhammerband
  • DREAM THEATER "PROGRESSIVE NATION" TOUR LAUNCHES MAY 2 IN LOS ANGELES; RHINO TO RELEASE FIRST-EVER TWO-DISC BEST OF APRIL 1

    N.Y. Prog-Metal Pioneers Will Go on Road with Opeth, Between the Buried and Me and 3 for 21-date North American Tour to Promote GREATEST HIT Album

    LOS ANGELES -- N.Y. progressive metal pioneers Dream Theater will embark on its 21-date North American "Progressive Nation" tour starting May 2 at Los Angeles' Gibson Amphitheatre and concluding June 1 in Tampa, FL, highlighted by two shows at New York's brand-new Terminal 5 (May 21-22), which sold out in just two days.

    Opening acts Opeth, Between the Buried and Me and 3 were personally picked by Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, who helped organize the tour: "I've wanted to do something that focuses on the more progressive, musician-oriented side of hard rock and metal for 10 years now," he says. "I decided it was time to stop talking the talk, lace up and finally walk the walk."

    The tour will be preceded on April 1 by the release of Dream Theater's GREATEST HIT (...and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) on Rhino, the album's tongue-in-cheek title refers to "Pull Me Under," the first and only major radio hit for the quintet; this is the band's first-ever best-of compilation, spanning 14 years and 22 songs, featuring rare edits, B-sides and three new Kevin Shirley mixes. The two discs are divided into "The Dark Side" (the metallic) and "The Light Side" (the melodic), with songs ranging from their sophomore 1992 release, Images and Words, through 2005's Octavarium.

    The band's 22-year career has seen them sell more than 8 million albums worldwide, with their last three DVDs each having gone platinum. The band has been on the road since June 2007, playing to growing crowds in Asia, Australia and South America, on the "Chaos in Motion" world tour in support of their most recent Roadrunner Records studio album, Systematic Chaos, one of the most successful of their career. "Forsaken," the second video from the disc, shot in Japanese anime, recently debuted on MTV 2's Headbangers Ball after "Constant Motion" was voted #2 Video of the Year by viewers of the show last year. They were featured as Artist of the Month on Microsoft Xbox Live in December 2007

    The group continues to grow its fan base all over the world, including Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Dream Theater topped the bill for the 2005 Gigantour alongside Megadeth, and has also co-headlined with both Queensryche and Joe Satriani. On April 1, 2006, the band played New York's Radio City Music Hall, a show which sold out in just three days.

    Apr 29, 2008 Mexico City, Mexico National Auditorium *
    May 02, 2008 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheater
    May 03, 2008 Oakland, CA Paramount Theater
    May 05, 2008 Seattle, WA Wamu Theater
    May 06, 2008 Vancouver, BC Orpheum
    May 09, 2008 Calgary, ALB Macewan Hall
    May 10, 2008 Calgary, ALB Macewan Hall
    May 12, 2008 Minneapolis, MN Myth
    May 13, 2008 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theater
    May 14, 2008 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
    May 16, 2008 Columbus, OH LC Amphitheater
    May 17, 2008 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Amphitheater @ Tower City
    May 18, 2008 Albany, NY The Armory
    May 20, 2008 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater
    May 21, 2008 New York, NY Terminal 5
    May 22, 2008 New York, NY Terminal 5
    May 26, 2008 Washington DC DAR Constitution Hall
    May 27, 2008 Richmond, VA The National
    May 28, 2008 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
    May 30, 2008 Miami, FL The Fillmore
    May 31, 2008 Orlando, FL Hard Rock
    Jun 01, 2008 Tampa, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
    Jun 04, 2008 San Juan, Puerto Rico Coliseo of Puerto Rico *

    * the Mexico and Puerto Rico dates will be Dream Theater with special guests Between the Buried And Me (Opeth and 3 will NOT be appearing on these 2 dates)
  • Battle Kommand to release debut GLORIA DIABOLI full-length

    Battle Kommand Records is proud to announce our next CD release, the debut album from Canada's GLORIA DIABOLI, entitled Gate To Sheol.

    This band is the North American answer to true Satanic black metal acts such as Watain, Ofermod, Funeral Mist, etc. The band performs a martial, orthodox form of black metal, fueled by ferocity and hellfire. Aggressive, ugly and well-recorded, this attack will yet again prove that Canada's ever-extreme Vancouver, BC-area black metal scene has spawned some of the ugliest metal of our time, and alongside countrymen BLASPHEMY, AXIS OF ADVANCE, WITCHES HAMMER, ALLFATHER, CONQUEROR and REVENGE, Gloria Diaboli are now leaving their mark on this important regions history of violent and chaotic metal.

    Gate To Sheol was mastered @ Necromorbus Studio in Sweden (Watain, Malign, Averse Sefira, Ofermod, etc).
    Gate To Sheol features 7 tracks.
    1. The Kingdom of Filth And Decay
    2. Above As It Is Below
    3. Gloria Diaboli
    4. Gate To Sheol
    5. Libation Unto He who Dwelleth in the Depths
    6. Omega Throne
    7. Oh, Great Deceiver

    Released on CD / digitally in North America on Battle Kommand Records.
    Released on CD in Europe by Total Holocaust Records, Sweden.
    BKR release date: April 15th, 2008

    www.gloriadiaboli.com | www.myspace.com/gloriadiaboli
    www.battlekommand.com | www.myspace.com/battlekommandrecords
  • TUSKA 2008 ANNOUNCES MORE ARTISTS

    - Dream Evil, Noxa, Discard and Ghost Brigade confirmed for 2008
    - Tickets for Tuska as well as the Nightwish-show in Kaisaniemi go on sale on Monday 3.3.

    Tuska Festival in Helsinki, Finland on June 27.-29. has announced more artists for the 2008 line-up. Swedish heavy metal-act Dream Evil, Indonesian grinders Noxa and Finnish groups Discard and Ghost Brigade have been added to the bill. Also, American death metallers Job For A Cowboy take part in this year’s fest just like the Tuska-web site has informed for a few weeks now.

    A total of 32 bands on three stages will perform at Kaisaniemi, Helsinki over the course of three days. In addition to this, a couple of dozen bands will be appearing at the infamous evening clubs.

    Tickets for Tuska 2008 will go on sale on Monday 3.3. through www.tiketti.fi and www.lippupalvelu.fi. Tuska 2008 is an all-ages event. One-day ticket costs 42e and 3-day ticket 85e.

    More artists and show days of Tuska 2008 -artists will be announced during April.

    NIGHTWISH-TICKETS

    Tickets for the Nightwish-show at Kaisaniemi on June 26 will also go on sale on Monday 3.3. through www.tiketti.fi and www.lippupalvelu.fi. The concert is an all-ages event. Tickets cost 44e.

    Current line-up and additional Info on TUSKA & NIGHTWISH-CONCERT:

    www.tuska-festival.fi
    www.finnishmetalevents.fi
  • AMEBIX To Reissue Classic Thrash Album as Sliding Scale Download

    Crust/thrash legends AMEBIX have announced they will reissue their classic 1987 album 'Monolith' through Moshpit Tragedy Records as part of the label's sliding scale download series. The nine-song album will soon be available from www.moshpit-tragedy.com complete with a print-ready sleeve for as much or as little as each visitor chooses and will even being offered for free to those without a paypal account.

    Rob "The Baron" Milller (AMEBIX vocalist/bassist) writes on his myspace page: "Just a note to let people know that Monolith will be available as a sliding scale download very soon through Moshpit Tragedy. This seems like a good way to re-release material, giving the user the choice of what or how much they want to pay, so kind of a trust thing really, lets see how that goes."

    Comments label founder Rayny Forster: "Anyone who knows AMEBIX will tell you how massive their influence has been on thrash and crust punk, so for us to be able to reissue an album from the band that pioneered the genres of music that we are releasing today is really fucking cool. The fact that the band would authorize a sliding-scale download release from a DIY label such as ourselves shows what ethic and sincerity has always been behind the band and their lifestyle. I hope people will pay what they can for this as AMEBIX never received any payment for this album since it was released 20 years ago. Nevertheless we are thrilled to be able to help preserve their legacy."

    AMEBIX was formed in England during 1978 and are a band that many consider to have started the sub genre crust punk. The band first appeared on the first Crass Records 'Bullshit Detector' compilation LP followed by the release of several now highly-regarded releases. Their music was heavily influenced by Motörhead, Black Sabbath, Venom, and early Killing Joke and combined with an ethos and worldview akin to Crass, represented their non-traditional lifestyles. In 1985 the band met Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys and become the first UK signing to his label, Alternative Tentacles with the release of their 'Arise' LP. In 1987 the band signed to Heavy Metal Records for the album 'Monolith' though difficulties from the release led to the band eventually splitting. Such notable bands as Sepultura, Neurosis, Napalm Death, and Deviated Instinct have since paid homage to the band.

    An audio sample of the song 'Time Bomb' is available at www.myspace.com/mptrecords.
  • PATHOSRAY confirmed for PROGPOWER EUROPE

    Dear friends,

    It took a while to announce the next band to play the 10th edition of PROGPOWER EUROPE this year in October, but w are now able to confirm Italian newcomer PATHOSRAY. The band has surprised many people at the end of 2007 with their self-titled debut CD, PATHOSRAY is definitely one of the bands to keep an eye on in the progressive metal scene. The band also plays ProgPower USA in September.

    Tickets for the festival are already available through our website, so far we welcome visitors from The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and the UK. So once more it will be an international crowd, we hope to see people from many countries at our first anniversal.

    Check out the website for all details, www.progpower.eu!

    Greetings,
    ProgPower Europe Organization

    WWW.PROGPOWER.EU
  • NACHTMYSTIUM prepare for world domination

    Nachtmystium prepare for the biggest assault in the band's existence in 2008...

    First, the new Worldfall MCD will be released as a precursor to their upcoming full-length, and will only be available direct from Century Media as well as iTunes. Then in June falls the release of the massively anticipated new full-length entitled Assassins: Black Meddle Part I. The album will be released on on Century Media Records in North America and Candlelight Records in Europe (who will also reissue the band's back-catalog for Europe). Cover art for both releases are posted on Nachtmystium's Myspace page now.

    The Worldfall tracks were originally intended for a split with Leviathan that has now been delayed due to legal issues with Leviathan's record label. Nachtmystium will be recording new tracks later this year and releasing the split at a later date.

    The Assassins... full-length was recorded in December at Sanford Parker's Volume Studios (Rwake, Minsk, Lair of the Minotaur, Pelican, etc.) and showcases Nachtmystium's most prolific and expansive sounds to date. The record features Tony Laureano (AngelCorpse, Nile, Dimmu Borgir, etc.) on drums, and spot appearances by members of Pharaoh and Yakuza.

    Nachtmystium have plans to embark on a full U.S. tour starting when they return from Europe at the end of May. The tour will be roughly 3 weeks and end back in Chicago in late June. More info soon.

    Worldfall track listing:
    1. Worldfall
    2. Depravity
    3. Solitary Voyage (re-record trk from Demise LP)
    4. Roseclouds of Holocaust (Death in June cover)
    5. IV (Goatsnake cover)

    Assassins track listing:
    1. One of These Nights (intro)
    2. Assassins
    3. Ghosts of Grace
    4. Away From Light
    5. Your True Enemy
    6. Code Negative
    7. Omnivore
    8. Seasick Part I: Drowned at Dusk
    9. Seasick Part II: Oceanborne
    10. Seasick Part III: Silent Sunrise

    Nachtmystium merch is for sale now at www.battlekommand.com and www.shirtsanddestroy.com.

    Check out new tracks "Worldfall" from the Worldfall EP, and "Your True Enemy" from Assassins... at:
    www.myspace.com/nachtmystium
  • DAYLIGHT DIES gear up for tour and album release

    North Carolina-based Daylight Dies are readying themselves for a busy spring with their upcoming tour alongside Candlemass and release of their third album, Lost to the Living. The tour, set to kick off May 19, finds the band in direct support to the Swedish metal legends and represents their second national tour since signing with Candlelight Records in late 2005. The cross-country tour wraps up two weeks prior to the anticipated June 24 album release date.

    In the final mixing process at Fascination Street Studios/Sweden by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Katatonia), Lost to the Living features nine new songs from the cherished doom metal band. Working with Travis Smith (Opeth, Soilwork, Katatonia) for the album’s packaging, it promises to be another fan and critic favorite. Track listing as of press time (not confirmed running order) is Cathedral, Descending, A Subtle Violence, And a Slow Surrender, Last Alone, Woke Up Lost, The Morning Light, At a Loss, A Portrait in White. Video footage from the album’s recording process is exclusively available at the band’s official website (www.daylightdies.com).

    Formed in 1996, Daylight Dies drummer Jesse Haff and guitarist Barre Gambling slowly crafted songs that would make their appearance on the band’s 2002 debut No Reply (Relapse). Terrorizer Magazine called the album "memorable and engaging." Outburn Magazine proclaimed it "pristine doom metal," while Digital Metal found it to be "a combination of dark melody and deathly aggression." The quintet would tour Europe with Katatonia and perform with Lacuna Coil throughout the US and Canada before writing processes would begin on new material. Their second album, the impressive Dismantling Devotion, was released March 2006 via Candlelight Records. Revolver Magazine called it “an epic slab of gloom metal that's equal parts apocalyptic rage and suicidal sorrow.” Terrorizer Magazine again applauded the band noting the album as “an epic journey as thoughtful and compellingly musical as it is bleak and vengeful... essential.” Another US tour, this time with Moonspell and friends Katatonia, the band including vocalist Nathan Ellis, bassist Egan O’Rourke, guitarist Charley Shackelford, together with Gambling and Haff completed 2006 on an all-time high. Outside of a few local performances the five-piece spent much of 2007 crafting the material that finds itself on Lost for the Living.

    "Everyone is taking a little time to catch their breath after working hard on bringing Lost to the Living to life,” says Haff. “We've continued to refine the music up until the last minute it was recorded and we all feel confident this is the strongest album we've made. As stated previously, the material is a mix of beautiful melancholic leads and harsh dissonant rhythms; despair driven hooks and the overall dark atmosphere you've come to expect from us. After an exhausting recording process, the one thing on all of our minds is the upcoming tour. We can't wait."

    Daylight Dies plans to perform selections from each of their records on the upcoming tour; dates are noted below.

    05/19/2008 Jaxx Nite Club - W. Springfield, VA
    05/20/2008 BB King Blues Club - New York, NY
    05/22/2008 Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
    05/23/2008 Peabody’s Down Under - Cleveland, OH
    05/24/2008 The Pearl Room - Mokena IL
    05/25/2008 Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
    05/28/2008 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
    05/29/2008 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
    05/30/2008 Slim’s - San Francisco, CA
    05/31/2008 Jumping Turtle - San Marcos, CA
    06/01/2008 Whiskey A Go Go - W. Hollywood, CA
    06/03/2008 Brickhouse - Phoenix, AZ
    06/04/2008 Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM
    06/05/2008 Scout Bar - San Antonio, TX
    06/06/2008 Scout Bar - San Antonio, TX
    06/07/2008 Ridglea Theater - Ft. Worth, TX
    06/08/2008 The Muse - Nashville, TN

    www.daylightdies.com | www.myspace.com/daylightdies
    www.candlelightrecordsusa.com | www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa
  • Of the Archaengel - CD available for download

    - The dark metallers from OF THE ARCHAENGEL posted their entire promo cd "The Dante's Children Extravagance: Chapter Alpha" available for download. It features the tracks "Black Raven (Seeing Involution as Evolution)", "The Silence of the Dead Things" and "With The Dragon's Hand" and was originally released in 2005, receiving great reviews by the press, including magazines like Elegy Ibérica, Comando Rock, Roadie Crew, Rock Brigade, RockHard / Valhalla, and others.

    Actually the band is finishing the production of their first album, which details will be available soon.

    To know more of their work and download the cd visit the band's official website at www.ofthearchaengel.com or their MySpace page at www.myspace.com/ofthearchaengel

    Of the Archaengel
    [email protected]
    www.ofthearchaengel.com
    www.myspace.com/ofthearchaengel

March 29th, 2008
  • Pure Steel Records News

    Hi folks,

    Here are the latest news from us.

    As somebody already read on our homepage or in different forums, we signed a cooperation deal with the italian label Cruz del Sur. As first works of this cooperation we will release CRESCENT SHIELD "The last of my kind" and PHARAOH "The longest Night" on vinyl. We are putting all resources on it to be ready at the KIT X, on which both bands will play. To guarantee the best possible sound quality both records will be released as double vinyl in gatefold cover due to their length.

    Additionally we got the rights to release all 4 albums of the US-Metalheads SEASONS OF THE WOLF on vinyl. However until the release of these some time will pass.

    For 2 of the upcoming CD-Releases a releasedate is stated now. IVORY TOWER "Subjective Enemy" and AGAMENDON "Nuclear Rodeo" will be availbale in stores on 9th may 2008. Additionally the releaseparty of AGAMENDON will be on 19th april in the Matrix, Bochum.

    PURE STEEL RECORDS
    a division of Unisystem Engineering GmbH
    www.puresteel-records.com
  • FREE MUSIC FROM TACERE

    The Finnish Melodic Metal band TACERE who recently had a great sales success in Japan with their debut album, have released some new demo songs on the internet. The songs can be freely listened to and downloaded from the band's myspace profile.

    Tacere's myspace profile:
    http://www.myspace.com/tacere
    Tacere's official website:
    http://www.tacere.net
  • DEADSEA... stoner prog thrash on the attack

    DEADSEA formed in 2003 when veteran composer-guitarist-vocalist Adam Smith decided to fuse his love of metal, doom and free music to create a trio that would provide "apocalyptic visions for positive ascendance". He found a perfect foil in longtime friend and bassist Alex Conley, who had spent six years as guitarist and composer in bizzaro hardcore band Three Studies For A Crucifixion. This combination of ideas make up the unique sound of DEADSEA: metal mutation, passion is law, and the rest of the rules are thrown on the fire. In February 2006, a new and vicious addition, drummer Jeremy Spears, was brought into the mix. Spears brings the technical discipline DEADSEA's music requires along with an enthusiasm for testing new boundaries that improvisation allows.

    In May 2005, Desiderata was released on indie label Chrome Leaf Records (Melt Banana, Portal, Dead Child), receiving universal acclaim in the local press despite lengthy songs such as the 22 minute opus "Salem." By this time the DEADSEA live experience had become legendary in the area. Their epic versatility led audiences through extended noise freak-outs, all synthesizer sets and unrelenting doom punishment. People were leaving shows with mouths agape and national acts were scared of their powers.

    Now available is the band's latest venture; the self-titled release on Chrome Leaf Records. Extensive touring in 2008 is already being mapped out with Earsplit PR running the publicity machine. DEADSEA are label shopping their newest opus in hopes of garnering interest to a larger audience.

    Check out the track "Killing Faith (Crying Death)" here

    Deadsea's current live ventures:
    03/08/2008 Bourbon Street - Columbus, OH w/Weedeater, Teeth of the Hydra
    04/04/2008 Thursday's - Akron, OH w/Beast, Nihlitia
    04/05/2008 Ruby's - Columbus, OH w/Beast, Nihlitia
    04/18/2008 Ruby Tuesday - Columbus, OH w/Dead Child, Sword Heaven

    www.deadsearising.com
    www.myspace.com/deadsea
    www.chromeleaf.org
  • EXODUS & SOILWORK ON FUSE T.V.’s “TALKING METAL”

    This Friday, February 29th at 12 Midnight EASTERN / 9 p.m. PACIFIC, join “Talking Metal” hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy as they host a jam session with Bay Area Thrashers EXODUS in New York and get a Swedish metal lesson from SOILWORK in Los Angeles. Visit FUSE’s “Talking Metal” website here.

    EXODUS just completed a headlining tour in support of their latest album, The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A, with Goatwhore, Arsis, and Warbringer. To check out notes from the last day of the tour, visit lead vocalist Rob Dukes’ My Space site here.

    SOILWORK will be returning to North America on February 29th for the Scum Of The Earth Tour as direct support for Throwdown through April 3rd in support of their latest release, Sworn To A Great Divide. To view dates, go here.
  • DESOLATE WAYS - "Drowned in Tears" video available

    - The doom metal band DESOLATE WAYS posted online their second video clip, made for "Drowned in Tears", song taken from their second effort, "Tearful", which was released in 2007 by Erpland Records. The band worked again with Giselle Jacques, known South-American director which won several awards like "12 Gramado Cinevídeo" and "8 Prêmio IECINE".

    Actually they are working on the pre-production of the third album, which will be recorded in Nitro Sound Solutions, with the production of Roger Fingle, vocalist and multi-instrumentist of the bands Blood Tears and Seduced by Suicide.

    Watch the video through the following link www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6ew_d1Sqsk

    Desolate Ways
    [email protected]
    www.desolateways.com
    www.myspace.com/des0lateways
  • DARK FORTRESS - catch “Eidolon” and check out their microsite!

    German black metal outfit DARK FORTRESS has triumphantly returned with its new opus “Eidolon” which will be available in European shops on the following dates:

    GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, February 22, 2008.
    UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, February 25, 2008.
    SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, February 26, 2008.
    SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, February 27, 2008.

    Visit the band’s brand-new microsite to check out three songs - “Edge Of Night”, “Baphomet” (feat. Tom Gabriel Fischer/CELTIC FROST) and “No Longer Human” – and get further insights into the pitch black concept of “Eidolon” via song-by-song clips: ecard.centurymedia.com/darkfortress

    The media feedback on “Eidolon” has been overwhelming and underlines that DARK FORTRESS have successfully reached a new level of majestic black metal art:

    - LEGACY (D), soundcheck #2
    - ZILLO (D), soundcheck #4
    - ROCK HARD (D), soundcheck #5
    - METAL HAMMER (D), soundcheck #9
    - INFERNO (FIN), 5/5
    - KERRANG (UK), 4K

    So, feel invited to enter a captivating black metal maelstrom with “Eidolon” and look forward to the stunning, first-ever DARK FORTRESS clip for “Edge Of Night”, which will be launched next week!

    DARK FORTRESS live:
    Presented by Legacy (D), Metal Hammer (D)
    07.03.2008 (D) Zella-Mehlis - Klangbunker
    08.03.2008 (D) Aalen - Rock It
    09.03.2008 (NL) Rotterdam - Baroeg
    10.03.2008 (UK) London - The Underworld
    12.03 2008 (D) Essen - Turock
    13.03.2008 (D) Ingolstadt - Paradox
    15.03.2008 (D) Salzburg - ARGEkultur
    18.03.2008 (CH) Uster - Rock City
    20.03.2008 (NL) Tilburg - Little Devil
    21.03.2008 (D) Luebeck - Treibsand
    22.03.2008 (D) Leipzig - "Hellraiser" Festival
    23.03.2008 (D) Hamburg - Headbangers Ballroom
    29.03.2008 (D) Hanau - MusicXtreme Festival
    06.04.2008 (GR) Athens - Club Underworld
    20./21.06.2008 (A) Mining am Inn - Summer Nights Festival
    05.-07.2008 (SLO) Tolmin - Metalcamp
    14.-16.08.2008 (D) Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze Festival
    02.-04.10.2008 (D) Bamberg - Way Of Darkness Festival

    More shows to come...
    www.myspace.com/darkfortress
    www.thetruedarkfortress.com
  • TURISAS - about conquer UK, Europe & USA; post “making of Rasputin” online!

    From March 1st, 2008 on, Finnish battle metal overlords TURISAS will set out to conquer stages in UK and Europe on their highly anticipated headliner tour with labelmates Norther as well as make their live debut in the US on the Paganfest Tour with Ensiferum, Tyr and Eluveitie afterwards. Also, two dates in Russia have been added to this massive touring schedule. So have a close look at the dates below and join them on their blood-soaked quest for glory!

    Furthermore, TURISAS have also posted a very entertaining “making of Rasputin” offering insights into the work on their latest video clip for the devastating Boney M. cover version “Rasputin”. Check it out by clicking HERE!

    So, be assured that TURISAS will lay to waste clubs in your neighbourhood very soon! To get yourself in the right mood for such shows give yourself your daily dose of battle metal @
    www.myspace.com/turisasofficial!

    TURISAS UK & EUROPEAN TOUR 2008
    Special guest: Norther (FIN)
    Support on UK-leg: Alestorm (SCO)
    Presented by MySpace.com (D), Rock Hard (D), Heavy (D), Orkus (D) und Metal.de (D)

    Mar. 01 - Northampton, UK @ Soundhouse
    Mar. 02 - Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
    Mar. 03 - Aberdeen, UK @ Moshulu
    Mar. 04 - Edinburgh, UK @ Studio 24
    Mar. 05 - Liverpool, UK @ Academy 2
    Mar. 06 - Norwich, UK @ Waterfront
    Mar. 07 - Peterborough, UK @ Park
    Mar. 08 - Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
    Mar. 10 - Exeter, UK @ Cavern
    Mar. 11 - Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
    Mar. 12 - Southampton, UK @ The Brook
    Mar. 13 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
    Mar. 14 - Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
    Mar. 15 - Haarlem, Netherlands @ Patronaat
    Mar. 16 - Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Doornroosje
    Mar. 18 - Hamburg, Germany @ Marx
    Mar. 19 - Karlsruhe, Germany @ Substage
    Mar. 20 - Munich, Germany @ Metropolis
    Mar. 21 - Winterthur, Switzerland @ Salzhaus
    Mar. 22 - Bochum, Germany @ Matrix
    Mar. 23 - Berlin, Germany @ Kato
    Mar. 25 - Vienna, Austria @ Planet Music
    Mar. 26 - Bratislava, Slovakia @ Randal
    Mar. 27 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Rock Café
    Mar. 28 - Lichtenfels, Germany @ Ragnarök Festival
    Mar. 29 - Osnabrueck, Germany @ Tomahawk Festival
    Mar. 31 - Malmö, Sweden @ KB
    Apr. 01 - Gothenburg, Sweden @ Musikens Hus
    Apr. 02 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ The Rock*
    Apr. 03 - Oslo, Norway @ John Dee*
    Apr. 04 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben*
    *) = Without Norther

    TURISAS Live
    Apr. 12 - Moscow (RUS) - Tochka
    Apr. 13 - St. Petersburg (RUS) - Roks

    PAGANFEST USA 2008 - North American Tour
    With Ensiferum, Tyr and Eluveitie
    4/25 - Toronto (CAN), ON @ Opera House
    4/26 - Montreal (CAN), QC @ Medley
    4/27 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
    4/28 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
    4/29 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
    4/30 - Detroit,, MI @ Harpo's
    5/01 - Chicago, IL @ The Pearl Room (Chicago Power Fest)
    5/02 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
    5/03 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
    5/05 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
    5/06 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
    5/07 - Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
    5/08 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
    5/09 - San Francisco, CA @ The Avalon
    5/10 - Long Beach, CA @ The Vault
    5/11 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Cell Block
    5/12 - El Paso, TX @ Chics
    5/13 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
    5/14 - Tulsa, OK @ Crush Lounge
    5/15 - Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
    5/16 - San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
    5/17 - Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
    5/19 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
    5/20 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
    5/21 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
    5/22 - New York, NY @ BB King's

    www.turisas.com
    www.thevarangianway.com
  • RYKER'S - From The Cradle To The Grave... AND BACK!

    RYKER’S bassist Chris made the following statement regarding the rebirth of the German hardcore legend for several live performances this year:

    “After five years of not playing any live shows, RYKER’S will return this year for various festivals and club shows to simply kick some ass again… The reason for that is easy to explain: We all feel the desire to rock again and we seriously missed the stage, the crowd, the chaos…"

    The following dates are already confirmed, so be sure to be there and get ready to celebrate the return of the mighty RYKER´S!

    May 11, 2008 – Warm up show @ the legendary DYNAMO Club in Eindhoven (NL)
    July 05, 2008 – With Full Force Festival in Roitzschjora (15 years Full Force – 15 years RYKER’S!)

    More info about RYKER’S you can find at: www.myspace.com/rykershardcore
  • WARBRINGER - confirmed for a massive European-Tour with Napalm Death, Suffocation in May/June; new video & song online!

    Right on time with the European release of their stunning debut effort “War Without End” on February 25th, 2008, L.A thrashers WARBRINGER are now confirmed to hit the road in May/June with label mates & godfathers of grind, Napalm Death, as well as brutal death legend Suffocation. See below for the exact dates and get ready for massive head banging and maximum violence!

    You can check out their extra old school video-clip for the song “Combat Shock”, the latest tour dates, thrashing downloads, a super funny weapon-player and much more on WARBRINGER’s brand-new Ecard, so come and get some thrash metal HERE!

    Also metal press is already raving about “War Without End”:
    WARBRINGER are a totally unstoppable old school-thrash-tank!
    HEAVY (D), soundcheck #3

    The New Wave Of Old School Thrash Metal is rolling! With legendary producer Bill Metoyer providing a powerful sound for these Californian youngsters, this album definitely goes delivers the goods!
    ROCK HARD (D), soundcheck #10

    Almost out of nowhere WARBRINGER punch straight into my face; several teeth broken, my jaw crushed, my nose is bleeding uncontrollably. This sonic butchery offers consistent arrangements, catchy refrains and breath-taking guitars leads. To sum it up: “War Without End” is simply perfect.
    LEGACY (D), soundcheck #6

    Ultimately “War Without end” is a very strong debut, that old school thrashers will love at instant.
    METAL HAMMER (D)

    WARBRINGER Live:
    with Napalm Death, Suffocation
    08.05.2008 Dordrecht (NL) @ Bibelot
    09.05.2008 Zaandam (NL) @ Kade
    10.05.2008 Berlin (D) @ SO36
    12.05.2008 Hasselt (B) @ Muziek-O-Droom
    13.05.2008 Paris (F) @ La Locomotive
    14.05.2008 Rennes (F) @ Antipode
    15.05.2008 Biarritz (F) @ Atabal
    16.05.2008 Durango (E) @ Plateruena Kafe Antzoky
    17.05.2008 Corroios (PT) @ Cine Teatro De Corroios
    18.05.2008 Madrid (E) @ Sala Caracol
    19.05.2008 Barcelona (E) @ Sala Mephisto
    20.05.2008 Toulouse (F) @ Le Bikini
    21.05.2008 Bulle (CH) @ Ebullition
    22.05.2008 Roma (IT) @ Circolo Degli Artisti
    23.05.2008 Roncade (IT) @ New Age
    24.05.2008 Pinarella Di Cervia (IT) @ Rockplanet Club
    25.05.2008 Luzern (CH) @ Schüür
    26.05.2008 Lindau (D) @ Club Vaudeville
    27.05.2008 Saarbruecken (D) @ Roxy
    28.05.2008 Nuremberg (D) @ Hirsch
    29.05.2008 Stuttgart (D) @ tba
    30.05.2008 Tilburg (NL) @ O13 // Neurotic Death Fest, with Asphyx, Unmerciful, Cryptopsy & more
    31.05.2008 Magdeburg (D) @ Froximum Arena
    01.06.2008 Warzawa (PL) @ Club Progresja
    02.06.2008 Wroclaw (PL) @ Club WZ
    03.06.2008 Hannover (D) @ Musikzentrum
    04.06.2008 Leipzig (D) @ Conne Island
    05.06.2008 Copenhagen (DK) @ Rock
    06.06.2008 Aalborg (DK) @ Studenterhuset
    07.06.2008 Hamburg (D) @ tba
    31.07.2008 Weinheim (D) @ Café Central, with Sworn Enemy, All Shall Perish
    01.08.2008 Wacken (D) @ Wacken Open Air 2008
    02.08.2008 Leisnig (D) @ Sucks N Summer Festival
    22.08.2008 Ieper (B) @ Ieper Festival

    www.myspace.com/warbringer
  • MORTIFER RAGE "Murderous Ritual"

    It’s already available the second CD from the band MORTIFER RAGE - "Murderous Ritual" – Extreme Death Metal, brutal and fast, played with fury, hate and an excellent technique. In nine sounds the band demonstrates all it’s aggressiveness, making a true murderous ritual!
    Killer art work, done with a lot of care and perfection!

    Listen a sample:
    www.myspace.com/misanthropicrecords

    For who doesn't know the band was formed in 1999 in Santa Luzia/ MG (Brazil).
    Releases:
    2001- Legacy of Obsessions (CD)
    2003- Deformity (Demo)
    2005- Killing All the Posers (Split CD)
    2008- Murderous Ritual (CD)

    Get you copy right now! Trades are always welcome! Just get in contact!

    MISANTHROPIC RECORDS
    P. O. Box 66
    Brasília / DF 70351-970
    BRAZIL
    [email protected]

    While we concluded our site, check our mail order catalogue atached!
    www.misanthropic.com.br

March 28th, 2008
  • LIFELEECH IS HERE!!!! Demo-Mcd finished

    Raw, primitive and ugly – LIFELEECH just finished their demo-mcd "The Tomb of Tomorrow".

    It contains 8 songs in 34 minutes, samples can be found on :

    http://www.myspace.com/lifeleechband

    for contact and information write to: [email protected]
  • Whistlino Album, videoclip, tour......

    Hi there everyone!!!

    Whistlino's debut album is finished; the title of the album is "Why not?"...... further down you have the link to the music video for the first single.

    LOOP DA LOOP videoclip: http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=YzwygnSfedE

    For more info (news, bio, tour dates, photos, etc.) visit:
    Whistlino's official myspace: http://www.myspace.com/whistlino
    Whistlino's official website: http://www.whistlino.com
  • SKELETONWITCH confirms more tour dates, featured at MetalKult

    Athens, Ohio’s SKELETONWITCH have confirmed a new batch of updated tour dates, both Stateside alongside the likes of A Life Once Lost, Arsis and Veil of Maya as well as dates with Hate Eternal, Soilent Green, and Braindrill, which also features an appearance on the 10th annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. In addition, SKELETONWITCH will head across the pond to Europe for the first time later this year in May alongside Hate Eternal, Cephalic Carnage, and Deadborn.

    The band continues to support its Prosthetic debut, ‘Beyond The Permafrost,’ which saw an October 2007 and recently brought the band into the MetalKult studios for an interview revolving around the band’s musical upbringing and background. The clip is available here, while the second part of an ongoing, exclusive tour blog with Revolver has been posted as well. Look for more updates shortly.

    SKELETONWITCH
    (with Hate Eternal, Soilent Green, Braindrill)
    4/10 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
    4/11 Dallas, TX – The Door
    4/13 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack
    4/16 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
    4/26 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
    4/28 New York, NY – B.B. Kings
    4/29 West Springfield, VA – Jaxx
    4/30 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
    *more dates TBA*

    (Fury and Flames Tour with Hate Eternal, Cephalic Carnage, Deadborn)
    09/05 Würzburg, Germany – AKW
    10/05 Leipzig, Germany – Conne Island
    11/05 Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle, MarX
    13/05 Prague, Czech Republic – Exit Chmelnice
    14/05 Wien, Austria – Arena
    15/05 Ljubljana, Slovenia – Gala Hala
    16/05 München, Germany – Feierwerk
    17/05 Verona, Italy – Lucille Club
    18/05 Rome, Italy – Alpheus Club
    20/05 Martigny, Switzerland – Les Caves du Manoir

    (Fury and Flames Tour with Hate Eternal, Cephalic Carnage)
    21/05 Nantes, France – Le Ferrailleur
    22/05 Irun, Spain – Tunk
    23/05 Braga Junta, Portugal – Freguesia de Panoias
    24/05 Madrid, Spain – Ritmo & Compas
    25/05 Barcelona, Spain – Apolo 2
    26/05 Luynes/Marseille, France – Le Korigan
    28/05 Karlsruhe, Germany – Substage (with Deadborn)
    29/05 Bochum, Germany – Matrix (with Deadborn)
    30/05 Trier, Germany – Exhaus (with Deadborn)
    31/05 Tilburg, Holland 013 (Neurotic Death Fest)
    01/06 Cardiff, UK – Barfly (with Man Must Die)
    02/06 Glasgow, UK – Barfly (with Man Must Die)
    04/06 Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
    05/06 Sheffield, UK – Corporation (with Man Must Die)
    06/06 London, UK – Underworld (with Man Must Die)
    07/06 Aarschot, Belgium – JC de Klinker

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • NEURAXIS enters the studio to record new record, offers first web episode

    Canadian tech-thrashers NEURAXIS will enter the studio February 19 with producer Jef Fortin (of fellow Canadians Anonymous) to record the band’s fifth studio album. The recording process will be done in late March and is scheduled to be mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Converge, Shadows Fall), and will feature artwork from Dennis Sibeijn of Damnengine Art (Job For A Cowboy, Chimaira). The yet-untitled effort should see a July release through Prosthetic Records.

    "We feel this album will be something monumental for NEURAXIS,” says guitarist Rob Milley. “With the new line-up and the energy we have created in the writing sessions, it’s something that is new and refreshing, yet still retains a lot of the essence of what NEURAXIS has built since day one."

    The new album will be the first studio album featuring new vocalist Alex Leblanc and guitarist William Seghers, both having appeared on the recently released Live Progression, via Galy Records. Live Progression is the live follow-up to NEURAXIS’ last studio album, 2005's Trilateral Progression. More details, tour dates, and regular in-studio footage updates will be available shortly. The first web episode is online now here: http://www.youtube.com/neuraxismetal and features sneak previews of new songs, as well as commentary in both English and French Canadian on the new material.

    NEURAXIS on tour
    4/11 Trois-Rivieres, QC – Le Stage
    4/12 St-Hyacinthe, QBC – Bar Le Trash
    4/26 Sudbury, ONT – The Serbian Centre (Sundbury Metalfest)

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • EMPTY DREAMS news

    EMPTY DREAMS hits the studio! The new record will be a quite unusual EP called "WINTERFALL'S SYMPHONY". Front cover artwork and more details will be revealed soon on : www.emptydreams.net
  • Face The Abyss Records releases Austhral's debut album

    - In the beginning of February the brazilian label Face The Abyss made its second release, "Tocado a Vento", the debut album of the black metal band Austhral. The cd, recorded in Cave Studio, was produced by the band and features the guest appearance of Juliano Regis, vocalist of Sodamned.

    The track list is:

    01. Forgotten Fields
    02. Ruinland
    03. Foresta Dell´Ombra
    04. The River´s Farm
    05. Conquered Nature
    06. Sacred
    07. Secret Cave
    08. Tocada ao Vento
    09. September
    10. The Horn´s First Sound

    To order the album and check two exclusive samples visit the label's website at www.facetheabyss.com

    Face The Abyss Records
    [email protected]
    www.facetheabyss.com
    www.myspace.com/facetheabyssrecords
  • IRON MAIDEN’S “SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME” TOUR…BACK IN AMERICA!!!
    EDDIE, new Laker Makes His First Public Appearance!

    From onstage last night (Feb 19), amid the pandemonium in front of 14,000 screaming fans at a packed Los Angeles Forum, Iron Maiden announced the first leg of their eagerly anticipated North American summer tour. For this special moment, they were joined on stage by their mascot Eddie resplendent in Lakers colours in honor of the halcyon days the team played at the Fabulous Forum. At 14 ft tall, Eddie could be the tallest player ever to wear Laker’s colors!

    With tickets for Iron Maiden’s current “SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME – WORLD TOUR 08” dates at the Los Angeles Forum and New Jersey’s Izod Centre sold out months in advance, the band are delighted to announce they are coming back for more major USA concerts this summer which will take them to a number of cities they have not played in many years along with a return to the Los Angeles area with 2 nights at the 16,000 capacity Verizon Amphitheatre on Friday May 30 and Saturday May 31. Tickets for the majority of these shows will go on sale to the public on Saturday, March 1st. A special pre-sale will be made available exclusively to members of the Iron Maiden fan club, who will also be eligible to enter to be 'First to the stage barrier'. Full details can be found on www.ironmaiden.com.

    SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME – WORLD TOUR 08’ USA TOUR DATES:
    (International dates can be found on ironmaiden.com)
    Wed 5/21/08 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless on sale 3/1 10am
    Thu 5/22/08 Houston, TX Woodlands on sale 3/1 10am
    Sun 5/25/08 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion on sale 3/1 10am
    Mon 5/26/08 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion on sale 3/15 10am
    Wed 5/28/08 Concord, CA Concord on sale 3/9 10am
    Fri 5/30/08 Los Angeles, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on sale 3/1 10am
    Sat 5/31/08 Los Angeles, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on sale 3/1 10am
    Mon 6/2/08 Seattle, WA White River Amph on sale 3/8 10am

    The “SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME – WORLD TOUR 08” was inspired by Maiden’s recently released DVD, LIVE AFTER DEATH (New Door Records/Ume). Filmed and recorded over four spectacular nights at Long Beach Arena on the “Powerslave Tour” in 1985, this has long been a benchmark for rock concert videos and live albums, and the CD remains one of the biggest-selling live albums ever with sales in excess of six million worldwide. With the video having been largely unavailable for many years, the fan’s massive interest in this legendary concert continues to this day with the DVD debuting at No. 1 on charts around the world (including The UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and Finland), as well as No 2 on the Billboard USA Chart and in Canada.

    This tour revisits the band’s history by focusing almost entirely on their classic 80’s period in both choice of songs played and the stage set, which is based around the legendary Egyptian Production of that ‘Powerslave Tour’ as portrayed on the Live After Death DVD. This will arguably be the most elaborate and spectacular show the band have ever presented. Furthermore the band intends to bring along for this summer leg of the tour the colossal mummy of Eddie, as featured on the Live After Death DVD, along with various other elements of the show that would not fit on their 757 on the first leg of this tour, which included the shows at the Forum and Izod Centre. Sadly no jumbo has a door big enough to fit in such a massive and imposing monster!!!

    Says vocalist Bruce Dickinson ; “We are all greatly looking forward to getting back to see our fans in places like Texas, the South West and Seattle where we haven’t played for quite some time. And for this leg we will be able to bring along all Eddie’s toys which we couldn’t get on our plane during the first leg. We are all having a great time on this tour and really can’t believe the excitement it is creating round the world and the huge numbers of people who are turning out to see us. It makes for a really very exciting time for all of us, fans and band alike”

    Maiden kicked off their record-breaking SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME WORLD TOUR 08 in Mumbai, India on Feb 1st, before it rolled into Australia and Japan earlier this month - their first visit to the country in 15 years. Sky News joined the band from departure in the UK through the Indian leg to document Maiden’s enormous international profile They received an unprecedented amount of coverage which rolled across the network for two whole days. View the links below to experience the Maiden Boeing 757, the fan hysteria and exclusive footage of the first night of the tour in Mumbai. Channel 9 News in Australia also caught up with the band landing in Sydney and cameras around the world are expected to follow the band throughout this tour.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBniMHcNR30
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWQw4fG8RxU
    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=377726

    This tour, during which Maiden is expected to play to more than 1.5 million fans in the next six months, sees Iron Maiden consolidate their reputation as one of the greatest live acts on the planet and also one of the biggest ticket-selling bands ever.

    ‘Maiden Mania’ is currently gripping countries around the world as tickets for the 2008 World Tour flew out of box offices everywhere when they went on sale last year. On the first leg in Feb/Mar alone, tickets in San Paolo, Brazil, at the 42,000 capacity Palmeiras Stadium sold out in just a week ; Mexico City’s 22,000 capacity Sports Arena sold out in a record-breaking four days leading to the show being moved to the 51,000 Foro Sol Stadium, which is already sold out too; a first ever visit to Colombia, where first day ticket sales were the biggest for any music event there ever, saw the Simon Bolivar Stadium in Bogota sell out the 30,000 original capacity in 10 days and this has now been extended to 50,000; 14,000 capacity arenas in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, sold out in less than half an hour with second shows being added in both cities and the band playing to 70,000 fans there; 25,000 fans in each of Argentina, Chile and Costa Rica have already snapped up all available tickets with the promoter asking the venues if he can get more fans in to see the show.

    The story continues in North America where shows in major arenas in LA, New York, Toronto sold out weeks in advance; and in the summer, when Maiden take the show around the stadiums of Europe, 125,000 tickets were sold in just over 2 hours last November for three stadium shows in Sweden and Finland!

    Being able to tour the Southern Hemisphere in such a concentrated way is all due to the band taking their own plane – along with their entire 50-man crew, 12 tons of equipment and stage set – around the world with Astraeus Airline Captain Bruce Dickinson at the helm.
  • "The Bitterest Flavours" to be released next Abril 21st via Deadsun Records [Fra]

    DIVINE LUST has inked a deal with the french label Deadsun Records whichwill release the band’s second Album 'The Bitterest Flavours'.

    The release dates are April 21st for Portugal and France and May 21stfor the rest of Europe and Canada.

    Meanwhile,some of the new tracks are already available to listen online,namelythe full version of “Selling My Soul” and “extended” samples of “Duskful OfBliss, Morningful Of Misery” and “Good By Love”. Just check DIVINE LUST’sWebsite and My Space page.

    More news and details are soon to be announced.

    Divine Lust
    www.divinelust.com
    www.myspace.com/divinelustband
    [email protected]
  • Healer singer/guitarist launches new website!

    HEALER vocalist/guitarist Scott Von Heldt (who has worked with members of WHITE ZOMBIE, Cirque du Soliel, BAD COMPANY and more..) is proud to announce the launch of his official website, ScottVonHeldt.com

    The site features music from Healer as well as new previously unreleased material from his Ohio based death metal band KURAI and the recent EP from LA based thrash/funk quartet BARON VON SLOTH and much more!

    Scott is currently in the studio with bassist Tate McLaughlin and drummer Gary Larz working on the power trio's debut release due out this summer.
  • Danish band VOLBEAT invades the UNITED STATES

    NEW on MASCOT RECORDS USA – ROCK THE REBEL/METAL THE DEVIL
    COMING SOON TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

    HOLLYWOOD – They are the Metal Johnny Cash, Rockabilly Metal, Elvis Presley Hardcore – whatever title you choose for this bone-crushing band from Denmark – VOLBEAT is at the top if their game. VOLBEAT’s new U.S. release ROCK THE REBEL/METAL THE DEVIL on Mascot Records U.S.A. will be coming to your stores soon. First single Sad Man’s Tongue will hit the airwaves in the next few months.

    VOLBEATS fresh spin on metal is derived from the likes of ELVIS PRESLEY, NAPALM DEATH to LITTLE RICHARD, JERRY LEE LEWIS, CHUCK BERRY, RAMONES, MOTORHEAD, BLACK SABBATH, MEGADETH, METALLICA and the list goes on. The lethal combination of 50’s rock and heavy metal is a brutal force to reckon with.

    Get a taste of VOLBEAT on youtube.com now~

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYBZnQO_fyg

    VOLBEAT has been nominated in the following categories at the annual Danish Music Awards (the Danish Grammy Awards equivalent) – to air this Saturday, February 23rd:
    * Best Danish Album Of The Year
    * Best Danish Band Of The Year
    * Best Singer
    * Best Danish Rock Album Of The YearRock The Rebel/Metal The Devil Track List
    Other

    1. The Human Instrument
    2. Mr. & Mrs. Ness
    3. The Garden’s Tale
    4. Devil or the Blue Cat’s Song
    5. Sad Man’s Tongue
    6. River Queen
    7. Radio Girl
    8. A Moment Forever
    9. Soulweeper #2
    10. You or Them
    11. Boa

    Michael Poulsen - Guitar & Vocals
    Anders Kjølholm - Bass
    Jon Larsen – Drums
    Thomas Bredahl - guitarist

    VOLBEAT is sponsored by Vans, Eastpak, Gibson, InTune Guitar Picks, De Palma and Dean Markley.

    www.volbeat.dk
    www.myspace.com/volbeat
    www.mascotrecords.com
  • KATAKLYSM Filming "Taking the World by Storm" Clip This Weekend!

    For immediate release:

    Northern hyper-blasters, KATAKLYSM, will be filming a video for the track “Taking the World by Storm” in New York this weekend. The clip is to be directed by David Brodsky (THE RED CHORD, GWAR, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and is taken from their upcoming album “Prevail.”

    KATAKLYSM recently unveiled the cover artwork for "Prevail", at this location (http://www.kataklysmrocks.com/images/prevail.jpg). The band decided to "immortalize" the character that was featured on the cover of their last CD, "In the Arms of Devastation", and have him re-appear as the main character — dubbed "The Heartbeast" — on "Prevail".

    "Prevail" was mixed at AudioHammer Studios in Orlando, Florida with producer Jason Suecof and is scheduled for release via Nuclear Blast Records on May 23 (Europe) and May 27 (North America). The CD will feature guest solo appearances by Pat O'Brien (CANNIBAL CORPSE), Dave Linsk (OVERKILL) and producer and guitar shredder Jason Suecof himself. The band promises "a monstrous album that will pummel you from start to finish." Look for a brand new track to be debuted on the band’s Myspace page in the coming months!

    “Prevail” Track listing:
    1- Prevail
    2- Taking The world by storm
    3- The Chains of Power
    4- As Death Lingers
    5- Blood In Heaven
    6- To the Throne of Sorrow
    7- Breathe To Dominate
    8- Tear Down The Kingdom
    9- The Vultures Are Watching
    10- The Last Effort (Renaissance II) *

    *Instrumental
  • BELPHEGOR to Guest on CHAOS with Full Metal Jackie!

    For immediate release:

    Proving evil has no day of rest, Austria’s lords of supreme death/black metal art, BELPHEGOR, will be stopping by the offices of INDIE 103.1 this Sunday (February 24th) to premiere the title track from their upcoming album “Bondage Goat Zombie.” Helmuth and Serpenth will be speaking about all things metal and obscene with Full Metal Jackie on her show CHAOS, which airs at 10pm PST on INDIE 103.1 in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Fans can also can also listen to a stream of the broadcast online at www.indie1031.com. CHAOS re-airs on KNAC.COM twice a week; Monday nights from 7-9pm PST and Sunday mornings 7-9am PST.

    BELPHEGOR recently entered Andy Classen's Stage One Studios in Kassel, Germany to begin recording their new album, "Bondage Goat Zombie", for an April 11, 2008 European release via Nuclear Blast Records (April 15 in North America). The follow-up to 2006's "Pestapokalypse VI", "Bondage Goat Zombie" was recorded at Stage One Studios in Kassel, Germany.

    Commented the band: "The album features artwork in classic and disturbing BELPHEGOR style. Some of the nine brand new tracks will deal with the writings of the infamous Marquis de Sade. Sounds like the ultimate BELPHEGOR treatment? Expect supreme death/ black metal art."

    "Bondage Goat Zombie" track listing:

    01. Bondage Goat Zombie
    02. Stigma Diabolicum
    03. Armageddon's Raid
    04. Justine: Soaked In Blood
    05. Sexdictator Lucifer
    06. Shred For Sathan
    07. Chronicles Of Crime
    08. The Sukkubus Lustrate
    09. Der Rutenmarsch

    BELPHEGOR recently completed a European tour with SIX FEET UNDER, NILE and FINNTROLL.
  • Prosthetic Records signs CENTURY

    Prosthetic Records is proud to announce the addition of Pennsylvania-based CENTURY to the label’s roster. Boasting a forward-thinking approach to heavy music, the band has already garnered critical praise from 2006’s ‘Faith and Failure’ and plans to release its latest effort, the concept-based ‘Black Ocean’ April 29 worldwide, and a day prior in Europe.

    Currently being mastered by Kim Rosen at West West Side Music in New York, a completed version of the title track from ‘Black Ocean’ and the album’s cover art are available on CENTURY’s MySpace page. Two years in the making, and with the pending release of ‘Black Ocean,’ CENTURY frontman Carson Slovak says, “Black Ocean is being released? On Prosthetic Records? Well that’s great!”

    In conjunction with the release of Black Ocean, CENTURY is launching a special album website. The interactive full-flash site will feature exclusive content, including hidden features and a bonus track only accessible by solving a code found in the album’s artwork. The website will be officially launched April 28 along with the album’s release.

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • JOHN "JD" DESERVIO of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY signs with
    REFORM RECORDS for SOLO PROJECT - CYCLE OF PAIN

    HOLLYWOOD - Black Label Society’s bass-monster, John "JD" DeServio has signed with newly found label Reform Records for his project Cycle Of Pain.

    Accompanying DeServio in Cycle Of Pain is vocalist/rhythm guitarist Gregg Locascio, lead guitarist Joe Taylor (who plays with Doro Pesch) and drummer Rich Monica. In fact, DeServio, Locascio and Taylor were in a band together when they were only 15 years old. "We grew up together," says DeServio. "It's family, just like BLS."

    The reason behind Cycle OF Pain is simple, "The tunes were written to create some awesome music,” explains DeServio. “This record is very diverse. Our influences range from Black Sabbath to John Coltrane, there's even a piano ballad with string arrangements on here. Zakk Wylde is going to do a guitar solo or two and Brian Tichy will be on a few songs as well. Cypress Hill is also doing a track with us."

    Endorsed by Schecter guitars and an alumni of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, DeServio’s rock 'n' roll resume includes playing bass for Lita Ford when she opened for Motley Crue on the Dr. Feelgood tour. DeServio then joined UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore's band for their opening stint in front of Rush on the Roll the Bones tour. Aligning himself with Zakk Wylde, in Pride & Glory, DeServio got to open for Aerosmith. In addition to working with Richie Kotzen and Derek Sherinian amongst others, DeServio often holds bass clinics and teaches.

    About Reform Records: the truth of their vision lives in their name. Based in New Jersey, Reform believes in and understands that artist development is an endless and subjective process. Fully embracing change and accepting the current revolution the music industry is undergoing, Reform aims to work with business minded artists who are committed to success.

    Reform's roster includes former label executives from Interscope, A&M and Elektra Records as well as Sirius Satellite Radio. While the label may be new, those running it come armed with a wealth of experience. This is a record company that avoids overblown budgets and unfair agreements, instead focusing on hard work and appropriate partnerships.

    Cycle Of Pain will release late spring 2008. For more information click to www.myspace.com/johnjddeservio or www.myspace.com/cycleofpain
  • WARMASTER new song online!

    WARMASTER, which recently signed to Dutch Metal Records, have posted a new song, called "Psychological Suffering", on their website and MySpace.

    The track comes off their upcoming debut CD 'First War', which will be released on March 24th.

    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