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March 21st, 2009
  • MAROON announce album release shows & present “Order” cover artwork!

    German panzer MAROON are about to return in full swing with their heaviest, most diverse and visionary opus to date! Driven by the band’s steadfast dedication to honest, vigorous and timeless metal sounds, the new album “Order” marks the culmination of the band’s most creative and focused song-writing phase.

    The album will be released on April 20th, 2009 and to properly celebrate this event, MAROON have announced several exclusive record release shows including one in the band’s hometown Nordhausen where you will be able to buy an exclusive “Order” package only available at this date! Here are the exact dates:

    “Order” release shows!
    Presented by Metal Hammer (D), Fuze (D), Slam (A), rockinvasion (D), Metal.de (D), Peta2.de (D), Allschools.de (D), In-Your-Face.de (D)

    April 17, 2009 - Hamburg (D) @ Headcräsh
    April 18, 2009 - Nordhausen (D) @ venue tba / Very special release show!
    April 24, 2009 - Essen (D) @ Turock
    April 25,2009 - Stuttgart (D) @ Landespavillon
    May 9, 2009 – Berlin (D) @ Live at Dot

    Furthermore, you can now check out the cover artwork of “Order” at the band’s official MySpace page, so head over to
    www.myspace.com/maroonhate

    “Order” was recorded with producer Markus Stock / Klangschmiede Studio E (Eisregen, The Vision Bleak, Secrets Of The Moon), skilfully mixed at Studio Fredman in Sweden by Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity) and mastered at West West Side Studios (Mastodon, Unearth, Earth Crisis) in the US. Needless to say, that this resulted in the best sound MAROON ever had!

    While the band spent most of 2008 working on the new album and thus decided to take a time-out from the stage, in 2009 MAROON will make sure to defend their reputation as a kick-ass live band!

    MAROON online:
    www.myspace.com/maroonhate
    www.maroonhate.com

    Also visit:
    www.myspace.com/centurymediaeurope
    www.youtube.com/centurymediaeurope
  • IN THIS MOMENT Touring UK & Europe (with Papa Roach & Filter) in April 2009!

    California’s hottest modern hard rock export IN THIS MOMENT is confirmed to finally hit stages in UK & mainland Europe in April 2009. The band surrounding sexy front lady Maria Brink will first embark on the “Give It A Name Introduces Tour 2009”, consisting of several UK dates (incl. the main festival events in London and Manchester), followed by continental European shows as support of Papa Roach and Filter. See below for details.

    Vocalist Maria Brink comments:
    “We are so excited to come back and play the U.K. The last time we were there was in 2007 when we played summer festivals. Our jaws dropped when we saw how epic European festivals were. Obviously, we are counting down the days until we get back to Europe. We are totally stoked to be part of the Give It A Name lineup, and get to experience the kick ass European crowds again with a bunch of amazing bands.

    As far as the Papa Roach and Filter shows go it’s something we are looking very forward to. We stood on the side of the stage and watched Papa Roach play at Rock Am Ring. We were blown away with the entire show, and the crowd reaction. There was literally a sea of people. We will be all smiles and ready to have a good time when we get off the airplane!”

    After releasing the much lauded “The Dream” album on Century Media in autumn 2008, which subsequently entered the US Billboard Top 200 at #70, IN THIS MOMENT started the worldwide touring cycle for the album in the US as direct support of Five Finger Death Punch and after wrapping up their current tour with Mudvayne they will soon cross the ocean to rock out with their European fans. So, do not miss out on this one & visit http://www.myspace.com/inthismoment for songs, videos and regular updates!

    To give you an idea of what you can expect, watch part #1 of IN THIS MOMENT’s new tour diary series:
    Click Here

    Give It A Name Introduces Tour 2009
    IN THIS MOMENT
    Lights
    Versa Emerge
    Whole Wheat Bread
    Sponsored by Kerrang (UK)

    April 9, London (UK) @ Islington Academy
    April 10, Oxford (UK) @ Academy 2
    April 11, Sheffield (UK) @ Academy 2
    April 12, Glasgow (UK) @ King Tuts
    April 14, Newcastle (UK) @ Academy 2
    April 16, Birmingham (UK) @ Academy 2
    April 17, Cardiff (UK) @ tba

    IN THIS MOMENT @ Give It A Name Festival 2009
    with Taking Back Sunday, Enter Shikari, Underoath, Thursday, Emery & more
    Sponsored by Kerrang (UK)
    April 18, London (UK) @ Hammersmith Apollo
    April 19, Manchester (UK) @ Apollo

    Papa Roach
    Filter
    IN THIS MOMENT
    April 20, Cologne (D) @ Live Music Hall
    April 21, Amsterdam (NL) @ Melkweg
    April 22, Hamburg (D) @ Docks
    April 24, Berlin (D) @ Huxley's
    April 25, Vienna (AT) @ Gasometer
    April 27, Munich (D) @ New Backstage
    April 28, Zurich (CH) @ X-Tra Limmathaus
  • DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED premiere new single “Flatline” at Playboy.com/blog!

    The hard rock world is about to get a nice, swift kick in the ass as this Seattle-based sonic force titled DUFF MCKAGAN's LOADED has finally returned after a lengthy hiatus with their much anticipated, new full-length release “Sick”. The new offering was recorded by Martin Feveyear (Presidents of the USA, Kings of Leon) and will be released on March 30th, 2009 (Europe) and April 7th, 2009 (USA).

    To hear the first single from “Sick” entitled "Flatline," click below and listen to it at Duff McKagan's blog at Playboy.com/blog!
    http://www.playboy.com/blog/2009/02/duffonomics-free-music-1.html

    DUFF MCKAGAN’s LOADED was formed in 1999, released two albums and debuted on Century Media with the extremely well-received “Wasted Heart EP” in September 2008. The current line-up features drummer Geoff Reading (New American Shame, Green Apple Quickstep), bassist Jeff Rouse and guitarist Mike Squires (both formerly of Alien Crime Syndicate). With the fabulous new album “Sick” these rock n’ roll brothers will bring their honest and powerful high-energy rock to every stage to kick out the jams!

    Also visit:
    http://www.myspace.com/loaded
    http://duff-loaded.com
  • WOLF post another new song, track-by-track comment online & more!

    Heavy metal beasts WOLF will unleash their highly anticipated new album “Ravenous” next week and have now premiered another new track at their official MySpace site to further wet your appetite for this metallic delicacy – listen to “Speed On” at www.myspace.com/wolfheavymetal!

    The track “Curse You Salem”, which can also be heard on the band’s MySpace, has lately been played in the famous Bruce Dickinson Rock Show on BBC 6 Music and this marks a very special compliment for WOLF.

    “Ravenous” will be released on the following dates:
    GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: February 20, 2009.
    UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: February 23, 2009.
    SPAIN / PORTUGAL: February 24, 2009.
    SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: February 25, 2009.
    USA: March 24, 2009

    An in-depth track-by-track feature on “Ravenous” can now be read at www.metal.de/stories.php4?was=story&id=1548, enjoy!

    Also, do not forget to check out WOLF’s brand-new video for the song “Voodoo” by clicking here

    “Ravenous” also features guest appearances by Hank Shermann (Force of Evil, Mercyful Fate) and Marc Boals (ex-Malmsteen). The fierce and bloody artwork was once again created by long time cover artist Thomas Holm (Mercyful Fate).

    Topped off by the phenomenal production by Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Judas Priest) real metal is about to return with a vengeance!

    Press on “Ravenous”:
    “Grunge? Alternative? Nu Metal? Metalcore? Not in the world of WOLF! Their new slab of smashing metal tracks breathes the spirit of old Iron Maiden and Mercyful Fate while sounding refreshing and captivating.”
    Album Of The Month, HEAVY (D)

    “If there is one “new” classic heavy metal band any headbanger should support then it’s WOLF!”
    Soundcheck # 2, ROCK HARD (D)

    WOLF Live:

    Headline Shows
    06.03. SWE – Sundsvall / Club Destroyer
    07.03. SWE – Köping / Hantis
    14.03. SWE – Karlstad / Metalclub
    24.03. FIN –Turku / Klubi
    25.03. FIN – Tampere / Hellä
    26.03. FIN – Helsinki / Dante's Highlight

    Festivals
    24.04. UK – Hammerfest / www.hammerfest.co.uk
    13.06. SWE – Muskelrocken Festival / www.myspace.com/tyrolen

    Visit WOLF online:
    www.myspace.com/wolfheavymetal
    www.youtube.com/axemanwolf

    Also visit:
    www.myspace.com/centurymediaeurope
    www.youtube.com/centurymediaeurope
  • GOD FORBID new album available now; brand-new album trailer and widget online!

    New Jersey metal titans GOD FORBID are back! Their phenomenal new album “Earthsblood” has been released all across Europe today and will be released on February 24th, 2009 in the US.

    You can now watch a stunning album trailer for “Earthsblood” at the following link:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JuXi3D1qaE

    Check out the brand-new songs “The Rain” and “War Of Attrition” at the new GOD FORBID widget, embed it to your MySpace profile and spread it among your friends:
    www.centurymedia.com/eCard/GodForbid/Earthsblood

    Also, press is excited about “Earthsblood”:

    “Re-energised New Jersey metallers return in epic style.”
    KKKK / KKKKK, Kerrang (UK)

    “…the strongest GOD FORBID album to date.”
    10x dynamite, Rock Hard (D)

    “Sophisticated widescreen metal-prog!”
    Visions (D)

    The album was produced by Eric Rachel (Atreyu) with Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory, Threat Signal) handling all vocal tracking. The mixing was handled by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Amon Amarth).

    “Earthsblood” is available as standard CD as well as limited edition CD Digipak including the audio part of the “Beneath The Scars Of Glory And Progression” DVD as bonus CD.

    GOD FORBID will be starting their European tour with Ill Nino later this month and are already confirmed for several prestigious festivals this summer, see below for the exact dates:

    Ill Nino
    GOD FORBID
    Exilia
    24.02.2009 Haarlem (NL) - Patronaat
    25.02.2009 Eindhoven (NL) - Effenaar
    26.02.2009 Cologne (D) - Essigfabrik
    27.02.2009 Copenhagen (DK) - The Rock
    28.02.2009 Hamburg (D) - Knust
    01.03.2009 Berlin (D) - K17
    03.03.2009 Vienna (AT) - Arena
    04.03.2009 Stuttgart (D) - Die Röhre
    06.03.2009 Milan (IT) - Zoe Club
    07.03.2009 Winterthur (CH) - Salzhaus
    08.03.2009 Fribourg (CH) - Fri-Son
    10.03.2009 Villa Real (ES) - Salatal
    11.03.2009 Granada (ES) - El Tren
    12.03.2009 Madrid (ES) - La Sala Live
    13.03.2009 Vigo (ES) - Sala A
    14.03.2009 Villaba (ES) - Pamplona Totem
    15.03.2009 Notre Dame De Gravenchon (F) - Arcade
    17.03.2009 Newcastle (UK) - Academy 2
    18.03.2009 Liverpool (UK) - Academy 2
    19.03.2009 Sheffield (UK) - Academy 2
    20.03.2009 London (UK) - Islington Academy
    21.03.2009 Birmingham (UK) - Academy 2
    22.03.2009 Bristol (UK) - Academy 2

    GOD FORBID @ Summer festivals
    06.06.2009 Bologna (IT) - Flame Fest
    19. – 21.06.2009 Clisson (F) - Hellfest
    26. – 28.06.2009 Dessel (BE) – Graspop Metal Meeting
    03.07.2009 Münster (D) - Vainstream Rockfest
    04.07.2009 Mannheim (D) - Vainstream Beastfest
    05.07.2009 Roijtzschora (D) – With Full Force
    …more dates to follow soon!

    Also visit:
    www.myspace.com/godforbid
    www.godforbid1.com
  • NAPALM DEATH have finished their new video clip!

    Two decades after inventing grindcore, with their latest album “Time Waits For No Slave” NAPALM DEATH continue to demonstrate that their work is far from done and that their art is now more relevant than ever. The band has now finished filming the first video for the new album, vocalist Barney comments:

    “We have shot a new video for “Time Waits For No Slave” this week and it encompass all the features of a dour, sterile, product-driven world and the sheer joy of freeing up your mind and appreciating the simplicity of the world evolving around you rather than flogging yourself to death all the time to get ahead. It’s being done in Norwich (Eastern UK) with Tom Blyth, who you might not have heard of. But he was in a really old UK hardcore band called Goober Patrol. We saw his work and he really seems to understand the art of protest without the cheesiness or cliché. We look forward to seeing you all soon.”

    “Time Waits For No Slave” was produced by Russ Russell at Foel Studios / Wales and has been heralded as the band’s most extreme and devastating opus to date. You should not hesitate a second and get it immediately: It is available as Limited Edition CD Digipak (incl. special packaging, two bonus tracks + sticker), standard CD and LP (incl. the full album on CD and bonus songs) with alternate cover colourings on all formats (Ltd. CD: silver, CD: sepia, Ltd. LP: green).

    Press on “Time Waits For No Slave”:

    The album is supported by massive media acclaim seeing the band achieve more cover features than ever before and countless raving reviews in the worldwide metal press:

    “…"Time Waits For No Slave" is a perfect storm of furious grinding metal from a band that hasn't sounded this alive and hungry in their nearly three decades of existence. Extremity retained!”
    Blabbermouth.net (US), 9.5/10 points

    “…they’re just as brutal and ferocious as ever as the songs keep improving in structure and intent, ferociousness and infectiousness, edginess and socio-political irascibility.”
    Album of the month!
    Terrorizer (UK)

    Soundcheck #2
    Rock Hard (D), 9/10 points

    Soundcheck #3
    Metal Hammer (D), 7/7 points

    Check out several tracks from “Time Waits For No Slave” and detailed track-by-track videos at www.myspace.com/napalmdeath

    NAPALM DEATH are currently touring northern Europe, will be heading out on an extensive US run with Abigail Williams, Trap Them and others in April, and shall return to European stages during the festival season. See below for all upcoming dates:

    See below for all upcoming dates:

    NAPALM DEATH live
    17.02. Turku - Klubi (Finland)
    18.02. Tampere - Klubi (Finland)
    19.02. Jyvaskyle - Lutakko (Finland)
    20.02. Oulu - Jalometalli Winterfest / Teatria (Finland)
    21.02. Joensuu – Kellari (Finland)

    25.06. Copenhagen – The Rock (Denmark)
    03.07. Albertville – La Bathie (France)
    24.07. Oberf – Eisenhardt (Germany)

    NAPALM DEATH @ festivals 2009
    23.05. Baltimore, MD – Maryland Deathfest (USA)
    21.06. Clisson – Hellfest (France)
    18.07. Trutnox – Obscene Extreme (Czech Republic)
    31.07. Wacken – Wacken Open Air (Germany)
    09.08. Blackpool – Rebellion Festival (Great Britain)
    Booking: www.mad-tourbooking.de

    Also visit:
    www.napalmdeath.org
  • SILENOZ FROM DIMMU BORGIR ON SHOCKHOUND.com’s “STELLA CAN’T COOK”

    “I come from a musical background where you don’t really have much cash,” states DIMMU BORGIR guitarist/songwriter Silenoz, “so you have to spend the little you have on cheap stuff.”

    Click on the link below to view Silenoz’s preparation of grilled hot dogs with shrimp salad wrapped in tortillas with show host Stella (who is a terrible cook).

    Click Here

    DIMMU BORGIR’s latest DVD, The Invaluable Darkness, debuted at #5 on the Nielsen SoundScan “Top DVD Music Videos” chart in mid-October 2008. Silenoz’s favorite countries to eat in are: Brazil, México, Japan, and the U.S.
  • ANIMALS AS LEADERS SIGN TO PROSTHETIC RECORDS, SET APRIL RELEASE DATE

    LOS ANGELES – Animals As Leaders, the Washington, D.C.-based instrumental/progressive band that features renowned eight-string guitarist Tosin Abasi (ex-Reflux), has signed with Prosthetic Records. The group's self-titled debut is slated for an April 28 release, and an advance track, "Tempting Time," is currently streaming on their MySpace page (www.myspace.com/animalsasleaders).

    "Animals As Leaders is a guitar-driven, progressive instrumental project with ambient and electronic influences," Abasi explains. "I definitely wanted to make an album that was 'guitar-centric,' but also interesting from other perspectives.

    "'Tempting Time' loosely deals with some of the time-based societal pressures that come with getting older," he continues. "It's about reconciling your place in your life with where society feels like you should be, and understanding the finite amount of time you have in life to do anything."

    Animals As Leaders will perform at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival on Apr. 18. Additional tour dates will follow.
  • BATTLEFIELDS ON TOUR!

    Hailing from the depths of Minnesota and Fargo-North Dakota, BATTLEFIELDS have been touring relentlessly for the last three years and accruing massive accolades for their brutally honest music and astounding live performances. BATTLEFIELDS have stepped up to the plate and created an instant classic in Thresholds of Imbalance that encompasses a new direction in extreme and epic mind-expansive music. Recorded at The Devil's Workshop in Minnesota and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance Audio, Thresholds of Imbalance is an essential release for fans of Mastodon, Katatonia, Torche, Khanate, Pelican, Creation is Crucifixion and Tool.

    BATTLEFIELDS are currently preparing for more than a month's worth of US tour dates with Irepress. The tour will kick off on March 6th at The Factory in Rochester, MI and wind down April 9th at Washington Street Art Gallery in Vermillion, SD.

    Battlefields US Tour 2009 With Irepress
    3/06/2009 The Factory - Rochester, MI w/ The Atlas Moth
    3/07/2009 Mac's Bar - Lansing, MI w/ The Plague Years
    3/09/2009 Subterranean - Chicago, IL w/ Dark Castle, The Atlas Moth
    3/10/2009 Bong Ward - Milwaukee, WI w/ Dark Castle
    3/11/2009 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN w/ Vernal Pool
    3/12/2009 The Aquarium - Fargo, ND w/ Dark Castle, Vernal Pool
    3/13/2009 Nutty's North - Sioux Falls, SD **INIT FEST** w/ Battlefields, The Blinding Light
    3/14/2009 Saddle Creek Bar - Omaha, NE w/ Hammerlord (w/o Irepress)
    3/15/2009 Ghost House - Lincoln, NE w/ Mother Pile, Towers
    3/16/2009 Eagles Lodge - Wichita, KS w/ polarOppositebear
    3/18/2009 Reno's Chop Shop - Dallas, TX w/ Zoroaster
    3/19 - 3/21/2009 Austin, TX, as part of SXSW
    3/22/2009 Red 7 - Austin TX w/ Pelican, Wolves in the Throne Room, Tombs
    3/23/2009 Zepplin’s - El Paso, TX
    3/24/2009 The Living Room - Tuscon, AZ w/ Hellas Mounds, North
    3/26/2009 Back to the Grind - Riverside, CA w/ Name
    3/27/2009 The Knitting Factory (Alter Knit) - Los Angeles, CA w/ Name, Behol the Monolith
    3/28/2009 *TBA - San Francisco, CA
    3/29/2009 Paradise Lost - Chico, CA w/ Name
    3/30/2009 Samurai Duck - Eugene, OR
    3/21/2009 Kelly’s Olympian - Portland, OR w/ Paranaut, Nanda Devi
    4/01/2009 The Funhouse - Seattle, WA w/ Sioux City Pete & The Beggars
    4/02/2009 Gusto Bar (skate ramps in bar!) - Boise, ID
    4/03/2009 Burt’s Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT w/ Nine Worlds
    4/04/2009 Three Kings - Denver, CO w/ Mustangs & Madras, Adai
    4/05/2009 Jackpot Saloon - Lawrence, KS w/ The Cast Pattern
    4/06/2009 Fubar - St. Louis, MO

    Battlefields (w/o Irepress)
    4/07/2009 Mojo's - Columbia, MO
    4/08/2009 *TBA - Iowa City, IA
    4/09/2009 Washington Street Art Gallery - Vermillion, SD

    http://www.myspace.com/battlefieldsdoom
    http://www.translationloss.com/
    http://www.myspace.com/translationlossrecords
  • DARK CASTLE tour it up

    Dark Castle will be hitting to road during the month of March as a warm up for the mass amount of touring expected after the release of their first full-length, Spirited Migration, due out on At A Loss Recordings in late April/early May 2009 (release date to be confirmed soon).

    3/03/2009 112 House - Columbia, SC w/Cough
    3/04/2009 The Hideaway - Johnson City, TN w/Cough
    3/05/2009 Brooklyn Pizza - Lexington, KY w/Cough
    3/06/2009 The Summit - Columbus, OH w/Cough
    3/07/2009 Casa Del Kotex - Indianapolis, IN w/Cough
    3/09/2009 Subterranean - Chicago, IL w/Battlefields, Irepress
    3/10/2009 Borg Ward - Milwaukee, WI w/Battlefields, Irepress
    3/12/2009 The Aquarium - Fargo, ND w/Battlefields, Irepress
    3/13/2009 The Red Barn - Williston, ND w/Irepress
    3/15/2009 The Cretin Hop - Spokane, WA
    3/16/2009 The Josephine - Seattle, WA
    3/17/2009 The Someday Lounge - Portland, OR
    3/18/2009 Samurai Duck - Eugene, OR
    3/19/2009 Stillwater - Ashland, OR
    3/20/2009 On The Y - Sacramento, CA
    3/21/2009 Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, Ca
    3/22/2009 Art Factory - San Jose, CA
    3/25/2009 Blue Monkey - Hollywood, CA w/Ox vs. Thunderbird
    3/26/2009 Bombay - Ventura, CA w/Ox vs. Thunderbird
    3/27/2009 *house show - Tempe, AZ
    3/28/2009 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Albuquerque, NM
    3/30/2009 Emo's (inside) - Austin, TX w/Lion's of Tsavo
    3/31/2009 *TBA - Dallas, TX w/Vorvadoss
    4/01/2009 Downtown Music - Little Rock, AZ w/Sea Hag, Sports
    4/02/2009 The Doom Room - Vicksburg, MS w/Buzzardstein, Face On Mars
    4/03/2009 Mia's Pub - Shreveport, LA w/Buzzardstein, Power Pellut
    4/04/2009 Saturn Bar - New Orleans, LA w/Buzzardstein
    4/05/2009 Doozer's Pub - Jacksonville, FL w/Dead Commuter, Ol Scratch, Hollow Leg

    http://www.myspace.com/darkcastlemetal
    http://www.myspace.com/atalossrecordings
  • STRATOVARIUS ANNOUNCE THEIR NEW ALBUM "POLARIS"

    Helsinki, 25th February 2009 Stratovarius will release their brand new studio album "Polaris" on May, 21st 2009.

    This new album will see a worldwide release by the bands new label partner edel under the new imprint earMUSIC outside of Asia and the bands long time label partner for Asia, JVC.

    Jens Johansson states "We are very happy to have found strong label partners for the future of Stratovarius who truly believe in the band and are as enthusiastic as
    we are. I can't wait to hit the road again and meet all fans who supported us through all our good and bad times."

    Max Vaccaro, of earMUSIC / edel adds "We are very honoured to welcome Stratovarius in our family; 'Polaris' is in fact a special album for edel.

    Like for Stratovarius, it's a sort of new start, we are in fact entering a new exciting chapter in our lives, the launch of a the new label earMUSIC, to coincide with the release of this fantastic new album with a renewed line-up and an overwhelming energy.

    One thing is for sure, Stratovarius fans will agree with us in welcoming the extraordinary talent of the new guitar player Matias Kupiainen and immediately reckon 'Polaris' to be a true Stratovarius classic.

    "We are proud of our long and successful history with this great band and are very excited to be a part of their new beginning." - Seigo Horiuchi JVC/Victor Entertainment, Inc.

    In September 2008 the band found the freedom to go into seclusion for almost a month in a cottage by the sea in a Finnish forest to relax, laugh, write songs, be creative together, and record.

    And they found themselves being a band reborn. The result is a melodic, powerful, fresh, tight, and technically elaborate new album.

    "Polaris" was recorded in the fall 2008 at Haestholmen and 5by5 studios, Helsinki, Finland. Mixed by the longtime confidant of the band Mikko Karmila the album became another shining polar star at the Northern sky.

    Powerful melodies mingle with sophisticated arrangements, strong anthems stand alongside heavy songs. 11 songs full of energy, musicianship, and a positive outlook.

    Vocalist Timo Kotipelto explains "Polaris is a positive, powerful album that Stratovarius fans all over the world are certain to take to their hearts."

    The band will support the release of their new studio album with live shows around the globe. The world tour will start in the UK, followed by a variety of European dates:

    15.05.2009 Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton [UK]
    16.05.2009 Rock City Nottingham [UK]
    17.05.2009 Cathouse Glasgow [UK]
    18.05.2009 Islington O2 Academy (ka Carling Academy) London [UK]
    19.05.2009 Academy 2 Manchester [UK]
    20.05.2009 Button Factory Dublin [IE]
    22.05.2009 Wacken Rocks Aurich [DE]
    23.05.2009 Wacken Rocks Kreuth [DE]
    24.05.2009 Progresja Warsaw [PL]
    29.05.2009 CDK MAI Moscow [RU]
    30.05.2009 Glavclub St Petersburg [RU]
    05.06.2009 - 07.06.2009 Sauna Open Air Tampere [FI]
    21.06.2009 Hellfest Clisson [FR]
    11.07.2009 Masters of Rock, Destillery Rudolf Jelinek Vizovice [CZ]
    19.07.2009 Pro Rock Festival, Aerodrome "Chajka", Kiev [UA]
    25.07.2009 Zwarte Cross Festival, Lichtenvoorde [NL]

    September will see Stratovarius playing live shows in Asia, followed by a full North and South American tour in September/October.

    A European headliner tour is scheduled for January 2010.

    Stratovarius line-up:
    Timo Kotipelto - vocals
    Matias Kupiainen - guitars
    Lauri Porra - bass
    Joerg Michael - drums
    Jens Johansson - keyboards

    ear MUSIC is a division of edel entertainment, representing the work of International Pop and Rock artists such as:
    Deep Purple, Status Quo, Stratovarius, Nazareth, UB40, Ice Cube, Chris Rea, Christopher Cross, Brett Anderson and many others.

    earMUSIC works in conjunction with the edel label earBOOKS (www.earbooks.net) to present the work of its artists pushing the boundaries of physical formats and marketing possibilities, releasing music on CD, earBOOKS, digital, vinyl.

    www.edel.com
    www.ear-music.net
    www.myspace.com/earmusicofficial

    For further information please visit:
    www.stratovarius.com
    www.twisted-talent.com
  • CANDLELIGHT RECORDS SIGNS ANAAL NATHRAKH
    Candlelight Records today confirms the worldwide signing of England’s Anaal Nathrakh. The popular extreme metal duo are currently in the studio working on their label debut titled In The Constellation Of The Black Widow. The album is expected for a summertime release. Vocalist V.I.T.R.I.O.L. says, “Candlelight have shown a strong belief in Anaal Nathrakh and looking at some of the acts on their roster both past and present it seems they are capable of backing up their good intentions. With their help we hope we can finally get the planet cracked in half.”

    Formed in 1998, Anaal Nathrakh have recorded five full-length albums, their most recent Hell Is Empty and All The Devils Are Here released in 2007 via Feto Records (co-owned by member Mick Kenney and Napalm Death’s Shane Embury). Based in Birmingham, the band sonically fuse traditional black metal with elements of industrial, grindcore, and early-day death metal resulting in a one-of-a-kind soundscape that has earned them high acclaim from media and fans around the globe. Reviewing 2005’s album Eschaton Blabbermouth called the band, “the best at marrying drum machine grind, speed riffing death, and bombastic black metal grandeur to a depraved, filthy and overdriven musical framework. Malevolence oozes from every note, brooding insanity in every scream, and a mastery of just what makes extreme metal such a dark and difficult pleasure. Sick, ugly, essential.”

    Commenting on the new album, V.I.T.R.I.O.L. reveals, “Constellation will be faster, more insidious, more ominous, more musically dextrous and wilder than ever before. The album will feature a curve ball guest appearance from Zeitgeist Memento of Mexican extremists Republika.”

    According to the band’s official website, Anaal Nathrakh was created for one purpose - to be the soundtrack for Armageddon and the true spirit of necro taken to its musical extremes. The band have collaborated with such legendary figures as Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Shane Embury and Danny Herrera (Napalm Death), Nick Barker (Testament, Dimmu Borgir), Joe Horvath (Circle of Dead Children), Sethlans Teitan (Watain) and more. The band have appeared on BBC’s Radio 1 (per the behest of icon John Peel), headlined a stage at the annual Inferno Festival in Norway, and have found themselves included among countless ‘Best Album of the Year’ polls around the world. Anaal Nathrakh’s status as one of the leading lights in extreme metal is undeniable.

    http://www.anaal-nathrakh.tk/
    http://www.myspace.com/anaalnathrakh

    http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com
    http://www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa
  • BLOODBOUND New Album Artwork Unveiled

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    BLOODBOUND, the Swedish melodic, heavy metal band featuring members from TAD MOROSE, MORGANA LEFAY, PYRAMAZE and STREET TALK has unveiled the cover art for their upcoming third full-length album, "Tabula Rasa".

    “Tabula Rasa” will be released by BLISTERING RECORDS in Europe on April 26 and in North America on April 21. MARQUEE/AVALON has set a March 25 street date for the Japanese market.

    "Tabula Rasa" track listing:
    01. Sweet Dreams Of Madness
    02. Dominion 5
    03. Take One
    04. Tabula Rasa
    05. Night Touches You
    06. Tabula Rasa Pt.II (Nothing At All)
    07. Plague Doctor
    08. Master Of My Dreams
    09. Twisted Kind Of Fate
    10. All Rights Reserved
    11. A Year With Bloodbound (bonus video – ltd. Digipak)

    During April BLOODBOUND will embark on a European tour with fellow Swede’s HAMMERFALL andSABATON.

    Confirmed dates are:
    28.02.09 Zaragon Rock Club, Jönköping, Sweden
    14.03.09 Pre List. Party + Unplugged, Tranan, Bollnäs, Sweden
    21.03.09 Sport In , Bollnäs, Sweden
    03.04.09 Klub Ucho, Gdynia, Poland
    04.04.09 Eskulap, Poznan, Poland
    05.04.09 WZ, Wroclaw, Poland
    07.04.09 Stuk, Maribor, Slovenia
    08.04.09 Boogaloo, Zagreb, Croatia
    10.04.09 Universiada Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
    11.04.09 SKC, Belgrad, Serbia
    12.04.09 Petöfi Hall, Budapest, Hungary
    14.04.09 Gasometer, Wien, Austria
    15.04.09 Hala Folimanka, Prague, Czech Republic
    17.04.09 Bratislava, Slovakia
    18.04.09 Sports hall Rates, Zvolen, Slovakia
    19.04.09 Cassosport Hall, Kosice, Slovakia
    20.04.09 Novesta hall, Zlin, Czech Republic
    29.05.09 Metal Mayhem Festival, Arenan, Falun, Sweden

    BAND LINKS:
    www.bloodbound.se
    www.myspace.com/bloodboundonline

    BLISTERING RECORDS
    www.blisteringrecords.se
    http://shop.blisteringrecords.se
    www.myspace.com/blisteringrecords
  • ALL THAT REMAINS ANNOUNCE METALFEST "WARM-UP" SHOWS

    The Massachusetts quintet ALL THAT REMAINS, whose current single "Two Weeks" is climbing the charts at active rock radio, have confirmed two warm-up concerts prior to their headlining appearance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Mass. on Apr. 17. The dates are as follows:

    4/14 Higher Ground - Burlington, Vt. w/ August Burns Red
    4/15 Lost Horizon - Syracuse, N.Y. w/ August Burns Red, Unholy

    These three shows mark the group's first American concerts in five months. The band will play additional dates throughout the spring, including the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, Ohio in mid-May alongside Motley Crue, Slipknot and three dozen others. They will also perform live at the inaugural Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on April 7.

    ALL THAT REMAINS just completed a successful European co-headlining tour with The Haunted and is currently touring Australia as part of the Soundwave Festival, which also features Nine Inch Nails, Alice In Chains and Lamb of God, among others. From there, the band will head to Japan to support Dragonforce.

    "Australia is fucking awesome," says vocalist Phil Labonte. "Everyone has told us over and over, 'Wait 'till you get to Australia. It's amazing – you're gonna love it!' They were right – it's amazing down here. The first show we played was in Brisbane, and as soon as I walked backstage to get ready, I heard people starting to chant 'ATR! ATR!' When you've never even played in a country and people are chanting for you before you play, there's no better feeling in the world."

    For a complete list of upcoming ALL THAT REMAINS tour dates, visit www.myspace.com/allthatremains.

    www.prostheticrecords.com

March 20th, 2009
  • SONIC SYNDICATE 'POWERSHIFT' VIDEO DEBUT EXCLUSIVELY ON MYSPACE.COM

    Swedish youngsters SONIC SYNDICATE have their new video clip ready!

    "Powershift," which comes off their latest successful record Love And Other Disasters will have its premiere Wednesday, February 18th exclusively on the band´s MySpace Video Channel.

    "Powershift" is one of two videos (along with "Contradiction") that SONIC SYNDICATE recently shot with director Marius Böttcher of Quent Film. Check out photos from the video shoot at Metal-Hammer.de.

    The band is currently touring Europe alongside label mates DEATHSTARS!

    Love And Other Disasters landed on position no. 36 at the official German album charts back in September 2008!

    Sonic Syndicate - Powershift - Video Debut
    Sonic Syndicate MySpace Page
  • CARCASS - EXHUMED TO CONSUME TOUR: PART 2

    Reunited U.K. melo-death/gore-grind legends, CARCASS, will return to the United States this March for the “Exhumed to Consume II” tour. The follow up to last years highly successful “Exhume to Consume” tour will feature SUICIDE SILENCE, SAMAEL, ARSIS and PSYCROPTIC plus a few special guests on select dates.

    Vocalist/bassist and all around optimistic person Jeff Walker commented:

    "Well, I'm pleased to announce that CARCASS is gonna settle it's unresolved scores in the U.S.! There was some slight whimpers of discontent that we didn't hit some cities such as Chicago and Denver last time round - places that were always hot spots of enthusiasm for us. So we're coming back in March to finish off our unsettled business!

    We seemed to have had a profound influence on your economy and gas prices have gotten cheaper haha! That's doesn't mean we’re not gonna come through and provide some value for your buck with some old (and new) school friends and comrades such as SUFFOCATION, SAMAEL, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, EXODUS, SUICIDE SILENCE etc. - check out locally as for who is on the bill where!

    And hey...I couldn't think of anywhere better to be on my 40th birthday than the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico! We promise this will be the last time we darken your shores (I said that with my fingers crossed behind my back)!"

    Purchase your tickets to the shows by clicking here.

    03/13/09 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
    03/14/09 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
    (w/ ABIGAIL WILLIAMS)
    03/15/09 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
    (w/ THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER)
    03/16/09 Majestic Theater – Detroit, MI
    (w/ THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER)
    03/17/09 Headliner’s - Louisville, KY
    03/21/09 Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX
    (w/ SUFFOCATION)
    03/22/09 Meridian – Houston, TX
    03/24/09 Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
    03/25/09 Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
    03/26/09 The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
    (THE FACELESS, TOXIC HOLOCAUST)
    03/27/09 The Marquee Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
    (w/ SUFFOCATION)
    03/28/09 The Grove - Anaheim, CA
    (California Metal Fest w/ SUFFOCATION, EXODUS + more!)

    In February of 1999, CARCASS drummer Ken Owen suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage, leaving him in a coma for over 10 months. As a result, he is not taking part in CARCASS' current reunion run (ARCH ENEMY skinsman Daniel Erlandsson is filling in), but will reportedly be traveling with the band whenever possible and making brief appearances at select shows.

    CARCASS' reunion lineup:
    Bill Steer (FIREBIRD) - Vocals, Guitar
    Jeff Walker (BRUJERIA) - Vocals, Bass
    Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY) - Guitar
    Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY) – Drums

    Carcass MySpace Page
    Nuclear Blast USA MySpace Page
  • SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY – NEW SONG AVAILABLE

    Tampa Florida's SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY have debuted the track "10,000 Sermons, 1 Solution" on the band's MySpace page, a track from their upcoming album, The Grand Partition and the Abrogation of Idolatry, due for European release on April 3rd, and American release in early May via Nuclear Blast Records.
    The album was produced, mixed and mastered by James Murphy (Death, Testament, Obituary) and contains 13 tracks of what James considers to be his "best production to date."

    "10,000 Sermons, 1 Solution" was featured on Nuclear Blast's Newcomer Assault compilation, as well as the January '09 Metal Maniacs compilation. Guitarist/co-vocalist Ian Sturgill comments on the track:

    "10k tells the story of verbal diarrhea surrounding the simplest of concepts. Personal responsibilities lending themselves to dissolution by means of relinquishing one's power and money to organizations that masquerade in your best interest, all the while leaving you powerless to help yourself in the most elementary of ways. The song's sound reflects the story: It's a straightfoward ass-kicker with a twist. Enjoy!"

    SWWAATS, described by Frank Watkins of OBITUARY as "a powerful reinforcing psychostimulant that delivers an intensity of brutality beyond the bounds of normal human experience," has been confirmed for the Thrash and Burn Euro Tour.

    SWWAATS MySpace Page
  • SAMAEL - POST ANOTHER NEW TRACK ONLINE + LAUNCH RE-DESIGNED MYSPACE PAGE

    Swiss black metal legends SAMAEL have uploaded another new song to their Myspace page!

    "Black Hole" was taken from the groups upcoming Above album, which can only be described as a complete and utter return to their highly influential black metal roots! The track can be heard in its entirety at www.myspace.com/samael.

    Above will be released in Europe on March 6, 2009 (Europe) and on April 7, 2009 (North America)!

    SAMAEL will return to North America in March supporting the reunited CARCASS. For tour dates, please visit the bands MySpace Page.

    Samael MySpace Page
    Samael Facebook Page
  • ECHOES OF ETERNITY - COMPLETES WORK ON NEW ALBUM

    California-based, female-fronted progressive metallers ECHOES OF ETERNITY have completed work on their second album, tentatively titled As Shadows Burn, for an April release via Nuclear Blast Records.

    The follow-up to 2007's The Forgotten Goddess was produced and mixed by former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, who has previously worked with GOJIRA, DIVINE HERESY, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.

    Commented the band:
    "It was an amazing recording experience, and Logan Mader really brought out the best in the band and gave us an incredible production. If you liked The Forgotten Goddess, you certainly won't be disappointed. It's a far more dark and aggressive album overall, with some new elements being brought into our sound."

    ECHOES OF ETERNITY's Olle Carlsson-directed video for the song "Voices in a Dream" can be viewed here.

    The track, which was chosen by the fans via a poll conducted at the band's official MySpace page, comes off the group's debut album, The Forgotten Goddess, which was released in the U.S. on February 20, 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records (February 2 in Germany). The CD was recorded over a six-month period in Venice, California at RavensWork Studios and produced, engineered, and mastered by Eric Ryan.

    Echoes of Eternity MySpace Page
    Echoes of Eternity Facebook Page
  • MANTIC RITUAL HIT THE ROAD HARD TO SUPPORT DEBUT ALBUM

    Fresh from celebrating their beloved Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl XLIII victory, Pennsylvania’s own MANTIC RITUAL are hitting the road in support of their upcoming debut album Executioner – due out in North America on March and will be teaming up with Germany’s Destruction & Brazil’s Krisiun to play 30 shows throughout March/April and later with Propain & Sworn Enemy for 38 dates in June/July.

    Advanced tickets for BOTH tours are now on sale exclusively on www.Enterthevault.com and on the bands MySpace Page.

    Obviously inspired by the early works of thrash veterans Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, and Exodus, MANTIC RITUAL are the rising leaders in the new school of metal. All the essential elements of what made the metal genre immortal are there: undiluted angst, blind aggression, smoldering speed, adrenaline-inducing drum beats and guitar riffs, barking & tormented lead vocals, backing gang vocals, and best of all, the manic, sweat-drenched, passionately delivered live shows.

    View MANTIC RITUAL’s video for “One By One” on YouTube. Stream three tracks off the debut album - “Panic,” “Murdered To Death,” and “Next Attack” - online at www.myspace.com/MANTICRITUAL

    Mantic Ritual MySpace Page
    Mantic Ritual Bebo Page
  • Pure Steel Records News

    Unfortunatly the release of RAZOR FIST has been moved to the 2nd quarter 2009. Due to this reason we will release the selftitled CD-debut of IN SOLITUDE earlier. Like the new album of DESERT SIN "The Edge of Horizon" the official releasedate will be the 6th March.

    Recently our Vinylversion of the first selftitled SEASONS OF THE WOLF album + 2 Bonustracks arrived. The LP's(as usual heavy 180gr Vinyl) are limited to 525 handnumbered copies total. The first 100 copies are brown, the rest good old black. The whole edition consists of a completly new coverartwork, Gatefold, complete lyrics and Liner Notes written by Arno Hofmann(german Heavy Magazine). Additionally the 100 brown Vinyls got a patch. The patches are still in work and will arrive within the next weeks, but of course you can preorder now.

    PSR FLYER

    Tourdates DRAGONSFIRE:
    21.03.2009 Metal Night Neuss, Haus der Jugend, Neuss
    28.03.2009 Queens of Metal Contest, Jugendhaus Schweinfurt
    04.04.2009 Headbangers Live, SJZ Siegburg

    Support for the upcoming CAGE-Tour:
    19.05.2009 The Frontline, Gent, (BE)
    20.05.2009 De Rots, Antwerpen (BE)
    21.05.2009 Helvete, Oberhausen (GER)
    22.05.2009 Rock Temple, Kerkrade (NL)

    23.05.2009 Dragonsfire Rocks Dresden, Heavy Duty
    17.07.2009 Ragnarock Open Air Festival, Langendorf
    25.07.2009 Rock im Wingert, Bad Dürkheim
    10.10.2009 Heavy Metal's Calling, Hammerhalle im Citiydome, Rosenheim
    17.10.2009 A Chance For Metal Festival III
    24.10.2009 Power of Metal IV, Multikult, Paderborn

    PURE STEEL RECORDS
    a division of Unisystem Engineering GmbH
    Karlsbader Straße 12
    08340 Schwarzenberg
    GERMANY

    Internet: www.puresteel-records.com
  • SCALE THE SUMMIT'S PROSTHETIC DEBUT, CARVING DESERT CANYONS, NOW AVAILABLE; FINAL BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO RELEASED

    Houston based band earning high praise from critics for their prog-instrumentalism

    LOS ANGELES, – Houston's Scale The Summit released their Prosthetic Records debut, Carving Desert Canyons, this week. The band is currently featured in the current issues of Guitar World, Revolver, Rock Sound, Metal Edge and a wide range of other magazines and online outlets.

    Guitar World described the album as "full of tightly woven guitar interplay, irregular time signatures and tasteful licks." Other early reviews point to the inventiveness theyoung band has brought to not only progressive hard rock, but to instrumental music in general. MetalSucks said *Carving Desert Canyons* "will elevate Scale the Summit to the level of serious prog-metal contenders."

    Over the past three months, the band has released behind-the-scenes videos from their recording sessions with producer Tom Beaujour at New Jersey's Nuthouse Recording. The fourth and final video from the recording sessions can be seen here: http://vimeo.com/3257876.

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • SKELETONWITCH VIDEO TO PREMIERE FRIDAY
    Band preps for Scion Rock Fest and SXSW appearances, tours with Amon Amarth and Kylesa

    Midwestern metal warriors SKELETONWITCH will premiere their debut music video, "Sacrifice For The Slaughtergod," on Friday (Feb. 20), exclusively on MySpace Metal. The track comes from the group's acclaimed Prosthetic Records debut, Beyond The Permafrost.

    "It's killer that the video is finally going to see the light of day," says guitarist Scott Hedrick. "It's also good to know that Mullet Chad, our drummer, and I didn't spend an entire day covered in guts all for naught! We shot that thing months ago and just finally got rid of the gut-stink! I hope everyone enjoys the video. We had a great time shooting it and are proud of the final product."

    Even after playing more than 250 shows over the past two years – highlighted by a slot on Danzig's Blackest of the Black North American tour last fall – SKELETONWITCH won't take time off any time soon. Soon after playing the inaugural Scion Rock Fest in Atlanta on Feb. 28, the group will team with labelmates Kylesa for the two-week "Southern Discomfort" tour, which includes a stop at South By Southwest (SXSW). From there, the group will team with Swedish viking cult heroes Amon Amarth for a month-long tour.

    "We're fucking excited, as we've wanted to tour with Amon Amarth for a long time," says guitarist Nate Garnette. "Now that it's happening, we've taken to drinking our beer from horns and are concentrating on beard growth!"

    SKELETONWITCH on tour:

    2/28 Scion Rock Fest - Atlanta, GA w/ Mastodon, Neurosis, etc.
    3/12 Bulldog Cafe - Louisville, KY w/ Misery Index, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
    3/13 Milestone - Charlotte, NC*
    3/14 Hideaway - Johnson City, TN*
    3/15 Muse - Nashville, TN*
    3/16 Downtown Music - Little Rock, AR*
    3/17 Hi-Tone Cafe - Memphis, TN*
    3/18 Club Dada - Dallas, TX*
    3/19 Rock Bottom - San Antonio, TX*
    3/20 Red 7 - Austin, TX (SXSW)*
    3/21 Numbers - Houston, TX*
    3/22 Candle Factory - New Orleans, LA*
    3/24 Orpheum - Tampa, FL*
    3/25 The Jinx - Savannah, GA*
    3/26 Lucky's Pub - Wilmington, NC*
    3/27 Rocket Club - Asheville, NC*
    3/28 The Nick - Birmingham, AL
    4/10 Marquee – Tempe, AZ**
    4/11 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM**
    4/12 Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO**
    4/14 Pop's – St. Louis, MO**
    4/15 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK**
    4/16 Granada Theater – Dallas, TX**
    4/17 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX**
    4/18 Meridian – Houston, TX**
    4/20 Headliners – Louisville, KY**
    4/21 Peabody's – Cleveland, OH**
    4/22 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY**
    4/23 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA**
    4/24 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ**
    4/25 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT**
    4/26 Sonar – Baltimore, MD**
    4/27 Crocodile Rock – Allentown, PA**
    4/28 Norva – Norfolk, VA**
    4/29 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC**
    4/30 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA**
    5/1 Club Firestone – Orlando, FL**
    5/2 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL**
    * w/ Kylesa
    ** w/ Amon Amarth

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • CENTURY ANNOUNCES LINEUP CHANGES, PLOTS NEXT ALBUM

    The Lancaster, Penn.-based post-metal act CENTURY – whose 2008 Prosthetic debut, Black Ocean, was named one of Revolver Magazine's Top 20 albums of 2008 – were recently rejoined by original drummer Grant McFarland and bassist Ricky Armellino, the respective drummer and vocalist of fellow Lancaster act This Or The Apocalypse. Additionally, the group has announced the addition of guitarist Todd Mogle to its ranks. A photo of the new lineup appears above.

    CENTURY has also started work on the follow-up to Black Ocean, and promises both "an exercise in futuristic sonic annihilation" and a "bold step forward stylistically." The as-yet-untitled release is tentatively scheduled for a fall release. In the meantime, the band will play select regional dates – including an appearance at April's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival – and continue working on the video for Black Ocean track "Monolith," a continuation of the clip for the album's title track, which garnered extensive airplay on MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" last year. The band also plans to record a cover of Seal's “Kiss From A Rose” for an upcoming anniversary compilation to be released by Tribunal Records, the label that issued CENTURY's 2006 debut Faith and Failure.

    “I'm extremely excited to play Metalfest,” says CENTURY front man Carson Slovak, “and I hope people walk away from the experience thinking I'm really, really cool.”

    In addition, Slovak – also an accomplished graphic artist who has designed recent album covers and layouts for All That Remains, Testament and Antagonist, among others – will participate in an artwork-related panel discussion at the inaugural Launch Music Conference in Lancaster on April 17, the day before CENTURY takes the stage in Worcester. For more information, visit LaunchMusicConference.com.

    CENTURY live:
    2/21 Union Ramp Skate Park - West Chester, PA
    2/27 Ad Lib Cafe - Lancaster, PA
    4/18 Palladium - Worcester, MA (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)

    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • DARKANE’S DEMONIC ART DEBUTS AT #104 ON BILLBOARD’S HEATSEEKERS CHART


    DARKANE’s fifth studio album, Demonic Art, has sold over 640 copies according to Nielsen Soundscan in the first week of release and landed at #104 on the Billboard Heatseekers (Top New Artist) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. With over 240 digital sales of Demonic Art, the total number of albums sold during the first week of release registers over 880 copies.

    Checking in from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while on their current North American tour with Soilwork, Warbringer, and Swallow The Sun, DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström responds to the positive news:

    “We are very happy to have landed on the Billboard charts for the first time in our career! Thanks to everybody who has bought the album so far. This feels great and hopefully the huge North American tour that we are doing right now will make more people know about us. The tour has been very successful so far and we still have about 5 weeks left. If you haven’t bought the album yet, please go get it. DARKANE is here to stay!”

    According to Metal Edge’s March 2009 interview with Malmström, inspiration for his lyrical contributions to the album “came from a variety of sources. ‘Execution 44’ was inspired by a book about a woman living in a Polish concentration camp and what her life was like before she was executed. ‘Wrath Connection’ was inspired by a Dean R. Koontz novel in which a sane person and a serial killer can see into each other’s realities. ‘Still In Progress’ acknowledges that the band remembers its fans and is continuing its journey forward.”

    To catch DARKANE on tour as they trek through the U.S. and Canada, view current tour dates online at www.myspace.com/DARKANE & www.DARKANE.com
  • Platinum Danish Band VOLBEAT On Tour with NIGHTWISH

    Guitar Gangsters & C adillac Blood on Mascot Records U.S.A March 17th

    HOLLYWOOD, CA – VOLBEAT unleashes their 2nd U.S. album, Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood, March 17th on Mascot Records U.S.A. This new rock-a-billy metal masterpiece arrives on the tail end of their successful 2008 release Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil. They will support this release with a month long tour with Multi-platinum Finish band Nightwish in May 2009. Tour dates below~

    The title Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood refers to a story that connects seven of the thirteen (official) songs on the album: Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood, Find That Soul, Maybellene I Hofteholder, Still Counting, Back To Prom, Light A Way and A Broken Man And The Dawn. It’s a tale about a travelling band whose leader is a man that once got shot in the desert and left for dead. During the bands tour he went on a mission to find the mysterious killer that put seven bullets in his body. While travelling from city to city the band ends up in a small town called Ten House City performing for just a handful of people in the local bar. The songs offer observations of the people in the rundown venue, made by the bandleader. This storyline will continue to be a connecting theme and developed as VOLBEAT writes future albums.

    VOLBEAT is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Michael Poulsen, guitarist Thomas Bredahl, bassist Anders Kjølholm and drummer Jon Larsen.

    VOLBEAT US TOUR DATES 2009

    1-May - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
    2-May - Nokia Theater - NYC
    3-May - Crocodile Rock Café - Allentown, PA
    5-May - Sonar - Baltimore, MD
    6-May - Club Oasis - Louisville, KY
    8-May - Pop's - Sauget, IL
    9-May - Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK
    10-May - Scout Bar - San Antonio, TX
    11-May - Pavillion @ Concrete Street - Corpus Christi, TX
    12-May - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
    14-May - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA

    For more information visit www.volbeat.dk or www.myspace.com/volbeat
  • MAN MADE MOUNTAINS Releases Self-Titled U.S. Debut Album

    HOLLYWOOD, CA – Man Made Mountains will release their self-titled debut album in the U.S. on March 24th on Reversed Records.

    Genre jumping is nothing new and Man Made Mountains shows their imagination with their new album. The band blends heavy riffs, crunchy vocal, dialogue samples all the while layering keyboards and ambient noise that will grasp your imagination as each song enters to cortex of your mind.

    Man Made Mountains, like many bands from Canada, have humble rural roots. Hailing from the remote west coast island of Quadra, a community with a population comprised of mostly, loggers, fishermen and draft-dodgers. The four members: Christian Carmen (Vocals/guitar/synth/samples), Lawrence Butler (Drums), Adrien Doering (Guitar) and Brynne Ewart-Armstrong (Bass/vocals), formed in 2004 following the disbanding of a group with fellow Quadrite, Ryan Guldemond (Mother Mother, Last Gang Rec) and were drawn to the urban metropolis of Vancouver, B.C. where they spent their first years there trying different formulas and different names.

    The self titled album gives its listeners a full spread of MMM’s musical pantheon. Heavy in nature, they dip in and out of the sound that might typically be labeled “heavy metal”, but have much more to offer than just fist-pounding anthems. With thundering distorted pulses morphing into dreamy lulls, Man Made Mountains’ sound is not unlike a mountain range itself.

    Track List

    Rippage – 7:51
    Ensnarlment – 5:13
    Nothing To Right Home About – 3:07
    Vulpine – 3:38
    Sleep Drowning (On Your Chinterlude) – 3:33
    Tribes Of Mular – 8:18

    www.myspace.com/manmademountainsband
  • New RAM track online

    Our new album "Lightbringer" is mastered and ready for release. To celebrate this we have decided to make the track "Awakening the Chimaera" available for all you manic Old school headbangers here on our Myspace profile,

    http://www.myspace.com/rammetal

    The track features guest vocals of E from blackest metal band Watain. The album was mastered at Studio Bohus Mastering by Dragan Tanaskovic.
  • HEAVY ARTILLERY SIGNS THE SEVEN GATES

    Marching into the new year with guns blazing, HEAVY ARTILLERY is pleased to announce the addition of French death metal masters THE SEVEN GATES to its roster of exclusive artists. Following the release of two critically acclaimed demos, THE SEVEN GATES prepare to unleash their debut album Angel of Suffering in the United States on May 12th and in Europe on June 2nd 2009.

    Born from the ashes of revered French underground metal acts Daemonium, Akhenaton and late 80’s French death metal pioneers Mutilated, THE SEVEN GATES began their assault in 2006 with the release of their “All is In All” demo. In 2007 the band followed up with a self-released EP entitled Ghenna’s Sword, gaining THE SEVEN GATES praise from the European metal press and earning them a spot on several “Best of 2007” lists in many of the Europe’s leading metal publications. That same year, the bands’ first tour evoked frenzied interest from fans and further praise from the press, rousing the attention of New York’s HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS who quickly offered the band a place on their roster.

    Mastered by renown French engineer Jean-Pierre Bouquet, Angel of Suffering delivers 10 tracks of old-school death metal with an endless supply of hooks, masterful musicianship and a sufficient dose of pure fucking evil, sure to please fans of early Deicide, Morbid Angel and Entombed.

    Listen to THE SEVEN GATES at http://www.myspace.com/thesevengates

    www.heavyartillery.us
  • Mastic ScumnNew line-up! New demo-track!

    There is a new shouter in Mastic Scum, we welcome "Maggo" in the band! We know us since years in a good frienship and are happy to work together now, he is the perfect match for Mastic Scum! "Maggo" is also active in Inzest (Deathcore), Tristwood (Industrial Metal) and Watch Me Bleed (Trash/Hardcore).

    Mastic Scum had to part ways with shouter "Will" due musical differences. Harry comments: "It was a hard decision for us but the best for the band. We thought about this fact a long period of time and this change was the only right step for Mastic Scum." We wish him all the best for the future.
    Check out the new demo-track "Regression" from the pre-production of our upcoming album! Mastic Scum will enter studio in march 2009 to record 12 tracks for the forthcoming CD. Find the track at the "downloads" section or at our MySpace page.

    www.myspace.com/masticscum
  • LANDMINE MARATHON SIGNS WITH PROSTHETIC RECORDS
    Phoenix quintet set to play New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, L.A. Murderfest

    The Phoenix-based death/grind quintet LANDMINE MARATHON, whose late 2008 release Rusted Eyes Awake continues to earn critical acclaim, has officially signed with Prosthetic Records. The band, whose three-release Level Plane Records discography has drawn frequent comparisons to Napalm Death, Carcass and Bolt Thrower, will tour throughout the spring and perform at both the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and the Los Angeles Murderfest in the coming weeks.

    "We're extremely excited about signing with Prosthetic and can't wait to forge new friendships and relationships with them," says guitarist Ryan Butler. "They've been nothing but a blast to work with through the signing process, and we can't wait to see what the future holds for this partnership."

    LANDMINE MARATHON was founded in 2004 by bassist Matt Martinez, drummer Mike Pohlmeier and vocalist Grace Perry, the latter of whom periodically blogs for the website of Revolver magazine. Butler joined in 2006, soon after the release of the band's debut album Wounded. The following year, the group released a praised split CD/LP with Scarecrow; in its review, All Music Guide wrote that “LANDMINE MARATHON's three tracks have more good ideas than most bands' albums.”

    In 2008, the group welcomed guitarist Dylan Thomas and returned to the studio to record Rusted Eyes Awake. Revolver called the album "a gnarling and gnashing blood-caked throwback to 1990, when Napalm Death couldn't decide if they were going to be grindcore or death metal," while Lambgoat praises the band's "pure urgency and grit," calling the release a blend of "the ferociously thick riffs of Bolt Thrower's death metal (and) Napalm Death's blistering grind mentality."

    LANDMINE MARATHON has toured extensively and played locally alongside numerous national acts; the group will support Vital Remains in Tempe next week and perform with Misery Index the following weekend. The band will continue to tour periodically throughout the year while writing their Prosthetic debut, which they plan to begin recording before year's end. A complete list of upcoming tour dates is below.

    Earlier this week, The Phoenix New Times published an extensive profile on the band. It can be viewed at this link: Click Here

    LANDMINE MARATHON on tour:
    2/23 The Sets – Tempe, AZ w/ Vital Remains
    3/5 The Phix – Phoenix, AZ w/ Misery Index
    3/6 Living Room – Tucson, AZ
    3/7 Blvd Cafe – Boyle Heights, CA w/ The Funeral Pyre, Graf Orlock
    3/13 Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ w/ Autumn's End
    4/10 TBA – Chicago, IL
    4/11 Last House on the Left – Columbus, OH
    4/12 Mr. Roboto Project – Wilkinsburg, PA
    4/13 Precious Metal at Lit Lounge – New York, NY
    4/14 Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C. w/ Misery Index
    4/15 Nara Sushi – Richmond, VA
    4/16 MMAC – Bloomfield, NJ
    4/17 The Charleston – Brooklyn, NY
    4/18 Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)
    5/9 Knitting Factory – Los Angeles, CA (L.A. Murderfest)

    www.landminemarathon.com
    www.myspace.com/landminemarathon
    www.prostheticrecords.com
  • STATIC-X & SALIVA Join Forces On SNO-CORE 2009

    Burn Halo and The Flood Join In Support

    CULT OF STATIC to be released March 17th on REPRISE RECORDS

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - Static-X and Saliva co-headline on Sno-Core, as it returns for its 13th year hitting the road April 1, 2009 in Albuquerque, NM. The touring festival is the original winter lifestyle traveling fair featuring live music, and an integrated marketing experience.

    Static-X will be hammering out their heaviest, most flammable work to date at Sno-Core 2009 in support of their new release CULT OF STATIC, on Reprise Records. The album marries the band's aggressive driving force with disarming experimentation, a performance you do not want to miss.

    Keeping the integral tones, Static-X encompasses shredding guitars with solos that have brought the band to a level of playing to be reckoned with. The cybernetic stomp of "Hypure" and "You Am I" bludgeon, bruise and break with precise grooves. Elsewhere, the staccato riffs on "Terminal" crush through an unmistakable guitar tone. Guitarist Koichi Fukuda blazes through incendiary solos, while Tony Campos bolts down demonic bass lines and Nick Oshiro pounds out deadly rhythms. Front-man Wayne Static riffs pure violence and screams out his soul. “Over the years my voice has been destroyed from excessive touring... and I love it,” exclaims Static. “The vocals on the new record are raw and brutal.” The fiery raw quality of CULT OF STATIC is blatant as the first single “Stingwray” now on the airwaves is climbing to the top.

    TOUR DATES – Tickets ON SALE 2/21/2009:

    Wed 4/1/2009 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine
    Thu 4/2/2009 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
    Fri 4/3/2009 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
    Sat 4/4/2009 - San Antonio, TX - Hemisfair Park
    Sun 4/5/2009 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Pavilion
    Tue 4/7/2009 - Dallas, TX - The Palladium
    Wed 4/8/2009 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
    Fri 4/10/2009 - *St. Petersburg, FL - XTB Rockfest @ Times Forum
    Sat 4/11/2009 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
    Mon 4/13/2009 - Augusta, GA - Country Club - Tue 4/14/2009 - Goose Creek, SC - The Dive
    Wed 4/15/2009 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligan's Music Hall
    Fri 4/17/2009 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland
    Sat 4/18/2009 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
    Sun 4/19/2009 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head
    Tue 4/21/2009 - Long Island, NY - Mulcahy's
    Wed 4/22/2009 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
    Thu 4/23/2009 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
    Fri 4/24/2009 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
    Sat 4/25/2009 - *Orlando, FL - Tinker Field/WJRR Radio show
    Mon 4/27/2009 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
    Tue 4/28/2009 - St. Louis, MO - Pop's
    Wed 4/29/2009 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont
    Thu 4/30/2009 - Denver, CO - Gothic
    Sat 5/2/2009 - *Phoenix, AZ - The Farm/KUPD Show
    Sun 5/3/2009 - Las Vegas, NV - HOB
    Mon 5/4/2009 - Los Angeles, CA - HOB
    Wed 5/6/2009 - San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom
    Thu 5/7/2009 - Chico, CA - Senator
    Fri 5/8/2009 - Medford, OR - Medford Armory
    Sat 5/9/2009 - Reno, NV - The New Oasis

    * Non Sno-Core Shows – Static-X radio shows

    For More information go to www.myspace.com/staticx or www.static-x.com
  • EX DEO: Studio Blog Posted!

    EX DEO, the new band featuring KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono, is currently heavily at work on their debut album with producer/guitarist J-F Dagenais. Iacono recently started a weekly studio blog on the EX DEO MySpace (www.myspace.com/exdeo) which will last until mid-March. Every week the blog will also include a section called "do you know Rome?", that will give an historic fact about the Roman Empire. Iacono offered the following update:

    "The album is musically complete and tracking has been in the works for the last few weeks. Drums are almost done and on Monday I fly to Montreal to lay down the Roman law and track some vocals!

    I’ve been a fan of history all of my life but the last few years I’ve really been studying ancient Rome's rise and fall. I have to say it’s by far the most impressive subject I’ve ever studied. I'm totally addicted to it and its glory, its power, its weaknesses and its passion. I wanted to do this project for many years, but was never ready and the timing was all wrong. I never thought I could do it justice either but I'm ready now. The urge finally took over and I feel its power calling me and almost driving me crazy.

    Now that I hear these symphonies created by my boys I’m so very proud of what they have created. Now it’s my turn to do them justice! I’ll be in the studio for the next two weeks tracking vocals and working on the arrangements. This is much more complex then anything we have done with KATAKLYSM. It’s super challenging and it has opened new doors for us as songwriters. I will give everyone an update on how things are progressing shortly."

    EX DEO’s debut album “Romulus” is scheduled for release June 19th (Europe) and June 30th(North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
  • UZIEL NEWS

    Polish death / black metal band UZIEL has added their version of SATYRICON's "K.I.N.G." to their profile on myspace. You can listen to the song on www.myspace.com/uzielband

    Now the band is working on their album which is scheduled to be out at the end of the year.
  • Gaia Epicus 5th album coming in the fall of 2009

    5th Studio Album from Gaia Epicus ...

    It has only been a few months since the release of "Damnation" but the plans for album number 5 is already in progress. Thomas has already written around 7-8 songs for the next album and a few song titles are "Beyond the universe", "The Raven", "Lost Forever" and "Behind these walls".

    The album will be called "Dark Secrets" and is scheduled for a release in the fall. Cover painting will once again be done by J.P Fournier.

    ALBUMS
    Satrap, 2003 (to be re-released in 2009)
    Symphony of Glory, 2005 (to be re-released in 2009)
    Victory, 2007
    Damnation, 2008
    Dark Secrets, 2009 (coming fall of 2009)

    Best Metal Regards
    Thomas

    www.gaia-epicus.com - my band
    www.epicusrecords.com - my label
    www.thomashansen.info - my personal
    www.myspace.com/gaiaepicus
    www.myspace.com/epicusrecords
    www.myspace.com/thomas_chr_hansen