News / Tours - May 2004 - Back
- MORTUARY I.O.D. will be performing on Wâldrock this year! This
is in Burgum, The Netherlands, on June 19th. Also in the line-up: Exodus,
Testament, Finntroll, Within Temptation, Transport League, Cannibal
Corpse, Monster Magnet, Slapshot, Hate Breed, Fear Factory, My Dying
Bride, Death Angel, Twisted Sister and Cradle Of Filth. www.waldrock.nl
- Bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne) has been
added to the lineup of DIO. Metal
- Steve Smyth (Testament) has been added as permanent second guitarist
in NEVERMORE - according to the band's official statement: "He
was the missing link in our dysfunctional brotherhood!" Metal
- "Metal Mike" Chlasciak (Halford) will be handling lead guitar
duties for the European festivals scheduled this summer for TESTAMENT.
- Drummer Jon Dette (Slayer, Testament) and bassist Greg Christian (Testament)
have officially joined HAVOCHATE. Metal
- Mark Zonder will be leaving FATES WARNING after recording drums for
the next album, tentatively titled "FWX". Metal
- SINISTER has officially split up - Rachel, Ron and Aad will continue
their musical career with their new band Infinited Hate. Metal
- Frost (1349, Satyricon) will replace GORGOROTH drummer Kvitrafn who
has decided to leave the band for personal reasons - meanwhile, Gaahl
is standing trial for allegedly performing satanic rituals and torture
on a victim - he could be sentenced for up to 9 years in prison. Metal
- W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland has returned to the fold for upcoming
tour dates. Metal
- KITTIE has drafted Lisa Marx (To See You Broken) as permanent second
- SKINLAB has parted ways with drummer Paul Hopkins and guitarist Scott
- BAL-SAGOTH drummer Dave Mackintosh has left to concentrate full time
on his other musical projects - Wacken 2004 will be Dave's final performance
with the band - the recruitment process for a new sticksman will begin
- Bassist Ted Lundin has replaced Janne "Goat" Tillman in
- Cesar Vallejo (rhythm & bass guitar) has left OBLITERATION to
focus on other occupations. Metal
- COLD BLOOD INDUSTRIES has decided to stop signing and releasing bands
and focus on atmospheric and gothic metal sub label Ebony Tears - mailorder
will continue through the Cold Blood Industries website. Metal
- VINNY APPICE, the drummer, has enlisted guitarist and former Dio bandmate
Tracy G to collaborate with him on his new project. Metal
- A former Moonlite BunnyRanch prostitute has filed a lawsuit against
Vince Neil, MOTLEY CRUE, seeking unspecified damages of at least $20,000
for lost wages and other costs stemming from a 2003 incident in which
Neil allegedly assaulted her when she and another prostitute refused
to have sex with him until he paid $4,000 for each woman - Neil pleaded
no contest earlier this month to misdemeanor battery in the incident.
- Varg Vikernes, BURZUM, has had an additional 14 months added to his
sentence as a result of charges for car theft and possession of a weapon
while he was out of jail on furlough last year. Metal
- Former SOILENT GREEN bassist Scott Williams was shot and killed by
his roommate who then turned the gun on himself. Metal
- SHADOWS FALL enrich With Full Force and Pressure Festival!
Great news from the SHADOWS FALL camp: While and after completing their
upcoming European tour with Chimaira, Killswitch Engage and labelmates
GOD FORBID they will attend Pressure Festival (Gelsenkirchen, Germanny,
June 25th-27th) and With Full Force Festival (nearby Leipzig, Germany,
July 2nd-4th). The band is currently working on the follow-up album
to “The Act Of Balance” and already finished the two songs
“The Power Of I” and “Enlightened By The Cold“.
Brian Fair (vocals) further describes the new material: “We are
all incredibly stoked on the new songs. This record covers so much ground
without stepping outside of the sound we have always crafted. Some tunes
are full on brutality, some are all out thrash fests and some have such
a Rock’n'Roll vibe that they would make Guns N' Roses proud. This
record is definitely not ‘The Art Of Balance’ part two!”.
While working on their new album, SHADOWS FALL are about to finish the
first video-DVD in the band’s history, named „The Art Of
Touring: Drunk And Shitty In Every City“, which can be expected
to be in stores end of the year.
Every fan – and those about to be – click on their German
- FEAR FACTORY Ignites America with Billboard Top 40 Debut!
Archetype Premieres at #30 on First Week Charts
Band Continues Rampaging Trek Across Nation on Jagermeister Tour with
Like a gale force, Los Angeles’s FEAR FACTORY has returned and
made an indelible score in the minds and hearts of America. After a
near disintegration last year, FEAR FACTORY regrouped, and entered 2004
strengthened and reinvigorated. This new hunger led the band to create
one of its most remarkable efforts of their careers, the Liquid 8 Records
debut Archetype, which has just debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Sales
Chart at #30.
Selling in excess of 31,000 units in its first week, FEAR FACTORY has
been bringing its message of resilience throughout the spring on the
Jagermeister Tour with Slipknot and Chimaira. Drummer and founding member
Raymond Herrera is energized by the news of the progress: "This
is a very exciting time for us; we have our fans to thank for their
support and Liquid 8 Records to thank for their hard work and trust."
Through a multi-pronged promotional effort, the band has achieved widespread
awareness, which amplifies daily. The initial press run of Archetype
includes one limited edition bonus DVD with every CD, and comes in two
variations: one containing Australian Tour w/ Korn, 2004, a live concert,
and the other offering Fear Factory Documentary: The Making Of Archetype.
In addition to this, random Archetype CDs contain a special promotional
ticket with a 9-digit bonus code, which directs fans to www.liquid8records.com
to access exclusive bonus content online, and to register their code
to see if they won a ‘Golden Ticket’. The ‘Golden
Ticket’ winner will receive a trip for two anywhere in the continental
US to see Fear Factory perform live and to meet the band. Thus far,
ticket submissions have been overwhelming.
A remix version of the song “Archetype” is featured not
only in the Sony PlayStation game NFL Gameday 2004, but also on the
Galerians: Rion CD soundtrack & DVD movie (a computer-animated film
based on the popular Sony PlayStation videogame, which was release April
6th through Image Entertainment), as well as the soundtrack for the
fourth film in the Mischief street-racing film series Mischief Invasion.
Drummer Raymond Herrera and guitarist Christian Olde-Wolbers composed
four additional songs that are featured on the soundtrack as well.
Archetype’s debut video “Cyberwaste” is currently
#4 on CVC Rock/Alternative Chart for the month of May, and is in recurrent
rotation on Fuse TV’s Uranium and MTV2’s Headbangers Ball
programs. FEAR FACTORY recently co-hosted an episode of Headbangers
Ball, which aired on April 24th and April 27th. They will be spotlighted
on Fuse’s Uranium in June. The band also filmed a superb episode
of the videogame-playing-centric Players program, which will premiere
on G4 Television on Monday, May 3rd at 10:30pm EST/7:30pm PST.
FEAR FACTORY’s radio success has been nothing short of phenomenal,
with the new single “Archetype” already added to WJXQ (Lansing),
WBYR (Ft Wayne), KSRX (San Antonio), KRPX (Corpus Cristi), WKOZ (Saginaw),
WRIF (Detroit) and many others. The previous single “Cyberwaste”
currently yields the #1 spot on CMJ Crucial Spins, #2 on CMJ Loud, #2
at FMQB and #4 at R&R Specialty.
Press has also become enthralled with the technical/organic fury of
Archetype. Computer Games Magazine: Now Playing says, "Fear Factory
is at its productive best." FHM Magazine attests that the return
is "Heavier than ever!" Metal Edge Magazine cites it as "One
of the most important albums of the year." And Revolver Magazine
calls it "Raw and ripping."
Archetype’s debut success echoes throughout Europe as well. In
Germany the album entered at #27, in Holland #52, in France #50, in
the UK #41, and in Australia the record achieved #18 on the sales chart.
Michael Catain, CEO of Liquid 8 Records & Entertainment enthuses
on the motivation of the FEAR FACTORY project: “I knew after meeting
these guys that they had the ability to put together a fantastic record.
They delivered what I believe is their finest endeavor ever. The record
has given me the ability to introduce the band to a realm of radio exposure
where they previously were not granted the opportunity. I believe in
this band so much that we are looking at the possibility of giving them
a label deal to bring in other acts to enhance the freshness and diversity
that has made Liquid 8 what it is today.”
Following the conclusion of the Jagermeister Tour, FEAR FACTORY is headed
to Europe to light up the major festival circuit and then return to
America for a complete tour beginning in July.
- ETERNAL FLIGHT work with Geoffrey Gillespie for the cover-art!
Our recent signing, French progressive power metallers ETERNAL FLIGHT
are actually recording the songs that will be part of their debut album
The band has almost completed their work in the studio, with a special
guest on drums: Arnaud Corbaty of Alkemyst (courtesy of Nuclear Blast
GMBH) played on 4 out of 10 tracks.
But the real big news regards the cover-art for which ETERNAL FLIGHT
have had the pleasure to work with Geoffrey Gillespie, the Irish gentleman
responsible (in an almost exclusive way) of Doro/Warlock artworks!
Their album, by the not yet confirmed title of “Positive Rage”
shall see the light in mid October 2004, will be mastered at New Sin
Studio by Luigi Stefanini.
- THE BLANK THEORY will begin recording their second record on Monday,
May 10 at NRG Studios in Los Angeles with producers Ben Moody (Evanescence)
and Jay Baumgardner (Godsmack, Hoobastank). TBT will be recording 3
songs initially, then returning to the studio in late May or June to
complete the record. They plan to release two of the new songs on a
limited-edition CD sampler in early June.
N E W L I N E
A word from the band:
We've been getting a lot of questions over the last few months about
what's going on with our label situation. The staff at New Line Records
are amazing people and great friends of ours. Unfortunately for us,
'Beyond the Calm' was the first rock record they put out. As our record
was coming out they were still working out the kinks of being a new
label. It became too agonizing for us to be on tour all year long and
never find our record in any record stores across the country. We also
shared two completely different philosophies when it came to touring
and promotions. Those differences are what ultimately led to our request
to be released from our contract. Based on our relationship with them,
they were very supportive and helpful with the whole transition.
So for every person who ever told us "I went to three different
record stores and couldnt find your CD" (and there are ALOT of
you out there), we're going to make sure you can find the next one.
So which label is going to be putting out the next record? Well, we've
been talking seriously with several labels. We're going to Los Angeles
to record the first 3 songs of the record with Ben Moody and Jay Baumgardner
next week. At the end of the week, there is a listening party for all
the record labels. From there we'll decide who seems to be the right
fit for us. We'll be sharing more info and some new songs with all of
you soon. Much love.
- The final mix for the new DREAM OR NIGHTMARE CD (which will be titled
"Light Burning Bright till the Dawn") is close to completion.
Jim Arnold (who's producing the CD) is currently going over the fine
details of the mix and all the sounds. It's a time consuming process
because we want to be sure that all of our friends/fans who purchase
the disc as well as our contacts who review the material get the very
best that we can produce. I'll be in touch as soon as the final mix
is finished and sent off to be mastered.
The artwork for the CD is coming out excellent. Barring any unforeseen
problems with the printing process, the packaging is going to be very
cool as all the computer graphics look great!!!!!
- KITTIE ANNOUNCES NEW SECOND GUITARIST
LONDON, Ontario – Kittie has recruited guitarist Lisa Marx, formerly
of the Seattle hardcore band To See You Broken, to join the band permanently
as a second guitarist.
“Lisa brings a wide-eyed excitement that really shows this is
all she has ever wanted to do,” said vocalist/guitarist Morgan
Lander. “She has been playing piano and guitar for years, and
has tons of touring experience. She’s the kind of person who isn’t
going to back down or quit.”
Kittie began the huge undertaking of finding a guitar player while working
on their latest album, “Until the End.” Marx, who the girls
had met at a Seattle-area Kittie show, immediately came to mind. She
was invited, along with a handful of other male and female prospects,
to the recording studio and the band’s hometown to jam.
“We were looking for someone really solid and with something to
offer, someone who could hear something and play it right off the bat,”
said bassist Jennifer Arroyo. “I knew she was the one because
she was very down to earth, friendly, and was a really solid player.”
“We are all on the same page when it comes to everything, and
that really drew me to her,” Lander said. “Not to mention
her guitar playing and her ability to learn things very quickly. She
pretty much learned half the album in a few hours!”
Kittie has been rehearsing with Marx in preparation for a tour in support
of “Until the End.” “So far, being in the band is
so amazing,” Marx said. “I'm really excited I've been given
this opportunity, and can't wait to rock the world!”
Marx replaces Jeff Phillips, the band’s former guitar tech turned
tour guitarist, who is concentrating on his own band, Thine Eyes Bleed.
“Jeff helped us out at a time when we had no one else to turn
to,” Lander said. “Over the years, Jeff has become like
a brother to all of us, and we have all grown up together both musically
and personally. We wish him all the best of luck with his new endeavors,
as he is a great person and an amazing and talented guitar player.”
“Until the End” is scheduled for a summer release on Artemis
- News from Galy Records
We are proud to announce that we have signed the cult band ANHKREHG.
These combatants of War Metal will disembark at the Galy Records military
base in August with their new weapon of mass destruction entitled Against
You All¼ The album was produced by general Jean-Fancois Dagenais at
the Wild Studio military college (located in St-Zenon, Quebec, Canada).
Against You All¼ contains an arsenal of 10 bombs that will explode as
soon as you press PLAY on your CD player.
Anhkrehg has been active on the war fields for already 10 years. The
band has gone through though times along its way (controversy, jail
time and soldiers lost in combat) and was a victim of war crimes (rumors
and false allegations). Now armed with a new arsenal and strategic plan,
Khayr (vocals, bass and chemical weapons), Blacknight (guitar and biological
weapons) and Infurya (drums and nuclear weapons) are determined to no
longer fall in combat.
The Anhkrehg squadron goes to war this time against its own country,
Canada¼ The attack will start on August 2nd. Prepare yourself for merciless
- THINE EYES BLEED BEGIN RECORDING DEBUT ALBUM
LONDON, Ontario – Thine Eyes Bleed, the new metal band featuring
former Kittie tour guitarist Jeff Phillips, is in the process of recording
its debut album at Metalworks Studios in Ontario, Canada.
The group - which also features vocalist Justin Wolfe and bassist Luke
Husband of the band Acacia, and guitarist Dave Newell and drummer Darryl
Stephens – began as a side project but eventually took on a life
so large that Phillips decided to concentrate solely on Thine Eyes Bleed.
The aim of Thine Eyes Bleed is simple: to create the most brutal, heavy,
metal band possible. “We are a band that bridges different styles
of metal, ranging from fast blistering thrash to low driving dirges,
creating on overall catchy and melodic sound,” said Wolfe.
The yet-untitled album will be released by independent label Kiss of
Infamy Records this summer. “We couldn't be happier with the way
things have come together,” Wolfe said. “It will give us
the freedom to do what we want and keep our options open, and we will
be able to tour on our debut.”
Thine Eyes Bleed will work on a video immediately after recording, and
then hit the road for its first tour. The band will sharpen its live
chops with a couple of update New York performances opening for Superjoint
Ritual in the coming weeks.
- BAND SUES MILWAUKEE METALFEST XVIII PROMOTER
MILWAUKEE, WI - The promoter for Milwaukee Metalfest XVIII, John C.
Koshick, doing business as, Jack Koshick Presents, was served court
papers from the band Hell On Earth on Monday, April 19.
Hell On Earth hired a processor to hunt him down and serve him, 1300
miles away, as Koshick had avoided being served earlier in Florida by
Pinellas County Deputies.
Hell On Earth sued Koshick in response to the promoter breaching the
A representative for the band said, "Hell On Earth will have their
day in court and Jack Koshick will be made an example of."
Koshick's deplorable business tactics are documented in the JACK KOSHICK
METALFEST HALL OF SHAME, located in the NEWS page of www.hellonearth.net.
- A STATEMENT FROM “GREAT WHITE” ON THE NEW RELEASE FROM
DEADLINE / CLEOPATRA RECORDS
Hollywood, CA (April 27, 2004) – Today we were horrified to discover
that once again another record company has attempted to profit on the
horrible tragedy of February 20th , 2003. Deadline / Cleopatra Records
have planned to release a double record called Double Dose on May 11th
with a burning shark on the cover. This is a reprehensible and deplorable
act for the sole purpose of financial gain.
Great White is disgusted by the cover, and certainly did not approve
it or the album's release. This practice of repackaging for profit will
not be tolerated. The disgusting and vile album cover is a disgrace.
We are demanding the immediate cancellation of this release and are
taking all legal avenues available to stop it. We are contacting Navarre
distribution as well as Deadline Records today.
- HIRAX'S LIGHTNING FAST RECORDING SESSION YIELDS "THE NEW AGE
LOS ANGELES - Thrash metal veterans HIRAX recorded and mixed their latest
studio album, "The New Age of Terror," in an incredible nine
days of marathon sessions.
The record will be released May 18 on Black Devil Records and Deep Six
Records on CD and limited edition picture disc formats.
Upon hearing the raw tracks, which were recorded at another studio,
producer Michael Rozon (Melvins, Adrenaline OD) and the band decided
the quality wasn’t up to HIRAX’s standards. Rozon offered
to re-record all of the tracks at his studio, Speed Semen Clove Factory,
in North Hollywood, Calif. HIRAX decided to accept Rozon’s offer
and entered his studio to record the 11 songs over again, even though
it meant pushing back their original release date of late February.
"We only had four days to record and mixing and mastering was another
five days," vocalist Katon W. De Pena said. “We just didn’t
have the luxury of spending a month or two in the studio. We were recording
12 hours a day. The record needs to be available to the fans in time
for our upcoming tour."
"The band was very admirable in having the guts to listen to me
when I heard the basic tracks and suggested that we re-cut the entire
album," producer Rozon said. "A lot of people don’t
have the will to go back and redo the whole thing again, but HIRAX did."
Although the recording session was extremely fast, HIRAX did not stray
from the strict standards and ultra-tight musicianship they are known
for. "We practiced for two weeks and then went straight into the
studio," said De Pena. "HIRAX also did a lot of pre-production
to make things run smoother. Michael (Rozon) knew how to get the best
out of us. He made us work 100 percent on every song."
"I made sure they nailed everything so that the production would
be tight and powerful," said Rozon. "Definitely one of the
fastest records I’ve ever done, but we were all on the same page
from the get go. There weren't any conflicts about what we were going
"The New Age of Terror" was recorded the old school way on
two-inch tape using 24-track studio analog. "We would never do
anything on record that we couldn’t reproduce live," De Pena
said. "What you hear is what you get. We believe in playing heavy
metal/thrash metal with roots."
The band’s session with Rozon has resulted in their most powerful
recording to date. HIRAX is a machine when it comes to creating music
- Katon W. De Pena's vocal dynamics, guitarists Glenn Rogers and Dave
Watson's razor-sharp riffing and out-of-control solos, Jorge Iacobellis'
powerful machine gun drum attac,k and Angelo Espino's thundering bass,
grasping the rhythm tightly.
"The New Age of Terror" is an exciting amalgamation of the
thrash style on HIRAX’s mid-‘80s Metal Blade releases "Raging
Violence" and "Hate, Fear and Power" combined with a
powerful, technical edge.
The title track, “The New Age of Terror,” was written with
two themes in mind. "There was a music journalist who described
our sound as being ‘The New Age of Terror,’” De Pena
said. "All of the wars that are going on in this world over oil
and religion inspired the lyrics as well. As soon as I heard the main
riff that Glenn came up with, I had the idea for the song."
HIRAX will begin a tour for "The New Age of Terror" in late
April with festival appearances in California, Illinois, Sweden, and
two festivals in Germany. The band will also play Italy, Belgium, and
Holland this summer. U.S. and Japanese tours are in the works.
"The New Age of Terror" track listing:
1. Kill Switch
2. Hostile Territory
3. The New Age of Terror
4. Swords of Steel
5. Into the Ruins
6. Massacre of the Innocent
7. Hell on Earth
9. El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead)
10. El Diablo Negro
11. Unleash the Dogs of War (Open the Gates)
Tour dates are as follow:
06/12/04 Sat. Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, Sweden
06/19/04 Sat. John McLaren Park Amphitheatre, San Francisco, CA (Tidal
Wave 666 Festival)
07/10/04 Sat. Headbangers Open Air Festival, Germany
07/24/04 Sat. Metal Bash Open Air Festival, Germany
- JOE SATRIANI SETS SUMMER TOUR WITH DEEP PURPLE
G3 Live DVD Goes Gold Is There Love In Space?
In Stores Now
(Venice, CA) - Fresh off the heels of his latest release,
Is There Love In Space?, guitar legend, Joe Satriani
announces his Summer tour plans. Joining Deep Purple and
Thin Lizzy, Satriani will perform his rockin' live show
across the U.S. starting August 13 in Gilford, NH and
ending September 10 in Seattle, WA. Before setting out on
his nationwide trek, Satriani will join fellow G3 veteran,
Steve Vai, for a European G3 jaunt, adding Robert Fripp to
round out the trio.
Satriani's 11th solo album, Is There Love In Space?, was
released on April 13, 2004 and features the performer's
core trio of Matt Bissonette on bass and Jeff Campitelli
behind the drums. The 11 diverse cuts on the album range
from the pulsating, brash opener GNAAHH, to the drop-tuned
menace of Hands in the Air to the poignant ballad Just
Look Up. Yet all of the tracks are unified by Satriani's
love of old-school hard rock. On the day of release for
Is There Love in Space?, Satriani set out on a U.S.
promotional tour making special in-store appearances
including, for the first time ever, a live performance at
each stop. Each appearance drew from 500-1000 fans who
were not only able to get an up-close-and-personal look at
the virtuoso perform live, but were also able to meet him
afterwards to get an autograph.
Receiving rave reviews from the press for his new album,
Satriani was also the subject of an in-depth look at his
long career by his hometown paper, The San Francisco
...Is There Love In Space?, catches Satriani in rip-snorting
improvisational rides, laying searing, stinging leads over
thick, grinding rhythm parts.
--Joel Selvin, SF Chronicle, April 13, 2004
You'll be singing along to Satch's old-school hard rock
even when there are no words.
--Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly, April 8, 2004
With a staggering 13 Grammy nominations, 11 solo albums to
his credit and over 10 million copies of his albums sold
worldwide, Joe Satriani has achieved huge success in his
nearly 20 year career. In addition, this past year has
seen a number of releases from the always-prolific
guitarist. Is There Love In Space? debuted at #80 on the
Billboard Top 200 chart with over 12,000 in sales the
first week. The live album and DVD from last years
successful G3 TOUR was released on February 24th with the
DVD hitting #5 on the Billboard sales chart and has since been certified
Gold. In addition, Sony/Legacy released the 2 CD greatest hits album
called "The Electric Joe Satriani - An Anthology" late last
DATE - VENUE - CITY
Fri 8/13 - Meadowbrook Farms - Gilford, NH
Sat 8/14 - FleetBoston Pavilion - Boston, MA
Sun 8/15 - Jones Beach Amphitheatre - Wantagh, NY
Tue 8/17 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Saratoga Springs, NY
Wed 8/18 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
Fri 8/20 - Erie County Fairgrounds - Hamburg, NY
Sat 8/21 - Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, ONT
Mon 8/23 - Marcus Amphitheatre - Milwaukee, WI
Wed 8/25 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Kansas City, MO
Fri 8/27 - Verizon Amphitheatre - San Antonio, TX
Sat 8/28 - Cynthia Woods Pavilion - Houston, TX
Sun 8/29 - Smirnoff Music Centre - Dallas, TX
Tue 8/31 - Universal Lending Pavilion - Denver, CO
Thurs 9/2 - Reno Hilton Pavilion - Reno, NV
Sat 9/4 - Greek Theater - Los Angeles, CA
Sun 9/5 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre - Marysville, CA
Mon 9/6 - Chronicle Pavilion - Concord, CA
Thurs 9/9 - The Amphitheater at Clark County - Ridgefield, WA
Fri 9/10 - White River Amphitheatre - Seattle, WA
- THE VISION BLEAK
Horror with an exclusive line-up
"A Symphony Of Horror performed by THE VISION BLEAK and the Shadow
Philharmonics feat. Letzte Instanz" - this is the title of an exclusive
performance THE VISION BLEAK are going to stage on July 4, 2004. On
this occasion, the Captains of the Death-ship will be accompanied by
the Shadow Philharmonics-a string ensemble and classical singers, among
them Thomas Helm (EMPYRIUM)-as well as by members of the band Letzte
This performance will be part of this year's With Full Force Open Air
festival. THE VISION BLEAK will play the festival's last gig after highlights
such as Slipknot, Dimmu Borgir, Monster Magnet, and Tiamat.
Sven Borges, promoter of the With Full Force festival, is very impressed
by THE VISION BLEAK: "Damn, they are genius. So individual and
different, yet hard and gloomy-something new for sure! At With Full
Force, their Symphony of Horror will definitely be at the right place!"
- New ELEND album in autumn
ELEND are currently finishing the production of their forthcoming album
"Sunwar the Dead", scheduled for release through Prophecy
Productions in September 2004. The album will be the second part of
a 5-album cycle. In contrast to the transitional work "Winds Devouring
Men" (the prologue to this cycle released in 2003), the pieces
of music featured on "Sunwar the Dead" are the fastest and
most violent ones ever written by the composers. For the first time
Elend have recorded with a complete classical ensemble featuring strings,
brass, woodwinds, orchestral percussion and female choir.
- OF THE WAND AND THE MOON-Algiz/Hagalaz box-set soon to be released
The production of OF THE WAND AND THE MOON's "Algiz/Hagalaz"
box-set is in its finishing stage. Apart from the vinyl re-release of
their first three records, this box-set contains two additional new
CDs by this outstanding Danish group.
"Nighttime Nightrhymes"-for the first time on vinyl;
":Emptiness:Emptiness:Emptiness:"-for the first time on vinyl;
"Lucifer"-for the first time on vinyl.
All these records will be pressed on heavy-weight vinyl exclusively
for this collection.
"Algiz", containing rare and unreleased tracks from 1998 to
"Hagalaz" live CD, featuring recordings from the band's 2002
Vienna (Hau Ruck! Festival) and Magnifiosi, The Netherlands.
Both CDs will be presented in a gorgeous Digipak and are exclusively
available in this box-set only.
The three vinyl albums and the two CDs will come in a specially manufactured
- SECRETS OF THE MOON - new album will be released at 26th April
"Unique, occult and intensive - SECRETS OF THE MOON have created
their own world - technical unable to follow for most other bands in
their genre, conceptual superior and inimitable. "Carved In Stigmata
Wounds" represents a standing climax in the band´s evolution."Carved
In Stigmata Wounds" will be released at 26th April as normal Jewel
Case CD; as Luxuary edition double CD and as heavy vinyl double album.
- 'PRONG' ON HEADLINING U.S.A. TOUR
DOG FASHION DISCO, BEYOND THE EMBRACE & ALL THAT REMAINS
HOLLYWOOD (April 19, 2004) - Prong is heading out on their US tour in
support of their new release "Scorpio Rising" on Locomotive
Music Germany. "The new music is similar to Rude Awakening, but
maybe even a little more simplistic," says Victor. "This time
I started with lyrics, and developed from there, from what I've got
going on personally, dealing with this planet Earth. All the songs are
about something different, but they’re all about the same thing—
Innocence gone. The songs on 'Scorpio Rising' are more like a sequel
to Rude Awakening–That was about the craziness of the world, and
this is more about how I’m dealing with it…"
The current incarnation of Prong includes singer/guitarist/founder Tommy
Victor, drummer Dan Laudo and the band also is accompanied by guitarist
Monte Pittman, a longtime friend of Victor and an alumnus of Madonna’s
recent Drowned World Tour. Prong will be acommpanied on this tour by
'Dog Fashion Disco,' 'Beyond The Embrace' and 'All That Remains.'
PRONG TOUR DATES:
04.29.04 Sacramento, CA The Roadhouse
04.30.04 Concord, CA Bourbon Street
05.01.04 Tacoma, WA Hell's Kitchen
05.02.04 Portland, OR Sabala's
05.04.04 Colorado Springs, CO 32 Bleu
05.05.04 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
05.06.04 Omaha, NE Ranch Bowl
05.07.04 Saint Louis, MO Creepy Crawl
05.08.04 Chicago Heights, IL Oasis One Sixty
05.09.04 Mt. Clemens, MI Hayloft Liquor Stand
05.11.04 Youngstown, OH The Dome
05.12.04 Buffalo, NY Palmeri Day & Night Club
05.13.04 Baltimore, MD Thunderdome
05.14.04 Binghamton, NY New Cheers Pub
05.15.04 Attleboro, MA Jarrod's
05.16.04 Farmingdale, NY Downtown
05.18.04 Jacksonville, NC Planet Rock
05.21.04 Columbus, OH Al Rosa Villa
05.22.04 Indianapolis, IN Ultra Violet Arena
05.23.04 Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre
05.25.04 Houston, TX Meridian
05.26.04 San Antonio, TX Sin 13
05.27.04 Dallas, TX Trees
05.28.04 Wichita, KS The Game
05.31.04 Boise, ID JD and Friends
06.01.04 Spokane, WA Gatsby's
06.02.04 Seattle, WA Graceland
06.03.04 Eugene, OR WOW Hall
06.04.04 San Francisco, CA The Pound
06.05.04 Los Angeles, CA TBA
- 'PRONG' RELEASES NEW ALBUM SCORPIO RISING
ON LOCOMOTIVE MUSIC GERMANY
HOLLYWOOD (April 21, 2004) - Be aware of SCORPIO RISING - the ultimate
Prong sound of the new century. This is the definite soundtrack for
the year 2004. High quality, totall honesty and absolutely Prong. The
current incarnation of Prong includes singer/guitarist/founder Tommy
Victor, drummer Dan Laudo and the band also is accompanied by guitarist
Monte Pittman, a longtime friend of Victor and an alumnus of Madonna’s
recent Drowned World Tour.
Prong’s lineup has been very fluid over the years, with Victor
being the only constant. He says he initially considered touring under
a different moniker. “For a while, I thought, ‘I won’t
use this name; Prong is a dead entity,’” he says. “But
really it isn’t, because a good 95% of the material has been mine
throughout the years, so I figured, ‘Might as well just keep it
going.’ There’s people out there that want to hear it, and
I owe it to them.”
"The new music is similar to Rude Awakening, but maybe even a little
more simplistic," says Victor. "This time I started with lyrics,
and developed from there, from what I've got going on personally, dealing
with this planet Earth. All the songs are about something different,
but they’re all about the same thing— Innocence gone. On
Rude Awakening, everyone was insane, and I was in that frame of mind.
These songs are more like a sequel to Rude Awakening–That was
about the craziness of the world, and this is more about how I’m
dealing with it…"
From the nuclear bomb that graced the cover, to the lyrics that permeated
the album, there was a lot of fear on Rude Awakening. The difference
now, is that Victor has learned to cope with that fear, and has realized
he has no control over it. "Everything fell apart, and that happens
with everybody—Someway, somehow, you have to endure and put it
all back together again, and that’s what I had to do."
- DOWNSET NEW RELEASE 'UNIVERSAL'
HITS TOP POSITIONS FOR RADIO AIRPLAY
'UNIVERSAL' SCHEDULED TO RELEASE MAY 10TH ON HAWINO RECORDS
HOLLYWOOD (April 21st, 2004) - downset. is geared and primed with vigor
to return to the top of the amalgamated world they created over a decade
ago, and bring it to all. The band just completed 11 blistering new
songs, and has been performing sporadically for the long awaited 4th
album, "Universal", slated to be released May 10th on Seattle-based
Their reemergence marks the strength and integrity that has been held
high in the eyes and ears of fans and believers. Multi-platinum band
P.O.D. holds downset. in the highest regards of their chosen music genre.
“downset. is original style which demands total respect,”
states WUV, drummer of P.O.D. And while their previous efforts have
sold close to 300,000 copies worldwide, "Universal" is set
to follow suit. Tracks like "Forever", "All Crews",
"Black Glock", and "Jumpin' Off", showcase the uncompromising
anger and gritty reality that downset. fans have learned to expect.
downset. is one of the pioneers of hardcore, punk & hip hop. They
are true originals,” exclaims Sonny, singer of P.O.D.
- The full-length debut album from Norway’s 1349 is one of Candlelight’s
formidable highlights for 2003. The album, Liberation, received top
honors from the world’s most critical metal/rock publications
- including for the US feature coverage in Metal Maniacs, Brave Words
Bloody Knuckles, Unrestrained, Anvil (formerly Sounds of Death), Pit
and countless others. “Liberation skillfully blends old school
black metal with a modern, full-frontal assault of musical hysteria,”
said Anvil (formerly Sounds of Death). “A band ripe with promise,
thanks to multiple shotgun blasts of chilly, misanthropic atmosphere
and old-school black metal teeth-gnashing,” adds All Music Guide.
Now in the early months of 2004, 1349 return for another attack - this
time the jugular is the prime target. Beyond the Apocalypse once again
presents the band’s already respected blackened metal that recalls
the true glory of the scene’s early sounds. Fans of Mayhem, Immortal,
Gorgoroth and Darkthrone take notice - this is quality and modern black
metal for the continuing dark times. Dating to 1997, the band - named
for the year the plague hit Norway in the 14th Century - found immediate
cult status with the recording and later release of their self-titled
mini-album in 2001. Featuring then session drummer Frost (Satyricon),
word-of-mouth spread like wildfire regarding the band’s cold and
aggressive musical offering. Frost, so impressed with the music and
sound of the band, would later ask to become a permanent member. Vocalist
Ravn, guitarists Tjalve and Archaon, and bassist Seidemann agreed and
1349 would become complete. Signing to Candlelight in late 2001, the
band spent much of 2002 working on Liberation. After release, the band
performed numerous dates in support of Gorgoroth and Cadaver (Inc) and
performed at profile festivals, including Norway’s Inferno Fest.
- INSISION complete new album
Relentless Death machine INSISION have completed work on their new album
'Revealed and Worshipped' with producer Mieszko Talarczyk (Nasum) at
the now notorious Soundlab Studios. Although conceptually based, the
album is not some prog-rock epic! Instead the barbaric approach which
has served Insision so well in the past is more finely tuned than ever.........cuts
set for inclusion when the record is released in July are 'The Foul
Smell Of Humans', 'Grotesque Plague Mass' and 'The Ideas Of Revolution'.
Following in the steps of like-minded sound torturers Immolation, Cannibal
Corpse and Incantation, the new Insision record is 100% pure Death Metal.
- THE CHASM in the studio
New Wicked World signees The Chasm have begun the process of turning
their new album into reality at Soto Sound Studios in Illinois.......
early indications are that the album will still feature the same epic
qualities and references to ancient worlds that have become the bands
trademark within the underground. Work continues on the current album.
- ANATA tour dates
Fans in Anata's native Sweden can check out the band live
with Malevolent Creation and Dying Fetus in June:
13 GOTHENBURG @ MUSIK HUS
15 UPPSALA @ UNGDOMENS
16 LINKOPING @ SKYLTEN
17 HELSINGBORG @ PIREN
- PROGPOWER USA V PRE-PARTY ANNOUNCED
ATLANTA – The Eleven50 in Atlanta will host a ProgPower USA V
pre-party on Thursday, September 16.
The show will feature the North American debut from the Netherlands’
Sun Caged, Outworld (featuring guitar virtuoso Rusty Cooley), and local
Atlanta band Halcyon's Way. Further details on the pre-party are available
ProgPower USA V will take place the following two days – Friday,
September 17 and Saturday, September 18 - at Earthlink Live. The show
will be headlined by current and former members of Savatage, uniting
for one night only, along with Edguy, Kamelot, Pain of Salvation, Wuthering
Heights, Dreamscape, Adagio, Brainstorm, Tad Morose, and Into Eternity.
Tickets will go on sale May 1 via all Ticketmaster outlets. Only 900
tickets will be made available to the public once again. Gold Badges
(special patron tickets) are already sold-out. Tickets for the 1,500-seat
venue have sold out within two weeks for the past two shows.
Sabian, Pacific Drums, Evan Drumheads, Planet Waves, Shure Microphones,
and D'Addario are sponsoring ProgPower USA V.
“The ProgPower fest is the perfect opportunity to showcase an
emerging brand like Pacific Drums and Percussion,” said Scott
Donnell, Pacific Drums’ Director of Marketing. “Progressive
rock/metal players are very serious when it comes to their music and
their instrument, and we've really valued the feedback we've received
from some of prog metal's finest drummers.”
"ProgPower continually brings some of the top prog bands to one
of the best festivals around," said Mike Robinson, J. D'Addario's
Evans brand manager. "We have been sponsoring ProgPower now for
three years and the festival, exposure, and bands keep getting better
- OPENING FOR A NEW MEMBER OF KKC
Kitchen::Knife::Conspiracy is looking for a talented guitar player to
add to their lineup. This is NOT a replacement, just an additional member
to add to the live sound and to give us more possibilities for upcoming
songwriting endeavors. Must meet the following qualifications:
1. Must be able to play metal (thrash, hardcore, death metal)
2. Must be dedicated and willing to work
3. Must be between the ages of 21-30 years old
4. Must have GOOD equipment
5. Past band experience, though not a necessity, is a PLUS!
If interested, just email [email protected]
with "2nd guitarist" as a subject header. Thank you.
- MONSTROSITY NEWS
As one of the pioneer Florida death metal bands, Monstrosity has a three
page spread and interview in the current issue of Metal Maniacs in the
After headling the annual "Rock Al Parque" festival sponsored
by the government in Bogota, Columbia, SA in October with 80,000 in
attendance, Monstrosity heads to Europe for three weeks. Metal Blade
Europe has just released their album Rise To Power and European fans
are anxious to see these mighty metallers again Encore Records, Brazil
has recently licensed Monstrosity's new album and the release date is
LEGACY Magazine presents
MONSTROSITY (USA) & DARK DISCIPLE (USA) Tour 2004
01.05.04 D-Zwickau, BPM Club
02.05.04 D-Berlin, Halford
03.05.04 D-Hamburg, Markthalle
04.05.04 D-Frankfurt, Nachtleben
05.05.04 D-MÃ1⁄4nchen, Garage
06.05.04 B-Gent, The Frontline
07.05.04 NL-Katwijk, Scum
08.05.04 NL-Arnhem, Goudvishal
09.05.04 D-Stuttgart, RÃhre
10.05.04 D-MÃnster bei Darmstadt, Live Arena
11.05.04 D-Essen, Zeche Carl
12.05.04 D-Heidelberg, Schwimmbad Musikclub
13.05.04 A-Innsbruck, Hafen
14.05.04 I-Bergamo, Motion
15.05.04 F-Marseille, CC Mirabeau
16.05.04 F-Nancy, Azimut 854
17.05.04 F-Paris, La Locomotive
19.05.04 SLO-Ljubljana, Metalkova
20.05.04 SK-Bratislava, Galaria Duna
21.05.04 A-Graz, Orpheum
22.05.04 CZ-Ceske Budejovice, Mo-Do Club
- SHADOWS FALL NEWS
The dynamic thrash metal quintet SHADOWS FALL will embark on a national
U.S. headlining tour this summer in preparation for their highly anticipated
fourth full-length release. The trek, dubbed the Strhess Tour, will
also feature As I Lay Dying, Himsa and Remembering Never. Be sure to
check out the tour's official website, www.strhesstour.com,
for all dates and current news. SHADOWS FALL just entered Planet Z Studios
(Hatebreed) to track the follow up to 2002's highly acclaimed The Art
of Balance. The group's first ever DVD, The Art Of Touring: Drunk And
Shitty In Every City, compiled by Zach Merck (director of the "Destroyer
Of Sense" and "Idiot Box" videos), is now complete. Look
for the DVD to hit stores this summer and for the new album in the early
fall. Brian Fair (vocals) further describes the group's new material
and excitement over the upcoming tour, "What's happenin' everyone?
Lots going down in the SHADOWS FALL camp these days. Last weekend we
had our first shows in over four months, which for us felt like an eternity.
Every show was incredible and it felt amazing to be back onstage with
the boys, back where we belong. Thanks to all who came out to show their
support. We busted out two new tunes, 'The Power Of I' and 'Enlightened
By The Cold,' along with the title track from The Art Of Balance for
the first time ever. Gotta love the power ballads baby. After we got
home from the weekend, we loaded our gear into Planet Z to begin tracking
the new album. Jason (drums) was first up and he once again blew all
of our minds by nailing multiple takes of seven songs in one day. The
man is a machine. His performance this weekend will hopefully set the
pace for the entire recording process so we can get it out to the public
ASAP. We are all incredibly stoked on the new songs. This record covers
so much ground without stepping outside of the sound we have always
crafted. Some tunes are full on brutality, some are all out thrash fests
and some have such a rock n' roll vibe that they would make Guns N'
Roses proud. All of this combines to what we believe is our best work
to date. This record is definitely not The Art Of Balance part two.
We have always prided ourselves on continual evolution and try to push
our sound into new worlds. There is no reason to repeat ourselves or
go backwards. This band is all about moving forward and throwing a few
surprises at the listeners to keep it fun and exciting.
We are also currently in the editing stages of our first ever DVD, the
soon to be infamous The Art Of Touring: Drunk And Shitty In Every City.
Our good friend Zach Merck is helping us sift through hundreds of hours
of video tape to get the most ridiculous and obnoxious footage we can
find from the last few years on the road. Expect many guest appearances
from our drunken asshole friends and lots of random mayhem. We want
to give the fans a quick peek into the world of idiocy that is SHADOWS
FALL on tour. We will also be including lots of live footage, all the
videos from The Art Of Balance and a few rare treats for all of the
kiddies out there.
After we wrap up the recording of the new record, we will be hoping
on a plane and heading to Europe with our good friends in Killswitch
Engage, Chimaira and God Forbid as part of the New Wave Of American
Metal Tour. To say we are excited by this bill is quite the understatement.
Once we return from Europe, we will be heading right back on the road
for our first headlining tour since last December. Our good friends
from Strhess Clothing, the new clothing line from renowned artist Derek
Hess, have jumped on board to endorse the tour making it the Strhess
Tour. We will be joined on the road by As I Lay Dying, Himsa and Remembering
Never and will be hitting a lot of markets that we have either never
been to or have not been to in a long time. That is the whole point
of this run - to spread the metal to those cities and states that get
left off of most tours. So come on out and party down."
- Season of Mist sign Tsjuder and Esoteric - Having released two albums
through Drakkar Productions, TSJUDER now sign to Season of Mist. The
Norwegian Black Metal band will record their third album in July 2004.
This album will be entitled Desert Northern Hell and be released this
- After months of negotiation with several labels, ESOTERIC have signed
to Season of Mist. The fourth album Subconscious Dissolution into the
Continuum is scheduled for worldwide release on June 28th 2004, except
in the USA and Canada where the album sees light on July 27th.
- HIGH TIMES RECORDS RELEASES, HIGH VOLUME: THE STONER ROCK COLLECTION,
FEATURING THE GENRE'S PREMIERE ARTISTS INCLUDING NEBULA, CORRIOSION
OF CONFORMITY, CLUTCH, WINO (THE HIDDEN HAND), HIGH ON FIRE AND UNIDA
New York, NY - High Times Records announces the release of the label's
first foray into the stoner rock genre. High Volume: The Stoner Rock
Collection will hit streets on June 8, 2004. The label is distributed
by Caroline in the U.S. Radio promotion is being handled by Heavy Hitter
and an indie street marketing team will be engaged to help promote the
High Volume: The Stoner Rock Collection features artists that have defined
the term "stoner rock" including Nebula, Unida (featuring
John Garcia of Kyuss), The Formula (featuring Ed Mundell of Monster
Magnet) and High on Fire (featuring members of Sleep).
High Times supports the use of marijuana as an inspirational tool for
artists. And many of the artists on the compilation extol the benefits
of its use. Wino (St. Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan and most recently
on Dave Grohl's PROBOT album) from The Hidden Hand explains that "there
definitely is a 'creative enhancement' aspect to smoking pot. It changes
your mood, your state of mind....you could be feeling bla and then you
burn one and the first thing you feel like doing is grabbing your guitar!"
Bobby Black, who holds a position at both High Times magazine and the
record label, began approaching bands to become a part of this compilation
in 2002. "When I first put out the word that High Times Records
wanted to do a stoner rock compilation the response was overwhelming."
Black explains. "I was flooded with calls from bands all over the
world who wanted to be involved. I think this lineup not only showcases
the top talent in the genre, but also the full spectrum of styles associated
with this scene. Fom the doomiest to the spaciest, from the rawest to
the trippiest-it's all here."
High Times Records is based in New York, NY. Visit the label and the
bands online at www.hightimesrecords.net/highvolume
- METAL MANIACS PRESENTS:
MISERY INDEX, CANNAE, THROUGH THE DISCIPLINE
May 1 - Worcester, MA - Palladium - NE Metal and Hardcore Fest
May 2 - Cleveland, OH - Agora
May 3 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
May 5 - St. Paul, MN - The Lab
May 6 - Fargo, ND - Playmaker's Player's Room (new venue)
May 8 - Salt Lake City, UT - Lo-Fi Cafe
May 9 - Boise, ID - J.D. & Friends (w/ Pissing Razors, Disgorge)
May 10 - Seattle, WA - Graceland
May 11 - Portland, OR - Conans
May 12 - San Francisco, CA - The Pound (w/ Animosity)
May 13 - Corona, CA - Showcase Theatre
May 15 - San Diego, CA - Epicentre (w/ Disgorge)
May 16 - Phoenix, AZ - Mason Jar (w/ 25 ta Life, Bound for Blood, Northside
May 18 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
May 19 - San Antonio, TX - Sin-13
May 20 - Metairie, LA - Zeppelin's
May 21 - Tampa, FL - Brass Mug
May 23 - Nashville, TN - The Muse
May 24 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge (rescheduled from May 4)
May 26 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
May 27 - New York, NY - Downtime - w/ Exhumed, Uphill Battle, Profanity
(no Cannae, TTD)
May 28 - Syracuse, NY - Planet 505
May 30 - Baltimore, MD - Thunderdome - Maryland Death Fest
June 16 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Grandrokk
June 17 - Reykjavik, Iceland - (w/ Shai Hulud)
June 18 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Baroeg
June 20 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013
June 27 - Le Mans, France - Furyfest
July 1 - Wermelskirchen, Germany - AJZ Bahndamm
July 2 - Zofingen, Switzerland - Ox
Aug. 6 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Fest
Aug. 12- 14 - Bad Berka, Germany - Party.San Fest
- THE BERAVED have changed their name to ALTERED AEON. Their album Dispiritism
which is recorded and mixed will be released this coming June. The full
tracklisting is "Dispirited Chambers," "Oath to Endure,"
"Patriots of Sin (aeturnum essentia)," "Behind the Lodge
Door," "Carpe Noctem," "Desensitizer," "Dreamscape
Domain," "Light Creates Shadows," "Transcendence
Duology," "The Resonance of Form in Transition" plus
two bonus tracks for licenses! Metal
- THE DUSKFALL's guitar player Joachim has decided to leave the band.
A session replacement fixed already for the upcoming gigs: Lars Lofven
from DEFLESHED. Do not miss the gigs of this great band! Watch this
space for more. Metal
- Greek MetalCore veterans OLETHRIO RIGMA are almost done with the recordings
of their new album (out in June). The album is called Terror Of Power
and the full tracklisting is (freely translated from Greek): "Murdere,"
"Fire," "The Lie," "Betrayal," "Iraq
Time Zero," "The Fans," "Cut Off From The World,"
"Terror Of Power" and "Shitworld." Metal
- When you read this SATARIEL are currently busy recording their upcoming
album Hydra in Dug-out Studios with producer Daniel Bergstrand (known
for his work with In Flames, The Duskfall etc.). The band promises an
amazing album. Metal
- OPPOSITE SIDES, a project made up of three HORTUS ANIMAE members (MARTYR
LUCIFER, S.B. HYPNOS and AMON) together with ex-member Arke and Stefano
Franchini from the death metal band ENTITY, have finished the recording
and mixing of the The Eclipse Of Existence EP. Technical death/black
metal in the vein of Pestilence, Death, Atheist, Cynic and Arch Enemy,
but more straight and with a more modern view for extreme metal. www.oppositesides.com
- HORTUS ANIMAE's drummer GROM has recorded the drums for AMON 418's
one man band called HATE PROFILE. This work of particular and grim black
metal will be completed in the coming months with AMON taking care of
all the other instruments. Metal
- 2000 DECIBEL FEST
The festival that supports Swedish Metal
We can now present the last band for this year's 2000 Decibel-festival,
which will be held May 21st and 22nd in Bengtsfors, Sweden (North of
Gothenburg). Dark Tranquillity will have the honour to end our fifth
We feel that this year's lineup is the strongest in the history of 2000
Decibel. The following bands are confirmed: Cans (who makes their live
premier in Bengtsfors!), The Haunted, Hypocrisy, Dark Tranquillity,
Pain Of Salvation, Vintersorg, Ablaze My Sorrow, Amaran, Arise, Astral
Doors, Beseech, Beyond, Count Raven, Draconian, Electric Earth, God
Among Insects, Gorefight, Grand Magus, Ironware, Lefay, Merciless, Morifade,
Naglfar, Notre Dame, Persuader, Repulse, Shattered, Shiftlight, Silent
Scythe, Sovereign, Syconaut, Tad Morose, The Generals, Trendkill and
2000 Decibel is the only festival that is totally dedicated to Swedish
Metal. The previous festivals have gained a lot of attention from all
over the world, with visitors from as far away as New Zeeland, Canada,
USA and Mexico. The Swedish Metal scene has never been better or more
interesting so it is definitely a winning formula. This year we expect
more foreign visitors than ever before!
For more information visit our homepage: www.mfdecibel.com
- SUFFOCATION COMPLETE WORK ON NEW VIDEO
Relapse Records recording artists SUFFOCATION have completed work on
the first music video from their forthcoming new album, Souls to Deny.
The video, for the song "Surgery of Impalement", was filmed
at Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary and features the band (vocalist
Frank Mullen, drummer Mike Smith, guitarists Terrance Hobbs and Guy
Marchais and bassist Derek Boyer) performing live in various locations
in and around the prison's locale. Still images from the video, which
is expected to make its world premier in the immediate future, can be
viewed at this location: http://www.relapse.com/preview/suffocationvideo.jpg.
Eastern State Penitentiary, which no longer houses inmates and is now
a historical site, was built in 1829. Eastern State is known previously
for having held notorious gangster Al Capone, and was featured in the
1995 motion picture Twelve Monkeys.
SUFFOCATION's Souls to Deny will be released on April 27th in North
and on May 17th in Europe via Relapse. The band will kick off its first
tour in support of Souls to Deny on April 13th at the House of Blues
in Lake Buena Vista, FL
- After a 6 week delay due to a mastering problem, sessions for the
9th full length studio album from Florida's Death Metal Merchants MALEVOLENT
CREATION is complete!! Stated to be the band's most diverse and punishing
record to date,WARKULT is safely in the hands of our record label Nuclear
Blast Records and the wheels are in motion.WARKULT was recorded at Liquid
Ghost Recording Studio in Boca Raton,FL by Phil Plaskon and produced
and mixed at Studio Wild outside of Montral Canada by producer Jean
Francois Degenais and mastered by(After a 5 1/2 week wait!! damn it
!!!)Bernard Belley in Montreal,Canada.WARKULT marks the return of long
time drummer Dave Culross back in the line up,and a June 28th release
date has been set for Europe.WARKULT will be released in the US and
other territories about a month later.
WARKULT Tracklisting is as follows:
1) Dead March
2) Preemtive Strike
3) Supremacy Through Annihilation
4) Murder Reigns
7) Section 8
8) On Grounds Of Battle
9) Tyrannic Oppression
10) Ravaged By Conflict
11) Shock And Awe
12) Jack The Ripper * (bonus track) Cover song from Australian cult
thrash godz Hobbs Angel Of Death.
MALEVOLENT CREATION CONFIRMED LIVE APPEARANCES ARE :
May 30, Rock Hard Festival, Germany w/Machine Head,Exodus,Metal Church,etc..
June 19, Skeleton Bash, Austria w/ Testament,Atrocity,Fleshcrawl and
JUNE 26, Fury Fest,France w/Deicide,Morbid Angel,Meshuggah,Fear Factory,etc..
June 27,Graspop Metel Meeting, Belgium w/Judas Priest,Slipknot,Motorhead,etc..
July 2, With Full Force, Germany w/ Dimmu Borgir,Slipknot,Six Feet Under,etc..
July 4, Rock the Nations, Turkey w/ Destruction,Hatebreed,Marduk and
August 27, Up From The Ground, Germany w/ Kataklysm,Dew Scented,Disbelief,etc.
- MORBID ANGEL: Main Stage at Roskilde Festival
Morbid Angel is confirmed to play the main stage at this year's massive
Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Morbid Angel will appear on the main stage
on Saturday July 3rd, 2004 at 5:00 pm to play an unprecedented 90-minute
set. Other artists scheduled to perform this amazingly diverse festival
include David Bowie, Korn, Morrissey, N*E*R*D, and Pixies.
Says Morbid Angel bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker: "We are extremely
excited to play for all the fans at this great festival."
- CARCASS: 'Choice Cuts' Finally Sees the Light of Day
Earache Records, in cooperation with Carcass, is proud to announce the
release of the long delayed Carcass compilation, 'Choice Cuts'.
Originally intended for release in 1999, this 'Best-Of' compilation
was shelved indefinitely by the label following the news of drummer
Ken Owen's critical illness. Some promo copies of the original 'Choice
Cuts' were manufactured but were immediately withdrawn from circulation,
out of respect to Ken, and in compliance with the band's wishes.
In the intervening years, fans of the band have repeatedly asked when
the release would see the light of day, but with Ken still very ill
it was deemed inappropriate to issue the collection. Still the questions
and requests concerning the release continued...
After running a retrospective interview last year on Earache.com with
vocalist/bassist Jeff Walker and a much improved Ken Owen, Earache approached
the band with the idea of finally, officially, releasing 'Choice Cuts'.
As a result, 'Choice Cuts' will now be issued in its entirety under
the the co-ordination of Ken Owen, who has slightly amended the original
tracklisting and will undertake a full interview for the release.
Exhume to Consume
Swarming Vulgar Mass of Infected Virulency
Tools of The Trade
Corporal Jigsore Quandary
Incarnated Solvent Abuse
No Love Lost
Keep on Rotting in The Free World
R**k the Vote
This Is Your Life
Crepitating Bowel Erosion*
Cadaveric Incubator of Endoparasites*
Reek of Putrefaction*
Exhume to Consume**
* BBC Radio One Peel Session 02.01.89
** BBC Radio One Peel Session 16.12.90
- DEEPER GROUND OF METAL FESTIVAL PART II
May 29, 2004
PLANET MUSIC VIENNA
HOLY MOSES (D)
GODDAMNED X (A)
Contact and info under www.deeper-ground.tt.at
- WELKIN looking for label
Welkin is currently on the lookout for a label that wants to work with
them on their upcoming releases. Last January they recorded two brandnew
promotracks that they would like to release on a splitalbum worldwide.
Other than that they are working on loads of new material and hope to
hit the studio next year to record their second full lenght!!!!
Labels can contact them for a promo by mailing to [email protected]
Samples can be found on our webcage http://www.welkin.be
- KITTIE REVEALS SONG DETAILS FOR “UNTIL THE END”
LONDON, Ontario – Kittie has unveiled the tracklisting for its
upcoming album, “Until the End,” which was recorded during
the month of March in Massachusetts’ Longview Farm Studios.
Songs titles are:
“Look So Pretty”
“Until the End”
“Into the Darkness”
“The heaviest song on this album is hands down ‘Burning
Bridges,’” said frontwoman Morgan Lander. “It combines
a huge melodic chorus with a balls-out riffing. It is the perfect combination!”
Morgan’s sister, drummer Mercedes Lander, agrees with Morgan’s
assessment, adding that “Daughters Down” is equally heavy.
“Both songs have amazing heavy-ass guitar and bass riffs that
tear your ass apart,” she said. “The drumming is heavy with
lots of pounding double kick and really awesome breakdowns.”
Bassist Jennifer Arroyo also selects “Burning Bridges” as
one of the album’s heaviest songs, also noting that “Looks
So Pretty” is “tough as nails. And I love, love, love ‘Pussy
Sugar.’ That song has a ton of dynamics and we just bring the
house down in the end. It makes me want to run free in the streets with
Six of the tracks were written prior to last summer’s US tour,
allowing the band to try them out live as they trekked across the country.
“I have always believed that if you tour on a song before you
record it, it always turns out better in the studio,” said Mercedes
Lander. “Playing the song live helps it mature and makes you that
much more comfortable with the song.”
Added Arroyo: “I love playing new material on the road because
you get to watch it grow, then when you head into the studio, you just
nail it. It’s done nothing but help the recording process.”
The remaining songs, which the ladies all agree are inspired by every
life, were written after the group returned from a June 2003 Mexican
“Lyrically, I write about mainly personal experiences,”
said Morgan Lander. “Situations, relationships, human nature,
and our emotional and physical struggle just to get by and be heard.
Musically, I think what keeps us going is knowing that there are the
people out there who really love and appreciate what we are doing. That
gives us a desire to continue on, no matter what the obstacle.”
Artemis Records will release “Until the End” this summer.
- RAVAGE UPDATE - STUDIO FLOOD!
We've been through some hell in the last month which has delayed the
recording a bit...in addition to the usual unforseen trials that plague
a recording attempt, we were shocked to learn that the studio we were
working out of FLOODED!... but luckily no equipment was damaged and
none of the recording was lost... apparently anyway... the fingers are
still crossed... but we have quite a bit done and we hope to finish
the tracking in the next couple of weeks so we can get down to the fun
stuff (putting this damned thing together!). The tracks sound really
good so far... Phil gave the best drumming performance we've yet had
on a recording, and I think he added a lot to the songs, including his
trademark filth ha ha... the guitars are more powerful than they were
on the last recording and the bass sound we've got is quite crushing...
in the end it should be a far superior recording to "Curse Of Heaven"
and I think we've chosen songs that everyone will enjoy thrashin' to.
The artwork is comming along as well and we should have that in a couple
of weeks to go along with a new website which will be chock full of
awful awful goodies, so till the next update... RAVAGE IN PEACE!!!
- Long time ACHERON guitarist Michael Estes has be let go from the band.
The departure was due to a location problem. Estes, an Orlando, Florida,
resident, lived 1000 miles away from the band's headquarters in Columbus,
Ohio. ACHERON felt the distance was keeping the band back from going
forward. The band wishes Michael the best of luck with his present and
A new guitarist, by the name of Stacey Connolly, has been welcomed into
the ACHERON fold. Connolly, who also plays in the band LIFE IS LOST,
has been working with ACHERON for the last several months. On April
6th, 2004, he was officially made a member of the band.
The band is also looking to add a second guitarist to the line-up. Those
who are interested and share the same ACHERON style of lead playing
can contact Vincent Crowley at [email protected]
On Friday July 9th, 2004, ACHERON will be headlining Berlin Germany's
UNDER THE BLACK SUN festival. More information about the show can be
found at the TRIPLE SIX CONCERTS at
Another ACHERON release this year? Indeed! BLACK LOTUS RECORDS will
be releasing a ACHERON history double CD entitled "DECADE INFERNUS
1988-1998". It will feature 34 Songs ranging from the albums "RITES
OF THE BLACK MASS" until "THOSE WHO HAVE RISEN". A must
for all old and new fans. And there will be 100% ACHERON music, no intros!
The tentative release date is the Summer of 2004. Artist Timo Wuerz
has been recruited to do more extreme artwork for this album's cover
ACHERON has been working on music for their next album, which will be
called "Sanctum Regnum". The band is taking it slow and enjoying
the song writing process. The theme will be a very apocalyptic concept.
Some songs titles that are being worked on are The Apocalypse, Godless
(We are Gods), Satan's New Age, I Am Heathen, Millennium's End, Anno
Lucifuge, Rise of Rebellion and Might is Right.
- Bassist Derek Boyer (Decrepit Birth) has been added to the SUFFOCATION
- Risha Eryavec, who was part of DECREPIT BIRTH in the mid to late 90's,
has taken over bass duties - Mike Turner will be adding his skills as
second guitar player. Metal
- UNEARTHED features former Iced Earth members Gene Adam (v), Dave Abell
(b) and Mark Prator (d), along with Bill Owen (g) of Iced Earth forerunner
- MISERY INDEX's former drummer Kevin Talley will sit behind the kit
for all of the band's upcoming touring activities - however, Misery
Index is still looking for a drummer to fulfill future obligations.
- Stacey Connolly (Life Is Lost) has been made a permanent member of
- A LIFE ONCE LOST bassist Nick Frasca has decided to leave the band
to focus on other personal achievements - his replacement is Amir Ali
Mohammed Azir Ashraf (The June Spirit). Metal
- Alex Hernández (Immolation) has joined REQUIEM AETERNAM to
lay down the drum tracks for the upcoming album. Metal
- Due to personal reasons and an unwillingness to commit fully to OBLITERATION,
Jose has left the band. Metal
- LION'S SHARE guitarist Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad) recently
recorded a guest appearance for the new album. Metal
- IN FLAMES "Soundtrack To Your Escape" scanned 10,660 copies
in the first week securing the highest 1st week SoundScan number in
the Century Family / Nuclear Blast America history - the album landed
at #145 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. Metal
- BREAKPOINT inked a deal with Anvil Corp Records for the release of
their newt album . The new album is called "Strange Fruit"
and was recorded at P'n'F Studios with Fred Rochette (Fifty One's, Malédiction...).
"Strange Fruit" will be more melodic and catchy than the first
one "None to Sell" and everything sounds great.
More news about BREAKPOINT: http://www.breakpointmusic.net
- ARMAGEDDA's new album Ond Spiritism will be finally out during April
on CD and in May as limited gatefold LP. The whole album was recorded
in the breakthrough of November and December in Necromorbus Studio.
Here comes comment of the band with regards to the new album and the
band itself: Occult audial essence would be a sentence to use when describing
the tunes of Armagedda. For those who probably care less about feeling
we already have a known term - Black Metal. Armagedda will release their
third album this spring and this creation will take you back to the
elder days when superstition ruled our world. Were also working at the
moment on the once announced re-issue of Armageddas debut album The
Final War Approaching as CD, LP and PIC LP. During May the album will
be remastered at Necromorbus Studio the packaging is being completed
at the moment by Eric Syre, who has done lay out for the last Darkthrones
album. During next 2 weeks Only true Believers will be re-released as
a limited to 1.000 copies digi pack CD.
- NO SALVATION, the new mini album of In Aeternum will be sent to pressing
right after the coming weekend and will be released in a limited edition
of 1.000 Copies as a digi pack CD. The old schooled Death Fucking Metal
heads entered Abyss studio at the end of December where they recorded
4 new tracks. Some of the titles are: Beasts of the Pentagram, No Salvation,
Poison the Holy. The band is leaving for European tour with Deicide
in June and around October In Aeternum will re-enter Abyss studio to
record their new album for Agonia Records.
- It took over two weeks for THUNDERBOLT to record their brand new
masterpiece entitled Inhuman Murder Ritual. The album was recorded in
Hendrix Studio (Behemoth, Azarath...). The CD version is expected to
be out at the end of April and limited vinyl version later in May. The
horde is leaving for European tour side by side with Urgehal and Dawn
of Azazel in June.
- MORDANT is currently finnishing recordings of their debut album at
Et Loi Pan studio in Sweden. Everything - concerningpackaging of the
new album - should be completed during May and the album is planned
to be unleashed upon the masses at the end of May. At the same time
were working on the vinyl version of Mordants mini album, titled suicide
slaughter which comes with a bionus track and completelly new packaging.
- THORNSPAWN's 7 "EP with Necrovore and Beherit, titled Horns of
the Cult is sent to pressing. At the same time the band is currently
working on their brand new album titled Sanctified by the Satans Blood
that will be recorded during September. The album will have 3 different
cover artworks. Both vinyl cover are designed by Ereshgikal and the
CD cover is exclusivelly designed by Mr Moyen.
- Joe Dan de la Fuente has replaced SEVERANCE guitarist Lupe Duque -
the band is currently in the studio recording a new album. Metal
- DEICIDE has dropped off the planned tour with Superjoint Ritual because
aspects of the deal were not to the band's satisfaction. Metal
- PAUL CROOK the former Anthrax and Sebastian Bach guitarist has been
drafted by Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor as the (Seat 1)
guitar player for their rock musical "We Will Rock You". Metal
- CHUCK SCHULDINER's mother, Jane Schuldiner, has recanted on her vow
to release the unfinished Control Denied tracks for free download in
response to the Karmaggedon Media release of the material on the album
"Zero Tolerance" - in her words: "His last masterpiece
deserves more than to be released as unfinished bits of rehearsal room
recordings on CD, or to be grabbed for free on the internet. It deserves
to be finished by the rest of the band and to be released on a full-length
album, titled: "When Machine And Man Collide". Metal