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May 22nd, 2005
  • DARK FUNERAL to enter Dug Out Studios between May 23 - July 1th to record a new full-length album!!!

    LIVE ALBUM FINDS LONG-AWAITED NORTH AMERICAN RELEASE!!!
    Dark Funeral "De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine [Live in South America]
    IN STORES MAY 31, 2005!!! [www.candlelightrecordsusa.com]

    Dark Funeral "De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine [Live in South America]
    Available right now through REGAIN RECORDS on:
    Ltd CD packed in slipcase, Ltd double gatefold LP, Ltd double picture LP

    www.darkfuneral.se

  • TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL PRESS RELEASE

    - Mnemic and Paska complete the 2005 line-up
    - Tuska Warm-up party on June 15th at Tavastia in Helsinki - exclusive Amorphis-show

    Tuska Open Air Metal Festival taking place in Kaisaniemi, Helsinki, during 15.-17.7. has completed the 2005 line-up.

    The sole vacant slot on Saturday has now been occupied by Danish future metallers Mnemic. The Danes just recently played their first show in Finland at the Finnish Metal Expo and will now return to perform to larger crowds.

    Not many people outside of Finland have heard about the performance artist known as Paska. His eccentric and certainly very original performances can be seen on all stages throughout the weekend. Be warned.

    The only missing act at this stage is the winner of the band contest at Rotonde-Festival at the end of May.

    According to the tradition established in prior years, a Tuska warm-up party will take place at the infamous Tavastia Club in Helsinki on Wednesday, 15th of June. The crowd will be treated with the only live-performance of the summer by the legendary Amorphis. These true veterans of Finnish metal will be warmed up by the groovy Rust and up and coming melodic emocore act April. Amorphis have just recently returned from a successfull North - American tour with their newly recruited singer Tomi Joutsen. In other Amorphis-related news, the band signed a fresh recording contract with German Nuclear Blast Records and will soon enter the studio to record a follow up to their 2003 album Far From The Sun.

    Tuska 2005 evening clubs offer more variety than ever in terms of venues and acts. Tavastia and Manala will carry on from last year, and as for new locations, Tuska will pay homage to its original festival site, VR-Makasiinit by hosting evening clubs on Friday and Saturday. Gloria will be the location of first ever all-ages -Tuska-clubs. Also a new addition is the recently opened, widely popular NiteLife Rock, a.k.a. Talevala. The programme for all Tuska 2005 evening clubs will be released in May.

    Tickets for Tuska 2005 are currently on sale. Three day ticket costs 67 euro and one day tickets 32 euro each. Tickets are available through Lippupalvelu (www.lippupalvelu.fi) and Tiketti (www.tiketti.fi).

    Tickets for Tuska Warm-up are available only at www.tiketti.fi for 10 euro. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday April 26th.

    Current Tuska 2005 artist roster reads as follows. Please note that showdays concerning some acts are subject to change.

    Friday 15.7.
    Monster Magnet (USA)
    Apocalyptica
    Finntroll
    Teräsbetoni
    Scarve (FRA)
    Primal Fear (GER)
    Destruction (GER)
    Callisto
    Wintersun

    Saturday 16.7.
    Dimmu Borgir (NOR)
    Testament (USA)
    Gamma Ray (GER)
    Mnemic (DEN)
    Deathchain
    Thunderstone
    Amoral
    Rotten Sound
    Lake Of Tears (SWE)
    Ajattara
    Pain Confessor
    Sinking
    Naglfar (SWE)

    Sunday 17.7.
    Accept (GER)
    Sentenced
    Children Of Bodom
    Evergrey (SWE)
    Viikate
    Bal-Sagoth (UK)
    Stam1na
    Turmion Kätilöt
    Hieronymus Bosch (RUS)

    Further information:
    www.tuska-festival.fi

  • IOMMI, Featuring Legendary Heavy Metal Guitarist Tony Iommi, To Release New Album,
    Fused on July 12, 2005 on Sanctuary Records

    Black Sabbath Axe-Slinger Joined By Vocalist/Bassist Glenn Hughes and Drummer Kenny Aronoff

    Tour Planned After This Summer’s OZZFEST

    Tony Iommi, the legendary Black Sabbath guitarist, will release his new album Fused on July 12, 2005, via Sanctuary Records. This will be Iommi's third solo album.

    Joining Iommi on Fused is former Deep Purple vocalist/bass guitarist Glenn Hughes and former John Mellencamp drummer Kenny Aronoff, who has also played sessions with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd and countless others. The trio will hit the road to promote Fused later this year after Black Sabbath finishes headlining the 10th anniversary Ozzfest tour.

    The 10 songs on Fused are: "Dopamine," “Wasted Again,” “Saviour Of The Real,” “Resolution Song,” “Grace,” “Deep Inside A Shell,” “What You’re Living For,” “Face Your Fear,” “The Spell” and “I Go Insane.”

    Iommi has worked with both Hughes and Aronoff in the past. Hughes is a longtime friend who sang on the 1986 Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi album Seventh Star. In 2004, previously unreleased songs they had collaborated on eight years earlier were completed and released by Sanctuary as The 1996 DEP Sessions. Aronoff played drums on the song "Black Oblivion" on Iommi's self-titled 2000 solo album, which was loaded with all-star guest appearances. Fused was produced by Bob Marlette, who also manned the studio boards for Iommi.

    "I put some ideas for four or five tracks down about three years ago, but I hadn't written them specifically with Glenn in mind," Iommi says. "After The 1996 DEP Sessions was finished last year, I said to my manager that I should try Glenn on my solo album. Glenn came over to England and we did a trial run writing more material and it was unbelievable. His enthusiasm is amazing. He is so full of energy and great song ideas.”

    "The ideal thing for me is to work with collaborators. I can come in with riffs until the cows come home, and I do that all the time. I like to do it that way and then build the song with somebody else."

    Iommi and Hughes tend to write quickly when they settle in. Once the basic song ideas were written for this new album, Hughes worked on overall melodies and lyrics. The songs were in place, but a drummer was needed to tie it all together. Iommi was eager to work with Aronoff again and had him in mind from the beginning. The highly respected skins-basher was thrilled about the invitation, especially when Iommi said he wanted to tour to promote Fused.

    "I definitely knew that for my next album I wasn't going to use a lot special guests again. I wanted to use just one singer, and I also wanted it to be more like a band this time. The idea was to go into the studio with Glenn and Kenny play everything live. It was great. I really enjoyed doing it that way," says Iommi. "That was the original way you used to record, and that was the only way I knew how to record for a long time. Only a few years ago did I start recording the other way, by building up and layering tracks. By playing live in the studio, you can hear exactly how the songs are going to sound and whether they work."

    These new songs most definitely work, and they rage with the same fire and intensity that mark Iommi's best. There is nothing quite like the sound of a power trio, because there can be no weak links -- each musician's efforts stand out. There is no place to hide. Iommi, Hughes and Aronoff feed off each other, whether it's the concise punch of "Dopamine" and "What You're Living For" or the fluid twists and turns in the nine-minute epic "I Go Insane."

    Iommi's lethal guitar crunch leads the charge. Hughes truly pushes himself to the edge and adjusts his voice to fit the overall direction of each song while simultaneously propelling the rhythm with his pounding bass guitar. The volcanic thunder Aronoff unleashes from his drums sounds like nothing he has done before. Marlette's sparkling, crisp production results in a hard-hitting, modern, in-your-face sound.

    "Bob is a fantastic producer. He also played a few keyboard parts on this album because he wanted to get his hands in there!" laughs Iommi.

    Marlette's major role as the producer was to provide that extra, objective pair of ears and determine when a song was finished. He also judged Iommi's solos and usually found what he looking for after four or five takes. However, Iommi often wanted to lay down more solos with the purpose of topping himself with each pass.

    "I tend to keep trying solos until I get to where I say, 'Oh yeah, I really like that one.' It's not often I say that, but you're always trying to get that one you're happy with," he says. "Sometimes it is difficult working with a producer when you have been a producer yourself, but it's good to compare ideas. To get the best end result you do whatever it takes."

    Iommi's excitement about Fused is at a fever pitch and he cannot wait to tour with Hughes and Aronoff.

    "In addition to playing material from this album, we'll probably do a couple of tracks from The 1996 DEP Sessions and a few Sabbath songs too," he says.

    For the latest news and tour updates, visit:

    www.iommi.com

  • DEREK SHERINIAN Teams Up With ZAKK WYLDE

    ZAKK WYLDE EXCLUSIVE SONG – THE RIVER SONG – ONLY ON

    DEREK SHERINIANS NEW ALBUM “MYTHOLOGY” IN STORES NOW

    YOU WON’T FIND THIS SONG ON ANY

    BLACK LABEL SOCIETY ALBUM

    BUY IT @ WWW.DEREKSHERINIAN.COM

    Billy Idol’s famed keyboardist, Derek Sherinian, releases yet another masterpiece on InsideOut Music. Mythology, Sherinian’s fourth solo album is a true brilliant work of art. Playing with a cast of virtuoso’s, Mythology is a combination of styles - rock, prog and metal with splashes of jazz. As the composer, Sherinian left a lot of room for the guest artists to feel natural in playing. So much so that Zakk Wylde was inspired by the flow of the music that he wrote lyrics for the track The River Song and also performed the vocals.

    The cast o’ characters are comprised of Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society/Ozzy), Allan Holdsworth, Steve Lukather (Toto), Simon Phillips (Toto), John Sykes (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake, Blue Murder), Tony Franklin (The Firm/Blue Murder), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Blue Murder/Whitesnake/Ted Nugent/Ozzy), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra/Dixie Dregs) and Brian Tichy (Billy Idol, Ozzy, Slashes Snakepit). With a line-up like that you can only expect the best.

    Much of the album was recorded at Sherinian’s own Beachwood Manor Studios in Burbank, CA. Considering that he has released seven full-length recordings in the last five years – four solo albums, and three with Planet X, the studio is always busy. That’s just the way Sherinian likes it. “All I’m trying to do is create music that moves me first,” he says. “I hope other people dig it too.”

    www.dereksherinian.com

  • CROWBAR TO TOUR WITH CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
    ALBUM BUZZ CONTINUES TO BUILD

    Philadelphia: Crowbar have been confirmed as direct support on Corrosion of Conformity's upcoming summer headline tour. Set to kick off June 2 at The Vogue in Indianapolis it is planned to run into early July. The tour is Crowbar's second US run in support of their latest album, Lifesblood for the Downtrodden.

    "The granddaddy of New Orleans sludge has returned," stated Metal Maniacs in a recent cover story. "It is truly the band's best output," the magazine continues as it reported on-location during the final days of mastering Lifesblood, released by Candlelight USA on February 8 and Candlelight Records for the rest of the world March 7. "The sound of Crowbar in 2005 is considerably more fascinating than ever before," says Brave Words Bloody Knuckles while Revolver adds, "Crowbar's new and eighth release makes the heavy even heavier."

    Lifesblood for the Downtrodden is a sonic testimonial to the determination, spirit and sheer creativity of a band very much at a continuing upswing of musical output. Produced by Rex Brown (Pantera) and Warren Riker (Corrosion of Conformity, Down), it finds guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein, guitarist Steve Gibb, bassist Pat Bruders, and drummer Tommy Buckley (with album performances from Rex Brown, Craig Nunenmacher, and Sid Montz) in top form. It concludes a three-year silence for the long respected band. Debuting in 1992 with the formidable Obedience Through Suffering, Crowbar immediately found audience for their slow, bellowing sounds. Originally noted as a cross-mix of Pantera and The Melvins, later dubbed sludge metal/core, Crowbar would pioneer the sound with Time Heals Nothing and Broken Glass. 1998’s Odd Fellows Rest saw the band’s line up change with former Acid Bath/Goatwhore guitarist Sammy le Duet and Eyehategod drummer Jimmy Bower stepping in (he also contributing to Down with Windstein, Corrossion of Conformity’s Pepper Keenan and Pantera’s Phillip Anselmo). The band signed to Candlelight Records worldwide in 2004.

    Confirmed dates as of press time include:

    06/02 The Vogue, Indianapolis IN
    06/03 Harpo's Concert Theatre, Detroit MI
    06/04 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH
    06/05 Recher Theatre, Towson MD
    06/06 Irving Plaza, New York NY

    More dates to follow. Previously announced headline dates for Crowbar will be rescheduled or reworked in conjunction with the Corrosion of Conformity tour. Further details will follow.

    www.candlelightrecordsusa.com

  • GWAR RELEASE FIRST EVER LIVE ALBUM, LIVE FROM MT. FUJI

    **Album In-stores May 31**
    **Sounds Of The Underground Tour Begins June 24**

    New York, NY – DRT is set to release the first ever live recording from the most dangerous band in the universe, Gwar. Titled Live From Mt. Fuji, the album is set to hit stores May 31.

    Gwar played over 100 live shows on their latest nationwide tour, the highly successful “Mock The Vote” tour, following on the heels of their latest studio effort, War Party , released in October 2004. Live From Mt. Fuji was not recorded anywhere near Mt. Fuji, but the enhanced CD does contain 12 blistering live versions of Gwar classics including “Bring Back The Bomb,” “Horror of Yg,” “Krosstika,” “Sick of You,” “Womb With A View,” and “Immortal Corruptor,” as well as special bonus tracks and the video for “Bring Back The Bomb.”

    The band will also be featured on the upcoming Sounds Of The Underground tour this summer,along with Lamb of God, Opeth, Poison The Well and Clutch, among others.

    Live From Mt. Fuji track listing: “Bring Back The Bomb,” “Salaminizer,” “Ham On The Bone,” “Immortal Corruptor,” “Womb With A View,” “Have You Seen Me?,” “Krosstika,” “Horror Of Yg,” “Crush, Kill, Destroy,” “Crack In the Egg,” “Biledriver,” “Sick Of You.”

  • SWEDEN’S BLINDSIDE SIGNS WITH DRT
    **New Album In-stores This Summer**

    **Blindside and A Thought Crushed My Mind Re-issued With Bonus Tracks**
    **Ten Years Running Blind DVD Also Planned**

    New York, NY – DRT, in cooperation with Wasa Recordings, has signed Sweden’s Blindside. The band is currently in the studio working on their new album, as yet untitled, expected out this summer. Lasse “Lars” Marten, who produced the band’s debut, is back on board and working with the band at Decibel Studios in Stockholm. Blindside’s first two albums, their self-titled debut and A Thought Crushed My Mind , will be re-issued in late May, along with a new DVD, Ten Years Running Blind. Both albums have been digitally remastered and contain four additional bonus tracks. In addition, lead singer Christian Lindskog has designed special new artwork for the packaging of both the albums and the DVD.

    Blindside (1997), will feature original demos of “Superman,” “Liberty,” “Forgiven” and “Stolen,” previously only available as a limited edition released only in Stockholm in 1996. A Thought Crushed My Mind , originally released in 2000, will include two songs only available on 7” vinyl, “Knocking On Another Door,” and “All You Need Is,” as well as the never before released tracks “Desert Flower” and “Sunrise.” Ten Years Running Blind, the band’s premier DVD, is over 2 1⁄2 hours long and chronicles the band’s 10-year run. It features a 40 minute documentary with exclusive band interviews, five live performance videos, six music videos and extensive behind-the-scenes footage.

    “We were supposed to go all the way with our own label and release the new record ourselves when DRT showed up,” says Blindside’s Tomas Naslund. “They were genuinely interested in the band and had the knowledge that we did not. It seemed like the perfect match and we are excited to work with them.” Adds Simon Grenehed, “(DRT co-principal) Derek Shulman kept coming back to us, and even flew out to Oklahoma to meet with our management. I had a chance to speak with him over the phone and he wasn't the typical record executive that we were tired of.”

    “We are absolutely ecstatic to have a band of Blindside's caliber on DRT,” commented DRT’s Milo Pacheco. “They are truly one of the most inspiring rock bands working in music today, and we are committed to expanding their base as they continue to make albums that are both powerful and compelling.”

    Blindside formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1994 and have done extensive headline tours of both Europe and the U.S. with such acts as Linkin Park, Hoobastank and P.O.D. They have sold over 250,000 units in the U.S., with their latest release, 2004’s About A Burning Fire, debuted in the Top 40 on the Billboard Album Chart. The band will embark on an extensive tour beginning in June 2005 and will be re-launching their official website, www.blindsideonline.com, soon.

  • Yet again FEARSOME RECORDS comes with an new release. Blown To Pieces 3 contains an aggressive brew of styles as they are are spawned from today's underground metalscene. Like part two twenty bands are featured. The songs delivered on this round are even better! Packed in a decent, profi cover this one's meant for the die hard undergrounders!

    Track Listing:
    01. EMETH - 'Catatonic Entanglement'
    02. DEVIOUS - 'Inanimate'
    03. VESPERS DESCENT - 'All That Remains'
    04. TOILETATION - 'Die Prick'
    05. NIGHTMARE VISIONS - 'I am the Sadness'
    06. DARK REIGN - 'Why This Life'
    07. JACK SLATER - 'Metzgore'
    08. AGABUS - 'The Hive of Damage'
    08. SOLARISIS - 'Towards Extinction'
    10. PERSISTENSE - 'Negative Soul'
    11. FALLEN SAINTS - 'Wedding Night'
    12. VERMIN - 'Eyes Wide Shut'
    13. LAST BREATH DENIED - 'Disordered'
    14. SHADOWLORD - 'Storming the Western Gates'
    15. DISCONSOLATE - 'Promised Land'
    16. TEMPLE OF ETERNITY - 'Soulsearcher'
    17. BLACK ALTAR - 'The Accuser'
    18. IMBOLC - 'Compulsive Dissection'
    19. BLOODWRITTEN - 'Darkness Pt. 1'
    20. DESSACRATOR - 'Hate Attack'

    If you play in a band and you are interested to appear on Blown to Pieces 4, check the website for information and send us your music!

    We are still looking for distributors in a great number of countries all over the globe! If you want to distribute stuff from our list or our own releases, let us know! We can offer a very decent deal! Low wholesale prices here!

    Check the new website at www.fearsomerecs.nl.nu and contact us!!

  • THE DUSKFALL & DISBELIEF to support SLAYER & ANTHRAX!

    After having been confirmed as supporting acts for SLAYER in Austria on June 28th and 29th, THE DUSKFALL and DISBELIEF will also open a show for legendary US metallers ANTHRAX!

    This concert will take place on June 30th in Linz, Austria.

    THE DUSKFALL are currently working on their latest release to be put out on Nuclear Blast Records!

  • SPEARFISH - Area 605

    New release from the Swedish band, following their Scandinavian tour with Uriah Heep and previous CD, "Back For The Future", including such talents as Paul Dianno, Mick Box, Manny Charlton and others. Spearfish is classic hard rock at its best.www.lionmusic.com

  • HEADLINERS FOR PROGPOWER EUROPE CONFIRMED!

    We are proud to confirm the headliners for this year's edition of ProgPower Europe. On Saturday October one, the talented Dutch band EPICA will headline the event, and on Sunday our friends of PAIN OF SALVATION will finish the whole festival. This means that the line-up is complete now:

    Saturday October 1:
    DISILLUSION (ger)
    THROES OF DAWN (fin)
    ORPHANED LAND (isr)
    NOVEMBERS DOOM (usa)
    GREEN CARNATION (nor)
    EPICA (nl)

    Sunday October 2:
    THE AURORA PROJECT (nl)
    DYNAMIC LIGHTS (it)
    CLOUDSCAPE (swe)
    WOLVERINE (swe)
    PAGAN'S MIND (nor)
    PAIN OF SALVATION (swe)

    Package deals including a stay in Baarlo (The Netherlands, where the festival is held) will go on sale on May 1, as long as they are available. As soon as the package deals are sold out, weekend tickets go on sale and if available, day tickets will go on sale early August.

    We are working on a pre-party now with free entrance, more info about this as soon as available. Check out the website for all details, www.progpower.com!!

May 12th, 2005
  • METAL MANIACS
    PRESENTS:

    ::::SOILENT GREEN::::
    NORTH AMERICAN CONFRONTATION 2005
    WITH SPECIAL GUESTS:

    A PERFECT MURDER
    INTO THE MOAT
    WATCH THEM DIE

    07/15/05 - FLETCHERS - BALTIMORE, MD
    07/16/05 - LIGHTERSBERG GRANGE HALL - HAGERSTOWN, MD
    07/17/05 - THE TROCADERO - PHILADELPHIA, PA
    07/20/05 - AS220 - PROVIDENCE, RI
    07/21/05 - THE UNDERGROUND - HARTFORD, CT
    07/22/05 - CLUB CRANNEL - POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
    07/23/05 - PENNY ARCADE - ROCHESTER, NY
    07/24/05 - PEABODY’S DOWN UNDER - CLEVELAND, OH
    07/25/05 - ALVINS - DETROIT, MI
    07/26/05 - KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS - ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL
    07/27/05 - ASCOT ROOM - MINNEAPOLIS, MN
    07/28/05 - RANCH BOWL - OMAHA, NE
    07/29/05 - ROCK ISLAND - DENVER, CO
    07/30/05 - NAVAJO HOGAN = COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
    07/31/05 - LO FI CAFÉ - SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    08/02/05 - STUDIO SEVEN - SEATTLE, WA
    08/03/05 - SOLID STATE - PORTLAND, OR
    08/04/05 - THE BOARDWALK - ORANGEVALE, CA
    08/05/05 - THE POUND - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
    08/07/05 - KEY CLUB - LOS ANGELES, CA
    08/08/05 - THE CLUBHOUSE - TEMPE, AZ
    08/09/05 - LAUNCHPAD - ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    08/11/05 - GYPSY TEA ROOM - DALLAS, TX
    08/12/05 - CAIN’S BALLROOM - TULSA, OK
    08/13/05 - SANCTUARY - SAN ANTONIO, TX
    08/14/05 - EMO’S ALTERNATIVE LOUNGING - AUSTIN, TX
    08/15/05 - MARY JANE’S - HOUSTON, TX
    08/16/05 - HOWLIN’ WOLF - NEW ORLEANS, LA
    08/17/05 - THEE IMPERIAL - JACKSONVILLE, FL
    08/18/05 - CULTURE ROOM - FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
    08/19/05 - BRASS MUG - TAMPA, FL
    08/20/05 - SECTOR 7G - AUGUSTA, GA
    08/21/05 - HI TONE - MEMPHIS, TN
    08/23/05 - BILLIARDS ON BROADWAY - FARGO, ND
    08/24/05 - HAIRY MARY - DES MOINES, IA
    08/25/05 - EL TORREON - KANSAS CITY, MO
    08/26/05 - CREEPY CRAWL - ST.LOUIS, MO
    08/27/05 - TEN BELLS - GRAND RAPIDS, MI
    08/28/05 - QC LIVE - DAVENPORT, IA
    08/29/05 - THE ROCKWELL - SPRINGFIELD, MO
    08/30/05 - WAREHOUSE NIGHTCLUB - LA CROSSE, WI
    09/01/05 - ELBO’S - DAYTON, OH
    AS OF 04/13/05

    MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!
    Metal Maniacs

  • CUDASIGH SIGN TO ROKKER RECORDS

    Cudasigh, a band featuring Buddo of Last Crack on guitar and vocals, Bear (Mind Ox, Stockard Jettison) on Drums and Todd Winger (Last Crack, Magic 7) on Bass, has released their debut album on Rokker Records.

    The full CD is available for download purchase by the song or full album at www.rokkerrecords.com

    A show to celebrate the release (albeit last minute) will take place tonight, April 15 at the Slipper Club. Cudasigh goes on at midnight.

    A limited number of cds will be available at the show.

    www.rokkerrecords.com/cudasigh
    Metal Maniacs

  • NEIL TURBIN TO PLAY METAL SLUDGE EXTRAVAGANZA

    Original Anthrax vocalist Neil Turbin and his recently unveiled re-charged solo band named Deathriders, have been confirmed to play at the Metal Sludge

    Extravaganza XI to be held on the weekend of 4-28, 4-29 and 4-30, 2005 at Paladinos Lounge in Tarzana, California.

    Neilt Turbin's Deathriders will play on Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 9:00pm for a blistering set of classic Anthrax speed metal tunes and power metal tunes from his debut solo cd ThreatCon Delta and a couple of new songs that will be showcased from his upcoming sophomore cd Diary of a Metal

    Thrashing Madman to be released in 2006.

    Deathriders features lead guitarist Kurt James (formerly of Dr. Mastermind, Steeler & Driver); Lead guitarist Beau Simpson (formerly of Fail For Fun) and the thunderous rhythm section of bassist Mike Giordano and drummer Mikey Neil currently with the San Diego, California based power metal band Cage.

    Neil Turbin's Deathriders will be playing at the official 2005 Monterrey Metal Fest pre-party to be held on Friday, May 27, 2005 at Cafe Iguanas, in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico alongside Azraels Bane; Cristal y Acero, Anton, Dagger and other musical surprises.

    This will be followed by their performance as Co-Headliner on the 2nd stage of the Monterrey Metal Fest on Saturday, May 28, 2005 alongside Jag Panzer, Shadowkeep, Azraels Bane, Lupara and Ignitor.

    www.neilturbin.com
    www.desertrockpromotions.tk
    www.magiccirclemusic.com
    Metal Maniacs

  • AMORPHIS Come Home!

    Having worked with Nuclear Blast in the early- and mid-90s during the release of classic albums such as The Karellian Isthumus, Tales From The Thousand Lakes and Elegy, this is what guitar player Esa Holopainen states about the band's homecoming to Nuclear Blast:

    "Last year was quite difficult for AMORPHIS. We went through (another) lineup change after we decided that it's better if Mr. Koskinen leaves the band. Finding a new vocalist was tough. It was more difficult than we actually would have imagined. We received about 150 demos from people all around - some of them were really good, some not. At that time we noticed that it's an impossible mission to find a singer whose sound would match AMORPHIS and who would give 100% to the band. We actually thought about doing an instrumental album when one of Mr. Koivusaari's friends told us about their singer Tomi, who is really talented. We listened to his demo and his sound was exactly what we were looking for. Koivusaari called him up and he was really interested trying to rehearse with AMORPHIS. The day he came over, we went through 'Against Widows,' 'Alone' and few other songs including 'Sign From The North Side,' which is from our debut album, and it was proven that Tomi Joutsen is the next AMORPHIS singer.

    Besides changing vocalists, we changed management and sat down think about how to continue from here. We already composed songs for the forthcoming album and started to work with vocals. We thought about different options and all agreed that it's better if we stuck with basics and go back to where we once started. We have been really good friends with Nuclear Blast dudes for over ten years. I remember talking with Markus at the Summer Breeze Festival over a year ago, and he told us we should come back to Nuke Blast. During the past years, we have become really cynical with labels because 95% of all talk is bullshit and they give you promises that they can't keep. We knew that we could always call up the Nuke guys with whatever matter and we knew how they work. This is the most important thing - that these guys are true fans of the music they put out. So, we are now officially signed back to Nuclear Blast and I have to say that it feels really good."

    For the people who wonder how AMORPHIS sounds today, it's EPIC, HEAVY and MELODIC with a mixture of GROWLING VOCALS!!!

    The latest release from AMORPHIS, Far From The Sun, was released on Nuclear Blast on September 4th, 2004. Metal Maniacs

  • DARK SYMPHONIES SIGN ELEGEION

    DARK SYMPHONIES is proud to announce the signing of Australian Doom artist, ELEGEION! The tentative, world wide release date for their Dark Symphonies debut, The Last Moment, will be the summer of 2005.

    Former Candlelight Records recording artist ELEGION transcend all existing boundaries of aestheticism, capture the darkest of all emotions and delve through the forgotten recesses of the mind. This music is for those seeking to surpass the musical ambit and redefine its boundaries. Although this quest may never be ultimately achieved, it will never be abandoned. Hopefully, it can only inspire and temporarily satisfy the ears of those searching for the ultimate emotive experience...but until then, listen...

    Their new release, The Last Moment, takes the listener deeper into the bands unrelenting descent into the boundless pit of despair. And, although like the Loch ness Monster, this band rarely raise their heads above the black murky depths to bring an offering to the surface, you will see that this new chapter in the Elegeion journey is well worth the wait. It features supreme artwork by Travis Smith (Katatonia, Opeth), Justin Hartwig from Chalice on lead guitar, members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and the angelic voice of Dieudonnee.

    Commenting on their signing to Dark Symphonies, ELEGEION's founder and main composer Anthony Kawn shares, "I am extremely happy to be releasing this album through Dark Symphonies. I look forward to getting the band wider exposure both in America and the rest of the world, and working with blokes who are passionate about music and committed to promoting quality doom metal.

    With The Last Moment, I hope to bring together all the best elements of previous releases, with the addition of some new influences from Dee and James, to create a true solid fusion of melancholic metal with strings, piano and female vocals. We spent a lot of time writing, refining and recording the songs and, by comparison, I feel this release is Elegeion's best to date, and I really hope the fans will agree!"

    Now here is the complete recording details and tracklisting for The Last Moment:

    The Last Moment
    Scars
    Solitude
    Taste
    Heaven's Torment
    Wallow (Instrumental)
    Confusion

    www.elegeion.com
    www.darksymphonies.com
    Metal Maniacs

  • IT DIES TODAY: VAN AND EQUIPMENT STOLEN ON THE ROAD!
    Band Will Finish Out Tour With God Forbid no matter what!

    Rising metalcore stars It Dies Today were robbed of their van and equipment while on the road in California. The Buffalo natives were on the west coast leg of their tour with God Forbid, Full Blown Chaos and Caliban and were spending the night at the house of good friends Cold War when their van -- loaded with their equipment and merchandise -- was stolen in the middle of the night. The van was later recovered missing all of its contents and with the fuel line cut. Consequently, the band has had to cancel shows in San Francisco and Denver, but are determined to finish the tour. As a testament to their personal and musical popularity, an outpouring of support has come from fans and fellow bands alike. Full Blown Chaos and Caliban have offered to let It Dies Today borrow gear for the shows. Fans have donated to a PayPal account that the band has set up which can be found at: [email protected]. And Cold War even turned an existing show in Pomona, CA into a benefit show where It Dies Today played and all profits from that show went towards helping the band recover from their loss. The band extends their sincerest thanks to everyone involved in helping them get back on their feet.

    The band has been riding a wave of momentum that started with the release of their full-length debut on Trustkill Records, The Caitiff Choir. Following this current tour, the band will play a coveted slot on this summer's Ozzfest tour alongside metal legends like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. The band was also chosen by metal veterans Machine Head to support them on a full US tour along with DevilDriver. It Dies Today's brand of melodic metalcore doesn't just play well to metal audiences, however. The band just finished up a full US tour supporting hardcore heavyweights Throwdown. If all that wasn't enough, the band also headlined two tours earlier this year with Twelve Tribes and Trivium playing support. With this amount of touring under their belts, it is hard to believe that quintet only just released their debut in fall 2004 with over 25,000 copies sold already. The quintet is not only young as a band; the average age of the members is only about 21, making their accumulated accolades all the more impressive.

    Comprised of vocalist Nick Brooks, guitarists Mike Hatalak and Chris Capelli, bassist Steve Lemke and drummer Nick Mirusso, It Dies Today have been around for three years and have been building a name for themselves out of the same upstate NY scene that is home to Every Time I Die and Snapcase. Anyone with information regarding the van theft has been asked to contact the band's manager Steve Koenig at [email protected]. Metal Maniacs

  • IRON MAIDEN: Piece Of Mind And Somewhere In Time Action Figures To Arrive In May
    [Blabbermouth.net]

    NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association) will be releasing the IRON MAIDEN Somewhere in Time and Piece of Mind Eddie action figures late May. "Boasting a very large put-together three-piece diorama base, the Piece of Mind Eddie will feature a ball jointed neck and torso and chains."

    With regards to the Somewhere in Time Eddie action figure, a posting on the NECA web site states: "Heavy Metal fans everywhere got excited when we announced our line of IRON MAIDEN collectibles, and here is our first 7" scale action figure to start off the line. Equipped with an arsenal of futuristic weaponry, this cyborg Eddie is based on the album artwork for IRON MAIDEN's 1986 release Somewhere In Time. Sculpted by Kyle Windrix and painted by Ed Repka, this action figure comes with a collapsible diorama base, three removable guns, alternate left hand, and is fully posable, featuring ball jointed hips and neck." Metal Maniacs

  • UNEARTH to shoot video for Endless!

    For all of you die hard Unearth fans, on Saturday April 23rd at the Showcase in Corona, CA, Unearth will be shooting a video for the track "Endless" from their 2004 release The Oncoming Storm. The video for Endless, to be shot and directed by Jerry Clubb (Six Feet Under, Into The Moat) of Mental Suplex Productions and co-directed by Jon Biddle, will be the fourth video from Unearth since the release of The Oncoming Storm.

    To check out Unearth's other videos go to Yahoo! Launch or Video on Demand on the Music Choice metal channel.

    Unearth with be sharing the stage on Saturday with label mates Cattle Decapitation, along with Scars of Tomorrow and Mikoto. For show info go to ShowcaseTheatre.com

    www.unearth.tv
    Metal Maniacs

  • DARK FUNERAL LIVE ALBUM FINDS
    LONG-AWAITED RELEASE

    Philadelphia: Candlelight USA with Regain Records confirms May 31 as the stateside release of De Profundis Clamavi ad te Domine, the long-awaited live album from Sweden's Dark Funeral.

    Recorded during the band’s successful 2003 tour of South American (including stops in Brazil, Chile and Colombia), De Profundis Clamavi ad te Domine features a selection of material that spans the band’s decade-long career. Raw, fierce, evil - it captures the dark essence that is and always will be Dark Funeral. Released in Europe some time, the delayed release is sure to please the band's extensive US fanbase.

    "We are very excited to finally see the official release date of De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine in the US," says guitarist Lord Ahriman. "Due to label problems it has been a long time since we've been active for the US market, however things are finally changing for the better. We want our fans to know that we are gearing up for a killer year that will not only include this release but a new record, video, dvd and worldwide touring."

    Dark Funeral is a band in need of no formal introductions. Their albums, tours, and personnae are without doubt one of the most notorious and highly regarded of the genre; De Profundis Clamavi ad te Domine capturing what fans have long held as one of the best live extreme metal bands of recent history. Dating to 1993, Dark Funeral recorded their self-titled Ep and quickly established themselves as a band to watch. Their full-length debut, the impressive The Secrets of the Black Arts was an immediate success and would see through the band’s first headlining European tour. The band's commanding stage presence was witnessed by fans across the continent; blood, corpse paint and ancient weaponry as a dominating backdrop to the band’s fast and intricate music. From the get-go their shows would become legend. Dark Funeral would visit the US for the first time; a trip fans still recall vividly. Vobiscum Satanas, In the Sign and the monumental Diabolis Interium would follow, further expanding the band’s worldwide fanbase, securing them a top spot on extreme metal’s worldwide hierarchy.

    Currently working on material for their next opus, De Profundis Clamavi ad te Domine is a rest stop on a recording legacy that continues to impress. Dark Funeral currently features vocalist/bassist Emperor Magnus Caligula, guitarist Lord Ahriman, guitarist Chaq Mol, and drummer Matte Modin.Track listing for De Profundis Clamavi ad te Domine is confirmed as: Intro, The Arrival of Satan’s Empire, An Apprentice of Satan, The Dawn of No More Rises, Thy Legions Come, Hail Murder, Goddess of Sodomy, The Secrets of the Black Arts, Vobiscum Satanas, Shadows Over Transylvania, Open the Gates, Ineffable Kings of Darkness, Thus I have Spoken, My Dark Desires, Armageddon Finally Comes.

    www.darkfuneral.se.

  • RELEASE PARTIES: SENTENCED & BRAND NEW SIN Dates

    Brand New Sin
    21.05.05 Hamburg B.A.R.
    21.05.05 Olbernhau JUZ
    27.05.05 Ingolstadt Ohrakel
    27.05.05 Coburg GAG
    27.05.05 Castrop Rauxel Spektrum
    03.06.05 Hohenwart Midlife
    11.06.05 Flensburg Understation
    16.06.05 Karlsruhe Katakombe
    22.06.05 Kiel Pumpe e.V.

    more Dates coming soon!

    Sentenced
    13.05.05 Regensburg Valhalla
    14.05.05 Ranstadt Black Inn
    20.05.05 Bischberg Typhoon
    20.05.05 Nürnberg Nachtpalais
    20.05.05 Hohenwart Midlife
    21.05.05 Lübeck Alternative
    25.05.05 Bad Godesberg Klangstation
    27.05.05 Saarlouis Insel
    27.05.05 Coburg GAG
    28.05.05 Castrop Rauxel Spektrum
    28.05.05 Saarbrücken Rockhouse
    28.05.05 Tübingen Pflug
    28.05.05 Flensburg Understation
    01.06.05 Mühltal /Darmstadt Steinbruchtheater
    03.06.05 Leverkusen Shadow
    03.06.05 Hamburg Kaiserkeller
    04.06.05 Hannover Labor
    09.06.05 Karlsruhe Katakombe
    10.06.05 Kiel Pumpe e.V.
    11.06.05 Ingolstadt Ohrakel

    more Dates coming soon!

  • MORTIIS NEW SINGLE DECADENT & DESPERATE OUT THIS MONDAY APRIL 25

    The brand new single from Mortiis, 'Decadent and Desperate', is released in the UK on 25th April, in a variety of formats at ultra low prices.

    The single, taken from last years critically acclaimed album The Grudge will be released in two 7" Vinyl and one CD Digipack formats, which will contain various exclusive bonus tracks and remixes including the brand new recording Underdog, details as follows:

    7 Vinyl Single - retail price 0.99
    Numbered Poster bag
    (MOSH 306)
    1. Decadent and Desperate
    2. Parasite God (live)*

    7 Vinyl Single - retail price 0.99
    Numbered Posterbag - alternate artwork
    (MOSH 306S)
    1. Decadent and Desperate
    2. Way Too Wicked (Absinthium Mix)*

    CD Digipack - retail price 1.99
    Numbered
    (MOSH 306CD)
    1. Decadent and Desperate
    2. Underdog**
    3. Gibber (Gibbering Idiot Mix)*
    * exclusive track
    ** brand new recording

    The single will be available for one week only from HMV, Virgin and all good independent stores.

    www.mortiis.com

  • HATE ETERNAL COMPLETE "I, MONARCH"

    Hate Eternal have completed the next benchmark in the history of extreme music. With dizzying musicality and creativity, Hate Eternal's third album, I, Monarch, propels metal into the next dimension.

    The fearsomely talented and broad-minded musical trinity of guitarist/vocalist Erik Rutan, drummer Derek Roddy, and bassist Randy Piro unites in new and transcendent ways on I, Monarch. Torrential blastbeats (perhaps truly the fastest yet recorded) meld with inhuman polyrhythms whilst lyrical firestorms rain down with unmatched rage - yet the groove underlying the chaos is of collosal proportions. Amidst shredding guitar leads and warp-speed drums, strange and unexpected sounds lie lurking - Tibetan drums, tabla, didjeridoo. With I, Monarch Hate Eternal have struck a groundbreaking balance between groove and chaos, soul and precision, focused aggression and open-minded musical vision.

    I, Monarch was recorded and mixed by Hate Eternal frontman Erik Rutan (Soilent Green, Into The Moat) at his own Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida. Artist Paul Romano (Mastodon, Trivium) is handling the cover art. The confirmed I, Monarch tracklisting is as follows:

    (1) Two Demons
    (2) Behold Judas
    (3) The Victorious Reign
    (4) To Know Our Enemies
    (5) I, Monarch
    (6) Path To The Eternal Gods
    (7) The Plague Of Humanity
    (8) It Is Our Will
    (9) Sons Of Darkness
    (10) Faceless One

    I, Monarch will see a June 28 release in the US and June 27 in the UK and Europe.

    www.hateeternal.com

  • SOCIETY 1 TO SUPPORT TO PARADISE LOST ON EUROPEAN TOUR MAY/JUNE

    After the monumental touring precedent SOCIETY 1 set following the release of their Earache debut last year, the band are all set to more than surpass that as they follow up 3 weeks of US touring with a 7 week tour supporting Goth metal legends PARADISE LOST right across Europe. This will be the first chance for European fans to hear material from the brand new SOCIETY 1 album 'The Sound That Ends Creation', Matt "The Lord" Zane forewarns people what to expect "People always think we can never top ourselves because of the extremeity of this band but it's never an issue pushing the ideas of what we are capable of and redfining the conceptions of what a Society 1 show can be. This tour will be no different. Many will have fun, many will be horrified, and many will cry home to their mothers. Those who don't go home to their mothers will be coming on the bus with us." 'The Sound That Ends Creation' is in stores now, Grab a Society 1 track here and catch the hedonistic freak show that is SOCIETY 1 at the following shows:

    MAY
    02 DE BERLIN Columbia Club
    03 DK COPENHAGEN The Rock
    04 SE GOTHENBURG Karen
    05 NO OSLO Rockefeller
    06 SE STOCKHOLM Klubben
    08 DE HAMBURG Markthalle
    09 DE COLOGNE Live Music Halle
    10 DE BOCHUM Zeche
    11 DE NUREMBURG Hirsch
    13 PL LODZ Dekompresja
    14 PL WARSAW Stodola
    16 DE WIESBADEN Schlachtof
    17 DE STUTTGART Longhorn
    18 DE MUNICH New Backstage
    20 CH VEVEY Rocking Chair
    21 CH WINTERTHUR Salzhaus
    22 CZ PRAGUE Abaton
    24 SERBIA BELGRADE SKC
    25CROATIA ZAGREB Boogaloo Club
    29 FR MONTPELIER Rockstore
    31.05.2005 SP MADRID Sala Arena

    JUNE
    01 PT LISBON Paradise Garage
    02 PT PORTO Hard Club
    03 SP BERGARA Sala Jam
    04 SP BARCELONA Razzmatazz
    06 FR TOULOUSE Havana Caf
    07 FR CLERMONT-FERRAND La Cooperative De Mai
    08 FR PARIS Elysee-Montmatre

    http://www.society1.net

May 9th, 2005
  • A SORROWFUL DREAM is back with new line-up

    The brazilian dark metal band, A Sorrowful Dream, is back with a new line-up, now with: Éder (male vocals), Josie (female vocals), Tuko (bass), Jô (guitars), Mano (drums), Mary (keyboards) and Lucas (guitars, violin). They played at True Metal Fest in April 2nd with Bestial, Vector and Southern and received a great response from their fans. The band is now working in new songs. Visit the band's website for more news soon, at www.asorrowfuldream.com

  • MUDVAYNE DEBUTS ON BILLBOARD'S TOP 200 AT #2

    WITH SALES OF 152,000 UNITS, NEW RELEASE LOST AND FOUND IS THE BAND'S HIGHEST CHARTING ALBUM TO DATE

    LEAD SINGLE "HAPPY?" HITS #1 AT ROCK RADIO

    Talk about detonating on impact. LOST AND FOUND, the new album from Epic recording artists MUDVAYNE, rocketed onto Billboard's Top 200 this week at No. 2, making it both the highest debut and highest charting album of the band's career. With sales of 152,000 units, the rock juggernaut almost doubled the first-week numbers of its previous release, 2002's The End of All Things To Come.

    News of the album's explosive arrival follows a flurry of headline-making moves for Mudvayne, who recently scored the much-coveted third slot on the main stage of this summer's Ozzfest (going on just before headliners Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden) and garnered their first-ever #1 hit at rock radio with lead single "Happy?"

    Mudvayne (lead singer Chad Gray, guitarist Greg Tribbett, bassist Ryan Martinie and drummer Matt McDonough) are currently on a seven-week headlining tour that began March 29th. They'll follow with a tour of Europe before the launch of Ozzfest, which begins July 15th at the Tweeter Center in Boston.

  • HEADLINING ANOTHER VOICE TOUR

    Presented by decibel magazine

    "This is a record for all the fuck-ups, the disenchanted; this is a hardcore pride record."
    – Roger Miret of Agnostic Front

    Since 1983, AGNOSTIC FRONT, one of the most venerable and notorious outcasts of the hardcore movement, have helped get messages across to the populace through their socially driven music. As one of the original hardcore bands that lived and breathed the problems that controlled their everyday New York City lifestyle, Another Voice, which hit streets on January 25th, 2005, gave power and strength to these ignored voices. Their most intense album yet, Another Voice, offers a violent attack on today's civility, exposing some of society's worst problems with a genuine street-bred angst and fire that only few bands possess.

    Don't miss AGNOSTIC FRONT headlining the U.S. ANOTHER VOICE TOUR

    with label-mates

    ALL SHALL PERISH

    "The blunt force and unrepentant banging and hugging of New York hardcore."
    – Stuff Magazine

    "Does the world really need another Agnostic Front record?
    Technically, fuck yes"
    – decibel Magazine

    "I'm in awe if the brutal reality of Agnostic Front – for not only releasing an outstanding album like Another Voice in 2004, but doing so on heavyweight Nuclear Blast."
    – Chord Magazine

    W/ Madball
    4/13 Saratoga Winners – Cohoes, NY

    W/ Martyr AD, All Shall Perish, Death Before Dishonor
    4/14 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
    4/15 Captain Tee's – Harrisonburg, VA
    4/16 Cat's Cradle – Carrboro, NC
    4/17 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

    W/ All Shall Perish, Seventh Star, Death Before Dishonor
    4/18 New Brookland Tavern – West Columbia, SC
    4/19 Thee Imperial – Jacksonville, FL
    4/20 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
    4/21 The Factory – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    4/22 State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
    4/23 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
    4/24 Beta Bar – Tallahassee, FL

    W/ All Shall Perish, Jacknife, Death Before Dishonor
    4/25 Engine Room – Houston, TX
    4/26 Emo's – Austin, TX
    4/27 Equal Eyes Live – Corpus Christi, TX
    4/28 Sanctuary – San Antonio, TX
    4/29 Tree's – Dallas, TX
    4/30 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM
    5/01 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
    5/02 Showcase Theatre – Corona, CA
    5/03 El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
    5/04 The Pound – San Francisco, CA
    5/05 Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
    5/06 Meow Meow – Portland, OR
    5/07 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
    5/08 Mesa Luna – Vancouver, BC - CANADA
    5/10 Warehouse Night Club – Calgary, AB - CANADA
    5/11 Starlite – Edmonton, AB - CANADA
    5/12 Riddell Center – Regina, SK - CANADA
    5/13 Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB - CANADA

    w/ Champion, Full Blown Chaos
    5/14 Triple Rock Club – Minneapolis, MN
    5/15 Ranch Bowl – Omaha, NE
    5/16 Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
    5/17 Aggie Theater – Ft. Collins, CO
    5/18 Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
    5/19 Pop's – Sauget, IL
    5/20 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
    5/21 Headliners – Louisville, KY
    5/22 Metro – Chicago, IL
    5/23 Alvin's – Detroit, MI
    5/24 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
    5/25 Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
    5/26 Buffalo Icon – Buffalo, NY
    5/27 Underground – Hamilton, ON - CANADA
    5/28 Call The Office – London, ON - CAN
    5/29 Fun Haus – Toronto, ON - CANADA
    5/30 Salle Sallaberry – Montreal, QC - CAN
    5/31 Anti Hall – Quebec City, QC - CANADA
    6/01 The Kave - Bucksport, ME
    6/02 Bomb Shelter – Manchester, NH
    6/03 The Living Room – Providence, RI
    6/04 Crocodile Rock – Allentown, PA
    6/05 Toad's Place – New Haven, CT
    6/07 Forward Hall – Erie, PA
    6/08 Otto Bar - Baltimore, MD
    6/09 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
    6/10 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
    6/12 CBGB's – New York, NY

  • PANDEMIC SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR 2005

    We are just about to leave the Czech Republic for another large South American tour. This time we get to hit most of the countries of the continent including two we haven't been to before. We are extremely excited about this event and look forward to spreading our death metal message all over the continent. Thaks mighty Death Row Productions for setting this tour up! Here is the list of the cities the tour will reach:

    VENEZUELA
    Fri. 04/22 - Caracas

    COLOMBIA
    Sat. 04/23 - Bucaramanga
    Sun. 04/24 - Bogota
    Wed. 04/27 - Pereira
    Fri. 04/29 - Pasto

    ECUADOR
    Sat. 04/30 - Quito

    PERU
    Wed. 05/04 - Chiclayo
    Thu. 05/05 - Trujillo
    Sat. 05/07 - Arequipa

    CHILE
    Tue. 05/10 - Calama
    Wed. 05/11 - Antofagasta
    Fri. 05/13 - Santiago
    Sat. 05/14 - Valparaiso
    Sun. 05/15 - Concepcion
    Tue. 05/17 - Temuco
    Wed.05/18 - Valdivia
    Fri. 05/20 - Puerto Montt

    ARGENTINA
    Sat. 05/21 - Bariloche
    Sun. 05/22 - Gral. Roca
    Tue. 05/24 - Mendoza
    Wed. 05/25 - Cordoba
    Thu. 05/26 - Buenos Aires

    URUGUAY
    Fri. 05/27 - Montevideo

    BRAZIL
    Sat. 05/28 - Porto Alegre (RS)
    Sun. 05/29 - Caxias do Sul (RS)
    Tue. 05/31 - Londrina (PR)
    Wed. 06/01 - Maringa (PR)
    Fri. 06/03 - Brasilia (DF)
    Sat. 06/04 - Uberlandia (MG)
    Sun. 06/05 - Goiania (GO)
    Fri. 06/10 - Belo Horizonte (MG)
    Sat. 06/11 - Rio de Janeiro (RJ)
    Sun. 06/12 - Sao Paolo (SP)

    RIVEN
    The official European / North American release date for Riven is set to 12.5.2005 through METAL AGE PRODUCTIONS. Expect an album with much more variety than on our older releases including more original, weird, type of riffing and composing. Still it's a very extreme death metal release that is PANDEMIA at its best.

    Check out www.pandemia-deathmetal.com for dozens of new pictures (also from our recent show supporting Morbid Angel), sound samples from the new album and more. Keep the flame burning!

  • LEGACY - New Album Artwork Posted

    The Los Angeles based hard rock outfit Legacy (featuring members from Lizzy Borden, George Lynch Group, Silver Mountain, Starwood, MSG) have posted the new cover art for their critically acclaimed album at this location. This disc will be re-issued this summer via Valhalla Records UK and includes bonus tracks and cover art by German artist Christian Klute.
    Marten Andersson, Bassplayer/Founder of Legacy commented, "Christian did an awesome job on the cover, it looks great!! I am excited to have the opportunity to get this CD's out in places it never came out before."

    This album has received great reviews and is described as "addictive, in-your-face hard rock." Metalvault calls it "Possibly one of the best Metal records I will hear this year". WCRC 104 FM says "This CD rocks. Its like Malmsteen meets Krokus meets nothing you ever heard before, a high octane metal fest", Hardradio calls it "Very cool stuff! Check it out", KNAC.com says "Legacy delivers straight-forward, honest, melodic rock with some great guitar playing".

    Track listing:
    1. Troubleshooter
    2. Underdog
    3. Tool
    4. Autumn Rising
    5. Mission of Mercy
    6. Leave it Alone
    7. 2.4.1
    8. Can't Remember Love
    9. My Last Sunrise
    10. Astral Sundown
    11. Thank You (Extended Version)

    Bonus:
    12. So Long
    13. Reverse Rotation

    For more information, news and song samples, visit www.legacylive.com

May 6th, 2005
  • DEMIRICOUS signs to Metal Blade Records Inc.!

    Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the official signing of Indianapolis based death metal band Demiricous. The band will enter Planet Z Studios with Zeuss to record their new full length starting in June 2005. The title of the bands debut Metal Blade Records release will be announced shortly.

    "We are so excited to welcome Demiricous to the Metal Blade family. We have been searching for a new, young real Heavy Metal band from the USA for quite some time. Demiricous fits that bill perfectly. "
    -Brian Slagel owner/CEO Metal Blade Records Inc.

    "It's amazing to be part of a family who has stayed true to metal from day one. It's beyond a dream to be given the opportunity to work with such a living, legendary, reputable label. We feel Metal Blade is the only label that can match how raw we want to come across as true metal musicians. Hopefully what we're about to create with Metal Blade crüe will be something millions of people can enjoy and go down in history as one of the rawest, most badass records."
    -Nate of Demiricous

    "I am very excited to be working side by side with the Metal Blade family. They are very passionate about what they do and very aggressive in their approach to breaking new talent. The next few months will be very exciting as we gear up for Demiricous' debut release on the label that brought the world Slayer."
    -Mark LaFay Demiricous Manager

    http://www.demiricous.com/

  • GRAVE DIGGER UPDATE TOUR 2005
    22.04.05 - GER - Greding/Obermessing - SÄG Festival / Industriehalle with Freedom Call
    05.05.05 - ARG - Buenos Aires - tba
    06.05.05 - BRA - Curitiba - Moinho Sao Roque
    07.05.05 - BRA - Sao Paulo - TV Direct Music Hall - 25 years birthday Grave Digger Party with DVD recordings
    08.05.05 - BRA - San Jose - tba
    12.06.05 - GER - Straubing - Hard Summer Festival
    18.06.05 - HUN - Debrecen - Rock Nights Festival
    19.06.05 - POL - Warschau - Proschina Hall
    24.06.05 - BEL - Dessel -Graspop Festival
    08.07.05 - GER - Osterode - Rock Harz Festival
    15.07.05 - ITA - Festival - tba
    22.07.05 - GER - Geiselwind - Earthshaker Fest
    06.08.05 - SWE - Hultsfred - Gates of Metal Festival
    03.09.05 - CZE - Pardubice - Fantasy Metal Fest

  • "DIO, DOMINE and ONKEL TOM at TIF 2005!"

    Finally, from long time he's coming back in Italy:

    DIO

    The band is confirmed as headliner of 05th June 2005 at Tradate Iron Fest. The single most important vocal technician in the history of heavy metal will play will the following fantastic line-up:

    Ronnie James Dio - Vocals Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath
    Simon Wright - Drums AC/DC, UFO
    Scott Warren - Keyboards Warrant
    Rudy Sarzo - Bass Ozzy, Whitesnake, Quite Riot
    Craig Goldy - Guitars Rough Cutt, Giuffria, Project Driver

    Also ONKEL TO ANGELRIPPER is confirmed at Tradate Iron Fest 2005, 05th June: first time in Italy for "Uncle Tom" project, with the most exciting, most folklorisitc, most thrashing and most...acoholic band of the world!

    Headliner of Thursday 02nd June 2005, will be

    DOMINE

    Furthermore, TIF 2005 organizators inform that there is change for italian bands: FIRE TRAILS will play Friday 03rd June instead of Thursday; SKY LARK are introduced in the slot for Thursday 02nd June as opening act.

    Resuming all completed program, TIF 2005 is a no lucrative festival will take place near Milan (Italy) since 01st June until 05th June; 5 exciting days as follow:

    Wednesday 01st June:
    1. MERQURY BAND (QUEEN TRIBUTE)
    2. EUROSMITH (AEROSMITH TRIBUTE)
    free entrance!
    Shows start at 09.00pm
    Gates opening at 07.00pm

    Thursday 02nd June:
    1. DOMINE
    2. NECRODEATH (20th Anniversary)
    3. WHITE SKULL
    4. NODE
    5. ELVENKING
    6. THUNDERSTORM
    7. WOTAN
    8. RAISING FEAR
    9. SKY LARK
    Advanced sale: 9euro + 1euro (prev.)
    Shows start at: 01.30pm
    Gates opening at 12.30pm

    Friday 03rd June:
    1. GOTTHARD
    2. AXEL RUDI PELL
    3. PINK CREAM 69
    4. FIRE TRAILS
    5. WILD SIDE
    Advanced sale: 22euro + 2euro (prev.)
    Shows start at: 05.15pm
    Gates opening at 04.30pm

    Saturday 04th June:
    1. SAXON
    2. JON OLIVA'S PAIN
    3. RAGE
    4. SENTENCED
    5. RIOT
    6. BRAINSTORM
    7. VICIOUS RUMORS
    8. BATTLE RAM
    Advanced sale: 28euro + 3euro (prev.)
    Shows start at: 01.00pm
    Gates opening at 12.00pm

    Sunday 05th June:
    1. DIO
    2. CANDLEMASS
    3. DISSECTION
    4. DESTRUCTION
    5. ONKEL TOM ANGELRIPPER
    6. ANVIL
    7. EXCITER
    8. ARKENEMY
    Advanced sale: 28euro + 3euro (prev.)
    Shows start at: 01.30pm
    Gates opening at 12.30pm

    **!! Very Special price for advanced sale offer: 5 days tickets 55euro + 7euro(prev.) !!**

    Camping and car parking: completely free!!

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    Every info regarding Ticket sales, camping, hotels, travels, routes, running order, and son on, will be available on official website www.ironfest.it as soon as possible.

  • 'MANNTIS' SIGNS WITH THE CENTURY MEDIA FAMILY

    CURRENTLY ON THE ‘BATTLE FOR OZZFEST’ TOUR

    ‘A DOZEN FURIES,’ ‘MANNTIS’ AND ‘CURSE YOUR NAME’

    HOLLYWOOD (April , 2005) – Southern California quintet MANNTIS have officially signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The group’s debut album, Sleep In Your Grave, is set for a June 28th release. The disc was produced by Cameron Webb and features 11 blistering tracks of unrelenting metal intensity. The group have been influenced by a diverse number of bands ranging from Meshuggah and Pantera to Killswitch Engage and Zao, to name just a few, and their pummeling sound reflects the combination of these influences.

    Jake Sirokman (vocals) further conveys his excitement over the recent signing: “We're extremely happy to be with Century Media Records. We love the other bands on the roster and are proud to be alongside them for years to come. One thing is for sure: some people may have heard about us because of the 'Battle for Ozzfest' show, but we're a dedicated band with over 5 years in the scene, not just some reality show poseurs looking to extend our 15 minutes of fame. No doubt that "Battle for Ozzfest' was a great opportunity, but we're grateful that CM saw through smoke and mirrors of TV and saw us for the band we are. Bottom line, we're here to bring the fucking metal. See ya on the road."

    You can see Manntis live on the Battle For Ozzfest tour. “Battle For Ozzfest” aired on MTV from Oct. 25th – Jan. 10th on Monday nights. At the open-call auditions held in Los Angeles and New York City, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne got a first-hand look at some of the most talented bands from all over America. After many long weeks, the battle had finally come to an end. And now we present you the Top-3 on tour - ‘A Dozen Furies,’ ‘Manntis.’ And ‘Curse Your Name.’ These 3 bands beat out over 600 bands to compete on MTV’s “Battle For Ozzfest.”

    A Dozen Furies, the Dallas-based metal outfit has landed side-by-side with some of metal’s most popular contemporary acts (including Chimaira, Sworn Enemy, 18Visions, As I Lay Dying, and The Bled). The future looks just as busy and productive for the band, as they plan on writing and releasing their first full length record and touring all summer long on Ozzfest 2005. www.adozenfuries.com

    Manntis is a five piece band From the Riverside county area of Southern California. Their sound of music cannot really be labeled into a certain category of style due to the fact it reaches so many different types. The best way you could describe would be Hardcore with a lot of metal influences. Many bands have influenced the members through the years including Deftones, Pantera, Killswitch Engage, Boy sets Fire, Zao, Machine Head, Sepultura, Meshuggah, Hatebreed and Lamb of God. www.manntis.com

    Curse Your Name, from bucolic North Carolina is a 6-piece unit that knows no boundaries when it comes to climbing to the top. This is not a band that relies solely on one type of sound; it’s all over the radar, ranging from slow and psychotically peaceful melodies to fast-paced and aggressive chaos. www.curseyourname.com

    BATTLE FOR OZZFEST 2005 TOUR DATES
    Sat Mar 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Avalon
    Mon Mar 28 - Phoenix, AZ - Martini Ranch
    Fri Apr 01 - El Paso, TX - Xcape
    Sun Apr 03 - Lubbock, TX - Jake's Backroom
    Mon Apr 04 - Dallas, TX - Trees
    Tue Apr 05 - Houston, TX - Meridian
    Wed Apr 06 - New Orleans, LA - Howlin' Wolf
    Sat Apr 09 - Oklahoma City, OK - Bricktown Live
    Sun Apr 10 - Kansas City, KS - El Torreon
    Tue Apr 12 - Minneapolis, MN - Ascot Room (at The Quest)
    Wed Apr 13 - Chicago, IL - Durty Nellies
    Thu Apr 14 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
    Fri Apr 15 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall
    Sat Apr 16 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
    Sun Apr 17 - Cleveland, OH - Odeon
    Tue Apr 19 - New York, NY - Sin-E
    Wed Apr 20 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
    Thu Apr 21 - Boston, MA - Axis
    Fri Apr 22 - Washington, DC - Nation
    Sat Apr 23 - Richmond, VA - Alley Katz

    For More information - http://www.ozzfest.com/battletour.html

  • After having recruited a new bassist, Giulio Caputi, from a well known Motley Crue cover band, KINGCROW are now fully involved with the composition of their brandnew album, tentatively titled "Timetropia". It comes after the big success of "Insider", and will be a concept album, once again. The story is still top secret, but the music is more complex, from both the structural and arrangements points of view. There will be many theatrical and progressive elements, near to a real Musical in the typical Kingcrow style.

    Recording sessions will start about April, for a summer release, under a top secret well known progressive label.
    In the meantime, it was finally released the "Never Say Die" videoclip, that can be downloaded in low and high quality from the address http://www.kingcrow.it/video.asp, and will be included in the new album as a limited edition.

    "The Killing Hand", the progressive-suite from "Insider" is also downloadable for free at the address http://www.kingcrow.it/audio.htm. Kingcrow would like to thank all the fan, because "Eyes Of A Betrayer" has reached 11.000 downloads!!! Thank you, really!

    www.kingcrow.it

  • The KOROVAKILL-Shores are opened

    After some Years in the Hidden Korova kill the Net again. Web-Admiral Lucio Basadonne has created a mezmerizing new Island for our Waves of Word and Sound. Here you can explore all our acoustic Journeys (including the lost Album “Echowelt”) and dive into the sparkling Oceans of the Korovakill. Welcome to the Realms of Untime!

    www.korovakill.com

  • VOMIT THE SOUL SIGNS TO COMATOSE MUSIC!

    Vomit The Soul has signed with the US label COMATOSE MUSIC www.comatosemusic.com (Lividity, Lust Of Decay, Dyscrasia, Necrotic Disgorgement, etc.), that will release at the and of summer 2005 the first full lenght of the band titled "PORTRAITS OF INHUMAN ABOMINATION", together with t-shirts, longsleeves, hoodies and other merchandise.
    The Italian brutal trio will be in Zianigo di Mirano (Venice) at Heart Beat Studio ex No Brain Studio (Wargore, Insane Assholes, Ensoph, Bleed In Vain, ecc.) from April, 16th to April, 23rd. Joel/Pyaemia is taking care of the artwork, this guy also made some sick works for Visceal Bleeding, Prostitute Disfigurement, Enmity, Godless Truth, Degrade, etc. Soon online at www.vomitthesoul.com the new site created by Permeated Websolutions www.permeatedwebsolutions.net, together with a new mp3 of the coming album!

  • SLIPKNOT - Vol. 3: (The Special Edition)

    Ready for more from the Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) recording sessions? Lucky day, Lucky day...the special double-disc release of Slipknot's Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) has been released (in stores physically, online stores digitally), and disc two features unreleased tracks from the Vol. 3 sessions such as "Don't Get Close," "Scream," and the full-length version of "Danger - Keep Away."

  • MAGELLAN New Album Download and Board

    It's now possible to download and buy online in wma format, the brand new Magellan album "SYMPHONY FOR A MISANTHROPE", to be released under Inside Out from 18 of april in Europe.

    At this link http://www.magellanweb.com/sfam_shop.htm it is possible to hear a preview and buy the album at only 99c a song.

    The official Message Board has been also closed. A new one runed by the fans is now online at http://www.magellanforum.com

    Enjoy it

  • ESTUARY will be on tour in the US this June and July with INCANTATION, CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN and ARSIS. A list of tour dates will be announced soon, so keep posted.

  • THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER COMPLETE MIXING; HEAD OUT FOR KING DIAMOND TOUR

    The Black Dahlia Murder just finished up mixing with Eric Rachel (Nora, Atreyu, Dillinger Escape Plan, Burnt By The Sun, Every Time I Die, and God Forbid ) and Andreas Magnusson (formerly of Scarlet) at Trax East in New Jersey and kick off the first day of the Metal Maniacs sponsored King Diamond/Nile tour today in Ft Lauderdale, FL. After the tour finishes up the end of May the band will be home for about a month before heading out on Ozzfest to play the infamous second stage along side As I Lay Dying, Mastodon, Rob Zombie, Killswitch Engage, It Dies Today and many more.

    Their new album Miasma will hit streets on July 12th, 2005 just days before the start of Ozzfest in Boston, MA. Stay tuned for more information and tour updates from the band!

    Here's track listing for Miasma:
    Built for Sin
    I'm Charming
    Flies
    Statutory Ape
    A Vulgar Picture
    Novelty Cross
    Vice Campaign
    Miscarriage
    Spite Suicide
    Miasma

    www.theblackdahliamurder.com
    Metal Maniacs

  • NAGLFAR SET TO RELEASE PARIAH JULY 12

    Swedish black metal titans NAGLFAR's new beast Pariah will be unleashed in the US July 12th. Abysmally wicked Pariah is a flawless work of iniquitous hell-spawned art filled with raging guitar riffs, bludgeoning drums, demonic vocals, that combine with haunting melodies to capture hell's eternal depravity. Battle axemen guitarists Andreas Nilsson and Marcus Norman return with their triumphantly vicious six-stringed assault, while drummer Mattias Grahn relentlessly drives the band's frenetic attack. Assuming vocal duties is founding member and bassist Kristoffer Olivius replacing Jens Ryden, who left for job-related reasons. Returning to Ballerina Studios in hometown Umea, Sweden, where their two previous releases, Sheol and Diabolical, were recorded, NAGLFAR have again imprisoned a monstrous leviathan. Ralph Manfreda (Pungent Stench, Belphegor) provides impious artwork that turns the aural assault into visual onslaught. Currently touring Europe with Finntroll and Amoral NAGLFAR will also be appearing this summer at Germany's eminent Wacken Open-Air and Finland's Tuska Fest. Metal Maniacs

  • FORMER FEAR FACTORY MEMBERS ASKED TO REPLACE FORMER S.O.D. MEMBERS
    [Source: Blabbermouth.net]

    Former FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares and drummer Raymond Herrera have been contacted by S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano about the possibility of replacing Scott Ian and Charlie Benante (both of ANTHRAX), respectively, in the current S.O.D. line-up, Herrera has revealed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Although initial discussions between Milano and the ex-FEAR FACTORY pair had taken place, Billy's requirement that the duo commit to the group on a full-time basis was met with resistance from Cazares and Herrera, both of whom are in the process of launching new projects that will take up the bulk of their time during the coming months.

    Although there has been no official word from either side, it is believed that Milano's efforts to replace Ian and Benante in S.O.D. stem from the highly-publicized disagreements between the parties over Billy and former ANTHRAX/current S.O.D. bassist Danny Lilker's exclusion from the recently-aired VH1 Behind The Music special on ANTHRAX, which Ian had publicly admitted minimized Lilker's contributions to the group. Metal Maniacs

  • BLIND GUARDIAN sign with NUCLEAR BLAST

    The worldwide staff of NUCLEAR BLAST is immensely proud to announce the addition of a new member to the family - BLIND GUARDIAN. One of the most significant and successful international power metal bands who "reinvented classic metal for a younger audience" according to Metal Edge, the trademarked BLIND GUARDIAN experience is described as a "larger-than-life sound which incorporates the harmonies and drama of Queen with an aggressive, modern sensibility" by Billboard Magazine.

    Regarding the long-term signing, BLIND GUARDIAN singer Hansi Kursch happily shares, "Our long search for the perfect record company has ended. We finally were lucky to find the ultimate home - NUCLEAR BLAST! Some things you decide with your head, other things you deal with on a gut level. The decision for NUCLEAR BLAST was both! We placed great emphasis on finding a partner that knows the world of Heavy Metal and does business in an unconventional manner, if necessary. NUCLEAR BLAST can offer both of these key qualities, and proved so time and time again in the past.

    But this alone would not be enough, if the chemistry wasn't there, but our first meetings could only be described as: 'We came, ate, and laughed&' Our views on music in general and BLIND GUARDIAN in particular are almost identical! The whole NUCLEAR BLAST team impressed us a lot with their unity and the huge identification with their mission and the expansion of the Metal world. Now we have the unique chance to follow our musical vision in the perfect environment. We expect a lot, and so do NUCLEAR BLAST. Let's roll! The Guardian comes home!"

    NUCLEAR BLAST Label Manager and A&R Head Andy Siry is equally thrilled. "We are all very happy about the amount of trust BLIND GUARDIAN has put in us. The beginning of this cooperation will surely prove to be very productive and fruitful. Our distribution partners and the whole of NUCLEAR BLAST are ready to kick ass!" Metal Maniacs

  • RELEASE DATE SET FOR NEW FLOTSAM AND JETSAM ALBUM

    Crash Music, Inc. today announces a release date of July 26, 2005 for the new Flotsam And Jetsam album entitled Dreams Of Death. The album was engineered by Tom Giatron and produced by Flotsam And Jetsam and Tom Giatron at Genesis Studios in Phoenix. Travis Smith did the cover art.

    Track listing for the album is as follows;

    Requiescat in Pace
    Parasychic, Paranoid
    Childhood Hero
    Straight to Hell
    Bleed
    Bathing in Red
    Nascentes Morimur
    The Look in his Eyes
    Out of Mind

    Flotsam And Jetsam was formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1984 by bassist Jason Newsted, who eventually left the band to join Metallica. The band currently consists of Eric A.K. (vocals), Craig Nielsen (drums), Jason Ward (Bass), Mark Simpson (Guitar) and Ed Carlson (Guitar).

    Crash Music is distributed in the U.S. by Caroline Distribution and has offices in Germany and France that handle the European territories through Crash Music Europe. Metal Maniacs

  • NEVERMORE Complete Recording Process For This Godless Endeavor;
    Remixed Enemies of Reality Now Available

    The Seattle-based quintet NEVERMORE recently completed the recording process for their highly anticipated new album, This Godless Endeavor, at Backstage Studios in England with legendary producer Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage, Opeth). The highly anticipated new offering is currently set for a summer release. This will mark the group's first recording with guitarist Steve Smyth (ex-Testament).

    NEVERMORE will embark on massive six-week summer festival tour, dubbed the Gigantour, alongside Megadeth, Dream Theater, Fear Factory and The Dillinger Escape Plan in late July. Warrel Dane (vocals) further describes his thoughts on the new album and upcoming tour: "We have completed the recording process for This Godless Endeavor and Andy Sneap will finish mixing and mastering the record this week. It was a great experience working with Sneap again and he has really outdone himself on this record. We are also really psyched up for Gigantour. It's great to part of a tour that is focused on musicianship instead of current trends. This summer is going to be great."

    In other news, the new version of the group's critically acclaimed 2003 album Enemies of Reality, remixed by Sneap, is now available. It was repackaged with altered cover artwork, two promotional video clips (the title track and "I, Voyager") and a live video of the title track performed at Germany's Wacken Open Air festival this past summer.

    The remixed Enemies of Reality will replace the existing version of the album in stores. Fans who have already purchased the record and want to hear the new edition can special order it from the CenturyMedia.com web shop, where the CD itself will be sold individually (i.e., without jewel case and artwork) for $5, including shipping. The disc will be mailed in a CD sleeve; a link to a special website containing the downloadable revised artwork will be included in order confirmation e-mails.

    www.nevermore.tv
    Metal Maniacs

  • CANDIRIA Awarded $29 Million For 2002 Van Crash
    [Source: Blabbermouth.net]

    The New York Post is reporting that the five members of the Brooklyn-based CANDIRIA won a $29 million verdict Tuesday (April 12) for injuries they suffered when a truck hit their tour van.

    CANDIRIA were hurt as they traveled to a gig in Cleveland on Sept. 9, 2002, when a tractor trailer owned by Paige Transportation Inc. hit them near Buffalo, said attorney Daniel O'Toole.

    The crash sent their van rolling over five to seven times, and all the members received injuries, attorneys for the band members said. The band still performs, but two injured members left.

    The aftermath of the crash is documented on the cover of the band's latest album, What Doesn't Kill You.., with photos of the band's demolished van.

    What Doesn't Kill You... was released last July through Type A Records. Metal Maniacs

  • Police Confirm DIMEBAG's Murderer Was Dragged Off DAMAGEPLAN Stage In Cincinnati
    [Source: Blabbermouth.net]

    John Futty of The Columbus Dispatch has issued the following report:

    Nathan Gale was dragged off the stage at a DAMAGEPLAN concert in Cincinnati eight months before killing the band's lead guitarist and three others at a concert in Columbus.

    Yesterday (April 12), Columbus police confirmed that Gale caused a disturbance on stage at Bogart's nightclub on April 5, 2004.

    According to reports filed by Cincinnati police, Gale damaged lighting equipment during a struggle with security while DAMAGEPLAN performed about 12:30 a.m.

    Officers who responded to a 911 call filed a report labeling the offense as criminal damaging/endangering, but no charges were filed. The band didn't seek charges, police said.

    The incident seemed of little significance until Dec. 8, when Gale stormed the stage at Alrosa Villa in Columbus and fatally shot DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott before turning his 9 mm semiautomatic handgun on those who tried to intervene. A fan, a club employee and the band's security chief were killed and three others wounded before a Columbus police officer ended the rampage by killing Gale with a shotgun blast.

    The manager of Alrosa Villa said yesterday that he is upset that no one alerted him to the Cincinnati incident.

    "It makes me furious that that happened in Cincinnati and continued on at Alrosa," Rick Cautela said.

    Sgt. Jeff Sacksteder, of the Columbus police homicide squad, said investigators might never know whether the incident in Cincinnati was linked to the shootings in Columbus.

    "That's been theorized," he said. "There may have been a bridge, but the other part of this is what (Gale) was going through mentally."

    Gale, a 25-year-old Marysville resident, told his mother and a former employer that he was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic before being discharged from the Marines in 2003.

    Shortly after the shootings in Columbus, rumors began circulating among fans and on heavy-metal-music Web sites about a man who had caused a disturbance during DAMAGEPLAN's performance at Bogart's. Metal Maniacs

  • SCULPTURED is continuing to write music for their third as of yet untitled full-length album. The new material is a large step ahead from Apollo Ends and will continue to push the boundaries of Metal harmony. The music is being written using four-tone matrix systems that provide the foundational guitar riffs and harmonies. This is death metal for brave new ears. Due to Anderson's continued work with Agalloch, there is no estimation for when this album will be recorded or released. Metal Maniacs

  • LEAVES EYES US RELEASE DATE CONFIRMED

    LEAVES EYES, featuring ex-Theatre of Tragedy's Liv Kristine (and also newly-signed solo artist for Roadrunner Records), will release their new album, Vinland Saga, on July 19th in the United States. This second + latest album will be preceded by a MCD entitled Elegy, which will be released as a teaser on June 28th in the US (please note: domestic release dates differ from those in European territories). Metal Maniacs

  • Former BELIEVER drummer Joey Daub has launched his official web site at JoeyDaub.com. Joey's introductory message on the web site reads as follows:

    "Currently, I am working on the new FOUNTAIN OF TEARS CD. I can't wait to get it out and hear your feedback. I am very pleased with the progress this band has made over the years and look forward to seeing you out on the road.

    "Also in the works is a side project I am doing with FOUNTAIN OF TEARS keyboardist, Jeff King. The project is called YEAR OF PLENTY and is along the lines of jazz/fusion/prog. We are having a fun time writing the songs (when FOUNTAIN OF TEARS duties are light), and look forward to start recording soon.

    "Last of all, after 11 years, Kurt Bachman [ex-BELIEVER guitarist/vocalist] and I have crossed paths again and have been getting together to jam (again, when FOUNTAIN OF TEARS duties are light) and throw around some musical ideas. Could this be the start of a long awaited BELIEVER album? Keep posted for progress on that story. We will see what happens."

  • KLIMT 1918 - Dopoguerra (out 25.04.2005)
    free mp3 at http://promedia.semperatus.de/mp3/klimt1918_snow-of-85.mp3

    Nine pieces of comforting, emotional music. Nine songs informed by the intensity of laughter born of tears"

    "Our model for 'Dopoguerra' are the poor people living in Italy in 1945, having survived the war and now being confronted by the future," the band explains the album's concept.

    "We were inspired by the poetry of neo-realistic cinema, directors such as De Sica, Rossellini, Visconti. We translated all that into our music to convey a feeling of ambiguity to the listeners: salvation and despair at the same time." The musical influences combined by KLIMT 1918 are determined by the fact that they describe their artistic agenda as something beyond mere pastiche of others' works. Their songs are deeply ingrained with originality and boundless musicality even though they might remind you of such diverse artists as the Beatles, Cure, Interpol, Tears For Fears, U2, The Police, Katatonia, or Anathema.

    "It is our aim," the band says, "to move the listeners of our music." A simple agenda, one could argue. With KLIMT 1918, however, it succeeded so brilliantly and charming as rarely is the case.

    "Dopoguerra" will be released as normal jewel case edition for a special price and as luxuary edition in digipak with bonus CD.

  • Norway's GREEN CARNATION will be making their North American debut as headliner at the Day Of The Equinox festival on Friday, October 14 at The Opera House in Toronto, Canada. Other groups expected to appear at the festival incude Oregon's moody/atmospheric act AGALLOCH and Montreal's ambitious UNEXPECT. A co-headliner and other special guests will be announced in mid-May.

    GREEN CARNATION's founder/guitarist Tchort commented: "GREEN CARNATION is overwhelmingly excited about this inter-continental show in Toronto and are preparing a unique live set for such a special occasion. We think
    it's fair to say that those who attend will see GREEN CARNATION give its most progressive and atmospheric show EVER! Since it's our first show over there, we
    find it to be vital that we cover the material from all our three latest albums. That means we have three hours of music to choose from. We don't want to reveal
    the whole live show, but we can tease you a bit and say that we decided to do an extended live set to include a major part of 'Light of Day, Day of Darkness', as well as material from 'Blessing in Disguise' and 'The Quiet Offspring'. This will be a
    special event from us to you."