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May 20th, 2006
  • ALL THAT REMAINS announces album title, secures release date
    All That Remains will dub the band's upcoming album The Fall of Ideals. The Springfield, Mass.-based band is in the studio with Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) and Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork) recording songs that will appear on the album, the follow-up to 2004's This Darkened Heart. The record is scheduled for a July 11 release and will feature art from renowned artist Travis Smith (Opeth, Iced Earth). The band has set up an in-studio photo blog to keep fans up to date on the progress of the new record (http://blog.myspace.com/philthatremains).
    Coinciding with the release date, the band will make its first appearance on the illustrious Ozzfest tour throughout the United States in July and August. "You cant be a metal band and not be psyched to be on Ozzfest," vocalist Phil Labonte said. The band will also again return overseas for the 2006 edition of Sounds of the Underground Europe, having toured the US for last year's edition of Sounds of the Underground.

    ALL THAT REMAINS on tour
    (European Sounds of the Underground 2006 with Chimaira, Madball, Unearth, Terror, Manntis)
    5/10 Manchester, UK Academy
    5/11 Glasgow, UK QMU
    5/12 London, UK FORM
    5/13 Tillburg, Holland Q13
    5/14 Brussles, Belgium AB Club
    5/15 Dusseldorf, Germany Stahlwerk
    5/16 Hamburg, Germany Markethalle
    5/18 Stuttgart, Germany Longhorn
    5/19 Weisbald, Germany Schlachthof
    5/20 Munich, Germany New Backstage
    5/21 Vienna, Austria Arena
    5/22 Milan, Italy Rolling Stone
    5/23 Zurich, Switzerland Roshoflager
    5/24 Fri Borg, Switzerland Fri Son
    (Ozzfest 2006)
    7/01 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
    7/02 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    7/07 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
    7/08 San Bernardino, CAS Hyundai Pavilion
    7/14 Kansas City, KS Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
    7/15 St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
    7/16 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
    7/19 Detroit, MI DTE Music Energy Center
    7/21 Columbus, OH Germain Amphitheatre
    7/22 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
    7/23 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
    7/26 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
    7/27 Buffalo, NY Darien lake Performing Arts Center
    7/29 New York, NY Randalls Island
    7/30 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
    8/01 Boston, MA Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
    8/04 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
    8/05 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
    8/06 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Virginia Beach
    8/09 Raleigh, NC Alltel Pavilion
    8/13 West Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Amphitheatre


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    French metallers Blut Aus Nord continue to work on their highly anticipated new album, M.o.R.T. (Metamorphosis of RealisticTheories). Expected for release early fall, the album follows the band's critically-acclaimed The Work Which Transforms God; reissued mid-2005 in the US with the value-added ep Thematic Emanation of Archetypal Multiplicity (a recording previously only available in Europe). Song titles for M.o.R.T. as of press time include (not in order) Ruins of the Genesis (Antiparticles), Dis-Harmonization of all Visual Echoes, Fusion With the Zero, Samsaric Ocean, The Meditation of the Ghost (Samadhi), Le Cercle de Ceux Qui Pleurent and Alienation of the Orphans.

    In further news, Appease Me Records, the label owned by the members of Blut Aus Nord and marketed/distributed internationally in cooperation with Candlelight Records, confirms June 13 as the American release date for the second album from noise merchants Spektr. The Near Death Experience is the domestic debut for this aggro-industrial-black metal duo. San Francisco's Aquarius Records says, "one of those rare records that is so fractured, demented and wonderfully bizarre that it has you constantly checking to see what the hell it is you are listening to."

    Formed in 2000, Spektr combine sounds unlike any other. This studio project creates sounds that are harsh, disturbing, raw in all matter of sense, but one that is still highly complex and sophisticated within a low-fi environment. Much like friends and labelmates Blut Aus Nord, their music is a voyage through an apocalyptic field littered with torn fragments of Bathory, Neurosis, Khold, Emperor, Swans and more.

    Upcoming releases from Appease Me/Candlelight Records include Monolithe/Interlude Premier, Comity/As Everything is a Tragedy (Europe only release). The label is also home to Forest Silence, Bunkur, Eternal Majesty, Overmars and P.H.O.B.O.S.


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  • GREEN CARNATION added to European Harvest Festival tour
    Norway's prog-metal masters GREEN CARNATION have been added to European Harvest Festival tour, set to take place in September. Also appearing on the bill are headliners Tristania, plus additional support acts Morgana Lefay, Deranged, Machine Men and one more as-yet-unannounced band. The dates are as follows:
    Sep. 10 Paris, FRA TBA
    Sep. 11 Essen, GER TBA
    Sep. 12 Berlin, GER TBA
    Sep. 13  Hamburg, GER TBA
    Sep. 14 Erfurt, GER TBA
    Sep. 15 Leipzig, GER TBA
    Sep. 16 Prague, CZR TBA
    Sep. 17 Wien, AUT TBA
    Sep. 18 Munich, GER TBA
    Sep. 19 Pratteln, SWI TBA
    Sep. 20 Ludwigsburg, GER TBA
    Sep. 21 Frankfurt, GER TBA
    Sep. 22 Strasbourg, FRA TBA
    Sep. 23 Antwerpen, BEL TBA
    Sep. 24 Hardenberg, NETH TBA
    This will be the band's first European tour since 2003.
    In other news, the band just completed their first-ever 5-week tour of North America in support of The Acoustic Verses (out on THE END RECORDS)
    More info:
    Official Green Carnation

    Official Sublife Productions: www.sublifeproductions.com

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  • DEVANIC News

    We have finished the production of our full length Album Mask Industries!!!

    Check out our new homepage! www.devanic.com

    A video is available in mediasection.

    Our Album Mask Industries and Devanic Tshirts are available to order in our shop.

    Our new guestbook works fine now.

    New picturegallery!



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  • Out Now! DISASTROUS MURMUR - Marinate Your Meat
    Title - Marinate Your Meat
    Style - DEATH-METAL

    1. Splatter Is Better
    2. Bondage Balls And Cock Dissection
    3. Just A Wound
    4. Toxic Trap
    5. The Call
    6. Disaster, Destruction and Doom
    7. Daily Toilet Torturing
    8. Fecal Overdose
    9. Twenty Bodies
    + enhanced video tracks
    Produced by Martin Schirenc (Pungent Stench)
    2006: After 4 years the legendary austrian death metal commando kick your ass with the new killer album marinate your meat released by CUDGEL AGNECY. These 9 tracks of old school death metal were produced by Martin Schirenc (Pungent Stench) and will bomb you away. No compromises just high energetic brutality!
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    Metal Crusaders 2006 featuring VADER, Kataklysm, DESTRUCTION, Speed/Kill/Hate, Graveworm and The Absence is rapidly approaching. Already many venues are selling tickets, several noting near sell-outs two months ahead of showtime.  It is the first tour Vader will do in support of their recently released The Art of War mini-cd. Shortly after the tour's completion VADER will enter the studio to record their highly anticipated new full-length album planned for release later this year. Metal Crusaders welcomes thrash metal legends DESTRUCTION who have not toured the US for
    many years.

    Confirmed dates are noted at Candlelight's official site. Bring your browser to our the recently relaunched site located at www.candlelightrecordsusa.com 

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    Injury Forces Lead Singer To Fly Home; Rest Of Bands Will Continue As Scheduled Zao have been forced to drop off of the remaining dates on the Ferret Music Under The Gun Tour due to an injury sustained by frontman Daniel Weyandt. Co-Headliners Madball and Remembering Never along with support acts The Banner and Scarlet will continue the tour as scheduled.

    Weyandt broke four bones in his left-hand in a back-stage mishap that also also involved a large cut that exposed one bone for over 12 hours and became infected. Had he gone to the hospital any later than he did he could have lost his hand entirely. Three different doctors ordered the singer, who strongly wished to complete the tour, to return home immediately and visit a specialist.

    As an accomplished tattoo artist, Weyandt's injury poses a unique problem. Fortunately by following doctor's orders he is expected to make a full recovery.

    "We can't apologize more strongly to the other bands and especially our fans who were planning on seeing us on the remaining dates," said guitarist Scott Mellinger, who has stood with Dan in Zao nearly a decade. "We want nothing more than for Dan to get better and we fully intend to crush once again with Dan on the Demon Hunter tour this summer."Zao is set to release their new album The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here on June 13. Recorded by Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies, Neurosis, High On Fire), the album is fast, edgy, raw, abrupt and highly-energized, recalling the rock n' roll angst of Self-Titled with the atmosphere of Liberate.The band will embark on a nationwide tour with Demon Hunter, Spoken, August Burns Red and Becoming The Archetype the day after the album's release, to be preceded by a handful of headlining shows.


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    Crash Music, Inc. today announces that they have signed San Francisco power/thrash/metal band, IMAGIKA to a  licensing deal for North America for the band's new CD, My Bloodied Wings, due on July 11, 2006. The follow-up to last year'sDevils on Both Sides was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California and was mixed at Los Angered Recording in Gothenburg, Sweden with Andy LaRocque of KING DIAMOND fame.


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    Progressive instrumental trio DYSRHYTHMIA have announced a full US tour in support of their forthcoming new album Barriers and Passages. DYSRHYTHMIA will be joined by YAKUZA (who are also touring in support of a new release, Samsara, out now on Prosthetic Records) and BEHOLD&THE ARCTOPUS (featuring a member of DYSRHYTHMIA) for a Decibel Magazine sponsored run set to kick off on May 24 in Pittsburgh, PA. A complete listing of tour dates follows this message. 

    Barriers and Passages will see a May 2 release date in North America (May 9 internationally) via Relapse and shows DYSRHYTHMIA raising the scale-surging rock bar with their exceptional playing and unwavering dedication to forward-thinking song craft. An e-card previewing Barriers and Passages can be found at this location.


    May 24 Pittsburgh, PA Garfield Artworks
    May 25 Philadelphia, PA The Khyber
    May 26 New York City, NY Knitting Factory
    May 27 Boston, MA O'Brien's
    May 28 New Haven, CT Bar
    May 29 Fredericksburg, VA The Bourbon Room
    May 30 Charlotte, NC The Milestone
    May 31 Charleston, SC Cumberland's
    June 1 Myrtle Beach, SC The Social
    June 2 Athens, GA Tasty World
    June 3 Tallahassee, FL The Beta Bar
    June 4 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack's
    June 5 Fayetteville, AR TBA
    June 6 San Antonio, TX The Sanctuary
    June 7 Austin, TX  TBA
    June 8 Dallas, TX Darkside Lounge
    June 9 Albuquerque, NM Launch Pad
    June 10 Phoenix, AZ Bulldogs
    June 11 Los Angeles, CA Knitting Factory Alterknit Lounge
    June 12 San Francisco, CA Elbo Room
    June 13 Portland, OR Rock and Roll Pizza
    June 14 Seattle, WA El Corazon
    June 15 Boise, ID TBA
    June 16 Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas
    June 17 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
    June 18 Lawrence, KS Replay Lounge
    June 19 Omaha, NE TBA
    June 20 Minneapolis, MN TBA
    June 21 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
    June 22 Milwaukee, WI Vnuk's
    June 23 Chicago, IL TBA

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    Roadrunner Records is proud to announce the signing of UK power metal masters, DRAGONFORCE. The band's Roadrunner US debut, INHUMAN RAMPAGE, was released in the UK, mainland Europe and Japan on 1/9/06 to critical raves and, in nearly 3 months, 30K in sales.
    Make no mistake, this is a revolutionary album, one that will herald a sea of change in metal. While other bands want to be bigger than Metallica, DRAGONFORCE have the capacity to be bigger than Star Wars.
    Since forming in London in 1999, DRAGONFORCE has taken UK, European and Japanese audiences by storm. The brainchild of guitarists - Hong Kong born Herman Li and New Zealander Sam Totman - along with South African Emigre ZP Theart on vocals, DRAGONFORCE (then called Dragon Heart) were quick to carve their name in stone with metal fans.  The balance of the band - Dave Mackintosh (British), Vadim Pruzhanov (Ukranian) and Frederic Leclercq (French) - make DRAGONFORCE a true meeting of great international musical minds. 2003's debut album VALLEY OF THE DAMNED, set the stage and standard for a sound brimming with speed, technicality, catchiness and most importantly a lot of fun.
    Along the trail of the 2005 European tour with Iron Maiden, fans started turning up at gigs, plastic swords and axes in hand, ready to revel in a sound as serious in approach as it is completely over the top.  Now with the band's third album, INHUMAN RAMPAGE, and a deal for North America with Roadrunner, DRAGONFORCE are set to become a major force on the worldwide metal scene.  You can not liken DRAGONFORCE to anything that has come before in metal, states Roadrunner A&R man Mike Gitter. Listening to DRAGONFORCE is almost overwhelming.  The sheer energy, vibe and audacity of it all& every chord just oozes with the spirit of triumph!
    As a new band, I was thrilled when we toured Japan on our debut album. When we were chosen to tour with Iron Maiden on our second album last year, I was equally fired up. Now, the most exciting of them all is signing with Roadrunner Records for our new album INHUMAN RAMPAGE! says Herman Li.  We know our fans in North America have been waiting a long time for us. Here we come!
    Here they come, indeed. Prepare for the onslaught - INHUMAN RAMPAGE, due out in North America on Roadrunner Records in the summer of 2006!

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    The ultimate in diverse summer tours, Sounds of the Underground is rapidly taking shape.
    Tickets will be available through a pre-sale via Artist Arena on April 11 at noon local times. Check the re-launched SOTU website, www.soundsoftheundergroundtour.com for details.  Tickets go on sale to the public April 15th (some exceptions), check local listings.
    This year, the extravaganza will begin on July 8th in Cleveland Ohio and run for the better part of the summer.
    As was previously announced this years powerhouse lineup consists of; As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR, Terror, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, The Chariot and Through the Eyes of the Dead.  SOTU is excited to have some special guests join the tour in select cities. Killswitch Engage will join in Mansfield, MA on July 14. Joining SOTU for the Phoenix and San Diego shows only are new American metal pioneers Shadows Fall, modern metalcore band It Dies Today, and Still Remains. Starting in Orlando, FL on July 19, Jacksonville's own true hardcore champions Evergreen Terrace have been added to the majority of the tour.
    Now on board; Tour Sponsor Jagermeister (for the 2nd year), and Online Sponsors: Digital Metal, Lambgoat and Download Punk have been added as event sponsors, joining the rest of the entrepreneurial powers that be who view Sounds of the Underground as the new definitive voice for independent metal festivals:.
    The organizers for this year's Sounds of the Underground Tour; Paul Conroy and Carl Severson of Ferret Music, Tim Borror, Larry Mazer of Entertainment Services, with National Promoter House of Blues along with partners Metal Blade, Trustkill and Prosthetic Records, The Syndicate, Music Choice, and tour sponsors Hot Topic, Revolver Magazine, Eulogy Recordings.
    Dates of THE 2006 Sounds Of The Underground Festival are as follows (but maybe subject to change):
    12 MONTREAL, QC            METROPOLIS ***
    19 ORLANDO, FL             TINKER FIELD
    26 MESA, AZ                MESA AMPHITHEATRE *****
    27 LAS VEGAS, NV           HOUSE OF BLUES ***
    28 SAN DIEGO, CA  Venue TBA *****
    02    SAUGET, IL              POP'S OUTSIDE
    10    VANCOUVER, BC           THE PNE FORUM
    PLAIN DEALER PAVILLION in Cleveland, OH was formally Scene Pavilion
    July 14 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE special guest appearance
    *****SHADOWS FALL, IT DIES TODAY & STILL REMAINS special guest appearance (Mesa, AZ and San Diego, CA)

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  • NOVEMBERS DOOM to begin recording Pale Haunt Departure follow-up in June
    NOVEMBERS DOOM are scheduled to begin recording the follow-up to 2005's The Pale Haunt Departure (on THE END RECORDS) on June 16th, 2006. Once again, the production team will consist of Chris Djuricic for tracking and Dan SwanO to mix the final recording. Mastering will again be handled by James Murphy.

    In a statement about the upcoming studio work, the band says: "Consistency and quality are very important to us, to insure that anyone who was a fan of the previous CD, will once again be able to comfortably expect nothing less then a stellar production. Chris Djuricic, Dan Swano and James Murphy were the perfect choice for The Pale Haunt Departure and the perfect compliment to NOVEMBERS DOOM. We're honored to be working with them once again."

    "Working hard on the new material, we've reached the final stage of pre-production, creating well rounded, and a natural progression of songs, which continue where The Pale Haunt Departure ends. Always adding new elements to our sound, there will be a few surprises mixed in, but remaining true to the band you expect."


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  • BIRDS OF PREY to issue debut album through Relapse
    BIRDS OF PREY has inked a deal with Relapse Records to release its debut album, Weight of the Wound.
    BIRDS OF PREY is a studio project featuring the creative collective of Erik Larson (ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY) and Bo Leslie (THE LAST VAN ZANT / ex-THROTTLEROD) on guitars, Summer Welch (BARONESS) on bass, Dave Witte (BURNT BY THE SUN, MUNICIPAL WASTE) on drums and Ben Hogg (BEATEN BACK TO PURE) on vocals. The quintet holed up at the Karma Productions studio in Richmond, VA with Cory Smoot (aka Flatus Maximus of GWAR) this past December to record Weight of the Wound.
    Leslie comments; "Excited isn't a very kvlt, true, or metal thing to say, but I'm excited to be a part of the Birds Of Prey and I am waaaaaayyy into Weight Of The Wound being a Relapse release. We set out with the intentions of writing and recording an old school type record and this is what came out. Hope y'all dig it, and to quote MORRIAH, let the sword descend."
    Weight of the Wound is expected to see a late July 2006 release date. Stay tuned to www.RELAPSE.com for forthcoming BIRDS OF PREY news.

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    We are proud for have signed INBORN SUFFERING, this young and talented French band. They play a melodic and dark Doom Metal in the vein of the gods of the English Doom Metal. Their full-length album titled “Wordless Hope” features one hour of very well inspired orchestration in pure melancholy. It is full of beauty, sadness and sorrow where such fantastic symphonies can to be compared with classic albums like ANATHEMA’s “The Silent Enigma” and MY DYING BRIDE’s “Turn Loose the Swans”. There is utterly mournful string arrangements wind around the slow Doom metal as well as some passages of violin, piano and female vocals were added perfectly. Of course, the vocals are deep and expressive grunts but sometimes spoken and sometimes-screamed vocals. This is wonderful masterpiece of Doom Metal like the former days. Wait for this album in middle of 2006. For more info, visit: http://www.inborn-suffering.tk
  • Century Media's MAROON --- Takin' on the Hardcore scene

    MAROON's sound offers not only a heavyweight mix of brutal hardcore infused with metal-riffs, but also displays the band's political awareness and involvement in an alternative life-style. Nordhausen, Germany's vegan straight edge five-piece formed in early 1998 with heavy influences from new school as well as straight edge bands like Earth Crisis, Morning Again and Despair, and combined these influences with their love for metal acts such as At The Gates, The Haunted, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Sepultura, Dismember or Unleashed.
  • CRONION --- Oystein G. Brun (Borknagar) kick-ass side project

    Borknagar’s main songwriter Øystein G. Brun and Swedish multi-instrumentalist Mr. V (a.k.a. Vintersorg) herein deliver a challenging personal journey of the soul.

    The band infuse their solidly metal roots with an exploration of uncharted atmospheric territories. Human near death experiences and emotional extremes inspire lyrics while an atmospherically desolate arctic landscape is visually presented throughout.

    An authentic winter manifesto, recorded in snowstorms with -4° F, the album incorporates elements from ‘70s art-rock to current Nordic black metal, melodic and experimental.
  • MQ Metalfest

    Looking for sponsors, volunteers, vendors, bands

    MQ Metalfest
    Jul 7 8 9
    Trudeau Park ON

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    Metal Queen Management

    TIWANAKU, the central Florida based death metal band featuring Emo Mowery (Nocturnus) on guitar/vocals and Mike Estes (Burning Inside/Acheron) on guitar have solidified a full line-up by recruiting some of the area's most talented musicians.

    New members include Chris Pangman on vocals, Derek Hubbard on Bass, and Josh "Pope of Metal" Woodhouse on drums.

    See attached pic. from left to right: Derek, Josh, Mike, Chris, Emo

    The band has been rehearsing the material from the 2003 Demo and writing material together for a full length album which pre-production recordings have already commenced. So be on the lookout for a sneak preview MP3 to be posted soon! www.tiwanakuband.com is now under construction so keep checking back for new pictures, member profiles, show updates, and album samples.

    Emo on the latest additions: This has been a very long time in the making but what we have here has been well worth the wait!!!! Many posts and many members have come and gone but finally this can be called a band. Rehearsals are sounding awesome and the new material is skull crushing and very metal!! This is a very exciting time!!! This new line-up is kicking ass!! The vocal department is VERY powerful, guitars are tight and crushing, the bass is thick and clear, and the drums are, needless to say, fucking awesome! We are becoming a well-oiled metal machine!!!! We'll be announcing our first live appearance very soon!

    The Gateway to the Sun has opened and TIWANAKU is on the rise!!! Be on the lookout for more news and music samples soon!

    - Arch Enemy, DragonForce, Suburban Tribe and Pain Confessor added to the bill
    - Celtic Frost to headline Sunday
    - Ticket sales off to a good start

    The ninth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival taking place in Kaisaniemi, Helsinki, Finland, during 30.6.-2.7. has added another batch of artists to the 2006 roster. There will be several more bands to be announced to complete the line-up.

    Arch Enemy, fronted by Angela Gossow, will give a proper wake up call to the hungover metalheads on Sunday afternoon. Their previous visit to Tuska on 2003 was met with dumbfounded and ecstatic response: they will now carry on from where they left off.

    The high and loud –quota at Tuska 2006 is filled by UK power metallers DragonForce. The band have developed their expression, based on mind blowing speed and accuracy, to the edge of perfection. This will be DragonForce’s first Finnish festival appearance.

    The latest Finnish additions to the roster are Pain Confessor and Suburban Tribe, who are on the verge of releasing their new album.

    Celtic Frost will be headlining Sunday July 2nd, thus being the closing act for the entire festival. This is the first official statement regarding the date of the Celtic Frost –show. We apologize for the inconvenience if someone has purchased tickets according to the false information some unofficial sources have previously reported.

    In addition to the already confirmed acts, the search is still on for several Finnish and foreign acts, including the headliner for Friday June 30th.

    Tickets for Tuska 2006 went on sale on Monday April 3rd with the ferocity we’ve become accustomed to in the last few years. For people looking to buy one-day-tickets, Tuska-Organization apologizes for the fact we haven’t published the exact schedule yet. However, giving out unfinished schedules, uncertain and constantly changing information has never been the policy of this festival. Three-day ticket costs 72 Euro, one-day ticket 36 Euro. Go to www.lippupalvelu.fi or www.tiketti.fi to purchase tickets. Tuska 2006 is an all ages event.

    Current Tuska 2006 line-up reads as follows:

    Venom (UK)
    Celtic Frost (CH)
    Opeth (SWE)
    Anathema (UK)
    Sodom (GER)
    Arch Enemy (SWE)
    Sonata Arctica
    Suburban Tribe
    DragonForce (UK)
    Gojira (FRA)
    Deathstars (SWE)
    Swallow the Sun
    Burst (SWE)
    The Scourger
    Pain Confessor
    Impaled Nazarene
    Timo Rautiainen

    Additional Information:


    Stuba Nikula +358 40 555 55 40, [email protected]
    Jouni Markkanen +358 500 574 636, [email protected]
    Niklas Nuppola +358 40 552 74 94, [email protected]

    Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have commenced the mixing process for their new album, "The New Black", for a tentative July release via Century Media Records. The follow-up to last year's "Alien" was recorded at the Armoury and Profile studios in the band's hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia.

    Commented guitarist Jed Simon: "Mike Fraser is doing a fantastic job, and the mixes are sounding precise, well-defined, and just amazing! It's a real treat to hear everything sitting so well in the mix. Everything is on track, and this has been a first-rate recording experience. All eight cylinders of this MF are humming nicely. Looking forward to getting this show on the road."

    As previously reported, Century Media Records will re-release STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's 1995 debut album, "Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing", in Europe on June 12. The re-issue features a re-mastered version of this classic debut, four bonus tracks, the "S.Y.L." video and a 12-page booklet with extended liner notes from STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mainman Devin Townsend.

    STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have secured a second-stage slot at this year's Ozzfest, which is scheduled to kick off July 1 in san Francisco, California. Other bands appearing the second stage include BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, ATREYU, UNEARTH, BLEEDING THROUGH and NORMA JEAN. Headlining the main stage at Ozzfest 2006 are SYSTEM OF A DOWN and DISTURBED, with OZZY OSBOURNE slated to close 10 shows.

May 9th, 2006
  • Sweden’s BLINDED COLONY sign with Pivotal Rockordings

    Sweden based metal band BLINDED COLONY [http://www.blindedcolony.com] have inked a deal with Pivotal Rockordings. The band will enter Sound Palace Studios later this month to begin the recording process of their sophomore effort. An album title has not been picked yet. BLINDED COLONY was formed in 2000 by guitarists Johan Blomström, Tobias

    Olsson, and vocalist Niklas Svensson. In 2003, the band released their debut album, “Divine” through Italy’s Scarlet Records. The following year BLINDED COLONY parted ways with both Scarlet Records and vocalist Niklas Svensson. In 2005 Johan Schuster (SKÖRDA) took over vocal duties and the band cut a demo, which caught the attention of Pivotal Rockordings. The tracks “In Here” and “Aarons Sons” can be heard at the band’s website [http://www.blindedcolony.com] or on the band’s Myspace page [http://www.myspace.com/blindedcolony]. More information about the release will be made available in the near future.

    For more information on tour dates as well as audio clips can be obtained at BLINDED COLONY’s website [http://www.blindedcolony.com]

    Philadelphia: Time is drawing near for the first of final series of performances from Norway's Emperor. With tickets for the band's April 14 headlining appearance at the annual Inferno Festival and July 14 performance at New York's B.B. Kings Blues Club already sold out, fans are urged to purchase tickets for the remaining shows before opportunity passes.

    Announced in early December, Emperor will make four final performances on US soil, adding to their only tour of the country in support of IX Equilibrium after the album's original stateside release. Limited tickets remain for the band's July 13 show in New York and both Los Angeles shows are selling at an impressive rate. "We are very excited to do these shows in the U.S.," said vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn in a previous statement. "We have had a strong following there for a long time. Remembering our previous U.S. tour, I am confident that these exclusive shows too will be a memorable experience for both ourselves and fans."

    Forming in 1991, Emperor recordings have sold hundreds of thousands worldwide. Their impact on black/extreme metal ranks them as one of the genre's most influential. Respected by musician, fan and critic alike, Emperor recorded their final album, Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise, in 2001 shortly thereafter announcing they were disbanding (with Samoth and Trym continuing on in new band Zyklon; Ihsahn contributing to band project Peccatum and his soon to be released first solo record). Kerrang's Dom Lawson called Prometheus, "a staggering masterwork; a fitting testament to the musical genius." In late 2004, Candlelight reissued each of Emperor's four genre-defining albums - Wrath of the Tyrants, In the Nightside Eclipse, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk and IX Equilibrium. Each album reworked with additional bonus footage and material unavailable previously on both European and US-licensed versions. All records available in stores nationwide.

    In related news, momentum continues to build on the April 18 release date of The Adversary, the solo debut from Ihsahn. Recorded at Notodden-based Symphonique Studios and mixed at Juke Joint Studio, the The Adversary features performing contribution from drummer Asgeir Mickelson (Borknagar, Spiral Architect) and guest vocal from Garm from Ulver. Metal Manics calls The Adversary a "fluid piece of work." Kerrang says "a multi-layered and relentlessly fascinating work of dark metallic artistry." Revolver adds, "spell-binding - brimming with classical, goth, prog and 80's metal passages."

    Disintegrate, the third album from Zyklon, will see US release on May 16. The band will perform (alongside Emperor and US labelmates Keep of Kalessin, Myrkskog, Susperia, Khold, The Deviant, Manngard, Witchcraft, and Mardu) at Inferno Festival and will soon begin work on the album's first planned video.

    The official release is scheduled for may 19th. "Raw" will be on store in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Benelux. Will follow the opther european countries in two or three weeks. We will give you asap the official date release. Late will be release in America. Also in this case we will announce the official date release in the next weeks.

    The official release party will take place next May 27th at Ricky's pub, Villa del conte, Italy.

  • CONFESSOR have been confirmed for the Emissions From The Monolith Festival #8, set to take place in the USA from May 25th to 28th in Youngstown, Ohio. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

    Thursday, May 25th:

    Friday, May 26th:

    Saturday, May 27th:

    Sunday, May 28th:
    SUNN O)))



    Germany's Helloween was one of the most influential heavy metal bands to launch out of Europe in the 1980s. In fact Helloween, which formed in Hamburg in 1982, pioneered the popular subgenre known as power metal.

    Six of Helloween's most interesting, transitional albums -- 'Walls Of Jericho,' 'Pink Bubbles Go Ape,' 'Chameleon,' 'Master Of The Rings,' 'The Time Of The Oath' and 'Better Than Raw' -- are being reissued as remastered, deluxe expanded edition CDs by Sanctuary Records on April 25, 2006. Bonus tracks include rare B-sides, remixes and live versions. 'Walls Of Jericho,' 'Chameleon,' 'Master Of The Rings' and 'The Time Of The Oath' are two-CD sets while 'Pink Bubbles Go Ape' and 'Better Than Raw' are each one fully packed CD. All six releases include informative liner notes with essays, new interviews with guitarist Michael Weikath, lyrics and photos.

    'Walls Of Jericho' was originally released in late 1985. It was Helloween's first full-length album following the appearance of the mini-album 'Helloween' earlier that year. In addition to 'Walls Of Jericho' itself, this two-CD reissue also includes the five songs from 'Helloween' and a track from the picture-disc version, two songs from 1984's compilation album/sampler 'Death Metal,' 1986's 'Judas' EP and two remixes from 2002's 'Treasure Chest.'

    'Pink Bubbles Go Ape' hit the streets in 1991 and it was Helloween's first album with guitarist Roland Grapow, who had replaced Kai Hansen.

    'Chameleon' followed in 1993 and this experimental effort was the final album with vocalist Michael Kiske.

    'Master Of The Rings' appeared in 1994 and it marked the debut of vocalist Andi Deris.

    'The Time Of The Oath' was issued in 1996 and it is generally regarded as containing the band's strongest, most cohesive set of songs since the mid-1980s classics 'Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Pt. 1' and 'Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Pt. 2.'

    'Better Than Raw' came out in 1998 and it found Helloween adding progressive elements as well as touches of neo-classical and neo-black metal.

    The track listings are as follows:


    Disc 1 - "Starlight," "Murderer," "Warrior," "Victim Of Fate," "Cry For Freedom," "Walls Of Jericho," "Ride The Sky," "Reptile," "Guardians," "Phantoms Of Death," "Metal Invaders," "Gorgar," "Heavy Metal (Is The Law)," "How Many Tears" and "Judas."

    Disc 2 - "Murderer" (remix), "Ride The Sky" (remix), "Intro/Ride The Sky" (live), "Guardians" (live), "Oernst Of Life," "Metal Invaders" and "Surprise Track."


    "Pink Bubbles Go Ape," "Kids Of The Century," "Back On The Streets," "Number One," "Heavy Metal Hamsters," "Goin' Home," "Someone's Crying," "Mankind," "I'm Doin' Fine, Crazy Man," "The Chance," "Your Turn," "Blue Suede Shoes" ("Kids Of The Century" single B-side), "Shit And Lobster" ("Kids Of The Century" single B-side), "Les Hambourgeois Walkways" ("Number One" single B-side) and "You Run With The Pack" ("Number One" single B-side).


    Disc 1 - "First Time," "When The Sinner," "I Don't Wanna Cry No More," "Crazy Cat," "Giants," "Windmill," "Revolution Now," "In The Night," "Music," "Step Out Of Hell," "I Believe" and "Longing."

    Disc 2 - "I Don't Care You Don't Care" ("When The Sinner" single B-side), "Oriental Journey" ("When The Sinner" single B-side previously Japan only), "Cut In The Middle" ("Windmill" single B-side), "Introduction" ("Windmill" single B-side), "Get Me Out Of Here" ("Windmill" single B-side), "Red Socks And The Smell Of The Trees" ("I Don't Wanna Cry No More" single B-side), "Ain't Got Nothin' Better" ("I Don't Wanna Cry No More" single B-side) and "Windmill" (previously unreleased demo version).


    Disc 1 - "Irritation," "Sole Survivor," "Where The Rain Grows," "Why?," "Mr. Ego (Take Me Down)," "Perfect Gentleman," "The Game Is On," "Secret Alibi," "Take Me Home," "In The Middle Of A Heartbeat" and "Still We Go."

    Disc 2 - "Can't Fight Your Desire" (single B-side), "Star Invasion" (single B-side), "Cold Sweat" (single B-side), "Silicon Dreams" (single B-side), "Grapowski's Malmsuite 101" (single B-side), "I Stole Your Love" (Kiss cover - single B-side previously Japan only) and "Closer To Home" (Grand Funk Railroad cover - single B-side previously Japan only).


    Disc 1 - "We Burn," "Steel Tormentor," "Wake Up The Mountain," "Power," "Forever And One (Neverland)," "Before The War," "A Million To One," "Anything My Mama Don't Like," "Kings Will Be Kings," "Mission Motherland," "If I Knew" and "The Time Of The Oath."

    Disc 2 - "Still I Don't Know" (previously Japan only), "Take It To The Limit" (previously Japan only), "Electric Eye" (single B-side), "Magnetic Fields" (single B-side), "Rain" (single B-side), "Walk Your Way" (single B-side), "Light In The Sky" (single B-side) and "Time Goes By" (single B-side).


    "Deliberately Limited Preliminary Prelude In Z," "Push," "Falling Higher," "Hey Lord!," "Don't Spit On My Mind," "Revelation," "Time," "I Can," "A Handful Of Pain," "Lavdate Dominvm," "Midnight Sun," "Back On The Ground" (previously Japan only), "A Game We Shouldn't Play" (single B-side), "Perfect Gentleman" (live bootleg version) and "Moshi Moshi ~ Shiki No Uta" (live B-side).

  • STUCK MOJO Guitarist: New Album Will Be 'Risky, Honest, But 100% MOJO'

    STUCK MOJO guitarist Rich Ward has defended the band's decision to utilize several guest guest vocalists — including female singer Christie Cook (MySpace.com page) — on the band's upcoming CD, which is currently being recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, U.K. with producer Andy Sneap (NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY, MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS).

    In a posting on Ward's official forum, a fan by the name of "Z.A.C." questioned the logic in using Cook's vocals on the CD, writing, "She's not bad or anything but on a MOJO record? Why? MOJO's not LACUNA COIL or EVANESCENCE or whoever, SEETHER with Amy Lee. I really am having a hard time seeing the point."

    A short time later, Ward responded with the following: "You may hate this record! It is the best vocal performance of Bonz' life, it's the best songwriting of any of the previous records and it's shaping up to be the best-sounding as well. The fact is that ALL of us in the band LOVE this record and we hope that you will too. But.... some of the tracks are a departure and take the risk of making some MOJO fans ask WHY? Anyone who has followed us through the 17 years that we have been making music, has seen us start off as a funk rock band and then spend each album experimenting. With every record we release, someone always liked the last one we did better. That's the risk any musician takes by trying to evolve, always moving, so as to not have moss grow on you. Think about the huge changes from 'Snappin' Necks' to 'Pigwalk' to 'Rising', then to 'Declaration of a Headhunter'. All tremendously different albums, but all MOJO albums. 'Southern Born Killers' will be no different. Risky, honest, but 100% MOJO.

    "Christie Cook has an amazing voice and her parts I wrote specifically for her. I always had Donnie [Hamby, DOUBLEDRIVE] sing on our albums because I'm a fan of his. The same goes for Christie. She is brilliant on the record, it may not be your cup of tea, but nonetheless brilliant. My hope is that you and every MOJO fan will like the record, but you and many others may not. Remember that in ten or twenty years, you and I may not be pals, but I will still look back of the record I made in 2006, as a statement of who I was at that moment. That's why they call them records. With us, what you see is what you get. Hopefully, that's why you're here. No fad jumping, no fashion show, no wannabees, no get rich quick bandwagon jumping. You get our record, the one WE, STUCK MOJO, wanted to make."

    Joining Ward and rapper/frontman Bonz in STUCK MOJO's current lineup are FOZZY/DUKE bassist Sean Delson and the band's latest addition, drummer Eric Sanders.

    LOS ANGELES - HIRAX vocalist Katon W. De Pena has announced lead guitarist Glenn Rogers has rejoined HIRAX. Lead guitarist Lance Harrison, bassist Steve Harrison and drummer Fabricio Raveli complete the new lineup.

    “I wanted to make some changes for a while,” said De Pena. “The only other band member that I saw eye to eye with on what direction HIRAX should be going was Glenn. We both really love playing heavy thrash metal and we know what HIRAX should sound like.”

    “Katon and I began talking again after he mailed a copy of the “Thrash Til Death” DVD to me,” said Glenn Rogers. “My heart has always been into HIRAX; and after our meeting, we found out that we're both still on the same page. So we decided it was in our best interest to put all the bullshit behind us and move forward.”

    “The Harrison brothers are local Los Angeles/Orange County musicians who are veterans of the heavy metal scene,” said De Pena. “Lance Harrison was our guitar tech so he knows what we are all about. He is a great addition to the band. His brother Steve knows how to play his instrument and comes from the Jaco Pastorius, Cliff Burton, Steve Harris school of bass playing. He is perfect for what we do. Our newest member is Fabricio Ravelli from Brazil. He is dedicated to metal and had been following our music for years. Fabrico is a well known musician back in South America and relocated to California in order to peruse his career in music. We are privileged to have him as a member of HIRAX.”

    HIRAX is currently working on new material for their next record to be titled “Assassins Of War.” The record was planned to be an EP, however, it has morphed into a full-length because of the amount of material that Rogers and the Harrison brothers have been writing.

    One of the first dates for the new lineup of HIRAX will be in Long Island City, New York, on May 13, headlining a show for Metal Kingdom Records’ 2nd Anniversary. This will be the band’s first-ever New York show.

    “Not only am I excited about “Assassins Of War, I am looking forward to playing shows with these guys,” said De Pena. “They are TRUE ROAD DOGS!! They are willing to travel and sleep on floors if that’s what it takes. They are hungry like I am and are willing to go the extra mile to play our music for the fans- no matter what country and no matter if they are rich or poor. All we care about is METAL!!”

    Live Dates:

    05/13/06 Sat. Metal Kingdom Records 2nd Anniversary (w/Deceased, Toxic Holocaust, Ancient Wound, and Unatural Desaster.


    On Borrowed Time, the full-length debut from Toronto boogie-rockers THE ILLUMINATI, will be released in America on June 28. The trio – who just wrapped up a U.S. tour alongside The Hellacopters and Nebula that included a stop at South By Southwest – will continue touring before and after the album’s release.
    THE ILLUMINATI have recently received extensive critical acclaim for their self-titled EP, a six-track, 16-minute gem released last fall. The new issue of Revolver praises its “swinging roadhouse rock,” while Outburn salutes their “rock anthems infused with jazz n’ blues parts, as well as rip-roarin’ solos.”

    The U.S. pressing of On Borrowed Time will include the music video for album track “Goin’ Down,” as well as a bonus audio and video track culled from the EP, “On My Way Back Home…Again” (MP3). In its review, All Music Guide calls the song – a staple of the group’s live set – “probably the defining piece on the EP, a rowdy and hell-raising tune that fuses rock, prog and hillbilly.”

    The Illuminati EP was only a proverbial glimpse through the keyhole, however – a mere hint of what this band was capable. On Borrowed Time finds The Illuminati’s doctrine of musicality fully realized, with profound and melodic compositions hurled headlong into visceral, even sleazy, three-minute rock epics. Sneaky details – moments of metal-blues fusion, impeccably written noodley jazz codas – recall a time before today’s genre-bound constraints. Melodic and exploratory yet fast and mean, the group offers a refreshing return to pretense-free virtuosity, conjuring wild specters of rock n’ roll’s greatest legacies – and giving BW&BK reason to say that “the buzz is certifiably justified.”

    It’s time to return to a sense of wonder. It’s time for The Illuminati.
  • SUNNO)) and BORIS to tour together

    Still supporting the monolithic Black One release, SunnO)) return to American shores after annihilating Europe with Earth. Hitting the Midwest for a few dates they then import some help from Japan's Boris, making a much-welcomed re-appearance on their upcoming release Pink. A few Canadian dates enter the picture, the duo headline the Emissions From The Monolith festival, and then head east.

    The lineup for SunnO)) this time around includes Mark Deutrom, Oren Ambarchi, Atsuo Mizuno (Boris) will join from Minneapolis onward, and as always Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley.

    05/18 Boston, MA - Middle East (downstairs) w/Grief & Sin of Angels
    05/20 Victoriaville, Quebec - FIMAV w/Haino Keiji
    05/22 Toronto, Ontario - Music Gallery
    05/23 Grand Rapids, IL - Institute of Contemporary Arts

    SUNNO)) and BORIS
    05/25 Minneapolis, MN - Walker Art Center
    05/26 Chicago, IL - Logan Square w/ Kevin Drumm
    05/27 Columbus, OH - Walker Center
    05/28 Youngstown, OH - Emissions From the Monolith
    05/29 New York, NY - Avalon


    Two-week tour alongside Disturbed kicks off May 20

    The Los Angeles-based hard rock quartet FIREBALL MINISTRY will soon return to the road for a series of shows alongside multi-platinum rockers Disturbed. The groups – who performed a sold-out California show together in January – will tour America and Canada for two weeks beginning on May 20. These will be Disturbed’s final North American shows prior to their summer stint on the main stage of OzzfestThe trek marks FIREBALL MINISTRY’s first tour of 2006. The group criss-crossed America no fewer than five times late last year in support of their acclaimed new album, Their Rock Is Not Our Rock. Then, two nationwide treks with CKY book-ended a cross-country jaunt with Opeth, Pelican and Nevermore; those were followed by a string of dates with H.I.M., Skindred and Finch (the inaugural “Viva La Bands” tour), and another series of shows with Clutch. The group also supported metal legends Judas Priest at a Michigan concert before capping off the year with a nationally televised performance on NBC’s “Last Call With Carson Daly.”

    “We took a rest, but now we’re back to get you drunk and make you deaf,” says guitarist/vocalist James A. Rota.
    Before the Disturbed run kicks off, FIREBALL MINISTRY will be headlining a hometown show at The Troubadour on May 4.

    In other FIREBALL news, the group recently recorded a rendition of the Joe Walsh song “Turn The Stone” for the second volume of Small Stone Records’ Sucking The ‘70s compilation. In 2002, the band appeared alongside Clutch, Alabama Thunderpussy and Spirit Caravan on the first installment, covering UFO’s “Doctor, Doctor.”
    Meanwhile, the video for Their Rock… standout “Sundown” has received regular airplay on MTV2’s “Headbangers Ball” in recent weeks. It can be viewed at both the band’s website (www.fireballministry.com) and the website of their North American record label, Liquor and Poker Music (www.liquorandpokermusic.com).

    FIREBALL MINISTRY with Disturbed:
    5/20 McElroy Auditorium - Waterloo, IA
    5/22 Rushmore Auditorium – Rapid City, SD
    5/23 Shrine Auditorium - Billings, MT
    5/25 MacEwan Hall - Calgary, AB
    5/26 Reds - Edmonton, AB
    5/28 Pioneer Hall - Duluth, MN
    5/29 Tyson Center - Sioux City, IA
    5/31 Element - West Kitchener, ON
    6/1 Metropolis - Montreal, QC
    6/3 Colisee Pepsi Arena - Quebec City, QC
    6/4 Docks - Toronto, ON
  • LEAVES' EYES - "Legend Land"
    1. Legend Land
    2. Skraelings
    3. Viking's Word
    4. The Crossing
    5. Lyset
    6. Legend Land (Extended Version)

    The Vikings' epic voyage continues! "Legend Land" will be released end of May/beginning of June for the price of a single. Moreover, you can all look forward to a special and exclusive Limited Fan Edition of the EP. LEAVES' EYES will perform for the first time two of the new songs from the upcoming MCD "Legend Land" on the upcoming tours! More news coming up soon!

    INACTIVE MESSIAH, one of Greece's premiere extreme outfits have announced a few details concerning their sophomore effort. The album which is set for release in September and will contain 9 songs and a cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat it" (Featuring Nightwish's guitarist Empuu on the solo) will be entitled "Be My drug". The album that features guest vocals from Charon's singer Juha-Pekka, was partially recorded in the Devilworx and partially recorded at the Finnvox Studios and production and mixing were done by the famous Miko Karmilla. Upping the ante is the Symphonic orchestra of Slovakia and the National Choir of ERT, being conducted by Mr. Chris.Antoniou. The album will spawn 2 video clips, one for "All our dreams" and another for a song to be determined upon, in due course. The band has also secured a support slot on the forthcoming VADER tour (also with ILLDISPOSED and SEVERE TORTURE), commencing on October the 26th and wrapping up on the 12th of November 2006, so do go and see them if you have the chance.


    26.10.06 (CH) Zurich @ Abart Music
    27.10.06 (GER) Trier @ Exhaus
    28.10.06 (HOL) Sneek @ Bolwerk
    29.10.06 (BEL) Vosselaar @ Biebob
    30.10.06 (FR) TBA
    31.10.06 (UK) Bradford @ Rio
    01.11.06 (UK) Dublin @ Temple Bar Music Centre
    02.11.06 (UK) Glasgow @ Soundhaus
    03.11.06 (UK) London @ Camden Underworld
    04.11.06 (UK) Brighton @ Concorde 2
    05.11.06 (UK) Manchester @ Satan's Hollow
    06.11.06 (GER) Essen @ Turock
    07.11.06 (HOL) Haarlem @ Patronaat
    08.11.06 (GER) Bremen @ Schlachthof
    09.11.06 (HOL) Eindhoven @ Effenaar
    10.11.06 (HOL) Groningen @ Vera


    Outburst are a young and exciting Dutch band that has been stirring up media attention for the past few years on the strenght of a handful of particularly well recieved mini albums and their impressive live showdowns. The band is musically comparable with acts such as Shadows Fall, The Haunted, Testament, Carcass & Exodus, but their sound is not a poor copy-cat attempt at Thrash/Death, but a brutal and energetic collumnation of their afforementioned influences. They have supported such acts as Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel, Nuclear Assault, Arch Enemy, Darkane, Tankard and many more and have performed at their local edition of Ozzfest back in 2002, on the strength of which they were invited to play the Milwaukee Metalfest (USA) in 2003.

    Black Lotus Records proudly announces the addition of this superb band to it's roster and the release of their newest effort "Fair and Balanced" this June. Apart from a plethora of killer tracks - the afforementioned album features the vocal talents of 2 guest singers, namely Lenzig from Cephalic Carnage and Eric from Textures. Get ready - because this June is gonna be way "hotter" than the last.Watch this space for details as they unfold.

  • EQUIMANTHORN (with Absu and Soil Bleeds Black members) is currently recording a new full length album for From Beyond Productions. To be released later in 2006.
  • CATTLE DECAPITATION Title of new album announced, search for new drummer, and more!

    Humans of earth:

    It is now time to fill everyone in on the GORY details of late…

    Cattle Decapitation is happy to announce Karma.Bloody.Karma as the title of the next record.

    NO, there is not any religious significance of the title. NO, the name does not imply that we’re “crazy vegans” trying to push our lifestyle onto people (as a lot of gabbing internet idiots like to pigeonhole us as). It is simply about the “greatest natural disaster of all time,” humanity, and revenge for its effect on this planet. This will be the most nihilistic, pessimistic and hateful record we’ve ever done lyrically, and musically you can expect, what one of our friends has said perfectly about it, a very “schizophrenic” release! Imagine the Caninus split material, just longer in every way. Karma.Bloody.Karma features guest appearances by Jo ey Karam (The Locust) and Jo hn Wiese (Sunn0))), Bastard Noise) and was produced by Billy Anderson (Swans, Mr. Bungle, Melvins). Available July 2006!

    Here’s the goddamn track list:
    1. Intro
    2. Unintelligent Design
    3. Success Is…(Hanging By the Neck)
    4. One Thousand Tim es Decapitation
    5. The Carcass Derrick
    6. Total Gore
    7. Bereavement
    8. Suspended In Coprolite
    9. Alone At The Landfill
    10. Karma.Bloody.Karma.
    11. The New Dawn
    12. Of Human Pride & Flatulence

    As of March, 2006 Michael Laughlin has left Cattle Decapitation for personal reasons. Unfortunately, this leaves us in the predicament of trying to fulfill our upcoming tour obligations without a drummer. Therefore we are asking drummers that would be interested in filling in for our upcoming tours with Necrophagist and From a Second Story Window (with the potential of becoming a permanent member)to submit a recording (audio or video)of themselves playing either the song No Future off of our split with Caninus and/or Reduced to Paste from Humanure. Let it be clear that we are not looking for creative interpretations of the songs. A calypso version of "Reduced to Paste" is not necessary. We would like for prospective drummers to be able to play hit for hit what is being performed on the above recordings. Either you have it or you don't. Sloppy double-bass or slow blasting is not acceptable.

    Our live set will be approximately 35 minutes a night for the aforementioned tours, so applicants should be prepared for a barrage of learning over the course of the next five weeks. Basically, we need a human drum machine. We plan to have 5-6 brand new unreleased songs in our set in addition to various selections from the split with Caninus, Humanure, To Serve Man and Human Jerky for a total of around 11 songs. We will provide able prospects with recordings of the unreleased songs upon reception of successfully rendered versions of No Future or Reduced to Paste. A link to No Future and REDUCED TO PASTE can be found on our My Space site: www.myspace.com/cattledecapitation.

    These tours start May 11th. You may reach us at [email protected] or at our Myspace.com page with submissions.

    We have a new addition to Cattle Decapitation. A new second guitar player by the name of Kevin “Fetus” Bernier, of L.A. ’s Watch Me Burn/Fetus Eaters/Deadfood/Vomitcore Records, has just joined the ranks. He’s been an amazing friend of ours since the beginning and we’re very excited to start playing live with him. We’ll try our hardest to have him ready for the Necrophagist tour!

    The long awaited destructo-ambient masterpiece by Cattle Decapitation's Travis Ryan and Daft Alliance’s Nathan Berlinguette is NOW AVAILABLE!!! 40 minutes of electronic and organic apocalypse for fans of Sunn0))), Lull, and Thomas Koner. Limited edition special packaging handmade and hand numbered of 100 copies will be available on a first come first serve basis!!!

    These copies will be available only via mail-order and a select few stores picked by Post Replica. Available only while supplies last. PAYPAL - $10 U.S. ppd/$12 international ppd to: [email protected]
    Check www.myspace.com/552000 for sound clips and for more details on shows as they unfold!

    Travis Ryan - Human Resources/Director of Culinary Arts

    -Cattle Decapitation-

    Metal Blade Records and AS I LAY DYING have teamed up to bring forth the long out of print of, AS I LAY DYING’s earliest recordings.  These special recordings have become harder and harder to find as the bands’ popularity continues to skyrocket. Now, available to the metal masses for the first time, A LONG MARCH: THE FIRST RECORDINGS. This single disc collection contains all of the original Pluto Records material including 2001's Beneath The Encasing Of Ashes as well as both a new recording and the original recording of AILD’s much sought after 2002 EP, while offering something entirely new. In stores May 16 th 2006!

    *Also be sure to tune in to this weekends Headbangers Ball on Saturday to catch As I Lay Dying’s newest video for Darkest Nights!


    According to The Associated Press, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame looks to be getting some competition.

    VH1 announced Thursday (April 6) that it will debut the "VH1 Rock Honors" next month to pay homage to the gods of hard rock. The inaugural honorees are KISS, QUEEN, DEF LEPPARD and JUDAS PRIEST.

    The ceremony, to take place May 25 in Las Vegas, will pay tribute to hard-rock legends much like the Rock Hall of Fame does, with "spoken tributes, filmed packages and performances by some of today's hottest rock acts as well as the legends themselves."

    VH1 has aired the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies the past few years.

    "VH1 Rock Honors" will air May 31. It's not the first genre to get the tribute treatment from the network; last week VH1 announced plans for its third annual "Hip-Hop Honors", which will air in October.
  • IRON MAIDEN Singer BRUCE DICKINSON To Release 'Anthology' DVD In June

    Sanctuary Visual Entertainment has set a June 19 release date for IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce
    Dickinson's solo DVD, entitled "The Anthology". Check out the DVD cover art here.

    Dickinson had previously told Brazilian magazine Roadie Crew that the DVD is "about four hours in length."

    Dickinson is currently in the studio with IRON MAIDEN and producer Kevin Shirley working on the band's new album, tentatively due in October.
  • The new KATAGORY V album, "The Rising Anger" is being pushed back one month.

    According to Nightmare Records and Katagory V, the album has been pushed back one month to May 23rd.

    A word from the band about the delay: "Due to some unseen circumstances during mastering and the time frame of when the CD would come out of production, both the band and the lable have collectively decided to push the album back one month."

    Bassist Dustin Mitchell elaborates, "By the time the album got out of the plant, those who have pre-ordered the album from the lable directly, as well as any other vendors offering pre-orders, would not get their copies until the week after the April 25th date. Not to mention that most of press and media would be getting there copies for review about the same time as everyone who bought the album in advance, and we felt that it would be best to hold off on releasing it for one month to allow the media to take a stab at it first, as it should be. The press will have there copies a month prior to the release, and those who have and/or will pre-order the album, will get it on the new release date without any delay. By doing this, both the band and Nightmare Records can rest easier knowing it will be done the right way from the beginning without any chaos involved."

    "The problem in mastering was very minor, and was rectified as quickly as possible. The good news is, Lance (King, Nightmare Records lable manager) tells us that the mastered version sounds sonic and HUGE, and is very excited to get this on the shelves for the fans."

    "Its only a month, and these things happen. hopefully we can all hold out that long, as we can't wait for everyone to finally hear this monster! As of right now, the response and demand for the new album coming out has been far beyond our expectations. We are certain it will be worth the extra month wait."

    Nightmare Records is currently still accepting preorders for "The Rising Anger". located here.

May 9th, 2006

    Dear friends,

    We are proud to announce that the new album of the Roman progsters KINGCROW, "TIMETROPIA", will soon be published by the prestigious label LUCRETIA RECORDS INTERNATIONAL.

    The band has just signed an exclusive contract with the Italian label, which will distribute the album worldwide.

    With Timetrop ia, Kingcrow have created a true rock opera, a worthy heir of great musicals such as "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Tommy", "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and "Hair".

    "Timetropia" is a progressive metal album with a sophisticated 90s flavour, made up of elaborate compositions, "fluid" tracks in constant evolution, and melodies sculpted by vocals interpreted with passion and theatrics. It's a prismatic and visionary David Lynch based concept album, in the distinctive Kingcrow style, in which many have seen echoes of Styx, Rush, Kansas, Queen, Queensryche and Savatage!

    The band is currently completing the mixing process of the new album, which follows the acclaimed 2004 release "Insider". The cover artwork by Fabrizio Cerroni is available at the address:


    The final tracklist is as follows:

    A Perfect Life
    Fading Out Part I

    Out Of The Darkness
    Between Now And Forever
    A merry-go-round (Chemical Ecstasy)
    Fragile certainties
    A hitch-hiker
    Turn of events in a drawer
    Fading Out Part I

    The mastering process will be entrusted to the famous John Cuniberti at The Plant Mastering Studios (Aerosmith, Metallica, etc.) in California, and the album is expected to be released by May 2006.

    Info and contacts: www.kingcrow.it
  • The new BLOODFLOWERZ album "Dark Love Poems" is going to enchant the world. Still kept in the cold darkness of the pressing plant the poems are impatiently waiting to conquer your ears and souls. On 23rd June 2006 (G/A/S - rest of Europe 26th June) they will be unleashed. Last weekend a listening session took place which gave a bunch of journalists a chance to give the record a first try. The musical and emotional passion of "Dark Love Poems" convinced them all. Hypnotic melodies, heartbreaking confessions full of grief, dreamy ballads and smashing discoveries of human cruelty are the varied plot which puts you through ups and downs of the hope of love. Foolish or dreamy, unlimited or dejected, perfect or fictionary - love has many faces. Which one will you be looking at once? Eleven tracks covered in atmospheric sound costumes created by Alexander Krull / Mastersound Studio and topped up by Timo Wuerz?s fantastic artwork and unusual pix from Spooky Sally "Dark Love Poems" is a very special and deep going record with an attitude.
  • More dates have been added to this summer's Unholy Alliance Tour, featuring headliners SLAYER with support from LAMB OF GOD, CHILDREN OF BODOM, MASTODON and THINE EYES BLEED. The tour kicks off June 6 in San Diego, California at the Sports Arena. The dates are as follows:

    Jun. 06 - San Diego, CA @ The Sports Arena
    Jun. 07 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Orleans Hotel and Casino
    Jun. 09 - Denver, CO @ Th Fillmore
    Jun. 12 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop's Blue Moon
    Jun. 13 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
    Jun. 15 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
    Jun. 16 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
    Jun. 17 - Lowell, MA @ Paul E. Tsongas Arena
    Jun. 19 - Cincinatti, OH @ US Bank Arena
    Jun. 23 - San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
    Jun. 24 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Live
    Jun. 30 - Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheater
    Jul. 02 - Quebec, CANADA @ Centre de Foire
    Jul. 03 - Montreal, CANADA @ The Bell Centre
    Jul. 04 - Toronto, CANADA @ Molson Amph
    Jul. 06 - Detroit, MI @ Cobo Arena
    Jul. 07 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Auditorium
    Jul. 09 - Winipeg, CANADA MTS Center
    Jul. 11 - Edmondton, CANADA Shaw Conf. Center
    Jul. 13 - Vancouver, CANADA Qwest Field Event Center
    Jul. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Qwest Field Event Center
    Jul. 15 - Spokane, WA @ The Star Theatre
    Jul. 16 - Salem, OR @ Salem Armory
    Jul. 21 - Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
    Jul. 22 - Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena

    SLAYER's longtime manager Rick Sales had previously commented on the tour, "We want to make 'The Unholy Alliance' tour an annual global event, so we decided to be smart about the design from the beginning. We chose to book most of the tour's shows at indoor venues, as that allows the bands and the fans amenities like air conditioning and indoor bathrooms, as well as the very best stage lighting, production, and sound and less expensive concession prices. The few shows that will be played outside will be played at night in permanent facilities with our lighting, production, and so on. Everyone wins."
  • CRUCIFIED BARBARA heats up Scandinavia with In Flames, Sepultura

    Sweden’s CRUCIFIED BARBARA – whose debut album, In Distortion We Trust, will be released by Liquor and Poker Music on May 30 – just completed a short Scandinavian tour during which they supported metal legends In Flames and Sepultura. The trek wrapped up in In Flames’ hometown of Gothenburg on Saturday night (March 18).

    “It was an amazing week together with In Flames and Sepultura,” says vocalist/guitarist Mia Coldheart. “It was a dream tour, and the response from their fans was great. Even the crews were really nice and helped us out all the time even though they could have stayed backstage relaxing, but no, they were on stage, carrying our stuff and keeping an eye on things during all the shows. We can't thank them enough! We're back home now, preparing ourselves for the upcoming tours and trying to find time to work on new songs as well.”

    CRUCIFIED BARBARA will return to the road next month for a nine-show tour of France. The quartet will also play select dates with Doro, Sonata Arctica and Jon Oliva’s Pain prior to the summer festival season.

    The North American version of In Distortion We Trust will contain one bonus track – a cover of Motorhead’s “Killed By Death” – as well as music videos for each of the group’s three singles (“Losing The Game” [MP3: http://mp3.centurymedia.com/cbarbara/cbarbara_losingthegame.wma], “Rock’n’Roll Bachelor” and “Play Me Hard”) that have been released in their home country. For more information on the band, visit www.crucifiedbarbara.com.
  • THYRFING - Farsotstider

    Thyrfing has delivered its very own brew of Metal music since 1995. After five full-length albums and numerous live performances the band now stands on the steps of their 11th year as a band, still carrying the integrity and trademarks known since the self-titled debut album (1998), brought forth through “Valdr Galga” (1999), “Urkraft” (2000), “Vansinnesvisor” (2002), and recently presented on “Farsotstider”.

    The band name is taken from the sword “Tyrfing” in Scandinavian mythology – a cursed blade that appears in several tales and myths.

    With the North American release of Farsotsider the band is taking their sinister, folk-driven, Viking metal to new heights and new fans. Interviews with guitarist Patrik Lindgren are available via phone or interview. Want some?


    "Compared to its predecessor, Farsotstider utilizes fewer keyboards and effects, making its riffs seem thicker and its rhythms more muscular. We're talking in relative terms of course, as keyboards and folky flourishes continue to be found along Thyrfing's rich and furrowed terrain." 8.5/10 - Blabbermouth

    "Gone is the English language and the clichéd beer swilling Viking chants. In its place is a sinister and threatening but still quite Nordic inspired beast that has maintained all that was unique about their past and updated it for these dark times." - Metal Maniacs

    "Whereas most Viking metal imbues images of fireplace reveling, Thyrfing manage to conjure starker images of somber, rain soaked warriors marching solemnly off to war." - Digital Metal

    "...the complex title track, or the folk influenced 'Höst', are just so multi-dimensional that I'm reminded of Opeth and Enslaved, two bands that have really expanded the death and black metal genres by using layers of experimentation, both folky and proggy, to go along with their crushing riffs." 4/5" - Sea Of Tranquility
  • Destro Records artists receive airplay on Music Choice

    Cablevision's channel 810 now plays Terror of the Trees and Grotesqueuphoria. Last Rites, the stations program dedicated to the most soul raping forms of metal premiered "Grave Blanket" and "Persecutions Call" by each artist respectively. Now lay down your requests upon the station, showing them our power!!!

    It is our goal to make Destro Records the best label/ distribution/ mail order in the underground. It is our mission to go above and beyond the call of duty to support the bands on our roster, to consider all your input, and to bring true metal to all those who keep the flames burning. So join us!!!

  • SABAIUM from Slovenia have new album GRAVITY DIVINE. You can find and hear
    to ten songs inculuding intro. Prepare for something very new from Sabaium!


    you can hear our new songs on: http://www.myspace.com/sabaium
  • The war between GAIA EPICUS and Sound Riot Records goes on !!!

    Sound Riot have now responded to the fact's stamenten made by Gaia Epicus, and Thomas (Gaia Epicus) have made new comments on their statements.

    Read more here:

  • ALL SHALL PERISH in recording mute

    ALL SHALL PERISH are currently at Castle Ultimate Studios in Emeryville, Ca working on the follow up to their underground hit release “Hate. Malice. Revenge”! The album has yet to be titled but the band has released some song titles which include “We Hold These Truths, The Day of Justice, Last Relapse, The True Beast and Prisoner of War”

    “We are done with drums, rhythm guitars, and we are about to start on vocals and solos! The new record sounds fucking incredible; there is definitely something for everyone on this thing!”

    The band has enlisted famed tattoo artist Adam Barton to handle the cover art for the album which is expected to be released late this summer.
  • THERION's christofer retires from singing

    Christofer Johnsson, founder, songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist for the symphonic Swedish group THERION has announced today via the band's official website, www.MEGATHERION.com, that he will be retiring from vocal duties. The following is an excerpt from his post:

    "As was announced at the Metal Mania festivals, I am going to retire from vocals. The reasons for this are two: One is that I feel it's not fun to sing anymore (even though I have enjoyed playing the old songs on guitar). [My] voice is getting weaker over the years and I experienced problems at the end of the U.S./Canada tour. The problem isn't only getting older, but rather that we basically never rehearse as a band and therefore, I don't keep my throat 'warm.' It simply doesn't work to not sing for half a year and then go on tour for two months and shout every evening. It used to work when I was younger, but now I feel it's not comfortable anymore and when it doesn't feel right, it's definitely time to stop.

    The second reason is that we would like to stop playing old songs, anyway. By old I mean 'Lepaca Klifffoth' and older. We are now working on our 13th studio album and it is getting harder and harder to choose which songs to play live. The number of 'classics' - songs that we more or less must play - is growing all the time and we don't want to end up like one of those bands where you know beforehand 95% for sure what songs that are going to be played. We want to be able to have space to play a couple of unexpected songs each new tour. We, of course, realize that many fans will miss those old brutal songs, but we are convinced that those fans also will prefer to hear something new each time from the Theli album and onwards.

    The ProgPower festival in England will be the final show where I do vocals on stage. This will be our 106th and final show supporting Lemuria/Sirius B. We will not be on stage again until 2007. I have planned a special surprise for this festival (not even the other band members know it), so don't miss this festival if you live in the U.K.!"

    THERION will be releasing Celebrators Of Becoming, a 4 DVD+ 2 CD set (featuring over ten hours of video footage and two hours of live audio).
  • HERMIT AGE -SINNOCENCE - Release 2005

    The dark metal band HERMIT AGE is releasing their first full length, titled Sinnocence, after eight years of activities.

    Sinnocence brings some experiments in dark metal, embedded in a gothic atmosphere, but heavy songs, and also an industrial reference.It sounds exactly like nothing you have heard before.

    The one man's band created by Diego Voges after a little time on hold, is back now with Syndel (which stamps the album cover) on vocals too.

    Track List:

    1-Preach and Live
    2-Innocence, Bleed Innocence
    3-Kill the Sun
    4-The Mirror's Inversion
    5-The Winter of Soul
    6-When They Awake

    http://www.hermit.com.br - Official

  • Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have set "The New Black" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in July via Century Media Records. The follow-up to last year's "Alien" is being recorded at the Armoury and Profile studios in the band's hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • CONFESSOR Live From Norway Clip Posted

    Just wanted to let you guys know we have posted a live clip of the song "SUFFER" from the first CONFESSOR album, "Condemned" on our website. The Clip comes from the upcoming, "CONFESSOR Live In Norway" DVD (in 5.1 Surround Sound) to be released this summer. You can view the clip here: http://www.confessorband.com/sounds.html

    SENTINEL STEEL RECORDS wish to announce that the band have signed up with, Netherlands based, BLUE STEEL AGENCY and will represent the band as its official booking agent for, not only, their highly anticipated Tour of Europe this coming Fall season, but, for all future European appearences, as well. The agency will work in conjunction and in co-operation with tour sponsors EAT METAL RECORDS. The Tour will be in support of the bands new album "THE UNKNOWN". As of this writing, the trek will consist of stops in Germany, Italy, Greece and Belgium. Currently, more dates could possibly be added!

    The Agency is headed up by Martjo Brongers (VORTEX, The Netherlands) and Volker Raabe (SWORDBROTHERS FESTIVAL, Germany).

    Here is an official statement regarding the signing of ATTACKER:

    "We are very pleased to announce that US Metallers ATTACKER have joined Blue Steel Agency. We are honored with the union between these Lords Of Metal and Blue Steel Agency because of the simple fact they are one of the best Heavy Metal bands to come from the USA. We are looking forward to working with them and we feel very excited about spreading Attacker's music throughtout all of Europe".

    On Behalf of Blue Steel Agency
    Martjo Brongers
  • MELANCHOLIC ART re-releasing debut and looking for keyboardist

    In the last year, Melancholic Art released their first full length, titled Força Black Metal Pampeano, which marked the beginning of some changes in the band' activities, being their most agressive album so far. The first 1.000 copies are sold out and now the band is preparing a re-release, with a new artwork which can be seen here. Labels and distros with interest to release or distribute it should contact the band through the e-mail [email protected]

    Here is the album track listing:

    01. Infernal Prelúdio
    02. Marcha da Morte
    03. War, Confusion and Disaster
    04. Melancholy with Desperation
    05. Army of Infernal Soldiers
    06. Força Black Metal Pampeano
    07. Warstorm
    08. Metzli (Warriors from the Blood)
    09. Bizzare Perversion with Satan
    10. Melancholic Art

    Meanwhile Melancholic Art is looking for a keyboardist to have a full line-up. More informations at www.melancholicart.com and www.myspace.com/melancholicart



    March 28, 2006, New York, NY -- DRT has signed Atlanta’s own Artimus Pyledriver. The band’s self-titled DRT debut will in-store June 6. “This album is just the beginning of our sonic assault on Southern rock and hardcore,” raves singer Dave Slocum. “This is the shit that bridges the gap between David Allen Coe and Black Flag,"

    Named in homage to Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist, Artimus Pyle, the 10 track aural attack of Artimus Pyledriver will introduce your ears to their own unique brand of “heavy Southern rawk.” Recorded at The A Room Studios in Atlanta GA, the album was mixed and mastered By Matt Washburn at Ledbelly Studios and produced by Artimus Pyledriver and Dave Angstrom. The video for the album’s first single, “Swamp Devil,” will be filmed in the upcoming weeks. Artimus Pyledriver have toured nationally with both Nashville Pussy and Hank Williams III, as well as played with Mastodon.

    For more information, song streams and up to date news check www.artimuspyledriver.com, www.myspace.com/artimuspyledriver or www.drt-entertainment.com.

    Catch the band on the road with Devildriver on their “Burning Daylight” tour along with Bury Your Dead and others beginning May 8:

    May 08th San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
    May 09th West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go
    May 10th Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
    May 11th Modesto, CA - Fat Cat
    May 13th Ogden, UT - Club Boomva
    May 14th Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
    May 16th Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
    May 22nd Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
    May 23rd Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
    May 24th Sauget, IL - Pop's
    May 25th Louisville, KY - Headliners
    May 26th Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
    May 28th Flint, MI - Machine Shop
    May 29th Toronto, ON - Opera House
    May 30th Latham, NY - Saratoga Winners
    May 31st Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock Cafe
    June 01st Springfield, VA - Jaxx
    June 02nd Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom

May 6th, 2006

    We are proud to present to you this month the ninth release on the Flood the Earth label, Until Death Overtakes Me - Symphony III: Monolith. Many of you will already be familiar with Stijn's work from previous albums, particularly the acclaimed Prelude to Monolith album on Firebox Records. If not, you have been missing out on some wonderful ambient funeral doom, and this album is surely no exception.

    The funeral doom genre seems to be on a reproductive frenzy, and all sorts of bands are popping up, tagging their music as depressive or suicidal, when in reality it is just mediocre and boring. Maybe the depressive part is when you discover you were tricked into wasting your money on another uninspired album that you will never listen to.

    Until Death Overtakes Me stands above and beyond these trends. Believe me when I tell you, this is the real deal. That fact has presented itself in a rather bittersweet way to me just today. Last night I received a call informing me that a close family member had died. I will not bother to explain the feelings, most of you I'm sure have experienced loss and know what is associated with it. The connection to UDOM and what I find remarkable is that I put on Symphony III this morning and the music is in perfect harmony with my feelings of sorrow and mourning. I am listening to this album now and it is like having a great weight pushing you to the ground while your heartstrings are gently pulled, threatening to be ripped out of your chest. The music feels very real, not trying to force this atmosphere of grief.

    I am not sure if Stijn is composing this during his own dark hours or if it just comes natural in the music he writes. But in these times when most albums come off as very insincere, at least to my ears, I am very proud that we are able to release works such as this which feel so honest and real. It goes without saying that Symphony III: Monolith is not the album to have on when you are drinking beer with your loser friends. Probably it is not the best driving music. It is impossible to headbang to it. Many will not have the attention span for it, and some people will just not get it. But I do hope that those who prefer to listen to music alone and with greater purpose will find this album a solace in dark times.

    Until next time,
    Mike/Flood the Earth


    05/06/06 Checkpoint Charlie's New Orleans LA Jazz Fest
    05/07/06 TBA Austin/San Antonio TX
    05/08/06 TBA Austin/San Antonio TX
    05/10/06 Burt's Tiki Lounge Albuquerque NM
    05/11/06 TBA Arizona
    05/12/06 TBA Los Angeles CA
    05/13/06 TBA San Francisco CA
    05/14/06 Golden Bull Oakland CA
    05/15/06 Sabala's Portland OR
    05/16/06 Funhouse Seattle WA
    05/18/06 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City UT
    05/19/06 Bender's Tavern Denver CO
    05/20/06 Replay Lounge Lawrence KS
    05/21/06 Triple Rock Minneapolis MN
    05/22/06 High Noon Saloon Madison WI
    05/23/06 Empty Bottle Chicago IL
    05/24/06 Ravari Room Columbus OH
    05/25/06 Emissions from the Monolith Nyabinghi Youngstown OH
    05/26/06 TBA
    05/27/06 AS220 Providence RI
    05/28/06 TBA Boston MA

  • CELTIC FROST Announce North American Dates

    Legendary Swiss metal band CELTIC FROST have announced two months of North American tour dates supporting their forthcoming May 30th release, Monotheist. Commencing Sept. 11th and running through November 11th, the extensive tour will reintroduce the band’s mesmerizing live performance to their ravenous fanbase. Also scheduled are European festival performances throughout the summer. Complete dates can be found at the Century Media website here or the band’s website here. Their first studio album in 13 years, and four years in the making, is an extremely dark, inventive, and radically heavy release. When asked what fans can expect from the tour and the new album, vocalist/guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer said, “CELTIC FROST are very proud to announce their most extensive tour ever of the North American continent. In anticipation of Century Media's May 30th, 2006, release of our darkest and heaviest manifest to date, the Monotheist album, we are preparing a collection of truly morbid old and new CELTIC FROST music. Join us at these special services of worship and be part of the reappearance of one the world's most fervent and passionate visions. We will be honored to welcome you."

    “[Taking] metal down paths of eccentricity and compositional innovation no one else dared to dream” (Metal Maniacs) CELTIC FROST have returned to metal’s helm, steering the genre into uncharted waters -- again. Formed from the remains of seminal death/black metal pioneers Hellhammer in June 1984, Swiss-American hybrid CELTIC FROST continue to be a pivotal influence on both the extreme metal and gothic metal genres. Establishing many of the musical elements that have since become synonymous for today's modern metal, the band saw every one of their releases in both the U.S. Billboard and UK charts. Co-founders and co-writers Tom Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom Gabriel Warrior, voice and guitars) and Martin Eric Ain (bass and vocals) saw their uncompromising conceptual framework and intricate instrumental orchestration influence bands such as Pantera, Marilyn Manson, Emperor, Nirvana, Paradise Lost, Cradle Of Filth, Foo Fighters, Darkthrone, Sepultura, Dimmu Borgir, Obituary, Nile, and countless others. Co-produced by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Dimmu Borgir) and with guest vocal appearances from Lisa Middlehauve (Xandria), Satyr (Satyricon), and Ravn (1349), Monotheist is a testament to why every metal band performing today owes allegiance to Kerrang’s “darkest of dark lords,” CELTIC FROST. For more information please contact me directly.

    "I have been a die-hard Frost fan since Morbid Tales. If you had written them off think again. This is the next essential Celtic Frost purchase since To Mega Therion. Horns Up!!!" Joey Jordison / Slipknot


    Date City Venue
    9/12 Spingfield, VA Jaxx
    9/13 Spingfield, VA Jaxx
    9/14 New York, NY B.B. King's
    9/15 New York, NY B.B. King's
    9/16 Montreal, Canada Medley
    9/18 Toronto, Canada Opera House
    9/19 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theatre
    9/20 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
    9/22 Detroit, MI Harpos
    9/23 Chicago, Ill Vic Theater
    9/24 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
    9/25 Winnipeg, Canada Royal Albert Arms
    9/27 Calgary, Canada Warehouse
    9/28 Edmonton, Canada Starlite Room
    9/30 Victoria, Canada Sugar
    10/1 Seattle, WA El Corazon
    10/2 Portland, OR Roseland
    10/3 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
    10/4 San Diego, CA House of Blues
    10/6 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
    10/7 Hollywood, CA House of Blues
    10/8 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theater
    10/9 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
    10/11 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
    10/12 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
    10/13 El Paso, TX The Zone
    10/14 San Antonio, TX Sunset Station - Lone Star
    10/16 Kansas City, KS Bottleneck
    10/17 St. Louis, Missouri Pop's
    10/19 Ft Worth, TX Ridglea Theater
    10/20 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
    10/21 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
    10/23 Tampa, FL State Theater
    10/24 Ft Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
    10/25 Orlando, FL House of Blues
    10/27 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
    10/28 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
    10/29 Fayetteville, NC Jester's Pub
    10/31 Charlotte, NC Tremont
    11/2 Norfolk, VA The Norva
    11/3 Poughkeepsie, NY Chance Theatre
    11/4 Worcester, MA Palladium
    More dates to be added


    5/31 Vosselar, Belgium Biebob
    6/1 Zaandam, Holland Kade
    6/3 Rock Hard Festival Germany
    6/10 Sweden Rock Festival Sweden
    6/25 Hellfest France
    7/1 Tuska Festival Finland
    7/2 With Full Force Germany
    8/4 Wacken Open Air Germany
    8/26 Hole In The Sky Norway
  • MANOWAR, RHAPSODY And HOLYHELL Reschedule And Add New Dates

    Rescheduled tour dates, as well as additional new dates, have been announced regarding German performances by MANOWAR, with special guests RHAPSODY and HOLYHELL, on the "Demons, Dragons & Warriors World Tour 2006".

    Due to an unfortunate accident involving MANOWAR guitarist Karl Logan, previously scheduled European dates of the tour had been postponed, much to the great disappointment of the bands and their label, Magic Circle Music. "Our first concern was to be sure that Karl was in good condition," says Magic Circle Music founder and MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio. "As soon as we were certain Karl would be able to play again in the near future, we wanted to give our fans as much information as possible to keep them abreast of plans for the tour."

    Every effort was made to reschedule as quickly as possible. "It was very unfortunate for us to postpone the German dates," says concert promoter Klaus Boenisch from KBK. "However, we are happy to have scheduled new dates and we are proud that we could even add an additional show in northern Germany; even moreso because of the incredible ticket sales. In true MANOWAR style, the band wishes to do something special to thank the fans for their undying support and kind understanding."

    DeMaio furthers Boenisch's sentiments with great gusto: "We are very proud to be able to reschedule this tour. We will return bigger and better than ever. Nothing can stop MANOWAR!" Additional European dates will be rescheduled and will be announced as soon as possible.

    The new "Demons, Dragons & Warriors" German dates include:

    Dec. 15 - Dortmund, GER @ Westfalenhalle
    Dec. 16 - Hamburg, GER @ Color Line Arena
    Dec. 18 - Berlin, GER @ Max-Schmeling Halle
    Dec. 20 - Frankfurt, GER @ Festhalle
    Dec. 21 - Stuttgart, GER @ Schleyerhalle
    Dec. 22 - Nürnberg, GER @ Arena
    Dec. 23 - München, GER @ Olympiahalle

    The tickets for the Hamburg date will be available commencing March 10, 2006. All other tickets remain valid for the rescheduled dates.
  • VOIVOD "katorz" is 'mind-blowing'

    Greg Prato of Billboard.com is reporting that VOIVOD are scheduled to release their new album, "Katorz", in June via The End Records. It will be the group's first CD since the passing of co-founding guitarist Denis D'Amour (a.k.a. Piggy), who died last August after a battle with colon cancer.

    "It came about in unfortunate circumstances, but the result is mind-blowing," drummer Michel "Away" Langevin told Billboard.com. "Right before his departure, Denis explained to me that he had recorded all the tracks that we had been working on with [bassist] Jason [Newsted] and [vocalist] Snake [Belanger] for the past two years. He had recorded that on his laptop with ProTools, and even though he would have preferred to re-do the whole thing in a real studio, there was a chance that we could use the tracks. We built the album based on the guitar tracks, which was difficult, because normally, we go the other way around — we start with the drums, and then add stuff on top. But it sounds amazing."

    "'Katorz' means 14 — it's the 14th effort of the band," Belanger added. "The first time Piggy put it together and gave us the demo was o