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May 27th, 2006
  • JOHN-5 – FOUNDING MEMBER OF LOSER LEAVES BAND AND ISLAND RECORDS

    HOLLYWOOD – Island Records made the decision to drop the band Loser when founding member John 5 decided to leave Loser and maintain his position as the guitarist for Rob Zombie. “Being the founding member of Loser, my decision to leave was not an easy one,” states John 5. “I’ve been juggling two careers both with Loser and Rob Zombie for over 1 year now. I found it impossible to be in two places at once.”

    With the success of Rob Zombie’s 2006 tour and the additional dates added, this had made it impossible for John 5 to promote Loser accordingly. In discussions, John 5 had wanted to bring in a replacement guitarist for Loser’s live shows. Island Records was in opposition to the suggestion as that is not “what they had signed on for”. In that regard, Island Records chose to drop the act with the absence of John 5. “I understand the decision from the label but feel it could have worked out for everyone involved. I wish Joe, Glen and Charles all the success they deserve, they are amazing guys and deserve their shot. ”

    At the current time there is no word on if the album will be released.
  • New bassplayer WARMASTER

    Warmaster is proud to introduce bassplayer Alex Schlüter (Batter) to the line up. Together with Rudi de Pont (Batter, VUIST) who already joined on temporary basis but now permanent, Warmaster is back in full force! The band is currently working on the pre-production of their debut-CD which will be released later this year.

    Website: http://www.warmaster.tk
  • Update: KEEP OF KALESSIN

    Candlelight Records has premiered "Vengeance Rising" from Keep of Kalessin's forthcoming album, Armada, at the label's official My Space page. Bring your browser to www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa to have your first listen.

    The fury has been building overseas for years. The exciting sounds of black metal’s newest son slowly nurturing its molten, raw metallic bite. Their two recordings for Italian label Avantgarde Music have found their way to the hands of the curious ears that could not resist the power. Now, finally, in 2006 the US braces for its official introduction to Norway’s Keep of Kalessin.

    Armada, the latest chronicle from the black metal militia, is an explosive recording that lives up to its high expectations. Founded by guitarist Obsidian C (Satyricon), the album celebrates over two years of work and already is finding much acclaim. A video for album track “Into the Fire” will be completed in March, prior to US album release and the band already are a confirmed performer for the annual Inferno Festival.
  • TANKARD, OMEN Confirmed For MINNEAPOLIS MAYHEM 3 Festival

    TANKARD and OMEN are among the newly confirmed bands for the Minneapolis Mayhem 3 festival, set to take place August 25-26 at the Star Central in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

    TANKARD
    HIRAX
    JAG PANZER
    OMEN
    STEEL ATTACK
    DIVISION
    RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER
    USURPER
    AVENGER OF BLOOD
    GAIA EPICUS
    NOCTUARY
    COLD COLOURS
    HEAD ON COLLISION

    For more information, visit http://www.minneapolismayhem.com

    Tickets on sale May.1
    Pre-Sales for tickets are available now
    Interested in Sponsoring or vending please email us at: [email protected]

    We are also giving away CDs/Posters/Stickers at the show. If you want us to hand them out at the show also email us for more information.

    John

    http://www.minneapolismayhem.com
  • 357 AND NICKELBACK’S CHAD KROEGER JOINS FORCES

    THE NEW 357 NICKERBACK "SCORPION CHOPPER" MERCH

    HOLLYWOOD – 357 and Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger join together to create the Scorpion Chopper apparel line based on Chad Kroeger's new SCORPION CHOPPER. “It is great being associated with a cool company like 357,” states Kroeger. “I am always excited to be in situations where such high levels of creativity and professionalism are intertwined.”

    357 Customs will create apparel and collectables based on Chad Kroeger’s design, as well as Kroeger’s custom chopper. 357 will start building the new chopper in the near future. For now you can get The SCORPIAN CHOPPER apparel, available now at http://357customs.com.
  • 357 IS LOOKING FOR A BAND OR SOLO ARTIST TO REPRESENT THEM

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - 357 is looking for a band or solo artist to represent them. The band or artist will be deemed 357's official band. They will be featured on the 357 site and will play at least two 357 events in the coming year.

    THE WINNING BAND WILL RECIEVE A GRAND PRIZE OF... $75,000.00

    THAT'S COLD, HARD CASH MONEY IN YOUR HAND - IN ADDITION - THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL ALSO TAKE HOME GEAR AND INSTRUMENTS FROM OUR SPONSORS WHO WILL BE ANNOUNCED VERY SOON!

    357 will pick six bands or solo artists from the entries, and each will come to 357 Headquarters on July 29 to fight it out and see who will become 357's official band and take home the cash and prizes. All entries will receive a free 357 Choppers tee shirt.

    TO ENTER

    1.) Print out the official entry form MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "357customs.com" claiming to be http://357customs.com/form.htm.

    2.) Along with your filled out entry form, please send in a Promo Pack, including a band bio with contact information, band photos, and a CD with THREE TRACKS ONLY.

    3.) A $25 entry fee will be charged. You can either include check or money order, or pay online on the 357 website. If you pay online, please include your printed receipt in your entry package so we know you paid.

    ENTRIES MUST BE RECIEVED BY JULY 10, 2006 AT MIDNIGHT CENTRAL TIME.

    Send your entries to:

    357 CUSTOMS BATTLE OF THE BANDS
    7115 Bakers Bridge Avenue
    Brentwood, TN 37027

    THE RULZ

    NO PURCHASE IS REQUIRED TO ENTER.

    HOW TO ENTER: No purchase necessary to enter or win. Submit your 3 song CD, promo pack with photos, entry form and entry fee to 357 at the address above. Deadline for online entry is July 10, 2006, midnight central time. Entry fees, Press kits and entry CD's CANNOT BE RETURNED TO YOU.

    HOW TO WIN: 357 Customs management will select three bands and three solo artists (if there are no solo artist entries, we'll choose six bands) to perform at 357 Headquarters in Nashville on July 29. Bands will be notified with winner information on July 5. A valid phone number and email address is required in your band information entry. Travel arrangements to Nashville need to be arranged and paid for by each individual band. 357 will not be paying travel or lodging costs.

    Beginning July 10, 2006, a song, bio, and image of each band will be posted on the 357 website notifying all visitors to the site of the winners.

    Legal Stuff...

    As used here, the term participant refers to each member of a band and the entire band collectively.

    Band members 17 years or younger must furnish 357 a notarized parental consent letter with their entry. Participants contractually committed to any company providing major national and international distribution for their musical compositions are not allowed to enter. 357 may use participant information for marketing and demographic purposes. By entering, participant agrees to be bound by these rules. Employees of 357 and their immediate families are not eligible to participate. This contest is governed by and shall be construed under the laws of the State of Tennessee, USA.

    By entering, participant releases 357 Customs, their Directors, Officers, Employees, Representatives, Agents and Advisors from any and all liability for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind resulting from entry or participation, including but not limited to incidental, indirect, or consequential damages under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory, to the fullest extent permitted by law. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of certain damages, so the above limitation and exclusions may not apply to participant. By entering, participant agrees to abide by, and be bound by, all 357 decisions relating to this contest, which are final and binding in all respects. Winning participants consent to the use of their name, likeness, prize information, and photographs without additional compensation for publicity purposes where not prohibited by law.
  • OATH TO VANQUISH Sign With GRINDETHIC RECORDS

    U.K.-based label Grindethic Records has announced the signing of Lebanese extreme metallers OATH TO VANQUISH. According to a press release, "hailing from a seemingly remote place for metal, these guys regurgitate a vicious, bone-crushing and twisted concoction of brutaldeath garnished with gore/grind, whilst somehow managing to subtly blend in an evil melodic tinge, all added for good measure."

    Commented guitarist/vocalist Elias van Quish: "The minions at Grindethic are some of the nicest, most dedicated people that are still in metal for all the right reasons - we are so excited that we have found such a partner to help unleash our sound and fury to a worldwide audience. Prepare to be vanquished!”

    When finally reached for a comment, Rushy (of Grindethic Records infamy) had this to utter: "The performances, songwriting and sound production values on these lads’ debut absolutely floored us from the first listen. And damn, it’s been a while since I last heard basslines in a BDM album! This year is shaping up to be a great one for us, with releases by ENTHRALLMENT (in conjunction with Spanish label Grotesque Productions) and SARPANITUM just around the corner, and by the mighty GORATORY and DEFEATED SANITY later this summer. Watch this space."

    OATH TO VANQUISH’s debut album, “Applied Schizophrenic Science”, was engineered by the band, with the assistance of and mastered by Colin Davis (VILE) at Imperial Mastering. It is tentatively set for a June release.

    "Applied Schizophrenic Science" track listing:

    01. Pear of Anguish
    02. Dearly Beheaded
    03. Funeral in F Sharp
    04. Executive Onslaught
    05. Toxic Bowel Manoeuvre
    06. Sulphuric Semen
    07. Symptoms of Accrued Transgression
    08. Sorrow in Adornment
    09. Coat-hanger Massacre

    Rough cuts off their upcoming album and more info can be found at:
    http://www.oath-to-vanquish.com/
  • NIGHTMARE in ISRAEL

    Nightmare back from the Holy Land!

    French power metallers NIGHTMARE are just back from Israël from where they performed a killer packed concert at the famous Koltura Club of Tel-Aviv, this last thursday evening (April 13th)! Support acts for this show were israeli metal acts DISSONANT www.dissonantband.com and SOLITARY www.solitaryband.com.

    Complete photos report is online at www.nightmare-metal.com but also reviews and photos of the show can be seen at...

    www.metalist.co.il
    www.heavy.co.il
    www.alternaTV.co.il

    Website : www.nightmare-metal.com
  • The new album " terror inside" of the speedcore black/thrash band THE END 666 ( ex-IMPERIAL ) is out !!!! listen it on the download section of the website http://theend666.site.voila.fr !!!! support the underground !!! metal rules !!!!
  • THEATRE OF TRAGEDY US RELEASE DATE CONFIRMED

    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records today confirms the stateside release of Storm, the new album from Norway's Theatre of Tragedy. Set for June 27, the album was recently released in Europe via Germany's AFM Records.

    Produced by Rico Darum at Toproom Studios in Norway and mixed by Greg Reely (Paradise Lost, Fear Factory, Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy) at The Green Jacket studios in British Columbia, Storm is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Theatre of Tragedy's popular Assembly (Nuclear Blast) album released nearly three years ago. Introducing new vocalist Nell Sigland (replacing Liv Kristine), the album has already found much success on its recent European release; the album's lead single placing on numerous national sales charts.

    For fans, Storm finds a renewed band with a stronger passion and conviction yet seen from the long-running and respected sextet. Its lavish production remarkably enhances the combined vocal play of Sigland and Raymond Rohonyi while the band's solid musicianship matchs any of their musicial peers.

    Originally taking pointers from the more elaborate Norwegian black metal scene, Theatre of Tragedy from the get-go displayed an artistic nature not found among any of their then-fellow contemporaries. Their dual harmonies and lavish arrangements thrust the band to international acclaim with the release of their self-titled 1995 debut. Velvet Darkness They Fear and Aegis would follow as the band found a rapidly expanding fanbase. In 2000 the band would undergo line-up changes that would find their sound delving further into goth and electronica.

    Track listing for Storm is: Storm, Silence, Ashes and Dreams, Voices, Fade, Begin & End, Senseless, Exile, Disintegration, Debris.
  • VIKING SKULL Shows The World That They Were Born In Hell On May 16th, 2006

    UK Rockers Sign To 456 ENTERPRISE

    Featured On Bam Margera Presents Viva La Bands

    Formed by assorted members of the Raging Speedhorn band and crew, Viking Skull thrives on the singularly alcoholic maxim best stated by Roddy Stone, RSH’s long time guitar tech: “It’s gonna be easy. All we gotta do is get in, get fucked and get out.” Roddy, lead vocalist and guitarist of Viking Skull, heads a lineup consisting of guitarist Darren Smith, drummer Gordon Morisson and bassist Waldie. With a ballsy swagger that fits neatly between early Black Sabbath and latter-day Corrosion Of Conformity, Viking Skull provide solid proof that the United Kingdom is still the undisputed home of hard rock music.

    On Viking Skull’s debut full-length album, Born In Hell, inspiration comes from the most obvious of places. The foursome from Corby, United Kingdom, eschews a gritty, hard-driving form of hard rock fueled by beer and whiskey with women on the brain. The true charm of Viking Skull lies in their unabashed desire to rock, drink and womanize; all the while churning out songs detailing their exploits. Born In Hell will be re-released in the U.S. on May 16th, 2006. Be prepared: The Skull has come to fuck you up.

    “Like Motorhead on testosterone supplements! 9/10” - Metal Hammer

    Track Listing For Born In Hell:

    1. Born In Hell
    2. Crank The Volume
    3. Red Hot Woman
    4. Frostbite
    5. Saddle Up
    6. Seed Dealer
    7. Beer, Drugs, Bitches
    8. Dirty Dirty Hole
    9. Rock & Roll Suicide
    10. Inject My Woman (With Love)
    11. Can’t Kill Rock & Roll
    12. Double Or Quits

    www.vikingskull.net
    www.456digital.com
  • BIOLICH tour dates posted

    We are proud to announce that Biolich will be joining the legendary Demilich for their first ever (and last) US tour. Listed below are the dates of the tour. Many thanks to Danielle & Morbid Thoughts Recs (www.morbidthoughts.net) for making this a reality!!

    05/30/2006 the middle east, Boston, MA w/ demilich, facedowninshit, funebrarum
    05/31/2006 north six, brooklyn, NY w/ demilich, electro quarterstaff, funebrarum
    06/01/2006 atlanta, GA w/ DEMILICH & others tba
    06/03/2006 the backroom, austin, TX w/ demilich, averse sefira, abythos, spliteye
    06/04/2006 houston, TX w/ demilich, averse sefira, spliteye, to scale the throne
    06/06/2006 chic's, el paso, TX w/ demilich, demonology, reign in terror
    06/07/2006 bulldogz, glendale, AR w/ demilich, + local bands tba
    06/09/2006 the jumping turtle, san diego, CA w/ demilich, + local bands tba
    06/10/2006 los angeles, CA w/ DEMILICH others tba

    www.paragonrecords.net
  • BLACK CRUCIFIXION’s long awaited “Faustian Dream” album is currently in the pressing plant. We are expecting a release date of late May. Everyone that has been anxiously awaiting this album, rest assured that it will most certainly be worth the wait. To hold everyone over, another track “Bible Black Tyrant” has been posted.

    Also on August 26, the Finnish legends will perform exclusively in Europe - in Bladel (Southern part of the Netherlands, a few miles from the Belgian border) on 'Faustian Scream Fest'. As of now, Wanhoop (BEL) is confirmed. Approximately 5/6 bands are yet to be announced.

    www.paragonrecords.net
  • EYES OF LIGERIA have added blogs on their myspace site (http://www.myspace.com/eyesofligeia/) detailing up to date info on the progress of recording their new album “A Fever Which Would Cling to thee Forever”. In other EoL news, those close to the Atlanta area can witness Eyes of Ligeia live on May 11th at Swayze’s alongside Keen of the Crow, Shroud of Bereavement, and Loss.

    www.paragonrecords.net

May 21st, 2006
  • The Cuckoo Clocks Of Hell Tour Pt. 2

    RESURRECTURIS on European tour with Impaled Nazarene (+ gigs with Macabre and Jungle Rot).

    If anybody wants to hear our music, just go to www.resurrecturis.com and download our second album completely for free

    If there is a possibility that we meet during the tour or if you have further questions do not hesitate to write to [email protected]

    Thank you
    Resu-Carlo
  • NEWS FROM DARZAMAT

    Darzamat on X-Mass tour 2006!

    Metallysee - the Belgian concert company (www.metallysee.com) has confirmed Darzamat's participation in the December's X-Mass Fest. On the travelling X-Mass Fest, which is one of he most cult concert tours in Europe, used to play among others such bands as : Morbid Angel, Destruction, Nile, Deicide, Vader, Napalm Death, Hypocrisy, Marduk, Exodus, Immolation, Impaled Nazarene or Hate Eternal.This year's X-Mass includes 12 cities in Germany, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and France. Darzamat will play on this tour next to such bands as : Six Feet Under, Gorefest, Krisiun, Cataract and God Dethroned.

    The concert promotion of the latest Darzamat's album entitled "Transkarpatia" will, however, begin earlier. One will be able to see the band with its premiere numbers for the first time in club Haos in Sanok (Poland). What follows are the two concerts in Czech Republic and Slovakia with the French band Misanthrope. Later on Sagfestival in the south of Germany together with Brainstorm and Ektomorf, on Metalzone-Diablo Fest (Belgium and Holland) with Norwegian Trail of Tears and on Apocalyptic Form of Death Festival in Czech Republic.

    www.darzamat.art.pl, e-mail: [email protected] albo [email protected]

    X-Mass Festival 2006
    (Six Feet Under, Gorefest, Krisiun, Cataract, God Dethroned, Darzamat)

    08.12. (Fritz) – Berlin/Germany
    09.12. (Hellraiser) – Engeldorf (Leipzig)/Germany
    10.12. (Planet Music) – Wien/Austria
    11.12. (Backstage) – Munchen/Germany
    12.12. (Z7) – Pratteln/Switzerland
    13.12. (Rockfabrik) – Ludwigsburg/Germany
    14.12. (Batchkapp) – Frankfurt/Germany
    15.12. (La Laiterie) – Strasbourg/France
    16.12. (Hof Ter Loo) – Antwerpen/Belgium
    17.12. (013) – Tilburg/Holland
    18.12. (Zeche Carl) – Essen/Germany
    19.12. (La Locomotive) – Paris/France

    www.metallysee.com
  • Scott Mosher's DEEP HORIZON CD now available!

    The fourth CD from Scott Mosher, DEEP HORIZON is an ambitious musical journey that continues Moshers path of synthesizing a diverse range of musical influences under the banner of contemporary progressive metal with dramatic conceptual digital art and introspective/neo-political lyrics. Built upon a strong foundation of melody and dynamics, it evokes dark secrets where heavy progressive rock and atmospheric soundscapes converge... a new year, a new CD, a new artistic statement.

    DEEP HORIZON features the versatile vocal talents of Wind Wraith/Live After Death singer Scott Oliva (Inner Strength, Last Vision Black, Driven) and a guest appearance by frequent musical collaborator, Todd Corsa, on guitar on 2 tracks. Scott's previous CD's include INFERNO (2004), VIRTUALITY (2001) and AMBIENT EARTH (1996.)

    DEEP HORIZON track listing:
    1. Deep Horizon
    2. The Breaking Point
    3. A Path of Pride
    4. Light Years
    5. In Visible Darkness
    6. Turning Away
    7. Re-Engineering the Mind (instrumental)
    8. Falling Down
    9. Zero Hour
    10. The Space Between Lives

    As is the norm, in addition to arranging, composing and performing all the music, producing the CD and serving as his own public relations manager, Scott (a graphic artist by trade) designed all the artwork as well. To listen to song samples (as well as from his previous 3 CD releases), view the artwork and obtain additional biographical information, visit: http://www.theambientmind.com. You can follow the other links below to sign ye old "Guest Book" at my site or hit my Myspace page. Muchos gracias, mi amigos.

    Scott Mosher:musician/graphic artist/allroundniceguy
    Website: http://www.theambientmind.com
    Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/scottmosher
    Newsletter: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/theambientmind/
  • STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Complete Work On New Album

    Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have completed tracking their highly anticipated new album, The New Black, which frontman Devin Townsend promises to be the group's definitive release. The soon-to-be genre defying epic will showcase a new dimension of the SYL beast that puts an emphasis on incorporating more hooks and catchier melodies into the group's renowned insanity, which is backed up with an abundance of devastating guitar solos. It would be safe to say that you can expect the unexpected.

    The album's U.S. touring campaign will kick off June 29th, as the group joins the second stage lineup at Ozzfest alongside such acclaimed acts as Atreyu, Bleeding Through and Unearth, among others. Townsend further describes his excitement over being a part of Ozzfest and sheds some light on their new disc: "The recording process went amazingly well, and Strapping as a whole is really excited about this effort. We were very inspired with the idea of doing Ozzfest, and the concept we are running with on this record is really based around abhorring the current music scene, yet being a part of it in some weird way. SYL is ready to be a subversive product for the unwitting 14-year-olds to scream along with.

    "We also intend to sprinkle a little ugly around all the pretty bands this year. You can think of us as the proverbial pubic hair in the cheesecake of this year's festival. We are ugly, large and angry. We have also been around longer as a band than 90% of the other bands. Most of all, we're just really excited to be a part of Ozzfest and this summer is going to be crazy. See you all soon."

    On June 12th, Century Media Records is proud to re-release STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's 1995 debut album Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing, which changed the metal world forever. The re-issue features a re-mastered version of this classic debut, 4 bonus tracks, the "S.Y.L." video and a 12-page booklet with extended liner notes from Devin himself. As Devin recalls, "I had finished with the Wildhearts just prior to this [1994], and they were so anti- everything that I decided to take a similar approach while focusing on dissonance and just being as over-the-top as I could. Songs didn't really matter; it was just the intensity and the vibe plus lots of humor. Screaming and laughing are pretty close, I think, and I have just never been 'hard', so we do what comes naturally, right? Right." So enjoy the rebirth of a genre-defining classic!

    Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing (re-issue) Official Tracklisting:

    1 S.Y.L. 4:46
    2 In the Rainy Season 4:37
    3 Goat 3:30
    4 Cod Metal King 5:08
    5 Happy Camper (Carpe B.U.M.) 3:01
    6 Critic 4:08
    7 The Filler - Sweet City Jesus 5:24
    8 Skin Me 3:30
    9 Drizzlehell 3:10
    10 Satan's Ice Cream Truck 2:34 (hidden bonus track from original pressing)
    11 Japan 5:17 (originally Japanese bonus track)
    12 Monday 5:13 (previously unreleased bonus track)
    13 Exciter 6:04 (European bonus track from original version; Judas Priest cover version) "S.Y.L." video clip 4:50

    STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's most recent offering, Alien, was met with tons of acclaim, ranging from the likes of Billboard and Stuff magazine, who hailed the effort as "STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's best studio disc yet," to Decibel, Metal Edge, Outburn and Revolver, among a slew of others. The group's biggest break would come in the summer of 2005 on the inaugural Sounds of The Underground tour, which also featured such acclaimed artists as Lamb of God, Opeth and Unearth. The group's overly intense live performances clearly set the band well ahead of the pack while captivating the uninitiated crowds who were immediately drawn to the band's perfect blend of melodic industrial thrash insanity. The word quickly spread to promoters and directly resulted in a spot on the Transgression Tour with Fear Factory, Soilwork and Darkane later that year.

    In 2006, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD prepares to deliver their most accessible offering yet, which Townsend also promises will still challenge their listeners and claims is the next logical step in the group's continuous evolution. This is the year that SYL leaves their defining mark on the genre.
  • More STRAPPING YOUNG LAD News!

    This summer will be a feast for every SYL fan. The Canadian Extreme Metal deviants Devin Townsend, drum-legend Gene Hoglan (ex-Death, ex-Dark Angel), bass master Byron Stroud (also Fear Factory) and axeman Jed Simon tour Europe, including festival appearances at UK Donington’s Download, Bologna’s Flame Fest, Sweden’s finest Hultsfred Festival and Finland’s Provinssirock – more dates tbc:

    03.06.2006 France Jarny Du Chateau De Moncel / Jarny Festival
    05.06.2006 Italy Bologna Flame Fest
    06.06.2006 France Lyon Le Transbordeur
    07.06.2006 France Paris L'elysee Montmartre
    09.06.2006 UK Castle Donington / Download Fest
    11.06.2006 Belgium Vosselaar Biebob
    12.06.2006 Holland Amsterdam Melkweg
    13.06.2006 Holland Tilburg 013
    14.06.2006 DK Copenhagen Lille Vega
    15.06.2006 Sweden Hultsfred Festivalen
    17.06.2006 Finland Seinajoki Provinssirock

    On June 12th 2006 Century Media Records is proud to re-release STRAPPING YOUNG LAD’s 1995 debut album “Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing” in Europe. A masterpiece that changed the Metal world forever. The re-issue features a re-mastered version of this classic debut, 4 bonus tracks, the “S.Y.L.” video and a 12 page booklet with extended liner notes from Devin himself. As Devin recalls, “I had finished with the Wildhearts just prior to this [1994], and they were so anti- everything that I decided to take a similar approach while focusing on dissonance and just being as over-the-top as I could. Songs didn’t really matter; it was just the intensity and the vibe plus lots of humor. Screaming and laughing are pretty close, I think, and I have just never been ‘hard’, so we do what comes naturally, right? Right.“ So enjoy the rebirth of a genre-defining classic!“Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing” (re-issue)

    European street date: June 12th, 2006

    Tracklist:
    1. S.Y.L. 4:46
    2. In the Rainy Season 4:37
    3. Goat 3:30
    4. Cod Metal King 5:08
    5. Happy Camper (Carpe B.U.M.) 3:01
    6. Critic 4:08
    7. The Filler – Sweet City Jesus 5:24
    8. Skin Me 3:30
    9. Drizzlehell 3:10
    10. Satan’s Ice Cream Truck 2:34 (hidden bonus track from original pressing)
    11. Japan 5:17 (originally a Japanese bonus track)
    12. Monday 5:13 (previously unreleased bonus track)
    13. Exciter 6:04 (European bonus track from original version; Judas Priest cover version)
    + “S.Y.L.” video clip 4:50

    STRAPPING YOUNG LAD has never been a band to look backwards, so in addition to this re-issue they will deliver a new studio album as well. The band is in the studio right now working on “The New Black”. Stay tuned for more news from the world’s most extreme Metal machine.

    www.strappingyounglad.com
    www.centurymedia.com
  • IGNITE new song online!!!

    Check out the opening-track “Bleeding“ in our media section taken from IGNITE’s phenomenal upcoming album entitled “Our Darkest Days” to be released May 15th, 2006 in Europe.

    The new album was produced and mixed by Cameron Webb (Social Distortion, Motorhead, Sum 41, Silverstein) at Maple Sound Studios, Santa Ana, CA and Paramount Studios Hollywood, CA. It shows a matured version of the intelligent, socially and politically aware, melodic brand of hardcore that IGNITE fans have come to expect.

    The band is just about to wrap up a successful, six-weeks US tour with Comeback Kid before they’ll head for an extensive European tour in June and July that will also have them stop by at various European festivals. Don’t miss the Orange County five-piece who’s well known for their fantastic live-shows. For detailed tourdates and more please get on http://www.centurymedia.com/eu and http://www.igniteband.com
  • DARK FORTRESS support CELTIC FROST!

    German black metal outfit DARK FORTESS are confirmed as support act for the first CELTIC FROST shows since many years.31.05.2006 (B) Vosselaar - Biebob

    01.06.2006 (NL) Zaandam - KadeVocalist Azathoth: “It´s really a great honour for us to support CELTIC FROST, the co-founders of black metal, on their first shows. Back then CELTIC FROST started the black metal era and without such bands we maybe wouldn´t even exist. One can clearly hear that the “2nd generation” with bands like Darkthrone, Mayhem, Emperor, Satyricon etc. was influenced by Celtic Frost and they certainly have been a substantial influence for us!”DARK FORTRESS´ current album “Séance” presents haunting and frighteningly extreme black metal. Check it out!

    Media Feedback:

    "Not less than 62 minutes of excellent black metal violence.” Rock Tribune (B), 90 out of 100

    “Unique. … a truly fantastic album, frightening like an evil apparition.” Legacy (D), 14 out of 15

    "DARK FORTRESS delivers an inventive, grown-up and modern sounding black metal album." Aardschok (NL), 80 out of 100

    “… subtle rage and decadence…” Metal Hammer (D), 6 out of 7

    “… an even stronger shade of black…” Zillo (D)

    ”... thousands of fine, black details…” Heavy! (D), 10 out of 12For more DARK FORTRESS tourdates enter the following sites:

    http://www.centurymedia.com
    http://www.thetruedarkfortress.com
  • BACKYARD BABIES New Album & Tour!!!

    Decadence has always been the cornerstone of rock n roll. From brazen attitudes to loud riffs, rock’n’roll has always been indulgent in life’s sinful pleasures. Naturally, it only makes sense for rock’n’roll’s musical output to personify its ideals, enter Backyard Babies.

    Never resting on their laurels, the Babies have a new album brimming with confidence and their patented throwback rock flair. Produced by Nicke Andersson, guitarist of The Hellacopters, the new album, titled “People Like People Like People Like Us,” is a celebration of all that the Babies have been known for while giving listeners a few new sonic treats in the process. The band: “It’s a more dynamic album with a more modulated sound where Nicke Andersson taught us how to ‘play together’ but at the same time it was his restlessness that gave the album its honest and simple sound. We wrote more intense and under a shorter period than ever before. A challenge that proved to be just positive since you don’t have time to analyze everything to pieces.”

    So don’t be late to get the new album on CD or special gatefold vinyl LP released via Century Media Records in Europe as follows:

    GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, April 21, 2006.
    HUNGARY: Wednesday, April 26, 2006.
    FRANCE / SPAIN / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, April 24, 2006.
    UK: Tuesday, May 2, 2006

    A full version if the song “Dysfunctional Professional” can be heard here! You can also pre-listen the entire album and watch the video “The Mess Age (How Could I Be So Wrong)” on the brand-new Backyard Babies homepage: http://www.backyardbabies.com

    Known as real road dogs the Backyard Babies will go on tour right after the album release. “We have never been this anxious to hit the stages again, cause playin’ live is the only fuel this band needs to keep on being the counterweight in a fucked up business.” Pleased to meet you…

    15.05.2006 Bochum Matrix Germany
    16.05.2006 Haarlem Patronaat Netherlands
    17.05.2006 Brussels Botanique Belgium
    18.05.2006 Strasbourg La Laiterie France
    20.05.2006 Vitoria Azkena Spain
    21.05.2006 Madrid Arena Spain
    22.05.2006 Barcelona Apolo Spain
    24.05.2006 Turin Hiroshima Italy
    25.05.2006 Treviso New Age Italy
    26.05.2006 Milan Rainbow Italy
    28.05.2006 Basel Somer Casino Switzerland
    30.05.2006 Winterthur Salz Haus Switzerland
    31.05.2006 Vienna Flex Austria
    01.06.2006 Berlin Postbahnhof Germany
    02.06.2006 München Kleine Elserhalle Germany
    04.06.2006 Darmstadt Centralstation Germany
    05.06.2006 Dresden Schlachthof Germany
    06.06.2006 Paris La Boule Noir France
    08.06.2006 London Underworld United Kingdom
    09.06.2006 Nottingham Download Festival United Kingdom
    11.06.2006 Glasgow Cathouse United Kingdom
    23.06.2006 Neuhausen o.E. Southside Festival Germany
    24.06.2006 Scheeßel Hurricane Festival Germany

    http://www.backyardbabies.com
    http://www.centurymedia.com/eu
  • SICK OF IT ALL: 20 years and still no end in sight!

    NYC-HC heavyweights SICK OF IT ALL are ready to release their brand-new studio album “Death To Tyrants” on Century Media Records in Europe (Abacus Recordings in North America).

    BENELUX: Friday, April 14, 2006
    GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND: Saturday, April 15, 2006
    SPAIN / PORTUGAL / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Tuesday, April 18, 2006
    FINLAND / SWEDEN / HUNGARY: Wednesday, April 19, 2006
    ITALY: Friday, April 21, 2006
    FRANCE: Monday, April 24, 2006
    UK: Tuesday, May 2, 2006

    SICK OF IT ALL - DEATH TO TYRANTS tracklist:

    1. Take The Night Off
    2. Machete
    3. Preamble
    4. Uprising Nation
    5. Always War
    6. Die Alone
    7. Evil Schemer
    8. Leader
    9. Make A Mark
    10. Forked Tongue
    11. The Reason
    12. Faithless
    13. Fred Army
    14. Thin Skin
    15. Maria White Trash
    16. Don’t Join The Crow (EU bonus)

    Lou Koller - Vocals
    Pete Koller - Guitar
    Armand Majidi - Drums
    Craig Ahead - Bass

    As a special “thank-you” for all the dedictated European fans, the special “Celebrating 20 years” edition will feature the bonus track “Don’t Join The Crowd”. So don’t miss it. Per-listen to the opening track “Take The Night Off” on www.centurymedia.com/eu.

    You can clebrate with the band the whole summer. First run of live-shows are already announced. Armand (drums): “Next up is Eastern Europe, and a few countries and cities we've never played before. Agnostic Front tells us great things about places like Bulgaria and Serbia, and we're excited to see them with our own eyes.”
    If you miss them on tour, be sure to fix your TV-set (not only for the world-championship): “This [March] weekend we're taking a trip to Boston to shoot a video for 'Take the Night Off' with our friend Ian McFarland, who used to play bass for Blood for Blood. He's a pro director now, and it's cool to be working with someone who understands us. Some directors we've worked with in the past didn't have any clue about the band or where we came from. This time it's a different story.”

    And the celebration continues regarding to Armand: “Our other plans for the year still aren't totally solid yet, and we're still waiting to hear about the summer. August will be spent in Europe doing festivals. What happens before and after that are still open to speculation. Please mark the release date for Death to Tyrants on your calendars and pick it up when you can. Please wait until then and don't swipe it on the internet - support us so we can continue to do what we do. Thanks!“

    Some of the speculations already appeared in the internet. Derrick Green from SOIA tourmates SEPULTURA couldn’t hold back: “… SICK OF IT ALL, we've been friends with for a really long time and that was another tribute album and they saved the song 'Scratch the Surface' for us, because they felt that when they wrote that song it was in the vibe of SEPULTURA. I love these guys and it was an honor to do one of their songs."

    And also Ken Susi from UNEARTH said the band plans to record a cover of "It's Clobberin' Time", which will appear on an upcoming tribute to New York hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL. Do we confirm these rumors? Hey, what is a birthday if you know the gifts before the party? Got it.

    03.06.2006 Mainz Open Ohr Festival Germany
    04.06.2006 Passau Pfingst Open Air Germany
    05.06.2006 Werden Pfingst Open Air Germany

    www.centurymedia.com/eu
    www.sickofitall.com
  • STARKWEATHER Song Posted

    Candlelight Records has premiered "Machine Rhythm" from Starkweather's forthcoming album, Croatoan, at the label's official My Space page. Bring your browser to www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa to have your first listen.

    Produced by Pierre Remillard (Cryptopsy), Croatoan features artwork by renowned artist Paul Romano (Mastodon, Earth, Godflesh), and is scheduled for a May 2 American release date.

    Long regarded as one of the first bands to blend metal and hardcore, Starkweather are still an untapped band for the masses. They have been cited as influence to many of today's top selling bands and remain one of the most passionate and intense bands on stage. Metal Maniacs says on an early listen to Croatoan, "rare is a band who personify, quite accurately, agony and despair through tranquil yet devouring movements. One of underground metal's soon-to-be classics, hail Starkweather!"

    Formed in 1990, Starkweather have several out-of-print recordings to their credit including a limited self-titled seven-inch (Inner Rage Records, 1993), Crossbearer (Too Damn Hype, 1994), Into the Wire (Edison Recordings, 1995), the 1996 split seven-inch with Season to Risk (Supermodel Records), and participation on numerous compiliation albums. Croatoan, released in late 2005 on vinyl only (featuring exclusive artwork also from Paul Romano) via Hypertension Records, is the band's first new recording in over five years.

    Starkweather will perform with labelmates Daylight Dies and Emperor at New York's BB Kings Blues Club on Friday, July 14. Tickets for the event are already sold out.

    www.holyterror.com/starkweather/
    www.myspace.com/starkweather666
    www.candlelightrecordsusa.com
  • On May 19th the prog and hard rock nostalgics of NOEKK (successor of Empyrium) will release their second album called "The Grimalkin". "NOEKK's music is born from total intuition. It comes to me when I'm all alone and able to listen to my inner voice." Funghus Baldachin, the mastermind behind German Prog Rock duo NOEKK, aims "to capture the magic of the moment and to tell long, mad stories" with his music. Cheating any musical expectations, he and his companion F.F. Yuggoth have recorded three peregrinations branching out in all directions, where "adventures are possible on every side of the road" according to the powerful-voiced singer. But who is it that might want to join these two musicians on their journey? "Basically, 'The Grimalkin' is an exciting album for all fans of Prog Rock", says Baldachin. "We branch into vintage Hard Rock, get lost in folkloristic thickets, follow an invitation from Doom Metal and ..." -- the versatile musician comments amused -- "we won't refrain from slimy epic stuff either!"
  • The Central Illinois Metalfest 2006!!!!!!!

    Greetings!

    We are pleased to announce the return of THE CENTRAL ILLINOIS METALFEST 2006! Its the SICKEST MUST SEE EVENT of 2006! Here is all the information:

    DATES:
    July 21st & 22nd 2006

    LOCATION:
    The Canopy Club
    708 S. Goodwin Ave.
    Urbana, Illinois 61801
    217-344-BAND

    LINE-UP:
    Macabre - IL - Friday's Headliner
    Origin - KS - Saturday's Headliner
    Human Artifacts - IL
    Lust Of Decay - NC
    Devourment - TX
    Deaden - IL
    Incinerate - MN
    Lividity - IL
    Gorgasm - IL
    Immersed In Blood - Sweden
    Putrid Pile - WI
    Waco Jesus - IL
    Domination Through Impurity - NC
    Exulcerate - TX
    Rotteness - Mexico
    Guttural Secrete - NV
    Victimas - New Mexico
    Prophecy - TX
    Decrypt - IN
    Malignancy - NY
    Lapidate - Canada
    Black The Sky - IL
    Jungle Rot - WI
    Gutrot - MI
    Embalmer - OH
    Unhallowed - NJ
    Bloody Sign - France
    Mortal Decay - NJ
    Vitality - TX
    Abysmal Torment - Malta

    PRE-FEST SHOW & LINE-UP
    July 20, 2006
    Skeptik - IL
    Low Twelve - IL
    Cemetary Rapist - IL
    Ominious
    Chainsaw Homicide - IL

    TICKET PRICES:
    In advance:
    1 day pass - $22.50
    2 day pass - $40.00
    Day of show:
    1 day pass - $25.00
    2 day pass - $45.00
    Pre-fest show is $6.00 at the door

    To find out who our sponsors are and for additional information regarding this event, please visit our website at:
    http://www.xwarp.net/Fest/Fest.html We hope to see all you sickos there!!!!!!!!!!!

    Laura aka The Mistress
    Matt Bishop - Human Artifacts
    The Central Illinois Metalfest 2006
    http://www.xwarp.net/Fest/Fest.html
  • HIRAX ANNOUNCED AS CO-HEADLINER OF
    MINNEAPOLIS MAYHEM 3 FESTIVAL

    LONG BEACH- California thrashers HIRAX will co-headline the Minneapolis Mayhem 3 Festival, which will take place on Saturday, August 26, at Star Central in Columbia Heights, Minnesota.

    This will be HIRAX’s second appearance at Minneapolis Mayhem. Last year, the band replaced Sodom one week before the festival took place.

    “Even though we were added to the Minneapolis Mayhem Festival 2005 at the very last minute, we were fired up to do it,” said vocalist Katon W. De Pena. “We had just returned from a very successful show in Tijuana, Mexico, and the band was running like a well-oiled machine. We had high expectations for Minnesota and the show went so well, we decided to include the entire set on our new DVD, “Thrash ‘Til Death” to show the intensity of our live shows.”

    The Star Central is located at 4005 Central Ave NE in Columbia Heights, MN. Tickets will be $20 Advance, $25 at the door on Friday, and $30 Advance, $35 at the door on Saturday. A two-day pass will be $50. Ticket sales will be announced soon.

    “We are looking forward to this year’s festival!” said De Pena. “The heavy metal fans in Minnesota will have plenty of advance notice to prepare for the HIRAX Invasion. We are planning a very special show for this year’s festival.”

    Lineup announced so far:

    Friday, August 25

    Jag Panzer
    Steel Attack
    Gaia Epicus
    Division

    Saturday, August 26

    HIRAX
    Usurper
    Avenger of Blood
    Rumpelstiltskin Grinder
    Head On Collision

    www.hirax.org
    www.minneapolismayhem.com
  • MASTODON: Cover Of METALLICA's 'Orion' Posted Online

    MASTODON's cover of METALLICA's "Orion", which was recorded for the recently released Kerrang! magazine tribute to the METALLICA album "Master of Puppets", has been posted online at www.myspace.com/mastodon. Also available at the same location are pictures and videos from the recording sessions for MASTODON's new album, "Blood Mountain", tentatively due in August via Warner Bros.

    As previously reported, "Remastered" was packaged with a special issue of Kerrang! commemorating the 20th anniversary of "Master of Puppets". Other bands contributing to the CD include MACHINE HEAD ("Battery"), TRIVIUM ("Master Of Puppets"), MENDEED ("The Thing That Should Not Be"), BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE ("Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"), CHIMAIRA ("Disposable Heroes"), FIGHTSTAR ("Leper Messiah"), and FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND ("Damage, Inc.").

    MASTODON's third album, "Blood Mountain", is being recorded with Seattle-based producer Matt Bayles (ISIS, HORSE THE BAND). The CD will be mixed later in the month in New York by Rich Costey (AUDIOSLAVE, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE). Songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to 2004's "Leviathan" include "Circle of Cysquatch", "Hunters of the Sky", "The Sleeping Giant", "Bladecatcher", "The Colony of Birchmen", "Pendulous Skin", "The Siberian Divide", "Capillarian Crest", "Hand of Stone", "Crystal Skull", "The Wolf Is Loose" and "This Mortal Soil".

    In a recent interview with MTV.com, drummer Bränn Dailor said about the upcoming CD, "It's hard to be inside something and talk to people about it. And it's kind of a cliché that the people in the band think that what they're working on at the moment is the best stuff they've ever done. But I guess that's the way that we feel. It's just more intense, more — I mean I like everything we've ever done. But at the moment, I'm really digging on this stuff. It's hard for me to put into words what's different about it. It's just better."

    "I hope we can start a prog revolution, because the timing's right," he added. "You've got a TOOL record that's coming out, an Isis record that's coming out, a MARS VOLTA record that's coming out, a MASTODON record that's coming out, and I hope that converges into something really awesome for music where it doesn't become pop, but there's a little more sharing of the pie. It would be cool if you had kids in their bedrooms not trying to learn LINKIN PARK songs, but they're trying to learn MASTODON songs. It's cool music that's honest and from the heart, and it's technically challenging."

    Read more at MTV.com.
  • Update: ENSLAVED

    Candlelight Records has premiered an additional song, "Essence," from Enslaved's eagerly anticipated album, Ruun, at the label's official My Space page. Bring your browser to www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa to have your first listen.

    Set for US release on May 2, Ruun is every bit epic and monumental as fans of the highly decorated band have come to expect. Recorded at Amper Studios in Olso, mixed by Mike Hartung in Propeller Studios, and mastered at The Cutting Room in Sweden, Ruun is without doubt the bands breakout release. The album follows the critically-acclaimed Isa (receiving 2005 Album of the Year honors from Metal Maniacs, Decibel, Revolver, Terrorizer and more!) and represents the culmination of the bands 15 years together - a recording legacy that is musically unmatched by any modern day peer.

    Candlelight will release a limited edition 2-LP version of Ruun on June 27. Limited to 500 for direct US distribution, it is sure to be a highly collectable piece for fans. The label recently released Return to Yggdrasil-Live In Bergen, the bands' latest DVD release.

    The term progressive doesnt even begin to describe this masterpiece of fire and ice; one whose panoramic range was drawn from a palette of new colors and sounds that will be mesmerising us for years to come. - Terrorizer

    Put simply, Enslaved have surpassd themselves and produced a masterpiece. To think that they may well be capable of even more is enough to make a metalhead dizzy. - Brave Words Bloody Knuckles
  • Xtreem Music Compilation

    XTREEMITIES Compilation Vol. 6

    Vorkreist, Mastic Scum, Jack Slater, Hatred Divine, Flesh, Caustic, Steel Death, Goryptic, Second Silence, Scaffold, Brainwash, Extreem Eczeem, Hybrid, Splattered Mermaids, Melmoth, The Eyes, Infektus, World Of Shit, Carnavage, Waco, Rabbath Ammon, Agoraphobia & Vulgar Addiction.

    The 6th volume of the XTREEMITIES COMPILATION is out now and being spreaded in the whole underground!! The XTREEMITIES series of compilation CD's have already become a killer collectibe item.

    www.xtreemmusic.com
  • NORTHWEST DEATHFEST 2006 COMPLETE LINEUP ANNOUNCED

    SEATTLE - Headliners of the 3rd Annual Northwest Death Fest 2006, Obituary and Sadus, will be joined by 27 death metal bands on Sunday, May 28, at Fenix Underground in Seattle.

    California bands Deeds Of Flesh and Severed Savior will co-headline the second stage. The support bands, hailing from Seattle as well as the Pacific Northwest, were handpicked by promoter and owner of Howitzer Productions, Frank Hetzel.

    Seattle locals In Memorium have the prestigious main stage slot before Sadus. In Memorium’s debut recording “From Misery Come Darkness” has been hailed as a black metal masterpiece by many journalists in the metal community

    “Last years’ Northwest Death Fest was amazing,” said In Memorium guitarist M. Krutsinger. “Horns up to Franko of Howitzer Productions for making it the smoothest running fest I’ve ever been to. All of the bands stuck to their time slots. It is just one of the many reasons we have decided to play the festival this year. In Memorium will hit the stage full force and hopefully have a hand at bringing the festival to the next level.”

    Scorched Earth, another Seattle metal band, will play the festival for the first time this year.

    "It’s an honor to be playing the Northwest Death Fest,” said guitarist/vocalist Terry Mcorriston. “I've been to the past two as a fan, but this is the first year that Scorched Earth will be playing it. We rarely play locally, so this will be a good showcase for our live warfare. This year's fest is going to annihilate for sure."

    Sadus are returning to the festival for the second year in a row. The legendary Bay Area Thrash band is currently touring Europe in support of their latest album “Out For Blood,” released on Mascot Records.

    "We are pumped for the chance to play up in Seattle again, said bassist Steve DiGiorgio. “The new Sadus album is full of blood and rage, and we expect nothing less from the insaniacs up in the Northwest. The show last year was awesome and we are ready to come back totally out for blood!!!"

    The lineup for Northwest Death Fest 2006 is:

    Main Stage:

    Obituary
    Sadus
    In Memorium
    Try Redemption
    Wake The Dead
    Fallen Angels
    Mummification
    Zuckuss
    Scorched Earth
    Unsanctified
    Embryonic Devourment
    The New Plague
    Necrobiosis
    Disharmony
    Embalmed

    Second Stage:
    Deeds Of Flesh
    Severed Savior
    Vulgarizer
    Shitstorm
    Bung
    Ceremonial Castings
    Beltfed Weapon
    Meatshits
    Desolation
    Non-existence
    Passive Aggressive
    Damage Overdose
    Near Life
    Doom Lit Sky

    The Fenix Underground is located at109 S. Washington St. in Seattle, Washington. Tickets are available through Nothwestdeathfest.com, the Fenix box office and Ticketmaster. Prices: $25.00 advance, $30.00 day of show. Doors open at 10:00 a.m., show starts at 11:00 a.m. This is an all age event.

    www.northwestdeathfest.com
  • Guitar Virtuoso LUCA TURILLI Presents The Infinite Wonders Of Creation

    Available In The U.S.A. June 6th

    Best known as lead guitarist, co-composer and co-founder of symphonic film-score metal flag bearers Rhapsody, Luca Turilli is an experienced and accomplished musician. With his third solo album entitled The Infinite Wonders of Creation, Turilli ends his epic trilogy. The trilogy began in the 1999 with King of the Nordic Twilight, followed by Prophet of the Last Eclipse, both of which commanded impressive chart positions in Germany, as well as other countries around the world.

    While the first album was lyrically and musically inspired by a fantasy tale created by Luca, the second album represented an evolution for Luca's “typical” sound. Lyrically, the album was influenced by one of his favorite science-fiction movies: Event Horizon, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.

    In order to turn the mystic atmosphere of the cosmic landscapes into music, Luca started incorporating some unique and experimental elements to his music, with an array of futuristic and electronic sounds.

    After exploring and exhausting the topics of the past and the future, Luca’s vision led him to create a musical representation of the present in order to complete the trilogy. With The Infinite Wonders of Creation, Turilli composed a symphony dedicated to Mother Nature; a topic that has inspired and invigorated him musically and philosophically. Immediately capturing the imagination of the listener with atmospheric sounds and continuing to draw them in with operatic female vocals and symphonic instrumentation, it becomes immediately clear that The Infinite Wonders Of Creation is an intimate and abstract album covering a wide range of themes: life, death, good, evil, the cosmos and philosophy. Songs like “Mother Nature” and “Altitudes” display the dual elegance and power of Turilli’s compositions.

    The Infinite Wonders Of Creation marks the debut of Luca’s dual musical talents: as a guitar virtuoso and also as a prodigious keyboardist. Turilli is joined by the same band members who performed on the two previous albums: vocalist Olaf Hayer, bassist Sascha Paeth and drummer Robert Hunecke-Rizzo and guest vocalist Bridget Fogle.

    The Infinite Wonders of Creation presents the logical extension of Luca’s well known musical attributes, both musically and lyrically; a voyage into the inner workings of artist, thinking man, and maestro. This album both wraps up one chapter in Luca’s career and points to magnificent possibilities in his future.

    Track Listing For The Infinite Wonders Of Creation:
    1) Secrets Of Forgotten Ages
    2) Mother Nature
    3) Angels Of The Winter Dawn
    4) Altitudes
    5) The Miracle Of Life
    6) Silver Moon
    7) Cosmic Revelation
    8) Pyramids And Stargates
    9) Mystic And Divine
    10) The Infinite Wonders Of Creation

    www.lucaturilli.net & www.magiccirclemusic.com
  • Luca Turilli’s DREAMQUEST Presents LOST HORIZONS On June 27th

    Guitar virtuoso Luca Turilli, best known for his work as lead guitarist, co-composer and co-founder in film score metal band Rhapsody, has presented us with his new band: Luca Turilli’s Dreamquest. Not wishing this to be viewed just as a side project, Luca asserts that Dreamquest is an additional outlet for the abundance of overflowing musical ideas of this prolific composer. Fear not Rhapsody fans, Dreamquest, while an entirely separate band, will not interfere with Rhapsody’s progress. The debut album, Lost Horizons introduces a new style and technique to Luca’s already mighty repertoire, enriched by modern elements: new metal, opera, techno-electronic music and gothic-symphonic atmospheres.

    Lost Horizons displays Luca’s previously unknown ability to call forth majestic tones from the keyboard. The unique sounds produced by Luca’s instrumentation bring forth musical landscapes and haunting melodies, invoking images of sirens and nymphs. Luca’s passion for the keyboard is clear. Before founding Rhapsody with keyboardist Alex Staropoli, Luca had studied piano. However, Rhapsody’s immediate success had encouraged Luca to focus his efforts on the guitar, an instrument that he had already mastered. Three years ago, Luca felt inspired to return to the keyboard, influenced by the melancholic melodies of great artists such as Chopin and Alexander Scriabin. Luca Turilli’s Dreamquest gives Luca the opportunity to unleash the pianist inside of him.

    Luca Turilli’s Dreamquest is the fulfillment of a dream that Luca has had in mind for many years and he is looking forward to the opportunity to perform Dreamquest material in a live forum as soon as possible. The music on Lost Horizons combines powerful metal instrumentation with angelic, operatic, female vocals to create a sound that might best be described as 'Symphonic Electro-Metal'. The first single “Virus,” is a prime example of the majestic musical flavor that Dreamquest is made of, while the operatic “Sospiro Divino” showcases the boundless possibilities presented by this exciting new band. Although favorable comparisons to popular acts are inevitable, make no mistake: Luca Turilli’s Dreamquest is a fresh and unique experience.

    Track Listing For Luca Turilli’s Dreamquest Lost Horizons:
    1) Introspection
    2) Virus
    3) Dreamquest
    4) Black Rose
    5) Lost Horizon
    6) Sospiro Divino
    7) Shades Of Eternity
    8) Energy
    9) Frozen Star
    10) Too Late
    11) Dolphin’s Heart
    12) Gothic Vision

    www.dreamquest.it
    www.magiccirclemusic.com
  • BLUDGEON LET OFF SOME STEAM WITH World Controlled

    Available Through Magic Circle Music On June 27th

    Bludgeon is a unique metal entity from Chicago that is not afraid to cause mayhem. The first band signed to Magic Circle Music, Bludgeon takes extreme metal by the balls and doesn’t let go. Their sophomore album, “World Controlled” is a brutal assault on the senses that is sure to leave a lasting impression on fans of death, thrash, hardcore and speed metal.

    Bludgeon has earned several distinctions in their relatively young career. When Manowar bassist and Magic Circle Music founder Joey DeMaio discovered the band, he agreed to produce their debut album, Crucify The Priest - an honor never before bestowed upon a band other than his own - and signed them to his label. DeMaio then introduced the band to Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel, who recognized that the band had immense potential and agreed to distribute their debut album worldwide. Such signs of confidence from metal elite speak volumes about Bludgeon.

    The Bludgeon beast is no stranger to touring. Having performed at the Metal Meltdown III in Asbury Park, NJ and as support act to the legendary Manowar on the Warriors Of The World Tour 2002, Bludgeon is a band that has spread the crusade of metal.

    On the new album, World Controlled, Bludgeon further evolves the sound and attitude that helped them to make such an impressive start. By incorporating hardcore influences into their already powerful death/thrash metal sound, the band has reached a new level of anger and brutality. Vocalist/guitarist Marc Duca explains, “I always write what I feel; half the record was written when I was going through pain and suffering. But I don’t see that as a bad thing.” Songs like “Carnage Begins” and “Consumed By Anger” illustrate the thoughts and feelings of a band that faces the challenges of everyday life with the aggression and persistence needed to come out on top. “You have to suffer to move forward. It’s like you have to prove how faithful you are.”
  • MENDEED sign with nuclear blast

    Nuclear Blast proudly announces the signing of UK shooting stars MENDEED. The Glasgow based youngsters play a stunning mixture out of Thrash Metal, Hardcore and maidenesque guitar solos and already gained high popularity in their home country England, opening for acts like ANTHRAX, CRADLE OF FILTH, SLIPKNOT, TRIVIUM, BLEEDING THROUGH and SHADOW'S FALL! Soon the guys will support FEAR FACTORY on five European shows! Watch out for the thrilling debut "This War Will Last Forever", produced by Mark Daghorn, set to be released in June 2006.

    David Proctor - Vocals
    Chris Lavery - Bass/Vocals
    Steven Nixon - Lead Guitar
    Steph Gildea - Guitar
    Kevin Matthews – Drums
  • I sign with nuclear blast

    "I", the new band fronted by Immortal’s ABBATH, has signed a deal with Nuclear Blast for their upcoming album. Featuring members from IMMORTAL, GORGOROTH and ENSLAVED, and lyrics by former IMMORTAL guitarist Demonaz, you can expect an explosive album later this year!

    The band will enter the studio at the end of April and will be available for interviews later.The first chance to see "I" live will be at the Hole In The Sky festival in Bergen, Norway, August 26th.

    Abbath - voice
    T.C. King - bass
    Ice Dale - guitars
    Armagedda - drums
  • ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET second strike in the making!

    ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET, the new Swedish band featuring former THE CROWN vocalist Johan Lindstrand, have commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to their debut album, 21st Century Killing Machine.

    "[I have] great inspiration right now and I'm writing lyrics constantly and it feels so great," Lindstrand writes on the band's web site. "I have now lyrics for half an album, but the hard part will, of course, be to arrange it with music, but it will be fun as hell. Some riffs have been popping up as well, and the other guys are writing lots of good stuff too, so the next one will definitely be more split up when it comes to the songwriting. We are a band of five, and everyone has equal thinking and that's very promising for the whole process."

    ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET will be performing throughout Europe on the Neckbreakers Ball tour with labelmates HYPOCRISY, SOILWORK, AMORPHIS, and SCAR SYMMETRY.