|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.
- 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
- 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:
AVENGER OF BLOOD
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.
- 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
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.
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
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
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
By entering, participant releases 357 Customs, their Directors, Officers,
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By entering, participant agrees to abide by, and be bound by, all 357
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respects. Winning participants consent to the use of their name, likeness,
prize information, and photographs without additional compensation for
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- 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
"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:
- 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...
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,
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
Track Listing For Born In Hell:
1. Born In Hell
2. Crank The Volume
3. Red Hot Woman
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
- 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
for making this a reality!!
05/30/2006 the middle east, Boston, MA w/ demilich, facedowninshit,
05/31/2006 north six, brooklyn, NY w/ demilich, electro quarterstaff,
06/01/2006 atlanta, GA w/ DEMILICH & others tba
06/03/2006 the backroom, austin, TX w/ demilich, averse sefira, abythos,
06/04/2006 houston, TX w/ demilich, averse sefira, spliteye, to scale
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
06/10/2006 los angeles, CA w/ DEMILICH others tba
- 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
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.
- 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.
|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]
- 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.
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
- 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,
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
- 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 , 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
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
- 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 , 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”
European street date: June 12th, 2006
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
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.
- 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
- 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
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!
"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:
- 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,
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
- 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
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
4. Uprising Nation
5. Always War
6. Die Alone
7. Evil Schemer
9. Make A Mark
10. Forked Tongue
11. The Reason
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”
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
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?
03.06.2006 Mainz Open Ohr Festival Germany
04.06.2006 Passau Pfingst Open Air Germany
05.06.2006 Werden Pfingst Open Air Germany
- 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.
- 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!!!!!!!
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:
July 21st & 22nd 2006
The Canopy Club
708 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, Illinois 61801
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
Chainsaw Homicide - IL
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:
We hope to see all you sickos there!!!!!!!!!!!
Laura aka The Mistress
Matt Bishop - Human Artifacts
The Central Illinois Metalfest 2006
- 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
“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
Saturday, August 26
Avenger of Blood
Head On Collision
- 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
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.
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.
- 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
"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:
Wake The Dead
The New Plague
Deeds Of Flesh
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.
- 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
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
- 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
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
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:
4) Black Rose
5) Lost Horizon
6) Sospiro Divino
7) Shades Of Eternity
9) Frozen Star
10) Too Late
11) Dolphin’s Heart
12) Gothic Vision
- 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
- 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
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
"[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.