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November 30th, 2005
  • RAZORBACK Soundsamples

    We are very happy to announce that you can find some soundsamples of our new CD "Criminal Justice" in the MEDIA section on our site.

    http://www.razorback-online.com/

    RAZORBACK are:
    Stefan Berggren -Vocals
    Rolf Munkes - Guitars
    Chris Heun - Guitars
    Marcus Bielenberg - Bass
    Andre Hilgers - Drums

    Release is November 18th. via Massacre Records.

  • New release: THE AURORA PROJECT - "Unspoken Words"!

    After a long wait, we now have started the promotion of our next release, the debut album by the Dutch band THE AURORA PROJECT, entitled "Unspoken Words". The band was one of the revelations at the ProgPower Europe festival the first weekend of October, so now it is time to seriously start promoting the album. The band has arranged a release party on Friday 25 October, at Scum in their hometown Katwijk. Check out the band's website for all the details, it's gonna be a special evening with a lot of surprises. Keep an eye on the magazines and websites now, because soon you will see the first serious reviews. www.theauroraproject.com.

  • CHAOSWAVE has mixed and mastered the debut CD.

    Italian band CHAOSWAVE has just finished mixing and mastering the album, plus all the artwork is done. The album will be entitled "The White Noise Within", promotion will start at the end of November, so expect a release date of end December / early January. We are very excited about this new release, probably our most important release to date. The band is described as the ultimate mix of Nevermore and Lacuna Coil, the demo gets and overwhelming response in the media and the band sold over 1000 copies of the demo within a few months. The release party in their home country Italy is scheduled for Friday 16 December, a 2-week tour through Denmark, Germany, Holland and Belgium is scheduled for February-March 2006. Keep an eye on this band, you will be pleasently surprised. More info at www.chaoswave.it.

  • ProgPower Europe 2006.

    ProgPower Europe 2006 is scheduled for Friday 29 September (pre-party), Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October. The location will be once more Sjiwa (www.sjiwa.nl) in Baarlo, The Netherlands. The first band is already booked and we are talking to a few other interesting bands already right now. Bands that want to play the festival, check out the website for all the details how to submit your promo package. A new website is being prepared right now and will go online on Sunday 13 November. The first reviews of ProgPower Europe 2005 ar already published on our website, and in general they are more than positive! www.progpower.com.

  • News Update From RAM - New song posted online

    New song 'Shadowman' from the forthcoming album 'Forced Entry' is now available for download at this location:

    http://www.ram-metal.com/HTML/MP3/Shadowman.mp3

    RAM (the traditional Heavy Metal band from Gothenburg featuring Leif Larsson, ex Frozen eyes and NME within and Morgan Pettersson, ex B-thong) will call their full-length debut album "Forced Entry". The new cover can be viewed here:

    http://www.ram-metal.com//HTML/pics/forcedentrycover.JPG

    The Album has been mastered by Göran Finnberg.

    A release party where RAM will perform live, will be held at Sticky Fingers (top floor) in Gothenburg on the 24th of November. RAM will also perform live in Stockholm on Nov 25th at Tantogården. Special guests this night are 'Defueld' and 'Skellington'.

    Tyrant of 'Nifelheim' will be our guest DJ.

    All ticket sales will be handled through www.ram-metal.com

  • JUDAS PRIEST TO RELEASE LIVE DVD 'RISING IN THE EAST'
    ON NOVEMBER 15, 2005, VIA RHINO HOME VIDEO

    BAND'S FIRST STRAIGHT-TO-DVD RELEASE FEATURES CLASSIC HITS
    AND NEW 'ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION' FAVORITES

    Heavy metal icons Judas Priest will release the new live DVD 'Rising In the East' on November 15, 2005, via Rhino Home Video.

    Vocalist Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, bass guitarist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis filmed 'Rising In The East' in May 2005 at the legendary Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. The definitive Judas Priest lineup played two sold-out nights at the venue to promote the early-2005 release of the critically acclaimed studio album 'Angel Of Retribution,' their first new material in 15 years. 'Rising In The East' is Judas Priest's first straight-to-DVD release.

    "We talked about doing a DVD on this tour and we decided to do it at the Budokan because it's a special venue. It's world-renowned. We thought it was an ideal choice," says Tipton. "We filmed both nights but we ended up using the second night only for this DVD. We wanted it to be as live and as real as possible, and when you start taking from different shows there isn't continuity. We wanted it to be one show and that's exactly what it is."

    "I think what 'Rising In The East' displays to Priest fans is the first time seeing us reunited for a full-length show in the DVD format," Halford says. "I think the DVD compounds all the great things that Priest fans and metal fans all around the world love about the band. Priest is still a powerful, physical, full-on experience in the live domain. What this DVD is intended to do is give longtime Priest fans another great memory to add to their collection, and it's also an opportunity for new Priest fans to explore all the great things we're achieving three decades later."

    'Rising In The East' is bursting with Judas Priest classics from albums such as 'Sad Wings Of Destiny,' 'Sin After Sin,' 'Stained Class,' 'Hell Bent For Leather,' 'British Steel,' 'Point Of Entry,' 'Screaming For Vengeance,' 'Turbo,' 'Ram It Down' and 'Painkiller' as well as 'Angel Of Retribution' standouts.

    The track listing includes: "The Hellion/Electric Eye," "Metal Gods," "Riding On The Wind," "The Ripper," "A Touch Of Evil," "Judas Rising," "Revolution," "Hot Rockin'," "Breaking The Law," "I'm A Rocker," "Diamonds And Rust," "Worth Fighting For," "Deal With The Devil," "Beyond The Realms Of Death," "Turbo Lover," "Hellrider," "Victim Of Changes," "Exciter," "Painkiller," "Hell Bent For Leather," "Living After Midnight" and "You've Got Another Thing Comin'."

    "This set list is a great cross-section of the Priest catalog. It runs the full spectrum of musical content," Tipton says. "We used to only play two or three songs from a new album on tour, but for 'Angel Of Retribution' we've played five or six songs from it during the time we've been out, which is a lot. That shows how good the album is and how well-received it has been. It's been very rewarding to see the positive reaction to the new material."

    "The DVD is a full two-hour display of highlights from Priest's career over the last three decades," Halford says. "We take you on a metal journey from 'Sad Wings Of Destiny' right up to 'Angel Of Retribution.' Between those two points in time, 'Rising In The East' includes music that is significant to us and to our fans. In that respect, this DVD is quite unique."

    The audio, which was mixed by longtime Judas Priest producer Tom Allom, is presented in 5.1 Surround Sound.

    "Tom's never totally been away. We've always kept in touch with him. He's a good friend and we worked with him for many, many years," Tipton says. "On the live aspect, Tom is the ideal man. He knows the band inside out. He knows what we like, and he's got a great set of ears."

    "He is a significant figure in the history of Judas Priest," Halford says. "He's made the same metal journey as we have. We were waiting for an opportunity to work together with him again. There's a built-in feeling of security because Tom knows us so well musically. We knew we could hand him a project like this and let him go at it with all the right attributes and complete something that's going to make us happy and make the fans happy."

    Japan has been an incredibly important part of Judas Priest's career. The band's first-ever live album, 1979's 'Unleashed In The East (Live In Japan),' was recorded in the "Land of the Rising Sun," so it's only fitting that the eagerly awaited 'Rising In The East' DVD originate from there too.

    "Judas Priest was one of the first bands to invade that country with metal," Halford says. "Even though we made the DVD in Japan, it really represents the relationship that Judas Priest has with fans around the world."

    Remaining dates on the second North American leg of the 'Angel Of Retribution' tour include:

    DATE CITY VENUE
    Friday, October 28th Kelseyville, CA Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa
    Saturday, October 29th San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
    Sunday, October 30th Long Beach, CA Long Beach Arena

    Following the North American trek, Judas Priest will tour Russia and The Baltics in November and December.

    www.judaspriest.com
    www.rhino.com

  • DARK TRANQUILLITY - European Tour!

    The acclaimed masters and joint founders of Swedish melodic death metal are about to return to European shores to enrapture their loyal fan hordes with material off their latest masterpiece "Character" (released on January 24th, 2005) as well as classic hymns. After supporting KREATOR on their European tour in spring 2005, a trip to the US and numerous festival appearances, the sextet will be headlining this time and support will be thrash-/metalcore hybrid Chimaira and Hatesphere. Vocalist Mikael Stanne comments on the upcoming tour: "Greetings drones! We are very proud and excited to announce that we are heading out on another massacre of the European variety. Right in the middle of darkest December we will come and haunt your waking dreams. We are bringing a strong package this time around for sure. The mighty Chimaira from the US of A and our Danish drinking buddies Hatesphere. I personally cannot wait to go out with a posse like this and I am confident that you people out there into diversity and intensity will get your fill. So prepare to get those carcasses out in the miserable pre-christmas cold and join us for hours cosy carnage and madness. I promise you the full DT experience with a long set of songs about selfdestruction and pain that you all know and love!" DARK TRANQUILLITY just returned from a show on Gran Canaria, where they played at Metal Zone festival on October, 1st and will do another festival in their home country Sweden on November, 19th with labelmates NOCTURNAL RITES and other acts. After that, they will embark on their European headliner tour to brighten up the dark and depressing last month of the year with a full blast of top-notch melodic death metal! Here the exact dates: 19. November 05 (S) Motala Motala Metal Festival On tour with Chimaira & Hatesphere Presented by Metal Hammer (D) 28. November 05 (UK) Cardiff, Coal Exchange 29. November 05 (UK) Exeter, Lemon Grove 01. December 05 (UK) London, Astoria 02. December 05 (UK) Manchester, Academy 2 03. December 05 (UK) Glasgow, QMU 04. December 05 (UK) Birmingham, Academy 2 05. December 05 (UK) Sheffield, Corporation 06. December 05 (F) Paris Trabendo 08. December 05 (B) Antwerpen Hof Ter Loo 09. December 05 (NL) Haarlem Patronaat 10. December 05 (NL) Utrecht Tivoli 11. December 05 (D) Bochum Zeche 12. December 05 (D) Hamburg Knust 13. December 05 (D) Köln Live Music Hall 14. December 05 (D) Stuttgart Röhre 16. December 05 (I) Milan Live Music Club 17. December 05 (I) Cesena Viada 18. December 05 (I) Trevisto New Age 19. December 05 (SLO) Ljubljana VPK Mediapark 20. December 05 (A) Linz Posthof 21. December 05 (D) München Backstage

    Official website: http://www.darktranquillity.com

  • MORGOTH - Live on online!

    Unforgettable German death metal pioneers MORGOTH might have dissolved but their ten-year long career has been perpetuated not only on the compilation "1987-1997: The Best Of Morgoth" (released on Century Media Records on January 24th, 2005), but also on a excellently designed website which you can find at http://www.morgoth.eastpool.com and which offers all info regarding this band, check it out! During its career MORGOTH produced now genre-classics such as the demo "Pits Of Utumno", the ripping EPs "Resurrection Absurd" and "The Eternal Fall" and the fantastic "Cursed" album. After these traditional death metal onslaughts the band successfully incorporated more experimental sounds into their deadly fundament and created such innovative and diverse works as "Odium" and their swansong "Feel Sorry For The Fanatic". After laying MORGOTH to rest, singer Marc was active in Comecon, Power Of Expression and nowadays plays with his former MORGOTH-colleague Sebastian in the promising Action Jackson, so have also a look at their web-base: http://www.actionjackson.de

  • MANNTIS - Debut ready for take off!

    Ready for a full metal blast? On October 17th the explosive Southern California quintet MANNTIS will unleash their long-awaited debut attack in Europe: "Sleep In Your Grave". Produced by Cameron Webb (Danzig, Motörhead, Social Distortion), the record goes straight for the jugular with its scorching guitar work and pummeling rhythmic assault. MANNTIS' staggering blend of hardcore and metal is delivered with authority and conviction, "Sleep in Your Grave" features blistering tracks of unrelenting metal intensity. MANNTIS originally formed in 2000 and immediately began playing anywhere and everywhere possible. Their stunning stage presence was undeniable and overwhelmed anyone that stepped in front of them. The buzz spread quickly throughout the underground, but their biggest break would come in 2004 when they gained worldwide recognition from their participation on the hit MTV show "Battle For Ozzfest". The five piece have an extremely busy fall schedule in the US ahead of them after recently being added to the 10 Years of Brutality Tour alongside Hatebreed, Most Precious Blood, Full Blown Chaos, Gizmachi and If Hope Dies, kicking off on Nov. 1st and running through Nov. 23rd. MANNTIS also just completed a nationwide run on The International Extreme Music Festival tour with labelmates Nightrage, which will soon be followed by few dates with Terror, The Banner and Donnybrook. The recent additions of new drummer Josh Feathers and guitarist Daniel Racardio have added a whole new dynamic to the band's already stellar live show. Click below to download the track "Axe Of Redemption."

    http://mp4.centurymedia.com/audio/AxeOfRedemption.mp3

    Official Website http://www.manntis.com

  • STRAPPING YOUNG LAD - added to ARCH ENEMY UK dates!

    Finally, we can confirm the main support act for ARCH ENEMY's UK shows: the very unique musical force that is STRAPPING YOUNG LAD! A killer addition to the tour, we are sure you all agree... The U.K. dates are looking like a sell-out so get your tickets while they last and enjoy this superb extreme metal package! U.K. Tour 2005 Dec. 12 - Cardiff @ Coal Exchange Dec. 13- Manchester @ Academy 2 Dec. 14 - Glasgow @ QMU Dec. 15 - London @ ASTORIA Dec. 16 - Wolverhampton @ Wulfrun Hall

    Official band website: http://www.strappingyounglad.com

  • THE GATHERING - Mandylion Deluxe!

    It was ten years ago when THE GATHERING recorded their break-through album "Mandylion" and the European metal scene has never been the same since. Produced by one of the top teams, Siggi Bemm (Woodhouse Studio) & Waldemar Sorychta, who already helped Tiamat, Moonspell and Sentenced to find their sound, "Mandylion" became a blueprint for female fronted gothic metal " but it was only the beginning of a long story. From their rough metal roots, to the atmospheric tunes "Mandylion" had to offer, to dreamy, profound songs on "Nighttime Birds" or "How To Measure A Planet?" to their latest adventures within the progressive/triprock field, the Dutch crew always remained true to themselves while building up a continuously increasing fan base. Time to celebrate the 10th anniversary of "Mandylion" with a special deluxe edition. The double CD set features new artwork, a 16-page booklet with song-by-song linernotes from the band and never seen before photos from the recording session. CD2 contains the first demo recordings THE GATHERING did with Anneke van Giersbergen in June 1994 and early 1995. "Solar Glider" is a complete unreleased instrumental while "Third Chance" appeared 2 years later in a different version on the "Nighttime Birds" album. "Working with THE GATHERING on this album is one of my most beautiful memories. To record with such an open-minded band like them... they'd need three sounds when other bands needed 100, and those three sounds were enough to create a gorgeous atmosphere" , states producer Siggi Bemm and it's this special atmosphere that still stands out 10 years later. Track-Listing "Mandylion Deluxe Edition" (2CD): CD 1 " Mandylion 1. Strange Machines (6:04) 2. Eléanor (6:41) 3. In Motion #1 (6:56) 4. Leaves (6:01) 5. Fear The Sea (5:49) 6. Mandylion (5:01) 7. Sand & Mercury (9:57) 8. In Motion #2 (6:07) Total running time CD 1: 52:36 CD 2 " Demos 1. In Motion #1 (7:28) 2. Mandylion (4:42) 3. Solar Glider (instr.) (4:35) 4. Eléanor (6:38) 5. In Motion #2 (7:18) 6. Third Chance (5:53) 7. Fear The Sea (6:29) Track 1 - 3: Beaufort studio (June 1994) demo Track 4 - 7: Tilburg, Double Noise studio (early 1995) demo Total running time CD 2: 43:03 Total running time both CDs: 95:39

    Band website: http://www.gathering.nl

November 19th, 2005
  • Erik Rutan of Hate Eternal Producing New Cannibal Corpse record

    Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel, Ripping Corpse) has entered Mana Studios in Tampa, Fl with Cannibal Corpse to produce their new album. Rutan, frontman for colossal Death Metal outfit Hate Eternal, performs his talents on both sides of the recording studio. Whether it be recording for Hate Eternal, or producing the latest cutting edge elite metal record, Rutan can pull out all the stops and bring out the best metal has to offer.

    Here's some praise on Erik's producing

    Decibel: "...[Erik]'s also becoming the Scott Byrns of 'oos extreme metal, having produced Soilent Green, Into the Moat, and numerous subterranean beasts with indecipherable logos."

    http://www.earache.com
    http://www.hateeternal.com

  • DRAGONFORCE RELEASE INHUMAN RAMPAGE

    January 9th Through Sanctuary/Noise

    Following a hugely successful Summer and Autumn, during which the 18 month campaign in support of their Sonic Firestorm album has seen them wowing festival crowds around Europe before returning to the UK to play yet another sell out tour, London based metallists DRAGONFORCE have just completed work on their eagerly anticipated third album.
    Inhuman Rampage contains eight brand new songs and will be released on January 9th, 2006 on Sanctuary’s Noise Records label. The album recording sessions were made at Thin Ice Studios in Virginia Water (Surrey) and guitarist Herman Li’s own studio in West London between April and September, while production duties were shared between Li, fellow axeman Sam Totman and keyboard player Vadim Pruzhanov.

    When asked to comment on the new album, Li stated:

    “On the new album we have come up with the ultimate formula that has never been done before. Combining intensity, chaos and melody, with all the DragonForce trademarks plus some more. For us, this is the next evolution in DragonForce’s sound. I have never heard an album sounding like ‘Inhuman Rampage’....the title says it all! It’s seriously gonna blow some heads off around the world next year.”

    The full tracklisting of Inhuman Rampage is as follows:-

    1 Through The Fire And Flames
    2 Revolution Deathsquad
    3 Storming The Burning Fields
    4 Operation Ground And Pound
    5 Body Breakdown
    6 Cry For Eternity
    7 The Flame Of Youth
    8 Trail Of Broken Hearts

    The album will be released on CD and picture vinyl, with the CD featuring an enhanced section and other surprise goodies....

    Dragonforce will be performing live in the United States for the first time ever at the legendary CBGB’s in New york City on November 22nd.

    Li said, “It is with great excitement, and it's a great honor, for DragonForce to play at such a legendary venue as CBGB's for our debut US show. I have no doubt that this show will one day be part of the many historic rock shows which have happened during the venue’s lifetime and we hope CBGB's will never stop rocking! We can’t wait to play for our loyal fans in the US who have been waiting for years for us to come to America!“

  • SEVENDUST'S 'NEXT' EXPLODES ONTO
    BILLBOARD'S "TOP 200 ALBUMS" CHART AT #20,
    MUSIC MONITOR NETWORKS' "TOP 200 ALBUMS" CHART AT #1
    AND SOUNDSCAN'S "HARD MUSIC" CHART AT #4;

    "THE MASTERS OF HORROR TOUR" WITH MUDVAYNE
    STARTS NOVEMBER 18;

    APPEARANCES ON "THE MANCOW SHOW" AND "ROCKLINE"
    NATIONAL RADIO PROGRAMS BOOKED FOR OCTOBER 24;

    "PIECES" INCLUDED ON "SAW II" SOUNDTRACK OUT OCTOBER 25

    October 19, 2005 -- Thanks to the enormous success of their hit single, "Ugly," SEVENDUST's newly-released fifth album, NEXT (WineDark/7Bros Records, distributed by Fontana Distribution, a division of Universal Music and Video Distribution), has debuted on Billboard's "Top 200 Albums" chart at #20 and SoundScan's "Hard Music" chart at #4, selling 41,103 its first week out.

    The album also debuted at #1 on the Music Monitor Network "Top 200 Albums" chart, which is compiled from sales at these retail outlets: Bull Moose Music, Cats Music/Pop Tunes/Monster/Sonic, Dimple Records, Gallery of Sound, Graywhale CD Exchange, Independent Records & Video, Rasputin Music, The Record Exchange, Scotti's Record Shop, and Zia Record Exchange.

    "Ugly," the album's first single, has been exploding at Rock radio since its release August 9. It's currently bulleted on the following charts: #19 on R&R's "Active Rock"; #24 on Billboard's "Active Rock Tracks"; and #24 on Billboard's "Mainstream Rock Tracks." The P.R. Brown-directed video for "Ugly" can be seen now on Launch.com and is currently being serviced to TV outlets nationwide.

    Early sales success is also due in large part to the band's exhaustive promo tour schedule. The band--Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), John Connolly (guitar), Vince Hornsby (bass), Morgan Rose (drums), Sonny Mayo (guitar)--has been criss-crossing the U.S. for the past few weeks meeting with fans, appearing at listening parties at retail outlets, and participating in a variety of radio station-sponsored charity events. They've been playing poker, paintball and softball, bowling, and riding motorcycles, lending their support to various charities including the American Red Cross' Hurricane Katrina relief fund. To date they've helped raise over $10,000.

    Monday, October 24 will be an extremely busy day for the band as they're set to make two national radio appearances. That morning they'll appear live on "The Mancow Show" from the program's Chicago studio starting at 9:00am CT. They'll be performing three songs from NEXT and answering questions from host Mancow. Fans should check www.mancow.com for station info. Later that evening, SEVENDUST will be the featured guests on "Rockline," starting at 8:30pm PT/11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625).
    A complete list of participating stations can be found at www.rocklineradio.com.

    Meanwhile, "Pieces" from NEXT will be heard in the forthcoming movie "Saw II" and on the soundtrack album along with songs by Marilyn Manson, Queens of the Stone Age, Mudvayne and more. The album hits stores October 25.

    In touring news, SEVENDUST will be heading out with Mudvayne, 10 Years and Bobaflex as part of "The Masters of Horror Tour" starting November 18th at the Val Air Ballroom in Des Moines. Confirmed stops include New York, Chicago, Miami, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. Before the tour commences, they'll perform on October 22 in Kansas City at the Kansas City International Speedway as part of Slipknot's current trek. They're also confirmed to headline the House of Blues in Orlando, FL on New Year's Eve.

    For SEVENDUST, the upcoming tour dates can't come soon enough. "Our number one priority right now is to bring the most massive show possible that we can bring to the people who come to see us," declares guitarist John Connolly. "It's going to be brutal. There's not a moment's break. The live show will definitely be the most intense show we've have ever seen. So be ready. Be ready for sure."

    As drummer Morgan Rose continues, "It's God awful to deal with as a band member. It's gut-wrenching. It's the heaviest set that I could ever imagine us doing." And singer Lajon Witherspoon concludes, "I think what we're doing on this next show is bringing it to a different level. Something we've never done before and I hope everyone likes it, but ultimately it's all about the music and that's what I'm really excited about."

    For future updates on SEVENDUST's tour schedule and everything else happening in their world, fans could log onto the band's website.

    www.sevendust.info
    www.winedarkrecords.com

  • TESTAMENT: LIVE IN LONDON
    CAPTURES THE BAND'S CLASSIC LINEUP LIVE
    ON DVD AND CD ON NOV 1, 2005

    Eagle Rock Entertainment, the leading independent source for high quality music audio/visual programming, will release Testament: Live In London separately on DVD and CD on November 1. Recorded earlier this year on the band's 2005 Reunion Tour, Live in London immortalizes a vicious live performance from the originators of thrash metal whose career spans the past twenty years.

    Live In London captures Testament's classic lineup for the first time since 1992: vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson, bassist Greg Christian and drummer Louie Clemente pummel through a set of their classics, full of guttural growls, fleet-fingered solos, and double bass drum fusillades that culminate in the dynamic thrash metal epics that the band's diehard fans swear by. Additionally, John Tempesta, longtime drummer for Testament as well as for White Zombie, subs for the first half of the set for the long inactive Clemente.

    Not only does Live in London contain an unabridged metal meltdown, it also includes special behind the scenes footage of the band members reflecting on the reunion and the various paths each member has recently pursued. The DVD was filmed by Eagle Eye Productions in high definition and recorded in stereo, 5.1 and digital DTS surround.

    DVD and CD Track Listing

    The Preacher
    The New Order
    The Haunting
    Electric Crown
    Sins of Omission
    Souls of Black
    Into the Pit
    Trial By Fire
    Practice What You Preach
    Let Go of My World
    The Legacy
    Over the Wall
    Raging Waters
    Disciples of the Watch

    Metal Maniacs

  • AGALLOCH To Release Pale Folklore Double LP In Special Wooden Jacket Edition

    To commemorate AGALLOCH'S exclusive appearance at this year's Day Of The Equinox Festival, Profound Lore Records had specially crafted, a handful of custom-made wooden box vinyl jackets that will house this exclusive limited edition package of the Pale Folklore double LP. This wooden box edition of the LP version of Agalloch's debut album will be extremely limited to only 60 hand-numbered (by Agalloch mastermind John Haughm) copies and will be considered the ultimate Agalloch collector's item. The specs for this edition go as follows:

    -- Wooden jackets are made of fresh fine pine wood
    -- 30 Wooden jackets are personally stained with Olde Maple Gloss (for a more terse, coarse, and edgier texture - in look and feel)
    -- The other 30 will be personally stained with traditional Classic Oak Gloss
    -- The Pale Folklore insignia laser-etched in lavish Fette Fraktur font on the front of the wooden case.
    -- Double LP will be presented in a limited white vinyl with a wintery-blue splatter (as opposed to the regular blue vinyl in which the LP will be released as on it's scheduled release date in early Nov)
    -- This limited edition set will include six original and authentically developed photo prints chosen by John Haughm himself. Each photo will represent a song on the album, will be personally labelled, and will be paired up in two's and presented in different print sizes (5 x 7, 4 x 6, and 4 x 12 panoramic format)

    These wooden box sets will initially be sold during the course of the evening at the Day Of The Equinox show in Toronto that will occur on Oct 14th, 2005. For more info on pricing etc, said info can be found at the Profound Lore Blog section (link to be found on main page of the site). Only serious inquires need apply and only one per customer will be allowed on a first come, first serve basis. Any leftover editions will of course be sold via the Profound Lore Records site (info for pricing and shipping will be announced on Oct 15th, the day after the DoE show). This limited edition set will precede the official release date of the Pale Folklore double LP due out in early November. So those purchasing this will be the first to own it.

    This extremely limited special wooden box set edition from this revered album will be a special relic for the die-hard and dedicated Agalloch fan. One that cannot be passed up!

    Now Flooding:
    PORTAL - Seepia digipack re-release
    ORPHANED LAND - Mabool double LP
    ORPHANED LAND - Ararat 10" via The End Records
    WOLD - L.O.T.M.P CD

    PROFOUND LORE RECORDS
    PO BOX 12046
    Mississauga , Ontario
    L5C 4R7
    CANADA
    www.profoundlorerecords.com
    [email protected]

    Metal Maniacs

  • IN FLAMES SIGN TO FERRET

    Sweden's IN FLAMES have inked a US record deal with Ferret Records.The band's already completed new album, Come Clarity, is scheduled for a February 7, 2006 North American release. The CD will be issued in Europe on February 6, 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records.

    The follow-up to 2004's Soundtrack to Your Escape, Come Clarity was mixed at Tonteknik studio in Umea, Sweden and is "the best one we've ever done," according to IN FLAMES guitarist Jesper Stromblad. "It's kind of a mixture between the new stuff and the old stuff," Stromblad told Greece's Metal Temple webzine in a recent interview. "Like the previous two albums were a little bit experimental for us, we changed producers and we changed studios. So we took all the good stuff from the old stuff and the new and we did this album and it's brilliant.It's awesome. ...Musically it's more up tempo, more melodic to show that we have so much more to give and we're really hungry. The best album is yet to come."

    Come Clarity final track listing:

    Take This Life
    Leeches
    Reflect the Storm
    Dead End
    Scream
    Come Clarity
    Vacuum
    Pacing Death's Trail
    Crawl through Knives
    End of Things
    Our Infinite Struggle
    Vanishing Light
    Your Bedtime Story Is Scaring Everyone

    IN FLAMES recently completed a US tour as one of the main-stage acts at this year's Ozzfest. The band will tour the US for over half of 2006, starting with a headlining tour in January. A video for the album's opening track, Take This Life, is currently in the works. [Source: Blabbermouth.net]

    Metal Maniacs

  • KILLSWITCH ENGAGE UNLEASH (SET THIS) WORLD ABLAZE LIVE CONCERT DVD ON NOVEMBER 22, 2005

    Grammy-nominated hard rock purveyors Killswitch Engage will release their first DVD, (Set This) World Ablaze on November 22, 2005. Their show, which was filmed on July 25th in front of a frenzied, hometown crowd at Worcester's Palladium, sold-out in less than three days and captures the band playing crowd favorites old and new. (Set This) World Ablaze features over 75 minutes of performance footage, all of the band 's videos, on-the-road and behind-the-scenes footage, as well as interviews with members of Killswitch and others artists they have toured with. Directed by Lex Hallaby (Mudvayne, Chimaira) the DVD captures the power and passion of Killswitch Engage as they drain every ounce of energy out of the 3000+ capacity crowd, leaving them all begging for more.

    Since the release of their sophomore effort for Roadrunner Records The End Of Heartache, in May of 2004, Killswitch Engage has exploded into the mainstream - selling over 375,000 copies of that album, landing the lead single to the film Resident Evil: Apocalypse (which debuted at #1), headlining two highly successful US tours and co-headlining both the inaugural Taste of Chaos Tour and Ozzfest 2005. The album has been called "badass" by Spin Magazine, "stunning" by Rolling Stone and an "immaculate piece of work" by Kerrang! and become the standard - bearer in its genre. The New York Times, Stuff, Alternative Press, Blender all lauded the album, and magazines such as Revolver, Decibel, Metal Maniacs, Guitar One and Skinnie put the band on the cover. Additionally Killswitch Engage played The End of Heartache and Rose of Sharyn on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly, respectively. Metal Maniacs

  • VISIONS OF ATLANTIS ANNOUNCE NEW FEMALE SINGER

    Nicole Bogner is to leave the band with immediate effect. Due to the changes in her personal and professional life, Nicole Bogner & Vsions of Atlantis have decided to go separate ways from now on. The split with the female singer happened in friendship, and VoA want to thank Nicole for everthing she has done with and for the band.

    Visions of Atlantis announce the professional soprano singer Melissa Ferlaak as the new female singer.

    Melissa Ferlaak, 26 from Minneapolis, Minesotta, graduated with a Master's Degree from New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts in 2003 for vocal performance.

    She has worked in the operatic field, most recently as Musetta in La Boheme, and has been singing with Aesma Daeva.

    New VoA concerts are being scheduled at the moment, and the songwriting for the upcoming album is almost finished!

    www.visionsofatlantis.com

    Metal Maniacs

  • KATAKLYSM TO SHOOT VIDEO

    Kataklysm have recruited director Maurice Swinkels from Lowlifemedia (Exodus, Aborted, Gorefest) to film the bands first videoclip for the the new album In the arms of devastation. The video will be for the track "Crippled & Broken" and will be a conceptual clip shot in Amsterdam (Netherlands) in early March next year, the band will soon after embark on a coheadliner tour across europe for the No Mercy festival.

    www.kataklysm.net
    www.nuclearblast.de

    Metal Maniacs

  • CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN UNDER FIRE IN KENTUCKY - Recently it came to our attention that there is an epidemic if you will in Kentucky involving one of our bands, CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN. This email was sent to the parents of the community regarding this issue:

    "The band Circle of Dead Children has been found on the hard drives of over 3/4 of the students at local private high school Sayre (Lexington, KY). All of the students at this school carry laptops because it is a requirement of the school and with over 1000 students, the amount of infected individuals is appalling. Two days ago, a student was found listening to the band while in math class. The teacher grabs the headphones and is shocked to hear what she hears. Deep, disturbing and crude 'music' that goes beyond any other devil music heard in the past. Obvious, blatant and blunt description of death and destruction of humanity. At the moment, Sayre school is under full investigation by both the PTA and local christian groups. The goal of the investigation is to find the root of this 'digital daemonic virus' called Circle of Dead Children." -School news email to parents Metal Maniacs

  • FACEDOWNINSHIT SIGN TO RELAPSE RECORDS

    FACEDOWNINSHIT have recently inked a deal with Relapse Records. The band is currently working on new material for their Relapse debut which is expected to see a Spring 2006 release.

    FACEDOWNINSHIT will bring their unique brand of southern fried dirt metal to the east coast with a tour starting on October 20th running through November 11th with more dates to be announced. As anyone who looks at this band's tour history will know, FACEDOWNINSHIT have made a home out the live setting, playing each show like it's their last. They are not a band to be missed. A listing of tour dates follows this message.

    www.FACEDOWNINSHIT.com

    Metal Maniacs

  • APARTMENT 213 SIGN TO RETRIBUTE

    www.retributerecords.com

    Yes, that's right-the Cleveland powerviolence legends are back!

    Formed in the early 1990s, Apartment 213 was and is the complete opposite of what music in Cleveland sounded like, combining blast beats and metal riffs with slow, sludgy, down tuned rhythms and barked vocals. Lyrical content ranges from the inner thoughts of serial killers to their actual actions and the depravity of human nature. Apartment 213 took a hiatus in the late 90's and early 2000's but are back with a stripped down line up, but a more brutal attack.

    Recording will be taking place in November/December 2005 with the release scheduled for early 2006.

    www.myspace.com/apartment213powerviolence
    www.retributerecords.com

    RETRIBUTE RECORDS
    PO BOX 76
    NEW FERRY
    WIRRAL
    CH63 9WU
    ENGLAND, UK

    Metal Maniacs

  • FIREBALL MINISTRY RELEASE NEW RECORD

    FIREBALL MINISTRY, the Los Angeles quartet, release their new offering THEIR ROCK IS NOT OUR ROCK - (Liquor and Poker Music) the follow-up to FIREBALL MINISTRY's critically acclaimed The Second Great Awakening -- today.

    For THEIR ROCK IS NOT OUR ROCK, the band re-teamed with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver).Recorded at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 West and the late Elliott Smith's New Monkey Studios, THEIR ROCK IS NOT OUR ROCK showcases the definitive FIREBALL MINISTRY sound the LA Weekly described as "timeless hard rock excellence...magnificently heavy."

    FIREBALL MINISTRY join HIM, Finch and Skindred for the forthcoming Viva La Bands tour kicking off November 19 in Atlantic City. The Viva La Bands tour--featuring artists handpicked by MTV skateboarding personality Bam Margera of Jackass and Viva La Bam fame -- will arrive on the heels of FIREBALL MINISTRY's fall outings: a month-long tour with Opeth, Pelican and Nevermore; and the second leg of the Rock Adio tour with CKY commencing October 31 in Philadelphia. Metal Maniacs

  • CAVE IN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

    Boston based masters of all things heavy, CAVE IN, have just announced their complete US tour schedule and have also released details on their TOUR ONLY CASSINGLE (a cassette single limited to 500 copies featuring 2 new CAVE IN songs) recorded w/ drummer Ben Koeller!

    www.cavein.net
    http://hydrahead.com

    CAVE IN US Tourdates!
    Sun, Nov 27 New York, NY Knitting Factory
    Mon, Nov 28 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
    Tue, Nov 29 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
    Wed, Nov 30 St. Louis, MO Creepy Crawl
    Thu, Dec 1 Kansas City, MO El Torreon
    Fri, Dec 2 Denver, CO Rock Island
    Sat, Dec 3 Ogden, UT Club Boom Va
    Sun, Dec 4 Boise, ID The Venue
    Mon, Dec 5 Seattle, WA El Corazon
    Wed, Dec 7 Portland, OR Loveland
    Thu, Dec 8 San Francisco, CA The Pound
    Fri, Dec 9 Hollywood, CA Knitting Factory
    Sat, Dec 10 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction
    Sun, Dec 11 San Diego, CA Casbah
    Mon, Dec 12 Phoenix, AZ Modified
    Tue, Dec 13 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
    Thu, Dec 15 Austin, TX Emo's
    Fri, Dec 16 Houston, TX Walter's on Washington
    Sat, Dec 17 Dallas, TX Trees
    Sun, Dec 18 Little Rock, AR Vino's
    Mon, Dec 19 Nashville, TN The End
    Tue, Dec 20 Richmond, VA The Nanci Raygun
    Wed, Dec 21 Baltimore, MD The Ottobar
    Thu, Dec 22 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
    Fri, Dec 23 Cambridge, MA Middle East Upstairs

    Metal Maniacs

  • NAPALM DEATH Tour North America

    “Unquestionably the most influential band in extreme music's ferocious history,” (Decibel’s Albert Mudrian) Birmingham’s Napalm Death have recently confirmed their first full North American tour alongside thrash metal legends Kreator. Their latest “unrepentantly crushing and fiercely climactic”(Metal Maniacs) epic The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code has made fans “love the smell of Napalm in the morning - again!" (All Music Guide). Enthusiastic about the tour vocalist Barney Greenway commented, “I know a lot of people were disappointed that we only hit the East Coast last time out (with Obituary), but we promised we'd be back, so here we are. We were knocked out by how much people like the new album, so we'll be doing a nice selection of stuff for you guys from that. It'll be twice as fast of course, so keep your ears pinned back! See you there!”

    Starting in Royun-Norande, QC on Feb. 21 the tour will traverse North America wrapping up at West Springfield, VA’s Jaxx on March 25. Specific dates and venues will be announced shortly. Napalm Death will set out across South America and Mexico next week before December’s 11 European dates with the Persistence Tour 2005 together with Hatebreed, Agnostic Front and more.

  • METAL BLADE RECORDS Inc. sponsoring Central Hockey League!

    As many of you may already know; owner and CEO Brian Slagel is an extreme enthusiast of hockey and has appeared many times as a guest on Canada's TSN Off The Record (Canada's version of ESPN) expressing his opinions on the sport and much more as well as supporting Central Hockey League teams like the Wichita Thunder, Ft Worth Brahmas, Lake Charles Ice Pirates, and the Miami Manatees. And now he will be showing his support of the game by sponsoring the CHL's Power Players on their web site as well as sponsoring their weekly radio show, On Edge with the CHL, which will not only feature Metal Blade ads but will also have Brian Slagel on as a guest. Metal Blade will also be sponsoring the Ft Worth Brahmas' "shooter" warm up jerseys and during the warm ups they will be playing MB videos on their scoreboard. The Wichita Thunder will also be included as Metal Blade will be sponsoring the Player of the Week section on their web site and their radio programs. For more information on the CHL, the Ft Worth Brahmas, or the Wichita Thunder clink on the links below.

    http://www.centralhockeyleague.com/ - http://www.brahmas.com/ - http://www.wichitathunder.com/

    "The Central Hockey League is very pleased to further develop an already outstanding partnership with Brian Slagel and Metal Blade Records," said CHL President Brad Treliving. "Through the continued strength of our "'Metal Blade Power Players' and our new "On Edge" weekly internet radio broadcast, we fully expect our fans to further enjoy the synergies between our brand of professional hockey and Metal Blade Records, trend setters in the music industry for over two decades."

    Metal Blade has always been very excited to cross promote our product and brand with the Central Hockey League. They are the leaders in value entertainment and sport. We enjoy working with them and look forward to the continuation for many years of our partnership." Brian Slagel owner and CEO of Metal Blade Records

    http://www.metalblade.com/

  • KILL BY INCHES Seeks Frontman

    Queens based groove core band KBI seeks talented, ballsy, professional, clean metal/hardcore/hardrock vocalist for recording and shows. Rehearsal 2 times a week. You must have previously recorded material to be considered and be
    career minded.call kEv at 917-613-7994

    www.killbyinches.com
    www.myspace.com/killbyinches

  • LLOTH band has signed with the Label Sleaszy Rider Rec

    LLOTH band started back in 2003 by the founder member Tristessa (bass) with the line-up of Nicolas Sic Maiis/ Main vocals, Stelios Mavromitis /Guitars and Stelios Darakis /Drums.

    The band is now pre-recording their debut album for the time and rehearsing for live shows.
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    Official LLOTH site: http://www.lloth.tk
    LLOTH contact: [email protected]

    SLEASZY RIDER http://www.sleaszyrider.com

  • CANDLELIGHT USA LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
    PREMIERES KHOLD VIDEO ONLINE

    Philadelphia: Candlelight USA confirms the launch of their new website. The site has been completely redesigned and has been streamlined to allow viewers easier access to information on all label artists. The new site has a page for new releases, artist pages, news, and tour dates. The sites download section and online store remain under construction at this time. Launch dates for each will follow.

    Candlelight further announces the premiere of Khold's new video at the site. Visitors can download or view (available for both high or low speed connection) the Norwegian band's new clip in support of their brand new record, Krek, now in stores nationwide.

    Additional premieres and contests are planned in the coming weeks. Visit www.candlelightrecordsusa.com for a peak.

  • Khaoz Star Records News

    We just want to inform you some news concerning our label

    We are very proud to have signed the Swedish PLUTONIUM. Their music can be described as extreme metal with an industrial touch. The debut CD will be released in 2006. For more info about Plutonium, visit their website.

    www.plutoniumsite.com

  • The Century Family’s Second Annual Christmas BallS
    Hollywood’s Key Club Dec. 7
    Nevermore, Behemoth, Watch Them Die, Manntis

    Come one, come all to The Century Family’s Second Annual Christmas BallS! After the resounding success of last year’s jubilantly jam-packed inaugural event, The Century Family’s evil elves are once again preparing a magical metal night. Wednesday, December 7, four outstanding Century Family artists will come together to help us celebrate the end of another triumphant metal year. A massive undertaking, Santa has already selected presents for all tapping Seattle’s Nevermore to headline the celebration. Supporting the band will be Behemoth, Watch Them Die, and Manntis.

    Nevermore, who spent the summer performing on the mainstage of Megadeth’s Gigantour, just finished headlining their first European tour supporting This Godless Endeavor. The band joined Opeth’s North American tour Oct. 26 in Chicago, and wrap up the tour in Ft. Lauderdale, FL November 11. The band will then continue performing headlining dates across the Midwest, complete dates can be found here.

    Currently conquering North America on Danzig’s Blackest of the Black tour, Polish metal titans Behemoth are on their third North American tour supporting their critically-acclaimed album, Demigod. Heralded as "metal's best live band" by BW&BK, BEHEMOTH have toured with the likes of such heavyweights as King Didamond, Suffocation, Nile, Halford, Opeth, and Superjoint Ritual.

    Oakland-based purveyors of violence WATCH THEM DIE are currently on a massive national U.S. tour alongside Exodus, 3 Inches of Blood and Crisis. The group recently unleashed their blistering sophomore offering, Bastard Son, which is a multi-layered exploration of anger, pain, loss and redemption.

    The explosive Southern California quintet MANNTIS have an extremely busy fall schedule ahead of them after recently being added to the 10 Years of Brutality Tour alongside Hatebreed, Most Precious Blood, Full Blown Chaos, Gizmachi and If Hope Dies, kicking off on Nov. 1st and running through Nov. 23rd. The group’s highly acclaimed new album, Sleep In Your Grave, produced by Cameron Webb (Danzig, Motorhead, Social Distortion), is now available and goes straight for the jugular with its scorching guitar work and pummeling rhythmic assault.

    Following last year’s successful event, the elves have put their heads together to come up with even more fantastically diabolic devilry. Already busy assembling stockings filled with heavy metal trimmings, they are scouring the workshop for musical goodies for all attendees. Santa’s selected outstanding surprises to raffle throughout the night, and one lucky winner will go home with a brand new Schecter guitar.

    Tickets for the Christmas BallS are available at The Key Club box office, or at Ticketmaster. Twenty bucks gets you in to witness our rockin’ jingle bells, a price even a Scrooge could love.

    The Century Family includes Century Media Records, Nuclear Blast America, and Liquor and Poker Music. Century Media, the flagship label of the Century Family, is an upstart independent hard rock/heavy metal label founded in 1988. Its American branch opened three years later. With nine offices around the globe, the label employs more than 150 people worldwide. Featuring a rich catalog of such influential acts as Iced Earth and Opeth, the label’s leading artists today include Shadows Fall, Lacuna Coil, God Forbid and Arch Enemy.

  • NEGATIVA Line-up Announced !

    NEGATIVA, Steeve Hurdle’s new band (Ex-GORGUTS / PURULENCE), has completed its line up: Steeve on vocals / Guitar, Luc Lemay (Ex- GORGUTS) on vocals / guitar, Dominique Lapointe on bass (QUO VADIS, AUGURY, ATHERETIC) and Etienne Gallo (AUGURY) on drums. A website is under construction and shirts will be available from GWN soon. The band should enter the studio in the winter for a promo recording. It’s all speculation right now but NEGATIVA might be touring with TOWARDS DARKNESS and PAROXYSM in the spring of 2006. More on this as things develop. Meanwhile, if you want to get in touch directly with Steeve, you can do so by e-mail at: [email protected]

  • ...the gnarled, jackhammering monstrosity ION DISSONANCE attacks

    "...Solace is a mind-boggling shower of grit toothed anger, backbreaking heaviness and insane patters of destruction..." 8/10 - Outburn

    "Rather than make metalcore malleable for the mall kids, Ion has taken it underground again in an almost unlistenable montage of charred embers and dangerous shards of glass." - Metal Maniacs

    "...Ion Dissonance have no choice but to be one of the kings of technical music today." - Exclaim!

    "Ion Dissonance' second full length album just might be the most brutal and punishing album of the year." 92/10 - Stereokiller.com

    Ion Dissonance' follow-up to their Breathing Is Irrelevant release that still remains one of the most destructive metalcore albums ever, Solace proves they're continually morphing their gut-wrenching tech-metal to higher levels of intensity. Touring constantly in support of the Abacus Records release, the band is out now and will be out through the new year.

    www.id357.com
    www.abacusrecordings.com.

  • MY THRENODY - Full EP available for download

    After releasing the second album, The Dawn of Understanding, through Avernus Records, MY THRENODY is back with a new release, unusualas its unique music, an EP available only on Internet. This EP, titled Transcending Misery, is already available for download, containing three songs, plus booklet and lyrics. This EP is a gift for the fans who followed the work of Jefferson Britto (the man behind My Threnody) through these years and now can get this release without any cost.

    Transcending Misery is available for download at www.mythrenody.com