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November 22nd, 2006
    LOS ANGELES- Thrash metal icons HIRAX will enter the studio in October to record the first new material since 2004’s “The New Age Of Terror.”
    The band is scheduled to begin recording 4 new tracks on October 13 at Shiva Industries Studio in Santa Ana, California.  John Haddad will produce the tracks “Lucifer’s Inferno” and “City of the Dead” for the compilation “Speed Kills…Again,” to be released on the new label, Heavy Artillery, a subsidiary of Punk Core Records.  The other two tracks, “Summon the Death Dealers,” and “Crown of Thorns,” will tentatively be released on limited edition vinyl through Black Devil Records.  The compilation will also feature two songs each from Merciless Death, Warbringer, Violator, Enforcer, Meltdown, and Avenger of Blood.
    “HIRAX has never been a conventional metal band,” said vocalist Katon W. De Pena.  “We realize the importance of the younger bands and we have always reached out to them the same as the older metal heads.  Punk Core Records started this subsidiary label so that they could release thrash metal bands.  They really support underground music. Their Punk Core division has released great acts such as The Causalities, The Virus, and Lower Class Brats.”
    This will be the first studio recording with recent additions Lance Harrison (lead guitar), Steve Harrison (bass), and Fabrico Ravelli (drums) - joining HIRAX founding member vocalist Katon W. De Pena and lead guitarist Glenn Rogers, who has just received an endorsement from Jackson Guitars.
    HIRAX plan to record their full length record, “Assassins Of War,” beginning in early 2007.  The band recently sold out of the first pressing of its first DVD, “Thrash Till Death.”
    Following a four-date tour of Mexico, HIRAX’S first-ever US tour will begin in Philadelphia on November 10.
    “We are fired up to do these upcoming tour dates!” said De Pena.   This is the first time in HIRAX history that we will be doing an extended tour.  We have played New York and Boston before and the fans TOTALLY KICK ASS!  They are very loud.   We are looking forward to playing for them again.  We will be playing some new songs from our upcoming album, “Assassins of War, “for the first time live as well as HIRAX classics. The band is looking forward to tear it up for the East Coast thrashers.”
    10/07/06 Sat. KBEACH.org  2-4pm PST California State,  Long Beach, CA  562-985-1624
    10/08/06 Sun.  KNAC.com  3-5pm PST
    10/19/06 Thu.  KUCI.org  88.9 FM midnight -3am PST 949-824-5824
    10/29/06 Sun.  Circo Volador, Mexico City, DF
    East Coast Leg
    11/10/06 Fri. The Boiler Room Philadelphia, PA
    11/11/06 Sat.  North Six, Brooklyn, NY
    11/12/06 Sun.  Middle East, Boston, MA
    11/13/06 Mon.  TBA, Albany, NY
    11/14/06 Tue.  Bug Jar, Rochester, NY
    11/15/06 Wed.  Jigsaw, Cleveland, OH
    11/16/06 Thu.  Lawrenceville Moose, Pittsburgh, PA
    11/17/06 Fri.  The Sterling Hotel, Allentown, PA
    11/18/06 Sat.  The Ottobar, Baltimore, MD
    11/19/06 Sun.  Legion Hall, Wallingford, CT
    West Coast Leg
    12/09/06 Sat.  Bulldogz, Phoenix, AZ (all ages)
    12/15/06 Fri.  Annie’s Social Club, San Francisco, CA (21 and up)
    12/16/06 Sat.  Safari Sam’s, Hollywood, CA (all ages)
    Just thought we past it along to you....
    DOWN THE DRAIN, the Buffalo, New York-based quintet featuring MALEVOLENT CREATION singer Brett Hoffmann, has line up the following dates during the coming months:

    Dec. 16 - Towson, MD @ Recher Theater (w/ CKY)
    Dec. 19 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl St. Nightclub (w/ CKY)
    Dec. 20 - New Haven, CT @ Toads Place (w/ CKY)
    Dec. 22 - Philadelphia, PA @ at the TLA (w/CKY)
    Dec. 31 – Buffalo, NY @ The Tudor Lounge

    DOWN THE DRAIN recently signed a deal with Arctic Music Group. The group's full-length debut, "Dying Inside", is scheduled for release in January 2007. The CD was recorded at Watchmen studios in Lockport, New York with producer Doug White (SNAPCASE, EARTH CRISIS, IT DIES TODAY, EVERY TIME I DIE). Check out Some cuts at the band's official myspace page. www.myspace.com/downthedrain and the title track at www.downthedrainmusic.com
    Brett Hoffmann - Vocals
    Chris Benbenek - guitar and Vocals
    TJ Suto - Guitar
    Scott O'Dell - Bass
    Shane Rizziano - Drums

    If we're in your area hope to see yea at the show......
  • MY DYING BRIDE Parts Ways With Drummer

    Drummer Shaun Steels has left U.K. doom metal band MY DYING BRIDE. "His continuing illness shows no sign of abating and he feels the uncertaintly could be having a negative affect on his relationship with the bandmembers," reads a posting on the group's web site.

    Shaun Steels has issued the following statement regarding his departure from the group:

    "I would just like to salute MY DYING BRIDE for the good times and wish them all well in the future, I feel I am not ready to fulfill the duties in a manner befitting MY DYING BRIDE at this time and have decided to stand down. I am sad to be leaving but at this time I feel it is for the greater good of the band."

    Peaceville/Snapper Music has set an October 31 U.S. release date for "A Line of Deathless Kings", the new album from MY DYING BRIDE. It is the band's ninth studio effort and introduces drummer John Bennett.
  • Theatres des Vampires News
    Theatres des Vampires new DVD "The Addiction tour 2006" is finally out!

    Following the band on their 2006 European tour, this DVD contains nine live tracks taken from concerts in Zagreb, London, Prague and Berlin. It also features two video clips, as well as rare, never released material and exclusive interviews with Sonya Scarlet, telling the history of the band. A long awaited audio visual release of this amazing outfit!

    A must have for any Goth Metal / TdV fan!


    PlasticHead/Blackend announces the new Album from Theatres des Vampires!

    Following the succes of the DVD "The Addiction tour 2006", in February 2007 will be released "The Addiction tour 2006 - LIVE" the album!

    A double Cd, with all the best tracks from the live 2006 + a bonus cd, with never released remixes, new EXCLUSIVE tracks and other surprises!!!

    Don't miss it!
  • NIGHTWISH no new singer before 2007

    News from NIGHTWISH – the band has posted the following message on ist official website: "There have been false news again about a new NIGHTWISH-vocalist in the Finnish media. No decisions have been made regarding the vocalist and there will not be any before the year 2007. When the band chooses the vocalist they will inform the media of it. Once again: Do not trust any news if it's not written on www.nightwish.com!"
  • SIRENIA album update

    Norwegian Gothic Metallers SIRENIA have finished recording their upcoming album: "The recording sessions for the new album are completed and we are now in the middle of the mixing process. We are on schedule, so the album will be completed by the 1st of October. The title of the upcoming album is 'Nine Destinies and a Downfall', and it will be released early next year."

    "Nine Destinies and a Downfall" was recorded at Jailhouse studios in Norway with engineer Hans Eidsgard and Soundsuite studios in France with Terje Refsnes. The CD is being mixed and mastered at Antfarm studios in Aarhus, Denmark with Tue Madsen.

    After having almost finished their current "Riders On The Storm" headliner tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland (the last show takes place this weekend), DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER are ready to infect more parts of Europe with Reitermania in November and December! Stop by and get enlightened!

    25.11.2006 MILANO - Transilvania Club (I)
    26.11.2006 PRATO - Siddharta Club (I)
    28.11.2006 LONDON - Underworld (GB)
    29.11.2006 LIVERPOOL - The Cavern (GB)
    30.11.2006 BIRMINGHAM - The Flapper and Firkin (GB)
    03.12.2006 ROTTERDAM - Baroeg (NL)
    05.12.2006 AUGSBURG - Musikkantine (D)
    06.12.2006 ZüRICH - Alpenrock (CH)
    07.12.2006 GRAZ - Orpheum (A)
    08.12.2006 BRUNECK - tba (I)
    09.12.2006 GLAUCHAU - Alte Spinnerei (D)
  • CATHEDRAL festival update

    British Doom masters CATHEDRAL are scheduled to appear at Finland`s Helldone Festival. The festival will take place at the Tavastia Club in Helsinki from December 29th to 31st. Alongside CATHEDRAL, labelmates AMORPHIS plus acts such as HIM, KATATONIA and ANATHEMA will rock the house.
    Mathieu Marcotte is currently recording an instrumental solo project called "Humanoid". This acoustic-space-metal project with varied influences such as Cynic, Pink Floyd and Opeth, will feature: Forest (Augury, Quo Vadis, Atheretic) on fretless bass and ChaotH (Unexpect) on bass. The cover artwork will be a creation from Michel 'Away' Langevin (Voivod).

    "Humanoid" shall see its release in the spring of 2007.

November 20th, 2006
  • BLUT AUS NORD's Mort: the worldwide fear campaign begins

    Introduced to US audiences via their early 2004 Candlelight debut, The Work Which Transforms God, and 2005 issue of their previously unavailable catalog, underground favorites Memoria Vestusta and Ultima Thulee albums, French extremists Blut Aus Nord finally remove the blackened veil that has possessively covered their new oeuvre, Mort.

    A singular composition consisting of eight united chapters, Mort continues the gruesome soundtrack that has quickly become the trio’s acclaimed hallmark. Nearly two years in the making, the album again incorporates the band’s unique guitar play (layering similar to early Emperor), corrosive rhythm section and bitter vocals. Kerrang says it best when calling the band’s music, “the sound of underground metal's black heart, twisted beyond all recognition."

    Formed in 1994, the faceless Blut Aus Nord have enjoyed a steadily increasing worldwide sales and fanbase. Metal Maniacs, Terrorizer, Kerrang, Decibel and many others applaud the band’s sinister sound, often likened to a metamorphis of Darkthrone, Neurosis and Godflesh. Blut Aus Nord performs Occult Advanced Audio Research

    Mort is a worldwide artist development priority for Candlelight Records. Interviews are available via email - summon Earsplit for details. Otherwise just hide in your bomb shelters in unfathomable fear of Mort....

    "dark, foreboding... should scare the piss out of you."
    - Anvil/Sounds of Death

    “Blut Aus Nord pushes the definition of music; disfigured, anti-social, pure, raw black metal... Eccentric.”
    - Brave Words Bloody Knuckles

    "Blut Aus Nord not only exceed in making progression and black metal go hand in hand, they raise the bar a few notches. "
    - Digital Metal

    “grim, forward-thinking... probably one of the most amazing black metal albums of the last several years.”
    - Ultimate Metal

    www.blutausnord.com | www.candlelightrecordsusa.com

    Philadelphia: Peaceville/Snapper Music today confirm October 31 as the US release date for A Line of Deathless Kings, the new album from Yorkshire, England's My Dying Bride. It is the band's ninth studio effort and introduces drummer John Bennett.

    Brave Words Bloody Knuckles proclaims, "My Dying Bride are practically untouchable." Digital Metal adds, "no matter where the sextet venture they’ re bound to excel eloquently." Since their inception in the early 90's the band are one of metal's most distinguishable artists. A Line of Deathless Kings reunits the six-piece with long-time collaborator/producer Mags (who recorded the bands initial compositions). Mixed at The Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire and mastered at famed Abbey Road Studios in London it is a highly anticipated return for a pioneering band.

    Track listing for A Line of Deathless Kings is confirmed as follows: To Remain Tombless, L'Amour Detruit, I Cannot Be Loved, And I Walk With Them, Thy Raven Wings, Loves Intolerable Pain, One of Beauty's Daughters, Deeper Down, The Blood-The Wine-The Roses. A video has already been filmed for album track "Deeper Down." The clip directed by Charlie Granberg (who also conceptualized Katatonia's "My Twin" and "Deliberation" videos ealier this year)

    My Dying Bride currently features guitarists Andrew Craighan and Hamish Glencross, bassist Ade Jackson, keyboardist Sarah Stanton and vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe with drummer Bennett,

    My Dying Bride catalog currently available via Peaceville/Snapper Music includes:

    Turn Loose the Swans - (1993 CD/MC/LP Peaceville VILE 39)
    The Angel and the Dark River - (1995 CD Peaceville/MFN CDVILE 50)
    Like Gods of the Sun - (1996 CD Peaceville/MFN CDVILE 65)
    34.788%... Complete - (1998 CD Peaceville/MFN CDVILE 74)
    The Light at the End of the World - (1999 CD Peaceville/MFN CDVILE 79)
    Meisterwerk I – (2000 Comp CD Peaceville CDVILE 81)
    Meisterwerk II – (2001 Compilation CD Peaceville CDVILE85)
    The Dreadful Hours – (2001 CD Peaceville CDVILE90)
    The Voice Of The Wretched – (2002 LIVE CD Peaceville CDVILE117)
    For Darkest Eyes – (2002 DVD Peaceville DVDVILE1)
    Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light – (2002 CD Peaceville CDVILEF 110X)
    Anti-Diluvian Chronicles – (2005 3 x CD Box Set Peaceville CDVILE B130)
    Sinamorata – (2005 DVD Peaceville DVDVILE6)
    Deeper Down – (2006 EP Peaceville CDVILES158)
    A Line of Deathless Kings – (2006 CD Peaceville CDVILEF150)
  • Dismember w/Entombed & Grave Tour Western North America

    12/03/06 DOMINO ROOM BEND/OR
    12/08/06 KAMAKAZE'S OGDEN/UT
    12/09/06 HUBBA'S DENVER/CO
    12/12/06 CHIC'S EL PASO/TX

    Open Grave Records & HM Magazine have made the debut album from End of Destiny, “The Thoughtless Existence” available to stream online for the next two weeks, with the official street date being October 10th 2006. The track listing for the CD is as follows:

    1 An Illness to Call Your Own
    2 Muffled
    3 New Hampshire
    4 The Thoughtless Existence
    5 Calm Sea's Dead Breeze
    6 The Day the World Fell Down
    7 Luxury Suicide
    8 Cast Me Out
    9 Son of Deception
    10 Return to Thought and a Thank you Letter

    The entire album is available for streaming exclusively at www.hmmag.com.

    END OF DESTINY began in late 2005 and consists of members Patrick Daniels (guitar), Daniel Terry (vocals), Buddy Reno (bass), Mike Yahne (keyboards), and Joe Wren (drums). The band released a demo album, entitled, "We the Walking Dead, Brought Back to Life", in early 2006, which promptly gained the interest of Open Grave Records and led to their signing.
  • VADER Video

    Candlelight USA has posted to its official My Space page the new video from Vader. The controversial clip can be viewed by bringing your browser to www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa and clicking on the "video" section (located under the label's phoenix logo on the upper left-hand side of the page).

    Vader's new album Impressions in Blood is in stores now and available via Candlelight USA's web store at www.candlelightrecordsusa.com
  • New AFTER DEATH songs

    Check out the new After Death demo from ex Morbid Angel, Nocturnus, Acheron vocalist/drummer Mike Browning's new lineup. The musick is 4 songs of atmospheric occult metal.


    As we have changed of French distributor, the debut album "Wordless Hope" from French Doom Metal band Inborn Suffering was postponed. Now, it will out in October instead of September. Besides that, INBORN SUFFERING is booked to play in the most important European Doom Festival "Dutch Doom Day 5" on October 28/29 in Holland together with other bands like Reverend Bizarre, Saturnus, etc. Get more details about the festival at http://www.baroeg.nl/ddd.

    For more info, visit: http://www.inborn-suffering.com
    Unique Documentary Shot In India Also Included

    (Los Angeles, CA) Joe Satriani, having raised the bar on guitar playing and brought supreme musicianship back to rock & roll, is about to make history once again. Scheduled to drop on October 31, the double-DVD package Satriani Live! takes multiple journeys into the essence of creativity and unprecedented access into one artist's world.

    In addition to breathtaking, nine-camera footage of Satriani, rhythm guitarist Galen Henson, bassist Dave Larue, and drummer Jeff Campitelli tearing it up for more than two hours at their Anaheim stop during this year's Super Colossal tour, Satriani Live! captures them backstage and onstage on the last stop of that trek, with comments from fellow guitar legend Eric Johnson, candid moments with members of Joe's band and crew, and one amazing surprise unleashed by the audience that night in San Francisco.

    Audio from HDNet's state-of-the-art production of the Anaheim show will be released in a double-CD package under the same title, Satriani Live!, on the same date of October 31.

    The DVD complements this concert event with a different type of documentary: Flying in a Blue Dream, an account of the band's shows throughout India in 2005. Produced by Hamesh Haridas and Koushik Sarkar for Naughty Monk Films, Flying in a Blue Dream focuses equally on the music as well as the people and places that hosted the group, from young guitar students emulating their hero's moves to exotic landscapes that mirror the beauty and power of Satriani's performances.

    Along with these films, Satriani Live! records life and work away from the spotlight, through podcasts that were shot by Joe and/or his son ZZ. In decidedly unglamorous settings, from rehearsal studios to green rooms on the European leg of their tour, the musicians emerge as slightly crazed characters who just happen to be world-class virtuosos. Add to this photographer Patrick Cusse's stunning slide show, based on photos of Satch and his band, and the epic "Super Colossal" video, and Satriani Live! towers above typical music DVDs in its ambition, depth, comprehensiveness, and achievement.

    "Some of the stuff on the podcasts is ridiculously funny, where the Peter Sellers in everybody starts to come out," Satriani says. "The music is new too, because I wanted everybody to stretch out more than usual. When Dave joined us on bass, our energy level ratcheted up, so that by the time we got to the Anaheim show we were punching it really hard while also getting adventurous enough to explore new territory onstage.

    "Between this, the slide show, and the Indian movie, we've added more truth, humanity, and excitement to the story than we've ever been able to do before. I think we've nailed how it feels to live with this band, to build the music from the ground up and take it to the world."

    More than that, Satriani Live! redefines the relationship of artist and audience. "The HD film is a classic example of bringing the fans into the concert experience," Satriani explains. "On the other hand, when I watched the film of our Indian performances, I felt, maybe for the first time, how our music feels to the people we play it for. When you put all the pieces together, this project probably has opened my eyes as much as it will for anyone who sees and hears it."

    Over these past twenty years Satriani has carved a unique place for himself at the highest level of instrumental accomplishment. Celebrated by aficionados of instrumental excellence as well as fans of raw rock & roll, he has sold more then ten million albums, earned 13 Grammy nominations, conceived the legendary G3 guitar summits, revolutionized six-string technique, the JS guitar line for Ibanez and JSX amp line for Peavey, issued a line of picks and guitar straps adorned with his original artwork, and guested on disc with the Yardbirds, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, and Spinal Tap.

    With a calendar that includes G3 shows with John Petrucci and Eric Johnson in Mexico and South America through October and with Petrucci and Steve Vai throughout Australia and November and December, Satriani shows no sign of slowing down. In that sense, the energy and excitement of Satriani Live! are as much a forecast of what lies ahead as a celebration of milestones already passed.
  • The power of INSOMNIUM compels you!!!

    For the past three years, Finland’s Insomnium have quietly founded a strong sales history and supportive fanbase. Their two previous recordings, In the Halls of Awaiting and Since the Day All Came Down, represent mere glimpses into the potential of this still very young band. With Above the Weeping World, a Candlelight worldwide priority release out Oct 17 in North America, Insomnium are now positioned for that next leap...

    Recording at renowned Fantom and Finnvox Studios, Above the Weeping World contains the band’s skilled melodic death metal, stunningly heavier with even further dynamic and melodic variety than that of their previous efforts. “This is by far the best Insomnium album”, says vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevänen. “It is the first time we feel we really succeeded in studio. We have nine great tracks on the album. Even the video looks really cool. As a band we are very happy with the end result.”

    Formed in 1997, Insomnium recorded two demos before signing with England’s Candlelight Records (home to Opeth’s original trilogy of records). Their two albums have sold well for a band that has had very little live experience (over 20,000 combined worldwide sales to date); things to change in the coming year. Metal Hammer on review said it best, “Insomnium are captivating from start to finish."

    "If you are into In Flames until The Jester Race and Dark Tranquility until Projector, and also enjoy the melodic sides of bands like Jarva-era Sentenced, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, and Swallow the Sun, you cannot pass this up. This could be the best melodic death album of the year. This is melodic death metal perfection." 4.5/5 - Sea of Tranquility

    “Insomnium have grown into something truly remarkable" - Kerrang

    "The sound is spectacular; the songs are for the most part long and memorable without becoming boring, and as soon as this CD plays, you get the flashback of the better days of many of the bands that are now leaking oil by the gallons!" 10/10 - Lunar Hypnosis


  • LACUNA COIL New E-card (incl. new video) online!

    the new video for LACUNA COIL’s upcoming new single “Closer” can be enjoyed online now at the band’s official Century Media Artist page, which you’ll find HERE as well as on their brand-new E-card!

    At http://ecard.centurymedia.com/lacunacoil/ you can stream “Closer” (audio/video), find out more about the band, the new single and the latest album “Karmacode” as well as participate in a competition where you can win some exclusive items sponsored by Vestal. In addition to that, the ecard offers an overview on the countless cover features of LACUNA COIL, the chance to receive news updates on the band as well as regularly updated tour dates. So, check it out and spread this ecard among your friends!

    Visit the band’s website:

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    New! Century Media Records Europe rocks Youtube.com
  • ICED EARTH Footage Of Legendary ICED EARTH "Alive In Athens" DVD Revealed

    Century Media Records unveils footage of legendary ICED EARTH “Alive In Athens” show from 1999

    With ICED EARTH, Jon Schaffer created one of the most successful Power Metal bands ever. One of those reasons for their success is that ICED EARTH were always renowned as being one of the best live bands ever. Their first and only live album “Alive In Athens” was recorded at two sold-out shows on the nights of January 23rd and January 24th, 1999, at the Rodon Club in Athens, Greece. Originally released as a triple-CD and 5 picture-vinyl set in summer 1999, “Alive In Athens” entered the German charts on #55 and stayed two weeks on #1 in Greece, where it was quickly honoured with Gold status.

    “Alive In Athens” was heralded by many as one of the greatest live heavy metal albums ever recorded, often named up among such hallowed company as Iron Maiden’s “Live After Death” and Judas Priest’s “Unleashed In The East” as one of the finest live albums ever captured.

    Seven years after the release of “Alive In Athens”, a discovery was made when raw footage of the live show itself was discovered in a discontinued archive, and out of curiosity alone the footage was immediately converted to a modern tape format and examined. Although only three cameras were present at the show, the energy and atmosphere of the material was overwhelming, and only three of the 31 live songs (“Slave to the Dark”, “A Question of Heaven” and “Iced Earth”) were absent or unusable due to videotape changes of the camera team. Not having known that camera footage existed from such a legendary concert, the decision was made to share the material with the world in the form of “Alive In Athens – The DVD”. The audio files have been re-mastered for 5.1 DTS surround sound to offer the best quality live feeling. While not as slick as the modern 16-camera, quick-cut DVD releases found today, the fact that fans can now share the visual experience of being at the show is one that will surely be rejoiced. Some backstage footage and a Jon Schaffer interview with the German music channel VIVA TV were also unearthed and added as part of this historical performance, leaving it without the standard bells and whistles but nonetheless delivering more than 2-1⁄2 hours of the best Metal ever recorded live.

    DVD tracklist:

    1.Intro 01:53
    2.Burning Times 03:32
    3.Vengeance is Mine 04:07
    4.Dark Saga 03:30
    5.Last Laugh 04:15
    6.Cast in Stone 05:53
    7.Last December 03:28
    8.Pure Evil 06:16
    9.Desert Rain 06:29
    10.Dante's Inferno 16:20
    11.The Hunter 03:58
    12.Melancholy (Holy Martyr) 05:04
    13.Angels Holocaust 04:38
    14.Stormrider 04:45
    15.The Path I Choose 05:39
    16.Watching Over Me 05:12
    17.Diary 05:57
    18.Blessed Are You 05:08
    19.When the Night Falls 07:21
    20.My Own Savior 03:47
    21.Travel in Stygian 09:17
    22.Violate 04:38
    23.Stand Alone 03:23
    24.Brainwashed 05:43
    25.Disciples of the Lie 04:10
    26.I Died For You 05:01
    27.Prophecy 06:10
    28.Birth of the Wicked 05:44
    29.The Coming Curse 08:08
    30.Epilog 02:36

    31.Iced Earth Backstage 04:21
    32.Jon Schaffer in Athens 03:26

    Total running time: approx. 171 min

    Release Dates:
    GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX: Friday, October 27, 2006.

    UK / FRANCE / SPAIN / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, October 30, 2006.

    NORTH AMERICA: Tuesday, October 31, 2006

    FINLAND / SWEDEN / HUNGARY: Wednesday, November 01, 2006.

    ITALY: Friday, November 03, 2006.

  • WOLF - New video online!

    Out for blood? Out for REAL heavy metal? Then check out Swedish WOLF’s newest clip for “I Will Kill Again”, a burning hot track of purest heavy metal taken off WOLF’s upcoming album “The Black Flame” (European Street Date: September 25, 2006, US: October 3, 2006 through Prosthetic Records), as it can now be streamed at the band’s official Century Media Artist page HERE.

    You can also check out this bloody little clip at the Century Media Youtube page (see direct link below) or at the official website of the band, which is online again after being down for short period of time.

    Note that this is probably the only chance to view the splatter version of the video as TV refused it and only plays a wimpy clean version! So, get ready for some metalized bloodshed!

    "Straight forward Heavy Metal that grabs you straight by the balls."
    HEAVY (D), soundcheck #3

    "THIS, people, THIS is genuine Heavy Metal! Raw, real, untamed..."
    ROCK HARD (D), soundcheck #3

    "Who does not go nuts on this has never ever worn a metal denim vest!"

    "It's about time those guys get where they belong: straight to the top!"

  • BORKNAGAR New song online!

    To never stand still is a motive ideally describing Norwegian avant-garde black metal act BORKNAGAR. Mastermind Oystein G. Brun did not fear to take many risks on his previous releases and with such a gifted vocalist as Vintersorg (also Cronian, Fission) on board, Brun could also make his vision of an acoustic BORKNAGAR album reality. The result is entitled “Origin” (European Street Date: 30.10.2006) and as a little appetizer for this diverse and daring effort, the opening track “Earth Imagery” is now online at the band’s Century Media Artist page, which you find HERE.

    Oystein G. Brun comments on the new effort and the first advance song “Earth Imagery”:

    The wooden, organic presence in our music has always been the very essence of our musical expression through the years. The spark that lit the torch, one winter night back in 1994, was the magical feeling that just grabbed me when I tried out some rather untraditional chords on my new-bought acoustic guitar. Since then I have always based my songwriting on acoustic themes and there is few riffs throughout the years that actually have not been written on acoustic guitars in the first place.

    With our first six albums we have been on a long musical journey, taking a huge step further each time. Progression has been crucial to the whole existence of the band and we have always been striving to challenge musical boundaries for ourselves and others. Our 6th album “Epic” was a massive release in many aspects. The album was an hour long, tons of arrangements and the lyrics had an intricate character. This time around we just felt the urge to bring everything really down to earth and make an album which fully blooms as a manifest of our musical origin. Based on this we put ourselves in the challenging position to make a 100% acoustic album. The idea for this album was spawned already back in 2001, but at that time we planned to just make an album with acoustic re-makes of already released material. The idea evolved and in 2004 I started to work on some new material with the intention to keep it acoustic. The summer of 2005 we started to record the album at Toproom studio in Norway with our engineer and co- producer Børge Finstad. The album was recorded in different locations and sporadically throughout 2005 and the first half of 2006. We were lucky to involve some top-notch musicians to finish the production of the album. Again Mr. Tiwaz contributed with his rumbling wizardry. Sareeta (violin) and Thomas Nilsson (cello) helped us to obtain the genuine wooden string sound that the album craved, and Norwegian flute-icon Steinar Ofsdal (flutes and recorders) has added mystic and enchanting atmospheres into the organic framework.

    We are truly proud to lay another milestone in our musical universe and believe that “Earth Imagery” is a fine representative for the album. “Earth Imagery” is one of my personal favourites on this album and even without the blast speed, screaming vocals and distorted guitars(this time around) I am sure it will hit you in the face as one of our most striking efforts so far. Enjoy!"

    The tracklisting for “Origin” reads as follows:

    BORKNAGAR - “Origin” CD:
    1. Earth Imagery (4:52)
    2. Grains (3:42)
    3. Oceans Rise (6:05)
    4. Signs (1:17)
    5. White (4:45)
    6. Cynosure (2:55)
    7. The Human Nature (4:48)
    8. Acclimation (4:30)
    9. The Spirit of Nature (3:00)

    So, prepare yourself for an intense journey through atmospheric musical landscapes of epic grandeur and enticing bleak beauty with BORKNAGAR’s “Origin”!

    On Roadrunner Records - In Stores Now

    The Best of Fear Factory [Roadrunner Records] is in stores now. Listen to the evolution of Fear Factory on one album!

    From their brutal early days to their transformation into the techno-metal powerhouses we've come to love, it's all here! The Best Of Fear Factory includes such trademark songs as "Replica," "Linchpin," and their smash hit cover of Gary Numan's "Cars." Buy The Best Of Fear Factory now or the Edgecrusher will come knocking down your door!

    Track Listing:
    01. Martyr
    02. Scapegoat
    03. Scumgrief
    04. Demanufacture
    05. Self-Bias Resistor
    06. Zero Signal
    07. Replica
    08. Shock
    09. Edgecrusher
    10. Resurrection
    11. Cars
    12. Linchpin
  • SOMBERLAIN announces new guitarist and mixing sessions are delayed

    The brazilian death metal band Somberlain announced Diego Lucena as their new guitarist, three months after Yuri Leite left the band. Diego, who already played in Ark of Sin, is already working with Somberlain and recorded all the solos of the new album.

    The release of the new album will be delayed to a sickness of the bassist Delano Lima, which made the band to reschedule the final mixing sessions.

    - Somberlain -



    On October 24, Rounder Records/Zoë Vision will release the first-ever music DVD from the legendary Robert Plant. Produced by Soundstage and directed by Joe Thomas, Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation was featured in concert recently on PBS television and is a must-see for new and old fans of one of rock's most celebrated figures.

    Few recording artists achieve the type of legacy that Robert Plant has enjoyed, from his early career fronting hard rock juggernaut Led Zeppelin to his critically acclaimed solo works. Plant's musical ventures range from gritty blues to edgy metal, delicate acoustic balladry, lush soundscapes infused with electronic elements, glowing pop, and roots music from around the world.

    “The spirit of rock'n'roll is live performance,” asserts Plant. “Studio recordings can be captivating, and live albums can capture some of the synergy in a concert, but there is really nothing like being in the moment when the music is connecting you to the people-it's truly a communion.”

    Celebrating the magic of live musical performance was the impetus behind the landmark PBS series, Soundstage. The program initially ran for 11 years (from 1974 through 1985) and featured some of the most prestigious names in popular music, including Bob Dylan, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Arlo Guthrie, Jose Feliciano, and the Temptations, to name but a few. Taped before small studio audiences, these intimate performances offered home viewers a unique concert experience and fresh perspective on the performers and their craft. The program was recently resurrected and has been captivating a new generation of music fans with one-hour live sets by a diversity of artists.

    So it is fitting that Robert Plant's first-ever DVD release is his Soundstage performance which was filmed at the Soundstage Studios in Chicago on September 16, 2005, with his band, Strange Sensation. The quintet features Clive Deamer (drums) from Portishead and Roni Size projects; John Baggott (keyboards) of Portishead and Massive Attack; Billy Fuller (bass) from Bristol band Fuzz Against Junk; ambient guitarist Skin, formerly of Brit Pop phenomenon Cast; and Justin Adams (late of Sinead O'Connor, Jah Wobble, and the Wayward Shakes) playing gimbri, darbouka, and guitar.

    Clocking in at 66 minutes total, the program was captured live in high-definition and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound. The set ran the gamut from reinvented Led Zeppelin classics to some striking selections from Plant's solo career. “No Quarter” is infused with rich world music flavors; “Black Dog” is fueled by a deeper, funkier groove, and an inspired version of “Four Sticks” is dedicated to the late, great Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham, whose death in 1980 marked the end of the band. Material from 2005's twice Grammy-nominated Mighty Rearranger, Plant's first album of all new material in more than ten years and a collection described by Rolling Stone magazine as an infusion of “exotic melodies and blues thunder” includes “Freedom Fries,” a roots rocker with a political twist. The concert closes with a bang-an extended rendering of Zeppelin's orgasmic opus, “Whole Lotta Love” which loses none of its vim despite a more subdued arrangement and low-key setting. Bonus tracks include a rendition of “Hey Joe,” the William Roberts classic popularized by guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix and featured on Plant's twice Grammy-nominated 2002 album Dreamland and a cover of Bob Dylan's “Girl from the North Country.”

    “It's quite something to watch successive generations of music fans discover and appreciate your work,” Plant observes. “It's kind of like rediscovering the world through a child's eyes. You find fresh nuances in the music and the songs continue to grow with a life of their own. As I've explored the rich musical traditions of North Africa and the Middle East, elements of those musics have worked their way into some of the most unlikely songs-and that kind of constant reinvention keeps your creativity piqued.”

    Great music has the power to continue captivating people over time. This DVD is a modest testament to the timelessness of Led Zeppelin and Robert Plant.

    Track Listing:
    1. No Quarter
    2. Shine It All Around
    3. Black Dog
    4. Freedom Fries
    5. Four Sticks
    6. Tin Pan Valley
    7. Gallows Pole
    8. The Enchanter
    9. Whole Lotta Love

    Bonus songs:
    10. Hey Joe
    11. Girl from the North Country

    Founded in 1970, Rounder Records is America's premier independent label. Rounder and its Zoë, Heartbeat, Philo and Bullseye Blues imprints have a catalog of over 3000 albums, representing a wide variety of folk, roots, rock, blues, and reggae music.
  • BIBLE OF THE DEVIL - The Diabolic Procession

    Hailing from Chicago, IL, Bible of the Devil is a four-piece rock n' roll metal assault squad specializing in brutal, melodic, riff-driven rock n' roll metal anthems evoking images of urban debauchery, violence, human dementia, and conquest. With stylistic nods to heavy metal of the 70s and 80s, yet with modern sensibilities, Bible of the Devil intend their moniker as a euphemism for rock n' roll itself, a lofty declaration of their electric mission.

    Having toured extensively throughout the United States and mainland Europe in the years of the new millennium, the band has several releases to their credit including: FIREWATER AT MY COMMAND (2002, Genuflect Records), TIGHT EMPIRE (2003, Raw Deth Records / 2004, Dead Teenager Records) and a split seven inch EP with fellow Chicagoans The Last Vegas (2004, Scarey Records). In 2005, Bible of the Devil unleashed the opus BRUTALITY, MAJESTY, ETERNITY (2005 Scarey Records CD), and expanded their touring endeavors and label interest to Europe. The Windy City metallions followed in 2006 with another split seven inch, this time with The Lord Weird Slough Feg (2006, Threat Records), and now release their fourth full-length, THE DIABOLIC PROCESSIO.

    Bible of the Devil's first release for Rome, Italy, based Cruz Del Sur Music, THE DIABOLIC PROCESSION addresses the fable of the Children's Crusades as a metaphor for our troubled times, while weaving the chronology of the story into the framework of their most heavy and epic songwriting to date. Deploying a twin-guitar onslaught emphasizing melodic, harmonized leads and pummeling riff attacks, the propulsive rhythms and infectious vocal stylings of Bible of the Devil coalesce to form a veritable rock n' roll juggernaut.

    The band will play several dates in mainland Europe for a tour in October, 2006, in addition to numerous shows in Chicago and around the Midwest throughout the rest of the year - watch their website and MySpace for updates.

    With a punishing output both live and recorded, Bible of the Devil is truly a band for those who demand their metal sans the prefix "nu".

    "The metal quotient is way up from previous offerings, the Lizzy/Maidenesque twin guitars more frequent, the songwriting caliber greatly increased and best of all a plethora of great riffs are to be found here." - HellrideMusic.com

    "There are so many cool riffs and solos on this album, along with alot of sing-along choruses and riffs to bang your head to, that you just want to reach for the denim and leather and the tennis racket and go to town!" whitetrashdevil.com

    "It's savage and unrelenting and highly recommended" stonerrock.com
    "Huge and majestic" smother.net

  • FALL OF SERENITY part ways with singer & present new line-up

    German melodic death metal outfit FALL OF SERENITY have parted ways with singer René Betzold. The new microphone abuser will be former bass player John Gahlert, who already wrote a lot of the vocal lines on the last album “Bloodred Salvation”, which was recorded @ Rape Of Harmonies Studio (Heaven Shall Burn, etc) and mixed by Jacob Hansen (Heaven Shall Burn, Mercenary, Maroon, etc). The free spot behind the bass will be taken by new member Simon Brach. Welcome on board, dude! The change of the line-up will NOT affect any of the already announced shows as FALL OF SERENITY played a couple of shows without René in the past where John already stepped in on vocals and did a great job, so be there and bring it on!

    Watch one of Germany´s best death metal bands around @ one the following shows:

    18.11.2006 Bochum @ Matrix (Braincrusher Fest)
    25.11.2006 Frankfurt am Main @ Elfer (11er)
    01.12.2006 Dresden @ Thrillbeats Club
    02.12.2006 Zeulenroda @ Schieszhaus
    16.12.2006 Olbernhau @ Juze
    23.12.2006 Nördlingen @ Christmas in Hell Fest


    SAN FRANCISCO – Taiwan’s biggest metal export, the symphonic black metal band Chthonic, will release its fourth album, “Seediqbale,” on October 3 through Down Port Music/RED.

    The weepy sounds of the er-hu, a two-string violin that dates back to Tang dynasty (618-907), gives Chthonic’s music an ethnic flare while adding another eerie layer to the band’s sounds of strife and tragedy.

    “The Oriental two-string Violin is a common traditional instrument in many Eastern Asian countries like Taiwan, Korea, China, Hong-Kong, and Singapore,” said vocalist Freddy. “What is special about it is its plaintive, sad tone. I decided to learn from a traditional musician and started to play it in Chthonic’s music.”

    Chthonic has stirred up controversy in the past with its strong Taiwanese pro-independence stance, which has been the focus of much of the band’s past material. In keeping with its culturally-inspired concepts, “Seediqbale” reaches further back into Taiwanese history to the legend of the Seediq and its struggle with Japan over land and religion.

    Like two of the band’s previous albums, “Seediqbale” was recorded at Borsing Recordings in Denmark. “When Chthonic was formed in 1996, there was no extreme metal scene in Taiwan, not to mention the studios capable of producing this kind of music,” said Freddy. “So when we were prepared for our first album, we compared some of the black metal albums we had and chose Illdisposed’s album, because we liked its recording quality. Then we hooked up with the studio that recorded that album and became good friends with the boss, Jan Borsing. He has been working with us since then, including in some big live concerts in Taipei as our sound engineer.”

    Hailing from a country with a little-known metal scene, Chthonic has gained national attention in its native land where it was awarded “Best Rock Group” at the 14th Annual Golden Melody Awards, the Eastern Asian equivalent of a Grammy.

    The award was presented to the band by none other than the country’s President Chen Shui-bian. “Music is more powerful, more moving than politicians,” the President said before the band joined him on stage.

    The group capped off that momentous year by playing the annual New Year’s Eve live, nationally broadcasted concert in front of President’s Hall and the release of the band’s Mandarin theme for the 21st Century Fox Taiwan release of “Freddy vs. Jason.”

    Chthnonic’s previous albums. “Where the Ancestors’ Souls Gathered,” “9th Empyrean,” and “Relentless Recurrence,” have been recorded in both Mandarin and English.

    The group made its United States debut at the 2002 Metal Meltdown festival and returned that year for a performance at the Milwaukee Metalfest.

    “My favorite find of the year was Chthonic from Taiwan. Tightly executing vigorous and beautiful black metal, lead singer Freddy played an Oriental two-string violin.” – Illinois Entertainer

    “…the Black Sabbath of Asia…” - Taipei Times


    Downlord the Denmark-based death metal band featuring Dave Ingram on vocals, Donovan Spenceley (ex-SACRIFICIAL, EXCESSIVE PAYBACK) on guitar, Rene Falther (ex-EXCESSIVE PAYBACK, INIQUITY) on guitar, Thomas Fagerlind (ex-INIQUITY, DAEMON) on bass, and Rasmus Schmidt on drums has released a rough mixed version of the song, “Sleep Forever” from their forthcoming debut album, “Random Dictionary of the Damned” due out later this year on Open Grave Records.

    The track can be downloaded by visiting Downlord’s website (www.downlord.dk) or Open Grave Records (www.opengraverecords.com).


    11/10 Springfield, VA Jaxx
    11/11 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
    11/14 Montreal, QC Medley
    11/15 Toronto, ON Opera House
    11/16 Buffalo, NY Buffalo Icon
    11/17 Detroit, MI Harpo's
    11/18 Milwaukee, WI The Eagle's Club
    11/19 St Paul, MN Station 3
    11/20 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
    11/21 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
    11/22 Salt Lake City, UT Avalon Theatre
    11/24 Seattle, WA El Corazon
    11/25 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
    11/26 San Francisco, CA Slim's
    11/27 Hollywood, CA House of Blues Sunset Strip
    11/28 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theatre
    11/29 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
    12/01 Austin, TX Emo's
    12/02 Houston, TX Java Jazz
    12/03 Dallas, TX Gypsy Ballroom
    12/05 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
    12/06 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues Orlando
    12/07 Ft Lauderdale, FL Culture Room

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  • TWELFTH GATE Seeks New Vocalist

    TWELFTH GATE would like to announce that they are currently looking for a new permanent vocalist.  Much to the band's disappointment, their previous replacement for original singer Scott Huffman turned out not to be as good a fit for the band as anticipated...both for personal and professional reasons.

    Vocalists who are interested should have good clean mid-range vocals, as well as a good dirty/raspy/heavy vocal ability.  Due to the continuing natural progression of the band's musical direction, a good balance between clean & dirty vocals is preferred.  Serious candidates will also be required to submit pre-recorded samples of vocal ability prior to auditioning with the band.  If interested or know anyone who is, please contact the band via the Twelfth Gate myspace page (www.myspace.com/twelfthgate) or the official website (www.TwelfthGate.net)

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  • ARSIS Unveils Cover Art For Upcomming Full Length

    Willowtip has just uploaded the cover art to the highly anticipated 2nd full length from Virginia's ARSIS, United In Regret.  It can be viewed at this location. 

    In addition, a sample MP3 of the track "Lust Before The Maggots Conquest" has been posted as well.  You can listen to it here
    Following the enormous success of their debut album, 2004's A Celebration Of Guilt ,  and 2005's epic A Diamond For Disease , ARSIS have returned with their brand new full length, United In Regret. "With United In Regret", ARSIS have once again raised the bar and breathe new life into the overpopulated world known as "Melodic Death Metal".  Recorded at Max Tax Studios (Skinless, Stigmata) in Albany , NY and Hairy Breakfast Productions (Misery Index) in Atlanta , GA , and mastered by Scott Hull (Phobia, Pig Destroyer), United In Regret will feature the best production job on an ARSIS record yet.  The nine tracks contained on United In Regret showcase ARSIS' strongest and most well-written material to date. 

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  • BLOODJINN Sign To Pluto

    We're excited to announce that Bloodjinn has joined the Pluto roster, and they are preparing to uncage their new material onto the unsuspecting public. A staple in the metal scene since 1999, Greensboro, NC's Bloodjinn have previously released material on Tribunal Records and Goodfellow Records. They will enter Vudu Studios in Freeport, NY next month with producer Mike Watts (Hopesfall, The Chariot, As Cities Burn). Expect an early 2007 release date. Look for Bloodjinn on tour later this year.

    Listen to some demo tracks at www.myspace.com/bloodjinn or www.purevolume.com/bloodjinn.
    For more information visit www.bloodjinn.com or www.plutorecords.com.

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  • GOJIRA Plan North American Tour; Debut On Headbangers Ball

    GOJIRA confirmed for North American tour dates, debut on Headbangers Ball, interview online French metal titans GOJIRA have been confirmed as support for Children of Bodom's upcoming North American, alongside Amon Amarth and Sanctity. The tour will cross the continent from late-November to mid-December and marks the first time GOJIRA will play live to North American audiences.
    Already showered with praise from Alternative Press, Metal Maniacs, Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, Decibel, and Blabbermouth.net, the touring news comes hot off the heels of the band's first domestic release, 'From Mars To Sirius,' which was released Aug. 22 through Prosthetic Records after seeing a late 2005 European release through Listenable Records. GOJIRA has already logged over 300 live shows in France and throughout Europe in its decade-long career.
    MTV2 will also debut the album's first video, "To Sirius," this Saturday on "Headbangers Ball." Check local listings for time and channel. Directed and produced by Alain Duplantier of Les Telecreateurs, the video can also be seen Prosthetic Records' YouTube page.
    While recently in New York, GOJIRA vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier also took time out to handle radio interviews at New Jersey's WSOU and with Anchorage, Alaska's KRUA. KRUA 88.1 FM's "Adrenaline Therapy" program has posted the latter interview online in two parts, available here or at these direct links:

    Part 1 Click Here
    Part 2 Click Here
    GOJIRA on tour
    (with Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Sanctity)
    11/29 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero (no Amon Amarth)
    11/30 Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall (no Amon Amarth)
    12/01 Detroit, MI - Harpo's Concert Theatre
    12/02 Milwaukee, WI - The Eagles Club
    12/04 Dallas, TX - Gypsy Ballroom
    12/06 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
    12/08 San Diego, CA - Soma
    12/09 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
    12/11 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
    12/12 Lawrence, KS - Granada
    12/13 Minneapolis, MN - The Quest
    12/15 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
    12/16 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
    12/17 New York, NY - Nokia Theatre
    12/18 Montreal, QC - Metropolis

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  • OBITUARY Confirm Title Of DVD

    Obituary confirmed title of DVD recorded live in Warsaw (Poland) on 24th August. "Frozen Alive" is set for November release on Metal Mind Productions as a regular DVD and limited edition DVD+CD.
    John Tardy - vocal, Allen West - guitar, Trevor Peres - guitar, Frank Watkins - bass, Donald Tardy - drums played following tracks:
    Intro: Rain
    Redneck Stomp
    On The Floor
    Chopped In Half
    Turned Insideout
    Internal Bleeding
    Back To One
    Find The Arise
    Back Inside
    Threatening Skies
    By The Light
    Kill For Me
    Solid State
    Stand Alone
    Back From The Dead
    Drum Solo
    Slow Death
    'Til Death
    Slowly We Rot
    Bands members were in ultra TOP form so they easily made the 800-people crowd ecstatic. Great stage design & over 1,5 hour long set recorded by 7 cameras promise great results on the final DVD. "Frozen Alive" DVD will include most if not all of tracks played in Warsaw and also an interview conducted a day earlier, on Wednesday.

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  • IMMORTAL Returns; Announce Two U.S. Dates For 2007
    Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce the mighty return of  Norwegian black metal legends IMMORTAL to U.S. shores for the following two exclusive concert appearances:

    July 13th, 2007 -  NEW YORK, NEW YORK at B.B. KING'S
    July 15th, 2007 -  LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNA at THE AVALON

    Tickets will go on sale October 13th, 2006 at 12:00 noon.

    After 13 successful years as one of the pioneers of black metal, IMMORTAL disbanded in 2003 with a legacy of seven full length albums, including the 2002 milestone, Sons Of Northern Darkness.  After a long hiatus,  the band decided to enter the live battlefield again.

    Come 2007, the world will experience a ferocious new IMMORTAL line-up, featuring Abbath, Horgh, and new bass player Apollyon from Aura Noir.  Among the audiences who will witness  IMMORTAL's  resurrection will be those attending Germany's Wacken Open Air 2007, where the band will headline.

    IMMORTAL Line-Up
    ABBATH - Vocals, Guitar
    HORGH - Drums
    APOLLYON - Bass

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November 12th, 2006
  • New IRON MAIDEN Album Killing Charts Worldwide!


    Metal legends IRON MAIDEN'S new album A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH has not only been released to enormous critical acclaim across the globe but has also resulted in some of their highest chart placing ever. In addition to their Number One chart debut on the Billboard Pan-European Chart the album has now debuted at no 9 on the Billboard USA Chart on their US label Sanctuary Records and at No.2 in Canada. This is the band's first ever US Top 10 entry in their long and illustrious history  - with over 20 million albums sold in the US - and a remarkable achievement, this being their 14th studio album. The album is also No 1 in the US Independent Album Chart. It has even crashed in at no.4 in the official album chart in India, which is far and away the highest placing any heavy rock act has ever achieved in that country.

    Band founder Steve Harris adds, "We really enjoyed the process of making this record and were delighted with the reaction. It's very gratifying that our fans all over the world seem to agree by supporting us so strongly. We are now very much looking forward to the forthcoming tour and intend to play live as much of the album as we feel works in the set. This tour will be very different to the last one in terms of the songs we play, and we will very much enjoy the challenge of playing this new materiel live."

    Manager Rod Smallwood comments, "This is great news for the band, especially - finally - a Top 10 US Billboard entry. During the Eighties we had six straight million plus selling Platinum albums and all of these would have been at least Top 10 under Soundscan, with three or four probably debuting at No 1. Having said that though, we are very pleased to finally make it and this, along with great sales all over the World and number one in Europe, really is a testament to Maiden's and Metal's ever increasing popularity. We very much look forward to starting our World Tour in the States and Canada in early October, and if ticket sales are anything to go by it will be quite an event for our fans over there."

    MAIDEN's Top 10 US debut comes hot on the heels of the band's No 1 album in Europe on Billboard's Pan - European chart with nine No 1 and eighteen Top 5 chart entries in Europe alone. First week sales in the UK were also at their highest since 1990. In just the first week, the new album has shipped over a million copies Worldwide, and impacted on the Charts everywhere in the World.

    Next month the band start A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH WORLD TOUR which takes them initially into major arenas throughout North America, Japan and most of Europe, with the majority of the dates already sold out. IRON MAIDEN will play to over half a million fans over 44 shows in 11 weeks in 18 countries,


    # 1 Germany, Sweden,  Italy, Finland, Greece, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland, Brazil
    #2 Switzerland, Norway, Hungary, Canada
    #3 Chile
    # 4 UK, Austria, Spain, India
    #5 France, Ireland, Arabia
    #6  Iceland, Belgium
    # 7  Holland
    #8  Denmark
    #9  USA
    #10 Mexico
    #11 Portugal, Japan
    #12 Australia
    #15 Hong Kong
    #16 New Zealand

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  • SHADOWS FALL Hit The Studio; Atlantic Records Debut Expected In Spring 2007

    Atlantic recording group Shadows Fall is currently in the studio recording their highly anticipated major label debut with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Stone Sour, Rush).  The still untitled project is the Grammy-nominated band's follow-up to 2004's critically acclaimed "THE WAR WITHIN," and its companion release, 2006's "FALLOUT FROM THE WAR," both released on Century Media Records.
    After headlining this summer's STHRESS Tour with such supporting acts as Suffocation and Poison The Well, Shadows Fall headed straight back to their rehearsal space to begin pre-production.  Today, September 18th, the band enters Studio 606 in Northridge, CA to begin recording.  Says singer Brian Fair, "I cannot wait to finally get this started!  We have been working on these songs for the past few months in the practice space and are ready to lay them down in the studio.  Pre-production with Nick has been amazing.  He is definitely on the same page as us, musically and personally.  He is a lifelong fan of metal but also has a great understanding of rock and roll, which complements our style and sound perfectly."  Raskulinecz adds, "I've wanted to work with this band for years and had to bug the hell out of them until they said yes.  We're going to tighten the songs so that every riff, every lyric, every drum hit counts on this record, and really focus on the songwriting to make it a force to be dealt with."  

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  • KISS Frontman Paul Stanley To Release Much Anticipated Solo Album
    SANTA MONICA, CA – New Door Records/Universal Musical Enterprises are proud to announce the October 24, 2006 release of Live to Win, the solo release from iconic KISS frontman Paul Stanley. The voice and songwriting force behind such KISS classics as "Detroit Rock City," "Black Diamond, "Hard Luck Woman" and "Tears Are Fallin'," Stanley's career with KISS spans more than three decades and in excess of 100 million records sold worldwide.
    Stripping all the legendary bombast away, what becomes starkly clear is that besides rocking relentlessly, the power of human emotion and conviction on Live to Win can rattle not only the walls, but also touch the heart and soul of the listener. "What I wanted to do on this album was sing about my life because my life is not that different than anybody else's," he continues. "The truth is, what we all deal with in life is pretty similar. You change the names and the story's the same."
    "This album is purely a labor of love," says Stanley. "It is a labor of passion, and something where I was concerned with turning out the album I heard in my head, without regard for having glitz and star power from other sources. It was purely about making the album I wanted to make. While the heartfelt "Loving You Without You Now" was written without any outside collaboration, the remainder of the album reunites him with former KISS songwriting partners Desmond Child [Aerosmith, LeeAnn Rimes] and Holly Knight [Tina Turner, Pat Benatar], and introduces new collaborators including Andreas Carlsson [Bon Jovi, Britney Spears], John 5 [Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson] and Marti Frederiksen [Aerosmith, Faith Hill]. Seven of the ten tracks were co-written with Child and/or Carlsson, with Stanley and Child joined by John 5 on "Where Angels Dare" and Frederiksen on "Lift," and Knight teaming with the frontman on "It's Not Me."
    Live to Win is self-produced by Stanley, who provides lead vocals, guitar and percussion alongside a studio core of guitarist Corky James [Avril Lavigne, The Matrix], drummer Victor Indrizzo [Beck, Macy Gray] and keyboardist Harry Sommerdahl [Carrie Underwood, Lindsay Lohan]. Also performing on the album are former KISS bandmate Bruce Kulick and guitarist John 5.
    "I've always believed that when you give somebody an album, it should be like a fresh newspaper, where you get ink on your fingers and it's today's news, says Stanley, who wrote and co-wrote the ten tracks on Live to Win specifically for the new release. "For me, this album is where I'm at now - This is where things are in my life, and my perspective on my music.
    Stanley is planning a North American club tour to coincide with the release of the album.

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  • RWAKE Begin Work On Relapse Debut

    Arkansas' RWAKE have begun work on their as-yet-untitled Relapse debut.

    RWAKE (Gravy - guitar, Jeff - drums, C.T. - vocals, Reid - Bass, B. - moog / samples / vocals, Kiffin - guitar) will record with Sanford Parker at Electrical Audio  (HIGH ON FIRE, NEUROSIS, PELICAN, ZAO) and Parker's own Volume Studios (PLANES MISTAKEN FOR STARS, UNEARTHLY TRANCE) in early October. This album, the band's third overall, is expected to see an early 2007 release. Early song titles include "The Lure of Light", "The Finality", "Fire and Flight" and "The Cosmos Inverted".

    RWAKE will also be performing shows around the recording sessions. A listing of tour dates follows this message with more to be announced soon.  

    Stay tuned to www.RELAPSE.com for forthcoming RWAKE news / tour information. 
    RWAKE Tour Dates:
    November 11           Nashville, TN                 The Muse
    December 9            Little Rock, AR              Downtown Music (w/ The Hidden Hand, Pearls and Brass)

    Metal Maniacs
  • NECRODEMON’s new album, “Ice of Hyperion” available to stream online
    Necrodemon’s third album and their first for Open Grave Records, “Ice Fields of Hyperion” will be released on September 26th. The full album is currently available for streaming via Open Grave Records (http://www.opengraverecords.com) website.
    The track listing is as follows:
    1) The Abominable
    2) Terror in the Arctic
    3) Funeral in the Snow
    4) The Deep Freeze
    5) Avalanche!
    6) Frozen Sorcerer (Chant of Making V)
    7) Mesopotamia - Warriors of Ice
    8) Empire of Winter
    9) Benumbed Suffering
    10) So Cold, So Evil
    11) Hordes of Hyperion
    Here is what critics have to say thus far:
    "This album utterly annihilates most of the stuff I've heard this year."

    "Prepare to feel the pain!"
    -Metal Core Zine
    Necrodemon is: Rob Elliot (ex-Lordes Werre) (Guitars/Vocals), Chuck Feldman (Drums/Percussion), Jeremy Montgomery (Bass). Necrodemon will also be hitting the road at the end of the October for a mini-tour in support of “Ice Fields of Hyperion”, including a stop at the Chicago Metal Devastation Festival.
  • Stream Burning Skies' new album "Desolation" set to street October 31st in its entirety ONLINE!

    Bristol, UK's heaviest entity, BURNING SKIES, return with their newest killer-assault "Desolation..." to mark as a follow-up to their critically acclaimed LIFEFORCE RECORDS debut "Murder By Means Of Existence" (2004). The quintet has constructed a highly dynamic brand of blast beat fusion with intricate and brutal guitar riffs running the full gamut of extreme metal, from black metal to melodic death to American death metal and even hardcore.

    Click the link below to stream the entire album online!

    Burning Skies ECARD

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  • Graves Records Presents: ShowStripSilence Debut Cd

    Once again, Alkemist Fanatix Europe is proud to introduce you a new GREAT PARTNER: Graves Records.

    GRAVES RECORDS is a new independent label, a new voice from the underground that respects the free expression of independent musicians and always take care of the their own musical vision.

    Is exactly this the fundamental principle of GRAVES RECORDS philosophy, the passion of alternative music as an art expression.

    "GRAVES RECORDS isn't based on unique genre of music, but simply is enaged to push and promote that the three guys who work on this project likes. From metal to emo, passing by punk rock, indie-rock and hardcore. All this spiced with a remarkable originality that is the goal of our label and aims to mark Graves Records' productions."

    Real expression of GRAVES RECORDS philosophy is exactly the first release: SHOWSTRIPSILENCE - Monsters And Humans: Horrorific And All New!SHOWSTRIPSILENCE "Monsters And Humans: Horrorific and All New!" (RELEASE DATE: October the 16th 2006):

    "It's almost impossible to classify this album with a well-defined genre, but it’s absolutely certain that a rock’n’roll background and a hardcore inclination come out with wawes of powerful guitar riff and overwhelming groove as support of the lyrics strength.

    The album themes range over the animalism and the unbridled passion for horror cinema, by pointing out wicked aspects of the modern world."

    It will be distribuited all over the world thanks to PHD-PROSONIC DISTRIBUTION and will be supported by a deep sales promotion and tour in Europe.

    You can reach the single "...But Evil Lives Agains..." by clicking on this link: MP3

    SHOWSTRIPSILENCE will be on tour in UK, ITALY and GERMANY this fall and winter, please checkout our websites for more information and other stuff!

    Graves Records Official Website: www.gravesrecords.com
    Showstripsilence Official Website: www.showstripsilence.com
  • KK Downing produces VIOLENT STORM album.

    Mick Cervino's new band, "Violent Storm" releases their album "Storm Warning" on October 23rd in Europe. The album has been produced by KK Downing, his first production credit outside of Judas Priest, and features guest appearances from both Downing and Yngwie Malmsteen.

    Mick Cervino is best known for his bass playing duties with both Malmsteen, and Ritchie Blackmore.
  • DIMMU BORGIR guitarist silenoz checks in!

    Axeman Silenoz of DIMMU BORGIR fame tuned in on www.dimmu-borgir.com to supply the fans with news on the upcoming album and the recording sessions.

    "After spending the last months in pre-production for our new, as-yet-untitled album, we're quite excited to say the least and look very much forward to finally start the recording sessions once again with Fredrik Nordström at Fredman Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden in October. It will be a story-based album with lyrics written accordingly and music wise it'll be…let's see….hmmm… very DIMMU BORGIR! We can't wait to have this monster finished and share it with our fans as they have been extremely patient with us, but we promise — it'll be well worth all the wait! We'll be back with more news as things progress in the studio!"
  • MENDEED on tour with Napalm Death

    Scottish newcomers MENDEED have just been confirmed as support for the NAPALM DEATH / BORN FROM PAIN European tour, kicking off in Newcastle, England, on October 18th. You can find the complete dates here.

    The recordings for MENDEED's new album, named "The Dead Lived By Love", have been completed recently. The follow-up of "This War Will Last Forever" shall get in stores at the end of February 2007.
  • THRESHOLD recording update!

    Threshold have started recording the follow-up to their 2004 album Subsurface at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey, England. Much of the drums, guitars and keyboards have now been recorded, with Mac's vocals due to be recorded at the beginning of October.

    No title has been announced for the album, but the song titles are as follows: Slipstream, This is your life, Elusive, Disappear, Fighting for breath, Hollow, Safe to fly, One degree down, Pilot in the sky of dreams.

    Recording is expected to be complete in November, with a release planned for early in 2007.
  • DEATHSTARS new guitarist

    The DEATHSTARS have announced the addition of guitarist Cat to the group's ranks. Cat, who previously played with the band as a session member, is "an excellent guitar player with heart filled with deathsleaze and a body built for sex," according to a posting on the group's web site. "Cat will visit a girlfriend close to you on the upcoming european tour."

    On another note, Swiss band STONEMAN has been confirmed as the support act for DEATHSTARS on ist "48 Carat Darkness" headlining tour, which is scheduled to kick off in October. In addition, the following bands will perform on select shows: LYZANXIA (France and Switzerland), ENSOPH (Italy), PHANTASMAGORIA (Zagreb), FIRESTORM (Vienna) and CALATHEA (Prague). More information is available at www.deathstars.net. DEATHSTARS has been confirmed as the "special guest" at the sixth annual Bloodstock festival, set to take place September 29-30 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, England.
  • Various Nuclear Blast Artists on youtube & rss feets available!

    Now available: RSS-feeds and lots of videos on YouTube.com!

    If you're using a feed reader, you may now subscribe to the following services: (if you don't know about RSS-feeds and how to subscribe to feeds, click HERE for more Info!)

    - Nuclear Blast News
    (get all the latest info about our artists at once!):
    (paste this link into your feed reader)
    - Nuclear Blast Videos on YouTube
    (get info about new clips as soon as they're uploaded!)

    or simply check them directly out HERE to see the latest clips from Hammerfall (an interview done during the production of their upcoming clip "Natural High", have a look at some "Making Of"-photos in our gallery HERE!)

    Also don't miss the new Deathstars-Video "Blitzkrieg", check out a few screenshots HERE or see the whole new clip on YouTube HERE. Of course there's more, like Blind Guardian's "Another Stranger Me" (HERE), plus lots of classics! And more to come soon: The Nuclear Blast Podcast! We'll be launching a moderated Podcast soon, to inform you about upcoming releases, featuring lots of guest moderators…stay tuned!
  • INTRONAUT - tour and show update, CMJ appearance

    Los Angeles based tech-metal outfit INTRONAUT will be hitting the road hard once again. This time around they will be in support of death-grind kings Misery Index and the newly reformed Swarm of the Lotus, but not before they do a few gigs with the eclectic Kayo Dot out west. It is highly recommended that anyone attending these shows brings along their calculators as well as some band-aids. Math is gonna kick your ass.

    The band will also be taking part in this year's CMJ Music Marathon in NYC as part of the Heavy Hitter showcase. This will mark the band's first appearance at CMJ, so come and show your support (i.e. buy these guys drinks).

    INTRONAUT w/ Misery Index and Swarm of the Lotus except ***
    11/02 Chicopee, MA @ Cabot Street Pub
    11/03 New York @ Don Hills -- Heavy Hitter CMJ Showcase***
    11/04 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Fireproof w/ Biolich
    11/06 New York, NY @ Lit Lounge
    11/09 Detroit, MI @ Modern Exchange w/ Arsis, All Shall Perish, The Faceless
    11/10 Chicago, IL @ Champs
    11/14 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
    11/15 Fargo, ND @ Fargo VFW
    11/16 Rapid City, SD @ TBA
    11/17 Denver, CO @ Hubba's
    11/18 Tulsa, OK @ The Pink Eye
    11/20 Fayetteville, AR @ The Dart Room
    11/21 St. Louis, MO @ Just Bills
    11/22 Toledo, OH @ Club Bijou
    11/23 Columbus, OH @ High Five
    11/24 Akron, OH @ Daily Double

    "If there's a better record released this year, mortals probably wouldn't survive hearing it... Void" is more important than a lot of more hotly-tipped albums coming out this year, and it's certain to put all of them to shame. INTRONAUT is the future." -10/10 Keith Bergman, Blabbermouth.net

    "We need more metal like Intronaut. We need more anything like Intronaut. They defy convention and challenge themselves and their audience." -8/10 Casey Boland, Lambgoat.com

    "The way this thing weaves in and out of madness is highly impressive" -Metal Maniacs
    Open Grave Records is please to unveil more details in regards to the reissue of FEAST ETERNAL’S, “Prisons of Flesh” album. A release date of December 5th, 2006 has been set. “Prisons of Flesh” is being reissued with it’s original artwork and tracks. It will also feature two newly recording songs, "Serpents Proclaim" and "Rage of Angels".
    FEAST ETERNAL was formed in the winter of 1992 by ex-INFESTED members John Greenman and T.J. Humlinski. The lineup was completed in October 1993 by the addition of drummer Matt Skrzypczak.

    In early 2000, FEAST ETERNAL released their debut album, "Prisons of Flesh", which was met with critical acclaim and produced a loyal fan base. However due to personal reasons, John left the band before FEAST was able to proceed with future endeavors, putting the band on hold for a long period of time.

    Fast forward to June 2006. The remaining members of FEAST ETERNAL (T.J. and Matt) made their presence known again within the scene and began writing material for a new FEAST ETERNAL album tentatively due in early 2007 on Open Grave Records.

    NEW ALBUM OUT NOW!!!!!! 
    Hey there, People. 

    The New HERRATIK CD "Wrath-Divine" was released world-wide on July 24th, 2006. 

    BUT Wasn't avasilable in Australia until about 3 weeks ago. Now it's available all over the world. 
    It Features Alex - Necrodemon - Koch (Mystic Circle Germany) on Drums & was  produced by ex Dimmu Borgir Guitarist Astennu. 
    Wrath-Divine is released through one of the UK's LEADING METAL Labels “Copro  Records”. 


    Is also be available world-wide through PHD (Plastic Head Distribution) 


    FOR AUSTRALIA & NewZealand: 

    WRATH-DIVINE is available at all leading independent record stores & ALL JB-HIFI stores around the country. 


  • ECLIPSE RECORDS launches new website!

    Earlier today, Eclipse Records unveiled it's new website to the public. The website contains many new features, such as dynamic content, demo critique submissions, integration with the label's online community and message boards, image hosting for online promotional materials (banners, icons, avatars, etc...) for members to easily utilize and assist with promotions, new webstore, a new, enhanced online weblinks directory, and much more.


    Label President Chris Poland said, "We're extremely happy with the new site and it's integration with the label's existing online community. The developer whom handled upgrading the website did a superb job and completed the site ahead of schedule, with minimal interruption to our visitors. The new elements of the site are really going to help increase the profile of the label and it's artists. The bands are extremely excited as are we."

    Please stop by and give the new site a look, check it out and let us know what you think.

    Eclipse Records
    PO Box 215
    Butler, NJ 07405
    United States
  • Herege - Concert posted online
    - The traditional heavy metal band Herege posted online the video of their concert in Expo Ijuí 2005, where they played the songs "Fall of the Church, Die By My Hands", "Bang Your Heads", "Metal World" and "Limit".
    The video can be downloaded through the band's website, www.herege.com , or watched on YouTube through the address www.youtube.com/emanuelseagal
    Besides of the videos, some samples are of the band's first EP, titled Bang Your Heads, are available on MySpace - www.myspace.com/heregemetal