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November 23rd, 2007
  • Magic Circle Music signs with Universal Pictures

    Magic Circle Music are proud to announce that Universal Pictures, one of the world's foremost motion picture companies, will release the 'Magic Circle Festival 2007 - Volume I' Double DVD, which includes footage from the 2007 Magic Circle Festival. MANOWAR's own Joey DeMaio says, "Universal Pictures are the real deal and they are ready, willing and able to blow the roof off the house with this first release."

    Hinrich Stuerken, the band's manager and Managing Director of Magic Circle Music Germany joins: "As the entertainment industry continues to evolve this new partnership with Universal Pictures will create a synergy that will provide us both with new opportunities for the future."

    Universal Pictures' representatives are also enthusiastic about the deal, which was spurred by MANOWAR's lasting appeal and the impressive quality of their DVD products. Universal Pictures Germany's A&R/Local Acquisition Manager Susanne Wagner: "MANOWAR's remarkable documentary of 'Magic Circle Festival 2007' is Universal Pictures Germany’s first music acquisition. We are very excited to work with a band who are a trademark in the music industry!"

    Dirk Lisowsky, Managing Director of Universal Pictures Germany is confident in Universal's ability to make the most of the deal. "We are looking forward to our new partnership with MANOWAR and MAGIC CIRCLE MUSIC. Music DVDs are a relatively new segment for us. We see great opportunities here and we are positive our expertise in other genres will become a driving force in this area, too."

    The inherent value of each Magic Circle Music DVD to date has made a great impression on Universal Pictures. "Music shows on DVD offer the audience the chance to experience a great session again and again. MANOWAR's outstanding spectacles have set - and raised - standards for live events. Their DVDs with hours of live music and multiple bonus features offer the best value-for-money a consumer could possible dream of," says Universal Pictures Germany's Local Aquisitions Manager Peter Preisser.

    "A wider partnership between Magic Circle Music and Universal Pictures could offer even bigger and better things in the future," concludes Hinrich Stuerken.

    www.magiccirclemusic.com
  • KnuckleBonz Announces New Dimebag Darrell Limited Edition Figure

    Music Collectible Depicts the Late Guitar Icon From the “Far Beyond Driven” Era with his Tobacco Dean Guitar.

    HOLLYWOOD - KnuckleBonz® announced they are finalizing production on a second limited edition sculpture of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. The figure is fully licensed with Getcha Pull, Inc. the licensing arm which represents Rita Haney-Abbott and the Dimebag Darrell Estate.

    “We were all very proud over here in the Dimebag family to learn that KnuckleBonz would be busting out another brilliant piece in the Dime collection,” explains Rita Haney-Abbott. “They did such an amazing job in capturing the persona of such an all out, guns blazing, Texas tornado, known to many, as the one and only Dimebag!”

    “Watching Dime onstage was always such a one on one experience,” describes Haney-Abbott. “He had a way of reaching you no matter where you were located in the crowd. Dimes trademark squeals and gut wrenching power grooves captured you as he had the magic! After playing his heart out, drenched with sweat, he’d stand there breathless and raise those arms. The crowd would just erupt so thunderously. Dime has the most amazing fans; those were amazing moments and I think KnuckleBonz has captured that image with this second sculpture! When I look at it I can almost hear the crowd.”

    The Dimebag II figure stands 9” tall on top a wooden display base. Dime is featured with his iconic tobacco Dean® guitar. He is shown in his signature cammo shorts and is shirtless to display his all his tattoos work. This 2nd sculpture captures Dime during his “Far Beyond Driven” era. The sculpture comes with a certificate of authenticity and is hand-numbered. Each sculpture is hand-painted and is a limited edition collectible. Only 3000 are created.

    The first Dimebag Darrell limited edition sculpture was a great tribute and will soon be sold out. Many have expressed a desire to see other work featuring the acclaimed musician. This 2nd Dimebag Darrell limited edition figure will be available for holiday sales 2007. Pre-orders will be accepted at www.knucklebonz.com to reserve.

    KnuckleBonz creates hand-painted sculpture of honored musicians in their Rock Iconz® Sculpture Series. Dimebag was considered an extremely versatile player combining immaculate chops and power groove. Combine this with his flawless live performances and Dime’s place among guitar greats is certainly confirmed. Those who knew him best describe his as “pure raw energy”. KnuckleBonz is honored to continue to work with Dime’s family to create these collectibles.

    The figure sells for $99 USD direct from KnuckleBonz at www.knucklebonz.com. (KnuckleBonz offers an eNewsletter which provides additional information on the sculpture and availability updates.) Pre-ordering is available online to reserve this limited edition collectible. The Dimebag II Limited Edition figure is also available through select retailers worldwide. Only 3000 collectible figures available.
  • Reunited DÉTENTE Confirmed For Germany's HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR Festival

    Reunited California metal band DÉTENTE has been confirmed for next year's installment of the Headbangers Open Air festival, set to take place July 24-26, 2008 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

    ABANDONED
    AMULANCE
    ANCESTRAL
    AXEHAMMER
    BLACK HAWK
    DEATH SS
    DÉTENTE
    IMPALER
    LETHAL
    MESSENGER
    NEW EDEN
    PRAYING MANTIS
    REBELLION
    RESISTANCE
    SEASONS OF THE WOLF
    SEVENTH CALLING
    SUPREMACY
    SWEET SAVAGE
    THE GATES OF SLUMBER
    WILD DOGS

    DÉTENTE's classic album "Recognize No Authority" was reissued in July via MVD Audio.

    "Recognize No Authority" was a critically acclaimed recording that maintains a cult following to this day. It was also the launching ground for nu-metal metal producer Ross Robinson (KORN, SLIPKNOT, FEAR FACTORY, SOULFLY) who plays guitar on the album. The CD also marked the first full-length release by FEAR OF GOD's Dawn Crosby, who sadly passed away on December 15, 1996.

    AEA Zine
  • KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ALL THAT REMAINS, SHADOWS FALL Among BOSTON MUSIC NOMINEES

    KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ALL THAT REMAINS and SHADOWS FALL are among the nominees in the "Outstanding Metal/Hardcore Band of the Year" category at this year's Boston Music Awards. The ceremony will take place on December 1, 2007 at the Orpheum Theater and will highlight the best new music released by artists with close ties to Boston in all genres of music. In keeping with tradition, a new artist will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, as well as honor a new Unsung Hero. Musicians with close ties to Boston that have released an album between June 2006 and August 2007 are eligible.

    "Outstanding Metal/Hardcore Band of the Year" nominees:

    01. ALL THAT REMAINS
    02. CONVERGE
    03. ISIS
    04. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
    05. SHADOWS FALL
    06. THE RED CHORD
    07. UNEARTH

    KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and SHADOWS FALL have also been nominated in the "Album of the Year (Major)" and "Act of the Year" categories. Also up for the "Act of the Year" honor is DREAM THEATER.

    AEA Zine
  • BELPHEGOR PREPARES TO RECORD A NEW ALBUM

    The Fleischwerk is scheduled for an European release date in April 11th 2008, Usa in April 15th 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.

    Helmuth comments: "Yeah it's true, since six weeks we've been working our asses off in the rehearsal room and we're already in the pre-production phase. I started the songwriting in May 2006 and directly after the Brazilian tour in September I've bunkered myself with Serpenth and session drummer Torturer into our rehearsal room. Since then we're 100% concentrated in the song-writing process, worked night and day extremely hard on the new tracks. The most of the 9 Compositions/ Arrangements are almost finished"

    Later on BELPHEGOR will reveal the title of the album, editions, song titles as well as cover and several images.

    THE MASTERPLAN: STAGE ONE STUDIOS AGAIN!

    Brachial metal titans BELPHEGOR are set to enter Andy Classen´s Stage One Studios in Kassel, Germany on Friday, November 9th to start recording their upcoming Album.

    The follow-up to 2006´s masterpiece, PESTAPOKALYPSE VI. The recording-process will reach out til middle of January 2008 with 3 intense sessions, so everything can grow and the band can take the best result. In middle of January 08 everything will be recorded-mixed-mastered so the album is finished.

    "Hell yeah, i´m so motivated and it feels extremely good to be creative again. This album is the next logical chapter for the bands development. For me that is not just another moderate Cd, i would go into the deepest fire and give my last drop of blood for this Werk.

    More shredding, more cold melodies, more dynamics, more epic harmonies, more cyper-blastbeat-terror,....the freakiest, wildest BELPHEGOR opera concerning guitars. Lemme tell you, the 9 soundcollages sound huge, its fucking TNT,....u know its BELPHEGOR" stated Helmuth.

    BELPHEGOR will let you in on the progress being made and give you an insight into the recording processes, reports will be posted on this site on a regular basis. So stay tuned and keep an eye on the site.

    CURRENT REHEARSAL REICH IMPRESSIONS
    - here!

    BELPHEGOR's video for the song HELLS AMBASSADOR - produced and directed by F. Werner - has been posted online at: www.myspace.com/belphegor

    The song comes off the group's latest masterpiece, PESTAPOKALYPSE VI, which was released on October 31, 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records.
  • Jeramie Kling leaves THE ABSENCE!

    The drummer from Tampa, Florida's THE ABSENCE, Jeramie Kling, has decided to part ways with the band.
    "Thank you and thank you again to everyone who I have had the pleasure of meeting on the road and through the scene. It's not over yet keep your eyes and ears out" ~Jeramie

    Rest assured, for all you THE ABSENCE fans out there, they will continue on with the DYING FETUS tour with another drummer from the Tampa metal scene. Jeramie continues with drumming and in light of this door being closed many more have opened.

    http://www.theabsence.com/
    http://www.myspace.com/theabsence
  • Dew-Scented News

    European Tour in February 2008:

    We can finally proudly announce that we will be heading out for a European tour in February of next year with SEVERE TORTURE from Holland and DESTINITY from France. The “European Devastation” Tour 2008 hits cities in France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Italy as well as Slovenia and should be a blast from beginning to end. Here are all confirmed dates:

    Hard Rock (F), Metallian (F), Rock Hard (D) present the “European Devastation” Tour 2008:

    DEW-SCENTED / SEVERE TORTURE / DESTINITY

    FR 01.02. Paris (France) – Glaz’Art TBA
    SA 02.02. Chaulnes (France) – Espace Culturel
    SU 03.02. Oostende (Belgium) – Hangaar 1
    MO 04.02. Osnabrück (Germany) – Bastard Club
    TU 05.02. Dordrecht (Holland) – Bibelot
    WE 06.02. Hannover (Germany) – Scum Club
    TH 07.02. Odense (Denmark) – Kansas Club
    FR 08.02. Berlin (Germany) – K 17
    SA 09.02. Leipzig (Germany) – Hellraiser
    SU 10.02. Althofen (Austria) – Endorphin
    MO 11.02. Ljubljana (Slovenia) – TBA
    TU 12.02. Milano (Italy) – Transilvania Club
    WE 13.02. Marseille / Luynes (France) – Korrigan
    TH 14.02. Lyon (France) – Double 6
    FR 15.02. Erstfeld (Switzerland) – Transilvania Club
    SA 16.02. Nancy (France) – Azmiut 854
    SU 17.02. Notre-Dame-De-Gravenchon (France) – L’Arcade

    We haven’t played out with our friends in SEVERE TORTURE since 2002’s European tour supporting Cannibal Corpse and, as you might know, Marvin Vriesde (a well-known face in the Dew-Scented camp since he toured with us in 1996, 2002 and 2005, also being featured on our “Issue VI” album) has been ST’s guitarist for some years now. “Keep it in the family!”, as they say! DESTINITY have been friends of ours for some years now as well and we have often gigged together in France, so it’s time to spread it out some more. SEVERE TORTURE have a new album called “Sworn Vengeance” out in November via Earache and DESTINITY will have their Jacob Hansen (Invocator rules!) produced new album “The Inside” out before the tour commences, so it should be plenty of aggressive METAL action available on the shows! Watch out for local support band info and more details about the tourdates to be announced soon…

    http://www.dew-scented.net
  • DESPISED ICON confirmed for co-headlining tour with Misery Index in Jan/Feb 2008!

    Canadian destructors DESPISED ICON will lay to waste European venues in early 2008 with the mighty Misery Index as well as Beneath The Massacre, Man Must Die (mainland Europe only), and Annotations Of An Autopsy (UK only).

    Further presenting their latest effort “The Ills Of Modern Man”, which has been released via Century Media Records earlier this year, DESPISED ICON are glad to be part of a devastatingly brutal live package that should be a delicacy for fans of technically flawless death metal/death core with moshpit-guarantee! Be there & get crushed!
    Vocalist Alex comments as follows:

    “After months of planning, this tour is finally coming together! We can’t wait to tour Europe and the UK again and share the tour bus and stage everyday with Misery Index and our homies from Montreal, Beneath The Massacre! I think we haven’t played with any of those dudes in at least a year, should be sick. Make sure you come early to check out Annotations Of An Autopsy and Man Must Die; two killer bands. Thanks to our buddy Marco (Avocado Booking) for working hard on this.

    We have about 70 shows lined-up in Canada, USA, UK and Europe in the next 4 months and will be taking a short break after that to write part of the next album so make sure you show up to the nearest show! Our new video for the track “Furtive Monologue” will premiere on our MySpace November 1st. In the meantime, check out the trailer we just posted for the video @ www.myspace.com/despisedicon. Later!”

    MISERY INDEX (headlining mainland Europe)
    DESPISED ICON (headlining UK dates)
    BENEATH THE MASSACRE
    MAN MUST DIE
    ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY
    Presented by: Metal Hammer, Fuze Magazine, Legacy

    25.01.2008 Germany Karlsruhe @ Substage
    26.01.2008 Germany Essen @ Turock, Death Feast
    27.01.2008 Belgium Hasselt @ Muziek-o-droom
    28.01.2008 UK Brighton @ The Engine Room
    29.01.2008 UK Plymouth @ White Rabbit
    30.01.2008 UK Newport @ TJs
    31.01.2008 UK Manchester @ Music Box
    01.02.2008 UK Glasgow @ Soundhaus
    02.02.2008 UK Milton Keynes @ The Pitz Club
    03.02.2008 UK Leeds @ Rios
    04.02.2008 UK Nottingham @ Junktion7
    05.02.2008 UK London @ Underworld
    06.02.2008 France Dunkerque @ 4 Ecluses
    07.02.2008 France Paris @ Nouveau Casino
    08.02.2008 Switzerland Aarau @ Kiff
    09.02.2008 Italy Prato/Florence @ Siddhartha Club
    10.02.2008 Austria Wien @ Arena
    11.02.2008 Germany München @ Feierwerk
    12.02.2008 Germany Giessen @ MUK
    13.02.2008 Germany Berlin @ K17
    14.02.2008 Germany Hamburg @ Markthalle, MarX
    15.02.2008 Holland Tilburg @ 013
    16.02.2008 Germany Trier @ Exhaus

    Booking: Avocado Booking

    www.myspace.com/despisedicon
  • WOLF new bass player; “Axeman” Losbäck about to guest on online metal radio!

    Sweden’s synonym for heavy metal, WOLF, have announced Anders “Tornado” Modd as their new bassist after he had already stepped in for session/live bassplayer Mikael Goding before. Johannes “Axeman” Losbäck comments:

    “Anders was the first and only choice for WOLF since he's such a professional & talented bassplayer and we're happy that he wanted to be a part of the metal-madness that is WOLF."

    Watch Tornado in action at this year’s Bloodstock Festival (UK)@ YouTube.com

    Furthermore, from this Sunday (October, 28th) onwards the Axeman will be guest hosting on "Breakfast at Talita's" on www.totalrock.com. Tune in at www.totalrock.com or www.myspace.com/totalrockradio to hear Axeman's weekly update entitled "WOLF's howling" at 10.50am (UK time) keeping you updated about the happenings in the world of WOLF as well as giving you his view on rock and metal across the world. So join the Axeman for BREAKFAST this SUNDAY... and every SUNDAY!

    If "The Black Flame" doesn't cause you to break into fist-waving singalongs or air-guitar seizures, then you, my friend, are just not very metal.

    BLABBERMOUTH (US)

    www.wolf.nu
    www.myspace.com/wolfheavymetal
  • DEVIAN post new track & last part of studio report online; album about to hit stores!

    Swedish extreme metal act DEVIAN featuring ex-Marduk members Legion (vocals) & Emil Dragutinovic (drums) have posted “Dressed In Blood”, the blistering opener of the band’s debut album “Ninewinged Serpent”, which will hit stores the following dates:

    GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, October 19, 2007.
    UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, October 22, 2007.
    SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, October 23, 2007.
    SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, October 24, 2007.

    Listen to the track now @ www.myspace.com/truedevian!

    “Ninewinged Serpent” will be available as CD and limited edition CD incl. o-card with alternate cover artwork as well as two bonus tracks.

    Media feedback on the album so far is extremely positive, as “this album offers everything a black/death fan can ask for” (ROCK HARD, Germany), unites “black, death, thrash, and classic heavy metal parts in a highly individual sound” (METAL HAMMER, Germany) and ultimately provides “an excellent kickstart for DEVIAN” (HEAVY, Germany). So, don’t miss this devilish metal delicacy!

    DEVIAN have also posted the last part of their studio report online, so if you want to get more impressions from behind-the-scenes of this stunning thrashing black/death assault, check out the clip at Youtube.com!
  • MAROON - premier new clip for “(Reach) The Sun”; new album about to be released & more!

    Parallel to unleashing their highly anticipated new album “The Cold Heart Of The Sun” on October 22, 2007, German modern metal outfit MAROON present you the video clip for the song “(Reach) The Sun” as MySpace premiere. Watch it now at www.myspace.com/maroonhate

    To further celebrate their stunning new effort MAROON will play a release show in their hometown Nordhausen @ IFA Halle on October 20, 2007 with the following bands: Narziss, Misery Speaks, Deadsoil, Faust Again, The Realness, Dead Poetry, and Confused. So, this is definitely going to be a night to remember!

    “The Cold Heart Of The Sun” was recorded at Rape Of Harmonies with Alexander Dietz (Heaven Shall Burn) whereas mixing duties were handled by Jacob Hansen at Hansen studios. So far the feedback on MAROON’s probably most diverse and crushing work to date is overwhelmingly positive: German ROCK HARD magazine calls it “An absolutely unique modern metal-missile with maximum impact” and METAL HAMMER even ups the ante by saying “while other bands play, MAROON just f**king kill!”.

    Visit MAROON @:
    www.maroonhate.com
    www.myspace.com/maroonhate
  • TESTAMENT new studio pics online!

    Several new photos of San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans TESTAMENT have been taken during the band's pre-production sessions for their new album have been posted at their MySpace page (free registration may be required to view pictures).

    In other news, TESTAMENT have recruited ex-SLAYER/EXODUS drummer Paul Bostaph for the recording of the new album, as drummer Nick Barker couldnZ¼t take part in the process due to visa problems.
  • THREAT SIGNAL new drummer

    Drummer George Parfitt has left Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL in order to focus on his family life. A replacement drummer has already been found in the shape of Norm Killeen.