|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
"A wider partnership between Magic Circle Music and Universal Pictures
could offer even bigger and better things in the future," concludes
- 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
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
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:
SEASONS OF THE WOLF
THE GATES OF SLUMBER
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.
- KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ALL THAT REMAINS, SHADOWS FALL Among BOSTON MUSIC
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
04. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
05. SHADOWS FALL
06. THE RED CHORD
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.
- 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
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
"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
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.
- 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…
- DESPISED ICON confirmed for co-headlining tour with Misery Index in
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
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.
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
- 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)@
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
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
- 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
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, October 19,
UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, October
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
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 @:
- 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.