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- MTV2 KICKS OFF THE FIRST OFFICIAL HEADBANGERS'S BALL TOUR FEATURING
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, LAMB OF GOD & SHADOWS FALL BEGINNING OCTOBER
28th IN MONTREAL, CANADA
New York, NY (September 23, 2003) “Set to take some of the most
earth shattering, deafening, and truly heavy metal music to the streets,
MTV2, the 24 hour music network, today announced the first-ever MTV2
Headbangers Ball Tour. Set to kick-off October 28th in Montreal, Canada,
the trek will feature live performances by heavy metal heavyweights
including Roadrunner Records Recording artist Killswitch Engage, Prosthetic
Records Recording artist who have just signed to Epic - Lamb Of God
and Century Media's very own Shadows Fall, who will all rotate and co-headline
this year's tour. Featured opening act for the first leg of the tour
will be Eulogy Recordings' Unearth and for the second leg of the tour,
Century Media's God Forbid.
All three headlining acts of the tour are also featured on the first-ever
MTV2 Headbangers Ball CD set for release October 7th. Announced earlier
this month by MTV2 and Roadrunner Records, the double-disc album will
include 40 tracks from the best of metal's established bands, and its
most powerful up-and-comers. Just some of the artists featured on the
album include Slayer, Hatebreed, Chimaira, Eighteen Visions and more.
The album and tour follow the on-air return of the Headbangers Ball
earlier this summer with its premiere on MTV2. Highlighting the best
classic and new metal videos, interviews with hard rock artists, and
showcasing a new breed of metal talent, the new Headbangers Ball series
is inspiring the next generation of headbanging fans. Hosted by Jamey
Jasta of Hatebreed, MTV's Headbanger's Ball can be seen every Saturday
night at 10 pm EST and 7 pm PCT.
With some of the most loyal and diehard followers in all of music, the
return of Headbangers Ball once again gives hard rock and metal fans
a place that is all their own, said Joe Armenia, VP of Music Marketing
and Promotions for MTV & MTV2. And with the show's new home on MTV2,
we wanted to take it one step further by bringing some of the best metal
bands seen on the show every week such as Killswitch Engage, Shadows
Fall and Lamb Of God straight to the fans for an unforgettable live
Bands and fans alike are crazed anxiously awaiting the launch of the
MTV2 Headbangers Ball Tour. "This tour will easily be one of the
best tours Killswitch has ever done. And having Headbangers Ball involved,
a show we all grew up watching is icing on the cake. I know us and Shadows
Fall are looking forward to playing a full set - not just 20 minutes
- for all the kids we saw at Ozzfest. And it's always fun to watch Lamb
of God play. So be prepared!!" -- Howard Jones, Killswitch Engage.
The real deal Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler says: "We're very
excited about unleashing the monster that is Lamb of God onto the U.S.
and with the help of our friends in Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage,
God Forbid and Unearth, this will prove to be the metal concert event
of the year. Headbangers Ball is finally back and with it comes the
first and only real metal tour of 2003. Take note, top to bottom, this
is how it's done."
"With music so extreme there is always an element of surprise and
risk. I am not sure if my liver or my neck muscles are prepared, but
I am definitely willing to risk serious physical damage and potential
rehab to be a part of this year's MTV2 Headbangers Ball Tour. We couldn't
be more excited about rejoining our great friends in Lamb Of God and
Killswitch Engage. And now, maybe Randy of Lamb Of God and I can finally
finish our drinking contest that began about three years ago. Be prepared,
there's a steamroller heading your way. -- Brian Fair, Shadows Fall.Dates
for the MTV2 Headbangers Ball Tour include:
28 MONTREAL CANADA, SPECTRUM
29 TORONTO CANADA, OPERA HOUSE
30 LATHAM NY, SARATOGA WINNERS
31 WORCESTER MA, PALLADIUM
1 PHILADELPHIA PA, ELECTRIC FACTORY
2 PITTSBURGH PA, CLUB LAGA
3 COLUMBUS OH, AL ROSA VILLA
4 SAUGET IL (ST. LOUIS), POP'S
5 MINNEAPOLIS MN, THE QUEST
6 CHICAGO IL, VIC THEATRE
7 DETROIT MI, HARPO'S
8 CLEVELAND OH, AGORA
9 MILWAUKEE WI, RAVE
11 DENVER CO, OGDEN THEATRE
12 SALT LAKE CITY UT, BRICKS
14 VANCOUVER, COMMODORE
21 POMONA, CA GLASS HOUSE
28 LAKE BUENA VISTA FL, HOUSE OF BLUES
29 ATLANTA GA, MASQUERADE
30 CHARLOTTE NC, TREMONT
1 NORFOLK VA, NORVA
3 NEW YORK CITY NY, IRVING PLAZA
*MORE DATES TO COME
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- GOD FORBID NEWS
New Jersey thrash quintet GOD FORBID will join fellow hometown heroes
E-Town Concrete for a three-week East Coast tour beginning in early
October. This will mark the first time that both famed Jersey acts have
united for any shows outside of their immediate area. The group are
currently wrapping up the highly successful Bitter, Broken, Bound and
Gagged tour with Atreyu and Darkest Hour and will cap off their highly
productive year with participation on the Headbanger'sBall tour featuring
SHADOWS FALL, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Unearth.
The band's new full-length album, Gone Forever, was recorded at Trax
East Studios by Eric Rachel (Atreyu, E-Town, Every Time I Die) and is
currently being mixed by acclaimed producer Colin Richardson (Chimaira,
Fear Factory). The 11-track assault promises to be GOD FORBID's most
dynamic offering to date. Look for an EP titled Better Days-containing
a new track from their upcoming album, alongside other previously unreleased
studio material-to surface in late fall.
GOD FORBID w/ E-Town Concrete
10/3 Downtown- Farmingdale, NY
10/4 Showplace Theater -Buffalo, NY
10/5 Al Rosa Villa -Columbus, OH
10/6 Peabody's -Cleveland, OH
10/7 Rehearsal Studios -Indianapolis, IN
10/8 Club Laga -Pittsburgh, PA
10/9 Club Rockit -Toronto, ON
10/11 Birch Hill -Old Bridge, NJ
10/12 Axis -Boston, MA
10/15 Saratoga Winners -Latham, NY
10/16 Trocadero -Philadelphia, PA
10/17 The Underworld - Sciota, PA
10/19 Jaxx - West Springfield, VA
10/25 The Chance -Poughkeepsie, NY
More dates TBA
- CENTURY MEDIA AND OLYMPIC RECORDINGS....
The Los Angeles-based Century Family Inc., home to Century Media Records,
has completed the worldwide purchase of Olympic Recordings, one of the
world's leading underground metal labels. Established in Chicago in
1992, Olympic has built a solid catalog of releases and created brand
loyalty within the extreme metal genre. During its decade of existence,
the label has released such marquee acts as Immolation, Behemoth and
Vital Remains, as well as current up-and-comers Diabolic, Divine Empire,
Fleshgrind and Unholy Ghost. They were also responsible for launching
the career of hard rock’s rising stars Soil.
2003 has already been a solid year for the label with two successful
headline tours completed by New York's Immolation, Vital Remains headlining
the internationally acclaimed Milwaukee Metalfest and Poland's Behemoth
who made their U.S. debut on tour with Deicide and later shared American
stages with heavyweights such as Danzig, Halford, Opeth, Testament and
Superjoint Ritual among others. Behemoth will make their much anticipated
return to the U.S. taking part in the Un-Natural Born Killers tour featuring
Six Feet Under, Skinless and Black Dahlia Murder in October. Future
Olympic releases include Behemoth’s Conjuration EP, Diabolic’s
Infinity Through Purification and the debut album coming early next
year from Chicago’s Enforsaken, the most recent addition to the
Century Media, the world's premier metal label with offices throughout
the world, was previously responsible for the manufacturing and distribution
of Olympic Recordings in North America. Century Media is distributed
by Caroline Distribution.
- NILE ANNOUNCE 'ART OF NOISE II' TOUR SPONSORS; BAND COMPLETES WORK
ON TWO MUSIC VIDEOS
Relapse Records recording artists NILE have announced their third U.S.
headlining tour in support of their critically acclaimed album In Their
The tour, dubbed the "Art of Noise II" will kick off September
30th, 2003 and will
criss-cross the United States. Support on the tour will be provided
by Kreator, Vader, Amon Amarth and Goatwhore. The "Art of Noise
II" Tour follows NILE's successful "Art of Noise" Tour
that took place last January / February featuring NILE with guests Napalm
Death and Strapping Young Lad.
NILE's "Art of Noise II" tour will be co-sponsored by leading
media outlets of nearly every variety, including television, retail,
print, satellite radio, musical equipment providers and internet sponsors.
The "Art of Noise II" tour will be presented by Guitar World
Magazine and FUSE TV's "Uranium" program in conjunction with
FYE /Trans World Entertainment, XM Satellite Radio, online sponsors
Blabbermouth.net and Blistering.com as well as Dean Guitars.
On the topic of the tour, NILE guitarist / vocalist Karl Sanders commented,
"We're very happy to give music fans a package that will certainly
be a quality metal bill comprised of a variety of excellent bands. We're
looking forward to starting the tour and getting out there to see all
of the NILE fans soon."
Following the "Art of Noise II" tour, NILE will appear as
one of the headliners at the first annual "MassConcerts Presents:
The New Jersey Metal and Hardcore Festival", scheduled to take
place November 14th - 15th in Asbury Park, NJ. NILE will then travel
to Europe for a month's worth of shows that will include headlining
performances in Greece, France, England, Ireland and Scotland before
joining the 2003 version of Europe's revered "X-mas Festivals",
which will also include Deicide and Destruction, amongst others.
Additionally, NILE have completed work on two music videos for songs
from In Their Darkened Shrines. The videos, directed and filmed by acclaimed
director Darren Doane (Deftones, AFI, Poison the Well, Kyuss), include
a concept video for the track "Sarcophagus" and a performance
video for the song "Execration Text", both shot at Center
Staging in Burbank, CA. Both videos are expected to make their world
NILE's "Art of Noise II" Tour:
(with support from KREATOR, VADER, AMON AMARTH and GOATWHORE)
October 1 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's
October 2 McAllen, TX Villa Real Center
October 3 Austin, TX Backroom
October 4 Dallas, TX Trees
October 5 El Paso, TX Club 101
October 6 Phoenix, AZ Bash On Ash
October 7 Los Angeles, CA Key Club
October 8 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theater
October 10 San Francisco, CA The Pound
October 11 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
October 12 Seattle, WA Graceland
October 14 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
October 15 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck
October 16 St. Paul, MN The Lab
October 17 Sauget, IL (St. Louis, MO) Pop's
October 18 Chicago, IL Vic Theater
October 19 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
October 20 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
October 21 New York, NY BB Kings
October 23 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
October 24 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
October 25 Worcester, MA Palladium
October 26 W. Springfield, VA Jaxx
October 27 Fayetteville, NC Jeeters (NILE & Kreator only)
October 29 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
October 30 Tampa, FL Masquerade
October 31 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
November 14 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Park Convention Hall
(as part of MassConcerts Presents: New Jersey Metal and Hardcore Festival
- W.A.S.P. Planning Major 2-Part Conceptual Album for 2004
Enigmatic rock act W.A.S.P. has resurfaced after a near-year of silence
to announce the first details of its highly-anticipated dual album releases,
slated for 2004 through Metal-Is/Sanctuary Records. Although early reports
suggested that the new albums were to be released this October, the
complexity of the as-yet-untitled project did not adhere to the original
Once again recorded at frontman/composer Blackie Lawless’s Fort
Apache Studios in Malibu, CA, and co-helmed by renowned producer Bill
Metoyer, the album will be released in two parts. The first is scheduled
for mid-February 2004, and the second, which continues the story of
the first, is anticipated for an early May release.
Although the concept of the story is extremely complex & detailed,
the poignant plotline expresses notions of lost innocence and the black
undercurrent of mass media. Blackie states that the title of this work
is not confirmed to be The Neon God, although the perplexing theme is
integral to the plot.
The band’s lineup for the new albums remains Blackie Lawless on
vocals & guitar, Frankie Banali on drums, Mike Duda on bass, and
Darrell Roberts on lead guitar. This outing will also feature major
orchestration as enhancement & depth to the subject matter.
In addition to a massive multi-legged world tour in the coming year,
W.A.S.P. is anticipating releasing an in-depth ‘making of’
DVD later in 2004. The upcoming new albums are also planned to have
massive multimedia tie-ins.
For more information, stay tuned to www.waspnation.com
- 'MTV2 Headbanger's Ball' CD
The complete track listing (40 tracks on 2 CDs) has been announced for
the first-ever "MTV2 Headbanger's Ball" album, due on October
The first disc will feature "unit movers" from the hard rock
scene, the big names who've broken out to enjoy healthy sales and critical
acclaim. Each of the bands collected here are uncompromising and can
be credited for leading the heavy metal charge into the new millennium.
The second disc showcases up 'n' comers, Ozzfest side stage upstarts,
Hellfest (yearly hardcore/metalcore festival) performers, and other
assorted under the radar (but not for long) heavy bands.
Furthermore, renowned, Cleveland-based album and t-shirt artist Derek
Hess, known for his unique, sketch-style designed the cover art for
The track listing for the double-disc is as follows:
01. GODSMACK - Straight Out Of Line
02. HATEBREED - This Is Now
03. STAIND - Price To Play
04. COLD - Stupid Girl
05. DEFTONES - Hexagram
06. MARILYN MANSON - This Is The New S**t
07. SEVENDUST - Separate
08. ILL NINO - When It Cuts
09. MUDVAYNE - World's So Cold
10. SPINESHANK - Smothered
11. STATIC-X - Destroy All
12. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - Fixation On The Darkness
13. STONE SOUR - Inhale
14. SOIL - Pride
15. ANTHRAX - Safe Home
16. SLAYER - Reign In Blood (live)
17. MURDERDOLLS - Dead In Hollywood
18. SHADOW'S FALL - Destroyer Of Senses
19. MUSHROOMHEAD - Sun Doesn't Rise
20. ROB ZOMBIE - House Of 1000 Corpses
01. LAMB OF GOD - Ruin
02. ARCH ENEMY - We Will Rise
03. IN FLAMES - Clouds Connected
04. CHIMAIRA - Down Again
05. EIGHTEEN VISIONS - You Broke Like Glass
06. LACUNA COIL - Heaven's A Lie
07. DEVILDRIVER - I Could Care Less
08. SWORN ENEMY - Sworn Enemy
09. 36 CRAZYFISTS - At The End Of August
10. CRADLE OF FILTH - Mannequin
11. DEMON HUNTER - Infected
12. MASTODON - March Of The Fire Ants
13. MOTOGRATER - Down
14. E.TOWN CONCRETE - Mandibles
15. POISON THE WELL - Botchla
16. SOILWORK - Rejection Role
17. UNEARTH - Endless
18. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD - Relentless
19. AS I LAY DYING - Forever
20. MESHUGGAH - Rational Gaze
- I am proud to announce that CATHEDRAL have signed with Nuclear Blast!
The U.K.-based cult doom rockers have signed a deal starting with a
follow-up to last year's The VIIth Coming, (on Spitfire) which is tentatively
due in early 2004.
CATHEDRAL have teamed up with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and SAMAEL for a North
American tour that began this September.
- MESHUGGAH bassist Gustaf Hielm, DARKANE drummer Peter Wildoer and
THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND/GOD AWAKENS PETRIFIED drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen
will be contributing to the forthcoming solo album from DARKANE guitarist
Christofer Malmström, tentatively due sometime in 2004. "I'm
very excited to be involved in this project," Van Poederooyen said.
"Christofer and I got in contact thru the band PREACHER who I recorded
drum tracks for earlier this year. PREACHER has Christofer doing a guest
guitar solo on their 'soon-to-be-completed' album, he heard my drumming,
checked out my website and we got in contact. The rest is history."
The as-yet-untitled album, for which Van Poederooyen is currently writing
the drum parts, will feature Wildoer on vocals rather than in his traditional
drummer role. "This guy has a wicked voice," said Ryan.
- Recent Nuclear Blast signings DEATHSTARS will release their debut
album, Synthetic Generation — originally issued in Sweden via
the Universal affiliate LED Recordings —through Nuclear Blast.
The Swedish band, in existence since January 2000, were previously known
as SWORDMASTER and feature in their ranks former DISSECTION drummer
Ole Öhman and guitarist Emil Nödtveidt (brother of DISSECTION
leader Jon). The group's musical style is being described as "powerful
industrial metal," and is said to be not a million miles removed
from that of PAIN, RAMMSTEIN and MARILYN MANSON.
DEATHSTARS, whose lineup is rounded out by vocalist Andreas Bergh and
guitarist Erik Halvorsen, will be featured on the upcoming 2-DVD compilation
Monsters Of Metal with the track "Synthetic Generation".
- German thrashers DESTRUCTION have posted their video for the track
"Desecrators (Of The New Age)" on their website. "Desecrators
(Of The New Age)" comes off the group's forthcoming CD, Metal Discharge,
out on October 21. The album marks the recording debut with the group
of new drummer Marc Reign, who replaced Sven Vormann in 2001.
The German thrashers have also posted six cuts from their forthcoming
CD, Metal Discharge, in streaming Real Audio format at their official
The final track listing for Metal Discharge is as follows:
01. The Ravenous Beast
02. Metal Discharge
03. Rippin' The Flesh Apart
04. Fear Of The Moment
05. Mortal Remains
06. Desecrators (Of The New Age)
07. Historical Force Feed
08. Savage Symphony Of Terror
09. Made To Be Broken
- DIMMU BORGIR HAVE ENTERED THE BILLBOARD CHART’S AT #169!!
The band have also made Century Family/ Nuclear Blast history with the
largest first week scan!! Thanks to all the fans that have made this
possible… now that’s a way to show the metal some luvin’!
The new, relaunched website of DIMMU BORGIR is online now! Check it
Death Cult Armageddon, unleashed on September 9th, 2003 is getting rave
reviews all over, including a “Four K” rating from Kerrang,
this album is guaranteed to kick your ass all over town. To follow up
the album’s brutal ass beating the band themselves are coming
to the states in a national tour starting in November with Hypocrisy,
Nevermore & children of bodom. See dates below.
- Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of
EKTOMORF. The Hungarian four-piece are playing a modern crossover between
Hardcore and Thrash Metal and have released four records so far. With
their last album, I Scream Up To The Sky EKTOMORF played a lot of shows
and festivals in Germany, including an impressing headliner show at
the Summer Breeze festival 2002 in front of 10,000 crazy maniacs. The
band includes musical roots of their roman origin and creates a unique
style that blows away everybody, whether on stage or on their records!
- FIREBALL MINISTRY have shot a video for “Flatline”, the
first single from the new release, The Second Great Awakening, out on
October 7th. The video was be directed by Dylan Carter and can be viewed
on their website with Quicktime.
FIREBALL MINISTRY will also be kicking off a West Coast tour with PUNY
HUMAN on October 5th, see the dates listed below. The last show of the
tour will be a rockin’ record release party at the Troubador in
- Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have confirmed the track listing
for their upcoming live CD/DVD, One Crimson Night, due out next year.
The CD/DVD will contain the entire concert from Lisebergshallen in Götheborg,
Sweden on February 20, 2003, while the DVD will also include an "On
The Road" documentary from the European part of The Crimson Crusades,
as well as the gold-album ceremony held on stage in Götheborg.
"We decided to edit the celebration out on the CD, as it features
only talk and needs the video to make sense," guitarist Oscar Dronjak
writes on the band's website. "On the other hand, we put three
bonus tracks recorded in South America in May on the CD, to make that
release special as well. Because of this, the releases have slightly
varied cover artwork, though given the same title."
The track listing for "One Crimson Night" is as follows:
01. Lore Of The Arcane
02. Riders Of The Storm
03. Heeding The Call
04. Stone Cold
05. Hero's Return
06. Legacy Of Kings
07. Bass Solo: Magnus Rosén
08. At The End Of The Rainbow
09. The Way Of The Warrior
10. The Unforgiving Blade
11. Glory To The Brave
12. Guitar Solo: Stefan Elmgren
13. Let The Hammer Fall
15. Steel Meets Steel
16. Crimson Thunder
17. Templars Of Steel
18. Hearts On Fire
With regards to the progress of his rehabilitation from the accident
he suffered in early August, Oscar writes, "the rehabilitation
is going really well, I have regained much of the mobility in the arm
already. I have virtually no strength, and the bone is still healing
inside, but the grim outlook the doctor gave me last time seems to have
been a worst-case scenario, just like I hoped. The jury's still out
on the pain, though, as it still hurts a bit. I see the physiotherapist
once a week, and she is pleased with the progress. Therefore I am, too!"
- HELLOWEEN have been invited to join IRON MAIDEN in Paris on November
22, 2003. On confirming the date MAIDEN were told that HELLOWEEN had
confirmed a Paris show the same night as part of their forthcoming headline
European tour in support of their new album, Rabbit Don't Come Easy,
so MAIDEN invited them to join them at Bercy instead. HELLOWEEN is also
headlining a North American tour starting October 1st with JAG PANZER.
See dates below.
- Sweden's IN FLAMES have commenced the recording process for the follow-up
to 2002's Reroute To Remain, tentatively due in 2004. "Daniel [Svensson]
has finished laying down the drums on all tracks," reads a post
on the group's website. "In a couple of weeks the band will enter
the studio again to record everything else and finalize the upcoming
CD. Release of the yet untitled product can be expected next spring.
Producer info, whereabouts and time period will be [announced] soon!!"
- Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have announced more dates as part
of their From Shadows to Dust North American tour. See dates below.
As previously reported, KATAKLYSM will enter Studio Victor in Montreal
in November to begin recording their new album, Serenity In Fire, for
a 2004 release. The album will be produced by KATAKLYSM guitarist Jean-Francois
Dagenais (MISERY INDEX, MALEVOLENT CREATION) and will be mixed at Wildsound
studio in St-Zenon, Quebec.
KATAKLYSM will be teaming up with CANNIBAL CORPSE, HYPOCRISY, CARPATHIAN
FOREST, VOMITORY, EXHUMED, and PREJUDICE for next year's No Mercy Festivals
2004, taking place in Europe between March 31 and April 12. In addition,
the band will remain on the road as direct support for CANNIBAL CORPSE
for two more weeks. Exact cities and dates will be announced during
the coming months.
In other news, vocalist Maurizio Iacono tied the knot with girlfriend
Meggin Mary Booth in Las Vegas on Sunday, August 31, in the company
of friends and band members.
- MISERY INDEX speaks:
September 3rd: “Aloha! We'd like to thank everyone who came out
to the shows on our recent N. American tour. Always good to see old
friends, as well as meeting lots of new heads. We will be hitting the
road again in about a month for a few shows with Structure of Lies,
and then heading back to Canada for a few gigs. Be sure to check the
Shows page for all the newly posted info. There will be a couple more
shows added in the coming days, so check back often. Also, thanks to
the support of you guys and the Metal DJs, our new album was sitting
at #10 on the CMJ Loud Rock chart. If you're lucky enough to have a
Metal radio show in your town, help us out by requesting anything off
of Retaliate. Thanks for your continued support, and see you all on
the road again soon. Cheers!"
A tour of the East coast will begin at the end of September, so if you
missed the last tour, make sure you take a minute to jot down the dates
- Drummer Randy Black (ANNIHILATOR, ex-REBELLION), who was recently
named PRIMAL FEAR's new skinsman following the departure of Klaus Sperling,
has issued the following statement to PRIMAL FEAR fans:
"First and foremost, I'd like to say I'm really looking forward
to playing, recording and touring with PRIMAL FEAR. As you all know,
I did the Metal Gods tour with them so I know that these guys are fun
to work with but it also gave me a chance to experience them when circumstances
were not favorable. I can only say that even in this very stressful
and frustrating situation, they were great, conducting themselves very
professionally and with integrity.
"I'd also like to make one thing clear: I had no intentions of
pushing Klaus out of the band when I filled in for him on the Metal
Gods tour. Klaus is a great guy and I'm sure with his talent will be
successful in his future endeavors.
"I look forward to the future with PRIMAL FEAR and to performing
and meeting the fans on tour. Thanks for the warm welcome I have already
- Danish metallers RAUNCHY have set Confusion Bay as the title for their
sophomore album, due in Denmark on November 3 and in the rest of the
rest of the world in early 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records.
The follow-up to last year's highly acclaimed Velvet Noise was recorded
and mixed at producer Jacob Hansen's (INVOCATOR) Hansen Studios in Ribe,
Denmark. 12 songs were reportedly tracked for the CD, including a cover
of FAITH NO MORE's "From Out Of Nowhere", which will be used
as a bonus track for the album's Scandinavian edition.
The final track listing for the effort is as follows:
01. Join The Scene
02. I Get What I See
03. Summer Of Overload
04. Watch Out
05. Nine - Five
06. Show Me Your Real Darkness
07. Confusion Bay
08. The Devil
10. Morning Rise And A Friday Night
11. Bleeding Pt. 2
12. From Out Of Nowhere (FAITH NO MORE cover - Scandinavian bonus)
- TIDFALL have a new album, Nucleus, which will hit the streets on October
21st. It has gotten great reviews overseas and has even been selected
as album of the month by the German web magazine Shadowshire.
"With the title track, TIDFALL has made one of the most in-ear
refrains in Norwegian black metal ever" says author Stein Østbø
another German web magazine VG. Check out the reviews and images of
the band on their website.
The tracklist for Nucleus is as follows:
01. Future Doom
04. Mercury Mesh
05. Soil of Tomorrow
- Norway's THEATRE OF TRAGEDY have parted ways with longtime front woman
Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull.
"Having worked together for almost ten years, we have now reached
a point where we find ourselves with differences of opinion that cannot
be bridged, and completely incompatible sets of ideas for the band's
further development," the group said in an official statement.
"The rest of the band will continue working with full force under
the name THEATRE OF TRAGEDY, and sees this as an opportunity for further
musical experimentation and evolution. This also involves finding a
new, permanent, female singer, although not necessarily a replacement
"Let it be said that there is no animosity from the band towards
Liv, and we wish her all the best with her work."
- FOR MY PAIN/ REFLEXION singer Juha Kylmänen will perform as a
session vocalist on TO/DIE/FOR's upcoming Mexican tour, set to take
place October 22-November 5. Exact dates and venues will be announced
TO/DIE/FOR's last singer, Jape Perätalo, left the band early last
month due to a "lack of motivation." The group have since
announced plans to carry on with a replacement vocalist.
TO/DIE/FOR's most recent CD, Jaded, was released in March through Nuclear
Blast. The follow-up to 2001's Epilogue featured guest vocals by former
SINERGY and current NIGHTWISH bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala.
- DEATHWITCH bring you 'Violence Blasphemy Sodomy'
Sadisitic terror squad Deathwitch have puked up details of their forthcoming
fist in the face experience, tastfully titled 'Violence Blasphemy Sodomy'.
For those unfamiliar with the Deathwitch approach, think back to Death
Metal's primitive beginnings when Autopsy, Massacre and the like practised
a particularly feral brand of sonic barbarity. Deathwitch follow this
loose, slop n' roll approach but actually manage to deliver the riffs
on which all great Death Metal is based. If you like your DM with the
rotting stench of the grave as standard - step aboard.The full tracklisting
for 'Violence Blasphemy Sodomy', due for release on Jan 19 2004, is:
02) Flamethrower Carnival
03) Total Morbid
04) Blood Sucking Fuck
05) Abhorrent Sadistic Tormentor
06) Lord of Ymodos
07) Witch of Death
09) Bitch Finder
10) Violence Blasphemy
11) Coffin Fornicator
12) Worthless Scum
13) Fuck Off And Die
14) Death Maniac
...in related Deathwitch news, guitarist Slade Doom was recently arrested
for undisclosed offences. He remains incarcarated.
- THE CHASM UPDATES
The Chasm are busy working on new material for the debut Wicked World
release, although a couple of smaller, underground vinyl releases may
well surface before then.
On September 19/20 the band will headline the Aztec Underground Legions
Fest in both Cudahy, WI and Chicago, IL respectively alongside Anceint
Gods, Obeisance and Infinitum Obscure. The band will enlist the help
of George Velaetis on bass, from Darkness Eternal, for these shows which
will be The Chasm's final live appearances this year.
- The release of the debut album of florida's finest new metal sensation
TRIVIUM is closer. You can find the brandnew track "If I Could
Collapse The Masses" now on (www.lifeforcerecords.com)!
The band is playing a bunch of shows in the next coming and we are proud
to present them on three exclusive European release shows in October.
TRIVIUM - Ember To Inferno (In stores - October 14th, 2003).
- NEW LIFEFORCE ACTS - Lifeforce is proud to announce their two latest
signings, CIPHER-SYSTEM and BY NIGHT. Both bands are from Sweden. The
first release on Lifeforce will be a split CD with both acts in spring
2004 as an introduction followed by there debut albums later the next
CIPHER SYSTEM is a six member progressive metal machine from Sweden.
They have played together for about 6 years, but the current line-up
have only been stabile for about one year when the last recruited member
joined. The music is a fresh mix between melodic and progressive metal
band as: Soilwork, Children of Bodom and Evergrey. Eyecon (Demo) 2002
has only got great reviews and now it’s time for the rest of the
world to find out if they could handle it.
BY NIGHT is best to describe as heavy, fast hardcore-influenced extreme
metal. Check their song "Lamentation" on our website.
- HEROD has entered the studio today to record their Lifeforce debut
For Whom The Gods Would Destroy the whole month of september. The band
just found a new permanent singer. The album will hit the streets in
the US on January 25th, 2004 and on a later currently not confirmed
date in Europe.
- Local rock band GATLIN finish new demo, get retired from National
radio and retain Serling, Rooks and Ferrara as Law Firm
New demo recorded with Producer and former Toadies guitarist Darrel
Herbert and retain Barry Jay Reiss from Serling, Rooks and Ferrara as
September 20, 2003
Cleveland, OH – Today, Hardcore Marketing, Inc. (www.hardcoremarketing.com)
announced the completion of Cleveland local rock act Gatlin’s
new 5-song demo and the hiring of Attorney Barry Jay Reiss of Counsel
at Serling, Rooks and Ferrara.
“We took our time with this demo.” stated Jon Drake, the
lead singer of Gatlin. “We showcased for several labels in New
York last year and most of them were impressed with our story in Cleveland
but wanted more ‘hit quality’ and radio friendly singles.
So we took our time, found a Producer that! knew exactly what we wanted
and wrote and wrote and wrote.” Patrick Ols, guitarist, said,
“Most of the labels that showed interest after the showcases liked
our song ‘Reflection’. That was cool to hear since that
is the type of song we tend to write these days and like to write. We
had a more metal and less commercial sound in years previous so this
solidified our thoughts in the direction we wanted to go and the direction
in which the labels wanted to see us go.”
The new 5-song demo includes the new songs “Going Under”,
“Disarray”, “Unreal” and the re-recorded songs
“Undivided” and “Reflection”.
“During this demo ‘Reflection’ was put on the Xtreme
Cage Match (92.3FM) and won all five nights which made us believe that
our writing style with ‘Reflection’ was dead-on.”
stated Don Debiase, guitarist. “When we heard that ‘Reflection’
was retired and we were the only local to be retired it just fueled
us even more. We were ecstatic and then found out they wanted to put
the song into rotation and they spiked it in charting in the Top Ten
out of the entire playlist. It was a great feeling to know what we had
written and what we were currently writing was beating 90% of National
bands. We knew we had the stuff and we couldn’t wait for those
labels that had shown interest before ! hear the new stuff. I think
we all believe this new demo is the deal maker.”
are a 5-piece melodic rock act based out of Cleveland, Ohio. Members
include: Jon Drake (vocals), Don Debiase (guitar), Patrick Ols (guitar),
Ken Izirray (bass), and Steve Lockhart (drums). They have released three
full-length CD’s and have grown into one of the most respected
and well-known local acts in North East Ohio selling out venues such
as Clear Channel’s The Odeon (900 capacity) and Peabody’s
Night ! Club (700) capacity. Their albums are distributed by The Orchard
and Harvest Media Group.
Hardcore Marketing, Inc. (www.hardcoremarketing.com)
is a Northeast Ohio Independent Concert Promoter and Band Management
firm dedicated to the multi-million dollar Music Industry. Working with
Nationally known concert venues and National Artists, Hardcore Marketing
is emerging as a leader in the ranks of the Ohio music community.
- SIX FEET UNDER Announces The Unnatural Born Killers Tour 2003
with Openers Skinless, Behemoth, and The Black Dahlia Murder
Tour Sponsored By Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles Magazine
and XM Radio: Liquid Metal
Bringer Of Blood In Stores September 23rd!
September 23rd will see the release of Tampa-based SIX FEET UNDER’s
most ambitious release to date, the ferocious Bringer Of Blood (through
Metal Blade Records). The disc, rampant with an infectious blend of
jackhammer grooves and pure aggressive immensity, fuses the band’s
attraction to dark fantasy as well as significant social commentary.
SIX FEET UNDER is never more potent than in the live setting. Veteran
of the Warped Tour, and sharing the stage with everyone as diverse as
nearly every extreme metal band on the planet to Disturbed and Danzig,
the band is now is primed to bludgeon North America as headliner of
The Unnatural Born Killers Tour 2003, with menacing openers Skinless,
Behemoth, and The Black Dahlia Murder. The tour is being sponsored by
Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles Magazine and XM Satellite Radio's
Liquid Metal program (which is giving away two pairs of tickets for
Recorded at the renowned Morrisound Studios in Florida and produced
(as were all previous SIX FEET UNDER releases) by Chris Barnes himself,
Bringer Of Blood features a free DVD supplement containing interviews
with the band, a documentary about the band & the metal scene ("Six
Feet Underground" - which made its screening debut recently at
the Chicago Independent Film Festival) filmed by underground film maker
Deron Grams, and an extensive photo gallery.
The first video clip from Bringer of Blood, the social commentary-intense
“Amerika The Brutal” has debuted on MTV2’s Headbangers
Ball program, and radio support is quickly following. Vocalist Chris
Barnes acknowledges his excitement about the add, “I’m really
proud that MTV picked this one up; the video is an honest view about
the state of affairs in the world today. People are being ostracized
in this country for free thought, and putting Freedom Of Speech to the
test at a time when it needs to be; because there's something really
wrong is happening out there, and people need to be made aware of it
Tour Dates include:
The Unnatural Born Killers Tour 2003
Thursay, October 16th - Tampa, FL - Brass Mug
Friday, October 17th - Orlando, FL - Back Booth
Saturday, October 18th - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Factory
Sunday, October 19th - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Monday, October 20th - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
Wednesday, October 22nd - Pittsburgh, PA - Rosebud
Thursday, October 23rd - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Friday, October 24th - Providence, RI - Living Room
Saturday, October 25th - Buffalo, NY - Infiniti
Sunday, October 26th - New Haven, CT - Toads
Monday, October 27th - Long Island, NY - Downtown
Tuesday, October 28th - Randolph, NJ - Obsessions
Wednesday, October 29th - Wilkes Barre, PA - Metropolis
Thursday, October 30th - Montreal, QC, Can. - Foufounes
Friday, October 31st - Toronto, ON, Can. - Opera House
Saturday, November 1st - Latham, NY - Saratoga Winners
Sunday, November 2nd - Brooklyn, NY - L’amour
Monday, November 3rd - Chicago, IL - Metro
Tuesday, November 4th - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Wednesday, November 5th - St. Louis, MO - Creepy Crawl
Thursday, November 6th - Cedar Falls, IA - Reverb
Friday, November 7th - Kansas City, KS - El Terron
Saturday, November 8th - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
Sunday, November 9th - Salt Lake City, UT - DV8
Tuesday, November 11th - Palo Alto, CA - The Edge
Thursday, November 13th - Hollywood, CA - Keyclub
Friday, November 14th - Corona, CA - Showcase
Saturday, November 15th - Phoenix, AZ - Bash On Ash
Monday, November 17th - Dallas, TX - venue TBA
Tuesday, November 18th - Austin, TX - venue TBA
Wednesday, November 19th - San Antonio, TX - venue TBA
- ST. PETERSBURG - Industrial rock band HELL ON EARTH will feature a
“live suicide” at their State Theatre performance in St.
Petersburg, FL on Saturday, October 4th. A Euthanasia Society member
will carry out the suicide to raise awareness for dying with dignity.
The Euthanasia member, who suffers from a terminal illness, is using
the event as a platform to help make back-street suicides a thing of
Though his identity is being withheld until the day of the event, he
did have this to say, “I thank the lord that Hell On Earth is
giving me this opportunity to end my suffering. I just want to say as
my last will and testament that this is my god given choice to end my
life. I’d prefer to have a physician-assisted suicide but until
the laws are changed, those who are in pain like me will either have
to continue to suffer or do it themselves.”
The event, The Hell On Earth Haunted Tour, is part of a national tour
the band is on to support their new album, “All Things Disturbingly
For more information visit www.hellonearth.net.
- NJ METAL AND HARDCORE FEST
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 14 - 3:00PM
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15 - 12 NOON
NEW JERSEY METAL AND HARDCORE FEST LINEUP CONFIRMED
ASBURY PARK, NJ. - The lineup for this fall's New Jersey Metal and Hardcore
Fest in Asbury Park, N.J., has been confirmed.
Superjoint Ritual, Dimmu Borgir, Morbid Angel, Nile, Nevermore, Children
Of Bodom, Hypocrisy, Strapping Young Lad and Symphony X headline the
show on Friday. Cradle Of Filth, Type O Negative, Deicide, Suffocation,
Hate Eternal, Biohazard and Krisium headline on Saturday. Also appearing
are Unearth, Bongzilla, Diabolic, The Red Chord, A Life Once Lost, Premonitions
Of War, Cannae, Benumb, Between The Buried And Me, All That Remains
and many more to be announced.
The New Jersey Metal and Hardcore Fest will be held at Asbury Park's
Convention Hall complex on Friday, November 14 at 3:00PM and Saturday,
November 15 at 12 Noon.
Friday individual day tickets are $40. Saturday individual day tickets
are $45. Two-day passes are $75. All tickets go on sale Saturday September
20 at 10:00AM online at ticketmaster.com, at all ticketmaster locations.
To charge tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at (201) 507-8900 or (609)
MassConcerts, the promoter of the highly successful New England Metal
and Hardcore Fest is working in conjunction with ConcertsEast to present
the festival. In just five years, the New England Metal and Hardcore
Fest has become one of the nation's top heavy metal festivals. Held
at the Palladium in Worcester, MA., this spring's edition of the two-day
New England show sold out more than a week in advance and earned rave
reviews from media throughout the continent.
"If you decide to go to only one fest this year, this should be
it." - Revolver
"...hands down, the best metal fest in the world." - CMJ
"This may have been the best metal festival ever on U.S. soil."
"...the best and most balanced fest North America has to offer."
- Metal Maniacs
Talent is subject to change.
For more information on this concert please visit the festival website
- DEICIDE w/ Hate Eternal, Krisiun, Cattle Decapitation:
16 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
17 - Venom - St. Petersburg, FL
18 - Jesters Pub - Fayetteville, NC
19 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
20 - Cruise Inn - Lackawanna, NY
21 - Shelter at St. Andrew's - Detroit, MI
22 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
23 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
24 - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
25 - The Lab - St. Paul, MN
26 - QC Live - Davenport, IA
27 - Exit Inn - Nashville, TN
29 - Stomp 345 - Memphis, TN
30 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX
31 - Villa Real Convention Center - McAllen, TX
01 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
02 - The Backroom - Austin, TX
03 - The Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM
04 - The Mason Jar - Phoenix, TX
05 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
06 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
07 - Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
08 - The Pound - San Francisco, CA
10 - Ogden Theater - Denver, CO
11 - Ranch Bowl - Omaha, NE
12 - Pop’s - Sauget, IL
13 - Metro/Smart Bar - Chicago, IL
14 - Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
15 - Convention Hall - Asbury Park, NJ
16 - Les Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QUE
17 - The Funhouse - Toronto, ONT
18 - Rosebud - Pittsburgh, PA
19 - Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
20 - Jaxx - West Springfield,VA
21 - Factory 324 - Roanoke, VA
22 - Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
- SEVENDUST CONSTRUCTS VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE, “ENEMY”
** Former X-Force Artist Configures Short Film Around Hit Rock Single
** Video Features Former WWE-Star Chyna **
New York, NY, September 18 – Hard rock giants Sevendust are taking
a new direction with the video for their latest hit “Enemy.”
Rather than go the performancebased route of their previous videos,
the band has enlisted director Adam Pollina – former comic artist
for the X-Men spin-off, X-Force -- to configure his underground short
film Romp around the song.
The film is about a young man born without arms, Romp (played by Elliot
Jones) who is trained by a flamboyant midget to fight a local bully
named Lulu (played by former WWE wrestling star Joanie “Chyna”
Laurer.) The film makes use of live action which in spots morphs into
still-animation to exemplify the comic book aspect of the story. Though
Sevendust does not physically appear in the video, they are represented
on posters lining the urban streets as Romp makes his way to the fight
“It’s really about the first day a superhero decides to
become a superhero,” Pollina recently told Wizard Magazine. “It’s
about how nervous he is and what he goes through in his mind. Lulu is
a huge female bully but he decides to take her on, even if he has no
Romp will soon be released in comic book form from Image Comics. A screenplay
is being developed for a feature version of the story.
“Enemy” is one of the hottest rock singles in the country
right now, having been the #1 Most Added track at Rock and Alternative
radio in its first week out. The video will be serviced to MTV, Fuse
and other video outlets in the coming weeks.
Sevendust are currently wrapping up a special acoustic tour, and will
be fully plugged-in for a national run with Staind, kicking off September
27 in Philadelphia.
The band’s fourth album Seasons, which follows their three previous
Gold-certified releases, drops on October 7.
- 15th Anniversary
05.08.2004 - 07.08.2004
- SAXON - BÖHSE ONKELZ - GRAVE DIGGER - NEVERMORE -
- AMON AMARTH - BRAINSTORM - DISTRUCTION -
- Melodic Metal band STRYPER will do a reunion tour!!! 40 dates all
over the USA are already booked and more to come. The tour will begin
on October 2nd. For more info about the tour visit http://www.stryper.com/2003tour.html
- Metalcore band LIVING SACRIFICE releases a DVD! The band played their
last show late Summer, 2003, but their legacy will live on in this DVD
featuring footage from the studio during the recording of The Hammering
Process, tour footage of life on the road, live interviews, behind-the-scenes
footage, plus videoclips of the following songs: 'Bloodwork,' 'Conditional,'
'Burn the End,' 'Local Vengeance Killing,' 'Reject,' 'Reborn,' 'Flatline,'
'Hand Of the Dead' and 'Not My Own.' There is also a VHS of the same
- BRIDE has finished recording "This is it!". This CD will
only be found through Bride and the Official Bride Web Site. This CD
sounds like the Bride from the Snakes in the Playground era with the
exception…it is much BIGGER! Folks have told Bride they foresee
the return of hard rock metal and Bride is leading the charge with "This
Bride will have a gig in Storsalen, Oslo (Norway) on 4th October kl
22:00. For more info visit www.srock.no
- Australian Metal band MORTIFICATION will be recording a new album
at the end of the year. Expect an album that will be more in the death
metal/grind vein, with hints of power metal and thrash. Steve Rowe:
"I guess somewhat similar to Post Momentary but more Brutal."
The release date will be in March 2004.
- Roxx Records has just released a limited edition live CD from OIL
(Ron Rinehart from Dark Angels new band). The album is called Choice
Cuts Off The Chopping Block and features a live show in Downey, California,
USA. There are also two new studio tracks on this record. www.oilmusic.com
- EXTOL - supporting Opeth on Scandinavian tour 2003
The young and gifted tech-death stars EXTOL from Norway will support
Opeth on their forthcoming Scandinavia tour in October and November
2003. Their last album „Synergy” was one of the best progressive
death/thrash metal releases in 2003, highly acclaimed by media and fans
of bands like Meshuggah, Cynic or… Opeth.
This might be the tour that will leave you with your jaws open.
Opeth / Extol Scandinavian tour 2003
15th October 03 (FIN) Helsinki - Nosturi
16th October 03 (FIN) Tampere - Pakkahuone
17th October 03 (FIN) Jyväskylä - Lutakko
19th October 03 (S) Stockholm - Klubben
21st October 03 (S) Malmö - KB
22nd October 03 (DK) Copenhagen - Vega (small hall)
23rd October 03 (DK) Aarhus - Voxhall
24th October 03 (S) Helsinborg - The Tivoli
25th October 03 (N) Oslo - Rockefeller
26th October 03 (S) Stavanger - Folken
28th October 03 (S) Gothenburg - Kåren
29th October 03 (S) Örebro - Downtown
30th October 03 (S) Linköping - Skylten
31st October 03 (S) Västerås - Culturen
01st November 03 (S) Sundsvall - Pipeline
- KMFDM Explodes with WWIII
Album Released September 23rd through Sanctuary Records
Band Launches North American Tour in October
KMFDM, the ardent guardians of the ‘Ultra Heavy Beat’, have
returned with a trend-killing, ravenous, all-out assault called WWIII.
Released on September 23rd via Sanctuary Records, the album opens a
new chapter in the ever-expansive world of KMFDM. On the surface, the
disc may be deemed politically-prophetic (following up 2001’s
Attak); however, KMFDM’s dynamic new vision is both uncompromisingly
disdainful and rapturously seductive.
Spawned in 1984, KMFDM rapidly evolved year-by-year through intense
experimentation and touring; redefining and upgrading themselves with
each progressing release. 2003 sees KMFDM aptly dubbed ‘rock with
a conscience’; a band that breathes as a cohesive unit, yet is
not limited in vision or experience. Fueled by everyday news & events,
the band is frequently known for its revolution-styled lyrics and thematically
extreme social commentary. Says vocalist/keyboardist/bassist/ringleader
Sascha “Kapt’n K” Konietzko explains the band’s
position, “The fears, the vulnerability and the McCarthyism that
slowly creep into the remote corners of one’s brain are all weapons
of mass distraction. This is serious and needs to be opposed and eventually
debunked. But I have to say that we have no interest in making only
intensely serious statements, either. We see art as art, and politics
for what it is. KMFDM's lyrics simply reflect the absurdities that we
all are bombarded with every day.”
Add these intense lyrics to KMFDM’s diverse style, and you get
a glimpse of the band’s true charm – music that is thought-provoking
as well as contusive to dancing…and even headbanging! Alongside
Konietzko are the bludgeoning multi-guitar crunch of Joolz Hodgson &
Steve White, the boisterous percussion work of Andy Selway, the dark,
debaucherous vocal emanations of Raymond “Pig” Watts and
spitfire hellcat vocals of Lucia Cifarelli, whose fervent vocal style
emerges as provocative, evocative, and oft times contemptuous. The tracklisting
for WWIII includes:
Stars And Stripes
From Here On Out
Bullets, Bombs, Bigotry
KMFDM is not a band to speak bold words without the muscle to back itself
up, therefore an extensive North American tour is already slated to
promote the release of WWIII throughout October & November (36 shows
in 40 days). The tour routing (with opening act Bile) is as follows:
Friday, October 17th - Seattle, WA - The Catwalk
Saturday, October 18th - Boise, ID - Big Easy
Sunday, October 19th - Salt Lake City, UT - Bricks
Monday, October 20th - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Tuesday, October 21st - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
Wednesday, October 22nd - St. Louis, MO - Mississippi Nights
Thursday, October 23rd - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Friday, October 24th - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave / Eagles Ballroom
Sunday, October 26th - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Monday, October 27th - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Tuesday, October 28th - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
Wednesday, October 29th - Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargo
Thursday, October 30th - Cleveland, OH - Odeon Concert Club
Friday, October 31st - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
Saturday, November 1st - Boston, MA - Axis
Sunday, November 2nd - Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
Monday, November 3rd - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Wednesday, November 5th - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Thursday, November 6th - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Friday, November 7th - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
Saturday, November 8th - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Sunday, November 9th - Tampa, FL - The Masquerade
Monday, November 10th - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Club Venu
Wednesday, November 12th - New Orleans, LA - Howlin' Wolf
Thursday, November 13th - Houston, TX - Numbers
Friday, November 14th - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Saturday, November 15th - Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Live
Sunday, November 16th - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
Tuesday, November 18th - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Wednesday, November 19th - West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
Thursday, November 20th - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
Friday, November 21st - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
Saturday, November 22nd - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Sunday, November 23rd - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Monday, November 24th - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Tuesday, November 25th - Seattle, WA - Fenix / Fenix Underground
September 23rd brings a new dawn in contemporary, heavy music…music
with a conscience…KMFDM.
- The new CENTINEX album is - finaly - completly recorded and ready.
Full tracklisting for "Decadence - Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos"
1 - Arrival Of The Spectrum Obscure
2 - Misanthropic Darkzone
3 - Hollowsphere
4 - Target: Dimension XII
5 - Deathstar Unmasked
6 - A Dynasty Of Obedience
7 - Mechanical Future
8 - Cold Deep Supremacy
9 - New World Odyssey
"I think this album is a total blast, I have never been so pleased
before. Everything turned out great and the sound is so fucking massive".
As previously reported "A Dynasty Of Obedience" is a instrumental
piece written and performed by Peter Bjärgö [Arcana/Sophia].
The album will be released in early 2004 through Candlelight Records
[the exact release date tba].
Pre-view of the artwork, soundclips etc coming up soon at www.centinex.org.
We herby also announce that drummer Kennet Englund has left the band.
now looking for a new talented skinsman so interested individuals should
in touch asap.
- UPDATE: ATTACKER ENTERS THE STUDIO! PREPERATION FOR
LIVE PERFORMANCES TO FOLLOW!
ATTACKER- One of the pioneers of the US METAL movement will enter the
studio on September 13th to begin the recording of their long awaited
follow-up to 1988's "The Second Coming".
The album titled "SOUL TAKER" will be released, world-wide,
through Germany's IRON GLORY RECORDS in January 2004. The album features
the return of original vocalist Bob Mitchell (Vyndykator and Alchemy
Mitchell's first appearance with Attacker was on Metal Blade's "Metal
Massacre Five" compilation which became the proverbial opening
gate for the now classic "Battle At Helm's Deep" album back
"SOUL TAKER" will be released on CD and on Special Edition
Vinyl Picture Disc.
Here is the track listing:
1. The End
3. Sleepy Hollow
4. Tortured Existence
5. Soul Taker
7. The Conquerors
8. Return To Mordor
9. Raging Fist
10. Until We Meet Again
The recording is scheduled to wrap up in October. The album cover artwork
will be designed by Jim Hunter (Bassist October 31/ Twisted Tower Dire).
Previously, Hunter has designed the covers for Sleepy Hollow's "A
Legend Retold" and Vyndykator's "Heaven Sent From Hell".
The band will then begin rehearsing for their homecoming show in Hoboken,
New Jersey. The date is
set for Saturday December 13th. The venue holding this great event is
the reknowned MAXWELL's. This live performance will be filmed and recorded
for a live DVD/CD to be released sometime in 2004. The show will be
a career spanning showcase of the bands musical history. Special Guests
for the homecoming show will none other than former Metal Blade Recording
artists OCTOBER 31.
ATTACKER have also been confirmed for CLASSIC METAL FEST 4. The Festival
event will be held at Oasis One-Sixty 160 W. Joe Orr Road, Chicago Heights,
IL on the weekend of May 14th and 15th.
Bob Mitchell- Vocals
Pat Marinelli- Guitars
Mike Benetados- Guitars
Felix Torres- Bass
Mike Sabatini- Drums
- ZAKK WYLDE CO-WRITES WITH ROADRUNNER RECORDING ARTIST “THEORY
OF A DEADMAN”
Famed axe-man Zakk Wylde is set to join Roadrunner recording artist
“Theory of a Deadman”, in Los Angeles, California next week.
Zakk Wylde, famous for his hard-driving guitar playing for Ozzy Osbourne,
and his own band, Black Label Society, is currently charting with his
smash hit single "Stillborn." Zakk has co-written several
hits for Ozzy such as "No More Tears."
The collaboration should prove to be a successful marriage of two talent
styles. Although there is no confirmed release date, for this new material,
we should look forward to hearing a taste of their work late in the
- I know you've been following the drama between Morgan Rose of SEVENDUST
and ex-COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara. In response to Fafara's just-posted
comments on Roadrunner's website, Morgan Rose has released the following
"If Dez Fafara thinks my comments were out of line and childish,
its interesting that he's calling up my wife crying for forgiveness
while still talking shit on the internet. To set the record straight,
I never had a problem with Coal Chamber, it was always with Dez. No
one in the music industry should be surprised that someone finally stood
up against this guy, his behavior and the way he treats people. The
reason Coal Chamber isn't together anymore is because his band mates
hated him. And I think most people in my shoes would have taken harsher
actions if their wife was treated the way Dez treated Rayna. By the
way, who's writing Dez's press statements for him?"
- Steve Smyth (Testament, Dragonlord) will be handling second guitar
duties on NEVERMORE's ‘Enemies Of Reality’ European Tour
with special guests Arch Enemy. Metal
- FRAMESHIFT: this new project will feature James LaBrie (Dream Theater)
“in ways that no one has heard him before” – the debut
album ‘Unweaving The Rainbow’ will combine the elements
of progressive rock, film scoring and very modern production. Metal
- SKINLAB plans to go on hiatus are apparently on hold as the band has
picked up several dates on the Jagermeister sponsored Slayer tour including
Hatebreed and Arch Enemy among others – the group will utilize
the skills of guitarist Scott Sargent reuniting the lineup featured
on ‘Disembody: The New Flesh’. Metal
- SEBASTIAN BACH,taking a break from Broadway, the former Skid Row screamer
is back with
new act Bach Tight 5 featuring: guitarist Adam Albright (Skinlab, Dopesick),
bassist Cheeze (Black Bone, Dead Tight 5), guitarist Randall X Rawlings
(Dead Tight 5) and drummer Mike Dover (Dead Tight 5). Metal
- According to a statement by Powergod’s Riff Randall, drummer
Haan Hartmann (Powergod, Tracelords) has not joined WINTERS BANE. Metal
- HEADBANGER’S BALL, the MTV show is going on the road as sponsor
of major tour featuring Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage and Lamb of
God – the Ball will also be releasing a two CD set on Roadrunner
Records: one CD will consist of big names that have broken out of the
underground scene and the other will represent the current underground
- VELVET REVOLVER, the new supergroup has signed an exclusive recording
agreement with RCA
Records – the band features: Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott
Weiland, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan,
drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Dave Kushner from Dave Navarro's Band
– the band’s debut is due in 2004. Metal
- SLAYER guitarist Kerry King is launching a clothing line under the
banner of a new company called KFK Industries. Metal
- Brazilian Metal Stalwarts SEPULTURA Dominate TV & Radio with ROORBACK
Tour Anticipated in October
Cultivating years of experience and touring relentlessly, Brazilian
metal titans SEPULTURA is making monstrous waves with American media
in support of the band’s latest opus Roorback (released through
SPV Records). Combining their trademark tribal-metal stylings with modern
sensibilities, Roorback is an explosive breath of fresh air in the current
The band’s first video single from the album, “Bullet the
Blue Sky” (a cover version of the classic U2 song), debuts this
weekend on MTV’s Headbangers Ball (Saturday, September 13th at
10pm Eastern) and is already in rotation on other video outlets. MTV
Latin America will debut it shortly. “Bullet the Blue Sky”
is currently streaming on the Internet here: http://www.spvusa.com/btbs.ram
Radio had a meltdown this week, as Roorback erupted on the charts, making
more massive jumps on the various panels than any other artist. The
album leapt from 16 to 7 with a bullet at FMQB (181 spins), 28 to 3
with a bullet on CMJ Loud Rock, 33 to 8 on CMJ Crucial Spins (181 Spins),
and is #6 on the R&R chart.
Press has been just as receptive towards the band & their revolutionary
“…the heaviest stuff they’ve done since Beneath The
Remains” ~ Edge Magazine (NC)
“…a new label, tighter sound and stronger band structure…”
~ Blistering Entertainment
“…the best band around at showcasing the type of intensely
diverse brutality which can make both venues shake as well as minds
think.” ~ KNAC
“...more profound, revolutionary, and prevalent than ever.”
~ SLUG Magazine
The proverbial sky is the limit for SEPULTURA in 2003, and the band
will not rest until all have witnessed the power and strength of the
band. Having just returned home from their first-ever South African
tour, a no-holds barred North American tour is in the planning stages
for October. Expect to be blown away.
- Also, Still Dead will be releasing the long awaited comeback release
from Florida's BRUTALITY. Still contemplating the title As Darkness
Falls, the band now features original Brutality guitarist Larry Sapp
as well as Scott Reigel on vocals, Jeff Acres on bass, Demian Heftel
on guitar and drummer Jim Coker.
In a Brutality crossover, Florida's CONTORTED, features ex-Brutality
members Ed Webb and Pete Sykes, along with drummer Jim Coker and guitarist
Demian Heftel, is currently at the studio to record their debut CD entitled
...Of Worldly Sins of brutal Florida style death metal in the traditional
vein. The album is almost finished and will be released on Still Dead
in the late Fall of 2003.
- LIFE OF AGONY TO RELEASE LIVE CD/DVD
New York, NY – For many, it was a more anticipated celebration
than New Year’s Eve itself. January 3rd and 4th – Irving
Plaza – two rare performances from Brooklyn-bred crossover legends
Life Of Agony. For the first time in 6 years, the original “River
Runs Red” line-up took the stage for two nights of adrenaline,
intensity and pure emotion. The shows sold out in a matter of minutes
and brought eager, die-hard fans from all over the world to the Big
Apple. SPV Records proudly present River Runs Again: Live 2003, the
aptly titled release commemorating Life of Agony’s triumphant
return. This collector’s gem captures the magic as it happened,
one heartfelt, rebellious anthem after another. The album is presented
in double CD format and contains eighteen tracks recorded live from
the Irving Plaza performances, as well as three bonus studio tracks
from LOA members’ side projects: Bassist Alan Robert’s Among
Thieves, Drummer Sal Abruscato’s Supermassiv and Vocalist Keith
Caputo’s solo material.
To be released simultaneously, will be a DVD (of the same name) which
encompasses raw and captivating, live concert visuals set to the angst-driven
audio. The DVD features extra bonus material shot especially for this
release. Alongside the concert footage are in-depth band interviews,
never-before-seen interview outtakes, interactive menu screens, band
biography, photo gallery, discography and rare, behind the scenes footage
from the band's personal tour archives. A specially packaged, limited-edition
box set entitled River Runs Again: Complete containing Digipak versions
of the two live audio CD's and the DVD will also be issued.
- CANNIBAL CORPSE to head back to studio…- The true leaders of
death metal Cannibal Corpse will be heading back to the studio on September
15th, 2003 to start the recording process for the follow up to their
highly praised release Gore Obsessed. The band will once again record
at Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, TX with Neil Kernon. More information
including the album title will be announced shortly. The Cannibal Corpse
forum is back up and running.
- MORBID ANGEL PREPARE FOR THE BLACKEST OF THE BLACK TOUR
Morbid Angel has been added to The Blackest Of The Black Tour, with
Danzig, Superjoint Ritual, and more of the most important bands in heavy
music. Conceived by Danzig frontman Glenn Danzig, The Blackest Of The
Black Tour kicks off in Fall 2003 and promises to be the biggest, most
extreme metal tour of the year. Stay tuned for tourdates and more info.
The Blackest Of The Black Tour marks the beginning of Morbid Angel's
extensive worldwide touring in support of their new album, "Heretic",
out September 23 in the US.
MORBID ANGEL WRAP UP NEW VIDEO SHOOT
Morbid Angel have completed the filming of their new video, "Enshrined
By Grace". Shot on location in Tampa, Florida, by acclaimed UK
director Pete Bridgewater, all we know about the video thus far is that
there is lots and lots of pyro! Look for "Enshrined By Grace"
to appear around the time of the release of Morbid Angel's new album,
"Heretic", September 23 in the US.
- AKERCOCKE PREPARE TO UNLEASH 'CHORONZON'
UK gentlemen Akercocke are preparing to release their debut Earache
opus 'Choronzon' on November 4 in the US.
The most theatrical, eccentric, and extreme UK metal band since Cradle
Of Filth, Akercocke are the dangerously clever leaders of the new school
of occult-inspired metal, carrying on a tradition started long ago by
Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Looking more like polished English gentry
than depraved English metalheads, Akercocke forego the usual denim and
leather, in favor of tweeds and neckties... but don't be deceived! Fans
of Bauhaus and Rush as well as Emperor and Suffocation, Akercocke fuse
black metal, death metal, gothic metal, and rock into throroughly Satanic,
thoroughly British hymns of desecration. With a crystalline production
job and cover art by revered UK rock photograper Fin Costello (Ozzy
Osbourne, Bauhaus, Aerosmith), Akercocke's Earache debut, 'Choronzon',
is the album that will put the UK back on the extreme metal map.
01) Praise the Name of Satan
02) Prince of the North
04) Enraptured by Evil
06) Valley of the Crucified
07) Bathykolpian Avatar
08) Upon Coriaceous Wings
10) Son of the Morning
11) Becoming the Adversary
12) Goddess Flesh
- DECAPITATED COMPLETE RECORDING OF NEW ALBUM
Tech-death masters Decapitated have completed the recording of their
new album, tentatively titled 'The Negation', at Hertz Studio in Poland,
with engineers Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawski. Although all of the recording
is completed, the band will not mix the album until they have completed
a mammoth September tour of their homeland as part of a double-header
Bassist Martin reports that the new material is 'very very strong',
with a thick guitar sound. Among the titles set for inclusion are 'The
Negation', 'Long Desired Dementia', 'Three-Dimensional Defect', 'The
Fury' and 'Sensual Sickness.'
A release is pencilled in for February 2004.
- Twisted Sister Vocalist Dee Snider Creates
VAN HELSING'S CURSE: A Soundtrack For Halloween
Musical Ghost Story Concept Album OCULUS INFERNUM
Set For October 7, 2003 Release on KOCH RECORDS
Future Plans Include Annual Live Performances
Halloween is one of the most widely celebrated holidays of the year.
In fact, Americans spent $6.9 billion on Halloween in 2002, making it
the country's second largest commercial holiday. While celebrated with
costume parties, trick-or-treating and horror movie marathons, the holiday
has never gotten its due in terms of popular music. Suffering the slings
and arrows of silly novelty singles and spooky sound effects albums,
Halloween has lacked any serious, thematic, mainstream musical work
of substance. Until now. Van Helsing's Curse presents Oculus Infernum,
a musical ghost story destined to be the soundtrack for Halloween.
Dee Snider, best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band
Twisted Sister, is the creative force behind a new Halloween-themed
musical project called Van Helsing's Curse set to debut October 7, 2003
with the musical ghost story concept album Oculus Infernum on KOCH Records.
Snider, a lifelong fan of horror, first made a foray into the genre
with the successful cult film StrangeLand and its accompanying soundtrack,
which also marked the singer's first foray into Billboard's Soundtrack
"Van Helsing's Curse is not a band, it's a rock orchestra. It includes
a five-piece rock group, a six-piece string section and a six-piece
choir. The choir only sings chants in Latin. There are no lead vocals
on Oculus Infernum, just narration," Snider says.
The tracks on Oculus Infernum include "Patience," "Tubular
Hell," "All Fall Down," "Let Me Prey," "The
Child," "The Tortured Soul," "Revenge," "War,"
"Let the Pain Begin" and "The Curse."
Snider created the concept and storyline and provides the narration
for Oculus Infernum, which is Latin for "eye of hell." Oculus
Infernum tells a complete story about an evil entity that descends upon
a town and kills all the adults. A now-orphaned boy seeks retribution
and teams up with an old man who is the direct descendant of vampire
hunter Van Helsing (from Bram Stoker's original Dracula novel) in order
to fight the entity. Snider's vision ultimately provides a disturbing
look at the nature of evil, which is summed up in a soliloquy at the
finale of Oculus Infernum.
Musically speaking, Oculus Infernum is just as spine-chilling as the
story. Original compositions are woven among classical music pieces
and selected bits from familiar songs such as Mike Oldfield's haunting
"Tubular Bells" and Black Sabbath's shocking "Black Sabbath."
For example, the single "Tubular Hell" includes melodic bits
of "Tubular Bells," original sections, and themes from classics,
like "Hall of the Mountain King." The swirling blend of fierce
and creepy music, Latin chants and Snider's dramatic narration on Oculus
Infernum results in an overwhelming listening experience.
Snider has a list of goals for Van Helsing's Curse. He envisions people
making Van Helsing's Curse and 'Oculus Infernum' part of their Halloween
experience. Annual October tours by Van Helsing's Curse will encourage
audience participation such as dressing up in costume when attending
the concerts. "Ultimately, Van Helsing's Curse will be a full-scale
touring entity complete with spectacular special effects. It will be
the sound and vision of Halloween. A thrilling horror experience,"
says Snider. "The rock musicians will be dressed in a goth style
like Marilyn Manson-meets-Edward Scissorhands, the string section will
be dressed as (Interview With the Vampire author) Anne Rice-style goths
and the choir will be dressed in robes to look like Druids."
This just scratches the surface of Snider's overall vision for the future
of Van Helsing's Curse. Expect Van Helsing's Curse and Oculus Infernum
to become Halloween institutions.
Says Snider, "The idea is for Van Helsing's Curse to be the soundtrack
- CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist Roope Latvala (Sinergy, Stone) has been
enlisted to fill the void left by Alexander Kuoppala’s departure.
- After seven years away from the scene, the UK Death Metal band, CANCER,
has recently reformed and have an EP coming out soon - the current lineup
consists of Carl Stokes (drums), John Walker (guitars / vocals), Rob
Engvikson (guitars) and Adders (bass). Metal
- In the wake of her recent split with Theatre Of Tragedy, Liv Kristine
has announced that she has formed a new act called LEAVES EYES with
members of Atrocity. Metal
- CRISIS will enter the studio on September 11th with producer Billy
Anderson to record new material. Metal
- GENERAL SURGERY: Johan Wallin (Repugnant, Scurvy) has joined the group
as live second guitarist. Metal
- USURPER original drummer, Apocalyptic Warlord, has returned to the
fold replacing session drummer Steve Sams. Metal
- HOMO IRATUS has morphed into a three piece in the wake of the departure
of vocalist Thomas due to personal and his own band's obligations -
Angelos has taken over main vocal duties supported by the growls of
- MORGUEAZM drummer Brett Avok (Blood Money) suffered a minor heart
attack – after hospitalization, he is expected to make a full
recovery - the recording of the upcoming album "Multiple Morgueazms"
is on hold. Metal
- ARCH ENEMY's "Anthems Of Rebellion" landed at #26 on Billboard's
Heatseekers Chart this week and has become the most purchased album
one week after release in the history of Century Media’s existence.
- HAMMERHEART RECORDS is folding, however owners Peter van Ool and Guido
Heijnens have decided to start a new label under the name Karmageddon
Media – Plastic Head Distribution will exclusively handle distribution
for the new venture and the Hammerheart artists and catalogue will move
to Karmageddon. Metal
- KING DIAMOND The Puppet Master news... - The release date for the
forthcoming King Diamond CD The Puppet Master is set for October 21st
for both Europe and the USA. The CD will also contain a bonus disc of
King telling the story of The Puppet Master in full make-up!!! As King
describes it this album is going to make the hairs stand up on the back
of listeners neck. "The rules of censorship are being thrown out
the window...this is going to be the rawest story/album we have ever
done." King was also quick to point out that "if you are into
horror; you're definitely going to get it with this album!" The
Puppet Master is sure to be considered one of King's goriest and most
extreme stories yet! Also, don't forget to check out King Diamond live
on tour when he heads out with Entombed, Nocturne, and Single Bullet
Theory. This is the first time King Diamond has toured the US since
the release of House of God!!!
- THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER - "So far the tour is going very well.
We have met some really cool people over the last few days. We are all
very excited because Unhallowed seems to be hot everywhere and tons
of people are telling us how awesome it is. Anthony and Joe are really
sweet on stage. Hate Eternal is amazing... they are really great guys.
We also had the opportunity to meet one of the guys from Vital Remains.
He was so cool, we would love to work with them in the future."
- ZAKK WYLDE’S BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
The first DVD from Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, “Boozed,
Broozed & Broken–Boned,” was released August 12 via
Eagle Vision. “Boozed, Broozed & Broken-Boned,” recorded
live in front of a sold-out crowd at Harpo’s in Detroit, features
an interview, a Zakk Wylde guitar lesson, music videos for “Stillborn”
(directed by Rob Zombie) and “Counterfeit God,” a photo
gallery, and a discography, in addition to the band’s live set.
The DVD entered the Soundscan Music Video Chart at #3.
- The Station Family Fund Tour
“Help Us – Help Our Own!”
Southern California rockers GREAT WHITE are touring to benefit the victims
and survivors of the Station Nightclub fire in Rhode Island.
9/7 GIBRALTAR, MI - BIG AL’s SPORTS BAR
9/8 BAY CITY, MI - WEST TOWN THEATRE
9/11 EVERETT, WA - The Broadway
9/12 PORTLAND, OR - The Crystal Ballroom
9/13 TACOMA, WA - Temple Ballroom
9/17 WINNEPEG, MTB - COYOTES
9/18 HEWITT, MN - CHECKERS
9/19 MAHNOMEN, MN - Shooting Star Casino
9/20 HAVRE, MT - HAVRE ICE DOME
9/21 MISSOULA, MT - ELBOW ROOM
10/2 TRINADAD, CO - JUJO’S PUB
10/3 GRAND JUNCTION, CO - MESA THEATRE
10/4 OGDEN, UT - KAMAKAZIES
11/6 ANAHIEM, CA - GALAXY
11/7 HOLLYWOOD, CA - KEY CLUB
11/9 RIVERSIDE, CA - Crossroads
The Station Family Fund was created by survivors of the fire. Our objective
is to create further awareness and financial assistance to those touched
by the Rhode Island tragedy. Raising money through a concert tour, local
promotions and the assistance of local fire departments, money will
flow directly to the relief fund. The funds raised will be controlled
and administered by The Station Family Fund.
• 100% of Great White’s profits will go directly to the
fund via promoters.
• 100% of proceeds from a memorial t-shirt goes directly to the
• 10% of promoter & artists merchandise proceeds will go to