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October 16th, 2005
  • MASTERS OF HORROR soundtrack - final track list -30 bands, all new material

    Mudvayne, Shadows Fall, Thursday, Buckethead featuring Serj Tankian of System of a Down contribute new music to soundtrack for Masters of Horror anthology series

    THIRTY (30) CRUSHING ARTISTS - ALL PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED SONGS FULL TRACK LIST AVAILABLE

    In Flames, Alkaline Trio, Mastodon, Avenged Sevenfold also added to two-disc set

    Music will accompany mini-movies by legendary horror film directors to air into 2006 on Showtime

    On October 18, Immortal Records will release the bruising original soundtrack to the highly anticipated Masters of Horror series, a 13-episode anthology directed by today's most renowned horror directors. The specially-priced, extravagantly packaged, double-disc will be comprised entirely of brand new and previously unreleased material from 30 of today's top metal, hardcore, punk and rock acts, including Mudvayne, Buckethead featuring Serj Tankian of System of a Down, Thursday, Shadows Fall, Mastodon, In Flames, Alkaline Trio and Avenged Sevenfold. The series will debut October 28 on Showtime and will run for 13 weeks into 2006. It will be produced by IDT Entertainment, Industry Entertainment and Nice Guy Productions. The soundtrack is available for preorder at "http://www.immortalrecords.com/store/store.asp?nProductID=12063" and will arrive one day before release date.

    "From the first time I heard about this series, I was looking forward to it," says Shadows Fall guitarist Matt Bachand, whose band contributes the searing "This is my Own" to the soundtrack. "I am a gorehound at heart," he continues, "and am very excited about this opportunity to be part of it. Just to be associated with such legendary directors is truly amazing."

    Many of the biggest horror film directors from the past 30 years were also excited about the anthology. In addition to top American directors like John Carpenter ("Halloween"), Tope Hooper ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre"), John Landis ("An American Werewolf in London"), Mick Garris ("The Stand"), Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-tep). Stuart Gordon ("Re-Animator") and William Malone ("FearDotCom"), the series attracted several huge international directors, including Dario Argento ("Suspiria") and Takashi Miike ("Audition").

    The complete list of artists for the "Masters of Horror" soundtrack reads like the top tier lineups for Ozzfest, Warped and Sounds of the Underground: Mudvayne, Shadows Fall, Thursday, Serj Tankian with Buckethead, Avenged Sevenfold, In Flames, The Bled, Mastodon, Every Time I Die, Bloodsimple, Death by Stereo, From Autumn to Ashes, Matchbook Romance, Andrew W.K., Alkaline Trio, Norma Jean, It Dies Today, Fear Beyond the March of Flames, Armor For Sleep, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Funeral For a Friend, Murder By Death, Fall River, Rise Against, The Bronx!, Yesterday's Rising, Gratitude, Bear Vs. Shark, A Change of Pace, Bedlight for Blue Eyes. The all-star lineup boasts aggregate sales of well over 15 million albums.

    "Masters of Horror" marks the first time major directors of extreme cinema have been matched up with artists of extreme music, and the results are both chilling and breathtaking. "Horror is to cinema what rock n' roll is to music: rebellious, transgressive, loud and abrasive," says series Executive Producer Garris of the important roll music plays in the Masters of Horror series. "And the sound of horror is every bit as important as the vision. Horror can be quiet and sneak up on you, and just give you a chill. Or it can grab you by the throat and rip out your trachea."

    Indeed, the link between horror films and the music created by artists on the "Masters of Horror" soundtrack is inextricable. And while many scary movies have incorporated rock songs in their soundtracks, most of those albums sound like radio rock compilations. "Masters of Horror" is more like the score to a pounding, atmospheric nightmare.

    "The aesthetic of horror movies both classic and contemporary serve as wells of inspiration for Alkaline Trio," says frontman Matt Skiba, whose band provides the spiteful, tuneful "We Can Never Break Up" to the soundtrack. "The subject matter often finds it's way into our lyrics, and we quite enjoy watching horror films on tour."

    "I'm a big horror fan, mostly of George Romero and Dario Argento," adds Thursday singer Geoff Rickly," whose group created a haunting acoustic version of "Division St." "I've Loved horror ever since I was a little kid and now as a grown-up, I can appreciate the social and political allegories the stories tell."

    Masters of Horror grew out of an informal bi-monthly dinner attended by many of the horror genre's most highly regarded directors. Garris transformed their collective desire to work together into reality, and will serve as the showrunner for the series. The series was developed by Garris along with executive producers Andrew Deane and Keith Addis, and is an IDT Entertainment production.

    "Masters of Horror" soundtrack featuring music all previously unreleased in the U.S.

    FINAL TRACK LISTING

    CD1:
    01. MUDVAYNE - "Small Silhouette" - B-Side from band's current album, "Lost and Found"
    02. NORMA JEAN - "ShaunLuu" - Named after a friend / fan who passed away this year, it was written for the Master of Horror series in the back of their bus while on the Sounds of the Underground tour.
    03. IT DIES TODAY - "Enjoy The Silence" - Depeche Mode cover, newly recorded between 2005 tours, for the MOH soundtrack
    04. FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND - "Lazarus (In The Wilderness)" - b side to the Streetcar UK single, this was written in the bus in New York while out with Taking Back Sunday and Atreyu.
    05. ANDREW W.K. - "You Will Remember Tonight" - recorded for new upcoming album
    06. ARMOR FOR SLEEP - "Very Invisible"
    07. SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS - "What's Up Now" - B-side from band's current album, " The City Sleeps in Flames" re-recorded by Brian McTernan
    08. SHADOWS FALL - "This Is My Own" - Japanese B-Side from "The Art of Balance" sessions
    09. THE BLED - "Nervous Breakdown" - Black Flag cover
    10. MURDER BY DEATH - "End Of The Road" - newly written track
    11. THURSDAY - "Division St" (acoustic) - Acoustic version of the 2003 release
    12. BLOODSIMPLE - "Overload" - From the "A Cruel World" sessions
    13. MASTODON - "Megalodon" - Live, recorded this year on European tour - Klubben, Stockholm March 8, 2005
    14. DEATH BY STEREO - "Bottled Up" - Newly recorded song especially for this soundtrack
    15. FALL RIVER - "At Least You Bought Her Flowers" - from Indie release

    CD2:
    01. BUCKETHEAD feat. SERJ TANKIAN - "We Are One" - Recorded for the yet to be released Buckethead CD for Tankian’s Serjical Strike Records/Columbia
    02. RISE AGAINST - "Obstructed" - Previously unreleased song from band's Fat Wreck Chords days
    03. THE BRONX! - "Bats" - Recorded after self-titled debut was finished, featured in live show
    04. FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES - "Betwixt Her Getaway Sticks"
    05. EVERY TIME I DIE - "Keith The Music" - Japanese B-Side from band's current album, "Gutter Phenomenon" and actually a recut of a Kill the music which is on their current album with Keith really singing.
    06. MATCHBOOK ROMANCE - "In Transit (For You)"
    07. BEDLIGHT FOR BLUE EYES - "Hindsight"
    08. ALKALINE TRIO - "We Can Never Break Up" - from the "Crimson" sessions
    09. AVENGED SEVENFOLD - "Beast and the Harlot" - Live from Warped Tour ‘05
    10. IN FLAMES - "Discover Me Like Emptiness"- Track originally released on the limited edition Digipak only available in Europe
    11. A CHANGE OF PACE - "The Thin Red Line" - bonus track for UK release
    12. BEAR VS SHARK - "Victoria Iceberg" - recorded specifically for the Masters of Horror project, August 2005 during a 3 day break between tours.
    13. GRATITUDE - "If Ever" (acoustic) - Acoustic version of the 2005 self titled- Atlantic Records debut.
    14. FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES - "237" - The band's tribute to "The Shining," this was the first new song of theirs that came to mind when thinking about horror music.
    15. YESTERDAY'S RISING - "Contrast of Light and Dark"

    www.mastersofhorrormusic.com

  • Sweden's LION'S SHARE Announce New Singer - Sep. 19, 2005

    Swedish melodic heavy metal masters LION'S SHARE have announced the addition of singer Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS) to the group's ranks. Johansson and the rest of the current LION'S SHARE lineup — which includes mainman Lars Chriss (guitar), and recent addition Sampo Axelsson (bass; ex-GLENN HUGHES, CRAWLEY) — are currently writing material for a fifth album to be released sometime during 2006. The songs written so far are being described as "heavier and more straight-ahead with tons of energy and attitude."

    In a statement confirming his addition to the LION'S SHARE lineup, Johansson writes, "Lars Chriss called me up about two years ago and asked if I was interested in joining LION'S SHARE. I felt honored, of course, and didn't need any second thoughts; LION'S SHARE is, for me, one of the institutions in the metal business. From that moment, me, Lars and now also Sampo, have been working with the songwriting for the next album. Now, finally, we have started the demo recordings and the result so far is goddamn amazing!

    "Some of you may know that I've done a couple of things the last two or three years: SPACE ODYSSEY, WUTHERING HEIGHTS and ASTRAL DOORS.

    "I want to make one thing perfectly clear: SPACE ODYSSEY and WUTHERING HEIGHTS are like session jobs to me. My two main bands are ASTRAL DOORS and LION'S SHARE. Make no mistake about that!

    "I hope, and truly believe, that this new mark in the great career of LION'S SHARE will appeal to the old fans and bring a lot of new ones as well. See you on the road!"

    For more information, visit www.lionsshare.org

  • F5, Featuring David Ellefson, Unveils A Drug For All Seasons

    Renowned heavy metal bassist David Ellefson is making a return to the hard rock world with F5. A Drug For All Seasons, the debut album from Ellefson’s new project, will be available in stores across the U.S. through Dead Line Music. Promising to “Be heavy, but always melodic,” Ellefson continues to bear the torch of hard rock. Those familiar with Ellefson’s past ventures in the world of heavy music know that he is a man who sticks to his guns and always delivers a high quality performance and F5 is just further proof of that fact. Check out A Drug For All Seasons now and get ready for the next chapter in the career of a heavy metal legend.

    For more information on upcoming tour dates and F5 news, visit www.f5theband.com

  • TODESBONDEN - Ghost of a Crescent Moon

    After releasing the first EP, Stormbringer, through Pale Moon Records, Todesbonden is getting ready to release the first full length, which will be recorded between the end of this year and the beginning of 2006. The choosen title is Ghost of a Crescent Moon, and it will be produced by Markus Stock (Empyrium, Noekk, The Vision Bleak) and released through the german label Prophecy Productions.

    Meanwhile the band will be playing some of the new songs in a concert with Therion on September 16th at Jaxx Nightclub in Springfield, VA. Tickets are available at the band's website. The first ones will receive a free copy of the EP.

    Todesbonden is an atmospheric doom band which features the singer Laurie Ann Haus (Autumn Tears, Rain Fell Within, Ephemeral Sun, Nest, Garden of Shadows) and mixes the melancholy of doom metal with elements of classic, celtic and renaissence music.

    Samples taken from the EP Stormbringer, are available at www.todesbonden.com

  • FALL OF SERENITY signs with LIFEFORCE RECORDS

    By signing FALL OF SERENITY, LIFEFORCE RECORDS welcomes a highly respected and well established metal act to his family. Originally founded in 1998, FALL OF SERENITY became one of the brands of the European metalcore scene, while developing their own style over the years into straight-forward death metal. Unusual melodies, creative arrangements and catchy structures are the trademarks of this five-piece from Germany.

    FALL OF SERENITY's release-history includes 3 albums - "Smoldering Doom" (2000), "Grey Man's Requiem" (2001) and "Royal Killing" (2004) – as well as the legendary, vinyl-only split-release with German metalcore precursors HEAVEN SHALL BURN. In 2004 FALL OF SERENITY toured across Europe supporting DISMEMBER to consolidate band's position as one of the most powerful death metal outfits from Germany. Furthermore the band opened tons of club shows for bands like VADER, MARDUK, MALEVOLENT CREATION, GOD DETHRONED,PRIMORDIAL, KATAKLYSM, BEHEMOTH, DISBELIEF, DEW-SCENTED and more

    FALL OF SERENITYs fourth yet untitled full-length will be released on LIFEFORCE RECORDS in the spring of 2006. Be prepared…

    Statement from Eddy Langner, guitar:

    "Having signed to LIFEFORCE RECORDS makes us very proud and confident. Our new home has been an awesome label for ages, and the guys and girls there are known for their good work and their close connection to the scene. It is a huge step forward for FALL OF SERENITY. We are extremely happy and excited to work with LIFEFORCE RECORDS, and are looking forward to our debut release on this great label next year."

    LINE UP
    Rene Betzold – vocals
    John Gahlert – bass, backing vocals
    Eddy Langner – guitar
    Alex Fischer – guitar
    Lutz Einenkel – drums

    www.fallofserenity.com

  • KATANA - Release of Eyes in the Dark

    After the great response with the demo Eyes in the Dark and great reviews made by two of the biggest metal magazines from South America: Rock Brigade, and Roadie Crew (which gave the title of "Demo of the Month"), Katana will make a concert to release the demo, in the city of Taquara on October 8th at Rock Metal Force Festival, playing with other great brazilian bands like: A Sorrowful Dream, Hermit Age, Megalon and Metal Aggressor.

    The success of this demo didn't stop in Brazil, reaching countries as Peru and Japan. Visit the band's website at www.katanametalband.com.br and get your own Eyes in the Dark.

  • BENEATH THE MASSACRE has it all, from insanely fast gravity blasts to devastating breakdowns. A skilful demonstration of astonishing technicality and relentless brutality. For fans of Suffocation, Cryptopsy, Origin, DEP. Produced by Yannick St-Amand (Ion Dissonance), mastered by Alan Douches (Shadows Fall, Unearth).

    www.beneaththemassacre.com

  • As progressive and vital as ever, NEURAXIS’ songwriting has matured to the point of Atheist-like complexity while maintaining a triumphant melodic edge that baffles and lays waste to most of their contemporaries. Neuraxis stands tall as an articulate model for challenging technical death metal that rejects commercial trends and successfully balances a majestic sense of melody with go-for-the-throat aggression. 2005-2006 will be spent touring, prepare yourself for the nerve shattering pulse of Neuraxis!

    www.neuraxis.org

  • YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S CONCERTO SUITE FOR ELECTRIC GUITAR AND ORCHESTRA SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE ON DVD
    ON NOVEMBER 1, 2005, THROUGH EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT

    GUITAR HERO FILMED LIV E IN 2001 WITH
    THE NEW JAPAN PHILHARMONIC

    CONCERTO SUITE CONCEIVED AND COMPOSED AS A CLASSICAL WORK

    Yngwie Malmsteen's Concerto Suite For Electric Guitar And Orchestra receives its long-awaited North American release on DVD on November 1, 2005, via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

    The DVD was filmed in 2001 with the New Japan Philharmonic, conducted by Taizo Takemoto. It was initially released overseas only, and North American fans have eagerly awaited its arrival here. Malmsteen has only performed his concerto suite live with an orchestra seven times. An interview with Malmsteen is included as a special bonus feature.

    The 18 tracks on Concerto Suite For Electric Guitar And Orchestra are: "Black Star Overture," "Trilogy Suite Op. 5," "Brothers," "Icarus Dream Fanfare," "Cavallino Rampante," "Fugue," "Prelude To April," "Toccata," "Andante," "Sarabande," "Allegro," "Adagio," "Vivace," "Presto Vivace," "Finale," "Blitzkrieg," "Far Beyond The Sun" and "Evil Eye."

    Malmsteen also touches upon his previous Rising Force work on the DVD, particularly at the beginning and during the encores.

    Malmsteen, a guitar genius, has been a major force in music for more than two decades, and he regards this concerto suite as his greatest creative achievement thus far. A native of Sweden, he composed this concerto specifically for an orchestra with the electric guitar as the lead instrument. Therefore, it is a true work of classical music.

    "This was a huge, huge undertaking. I composed this concerto from the ground up. It took about two years total to compose, but there were interruptions when I was touring and making rock albums," Malmsteen says. "The guidelines it was composed within were very orthodox. I drew heavily from my classical influences such as Johann Sebastian Bach, his son Carl Philip Emanuel Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonio Vivaldi, Nicolo Paganini, George Handel and Peter Tchaikovsky.

    "The classical world is a completely different planet from the rock world. But I was welcomed with open arms by the orchestra musicians. I walked into their world, they didn't walk into mine. Once I worked with them they were very impressed and I gained their acceptance."

    Malmsteen believes he was embraced by the classical world in part because his new material was a breath of fresh air.

    "The classical realm is dying because nobody cares about new classical composers. My concerto suite was an injection of something new," Malmsteen says.

    Malmsteen started writing the concerto suite in the late 1990s and he first went to Prague, Czech Republic, to record the Czech Philharmonic performing it. He added his electric guitar parts later at his own home studio. Spitfire Records, a division of Eagle Rock Entertainment, released this CD recording, 'Concerto Suite For Electric Guitar And Orchestra In E Flat Minor Op. 1,' in 2000. As proud as he is of that recording, he says this live DVD has an added surge of energy and is "more dangerous."

    "I'm completely stunned that the DVD came out as great as it did. There was some greater power watching over us. It was a huge challenge," says Malmsteen. "We only had about a half day's rehearsal and were supposed to film for two nights but only did one night. I also did all my playing by memory without the score in front of me. Maybe the crazy circumstances made it better."

    For all the latest Malmsteen news and tour dates, visit www.yngwie.org.

    Eagle Rock Entertainment is one of the leading independent sources for music audio and audio/visual programming, which it releases worldwide on DVD, CD and other formats, as well as through channels such as television and VOD. Eagle Rock’s mission is to bring music fans high quality music audio and audio/ visual content from the broadest range of artists, with superior production, sound and high definition visuals, as well as other historically significant releases. Eagle Vision’s extensive catalog covers every genre of music, and includes the Classic Albums documentary series, which tells the stories behind some of the greatest albums in rock history, and Live at Montreux, which features performances from top artists at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival.

    The company’s record imprints include frontline artist label Eagle Records, and the hard rock/ heavy metal label Spitfire Records. Eagle Media releases a variety of comedy, television and fact-based programming. Eagle Vision, Eagle Records, Eagle Media, Eagle Eye Media and Spitfire are imprints of Eagle Rock Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S., which is a part of Eagle Rock Entertainment, Ltd. The company’s North American headquarters are in New York City. Its corporate headquarters are in London, with offices in Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

    www.yngwie.org
    www.eaglerockent.com

October 11th, 2005
  • VADER + DECAPITATED + DEW-SCENTED North American Tour:

    MO 07.11. New York City, NY (USA) - B.B. Kings Blues Club + Cryptopsy, Suffocation, etc.
    TU 08.11. Cleveland, OH (USA) - Peebody's Down Under
    WE 09.11. Chicago, IL (USA) - Joes on Wood St.
    TH 10.11. Minneapolis, MN (USA) - Ascot Room
    FR 11.11. Winnipeg, MB (CANADA) - Royal Albert Arms
    SA 12.11. Regina, SK (CANADA) - Exchange
    SU 13.11. Saskatoon, SK (CANADA) - Roxy On Broadway
    MO 14.11. Edmonton, AB (CANADA) - Starlite Room
    TU 15.11. Calgary, AB (CANADA) - Warehouse
    WE 16.11. Vancouver, BC (CANADA) - Richards on Richards
    TH 17.11. Seattle, WA (USA) - Studio Seven
    SA 19.11. San Francisco, CA (USA) - The Pound at Pier 96
    SU 20.11. Los Angeles, CA (USA) - House Of Blues
    MO 21.11. Santa Ana, CA (USA) - Galaxy Theatre
    TU 22.11. Tempe, AZ (USA) - The Clubhouse
    TH 24.11. Corpus Christi, TX (USA) - El Palacio Ballroom
    FR 25.11. San Antonio, TX (USA) - Sanctuary
    SA 26.11. Houston, TX (USA) - Mary Jane's
    SU 27.11. Oklahoma City, OK (USA) - Purgatory
    TU 28.11. St. Louis, MO (USA) - Creepy Crawl
    WE 29.11. Dayton, OH (USA) - Elbo's
    TH 30.11. Utica, NY (USA) - Albie's Bar

    This should be a blast!

    Oh, before we forget: In case you still haven't checked out the video clip we did for "Turn To Ash" (the clip is featured on the Bonus DVD of "Issue VI"), please feel free to visit the "Media" section of http://www.nuclearblast.de and it will be appearing as well on the next edition of the "Monsters Of Metal" 2-DVD compilation out on Nuclear Blast Records in the next days as well...

    We will also have the clip available on http://www.dew-scented.net sometime soon for you to see!

    And yes, we have brand new merchandise available now. Some new shirt designs, girlie shirts (tank tops, shirts and longsleeves), hooded sweat shirts as well as zipper hoodies. Just in get in touch or come out to the shows if you are interesting in grabbing some of them! We also have copies of the coloured vinyl LP version of "Issue VI" available for purchase directly from us, so feel free to get in touch soon as this is a limited edition version!

    OK, this should be all for right now. Time to hit the road...

    Cheers,

    Dew-Scented

    Official band website: http://www.dew-scented.net

  • EPIC/INTERSCOPE TO RELEASE AUDIOSLAVE'S
    LIVE IN CUBA

    HISTORIC CONCERT PERFORMANCE CAPTURED ON
    SPECIAL DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURING DVD AND BONUS CD

    SET FEATURES FIRST-EVER AUDIOSLAVE RECORDINGS OF SOUNDGARDEN AND
    RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE TRACKS

    IN STORES OCTOBER 11

    This past May, Audioslave made international headlines by becoming the first American rock band to ever perform in U.S.-embargoed Cuba. More than 60,000 screaming fans stormed Havana's Anti-Imperialist Plaza to catch the May 6th show and the band didn't disappoint. The multi-Platinum, critically acclaimed band gave an absolutely electrifying performance, tearing through a free two-and-a-half hour show. The historic event is captured on the Epic/Interscope release LIVE IN CUBA, a deluxe 18-song double-disc package that includes a DVD featuring a 30-minute documentary, live concert footage and an additional TV special on the event, along with a bonus live CD taken from Audioslave's recent AOL Sessions performance. The set arrives in stores on October 11th.

    Audioslave (driven by Chris Cornell's stirring vocals, Tom Morello's innovative guitar and the razor-sharp rhythm section of bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk) treated the packed-house crowd to a mix filled with hits from their multi-platinum-selling 2003 debut ("Cochise," "Like A Stone"), tracks from new album Out of Exile-which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart--("Your Time Has Come," "Doesn't Remind Me"), and a few jaw-dropping surprises (Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," "Outshined," and "Spoonman," along with Rage Against the Machine's "Bulls On Parade"). It's worth noting that LIVE IN CUBA is the first and only recording to feature ex-Soundgarden vocalist Cornell and ex-Rage members Morello, Commerford and Wilk performing songs from their former bands.

    The event was organized by the U.S. Treasury Department and the Instituto Cubano de la Musica and took place, ironically enough, in a plaza built five years ago as a place for mass protest against the US government. In a recent interview with Billboard, Morello recalled the monumental show. "We had no idea if it was going to be 70 people or 70,000," he said. "It turns out it was the latter-many of whom were clearly fans of the band. A lot of them were singing along, some were making a mosh pit, some were salsa-ing, some were pogo-ing. A lot of them just couldn't believe it was really happening."

    LIVE IN CUBA will also be available in a single-DVD version that includes the documentary and 14 live tracks.

    The full track listing for the deluxe edition is as follows:

    1. Set It Off
    2. Your Time Has Come
    3. Like A Stone
    4. Spoonman
    5. The Worm
    6. Gasoline
    7. Heaven's Dead
    8. Doesn't Remind Me
    9. Be Yourself
    10. Bulls On Parade
    11. Sleep Now In The Fire
    12. Out of Exile
    13. Outshined
    14. Shadow
    15. Black Hole Sun
    16. I Am The Highway
    17. Show Me How To Live
    18. Cochise

  • BORIS / HIDDEN HAND East Coast Tour
    10/16 New York, NY – Boris in-store at Other Music
    10/17 New York, NY – Knitting Factory
    10/18 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
    10/19 Baltimore, MD – The Ottobar
    10/20 TBA

  • SUNN 0))) / BORIS / THRONES West Coat Tour
    10/26 Vancouver, BC, Canada – Brickyard
    10/27 Seattle, WA – Neumos (Earth replaces Thrones)
    10/28 Olympia, WA – TBA
    10/29 Portland, OR – Berbati’s Pan
    10/31 San Francisco, CA - Slim’s - 3 Days Of Darkness Festival
    11/01 Los Angeles, CA - TBA

  • METAL MANIACS
    PRESENTS:
    ::::NILE::::
    WITH
    Hypocrisy
    Soilent Green
    Raging Speedhorn
    Decapitated
    With Passion

    01-12-2006 House of Blues, New Orleans LA
    01-13-2006 Engine Room, Houston Tx
    01-14-2006 Ridgles Theater, FT Worth, TX
    01-15-2006 Sanctuary, San Antonio, TX
    01-17-2006 Marquee Theater, Tempe AZ
    01-18-2006 Galaxy Theater, Santa Ana, CA
    01-19-2006 Key Club, Los Angeles, CA
    01-20-2006 The Pound at Pier 96, San Francisco, CA
    01-21-2006 The Boardwalk, Orangevale, CA
    01-23-2006 El Carazon, Seattle, WA
    01-25-2006 Bluebird Theater, Denver CO
    02-12-2006 Culture Club, Ft Lauderdale, FL

    Metal Maniacs

  • EYEHATEGOD Frontman Found Alive And Well

    Following initial reports that EYEHATEGOD frontman Mike Williams was "unaccounted for" in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina late last month, it has now emerged that Williams has in fact been located and is said to be alive and well. According to various reports, Mike stayed behind in the New Orleans area but managed to stay out of harm's way and has since made contact with his bandmates.
    EYEHATEGOD recently released 10-song CD collection, entitled Preaching the End-Time Message, through Emetic Records. The album includes several rare and live recordings as well as three brand-new tracks recorded on March 10, 2005. [Source: Blabbermouth.net] Metal Maniacs

  • SUPERJOINT RITUAL And New Orleans

    Superjoint Ritual made it out of New Orleans safely prior to the devastation of hurricane Katrina.The band wishes the best for family, friends and fellow citizens of New Orleans who have had loss due to the devastation of hurricane Katrina. Metal Maniacs

  • AC/DC, Two Sides To Every Glory BOOK OUT NOW!

    This revealing biography tells the band's complete story for the first time, tracing the roots of the group back to the Australian pub circuit. The tale continues when Scott and the Young brothers joined forces and AC/DC proper was formed. The strange circumstances surrounding the death of Bon Scott in 1980 are investigated and revelations never before aired are uncovered. The story is completely up to date. The most conclusive and up to date book on one of the most popular rock bands in the world.

    This book can be ordered direct from the author and it can be signed with a personalised message of your choice!

    To order an autographed book for only 9.99 please contact Paul Stenning at: [email protected]

    Payment can be made via paypal to the above email address, or by cheque, postal order, concealed cash to:

    Paul Stenning, 55 Brighton Terrace, Darwen,
    Lancashire. BB3 1NY. England
    Postal Charges:
    Within UK: 2.99
    Europe: 3.99
    USA: 4.99

    Product Details:
    Paperback 350 pages (September 1, 2005)
    Publisher: Chrome Dreams
    Language: English
    ISBN: 1842403087

    www.myspace.com/paulstenning

    Metal Maniacs

  • DEICIDE

    October
    22 UK LEEDS Josephs Well
    23 IR DUBLIN Temple Bar Music Centre
    24 UK WOLVERHAMPTON Wulfrun Hall
    25 UK LONDON Electric Ballrooom
    26 UK MILTON KEYNES Pitz
    27 UK BRIGHTON Concorde 2
    28 FR RENNES Antipode
    29 BE VOSSELAAR Biebob
    30 NL LEEUWAARDEN Zaal De Schaaf
    31 FR PARIS La Locomotive

    November
    01 CH GENEVA L'Usine
    02 DE ERFURT Centrum
    03 DE MUNSTER (Breiteld) Live Arena
    04 DK AALBORG Metal Fest
    05 DE ENGELSDORF Hellraiser
    06 DE MUNCHEN Backstage
    07 CZ PRAHA Abadon
    08 AT WIEN PLanet Music
    09 HU BUDAPEST E-Klub
    10 CRO ZAGREB Tuornica
    11 IT BOLOGNE Estragon
    12 FR MARSEILLE
    13 SP BARCELONA Mephisto

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  • CHILDREN OF BODOM album Slated For October 25th USA Release!

    The Finnish five piece Children Of Bodom will release their new studio album, Are You Dead Yet? on October 25th on Spinefarm Records. Are You Dead Yet? is declared to be one of the first priority UMG international releases through Universal's Fontana Distribution system. The US release includes a bonus track previously unreleased and is exclusive to only the US release. Children Of Bodom In true Hard Rock fashion cover The Ramones classic Somebody Put Something In My Drink along with the new nine studio tracks. Their forthcoming fifth album is the follow-up to 2003's Hate Crew Deathroll, which worldwide has sold in excess of 200,000 copies.

    Slated with their new release is the filming of a new music video for the track "In Your Face." COB has signed up with Katapult Productions known for their recent work with Rammstein for the upcoming video media blitz.

    Touring in support of Are You Dead Yet? has Children Of Bodom tied up until the summer of 2006. On this North American trek overseas COB will headline over twenty dates spanning the continent and sharing the stage with Trivium and Amon Amarth. Look out for dates in your cities.

    11.09 Quebec, QC Capitol
    11.10 Montreal, QC Medley
    11.11 Toronto, ONT Opera House
    11.12 Detroit, MI Harpos
    11.13 Chicago, IL House of Blues
    11.14 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
    11.16 Minneapolis, MN, Quest
    11.18 Denver, CO, Gothic Theatre
    11.19 Salt Lake City, UT, LoFi Caf?
    11.21 Seattle, WA, El Corazon
    11.22 Vancouver, BC Croation Cultural Center
    11.23 Portland, OR, Roseland Theatre
    11.25 San Francisco, CA, Slims
    11.26 Los Angeles, CA, House of Blues
    11.27 Santa Ana, CA, Galaxy Concert Theatre
    11.28 Phoenix, AZ, Marquee Theatre
    11.29 San Diego, CA, House of Blues
    12.01 San Antonio, TX, White Rabbit
    12.02 Dallas, TX, Galaxy
    12.03 Houston, TX Meridian
    12.05 Tampa, FL, Masquerade
    12.06 Atlanta, GA, Masquerade
    12.08 Washington DC, 9.30 Club
    12.09 Philadelphia, PA, Trocadero Theatre
    12.10 Worcester, MA, The Palladium
    12.14 New York, NY, Irving Plaza

    www.cobhc.com

    Metal Maniacs

  • Finland's purveyors of the most original and innovative form of extreme music, FINNTROLL, are preparing to bring their unique humppa metal to North America's northeastern coast. FINNTROLL blend pagan black metal with traditional Finnish humppa, or polka,to create a "mug-hoisting choruses for drunken golem-chasers (The Glass Eye). Anticipating the band's American invasion, guitarist Routa sent out the following message, "Hailz Metalheads, in January the notorious trollhorde FINNTROLL will finally land their dirty feet on the shores of the new continent. We're invading 6 venues in 6 days with our headcount of 6, so all the signs are more than good! We've joined our forces with those of SODOM, old-timers of the metal scene, and one thing is certain, they're gonna kick ass on stage. Too bad we can't tour across the continent, but there will be another time, and then we'll come all the way out west...or at least we'll hope so. Just keep bothering your local promoters and tell them to book us there. For all those who'll show up for upcoming shows...Rot'n'Troll.

    Hope to see you all in January 06."

    FINNTROLL with Sodom
    06 January 06 (VA) Springfield Jaxx
    07 January 06 (NY) Poughkeepsie The Chance
    08 January 06 (NY) New York BB King?s
    09 January 06 (QC) Montreal Medley
    10 January 06 (QC) Quebeck City L'Imperial
    11 January 06 (QC) Toronto The Opera House

    "Nevermore's This Godless Endeavor surpasses every expectation." - METAL MANIACS

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  • DARK DISCIPLE - The LATEST NEWS ON THE FRONT LINES:

    It's Official everyone, the well-known Baltimore Maryland based hate troop known as Dark Disciple has left Morbid Records. Do to contract failures, unanswered questions and strong concerns, Dark Disciple has terminated their business tie's with Morbid Records.

    Dark Disciple hopes thing will get better for Morbid Records and wishes the best for the artist that are still under contract with them.

    Now onto bigger and better news:
    Dark Disciple is happy to announce they are ready to release their follow up to Unholy Hate Gore entitled KILL EVERYTHING - WORSHIP NOTHING all the master discs are done for this new release. Artwork was again done by no other than Metal Mike who brought you "UHG" cover work and Morticians Reanimated cover work.

    Kill Everything - Worship Nothing:

    This album has a running time of 38:47 minutes and has a few surprises up it's sleeve. One that can be let out of the bag is the cover of Cannibal Corpse's Skull Full of Maggots. This shit will make Cannibal Corpse fans wet their pants like it was their first time. As far as the other surprises go, well lets just say this stuff is going to blow your tops off. Kill Everything will deliver 13 tracs of fast flying, hell driven, Priest choking, hammer smash face brutality. This stuff is raw, powerful and composed of the most destructive riffs going today. Nothing over produce or too polished on this album. No fillers, no mechanical sounding drums, no screeching vultures trying to sing, no over abused keyboards or any keyboards for that matter, no having a special guest female singers. This album sounds like real Goddamn kick ass music for Christ sake, one that all metal fans can relate to, old or new, male or female. It doesn't show bias to anyone.

    Dark Disciple wants and owns the title of being the Worlds Most Dangerous Group. If you've had the pleasure of checking them out at a show this year at one of the metal fest's, than you'll know what I mean. They are truly a bulldozer driven by the hands of Satan himself with only one purpose. Destruction and they don't care who's in their path.

    In Closing:

    What Dark Disciple needs now is a new label who is ready to take on this challenge and bring fourth this masterpiece of brutality that will leave the critics talking for years to come. Any label that is interested in getting a copy of this album in it's entirety please contact me at this e-mail address or by one of the address below and a copy will be sent off to you immediately.

    Thank you for your time and attention: The world has been waiting for a brand of music like this, don't you think the wait should be over for them! Metal Maniacs

  • THE HAUNTED Prepare For The Fury of The Fall Tour; Post Ozzfest Report

    Ozzfest 2005 has now come to a close but THE HAUNTED's U.S. and Canadian touring insanity continues early next month on The Fury of The Fall tour this October alongside Meshuggah, God Forbid and Mnemic, which leads them directly into a massive European trek with labelmates God Forbid. The group have been annihilating the unsuspecting masses all summer long on Ozzfest while garnering a whole new legion of fans with their pummeling Swedish thrash metal assault and highly energetic live show. Their new video for "No Compromise," taken from their latest critically acclaimed offering rEVOLVEr, was shot by acclaimed director Roger Johansson (In Flames, Soilwork). Look for it now on Headbangers Ball and Metal Asylum.

    Peter Dolving (vocals) checks in with the following post Ozzfest report: "Nine weeks passed and it's been so intense that we can barely make out what really happened. Ozzfest 2005 was a journey through good old rock 'n' roll chaos. Drugs, sex, violence, nudity, slander, backstabbing and handshaking all backed up by a soundtrack of great metal. Sweet. I have these incidents that keep coming back to me: Bury Your Dead stealing golf cars; watching certain people running from the law trippin' on acid; me playing with THE HAUNTED in front of 8,000 people - naked; The Sharon vs. Dickinson thing; Brian of Black Dahlia Murder getting busted by the cops for getting naked while doing a publicity thing for FUSE TV; Jada Pinkett Smith with the house full of Body Count and Fishbone-legendaries throwing barbecues; As I lay Dying - who wouldn't let us say FUCK on their bus - well, FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK! Now there I said it.

    "All in all, it's been a great fucking tour, and we've made some good friends along the way. I want to thank all those fans who have shown up at the shows and all those of you out there who have picked up our latest album, rEVOLVEr, during the last couple of months; it seems you're all giving this album a well deserved second running, fuckin' sweet! Spread the word and we feel honoured to have been able to play in front of so many people this summer. Seeing your faces in the crowd singing along and just tearing shit up warms our ugly insides. Well, we will be back in the U.S. in October together with our brothers Meshuggah and God Forbid, and we hope to see you all then. For now, it's time to go home for a couple of weeks to reload and cock up again. See you all real soon."

    Fury Of The Fall Tour w/God Forbid, Meshuggah, Mnemic

    10.03 The Trocader - Philadelphia, PA
    10.04 Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
    10.05 The Guvernment - Toronto, ON
    10.06 Medley - Montreal, QC
    10.07 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
    10.08 The Jaxx - Poughkeepsie, NY
    10.09 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
    10.10 Webster Theatre - Harford, CT
    10.11 Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
    10.12 Peabody's Down Under - Cleveland, OH
    10.13 Rex Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA
    10.14 Harpo's Concert Theatre - Detroit, MI
    10.15 The Al Rosa Villa - Columbus, OH
    10.16 The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL
    10.18 Ridgies Theatre - Ft. Worth, TX
    10.19 Sanctuary - San Antonio, TX
    10.20 Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
    10.21 Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
    10.23 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
    10.24 Croatian Cultural Centre - Vancouver, BC
    10.25 Berbati's Pan - Portland, OR
    10.27 New Oasis - Sparks, NV
    10.28 The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
    10.29 The Pound - San Francisco, CA
    10.30 Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
    10.31 Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
    11.01 Soma - San Diego, CA

    Official Website www.the-haunted.com

    Metal Maniacs

  • VADER - This is The War available online!!!

    Finally!!! A brand new video-clip "This Is The War" (war mix) is available online!

    The video promotes VADER's upcoming MCD "The Art Of War," out on the 14th of November through band's new record label Regain Records.

    The video has been created by Arkadiusz Jurcan and edited at Selani Studio. Both "war" and "studio" versions of the clip will be available on "The Art Of War" in best resolution as extra bonus tracks!

    "This Is The War" (war mix) you can download from our video section. Enjoy!
    http://www.vader.pl/video.html

    Metal Maniacs

  • LACUNA COIL Enter The Studio; Choose New Album Title

    LACUNA COIL - the Italian hard rock sensation, whose standout Active Rock singles for "Heaven's A Lie" and "Swamped," led Billboard to name them one of last year's biggest success stories - entered the studio on September 3rd to begin tracking Karmacode, the highly anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed commercial breakthrough album, Comalies. The new effort is currently being co-produced once again with Waldemar Sorychta and LACUNA COIL and will be mixed by the acclaimed Ronald Prent (Rammstein, H.I.M., Iron Maiden) and mastered by Darcy Proper (Steely Dan, Porcupine Tree, R.E.M.) at Galaxy Studios in Belgium. An early 2006 release is expected.

    Andrea Ferro (vocals) describes the meaning behind the album's unique title: "When it came to coming up with an album title I wanted to combine one 'old' word that is spiritually connected with another that offers a link to our more 'modern' times. If there were an actual translation of Karmacode it would be something like 'spiritual DNA and the message behind it.' The title attempts to balance our modern, overwhelming, self-centered, fast-paced lifestyles and the desire we all have to live a more spiritual, more compassionate and more fulfilling life."

    With three full-length albums and two EPs to their credit, LACUNA COIL has ensured that each offering further enunciates the subtle, solemn beauty the sextet creates. Comalies maturely exhibits the trademarked gothic overtones and poignant melancholy of their haunting musical landscape.

    In early 2004, Lacuna Coil's successes were validated with an invitation to participate in that year's Ozzfest, supporting such metal stalwarts as Judas Priest, Slayer and Ozzy himself. Additional summer touring with P.O.D. and Ozzfest off-date performances with Superjoint Ritual and Devildriver gave the band its busiest season yet. Led by the undeniably captivating Cristina Scabbia (vocals), the group garnered mainstream acclaim from such publications as Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and Stuff, among others.

    The group spent this summer performing at some of Europe's premier festivals alongside such household names as Green Day, Incubus and System of A Down, while completing the songwriting process for the new album. Karmacode is shaping up to be the band's career defining release and it will force the entire hard rock world to take notice.

    Upcoming live dates:
    October 22nd, 2005 Belgium (Female Voices of Metal 3 Festival)

    An Evening with Lacuna Coil UK Tour 2005
    October 26th, London Scala (SOLD OUT!)
    October 27th, Manchester Manchester Academy 3 (SOLD OUT!)
    October 28th, Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut (SOLD OUT!)
    October 29th, Oxford Zodiac (SOLD OUT!)
    October 31st, Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall (SOLD OUT!)

    www.lacunacoil.it

    Metal Maniacs

  • PHANTOM-X News and Dates!

    European Tour Dates with ANVIL

    Tues. Nov. 1st- Bergamo, Italy @ MOTION
    Wed. Nov.2nd- Rome, Italy @ ACQUOFONO
    Thurs. Nov. 3rd- Zurich, Switzerland @ ABART (also Ruffians- festival)
    Fri. Nov. 4th- Dittigheim, Germany @ KEEP-IT-TRUE FESTIVAL (Phantom-X meet and greet only)
    Sat. Nov. 5th- Copenaghen, Denmark @ THE ROCK
    Sun. Nov. 6th- Frankenthal, Germany @ KRONE MUSIC CLUB
    Mon. Nov. 7th- DAY OFF
    Tues. Nov. 8th- Derby, United Kingdom @ THE VICTORIA
    Wed. Nov. 9th- Liverpool, United Kingdom @ TBA
    Thurs. Nov. 10th- DAY OFF
    Fri. Nov. 11th- Rotterdam, Holland @ BAROEG
    Sat. Nov. 12th- Vosselaar, Belgium @ BIEBOB
    Sun. Nov. 13th- Courdimanche, France @ LE FOYER
    Mon. Nov. 14th- DAY OFF
    Tues. Nov. 15th- DAY OFF
    Wed. Nov. 16th- Ukraine @ TBA
    Thurs. Nov. 17th- Moscow, Russia @ MOLOKO CLUB
    Fri. Nov. 18th- Stolkholm, Sweden @ TBA
    Sat. Nov. 19th- Sala, Sweden @ ROCKLAND
    Sun. Nov. 20th- DAY OFF
    Mon. Nov. 21st- DAY OFF
    Tues. Nov. 22nd - Braha, Czech Republic @ HELLS BELLS
    Wed. Nov. 23rd- Muenchen, Germany @ GARAGE DELUXE
    Thurs. Nov. 24th- Serbia @ TBA
    Fri. Nov. 25th- Ankara @ ROCKSTATION
    Sat. Nov. 26th- Mures (Transylvania), Romania @ THE STADIUM (festival)
    Sun. Nov. 27th- Athens, Greece @ UNDERWORLD

    PHANTOM-X will be heading to Brazil in April of 2006. Check back to www.phantom-x.net for more information and the most up to date tour news!

    In related news, PHANTOM-X just finished shooting a video for a song from their upcoming CD to be premiered soon on MTV, VH1, as well as other music video stations.

  • REVEREND LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    REVEREND is proud to announce the launch of their new website since the passing of David Wayne, former vocalist of Metal Church.

    Reverend's new web site will pay tribute to David Wayne, past incarnations of Reverend, and the current band. The site includes current biography, news regarding the search for a new singer, and a message forum.

    Metal Fans! Stand up and show your support, go to WWW.REVEREND.CX NOW!

    Contact: Brian Keith
    Email Address: [email protected]
    Website Address: www.Reverend.cx

  • RAVAGE Begins Pre-sale for “Spectral Rider” album

    The pre-sale for the debut full-length “Spectral Rider” album from the Boston MA based heavy metal band Ravage has begun.

    For residents of the USA, Canada, Australia, and the U.K. orders can be made by sending $12 US by paypal to [email protected] or contact [email protected] for ordering by other methods.

    The CDs will be shipped out to arrive in the first week of October 2005.

    For orders OUTSIDE the USA, Canada, Australia, and the U.K, and for wholesale orders, go to www.KarthagoRecords.de

    INFO ON THE ALBUM

    Ravage’s “Spectral Rider” album is the follow-up to 2003’s “Curse Of Heaven” EP. It contains 12 tracks (3 rerecordings of songs from the EP, 8 brand new recordings and 1 bonus track from the EP)

    2 songs from the album are available at www.myspace.com/swwr
    The cover art for the album is available at www.RavageTheEarth.com

    1. Turn The Screw
    2. Spectral Rider
    3. The Wicked Way
    4. The Masque Of Black Death
    5. Ravage Part 1: Damage
    6. Wyvern
    7. Incantation Of The Necromancer
    8. Wake The Dead
    9. The Wasteland
    10. Bring Down The Hellhammer
    11. The King Forgotten
    12. Curse Of Heaven (bonus track)

  • TODESBONDEN - Ghost of a Crescent Moon

    After releasing the first EP, Stormbringer, through Pale Moon Records, Todesbonden is getting ready to release the first full length, which will be recorded between the end of this year and the beginning of 2006. The choosen title is Ghost of a Crescent Moon, and it will be produced by Markus Stock (Empyrium, Noekk, The Vision Bleak) and released through the german label Prophecy Productions.

    Meanwhile the band will be playing some of the new songs in a concert with Therion on September 16th at Jaxx Nightclub in Springfield, VA. Tickets are available at the band's website. The first ones will receive a free copy of the EP.

    Todesbonden is an atmospheric doom band which features the singer Laurie Ann Haus (Autumn Tears, Rain Fell Within, Ephemeral Sun, Nest, Garden of Shadows) and mixes the melancholy of doom metal with elements of classic, celtic and renaissence music.

    Samples taken from the EP Stormbringer, are available at www.todesbonden.com

  • HATESPHERE News!
    Soilwork tour

    HateSphere will be main support on the forthcoming Soilwork European tour to begin on October 5th in Tampere, Finland. Following dates are confirmed so far:

    05.10.2005 - (FIN) TAMPERE / Pukkahone
    06.10.2005 - (FIN) JYVÄSKYLÄ / Lutakko
    07.10.2005 - (FIN) OULU / Theatria
    08.10.2005 - (FIN) HELSINKI / Nosturi
    11.10.2005 - (S) STOCKHOLM / Klubben
    12.10.2005 - (S) MALMÖ / KB
    13.10.2005 - (D) HAMBURG / Markthalle
    14.10.2005 - (D) ESSEN / Zeche Carl
    15.10.2005 - (NL) AMSTERDAM / Melkweg
    16.10.2005 - (B) VOSSELAAR / Biebob
    18.10.2005 - (GB) MANCHESTER / Academy III
    19.10.2005 - (GB) LONDON / Scala
    20.10.2005 - (F) PARIS / La locomotive
    22.10.2005 - (A) SALZBURG / Rockhaus
    23.10.2005 - (A) VIENNA / Planet Music

    Along with the Soilwork tour we have rounded up the following tourdates in Europe for the rest of 2005, expect more to follow!

    14.09.2005 - Valby Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark - with Korn
    28.10.2005 - Thrillbeats Club, Dresden, Germany
    29.10.2005 - Art of Darkness Festival, Scherfede/near Kassel, Germany
    30.10.2005 - Knaack, Berlin, Germany
    31.10.2005 - Halloween Smash Fest, Hückelhoven, Germany + Madball etc.
    03.11.2005 - Loppen, Copenhagen
    05.11.2005 - Aalborg Metal Festival, Aalborg, Denmark + Deicide + Hypocrisy + The Haunted, etc.
    11.11.2005 - Månen, Haderslev, Denmark + support tba
    12.11.2005 - H8000 Fest, Kortrijk, Belgium
    18.11.2005 - Kulisselageret, Horsens, Denmark + support tba
    19.11.2005 - Godzzfest, Kolding, Denmark + Exodus + more tba
    25.11.2005 - Paletten, Viborg, Denmark + support tba
    26.11.2005 - Gimle, Roskilde, Denmark + MLTD

    Release dates

    The new album "The Sickness Within" have will be released on September 26 in Europe (September 30 in Germany and Austria). The Japanese releasedate will be October 26 while the Northamerican release date has been postponed till late 2005, early 2006. Keep your eyes and ears open for that album!! We will support it with massive touring, so see you in the nearest town!

    Video

    We have recently shot our very first video to the track "Sickness within" from our forthcoming album. Expect a preview very shortly. The video was directed by the unhole Division 666 from Denmark and was shot in our hometown Aarhus with the help from many fans. A big THANK YOU to them!

    Greetz!
    HateSphere
    www.hatesphere.com

  • AUTUMN TEARS - Laurie has already started the process of recording for their next album. She has completed one song thus far and is currently in the process of working on others. She feels this is Autumn Tears' strongest, most beautiful material as of yet and is very excited about it. http://www.darksymphonies.com/autumntears

  • EPHEMERAL SUN will start the recording process for their next album in October. This album will contain their epic 40 minute song. Laurie is very excited to record this song because she feels that on this song, all the different musical influences of each band member melt perfectly together into something completely cohesive, massive and transcendental. On April 28th, 2006, Ephemeral Sun will perform at the Rites of Spring progressive rock festival (http://www.rostfest.com) in Phoenixville, PA. http://www.ephemeralsun.com/

  • NEST is coming very close to completing the instrumental section of their writing process. Laurie will be featured on this album displaying the more experimental and atmospheric sides of her vocal abilities. Make sure to check out their previous beautiful albums. Very tranquil and woodsy. http://nest.atolonen.cjb.net/

  • GARY SCHUTT “Sentimetal” Reissue with bonus tracks

    Arise Records will re-release the album from the amazing guitarrist Gary Schutt entitled “Sentimetal” in November. It comes in a limited edition, remastered, with bonus tracks and a new booklet. Featuring Jeff Scott Soto (Y.J.Malmsteen, Talisman…) on all vocals.

    Mp3 available at http://www.arisemetal.net/12.php

    “Sentimetal” tracklisting:
    1. Warpaint
    2. In Some Other Lifetime
    3. The Imperial March
    4. No Man's Land
    5. I Guess I'm Still In Love
    6. Dangerous Horseplay
    7. Stranded
    8. Should Have Been Me
    9. She's Letting Go
    10. Your Friend
    11. Faultline
    bonus tracks:
    12. Highway To Nowhere (demo)
    13. Mental Ward (demo)
    14. Act Of Sympathy (demo)

  • FLY, the legendary bassman of MYSTURA, left the band from now on a three-piece dedicated to a lethal assault metal. Moreover, the band will start a massive promotional campaign for a new contract to release the debut-album "Have You Got Enough?" after the bad adventure with Deadsun Records. A last news, ten new songs are ready for the second album!

    For more infos: www.mystura.it

  • Mayhem Productions is proud to present:

    HEATHEN CRUSADE METALFEST

    Featuring, in their FIRST and only North American performances:

    MOONSORROW from Finland
    PRIMORDIAL from Ireland
    THYRFING from Sweden

    Plus:
    The Chasm
    TODESBONDEN featuring Laurie Ann Haus (Autumn Tears, Ephemeral Sun, Rain Fell Within, Garden of Shadows, Nest).

    More bands to be announced soon!

    Saturday, January 21, 2006
    Star Central
    4005 Central Avenue NE
    Columbia Heights, MN 55421 (Minneapolis)

    Tickets on sale October 15, 2005
    $25 in advance, $30 day of show

    For general info contact: [email protected]

    Band interested in playing contact: [email protected]

    We are also looking for vendors and/or sponsors, if interested please contact: [email protected]

    For more info, go to: www.heathencrusade.com

  • BLAZE Confirm New Lineup, Negotiate New Record Deal

    BLAZE manager Neil Marklew has confirmed the group's new lineup and recording plans via a posting on the band's official web site. His message reads as follows:

    "It gives me great pleasure to make the following announcement as I believe it has been long overdue. As you may be aware, we have not had a 'permanent' band line-up for some time now but I believe we have always had good quality musicians in the line-ups at past BLAZE shows and would like to thank Phil Greenhouse, Wayne Banks, Jason Bowld, Dave Knight, Nick Douglas, Dani Loeble and the original four members for all their hard work during their time in the band.

    "Since the departure of the last two original members (Steve Wray and John Slater) in September 2004, we always knew that 2005 was going to be the year to start to put things 'back on track,' and, we wanted to put together a 'band' again… Now, I believe we have, although, due to the commitments that each of 'the new guys' have, we can not be certain that we will not have to use 'stand-ins' again as they are all in demand. However, every effort will be made to ensure that this is not the case, but you can be sure that in the event we do a good quality stand-in will be used. So, without further delay, please welcome Oli Palotai (guitars), Luca Princiotta (guitars), Christian Ammann (bass) and Daniel Schild (drums).

    "Oli joined us in April 2004 as 'stand-in' for John Slater originally and was always going to be our first choice to replace John when he decided to leave. He is an all-around great musician and he brings grit and a determination to succeed to the band.

    "Luca is the baby in the band at only 23 years of age and was bought in as a replacement for Steve Wray. He is a great guitarist with huge potential and is keen and eager to get on with the job in hand.

    "Christian and Dani joined us earlier this year and performed their first show with BLAZE in Slovenia at the Born to be Wild Festival in April. Both are gifted musicians and have worked extremely hard since then and are keen to show BLAZE fans around the world what they are capable of.

    "Looking to the future, I can confirm that I am in negotiations with several record companies and hope to make an announcement about this later this year. In the meantime, I can confirm that the band are finalising the writing of the NEW album (which is planned for an April/May release next year) and will be doing some dates in December (details to follow shortly) in addition to working on the DVD which is planned for release in August/September next year.

    "Thank you for your continuing support. The future's bright, the future's BLAZE!"

    BLAZE are continuing to tour in support of their third album, "Blood & Belief", which was released in Europe in April 2004. The follow-up to 2002's "Tenth Dimension" was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap.

October 8th, 2005
  • Calvin Records Announces Plan for Long-Term Success with New FEAR FACTORY Album “Transgression”

    Value-Added Retail Programs and Targeted Online Marketing Initiatives Implemented To Help Achieve Sales Goals

    Just two weeks after the release of “Transgression”, Fear Factory and Calvin Records say that they are right on track for achieving long-term sales goals. First week results found the album ranked #3 on active rock’s “most added” list, 36 on iTunes’ download list, and 45th overall on the Billboard charts.

    “We are exactly where we planned to be at this point in the campaign,” said Catain. “We came out of the box strong and we plan on continuing this success with a strategic sales and marketing program that will achieve our long-term goals. Too many artists come out blazing their first week then flounder in the subsequent weeks; our objective from the get-go with this album was to build momentum throughout the entire campaign.”

    One of the ways that they plan to achieve this is through several comprehensive programs like their value-added retail campaign that offers each market- segment tools to keep sales moving throughout the coming weeks. Mass merchants were offered special pricing for their consumers and the “big box” stores received exclusive content like unreleased songs and competitive pricing for their shoppers. The chain stores were given value added items like signed booklets and posters while the independents were offered a bonus CD and Fear Factory apparel.

    Calvin Records also turned to several online initiatives like offering consumers who purchased the CD version of “Transgression” exclusive video and audio content via a secret website only accessible by inserting the CD into a computer connected to the Internet to enhance product sales.

    “Transgression”, which many critics are saying is the band’s best album to date, was released August 23rd through Calvin Records, an imprint of Liquid 8 which was designed just for the band and other up-coming metal acts. The record includes 11 songs, all produced by Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Korn, Metallica).


    The Transgression track listing includes:

    1. 540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit
    2. Transgression
    3. Spinal Compression
    4. Contagion
    5. Empty Vision
    6. Echo Of My Scream
    7. Supernova
    8. New Promise
    9. I Will Follow
    10. Millennium
    11. Moment Of Impact
    12. *Empire (bonus track for Best Buy only)

    For more information, please visit
    www.fearfactory.com
    www.calvinrecords.com

  • New SEVENDUST Ecard Available

    A new ecard for Sevendust's upcoming release Next is now available here:

    http://www.hyfntrak.com/sevendust/fromafriend/

    Sevendust recently signed a new record deal with Wine Dark Records and will be releasing Next on October 11.

    Two songs from Next - "Pieces" and "Ugly" have been pre-released and are now available for purchase in the Itunes Store.

  • MALEVOLENT CREATION are currently writing the music for they're 10th studio album which should should be released sometime in spring/summer 2006.This is a landmark for the band and we really want this release to be something special for everyone.More info soon to come!! Check our website for updates and new photo's from the US Tour soon.

    Malevolent Creation
    www.malevolentcreation.cjb.net

  • AFTER ALL ON TOUR WITH DESTRUCTION AND CANDLEMASS

    It's official: After All join the "Hellhoundz of Doom and Thrash Tour", with Destruction (D) and Candlemass (S), the band's second European tour in support of "The Vermin Breed"...

    The tour starts November 8th and brings After All to Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Belgium. Thanks to Dragon Productions for making it all happen!

    These are the dates:

    DESTRUCTION (D) + CANDLEMASS (S) + AFTER ALL + DEATHCHAIN (FIN)

    08/11/2005 Pratteln (CH) - Z7
    09/11/2005 Ludwigsburg (D) - Rockfabrik
    10/11/2005 Bochum (D) - Zeche
    11/11/2005 Aschaffenburg (D) - Colos-Saal
    12/11/2005 Berlin (D) - Hof 23
    13/11/2005 travel
    14/11/2005 Helsinki (FIN) - Nosturi
    15/11/2005 Oulu (FIN) - Teatria
    16/11/2005 travel
    17/11/2005 Oslo (N) - Sentrum Scene
    18/11/2005 Trondheim (N) - Rosendal Scene
    19/11/2005 Göteborg (S) - Karen
    20/11/2005 Malmö (S) - KB
    21/11/2005 Osnabrück (D) - N8
    22/11/2005 travel
    23/11/2005 Antwerp (B) - Hof Ter Lo

    "THE VERMIN BREED" RELEASED IN RUSSIA
    Dockyard1 has licensed "The Vermin Breed" to Soyuz Music in Russia, with an expected release early September 2005.

    www.afterall.be

  • NEWLY-RESURRECTED COMBAT RECORDS
    ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST RELEASE

    HORSE THE BAND
    RELEASES ITS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ALBUM,
    THE MECHANICAL HAND, ON SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2005

    (August 25, 2005)—New York, NY— COMBAT Records, the immortal metal label that is now a joint venture between KOCH Records (the fastest growing independent label in the U.S.) and Entertainment Services Unlimited, has announced its first release: The Mechanical Hand by HORSE the band on September 20th, 2005.

    The new album was produced by Matt Bayles (Murder City Devils, Mastodon, Isis, Norma Jean, Minus the Bear).

    HORSE the band, often described as an experimental Nintendo-based hardcore band, has sold over 10,000 copies of its debut album through word of mouth and touring alone.

    The Los Angeles quintet was also named by Alternative Press as one of the Top 100 Bands to Watch in 2005.

    Look for HORSE the band to tour this fall!

    The track listing for the new album is as follows:
    1. Birdo
    2. A Million Exploding Suns
    3. Manateen
    4. The House Of Boo
    5. Heroes Die
    6. Softer Sounds
    7. Octopus on Fire
    8. Soaring Quails
    9. Taken by Vultures
    10. A Rusty Globe
    11. Sand
    12. Lord Gold Throneroom
    13. The Black Hole

    Stay tuned for some additional COMBAT announcements and news on future releases and log onto www.combatrecords.net or www.horsetheband.com for more info.

  • COMBAT RECORDS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF
    MINUTEMAN FOR THE MOMENT,
    THE NEW ALBUM BY LOOK WHAT I DID
    ON OCTOBER 4TH, 2005

    (September 2, 2005)—New York, NY— COMBAT Records, the immortal label that is now a joint venture between KOCH Records (the fastest growing independent label in the U.S.) and Entertainment Services Unlimited, has announced the release of Minuteman For The Moment, the new full length CD by the band Look What I Did on October 4th, 2005.

    Look What I Did, originally from Nashville, TN and now living in Los Angeles, CA, is a five piece band that has garnered a following through their hands-on promotion and obsessive flyering. The group, Barry Donegan (Vocals), Skeet Childress (Guitar), Colby Shea (Guitar), Chris Bradley (Bass) and Miles McPhearson (Drums), has previously recorded and self-released an album titled My First Time.

    The track listing for Minuteman For The Moment is as follows:
    1. Minuteman For The Moment
    2. Ultimate Complete Home Fitness Machine
    3. The Soiree
    4. The Fox Eats TV Ishmael
    5. Raining Pleasantries
    6. Appomattox Whorehouse
    7. Benevolesaurus Lex
    8. Chest Is A Ribcage
    9. Lightning Bugs
    10. Cupid Full of Eros
    11. Is, Was, And Will Be
    12. Zanzibar II: Sasha And Sebastian

    Look What I Did will tour extensively in Fall/Winter 2005 and 2006.

    Stay tuned for some additional COMBAT announcements and news on future releases and log onto www.combatrecords.net or www.ihatelookwhatidid.com for more info.

  • DANZIG have announced the addition of guitarist Joe Fraulob (DECONSTRUCT) to the group's ranks. "After his audition, Jerry [Montano, bass], Johnny Kelly, drums; TYPE O NEGATIVE] and Danzig all agreed Joe was the man for the job, hands down. The fans are gonna be blown away by this incredible talent."

    On a sadder note, DANZIG have announced that due to the disaster inflicted on the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina, their New Orleans live date has been cancelled as the city slowly tries to recover from all the damage. "We hope all our friends there are safe and wish the city and its people a speedy recovery," the band write on their web site.

    The 2005 "Blackest of the Black" tour, featuring headliners DANZIG alongside CHIMAIRA, BEHEMOTH, HIMSA, MORTIIS and THE AGONY SCENE, will kick off on September 30 in San Diego, California. DANZIG's performance on all dates of the "Blackest of the Black" tour will feature former MISFITS' guitarist Doyle Von Frankenstein for a special 30-minute set of MISFITS classics. Doyle joined DANZIG on a handful of tour dates last winter (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) for "the closest thing to a MISFITS reunion you're going to see."

    The "Blackest of the Black" festival was organized by Danzig and debuted in the summer of 2003 with DANZIG, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, OPETH, NILE, LACUNA COIL and BEHEMOTH on the bill. More information is available at Danzig-Verotik.com.

  • OM Tour
    - 07 Oct - Belfast (IRL) - Rosetta Bar (http://come.to/rosettabar)
    - 08 Oct - Dublin (IRL) - Voodoo Lounge
    - 09 Oct - TBA
    - 13 Oct - Southampton (UK) - The King Alfred's + Frosthold
    - 14 Oct - UK (TBA)
    - 15 Oct - UK (TBA)
    - 16 Oct - UK (TBA)
    - 17 Oct - TBA
    - 18 Oct - TBA
    - 19 Oct - Hamburg (DE) - Markthalle (www.markthalle-hamburg.de)
    - 20 Oct - TBA
    - 21 Oct - Berlin (DE) - K17 (www.k17.de)
    - 22 Oct - Plauen (DE) - HammerFest (www.ureuropa.com/va/) + Heidevolk, Hagal, Orlog
    - 23 Oct - Warsaw (PL) - Progresja (www.progresja.com) + Arkona, Pagan Forest
    - 24 Oct - Gdyna (PL) - Klub Ucho (www.ucho.com.pl) + Pagan Forest
    - 25 Oct - TBA
    - 26 Oct - TBA
    - 27 Oct - Emden (DE) - (TBC)
    - 28 Oct - Rotterdam (NL) - Baroeg (www.baroeg.nl ) + Walpurgisnacht
    - 29 Oct - Bladel (NL) - Pazzop (www.pazzop.nl) + Walpurgisnacht
    - 30 Oct - TBA
    - 31 Oct - Hekelgem (BE) - Halloween Metalfest - 162 (www.paniquedo.be ) + Iconoclasm, Pulverized, Rotting Faith
    - 01 Nov - TBA
    - 02 Nov - Prague (CZ) - Hells Bells- TBC
    - 03 Nov - Pilsen (CZ) - Pod Lampou - TBC
    - 04 Nov - Gahma (DE) - Hotel Frankenblick (http://www.gahma-concerts.de.vu)
    - 05 Nov - Toisdorf (DE) - Kult (www.jugendkulturcafe.de) + Contrary & Garstig
    - 06 Nov - Dresden (DE) - TBC
    - 07 Nov - TBA
    - 08 Nov - TBA
    - 09 Nov - TBA
    - 10 Nov - Vienna (AU) - (TBC)
    - 11 Nov - Munchen (DE) - Titanic City (www.titaniccity.de)
    - 12 Nov - Littau (CH) - Piazza
    - 13 Nov - Bologna (IT) - Estragon (www.estragon.it)
    - 02 Dec - Budapest (HU) - Marco Polo (TBC)
    - 03 Dec - Szeged (HU) (TBC)

  • NEVERMORE To Support OPETH

    After wrapping up eight weeks on Gigantour’s mainstage, Seattle’s NEVERMORE have officially been added to Opeth’s North American tour. Supporting their new album This Godless Endeavor, hailed as “the best album of Nevermore’s long and storied career” (Alternative Press), the band will join the tour on Oct 24 in Lawrence, Kansas. The tour wraps up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Nov. 11.

    Launching their European headlining tour Friday, Sept. 16 with Mercenary and Dew Scented, NEVERMORE is set to ravage stages across the continent. Currently in rotation on Fuse’s Metal Asylum, the video for “Final Product” can be viewed here. Featured on the over of Metal Maniacs, NEVERMORE currently grace the cover of Canada’s UNRESTRAINED!; cover art can be viewed here, and are also on the cover of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. To view pictures of NEVERMORE’s Gigantour performance in Montreal click here. For more information, please contact me directly.

    NEVERMORE with Opeth

    More dates to me announced

    Oct. 26th - Chicago, IL, House Of Blues
    Oct. 27th - Detroit, MI, Harpo´s
    Oct. 28th - Toronto, ON, Opera House Concert
    Oct. 29th - Montreal, QC, Medley
    Oct. 30th - Worcester, MA, Palladium
    Nov. 3rd - New York, NY, Webster Hall
    Nov. 4th - Buffalo, NY, Showplace Theatre
    Nov. 7th - Winston-Salem, NC, Ziggy's
    Nov. 8th - Atlanta, GA, Roxy Theatre
    Nov. 9th - Lake Buena Vista, FL, House Of Blues
    Nov. 11th - Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Culture Room

  • MESCHALINA's full length"The Flight Of Icarus"

    Hi guys!

    MESCHALINA is proud to inform you that on the 28th of September its Full Length Album "THE FLIGHT OF ICARUS" will be out in Japan for RB-RECORDS JAPAN (www.rb-records.com).

    Visit our official website (www.meschalina.com) to listen for free to the previews of all the new album 's tracks (in the homepage) and download the trailer of the bonus video track contained in it (in the "SHARE" section).

    Our webmaster will soon upload all the photos taken during the recording sessions of "The flight of Icarus"

    Bye for now.
    MESCHALINA
    www.meschalina.com

  • FEAR FACTORY Announces Nation-Wide Tour with Special Guests
    Soilwork, Strapping Young Lad and Darkane

    There is no rest for the weary for self-proclaimed workaholics Fear Factory. Recently completing this summer’s Gigantour and releasing their new album “Transgression” (Calvin Records, August 23rd), the band has revealed plans for a fall tour that will take them from Kansas to California on a 29- date routing.

    Featuring special guests Soilwork, Strapping Young Lad and Darkane, the tour is already being hailed as one of the strongest lineups to hit the stage this year.

    “We’re really excited about performing with all of these bands. We’re big fans of theirs and it’s great to able to go out with artists that you respect musically and artistically,” said Raymond Herrera, Fear Factory drummer.

    Fear Factory, who is riding high off the initial success of “Transgression” which sold more than 11,000 copies in one day, has been working tirelessly to promote the new release. And, as Calvin Records President Mike Catain says, this die-hard work ethic is what separates them from the rest.

    “In all my years in this business, I can honestly say that I’ve never met a harder-working band,” said Catain. “They are always ready to give 100 percent, whether it’s recording, performing or doing publicity they always give it their all. It is a pleasure to have them as part of the Calvin family.”

    The tour starts October 28th and runs until December 1st. Come out and see what all the talk is about!

    Official Tour Dates for Fear Factory with Special Guests Soilwork, Strapping Young Lad and Darkane:

    Friday, October 28th - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
    Saturday, October 29th - Sauget, MO - Pop’s
    Sunday, October 30th - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
    Monday, October 31st - Minneapolis, MN - The Quest
    Tuesday, November 1st - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
    Wednesday, November 2nd - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
    Friday, November 4th - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
    Saturday, November 5th - Detroit, MI - Harpo’s
    Sunday, November 6th - Toronto, ON - Opera House
    Tuesday, November 8th - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
    Wednesday, November 9th - Worchester, MA - The Palladium
    Friday, November 11th - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
    Saturday, November 12th - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
    Sunday, November 13th - Towson, MD - The Recher Theatre
    Monday, November 14th - Norfolk, VA - The Norva Theatre
    Tuesday, November 15th - Atlanta, GA - Masquerede
    Wednesday, November 16th - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
    Friday, November 18th - Houston, TX - Meridian
    Saturday, November 19th - Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
    Sunday, November 20th - San Antonio, TX - Graham Central Station
    Monday, November 21st - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
    Tuesday, November 22nd - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
    Wednesday, November 23rd - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
    Friday, November 25th - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
    Saturday, November 26th - Scottsdale, AZ - Venue of Scottsdale
    Sunday, November 27th - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
    Monday, November 28th - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
    Wednesday, November 30th - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
    Thursday, December 1st - San Francisco, CA - The Pound


    For more information, please visit
    www.fearfactory.com
    www.calvinrecords.com

October 7th, 2005
  • There's been some confusion regarding the news of SUBSONIC's nominations for this years Grammy Awards. I've researched the matter further and here's the deal. Simply stated, the project has received preliminary nominations. This means that a voting member of the Grammy's has submitted our project for consideration in three catagories, which are listed below. The vote which decides official Grammy nominations will be held in October.

    Because Subsonic remains a rather unknown commercial commodity, such industry recognition at any level is quite an honor. No Such Soul and both videos relative to it are products of many talented peoples' efforts which were often donated or nearly so. To have these works merely mentioned in the same sentence with the Grammys is a milestone in our eyes.

    UPC #803680-760727
    Subsonic - Dream American(T) From: No Such Soul
    Format: CD - Cat. 17 - Best Hard Rock Performance
    ___________________________________________
    Subsonic - Dream American(T) From: No Such Soul
    Format: CD Cat. 20 - Best Rock Song
    ___________________________________________
    Subsonic - No Such Soul(A)
    Format: CD Cat. 21 - Best Rock Album

    In other news....

    I'm pleased to announce that an endorsement deal has been confirmed between myself and Dean Guitars. I first met Dean and some of his staff at Summer NAMM where we'd initally talked about getting together on an endorsement. Some weeks later I spoke with Tony Purnell who was very cool and the agreement was reached. My sincere thanks to everyone at Dean Guitars for their cooperation. Please visit www.deanguitars.com (Artists) or visit our links page.

    ~ Ron Marks
    http://subsonicrocks.com/

  • The deathship anchored - 29th August is the release date of "Carpathia", the new album of THE VISION BLEAK.

    THE VISION BLEAK have never been of the modest kind. They just have to go for the grand and sweeping gestures. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the band claims that their new album "Carpathia" has succeeded in being more in every regard - even before they have presented their new work.

    Indeed: If you compare it to "The Deathship Has A New Captain", that skeletal schooner with which Allen B. Konstanz and Ulf Theodor Schwadorf took to sea merely two years ago, this second outing is not just a fall of masks bringing their grim grimaces to light, but also a manifestation of an even wilder passion. While the debut album's tracks were haunted mainly by movie characters, now THE VISION BLEAK turn more towards weird fiction - their own! The remarkable thing is that the plot at the base of "Carpathia" works even without the music. And its power is not limited to the many shadowy figures and the ephemeral, dark scenarios, but is also effective in the horror reaching towards an inevitable climax - also in the music itself.

    "This is the fateful story of a businessman becoming heir to the old estates of his family in far and strange Carpathia," Schwadorf outlines the concept. We, the listeners, accompany the young man on this journey through creepy mountain passes, sit beside him in his cab, sense the slow assembly of evil, share his shivers as he encounters the rustic villagers of Carpathia, travel further into the exotic and fearfully outlandish world of "Arabian Nights", and at the end we know: the protagonist is cursed, probably even possessed. So you can see already that "Carpathia" is an incomparable and sinister musical drama. Not without good reason have Konstanz and Schwadorf brought up the whole musical spectrum of their artistic careers so far. Forceful, black riffs, heavyweight drums, full and many-facetted vocals.Each track is vibrantly brimming with sheer intensity and energy.

    "Carpathia" will be released as normal jewel case edition for a special price and as luxuary edition in digipak with bonus CD. The bonus CD includes a Multimedia part with the "Wolfmoon" Videoclip, diverse Audio and Video Livetracks. www.prophecy.cd

  • ABORTED Prepare For Full North American Tour, Headbangers Ball Video Debut

    Belgium’s Aborted are preparing for their first full North American invasion. Their formidable new album, The Archaic Abattoir, “an epic in its own right” (Outburn) won the band considerable praise. Founder and vocalist Sven De Caluwe commented on the upcoming tour and line-up changes: “Things are really starting to move fast for us, and we're fully preparing ourselves for the upcoming U.S. tour with Cryptopsy, Suffocation and Despised Icon. Needless to say, we're all extremely psyched about this tour and can't wait to spread our own little brand of death-fucking-metal to all our fans. To the people who have been waiting to see us over there; the wait is over, and we'll make sure none of you will have any regrets. Some news on the band, we're also very happy with the way the new line-up is working out. Guitarist Stephane Souteyrand has been in the band since June and has been more than great. He's not only a great musician but also a very cool guy to work with, and we can't wait to start writing the next album with him by our side. See you guys in a month!”
    The video for “Dead Wreckoning” will premier on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball Saturday night September 3rd. Produced by Darren Doane (Shadows Fall, Nile) and filmed in Downtown L.A. “in the basement of an old meat factory, De Caluwe said, “Scary fact is that there was blood everywhere, fresh blood, which neither Darren nor the band put there. Weird part is the factory has been out of business for quite some time…”
    Look for Aborted on tour next month, for more information please contact me directly.

    ABORTED

    w/Suffocation, CRYPTOPSY, DESPISED ICON

    09/28 Downtown- Farmingdale, NY
    09/29 The Muse- Nashville, TN
    09/30 The Pinkeye- Tulsa, OK
    10/01 Mary Jane's- Houston, TX
    10/02 Villa Reel Convention Center- McAllen, TX
    10/04 Sanctuary- San Antonio, TX
    10/05 Ridglea Theater- Ft Worth, TX
    10/06 Launch Pad- Albuquerque, NM
    10/07 The Clubhouse- Tempe, AZ
    10/08 Soma- San Diego, CA
    10/11 House of Blues- Anaheim, CA*
    10/12 House of Blues- West Hollywood, CA
    10/13 The Boardwalk- Orangevale, CA**
    10/14 The Pound- San Francisco, CA
    10/15 Meow Meow- Portland, OR
    10/16 Studio Seven- Seattle, WA
    10/17 Sugar- Victoria, BC**
    10/18 Commodore Ballroom- Vancouver, BC**
    10/19 The Generator- Prince George, BC**
    10/20 Warehouse- Calgary, AB**
    10/21 Starlite Room- Edmonton, AB**
    10/22 Riddel Center- Regina, SK**
    10/23 Roxy on Broadway- Saskatoon, SK**
    10/24 Pyramid- Winnipeg, MB**
    10/25 Ascot Room- Minneapolis, MN
    10/26 Mr. Kelleys- Chicago Heights, IL
    10/27 Peabody's- Cleveland, OH
    10/28 Harpo's Concert Theatre- Detroit, MI
    10/29 The Opera House- Toronto, ON**
    10/30 Capital Music Hall- Ottawa, ON**
    10/31 Petit Theatre Du Vieux Noranda- Royun-Noranda, QC***
    11/01 Poly Laure Conan- Chicoutiml, QC***
    11/02 La Coudee- Rimouski, QC***
    11/03 L'Imperial- Quebec City, QC***
    11/04 Medley- Montreal, QC***
    11/05 The Palladium- Worcester, MA***
    11/06 Jaxx- West Springfield, VA****
    11/07 BB King's- New York, NY****

    * + Cattle Decapitation
    ** + With Passion
    *** + Vader, With Passion
    **** + Vader, Decapitated

  • Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of CELLADOR!

    CELLADOR is a melodic speed/power metal band from Omaha, NE. Originally formed in Summer 2004 by guitarist Chris Petersen, CELLADOR was founded with the purpose of introducing aggressive European influenced melodic speed/power metal to the Midwest USA, where the style is completely nonexistent and virtually unknown. CELLADOR spent the fall and winter months of 2004 writing and rehearsing, and began playing live by March 2005. In May, CELLADOR came out with the demo, Leaving All Behind, which The Black Dahlia Murder guys passed on to Brain Slagel, after the band opened for them in Omaha. Impressed by their skill and musicianship, Brian Slagel offered the band a contract making them one of Metal Blade Records latest singings.

    "I am truly excited about our latest signing, CELLADOR. They are a young band with incredible musicianship and songs. We have been looking just for this type of band who mix the old school metal with a fresh attitude." Brian Slagel Owner/CEO Metal Blade Records Inc.

    "We are very proud and excited to be welcomed to the METAL BLADE family. With its current roster and unprecedented history of dedication and integrity, it is with great honor and gratitude that we have been chosen and given the opportunity to represent true American melodic speed metal on one of the biggest labels in the world of metal. Their past success and dedication is only a greater source of inspiration now for us to press forth with pushing true metal to its extreme. Look out for us!!" Chris Petersen- Guitarist CELLADOR

    Cellador is currently writing and rehearsing, and plan on recording this December with their debut Metal Blade release to be out sometime in the spring of 2006. To check out some of the bands triumphant songs head over to their MySpace page HERE.

    In other news CELLADOR is currently auditioning for the position of lead guitar and keyboard player. The individual must excel in playing both lead and rhythm at slow to often very energetic speeds, and must also have and maintain a committed, motivated, and cooperative personality that benefits the band as a whole. The band would prefer a young and energetic individual between the ages of 18-24 who is able and willing to travel, and with a large background in metal. If interested, send an email with your name and past band experience to [email protected] for more information.

    LINEUP:
    Michael Smith - Vocals
    Chris Petersen- Guitar
    Valentin Rakhmanov - Bass
    David Dahir – Drums

    http://www.myspace.com/cellador
    http://www.cellador.com

  • We Reach: MELVINS tribute compilation

    Now out from Fractured Transmitter Records, We Reach: The Music of the Melvins. With this release, for the first time ever the leaders in underground music pay tribute to one of the most influential bands ever, the Melvins. This tribute features some of the leaders of the underground music scene today. Formed in Aberdeen, Washington in the early 1980s, the Melvins were one of the first bands to blend hardcore punk with the slow grind of Black Sabbath. Rounding out the release is artwork by Cleveland, Ohio-based and renowned music industry artist Derek Hess, and liner notes by Greg Werckman, co-owner of Ipecac Recordings (the Melvins current label). Check it out at www.fracturedtransmitter.com

    Track Listing:

    Mare - Nightgoat
    The Dillinger Escape Plan - Honey Bucket
    Mastodon - The Bit
    Strapping Young Lad - Zodiac
    Pig Destroyer - Claude
    High on Fire/Keelhaul - Oven
    Meatjack - Shevil
    Strapadon Factory - Joan of Arc
    Isis/Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Boris
    Absentee - Revolve
    Eyehategod - Easy As It Was
    Dog fashion Disco - Anaconda
    Disengage - Raise a Paw
    Blessing The Hogs - Hogleg
    CKY/Gnarkill - Laughing With Lucifer at Satan's Sideshow
    Maritime Murder - Copache
    Made Out of Babies - Bar X and The Rocking M
    Pincer 2 - Echohead/Don't Piece Me

  • DEVIANT "Larvaeon" CD finally available!

    Finally available the debut full CD from the swedish dark death metallers aka Deviant, a wonderful mix of aesthatic riffs and full force grinding brutality in 10 amazing tracks recorded at the EAR studios in Sweden and mastered by Peter in de Betou/Tail Maid Prod. (Dimmu Borgir, Insision, Dark Tranquillity).

    "Larvaeon" [TS11] is available for only 10,00€ or 12 US dollars postpaid everywhere, we accept well hidden cash, money orders (addressed to Giorgio Magalini), bank transfers and Paypal payments (at the address [email protected]).

    www.deviant.se

  • ULCERATE signed with The Spew for their debut CD.

    We're damn happy to announce that we have inked a deal with New Zealand death brutallers Ulcerate. The debut CD, still untitled, from this amazing and shredding band will be probably hitting yer stereos in spring 2006. Expect brutality, expect sickness, expect total dark and mayhemic technical death metal in a sort of idealogical mix between Immolation and Deeds Of Flesh.

    www.ulcerate.orcon.net.nz

  • CADAVERIC CREMATORIUM signed with The Spew, debut CD available in few weeks.

    Cadaveric Crematorium, one of the most solid and strong realities into the italian underground, has inked a deal with The Spew Records for the release of their debut CD "Serial Grinder" after the problems with the previous label intended to release the album.

    Expect almost 40 minutes of full blasting death grind, a very skilled edge and waterfalls of grand guignolesque black humour.

    www.cadaveric.it

  • MIZAR an italian power metal band, want you to know their first album "The Dark Sign" will be out in September from Dead Sun Records and distributed Worldwide (PHD Canada, UK, Woodl Chaos Japan, Adipocere France, Twilight Berthis Benelux, Adrenaline Italie, Crash USA...) by Twilight Recs Gmbh, and in France, by Adipocere. (stores & all mail orders).

    http://utenti.quipo.it/mizar

  • MINSK crushes… At A Loss debut CD & appearance at Electric City Rock fest

    The anxiously awaited debut of the act rising from the ashes of Buried At Sea, Chicago's Minsk are about to bubble over into the heavy music community like a volcano of sonic bliss. Minsk surge with a punishing and unique brand of post-doom agression coupled with searing sub-melodies and an organic overall tone as if the band poured forth from the center of the planet...

    As the band prepares for their debut "Out Of A Center Which Is Neither Dead Nor Alive" to launch via At A Loss Records on September 25th, they join High on Fire, Fu Manchu, Yakuza and more as part of Chicago's Electric City Rock Fest in early September with extensive touring to follow.

    The band is available for interviews, so drop a line to Earsplit for availability and check out these sites for more info or press needs:

    http://www.atalossrecordings.com/bandminsk.htm
    http://www.thesoundofminsk.com/

    "Minsk rage like an unrepentent Neurosis one minute and dial back the fury to a simmering psychedelic raga the next. Total doom with a soft underbelly, Out of a Center's six songs clock in at exactly an hour, and the mood is oppressively heavy throughout." 3.5/4 – REVOLVER

    "While not destroying with heavier than heavy riffs, they create ambient soundscapes with an indistinguishable array of pedals and electronic devices that would impress even the Nasa scientist of the late sixties." - DOOMED NATION

    "Out of a Center Which Is Neither Dead Nor Alive is so good, it’s almost spiritual. The distorted riffs, tribal drumming, and electronic touches, combined with the distinct roars of Minsk’s multiple vocalists, make this a must have for 2005 and beyond. You bet your ass this is recommended." - STONERROCK.COM

    Drawing its nominal inspiration from a remote Belarussian city nestled deep amidst the in-betweens of the East and the West, a city that has been burned to the ground on several occasions only to be rebuilt like a Phoenix rising from its ashes, Minsk is a sort of dark cerebral experimentation...an emotive conceptualization that sears the visceral and hopes for something real...something between the conscious and the unconscious... a roller coaster of passion, noise, rhythm, and trance.

    Drawing its brand of eclecticism from a milieu of broadly spaced musical and conceptual influences, Minsk is a bodily experience that hints at a sort of mystical awareness and sophistication. The music is as organic as it is other-worldly, infusing the rhythms of the earth and the resonance of the human voice with the synthetic sounds of machines, amplifiers, and effects.

    Minsk combines a sonic onslaught of dirge-like walls of doom and metal with Hawkwind and Jethro Tull inspired 1970's psychedelic rock and tribal elements reminiscent of Dead Can Dance. The vocals range from soulful singing, to three and four part anthemic arrangements, to barbaric screams, and the result is a dynamic and emotional piece of sensory overload that has been compared to Neurosis, Mastodon, Cult of Luna, Entombed, and Acid Bath.

    The group formed in the summer of 2002, performing its first show in early 2003 and completing its demo CD, Burning, in the fall of that year. Still in the infant stages of their efforts, they embarked on a tour in support of the CD, which took them from Illinois to the West Coast and back. 2004 and 2005 have begun the realization of the band's labors, allowing them to share the stage with many incredible bands at the Templars of Doom, South by Southwest, and Emissions from the Monolith Festivals. Recording with producer Sanford Parker (Pelican, Unearthly Trance, Lair of the Minotaur, Venomous Concept) at Volume Studios has yielded both their AT A LOSS debut full-length album and a new bass player in Parker himself, also noted for his play in the "megalithic doom outfit", Buried at Sea.

    Anthony Couri - Drums
    Chris Bennett - Guitar/Vocals
    Tim Mead - Vocals/Effects/Synths
    Sanford Parker - Bass/Synths/Vocals

  • BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION ON U.S. TOUR

    HEADING OUT ON THE ‘MOTOR-HOMEY’ TOUR

    WITH NATIONAL RECORDING ARTIST ADEMA

    HOLLYWOOD (August 30, 05) – BOD will be on tour supporting their new album RUNAWAY BRIDES releasing September 27th on Shrapnel Records. Their first single White Trash is soon to hit the airwaves. "White Trash" is exactly what it sounds like. “The pot calls the kettle black ..money can’t buy class ...but in LA it’s all for free all you need is a casting couch, a bloody scalpel and a sugar daddy,” recites LeGrande. It pays homage to all the trailer-park-style culture and the people that try to leave them. From there the Brides will discharge a slew of slamming songs on the audience like “Criminal”, “Deadman’s Ruin” and “Lords of the Mind.” “This is the record we always wanted to make,” states Tracii Guns. “It has a great blend of modern rock heaviness with retro sounds and styles. It is the perfect ‘Brides’ record of today.”

    ADEMA will be coming off their own headlining tour to join the Brides on a tour of debauchery in support of their latest album release PLANETS. Standout tracks include: the first single, "Tornado"; title track, "Planets"; a ballad, "Rise Above"; rocker "Bad Triangle", featuring a guest vocal appearance by Jujitsu master Ralek Gracie, aka Rio Life, a member of the world-renowned Gracie Family (and friend of Adema drummer Kris Kohls, himself an avid Jujitsu trainer); and fierce closer, "Vikraphone". Yet, the truth is, all the tracks on "Planets" (count them, 16!... plus one extra surprise!) are expertly-crafted, hook- laden songs; there is not a miss among them.

    CONFIRMED TOUR DATES – MORE TO COME:

    09/30/05 SAN DIEGO, CA CANES BAR & GRILL

    10/01/05 SANTA ANA, CA THE GALAXY THEATRE
    10/04/05 DENVER, CO BENDER’S TAVERN
    10/08/05 CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL MR KELLEY’S MUSIC BOX
    10/09/05 ST. PAUL, MN STATION 4
    10/10/05 CLEVELAND, OH PEABODY’S
    10/12/05 CLIFTON, NJ DINGBATZ
    10/14/05 SAUGUS, MA PALACE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX
    10/15/05 BEDFORD, NH MARK’S PLACE
    10/17/05 HARTFORD, CT THE WEBSTER THEATRE
    10/18/05 STATE COLLEGE, PA CROWBAR
    10/20/05 ROCHESTER, NY STEEL MUSIC HALL ** No Adema
    10/21/05 BROOKLYN, NY BROOKLYN MUSIC TERMINAL
    10/22/05 SPRINGFIELD, VA JAXX
    10/23/05 JACKSONVILLE, NC PLANET ROCK
    10/26/05 MOBILE, AL DELTA BLUES HOUSE No adema
    10/29/05 HOUSTON, TX ENGINE ROOM
    10/30/05 CORPUS CHRISTI, TX PARISO BALLROOM

    11/01/05 EL PASO, TEXAS CORRAL NITECLUB
    11/03/05 WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA THE KEY CLUB
    11/04/05 LAS VEGAS, NV THE CHEYENNE SALOON
    11/05/05 SAN MARCOS, CA THE BLVD
    11/08/05 BOISE, ID THE CORE
    11/09/05 SEATTLE, WA THE FENIX UNDERGROUND
    11/11/05 RANCHO CORDOVA, CA FANDANGOS NIGHT CLUB

  • SERPENT RISE launches website

    During the winter of 1993, it was formed a band which would turn into a legend of brazilian underground, Serpent Rise. After some years on hold the serpent is back and finally with an official website. The band intends to start the recordings of the new album in the end of the year. The new album will mix elements from doom metal with death and black metal. Nowadays, Serpent Rise is the oldest active brazilian doom metal band.

    Visit the band's website at www.serpentrise.com

  • GAMMA RAY to unleash latest endeavor, Majestic,
    October 11, 2005 through Sanctuary Records

    Gamma Ray is set to release their latest effort Majestic on October 11, 2005 through Sanctuary Records. The line-up for Majestic includes Kai Hansen (guitar, bass), Dirk Schlächter (bass), Henjo Richter (guitar, keyboards) and Daniel Zimmerman (drums), who have been together for the last several releases after a number of line-up changes in the early stages of the band’s career. Majestic will be the band’s first release since 2003’s Skeletons in the Closet.

    As with previous Gamma Ray releases, Hansen serves as the lead composer, but for this effort both Richter and Zimmerman also contributed tracks, lending a dash of diversity to the signature Gamma Ray sound. The band recorded the album at their own Hansen Studios in Hamburg, with Hansen and Schlächter on the controls. They brought Mika Jussila (Stratovarius, Masterplan, Edguy, among others) aboard to master the album and create a dynamic, well-rounded sound for the finished product.

    Majestic Track Listing:

    1) My Temple
    2) Fight
    3) Strange World
    4) Hell Is Thy Home
    5) Blood Religion
    6) Condemned to Hell
    7) Spiritual Dictator
    8) Majesty
    9) How Long
    10) Revelation

    The band is working on plans for a 2006 North American tour.

    For updated information on the band and tour plans, check out:

    www.gamma-ray.com
    www.sanctuaryrecords.com

  • SEDUCED BY SUICIDE and BLOOD TEARS looking for new members

    Blood Tears (doom metal) and Seduced by Suicide (gothic rock) are looking for a new keyboard player and drummer, since Arntor (keyboards) left both bands recently. Anyone interested to play in any of these bands should contact through the e-mail [email protected]

    Even with these changes on the line-up, the recordings of Seduced by Suicide's first MCD, which release is scheduled for October, and the first full length of Blo