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September 27th, 2005

    The new album is out and the critics are speaking. So far, Dreamslave is locking in 9 out of 10 or better from reviewers around the world. Fusing black and death metal like no other, Asguard are taking the metal world by storm. The band kicks off their Fall tour this October throughout Eastern Europe and beyond. Be sure to check out Wikka and Black Fire Land by Asguard while they last!


    The final touches are being added to Sourvein' next release entitled Emerald Vulture. The release was scheduled for September, but graphic and video delays have pushed the release back a bit. On a positive note, Troy of Sourvein promises a punishing new set of material that will blow our minds! There are currently talks of Sourvein touring with Ramesses in the UK at the start of the new year. We'll let you know.


    The bands debut release is on the streets, critics are loving it and the new video for Fallout is being considered by MTV. Now all the band has to do is get back out on the road and that's exactly what they're doing. A handful of shows are being negotiated with Skinless and then it's off on a full US tour in October. The guys are looking for support help, so any help would be appreciated. Contact Devil Doll directly.


    Ultralord, which features members of Fistula, Rue and other seminal sludge / doom acts from around the midwest have signed to This Dark Reign and are currently recording with Vince Burke of Beaten Back To Pure. Corey Fistula tells us that this is the most punishing material he has recorded to date and can't wait to kick things off at this year's Ultralord Fest (formerly known as Fistula Fest). The new album will debut in early 2006.


    The killer debut release from The C.N.E. will hit the streets later this year. If you're a fan of the Hives, Hellacopters, Gluecifer and Turbonegro, then strap on your denim and leather and get ready to get yer asses kicked! On tour throughout summer and fall in Europe.


    Trigger have just returned from a highly successful European tour that took them through Germany, Norway, France, Belgium, and Sweden. Their new album Eighteen Bullets is receiving high praise and getting tons of airplay on the European radio channels. Plans for a USA tour in 2006 are under way.


    Long Island sludge legends Negative Reaction have signed with This Dark Reign, promising a stellar new set of doom material for 2006. The new album is entitled Under the Ancient Penalty and the band promises to showcase some of their new material to their live audience at this years Ultralord Fest and beyond.

  • ARCH ENEMY – “Doomsday Machine” in stores NOW!

    Finally the newest work of the masters of Swedish extreme metal has hit the stores and waits to be bought by the lusting fans of the quartet featuring guitar-monster Michael Amott and front-lady Angela Gossow. “Doomsday Machine” will be available as a limited edition on CD (at the price of a normal CD, of course) and for all vinyl-freaks also on “black gold” with a great layout and even greater music! Meanwhile the band gets featured on numerous magazine covers of European media (see left hand) proving their good sense in honouring excellent music. In German Rock Hard “Doomsday Machine” was chosen album of the month in august! Here another bunch of quotes from Germany’s Metal press:

    “The guitars on “Doomsday Machine“ simply kill everything and degrade both riff-wise and regarding the awesome leads almost the entire Melodic-Death competitors to nothing but interchangeable cannon fodder.“ Album of the month in Rock Hard (D)

    “Kneel down! The Swedes with the girl from Cologne as diabolic angel of damnation stylistically undertake one step back, two to the side and a real big one forward: more atmospheric, at the same time more melodic yet rhythmic this essential masterpiece crowns the Gossow-era.” 14 / 15 points, Soundcheck position 2 in Legacy (D)

    “Arch Enemy are technically still in the premier league and have taken a musically intimidating development making the-monster-called “Doomsday Machine” one of this year’s highlights.” 6 / 7 points, Soundcheck position 3 in Metal Hammer (D)

    “Buy it, be amazed and freak out!” Metal Age (D)


  • OLD MAN'S CHILD - New album in October!

    Friends of top-notch Black Metal listen up, a new bestial piece of dark and violent music is about to hit your ears. With the release of its (66)6th full-length album “Vermin” on October 17th, 2005 the 1993 founded band is more than ready to top the praise its predecessor “In Defiance Of Existence” legitimately received.

    OLD MAN´S CHILD returned to Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden (recording home of In Flames, Arch Enemy and others), with Patrik J. Sten and Fredrik Nordström helping to create a new monster of an album. “Vermin” offers a massively sounding, grim trip into the sinister visions of mastermind Galder. With Danish beat-machine Reno H. Kiilerich, who was drafted by Dimmu Borgir as a live drummer after stints with Panzerchrist, Vile and Exmortem (and who won a drum contest displaying the fastest footwork after exceeding over 800 hits on the double-bass pedals in one minute) and a guest appearance by Dragonlord/Testament guitarist Eric Peterson band founder Galder is in more than just good company and with artwork by Greek artist Set<'H>“Vermin” is also visually a dark and morbid slab of melodic, bombastic yet hateful Black Metal.

    OLD MAN’S CHILD – “Vermin” CD/LP Tracklist:

    1. Enslaved And Condemned (4:15)
    2. The Plague Of Sorrow (4:09)
    3. War Of Fidelity (4:19)
    4. In Torment's Orbit (5:04)
    5. Lord Of Command [Bringer Of Hate] (4:51)
    6. The Flames Of Deceit (4:39)
    7. Black Marvels Of Death (4:22)
    8. Twilight Damnation (4:42)
    9. ...As Evil Descends (1:11)

    Cover artwork by Set<'H> / http://www.seth-design.com

    Official band website: http://www.oldmanschild.net

  • SENTENCED – The very last show!

    The perishing Finnish masters of melancholic, suicidal rock - who brought tears to the eyes of quite some of the truly dedicated fans at their farewell-show at Wacken Open Air this year – are slowly reaching the end of the road. Soon the band will rest in peace forever. One small cure for the agonising wrench is the new video stream to “Ever-Frost” of the band’s final release “The Funeral Album” (released May 30th 2005 via Century Media Records), which was shot by Mika Ronkainen for Klaffi Productions and should leave no fan of the band dissatisfied. You find it on our "download" area.

    “The Funeral Album” reached position 1 in the official charts of their home country Finland, position 49 in the official German charts and position 59 in the official Austrian charts.

    SENTENCED’s irreversible ultimate number of shows will take place in the band’s home country in September and October (see exact dates below) and should be a damn good reason to book a flight to Finland now, because this will be something totally unforgettable! So be there with a bag full of handkerchiefs and celebrate the onstage swan song of this unique act.

    The Funeral Tour 2005:
    Sep 15th Jyväskylä Lutakko
    Sep 17th Tampere Pakkahuone
    Sep 19th Helsinki Nosturi
    Sep 20th Helsinki Tavastia
    Sep 21st Turku Klubi
    Sep 22nd Vaasa HulluPullo
    Sep 23rd Kuopio Työnkulma
    Sep 24th Nivala Tuiskula
    Oct 1st Oulu Teatria

    Guitarist Sami Lopakka comments: “We decided to finish our career with this album, and knew already in the writing-process that this one would become our last. It is a farewell album and this is the funeral tour.”

    Oulu’s finale is absolutely the last show of the band. The funeral is a long spectacle and will include surprises from during the years.

    Additional info at http://www.welldone.fi and http://www.sentenced.org



    Celebrated Tour Immortalized on October 25th Release
    (Los Angeles, CA) - Epic Records has announced an October 25th release date for Live in Tokyo, a DVD and double-disc CD featuring guitar legends Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Dream Theater's John Petrucci. These electrifying live performances were recorded on May 8th at the Tokyo Forum, when critically acclaimed guitarist Satriani brought his popular G3 tour to Japan for a series of sold-out dates.

    Fans attending the packed-house shows were treated to individual sets by each six-stringer, followed by an evening-ending all-star jam session. The G3 tour began back in 1996 with a lineup that featured Satriani, Vai and Eric Johnson. An action-packed DVD with performance highlights was released and has since been certified platinum. In 1997, Satriani and Vai again reunited and added Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Robert Fripp to the bill. In May 1998, the tour headed to Europe where Satriani was joined by Uli Jon Roth and former Scorpions guitarist Michael Schenker. The 2001 G3 tour featured the team of Satriani and Vai again, along with Petrucci. In fall 2003 Satriani and Vai were joined by Swedish player Yngwie Malmsteen for a successful 5-week run. A live CD, entitled G3 Live: Rockin' in the Free World and a nearly platinum DVD entitled G3 Live In Denver were released on February 24, 2004.

    The track listing for Live In Tokyo is as follows:

    John Petrucci-
    Glasgow Kiss
    Damage Control

    Steve Vai -
    The Audience Is Listening
    Building The Church

    Joe Satriani -
    Up In Flames

    The G3 Jam -
    Foxey Lady
    La Grange
    Smoke On The Water

  • IMPALED Prove There Is Death After Life

    Oakland’s Impaled are preparing to defile the South Western U.S.! Supporting their latest release, Death After Life, and performing with Disgorge and Blessing The Hogs, the band will be surreptitiously cavorting with local morticians and grave robbers beginning Sept. 23rd. Vocalist/guitarist Sean McGrath said of the tour, “We’re super excited. No, wait, that's how I feel about ordering pizza and watching Dawn of the Dead. Of course we're all really itching to get out there and play with Blessing The Hogs and Disgorge, the only bands kind enough to agree to such a suicidal endeavor. As most people know, getting involved with us is nearly almost always a disaster of immense proportions. The southwest is one of the best areas of the country for metal and the fans are always totally insane. As most people know, we love the fans.”

    Check out the spine-tingling, horror-filled video for “Preservation Of Death” here.

    with Disgorge, Blessing The Hogs
    Sept 23rd Hollywood, CA @ Studio S
    Sept 24th Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy’s
    Sept 25th Phoenix, AZ @ Metal Devastation II
    Sept 27th Austin, TX @ The Backroom
    Sept 28th Corpus Christi, TX @ Equal Eyes
    Sept 29th Houston, TX @ Fat Cats
    Sept 30th San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
    Oct 1st Muskogee, OK @ Muskogee Civic Center
    Oct 7th Reno, NV @ TBA


    Once again, congratulations to Attacker for a succesful run in Germany this past July. Reviews of their performances will be posted in the coming weeks! Well, the waiting is now over! So here it is you crazy kids, the Major Announcement! Sit back and happy reading!
    -Hans Perlseig, August 2005

    ATTACKER: Line-Up Revamped! "Battle" Live in the US! 2006 European Tour in the Works!

    History has occured, once again, in the camp of the Lords Of Thunder! In what has to be a strange, but inevitable, turn of events, Attacker's original Bass player Lou Ciarlo has returned to the band as a full time member! Lou will perform on the bands newest album "THE UNKNOWN".

    Ciarlo, was the member responsible for penning the bands Power Metal classic "THE SECOND COMING" as well as co-writing most of the highly successful come-back "SOUL TAKER" album. Ciarlo will (if he hasn't already as of this writing) enter the bands rehearsal studio to begin refining, then adding, his musical character to the upcoming album.

    After the completion of the album, the band plans on a special performance of the entire "BATTLE" album here in the US in celebration of the returned Bassist later this year! Venue, date, time and special guests will soon be announced! Much like their previous performance in Hamburg Germany, they will perform the entire "BATTLE" album as well as current favorites and other Attacker classics. This should be a great event for fans of the band and of Heavy Metal in General!

    While on the subject of live performances, the band are already in the negotiating stages of planning their European tour for 2006. There will also be more US dates for 2006 as well. Most of these dates will consist of Festival appearances with some regional shows in between.

    In summation, four of the original members of this great band are back together and will be ready to conquer the stages once again in 2006!! Welcome home Lou Ciarlo!!

    In our next update, Lou Ciarlo comments on his return! Further developements for the bands live shows, for later this year, of course, and for their upcoming European trek in 2006. More details on the label in which the new album will be released on and much, much more!!! As we said previously, prepare to escape "THE UNKNOWN"!!

    Stay Tuned........................

    ATTACKER are
    Bob Mitchell- Vocals
    Mike Benetatos- Guitars
    Pat Marinelli- Guitars
    Lou Ciarlo- Bass Guitar
    Mike Sabatini- Drums



    10/04/05 TEMPE, AZ - Marquee Theatre
    10/05/05 EL PASO, TX - House Of Rock N Roll
    10/06/05 SAN ANTONIO, TX - The Sanctuary
    10/07/05 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Purgatory
    10/08/05 DALLAS, TX - The Galaxy Club
    10/09/05 HOUSTON, TX - The Engine Room
    10/11/05 NEW ORLEANS, LA - Southport Music Hall
    10/12/05 JACKSONVILLE, FL - Jack Rabbits
    10/13/05 JACKSONVILLE, NC - Planet Rock
    10/14/05 ALLENTOWN, PA - Sterling Hotel
    10/15/05 FARMINGDALE, NY - The Downtown
    10/16/05 HARTFORD, CT - Webster Theater
    10/17/05 WORCESTER, MA - The Palladium
    10/18/05 WILLIAMSVILLE, NY - Club Infinity
    10/19/05 MT. CLEMENS, MI - Emerald Theater
    10/20/05 CINCINNATI, OH - Annies
    10/21/05 CLEVELAND, OH - Peabodys
    10/22/05 MOKENA, IL - Pearl Room
    10/23/05 GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Ten Bells
    10/24/05 ST. PAUL, MN - Station Four
    10/26/05 ST. LOUIS, MO - Creepy Crawl
    10/27/05 DES MOINES, IA - Hairy Marys
    10/28/05 DENVER, CO - Bluebird Theater
    10/29/05 SOUTH SALT LAKE CITY, UT - Club Vegas
    10/30/05 BOISE, ID - Bogies
    10/31/05 SEATTLE, WA - El Corazon
    11/01/05 PORTLAND, OR - Hawthrone Theatre
    11/02/05 ORANGEVALE, CA - The Boardwalk
    11/04/05 SAN MARCOS, CA - The Jumping Turtle

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  • STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Wrap Up Successful Run On The Sounds of The Underground Tour; Fall US Tour In The Works

    Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD recently completed a highly successful run on the inaugural Sounds of The Underground tour in support of their genre-defying breakthrough new album, Alien, which critics are already hailing as their best offering yet. The group's overly intense live performances captivated the uninitiated crowds who were immediately drawn to the band's perfect blend of melodic industrial thrash insanity. Expect a major US fall tour announcement to be made real soon.

    Devin Townsend (vocals, guitars) checks in with the following report: "So the Sounds of The Underground tour was great fun and a heck of a way to spend the summer. Gene Hoglan (drums) filled in for Opeth on the SOTU tour while Jon from Devildriver filled in for Byron Stroud, who was out with Fear Factory...Polygamy! Good music, lots of friends and some great crowds. Also, during the SOTU, Gwar and I had a real meeting of the minds and decided to work together. I had a revelation while watching them and hopefully it's going to be the best record ever made, so watch out!"

    "We are looking to do a US tour starting late October and then head to Europe with Meshuggah. Japan and Australia will follow shortly after, hopefully along with a new video for 'Zen.' I'm currently recording the new Devin Townsend Band record, which is great and soothing. Strapping thanks you for your patronage! Rock out with your clock out."


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    America's death metal saviors, South Carolina's THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD will release their Prosthetic Records debut, Bloodlust on October 25th. A video for "Two Inches From A Main Artery" will be shot next month. Bloodlust was produced by Jamie King (Between The Eyes Of The Dead) with artwork by Paul Romano (Mastodon).

    The band will be heading out on the road with Ion Dissonance, Summer's End and The Red Death this September.

    w/ Ion Dissonance, Summer's End. The Red Death
    9/13 St. Louis, MO Creepy Crawl
    9/14 Kansas City, MO El Torreon
    9/15 Denver, CO TBA
    9/16 Ogden, UT Club Boom Va
    9/17 Boise, ID The Venue
    9/18 Reno, NV Blueangel Coffeehouse
    9/19 San Francisco, CA The Pound
    9/20 Ventura, CA TBA
    9/21 Hollywood, CA Studio S
    9/22 Corona, CA Showcase Theatre
    9/23 South Gate, CA The Allen Theatre
    9/24 San Diego, CA TBA
    9/25 Phoenix, AZ Modified Arts
    9/26 El Paso, TX House of Rock N Roll
    9/27 San Antonio, TX Bonds 007
    9/28 Baton Rouge, LA The Darkroom
    9/29 Memphis, TN The Complex
    9/30 Nashville, TN The Muse
    10/1 Lynchburg, VA CVCC
    10/2 Fredericskburg, VA KCs
    10/3 Fairfield, NJ Future Starz
    10/4 Chickopee, MA Cabot St. Pub
    10/5 Bucksport, ME The Kave
    More dates to be announced soon.

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    Relapse Records recording artists CEPHALIC CARNAGE have announced US tour dates in support of their latest release, Anomalies. The talented Denver, CO quintet will team up with The Black Dahlia Murder for a scheduled four week tour, slated to begin September 23rd in Buffalo, NY with additional dates pending.

    CEPHALIC (Lenzig: Vocals, Zac Joe: Guitar, John Merryman: Drums, Steve Goldberg: Guitar, Jawsh Mullen: Bass), whose unique music combines passages of hypersonic grindcore, slow motion doom metal and far-out rock and roll, are known for their exhilarating live performances. The band's Anomalies album has yielded the hit single and video "Dying Will be the Death of Me," which has been posted online at this location: http://music.yahoo.com/ar-299750-videos--Cephalic-Carnage

    Visit CEPHALIC CARNAGE on MySpace here: www.myspace.com/cephaliccarnage

    CEPHALIC CARNAGE tour dates:

    September 17 Merida, Mexico SINDICATO DE MOLINEROS as part of FF Fest II
    September 23 Buffalo, NY Icon
    September 24 Worcester, MA The Palladium
    September 25 New York, NY Knitting Factory
    September 26 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
    September 27 Baltimore, MD Otto Bar
    September 28 Richmond, VA Alley Katz
    September 29 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
    September 30 Chicago, IL Logan Square Auditorium
    October 1 Iowa City, IA Gabe's Oasis
    October 2 Minneapolis, MN Ascot Room Quest Club
    October 3 Kansas City, MO El Torreon
    October 4 Denver, CO Rock Island
    October 5 Salt Lake City, UT Lo-Fi Caf?
    October 10 Ceres, CA The Workshop (CEPHALIC CARNAGE only)
    October 28 Columbus, OH Al Rosa Villa as part of Monsters of Metal IV

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  • SIX FEET UNDER check in from the road!

    Hello from the road!! Just wanted to give all you Six Feet Under fans an update...we're currently at the half way point on the Nothing Remains tour opening up for Chimaira. Sitting here in Charleston, WV tonight...we are having a fucking amazing tour. Simply amazing...so far, the crowds have been insane on this. its awesome, I mean, this to me will be a tour that I will remember for a long time, right up there with the Danzig tour we did in 2000 and my second US tour in 1992 with Agnostic Front, Obituary, and Malevolent Creation, when I was in Corpse. The other opening bands on this one, All That Remains and 3 inches of blood are cool as fuck too and are kicking major ass as well. There have been a few really stand out shows, one of my favorites was in Bellefontaine, OH for Woodshock. It was a really cool gathering and I want to put my special thanks out to the promoter of the festival, Tim Buchenroth, you gave your blood for that fest brother, our condolences to you and your family. Every night has been a fucking brutal adventure shared with the company of new found friends

    Chimaira-you guys are the best, and I am proud as fuck to be out on this motherfucker with you guys, you are true friends. This is the ultimate tour. If you're missing these dates, you're missing metal history. Until next time - Barnes


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    SUSPERIA, the extreme melodic metal band from Norway have announced the official release date for their highly anticipated EP, Devil May Care. The special edition CD will be released in Europe on 26th September 2005 through TABU Recordings.

    The EP features a mix of original and cover songs that have been drawn from various recording sessions. Tracks appearing on the release are the Unlimited album track Devil May Care, new song Venting The Anger and three covers, which the band has been performing occasionally at live shows. Lack Of Comprehension originally recorded by Death, Wild Child originally recorded by WASP and the much sought after version of The Sun Always Shines On TV - a worldwide hit for fellow Norwegians A-Ha. As an added bonus the release contains the promo videos for Chemistry and Devil May Care as well as screensavers, wallpapers and booklet picture gallery. The EP was completed at StrandStudio in Oslo, Norway. Production duties were once again handled by the band and engineered by Marius Strand

    Highlights are the new song Venting The Anger which steamrollers it's way into your conscience with its incessant guitars and chorus, and the A-ha cover The Sun Always Shines On TV. The latter choice of song will come as a surprise to many, but demonstrates the bands diverse approach to music and their willingness to take on new challenges. The promo video for Devil May Care which features highlights from SUSPERIA's impressive performance at 2004's Inferno Festival, as well as footage from recent tours was directed by Severin Eskeland, Athera and Tjodalv.

    Work on the EP started in January, but was immediately beset by a series of problems, resulting in various delays to its release. The first complication came when vocalist Athera lost his voice during the recording. Further setbacks followed including technical hitches and missing artwork, before everything was finally complete and in the can.

    Minor problems aside, 2005 has seen SUSPERIA continue to build on the success of the acclaimed Unlimited album - regarded by many as one of the best rock / metal releases of 2004. Their efforts were recognised with a nomination in the Metal category at Norway's prestigious Alarm awards. On the live front SUSPERIA were invited to be the main support on the 2005 Reunion European Tour of bay area thrash legends Testament. The time in between has been spent on writing new material for the next album, which will be due in 2006.

    SUSPERIA released their third full-length album, Unlimited last year. It has continued to show growth and has gone on to exceed sales figures of the bands' previous album Vindication, which was released by Nuclear Blast. Unlimited charted at No.43 on Norway's Official Album Charts and made an immediate impact in the US, becoming the third most added album at influential CMJ Loud Rock Radio, while also making the number three slot on the Crucial Spin charts. The bands' video for Chemistry received regular airplay through such video outlets as MTV2's Headbanger's Ball, Havoc TV, NRK and Scuzz.

    SUSPERIA will wind up the year with a Norwegian and European tour that is being lined up to promote the release of Devil May Care. Details will be announced shortly. Metal Maniacs

  • VOIVOD - D-V-O-D-1 - Available on DVD
    October 25, 2005
    Through Music Video Distributors

    Music Video Distributors and Euroralph are pleased to announce the home viewing release of VOIVOD - D-V-O-D-1 for worldwide distribution on DVD (except for Canada).

    D-V-O-D-1, the first DVD from VOIVOD, covers the original line-up period (1983-1991). Included are all the '80s videos, plus rare live and studio performances of classic VOIVOD songs. From the start, their goal was to sound completely unique and incorporate odd musical tempos and futuristic story lines into their songs. They influenced and inspired other thrash and metal bands with their one-of-a-kind styles of performing and writing.

    VIDEOS: VOIVOD (1984), Ripping Headaches (1986), Ravenous Medicine (1987), Tribal Convictions (1988), Psychic Vacuum (1988), Astronomy Domine (1989)

    - Montreal Spectrum 10-12-86: Blower
    - Montreal Spectrum 8-20-88: Tribal Convictions, Ravenous Medicine
    - Montreal Musiqueplus 1989: The Unknown Knows, Inner Combustion/Missing Sequences/Nothing Face
    - Montreal Backstreet 5-24-91: Inner Combustion, Freedoom

    - Video Shoot for Ravenous Medicine 24-03-87:
    - Video Shoot for Psychic Vacuum 25-09-88
    - Recording Nothing Face @ Victor Studios 14-05-89

    EXTRAS: Artwork, Photos, Iron Gang Demos, Morgoth Invasion December 1984, and Montreal Spectrum September 1987

    BAND MEMBERS: Denis Snake B?langer (Vox), Denis Piggy D'Amour (Guitar), Jean-Yves Blacky Theriault (Bass), Michel Away Langevin (Drums)


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    Charnel Valley - The Dark Archives CD - Raw, epic, and imaginative Black Metal. A juxtaposition between the old Norse Black Metal style, and the more minimalistic approach of more recent bands. Burzum, Hate Forest, Summoning, Darkthrone, Destroyer 666, Von and Moonblood are some reference points, but it is quite apparent that Charnel Valley's loose approach, raw recording, attitude and thoughtful compositions differentiate them from their peers.

    Each song on The Dark Archives represents a distinct journey to a hidden world, one different from the one we live in.


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    Rigor Sardonicous - Apocalypsis Damnare CD - The original Rigor Sardonicous lineup of Joseph J. Fogarazzo and Glenn Hampton has joined forces with former Evoken bassist Steve Moran to re-record this unspoken DOOM classic, originally released in 1999

    The essence of compromise does not exist herein. This is Slow, Cold, Torturous Doom at its absolute heaviest and darkest. Rigor Sardonicous once again attacks the underground in a force that leaves little else standing. Once again, only for truest of DOOM enthusiasts.


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  • IRON MAIDEN manager: Ozzfest fans "vile"

    Condemns group who threw lighters and eggs at band

    NEW YORK (Billboard) -- Iron Maiden's manager has condemned Ozzfest fans who pelted the band with debris during its performance at the hard rock festival's weekend stop near Los Angeles. The British metal veterans also endured periodic outages of the sound system, and Ozzfest organizer Sharon Osbourne came on stage afterwards to call Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson a "prick" for allegedly berating her husband, Ozzy Osbourne. Sunday's dramatic show in San Bernardino, California, was Iron Maiden's last on the Ozzfest tour; Velvet Revolver has joined the lineup in its place.

    "In 30 years in this business and after hundreds of gigs I have never seen anything anywhere near as disgusting and unprofessional as what went on that night," Ron Smallwood said on Maiden's Web site (www.ironmaiden.com).

    "The scale, viciousness and concentration of the throwing made it obvious that this was a premeditated and coordinated attack. Assaulting musicians while performing by throwing bottle tops, lighters and eggs at them from just a few yards away is vile, dangerous, criminal and cowardly."

    Without naming names, Smallwood says he knew who was responsible for attempting to sabotage Iron Maiden's set, audio and video clips of which have begun circulating online.

    "Those who participated or stood idly by and watched as all this went down should also be ashamed of themselves and I would certainly hope they never come near a tour with which we are involved," Smallwood added.

    "If l had any sort of problem or misunderstanding with a band working on a tour we were involved in I would go and talk to them or their manager -- not wait until the end of a tour and assault and ambush them," he continued. Metal Maniacs

  • OZZFEST, Hang Your Head In Shame: The Backstage Perspective

    The manager of a well-known heavy metal band (NOT IRON MAIDEN) who attended this past weekend's Ozzfest show at the Hyundai Pavillion in Devore, California has submitted the following first-hand account of the evening that will surely go down as one of the most shameful moments in recent rock history (NOTE: at his request, the author's identity is being protected by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):

    "Saturday night's Ozzfest at the Hyundai Pavillion near Los Angeles was a debacle on so many levels, I am still in shock as I write this. As a fan of many of the bands [Saturday] night, one can only hope this was an isolated incident, but sadly, it most likely wasn't. As many of you have heard already, co-headliners and metal legends IRON MAIDEN were pelted with eggs, bottle caps, beer cups, spit on, had people from the Ozzfest camp talking over the PA during their set, had 'Eddie' delayed from his onstage entrance, had members of the [BLACK LABEL SOCIETY] entourage rush the stage with American flags, and had the PA intentionally turned off over 6 times, all by the OSBOURNE CAMP.

    "While it's still unclear as to the exact reasons why the terrorizing started (rumors abounded as to why, with everything from Bruce calling out Ozzy in the UK rock magazine Kerrang! on the widely known fact that Ozzy uses a teleprompter, to various vague references said on stage about a 'reality show' at an Ozzfest stop in Detroit), one thing was very clear: The whole thing stunk, and left me, and nearly all of the 40,000+ heavy metal fans in attendance angered and disappointed. Not that behind the scenes bickering or magazine trash talking is anything new to rock fans, but the shocking lack of professionalism at one of the largest stops in North America in front of 40,000 + spectators, at the hand of the Osbournes was nothing short of disgusting.

    "It all began early in the afternoon, when many side stage bands were openly approached in clear view of everyone backstage by Sharon and Kelly Osbourne to 'join them in throwing eggs at IRON MAIDEN this evening.' All the bands were encouraged to rally the other side stage bands to do so. Members and/or friends of the hardcore band BURY YOUR DEAD were seen actively trying to encourage other side stage bands to 'join in the fun.' Thankfully, many side stage bands angrily declined.

    "Later that evening, as IRON MAIDEN came on stage, their intro was interrupted by [BLACK LABEL SOCIETY] hanger-on and biker wannabe Big Dave, who was at the soundboard loudly chanting 'Ozzy, Ozzy' over the PA. MAIDEN opened their set and the entire band was pelted from the front row with eggs, beer, beer cups, spit and various other objects by an Ozzfest-credentialed, bandana-wearing, Osbourne entourage. IRON MAIDEN, ever the professionals, continued through their set, and by the time they launched into their second song, 'The Trooper,' Bruce changed into a civil war-era, red coat and began waving a Union Jack  British flag. Then, someone in, or associated with, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY tried to rush the stage waving and American Flag with the words 'Don't fuck with Ozzy' scrawled across his bare chest. He was tackled and beaten by MAIDEN crew and promptly thrown off stage.

    "As 'The Trooper' ended, frontman Bruce Dickinson, with characteristic spunk, launched into a scathing attack on the people terrorizing his band, calling them 'a sorry excuse for an Ozzy Osbourne fan,' and wondering aloud how, 'three dozen eggs could get snuck into the front row of Ozzfest by people with Ozzfest laminates?' Though he never named names, all in attendance could understand who he was referring to. Nicko McBrain ran up to the front asking Bruce to hold on while he cleaned egg off his drums. He then stated the the next song wouldn't be heard on 'Your local cocksucking corporate radio station, wouldn't be seen on MTV anymore, and sure as hell wouldn't be played on a fucking reality TV show,' met by a huge roar from the crowd.

    "During the song 'Hallowed Be Thy Name,' Bruce, after only the first two lines, stopped singing and ran to the front row, firing back at his terrorizers, saying 'That asswipe right there, with the curly hair, the fucking glasses, and Ozzfest laminate throw his fucking ass out of here right now. It's gonna take more than eggs to stop IRON MAIDEN, and if it wasn't for a lawsuit, I'd rip your fucking head off right now, you piece of shit!!!' He had the various attackers ejected and continued with a blistering version of the song until right before the big sing long at the end, the PA was INTENTIONALLY cut off. When it came back, Bruce launched into another scathing attack saying that they were supposed to play a shorter set than normal today, and only play 55 minutes, but IRON MAIDEN can't drive 55, or play 55, and were going to play our whole fucking set tonight.

    "The band endured six more 'PA cuts,' including having the power to their amps turned off at one point. When the PA would come back on, they would simply launch into the next IRON MAIDEN classic, never missing a beat. Frankly, with every PA cut, the band just got meaner and meaner, playing each new song with an anger and a fire that was at times, simply astonishing to watch. Bruce began the introduction to IRON MAIDEN with a speech about 'Your constitution has something about 'We The People.' Well let me tell you, the only reason we are up here tolerating this bullshit, is because of you people. You have been amazing Glen Helen, and there are A LOT of IRON MAIDEN fans here tonight,' eliciting a huge roar from the crowd. He continued, 'It's gonna take more than eggs to stop IRON MAIDEN, NOTHING is going to come between us and our fans, and it will be death before dishonor, this is 'Iron fucking Maiden',' which was greeted by a thunderous applause. During 'Iron Maiden,' longtime MAIDEN mascot Eddie was purposely delayed from making his entrance, making a brief appearance at the end, and one could only wonder as to how. As the band closed there set with a furious version of 'Sanctuary,' the PA was again cut only to have Big Dave repeatedly chant 'Ozzy' over the PA, while the band tried to say goodbye to their fans. The now-furious crowd angrily drowned him out with chants of 'MAIDEN, MAIDEN.'

    "Then, not 10 seconds after MAIDEN left the stage, Sharon Osbourne walked on stage and predictably, tried to give MAIDEN some fake, half-hearted praise about how they'd like to 'thank IRON MAIDEN,' and what a wonderful band IRON MAIDEN are, and how their crew were 'fantastic,' then sneering, 'But Bruce Dickinson is a prick.' The entire crowd, now fed up with the entire affair, began loudly booing her, pelting her with beer cups, and yelling 'bitch.' She tried to carry on, adding that 'Bruce had disrespected Ozzfest,' only to be drowned out by an ocean of boos, and soaked with beer. She slammed the microphone down and stormed off stage. Many in the crowd, fed up with what they had just witnessed, especially considering that many had come solely for MAIDEN, and paid upwards of $150 to do so, left in droves. SABBATH played to maybe half the audience that was there prior, and seemed stagnate compared to the band preceding them. As a huge fan of SABBATH, I honestly couldn't stand to watch them.

    "I've seen IRON MAIDEN probably 10 times in my life, and frankly this was the very best IRON MAIDEN show I've had the pleasure of witnessing. You DON'T want to fuck with IRON MAIDEN. The more the Osbournes tried to fuck with them, the better they got! IRON MAIDEN was on fucking overdrive! Considering the amount of terrorizing and intimidation that IRON MAIDEN had to deal with at the hands of the Osbournes and the other side stage and main stage bands participating, they were the consummate professionals. They had the crowd in the palms of their hands, and IRON MAIDEN and Bruce Dickinson proved beyond a shadow of a doubt why they are the greatest metal band on earth right now, and quite possibly, the classiest, too.

    "The Osbournes are drunk with power. Shame on them, and shame on ANY of the bands that participated in the terrorizing and intimidation. It was disgusting display, that NO BAND should have had to endure, but especially a legend like IRON MAIDEN. That fact that it happened in front of 40,000+ people, at a Clear Channel-sponsored event, while Hyundai Pavilion Security turned a blind eye and let the Osbourne camp pelt one of the main headlining bands with eggs, beer, and spit, was simply inexcusable.

    "I will proudly be attending next year's MAIDEN fest, and as much as I hate to say it, I can't bring myself to spend another dime on the Osbournes.

    "Ozzfest, hang your head in shame." Metal Maniacs


    "THERION stands alone in its fusion of the operatic chorale and heavy metal. Lemuria / Sirius B is the greatest double-album of the century." - Metal Maniacs

    Grandiose, esoteric, unique, extreme... Germany's THERION is an amalgamation of sound that blurs the boundaries between metal & classical music, and epic film scores.

    A pioneer with respect to symphonic metal, founding member / songwriter / composer Christofer Johnsson knows that to defy the conventions of music is to guarantee something spectacular. More than anyone, Christofer knows that beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, but his music urges us to realize that beauty is bound only by the creative limits of the individual.

    THERION initiate North America
    8/29 Meow Meow Portland, OR
    8/30 Studio Seven Seattle, WA
    8/31 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC CANADA
    9/02 Starlite Room Edmonton, AB CANADA
    9/03 Warehouse Calgary, AB CANADA
    9/05 Pyramid Winnipeg, MB CANADA
    9/06 Ascot Room Minnesota, MN
    9/07 House of Blues Chicago, IL
    9/08 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
    9/09 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
    9/10 The Opera House Toronto, ON CANADA
    9/11 L'Imperial Quebec City, QC CANADA
    9/12 Medley Montreal, QC CANADA
    9/13 The Palladium Worcester, MA
    9/14 B.B. Kings Blues Club New York, NY
    9/15 The Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
    9/16 Jaxx West Springfield, VA
    9/17 Earthlink Live Atlanta, GA (PROG POWER FESTIVAL)
    9/18 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL
    9/19 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
    9/20 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
    9/21 Ridgies Theatre Ft. Worth, TX
    9/23 The Clubhouse Tempe, AZ
    9/24 The Galaxy Theatre Santa Ana, CA
    9/25 The Key Club Los Angeles, CA
    9/26 The Pound at Pier 96 San Francisco, CA
    9/28 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
    9/29 Ranch Bowl Omaha, NE
    9/30 Pop's Sauget, IL
    10/1 Harpo's Concert Theatre Detroit, MI
    10/2 The Drink London, ON CANADA
    10/3 Barrymore's Ottawa, ON CANADA
    10/4 Webster Theater Hartford, CT
    10/5 The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY
    10/6 lbie's Bar Utica, NY
    10/8 Live 'n' Louder Rock Mexico City, MEXICO

    Metal Maniacs

  • Ex - Celtic Frost Guitarist Talks About Solo Project: SUBSONIC

    "While there's nothing new under the sun, it's obvious that the world is experiencing a highly evolutionary period. Tyrannies and shams promoting parish-pump politics remind us that our most endangered species remains those who think for themselves. Even though I'm intrigued by many musical styles, it felt 'right' to record a rock release and I'm very comfortable in that skin. No Such Soul celebrates an idealism that continues to validate rock music's existence on this planet.

    I wanted the material to reflect the positive side of being an individual. Even if there's someone on TV telling you you're screwed, the computer-generated fighter planes and pie graphs don't necessarily make it so. Life can be tough and that's why having fun was invented. This music looks at the darker side of society and reaffirms how liberating and essential satire is as a way of finding your own light." - RM

    Ron joined the Celtic Frost lineup after the release of Into the Pandemonium and became CF's lead guitarist, thus fulfilling a long-planned goal of the band (Having two guitar players in order to create a fuller sound for live performances and future recordings.) Ron's presence within the band was heavily overshadowed due to the hardships CF was facing at that time. Although he was only in the band for some months, Ron's contributions turned out to be quite immense. He was a key element which influenced and helped change the band's sound. He later returned to Celtic Frost unofficially to help compose and record Vanity/Nemesis in Berlin. This proved to be highly charged setting for a band like Frost. The Berlin Wall quite literally came down during these sessions and the band witnessed this first hand. Ron's tenure with Celtic Frost at that point would be only the recording of the Vanity/Nemesis album. And it's documented in the book by CF founder Tom Gabriel Fischer within the pages of the Frost biography Are you Morbid? "What really lifts him (Ron Marks) above any other contender is his extraordinary guitar playing, executed with the feel of someone who has a God-given talent for the instrument...His musical horizons extend and eclipse Martins and my own technical capabilities."


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  • VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour passed away

    Friday night (August 26) at approximately 11:45 p.m. due to complications from advanced colon cancer — so advanced that the disease had spread to his liver. D'Amour slipped into a coma Thursday night and died less than 24 hours later in the palliative care unit of a Montreal hospital, surrounded by family and friends. He was 45 years old.

    Quebec City newspaper Le Soleil reported yesterday that D'Amour — who was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier in the summer — first entered the hospital for a routine operation, but several complications led his doctors to suspect more problems. Then the grim verdict was revealed: the cancer, already too advanced, was inoperable.

    Only two months ago, D'Amour was in the studio working on the 14th album from the Canadian thrash-metal pioneers VOIVOD. More than two dozen tracks are believed to have been demoed for the CD, for which the group recently inked a deal with The End Records. However, the band were forced to put studio work on hold while bassist Jason Newsted (ex-METALLICA) was treated for tendonitis.

    In a recent interview with Billboard.com, Newsted spoke about the material slated to appear on the group's next CD. "It's the most complete demos I've ever been involved in," he said. "[VOIVOD singer] Snake has already chosen his effects — exact timing of milliseconds for delay. We've had a long time to develop the demos, so there's about 23 or 25 songs that are absolutely listenable right now."

    Newsted was a huge fan of VOIVOD before he was invited to join and he remains a great admirer to this day. "They created something a long, long time ago that may have been emulated many, many times since — but nobody can do it like the original," he offered.

    Prior to his hospitalization, D'Amour laid down guitar tracks for a reunion CD from the legendary AUT'CHOSE, a '70s band from Montreal. That album is expected to surface next summer.

    Former VOIVOD bassist Jean-Yves Theriault (a.k.a. Blacky) has issued the following statement regarding the passing of VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour:

    "Life does not always turn out the way you expect. Mine and the lives of many of my friends from Jonquiere were certainly influenced by one specific person, Denis D'Amour. He was a mentor and a hero for many of us. He was my best friend.

    "I have dreaded the arrival of this day for a while now. My old bandmate is gone. He passed away last night at peace with himself and without pain. Until the very end he was both a sweetheart and a real rocker, without compromise.

    "I am so grateful that I had the chance to let him know how much he meant to me and how much I loved him. Denis did not live to see his last artistic effort released but the rest of us will appreciate it all the more.

    "Long live Denis D'Amour. Long live Piggy."

  • SUFFOCATION tour dates:
    North American Tour:

    Oct. 01 - Houston, TX @ Mary Jane's (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Oct. 02 - McAllen, TX @ Villa Real Convention Center (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Oct. 04 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Oct. 05 - Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Oct. 06 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Oct. 07 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Oct. 08 - San Diego, CA @ Soma (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Oct. 11 - Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues (w/ CRYPTOPSY, CATTLE DECAPITATION, ABORTED)
    Oct. 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Oct. 13 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED, WITH PASSION)
    Oct. 14 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Oct. 15 - Portland, OR @ Loveland (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Oct. 16 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Oct. 17 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar Night Club (w/ CRYPTOPSY, WITH PASSION, ABORTED)
    Oct. 18 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Oct. 19 - Prince George, BC @ The Generator (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Oct. 20 - Calgary, AB @ The Warehouse (w/ CRYPTOPSY, WITH PASSION, ABORTED)
    Oct. 21 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlight (w/ CRYPTOPSY, WITH PASSION, ABORTED)
    Oct. 22 - Regina, SK @ Riddel Center (w/ CRYPTOPSY, WITH PASSION, ABORTED)
    Oct. 23 - Saskatoon, SK @ The Roxy (w/ CRYPTOPSY, WITH PASSION, ABORTED)
    Oct. 24 - Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret (w/ CRYPTOPSY, WITH PASSION, ABORTED)
    Oct. 25 - Minneapolis, MN @ Ascot Room (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Oct. 26 - Chicago Heights, IL @ Mr. Kelleys (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Oct. 27 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Oct. 28 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Oct. 29 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House (w/ CRYPTOPSY, WITH PASSION, ABORTED)
    Oct. 30 - Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall (w/ CRYPTOPSY, WITH PASSION, ABORTED)
    Oct. 31 - Royun-Noranda, QC @ Petit Theatre Du Vieux Noranda (w/ CRYPTOPSY, VADER, WITH PASSION, ABORTED)
    Nov. 01 - Chicoutimi, QC @ Poly Laure Conan (w/ CRYPTOPSY, VADER, WITH PASSION, ABORTED)
    Nov. 02 - Rimouski, QC @ Le Coudee (w/ CRYPTOPSY, VADER, WITH PASSION, ABORTED)
    Nov. 03 - Quebec City, QC @ L'Imperial (w/ CRYPTOPSY, VADER, WITH PASSION, ABORTED)
    Nov. 04 - Montreal, QC @ Ascot Room (w/ CRYPTOPSY, VADER, WITH PASSION, ABORTED)
    Nov. 05 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (w/ CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED)
    Nov. 06 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx (w/ CRYPTOPSY, VADER, DECAPITATED, ABORTED)
    Nov. 07 - New York, NY @ BB King's Blues Club (w/ CRYPTOPSY, VADER, DECAPITATED, ABORTED)




    HOLLYWOOD (August 29, 2005) – “Songs For Sanity” is a follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed “Vertigo.” On this phenomenal new record, 5 exhibits incredible diversity as a writer and guitarist. The album also further showcases him to be one of the most technically advanced guitarists in the business today. Fans of driving rhythms and ear-catching, over the top, guitar work will keep this in their CD player for months on end.

    John 5 offers a fresh approach to guitar instrumental music on his new CD, which features a guest guitar solo from two of legendary guitarists - Steve Vai and Albert Lee. “With these two particular guitar players, they were both, from the first time I heard them, was a life changing experience for me. It is a true honor to have on them on record, ” explains John 5.

    John 5 came to the Shrapnel label after creating a worldwide following as a widely respected guitarist with such platinum artists as Marilyn Manson, David Lee Roth, and Rob Halford. These prior gigs were before taking his notoriety to the next level with the release of “Vertigo”, an album that many guitar fans described as “the guitar album of the new millennium”. John 5’s eclectic influences combine for a truly unique guitar oriented record that once again sets new standards in the genre. With guitar sales near an all time high and last year’s “Vertigo” still among Shrapnel’s current best sellers. ‘Songs For Sanity’ is sure to be the next top seller~


  • AT ALL COST - COMBAT RECORDS Press release.

    COMBAT Records Announces the Release of "It's Time To Decide," the New Full-Length Album From At All Cost In-Stores September 20, 2005

    COMBAT Records announces the release of the first full-length album by At All Cost titled "It's Time To Decide," on September 20th. The recently resurrected COMBAT Records is a joint venture between KOCH Records and Entertainment Services Unlimited.

    Austin, TX-based At All Cost (Trey Ramirez, Andrew Collins, Grant Anderson, Bobby Andrews and Michael Theobald) previously released an EP on Fiddler Records. Alternative Press gave the EP 4 out of 5 stars, and noted, "... it's the little things that set AAC apart."

    The band recorded "It's Time To Decide" with Rory Phillips (Recover, The Rise, The Hire), and the album fuses the intensity of metal, the energy of rock and roll, the ideology of a progressive intellectual movement and the spirit of experimentation, to push the boundaries of the saturated metal/hardcore genre. The band brings dance moves back to hardcore -- literally. While other bands are triggered by the blast beats and breakdowns, At All Cost bring classical guitars, violins, vocoder and synth effects to one of the most danceable records this genre will encounter. With vocals that ad an entirely new layer to what otherwise will be dubbed as a 'raging mix of metal, hardcore and rock,' At All Cost is the missing link between the 'brutal' and the 'beautiful.'

    The track listing is:
    1. Death To Distraction
    2. The Formula
    3. Human Now
    4. Polish The Nightmare
    5. Right Now
    6. Fabricated
    7. Consider That
    8. The Irony
    9. This Pen
    10. The Hook
    11. It Burns Black
    12. The Return
    13. What Is Left To Inspire?

    Stay tuned for At All Cost tour dates and for some additional COMBAT announcements and news on future releases.

    For more info, check out www.combatrecords.net.

  • 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


    HOLLYWOOD (August 29, 2005) - Due to medical reasons, Great White has been forced to cancel the last 20 dates of their US tour. They will also not perform on the VH1 Metal Mania Stripped tour.

    Great White looks forward to coming back and making up the canceled shows in 2006.

  • EPIPHONE Announces the JAY JAY FRENCH "Twisted Pinkburst" Signature Guitar

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE...Nashville, Tennessee...August 26, 2005 Epiphone announced the new Jay Jay French Twisted Pinkburst Signature Guitar that that instantly distinguishes its as a Twisted Sister inspired model. Based on a Les Paul Standard from Epiphone's prestigious Elitist series, the Twisted Sister inspired model sports the glam rock band's Bone logo on the headstock and guitarist Jay Jay French's name on the truss rod cover.

    Twisted Sister came into the rock-n-roll world in 1987 as a New York based Glam band with theatrics rivaling KISS and a shock factor like none other. Their songs "I Wanna Rock" and "We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore" were hugely successful and the band's extensive touring kept them at the top of the charts. Lead guitarist Jay Jay French's passion for Epiphone guitars goes beyond the stage and is now captured in the Epiphone "Twisted Pinkburst" Jay Jay French Signature Model.

    “I’ve played Les Pauls professionally for 32 years with Twisted Sister,” said Jay Jay French. “I am honored that Epiphone has chosen me and my guitar as the pink burst has been a signature of mine for years. I think that the features on the guitar like the cut out in the back and the pick-ups that are “burst buckers” as well as having all premium parts and assembly done here in the United States as part of the “elite line” are design features that all guitarists will love.”

    The guitar is an exact replica of the 1978 Gibson Les Paul that was custom painted by Steve Carr, Kiss’ original guitar designer, and seen in all of the groundbreaking MTV Twisted Sister videos. The original guitar can also be heard on all of Twisted Sisters’ albums and featured on the two most famous “metal anthems" of the 80s “We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock".

    The Jay Jay French Epiphone Signature model is one of the Elitist series designed for the professional musician seeking the ultimate in performance. As with all Epiphone Elitist models it features premium electronics including pickups made by Gibson USA, Grover machine heads, nickel plated hardware and a bone nut. Other features include an African Mahogany body with a Hard Maple cap, a one-piece Mahogany neck and a Rosewood fingerboard with a 24-3/4" scale length. For added playing comfort, the back of the body has a "belly-scarf" or cutout. The MSRP is $1,768 and includes a premium, hardshell case.Twisted Sister has recently released "Live at Wacken Theater", a DVDPlus containing 105 minutes of live footage from the famous show plus 75 minutes of rare live tracks. For more information about Twisted Sister, go to www.twistedsister.com.

September 16th, 2005
  • UNEARTH announces headlining tour with direct support by Dillinger Escape Plan

    Unearth will be heading out this fall to headline a club tour to begin September 16th in Erie, PA. Nora and A Life Once Lost will be supporting Unearth for the first two dates, with Dillinger Escape Plan, Zao and A Life Once Lost completing the tour.

    Here's what vocalist Trevor Phipps has to say. "We are all looking forward to headlining again. Festival tours are great, but we are stoked to play a full set for all our fans. Also, like I said before we prefer the club atmosphere where there is simply just more energy and a better show from all points. The fact that we are taking out The Dillinger Escape Plan and Zao, two bands we admire greatly for their long and influential history in metal and hardcore, and our good friends in the bad ass band A Life Once Lost, is just an awesome feeling for us all. We are bringing a killer show across the country and it is a tour we are proud to take out."

    w/ Nora, A Life Once Lost, and SINCE THE FLOOD
    9/16 Erie, PA Forward Hall

    w/ Nora, A Life Once Lost, and THE CLASSIC STRUGGLE
    9/17 Lexington, KY Short Street Lounge

    w/ Zao, A Life Once Lost, and THE CLASSIC STRUGGLE
    9/18 Indianapolis, IN Emerson Theatre

    w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan, Zao and A Life Once Lost
    9/20 Ft Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
    9/21 Colorado Springs, CO The Dark Side
    9/23 Chico, CA Senator Theatre
    9/24 Sacramento, CA Colonial Theatre
    9/25 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
    9/26 Anaheim, CA House of Blues Anaheim
    9/27 Lancaster, CA Mr. Ques Billiards
    9/28 Tucson, AZ Coconuts
    9/29 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
    9/30 Oklahoma City, OK Bricktown Live
    10/01 Springfield, MO Rockwell
    10/02 Nashville, TN Rocketown
    10/03 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
    10/05 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
    10/06 Latham, NY Saratoga Winners
    10/07 New Haven, CT Toad's Place
    10/08 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall

    In other news Unearth will be releasing a special edition of The Oncoming Storm, which has already sound scanned over 105,000, with a bonus DVD that will feature the Original EPK - Live at Downtown featuring My Heart Bleeds No Longer, The Great Dividers and Black Hearts Now Reign, as well as interview footage, backstage antics, Eye Of The Oncoming Storm, a behind the scenes look at making The Oncoming Storm, plus all of UNEARTH production videos as seen on MTV and FUSE. This is definitely a must have for any fan of Unearth! In stores October 18th, 2005.


    Metal Maniacs


    Relapse Records recording artists HIGH ON FIRE have announced a US tour in support of their wildly acclaimed album, Blessed Black Wings. The Oakland, CA power trio will team up with EVERY TIME I DIE for a month long, 27-city trek that is scheduled to launch on September 7th in Poughkeepsie, NY.

    HIGH ON FIRE (drummer Des Kensel, guitarist/ vocalist Matt Pike and bassist Joe Preston [ex-MELVINS]), who have toured relentlessly since the release of Blessed Black Wings, just completed a successful nation wide run as part of the inaugural Sounds of the Underground tour alongside OPETH, LAMB OF GOD, CLUTCH and others. The band's latest video, for the Blessed Black Wings roll out track, "Devilution," is in high rotation now at both MTV2 and FUSE.

    Joining HIGH ON FIRE on the EVERY TIME I DIE tour will be a host of artists including The Chariot and The Red Chord. A full listing of tour dates follows this message.

    HIGH ON FIRE tour dates:

    September 7 - 26 w/ Every Time I Die, The Chariot and The Red Chord / September 27 - October 7 w/ Every Time I Die, The Red Chord and The Esoteric

    September 7 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
    September 8 New York, NY Irving Plaza
    September 9 Worcester, MA The Palladium
    September 10 Philadelphia, PA TLA
    September 12 Towson, MD Recher Theater
    September 13 Richmond, VA Alley Katz
    September 14 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
    September 15 Nashville, TN Rockettown
    September 16 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
    September 17 Tampa, GA Masquerade
    September 18 Houston, TX Engine Room
    September 20 Dallas, TX Tress'
    September 21 Austin, TX Emos
    September 23 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater
    September 24 San Diego, CA Soma
    September 25 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
    September 26 San Francisco, CA Slims
    September 27 Portland, OR Loveland
    September 28 Seattle, WA El Corazon
    September 30 Salt Lake City, UT Lo-Fi Cafe
    October 1 Denver, CO Cervantes
    October 2 Lawrence, KS Granada
    October 3 Minneapolis, MN Ascot Room
    October 4 Chicago, IL House of Blues
    October 5 Detroit, MI St. Andrew Halls
    October 6 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
    October 7 Buffalo, NY Sphere Entertainment Complex

    Metal Maniacs

  • TURBONEGRO Unleashes the Party Animals from Within; Announces Fall Tour of the U.S. Coasts

    OSLO, NORWAY - Scandinavia's answer to& ummm& no one (no band comes close), TURBONEGRO are unleashing their newest hard rock opus, the highly-anticipated Party Animals on Abacus Recordings on August 23, 2005. And what better way to prove their power than with a Fall Tour supporting the album starting in Baltimore, MD on October 7th and ending on October 21st in Seattle, WA (see below for tour dates). International Noise Consipiracy and Early Man will support.

    Having rocked the punk scene in Oslo since the late eighties, TURBONEGRO has developed into one of the world's biggest underground rock bands. Releasing seminal, classic albums such as Ass Cobra and Apocalypse Dudes, TURBONEGRO's cult-like status was cemented when they released their album Scandinavian Leather last year. "Most rock n' roll bands start as a riot but end up as a parody. We started up as a parody but ended up as a revolution," said bassist Happy-Tom.

    With the razor-sharp searing "Death from Above" and pounding apocalyptic "Final Warning" (featuring backing vocals by former QOTSA's Nick Olivera), Party Animals continues in TURBONEGRO's savage fashion, but turns up the amps to 13. The frenetic -Wasted Again features Black Flag/Circle Jerks original vocalist Keith Morris whose mere presence instantly adds to the cool quotient.

    Licensed from Burning Heart Records, Abacus Recordings' US version of Party Animals will include the hilarious "Workout" DVD. Clearly an unstoppable punk-rock juggernaut, TURBONEGRO aims to hit the States in October to prove that their album title is no fluke.

    Tour dates:
    10/07 Baltimore, MD Sonar
    10/08 Worcester, MA Palladium
    10/10 Philadelphia, PA Theater of the Living Arts
    10/11 New York, NY Webster Hall
    10/14 Los Angeles, CA Avalon
    10/15 Hollywood, CA Henry Fonda Theater
    (NOTE: this date without International Noise Conspiracy and Early Man)
    10/16 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
    10/18 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
    10/20 Portland, OR Roseland
    10/21 Seattle, WA Showbox

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    SPV is proud to announce the signing of BEYOND FEAR, the brand new hard-hitting metal outfit founded by current Iced Earth and former Judas Priest vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens. The band is preparing to enter the studio to record their debut album for a 2006 release.

    "It feels great to sign with SPV," Owens commented. "I have been with them for quite some time now with Iced Earth, so I know what they can do. It is always nice to have a label that makes you feel like family, and that's what SPV does for you!"

    The band is off to a fast start, having recently announced their participation in a series of American dates with Savatage leader Jon Oliva (Jon Oliva's Pain) and Savatage axeman Chris Caffery. The tour kicks off on September 9, 2005 in Cleveland OH, with remaining dates pending.

    Never one to sit still for long, Owens began forming BEYOND FEAR last year during breaks in the Iced Earth touring schedule. The band also features John Comprix on lead and rhythm guitar, Dennis Hayes (ex-Winters Bane) on bass, Dwane Bihary on rhythm guitar, and drummer Eric Elkins. "This band means a lot to me and I'm having the time of my life doing it," continued Owens. "It's fun when you finally get to do what you want. That being said, let's get this machine called BEYOND FEAR out there for the world to hear and see."

    SPV Managing Director, Manfred Schuetz, explains, "Tim is one of the 5 best singer's in metal. He will deliver an album that will convince everyone. SPV is excited about the worldwide commitment."

    Watch for album and touring updates on BEYOND FEAR coming soon! Metal Maniacs

  • Newsted talks to Billboard about new VOIVOD album on The End Records

    In a recent interview with Billboard.com, Jason Newsted talked about the upcoming Voivod records via The End Records:

    "It's the most complete demos I've ever been involved in," he says. "[Voivod singer] Snake has already chosen his effects -- exact timing of milliseconds for delay. We've had a long time to develop the demos, so there's about 23 or 25 songs that are absolutely listenable right now."

    Like Metallica, Newsted was a huge fan of Voivod before he was invited to join and he remains a great admirer to this day. "They created something a long, long time ago that may have been emulated many, many times since -- but nobody can do it like the original," he offers.

    To read the whole story which discusses all of Jason Newsted's current projects go to:


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    Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of criminal thrash masterminds, RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER. The band's Relapse Records debut, Buried in the Front Yard, will see an October 11th release date.

    The Philadelphia, PA quintet administers waves of relentless energy on Buried in the Front Yard. Spinning speed metal into gold, RsG's Dissection vs. Kreator-esque metal and extreme genre-bending thrash is sure to ignite the moshing hordes of the underground into a sweating - yet bewildered - frenzy!

    RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER frontman, Eli Shaika issued this warning upon the band's signing to Relapse, "Hold onto your wallets...cause we're not fuckin' around!"

    Shaika and the rest of the "orange and black attack" (Matt Moore- Guitar / Shawn Riley - Bass / Ryan Moll- Guitar / Patrick Battaglia - Drums), known for their extremely energetic live performances, will launch a string of east coast live dates this month in anticipation of Buried in the Front Yard's release. The band's first live show since joining the Relapse family will take place on August 19th in Trenton, NJ as part of the 2005 Hellfest, where they will perform alongside labelmates NILE, BURIED INSIDE and THE END. A full listing of RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER tour dates follows this message.


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  • GREEN CARNATION plan first tour of Finland

    Green Carnation is following up the big interest in the band from the Country of the Lakes, when they go to Finland for the first time in late November.

    The dates are as follows: Friday November 25th, Turku, Saturday November 26th, Jyv?skyl?, and Sunday November 27th, Helsinki.

    The Norwegians will join up with Finland's own hotshots Battlelore (www.battlelore.net) for the gigs and fellow Finns Deathlike Silence will be the support act on all three concerts.

    Says singer Kjetil Nordhus, "I think we will all be up for a blast. We have noticed a big interest in the band from Finland and we have been planning this for a while now. All the members are happy it's been confirmed now, so we can start looking forward to this.""And for me, it's going to be great to meet my friends in Battlelore again. I've lived in the same bus as them for three weeks on a previous tour with Trail of Tears, and we all got along extremely well. So that's going to be a big bonus for me personally!""Green Carnation is also hopeful to add another gig on the mini-tour, on Monday November 28th, in Tallinn, Estonia. This is not yet confirmed, though, but check www.greencarnation.no for more news as it happens."

    In other Green Carnation show news, the band will be making their North American debut on October 14th, 2005 in Toronto, Canada as headliners of the Day Of The Equinox festival. For more info on their appearance, go here: www.dayoftheequinox.com


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    Meshuggah announces that it will return to the US alongside God Forbid, The Haunted and Mnemic as part of the Fury of the Fall tour this October. "We're finally coming back to tour the US! We think it's a great package and since it's been two and a half years since we last toured the US we're definitely looking forward to it! When we wrote Catch 33, we never really intended to tour in support of it but now we're actually playing 13 minutes from the album in our set! We've already started writing for the next album and this tour will be kind of a breather in the midst of the writing process. With that said, this will be the only U.S. tour we'll do for the Catch 33 album! It's incredible that we got this great bill to travel with us for the tour; The Haunted, Mnemic and God Forbid! We think this bill will attract a good crowd and with the diversity in styles there's bound to be something for most every fan of extreme music," says Meshuggah.

    God Forbid join the ranks of the tour just as their new album hits the streets on September 20th. Lead guitarist, Doc Coyle comments on the tour: "I have to say that we couldn't have picked a better tour to kick off the IV: Constitution of Treason touring cycle. Meshuggah and The Haunted are bands that have been huge inspirations to God Forbid for years, and to share the same stage is beyond an honor. With the addition of Mnemic will really make this tour something to remember. As the sole American act on this bill, we will do our best to fly the flag for American Heavy Metal! We can't wait to hit the road, have some beers with all these amazing bands and play some intense shows for all the fans while showcasing the new album. It's going to be a blast! See everyone on the road. Peace."

    The Haunted, the legendary Swedish outfit, will be coming off the biggest US tour of their career after playing Ozzfest. Peter Dolving, vocalist for The Haunted, adds: "We just got word that we'll be back in the USA a few weeks after the Ozzfest together with our sick ugly friends of Meshuggah and God Forbid. I think we'll make an honest attempt at awakening Satan and utterly corrupting the innocent minds of the unexpecting American youth. This is going to be sweet. So get ready to buy your tickets, put on your dancing shoes and we'll see you at the disco kids! Kill, kill, kill. All hail. Etc. Or something..."

    Denmark's Mnemic will open up the evening's festivities. "Mnemic is beyond honored to be touring the US with Meshuggah, God Forbid and The Haunted! These guys are true metal pioneers and we're psyched that they've chosen us to hit to the road with them. Get ready for pure audio injection from this heavy package that's gonna tear a hole into the US soil," says the band. Metal Maniacs

  • SEVEN ANGELS Mix New Record

    Seven Angels is mastering its new album Faceless Man to be released in August/September by Metal One records in Brazil. The album was mixed by Silas deGodoy at Nico's studio in Brazil. Silas has worked with Ratos de porao and Dr. Sin. The mastering will be done at Finnvox Studios in Finland by Mika Jussila. The band is is negotiating a distro deal in europe and it's very probable that the album will be available for European market this year. In a few days, a new home page will be uploaded with all this informations and with a new mp3 song!


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    9/13 Colorado Springs, CO Dark Side - headline show
    9/14 Kansas City, KS El Torreon - headline show
    9/15 Mokena (Chicago), IL The Pearl Room
    9/16 Flint, MI Machine Shop - headline show
    9/17 Albany, NY Northern Lights - headline show
    9/18 Boston, MA Fitchburg Airport - WAAF LOCOBAZOOKA


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    The remaining members of Acid Bath approached Rotten Records with the idea to put out unreleased/alternate and demo versions of songs from their cult classic releases, When the Kite String Pops and Paegan Terrorism Tactics. An agreement was reached and you can expect a street date in late Nov. Tentatively titled Hymns of the Needle Freak, this record will contain takes and demo versions of classic Acid Bath songs. Also, Rotten will have the exclusive rights to release a limited edition run of Deadboy and the Elephantmen, If This is Hell, Then I'm Lucky. Look for a release date soon. Metal Maniacs


    Due to circumstances beyond our control, Hellfest has been cancelled. After a full day in court in Burlington County, NJ, Hellfest was unable to meet unreasonable demands brought to Hellfests attention by the Sovereign Bank Arena on August 16, 2005 at 6:21 PM, and to be met by August 17, 2005 at 7:00 AM. Actions were taken and Hellfest had an injunction filed by noon on August 17, 2005, but was overruled by the judge.

    We send our deepest apologies out to the fans and everyone who was involved with the event and want you to be aware that legal action is being taken. For ticket refunds please contact the Sovereign Bank Arena box office.



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  • BRAND NEW SIN To Tour With Black Label Society

    First, they were black and blue. Now, they're back in Black. To cap off a tremendous 2005 that has also seen the group tour alongside Motorhead, Corrosion of Conformity, Zeke, Life of Agony and Scum of the Earth, the Syracuse-based hard rock quintet BRAND NEW SIN have just secured the direct support slot on the upcoming Black Label Society tour, which kicks off in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Oct. 14. This five-week, major market trek will coincide with the release of their new video for upcoming single "Days Are Numbered," shot by acclaimed director Dale Resteghini (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed).

    BRAND NEW SIN - who recently headlined the Syracruise bike rally ("Central New York's largest annual motorcycle event") in their hometown - are no strangers to Black Label Society, who are currently playing to thousands of fans each night on the main stage of Ozzfest. The group played nine shows with Zakk Wylde's band of SDMF's three years ago in support of their self-titled debut, including an infamous Detroit gig at which Black Label Society filmed its first live DVD - a show at which the crowd depleted the venue's entire beer supply.

    "We're happy to be going back out with Black Label," says BRAND NEW SIN front man Joe Altier. "The last time around, we were out for only two weeks. Our bands fit perfectly together, and this is a great chance for us to take it around the entire country."

    BRAND NEW SIN is currently headlining the Revolver magazine-sponsored Summer of Rock tour alongside Dog Faced Gods and Supagroup in support of Recipe For Disaster, their critically acclaimed new album. The tour will be followed by a short trek with Life of Agony, who are currently headlining the Gigantour second stage. Meanwhile, their video for lead Recipe single "Black And Blue," also shot by Resteghini, is currently in heavy rotation on Metal Asylum and Headbangers Ball; it has also been posted online at the location below.

    Bludgeoning riffs and squealing leads are the stuff of which BRAND NEW SIN is made.
    -- Metal Edge

    BRAND NEW SIN w/ Supagroup and Dog Faced Gods
    08/18 Masquerade (Purgatory) Atlanta, GA
    08/20 Boomerz Boiler Room Seminole, FL
    08/21 Jack Rabbits Jacksonville, FL
    08/23 One Eyed Jacks New Orleans, LA
    08/24 Fitzgerald's Houston, TX
    08/26 Stubbs BBQ Austin, TX
    08/27 Ridglea Theater Ft. Worth, TX
    08/29 Creepy Crawl St. Louis, MO
    08/30 Quad City Live Davenport, IA
    08/31 Star Central Columbia Heights
    09/02 Mesa Grand Junction, CO
    09/03 Ultimate Combat Academy Salt Lake City, UT
    09/04 Boogies Boise, ID
    09/05 Studio Seven Seattle, WA
    09/07 Rock and Roll Pizza Portland, WA
    09/09 San Manuel Casino Highland, CA
    09/11 Key Club Los Angeles, CA

    w/ Life Of Agony
    09/13 Dark Side Colorado Springs, CO
    09/14 El Torreon Kansas City, KS
    09/15 The Pearl Room Mokena, IL
    09/16 The Machine Shop Flint, MI
    09/17 Northern Lights Albany, NY
    09/22 Trocadero Philadelphia, PA

    w/ Black Label Society
    10/14 Jannus Landing St. Petersburg, FL
    10/15 Club CinemA Pompano Beach, FL
    10/16 House of Blues - Orlando, FL
    10/18 The Plex Charleston, SC
    10/19 Millennium Center Winston-Salem, NC
    10/21 Nation Washington, DC
    10/22 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
    10/23 Starland Ballroom Sayerville, NJ
    10/25 Avalon Boston, MA
    10/26 Nokia Theater Times Square, NYC
    10/28 Sonar Baltimore, MD
    10/29 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH
    10/30 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
    10/31 The Hippodrome Springfield, MA
    11/2 Bijou Theater Toledo, OH
    11/4 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
    11/5 Bogart's Cincinnati, OH
    11/6 The Rave Milwaukee, WI
    11/8 The Vogue Indianapolis, IN
    11/9 State Theater Detroit, MI
    11/11 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
    11/12 Congress Theater Chicago, IL
    11/13 The Quest Minneapolis, MN
    11/17 House of Blues San Diego, CA
    11/19 The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
    11/20 The Filmore San Francisco, CA

    Official Band Website - www.brandnewsin.org

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    Relapse Records recording artists BURST have completed work on their forthcoming new album, entitled Origo.

    The follow up to the band's celebrated 2003 release, Prey on Life, Origo was recorded at Gothenburg's Music-a-matic studios with producer / engineer Fredrik Reinedahl (BURST, IN FLAMES, CROWPATH) and Henrik Lipp (Kent, Union Carbide Prod., Millencolin, DAD, etc). Origo sees Sweden's brightest metal hopefuls plow headlong into their sophomore effort with flowing grace and force of conviction. The album's lush layers of sound crush and caress in equal measure as fragile, melodic vocals intertwine with explosive screams, while waves of guitar weave complex, commanding music. For fans of OPETH, MASTODON, ISIS, NEUROSIS, PELICAN and the like, BURST's Origo is a must-hear. Origo will see release dates of October 17th in the UK and October 24th in the rest of Europe. An early 2006 US release date is expected.

    Immediately following the album's release, the band will launch a UK headlining tour that will kick off on October 24th in Manchester. The band graduates to headlining status following successful UK support dates for labelmates MASTODON and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. A full listing of just-announced BURST tour dates follows this message.


    October 24 Manchester, England (UK) Star and Garter
    October 25 Glasgow, England (UK) Barfly
    October 26 Birmingham, England (UK) Bar Academy
    October 27 London, England (UK) Barfly
    October 28 Exeter, England (UK) TBA
    October 29 Nottingham, England (UK) Rock City

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  • Vinland Saga World Tour Part I

    From Atlantis to Vinland - Leaves' Eyes & Atrocity live in America!
    30.09.2005 USA - Detroit, MI / Harpos
    01.10.2005 USA - Chicago, IL / 'Windy City Invitational' Festival
    02.10.2005 USA - Cleveland, OH / Phantasy
    03.10.2005 USA - Hartford, CT / Toads
    04.10.2005 USA - New York, NY / CBGB
    05.10.2005 USA - Providence, RI / Lupos
    06.10.2005 USA - Bufallo, NY /Infinity
    07.10.2005 CAN - Toronto, ONT / Opera House
    08.10.2005 CAN - Montreal, QUE / Foufounes
    09.10.2005 USA - :Worcester, MA / 'Rock and Shock' Festival
    Further Information: www.iemftour.com

    Leaves' Eyes dates:
    20.08. D Berlin K17 Atrocity
    04.09. NL Heerhugowaard Mixtream Festival Lunaloop, DJ ZorQ, etc.
    08.09. MEX Mexico City Circo Volador Lacrimosa
    09.09. MEX Mexico City Circo Volador Lacrimosa
    10.09. MEX Monterrey Cafe Iguana Atrocity
    17.09. NL Steenwijk Theater De Meenthe Within Temptation
    18.09. UK London Electrowerkz Atrocity
    22.09. UK Bradford Rios Paradise Lost
    23.09. UK Glasgow Garage Paradise Lost
    24.09. UK Leicester Charlotte Paradise Lost
    26.09. UK Peterborough Met Lounge Paradise Lost
    27.09. UK Dudley JBS Paradise Lost
    28.09. UK Manchester Academy 3 Paradise Lost
    30.09. USA Detroit, MI Harpos God Dethroned, Atrocity
    01.10. USA Chicago, IL Windy City Invitational God Dethroned,
    02.10. USA Cleveland, OH Phantasy God Dethroned, Atrocity
    03.10. USA Hartford, CT Toads God Dethroned, Atrocity
    04.10. USA New York, NY CBGB God Dethroned, Atrocity
    05.10. USA Providence, RI Lupos God Dethroned, Atrocity
    06.10. USA Bufallo, NY Infinity God Dethroned, Atrocity
    07.10. CAN Toronto, ONT Opera House God Dethroned, Atrocity
    08.10. CAN Montreal, QUE Foufounes God Dethroned, Atrocity
    09.10. USA Worcester, MA 'Rock and Shock' Fest. God Dethroned,
    21.10 D Bochum Zeche Xandria
    22.10. B Wieze Metal Female Voices 3 Lacuna Coil, etc.
    28.10. D Erfurt Stadtgarten Subway to Sally
    29.10. D Andernach JUZ Subway to Sally
    30.10. D Kehlheim Sporthalle Subway to Sally
    31.10. D Lindau Club Vaudeville Subway to Sally
    02.12. RUS St.Petersburg Port Club Atrocity
    03.12. RUS Moscow Point Club Atrocity
    10.12. CH Islikon C4 Atrocity
    15.12. D Karlsruhe Festhalle Durlach Subway to Sally
    16.12. D Munich Tonhalle Subway to Sally
    17.12. A Vienna Arena Subway to Sally
    18.12. D Dresden Alter Schlachthof Subway to Sally
    19.12. D Frankfurt Batschkapp Subway to Sally
    20.12. D Köln Live Music Hall Subway to Sally
    21.12. D Dortmund Soundgarden Subway to Sally
    26.12. D Losheim/Saar Alte Eisenbahnhalle Subway to Sally
    27.12. D Bremen Aladin Subway to Sally
    28.12. D Braunschweig Jolly Joker Subway to Sally
    29.12. D B. Salzungen Pressenwerk Subway to Sally
    30.12. D Potsdam Lindenpark Subway to Sally

  • "Noised" is the last ever PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE record as a duo. SM Kalwa has left the band to pursue other interests. This swan song PNE album includes a completely reworked and remastered "Rauschen" record plus six new tracks including a great cover version of Motorhead's "Hellraiser".

    Experience this pioneer duo's last historic contribution to the genre.


  • 80's Italian Metal Legion Festival

    Live performance of leggendary and cult italian bands from 1980's, the event brings together bands, fans, and music journalists for a long nights of good music. Stands of albums, cd's ,memorabilia, food and drinks.

    Festival access tickets 5 euro!



    "WILD NIGHT HAWKS" Music Club - Brendola (Vicenza) North Italy

    saturday 01 OCTOBER 2005

    Sunday 02 OCTOBER 2005


    "WILD NIGHT HAWKS" Music Club
    Via Galilei 26/i , Brendola (Vicenza) Italy

  • OBTEST – I_ Kartos _ Kart_ LP/CD

    September 1st is the release date of the long awaited third full length album of Lithuanian heathen metal stalwarts - OBTEST. Each one of nine songs stands on its own with trademarked OBTEST melodies, raging guitar leads, precise barbaric rhythmics and epic choruses, bringing forth yet unheard catchiness of heathen war heavy metal. All additional details – in attached press release.

    Shipping of actual CD starts August 29th. Orders are welcome!

    We still have some promos to spare - feel free to ask for one, giving first some fair sample of your work, not forgetting that we have a right to choose the most professional medias to work with, and ignore the rest.

    CD release party will take place in Setas café [Sv. Jono 7, Vilnius] on September 1st, everybody is welcome to raise a glass of beer and say cheers.

    I_ Kartos _ Kart_ will be presented live as well, on October 1st in Mulen Ruzas [Mykolaicio-Putino 5, Vilnius], where OBTEST for the first time in their career will play exclusive two parts set with a second guitarist, supported by other pagan metal bands from Latvia and Lithuania, including the glorious SkyForger.

    New European tour is in plans for spring 2006, and individual shows in Czechia, Slovakia, Ireland, England, Latvia, etc. are in preparation for 2005/2006 season.




    HOLLYWOOD (August 21, 2005) – “Songs For Sanity” is a follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed “Vertigo.” On this phenomenal new record, 5 exhibits incredible diversity as a writer and guitarist. The album also further showcases him to be one of the most technically advanced guitarists in the business today. Fans of driving rhythms and ear-catching, over the top, guitar work will keep this in their CD player for months on end.

    John 5 offers a fresh approach to guitar instrumental music on his new CD, which features a guest guitar solo from two of legendary guitarists - Steve Vai and Albert Lee. “With these two particular guitar players, they were both, from the first time I heard them, was a life changing experience for me. It is a true honor to have on them on record, ” explains John 5.

    John 5 came to the Shrapnel label after creating a worldwide following as a widely respected guitarist with such platinum artists as Marilyn Manson, David Lee Roth, and Rob Halford. These prior gigs were before taking his notoriety to the next level with the release of “Vertigo”, an album that many guitar fans described as “the guitar album of the new millennium”. John 5’s eclectic influences combine for a truly unique guitar oriented record that once again sets new standards in the genre. With guitar sales near an all time high and last year’s “Vertigo” still among Shrapnel’s current best sellers. ‘Songs For Sanity’ is sure to be the next top seller~


    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records confirms October 4 as the American release date for the new studio album from Norway's 1349. Titled Hellfire, it is the third studio album from the rapidly growing black metal band.

    Recorded at Studio Studio in Nyhagen, Norway, Hellfire is already expected to be a highly regarded and fan sought recording early on in its initial release. And with a European tour already booked with US labelmates Gorgoroth (new album coming February 2006), could US fans finally witness this rising, molten beast?

    All Music Guide calls their music, “a nasty, harsh, brutally skullcrushing blast of Scandinavian death metal/black metal.” Pit Magazine says, “this is raw, hyper-blasting blasphemy with awesome riffs and scathing vocals.” Metal Maniacs concludes, “the music grates and grinds at superhuman speeds, rarely easing up... essential listening.”

    Formed in 1997, 1349 features vocalist Ravn, guitarists Tjalve and Archaon, bassist Seidemann and drummer Frost. Their Candlelight debut, Liberation, was released in 2003. Returning in 2004, the band recorded Beyond the Apocalypse. With Hellfire, a priority for Candlelight through 2006, 1349 are sure to open their already respectable fanbase.

    Confirmed track listing for Hellfire is: I Am Abomination, Nathicana, Sculptor of Flesh, Celestial Deconstruction, To Rottendom, From the Deeps, Slaves to Slaughter, Hellfire.


    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records confirms October 4 as the American release date for the new studio album from Norway's Grimfist. Titled Ten Steps to Hell, it is the second studio album from the rapidly growing extreme metal band.

    Recorded at Subsonic Society Studios (Dismember, Susperia) and mixed at Studio Fredman (In Flames, The Haunted), Ten Steps to Hell is riff assault. Guitars and vocals both firmly presented in-your-face style wrap around an intense rhythm that recalls what made the initial thrash genre so energetic. And talk about drums! Let your ears bear witness to the human machine (the album debutting new drummer Christian Svendsen).

    Formed in 2001, Grimfist’s debut, Ghouls of Grandeur, was a death metal bitch slap that instantly impressed metal legions around the world. Digital Metal called the record “pure death metal fury,” while Orlando Weekly says, “Grimfist ruthlessly pounds out a combination of bloodcurdling death rage and rumblingly heavy thrash.” Featuring guitarist Ole Walaunet, vocalist Frediablo and original drummer (ex-Immortal) Horgh, the Peter Tagtgren-produced album remains one of Candlelight’s best sounding recordsl. Returning with Ten Steps to Hell, this three-piece further confirm their determination with a record that is molten and metal to the bloody core.

    Confirmed track listing for Ten Steps to Hell is: The Power, Separation of My Soul, Breed Apart, Unborn (Intro), Unborn, The Ashes of the Gods, Reep the Fire, Touched by a Shadow of Evil, Tools of the Trade, Fight or Die.


    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records confirms November 29 as the American release date for the new studio album from Sweden's Dark Funeral. Titled Attera Totus Sanctus, it is the fourth studio album from the widely respected black metal band.

    Recorded at Dug Out Studios and produced by the renowned Daniel Bergstrand, Attera Totus Sanctus is surely Dark Funeral's most eagerly anticipated recording in their now decade-long career. Raw, fierce, and evil it will rightly reclaim the unholy band’s title at the top of black metal’s premiere elite. Early reviews already have journalists citing, “Dark Funeral give the word "uncompromise" a whole new meaning.” The record explodes “with hate, anger, apocalypse and speed.”

    Sweden’s Dark Funeral are without doubt one of the most notorius and highly regarded of the black metal genre. They epitomize the dark essence that is and always will be at the true heart of the European scene. Dating to 1993, the band quickly established themselves as a band to watch. Their performances have become legend, witnessed by fans around the globe. Blood, corpse paint and ancient weaponry as a dominating backdrop to the band’s fast and intricate music, fans walk away with a vivid spectacle that few of their peers can match.

    Confirmed track listing for Attera Totus Sanctus is: Angel Flesh Impaled, 666 Voices Inside, Attera Totus Sanctus, Atrum Regina, Godhate, Angel Invasion (Destroyed, Erased), King Antichrist, Final Ritual
    Dark Funeral currently features vocalist/bassist Emperor Magnus Caligula, guiatirst Lord Ahriman, guitarist Chaq Mol, and drummer Matte Modin. Attero Totus Sanctus features guest perfromance by bassist Gustaf Hielm (ex-Meshuggah).


    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records confirms October 18 as the American release date for the new studio album from Norway's Khold. Titled Krek, it is the fourth studio album from the widely respected black metal band.

    Sonicly robust, Krek surrounds the listener with its nocturnal sophistication and sheer intensity. Deceivingly simplistic (a band characteristic), each instrument is allowed to engulf one with every single note. Add to the soundscape Gard’s (vocalist) commanding performance. Again with lyrics (recorded as well) in Norwegian, the charm of the material is surely their strongest material to date.

    Formed in 2000, Khold is one of the most unique bands in the extreme metal genre. Digital Metal notes, “a measured form of aggression; a mid-paced mauling that hits slow, strikes fast, and leaves you bludgeoned.” Aversionline adds, “this band has a more intriguing and effective artistic vision... this embodies a true progression of black metal's original essence.” Their 2004 release, Morke Graves Kammer, was their first with proper US distribution. Well received with media accolades from Metal Maniacs, Brave Words Bloody Knuckles, Unrestrained, Digital Metal and more, it signalled a great start for this still cult but highly regarded band.

    Confirmed track listing for Krek is: Krek, Blod og Blek, Innestengt I Eikekiste Oskorei, Byrde, Lysets Flukt, Grepet Om Kniven, Midvinterblot, Varde, Silur Wie.

  • NAPALM DEATH Video Posted

    Premiering worldwide today is the riot-inciting video for Napalm Death’s song “The Silence Is Deafening” from The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code. Directed by Roger Johansson (Dark Tranquillity, In Flames) the video captures the band’s high-energy live performance along with their trademark critical look at world politics. You can watch it in streaming video here.

    Returning Napalm Death to kings of grindcore’s mountain, Decibel Magazine said of The Code…, “extreme music’s key progenitors are back at it with one of their most roots-embracing, blast-beat fueled, hardcore punk rodeo rides since the band’s inception.” Demonstrating “…a technical proficiency sometimes approaching incomprehensibility…” (Outburn) the band are set to invade the East Coast throughout the month of September with Obituary and Dead To Fall. For more information please contact me directly.

    W/Obituary, Dead to Fall

    09/01 Jaxx- West Springfield, VA
    09/02 Starland Ballroom- Sayreville, NJ
    09/03 The Palladium- Worcester, MA
    09/04 Webster Theatre- Hartford, CT
    09/06 BB King’s- New York, NY
    09/07 Trocadero- Philadelphia, PA
    09/09 Newport Music Hall- Columbus, OH
    09/10 House of Blues- Cleveland, OH
    09/12 Metro- Chicago, IL
    09/13 First Avenue- Minneapolis, MN
    09/14 Eagle’s Club- Milwaukee, WI
    09/16 Masquerade- Atlanta, GA
    09/17 Jannus Landing- St Petersburg, FL
    09/18 Revolution- Ft Lauderdale, FL

  • The End Records, already known for its eclectic cutting-edge roster, has signed the legendary VOIVOD for the USA. Hailed as one of the most important groundbreakers in metal, Voivod's ever-evolving progressive mindset is a perfect fit for The End.

    The band will enter the studio in the fall of 2005. Release date for the band's 11th studio album is not yet confirmed, but should appear sometime in early 2006.

    Drummer Michel Langevin (aka Away) confirms that the band has completed the writing of the album, describing the material as "heavy" and "experimental". Regarding the new partnership, Voivod states: "We are very proud to join The End Records in their quest to promote modern heavy music. A perfect home for a band like Voivod.”

    Furthermore, In a recent interview with Billboard.com, Jason Newsted talked about the upcoming Voivod records via The End Records:

    "It's the most complete demos I've ever been involved in," he says. "[Voivod singer] Snake has already chosen his effects -- exact timing of milliseconds for delay. We've had a long time to develop the demos, so there's about 23 or 25 songs that arre absolutely listenable right now."

    Like Metallica, Newsted was a huge fan of Voivod before he was invited to join and he remains a great admirer to this day. "They created something a long, long time ago that may have been emulated many, many times since -- but nobody can do it like the original," he offers.

    Official sites: http://www.voivod.com

  • THE GATHERING – ‘A Sound Relief’ (double DVD)

    World renowned Dutch rock band The Gathering is set to release their double-DVD ‘A Sound Relief’ in the US/Canada on October 25th, 2005 via The End Records. The DVD will be made available in Europe through the band’s own label, Psychonaut Records, in mid-October.

    The two-disc set features a wide array of items for fans of the band to enjoy. Disc I includes the live concert the band recorded on May 23rd, 2005 at the famous Paradiso in Amsterdam. The live recording was recorded in DTS 5.1, a truly remarkable sound quality, which enhances the already emotional and powerful flow of the band’s musical delivery. Disc II features great bonus extras like their own tour impressions caught on video, video interviews and a TV special about 15 year career of The Gathering. The bonus disc also showcases a collection of beautiful 3-D animation clips, which were especially designed for the band by promising Dutch and Polish 3-D artists Michel de Klein and Marcin Pazera. Also of note, The End Records mail-order will be offering a very limited package for the DVD release. It will include the double-DVD, a shirt and poster style photo from the show signed by the band.

    Official website: http://www.gathering.nl

  • Update on DAN SWANO’s Second Sky project; Re-opens legendary Unisound Studio
    Multi-talented Swedish producer/musician Dan Swanö provides an update on his upcoming Second Sky project (released via The End):

    “The work on my most precious project Second Sky is coming along just fine. The drums have been finished since quite some time, but I decided to cut one track and add two new ones to the record to add a bit more variety to the album, so Peter Damin had to step into the studio one more time to nail these new songs, and as usual, he nailed the songs in about 20 minutes each!”

    “Most of the lyrics will have to be rewritten because of my divorce, but life goes on and I have already finished some of the new lyrics. The songs ready for the vocal work are “Hammer On My Heart,” “Right The First Time,” “The Sacred Room,” “The Way” and “Always Tomorrow.” All the rhythm guitars that I should play have been recorded, the stuff left for session guys is still to be nailed. I have also recorded all the grand piano and keyboard stuff. The production of the album is top notch and I am very proud of the basic sounds I have created this fa