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September 24th, 2006
  • INTO ETERNITY New Song Posted At Gigantour’s MySpace Page

    Your first chance to hear the new song, “Severe Emotional Distress,” from Into Eternity’s forthcoming album, The Scattering Of Ashes, is now exclusively at the Gigantour MySpace Page here. Officially announced last week as part of Megadeth’s Gigantour, the band is being hailed as “inarguably the decade’s most original band” (Explicitly Intense). Some dates for this tour have been announced, with more to come. Keep checking the official Gigantour website here, as well as their Century Media artist page and the Into Eternity website here, for more dates as they are confirmed.

    Set for release on Oct. 3, The Scattering Of Ashes has already been described as “a landmark triumph” by Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, and more colorfully by vocalist Stu Block as “over the top Metal Madness.” Mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Killswitch Engage, Arch Enemy) the new album’s clear production brings forward their ingenious multi-leveled musical dynamics and fearless experimentation with style and genre. More information about the band, photos, mp3s and album artwork can be found here.
  • ANGTORIA Videorelease/Albumlyrics for download

    The Video for ANGTORIA´s "God Has A Plan For Us All" is due for release in September

    It will be distributed worldwide to most Metal and Rock TV stations. Not long after the release it will also be available for download on

    http://www.myspace.com/angtoriaofficial and http://www.angtoria.com

    It will be announced when the Video is available for download.

    Sarah´s words about the lyrics to the Videotrack

    "The song covers two subjects but they are both linked. Written about a man who preaches gods word yet finds it acceptable to sexually abuse children. Also this song describes the pitiful chilché used by many religous people who can´t offer any other explanation as to why people suffer in their life. Rape, murder, poverty, whatever it may be, the only excuse that can be offered is: "God Has A Plan For Us All"!

    -The video was filmed at two locations, a very impressive and beautiful church (Njurunda Kyrka) and an abandoned deteriorated building, over a three day period and due to the lyrical theme of the song it was filmed as a "short movie". It contains footage of as well the band as Chris´ 5 year old daughter Saga who played the child, Toni Davey (wife of Dani Filth in Cradle Of Filth and covergirl on the album) who played the child as a grown up to a 35 piece church choir and a priest played by Pierre Ragnehag!

    -A video diary along with pictures and soon also video footage from the making of the video can be found in the "Diaries" section of the ANGTORIA-website

    Many have asked and Now the lyrics to the album "God Has A Plan For Us All" is finally available to read on the site! You can find the lyrics aswell as Sarah´s comments about them at this location

    http://www.angtoria.com/godhaslyrics.html

    www.angtoria.com
  • CRUCIFIRE OUT NOW!!!

    GRP 006(66)- CRUCIFIRE- "Unblessed Unto Hatred"
    (7' EP) The most brutal Death Metal coming from Australia. It's Demo Tape from 2003, with a new track and new design! Band formed after the dissolution of the powerful Encabulos, plus member of Random Violence and ex-members of Destroyer 666, Nocturnal Graves e Destruktor.

    An amazing production with insert, lyrics and only 333 copies on red vinyl.
    For Death Metal maniacks only! Not for posers!!!

    Visit our web site with new items: www.genocide.com.br
  • CODE OF PERFECTION BRINGS INSPIRED GUITAR PLAYING BACK TO METAL

    Code of Perfection is re-introducing the concept of exciting music based on frenetic, masterful guitar playing with its first release, “Last Exit for the Lost,” out now on Limb Music.

    The innovative guitarist Thorsten Koehne, who previously spent time slinging his axe for Attack and Demon Drive, is the mainman behind Code of Perfection. “It started out as my solo project but during the production grew up to be a real band,” he said. “We hope to play live a lot!”

    The good portion of “Last Exit for the Lost”’s songs came from Koehne’s repertoire of demoed material, which he had hoped to one day record in a professional studio. To do that, he enlisted the help of some friends, like drummer Frank Kraus, whom he had played with in Demon Drive. “I knew about his musical and technical abilities so he was first choice for drums,” Koehne said.

    Others came into the fold through recommendations. “Our producer Jochen Mayer suggested Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz for vocals and he also fit in just perfectly,” said Koehne. “He has an amazing voice! Then Carsten brought in Keisuke Nishimoto for bass. He’s like the Japanese Billy Sheehan on bass and just an awesome virtuoso on his instrument. Again, he just fit in perfectly!”

    Code of Perfection wraps all sorts of musical elements into its music, resulting in a fascinating metal mixture rife with crazy songwriting and fast and furious guitars.

    “I see a lot of bands today that just gear towards a certain sound they wanna do and that’s it,” said Koehne. “They don’t seem to be challenging their musical and technical abilities on their instruments very much, and it looks like they don’t really have fun playing. With Code of Perfection we always try to play to the limit and as perfect as we can and it’s just fun to be able to play what you want and really fly on your instrument.”

    www.limb-music.de
  • DOMINUS PRAELII will release a vinyle dition of Bastards & Killers

    Besides of the cd and slipcase-cd editions of Bastards & Killers, through Megahard and Marquee Records, the brazilian heavy metal band Dominus Praelii signed with the label Dark Sun to release a vinyl edition of their last album, which release is expected to August.

    The band is still playing in the Be a Banger or Be a Bastard South American Tour - 2006, which should pass through 50 cities of South America, a number never reached before by a rock/metal band before.

    Every news related to the tour are available through the band's website, www.dominuspraelii.com , and some samples of the new album can be downloaded through the band's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/dominuspraelii

    Related links:

    - Dominus Praelii (Website) - www.dominuspraelii.com
  • Century Media August Podcast Available Now

    Century Media Records announces the fourth installment of its monthly Podcast is available for download today. The new Podcast features over 60 minutes of music, news, tour updates, and a contest. Fans can download the free Podcast (available through iTunes) for their exclusive first chance to hear global premiers from international sensations NAPALM DEATH, DIECAST and ARCH ENEMY. The program also features new music from HEAVEN SHALL BURN, CELTIC FROST, TERRORIZER, MERCENARY, POISONBLACK and KRISIUN. In addition to the wealth of music from The Century Media library, the Podcast taps into co-conspiring labels from the Century Family with Nuclear Blast America lending a new ALL SHALL PERISH track, Liquor & Poker Music offer up a CRUCIFIED BARBARA song, and Abacus Recordings presents a tune from CLIFTON. The Century Media Podcast series, furthermore, highlights a title exclusive to CM Distro in each installment. This month, Galy Records recording artist SHAOLIN is featured. To coincide with the fifteenth anniversary of Century Media’s U.S. operations, the Podcast will showcase music from the label’s rich history. This episode boasts remastered tracks from the NEVERMORE and STUCK MOJO reissues. There is a contest tied-in with the Podcast that will test everyone’s knowledge of the Century Media catalogue. One, grand prize winner will receive a multitude of autographed materials from Shadows Fall, Arch Enemy and many more. Details and submission info is contained within the episode.
  • WASTEFALL - making prog metal METAL again!

    "If you are looking for something a little different in the land of progressive metal, you can do no wrong than to pick Self Exile up. It's no doubt going to be one of the most talked about albums of 2006." 4.5/5 - Sea of Tranquility

    Greece's balls-heavy progressive act Wastefall's third album Self-Exile is taking the scene by storm, both with critics, connoisseurs and clinically-addicted fans of both progressive metal and straight-up monstrous thrash. Fans across the country (and those that travel inter-continentally for festivals) were churning with excitement to check out the bands' first ever US appearance at this year's Progpower Fest, but, as we see too many times, immigration got in the way. Here's an official statement from the band:

    "We unfortunately have to announce that WASTEFALL will not be participating in this years "PROGPOWER USA" festival in Atlanta, USA on September 16th. When applying for the visa to be able to perform in USA, we ran into some unexpected problems with the Greek authorities, which have made it impossible for us to go. We're really sorry about this, as we know a lot of fans had been looking forward to seeing us in USA for the first time ever, and we ourselves had been looking very much forward to the whole experience of our first gig outside of Greece. We would like to extend our gratitude to both our label and management for doing what was possible in order to help us solve the problems, and especially we would like to thank Glenn Harveston of ProgPower USA for helping us beyond the call of duty on trying to make ends meet. We really hope to be able to go to ProgPower USA another year and make up for this." - Wastefall, 07/2006

    Unfortunate news, but that snag will not impede on this bands' impact on the metal community this year, and they're fully supporting this album to the best of their abilities.

    www.wastefall.com
  • JOE SATRIANI, STEVE VAI AND FRIENDS
    ANNOUNCE BENEFIT CONCERT
    PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT MUSIC INDUSTRY VETERAN AND FRIEND - CLIFF CULTRERI

    (Los Angeles, CA) Legendary guitarists JOE SATRIANI and STEVE VAI announce plans for a benefit concert for music industry veteran and friend, Cliff Cultreri. "The Cliff Show" will take place on Saturday, September 30th at the House Of Blues, Hollywood, and will feature performances by both Satriani and Vai, as well as special guests to be announced.

    Cliff Cultreri is the A&R executive who 'discovered' both Satriani and Vai as well as many other popular recording artists, while working at Relativity Records. Cultreri is suffering from a host of Auto-Immune and Connective-Tissue disorders that are attacking his immune system, a one in 100 million occurrence that causes severe pain and physical problems. Satriani and Vai hope to raise funds to help Cultreri and his family's financial needs.

    Cultreri is currently VP of A&R at Koch Entertainment where he has worked with such artists as RZA, B.G., Turk, Ying Yang Twins, Corrupt, Death Row, Big Gip & Good Mob, Master P, and many others. During his years in the industry, Cultreri has served as A&R for a number of top names, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth, Billy Sheehan & Talas, Peter Frampton, Megadeth, Corrosion Of Conformity, Exodus, Anthrax, Death, Venom, Slash's Snakepit, Cradle Of Filth, Godflesh, Our Lady Peace, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Modern English, Gene Loves Jezebel, Fat Joe, Common, Bone Thugs N Harmony, 3-6 Mafia, KRS 1, Beatnuts, C Murder, Kurupt, Soulja Slim, RZA, and many others in all genres of music. In addition, he has received 18 Grammy nominations, 13 Gold and 14 Platinum, and Multi-Platinum awards for albums on which he was the executive producer, co-producer or A&R. He won Grammy's for "Song of the Year" and "Album of the Year" with Bone Thugs 'N Harmony for which he served as A&R.

    "Cliff has been a musical force and guiding light in my career and my life for 2 decades. He introduced and championed my music to the music business. He is a dear friend and musical ally and quite the guitar player himself," said Satriani. "Steve and I wanted to help Cliff and the idea of a show in LA with other members of the guitar community seemed to be the obvious way to celebrate and help him."

    Tickets prices will be set at $100 and are set to go on sale August 12th.

    A limited number of $75 tickets will be available August 8th through www.satriani.com and www.vai.com
  • POISONBLACK To Support LACUNA COIL!!!

    Finland’s POISONBLACK will support LACUNA COIL on their highly anticipated, upcoming European tour to present their upcoming album “Lust Stained Despair” live on the road. “Lust Stained Despair” – that was mixed by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Sick Of It All, Heaven Shall Burn) at his Antfarm Studios - will hit European shops August 28th 2006.

    POISONBLACK was founded by Ville Laihiala, the voice of the legendary, but now defunct SENTENCED, the founders of melancholy-driven Finnish rock that had several number one singles and gold albums in Finland.

    Check them out live on tour with LACUNA COIL:
    Sponsored by Rock Hard (D) & Sonic Seducer (D)

    22.09.2006 (I) Treviso - New Age
    23.09.2006 (I) Cesena - Vidia
    24.09.2006 (I) Rome - Palacisalfa
    25.09.2006 (I) Florence - Auditorium
    26.09.2006 (I) Milan - Alcatraz
    28.09.2006 (ES) Barcelona - Razzmatazz
    29.09.2006 (ES) Madrid - Arena
    30.09.2006 (ES) Bergara - Jam
    01.10.2006 (F) Bordeux - Barbey
    02.10.2006 (F) Clermont - Ferrant Cooperative de Mai
    03.10.2006 (F) Paris - Olympia
    06.10.2006 (UK) Portsmouth - Pyramids
    07.10.2006 (UK) Cardiff - Coal Exchange
    08.10.2006 (UK) Birmingham - Academy
    10.10.2006 (UK) Glasgow - Barrowland
    11.10.2006 (UK) Nottingham - Rock City
    12.10.2006 (UK) Manchester - Academy
    13.10.2006 (UK) London - Astoria
    16.10.2006 (UK) Dublin - Olympia
    17.10.2006 (UK) Sheffield - Corporation
    18.10.2006 (NL) Tilburg - O13
    19.10.2006 (B) Antwerp - Hof Ter Loo
    21.10.2006 (DK) Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
    22.10.2006 (SE) Malmo - KB
    23.10.2006 (N) Oslo - Rockefeller
    25.10.2006 (FI) Helsinki - Nosturi
    26.10.2006 (FI) Tampere - Pakkahoune
    28.10.2006 (SE) Stockholm - Klubben
    29.10.2006 (SE) Gothenburg - Tragarn
    30.10.2006 (D) Berlin - Huxley’s
    31.10.2006 (D) Hamburg - Docks
    02.11.2006 (D) Muenchen - Georg Elser Halle
    03.11.2006 (A) Vienna - Planet Music
    04.11.2006 (A) Linz - Posthof
    06.11.2006 (D) Koeln - Live Music Hall
    07.11.2006 (D) Stuttgart - Longhorn (LKA)
    08.11.2006 (CH) Zurich - Rohstofflager
    Or see POISONBLACK headlining:
    29.07.2006 (FI) Oulu - Qstock
    30.08.2006 (F) Helsinki - Tavastia

    www.poisonblack.com
  • FIREWIND - European tour dates announced; “Allegiance” enters Greek album charts!

    Excellent news come in from the FIREWIND camp! After the “Falling To Pieces” CD Single (only released in Greece) has made it up to position #11 in the official Greek Single Charts and at the moment is still among the top 30 five weeks after its release, also the album “Allegiance” has succeeded in hitting the album charts in the band’s home country. In its first week “Allegiance” has entered at position #11 as well (seems to be the new lucky number for FIREWIND) and marks a new peak in the band’s history so far. Gus G. - mastermind of the melodic metal outfit –comments on this as follows:

    “We certainly didn't expect our CD single to enter the charts in such high position and now our album is enjoying the same success on the first week of its release!! Thank you all so much for supporting us!”

    Furthermore the European tour with Dragonforce has been confirmed and will allow FIREWIND to present their versatile musicianship, inimitable rousing, with infectious hooks garnered new material to old and new fans onstage. Gus G.’s reaction on this:

    “This is gonna be a great tour I think! First of all, we can't wait to come back and play in the countries we've been before but we're also excited about playing lots of new countries for the first time with FIREWIND. Dragonforce have been friends of ours for a long time now and we're very happy that we'll finally have the chance to share the stage and tour bus with them!”

    So, pledge allegiance to the new aspirants to the throne of melodic metal at the following dates:

    Inhuman Rampage Across Europe
    FIREWIND
    on tour with Dragonforce:

    21.10.2006 Groningen (NL) @ Oosterpoort
    22.10.2006 Amsterdam (NL) @ Melkweg
    23.10.2006 Cologne (D) @ Underground
    25.10.2006 Hamburg (D) @ Logo
    26.10.2006 Copenhagen (DK) @ The Rock
    27.10.2006 Stockholm (S) @ Arenan
    28.10.2006 Oslo (NOR) @ John Dee
    30.10.2006 Bochum (D) @ Zeche
    31.10.2006 Vienna (D) @ Planet Music
    01.11.2006 Salzburg (A) @ Rockhouse
    03.11.2006 Trencin (SK) @ Sports Hall
    05.11.2006 Treviso (I) @ New Age
    06.11.2006 Milan (I) @ Alcatraz
    08.11.2006 Munich (D) @ New Backstage
    09.11.2006 Pratteln (CH) @ Z7
    10.11.2006 Strasbourg (F) @ La Laiterie
    11.11.2006 Paris (F) @ La Locomotive
    13.11.2006 Lyon (F) @ Transbordeur
    14.11.2006 Antwerp (B) @ Hof Ter Lo

    In addition to that, FIREWIND are proud to announce that they will return to Japan for their show at Japan’s biggest metal festival, Loud Park. The band is confirmed to perform there on October 14th, 2006 along extreme music heavyweights such as Megadeth, Anthrax, Ministry, Arch Enemy and many more. Gus G. states:

    "After 2 and a half long years we’re finally coming back to Japan and I can’t tell you how excited I am! I’ve missed our Japanese audience and all our friends there and I can’t wait to come back and play for you all! Some of you might have noticed that on our last shows, we’ve been bringing Tara as special guest. Loud Park festival is gonna be one of them.“

    “... catchy anthems of metal with classic rock elements that will inspire every banger.“
    Rock Hard Germany
    www.firewind.gr
  • LACUNA COIL “Enjoy The Silence” video clip online!

    As the wake of success for Italy’s No.1 rock export LACUNA COIL is still far from ceasing, further good news pour in for the band’s dedicated fans. While the video for “Enjoy The Silence” - the second single taken off the band’s stunning new album “Karmacode” - has hit rotation in numerous countries (incl. Italy, UK, Benelux, Finland, Germany), it is now available for streaming at the Century Media Records website, please click here!

    So, surf there now and check the clip which was directed by Fort Awesome (Bleeding Through, The New Cars) and produced by Chris Noviello.

    Furthermore, LACUNA COIL are hitting European shores again after completing both the US Ozzfest Tour as well as performing at various European high profile summer festivals including Dutch Graspop, Rock Im Park & Rock Am Ring (both in Germany), UK’s Download and Gods Of Metal, Heineken Festival (both in Italy). LACUNA COIL’s eight weeks long European tour kicks off in September and the band will be supported by label mates Poisonblack. Enjoy the Coil live at the following dates.

    LACUNA COIL
    With Poisonblack

    Sponsored by Rock Hard (D) & Sonic Seducer (D)

    22.09.2006 (I) Treviso - New Age
    23.09.2006 (I) Cesena - Vidia
    24.09.2006 (I) Rome - Palacisalfa
    25.09.2006 (I) Florence - Auditorium
    26.09.2006 (I) Milan - Alcatraz
    28.09.2006 (ES) Barcelona - Razzmatazz
    29.09.2006 (ES) Madrid - Arena
    30.09.2006 (ES) Bergara - Jam
    01.10.2006 (F) Bordeux - Barbey
    02.10.2006 (F) Clermont - Ferrant Cooperative de Mai
    03.10.2006 (F) Paris - Olympia
    06.10.2006 (UK) Portsmouth - Pyramids
    07.10.2006 (UK) Cardiff - Coal Exchange
    08.10.2006 (UK) Birmingham - Academy
    10.10.2006 (UK) Glasgow - Barrowland
    11.10.2006 (UK) Nottingham - Rock City
    12.10.2006 (UK) Manchester - Academy
    13.10.2006 (UK) London - Astoria
    16.10.2006 (UK) Dublin - Olympia
    17.10.2006 (UK) Sheffield - Corporation
    18.10.2006 (NL) Tilburg - O13
    19.10.2006 (B) Antwerp - Hof Ter Loo
    21.10.2006 (DK) Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
    22.10.2006 (SE) Malmo - KB
    23.10.2006 (N) Oslo - Rockefeller
    25.10.2006 (FI) Helsinki - Nosturi
    26.10.2006 (FI) Tampere - Pakkahoune
    28.10.2006 (SE) Stockholm - Klubben
    29.10.2006 (SE) Gothenburg - Tragarn
    30.10.2006 (D) Berlin - Huxley’s
    31.10.2006 (D) Hamburg - Docks
    02.11.2006 (D) Muenchen - Georg Elser Halle
    03.11.2006 (A) Vienna - Planet Music
    04.11.2006 (A) Linz - Posthof
    06.11.2006 (D) Koeln - Live Music Hall
    07.11.2006 (D) Stuttgart - Longhorn (LKA)
    08.11.2006 (CH) Zurich - Rohstofflager

    www.lacunacoil.it
    www.emptyspiral.net
    www.karmacode.com
  • POISONBLACK New song and video-clip on ecard!

    Check out the ecard for POISONBLACK and listen to “Rush” from their upcoming album “Lust Stained Despair” which will be due August 28, 2006. You can also check out the awesome video-clip for the song “Rush” (which was done by Klaffi Productions who had already brought us the last Sentenced clip), watch an acoustic performance of “Pain Becomes Me” from singer Ville Laihiala (formerly Sentenced), win cool goodies and subscribe to updates about POISONBLACK.

    Also, make sure you don’t miss them supporting their labelmates LACUNA COIL on their upcoming European tour between September and November.

    Click on the link and enjoy a drop of poison!

    www.poisonblack.com
  • FEAR MY THOUGHTS To Support Kataklysm!

    Century Media youngsters FEAR MY THOUGHTS have just been confirmed for the upcoming Kataklysm "Road to Devastation tour" in January 2007.

    FEAR MY THOUGHTS Pat stats: “We are very exited to join Canada’s finest in Death Metal on this tour and share the stage, equipment, alcohol and body odour with Germany’s walrus-like-party animals NEAERA and Canada’s QUO VADIS.

    More exiting news from the FEAR MY THOUGHTS camp, currently the last bones are added to the rough skeleton of what will become FEAR MY THOUGHTS fifth album. About eleven funny tracks are almost completed by now. In August we will head to Denmark’s Jacob Hansen Studio to record the new shit. It makes us proud to announce that KIM OLESEN (Anubis Gate) will help us out with weird keyboard stuff (like on HSH). Until then we'll keep you informed on our MySpace site with diaries, studio pictures, nude videos and other funny stuff! So stay tuned, spread the word and hope to see you on tour!”

    This much promising package of Kataklysm, FEAR MY THOUGHTS, Neaera and Quo Vadis will destroy the stages all over Europe! Dates will be announced soon!

    www.fearmythoughts.com
  • New NEW DRY KILL LOGIC Album Sep 19th
    OF VENGEANCE AND VIOLENCE IN STORES WORLDWIDE 9/19!

    What up everyone Cliff here. Just wanted to write and say what’s up, and thank everyone that has picked up a copy of The Magellan Complex. The response to the EP has been great, and we’re psyched about all the positive feedback we’ve been getting on the music and the DVD (yes, we know Phil is out of his mind). From Victim to Killer definitely represents the next level of aggression we achieved on this new album, and we can't wait for you to hear the rest of the tracks! Its definitely in your face, aggressive music - we've never compromised our integrity for a quick glimpse of success, never wrote a record with the pipe dream of crossover radio accessibility & never turned our backs on the style of music we write or the people that appreciate it.

    We’re excited to announce that we will be heading to AUSTRALIA for the 1st time ever – we’ve been added to the Fear Factory / Devildriver tour for 3 shows (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) – check the dates below for all the info! We can’t wait!!

    We’re also planning our return to Europe – we had such a blast time that we have to come back and party with you guys again! This time we’ll be hitting Switzerland and Italy as well as Germany, the UK and France, with plenty more to come – confirmed dates are below and keep checking back for all the latest dates!!

    And don’t worry about the US – plans are in the works for hitting some of our favorite places to play as well. We’re working it out now, so be sure to stay tuned!!
    Zip it up and zip it out!!!

    -Cliff, Phil, Jason & Brendan

    Dry Kill Logic
    DKL/2K6

    AUSTRALIA TOUR DATES
    w/ Fear Factory and Devil Driver
    15.09. Brisbane -- The Tivoli
    16.09. Sydney -- Big Top Luna Park
    17.09. Melbourne -- The Palace

    EUROPE TOUR DATES
    October / November
    28.10. Koln, DE -- Underground
    29.10. Monchengladbach, DE -- Project 42
    30.10. Frankfurt, DE -- 025
    31.10. Bremen, DE -- Tower
    01.11. Saarbrucken, DE --Stoneage
    02.11. Zurich, Switzerland -- Werk 21
    03.11. Torino, Italy -- Soundfactory
    04.11. Cesena, Italy -- Vidia Club
    07.11. Southampton, England -- Joiners
    09.11. Plymouth, England -- The Hub
    16.11. Birmingham, England -- Carling Academy 2
    17.11. Newcastle, England -- Carling Academy 2
    18.11. London, England -- London Underworld
  • BLIND GUARDIAN pre-listening online!

    The first of September will be a truly special day for all fans of Symphonic Progressive Metal with a fantasy touch: The masters themselves, BLIND GUARDIAN, will release their sophomore masterpiece "A Twist In The Myth" on Nuclear Blast! Of course we have a soft spot for all those of you who can´t stand weeks of waiting. Just click here and join our exclusive pre-listening! you can check out various tracks - more tracks will be added the closer the releasedate gets, so make sure you return soon!
  • Define the soundtrack!

    IN THE NAME OF THE KING is an action/fantasy feature film, based on the popular videogame, DUNGEON SIEGE. It is a tale of knights and kings, great courage and noble causes, magic and adventure. The film follows the journey of Farmer (Jason Statham) from simple family man to heroic prince. An unspeakably evil army rampages across what was an idyllic, peaceful world, destroying everything in its path, looking to conquer the mighty Castle Ebb and vanquish the King himself! Amidst this backdrop of war in the Kingdom of Ehb, between the evil Gallian (Ray Liotta) and the ruling King Konreid (Burt Reynolds), Farmer sets out to find his kidnapped wife, Solana (Claire Forlani), and avenge the death of his son, who was killed by animal warriors called Krugs. This is a passionate, epic, fantasy adventure with non-stop action, vividly drawn characters, and a story line that will drawn you in with every passing, magical minute. Just as "Lord of the Rings" transported us to another world and time, IN THE NAME OF THE KING will lift your heart, mind and spirit. It will make you believe in magic, nobility, and the power of love, as Farmer's devotion to his family knows no boundaries.

    The best thing is: You can decide which tracks will be on the soundtrack to "In The Name Of The King"! One song is already chosen: "Turn The Page" from the brandnew album "A Twist In The Myth" of BLIND GUARDIAN. The rest is up to YOU!

    Just send us a post card till the 31st of October 2006 with your five favorite bands and songs!

    Nuclear Blast GmbH
    Stichwort: Soundtrack
    Oeschstr. 40
    73072 Donzdorf

    You can also send an E-Mail to [email protected] – subject: "Soundtrack". Please don´t forget your full address, telephone number and age.

    The prices are:
    1. A trip to Berlin – incl. a visit of the Babelsberg Studios
    2.-7. A SubWoofer Soundsystem (BigBend-Interactive)
    8.-12. The Game "Dungeon Siege" (Microsoft)
    13.-32. Two UCI-cinema tickets
    33.-37. A HAMMERFALL keyboard
    38.-40. A Nuclear Blast Package containing a label T-Shirt and the compilation "Blasting Your Ears, Vol. II"
  • CHROME DIVISION chart entry!

    Doomsday Rock`N´Roll on the way to the top! Our Norwegian Kickass-rockers CHROME DIVISION centered around guitarist Shagrath (DIMMU BORGIR) can celebrate massive chart success with their debut album "Doomsday Rock`n`Roll". They have entered the international album charts on position 31, and the Norwegian album charts on position 11. Congratulations to the Norwegian rockers!
  • THREAT SIGNAL guitarist leaves the band

    Rich Howard, guitarist for the newly signed Canadian band THREAT SIGNAL, has left the band to pursue other life goals.

    We totally respect his decision and wish him the best of luck in the future," commented vocalist Jon Howard via their official website. "Rich, your time in the band was amazing and we'll never forget the kick-ass riffage you threw down!" Rich will play the remaining shows on the band's August itinerary. Afterwards, current bassist Marco Bressette will take over guitar duties.

    Due to the recent turn of events, THREAT SIGNAL is in urgent need of a new bassist for the band's upcoming October/November North American tour with label mates SOILWORK and MNEMIC. According to the band, here's what they're looking for:

    "A dude who can slay a bass like a guitar, must use a pick, have professional gear, willing (and able!) to tour the world and make THREAT SIGNAL his top priority."

    Interested parties are encouraged to contact the band at [email protected]
  • KATAKLYSM more tour details

    Northern Hyperblasters KATAKLYSM have unveiled more details concerning their upcoming European tour in January 2007: special guests on the "Road To Devastation" tour will be NEAERA (Germany), FEAR MY THOUGHTS (Germany) and QUO VADIS (Canada). As headliners of this heavy package, KATAKLYSM will be out on the road to promote their latest album, "In The Arms Of Devastation". Stay tuned for tour dates and more news!
  • ALL SHALL PERISH now available!

    Today the new killer album by ALL SHALL PERISH, entitled "The Price Of Existence", will be released on Nuclear Blast. If you can´t wait any longer, you should seize the moment and check out our exclusive pre-listening. At this location you can listen to a couple of new tracks - what are you waiting for?
  • FIREBALL MINISTRY FRONT MAN TO 'MARRY' BAM MARGERA

    Today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports that when skateboard star and MTV personality Bam Margera marries his fiancee Missy Rothstein this winter, the ceremony will be conducted by FIREBALL MINISTRY front man James A. Rota. An ordained minister, Rota is a longtime friend of Margera; his band was hand-picked by Margera to appear on his "Viva La Bands" compilation last year, as well as a corresponding tour. On Margera's Sirius Satellite Radio program, Radio Bam, last week, Rothstein said that the wedding will take place on a Du Pont estate in Delaware before at least 500 guests.

    As previously reported, FIREBALL MINISTRY -- who in recent months have toured alongside such heavyweights of rock and metal as Disturbed, H.I.M., Opeth, Nevermore, Clutch and CKY -- will return to the road this weekend in support of Alice Cooper.
  • FEMALE TRIBUTE BANDS TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF 'GIRLS GOT RHYTHM'
    Groups honoring AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and The Misfits to perform at Hollywood record release party

    On Aug. 21, three of the bands featured on the new female tribute band compilation Girls Got Rhythm -- ThundHerStruck, Zepparella and Ms. Fits -- will perform at a Hollywood record release party for the album, which will be released the following day. The show, which takes place at the Key Club on the Sunset Strip, sees the groups open for Metal Skool, a "comedy tribute" band with an extremely popular Monday night residency at the venue. Doors open at 8 p.m., and Ms. Fits take the stage an hour later. All attendees will receive raffle tickets at the door, and one lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive a Champagne Sparkle Rock Candy guitar (http://www.daisyrock.com/products/rockcandy/rc.htm) generously provided by Daisy Rock Guitars.

    Featuring cover art by Alan Forbes (AFI, Queens of the Stone Age, Black Crowes), Girls Got Rhythm is the first compilation album issued by Liquor and Poker Music, and comemmorates not only the label's third anniversary, but also its two favorite subjects: women and rock n' roll. Part Cold Gin and part Ace of Spades, Liquor and Poker -- which over the course of its first 36 months released two dozen albums by international superstars The Hellacopters, Backyard Babies and Hanoi Rocks, as well as domestic upstarts such as Fireball Ministry and Nebula -- is the rock arm of The Century Family's flagship imprint, Century Media Records.

    The complete track listing for Girls Got Rhythm is as follows:

    1. ThundHerStruck – Thunderstruck (AC/DC)
    2. The Iron Maidens – Run To The Hills (Iron Maiden)
    3. Mistress of Reality – Fairies Wear Boots (Black Sabbath)
    4. Cheap Chick – Surrender (Cheap Trick)
    5. Black Diamond – Love Gun (Kiss)
    6. Ms. Fits – Last Caress (The Misfits)
    7. Hell's Belles – Back In Black (AC/DC)
    8. The Little Dolls – I Don't Know (Ozzy Osbourne)
    9. Zepparella – The Lemon Song (Led Zeppelin)
    10. Kissexy – Lick It Up (Kiss)
    11. Whole Lotta Rosies – Dog Eat Dog (AC/DC)
    12. Ramonas – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (The Ramones)
    13. Foxey Lady – Foxey Lady (Jimi Hendrix)
  • MY DYING BRIDE: New Album Title Revealed

    Croatian webzine Sound Chaser recently conducted an interview with MY DYING BRIDE bassist Ade Jackson. An excerpt from the chat follows:

    Sound Chaser : Your new album should be out later this year... Can you give us some basic info about it?

    Ade: "Well … the album will be called 'A Line Of Deathless Kings' and I'm listening to it now. It has nine songs and is approximately one hour long. We recorded it at Academy Studios in Dewsbury and it was mixed at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire — the same place that '34.788%' was mixed. We are all tremendously proud of this album. It hasn't been easy to record, not just a case of turning up at the studio and recording something — there has been a lot of writing, re-writing, changes, cuts, additions, discussion, thought, ideas (good and bad) and a whole host of other emotions and the end result really reflects that. Listening back to some of the early recordings and comparing them to the final product there is a world of difference and I hope it shows to everyone else as well. I wish you could all hear the evolution as well rather than just the final polished product."
    Sound Chaser: Where will the new album go both lyric and music–wise?

    Ade: "The album will be typically MY DYING BRIDE. We never set any boundaries; we just write what feels good to us. We write music that we would like to listen to, in a way. I played it to one of my good friends and he commented that, if you didn't know who it was you would know it was MY DYING BRIDE immediately. We seem to have our own particular sound and way or writing songs — something I can't explain. When we get together, 'it' happens."

    Sound Chaser: Obviously, fans always have certain expectations. Is that burdening for you as artists?
    Ade: "It's not necessarily a burden, but as much as we want people to appreciate our music, there is no way we can please everybody. Each individual has a favorite MY DYING BRIDE album and would love us to keep reproducing that period of our recording history, but we move on musically, as we have to… not in any really conscious or pre-meditated way, as though we have a master plan before we start to write or record. It is a very emotional and organic process. We all know when something sounds right and when the music is MY DYING BRIDE with the feelings of sorrow and blackness."
  • SKYFORGER - Kauja Pie Saules CD Now Available!!!

    A classic in the pagan metal realm becomes available again! Skyforger's 1998 debut album combines Harsh Black Metal with Latvian folkmusic, and Traditional Heavy Metal. An absolutely mandatory album for all fans of black and pagan metal

    http://www.paragonrecords.net/
  • INTO ETERNITY Drummer Jim Austin To Perform With Band On Gigantour

    “INTO ETERNITY are inarguably the decade’s most original band.” Explicitly Intense

    Canada’s Into Eternity is thrilled to announce that longtime recording drummer Jim Austin will be joining them on their 2006 Gigantour dates. Not able to tour with the band for their five 2005 North American tours, Austin is ecstatic to be able to perform with the band for this run of dates. “It's been two years since I left the Into Eternity camp - and when I was asked to record the fourth album, The Scattering Of Ashes, I was truly excited! It was great to play a few live shows with them again at New England Hardcore Festival and opening for Gamma Ray. Scattering Of Ashes is the most challenging album to date and is definitely my best foot forth, drumming wise. I'm also extremely excited to be able to join the Gigantour with some of my favorite bands. Just to share the stage with Megadeth is an honor I am seriously losing sleep over every night that passes by - as the shows come closer.”

    Last week the first single, “Severe Emotional Distress,” from the band’s forthcoming album was premiered on Gigantour’s MySpace page here and later posted on Gigantour’s website here. With more than 20,000 listens, the song is a definite success for Into Eternity. Set for release on Oct. 3, The Scattering Of Ashes has already been described as “a landmark triumph” by Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, and more colorfully by vocalist Stu Block as “over the top Metal Madness.” Mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Killswitch Engage, Arch Enemy) the new album’s clear production brings forward their ingenious multi-leveled musical dynamics and fearless experimentation with style and genre. More information about the band, photos, mp3s and album artwork can be found here.
  • DAYLIGHT DIES VIDEO PREMIERE

    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records proudly announces the online premiere of "Lies That Bind," the first video from Daylight Dies. Beginning 9am EST tomorrow (August 9) fans can view the video at both label and band MySpace pages. Bring your browser to www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa or www.myspace.com/daylightdies (video will be available for streaming and additionally available for downloading by right-clicking and saving the file to your desktop). The video will also be available via YouTube.com and the band's official website located at www.daylightdies.com.

    Filmed outside the band's home base of Raleigh, North Carolina, the Ramon Boutviseth directed clip features the full band with local actors in a dark and compelling visual storyline. "It was a scorching hot and humid summer day," recalls drummer Jesse Haff. "We filmed inside a filthy, decaying building complex and later moved on to a wrickety wooden salt-mine platform. And let us not forget to mention entire walls on fire! Ramon understood the importance of including a narrative to convey the song's lyrical and musical content. It's incredible what he's brought to life."

    Released earlier this year, Dismantling Devotion is the second full-length recording from the popular five-piece. Mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth/Soilwork) and mastered by Thomas Eberger at The Cutting Room (Opeth/The Hives), Blabbermouth says, "Dismantling Devotion is 53 minutes of metallically heavy and sorrowfully suffocating songwriting... the songs are not meant to be eaten as snacks; each is a full-course meal." Digital Metal adds, "Dismantling Devotion just enthralls and captivates with its blending of moods and perfectly paced songwriting."

    Daylight Dies recently performed to capacity audiences alongside labelmates Emperor at New York's BB King Blues Club. The band are currently preparing for their first tour in years supporting Moonspell and long-time friends Katatonia. The tour kicks off in Poughkeepsie, New York on October 20 and will conclude on November 19 in Hartford, Connecticut. Complete listing of dates is available at www.candlelightrecordsusa.com.
  • Swedish Progressive metal act 'TREASURE LAND' rises from the ashes!

    Treasure Land, the Swedish progressive metal band who released two highly acclaimed CDs in 1997, and 1998 has returned with a vengeance. After some years of writing new songs, producing other bands, writing guitar books, and doing clinics... Guitarist Jonas Hörnqvist reformed Treasure Land with a new lineup.

    The two new members of the band are Rick Altzi on vocals, and Mathias Scheffler on keyboards. Rick, whose voice resambles singers like Ronnie James Dio and Jeff Scott Soto, has a vocal presence and vocal capabilities far beyond anything you've ever heard previously from the band. Keyboard player Mathias Scheffler studied music at the renowned K.I.T. (Keyboard Institute Of Technology) in Hollywood in the early 90's. His musical knowledge is absolutely amazing. Not only can he play as fast as the best out there, but his melodic sense and timing are also top notch.

    Guitarist Jonas Hörnqvist states "The current lineup that we have is the strongest lineup we've had throughout Treasure Land's existence".

    Treasure Land is currently in the studio recording a 3 song Demo which they will use for showcasing their new material to record labels all over the world.

    The new material is described as straightforward/in your face metal interlaced with strong neoclassical elements.

    The newer music is also a bit darker and more eerie than the previous Treasure Land material and consists of lyrics that deal with situations which we face every day around the world.

    The band is really excited about their new material and is very much looking forward to playing live again.

    - Jonas Hörnqvist

    http://www.treasureland.nu
    http://www.myspace.com/treasureland
  • Finland’s NIGHTWISH Highest Hopes Set For Halloween North American Release

    Definitely a treat, Century Media Records has scheduled Oct. 31 for the North American release of NIGHTWISH’s Highest Hopes – The Best of Nightwish. Originally released in Europe by Spinefarm Records, the collection spans the band’s recording career. Certified double platinum in Finland Highest Hopes debuted #1 on the Finnish charts, and in the top 25 across Europe. In 2005 the album helped to secure NIGHTWISH The 2005 Best Finnish Artist award and the award for the top-selling Finnish album of 2005.

    Making their domestic premiere are songs “Walking In The Air,” “Deep Silent Complete,” “Sleeping Sun” and “Ever Dream,” heretofore only available on hard-to-find and limited import singles for North American fans. The collection also includes the first and second singles from the Once album. “Nemo,” the first single debuted at #1 on the German charts, stayed in the U.K. charts for more than a year, received the “2004 Best Song” award from Germany’s Rockantenne and helped propel the band’s 2004 album Once to triple platinum in Finland, platinum status in Germany and Gold in Greece and Sweden. The second single, “Wish I Had An Angel,” debuted in both the Finnish and German charts at #1 and appeared in the soundtrack for the movie Alone In The Dark. Whether you have been following the band since their debut release, Angels Fall First, or have been working your way back from 2004’s Once this collection brings together their best.

    NIGHTWISH
    Highest Hopes – The Best of Nightwish
    01. Wish I Had an Angel
    02. Stargazers
    03. The Kinslayer
    04. Ever Dream
    05. Elvenpath
    06. Bless the Child
    07. Nemo
    08. Sleeping Sun (2005 version)
    09. Dead to the World
    10. Over The Hills And Far Away
    11. Deep Silent Complete
    12. Sacrament of Wilderness
    13. Walking in the Air
    14. Wishmaster
    15. Dead Boy’s Poem
    16. High Hopes
  • EXTREME legends THE HAUNTED and death metal overlords AKERCOCKE will headline this year's DAMNATION FESTIVAL.

    Ragga-punks SKINDRED and the debauched MISTRESS will join them to complete two stages of uncompromising and diverse metal.

    The bands mark a massive scoop for the growing UK-focussed feast of metal set to take place at Manchester's Jilly's Rockworld and Music Box on October 15. The Haunted performance will be a UK festival exclusive, while Terrorizer Stage headliners Akercocke will also be making a rare live appearance in Manchester.

    Festival spokesman Gavin McInally said: "With the exclusive capture of The Haunted, Akercocke and arguably the UK's hottest live band right now in Skindred, Damnation Festival now offers fans the most diverse and genuinely exciting bill the UK will see this year.

    "Italian jazz, raw punk and extreme death, all by seasoned and highly respected live performers - it's going to be an event to remember.

    "Despite the legendary big names, we haven't lost focus on why Damnation Festival was born, and again, this year will also see some of the finest rising talent from our shores wow fans come October 15th.

    "Evile, Kingsize Blues, Head-On, Murder One, Biomechanical and Mistress are a pick of England's finest, and we've even extended a warm invite to two of Scotland's top extreme bands; Man Must Die and Madman Is Absolute."

    Death-peddling thrashers THE HAUNTED stunned the music world with their self-titled debut. A decade later the Swedes show no sign of relenting. Peter Dolving and his lads will shake off the confines of the studio to prove this in a one-off live date at Damnation.

    Satanic noisemakers AKERCOCKE will strike the final blow on Terrorizer's metal hordes with a barrage of black metal death, topping a line-up that boasts Stampin' Ground, Ephel Duath and Send More Paramedics. They warned fans: "Manchester beware, we are coming to ruin lives with a crushing assault of necromantic terror blasts and face melting guitar work."

    SKINDRED will whip up a serious clash of cultures on a Jagermeister Stage by unleashing their awesome mix of reggae and metal with classic anthems like "Nobody" and "Set It Off". Unrivalled enthusiasm and a boisterous frontman have earned them a solid reputation as one of Britain's best live bands.

    Unfortunately, The Axis Of Perdition have been forced to pull out due to personal reasons, so it's up to depraved sludge mob MISTRESS to sharpen the nasty Terrorizer bill. Monstrous slabs of doom and drunken debauchery big enough to fill the hole left in Iron Monkey's wake, delivered by the godly Dave Cunt and Mick Kenney. Your ears will never be the same again.

    The second instalment of UK-focussed metal will again take place across two stages in Manchester's Jilly's Rockworld and Music Box. Fourteen bands will grace the heavy JAGERMEISTER Stage and the even heavier TERRORIZER Stage. A Terrorizer spokesman said: "We are proud to once again be involved, as the most brutal metal acts on the planet converge upon Manchester this October for Damnation Festival 2006.

    "It's one more giant nail in the coffin of corporate rock."

    Tickets for Damnation Festival 2006are on sale now through Seetickets, Ticketline, Manchester's Piccadilly Box Office, and Liverpool's Radio City Box Office. For further information about the event visit:
    http://www.damnationfestival.co.uk or e-mail: [email protected]
  • TANKARD ITALIAN TOUR 2006: change of location and opening acts

    Following to managerial and logistic problems the gig of the german thrashers TANKARD announced for Saturday, September 30th at MINISTRY - TEMPLE OF ROCK in Antella (Florence) has been moved to SIDDHARTA ALTERNATIVE CLUB in PRATO, venue that will reopen after 3 years of inactivity. The tour will be, therefore, so delineated:

    Friday, September 29th- TRANSILVANIA LIVE (Milan)
    Saturday, September 30th - SIDDHARTA ALTERNATIVE CLUB (Prato)
    Sunday, October 1st - ROCK CLUB (Ronchi Dei Legionari, Gorizia)

    IRREVERENCE and EVISCERATE are confirmed and they will open the three exhibitions of the band. Also defined the openings acts that will open the gigs in Milan and Gorizia.
    September, 29th - Milan: DYSTOPYA, ALTERHATE
    October, 1st - Ronchi Dei Legionari: DEATH MECHANISM

    Info:
    www.tankard.org
  • SPV to unleash UNLEASHED worldwide this October

    SPV has announced the signing of Swedish death metal masters UNLEASHED to a worldwide deal.

    Known for their skillfully penned, Viking-themed songs and explosive live performances, UNLEASHED are poised to make a major impact this fall with the release of their eighth full-length album, titled "Midvinterblot".

    "We have more qualified songs to choose from than ever before, and I am very confident that this will be the best UNLEASHED album ever," frontman Johnny Hedlund had previously stated about the CD. "Our mission is to create one of the most memorable records in the history of death metal!!! This one will be slightly faster than 'Sworn Allegiance'. The songs will be anthems in the true traditional UNLEASHED way and will have you screaming along with the choruses. The guitar sound will be taking a step towards brutality and grind. The drums are the closest we have ever come to recording a 'live' kind of intensity. The vocals? Well, not far away from 'Sworn Allegiance'... just add a little harshness and a slightly deep aggression to that sound and you'll get the picture right there. Expect nothing but one of the most memorable records in the history of death metal."

    UNLEASHED utilized the services of stand-in drummer Jonas Tyskhagen (INCARDINE, PELLE & THE POORBOYS) for their appearance at the Metalmania festival in Katowice, Poland in early March after the group's regular skinsman, Anders Schultz was hospitalized following a lung-collapse.

    UNLEASHED's seventh studio album, "Sworn Allegiance", was released in 2004 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Hell's Unleashed" was recorded and mixed by Fredrik Folkare at Chrome Studios and mastered by Peter In de Betou of Tailor Maid Productions (DIMMU BORGIR, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA).

    www.unleashed.se
    www.spvusa.com
  • EMPEROR ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES

    Notodden, Norway: After triumphantly headlining the annual Wacken Open Air Festival and completing recent capacity performances in America, Emperor today announce two additional performances for 2006. Scheduled Saturday, October 7 Emperor will headline the fifth annual Motstoy Festival in the band's hometown of Notodden. Formed in 2002 by local youth and supportive arts organizations, this year's festival will also include appearances by Red Harvest, Mortiis, She Said Destroy and Pagan's Mind, among others.

    ”The Motstoy festival is a non-profit organization situated in Notodden that my company Mnemosyne Productions has endorsed since its start in 2002," says vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn. "As it is a no-alcohol arrangement with no age limit, it is a great opportunity for Emperor to play a local show and at the same time give younger fans a chance to see us live.” Ticket and sponsorship information can be found at the festival's official site located at www.motstoy.com.

    Emperor additionally confirm their return to England for an exclusive engagement at the famed London Astoria. Scheduled Saturday, October 28 the show will feature supporting performances from Candlelight Recording artist To-Mera and Nocturnal Art Productions recording artist She Said Destroy.

    "It’s great to finally come back to England with Emperor," says Samoth. "England is where we first started out in the early 90’s; signing to Candlelight Records and heading out on our first real tour. We’ve always had a strong following in England, both press and fans, and we’ve built up a strong relationship throughout the years with the folks at Candlelight Records and Plastic Head, so it was a very obvious choice for us to return to the United Kingdom. All hail & see you soon!"

    Emperor's final album, Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise, was released October 2001. In 2004, Candlelight Records reissued the band's four genre-defining albums, Wrath of the Tyrants, In the Nightside Eclipse, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk and IX Equilibrium; each featuring bonus footage and material previously unavailable on both European and US-licensed versions. All recordings are available as part of Candlelight's vinyl collectors series on sale at exclusive retailers worldwide or by direct purchase from the label's official webstores (European customers visit www.plastichead.com; North American customers visit the recently launched www.candlelightrecordsusa.com). Additional merchandise from Emperor is also available.

    The recently announced Emperor guitar tabulature book, Scattered Ashes: A Decade of Emperial Wrath will see worldwide release in time for the London performance. The 132-page oversized book featuring foreword and transcriptions by Ihsahn will include original tabs for thirteen Emperor classics contained on the band's 2003 compilation of the same name.
  • ROB ZOMBIE’s Cult Horror THE DEVIL’S REJECTS Nominated

    Spike Scream Awards

    Vote For ROB ZOMBIE's “The Devil's Rejects”HOLLYWOOD - ROB ZOMBIE's cult horror flick, The Devil's Rejects, has been nominated in five categories for Spike TV’s Scream Awards 2006.

    The following categories for the Devils Rejects are:

    The Ultimate Scream
    Best Horror Movie
    Most Vile Villain
    Best Director
    Best Screenplay

    Winners are determined by online vote. Click here to cast your ballot and tune in to Spike TV on October 10th at 10pm for the results.
  • ROB ZOMBIE Releases Third Single From The EDUCATED HORSES CD

    “LET IT ALL BLEED OUT”

    HOLLYWOOD - ROB ZOMBIE's third release “Let It All Bleed Out” off the Educated Horses CD [Geffen Records] hits the airwaves Thursday, August 10th. This release comes out on the heels of the successful single the American Witch. Educated Horses entered the Billboard Top 200 at #5 and maintains status in the top 200 to date after 19 weeks.

    In other Zombie news – CD USA has invited Zombie to rock the house live to a sold out audience Thursday, August 10th in their Hollywood studios. The show will then air Saturday, August 12th on Direct TV, 3pm EST and 6pm PST and then again for the next 48 hours after.

    For those without Direct TV, Zombie will impact the TV airwaves in a major way with a powerful performance on CBS-TV’s “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson” Friday, August 11th. He will take center stage to perform the smash hit single AMERICAN WITCH off the Educated Horses CD [Geffen Records].

    Rob Zombie joins Godsmack August 25th in Dallas, TX to start their early fall tour at the Smirnoff Music Center. Driven by a desire to keep things interesting and exciting for the fans, Zombie is bringing out the biggest show production to date. Fans should expect a visual and aural circus of the unexpected on this tour.

    Vote The Devil's Rejects for Spike TV’s Scream Awards 2006.

    The following categories for the Devils Rejects are:

    The Ultimate Scream
    Best Horror Movie
    Most Vile Villain
    Best Director and Best Screenplay.

    Winners are determined by online vote. Click here to cast your ballot and tune in to Spike TV on October 10th at 10pm for the results.

    For more information on all Rob Zombie music and projects go to www.robzombie.com www.myspace.com/robzombie and www.elsuperbeasto.com
  • Einheit Produktionen News Fall 2006

    SORGSVART's "Fortapt Fra Verden i vakkert Selvmord" is in the stores by now and it is getting great feedback along with Nocturnal Culto (DARKTHRONE´s praise. One-man-band and exceptional artist Sorg is being supported by the same company that worked for the legendary WINDIR: www.wolfslair.no.

    THRUDVANGAR from Cöthen/Germany have their second pagan attack on humanity entitled "Walhall" ready. In order to gird themselves for battle more efficiently a promo agency, www.archetype-promotion.de, has been found, which strongly supports the Germans and leads them to the new world.

    ODROERIR's European tour with Swiss Celtic folk heroes ELUVEITIE between September 8th and 23rd slowly comes into shape. Please refer to well reputed metal media for tour dates or check out: www.Einheit-Produktionen.de.

    BLACK BLOOD RECORDS, our partner label, will release HORN`s first real album „Die Kraft der Szenarien“ to the black metallic masses. You can expect unique “nature set to metal” music. Check out two songs at www.Einheit-Produktionen.de.

    AISLING & WOLFCHANT´s tour has been re-scheduled to late October while clubs are being booked right now. Again check trustworthy media or our website.Leading Russian vikings NOMANS LAND have completed recordings for their third pagan opus „Raven Flight. Now they head for THRUDHEIM studios in Germany for a week of mixing and a few drinks. Then the highly anticipated album will see the light of day December 1st.

    Yule will also make THRUDVANGAR´s rare debut "Ahnenthron" with some bonustracks available to a broader audience.

    As always check www.Einheit-Produktionen.de for more news.
  • SEVEN WITCHES ‘YEARS OF THE WITCH’ DVD out September 26, 2006!

    Led by guitarist Jack Frost, Seven Witches is one of the most consistent heavy metal bands around – issuing albums almost every single year since 1999, while all the while never turning their back on the musical style they originally championed.

    Not surprisingly, they are also a force to be reckoned with live – as evidenced by their first-ever DVD release, Years of the Witch.

    Including both recent and classic live footage, the set is a must-see for Frost disciples everywhere.

    Concert footage track listing on 'Years of the Witch':

    1) Open
    2) Dance With the Dead
    3) Apocalyptic Dreams
    4) Metal Tyrant
    5) The Answer
    6) Johnny
    7) Jam Session
    8) Can't Find My Way
    9) Incubus
    10) Metal Asylum
    11) Warmth of Winter
    12) Camelot
    13) Natures Wrath
    14) Cries of the Living
    15) Passage to the Other Side
    16) Mental Messiah

    Featuring some of their best tracks (including “Dance with the Dead” and “Passage to the Other Side”), Year of the Witch comes with a multitude of bonus features, including (but not limited to) the following:

    · Story of the Witch
    · Interview with Jack and Mark
    · The Man Behind the Music
    · Journey Through Camelot
    · Archived Concert Footage

    Frost and Seven Witches will be touring in support of Years of the Witch, including the following confirmed date:

    October 13th, 2006.
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    Le Medley in Montreal, Quebec http://www.bwbk6pack.com/

    See Jack’s official web site for further dates and updates http://www.sevenwitches.net
  • NUCLEAR ASSAULT LOUDER HARDER FASTER DVD out October 10, 2006!

    Long one of the most brutal metal bands on the planet, Nuclear Assault continues to assault your senses with their first-ever DVD release, Louder Harder Faster. Featuring all your Nuclear Assault favorites, Louder Harder Faster features both 2.0 stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes, and features a jam-packed three hours of footage.

    In addition to the recent performance (taped on June 5, 2005), Louder Harder Faster also includes such extra bits as vintage live footage, slide shows (put to the original Survive demos), music videos, in the studio footage, unreleased songs, and an interview with longtime members Danny Lilker and Glenn Evans. Originally formed back in 1984, bassist Lilker witnessed the birth of thrash metal first as an original member of Anthrax, as well as a crucial component to S.O.D., Nuclear Assault, and Brutal Truth.

    While many thrash metal bands tempered their aggression with melody, Nuclear Assault has stuck to their guns throughout and in the process, released such thrash classics as 1988s Survive and 1989s Handle with Care.

    After an extended hiatus, the group returned in the early 21st century with their first new studio album in over a decade, 2005s Third World Genocide.

    Track list (Louder Harder Faster):

    1) Rise from the Ashes
    2) Brainwash
    3) F#
    4) New Song
    5) Critical Mass
    6) Game Over/Butt Fuck
    7) Sin
    8) Price of Freedom
    9) Long Haired Asshole
    10) Trail of Tears

    Tours:

    Nuclear Assault will be touring in support of Louder Harder Faster.

    See their official web site for updates http://nuclearassault.us

    Video:

    A promotional video for the songs Price Of Freedom & LHA will be used to further expand awareness. As well as being worked to video outlets, they are currently available for viewing on the Screaming Ferret Wreckords myspace site. http://www.myspace.com/screamingferretwreckords
  • BORIS to tour America again

    -- September 2006 US tour with Pearls And Brass --

    That's right all you rockers, doomsters, stoners, maniacs, hippies, oh yeah, and Boris fans, the Japanese trio are coming back! The more they play to American audiences the more of us keep eating it up, and after their incredibly successful shows with sunnO)), Thrones, Oren Ambarchi and more earlier in the year they're ready to come bust in your eardrums and cerebellums once again.

    Early September sees the band starting out down south and moving east to New England, then picking up and riding down the West Coast like the San Andreas Fault, still supporting their recent Pink full-length and split with Merzbow and also the upcoming Altar album, a collaboration with sunnO)).

    10/12 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
    10/13 Olympia, WA - Manium
    10/14 Portland, OR - Satyricon
    10/15 Eugene, OR - *TBC
    10/18 San Francisco, CA – Slims
    10/19 Visalia, CA - Howie & Sons
    10/20 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex

    For more info hit up:
    www.southernlord.com
    www.inoxia-rec.com/boris
  • Napalm Death Join PETA2 To “Save #99”

    Look for ads this month rolling out with Napalm Death supporting PETA2.com’s “Save #99” campaign, to view click here. The anti-vivisection ad quotes Napalm Death vocalist/activist Barney Greenway as saying, “Vivisection is one of the ultimate acts of disrespect, and conclusions from it are questionable. Time to consign it to the history books.” The full-page ad centers around a primate “#99” who “lived in a cage in a laboratory in Vienna, VA. Everyday, workers forced tubes up his nose and down his throat to pump in and test a mysterious experimental substance. It made him sick and weak, and his hair fell out.” The ad continues asking readers to, “Join Barney in speaking out against cruel vivisection experiments on primates. #99 couldn’t stop the abuse - but you can.” The first chance North American readers will have to see the ad is in this month’s issue of Decibel Magazine.

    Napalm Death’s new album, Smear Campaign, is set for release Sept. 19. An extremely vicious sonic assault, the album will be unleashed during the band’s North American tour with Hatebreed, The Black Dahlia Murder, Exodus, First Blood and Despised Icon. Information on the band, mp3s, pictures and dates for the “Monsters Of Mayhem” tour can be found here. Keep checking back as more dates are added to the tour.
  • Echo Us: The Tide Decides

    A little mid summer cleaning house and update on Echo Us.

    The second album is entitled "The Tide Decides". The track listing as is follows:

    1. From Snow To Sea
    2. We Surfaced
    3. Trans-Atlantic
    4. State Of Expectation (myspace rough mix: www.myspace.com/echous )
    5. Echo Us
    6. The Tide Decides
    7. Fantastic Elevations
    8. Descending From The Dream
    9. Shooting Scenes
    10. Out At The Edge Of The World
    11. Bon Voyage

    Lever and Pedal Harp: Raelyn Olson
    Viola: Teri Untalan
    Bass Guitars: Aaron Bell
    Ethan Matthews: All else

    About the album:

    The Tide Decides is a world within the ethereal universe of Echo Us, a project conceived by American born composer Ethan Matthews. The Tide Decides brings forth the first conceptual work by Echo Us, which focuses on birth and death concepts and the shifts in the environment that propel the human race and earth in which we inhabit. In a time when most artists seek to express the simplicity that society desires, Echo Us aim to analyze and dissect the complexities of the world and challenge the listener, while at the same time forming a cohesive work built on repeating themes and atmospheres. Intimate, societal and political themes are all discussed within the timeline of a sole character, living out their experience and listening to the internal tide that propels us all.

    Absolute Probability will go into hiding after awhile. It was never my great intention to start a record label, although I left the door open at the time to pursue the possibility. For now, The Tide Decides will still be released under the Absolute Probability imprint unless things change. But, I won't be pursuing any outside releases and the website may be removed in the coming months.

    The Tide Decides will be a very limited release. For now the schedule is pointing to early - mid 2007.

    There is a sample of an early mix of State of Expectation up on myspace. It's not mastered and in final form but gives an idea of what the album is about musically.

    I've been doing a lot of clearing house and installing new equipment in my little studio here, and that is mostly what is taking all the time with this (besides the obsessive need for completeness in all facets).

    All the best.

    -Ethan

    www.echous.net

September 23rd, 2006
  • NEW AMERICAN HEARTBREAK ALBUM TO RECEIVE JAPANESE RELEASE; FALL TOUR PLANNED

    The critically acclaimed, self-titled sophomore album by Bay Area rockers AMERICAN HEARTBREAK – who feature in their ranks former Exodus bassist Michael Butler and Jetboy guitarist Billy Rowe – will receive a Japanese release on Wednesday (July 26) through Big M.F./B-Gram Records.

    “We’re very excited about the album’s release in Japan, for we've had some very loyal friends and fans over there for years who have been waiting patiently for this new release,” Rowe says.

    Later this year, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK will travel to Japan for their first-ever concerts in the Land of the Rising Sun. “We've toured Europe four times, but we have been waiting to tour Japan for a long time now,” Rowe says. “Good things are worth waiting for, and this is going to be one fun rock n' roll tour!”

    AMERICAN HEARTBREAK on tour:
    November 9 Tokyo, Japan @ Outbreak
    November 10 Tokyo, Japan @ Outbreak
    November 11 Tokyo, Japan @ Live Freak
    November 12 Tokyo, Japan @ Live Freak
  • TERRORIZER - “Crematorium” Available For Streaming!

    You’ve waited long enough! Taken from their crushing August 21st release, “Darker Days Ahead”, “Crematorium” proves that TERRORIZER’s anger has become an inferno. The new track, more information on the band and the forthcoming album are available here.

    www.terrorizer.us
  • FIREWIND - E-Card incl. full (!) album stream online!

    FIREWIND just completed a jam-packed e-Card for their brilliant upcoming release “Allegiance”! The e-Card contains a full (!) album online stream, as well as interesting facts on the band, tour dates and a “tell a friend” feature. In the media section of the e-Card you can check out the video clip of the first single “Falling To Pieces” and a two minute teaser of a FIREWIND documentary that is available in full length on the album.

    The FIREWIND e-Card!

    “Allegiance” will be released on the following dates all across Europe:
    GREECE: Monday, July 10, 2006.
    GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, July 21, 2006.
    UK / FRANCE / SPAIN / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, July 24, 2006.
    FINLAND / SWEDEN / HUNGARY: Wednesday, July 26, 2006.

    "This is the most diversified and best FIREWIND album to date…”
    Metal Hammer Germany

    “The true revelation of nowadays’ power metal”
    Metal Hammer Italy

    “... catchy anthems of metal with classic rock elements that will inspire every banger.“
    Rock Hard Germany

    “The best album of this Greek outfit… Power lovers, don’t miss it!”
    Metalitalia

    Official FIREWIND homepage: www.firewind.gr
     
  • INTO ETERNITY - Reveal New Album Artwork!

    Technically progressive metal band INTO ETERNITY “…in whose music heavy metal’s potential is born anew”, (Metal Maniacs US) have unveiled the coverartwork of “The Scattering Of Ashes” designed by Mattias Noren (Stratovarius, Evergrey).

    The album is scheduled for a September 25th 2006 European release. Vocalist Stu Block commented, “Mattias designed the first three INTO ETERNITY album covers (“Into Eternity”, “Dead Or Dreaming” and “Buried in Oblivion”). They have all been amazing but yet different in their own way. There was no doubt in our minds that “The Scattering Of Ashes” cover would live up to those expectations. Mattias is a really talented guy and all we had to do was tell him the album title and that we wanted it to have a dark feeling to it, so he ran with it and nailed it pretty much right away. We are all really happy with the end result of the artwork, layout and sound of the album. We have been listening to the mixed and mastered version of the album from Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage) and it sounds absolutely killer!! This album is definitely one of the most aggressive INTO ETERNITY albums ever, and now with Andy's touch on it it's over the top Metal Madness!!!”

    INTO ETERNITY´s Century Media debut “Buried In Oblivion” gained phenomenal press feedback all across Europe including the award “Album Of The Month” in the prestigious German Rock Hard Magazine.

    After touring Europe with Naglfar and Kataklysm in 2004 and North America five times in 2005 (with Amorphis; Hate Eternal and Krisiun; Hammerfall and Edguy; Opeth and Nevermore; and Stratovarius), INTO ETERNITY have cultivated a solid fanbase with their intense live performance. Taking the strengths they’ve developed and moving forward, it’s time for “The Scattering Of Ashes”.

    www.intoeternity.com
  • IGNITE watch video for “Bleeding” & more!

    “Bleeding” is the first video from IGNITE’s new album “Our Darkest Days” that was released on Century Media Records in Europe May 15th, 2006. IGNITE who have been crafting some of the most definitive melodic west coast hardcore over the past decade are also known for their no holds barred social and politically engaging lyrics. This song and video is no different as the subject deals with the Iraq occupation by the U.S. As bassist Brett Rasmussen explains, it is about “the lies our Government told us to get us into a war without taking the rest of the world’s consideration into it.” Vocalist Zoli Teglas who wrote the lyrics has a younger brother currently stationed in Iraq where as he explains “he is forced to risk his life driving Halliburton execs to meetings that benefit the politicians and not the people.”

    The performance footage of the video was shot in the blistering California Desert where the band attacked their instruments. Interspersed with news footage of the war and intense images, the message is driven home by director Chris Sims (Lamb Of God, As I Lay Dying).

    Click here to watch the video!

    Or check out their ecard.

    “Our Darkest Days” has been racking up critical and fan success as the best Ignite album. “The album’s strength lies not only in its strong musical qualities but also its socially conscious and challenging lyrics” says PunkBands.com which goes on to call it “The best album so far in 2006.” Popular website for heavy music Lambgoat.com calls the band “one of the only remaining hardcore bands from the mid 90’s that have never compromised their beliefs or their music.”

    IGNITE are currently killing all with their appearances at huge European fests including With Full Force Festival (D) which had 10,000 people singing along with Zoli as well as Hellfest (F), Graspop (B) and Pressure Fest (D). The band is also doing European tour dates with With Honor and Convict. They will be back stateside for late August and will be playing with the legendary Gorilla Biscuits for their reunion tour on Aug 21st at The Glasshouse, Pomona CA.

    “Any band that refuses to be pigeonholed in the early 21st century should be commended, and Ignite continue on their path with their 2006 release Our Darkest Days.” – ALLMUSIC.COM

    “… it remains politically charged, packed with great tunes and determined to wring every ounce of emotion out of frontman Zoli Teglas’s vocal range.” – KERRANG! (UK)

    “An astonishingly bright and honest album.” – ROCK SOUND (UK)

    “In their 13th year of the hardcore-veterans from Orange County release their masterpiece… A classic example of a melodic hardcore-album that should be a noteworthy example for a lot of younger bands.” – VISIONS (D)

    ”Masterpiece. Stroke of genius. Classic. Melodic hardcore never sounded better…
    Completely enthusiastic…” – METAL HAMMER (D)

    ”... great melodies, riffs and hooks. The extreme density of hits is scary.” – ROCK HARD (D)

    www.igniteband.com
  • GODSMACK & ROB ZOMBIE

    JOINING FORCES BEGINNING AUGUST 25TH
    ON A U.S FALL TOUR

    HOLLYWOOD – Rob Zombie will embark on a fall U.S. tour with rock band Godsmack. The North American tour is set to open August 25 in Dallas, TX at the Smirnoff Music Center. As a showman of colossal proportion, Rob Zombie fans should expect a visual and aural circus of the unexpected on this tour.

    There are some select dates for Rob Zombie headlining solo. For more information go to www.robzombie.com or www.myspace.com/robzombie

    Here are the confirmed Godsmack/ Rob Zombie tour dates:

    Date City/State Venue

    8/25/06 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Center
    8/26/06 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    8/27/06 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Pavilion
    8/30/06 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre
    8/31/06 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    9/ 02/ 06 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
    9/03/06 Camden, NJ Tweeter Waterfront
    9/04/06 Buffalo, NY Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
    9/05/06 New Haven, CT Toads Place **
    9/07/06 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
    9/08/06 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
    9/09/06 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Amphitheatre
    9/11/06 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s **
    9/12/06 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
    9/14/06 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre.
    9/15/06 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
    9/16/06 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    9/17/06 St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
    9/19/06 Bonner Springs, KS Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    9/21/06 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    9/22/06 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
    9/23/06 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
    9/24/06 Las Vegas, NV Theatre Under the Stars
    9/26/06 Boise, ID The Big Easy **
    9/27/06 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
    9/29/06 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    9/30/06 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    10/1/06 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion

    ** DENOTES Rob Zombie only
  • WARRANT – RECORD RELEASE PARTY

    NEW RELEASE “BORN AGAIN” ON CLEOPATRA RECORDS – IN STORES NOW

    HOLLYWOOD, CA – Every show-date in 2006 is a record release party for 80’s metal legends, WARRANT. Come join “The Down Boys” as they celebrate their first album in almost 10 years. “To me this album picks up where Cherry Pie fell in the lap of that girl that just got off the bus in LA,” explains Jerry Dixon, bassist and founding member. “It even has guitar solos (remember those?). No drum machines, no rock rap, no samples just drums, bass, guitars and vocals. It’s old school Warrant at it’s finest.”

    WARRANT’s new release BORN AGAIN [Cleopatra Records], which was produced by famed producer Pat Regan (KISS, Deep Purple, Mr. Big). This is WARRANT’s first new material since 1997 and they are currently performing summer shows in support of the new CD. The first single ‘Bourbon County Line’ is gaining airplay across the states. “We wanted to make a record in the true Warrant fashion,” states Erik Turner, founding member and guitarist. “I think we accomplished that sound again. It sounds like what a Warrant record should sound like.”

    The band’s four founding members, Erik Turner (guitar), Jerry Dixon (bass), Joey Allen (lead guitar) and Steven Sweet (drummer) are together for the first time in over a decade. Joining the band is Jaime St. James, formerly of Black N’ Blue produced by Gene Simmons [KISS]. The reformation of these metal heroes has been overwhelmingly positive giving the band inspiration to write new material for the fans.


    WARRANT PERFOMANCE DATES:

    Oct. 12 Club Mate Baltimore, MD
    Oct. 14 Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse Burgettstown, PA w/FireHouse
    Oct. 27 Northern Lights Casino Walker, MN W/FireHouse
    Oct. 28 Northern Lights Casino Walker, MN W/FireHouse
    Dec. 22 The Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville, CT
    Dec. 31 Prime Time Burnsville, MN
  • DARK FUNERAL TO TOUR SOUTH AMERICA IN SEPTEMBER

    After the enormously successful tour in 2003, which resulted in the highly acclaimed live album “De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine”, Dark Funeral is once again ready to embark on tour throughout South America. This time the band will bring their full stage show (same as in Europe + some nice surprises). Last time the band toured South America they played Brazil, Chile & Colombia. This time the band will also hit Argentina and Mexico.

    16.09.2006 TBC - TBA (Brasil)
    17.09.2006 Santiago - Teatro La Cúpula (Chile)
    19.09.2006 Buenos Aires - El Teatro (Argentina)
    20.09.2006 Porto Alegre/RS - Bar Opinião (Brasil) *
    22.09.2006 Campinas/SP - TBA (Brasil) *
    23.09.2006 São Paulo/SP - Ledslay (Brasil) *
    24.09.2006 Curitiba/PR - Casa Show (Brasil) *
    26.09.2006 Bogota - TBA (Colômbia) **
    27.09.2006 Puebla - La Ciricua Bar (Mexico)
    28.09.2006 Guadalajara - Hard Rock Café (Mexico)
    29.09.2006 Monterrey - Ibex Rock Bar (México)
    30.09.2006 San Luis Potosi - Huerta del STIC (México)
    01.10.2006 Mexico City - Circo Volador (México)

    * with INCANTATION + FUNERUS
    ** To Be Confirmed
    all dates are subject for changes at this point of time.

    www.darkfuneral.se
  • Candlelight Records has premiered "Shadow Fear" from VADER's forthcoming album Impressions in Blood at the label's official My Space page.

    Bring your browser to: www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa to have your first listen.

    Following the success of The Art of War, the band’s masterful EP released earlier this year, Impressions in Blood showcases why the world has long praised this highly regarded band’s now signature sound and style. Realized at Hertz Studios with the production team of Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy, the album features artwork by rising artist Seth (Paradise Lost, Rotting Christ). Its blazing speed (faster than fan favorite Litany!) is a turbulent metal ride that fans have long asked for and now finally receive. It is a corrosive and addictive metal offering.

    Together since 1986, Vader have become one of metal’s most respected and prolific bands. Their extensive discography, now spanning eighteen individual recordings plus several videos and DVDs, has sold nearly one million records worldwide. And till this day the band remain true road warriors, performing over 200 shows each year to a loyal and continually growing audience; the band most recently headlined the successful Metal Crusaders tour (also featuring Kataklysm, labelmates Destruction, Graveworm and more).

    www.vader.pl
    www.candlelightrecordsusa.com
  • GRAVE DIGGER

    The homepage of the german metal legends GRAVE DIGGER was transitional revised in connection to their new Single "Yesterday". See yourself: www.grave-digger.de. In December 2006 the new internet homebase then will be completely over-worked.

    The Single of the classic song "Yesterday" will appear together with a bonus DVD of the performance on Rock Machina Festival 2001, plus two Bonustracks, on 29th September 2006 over Locomotive Records.

    Till the new GRAVE DIGGER Record will be finally released in January 2007, all Fan's have now the chance to shorten the time with this package.
  • Selfmadegod Records has announced its newest signing, Drugs Of Faith from Virginia

    From the musical battleground of Northern Virginia, in the shadow of Washington DC, the power trio that is Drugs Of Faith breaks out with its debut official release. Drugs Of Faith, founded by an Enemy Soil original member, bashes through its hardcore rock fused with grindcore songs utilizing dissonant chords and opposition bass, frontal attack drums, and lyrics covering the personal as well as the political landscape brought out by dynamic vocals. Focused yet a challenge to categorize, Drugs Of Faith carpet bombs the listener with its innovative, stylistic mix.

    Upcoming Shows
    8/05 Washington DC - Warehouse Next Door
    w/ Darkness Remains, Pussy Whisperers, Soul Survivor
    -more shows TBA shortly

    Interviews available upon request.

    Drugs Of Faith lineup:
    Richard, guitar, vocals; Shane, drums; Taryn, bass

    www.drugsoffaith.com
  • INTO ETERNITY Selected For Megadeth’s Gigantour 2006

    “INTO ETERNITY are inarguably the decade’s most original band.” Explicitly Intense

    It’s official! Canada’s progressive metal band INTO ETERNITY will perform on this year’s Gigantour. Announced Monday at the Gigantour site, INTO ETERNITY guitarist Tim Roth said of the honor, “we are extremely blown away at the chance to tour with this great festival. When INTO ETERNITY was formed, a tour with Megadeth was always a goal of mine. I didn't actually think 9 years later we would be playing arenas with them. INTO ETERNITY would like to give extra thanks to Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover for going to bat and putting in some good words for us. See you out there!”

    Set for release on Oct. 3, The Scattering Of Ashes, the band’s new album, has already been described as “a landmark triumph” by Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, and more colorfully by vocalist Stu Block as “over the top Metal Madness.” Mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Killswitch Engage, Arch Enemy) the new album’s clear production brings forward their ingenious multi-leveled musical dynamics and fearless experimentation with style and genre. More information about the band, photos, mp3s and album artwork can be found here.
  • ARCH ENEMY Prepare For Gigantour; New DVD Release
     
    ARCH ENEMY will be making their triumphant return to the U.S. this September as part of the mighty Gigantour, which features the legendary Megadeth, genre titans such as Lamb of God, Opeth and labelmates INTO ETERNITY, among others. The month long trek will be the group's fourth and final U.S. run in support of their highly acclaimed album, Doomsday Machine, which debuted at #87 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Additionally, on August 8th, ARCH ENEMY will release their first DVD, Live Apocalypse, a stunning double-disc set full of phenomenal live footage, in-depth interviews and promotional video clips.
     
    Mike Amott (guitars) further describes his thoughts on the upcoming trek: "We are ecstatic about returning to the U.S. for yet another cool tour after two months of European festivals this summer. It's an honor for us to be a part of Gigantour this year and to share the stage with metal legends Megadeth! We are also looking forward to hanging out with our Swedish friends in Opeth and making lots of new friends along the way. This will most likely be the last time the U.S. fans will see us on tour for the Doomsday Machine album, and we are more than ready to deliver a full on metal assault, ARCH ENEMY style! Let the "Symphony of Destruction" begin.
      
    Gigantour Routing

    September:
    13 Phoenix - Dodge Theatre
    15 Salt Lake City - USANA
    16 Denver - Coors Amphitheatre
    17 Albuquerque - Journal Pavilion
    21 Milwaukee - Eagles Ballroom
    22 Chicago - Congress Theatre
    23 Columbus - Nationwide Arena
    24 Detroit - DTE Energy Amphitheatre
    25 Toronto - Molson Amphitheatre
    27 Montreal - Bell Centre
    28 Nassau - Nassau Coliseum
    30 Holmdel - PNC Bank Center

    October
    6 Tampa - St Pete Times Forum
    7 Orlando - Hard Rock Live
    8 Sunrise FL - Bank Atlantic Forum
    More dates TBA soon
     
    Official Website www.archenemy.net

    Metal Maniacs
  • DIECAST New Album Details and Artwork
     
    DIECAST have triumphantly returned with a stunning new effort, Internal Revolution, which is set for a September 19th release. The album perfectly showcases their constant evolution to develop their own unique sound. With a new lineup in tact, the group were able to expand upon their influences with no preconceived boundaries, and the results were unlike anything they ever expected.
     
    Click below to view the new album's stunning cover art by Travis Smith (Soilwork, Opeth).
    Click Here
     
    Internal Revolution Tracklisting
    1. Internal Revolution
    2. Never Forget
    3. Hourglass
    4. Fractured
    5. Weakness
    6. Fade Away
    7. Out of Reach
    8. S.O.S.
    9. Nothing I Could Say
    10. Definition of a Hero
    11. The Coldest Rain
     
    DIECAST spent the better part of this past year fine-tuning their new material before teaming up with longtime producer Paul Trust to track the long awaited effort. The disc promises to be their biggest sounding and most dynamic offering yet. Paul Stoddard (vocals) further elaborates: "DIECAST are now stronger than ever. I feel Internal Revolution is going to be one of the most diverse records to hit our scene to date. Guaranteed to be something for everyone.
     
    DIECAST, finally able to show the world what they are truly capable of with Internal Revolution, have now carved out their own refreshing, unique niche within the scene.
     
    "DIECAST are a sonically efficient killing machine."
    -- Metal Maniacs
     
    Official Website: www.bhcdiecast.com

    Metal Maniacs
  • ATHEIST Announce First American Reunion Performance; Catalog Now Available via iTunes

    Technical metal pioneers ATHEIST have announced their first American reunion show will take place at the inaugural Auditory Assault Festival.

    The Auditory Assault Festival will take place at the Sonar Club in Baltimore, MD on November 25th. Also scheduled to appear are Relapse label mates MISERY INDEX and CRETIN with many more bands to be announced shortly. This performance is the first of what will be a small number of select American reunion shows by the band. For more information on this Relapse Records co-sponsored festival, please visit: www.supremebrutality.com/auditoryassault.

    ATHEIST guitarist/vocalist Kelly Shaefer comments, "We are so pleased to be able to play as Atheist for the first time in America since 1991 and excited that it is part of a great new festival. As with our recent European festival shows, we will be performing songs from all 3 records, and we aim to make it a technical death metal extravaganza Atheist style!"

    ATHEIST recently began an exclusive run of European festival performances with incredible performances at Italy's Evolution Festival and the UK's Bloodstock Open Air. Shaefer continues, "We would like to say thanks to the Evolution Festival and Bloodstock Open Air for helping to give many people who never got to see Atheist live a chance to see us one last time. Both festivals were incredible experiences for us and ones we will never forget."

    Additionally, the band's wildly-influential catalog (1988's "Piece of Time", 1993's "Elements", and 1991's legendary "Unquestionable Presence") has recently been made available for the first time via iTunes and select digital distributors internationally.

    Updated ATHEIST news / tour information will be made available via the Relapse Records website: www.RELAPSE.com and the ATHEIST website: www.OfficialAtheist.com.

    Metal Maniacs
  • HAMMERFALL new album details

    Sweden's HAMMERFALL have set "Threshold" as the title of its new album, due in the U.S. on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records (October 23 in Europe, except in Germany, where it will arrive on October 20). The complete track listing for the CD is as follows:

    01. Threshold
    02. The Fire Burns Forever
    03. Rebel Inside
    04. Natural High
    05. Dark Wings, Dark Words
    06. Howlin' With The 'Pac
    07. Shadow Empire
    08. Carved In Stone
    09. Reign Of The Hammer
    10. Genocide
    11. Titan

    HAMMERFALL's video for "The Fire Burns Forever", the brand new track the band recorded with some of the Swedish participants in the European Athletics Championships, has been posted online at YouTube.com. The single track will be available as download only between August 6 and September 6, exclusively at the iTunes music store and Nuclear Blast Musicshop. HAMMERFALL and the athletes will also perform "The Fire Burns Forever" at the official opening of the Championships on August 6 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • ILLUMINATE new album!

    Germany poets of dark romance, ILLUMINATE, finished their tenth record (!) "Zwei Seelen" to stir up the scene. The toweringly album will be available in the stores the 29th of september. The album is heavier than the previous ones, thank you drums and more guitars, as singer Johannes Berthold says. The thrill of anticipation in the fan-scene was amplified by the gig at this years WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN where the new Gothic Rock ballad "Es Brennt Die Welt" stunned every fan. "The song decribes with strong metaphors what happened in the night of 13th February 1945. In that night, 40.000 people died because of the senseless bombing of the city of Dresden", says Johannes. The album features the typical dark ILLUMINATE style with songs like "Tote Gärten" and "Siehst Du Mich in Dir?" but also fresh tones with tunes like the hit "Wer Lieben will…." – a song without keyboards. An intended contrast: "The duality of the both sides of the album must be drastic and striking. On this record, we have well-known romantic and emtional moments, but also tragic and depressiv moments." As a bonus, the first ever live CD in the history of ILLUMINATE will be included. The concert took place in Mexiko, October 2005. "Zwei Seelen" shows the rocking side of the band and convinces with it´s intense and emotional tightrope walk.
  • ARCORAIS are in search of a new Guitarrist.

    Former Member Torben "Hermi" Herrmann will leave the Band after their Gig on the Westerode Open Air.
    The new guitarrist should offer experience in guitar playing and the ability of doing rehearsals twice a week in Metelen (Germany, close to NL-Enschede). He should also have own equipment.

    The Band's sound is discribed as ThrashMetalCore (Maroon meets Chimaira)

    ARCORAIS offers a planned CD-Release on a Label, a rehearsal room with studio-equipment and a lot of gigs to come.

    Please get in touch via [email protected]
  • CANDLELIGHT USA LABEL TOUR TO IMPACT JANUARY 2007

    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records today proudly announces its second North American label tour package. Set to kick off January 9 Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising will feature the long-awaited stateside return of Dark Funeral (Sweden), Enslaved (Norway) and introduce newcomers Abigail Williams (USA). The tour will visit 20-plus cities before concluding on February 4.

    Dark Funeral guitarist/founding member Lord Ahriman says, "since we announced the first European tour dates for our latest album Attera Totus Sanctus earlier this year, there has been a constant and completely overwhelming flow of mails from the US and Canada asking when the hell we will tour North America. Well finally dates are being booked! Last time we toured the US supporting Cannibal Corpse in 2002 we had a blast. Everyone we met during that tour was really cool. The crowd was totally awesome. It'll be killer to finally return overseas! I have the feeling that this is going to be one hell of a tour and we hope see you in January!"

    Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjornson adds, "I have awaited this moment since I don’t know when and now it is official: an extensive Enslaved tour in North America is becoming reality. We have been working every possible angle of getting over to present our music for years. We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at the shows. You won’t be disappointed; neither will we.”

    The tour continues Candlelight's growing commitment to the live forum. Recent Candlelight artists to visit the US include Vader (Poland), Destruction (Germany), and Emperor (Norway). This fall Candlelight will present tours from Dismember (Sweden), Epica (Netherlands), 1349 (Norway), Sahg (Norway), Daylight Dies (USA) and Witchcraft (Sweden), with additional festivals and tour announcements to soon follow.

    Dates and ticket on sale information for Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising will be announced shortly. Visit the label's official website for further news and tour information.
  • CANDLELIGHT USA Podcast

    Candlelight USA proudly announces the start of the label's monthly podcast series. The 60-plus minute preview program will contain advance and deep listening opportunities for fans of the label's growing international roster. The series will also include upcoming tour spotlights, label news and catalog specials via our recently launched webstore. The August edition will be available for download from our main page beginning 9am EST tomorrow August 1; bring your browser to www.candlelightrecordsusa.com. August's podcast features music from Vader, 1349, Sahg, Gorgoroth, Jotunspor, Setherial, Time Requiem, and Necrophobic.

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  • ESTRADASPHERE Release Date

    Santa Cruz, California's eclectic and unclassifiable musical group ESTRADASPHERE has set September 19th, 2006 as the release date for their fourth album - and debut for THE END RECORDS - titled 'Palace of Mirrors.’ The album will be released in digipak format.

    Within their music ESTRADASPHERE brings together elements from a wide-range of styles (gypsy metal, 60's foreign cinema rock, jazz arrangements, expansive orchestrations) with such perseverance and major focus on the aesthetic of their sound.

    The tracklisting for ‘Palace of Mirrors’ is:
    1. Title
    2. Palace Of Mirrors
    3. A Corporate Merger
    4. The Terrible Beautypower Of Meow
    5. Colossal Risk
    6. The Unfolding Pause On The Threshold
    7. Smuggled Mutation
    8. Six Hands
    9. The Debutante
    10. Flower Garden Of An Evil Man
    11. Those Who Know…
    12. Palace Of Mirrors Reprise
    13. The Return

    About the material found on the new album, bassist Tim Smolens commented, “The new album by Estradasphere distills the elements in the group that are clearly the strongest, while trimming the fat of our previous efforts.”
    Guitarist Jason Schimmel adds, “’Palace of Mirrors’ took us several years to complete and it is a musical representation of our new directions in composition. This album will exceed our current fans’ expectations, while appealing to a wider audience.”

    Following the release of their debut, ESTRADASPHERE are scheduled to embark on a full North American tour starting in October. The band plans to perform the entire album ‘Palace of Mirrors’ live with a full multi-media presentation.

    ESTRADASPHERE
    10/02/06 Mon @ Quixote's True Blue - Denver, CO
    10/05/06 Thu @ The Note - Chicago, IL
    10/08/06 Sun @ Nietzsche's - Buffalo, NY
    10/09/06 Mon @ The Tranzac - Toronto
    10/12/06 Thu @ The Middle East - Boston, MA
    10/13/06 Fri @ Coda - New York, NY
    10/14/06 Sat @ Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ
    10/15/06 Sun @ Stafford Township Arts Center - Manahawkin, NJ
    10/18/06 Wed @ The Earl - Atlanta, GA
    10/19/06 Thu @ Jack Rabbit's - Jacksonville, FL
    10/20/06 Fri @ Satori - Mobile, AL
    10/21/06 Sat @ Rudyard's - Houston, TX
    10/24/06 Tue @ The Roadhouse - Odessa, TX
    10/26/06 Thu @ Solar Culture - Tucson, AZ
    11/03/06 Fri @ Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA
    11/04/06 Sun @ The Attic - Santa Cruz, CA

    Official website: http://www.estradasphere.com
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