News - July 2008 - Old News
July 5th, 2008
  • TICKETS for ROCK AGAINST DIABETES 2008 ONLINE CONCERT IS ON SALE NOW!

    HOLLYWOOD, CA – The coolest concert online is the Rock Against Diabetes event on August 23rd, 2008. The concert is broadcast in HD and is fully interactive with viewers being able to communicate with show host Evel Dick Donato, as well as the rockstars performing. Fans will be able to vote for the order of each bands set list, give applause, ask questions, show support and give shout outs. Online viewers will also be eligible to bid on auction items that are only available to the online audience. Fans can also choose the camera angles to get the best views of the performances so you can get front row and better from your favorite recliner.

    Every 1,000th ticket holder will be receiving a limited edition autographed shirt from the event, as well as a Rock Against Diabetes 2008 prize pack.

    Tickets are $9.99 each, with the purchaser having the ability to invite 5 friends to view the show from their own homes for free.

    Tickets are at:
    http://www.deeprockdrive.com/event/5462/rock_against_diabetes_2008

    Show information at:
    www.rockagainstdiabetes.org

    Deep Rock Drive information at:
    www.deeprockdrive.com

    Lineup as of today
    Evel Dick Donato - Host
    Cliff Morrison and the Lizard Sun Band (Son of Jim Morrison)
    Eric Martin Band (Former Mr. Big)
    LA Guns (W/Tracii Guns)
    Y&T
    Bumblefoot (guitarist Ron Thal of GnR) and an all star band - members to be announced.
    More acts to be announced.

    VIP TICKETS. ONLY 50 PAIRS EXIST at WWW.ROCKAGAINSTDIABETES.ORG/AUCTION
    Rock and Entertainment Auctions to begin May 11th, 2008 on EBay as well as www.rockagainstdiabetes.org/auctions.htm
  • BILOCATE “Sudden Death Syndrome” Artwork Unveiled & Album Updates

    Jordanian dark oriental metallers BILOCATE have unveiled the cover artwork for their forthcoming album, "Sudden Death Syndrome", at this location. The artwork was designed by Dennis Sibeijn, who has previously worked with such bands as DRACONIAN, CHIMAIRA and ABORTED.

    Commented vocalist Ramzi Essayed: "During the mixing stage, we were working in parallel together with Dennis on the artwork idea and layout. It's ready now with the magnificent work of Dennis. He truly reflected the album spirit and concepts. A special thanks to him from BILOCATE for his efforts and support."

    "Sudden Death Syndrome" was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studio in Sweden with producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, BLOODBATH, AMON AMARTH, SYMPHONY X, PARADISE LOST)

    The track listing for the effort is as follows:
    01. Humans And The Dark Affiliation
    02. Blooded Forest
    03. The Dead Sea
    04. Ebtehal
    05. Inoculate
    06. Pure Wicked Sins
    07. The Stone of Hate

    The song "The Dead Sea" is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.

    Bogren previously stated about BILOCATE: "BILOCATE takes the qualities from the best epic death metal bands and blend it with their very own Middle Eastern touch, and out comes one of the most interesting metal bands I've heard for a long time You can hear that they put effort and thought in to every note and every scream!"

    BILOCATE's Ramzi Essayed recorded the vocals for the new CD at the In the Mix studios with Nash Planojevic, who is known for his work as a monitor engineer for IRON MAIDEN and SAXON.

    Stated Nash: "Refreshing, promising and definitely most tight project I ever done so far here in Dubai. On the other hand definitely most demanding task, guys know exactly what they want and that's the way to be!!! Looking forward together with Jens and guys from BILOCATE to open new horizons for the music coming from the region, and proof the fact that the good music lays deep down under the remains of Petra and sand dunes of futuristic Dubai!"

    On Other news, BILOCATE Revealed their new Logo which has been created by Christophe Szpajdel Known as "The Lord of Logos", best recognized by his great work for bands such as (Emperor, Enthroned, Moonspell, Old man's child, Borknagar & many others).

    BILOCATE would like to give their gratitude to Christphe for his Outstanding work & efforts in creating BILOCATE's new great logo.

    Ramzi Essayed (Vocalist) commented:

    "it was a challenge for the band to have our vision & music translated into a single identity in front of the music world but working with such a talented, creative & amazing artist like Christphe made it happen, A true lord of logos indeed. A humble artist which I never dealt with such before...special thanks from me & Bilocate members to Christophe".

    Christophe commented on BILOCATE:

    "This is one of the most original band I came across, providing me an enriching experience in my entire career as I am currently working on their logo. You can see three Bilocate logos on my gallery now. Amazing mixture of dark oriental metal with hints of death and black metal elegantly melt into each other.... What a shame this band was so underrated....this band is a gem and so nice people I would work for indefinitely."

    BILOCATE's Official Website | BILOCATE's Mysapce Page
  • New line up in Mastic Scum!

    Hell yeah!! There is a new bass player in Mastic Scum! We welcome Bobby "The Basstard" in the band! We are very curious about this enrichment for the band as he is a great musician and a fucking cool guy! Due different reasons "Much" had to leave the band, we wish him all the best for the future. Mastic Scum will be back on stage with new line-up and new live tracks in June 08! Be prepared!

    www.masticscum.com
  • KEEP OF KALESSIN - NEW SONG, NEW VIDEO, IMPROVED MYSPACE!

    Norwegian metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN have issued the following update:

    "KEEP OF KALESSIN has returned to Norway after an amazing North American tour with DIMMU BORGIR and BEHEMOTH. We're very happy with this tour and it's definitely the best tour we have done so far in our career. All three bands delivered amazing shows every night and everyone were super-cool people to hang out with! We definitely made some lifelong friends on this tour.

    We did a total of 27 shows all across North America and all shows were sold out or close to sold out. With venues ranging from 1,000 to 2,500 in capacity, I'd say that is very good for an extreme metal tour like this!

    It was also great to see that most of the people showed up early enough to see KEEP OF KALESSIN's set and we met a lot of fans that had been waiting a long time for our arrival in the U.S., and we also gained a lot of new fans. We tried to sign and meet our fans every night and the feedback from all of you was just great! We truly appreciate all the support!!

    Straight after the tour, with only one day of rest in between, we travelled to Gothenburg to record our new video. The video was directed by Patric Ullaeus who is well known for his work with metal bands like DIMMU BORGIR, WITHIN TEMPTATION, IN FLAMES and many more. It will be a performance video shot on white screen / green screen and judging from the raw material it will be one of the 'baddest' metal videos of 2008!

    The video is for the track 'Ascendant' which now can be heard on the Keep of Kalessin MySpace Page.

    KEEP OF KALESSIN's new album Kolossus will be released in Europe on June 6th and America on June 10th and we hope that all the fans get the new album so we can convince everyone to have us back in North America in the fall."

    Keep of Kalessin MySpace Page
    Keep of Kalessin Official Website
  • AMORPHIS, LEAVES EYES, SAMAEL, VIRGIN BLACK - NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

    Finland's AMORPHIS have been announced as the headlining act for the upcoming North American tour with Leaves' Eyes (Germany), SAMAEL (Switzerland - also on Nuclear Blast!) and Virgin Black (Australia).

    Tickets have already gone on sale at: http://www.enterthevault.com/artist.php?id=400

    AMORPHIS will be touring in support of their latest album, Silent Waters, which was released in North America on September 18, 2007.

    Silent Waters is the second AMORPHIS album to feature singer Tomi Joutsen. It was recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, Finland. Mixing duties were handled by Mikko Karmila (Nightwish, Stratovarius) at Finnvox studios.

    For ALL upcoming Tour Dates, please visit the links below.

    Amorphis MySpace Page
    Amorphis Facebook Page
  • EDGUY + KAMELOT TEAM UP FOR TOUR!

    German melodic metallers EDGUY will be on tour in North America with KAMELOT this October!

    Tickets are now on sale HERE.

    To see if they'll be dropping by a city near you, please visit www.myspace.com/edguy

    EDGUY are preparing to enter the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 2006's Rocket Ride.

    Commented frontman Tobias Sammet:

    "People think that we are quite fast but that's not the truth. I completed the AVANTASIA album last autumn, the AVANTASIA songwriting itself was completed even way back in 2006.

    All the new ideas I've had since then could be taken for EDGUY. In fact, this is a long time to refresh your creativity and gather new stuff. The material sounds very fresh, it embraces all the different trademarks of EDGUY, I think it is a logical continuation of 'Rocket Ride' and 'Hellfire Club'.

    Maybe it doesn't come across as goofy as 'Rocket Ride', but I am sure if we have fun in the studio we'll have enough possibilities to ruin the day for notoriously bitter people, haha. Yet it's more bombastic and heavier, not too fast 'cause I really don't like pure speed metal that much anymore.

    I like 'Lavatory Love Machine', 'The Piper Never Dies', 'Mandrake' and 'Sacrifice'. There's three fast tracks, but they are all good, not 'just fast!' We'll enter the studio next week and work whenever producer Sascha Paeth and me come back from the AVANTASIA weekends."

    Edguy MySpace Page
    Edguy Facebook Page
  • Herratik new album update

    Pre-production for the upcoming HERRATIK album has commenced.It will be the bands 4th full length and the 2nd under the new moniker.The yet untitled cd will be recorded in Germany at Sotastudio and in Sydney at Vitriol recording studio. Once again Alex (Necrodemon) Koch will be bashing the skins and he has gone a step further. He will also produce the new album.

    The drum parts are currently being written to the completed guitar parts for the pre-production of the new album & everything is coming together quite well and sounding awesome. The official recording of the album has been scheduled for July 2008 and Alex will be flying over to Australia to supervise and engineer all the recording sessions at Sydney's Vitriol recording studio.

    Visit our website for more news in the new month or two.

    Regards,
    Gooch - Herratik Lead Guitars & Bookings.
    VIOLENT DEATH/THRASH METAL FROM OZ
    www.herratik.com
    www.myspace.com/herratiktheband
    HERRATIK - formerly known as Abortus \m/ \m/
  • Deadbird's "Twilight Ritual" album art, release date, mp3 posted

    Twilight Ritual hits stores on June 24th, and an mp3 of the track "Death of Self" is now posted as a teaser for the full album: http://www.atalossrecordings.com/DeadbirdDeathofSelf.htm.

    Brothers Schaaf (Chuck and Phil) formed Deadbird in 2002. Chuck had been playing in Little Rock's own Rwake at the time but decided to head back to Fayetteville, AR to start Deadbird with his brother. They released The Head and the Heart in 2005 on Codebreaker/Earache (originally self-released in 2003). Many tours and a few lineup changes later saw Deadbird completed their second full-length Twilight Ritual. This was with the help of new bassist Reid Raley (also in Rwake). Firmly rooted in the underground heavy sound coming out of Arkansas these days (see also Shitfire, Seahag, etc.), Deadbird's strong metallic riff-centric edge manages to sneak hardcore and punk elements, lots of Southern rock melody and even a few vocal harmonies into their tracks. Look for Deadbird to hit the road again in June with more news to follow shortly.

    Twilight Ritual track listing:
    Into The Clearing (7:34)
    Death Of Self (9:18)
    Rule Discordia (7:23)
    Feral Flame (5:41)
    The Riverbed (8:25)
    Twilight Ritual (8:49)

    www.myspace.com/deadbird
    www.atalossrecordings.com
    www.myspace.com/atalossrecordings
  • Metal Band LEATHERWOLF Unleashes ALBUM in the U.S.A

    NEW WORLD ASYLUM on sale NOW!

    "New World Asylum is nothing short of killer!!! American heavy metal doesn’t get much better than this!" - Hard Rock Hideout

    HOLLYWOOD, CA – Leatherwolf, The Triple Axe Attack, are once again reunited and shredding metal in near classic formation with their album NEW WORLD ASYLUM. This comeback album was originally released in 2006 with vocalist Wade Black (ex-Crimson Glory), but with a returning Mike Olivieri, original vocalist, Leatherwolf is now issuing a re-worked version of their acclaimed 2006 comeback disc, titled NEW WORLD ASYLUM.

    An unorthodox step but one the members feel confident about: "The thing is WORLD ASYLUM is what got Mike's metal juices flowing again", explains drummer/co-producer Dean Roberts. "He needed to step away form everything for a while but when he heard the finished album with Wade he was blown away. And once Wade left, getting Mike back just made sense. The idea to re-cut the vocals and tweak the album came about because Mike loved singing the new songs and wanted to give it a go. Wade did a great job on the original WORLD ASYLUM but from all the feedback we've received we know that people are welcoming Mike with open arms and are stoked to hear his voice again."

    Long before British metal legends Iron Maiden picked up on the concept, a pack of hungry Huntington Beach, CA-based teenagers, collectively known as Leatherwolf, pioneered and perfected the heavy metal Triple Axe Attack - documented via a tri-fecta of critically acclaimed and much worshipped '80's scorchers. The eponymous debut EP, expanded to a full-length LP, entitled Endangered Species for international release, and a pair of stunning albums for Island Records, Leatherwolf and Street Ready (yielding the MTV videos 'The Calling' and 'Hideaway', respectively), saw the band flying the flag of decidedly European-styled metal amidst a sea of formulaic L.A. and OC contemporaries.

    Discography:
    New World Asylum (NIL8, 2008)
    World Asylum (NIL8 / Massacre / King / Dynamo Prod., 2006)
    Wide Open (Leatherwolf Music / King, 1999)
    Street Ready (Island, 1989)
    Leatherwolf (Island, 1987)
    Leatherwolf, aka Endangered Species (Enigma / SPV / HM America, 1985)
    Leatherwolf EP (Tropical/Enigma, 1984)

    Leatherwolf is back with the Triple Axe Attack! For more information and to buy NEW WORLD ASYLUM got to www.myspace.com/leatherwolfmusic. Go check out the new video Dr. Wicked on www.youtube.com - Tour dates TBA soon.
  • Denmark’s VOLBEAT delivers American debut in June

    ROCK THE REBEL/METAL THE DEVIL on MASCOT RECORDS USA

    HOLLYWOOD – Elvis metal ‘n’ rollers VOLBEAT, who combine ‘50s rock with modern metal, will unleash their trademark rockabilly sound on unsuspecting Americans come June 10th via their first ever U.S. release, ROCK THE REBEL/METAL THE DEVIL on Mascot Records USA. Expect to hear the first single Sad Man’s Tongue on radio nationwide in May.

    Original and different, classic and cutting edge, VOLBEAT is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Michael Poulsen, guitarist Thomas Bredahl, bassist Anders Kjølholm and drummer Jon Larsen. Already endorsed by Vans, Eastpak, Gibson, In Tune Guitar Picks, De Palma and Dean Markley, VOLBEAT is intent on earning the adoration of American fans from coast to coast.

    In their native Denmark, ROCK THE REBEL/METAL THE DEVIL has been certified platinum. Further solidifying their success, VOLBEAT was nominated once at the 2007 MTV European Music Awards and four times at this year’s annual Danish Music Awards (the Danish Grammy Awards equivalent) – where ROCK THE REBEL/METAL THE DEVIL was named album of the year.

    When it comes to performing live, VOLBEAT has taken the stage at numerous prestigious European festivals including, but not limited to: Wacken Open Air, Roskilde, With Full Force, Summer Breeze and Graspop. In July 2007, VOLBEAT opened for Metallica on their Sick of the Studio tour when it stopped in Denmark.

    America is about to learn what Europe is already well aware of – VOLBEAT rocks! ROCK THE REBEL/METAL THE DEVIL releases June 10th, 2008 on Mascot Records U.S.A. Expect their U.S. tour in the fall, dates TBA.

    For more information visit www.volbeat.dk or www.myspace.com/volbeat or watch Volbeats new video Sad Man’s Tongue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mV_HHL-h6g .
  • New single from Manzana!

    "End Of The World" is follow-up for MANZANA's CD-single "Falling To Pieces" that was released last spring and achieved position 2 on official Finland CD-single chart. The debut album "Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart" found as well its place on Finland charts, position 24. Looking from any aspect whatsoever last year was interesting for the group; album was released on thirty countries and feedback was almost without exception very positive. At the front of band's gigs the action was lively, also the first European tour with Finnish Lovex was done.

    "End Of The World" is 100% guaranteed MANZANA. Energetic and top catchy choruses are band's core know-how.

    MANZANA's men and Piritta have found their own sound. Drummer Heikki Malmberg's incredible groove, Klasu's stocky bass playing, Henkka Wirsell's powerful guitar riffing and Piritta's punk tinged vocals makes MANZANA totally something of its own - down-to-earth reaching rock is the band's thing.

    Orchestra's new "Babies Of Revolution" album will be released late summer. Before the release let's listen how the world ends on a MANZANA way. Single's download shop links can be found at band's web sites www.manzana.fi

    MANZANA has inked a recording deal with Finnish Dynamic Arts Records. The company is known from acts like Deathchain, Shade Empire, Silentium and Morian.

    Manzana official | Manzana MySpace | More information
  • BA'AL eCard online!

    6th of June comes closer and closer, and also the release date of the BA'AL album "Confuesion Of Tongues ". From now on, you can get with the track "Madness Of The King " more impression of the album through the new eCard. It also includes informations, the accompanying text of the album and the pre-released track "Rustmonster"

    eCard: http://maintainrecords.com/ecards/baal/

    http://www.maintainrecords.com
    http://myspace.com/maintainrec
  • DEATH ANGEL Comic Book Unveiled!

    For immediate release:

    Artist JOSHUA EMERICK, who has previously worked with THE BEATLES, CKY, SOCIAL DISTORTION and SONIC YOUTH, has created a DEATH ANGEL themed comic book in collaboration with the bands members. Other possible contributors include ROB ZOMBIE and comedian BRIAN POSEHN, who most recently put out a stand up comedy/metal record via RELAPSE RECORDS. The following is an excerpt from an interview conducted with the renowned comic and toy oriented magazine, WIZARD:

    “WIZARD: So how much can you tell me about the DEATH ANGEL project?

    EMERICK: The DEATH ANGEL project started from when I did the CKY comic book. And what happened was that Darren Miller, who was the lead singer for CKY, also had a death metal band and the record label he's working through let me know that DEATH ANGEL was doing a comic book. And I was like, ‘Yeah! I'll do it!’ cause a lot of my work to date has been a lot of rock pieces. I've done a lot of artwork for the BEATLES' magazines, for SONIC YOUTH, SOCIAL DISTORTION, I did CKY's tour shirts and their comic books.

    WIZARD: In the Death Angel comic, how collaborative was it? How many writers did you have working with you?

    EMERICK: I brought in the writer that I grew up with. We used to make comics when we were kids and we stayed close friends and he did the CKY book for me. We did a couple things for Cartoon Network for proposals for shows. I kept him on with me when I got a new writer who came in. He's a stand up comedian and he's helping on the book as well. And Dennis Pepa, the bass player [of DEATH ANGEL], he's actually the one I've been talking to the most, though. He's the one we're forming the comic book company with.

    WIZARD: You mentioned bringing in a comedian. Is the comic going to be like a "Metalocalypse" thing where you're making fun of metal while also celebrating it?

    EMERICK: Pretty much, yeah. The first series has a lot to do with how music is being taken over by corporate music offices and everything. But when it comes to the one-liners and punch lines, that's where the comedian comes in and adds his flavor to it.

    WIZARD: So it's a struggle with the corporatization of rock and roll?

    EMERICK: Yeah, what happens is since they're called DEATH ANGEL, we have the Angel of Death—the Grim Reaper—come in and he knocks them all off. And somehow they go to an alternate universe. It's kind of like "Akira," based in the future where everything's a mess: a post-apocalyptic setting. And there's the main villain, Ludwig, and ironically he's death. He's the one controlling this thing called the "Sonic Beatdown," that's one of DEATH ANGEL’s new singles that they released. I guess it's the B note that he's controlling and using to take control of the world pretty much. And Death Angel is going to come in and try to make things better and help people out.

    WIZARD: Help people out by rocking?

    EMERICK: [Laughs] Pretty much, yeah! [Laughs] They're pretty much going to get together as a team and they're gonna make the "Sonic Beatdown" instrument turn against the leader and try to reverse everything and try to bring harmony back to the world. There's all kinds of mech robots, there's machines that are half robot, half human, half animal.

    WIZARD: That sounds pretty awesome!

    EMERICK: Yeah, the writers did a really good job on this one. I'm really happy with it and I'm halfway done with the book now with penciling and inking. And I'm just really happy with it now.”

    Read the entire interview and view artwork from the comic at the following location http://www.wizarduniverse.com/051908deathangelemerick.html.

    DEATH ANGEL are currently making waves with their first tour US tour in first years, the “In Thrash We Trust” tour with GOD FORBID, SOILENT GREEN, ARSIS and LIGHT THIS CITY.

    The band recently filmed a video for the song "Dethroned" with director Robert Sexton (THE DWARVES, AMEN, MONDO GENERATOR) in Santa Paula, California. The track which comes off the band's latest album, "Killing Season", can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKZ6TOksrs4.

    Released on February 26, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records, “Killing Season” sold approximately 2,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album was recorded at Studio 606 in Northridge, California with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has previously worked with FOO FIGHTERS, RUSH, VELVET REVOLVER, SHADOWS FALL and STONE SOUR, among other acts.
  • Black Sabbath "The Rules Of Hell" Boxed Set Due July 22 From Rhino

    BLACK SABBATH ENFORCES THE RULES OF HELL

    Five-CD Boxed Set Features Newly Remastered Versions Of Every Dio-Era Sabbath Album, Available July 22 From Rhino

    Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Vinny Appice Are Currently Recording Long Awaited New Heaven & Hell Studio Album, Set To Be Released By Rhino In Early 2009

    Heaven & Hell Will Return to the Road This Summer for the Metal Masters Tour With Judas Priest, Motörhead, and Testament

    LOS ANGELES -- Heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath were reborn in 1980 when founding members Tony Iommi and Terry "Geezer" Butler added vocalist Ronnie James Dio to the lineup. The band's short but memorable time together added an unforgettable chapter in Sabbath's storied history. Rhino relives the demonic fury conjured by the Dio era with THE RULES OF HELL, a boxed set featuring all three of the band's studio releases (Heaven And Hell, Mob Rules, Dehumanizer) and their double live collection (Live Evil) -- each recently remastered for the first time. The set comes packaged in a deluxe slipcase with extensive liner notes featuring all new interviews with the band. This five-disc boxed set will be available from Rhino on July 22 at all physical outlets, as well as www.rhino.com, for a suggested list price of $54.98. The set will also be available the same day at all digital outlets for a suggested list price of $24.99.

    Two years ago, Dio, Iommi and Butler and drummer Vinny Appice reunited to record a trio of new songs for Rhino's Black Sabbath: The Dio Years before launching a highly anticipated and greatly acclaimed world tour under their new moniker Heaven & Hell. Revitalized by the reunion, the lineup is back in the studio now recording the first ever full-length studio album from Heaven & Hell, set to be released by Rhino in early 2009. To whet the fans' appetites for the new album, Heaven & Hell will return to the road for a short stint on the Metal Masters Tour, a month-long North American trek with Judas Priest, Motörhead, and Testament. This blistering metal juggernaut will launch August 6 in Philadelphia.

    The Dio-era's first effort, HEAVEN AND HELL, hit the racks on April 25, 1980. Greeted by ecstatic reviews, the album peaked at #9 in Britain. In the U.S., its Top 30 success gave the group its first platinum disc in six years. Opening with the chugging anthem "Neon Knights," the album also includes the epic title track, "Wishing Well," "Die Young" and "Lonely Is The Word."

    The group's follow-up, MOB RULES, was the first without original drummer Bill Ward, who was replaced with Appice. The album bristles with Iommi's signature dark riffs, Butler's elaborate bass lines, Appice's hammering behind the drums and Dio's inimitable growling. The album includes the high-octane tracks "Falling Off The Edge Of The World," "Turn Up The Night," and the title track plus the mid-tempo rocker "Voodoo" and the slow-churning epic "The Sign Of The Southern Cross," a favorite among band members and fans alike.

    Released in December 1982, LIVE EVIL stands as a modern metal masterpiece and a testament to the power of the Dio, Iommi, Butler and Appice lineup. Recorded in Seattle, Dallas, and San Antonio, the sound is upfront and aggressive, a virtual front-row seat for epic versions of their classics including "Neon Knights," "Children Of The Sea," "The Sign Of The Southern Cross" and "Heaven And Hell."

    DEHUMANIZER (1992) is seen by many metal aficionados as one of -- if not the most -- underrated work to ever carry the Sabbath name. After the lineup fell apart in 1982, the group reconvened a decade later to release this lost classic. The album forged something new, pushing its legend to a new generation of metal heads with incredible tracks like "I," "Computer God" and "TV Crimes."

    THE RULES OF HELL
    Track Listing

    HEAVEN AND HELL
    1. "Neon Knights"
    2. "Children Of The Sea"
    3. "Lady Evil"
    4. "Heaven And Hell"
    5. "Wishing Well"
    6. "Die Young"
    7. "Walk Away"
    8. "Lonely Is The Word"

    MOB RULES
    1. "Turn Up The Night"
    2. "Voodoo"
    3. "The Sign Of The Southern Cross"
    4. "E5150"
    5. "The Mob Rules"
    6. "Country Girl"
    7. "Slipping Away"
    8. "Falling Off The Edge Of The World"
    9. "Over And Over"

    LIVE EVIL
    Disc 1
    1. "E5150"
    2. "Neon Knights"
    3. "N.I.B."
    4. "Children Of The Sea"
    5. "Voodoo"
    6. "Black Sabbath"
    7. "War Pigs"
    8. "Iron Man"

    Disc 2
    1. "The Mob Rules"
    2. "Heaven And Hell"
    3. "The Sign Of The Southern Cross/Heaven And Hell"
    4. "Paranoid"
    5. "Children Of The Grave"
    6. "Fluff"

    DEHUMANIZER
    1. "Computer God"
    2. "After All (The Dead)"
    3. "TV Crimes"
    4. "Letters From Earth"
    5. "Master Of Insanity"
    6. "Time Machine"
    7. "Sins Of The Father"
    8. "Too Late"
    9. "I"
    10. "Buried Alive"
    11. "Time Machine" (Wayne's World Version)

    Heaven & Hell North American Tour Dates
    (Except where noted, all shows also feature Judas Priest, Motörhead, and Testament)

    AUGUST
    6 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
    7 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion
    9 Holmdel, NJ PNC Arts Center
    10 Wantagh, NJ Jones Beach Theater
    12 Hamburg, NY Grandstand Stage/America's Fair **
    13 Toronto, ONT Molson Amphitheatre
    15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena##
    16 Pittsburgh, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
    18 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Center
    19 Chicago, IL First Midwest Band Amphitheatre
    22 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
    23 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    24 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    27 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
    28 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
    30 San Bernadino, CA Hyundai Pavilion At Glen Helen
    31 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

    **Featuring Motörhead and Testament ONLY
    ## Featuring Judas Priest and Testament ONLY

    www.rhino.com
  • KRISIUN announce details for upcoming new album “Southern Storm” and new European shows!

    KRISIUN’s “Southern Storm” dawns upon us and is destined to set ablaze the entire extreme metal scene with untamed fury and deadly precision! Integrity, brutality, and an undying fervour for the uncompromising and unrelenting art of pure f**king death metal is what has kept the Brazilian three-piece going for more than 15 years! With their seventh studio album, “Southern Storm”, the hyperspeed brothers prove once again that they are as unstoppable, violent and dedicated as ever. The album is set for release on July 21, 2008 (Europe).

    Once again, KRISIUN chose to work with producer Andy Classen (who already worked with the band on 1999’s “Conquerors Of Armageddon” and “AssassiNation”) at the Stage One Studio in Germany and the result offers everything the band’s rabid fan-base loves since day one: ferocious high-speed blasting, infectious double bass-driven grooves, razor-sharp riffs, devastating leads and a unique feel for combining catchiness with technicality. Tracks like the massive opener “Slaying Steel”, “Combustion Inferno” or the band’s rendition of the Sepultura classic “Refuse/Resist” are nothing but crushing death metal hits!

    See below for the album’s full track-listing:
    1. Slaying Steel (4:11)
    2. Sentenced Morning (3:59)
    3. Twisting Sights (4:05)
    4. Minotaur (3:51)
    5. Combustion Inferno (4:23)
    6. Massacre Under The Sun (4:43)
    7. Bleeding Offers (3:24)
    8. Refuse / Resist (3:00) – Sepultura Cover
    9. Origin Of Terror (4:05)
    10. Contradictions Of Decay (4:08)
    11. Sons Of Pest (4:47)
    12. Black Wind (0:48)
    13. Whore Of The Unlight (4:23)

    A first track as well as an in-depth studio report clip will be posted online soon!

    Furthermore, KRISIUN are confirmed for this year’s Graspop, Hellfest & With Full Force festivals plus European tour campaigns with Rotting Christ and Unleashed, so rest assured that KRISIUN will unleash the “Southern Storm” in a town near you soon!

    KRISIUN Live:
    Making The Hell In Summer Tour 2008
    ROTTING CHRIST
    KRISIUN
    RAVENCULT
    + guests
    18.06 (GER) Crailsheim / Eiche
    20.06 (FR) Clisson / Hellfest Festival
    22.06 (SP) Meliana / Durango
    23.06 (SP) Almeria / Sala Genesis
    24.06 (SP) Sevilla / Sala Q
    25.06 (POR) Porto / Porto Rio
    26.06 (SP) Vigo / Fabrica de Chocolate
    27.06 (SP) Santander / Artmusic
    29.06 (BEL) Dessel / Graspop Festival
    05.07 (GER) Loebnitz / With Full Force Festival

    Hammer Battalion Europe 2008
    UNLEASHED
    KRISIUN
    ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
    + guests
    14.11.08 (GER) Jena @ F-Haus
    15.11.08 (GER) Essen @ Turock
    16.11.08 (GER) Darmstadt @ Steinbruch Theater
    17.11.08 (HOL) Haarlem @ Patronaat
    18.11.08 (BEL) Vosselaar @ Biebob
    19.11.08 (HOL) Eindhoven @ Effenaar
    20.11.08 (HOL) Zwolle @ Hedon
    21.11.08 (UK) Birmingham @ Barfly
    22.11.08 (UK) Leeds @ Rio's
    23.11.08 (UK) London @ Underworld
    24.11.2008 (FR) tba
    25.11.08 (CH) Geneve @ L'Usine
    26.11.08 (GER) Stuttgart @ LKA-Longhorn
    27.11.08 (A) Worgl @ Komma
    28.11.08 (GER) Trier @ Exhaus
    29.11.08 (CH) Erstfeld @ Transilvania Live
    30.11.2008 FR Colmar Grillen
    01.12.08 (ITA) Piacenza @ For Sale
    02.12.08 (SLO) Ljubljana @ Media Park
    03.12.08 (A) Traun @ Spinnerei
    04.12.2008 (CZ) tba
    05.12.08 (GER) Hannover @ Musikzentrum
    06.12.08 (GER) Berlin @ K17
    07.12.08 (POL) Warsaw @ Progresja

    Booking by Massive Music
    www.massive-music.pl

    For more info on KRISIUN visit:
    www.krisiun.com.br
    www.myspace.com/krisiun666
  • ARSIS - THRASH AND BURN TOUR ANNOUNCED

    The organizers of the SUMMER SLAUGHTER Tour have just announced a second nationwide underground festival tour to take place later in the Summer!

    It’s called The THRASH & BURN Tour, presented by Revolver Magazine in conjunction with Deathcote, Merch Now and Iron Fist Clothing.

    While SUMMER SLAUGHTER is known to be “The Most Extreme Tour of the Year” with a cutting edge line-up focused on pure progressive brutality and the different faces of death metal, The THRASH & BURN Tour will showcase a diverse mix of underground metal bands who draw from decades of Thrash, Punk and Hardcore to mold their 21st century sounds.

    THRASH & BURN aims to give the underground metal fan a relatively inexpensive way to see two handfuls of the most relevant bands today in an indoor setting.

    Darkest Hour will be supported by Parkway Drive, Misery Signals, Winds of Plague, Stick to Your Guns, ARSIS (ON NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS), Light this City, Arsonists Get All the Girls and After the Burial.

    All stops on the tour will see the addition of a special guest band for a total of 10 national acts each night. Special Guests scheduled to appear on certain dates include Suicide Silence, As Blood Runs Black, Emmure, Veil of Maya, Brother Von Doom and more.

    Initial batch of tour dates below can be found on: www.myspace.com/thrashandburntour

    Arsis MySpace Page
    Arsis Facebook Page
  • HAMMERFALL - NEW RELEASES

    On June 27, 2008 (Europe) and July 22, 2008 (North America), two new HAMMERFALL releases will see the light of day:

    Rebels With A Cause - Unruly, Unrestrained, Uninhibited (DVD)

    The DVD will be a continuation of the previous two (The First Crusade and The Templar/Renegade Crusades) and will contain newly recorded interviews with the band interspersed with footage from their own cameras.

    The time span is six years, from the beginning of 2002 until the end of 2007, and it's edited together as a documentary of sorts, i.e. one continuous film, but of course with chapters.

    Also included will be all six promo videos made during the time in question plus some behind the scenes, four professionally filmed live songs from Filderstadt 2005, five TV clips they have purchased the rights to from SVT (the Swedish national television network) and some more homemade stuff as bonus. The complete running time is estimated to be almost three hours.

    Check out the Rebels With A Cause - Unruly, Unrestrained, Uninhibited DVD trailer here.

    Masterpieces (CD)

    A collection of all the covers recorded by HAMMERFALL to date plus three new, unreleased ones. Incidentally, this will be guitarist Stefan Elmgren's last release with HAMMERFALL.

    Masterpieces covers CD:
    01. Child of the Damned (WARLORD)
    02. Ravenlord (STORMWITCH)
    03. Eternal Dark (PICTURE)
    04. Back to Back (PRETTY MAIDS)
    05. I Want Out (HELLOWEEN)
    06. Man on the Silver Mountain (RAINBOW)
    07. Head Over Heels (ACCEPT)
    08. Run With the Devil (HEAVY LOAD)
    09. We're Gonna Make It (TWISTED SISTER)
    10. Breaking the Law (JUDAS PRIEST)
    11. Angel of Mercy (CHASTAIN)
    12. Rising Force (YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE)
    13. Detroit Rock City (KISS)
    14. Crazy Nights (LOUDNESS)
    15. När Vindarna Viskar Mitt Namn (ROGER PONTARE)
    16. Flight of the Warrior (RIOT)
    17. Youth Gone Wild (SKID ROW)
    18. Aphasia (EUROPE)

    HAMMERFALL recently recruited guitarist Pontus Norgren (THE POODLES, TALISMAN, GREAT KING RAT) to replace Stefan Elmgren, who left the in early April to focus on his new career as a pilot.

    HAMMERFALL will perform at the Heavy MTL festival in Montréal, Quebec, Canada on June 21 before entering the studio in July to begin recording a new album.

    HammerFall - Rebels With A Cause - DVD Trailer
    Hammerfall Facebook Page
  • MELTDOWN - TALES FROM THE STUDIO CRYPT!

    Thrash metal’s MELTDOWN just sent an update from Andy Classen’s Stage One Studio where they are right at the recording stages for their debut album, Executioner.

    Guitarist & vocalist Dan Wetmore:

    "Hey everyone, we're here in the Stage One Studio recording our debut album on Nuclear Blast entitled Executioner. Right now Adam is finishing up drum tracks and we're hoping to start recording rhythm as soon as possible!

    It's great to be working with someone like Andy Classen who has experience in recording metal. So far everything is sounding really brutal. When we're not pumping out tracks, we're fucking around and gorging ourselves on bier and nutella. Being in Germany kicks ass!

    Until next time, cheers from the studio."

    Meltdown MySpace Page
  • SAMAEL - NORTH AMERICAN TOUR W/ AMORPHIS, LEAVES EYES, VIRGIN BLACK

    Switzerland's SAMAEL have commented on their upcoming North American tour with AMORPHIS (Finland - also on Nuclear Blast!), Leaves' Eyes (Germany), and Virgin Black (Australia).

    SAMAEL Co-founder Xy stated:

    "We haven’t played in the U.S. since our last tour for Eternal back in 2003. It has been far too long and the wait is over! We are happy to announce we'll be back in September to present material from not one but two albums, namely Reign Of Light and Solar Soul, as well as songs off our other records. We're excited about this tour and are looking forward to connecting with our American audience once again!"

    Tickets have already gone on sale at: http://www.enterthevault.com/artist.php?id=400

    SAMAEL will be touring in support of their latest album, Solar Soul, which was released in North America on July 17, 2007.

    For ALL upcoming Tour Dates, please visit the links below.

    Samael MySpace Page
    Samael Facebook Page
  • SIRENIA - ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST!

    Norwegian gothic metal band SIRENIA has issued the following update:

    "After almost four years of co-operation, guitar player Bjornar Landa has decided to part ways with SIRENIA in order to have more time for his family and studies. We ended the co-operation as great friends, just as we started it. The band would like to wish Bjornar all the best for the future, and thank him for all the great experiences we shared over the years.

    SIRENIA's new guitar player is Michael S. Krumins [photo]. Michael played together with Jonathan [A. Perez; drums] in TRAIL OF TEARS in the very beginning of his musical career. After leaving this band at an early stage, he explored different styles of music in the years to come. In 2003 he joined GREEN CARNATION as a lead guitarist, after the recent split-up of this band he decided to join SIRENIA. Michael is educated at the Conservatory of Music in Kristiansand.

    SIRENIA recently recruited 25-year-old Spanish singer Ailyn (photo; born: Pilar Giménez García) as the replacement for Monika Pedersen, who left the group last fall after only one album due to "musical differences."

    Sirenia MySpace Page
    Sirenia Official Website
  • Guitarist Michelle Meldrum of metal band Meldrum passes away

    Hollywood - On May 18, Michelle Meldrum, leader of the band Meldrum and former Phantom Blue guitarist, was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank in critical condition. She passed away late afternoon Wednesday, May 21, 2008 as a result of a cystic growth on her brain that had restricted oxygen and blood flow to her brain rendering her brain dead.

    Meldrum had just completed writing and recording the bands soon to be released album with drummer Gene Hoglan, along with the new lineup Michele Madden (vocals) and Laura Christine (bass). The surviving band members plan to release the album later this year in tribute to their fallen band-mate.

    Those who knew Michelle recognize that she lived every moment for the music, and was regarded as both an exceptional guitarist and a nurturer by her associates, friends, family and son.

    Meldrum, 39 is survived by her parents and three year old son, Jake Thomas. Her family and band members appreciate all the support that has been shown over the past few days through this trying time. A memorial tribute benefit will be announced in the following weeks.

    Michelle Meldrum was born on Sept 28, 1968 in Detroit, Michigan to a family of musicians and actors. At 13, Meldrum moved to Los Angeles, California and started her career in music by forming the thrash metal band WARGOD with drummer Gene Hoglan (DARK ANGEL, DEATH, and STRAPPING YOUNG LAD). When WARGOD disbanded Meldrum continued her search for a band and become both co-founder and lead guitarist in all girl metal/rock band PHANTOM BLUE. PHANTOM BLUE released their self-titled debut album on Shrapnel Records as well as Roadrunner Records, and eventually landed a deal with major label Geffen.

    Once PHANTOM BLUE disbanded after a successful run at fame, Michelle Meldrum moved to Sweden and formed her current band MELDRUM. After many triumphant tours with such acts as MOTÖRHEAD and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, she reunited with Hoglan in 2006. Hoglan had appeared as a special guest on the MELDRUM album prior and played several events. Inspired to once again collaborate, Meldrum moved back to America where she and Hoglan began writing the aforementioned third MELDRUM album together.
  • Gaia Epicus will headline a benefit concert in UK

    ROCK AGAINST CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ...

    Gaia Epicus will end their UK part of the Damnation tour by headlining a benefit concert to raise awareness of child abuse in it's many forms, and to raise money for local children's charity's. The RACP organisation is located in several countries and puts on concerts for this great cause. The concert takes place 09.11.08 at The Junction, Plymouth. Check RACP out and support them!

    More info:
    www.myspace.com/rockagainstchildporno
    www.myspace.com/racpukgigs

    UK dates booked so far:
    28.10.08 TBA
    29.10.08 Pulse Bar, Barnsley
    30.10.08 TBA
    31.10.08 The Red Lion, Stevenage
    01.11.08 Sal Rock N Ale Pub, Nottingham
    02.11.08 TBA
    03.11.08 TBA
    04.11.08 TBA
    05.11.08 TBA
    06.11.08 Grand Central, Manchester
    07.11.08 The Cellar Bar, Blackburn
    08.11.08 Marlboro, Ilfracombe
    09.11.08 The Junction / RACP, Plymouth

    Go to Tourpage to see all dates booked so far!

    Best Metal Regards
    Thomas

    www.gaia-epicus.com
  • Metal Band LEATHERWOLF Unleashes ALBUM in the U.S.A

    NEW WORLD ASYLUM on sale NOW!

    "New World Asylum is nothing short of killer!!! American heavy metal doesn’t get much better than this!" - Hard Rock Hideout

    HOLLYWOOD, CA – Leatherwolf, The Triple Axe Attack, are once again reunited and shredding metal in near classic formation with their album NEW WORLD ASYLUM. This comeback album was originally released in 2006 with vocalist Wade Black (ex-Crimson Glory), but with a returning Mike Olivieri, original vocalist, Leatherwolf is now issuing a re-worked version of their acclaimed 2006 comeback disc, titled NEW WORLD ASYLUM.

    An unorthodox step but one the members feel confident about: "The thing is WORLD ASYLUM is what got Mike's metal juices flowing again", explains drummer/co-producer Dean Roberts. "He needed to step away form everything for a while but when he heard the finished album with Wade he was blown away. And once Wade left, getting Mike back just made sense. The idea to re-cut the vocals and tweak the album came about because Mike loved singing the new songs and wanted to give it a go. Wade did a great job on the original WORLD ASYLUM but from all the feedback we've received we know that people are welcoming Mike with open arms and are stoked to hear his voice again."

    Long before British metal legends Iron Maiden picked up on the concept, a pack of hungry Huntington Beach, CA-based teenagers, collectively known as Leatherwolf, pioneered and perfected the heavy metal Triple Axe Attack - documented via a tri-fecta of critically acclaimed and much worshipped '80's scorchers. The eponymous debut EP, expanded to a full-length LP, entitled Endangered Species for international release, and a pair of stunning albums for Island Records, Leatherwolf and Street Ready (yielding the MTV videos 'The Calling' and 'Hideaway', respectively), saw the band flying the flag of decidedly European-styled metal amidst a sea of formulaic L.A. and OC contemporaries.

    Discography:
    New World Asylum (NIL8, 2008)
    World Asylum (NIL8 / Massacre / King / Dynamo Prod., 2006)
    Wide Open (Leatherwolf Music / King, 1999)
    Street Ready (Island, 1989)
    Leatherwolf (Island, 1987)
    Leatherwolf, aka Endangered Species (Enigma / SPV / HM America, 1985)
    Leatherwolf EP (Tropical/Enigma, 1984)

    Leatherwolf is back with the Triple Axe Attack! For more information and to buy WORLD ASYLUM got to www.myspace.com/leatherwolfmusic. Go check out the new video Dr. Wicked on www.youtube.com - Tour dates TBA soon.

July 4th, 2008
  • Anthenora News

    Hi dear friend,

    We have a great news form Anthenora:

    Danilo Bar (www.myspace.com/danilobar) from White Skull (www.whiteskull.it); Fabio Lione (Rhapsody) and the bad boys has joined Anthenora as new guitar player in place of Meko Borra.

    www.anthenora.com
    www.myspace.com/anthenora
  • BLEED THE SKY - TRACK LIST REVEALED

    Murder The Dance, the sophomore album for Oklahoma City's BLEED THE SKY, is set for release in North America on June 10.

    TRACK LIST:
    01. Knife Fight In A Phone Booth
    02. Sullivan
    03. Murder The Dance
    04. The Sleeping Beauty
    05. Morose
    06. Occam's Razor
    07. Bastion
    08. Slavior
    09. Kettle Black
    10. Poseidon
    11. The Demons That Could Be
    12. Vertical Smile

    The album was produced and engineered by Christian Olde Wolbers (FEAR FACTORY), mixed by Ben Schigel at Spider Studios, and mastered by Matt Rosebery at Skin Deep Studios.

    Commented BLEED THE SKY lead vocalist Noah Robinson:

    "Our inspiration for this album was listening to all the stuff we grew up on. During every part of this recording, we had some sort of drink in our hand. We wanted to be relaxed and comfortable. We're finally putting out the record that nearly killed us. This is exactly what we wanted to do from the beginning, but we just weren't really sure how.

    We wanted to make the end-all, be-all record, and I think we accomplished that. Everything on this album is blood, sweat, and tears, even the hidden track. The first part of it are voicemails that somebody left us, and the second part was kind of last-minute. When you hear it, you can tell. It was played on Quincy Jones' piano at Westlake Studios in Beverly Hills. Bottom line, we can't wait to hit the road again and show everyone the new BLEED THE SKY!!!"
    BLEED THE SKY just shot a video in their hometown for the track "Sullivan" with acclaimed video director David Brodsky (Kataklysm, Arsis) of MyGoodEye.

    "David beat us into the ground," Noah says. "We only took half the amount of time to do it compared to our first video for 'Minion' in 2005. He's an AMAZING director. He's got a great eye and really knows how to work with minimal lighting.

    He was RELENTLESS in getting the best performance out of us. It was awesome, though. We brought over our barbeque and a shitload of beer and whisky at 8 a.m., which helped us recover from headbanging like maniacs first thing in the morning without even stretching."

    Bleed The Sky MySpace Page
    Bleed The Sky Facebook Page
  • ECHOES OF ETERNITY - IN WRITING MODE!

    California-based, female-fronted progressive metallers ECHOES OF ETERNITY have issued the following update:

    "The last two months we've been off the road and writing songs for the next album. We think you'll like that they're faster, heavier, and darker than the 'Forgotten Goddess'. Also, we're bringing an absolutely killer producer on board who we think will bring out our best performances. We're pretty sure you can look forward to picking the album up later this year!

    "A few months ago, we partnered up with Riot Rock Management, whose impressive roster consists of bands such as LACUNA COIL. We're all really excited for the plans we have for 2008/2009.

    "On a more personal level, the last year was fucking amazing! Our dreams were realized when we hit the road on our first North American tour, with SYMPHONY X and SANCTITY. We kept rolling after that and did a couple more laps around the continent with EDGUY, INTO ETERNITY and LIGHT THIS CITY. And as if that wasn't enough, we did it again with TRAIL OF TEARS and UNEXPECT. (We'd like to thank all those bands for an awesome time. It was great seeing you all rock the fuck out every night. We learned a lot from all of you.)

    "It's an amazing feeling to meet people from all over the states, Canada, and Mexico. It was great to be in Francine's [Boucher, vocals] hometown of Quebec and really fun to play in Mexico. Our Mexican friends are some of the most hospitable people we've met and really know how to take care of us! And from New York to Seattle to Atlanta to Houston, we can't fucking wait to get back out to you!!!

    "So, we should be hitting the studio in a month or so and we'll be posting video diaries throughout the whole process, so keep checking in. Of course, we'll remind you. Thanks for the awesome year!!"

    Echoes of Eternity MySpace Page
    Echoes of Eternity Facebook Page
  • EQUILIBRIUM - NEW ALBUM COMPLETE!

    German symphonic pagan metal band EQUILIBRIUM has completed work on its long-awaited second album, Sagas, due on June 27 via Nuclear Blast Records.

    TRACK LIST:
    01. Prolog auf Erden (Instr.) (3:38)
    02. Wurzelbert (4:58)
    03. Blut im Auge (4:44)
    04. Unbesiegt (6:19)
    05. Verrat (6:04)
    06. Snuffel (5:44)
    07. Heimwarts (2:32)
    08. Heiderauche (Instr.) (2:31)
    09. Die Weide und der Flub (7:21)
    10. Des Sangers Fluch (8:03)
    11. Ruf in den Wind (4:52)
    12. Dammerung (5:54)
    13. Mana (Instr.) (16:21)

    The album features a guest appearance by Ulrich Herkenhoff, who is said to be "one of the most famous pinpipe players and can be heard on the soundtrack of 'The Lord of the Rings - Return of the King'."

    Sagas also features a violin solo by Agnes Malich, deputy concertmaster of the Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

    EQUILIBRIUM will embark on a European tour in late October/early November:

    For more information, visit www.myspace.com/equilibrium.

    Equilibrium MySpace Page
  • SHUDDERSOME POST ROUGH TRACK FROM “NIGHTMARE MADE REALITY”

    Virginia’s Shuddersome has announced the first rough track, entitled “Stoned to Doom” from their upcoming album,“Nightmare Made Reality” is available now on their Myspace page. Guitarist Chris Stoffel states "We love the entire album. Its turning out so great we couldn't wait to release a track, so we put a rough mix up. It seems our sound has evolved quite a bit - we've gotten a lot heavier, and alot more over the top. But that’s exactly what we're going for. We've added a lot of keyboard parts in to most of the songs to thicken them up a bit. This is just the tip of the iceburg though! Wait until you hear the rest of the album." Fans can hear “Stoned to Doom” on the band’s myspace page located at http://www.myspace.com/shuddersome. “Nightmare Made Reality” is due out this summer on Open Grave Records.
  • Orange the Juice with ARS MUNDI

    Orange the Juice have signed a deal with the Warsaw, Poland-based Ars Mundi music label, which has thus far released works by LAO CHE, PARTIA, ORANZ¾ADA and ARMIA, among others. Orange the Juice’s debut album ‘You Name It’ is slated to hit the Polish market on June 01, 2008. "You Name It’ was recorded at the Olsztyn, Poland-based Studio X with Szymon Czech as sound engineer. The final mastering was done by the same Szymon Czech at his own Elephant Studio.

    The tracklist is as follows:

    1. Facing the Monsters; 2. Cradle to the Grave;
    3. Out of Place;
    4. Package Deal;
    5. Hope (It’s Dead);
    6. 10,5;
    7. Project Good Life;
    8. 10.5 Final.

    Check the band’s MySpace profile at http://www.myspace.com/orangethejuice for a few excerpts from the record.

    Orange the Juice are from Stalowa Wola, Poland. The current line-up is: Konrad Zawadzki – vocals, Dawid Lewandowski – guitar; Mariusz Godzina – saxophones; Marcin A. Steczkowski – keyboards, trumpet; Jan Kiedrzyn´ski – drums, Mariusz Szmuc – bass guitar.

    The band have been rewarded and honored at numerous Polish music contests like ‘The Young Wolves 2006’, ‘Demolka 2004’, ‘Mayday Rock Festival’, ‘Rockowania 2004’ or ‘Rock Highway 2007’.

    Orange the Juice have also been invited to perform at this year’s star-studded Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary.
  • ABORTED post two new songs, album cover artwork at revamped MySpace profile!

    Mankind’s sense for creativity probably manifests best in the sheer unlimited ways of torturing, mutilating, and killing each other. Successfully applying this atrocious inventiveness to their perversely precise sonic executions, “European death metal butchers” ABORTED with members hailing from Belgium, France & UK have refined and re-defined the tools of their trade on their sixth full-length “Strychnine.213” to murder the listener with unimaginably gruesome, shockingly diverse brutality.

    Besides the macabre cover artwork by Colin Marks / Rain Song, ABORTED now present you two new songs from their stunning follow-up to 2007’s much-lauded Century Media debut “Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture” at their revamped MySpace site.

    “I35” demonstrates how ABORTED have successfully increased the modern, darker and surprisingly dynamic and melodic elements of their sound, whereas “Pestiferous Subterfuge” is another brutal groove monster, heavy to the max! Listen to them now at www.myspace.com/abortedmetal

    Combining the band’s undeniable live energy with a powerhouse production from Eric Rachel (The Red Chord, The Black Dahlia Murder, God Forbid etc.) and a “fuck you' rock'n roll” approach to the overly edited, sterile sounding death metal records of today, ABORTED succeed in retaining their vicious roots while evolving in terms of melody, musical virtuosity and vigor.

    “Strychnine.213” reinforces the notion that ABORTED have doubtlessly developed into extreme metal’s most promising new breed.

    www.goremageddon.be
    www.myspace.com/abortedmetal
  • PARADISE LOST “The Anatomy Of Melancholy” DVD to be released soon; four new live-tracks @ MySpace; band comments!

    As the European release date of Gothic Metal masters PARADISE LOST’s highly anticipated new DVD “The Anatomy Of Melancholy” is drawing closer, the band has revealed a first impression of this brilliant live-recording. From now on you have the opportunity to listen to four songs taken off the upcoming live document at the band’s official MySpace page: www.myspace.com/paradiselostuk!

    Starting with the UK live debut of “The Enemy” from the latest album “In Requiem”, the set-list includes songs the band hadn’t played live in a long time prior to that night, such as “Eternal” and “Gothic” from their 1991 album “Gothic”, the rare B-side “Sweetness” from their 1994 “Seals The Sense” single and other classics from their impressive album roster.

    Guitarist Greg Mackintosh comments:

    “The release of “The Anatomy of Melancholy” is quite exciting for us. Not only is it a DVD but it is also our first live album in the history of PARADISE LOST! It incorporates pretty much every era of our career. Jens Bogren has mixed the DVD and in my opinion he did a sterling job with the mix. It has so much energy to it and you can really feel the atmosphere of this special night. Also Seths' artwork is beautiful as always. For us this is definitely a great way to celebrate our 20th anniversary.”

    Nick Holmes, Vocals:

    "After 20 years and 11 albums, we figured it was maybe time to release our first live album. We wanted a good cross section of what we feel are our most popular "live"-songs, whilst also representing a good proportion of our albums so far. I feel that all the songs chosen for this DVD sit very well side by side in a live environment, despite our musical career being somewhat varied at times. Already there are people who disagree with some of our song choices, but if that means that we have more than one good song, I guess that´s a positive.”

    With the band’s 20th anniversary in 2008, this DVD is the perfect entertainment for your private anniversary party. A trailer for “The Anatomy Of Melancholy” will be posted online soon!

    Here are the exact release dates:

    GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, May 23, 2008.
    UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, May 26, 2008.
    SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, May 27, 2008.
    SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, May 28, 2008.
    Available as 2DVD, 2CD and strictly limited 2DVD+2CD and 2LP!

    PARADISE LOST Live:
    19.07.2008 Vaasa, Rockperry Festival - Finland
    01.08.2008 Zarasai, Rock Nights - Lithuania
    09.08.2008 Hildesheim, M'era Luna Festival - Germany
    14.08.2008 Dinkelsbühl, Summer Breeze - Germany
    16.08.2008 Jaromer, Brutal Assault Festival - Czech Republic

    www.paradiselost.co.uk
  • ARCH ENEMY Launch of new "I Will Live Again“ video-clip, complete European tourdates, off to North American tour soon, etc.

    The time has come to launch the brand-new video-clip by Sweden’s Metal warriors ARCH ENEMY. Directed once more by Patric Ullaeus / www.revolver.se, who has not only worked earlier on the band’s “Revolution Begins” video but also directed clips by acts like Dimmu Borgir, In Flames or Within Temptation, this new video-clip was shot for the song “I Will Live Again”, taken off the band’s amazing current album “Rise Of The Tyrant”, and it can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPIk7SpldC8

    ARCH ENEMY have just triumphantly finished off a string of high-profile, partly sold-out headline dates in Europe which saw them as well debut in Russia, then visit The Netherlands, France, Belgium and end up with 4 massive shows as part of the “Defenders Of The Faith” tour in the UK together with Opeth, Devil Driver and 3 Inches Of Blood. Playing a packed and passionate show in front of a 4,500 people crowd in London’s historical Brixton Academy on Sunday marked a highlight as well as a perfect ending for the successful run of dates. To find out more details about the band’s just completed shows as well as the upcoming “Tyranny And Bloodshred” North American tour with Dark Tranquillity, Divine Heresy and Firewind, please feel free to follow the highly entertaining tour diary written by the band for Metalkult at: http://blogs.guitarworld.com/metalkult/tour-diary/archenemy-blog/

    Don’t miss ARCH ENEMY at the upcoming live-dates:

    ARCH ENEMY @ European Summer festivals 2008:
    08.07.2008 Metalcamp Festival / Slovenia www.metalcamp.com
    18.07.2008 Rockweekend, Bollnäs / Sweden www.rockweekend.se
    14.08.2008 Summer Breeze Open Air / Germany www.summer-breeze.de
    16.08.2008 Brutal Assault Festival / Czech Republic www.brutalassault.edgedesign.cz

    Stay tuned for more news from the ARCH ENEMY camp soon…

    www.archenemy.net
    www.myspace.com/archenemy
  • TURISAS Confirmed to tour the UK with Dragonforce & more!

    With a phenomenal start to 2008 after the incredibly successful second headlining UK tour as well as their first and as successful European headlining run with labelmates NORTHER, TURISAS have confirmed that they will once again be gracing these shores after having been confirmed as main support on the autumn tour with UK heroes Dragonforce.
    Warlord Nygard had the following to say on the forthcoming tour:

    “We just made it back from a very successful European tour which included an impressive 13 dates in the UK. We were really surprised how amazing the turnout was, with many of the UK shows selling out, considering we had only played one of the cities before. The crowds were crazy and now we're extremely pleased that we're able to come back in autumn to do it all over again. We’re joining up with Dragonforce on their UK tour and this something we're already hugely looking forward to. We are also extra excited about the shows in Ireland, which will be our first ones on the island that we've been unfortunate enough to miss out on previous tours. As you can imagine, Olli is sharpening his bow already as his one-man mission is about to reach its climax ... All in all, it's going to be a great package no-one should miss out on. Right now we’re just about to head out on a voyage to begin our assault on the US as part of the Paganfest .. so we’ll either see you at the summer festivals or in the autumn”

    TURISAS will be playing with Dragonforce at the following venues – make sure you get your tickets asap as this is already set to sell out early

    September 08
    26-09 – Manchester Academy
    27-09 – Birmingham Academy
    28-09 – Southampton Guildhall
    30-09 – Cardiff University Great Hall

    October 08
    01-10 – Nottingham Rock City
    03-10 – London Astoria
    05-10 – Norwich UEA
    07-10 – Leeds University
    08-10 – Newcastle Academy
    10-10 – Glasgow Academy
    11-10 – Belfast Mandela Hall
    12-10 – Dublin Ambassador
    13-10 – Cork Savoy Theatre
    (tickets available at www.livenation.co.uk / 0844 576 5483 – 24hrs)

    Check out the TURISAS website for more information on the US tour and to see the stunning video that accompanies the band’s take on the 70’s classic pop song ‘Rasputin’

    www.myspace.com/turisasofficial
    www.turisas.com
    www.thevarangianway.com
  • MARAZENE: 'Bete Noire' Featured in Red Scream Films 'FRIGHTWORLD'; DVD Due This Month

    Chicago based Machine-Metalists MARAZENE (http://www.myspace.com/marazene ) have announced a track from their self-released debut album, "MachiNation", will be featured in Red Scream Films "FrightWorld".

    "In terms of high concept," said David R Williams, CEO of Red Scream Films LLC, "FrightWorld the Movie could be thought of as Friday the 13th meets The Shining."

    An extended trailer for 'Frightworld' which features a different Marazene track, 'Self WorTh', has been added to 'Channel SkumF***er', the bands recently launched Youtube channel. Watch it at the following link. (Warning: Do not watch if explicit scenes of graphic violence disturb or offend you)

    http://youtube.com/user/marazenemachine
    http://www.youtube.com/v/AEZJKtY1nSE

    "We're thrilled that the producers of 'Frightworld' have chosen 'Bete Noire' to be a part of the 'Frightworld' experience" multi-instrumentalist DieTrich Thrall commented. "After the roller coaster death-fest comes to an end, 'BeTe NoiRe' will kick in over the closing credits to smash your face in one final time before sending you on your merry way."

    Set for release on May 6th, 2008 the splatter fest will be available worldwide at both on and offline retailers including; NetFlix, GreenCine, Amazon, CDUniverse, and Best Buy.

    Listen to 'BeTe NoiRe' on the bands Myspace page.

    http://www.myspace.com/MARAZENE
  • Magic Circle Festival 2008 Program and Timetable

    Magic Circle Festival 2008 is approaching quickly and this year's festival will be even more epic and grand than last year's. Here's what you can look forward to:

    MAGIC CIRCLE FESTIVAL 2008 PROGRAM (Subject to Change)

    Monday - July 7, 2008
    ------------------------------
    12:00 - Campground opens for all fans who wish to arrive early and get the party started sooner

    Wednesday - July 9, 2008
    -----------------------------------
    12:00 - Official Opening Ceremony @ Main Festival Gates
    13:00 to 17:00 - Autograph Signing Sessions with MANOWAR and other artists / Hell On Earth V Preview Exhibition @ MCF Events Hall
    17:30 - MANOWAR Soundcheck. Open to all fans who want to experience MANOWAR getting ready for two nights of true metal! @ Main Stage
    20:00 - Battle Of The Bands Semi-Final 1 (videos posted on YouTube.com) @ MCF Events Hall
    00:00 (Thu) - Ceremonial Burning of the Viking Ship by MANOWAR @ MCF Events Field

    Thursday - July 10, 2008
    ---------------------------------
    13:00 - Main Festival Gates open
    13:30 - Lighting of the Pyre Of Metal @ Main Stage
    14:00 to 17:00 - Autograph Signing Sessions with MANOWAR and other artists / Hell On Earth V Preview Exhibition @ MCF Events Hall
    17:30 to 23:15 - Live concerts @ Main Stage (see Timetable for details)
    00:00 to 03:00 (Fri) - Battle Of The Bands Semi-Final 2 (CDs sent by mail) @ MCF Events Hall
    03:00 to ??:?? (Fri) - Party Till Dawn with lots of metal, beer and fun! @ MCF Events Hall

    Friday - July 11, 2008
    -----------------------------
    11:00 - Main Festival Gates open
    11:45 to 00:00 - Live concerts @ Main Stage (see Timetable for details)
    Between 21:00 and 00:00 - Two of the custom MANOWAR choppers given away during the MANOWAR concert
    00:00 to 03:00 (Sat) - Battle Of The Bands Final @ MCF Events Hall

    Saturday - July 12, 2008
    ---------------------------------
    09:30 - Main Festival Gates open
    10:15 to 00:00 - Live concerts @ Main Stage (see Timetable for details)
    Between 21:00 and 00:00 - Two of the custom MANOWAR choppers given away during the MANOWAR concert
    MAGIC CIRCLE FESTIVAL 2008 TIMETABLE (Subject to Change)

    Thursday, July 10, 2008
    --------------------------------
    17:30 - 18:15 BENEDICTUM
    18:45 - 19:45 MSG
    20:15 - 21:15 TED NUGENT
    22:00 - 23:15 ALICE COOPER

    Friday, July 11, 2008
    ----------------------------
    11:45 - 12:30 KOBUS
    12:50 - 13:35 STORMWARRIOR
    13:55 - 14:40 JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR
    15:00 - 16:00 BRAZEN ABBOT (FEAT. JOE LYNN TURNER)
    16:20 - 17:20 DORO
    17:40 - 18:40 W.A.S.P
    19:00 - 20:15 GOTTHARD
    21:00 - 00:00 MANOWAR

    Saturday, July 12, 2008
    --------------------------------
    10:15 - 10:45 WINNER OF THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS 2008
    11:00 - 11:30 SIXTH SENSE
    11:45 - 12:30 MOB RULES
    12:45 - 13:30 TITANIUM BLACK
    13:50 - 14:35 BELOVED ENEMY
    14:55 - 15:40 HOLYHELL
    16:00 - 16:45 MAJESTY
    17:15 - 18:30 DEF LEPPARD
    19:00 - 20:15 WHITESNAKE
    21:00 - 00:00 MANOWAR

    Links: Magic Circle Festival Website
  • POISONBLACK launch first new song!

    Finland’s dark rockers POISONBLACK have just launched their first song, "Left Behind", from their upcoming album "A Dead Heavy Day" on their myspace profile, click here to hear some new tunes. POISONBLACK’s third album was recorded at Soundmix Studio in their hometown Oulu with Kari Vähäkuopus and mixed by Aksu Hanttu at Grooveland Studio in Lahti.

    “'Left Behind’ is the very first track we wrote and rehearsed for ‘A Dead Heavy Day’. We already included it in our live-set for a while and found out that it’s a very cool song that is fun to play live. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!” (Tarmo Kanerva)

    “A Dead Heavy Day” will be release in Europe on the following dates:
    FINLAND: Wednesday, August 27, 2008.
    GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, August 29, 2008.
    UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, September 1, 2008.
    SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, September 2, 2008.
    SWEDEN / HUNGARY: Wednesday, September 3, 2008.

    http://www.poisonblack.com
    http://www.myspace.com/officialpoisonblack
  • CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS celebrates 20 years of metal @ Rock Hard Festival 2008!

    In 1988 Robert Kampf founded CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS in Dortmund (Germany) which has since then grown into one of the most respected independent labels in the field of heavy music worldwide and nowadays has offices also in Los Angeles, London, Milan, Paris, Madrid, Stockholm and Melbourne. Being home to such successful acts as LACUNA COIL, PARADISE LOST, SICK OF IT ALL, NAPALM DEATH, ARCH ENEMY, THE HAUNTED, DARK TRANQUILLITY, TURISAS, NEVERMORE etc. and renowned for constantly building up the most promising younger acts in metal, hardcore and gothic, in 2008 it is time for CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS to celebrate 20 years of shaping metal’s history!

    In cooperation with legendary Rock Hard Magazine (Germany), which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS will be exclusively giving out a 20th anniversary free sampler CD at the Rock Hard Festival, which takes place this weekend May 9-11, 2008 at the Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen (Germany). The sampler does not only contain regular album tracks, but also some rare obscurities, so see below for the exact track-listing:

    1. ARCH ENEMY, I Will Live Again (3:32)
    Taken from the album "Rise Of The Tyrant".
    2. DARK TRANQUILLITY, Terminus (Where Death Is Most Alive) (4:24)
    Taken from the album "Fiction".
    3. NORTHER, We Rock (3:57)
    Taken from the album "N".
    4. TURISAS, To Holmgard And Beyond (single edit) (3:29)
    Taken from the album "The Varangian Way".
    5. LACUNA COIL, Virtual Environment (5:22)
    B-Side from the "Enjoy The Silence" single.
    6. WARREL DANE, Brother (3:24)
    Taken from the album "Praises To The War Machine". The first solo-album from Nevermore singer Warrel Dane. Produced by Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork).
    7. FIREWIND, Head Up High (3:46)
    Taken from the album "The Premonition".
    8. POISONBLACK, Left Behind (4:45)
    Taken from the upcoming album "A Dead Heavy Day" – out August 29, 2008.
    9. THE HAUNTED, The Burden (3:41)
    Japanese Bonus track from the album "The Dead Eye". New album out September 2008.
    10. WARBRINGER, Total War (4:29)
    Taken from the album "War Without End".
    11. ZIMMERS HOLE, We Rule The Fucking Land (3:51)
    Taken from the album " When You Were Shouting At The Devil...". Feat. Strapping Young Lad members Jed Simon, Byron Stroud, Gene Hoglan plus The Heathen on vocals. Produced by Devin Townsend.
    12. MERCENARY, Embrace The Nothing (radio edit) (3:45)
    Taken from the album "Architect Of Lies".
    13. NEVERMORE, Dead Heart In A Dead World (Live at the Zeche Bochum, 2006) (4:41)
    Taken from the upcoming DVD/live-album "The Year Of The Voyager".
    14. PARADISE LOST, The Enemy (Live at the Koko) (3:49)
    Taken from the upcoming DVD/live-album "The Anatomy Of Melancholy" – out May 23, 2008. Paradise Lost is as old as Century Media – congratulations! The song also appears on their Century Media debut "In Requiem" from 2007.
    15. HEAVEN SHALL BURN, True Belief (Paradise Lost cover version) (4:34)
    Japanese Bonus track from the album "Deaf To Our Prayers".
    16. NAPALM DEATH, Messiah (Hellhammer cover version) (3:29)
    Taken from their 2004 Century Media debut, "Leaders Not Followers Part. II". The original song appears in an early demo version on the Hellhammer "Demon Entrails" box/2CD that came out in February 2008.
    17. ASPHYX, Death The Brutal Way (demo) (3:40)
    One of the first Century Media signings! Asphyx released their first album, "The Rack", in 1991. This is a brand-new unreleased demo track for the upcoming re-union album in 2009.
    18. DESPAIR, History of Hate (4:23)
    This is where everything began. It’s the title track of the first Century Media album in 1988.
    19. MORGOTH, Pits Of Utumno (demo) (4:33)

    Another one of the very first Century Media signings: Morgoth from Meschede, Germany. This is the title track from their first demo tape from 1988. Taken from the album "1987 – 1997: The Best Of Morgoth".

    Everyone attending the festival can get his/her copy of the sampler at the ticket booth next to the entrance to the festival site. But of course this is not the only way we want to thank you for supporting our acts and the label itself in the last two decades: in cooperation with Rock Hard magazine you will have the chance to win tons of exclusive prizes Friday & Saturday night at the disco tent!

    Furthermore, several CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS acts will be performing live at Rock Hard Festival, too. On Sunday, May 11th cult death metal act ASPHYX, British grindcore legend NAPALM DEATH as well as the fathers of gothic metal PARADISE LOST will enter the stage, so join the celebration!

    For more info visit:

    www.rockhardfestival.de
    www.centurymedia.com
  • Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of Rose Funeral

    Metal Blade Records has just inked a deal with death metal band Rose Funeral out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Rose Funeral bring’s fast paced riffs, bone crushing breakdowns, and just the right amount of melody making the group brutal yet still catchy. Playing various shows in the tri-state area, Rose Funeral built a sizeable fan base bringing death metal together with raw emotion and energy. Look for the band’s Metal Blade debut The Resting Sonata available everywhere late 2008.

    Here’s what Rose Funeral had to say about signing to Metal Blade:

    “It's such a privilege to be sharing a label with such great bands we have all grew up on, listening to over the years. Knowing we are now apart of the Metal Blade family is an honored feeling. We have been jamming music and bands since we were young, gathering influences from the bands we loved, hoping one day we could reach that level of our favorite musician we had seen on stage, and when that day finally hit us, it was such a shock and great feeling! We would like to thank Metal Blade President: Michael Faley, the entire staff of Metal Blade Records, Anthony "Yogi" Allgood, our Family's, and all of our fans for getting us to where we are now. If it wasn't for you, our dreams would not be a reality. Thank you!”

    Rose Funeral is:
    Timothy Russell - Vocals
    Ryan Gardner – Guitar
    Jesse Biesner – Guitar
    Dave Voll – Bass
    Andrew Horton – Drums

    Metalheads around the US will be able to catch Rose Funeral destroy the stage live when the band hits the road with label-mates The Absence and Epicurean and Ironclad Recordings The Destro.

    MetalSucks.net presents The Absence, The Destro, Epicurean, and Rose Funeral
    06/19 Richland, NJ Memories Lounge
    06/20 Baltimore, MD Sonar
    06/21 Albany, NY Valentines
    06/22 Buffalo, NY Club W
    06/27 Troy, OH Staunton Garage
    06/28 Detroit, MI Fischer Hall
    06/29 Chicago, IL Mojoes Rock House
    07/03 Tulsa, OK The Pinkeye
    07/06 Austin, TX Red 7
    *more dates to be announced shortly

    Rose Funeral has shared the stage with:

    The Black Dahlia Murder, Unearth, Walls of Jericho, The Red Chord, Animosity, Too Pure To Die, The Faceless, Dead To Fall, As Blood Run Black, Emmure, With Blood Comes Cleansing, Becoming The Archetype, My Bitter End, Year Of Desolation, Nights Like These, In This Moment, The Burning Season, Veil Of Maya, Iscariot and more.

    http://www.myspace.com/rosefuneral
  • Whitechapel announced to be on Summer Slaughter Canada!

    On August 15th, Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Beneath The Massacre, Into Eternity, Neuraxis, Whitechapel, Veil of Maya, Divinity and Common Grave will join forces in Quebec to start SUMMER SLAUGHTER CANADA, which is expected to go throughout the country from East to West ending in Vancouver tentatively on the 27th of August.
    Cities and Venues are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit www.myspace.com/summerslaughtercanada

    http://www.myspace.com/whitechapelmetal
  • FALCONER announces title of upcoming album!

    Another update from Falconer! Their new album is entitled “Among Beggars and Thieves” and is set to be mixed at the end of May at Sonic Train Studios. The album will see its release around August!

    Falconer will also be shooting a video for the upcoming single, “Carnival Of Disgust”.

    Look for the band to hit the road again in 2009!

    http://www.falconermusic.com
    http://www.myspace.com/falconermusic
  • CANNIBAL CORPSE to release 3 disc DVD career retrospective! Inducted into Decibel’s Hall of Fame for Tomb of the Mutilated!

    Legendary death metal band Cannibal Corpse has been busy working on the follow-up to 2006’s victorious release KILL, which saw the band hit the Billboard Top 200 chart at #170 with 6049 units scanned, #6 on Billboard’s Heatseaker chart, #16 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart, #21 on Billboard’s Top Hard Rock Albums chart, a coveted spot touring on 2006’s Sounds of the Underground, headlining the extremely successful Metal Blade Records 25th Anniversary Tour, and multiple tours overseas and dates in Canada and South America. The new album isn’t expected until the fall or winter of 08/09 so until then fans will be able to get their Cannibal fix with the bands first-ever career retrospective 3-disc DVD, Centuries of Torment The First 20 Years, due out July 2008.

    Centuries of Torment: The First 20 Years contains live and rare footage, interviews with members past and present, and loads of bonus material (see track listing below). Documentary and Bonus Footage Directed and Produced by Denise Korycki.

    DVD 1: Cannibal Corpse History
    3 Hour Definitive History of Cannibal Corpse as told by the band and the people who were there along the way.

    1987-1995
    Intro
    Demo
    Eaten Back to Life
    Butchered at Birth
    Tomb of the Mutilated
    The Bleeding

    1995 - Present
    Vile
    Gallery of Suicide
    Bloodthirst
    Gore Obsessed and The Wretched Spawn
    Kill

    DVD 2: Cannibal Corpse Performances
    With Full Force 2007
    1. Unleashing the Bloodthirsty
    2. Murder Worship
    3. Disposal of the Body

    Toronto 2006
    4. The Time To Kill Is Now
    5. Disfigured
    6. Death Walking Terror
    7. Covered With Sores
    8. Born In a Casket
    9. I Cum Blood
    10. Decency Defied
    11. Make Them Suffer
    12. Dormant Bodies Bursting
    13. Five Nails Through The Neck
    14. Devoured By Vermin
    15. Hammer Smashed Face
    16. Stripped, Raped, And Strangled
    *Toronto Show directed by David Stuart and Nic Izzi
    http://www.myspace.com/thoughtharvestproductions

    Party San 2005
    17. Puncture Wound Massacre
    18. Sentenced To Burn
    19. Fucked With A Knife
    20. Psychotic Precision
    21. Pulverized
    22. Pounded Into Dust
    23. The Wretched Spawn

    New York 2000
    24. The Spine Splitter
    25. Dead Human Collection

    Jacksonville, FL 1996
    26. Mummified In Barbed Wire

    Nashville, TN 1994
    27. Entrails Ripped From A Virgin's Cunt
    28. Pulverized

    Buffalo, NY 1989
    29. Shredded Humans
    30. Rotting Head

    Music Videos
    31. Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead
    Directed by David Roth
    32. Devoured By Vermin
    Directed by David Roth
    33. Sentenced To Burn
    Directed by David Roth
    34. Decency Defied
    Directed by Austin Rhodes
    35. Make Them Suffer
    Directed by Dan Dobi
    36. Death Walking Terror
    Directed by Dan Dobi
    37. Stripped, Raped, And Strangled 2007
    With Trevor from The Black Dahlia Murder

    DVD 3: Bonus Chunks
    Compelled To Illustrate
    Every Ban Broken
    Covered With Ink
    Maniacal Merch
    Relentless Touring
    Word Infested
    Sickening Metalocalypse
    Diverse Offerings
    Staring Through the Eyes of the Band
    Kill Crane

    Centuries of Torment: The First 20 Years was Directed and Produced by Denise Korycki and has a running time of 7 hours and 20 minutes.

    In other Cannibal Corpse news, make sure to pick up a copy of Decibel’s latest issue with Iron Maiden on the cover as Cannibal Corpse was inducted into the magazine’s Hall of Fame for Tomb of the Mutilated. The feature contains interviews with all band members from Tomb of the Mutilated, an interview with longtime Cannibal Corpse artists Vince Locke, and photos from the Tomb of the Mutilated era.

    http://www.cannibalcorpse.net/
    http://www.myspace.com/cannibalcorpse
  • AMON AMARTH launch exclusive website in support of new album!

    The release of AMON AMARTH’s highly anticipated, yet to be titled, seventh studio album is within sight! The band just entered Fascination Street Studios a week ago and is excited about their new material. To make the wait a bit more entertaining, Metal Blade Records Europe has launched an exclusive website with tons of features!

    The site will be updated with more info about AMON AMARTH’s new masterpiece due this fall, starting off with an exclusive AMON AMARTH comic strip, brought to you not only by this exclusive website, but also by several print magazines all over Europe!

    Please surf to www.metalblade.de/amonamarth to get all the info about this stunning piece of comic art! Make sure to bookmark the site and check it on a daily base since the updates will be posted often!

    http://www.amonamarth.com
    http://www.myspace.com/amonamarth
  • RAVAGE UNLEASHES "FREEDOM FIGHTER"

    Ravage, the heavy metal band from Boston MA USA has placed the song "Freedom Fighter" on it's myspace site www.myspace.com/swwr

    The song is the title track from the forthcoming "Freedom Fighter" EP - which is due to be released June 5th via the band's own label, SWWR Productions. "Freedom Fighter" will be the band's first EP release since 2003's "Curse Of Heaven". Artwork for the EP was produced by Matt Anderson.

    The new track will also be feaured on the band's latest full-length offering "The End Of Tomorrow", due out in late 2008 on a label TBA.

    Details on pre-orders for the EP will be available soon.

    Ravage will be playing live Friday May 16th in the Boston area at The Goodtimes Emporium in Sommerville MA along with Iron Maiden tribute band Beast Over Boston.

    www.myspace.com/swwr
    www.RavageTheEarth.com
  • Boris tour updates - Nachtmystium and Lair of the Minotaur added regionally

    The previously announced Boris North American tour beginning in June has been updated. The full routing is below. Torche will be supporting Boris on dates, but Wolves In The Throne Room have since dropped from the tour. Just added this week, Nachtmystium will join the tour from July 12th through 20th, and Lair Of the Minotaur from July 22nd through August 3rd!!!

    Coverage requests on Boris, Nachtmystium and Lair of the Minotaur should be directed to Earsplit.

    Boris w/Torche
    06/24/2008 Casbah - San Diego, CA
    06/25/2008 The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
    06/27/2008 Rubber Gloves - Denton, TX
    06/28/2008 The Mohawk - Austin, TX
    06/29/2008 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
    07/01/2008 Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
    07/02/2008 Common Grounds - Gainesville, FL
    07/03/2008 The Social - Orlando, FL
    07/05/2008 The Earl - Atlanta, GA
    07/06/2008 Cat’s Cradle - Carrboro, NC
    07/08/2008 Black Cat - Washington, DC
    07/09/2008 First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA
    07/10/2008 Webster Hall - New York, NY
    07/11/2008 The Middle East - Cambridge, MA

    Boris w/Torche, Nachtmystium
    07/12/2008 La Sala Rosa - Montreal, QC
    07/13/2008 Barrymore - Ottawa, ON
    07/14/2008 Lee’s Palace - Toronto, ON
    07/15/2008 Tralf - Buffalo, NY
    07/16/2008 Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
    07/17/2008 Diesel - Pittsburgh, PA
    07/18/2008 St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI
    07/19/2008 Turner Hall - Milwaukee, WI
    07/20/2008 Pitchfork Music Festival / Union Park - Chicago, IL

    Boris w/Torche, Lair of the Minotaur
    07/22/2008 The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
    07/23/2008 Granada Theatre - Lawrence, KS
    07/25/2008 Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
    07/26/2008 Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
    07/29/2008 Neumo’s - Seattle, WA
    07/30/2008 Vancouver, BC, Canada
    07/31/2008 Thu Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
    08/02/2008 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
    08/03/2008 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex

    www.myspace.com/borisdronevil
    www.lairoftheminotaur.com
    www.myspace.com/nachtmystium

    www.inoxia-rec.com/boris
    www.southernlord.com
    www.flowerbooking.com
  • Angel Blake ”The Descended” gets its release dates!

    Swedish metallers ANGEL BLAKE will unleash their new, expressive opus on the world via Dynamic Arts Records on May 26th (world), May 30th (G/A/S). Scandinavia already had the release date on 30th of April. Titled "The Descended", the long play is band's second, following debut "Angel Blake" released back in 2006 by Metal Blade Records.

    "The Descended" was recorded over an eight week period at the end of 2007 and beginning of 2008 in Marko Tervonen's owned Studio-MT at Trollhättan, Sweden.

    Prior to the album release, ANGEL BLAKE's single and music video from song “Defenseless” hit the streets gaining lots of positive reactions towards band's fans and medias (e.g. song placement on Finnish major radio station Radio Rock). "The Descended" also has started to receive praised feedback, for example Swedish Sweden Rock Magazine soundchecked the disc on position 3.

    "The Descended" tracklist:

    01. Anywhere But Here
    02. Defenseless
    03. Again
    04. When All The Lights Are Out
    05. Alone
    06. Wasn’t Meant To Last
    07. In Silence - Augerum
    08. The Descended
    09. Silent Voice
    10. You’ll Never Need To Feel Again
    Enhanced: Defenseless (music video)

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  • ZONARIA Announce Tour Dates With VADER and GRAVE

    On Sale Now!

    Swedish Death Metallers Zonaria have announced the tour dates of their Balkans/Eastern European tour with Vader. Grave has replaced SepticFlesh as the other supporting act.

    This marks Zonaria's third European tour in support of their debut album Infamy And The Breed, which is available through Pivotal Rockordings. Infamy And The Breed can be purchased AT THIS LINK.

    Stigma
    "When Midnight Strikes!"Zonaria
    "Infamy and the Breed"Blinded Colony
    "Bedtime Prayers"
    Sonic Syndicate
    "Eden Fire"

    17.10.2008 LIT Vilnius @ Mulen Ruzas
    18.10.2008 LAT Riga @ Melna Piektdiena
    19.10.2008 EST Tallin @ tba
    20.10.2008 FIN Helsinki @ Nosturi tba
    21.10.2008 FIN Turku @ Klubi
    22.10.2008 FIN Tampere @ Hella
    23.10.2008 FIN Oulu @ tba
    24.10.2008 SWE Umea @ Midnight
    25.10.2008 SWE Vasteras @ Sigurdsgatan
    26.10.2008 NOR Oslo @ John Dee
    27.10.2008 SWE Goteborg @ tba
    28.10.2008 SWE Stockholm @ Debaser
    29.10.2008 SWE Norrkoping @ Black Horn
    30.10.2008 DEN Copenhagen @ The Rock
    31.10.2008 DEN Odense @ Kansas City
    01.11.2008 DEN Aarhus @ Train

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  • SKYFIRE Announce Title of Upcoming Album

    Swedish progressive death metallers SKYFIRE has set Esoteric as the title of their fourth album and follow-up to 2004’s Spectral, due out via Pivotal Rockordings this fall. The cover art, which can only be described as “epic,” was created by Par Olofsson, who has previously worked with BRAIN DRILL, PSYCROPTIC, SPAWN OF POSSESSION, and PERSUADER.

    The recording process for Esoteric is nearing completion at Powernest Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. The album is scheduled to be mixed and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY) at Black Lounge Studios (SONIC SYNDICATE, SCAR SYMMETRY, THE ABSENCE, ZONARIA).

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  • Bilocate latest News

    Jordanian dark oriental metallers BILOCATE have unveiled the cover artwork for their forthcoming album, "Sudden Death Syndrome", at this location. The artwork was designed by Dennis Sibeijn, who has previously worked with such bands as DRACONIAN, CHIMAIRA and ABORTED.

    Commented vocalist Ramzi Essayed: "During the mixing stage, we were working in parallel together with Dennis on the artwork idea and layout. It's ready now with the magnificent work of Dennis. He truly reflected the album spirit and concepts. A special thanks to him from BILOCATE for his efforts and support."

    "Sudden Death Syndrome" was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studio in Sweden with producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, BLOODBATH, AMON AMARTH, SYMPHONY X, PARADISE LOST)

    The track listing for the effort is as follows:
    01. Humans And The Dark Affiliation
    02. Blooded Forest
    03. The Dead Sea
    04. Ebtehal
    05. Inoculate
    06. Pure Wicked Sins
    07. The Stone of Hate

    The song "The Dead Sea" is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.

    Bogren previously stated about BILOCATE: "BILOCATE takes the qualities from the best epic death metal bands and blend it with their very own