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March 18th, 2005
  • PERVERSITY "Words Like Poison"

    Perversity was founded in October 1995 by Martin Marincák (vocals) and Jozef Ko_c (guitar). This is their second full lenght album recorded at Tomako Studio in may 2004 and released by Forensick music in november. 9 Tracks of varied brutal death metal.

    Website: http://www.perversity.host.sk





    Epic Records has announced a May 31st release for BROKEN VALLEY, the highly anticipated new album from New York rock quartet LIFE OF AGONY. Fans have waited eight long years for a new LOA studio album and the reunited band doesn't disappoint. Produced by Greg Fidelman (Jet, Audioslave, Slipknot), BROKEN VALLEY is a potent, poignant and perfectly paced rock album from a band whose creative spark is still smoldering.

    "Personally, I think it's the best album we've ever done," says lead singer Keith Caputo. "It's super-raw and aggro and has an energy all its own. It's amazing that we've been able to come together after all these years and make an album like this."

    LIFE OF AGONY - Caputo, guitarist Joey Z, bassist Alan Robert and drummer Sal Abruscato - will preview BROKEN VALLEY during a much-buzzed-about spring tour opening for headliners/Epic labelmates Mudvayne. The seven-week trek begins March 29th at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota. Also appearing on the bill will be openers American Head Charge and bloodsimple.

    "The process of recording was exciting," says Caputo. "But we're anxious to get out there and release that energy on the road."

    LIFE OF AGONY arrived in the early '90s and quickly made their mark with their now-classic debut, 1993's River Runs Red. Over the course of the half-dozen years that followed, the band released two acclaimed studio albums (1995's Ugly and 1997's Soul Searching Sun), toured with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, System Of A Down and Incubus, and garnered a diehard international following. After lineup changes and musical differences led to a split in 1999, the foursome re-grouped for two shows at Irving Plaza in January of 2003. They sold out within minutes.

    Additional dates and writing sessions followed, and by the time LIFE OF AGONY finished a European summer tour alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica and David Bowie, a new four-song demo had made the rounds and piqued label interest. They inked a deal with Epic shortly afterward and quickly headed into the studio to build BROKEN VALLEY. The album's lead single will be "Love To Let You Down."

    The full track listing is as follows:
    "Love To Let You Down"
    "Last Cigarette"
    "Wicked Ways"
    "Don't Bother"
    "Strung Out"
    "Junk Sick"
    "The Calm That Disturbs You"
    "No One Survives"
    "The Day He Died"
    "Broken Valley"
    "Room 244"

    Dates for the first two weeks of the Mudvayne tour are:

    3/29 St. Paul, MN @Roy Wilkins Auditorium
    3/30 Milwaukee, WI @Eagles Ballroom
    4/1 Chicago, IL @Congress Theatre
    4/2 Detroit, MI @State Theatre
    4/3 Peoria, IL @East Peoria Con.Center
    4/5 Toronto, Ont @Kool Haus
    4/6 Montreal, Que @Metropolis
    4/8 Hartford, CT @Webster Theater
    4/9 Philly, PA @Electric Factory
    4/10 Boston, MA @Palladium
    4/12 New York, NY @TBA
    4/13 Washington, DC @9:30 Club

    Additional dates to follow.


    The new breed of metal has arrived. Rocketing out of New Jersey with a devastating sound and an impressive local fanbase, Beyond The Flesh have quickly gained a foothold in the heavy music scene of today. After their 2001 debut, Spawned From Flesh and Bone, the band became legendary in the Garden State, drawing curious metal fans from far and wide and leaving a trail of converted followers in their wake. With a sound that not only borrows from all that is and once was great in metal, while still standing well on their own eight feet, Beyond The Flesh have carved an upwards swathe through the metal scene. The lineup of Justin Leary (vocals, guitar), Senen Solis (drums), Rick Flanegan (lead guitar) and Brian Gawaski (bass) recently signed a deal with Screaming Ferret Wreckords/Escapi Music. With a true metal label behind them in 2005, Beyond The Flesh are now prepared to release What the Mind Perceives, a brutal assault of original melodic death/thrash. The band’s newest effort is already winning much fan and media praise. BW&BK listed What the Mind Perceives as one of the Top 10 Indie albums of the year. Expect to see the band on the road soon, tearing the roof off of a venue near you.

  • The NOMINON website has now been updated with lots of photographs taken during the latest show in Sweden as well as during the recording of the forthcoming album "Recremation", which is set to be released on CD by Konqueror Records (http://www.konqueror-records.com/) and on 12" Longplay vinyl by Blood Harvest Records (http://www.bloodharvest.se/) in March.

    Check out further news, information, merchandise here: http://www.nominon.com

  • For Immediate Release: Soilwork To Present Sixth Full Length Album Stabbing The Drama On March 8th, 2005 Through Nuclear Blast Records

    North American Tour With Hypocrisy, Mnemic And Dark Tranquillity To Follow

    In just a few years, SOILWORK's success has catapulted from a diminutive, yet promising, melodic- metal band to one of the most popular and audacious bands on the circuit today. On March 8, 2005, they will solidify this status with the release of Stabbing The Drama through Nuclear Blast Records. A band once dubbed as “One of The 25 Most Important Bands In Metal” by Alternative Press Magazine, SOILWORK have never failed to impress both the press and their fans and Stabbing The Drama is no exception. While the band’s trademark blend of brutality and powerful melodies remains to satisfy both new and old fans, they have continued to grow creatively. The lineup of Bjorn “Speed” Strid (vocals), Peter Wichers (guitars), Ola Frenning (guitars), Sven Karlsson (keyboards), Ola Flink (bass) and Dirk Verbeuren (drums) continue the SOILWORK legacy as the 11 tracks on Stabbing The Drama present solid, buzzsaw riffs, powerful roaring vocals and a thunderous percussive attack. To support the release of Stabbing The Drama, a North American tour with Hypocrisy, Mnemic and Dark Tranquillity will begin in the Spring. SOILWORK will be in good company as they once again cause thousands of fans to drop their jaws and bang their heads in 2005.

    Stabbing The Drama track list: 01. Stabbing The Drama 02. One With The Flies 03. Weapon Of Vanity 04. The Crestfallen 05. Nerve 06. Stalemate 07. Distance 08. Observation Slave 09. Fate In Motion 10. Blind Eye Halo 11. If Possible

    Confirmed tour dates:
    4/05 Buffalo Icon Buffalo, NY
    4/06 House Of Blues Chicago, IL
    4/07 Eagles Club Milwaukee, WI
    4/08 Granada Theatre Lawrence, KS
    4/09 Gothic Theatre Englewood, CO
    4/10 Lo-Fi Café Salt Lake City, UT
    4/12 Graceland Seattle, WA
    4/14 The Pound San Francisco, CA
    4/15 House Of Blues Anaheim, CA
    4/16 Key Club Los Angeles, CA
    4/17 Marquee Theatre Scottsdale, AZ
    4/19 Back Room Austin, TX
    4/20 Engine Room Houston, TX
    4/22 Ziggy’s Winston-Salem, NC
    4/23 Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
    4/26 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
    4/27 The Social Orlando, FL
    4/29 Jaxx W. Springfield, VA
    4/30 Webster Theater Hartford, CT
    5/01 B.B. Kings New York, NY
    5/03 Le Capitole Theatre Quebec City, QC
    5/05 Opera House Toronto, ON
    5/06 The Odeon Cleveland, OH – BW&BK Festival
    5/07 Harpo’s Detroit, MI


  • The Chaos Revenge free mp3, from APOSTHATE's mcd "First Born Evil", is now available in the "Sound" section into the TAF PRODUCTION site or by clicking here.


  • Intense Press Release Feb 2005

    Press Release Feb 2005

    So starts another year for the band after the Christmas break, Intense are looking to have a year as busy as 2004.

    There has been a recent update on the site with more reviews and interviews to be added soon.

    Studio News

    Currently writing for the new album, Sean, Dave and Nick are writing in their home studios before bringing their ideas to the rest of the band. The recording of the new album is scheduled to begin on May 2nd 2005 for a period of 8 weeks and again the recording and mixing will take place at the great Thin Ice Studios with Mr Karl Groom again at the helm. Who is going to master the album is still to be decided.

    The band will be looking for a new label to put the new album out as the deal with Underground Symphony was a one album deal only, they are getting interest already but one of the key factors for a new label will be distribution. The possibility of putting the album out on Hetherington’s Full Volume Records also exists.

    When the new album artwork is finalized, the bands website will undergo a compete overhaul.

    The band will also be the subject of a “The making of “documentary whilst in the studio and this will become a DVD that will be on a ltd edition of the new album.

    The band are looking to tour the new album Oct/Nov time and are looking to secure both European and UK dates, supports will be announced and will probably involve one of or more of the up n’ coming bands that have approached INTENSE in recent times.

    Intense are proud to announce that they have been asked to submit a track to Power Metal.co.uk’s Charity compilation CD that will be available soon. (more news when we have it)


    Relapse Records recording artists SOILENT GREEN have completed work on their long-awaited new album.

    The follow up to the band's 2001 release, A Deleted Symphony for the Beaten Down, the as-yet-untitled new SOILENT GREEN album was recorded at Mana Studios, in Tampa, Florida by Producer / Engineer Eric Rutan (PREMONITIONS OF WAR, HATE ETERNAL). Mastering duties are currently underway courtesy of Alan Douches (MASTODON, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN) at West West Side Music. Advance song titles include "Leaves of Three," "Forgive & Regret" and "A Permanent Solution to a Temporary Problem." SOILENT GREEN's forthcoming album is scheduled for a summer, 2005 release date via Relapse.

    SOILENT GREEN (Ben Falgoust: Vocals, Brian Patton [EYEHATEGOD]: Guitar, Tony White: Guitar, Scott Crochet: Bass, Tommy Buckley [CROWBAR]: Drums), who have undergone a string of band-related tragedies in recent years, including multiple on-tour auto accidents and the shooting death of former bassist Scott Williams, have channeled their recent life events into their new music, returning with arguably the strongest recording of their career. On the topic of the new album, SOILENT frontman Ben Falgoust states, "Many unfortunate events have taking there toll on our progress since our last release. Not only were the two accidents a great stumbling block for our band and personally, but we also endured the tragic, life-ending loss of a fellow musician and close friend Scott Williams. All these things combined would bring most to just throw in the towel and leave the past behind. As a band that has played together for over 10 years, we are committed to each other to stick it out and work hard to show no matter the outcome of tragedy in ones life, that you have got to stand up and keep moving forward, no matter what holds you back. In the end result we see a new album with 10 tracks of aggressive heavy rock mixed with many other elements. It was a great feeling to finally be able to make another record after all that we have been through. Not to mention, to make that record better than anything SOILENT GREEN has ever done before."

    "Recording SOILENT GREEN has been a tremendous experience," said producer Eric Rutan. "I am grateful they gave me this opportunity to prove my engineering and producing skills. This, I believe by far, will not only be SOILENT GREEN's finest album, but my finest production due to the professionalism, diversity, and dynamics of what they have brought to the recording. All of you are in for one hell of an album."

    Metal Maniacs

  • Tribute to Dimebag Darrell Compilation CD Project

    Initiator: Mord Productions [Chinese underground metal label: www.mort-prod.com]

    * Schedule:
    Submit: 31st May 2005
    Notice: 15th June 2005
    Deadline: 1st September 2005
    Mastering: 1st October 2005
    Production: 1st November 2005
    Release Party: 8th December 2005

    * Release:
    Tribute CD to Dimebag Darrell

    To incl. 12 - 14 coversongs from Chinese metal bands and international acts

    Release date is 8.12.2005 [Day of Dimebag's death]

    A release party will take place in Beijing

    1000 copies, fullcolor printed booklet, professional design.

    Distributed mainly in China, Taiwan and Hongkong. Trades to other parts of the world are possible.

    Tribute T-Shirt of the CD, full color, black shirt, both side print

    * Terms:

    A real band with at least one official album out can take part of this project.

    Submition via Email, include Bio, Photo, Web, Songtitel and Comment.

    The Bands shall do one coversong of PANTERA or DAMAGEPLAN.

    The band shal and mix the song by them selves and on self costs.

    The song must be recorded at least with 32-tracks.

    Send the song as WAV-File on CD-R or burned Music-CD.

    Each band will receive 20 copies of the CD.

    Each listed musician will get one tribute T-Shirt.

    It's up to us to decide who will be on the Tribute CD
    (Depending on the quality of the song and the sound etc.)

    Yang Yu
    Phone: 0086-13701029421 (China)
    Email: [email protected]
    Web: http://dimebag.painkillermag.com [coming soon]
    EU Address: Yang Yu, Steingasse 62a, 34613 Schwalmstadt, GERMANY
    CN Address: Mr. Yang Yu, Street Zhi Chun Lu - Jin Gu Yuan 4-4-401, District Haidian, 100086 Beijing City, P. R. CHINA


    This is a pure underground project which is initiated by Chinese underground metal musicians and fans.

    We are not able to handle copyright or GEMA issues.

    We don't have any agreements of the bands PANTERA or DAMAGEPLAN or the Abbott family.
    Bands listed sofar:

    Band - Genre- Label - Land- Status
    HADES - Death - MetalMort Prod. - China - Confirmed
    HOLLOW - Metalcore - China - Submit
    HYONBLUD - GoreGrind - ADPChina - Submit
    JUN JIE SUO - NuMetal - 13 Music - China - Confirmed
    LAST SUCCESSOR - Prog. Metal - China- Submit
    NETHERFLUTE - Power Metal - MortProd. - China - Confirmed
    REGICIDE - Brutal Death - Mort Prod. - China - Confirmed
    SUFFOCATED - Death Core - China - Submit
    TOMAHAWK - NuMetal - Scream Rec. - China - Invitation
    VOMIT - Death Grind - MortProd. - China - Confirmed

    ASSASSIN - Thrash Metal - GER - Invitation
    C-FICTION - Industrial Metal - Submit
    DARKWELL - Dark Gothic - Napalm Rec. - AUS - Submit
    DAWN OF DISEASE - Submit
    DEMONIZE - AUS - Submit
    DREAMAKER - Arise Rec. - Invitation
    FORGOTTEN ANAMI - Alternative Metal - Submit
    KRABATHOR - Invitation
    LOST DREAM - Black Metal - AUS 0 Submit
    OBSCENITY - Morbid Rec. - Invitation
    RUNAMOK - Submit
    SQUEALER - Melodic Thrash - AFM Rec. - Invitation
    Metal Maniacs

  • EXODUS working with new singer and new songs

    EXODUS will enter the studio in early April to begin recording the follow-up to last year's Tempo of the Damned, tentatively due this fall EXODUS' as-yet-untitled new album will once again be produced by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) and will mark the band's first release with new vocalist Rob Dukes. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD is "Shovel Headed Kill Machine" (working title), which guitarist Gary Holt has described as "one of the fastest EXODUS songs of all time."
    Metal Maniacs


    Anthony Spangler of the Star-Telegram has issued the following report:

    The estate of slain metal guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott should be split evenly between his brother and father, according to court documents filed by the family Thursday in Tarrant County.

    Abbott, 38, former guitarist of PANTERA, was fatally shot Dec. 8 at a Columbus, Ohio, nightclub while playing with the band DAMAGEPLAN. Four other people were fatally shot, including the band's bodyguard and the gunman, who was killed by a police officer.

    Although Abbott didn't leave a will, the family's attorney, Steve McClure, said there is no infighting over the estate.

    "He reiterated to just about everybody that he didn't have a will because he didn't want to give anyone a reason," he said. "These are class folks and you're not going to see them at the courthouse fighting over nickels and dimes."

    The estate is estimated at $700,000 — with his 4,230-square-foot Dalworthington Gardens home valued at $450,000 and his personal property listed at $250,000 — although the value of any copyrights he may own was not specified.

    The probate petition also requests that Abbott's older brother, Vinnie Paul Abbott, 40, be named administrator of the estate.

    Jeff Rasco, Darrell Abbott's business manager and accountant, said Vinnie Paul Abbott, DAMAGEPLAN drummer and an ex-member of PANTERA, played at a tribute concert in Chicago on Wednesday to benefit a memorial fund for the shooting victims. It was the first time he played the drums publicly since his brother's death, Rasco said.

    Darrell Abbott's girlfriend, Rita Sue Haney, also attended the concert, Rasco said. Haney, whose address in court documents is listed as Darrell Abbott's home, is not named as a beneficiary of the estate. She could not be reached for comment.

    "It's a little preliminary to talk about specifics, but Rita's going to be provided for," Rasco said. "Darrell knew her since the third grade."

    According to court documents, the family is asking the probate court to name Vinnie Paul Abbott the administrator of the estate because it is "necessary to recover damages due the estate."

    The Abbotts have not filed a wrongful death lawsuit, but Tuesday's court filing is a necessary step before claims can be filed, Rasco said.

    "It's an awful thing to have to deal with the death of your brother or son," he said. [Source: Blabbermouth.net]
    Metal Maniacs


    Here's some more news about the upcoming After All album "The Vermin Breed", out March 21 on Dockyard 1 (CD-version) and Killer Metal Records (LP-version).

    The artwork for the CD-version was done by German artist Marko Jakobi. For the LP-version of the album, Kris Verwimp came up with an exclusive cover.

    Check www.afterall.be for the artwork and the complete track listing of "The Vermin Breed".

    Following the release of "The Vermin Breed" on March 21st, After All will
    embark on a European tour as special guests of US masters of metal Agent


    25/03/2005 - Weert (NL)
    venue: De Bosuil

    26/03/2005 - Hardenberg (NL)
    venue: Raise Your Fist Festival
    + GIRLSCHOOL (UK) + JAGUAR (UK) + DEATH SS (I) + more

    27/03/2005 - Sint-Niklaas (B)
    venue: The Starz

    28/03/2005 - Hamburg (D)
    venue: Headbanger's Ballroom

    29/03/2005 - Malmö (S)
    venue: KB

    30/03/2005 - Gothenburg (S)
    venue: Sticky Finger

    31/03/2005 - tbc
    venue: tbc

    01/04/2005 - Geleen (NL)
    venue: Ed & Rocco's

    02/04/2005 - Königshofen (D)
    venue: Keep It True Festival (Agent Steel only)

    03/04/2005 - Pratteln (CH)
    venue: Z7

    04/04/2005 - Codevilla/Milano (I)
    venue: Thunder Road

    05/04/2005 - tbc
    venue: tbc

    06/04/2005 - Vienna (A)
    venue: Planet MusicNO NONSENSE ROCK FESTIVAL

    07/05/2005 - Oostende (B) - Hangar 1
    info: www.nnrock.be

  • ENMITY CD due to be out in March

    Finally a news awaited by many fans since some time. Enmity recordings are totally completed and we're gonna receive masters copies in the next days. We're happy of the results of this recording session, Enmity unleashes a new level of Brutality. That's really one of the most extreme Brutal Death Metal outfit ever released, non-stop savageness mixed with ultra relented heavy parts. You won't be disappointed!

    We've put online an advanced track, mp3 version of Skinned Alive, taken from their upcoming CD "Illuminations fo Vile Engorgement" due to be out in march.

    Joel Sta is finishing last little modifies on CD graphic layout.

  • SINISTHRA signs with Arise Records

    SINISTHRA (up until January 2005 known as NEVERGREEN) ink a deal with Arise Records. SINISTHRA is a melancholic metal band which hails from cities of Helsinki and Lohja (Finland). Their debut album "Last Of The Stories Of Long Past Glories" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios and is planned to be released in May 2005 thru Arise Records.

    Sinisthra's singer Tomi Joutsen is also the new voice of Amorphis.

  • GIZMACHI SET TO UNVEIL THE IMBUING TO THE WORLD Debut CD To Be Released on Big Orange Clown Records/Sanctuary Records May 3rd, 2005

    New York, NY - Hailing from the land of upstate New York, Gizmachi will release their debut CD, The Imbuing, on May 3rd on Big Orange Clown Records, an imprint of Sanctuary Records. The Imbuing was produced by M. Shawn Crahan, engineered by Josh Wilbur and recorded at Spin Studios in New York City. Gizmachi is comprised of Sean Kane on vocals, Jay Hannon and Mike Laurino on guitars, Kris Gilmore on bass and Jimmie Hatcher on drums. A band could not ask for a better endorsement than one from Crahan, who you may know for not only his musical vision, but as Clown (#6) in metal superstar band Slipknot. As founder of Big Orange Clown Records, Crahan chose to be the label’s inaugural release, which speaks volumes to his belief in their music. The band recently filmed the video for their first single “The Answer” last week in New York. The video was directed by Crahan and produced by Doug Spangenberg (Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Every Time I Die). Gizmachi will also be heading out on the road to deliver the message of The Imbuing live. Playing some warm up dates with (hed) p.e in February, the band will then jump onto the Subliminal Verses tour with Slipknot, Shadows Fall and Lamb of God. The band will open several nights of the tour starting on March 4 in Hartford and ending on March 11 in Rosemont, IL. Gizmachi have also been confirmed to appear at the New England Metal Fest on April 24.


    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records in cooperation with Continental Entertainment confirms April 5 as the US release date for Enigmatic Existence, the debut album from Carlsbad, New Mexico's KRYOBURN.

    Together for past three years this metallic four-piece have braved their way from sea to sea, making stops and friends along the way. It was during a performance in El Paso that the band would would make introduction and impress Eddy Garcia of Pissing Razors fame. Numbers exchanged and months later, the five men would regroup to lay down sounds that would ultimately become Enigmatic Existence - the blistering debut album from a band that won’t stay small much longer.

    "This is one band that plays it like they want to and damn the rules. KRYOBURN plays with a Pantera-like fury but their songwriting is so different that to compare the two is almost impossible," says Roughedge.com. Vocalist/guitarist Todd Brashear says, "we have only begun to create. We have a vision and will continue to pursue that." Pooling the sounds and styles of Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory and the early power and might of Pantera, KRYOBURN are a young band with a world of possibility.

    Featuring Les and Chris Huber, Todd Brashear and Derrick Richards, KRYOBURN are expected to hit the road shortly after the album's release. Confirmed track listing for Enigmatic Existence is: Transience, Singularity, Atman Project, Break Away, Against My Evil, Beneath Desire, De Animation, Self Dead, Leech, To Pieces.



    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records today confirms that veteran hardcore/metal band PRO-PAIN have replaced Death Angel on the upcoming Enemy of God US tour featuring Kreator, Vader and Autumn Offering. The tour beginning April 3 at New York's BB Kings, follows the band's recently completed tour, their first in over five years, alongside Entombed, Crowbar and The Mighty Nimbus.

    Still in support of the successful Fistful of Hate, released April 2004, PRO-PAIN are expected to premiere material from their new album, Prophets of Doom, now set for US release on June 14. The tour will also see through the release of the band's first official dvd release titled Raw Video, dropping in stores April 19.

    Formed by bassist/vocalist Gary Meskil (ex-Crumbsuckers), PRO-PAIN released their debut Foul Taste of Freedom in 1992. The record was an instant success and has since soundscanned over 60,000 units. Successive albums, The Truth Hurts (1994), Contents Under Pressure (1996) and Pro-Pain (1998) saw sales growth continue with combined album sales in the US breaking 100,000 units. In 2004, Candlelight released the band's latest album, Fistful of Hate. It has been described as the band's heaviest and most aggressive album to date.

    Confirmed dates on for the Enemy of God tour as are follows:

    Apr-03, BB Kings (New York NY)
    Apr-04, Webster Theatre (Hartford CT)
    Apr-05, Palladium (Worcester MA)
    Apr-06, Trocadero Theater (Philadelphia PA)
    Apr-07, Ottobar (Baltimore MD)
    Apr-08, The Chance (Poughkeepsie NY)
    Apr-09, The Medley (Montreal QC)
    Apr-10, Opera House (Toronto ON)
    Apr-11, House of Blues (Cleveland OH)
    Apr-12, House of Blues (Chicago IL)
    Apr-13, Ascot Room (Minneapolis MN)
    Apr-14, Ranch Bowl (Omaha NE)
    Apr-15, Aggie Theater (Ft. Collins CO)
    Apr-16, Bluebird Theater (Denver CO)
    Apr-17, LoFi Cafe (Salt Lake City UT)
    Apr-18, The Venue (Boise ID)
    Apr-19, Studio Seven (Seattle WA)
    Apr-20, Roseland Grill (Portland OR)
    Apr-21, Boardwalk (Orangevale CA)
    Apr-22, The Pound (San Francisco CA)
    Apr-23, House of Blues (Los Angeles CA)
    Apr-24, House of Blues (Anaheim CA)
    Apr-25, Mason Jar (Phoenix AZ)
    Apr-26, The Rock (Tucson AZ)
    Apr-28, Launch Pad (Albuquerque NM)
    Apr-29, Sanctuary (San Antonio TX)
    Apr-30, Trees (Dallas TX)
    May-01, Exit Inn (Nashville TN)
    May-03, Culture Room (Ft. Lauderdale FL)
    May-05, Masquerade (Tampa FL)
    May-06, Masquerade (Atlanta GA)
    May-07, Jesters Pub (Fayetteville NC)
    May-09, Jaxx (W. Springfield VA)
    May-10, Northern Lights (Clifton Park NY)
    May-11, Downtown (Farmingdale NY)
    May-12, Penny Arcade (Rochester NY)


    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records announces the continuation of its reissue series with the upcoming stateside release of key early or currently out of print releases from Occult, Hearse, Dissection, Einherjer, Thy Serpent, Xysma, In Flames and more. Starting with Occult's Enemy Within and Prepare to Meet Thy Doom (in stores March 22) and continuing through the 2-on-1 pressing of Xysma's Lotto and Girls on the Beach albums (in stores June 28), these new recordings will all be specially priced and include bonus or enhanced material, expanded artwork or remastered recordings.

    Holland’s Occult have been active and producing quality recordings near on ten years. Their early albums, namely The Enemy Within and Prepare to Meet Thy Doom, have long been out of print, due to the closing of the issuing label in 1996. Produced by Harris Johns, the recordings follow the 2004 release of their latest album, Elegy for the Weak. In stores March 22, the recordings have been reworked; Prepare to Meet Thy Doom enhanced with 5 songs from the band's 1993 demo (www.occult.nu).

    Dominion Reptillian, the full-length debut from Sweden's Hearse will finally hit US shops on April 19. "Truly one-of-a-kind melodic death n' roll," says Deadtide.com of the band fronted by former Arch Enemy vocalist Johan Liiva. This much talked about recording features select bonus material unavailable on the European pressing and will preceed the release of the band's third album, currently titled The Last Order, expected later in the year (www.hearse.se).

    Their history is as colored, some say blackened, as their music. Dating back to the late 90’s, Sweden’s Dissection are to early Gothenburg as Entombed is to early Stockholm death metal. Their now classic recordings, The Somberlain, The Storm of the Light’s Bane, and Where Dead Angels Lie instantly propelled the band up death metal’s rising hierachy, all before the untimely incarceration of vocalist/guitarist Jon Nodtveidt in 1997. The Past is Alive, in stores April 5, contains early material from this respected band, including selections from their initial demos and the “Into Infinity Obscure” mini-album. The record also features two songs by Satanized, the early band of Nodtveidt with guitarist Johan Norman and drummer Tobbe Kellgren.

    Norwegian Native Art from Einherjer sees long-awaited US release on April 19. Originally released on the band's own label, this 1999 recording was created at Andy LaRoques' (King Diamond) Los Angered Studios. Now remastered by Peter In de Betou (Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved, Susperia) and containing bonus material from the band's Blot recordings, this record completes the recording history of this now defunct but highly respected viking/melodic death metal band (www.einherjer.com).

    Originally formed as a solo project for Children of Bodom guitarist Sami Tenetz, doom/death metal band Thy Serpent have had scattered US exposure due to unavailability of their recordings. This special 2-on-1 package set for release May 3 features both Forests of Witchery and the popular mcd Lords of the Twilight, originally released in Europe circa 1996-97.

    In the coming months Candlelight will see US release of In Flames Lunar Strain and Subterranean, both with extensive bonus material, the 2-on-1 pressing of Xysma's unavailable Lotto and Girl on the Beach, plus previously unavailable recordings from Mercenary, Primordial, Entwine, Warmen, Nihilist, Mithotyn, Windir, and much more.


    The eighth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland during 15.-17.7. has confirmed more Finnish and international artists. The 2005 festival will once again present more than thirty bands from different styles of metal, several of which will be announced on a later date. Already at this point, it is once again evident that there will be something for each and every taste, from old school thrash to modern black metal and everything in between.

    Saturday 16.7. will be headlined by the infamous Norwegian black metallers Dimmu Borgir. The band has pushed the boundaries of symphonic black metal with every record and are currently preaparing their next release. That is the reason why the group has toured very scarcely in recent times. Their Tuska-performance will be one of few selected festival shows the band will do next summer. Dimmu Borgir was originally scheduled to play at Tuska 2004 but after being offered one of the headlining slots at Ozzfest, they obviously had to cancel their appearance.

    Friday night will be closed by American Space-Stoner group Monster Magnet. Vocalist Dave Wyndorf's trimmed moustache and leatherpants were last witnessed on Finnish soil at last year's Ruisrock Festival, where allegedly pants were wet, water turned to beer and the sun stopped shining during their breathtaking performance. Expect no less at Tuska 2005 as well as Ilosaarirock where Monster Magnet will take the stage on Saturday.

    Finnish funeral atmosphere will be provided by Sentenced, who will embark on their farewell tour over the summer. This true Tuska-veteran has appeared on the bill several times, therefore it's more than appropriate that their final tour will take them to Kaisaniemi Park, one last time.

    Other international competence at Tuska 2005 will be represented by German veteran thrashers Destruction and fellow germans Primal Fear, who will give their debut Finnish performance at Tuska. Swedish goth metallers Lake Of Tears and UK-based folkmetal group Bal-Sagoth have been requested for a long time by the audience and finally the wait is over, as both have been added to the roster. History is also in the making, as Tuska 2005 will present the first Russian band in the festival's history. Progressive death metallers Hieronymus Bosch have been in the game since the early nineties, therefore their appearance at the festival is very justified.

    Speaking of firsts, another one is the debut performance by Wintersun, the new melodic death metal supergroup spearheaded by ex-Ensiferum vocalist Jari Mäenpää. Drum duties are performed by the extraordinaire Rotten Sound -drummer Kai Hahto, second guitar is played by the young Imperanon-axeman Teemu Mäntysaari and Norther-bassplayer Jukka Koskinen will take care of the low end.

    In addition to these already confirmed acts, both Finnish and international artists will be added to the roster.

    Tickets for Tuska 2005 will go on sale April 1st through Lippupalvelu (www.lippupalvelu.fi). The three day ticket costs 67 euros and day tickets cost 32 euros.

    Current Tuska 2005 artist roster reads like this;

    Accept (GER)
    Dimmu Borgir (NOR)
    Monster Magnet (USA)
    Children Of Bodom
    Testament (USA)
    Destruction (GER)
    Rotten Sound
    Evergrey (SWE)
    Primal Fear (GER)
    Lake Of Tears (SWE)
    Bal-Sagoth (UK)
    Scarve (FRA)
    Naglfar (SWE)
    Pain Confessor
    Turmion Kätilöt
    Hieronymus Bosch (RUS)

    Additional Information:


    Austin, Texas - February 28, 2005: The EDGE Magazine, the leading rock magazine in central Texas, recently released the results of their 2004 Reader’s Poll and heavy metal outfit POWDERBURN was recognized as Austin’s "Best Group", along with "Best Metal Band" in 2004. Artist are selected entirely by fans who submit ballots for artist in a variety of categories. Renowned for its "Live Music Capitol of the World" moniker, Austin has over 3,000 working bands. "There's some really amazing bands here in Austin, and to take Best Group out of all the genres is one of the greatest achievements I've ever been a part of", quips drummer Pat Swift.

    In addition to these awards, the band also reaped individual honors, with Ken Lockman and Greg Enkler receiving "Best Male Singer" and "Best Bassist", respectively. "It’s a great thing to know that our fans and friends support us the way they do," notes Greg Enkler. For the 2nd year in a row, The EDGE Magazine’s readership have polled this Jagermeister-sponsored band as the premier metal artist in Austin. Adds vocalist/guitarist Ken Lockman, "it's an awesome feeling to know that people are enjoying what we're doing, it makes it worth all the hard work and struggles."

    POWDERBURN will be putting its award-winning show on display next month when it headlines the metal showcase of the Heart of Texas Quadruple Bypass Music Festival during SXSW week. The band also plans to hit the studio and cut a new demo this spring, alongside producer Scott Sargeant, former longtime guitarist for San Francisco-based SKINLAB. Although the studio material is earmarked for industry reps, fans can catch a glimpse of their new songs in upcoming shows.

    For a complete list of The EDGE Magazine’s Reader’s Poll results, please visit www.theedgemagazine.com and POWDERBURN’s official website at www.powderburn.net.

March 12th, 2005
  • BRAND NEW SIN Signs With Century Media Records; Prepares For Motorhead Tour

    Hailed by All Music Guide as “an example of everything right about hard rock,” the Syracuse-based BRAND NEW SIN has signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The group recently completed work on their highly anticipated sophomore effort, tentatively titled Recipe For Disaster . The album's summer release will be preceded by a series of performances alongside rock legends Motorhead and Corrosion of Conformity, kicking off March 9 in Sayerville, N.J.

    “Brand New Sin is very pleased and excited to be part of the Century Media family,” says vocalist Joe Altier. “Their dedication to their artists is unmatched, and the successes of Shadows Fall, Lacuna Coil, God Forbid and many others over the years is a testament to that. Not only is the label comprised of hard-working mofo's, but they are truly fans of the bands they work with. We look forward to a long and successful run with them.”

    The Southern-influenced hard rock quintet first burst upon the scene in 2002 with their groundbreaking self-titled debut, which garnered acclaim from such mainstream outlets as Billboard and Guitar One. The group went on to earn a devoted legion of fans through relentless touring with a wide array of artists, from Black Label Society and Slayer to Breaking Benjamin and Saliva. It's the stunning blend of Altier's captivating roar and melodic overtones mixed with the band's gritty, rock-solid rhythm section, stunning dual guitar solos and pummeling hooks that helps this group stand out from the pack and appeal to a diverse audience.

    In conjunction with the Motorhead/C.O.C. tour, the band will release a four-track EP titled Black And Blue next month. The title track "Black And Blue" will serve as the first single from Recipe For Disaster ; the other three songs will be exclusive to the EP. The group will also embark on a two-week tour of the Southeast starting on Feb. 17. A complete list of currently confirmed tour dates appears below; more dates will be added soon.

    “ We can't wait to hit the road again,” says Altier, “and to be doing it with Motorhead and C.O.C. is definitely a good way to start a campaign! It's almost as if we have come full circle, because when we did our first nationwide tour, it was with Motorhead. This tour is just the beginning of what's to come. See you on the road!”

    Just when you thought you've heard it all, BRAND NEW SIN returns with an aggressive, blue-collar American hard rock album sure to create a buzz that will transcend genres. For more information or interviews with BRAND NEW SIN, feel free to contact me any time.

    “BRAND NEW SIN are the finest rock act to emerge from the underground in recent memory.”
    – CMJ New Music Monthly

    “The kind of jukebox bravado that's the perfect backing track for a barroom brawl.”
    – R&R

    BRAND NEW SIN on tour:
    with Motorhead and Corrosion of Conformity:
    3/9 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
    3/11 Palladium – Worcester, MA
    3/12 B.B. King's Blues Club – New York, NY
    3/13 Magic City Music Hall – Binghamton, NY
    3/15 Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
    3/16 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
    3/18 Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
    3/19 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
    3/20 Rave/Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
    3/21 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL

    3/23 Token Lounge – Westland, MI
    3/24 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI

    With Life of Agony
    3/26 Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY
    3/27 Peabody's – Cleveland, OH

  • EXODUS Announce New Singer

    Thrash legends EXODUS announced a replacement for departed singer Steve "Zetro" Souza. Welcome Rob Dukes! Metal Maniacs


    NILE guitarist/vocalist Karl Sanders has issued the following update on the recording sessions for the group's new album: "We are now finished with the mixes on the new NILE album, entitled Annihilation of the Wicked. We are extremely happy with the mixes Neil Kernon [producer] gave the new songs, he has given us a very clean, clear and honest yet brutal representation of our new material. Now we are impatiently waiting on the last step in the process — mastering. We hope to have the album back in our hands by the end of this week, with a release date sometime around March/April to coincide with our support slot on the U.S. KING DIAMOND tour." Metal Maniacs

  • Brazilian purveyors of death KRISIUN are teaming up with Florida's Hate Eternal and Century Family bands INTO ETERNITY, Incantation, and All Shall Perish to ravage the U.S. this summer. Drummer Max Kolesne offered his horns up to everyone, "It's great to be coming back to the U.S., especially touring with our brothers in Hate Eternal and Incantation. This tour is going to devastate! Posers will die and their women will cry when the death metal demons rise." KRISIUN will be supporting their new release Bloodshed, which contains eight new tracks highlighting the kings of hyperspeed's diversity and musical development. The album also includes four rudimentary corpse-grinding tracks from their rare, cult, underground first release, the Unmerciful Order EP (1993).

    Also on the bill is the Canadian progressive death metal band INTO ETERNITY, currently on tour with Amorphis, in support of their 2004 release Buried In Oblivion. After the Amorphis dates, INTO ETERNITY will play headlining shows across the Midwest and Canada. For complete dates check the Century Media website by clicking here, or check the band's official website.

    Hate Eternal, KRISIUN, Incantation, INTO ETERNITY, All Shall Perish

    6-16-05 JAXX, West Springfield,VA
    6-17-05 The Loft, Poughkeepsie, NY
    6-18-05 The Palladium, Worcester, MA
    6-19-05 The Trocadero, Philadelphia,PA
    6-21-05 Kashmir, Quebec City, Que
    6-22-05 Café Campus, Mpntreal Que
    6-23-05 Mavericks, Ottawa, On
    6-24-05 El Mocambo, Tornoto Ont
    6-25-05 Penny Arcade, Rochester NY
    6-26-05 BB Kings Blues club, New York NY
    7-15-05 The Clubhouse Tempe AZ
    7-16-05 Launch Pad, Albuquerquee, NM
    More dates to be announced...


    Make way for the new undisputed champions of Canadian death metal: Beneath the Massacre. One listen is all it will take to convince you of the veracity of such a bold statement. This band has it all, from insanely fast gravity blasts to devastating breakdowns. Mixed by Yannick St-Amand (Ion Dissonance, Despised Icon) and mastered by Alan Douches (Shadows Fall, Unearth), Beneath the Massacre's "Evidence of Inequity" is a skillful demonstration of astonishing technicality and relentless brutality. Everyone, from Suffocation and Origin fans to even The Dillinger Escape Plan enthusiasts will go crazy over this band.

    Website - http://www.beneaththemassacre.com/


    Combining the heavy hitting force of metalcore and ferocity of death metal, Camilla Rhodes has crafted memorable songs that are definitely as catchy as a kick in the face. Tinted with ripping melodies, the band's debut album "Like the word love on the lips of a harlot" will prove that Camilla Rhodes shall become a new force to be reckoned with in the Canadian metal and hardcore scene. Showcasing raw energy and unquestionable talent, this four-piece is a must for fans of The Black Dahlia Murder, Dead to Fall and Between the Buried and me.

    Website - http://www.camillarhodes.com/

  • MISERY INDEX's new EP "Dissent" will be distributed in Canada by Galy Records! The band plans on touring in Canada once more in April/May.

    Website - http://www.miseryindex.com

  • VOID OF SILENCE farewell

    "After 11 years since we started this adventure, after 6 years since the band started its official activities and after three album released together as VOID OF SILENCE, we decided to put an end to this band.

    We took this decision with sadness and bitterness, also we must admit we yet reached our initial goal.

    We would like to thank our worlwide fans, those who always trusted us and those who supported us along the way.

    A special thank you to Fabban and Alan Nemtheanga, who gave us the possibility to release such incredible albums and to the whole code666 staff, always supportive towards our music.

    A great hail also to our old friends Andrea Toro, Alessandro Bianchi, Riccardo Tran and Fabio Restano, who were beside us in the beginning.

    We are not leaving the musical scene, just we will wear different dresses and walk different ways, together as usual. Maybe one day things will run in a different way, who knows...

    Bye and thanx to all". - Riccardo Conforti and Ivan Zara.


    HOLLYWOOD (February 9, 2005) – GREAT WHITE is heading out on on a Canadian tour. GREAT WHITE will perform all of their hard-rockin' hits from multi-platinum albums "Once Bitten...," "...Twice Shy," "Hooked" and many others.


    8-Mar Calgary Cowboy Nightclub
    9-Mar Edmonton Union Hall
    10-Mar Grand Prarie B.J's Nightclub
    11-Mar FT. McMurray Cowboy Nightclub
    15-Mar Saskatoon The Roxy
    16-Mar Regina The Pump Rhoadhouse
    18-Mar Winnepeg The Pyramid Night Club
    19-Mar Brandon Tails West
    20-Mar Oshawa The Park Place
    23-Mar Cambridge Fiddlers Green
    24-Mar Chatham Twisters
    25-Mar Orillia 2nd Last Call
    26-Mar Pittsburg, PA Pepsi Roadhouse

    All performances by GREAT WHITE will continue to benefit the Station Family Fund. Proceeds from their shows go to the fund to create further awareness and financial assistance to those touched by the Rhode Island tragedy. Proceeds go directly to The Station Family Fund. The funds raised will be controlled and administered by The Station Family Fund. www.stationfamilyfund.org.

    GREAT WHITE's line-up consists of original members Jack Russell (vocals), Mark Kendall (lead guitar), Tyler Nelson (guitar), Derrick Pontier (drums) and Scott Pounds (bass).



    The pioneering thrash metal band Meliah Rage is finishing the recording of its upcoming studio album 'The Deep And Dreamless Sleep,' scheduled for release by midyear on Screaming Ferret Wreckords. Band leader/guitarist/songwriter Anthony Nichols, vocalist Paul Souza, guitarist Jim Koury, bass guitarist Jesse Johnson and returning original drummer Stuart Dowie are working on 'The Deep And Dreamless Sleep' at Danger Multitrack Studios in Providence, RI, and Sherwood Forest Studios in Bedford, MA. "The record seems to have a darker tone to it than previous efforts," says Nichols. Some of the new songs include "Permanently Damaged," "Twisted Wreck" and "Undefeated." "It's been a long time. It's great to be back with the band. We've been working on our new CD, which is very heavy so far!" says Dowie. "We have two local gigs scheduled so far -- March 26 at Jarrod's in Attleboro, MA, and April 16 in Providence, RI. After that, I'm looking forward to hitting the road with the band this summer. It's the return of the Rage. Heavy metal is alive and well. Meliah Rage 2005!"

    Metal-Rules.com is now conducting a special Meliah Rage contest. Prizes include five Meliah Rage T-shirts and five copies of the band's current Screaming Ferret Wreckords CD 'Barely Human.' To enter to win one of these 10 prizes, visit www.metal-rules.com and correctly answer six questions based on the web site's recently posted interview with Nichols. 2005 marks the 20th anniversary of the Boston-based band's formation. The band was named for the Meliah Indians' practice of taking opium to prepare for battle. For all the latest updates about 'The Deep And Dreamless Sleep' and more information about the Massachusetts and Rhode Island concerts being held this spring, visit www.meliahrage.com and www.screamingferret.com.

  • SATHANAS are releasing their new mcd FLESH FOR THE DEVIL soon on
    AGONIA records of poland. they will also be playing the UNITED METAL
    MANIACS fest in germany in may. for info contact AGONIA records.

    SATHANAS site http://www.stilldead.com/sathanas/

  • SOILWORK To Present Sixth Full Length Album "Stabbing The Drama" On March 8th, 2005 Through Nuclear Blast Records

    North American Tour With Hypocrisy, Mnemic And Dark Tranquillity To Follow

    In just a few years, SOILWORK's success has catapulted from a diminutive, yet promising, melodic- metal band to one of the most popular and audacious bands on the circuit today. On March 8, 2005, they will solidify this status with the release of Stabbing The Drama through Nuclear Blast Records. A band once dubbed as “One of The 25 Most Important Bands In Metal” by Alternative Press Magazine, SOILWORK have never failed to impress both the press and their fans and Stabbing The Drama is no exception. While the band’s trademark blend of brutality and powerful melodies remains to satisfy both new and old fans, they have continued to grow creatively. The lineup of Bjorn “Speed” Strid (vocals), Peter Wichers (guitars), Ola Frenning (guitars), Sven Karlsson (keyboards), Ola Flink (bass) and Dirk Verbeuren (drums) continue the SOILWORK legacy as the 11 tracks on Stabbing The Drama present solid, buzzsaw riffs, powerful roaring vocals and a thunderous percussive attack. To support the release of Stabbing The Drama, a North American tour with Hypocrisy, Mnemic and Dark Tranquillity will begin in the Spring. SOILWORK will be in good company as they once again cause thousands of fans to drop their jaws and bang their heads in 2005.

    Stabbing The Drama track list: 01. Stabbing The Drama 02. One With The Flies 03. Weapon Of Vanity 04. The Crestfallen 05. Nerve 06. Stalemate 07. Distance 08. Observation Slave 09. Fate In Motion 10. Blind Eye Halo 11. If Possible

    Confirmed tour dates:
    4/05 Buffalo Icon Buffalo, NY
    4/06 House Of Blues Chicago, IL
    4/07 Eagles Club Milwaukee, WI
    4/08 Granada Theatre Lawrence, KS
    4/09 Gothic Theatre Englewood, CO
    4/10 Lo-Fi Café Salt Lake City, UT
    4/12 Graceland Seattle, WA
    4/14 The Pound San Francisco, CA
    4/15 House Of Blues Anaheim, CA
    4/16 Key Club Los Angeles, CA
    4/17 Marquee Theatre Scottsdale, AZ
    4/19 Back Room Austin, TX
    4/20 Engine Room Houston, TX
    4/22 Ziggy’s Winston-Salem, NC
    4/23 Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
    4/26 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
    4/27 The Social Orlando, FL
    4/29 Jaxx W. Springfield, VA
    4/30 Webster Theater Hartford, CT
    5/01 B.B. Kings New York, NY
    5/03 Le Capitole Theatre Quebec City, QC
    5/05 Opera House Toronto, ON
    5/06 The Odeon Cleveland, OH – BW&BK Festival
    5/07 Harpo’s Detroit, MI



    "Best-Of" DVD will be legendary band's first career-spanning release in any format, and will include rarely seen footage of original AC/DC frontman Bon Scott

    Over the course of their three-decade career, Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers AC/DC have amassed a bevy of memorable performances that have been captured on film, despite the fact that they've never catered to MTV or network television. Now, the Aussie rockers are issuing a 2 DVD set, Family Jewels, which will feature live performances and promo videos spanning the band's career. Many of the clips have never been commercially available, and many have never been seen in the U.S. The DVD will also include special liner notes written by noted rock journalist David Fricke.

    For the band's younger fans, this may well be their first time seeing the legendary Bon Scott in action. The DVD starts with a rare cover of the R&B chestnut, "Baby Please Don't Go," recorded in April 1975 on the Australian TV show, Countdown. Bon Scott stunned the studio audience (and no doubt everyone watching from home) with his schoolgirl attire °V pigtails and girls' panties included. The footage of the band performing "High Voltage," recorded live in concert at Melbourne's Festival Hall two months later led to the band signing their first U.K. record deal. Another highlight is the promo video for "It's A Long Way To The Top," which was shot in February of 1976 on the back of a moving flatbed truck in Melbourne's business district. Longtime AC/DC fans may fondly remember the performance of "Sin City" for the U.S. show Midnight Special, also included here (the show was co-hosted that evening by AC/DC fans Steven Tyler and Ted Nugent). Disc one ends with a February 1980 performance of "Girls Got Rhythm" and "Highway To Hell," from the Spanish show Aplauso.

    Disc two begins with a number of videos from the band's most successful album – and their first with Brian Johnson – 1980's Back In Black. The album, one of the best selling records of all time, is represented with seldom seen clips for "Hells Bells," "Back In Black" and "Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution." A music video for that album's "You Shook Me All Night Long," shot in 1986 for AC/DC's Who Made Who (the band's soundtrack for Stephen King's film Maximum Overdrive) is also included. The DVD also features all five clips shot for the 1985 album Fly On The Wall, which saw the band making a rare foray into special effects: an animated fly (from the album's artwork) was superimposed into the videos.

    AC/DC's Family Jewels, a 2 DVD set, will be released March


    DVD 1 (1975 - 1980)
    1. Baby Please Don't Go (live, April 1975)
    2. Show Business (live, June 1975)
    3. High Voltage (promo clip, June 1975)
    4. It's A Long Way To The Top (promo clip, February 1976)
    5. T.N.T. (live, 1976)
    6. Jailbreak (promo clip 1976)
    7. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (live, December 1976)
    8. Dog Eat Dog (promo clip, 1977)
    9. Let There Be Rock (promo clip, 1977)
    10. Rock N Roll Damnation (promo clip, 1978)
    11. Sin City (from The Midnight Special, September 1978)
    12. Riff Raff (live from Glascow, April 1978)
    13. Fling Thing/Rocker (live from Glascow, April 1978)
    14. Whole Lotta Rosie (Iive from BBC show "Rock Goes To College," October 1978)
    15. Shot Down In Flames (promo clip, July 1979)
    16. Walk All Over You (promo clip, July 1979)
    17. Touch Too Much (promo clip July 1979)
    18. If You Want Blood (promo clip, July 1979)
    19. Girls Got Rhythm (live from Aplauso TV Show, February 1980)
    20. Highway To Hell (live from Aplauso TV Show, February 1980)

    DVD 2 (1980 -1993)
    1. Hells Bells (promo clip, 1980)
    2. Back In Black (promo clip, 1980)
    3. What Do You Do For Money Honey (promo clip, 1980)
    4. Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution (promo clip, 1980)
    5. Let's Get it Up (live promo clip, 1981)
    6. For Those About To Rock (live promo clip, 1983)
    7. Flick Of The Switch (promo clip, 1984)
    8. Nervous Shakedown (promo clip, 1984)
    9. Fly On The Wall (promo clip, 1985)
    10. Danger (promo clip, 1985)
    11. Sink The Pink (promo clip, 1985)
    12. Stand Up (promo clip, 1985)
    13. Shake Your Foundations (promo clip, 1985)
    14. Who Made Who (promo clip, 1986)
    15. You Shook Me All Night Long (promo clip, 1985)
    16. Heatseeker (promo clip, 1988)
    17. That's The Way I Wanna Rock & Roll (promo clip, 1988)
    18. Thunderstruck (promo clip, 1990)
    19. Moneytalks (promo clip, 1990)
    20. Are You Ready (promo clip, 1991)





    As they gear up for the April 12th release of highly anticipated new album LOST AND FOUND, Epic recording artists MUDVAYNE have announced plans for a seven-week headlining tour that begins March 29th at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota. Also appearing on the bill will be openers Life of Agony, American Head Charge and bloodsimple.

    The tour follows Mudvayne's recent guerilla trek, a stripped-down, no-frills road jaunt that saw the band tearing up packed-to-capacity venues across the country as they previewed new songs for diehard fans. The quartet (vocalist Chad Gray, guitarist Greg Tribbett, bassist Ryan Martinie and drummer Matt McDonough) worked the crowd into a lather with new tracks "Determined," "IMN" and much-buzzed-about lead single "Happy?" Earlier this week, Mudvayne and director Lex Halaby (Killswitch Engage, Chimaira) shot a video for "Happy?" in Los Angeles. The eye-popping clip will be amplified by the digital effects team at Cause & f(x) Pictures, known for their work on The Matrix ReLoaded and X-Men.

    Those that couldn't score tickets to Mudvayne's recent sold-out trek can look forward to hearing "Happy?" and additional tracks from LOST AND FOUND on the upcoming tour. Don't miss your chance to experience the intensity of a live Mudvayne show.

    Dates for the first two weeks of the tour are:

    3/29 St. Paul, MN @Roy Wilkins Auditorium
    3/30 Milwaukee, WI @Eagles Ballroom
    4/1 Chicago, IL @Congress Theatre
    4/2 Detroit, MI @State Theatre
    4/3 Peoria, IL @East Peoria Convention Center
    4/5 Toronto @Kool Haus
    4/6 Montreal @Metropolis
    4/8 Hartford, CT @Webster Theater
    4/9 Philly, PA @Electric Factory
    4/10 Boston, MA @Palladium
    4/12 New York, NY TBA
    4/13 Washington, DC @9:30 Club

    Additional dates to follow.

  • MAHAVATAR: “Go with the no!” finally out

    One of our most-suffered releases is going to see the light finally! After being forced to postpone the release-date (initially June 2004 and then November 2004), “Go With The No!” will be released worldwide on the 15th of February, 2005!


    Debut CD to Be Released on
    Big Orange Clown Records/Sanctuary Records
    May 3rd, 2005

    Hailing from the land of upstate New York, Gizmachi will release their debut CD, The Imbuing, on May 3rd on Big Orange Clown Records, an imprint of Sanctuary Records. The Imbuing was produced by M. Shawn Crahan, engineered by Josh Wilbur and recorded at Spin Studios in New York City. Gizmachi is comprised of Sean Kane on vocals, Jay Hannon and Mike Laurino on guitars, Kris Gilmore on bass and Jimmie Hatcher on drums.

    A band could not ask for a better endorsement than one from Crahan, who you may know for not only his musical vision, but as Clown (#6) in metal superstar band Slipknot. As founder of Big Orange Clown Records, Crahan chose to be the label’s inaugural release, which speaks volumes to his belief in their music.

    The band recently filmed the video for their first single “The Answer” last week in New York. The video was directed by Crahan and produced by Doug Spangenberg (Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Every Time I Die).

    Gizmachi will also be heading out on the road to deliver the message of The Imbuing live. Playing some warm up dates with (hed) pe in February, the band will then jump onto the Subliminal Verses tour with Slipknot, Shadows Fall and Lamb of God. The band will open several nights of the tour starting on March 4 in Hartford and ending on March 11 in Rosemont, IL. Gizmachi have also been confirmed to appear at the
    New England Metal Fest on April 24.

    Tour dates attached included below:

    02/16 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
    02/17 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
    02/18 Attleboro, MA Jarrod's Place
    02/19 Sayreville, NJ Starland
    02/20 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
    02/22 Johnson City, NY Magic City
    02/23 Buffalo, NY Showplace Theatre
    02/24 Farmingdale, NY Downtown
    02/25 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
    02/26 Portland, NE The Station
    02/27 Manchester, NH The Bombshelter
    03/01 New York, NY BB King's
    03/04 Hartford, CT Meadow's Music *
    03/05 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Spectrum *
    03/06 E. Rutherford, NJ Continental Airlines Arena *
    03/07 Wilkes Barre, PA Staircase
    03/08 Columbus, OH Nationwide *
    03/09 Cleveland, OH CSU Convocation Center *
    03/10 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
    03/11 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena *
    03/14 Buffalo, NY Sphere Ent Complex

    02/16- 03/01 with (hed) pe
    *with Slipknot



    "Today - Thursday, February 17, 2005 - we recieved a confirmation that Mieszko Talarczyk [NASUM guitarist/vocalist] died in the tsunami disaster December 26, 2004. His body has been identified and will be transfered to Sweden shortly.

    "His closest family and friends are in our thoughts right now. Mieszko will be missed by many.

    "Nasum.com will be closed for at least a month. You know why. There will be a slight update in a couple of days with some information about the future of NASUM along with some personal words about Mieszko.

    "Thanks a lot for your support and your thoughts. Now a new time begins, a time we must spend alone. Please respect this wish." The scene will miss you, bro! Rest in peace

    - Mr.Deichkot (Tears of Decay)
    Metal Maniacs

  • AMORPHIS headlining U.S. Tour Dates!

    Legendary Finnish metallers AMORPHIS have returned! Having spent more than a decade reinventing modern metal they recently released their sixth studio album, Far From The Sun, domestically through Nuclear Blast America on September 4th, 2004.

    Far From The Sun embarks on an immense beginning of a new era for the band. Having had several guest musicians and outside producers on their previous releases, AMORPHIS have this time confided only in themselves and self-produced Far From The Sun in several studios across Finland during the autumn and winter of 2002 and 2003. Uniting their Finnish heritage with their metal roots, the band have yet again created their own distinctive sound of strong, yet aggressive melodies with a traditional concept.

    Taking their name from "amorphous" meaning "no determinate form or shape," Finland's most creative and acclaimed metal band have certainly lived up to their name over the course of their 14-year career. Setting a diverse, intricate and unique style to their musical approach, often being described as "ahead of their time" all the while accruing a massive and loyal international fan base selling over 500,000 albums in the process (their catalogue has 'scanned close to 100,000 in the US alone).

    See AMORPHIS on their US tour with supporting bands Into Eternity & Beyond The Embrace

    03/02 Big Fish Pub Tempe, AZ
    03/03 Key Club Los Angeles, CA
    03/04 Galaxy Theatre Santa Ana, CA
    03/05 The Pound at Pier 96 San Francisco, CA
    03/06 Ash St Saloon Portland, OR
    03/07 Studio Seven Seattle, WA
    03/09 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
    03/10 Ranch Bowl Omaha, NE
    03/11 Pop's Sauget, IL
    03/12 Ascot Room Minneapolis, MN
    03/13 Joe's Chicago, IL
    03/14 House Of Blues Cleveland, OH
    03/15 Club Rockit Toronto, ON
    03/16 Cafe Campus - Montreal, QC
    03/18 The Loft Poughkeepsie, NY
    03/19 The Palladium Worcester, MA
    03/20 BB King's New York, NY
    03/21 Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
    03/22 Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PA
    03/23 House of Rock White Marsh, MD
    03/24 Jaxx Springfield, VA
    03/25 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
    03/26 Masquerade Tampa, FL
    03/27 Culture Room Ft Lauderdale, FL
    03/29 Jesters Pub Fayettville, NC
    03/28 Thee Imperial Jacksonville, FL
    03/30 Downtown Farmingdale, NY
    03/31 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY
    04/01 Webster Theatre/Underground Hartford, CT
    04/02 Penny Arcade Rochester, NY
    Metal Maniacs


    NEW YORK CITY (FEBRUARY 21, 2005) – BLACK ZODIAC, a heavy metal band based in Brandon, Fla., have agreed to be represented by DaSBro Enteprise, a full-service entertainment agency based in New York City, for bookings, management, and publicity.

    BLACK ZODIAC was formed in 2002 by Cuban-born beauty, Mayelin. To Mayelin, the name BLACK ZODIAC “represents all the different personalities of the zodiac with the darkness behind them.”

    BLACK ZODIAC is comprised of Mayelin (vocals), Aaron Robinson (bass/guitar), and Jay Browing (drums).

    In May 2004, BLACK ZODIAC released the debut album, “Psychotic Hatred,” on Sonic Wave International Records. The eleven-track album was produced by Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez (Morbid Angel’s co-producer). “Psychotic Hatred” was serviced to radio stations throughout the U.S., and it received airplay on more than 250 commercial and non-commercial stations. Accompanying the release of the album was a video for the tune, ‘Love in Darkness,’ which was solicited to various video outlets throughout the country.

    BLACK ZODIAC approaches their art differently than most of their contemporaries. They focus on the “whole picture,” taking into consideration image, music, lyrical content, and performance, all arranged to fit together in perfect harmony. They look to be above the standards in metal today by keeping the lyrics clean and enlightening. They also extract musical influences from outside of the metal genre while still being true to the roots of the style. With Mayelin’s vocal power in combination with their unrestricted musical vision, there will be no end to BLACK ZODIAC.

    BLACK ZODIAC's website is located at www.blackzodiac.net.


    A Tribute To Rush
    Magna Carta MA-2112

    Mixed by Robert Berry
    Pre Mix Editing by Terry Brown
    Artwork by Hugh Syme

    Featuring Performances By:
    Sebastian Bach (Skid Row); Robert Berry (“3”, Ambrosia); Dave Brooks (Slammin’ Gladys): Dominic Cifarelli (Pulse Ultra); Jeff Feldman (Pulse Ultra); Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai): Daniel J. (Solo Artist, Jordan Rudess); Randy Jackson (Zebra); Andreas Kisser (Sepultura); Jani Lane (Warrant); Mike Mangini (Extreme, Steve Vai); Vinnie Moore (Solo Artist, UFO); Alex Skolnick (Solo Artist, Testament, Tran Siberian Orchestra, Attention Deficit); Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan); Kip Winger (Winger).

    Lee, Lifeson and Peart have provided an often obsessive lifetime mission for countless of hopeful, thoughtful, ambitious musicians through a wide scope of times and climes.

    The all-walks array of musicians you see gathered here is testimony to that fact.

    Rush were heavy when heavy was not cool, Rush comprised a clear and clear-headed three guys playing their hearts and minds out on sleeve and stage. Rush made you want to play better than that other guy in class, also providing a reading list for mind-feeding while you recovered from bleeding fingers, tender blood blisters and tendonitis.

    And they did this in waves, to full currents of aspiring rockers, beginning thereabouts with underground breakthrough 2112 in 1976, that record combining science fiction with philosophy (Ayn Rand) and literature (George Orwell), metal with progressive rock (Rush single-handedly birthed progressive metal – a huge musical genre today), also delivering one of the early concept albums.

    Rush is one of the few bands to conquer the divide between the more intimate progressive rock listener and FM rock radio. When bands like Yes and ELP were having trouble staying on the airwaves, Rush maintained their visibility. Always updating their sound but keeping those familiar touches.

    Distant Early Warning
    Lakeside Park
    Different Strings
    Tom Sawyer
    Bastille Day
    A Farewell To Kings
    The Spirit Of Radio
    Didacts and Narpets
    2112 Overture/The Temples Of Syrinx


    Distant Early Warning
    Lead Vocals: Randy Jackson
    Guitar Solo: Daniel J.

    Lakeside Park
    Lead Vocals: Sebastian Bach
    Guitar Solo: Daniel J.

    Lead Vocals: Kip Winger
    Guitar Solo: Andreas Kisser

    Lead Vocals: Randy Jackson
    Guitar Solo: Dominic Cifarelli
    Keys: Jeff Feldman

    Different Strings
    Lead Vocals: Robert Berry
    Guitar Solo: Robert Berry

    Tom Sawyer
    Lead Vocals: Sebastian Bach
    Guitar Solo: Dominic Cifarelli
    Keys: Jeff Feldman

    Bastille Day
    Lead Vocals: Jani Lane with Dave Brooks
    Guitar Solo: Alex Skolnick

    A Farewell To Kings
    Lead Vocals: Randy Jackson
    Guitar Solo: Andreas Kisser

    Spirit Of the Radio
    Lead Vocals: Kip Winger
    Guitar Solo: Jeff Stinco

    Didacts and Narpets
    Drums: Mike Mangini

    2112 Overture/Temples Of Syrinx
    Lead Vocals: Jani Lane with Dave Brooks
    Guitar Solo: Vinnie Moore

    Rhythm Guitars Tracks - Vinnie Moore
    Bass Tracks - Stu Hamm
    Drum Tracks - Mike Mangini
    Keyboards - Robert Berry
    Keyboards - Jeff Feldman
    Keyboards - Trent Gardner


  • AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE to Tour with Mudvayne

    Nitrus/DRT recording artist American Head Charge will join Mudvayne on the road beginning March 29 in St Paul, Minnesota. Additional dates will be announced soon. The band is currently in the middle of a national tour with Otep and Candira scheduled to wrap up in mid-March. UK fans can catch the band during a 10 day tour starting March 19.

    American Head Charge's long-awaited new album, The Feeding, in-stored on February 15 to rave reviews in both the US and the UK with Revolver giving the album 4 out of 5 stars, Kerrang! awarding it 4 K's, and Total Guitar calling it an "early contender for metal album of the year." The album was #1 most added at FMQB and the first single. "Loyalty" is receiving airplay at KXXR in Minneapolis, WJJO Madison, KUPD Phoenix, WAQX Syracuse, WZZN Chicago, KQRC Kansas City, WCCC Hartford, and KISW Seattle, as well as many others. The video for "Loyalty" was shot by Mike Sloat and will be submitted to MTV2 and Fuse soon. Also, be sure to catch a guest appearance by the band on Headbanger's Ball April 9. Let The Feeding begin!

    03/19/2005 - Cavern, Exeter, UK 03/20/2005 - Garage, London, UK
    03/21/2005 - Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, UK
    03/22/2005 - Academy 2, Liverpool, UK
    03/23/2005 - Barfly, Cardiff, UK
    03/24/2005 - Sugarmill, Stoke, UK
    03/25/2005 - Corporation, Sheffield, UK
    03/26/2005 - Wulfrun, Wolverhampton, UK
    03/27/2005 - King Tuts, Glasgow, Scotland
    03/29/2005 - Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St Paul, MN, USA*
    03/30/2005 - Eagle's Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI, USA *
    04/01/2005 - Congress Theater, Chicago, IL, USA *
    04/02/2005 - State Theater, Detroit, MI, USA *
    04/03/2005 - East Peoria Conv., Peoria, IL, USA*
    04/05/2005 - Kool Haus, Toronto, ONT *
    04/06/2005 - Metropolis, Montreal, QUE *
    04/08/2005 - Webster Theater, Hartford, CT, USA *
    04/09/2005 - Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA, USA*
    04/10/2005 - Palladium, Worcester, MA, USA *
    04/12/2005 - TBA, New York, NY *
    04/13/2005 - 9:30 Club, Washington, DC, USA *
    04/27/2005 - Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL, USA *
    04/29/2005 - Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, IA, USA *
    04/30/2005 - Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI, USA*

    * With Mudvayne

  • Guitarist HEAD Quits KORN, Dedicates Life To Christianity - Feb. 22, 2005

    MTV.com is reporting that guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, a founding member of KORN, has left the band and has rededicated his life to Christianity, according to the group's management.

    "KORN has parted ways with guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch, who has chosen Jesus Christ as his savior, and will be dedicating his musical pursuits to that end," a statement from the band reads. "KORN respects Brian's wishes, and hopes he finds the happiness he's searching for."

    The announcement puts to rest weeks of rumors that Welch was unhappy with KORN's direction. On February 8, he had apparently written a "letter of resignation" to the band's management. In the note, Welch detailed a long list of reasons for leaving the band, including increased moral objections to KORN's music and videos. In particular, he was upset by how he was portrayed in the clip for their cover of CAMEO's "Word Up", off their recently released "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" album. In the video, Welch's face was superimposed on a dog patrolling a strip club.

    Welch plans on further explaining his decision to leave KORN this coming Sunday, when he'll address the congregation at the Valley Bible Fellowship in Bakersfield, California. And on February 28 he plans to leave for Israel.

    KORN are currently in the studio working on a new record, which is due in stores in September.

March 6th, 2005
  • Forever Underground new signing: SAPROGENIC!!!

    The Mighty SAPROGENIC from Michigan has joined the fold.

    After a long round of talks an agreement has finally been reached. They have signed a 3 album deal. Anyone who has their first CD or has seen Saprogenic's live show knows what they are in for. Expect top notch brutal death metal. Saprogenic has been writing songs for their second album for almost 2 years now. The new CD will have a total of 11 tracks and is being recorded at Black Sky Studios (Black Dahlia Murder).

    Expect a more polished sounding CD with a heavier production. Not to take anything away from their debut but the band has progressed in every way possible and will turn out nothing short of a masterpiece.

    Saprogenic is expected to hit the studio sometime in April with a tentative July/August release. More info will be available shortly.

  • SALEM's upcoming release

    Salem is currently in the recording studio, putting the final touches to their up and coming release "No Strings Attached", scheduled to be out this coming April through a local distributor in Israel, The End Records in North America and Raven Music for the rest of the world.

    "No Strings Attached" contains 11 songs from the band's past repertoire and one brand new song, all re-arranged to be played with one of the most respected all-girl Srting Quartets in the country.

    For more information Visit www.salemband.com.

  • LABYRINTH shot a video for “L.Y.A.F.H.” of their upcoming album “Freeman” (to be released in March).
    First dates of the tour will be confirmed soon.

  • DARK MOOR has uploaded the track “Before The Duel” of their new album “Beyond The Sea” (coming in March) at their official website www.dark-moor.com where you can also view the cover artwork.

  • DREAMAKER as support for their new album “Enclosed” (to be released in March), the band has confirmed some shows in Spain, more dates will be added soon:
    15/04, Sala Afrika (Córdoba)
    16/04, Sala La Nave (Huelva)
    22/04, Sala Babylon (Cuenca)
    23/04, Sala Ritmo y Compás (Madrid)
    6/05, Sala Anoeta (Vigo)
    7/05, Sala Mardi Gras (La Coruña)
    21/05, Utopía (Zaragoza)
    27/05, Sala Pa´berse Matao (Valencia)
    28/05, Sala Stereo (Alicante)

  • AXENSTAR has just finished the recording / mixing of their third album “The Inquisition” at Underground Studios. The album will be mastered by Peter in de Betou (Amon Amarth, Hypocrisy) in the next days.

    Cover artwork is alredy done by Toxic Angel (Sonata Arctica, Children Of Bodom). “The Inquisition” will be released in May.

    “The Inquisition” track listing:
    1. The Fallen One
    2. Under Black Wings
    3. Salvation
    4. Inside Your Mind
    5. Daydreamer
    6. Drifting
    7. The Burning
    8. Run or Hide
    9. The Sands of Time
    10. Imaginary World (Japanese bonus track)

  • BLIND STARE the Finish melodic Death Metal act are just finishing the recording of their debut album “Symphony Of Delusions” at Musamuusa Studios in Turku (Finland). The album will be released in May.

    “Symphony Of Delusions” track listing
    1 - Central Theory
    2 - My Black Letter
    3 - Ender
    4 - An Insane's Diary pt. II
    5 - The Silent Song
    6 - All For The Unspoken
    7 - Shotgun Symphony
    8 - Words Of Truth
    9 - Thornhearts
    10 - Statues and the Worldends

    The band has recorded a cover of the Bon Jovi’s hit “Runaway”. This track will be available exclusively in the Japanese edition of the album

  • RAINTIME The Italian metal act recorded their debut album entitled “Tales From Sadness” at New Sin Studios (Dark Moor, Labyrinth). The result is an innovate album where the best elements of Heavy Metal and melodic Death Metal are represented. Mattias Norén (Lost Horizon, Evergrey) is working with the cover artwork. “Tales From Sadness” will be released in May.

    “Tales From Sandness” track listing
    1. Moot - Lie
    2. Faithland
    3. Creation
    4. The Experiment
    5. Denied Recollection
    6. Chains Of Sadness
    7. Using The Light Forever
    8. Daily Execution + Paradox Defeat
    * 9. Butter-Fly (Japanese Bonus Track)


    OK, here's the big news... After All signed a multi-album deal with German label Dockyard 1, the new company of Dirk Putzke, Christine Stephan (both ex-Sanctuary/Noise Records) and Piet Sielck (Iron Savior). The CD-version of the new After All album "The Vermin Breed" will be out on March 21st.

    As reported earlier, "The Vermin Breed" was recorded and mixed by veteran producer Harris Johns (Voivod, Helloween, Kreator), at the Spiderhouse Studio in Berlin, Germany. "The Vermin Breed" CD contains 9 new tracks and some bonus material. Several songs were already presented live during After All's European campaigns with Anthrax and Overkill.

    The new record clearly displays the growth of the band, both live and in the studio. The musical direction After All introduced on "Mercury Rising" has now been finetuned. That makes "The Vermin Breed" one sheer thrash attack. Be prepared...

  • AGENTS OF MAN - Sign Worldwide Deal With Century Media Records

    The New Jersey quintet AGENTS OF MAN have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and just finished recording "Count Your Blessings", their highly anticipated sophomore release.

  • SENTENCED – Sad but true!

    ”We’d better put this out in the open before you hear it somewhere else. The title of the new album is ”The Funeral Album”, and with it we, SENTENCED, are coming to the end of our road. This album will be our last one.

  • THE HAUNTED – Tons of tourdates!

    Sweden’s Thrash Metal sensation THE HAUNTED just got confirmed as support act for a part of the upcoming European tour of Cradle Of Filth & Moonspell.

  • EXTOL – supporting GOD FORBID in UK

    Right after wrapping up their support slot for Mastodon and Dozer Norway’s EXTOL will support the mighty GOD FORBID in UK on their forthcoming headlining tour.

  • BLOODBATH – Play Wacken 2005!

    “Nightmares Made Flesh”…an album’s title couldn’t fit any better! BLOODBATH, the Swedish Death Metal supergroup, will finally perform their killer tunes LIVE with an exclusive show at Wacken Open Air 2005.

  • German thrashers DEW-SCENTED have been confirmed for this year's Minneapolis Mayhem 2 festival, set to take place on May 6-7 at Star Central in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. Also scheduled to appear at the festival are the legendary thrash metal act SODOM, long-running San Francisco Bay Area metallers SADUS, Las Vegas, Nevada thrashers AVENGER OF BLOOD, Michigan-based black metallers SUMMON, Chicago's THE CHASM and the Denver, Colorado-based black/death metal band THROCULT.

    Pre-Sale tickets on sale now!

  • Swedish deathsquad CENTINEX have signed a worldwide deal with Cold Records/Regain Records. Here is a statement from the band:

    "After two highly acclaimed studio albums and several re-releases Centinex and Candlelight Records have decided to go separate ways. The reasons for this will remain unanswered from our side. Centinex have signed a new deal with swedish based Cold Records, which recently became a sublabel to Regain Records (after being linked to Metal Blade Records for a few years). Centinex are extremely thrilled about this new deal and are really looking forward to work with such wellknown and strong partners".
    / Martin [Centinex]

    Centinex have booked Black Lounge Studios for four weeks, starting March 4th, for the recordings of "World Declension". The album will be released worldwide in June 2005. More info about the exact release date(s), license versions, tracklisting etc coming soon.

    The artwork and layout for the album will be done by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Design. The artwork can now be found at the Centinex website. "World Declension" will be released as a 8-panel digipack.

    Centinex will headline the Arcane Promotions Infernal Damnation Festival and take part in two classic german festivals: Fuck The Commerce VIII and Bands Battle.

    Centinex live:
    30.04 2005 England - London - Electrowerkz/Infernal Damnation Festival
    05.05 - 07.05 2005 Germany - Neiden - Fuck The Commerce VIII Festival
    02.06 - 04.06 2005 Germany - Stavenhagen - Bands Battle Festival

    More shows to be confirmed soon.


  • Swedish heavy metal heros DEDICATION are qurrently recording a new promo-CD which will be sent out to labels in order to find a new deal. Their debut album - entitled "Reflections Of Time" - which was released through italian Underground Symphony last summer has received great reviews around the globe.

    After two years of silence - due to line-up issues - Dedication are back on the live scene. A few days ago they supported Dream Evil here in Sweden and now they have been booked for two swedish festivals. And more shows will follow.

    Dedication live:
    28.05 2005 Sweden - Avesta - Avesta Karnevalen
    04.06 2005 Sweden - Sandviken - Parkrock Festival


  • NIGHTSCAPE, this young swedish power metal band has recently signed with Lion Music. The debut album - entitled "Symphony Of The Night" - is being recorded right now for a spring release. The album will be mixed and mastered at Black Lounge Studios by Jonas Kjellgren (Centinex, Carnal Forge, Katatonia, Scar Symmetry, Steel Attack, Asperity etc). Expect a true melodic power metal masterpiece, influenced by bands such as Stratovarius, Yngwie Malmsteen and Helloween.

    Nightscape live:
    25.02 2005 Sweden - Skellefteå - Musikfabriken


  • Swedish doom masters WORLD BELOW have received some really killer reviews for their debut album "Sacrifices To The Moon", released last summer through Underground Symphony/Doom Symphony. For example, Martin Borg, writer at swedens biggest metal magazine Close-Up, had the album at his "Top-10 albums of 2004" list.

    The doom-journey through darkness and misery will now continue as the band has signed with austrian Psychedoomelic Records.

    World Below are right now at Black Lounge Studios recording their new album entitled "Maelstrom". The album is expected to hit the streets in March and - as for the Centinex album - Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Design has made the artwork and layout.

    "Maelstrom" will also feature the new World Below members, drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl (Centinex, Mynjun) and the new second guitarist Per Nilsson (Altered Aeon, Scar Symmetry).

    With this full line-up the band is ready to hit the stages so the first World Below show - ever !! - will take place at the german Bands Battle Festival. However, a few warm up shows as support for Centinex might happen a few days before the fest. We keep you informed.

    World Below live:
    02.06 - 04.06 2005 Germany - Stavenhagen - Bands Battle Festival


    Philadelphia: Candlelight today confirms a North American agreement with Sweden's Regain Records. The new partnership will see the marketing and distribution of all new and reissued catalog titles through Candlelight's growing stateside operation.

    The first scheduled release will be the new album from Sweden's MARDUK. The album, titled Plague Angel, will see its awaited stateside release on March 8. The band are currently set to begin their European tour in support of the record and are planning US dates later this year. A full release schedule will be noted shortly and will include new studios albums from DARK FUNERAL, DISMEMBER, and GORGOROTH among others.

    Based in Malmo, Sweden, Regain Records formed in 1997. Since then the label has evolved into a dynamic and respected label throughout Europe. In the past years Regain has expanded its profile with the impressive signings of Danzig, Samael, Marduk, Dark Funeral, and Behemoth, among others. The label is further home to early recordings from In Flames and Arch Enemy.

    Since its launch January 2001, Candlelight's US operation has released over 150 albums across its three US imprints. The company's current releases include the label debut from Crowbar, plus new albums from Enslaved, The Mighty Nimbus, a special live album from Entombed and the debut from Debris Inc., featuring members of St. Vitus and Trouble. Candlelight is the home to early albums from Opeth and the entire recording history of Emperor; the band's pivotal four albums recently reissued with extensive bonus material.

  • CRYPTOPSY News-Update

    We would like to begin this update by wishing Jon Levasseur all the best for his future plans and goals. You are an innovator and will remain a true friend. Thank you for your talented contribution to the next album.

    2005 will be a big year for us. First, you can have a look at our updated "Back to the Worm" 2005 US tour. Come and check out the band live with Lord Worm back at the helm. Once more, Dan Mongrain (Martyr) will fill in as second guitarist for these shows. Three shows will also be held in Canada this spring.

    The recording of the Fifth Album will take place during the summer months of 2005 and the release date will be confirmed thereafter. Each song has a very unique identity and some of the material is a progression from what you've heard from Cryptopsy in the past. The Album concept has a very distinct beginning and end. Here are some titles to perk your curiosity: 1.Carrionshine 2.Adeste Infidelis

    Look for the anticipated instructional drum video from Flo Mounier to come out this summer. A web site will be launched this spring to give you more specific infos on the DVD's content and how to order it.

    Also, you can now order some of the few remaining Canada 2004 Tour shirts via our web site's merchandise section (in the long sleeve shirts category).

    We want to keep you informed, updated and part of the team. Our goal this year and for the future is to make things happen in order to satisfy your Extreme Needs.

    See you on tour!!!

    *** CRYPTOPSY *** http://www.cryptopsy.net

    Back to the Worm US tour 2005

    w/ Cattle Decapitation, The Autumn Offering, *plus Devilinside
    February 23 : Farmingdale, NY Downtown
    February 24 : West Springfield,VA Jaxx
    February 25 : Fayetteville, NC Jesters Pub
    February 26 : Nashville, TN Exit Inn
    February 27 : Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
    February 28 : Jacksonville,
    FL Thee Imperial

    March 1 : Tampa, FL The Masquerade
    March 2 : Fort Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
    March 4 : Houston, TX Fat Cat's ( formely Mary Jane's) *
    March 5 : Oklahoma City, OK Bricktown Live
    March 6 : Dallas, TX Gypsy Tea Room *
    March 7 : San Antonio, TX Sanctuary *
    March 8 : Albuquerque, NM Launch Pad *
    March 9 : Tucson, AZ The Rock *
    March 10 : Phoenix, AZ Mason Jar *
    March 11 : Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theatre
    March 12 : San Diego, CA Soma
    March 13 : Los Angeles, CA Key Club
    March 14 : San Francisco, CA The Pound At Pier 96
    March 15 : Portland, OR Meow Meow
    March 16 : Seattle, WA Studio Seven *
    March 18 : Denver, CO Rock Island *
    March 19 : Fort Collins, CO Starlight *
    March 21 : Cleveland, OH House Of Blues *
    March 22 : Chicago, IL House Of Blues
    March 23 : St Paul, MN Station 4
    March 24 : Sauget, IL Pop's
    March 25 : Detroit, MI Alvin's
    March 26 : Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
    March 27 : New York City, NY BB Kings Blues Club
    March 29 : Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
    March 30 : Rochester, NY Penny Arcade
    March 31 : Hagerstown, MD Wilson Ruritan

    April 1: Poughkeepsie, NY The Loft
    April 2: Cohoes, NY Saratoga Winners
    April 3: Bucksport, ME The Kave
    April 22: Manchester, NH Bomb Shelter
    April 23: Worcester, MA The Palladium ( New England metal & hardcore festival)

    May 12: Trois-Rivières, QC Maquisart (w/ Misery Index)
    May 13: St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC Salle Le Cartier (w/ Misery Index)
    May 14: Bromont, QC La Débarque-station de ski (w/ Despised Icon, Misery Index)
    May 28: Baltimore, MD Thunderdome ( Maryland death fest)
    May 29: Hartford, CT Webster Theatre

  • 11 Dreams US-Release!

    Mercenary's 3rd full-length album "11 Dreams" was released in North-America by Century Media Records.

    Check out some of the absolutely raving reviews which have started to come in from the US:

    * Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles 10/10: "MERCENARY have a masterpiece on their hands, one that recalls emotional, nearly personality-altering highs from the likes of Soilwork, Hypocrisy, Children Of Bodom, Dark Tranquillity, In Flames and most enigmatically, a creamy wall of sound bits from Devin Townsend."
    * Ottawa Metal 10/10: "This is my new favorite band, and to be honest, I can't stop listening to this album. This band sounds like no one else and if they continue on this path, they will most definitely become one of the biggest Metal bands in the world"
    * Keeper Magazine 10/10
    * Smn News 10/10: "A phenomenal effort!"
    * The Pit Report (US) 5/5: "nothing short of amazing"
    * www.metalcrypt.com 5/5: "Holy shit, it's the second coming of In Flames! MERCENARY have struck the perfect balance of power, melody, and death metal."
    * Unrestrained Mag (US) 9.5/10
    * Sea of Tranquility 4.5/5: "Century Media has an absolute winner here folks"
    * Metalreview.com 5/6: "...it's hard not to recommend this record."
    * All Music Guide 4/5: "exciting and inspired songwriting ... a solid album through & through"
    * Kerrang! "MERCENARY'S symphonic brutality is a wonder to behold. A dense and bruising wall of guitars, keyboards, lashings of reverb and multilayered vocals"
    * The Daily World (Seattle, WA): "Not unlike labelmates Shadows Fall, with 11 Dreams, MERCENARY is similarly poised to break out of boutique-label territory and storm a beach near you. Highly recommended."
    * Blistering.com: "A band that is capable of taking metal to the next level, able to reach those outside of the fold while blowing minds within it. 11 Dreams is the finest display of melodic metal since In Flames bust onto the scene with The Jester Race, and it is an instant classic, one that will be looked upon in the same manner as Slaughter Of The Soul, Storm Of The Lights Bane, and Heartwork."

    As a very special treat, the US-edition contains two additional versions of the title track as bonus tracks: a radio-edit as well a very unique 3D-remix, made using state-of-the-art digital technology to move all of the recorded tracks around the listener in a 3-dimensional space, creating an entirely new form of listening experience! Read more about it in a statement from bassist/singer Kral explaining the conception and technical details here: www.mercenary.dk/3dstatement.asp

    Dynamo Open Air Festival!
    In addition to performing at Germany's Wacken Festival, Turkey's Rock Station Festival and Norway's Karmoygeddon Festival, Mercenary will also perform at the Dutch Dynamo Open Air (7th of May), which Anthrax, Obituary and Gorefest, among others.

  • For Immediate Release: MOTORHEAD AND CORROSION OF CONFORMITY JOIN FORCES FOR SPRING 2005 TOUR The immortal Motorhead and mighty Corrosion Of Conformity will hit the road for a North American tour in spring 2005. Motorhead -- celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a third career Grammy Award nomination -- makes a triumphant return to these shores after a 2004 fall tour was canceled due to an injury suffered by vocalist/bassist Lemmy. At last, Lemmy, guitarist Philip Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee are able to perform on this continent to promote their Metal-Is/Sanctuary Records release 'Inferno.' This remarkable album earned mountains of overwhelmingly positive reviews. In fact, the Associated Press called 'Inferno' the best Motorhead album ever. "Corrosion Of Conformity are a fine band as everybody knows. Also, they must be one of the few bands who have been going as long as Motorhead! Still, we'll give them a run for their money!" says Lemmy. "Glad to have those boys along." Corrosion Of Conformity, also known as COC, will give audiences a tantalizing taste of the blistering new Sanctuary Records album 'In The Arms Of God,' which is scheduled for release on April 5, 2005. Vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan, guitarist Woody Weatherman, bass guitarist Mike Dean and special guest drummer Stanton Moore (best known as a member of Galactic) have recorded an album of visceral power that's a worthy follow-up to 2000's 'America's Volume Dealer.' Scheduling conflicts will prevent Moore from touring with the band. Jason Patterson (Cry Of Love) will serve as COC's touring drummer. "Lemmy and Motorhead are to heavy metal and our roots what Johnny Cash is to country," says Keenan. "It's an honor and a privilege to deliver volume on the same stage...now up the f%#kin' hammers! Not to mention we've got the baddest skulls in heavy metal!" Motorhead will also be performing at World Wrestling Entertainment’s WrestleMania 21 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, April 3rd. Motorhead/COC shows confirmed at this time are listed below. Many more are forthcoming. For all the latest updates, visit www.imotorhead.com and www.coc.com.

    Wednesday, March 9th Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
    Friday, March 11th Worcester, MA Palladium
    Saturday, March 12th New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club
    Tuesday, March 15th Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
    Wednesday, March 16th Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
    Friday, March 18th Cleveland, OH Agora
    Saturday, March 19th Chicago, IL House Of Blues
    Sunday, March 20th Milwaukee, WI Rave Ballroom
    Wednesday, March 23rd Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
    Sunday, March 27th Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
    Saturday, April 2nd Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
    Saturday, April 9th Portland, OR Roseland
    Sunday, April 10th Seattle, WA Showbox
    Tuesday, April 12th Spokane, WA The Big Easy


  • TAF Production and Necrotorture Agency are proud to communicate:

    FIRST BORN EVIL is the definitive title of debut MCD of xtreme metal band APOSTHATE (Heretical, Thy Anthem Fades).
    First Born Evil is composed by 8 tracks of violent and blasphemic Death/Black metal.

    This is the track list:
    1. Voices From Beyond [intro]
    2. Synodus Cadaveric
    3. Christfall [Putrefaction Of Life]
    4. Shades of Noir
    5. Seed Of Lunacy
    6. Chaos' Revenge
    7. Freezing Womb Of Pain
    8. The Unknown Cross [Martyrium]

    FIRST BORN EVIL is out for TAF Production and the release date is 31 january 2005.
    distros are welcome for trades.



  • METHUSALEM is back from their heavy metal rampage in Spain and is now ready again to rock Holland and conquer the rest of the World!

    New material is being written, preparations for new recordings are being made and new band & livepics are online. Check out the song HELEPOLIS (MP3) of our last promo, remixed with our new singer Harold de Vries and be surprised that traditional fucking Heavy Metal is still very much alive and kicking very hard in the hearts of the Dutch rockers of Methusalem!

    Check out our website www.methusalem.nu and book us now!


    Stoke based metallers Exhibit A are due to enter the studio to begin recording material for the follow up to last years °ßA Safer Place°® mini-album around April time.

    A handful of new songs have already been written for the new CD which is pencil