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May 19th, 2007
  • DIMMU BORGIR european tourdates & new merchandise available!

    Brace yourselves for the return of medieval darkness to Europe: DIMMU BORGIR have just announced the dates for their giantic tour through all of Europe! Fittingly entitled "The Invaluable Darkness Tour 2007", the Norwegian masters of Black Metal will introduce brand new songs of "In Sorte Diaboli" (European release date: April 27th) alongside older smashers live from September 2007 on. Viking Metallers AMON AMARTH will be supporting them. You can buy your tickets either at www.eventim.de or www.metaltix.de To get yourself in the right pitch black mood for this killer tour, go and get the DIMMU BORGIR download single "The Serpentine Offering" including an exclusive non-album track – which is out now and HERE! North American customers click HERE!

    23.09.2007 AMSTERDAM - Paradiso (NL)
    24.09.2007 TILBURG - 013 (NL)
    25.09.2007 COLOGNE - E-Werk (DE)
    26.09.2007 BRUSSELS - AB (BE)
    04.10.2007 PARIS - Elysee Montmartre (FR)
    06.10.2007 MARSEILLE - Le Moulin (FR)
    07.10.2007 BARCELONA - Razzmatazz 2 (ES)
    09.10.2007 LISBON - Coliseum (PO)
    10.10.2007 MADRID - Joy Eslava (ES)
    11.10.2007 BERGARA - Sala Jam (ES)
    13.10.2007 PRATTELN - Z7 (CH)
    14.10.2007 MILAN - Alcatraz (IT)
    15.10.2007 LJUBLJANA - Exhibition Hall (SI)
    16.10.2007 VIENNA - Planet Music (AT)
    17.10.2007 BUDAPEST - Petofi Csarnok (HU)
    19.10.2007 PRAGUE - Retro (CZ)
    20.10.2007 WARSAW - Progresja (PL)
    21.10.2007 BERLIN - Columbiahalle (DE)
    22.10.2007 HAMBURG - Docks (DE)
    23.10.2007 WIESBADEN - Schlachthof (DE)
    25.10.2007 MüNCHEN - Georg Elser Halle (DE)
    26.10.2007 LEIPZIG - Werk II (DE)
    27.10.2007 STUTTGART - Nuclear Blast Festival (DE)
    29.10.2007 COPENHAGEN - Store Vega (DK)
    30.10.2007 LUND - Mejeriet (SE)
    01.11.2007 HELSINKI - House Of Culture (FI)
    02.11.2007 OULU - Tearia (FI)
    04.11.2007 STOCKHOLM - Arenan (SE)
    05.11.2007 GOTHENBURG - Tragarn (SE)
    06.11.2007 OSLO - Sentrum Scene (NO)

    Welcome to part two of the Nuclear Blast merchandise attack with brand new DIMMU BORGIR shirts! Truly blasphemous and infintely evil - the second shirt design entitled "Religion Sickens Me" is now available! Click here to buy your own piece of Black Metal mania!

    DIMMU BORGIR "Religion Sickens Me"
    TS XXL 141554 - 15,99 €
    TS XL 141555 - 15,99 €
    TS L 141556 - 15,99 €
    TS M 141557 - 15,99 €
    LS XXL 141558 - 20,99 €
    LS XL 141559 - 20,99 €
    LS L 141560 - 20,99 €
    LS M 141561 - 20,99 €
  • DEW-SCENTED new drummer found!

    After several weeks of Audition, DEW-SCENTED have found a new drummer.
    The following statement was released on the homepage of the german high energy Thrashers DEW-SCENTED: "After weeks of auditions, we have finally found the right drummer-match for D-S. His name is Andi (Andreas Jechow) and he’s also playing with Berlin’s melodic Thrashers Desilence. Check them out here: www.myspace.com/desilence - Welcome on board, dude!"

    On March 30, "Incinerate", the seventh D-S album, will be released. The special edition contains a Bonus-CD with the following content:

    1. Let It Die (3:28)
    2. The Torrent (4:29)
    3. Full-Blown Revenge (3:25)
    4. Skybound (4:16)
    5. War Ensemble (4:49)
    6. Metal Militia (4:34)
    7. Fuck Armageddon…This Is Hell (1:59)

    None of these songs were previously released in Europe.

    In other news, the band recently shot a video for the albumtrack "That´s Why I Despise You" with the acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, IN FLAMES) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

    CANDLEMASS, INSOMNIUM, DEATHCHAIN, KIUAS, PROFANE OMEN, HORNA and URN are the latest confirmed bands for the 2007 edition of the Jalometalli festival, set to take place August 17-18 at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


    For more information, visit www.jalometalli.net.

    Norwegian black metallers DIMMU BORGIR will embark on a European headlining tour in October/November. Dubbed "The Invaluable Darkness Tour 2007", the trek will feature Sweden's AMON AMARTH in the direct-support slot. Confirmed dates are as follows:

    Sep. 23 - Amsterdam - Paradiso (NL)
    Sep. 24 - Tilburg - 013 (NL)
    Sep. 25 - Cologne - E-Werk (DE)
    Sep. 26 - Brussels - AB (BE)
    Oct. 04 - Paris - Elysee Montmartre (FR)
    Oct. 06 - Marseille - Le Moulin (FR)
    Oct. 07 - Barcrelona - Razzmatazz 2 (ES)
    Oct. 09 - Lisbon - Coliseum (PO)
    Oct. 10 - Madrid - Joy Eslava (ES)
    Oct. 11 - Bergara - Sala Jam (ES)
    Oct. 13 - Pratteln - Z7 (CH)
    Oct. 14 - Milan - Alcatraz (IT)
    Oct. 15 - Ljubljana - Exhibition Hall (SI)
    Oct. 16 - Vienna - Planet Music (AT)
    Oct. 17 - Budapest - Petofi Csarnok (HU)
    Oct. 19 - Prague - Retro (CZ)
    Oct. 20 - Warsaw - Progresja (PO)
    Oct. 21 - Berlin - Columbiahalle (DE)
    Oct. 22 - Hamburg - Docks (DE)
    Oct. 23 - Wiesbaden - Schlachthof (DE)
    Oct. 25 - M€ |ünchen - Georg Elser Halle (DE)
    Oct. 26 - Leipzig - Werk II (DE)
    Oct. 27 - Stuttgart - Nuclear Blast Festival (DE)
    Oct. 29 - Copenhagen - Store Vega (DK)
    Oct. 30 - Lund - Mejeriet (SE)
    Nov. 01 - Helsinki - House Of Culture (FI)
    Nov. 02 - Oulu - Tearia (FI)
    Nov. 04 - Stockholm - Arenan (SE)
    Nov. 05 - Gothenburg - Tragarn (SE)
    Nov. 06 - Oslo - Sentrum Scene (NO)

    "The Serpentine Offering", the lead-off track from DIMMU BORGIR's upcoming album "In Sorte Diaboli", is available for digital download at iTunes.com.

    The three-track North American version of the iTunes single includes an additional two songs NOT included on the album:

    * "The Serpentine Offering" - Video Edit
    * "The Heretic Hammer" - Instrumental Version, North American Exclusive

    The European version of the three-track iTunes single features an exclusive instrumental version of "The Serpentine Offering" in place of the instrumental version of "The Heretic Hammer".

    DIMMU BORGIR's new full-length album, "In Sorte Diaboli", will be released on April 24 in North America. The first concept album in the band's history, "In Sorte Diaboli" is set in medieval Europe. A short synopsis of the story and its characters will accompany the lyrics in the CD booklet.

    "In Sorte Diaboli" was mixed at Studio Fredman by producers Fredrik Nordström and Patrik J. Sten. DIMMU BORGIR recorded the effort with the following lineup:

    Shagrath - Vocals
    Silenoz - Guitars
    Galder - Guitars
    I.C.S. Vortex - Bass & Clean Vocals
    Mustis - Keyboards
    Hellhammer - Drums

    For more information on the different versions of "In Sorte Diaboli" that will be issued in various territories, visit: www.dimmu-borgir.com.
  • POWERMAN 5000: European Tour Dates Announced

    POWERMAN 5000 has scheduled the following European tour dates:

    May 18 - The Palace - Tamworth UK
    May 19 - Underground - London UK
    May 20 - Teeside University - Middlesborough UK
    May 21 - Buttermarket - Shrewsbury UK
    May 22 - Peel - Kingston UK
    May 23 - Nexus - Southampton UK
    May 25 - Soma Club - Hannover GER
    May 26 - Sundown Festival - Abtsgmünd GER
    May 27 - K17 - Berlin GER
    May 30 - Mukkes - Leeuwarden NL
    May 31 - W2 - Den Bosch NL
    Jun. 03 - Arena - Vienna AT
    Jun. 04 - Rock City - Zurich CH
    Jun. 06 - Sala Mephisto - Barcelona SP
    Jun. 07 - Ritmo y Compas - Madrid SP
    Jun. 08 - Sala Tunk - Irun SP
    Jun. 10 - The Intake - Mansfield UK
    Jun. 11 - The Junction - York UK
    Jun. 12 - The Barfly - Glasgow UK

    POWERMAN 5000 recently parted ways with guitarists Johnny Heatley and Terry Corso but has yet to officially announce their replacements.

    POWERMAN 5000's latest album, "Destroy What You Enjoy", was produced by Mudrock (AVENGED SEVENFOLD, GODSMACK), who also co-produced POWERMAN 5000's major label debut, "Mega!! Kung Fu Radio". The CD was recorded at the Hobby Shop in Eagle Rock, CA and was mixed by Dave Schiffman (AUDIOSLAVE, JOHNNY CASH, SYSTEM OF A DOWN).

    IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA, WITHIN TEMPTATION, STONE SOUR and BLOODSIMPLE are among the confirmed bands for the Bilbao BBK Live Festival 2007, set to take place June 21-22 and June 28-29 in Bilbao, Euskal Herria, Spain.

    The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

    Thursday, June 21:


    Friday, June 22:


    Thursday, June 28:


    Friday, June 29:


    For more information, visit www.bilbaobbklive.com.
  • Taiwan's CHTHONIC Added To OZZFEST 2007's Second-Stage Lineup

    Taiwan's CHTHONIC, the black metal band that has already broken down musical barriers in its homeland, will spend this summer on Ozzfest 2007 as a part of the second stage's rotating lineup alongside such acclaimed artists as HATEBREED, NILE, THE SHOWDOWN and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, among others.

    The Ozzfest billing is now shaping up as follows:

    Main Stage:

    [to be announced]

    Second Stage € Non-Rotating:


    Second Stage Rotating:


    Influenced by EMPEROR and early DIMMU BORGIR, CHTHONIC plays symphonic metal arrangements embellished with baleful melodies on the erhu, a two-string violin from the Far East. But while CHTHONIC are inspired by Scandinavian bands, their music rails, not against Christianity, but against the Han Chinese, who usurped ancient Taiwanese tradition some 300 years ago. "When we play black metal, that's because we are angry about some outside culture that invades our country," mainman Freddy previously said. "That's the same situation with many bands in Scandinavia, so that's what we have in common with them."

    CHTHONIC's first U.S. release, "Seediq Bale", came out October 3, 2006.
  • DRAGONFORCE: Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand Dates Announced

    U.K. extreme power metallers DRAGONFORCE have lined up the following dates in Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand:

    May 20 - Singapore, Singapore - D'Marquee Downtown East
    May 22 - Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan - Armed Forces Cultural Center
    May 25 - Bangkok, Thailand - Mahisorn Auditorium, SCB Park

    Roadrunner Records last month released the "special edition" version of DRAGONFORCE's "Inhuman Rampage" album. The two-disc CD/DVD set features a bonus audio track, "Lost Souls in Endless Time", a "hysterical" behind-the-scenes look into DRAGONFORCE, and a live performance from the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2006.

    "Inhuman Rampage" CD has sold more than 125,000 copies in the United States since its June release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The follow-up to 2004's "Sonic Firestorm" was recorded at Thin Ice Studios in Virginia Water (Surrey) and guitarist Herman Li's own studio in West London between April and September 2005, while production duties were shared between Li, fellow axeman Sam Totman and keyboard player Vadim Pruzhanov.

    Former MANOWAR/DICTATORS guitarist Ross The Boss, SEVEN WITCHES, BRAND NEW SIN, MAGUS BEAST, CONSTRICTED, ZANDELLE and OVERLORDE are among the confirmed bands for the second annual Brooklyn Metalfest, set to take place Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23 at the Hook in Brooklyn, New York. The first band will hit the stage at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and at 12 noon on Saturday. Admission will be $15 dollars for single-day tickets and $20 for two-day passes. There will also be a free BBQ for all paid admissions (free food only). Other bands that are scheduled to appear include SKULLSHIFTER, VICTIM OF PAIN, TWILIGHT ODYSSEY, BORGO PASS, DEVILS ISLAND, CASTROFATE, ILLUSION OF FATE, DISBELIEVER, CHICAGO

    For ticket sales, go to www.ticketweb.com or search out one of your favorite bands that is performing at the event and get your tickets from them. Tickets will be available at the Ticketweb web site as of Wednesday, April 4.

    For more information, visit www.brooklynmetalfest.com.
  • HOSTILE INC. launches MySpace page and going to Wacken's Metal Battle-Brasil

    HOSTILE INC. recently launched their official MySpace page, where are available the songs "The Universe Outside", "Mechanical Man" and "Fast Motion", which will be part of the band's next work, entitled Qiyamat, to check the samples visit www.myspace.com/hostileincband

    Meanwhile they are waiting for the next concert, which will be in Salvador (Brazil), in Metal Battle-Brasil, which will select a band to play in Wacken Open Air's Metal Battle, in Germany. The concert will be in April 8th. Hostile Inc. will play with the bands Infested Blood, Scud, Chaosphere, Slow, Harleqquin, Siege of Hate, Veuliah and the guests of Ungodly.


    Double CD and Double DVD Featuring the
    Full Theatrical Performance of Operation: mindcrime I and II
    Are Both Available From Rhino June 26

    LOS ANGELES -- Queensrÿche brought the group's acclaimed Operation:

    mindcrime albums to the stage last year performing the original and its 2006 sequel in their entirety during the group's successful North American tour. The marathon shows included a full theatrical production complete with surround sound, video imagery and actors portraying the concept albums' characters onstage with the band. Rhino captures Queensrÿche's epic performance in front of the quintet's hometown crowd at the Moore Theater in Seattle with MINDCRIME AT THE MOORE. The double CD ($24.98) and double DVD ($29.99) versions will both be available June 26 at all physical retail outlets and www.rhino.com. The album will also be available at all digital retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $14.99. An iTunes exclusive version featuring a video of "The Chase" with Ronnie James Dio will be available for $15.99.

    The CD includes singer and chief songwriter Geoff Tate along with guitarists Michael Wilton and Mike Stone, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield performing all 32 mindcrime tracks plus a two-song encore featuring their signature hits -- "Jet City Woman" and "Walk In The Shadows." The DVD features the same performance expanded with bonus material including a tour documentary, a featurette on the band's "Rock & Ride Across America" charity motorcycle ride for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, and a live performance of "The Chase" from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, featuring Ronnie James Dio's only public appearance as Dr. X.

    "This concert is the realization of an idea that began nearly two decades ago," says Tate. "The story and music of Operation: mindcrime is very dear to the band. We are thrilled with this performance and proud to share it with our audience."

    Queensrÿche released Operation: mindcrime in 1988. Praised by critics and certified platinum, the album was an acclaimed success remaining on Billboard's Top 200 for more than a year. In 2006 the band released a long-awaited sequel to their magnum opus to critical and commercial success. The album debuted at #14 on the Top 200, their highest debut in over a decade.

    The concept albums follow an intriguing and complex plot that revolves around Dr. X, a political puppet master who brainwashes Nikki -- the story's main character -- to assassinate corrupt public figures. The story also includes Nikki's lover, Sister Mary. A former teenage prostitute who becomes a nun, Sister Mary is murdered mysteriously, leaving the cliffhanger "Who Killed Sister Mary?" Set 20 years after the original, Operation: mindcrime II explores Nikki's fate after being released from prison and reveals the identity of Mary's killer. The album centers on revenge and what it does to people, their emotions and the choices they make.

    Disc 1
    1. "I Remember Now"
    2. "Anarchy-X"
    3. "Revolution Calling"
    4. "Operation: Mindcrime"
    5. "Speak"
    6. "Spreading The Disease"
    7. "The Mission"
    8. "Suite Sister Mary"
    9. "The Needle Lies"
    10. "Electric Requiem"
    11. "Breaking The Silence"
    12. "I Don't Believe In Love"
    13. "Waiting For 22"
    14. "My Empty Room"
    15. "Eyes Of A Stranger"

    Disc 2
    1. "Freiheit Ouvertüre"
    2. "Convict"
    3. "I'm American"
    4. "One Foot In Hell"
    5. "Hostage"
    6. "The Hands"
    7. "Speed Of Light"
    8. "Signs Say Go"
    9. "Re-Arrange You"
    10. "The Chase"
    11. "Murderer?"
    12. "Circles"
    13. "If I Could Change It All"
    14. "An Intentional Confrontation"
    15. "A Junkie's Blues"
    16. "Fear City Slide"
    17. "All The Promises"
    18. "Walk In The Shadows"
    19. "Jet City Woman"

    Bonus DVD Content
    -Tour Documentary
    -"The Chase" performed live with Ronnie James Dio in Los Angeles
    -Queensryche Rock & Ride featurette
  • TUSKA 2007 - Blind Guardian confirmed


    - Blind Guardian confirmed to perform on Sunday 1.7.

    Tuska-Organization has a very special easter egg for the Finnish metal fans. Due to the rumors circulating around the message boards, let’s make it official: German power metallers Blind Guardian have been confirmed to perform at the Kaisaniemi Park, Helsinki, Finland on Tuska-Sunday 1.7.

    More artists and show days of Tuska 2007 artists will be announced on Monday 16.4.

    A total of 32 bands on three stages will perform at Kaisaniemi, Helsinki over the weekend of 29.6.-1.7. In addition to this, a couple of dozen bands will be appearing at the infamous evening clubs.

    Tickets for Tuska 2007 are now sale on through www.tiketti.fi and www.lippupalvelu.fi. Tuska-Festival 2007 is an all ages event. Ticket prices 38e one-day ticket each and 75e three-day ticket.

    Additional info:


May 18th, 2007
  • Ex-ANTHRAX Singer JOEY BELLADONNA: More Solo Tour Dates Announced

    Former ANTHRAX vocalist Joey Belladonna has lined up
    the following solo tour dates:

    May 18 - The Station – Portland, ME
    May 19 - Crocodile Rock Cafe - Allentown PA
    May 20 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY
    Jun. 09 - Mark's Show Place - Bedford, NH
    Jun. 10 - Jaxx - West Springfield, VA
    Aug. 10 - The Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY

    MACHINE HEAD, MEGADETH, VELVET REVOLVER, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, TYPE O NEGATIVE, LAMB OF GOD, AS I LAY DYING, CHIMAIRA and BLOODSIMPLE are among the newly confirmed bands for this year's Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals, set to take place June 1-3 in the German towns of Nürburgring and Nürnberg, respectively. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

    BREED 77
  • KREATOR, HATESPHERE Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARZ Festival

    KREATOR and HATESPHERE have been confirmed for the Rock Harz open-air festival, set to take place July 6-7 in Osterode-Dorste, Lower Saxony, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

    MAMBO KURT (Warm-Up)
  • PRONG: North American Tour Dates Announced

    PRONG has lined up the following North American tour dates:

    Jun. 28 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey A Go Go
    Oct. 15 - Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
    Oct. 21 - Houston, TX @ The Meridian
    Oct. 23 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
    Oct. 24 - Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
    Oct. 25 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
    Oct. 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
    Oct. 27 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Showplace
    Oct. 28 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
    Oct. 29 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
    Oct. 30 - Toronto, ON @ The Funhaus
    Oct. 31 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
    Nov. 01 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
    Nov. 02 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
    Nov. 03 - Cudahy, WI @ Vnuk's Lounge
    Nov. 04 - Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
    Nov. 05 - Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
    Nov. 06 - Topeka, KS @ Static Bar
    Nov. 07 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
    Nov. 09 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
    Nov. 10 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

    PRONG's last CD, 2004's "Scorpio Rising", was released after a long hiatus from the rock scene. "I had to do something, no matter what it was," states the group's guitarist/vocalist Tommy Victor. "Looking back, I don't feel like it was an appropriate release under the PRONG moniker. I still feel like the best is yet to come."

    MINISTRY's latest CD, "Rio Grande Blood", featured the reunion of Victor with "Cleansing" and "Rude Awakening" bassist Paul Raven (KILLING JOKE). This spawned discussion of a new PRONG release involving these two rock veterans. "We are in the process of signing a new record deal," Victor explains. "Raven will be involved, at the very least, in collaborating for the material. He's the best bassist in the biz so I think he can cover that as well!" Victor adds, "I've been talking with some of the best drummers in the world as well. People are going to have to keep checking in to see the results of that!"
  • DANZIG: 'Lost Tracks' Double-CD Collection Due In May

    The long-awaited "Lost Tracks of Danzig" collection, a two-CD set of previously unreleased DANZIG tracks spaning the band's entire career — from the 1988 self-titled debut to the present — will be released on May 29. It will be packaged in a book-like format and will include a 12-page booklet of photos and a short anecdote about each song as remembered by Glenn Danzig.

    According to MTV.com, "Lost" collects a total of 26 tracks, including a number of covers — everything from DAVID BOWIE's "Cat People" to T. REX's "Buick MacKane" and THE GERMS' "Caught in My Eye". All of the original songs were written — and most recorded in bits and pieces — between 1988's "Danzig" and 2004's "Circle of Snakes". Danzig did have to do some additional work on the tracks to make them just right.

    "A perfect example is 'Come to Silver' [from 1996's 'Blackacidevil'], a song I wrote for Johnny Cash that I never gave to him," Danzig told MTV.com. "I showed it to him but I never gave it to him because I left [Cash's label, American Recordings]. But this one's an acoustic version, and I recorded it a while ago. When we went back in to mix it, the vocals had been wiped by the old engineer. I don't know what the reasoning was, but he did. So I had to re-sing the whole song. It's kind of a shock when you're all ready to mix and you ask, 'Where are the vocals?' "

    Of the other songs resurrected for the effort, Danzig prefers "Lady Lucifera", "Warlock" and the bluesy leadoff single, "Crawl Across Your Killing Floor". Danzig shot a black-and-white video for that track in August 2006, and describes it as "a takeoff" on the opening of 1966 spaghetti Western "Django".

    "So I'm walking into town," he explained to MTV.com. "I have the long leather Western coat, with the shoulder things. I'm dragging this coffin behind me, and I open it up, and it's filled with all these old photos and I just start burning them — pictures of Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, Sharon Tate, Charles Manson. I even burn a photo of Rick [producer Rick Rubin]. I put it in an urn ... and it just goes on from there."

    In other news, Glenn Danzig and his former MISFITS bandmate Doyle Von Frankenstein have been in the studio tracking instruments on Doyle's first solo project since leaving the MISFITS, GORGEOUS FRANKENSTEIN. Danzig is producing the effort, which is expected later in the year.

    Also on the Danzig-related front, Glenn's "Black Aria II" limited-edition vinyl and picture disc are being released shortly. The limited-edition foldout cover CD release of the original "Black Aria" is also coming back into press.
  • DARK TRANQUILLITY New video clip online!

    Swedish melodic death metal legend DARK TRANQUILLITY have posted their new video clip for “Focus Shift”, a song taken from the band’s forthcoming album “Fiction” (European street date: April 23rd, 2007) online. The new video was directed by Roger Johansson and you can watch the new clip here:



    @ DARK TRANQUILLITY’s Century Media Artist page

    The new album “Fiction” was mixed by Tue Madsen (Himsa, The Haunted) and encompasses all of the elements on which the band built their career: thought-provoking lyrics, shredding guitar work, captivating melodies and sheer brutality. This offering is perhaps best compared to a modern-day version of the group’s revered classics “The Gallery” and “The Mind’s I”, only with more intensity behind it. The blueprint of melodic death metal is now at your fingertips. German Rock Hard already hailed “Fiction” as an album „containing all elements DARK TRANQUILLITY fans love. With an unrivalled easiness great melodies are combined with the necessary dose of aggression and result in atmospheric high-quality neckbreakers!!”
  • DESPISED ICON announce new album title; new song online!

    Canadian death/metalcore six-piece DESPISED ICON will release the follow-up to 2005’s much lauded “The Healing Process” via Century Media Records on May 21st, 2007. Entitled “The Ills Of Modern Man”, the new full-length pummels the listener with sheer aggressiveness backed with impeccable time changes, scathing blast beats and devastating breakdown assaults. These Canadians walk a fine line between the death metal and grindcore genres, resulting in an exciting juxtaposition that will leave all fans of extreme music begging for more.

    To catch a glimpse of what to expect of “The Ills Of Modern Man”, check out the band’s new track “In The Arms Of Perdition” at their myspace page:

  • BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE New album details revealed!

    Atlanta, Georgia's BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE has completed work on their upcoming album titled "The Physics of Fire”. Produced Andreas Magnusson (Black Dahlia Murder, The Agony Scene, Scarlet) this past winter, mixing was finished earlier this month and mastering is currently underway. The album will hit stores in Europe via Century Media Records on June 18th, 2007.

    Here is the final track-listing:

    01. Epoch of War
    02. Immolation
    03. Autopsy
    04. The Great Fall
    05. Nocturne
    06. The Monolith
    07. Construct and Collapse
    08. Endure
    09. Fire Made Flesh
    10. Second Death
    11. The Balance of Eternity

    In related news, BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE will shoot a video on April 7th for the track "Endure". The video will be directed by Endeavor Media (Dead Poetic) and should surface later this spring.

    For more info and new songs (coming April 3rd) check the band’s myspace page!

    Press on the predecessor “Terminate Damnation”:

    “BECOMING THE ARCETYPE really might become the next big thing…The mix of catchy Edge Of Sanity-style death metal, grinding blast beats, progressive death in the vein of Atheist, the gloom of Opeth, modern thrash, and metalcore-attitude unites the best out of many, many worlds.”
    ROCK HARD (D), Soundcheck position #6

    “BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE carry out plastic surgery on death metal!”

    “This is an ambitious album from a band who may actually live up to their name.”

    “This is metal of biblical proportions!”

  • NOCTURNAL RITES announce new album title!

    The unstoppable Swedish power-house NOCTURNAL RITES returns with another masterpiece of Melodic Metal entitled “The 8th Sin”. The album will be released by Century Media Records on May 28th, 2007. The mystery of the album title can already revealed: The new album is, of course, full of lust, gluttony and pride, but stands above of any wrath, greed, sloth or envy – the 8th not that deadly sin, however, is a deluxe blend of Melodic Metal and Hardrock done the NOCTURNAL RITES way! “The 8th Sin” offers a slightly more modern sound with harsh riffs, huge choruses and the band’s classic guitar extravaganza. But don’t be afraid of any bad surprises, the new album is 110% NOCTURNAL RITES from start to finish!

    Here is the track-listing of “The 8th Sin”:

    1. Call Out To The World
    2. Never Again
    3. Not The Only
    4. Tell Me
    5. Not Like You
    6. Leave Me Alone
    7. Till I Come Alive
    8. Strong Enough
    9. Me
    10. Pain & Pleasure
    11. Fools Parade (Outro)

    The new album was produced by the band themselves, co-produced by Shep and mixed by Mattias Eklund & NOCTURNAL RITES at Toontrack Music in Umea, Sweden.

    After a successful support tour with Gamma Ray, a Japan headliner tour, another support tour with Nightwish running through Scandinavia and countless headliner shows in their home country to promote the band’s last album “Grand Illusion”, NOCTURNAL RITES are ready to present their newest effort live this summer on various festivals to be followed by a tour in autumn. So don’t be greedy and join these sinners for the 8th time.

  • CEPHALIC CARNAGE: Complete Work On New Record; Announce Album Title /
    European Tour Dates

    CEPHALIC CARNAGE has completed work on their brand new full-
    length, titled Xenosapien.

    Xenosapien was recorded by the band and long-time producer /
    engineer Dave Otero in their studio in Denver, CO. Advance song
    titles include: "Endless Cycle of Violence", "Touched by an
    Angel", "Vaporized", "G.lobal O.verhaul D.vice", and "Ov
    Vicissitude". Xenosapien is scheduled for a May 29 North American
    release date (May 28 internationally).

    Additionally, CEPHALIC CARNAGE has announced the first European
    leg of the `Xenosapien World Tour.' This tour will kick-off on May 4
    in Utrecht, Netherlands and includes the band's first headlining U.K.
    tour in over two years. Support on the U.K. portion of this tour will
    be provided by AKERCOKE. A listing of CEPHALIC CARNAGE tour dates can
    be found below with many more to be announced soon.

    ***All Dates from May 16 thru May 27 w/ AKERCOKE***
    May 16 Nottingham, England Rock City
    May 17 Manchester, England Music Box
    May 18 Belfast, Ireland Spring & Airbrake
    May 19 Dublin, Ireland Voodoo Lounge
    May 20 Glasgow, Scotland Music Box
    May 21 Leeds, England Rio's
    May 22 Peterborough, England The Park
    May 23 Birmingham, England The Academy
    May 26 Southampton, England Nexus
    May 27 London, England Underworld

    www.RELAPSE.com, the CEPHALIC CARNAGE website:
    www.CephalicCarnage.net and MySpace: www.myspace.com/CephalicCarnage.

    Despite the hospitalization earlier this week of Skitzo vocalist Lance Ozanix, Skitzo will perform as planned on Sunday night at Downtown Joes Brewery in Napa, CA. Lance had the following to say in regards to the performance, “ By contract I have to do it. The club promoted it, and I will be playing against my doctor’s wishes. This could be the last time. If I vomit, I could rupture my insides. But I will do it”.

    As previously announced, due to the vomiting virtuoso's recent malaise and SKITZO needing to add a few finishing touches on the album, the release date for "Five Point Containment" due out on Open Grave Records will be pushed back from May 15 to June 26. The CD includes special guest appearances by Jeff Becerra (POSSESSED), Phil Demmel (VIO-LENCE, MACHINE HEAD), Sickie (THE MENTORS), and John Marshall (METAL CHURCH, BLIND ILLUSION).

  • MESHUGGAH album news!

    Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH have posted the following message on their official web site:

    "Yup, it's us again already!! (Oh, that soon!? - you think) We know you guys think we update this site way too often and that our continous 'super-flux' of information is a bit too much for all y'all to handle!

    Well, here's yet another little tidbit for your over-full mouths and minds to nibble on:
    As you've already read and/or heard from other places than the source from where, in a perfect world, you should have heard it (i.e. this site) that we're writing for coming album and we're just about to start recording! This album will rock your flee-ridden socks off! (that is - if you let it) We're aiming at a fall release, hopefully September! Doing some Euro/Scandinavian festivals this summer, starting late June through August, so check the tour schedule over the next few weeks as dates will be posted there!
  • AMORPHIS touring finland in april & new album!

    Having recently made a phenomenal return to the pinnacle of the Finnish metal scene with "Eclipse", AMORPHIS will be treating their Finnish fans to a mini-tour comprising four gigs in April. The Helsinki show is already sold out, but tickets to the Turku, Eura, and Jyväskylä concerts are still available. The band spent the beginning of the year in the studio preparing their yet-unnamed eighth album, scheduled for release on August 29 in Finland and on August 31 in the rest of Europe. As a first taste of the new material, a single will be released on June 27. Throughout the summer months, AMORPHIS will be busy touring festivals home and abroad. In addition to a number of Finnish dates, several appearances in Germany and Belgium are already confirmed. Check all confirmed dates HERE!
  • ARCH ENEMY Frontwoman Coments On CHRISTOPHER AMOTT's Return To Band

    ARCH ENEMY frontwoman Angela Gossow has commented on guitarist Christopher Amott's decision to return to the band almost two years after he left the group at the end of the "Doomsday Machine" recording sessions in 2005.

    "Yessssss, I can finally blurt it out: HE IS BACK!" she writes on her MySpace page. "Our brother Chris has returned to his rightful place, that is being a guitar hero in ARCH ENEMY! It was hard to sit on the news for all these weeks. 'Cuz really all I wanted to do was running up and down the streets and cry it out loud. It felt so wrong without him, although Fredrik [Åkesson] is a wonderful guy and a great talent. But Chris [Amott] and Michael started this band together and they are ARCH ENEMY for me. Their signature guitar work is what got me into this band in the first place. Plus, we missed Chris dearly as a person, as a great friend. He is out of school and back into rock 'n' roll!"

    ARCH ENEMY has spent the last weeks locked in intense rehearsals at its homebase in Halmstad, Sweden, putting the final touches to the new material and integrating Christopher on the new songs for the forthcoming studio album. More news on this will follow in the next few days.
  • VOIVOD To Enter Studio In The Fall

    VOIVOD drummer Michel "Away" Langevin has confirmed that the band will enter the studio this fall to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "Katorz".

    VOIVOD bassist Jason "Jasonic" Newsted was sidelined last October by injuries to his left shoulder, right bicep and right rotator cuff. The former METALLICA member, who was injured trying to catch a 90-pound piece of equipment that had fallen from atop of his amp, underwent surgery and is said to be taking part in a rehab schedule that could last up to nine months.

    VOIVOD's video for the "Katorz" (2006) track "The Getaway" has been posted online at YouTube.com. The clip was created by editing together footage from the album's recording session and the band's 2003 U.S. tour. The group is also finalizing plans to re-release their early back catalog on The End Records. Langevin said the band will start with 1986's "Rrröööaaarrr", the following year's "Killing Technology" and '88's "Dimension Hatröss". He said each LP will be remastered and upped with a bonus DVD.

    VOIVOD released the critically-acclaimed "Katorz" last summer on The End Records. The album was recently released as a limited-edition vinyl pressing available exclusively through The End Records' mail-order. The beautiful gatefold 180gm vinyl comes in color format and also includes special artwork and packaging designed by Langevin. The album was done with full cooperation from the band. The release is limited to 1,000 copies: 400 clear vinyl, 400 red vinyl and 200 black vinyl.
  • Freevil is a new Swedish band raised from the ashes of Denata. Roger and Tomas teamed up with Mique Flesh from Seance / ex Witchery

    and created the new opus FREEVIL BURNING. Two tracks from the upcoming album are available for your ears exclusive at our official site and Freevil’s myspace domain. Take a listen and let the blood flow through your ears.

    The album Freevil Burning is now ready to be printed and we are still negotiating with labels to find the best deal.

    Freevil Asylum: http://www.freevil.se
    Freevil MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/freevil
  • Black Label Society's TOUR DATES

    May 27 2007 8:00P Olympissky Stadium Moscow
    May 29 2007 8:00P New Arena St. Petersburg
    May 31 2007 8:00P Arena Riga Riga
    Jun 2 2007 8:00P Siemens Arena Vilnius
    Jun 4 2007 8:00P Saku Arena Tallinn
    Jun 6 2007 8:00P Hartwell Arena Helsinki
    Jun 8 2007 8:00P Lerkendal Stadium Trondheim
    Jun 10 2007 8:00P Spektrum Arena Oslo
    Jun 13 2007 8:00P Forum Copenhagen
    Jun 15 2007 8:00P Hultsfred Festival Hultsfred
    Jun 17 2007 8:00P Fields Of Rock Festival Holland
    Jun 19 2007 8:00P Wembley Arena London
    Jun 22 2007 8:00P Monsters Of Rock Zaragoza
    Jun 24 2007 8:00P Graspop Metal Festival Dessel
    Jun 26 2007 8:00P Saska Arena Prague
    Jun 28 2007 8:00P Olympiahalle Munich
    Jun 30 2007 8:00P Idropark Festival Milan
  • CELTIC FROST: European Festival Appearances Announced

    Seminal avant-garde metal pioneers CELTIC FROST have scheduled the following European festival appearances:

    June 05 - Katowice, Poland @ Mystic Festival
    June 22 - Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Festival
    July 28 - Oulu, Finland @ Qstock Festival

    CELTIC FROST recently announced the addition of a touring guitarist V. Santura of the German black metal group DARK FORTRESS. The band also revealed that they will play a "limited-duration special guest set of 45 minutes" on their upcoming North American tour with TYPE O NEGATIVE. "In spite of the limited playing time, the band believes that this presents an important opportunity to play for the U.S. audiences again and expand upon the foundation built in the course of last fall's successful 46-date tour of North America," CELTIC FROST wrote in a press release.

    Due to the preceding co-headliner tour with KREATOR in Europe which will conclude on April 5, 2007, in Hamburg, CELTIC FROST will not be able to play all dates with TYPE O NEGATIVE. Immediately after the final show of the European tour, however, the group will fly to the United States to join TYPE O NEGATIVE for the first time on April 9, 2007, in Chicago and remain with the tour until its conclusion on May 8, 2007, in Baltimore, MD.

    CELTIC FROST's video for "A Dying God Coming into Human Flesh", a song taken from their first album in 13 years, "Monotheist", can be viewed at this location. The fascinatingly gloomy clip was filmed by up-and-coming Swiss director Jessie Fischer (no relation to singer/guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer) in Zürich, Switzerland, in mid-August 2006.
  • MARILYN MANSON And SLAYER To Co-Headline North American Summer Tour

    SLAYER and MARILYN MANSON have announced that they will co-headline a North American major-market summer tour beginning on July 25 on the East Coast. Plans are for the tour to play some twenty-five cities and wrap up early September on the West Coast. A full, confirmed schedule will be announced shortly. MANSON and SLAYER will each play full sets, and two support bands, yet to be determined, will open all shows.

    Just prior to the American trek, both MANSON and SLAYER will be on tour throughout Europe, sharing the stage at three European festivals — the U.K.'s Download Festival at Donington (June 9), Greenfield Festival in Switzerland (June 15), and Sweden's Metaltown Festival (June 30).

    MARILYN MANSON just wrapped up work on his upcoming June release to be titled, "Eat Me, Drink Me", which Rolling Stone magazine describes as "epic." Voted "Best Band in the World" by Kerrang! magazine, the army of noise behind Manson's bitterness is at once raw and massive when witnessing him live— "rousing the crowd with focuses ardor," states the New York Times.

    Celebrating their 26th year together, the always-uncompromising SLAYER was just named "Best Live Band" in SPIN's 2006 Readers Poll, and picked up their first Grammy Award last month for "Best Metal Performance." Their latest album, "Christ Illusion" — which debuted at #5 on Billboard's album chart — takes on the U.S. government about the war in Iraq, prompting one newspaper to speculate, "If Thomas Jefferson were alive today, he undoubtedly would be listening to SLAYER."
  • PRIMAL FEAR: Studio Update

    German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have posted the following message on their official web site:

    "We had a great vocal/guitar session over the weekend! Stefan [Leibing, guitar] finished his guitar work for our new album at the U3 studio with our good friend Achim Köhler engineering. Ralf [Scheepers] recorded another vocal track. We're only a few steps away to finalize the recordings and we're ready to mix the album. Swedish guitar hero Magnus Karlsson (STARBREAKER, ALLEN/LANDE) played two fantastic [leads], alternate guns with Stefan, and we're waiting for one spot by GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen and the comeback of doctor Henny Wolter! We will start to mix the album on April 15th with Ronald Prent (RAMMSTEIN, MANOWAR, IRON MAIDEN) at the Galaxy Studio in Belgium.

    "First, we didn't want to play any festival shows during this summer, because our new album release is scheduled for August 31st, 2007, but after a nice discussion, we confirmed to play the Rock Am Haertsfeldsee on June 30th — very close to our home, together with MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON and more!"

    Songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to 2005's "Seven Seals" include "Save Me", "Fighting the Darkness", "Every Time It Rains" (featuring a guest appearance by EPICA singer Simone Simons) and "Torn". A summer release via Frontiers Records is expected.

    Opening for the likes of Ratt, Poison, Queensryche, Krokus, Stryper and Lita Ford, working with some of rock’s most respected producers and scoring several ‘Headbangers Ball’ approved video clips, Lillian Axe certainly carved (or perhaps more appropriately, chopped) a niche for themselves with metalheads worldwide during the ‘80s and ‘90s. And now, after an extended hiatus, the group – which is now comprised of Derrick LeFevre (lead vocals), Steve Blaze (lead guitars/vocals), Sam Poitevent (guitars/vocals), Eric Morris (bass), and Ken Koudelka (drums) – has unleashed their first new studio album in nearly fifteen years (and first for the Metro City Records label), titled ‘Waters Rising.’

    "We have spent the last 3 years getting this record done, in 4 different locations, and we have gone through a complete metamorphosis mentally and physically,” explains Blaze. “It's a different environment in the music industry these days yet the spirit and soul in creating music has stayed the same in the Lillian Axe camp. My engineer, Rob Hovey, and I spent many hours experimenting with different approaches to this record, but it always came back to the same formula: do what we do, period."

    Blaze also offered some insight regarding several favorite individual tracks from ‘Waters Rising.’ “The song ’Quarantine’ deals with germaphobia - I suffer from this condition. I deal sometimes with the ‘dirtiness’ of the world by living in a very clean, pristine, and organized environment. ‘The 2nd of May’ speaks of child disappearance and the theories behind the inability to find so many missing people. ‘Field of Yesterday’ would be Lillian Axe's ‘Stairway to Heaven’ or ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ The one song that encompasses the pieces sonically and emotionally that are the quintessential elements of that group. It is about eight minutes long and has a mid-section which capsulates the history of man's existence in an ethereal interlude which soars and then slams back to reality. ‘5’ is an instrumental in which I used about 80 guitar tracks. I attempted to touch on many different aspects of the instrument from arpeggios to clean picking to orchestration to heavy blues riffs to speed riffing to manipulation feedback. It took a while, as I wrote it as we recorded it, but the fanatic end result was just what I intended."

    Originally formed in 1983, the New Orleans-based group soon caught the attention of Ratt manager Marshall Berle and MCA Records, leading to the release of the group’s self-titled 1988 release (produced by late Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby), 1989’s ‘Love and War’ (produced by Tony Platt, who previously worked with AC/DC), 1991’s ‘Out of the Darkness into the Light,,’ 1992’s ‘Poetic Justice,’ and 1993’s ‘Psycho-Schizophrenia’ (the last two of which were produced by Leif Mases, who previously worked with Led Zeppelin). Additionally, such Lillian Axe tracks as “Dream Of A Lifetime,” “Show A Little Love,” “True Believer,” and a cover of Badfinger’s “No Matter What” received attention from rock radio and MTV.

    By the middle of the ‘90s, Lillian Axe opted to take a break, although a collection of previously unreleased material was issued in 1999, ‘Fields of Yesterday.’ With metal once more ruling the charts and the airwaves by the early 21st century, Lillian Axe was back in business with live shows, resulting in the release of their first-ever live album, ‘Live 2002,’ recorded in Houston, Texas. Roadwork has continued for the band - including playing to 27,000 fans at Germany’s Bang Your Head Festival in 2004, as well as an extensive European tour a year later. With new singer LeFevre recently replacing longtime frontman Ron Taylor, ‘Waters Rising’ sees a whole new metallic chapter unfolding for Lillian Axe.

    "This album has been conceptually in the works for years. ‘Waters Rising’ represents the boiling point factor, that life seems to be a tumultuous ride always on the brink of explosion. These recent times on this planet seem to be proving this point. However, in each individual is the point where you reconcile this within your spirit and peace takes over allowing you to cope more effectively. The songs on this record cover the different ways that we deal with this factor and the fact that everyone is trying to make sense of it."

    Tracklisting for ‘Waters Rising’:

    1. Waters Rising

    2. Antarctica

    3. Become A Monster

    4. Quarantine

    5. I Have to Die, Goodbye

    6. Fear of Time

    7. Until the End of the World

    8. Fields of Yesterday

    9. Thirst

    10. The 2nd of May

    11. Deep in the Black

    12. 5

    For more information, go to:

    TRENTON, N.J. - Glenn Hughes has been confirmed to play an exclusive headline performance along with drummer Chad Smith at Los Angeles’ Whisky A Go Go on Saturday, June 2.

    This will be Hughes’ first American performance since the release of his debut Demolition Records album, “Music for the Divine,” on which he worked closely with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Smith.

    The Whisky is the venue where Hughes and his former band Trapeze first made a serious impact in the early ‘70s in America, so it is a fitting venue for Hughes to perform new music from this phase of his storied career.

    “The Whisky was the club that was responsible for my breaking the US market in the early ‘70s,” Hughes said. “I played there a half a dozen times between ‘70 and ‘73. This is the venue where members of Deep Purple would show up to check out my band Trapeze. I have great memories of this legendary club. After playing there I knew I would become a Los Angelean, and would never live in England again. It feels like I’m comin’ home with my wife, the amazing Chad Smith. It’s gonna be funky.”

    Dubbed “the voice of rock” for his rich, soulful singing, Hughes has explored many musical paths and worked with some of the greatest musicians in the business. Smith, Hughes’ partner in crime in recent years, acted as a sounding board for Hughes’ demos before the musicians came together with longtime guitarist JJ Marsh to flesh out the tracks for “Music for the Divine.” The trio, along with help from Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and Mark Kilian on keys and string arrangements, recorded “Music for the Divine” live at Smith’s Hollywood Hills home.

    Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are now on sale via Ticketmaster outlets. The Whisky A Go Go is located at 8901 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, Calif.

  • Members of Akashic are chosen best of 2006

    Two members of the prog metal band AKASHIC were chosen the best of 2006 in the pool made by Roadie Crew magazine (www.roadiecrew.com) to choose the top10 of the year. The guitarist Marcos De Ros got the fourth place, ahead of great names like Edu Ardanuy (Dr. Sin) and Rafael Bittencourt (Angra). The keyboardist Éder Bergozza was also chosen, getting the 8th place.

    After releasing a video clip for the song "Dove", which is available in the band's MySpace page, www.myspace.com/akashicrock , and coming back from a promotional trip through Europe, Akashic is now preparing themselves for the next concert, in W:O:A METAL BATTLE-BRASIL 2007, which will select a band to represent Brazil in Wacken Open Air's Metal Battle. Their show will be made in April 18th. All the informations are available in www.nitross.com/metalbattle

  • DORNENREICH extend contract with Prophecy and will record new album

    DORNENREICH recently signed a contract for further three albums with Prophecy Productions. About the status quo of the working progress of the upcoming album "In Luft geritzt" ("Carved in air") Eviga and Inve write:

    "For 'In Luft geritzt' we will be recording eleven tracks: ten tracks that will form the album, and one that will only be included as a bonus on the first edition. The writing process is nearly finished by now, and we will try to feature additional new songs in the set-list of concerts to come. We have also already gathered specific ideas for the artwork, and the lyrics are also coming forth, promising to be more concise than ever before. We will see... and this most probably in spring 2008."


    KOCH Entertainment Distribution is pleased to announce that it has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Regain Records and Entertainment, LLC. Under this deal, KOCH will be the exclusive distributor for this leading Metal label in North America.

    Based in the Malmo, Sweden, Regain Records started in 1997 from the ashes of former label Wrong Again Records (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars and Naglfar). Regain Records was launched in 1997 with two releases, Deranged “High on Blood” and Embraced “Amorous Anathema”. The first two years were quite hard for the label, as it was lacking proper distribution. Things started moving forward for the label with the re-release of the first two In Flames albums "Lunar Strain" and "Subterranean".

    In the last couple of years Regain Records evolved to a very dynamic label in Europe with names like Danzig, Samael, Marduk, Dark Funeral, Behemoth, Overkill among others as well as a back catalog consisting of strong names like In Flames and Arch Enemy. Regain Records goal is to grow and establish its name more while always supporting the scene and trying hard to release quality instead of quantity. Key current artists include - Gorgoroth, Vader, Dark Funeral, Lord Belial, Behemoth, Marduk, In Flames and Arch Enemy.

    Forthcoming key releases via KOCH include Arch Enemy's debut release "Black Earth", which has never before been officially released in North America, Marduk "ROM 5:12", Gorgoroth "True Norwegian Black Metal", Dark Funeral - new studio TBD, and Behemoth - new studio and new double DVD TBD.

    "For ten years Regain Records have been licensing our catalog rights to various labels for the North American territory, so we are very happy to finally have an office in the states and to be part of the KOCH roster of labels. We feel that we have some of the premiere Metal acts of their genre and look forward to marketing them under the Regain name,” comments Dennis Clapp, Managing Director of Regain Records and Entertainment, LLC.

    Michael Rosenberg, President of KOCH Entertainment Distribution adds, “We’re very pleased to welcome Regain Records to our family of distributed labels. Regain’s roster of high-profile Metal artists and catalog strengthens our presence in this genre.”

    KOCH Entertainment is the leading and fastest-growing independent music and video company in the U.S. and its operations encompass record and video labels as well as physical and digital distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Entertainment is the market leader among independents in both the U.S. and Canada and its record labels had the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents in 2005/2006.

  • PARADISE LOST preview of new single “The Enemy” myspace!

    British gothic metal founding fathers PARADISE LOST will premier two songs taken off their upcoming new single “The Enemy” (Out April 13, 2007) at the band’s myspace page on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 18:00 CET, get there by clicking HERE!

    You can listen to a medley consisting of the single’s title track “The Enemy” as well as “Beneath Black Skies”. Apart from these two tracks, PARADISE LOST’s new single also contains the exclusive non-album track “Godless” plus a trailer for the band’s upcoming documentary “Over The Madness”, which was directed by Diran Noubar and is about to be premiered at the film festival in Cannes in May 2007. The new single “The Enemy” will only be released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

    The masterly new PARADISE LOST opus “In Requiem” will be released on May 21st, 2007 in Europe.

  • LACUNA COIL - Megadeth featuring vocals by Cristina Scabbia

    LACUNA COIL’s Cristina Scabbia didn’t only do guest-vocals for Megadeth’s "A Tout Le Monde" (which originally appeared on the 1994 album "Youthanasia") now retitled "A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)", but also participated in the video of the song that was shot at a downtown Los Angeles studio on Thursday, March 8. Check out pictures from the at LACUNA COIL’s Myspace Blog
    or watch a video clip with some behind the scenes footage @ MySpace!

    “I just shot my parts for the new Megadeth video ‘A Tout Le Monde’ in Los Angeles, and it was a blast! I met Dave Mustaine the day before I shot my individual parts, and it’s always amazing when you can talk with an artist who has been around in the music scene for so long and is still down to earth. Dave was nothing but kind to me.

    It was such an honor to collaborate on the song, and then to be asked to participate in the video shoot was simply unbelievable. I always loved the original version of the song, but what a lot of people don’t know is that this is an entirely new version. It’s more rockin’ and powerful. Now I totally understand why they decided to remake the song, for even though the original was already amazing, this new version brings more to the table.

    I did my best to play up my ‘acting skills’ the best I could. It was definitely funny to play the part. You’ll soon see what I mean. It’s going to be great. I’m sure you’ll have as much fun watching this video as I had playing my character when you’ll see the final cut. And these are the last words I’ll ever speak, and they’ll set me free. // Cristina Scabbia”

    "A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)" will appear on Megadeth's new album, "United Abominations".

    After finalizing a video-clip for “Within Me” the band will embark on the latest installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour alongside Stone Sour and Shadows Fall. The trek, which kicks off on March 23rd and runs through early May, is the group’s fourth U.S. run in support of their “Karmacode” album. Before playing a few selected festivals in Europe they will do their own US headlining tour with the motto “The Hottest Women In Metal" together with Within Temptation, In This Moment, The Gathering and/or Kylesa. Tickets for the headlining dates are on sale now, be sure to get your ticket soon at http://tixx1.artistarena.com/lacunacoil/.

    Check the full dates at www.centurymedia.com/!

  • Melancholic Art posts first album available for download

    The first album of the black metal band MELANCHOLIC ART, Força Black Metal Pampeano, has been posted for download. The debut was originally released in 2005 and re-released in 2006 by Evil Imperium Records, with a new artwork.

    The debut's track list is:

    01 - Infernal Prelúdio
    02 - Marcha da Morte
    03 - War, Confusion and Disaster
    04 - Melancholy with Desperation
    05 - Army of Infernal Soldiers
    06 - Força Black Metal Pampeano
    07 - Warstorm
    08 - Metzli (Warriors from the Blood)
    09 - Bizarre Perversion with Satan
    10 - Melancholic Art

    Mp3 files of all the songs and also the artwork are available for download. The links of the files, hosted by Nitro Sound Solutions (www.nitross.com) are available in the band's MySpace page www.myspace.com/melancholicart

  • THE GATHERING Announces One-Off Headlining Show In New York City

    Dutch rock band THE GATHERING has announced a special one-off headlining concert on May 15 at Club Rebel in New York City. Following the show, the band will start a two-week tour with LACUNA COIL, IN THIS MOMENT, and STOLEN BABIES across North America.


    May 16 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON
    May 18 - Mr. Small's Theatre - Millvale, PA
    May 19 - The Intersection - Grand Rapida, MI
    May 22 - The Garrick Centre - Winnipeg, MB
    May 25 - Dinwoodie Lounge - Edmonton, AB
    May 26 - MacEwan Hall Ballroom - Calgary, AB

    THE GATHERING was honored in two categories € |'· "Outstanding Achievement" and the "Best Dutch Live Band" € |'· at the annual NightLiveXS Awards, held February 11, 2007 at Club Paradiso in Amsterdam.

    THE GATHERING's latest album, "Home", was released in April 2006 in North America via The End Records.
  • FINNTROLL Post New Song Online; Set U.S. Release Date

    After many nights of drunken debauchery at Sonic Pump studios, where they certainly overstayed their welcome, FINNTROLL are proud to bring North America another fine example of their trademark blackened pagan folk metal on April 24. The Trolls from up North have posted "Korpens Saga", a track taken from their forthcoming album Ur Jordens Djup online. Check it out at MySpace.com/officialfinntroll .

    Under the guidance of producer extraordinaire Nino Laurenne, who has similarly assisted goth legends Nightwish and Amorphis, FINNTROLL have crafted their most consistent concoction of cavernous chaos yet, including a 13-minute closer. The effort is drenched in atmosphere, guitarists Skrymer and Routa creating a maelstrom of metal mayhem amidst the pull and sway of pagan polka.

    Ur Jordens Djup marks a unique chapter for the band with a new vocalist who will be making his live North American debut in September on a full U.S. tour (see below for dates). With former vocalist Wilska’s departure in 2006, the remaining members scoured their native homeland for a suitable replacement, only to stumble upon the like-minded and equally inebriated Vreth. After a few pints, a number of wild practice sessions, and a covert initiation rite, FINNTROLL welcomed Vreth with open arms. You won't want to miss Vreth and the gang when they hit your town.

    FINTROLL Headlining Tour:
    Sep. 18 - Allentown, Pa Crocodile Rock
    Sep. 19 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
    Sep. 20 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
    Sep. 21 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
    Sep. 22 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
    Sep. 23 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
    Sep. 24 - Quebec City, QC @ L'Imperial
    Sep. 25 - Toronto, ONT @ The Funhouse
    Sep. 26 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
    Sep. 27 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
    Sep. 28 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
    Sep. 29 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
    Oct. 02 - Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
    Oct. 03 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Grill
    Oct. 04 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
    Oct. 05 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
    Oct. 06 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
    Oct. 07 - Tempe, AZ @ The CLubhouse
    Oct. 08 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
    Oct. 09 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridgelea Theater
    Oct. 10 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
    Oct. 11 - Houston, TX @ Meridian

  • ICED EARTH Completes Work On New Single; More Album Details Revealed

    ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer has sent the following update to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

    "I just wanted to give you an update of what's happening in ICED EARTH world.

    "We just finished mixing and mastering the [new] single, which will be titled 'Overture of the Wicked' and should be released in late May or early June. The four songs that will be featured on this are as follows:

    01. Ten Thousand Strong
    02. Prophecy
    03. Birth of the Wicked
    04. The Coming Curse

    "'Ten Thousand Strong' will be the song that we will be filming a video for in the following months, most likely in June right around the Sweden Rock festival.

    "I'm very happy with the results of our efforts. We've been really working hard on delivering something special to you guys and this single is just a hint of things to come, and it's freakin' awesome.

    "We will be finishing the rest of production for Part 1 over the course of the next few weeks, with plans to mix in the early part of May. The title of the full release is 'Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Part 1)' and should be out in the late August/September time frame. The 'Framing Armageddon' tracklist will appear as follows:

    01. Overture
    02. Something Wicked (Part 1)
    03. Invasion
    04. Man's Motivation
    05. The Setian Massacre
    06. A Charge to Keep
    07. Reflections
    08. Ten Thousand Strong
    09. Execution
    10. Order of the Rose
    11. The Clouding
    12. Infiltrate and Assimilate
    13. Retribution Through the Ages
    14. Something Wicked (Part 2)
    15. The Domino Decree
    16. Framing Armageddon
    17. When Stars Collide (Born is He)
    18. The Awakening

    "The working title of Part 2 is 'Revelation Abomination Something Wicked (Part 2)' and the tracklist is as follows:

    01. The Sacred Flames
    02. Behold the Wicked Child
    03. Minions of the Watch
    04. A Gift or a Curse
    05. I Walk Among You
    06. Harbinger of Fate
    07. Ancient Rage of the High Priest
    08. A Gathering Threat / Time Marches On
    09. Sacrificial Kingdoms
    10. Something Wicked (Part 3)
    11. Divide Devour
    12. Conspiracy / Pilgrimage In Guile
    13. Come What May

    "The final tracking and mixing for Part 2 will take place between the festivals and world tour and will have a targeted release in February/March of 2008.

    "Due to family health issues, Bo Wallace will not be able to be involved with ICED EARTH. I played the bass guitar parts on the single and we will be bringing Dennis Hayes, who worked with Tim [Owens, vocals] on his BEYOND FEAR side project, in to play on parts of the remainder of the recording. He will be doing the live shows as well."
  • THE GATHERING Drummer Comments On Chilean DVD Shoot

    Dutch rock band THE GATHERING has commented on its recently announced one-off headlining show in New York City and its upcoming live CD and DVD, "A Noise Severe".

    Says drummer Hans Rutten, "We are going to do a one-off special headlining show in New York City before we support our friends from LACUNA COIL for a mere two weeks! We are looking forward to come to the USA and Canada again. Hope to see you all somewhere!

    "We just finished our tour in South America with the recordings of our live DVD and CD, and they went very, very well. We recorded in front of 4,000 totally crazy Chileans! It was one of the biggest highlights of the band's career, and what makes it even more special is that we were able to capture this vibe on DVD. It will be called 'A Noise Severe', and a noise severe it was, with the audience alone hitting 104 db several times without the band playing!"

    "A Noise Severe" is the follow-up to the well-received 2005 DVD "A Sound Relief".

    THE GATHERING tour dates:
    May 15 – Rebel – New York, NY


    May 16 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON
    May 18 - Mr. Small's Theatre - Millvale, PA
    May 19 - The Intersection - Grand Rapida, MI
    May 22 - The Garrick Centre - Winnipeg, MB
    May 25 - Dinwoodie Lounge - Edmonton, AB
    May 26 - MacEwan Hall Ballroom - Calgary, AB

    THE GATHERING was honored in two categories — "Outstanding Achievement" and the "Best Dutch Live Band" — at the annual NightLiveXS Awards, held February 11, 2007 at Club Paradiso in Amsterdam.

    THE GATHERING's latest album, "Home", was released in April 2006 in North America via The End Records.

    SHADOWS FALL, GWAR and EVERY TIME I DIE are among the rumored bands that will take part in third annual Sounds of the Underground tour, set to take place this summer. An official announcement regarding this year's lineup is expected soon.

    The second annual Sounds of the Underground tour featured performances by AS I LAY DYING, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, CANNIBAL CORPSE, GWAR, TERROR, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BEHEMOTH, THE CHARIOT and THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, among others.

    The Sounds of the Underground organizers took a different approach to last summer's festival by keeping the number of bands on the bill down and extending the length of set times. In 2005 most bands got no more than 30 minutes to play.

    CANDLEMASS, INSOMNIUM, DEATHCHAIN, KIUAS, PROFANE OMEN, HORNA and URN are the latest confirmed bands for the 2007 edition of the Jalometalli festival, set to take place August 17-18 at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


    For more information, visit www.jalometalli.net.

    As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported last night, HEAVEN AND HELL — the band featuring BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ronnie James Dio, and drummer Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO) — will tour the U.K. in November 2007 with support from none other than LAMB OF GOD and ICED EARTH. Tickets for the dates are expected to go on sale at the end of this week. The dates are as follows:

    Nov. 04 - UK - Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Upon Tyne
    Nov. 06 - UK - SECC, Glasgow
    Nov. 07 - UK - Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield
    Nov. 09 - UK - Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester
    Nov. 10 - UK - Wembley Arena, London
    Nov. 11 - UK - Centre, Brighton
    Nov. 13 - UK - NEC, Birmingham
    Nov. 14 - UK - International Arena, Cardiff
    Nov. 15 - UK - Arena, Nottingham
    Nov. 17 - UK - Pavilions, Plymouth
    Nov. 18 - UK - BIC, Bournemouth

    HEAVEN AND HELL's March 30 concert at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City will be filmed/recorded for the group's upcoming live CD/DVD, tentatively due this fall. No opening acts are scheduled to appear at the New York City show, which is expected to feature an extended set from HEAVEN AND HELL.
    Debut Album, Cruel Melody, Set For Release June 5 on I Am: Wolfpack

    Fans of multi-platinum bands Limp Bizkit and Nine Inch Nails will soon have something new to look forward to. Former lead guitarist for Limp Bizkit, Wes Borland has now returned to front BLACK LIGHT BURNS with Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese, Telefon Tel Aviv sound designer Josh Eustis and Nine Inch Nails guitarist Danny Lohner.

    Danny Lohner also produced the band’s debut album CRUEL MELODY which will be in-stores on June 5, on famed record producer Ross Robinson’s brand new upstart label I AM: WOLFPACK.

    CRUEL MELODY was originally going to be an esoteric, dirge-heavy solo project with a variety of singers, but as Borland started writing heavier material, he finally decided to take the reins behind the mike.

    From the post-Ramones surf rock freakout opener “Mesopotamia” to slow building confessional “I Have A Need,” to “Lie”, CRUEL MELODY is a 180 degree turn from Borland’s previous work.

    BLACK LIGHT BURNS’ first single “Lie” was the #1 most added single at active rock radio week ending 3/23/07 and looks ahead to touring this summer with new onstage persona for their maiden voyage, boasting a live band with guitarist Nick Annis (Seether), drummer Marshal Kirpatric (Today Is the Day, the Esoteric) and, for now, a laptop to wreak ambient havoc.

    BLACK LIGHT BURNS will make their first live debut at the NARM convention in Chicago on April 30th.

  • News from Pure Steel Records

    The traditionalists GORGONS EYES from Berlin, which caused a stir in the underground with "The battle rages on", will release their new album "Inglorious birth" through us. The album is actually about to be mixed and will be released probably in september. Anyone that not enjoyed the last Manowar Album's will surely strike gold here.

    The next increase to Pure Steel Records are STEELRAISER from Italy. You like Judas Priest and Accept? Then you can prelisten on www.myspace.com/steelraiser. The releasedate for the complete album depends on the time that is needed for doing the recordings, but it will be at the end of this year or beginning of the next.

    EMERALD from Switzerland did nearly finish the recordings for their new album "Hymns to steel" closly to us in Aue/Saxony in february. Unfortunatly Ivo(voc/gui) arrived here already ill, infected the half of the Pure Steel Records crew also and was not able to record the vocals. Now he recovered from the "Ivola-Virus" so that vocals can be recorded in Switzerland within the next weeks. The releasedate will be in september now.

    TITAN STEELE are also about to record their "Debut"-album "The Force". The recordings are almost fininshed now and again the releasedate will be around september.

    True Rock Tour Begins 5/1, “Let Go” Hits Radio In April

    “True Self is alive with passion and filled to bursting point with killer songs and moments of startling power.” – Kerrang!

    New York, NY -- SOiL will hit the road beginning May 1 in support of their latest release, the critically-acclaimed True Self (DRT). The band’s highly successful UK “True Rock” tour, featuring Godhead, Brand New Sin and Lennon, garnered a four “K” review in Kerrang! The US tour will run through May 27 with support from Seemless and Ligion, as well as select dates with Ankla and Twin Method. A second round of West Coast dates will be added soon.

    ”After the huge success of the UK/Europe “True Rock” tour we are very excited to start the US leg this May,” remarks SOiL bassist Tim King. “We hope to see the SOiL junkies out there soon!”

    Listen for the band’s new single, “Let Go,” to hit radio in April. Check out all the latest SOiL news and tour updates at www.myspace.com/soil.

    5/1 Vnuks Lounge Cudahy, WI
    5/2 Machine Shop Flint, MI
    5/3 Elixur Rockford, IL
    5/4 Peabodys Cleveland, OH
    5/5 CBR's Entertaiment Facility Columbus, OH
    5/6 Harry's Hideaway Lima, OH
    5/7 Buffalo Icon Buffalo, NY
    5/8 Ace's Johnstown, PA
    5/9 Knitting Factory New York, NY
    5/10 Crocodile Rock Allentown, PA
    5/11 The Amp Elmira, NY
    5/12 Jaxx W. Springfield, VA
    5/13 Webster Theatre Hartford, CT
    5/16 Jesters Pub Fayetteville, NC
    5/17 Hooligans Jacksonville, NC
    5/18 Ground Zero Spartanburg, SC
    5/21 Exit In Nashville, TN
    5/22 Zydeco Birmingham, AL
    5/24 Paradox Huntington, W. VA
    5/25 The Ritz Warren, MI
    5/26 The Pearl Room Mokena, IL
    5/27 Level 8 Evansville, WI
  • BYZANTINE Offers In-Studio Update; Touring Plans

    West Virginia's forward-thinking thrashers BYZANTINE are currently in the studio finishing recording for the band's upcoming full-length, "Oblivion Beckons." Mixing will take place at Highview Studios by Drew Mazurek and the album will be mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music and the album will see a late-summer release.

    "The record is coming along really well, commented bassist Skip Cromer. "The sound is really good, we tried some redneck experiments to get some slamming tones and they ended up working. The majority of the songs definitely fall into the trash vein of things.

    BYZANTINE recently took a short break from recording with producer Charles A. Fisher in Sissonville, WV to join up with God Forbid, Arsis, Goatwhore and Mnemic for a brief trek throughout the eastern US. The band is currently scheduling summer touring plans, including an appearance at Milwaukee Metalfest, Columbus Independence Fest and Uprising Fest 2007 in Connecticut as well regional headlining shows.

    Byzantine's forthcoming DVD, "Salvation" is also now available for pre-order here. The effort will feature a six-song live set - including the exclusive Cradle Song, which will not appear on the forthcoming full-length record - as well as behind the scenes footage, the Jeremiad video, in-studio footage, interviews and tutorials, bootleg concert footage and more, totaling nearly four hours of material.


    5/18 Newport News, VA - Budda's Place
    5/19 Waynesboro, VA - The Federal Building
    6/29 Wheeling, WV - Yesterdays
    7/01 Columbus, OH - Fran Bar Park (Independence Fest)
    7/07 Philadelphia, PA - The Armory
    7/28 New London, CT - NEC Uprisingfest 2007
    7/29 Levittown, NY - Club MetaSin

  • Open Grave Records One Year Anniversary

    Open Grave Records is proud to announce that the month of April is our one year anniversary. As a company we are proud to have accomplished as much as we have during our first year in business. We have grown at such tremendous measures, and we know we owe it to our fans, and our extremely hard working bands.

    During our first year we have managed to secure national US Distribution through OarFin Distribution and Navarre, as well as UK and European Distribution through Code 7 / Plastichead Distribution. Even select titles in Sweden and Denmark through Target Distribution.

    Our First Year Discography:
    Morbid Sacrifice – Severed Death
    The Everscathed – Razors of Unrest
    Necrodemon – Ice Fields of Hyperion
    Downlord – The Grind Trials EP
    End of Destiny – The Thoughless Existence
    Downlord – Random Dictionary of the Damned

    Atrocity – ContaminatedWe have an extremely busy schedule already lined up for our 2nd year. With two brand new releases; Feast Eternal – Prisons of Flesh (Remastered) and A.W.A.S. - Hope, hitting the streets on April, 3rd. Followed by the debut album of UK black metal brothers Primitive Graven Image, “Traversing the Awesome Night” on April 24th. New albums from Kekal, Skitzo, Art 238, Demon Dog Sperm and others are to follow in the coming months.

    In order to say thank you to the fans, we have put over 400 CD titles on sale for $6 or less at our online store for the month of April. As well, we will be having various other specials running from time to time during the month of April.


May 17th, 2007
  • CHIMAIRA Resurrection hits the charts!

    # 71 - Album Charts – GERMANY
    # 104 - TOP 250 ALBUM CHART – UK
    # 90 – Album Charts – NORWAY
    # 58 – Album Charts - AUSTRIA
  • EXODUS tom hunting has returned!

    EXODUS-drummer Tom Hunting has returned! “It was always understood that when and if Tom was ever ready to resume his drumming duties for the band his seat would be waiting”, the band states. “Paul always knew this and was the first to say it upon joining the band. Paul and Tom always have been good friends and we, as a band, cannot thank Paul enough for his services on Shovel Head and all subsequent tours. That having been said, we are so excited to have Tom back in the band he co-founded. We are hard at work on the new songs, and this shit is the best and heaviest music we’ve ever written. This album will redefine thrash metal as we no it. We will be hitting the studio mid May with producer Andy Sneap, and you have been warned!”
  • NIGHTWISH "once" went gold in hungary

    The NIGHTWISH record "Once" sold over 3.000 units and reached GOLD position in Hungary!

  • DEW-SCENTED new video!

    German high-energy thrashers DEW-SCENTED have shot a video for their new song "That's Why I Despise You" with acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus (LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR). The song can also be found on the myspace-page of the band at this location.

    In other news, DEW-SCENTED are confirmed for the Hellfest Festival in Clisson/France and for the Summer Blast in Trier/Germany.

    The band will also embark on an european tour with MISERY INDEX and COLDWORKER from June, 15 to June, 30 – the exact dates will be announced very soon!

    Click HERE for a list of upcoming DEW-SCENTED shows!
  • ECHOES OF ETERNITY new video online!

    Female-fronted prog sensation from L.A., ECHOES OF ETERNITY, have posted their new video "Voices In A Dream" on YouTube.com. The video was directed by Olle Carlsson. The song has been chosen by Fans via poll on the band´s official MySpace page and comes off the group´s debut album "The Forgotten Goddess". ECHOES OF ETERNITY recently announced the addition of second guitarist Sam Young to the group's ranks.
  • MESHUGGAH album news!

    Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH have posted the following message on their official web site:

    "Yup, it's us again already!! (Oh, that soon!? - you think) We know you guys think we update this site way too often and that our continous 'super-flux' of information is a bit too much for all y'all to handle!

    Well, here's yet another little tidbit for your over-full mouths and minds to nibble on:
    As you've already read and/or heard from other places than the source from where, in a perfect world, you should have heard it (i.e. this site) that we're writing for coming album and we're just about to start recording! This album will rock your flee-ridden socks off! (that is - if you let it) We're aiming at a fall release, hopefully September! Doing some Euro/Scandinavian festivals this summer, starting late June through August, so check the tour schedule over the next few weeks as dates will be posted there!

    POWERMAN 5000, KORPIKLAANI and VOLBEAT are among the confirmed bands for the Sundown Festival 2007, set to take place May 25-26 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

    POWERMAN 5000
  • Melbourne heavy hitters CONTRIVE have now made their debut album The Meaning Unseen available to purchase worldwide via their Official Myspace page:

    Check out www.myspace.com/contriveaustralia

    You can also read stacks of positive reviews about the record and view current Live video footage and interviews.

    Contrive are currently hard at work penning new ideas for their follow-up album that should hopefully see a release by late 2007.

    With their ever-evolving musical mission, you can be sure it'll be something distinct & vast.

    CONTRIVE - The Meaning Unseen
    In stores Now!
    Distributed by Shock Records.

    Write CONTRIVE
    PO Box 134
    East Keilor 3033
    Melbourne, Victoria

    Tomorrow, headbangers everywhere can rejoice as thrash metal makes its triumphant return in the form of MERCILESS DEATH’s debut album, Evil in the Night. However, today HEAVY ARTILLERY is celebrating its inaugural release by giving fans a taste of MERICLESS DEATH with a preview of two tracks from the highly anticipated album via the label’s myspace page. The preview tracks “Exhumer” and “Ready to Kill” capture the speed, aggression and musical prowess of thrash legends such as Exodus, Dark Angel and Slayer, but even more importantly they capture the spirit, an element sorely missing from much of today’s modern metal. The band has received a rabid reception from fervent metal fans and critics alike as they unleash their raw power upon the world “as if the 90s never happened”. Completing the big picture, the cover artwork for Evil in the Night features the artistic mastery of legendary metal artist ED REPKA (Megadeth, Venom, Possessed, Death, Vio-lence, etc.) with what is already being called by many his greatest work in years.

    As the 90’s began to loom its shadow by way of grunge, pop punk and nu metal, thrash metal had evolved into death and black metal and quickly faded into obscurity, thought to be lost forever. As the 90s came to a close, commercialized, metal-inspired music began to once again captivate the attention of music fans everywhere, young and old. With this renewed interest, came a new generation of metal fans, hungry to trace their roots of true heavy metal. Fast forward to 2003 where young L.A. head-bangers Dan Holder and Andy Torres, inspired by the sounds of early Slayer, Exodus and Sepultura, laid the groundwork for MERCILESS DEATH and with the addition of Andy’s younger brother Caesar they were off and running like bat out of hell. In 2004 MERCILESS DEATH recorded and released their first three-song demo entitled Annihilate the Masses, which sold out of its pressing of 100 during their first few live appearances. As the band continued to make a name for itself throughout Southern California’s club circuit, word spread like wildfire throughout the scene, quickly establishing MERCILESS DEATH as the preeminent leaders of L.A.’s fast-growing contingent of young metal bands. Headlining shows all along the west coast, MERCILESS DEATH have also opened for legendary bands such as Overkill, Hirax, Hallows Eve, Omen and many others. Look for MERCILESS DEATH on tour during summer 2007, dates coming soon. You’ve been forewarned!

    Preview the tracks “Exhumer” and “Ready to Kill” at http://www.myspace.com/heavyartillerymetal

    Listen to MERCILESS DEATH at http://www.myspace.com/mercilessdeath
  • Lance Ozanix from Skitzo hospitalized from vomit antics, album release date pushed back

    Lance Ozanix of the California-based band Skitzo was admitted to the hospital late last night after suffering from severe stomach pain. After being seen by the emergency doctor, it has been concluded that Lance has a Mallory-Weiss tear. His doctors say this is a major complication due to his repeated antics on stage of vomiting on himself and fans.

    This comes just a month before the release of the band’s latest full-length album “Five Point Containment.” In a statement issued by James Mattern (Open Grave Records, Skitzo’s record label), “We are really upset to hear about Lance. He’s a great guy and a hell of a performer. We hope he gets well soon.” Due to the vomiting virtuoso’s recent malaise and Skitzo needing to add a few finishing touches on the album, the release date for “Five Point Containment” will be pushed back from May 15th to June 26th, 2007.

  • Eyes of Ligeia have decided to call it a day, in a statement from the band’s leader, Dante, which was sent to us this morning.

    "After nine years, the cycle is complete. Eyes of Ligeia has beenlaid to rest, having accomplished all that was meant to be. No further information will be forthcoming."
  • Ash Pool’s Black Bondage in the North 7”ep will finally be available in early April. We have finally received the covers, and are expecting the vinyl’s by the end of next week at the latest. Our sincerest apologies to those of you who have been waiting patiently, and to those waiting not so patiently. Trust us in that, this ep will be worth the wait.

    In other Ash Pool news, their appearance at this years No Fun Festival has been cancelled, no further information is available.
  • Vorkuta’s –Into the Chasms of Lunacy CD was released on April 13th. In addition, we will have limited amounts of shirts to commemorate the release. Act fast, as these are super limited.
  • Therion at the Miskolc International Opera Festival

    The Miskolc International Opera Festival proudly presents Therion classical show with symphonic orchestra and choir. The show of the pioneer opera-metal band will be started on 16th of June (Saturday) 20h. in the Miskolc Ice Hall. They will play classical pieces (eg. Mozart, Dvorak, Verdi) in Therion’s style and of course symphonic versions of Therion songs. The fans all around the world could get tickets from the Therion Store:


    The official website of the Miskolc International Festival:

    More info about Miskolc, third largest city of Hungary:

    More news soon.
  • Debut Video from UK Black Metal band Primitive Graven Image online now

    England's PRIMITIVE GRAVEN IMAGE is releasing its full-length debut, "Traversing the Awesome Night", on April 24 via Open Grave Records. The debut video, “Bringer of Dark and Light ” has been posted online at their label’s Open Grave Records website.

    "PRIMITIVE GRAVEN IMAGE bring the true black metal feeling into 2007. With booming drums, icy guitars, hellish vocals and brooding dark atmospherics, this music is made for black metal fans by black metal fans.

    "Brothers Dokkalfur and Ljosalfur are the heart and soul of the band. Having both grown up listening to all kinds of metal, they have one collective mind when it comes to the realms of music. PRIMITIVE GRAVEN IMAGE serves as an outlet for the black metal feeling within them. And to them, that IS black metal: a feeling; nothing more, nothing less."

    "Traversing the Awesome Night" track listing:

    01. Bringer of Dark and Light
    02. None Shall Stand
    03. Design
    04. Fear and Fire
    05. The Journey to the Forest
    06. As I Wander
    07. Earth's Wrath
    08. Battleride
    09. Victorious
    10. The Shriek of Death


    TRENTON, N.J. – Chthonic guitarist Jesse has been chosen by Caparison Guitars as an official spokesperson.

    Jesse joins the ranks of notable guitarists from Killswitch Engage, Soilwork, The haunted, King Diamond, Symphony X, and I Killed the Prom Queen as a spokesperson.

    Caparison has shown great interest in Chthonic, Taiwan’s biggest heavy metal export, since the band’s Japanese shows earlier this year. Mr. Kaneko Yusuke, who is in charge of Caparison, attended both of Chthonic’s two shows in Japan and was impressed with Jesse’s performances. Mr. Yusuke and Jesse spoke backstage and exchanged their opinions about guitars, and Mr. Yusuke was impressed by Jesse’s knowledge of guitar sounds. A spokesman proposal immediately followed the shows.

    Caparison is now working on a custom made guitar according to Jesse’s specifications. “He only saw me perform twice, but he fully understands all my requirements,” Jesse said. This personal, one-of-a-kind guitar will be loaded and arrive Taiwan by end of March.


    Open Grave Records is pleased to announce the second FREE downloadable label sampler, “Sounds from the Grave Vol. 2”. “Sounds from the Grave Vol. 2” features a lot of our newer artists that had not been included on the first sampler, and also includes some exclusive tracks that are available nowhere else.

    The track listing is as follows:

    1. Feast Eternal - Into Eternity
    2. A.W.A.S. - Saved
    3. Primitive Graven Image - Battleride
    4. Kekal - Isolated I
    5. Skitzo - Cellulite Cellular Bitch (2007 Version – Exclusive to compilation)
    6. Downlord - Nailing You In
    7. Atrocity - Infected
    8. Art 238 - Guinea Pig
    9. Grind Minded - Sweet Sweat (Exclusive to compilation)
    10. Demon Dog Sperm - Embrace
    11. Sapremia - Ambitious Suffering
    12. Exterminance - Cemetary Sermon
    13. Crucifer - Sister Crematorium
    14. Necrodemon - Server of the Damned
    15. Th