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October 12th, 2003

    New York, NY (September 23, 2003) “Set to take some of the most earth shattering, deafening, and truly heavy metal music to the streets, MTV2, the 24 hour music network, today announced the first-ever MTV2 Headbangers Ball Tour. Set to kick-off October 28th in Montreal, Canada, the trek will feature live performances by heavy metal heavyweights including Roadrunner Records Recording artist Killswitch Engage, Prosthetic Records Recording artist who have just signed to Epic - Lamb Of God and Century Media's very own Shadows Fall, who will all rotate and co-headline this year's tour. Featured opening act for the first leg of the tour will be Eulogy Recordings' Unearth and for the second leg of the tour, Century Media's God Forbid.

    All three headlining acts of the tour are also featured on the first-ever MTV2 Headbangers Ball CD set for release October 7th. Announced earlier this month by MTV2 and Roadrunner Records, the double-disc album will include 40 tracks from the best of metal's established bands, and its most powerful up-and-comers. Just some of the artists featured on the album include Slayer, Hatebreed, Chimaira, Eighteen Visions and more.

    The album and tour follow the on-air return of the Headbangers Ball earlier this summer with its premiere on MTV2. Highlighting the best classic and new metal videos, interviews with hard rock artists, and showcasing a new breed of metal talent, the new Headbangers Ball series is inspiring the next generation of headbanging fans. Hosted by Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, MTV's Headbanger's Ball can be seen every Saturday night at 10 pm EST and 7 pm PCT.

    With some of the most loyal and diehard followers in all of music, the return of Headbangers Ball once again gives hard rock and metal fans a place that is all their own, said Joe Armenia, VP of Music Marketing and Promotions for MTV & MTV2. And with the show's new home on MTV2, we wanted to take it one step further by bringing some of the best metal bands seen on the show every week such as Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall and Lamb Of God straight to the fans for an unforgettable live concert experience.

    Bands and fans alike are crazed anxiously awaiting the launch of the MTV2 Headbangers Ball Tour. "This tour will easily be one of the best tours Killswitch has ever done. And having Headbangers Ball involved, a show we all grew up watching is icing on the cake. I know us and Shadows Fall are looking forward to playing a full set - not just 20 minutes - for all the kids we saw at Ozzfest. And it's always fun to watch Lamb of God play. So be prepared!!" -- Howard Jones, Killswitch Engage.

    The real deal Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler says: "We're very excited about unleashing the monster that is Lamb of God onto the U.S. and with the help of our friends in Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, God Forbid and Unearth, this will prove to be the metal concert event of the year. Headbangers Ball is finally back and with it comes the first and only real metal tour of 2003. Take note, top to bottom, this is how it's done."

    "With music so extreme there is always an element of surprise and risk. I am not sure if my liver or my neck muscles are prepared, but I am definitely willing to risk serious physical damage and potential rehab to be a part of this year's MTV2 Headbangers Ball Tour. We couldn't be more excited about rejoining our great friends in Lamb Of God and Killswitch Engage. And now, maybe Randy of Lamb Of God and I can finally finish our drinking contest that began about three years ago. Be prepared, there's a steamroller heading your way. -- Brian Fair, Shadows Fall.Dates for the MTV2 Headbangers Ball Tour include:




    Reaching nearly 50 million homes, MTV2 is the 24-hour music network with an emphasis on showcasing new music, breaking artists, and interactivity. MTV2's adventurous programming mix reflects its commitment to providing fans access to the music and artists they love through 24-hours of music videos and a variety of genre music video shows including: hip-hop, rock, and soul.

    MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming services MTV: Music Television, MTV2, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television, and Spike TV, as well as The Digital Suite from MTV Networks, a package of thirteen digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.



    New Jersey thrash quintet GOD FORBID will join fellow hometown heroes E-Town Concrete for a three-week East Coast tour beginning in early October. This will mark the first time that both famed Jersey acts have united for any shows outside of their immediate area. The group are currently wrapping up the highly successful Bitter, Broken, Bound and Gagged tour with Atreyu and Darkest Hour and will cap off their highly productive year with participation on the Headbanger'sBall tour featuring SHADOWS FALL, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Unearth.

    The band's new full-length album, Gone Forever, was recorded at Trax East Studios by Eric Rachel (Atreyu, E-Town, Every Time I Die) and is currently being mixed by acclaimed producer Colin Richardson (Chimaira, Fear Factory). The 11-track assault promises to be GOD FORBID's most dynamic offering to date. Look for an EP titled Better Days-containing a new track from their upcoming album, alongside other previously unreleased studio material-to surface in late fall.

    GOD FORBID w/ E-Town Concrete
    10/3 Downtown- Farmingdale, NY
    10/4 Showplace Theater -Buffalo, NY
    10/5 Al Rosa Villa -Columbus, OH
    10/6 Peabody's -Cleveland, OH
    10/7 Rehearsal Studios -Indianapolis, IN
    10/8 Club Laga -Pittsburgh, PA
    10/9 Club Rockit -Toronto, ON
    10/11 Birch Hill -Old Bridge, NJ
    10/12 Axis -Boston, MA
    10/15 Saratoga Winners -Latham, NY
    10/16 Trocadero -Philadelphia, PA
    10/17 The Underworld - Sciota, PA
    10/19 Jaxx - West Springfield, VA
    10/25 The Chance -Poughkeepsie, NY
    More dates TBA


    The Los Angeles-based Century Family Inc., home to Century Media Records, has completed the worldwide purchase of Olympic Recordings, one of the world's leading underground metal labels. Established in Chicago in 1992, Olympic has built a solid catalog of releases and created brand loyalty within the extreme metal genre. During its decade of existence, the label has released such marquee acts as Immolation, Behemoth and Vital Remains, as well as current up-and-comers Diabolic, Divine Empire, Fleshgrind and Unholy Ghost. They were also responsible for launching the career of hard rock’s rising stars Soil.

    2003 has already been a solid year for the label with two successful headline tours completed by New York's Immolation, Vital Remains headlining the internationally acclaimed Milwaukee Metalfest and Poland's Behemoth who made their U.S. debut on tour with Deicide and later shared American stages with heavyweights such as Danzig, Halford, Opeth, Testament and Superjoint Ritual among others. Behemoth will make their much anticipated return to the U.S. taking part in the Un-Natural Born Killers tour featuring Six Feet Under, Skinless and Black Dahlia Murder in October. Future Olympic releases include Behemoth’s Conjuration EP, Diabolic’s Infinity Through Purification and the debut album coming early next year from Chicago’s Enforsaken, the most recent addition to the Olympic lineup.

    Century Media, the world's premier metal label with offices throughout the world, was previously responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of Olympic Recordings in North America. Century Media is distributed by Caroline Distribution.



    Relapse Records recording artists NILE have announced their third U.S. headlining tour in support of their critically acclaimed album In Their Darkened Shrines.

    The tour, dubbed the "Art of Noise II" will kick off September 30th, 2003 and will
    criss-cross the United States. Support on the tour will be provided by Kreator, Vader, Amon Amarth and Goatwhore. The "Art of Noise II" Tour follows NILE's successful "Art of Noise" Tour that took place last January / February featuring NILE with guests Napalm Death and Strapping Young Lad.

    NILE's "Art of Noise II" tour will be co-sponsored by leading media outlets of nearly every variety, including television, retail, print, satellite radio, musical equipment providers and internet sponsors. The "Art of Noise II" tour will be presented by Guitar World Magazine and FUSE TV's "Uranium" program in conjunction with FYE /Trans World Entertainment, XM Satellite Radio, online sponsors Blabbermouth.net and Blistering.com as well as Dean Guitars.

    On the topic of the tour, NILE guitarist / vocalist Karl Sanders commented, "We're very happy to give music fans a package that will certainly be a quality metal bill comprised of a variety of excellent bands. We're looking forward to starting the tour and getting out there to see all of the NILE fans soon."

    Following the "Art of Noise II" tour, NILE will appear as one of the headliners at the first annual "MassConcerts Presents: The New Jersey Metal and Hardcore Festival", scheduled to take place November 14th - 15th in Asbury Park, NJ. NILE will then travel to Europe for a month's worth of shows that will include headlining performances in Greece, France, England, Ireland and Scotland before joining the 2003 version of Europe's revered "X-mas Festivals", which will also include Deicide and Destruction, amongst others.

    Additionally, NILE have completed work on two music videos for songs from In Their Darkened Shrines. The videos, directed and filmed by acclaimed director Darren Doane (Deftones, AFI, Poison the Well, Kyuss), include a concept video for the track "Sarcophagus" and a performance video for the song "Execration Text", both shot at Center Staging in Burbank, CA. Both videos are expected to make their world debuts imminently.

    NILE's "Art of Noise II" Tour:
    (with support from KREATOR, VADER, AMON AMARTH and GOATWHORE)
    October 1 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's
    October 2 McAllen, TX Villa Real Center
    October 3 Austin, TX Backroom
    October 4 Dallas, TX Trees
    October 5 El Paso, TX Club 101
    October 6 Phoenix, AZ Bash On Ash
    October 7 Los Angeles, CA Key Club
    October 8 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theater
    October 10 San Francisco, CA The Pound
    October 11 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
    October 12 Seattle, WA Graceland
    October 14 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
    October 15 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck
    October 16 St. Paul, MN The Lab
    October 17 Sauget, IL (St. Louis, MO) Pop's
    October 18 Chicago, IL Vic Theater
    October 19 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
    October 20 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
    October 21 New York, NY BB Kings
    October 23 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
    October 24 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
    October 25 Worcester, MA Palladium
    October 26 W. Springfield, VA Jaxx
    October 27 Fayetteville, NC Jeeters (NILE & Kreator only)
    October 29 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
    October 30 Tampa, FL Masquerade
    October 31 Atlanta, GA Masquerade

    November 14 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Park Convention Hall
    (as part of MassConcerts Presents: New Jersey Metal and Hardcore Festival 2003)

  • W.A.S.P. Planning Major 2-Part Conceptual Album for 2004

    Enigmatic rock act W.A.S.P. has resurfaced after a near-year of silence to announce the first details of its highly-anticipated dual album releases, slated for 2004 through Metal-Is/Sanctuary Records. Although early reports suggested that the new albums were to be released this October, the complexity of the as-yet-untitled project did not adhere to the original plan.

    Once again recorded at frontman/composer Blackie Lawless’s Fort Apache Studios in Malibu, CA, and co-helmed by renowned producer Bill Metoyer, the album will be released in two parts. The first is scheduled for mid-February 2004, and the second, which continues the story of the first, is anticipated for an early May release.

    Although the concept of the story is extremely complex & detailed, the poignant plotline expresses notions of lost innocence and the black undercurrent of mass media. Blackie states that the title of this work is not confirmed to be The Neon God, although the perplexing theme is integral to the plot.

    The band’s lineup for the new albums remains Blackie Lawless on vocals & guitar, Frankie Banali on drums, Mike Duda on bass, and Darrell Roberts on lead guitar. This outing will also feature major orchestration as enhancement & depth to the subject matter.

    In addition to a massive multi-legged world tour in the coming year, W.A.S.P. is anticipating releasing an in-depth ‘making of’ DVD later in 2004. The upcoming new albums are also planned to have massive multimedia tie-ins.

    For more information, stay tuned to www.waspnation.com

October 6th, 2003
  • 'MTV2 Headbanger's Ball' CD

    The complete track listing (40 tracks on 2 CDs) has been announced for the first-ever "MTV2 Headbanger's Ball" album, due on October 7, 2003

    The first disc will feature "unit movers" from the hard rock scene, the big names who've broken out to enjoy healthy sales and critical acclaim. Each of the bands collected here are uncompromising and can be credited for leading the heavy metal charge into the new millennium.

    The second disc showcases up 'n' comers, Ozzfest side stage upstarts, Hellfest (yearly hardcore/metalcore festival) performers, and other assorted under the radar (but not for long) heavy bands.

    Furthermore, renowned, Cleveland-based album and t-shirt artist Derek Hess, known for his unique, sketch-style designed the cover art for this release.

    The track listing for the double-disc is as follows:

    Disc 1:

    01. GODSMACK - Straight Out Of Line
    02. HATEBREED - This Is Now
    03. STAIND - Price To Play
    04. COLD - Stupid Girl
    05. DEFTONES - Hexagram
    06. MARILYN MANSON - This Is The New S**t
    07. SEVENDUST - Separate
    08. ILL NINO - When It Cuts
    09. MUDVAYNE - World's So Cold
    10. SPINESHANK - Smothered
    11. STATIC-X - Destroy All
    12. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - Fixation On The Darkness
    13. STONE SOUR - Inhale
    14. SOIL - Pride
    15. ANTHRAX - Safe Home
    16. SLAYER - Reign In Blood (live)
    17. MURDERDOLLS - Dead In Hollywood
    18. SHADOW'S FALL - Destroyer Of Senses
    19. MUSHROOMHEAD - Sun Doesn't Rise
    20. ROB ZOMBIE - House Of 1000 Corpses

    Disc 2:

    01. LAMB OF GOD - Ruin
    02. ARCH ENEMY - We Will Rise
    03. IN FLAMES - Clouds Connected
    04. CHIMAIRA - Down Again
    05. EIGHTEEN VISIONS - You Broke Like Glass
    06. LACUNA COIL - Heaven's A Lie
    07. DEVILDRIVER - I Could Care Less
    08. SWORN ENEMY - Sworn Enemy
    09. 36 CRAZYFISTS - At The End Of August
    10. CRADLE OF FILTH - Mannequin
    11. DEMON HUNTER - Infected
    12. MASTODON - March Of The Fire Ants
    13. MOTOGRATER - Down
    14. E.TOWN CONCRETE - Mandibles
    15. POISON THE WELL - Botchla
    16. SOILWORK - Rejection Role
    17. UNEARTH - Endless
    18. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD - Relentless
    19. AS I LAY DYING - Forever
    20. MESHUGGAH - Rational Gaze

  • I am proud to announce that CATHEDRAL have signed with Nuclear Blast! The U.K.-based cult doom rockers have signed a deal starting with a follow-up to last year's The VIIth Coming, (on Spitfire) which is tentatively due in early 2004.

    CATHEDRAL have teamed up with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and SAMAEL for a North American tour that began this September.


  • MESHUGGAH bassist Gustaf Hielm, DARKANE drummer Peter Wildoer and THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND/GOD AWAKENS PETRIFIED drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen will be contributing to the forthcoming solo album from DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström, tentatively due sometime in 2004. "I'm very excited to be involved in this project," Van Poederooyen said. "Christofer and I got in contact thru the band PREACHER who I recorded drum tracks for earlier this year. PREACHER has Christofer doing a guest guitar solo on their 'soon-to-be-completed' album, he heard my drumming, checked out my website and we got in contact. The rest is history."

    The as-yet-untitled album, for which Van Poederooyen is currently writing the drum parts, will feature Wildoer on vocals rather than in his traditional drummer role. "This guy has a wicked voice," said Ryan.


  • Recent Nuclear Blast signings DEATHSTARS will release their debut album, Synthetic Generation — originally issued in Sweden via the Universal affiliate LED Recordings —through Nuclear Blast.

    The Swedish band, in existence since January 2000, were previously known as SWORDMASTER and feature in their ranks former DISSECTION drummer Ole Öhman and guitarist Emil Nödtveidt (brother of DISSECTION leader Jon). The group's musical style is being described as "powerful industrial metal," and is said to be not a million miles removed from that of PAIN, RAMMSTEIN and MARILYN MANSON.

    DEATHSTARS, whose lineup is rounded out by vocalist Andreas Bergh and guitarist Erik Halvorsen, will be featured on the upcoming 2-DVD compilation Monsters Of Metal with the track "Synthetic Generation".


  • German thrashers DESTRUCTION have posted their video for the track "Desecrators (Of The New Age)" on their website. "Desecrators (Of The New Age)" comes off the group's forthcoming CD, Metal Discharge, out on October 21. The album marks the recording debut with the group of new drummer Marc Reign, who replaced Sven Vormann in 2001.

    The German thrashers have also posted six cuts from their forthcoming CD, Metal Discharge, in streaming Real Audio format at their official web site.

    The final track listing for Metal Discharge is as follows:
    01. The Ravenous Beast
    02. Metal Discharge
    03. Rippin' The Flesh Apart
    04. Fear Of The Moment
    05. Mortal Remains
    06. Desecrators (Of The New Age)
    07. Historical Force Feed
    08. Savage Symphony Of Terror
    09. Made To Be Broken
    10. Vendetta



    The band have also made Century Family/ Nuclear Blast history with the largest first week scan!! Thanks to all the fans that have made this possible… now that’s a way to show the metal some luvin’!

    The new, relaunched website of DIMMU BORGIR is online now! Check it out!

    Death Cult Armageddon, unleashed on September 9th, 2003 is getting rave reviews all over, including a “Four K” rating from Kerrang, this album is guaranteed to kick your ass all over town. To follow up the album’s brutal ass beating the band themselves are coming to the states in a national tour starting in November with Hypocrisy, Nevermore & children of bodom. See dates below.

  • Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of EKTOMORF. The Hungarian four-piece are playing a modern crossover between Hardcore and Thrash Metal and have released four records so far. With their last album, I Scream Up To The Sky EKTOMORF played a lot of shows and festivals in Germany, including an impressing headliner show at the Summer Breeze festival 2002 in front of 10,000 crazy maniacs. The band includes musical roots of their roman origin and creates a unique style that blows away everybody, whether on stage or on their records!


  • FIREBALL MINISTRY have shot a video for “Flatline”, the first single from the new release, The Second Great Awakening, out on October 7th. The video was be directed by Dylan Carter and can be viewed on their website with Quicktime.

    FIREBALL MINISTRY will also be kicking off a West Coast tour with PUNY HUMAN on October 5th, see the dates listed below. The last show of the tour will be a rockin’ record release party at the Troubador in Hollywood!


  • Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have confirmed the track listing for their upcoming live CD/DVD, One Crimson Night, due out next year.

    The CD/DVD will contain the entire concert from Lisebergshallen in Götheborg, Sweden on February 20, 2003, while the DVD will also include an "On The Road" documentary from the European part of The Crimson Crusades, as well as the gold-album ceremony held on stage in Götheborg. "We decided to edit the celebration out on the CD, as it features only talk and needs the video to make sense," guitarist Oscar Dronjak writes on the band's website. "On the other hand, we put three bonus tracks recorded in South America in May on the CD, to make that release special as well. Because of this, the releases have slightly varied cover artwork, though given the same title."

    The track listing for "One Crimson Night" is as follows:

    01. Lore Of The Arcane
    02. Riders Of The Storm
    03. Heeding The Call
    04. Stone Cold
    05. Hero's Return
    06. Legacy Of Kings
    07. Bass Solo: Magnus Rosén
    08. At The End Of The Rainbow
    09. The Way Of The Warrior
    10. The Unforgiving Blade
    11. Glory To The Brave
    12. Guitar Solo: Stefan Elmgren
    13. Let The Hammer Fall
    14. Renegade
    15. Steel Meets Steel
    16. Crimson Thunder
    17. Templars Of Steel
    18. Hearts On Fire
    19. Hammerfall

    With regards to the progress of his rehabilitation from the accident he suffered in early August, Oscar writes, "the rehabilitation is going really well, I have regained much of the mobility in the arm already. I have virtually no strength, and the bone is still healing inside, but the grim outlook the doctor gave me last time seems to have been a worst-case scenario, just like I hoped. The jury's still out on the pain, though, as it still hurts a bit. I see the physiotherapist once a week, and she is pleased with the progress. Therefore I am, too!"


  • HELLOWEEN have been invited to join IRON MAIDEN in Paris on November 22, 2003. On confirming the date MAIDEN were told that HELLOWEEN had confirmed a Paris show the same night as part of their forthcoming headline European tour in support of their new album, Rabbit Don't Come Easy, so MAIDEN invited them to join them at Bercy instead. HELLOWEEN is also headlining a North American tour starting October 1st with JAG PANZER. See dates below.


  • Sweden's IN FLAMES have commenced the recording process for the follow-up to 2002's Reroute To Remain, tentatively due in 2004. "Daniel [Svensson] has finished laying down the drums on all tracks," reads a post on the group's website. "In a couple of weeks the band will enter the studio again to record everything else and finalize the upcoming CD. Release of the yet untitled product can be expected next spring. Producer info, whereabouts and time period will be [announced] soon!!"


  • Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have announced more dates as part of their From Shadows to Dust North American tour. See dates below.

    As previously reported, KATAKLYSM will enter Studio Victor in Montreal in November to begin recording their new album, Serenity In Fire, for a 2004 release. The album will be produced by KATAKLYSM guitarist Jean-Francois Dagenais (MISERY INDEX, MALEVOLENT CREATION) and will be mixed at Wildsound studio in St-Zenon, Quebec.

    KATAKLYSM will be teaming up with CANNIBAL CORPSE, HYPOCRISY, CARPATHIAN FOREST, VOMITORY, EXHUMED, and PREJUDICE for next year's No Mercy Festivals 2004, taking place in Europe between March 31 and April 12. In addition, the band will remain on the road as direct support for CANNIBAL CORPSE for two more weeks. Exact cities and dates will be announced during the coming months.

    In other news, vocalist Maurizio Iacono tied the knot with girlfriend Meggin Mary Booth in Las Vegas on Sunday, August 31, in the company of friends and band members.


  • MISERY INDEX speaks:

    September 3rd: “Aloha! We'd like to thank everyone who came out to the shows on our recent N. American tour. Always good to see old friends, as well as meeting lots of new heads. We will be hitting the road again in about a month for a few shows with Structure of Lies, and then heading back to Canada for a few gigs. Be sure to check the Shows page for all the newly posted info. There will be a couple more shows added in the coming days, so check back often. Also, thanks to the support of you guys and the Metal DJs, our new album was sitting at #10 on the CMJ Loud Rock chart. If you're lucky enough to have a Metal radio show in your town, help us out by requesting anything off of Retaliate. Thanks for your continued support, and see you all on the road again soon. Cheers!"

    A tour of the East coast will begin at the end of September, so if you missed the last tour, make sure you take a minute to jot down the dates below.


  • Drummer Randy Black (ANNIHILATOR, ex-REBELLION), who was recently named PRIMAL FEAR's new skinsman following the departure of Klaus Sperling, has issued the following statement to PRIMAL FEAR fans:

    "First and foremost, I'd like to say I'm really looking forward to playing, recording and touring with PRIMAL FEAR. As you all know, I did the Metal Gods tour with them so I know that these guys are fun to work with but it also gave me a chance to experience them when circumstances were not favorable. I can only say that even in this very stressful and frustrating situation, they were great, conducting themselves very professionally and with integrity.

    "I'd also like to make one thing clear: I had no intentions of pushing Klaus out of the band when I filled in for him on the Metal Gods tour. Klaus is a great guy and I'm sure with his talent will be successful in his future endeavors.

    "I look forward to the future with PRIMAL FEAR and to performing and meeting the fans on tour. Thanks for the warm welcome I have already received."


  • Danish metallers RAUNCHY have set Confusion Bay as the title for their sophomore album, due in Denmark on November 3 and in the rest of the rest of the world in early 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records.

    The follow-up to last year's highly acclaimed Velvet Noise was recorded and mixed at producer Jacob Hansen's (INVOCATOR) Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark. 12 songs were reportedly tracked for the CD, including a cover of FAITH NO MORE's "From Out Of Nowhere", which will be used as a bonus track for the album's Scandinavian edition.

    The final track listing for the effort is as follows:

    01. Join The Scene
    02. I Get What I See
    03. Summer Of Overload
    04. Watch Out
    05. Nine - Five
    06. Show Me Your Real Darkness
    07. Confusion Bay
    08. The Devil
    09. Insane
    10. Morning Rise And A Friday Night
    11. Bleeding Pt. 2
    12. From Out Of Nowhere (FAITH NO MORE cover - Scandinavian bonus)


  • TIDFALL have a new album, Nucleus, which will hit the streets on October 21st. It has gotten great reviews overseas and has even been selected as album of the month by the German web magazine Shadowshire.

    "With the title track, TIDFALL has made one of the most in-ear refrains in Norwegian black metal ever" says author Stein Østbø another German web magazine VG. Check out the reviews and images of the band on their website.

    The tracklist for Nucleus is as follows:
    01. Future Doom
    02. Nucleus
    03. Neo-Torment
    04. Mercury Mesh
    05. Soil of Tomorrow
    06. Psychotronica
    07. Zounds
    08. Exo-Skeleton
    09. Tech


  • Norway's THEATRE OF TRAGEDY have parted ways with longtime front woman Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull.

    "Having worked together for almost ten years, we have now reached a point where we find ourselves with differences of opinion that cannot be bridged, and completely incompatible sets of ideas for the band's further development," the group said in an official statement. "The rest of the band will continue working with full force under the name THEATRE OF TRAGEDY, and sees this as an opportunity for further musical experimentation and evolution. This also involves finding a new, permanent, female singer, although not necessarily a replacement for Liv.

    "Let it be said that there is no animosity from the band towards Liv, and we wish her all the best with her work."


  • FOR MY PAIN/ REFLEXION singer Juha Kylmänen will perform as a session vocalist on TO/DIE/FOR's upcoming Mexican tour, set to take place October 22-November 5. Exact dates and venues will be announced soon.

    TO/DIE/FOR's last singer, Jape Perätalo, left the band early last month due to a "lack of motivation." The group have since announced plans to carry on with a replacement vocalist.

    TO/DIE/FOR's most recent CD, Jaded, was released in March through Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2001's Epilogue featured guest vocals by former SINERGY and current NIGHTWISH bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala.


  • DEATHWITCH bring you 'Violence Blasphemy Sodomy'

    Sadisitic terror squad Deathwitch have puked up details of their forthcoming fist in the face experience, tastfully titled 'Violence Blasphemy Sodomy'.

    For those unfamiliar with the Deathwitch approach, think back to Death Metal's primitive beginnings when Autopsy, Massacre and the like practised a particularly feral brand of sonic barbarity. Deathwitch follow this loose, slop n' roll approach but actually manage to deliver the riffs on which all great Death Metal is based. If you like your DM with the rotting stench of the grave as standard - step aboard.The full tracklisting for 'Violence Blasphemy Sodomy', due for release on Jan 19 2004, is:

    01) Inrot
    02) Flamethrower Carnival
    03) Total Morbid
    04) Blood Sucking Fuck
    05) Abhorrent Sadistic Tormentor
    06) Lord of Ymodos
    07) Witch of Death
    08) Necrosodomizer
    09) Bitch Finder
    10) Violence Blasphemy
    11) Coffin Fornicator
    12) Worthless Scum
    13) Fuck Off And Die
    14) Death Maniac

    ...in related Deathwitch news, guitarist Slade Doom was recently arrested for undisclosed offences. He remains incarcarated.



    The Chasm are busy working on new material for the debut Wicked World release, although a couple of smaller, underground vinyl releases may well surface before then.

    On September 19/20 the band will headline the Aztec Underground Legions Fest in both Cudahy, WI and Chicago, IL respectively alongside Anceint Gods, Obeisance and Infinitum Obscure. The band will enlist the help of George Velaetis on bass, from Darkness Eternal, for these shows which will be The Chasm's final live appearances this year.


  • The release of the debut album of florida's finest new metal sensation TRIVIUM is closer. You can find the brandnew track "If I Could Collapse The Masses" now on (www.lifeforcerecords.com)! The band is playing a bunch of shows in the next coming and we are proud to present them on three exclusive European release shows in October. TRIVIUM - Ember To Inferno (In stores - October 14th, 2003).


  • NEW LIFEFORCE ACTS - Lifeforce is proud to announce their two latest signings, CIPHER-SYSTEM and BY NIGHT. Both bands are from Sweden. The first release on Lifeforce will be a split CD with both acts in spring 2004 as an introduction followed by there debut albums later the next year.

    CIPHER SYSTEM is a six member progressive metal machine from Sweden. They have played together for about 6 years, but the current line-up have only been stabile for about one year when the last recruited member joined. The music is a fresh mix between melodic and progressive metal band as: Soilwork, Children of Bodom and Evergrey. Eyecon (Demo) 2002 has only got great reviews and now it’s time for the rest of the world to find out if they could handle it.


    BY NIGHT is best to describe as heavy, fast hardcore-influenced extreme metal. Check their song "Lamentation" on our website.


  • HEROD has entered the studio today to record their Lifeforce debut For Whom The Gods Would Destroy the whole month of september. The band just found a new permanent singer. The album will hit the streets in the US on January 25th, 2004 and on a later currently not confirmed date in Europe.


  • Local rock band GATLIN finish new demo, get retired from National radio and retain Serling, Rooks and Ferrara as Law Firm

    New demo recorded with Producer and former Toadies guitarist Darrel Herbert and retain Barry Jay Reiss from Serling, Rooks and Ferrara as Attorney.

    September 20, 2003

    Cleveland, OH – Today, Hardcore Marketing, Inc. (www.hardcoremarketing.com) announced the completion of Cleveland local rock act Gatlin’s (www.gatlin316.net) new 5-song demo and the hiring of Attorney Barry Jay Reiss of Counsel at Serling, Rooks and Ferrara.

    “We took our time with this demo.” stated Jon Drake, the lead singer of Gatlin. “We showcased for several labels in New York last year and most of them were impressed with our story in Cleveland but wanted more ‘hit quality’ and radio friendly singles. So we took our time, found a Producer that! knew exactly what we wanted and wrote and wrote and wrote.” Patrick Ols, guitarist, said, “Most of the labels that showed interest after the showcases liked our song ‘Reflection’. That was cool to hear since that is the type of song we tend to write these days and like to write. We had a more metal and less commercial sound in years previous so this solidified our thoughts in the direction we wanted to go and the direction in which the labels wanted to see us go.”

    The new 5-song demo includes the new songs “Going Under”, “Disarray”, “Unreal” and the re-recorded songs “Undivided” and “Reflection”.

    “During this demo ‘Reflection’ was put on the Xtreme Cage Match (92.3FM) and won all five nights which made us believe that our writing style with ‘Reflection’ was dead-on.” stated Don Debiase, guitarist. “When we heard that ‘Reflection’ was retired and we were the only local to be retired it just fueled us even more. We were ecstatic and then found out they wanted to put the song into rotation and they spiked it in charting in the Top Ten out of the entire playlist. It was a great feeling to know what we had written and what we were currently writing was beating 90% of National bands. We knew we had the stuff and we couldn’t wait for those labels that had shown interest before ! hear the new stuff. I think we all believe this new demo is the deal maker.”

    Gatlin (www.gatlin316.net) are a 5-piece melodic rock act based out of Cleveland, Ohio. Members include: Jon Drake (vocals), Don Debiase (guitar), Patrick Ols (guitar), Ken Izirray (bass), and Steve Lockhart (drums). They have released three full-length CD’s and have grown into one of the most respected and well-known local acts in North East Ohio selling out venues such as Clear Channel’s The Odeon (900 capacity) and Peabody’s Night ! Club (700) capacity. Their albums are distributed by The Orchard and Harvest Media Group.

    Hardcore Marketing, Inc. (www.hardcoremarketing.com) is a Northeast Ohio Independent Concert Promoter and Band Management firm dedicated to the multi-million dollar Music Industry. Working with Nationally known concert venues and National Artists, Hardcore Marketing is emerging as a leader in the ranks of the Ohio music community.

  • SIX FEET UNDER Announces The Unnatural Born Killers Tour 2003
    with Openers Skinless, Behemoth, and The Black Dahlia Murder

    Tour Sponsored By Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles Magazine
    and XM Radio: Liquid Metal

    Bringer Of Blood In Stores September 23rd!

    September 23rd will see the release of Tampa-based SIX FEET UNDER’s most ambitious release to date, the ferocious Bringer Of Blood (through Metal Blade Records). The disc, rampant with an infectious blend of jackhammer grooves and pure aggressive immensity, fuses the band’s attraction to dark fantasy as well as significant social commentary.

    SIX FEET UNDER is never more potent than in the live setting. Veteran of the Warped Tour, and sharing the stage with everyone as diverse as nearly every extreme metal band on the planet to Disturbed and Danzig, the band is now is primed to bludgeon North America as headliner of The Unnatural Born Killers Tour 2003, with menacing openers Skinless, Behemoth, and The Black Dahlia Murder. The tour is being sponsored by Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles Magazine and XM Satellite Radio's Liquid Metal program (which is giving away two pairs of tickets for each show).

    Recorded at the renowned Morrisound Studios in Florida and produced (as were all previous SIX FEET UNDER releases) by Chris Barnes himself, Bringer Of Blood features a free DVD supplement containing interviews with the band, a documentary about the band & the metal scene ("Six Feet Underground" - which made its screening debut recently at the Chicago Independent Film Festival) filmed by underground film maker Deron Grams, and an extensive photo gallery.

    The first video clip from Bringer of Blood, the social commentary-intense “Amerika The Brutal” has debuted on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball program, and radio support is quickly following. Vocalist Chris Barnes acknowledges his excitement about the add, “I’m really proud that MTV picked this one up; the video is an honest view about the state of affairs in the world today. People are being ostracized in this country for free thought, and putting Freedom Of Speech to the test at a time when it needs to be; because there's something really wrong is happening out there, and people need to be made aware of it ”

    Tour Dates include:

    The Unnatural Born Killers Tour 2003

    Thursay, October 16th - Tampa, FL - Brass Mug
    Friday, October 17th - Orlando, FL - Back Booth
    Saturday, October 18th - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Factory
    Sunday, October 19th - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
    Monday, October 20th - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
    Wednesday, October 22nd - Pittsburgh, PA - Rosebud
    Thursday, October 23rd - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
    Friday, October 24th - Providence, RI - Living Room
    Saturday, October 25th - Buffalo, NY - Infiniti
    Sunday, October 26th - New Haven, CT - Toads
    Monday, October 27th - Long Island, NY - Downtown
    Tuesday, October 28th - Randolph, NJ - Obsessions
    Wednesday, October 29th - Wilkes Barre, PA - Metropolis
    Thursday, October 30th - Montreal, QC, Can. - Foufounes
    Friday, October 31st - Toronto, ON, Can. - Opera House
    Saturday, November 1st - Latham, NY - Saratoga Winners
    Sunday, November 2nd - Brooklyn, NY - L’amour
    Monday, November 3rd - Chicago, IL - Metro
    Tuesday, November 4th - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
    Wednesday, November 5th - St. Louis, MO - Creepy Crawl
    Thursday, November 6th - Cedar Falls, IA - Reverb
    Friday, November 7th - Kansas City, KS - El Terron
    Saturday, November 8th - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
    Sunday, November 9th - Salt Lake City, UT - DV8
    Tuesday, November 11th - Palo Alto, CA - The Edge
    Thursday, November 13th - Hollywood, CA - Keyclub
    Friday, November 14th - Corona, CA - Showcase
    Saturday, November 15th - Phoenix, AZ - Bash On Ash
    Monday, November 17th - Dallas, TX - venue TBA
    Tuesday, November 18th - Austin, TX - venue TBA
    Wednesday, November 19th - San Antonio, TX - venue TBA


October 5th, 2003
  • ST. PETERSBURG - Industrial rock band HELL ON EARTH will feature a “live suicide” at their State Theatre performance in St. Petersburg, FL on Saturday, October 4th. A Euthanasia Society member will carry out the suicide to raise awareness for dying with dignity. The Euthanasia member, who suffers from a terminal illness, is using the event as a platform to help make back-street suicides a thing of the past.
    Though his identity is being withheld until the day of the event, he did have this to say, “I thank the lord that Hell On Earth is giving me this opportunity to end my suffering. I just want to say as my last will and testament that this is my god given choice to end my life. I’d prefer to have a physician-assisted suicide but until the laws are changed, those who are in pain like me will either have to continue to suffer or do it themselves.”

    The event, The Hell On Earth Haunted Tour, is part of a national tour the band is on to support their new album, “All Things Disturbingly Sassy.”

    For more information visit www.hellonearth.net.



    ASBURY PARK, NJ. - The lineup for this fall's New Jersey Metal and Hardcore Fest in Asbury Park, N.J., has been confirmed.

    Superjoint Ritual, Dimmu Borgir, Morbid Angel, Nile, Nevermore, Children Of Bodom, Hypocrisy, Strapping Young Lad and Symphony X headline the show on Friday. Cradle Of Filth, Type O Negative, Deicide, Suffocation, Hate Eternal, Biohazard and Krisium headline on Saturday. Also appearing are Unearth, Bongzilla, Diabolic, The Red Chord, A Life Once Lost, Premonitions Of War, Cannae, Benumb, Between The Buried And Me, All That Remains and many more to be announced.

    The New Jersey Metal and Hardcore Fest will be held at Asbury Park's Convention Hall complex on Friday, November 14 at 3:00PM and Saturday, November 15 at 12 Noon.

    Friday individual day tickets are $40. Saturday individual day tickets are $45. Two-day passes are $75. All tickets go on sale Saturday September 20 at 10:00AM online at ticketmaster.com, at all ticketmaster locations. To charge tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at (201) 507-8900 or (609) 520-8383.

    MassConcerts, the promoter of the highly successful New England Metal and Hardcore Fest is working in conjunction with ConcertsEast to present the festival. In just five years, the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest has become one of the nation's top heavy metal festivals. Held at the Palladium in Worcester, MA., this spring's edition of the two-day New England show sold out more than a week in advance and earned rave reviews from media throughout the continent.

    "If you decide to go to only one fest this year, this should be it." - Revolver

    "...hands down, the best metal fest in the world." - CMJ

    "This may have been the best metal festival ever on U.S. soil." - MetalJudgment.com

    "...the best and most balanced fest North America has to offer." - Metal Maniacs

    Talent is subject to change.

    For more information on this concert please visit the festival website at njmetalandhardcorefest.com

  • DEICIDE w/ Hate Eternal, Krisiun, Cattle Decapitation:

    16 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    17 - Venom - St. Petersburg, FL
    18 - Jesters Pub - Fayetteville, NC
    19 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
    20 - Cruise Inn - Lackawanna, NY
    21 - Shelter at St. Andrew's - Detroit, MI
    22 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
    23 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
    24 - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
    25 - The Lab - St. Paul, MN
    26 - QC Live - Davenport, IA
    27 - Exit Inn - Nashville, TN
    29 - Stomp 345 - Memphis, TN
    30 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX
    31 - Villa Real Convention Center - McAllen, TX

    01 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
    02 - The Backroom - Austin, TX
    03 - The Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM
    04 - The Mason Jar - Phoenix, TX
    05 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
    06 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
    07 - Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
    08 - The Pound - San Francisco, CA
    10 - Ogden Theater - Denver, CO
    11 - Ranch Bowl - Omaha, NE
    12 - Pop’s - Sauget, IL
    13 - Metro/Smart Bar - Chicago, IL
    14 - Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
    15 - Convention Hall - Asbury Park, NJ
    16 - Les Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QUE
    17 - The Funhouse - Toronto, ONT
    18 - Rosebud - Pittsburgh, PA
    19 - Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
    20 - Jaxx - West Springfield,VA
    21 - Factory 324 - Roanoke, VA
    22 - Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC


    ** Former X-Force Artist Configures Short Film Around Hit Rock Single **
    ** Video Features Former WWE-Star Chyna **

    New York, NY, September 18 – Hard rock giants Sevendust are taking a new direction with the video for their latest hit “Enemy.” Rather than go the performancebased route of their previous videos, the band has enlisted director Adam Pollina – former comic artist for the X-Men spin-off, X-Force -- to configure his underground short film Romp around the song.

    The film is about a young man born without arms, Romp (played by Elliot Jones) who is trained by a flamboyant midget to fight a local bully named Lulu (played by former WWE wrestling star Joanie “Chyna” Laurer.) The film makes use of live action which in spots morphs into still-animation to exemplify the comic book aspect of the story. Though Sevendust does not physically appear in the video, they are represented on posters lining the urban streets as Romp makes his way to the fight with Lulu.

    “It’s really about the first day a superhero decides to become a superhero,” Pollina recently told Wizard Magazine. “It’s about how nervous he is and what he goes through in his mind. Lulu is a huge female bully but he decides to take her on, even if he has no arms.”

    Romp will soon be released in comic book form from Image Comics. A screenplay is being developed for a feature version of the story.

    “Enemy” is one of the hottest rock singles in the country right now, having been the #1 Most Added track at Rock and Alternative radio in its first week out. The video will be serviced to MTV, Fuse and other video outlets in the coming weeks.

    Sevendust are currently wrapping up a special acoustic tour, and will be fully plugged-in for a national run with Staind, kicking off September 27 in Philadelphia.

    The band’s fourth album Seasons, which follows their three previous Gold-certified releases, drops on October 7.

  • 15th Anniversary
    WACKEN 2004
    05.08.2004 - 07.08.2004

    Already Confirmed:

  • Melodic Metal band STRYPER will do a reunion tour!!! 40 dates all over the USA are already booked and more to come. The tour will begin on October 2nd. For more info about the tour visit http://www.stryper.com/2003tour.html

  • Metalcore band LIVING SACRIFICE releases a DVD! The band played their last show late Summer, 2003, but their legacy will live on in this DVD featuring footage from the studio during the recording of The Hammering Process, tour footage of life on the road, live interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, plus videoclips of the following songs: 'Bloodwork,' 'Conditional,' 'Burn the End,' 'Local Vengeance Killing,' 'Reject,' 'Reborn,' 'Flatline,' 'Hand Of the Dead' and 'Not My Own.' There is also a VHS of the same show.


  • BRIDE has finished recording "This is it!". This CD will only be found through Bride and the Official Bride Web Site. This CD sounds like the Bride from the Snakes in the Playground era with the exception…it is much BIGGER! Folks have told Bride they foresee the return of hard rock metal and Bride is leading the charge with "This is it!"

    Bride will have a gig in Storsalen, Oslo (Norway) on 4th October kl 22:00. For more info visit www.srock.no


  • Australian Metal band MORTIFICATION will be recording a new album at the end of the year. Expect an album that will be more in the death metal/grind vein, with hints of power metal and thrash. Steve Rowe: "I guess somewhat similar to Post Momentary but more Brutal." The release date will be in March 2004.


  • Roxx Records has just released a limited edition live CD from OIL (Ron Rinehart from Dark Angels new band). The album is called Choice Cuts Off The Chopping Block and features a live show in Downey, California, USA. There are also two new studio tracks on this record. www.oilmusic.com

  • EXTOL - supporting Opeth on Scandinavian tour 2003

    The young and gifted tech-death stars EXTOL from Norway will support Opeth on their forthcoming Scandinavia tour in October and November 2003. Their last album „Synergy” was one of the best progressive death/thrash metal releases in 2003, highly acclaimed by media and fans of bands like Meshuggah, Cynic or… Opeth.

    This might be the tour that will leave you with your jaws open.

    Opeth / Extol Scandinavian tour 2003
    15th October 03 (FIN) Helsinki - Nosturi
    16th October 03 (FIN) Tampere - Pakkahuone
    17th October 03 (FIN) Jyväskylä - Lutakko
    19th October 03 (S) Stockholm - Klubben
    21st October 03 (S) Malmö - KB
    22nd October 03 (DK) Copenhagen - Vega (small hall)
    23rd October 03 (DK) Aarhus - Voxhall
    24th October 03 (S) Helsinborg - The Tivoli
    25th October 03 (N) Oslo - Rockefeller
    26th October 03 (S) Stavanger - Folken
    28th October 03 (S) Gothenburg - Kåren
    29th October 03 (S) Örebro - Downtown
    30th October 03 (S) Linköping - Skylten
    31st October 03 (S) Västerås - Culturen
    01st November 03 (S) Sundsvall - Pipeline


October 3rd, 2003
  • KMFDM Explodes with WWIII

    Album Released September 23rd through Sanctuary Records

    Band Launches North American Tour in October

    KMFDM, the ardent guardians of the ‘Ultra Heavy Beat’, have returned with a trend-killing, ravenous, all-out assault called WWIII. Released on September 23rd via Sanctuary Records, the album opens a new chapter in the ever-expansive world of KMFDM. On the surface, the disc may be deemed politically-prophetic (following up 2001’s Attak); however, KMFDM’s dynamic new vision is both uncompromisingly disdainful and rapturously seductive.

    Spawned in 1984, KMFDM rapidly evolved year-by-year through intense experimentation and touring; redefining and upgrading themselves with each progressing release. 2003 sees KMFDM aptly dubbed ‘rock with a conscience’; a band that breathes as a cohesive unit, yet is not limited in vision or experience. Fueled by everyday news & events, the band is frequently known for its revolution-styled lyrics and thematically extreme social commentary. Says vocalist/keyboardist/bassist/ringleader Sascha “Kapt’n K” Konietzko explains the band’s position, “The fears, the vulnerability and the McCarthyism that slowly creep into the remote corners of one’s brain are all weapons of mass distraction. This is serious and needs to be opposed and eventually debunked. But I have to say that we have no interest in making only intensely serious statements, either. We see art as art, and politics for what it is. KMFDM's lyrics simply reflect the absurdities that we all are bombarded with every day.”

    Add these intense lyrics to KMFDM’s diverse style, and you get a glimpse of the band’s true charm – music that is thought-provoking as well as contusive to dancing…and even headbanging! Alongside Konietzko are the bludgeoning multi-guitar crunch of Joolz Hodgson & Steve White, the boisterous percussion work of Andy Selway, the dark, debaucherous vocal emanations of Raymond “Pig” Watts and spitfire hellcat vocals of Lucia Cifarelli, whose fervent vocal style emerges as provocative, evocative, and oft times contemptuous. The tracklisting for WWIII includes:

    Stars And Stripes
    From Here On Out
    Bullets, Bombs, Bigotry
    Last Things
    The Pious

    KMFDM is not a band to speak bold words without the muscle to back itself up, therefore an extensive North American tour is already slated to promote the release of WWIII throughout October & November (36 shows in 40 days). The tour routing (with opening act Bile) is as follows:

    Friday, October 17th - Seattle, WA - The Catwalk
    Saturday, October 18th - Boise, ID - Big Easy
    Sunday, October 19th - Salt Lake City, UT - Bricks
    Monday, October 20th - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
    Tuesday, October 21st - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
    Wednesday, October 22nd - St. Louis, MO - Mississippi Nights
    Thursday, October 23rd - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
    Friday, October 24th - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave / Eagles Ballroom
    Sunday, October 26th - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
    Monday, October 27th - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
    Tuesday, October 28th - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
    Wednesday, October 29th - Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargo
    Thursday, October 30th - Cleveland, OH - Odeon Concert Club
    Friday, October 31st - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
    Saturday, November 1st - Boston, MA - Axis
    Sunday, November 2nd - Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
    Monday, November 3rd - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
    Wednesday, November 5th - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
    Thursday, November 6th - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
    Friday, November 7th - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
    Saturday, November 8th - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
    Sunday, November 9th - Tampa, FL - The Masquerade
    Monday, November 10th - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Club Venu
    Wednesday, November 12th - New Orleans, LA - Howlin' Wolf
    Thursday, November 13th - Houston, TX - Numbers
    Friday, November 14th - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
    Saturday, November 15th - Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Live
    Sunday, November 16th - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
    Tuesday, November 18th - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
    Wednesday, November 19th - West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
    Thursday, November 20th - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
    Friday, November 21st - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
    Saturday, November 22nd - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
    Sunday, November 23rd - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
    Monday, November 24th - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
    Tuesday, November 25th - Seattle, WA - Fenix / Fenix Underground

    September 23rd brings a new dawn in contemporary, heavy music…music with a conscience…KMFDM.


  • The new CENTINEX album is - finaly - completly recorded and ready. Full tracklisting for "Decadence - Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos" is:

    1 - Arrival Of The Spectrum Obscure
    2 - Misanthropic Darkzone
    3 - Hollowsphere
    4 - Target: Dimension XII
    5 - Deathstar Unmasked
    6 - A Dynasty Of Obedience
    7 - Mechanical Future
    8 - Cold Deep Supremacy
    9 - New World Odyssey

    "I think this album is a total blast, I have never been so pleased before. Everything turned out great and the sound is so fucking massive".

    As previously reported "A Dynasty Of Obedience" is a instrumental piece written and performed by Peter Bjärgö [Arcana/Sophia].

    The album will be released in early 2004 through Candlelight Records [the exact release date tba].

    Pre-view of the artwork, soundclips etc coming up soon at www.centinex.org.

    We herby also announce that drummer Kennet Englund has left the band. We are
    now looking for a new talented skinsman so interested individuals should get
    in touch asap.


    ATTACKER- One of the pioneers of the US METAL movement will enter the studio on September 13th to begin the recording of their long awaited follow-up to 1988's "The Second Coming".

    The album titled "SOUL TAKER" will be released, world-wide, through Germany's IRON GLORY RECORDS in January 2004. The album features the return of original vocalist Bob Mitchell (Vyndykator and Alchemy X).

    Mitchell's first appearance with Attacker was on Metal Blade's "Metal Massacre Five" compilation which became the proverbial opening gate for the now classic "Battle At Helm's Deep" album back in 1985.

    "SOUL TAKER" will be released on CD and on Special Edition Vinyl Picture Disc.

    Here is the track listing:
    1. The End
    2. Forgotten
    3. Sleepy Hollow
    4. Tortured Existence
    5. Soul Taker
    6. Jack
    7. The Conquerors
    8. Return To Mordor
    9. Raging Fist
    10. Until We Meet Again

    The recording is scheduled to wrap up in October. The album cover artwork will be designed by Jim Hunter (Bassist October 31/ Twisted Tower Dire). Previously, Hunter has designed the covers for Sleepy Hollow's "A Legend Retold" and Vyndykator's "Heaven Sent From Hell".

    The band will then begin rehearsing for their homecoming show in Hoboken, New Jersey. The date is
    set for Saturday December 13th. The venue holding this great event is the reknowned MAXWELL's. This live performance will be filmed and recorded for a live DVD/CD to be released sometime in 2004. The show will be a career spanning showcase of the bands musical history. Special Guests for the homecoming show will none other than former Metal Blade Recording artists OCTOBER 31.

    ATTACKER have also been confirmed for CLASSIC METAL FEST 4. The Festival event will be held at Oasis One-Sixty 160 W. Joe Orr Road, Chicago Heights, IL on the weekend of May 14th and 15th.

    ATTACKER are:
    Bob Mitchell- Vocals
    Pat Marinelli- Guitars
    Mike Benetados- Guitars
    Felix Torres- Bass
    Mike Sabatini- Drums



    Famed axe-man Zakk Wylde is set to join Roadrunner recording artist “Theory of a Deadman”, in Los Angeles, California next week. Zakk Wylde, famous for his hard-driving guitar playing for Ozzy Osbourne, and his own band, Black Label Society, is currently charting with his smash hit single "Stillborn." Zakk has co-written several hits for Ozzy such as "No More Tears."

    The collaboration should prove to be a successful marriage of two talent styles. Although there is no confirmed release date, for this new material, we should look forward to hearing a taste of their work late in the year.

  • I know you've been following the drama between Morgan Rose of SEVENDUST and ex-COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara. In response to Fafara's just-posted comments on Roadrunner's website, Morgan Rose has released the following response:

    "If Dez Fafara thinks my comments were out of line and childish, its interesting that he's calling up my wife crying for forgiveness while still talking shit on the internet. To set the record straight, I never had a problem with Coal Chamber, it was always with Dez. No one in the music industry should be surprised that someone finally stood up against this guy, his behavior and the way he treats people. The reason Coal Chamber isn't together anymore is because his band mates hated him. And I think most people in my shoes would have taken harsher actions if their wife was treated the way Dez treated Rayna. By the way, who's writing Dez's press statements for him?"

  • Steve Smyth (Testament, Dragonlord) will be handling second guitar duties on NEVERMORE's ‘Enemies Of Reality’ European Tour with special guests Arch Enemy. Metal Update

  • FRAMESHIFT: this new project will feature James LaBrie (Dream Theater) “in ways that no one has heard him before” – the debut album ‘Unweaving The Rainbow’ will combine the elements of progressive rock, film scoring and very modern production. Metal Update

  • SKINLAB plans to go on hiatus are apparently on hold as the band has picked up several dates on the Jagermeister sponsored Slayer tour including Hatebreed and Arch Enemy among others – the group will utilize the skills of guitarist Scott Sargent reuniting the lineup featured on ‘Disembody: The New Flesh’. Metal Update
  • SEBASTIAN BACH,taking a break from Broadway, the former Skid Row screamer is back with
    new act Bach Tight 5 featuring: guitarist Adam Albright (Skinlab, Dopesick), bassist Cheeze (Black Bone, Dead Tight 5), guitarist Randall X Rawlings (Dead Tight 5) and drummer Mike Dover (Dead Tight 5). Metal Update

  • According to a statement by Powergod’s Riff Randall, drummer Haan Hartmann (Powergod, Tracelords) has not joined WINTERS BANE. Metal Update

  • HEADBANGER’S BALL, the MTV show is going on the road as sponsor of major tour featuring Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage and Lamb of God – the Ball will also be releasing a two CD set on Roadrunner Records: one CD will consist of big names that have broken out of the underground scene and the other will represent the current underground climate. Metal Update

  • VELVET REVOLVER, the new supergroup has signed an exclusive recording agreement with RCA
    Records – the band features: Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan, drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Dave Kushner from Dave Navarro's Band – the band’s debut is due in 2004. Metal Update

  • SLAYER guitarist Kerry King is launching a clothing line under the banner of a new company called KFK Industries. Metal Update

  • Brazilian Metal Stalwarts SEPULTURA Dominate TV & Radio with ROORBACK

    Tour Anticipated in October

    Cultivating years of experience and touring relentlessly, Brazilian metal titans SEPULTURA is making monstrous waves with American media in support of the band’s latest opus Roorback (released through SPV Records). Combining their trademark tribal-metal stylings with modern sensibilities, Roorback is an explosive breath of fresh air in the current musical landscape.

    The band’s first video single from the album, “Bullet the Blue Sky” (a cover version of the classic U2 song), debuts this weekend on MTV’s Headbangers Ball (Saturday, September 13th at 10pm Eastern) and is already in rotation on other video outlets. MTV Latin America will debut it shortly. “Bullet the Blue Sky” is currently streaming on the Internet here: http://www.spvusa.com/btbs.ram

    Radio had a meltdown this week, as Roorback erupted on the charts, making more massive jumps on the various panels than any other artist. The album leapt from 16 to 7 with a bullet at FMQB (181 spins), 28 to 3 with a bullet on CMJ Loud Rock, 33 to 8 on CMJ Crucial Spins (181 Spins), and is #6 on the R&R chart.

    Press has been just as receptive towards the band & their revolutionary new album:

    “…the heaviest stuff they’ve done since Beneath The Remains” ~ Edge Magazine (NC)

    “…a new label, tighter sound and stronger band structure…” ~ Blistering Entertainment

    “…the best band around at showcasing the type of intensely diverse brutality which can make both venues shake as well as minds think.” ~ KNAC

    “...more profound, revolutionary, and prevalent than ever.” ~ SLUG Magazine

    The proverbial sky is the limit for SEPULTURA in 2003, and the band will not rest until all have witnessed the power and strength of the band. Having just returned home from their first-ever South African tour, a no-holds barred North American tour is in the planning stages for October. Expect to be blown away.


  • Also, Still Dead will be releasing the long awaited comeback release from Florida's BRUTALITY. Still contemplating the title As Darkness Falls, the band now features original Brutality guitarist Larry Sapp as well as Scott Reigel on vocals, Jeff Acres on bass, Demian Heftel on guitar and drummer Jim Coker.

    In a Brutality crossover, Florida's CONTORTED, features ex-Brutality members Ed Webb and Pete Sykes, along with drummer Jim Coker and guitarist Demian Heftel, is currently at the studio to record their debut CD entitled ...Of Worldly Sins of brutal Florida style death metal in the traditional vein. The album is almost finished and will be released on Still Dead in the late Fall of 2003.


    New York, NY – For many, it was a more anticipated celebration than New Year’s Eve itself. January 3rd and 4th – Irving Plaza – two rare performances from Brooklyn-bred crossover legends Life Of Agony. For the first time in 6 years, the original “River Runs Red” line-up took the stage for two nights of adrenaline, intensity and pure emotion. The shows sold out in a matter of minutes and brought eager, die-hard fans from all over the world to the Big Apple. SPV Records proudly present River Runs Again: Live 2003, the aptly titled release commemorating Life of Agony’s triumphant return. This collector’s gem captures the magic as it happened, one heartfelt, rebellious anthem after another. The album is presented in double CD format and contains eighteen tracks recorded live from the Irving Plaza performances, as well as three bonus studio tracks from LOA members’ side projects: Bassist Alan Robert’s Among Thieves, Drummer Sal Abruscato’s Supermassiv and Vocalist Keith Caputo’s solo material.

    To be released simultaneously, will be a DVD (of the same name) which encompasses raw and captivating, live concert visuals set to the angst-driven audio. The DVD features extra bonus material shot especially for this release. Alongside the concert footage are in-depth band interviews, never-before-seen interview outtakes, interactive menu screens, band biography, photo gallery, discography and rare, behind the scenes footage from the band's personal tour archives. A specially packaged, limited-edition box set entitled River Runs Again: Complete containing Digipak versions of the two live audio CD's and the DVD will also be issued.


  • CANNIBAL CORPSE to head back to studio…- The true leaders of death metal Cannibal Corpse will be heading back to the studio on September 15th, 2003 to start the recording process for the follow up to their highly praised release Gore Obsessed. The band will once again record at Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, TX with Neil Kernon. More information including the album title will be announced shortly. The Cannibal Corpse forum is back up and running.


October 1st, 2003
    Morbid Angel has been added to The Blackest Of The Black Tour, with Danzig, Superjoint Ritual, and more of the most important bands in heavy music. Conceived by Danzig frontman Glenn Danzig, The Blackest Of The Black Tour kicks off in Fall 2003 and promises to be the biggest, most extreme metal tour of the year. Stay tuned for tourdates and more info. The Blackest Of The Black Tour marks the beginning of Morbid Angel's extensive worldwide touring in support of their new album, "Heretic", out September 23 in the US.

    Morbid Angel have completed the filming of their new video, "Enshrined By Grace". Shot on location in Tampa, Florida, by acclaimed UK director Pete Bridgewater, all we know about the video thus far is that there is lots and lots of pyro! Look for "Enshrined By Grace" to appear around the time of the release of Morbid Angel's new album, "Heretic", September 23 in the US.

    UK gentlemen Akercocke are preparing to release their debut Earache opus 'Choronzon' on November 4 in the US.

    The most theatrical, eccentric, and extreme UK metal band since Cradle Of Filth, Akercocke are the dangerously clever leaders of the new school of occult-inspired metal, carrying on a tradition started long ago by Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Looking more like polished English gentry than depraved English metalheads, Akercocke forego the usual denim and leather, in favor of tweeds and neckties... but don't be deceived! Fans of Bauhaus and Rush as well as Emperor and Suffocation, Akercocke fuse black metal, death metal, gothic metal, and rock into throroughly Satanic, thoroughly British hymns of desecration. With a crystalline production job and cover art by revered UK rock photograper Fin Costello (Ozzy Osbourne, Bauhaus, Aerosmith), Akercocke's Earache debut, 'Choronzon', is the album that will put the UK back on the extreme metal map.

    01) Praise the Name of Satan
    02) Prince of the North
    03) Leviathan
    04) Enraptured by Evil
    05) Choronzon
    06) Valley of the Crucified
    07) Bathykolpian Avatar
    08) Upon Coriaceous Wings
    09) Scapegoat
    10) Son of the Morning
    11) Becoming the Adversary
    12) Goddess Flesh

    Tech-death masters Decapitated have completed the recording of their new album, tentatively titled 'The Negation', at Hertz Studio in Poland, with engineers Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawski. Although all of the recording is completed, the band will not mix the album until they have completed a mammoth September tour of their homeland as part of a double-header with Vader.

    Bassist Martin reports that the new material is 'very very strong', with a thick guitar sound. Among the titles set for inclusion are 'The Negation', 'Long Desired Dementia', 'Three-Dimensional Defect', 'The Fury' and 'Sensual Sickness.'

    A release is pencilled in for February 2004.

  • Twisted Sister Vocalist Dee Snider Creates
    VAN HELSING'S CURSE: A Soundtrack For Halloween

    Musical Ghost Story Concept Album OCULUS INFERNUM
    Set For October 7, 2003 Release on KOCH RECORDS

    Future Plans Include Annual Live Performances

    Halloween is one of the most widely celebrated holidays of the year. In fact, Americans spent $6.9 billion on Halloween in 2002, making it the country's second largest commercial holiday. While celebrated with costume parties, trick-or-treating and horror movie marathons, the holiday has never gotten its due in terms of popular music. Suffering the slings and arrows of silly novelty singles and spooky sound effects albums, Halloween has lacked any serious, thematic, mainstream musical work of substance. Until now. Van Helsing's Curse presents Oculus Infernum, a musical ghost story destined to be the soundtrack for Halloween.

    Dee Snider, best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister, is the creative force behind a new Halloween-themed musical project called Van Helsing's Curse set to debut October 7, 2003 with the musical ghost story concept album Oculus Infernum on KOCH Records. Snider, a lifelong fan of horror, first made a foray into the genre with the successful cult film StrangeLand and its accompanying soundtrack, which also marked the singer's first foray into Billboard's Soundtrack chart.

    "Van Helsing's Curse is not a band, it's a rock orchestra. It includes a five-piece rock group, a six-piece string section and a six-piece choir. The choir only sings chants in Latin. There are no lead vocals on Oculus Infernum, just narration," Snider says.

    The tracks on Oculus Infernum include "Patience," "Tubular Hell," "All Fall Down," "Let Me Prey," "The Child," "The Tortured Soul," "Revenge," "War," "Let the Pain Begin" and "The Curse."

    Snider created the concept and storyline and provides the narration for Oculus Infernum, which is Latin for "eye of hell." Oculus Infernum tells a complete story about an evil entity that descends upon a town and kills all the adults. A now-orphaned boy seeks retribution and teams up with an old man who is the direct descendant of vampire hunter Van Helsing (from Bram Stoker's original Dracula novel) in order to fight the entity. Snider's vision ultimately provides a disturbing look at the nature of evil, which is summed up in a soliloquy at the finale of Oculus Infernum.

    Musically speaking, Oculus Infernum is just as spine-chilling as the story. Original compositions are woven among classical music pieces and selected bits from familiar songs such as Mike Oldfield's haunting "Tubular Bells" and Black Sabbath's shocking "Black Sabbath." For example, the single "Tubular Hell" includes melodic bits of "Tubular Bells," original sections, and themes from classics, like "Hall of the Mountain King." The swirling blend of fierce and creepy music, Latin chants and Snider's dramatic narration on Oculus Infernum results in an overwhelming listening experience.

    Snider has a list of goals for Van Helsing's Curse. He envisions people making Van Helsing's Curse and 'Oculus Infernum' part of their Halloween experience. Annual October tours by Van Helsing's Curse will encourage audience participation such as dressing up in costume when attending the concerts. "Ultimately, Van Helsing's Curse will be a full-scale touring entity complete with spectacular special effects. It will be the sound and vision of Halloween. A thrilling horror experience," says Snider. "The rock musicians will be dressed in a goth style like Marilyn Manson-meets-Edward Scissorhands, the string section will be dressed as (Interview With the Vampire author) Anne Rice-style goths and the choir will be dressed in robes to look like Druids."

    This just scratches the surface of Snider's overall vision for the future of Van Helsing's Curse. Expect Van Helsing's Curse and Oculus Infernum to become Halloween institutions.

    Says Snider, "The idea is for Van Helsing's Curse to be the soundtrack for Halloween."


  • CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist Roope Latvala (Sinergy, Stone) has been enlisted to fill the void left by Alexander Kuoppala’s departure. Metal Update

  • After seven years away from the scene, the UK Death Metal band, CANCER, has recently reformed and have an EP coming out soon - the current lineup consists of Carl Stokes (drums), John Walker (guitars / vocals), Rob Engvikson (guitars) and Adders (bass). Metal Update

  • In the wake of her recent split with Theatre Of Tragedy, Liv Kristine has announced that she has formed a new act called LEAVES EYES with members of Atrocity. Metal Update

  • CRISIS will enter the studio on September 11th with producer Billy Anderson to record new material. Metal Update

  • GENERAL SURGERY: Johan Wallin (Repugnant, Scurvy) has joined the group as live second guitarist. Metal Update

  • USURPER original drummer, Apocalyptic Warlord, has returned to the fold replacing session drummer Steve Sams. Metal Update

  • HOMO IRATUS has morphed into a three piece in the wake of the departure of vocalist Thomas due to personal and his own band's obligations - Angelos has taken over main vocal duties supported by the growls of Alex. Metal Update

  • MORGUEAZM drummer Brett Avok (Blood Money) suffered a minor heart attack – after hospitalization, he is expected to make a full recovery - the recording of the upcoming album "Multiple Morgueazms" is on hold. Metal Update

  • ARCH ENEMY's "Anthems Of Rebellion" landed at #26 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart this week and has become the most purchased album one week after release in the history of Century Media’s existence. Metal Update

  • HAMMERHEART RECORDS is folding, however owners Peter van Ool and Guido Heijnens have decided to start a new label under the name Karmageddon Media – Plastic Head Distribution will exclusively handle distribution for the new venture and the Hammerheart artists and catalogue will move to Karmageddon. Metal Update

  • KING DIAMOND The Puppet Master news... - The release date for the forthcoming King Diamond CD The Puppet Master is set for October 21st for both Europe and the USA. The CD will also contain a bonus disc of King telling the story of The Puppet Master in full make-up!!! As King describes it this album is going to make the hairs stand up on the back of listeners neck. "The rules of censorship are being thrown out the window...this is going to be the rawest story/album we have ever done." King was also quick to point out that "if you are into horror; you're definitely going to get it with this album!" The Puppet Master is sure to be considered one of King's goriest and most extreme stories yet! Also, don't forget to check out King Diamond live on tour when he heads out with Entombed, Nocturne, and Single Bullet Theory. This is the first time King Diamond has toured the US since the release of House of God!!!


  • THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER - "So far the tour is going very well. We have met some really cool people over the last few days. We are all very excited because Unhallowed seems to be hot everywhere and tons of people are telling us how awesome it is. Anthony and Joe are really sweet on stage. Hate Eternal is amazing... they are really great guys. We also had the opportunity to meet one of the guys from Vital Remains. He was so cool, we would love to work with them in the future." - Brian


    The first DVD from Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, “Boozed, Broozed & Broken–Boned,” was released August 12 via Eagle Vision. “Boozed, Broozed & Broken-Boned,” recorded live in front of a sold-out crowd at Harpo’s in Detroit, features an interview, a Zakk Wylde guitar lesson, music videos for “Stillborn” (directed by Rob Zombie) and “Counterfeit God,” a photo gallery, and a discography, in addition to the band’s live set. The DVD entered the Soundscan Music Video Chart at #3.

    www.zakkwylde.com www.eaglerockent.com

  • The Station Family Fund Tour
    “Help Us – Help Our Own!”

    Southern California rockers GREAT WHITE are touring to benefit the victims and survivors of the Station Nightclub fire in Rhode Island.

    9/11 EVERETT, WA - The Broadway
    9/12 PORTLAND, OR - The Crystal Ballroom
    9/13 TACOMA, WA - Temple Ballroom
    9/19 MAHNOMEN, MN - Shooting Star Casino
    11/9 RIVERSIDE, CA - Crossroads

    The Station Family Fund was created by survivors of the fire. Our objective is to create further awareness and financial assistance to those touched by the Rhode Island tragedy. Raising money through a concert tour, local promotions and the assistance of local fire departments, money will flow directly to the relief fund. The funds raised will be controlled and administered by The Station Family Fund.

    • 100% of Great White’s profits will go directly to the fund via promoters.
    • 100% of proceeds from a memorial t-shirt goes directly to the fund.
    • 10% of promoter & artists merchandise proceeds will go to the fund.