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October 20th, 2006
  • ENTOMBED & DISMEMBER North American tour(s), new Entombed track

    Dismember will hit the US in December again with Grave and this time also with US labelmates Entombed! It hardly gets more true of a death metal tour, folks. Definitely mark this one down....

    Dismember w/ Entombed & Grave
    12/01/06 Knitting Factory/Hollywood, CA
    12/02/06 Pound/San Francisco, CA
    12/04/06 Rock N Roll Pizza/Portland, OR
    12/06/06 Studio Seven/Seattle, WA
    12/09/06 Hubba's/Denver, CO
    12/10/06 Launch Pad/Albuquerque, NM
    12/12/06 Chic's/El Paso, TX
    12/13/06 Clubhouse/Tempe, AZ
    12/14/06 Forum/Mexicali, Mexico
    12/15/06 Showcase Theater/Corona, CA
    12/16/06 Jumping Turtle/San Marcos, CA
    *more dates for December are expected...

    Dismember's latest album, The God That Never Was is available in stores or via the new Candlelight webstore at: www.candlelightrecordsusa.com.

    Entombed's new EP When In Sodom will see its awaited American release November 14. Check out the new track "Carnage" at the Candlelight MySpace page: www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa.

    Planned just prior to the band’s upcoming US dates alongside labelmates/countrymen Dismember, When in Sodom finds its awaited US release before the band’s upcoming new full length, Serpent Saints, expected early 2007. It is the band's first new material since 2003 with this limited edition EP.

    www.dismember.se - www.entombed.org
  • DEFEATED SANITY Complete Work On New Album
    Date for Release: Thursday 24th August 2006

    German death metallers DEFEATED SANITY have completed work on their second full-length album "Psalms of the Moribund", and is set for an autumn 2006 release via Grindethic Records. The album was engineered by Jörg Uken at Soundlodge Studios (DESPONDENCY, OBSCENITY, RESECTION, GOD DETHRONED) in Rhauderfehn, Germany. The new material is said to incorporate more oppressively brutal elements with the band's technical style.

    The band has recently been joined by bassist Jacob Schmidt (CEREBRIC TURMOIL) to complete a five-piece line-up as follows:

    Wolfgang Teske - guitars
    Lille Gruber - drums
    Jens Staschel - vocals
    Christian Kühn - guitars
    Jacob Schmidt - bass

    The new album "Psalms of the Moribund" features 9 tracks, including a re-recorded version of the song "Prelude to the Tragedy". The full track listing is as follows:

    01. Stoned Then Defiled
    02. Fatal Self Inflicted Disfigurement
    03. Prelude to the Tragedy
    04. Hideously Disembodied
    05. Butchered Identity
    06. Psalms of the Moribund
    07. Engorged with Humiliation
    08. Arousal Through Punishment
    09. Artifacts of Desolation

    An advance track off the album will be made available soon, a 2005 demo version of song "Hideously Disembodied" can be downloaded at http://www.defeated-sanity.com

    DEFEATED SANITY released their debut album, "Prelude to the Tragedy" in 2004 via Grindethic Records.
  • DYING FETUS To Enter Studio In September
    DYING FETUS has posted the following message on its official web site:

    "We are pleased to announce that we will be heading into the studio to record the long-anticapted follow-up to 'Stop at Nothing' [2003]. We will be recording at Hit & Run Studios in Rockville, MD in mid-September. We look forward to getting back into the swing of things. More info to come on that as we progress on it. We are also very excited to announce that we will be heading off on a full U.S. tour in support of CANNIBAL CORPSE starting in November."

    Joining CANNIBAL CORPSE and DYING FETUS on the upcoming tour will be NECROPHAGIST and UNMERCIFUL.

    DYING FETUS recently announced the addition of drummer Duane Timlin (ex-DIVINE EMPIRE) to the group's ranks.

    Song titles set to appear on the upcoming DYING FETUS CD include "Parasites of Catastrophe", "Unadulterated Hatred", "Raping the System" and "The Ancient Rivalry".
  • GOD DETHRONED new album ready!

    God Dethroned has revealed the cover artwork for their new album The Toxic Touch due out in the US in Fall 2006. The Dutch Deathsters are also gearing up for another Blitzkrieg European tour with Vader & Severe Torture.
    The Toxic Touch is the band's 6th album for Metal Blade Records and was recorded at Soundlodge Studios in Germany with Producer Joerg Uken. Mastering was handled at Wisseloord Studios in Holland.
    The track listing is as follows:
    01. Faithless
    02. Hating Life
    03. 2014
    04. Falling Down
    05. On Wings of Pestilence
    06. The Day You Died
    07. Away From Emptiness
    08. Macabre World
    09. Typhoid Mary
    10. Fail to Exist
    The Japanese edition will have a bonus track called "Bleeding Mirrors".
    "The Toxic Touch" is the product of two years of extensive and intense touring all over the world. The new line-up has proved to be superior to all the previous ones. You could see it as a learning process. While everybody knows us as a band with a fine mix between the brutal and the melodic parts, people appreciate us mostly for our groove and melody, especially live. The new album reflects that more than ever before. The number of blast-beats on this album has been decreased to a minimum. Why? Simply because in a live situation it's probably the most boring part. In the new situation the blast-beat adds something special, the explosion, whereas in the past it was just a common part of our style and therefore "nothing special", comments GOD DETHRONED main man Henri Sattler, and adds: "The Toxic Touch" has become an album with new and broader influences, techniques and song writing, but sounds exactly the way God Dethroned should sound in 2006& This time with our best and heaviest production to date.


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  • DAVE MUSTAINE Pissed At United Nations

    NEW YORK (Billboard) -- Heavy metal maven Dave Mustaine is so angry with the United Nations that he is naming his group Megadeth's next album "United Abominations."

    "I was watching TV and saw the trucks that said 'UN' on them and said, 'Man, you are so uncool, ineffective, anything," the singer/guitarist said in a recent Billboard interview.

    "I thought, 'Wow, I've got to run with this. I got it -- United Abominations, 'cause it's an abomination what they're doing!' "

    The longtime bane of American conservatives,the United Nations has been criticized for its slow responses to humanitarian crises in hot spots such as Darfur and Rwanda. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan recently expressed frustration that the group took so long to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

    Mustaine said Megadeth is putting the finishing touches on the album, its debut for indie label Roadrunner Records, and it should be ready "some  time next year."

    "We're taking our time with this one," Mustaine said. "It's a great feeling to make a record and not have our feet held to the fire. One of my heroes growing up was Kiss, but they really frustrated me 'cause they would put out a record just about every year. I couldn't figure that out.

    I pretty much have a cycle of about 18 months to 24 months between records. I just can't put them out any quicker than that and feel comfortable about them."

    Megadeth's last album, "The System Has Failed," was released by Sanctuary in 2004. Mustaine expects Megadeth to tour heavily in support of "United Abominations," perhaps into 2008.

    Copyright 2006 Reuters.
    [source: www.CNN.com]

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    Newest LISTENABLE RECORDS signee, KOLDBORN, was formed by drummer Rasmus and axeman Heinz (current guitar player in HATESPHERE) in 1997 with the intention of playing catchy brutal music with an emphasis on groove.

    After signing with the Danish label Diehard Music, they soon released their debut album "First Enslavement" in 2001.

    The 2004 EP "The Devil Of All Deals" was faster, more aggressive and introduced the new vocalist Lars.

    This is the year 2006 and KOLDBORN are once again ready to blast their way to the top of European metal with their new CD "The Uncanny Valley".

    Due to be released on October 16th, 2006 in Europe on LISTENABLE RECORDS It is an astonishing album that takes musical aggression to a new level and grooves straight to the fuckin' core of all that is heavy and extreme! Watch out!

    New tracks from the upcoming album "The Uncanny Valley" are available on their MySpace site

    The album cover depicted is not the definite one. New art will be announced shortly.

  • BEYOND FEAR To Team Up With VICIOUS RUMORS For European Tour

    BEYOND FEAR, the new band featuring former JUDAS PRIEST and current ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens, will team up with VICIOUS RUMORS for a European tour beginning late October. Confirmed dates are as follows:

    Oct. 31 - Budapest, HUN - Wigwam
    Nov. 01 - Graz, AUT - Orpheum
    Nov. 02 - Wien, AUT - Planet Music
    Nov. 03 - Wörgl, AUT - Komma
    Nov. 04 - Memmingen, GER - Kaminwerk
    Nov. 05 - Hannover, GER - Faust
    Nov. 06 - Berlin, GER - Kato
    Nov. 07 - Bochum, GER - Zeche
    Nov. 08 - Mulhouse, FRA - Noumatrouff
    Nov. 10 - Brussels/Braine L àlleud, BEL - Acte 3
    Nov. 11 - Hellendoorn, NETH - De Lantaarn
    Nov. 12 - Paris, FRA - La Locomotive
    Nov. 13 - Pratteln, SWI - Z7
    Nov. 14 - Milano, ITA - tba
    Nov. 16 - Bilbao, SPA - tba
    Nov. 17 - Barcelona, SPA - Mephisto
    Nov. 18 - Alicante, SPA - Musicalia
    Nov. 19 - Madrid, SPA – Caracol

    BEYOND FEAR's self-titled debut album was released in May via SPV Records. The band features in its ranks Owens alongside guitarist John Comprix (SPAWN, 13 FACES), Dennis Hayes (ex-WINTERS BANE, SEVEN WITCHES) on bass, Dwane Bihary (MISSING SKIN) on rhythm guitar, and drummer Eric Elkins (CRYPTKICKER, ALL YOU FEAR).
  • LORD KOL Demo is out

    Lord Kol has released a 5 song demo

    1.the end is near
    2.crypt of a dead god
    3.hell goes on forever
    5.the pain is gone


    go to the website above to check out 2 songs and to order your copy of Lord Kol's demo.

    Clouds Turned Black is pleased to announce the addition of Josh Anderson on drums. “We would like to thank everyone that tried out for us and everyone that showed interest. And of course everyone who supported our search and that helped us out.

    We are now looking forward to finishing the work on our debut album "Transfixion", and moving ahead full speed.”

    Clouds Turned Black’s demo, “The Red Seal” is currently available to download at no charge via www.cloudsturnedblack.net. Their debut album, “Transfixion” will be released this winter via Open Grave Records.

October 13rd, 2006
  • CYNIC Drummer Comments On Reunion Plans

    Drummer Sean Reinert of the long-defunct Florida-based band CYNIC — whose 1993 album "Focus" is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal — has commented on the group's plans to embark a reunion tour in the spring/summer of 2007, beginning with possible U.S. warm-up performances and culminating in a number of festival appearances across Europe.

    As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported on Sept. 6, CYNIC's reunion lineup wil consist of the following musicians:

    Paul Masvidal - Vocals / Guitar
    Sean Reinert - Drums / Keys
    Tony Teegarden - Vocals / Keyboards
    Chris Kringel - Bass
    Santiago Dobles - Guitar

    Said Reinert : "As most [people] know by now, CYNIC is reuniting for live shows in 2007. It seems after many years in slumber the mighty dragon has awakened. It is going to be such a pleasure to play that material live again. The fan response has been absolutely overwhelming! (Keep it up!!!!) We are sorting through the show requests and will be [announcing] live dates as soon as we have them confirmed. (Anyone with show offers should send them to: [email protected].). We are also working on getting merchandise that includes T-shirts/tats/pullovers as well as a live DVD with bonus footage."

    Kringel, who replaces Sean Malone (who can't participate in the reunion because of teaching and work commitments) in CYNIC's reunion lineup, has been involved with the band since the pre- "Focus" days and toured with the band in Europe in support of the CD. He also played bass on the classic and much-sought-after PORTAL demos and toured the U.K. with Paul and Sean's AEON SPOKE project. Teegarden also previously toured with CYNIC in support of "Focus", while Santiago — who is said to be "the man behind AGHORA" — has been around the CYNIC camp since 1993-94 and was one of Masvidal's guitar students in Miami back in the day.

    According to Masvidal, guitarist Jason Gobel was approached about participating in the reunion, but was forced to turn it down due to family and work commitments. However, he gave the rest of the group his blessings to proceed and is said to be "honored" to have Santiago as his replacement.

    For more information on the CYNIC reunion, visit the official web site at www.cynicalsphere.com.
  • HEAVEN SHALL BURN New ecard online!

    The German groundbreaking death metal and hardcore fusionists HEAVEN SHALL BURN have a new ecard online.

    At this Link you can unveil details on the band and their new album “Deaf To Our Prayers” (European Street Date: August 28, 2006). Furthermore you can check out the brand new tune “Counterweight”, get regularly updated tour dates, watch a live video for “The Weapon They Fear”, subscribe to the HEAVEN SHALL BURN newsletter, and much more!

    “Deaf To Our Prayers” is a stunning portrayal of sheer aggression and musical technicality that will quickly catch the attention of any extreme music fan. With this effort the dynamic quintet has undoubtedly proved once again that they are taking metal in a new direction that knows no limitations. Catch a glimpse of this masterpiece at the band’s new ecard!

  • INTO ETERNITY’s New Album Tracklisting Revealed

    The 11 tracks that make up Into Eternity’s Oct. 3rd release, The Scattering Of Ashes, have been revealed:

    The Scattering Of Ashes
    1 Novus Inceptum (intro)
    2 Severe Emotional Distress
    3 Nothing
    4 Timeless Winter
    5 Out
    6 A Past Beyond Memory
    7 Surrounded By Night
    8 Eternal
    9 Pain Through Breathing
    10 Suspension Of Disbelief
    11 Paralyzed

    Not since Into Eternity’s 2004 release, Buried In Oblivion, has a collection of songs so undeniably bridged the gap between Dream Theater and Death. Individual performance herein never overwhelm the compositional whole, reaffirming Into Eternity’s perfect blend of technicality, memorable songwriting, traditional heavy metal and sheer savagery. Mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Killswitch Engage, Arch Enemy), the album is a sonic Molotov cocktail that’s already been hailed as “a landmark triumph” (BW&BK).

    Kicking off their 2006 North American assault on Megadeth’s Gigantour 2006, information here, the hard working band is soon destined for your town. Keep checking www.intoeternity.net, the Century Media website, and the band’s MySpace page for up-to-the-minute information, tour dates, MP3s and more.

    Downlord's Dave Ingram has secured permission from The Church Of Satan to use lyrical excerpts from "Hymn Of The Satanic Empire" in the new Downlord song "Wake Up & Smell The Species". The hymn was written
    by Anton Lavey in 1988" and was included on the “Satanic Mass” album.

    The proposed track listing of Downlord’s debut album, “Random Dictionary of the Damned”, due out in late November is as follows (subject to change):

    XSV (Excessive) PAYBACK

    Rough-mix MP3 samples will be available soon via both the Open Grave Records and Downlord websites.

    Downlord’s, “Grind Trials” EP was released this past Tuesday world wide via Open Grave Records. The EP is limited to 666 individually numbered copies, with over 100 signed copies randomly inserted. The EP is available only via Open Grave Records website (http://www.opengraverecords.com) for the appropriate price of $6.66 including shipping worldwide.

    Downlord features ex-members of Bolt Thrower, Benediction and Iniquity.
  • Update: ENTOMBED

    Candlelight Records today has added "Carnage" from Entombed's ep When In Sodom set for US release November 14 to the label's official MySpace page. Bring your browser to www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa for your first listen.

    Planned just prior to the band’s upcoming US dates alongside labelmates/countrymen Dismember, When in Sodom finds its awaited US release before the band’s upcoming new full length, Serpent Saints, expected early 2007. It is the band's first new material since 2003 with this limited edition ep.

    Rising from the murky depths of the Swedish underground four-time Grammy Award nominated Entombed stands a shining example of why rock n' roll is considered the devils music. Few bands can claim to have founded a style of music and remain over a decade later as continuing pioneers of extreme music. Featuring Entombed's trademark sound combined with the band's most disturbing lyrics yet, When In Sodom is an instant classic.

    From the first glimpse via the widely-respected and collected Nihilist material, listeners and now decade long fans knew early on that Entombed was to go far. Since their formation, giving rise to the classic “Swedish death metal” sound, Entombed have not rested on their extensive accomplishments but rather up’ed the ante on each and every curve.

    Catch Entombed on tour with US labelmates Dismember in December. Dates as of press time are noted below. Venue and ticket information to be announced shortly.

    12/01 - Hollywood, CA
    12/02 - San Francisco, CA
    12/04 - Portland, OR
    12/05 - Vancouver, BC
    12/06 - Seattle, WA
    12/07 - Boise, ID
    12/08 - Salt Lake City, UT
    12/09 - Denver, CO
    12/10 - Albuquerque, NM
    12/11 - Tulsa, OK
    12/12 - El Paso, TX
    12/13 - Phoenix, AZ
    12/14 - Mexicali, MEX
    12/15 - Corona, CA
    12/16 - San Marcos, CA

    “1990’s Left Hand Path became the world’s official introduction to the savage guitar tone that would become the legendary Entombed sound.” -Decibel
    Group to headline ‘Girls Got Rhythm’ record release party tonight

    Former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade – who performed on 1990’s quintuple platinum The Razor’s Edge, as well as the group’s landmark live album recorded during the corresponding tour – will make a guest appearance at the Girls Got Rhythm record release party tonight, when he takes the stage to join the all-female AC/DC tribute band ThundHerStruck. It won’t be the first time the group has been joined by Slade, whose resume also includes stints with Uriah Heep, Asia and The Firm; he recently teamed with the band during an overseas USO performance for American troops.

    ThundHerStruck – one of 13 groups featured on Girls Got Rhythm, a female tribute band collection also featuring such well known acts as The Iron Maidens, Cheap Chick and Mistress of Reality – will “headline” the record release party, which takes place at the Key Club in Hollywood, Calif. Also on the bill are Zepparella and Ms. Fits, both of whom are also featured on the compilation. The groups will be opening for the club’s long-running Monday night ‘80s metal tribute, Metal Skool. Additionally, one lucky attendee will win a Champagne Sparkle Rock Candy guitar courtesy of Daisy Rock Guitars. Doors open at 8 p.m.

    Featuring cover art by Alan Forbes (Ozzy Osbourne, AFI, Queens of the Stone Age), Girls Got Rhythm – advertised by its label, Liquor and Poker Music, as a “female tribute celebration featuring covers of classic hard rock and metal bands by the women who love them” – will be available for purchase at the show, one day before it’s in stores. Its release commemorates the third anniversary of Liquor and Poker, the rock imprint of Century Media Records that has released two dozen acclaimed albums by the likes of Fireball Ministry, The Hellacopters, Nebula and Backyard Babies since its 2003 inception.

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

    1. Thundherstruck – Thunderstruck (AC/DC)
    2. The Iron Maidens – Run To The Hills (Iron Maiden)
    3. Mistress of Reality – Fairies Wear Boots (Black Sabbath)
    4. Cheap Chick – Surrender (Cheap Trick)
    5. Black Diamond – Love Gun (Kiss)
    6. Ms. Fits – Last Caress (The Misfits)
    7. Hell's Belles – Back In Black (AC/DC)
    8. The Little Dolls – I Don't Know (Ozzy Osbourne)
    9. Zepparella – The Lemon Song (Led Zeppelin)
    10. Kissexy – Lick It Up (Kiss)
    11. Whole Lotta Rosies – Dog Eat Dog (AC/DC)
    12. Ramonas – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (The Ramones)
    13. Foxey Lady – Foxey Lady (Jimi Hendrix)
  • MANEGARM, SKYFORGER and VREID Confirmed for Minneapolis HEATHEN CRUSADE II Metalfest!

    MANEGARM from Sweden, SKYFORGER from Latvia and VREID from Norway are the first bands to be confirmed for the second annual Heathen Crusade Metalfest.  All three bands will be making their exclusive debut North American performances. 

    The Heathen Crusade II will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2007 at The Quest Night Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Bands who want to be considered for a slot in the lineup can contact the organizers at [email protected].

    The headliner of the Festival and other supporting bands will be announced in the coming months as they are confirmed.  Additional information can be found at http://www.heathencrusade.com

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

    Making their domestic premiere are songs "Walking In The Air," "Deep Silent Complete," "Sleeping Sun and "Ever Dream," heretofore only available on hard-to-find and limited import singles for North American fans. The collection also includes the first and second singles from the Once album.  "Nemo, the first single debuted at #1 on the German charts, stayed in the U.K. charts for more than a year, received the "2004 Best Song award from Germany's Rockantenne and helped propel the band's 2004 album Once to triple platinum in Finland, platinum status in Germany and Gold in Greece and Sweden.  The second single, "Wish I Had An Angel," debuted in both the Finnish and German charts at #1 and appeared in the soundtrack for the movie Alone In The Dark.  Whether you have been following the band since their debut release, Angels Fall First, or have been working your way back from 2004's Once this collection brings together their best.
    Highest Hopes - The Best of Nightwish
    01. Wish I Had an Angel
    02. Stargazers
    03. The Kinslayer
    04. Ever Dream
    05. Elvenpath
    06. Bless the Child
    07. Nemo
    08. Sleeping Sun (2005 version)
    09. Dead to the World
    10. Over The Hills And Far Away
    11. Deep Silent Complete
    12. Sacrament of Wilderness
    13. Walking in the Air
    14. Wishmaster
    15. Dead Boy's Poem
    16. High Hopes

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

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

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

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

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

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    Death Metal Trio WARFACE Release Debut Album

    Insanity of the Obsessed on Deathquake Records On Sale Now

    “Believe me, I know what you’re thinking. What separates Warface from virtually every other lesser-known yet highly talented Death Metal act out there? Hooks. Miles and miles of ridiculously barbed and jagged hooks delivered with a precision so many groups of such ilk strive for yet so few truly attain. Just when you think the group is about to relinquish it’s ice cold death-grip and leave you to molder in a shallow unmarked grave, they pull you back just below the surface for even more cruel and unusual punishment. If every group in the genre were this capable and genuinely dedicated to perfecting their craft, the charts and airwaves as we know them wouldn’t be hopelessly clogged with insipid Pop drivel. Trust me, my friends, if this one don’t leave ya battered, bruised and bloodied, then nothing--and I mean nothing--ever will.”

    ~~Todd Newton – Blasting Zone

    LONDON, ONTARIO - Kittie are currently in Retro Media Sound Studio in Red Bank, New Jersey, recording their fourth full-length release.

    Industry veteran producer Jack Ponti, who has worked with Bon Jovi, Doro, Baton Rouge, and Alice Cooper, will produce the record. The album will be released on Kittie’s own label, Kiss of Infamy. Kevin Shirley, who has worked with Jimmy Page as well as Slayer, Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Dream Theater, will mix the album.

    “Starting our own label is an amazing feeling,” said guitarist vocalist Morgan Lander. “We have always been entrepreneurs of sorts, so this path really made sense. I cannot tell you how lucky we are that Jack chose to come out of retirement to do this album with us. He taught us a lot about recording, about how less is always more, about improving sound with different microphone placement, and the importance of focusing on one song at a time. Jack is also a master at arranging vocal harmonies, which is something we have never really experimented with.”

    “This album has so many more dimensions than anything we have ever done before,” said Lander. “The harmonies are huge and lush, and the guitars are crushing and complex all at the same time. The bass is smooth and complimentary to the ridiculously fast and precise drums and allows the song to just open up. There is so much more going on now musically rather than two guitars playing the same riffs.”

    Some of the song titles for the album are: “Never Again,” “Funeral For Yesterday,” “The Change,” “Breathe,” “Last Goodbye,” “Slow Motion,” and “Flowers of Flesh and Blood.”

    “This album is sort of a concept album in a way,” said Lander. “All of the songs were written over a period of about a year and a half and they all revolve around dying, death, and the promise of resurrection. The subject matter is a direct result of what Mercedes and I were going through personally and professionally these past few years - dealing with life on the road, personnel changes, deceit, hopelessness and an overall feeling of "is this the end." Death of one kind or another - be it literally, figuratively, or emotionally - has been at the center of our lives these past few years. But you must have death before you have resurrection and I feel the band is in its resurrection stage - a new hope, a new light and a rebirth.”

    Kittie’s yet untitled album will be released March 2007.


    Daylight Dies are soon to hit the road in support of the amazing album Dismantling Devotion (alongside Moonspell & Katatonia!). It will be their first tour of the states in many years. Come out if you can when they visit a city near you.

    10/27/06 I-ROCK/DETROIT, MI
    10/28/06 PEARL ROOM/MOKENA, IL
    10/29/06 STATION 4/ST. PAUL, MN
    11/09/06 CLUBHOUSE/TEMPE, AZ

    Dismantling Devotion is available in stores and via our webstore (www.candlelightrecordsusa.com) now.

    Dismember will hit the US for their first tour in years. Beginning September 30, the band will headline alongside Grave, Vital Remains, Demiricous & Withered for an East Coast/Midwest run. The band will return alongside US labelmates Entombed & Grave for shows in December. Come out and enjoy the show in a town near you.

    Dismember w/Vital Remains, Grave, Demiricous & Withered
    10/01/06 BB KINGS/NEW YORK, NY
    10/06/06 SWAYZE'S/MARIETTA, GA
    10/09/06 STATION 4/ST. PAUL, MN
    10/10/06 ABBEY PUB/CHICAGO, IL
    10/14/06 MEDLEY/MONTREAL, QU

    Dismember w/Entombed & Grave
    12/09/06 HUBBA'S/DENVER, CO
    12/12/06 CHIC'S/EL PASO, TX
    12/13/06 CLUBHOUSE/TEMPE, AZ

    more dates for December are expected.Dismember's latest album, The God That Never Was is available in stores or via our webstore at www.candlelightrecordsusa.com.

    Entombed's ep, When In Sodom, will see its awaited American release on November 14.

    Sweden's Witchcraft will finally tour the US in support of their current album, Firewood, this fall. Beginning October 23 the band will bring their highly acclaimed music to venues across the US. More dates are being finalized now but so far confirmed are:

    10/24/06 DOUG FIR/PORTLAND, OR
    10/31/06 PARISH/AUSTIN, TX
    11/05/06 LOCAL 506/CHAPEL HILL, NC

    Joining Witchcraft for the dates is Portland, Oregon-based Danava.

    Firewood is available in stores now or via our webstore at www.candlelightrecordsusa.com.
  • XXX Maniak - "Harvesting The Cunt Nectar" Reissue.....

    The Selfmadegod Records worldwide reissue (with a bonus track, of course) of XXX Maniak's cult grind annihilator Harvesting The Cunt Nectar, one of one of the sickest grind CDs ever created visually and musically, is here!

    This 31-track pornographic pile of discharge features notorious guest appearances from Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Prosthetic Cunt, Total Fucking Destruction, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Vile and Divine Rapture members. Vomit-inducing sound samples with grimy, blood-drenched riffs and transsexual freak-out hyper drums... 3XM truly is the grind of the future!

    Mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer/ Agoraphobic Nosebleed) at Visceral Sound Studios.

    Artwork/layout created by Mike Hrubovcak (Mortician, Guttural Secrete, Slimewave Series etc., also in Vile, Divine Rapture)

    "This is gore grind for the gore grind fan, not for the faint of heart." 4/5 - The Gauntlet

    "3XM doesn’t waste any time bullshitting and gets right down to business hacking up bodies and pissing on corpses on this now cult gore-grind platter, a blood-soaked splatter-fest that features more porn references than the back room of your local video store and enough psychotically-motivated violence that this band would have been banned damn near everywhere twenty years ago." - Digital Metal

    www.3xmproductions.com | www.selfmadegod.com
  • KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: New Album Title, Release Date Revealed

    New England metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have set "As Daylight Dies" as the title of their new album, due on November 21 via Roadrunner Records.

    "It's the softest thing we've ever done," bassist Mike D'Antonio joked to MTV.com from a cell phone in England, where this weekend, the Ozzfest veterans will be taking the stages of the Reading and Leeds festivals. "They were calling us metalcore for a long time, and now we're going to have to add another word — like emo metalcore. We'll need to create yet another genre, and people will start wearing dresses after listening to this thing."

    Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.

    "There was really hardly any thought put into it at all," he recalled. "It just came out and we hadn't written in so long that everyone had a lot to contribute. It felt more like the sessions for [2002's] 'Alive or Just Breathing', where everyone was contributing, and everyone had a say. That is more, to me, what the KILLSWITCH style is. But, it is the typical line that everyone gives you — that this is a heavier album — but it kind of is. It's definitely way heavier. There are still the melodic choruses here and there, and there's a lot to latch onto. But it's heavy."

    "As Daylight Dies" is the result of more than a month and a half in the studio with KILLSWITCH guitarist and one of metal's "it" producers, Adam Dutkiewicz (UNDEROATH, ALL THAT REMAINS). Dutkiewicz will also be mixing the record, which will feature a dozen songs, including "This Is Absolution", "For You" and the title track.

    Read more at MTV.com.

    For the past nine years, or to be more precise, since the opening notes of their sensational debut album, Legendary Tales, RHAPSODY have been one of the most unusual phenomena of the current metal scene. The band’s core members, guitarist Luca Turilli and keyboard player Alex Staropoli, have reached yet another zenith in their creative journey with the new album Triumph Or Agony.

    Due to copyright and trademark issues the band formerly known as Rhapsody has changed its name to Rhapsody Of Fire. The band members consider this a great new start, reflecting the emboldened and increasingly grandiose direction that their music has taken. “The power of the dragon flame will burn brighter than ever before,” says guitarist/songwriter Luca Turilli. Keyboardist/songwriter Alex Staropoli adds, “The name Rhapsody Of Fire better represents the energy that has always been present in this band and its music.”

    A new tour is planned and a new album is on the way, Rhapsody Of Fire will continue to explore musical fantasy worlds with the precision musicianship and unique symphonic concepts that their fans have come to expect and adore. Fresh on the heels of the band’s first live album release, Live In Canada 2005 - The Dark Secret, a new name and renewed vigor ensure that Rhapsody Of Fire still hold the passion and power that have always been associated with their music.

    - Features the 50-piece BRNO Academy Choir and 60-piece Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra
    - Legendary actor Christopher Lee appears once again, as the narrator of "The Wizard King"
    - Produced by Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli together with Sascha Paeth (Angra, Kamelot....)
    - Cover Design by famous fantasy artist Jeff Easley
    - A U.S. tour with MANOWAR is currently being planned

    Fabio Lione - vocals
    Luca Turilli - guitars
    Alex Staropoli - keyboards
    Patrice Guers - bass
    Alex Holzwarth – drums


October 2nd, 2006
  • Premiere: TO-MERA

    Candlelight USA has debuted at the label's official MySpace page "Blood" from To-Mera's forthcoming debut album, Transcendental. Bring your browser to www.myspace.com/candlelightusa for a listen. The song will additionally be featured on the upcoming Knuckle Tracks sampler (companion piece to Brave Words Bloody Knuckles) and available on the ProgPower Festival sampler for the sold-out annual concert set for September 16 in Atlanta. The album will hit US stores on October 3.

    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records today confirms October 3 as the US release date of MoRT, the eagerly anticipated new album from French extremists Blut Aus Nord. The album adds to the band's trilogy of albums and growing stateside sales and fanbase.

    Introduced to US audiences via their early 2004 Candlelight debut The Work Which Transforms God and 2005 issue of their previously unavailable catalog Memoria Vestusta and Ultima Thulee, Brave Words Bloody Knuckles says, “Blut Aus Nord pushes the definition of music; disfigured, anti-social, pure, raw black metal... Eccentric.” Ultimate Metal calls The Work Which Transforms God, “grim, forward-thinking... probably one of the most amazing black metal albums of the last several years.”

    With MoRT, Blut Aus Nord have crafted an album that is complex, haunting and sure to draw the band continued fan and media applause. A singular composition consisting of eight united chapters, MoRT contains the gruesome soundtrack that has quickly become the trio’s acclaimed hallmark. Nearly two years in the making, the album incorporates uniquely innovative guitar play (layering similar to early Emperor), a corrosive rhythm section and bitter vocals. Kerrang says it best when calling the band’s music, “the sound of underground metal's black heart, twisted beyond all recognition."

    Formed in 1994, the faceless Blut Aus Nord have enjoyed a steadily increasing worldwide sales and fanbase. Metal Maniacs, Terrorizer, Kerrang, Decibel and many others commend the band’s sinister sound, often likened to a metamorphis of Darkthrone, Neurosis and Godflesh.
  • MERCENARY New ecard online!

    Danish MERCENARY have a new ecard online. On the ecard you can discover details on the band, 4 Songs off their upcoming new album “The Hours That Remain”, most recent tour dates, and as well as watch a preview of the more than 120 minutes long bonus DVD that comes along with the CD. If you like what you hear and see, you can already order it at various shops, so surf there now!

    On August 21st, 2006, MERCENARY will release “The Hours That Remain” via Century Media Records. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed and much-lauded “11 Dreams” (2004), once again presents an intense musical entity formed out of influences from death-prog masters Opeth to prog-power archetypes Nevermore/Fates Warning to modern extreme-but-melodic acts like Soilwork.

    Like its predecessor, “The Hours That Remain” was recorded and mixed by Jacob Hansen (Communic, Maroon, Hatesphere). Brilliant artwork created by Travis Smith (Death, Katatonia, Opeth) visually refines this brilliant release. It will be available as standard jewel case CD and limited edition CD+DVD containing an exclusive bonus DVD filled with 120 minutes of “Making of” documentary and live footage.

  • DRAGONLAND Recording new album!

    On July 24, 2006 Swedish melodic metal outfit DRAGONLAND entered Studio Fredman (In Flames, Hammerfall, Dimmu Borgir) to record their fourth full-length album with mastermind Fredrik Nordström producing. The follow up to 2004's highly acclaimed album “Starfall” will be visually refined by cover art conceived by art genius Niklas Sundin (Arch Enemy, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity) and photos shot by camera wizard Olle Carlsson (H.I.M, The Haunted, Soilwork).

    The album will bear the title "Astronomy", and is set for a November 2006 release through Century Media Records.

    Guitarist/composer Olof Mörck comments on the new opus:

    "This album is another huge step on the way of finding our unique galaxy in the melodic metal firmament. It is partially a musical resumé of our career so far, retaining all the core elements that made DRAGONLAND what it has always been about, but most of all it is a progression towards the future of metal and powerful music in general. The two years since the “Starfall” album have been spent with full time composing and writing the new album, with occasional breaks of touring and gigging for inspiration and feedback, like the Yngwie Malmsteen tour last year. I personally feel that this album is what I always wanted us to create - unified, yet diverse; conceptual, yet not limited to a certain mood or atmosphere; very heavy and powerful, yet extremely melodic. I really hope and believe that when the listeners put in the CD, and the first song "Supernova" explodes from the speakers they will feel that this is something they've never heard before. Thenceforward it is a musical journey of bombastic soundscapes, trough sublime acoustic sections, to heavy and pounding riffing, all wrapped up by the epic 14 minute movie score song, “The Old House on the Hill” which alone took 5 months of intense labour to write. Be ready for stellar phenomena and astral ascension in November!"

    So, be prepared for a magnum opus of searing melodies, outstanding musicianship and sheer heaviness.
    Press on the predecessor “Starfall”:

    “This mixture of pounding double bass, powerful keyboards, razor sharp riffing, and beautiful choirs creates a positive life of its own, which proggies and melodic metal heads should instantly embrace.” ROCK HARD (D)

  • THE HAUNTED Reveal new album title; celebrate 10th anniversary!

    Sweden’s THE HAUNTED - labelled as "the single greatest exponents of balls-out metal in the world" (KERRANG! Magazine) - are about to return with the follow-up to 2004’s critically acclaimed “rEVOLVEr” album, which saw original vocalist Peter Dolving return to the band’s ranks and resulted in the ultimate contemporary masterpiece for the whole extreme music movement!

    On October 30, 2006, THE HAUNTED will release “The Dead Eye”, the band’s fifth official studio album, guitarist Anders Björler comments on the working process:

    "I just got the final master from Tue Madsen (our producer) with all the tracks in the final order, and it simply sounds killer. Completing "The Dead Eye" basically took all spring, starting with some rehearsing and pre-production early January. We left the Antfarm studio in early June a bit perplexed but with a sense of having created something very strong and powerful. You always feel a bit weird after a recording session. It's hard to distance yourself from your work, but this time we all felt that we had accomplished something out of the ordinary. Working with Tue Madsen as engineer/producer has been great, and it surely reflects on the album. Tue has the same kind of musical background as all of us, so it was pretty easy to communicate ideas and to explain our vision."

    So get ready for a stunning new album merging blistering titanic modern thrash with some surprising new additions to THE HAUNTED’s naturally intense soundscapes!In addition to that, THE HAUNTED just celebrated their tenth year of existence after being founded on July 27, 1996. Guitarist Anders on this special moment in the band’s history:

    “We wish to thank all the people that have been working with us from the start, and of course a big thanks to our fans supporting us through the years!”THE HAUNTED will play some well chosen dates around the release of „The Dead Eye“:

    01.11.06 London (UK) Underworld
    02.11.06 Eindhoven (NL) Effenaar
    03.11.06 Paris (F) Nouveau Casino
    04.11.06 Hasselt (B) Miuziek O Droom
    05.11.06 Cologne (D) Underground
    07.11.06 Copenhagen (DK) Stengade 30
    08.11.06 Stockholm (S) Debaser Medis
    09.11.06 Göteborg (S) Kåren

    Be there!

    Prior to that THE HAUNTED will be performing at the following shows:
    06. October 06 Silja Line (S) Sweden RockMetalkryssning "34 000 ton metal"
    15. October 06 Manchester (UK) Jilly´s Rockworld, DamnationFestival

    "Some kids bitch about Haunted being too hyped. Just shut the fuck up and listen!"
    CLOSE UP (Sweden)

  • HEAVEN SHALL BURN New song “Counterweight” online!

    Germany’s best-known death metal & hardcore hybrid, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, delivers a new appetizer for its forthcoming new album “Deaf To Our Prayers” (European street date: August 28, 2006), by posting the song “Counterweight” on the Century Media artist page. Just click here!

    Guitarist Maik Weichert on the meaning of the song:

    “We open-minded and responsible people can think and act for ourselves; we are not going to have our minds surrender to control and manipulation. Maybe some GOD has given us a brain, so we should use it and not rely on facts prepared by others. We are not against sincere and modern Christians who do good things and love ‘thy neighbour’. Still, some fundamentalist religious organisations like the “Jesus Revolution Army” are striving for power and influence and target society where it is most vulnerable: the youth. Secularisation is one of the greatest achievements of modern societies, and it needs to be defended.

    We are the ‘Counterweight!’”


    Philadelphia: Dutch metallers Epica are set to invade the US on their first tour alongside friends Kamelot this fall. Kicking off September 16 at the sold-out ProgPower Festival in Atlanta, where the band will perform alongside US labelmate Jorn (the events headliner), the sextet will make stops in New York, Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and others before completing dates in Los Angeles on November 11.

    Already immensely successful overseas (recently selling out the famed Paradiso Club as well highly acclaimed shows in London), Epica hits the US with an already sizeable stateside fanbase. The dutch sextet featuring former After Forever guitarist/founder Mark Jansen and classically trained mezzo-soprano beauty Simone Simons command the stage and your attention with their multi-layered symphonic/power/gothic compositions.

    To celebrate the band's stateside debut, Candlelight Records will release a deluxe edition of the band's latest album, Consign to Oblivion. Recorded in early 2005 and featuring guest contribution from Kamelot vocalist Roy Khan, the album will hit stores nationwide September 19. Track listing includes: Hunab K’u, Dance of Fate, The Last Crusade, Solitary Ground, Blank Infinity, Force of the Shore, Quietus, Mother of Light, Trois Vierges, Another Me In Lack’ech, Consign to Oblivion plus a special dvd.

    Epica US tour information available now at www.candlelightrecordsusa.com

    JOHNSTOWN, Penn. – Longstanding death metal outfit Incantation will release its latest album, “Primordial Domination,” on September 5 via Ibex Moon Records.

    The record – the band’s seventh – sticks to Incantation’s tried and true recipe for brutal death metal, complemented with more leads and a crushing production.

    “We feel very strong about the new material,” said guitar/vocalist/founding member John McEntee. “We never seem to run out of unholy dark metal movements.”

    A track from the album, “Lead to Desolation,” is posted on the band and label’s official and MySpace sites.

    “Primordial Domination” was recorded at Mars Recording Compound during the spring with the band’s current lineup of McEntee, drummer Kyle Severn, and bassist Joe Lombard. The album was recorded with engineer Bill Korecky, whom the band has worked on its previous five releases.

    “These songs are really cool,” Korecky said. “The band approached me with a great production idea. They always move forward.”

    Incantation previewed “Primordial Domination” on its Decades of Death US tour this summer with Vital Remains and Dawn of Azazel, as well as the hugely successful Diezmando a La Cristiandad tour of Spain last month, performing the last show for the “Decimate Christendom” album at the Gran Canaria in Las Palmas.

    “We all had a great time and some killer shows,” said McEntee. “Both Trauma Production and Irredemption helped make this tour a truly a great experience.” For the Spanish tour, bassist Roberto Lizárraga for Infantum Obscure, who has helped out Incantation in the past, stepped in. “He did an amazing job on this tour,” McEntee said. “His dedication is something that we are truly grateful for and we look forward to working with him again.”

    Incantation will perform its first shows after the release of “Primordial Domination” in Brazil, where the group will be playing with Dark Funeral and Funerus as part of the V Setembro Negro Festival.

    Brazilian dates are as follow:
    09/20/06 Wed. Bar Opinião, Porto Alegre/RS
    09/22/06 Fri. Hammer Rock Bar, Campinas/SP
    09/23/06 Sat. Ledslay, São Paulo/SP
    09/24/06 Sun. Opera 1, Curitiba/PR

  • BLINDED COLONY Sophomore Release Date Pushed Back To November, Artwork Available

    Swedish Melodic Death metal quintet BLINDED COLONY, have announced that they will push the release of their sophomore album titled Bedtime Prayers back one month. BLINDED COLONY guitarist Tobias Olsson recently posted the following message on the band’s Official Website and Myspace Blog Section concerning the release of Bedtime Prayers.

    “Hey guys! Today I have some rather bad news, as you all know we’ve been working our asses off on the new album Bedtime Prayers but unfortunately we have to postpone the release to the 10th of November in Europe and 14th of November worldwide through Pivotal Rockordings. The reason for this is that we simply couldn’t make the deadline: Schuster has been screaming his lungs out and therefore got himself a very soar throat, which means delays.

    “On the good side the album will only be delayed one month. Thanks for you patience and I’m confident that all Blinded Colony supporters WILL be more than satisfied with the result this time.”

    BLINDED COLONY has also recently posted the cover art for Bedtime Prayers, which has been created by Davide Nadalin of Nerve Design. Click HERE to see the artwork

    Blinded Colony’s second album, titled Bedtime Prayers will be released on November 10 in Europe and November 14 worldwide. The band plans to take part in some serious gigs upon the time of the release. Bedtime Prayers, is currently being recorded at SoundPalace Studios (Faith, Overdrive, One58, Fourever) with band guitarist and producer Johan Blomström. The band’s previous album, Divine, was also recorded at SoundPalace and was released through Scarlet Records in 2003. Two complete tracks from Divine are available for download and stream on the band’s MYSPACE PAGE.


October 1st, 2006
  • EUFOBIA makes new video; band's myspace profile

    EUFOBIA (http://www.eufobia.com) comleted their work under the new video! The filmed track is "Rain Of Snails". The clip director is Maxim Alex ("Planet Art" studio), who takes part in the previous band's clip "Maligna" like actor. In the new video are included frames from "Abject" movie, which is directed by Maxim. Also, starts band's MySpace profile, check it at http://www.myspace.com/eufobiacarnage

    EUFOBIA's "Cup Of Mud" album is available from Distributor Of Pain (http://www.distributorofpain.net), their previous video "Maligna" is available for free download from http://www.TheOtherSide.dir.bg/multimedia

    Greetings: The Other Side team
  • ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY Begin Work On New Album
    ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY will be entering the studio in September to begin work on their new album, tentatively titled Open Fire.
    ATP will be recording Open Fire (the band's third full-length release for Relapse) at The Etching Tin studios in their hometown of Richmond, VA with engineer Ian Whalen. Open Fire will be the first ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY record to feature new vocalist Kyle Thomas (ex- EXHORDER / FLOODGATE). Open Fire will see a Spring 2007 release.

    Updated ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY news / tour information will be made available via the Relapse Records website: www.RELAPSE.com  

    www.ATPRVA.com and MySpace page: www.MySpace.com/ATPVA
    "ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY is truly one damn-straight, gritty, gut-n-soul, American-bred HEAVY ROCK band." - METAL MANIACS

    "It's dirty, it's rough around the edges, and it flat out rocks -- imagine Skynyrd meets Motorhead. Jim and Jack have new drinking buddies." - SLAP  

    Metal Maniacs

    IMMOLATION will embark on a European headlining tour in May 2007. Support on the trek will come from ABORTED (Century Media), LENG T'CHE (Relapse) and one more as-yet-unannounced act. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

    IMMOLATION has been confirmed as the support act for German thrashers SODOM at B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill in New York City on August 10.

    IMMOLATION's latest album, "Harnessing Ruin", was released on Listenable Records in Europe (Olympic Recordings in the U.S.). It was recorded at Millbrook Sound Studios with Paul Orofino producing.

    [source: blabbermouth.net]

    Metal Maniacs

    DEICIDE will team up with VISCERAL BLEEDING and PSYCROPTIC for European tour beginning January 5, 2007. Exact cities and dates for the trek, which is expected to run through January 28, will be announced soon.
    DEICIDE's new album, "The Stench of Redemption", is scheduled for release on August 22 via Earache Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Scars of the Crucifix" was recorded at Morrisound in Tampa, Florida and marks the first recording with the new DEICIDE lineup following the departure of the Hoffman brothers. Joining frontman Glen Benton and drummer Steve Asheim in the new formation are guitarists Jack Owen (ex-CANNIBAL CORPSE) and Ralph Santolla (ex-ICED EARTH, DEATH). 

    [source: blabbermouth.net]

    Metal Maniacs
  • Finland's NIGHTWISH Highest Hopes Set For Halloween North American Release

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

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

    Highest Hopes – The Best of Nightwish
    01. Wish I Had an Angel
    02. Stargazers
    03. The Kinslayer
    04. Ever Dream
    05. Elvenpath
    06. Bless the Child
    07. Nemo
    08. Sleeping Sun (2005 version)
    09. Dead to the World
    10. Over The Hills And Far Away
    11. Deep Silent Complete
    12. Sacrament of Wilderness
    13. Walking in the Air
    14. Wishmaster
    15. Dead Boy's Poem
    16. High Hopes
  • BAALPHEGOR - Post Earthquake Age ***out now !***

    The new killer album "Post Earthquake Age" of BAALPHEGOR is now available! It serves ingenious Death Metal on a highest level - sweeping, fast und brutal Death Metal! Fans of MORBID ANGEL, VILE or CRYPTOPSY - don't hesitate!

    CD available @ Shop / MP3 on www.fastbeast.ch

    Promoters interested in booking a show for them, get in touch with us!
  • AMOK - Lullabies of Silence ***still hot***

    Frenzy mix across modern extreme Metal and Grind elements for fans of CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CROWPATH, ION DISSONANCE and so on…

    The band got super reviews of Lullabies Of Silence , e.g. in the German LEGACY with 12 of 15 points!

    CD available @ Shop / MP3 on www.fastbeast.ch

    After drummer Edward has left the band end June for personal reasons, AMOK found a replacement for him. The good man's called Jean and will play his first shows with AMOK in November.
    Promoters interested in booking a show for them, get in touch with us!


    With guests: Suffocation, Hypocrisy and Decapitated

    HOLLYWOOD - FEAR FACTORY Headline The Deadliest Tour Of The Year. FEAR FACTORY defy musical borders, break conventional arrangement, and influence metal bands worldwide. Now FEAR FACTORY are armed with another successful album, equipped to blast the tour doors open with a brutally metal militia in tow.

    Headling the MACHINES AT WAR North American tour, FEAR FACTORY wage war from the West, preparing to leave the powerless in their bloody wake. Rivals in the East, bring the menacing SUFFOCATION to the helm while HYPOCRISY battle to the death with Viking valor and DECAPITATED gather their mercenaries to prove the unholiness of Poland. All corners of the nation will find themselves compelled to witness the massacre of the MACHINES AT WAR and engage in the armed conflict of metal!

    Say’s FEAR FACTORY drummer, Raymond Herrera, “I’m really excited about doing a heavy tour like this. A brutal line-up full of metal pioneers has been a long time coming. I guarantee a lot of our fans will agree. Plus you’ll be certain to hear some FEAR FACTORY songs that have not been played live in quite some time.”

    FEAR FACTORY have often been referred to as forefathers of metal with soaring, anthemic choruses, a vast, loyal fan following and a long consistent history of successful releases. The most recent album Transgression, unleashed by Calvin Records on August 23rd, 2005, proved FEAR FACTORY deserve the respect they have always received.

    Also on the FEAR FACTORY front, producer Christian Olde Wolbers, and Mnemic have commenced recording at Track Record Studios in Los Angeles for the Danish band's yet-to-be-titled third album. This will be Olde Wolbers' second production project, recently he manned the helm for the upcoming debut from Threat Signal (Under Reprisal due out August 22nd) and he will also be producing the upcoming Bleed The Sky record in late 2006.


    The confirmed dates are as follows:

    Oct. 26 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
    Oct. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
    Oct. 28 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
    Oct. 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
    Oct. 30 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
    Nov. 01 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse live
    Nov. 02 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
    Nov. 03 - St, Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
    Nov. 04 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
    Nov. 06 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jeeters Pub
    Nov. 07 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
    Nov. 08 - New York, NY @ B.B. King's Blues Club
    Nov. 10 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
    Nov. 11 - Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
    Nov. 12 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
    Nov. 13 - Montreal, Que @ Medley
    Nov. 14 - Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
    Nov. 16 – Cohoes, NY @ Saratoga Winners
    Nov. 17 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
    Nov. 18 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
    Nov. 19 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
    Nov. 22 - South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
    Nov. 24 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
    Nov. 25 - Chicago, IL @ Metro/Smart Bar
    Nov. 26 - Saginaw, MI @ Shooters
    Nov. 27 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
    Nov. 28 – Columbia Hts., MN @ Star Central
    Nov. 29 – Winnipeg, MB @ Ramada Conf. Center
    Dec. 01 – Edmonton, AL @ Starlite Room
    Dec. 02 – Edmonton, AB @ Warehouse
    Dec. 05 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
    Dec. 06 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
    Dec. 08 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theater
    Dec. 09 – Albuquerque, MN @ Sunshine Theater

    For more information on tour dates visit: Fear Factory Website www.fearfactory.com
  • DAYLIGHT DIES video premiere

    Candlelight proudly announces the online premiere of "Lies That Bind," the first video from Daylight Dies. Bring your browser to: www.daylightdies.com, www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa or www.myspace.com/daylightdies to check it out now.

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

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

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

    www.daylightdies.com | www.candlelightrecordsusa.com


    PILLAR 'The Reckoning' to release October 3rd, 2006
    Lead radio single & debut video to impact August 2006
    Headlining “Days of Reckoning Tour” planned for fall 2006

    As evidenced by their fourth release overall, The Reckoning, the Oklahoma-based quartet, Pillar, continue to hone their melodic yet simple and tough sound. “We’re all from the Midwest. It’s all about real rock and roll,” explains singer Rob Beckley. And while Reckoning should appeal to fans of good ol’ rock and roll, there is a modern edge to the tunes as well – the Tool-esque “Awake,” the Jimmy Eat World-like “Sometimes,” and the Rage Against the Machine vs. AC/DC heavyweight bout, “Everything.”

    Produced by Travis Wyrick and Pillar and mixed by David Bendeth (Hawthorne Heights, As I Lay Dying, Breaking Benjamin), The Reckoning carries on the Midwest’s legacy of rich rock with sounds and themes inspired by Pillar’s home turf.

    “The majority of this country is small-town America and suburban living out in the middle of nowhere,” comments frontman Rob Beckley. “Those type of hardworking people, that’s who we are, that’s where we come from. Rock and roll in the Midwest is rock and roll.”

    Pillar innovates its rock and roll style on The Reckoning, experimenting with musical genres, vocal technique and song narratives. Tracks like “Sometimes” skips with infectious punk urgency while the melancholy ballad “Angel in Disguise” is lyrically laid out like a country tune. Beckley also uses his voice as an instrument for the first time in the haunting introduction to “Last Goodbye.”

    “We’re concerned with what our fans think of us,” Beckley grants. “And we don’t want to let them down, but at the same time we know that in order to grow you can’t stay stagnant.”

    Releasing simultaneously on Oct. 3 will be a special edition of The Reckoning, comprising the new album and featuring a bonus DVD with over 3 _ hours of footage, including a 2006 performance, as well as song commentaries by the band, and a ‘how to’ section (in which the members explain the equipment they use, the technical aspects of songs, etc.)

    Pillar’s first single from the record, “Everything,” goes for adds at Rock and Active Rock radio in August. The band will headline the “Days of Reckoning Tour” this fall featuring Kids in the Way, Dead Poetic and Showdown. For more information, visit www.pillarmusic.com.

    Since the band’s 2001 debut Above, Flicker Records artist Pillar has seen unprecedented success in every aspect of its career. With over 700,000 lifetime sales (including Fireproof and Where Do We Go From Here both approaching 300,000 units scanned), headlining seven national tours, performed for more than two million people, and been featured on the covers of Radio & Records, Rockline Magazine, and HM Magazine. The band has also received print coverage in Rolling Stone, Spin, Bass Player, and Hit Parader.

    Pillar’s video “Bring Me Down” saw heavy rotation on the Fuse TV program “Rockzilla” and was voted No. 1 at Fuse TV’s “Oven Fresh.” The band additionally won Fuse TV’s Next Big Thing award. The band will be filming a performance based video for the first single, “Everything” on a 10,000 acre ranch in Kansas.

    When Tomorrow Comes
    The Reckoning
    Last Goodbye
    Angel In Disguise
    Wherever The Wind Blows
    Chasing Shadows at Midnight
  • NEVERMORE – Nevermore, In Memory & The Politics Of Ecstasy re-issues to include exclusive bonus material!

    Seattle’s NEVERMORE have opened their vault unveiling previously unreleased material to be included as bonus content for the September 5th re-issues of their three early releases: Nevermore, In Memory, and The Politics Of Ecstasy. All three classics are presented with revamped artwork, as well as extended liner notes written by metal’s premier journalist Martin Popoff with contributions from frontman Warrel Dane. All three releases and their bonus content have been remastered as well, intensifying the audio experience.

    After the break-up of cult metal band Sanctuary, former members vocalist Warrel Dane, bassist Jim Sheppard, and guitarist Jeff Loomis formed the band NEVERMORE, signing with the then-young metal label Century Media and releasing their self-titled debut in 1995. Century Media is proud to present the original release expanded with five bonus tracks, as well the video for “What Tomorrow Knows”.

    The debut’s follow-up was the darker, more melancholic In Memory EP which expanded the band’s daringly intense, technically flawless style with an entirely new dimension that is still part of their unique sound. Now featuring exclusive demo recordings, today’s version of the EP reaches album length and is an essential collector’s item for long-term fans as well as a great starting point for new ones.

    NEVERMORE’s second full-length album, 1996’s The Politics Of Ecstasy, was graced by a monstrous sound and featured songs that have remained fan favorites and in the band’s live set. The band’s classic cover of Judas Priest’s “Love Bites” as well as the video for “Next In Line” expands this masterly work of lyrical cynicism, depressing moods and brilliant musicianship.

    NEVERMORE Nevermore CD Reissue

    Original album tracklist:
    1. What Tomorrow Knows
    2. C.B.F.
    3. The Sanity Assassin
    4. Garden Of Gray
    5. Sea Of Possibilities
    6. The Hurting Words
    7. Timothy Leary
    8. Godmoney

    Bonus Tracks:
    9. The System’s Failing
    10. The Dreaming Mind (unreleased) from Spring 1992 Demo
    11. World Unborn (unreleased) from Spring 1992 Demo
    12. Chances Three (unreleased) from Spring 1992 Demo
    13. Utopia (unreleased) from 1992 Demo
    Total running time: 61:54

    Video Enhancement: What Tomorrow Knows

    NEVERMORE In Memory Reissue

    Original EP tracklist:
    1. Optimist Or Pessimist
    2. Matricide
    3. In Memory
    4. Silent Hedges / Double Dare
    5. The Sorrowed Man

    Bonus Tracks:
    6. The Tiananmen Man (Demo)
    7. The Seven Tongues Of God (Demo)
    8. Passenger (Demo)
    9. This Sacrament (Demo)
    10. 42147 (Instrumental / Demo)
    Total running time: 53:17

    NEVERMORE The Politics Of Ecstasy CD Reissue

    Original album tracklist:
    1. The Seven Tongues Of God
    2. This Sacrament
    3. Next In Line
    4. Passenger
    5. The Politics Of Ecstasy
    6. Lost
    7. The Tiananmen Man
    8. Precognition (Instrumental)
    9. 42147
    10. The Learning

    Bonus Tracks:
    11. Love Bites (Judas Priest cover version)
    Total running time: 67:54

    Video Enhancement: Next In Line

    Furthermore, all three NEVERMORE classics have been garnered with new artwork as well as extended liner notes presenting the earlier material of one of the most innovative, powerful and fascinating thrash/power metal bands ever.

    supporting Disturbed
    14.09.2006 Muenchen - Zenith, Germany
    15.09.2006 Fuerth - Stadthalle, Germany
    17.09.2006 Berlin - Huxleys, Germany
    18.09.2006 Copenhagen - Amager Bio, Denmark
    20.09.2006 Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit, Germany
    21.09.2006 Bremen - Aladin, Germany
    23.09.2006 Tilburg - Club 013, Netherlands
    24.09.2006 Dortmund - Westfalenhalle 2, Germany
    26.09.2006 Amsterdam - Paradiso, Netherlands
    27.09.2006 Koeln - Palladium, Germany
    29.09.2006 Newcastle - Academy, United Kingdom
    30.09.2006 Glasgow - Barrowland, United Kingdom
    02.10.2006 Manchester - Academy, United Kingdom
    04.10.2006 Nottingham - Rock City, United Kingdom
    06.10.2006 Birmingham - Academy, United Kingdom
    07.10.2006 Liverpool - Academy, United Kingdom
    09.10.2006 London - Astoria, United Kingdom
    10.10.2006 London - Astoria, United Kingdom


    JOHNSTON, Penn. – Ibex Moon Records has signed a distribution deal with MRI/Megaforce for nationwide distribution through RED.

    The first releases through the new distribution system are Incantation, Dawn of Azazel, and Hell-Born on September 5.

    “I feel this will help bring the label to a bigger level and give people easier access to our titles,” said label owner John McEntee.

    Ibex Moon was founded in 2003 by McEntee, also the founder of the long-running death metal band Incantation, with the goal of signing the finest metal bands the underground has to offer.

    Ibex Moon’s small but worldwide roster of bands also includes Bloody Sign, Estuary, Funerus, Incrust, and Thornafire.

    “We look forward to keeping the true sprit of the underground alive with killer bands that transcend all trends,” said McEntee.


    Philadelphia: Candlelight Records continues its ongoing collector's series this fall with stateside release of new and classic albums from 1349, Children of Bodom, Carpathian Forest, Nightwish, Zyklon, Gorgoroth and more.

    Available September 19 the picture disc pressing of Beyond the Apocalypse from 1349 finds its stateside vinyl debut during the band's first tour of the US. Recently featured in Metal Maniacs with additional coverage in Revolver, Terrorizer and more, Candlelight proudly unleashes this limited edition (500 copies) final piece of the extreme Norwegian metal band’s growing catalog. Touring in support of their latest album, Hellfire, 1349 are sure to impress American audiences with their blazing live performance. Catch 1349 on tour with Celtic Frost and labelmates Sahg September 12 through October 2.

    Children of Bodom's Tokyo Warhearts also finds stateside release September 19. Founded in 1993 by leader & virtuoso guitarist Alexi Laiho (featured recently on the cover of Guitar World alongside Zakk Wylde), this final piece of the band’s catalog now finds limited pressing on this special collector picture disc. Limited to 500 it is a must-have for fans new and old. Are You Dead Yet, the band’s latest album, is their first for major Universal Records.

    Coming October 31, Candlelight presents a limited double album pressing of Carpathian Forest's latest album, Fuck You All. Rebel Extravaganza calls the fifth album from this Norwegian bevvy “amped up, angered, and ready to do some severe damage.” The cd released earlier this year, finds this long-running band returning to black metal’s original stripped down sound in similar fashion as new albums from Celtic Frost and Satyricon. The album entered the Norwegian charts at 25 on release just prior to its official US unveiling.

    Also available October 31, Nightwish's hugely popular Once as a limited doubled picture disc package. From the album's first single, “Nemo,” through to “Wish I had an Angel” and “Planet Hell,” this chart-topping album found the band exploding internationally. “Once is among the most magical, emotional and grandiose works I’ve heard in a very long time. Absolutely essential,” says Sea of Tranquility. “This band can easily go on to legendary status in the metal universe,” adds Digital Metal.

    Additional recordings planned for vinyl release this fall include Zyklon's latest album Disintegrate, plus all six early Gorgoroth recordings. Candlelight recently released all six Burzum titles and Darkthrone classics A Blaze in the Northern Sky, Soulside Journey, Under a Funeral Moon and Transilvanian Hunger as part of the label's growing vinyl collectors series. The vinyl series already includes recordings from 1349, Arcturus, Crowbar, Emperor, and Enslaved. More are planned for release in 2007.
  • FALL OF SERENITY // new Merch & Dates

    Boys and Girls there are new shirts and girlys for sale... you should visit:


    There are also some new dates:
    02.10.2006 Jena @ Rosenkeller
    07.10.2006 Limbach-Oberfrohna @ HELL-O- Fest
    15.10.2006 Berlin @ K17
    17.10.2006 Wien (AT) @ Arena
    18.10.2006 Bratislava (SLO) @ Randal Club
    19.10.2006 Prag (CH) @ 007
    20.10.2006 München @ Backstage
    21.10.2006 Heidenheim @ T9
    22.10.2006 Köln @ Underground
    31.10.2006 Hückelhoven @ Smashfest
    04.11.2006 Niesky @ Holz
    10.11.2006 Wiesbaden @ Kulturpalast
    11.11.2006 Pirmasens/Saarbrücken @ Spirit
    18.11.2006 Bochum @ Matrix
    25.11.2006 Frankfurt am Main @ Elfer (11er)
    01.12.2006 Dresden @ Thrillbeats Club
    02.12.2006 Zeulenroda @ Schieszhaus
    16.12.2006 Olbernhau @ Juze


    Philadelphia: Dutch metallers Epica are set to invade the US on their first tour alongside friends Kamelot this fall. Kicking off September 16 at the sold-out ProgPower Festival in Atlanta, where the band will perform alongside US labelmate Jorn (the events headliner), the sextet will make stops in New York, Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and others before completing dates in Los Angeles on November 11.

    Already immensely successful overseas (recently selling out the famed Paradiso Club as well highly acclaimed shows in London), Epica hits the US with an already sizeable stateside fanbase. The dutch sextet featuring former After Forever guitarist/founder Mark Jansen and classically trained mezzo-soprano beauty Simone Simons command the stage and your attention with their multi-layered symphonic/power/gothic compositions.

    To celebrate the band's stateside debut, Candlelight Records will release a deluxe edition of the band's latest album, Consign to Oblivion. Recorded in early 2005 and featuring guest contribution from Kamelot vocalist Roy Khan, the album will hit stores nationwide September 19. Track listing includes: Hunab K’u, Dance of Fate, The Last Crusade, Solitary Ground, Blank Infinity, Force of the Shore, Quietus, Mother of Light, Trois Vierges, Another Me In Lack’ech, Consign to Oblivion plus a special dvd.

    Epica US tour information available now at www.candlelightrecordsusa.com

    CONCRETE JUNGLE and BLACK MASS REVERENDS now available for download & purchase

    Roadrunner Records has released Black Mass Reverends and Concrete Jungle for download through Burnlounge and iTunes

    Grab these two new tracks exclusively before the album goes on sale September!