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September 30th, 2007
  • Melodic metal masters TACERE signed for Japan

    After reaching the heavy metal import charts in Japan, the new female and male dual fronted Finnish melodic metal group TACERE has finally signed a deal for releases in Japan and Asia. The Tacere debut album "Beautiful Darkness" will be released in Japan October 24th 2007 through Marquee/Avalon, and it will include two Japan only bonus tracks.

    Avalon, the label owned by Marquee Inc. is one of the most respected and largest Japanese metal labels. Other artists released by Avalon include Megadeth, Type O Negative, Edguy, Lacuna Coil and countrymen Sonata Arctica to mention a few. TACERE and Avalon are looking forward to a long and prosperous co-operation.

    Tacere's new website:

    The Tacere Myspace site:

    MEGADETH's traveling festival tour Gigantour will return to Australia in November for several shows.

    After the success in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane last year, Gigantour will also be taking in Adelaide and Perth for the very first time.

    In 2006, Gigantour creator and MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine promised, "It is going to be something to look forward to each year, to see what kind of tremendous talent we can assemble, for Gigantour festivals in the years to come."

    Gigantour 2007 Australian lineup:


    The dates are as follows:

    Nov. 10 - Perth, Metro City (18+)
    Nov. 12 - Adelaide, Thebarton Theatre (All Ages)
    Nov. 13 - Melbourne, Festival Hall (All Ages)
    Nov. 15 - Sydney, Luna Park Big Top (18+)
    Nov. 18 - Brisbane, Riverstage (All Ages)

    Tickets go on sale on August 23.

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  • IRON MAIDEN To Tour South America In February?

    According to a posting on the IRON MAIDEN fan site MaidenFans.com, South American concert promoters Evenpro have sent out a press release to IronMaidenColombia.com regarding an IRON MAIDEN tour in Latin America that is expected to take place in February 2008. The trek, which has not yet been officially announced, would allegedly include concerts in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia. A show at the Parque Simon Bolivar in Bogota, Colombia has apparently already been booked, and rumors are running rampant about possible dates at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    IRON MAIDEN vocalist Bruce Dickinson announced from the stage at this year's Download festival, which took place June 8-10 at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England, that the group's performance was being filmed for an upcoming DVD.

    As a grand finale to their festival/stadium summer tour, IRON MAIDEN performed a special one-off show at London's Brixton Academy on June 24 in aid of The Clive Burr MS Trust fund. This was IRON MAIDEN's final U.K. appearance for at least a year, and was the last time they performed this year's special setlist of songs from their latest album "A Matter of Life and Death" and the LP "The Number of the Beast".

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  • EXODUS, GOATWHORE, ARSIS, WARBRINGER: North American Dates Announced

    Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers EXODUS will embark on a North American headlining tour in January/February. Support on the trek will come from GOATWHORE, ARSIS and WARBRINGER. Confirmed dates are as follows:

    Jan. 20 - Bakersfield, CA @ Studio 99 **
    Jan. 21 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
    Jan. 22 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
    Jan. 23 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
    Jan. 24 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
    Jan. 25 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
    Jan. 26 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
    Jan. 27 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
    Jan. 29 - Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
    Jan. 30 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
    Jan. 31 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
    Feb. 01 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub
    Feb. 02 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
    Feb. 04 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
    Feb. 05 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
    Feb. 06 - Reading, PA @ The Silo
    Feb. 07 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
    Feb. 08 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
    Feb. 09 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
    Feb. 10 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
    Feb. 11 - Huntington, WV @ Huntington Music Hall
    Feb. 12 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
    Feb. 13 - Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuk's Lounge
    Feb. 14 - Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
    Feb. 15 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
    Feb. 16 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
    Feb. 17 - Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
    Feb. 18 - Winnipeg, MB, CAN @ Garrick Centre
    Feb. 19 - Regina, SK, CAN @ Exchange
    Feb. 20 - Calgary, AL, CAN @ Warehouse
    Feb. 22 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
    Feb. 23 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
    Feb. 24 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's

    ** EXODUS and WARBRINGER only

    Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Thursday, August 9) exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until September 4 at which point they will be available through all normal ticketing outlets. Tickets for the Atlanta (January 31) and San Francisco (February 24) shows will go on sale on August 12.

    EXODUS has completed work on its new album, tentatively due before the end of the year via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California with producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD, NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY).

    In a brand new interview with MetroActive.com, EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt stated about the group's new CD, "When you hear the new one, you'll realize that very few bands are able to put out back-to-back to back releases with the fire and intensity of ours. The new album is a genre-defining moment for us and thrash in general, and we as a band feel more inspired and motivated than any time before."

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  • LIFE OF AGONY: New Concert DVD In The Works

    LIFE OF AGONY has issued the following update:

    "We are very excited to share with you that there is a new LIFE OF AGONY live concert DVD in the works. The footage was filmed at European festivals during the last tour in June 2007. The DVD shows the band performing its classic songs from the 'River Runs Red', 'Ugly' and 'Soul Searching Sun' records. Filmed with multi-camera angles in front of crowds as large as 40,000 people, the DVD looks amazing. Bonus material includes rare backstage tour clips and more. Release date information will be available in the coming months."

    LIFE OF AGONY spent most of 2006 and early 2007 on a break after completing its successful touring cycle for the 2005 Epic Records release, "Broken Valley". The band is currently without a record deal, having parted ways with Epic in 2005. In the meantime, lead singer Keith Caputo released a solo album, titled "Heart's Blood on Your Dawn", and has a new CD on the way. Guitarist Joey Z has opened a recording studio in Brooklyn, NY called Method of Groove Studio and has successfully produced and mixed BRAND NEW SIN's latest release for Century Media. Joey has also teamed up with Peter Steele (TYPE O NEGATIVE) to reform CARNIVORE. Drummer Sal Abruscato has been actively building custom motorcycles and recently won an award for his latest creation.

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    Open Grave Records is pleased to announce the signing of Texas based death metal act No Souls Lost. No Souls Lost formed in 2005 and quickly became a force to be reckoned with. The band, made up of ex-members of Prophecy, Vitality and Aversion to Life have released an EP titled, "These Dead Years" for Moshpit Tragedy Records, as well as having self released their debut album, "Eulogy of Genecide" all in 2006.

    In the months to follow No Souls Lost ripped it up on stage with such influential acts as Decapitated, Six Feet Under, Necrophagist, All That Remains, Deicide and many others. A rugged schedule of show in the South West and Mid-West, as well as festival appearances helped catapult them to the attention of Open Grave Records.

    A new album is currently in the works, and tentatively scheduled for an early 2008 release.

    No Souls Lost on myspace: http://www.myspace.com/nosoulslosttx

  • All Out War "Purity Through Annihilation"

    Innerstrength Records announces All Out War’s follow up EP to the recently released ,”Assassins in the House of God” on Victory Records. This EP, titled “Purity Through Annihilation” is due to be released at the end of this year. All Out War is considered to be one of the first to cross the brutality of death metal with the aggression of New York hardcore. Throughout All Out Wars long history they have toured with such diverse acts as Shadows Fall, Dying Fetus, Cro-Mags, Turmoil, Hatebreed, Ringworm, and God Forbid. They have also shared the stage with bands like Deicide, Napalm Death, Bad Brains, Converge. Sheer Terror, Starkweather, Job For A Cowboy, Agnostic Front, and many others. This EP will include five new songs of crushing, thrash inspired hardcore anthems as well as two covers and original demos dating back to 1991.

    All Out War will enter Big Blue Meenie Studio in October to record the effort. Dave Quiggle will once again handle art for the cover. With the addition of Lou Medina , former drummer of NYHC legends Breakdown, these five songs promise to be All Out War’s most powerful release to date.

  • Born of Sin new album information and free songs

    Swedish death/black metal band Born of Sin first full length album is up for release this fall. Cover art, playlist, three free songs and various information about the release can be found at www.bornofsin.net and www.myspace.com/bornofsinband

    1. Angels deathrow
    2. Our infamous god
    3. Deceiver
    4. Walk with the lord
    5. In sickness
    6. End your life
    7. Imperfect breed of humanity
    8. Shapeshifter
    9. Like a wave of destruction
    10. Stitches

    Recorded by Valle Adzic (One man army and the undead quartet, Impious) in Downfall studio early spring of 2007. Up for release in the fall of 2007 by Unexploded Records.
  • CRADLE OF FILTH Vocalist Records Theme Song For Dario Argento’s Latest Horror Epic Mother of Tears: The Third Mother

    Band Confirmed To Headline Bam Margera’s Viva La Bands 2007 Tour

    Grammy-nominated, British shock rockers CRADLE OF FILTH have delved towards a new level of darkness. Vocalist Dani Filth recently recorded vocals for the theme song to Dario Argento’s latest horror/suspense opus Mother of Tears: The Third Mother. The song, entitled “(She’s) The Mother of Tears” was composed by Claudio Simonetti. Simonetti, a veritable legend among horror film scores, is also noted for penning music to such classics as Dawn of the Dead, Suspiria, Phenomena and several episodes of the popular series Masters of Horror.

    Says Dani Filth on his experience working on the film, “'It was a real honor to be asked to work alongside Claudio Simonetti from Goblin, especially as it’s the last of a trilogy for a Dario Argento movie. The whole project has been very exciting to say the least. I received word that my services were being demanded of and I was especially delighted to have been given free reign with the vocals, both musically and lyrically, preserving the lush choir that forms the backbone of the chorus. The result is a four-minute homage to the last and most dangerous in a trio of powerful witches whose aim is to enslave the world. Having finished the song (which is intended for the film’s credits), I am now tense with anticipation for seeing the how the two work together... the film apparently rocks!”

    Mother of Tears: The Third Mother concludes Argento’s cult trilogy that began with Suspiria (1977) and Inferno (1980) and revolves around the resurrection of demonic witches in Rome. The film stars Asia Argento (Land of the Dead), Udo Kier (Grindhouse, Rob Zombie’s Halloween), and Cristian Solimeno (Footballers’ Wives) and is slated for a late autumn worldwide release. It is rumored that this film may also be the last directorial outing for Dario Argento, whose horror career has spanned almost forty years and included such cult films as Deep Red, Demons and Tenebrae. This experience continues CRADLE OF FILTH’s growing trend of offering dark music to films and making the films rather darker. The band’s previous soundtrack credits include Underworld: Evolution, Alone In The Dark, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Ginger Snaps, and Faust.

    CRADLE OF FILTH is also spreading the darkness over North America this autumn as they are confirmed to headline Bam Margera’s Viva La Bands 2007 North American Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. CRADLE OF FILTH is touring alongside some of Bam Margera’s other favorite acts, including CKY and up-and-comers Vains of Jenna.

    Says the band’s outspoken frontman Dani Filth, “The Viva La Band's tour promises to be a great musical outing for Cradle, mixing it up with a very eclectic bunch of bands. Bam is a good friend of ours, and when we heard that he was putting together a tour that would hit all the major markets in America, we just jumped at the chance to be a part of his lunatic vision. Where CKY supply the heavy melodic groove, Cradle Of Filth as headliners will give the American audience the proverbial kick in the bollocks they so rightly deserve. Fall will never be the same again! Viva the damned!”

    CRADLE OF FILTH is known for its singular stage show and is matched only by its indomitable, dark, heavy, ‘gothic romance’ rock music, which has been brilliantly displayed on the latest Roadrunner Records release Thornography. The album, which firmly planted itself on the Billboard Top 100 Chart upon its release shocked and awed America, as Entertainment Weekly deemed it “excellent” and “gruesomely themed.” Thornography’s brooding energy was accentuated by guest vocals by goth rock hero Ville Vallejo of H.I.M. and Doug Bradley (Pinhead of the Hellraiser film series and longtime CRADLE OF FILTH collaborator). A special edition of Thornography, featuring brand new music and video footage is currently in the works for an early October release.

    CRADLE OF FILTH’s sinister music and outrageous stage show is primed to be the ideal backdrop to the imminent Halloween season. With the infamous Bam Margera behind the band and an arsenal of ghoulish mischief in tow, autumn is sure to be anything but ordinary.

    Tour dates include:

    Wednesday, September 19th Quebec City, QC, Can. Capitole Theatre (COF solo)
    Thursday, September 20th Montreal, QC, Can. Metropolis (COF solo)
    Friday, September 21st Hartford, CT Webster Theatre (COF solo)
    Saturday, September 22nd Burlington, VT Higher Ground (COF solo)
    Monday, September 24th Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live
    Tuesday, September 25th Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
    Wednesday, September 26th Norfolk, VA Norva
    Friday, September 28th Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
    Saturday, September 29th Atlanta, GA Roxy Theater (COF solo)
    Sunday, September 30th Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
    Monday, October 1st Orlando, FL House of Blues
    Tuesday, October 2nd St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing
    Thursday, October 4th Dallas, TX House of Blues
    Friday, October 5th Houston, TX Verizon Wireless
    Saturday, October 6th San Antonio, TX Sunset Station
    Monday, October 8th Tempe, AZ Marquee
    Tuesday, October 9th Las Vegas, NV The Joint
    Thursday, October 11th San Diego, CA Soma
    Friday, October 12th Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern Theater
    Saturday, October 13th San Francisco, CA The Warfield
    Monday, October 15th Salt Lake City, UT Salt Air
    Tuesday, October 16th Denver, CO The Fillmore
    Thursday, October 18th Tulsa, OK Cain’s
    Friday, October 19th St Louis, MO Pop’s
    Saturday, October 20th Kansas City, MO Beaumont
    Sunday, October 21st Minneapolis, MN Myth
    Tuesday, October 23rd Chicago, IL Congress
    Wednesday, October 24th Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
    Friday, October 26th Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
    Saturday, October 27th Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
    Sunday, October 28th Detroit, MI Harpo's
    Tuesday, October 30th Toronto, ON, Can. The Docks
    Wednesday, October 31st Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
    Friday, November 2nd New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
    Saturday, November 3rd Worcester, MA The Palladium

  • ALCEST debut album out since beginning of August, lim. first edition soon sold out

    Music from another world. A world full of beauty, intense joy and light, but also filled with yearning and nostalgia. The debut album by ALCEST is a record that already now can be regarded as a peerless landmark.

    The limited digipak version will be sold out soon, we are preparing the jewelcase version right now.
  • TENHI "Folk Aesthetic 1996-2006"

    Tenhi "Folk Aesthetic 1996-2006" 3-CD digibook out now

    The 3CD album is packaged as a noble digibook with 76 pages booklet, liner notes and special artwork and drawings by Tyko.

    Here is a teaser video of the song kausienranta from the "folk aesthetic" album, featuring the album's artwork.

  • THE AMENTA are currently in the studio, recording “n0n”, the full length follow up to their acclaimed 2004 release “Occasus”.

    All guitars, Samples and FX have been tracked and the band flew to Hobart, Australia to commence recording drums at Red Planet Studios in July.“n0n” is a much darker and more subtle album than its predecessor and is the product of a more experimental recording ethos.

    THE AMENTA are stepping outside of their comfort zone and enjoying chaos. Riddled with electronic noise and guitar manipulation, “n0n” pushes modern technology to its limits.

    Lyrically the album deals with shadowy deals and moral compromises of this sick new world.

    Song Titles:
  • KOSMOS, the Canadian prog/psych quartet which features Voivod's Michel 'Away' Langevin on drums and will have their self-titled debut released September 4th, 2007 on THE END RECORDS, are featured in an interview on Billboard.com. To read story go here.

    KOSMOS is rounded out by guitarist Jetphil (Paradise), bassist Vincent Peake (Groovy Aardvark/Grim Skunk) and keyboardist/programmer Alex Crow. Says Langevin about KOSMOS, "We're a progrock collective from Montreal, Canada and we're influenced by the 70's Krautrock scene and avant-garde music." The 12 tracks found on KOSMOS offer journeys through cosmic prog psychedelia, a spaceship built for fans of Hawkwind, Amon Duul II, Zombi and Monster Magnet.


    TRENTON, N.J. – Black metal legends Dark Funeral will release their first-ever DVD set, “Attera Orbis Terrarum - Part 1,” on October 15 through Regain Records.

    The two-disc set consists of three complete, professionally-filmed live shows and rare bonus footage. The first show was filmed with seven cameras o March 12, 2005 in Katowic, Poland. The second was filmed the following March in Tilburg, The Netherlands with four cameras. The second disc starts off with a camera-shot show from March 2006 in Paris, followed by the video clip for "Atrum Regina" and previously unreleased amateur footage that chronicles Dark Funeral's entire career, including the very first, and now legendary, show in Oslo, Norway on May 4, 1994. The total combined running time for the two discs is nearly four hours.

    "Besides the three professionally filmed shows, we wanted this first DVD to also serve as a historical, live documentation of our career with rare and previously unreleased footage," said band leader Lord Ahriman. "This is the first DVD in a series of two that we will be releasing from touring for 'Attera Totus Sanctus.' This first DVD focus on European shows, while the second DVD will focus on South America."

    These shows capture Dark Funeral, a band known for being one of the most intense live acts, in their natural element - on stage slaying fans with their relentless brand of extreme metal.

    The Dark Funeral website will be re-launched shortly to coincide with the release of “Attera Orbis Terrarum - Part 1.” Regain Records recently re-released three records from the Swedish band's catalog - “The Secrets of the Black Arts,” “Vobiscum Satanas,” and “Diabolis Interium” - with bonus material.

    The band will embark on a North American tour this fall, immediately followed by a short tour of Mexico.

    Dark Funeral US tour dates are as follow:

    10/09/07 Crocodile Rock Cafe - Allentown, PA
    10/10/07 Jaxx - West Springfield, VA
    10/11/07 Webster Theatre - Hartford, CT
    10/12/07 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
    10/13/07 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
    10/14/07 B.B. Kings Blues Club - New York City, NY
    10/15/07 Imperial de Quebec - Quebec City QUE CAN
    10/16/07 Club Soda - Montreal, QUE CAN
    10/17/07 Opera House - Toronto, ONT CAN
    10/18/07 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
    10/19/07 Pearl Room - Mokena, IL
    10/20/07 Station 4 - St Paul, MN
    10/21/07 The Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS
    10/22/07 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
    10/24/07 Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
    10/25/07 House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
    10/26/07 The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
    10/27/07 The Rock - Tucson, AZ
    10/28/07 Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM
    10/29/07 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
    10/30/07 Ridglea Theater - Ft Worth, TX
    11/01/07 The Muse - Nashville, TN
    11/02/07 Harpo´s Concert Theatre - Detroit, MI
    11/03/07 Uncle Pleasants - Louisville, KY


    11/07/07 Cd. Obregon, Sonora
    11/08/07 Guadalajara
    11/09/07 Monterrey
    11/10/07 Mexico City

    More info at www.chasprod.com.


September 29th, 2007
  • NILE "ithyphallic": chart entry in germany

    NILE have made a sensational debut in the German album charts, hitting position #76 with their great new album "Ithyphallic"! Congrats to Karl Sanders and his fellow egyptologists - also for the sensational other chart entries in Finland (#13), England (#139, Rock Charts #6, Indie Charts #8) and USA (#162). At the moment NILE are playing the Ozzfest and will tour Europe at the end of this year.
  • THRESHOLD singer mac has left the band!

    THRESHOLD’s singer Andrew „Mac“ McDermott has decided to leave the band for good.
    "Mac's still not been in touch directly but he wrote a statement on the band forum confirming that he's left", states keyboarder Richard West. Former singer Damian Wilson, who already stood in at the band’s shows at Metal Camp and Earthshaker festival, will continue helping out THRESHOLD vocal-wise. "Damian's agreed to do the next shows and hopefully we can work out a way for him to do all the remaining tour dates."
  • THE DUSKFALL album update!

    Swedish metallers THE DUSKFALL have unveiled the cover artwork for their fourth CD, entitled "The Dying Wonders of the World". Check it out at this location.

    Due this fall via Nuclear Blast Records, the new album, just like the last one, was recorded at Uppsala, Sweden's Dug-Out Studios (drums, vocals and the mix) by Daniel Bergstrand (IN FLAMES, MESHUGGAH, DEFLESHED, DARK FUNERAL, BEHEMOTH, SOILWORK) and Promile Studios (guitars and bass) by Michael Hahne. The CD was mastered by Achim Köhler at Indiscreet Audio in Germany.

    "The Dying Wonders of the World" track listing:
    01. Paradises into Deserts
    02. The Wheel and the Blacklight
    03. Deep in Your World
    04. Some More Sin on My Burden
    05. Shadows and Cancer
    06. Bring Us Your Infected
    07. The Option and The Poison
    08. Sealed with a Fist
    09. I've Only Got Knives for You

    A five-minute "teaser soundclip" containing parts of four different songs from the upcoming record has been posted online at this location. Video footage from the recording studio can be viewed right here.

    THE DUSKFALL last year announced the addition of bassist Matte Järnil (ex-21ST IMPACT) to the group's ranks. Järnil replaces former member Marco Eronen, who left THE DUSKFALL in July 2006 to focus on his main band, RAISED FIST.

    PRO-PAIN has dropped off the billing of the X-Mas Festival 2007 tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early December. The lineup is now shaping up as follows:


    X-Mas Festival 2007 tour dates (venue details to be announced):

    Dec. 07 - London, UK
    Dec. 08 - Paris, France
    Dec. 09 - Strasbourg, France
    Dec. 10 - Pratteln, Switzerland
    Dec. 11 - Milan, Italy
    Dec. 12 - Munich, Germany
    Dec. 13 - Prague, Czech Republic
    Dec. 14 - Vienna, Austria
    Dec. 15 - Engelsdorf, Germany
    Dec. 16 - Frankfurt, Germany
    Dec. 17 - Berlin, Germany
    Dec. 18 - Hamburg, Germany
    Dec. 19 - Stuttgart,Germany
    Dec. 20 - Essen, Germany
    Dec. 21 - Tilburg, Holland
    Dec. 22 - Waregem, Belgium

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  • AVANTASIA To Play Next Year's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

    EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet announced at a press conference at Wacken Open Air earlier today that his solo project AVANTASIA will perform at next year's installment of the festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. Also scheduled to appear are IRON MAIDEN (headliners), CHILDREN OF BODOM and KREATOR.

    Drummer Eric Singer (KISS, ALICE COOPER) revealed during a recent interview with rock and roll comic C.C. Banana at the 21st annual NY/NJ Kiss Expo that Alice Cooper has recorded a guest appearance on "The Scarecrow", the third full-length release from AVANTASIA. According to Singer, Michael Schenker (ex-UFO, SCORPIONS) and Michael's brother Rudolf (SCORPIONS) will also appear on the album, which features Eric on drums, Tobias on bass, and former MASTERPLAN/ARK frontman Jorn Lande and Amanda Somerville (the American singer-songwriter and vocal coach who is better known for her collaborations with various European metal bands, including EPICA, AFTER FOREVER and EDGUY) on additional vocals. More guest appearances are expected to be announced soon.

    In a recent interview, Sammet described the music on the new AVANTASIA CD as "diversified, pomp metal with some classic rock elements, Classic orchestrated moments and Celtic stuff, a big timeless production and so on and so forth. It's going to consist of many different elements. Bombastic kick-ass music with a lot of heart and depth."

    AEA Zine
  • Cypher news

    Cypher bass player Jerry “Pioko” Orie has decided to part ways with the band. He will be returning to his home country Surinam, South-America to pursue business opportunities and promote metal music. He served the Cypher-clan for three years. Catch Pioko one final night with Cypher on Friday Sept. 7 th at Rockclub The Cave in Amsterdam.

    The band is proud to announce Joost van der Graaf (ex Creepmine, I-Chaos), one of holland's best metal bassplayers to their team. They are confident that he will have everything it takes to handle the bassduties. Joost is probably best known for being the vocalist and bassplayer of Creepmime, one of holland's leading metal-bands in the mid 90's. All confirmed gigs will continue as planned.

    Read more news at the Cypher website.
  • EXODUS To Tour With GOATWHORE, ARSIS; First Dates Released

    Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers EXODUS will embark on a U.S. tour in January/February. Support on the trek will come from GOATWHORE, ARSIS, and WARBRINGER. So far the following dates have been leaked:

    Jan. 22 - San Diego, CA @ house of blues
    Feb. 04 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
    Feb. 12 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants

    EXODUS has completed work on its new album, tentatively due before the end of the year via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California with producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD, NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY).

    AEA Zine
  • KING DIAMOND, KREATOR, LEAVES' EYES: North American Tour Officially

    KING DIAMOND's North American tour with KREATOR, LEAVES' EYES and CELLADOR — which is scheduled to kick off March 22, 2008 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida — officially goes on sale today, August 6 through all normal ticketing outlets. Tickets can still be purchased via EnterTheVault.com.


    Mar. 22 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
    Mar. 23 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
    Mar. 25 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
    Mar. 26 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
    Mar. 28 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Street Music Hall
    Mar. 29 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
    Mar. 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
    Apr. 01 - New York City, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
    Apr. 02 - New York City, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
    Apr. 04 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
    Apr. 05 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
    Apr. 06 - Montreal, QUE @ The Medley
    Apr. 07 - Quebec City, QUE @ Imperial De Quebec
    Apr. 09 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
    Apr. 10 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
    Apr. 11 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
    Apr. 12 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
    Apr. 13 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
    Apr. 15 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
    Apr. 16 - Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
    Apr. 18 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
    Apr. 19 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
    Apr. 21 - Vancouver, BC @ Croation Cultural Centre
    Apr. 22 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
    Apr. 23 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
    Apr. 25 - San Francisco, CA @ The Filmore
    Apr. 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
    Apr. 27 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
    Apr. 28 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
    Apr. 30 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
    May 01 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater
    May 02 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
    May 03 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
    May 04 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
    May 06 - Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom
    May 07 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
    May 08 - Houston, TX @ The Meridian
    May 09 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
    May 10 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit

    KING DIAMOND's latest album, "Give Me Your Soul ... Please" recently entered the Swedish national chart at position No. 28. As previously reported, the CD also landed at No. 58 on the Danish chart (the second highest new entry on the chart behind VELVET REVOLVER).

    "Give Me Your Soul ... Please" sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 174 on The Billboard 200 chart.

    "Give Me Your Soul ... Please" draws from themes from the occult and both King Diamond's personal life, after-life experiences, as well as King Diamond's signature dark imagination. The result is a montage of murder-mysteries-meets-nightmare-dream-sequences wrapped in a proto-power-metal soundtrack. King says, "It's a horror murder mystery story mixed with reality from beginning to end."

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    ICED EARTH will embark on a European headlining tour in October/November. Support on all shows will come from DARK TRANQUILLITY. Confirmed dates are as follows:

    Oct. 08 - D - Köln - Live Music Hall
    Oct. 09 - D - München - Backstage Werk
    Oct. 10 - I - Milan - Alcatraz
    Oct. 12 - E - Barcelona - Sala Razzmatazz 1
    Oct. 13 - E - Madrid - La Riviera
    Oct. 15 - CH - Pratteln - Konzertfabrik Z7
    Oct. 16 - A - Graz - Orpheum
    Oct. 17 - A - Wien - Planet Music
    Oct. 18 - CZ - Brno - Fleda
    Oct. 19 - D - Berlin - Columbia Club
    Oct. 21 - S - Malmö - Kulturbolaget
    Oct. 22 - N - Oslo - Rockefeller
    Oct. 23 - S - Gothenburg - Tradgarn
    Oct. 25 - S - Stockholm - Tirol
    Oct. 26 - DK - Kopenhagen - Pumpenhuset
    Oct. 28 - D - Hamburg - Markthalle
    Oct. 30 - D - Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
    Nov. 01 - NL - Tilburg - Club 013
    Nov. 02 - B - Antwerpen - Hof Ter Lo

    A poster for the tour can be found at this location.

    ICED EARTH will support HEAVEN AND HELL on a U.K. tour beginning on November 4 in Newcastle.

    SPV has set the following release dates for ICED EARTH's new studio album, "Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I":

    Germany: September 7
    Rest of Europe: September 10
    North America: September 11

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  • New York Doom duo, Rigor Sardonicous, have revealed information on their upcoming new album, entitled Vallis Ex Umbra De Mortuus due out on Paragon Records this fall. The album continues on in the Rigor Sardonicous tradition of Raw Apocalyptic Doom. The album will be issued in multiple formats and each will contain bonus material. The CD version will feature a video track of an old Rigor Sardonicous track "Sleepless". The vinyl version will feature a rendition of the Tears For Fears classic "Mad World". Album artwork and song previews of the album will follow shortly.
    The track listing of Vallis Ex Umbra De Mortuus is as follows:

    1) Mane de Maeroris
    2) Siens Somnium
    3) Incompertus quod Anon
    4) Laudare Apocalypsis
    5) Alveus de Somnus
    6) Prophecies I - Preapocaylptia
    7) Agony
    8) Rex Regis Fortuna
    *Mad World - vinyl version only
    *Sleepless' video on cd version

  • Hungarian Black Metallers, Vorkuta, have announced the addition of a permanent drummer,Khrul, who is also known for drumming in other Hungarian Black Metal bands such as Witchcraft, Marblebog, and Vérzivatar. Vorkuta's first release together with their new drummer will be a split 7" ep with Japanese Thrashers Abigail.

    In other Vorkuta 7" news, a split 7" with Kratornas will come out via Paragon Records later in the year. Also, the band is featured in this months issue of Metal Maniacs.