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July 03, 2007

Harelbeke Rock & Blues Festival 2007

Saturday September 22, 2007

Site Lano Venetiëlaan - Stasegem (Harelbeke)(B)


Presale : 25 €
Doors : 30 €

Tickets for the festival: Live Music vzw / +32 (0) 56 72 49 45

FNAC Foon : 0900 00 600
FNAC Stores
Presale addresses - click here
Online : click here

All other info (location, route description, camping, …) can be found on

June 19, 2007

Brutal Assault Festival

 Last year we wrote a review of three fine days of brutal art at the Czech Brutal Assault festival in August.

 Brutal Assault 2006 on Metal-Nose


 This year, volume 12 of the ever-growing fest will take place from 9th of August till 11th of August on a new location: Army fortress Josefov in Jaromer, about 20 kms from Hradec Kralové. The festival is known for its cosy atmosphere in a beautiful rural area and cheap prices and… of course three days of decent harsh metal.

 This year’s bill includes (but 25 more bands to be confirmed):



1000 CZK at the door (app. 37 euro)

Presale: 850 CZK if paid upfront via Paypal (app. 31,5 euro)

Includes 50 CZK garbage deposit (back when given a full bag), free festival CD compilation, camping and instructions


Summer Breeze Festival

 The tenth anniversary happening of Summer Breeze will take place from the 16th of August to the 18th of August at Dinkelsbühl, a small village between Stuttgart and Nürnberg. We could enjoy more space, more food, more music and more metal market last year; same thing goes for this year. While there will be bands playing at night when activities on both stages are finished at the Party tent.  

Summer Breeze celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and this means lots of extras!  The celebration will start on Wednesday 15th of August in the Party tent where six bands are into a contest to open the festivities on the Pain Stage on Thursday and Impious will be headlining. These bands are Breschdleng, Karma.Connect, Last One Dying, Might Of Lilith, Stitch and Unblest.

Come To The SUMMER BREEZE Open Air!

 This year’s bill includes:



60 euro inclusive camping and parking, car can be placed next to your tent!


June 16, 2007

Earthshaker Fest 2007


From 19th till 21st of July 2007, the fifth edition of Earthshaker Fest will take place in Rieden-Kreutz, near Amberg in Germany. Three days of pure metal in one of the most beautiful landscapes of Bavaria. Best view on one mainstage, no interference of running order. Daily aftershow parties.

This year’s bill includes:


3 DAYS FESTIVAL TICKET: 65 euro + 4 euro pre sales fee

3 DAYS CAMPING PER PERSON: 10 euro plus 5 euro garbage fee to be refunded on Sunday 22nd of July until 12.00 noon

3 DAYS PARKTICKET: 10 euro per vehicle


June 10, 2007


New Singer

Nightwish introduce their new lead singer.

Name: Anette Olzon
Birthday: 21 June 1971
Place of residence: Sweden

Musical background:
I was raised in a musical family and I've been singing since childhood. My mom also forced me to play the oboe for 8 years! I toured constantly with my mom and her band in my childhood, sometimes I even sang on stage with them.

After I turned 13, I started competing in several talent shows. I joined my first real band when I was 17, it was a cover band and all the other musicians were older than me. After playing cover songs, I joined a band called Alyson Avenue, first just as a studio singer, later as their leading lady. We've released 2 albums since 2000.

At the age of 21, I played the leading role in a rock opera/musical called "Gränsland" in Helsingborg. After that I got in to the Balettakademien in Gothenburg. In addition to the already mentioned, I've been in several other bands over the years, I've sung in choirs, done studio work for various projects and I've even occasionally been a wedding singer. Recently I sang a duet with Michael Bormann (ex-Jaded Heart-singer) on his album "Conspiracy". During my singing career I've sung nearly every kind of music that there is!

In my earlier days I took singing lessons at the Copenhagen Music Conservatorie, in Helsingör, Denmark with a private teacher. Nowadays, when its needed, I take lessons from a private teacher at the Malmö Music University.

New Single

Nightwish's new single "Eva" is available at Nuclear Blast Musicshop, so get your copy now!
All European income of this single will be donated to the children charity foundation "Die Arche".

Buy "Eva" here

The Gathering

Anneke is leaving the Gathering

Message from the band: ( )

We are very sorry to announce the fact that Anneke has decided to leave the band in August 2007.
Anneke has several reasons not to be a member anymore. *We really regret the fact we could not find a way to continue together.*
However, we [the Gathering] will be working on new material with male & female vocalists. Expect a CD release somewhere in 2008.

With Anneke we've made great albums and did fantastic shows, which we are very proud of!
We had a great time! We wish Anneke all the best for the future.

The remaining festivals we will play together with Anneke. No new gigs will be scheduled.
The last gig with Anneke will be the Ankkarock Festival in Finland, the 4th of August.
Also the new DVD A Noise Severe as well as the double live CD will still be released this summer.

Frank, Hans, Marjolein & René.

Message from Anneke: ( )

Dear people,

I wanted to send out this message to all of you to inform you that I have decided to leave The Gathering. After much consideration and some serious soul searching, I feel that it is time for me to change my direction in life and develop and search out new goals.

In all the wonderful years that I have been a part of The Gathering, we, as a band, have always strongly believed in sincerity: both personally and within our music. I have always been able to give one hundred percent of myself to the band and its music. Over the last year I developed an urge to initiate my activities from a different place in my heart, focusing on myself and my family.

In order to stay true to myself, the band, crew and the fans, I see no other option than to leave the band and pursue my new goals in life and music.

I loved my 13 years with The Gathering and I take pride in all the beautiful music we have made together and will always cherish the good times we shared on the road and in the studio. The decision to leave all of this behind has been incredibly difficult, but since it's made from the heart, I strongly believe that I have to go with it. Although it saddens me to say goodbye, I have made a lot of exciting plans for the future both personally and professionally.

Thank you for all the love and support and I hope we will meet again in life and music.


Future endeavours

Over the last 10 years I have turned many dreams and experiences into songs. I started recording a selection of the very personal ones during the past 6 months. We've laid down the basic tracks at the Waterfront Studio's in Rotterdam and recorded overdubs at The Void in Eindhoven, as well as in the comfort of my own home studio. I'm excited to send these songs off into the world and share them with you all!

I have formed a band called Agua de Annique to help me voice these songs. We will release an album called 'Air' in the fall of 2007. Besides the wonderfully talented people in the band, a few of my friends will make appearances on this album.

The lovely Kristin Fjellseth will sing additional vocals, Jeffrey Fayman has made a string arrangement for a song called "Ice Water". Heleen de Witte plays the flute and Timothy Conroy provided some killer trumpet work. The album is mixed by Jon Anders Narum.

Agua de Annique is:
Anneke van Giersbergen; vocals/piano
Joris Dirks; guitars/vocals
Jacques de Haard; bass
Rob Snijders; drums

May 20, 2007

Schwung 2007

June 02 is coming nearer, so take a look at some of the bands:


They just released their excellent CD "United Abominations".  Rock Tribune gave it a quotation of 90/100 and this not exaggerated.  You can listen to 4 numbers on .  



It has been more than 25 years that they've been to Belgium.  Schwung is their only concert in the Benelux.  They are putting on stage a great american rock show. Don't miss it !!  



Lordi is one of the headliners this year on Ozzfest (USA).  In Europe they only play in Austria, Switzerland,... and at Schwung 2007.   Check out their website at and enter the world of monsters,...   



Where are you coming from ?

We know from the online orders where the visitors of the Schwung Fest are coming from.  A lot of people come from all over Belgium but we also have a lot of visitors of the Netherlands, France, Germany, Luxemburg, England, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia... Please let us know on our guestbook where you are coming from.  

Guestbook  at

"Met David in de Sofa"

This year we have a living room / stage at the end of the concert hall.  Between the concerts there will be a lot of humor, music,... in this living room.  Furthermore you can be the guest of David.  The brave amongst you may even win a price


Peter Lindgren has stepped down from his guitar wielding duties after 16 years in Opeth. Below is an open letter from Peter addressing the issue: "It is with sadness I announce that Opeth and I are going separate ways after almost 16 years. The decision has been the toughest I've ever made but it is the right one to make at this point in my life."


Fredrik Åkesson has been confirmed as being the new guitarist in Opeth. Says Mikael Åkerfeldt: "Well, I think it's too soon right now to fully be able to explain what I feel. Peter and I had been working in this band together for almost half of our lives and we shared some unforgettable experiences together all over the world.


Symphony X

New Album and world tour


 As part of Symphony X's world wide tour for "Paradise Lost", Symphony X and World Management would like to announce the following early dates of a European tour opening for Dream Theater. The band is looking forward to seeing their European fans this fall!

Dream Theater - Chaos in Motion World Tour 2007/2008
European Tour - Fall 2007
All shows are Dream Theater headlining shows with Special Guests: Symphony X and one more act TBA

Wed Sept 26th - Ice Hall - Helsinki, Finland
Fri Sept 28th - Hovet - Stockholm, Sweden
Sat Sept 29th - Spectrum - Oslo, Norway
Thurs Oct 4th - Lotto Arena - Antwerp, Belgium
Fri Oct 5th - Zenith - Paris, France

More dates to be announced...




 Paradise Lost has an anticipated release date of June 26, 2007.

Samples from the CD can be found courtesy of SPV

The tracklisting is:

Oculus ex Inferni
Set the World on Fire (The Lie of Lies)
The Serpent’s Kiss
Paradise Lost
Eve of Seduction
The Walls of Babylon
The Sacrifice
Revelation (Divus Pennae ex Tragoedia)

Dream Theater

 DREAM THEATER'S upcoming release "Systematic Chaos" will be released on Tuesday June 5th (date may vary in different countries) and will be available in two formats:

Regular Edition CD:

Special Edition CD and DVD:

The Special Edition DVD will include:

  • the entire album mixed in 5.1 surround sound

  • "Chaos in Progress - The Making of Systematic Chaos"
    (a 90 minute documentary directed by Mike Portnoy)

The CD's track listing for both editions is:

In The Presence of Enemies Pt.1 (9:00)
Forsaken (5:36)
Constant Motion (6:55)
The Dark Eternal Night (8:51)
Repentance (10:43)
Prophets Of War (6:01)
he Ministry of Lost Souls (14:57)
In The Presence of Enemies Pt.2 (16:38)

The band will shoot a video for the first single off the album, "Constant Motion".

Dream Theater - The Dark Eternal Night In-Studio

A nine-minute video clip shot during the recording of the song "The Dark Eternal Night" from the band's upcoming album, "Systematic Chaos", has been posted at YouTube.

Dark Balance


 After signing PICTURE OF THE MOON and MENA BRINNO two months ago, DARK BALANCE doubled their artist roster with signing Finnish melodic death act IMMORTAL SOULS and Italian gothic/gloom act TRAGØDIA. Both bands exist for over ten years and DARK BALANCE is happy to sign these bands as they both already have important roots in the metal scene. The new album of IMMORTAL SOULS is titled ‘WINTEREICH’ and will be released on the 1st of June 2007. Release date for the first full length of TRAGØDIA is set on 1st of October 2007. Some weeks later TRAGØDIA will tour through Europe together with MENA BRINNO (USA) and SERAPHIM (Taiwan).


 TRAGØDIA started back in 1996 and created so far a demo and an MCD in 2002 titled ‘All our Miseries’. The band played doom/death metal in the beginning, but because of line up changes their music transformed over the years into a sound that can be described as a combination of gothic, gloom rock and progressive metal. You can listen to a sample of their forthcoming album on their myspace: IMMORTAL SOULS started back in 1991 and released so far two other full lengths, a compilation double disk and some EP’s and demos. With the third full length ‘WINTEREICH’ the four masters of IMMORTAL SOULS exceed their selves with the finest blend of melodic death and black metal and ice cold frostiness lyrics and artwork. Also, IMMORTAL SOULS will tour through Europe autumn 2007.

 To find more info about Dark Balance and these artists, check out:  

Hubi Meisel


 The production of Hubi Meisel's 3rd concept album, which will be entitled "TRINITY", has been in progress for quite a while already. "TRINITY" forms the completion of a conceptual trilogy, which started with EmOcean in 2004 and was then continued with Kailash in 2006.


 Hubi Meisel is glad to announce that his former bandmate in Dreamscape, Wolfgang Kerinnis, has joined him on this 3rd journey and will play the guitars on 5 songs. For the instrumental music, Hubi once again closely cooperated with French keyboardist/composer Vivien Lalu, and also the rest of the TRINITY crew consists of well-known colleagues. The full line-up is:

 Hubi J. Meisel - vocals
Vivien Lalu (Shadrane) - keys
Wolfgang Kerinnis (Dreamscape) - guitars
Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged) - guitars
Jorge Salán (Mago de Oz) - guitars
Daniel Flores (Mind's Eye) - drums
Johan Niemann (Therion) - bass

The recordings have already started, and the album will be completed in the course of this year. The release of "TRINITY" is scheduled for 2008. Stay tuned, more details will follow on  

Skew Siskin

Don’t miss them on June 7th in The Spirit of 66 in Verviers (B)


Our new CD "PEACE BREAKER" is available MAY 22 through the internet!!!

For those of you who cannot wait until it's in the stores, you can pre-order it through EMP.
Or in 2 weeks from now at

Of course for all of you fans in France, the CD will be available at all of the shows.
The tour with Motorhead starts May 21.


01. Metal In Your Face --- Hear the song at MYSPACE. Click here
02. We’re An Institution
03. Ridin’ With The Devil
04. Trouble Shooter
05. Hit You Harder
06. Who The Hell Are You
( special guest on guitar: Wolf Hoffmann [ Accept ] )
07. War, Fire, Guns & Blood
08. I Wanna Be Me
09. Eva Braun Is Back In Town
10. I Don’t Care
( special guest on guitar: Ivan Kral [ Iggy Pop / Patti Smith] )
11. Loser
12. Can’t Hear You
13. Shoot The Rats

HomePage :
MySpace :
Recording Studio :    


The British thrash-metal legend Onslaught have released their first live DVD on 14th May via Metal Mind Productions. After their reunion in 2005 and the release of the 4th studio album "Killing Peace" in 2007, Onslaught takes another step towards establishing their status as one of the greatest acts of that genre.

"Live Polish Assault 2007" will contain more than an hour of veritable thrash mayhem: dirty and furious guitar riffs, powerful rhythm section - all this havoc crowned with Sy Keeler's distinctive devilish shrieks. Filmed during the band's gig in Poland, the DVD will include a well-balanced mixture of some of the best Onslaught songs performed live! The DVD will also include an interview with Nige Rockett and Sy Keeler beside other bonus features. Other details to be announced soon.

 Release date: 14th May in Europe / 19th June in US



 1. Intro - 2. Let There Be Death - 3. Angels of Death - 4. Thermonuclear Devastation of the Planet Earth - 5. Killing Peace - 6. Fight with the Beast - 7. Metal Forces - 8. Twisted Jesus - 9. Intro - 10. Flame of the Antichrist - 11. Shellshock - 12. Demoniac - 13. Burn - 14. Power from Hell 

Pain of Salvation

PAIN OF SALVATION: Johan Langell leaves Pain of Salvation ! The following is taken from the PoS website:

One of the world's best drummers has decided to be one of the world's best fathers and 9-5 workers instead.
We are sad to announce that Johan Langell has decided to leave the band, to focus on family. This is not a sudden decision, but something that has been pending for several years. As the band now rapidly continues to grow for each year, the time and commitment needed for being in studio and on tours increase. Not really wanting this, Johan chose to include the whole band in his doubts regarding this directly from the start, and now that time has finally come.

"The search for a new drummer has started, but Johan will stay for the remaining gigs this year, and has also offered to help teach any new drummer his or her parts. 'Whoever the new drummer will be, I want us to have a relaxed relation,' he concludes.

"If you want a chance to see PAIN OF SALVATION with Johan behind the drums, you need to see any of the shows we have planned for the rest of the year. I know that Johan, for one, will savour these shows, as will the rest of the band."
You can read the full article as well as band member's comments on .


On the 25th June Metal Mind Productions will release the first live DVD of one of the most important bands on the Polish black/death metal scene - Darzamat.

DVD entitled "Live Profanity (visiting the graves of heretics)" presents a combination of heaviness and aggression with symphonic elements and various musical experiments - all of this inscribed into the grotesque atmosphere of angst, anger and madness!


Cat. no. MMP DVD 0117

 With their superb performance recording during the Metalmania Festival 2007, Darzamat threw their fans to their knees, offering them the setlist comprised mostly of songs from their latest album "Transkarpatia", which, on its release, won great acclaim in Poland as well as abroad.

Also, the band surprised their fans by their great performance of the song "Diabelski Dom" by the cult Polish metal band KAT, featuring guest appearance of KAT's leader, Roman Kostrzewski himself!

 The DVD also includes additional footage from a show recorded live in February 2007 during the Winternachtstraum Festival in Arnsberg (Germany), two unreleased tracks, video clips, an interview with Flauros and Nera and many other surprises!

 Full details to be confirmed soon!

 Release date: 25th June / 31st July (US)

 Darzamat online: &

 MMP website:
Metalmania Festival:
Metal Hammer:

Sonic X

On sale now THIRTEEN, the highly anticipated brand new release by SONIC X. Delivering 12+ tracks of melodic rock and a raw rock n' roll that draws comparisons to the best music of yesterday and today. With top notched musicianship, THIRTEEN yields something for everyone. THIRTEEN also contains a bonus disc with tracks previously released on the SONIC X debut.

Disc 1: Crawl, Wicked, Carried Away, If Only, My Condition, Alive, Seeds Of Thunder, Evident, Shine, Disgrace, Breathe, Signs --- Listen to Evident - click here

Disc 2 (Bonus Tracks): News for You, Lonely Heart, Two Sides To Every Story, City Of Sin

American Angel

After a 15 year hiatus AMERICAN ANGEL has returned with a compelling new release in VANITY. Checkout this gripping new release complete with a storyline entwining VANITY and what it meant to a generation of rockers. VANITY is available for preorder at and will street June 5th.

For more information visit or 

The official website for the Magic Circle Festival has been launched. Check it out at

MANOWAR and other members of the MAGIC CIRCLE MUSIC roster will be joining forces for what fans hope will become an annual event. HOLYHELL, THE DAVID SHANKLE GROUP, MESSIAH'S KISS (the German/American/British metal act featuring RIOT singer Mike Tirelli), MAJESTY and GAMMA RAY have been confirmed with more artists being added to the impressive lineup each day as the festival nears.

Make plans now to join the global Army Of Immortals on July 7, 2007 in the heart of Germany, Bad Arlosen for what is certain to be a once in-a-lifetime event. 


- German label Metal Heaven welcomes 3 new bands the ever growing family: STEVE GRIMMETT BAND, CONSORTIUM PROJECT and VIRON!

- Finnish Metal band MANITOU will release their 3rd album in July 


This is the brand new project put together by Steve Grimmett simply titled 'The Steve Grimmett Band'. Steve's history is nothing short of incredible, having one of the most powerful and original voices in rock. His successes include Grim Reaper who accomplished major success worldwide with three highly acclaimed studio albums along with single releases and MTV airplay. After Grim Reaper came a brief spell with Onslaught and again there was commercial success even from that unlikely line-up. The band's debut single even charted in the UK.
More recently Steve's success came in the form of Lionsheart, a powerful melodic metal band that took places such as Japan by storm with their debut album reaching number 1 in the mainstream charts as well as a top 5 hit single.

A new STEVE GRIMMETT BAND studio album is due out in October 2007 on Metal Heaven and will be produced by the highly rated and acclaimed Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) and Pete Newdeck.

Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper, Onslaught, Lionsheart), vocals
Ian Nash (Seven Deadly Sins, Lionsheart) guitars
Richie Walker, bass
Pete Newdeck (Paul Di'Anno's Killers, The Shock), drums


Eric Ragno (Jeff Scott Soto, Tony Mills), keyboards
Carsten Schulz (Evidence One), back. vocals

Live: 26.10.2007 UK-Nottingham, Trend University, Firefest IV (with Threshold, Demon, Soul Doctor & Stormzone)



Producer and lead singer Ian Parry (ex Vengeance, Elegy) is proud to present his forth offering Consortium Project IV “Children of Tomorrow” for a release in July 2007. Unlike previous albums C IV is a more diverse rock metal production with progressive elements reminiscent of his earlier productions. Parry has spent more than a year on this epic co-produced production writing, recording and mixing with colleague Elegy keyboard player Joshua Dutrieux.

The song writing has been shared as on the previous Consortium 3 albums with Joshua, Ian and newcomer to the Consortium family, ex-Within Temptation drummer Ivar de Graaf. Consortium show on the road later in 2007, as a prelude to an Elegy reunion.


The full line-up of Consortium Project 4 is:

Ian Parry – vocals

Joshua Dutrieux – keyboards

Ivar de Graaf – drums

Henrik van der Laars - guitars



Lou  St.Paul (Winter's Bane) – guitars

Rosita Abbink – female vocals

Erna auf der Haar – female vocals

Kyrah Dutrieux – spoken words

Judith Rijnveld – femals choirs

Niels Vejylt - guitar

Marcel van der Zwam - bass  

::: VIRON :::

New at Metal Heaven is one of Germany's most promising Metal bands: VIRON. The band's debut album "NWOGHM" received high class reviews all over Europe last year and built the foundation for some single gigs and short tours with Ruffians, Solemnity, Morgana Lefay, Sacred Steel, Sabaton, Legion of the Damned, Majesty, Rebellion, Bonfire & Tierra Santa plus performances at festivals such as Headbanger's Open Air, Swordbrothers Festival and United Metal Heads Festival.

The coming album will again be recorded at "Kohlekeller" studios with producer Kristian Kohlmannslehner (Sieges Even, Abandoned, Killers, Crematory) and is scheduled for a release in early 2008.


Alexx Stahl – vocals
Thilo Feucht- guitars
Roger Dequis – guitars
Ingmar Holzhauer – bass
Neudi - drums

25.05.2007 - D-Weinheim, Cafe Central (with Sabaton)
11.08.2007 - D-Mommenheim, Mommenheim Open Air (near Mainz)

::: In further news, Finnish Metal band MANITOU will release their 3rd album "No Signs Of Wisdom" in July! :::

The archetypes for Manitou are Queensryche, Iron Maiden, Annihilator, Ozzy, Dio, Whitesnake, Judas Priest and Tarot. Manitou's own trademark is to compose honest, traditional heavy metal and mix some little proggy elements here and there. You'll find 3 minute straight-forward metal rockers as also 11 minute epic stuff on their albums. 

The band in the past has played numerous gigs with the likes of UDO, Paul Di'Anno, Helloween, Graham Bonnet, Tarot, Machine Men, Thunderstone etc., got cheering and great reviews from the metal media and even topped the Finnish single chart on position #2 last year with their “Fools In Control” single.

"No Signs Of Wisdom" includes the following songs: 1. In This Indolence, 2. Dread Of The Freaks, 3. No Signs Of Wisdom, 4. The End Within, 5. Harbinger, 6. Polluted World, 7. Some Of The Sins Revealed, 8. The Loon, 9. August Sky

Markku Pihlaja - vocals (Kaihoro)
Markus Vanhala - guitars ( Omnium Gatherum, Malpractice)
Antti Lauren - guitars
Ismo Laukkanen - bass
Matti Suhonen - drums



March 24, 2007


Brad Delp - June 12, 1951 to March 9, 2007

The nicest, kindest, most caring, down to earth rock star the world has ever known.

May you rest in Peace

Laaz Rockit 

Metal Female Voices Fest

 This is the official poster for the event in the Oktoberhallen in Wieze (Belgium) on October 19 and 20, 2007

 There’s also an official Forum on the website.
Registration is needed, but more options are available than in the previous one.  



Recorded in 2006, the record reveals, at the same time, a prodigious and profound respect and iconoclasm for the music that it post-dates. Some call it “progressive metal” or “art rock,” yet Invisigoth transcends these attempted reductions and speaks for itself – all the while echoing the revelation of the antique and exotic that is the hallmark of their singular, yet universal, expression.

With new inspirations literally in hand, Cage and Viggo decided to construct a musical statement with authentic, albeit primal, vision and purpose. Invisigoth became that animation incarnate. A concept for an album was culled from their tormented experiences and research. Entitled, "Alcoholocaust", the record explores the trials and tribulations of both protagonists in their search, and eventual discovery, of their artistic, animal, and rather Roman, natures.

”Alcoholocaust” is the ProgRock Records debut release from Invisigoth and can be found at  . This album sounds a bit like modern Porcupine Tree meets Soundgarden with a splash of Kevin Gilbert, but with a sound all their own.  

Another Messiah

signs record deal with Restrain Records

Another Messiah inked a multiple record deal with Restrain Records. The German label will release three albums from the promising Dutch post-doom metalband. Their first album Dark Dreams My Child will be released in Europe on 25-05-2007. Obviously, the band are looking forward to a prosperous co-operation!

Another Messiah, an energetic, atmospheric, post-doom band, is a Dutch quartet who received high acclaim for their ability to combine a wide variety of different styles, yet always remaining loyal to their melancholic and sometimes somber undertone. Influences can be heard from bands such as Opeth, Tiamat, Amorphis and My Dying Bride. The dark atmosphere is enhanced by the sound of a true classical oboe, which gives the band an “ear-catching” appearance and a distinctive own sound: post-doom.

More information:  or  

Metalmania Festival 2006 DVD

Metal Mind Productions presents DVD+CD coverage of the Metalmania Festival 2006.


Metalmania Festival is the biggest and the most prestigious metal festival in Central-Eastern Europe and this year it celebrates it's 21st anniversary. Every year, the main stage hosts some of the best metal bands from all around the world (they are included on the DVD), while on the side stage there's a preview of other most interesting acts (included on the CD).

 The 2006 edition of Metalmania Festival was crowned with the performance of three cult bands, acclaimed by the fans of alternative music worldwide: goth-metal Moonspell, alternative-rock Anathema, and symphonic-metal Therion. The DVD includes also the best excerpts of the charismatic performances by such great metal acts as Acid Drinkers, Nevermore, Vesania, 1349, Hunter, and Hieronymus Bosch.

 "Metalmania 2006" DVD+CD also includes detailed info about all bands (biographies, discographies, web links), photo gallery, festival's history, 4 downloadable desktop images, short interviews with all featured main stage bands.

Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound

 Release date: 16.04.2007 (Europe), tbc (US)


 DVD (main stage)
1. Vesania - Marduke's Mazemerising
2. Vesania - Synchroscheme
3. Hieronymus Bosch - The Apogee
4. Hieronymus Bosch - Blind Window Stare
5. Hunter - Płytki Dołek
6. 1349 - Nathicana
7. 1349 - Chasing Dragons
8. 1349 - Satanic Propaganda
9. Acid Drinkers - Life Hurts More Than Death
10. Acid Drinkers - Human Bazooka
11. Acid Drinkers - I F**k the Violence
12. Nevermore - Final Product
13. Nevermore - The Heart Collector
14. Nevermore - Enemies Of Reality
15. Moonspell - Wolfshade
16. Moonspell - Opium
17. Moonspell - Awake!
18. Anathema - Balance
19. Anathema - Closer
20. Anathema - A Natural Disaster
21. Therion - Seven Secrets of the Sphinx
22. Therion - Asgard
23. Therion - Siren of the Woods

 CD (side stage)
1. Belphegor - Seyn Todt in Schwartz
2. Corruption - 99% of Evil
3. The No-Mads - Mercyful Hate
4. Centinex - Victorious Dawn Rising
5. Misanthrope - The Stud Farm of Amazones
6. SuidAkrA - The IXth Legion
7. The Old Dead Tree - Out of Breath
8. Antigama - The View
9. Beseech - Innerlane
10. Shadows Land - The Energy of Masses
Totem - Thrash the South
12. Archeon - Prayer

 Additional info on the Metalmania Festival: &

Seventh Calling

Minneapolis based dark powermetallers Seventh Calling have revealed the artwork for their upcoming release Monuments, due out Spring 2007 on Melissa Records (NL)

The album’s evocative artwork was created by Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Design. Finland-born Yrlund holds a Master’s Degree in Art History at the University of Amsterdam and served as a consultant to the reconstruction of Rembrandt’s studio for the Rembrandt House museum. He has created striking artwork for bands as diverse as Týr, Red Wine and Everon, as well as for Satyrian , the multicultural gothic metalband Yrlund plays the guitar and writes for. Check out his work at

Seventh Calling’s Monuments holds seven titles plus the conceptual five-part epic song ‘The damnation creation’. The tracklist reads as follows:

1.  Dark Angel
2.  Silent Screams
3.  Faces of Deception
4.  Fight for Your Life
5.  Dead Mind's Eye
6.  Invasion
7.  Mercyless
8.  The Process
9.  Chaos
10. Insanity
11. Immortality
12. My Blood...Your Veins

Sonata Arctica

 New information about Unia

Finally we can reveal what you've all been waiting for. Below you can find the tracklists, release dates (Europe) and artworks of both Sonata Arctica's new studio album "Unia" and the single "Paid In Full". 

 Tracklist Unia:

01. In Black And White
02. Paid In Full
03. For The Sake Of Revenge
04. It Won't Fade
05. Under Your Tree
06. Caleb
07. The Vice
08. My Dream's But A Drop Of Fuel For A Nightmare
09. The Harvest
10. The Worlds Forgotten, The Words Forbidden
11. Fly With The Black Swan
12. Good Enough Is Good Enough

Release: 25.05.2007


Tracklist Paid In Full (Single):

1. Paid in Full (radio edit)
2. Out in the Fields (Gary Moore cover)
3. Paid in Full

Release: 27.04.2007

Uriah Heep

 URIAH HEEP are delighted to announce that the drummer RUSSELL GILBROOK has joined the band. He replaces LEE KERSLAKE who left the band in January due to health reasons.Russell is regarded as one of the UK’s finest drummers and clinician’s and has demonstrated specialist drum clinics all over Europe. He has worked with such diverse artists as Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Van Morrison, John Farnham, Alan Price, Chris Barber and Lonnie Donnigan.


 Keith Baker, former Heep drummer (he played on "Salisbury"), is currently fighting prostate
cancer. Anyone wishing to send a personal message to Keith can do so through Mike Taylor at . Please write "Message for Keith Baker" in the subject line and Mike will make sure that all messages reach him. Thank you.

John Sloman, former singer of Uriah Heep (album "Conquest", 1980) and Gary Moore Band is the special guest at the Mostly Autumn gigs in Holland in May 2007. John just released his acoustic CD "13 Storeys".

The new Ken Hensley CD, "Blood On The Highway", will be released on May 25th. On May 22nd there will be a live showcase performance of the entire CD including the original singers, Glenn Hughes, Jorn Lande, Eve Gallagher and John Lawton, at the Fabrik in Hamburg, Germany. The entire performance will be filmed for later release as a DVD.  


 Orchestra for Werk 80 II recorded 

Atrocity have been working with the Schorndorf Symphonic Orchestra in conjunction with the recording sessions for the band's follow-up to Werk 80. Alex Krull: "The long preparation for the recordings has definitely paid off. It was a lot of work, but worth it. The results sound amazing and I want to express my thanks and respect to everybody involved." The final tracks will be finished within the next couple of days. In April, Atrocity will begin laying down the choral arrangements.

Napalm Records 

Visions of Atlantis

 "Trinity" finished & USA-Tour coming up

 VOA have finished their latest album "Trinity", to be released on 25.5 (EU) and 5.6. (USA/CAN). In September 2007, VOA will tour once again with EPICA, but this time in North America. Find the dates here.

Prelistening Links for Trinity:
At The Back Of Beyond   The Secret   Nothing Left Passing Dead End
My Dark Side Home   The Poem Wing-shaped Heart Return To You
Through My Eyes Flow This Desert   Seven Seas

Napalm Records 


New Line-Up & Recordings in June 

News at the ENTHRONED camp: 2007 brings with it a new era for the Belgian Black Metal horde. The band is pleased to welcome back bass player Phorgath (Emptiness), who sat in as a session guitarist following N. Daemon's departure. Nornagest will now be taking over the lead vocals on a permanent basis, in addition to keeping his position as the band's guitarist. Now,  the recording for Tetra Karcist can finally begin in June under the guidance of Harris Johns (SODOM). May also sees ENTHRONED on a raid of Italy. Dates

Napalm Records 


As our Army Grows (30.3.2007/US:3.4.07)
U.K. natives INTENSE stand for stomping Power Metal in the vein of their American counterparts. Anyone with a preference for solid, thrashy riffs, glorious melodies, and genuine Metal will not be disappointed.

Prelistening Links for As Our Army Grows:
Anger Of The Ancients   Mirror Shroud  Our Last HopeYou Die Today     Insanity´s Call   Temptress 
Fear Is Not Enough Trojan Transmission  Strange New World  Long Live The New Flesh
Napalm Records 


Words Untold And Dreams Unlived (27.4./US:8.5.)
The Austrian quintett captivates with their unique brand of Progressive Metal, which perfectly unites technical prowess and a multi-faceted melodic approach with an extraordinary and catchy songwriting style.
March sees SERENITY hitting stages with MORGANA LEFAY & SACRED STEEL

Prelistening Links for Words Untold & Dreams Unlived:
Reduced To Nothingness  Canopus 3    Circle Of My Second Life   Engraved Within   Forever   Dead Man Walking   From Where The Dark Is Born   Thriven

Napalm Records 


Solens Rötter (27.4.07/US:22.5.07)
VINTERSORG returns to its roots anchored deep within traditional Nordic soundscapes, strengthening them by masterfully blending in the elements that modern Metal has to offer.    

An eloquent symbiosis of hymn-like passages, cold Black Metal, and Nordic music, crowned by Vintersorg's impressive vocals.
Napalm Records 


Blade Of Triumph (May 07)
Heroic Power Metal complete with heavy guitars, majestic melodies and in-your-face drumming pave the way for the unmistakable and charismatic vocals of frontman Martin Steene.  This steam hammer of traditional Metal albums is sure to appease the youth of steel. Get ready for Danish Power Metal dynamite!

Napalm Records 


Tervaskanto (May 07)
Time for new songs from the wilderness: Out of 18 songs only the best will be chosen for the new record. Recorded by Samu Oittinen and beandleader Jonne himself, Tervaskanto delivers wild Finnish Folk Metal par excellence !
Napalm Records

March 09, 2007


Tristania is sorry to announce that Vibeke has decided to leave the band due to personal reasons. The band regrets this fact, but respect her decision and wish her all the best in the future.

Tristania is now looking to find a new female singer, as they are anxious to start touring and promoting the new album. Please send demos, along with a recent photograph, to:

Askeladdveien 12
N-4019 Stavanger


As announced before Swedish Andromeda will release their live DVD "Playing Off The Board" on 10th April in Europe and on 24th April in US.

The band comments:
"We are all very excited about "Playing off the Board" - we have put our hearts and souls into its creation. It's filled to the brim with stuff to dig your teeth into. The concert was professionally filmed in an old theatre in Katowice, Poland last autumn and it looks and sounds awesome. There are loads of cool bonus material, stuff we filmed on tour, pictures, interviews etc. Don't miss this release!"


 The main feature was recorded on 31st October 2006 in Wyspianski Theater in Katowice (Poland) when Andromeda supported Pendragon at a 21st Anniversary of "The Jewel" concert. The band in line-up: David Fremberg - vocals, Johan Reinholdz - guitar, Martin Hedin - keyboards, Thomas Lejon - drums and Fabian Gustavsson - bass concentrated mostly on their latest "Chimera" album but the set-list also includes older tracks from "Extension Of The Wish" and "II=I" albums. Get ready for a strong dose of progressive metal! The Swedish quintet offers powerful and sublime sound compositions that are both structurally intricate and overflowing with a vast spectrum of emotions.

 DVD includes 1,5 hour of progressive music at its very best, more than an hour of bonus video footage (featuring, among other materials, bootlegs and documents from the band's tour and gigs across Europe), 2 interviews and much more!

 "Playing Off The Board" will be also available in a limited swing case edition, including a CD with songs recorded at the concert!

 DVD's preview, track "In The End", is available to watch at the following locations: (in the video section)

 More info: 

Leaves’ Eyes

Sold out halls and enthusiastic fans were the trademark of the LEAVES´EYES/BLIND GUARDIAN US tour. And so, this latest journey becomes yet another extraordinary success for the German / Austrian / Norwegian formation. On their "Vinland Saga World Tour", LEAVES´EYES captured the hearts of endless new fans...and not just in Europe, but also worldwide, including Australia and the North and South American continents with no end in sight.  A video of the latest U.S. touring highlights may be viewed here:USA 2006 AD

Never wavering, despite an exhausting touring schedule, LEAVES´EYES anounces their next crusade.  The Vinland Saga World Tour Part II will be hitting the stages across Europe together with Kamelot and supported by Fairyland on selected gigs.  Dates

In late Summer, LEAVES´EYES return to their American and Canadian Fans for a 3 week tour, once again accompanied by Kamelot.

LEAVES' EYES has been confirmed to be the headliner of the METAL FEMALE VOICES FEST (Doro, After Forever, Epica, The Gathering a.o.), 20.10.2007, Wieze, Belgium. The theme of the special show will be "En Saga i Belgia", which will be filmed and presented on the up-coming DVD. 



Rock band Beyond The Labyrinth have shortened their name to BTL, to reflect the musical changes, and announce a mini album to bridge the gap between their debut “Signs” and before recording the follow-up “Castles In The Sand”

The BTL band members have decided that the time for a change, for a step ahead has come. Since the joining of Dave Varlet (new singer) and Gerry Verstreken (new bass player) at the end of 2006, the band's music has evolved into a more contemporary sound.

To celebrate all this, and before recording Castles In The Sand, the band will release a mini album, entitled Hidden Agenda. This release will showcase the new BTL and will feature the following songs: Hidden Agenda, Shine, In Perpetual Motion and P-Machinery (a cover tune, originally from Propaganda).

The band's new web site will be, however the previous web site will be maintained as a mirror site.

BTL is Geert Fieuw - Guitars, Danny Focke - Keyboards, Filip Vinck - Drums, Dave Varlet - Vocals and Gerry Verstreken - Bass.


New Band produced by Tommy and Chris Rehn of ANGTORIA SOREPTION Highly Tecnical Progressive Deathmetal

Swedish SOREPTION, founded in late 2005, is yet another young talented band in the Technical Deathmetal genre. Now you might ask yourself; how many technical deathmetal bands can the world handle?! The answer is simple. At least one more! 

When SOREPTION in their unique surgically razorsharp way brings you technically and artisticly advanced riffs topped with in your face brutal vocals you can do nothing but offer a bow, and a warning, to the older and more established guys in the genre. These twenty-year old guys perform their songs quickly, brutally and highly technical with musicality and finesse. A very unusual combination especially for a band as young as SOREPTION.

 Just as you thought no new band could turn up and blast the genre here's SOREPTION! 

SOREPTION is unsigned at the moment (probably not for long as labels now are approached)

A four track EP is ready for release and samples are available from MySpace and SOREPTION's homepage

 The EP is recorded, mixed and produced at Sidelake Studios Sundsvall by Tommy and Chris Rehn from ANGTORIA ( for Virtual Symphony Productions. The artwork for their EP has been designed and created by Chris Rehn. 


GODS OF WAR MP3's For Download Now !  

All songs from GODS OF WAR are now available for download at the
merchandise section of You can visit the mp3 - section
here to purchase songs


Press release:

CHAVIS RECORDS reveals the cover art for American Angel - Vanity! The American Angel project has been wrapped up and will be heading to production for a late spring release. Preorders will begin April 1st. All preorders will receive their CD fully autographed by the band.

Track listing: While I’m Away, Pantomind, Vanity, On The Hunt, Seven, Warm Inside, Don’t Wait Up, Breathe, In Perfection, End of the Night, Another Day, Turns to Grey, Permanent Pause

 Checkout the hot new single BREATHE - CLICK HERE 

After a 15 year hiatus, American Angel have returned to deliver a staggering release powered by incomparable musicianship, distinctive vocals, and the dynamism of Rocco Fury. Vanity contains 13 tracks of well encompassed hard rock music intertwined with huge hooks, melodies and unforgettable choruses. Vanity’s story delivers a look back at when music was driven by the image but with today’s more modern style.

American Angel rose to fame in 1989, with their self titled debut, after signing with Grudge/BMG. The hit single “How Can I Miss You” was featured on MTV and the video placed into heavy rotation. American Angel has returned with a vengeance; proving once again what music is all about. American Angel, to this day, has a tremendous fan base thus making Vanity a highly anticipated release worldwide. The band will be embarking on a North American tour in support of Vanity this summer.

For more information visit or 



19th October 2007

20th October 2007


!!! This is not the appearance's order !!!
Time schedule will be added later.

Leaves' Eyes
AfterForever    Epica
Sirenia     The Gathering
Autumn    ELIS
Battlelore    Seraphim
Imperia    Draconian
Valkyre         Interria

Presales have started on  

Spodek Hall, Katowice, Poland
2 stages - over 20 bands

 Main stage:

Small stage:



DOORS OPEN: 9 a.m.
SMALL STAGE: 9.30 a.m.
MAIN STAGE: 10.30 a.m.
Official websites: &

Ticket prices:
floor and red sections: 35 / 38 € (on the day of the show)
sections H and J 45 / 48 € (on the day of the show)
VIP section 58 / 60 € (on the day of the show)

For more info about tickets please call: +48 32 205 25 00 (ext. 101), e-mail: or visit:
To buy tickets please call +48 32 205 25 00 (ext. 187), + 48 32 253 77 60, e-mail: or visit:

Uriah Heep

Uriah Heep regret to announce that, due to ongoing health problems, longstanding drummer Lee Kerslake is to leave the band with immediate effect.

During 2006, when Uriah Heep toured in some twenty territories ranging from Indonesia, India and Thailand through to Brazil, Peru, Russia and Bulgaria, concluding with a six week Acoustic Tour through Europe, Lee found the rigors of constant touring increasingly stressful and will now take the opportunity over the next few months to embark on a stringent campaign in order to resolve his health issues.

Comments Heep lead guitarist and founder member Mick Box ‘All the band are fully behind Lee in his efforts to become fully match fit again. For me, it is particularly devastating to lose not only someone who I have worked with for some thirty five years, but also one of my closest and oldest friends who I love like a brother. It is, however, in the best interests of both Lee and the band that a change is made now. This is an important time in the history of the band - We have just signed a new worldwide recording contract with Sanctuary Records and are about to commence recording our first new studio album in almost a decade and it is vital that there is consistency between both the recording and the forthcoming eighteen month long world tour to coincide with the album’s release in September’.

The band will now start actively auditioning potential drummers and we will keep you informed as events unfold.

Uriah Heep are delighted to announce that the band has signed a new, exclusive worldwide recording deal with Sanctuary Records.

Uriah Heep are delighted to announce that the band has signed a new,
exclusive worldwide recording deal with Sanctuary Records. Heep will commence recording their first new album for nine years since 1998’s ‘Sonic Origami’, during March/April and going into pre production rehearsals in February.

The as yet untitled album - which will be Heep’s 21st official studio album - is
scheduled for release during late summer and will feature at least ten new tracks, produced by Mike Paxman


Since 1997 Mike has made five albums with UK rock band Status Quo, including 2002's Heavy Traffic, widely acclaimed as putting the 'rock' back into Quo's studio output. He has most recently produced the audio for their recent Live DVD 'Just Doin' It', released in November 2006.

Mike says he saw Uriah Heep at the very first gig they played under the name Uriah Heep at Salisbury Tech College on March 20th 1970, so he was there at the beginning! He says he is honored to be asked to work on the new studio album and he promises to make it a stormer.  

Swedish Death Metal – The Book

By Daniel Ekeroth (Dellamorte, Nominon a.o.)

And it will be in English so all of you can read it -

 In the mid-80's a small underground movement in Sweden started to emerge from small towns and suburbs. A handful of restless teenagers started to search for the most extreme music available, and a tape trading community began to grow. Eventually the teenagers picked up instruments themselves, and created what in a few years would dominate the world of extreme music - Swedish Death Metal. This is the improbable history of how it all began and evolved into the early 90's.

The book also includes a massive A-Z of Swedish Death Metal bands (about 900 entries) as well as fanzines. All in all the book is 500 pages long, and contains over 500 cool photos and flyers. About 30 central characters of the scene have been interviewed, and some of their anecdotes are as wild as the music ever was. Still, the main focus of this research is the music. After all, the fantastic music is the greatest achievement of the Swedish Death Metal movement.

All must have for all even slighly interested in Death Metal and it´s swedish branch.

Wholesale price 250 SEK (approx: 28Euro/ 36 US$) + postage

Record Heaven/Transubstans Records

January 07, 2007

Paul Rodgers/Queen

On the site of Paul Rodgers, you can find the news that he is coming to Bospop in Weert (Holland) on July 8th

Paul Rodgers is known as the singer of The Free, Bad Company, The Firm, but also as replacement for Freddy Mercury in Queen. In October, he will go into the studio to record a new Queen album with Brian May. Interesting name for Bospop. (Thanks Elzo Mulder and Louis Rentrop) 

After Forever / Progpower USA VIII

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit AFTER FOREVER has been confirmed for the ProgPower USA VIII festival, set to take place October 5-6, 2007 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. The final festival billing is as follows (in alphabetical order):


Tickets will go on sale March 3 at 10:00 a.m. EST via all Ticketmaster outlets. Cost is $110 for the two-day event. Individual day tickets are not available. Only 900 tickets will be made available to the public. Advance gold badges are sold out.

As previously reported, Germany's progressive metal icons VANDEN PLAS and Sweden's FREAK KITCHEN have been confirmed to co-headline the ProgPower USA VIII Showcase on Thursday, October 4, 2007.

AFTER FOREVER's new, self-titled album is scheduled for release on March 23 via Nuclear Blast Records. According to an article on the Dutch web site, the song "Discord" will feature the Prague Symphonic Orchestra, while vocalist Doro Pesch can be heard dueting with AFTER FOREVER frontwoman Floor Jansen in the track "Who I Am". ANNIHILATOR guitarist Jeff Waters reportedly makes an appearance on a track with a working title of "De-Energized". Other songs set to appear on the CD include "Evoke", "Transitory", "Equally Destructive", "Withering Time", "Cry With A Smile", "Envision", "Who I Am" and "Empty Memories".  


Threshold have now finished recording their new album. The CD will be called 'Dead Reckoning' and is due for release through Nuclear Blast Records on 23 March 2007.

On the change of album title, band member Richard West commented "We decided that the working title 'Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams' was more suitable as a song title, it didn't sound solid or powerful enough to represent the overall sound of the album".

'Dead Reckoning' was produced by Karl Groom and Richard West at Thin Ice Studios, with additional production at Bray Studios. The track list is as follows:

1. Slipstream
2. This Is Your Life
3. Elusive
4. Hollow
5. Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams
6. Fighting For Breath
7. Disappear
8. Safe To Fly
9. One Degree Down

 Swedish multi-instrumentalist/producer Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Nightingale, Second Sky, Bloodbath) has laid down backing vocals on the new album from U.K. progressive metallers Threshold, entitled Dead Reckoning. Swanö guests on the opening song of the album Slipstream and the third song Elusive.

Commented Swanö: "My backing growls on the upcoming Threshold album are the most brutal thing you will hear from me in quite some time.
Tore my throat apart for these guys!!"  

O3 A Trilogy - Part 2

With a gripping album that unites metal and progressive rock, former Dream Theater lead vocalist Charlie Dominici makes an impressive return to the spotlight. His new album ‘O3 A Trilogy - Part 2’ enthrals listeners with diverse musical elements and an ambitious concept.

Release: 26-02-2007  

Solitude Aeturnus

Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce two live shows of the legendary doom metal band from US - Solitude Aeturnus. This is an opportunity not to be missed for all European fans as there are no plans for additional gigs in Europe in the near future!
The warm up gig will take place on 10th February at a Loch Ness Club in Cracow. Two days later they will appear at Stodola Club in Warsaw along Vader and Onslaught where all 3 bands will record material for their separate DVD releases. A fourth, as-yet-undisclosed group will also appear on the bill of this mini-festival.

 Metal Mind Productions recently re-released two classic Solitude Aeturnus' albums - "Into the depths of Sorrow" (1991) and "Beyond the Crimson Horizon" (1992). Both albums were re-issued in new digipack editions on golden discs, digitally remastered using 24-Bit process with bonus tracks, biography, liner notes by John Perez and more. Each title is limited to 2000 copies.

 Metal Mind Productions presents


 10.02.2007 Cracow, Loch Ness Club
12.02.2007 Warsaw, Stodola Club (with Vader / Onslaught + special guest)

Bang Your Head

 HEAVEN AND HELL are the latest addition to this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 22-23, 2007 in Balingen, Germany. The four piece consisting of nonetheless than Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler & Vinnie Appice will be the second headlining act of the festival besides EDGUY. These names might ring a bell: It is, of course, the legendary line-up to be heard on the BLACK SABBATH milestone "Mob Rules". Due to legal restrictments, the band had to name itself after the classic Dio, Iommi, Butler produced in 1980 along with drummer Bill Ward.

 The festival billing is shaping up as follows so far (8 more acts to be confirmed):

feat. Dio, Iommi, Butler &  Appice
All further details about the BANG YOUR HEAD!!! may be found at the BYH!!!-homepage at

 Tickets are availaible at ticket-hotline (+49-74 57-94 46 12) and via homepage Prices are 65, - Euro (plus shipping) at presales. Tickets are limited to a number of 20000. 

A tribute to Monsters of Rock 2007


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La Ventura means " luck ", it's what we need to make it in this world !

This new Dutch band has been founded by ex-Orphanage(Holland's first Gothic Groove Metal band) drummer Erwin Polderman and vocalist Carla Douw.

Carla is a charismatic singer with passion in her voice, melancholic and mystical are the other words that mark her incredible voice.

 The other bandmember are guitarplayer Saz and bassplayer Mike, both known from their band Badly Preserved. And Marco is the man who handles the synths within La-Ventura. They are responsible for the atmospheric synths and piano, heavy guitar riffs and the groovy rhythm section which are the main features of La-Ventura.

The band has recently signed up with the American label Razar Ice Records for their yet nameless debut album that will be released in the first half of 2007. Even with just three songs the label was convinced that La-Ventura was the right band for them! Since then it all went like a whirlwind for the band. More and more people are reached and touched by the music. In November the band will begin with the recordings which will be mixed and mastered in the USA. All is set in motion to make the release a big success. Both on stage as on CD, La-Ventura makes it all true. They are ready for the big works now! You won't be disappointed! (where the goodies are!). (the main team!).

November 19, 2006

Novembers Doom



01. Rain
02. The Novella Reservoir
03. Drown the Inland Mere
04. Twilight Innocence
05. The Voice of Failure
06. They Were Left to Die
07. Dominate the Human Strain
08. Leaving This

Don’t forget to pass by to enter new contests to win tickets. The newest contests is for the gig of Axel Rudi Pell in Plato in Helmond on February 9th, 2007.

But also tickets for Focus, Wishbone Ash, Doro and many others.


Type O Negative

Great news - the new Type O Negative opus, entitled "Dead Again", has now entered the mixing process! The new disc will include an appearance by Lycia vocalist Tara VanFlower - you can check out her MySpace page here: Tara VanFlower. Tentative release date remains sometime in early 2007, hopefully additional live dates may be announced around then as well. Stay tuned for word on the website street team; for now you can check out the freshly minted banners, icons, and other assorted media posted on the recently resurrected media page.  



MANOWAR will give away one newly designed and custom built chopper during the upcoming "Demons, Dragons and Warriors World Tour 2007". This bike is a Custom Chopper Hardcore II from Custom Chrome with a rigid frame and 88 cubic inch show polished engine and the Gods Of War album artwork. Something you don't want to miss!

If you would like to be part of this competition, you need to visit the news-section on and register.

For more information, please visit the brand-new and

Dimmu Borgir

Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have finished recording their new album at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producers Fredrik Nordström and Patrik J. Sten for an early 2007 release via Nuclear Blast Records.

This will be DIMMU's first "concept album," a story set in always-epic Medieval Europe that also serves as a treatise on the modern-day political and social abuses of organized religion. "There's this dude that works as a priest's assistant, and after a while he just discovers that he has nothing to do with Christianity," said Silenoz of the storyline, which he conceived in full before even a note of music was composed. "He just sort of has this awakening and realizes that he has different abilities and different powers and is leaning more to the dark side."

DIMMU BORGIR's current recording lineup is as follows:

Shagrath - Vocals
Silenoz - Guitars
Galder - Guitars
Vortex - Bass
Mustis - Keys
Hellhammer – Drums 


Romanian Show, new singer, new album

Sweden's THERION has revealed more details about their upcoming show with a full symphonic orchestra, choir and international opera stars, which will take place on December 9, 2006 at the Palace Hall in Bucharest, Romania. According to the band, the concert will consist of three parts:

1. Pure orchestral versions of THERION songs. For example, an opera version of "Clavicula Nox".

2. THERION + orchestra and choir perform various famous works by Wagner, Mozart, Saens-Saen, Dvorak and Verdi.

3. THERION play own songs together with orchestra and choir. Of course classics that everyone would expect will be played, but also songs that have never been played before, such as "Via Nocturna", "Eternal Return" etc. Also a version of "Siren of the Woods" scored for real orchestra and with opera singers.

Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND, DREAM EVIL) has been named the new singer in THERION. The group's new album, "Gothic Kabbalah", was recorded and mixed in Stockholm by Stefan Glaumann (RAMMSTEIN, EVERGREY, EUROPE) and will be released in January 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records. Snowy shares the vocal duties with Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, KRUX, AT VANCE) and two female singers. A full-blown European tour with GRAVE DIGGER and SABATON will kick off mid-January. A complete list of tour dates can be found at the THERION
web site.



On November, 17, 2006 a spectacular compilation was released: the DORO „Warrior Soul Winter Edition (20 Years A Warrior Soul)“ offers, in three different configurations, a view over the career of one of the strongest and most interesting artists of all times.

The regular Winter Edition of „Warrior Soul“ includes, next to already established hits such as „You `re My Family“, „Strangers Yesterday“ or „Haunted Heart“ an extra bonus CD with live tracks and a brand new, so far unreleased track.

The „20 Years A Warrior Soul“-Edition contains, next to bonus CD, a high quality double DVD as well. The DVD is produced in the currently best and technically most developed DVD9-format. On the first DVD you get to see a 90 minutes documentation about the anniversary show, including all guests such as, for example, Lemmy/Motörhead, Biff/Saxon, Zak/Circle II Circle or Udo Dirkschneider/U.D.O.. It also contains a revolutionary road movie about the „Warrior Soul“-tour. Like a real movie this road movie leads the watcher through different tour stations in Germany, Spain and Russia, as well as through big festival events (Sweden Rock) and allows several private insights in the daily touring life. The second DVD offers the anniversary show from Düsseldorf in full length. Roughly 180 minutes of that show that Doro will, as well as her fans, never ever forget.

For all collectors and true fans there will also be the exclusive, limited to 1000 pieces, spectacular Fan Box with the bonus CD, the double DVD, special shirt, sticker, autograph card as well as a Warrior Soul-snow globe. The Fan Box will be released at November, 24th. Next to the winter tour of German rock queen Doro this will be the perfect Christmas gift for sure.

Metal Bash 2006-2007

 The nineth Metal Bash is coming in December. (Aardschok)

It’s a contest for hardrock and metal bands.
The final is on Sunday December 17, in De Boerderij in Zoetermeer, with a gig of SOLID VISION. This Italian band is THE Dream Theater tribute band.

Contestants METAL BASH 2006 – 2007

HEDON-ZWOLLE  Friday December 1

Chiraw                                   rough metal from Almelo      

carnal leftovers               death metal from Zwolle       

Sphere of souls               progrock from Enschede      

my own mess                   thrash metal from Dedemsvaart


DYNAMO-EINDHOVEN  Saturday December 2

Spoil Engine                    groovy metal fom Kortemark (B)

Beaverstore                    rock n death from Eindhoven

Scenario II                      melodic death from Eindhoven

Engine Of Doom               melodic death/thrash from Tilburg


De Pul-Uden  Saturday December 9

Fuelblooded                    solid metal from Den Bosch  

Transentience                 gothic metal from Apeldoorn 

Diggeth                         swamp rock from Arnhem       

             Herfst                        death metal from Mechelen (B)      


De Peppel-Zeist  Friday December 15

X-Tinxion                         thrash metal from Dordrecht                  x-tinxion

Apocrypha                       black metal from Leiden       

Return To Reason             metalcore from Amsterdam   

Headhaunter groovy        hardrock from Dordrecht      

Black Messiah

New Black Messiah album out on November, 17th

The first Black Messiah album at AFM Records “Of Myths And Legends“ is released on November, 17th. Black Messiah once again display their musicianship, but on an even higher level. If you don´t have a clue what “Pagan Metal” means BLACK MESSIAH would feel honoured to introduce you to it…  


Destruction's upcoming release: "Thrash Anthems"!

Press Release:

The intension of this album was to give the old classics - many of them still being a big part of our live programm - some fresh energy and the aggressive production of today, without losing the "oldschool" atmosphere.

Some of the old recordings have a rather poor sound and we didn´t wanna do another "Best of " album with those (old recordings) cause it has been done before and won´t be exiting at all. But after more than 17 years it was time for another "Best of album"!

This album will feature 13 classics of the pre-reunion era (84-90). Some of those songs we haven´t played in ages, and the fans have been demanding them in our live set for a long time too

From the dark/punky/thrashy early days to the later technical periods featuring songs from the albums "Release from agony" and "Cracked Brain" (a song that was never before released with Schmiers vocals!)

As a matter of fact, the aggression and the tightness of the band of today, together with a crystal clear "in your face" production, creates an oldschool Thrash Metal devastation, that will give true satisfaction to both: fans of old and new Thrash Metal.

This unique combination of songs has never been released as a compilation before.

As a special bonus there will be two brandnew songs on this 70 minutes plus masterpiece, "Deposition (your heads will roll)" and "Profanity", which the band wrote after returning from their North America tour!


The coverart will feature the "Mad Butcher" among other classical DESTRUCTION covers!

Guest-apperance by former guitar player Harry Wilkens and Jacob Hansen (Invocator)

"Thrash Anthems" - the first real collection of DESTRUCTION classics (plus two brandnew tracks!)chosen by the fans and the band (and NOT the label!!!) with a crushing performance and sound, that will leave deep scarves on your sound system - Total Devastation!!!

Releasedate: 19th January 2007


Pestilence's "Mind Reflections" is another classic material taken from Roadrunner Records' archives that was re-issued on 13th November. Compilation of band's best tracks, both studio and live, is a must have for fans of complex music that combines various influences (from thrash, jazz and fusion) with classic death metal. New digipack edition digitally remastered using 24-Bit process is limited to hand numerated 2000 copies and includes bonus material - a video to "Mind Reflections".

"Mind Reflections"

Label: Metal Mind Records
Format: CD Digipack (limited edition of 2000 hand numerated copies)
Genre: death metal
Release date:13.11.2006

1. Out of the Body
2. Twisted Truth
3. The Process of  Suffocation
4. Parricide
5. Mind Reflections
6. Dehydrated
7. Land of Tears
8. Hatred Within
9. The Secrecies of Horror
10. Subordinate to the Domination
11. Dehydrated (live)
12. Chemotherapy (live)
13. Presence of the Dead (live)
14. Testimony (live)
15. Chronic Infection (live)
16. Out of the Body (live)
Bonus track:
Mind Reflections (video)

 Title available at

Crimson Glory

Metal Mind Productions presents the re-release of two Crimson Glory's albums taken from Roadrunner Record's archives: "Astronomica" & "Strange and Beautiful". Crimson Glory is one of the best and most influential prog-metal bands from the 80's and will appeal to fans of bands like Queensryche or Fates Warning. "Astronomica" in a new digipack edition includes bonus CD with over 50 minutes of live and demo recordings! "Strange and Beautiful" - remastered edition of the most controversial Crimson Glory album is a must have for all progressive metal lovers! Both titles are released on golden discs, digitally remastered using 24-Bit process and limited to 2000 copies.

 Crimson Glory

Label: Metal Mind Records
Format: 2xCD Digipack (limited edition of 2000 hand numerated copies)
Genre: progressive metal
Release date: 06.11.2006


Crimson Glory
"Strange and Beautiful"


Label: Metal Mind Records
Format: CD Digipack (limited edition of 2000 hand numerated copies)
Genre: progressive metal
Release date: 13.11.2006

Titles available at  

Blackmore’s Night

„Winter Carols“ out on November, 24th

On this highly anticipated first Christmas album by Blackmore's Night, Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore interpret nine mediaeval carols in their own inimitable style. Apart from these traditional songs such as 'Lord Of The Dance', 'Good King Wenceslas' or 'We Three Kings' the album contains a Night/Blackmore original, 'Christmas Eve', which has already delighted countless fans at their live shows. Further highlights are an exceptional Blackmore instrumental, 'Winter (Basse Dance)', as well as a wonderful cover version of the Rednex classic 'Wish You Were Here'.

The renaissance rock band was founded in the mid 1990's by Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow) and his partner, the singer Candice Night. With their debut album, 'Shadow Of The Moon' (1997), Blackmore's Night charted world-wide and stayed in the German charts for 17 weeks. The band have repeated this feat with subsequent releases, most recently with the album 'The Village Lanterne' which entered the German album charts at no. 6 in early 2006.

September 03, 2006


24th August is a date that some people will remember for a long time… All due to a FANTASTIC performance given by Obituary – one of the best death metal bands around. And they proved that again last night at one off gig in Stodola Club in Warsaw, Poland. This special show was recorded for the future DVD release, so luckily people who didn’t attend this show will have the opportunity to see what happened there (the release date is planned for November 2006 on Metal Mind Productions).

Obituary in line-up: John Tardy – vocal, Allen West – guitar, Trevor Peres – guitar, Frank Watkins – bass, Donald Tardy - drums played following tracks:

  1. Intro: Rain

  2. Redneck Stomp

  3. On The Floor

  4. Insane

  5. Chopped In Half

  6. Turned Insideout

  7. Dying

  8. Intro

  9. Internal Bleeding

  10. Back To One

  11. Find The Arise

  12. Back Inside

  13. Threatening Skies

  14. By The Light

  15. Intro

  16. Kill For Me

  17. Solid State

  18. Stand Alone

  19. Back From The Dead

  20. Drum Solo

  21. Lockjaw

  22. Slow Death

  23. ‘Til Death

  24. Slowly We Rot

Bands members were in ultra TOP form so they easily made the 800-people crowd ecstatic. Great stage design & over 1,5 hour long set recorded by 7 cameras promise great results on the final DVD. Future, yet untitled, DVD will include most if not all of tracks played in Warsaw and also an interview conducted a day earlier, on Wednesday. More details to be announced soon. Watch out this space!


SINISTER - one of the most interesting Dutch bands on a Death Metal scene recorded material for their live DVD "Prophecies Denied". This special gig took place on 24th August in Stodola Club in Warsaw (Poland) when Sinister supported Obituary (along with Grave and Catamenia). The band in line-up: Aad Kloosterwaard – vocals, Paul Beltman – drums, Alex Paul – guitar, Bas van den Bogaard – bass, played their best tracks as follows:

  1. Intro 1

  2. Bleeding towards the Wendigo

  3. Epoch of Denial

  4. The Grey Massacre

  5. Sadistic Intent

  6. Into the Forgotten

  7. Men Down

  8. Barbaric Order

  9. Intro 2

  10. Enslave the Weak

  11. Altruistic Suicide

  12. Afterburner

  13. Intro 3

  14. Cross the Styx

  15. To Mega Therion

800-people crowd present in Stodola made a great atmosphere. Add to this excellent show recorded on 7 cameras and the result can not be any better. "Prophecies Denied" will be released as a standard DVD edition and a DVD+CD limited edition in November on Metal Mind Productions.


Please welcome the latest album from Germany's WINTERDOME.

WINTERDOME play a convincing mixture of Dark and Gothic Metal, spiced up with Medieval Metal elements and great storytelling.


"Weltendämmerung" is a fairytale in which the band create their own world. This includes incredible details. The band did create an own culture, religion, even an own language. Even without understanding every single word, the mixture of atmospheric music and the words creates something unique, something that grabs you and helps you to create your own fairytale in your heads.

Massacre Records


ELIS step up to the mic for the first time since the tragic death of their front lady Sabine Dünser:

"We got together a couple of days ago to discuss if and how to continue. For starters, we decided to re-activate our Web Site.  Likewise, we also decided to go ahead and release the songs we have already recorded.  Sabine always referred to '
Griefshire' as her "baby" and we believe it would be her greatest wish to have the album released.   Further details to come at a later date."

Expect Griefshire to be released in October 2006. 


Werk 80 II
The German Death and Metal pioneers ATROCITY are currently working on the follow-up to their highly successful 'Werk 80' CD.

Along with LEAVES´EYES, ATROCITY will soon grace Australian stages: 18.09.2006 AUS - Perth / Amplifier Bar 19.09.2006 AUS - Adelaide / TBC 21.09.2006 AUS - Brisbane / Her Majesty's Basement Bar 22.09.2006 AUS - Sydney / Manning Bar 23.09.2006 AUS - Melbourne / Corner Hotel


Vinland Saga World Tour II

The Leaves´Eyes success story continues: Following their European and Australian (with ATROCITY), the band looks forward to their next round of live shows. With none other than BLIND GUARDIAN, Liv Kristine and Co. will tour the USA.

Napalm Records

The Realm of Napalm Records: OUT NOW!

The premiere digipack DVD compilation from the house of Napalm Records! Over 140 minutes of music videos, live cuts, and special features from the likes of Leaves´Eyes, Lacrimas Profundere, Atrocity, Elis, Midnattsol, Korpiklaani, Saltatio Mortis, and many more! Included with this one-of-a-kind DVD is a bonus audio CD featuring 16 hot tracks!

Total Playing Time: Over 140 Minutes!

DVD Tracklist:

MUSIC VIDEOS: 1) Atrocity -  Cold black days 2) Battlelore – Storm of the blades 3) Battlelore – Jounrey into dying land 4)Beseech – Innerlane 5)Darkwell – Fate prisoner 6) Elis – der letzte Tag 7)Hurtlocker – Absolution 8)Korpiklaani – Beer beer 9)Korpiklaani – Kadetsiipina 10)Korpiklaani – Hunting song 11) Lacrimas Profundere – Amber Gir 12) lLacrimas Profundere – Ave End 13) Lacrimas Profundere – Again it´s over 14) Leaves´Eyes – Elegy 15) Leaves´Eyes – Into your light 16)Sinamore – Darkness of Day 17) Tyr – Regin Smidur 18) Tyr – Hail to the Hammer 19) Visions of Atlantis - Lost

LIVE VIDEOS: 1) Enthroned – Hellgium Messiah 2)Saltatio Mortis – Heuchler 3)Saltatio Mortis – Salz der Erde 4)Saltatio Mortis – Mea Culpa 5) Saltatio Mortis – Junges Blut 6)Midnattsol – Infinite fairytale 7)Midnattsol – Desolation 8)Midnattsol – Haunted

LEAVES´EYES SPECIAL: 1)The Making of a Saga 2)A winter talk 3) Bochum total – special 4) From Mexico to Russia

GET WIG WAMED: 1)In my dreams (new version) 2) Hard to be a Rock´n Roller 3)Bless the night

BONUS AUDIO CD Compilation 1) Atrocity – Enigma 2) Battlelore – Storm of the Blades 3) Beseech – Last Obsession 4) Draconian – She dies 5) Elis – Anger 6)Hurtlocker – I am everything...nothing! 7)Iron Fire – Ironhead 8) Korpiklaani – Väkirauta 9)Lacrimas Profundere – My velvet little darkness 10) Leaves´Eyes – Farewell proud men 11) Sinamore – Darkness of the Day 12) Summoning – Land of the Dead (Edit) 13) Tyr – Regin Smidir 14)Visions of Atlantis – Pharaoh´s Repentance 15)Weltenbrand – Bewitched Herds boys 16) Wig Wam – Kill my Rock ´n´ Roll

July 14, 2006


Liechtenstein-based gothic metal band ELIS has posted the following message on its official web site, :

"Deeply confused and sad, we have to inform you, that Sabine [Dünser, vocals] isn't among us anymore!

"During the band's rehearsal on Friday [July 7], Sabine suffered a cerebral hemorrhage from which she died a day later at the hospital!

"Out of respect for Sabine's family and friends, we have decided to take the homepage from the net.

"We need time now to decide if and how we approach further and we will not answer any mails at the moment."

Dünser was born June 27, 1977 and joined ELIS, then still known as ERBEN DER SCHOPFUNG, in 2001. ELIS recently completed work on the follow-up to 2004's "Dark Clouds in a Perfect Sky" at Mastersound Studios in Stuttgart with producer Alexander Krull (ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES). A video for "Der Letzte Tag", taken from the last CD, can be viewed at this location (right-click and "Save Target As"; 6.4 MB, Windows Media).

Brutal Assault Festival

From 10th  – 12th August 2006 the 11th volume of the Brutal Assault Festival will take place at Svojsice u Prelouce (Czech Republic).

It’s difficult to say which band can be branded as the headliner because this year’s lineup offers up several giants of the metal genre. Great attraction, especially for fans of atmospheric or symphonic black metal are Norwegians black metal gurus DIMMU BORGIR. The next exclusive guest comes from the USA. FEAR FACTORY. Other representatives of Norwegian black metal scene are MAYHEM.

And now something for backers of the most extreme metal genres. MORBID ANGEL belong to the absolute death metal elite. For the “old school” fans are prepared several treats – grind core veterans NAPALM DEATH and no less assiduous hardcore SICK OF IT ALL, reappearance of death metal band GOREFEST and German thrashers DESTRUCTION as well as English ONSLAUGHT. Finnish AMORPHIS will introduce not only combination of dreamlike melodies but also wild Scandinavian rave.

But not only well-known stars are on festival’s line-up. For many visitors, Brutal Assault will be the first opportunity to contort their fleshes with these bands. These facts don’t apply to jazz-art-noise metal frenzy Italian EPHEL DUATH. This band has already appeared at Brutal Assault and their concert show guarantees extraordinary experience. Israeli ethno-doom progressive ORPHANED LAND excelled at Prague’s appearance with PARADISE LOST. High technical level connected with modern express are presented by young talented bands GOJIRA and TEXTURES, modern way and sound in metal music demonstrated French DAGOBA. For the first time will come to the Czech Republic French dingbats CARNIVAL IN COAL. We can look for representatives of brutal death metal genre in SEVERE TORTURE and SKINLESS. You can enjoy devastating ROTTEN SOUND or Irish doom metallers MOURNING BELOVETH with their suicidal slow and torn music.

Entrance fee for all three days is gracious 32 EUR. For useful information keep an eye on the official festival’s website

 Brutal Assault festival vol. 11 line-up:


Though Jorn has already split from Masterplan he will perform the last shows in Czech Republik, Bulgaria and Belgium. Since the Ragna Rock Festival in Norway is canceled these remaining three shows are the last opportunity for Masterplan fans to see the the band in its original line up.

Dream Theater

SCORE - Coming August 29th!

Dream Theater's latest live CD and DVD "SCORE" is currently scheduled for release on Aug 29th 2006 on Rhino Records (date may vary slightly in different countries).

The 3-CD and 2-DVD sets will be available seperately.
Both versions will contain the entire "20th Anniversary World Tour" grand finale recorded live at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 1st, 2006 (nearly 3 hours of music - over 90 minutes of which was performed with a full orchestra).

The DVD will also contain a 1 hour Documentary tracking the entire career of the band from the very beginnings at the Berklee College Of Music in 1985 all the way to the Radio City Music Hall grand finale. Including rare never before seen footage and interviews with current and previous members of the band.

Also included on the DVD are several live Bonus Tracks from through the years taken from the Portnoy Archives.


MOTORHEAD's upcoming new album, Kiss of Death is due out on August 29th through Sanctuary Records. The track listing is as follows:

One Night Stand
Devil I Know
Under The Gun
God Was Never On Your Side
Living In The Past
Sword of Glory
Be My Baby
Kingdom of the Worm
Going Down

ProgPower Europe

We would like you to know that weekend tickets for the ProgPower Europe festival are for sale now. Just go to the ProgPower website and make your pre-order, day tickets will go on sale at the end of August, only when available.

We also have a couple of package deals for sale, it includes a weekend ticket and a stay at Kasteel De Berckt, Bed & Breakfast. It is definitely the best place to stay during ProgPower, close to the venue(about 2 km), cheap and you will stay there with several other visitors and some of the bands that will play at the festival. But the package deals are limited, so better order them today.

We also have flyers available right now, so if you would like to do some promotion and spread some flyers just mail us, give us your address and we will send some flyers within the next couple of days.

We hope to see you all at ProgPower Europe 2006.

The current line up for the festival is as follows:

Friday 29 September (free pre-party)
Dreamscape (ger)
Zero Gravity (bel)

Saturday 30 September
Textures (nl)
Scar Symmetry (se)
Ephel Duath (it)
Chaoswave (it)
Another Messiah (nl)

Sunday 1 October
Communic (no)
Dark Suns (ger)
Voyager (aus)
Nova Art (rus)
Pantommind (pol)

For up to date festival information, tickets etc visit


Journey will have a new lead singer on its summer tour with Def Leppard while Steve Augeri recovers from a throat infection.

Jeff Scott Soto, who has performed with Journey guitarist Neal Schon, will step in for Augeri starting with a show Friday in Bristow, Va.

"Steve's been suffering with an acute throat condition since before we kicked off the tour with Def Leppard. We were hoping he'd be in well condition to handle the rigors of the road but unfortunately it appears to be a chronic condition requiring total voice rest," the band said in a statement Thursday.

Augeri's doctor will monitor his condition to determine when he may be able to rejoin the tour.

Luna Ad Noctum

"The Perfect Evil In Mortal"

Label: Metal Mind Records
Distribution: Metal Mind Productions
Cat. Nr: MMP CD 0429
Genre: lunar black metal
Release date: 10.07.2006

The Album
The band comes back with third album, which includes 9 tracks in their own unique style - lunar black metal - easily recognizable with the very first sounds. Recommended especially for fans of Dimmu Borgir or Cradle of Filth.

Track List
1. Phantoms ov Wrath (intro)
2. The Perfect Evil In Mortal
3. Diablex Virus
4. Devilrising Impact
5. Humana Androide
6. Deviante Obscurante
7. Deceptive Fatality
8. Dimness In Me
Loneliness' Ruined My Life

1999 "Moonlit Sanctum" demo
2001 "Lunar Endless Temptation" promo CD
2002 "Dimness' Profound" (Pagan Records)
2004 "Sempiternal Consecration" (Metal Mind Productions, MMP CD 0243)
2006 "The Perfect Evil In Mortal"(Metal Mind Productions, MMP CD 0429 )

Dragor Born In Flames - drums
Tomas Infamous - guitars
Blasphemo Abyssum Invocat - guitars
Adrian Nefarious - bass / vocals

Website (my Space site)



Label: TC Music
Distribution: Metal Mind Productions
Cat. Nr: MMP CD 0436
Genre: electronic rock
Release date: 10.07.2006

The Album
Omni, the legend of electronic rock, after a very long break, returns with new material! The band remained faithful to their musical inspirations. Very rhythmic compositions, which may bring to mind dance-metal in the vein of Rammstein, are the continuation of Omni style.

Track List
2. Anai
3. Molpe
4. Parthenope

1985 “Omni”
2006 “Omni” re-edition, Metal Mind Productions, MMP CD 0435
2006 “Mermaids” Metal Mind Productions, MMP CD 0436

Marceli Latoszek – keyboards
Rafał Błażejewski – cello & synths
Gerard Sawicki - noises
Aneta Łukaszewicz – vocals on Aglaophone
Piotr „Dziki” Chancewicz – guitars on Aglaophone



Hot off the presses…former McAuley Schenker Group (MSG) frontman Robin McAuley has replaced Jim Jamison as the new lead vocalist for Survivor.

Drummer Marc Droubay adds, "We have played the same set list for five years. Having a singer of Robin's caliber allows us to change up the set list and give the fans the opportunity to hear songs live they have asked to hear for years! Songs they have never heard live before."

The new and current line-up-Robin McAuley (vocals), Frankie Sullivan (guitar), Marc Droubay (drums), Chris Grove (guitar/keyboards) and Billy Ozzello (bass)-are hard at work on a new studio album which they hope to release in 2007.

"So we embark on a totally new Survivor," says an ecstatic Sullivan. "One that for the first time in many years is based on music and performing. Robin loves the fans and is no doubt one of the best front men I have ever known! I guess it's the luck of two Irishmen, McAuley/Sullivan finally taking its place in time and where it belongs, making music and making fans happy!"

June 26, 2006

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden are to call their new album 'A Matter Of Life And Death'. Co-produced by Kevin Shirley with Steve Harris, it will be released in early September. The full track listing is: 'Different Worlds', 'These Colours Don't Run', 'Brighter Than A Thousand Suns', 'The Pilgrim', 'The Longest Day', 'Out Of The Shadows', 'The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg', 'For The Greater Good Of God', 'Lord Of Light', 'The Legacy'.



Hot on the heels of Threshold's highly acclaimed live album Surface To Stage comes a brand new three track single available exclusively to download from iTunes.

The single features radio edits of Pressure and Mission Profile and a previously unheard acoustic version of the ballad Flags And Footprints. Tracks can be purchased individually and you can hear audio samples at
iTunes or the Threshold website


1. Pressure (radio version) 3.51
2. Mission Profile (radio version) 5.21
3. Flags And Footprints (acoustic version) 3.33

  Available exclusively from iTunes

Original versions of these tracks appear on the award winning Threshold album

Threshold are currently busy writing material for their new album which they plan to start recording later this summer at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey, England.

The official Threshold website:
The official Threshold MySpace site:

Noble Savage

Urgent Press Release:

Alfonso Giordano parts away from the band! We are really sorry to comunicate the most painful news in our long career.

Alfonso Giordano is no more the singer of Noble Savage.
The decision was taken after the last exhibition at Krossower due to personal reasons.
Noble Savage will always be disposed to consider You as a member of the band. We wish You all the best!

By the way, we inform all our fans that our work is still in progress, and we are pretty sure to find a substitute in a short time.

For more infos:


The official licenced Russian edition of the new SATYRIAN album "Eternitas" has now been released by the Moscow based IronD Records! You'll find the information of this SATYRIAN release on the IronD's website by clicking here. You can find information and addresses of the official retail sellers in Russia and Ukraine by clicking here.

A couple of new SATYRIAN concerts have been confirmed!
will play a concert on the 16th of September in Utopia in Drunen (NL).

On the 2nd of December SATYRIAN will play a concert in Manifesto club in Hoorn (NL). More shows are in the works and soon to be confirmed so remember

to check out the "Gigs" - page for all the updated information.

More album reviews have been added to the "Press" page, for ex. from
the Dutch "Reflections of Darkness" zine.

Upcoming SATYRIAN concerts:





Lars Ratz & Michael Ehré are teaming up with some other musicians in a new project called APOLON :


The APOLON project is looking for kick ass singer ! In case YOU are a flexible Metal-shouter …here is YOUR chance J !!
What comes out if a edge cutting BLACK METAL guitarist (V Santura of DARK FORTRESS), a spherical keyboarder (Joost van den Broek of AFTER FOREVER) and the thundering rhythm section of an traditional Heavy Metal act (Lars Ratz and Michael Ehre of METALIUM) are teaming up for an unusual and exciting project ? Nobody will know before recordings are mixed ! But before mixing any recordings a capable singer will be needed ! Instead of checking out only already known singers out APOLON gives singers around the world through the wide web the chance to send their demos in… it doesen’t matter where in the universe you are from…click here for details and info:

Strapping Young Lad

From their site:

Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have returned with The New Black, a stunningly well-defined and more diverse effort that is soon to be a landmark in the epic pantheon of heavy metal. The much anticipated new album is set for a July 11th release and the group, led by singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend, have redefined their sound, creating what is soon to be the definitive offering of their already stellar career. SYL recently shot a new video for the track “Wrong Side” with renowned director David Brodsky (God Forbid, The Red Chord). Look for the clip to make its Fuse and MTV2 debut late next month.

1. Decimator
2. You Suck
3. Antiproduct
4. Hope
5. Wrong Side
6. Monument
7. Far Beyond Metal
8. Fucker
9. Almost Again
10. Polyphony
11. The New Black
12. The Long Pig (bonus track)
13. C:enter:### (bonus track)

For an early sample of the record click here and hear why SYL thinks you suck.

Century Media Records also just re-released STRAPPING YOUNG LAD’s 1995 debut album, Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing, which changed the metal world forever. The re-issue features a re-mastered version of this classic debut, 4 bonus tracks, the “S.Y.L.” video and a 12-page booklet with extended liner notes from Devin himself.

ProgPower USA

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston has confirmed that there will be a very special "all-star" performance led by vocalist Jorn Lande during his headline set at ProgPower USA this year.

Confirmed thus far to join Lande on stage are Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, ex-Savatage), Lance King (Pyramaze), Michele Luppi (Vision Divine), Pasi Rantanen (Thunderstone), Mikkel Sandager (Mercenary), Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus), and Mattias "IA" Eklundh (Freak Kitchen). Other participants will be announced at a later time.

Along with Lande, Swedish progressive/power metal band Evergrey will headline the two-day festival, performing a worldwide exclusive set featuring the Evergrey choir and the Poulenc String Quartet from Atlanta.

Lande and Evergrey will be joined by German power metal band Savage Circus, Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, Pyramaze, Wastefall, Sweden’s Freak Kitchen, Finland’s Thunderstone, Italy’s Vision Divine, and Denmark’s Mercenary, who is returning to ProgPower due to overwhelming popularity at ProgPower IV.

ProgPower USA VII will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. A very limited number of tickets are available via .

Napalm Death

From their studio diary:

Hello everyone. As you may have heard, we are back in Wales at Foel recording the next Napalm album (this place is fast becoming our favourite place to record!) Really, this thing is sounding absolutely immense. If you liked 'Code...', you'll really love this one, i think. We absolutely busted our arses to get everything ready, and the rest of the band really pulled out the stops to make some great, grinding music, with Russ Russell working wonders once again to produce that ND 'wall of sound'. I also have to mention Chris Fielding, the in-house engineer, who has also made a great contribution to
the proceedings.

I can give you some more titles right now (everything, including the ones you had before, are definite): 'Rabid Wolves (For Christ)', 'In Deference', 'Atheist Runt', 'When All Is Said and Done', 'Sink Fast, Let Go', and tons more. The lyrical debate is perhaps for later but, generally speaking, the album is (hopefully) a deep critique of religion and religious governance / restrictions from an atheist perspective. All jolly stuff, then. And the music: still fast and furious, raging riffs and a couple more Swans-style tracks this time (like 'Morale'), only progressed a bit more with even more atmosphere and a more rounded melodic vocal performance (if I may say so mysefl)

Anneke from Dutch band The Gathering has offered up a few parts to a track, which I've yet to hear. But before some people recoil in horror about Napalm going operatic rock or whatever, this was done for good effect and relevance to the track. It will work. It will rock. I'm sure. And we're grateful to Anneke (who is a an awesome vocalist in her own right) in advance for giving it a stab.

Davy Mickers

Not famous, but known throughout the world. That's the position Davy Mickers is in at the moment. He started by playing a few acoustic tracks on Arjen Lucassen's Ayreon album 'The final experiment (special edition - bonus disc)'. After that he became the drummer for Lucassen's new band, Stream Of Passion. They recorded the full length album 'Embrace the storm', which was released October 2005. The video for 'Out in the real world' could be seen on Mtv and became Superclip on TMF (Dutch music video channel).

(foto MaXxive Media)

Drumming with Stream Of Passion meant the start of a career as a professional drummer for Davy. During the European Tour he did with Stream Of Passion he was confronted with fans; enthusiastic reactions, presents and a lot of questions. That's why Davy decided to work on a website. "I noticed that people were getting interested in what I do. The gear I play and the projects I do drums for. Since there's not much information to find about me, I thought I'd give the fans a hand."

The website contains a biography, discography, downloads, tourdates, information about the gear and projects, etc. As a bonus for the fans there's an exclusive feature especially for this occasion.

Davy will be touring with Stream Of Passion again this summer. Graspop, Waldrock and Bospop are a few names on the tourlist.

Primal Fear

Aside of all other information on the net, PRIMAL FEAR have re-signed with Nuclear Blast Records, for a 16 track Best-Of compilation "Metal Is Forever", that will also include a special bonus CD of “Classic Metal Tracks". A release for September 29th is planned by Nuclear Blast.

Primal Fear will start writing and pre-production in the autumn for the follow up of their most respected album so far “Seven Seals”. Please check back later this week, when Primal Fear will announce their brand new multi-album recording deal and new partner for their future! Don’t miss Primal Fear at the Monsters Of Rock Open Air in Zaragoza/Spain on June 18th!

Mat is putting the finishing touches on long overdue album from GODDESS SHIVA (his first group, originally going under the moniker “Shiva”). Mat Sinner, guitarist Armin Sabol and drummer Martin Schmidt have recorded 50% new material and 50% of their classic songs for this album release. The album was recorded by Armin Sabol and mastered by Achim Koehler. A release is planned for October 6th on MTM Music/SPV.

In addition, Mat Sinner is writing and producing a new SINNER disc with recordings planned for September at Leon Studios, with engineer Achim Koehler. Mat comments: "I haven't been able to do anything with Sinner since Wacken 2003 and now it’s the right time to bring this band back to life. We have a great new line-up and a bunch of great retro songs, that bring back the spirit and the memories of the late eighties, combined with Sinner of the new century!” The new Sinner album “Mask Of Sanity” will be released on January 19th 2007 on MTM Music.

May 22, 2006


Martin Lopez leaves Opeth!

After several months away from his drumming duties in Opeth Martin Lopez has permanently decided to leave the group. After being plagued by illness and anxiety attacks Lopez decided he wanted to concentrate fully on his own project, currently unnamed. His replacement will be Martin "Axe" Axenrot who's been filling in for the last 5 tours and who also recorded with the band during the recent BBC sessions.

Mikael Åkerfeldt: " However sad I and the rest of the band feel in light of Lopez departure I want to thank him for his incredible work with Opeth and immense dedication to the band. We recorded some classic stuff together and he obviously had an enormous impact on our sound. I now feel very excited to hear the material of his own band. In the meantime Opeth fans can rest assured that we'll continue jamming it out with Axe and we all have high expectations about our coming musical ventures "

Roadrunner will issue a special edition deluxe version of "Ghost reveries" on the 25 th of July.

Bonus material includes a 40 minute documentary about the making of the record complete with the bands own private tour footage, a cover of Deep Purple's "Soldier of fortune" recorded for UK's BBC radio, the video for "The grand conjuration", liner notes, photos, enhanced 24 page booklet, deluxe sleeve, and 5.1 surround exclusive mix of the record made by original mixed/engineer Jens Bogren.


This is the artwork for the DVD, “A Moment in Time”. Release date: June 19th 2006

More details:

Thy Majestie

some news from Thy Majestie,

We have to announce that   Giulio isn't the Thy Majestie's singer anymore .
but there are good chances that we have found a replacement in Matt Aub.  Who is he ?
He is from USA and he plays guitar and sings in an American metal band called Timelord. Check their
Myspace page to listen to this guy. We hope to release some great metal soon, his voice (and his accent...) is really promising for the next album  .

Claudio / Thy Majestie



LYZANXIA have signed a worldwide deal with LISTENABLE RECORDS. Their new album "UNSU" will be released in September all over Europe and shortly later in the USA. "Unsu" was recorded and mixed at the Fredman Studio with producer Fredrik Nordström in Sweden and was mastered by Peter In De Betou at Tailor Maid Studio. This follow-up to 2003/04's "Mindcrimes" offers 12 tracks of what promises to be LYZANXIA's most aggressive effort to date.

Derek Sherinian

Blood of the Snake (2006)

Release on July 31, 2006


6. ON THE MOON 4:34


Derek Sherinian (Keyboards)
John Petrucci (Guitar)
Zakk Wylde (Guitar)
Yngwie Malmsteen (Guitar)
Simon Phillips (Drums)
Tony Franklin (Bass)
Brad Gillis (Guitar)
Brian Tichy (Drums)

Special Guests:
Billy Idol (Vocals)
Slash (Guitar)


Sometimes ways can separate from each other: due to musical differences singer Jorn Lande has left Masterplan last week.
During working on the new album the band had to experience that both sides were having different ideas and wishes for the songwriting. While Jorn would have loved to push the style of the band more into the melodic direction, the rest of the band wanted to go back to the metal-roots of the debut album.
So the decision was made to go separate ways in the future.

Drummer Uli Kusch about it: “We are not really happy about Jorn `s decision, but on the other side it doesn `t make sense to continue if the ideas are that different. The music would suffer from it and the music is why we are doing it. We wish Jorn a successful future and want to thank him for everything he did for us. It was a great and interesting time!”

The band is currently searching for a new singer. “There are already some possibilities that might be interesting for us, but nothing is decided yet”, Uli explains. “We hope that we can already present the new singer on the gigs we are playing this year. And for sure there won `t be any changes in the musical style of Masterplan. We are currently working on the new songs.”

Arch Enemy


Arch Enemy are to release a double disc DVD in August. Called 'Live Apocalypse', most of the footage was shot at The Forum in London during December 2004, although there are also three songs filmed in Manchester last December.


Dynamic Arts re-releases DEATHBOUND's debut album!

Dynamic Arts has the proud and honour to bring forth DEATHBOUND's three years ago released highly praised debut album "To Cure The Sane With Insanity"! The re-release includes bonus material.

Album was released originally on May 2003 via Woodcut Records. "To Cure The Sane With Insanity" woke immediately metal crew's attention and gained lots of success from their severe and well-performed Death / Grind. After moving under the wings of DAR new label had thoughts about re-releasing the debut and now the moment is very close - the album will be released in Finland on 24.05.2006 and abroad in the early fall '06!

The new print of "To Cure The Sane With Insanity" differs from its originator including also four additional live songs from band's performing at Tuska Open Air 2005, video song "Doomsday Comfort" and renewed artwork packed onto form of digipak CD.

Running time: 37:23
The album contains following songs:
01. One Mans Hell Is Another Mans Heaven
02. Without Pain
03. Whitecoatparanoia
04. As Reluctance Grows
05. Treacherous Breed
06. Silent City Deathcount
07. Consumed
08. The House Of The Silent And Friendly
09. The Flesh Is The Cage
10. Gasmask (live)
11. For The Rats (live)
12. Doomsday Comfort (live)
13. One Mans Hell Is Another Mans Heaven (live)

 +   video song Doomsday Comfort


Sanity ends their existence

After keyboard player Nathan Cairo and Arjo Miedema left Sanity by the end of 2005, the rest of the band decided to have a short sabbatical to think about the futur of the band.

And now they decided after five years of rehearsing, 65 gigs in two years, world wide airplay and the release of their two CD’s and a DVD to stop all activities with the band.

As a goodbye present for the fans and other progmetal lovers, all tracks of the latest CD and DVD, and the video of the DVD, will be presented for a limited time for free on their website


METAL HEAVEN welcome one of the US' finest Metal bands on board: RUFFIANS! The band debuted at the famed San Francisco rock venue the Mabuhay Gardens in December ’83. Ruffians then hit the Bay Area club circuit with a bang! Ruffians played many shows throughout their career securing support slots for bands such as UFO, Alice Cooper, Dokken, Queensryche, Saxon, Y&T and Slayer.

In January 1985 Ruffians entered Studio D in Sausalito, California to lay down tracks for their debut album. Released in May on Victory Records in the North America, SPV/Steamhammer Records in Europe & FEMS Records in Japan the album was quickly picked up by over 200 College Radio Stations in the United States as well as charting in Europe and Japan. The album received great reviews from the international and domestic press, and the band’s fan base grew much larger. Original singer Carl Albert (R.I.P.) quit the band in 1985 and was replaced by vocalist Rich Wilde. In 1987 the band went back into the studio this time with Rich on vocals and the result was a new 4-Track release featuring “Do or Die,” “Unchained,” “Through Your Eyes,” and “Only The Strong Survive". These tracks appeared on various compilations and were well received by the Heavy Metal Press.

In early 1989 the band split up, but the fans and supporters remained to this day, making a Ruffians reunion a reality when the band was invited to play Germany’s Bang Your Head Festival in June of 2004.

Ruffians are currently at Trident/Imperial Studios in Northern California recording their much anticipated new album which will be released worldwide October 2006.

Burning Point

Also new in the METAL HEAVEN camp is Finnish based Metal outfit BURNING POINT. The recordings for their third album (working title: "Burned Down The Enemy") started a couple of weeks ago in their hometown of Oulu, Finland. Some of the song titles are "Deceiver", "Parasite", "From The Beginning Of It All" and "Icebound".

The homepage will track a studio diary soon - check it out at! Release date is planned for Autumn 2006.

Burning Point are:
ete Ahonen - vocals / guitars
Jari Kaiponen - drums
Toni " Jöpe" Kansanoja - bass
Jussi Ontero - keyboards

For more info:

May 01, 2006


On 29th of May 2006 Metal Mind Productions will release a new Anathema DVD - A Moment in Time.

The main part of DVD was recorded in Poland at the famous Metal Mania Festival 2006 (the biggest hard rock/metal festival in Eastern Europe). The set list included their best songs plus a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb”. The guest performance was done by a string quartet. Bonus material - live video footage, video clips, documentary. DVD will be available also in a limited edition with bonus audio CD.

The artwork to "A Moment In Time" DVD was done by Travis Smith famous for his artworks for Anathema, Skinlab, Nevermore, Devin Townsend, Riverside and others.

DVD Cat. Nr: MMP DVD 0075
DVD+CD limited digipack edition Cat. Nr: MMP DVD 0076

Label: Metal Mind Records
Distribution: Metal Mind Productions
Format: DVD-5, NTSC, Region 0

DVD total running time: approx. 100 minutes
DVD+CD total running time: approx. 180 minutes


Metalmania 2006 – Live:

1. Shroud of False - 2. Fragile Dreams - 3. Balance - 4. Closer - 5. Lost Control -
6. Empty - 7. Natural Disaster - 8. Inner Silence - 9. One Last Goodbye - 10.
Judgement - 11. Panic - 12. Flying - 13. Angelica - 14. Comfortably Numb

+ bonus features


Vincent - vocals, guitar, vocoder
Danny - guitar, vocals, keyboards
Jamie - bass
Les - keyboards
John - drums


Bang Your Head Festival

Interesting line-up on the Bang Your Head festival in Balingen (Germany)

In Flames
Quiet Riot
Rik Emmett
Jon Oliva’s Pain
Death Angel
Armored Saint
Flotsam and Jetsam
L.A. Guns
Count Raven

Date of festival: 23rd and 24th of June 2006
Site of festival: Messegelände – Balingen
Doors: 9 am


Great news: The third Masterplan album is scheduled! Recordings will take place in September and October 2006. Album release is scheduled for March 2007. As for the previous two albums Andy Sneap will be the master of the knobs and meters.

Akerfeldt – Portnoy - Wilson

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has confirmed reports that he is planning on collaborating with PORCUPINE TREE's Steven Wilson and DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy on an as-yet-unnamed new project. "We've been talking the three of us," Mikael said in a recent interview with Tony of KASC The Blaze 1260 AM (web site) (the campus radio station at Arizona State University). "It started with me and Steve. Once we first met, which was like six years ago or something, we've been talking about doing something, like writing together. And since he worked with [OPETH as a producer] for a couple of albums, we got that whole collaboration thing put on hold because we were already working together. With him in the studio, it was a very creative relationship that we had, but we've never really written music together, so that's still… I'm 100 percent [sure] that that's going to happen. And Portnoy... PORCUPINE TREE toured with DREAM THEATER and he wanted to be involved. I used to be a massive DREAM THEATER fan — I'm still a fan of them and he's a really nice guy, good drummer, so that's cool. And we're looking at some other people, maybe to involve some guests. I think we're gonna start slow — it's not gonna be something blown out of proportion, it's just gonna be for the sake of our love of music. I think we're gonna do a song that Steve wrote for the 'In Absentia' album that didn't make it, which is a massively fantastic song. That's what we're gonna record first, I think, unless the band comes around and they record it as a PORCUPINE TREE song, but I'd love to record that song with him and then just write some stuff. And I don't know what it's gonna be like. It's just talk right now. [But] I'm sure it's going to happen."


This year Apocalyptica look back on a 10 years' bandhistory - reason enough to put the best tracks of this decade on a new CD. On "Amplified - A Decade Of Reinventing The Cello" you'll find wellknown hits like "Enter Sandman", "Harmageddon", "Bittersweet" and "Seemann" (feat. Nina Hagen) as well as two new songs: "Repressed" (with Max Cavalera/Soulfly and Matt Tuck/Bullet For My Valentine) and an instrumental of Slayer's "Angel Of Death".

"Repressed" will be published as a single on 19 May, "Amplified - A Decade OF Reinventing The cello" follows on 26 May on CD and DVD (incl. Life Burns-tour and videos).


Live CD and DVD
Saxon are to issue both a live CD and DVD in the coming months. The former, called 'The Eagle Has Landed III', is a double disc, featuring 36 songs recorded at 20 show son the band's last tour. This is out in June. The latter, 'To Hell And Back Again', follows, and was filmed on the aforementioned tour.

Strapping Young Lad

Canada's Strapping Young Lad are to have their 1995 debut album , 'Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing', re-issued by Century Media on June 12. It will have four bonus songs, the video for 'S.Y.L.' and a 12-page booklet.

Judas Priest

Judas Priest are creating their first conceptual album based upon the life and predictions of Nostradamus!

This album will be theatrically staged and performed in its entirity as an epic musical by Judas Priest!

Orphaned Land

Israeli metalheads Orphaned Land are to work with Porcupine Tree mainman Steven Wilson as producer of their next album. It's to be called 'The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR'.

The next 'Orphaned Land' album will deal with the war of light and darkness. They've dealt with this topic in the past, yet this time the emphasis will be on the hero of this war – The Warrior of Light (Lohem Ha'or in Hebrew)

The album title will be: The never ending way of ORwarriOR 

These days of the year are the best to reflect on this topic.
Every year in late December there's a day where the longest night and shortest day (light time) is measured, meaning that the days to arrive after that night are getting longer, and the nights turn shorter. Spiritual-wise, it's the re-birth of light and death of the darkness. Orphaned Land's comeback show in 2001 was exactly on this day, without us paying attention even to this fact. Some might say its coincidence; some will claim for a 'guiding hand from above', your choice…

Ronnie James Dio

Just to put the Black Sabbath reunion rumors to rest, here is the inside scoop from Wendy Dio: Ronnie was in the UK to do promo for the new Holy Diver Live CD and while there, dropped in on Tony Iommi to kick around some ideas for the forthcoming box set, Black Sabbath: The Dio Years. We had previously mentioned that the two would be writing together as their respective schedules permitted.

There are NO plans for Ronnie to rejoin Black Sabbath, and in fact, DIO is preparing for their European tour, which begins May 27 in Roselare, Belgium. Check the tour page for the entire schedule.

Via Mistica


VIA MISTICA Under My Eyelids

Label: Metal Mind Records
Distribution: Metal Mind Productions
Cat. Nr: MMP CD 0410
Barcode: 5907785027671
Format: CD
Genre: doom/gothic metal
Release date: 15/05/2006

The Album

After a fantastically received album "Fallen Angels" (the best notes in Kerrang!), which in Poland was promoted during Dark Stars Festival Tour 2004, the band prepared a new album, maintained in melancholic, doom/gothic climate. Their newest offering features 50 minutes of music closed in 12 compositions. Unique sound, untypical instruments (incl., for the first time, violin) and two great, "antagonist" and yet complementary vocals... To give you the foretaste of the album, it is enough to say that the intro features the main theme from "Twin Peaks" series. Recommended not only for Theatre of Tragedy fans!

Dream Theater

The following Official Dream Theater Bootlegs are now available from Ytsejam Records:

Awake Demos

Old Bridge, New JERSEY - 12/14/96

Dark Side Of The Moon - CD

Dark Side Of The Moon - DVD

"Dark Side Of The Moon" contains Dream Theater's entire performance of the legendary Pink Floyd album recorded live at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, England on October 25th 2005.

For more Ytsejam Records releases, please visit:

Leaves’ Eyes

Release Date:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden 09.06.2006
Finnland: 07.06.2006
Rest of Europe: 12.06.2006
USA/Canada: 18.07.2006

LEAVES' EYES' latest MCD offers 5 brand-new, exclusive tracks  including an extended version of the title track "Legend Land" for  the price of a CD Single.  Also available is a special Ltd. Fan  Edition with Blue Cover Artwork. An  absolute MUST-HAVE for all LEAVES' EYES fans!

Lacrimas Profundere

Release Date:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden 09.06.2006
Finnland: 07.06.2006
Rest of Europe: 12.06.2006
USA/Canada: 18.07.2006


Available as a 6-track MCD jewel case edition incl. 3 non album tracks for the price of a CD Single and as a 2-track slim case edition incl. 1 non album track at a special price!

April 23, 2006

Therion release a six-disc box set on May 5. Called 'Celebrators Of Becoming', it will have four DVD discs and two CDs. The DVDs will include a full show from Mexico City in '04 (the audio makes up the two CDs), plus a documentary on the band's last world tour, their performance at the Wacken Festival in 2000 and footage of the band from their earliest days.


1 Blood of Kingu 2 Uthark Runa  3 Seven secrets of the Sphinx  4 Asgård  5 Son of the sun 6 Invocation of Naamah 7 Typhon 8 Draconian trilogy 9 Flesh of the gods
10 Schwarzalbenheim 11 Ginnungagap 12 In remembrance 13 Wild hunt 14 The invincible 15 Melez 16 Rise of Sodom and Gomorrah 17 The khlysti evangelist
18 Siren of the woods 19 Quetzalcoatl 20 Wine of Aluqah 21 Cults of the shadow
22 To Mega Therion 23 Iron fist


Contains a soundcheck, an improvised soprano a' capella and an improvised drum solo, backstage footage, the possibility to follow the band during several activities, a day in Bolivia + over 30 songs recorded in 16 countries in Europe, North America, South America and Asia. Among those songs are: the Russian National Anthem, I Wanna Be Somebody, Black Funeral, Black Sun, Crowning Of Atlantis, Iron Fist - with special guests TRISTANIA and TRAIL OF TEARS, Caffeine (TRAIL OF TEARS + THERION as special guests on stage) and much more.

DISC III: Various stuff

1 Seven secrets of the Sphinx 2 The invocation of Naamah 3 Cults of the shadow
4 Birth of Venus illegitima 5 In the desert of Set 6 Te Rise of Sodom and Gomorrah
7 Wine of Aluqah 8 To Mega Therion
1 Pandemonic outbreak (1992) 2 A black rose (1993) 3 The beauty in black (1995)
4 To Mega Therion (1996) 5 In the desert of Set (1997) 6 Birth of Venus illegitima (1998) 7 Summernight city (2001)
This disc also contains the art film “The Golden Embrace”, studio reports from the recordings of Lemuria and Sirius B + more.

DISC IV: Historical journey from 1989-2001

1 Paroxysmal holocaust 2 Asphyxiate with fear 3 Dark eternity 4 The return
5 Pandemonic outbreak 6 Enter the dephts of eternal darkness 7 Dawn of perishness
8 Baal Reginon 9 Wings of the hydra  11 Melez 12 Symphony of the dead
13 A black rose 14 Dark princess Naamah 15 Let the new day begin 16 Dawn of perishness 17 Black 18 Cults of the shadow  19 To Mega Therion 20 Under jolly roger
21 Black sun 22 Rise of Sodom and Gomorrah 23 Enter Vril-ya 24 Behind the scenes
25 Riders of Theli 26 theniemannbrothersjam 27 To Mega Therion 28 Wings of the hydra
29 Behind the scenes  30 Seawinds 31 Secret of ther unes 32 Summernight city
33 The beauty in black 34 Behind the scenes

DISC V + VI: The audio from the Mexico City show.

Italian Gods of Metal
GODS OF METAL is the biggest italian metal festival. The 2006 edition will happen from 1st to 4th June and it's the tenth anniversary for the event. The return of GUNS N' ROSES will be the main event for the festival. Axl Rose and his mates will be headlining Sun 4th June.

Download Festival
Tool will headline the first night of the Download Festival at Donington, on June 9. Also just confirmed for the three-day event (which runs from June 9-11) are Soulfly, Cradle Of Filth, Soilwork, Arch Enemy, 36 Crazy Fists, Eighteen Visions, To My Surprise, Aiden and Bloodsimple.
Also Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell has announced on his official website that the band will be playing the Download Festival at Donington. According to Cantrell, this will be on June 10.

Rock am Ring
Alice In Chains have been confirmed to play at the Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Festivals in Germany, which happen from June 2-4. Also just announced are Opeth, Soulfy and In Flames. Metallica, Tool, Deftones and Trivium are among the other main bands on the bill.

Hammer Of The Gods

DVD and double CD available now!

The Hammer Of The Gods (Led Zeppelin tribute featuring Paul Gilbert, Daniel Gildenlow, Dave LaRue and Mike Portnoy) DVD and double CD "Two Nights In North America" is now available exclusively from the online store at


One Night In Montreal:

The Song Remains the Same
Livin' Lovin' Maid (She's Just a Woman)
The Rover
Houses of the Holy
Misty Mountain Hop
Immigrant Song
The Rain Song
Dazed and Confused

One Night In New York City:

In the Light
Celebration Day
Night Flight
The Wanton Song
Out on the Tiles
Moby Dick / Drum Solo
Ten Years Gone
Black Dog
The Ocean
Thank You
How Many More Times
I'm Gonna Crawl

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