Metal - News
July 03, 2007
July 03, 2007
Saturday September 22, 2007
Site Lano Venetiëlaan - Stasegem (Harelbeke)(B)
Presale : 25 €
All other info (location, route description, camping, …)
can be found on
June 19, 2007
Last year we wrote a review of three fine days of brutal art at the Czech Brutal Assault festival in August.
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):
ABORTED, ADOR DORATH, ALL THAT REMAINS, BELPHEGOR, BY NIGHT, CARNIVAL IN COAL, CATARACT, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, DAGOBA, DEICIDE, DEPRESY, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DISMEMBER, DYING FETUS, E-FORCE, ENSIFERUM, ENSLAVED, GORGOROTH, HAEMORRHAYE, IMMOLATION, INHUME, KATATONIA, LE SCRAWL, LENG TCH’E, MADBALL, MADDER MORTEM, MNEMIC, OBLEST, ONSLAUGHT, OUTBURST, PAIN, POISON IDEA, RED HARVEST, ROOT, SATURNUS, SATYRICON, SAYYADINA, SHE SAID DESTROY, SOULFLY, SUFFOCATION, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, TO-MERA, UPRISE, VADER, ZYKLON.
3 DAYS FESTIVAL TICKET:
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
ALL INFO CAN BE FOUND ON www.brutalassault.cz
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.
This year’s bill includes:
ABSOLUTE, AFTER FOREVER, AMON AMARTH, BLACK MESSIAH, BLITZKID, BOLT THROWER, CALIBAN, COMMUNIC, CREMATORY, DAGOBA, DARK FUNERAL, DARK TRANQUILLITY, DEADLOCK, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DISILLUSION, DORNENREICH, DORO, EISBRECHER, ELUVEITIE, FALL OF SERENITY, FEAR MY THOUGHTS, FINNTROLL, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, HELRUNAR, HEVEIN, ILLDISPOSED, IMMOLATION, IMPIOUS, IN EXTREMO, JUSTICE, KARKADAN, KOLDBRANN, KRYPTERIA, LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE, L’AME IMMORTELLE, MACHINEMADE GOD, MAROON, MOONSORROW, NECROPHOBIC, NEVERMORE, NIGHTRAGE, OOMPH!, PAIN, POISONBLACK, POWERWOLF, PRESIDENT EVIL, RAGE, SECRETS OF THE MOON, SIRENIA, SOULFLY, SQUEALER AD, SUFFOCATION, SWALLOW THE SUN, SYCRONOMICA, TANKARD, TANZWUT, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, VOLBEAT, WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH, XANDRIA
3 DAYS FESTIVAL TICKET:
60 euro inclusive camping and parking, car can be placed next to your tent!
ALL INFO CAN BE FOUND ON www.summer-breeze.de
June 16, 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:
MOTORHEAD, WITHIN TEMPTATION, CRADLE OF FILTH, TESTAMENT, KREATOR, SEPULTURA, J.B.O., GAMMA RAY, GRAVE DIGGER, U.D.O., UNLEASHED, MASTERPLAN, AFTER FOREVER, KORPIKLAANI, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, VADER, GOD DETHRONED, FREEDOM CALL, NORTHER, DEW SCENTED, KEEP OF KALESSIN, HATESPHERE, GRAVEWORM, THRESHOLD, MYSTIC PROPHECY, ELUVEITIE, SABATON, DEZPERADOZ, MELECHESH, BEATALLICA.
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
ALL INFO CAN BE FOUND ON www.earthshaker-fest.com
June 10, 2007
Nightwish introduce their new lead singer.
Nightwish's new single "Eva" is available at Nuclear
Blast Musicshop, so get your copy now!
Anneke is leaving the Gathering
Message from the band: (www.gathering.nl )
are very sorry to announce the fact that Anneke has decided to leave the
band in August 2007.
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!
May 20, 2007
And also UFO, KROKUS, GOLDEN EARRING, FOCUS, PAUL GILBERT
BREAKING NEWS! OPETH AND
PETER LINDGREN PART WAYS
ANNOUNCED! FREDRIK ÅKESSON (ex. ARCH ENEMY, KRUX) BECOMES FULL TIME
New Album and world tour
SYMX TO TOUR EUROPE WITH DREAM THEATER
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!
PARADISE LOST COMING JUNE 26
Lost has an anticipated release date of June 26, 2007.
Oculus ex Inferni
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:
The CD's track listing for both editions is:
The Presence of Enemies Pt.1 (9:00)
The band will shoot a video for the first single off the album, "Constant Motion".
Dream Theater - The Dark Eternal Night In-Studio
IMMORTAL SOULS and TRAGØDIA signed to 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: www.myspace.com/tragodia. 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: www.darkbalance.com
PRESS NEWSFLASH - MAY 2007
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:
J. Meisel - vocals
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 www.HubiMeisel.com
Don’t miss them on June 7th in The Spirit of 66 in Verviers (B)
course for all of you fans in France, the CD will be available at all of
01. Metal In Your Face --- Hear the song at MYSPACE. Click
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.
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: Johan Langell leaves Pain of Salvation ! The following is taken from the PoS website:
of the world's best drummers has decided to be one of the world's best
fathers and 9-5 workers instead.
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)
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
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 www.chavisrecords.net and will street June 5th.
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.
- 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
::: STEVE GRIMMETT BAND :::
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.
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.
Grimmett (Grim Reaper, Onslaught, Lionsheart), vocals
Live: 26.10.2007 UK-Nottingham, Trend University, Firefest IV (with Threshold, Demon, Soul Doctor & Stormzone)
::: CONSORTIUM PROJECT IV :::
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.
Stahl – vocals
::: 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)
March 24, 2007
Brad Delp - June 12, 1951 to March 9, 2007
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.
SIGNED TO PROGROCK RECORDS AND RELEASES THE ALBUM “ALCOHOLOCAUST”
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.
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.
Metal Mind Productions presents DVD+CD coverage of the Metalmania Festival 2006.
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)
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 www.darkgrove.net
Seventh Calling’s Monuments holds seven titles plus the conceptual five-part epic song ‘The damnation creation’. The tracklist reads as follows:
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 Paid In Full (Single):
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
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.
"Trinity" finished & USA-Tour coming up
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
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
As our Army Grows
Words Untold And Dreams Unlived (27.4./US:8.5.)
Solens Rötter (27.4.07/US:22.5.07)
Blade Of Triumph (May 07)
Tervaskanto (May 07)
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:
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 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:
the video section)
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”
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.
band's new web site will be
however the previous web site
will be maintained as a mirror site.
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 (www.angtoria.com) 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 !
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
a 15 year hiatus, American
Angel have returned to deliver a staggering release
powered by incomparable musicianship, distinctive vocals, and the
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.
BENEDICTION (UK) - ANATA (SE) - FOREVER WILL BURN (RPA) - ROOT (CZ) - TYR (Faroe Islands) - WU-HAE (PL) - HORRORSCOPE (PL) - DEIVOS (PL) - CIRYAM (PL) - CARNAL (PL) - SPHERE (PL) - WITCHKING (PL)
Uriah Heep regret to announce that, due to ongoing health problems,
longstanding drummer Lee Kerslake is to leave the band with immediate
Uriah Heep are delighted to announce that the band has signed a new,
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.
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
the site of Paul Rodgers, you can find the news that he is coming to
Bospop in Weert (Holland) on July 8th
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):
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.
new, self-titled album is scheduled for release on March 23 via
Nuclear Blast Records. According to an article on the Dutch web site
Metalfan.nl, 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.
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
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.
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!
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
SOLITUDE AETURNUS live
Cracow, Loch Ness Club
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):
HEAVEN AND HELL
Tickets are availaible at ticket-hotline (+49-74 57-94 46 12) and via homepage http://www.bang-your-head.de/. Prices are 65, - Euro (plus shipping) at presales. Tickets are limited to a number of 20000.
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Ventura means " luck ", it's what we need to make it in this world !
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.
November 19, 2006
NOVEMBERS DOOM : THE NOVELLA RESERVOIR
DOWNLOAD MP3 on http://www.novembersdoom.com/novella.html
Don’t forget to pass by www.rockpromotion.nl 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.
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 typeonegative.net media page.
WIN THE "GODS OF WAR" CHOPPER!
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.
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
NEW DORO RELEASE ON NOVEMBER, 17th, 2006
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 nineth Metal Bash is coming in December. (Aardschok)
It’s a contest for hardrock and metal bands.
Chiraw rough metal from Almelo www.chiraw.nl
carnal leftovers death metal from Zwolle www.carnalleftovers.com
Sphere of souls progrock from Enschede www.sphereofsouls.com
my own mess thrash metal from Dedemsvaart www.myownmess.com
DYNAMO-EINDHOVEN Saturday December 2
Spoil Engine groovy metal fom Kortemark (B) www.spoilengine.com
Beaverstore rock n death from Eindhoven www.beaverstore.nl
Scenario II melodic death from Eindhoven www.auraband.net
Engine Of Doom melodic death/thrash from Tilburg www.engineofdoom.com
Pul-Uden Saturday December 9
Fuelblooded solid metal from Den Bosch www.fuelblooded.com
Transentience gothic metal from Apeldoorn www.transentience.com
Diggeth swamp rock from Arnhem www.diggeth.com
Peppel-Zeist Friday December 15
X-Tinxion thrash metal from Dordrecht x-tinxion
Apocrypha black metal from Leiden www.apocrypha.nl
Return To Reason metalcore from Amsterdam www.returntoreason.com
Headhaunter groovy hardrock from Dordrecht www.headhaunter.com
New Black Messiah album out on November, 17th
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
Destruction's upcoming release: "Thrash Anthems"!
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!)
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".
Label: Metal Mind Records
Title available at www.Metalopolis.pl
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.
„Winter Carols“ out on November, 24th
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'.
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:
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:
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.
step up to the mic for the first time since the tragic death of their
front lady Sabine Dünser:
Expect Griefshire to be released in October 2006.
Werk 80 II
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.
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!
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, www.elis.li :
"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).
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 www.brutalassault.cz.
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.
SCORE - Coming August 29th!
upcoming new album,
Kiss of Death is due out
on August 29th through
The track listing is as follows:
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:
September (free pre-party)
Saturday 30 September
For up to date festival information, tickets etc visit www.progpower.com
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.
"The Perfect Evil In Mortal"
Label: Metal Mind Records
Label: TC Music
SURVIVOR ANNOUNCES NEW SINGER
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
NEW EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD SINGLE - OUT NOW!
the heels of Threshold's highly acclaimed live album Surface To Stage
comes a brand new three track single available exclusively to download
exclusively from iTunes
Threshold are currently busy writing material for their new album which
they plan to start recording later this summer at Thin Ice Studios in
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.
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: www.noblesavage.it
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!
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
Upcoming SATYRIAN concerts:
29/07/2006 : NETHERLANDS - STONEHENGE FESTIVAL 2006
16/09/2006 : NETHERLANDS - DRUNEN / UTOPIA
02/12/2006 : NETHERLANDS - HOORN / MANIFESTO
Ratz & Michael Ehré are teaming up with some other musicians in a new
project called APOLON :
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.
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 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.
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.
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 www.progpowerusa.com .
From their studio diary:
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
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).
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.
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.
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: www.anathema.ws
some news from Thy Majestie,
to announce that Giulio isn't the Thy Majestie's singer anymore .
LYZANXIA NEW LABEL
Blood of the Snake (2006)
Sometimes ways can separate from each other: due to musical differences
singer Jorn Lande has left Masterplan last week.
ARCH ENEMY DVD
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.
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 www.sanity.nl
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.
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.
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 www.brnpoint.com! Release date is planned for Autumn 2006.
Burning Point are:
May 01, 2006
of May 2006 Metal Mind Productions will release a new
Anathema DVD - A Moment in Time.
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.
Cat. Nr: MMP DVD 0075
Label: Metal Mind Records
DVD total running time: approx. 100 minutes
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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.
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 www.mikeportnoy.com.
One Night In Montreal:
Song Remains the Same
Livin' Lovin' Maid (She's Just a Woman)
Houses of the Holy
Misty Mountain Hop
The Rain Song
Dazed and Confused
One Night In New York City:
In the Light
The Wanton Song
Out on the Tiles
Moby Dick / Drum Solo
Ten Years Gone
How Many More Times
I'm Gonna Crawl
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