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Pure Metal News: January 2007 Part 1

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NIGHTWISH - Studio diary

NIGHTWISH manager Ewo Pohjola of King Foo Entertainment has posted a studio diary from Abbey Road Studios London, England, where the band has recorded the orchestral parts of their upcoming album! Check out the diary HERE!

SONATA ARCTICA - US tourdates announced

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA will embark on a North American headlining tour in September/October 2007. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Sep. 16 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 17 - Galaxy Theater - Santa Ana, CA
Sep. 21 - The Metro - Chicago, IL
Sep. 22 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
Sep. 23 - Peabody's Down Under - Cleveland, OH
Sep. 24 - Opera House - Toronto, ONT
Sep. 27 - The Medley - Montreal, QC
Sep. 28 - The Chance Theater - Poughkeepsie, NY
Sep. 29 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Sep. 30 - B.B. King's - New York, NY
Oct. 02 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 03 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
Oct. 05 - ProgPower USA VIII - Atlanta, GA
Oct. 09 - The Meridian - Houston, TX

SONATA ARCTICA is currently recording its new studio album for a tentative early 2007 release.

The new single from SONATA ARCTICA, "Replica" - containing a new version of the title cut, which originally appeared on the band's 1999 debut, "Ecliptica", plus the songs "Draw Me" (instrumental) and "Respect the Wilderness" - entered the Finnish single chart last month at position No. 1.

CHIMAIRA - Singer Mark Hunter spoke to

CHIMAIRA frontman Mark Hunter recently spoke to about the group's upcoming album, "Resurrection", due in the U.S. on March 6, 2007 via Ferret Music and On March 2, 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records in Europe.

"We named the album 'Resurrection' because that's exactly what it was," Hunter said. "When we talked, we got everything off our chests and out of our systems, and now we're friends again. And we're writing and playing better than ever."

Read the rest of the article HERE!

Furthermore, the band will be doing a signing session at Metal Hammer´s HELLFEST party at "Barfly" Sonthofen, Germany on the 27th of January 2007! In co-operation with Metal Hammer and ROSSIGNOL, you can win a very special Meet & Greet with the band on this day – For further information check out next Metal Hammer issue or go to /


MESHUGGAH - New-old sound

According to an article in REVOLVER Magazine the new MESHUGGAH album will sound a bit different to their 2005 47-minute opus "Catch Thirtythree": "We've got some fast, intense songs and hectic, heavy stuff that draws from all the things we've done in the past," says drummer Tomas Haake. "It's so great to actually be playing drums again." Recording is planned to be done until March – release in early may 2007.

IN FLAMES - Live performance @ "Rockbjörnen"

Swedish melodic metallers IN FLAMES will perform at the "Rockbjörnen" award show in Stockholm, Sweden next Thursday. They are nominated in following categories: "Best Swedish Band", "Best Song", "Best Album".


A Happy New Year to you all! Our offer on a range of CDs priced at just £6.99 from the Peaceville webstore has been extended throughout January so you've still got time to bag yourself a bargain!

ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - Will party the end of their tour in Flensburg!

The Swedish party experts ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET will rock the last show of their tour on tomorrow ´s 6th January in Flensburg/Germany ´s club Roxy. Tickets for 17 Euro are still available. Support act will be ERBEN DES ZORNS. You shouldn't miss it!

RAGE - to introduce new drummer

German metal institution RAGE found a replacement for ex-drummer Mike Terrana quite quickly. "We proudly present our new man on the drums, André Hilgers. While working on the Nuclear Blast Anniversary album we were very surprised how perfectly André`s style matched our new song "Terrified". So it was obvious that we jammed through the RAGE classics, and the sparks were flying immediately.

Andre had a lot of new ideas that fit our style perfectly and he brings a lot of fresh blood and power to the band. We have loads of fun again playing our music", Peavy and Victor had to say. The new drummer is equally thrilled: "Of course I was very happy regarding the request of the guys, and it's a great honour belonging to RAGE now after drummers like Jörg Michael, Efti or Mike Terrana, lambasting the kettles.

Meanwhile, we've started rehearsing and we will present you a great show in Illingen, with some real highlights of the RAGE history. I would like to wish Mike good luck with Masterplan and his next projects. As for me, he's still a great drummer who was always raising the stakes for me", André Hilgers commented.

Monstrosity News

Veteran death metallers MONSTROSITY have set "Spiritual Apocalypse" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in April of 2007. The follow-up to 2003's "Rise to Power" will contain 10-11 songs in the vein of 1996's "Millennium", but "a lot faster," according to a posting on the group's web site.

Powerwolf News

POWERWOLF have entered the studio (at top secret location - simply to avoid having deranged groupies camping outside the studio) to record their second album! "After some exhausting weeks of composing and decomposing tunes of blood and madness we're now almost finished with the songwriting. Two or three songs need to get final treatments! The production started on January 2nd, and you can follow the wolves' trail in form of a studio blog." Click here to get the latest updates about the process in the studio:

Sonic Reign news

SONIC REIGN have launched their new website. Click here to check it out:

Watch out for their album "Raw Dark Pure" to be released April 5th (G/A/S) / 9th (Europe)!

ARSIS - Sign with Nuclear Blast


When it comes to seminal death metal bands from North America, the East Coast alone can boast the likes of the genre's greatest staples such as Cannibal Corpse, Immolation, Death, Morbid Angel, and Nile. With West Virginia's legacy of being the only state formed as a direct result of the American Civil War, it's no wonder that ARSIS have continued this tide of insurgence - albeit in the musical realm.

The band, which derived its name from the musical phrase "arsis and thesis" meaning unstressed (up-) and stressed (down-) beats respectively, is righteously tinged with black & thrash metal influences but is completely dedicated to expanding the reaches of melodicism and technicality in the genre of death metal.

Checking-in from their current tour with God Forbid, Mnemic, and Goatwhore, founding member/guitarist/bassist/lead vocalist and former Berklee College of Music student James Malone has this to say about the newly-inked worldwide collaboration with Nuclear Blast Records:

"Since the conception of ARSIS, I hoped to see the band as a part of the Nuclear Blast roster. Four years later, this is now a reality. I expect great things this coming year; the band is now a four piece, solid tours are on the way, and we have a fantastic label behind us 100%. I am more excited now about the potential of the band than I have ever been."

All of the ARSIS recordings (which include two demos, one EP, and two full-length albums) have won them many fans among the metal underground, the metal press, and metal musicians themselves. Their 2004 debut, A Celebration Of Guilt, was praised to hell and back by Revolver Magazine as "the best in the genre since At The Gates' legendary swan song [Slaughter Of The Soul]."

Given their current momentum in support of their latest album, United In Regret, and with, as Malone states, "our most brutal release coming in 2008," ARSIS are well on their way to making their discography absolutely essential for any fan with an extreme music library.

Visit ARSIS online at and

OMNIUM GATHERUM complete new album

Finnish death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have finished their new album "Stuck Here On Snakes Way", due on April 2 via Candlelight Records. Studio diary, pictures and video clips are available from the bands website

"Stuck Here On Snakes Way" was recorded & mixed at SouthEastSounds studio in Karhula, Finland with producer Teemu Aalto and mastered at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland with Svante Forsbäck.

The complete track listing is as follows:

01. The Snake And The Way
02. Into Sea
03. Dysnomia
04. A-Part Of God
05. Undertaker
06. Bastard-O
07. The Third Flame
08. Just Signs
09. Truth
10. Drudgery
11. In Sane World
12. Spiritual

OMNIUM GATHERUM comments the new album "to be really the best album yet that the band have delivered and a big thanks from that goes also to our new vocalist Jukka Pelkonen. But everything in this album from songs to cover artwork is at least 10 times better than on previous releases, of course! Music and the band itself have really evolved. It's always the same phrase when speaking about the new album of the band, but this time it's really true, heh."

OMNIUM GATHERUM is currently planning and organising gigs and here are the next announced shows:

24 -(FIN) Dark Winter Festival, Karhula
5 - (FIN) EasterMaster Festival, Tampere
6 - (FIN) Rytmikatti, Kouvola
7 - (FIN) Torvi, Lahti
13 -(FIN) Yellowstone, Kotka
4 - (FIN) Klubi, Turku
22 - (GER) Filthrock Festival, Prenzlau

» Omnium Gatherum website
» Omnium Gatherum Myspace

ONSLAUGHT: Full New Track 'Shock & Awe' Available For Streaming

A full-length version of the new ONSLAUGHT track "Shock & Awe" is available for streaming via the band's newly re-launched web site. Check it out at this location. The song comes off the reformed line up of the classic U.K. thrash outfit's upcoming album, "Killing Peace", due on March 5 via Candlelight Records.

"Killing Peace" was recorded at Backstage studio in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE). The complete track listing is as follows:

01. Burn
02. Killing Peace
03. Destroyer of Worlds
04. Pain
05. A Prayer for the Dead
06. Tested to Destruction
07. Twisted Jesus
08. Planting Seeds of Hate
09. Shock & Awe

The band has also re-recorded its classic first-album title track, "Power from Hell". The song was reborn on the 6/6/06 and mixed by Andy Henderson.

ONSLAUGHT's current lineup includes Sy Keeler (vocals), Nige Rockett (guitars), Steve Grice (drums), James Hinder (bass) and the group's latest addition, guitarist Alan Jordan (ex-MIRROR MIRROR, FRANKENSTEIN).

Commented Keeler: "We've had positive response from all who've heard our 'masterpiece' and we're so looking forward to the release on March 5th. The artwork (by Jeff Williams) for the album excites us as much as the music; each lyric page has great artwork linked to the song."

ONSLAUGHT is currently putting together gigs for 2007. Already confirmed are dates in Greece with NAPALM DEATH and Warsaw, Poland on February 12, which will be shot for a DVD release. A video for the album's title track, "Killing Peace", will be shot this month.

27 - (GR) Thessaloniki, Hydrogios
28 - (GR) Athens, An Club
12 - (PL) Warsaw, Stodola Club

» Onslaught website
» Onslaught Myspace

New NEBELHEXE film clip online

NEBELHEXE's video to the song "Underworld" taken from the album "Essensual" can be viewed on myspace and you tube now. Check it out!

» Nebelhexe website
» Nebelhexe Myspace» Nebelhexe on itunes

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS are playing the following dates in Canada and the US with Enslaved & Dark Funeral

10 - (USA) New York (NY), B.B. KINGS
11 - (CDN) Montreal (QC), Le Medley
12 - (CDN) Quebec City (QC), L'Imperial
13 - (CDN) Toronto (ON), Opera House
14 - (USA) Cleveland (OH), Peabody's
15 - (USA) Mokena (IL), The Pearl Room
16 - (USA) St Paul (MN), Station 4
19 - (USA) Orangevale (CA), The Boardwalk
20 - (USA) San Francisco (CA), TBA
21 - (USA) West Hollywood (CA), Key Club
22 - (USA) Santa Ana (CA), Galaxy Theatre
23 - (USA) Tempe (AZ), The Clubhouse
25 - (USA) Denver (CO), Bluebird Theatre
26 - (USA) Albuquerque (NM), Launchpad
27 - (USA) El Paso (TX), Texas Avenue Live
28 - (USA) San Antoni (TX), The Sanctuary
29 - (USA) Ft. Worth (TX), Ridgelea Theatre
30 - (USA) Houston (TX), Warehouse Live

01 - (USA) St. Petersburg (FL), State Theatre
02 - (USA) Fayetteville (NC), Jester's Pub
03 - (USA) Poughkeepsie (NY), Chance
04 - (USA) Hartford (CT), Webster Theatre
05 - (USA) Bedford (NH), Mark's Place
07 - (CDN) Royun Nonanda (QC), Petit Theatre Du Vieux Noranda
08 - (CDN) Sudbury (ON), Jubilee Centre

» Abigail Williams Myspace
» Abigail Williams on itunes

PANTHEON I announce new album title and track listing

PANTHEON I has set "The Wanderer and His Shadow" as the title of its upcoming CD, due on April 2nd through Candlelight Records. Clocking in at just over 40 minutes, the album was recorded and mixed by Christian Wibe at Nye Losjen studios in Sofiemyr, Norway and features artwork by Kjell Åge Meland, who did the front cover to the band's debut release, "Atrocity Divine".

"The Wanderer and His Shadow" track listing:

01. Origin of Sin
02. The Wanderer and his Shadow
03. Cyanide Storm
04. Coming to an End
05. Shedim
06. Where Angels Burn
07. My Curse
08. Chaos Incarnate

"Coming to an End" features a guest appearance by SOLEFALD vocalist Lazare Nedland, while Nachtgarm from NEGATOR appears on "Chaos Incarnate". Former PANTHEON I member Gunhild contributes her great violin skills on "Where Angels Burn".

» Panteon-I website

ANSUR have released a music video online for the song "Post-Apocalyptic Wastelands"

The track comes off the "Axiom" album, released early autumn by Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records.
The video was directed by Eirikur Granneman and shot by Robert Vawter. The location was a Norwegian industrial construction site.

Watch it on their myspace-account or here on youtube

» Ansur website
» Ansur Myspace

A Double CD of previously unreleased KILLING JOKE material out February on Candlelight

This is a fan's dream come true! A double CD of Killing Joke material taken from the band preparation for the "Extremities" album, rare mixes, a TOTALLY unheard track "The Fanatic" and a full live show from the Extremities tour.

The track list speaks for itself; this is a fantastic journey through the making of this album and beyond. Fantastic sound quality throughout!

Disc 1 - Rehearsals V1+ Mixes

1. Money Is Not Our God (Instrumental)
2. Money Is Not Our God (Hideous Remix)
3. Intravenous (1)
4. Money
5. Slipstream (Intro)
6. Slipstream
7. Struggle (Instrumental)
8. Struggle ((Vocal 1)
9. Struggle (Vocal 2)
10. Struggle (vocal 3)
11. Intravenous (2)
12. The Fanatic (Live)

Disc 2 - Live in Pied - France 7th June 1991

1. Inside The Termite [Mound]
2. Money Is Not Our God
3. Extremities
4. Complications
5. The Beautiful Dead
6. Change
7. Frenzy
8. Age of Greed
9. Requiem
10. The Wait
11. Intravenous
12. Wardance
13. Pssyche
14. Love Like Blood

» Killing Joke website
» Killing Joke Myspace

LOST EDEN sign to Candlelight Records

Japan's LOST EDEN came together in 2000 when Norio(Vocals), Adachi(Guitar), Run(Guitar), Daisuke(Bass), Chang(Drums) decided to form a hardcore/metal group. The band's first milestone was in 2002 when they had two songs included on the compilation album "SURPLUS SUPPRESSION 3".

n the spring of 2003, Sensyu joined as their new drummer, and Chang switched to guitar. This new 3 guitar line up immediately hit the studio to record their debut single "SEWN MOUTH FOREST" as they continued to fuse their metallic hardcore sound with black and death metal elements. This release was followed by extensive national touring.

In 2004, LOST EDEN included a track on the compilation CD "METAL OSTENTATION Vol.6" At the same time, Chang left the band, and Cab joined as a new guitarist. This signalled the next stage in the LOST EDEN's musical development, becoming more melodic, but at the same time more aggressive.

2005 saw the band continue to contribute to various compilation albums with tracks appearing on "EATTHQUAKE A.G.M" and "EXTREME GENERATION". After that, Cab left & Mako replaced Sensyu behind the kit. This forced the band back to a 2 guitar formation, which they have used since. In the winter of that year, they recorded a new 2-track demo CD.

On the recording, the band began to experiment with keyboards to add another dimension to their sound. The demo was sent to London based metal label Candlelight..

In early 2006, LOST EDEN signed a contract with Candlelight Records and work began on their debut album "CYCLE REPEATS" at SPLASH studios in Japan during the autumn of that year.

For fans of In Flames, Soilwork and Trivium, Japan's best kept metal secret!!!


Norio - Vocals
Hiroshi Adachi - Guitars & Electronics
Run - Guitars
Daisuke - Bass
Mako - Drums

» Lost Eden website

» Lost Eden Myspace


The Deathstars tour although short was fun and thanks to them and Stoneman for being nice to us.

Due to Steve breaking his hand on a hard and pathetic object we are only just back to rehearsals and writing the new album.

Plans are at present, write album then get gigging. March we will play the Day Into Night festival in London, there is alot of offers being considered at present so we are just writing album and planning the year. We are happy with the way the album is coming together, very happy! Expect to see us live a lot in 2007.

We are really happy with the way the press has gone on the EP, getting played by Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) on his BBC Radio show was for sure the highlight.

Our new video for "Hallowed Be Thy Army" can be seen on our myspace site.

There is no way in hell anyone will play it on the TV so if you want to see it go to the site.

We are currently working on the new album. It's very heavy and very dark - surprised? The title is "Holy Armour From The Jaws Of God" and all going to plan it will be released on 14th May 2007.

Track listing so far is:

My Magnificent Circus
Friendly Fire
Hallowed Be Thy Army

» October File website» October File My Space
» October File on itunes

Candlelight bands' tour dates


with Enslaved & Dark Funeral
10 - (USA) New York (NY), B.B. KINGS
11 - (CDN) Montreal (QC), Le Medley
12 - (CDN) Quebec City (QC), L'Imperial
13 - (CDN) Toronto (ON), Opera House
14 - (USA) Cleveland (OH), Peabody's
15 - (USA) Mokena (IL), The Pearl Room
16 - (USA) St Paul (MN), Station 4
19 - (USA) Orangevale (CA), The Boardwalk
20 - (USA) San Francisco (CA), TBA
21 - (USA) West Hollywood (CA), Key Club
22 - (USA) Santa Ana (CA), Galaxy Theatre
23 - (USA) Tempe (AZ), The Clubhouse
25 - (USA) Denver (CO), Bluebird Theatre
26 - (USA) Albuquerque (NM), Launchpad
27 - (USA) El Paso (TX), Texas Avenue Live
28 - (USA) San Antoni (TX), The Sanctuary
29 - (USA) Ft. Worth (TX), Ridgelea Theatre
30 - (USA) Houston (TX), Warehouse Live

01 - (USA) St. Petersburg (FL), State Theatre
02 - (USA) Fayetteville (NC), Jester's Pub
03 - (USA) Poughkeepsie (NY), Chance
04 - (USA) Hartford (CT), Webster Theatre
05 - (USA) Bedford (NH), Mark's Place
07 - (CDN) Royun Nonanda (QC), Petit Theatre Du Vieux Noranda
08 - (CDN) Sudbury (ON), Jubilee Centre


14 - (UK) York, Certificate 18
15 - (UK) Reading, The Face Bar
16 - (UK) Southampton, The Joiners
17 - (UK) London, The Underworld

15 - (D) Giessen, Muk
16 - (D) Eisleben, WiesenhausTiefschlag
17 - (D) Hamburg, Headbangers Ballroom Tiefschlag

16-18 - (D) Dinkelsbuehl, Summerbreeze Festival


8-10 - (NO) By:Larm, Trondheim

25-29 - (NO) Hovefestivalen in Arendal



24 -(FIN) Dark Winter Festival, Karhula

5 - (FI) EasterMaster Festival, Tampere
6 - (FI) Rytmikatti, Kouvola
7 - (FI) Torvi, Lahti
13 -(FI) Yellowstone, Kotka

4 - (FI) Klubi, Turku

22 - (D) Filthrock Festival, Prenzlau


03 - (UK) Stoke, Sugar Mill
11 - (UK) Peterborough, The Park
14 - (UK) Wrexham, Central Station
16 - (UK) Milton Keynes, Pitz
18 - (UK) Glasgow, Cathouse
19 - (UK) Leicester, Charlotte


24 - (POL) Metalmania Festival, Katowice

26-27 - (USA) Sonar Maryland Deathfest, Baltimore

13-14 - (AT) Kaltenbach Open Air


19 - (FI) Yellowstone, Kotka
27 - (FI) Nosturi, Helsinki

21 - (FI) Kuopio, Henry's pub
22 - (FI) Helsinki, Nightlife Rock
23 - (FI) Jyväskylä, Lutakko
24 - (FI) Turku, Klubi


19 - (NL) Rotterdam, Baroeg
20 - (NL) Eindhoven, Dynamo
21 - (BE) TBA


27 - (GR) Thessaloniki, Hydrogios
28 - (GR) Athens, An Club

12 - (PL) Warsaw, Stodola Club


28 - (USA) The Muse, Nashville TN
29 - (USA) Jaxx, West Springfield VA
30 - (USA) The Loft, Poughkeepsie NY
31 - (USA) Mark's Place, Bedford NH|

01 - (USA) BB King Blues Club, New York NY
02 - (CDN) L'Anti, Quebec City QC
03 - (CDN) FouFounes, Montreal QC
04 - (CDN) Petit Theater du Vieux Noranda, Royun Noranda QC
06 - (CDN) Opera House, Toronton ON
09 - (USA) Station 4, St. Paul MN
13 - (USA) Knitting Factory, Hollywood CA
14 - (USA) Showcase Theater, Corona CA


07 - (CDN) Labatt Center - London
08 - (CDN) Copps Coliseum - Hamilton
09 - (CDN) Scotiabank Place – Ottawa


12 - (NL) Minerva, Groningen
14 - (GR) Larissa - Live Music House
16 - (BGR) Plovdiv - Geo Milev Hall
17 - (BGR) Sofia - Sredec Hall
19 - (TUR) Ankara - Saklikent
20 - (TUR) Istanbul - Studio Live
21 - (ROM) Bukarest - Sala Preoteasa
22 - (SER) Belgrad - Dom Omladine
23 - (CRO) Zagreb - Mochvara
24 - (AT) Wörgl – Komma

01 - (NO) Hakadal, Nittedal
02 - (NO) Sub Scene, Oslo feb
03 - (NO) Plattform/Studentuka, Elverum





20.02.2007 SAARBRÜCKEN (D) Club Garage

21.02.2007 WIESBADEN (D) Kulturpalast

22.02.2007 NÜRNBERG (D) Avalons Dust

23.02.2007 VILLACH (A) Volkshaus Landskron

24.02.2007 GLEISDORF (A) Kulturkeller

25.02.2007 AUGSBURG (D) Kantine


MACHINEMADE GOD single shows

09.02.2007 DARMSTADT (D) Bruchtal

17.02.2007 HAM (D) Deviant Projects Festival

02.03.2007 Bochum (D) Matrix

31.03.2007 HEIDENHEIM (D)T9

AMON AMARTH news update

"The last two months have been hectic, but we've had a blast. The headlining tour in Europe went over expectations and we'd like to thank WINTERSUN and TYR, as well as our European crew and of course everyone who came to the shows. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

After the last show in Hamburg we flew straight to Detroit to join CHILDREN OF BODOM, GOJIRA and SANCTITY on the North American leg of the tour and although it was taxing and with some off stage problems, the tour was nothing but awesome and successful for us! It was great to see the support we got every night and we want to thank you fans for that."

"We've been home resting over the holidays and still have some time off from the band. Later this month it's time to start preparing for the Scandinavian leg, and on the 25th we'll start shooting the second video for the new album. For that we've chosen 'Cry of the Blackbirds'."

BORN FROM PAIN news and live update

All The Best For 2007

We'd just like to wish everyone a slightly belated Happy New Year and much success for 2007. 2006 was a great year for Born From Pain and we'd just like to extend our thanks to everyone that showed support for us during 2006 and previous years. Hopefully 2007 will be even more successful for us and we look forward to seeing you all on the road at some point.

The War Is On Tour

Our European headline tour is getting more dates confirmed by the day, so please make sure you head over to or to see which City near to you we will be crushing. The tour has a killer package and supporting us will be First Blood, Bloodlined Calligraphy and The Setup, so make sure you don't miss out.

We'll be hitting countries all across Europe including the likes of Holland, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Poland, UK, Spain, Sweden, France and a few more, so keep checking for updates. The tour kicks off on the 25th February and runs through to April 01st.

Confirmed dates are below, more to follow



25.02. Köln – MTC (Germany)
27.02. London – Underworld (Great Britain)
01.03. Reading – Face Bar (Great Britain)

03.03. Lowestoft – Seabreeze (Great Britain)
04.03. Swindon – Furnace (Great Britain)
05.03. Hamburg – Hafenklang (Germany)
07.03. Linköping – Skylten (Sweden)

08.03. Gothenburg – Henriksberg (Sweden)

09.03. Rostock – Toxis (Germany)

10.03. Cottbus – Gladhaus (Germany)

11.03. Lodz - Demode (Poland)

12.03. Berlin – Cassiopeia (Germany)

13.03. Schweinfurt – Alter Stadtbahnhof (Germany)

14.03. Weinheim – Café Central (Germany)

17.03. Knokke Heist – Ravellingen (Belgium)

18.03. Uden – De Pul (Netherlands)

19.03. Osnabrück – Ostbunker (Germany)

20.03. Marburg – KFZ (Germany)

22.03. Wien – Arena (Austria)

23.03. München – Feierwerk/Hansa 39 (Germany)

24.03. Rosswein – Jugendhaus (Germany)

25.03. Trier – Exhaus (Germany)

28.03. Madrid – Ritmo Y Compas (Spain)

29.03. Barcelona – Mephisto (Spain)

30.03. Lyon - Lyon Hall (France)

31.03. Mönchengladbach – Aquarium (Germany)

Hameln – Regenbogen (Germany)
From Russia With War

The 21st January will see Born From Pain playing our very first show in Russia, specifically in Moscow. We will be destroying the Tabula Rasa club, so if you're from Moscow or any surrounding areas, stop by and bang your head. We're totally siked to be visiting such a majour city in the world and we look forward to unleashing the Born from Pain show to some new people.

This War Is Relentless

Our new album titled War, that was released in late November 2006 on Metal Blade Records and has been getting some great responses all over the world both from fans and press alike, so make sure you pick up your copy asap in a store near you. There are still some of the LTD edition presses left that come with a bonus DVD that features live footage taken from Wacken Open Air and Hellfest in 2006. You can check out a couple of tracks, namely Relentless and Stop At Nothing on our website or on our myspace page

JOB FOR A COWBOY announces newest addition, drummer Jon Rice

Job For A Cowboy is proud to announce the latest addition to the line-up, Jon "The Charn" Rice! Jon has been playing drums for about 7 years. After completing a year at Capital's Conservatory of Music, majoring in Music Business with a focus on Percussion, Jon left to pursue a career in music.

JFAC guitarist, Ravi Bhadriraju had this to say about his new band mate:

"Jon's Badass. His demo was awesome and we felt that after meeting and talking to other drummers that his personality fit best with ours. In addition to an awesome drummer, we needed someone who wants what we want and that is to tour as much as possible and he is down with that. We have no plans to stop and I'm glad we get to do that with the comfort of knowing we brought the right dude with us and that he feels the same."

New drummer, Jon agrees:

"For me it's a dream come true. It's one of those things where you take a chance and send a demo over and then your life is changed. I'm really looking forward to living on the road. I've lived in Pittsburgh forever and starting in a few weeks I will be living the dream and seeing the world."

Job For A Cowboy just recently completed work on their Metal Blade Records debut which will be out in the Spring/Summer of 2007. Don´t miss JOB FOR A COWBOY on their European tour in support of Unearth!

Metal Blade 25th Anniversary!

METAL BLADE RECORDS 1982 – 2007 = 25 years of quality Metal!

This year Metal Blade Records is celebrating its 25th Anniversary! To mark this great happening, we will have special releases all through the year and have the Metalheads Worldwide participate with various activities. Stay tuned for more info throughout the whole year!

We will kick it off with two classic Metal Blade albums to be released as "25th Anniversary Editions"! Please find some more info below.

CANNIBAL CORPSE – "Vile" (25th Anniversary Edition)
to be released March 9th (G/A/S), March 12th (Europe)

CD: Original album remastered

DVD: Live in Berkeley Square 1997 - running time: approx. 130 min.

12 page booklet

revised artwork

Tracklisting DVD:

Live at the Berkeley Square, February 3, 1997

1. Perverse Suffering

2. Stripped Raped and Strangled

3. Covered With Sores

4. Monolith

5. Addicted to Vaginal Skin

6. Force Fed Broken Glass

7. Fucked with a Knife

8. Gutted

9. Bloodlands

10. Shredded Humans

11. Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead

12. A Skull Full of Maggots

13. Devoured by Vermin

14. Hammer Smashed Face

Live at the Berkeley Square, February 4, 1997

15. Pulverized

16. Puncture Wound Massacre

17. Mummified in Barbwire

18. Orgasm Through Torture

LIZZY BORDEN – "Master Of Disguise" (25th Anniversary Edition)
to be released March 9th (G/A/S), March 12th (Europe)

CD: Original album remastered + 2 bonustracks "Vampires Kiss" + "The Orchestra"

DVD: Making Of "Master Of Disguise" + Live video "Murderess Metal Road Show" - running time: approx. 170 min.

12 page booklet revised artwork

MIDDIAN - Age Eternal

MIDDIAN – featuring Mike Scheidt, former band leader of YOB – are about to release their debut album "Age Eternal" on March, 23rd (G/A/S), March, 26th (Europe).


Mike S-guitar and vox
Will Lindsay-bass and vocals
Scott Headrick-drums

Mike Scheidt about the end of YOB:

"After YOB got back home from our last tour in 2005, it became very obvious that our individual goals in the band had changed. Travis Foster and Isamu Sato both left the band after we explored options for keeping YOB together.

Neither of them had the stomach for touring anymore, and I knew I wanted to keep touring and moving forward. After about 8 months of thought as whether to continue with what would be YOB's 5th line-up after Isamu and Travis left, and after trying out some fine musicians, I decided to let YOB go."

Mike Scheidt about MIDDIAN:

"So I decided to start a new band: very much in the vein of YOB, but more angry and mid-paced on average, but still with roots in slow DOOM and the cosmic vibe that was a part of YOB. MIDDIAN is that band. In my mind I was already thinking about who I was going to approach for a rhythm section: My
friends Will Lindsay on bass and Scott Headrick on drums. They are both very experienced musicians who, while having roots in extreme music, neither had played DOOM influenced music before. I wanted a fresh take on the riffs I was writing. Luckily they were both into it, and we have been having a
blast ever since."

Mike Scheidt about "Age Eternal":

"Age Eternal is our first album together, and we are very happy with it overall. It is a solid first album for us and is setting the blueprint for what we do: DOOM and stoner influenced HEAVY music without it being either.

It has lots of lurching faster riffs and chord melody not unlike YOB, but yet it is different. It is more urgent, straight-forward, and punk influenced in many ways, and our bassist Will shares vocal duties with me. The band is extremely collaborative even though I write the tunes thus far. We all have strong ideas and opinions that mesh very well and it culminated in Age Eternal. Plus there is guest vocals from Ben Ward of Orange Goblin on the last song "Sink To The Center" and noise samples from The Monsters Of Pot from Minneapolis, Minnesota. We are very proud to have our first album released by Metal Blade Records."

Tracklisting "Age Eternal":

Dreamless Eye
The Blood Of Icons
Age Eternal
The Celebrant
Sink To The Center
Check out MIDDIAN on the net and listen to "The Celebrant" at

CATARACT line-up change

CATARACT and guitarist Simon part ways…

"Dear Cataractians, we have some rather big news for you all. We've had several discussions between different members about our future concerning music, shape, form and structure of Cataract and of course the year lying ahead.

And, after a final meeting this Friday, we agreed to disagree - our founding member Simon decided to part ways with Cataract to pursue his own projects, which you will run across sooner or later. We had nine incredible years and all of us will remember the times we had. We are parting in peace as we all agreed that this is the best way for both sides."

Simon says the following to his departure: "Sometimes you come to a cross road in life where there is only one way to go. I choose the path of facing a new personal and musical challenge. I have been part of this band as a founding member for nearly 8 1/2 years.

I am thankful for the great experiences I have made and for all the old friends, new friends, promoters, journalists and tons more - you know who you are - I met over the years through the band. I want to thank all bandmembers - previous and past - that shared a vision. I wish Cataract all the best."

"We have decided to take a break until we worked out all the band bizness and we'll use the time to evaluate Simon's successor. Unfortunately we had to cancel the show in Aarau but we will make up for it as soon as we're a five piece again.

All other shows (we will add them soon) are still hot and will happen. If you have any questions, contact us. Of course we're looking for a new guitarist now, we will make another posting with our ideas and requirements in short time. If you already think you have got "it" then contact us at

Simon, all the best on your way, we all know you will make it!"

Cataract 2007

CANNIBAL CORPSE tour – support bands announced – venue changes


Thursday 22-02 France Antipode Rennes
Friday 23-02 Spain Tunk Irun
Saturday 24-02 Portugal Hard Club Oporto
Sunday 25-02 Spain Sala Heiniken Madrid
Monday 26-02 Spain Apollo Barcelona
Tuesday 27-02 France CCO Villeurbanne Lyon
Wednesday28-02 Italy Nouvo Estragon Bologna
Thursday 01-03 Italy Cicolo Degli Artisti Rome
Saturday 03-03 Greece An Club Athens
Sunday 04-03 Greece Hydrogios Thessaloniki
Monday 05-03 Bulgaria Sredec hall Sofia
Tuesday 06-03 Romania Studio martin Bucharest
Wednesday07-03 Serbia SKC Beograd
Thursday 08-03 Slovenia Media park Ljubljana
Friday 09-03 Hungary A 38 Budapest
Saturday 10-03 Germany Backstage Munchen
Sunday 11-03 Czech rep Abaton Praha
Monday 12-03 Poland Loch Ness Cracow
Wednesday14-03 Latvia Melna Piektiena Riga


Thursday 15-03 Estonia Club Hollywood Tallin

Friday 16-03 Finland Nostori Helsinki
Saturday 17-03 Finland Pakkahuone Tampere
Monday 19-03 Sweden Koren Gothenburg
Tuesday 20-03 Denmark The Rock Kobenhavn
Wednesday21-03 Germany Musik Zentrum Hannover
Thursday 22-03 Germany F Haus Jena
Friday 23-03 Holland Effenaar Eindhoven
Saturday 24-03 Belgium Biebob Vosselaar

booking: Metallysee

"Excess Of Evil" tour – FINAL tourdates announced + venue changes

"The Excess of Evil" tour
Thursday 10-05 Germany K 17 Berlin
Friday 11-05 Germany F Haus Jena
Saturday 12-05 Germany East Club Bischofswerda
Sunday 13-05 Czech Rep. Fleda Brno
Monday 14-05 Germany Backstage Munich
Tuesday 15-05 Germany Batschkapp Frankfurt
Wednesday16-05 Germany Roxy Saarbrücken
Thursday 17-05 Switzerland Z7 Pratteln
Friday 18-05 Italy Estragon Bologna
Saturday 19-05 Austria Spielboden Dornbirn
Sunday 20-05 France La Laiterie Strasbourg
Monday 21-05 France Locomotive Paris
Tuesday 22-05 France Antipode Rennes
Wednesday23-05 UK Carling Academy Islington London
Thursday 24-05 Germany Turock Essen
Friday 25-05 Holland Plato Helmond
Saturday 26-05 Belgium Biebob Vosselaar
Sunday 27-05 Germany Markthalle Hamburg

booking: Metallysee

PRIMORDIAL – Live update + Finland tour

February 21, 2007 Henry's Pub Kuopio, Finland w/ Insomnium & Urn

February 22, 2007 Nightlife Rock Helsinki, Finland w/ Insomnium & Urn

February 23, 2007 Lutakko Jyväskylä, Finland w/ Insomnium & Urn

February 24, 2007 Klubi Turku, Finland w/ Insomnium & Urn

April 5-7, 2007 Inferno Festival Oslo, Norway w/ Moonspell, Dark Funeral, Immortal & more

April 14, 2007 MS Rheingold (Ship), Koblenz, Germany w/ Metal Inquisitor & Desaster – event is sold out!

May 25-28, 2007 Leipzig, Germany, Wave Gotik Treffen Festival

July 21, 2007 Metal Healing Festival Greece

Urkraft added as main support on Cannibal Corpse European tour

Urkraft added as main support on Cannibal Corpse European tour

Fast-rising Danish death-thrash wrecking crew Urkraft are set to slaughter venues around Europe as the main support for Cannibal Corpse. This tour will give fans the chance to check out Urkraft's own brand of all-out thrashing mayhem that defines their 2006 Earache release 'The Inhuman Aberration'.

Urkraft vocalist Thomas Pederson had this to say about the news: "We are looking forward to hitting the venues with Cannibal Corpse and just getting out on the road and showing what we are made of. We have been waiting for a long time since the release of 'The Inhuman Aberration' and it will be cool to get out there and show what we are made of and seeing people join in the inhuman slaughter that we will be sending out from the stage... "

You can check Urkraft out with Cannibal Corpse and Disavowed on the following dates in February and March 2007:

22 Feb 07 - France Rennes - Antipode
23 Feb 07 - Spain Irun - Tunk
24 Feb 07 - Portugal Porto - Hard Club
25 Feb 07 - Spain Madrid - Sala Heiniken
26 Feb 07 - Spain Barcelona - Apollo
27 Feb 07 - France Lyon - CCO Villeurbanne
28 Feb 07 - Italy Bologna - Nouvo Estragon
01 March 07 - Italy Rome - Cicolo Degli Artisti
03 March 07 - Greece Athens - Ann Club
04 March 07 - Greece Thessaloniki - Hydrogios
05 March 07 - Bulgaria Sofia - Sredec Hall
06 March 07 - Romania Bucharest - Studio Martin
07 March 07 - Serbia Beograd - SKC
08 March 07 - Slovenia Lubljana - Media Park
09 March 07 - Hungary Budapest - A 38
10 March 07 - Germany Munchen - Backstage
11 March 07 - Czech Republic Praha - Abaton
12 March 07 - Poland Krakow - Loch Ness
14 March 07 - Latvia Riga - Melna Piektiena

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