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Pure Metal News: January 2008 Part 1

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Compiled by John Stefanis

January 2008 Part 2

SUICIDE SILENCE - Extensive European touring with Behemoth and Parkway Drive

SUICIDE SILENCE has just secured the direct support slot on the upcoming Behemoth tour in February before they will come back with the amazing Parkway Drive and Bury Your Dead in April/May.

Those diverse packages already show that SUICIDE SILENCE adheres to no preconceived notions and refuses to be pigeonholed into any specific genre.

Their music clearly represents their many influences, incorporating a savage mix of death metal, grindcore, black metal, hardcore and doom elements into each track. The songs are dynamic and crushing, shifting effortlessly from insane grind chaos into surgically precise, disorienting time signatures topped off with snail-paced grooves and destructive breakdowns. Check out songs from 'The Cleansing' at:

SUICIDE SILENCE's amazing album 'The Cleansing' will finally hit UK March 31st (Europe February 18th) It will come with the exclusive European bonus track 'A Dead Current' as well as a CD enhancement offering 6 live clips from US and UK.

Upon the US release of the album SUICIDE SILENCE made a huge statement to the metal world by entering the US Billboard Top 200 chart at #94, which marks the highest debut ever for a new Century Media artist.

The devastating quintet from Riverside, California separated themselves from the underground through an undying work ethic and undeniable live performance. Not only did the band tour North America relentlessly with the likes of Unearth and Darkest Hour, but also went headlining for Despised Icon, Winds of Plague and Walls Of Jericho as well as simply ruling the UK on their first visit in 2006. Now it is high time for extensive touring throughout Europe on the following high profile tours:

Suicide Silence on tour with Behemoth

03.02.2008 (UK) Birmingham - Barfly
04.02.2008 (UK) Glasgow - Barfly
05.02.2008 (UK) Sheffield - Corporation
06.02.2008 (UK) Portsmouth - Wedgewood Rooms
07.02.2008 (UK) London - ULU

Suicide Silence on tour with Parkway Drive, Bury Your Dead

01.05.2008 (UK) Newport - TJs
02.05.2008 (UK) Nottingham - Rock City
03.05.2008 (UK) Manchester - Academy 3
04.05.2008 (UK) Glasgow - Barfly
05.05.2008 (UK) Yeovil - The Orange Box
06.05.2008 (UK) Sheffield - Corporation
07.05.2008 (UK) London - Underworld

For full European tour routings for both tours please check:

UNEARTH update / new album / 3-DVD-set

2007 was another killer year for all things UNEARTH as we toured North America with metal legends SLAYER. We headlined tours in Europe, Australia and New Zealand for the first time, played the biggest European festivals of our career, brought our metal to the awesome state of Alaska for its live debut and finished off the year with a packed-out headlining North American tour.

2008 is already shaping up to be even better than '07 with first time trips to Mexico and South America in January and February, respectively, the release of our three-disc DVD with a live concert disc and a full documentary DVD spanning our entire career (coming March 20, 2008).

UNEARTH's three-disc DVD set will feature the band's October 9, 2007 concert at the Glass House in Pomona, California along with other live performances shot throughout the band's nine-year career, as well as interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and other random happenings throughout the years. The third disc will be the CD of the full live show on DVD 1.

More worldwide touring and a brand new full-length UNEARTH studio album coming sometime this fall!

LAY DOWN ROTTEN - More dates confirmed for DISMEMBER tour

Two more dates in Hamburg and Osnabrück have been confirmed for the tour LAY DOWN ROTTEN will be playing with DISMEMBER in Februay!

All dates including LAY DOWN ROTTEN are listed below. For a full touring schedule of the tour (including gigs LAY DOWN ROTTEN won´t be playing) surf over to the homepage of Massive Music!

Europa Burns Tour 2008
Presented by Metal Hammer &

08.02.08 GER Nurnberg @ K4
09.02.08 GER Trier @ Exhaus
12.02.08 GER Hamburg @ Markthalle (new!!!)
13.02.08 GER Osnabruck @ Bastard (new!!!)
16.02.08 GER Essen @ Turock
17.02.08 GER Stuttgart @ Ika-Longhorn
18.02.08 A Worgl @ Komma
19.02.08 A Traun @ Spinnerei
20.02.08 GER Munich @ Metropolis
27.02.08 GER Darmstadt @ Goldene Krone
28.02.08 GER Hannover @ Musikzentrum
29.02.08 GER Oelsnitz @ Schützenhaus
01.03.08 GER Bischofswerda @ East Club
02.03.08 GER Berlin @ K17

booking: MASSIVE MUSIC /

CATTLE DECAPITATION announce new drummer, in writing mode

We're pleased to inform everyone that David McGraw (ex-Sleep Terror) is our new drummer! Things went great with him on the Death By Decibels tour and we will commence writing our next album with him starting next month! Our creative juices are beginning to flow like crazy and we've vowed to create the most ridiculous and insane record yet! We hope to hit the road again in summer in preparation for the recording process!

Australian fans can look forward to seeing us in the later part of 2008! Plans are already being put together for our first Australian tour!!! We also hope to hit South America, Mexico and Europe as well sometime in 2008, but for now, writing is our main priority! See you fu*kers soon!!!

All new merch designs coming in 2008! Check back to our MySpace page for updates!

BRAINSTORM - 'Downburst' release parties

2008 starts with a bang! German Metal heavyweights BRAINSTORM release their highly anticipated new album called "Downburst' on the 25th of January (G/A/CH/I) / 28th of January (rest of Europe).

Do you want to be one of the first that listen to their new hymns? Don't miss the 'Downburst' release parties (dates see below)!

You will have the chance to get a first impression on the new BRAINSTORM songs as well as to win some cool goodies (limited shirts, CD openers, CDs, posters, etc.)!

Some band members will be at the parties in Ludwigsburg and Tübingen! Be there! Meet them! Get your stuff signed!

Release Parties BRAINSTORM 2008
18.01.2008 - Rockfabrik - Ludwigsburg (with bandmembers)
18.01.2008 - Headbangers Ballroom - Hamburg
18.01.2008 - Rockclub U2 - Ingolstadt
18.01.2008 - Halford - Berlin
18.01.2008 - Abyss Bar - Innsbruck (AUT)
19.01.2008 - Matrix - Bochum
19.01.2008 - Rockfabrik - Nürnberg
23.01.2008 - Steinbruch - Darmstadt
26.01.2008 - Epplehaus - Tübingen (with bandmembers)

Furthermore we also set up a viral player you can place on your personal MySpace page and/or homepage! Please just use the specified codes below!

HAIL OF BULLETS promotional CD out on vinyl soon

HAIL OF BULLETS' grandiose four-track promotional CD, which recently brought the band a deal with Metal Blade Records, will be released on vinyl in January 2008 through Iron Pegasus Records from Germany. The limited-edition EP will be available in two different versions from various mailorders and underground labels throughout Europe and the U.S. For more information, visit

HAIL OF BULLETS is the new band featuring GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby, guitarists Stephan Gebédi (THANATOS) and Paul Baayens (THANATOS and ASPHYX), singer Martin Van Drunen (ASPHYX, ex-PESTILENCE) and former HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen. The group will enter Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland in February 2008 to begin recording its debut album for a May release via Metal Blade Records.

HAIL OF BULLETS' entire four-song promotional CD is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page

THE ARCANE ORDER post new song online

Go to our homepage and check out "Eruptions of Red" - a slower and more epic sounding song from the new THE ARCANE ORDER album "In the Wake of Collisions" to be released the 11th of January (D/A/CH/I) / 14th of January (rest of Europe).

Commented the group: "The song shows a different side to THE ARCANE ORDER than you heard on 'The Serpent Tower'. We chose to present this song to you to show you the other side of what 'In the Wake of Collisions' is all about. "'Eruptions of Red' is track number 4 on the new album and is a slower and very epic sounding piece of metal. On this track you can really hear how Kasper's voice has evolved immensly and Morten's drum playing is really exceptional as well."

The CD was recorded at Hansen studio in Ribe, Denmark and is "not the natural follow-up to 'The Machinery of Oblivion' [2006]," according to Lund. "We always said we weren't interest in just making a new 'Machinery...' album, and we think the new album proves just that. We have evolved as a team, as a band, and you will be able to hear so on the new album. We think it's fair to say that we have found our own sound with the new album. You need to listen to the whole album, all the songs in a row, to understand what the new stuff is all about.

In other news 'In The Wake Of Collisions' is album of the month in the renowned AARDSCHOK magazine from Holland (January/February double issue)!

AMON AMARTH festival appearance in Belgium confirmed

AMON AMARTH have been confirmed for the Sandstorm festival in Kuurne, Belgium on the 2nd of February, 2008. Other bands appearing include Grave, Asphyx and Endstille among others.

For more details click here on the festival site  or on this flyer:


A bunch of Metal Blade acts have been confirmed for the Summer Breeze Open Air festival taking place August 13-16 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany.

Go visit one of the best Summer festivals and see BORN FROM PAIN, FLESHCRAWL, HAIL OF BULLETS, LAY DOWN ROTTEN, NEAERA and PRIMORDIAL (photo). More bands to be announced soon!

Many other bands are confirmed by now, for a full list surf over to the Summer Breeze site.

HAIL OF BULLETS website & online forum

Dutch Death Metal heroes HAIL OF BULLETS finally have their own website. Still under construction, but finally active at

They have also started their own HOB forum on Global Domination. Check it out at

GOREROTTED online store & festival appearance

Mighty UK Deatheads GOREROTED have opened up their own onlinestore. Check it out at

In other news GOREROTTED have been confirmed for this years Summer Breeze festival taking place in Abtsgmünd, Germany, August 13-16.

SOILENT GREEN album title and release date announced

Southern sludge grind-metallers SOILENT GREEN will release their new album, "Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction", on April 18 (D/A/CH/I) / April 21 (rest of Europe), 2008 via Metal Blade Records. The CD was helmed by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, ex-Morbid Angel) at Mana Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Touted as "one of the ten most important hard and heavy bands" by Rolling Stone magazine, SOILENT GREEN has been releasing consistently brutal and groove-laden albums since their first full-length, "Pussysoul", in 1994.

GOATWHORE to tour Europe

Americas premier Black Metal band GOATWHORE
is up and ready to head over to Europe in support of Immolation and Melechesh!

Shadows of the Emissaries' Curse Tour 2008
Immolation + Melechesh + GOATWHORE + Sickening Horror

14.03.08 SK Trencin @ Piano
15.03.08 GER Munich @ Metropolis
16.03.08 A Dornbirn @ Conrad Sohm
17.03.08 A Traun @ Spinnerei
18.03.08 A Wien @ Planet Music
19.03.08 GER Trier @ Exhaus
20.03.08 GER/FR tba
21.03.08 CH Erstfeld @ Transilvania Live
22.03.08 FR Chaulnes @ OMCSL
23.03.08 GER Essen @ Turock
24.03.08 HOL Tilburg @ 013
25.03.08 HOL Heerhugowaard @ Waerdse
26.03.08 HOL Amersfoort @ De Kelder
27.03.08 GER/DEN tba
28.03.08 SWE/DEN tba
29.03.08 NOR Oslo @ South Of Heaven
30.03.08 SWE Stockholm @ tba
01.04.08 FIN Turku @ Klubi
02.04.08 FIN Helsinki @ Nosturi
03.04.08 EST Tallin @ Nomme Cult
04.04.08 LAT Riga @ Melna Piektdiena
05.04.08 LIT Vilnus @ Mulen Ruzas
06.04.08 POL Warsaw @ Progresja

CATARACT news update

'First of all - as possible the last ones on the planet - have a great 2008! We surely hope you survived New Year´s Eve, gained a few pounds and made some ridiculous resolutions. We will have a great 2008 - why? Simply because it´s our tenth Anniversary! So, Happy Birthday to us! You might wonder what kind of presents we get - we can tell you one, a BIG one, namely our fabulous fifth full length release which will be released March, 20 (D/A/CH/I) / March, 25 (rest of Europe) and it will kill! We´ll tell you more about it soon as we´ve got some more great news coming along.

In other news we have been confirmed for the With Full Force open air this year and we will be playing an exclusive show with our buddies from Heaven Shall Burn on the 16th of February to celebrate the release of their latest album 'Iconoclast'. Check out the Rise Or Die fest online at as it has tons of other bands playing. Make sure you catch tickets for this event!

Again, to all the people writing in about the open bass player position - thank you! We have an incredible selection and it will be difficult to sort out the right guy. Please be patient with us, we´ve been a bit overwhelmed by the response. You can still write in if you think you´re perfect for the job!'

HATE ETERNAL album artwork revealed

The cover artwork for HATE ETERNAL's new album, "Fury & Flames", has been revealed. The artwork was done by Paul Romano, who has previously worked with Mastodon, Animosity and The Red Chord. The follow-up to 2005's "I, Monarch" is the band's most diverse and emotionally fuelled record to date, due mainly in part to the passing of bassist and good friend Jared Anderson. HATE ETERNAL founder and vocalist/guitarist Erik Rutan recently did an interview with where he stated, "Jared was one of my best friends, and his passing away really affected me and influenced this record a lot. It's a very dark and heavy record — not just heavy as in 'heavy metal,' but heavy-hearted as well."

"Fury & Flames' features new members Shaune Kelley on second guitar and Jade Simonetto on drums. The addition of Shaune means that this will be the first time HATE ETERNAL will be able to perform as a four-piece live. Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse fame stepped in on bass for the recording, but due to his hectic schedule with Cannibal Corpse will not be able to tour with the band.

Due on February 22nd (D/A/CH/I) / 25th (Europe) "Fury & Flames' will feature the following track listing:

1. Hell Envenom
2. Whom Gods May Destroy
3. Para Bellum
4. Bringer of Storms
5. The Funerary March
6. Thus Salvation
7. Proclamation of the Damned
8. Fury Within
9. Tombeau (Le Tombeau De La Fureur et Des Flames)
10. Coronach

JOB FOR A COWBOY confirmed to support Megadeth in the UK

The UK run of Megadeth's tour this spring has been rebranded under the Gigantour banner. Gigantour UK will make its debut in Norwich on February 17th and finish up in London on February 24th.

Scheduled for the main support is special guest JOB FOR A COWBOY, and thanks to the support of, fans' votes helped to put UK's own Evile into the opening spot on the tour."

The dates are as follows:

Feb. 17 - Norwich, UK - UEA
Feb. 18 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Feb. 19 - Glasgow, Scotland - Academy
Feb. 20 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
Feb. 22 - Birmingham, UK - Academy
Feb. 23 - Manchester, UK - Academy
Feb. 24 - London, UK - Brixton Academy

WOE OF TYRANTS announces producer & album title! New demo track online

We have decided to record our Metal Blade debut at the Foundation with Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, Gwen Stacy). The title of the album is "Kingdom of Might" and we plan to hit the studio in May with extensive touring to follow the completion of the record.

We have just posted a demo track from the new record on myspace titled "The Seven Braids of Samson" so people can get a taste of what is to come with the new record. Check it out here:

THE OCEAN seeks new bass player

"It seems like this issue always comes back to us...

Due to The Ocean Collective's current bass players' inability to cope with our heavy touring schedules we need a new bass player for all our upcoming touring activities. What we're looking for is a nice, sociable guy with:
- skills
- dedication
- experience
- smooth and precise playing, good tone, finger and pick
- time for extensive tours
- ability to read sheet music - not necessary, but advantageous
- high level of tolerance for the typical on-the-road stress
- located in Europe

If you're a bass player (and not just a bass-playing guitarist), please write an email to and tell us about yourself.

Be prepared to be on the road nonstop between mid march and mid july in the US, Europe and Russia.

Your chance to join us! We're looking forward to hearing from you!


HATE ETERNAL - Brand new song available for free download

A brand new HATE ETERNAL track, entitled "Bringer of Storms", is available for download at

The song comes off the group's new album, "Fury and Flames", due on February 22nd (D/A/CH/I) / 25th (Europe).

"Fury & Flames' will feature the following track listing:
1. Hell Envenom
2. Whom Gods May Destroy
3. Para Bellum
4. Bringer of Storms
5. The Funerary March
6. Thus Salvation
7. Proclamation of the Damned
8. Fury Within
9. Tombeau (Le Tombeau De La Fureur et Des Flames)
10. Coronach

HATCHET seeks new drummer

"Due to personal and musical differences we have decided to part ways with our original drummer Slave. That being said we are actively seeking a new permanent drummer to fill our line-up. We are looking for a talented, serious musician, who will be 100% dedicated to our band. Must have your own transportation and a job or source of income, and be willing to practice 2-3 times a week at our Petaluma Rehearsal Studio. Must be available for all shows and tours. And please be confident in your ablility to play our material. No Egos, Druggies or flakes! 18 + preferred but not a necessity. Please send us a message through our myspace-site: . Or contact us via email at Thanks!

HAIL OF BULLETS confirm another festival appearance

Dutch Death Metal heroes HAIL OF BULLETS are now also confirmed to play this years Party.San Open Air taking place August, 7th - 9th in Bad Berka, Germany!

As announced earlier, HAIL OF BULLETS will also be performing at this year's edition of the Summer Breeze festival!

BOLT THROWER confirmed for Party.San festival, in writing mode

First of all, BOLT THROWER would like to wish their crew, friends, followers and supporters all the best for 2008!

If you're wondering why there hasn't been a lot of BT news for a while, that's because we are still in writing mode for the new album, which we plan to record in the summer. And during the break between the recording and mixing of the album, we will play our only festival of the year.

So, we're very happy to announce that the festival we have chosen to play this summer is the Party.San Open Air in Bad Berka, Germany on 7-9th August. Tickets are only 39.60 Euros, including parking and camping, and the festival is capped at only 10,000 visitors, so considering this and the already killer line-up, it looks like it will sell out in advance. So, we suggest that people who want to buy tickets on the day, should check the availability before they set off, to avoid the disappointment a lot of people had at last year's sold-out Summer Breeze Festival, where they got turned away.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Bolt Thrower

AUTUMN confirm another festival appearance

Dutch rock sensation AUTUMN have been confirmed for this years Summer Breeze festival taking place in Dinkelsbühl, Germany on August 13-16.

As announced earlier, AUTUMN will also be performing this year at the infamous Wacken Open Air.

NB @ Pagan fest

Viking, Pagan and Folk followers listen! The warriors from the north are coming and will occupy your city during Paganfest - the most heathen Metal tour in 2008!
Rock the Nation presents an unbelievable music-spectacle for all hobby Vikings and Pagan freaks with the most famous acts of the current Folk- and Pagan scene. From April 2nd to April 22nd ENSIFERUM, KORPIKLAANI, MOONSORROW, ELUVEITIE and TYR will conquer whole Europe!

More infos at


THRESHOLD - Confirmed for festivals

UK progsters THRESHOLD will headline the Minnuendo Fest in Peralta, Spain on 19 July.
THRESHOLD will also headline the last day of ProgPower Europe 2008 on 5 October with a full two-hour-show. THRESHOLD have headlined the very first ProgPower festival ten years ago in Holland, so it will be a special anniversary return for the band.
The band recently announced their first ever Serbia show at this year's Legacy Festival in Belgrade on 30 May on a bill which includes RAGE and TESTAMENT.

HYPOCRISY - "Catch 22" new version

Swedish extreme metallers HYPOCRISY are currently remixing their album "Catch 22" andhave issued the following update about it:
"As you've probably heard, we're remixing and redoing the vocals on 'Catch 22' (originally issued in 2002) and re-releasing it. Why?! Because we still think it is a great fu*king album but it got slammed and misunderstood because of the vocal style and the drum sound and so on.
"Everybody in HYPOCRISY is sitting home and writing for the next album right now and we wanna make sure it will be the best release we can do... When it will be out, we don't know. Maybe in the beginning of 2009."

THERION - backstage report

The German edition of Metal Hammer magazine recently hit the road in Europe for a few days with THERION. A live and behind-the-scenes report, which follows the tour from Germany to Slovenia, can be found at this location (available in German only). Exclusive photos from the tour can be viewed by clicking on "Bildergalerie".

DEATH ANGEL - signing session

On Saturday, January 12, the Bay Area Thrash Metal legend DEATH ANGEL will hold a signing session at our own NUCLEAR BLAST shop in Donzdorf! The session will start at 14.30 CET!

Oeschstr. 40, 73072 Donzdorf

DEATH ANGEL will release their new effort "Killing Season" on February, 29. It's the long awaited follow up to the comeback album "The Art Of Dying" from 2004.

EPICA - new pyro-show announced

Our Dutch symphonic metal heroes EPICA have confirmed another special pyro-show and have posted the following statement: "We got such a great response to the special shows with pyro effects we did last October that we've decided to do one more on January 11th. And which venue would be more fitting to do this than Patronaat in Haarlem (Netherlands)? So make sure you buy your tickets today!"

In other news, EPICA has been confirmed as the support act for SYMPHONY X on their upcoming North American tour in April/May.

ELUVEITIE - New track on Myspace

Swiss Pagan horde ELUVEITIE has just uploaded a new track from their upcoming masterpiece „Slania' to their official MySpace to be found @! Check out „Inis Mona' to get an impression of what „Slania' will be all about due it's release on February 15th (G/A/CH/I) / February 18th (Europe)!

AVANTASIA - Tobias Sammet on air

EDGUY singer Tobias Sammet will be the featured guest on Germany's biggest rock and metal radio show, "HR3 Hard 'n' Heavy - die lange harte Nacht", this Friday night, January 4 between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. (technically Saturday morning). Tobias will present the new album from his AVANTASIA project, entitled "The Scarecrow".

To listen to the program live on the Internet, click here.

IN FLAMES - Album title revealed

The new IN FLAMES album is called "A Sense Of Purpose" and will be released on April 4th via Nuclear Blast Records. For Artwork and tracklist stay tuned!
'We are extremely happy with the end result and so proud of what we have achieved with the new album and can't wait for you all to hear it.' - In Flames

NIGHTWISH - Certified GOLD in Germany

Finnish Symphonic Metal kings NIGHTWISH have received a Gold award for 100.000 sold copies of their newest album "Dark Passion Play" in Germany, within one week after its release end of September! The handoff of the award took place at the "On A Dark Winter´s Night"-Festival in Oberhausen, where NIGHTWISH played a phenomenal gig in front of 6000 fans seriously going crazy!

"Dark Passion Play" entered the German album charts on #1, just as it´s predecessor "Once" from 2004. Other awards in the long list are triple platinum in their homecountry Finland, Platinum in Switzerland, Gold in Sweden, Austria and Poland.
NIGHTWISH will release the second single out of "Dark Passion Play" called "Bye Bye Beautiful" on February, 15 as a normal CD and a DVD with clips and specials.
Furthermore, the band will go on a big European Tour from February on - Check tourdates at


German Electronic Alternative band LIQUIDO needs your help! Please vote for their new single "Gameboy" at these locations LINK 1 | LINK 2 and help the band to get some serious airplay for the song! The single will be released on February, 8 but you can already check it out here: Thanks for the support!

AGNOSTIC FRONT - To play With Full Force 2008!

NYHC veterans AGNOSTIC FRONT are to play this years With Full Force Festival taking place July 4th-6th at Flugplatz Roitzschjora, Löbnitz, Germany. Other Nuclear Blast artists to play there are IN FLAMES, BELPHEGOR, SUBWAY TO SALLY, THE DESTINY PROGRAM and DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER.

THRESHOLD - About to return to the Netherlands in April

UK progressive metallers THRESHOLD will return to the Netherlands in April for two more shows in Helmond and Zoetermeer. This will be the last chance to catch THRESHOLD in Dutch venues before the band performs at ProgPower Europe festival in October.

THRESHOLD Dutch tour dates 2008:
Apr. 18 - Plato, Helmond, Holland
Apr. 19 - Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Holland
Oct. 05 - ProgPower Europe, Baarlo, Holland

IN FLAMES - New Single

We can now announce that the first single taken from the new album "A Sense Of Purpose" will be "The Mirror's Truth" Release Date: March 7th 2008 out via Nuclear Blast Records

Please note that this is a European single and will not be available elsewhere. The single will include the following tracks:

1. The Mirror's Truth
2. Eraser*
3. Tilt*
4. Abnegation*


The cover artwork for the single was created by Alex Pardee, for ZeroFriends ( Alex has also done all the artwork for the album. We will be releasing the Track Listing, and album artwork Monday, January 14th.

Stay tuned for more news!

THREAT SIGNAL - New guitarist announced

Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL have issued the following update:
"We are pleased to announce guitarist Adam Weber as the final piece of the THREAT SIGNAL puzzle. The writing process with Adam has already begun, and we're all looking forward to recording and touring with him."

BEHEMOTH - Just signed

Polish Death Metal machine BEHEMOTH has inked a deal with NUCLEAR BLAST for Europe. We are very proud of this newest addition to the NB-Family!

Here's a statement from NUCLEAR BLAST ´s A&R manager Jaap Wagemaker: "Behemoth have evolved into one of the best extreme technical metal bands from Europe. Last year, I saw them on stage several times and every time they came, they saw and they conquered, leaving the locations behind in smoke and ashes. This is not a band, this is a force. Nuclear Blast is looking forward to start working with BEHEMOTH and to bring the band to the next level!"

And another statement about the deal from BEHEMOTH mastermind Nergal says:

'I have to honestly admit that we've never been more enthusiastic about the future.

For last few years things have been moving forward for us like a storm and we decided to leave some secured territories and look for a new home for us. We needed something refreshing and challenging at the same time.

Metal Blade [for the US] and NUCLEAR BLAST are two of the strongest and most influential labels in today's metal scene. Persistence and determination is what we have in common with both and I'm sure our future collaboration will forge a new, inspiring chapter in BEHEMOTH's history.

I simply can't wait to start working with these companies. We are proud and honoured to be partnering with such greatly forward looking people. Expect big things to happen. Now only sky is the limit.'

'At the same time I'd like to show my appreciation for all the years of hard work and dedication with our past labels: Century Media and Regain Rec. I'm happy that throughout all those years we were not only business partners but also friends. I wish both nothing but success in the future'.

The last Album of BEHEMOTH, "The Apostasy", was released in 2007.

CHIMAIRA - ESP announces signature series guitars

Two new Signature Series models are being introduced from the guitarists of CHIMAIRA, their first ones for ESP. Guitarist Rob Arnold's signature model, the LTD RA-600, offers a Floyd Rose bridge and a single EMG 81 pickup in a light alder body. The LTD MFA-600 is the signature model from Matt DeVries, based on his own customized ESP Viper model.

IN FLAMES - 'A Sense Of Purpose' track listing and artwork revealed

We are pleased to reveal track listing and artwork for 'A Sense Of Purpose'.
All artwork for the album, and booklet was created by Alex Pardee, for ZeroFriends. Alex has also done the artwork for the first single: 'The Mirror's Truth'.
The release date from Nuclear Blast Records for Europe, and the rest of the World (except for the US) is set for April 4th, 2008.
The album will contain the following tracks:
1.The Mirror's Truth
2. Disconnected
3. Sleepless Again
4. Alias
5. I'm the Highway
6. Delight and Angers
7. Move Through Me
8. The Chosen Pessimist
9. Sober and Irrelevant
10. Condemned
11. Drenched In Fear
12. March To The Shore
Stay tuned for more news!

SUBWAY TO SALLY - Competition

German high-flyers SUBWAY TO SALLY are to guest on the legendary Bundesvision Song Contest hosted by Stefan Raab where they will play their new hit single Auf Kiel in order to compete with a few other well-known contestants. SUBWAY-fans should mark their calendars for February 14th when Eric Fish & his mates will (hopefully) win for their beloved Mecklenburg-Vorpommern!

In advance of this event, you'll get the chance to win some rare STS stuff until February 08th! Click Hier to join the competition.

THRESHOLD - Honoured at Classic Rock Society awards

UK progressive metallers THRESHOLD were honored in the categories Best Singer, Best Drummer and Best Album Track at the Classic Rock Society awards in the UK.

Johanne James won the Best Drummer-award for the second consecutive year. Damian Wilson won the Best Vocalist-award after returning to the band for last year's tour. The Best Album Track-award was won by Richard West's song Pilot in the sky of dreams from THRESHOLD's latest studio album, Dead Reckoning.


SOILWORK - About to tour the USA

Swedish powerhouse SOILWORK has just announced a full scale US tour for March 2008 called Scum Of The Earth along with THROWDOWN, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and WAR OF AGES!
Here are the dates:
02/29 The Glasshouse - Pomona, CA
03/01 Marquee Theater - Tempe, AZ
03/03 The Door - Dallas, TX
03/04 The White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
03/05 Meridian - Houston, TX
03/07 State Theater - Tampa, FL
03/08 Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
03/10 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
03/11 Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
03/12 The Norva - Norfolk, VA
03/13 Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
03/14 Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
03/15 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
03/16 The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
03/18 The Blender Theater (at Gramercy) - New York, NY
03/19 Les Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC - CANADA
03/20 The Opera House - Toronto, ON - CANADA
03/21 Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
03/22 Logan Square Auditorium - Chicago, IL
03/23 Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
03/25 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom - Denver, CO
03/26 Avalon Theatre - Salt Lake City, UT
03/27 The Big Easy - Boise, ID
03/28 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
03/29 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
03/31 The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
04/02 House of Blues - Hollywood, CA

Gordeon tour dates


16.04.2008 (DE) München, Backstage Club
17.04.2008 (DE) Köln, Underground
24.04.2008 (DE) Hamburg, Molotow
25.04.2008 (DE) Berlin, Magnet
26.04.2008 (DE) Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal


26.01.2008 (NL) Tilburg, 013
27.01.2008 (BE) Hasselt, Muziek O droom
28.01.2008 (UK) Bristol, The Croft
29.01.2008 (UK) Birmingham, Medicine Bar
30.01.2008 (UK) Manchester, Star & Garter
31.01.2008 (UK) Glasgow, Nice N' Sleazy
01.02.2008 (UK) Sheffield, The Corporation
02.02.2008 (UK) London, Water Rats
03.02.2008 (UK) Brighton, The Barfly
04.02.2008 (FR) Paris, TBC
05.02.2008 (CH) Lausanne, Le Romandie
06.02.2008 (DE) Saarbrücken, Kleiner Club
07.02.2008 (DE) Donauworth, Juze
08.02.2008 (AT) Vienna, Szene
09.02.2008 (AT) Innsbruck, Pmk
10.02.2008 (CZ) Prague, 007
11.02.2008 (DE) Leipzig, Zoro
12.02.2008 (DE) Berlin, Cassiopeia
13.02.2008 (DK) Copenhagen, Stengade 30
14.02.2008 (DE) Hamburg, Hafenklang
15.02.2008 (NL) Groningen, Vera
16.02.2008 (DE) Köln, Palladium (Visions Festival w/ Coheed and Cambria, Danko Jones, Blackmail)


06.02.2008 (BE) Hasselt, Muziek-o-drom
07.02.2008 (UK) London, Underworld
08.02.2008 (UK) Sheffield, Corporation
09.02.2008 (UK) Glasgow, Barfly
10.02.2008 (NL) Rotterdam, De Baroeg
10.02.2008 (FR) Strasbourg, Molodoi
12.02.2008 (FR) Paris, La Locomotive
13.02.2008 (ESP) Durango, Plateruena
14.02.2008 (PT) Corroios, Cine Teatro de Corroios
15.02.2008 (ESP) Madrid, Sala Live
16.02.2008 (ESP) Barcelona, Sala KGB
17.02.2008 (FR) Plaisir, La Clef Des Champs

Parkway Drive
Suicide Silence
To Kill (Opener Mainland)
Shaped By Fate (Opener UK)

18.04.2008 (DE) Bruchsal, Rockfabrik
19.04.2008 (DE) Münster, Sputnikhalle
20.04.2008 (NL) Amsterdam, Melkweg
21.04.2008 (DE) Hamburg, Logo
22.04.2008 (SE) Stockholm, Klubben
23.04.2008 (SE) Gothenburg, Brew House
24.04.2008 (DE) Berlin, Magnet
25.04.2008 (DE) Leipzig, Conne Island
26.04.2008 (AT) Oberwart, OHO
27.04.2008 (IT) Bologna, Estragon
28.04.2008 (DE) München, Feierwerk
29.04.2008 (CH) Zürich, Abart
30.04.2008 (DE) Saarbrücken, Roxy
01.05.2008 (UK) Newport, TJs
02.05.2008 (UK) Nottingham, Rock City
03.05.2008 (UK) Manchester, Academy 3
04.05.2008 (UK) Glasgow, Barfly
05.05.2008 (UK) Yeovil, The Orange Box
06.05.2008 (UK) Sheffield, Corporation
07.05.2008 (UK) London, Underworld
09.05.2008 (DE) Köln, Underground


24.02.2008 (DE) Berlin, Punk & Disorderly Festival

Through The Eyes Of The Dead
The Breathing Process

05.03.2008 (DE) Gießen, MUK
06.03.2008 (DE) Trier, Exhaus
08.03.2008 (DE) Essen, Turock, Death Feast
12.03.2008 (UK) Nottingham, Junktion7
13.03.2008 (UK) Leeds, Rios
14.03.2008 (IRE) Dublin, Voodoo Lounge
18.03.2008 (UK) London, Underworld
19.03.2008 (NL) Tilburg, 0.13
24.03.2008 (DE) Berlin, K17
27.03.2008 (DE) München, Feierwerk
29.03.2008 (CH) Oberentfelden, Böröm Pöm Pöm
04.04.2008 (DE) Karlsruhe, Substage


14.03.2008 (DE) Leipzig, Conne Island
18.03.2008 (DE) Berlin, Cassiopeia


18.01.2008 (UK) Aberdeen, Barfly
19.01.2008 (UK) Glasgow, Barfly
20.01.2008 (UK) York, Fibbers
21.01.2008 (UK) Birmingham, Barfly
22.01.2008 (UK) Cardiff, Barfly
23.01.2008 (UK) Cambridge, Barfly
24.01.2008 (UK) Brighton, Barfly
25.01.2008 (UK) London, Barfly


06.07.2008 (DE) Roitzschjora, With Full Force


ALL UK dates with Between the Buried and Me
12.02.2008 (UK) Sheffield, Corporation
13.02.2008 (UK) Newcastle, Academy 2
14.02.2008 (UK) Manchester, Academy 3
15.02.2008 (UK) Glasgow, Cathouse
16.02.2008 (IE) Dublin, Whelans
17.02.2008 (IE) Belfast, Spring & Airbrake
19.02.2008 (UK) Leeds, Cockpit
20.02.2008 (UK) Birmingham, Academy 2
21.02.2008 (UK) Yeovil, Orange Box
22.02.2008 (UK) Bristol, Academy
23.02.2008 (UK) London, Astoria 2
24.02.2008 (UK) Brighton, Concorde 2
26.02.2008 (NL) Eindhoven, Effenaar
27.02.2008 (NL) Amsterdam, Melkweg
29.02.2008 (SE) Malmo, KB
01.03.2008 (SE) Stockholm, Klubben
02.03.2008 (NO) Oslo, Rockefeller
03.03.2008 (SE) Gothenburg, Sticky Fingers
04.03.2008 (SE) Linkoping, Platensbar
05.03.2008 (DK) Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
06.03.2008 (DE) Hamburg, Logo
07.03.2008 (DE) Berlin, Kato
08.03.2008 (PL) Katowice, Spodek
09.03.2008 (CZ) Prague, Rock Cafe
10.03.2008 (DE) Munich, Backstage
12.03.2008 (HU) Budapest A38
13.03.2008 (AT) Vienna, Arena
14.03.2008 (DE) Erfurt, Centrum
15.03.2008 (CH) Fribourg, Fris-son
17.03.2008 (ESP) Madrid, Copernico
18.03.2008 (ESP) Barcelona, 2
19.03.2008 (FR) Clermont Ferrand, La Cooperative de Mai
20.03.2008 (FR) Angouleme, La Nef
21.03.2008 (FR) Six Fours, Espace Andre Malraux
22.03.2008 (IT) Cesena, Vidia
24.03.2008 (DE) Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
25.03.2008 (DE) Essen, Zeche Carl
26 03.2008 (BE) Antwerp, Hof Ter Loo
27.03.2008 (FR) Paris, Elysee Montmartre
28.03.2008 (FR) Nantes, LIOlympic
29.03.2008 (FR) Strasbourg, La Laiterie
30.03.2008 (FR) Le Havre, Le Cabaret Electrique


29.03.2008 (DE) Bad Tölz, Und wir rocken weiter
11.04.2008 (DE) Gera, Untergrund
26.04.2008 (AT) Wien, Rebellion Festival
10.05.2008 (FR) Boquého, Oi Festival
05.07.2008 (DE) Roitzschjora, With Full Force

No Turning Back

18.04.2008 (DE) Nordhausen, Fischbüchse
19.04.2008 (DE) Limbach Oberfrohna, JUHA Rußdorf
22.04.2008 (DE) Berlin, Cassiopeia
23.04.2008 (DE) Weimar, Gerber 3
26.04.2008 (FR) Les Mans, Free Edge HC Festival
01.05.2008 (FR) Paris, De Klub
02.05.2008 (UK) Norwich, Queen Charlotte
03.05.2008 (UK) Kingston, Peel
04.05.2008 (UK) Plymouth, White Rabbit
05.05.2008 (UK) Birmingham, Eagle & Tun
07.05.2008 (UK) Glasgow, Barfly
08.05.2008 (UK) Hull, Ringside
09.05.2008 (NL) Arnheim, t.b.a.
10.05.2008 (FR) Nevers, Cafe Chabron
11.05.2008 (BE) Mechelen, t.b.a.
12.05.2008 (DE) Mönchengladbach, Projekt 42
13.05.2008 (DE) Hamburg, Hafenklang
16.05.2008 (DE) Lichtenstein, JZ Riot
17.05.2008 (BE) Durbuy, Durbuy Rock Festival
19.05.2008 (DE) München, Feierwerk
21.05.2008 (SLO) Trbovlje, t.b.a.
22.05.2008 (IT) Florence, K100
23.05.2008 (IT) Venice, Rivolta
24.05.2008 (AT) Wien, Viper Room
25.05.2008 (DE) Trier, Ex-Haus


01.04.2008 (UK) Colchester, Arts Centre
02.04.2008 (UK) Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
03.04.2008 (UK) Manchester, Academy 2
04.04.2008 (UK) Glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
05.04.2008 (UK) Oxford, Carling Academy
06.04.2008 (UK) Newport, T.J.Is
08.04.2008 (UK) Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
09.04.2008 (UK) Stoke On Trent, Sugarmill
10.04.2008 (UK) Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
11.04.2008 (UK) London, Astoria 2
13.04.2008 (BE) Brussels, VK
14.04.2008 (NL) Amsterdam, Melkweg
15.04.2008 (FR) Paris, Trabendo
16.04.2008 (DE) Köln, Underground
17.04.2008 (DE) Hamburg, Molotow
18.04.2008 (DE) Berlin, Magnet
20.04.2008 (DE) Wiesbaden, Schlachtof
21.04.2008 (DE) München, Backstage
22.04.2008 (IT) Bologna, Estragon
23.04.2008 (IT) Roncade, New Age


09.05.2008 (UK) Brighton, Engine Rooms
10.05.2008 (UK) Sheffield, Corporation
11.05.2008 (UK) Leeds, Josephs Well
12.05.2008 (UK) Newcastle, Trillians
13.05.2008 (UK) Plymouth, White Rabbit
14.05.2008 (UK) Bristol, Croft
15.05.2008 (UK) London, Islington Bar Academy
16.05.2008 (BE) Belgium TBA
17.05.2008 (NL) Holland TBA
18.05.2008 (FR) Paris TBA
19.05.2008 (DE) Köln, Underground
20.05.2008 (DE) Berlin, Cassiopeia
21.05.2008 (DE) München, Feierwerk
22.05.2008 (DE) Milan, Magnolia Club

Wishbone Ash
22.01.2008 (DE) Berlin, Quasimodo
23.01.2008 (DE) Braunschweig, Meier Music Hall
24.01.2008 (DE) Hamburg, Fabrik
25.01.2008 (DK) Copenhagen, Amager Bio
26.01.2008 (DE) Hannover, Blues Garage
27.01.2008 (DE) Bochum, Zeche
12.02.2008 (DE) Nürnberg, Hirsch
13.02.2008 (DE) Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal
14.02.2008 (DE) Freiburg, Jazzhaus
16.02.2008 (DE) Karlsruhe, Substage
17.02.2008 (CH) Pratteln, Z 7
18.02.2008 (DE) Ulm, Roxy Music Hall
19.02.2008 (DE) München, Georg-Elser-Halle
21.02.2008 (DE) Lorsch, Rex Musiktheater
22.02.2008 (DE) Freudenburg, Ducsaal
23.02.2008 (DE) Winterbach,Lehenbachhalle


12.01.2008 (PT) Mangualde, Hard Metal Fest (w/ Impaled Nazarene, Decadence)
08.02.2008 (BE) Brussel, Magasin 4 (w/Psalm, Ex-nihil, Rodeo Machine)
09.02.2008 (BE) Namur, Cinex (w/ Aktarum, Darkall Slaves, Suicide of Demons)
23.02.2008 (BE) Leuven, Bomfest
08.04.2008 (BE) Mons, Monster Metal Fest

Despised Icon
Beneath The Massacre

25.01.2008 (DE) Karlsruhe, Substage
26.01.2008 (DE) Essen, Turock, Death Feast
27.01.2008 (BE) Hasselt, Muziek-o-droom
06.02.2008 (FR) Dunkerque, 4 Ecluses
07.02.2008 (FR) Paris, Nouveau Casino
08.02.2008 (CH) Aarau, Kiff
09.02.2008 (IT) Prato/Florence, Siddhartha Club
10.02.2008 (AT) Wien, Arena
11.02.2008 (DE) München, Feierwerk
12.02.2008 (DE) Giessen, MUK
13.02.2008 (DE) Berlin, K17
14.02.2008 (DE) Hamburg, Markthalle, MarX
15.02.2008 (NL) Tilburg, 0.13
16.02.2008 (DE) Trier, Exhaus

Despised Icon
Beneath The Massacre
* Man Must Die
** Annotations Of An Autopsy

25.01.2008 (DE) Karlsruhe, Substage *
26.01.2008 (DE) Essen, Turock *
27.01.2008 (BE) Hasselt, Muziekodroom *
28.01.2008 (UK) Brighton, Engine Rooms **
29.01.2008 (UK) Plymouth, The White Rabbit **
30.01.2008 (UK) Newport, Tj's **
31.01.2008 (UK) Manchester, Music Box **
01.02.2008 (UK) Glasgow, Soundhouse **
02.02.2008 (UK) Milton Keynes, The Pitz **
03.02.2008 (UK) Leeds, Rio's **
04.02.2008 (UK) Nottingham, Junction 7 **
05.02.2008 (UK) London, Underworld **
06.02.2008 (FR) Dunkerque, 4 Ecluses *
07.02.2008 (FR) Paris, Le Nouveau Casino *
08.02.2008 (CH) Aarau, Kiff *
09.02.2008 (IT) Prato, Siddhartha Club *
10.02.2008 (AT) Wien, Arena *
11.02.2008 (DE) München, Feierwerk *
12.02.2008 (DE) Giessen, MUK *
13.02.2008 (DE) Berlin, K17 *
14.02.2008 (DE) Hamburg,Marx *
15.02.2008 (NL) Tilburg, 013 *
16.02.2008 (DE) Trier, Exhaus *

Flotsam And Jetsam

01.03.2008 (NL) Zwolle, Hedon
02.03.2008 (NL) Eindhoven, Dynamo
04.03.2008 (DE) Flensburg, Roxy
05.03.2008 (DE) Frankfurt, Nachtleben
06.03.2008 (CH) Erstfeld, Transilvania
07.03.2008 (AT) Wien, Viper Room
08.03.2008 (Hu) Budapest, A 38


04.03.2008 (DK) Copenahagen-Rock
05.03.2008 (DE) Hamburg Markthalle
07.03.2008 (NL) Weert, Bosuil
08.03.2008 (DE) Emmingen, Kaminwerk
09.03.2008 (DE) Saarbrücken
11.03.2008 (CH) Pratteln Rockfabrick
14.03.2008 (FR) Venue tba
15.03.2008 (BE) Vosselar
16.03.2008 (DE) Langen, Stadthalle
18.03.2008 (DE) Bochum, Zeche
19.03.2008 (DE) Nürnerg, Hirsch
21.03.2008 (AT) Wien, Szene
22.03.2008 (HU) Budapest, A Zene Haza


ALL UK dates with Between the Buried and Me
12.02.2008 (UK) Sheffield, Corporation
13.02.2008 (UK) Newcastle, Academy 2
14.02.2008 (UK) Manchester, Academy 3
15.02.2008 (UK) Glasgow, Cathouse
16.02.2008 (IE) Dublin, Whelans
17.02.2008 (IE) Belfast, Spring & Airbrake
19.02.2008 (UK) Leeds, Cockpit
20.02.2008 (UK) Birmingham, Academy 2
21.02.2008 (UK) Yeovil, Orange Box
22.02.2008 (UK) Bristol, Academy
23.02.2008 (UK) London, Astoria 2
24.02.2008 (UK) Brighton, Concorde 2
26.02.2008 (NL) Eindhoven, Effenaar
27.02.2008 (NL) Amsterdam, Melkweg
29.02.2008 (SE) Malmo, KB
01.03.2008 (SE) Stockholm, Klubben
02.03.2008 (NO) Oslo, Rockefeller
03.03.2008 (SE) Gothenburg, Sticky Fingers
04.03.2008 (SE) Linkoping, Platensbar
05.03.2008 (DK) Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
06.03.2008 (DE) Hamburg, Logo
07.03.2008 (DE) Berlin, Kato
08.03.2008 (PL) Katowice, Spodek
09.03.2008 (CZ) Prague, Rock Cafe
10.03.2008 (DE) Munich, Backstage
12.03.2008 (HU) Budapest A38
13.03.2008 (AT) Vienna,Arena
14.03.2008 (DE) Erfurt, Centrum
15.03.2008 (CH) Fribourg, Fris-son
17.03.2008 (ESP) Madrid, Copernico
18.03.2008 (ESP) Barcelona, 2
19.03.2008 (FR) Clermont Ferrand, La Cooperative de Mai
20.03.2008 (FR) Angouleme, La Nef
21.03.2008 (FR) Six Fours, Espace Andre Malraux
22.03.2008 (IT) Cesena, Vidia
24.03.2008 (DE) Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
25.03.2008 (DE) Essen, Zeche Carl
26 03.2008 (BE) Antwerp, Hof Ter Loo
27.03.2008 (FR) Paris, Elysee Montmartre
28.03.2008 (FR) Nantes, LIOlympic
29.03.2008 (FR) Strasbourg, La Laiterie
30.03.2008 (FR) Le Havre, Le Cabaret Electrique


12.01.2008 (DE) Berlin, Columbia Club
13.01.2008 (DE) Horst/Elmshorst (HH), Elbmarschenhalle
14.01.2008 (DE) Magdeburg, Feuerwache
15.01.2008 (DE) Leipzig, Hellraiser
16.01.2008 (DE) Dresden, Alter Schlachthof
17.01.2008 (DE) Erfurt, Centrum
18.01.2008 (CH) Zürich, tba


12.02.2008 (DE) Koblenz, Cafe Hahn


ALL UK dates with Between the Buried and Me
12.02.2008 (UK) Sheffield, Corporation
13.02.2008 (UK) Newcastle, Academy 2
14.02.2008 (UK) Manchester, Academy 3
15.02.2008 (UK) Glasgow, Cathouse
16.02.2008 (IE) Dublin, Whelans
17.02.2008 (IE) Belfast, Spring & Airbrake
19.02.2008 (UK) Leeds, Cockpit
20.02.2008 (UK) Birmingham, Academy 2
21.02.2008 (UK) Yeovil, Orange Box
22.02.2008 (UK) Bristol, Academy
23.02.2008 (UK) London, Astoria 2
24.02.2008 (UK) Brighton, Concorde 2
26.02.2008 (NL) Eindhoven, Effenaar
27.02.2008 (NL) Amsterdam, Melkweg
29.02.2008 (SE) Malmo, KB
01.03.2008 (SE) Stockholm, Klubben
02.03.2008 (NO) Oslo, Rockefeller
03.03.2008 (SE) Gothenburg, Sticky Fingers
04.03.2008 (SE) Linkoping, Platensbar
05.03.2008 (DK) Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
06.03.2008 (DE) Hamburg, Logo
07.03.2008 (DE) Berlin, Kato
08.03.2008 (PL) Katowice, Spodek
09.03.2008 (CZ) Prague, Rock Cafe
10.03.2008 (DE) Munich, Backstage
12.03.2008 (HU) Budapest A38
13.03.2008 (AT) Vienna,Arena
14.03.2008 (DE) Erfurt, Centrum
15.03.2008 (CH) Fribourg, Fris-son
17.03.2008 (ESP) Madrid, Copernico
18.03.2008 (ESP) Barcelona, 2
19.03.2008 (FR) Clermont Ferrand, La Cooperative de Mai
20.03.2008 (FR) Angouleme, La Nef
21.03.2008 (FR) Six Fours, Espace Andre Malraux
22.03.2008 (IT) Cesena, Vidia
24.03.2008 (DE) Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
25.03.2008 (DE) Essen, Zeche Carl
26 03.2008 (BE) Antwerp, Hof Ter Loo
27.03.2008 (FR) Paris, Elysee Montmartre
28.03.2008 (FR) Nantes, LIOlympic
29.03.2008 (FR) Strasbourg, La Laiterie
30.03.2008 (FR) Le Havre, Le Cabaret Electrique

Reel Big Fish

11.01.2008 (CH) Montreux, Ned
12.01.2008 (CH) Zürich, Volkshaus
14.01.2008 (FR) Lyon, Ninkasi Kao
15.01.2008 (FR) Paris, Le Nouveau Casino
16.01.2008 (FR) Strasbourg, La Laiterie
18.01.2008 (IT) Milan, Music Drome
19.01.2008 (IT) Reggio Emilia, Temporock
20.01.2008 (AT) Salzburg, Rockhouse
21.01.2008 (AT) Vienna, Arena
22.01.2008 (AT) Graz, Orpheum
23.01.2008 (DE) Lindau, Club Vaudeville
24.01.2008 (DE) Munich, Ampere
25.01.2008 (DE) Berlin, Magnet
27.01.2008 (DE) Hamburg, Knust
28.01.2008 (DE) Essen, Zeche Karl
29.01.2008 (DE) Cologne, Gloria
30.01.2008 (DE) Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
01.02.2008 (BE) Brussels, AB Club
03.02.2008 (NL) Tilburg, O13
04.02.2008 (NL) Utrecht, Tivoli
06.02.2008 (DK) Copenhagen, Loppen
07.02.2008 (SE) Malmo, KB
08.02.2008 (SE) Gothenburg, Sticky
09.02.2008 (NO) Oslo, Garage
11.02.2008 (FI) Helsinki, Tavastia w/ Tossers
13.02.2008 (SE) Stockholm, Kagelbanan
15.02.2008 (UK) Newcastle, Academy 2
16.02.2008 (UK) Peterbrough, The Cresset
17.02.2008 (UK) Manchester, Academy 2
18.02.2008 (UK) Liverpool, Academy 2
19.02.2008 (UK) Leeds, Metropolitan University
20.02.2008 (UK) Norwich, Waterfront
21.02.2008 (UK) Birmingham, Academy 2
22.02.2008 (UK) Sheffield, he Corporation
23.02.2008 (UK) Glasgow,.BC
24.02.2008 (UK) Nottingham, Rock City
25.02.2008 (UK) Portsmouth,.Pyramids
26.02.2008 (UK) Oxford, Academy
27.02.2008 (UK) Exeter, Great Hall
28.02.2008 (UK) Bristol, BierKeller
01.03.2008 (UK) Brighton, Concorde 2
02.03.2008 (UK) London, Storia 2

Napalm Death

08.05.2008 (NL) Dordrecht, Bibelot
09.05.2008 (NL) Zaandam, Kade
10.05.2008 (DE) Berlin, SO36
11.05.2008 (DE) Gelsenkirchen, Rock Hard Festival
12.05.2008 (BE) Hasselt, Music O Drom
13.05.2008 (FR) Paris, Locomotive
14.05.2008 (FR) Rennes, Antipode
15.05.2008 (FR) Biarritz, Atabal
16.05.2008 (ESP) Durango, Plateruena Kafe Antzoky
17.05.2008 (ESP) Corroios, Cine Teatro de Corroios GCC
18.05.2008 (ESP) Madrid, Sala Caracol
19.05.2008 (ESP) Barcelona, Sala Mephisto
20.05.2008 (FR) Six Fours Les Plages, Espace Anre Malraux
21.05.2008 (FR)Bulle, Ebullition
22.05.2008 (IT) Roma, Circolo Degli Artisti
23.05.2008 (IT) Roncade (Treviso), New Age
24.05.2008 (IT) Pinarella Di Cervia, Rockplanet Club
25.05.2008 (CH) Luzern, Schüür
26.05.2008 (DE) Lindau, Club Vauderville
27.05.2008 (DE) Saarbrücken, Roxy/Garage
28.05.2008 (NL) Tilburg, Neurotic Death Fest
04.06.2008 (DE) Leipzig, Conne Island
05.06.2008 (DK) Copenhagen, Rock
06.06.2008 (DK) Aalborg, Studenterhuset


06.02.2008 (D) Hamburg, Molotow
07.02.2008 (DK) Copenhagen, Stengade
08.02.2008 (SE) Malmo, Inkonst
09.02.2008 (SE) Stockholm, Debaser / Fritz
11.02.2008 (FI) Helsinki, Ta Vastia
13.02.2008 (NO) Norway, Oslogarage
16.02.2008 (NL) Sneek, Bolwerk
17.02.2008 (NL) Tilburg, 013
18.02.2008 (NL) Utrecht, Ekko
19.02.2008 (DE) Köln, MTC
20.02.2008 (CH) Winterthur, Salzhaus
22.02.2008 (AT) Konstanz, Das Contrast
23.02.2008 (AT) Wien, Szene
24.02.2008 (DE) München, Backstage
26.02.2008 (FR) Paris, La Maroquinerie
27.02.2008 (BE) Aarschot, De Klinker
28.02.2008 (UK) Brighton
29.02.2008 (UK) Oxford, Zodiac
01.03.2008 (UK) London, Bar Academy
02.03.2008 (UK) Birmingham, Bar Academy
03.03.2008 (UK) Newcastle, Academy 2
04.03.2008 (UK) Glasgow, Ing Tuts
05.03.2008 (IE) Belfast, Spring And Airbreak
06.03.2008 (IE) Dublin, Voddoo


26.01.2008 (DE) Passau, Zeughaus
02.02.2008 (DE) Halle/Saale, Rockstation
22.02.2008 (DE) Wiesbaden, Kulturpalast
23.02.2008 (DE) Siegen, Vortex

Municipal Waste

01.02.2008 (UK) Plymouth, White Rabbit
02.02.2008 (UK) Brighton, Barfly
03.02.2008 (UK) Birmingham, Academy 2
04.02.2008 (UK) Bristol, Croft
05.02.2008 (UK) Leeds, Josephs Well
06.02.2008 (UK) London, Islington Academy
08.02.2008 (UK) Stoke, Underground
09.02.2008 (BE) Ieperfest, The Fenix
10.02.2008 (NL) Groningen, Vera
11.02.2008 (NL) Tilburg, 013
12.02.2008 (SE) Debaser, Malmo
13.02.2008 (SE) Gothenberg, Stick Fingers
16.02.2008 (DK) Copenhagen, Loppen


24.02.2007 (DE) Berlin, Punk & Disordely
07.03.2007 (DE) Pasewalk, Speicher
08.03.2007 (DE) Magdeburg, Sackfabrik
15.03.2007 (DE) Bischofswerda


21.01.2008 (AT) Graz, PPC
22.01.2008 (AT) Wien, Planet Music
23.01.2008 (AT) Salzburg, Cave
24.01.2008 (CZ) Pilsen, KD Serikova
25.01.2008 (DE) Bischofswerda, East Club
26.01.2008 (DE) Berlin, K17


Following the release of the critically-acclaimed Fear of a Blank Planet album and the success of their 2007 North American tour comes Porcupine Tree's latest offering 'Nil Recurring'. The mini-album (29 minutes of music) was written during the 'Fear Of A Blank Planet' sessions, completed over the Summer of 2007, and is now presented as a cohesive, self-contained Porcupine Tree work in its own right, set for general release on February 18th, 2008 on Peaceville Records.
The title track features Robert Fripp on lead guitar, and the album moves through the full Porcupine Tree spectrum of atmospheric ambience, melodic hooks, and crushing riffs.Packaged in deluxe Super Jewel case in textured slipcase.

Porcupine Tree is regarded as one of the most impressive experimental/progressive/psychedelic rock bands to emerge from the UK since their inception in 1991, having enjoyed a successful recording career spanning over 15 years.

Frontman Steven Wilson is also known for his recent work with Aviv Geffen as Blackfield and for hisproduction and musical contributions on the Opeth albums 'BlackwaterPark', 'Deliverance' and 'Damnation'.


To welcome the new year in a Thrashtastic way Huddersfield thrashers Evile
have been confirmed to tour Europe with Megadeth this February and March.
Guitarist Ol Drake states "All of us in Evile couldn't be any more excited
and chuffed to be on the road with Megadeth. I myself have been a fan of
Megadeth for years so this is especially awesome for me.
This'll be the most people we'll have ever played to, so its such a huge
opportunity to kick more people in the face with our metal. Come out and
have as much fun as we're gonna have.
Get ready to get assaulted by evile!........musically!"


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Picking up where the cover for EXTINGUISH THE WEAK left off, BONDED BY BLOOD's mascot, Brutus faces off with the devil on the cover of the band's EARACHE debut, FEED THE BEAST.

With its dynamic comic book-style artwork, FEED THE BEAST's cover conveys not only the sense of danger and electricity that is personified in the music, but a deeper meaning is conveyed as well. "The artwork represents my whole view on Los Angeles. It takes you in and spits you back out," says vocalist, Jose "Aladdin" Barrales. "LA is like a beast, if you don't do the right "thing" you will end up on the streets. I think Tom, the artist, took my interpretation and made it come alive."

BONDED BY BLOOD will commence the recording of FEED THE BEAST with producer Michael Rosen (TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL) on January 11th 2008 at J Street Recorders in Sacramento, CA.

01. Immortal Life
02. Feed The Beast
03. The Evil Within
04. Another Disease
05. Unusual Punishment
06. Vengeance
07. To A Sickening Degree.
08. Strike Of Fear
09. Sounds Of Torture
10. Necropsy
11. Self-Immolation
*Bonus Track: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Theme Song

Keep posted to  for more information about their upcoming spring 2008 EARACHE debut, FEED THE BEAST.

BONDED BY BLOOD will also be featured on the upcoming new-school Thrash compilation, THRASHING LIKE A MANIAC, out on February 5 in the US. To find out more about the release head over to

Get the latest BONDED BY BLOOD updates at


"Play," the editorial blog of music download service, Rhapsody had a lot to say about what was hot in the world of metal in 2007. On their top 10 list was the resurgence of thrash, something that EARACHE has been on the forefront of. With several big thrash releases and signings over the course of last year. Taking notice of the great strides that EARACHE has taken in proudly giving the fans the premium thrash that they want, Play states that "The thrash resurgence is indeed upon us thanks to EARACHE RECORDS artists like MUNICIPAL WASTE, SSS, EVILE...churning out shredding riffage."

Read Play's "Best of Metal 2007" here:

if 2007 was a big year for thrash, 2008 looks to be even bigger. EARACHE is kicking it off with a bang with THRASHING LIKE A MANIAC, a 16 track compilation filled with the best new school thrash bands from all over the world, including MUNICIPAL WASTE, SSS, EVILE, BONDED BY BLOOD, GAMA BOMB, TOXIC HOLOCAUST and FUELED BY FIRE. THRASHING LIKE A MANIAC is out on February 5 in the US. To find out more about the release head over to


2008 will also mark the EARACHE debuts of our newest acts, LA's BONDED BY BLOOD and Ireland's GAMA BOMB. GAMA BOMB and BONDED BY BLOOD vocalist, Jose "Aladdin" Barrales were recently cornered by our very own Talita Jenman for a fun-filled and most metal interview at EARACHE UK's x-mas bash. Watch it here:

Get the latest BONDED BY BLOOD updates at

Catch up with GAMA BOMB at


Recent Earache singings Gama Bomb are preparing to enter the studio to record their debut full length 'Citizen Brain', with producer Scott Atkins at the helm.

The band recently made performed to a packed house at the Earache Christmas party in London on December 12th, airing new material from the forthcoming record.

Commenting on the upcoming, vocalist Philly states:

?When we're not nursing hangovers, we're mega-excited to get to work on ?Citizen Brain?. We've been bashing the songs into shape for months, and they're now ready to really blow some heads up! We're pretty confident that we're about to make a record that's going to win converts. It's going to change people's minds, make them throw out the dross they've been tolerating for the last 15 years and really start thrashing out like big boys again.?We'll be sure to pack our thermals, a few cases of special brew and an industrial-sized drum of beans for this one."

Among the tracks set for inclusion are ?Space Invaders?, ?Sentenced to Thrash?, ?Hammer Slammer? and ?Zombi Brew?, the latter also featured on the upcoming 'Thrashing Like A Maniac' compilation due on January 21, alongside a host of other emerging new Thrash acts like Evile, Municipal Waste, Dekapitator and Warbringer.

A video interview conducted with the band at the show is available here:

In other news the band have been confirmed for the Thrash Assault Festival in Germany on February 23. 'Citizen Brain' is scheduled for a May release.

For more updates visit

Gama Bomb information:

To purchase 'Thrashing Like A Maniac' visit

Thrashing Like A Maniac information visit


International drumming sensation Marco Minnemann has joined Italian
experimental metallers Ephel Duath and will be working on the upcoming album
"Through My Dog's Eyes".

Minnemann is recognized as one of today's top drummers, known firstly as the
drummer of H-Blockx, recently he also toured with Terry Bozzio and Chad
Wackerman and his latest Dvd features Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller and the
Buddy Rich Big Band.

He recently performed with Necrophagist on the US leg of their Summer
Slaughter Tour.

You may check out Marco Minnemann's myspace here:

Go to Ephel Duath's myspace at


A recently unearthed live show from seminal Swedish Death Metallers At the Gates will form part of a limited edition version of their classic 1995 album 'Slaughter of the Soul', to be released on March 10 in Europe and March 25 in North America.

Issued as a 2 disc set containing the original album, 6 bonus songs and the 35 minute 'The Making of Slaughter of the Soul' documentary, the release now boasts a full live set filmed live in Krakow, Poland 30th December 1995, when the band toured with Unleashed.

Professionally shot with high quality sound, the footage only recently came to light and shows the band in their prime, on the first of their many tours for the album. Check out a clip of the track ?Cold? here:

The setlist runs:

1. Terminal Spirit Disease
2. Cold
3. The Swarm
4. Blinded By Fear
5. Nausea
6. Forever Blind
7. Need
8. Kingdom Gone

At the Gates have already announced festival appearances as follows:

04-07 June Sweden Rock Festival
20-22 June Hellfest France
27-29 June Gods Of Metal Italy
29 June Graspop Metal Meeting Belgium
04-06 July Ruis Rock Finland
31-July-02 Aug Wacken Open Air Germany
15-17 Aug Bloodstock Open Air UK

For more updates visit

To purchase 'Slaughter of the Soul' visit

At the Gates information visit


Gnarly crossover merchants SSS will issue a very limited edition version of their debut full length 'SSS' with four bonus tracks recorded especially for the release, on February 25.

To compliment the band's UK trek on the Gallows tour, the band recorded the songs live at SSS HQ in Liverpool on 25/12/07, including 3 non albums tracks.

The full tracklisting for the limited edition release is:

01. Quiet Before the Storm
02. Warhorse
03. New Dogs
04. The Answer is Never
05. Damaged Goods
06. Overload
07. Monster
08. SSS
09. Gearin Up for Gettin Down
10. The Beast
11. Last Man Standing
12. Hallowed Grey
13. OJ Skyrkts
14. L.B.P.
15. Son of a Beast
16. I'm Sick
17. Black Night White Light

(All recorded live in Liverpool exclusively for this release)

18. CDC
19. The Answer is Never
20. Bath Night
21. Out the Blue

Additionally the release contains 3 bonus videos for the songs 'Warhorse', 'SSS' and 'Damaged Goods'.

The band play the following shows with Gallows in February:

15.02.08 Norwich UEA
16.02.08 Birmingham Academy
18.02.08 Cardiff University
19.02.08 Nottingham Rock City
21.02.08 Manchester Academy 2
22.02.08 Newcastle Academy
23.02.08 Glasgow ABC
24.02.08 Leeds Met University
26.02.08 Exeter Lemon Grove
27.02.08 Portsmouth Pyramid

For more updates visit

SSS information visit

To purchase 'SSS' visit


It's no secret that BIOMECHANICAL mastermind, John K is a connoisseur of film scores. All of the studying he did on film score composition, orchestration and instrumentation techniques eventually helped to form a big part of BIOMECHANICAL's unique sound.

While the influences on the metal side (such as John K's piercing Rob Halford-like screams) are apparent to most metal fans who listen to BIOMECHANICAL, a recent conversation with John K revealed what he believes to be his top 5 favorite and most influential film scores of all time:

1) The Empire Strikes Back - John Williams
2) Dracula (1979)- John Williams
3) Alien-Jerry Goldsmith
4) Interview With a Vampire -Elliot Goldenthal
5) Krull-James Horner

Get more insight on BIOMECHANICAL and their new album, CANNIBALISED as our very own Talita Jenman interviews the band from EARACHE U.K.'s recent xmas party. Watch it here:

Read further into the mind-blowing concept behind BIOMECHANICAL's catalogue of releases at


CANNIBALISED will be released on February 11th 2008 in UK and Europe and February 26th in USA.

BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART - New songs & UK tour, spread the word

Canadian's finest, BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART, are invading Europe in January and early February for their first full European tour with Azriel after playing a sold-out UK only tour with Enter Shikari in 2006.

The group's unique, infectious brand of '80s madness is undeniable, and they deliver a plethora of balls-out, party rock anthems that are so catchy and infectious, they will soon be your new guilty pleasure. This Montreal-based six-piece have put the pedal to the metal and will storm over the Atlantic to steal all our booze and women while having the times of their lives.

Their sophomore, appropriately entitled album 'Pedal To The Metal' is scheduled for a release in the spring 2008. The effort was recorded by GGGarth (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiss, Motley Crue, Rise Against, Atreyu, Biffy Clyro, Nickelback, Rage Against The Machine, Testament) and mixed by Mike Hatalak from It Dies Today who also worked with Roses are Red and Dead Hearts. Make no mistake, this is fun people making music with only one intention in mind: to have a damn good time.

The brand new 'Move Your Body' is setting the pace for the things to come - grab a player featuring 'Move Your Body' as well as a rerecorded version of the long time favourite 'Show Me What You Got', new photos and tourdates. You will find this widget on the brand-new Century Media Europe myspace profile:

Sharing it with your friends is super easy: Just click on the share function and post it away!

Headlining with Azriel:

28.01.2008 (UK) Hitchin - Club 85
29.01.2008 (UK) Newport - The Meze Lounge
30.01.2008 (UK) Trowbridge - Terry's Club
31.01.2008 (UK) Stoke on Trent - Sugarmill
01.02.2008 (UK) Norwich - Brickmasters 2
02.02.2008 (UK) Doncaster - The Priory
03.02.2008 (UK) Glasgow - Soundhaus
04.02.2008 (UK) Manchester - Music Box
05.02.2008 (UK) York - The Junction
06.02.2008 (UK) London - Underworld
07.02.2008 (UK) Sheffield - Corporation
08.02.2008 (UK) Peterborough - The Park

THE AGONY SCENE - "Barnburner" video online; new album out soon; touring Europe with HIMSA

Tulsa, Oklahoma's finest purveyors of corrosive hardcore, THE AGONY SCENE, present you their new video clip for the song 'Barnburner', taking off their upcoming new album 'Get Damned', which will hit UK stores on Monday, February 18, 2008.

First press reactions label the album 'a consistent and convincing record that is a must-have for fans of Darkest Hour, Himsa and All That Remains' (Legacy, Germany), and who digs '90s hardcore in the vein of Disembodied or Fall Silent as well as newer acts like As I Lay Dying or Himsa, should definitely check this out' (Metal Hammer, Germany)!

You can watch the clip now at the Century Media YouTube channel by clicking on or at our MySpace profile

Furthermore THE AGONY SCENE are gearing up for their European tour as direct support of label mates HIMSA in February/March 2008, so see below for the exact dates, be there or be damned!


13.03.2008 UK - Yeovil @ The Orange Box
14.03.2008 UK - Birmingham @ Barfly
15.03.2008 UK - Leeds @ Rios
16.03.2008 UK - Sheffield @ Corporation
17.03.2008 UK - Glasgow @ Barfly
18.03.2008 UK - Cardiff @ Barfly
19.03.2008 UK - London @ Underworld

HEAVEN SHALL BURN - Exclusive album prelistening at MySpace

To get a full of impression of HEAVEN SHALL BURN's brilliant new album 'Iconoclast', MySpace Germany offers you the chance to listen to it in its entirety from January 18th - 25th, 2008 at

'Iconoclast' will be released in Europe on January 28th, 2008 as CD, LP (incl. the bare CD as bonus) as well as limited edition Mediabook CD plus DVD (incl. their entire, 45min.

Wacken Open Air 2007 show, 'Counterweight' video clip and photo gallery). Furthermore, the CD also includes an animated 'Iconoclast' synopsis allowing you additional insights into the thought provoking concept of the new album. Visit the brand-new 'Iconoclast' microsite for more info & a clip from the aforementioned Wacken show:

Also, you can find the log in information in the booklet of 'Iconoclast' to have access to the log in section of the microsite where you will be able to download exclusive wallpapers and a screensaver.


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