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Pure Metal News: February 2006

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February 2006 News: Part 1

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Neckbreaker's Ball tour 2006 - Update

The Neckbreaker's Ball Tour 2006 - update:


11.04. DK Aarhus, - Voxhall
12.04. D Cottbus - Glad House
13.04. D Hamburg - Markthalle @ Fuck Easter Festival
14.04. NL Dordrecht - Bibelot
15.04. F Amneville - Metal Therapy Festival
16.04. D Lichtenfels - Stadthalle
17.04 D Köln - Live Music Hall @ Fuck Easter Festival
18.04. D Stuttgart - LKA @ Fuck Easter Festival
19.04. CH Pratteln - Z7
20.04. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
21.04. A Wien - Planet Music
22.04. A Linz - Posthof
23.04. D München - New Backstage
24.04. D Osnabrück - B51
25.04. F Paris - La Locomotive

Presented by: Metal Hammer, Sweetjane Music

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VARIOUS ARTISTS - "Neckbreaker's Ball Tour 2006" - update

NECKBREAKER’S BALL Tour 2006 - update

One Man Army & The Undead Quartet
Scar Symmetry

11.04. DK Aarhus - Voxhall
12.04. D Cottbus - Glad House
13.04. D Hamburg - Markthalle @ Fuck Easter Festival
14.04. NL Dordrecht - Bibelot
15.04. F Amneville - Metal Therapy Festival
16.04. D Lichtenfels - Stadthalle
17.04 D Köln - Live Music Hall @ Fuck Easter Festival
18.04. D Stuttgart - LKA @ Fuck Easter Festival
19.04. CH Pratteln - Z7
20.04. D Lindau - Club Vaudeville
21.04. A Wien - Planet Music
22.04. A Linz - Posthof
23.04. D München - Metropolis
24.04. D Osnabrück - Eventcenter B51
25.04. F Paris - La Locomotive
26.04. B Wieze - Oktoberhallen

Please notice the venue changes on April 20th (from Leipzig / 'Hellraiser' to Lindau / 'Club Vaudeville') and on April 23rd in Munich (from 'New Backstage' to 'Metropolis')


DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - More festivals & tourdates announced

German avantgarde metallers DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER have announced more festival and tourdates. Confirmed dates are as follows:

28.04.2006 SAARBRüCKEN/GROßROSSELN - Mystic Open Air Festival 2006 (DE)
29.04.2006 HAUZENBURG - Walpurgismetal (DE)
13.05.2006 MARKTSTEFT - Rockmania (DE)
19.05.2006 ERFURT - Runneburg (DE)
20.05.2006 KöNIGSTEIN - Festung (DE)
17.06.2006 LEIPZIG - Kulturbundhaus (DE)
14.07.2006 ÖTTERSDORF - Öttersdorf Open Air (DE)
15.07.2006 BIELEFELD - Eastside Festival (DE)
15.07.2006 NEUKIRCHEN - Dong Open Air (DE)
21.07.2006 KREUTH - Earthshaker Open Air (DE)
22.07.2006 SAARA - Rock im Zelt (DE)
03.08.2006 WACKEN - Wacken Open Air (DE)

06.09.2006 BERLIN - Kesselhaus (DE)
07.09.2006 ROSTOCK - Mauclub (DE)
08.09.2006 ERFURT - Centrum (DE)
10.09.2006 HANNOVER - Faust (DE)
12.09.2006 BOCHUM - Matrix (DE)
13.09.2006 KöLN - Underground (DE)
14.09.2006 KARLSRUHE - Substage (DE)
15.09.2006 KAISERSLAUTERN - Kammgarn (DE)
17.09.2006 FRANKFURT - Batschkapp (DE)
19.09.2006 HAMBURG - tba (DE)
20.09.2006 NüRNBERG - Hirsch (DE)
21.09.2006 MüNCHEN - Backstage (DE)
26.09.2006 STUTTGART - Röhre (DE)
27.09.2006 FREIBURG - Jazzhaus (DE)
09.12.2006 GLAUCHAU - Alte Spinnerei (DE)


DEATHSTARS - 'Termination Bliss' over Europe!


Sweden's DEATHSTARS have announced more festival appearances for 2006. The following shows and festivals are confirmed so far:

05.03.2006 LONDON - The Forum (UK)
01.05.2006 WIEN - Prater Festival (AT)
02.06.2006 LEIPZIG - Wave Gotik Treffen (DE)
21.07.2006 TOLMIN - Metal Camp Festival (SI)
22.07.2006 KREUTH - Earthshaker Festival (DE)
12.08.2006 HILDESHEIM - Mera Luna (DE)
18.08.2006 ABTSGMüND - Summer Breeze Festival (DE)

More to follow soon.


THERION - Christofer warns of fake myspace page

THERION founder/frontman Christofer Johnsson has posted the following notice to the fans at the band's official website:

"The Therion page at MySpace is NOT in any way connected to the band members and the blog there is NOT written by anybody in the band. We have been aware of that someone had this page for a while, but as it didn't cause any huge problems, it has mainly been annoyed fans concerned about the task to reveal that this site has nothing to do with the band. However, as posts pointing the page being fake has been deleted by the person behind it, there has been notifications of abuse sent to MySpace. Discovering that there is now also a blog, where the person behind this site speak in the name of the band, Therion have now contacted My Space too, in order to resolve the issue."


GOTTHARD - Tourdates announced  

Gotthard have announced the dates for their upcoming tour, set to take place basically in May:

28.04. CH-Zürich/Festival am Hauptbahnhof
30.04. CH-Lyss/Seelandhalle
19.05. D-Osnabrück/Hyde Park
20.05. D-Hof/Freiheitshalle
21.05. D-Nürnberg/Löwensaal
22.05. D-Saarbrücken/Garage
24.05. CH-Baar/Waldmann Halle
25.05. CH-Langnau i.E./Ilfis Stadion
27.05. CH-Frauenfeld/Kunsteisbahn
09.06. D-Augsburg/Messezentrum
28.07. D-Seebronn/Rock of Ages
29.07. D-Herxheim/Festival


ANTHRAX - Video interview available online


The ANTHRAX website ( has been updated with news that a video interview with singer Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello has been posted at the Rappin' With Rock Stars website.

Check out the interview in two parts, Part 1 and Part 2 (Real Player needed).


GOREFEST - Tourdates announced 

Reunited Dutch metallers GOREFEST have been confirmed as the ‘very special guest’ on BOLT THROWER's upcoming European tour beginning on April 6th in Edinburgh, Scotland. Check out the complete list of currently confirmed tour dates:

06.04. EDINBURGH - The Bongo Club (SCO)
07.04. BRADFORD - Rios (UK)
09.04. DUBLIN - Voodoo Lounge (IE)
10.04. SOUTHAMPTON - Nexus (UK)
11.04. LONDON - The Underworld (UK)
12.04. HENGELO - Metropool (NL)
13.04. COPENHAGEN - The Rock (DK)
14.04. GOTHENBURG - Sticky Fingers (SE)
16.04. STOCKHOLM - Klubben (SE)
18.04. HELSINKI - Nosturi (FI)
19.04. OULU - Teatria (FI)
20.04. UMEå - Midnight (SE)
21.04. ÖREBRO - Satin (SE)
22.04. LUND - Mejeriet (SE)
23.04. BREMEN - Wehrschloss (DE)
25.04. LYON - Marché Gare (FR)
26.04. PERPIGNAN - Le Crockmore (FR)
27.04. BARCELONA - Centro Civico Les Basses (ES)
28.04. DURANGO - Plateruena (ES)
29.04. MADRID - Ritmo & Compas (ES)
30.04. BARROSELAS - SWR Barroselas Metalfest IX (PT)


SONATA ARCTICA - Tony taken to hospital  

Tony Kakko, lead singer for Finland's SONATA ARCTICA, was taken to a local hospital earlier today to have his irritated throat checked by a doctor.

The band would like to extend their apologies to the fans who traveled to tonight's show at the Webster Theater in Hartford, CT - which was regretfully canceled.

Nuclear Blast Records encourages those who plan to attend Thursday's show at Mark's Place in Bedford, NH to call the venue first to verify that SONATA ARCTICA will be performing.


VOIVOD - More details revealed  

Canada's pioneering metal band VOIVOD have set "Katorz" as the title of their forthcoming album! VOIVOD, who just finished mixing the album with producer Glen Robinson at Multisons studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, are now mastering the album in New York.
The follow-up to 2003's "Voivod" is the first album in the band's 20-plus-year career that did not feature founding guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour (died August 26, 2005 ) working alongside his bandmembers in the studio.
Artwork and a full track-listing for the album will be released soon. Stay tuned …


AMORPHIS - No. 1 in Finland!  

Finland's AMORPHIS have entered the national charts on Position #1 with their brand new effort 'Eclipse' (click here to view the charts) !!! Amazing! Congratulations! 


HAMMERFALL - Swedish women rock and roll into finals  

Sweden's women curlers had some rock solid support for Wednesday's Olympic semi-final win over Norway -- from Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL.
Sweden's telegenic quintet, favorites for the gold medal, thrilled the curling world in January when they swapped brooms for air guitars to star in HAMMERFALL's "Heart of Fire" music video.

Vice Eva Lund said the 2005 world and European champions were still drawing power from their rock chick turn.

"We loved it and it gave us energy. The HAMMERFALL band was fantastic and they are cheering for us and writing e-mails to us when we are here," she said after Sweden beat Norway 5-4. In the video, the team arrives for a match in a dingy rink to be confronted by their opponents: a wild-haired, leather-clad heavy metal band with dubious curling skills.
The women sweep to victory -- aided by an on-ice drum kit -- but not before they have morphed into leather and chain-clad singers themselves.


KATAKLYSM - To film 'To Reign Again' video  

Canadian death metal outfit KATAKLYSM has hit position #63 on the German trend chart with their critically acclaimed new album 'In The Arms of Devastation'. The album was also the #1 most added album at U.S. radio on its debut last week. KATAKLYSM are also scheduled to film a second video for the track 'To Reign Again' wich will utilise once again the services of acclaimed director Maurice Swinkel of Lowlife Media (who recently just finishing shooting an astonishing video for the track 'Crippled & Broken', which will shortly be released), the video will be filmed during the bands perfromances and touring activites at the No Mercy Festivals in April and will be released later in the year." 


AMORPHIS - To answer questions 

Finland's AMORPHIS are the latest band to appear in the "Meet-and-Greet" forum section of Germany's Metal Hammer magazine. Starting today (February 22), fans are invited to post their questions until March 7. The questions will be answered at a later date by the bandmembers themselves. Please post your questions in English and note that a free forum registration is required to create a topic. Please make sure to read the "Meet-and-Greet" rules before posting your question. Fans posting questions will be entered in a raffle to win a brand-new AMORPHIS T-shirt.


MNEMIC - Name producer + studio  

Danish modern metallers MNEMIC will enter ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS drummer Eric Kretz's Bomb Shelter studios in Los Angeles, California in May with producers Shaun Tingvolt (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, LAMB OF GOD) and Christian Olde Wolbers (FEAR FACTORY) to begin recording their third album for a late 2006 release. Mixing duties will be handled by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at his Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, U.K.

The group's upcoming CD will be their first with singer Tony Jelencovich (formerly of TRANSPORT LEAGUE and B-THONG), who replaced Michael Bøgballe in September.  


BLEED THE SKY - Armed and ready  

Armed with new equipment, the 2006 version of the Rand McNally Road Atlas, and their unalterable sink-or-swim, live-or-die determination, Orange County's pride and joy BLEED THE SKY hit the road once again promoting their debut release, ‘Paradigm In Entropy’.

Scheduled to play 19 shows throughout the United States beginning February 23rd at the Whisky in Hollywood and ending up in New York City on March 19th, the first eight shows will include Los Angeles' Ankla as the support act; the rest of the tour will include Silent Civilian, featuring former Spineshank frontman Jonny Santos. States BTS guitarist Wayne Miller: "The first time we played with Ankla was at The Key club in January. Our band were fans of PUYA back in the day, and we love what their ex-guitar player Ramon [Ortiz] is doing now. 

They're some of the nicest guys we've played with and they're an amazing band, so we asked them to come out with us. We love their talent and their stage presence. They're gonna fit well on the bill with us, and so will Silent Civilian."

In true rock 'n' roll fashion, BLEED THE SKY recently completed a photo shoot replete with custom choppers and beautiful women for the upcoming issue of ChopperHead Magazine.


CANDLEMASS - Grammy award winners jump to South America  

A brief message from CANDLEMASS songwriter/bassist Leif Edling, on winning the Swedish Grammy on February 7th in the "Hard Rock" category:

"Opeth, Meshuggah, HammerFall and Hardcore Superstar were tough contenders but we beat them to it, and we're now very proud to announce that yours truly are Grammy Award winners! This means that C-MASS finally got the recognition they deserve in their home country. It only took 20 years, but what the hell..."

About their upcoming South American shows, the band states:
"At last it is happening! CANDLEMASS go to Brazil and Chile to show how heavy fu**ing doom is done. Three gigs are booked in March. C-MASS are ready to kick some serious South American a**!!!"

Mar. 24 - Santiago, CHL - Venue TBC
Mar. 25 - Sao Paulo, BRA - Venue TBC
Mar. 26 - Porto Alegre, BRA - Venue TBC



A few words from former THE CROWN vocalist Johan Lindstrand, lead guitarist Mike Lagerblad, bassist Rob Axelsson, rhythm guitarist Pekka Kiviaho, and drummer Marek Dobrowolski of ONE MAN ARMY & THE UNDEAD QUARTET, after having survived their recent tour with Children Of Bodom and Ektomorf:

"Hi everyone, we made it back home safely and we are resting after this wonderful but long tour. We played 41 shows in 17 countries, drank a lot of beer, and made some new friends. Thanks to everyone who came to see our shows, hung with us, drank some beer with us, bought our merch, picked up our album, wrote in our guestbook, read our diary, and told your friends about us. 

Thank you all for making this tour the great experience that it was!!! Pics from the whole tour are coming soon in the Media section. We will be back on the road in Europe in April on the Neckbreakers Ball Tour together with Hypocrisy, Soilwork, and Scar Symmetry, and in addition to that, we will play several festivals this summer. Confirmed are: Metalcamp, Summer Breeze, and Up From The Ground. Keep checking the tour section for all the dates." 


THUNDERSTONE - Atlanta calling!  

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have been confirmed for the ProgPower USA VII festival, set to take place September 15th and 16th at Earthlink Live in Atlanta, Georgia. 


GOTTHARD - Certified platinum in Switzerland 

Veteran Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD have been certified platinum for their latest effort "Lipservice" by the Recording Industry of Switzerland for shipments in excess of 40.000 copies just in their home country. (official certification date: January 29, 2006). The Ceremony took place in Zürich during the 'PISA Finals".

Right now, "Lipservice" is pretty close to receive double-platinum! Congratulations!!!


DEATH ANGEL - Banging their heads  

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL are the latest addition to this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24 in Balingen, Germany. DEATH ANGEL's performance at the festival will mark their only live apperance on German soil this year and they will perform a special setlist with many songs they haven't played in ages.



CANNIBAL CORPSE online player launched!  

On March 27th (24th in Germany/Austria/Switzerland) the new CANNIBAL CORPSE album 'Kill' will be released in Europe!

'Kill' is one of the most brutal CANNBIAL CORPSE albums ever and was produced by Erik Rutan of HATE ETERNAL fame!

Metal Blade Europe have launched an online player where you can listen to two new songs. There is also a competition with cool prizes up and running, plus several more specials to check out!

Please surf to to find out more and SPREAD THE WORD!!!

Here´s the tracklist for 'Kill':

The Time To Kill Is Now
Make Them Suffer
Murder Worship
Necrosadistic Warning
Five Nails Through The Neck
Purification By Fire
Death Walking Terror
Barbaric Bludgeonings
The Discipline Of Revenge
Brain Removal Device
Submerged in Boiling Flesh
Infinite Misery

'The Cannibals prove that you can still count on them! The time to kill is RIGHT NOW' (Anzo Sadoni, Metal Hammer Germany)

'It's unbelievable how many great and unique riffs the Cannibals still have up their sleeves!' (Frank Albrecht, Rock Hard Germany)


THE OCEAN – new videoclip stream online  

THE OCEAN have finished their videoclip for the song 'One With The Sea'. You can check it out online at this location:




CATARACT – Studio update!  

Hey y’all, we’re back from Denmark! We spent over two weeks up there in Tues Antfarm Studio, recording the follow up to 'With Triumph Comes Loss'. So, this newsletter is mainly going to be about what we did. We’ll also collect all the pics we’ve made during our stay and put them in a gallery so you can look at us working... or not. Most of them are pure nonsense actually. Ok lets go then:

We traveled up through Friday and Saturday, taking a nap in Kassel, which is half way up. After we arrived in the early afternoon and moving in our little home for the next weeks, we set up the drumkit and the guitar amps, so we could rehearse on Sunday (which is Tue’s day off).

Monday morning had us checking the drums, setting up the microphones and tuning a bit here and there. And after lunchtime we started recording the first songs. It’s pretty rough because once you’ve agreed on a good version, this will be it, there’s not much you can change later on. The final hits were done on Thursday morning, and Ricky was done working – the basis for eleven tracks was done.

The rest of the day was used to check guitar sounds, recording a first track and doing a rough mix to hear how it would sound. The actual recordings then started on Friday, and proceeded pretty fast – Greg and Simon were done by Tuesday, one day before we’d pick up Fedi from Aarhus Airport, so that left us enough time to record the bass guitar on Wednesday.

We picked up Fedi from the airport (can you believe that both EasyJet to London and Ryanair to Aarhus were actually on time?!!) on Wednesday evening, and after the bass was finished on Thursday morning he had to start work too, while the rest of us could kick back. Well actually no, Greg and Simon were still doing overdubs and checked out some additional guitar stuff to the songs.

Saturday was the final day for all of us except Fedi who kept doing 2 – 3 songs every day until Wednesday. We listened to all the tracks again, did some intros and checked for mistakes or bad sounds... which is a pretty hard job when you’ve been listening to the same tracks again and again for two weeks. And now we’re waiting for the first mix by Mr Antfarm...

Some other stuff

The Blowout Sale is still going on. If you’re a small girl or a big guy you definitely need to check it as the stocks are running out. Go to and choose the blowout sale in the menu to see what’s still left. The prices were lowered and we’re giving away free shirts with every order over 30Euros or even more if you order more than 60Euros.

We’ve confirmed s-h-i-t-l-o-a-d-s of shows, and there’s a ton more coming up, as we’re waiting for the confirmation of two tours. Rumors are wandering around but as long as things are not confirmed I don’t want to be the one being the leak. However, we will keep you posted on the webpage!

Among those shows is – by the way – the record release show on Wednesday, the 24th of may which is the day before ascension. It’s going to take place at Abart in Zurich and we’ll tell you more about it in the next newsletter.

Alright, that’s it for this month...



GOREROTTED – Live appearances announced!  

GOREROTTED confirmed for Ghostfest 2006 and Neurotic Deathfest!

GOREROTTED have been confirmed to play on the main stage at this years Ghost Festival taking place in Leeds (UK) on Saturday 12th August and Sunday 13th August. GOREROTTED will play as the main support to CRYPTOPSY on the Saturday night. Other bands scheduled to play are RAGING SPEEDHORN, SEND MORE PARAMEDICS, KNUCKLEDUST, 7TH CROSS and many more. Check out for tickets.

In other news the Rotterdam Deathfest has moved venues and city. Its now called the Neurotic Festival and will take place on May 13th in Eindhoven at the brand new Dynamo club. GOREROTTED are headlining with support from AVULSED, DISAVOWED, PROSTITUTE DISFIGUREMENT and many more.

Check out for more info and up-to-date tour information.  


AMON AMARTH - 3 DVD set details revealed!

On the 24th of April (21st in Germany/Austria/Switzerland) AMON AMARTH will finally release their highly anticipated 3-DVD-set "Wrath Of The Norsemen' in Europe!

The 3-disc set will be released as a deluxe 10 page digipack in a special gold-laminated slipcase - definitely something to look at!

Main body of the content is the Cologne show from last year – filmed with 11 cameras, this was the longest show AMON AMARTH have ever played (23 songs!). Bonus footage includes interviews, behind-the-scenes of the DVD recording and other stuff filmed around the Cologne show!

Discs 2 and 3 feature professionally filmed shows from Summer Breeze 2005, the Metal Blade Rrroooaaarrr 2005 (a show with a really unusual setlist!), Wacken Open Air 2004 and the release show for 'Fates Of Norns' in Ludwigsburg (Germany) in 2004!

Here´s the complete tracklisting:

Disc 1:

DVD-recording show in Cologne (Germany) - 16.08.2005

An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm
Pursuit Of Vikings
Ride For Vengeance
Masters Of War
The Last With Pagan Blood
Once Sealed In Blood
Bastards Of A Lying Breed
Fate Of Norns
1000 Years Of Oppression
Vs. The World
North Sea Storm
Releasing Surtur’s Fire
Annihilation Of Hammerfest
Friends Of The Suncross
Amon Amarth
For the Stabwounds In Our Backs
Where Silent Gods Stand Guard
Bleed For Ancient Gods
Victorious March
Death In Fire
+ backstage & other footage!

Disc 2:

Live at Summer Breeze Festival – 18.08.2005

An Ancient Sign Of Coming Storm
Pursuit of Vikings
Masters of War
Fate of Norns
1000 Years Of Oppression
Vs the World
For the Stabwounds In Our Backs
Victorious March
Death In Fire

Live at the Metal Blade RRROOOAAARRR – 02.10.2005

Sorrow Throughout The Nine Worlds
Dragons Flight Across The Waves
God His Son And Holy Whore
The Sound Of Eight Hooves
Thor Arise
Fall Through Ginnungagap
Burning Creation
And Soon The World Will Cease To Be
Valkyries Ride
Pursuit Of Vikings
Beheading Of A King
Revenge Of The Zombie (SFU Cover)
Death In Fire

Disc 3:

Live at the Wacken Open Air 2004

Tracklist t.b.a.

Live in Ludwigsburg (Germany) – record release show for 'Fate Of Norns'

For The Stabwounds In Our Backs
Vs. The World
Masters Of War
North Sea Storm
Thousand Years of Oppression
The Last With Pagan Blood
An Ancient Sign Of Coming Storm
Pursuit Of Vikings
Fate of Norns
Once Sealed In Blood
Death In Fire
The Sound Of Eight Hooves
Bleed For Ancient Gods
Where Silent Gods Stand Guard
Victorious March


Yahoo! Music Debuts The New LACUNA COIL Video For "Our Truth"

Today Yahoo! Music became the first official video outlet to debut the highly anticipated new LACUNA COIL video for the track "Our Truth." The clip is featured on the site's homepage ( all day and will remain a highlighted featured through the end of the week. Yahoo! Music is the #1 music site reaching more than 21 million unique users monthly. "Our Truth" will be the first single taken from the group's forthcoming new album, Karmacode, which is set for an April 4th release.

The track received its worldwide debut on the Underworld: Evolution soundtrack, where it appeared alongside such acclaimed artists as Puscifer (Maynard Kennan's [Tool, A Perfect Circle] new project), Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), Slipknot, My Chemical Romance, Atreyu and more. The video for the track was shot in Los Angeles by Fort Awesome, a brand-new directorial duo whose individual credits include Queens of the Stone Age, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Chevelle and more.

LACUNA COIL will embark on a massive six-week U.S. tour this March direct support to Rob Zombie. This trek, which kicks off in mid-March and runs through early May, will be the group's first stateside run since Ozzfest 2004.


GOD FORBID Featured Guests On Headbangers Ball; Prepares For U.S Tour With Children of Bodom

GOD FORBID will be featured guests on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball this Saturday, Feb. 25th and look for the debut of their stunning, emotional epic video for 'To The Fallen Hero' in that same episode. The clip, shot by the acclaimed director Shane Drake (Fall Out Boy, Hawthorne Heights), is the group’s most ambitious concept yet that will easily catch your attention and set itself apart from the pack. Be sure to tune into MTV2 at 10PM EST/7PM PST in order to check it out.

The group will then immediately proceed overseas for a sold-out European tour with Trivium before heading back to the U.S. for their much anticipated direct support tour alongside Children of Bodom this spring. They just completed a highly successful run direct support to Anthrax in addition to a headlining run with Sworn Enemy, Manntis and Cannae. Be sure to check the tour section for their complete U.S. tour itinerary.  

GOD FORBID’s critically acclaimed new album, IV: Constitution of Treason, entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #119 in its first week of release, and it's the first time the group has ever appeared in the Top 200 charts. Produced by Jason Suecof (Trivium) and Eric Rachel (Atreyu, Dillinger Escape Plan), the album -- a socially and politically charged vision of a post-apocalyptic world -- further displays the incredible creativity and talent of one of the most highly-respected bands in metal today.


MAROON Sign Worldwide Deal With Century Media Records; New Album Set For An April 18th Release

The German powerhouse quintet MAROON have just completed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and will release their highly anticipated new album, "When Worlds Collide", on April 18th. The band added a whole new dimension and depth to the watered down metalcore scene and quickly became one of Europe’s most crushing live acts. It’s ironic that their buzz never made its way over to the U.S., as they helped pioneer the genre that has been thriving in North American for the past few years. Prepare yourself for the punishment that is about to ensue.

Taking hardcore ethics to a whole new level, MAROON are quickly outplaying and outlasting their contemporaries around the globe. Formed in early 1998, the vegan, straightedge five-piece is clearly showing their dedication and no signs of slowing down. Their unique sound offers a heavyweight mix of brutal hardcore molded with metal riffs, which infuses strong and effective melodic elements. Their major influences are primarily drawn from straightedge bands like Earth Crisis, while still remaining true to their passion for old-school visionaries like At The Gates, The Haunted and Iron Maiden.

Andre Moraweck (vocals) further describes the band’s excitement over the new deal: 'Hey everybody, greetings from the snow mountains here in Germany. We’ve just returned from a massive four-week European tour with the almighty Obituary, and we’re happy to announce that we finally completed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. We are very excited to release our new album, "When Worlds Collide", and this effort is the next logical step for us as a band. It’s definitely our most aggressive offering yet. We hope that all the fans in the U.S. join the army of darkness and make this album’s campaign a great one.

'This album is just plain brutal and features more classic metal influences. The disc also features guest appearances by Barney Greenway (vocals) of Napalm Death, Roger Merit (vocals) of Agnostic Front and Mikkel Sandager (vocals) of Mercenary. Our main goal this summer is to extensively tour the U.S., so keep an eye out for the new album and upcoming shows in your area. We hope to see you all very soon.'  

The band's 2004 sophomore release, "Endorsed By Hate", was a stunning portrayal of passion and anger that caught the underground metal scene by storm, but with "When Worlds Collide" the group are now out to prove that they are one of the genre’s elite.

Click below to check out the stunning brand new track 'Wake Up In Hell' and prepare yourself for the barrage of aggression.


'MAROON is built on aggression and speed pushing their lacerating, very heavy tones to the max.' -- Brave Words

'MAROON are possessed by a profound hatred for humanity. They have enough savage anger to cause some serious damage.' -- Outburn


EYES OF FIRE Van Breaks Down; Forced To Cancel Shows

EYES OF FIRE unfortunately has to cancel a few upcoming headlining dates this week due to their van breaking down. The tour will pick back up in Portland on Wednesday, March 1st. The group are currently on the road with Losa supporting Prisons, their highly acclaimed new album.


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