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Pure Metal News: February 2007 Part 2

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DIMMU BORGIR - Something big coming up!

Something's coming something that's even bigger than the fact that DIMMU BORGIR will release their long awaited album on April 27th: on top of that, "In Sorte Diaboli" is also gonna be the first concept album in the band's history!

The album's story will be set in medieval Europe. "There's this dude that works as a priest's assistant, and after a while he just discovers that he has nothing to do with Christianity', guitarist Silenoz explains what the concept album is about. „He just sort of has this awakening and realizes that he has different abilities and different powers and is leaning more to the dark side…"

To make the story clearer, not only the lyrics for the songs will be printed in the booklet, but you will also get a short synopsis introducing the listener to the plot.

The album was mixed in Studio Fredman in Göteborg by producers Fredrik Nordström and Patrik J. Sten. DIMMU BORGIR recorded it in the following line up that is expected to stay: Shagrath (vocals), Silenoz (guitars), Galder (guitars), I.C.S. Vortex (bass), Mustis (keyboards) und Hellhammer (drums).

All European fans can indulge in the following editions of "In Sorte Diaboli":

Ltd Edition Europe:
High quality digipak incl. bonus DVD, 32 page-booklet (mirrored lyrics) & mirror.

Digipak Tracklist:
01. The Serpentine Offering
02. The Chosen Legacy
03. The Conspiracy Unfolds
04. The Ancestral Fever (European Bonus Track)
05. The Sacrilegious Scorn
06. The Fallen Arises
07. The Sinister Awakening
08. The Fundamental Alienation
09. The Invaluable Darkness
10. The Foreshadowing Furnace

Bonus DVD content:
- Video Clip 'The Serpentine Offering' (04:42)
- Making of the album with Dimmu Borgir (studio report) (17:25)
- Making of 'The Serpentine Offering' video with Dimmu Borgir (21:52)
- Photogallery
- Mediaplayer

Standard Version Europe:
(Jewelcase incl. 32 page-booklet)

CD Tracklist:
01. The Serpentine Offering
02. The Chosen Legacy
03. The Conspiracy Unfolds
04. The Sacrilegious Scorn
05. The Fallen Arises
06. The Sinister Awakening
07. The Fundamental Alienation
08. The Invaluable Darkness
09. The Foreshadowing Furnace
+ Media Player (incl. video clip 'The Serpentine Offering')

There will be also an ULTRA LIMITED EXCLUSIVE NUCLEAR BLAST MAILORDER EDITION, a high quality leather book incl. bonus DVD (content printed on special paper incl. mirrored lyrics & mirror)! STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS!!!

Last but not least also the vinyl fans will be also satisfied with the Gatefold LP incl. A bonus 7'.

"In Sorte Diaboli" will be available in North America on April 24 in two different formats: a jewel-case CD and a limited edition digipak (incl. bonus DVD, same content than the European DVD version). The North American bonus track will be on both versions.

The complete track listing is as follows:
01. The Serpentine Offering
02. The Chosen Legacy
03. The Conspiracy Unfolds
04. The Sacrilegious Scorn
05. The Fallen Rises
06. The Heretic Hammer (exclusive North American bonus track)
07. The Sinister Awakening
08. The Fundamental Alienation
09. The Invaluable Darkness
10. The Foreshadowing Furnace

An instrumental version of "The Heretic Hammer" will be available on as an additional North American exclusive.

POWERWOLF finish mixing second album

German-Romanian dark power metal band POWERWOLF has finished mixing its second album at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with Fredrik Nordström and Patrik J. Sten. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2005's "Return in Bloodred" was recorded at Woodhouse studios in Hagen, Germany and is tentatively scheduled for release in Europe this spring via Metal Blade Records.

Commented the band: "Good god, it's done!!!! We finished mixing the last two songs today and transferred all the mixes to the mastering studio in Stockholm, where Peter in de Betou will lay final touches to the masters. A strange feeling right now to finally having finished that project after six intense weeks of production, editing and mixing. But now, sitting here in the recreation room of Studio Fredman listening to the finished unmastered mixes, it really feels goddamn great. We're proud as hell and I'm sure you all will love the album as much as we do. We'll relax now, celebrating we're done and then fly back home to Germany tomorrow."

UNEARTH new video clip, drum kit competition, live dates, With Full Force

Check it out!

Enter to win a TAMA 6-piece drum kit in brushed metallic black (includes hardware but NOT cymbals) and drum heads autographed by members of UNEARTH and SLAYER!
Don’t forget to go and see UNEARTH on their upcoming „Sanctity Of Brothers Tour' with new hopefuls JOB FOR A COWBOY as direct support:
20.03.2007 GB Exeter - Lemon Grove
21.03.2007 GB Nottingham - Rock City
22.03.2007 GB Manchester - Academy 3
23.03.2007 GB Wolverhampton - Wolfrun Hall
24.03.2007 GB London - Mean Fiddler
26.03.2007 GB Oxfrod - Zodiac
27.03.2007 GB Glasgow - Garage
28.03.2007 GB Stoke - Sugarmill
29.03.2007 GB Portsmouth - Wedgewood Rooms
30.03.2007 GB Newport - TJ’s
01.04.2007 BE Vosselaar - Biebop
02.04.2007 FR Paris - Trabendo
03.04.2007 DE Köln - Underground
04.04.2007 DE Bochum - Matrix
05.04.2007 DE Hamburg - Grünspan
06.04.2007 DE Berlin - Kato
08.04.2007 DE Chemnitz - AJZ Talschock
09.04.2007 DE Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
10.04.2007 DE München - Backstage
11.04.2007 AT Wien - Planet Music
12.04.2007 AT Salzburg - Rockhouse
13.04.2007 IT Bologna - Estragon
15.04.2007 CH Zürich - Rohstofflager
16.04.2007 FR Strasbourg - La Laiterie
Furthermore UNEARTH are confirmed to destroy this year’s instalment of the With Full Force Open Air which takes place from June 29th until July 1st in Roitzschjora (near Leipzig, Germany)! Be there!

AMON AMARTH Graspop Metal Meeting confirmed

Our Vikings are happy to announce that they will once again make an appearance at the Graspop Metal Meeting. Their show is scheduled for Sunday June 24th.

CATTLE DECAPITATION to tour Europe for the first time

All fans of US vegan/vegetarian grindcore outfit CATTLE DECAPITATION, watch out! Your favourite defenders of animal rights will tour Europe for the first time. They will support DYING FETUS on their upcoming European dates! Be there and witness their blasting brutality for the first time in Europe!
Check out the dates:
04.05.2007 DE Karlsruhe - Substage
05.05.2007 DE Essen - Turock
06.05.2007 FR Paris - Locomotive
09.05.2007 IT Bologna - Estragon
10.05.2007 DE München - Feierwerk
11.05.2007 AT Wien - Arena
13.05.2007 DE Berlin - K17 (Fu*k The Commerce Warm Up-Show)
17.05.2007 DK Copenhagen - Stengade 30
18.05.2007 DE Chemnitz - AJZ
19.05.2007 DE Trier - Exhaus w/ Immolation, Krisiun, Grave
20.05.2007 NL Rotterdam - Baroeg
21.05.2007 GB London - Underworld
22.05.2007 IR Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
23.05.2007 GB Manchester - Jillys Rockworld w/ The Red Chord
24.05.2007 GB Southampton - Nexus
25.05.2007 BE Antwerpen - Hof Ter Lo
26.05.2007 NL Utrecht - Tivoli
w/ Dead To Fall, Through The Eyes Of The Dead, Ion Dissonance

CRIMINAL bassist search

Anglo-Chilean thrashers CRIMINAL are looking for a new bass player. Frontman Anton Reisenegger recently posted the following message on the band's MySpace page:
"It's unfortunately looking like Staff won't be able to continue in CRIMINAL. We're quite bummed out because he's really grown to be a part of the band, and the last few shows we've played with him have probably been the best since Rod and I moved to Europe, but his work and other commitments don't allow him to dedicate enough time to touring and recording. He will still be doing the BRUJERIA show and might be helping out here and there after that, which we appreciate enormously (cheers mate!), but what it boils down to is we are again without a bassist. Which also means we are looking for one! So if you fulfil the following requirements, drop us a line! A South American background would be very welcome, but is not a must!

- you must have good technique and stage presence
- you must have your own gear
- you must be able to rehearse in the Ipswich/Colchester area (that's in the UK!)
- you must have enough time to tour and record
- you must be into the CRIMINAL style

OK, looking forward to hearing from all you four and five stringers! And to everyone else, see you soon!"
Interested parties should email the band at

CELLADOR live clip online

UVTV has posted a live CELLADOR video clip of the song "A Sign Far Beyond" from The Palladium in Worcester, MA... Check it out:

Many thanks to UVTV for the great job on the video!! More to come soon...

THE ABSENCE want fans to be on their new CD

'Who wants to be in our new CD??? We thought it would be cool to give our loyal fans the recognition they deserve! What better way then putting all your names in the new record! All you have to do is send a email with your name to and your name will be seen world-wide inside our new CD "Riders Of The Plague"! So show your support and we'll show you ours by listing all of our loyal thrashers for the world to see! The cut of date is March 10th so don’t miss out.'

THE OCEAN relaunched website

Feel free to visit which has been completely reworked (Killer layout!) and get the latest news about our Berlin collective!

EVERGREEN TERRACE update on new record

'We did some pre-production for our upcoming record 'Wolfbiker'. Let me be the first to tell you how stoked we are on the songs that we have for this album. It’s dark, it’s pissed, it’s punk, it’s hardcore, it’s metal. It’s everything we could want it to be. Get pumped!'

Livedates for Metal Blade bands/artists

03.06.2007 FR Colmar - Grillen
08.06.2007 DE Roeblingen Am See - Salt Lake Rocks Festival
14.08.2007 AT Moenichkirchen - Rocky Mountains Festival
19.05.2007 BE Torhout - Club de B w/ MAROON
26.05.2007 DE Berlin - TBA
27.05.2007 DE Magdeburg - Sackfabrik
02.06.2007 DE Remscheid - Kultschokk

07.05.2007 GB Hull - Welly Club METALFEST ( )
18.05.2007 GB Stoke - Underground
19.05.2007 GB Yeovil - Ski Lodge
20.05.2007 GB Southampton - Joiners
21.05.2007 GB Leeds - Josephs Well
22.05.2007 GB Glasgow - Cathouse
23.05.2007 GB Manchester - Jillys (supporting DYING FETUS)
24.05.2007 GB Nottingham - Rock City
25.05.2007 GB Swindon - Furnace
26.05.2007 GB London - Underworld

10.03.2007 FI Kuopio - Henry’s Pub

FU MANCHU - Exklusives Pre-Listening von "We Must Obey" @ Myspace!

On February 19th, 2007 Californian rock outfit FU MANCHU will release its new full-length 'We Must Obey'. You can now check out the entire album at the band’s MYSPACE profile, go there now!

Also, don’t forget to visit the band’s new ecard @

FU MANCHU will present its new album live in late April to early June 2007 on their European headliner tour, so please see below for an exact list of dates!

Press on 'We Must Obey':

'FU MANCHU have built their own universe! Killer album!'

'An ingenious mixture of stoner rock, suf punk and desert rock - you can’t sound more Californian!'

Presented by Visions (D), (D), My Space (D), (D), Boombox (D)

26.04.2007 Lisbon (PT) @ Paradise Garage
27.04.2007 Vigo (E) @ Sala A
28.04.2007 Madrid (E) @ Copernico
29.04.2007 Bilboa (E) @ Kafe Antzoki
30.04.2007 Barcelona (E) @ Apollo 2
02.05.2007 Geneva (CH) @ Usine-PTR
03.05.2007 Karlsruhe (D) @ Substage
04.05.2007 Bochum (D) @ Zwischenfall
05.05.2007 Bielefeld (D) @ Forum
06.05.2007 Hamburg (D) @ Gruenspan
08.05.2007 Aarhus (DK) @ Voxhall
09.05.2007 Oslo (NO) @ John Dee
10.05.2007 Stockholm (S) @ Debaser
11.05.2007 Copenhagen (DK) @ Loppen
12.05.2007 Malmoe (S) @ KB
13.05.2007 Berlin (D) @ Kato
15.05.2007 Vienna (AT) @ Flex
16.05.2007 Kufstein (AT) @ Kulturfabrik
17.05.2007 Graz (AT) @ Orpheum
18.05.2007 Zurich (CH) @ Rote Fabrik
19.05.2007 PinarelladiCervia(I)@Rock Planet
20.05.2007 Solothurn (CH) @ Kofmehl
22.05.2007 Wiesbaden (D) @ Schlachthof
23.05.2007 Eindhoven (NL) @ Effenaar
24.05.2007 Deventer (NL) @ Burgerweeshuis
25.05.2007 Brussels (B) @ VK
26.05.2007 Nottingham (UK) @ Rock City
27.05.2007 Glasgow (UK) @ Cathouse
28.05.2007 Belfast (UK) @ Spring & Airbreak
30.05.2007 Wolverhampton(UK) @ Little Civic
02.06.2007 London (UK) @ Underworld
03.06.2007 Southhampton (UK) @ Nexus

NAPALM DEATH "Scum 20th Anniversary edition dual disc" DVD Trailer online

2007 marks the 20th Anniversary of the release of the Napalm Death legendary debut album 'Scum'.

To mark the birth of grindcore and the landmark release of one of the most confrontational records ever released, Earache Records is issuing a special 20th Anniversary Edition Dual Disc of 'Scum' containing the original album and a DVD documentary highlighting the early days of the band and examining the story behind the album and its explosive impact on the wider music scene. Original member Mick Harris talks in depth about the scene at the time, the band's origins and takes a tour to the old band haunts along the way.

The documetary also features an interview with Mark Titchner, the Turner Prize nominee, amongst others, who explains the aesthetic angles to Napalm Death's revolutionary noise.

When 'Scum' was first released in 1987 DJ John Peel was one of the first to pick up on the band's mix of hardcore punk, metal riffs and blistering speed. Redefining what it was to be a heavy band, Napalm Death soon shot to fame on the back of NME cover stories, BBC2 documentaries and the polarised opinion of the larger music community.

'Scum' has since become an acknowledged influence on every extreme metal band since the late 80's.

See a trailer for the documentary on the Earache myspace page


On Feb. 13, 2007, Earache Records exuberantly inked a new distribution deal with independent driving force, Caroline. Spanning both physical and digital distribution channels, the multi-year deal embraces the inevitable progression of digital music and its’ expansive markets.
'We are excited to be going forward with this comprehensive deal,' US label boss Al Dawson states, 'Caroline are stepping into the future of music distribution and have been aggressively pursuing digital markets and distribution.' With 2007 marking Earache’s 20th anniversary, this marriage marks a new era for Earache which embraces classic avenues and equips Earache with the tools to skillfully adopt digital trends. Newly inducted Caroline CEO Bill Hein has stood adamantly behind this union, recognizing the cultural and conceptual value of past independent releases. Celebrating 20 years of relentless independence, Earache Records unabashedly will advance into music business trends of the future and spearhead efforts to advance independent music relations worldwide.

CATARACT - New guitar player found

'Yes it's true, we are back to a five piece! And we're glad we can stop the guessing and rumouring by officially welcoming Tom Kuzmic whom you might know from death metal monsters DISPARAGED to the mighty realm of Castle CATARACT!

We also thank all the people who wanted to ruin their lives by joining us on our trip to hell or volunteered to jump in case we couldn't find someone - you guys fu*king rock! We are confident this is the best that could have happened as Tom has more than 100% of what we were looking for!

We already started rehearsing with the new line up and things are looking great for the shows we wisely didn't cancel haha! So once again to end all discussion - we will play shows, starting March 31st! We will keep you posted on the progression.'

Upcoming CATARACT shows :

01.03.2007 Dynamo Club Zürich (CH) festival w/ Benediction, Requiem, Amok and more...
21.04.2007 Remise Wil (CH) Dance of Days Festival w/ Terror and more
19.05.2007 Club de B Torhout (BE) w/ Maroon
25.05.2007 Amphitheater Gelsenkirchen (DE) w/ Maroon, Amon Amarth, Heaven Shall Burn...
26.05.2007 TBA Berlin (DE)
27.05.2007 Sackfabrik Magdeburg (DE)
16.06.2007 Ex-Haus Trier (DE) w/ Fear My Thoughts, Walls Of Jericho, Converge, Animosity, Dew Scented, Rise And Fall, Comeback Kid, Parkway Drive, Misery Index...
30.06.2007 TBA Linz (A) Soul of Metal
31.08. Hameln - Joch ‘n’ Roll Open Air (Germany) w/ Caliban
01.09.2007 Transylvania Erstfeld (CH) TBA

DISILLUSION shows cancelled

Due to an unexpected, serious case of illness, the concerts with Jens had to be cancelled. Jens is in hospital since Sunday. His condition doesn't allow him to rehearse or to play live.

The following shows are affected:
02/23/2007 Winternachtstraum Festival
02/24/2007 Reichelsheim
03/23/2007 Rüsselsheim

Thank you for your understanding,

NEAERA live DVD recording show in Münster

On Saturday, May 19th we are going to play a show in our hometown Münster.

This show will be exclusively filmed and made into a BONUS LIVE DVD for our next record which is due to be released in late 2007.

The show is going to take place in the TRIPTYCHON. Considering the experience of the last show we played there in 2006, we are positive to have picked the right spot.

We are glad to announce that we will be supported by our friends of THE DESTINY PROGRAM (aka. DESTINY) and Münster´s very own WILLSCHREY.

You can star purchasing your tickets IMMEDIATELY for 8 Euros (plus fee) on, and at every cts booking office.

We are very optimistic about the show and we can’t wait to raise the roof with you guys once again! No sh*tty barriers, just you, us and the raw, unleashed energy of loud Metal music and a raging, boiling pit! Come and join the carnage!

For further information check or

@ every cts booking office


So you want to see Turisas ‘battle’ it out against Deathstars, Breed 77 & Zico Chain? Here’s the information you need to get your FREE ticket:

Each band will have 150 tickets available for Metal Hammer's Get In The Ring. The exclusive tickets are available at the London Astoria box office (Charing Cross Rd).

The tickets are free, but include a £1 processing fee each. Tickets are limited to 2 per person and you must be 16 and over to attend. To collect your tickets you need to say a unique password, the password for TURISAS is ‘BATTLE’

MACHINE MEN - Meet MACHINE MEN on the Earthshaker Roadshock Tour!

The MACHINE MEN Official Fan Club and Century Media are pleased to announce an exclusive new competition open to all registered users of the Fan Club forums found at!

5 lucky winners will receive 2 tickets (1 for themselves and 1 for a companion) to see MACHINE MEN on one date of the winner’s choosing during the bands Earthshaker Roadshock Tour! In addition to winning tickets you will also win a meet and greet with the band prior to seeing them perform live on stage! A surprise gift from the Team of the Fan Club will also be waiting for you.

To enter, follow these simple steps:

You must be a registered member of the forums at Take a photograph of yourself holding the new CD 'Circus of Fools' by MACHINE MEN. Email the photograph along with your registered forum name, your real name, your companions real name, your address and telephone number, chosen concert date and venue, and your t-shirt size to by 6pm 31st March 2007 CET (GMT +1). This competition is open to people from all countries, but transport to and from the concert is not included and is the winner’s responsibility.

You may pick any one show regardless of where you live.

The dates and venues for the concerts you may pick from are:

27/04/2007 Belgium, Antwerpen, Hof ter Loo
28/04/2007 Germany, Osnabrück, Halle Gartlage
29/04/2007 Germany, Hamburg, Markthalle
30/04/2007 Germany, Adelsheim, Live factory
01/05/2007 Germany, Berlin, Postbahnhof
02/05/2007 Germany, München, Backstage
03/05/2007 Germany, Frankfurt, Batschkap
04/05/2007 Germany, Nuernburg, Hirsch
05/05/2007 Austria, Wien, Planet Music
06/05/2007 Italy, Est Padova, Sottosopra
07/05/2007 Switzerland, Pratteln, Z 7
08/05/2007 Germany, Essen, Zeche Carl
09/05/2007 Germany, Saarbrücken, Garage
10/05/2007 United Kingdom, London, Scala
11/05/2007 Holland, Heerhugowaard, Waerdse tempel
12/05/2007 France, Strassbourg, La laiterie
13/05/2007 France, Paris, La Locomotive

The winners will be randomly chosen after the deadline, and announced on 1st April, 2007 in the news section of The MACHINE MEN Official Fan Club. Good luck to everyone!

ABORTED - New E-card online!

Belgian death metal masters ABORTED present you a new E-card providing more info on the band’s new masterpiece 'Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture', out February 19th, 2007 on Century Media Records. You can find out more about the album, the band themselves, check out the video clip for the album’s opener 'The Chondrin Enigma', download some various wallpapers and more @

The media feedback on 'Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture' has been absolutely overwhelming, see below for some press quotes and don’t miss this astonishing piece of technical flawlessly executed death metal brutality refreshing the genre with an impact only comparable to Carcass’ godly 'Heartwork' album!

'With its fifth full-length the Belgian high tech death metal squad has finally reached the top of the genre. High class death metal brutality garnered with refined musicianship. Cannibal Corpse and Death meets Strapping Young Lad and Darkane. Killer!'

'Massive riffs, brutal blasts, heavy grooves and gore galore. Tension, performance and sawn off legs on the highest level!'

'Completely new facets the internationally acclaimed death metal commando unveils on its new studio effort, which is indeed a truly vicious one!'

'The band’s new found diversity turns ‘Slaughter & Apparatus’ into the most variable, most accomplished and simply best album in the band’s history so far. Anno 2007, the Belgians skilfully blend murderously grinding brutality with massive grooves, catchy melodies and many refreshing ideas.'

'One can only take his hat off to ABORTED’s musical development. […] Their remarkable new interpretation of the legendary Carcass mounts on their fifth album in a refined and individual approach towards death/grind, that sees the technical skills increasing to the proverbial next level and presents songs that unite finesse and furious speed in one monolith of brutality.'


Death metal stalwarts DEICIDE have confirmed March tour dates in Mexico and Costa Rica, despite current backlash from members of the Costa Rican churches and community surrounding the venue. Monsignor Jose Francisco Ulloa, president of the Episcopal Conference and bishop of Carthage, has openly spoken out against DEICIDE’S visit to Costa Rica and has called on the community to aid in shutting down the show.

The monsignor stated on America Radio that ' We cannot admit a group like this to be allowed in communities as these. I believe that the town has the right to reject all that. I believe that as much the municipality, as well as other communal organisations, look at the 10 of March to be united in the movement to avoid that presentation that goes by that diabolic line.'

A few locals have replied to this call with thoughtful and open-minded remarks, confirming that it should be the right of organisers to put on whatever concerts they want to despite the artists’ ideology. Unscathed, promoters confirm that the show will go on and DEICIDE will come to Costa Rica after a string of dates in Mexico. DEICIDE have also released 'Doomsday LA,' a live DVD featuring the all-new line-up and packed with bonus music videos for 'Homage for Satan' and 'Desecration.' Log on to the US and UK Web stores to get your copy of 'Doomsday LA' today!

01 Culiacan, Mexico - River Live
02 Cuidad Obregon, Mexico -Salon Chaparral
03 Hermosillo, Mexico - Mundo Divertido
04 Torreon, Mexico - Estudio Alameda
10 San Jose, Costa Rica - The Tobogan Club

04 Saint Petersburg, Florida Florida Metal fest State Theatre

11 Bad Berka, Germany - Party San Open Air festival
10 Jaromer, Czech Republic - Brutal Assault Festival


Budding British thrashers EVILE rocked the Thrash Til’ Burg Festival in Tilburg, Holland on February 18th alongside thrash classics ONSLAUGHT, DEAD HEAD and FLESH MADE SIN. Bringing down the house with their finest thrash mastery, EVILE blazed the stage with material to be recorded on their forthcoming Earache debut as well as many other thrashin’ pieces! Pictures of EVILE tearing it up have been posted here - check EVILE in action now! EVILE will be embarking on a UK March tour with fellow Earache metallers, SEVERE TORTURE and will be kicking off the month by performing at ONSLAUGHT’S records release party in Bristol on March 3rd.

3 Yate Community Centre, Bristol, UK w/ Onslaught
10 Huddersfield (UK) - Bar 1 Twenty w/ Burden of Reality
w/ Anti-Chamber + Burden of Reality + Aftermath

14 TJS, Newport
15 Cavern, Exeter
17 Electrowerkz, London
18 Junktion 7, Nottingham
19 Satans Hollow, Manchester
20 Medicine Bar, Birmingham
21 Trillians, Newcastle
22 Soundhaus, Glasgow

2 TJ's, Newport w/Speed Theory+Nochaa+WithIntent+Eis
6 Gas Club, Huddersfield w/ Burden of Reality + Icarus
7 Rigger, Stoke
14 The Taverm, Wigan
26 Manchester (UK) - The Attic
28 1 in 12, Bradford


Industrial Goth enigma Mortiis is set to release a remix album titled 'Some Kind of Heroin', reworking material from 'The Grudge', on April 16, via Earache Records.
For much of Mortiis' career, the striking visual aspect combined with his rapid musical evolution has become a subject of much urban legend over the years. And yet over a series of progressively more ambitious albums, Mortiis has morphed into a band unit that has become known for aggressive live shows and ambitious records, and has spawned two Top 50 UK singles.

In keeping with the rapidly developing nature of the music and the direction of the band, 'Some Kind of Heroin' offers diverse remix material including interpretations by a wide range of contemporaries, such as Zombie Girl, Gothminister, Implant, XP8, Mental Siege, PIG, The Kovenant, Velvet Acid Christ, Girls Under Glass, David Wallace, Kubrick, Funker Vogt, Flesh Field, Dope Stars and In the Nursery.

Mortiis states: "I’m really stoked we finally got to do a remix album and since it's been in process for quite some time now I'm happy to be able to finally release it.
I've always been fascinated with taking songs and twisting them into something different, the ability to grab the elements you like and put them into a totally different environment. The flexibility of that really appeals to me.

I think the mixes all those guys did came out really cool, many of them vastly different from what would have come out of the studio if I had done them. It's cool to see what happens when you let other people inside your head, so to speak. I think the variety of mixers and sonic realms created here will appeal to a large variety of people."

Track listing for 'Some Kind of Heroin' is as follows:

01. Underdog (Zombie Girl Remix)
02. The Grudge (Gothminister mix)
03. Twist The Knife (The Gibbering mix by Implant)
04. Broken Skin feat. Stephan Groth (Septic Wound mix by XP8)
05. The Grudge (Mental Siege Mix)
06. Gibber (PIG Remix)
07. Way too Wicked (Rape, Dope and the American Way mix by The Kovenant)
08. Gibber (Lysergic Club Mix by Velvet Acid Christ)
09. The Worst in Me (Girls Under Glass Mix)
10. The Grudge (David Wallace Remix)
11. Broken Skin feat. Stephan Groth (Funker Vogt Remix)
12. The Grudge (Emotional Heresy by Kubrick)
13. Decadent & Desperate (Therafu*k remix by Dope Stars)
14. Gibber (Gibbering Idiot)
15. Way too Wicked (Absinthium mix)
16. The Worst in Me (Extraction mix by In the Nursery)

THE RED CHORD looking for a new guitar player

THE RED CHORD has posted tabs for 'Black Santa' for those who are interested in trying out for the newly open guitarist position. Please send a video of yourself playing the song to, or send a link to Gunface through Thanks for your interest!

Download 'Black Santa' tabs:

THE RED CHORD is looking for a new guitar player as Jonny Fay is leaving the band to focus on work at his recording studio. He recently opened Backyard Studios in Milford, NH. To contact him and/or get more information about the studio, you may e-mail him at or go to .

DARK FORTRESS - Special show and DVD

After an abstinence of four years, DARK FORTRESS will do a show again in their hometown Landshut. It will take place on May 19th, 2007 in the location "Alte Kaserne" together with The Vision Bleak (GER), Dark Age (GER) and Crom (GER). This show is going to be a special one, because it will be professionally filmed in order to use parts of it for a possible DVD in the future. So all of you DARK FORTRESS-maniacs out there are invited to join this special evening and to be part of the DVD. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Century Media Records Welcomes BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART

Century Media is proud to sign BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART, self-proclaimed 'superheroes destined to save the world from nuclear annihilation with the power of metal.'

BBABH hails from Montreal, Canada and released one album, 'All’s Fair In Love And War', on Blood & Ink Records in 2004. They did a few tours of North America with The Devil Wears Prada and A Day to Remember and played to sold-out crowds in the UK with Enter Shakari. Upon returning home, they found themselves with offers from record labels shooting out of their collective arses. The Bird (drums) states:

'We have been searching for the right record label to release our next record for quite some now, and this is a match made in heaven. The force is strong with Century Media. I mean, they signed us without a singer, so they are obviously just as crazy as we are. We are also proud to announce that we have finally found a new singer. His name is Tony Gambino, and yeah, his great-uncle was Carlo Gambino (Google him), so don’t mess with us. Tony can do back-flips and breakdance better then Turbo in Electric Boogaloo. We’re psyched to have him on board.'

Click the link below to check out some new music.

BBABH will enter the studio with GGGarth in early April to record their Century Media debut, tentatively titled 'You Wanted the Best, You Got The Blessed: Greatest Hits'. Their debut movie will be going direct to DVD in 2008.

The band:

Shred Sean: shreds
The Bird: hits things
Simon Foxx: polishes the keys
Tyler Hoare: his real last name/bass
Robbie Heart: also shreds
Tony Gambino: backspins


'After nearly 15 years we’ve decided to lay our precious CALLENISH CIRCLE to rest. We’ll play our last show on Saturday the 10th of March at De Azijnfabriek in Roermond, The Netherlands. This wasn't the easiest decision to make, but in the end, we all agree that CALLENISH CIRCLE has now run its course. We’ve accomplished everything that we set out to do and even more but now the time has come to move on. We’re all very proud of our latest album [Pitch.Black.Effects] and feel that now is a good time to call it a day.'

'After all those years the inspiration to keep CALLENISH CIRCLE going was slowly fading away. We always aimed to deliver the goods with the highest quality possible and we simply do not want to continue a band that can’t give the essential blood, sweat & tears anymore. We prefer to burn out on a high note now, rather than just slowly fade into obscurity. Some bands linger on for years past their expiration date but CALLENISH CIRCLE will definitely not become one of those bands.'

"Over the past 15 years, CALLENISH CIRCLE have left their mark on the worldwide metal scene with 5 albums released, toured with many great bands and played lots of great shows & festivals. It was definitely an interesting journey for all of us, and we look back at our past with absolutely no regrets, only with pride.

When we started this band in the early ‘90-ies we were just a bunch of kids who thought it would be fun to play some cover tunes of our favourite bands at the time, just think of influential bands like Death, Pestilence, (old) Paradise Lost & Bolt Thrower.

Back then we never could have imagined that, almost 15 years later, we would have released 5 full-length albums of which the last 3 released worldwide on the highly acclaimed Metal Blade Records and that we would have played over 200 shows & festivals all over the world, being our Mexican Tour 2006 one of the definite highlights in our career.'

'So many of you from all around the world have gotten into our music, and for us musicians playing in a band, that's really what it's all about. Having people from all over the world tell you that they've genuinely been moved by your music is definitely a great thing. We're very pleased that you enjoyed what we created. Those words were always an inspiration to us and we can truly walk away from CALLENISH CIRCLE with our heads held high at this point, no doubt about that.'

'But as always... all good things come to an end and we'd like to thank every one of our fans across the globe for their never ending support. You are the main reason why we stuck around for so long. Thank YOU! And ofcourse thanks to everyone else that had a role in making CALLENISH CIRCLE what it is today. You all know who you are.'

'Not much more really needs to be said. We hope to see some of you at our last show in Roermond on the 10th of March. Dutch fellow thrashers Engine of Pain will release their debut album that night and the opening slot is filled by State:Chaos (the new band of former CALLENISH CIRCLE bassplayer Rocco).'

'This will definitely become a night to remember.'

Wim, Muuk, Gav, Ron & Pat / Callenish Circle.

Witchcraft In Studio Recording Third Album & forthcoming live dates

Yes, the guys are finally back in the studio, following their very successful string of dates in the US.

No definite clues as yet to the direction, though we are reckoning that the album will bridge the gap between the garagey Doom sound of the first album , combined with the improved songwriting skills witnessed on the recent 45, ‘If Crimson Was Your Colour’.
Enigmatic frontman Magnus Pelander has also hinted at some more progressive leanings on some of the tracks, but has refused to elaborate further.

A special UK one off show will be announced shortly, followed by more US dates and a UK tour. In the meantime you can catch them on their headlining tour of Norway as well as on parts of  the European Clutch tour and at the KRAAK Festival in Belgium:

Mar 2007

3 rd KRAAK Festival Hasselt (Belgium)
21st Kaos Tromsö (Norway)
22nd Garage Oslo (Norway)
23rd Hulen Bergen (Norway)
24th New York Bar Skien (Norway)


(With Clutch & The Sword)

17th Charlatan - Gent, (Belgium)
18th Underground - Koln, (Germany)
19th Matrix - Bochum, (Germany)
21st Molotov Hamburg, (Germany)


The Welsh bruisers are scheduled to enter the studio in June to record ‘Secrets and Lies’ the follow up to their highly acclaimed 2005 debut, ‘The Ruin Of Nova Roma’.Slated for an October release, the album will again be mixed by Alex Newport - expect tales of bachannalia, betrayal, fashionistas and harlots.

In the meantime, they have a series of dates lined up with Clutch & The Sword on their UK tour in April.


29 Clwb Ifor Bach, w/ The Keep Cardiff


(w/ Clutch + The Sword)

3rd Sugarmill, Stoke
4th University, Manchester
5th King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
6th Barfly, Birmingham
7th Zodiac, Oxford
8th Mean Fiddler, London
10th Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
11th The Soundhaus, Northampton
12th Rock City, Nottingham
13th TJ's, Newport
14th Arts Centre, Colchester
15th Corporation, Sheffield


Return of the Wizard

Electric Wizard are currently working on material for their yet to be titled 6th album for Rise Above Records. The band plan to enter the studio in June, with the album to be released before the end of the year. More details as we have them.

In the meantime, look out for the double deluxe gatefold vinyl edition of ‘Let Us Prey’ due for release within the next month or so.
1st 100 copies will be clear vinyl.


The UK’s most Sonic, Astral shaking Spacerockers, Litmus are set to release ‘Planetfall’ their second album (debut for Rise Above), Planetfall, on April 30th. It’s one swirling trip of hypnotising, metallic, Cosmo-Psychedelia which is NOT TO BE MISSED!

Get saucered with them at the following live events;


3rd The Portland Arms Cambridge
(Support from Godsize and Cromlech)
9th Standard Music Venue London E17 6DS
(Support from Kontakte)
31st Club 85, Hitchin, Herts.
(With Omnia Opera and Huw Lloyd-Langton)


4th The Robin 2, Bilston
(supporting Space Ritual)


11th Standard Music Venue, London E17 6DS
(supporting Inner City Unit)
26-27th Swamp Room Happening, Hannover (Germany)


20-22nd Eastern Haze Somerleyton Hall

Miasma & The Carousel Headless Horses

We are very pleased to announce a future collaboration with the UK’s foremost Avant - Horrorshow / Dark Rock Progressive types; ‘Miasma & The Carousel Of Headless Horses’. Quite possibly the soundtrack to the scariest movie you have yet to see! Before the band record their first full length album for Rise Above records, we will be releasing a deluxe vinyl version of their 2005 album, Perils, in the coming months.

Catch them this Friday (23rd Feb) at London’s Borderline Club, Manette Street, Soho. Also on the bill is Alexander Tucker & Authority (formerly Monsoon Bassoon), who feature Cardiacs members.


23 The Borderline, London


7 Hoxton Lab, London


14 Supersonic Festival, Birmingham

Chrome Hoof Vinyl For Pre-Order & Live dates with Klaxons

The mind altering world of the Hoof can be experienced on their current Rise Above EP, Beyond Zade. The band will be sharing the stage with Klaxons at the following shows;

(With Klaxons)

16th Norwich UEA

17th Portsmouth Pyramid

18th Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Vinyl versions of the EP will be with us very shortly and is available for pre-order now.

200 Copies pink vinyl
400 Copies black vinyl

Moss/Monarch Split in stock soon!

Finally, after much delay, due to various reasons, this killer 7' is being pressed as we speak.
It features an insanely slow cover of Discharge classic 'Maimed & Slaughtered' performed by
UK sicko slomo's, Moss.
Sharing this split are French freaks Monarch, who do a ripping rendition of Turbonegro fave 'I Got Erection',
with crazed female vocals! Great stuff.

These will go fast, which is why we are putting them up for pre-order.

100 Copies clear vinyl
400 Copies black vinyl

Gentleman’s Pistols - Debut album and live dates

Imagine Incredible Hog Meeting Elias Hulk on their way home From a Sir Lord Baltimore show in ‘71 and deciding to form a new band? That’s almost
what you’ve got here, only these guys need to be ‘seen’ to be believed. The hairiest freaks from the north are currently putting the final touches
to their debut album for Rise Above Records, set for release around May/June 07.

In the mean time you can order their very 7' The Lady/Creamy Lid from our webstore.

March 2007

9th The Library (with Saviours), Leeds
17th The Roundabout (with Saviours), High Wycombe
18th Sumo, Leciester

Circulus: Early Anthology sees the light of day & live dates

That’s right, finally the band’s debut album from 1999, Giantism, finally sees a legitimate reissue. Added to it are a bunch of previously unreleased tracks and unreleased singles.
The recordings show the band in their formative stages before becoming the band we all now know. Completely re-mastered and housed in new striking psychedelic art, courtesy of Tony Roberts, the album is slated for a May release.

Tracklisting as follows;

Giantism remastered

1.The True Lover's Farewell
2.Little Big Song
3.My Lady Carey's Dompe
5.Sombrero Fallout
6.All You People

Unreleased Single 1998

7.Little More Time
8.Happen Away

Single 2000

9.Wouldn't Dream Of Sleeping Now
10.Same Way From The Sun

Studio Tracks 2001

11.You Got it Goin'
12.The Washing Machine
13.Gently Johnny
14.Music Plays in the Air

Upcoming Shows


17 Cafe de L'Escorxador, Llieda, Catalonia Spain
31 229 Venue, London


21 ICA, London


19 Lewes Folk Rock Festival
28 Conway Hall, London


10 Tapestry Festival, Wales

Winters: In Twin Galaxies

London based doom rock power trio Winters have finished their debut album for Rise Above Records.The album comes housed in stunning artwork by David Andrea and has been Produced by Dan Swift. It’s an album filled with great hooks, catchy riffs and great slacker style vocals.

Winters are definitely a new band to look out for this year.


29 Camden Barfly KBY (+ Leafhound & Invasion), London

Capricorns: Live dates

Apr 2007

8 Killer Fest, Paris


20 All Tommorows Parties

Firebird vinyl in stock soon

The gatefold vinyl version of Firebird’s storming Hot Wings album is being pressed as we speak.
Contains exclusive vinyl only track Last Days Of August. It’s available for pre-order now and will be with us soon.

100 copies clear vinyl
300 copies brown vinyl
300 copies black vinyl

Possessed & Luv Machine vinyls’ unleashed

After much delay, the classic Luv Machine album is finally available on deluxe double gatefold vinyl with folded colour insert.
100 copies clear vinyl (nearly sold out)
400 copies Cerise Vinyl
400 copies Black vinyl

The vinyl version of Exploration by Possessed will be with us very shortly. First pressings will come with full colour inner sleeve
and replica demo/acetate single.

100 copies clear LP + clear 7"
400 purple LP + purple 7"
400 black LP + black 7"

This cult classic is available for pre-order on the site now.

Burning Saviours 7' in stock now

We finally have copies on sale now.

100 copies clear vinyl
400 copies black vinyl

Grand Magus writing new material & UK Shows

Classic gods of Doom, Candlemass are having a 20 ‘year’ bash at The Shrine, Stockholm

On March 31st. Johan Langquist will be joining them live on stage for the first time ever, as the band perform tracks from the legendary Epicus Doomicus Metallicus album. Also making his debut for the band will be new singer, Robert Lowe from Solitude Aeturnus. Guest Dj’s of the evening will be Lee Dorrian from Cathedral and Magnus Pelander from Witchcraft.

Support comes from the mighty Grand Magus, who are set to record their 4th full length album for Rise Above Records this summer. New drummer Sebastian Sippola will be making his studio debut with the guys.In the meantime you can catch Grand Magus supporting Firewind on their upcoming UK tour.

March 31st 2007

Supporting Candlemass - The Shrine, Stockholm (Sweden)


(All dates with Firewind)

21st The Park, Peterborough
22nd Rock City Nottingham
23rd The Cathouse, Glasgow
24th The Underworld, London


"MY DYING BRIDE is sorry to have to say that on January 5, 2007 bassist Adrian Jackson left the band. He has pledged his future in and has made it quite clear there is no room in his plans for MY DYING BRIDE.

We have parted in good faith and wish him luck with his new life out there. It has absolutely no effect on any of the gigs we have confirmed. We have already rehearsed his replacement to gig readiness and she is looking forward to playing for the first time in MY DYING BRIDE. More on his replacement, Lena, soon.

"Secondly we have had to replace long term stand in drummer / thunder truck / Uberlunatic John Bennet due to his work commitments. He is saddened by the fact he cannot drum for MY DYING BRIDE anymore as are we, but we understand that we all have to make a living and wish him luck too in his job.

"It's not all doom and gloom though as we have been rehearsing with excellent drummer Dan Mullins of THINE, BAL-SAGOTH and SERMON OF HYPOCRISY fame and again he too is now at gig readiness. MDB has a new fresh focused feel to it and we are looking forward to the shows with a vengeance."

SONATA ARCTICA - Completes work on "Unia"

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have completed work on their new album, "Unia" (Finnish for "Dreams"), due on May 25 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was mixed at Finnvox studio in Helsinki and was mastered at the Cutting Room in Stockholm, in Sweden.

The final instalment of SONATA ARCTICA keyboardist Henkka Klingenberg´s studio report can be found at this location!

THUNDERSTONE - 2nd position at Finnish Eurovision Finals

Finnish Melodic Metallers THUNDERSTONE, who have been part of the Finnish Eurovision finals last Saturday, ended up on a sensational 2nd position with 54.000 votes!!! The first place went to platinum-sellling Finnish "Idols"-competition winner HANNA PAKARINEN. But at least the Finnish Mayhem Machine could beat teen favorites LOVEX. This is only the first step for the global takeover that’s gonna happen with the release of the band’s upcoming album "Evolution 4.0" (release date: March 16th)!

GOTTHARD - Playing again at Tollwood festival

Already for their second time Swiss success rockers GOTTHARD will play the Tollwood Festival in June. Year by year thousands of people get attracted by the event, which is known to be one of the most atmospheric and outstanding ones of all. Numerous opportunities to eat Asian or African food, as well as countless possibilities for shopping goods - clothes, jewellery and accessories from all around the world - are placed on the big area of Munich ´s Olympic Park South; not to mention the huge circus tent, the Music Arena. In it, concerts automatically get a magic feeling that you shouldn’t miss. Also in it, GOTTHARD will play on June 29th for the second time in their career, ready to give the people an unforgettable night. After the show fans can walk around the Tollwood area and enjoy the fantastic mood it especially has at night.

More Rock/Metal: Blast! Presents:
June 29th. GOTTHARD
July 6th. IN EXTREMO

More info at

CHIMAIRA - Release parties & download special

On the occasion of CHIMAIRA ´s album release on March 2nd we will have some exclusive CHIMAIRA release events with tons of free stuff such as stickers and posters. Moreover, we will raffle the new album, as well as shirts and signed singles! Don ´t miss it! Check the dates below!

23.02.07 GER Hof, Rockwerk
24.02.07 GER Stuttgart, Club Prag
24.02.07 GER Löseke, Kufa
28.02.07 UK Lincoln, Cell
02.03.07 GER Augsburg, Rockfabrik
02.03.07 GER Ingolstadt, HMC
02.03.07 GER Mühltal / Darmstadt, Steinbruch Theater
02.03.07 GER St. Wendel, Flash
02.03.07 UK Liverpool, Birkenhead
02.03.07 UK Newcastle, Legends
02.03.07 UK London, Sin City
02.03.07 UK London, The Mean Fiddler
02.03.07 UK Wolverhampton, The Wulfrun
03.03.07 GER Karlsruhe, Katakombe
03.03.07 UK Birmingham, The Academy
03.03.07 UK Nottingham, Rock City
03.03.07 UK Bradford, Rio´s
03.03.07 UK Manchester, Jilly´s
03.03.07 UK Liverpool, Krazy House
03.03.07 UK Sheffield, The Corporation
03.03.07 UK Glasgow, The Cathouse
03.03.07 UK Wolverhampton, The Wulfrun
04.03.07 UK Nottingham, The Rig
04.03.07 UK London, Camden Underworld
05.03.07 UK Ipswich, Fire & Ice
10.03.07 GER Hameln, Sumpfblume

DIMMU BORGIR - Download single & brand new merch

The dark ages are back again - we serve you the full DIMMU BORGIR onslaught!!! before you will be able to dig into the upcoming album "In Sorte Diaboli" (European release date April 27th, in the U.S. April 24th), you will be able to have a taste of what's to come! The download single "The Serpentine Offering" will be available from March 30th on! Beside the standard version there also two non-album versions included:

1. The Serpentine Offering (album version)
2. The Serpentine Offering (video edit)
3. The Serpentine Offering (instrumental version)

Also, the brand new DIMMU BORGIR merchandise is unveiled!!!

Catch a glimpse of the "In Sorte Diaboli" album shirt and the "Religion Sickens Me" shirt here! Both fantastically demonic motives will be available at the Nuclear Blast mailorder soon!

Stay tuned to get the pre-order link!

HE IS LEGEND - Announces new guitarist!

He Is Legend have added a new member in guitarist Mitchell Marlow. Mitch has previously played in bands such as Classic Case and Glassjaw and had been filling in on guitar for He Is Legend since this past fall. Most of you have met him already at their European tour with Norma Jean in January! Really cool guy doing an amazing job on his guitar! HIL are currently on the No Fear Music Tour in the U.S. with Killswitch Engage, Dragonforce and Chimaira.

As for Mitch, he is currently at work producing in his studio, and as soon as he finishes up will be joining the band to complete the tour. This means that for the first 2 and half weeks they will be playing as a four piece without Mitch.

For more info & to read a statement directly from the band go to:

The band is planning on coming back to Europe this fall! So stay tuned for tourdates and further info! Get your copy of 'Suck Out The Poison' including a European bonus track NOW!

HASTE THE DAY - New song @ Myspace

Haste The Day will post the second new track of their upcoming album 'Pressure The Hinges' this Sunday night. So make sure you pass by their on Monday morning and add the song 'Stitches' to your profile and be the coolest girl/guy in town! This song is also going to be their video track. A beautiful and nasty E-Card will be launched next Monday @

Have a look!

HASTE THE DAY´s new album 'Pressure The Hinges' will be released in Europe April 2nd, 2007 via Century Media Records and will include 3 bonus tracks.


The proposed show at London’s Scala on 8th March, with Wolf, has had to be postponed - the band have issued the following statement to explain the postponement - 'Turisas are sorry to announce that due to unforeseen changes to the recording schedule for the new album, due out in May, the band have been forced to postpone their live date at the Scala, Kings Cross, London on Thursday 8th March. The gig will however be re-scheduled for a later date at the same venue. Turisas would like to extend sincere apologies to all disappointed fans and ticketholders.'

Turisas will still be playing Metal Hammer’s ‘Get In The Ring’ show at Hammersmith Palais on 6th March so this will be the only opportunity to see Turisas in March so if you haven’t got your tickets yet … you’d better get a move on. Tickets are free, except for a £1 handling fee and can be obtained from the London Astoria box office. The password you’ll need is ‘BATTLE’

We are currently looking at other options for Wolf to play the UK and will confirm as soon as we can.

TOTAL IMPACT NEWS - February 2007

STRAIN - The Bolton rockers have announced two more shows in addition to the one's we announced on the four track sampler you should all have received this week. These include a show in London at the Dome in Tufnell Park - The Rock Off Festival - more details to follow;

23rd February The Alma - Manchester
24th March Daventry Community Centre - Daventry Frenzy Fest - Daventry.
29th March The Castle - Manchester
8th April The Soundhouse, Bolton
14th April The Tavern - Greater Manchester
28th July The Dome, Rock Off Festival, London.
With more to follow !!

Nuclear Blast Records sign SAMAEL

NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS is VERY proud to announce our latest signing: Swiss Metal experimentalists SAMAEL
In their almost 20-year-long career, the legendary quartet has evolved from Black Metal to a unique form of Dark Metal, heavily infused with electronica and grooves. The band is currently mastering the follow-up to 2004's "Reign Of Light" and SAMAEL´s eighth album is called "Solar Soul" and was recorded in Switzerland in the fall of 2006. Some song titles have also been revealed: 'Solar Soul', 'Promised Land', 'Slavocracy', 'Western Ground' and 'On The Rise'.

Charismatic vocalist Vorph is excited about the changes in the band camp: "We're thrilled to enter this new collaboration with an album we believe to be our greatest achievement to date. We know Nuclear Blast is providing a solid ground that will enable us to build something worth your attention. For us, it feels like the time is now!"

"Solar Soul" is set to be released June 18h 2007.

VITAL REMAINS - New album on it’s way & European tour dates

US extreme death metal heroes VITAL REMAINS are back with a bang! The new album 'Icons Of Evil' was produced by Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, etc) in Florida and features once again death metal legend Glen Benton (Deicide) on vocals, spilling the poison over the whole world. The new slap of blasphemy will be released in Europe April 2nd 2007, so watch out for a lethal dose of total mayhem!

Here’s the 'Icons Of Evil' CD tracklist:

Where is Your God Now
Icons Of Evil
Born To Rape The World
Reborn: the Upheaval of Nihility
Hammer Down The Nails
Shrapnel Embedded Flesh
´Till Death
In Infamity
Disciples Of Hell

Recording Line-Up:

Tony Lazaro - rhythm guitars & bass
Dave Suzuki - drums, lead guitar & backing vocals
Glen Benton - vocals

VITAL REMAINS will hit the road in Europe from March 24th on as they are on the billing of the famous Polish Metal Mind Festival. This will be followed by a European headliner tour

Vital Remains

Metal Mind Festival
24.03.2007 Katovice Metal Mind Festival Poland

with Godphobia, Kenos + support
30.03.2007 Cork (UK) An Cruiscin Lan
31.03.2007 Dublin (UK) Voodoo Lounge
01.04.2007 Newport (UK) TJ´s
02.04.2007 Dudley (UK) JB´s
03.04.2007 Glasgow (UK) Wiseguys
04.04.2007 London (UK) The Underworld
05.04.2007 Bradford (UK) Rio
06.04.2007 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg
07.04.2007 Leeuwarden (NL) Romein
08.04.2007 Malmoe (S) Powerhouse
09.04.2007 Stockholm (S) TantoGarden
10.04.2007 Gaevele (S) Club Monster
11.04.2007 Gothenburg (S) Henriksberg
12.04.2007 Copenhagen (DK) Black Beauty
13.04.2007 Arhus (DK) Studenthuset
14.04.2007 Zwickau (D) Battle Zone

with Godphobia + support
19.04.2007 Zlin (CZ) Club Golem
20.04.2007 Innsbruck (A) Hafen
21.04.2007 Vienna (A) Escape
22.04.2007 Altofen (A) Endorphin
25.04.2007 Belgrad (SER) SKC
29.04.2007 Turin (I) Il Noise
30.04.2007 Ascoli (I) La Tanne Dell Tigri
03.05.2007 Barcelona (E) Mephisto
04.05.2007 Irun (E) Tunk
05.05.2007 Toulouse (F) Les Vents Du Sud
07.05.2007 Essen (D) Turock

with Denial Fiend, Godphobia, Bloody Sign
11.05.2007 Eindhoven (NL) Dynamo Festival
12.05.2007 Giebelstadt (D) Bringer Of Death Festival

with Denial Fiend
17.05. - 19.05. 2007 Jüterbog (D) Fu*k The Commerce Festival


WITH PASSION’S forthcoming effort, 'What We See When We Shut Our Eyes' has been met with open arms and praise by fans and reviewers alike, garnering a 7 out of 10 in the April edition of Decibel Magazine. Slated to release on May 8th in the US, WITH PASSION have been ardently promoting 'What We See When We Shut Our Eyes' with live performance in California and have announced that they will be hitting the road with metal brothers, ISCARIOT and ARCHITECT.

WITH PASSION will also be participating in a benefit show for the family of Jennifer Strange (who participated in a radio contest to drink large quantities of water, which subsequently took her life) on March 3rd, in conjunction with a plethora of other California bands, raising money for her family after her untimely, tragic death. Proceeds from the show will go to aid Jennifer’s family - so come out and support a good cause!

WITH PASSION’S tour with ISCARIOT and ARCHITECT will kick off in March 24 until April 27, check them out on one of these dates:

24 Madison, Wisconsin @ The Loft
25 Westfield, Michigan @ Token Lounge
26 West Dundee, Illinois @ Clearwater Theatre
27 Des Moines, Iowa @ Hary Marys
29 Aurora, Colorado @ Hubbas House of Rock n Roll

1 CALIFORNIA METAL FEST @ Galaxy Theater, Santa Ana, California
7 Albuquerque, New Mexico @ Compound
8 El Paso, Texas @ House of Rock n’ Roll
14 Baton Rouge, Louisiana @ Darkroom
24 Rochester, New York @ Penny Arcade
25 Buffalo, New York @ Mohawk
26 Saginaw, Michigan @ Modern Exchange
27 Wheeling, West Virginia @ Yesterdays

UNEARTH to play Provinssirock Festival

UNEARTH are officially confirmed for this year's edition of the Provinssirock Festival, which is set to take place June 15 - 17 in Seinäjoki, Finland!

AUTUMN - Exclusive studio report

Anders Jakobson (COLDWORKER, ex-NASUM) has started an interview series about drums and drummers at

This exclusive special series is called Masterblasters. The first drummer in this series is VOMITORY blaster Tobias Gustafsson. Check it out by clicking the following link:

VOMITORY's upcoming effort 'Terrorize Brutalize Sodomize' will be unleashed on April 20th (G/A/S) / April 23rd (EU) via Metal Blade Records.

THE OCEAN - New album and US tour announced


We are working day and night on our upcoming album which is due for a summer/fall 2007 release. Configured as a conceptual 2xCD, the album will be divided into a full-length CD of roughly 50 minutes playing time and a mini-CD of roughly 20-minutes playing time.

The mini-CD will contain 5 tracks continuing along the path of 2005's critically acclaimed "Aeolian" album, while the full-length CD will see us explore calmer, but deeper and darker waters... we will reveal more details on the album concept soon.

Drums, bass and guitars will be recorded at legendary Studio 57 in Finland with engineer/co-producer Jonas Olsson in April. Vocals and all orchestral instruments will be recorded at Oceanland in Berlin before and after that. We will keep you posted on the project. The album will be produced by THE OCEAN's Robin Staps and Jonas Olsson.


It is finally happening. We will most probably be touring the US in July. Please don't ask if we come to Williston, North Dakota. We don't know yet and we'll keep you posted once we know more details.

THE RED CHORD to tour Europe

THE RED CHORD are preparing to tour Europe with their Black Market Activities buddies FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW! Make sure to catch this explosive package on the following dates:

06.05. NL Haarlem KZ - Patronaat
07.05. UK Hull - Metalfest
10.05. GER Copenhagen - Stengade 30
11.05. GER Berlin - Tommy Haus
16.05. GER Trier - Exhaus
18.05. UK Kingston - Peel
19.05. UK Yeovil - Ski Lodge
20.05. UK Southampton - Joiners
21.05. UK Leeds - Josephs Well
22.05. UK Glasgow - Cathouse
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