Click here for home page

Click here

Contact Us | Customer Information | Privacy Policy | Audio Help

Main Menu
Submit a review
Pure Metal
Album Reviews (Metal)
Metal News
Metal interviews
Monuments of Metal
Get Your EMail Address
Submit your website

Pure Metal News: February 2008 Part 2

To quickly find what you're looking for use the box below.
Use ALT and S on your keyboard to continue searching on a particular keyword

Compiled by John Stefanis

Part One

IN FLAMES - New single online soon

IN FLAMES will post their new single The Mirror´s Truth on their MySpace-Page at around 6-7 pm CET.

Be sure to not miss it!

 LIQUIDO – Support slot contest via mp3 has started

 Since this Monday, has been searching for support acts for a couple of LIQUIDO-shows taking place in April. Until March 14th, bands can apply for supporting LIQUIDO in Munich, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin.

The bands have to guarantee playing one LIQUIDO cover version live.
March 14th will also be the release date of the new LIQUIDO-album Zoomcraft.
On March 8th the guys will present it during a little showcase at Cebit trade fair in Hannover. Zoomcraft and the video clip for the current single Gameboy will be played on all mp3-players there as well.

SUBWAY TO SALLY - Win the Bundesvision Song Contest

 SUBWAY TO SALLY could win the BundesVision Song Contest, a big contest by German TV Pro 7 and Stefan Raab. The guys participated for their state Brandenburg with their new single Auf Kiel.
CLUESO, who took part for the state of Thüringen, made the second place with only one point less.
The well-known favourites such as SPORTFREUNDE STILLER, CULCHA CANDELA, LAITH AL-DEEN or PANIK could not compete with SUBWAY TO SALLY.
Congratulations to the band and thanks to all Metal fans who proved the nation that hard music succeeds in the end!


IN FLAMES - Exclusive video premiere on MySpace Europe


The brand new video for the first single The Mirror’s Truth from IN FLAMES’ upcoming album A Sense Of Purpose will air onMySpace next Monday, February 18th! Also, you can watch the new video clip for the song there, which has been produced by Popcore Film. Drop by at Myspace, add them to your friends and leave a comment!

The single The Mirror’s Truth is set to be released on March 7th (G/A/CH/I) / March 10th (Europe) via Nuclear Blast. The CDS will feature 3 non album tracks!

NIGHTWISH - Win an Echo award


Finnish superstars NIGHTWISH have won an Echo award in the category Best Band/Artist Rock/Alternative – International this Friday in Berlin.
NIGHTWISH could win against other well-known nominated acts such as FOO FIGHTERS, MARILYN MANSON, WITHIN TEMPTATION and the KAISER CHIEFS. Also, NIGHTWISH could play their smashing hit single Amaranth during the awards show.
The band will, furthermore, start their big European tour these days. A special tour-edition of the current album Dark Passion Play as well as the current single Bye Bye Beautiful is available now.

RAGE - On German TV

RAGE - who will release their new album Carved In Stone on February 22nd - will appear on German TV once more. After having secured a slot as the backing band at Stefan Raab`s Stock Car Crash Challenge, the guys now confirmed their appearance on Raab`s TV Total. The show will be broadcasted February 21st on the PRO 7 channel, and RAGE will perform a brand new song from Carved In Stone. Don`t miss!

TESTAMENT - New cover and tracklist reveiled

Bay Area Thrash legend TESTAMENT, who have freshly signed a deal with Nuclear Blast, have reveiled the cover artwork of their upcoming album The Formation Of Damnation.
The album follows up with the 1999 release The Gathering. The recording line up reads as follows: Chuck Billy (vocals), Eric Peterson (guitar), Alex Skolnick (guitar), Greg Christian (Bass) and Paul Bostaph (Drums).

1. For The Glory Of
2. More Than Meets The Eye
3. The Evil Has Landed
4. Formation Of Damnation
5. Dangers of The Faithless
6. The Persecuted Won't Forget
7. Henchman
8. Killing Season
9. Afterlife
10. F.E.A.R.
11. Leave Me Forever

The Formation Of Damnation will be released on April 25th..

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER video podcasts to be featured exclusively in Zune Marketplace and on

Zune recently sent a video crew out to shadow the guys in THE BLACK DAHILA MURDER on the New York City stop of their current US headlining tour. Zune’s video crew was on a mission to capture a day in the life of one of metal’s most entertaining bands, and that they did.

Follow along as Trevor, Brian, and Shannon make stops at tour sponsors Metal Maniacs offices for a roof top interview, Fangoria Magazine’s offices to sit down and talk horror movies, and run amuck in New York City. In the mix of it all is live footage from the show that night at BB King’s, backstage interviews, and Trevor and Bart heading out to the streets to talk to their rabid fans. There will be a total of six 3 minute exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ video podcasts, all filmed in New York City on January 16th 2008, available only through Zune Marketplace and

“It’s great to get the opportunity to work with The Black Dahlia Murder and Metal Blade. We’re all huge music fans here and do everything we can to help people discover great music and to share the experience with their friends,” said Richard Winn from Zune.

The first of 6 video podcasts featuring THE BLACK DAHILA MURDER is available now and can be viewed and downloaded from . Each additional podcast will be released on a weekly basis so make sure to keep checking the Zune Marketplace and for each installment.

Check out the special podcast album art here:

For more information on Zune digital media players go to 

SOILENT GREEN reveal front art and tracklisting for new album


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 (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.

"Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction" track listing:
01. Mental Acupuncture
02. Blessed In The Arms Of Servitude
03. In The Same Breath
04. Antioxidant
05. Lovesick
06. Rock Paper Scissors
07. Superstition Aimed At One's Skull
08. For Lack Of Perfect Words
09. When All Roads Lead To Rome
10. All This Good Intention Wasted In The Wake Of Apathy
11. A Pale Horse And The Story Of The End

"It's definitely the most level-headed record we've done in a long time," comments guitarist Brian Patton, whose more-lethal-than-ever guitar skills add a new dimension to the SOILENT landscape. "All the chaos we've had in the past few years has kind of calmed down a bit."

Based loosely around the band's history of struggle and general feelings of hopelessness and dejection and punctuated by John Van Fleet's striking cover design, "Inevitable Collapse" is a 42 minute soundtrack to reality; Ben Falgoust's varying vocal tones and cutting verbalization bringing its concept to the forefront with crippling urgency.

"It's the basic idea of no hope. It's in reference to the history of SOILENT GREEN and also just life in general," Falgoust notes of the record's unofficial theme. "Everybody is always picturing things with a happy ending, but life's not always like that. Every individual out there gets to a point where they feel like they've struggled to a point and never got anything out of it. It happens every day. That's the point of this record. Sometimes, even when you put your all into something and work hard, things don't always work out in the end. That's just the way life falls sometimes."

"It's a pretty heavy name," adds Patton. "I came up with it. I've been dealing with a lot of issues in life. We've had a lot of deaths in our little circle. Glenn (Rambo, original vocalist) passed away in the hurricane, our old bass player ended up getting shot and you know, we've had a lot of issues with just family. It hasn't been all peaches and cream out in this area. So it's just a depression type theme; when you're given hope and it's taken from you. It's pretty heavy. Ben's got a lot going on in his brain so. And I must say," he adds with a laugh, "he makes it really hard for crowds to yell out titles of songs."

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.

SOILENT GREEN are true road warriors and have played a countless number of shows and toured with bands like PANTERA, CLUTCH, MORBID ANGEL, EYEHATEGOD, BRUTAL TRUTH, ANAL C*NT, NAPALM DEATH, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, GWAR, and ISIS, just to name a few.

HAIL OF BULLETS studio update


“Today we had the first of 3 planned vocal days, and Herr van Drunen nailed 5 songs in as many hours. You should hear the man warm up, it's quite an experience...

On many of these songs I'm hearing vocal lines for the first time, and it's fantastic stuff. The lyrics are already quite a vivid read, but hearing them screamed, growled and vomited is an entirely different thing! We mess around with little timing things afterwards, but mostly these are done in one or two whole takes.

To wrap up a long day (we did drum-editing/cleaning in the morning) our engineer Chris cranked up the last song on the big-ass speakers (that you never use in the studio cause they make everything sound way too good), and we just sat there grinning like monkeys at the awesomeness pouring out. Life is good.” Ed Warby.

HAIL OF BULLETS will release their yet untitled debut album in the end of May via Metal Blade Records!

ANTERIOR join Dying Fetus on UK tour in June

ANTERIOR, now with new bassist James Britton and former Mendeed man Steve Nixon on guitar will join Dying Fetus for a run of UK dates in June.

Dying Fetus + ANTERIOR + Burning Skies + Trigger The Bloodshed

June 2008

23rd LONDON – Underworld
24th PLYMOUTH – White Rabbit
25th GLASGOW – Ivory Blacks
26th MANCHESTER – Music Box
27th PETERBOROUGH – The Park

ANTERIOR will also headline the Avalanche Festival in New Delhi, India on February 22nd 2008

Avalanche festival is the heavy music part of the 4-day cultural Moksha festival at the Netaji Subhas Institue of Technology (N.S.I.T.).

Upon return from India ANTERIOR hook up with Himsa and A Life Once Lost for three weeks on the continent. Unfortunately this does not include the UK section of the tour.

THIS AGE OF SILENCE is available on Metal Blade Records

BLOODBATH - New releases on Peaceville Records 



Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) Vocals
Martin ‘Axe’ Axenrot (Opeth) Drums
Anders ‘Blakkheim’ Nyström (Katatonia) Guitars
Jonas Renkse (Katatonia) Bass
Per 'Sodomizer' Eriksson - Guitars

“So the time has come for Bloodbath to once again poison the scene with a contagious dose of über brutal death metal…”

Bloodbath is an extreme metal supergroup from Stockholm, Sweden. Formed in 1998 with a mutual fascination for the glory days of death metal, the band’s line up has changed and evolved throughout the years, featuring the elite of Swedish metal.

This evolution continues with the latest line-up releasing a new CD on Peaceville Records.

Unblessing The Purity features Per 'Sodomizer' Eriksson (ex-21 Lucifers, ex-Genocrush Ferox) on guitar and the return of Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt on vocal duties.

Recorded in summer 2007, Unblessing The Purity features 4 brand new tracks of pure death metal.

The initial pressing of ‘Unblessing The Purity’ will only be available from and shall ship from March 10th.

Unblessing The Purity will be followed by the much anticipated CD/DVD set The Wacken Carnage which captures the band at a very rare live appearance at the infamous Wacken Festival, Germany on August 6th 2005. For this performance Anders Nyström, Jonas Renkse, Mikael Åkerfeldt and Martin “Axe” Axenrot were joined by musician and producer extraordinaire Dan Swanö.

The Wacken Carnage will be in stores from April 21st.


UK Thrash titans Evile recently won the Metal Hammer/RockWorld TV 'Get in the Ring' competition, a 'battle of the bands' style contest that saw them fight off competition from Engel, Viking Skull and Goat the Head to lift the crown.

Viewers of RockWorld TV and readers of Metal Hammer voted the band the best on the night and now you can view the full winning performance online here:

In addition, the band were also voted 'Best New Band' ahead of Sanctity, Job For A Cowboy and Municipal Waste, in the Metal Hammer 2007 Readers Poll:

Evile are currently on tour with Megadeth across Europe, on the following dates:

17.02.08 UK Norwich - UAE
18.02.08 UK Nottingham - Rock City
19.02.08 UK Glasgow - Academy
20.02.08 UK Newcastle - Academy
22.02.08 UK Birmingham - Academy
23.02.08 UK Manchester - Academy
24.02.08 UK London - Brixton Academy
29.02.08 Spain MADRID - MACUMBA
01.03.08 Spain BILBAO - SANTANA 27
03.03.08 Switzerland ZURICH - ROHSTOFLAGER
04.03.08 Italy MILAN - ALCATRAZZ
07.03.08 Czech Republic ZLIN - SPORTOVNI HALA NOVESTA
08.03.08 Poland - KATOWICE - SPODEK
10.03.08 Germany MUNICH - ZENITH

The band recently issued a limited edition version of their debut album 'Enter the Grave' on double gatefold vinyl.

For more information on Evile:

To purchase 'Enter the Grave' visit:


Zombies, beer and thrash...just another day in the life of Ireland's own GAMA BOMB.

The band checks in once again with another update straight from Grindstone Studios about the recording of their EARACHE debut, CITIZEN BRAIN (produced by Scott Atkins):

Dispatches From The Front Pt. 2 - Studio Report

"If making amazing albums is a crime, we're going to be sent down for life
when CITIZEN BRAIN gets released (slated for mid-May, fact fans). Drums are
complete, as evidenced by Paul spending his days playing Hitman with a beer,
and we're coming to the end of guitar tracking. Luke and Domo have been
putting in long days, scrutinizing every riff and lick with Scott, and the
results sound amazing. Philly is now getting into the thick of the vocal
takes, too, and is packing in some seriously balls-to-the-wall screaming in
late-night sessions. Unfortunately, he hasn't been spotted wearing
sunglasses while doing takes like Glen Benton. A recent memo from EARACHE
advised that 'more falsettos = better', and we're certainly going to deliver
on that.
Last week saw Tom Luchtenstein from MUTANT and Jamie from Resilience Records
swing by the studio to deliver some hilariously brilliant backing vocals on
a few tunes, only to callously leave us again like the Milk Tray man in the
night. We got over it. We also got the first pencil roughs for CITIZEN BRAIN's album cover back from our man in New York, the brilliant Jeff Zornow
( It looks amazing. If you see one picture of robot arms coming out of mouths this year, make this it.

We're into the last week of recording now, and the working days are getting
longer (while the studio becomes progressively smellier and more cluttered
with crisp bags and guitar string ends), the work is getting harder, and the
alcohol consumption is leveling out to a steady 25 cases per week. We're
big and tough because we drink lots. Etcetera. Bass and lead, as well as the
rest of the vocals and backings, occupy the rest of our time here, as does
watching the 15 Italian trash cinema DVDs we got in the post this weekend.
We can highly recommend Devil Story and Cop Game to lovers of unbelievably
bad cinema.

Week Two Of CITIZEN BRAIN In Figures:
Number of times Rats: Night Of Terror watched: 7
Pounds spent on alcohol: c.£400
Pounds spent on cheese: £15
Number of shades of faeces present on the back of the toilet bowl: 3
Average waistband of a GAMA BOMB member: 34"

Witness the birth of CITIZEN BRAIN in these exclusive in-studio pictures of GAMA BOMB:

will hit the US like a bomb full of thrash this May!

Check out GAMA BOMB's demo songs on their myspace page

Catch GAMA BOMB and EXODUS on the following UK tour dates:

08.04.08 UK London - The Underworld
09.04.08 UK Leeds - Rio's
10.04.08 UK Ireland - Voodoo Lounge
11.04.08 UK Glasgow - Cathouse

GAMA BOMB will also be delivering the hurt at these shows:

23.02.08 DE Wuerzburg - Thrash Assault 2 Festival
11.05.08 UK London - The Scala (w/Sabbat)

GAMA BOMB is featured on the new-school Thrash compilation, THRASHING LIKE A MANIAC, available NOW. To find out more about the release head over to

 Lee Barrett has stepped down as bass player for To-Mera


Lee Barrett has stepped down as bass player for To-Mera. It was a decision made at the beginning of the year and a replacement is already in place.

“I’ve had a great time playing with the band, but unfortunately my “real life” work dictated that I was unable to fulfil any possible future touring or musical commitments. It was only fair to the rest of the band that I left now rather than encounter any potential scheduling conflicts at a later date. I shall hopefully still be involved behind the scenes and taking care of the band’s day-to-day business as I have been before, so I’ll still be sticking around.

Mark Harrington, also of Demagogue ( ) , is now the new bass player, so please wish him a warm welcome into the fold!”

ANTERIOR join Devil Driver in Wrexham

ANTERIOR will join DEVIL DRIVER on the US outfits only UK headline show at Wrexham Central Station on April 22nd.

ANTERIOR, now with new bassist James Britton and former Mendeed man Steve Nixon on guitar have just returned from India where they headlined the Avalanche Festival in New Delhi and head across the Channel to hook up with Himsa and A Life Once Lost for three weeks on the continent. Unfortunately this does not include the UK section of the tour.

ANTERIOR will also join Dying Fetus for a run of UK dates in June.

Devil Driver + Three Inches Of Blood + ANTERIOR

April 2008

22nd WREXHAM – Central Station

Dying Fetus + ANTERIOR + Burning Skies + Trigger The Bloodshed

June 2008

23rd LONDON – Underworld
24th PLYMOUTH – White Rabbit
25th GLASGOW – Ivory Blacks
26th MANCHESTER – Music Box
27th PETERBOROUGH – The Park

THIS AGE OF SILENCE is available on Metal Blade Records


IN FLAMES - Donate painting to the Red Cross

A number of Göteborg profiles were asked to paint self-portraits to be auctioned off in charity to the Red Cross . Paintings by IN FLAMES (Jesper), IFK Göteborg, Mustasch, The Haunted and many more are for sale at noon on February 24th at Auktionskompaniet, Göteborg . 

RAGE - Official song for the computer game Windchaser

The Lord Of The Flies is confirmed as the official song for the long awaited fantasy game Windchaser. It will be an exclusive version of the song that can also be found on the new album of the band, Carved In Stone. The band has re-recorded it with the big Lingua Mortis-orchestra from Minsk/White Russia.
The game will be released mid of May. – it will include a free song download on as well. 

SUBWAY TO SALLY - re-enter German charts on position #44 & #51


After winning the famous Bundesvision Song Contest the week before last week, SUBWAY TO SALLY are marching further on their path of victory! The Folk rockers from Potsam have just re-entered the German media control charts at position #44 with their new single Auf Kiel as well as at position #51 with their latest album Bastard!
Congratulations to SUBWAY TO SALLY

GOTTHARD - Confirmed for MANOWAR-festival and DEEP PURPLE

Swiss deluxe Hard Rockers GOTTHARD have been confirmed to play the MANOWAR Festival taking place on July 11th and 12th in Bad Arolsen. Also, the guys will play as a special guest for DEEP PURPLE on July 26th in Cologne. 

ELUVEITIE - March of victory 

Swiss pagan horde ELUVEITIE smashed at position #72 of the German media control charts with their new album Slania during its first week of sale! Slania also entered the Swiss charts at position #35! Congrats!!!

Slania is now available through the Nuclear Blast mailorder as limited CD/DVD digipack as well as regular jewel case. The strictly limited mailorder edition linenbag (ltd. to 500 copies only) is already SOLD OUT!!!

Make sure to check out ELUVEITIE on the upcoming Pagan Fest Tour in April alongside their labelmates KORPIKLAANI as well as ENSIFERUM, MOONSORROW and more.

Metal Blade launches The New X-TREME

A new wave of x-treme bands is finding its way into the metal world! It’s not just now that Metal Blade Records has started to support young talent within the metal scene. Metal Blade has been involved in the breaking of up-and-coming metal acts for 26 years now and is planning to step up these activities in 2008!

As Metal Blade’s 25th Anniversary celebrations in 2007 drew to a close, a new and innovative chapter started!

"the new X-TREME - Support your Scene"

As of now, new and exciting bands will get special promotion under the new X-treme banner. All these artists will be branded with the “new X-treme” logo. There will be special events, promotions, contests and much more!

As the main feature, each “new X-treme” title will be available for streaming in its entirety from two days before until one week after its release!

The goal is to unite these young and highly talented groups and give the fans the chance to gain information about various bands, scenes and events, but mainly to discover new and exciting music!

First in line is extreme metal band BRAINDRILL with its Metal Blade Records debut! The campaign will be supported with stickers and promo goodies, which will be handed out by our street team and bands. Obviously all Metal Blade bands will support this campaign and be a part of it!

Further activities are already planned on the live front. As most of you already noticed, the idea was premiered with the Metal Blade 25th Anniversary Tour featuring THE BLACK DAHILA MURDER, JOB FOR A COWBOY and THE RED CHORD, who are all known for pioneering this new movement! The tour can be seen as a huge success and a sign of great things to come!

More info can be found under!

CATARACT post new song online

It's about time, isn't it?! We've uploaded a song of our upcoming new album. Click here to check out “The Separation Of Life And Time”: This is just a glimpse on what the whole record will sound like, we've got some amazing reviews already and we're keen on hearing what you think about it!

We've had two killer shows last weekend, one playing the infamous and completely packed Juze Oettingen and the other one supporting the mighty Heaven Shall Burn in Essen! We introduced our new bass player to the audience and Nico did a great job (we're actually happy he didn't hurt himself in the pit during Nasty), so we're looking forward to the upcoming shows. We will add loads more next week by the way!

Talking about it, our record release show with Requiem, Switchback and Shallow Bloodhood is going well, we're setting up the playlist this week and we'll throw in a bunch of our new songs to show what cataract 2008 is all about. If you didn't know we've got a presale section on our homepage ( where you can get tickets without any presale fee directly from yours truly! So take the hint and use it.

We've already got some new merch, we will post pics of it in our shop soon - you have to get the zombie shirts, it's mental! And by the way, we're selling out our old merch, check the shop on our homepage to see what's left! later, Cataract“

CANNIBAL CORPSE seeking DVD contributions

Veteran death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE have issued the following update:

"Want to be a part of an upcoming CANNIBAL CORPSE DVD? We're documenting the history of the band and are looking for any pictures or videos you may have of the band past or present onstage or offstage. Do you know of any good footage that exists? Let us know.

"Do you have a CANNIBAL tattoo? We want to include you. Do you have any artwork inspired by their songs? Send it in. Whatever you may have that you think would help tell the CANNIBAL story... send it snail mail or email hi-res Jpegs or uncompressed Quicktimes or Mini DV tapes. The deadline is March 1, 2008. Thanks for your help!

"Send materials snail mail to:
Metal Blade Records Inc.
2828 Cochran St. Ste 302
Simi Valley, CA 93065

"Send materials via the website to: dvd[at]

"Make sure to include the following statement (print and include in your snailmail or copy/paste and include in your mail.

"By submitting materials by you, and by accepting these terms and conditions, please be advised that your submission of materials which may or may not be included in the CANNIBAL CORPSE video and DVD shall be deemed transferred by you to Metal Blade Records Inc. and is deemed a Work Made For Hire. Thereafter Metal Blade Records Inc. shall own the copyright in and to the materials submitted and can use for commercial or promotional exploitation for no compensation.



AUTUMN announce Marjan Welman as new singer 

Marjan Welman is the new singer of AUTUMN. She replaces Nienke de Jong, who recently announced her departure from the band.

Within the Dutch rock scene Marjan is considered to be a promising talent with her warm voice and perfect timing. Her recent vocal contribution on the Ayreon album ‘01011001’ received outstanding reviews and shows a singer who stands her ground between a selection of highly acclaimed international vocalists.

Marjan will make her stage debut with Autumn at a number of major summer festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Metal Gothic Palace and Summer Breeze. She will be fully involved in the writing process of the follow up record to “My New Time”. Marjan will also keep performing with Dutch band Elister.

The band comments the beginning of a new chapter as follows: “We are very proud to welcome Marjan as the new singer of AUTUMN! As it wasn’t easy to fill the gap Nienke left behind, we took our time to find the best possible replacement. Marjan quickly became one of our favourites. She stole our hearts during the first audition with her enthusiasm and powerful rendition of AUTUMN songs. After auditioning some other remarkable singers, it became clear Marjan had all the qualities we were looking for. She is one of the best-kept secrets in the Dutch music scene and we are delighted to write the next chapter for the big AUTUMN book with her.”

Marjan comments her engagement in AUTUMN as follows: “A little while ago, Jens contacted me and asked if I might be interested in auditioning for AUTUMN. I was shocked. “Who, me?” I felt honoured that they would consider me a candidate. He sent me ‘My New Time’ from which I already heard a few songs through myspace. After listening to the entire album once, I realized I wanted to take the amazing opportunity that was right in front of me.

On the day of the audition, car trouble threatened to spoil the party. Luckily, we managed to get the audition started without too much delay. After singing away the remaining nerves I also got the chance to enjoy it all. I was struck by the relaxed atmosphere! On my way back I could only hope that they would pick me, and so they did... To also become a part of AUTUMN in addition to Elister feels wonderful and I hope that we’ll do great things!”

The following statement is from Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen: "I was already impressed by the very first recording I heard of Marjan back in 2003 when I was recruiting new talent for Ayreon. At that time she hadn't developed her own style yet, but in the meantime she definitely has! A wonderful combination of power and melody, excellent English pronounciation and most important of all, a lot of attitude and emotion. And she's got the looks to go with it. I am known to have a nose for talent, and my bet is on Marjan to be the next big thing. I sure hope she will still be avaliable to work with me in the future!!"

Marjan's biography:

22-year-old Marjan Welman hails from Lichtenvoorde, Holland. A natural born artist, she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t busy singing. Inspired by a multitude of bands and artists from various genres and being very much mood-driven when it comes to her choice of music to listen to, she has developed into an open-minded and versatile vocalist. Marjan on her broad musical taste: “Because of that, I love singing all kinds of music. I’d hate to restrict myself to one particular genre.” With a smile she adds she has “... no ambitions in country, by the way...”

Her love for singing eventually finds a focal point in the band Elister, which she has been involved in from day one for approximately five years now. Elister’s music is best described as a mishmash of groovy rock with a hint of stoner. Furthermore, she’s lent her vocals to progressive rock project Elemental Journey and the band Dialogue, to name a few. Throughout the densely populated Dutch rock music scene, the name Marjan Welman slowly starts ringing some bells.

Fast forwarding to late 2007, she finds herself among a select group of internationally renowned vocalists chosen to appear on Arjen Lucassen’s latest Ayreon release, entitled ‘01011001’. Marjan: “One of my personal highlights is being asked to sing on ‘01011001’. Arjen Lucassen has always been one of my favourite artists and getting the chance to work with him was an unbelievable experience for me.” Upon release, Marjan joins Lucassen to promote the album as the sole vocalist during numerous semi-acoustic sessions.

Early 2008, opportunity knocks when Dutch rock band Autumn are looking for a new vocalist and ask her if she’d like to audition for the job. After giving it some thought, she gladly accepts the invitation. Marjan: “After I sang away some remaining nerves I got the chance to enjoy it all. On my way back home I could only hope that they would pick me, and so they did.”

With Autumn’s fourth album entering the pre-production stages soon, some major festival appearances this Summer and new Elister recordings well on their way, 2008 promises to be a year of new challenges for Marjan. She’s looking forward to facing them head on: “To have become a part of Autumn in addition to Elister feels wonderful and I hope that we’ll do great things together!”

UNEARTH DVD-Player online 

On the 25th of March UNEARTH will release their very first DVD-set “Alive From The Apocalypse”! The DVD-set includes two DVDs and one CD and will have a great looking, special packaging. In support of the release Metal Blade has uploaded a viral player.

Click here to check out the trailer:

JOB FOR A COWBOY confirm five major European summer festivals 

US Death Metal sensation JOB FOR A COWBOY have been confirmed for five major European summer festivals! More to come so keep your eyes open on newsletters to follow! Here´s the dates confirmed yet:

13-15/06/08 – UK – Castle Donington – Download Festival
27-28/06/08 – SE – Gothenburg – Metaltown Festival
03-06/07/08 – DK – Roskilde – Roskilde Festival
04-06/07/08 – DE – Rojtzschjora – With Full Force Festival
31/07-02/08/08 – DE – Wacken – Wacken Open Air 

HATE ETERNAL podcast online 

Metal Blade Records has posted a brandnew podcast online. Listen To HATE ETERNALs Erik Rutan talking about the new album “Fury & Flames” that was released earlier this week.

Click here to listen to the podcast:

More podcasts of other Metal Blade artists can be found here: 

HAIL OF BULLETS studio update 

HAIL OF BULLETS, the new band featuring GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby, THANATOS guitarists Stephan Gebédi and Paul Baayens, former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX singer Martin Van Drunen and former HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen, has entered Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland to begin recording its debut album for a May release via Metal Blade Records.

Warby has issued the following update: "As we're entering the final stages of recording our full length album for Metal Blade Records, we thought we'd share some choice footage of the proceedings. First up is a four-minute glimpse of yours truly beating the sh*t out of his drums. You can almost see that one crash break! The song I'm doing here is one of the more brutal ones (well, they all are, I guess), with some cool fills and stuff to spice up the umta-umta onslaught. I think I broke an average of 3-4 sticks per song during this session. The forests weep..."

The other video clip features a live performance in the HAIL OF BULLETS rehearsal room recorded in December, 2007.

Click here to watch Ed hitting the drums real hard:

Click here to see the band perform in the rehearsal room:

GOREROTTED tribute merchandise to honour Vitek of Decapitated available 

Now available is an exclusive Vitek Tribute T Shirt commemorating the untimely passing of Decapitated drummer Witold “Vitek” Kieltyka in 2007! Limited to 100 units, it also commemorates the 2005 Decapitated/Gorerotted European tour, which hit 12 countries in just under 30 days!

Wilson GOREROTTED states – “I wanted to do something to mark our respect for the time we spent with Vitek, and all of Decapitated when we toured in 2005. It was a very important tour for us, and we have remained friends ever since. I felt that this shirt could give metal fans something to remember Vitek, and at the same time raise some money for the family. Vitek’s daughter was born when we were on the road together, and hopefully this tour souvenir can provide something for her future too”

Vogg (Decapitated) – “This is a tribute shirt for my brother Witek. This shirt is also an expression of respect from our brothers in GOREROTTED, and a souvenir of one of the best tours we ever did”

The shirt has been donated 100% to the band, so every penny you spend goes directly to Vitek’s family (less shipping cost). All shirts are black short sleeve, with white/silver print that looks killer! Available in M/L/XL, the shirt is extremely limited to 100 units, but if it proves popular, then it may be re-printed.

Wojtek Kieltyka, Vitek’s brother, who is dealing with this tribute states – “On behalf of Witek’s wife and daughter, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude and respect to everyone who will contribute to supporting his family, and keeping the memory of his genuinely inspiring personality and amazing talent alive by purchasing the t-shirt! ‘Nothing truly good can ever be destroyed, or can ever die!’”

The shirt can be viewed here:

Prices – UK £15, Europe £16, and Rest of the World £17

For any enquiries or info, please email

Paypal is now accepted to the above address, for alternative payments, please email for details.

This shirt was made possible with help from our friends at TMFT London. Thanks to Alan and all the guys at TMFT - a killer merchandise company based in London. and 

GOATWHORE tour trailer online 

Americas best Black Metal band GOATWHORE is coming over to Europe rather shortly! Please check out the tour trailer for their upcoming 'Shadows Of The Emissaries´ Curse' trek with Immolation, Melechesh and Sickening Horror and feel free to post this video anywhere, code below!

Click here to watch the clip:

 AEON post live videos on youtube 

Swedens Satanic Death Metallers AEON have uploaded a bunch of liveclips from their show on the 8th of February on youtube. Check the links below to experience black magic the Swedish way!

You Pray To Nothing:
Living Sin:
With Blood They Pay: 

TURISAS - Lisko missing; step in accordion player for UK TOUR

Warlord Nygard, vocalist of Finnish battle metal warriors TURISAS, has issued the following statement:

“We hereby announce that we have been forced to hire a step-in accordion player to replace Lisko on all announced upcoming tourdates. We have an important show this Friday at the Finnish Metal Expo (FIN) and two lengthy tours in UK/Europe and USA just around the corner - but no accordion player.

The thing is, we played a cool show in Groningen, Netherlands on January 11th and everything was cool. Then the next day, before the flight, some of us decided to check out Amsterdam really quickly and went by train. Lisko had behaved in a bit hazy way during the trip, but it was nothing that weird (considering he is Lisko); however, he never showed up back at the airport. We got an interesting phone call, where he told that due to "special" reasons he wouldn't take the same plane. This alone was pissing us off a bit, but we decided he could do it on his own expense. However, after returning to Finland, despite our attempts, there has been practically no communication with the guy, apart from a couple of interesting SMSs (so apparently he's alive): no rehearsals, nothing. We don't even know if he's back in Finland at the moment.

This puts us in a difficult situation: with a lot of pre-arrangements like flights and visas to be done, and with all our upcoming responsibilities we have no other option than to release Lisko from his duties for an undetermined time period, starting from today. Luckily for us, we already managed to get a replacement for him on such a short notice: the step-in accordionist for the Spring 2008 will be Netta Skog, who also helped us out with the latest European tour in October-November. No permanent accordion player will be added to the current line-up at this point. TURISAS also wants to point out that NO shows will be affected by the small change in the line-up.”

So, be assured that TURISAS will lay to waste clubs in your neighbourhood from March to May 2008! To get yourself in the right mood for such shows give yourself your daily dose of battle metal @!


Special guest: Norther (FIN)

Support on UK-leg: Alestrom (SCO)

Mar. 01 - Northampton, UK @ Soundhouse
Mar. 02 - Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
Mar. 03 - Aberdeen, UK @ Moshulu
Mar. 04 - Edinburgh, UK @ Studio 24
Mar. 05 - Liverpool, UK @ Academy 2
Mar. 06 - Norwich, UK @ Waterfront
Mar. 07 - Peterborough, UK @ Park
Mar. 08 - Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
Mar. 10 - Exeter, UK @ Cavern
Mar. 11 - Cardiff Clwb, UK @ Ifor Bach
Mar. 12 - Southampton, UK @ The Brook
Mar. 13 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
Mar. 14 - Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2

MERCENARY - Confirmed UK tour with Death Angel 

MERCENARY fans take heed! The Danish metal act will be direct support for legendary Bay Area thrashers Death Angel on their European tour in April 2008 and will use the opportunity to present you their new album “Architect Of Lies” live! The follow up to 2006’s “The Hours That Remain” will be available on March 24th, 2008.

The brand-new track “Embrace The Nothing” has also been posted lately on the band’s MySpace site, listen to it now!

To find out more about the work on the new album a studio report has just been posted on YouTube, watch it by clicking HERE!The second part will be uploaded very soon, so stay tuned!

See MERCENARY live at the following dates:


15.04.2008 (UK) London @ The Underworld
16.04.2008 (UK) Nottingham @ Junction 7
17.04.2008 (UK) Glasgow @ Ivory Blacks
18.04.2008 (UK) Wolverhampton @ Civic

HELLHAMMER - HELLHAMMER - "Demon Entrails" out now! Special website launched, order it now

With the release of “Demon Entrails” the days of numerous sub-standard bootlegs of the classic HELLHAMMER demos “Death Fiend”, “Triumph of Death” and “Satanic Rites” are finally over! “Demon Entrails” has been released as an opulent oversized double CD media-book as well as a gatefold triple vinyl album. Both versions feature a lavish booklet and a poster. A bare-bones lower-price CD version is also available.

To celebrate this pinnacle release a new website ( has been created where fans can order all three versions at a special price for a limited time only. The site also features album cover art and complete track listings. Furthermore, the songs “Messiah” & “Blood Insanity” have been posted at the official HELLHAMMER MySpace site, so head over to

“Demon Entrails” has been specially re-mastered from copies of the original master tapes under the supervision of Tom Gabriel Fischer, and the demos now represent HELLHAMMER exactly as the band sounded when recording these songs in June and December of 1983. Drawing from a wealth of previously unknown historical liner-notes material and artwork as well as plenty of unreleased HELLHAMMER photos from 1982 to 1984, “Demon Entrails” features all lyrics and essays detailing the individual demo recording sessions.

“Demon Entrails” is an essential piece of black metal history!


Visit the following websites for further information: 

ABORTED - New album contest! Deadline: This weeks Saturday

Don´t miss this great opportunity and contribute your lyrics to the new ABORTED album. Mastermind Sven Dé Caluwe posted the following statement:

“As usual we always want to involve the fans as closely as we can, for the archaic abattoir we did the victim list & evidence bag, for slaughter & apparatus we invited fans to join us in our videoshoot for the chondrin enigma. This album should be no different, ABORTED would be nothing without the help of the fans & that is the way it will always be. This time we thought of involving you all in the creation of the new album! So we are launching a contest, songwriting has been entirely done for the album & artwork is near completion. However, we didn't finish one lyric/songtitle for one of the tracks on the new album & this was the perfect opportunity to involve all you guys/girls in offering us what you think could be a perfect songtitle/idea for this final track on the new album!

send in your submissions to, songtitles should obviously fit aborted & the themes we handle or something that can relate to it. If you have a clear idea, documentation is always welcome. Also include your full name in the email and adress.

The winner will be announced upon finishing the recordings & will be credited in the booklet/myspace and receive a free copy of the new record.

Deadline for this is this weeks saturday at noon, so move fast if you want to be part of the record!



ABORTED on tour with Heaven Shall Burn & Misery Speaks

01.04. Sheffield (UK), Corporation
02.04. London (UK), Underworld


In a brand new interview with, MUNICIPAL WASTE's Tony Foresta and Dave Witte talk about the making of THE ART OF PARTYING, their tour with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and much more!

Tony Foresta on paving the way for the reemergence of thrash:

"When we first started, it was just punks and hardcore kids, and we were the ones with the denim vests on, the four of us. Even metal kids in general weren’t dressing like that back then. I say “back then” like this was a long time ago. This was like six or seven years ago. In January [2008], it’ll be seven years. It’s weird. Kids just didn’t really do that. Now, it’s come back so much that people aren’t embarrassed to be into thrash anymore."

Tony Foresta on the art of touring:

"Being on the road for so long between that time and now, we don’t really party as much . The next record is going to called The Art of Not Partying. "

Tony Foresta on the band's partying image:

"That whole image, we’re going to try to stray away from that in the future just because it’s like overshadowing what we do, what we care about…which is playing badass thrash songs. We like to have fun too, but I don’t want that to overshadow…I don’t want it to be some fu*king cheesy gimmick. Playing this sort of music is really important to us."

Raise those cap brims up high and bring your dirtiest denim to mosh with MUNICIPAL WASTE at these tour dates:

7 Volume 11 Raleigh, North Carolina
8 The Hideway Johnson City, Tennessee
10 Meridian Red Room Houston, Texas
11 Red 7 Austin, Texas
12 Red Blood Club Dallas, Texas
13 Emo's Annex - SXSW Austin, Texas
14 SXSW Austin, Texas
15 SXSW Austin, Texas
16 The Crossing San Antonio, Texas
18 Sluggo’s Pensecola, Florida
19 State Theater St Petersburg, Florida
20 Common Grounds Gainesville, Florida
21 The Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, Georgia

April 25-27
The Palladium
New England Meal & Hardcore Festival
Worcester, Mass.
(Stage time and date TBA).
Go to for more info.

For all the latest MUNICIPAL WASTE info, go to

MUNICIPAL WASTE - THE ART OF PARTYING is available NOW from the EARACHE U.S. Webstore:

MUNICIPAL WASTE is featured on the new-school Thrash compilation, THRASHING LIKE A MANIAC, available NOW. To find out more about the release head over to


Notorious Death Metal savages Deicide have uploaded a preview of the song 'In the Eyes of God', taken from the forthcoming album 'Till Death Do Us Part', to the band's myspace

A release date of 28th April in Europe and May 13th in the US has been set for 'Till Death Do Us Part'.

Lyrically fueled by Glen Benton's well documented anti-religious views, and musically driven by drummer Steve Asheim's hyperspeed blast mania, fans can rest easy that Deicide have not mellowed at all.

Instead, the band have delivered a bludgeoning set of tunes that should easily cement their position at the pinnacle of the extreme Death Metal scene.

In every sense, Deicide have delivered their fastest and most extreme album ever.

The full tracklisting for 'Till Death Us Do Part' runs as follows:

01. The Beginning of the End
02. Till Death Do Us Part
03. Hate of All Hatreds
04. In the Eyes of God
05. Worthless Misery
06. Severed Ties
07. Not As Long As We Both Shall Live
08. Angel of Agony
09. Horror in the Halls of Stone
10. The End of the Beginning

For more Deicide info:

To buy Deicide visit: 


BRING ME THE HORIZON are headed back to the United States in a big way! This time, the young UK lads are bringing their extreme brand of metalcore to the stages of this year's VANS WARPED TOUR! Women and children be damned, BRING ME THE HORIZON pledges to throw down wave after wave of brutality the likes of which will not be forgotten by WARPED concert goers for ages to come. If you thought their first time in the states was wild, wait till you see them this summer! No stage, nor merch table, nor barricade alike will be left unturned in the path of BRING ME THE HORIZON.

BRING ME THE HORIZON graced the stages of the U.S. for the first time last summer. Touring on their first full length release, COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS, the band delivered on both their "...mass amounts of sheer talent and aggression;" (Outburn magazine) and their promise to bring nothing but "...slamming deathcore that is sure to satisfy fans...and offend just about everyone else." (REVOLVER magazine). Some shows were so violent that even the bouncers were left battered and bloodied! Fans of BRING ME THE HORIZON are so enthusiastic and energetic that Metal Maniacs magazine's statement that the band "...could actually spark a riot..." nearly rang true on several occasions. If this is the kind of experience that excites you, then consider BRING ME THE HORIZON one of the CAN'T MISS bands on this year's VANS WARPED TOUR!

BRING ME THE HORIZON will be performing from July 22 to August 17 at the following venues and cities:

07/22 Tinker Field Orlando, FL
07/23 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC
07/24 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Virginia Beach, VA
07/25 Merriweather Post Pavillion Washington, DC
07/26 Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain Scranton, PA
07/27 Comerica Park Parking Lot Detroit, MI
07/28 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Chicago, IL
07/29 Metrodome Parking Lot Minneapolis, MN
07/31 Marcus Amphitheatre Milwaukee, WI
08/01 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH
08/02 Time Warner Amphitheater Cleveland, OH
08/03 Tweeter Center at the Waterfront Camden, NJ
08/04 Nassau Coliseum New York, NY
08/05 Raceway Park Englishtown, NJ
08/07 Verizon Wireless Music Center Noblesville, IN
08/08 Post Gazette Pavilion Burgettstown, PA
08/09 Tweeter Center Mansfield, MA
08/10 Darien Lakes Fields Darien Center, NY
08/11 Park Place Barrie, ON
08/12 Parc Jean-Drapeau Montreal, QC
08/14 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Maryland Heights, MO
08/15 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Bonner Springs, KS
08/17 Idaho Center Nampa, ID

For the stage times and the latest info on VANS WARPED TOUR 2008, go to

For the latest BRING ME THE HORIZON dates, music, merch and more, go to


Liverpool based crossover-thrashers SSS are finalising plans for the recording
of their official Earache debut, due for release later in the year.

As many as 25 songs have been written during sessions for the album, with
around 15 to be selected for the album itself. With drum tracks due to be
laid down in April, the band hope to complete the recording with the help of
Andy Mason, who also worked on the band's self titled debut.

Lead shouter Foxy elaborates further on the progress so far:

?Its all systems go our end for the next record, we cant wait to get crackin? on it in the studio.
We?ve got a load of new tracks finished and in the bag - a good mix to keep people on their toes.
Plus Pushead on board to do the art - so hit puree .....the stage is set for a ripper.?

SSS are currently on a UK tour with Gallows, playing at:

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

05.03.08 London 100 Club

The debut SSS record, titled simply 'SSS', is issued in strictly limited
numbers on February 25 containing 4 bonus tracks recorded live in Liverpool
and 3 bonus videos, the full tracklisting runs as follows:


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

Damaged Goods

For more info on SSS visit:  


Seminal grindcore masters Carcass have posted a trailer from 'The Pathologist's Report' DVD documentary series, which forms the extra bonus material on the forthcoming reissue of the 'Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious' album, at this location

The documentary interviews, filmed in London and Liverpool at the end of 2007, feature the main members of Carcass - Ken Owen, Bill Steer, Jeff Walker and Michael Amott - discussing in-depth the story behind the band's development from gore-soaked grind beginnings to the more refined melodic moments of their later output.

The two and half hours of interviews that comprise 'The Pathologist's Report' have been edited into 30 minute mini-documentaries that will be added as bonus material to each of the band's five studio albums. The first release in the series will be 'Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious', set for release on April 14 in Europe and May 27 in the US.

The release will come housed in a deluxe digi-pak and the first 5000 copies will come with free band member death scene cards.

The reformed Carcass have confirmed the following festivals this year:

Jun 06 2008 Sweden Rock Festival
Jun 20 2008 Hellfest (France)
Jun 27 2008 Tuska Open Air (Finland)
Jun 28 2008 Gods Of Metal Festival (Italy)
Aug 02 2008 Wacken Open Air (Germany)
Aug 29 2008 Hole In The Sky (Norway)

For more info on Carcass visit:

To buy Carcass visit:

Be prepared to get blown away. Before you take your first listen of BIOMECHANICAL's cinematic journey into sonic subspace, remember to ask yourself one thing: Can you survive CANNIBALISED?

CANNIBALISED is not for the faint hearted. Pummeling and relentless, this is the most complex record BIOMECHANICAL mastermind John K has created to date. The album in many ways reflects the character of the creator; intense and frenzied, almost schizophrenic and yet determined and ambitious.

CANNIBALISED is the culmination of a trilogy that began with EIGHT MOONS and continued on with THE EMPIRES OF THE WORLDS. The limited edition version of BIOMECHANICAL's latest magnum opus includes 4 orchestral bonus tracks that will give your body a chance to rest, as it will no doubt have been pummeled by the time the album is through.

Frontman John K comments:
"There are no compromises on this album. It¹s Metal without boundaries and as much energy as we could possibly deliver."

Produced by the legendary Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY, BRUCE DICKINSON), the album showcases all of the trademark components that earned BIOMECHANICAL rave reviews worldwide and a stellar vocal attack which incorporates shrill high pitch vocals mixed with guttural growls,
technically flawless playing and incredible guitar solos. The new album pushes the limits even further, with John K's film score influence even farther in the forefront, giving the tracks a widescreen feel that really help bring to the album a cinematic edge and depth. At the same time, this is easily the most aggressive and confrontational album the band has yet delivered, raging from the speakers in a multi layered scattergun approach. To say the album is ambitious is hardly doing it justice.

The reactions to the album have been singular in their praise:

"A gloriously deranged masterpiece" - Metal Hammer (Rated 9/10)

"BIOMECHANICAL hits with such density of force and such calculation that the listener is immediately swept away" -

"BIOMECHANICAL have dropped the gauntlet and are officially in the running for album of the year in 2008." - Pivotal Rage (Rated 5/5)

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

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



Swedish art-rock behemoth Cult of Luna have entered Tonteknik Studios in their home town of Umea, Sweden, to record their fifth full length album.

The band have 8 songs ready to commit to tape, having spent the preceding weeks fine tuning the material that will look to build further on the success of 'Somewhere Along the Highway'.

Although the band are yet confirm the title, the album will see the band attempt to adapt their sound, welcoming a harsher and more primal element to their already complex approach.

Guitarist/vocalist Johannes Persson comments cryptically:

?As we close the doors of the Tonteknik studio and travel into unchartered musical ground, only one thing is sure; what will come out will have been born from pain and violence.?

Cult of Luna?s new album is scheduled for a June release.

The band have already confirmed the following shows this year:
19.03 Oslo (NO), Sub Scene, Inferno Metal Festival
20.03 Oslo (NO), John Dee, Inferno Metal Festival
19.04 Tilburg (NL), 013 Popcentre, Roadburn Festival
22.06 Brittany (FR), Hellfest

For more Cult of Luna info visit:

To buy Cult of Luna visit:


Fans, foes and the curious alike have all converged onto DEICIDE's MySpace page feverishly since Thursday, February 21 for an opportunity to listen to a special preview of a brand new DEICIDE track from their forthcoming album, TILL DEATH DO US PART.

The excerpt of "In The Eyes of God" has earned itself over 27,000 plays since it was put up onto the profile. The influx of traffic to the profile had also earned the page an average of 20,000 song plays per day within the first few days following the release of the song excerpt.

While it's only a matter of time until a full new track is posted, this excerpt should be enough to tide over even Satan himself until TILL DEATH DO US PART is released on April 28 in Europe and May 13 in the U.S.

To bide the time, go to and keep playing the brand new track, "In The Eyes of God" as many times as it takes for it to reach a number of 666,666,666 and beyond.

TILL DEATH DO US PART is surely the most extreme release in the band's catalogue, evolving the sound brought forth on THE STENCH OF REDEMPTION into brand new, faster and more sinister extremes. Keep an eye on for future pre-order information.


Gathered from evidence obtained through various reports, leaked interrogation logs and the accounts of soldiers and detainees, a list of the top 24 songs strategically used on military prisoners in Iraq was recently made public, according to Mother Jones Magazine's website.

Among a list of such musical luminaries as EMINEM, METALLICA and AC/DC (as well as non-luminary Barney The Dinosaur), was DEICIDE, coming in at number one with the song "Fu*k Your God" from 2004's SCARS OF THE CRUCIFIX.

When word of this info first got to DEICIDE drummer, Steve Asheim, the only thing he could really say was "It's cool. If we're upto military standards of audio abuse, it makes me feel like DECIDE's doing our part for the troops." Of course this moment is not the only history that Asheim has with the armed forces. "My dad was a marine, as were my uncle and grandfather;" says the DEICIDE skinsman. "I didn't follow in their footsteps since I was so busy with the band thing, but I'm glad I was eventually able to contribute somehow."

Some of the tactical circumstances where prisoners may have heard "Fu*k Your God" include sleep deprivation and interrogation disorientation. While some may see this information as a shock, other readers of the source article have taken a slightly different view of the situation. Commented one reader of the source article, "Honestly, the barney theme song is more disturbing than DEICIDE's F**k Your God."

For more info, including the entire list of songs, go to

Fans, foes and the curious alike have all converged onto DEICIDE's MySpace page feverishly since Thursday, February 21 for an opportunity to listen to a special preview of a brand new track from their forthcoming album, TILL DEATH DO US PART. The excerpt of "In The Eyes of God" has earned itself nearly 30,000 plays since it was posted onto the profile.

While it's only a matter of time until a full new track is posted, this excerpt should be enough to tide over even Satan himself until TILL DEATH DO US PART is released on April 28 in Europe and May 13 in the U.S.

To bide the time, go to and keep playing the brand new track, "In The Eyes of God" as many times as it takes for it to reach a number of 666,666,666 and beyond.

TILL DEATH DO US PART is surely the most extreme release in the band's catalogue, evolving the sound brought forth on THE STENCH OF REDEMPTION into brand new, faster and more sinister extremes. Keep an eye on for future pre-order information.


Manic Irish thrash masters Gama Bomb have completed the recording of their debut album 'Citizen Brain' in Grindstone Studios in Suffolk with producer Scott Atkins.

Singer Philly issued this final report as the sessions drew to a close:

Studio Report 3 - The Final Chapter
Current mood: Thrashed


It seems like the GB boys have done nothing but inhale each others' farts in the car for an eternity, but we have managed to make it all the way home from deepest, darkest Suffolk at last. Thursday saw a late night of churning out killer screams, backing vocals and bass that cleared the way for two days' hardcore fret-spanking by the mighty Domo, who even demanded an extra day's time to perfect his shredology. We salute him. And ourselves.

Now that we're back in our respective dens of iniquity, it's hard to believe we've spent almost a month in the lab, stitching together such a savage monster of an album. Scurvy, alcoholic poisoning and malnutrition may have taken their toll, but by Friday morning we were still standing, bleary eyed and disbelieving as we heard the best thrash for 20 years come screaming back at us from Scott Atkins' bass woofer.

As with all the best things in life (ketchup, scabs, tortoise racing) good things will come to those who wait: there'll be no preview for a while and certainly no sly CD-Rs of this bad boy, but when 'Citizen Brain' drops we'll be ready. We've discussed how the album might be received by writers, reviewers, tastemakers and shakers a million times, but the end sum of all this work is that we don't give a sh*t. As long as there are thrashers out there tossing away half of their collection and replacing it with a solitary disc of Citizen Brain, we'll be happy. That isn't too much to ask, is it?

Here's how 'Citizen Brain' finally worked out in figures:

Tracks: 15

References to brains: TBC

Instances of profanity on album: Over 30

Times Rats: Night Of Terror watched: 12

GBP spent on alcohol: ?500

Blocks of cheese: 10

We have been mostly eating: Crisps, Toast, Cheese, Bacon, Eggs, Beef,
Noodles, Soap, Whatever's Handy

Ailments / injuries accrued by bad diet / alcohol abuse / stupidity during
recording: Unexplained facial wounds, allergic reactions to permanent marker
'comedy' glasses, puncture wounds to soles of feet, acne, halitosis, skits,
skats, gripe, loss of sense of direction, e.coli, upsetness, brain death

GAMA BOMB - Faster Is Gooder

'Citizen Brain' will see a May release.

The band have confirmed UK tour dates with Exodus:

08.04.08 UK London - The Underworld
09.04.08 UK Leeds - Rio's
10.04.08 UK Ireland - Voodoo Lounge
11.04.08 UK Glasgow - Cathouse
12.04.08 UK Sheffield - Corporation

For more Gama Bomb info visit: 


Featured Artists
Artist Archive
Featured Labels
Label Archive
Do you want to appear here?

get ready to rock is a division of hotdigitsnewmedia group