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Pure Metal News: March 2007 Part 1

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Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of LAY DOWN ROTTEN!

LAY DOWN ROTTEN have created quite a buzz in Germany over the last few years, being described as the most talented and powerful newcomer in death metal in a very long time.

The band was formed in 1999, but it was not until 2003 they released their debut album "Paralyzed By Fear". Since then the band has played loads of shows, further defining their sound and becoming a killing outfit - one of the most deadly and brutal death metal bands ever to come out of Germany.

Influenced by the brutality of American death and thrash metal acts and the melody lines of Swedish death metal masters, the band released two more albums on Remission Records, "Cold Constructed" and "Breeding Insanity".

The band comments on the Metal Blade deal as follows: "LAY DOWN ROTTEN are nothing but happy about the signing to one of the most respected and most active labels in the World. We are looking forward to a successful and creative collaboration and hope that this new deal helps to spread the word across the borders of Germany. The band has never been more motivated and is about to deliver their best album to date. Be prepared."

LAY DOWN ROTTEN are in the middle of the song writing process for their upcoming album. The working title is "Reconquering The Pit", and studio time is booked for next summer. The album is scheduled to be released in November 2007. "We have stayed true to our Death Metal roots and added a bit more brutality", adds the band.

Jost Kleinert - vocals
Daniel Jakobi - vocals & guitar
Daniel Benner - guitar
Uwe Kilian - bass
Timo Claas - drums


23.02.2007 Leipzig/Moritzbastei (D) with Moshquito a.o.

15.03.2007 Gießen/MUK (D) with Illdisposed a.o.

14.04.2007 Werl/Stadthalle (D) with Extreme Noise Terror, Desecration, Detonation, Embedded a.o.


19-21.07.2007 Ragnarock Open Air/Langendorf with Fear my Thougts, Disillusion, Mannhai, Dawn of Fate, Bastardo, Face Down Hero, Jigsore, Pestilent, Stigmatized, When Sorrow Ends and many more

POWERWOLF about to release "Lupus Dei"

Multinational Metalheads POWERWOLF have finished their second album "Lupus Dei". Mixed in Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden the album smashes ears with an incredibly powerful and heavy sound.

'The songwriting was a truly emotional process. I have never been that dedicated to any piece of music in all my life so far", Attila Dorn reflects. In the end the band had written ten brand new tunes carrying on where 'Return in bloodred" left off, going far beyond at the same time! Songs as 'We Take It From The Living" or 'Prayer In The Dark" feature all trademarks of typical POWERWOLF songs adding both more melodic density as well as pounding heaviness and more epic moments than ever before.

Paying tribute to the spiritual feeling of the album, POWERWOLF recorded parts of it in a chapel built in the 12th century. 'It was haunting. Recording in a church can not be compared to any studio situation. You can breathe history in such a place and it was definitely the most inspirational surrounding we could have chosen for the creation of this album", Matthew Greywolf says. 'On the title track as well as on 'In Blood We Trust" we even worked with a 30-piece classical choir, which was amazing"

Lyrically dealing with the word of the bible and the dogmas of metal, 'Lupus Dei" features everything POWERWOLF is about: Haunting horror atmospheres, spiritual organ madness, Attila's once again outstanding and unique vocal performance - and most of all:


Tracklisting "Lupus Dei":
• Lupus Demonae (Intro)
• We Take It From The Living
• Prayer In The Dark
• Saturday Satan
• In Blood We Trust
• Behind The Leathermask
• Vampires Don't Die
• When The Moon Shines Red
• Mother Mary Is A Bird Of Prey
• Tiger OF Sabrod
• Lupus Dei

• Attila Dorn - Vocals
• Falk Maria Schlegel - Organ
• Charles Greywolf - Bass & Rhythm Guitars
• Matthew Greywolf - Lead & Rhythm Guitars
• Stéfane Funèbre - Drums

"Lupus Dei" will be released the 4th of May in Germany/Austria/Switzerland and the 7th of May in the rest of Europe!

DEATHSTARS - Perform live in a boxing ring!

Wanna go and see DEATHSTARS perform live in a boxing ring "fighting" 3 other bands for FREE!?

METAL HAMMER UK is arranging a unique event called GET IN THE RING with 4 of the most up and coming bands of 2007 who will battle each other to be the single winner of this event and YOU will be the judge!

The event is taking place at the HAMMERSMITH PALAIS on MARCH 6th

For more info check

There are 150 "Deathstars Tickets" up for grabs. 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 is: Sleaze

You can collect your tickets at the ASTORIA box office on Charing Cross Road, London, and only there!
Remember this is a strictly "first come, first served" situation, so hurry up and get your tickets today!!

SONATA ARCTICA - Album / single covers & tracklists revealed

The record will be released on May 25 through Nuclear Blast, the single is out on April 27! Check out the cover artwork HERE!

Tracklist "Unia" (Album):
01. In Black And White
02. Paid In Full
03. For The Sake Of Revenge
04. It Won't Fade
05. Under Your Tree
06. Caleb
07. The Vice
08. My Dream's But A Drop Of Fuel For A Nightmare
09. The Harvest
10. The Worlds Forgotten, The Words Forbidden
11. Fly With The Black Swan
12. Good Enough Is Good Enough

Tracklist Paid In Full (Single):
1. Paid in Full (radio edit)
2. Out in the Fields (Gary Moore cover)
3. Paid in Full

SONIC SYNDICATE - Cover artwork & track listing revealed

SONIC SYNDICATE´s second album called "Only Inhuman" will be released on May 18 through Nuclear Blast Records! Beware!!

"SONIC SYNDICATE are already among the hottest and strongest newcomers in 2007! With the awesome mixture of groundbreaking killer riffs, raging grooves and tons of sweeping melodies, they will simply make the competition of this young and hungry sextet sweat!" Conny Schiffbauer - ROCK HARD GERMANY

Tracklist "Only Inhuman":
01. Aftermath
02. Blue Eyed Fiend
03. Psychic Suicide
04. Double Agent
05. Enclave
06. Denied
07. Callous
08. Only Inhuman
09. All About Us
10. Unkown Entity
11. Flashback

Check cover artwork of "Only Inhuman" at this location!

MONSTROSITY - Press release for "Spiritual Apocalypse"

Tampa, Florida based MONSTROSITY have just completed the recording and mixing of their 5th studio release "Spiritual Apocalypse". Recorded at Morrisound Studios the disc features vocals from the bands newest addition Mike Hrubovcak (VILE, DIVINE RAPTURE). Joining Hrubovcak are long time MONSTROSITY mainstays Lee Harrison (drums), Mike Poggione (Bass), and Mark English (guitars). The release also features guest appearances from luminaries such as Kelly Shaefer (ATHEIST), Matt LaPorte (JON OLIVA'S PAIN, CIRCLE II CIRCLE), John Zahner (SAVATAGE, CRIMSON GLORY), Jason Suecof (CAPHARNAUM), and James Malone (ARSIS).

Long considered one of the leading lights of the Florida Death Metal scene, the band have just returned from a triumphant weekend in Mexico playing 3 shows alongside MARDUK, SETHERIAL, and CATTLE DECAPITATION. The band is planning tours for the summer/fall season with an appearance at this year's Fu*k The Commerce festival. A brand new track called "Firestorm" has been posted on the bands myspace page

Commented drummer Lee Harrison: "We've had a really crazy last few months but the final results will speak for themselves. The album turned out really sick and Mexico was a blast. We had a really cool time down in Mexico and can't wait to return. Thanks to everyone who was involved! The album is done now and we just want to get out and play"

Tracklisting "Spiritual Apocalypse":

01. Spritual Apocalypse
02. Firestorm
03. Apostles Of The Endless Night
04. Within Divisions Of Darkness
05. The Inhuman Race
06. Remnants Of Divination
07. Illumination
08. Sacred Oblivion
09. The Bloodline Horror
10. Triumph In Black


"Spiritual Apocalypse" will be released on the 5th of April in G/A/S and the 10th of April in the rest of Europe!

UNEARTH track featured on "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" soundtrack!

Metal Blade recording artist UNEARTH will have a brand new track entitled "The Chosen" featured on the forthcoming soundtrack for the "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" movie, "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters", which will see an April 10th US release date through Williams Street/ADA. The film itself is scheduled to open in theatres on April 13th.

DISILLUSION's Jens Maluschka out of hosipital!

Good news: Jens got released from the hospital and is back home and doing better. Thanks for all the messages you sent to the band!

LIZZY BORDEN launches trailer for "Master of Disguise" reissue!

LIZZY BORDEN has posted an exclusive trailer for their upcoming CD/DVD reissue "Master of Disguise". Click to view the trailer. Pre-order your copy of "Master of Disguise" today at !

"Master of Disguise" Metal Blade 25th Anniversary Series Reissue - in stores March 9th (G/A/S) / March 12th (Europe)!

Neuraxis tour report...

Canadian technical Death Metal band Neuraxis have just completed a 3 week string of dates across Europe with the legendary Rotting Christ, Malevolent Creation and Incantation to great response. Guitarist Rob Milley has posted a detailed tour report at this location. Check it out and see how the guys got on as they laid waste to Europe.
w Martyr
09 Mistassini, QC, Salle des Mooses
10 Jonquiere, QC, Theatre Côté Cours
24 Epiphanie, QC, Epiphanie Metal Fest
06 Quebec, QC @ L'Impérial

AFTER FOREVER - New clip finished + available soon

Dutch Symphonic metallers AFTER FOREVER have finnished shooting the clip for their upcoming single "Energize Me". Based on a concept around the four elements fire, water, air and earth, the band and renowed production company Corrino created an intensive and visual very appealing video ready to take your breath away. Check out the attached pictures taken during the shooting - the complete clip will be online at both Nuclear Blast website and Nuclear Blast youtube account very soon plus be served to all big music TV stations Europe-wide!

"After Forever", the new album of AFTER FOREVER, will get in stores on April 20th 2007.




Since some caring folk found it smart to ruin the suspense and to reveal the new Mayhem album's tracklisting and front cover, I guess we have to do it on our turn. So here are "Ordo Ad Chao"'s eight poisonous darts:
1. A wise Birthgiver
2. Wall of Water
3. Great Work of Ages
4. Deconsecrate
5. Illuminate eliminate
6. Psychic Horns
7. Key to the Storms
8. Anti


Season of Mist is proud to announce the fresh signing of Italian female-fronted band CADAVERIA. Here's the band's comment: "After spending the last year in composing our new songs and in producing CADAVERIA's third full length album, we are glad and proud to announce the recent agreement with Season of Mist. We are extremely satisfied by the new tracks and very excited for this join, that will assure the promotion this album deserves.

CADAVERIA want to thank Michael/Season of Mist for this opportunity and all fans for their patience and never-ending support. Three years passed since the "Far Away From Conformity" album, but it is worth the wait: this album is with no doubt the best one we have released so far and it will be IN YOUR BLOOD (as the title says) for the rest of your days.
Soon more news will follow!

In blood, CADAVERIA."

More news soon on this page, as well as on the band's official website and MySpace page.


Seven years after having released AGHORA's first self-titled album in a few European countries, Season of Mist is pleased to announce we will be releasing worldwide the US prog' metal act's new album, entitled "Formless", on next May 21st.

Watch out for that new monster of progressive metal, featuring guitarist and composer Santiago Dobles with a new band line-up including young female vocalist Diana Serra and guest appearance by Sean Reinert (DEATH, CYNIC, GORDIAN KNOT) on drums.

Check out the new "Atmas Heave" song.


Salem has confirmed their appearance at the hellfest festival to promote the release of their new album "Necessary Evil" (release date to be announced shortly). Hellfest is the biggest metal festival in France, and is set to take place June 22-24 in Clisson, France.

More details will be posted soon. In the meantime you can visit Salem's MySpace page to hear the new "Once Upon a Lifetime part I" track. A second song will be made available in the very near future.


ROTTING CHRIST + Rotten Sound (06 Mar - 01 Apr) + Incantation (14 Feb - 11 Mar) + Sardonic (13 Mar - 22 Mar)

06 Mar 07 Bradford (UK) Rio
07 Mar 07 Glasgow (UK) Soundhaus
08 Mar 07 Dublin (UK) Voodoo Lounge
09 Mar 07 Bolton (UK) Soundhouse
10 Mar 07 London (UK) Electrowerkz Venue
11 Mar 07 Zaandam (NL) De Kade
13 Mar 07 Kopenhagen (DK) The Rock
14 Mar 07 Aalborg (DK) Studenterhuset
15 Mar 07 Flensburg (DE) Roxy
16 Mar 07 Neumark (DE) Turnhalle
17 Mar 07 Nijmegen (NL) JC Staddijk
18 Mar 07 Katwijk aan Zee (NL) Scum
21 Mar 07 Trier (DE) ExHaus
22 Mar 07 Lyon (FR) Le Marche Gare
23 Mar 07 Genova (IT) Logo Loco
24 Mar 07 Prato (IT) Anomalia
25 Mar 07 Luynes (FR) Le Korigan
26 Mar 07 Perpignan (FR) Crockmore
27 Mar 07 Barcelona (ES) Mephisto
28 Mar 07 Madrid (ES) Ritmo & Compas
29 Mar 07 Almeria (ES) Sala Genesis
30 Mar 07 Corroios (PT) Cine-Teatro
31 Mar 07 Mangualde (PT) CC St.Andre
01 Apr 07 Irun (ES) Tunk

ROTTING CHRIST (+ Mass Infection + Suicidal Angels)

05 Apr 07 Kranj Izbruhov (SI) Kulturni Bazen
06 Apr 07 Pecs (HU) Toxic Club
07 Apr 07 Budapest (HU) Blue Hell
08 Apr 07 Cluj Napoca (RO) Rolland Garros
10 Apr 07 Beograd (RS) Dom Omladine
11 Apr 07 Bucarest (ME) Preoteasa Hall
12 Apr 07 Sofia (BG) Sredec Hall
13 Apr 07 Skopje (MK) TBA
14 Apr 04 Kozani (GR) TBA
15 Apr 07 Volos (GR) TBA


19 Apr 07 Istanbul (TR) Studio Live
20 Apr 07 Ankara (TR) TBA
21 Apr 07 Eskisehir (TR) 222 Park
22 Apr 07 Izmir (TR) TBA
07 Jul 07 (LV)Metalshow LV Open Air
20 Jul 07 Ksanthi (GR) Metal Healing Fest
07 Aug 07 Napoli (IT) S-Hammer Metal Fest
17 Aug 07 Oulu (FI) Club Teatria - Jalometalli Metal Music Festival
18 Aug 07 (SK) More Than Fest


08 Mar 07 Bergen (NO) Hulen
09 Mar 07 Koppervik (NO) Playground
10 Mar 07 Sandnes (NO) Tribute
10 Aug 07 Bad Berka (DE) Party San Festival (+ Vader + Belphegor + Melechesh + ...)
11 Aug 07 Svojsice U Prelouce (CZ) Brutal Assault Festival


09 Mar 07 Montpellier (FR) Rockstore (+ Eyeless)
14 Mar 07 Clermont-Ferrand (FR) Festival Les Volcaniques
29 Jun-01 Jul 07 Leipzig (DE) With Full Force

WATAIN (+ Celtic Frost, Kreator, Legion Of The Damned)

08 Mar 07 Kln (DE) Live Music Hall
09 Mar 07 Antwerpen (BE) Hof Ter Lo
10 Mar 07 Heerhugowaard (NL) De Waerdsetempel
11 Mar 07 Tilburg (NL) 013
13 Mar 07 Glasgow (UK) Garage
14 Mar 07 Bradford (UK) Rio
15 Mar 07 Wolverhampton (UK) Wulfrun Hall
16 Mar 07 Cardiff (UK) Souls
17 Mar 07 Nottingham (UK) Rock City
18 Mar 07 London (UK) Koko
20 Mar 07 Paris (FR) Elyse Montmartre
21 Mar 07 Bordeaux (FR) Theatre Barbey
22 Mar 07 Madrid (ES) La Riviera
23 Mar 07 Bilbao (ES) Rockstar
24 Mar 07 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 1
26 Mar 07 Pratteln (CH) Z7
27 Mar 07 Milan (IT) Rolling Stone
28 Mar 07 Stuttgart (DE) Longhorn
29 Mar 07 Berlin (DE) Columbia Club
WATAIN (+ Celtic Frost, Kreator)
31 Mar 07 Oslo( NO) Betong
01 Apr 07 Gothenburg (SE) Trdtgarn
02 Apr 07 Malm (SE) KB
03 Apr 07 Stockholm (SE) Arenan
04 Apr 07 Helsinki (FI) Tavastia
05 Apr 07 Hamburg (DE) Markthalle


09 Mar 07 Montpellier (FR) Rockstore (+ Dagoba)
14 Apr 07 Marseille (FR) Poste Galne
2-3 Jun 07 Lyon (FR) Transbordeur - Lyon Metal Fest
29 Sep 07 Marseille (FR) Espace Julien - Chaos Fest


10 Mar 07 Nevers (FR) Caf Charbon (+ Cadavera + Lambda Slave)
11 Mar 07 Paris (FR) La scne Bastille (+ Horresco Referens + Sweet Silence)
06 Oct 07 Hussigny (FR) Salle L. Aragon


27 Mar 07 Adelaide (AU) HQ Complex
29 Mar 07 Brisbane (AU) Club Phoenix
30 Mar 07 Sydney (AU) Gaelic Club
31 Mar 07 Melbourne (AU) The Espy


31 Mar 07 Belfort (FR) La Poudrire


05-07 Apr 07 Oslo (NO) Rockefeller Music Hall (+ Immortal + Moonspell + Amon Amarth + ...)
08 Apr 07 Hof ter Loo (BE) Antwerpen (+ Obituary + Moonspell + Napalm Death + ...)
09 Apr 07 013 (NL) Tilburg (+ Obituary + Moonspell + Napalm Death + ...)


14 Apr 07 Dendermonde (BE) Zenith
24 Apr 07 Apeldoorn (NL) Gigant


27 Apr 07 London (UK) The Underworld (+ Inquisition)
29 Apr 07 Porto (PT) Steel Warriors Fest

WOLF - support THE HAUNTED in April/May

Swedish metal monsters WOLF have confirmed that they will be supporting THE HAUNTED on their forthcoming tour (The Cursed Earth 2007 European Tour), with the full line up now confirmed as The Haunted, Municipal Waste & Wolf. Anyone who calls themselves a metal fan has to be there

Tour dates:

April 28, 2007 - Leeds (UK) Cockpit
April 29, 2007 - Norwich (UK) Waterfront
April 30, 2007 - Newcastle (UK) Academy
May 01, 2007 - Glasgow (UK) Cathouse
May 02, 2007 - Dublin (IRE) Voodoo Lounge
May 03, 2007 - Liverpool (UK) Academy 2
May 04, 2007 - Birmingham (UK) Academy 2
May 05, 2007 - London (UK) Mean Fiddler
May 06, 2007 - Bristol (UK) Academy 2
May 07, 2007 - Oxford (UK) Zodiac

The band have sent us an update on their additional live schedule and announce a vinyl edition of their 2006 Century Media Records debut "The Black Flame", which will come out on Swedish label Blackcave Records. The vinyl will be strictly limited to 500 copies and will be signed and numbered by the band.

Check for details on the release date and availability, the band comments the vinyl release as follows:

"There was never a doubt about releasing "The Black Flame" as vinyl record, though we've been getting a lot of questions regarding the matter, we just wanted to wait for the right time to do it and we feel that we've reached that point now. Vinyl is very important for us and our fans and it is an important element of the heavy metal community. It's just like denim & leather - we're naked without it." - WOLF

On February 19th 2007, "The Black Flame" was also officially released in the United Kingdom as a special edition containing the following bonus content:

Live video footage filmed at Keep It True Festival, November 4, 2006 in Germany.
1. "The Bite" - from the album "The Black Flame"
2. "Genocide" - from the album "Black Wings"
3. "I Will Kill Again" (promo-video clip, long splatter version!)

"If "The Black Flame" doesn't cause you to break into fist-waving singalongs or air-guitar seizures, then you, my friend, are just not very metal."
- Keith Bergman/BLABBERMOUTH


Valiant thrash warriors EVILE have returned to the UK after completing a flagship Dutch tour throughout Holland, delivering bursts of thrash to appreciative audiences. EVILE have posted a full tour report on their MySpace page, recounting their experiences while traveling through the country - most notoriously recalling their appreciation for "...

Porn on TV at 9AM? Our English minds could not comprehend the awesomeness of this!" EVILE performed an extensive set night after night, bring their thrash injection to Dutch clubs and included a surprising rendition of "The Heart Beneath" by Celtic Frost. Check out some live footage of EVILE in Holland here.

EVILE will be hitting the road with SEVERE TORTURE and DESECRATION for a full UK tour, returning back to promote their debut Earache release slated for later this year. EVILE are bringing THRASH BACK IN 2007!

Get to know EVILE - view EVILE'S debauchery and listen to grinding tracks on MySpace.


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
4 Subverse (The Underworld), London (gig sponsored by Terrorizer, also on bill: Interlock, Conquest, Ted Maul, Dead Beyond Buried)
5 LEEDS Josephs Well
6 Gas Club, Huddersfield w/ Burden of Reality + Icarus
7 Rigger, Stoke
14 The Taverm, Wigan
26 Manchester (UK) - The Attic
27 Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
28 1 in 12, Bradford


2 Manchester Academy 3
3 Leeds
4 Sheffield Corporation
5 Dudley JBs
7 London Underworld
8 Bristol Bierkeller


Sacramento is home to lush farmland, thick fog, and metal's brightest hope - WITH PASSION! Tightening up their tour belts, WITH PASSION are set to hit the road with fellow tech-metallers ISCARIOT and ARCHITECT, conducting a comprehensive national tour.

With plans to follow up in May with full support of VITAL REMAINS and LIGHT THIS CITY, WITH PASSION are making calculated strides to bring "What We See When We Shut Our Eyes" to a broad audience of metal savants. On Sunday, March 4th, WITH PASSION will be filming live material for a music video of their first single, "Pale Horses Ride."

Planned as dark and evocative, the shoot will capture the band's live performance coupled with a horror themed storyline that is sure to accentuate the eerie sentiment of the song. WITH PASSION will be releasing their sophomore Earache release, "What We See When We Shut Our Eyes" on May 8th, containing 10 blistering, technically inclined pieces that have been regarded as producing an "otherworldly atmosphere" by

Details on a release date for the video will be announced soon! Check out WITH PASSION on the road with ISCARIOT and ARCHITECT this Spring, and pick up "What We See When We Shut Our Eyes" on May 8th!

URKRAFT check in from the Cannibal Corpse tour

Thomas from Danish Thrashers Urkraft has recently checked in from the road as the band head across Europe on a Metal assault with legendary Deathsters Cannibal Corpse and Dutch brutalisers Disavowed. Click here and head to the bands website where you can check the latest on long drives, crazy fans, beer drinking and general metal madness.


01 Italy Cicolo Degli Artisti Rome
03 Greece Ann Club Athens
04 Greece Hydrogios Thessaloniki
05 Bulgaria Sredec hall Sofia
06 Romania Studio martin Bucharest
07 Serbia SKC Beograd
08 Slovenia Media park Lubljana
09 Hungary A 38 Budapest
10 Germany Backstage Munchen
11 Czech Rep Abaton Praha
12 Poland Loch Ness Cracow
14 Latvia - Riga - 'Melna Piektiena'
Metalstone Festival - DK

THRESHOLD - New video available

Take the time and enjoy THRESHOLD's brand new video for the single "Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams"! The atmospheric clip, produced by German company film-m (which has already worked with DISILLUSION, AMON AMARTH, DEADSOUL TRIBE and DEW-SCENTED) can be found online

HAMMERFALL - Bass player leaves band

Magnus Rosén, bass player of Swedish steel warriors HAMMERFALL, has decided to leave the band. Please find enclosed the band's official statement regarding the situation:

"Bass player Magnus Rosén has elected to step down from HAMMERFALL to be able to focus on his own projects. While it is surprising, it's not a total shock to us since he has seemed to be unhappy with the situation in the band and on tour for quite a while. We wish him all the best with his future endeavors and turn our attention to the future, immediate and distant.

This will change nothing for us as far as booked gigs and other planned activities are concerned. Rest assured, HAMMERFALL will continue blazing its trail just like before. The process of selecting the right replacement both musically and personally is already set in motion, and we will announce it as soon as a decision is made.

AUTUMN reveal front art and tracklist for "My New Time"

AUTUMN have finished the work on "My New Time" and are happy to deliver their best album to date! 'We've laid down 11 tracks at Graveland Studio with producer Arno Krabman behind the dials. These are some of the most diverse, groovy and powerful Autumn songs to date. Needless to say, we're thrilled with the results! The new line-up has outdone itself and has seen the Autumn collective improve in all possible areas. This, combined with Arno's attention to detail and Jochem's mixing skills should result in an album that'll raise some eyebrows!'

Produced by Arno Krabman at Graveland studio and mixed by Jochem Jacobs at Split Second Sound Studio AUTUMN have delivered a powerful, heavy yet melodic album which will impress Gothic Rock/Metal fans all over the World!

Tracklist "My New Time"
• Satellites
• Closest Friends Conspire
• Blue Wine
• Angel of Desire
• My New Time
• Communication On Opium
• Twisted And Turned
• Shadowmancer
• Forget To Remember (Sunday Mornings)
• State Of Mind
• Epilogue (What's Done Is Done)

'My New Time' release dates:
27th of April Benelux
4th of May Germany/Austria/Switzerland
7th of May rest of Europe

Nienke de Jong - vocals
Jerome Vrielink - bass
Jan Munnik - keyboards
Jan Grijpstra - drums
Mats van der Valk - guitar & backing vocals
Jens van der Valk - guitar & backing vocals

AUTUMN live dates:
29.04.07 - NL - Utrecht - de Helling
03.05.07 - NL - Amsterdam - de Melkweg
04.05.07 - NL - Drachten - Iduna
16.06.07 - NL - Alkmaar - Parkhof
22.06.07 - NL - Purmerend - P3
14.09.07 - NL - Zwolle - Hedon
21.09.07 - NL - Haarlem - Patronaat
29.09.07 - NL - Goes - 't Beest
20.10.07 - NL - Wieze - Oktoberhallen
Metal Female Voices Fest

JOB FOR A COWBOY complete work on "Genesis"

Glendale, AZ extreme metal unit JOB FOR A COWBOY has completed work on their highly anticipated full-length debut, entitled GENESIS. The fast-rising band, known for their punishing songs, explosive live performances and forward thinking vision, will release GENESIS on May 18 via Metal Blade Records in G/A/S (May, 21st in rest of Europe)!

JOB FOR A COWBOY, who toured the world in 2006 in support of their wildly-popular, self-financed "DOOM" EP, recorded GENESIS at Blue Light Audio Media in Phoenix, AZ with producer Cory Spotts. The album was mixed by the Grammy winning Andy Sneap (OPETH, ENTOMBED, MEGADETH). Anticipation for GENESIS is such that the band has already been named one of "Metal's Most Important Troops for 2007" by Metal Hammer, one of Total Guitar's "Hottest Guitar Bands of 2007", one of Alternative Press' 2007 "Bands You Need to Know" and one of Revolver's "Breakthrough Bands that will be Kicking Your Ass this Year".

On the topic of the new album, JOB FOR A COWBOY guitarist Ravi Bhadriraju comments, "Genesis is a record that we as a band needed to fulfill. We wrote an album that we wanted to play live well into the distant future. If there is one word to describe our new record, it is "aggressive". We want this album to have a certain effect on the listener. I am happy with what we have achieved, and I hope our fans appreciate it too."

Vocalist Jonny Davy states, "We wrote the material that became the "Doom" EP at a very young age and the sound of this upcoming record is a much different one than anything we've done before. We're anxious for its release and we hope everyone who hears it will enjoy."

The final track listing for GENESIS is:
1.) Bearing The Serpent's Lamb
2.) Reduced to Mere Filth
3.) Altered From Catechization
4.) Upheaval
5.) Embedded
6.) Strings of Hypocrisy
7.) Martyrdom Unsealed
8.) Blasphemy
9.) The Divine Falsehood
10.) Coalescing Prophecy

The brand new JFAC song "Embedded", as well as a sneak peak at the GENESIS cover artwork can be found on the band's MySpace page:

JOB FOR A COWBOY is currently on tour in the USA and support UNEARTH in Europe from March 20th.


26.03.2007 UK OXFORD ZODIAC*
30.03.2007 UK NEWPORT TJ'S*
* presented by SCUZZ TV
** presented by METAL HAMMER magazine Germany, +

booking: The Agency Group -

In addition to Bhadriraju and Davy, JOB FOR A COWBOY features Bobby Thompson (guitar), Brent Riggs (bass) and drummer Jon "The Charn" Rice.

Their name is a lighthearted nod to the ranch-country surroundings of their home base outside of Phoenix, but there's nothing funny about JOB FOR A COWBOY's sound...possessed" - REVOLVER

"Arizonan MySpace extreme metal phenomenon JFAC toured the globe in 2006 on the back of only 4 online songs...they're great" - METAL HAMMER

"JOB FOR A COWBOY are incredibly talented musicians" - TINY MIX TAPES

"blast beats and heavy, squealing guitars -- all done at breakneck speed...this death-metal band is for real"

AKERCOCKE confirm UK tour with CEPHALIC CARNAGE and Ted Maul

Gentlemen death-metallers Akercocke have confirmed a UK headline tour with Cephalic Carnage and Ted Maul in May to celebrate the release of their new album (as yet untitled) through Earache records in May.

15th TUES THE ATTIC RUSHDEN (AKERCOCKE only) 16th WED Nottingham Rock City 17th THURS The Music Box Manchester 18th FRI Belfast sping and airbrake 19th SAT Dublin voodoo lounge 20th SUN The Cathouse Glasgow 21st MON Rio's in Leeds 22nd TUES The Park in Peterborough 23rd WED The Academy Birmingham 24th THURS Sheffield Corp 25th FRI Cardiff TBC 26th SAT The Nexus Southampton 27th SUN The Underworld London

AKERCOCKE are also playing 2 *intimate* shows on 29th March at Colchester arts centre And 31st March at Water Rats, London Catch an exclusive preview of their new album at these shows!

And watch the teaser on you tube

BIOMECHANICAL- Embark on UK Tour with 3 Inches of Blood

London's Biomechanical are back on the road again, taking a break from the their own home studio where the band are crafting their new album, the follow up to 2005's The Empires Of The Worlds.

Fresh from slaying audiences late last year with a cross-European trek with Exodus, The band support Canadian metallers 3 inches of blood across the UK from march 10-27

Biomechanical mainman and vocalist john k comments :
"Going on the road in just a few days from now with 3iob, a lot of people have been suggesting us two bands getting together for a tour and it's finally going to happen!! Can't wait to meet up with the dudes and start tearing the stage with some pure Metal Mayhem!!"

10 Cheltenham The Night Owl
11 Milton Keynes The Pitz
12 Norwich The Waterfront
13 Manchester The Music Box
15 Dublin Voodoo Lounge
16 Cork Cypress Avenue
17 Glasgow The Barfly
18 Aberdeen The Tunnels
19 Newcastle Trillians
20 Bradford Rio's
21 Wolverhampton Little Civic
22 Swindon The Furnace
23 London Underworld
24 Peterborough The Park
25 Wrexham Central Station
26 Swansea Sin City
27 Southampton The Joiners
29 Nottingham Rock City

Cannibalised will be released in late 2007 on Earache

Seasons of Mist - NEW SIGNING!

We're happy to announce we just inked a deal with Greek black metallers NAER MATARON, whose forthcoming album will be released via Season of Mist. Here's the band comment:

"The last period was really victorious for NAER MATARON, we composed the harshest and most extreme music we ever had, for our new album. So, the next big step was taken, as we are now proud to announce our signing to Season of Mist. We are more strong and enthusiastic than ever before and feel that we are also supported henceforth in the same spirit. To this point, we wish to extend our salute to the hordes that supported our black metal war machine throughout the last 13 years and especially thank Michael & Season of Mist for giving us the chance to deliver what will be the most extreme and uncompromising work of NAER MATARON to date."

Stay tuned for more news, or check


THE OLD DEAD TREE are happy to inform you that several songs are already achieved! Ex-guitarist Nicolas Chevrollier was still involved on some of them, alongside with the current band members. Of course, new guitarist Gilles Moinet also contributes to put some new elements into THE OLD DEAD TREE's musical mix...

More information coming soon.

On the endorsement side, guitarists Manuel Munoz and Gilles Moinet now use the Laboga "Mr Hector" guitar amplifiers and the "412 A & B" guitar cabinets. Vincent Danhier now plays the Mayones "Be-4" bass. So be prepared for a killer sound now, both on stage and in studio!

DEW-SCENTED - New video

German high-energy thrashers DEW-SCENTED have shot a video for their new song "That's Why I Despise You" with acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus (LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR). The song can also be found on the myspace-page of the band at this location.

In other news, DEW-SCENTED are confirmed for the Hellfest Festival in Clisson/France and for the Summer Blast in Trier/Germany.
The band will also embark on an european tour with MISERY INDEX and COLDWORKER from June, 15 to June, 30 - the exact dates will be announced very soon!
Click HERE for a list of upcoming DEW-SCENTED shows!

DIMMU BORGIR - Video premiere, release parties & signing session

This is your chance to be witness not only something wicked coming your way...this is your chance to witness pure evil becoming flesh!

A true demonic visual onslaught is about to be unleashed on the faithful horde of all you DIMMU BORGIR fans: the videoclip for the brand new single "The Serpentine Offering" will have its premiere on the web April 2nd - check the countdown! This blackened masterpiece, shot by famous director Patric Ullaeus, truly is a Black Metal revelation no-one could dare to miss!

So make sure to visit this place again to find out where this dark secret lies hidden for you soon....once again this means: be first, see first!

We will have some release events ready in Germany for the release of the new DIMMU BORGIR record "In Sorte Diaboli"! You can win tons of DIMMU stuff such as posters, stickers, signed singles and we will draw the brand new album once!!! Be there!

17.04.07 Oldenburg, Amadeus
20.04.07 Leverkusen, Shadow
20.04.07 Marx bei Friedeburg, Diskothek History
21.04.07 Flensburg, Roxy Concerts
21.04.07 Nürnberg, Rockfabrik
21.04.07 Hildesheim, Rockclub
21.04.07 Leipzig, Hellraiser
25.04.07 Darmstadt, Steinbruchtheater
27.04.07 Innsbruck, Abyss Bar
27.04.07 Bielefeld, Ringlokschuppen
27.04.07 Dresden, Heavy Duty
27.04.07 Berlin, Halford
28.04.07 Kiel, Die Pumpe
28.04.07 Herford,
28.04.07 Stuttgart, Club Prag
28.04.07 Lebach, Continent Rockstage
28.04.07 Essen, Turock
30.04.07 Ingolstadt, Cafe Durchbruch
05.05.07 Hannover, Labor

The band will also have a signing session on Tuesday 27th of march between 6pm - 7pm at the Nuclear Blast office in Donzdorf! Witness yourselves when both Silenoz and Shagrath will be signing a deal with the devil !
Both will be in Donzdorf to promote their new masterpiece "In Sorte Diaboli" Speaking of the new masterpiece , this will be your chance to hear it for the first time !
So don't tell us we didn't inform you when you missed this!

CHIMAIRA - Resurrection hits the charts

# 71 - Album Charts - GERMANY
# 104 - TOP 250 ALBUM CHART - UK
# 90 - Album Charts - NORWAY
# 58 - Album Charts - AUSTRIA

NIGHTWISH - "Once' went gold in Hungary

The NIGHTWISH record 'Once' sold over 3.000 units and reached GOLD position in Hungary!


UNEARTH - Brand new song online

'What up?! Check out this link - - for a brand new song from us called ‘The Chosen'. This tune was written and recorded this past December and will be in the new ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force' movie due in theaters April 13th as well as being on the movie soundtrack which comes out April 10th. We are damn proud of this rock'n tune as it is a slight departure from all of our previous material, but still has the core Unearth sound, power and edge to it. Check it out!

'We will also be performing at the ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters' launch party in mid March at the Fader Fort located at 204 E.4th Street in Austin TX.

'Watch for advertisements on Comedy Central's ‘Adult Swim' for details on how you can attend this event. Till next time... UNEARTH'

DESASTER finish song writing for new studio album

DESASTER have finished the songwriting process for their upcoming, sixth studio album '666 - Satans Soldiers Syndicate'. This time around the German blackthrashers will be heading over to Holland to record at Harrow's Studios in Lossar.

'Bands like the legendary death metal gods ASPHYX and other fine bands like SOULBURN, OCCULT, MELECHESH and FLESH MADE SIN have recorded their albums in this studio. Quite a good selection of bands we'd say', comments the band. The album will be mixed in June and DESASTER are looking into an August/September release.

'The new songs are a strict continuation of the last few albums, which means NO COMPROMISE! If you are expecting innovative, ambitious music you are 666 % wrong. DESASTER stands for traditional riff metal - thrashy, black and full of blasphemy!'

Song titles include a. o. 'Fade Forever Flesh', 'Razor Ritual', 'Hellbangers' and 'Tyrannizer'. BANG OR BE BANGED!!!

Next DESASTER battles:
10.03.07 D Bitburg - Up an Up (w/ Torment of Souls and Worldescape)
14.04.07 D Koblenz - METAL CRUISE - MS Rheingold (w/ Metal Inquisitor, Primordial)
11.05.07 FIN Tampere - Hellbangers Festival (w/ Nocturnal, Urn, Flame am.)
02.06.07 D Koblenz - Hellbangers Festival - Festung Ehrenbreitstein (w/ Nocturnal, Metal Inquisitor, Zarathustra, Flame)
10.06.07 D Wachenroth - SufferingLifeFestival (w/ Tankard, Avulsed, Soul Demise, A.O.K., Totenmond, Inhumate am.)
20.-21.07 D Pößneck - Hell's Pleasure Open Air (w/ Melechesh, Shining, Secrets of the Moon, Helrunar, Necros Christos, Eure Erben am.)

MACHINEMADE GOD news and live update

We re back from our tour with our old and new and most def. good friends in KORODED and DEADSOIL! This tour was more fun than anything else before! So yeah, thanks to everyone who showed up and everyone who was on that tour and made this a sweet memory!

'We're currently recording our second full-length album for Metal Blade Records. Drums and bass are already tracked and Sky is busy shredding the guitars. Up to now everything sounds pretty heavy already and we can't wait to finish the recordings! More news about the album soon...

'We also added a couple new dates to our show schedule and there are way more planned!'

Upcoming MMG Shows:
14.04.2007 Landespavillion, Stuttgart (GER)
30.03.2007 Rasthaus B9, Bad Breisig (GER)
31.03.2007 Juz T9, Heidenheim (GER)
14.04.2007 Landespavillion, Stuttgart (GER)
21.04.2007 K.S.E Monsterstroke Fest, Jülich (GER)
11.05.2007 Rainbow, Immenstadt (GER)
02.06.2007 Kulturschokk, Remscheid (GER)
23.06.2007 Nachtcafé, Gerolstein (GER)
16.-18.08.2007 Summerbreeze Festival, Dinkelsbühl (GER)
w/ Black Dahlia Murder, Fear My Thoughts, Bolt Thrower, Doro,
Tankard, Hardcore Superstar, , Amon Amarth, and wayyy more...

GOD DETHRONED confirmed for Earthshaker Festival

GOD DETHRONED have been confirmed for this year's Earthshaker Fest, taking place between July 19th and 21st in D-92286 Riden - Kreuth (near Amberg), Germany. For more info on the festival, visit

FLESHCRAWL announce new bass player

'Finally we can announce that FLESHCRAWL has found a new bass player!
The new dude responsible for the four respectively five string weapon is called Nico Scheffler and lives near our home area. Check out the FC site to get some more info on him!'


It was bloody. It was Brutal. It was a massacre. Get In The Ring, the official World Heavyweight Championship Of The World, took place place here in the UK on March 6, 2007 at the Hammersmith Palais in London. Four up-and-coming contenders faced off in the ring to see who was the biggest, baddest and most brutal new metal band on the planet. three 'ringside' judges gave their verdict on each of the band on the night.

But thats only half the story:the rest is now down to YOU!

Phone lines & website voting are now open.


To vote by phone, the number is 09042531111. You call the number and you will then be given a number to press for your choice of band. Calls will be charged at £1.50 per minute. Text entries should be sent to 80008. Text ROCK then space, followed by the following key word for each band (text TURISAS). All texts will be charged at £1.50.

For futher updates and online voting please vistst the metal hammer web site at


Decapitated cancel rest of Euro tour

Polish death metallers DECAPITATED have commented on the recent cancellation of their European tour. "We regret to inform that the Organic Hallucinosis European Tour ended as of March 7th due to extreme conditions that compromised the health and safety of all band and crew members.

We are holding Rose Production responsible for making it impossible to continue, as they were not willing to repair the growing mechanical damages of the tour bus, nor were they able to provide a replacement vehicle. Also, the driver hired by Rose Production refused to travel further after the state of the bus had become clearly unsafe to drive.

It was at that point that Decapitated and the other supporting bands had no other choice but to head home. We want to warn all the bands and labels - avoid Rose Productions! Not only did they fail to honor several important points in their contract with us, but even worse, they left us to rot in some of the poorest conditions we have ever seen on tour and would really like to prevent this from happening again to other people in the future.

On the brighter side - to PHAZM, HATE, and our crew - we were glad to have you with us despite the unfortunate circumstances - the moments of laughter and complete mayhem will not be forgotten. To all the people who made it to the shows on the first half - thank you! Your support saved us once again. There were some really great turn outs at many of the venues and look forward to coming back soon. Any links to photos or footage would be greatly appreciated. Check back later for other Decapitated news and upcoming tour dates for summer and fall 2007."

Severe Torture and Evile start UK tour today

Dutch Death metallers SEVERE TORTURE and UK thrash upstarts EVILE start their UK tour today with Desecration. Ol D of Evile says: 'Evile are fu*king excited to be touring across the UK with Dutch legends Severe Torture and death metal bastards Desecration, it's reet good'

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

11-12 Neurotic Deathfest - Hol

17-18 Mountains Of Death, Muotathal - Switzerland



Former SOCIETY 1 front man Matt Zane, in conjunction with p-o-r-n juggernaut Pleasure Productions, is launching a unique p-o-r-n series entitled Radium, which will feature the latest metal videos, band interviews, and loads of hot and heavy p-o-r-n!

Radium will feature Pleasure Productions starlet and Kentucky native, Tera Wray, as host of the Radium series. Tera Wray will be interviewing metal's hottest up-and-coming acts, play a diverse mix of new metal videos, and address all things metal - culturally, musically and sexually. Creating the perfect marriage of extremity, the premier episode of Radium will feature an all Earache Records roster - including videos from MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE BERZERKER, MORTIIS, and WITH PASSION.

The issue will also include a live interview with Tera and WITH PASSION at the California Metal Fest, as well as Tera getting a drum lesson from SOCIETY 1 drummer Berzerk Kirk. Matt Zane will be producing the series, firmly standing by the budding alt-p-o-r-n industry, recognising the relevance of this union stating 'people always will want to see p-o-r-n, and metal has been around since the 70's.' Keep a lookout for the premier episode of Radium and check out some of Matt Zane's other alt-p-o-r-n endeavors such as Tattooed and Tight at

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