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Pure Metal News: March 2007 Part 2

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DIMMU BORGIR - guests at Frankfurt's music trade fair

If you haven’t planned your visit at the Musikmesse Frankfurt yet - here is the perfect reason to do so! Mighty DIMMU BORGIR will do a signing session at the ESP booth on Saturday, March 31st.

Mainman Shagrath and guitarist Silenoz are gonna fulfil all of your signing wishes from 2 pm on. So grab your DIMMU BORGIR CDs, shirts and whatnot to get your very own signature from the world’s leading Black Metal band! Is there a better way to prepare yourself for the release of the upcoming album "In Sorte Diaboli" on April 27th?

DIMMU BORGIR - European tour dates & new merchandise available!

Brace yourselves for the return of medieval darkness to Europe: DIMMU BORGIR have just announced the dates for their gigantic tour through all of Europe! Fittingly entitled "The Invaluable Darkness Tour 2007", the Norwegian masters of Black Metal will introduce brand new songs of "In Sorte Diaboli" (European release date: April 27th) alongside older smashers live from September 2007 on. Viking Metallers AMON AMARTH will be supporting them. You can buy your tickets either at or To get yourself in the right pitch black mood for this killer tour, go and get the DIMMU BORGIR download single "The Serpentine Offering" including an exclusive non-album track - which is out now and HERE! North American customers click HERE!

23.09.2007 AMSTERDAM - Paradiso (NL)
24.09.2007 TILBURG - 013 (NL)
25.09.2007 COLOGNE - E-Werk (DE)
26.09.2007 BRUSSELS - AB (BE)
04.10.2007 PARIS - Elysee Montmartre (FR)
06.10.2007 MARSEILLE - Le Moulin (FR)
07.10.2007 BARCELONA - Razzmatazz 2 (ES)
09.10.2007 LISBON - Coliseum (PO)
10.10.2007 MADRID - Joy Eslava (ES)
11.10.2007 BERGARA - Sala Jam (ES)
13.10.2007 PRATTELN - Z7 (CH)
14.10.2007 MILAN - Alcatraz (IT)
15.10.2007 LJUBLJANA - Exhibition Hall (SI)
16.10.2007 VIENNA - Planet Music (AT)
17.10.2007 BUDAPEST - Petofi Csarnok (HU)
19.10.2007 PRAGUE - Retro (CZ)
20.10.2007 WARSAW - Progresja (PL)
21.10.2007 BERLIN - Columbiahalle (DE)
22.10.2007 HAMBURG - Docks (DE)
23.10.2007 WIESBADEN - Schlachthof (DE)
25.10.2007 MüNCHEN - Georg Elser Halle (DE)
26.10.2007 LEIPZIG - Werk II (DE)
27.10.2007 STUTTGART - Nuclear Blast Festival (DE)
29.10.2007 COPENHAGEN - Store Vega (DK)
30.10.2007 LUND - Mejeriet (SE)
01.11.2007 HELSINKI - House Of Culture (FI)
02.11.2007 OULU - Tearia (FI)
04.11.2007 STOCKHOLM - Arenan (SE)
05.11.2007 GOTHENBURG - Tragarn (SE)
06.11.2007 OSLO - Sentrum Scene (NO)

Welcome to part two of the Nuclear Blast merchandise attack with brand new DIMMU BORGIR shirts! Truly blasphemous and infintely evil - the second shirt design entitled "Religion Sickens Me" is now available! Click here to buy your own piece of Black Metal mania!

DIMMU BORGIR "Religion Sickens Me"

TS XXL 141554 - 15,99 €
TS XL 141555 - 15,99 €
TS L 141556 - 15,99 €
TS M 141557 - 15,99 €
LS XXL 141558 - 20,99 €
LS XL 141559 - 20,99 €
LS L 141560 - 20,99 €
LS M 141561 - 20,99 €

EXODUS - Tom Hunting has returned

EXODUS-drummer Tom Hunting has returned! 'It was always understood that when and if Tom was ever ready to resume his drumming duties for the band his seat would be waiting', the band states. 'Paul always knew this and was the first to say it upon joining the band.

Paul and Tom always have been good friends and we, as a band, cannot thank Paul enough for his services on Shovel Head and all subsequent tours. That having been said, we are so excited to have Tom back in the band he co-founded. We are hard at work on the new songs, and this sh*t is the best and heaviest music we’ve ever written. This album will redefine thrash metal as we know it. We will be hitting the studio mid May with producer Andy Sneap, and you have been warned!'

ECHOES OF ETERNITY - New video online

Female-fronted prog sensation from L.A., ECHOES OF ETERNITY, have posted their new video "Voices In A Dream" on The video was directed by Olle Carlsson. The song has been chosen by Fans via poll on the band’s official MySpace page and comes off the group’s debut album "The Forgotten Goddess". ECHOES OF ETERNITY recently announced the addition of second guitarist Sam Young to the group's ranks.

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Podblast Caine vs. Mnemic special

This time we’re up to introduce a very special thing! Caine - a really cool and thrilling German audio book that tells the story of a professional killer. The Podblast is hosted by the main character’s speaker and Mircea from the Danish band MNEMIC. The Podblast features an excerpt out of the second sequal "CAINE_02 - Todesengel"! Check out this awesome edition of the Nuclear Podblast and get surprised!

BORN FROM PAIN news update


Alright, we started the tour with FIRST BLOOD and THE SETUP in Cologne. Great show and thanks for all the people that came out! Unfortunately BLOODLINED CALLIGRAPHY had to cancel the tour due to unforeseen circumstances.

We hope they make it over sooner than later and all of you get to see them. We got 2 new openers for the tour instead; SAMARITAN, who did all the dates from Hamburg until Poland and 37 STABWOUNDZ will be with us on the warpath from Berlin to Trier. Make sure all of you come out and check that sh*t out!

The vinyl version of "War" is out now on Hollowman Records now. Make sure you order that stuff right here: or buy it at one of our shows!

Make sure you keep on checking our show section. There are constantly dates added. Also, we are working on confirmations for tours for the upcoming period, so keep your eyes peeled for the PAIN coming your way... South America, North America and Asian gigs about to be confirmed!

More blitzkrieg coming your way in September/October 2007! BORN FROM PAIN have been confirmed to co-headline this years edition of the Hell On Earth. Other confirmed bands on the bill until now are WALLS OF JERICHO, but more to be added later.




What's up everybody? First off, we'd like to thank everybody that came out to "The War Is On" Tour until now. It has been amazing so far and we are looking forward to the weeks still coming....

On a different note; yes the rumours are true, Che is leaving BORN FROM PAIN. After 10 years of dedication, hard work and withstanding the tests of time alongside of us, Che has decided that he needs to move onto different things in life and set other priorities than those that come with playing in a band. The split is in good friendship and we wish Che all the best with all things to come in his life. Che has emphasised that him leaving should never be a reason for BORN FROM PAIN trying to reach the goals the band has set for itself.

This is what Che has to say about the split with the band:
"In the summer of ’97 I bought a ticket for a rollercoaster ride called BORN FROM PAIN, and got more than I bargained for. Ever since the very first beginning I played so many shows, met even more great people and learned a lot about the world, music and especially me as a person.

During the last year and a half however, I started struggling with my priorities and found out I wasn’t into the band that much anymore as I was in our early career. This resulted in one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make in my life; me quitting BORN FROM PAIN. I found myself not being able to put energy into the band outside of the live shows, and later it became even harder and harder for me to get into the tour van to go to shows. I felt like I was lightly burnt out by a lot of things and especially BORN FROM PAIN.

This led to me estranging from the band, to a certain extent, and I started thinking about a life without BORN FROM PAIN. The more I thought about it, the more I started to like the idea about having a regular life, a normal career and different hobbies without BORN FROM PAIN 'dictating' my life. Like I said I had some great times with this band, but this is as far as I can take it.

I have no more energy nor the will to push it any further than I have done up until this point. Me staying in the band would only keep the band behind, and that is not something I wish to happen to BORN FROM PAIN. BORN FROM PAIN has always been a band that pushed its limits and a band is only as strong as its weakest link.

"I will still be active in the music scene, but more on the background, like managing and advising bands. I will be playing music as well but that will be on a hobby basis. I’m happy the other guys decided to keep the machine rolling and that we’re able to split in friendship.

 I’d like to thank everyone who supported me and BORN FROM PAIN throughout the years as well as GSR music, Metal Blade Records, Hollowman, M.A.D. and their entire staff for believing in this crazy thing that I helped create… Last but not least I wish Karl, Rob, Roel and Dom all the luck they deserve with BORN FROM PAIN in the future. The war is still on… "

BORN FROM PAIN will NOT be cancelling shows and will have none other than Carl Schwartz from FIRST BLOOD filling in on the mic. With Carl we have found someone that has been on the frontline of the scene for many years and is fully in sync with BORN FROM PAIN's musical direction as well as our message. Carl will be taking the position on the mic for an undetermined time.

This is what Carl has to say:

"I am sad to hear that Che is leaving the band and that his time at the front of one of my favourite European hardcore bands will soon come to an end. His charisma and commanding presence will surely be missed, and his shoes will undoubtedly be hard to fill.

However, I am excited for the opportunity to hit the stage and help the band continue doing what they've been doing for all these years. I am looking forward to stepping in, not only because of the band's true sincerity and dedication, but because they are my friends."

We all have full faith in this co-operation and are ready for battle. Be ready. The war is still on!

BORN FROM PAIN keep touring

After finishing their very successful 'The War Is On' tour with FIRST BLOOD and THE SETUP, BORN FROM PAIN won’t back down - the kings of European metallic hardcore will keep burning the stages all across Europe!

Make sure you don’t miss the last few dates of the 'The War Is On' tour:
28.03. - ES - Madrid - Ritmo Y Compas
29.03. - ES - Barcelona - Mephisto
30.03. - FR - Lyon - Lyon Hall
31.03. - DE - Mönchengladbach - Aquarium

Solo Shows:
01.04. - DE - Hameln - Regenbogen
07.04. DE - Eisleben - Wiesenhaus
09.04. NL - Rijssen - Dutch Metal Fest
13.04. DE - Essen - Zeche Karl
19.04. NL - Nijmegen - Doornrosje
20.04. DE - Schneverdingen - FBZ
27.04. DE - Herten - JZ Herten Nord
04.05. BE - Arlon - Les Nuits De L’entrepôt
05.05. BE - Wuustweezel - Puntpop
11.05. BE - Durbuy - Rock Festival
12.05. SW - Luzern - Sedel
18.05. DE - Oettinger - JUZ
25.05. DE - Abtsgmünd - Sundown Festival NEW
30.05. FR - Perpignan - Crock More NEW
31.05. FR - Nantes - Le Ferrailleur
01.06. FR - Chambray Les Tours - Free Edge Festival
02.06. FR - St. Quentin - Festival En Trans’aisne
03.06. FR - Collmar - Grillen
08.06. DE - Röblingen am See - Salt Lake Rocks Festival
09.06. DE - Kassel - Baracuda Bar
15.06. NL - Zeist - Peppel
29.06. NL - Heerlen - Nieuwe Nor
06.07. DE - Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
07.07. DE - Medewitz - Open Air
14.08. AU - Mönichkirchen - Rocky Mountains Festival
18.08. DE - Villmar - Tells Bells Festival
25.08. BE - As - Vlamrock Festival
26.08. BE - Ieper - Ieper Festival
01.09. BE - Wachtebeke - Meadow Fest
22.09. NL - Udenhout - Mugfest
12.10. NL - Venlo - Perron 55
08.12. DE - Magdeburg - t.b.a.


Since MORTEM can't play any of their shows CANNIBAL CORPSE will have different bands opening for the rest of the tour. Three shows will be opened by Metal Blade Recording artists!

IMPIOUS @ 19.03. - Gothenborg - Musikenshus (SWE)
LAY DOWN ROTTEN @ 21.03. - Hannover - Musikzentrum (GER)
LAY DOWN ROTTEN @ 22.03. - Jena - F Haus (GER)

CANNIBAL CORPSE have checked in with the following update after completing the first two weeks of their European tour: 'Hey everybody, I just wanted to let you all know how our European tour is going so far. Today we're playing in Slovenia, which will be the 14th show of the tour, so this show marks the halfway point.

So far all of the shows have gone really well, the audiences have been excellent night after night. We also were very happy to finally play in Romania and Bulgaria. It was our first time playing in either of those countries, but it certainly won't be the last. Both countries have great death metal scenes, and we hope to return there when we tour for our next album.

The other countries we've been through so far have been: France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Serbia, which was last night. We've met a ton of cool people at every show, so I'd like to say hello and thanks to any of you who might be reading this. OK, sound check is going to start in a few minutes, so I'd better get going. Thanks again to all the fans who have come to the shows so far, see the rest of you soon!'

For a complete tour listing visit the or check out

LIZZY BORDEN work with members of TRIVIUM and Y&T

TRIVIUM guitarist Corey Beaulieu and Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti are to guest on the next album from veteran shock rockers LIZZY BORDEN. Stay tuned for more details on the new album by Lizzy and his gang!

MIDDIAN website online

"In the last two weeks, I've learned a very important thing. I SUCK at HTML. With that said, our website is up and running. You can check out some gnarly pics, read repetitive news, and sign up for our e-mail (spam) list."



SUICIDE SILENCE - Sign world-wide with Century Media Records

Century Media Records is proud to announce SUICIDE SILENCE as the newest addition to its world-wide family. This devastating quintet from Riverside, CA immediately separated themselves from the underground through an undying work ethic and undeniable live performance. The group will enter the studio in March with John Travis (Kid Rock, Static-X) to record their debut full-length, which is tentatively set for a summer release.

Mitch Lucker (vocals) further describes the band's excitement over the new deal: "We're very excited to join such a historic roster alongside so many great metal bands. The Century Media Family is extremely hard working and dedicated to supporting the goals we've set as a band.

They have a solid understanding of the direction we're looking to take this band and are just as much our friends as they are our record label at this point. Thank you to everyone who has been with us from the beginning and we can't wait to get back on the road to support the release of our new record later this year. See you all soon."

SUICIDE SILENCE released a five-song EP for Third Degree Records in 2005, which was the perfect testament to the damage the band is capable of inflicting. Their music clearly represents their many influences, incorporating a savage mix of death metal, grindcore, black metal, hardcore and doom elements into each track.

The group's most notable and defining niche is defying the genre's predictable conventions, striving to create something more exciting and unique. The songs are dynamic and crushing, shifting effortlessly from insane grind chaos into surgically precise, disorienting time signatures topped off with snail-paced grooves and destructive breakdowns.

Following an acclaimed performance at last year's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, SUICIDE SILENCE spent the remainder of the summer on their first headlining U.S. run, with All Shall Perish and Too Pure To Die in the support slots. This would lead immediately into their first U.K. headlining tour, helping them further garner a rabid worldwide underground following.

SUICIDE SILENCE adheres to no preconceived notions and refuses to be pigeonholed into any specific genre. The juxtaposition of each member's talents creates an explosive, yet exciting result that is sure to keep the entire extreme music world on their toes and wondering just what is coming next. Expect the boundaries of conventionality to be shattered in 2007 with this dynamic debut release.

DIMMU BORGIR - "In Sorte Diaboli" mailorder edition

We present the ultimate DIMMU BORGIR collector’s item to you: released on April 27th, you will be able to purchase your copy of our very, very noble minted "In Sorte Diaboli" book!

Strictly limited to 2000 copies worldwide, it features 32 pages in 7" size, 2 audio bonus tracks, a bonus DVD, seven big photo cards, a mirror and a numbered authenticity certificate. Medieval darkness is back - and it has never looked classier! Pre-order your copy at this location now before they are all gone!

MORTIIS - 'The Grudge' remix video edit online now

A specially edited version of Mortiis' 'The Grudge' video has been uploaded at You Tube

The edit by Charlie Deaux is backed by a soundtrack of the David Wallace Remix of 'The Grudge' which will appear on the forthcoming remix album 'Some Kind of Heroin', released on April 16.

Commenting on the video, Mortiis explained; 'Actually that video came as a surprise, I think Charlie wanted to showcase his creative ideas with thisversion of the video, really go all the way with it, and it caught me totally by surprise but I love it, as a matter of fact I love the unchained intensity of it, the fact that it's really frantic and fast really works with the remix Dave did, which also caught me by surprise.

Dave really made that song sound like an "old school" 90's industrial song, which I have always used as a big inspiration for a lot of the music I write, at least in the last couple of years."

Mortiis undertakes a European Tour in support of Deathstars in April at the following venues:


Apr. 02 - La Locomotive - Paris, FRA
Apr. 03 - Academy 2 - Birmingham, UK
Apr. 04 - Islington Academy - London, UK
Apr. 05 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
Apr. 06 - The Intake Club - Mansfield, UK
Apr. 07 - Rios - Bradford, UK
Apr. 08 - Cathouse - Glasgow, UK
Apr. 09 - Academy 2 - Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Apr. 10 - Corporation - Sheffield, UK
Apr. 11 - Voodoo Lounge - Dublin, IRE
Apr. 12 - Zodiac - Oxford, UK
Apr. 13 - Academy 2 - Liverpool, UK
Apr. 14 - The Sugarmill - Stoke On Trent, UK
Apr. 15 - Teesside University - Middlesbrough, UK
Apr. 17 - Rockhal - Esch/Alzette, LUX
Apr. 18 - Z7 - Pratteln, SWI
Apr. 19 - Katakombe - Karlsrume, DE
Apr. 20 - Matrix - Bochum, GER
Apr. 21 - Oktoberhallen - Wieze, BE
Apr. 22 - Baroeg - Rotterdam, NETH
Apr. 23 - Muzikzentrum - Hannover, DE
Apr. 25 - Train - Arhus, DK
Apr. 26 - Markthallle - Hamburg, DE
Apr. 27 - Hellraiser - Leipzig, DE
Apr. 29 - Futurum Music Club - Prague, CZ
Apr. 30 - Petofi Hall - Budapest, HUN
May 01 - Backstage - Munich, DE
May 02 - Steinbruchtheater - Darmstadt, DE

HE IS LEGEND - New video clip online

HE IS LEGEND have posted the clip for the song 'Attack Of The Dungeon Witch', which can be found on the band’s first release for Century Media Records entitled 'Suck Out The Poison', online at their myspace page, for a direct link click HERE!!!

On 'Suck Out The Poison' HE IS LEGEND once again defy pigeonholing with a brilliant mix of Southern Rock, Grunge, Metal and Emo sounds, and the album has been hailed by critics as a 'force of nature' (STARDUST (D) magazine) whereas German METAL HAMMER labelled it a 'rousing and extremely diverse mixture that knows no taboos'.

In early 2007, HE IS LEGEND toured Europe together with label mates Norma Jean and The Showdown to present their new masterpiece onstage. If you like to check out some songs taken off 'Suck Out The Poison', visit the band’s myspace profile @

TURISAS - Watch Metal Hammer's Get In The Ring on telly

Here are the times to watch the battle!

Metal Hammer held a battle of the bands in a boxing ring in a condemned building to see which group would triumph. Breed 77, Turisas, The Zico Chain and Deathstars entered the ring, all played 25 minute sets in front of a live audience and a panel of judges, and now it's your chance to watch the show and vote for the winner!

Check out our short trailer

Here are the times that the show will be aired on
Get In The Ring!

Sat 17th March 8pm
Tue 20th March 7pm
Wed 21st March 2pm
Fri 23rd March 10pm
Sat 24th March 4pm
Sun 25th March 10pm
Mon 26th March 9pm
Wed 28th March 9pm

For further showings see your Sky Planner or click here
The Get In The Ring! - Backstage Special!
Sat 21st April 7pm
Sun 22nd April 2am + 1pm
Tue 24th April 6pm
Wed 25th April 2am + 1pm

For further showings see your Sky Planner or or click here
Get In The Ring! - Winners Special!

Wed 16th May 8pm
For further showings see your Sky Planner or or click here

You can also vote online at

… get voting for Turisas NOW!!!!


The Buckcherry & Backyard Babies show at the Mean Fiddler in London on Tuesday 20th March is sold out but both bands will be performing at the infamous Intrepid Fox pub in London on Monday 19th March for FREE!!

The Fox is proud to present, in association with Total Rock & Rockworld TV, the rock'n'fu*kin'roll party of the month... LICENSED TO ROCK...

Monday, 19th March... an exclusive, interactive TV event... with live performances from the kings of LA sleaze, BUCKCHERRY; supported by UK metallers BEYOND ALL REASON; and if that was not enough rock'n'roll for ya, Sweden's finest BACKYARD BABIES perform a special acoustic set ...


DESPISED ICON - Announce new album title; new song online

Canadian death/metalcore six-piece DESPISED ICON will release the follow-up to 2005’s much lauded 'The Healing Process' via Century Media Records on May 21st, 2007.

Entitled 'The Ills Of Modern Man', the new full-length pummels the listener with sheer aggressiveness backed with impeccable time changes, scathing blast beats and devastating breakdown assaults. These Canadians walk a fine line between the death metal and grindcore genres, resulting in an exciting juxtaposition that will leave all fans of extreme music begging for more.

To catch a glimpse of what to expect of 'The Ills Of Modern Man', check out the band’s new track 'In The Arms Of Perdition' at their myspace page:

Furthermore, the band will be touring Europe together with Unearth and Job For A Cowboy from next week on, so check the dates given below and don’t miss your chance to see DESPISED ICON presenting their new material live!

With Unearth, Job For A Cowboy, Daath

20.03.2007 Exeter Lemon Grove
21.03.2007 Nottingham Rock City
22.03.2007 Manchester Academy 2
23.03.2007 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
24.03.2007 London Mean Fiddler
26.03.2007 Oxford Zodiac
27.03.2007 Glasgow Garage
28.03.2007 Stoke Sugarmill
29.03.2007 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
30.03.2007 Newport TJs

MESHUGGAH - album news

Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH have posted the following message on their official web site:
"Yup, it's us again already!! (Oh, that soon!? - you think) We know you guys think we update this site way too often and that our continuous 'super-flux' of information is a bit too much for all y'all to handle!

Well, here's yet another little tidbit for your over-full mouths and minds to nibble on:

As you've already read and/or heard from other places than the source from where, in a perfect world, you should have heard it (i.e. this site) that we're writing for coming album and we're just about to start recording! This album will rock your flee-ridden socks off! (that is - if you let it) We're aiming at a fall release, hopefully September! Doing some Euro/Scandinavian festivals this summer, starting late June through August, so check the tour schedule over the next few weeks as dates will be posted there!

SIX FEET UNDER release parties announced

Florida’s mighty death metal outfit SIX FEET UNDER return with their new masterpiece „Commandment' on April 20th (G/A/S), April 23rd (Europe)! There’s no escape! They deliver ten songs that all SFU fans are going to love! Especially older fans who have been around for a long time listening to them.

If you wanna have a first listen to The Ten Death Metal Commandments make sure you don’t miss one of the release party dates listed below.

Besides a first glimpse into one of 2007’s Death Metal highlights you have the chance to win some rare competition goodies.

Be prepared for the following Doomsdays:

13.04.2007 GER Ingolstadt - Rockclub U2
13.04.2007 GER Kiel - Pumpe
13.04.2007 GER Berlin - Lime Club
13.04.2007 AUT Innsbruck - Abyss Bar

14.04.2007 GER Lübeck - Movement
14.04.2007 GER Leipzig - Hellraiser
14.04.2007 GER Hannover - Labor
14.04.2007 GER Nürnberg - Rockfabrik
14.04.2007 GER Tübingen - Epplehaus
14.04.2007 GER Pirmasens - Rockkneipe Zur Schwemme
14.04.2007 AUT Wien - Escape

17.04.2007 GER Oldenburg - Amadeus

18.04.2007 GER Darmstadt - Steinbruch

19.04.2007 GER Hamburg - Headbangers Ballroom
19.04.2007 GER Karlsruhe - Katakombe

20.04.2007 GER Koblenz - Druckkammer
20.04.2007 GER Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik

21.04.2007 GER Berlin - K17
21.04.2007 GER Hildesheim - Rockclub
21.04.2007 GER Bochum - Matrix
21.04.2007 AUT Petzenkirchen - Loch Ness
21.04.2007 UK Liverpool - Krazy House

22.04.2007 GRE Athen - Underground Rock Club
22.04.2007 GRE Thessaloniki - 8th Ball

27.04.2007 SWE Göteborg - Belsepub

THE BLACK DAHILA MURDER announce new drummer

Detroit-based extreme metallers THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER have issued the following update:

"Well, after 4.5 months of grueling searching, we are extremely happy to announce that Shannon Lucas [ex-ALL THAT REMAINS] has joined THE BLACK DAHLIA fold. He is an extremely sick player, as many of you already know, and we can't wait to do the next album together. We also would like to thank everyone that tried out for the band. We had the chance to jam with some amazing dudes throughout the process. We encourage everyone who can to come out to our first show back at New England Metal and Hardcore Festival [in late April]."

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER is currently writing material for the follow-up to 2005's "Miasma", due later in the year via Metal Blade Records. "It's definitely in the same vein as our older stuff," vocalist Trevor Strnad told in January. "Nothing drastically changed. It's just more tasteful, and some of this new stuff will be faster than the last record."

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will record the new CD with Eric Rachel, who mixed "Miasma". "There's going to be a lot more soloing than we've done previously," Strnad explained to "This record's a bit more European-sounding, I think. More so than we already were, if you can imagine that. The solo stuff has a black metal-ish flavor to it. We messed around with that a little bit previously, but some of the songs have a major DISSECTION kind of feel to them."

Lyrically, Strnad said the record — due in the fall — will be "more horror-oriented" than "Miasma". "As far as gore and death and stuff like that goes, I mean, that's all been done — into the ground," he said. "I am just trying to do something like that, but with my own flavor to it. There are still ways to repulse people out there — I just need to figure it all out."

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER is also working on its first DVD release, which Strnad hopes will include footage documenting the making of the band's next record.

Complete UNEARTH update

'So we just landed in the UK and we are all eager as fu*k to headline the UK and Europe for the first time. We have done some amazing European tours before, but it will feel damn good to play a full set and put on our show for our friends overseas.

We are hitting up some smaller venues, most without barricades, so we can bring a real UNEARTH show to the people. We hand picked JOB FOR A COWBOY, DESPISED ICON and DAATH to make sure the entire bill was one that will keep the crowds looking over their shoulders at all times. Tickets are going fast to most of the shows, so be sure to hit up the links in the tour section of the site to get yours before they are gone.'

'After the headlining run we come right back home for a North American tour with DIMMU BORGIR, DEVIL DRIVER and KATAKLYSM. We haven't hit the road with DIMMU since the 2004 Ozzfest, so it will be good to get out there and do it again in a club setting. DEVIL DRIVER is always a great band to share the stage with and KATAKLYSM is one of the best death metal bands around today. This tour is going to be an unfu*kingreal diverse clash of heavy music... good times ahead. For the summer, a handful of European festivals and a return to Japan, Australia and New Zealand are in the works, so stay tuned for updates.'

See you all real soon, UNEARTH

THE ABSENCE completes work on sophomore album

Tampa thrash outfit THE ABSENCE has finished tracking its new record, "Riders of the Plague". The CD, which features guest appearences by guitarists James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT), Jonas Kjellgren and Per Nilsson (SCAR SYMMETRY), Santiago Dobles (AGHORA) as well as guest vocals by Jonas Granvik (WITHOUT GRIEF, EDGE OF SANITY), is currently being mixed in Sweden at Black Lounge studios by Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY, CARNAL FORGE, CENTINEX).

More album details, including track listing and album art, will be revealed soon!

CATTLE DECAPITATION bonus track available for free download

CATTLE DECAPITATION have uploaded the song "World Full Of Idiots". The song comes from the Japanese version of the last album "Karma.Bloody.Karma" Click here:

CATTLE DECAPTIATION will tour Europe for the first time in May together with the mighty DYING FETUS!


Metal Blade recording artist THIS ENDING launches a merchandise weborder on their homepage with limited amount of T-shirts and beanies.
Direct link:

In other news THIS ENDING is currently working on new material and has so far material for 4 songs. Demo versions of any new song might be available at http://www.myspace.comso stay tuned!

Stay sick !


NOCTURNAL RITES - Announce new album title

The unstoppable Swedish power-house NOCTURNAL RITES returns with another masterpiece of Melodic Metal entitled 'The 8th Sin'. The album will be released by Century Media Records on May 28th, 2007.

The mystery of the album title can already revealed: The new album is, of course, full of lust, gluttony and pride, but stands above of any wrath, greed, sloth or envy - the 8th not that deadly sin, however, is a deluxe blend of Melodic Metal and Hardrock done the NOCTURNAL RITES way! 'The 8th Sin' offers a slightly more modern sound with harsh riffs, huge choruses and the band’s classic guitar extravaganza. But don’t be afraid of any bad surprises, the new album is 110% NOCTURNAL RITES from start to finish!

Here is the track-listing of 'The 8th Sin':

1. Call Out To The World
2. Never Again
3. Not The Only
4. Tell Me
5. Not Like You
6. Leave Me Alone
7. Till I Come Alive
8. Strong Enough
9. Me
10. Pain & Pleasure
11. Fools Parade (Outro)

The new album was produced by the band themselves, co-produced by Shep and mixed by Mattias Eklund & NOCTURNAL RITES at Toontrack Music in Umea, Sweden.

After a successful support tour with Gamma Ray, a Japan headliner tour, another support tour with Nightwish running through Scandinavia and countless headliner shows in their home country to promote the band’s last album 'Grand Illusion', NOCTURNAL RITES are ready to present their newest effort live this summer on various festivals to be followed by a tour in autumn. So don’t be greedy and join these sinners for the 8th time.

BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE - New album details revealed

Atlanta, Georgia's BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE has completed work on their upcoming album titled "The Physics of Fire'. Produced by Andreas Magnusson (Black Dahlia Murder, The Agony Scene, Scarlet) this past winter, mixing was finished earlier this month and mastering is currently underway. The album will hit stores in Europe via Century Media Records on June 18th, 2007.

Here is the final track-listing:
01. Epoch of War
02. Immolation
03. Autopsy
04. The Great Fall
05. Nocturne
06. The Monolith
07. Construct and Collapse
08. Endure
09. Fire Made Flesh
10. Second Death
11. The Balance of Eternity

In related news, BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE will shoot a video on April 7th for the track "Endure". The video will be directed by Endeavor Media (Dead Poetic) and should surface later this spring.

For more info and new songs (coming April 3rd) check the band’s myspace page!

Press on the predecessor 'Terminate Damnation':

'BECOMING THE ARCETYPE really might become the next big thing…The mix of catchy Edge Of Sanity-style death metal, grinding blast beats, progressive death in the vein of Atheist, the gloom of Opeth, modern thrash, and metalcore-attitude unites the best out of many, many worlds.'

ROCK HARD (D), Soundcheck position #6

'BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE carry out plastic surgery on death metal!'


'This is an ambitious album from a band who may actually live up to their name.'


'This is metal of biblical proportions!'


Biomechanical Embark on UK Tour with 3 Inches of Blood

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 couple 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!!"

Biomechanical update from Three inches of Blood tour
Jamie Hunt, admired guitarist of Biomechanical said the tour so far has been "pure annihilation" and he's looking forward to getting to London for "loads of crazy muthafu*kers".

The guitar whizz says that playing with 3 inches of blood has been "a blast" and "the guys are killer both onstage and off, supporting them is totally insane! Loads of screaming vocals and widdly guitar solos all over the place!' He continues 'This tour is also the last time we will be playing Painkiller live we feel that we've played tribute to the track now, and it's time to move on to new things...'

So if you want to see Biomechanical before they put Painkiller to bed check out these remaining dates!

w/ 3 Inches Of Blood
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

w/ Sikth, Archtects, Cry for Silence + more
7 London, Islington Academy
8 Brighton, Concorde 2
14 Glasgow, Garage
15 Manchester, Academy 2
21 Exeter, Lemon Grove
22 Sheffield, Corporation
29 Yeovil, Ski Lodge

Akercocke proclaim the imminent arrival of Antichrist

British masterful dark lords Akercocke proclaim the title of their forthcoming album to be "Antichrist". Released on Earache records on May 28th 2007 the heavy and sinister foursome had this to say on the album's imminent arrival:

"The concept of Antichrist is wonderfully rich. It represents a supreme opposite. The epithet of the great antagonist provided a wonderful metaphoric framework within which to work. We have strived to make elements of the recording as evil as possible. Creating atmospheres that are deliberately uncomfortable.

Spurred on by a rage enhanced by the complete disgust with our recent history, we didn't have to dig very deeply to find the malice and rancour sufficient to evoke the spirit of violent antithesis. Antichrist is the perfect banner for a collection of songs that are tales of opposition, sanguinary lust and the axiom of our raison d'etre."
For a taster of these tales of opposition see Akercocke at these two very special shows:

31.03.07 UK London - Water Rats
29.03.07 UK Colchester - Arts Centre

Or go to


Equipped with a musically defiant centerpiece of metallic greatness, WITH PASSION, are preparing to hit the road with ISCARIOT, THE ABSENCE and ARCHITECT, for a full national tour. WITH PASSION have added selected east coast dates to the tour - vowing to slay each performance with scaling metallic shards of their sophomore Earache release, 'What We See When We Shut Our Eyes.'

WITH PASSION have also completed filming for a music video of the first single off of What We See When We Shut Our Eyes, 'Pale Horses Ride,' which is slated to be released for viewing at the end of March. WITH PASSION’S 'What We See When We Shut Our Eyes' features the dual guitar intertwining of John Morgan and Jeff Abernathy, coupled with triggered beats, searing vocals and overall themes of self reflection, emotional disturbance and a travelers’ rage.

WITH PASSION will continue their road trip on a supporting spring tour with VITAL REMAINS and LIGHT THIS CITY. WITH PASSION will also be featured in the premier episode of RADIUM, an alt-porn music program directed by SOCIETY 1 front man, Matt Zane which will feature a full interview live from the annual California Music Festival. WITH PASSION will kick off the ISCARIOT/ARCHITECT tour on March 24th and will be on the road until April 27th - check for the latest WITH PASSION news and the forthcoming video for 'Pale Horses Ride.'

24 Madison, Wisconsin @ The Loft
25 Westfield, Michigan @ Token Lounge
26 West Dundee, Illinois @ Clearwater Theatre
27 Des Moines, Iowa @ Hairy Marys
28 St. Cloud, Minnesota @ Java Joint
29 Aurora, Colorado @ Hubbas House of Rock n Roll
31 CALIFORNIA METAL FEST @ Galaxy Theater, Santa Ana, California

4 Corona, California @ Showcase Theatre
5 Tucson, Arizona @ The Rock
6 Yuma, Arizona @ Yuma Jaycee's
7 Albuquerque, New Mexico @ Compound
8 El Paso, Texas @ House of Rock n’ Roll
Apr 10 - Dallas, Texas @ Red Blood
14 Baton Rouge, Louisiana @ Darkroom
Apr 16 - Nashville, Tennessee @ The Muse
Apr 20 - Albany, New York @ American Legion Post 47
Apr 22 - Allentown, Pennsylvania @ Sterling
Apr 23 - Brooklyn, New York @ Europa
24 Rochester, New York @ Penny Arcade
25 Buffalo, New York @ Mohawk
26 Saginaw, Michigan @ Modern Exchange
27 Wheeling, West Virginia @ Yesterdays

ARCH ENEMY - Christopher Amott returns

Arch Enemy are pleased to be able to announce that original guitarist Christopher Amott is rejoining the band with immediate effect. The band, having finished an intense 18 month touring cycle all over the world promoting the 'Doomsday Machine' album and 'Live Apocalypse' DVD, are currently busy working on songs for their new studio album.

Christopher surprised many by departing Arch Enemy at the end of the 'Doomsday Machine' recording sessions in 2005, having been in the band for 10 years (starting with Arch Enemy at age 18). Christopher followed his urge to see the outside world and find what else is out there apart from music. Having done that, the time is right for him to return to the fold with a newly injected bite and focus and to resume his career.

Commenting on the re-grouping announcement he states:

'This is very exciting for me, returning to Arch Enemy as a fulltime member! Right now we are working on our forthcoming album and I'm very pleased about the way it's turning out. The new songs are fast and furious with lots of melody! To all the people who sent me kind messages while I was out of the band, thank you for your support, it helped me a lot. After this (much needed) two year break, I'm looking forward to getting back on the road. I hope to see you all later this year!'

Arch Enemy mastermind Michael Amott compliments his younger brother Christopher perfectly in style and chemistry and together they have become one of the most infamous and ripping guitar teams in extreme metal. Michael comments:

'So, we are back with my brother Christopher on guitar - it's a huge rush to have him back playing in his signature style! He's jumped in at the end of the songwriting process for the new album and added some of his unique spice! I feel Christopher's playing has matured and is more precise and even faster than before! Guitar fans are going to freak on the stuff we are getting up to on the new album!'

The last two years have been the busiest and most successful touring campaign of Arch Enemy’s entire career, so the many fans both old and especially new can now look forward to witnessing Christopher’s return to the stages of the world. In regards to Fredrik Åkesson, the Swedish guitar-wizard who has been touring with Arch Enemy for 18 months and who can be seen on the band’s latest video clip for the song 'My Apocalypse', Michael states:

'I want to add that we are eternally grateful to Fredrik Åkesson, who did an outstanding job with Arch Enemy over the past 18 months while we dragged the 'Doomsday Machine' around the world a couple of times - YOU ARE FU*KING AWESOME!'

Arch Enemy have spent the last weeks locked in intense rehearsals at their homebase in Halmstad, Sweden, putting the final touches to the new material and integrating Christopher on the new songs for the forthcoming studio album. More news on this will follow in the next few days, so stay tuned…

HASTE THE DAY - Another new song posted; new E-Card online

On 2nd April 2007 the new HASTE THE DAY album 'Pressure The Hinges' will hit stores across the UK! As another appetizer for this aural avalanche of irresistible melodic modern metal/rock anthems the extremely catchy new track 'Stitches' has been posted online at the following links:

A video for 'Stitches' will be premiered in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

The band also presents you a new ecard

There you can discover more info on the new album 'Pressure The Hinges', the band themselves as well as listen to some songs taken off the new release.

Press on 'Pressure The Hinges':

'…with its new vocalist the quintet delivers one metalcore-hit after another, especially during the first half of the album. The titletrack, ‘The Minor Prophets’ or ‘White Collar’ should make every fan of the genre wet his pants!'


SONIC SYNDICATE - Vote for your favourite song & competition

Have a listen to all songs of the new SONIC SYNDICATE album "Only Inhuman", and let us know which song you like best!

Everyone that participates may win one of the following prices:
15 * Nuclear Blast bags
15 * SONIC SYNDICATE goodies

CHECK OUT this link for further information:

What the press says about the album: "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

AMORPHIS - Touring Finland in April & new album

Having recently made a phenomenal return to the pinnacle of the Finnish metal scene with "Eclipse", AMORPHIS will be treating their Finnish fans to a mini-tour comprising four gigs in April. The Helsinki show is already sold out, but tickets to the Turku, Eura, and Jyväskylä concerts are still available.

The band spent the beginning of the year in the studio preparing their yet-unnamed eighth album, scheduled for release on August 29 in Finland and on August 31 in the rest of Europe. As a first taste of the new material, a single will be released on June 27. Throughout the summer months, AMORPHIS will be busy touring festivals home and abroad. In addition to a number of Finnish dates, several appearances in Germany and Belgium are already confirmed. Check all confirmed dates HERE!

AFTER FOREVER - Classic in rock + pro7 performances

On March 23rd, AFTER FOREVER singer Floor Jansen and Keyboarder Joost van den Broek took part in the 2007 edition of Classics In Rock, a big music event starring several scene luminaries such as Glenn Hughes (BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE), Jon Anderson (YES) and Arjen Lucassen (AYREON).

Pictures of the show - which took place at the Ahoy in Rotterdam - can be found here:

In other news, AFTER FOREVER guitarist Bas Maas will perform the WARLOCK song 'All We Are' together with Metal lady DORO and DESTRUCTION frontman Schmier live at a boxing match between German female boxing champion Regina Halmich and German TV personality / comedian Stefan Raab. The fight will be broadcasted live via German TV station Pro7, starting at 8:15pm CET.

AEON about to record upcoming album

"We are now gearing up to hit the studio this weekend to start recording the follow-up to 2005 Unique Leader release 'Bleeding the False'. 12 new songs of pure hatred are about to be put on tape and it feels fu*king great. We will be pushing that red button in Empire Studio for about one month and when that's done, the tracks will be sent down to the legendary Unisound Studio for some insane mixing and mastering by Dan Swanö. Needless to say we’re very excited make this album!"

AEON last year inked a multi-album deal with Metal Blade Records. The band also announced the addition of bassist Max Carlberg to the group's ranks.

PARADISE LOST - Preview of new single 'The Enemy' @ myspace

British gothic metal founding fathers PARADISE LOST will premier two songs taken off their upcoming new single 'The Enemy' (Out April 13, 2007) at the band’s myspace page on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 18:00 CET, get there by clicking HERE!

You can listen to a medley consisting of the single’s title track 'The Enemy' as well as 'Beneath Black Skies'. Apart from these two tracks, PARADISE LOST’s new single also contains the exclusive non-album track 'Godless' plus a trailer for the band’s upcoming documentary 'Over The Madness', which was directed by Diran Noubar and is about to be premiered at the film festival in Cannes in May 2007. The new single 'The Enemy' will only be released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

The masterly new PARADISE LOST opus 'In Requiem' will be released on May 21st, 2007 in Europe.

LACUNA COIL - Megadeth featuring vocals by Cristina Scabbia

LACUNA COIL’s Cristina Scabbia didn’t only do guest-vocals for Megadeth’s "A Tout Le Monde" (which originally appeared on the 1994 album "Youthanasia") now retitled "A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)", but also participated in the video of the song that was shot at a downtown Los Angeles studio on Thursday, March 8. Check out pictures from the at LACUNA COIL’s Myspace Blog or watch a video clip with some behind the scenes footage @ MySpace!

'I just shot my parts for the new Megadeth video ‘A Tout Le Monde’ in Los Angeles, and it was a blast! I met Dave Mustaine the day before I shot my individual parts, and it’s always amazing when you can talk with an artist who has been around in the music scene for so long and is still down to earth. Dave was nothing but kind to me.

It was such an honor to collaborate on the song, and then to be asked to participate in the video shoot was simply unbelievable. I always loved the original version of the song, but what a lot of people don’t know is that this is an entirely new version. It’s more rockin’ and powerful.

Now I totally understand why they decided to remake the song, for even though the original was already amazing, this new version brings more to the table. I did my best to play up my ‘acting skills’ the best I could. It was definitely funny to play the part.

You’ll soon see what I mean. It’s going to be great. I’m sure you’ll have as much fun watching this video as I had playing my character when you’ll see the final cut. And these are the last words I’ll ever speak, and they’ll set me free. // Cristina Scabbia'

"A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)" will appear on Megadeth's new album, "United Abominations".

After finalizing a video-clip for 'Within Me' the band will embark on the latest installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour alongside Stone Sour and Shadows Fall. The trek, which kicks off on March 23rd and runs through early May, is the group’s fourth U.S. run in support of their 'Karmacode' album. Before playing a few selected festivals in Europe they will do their own US headlining tour with the motto 'The Hottest Women In Metal" together with Within Temptation, In This Moment, The Gathering and/or Kylesa.

Tickets for the headlining dates are on sale now, be sure to get your ticket soon at

Check the full dates at!

OCTOBER FILE seek new drummer

October File need a new very hard hitting drummer (no trigger players). The band who are heavily influenced by Killing Joke are ready to record the new album. Applicant must be COMMITTED.


Long-running Swedish metallers ENTOMBED have been added to the May 7 concert at the Underworld in London, England featuring ONSLAUGHT and SUSPERIA.

ENTOMBED will release its new album, "Serpent Saints - The Ten Amendments", in Germany on July 13 through Threeman Recordings via a special arrangement with Candlelight Records. The 10-song effort will mark the group's first release with drummer Olle Dahlstedt (Alpha Safari, ex-Misery Loves Co.), who replaced Peter Stjärnvind in 2006.

The band has also scheduled a special showcase gig on May 3 at the Ballroom in Hamburg, Germany. Songtitles set to appear on the new CD include "In the Blood" and "The Dead, The Dying and the Dying to be Dead". Mastering duties will take place at the end of the month with Soren Elofsson at Cosmos Mastering in Stockholm, Sweden.

With regards to the musical direction of the new album, the band previously said, "'Serpents Saints' goes wider and deeper than the 'When In Sodom' EP but it's a pretty good indicator. It's no concept album but an ambitious attempt at creating a solid album with some recurring themes. Almost like the soundtrack to the film with the same name."

» Entombed website

CARNAL FORGE: 'Testify For My Victims' Artwork Available

The cover artwork for CARNAL FORGE's upcoming sixth album, "Testify for My Victims", has been posted online at this location. Due in May via Candlelight Records, the follow-up to 2004's "Aren't You Dead Yet?" was recorded, mixed and mastered over a four-and-a-half-month period and was produced by CARNAL FORGE.

"Testify for My Victims" track listing:

01. Testify For My Victims
02. Burning Eden
03. Numb (The Dead)
04. Godsend Gods End
05. End Game
06. Questions Pertaining The Ownership Of My Mind
07. Freedom By Mutilation
08. Subhuman
09. No Longer Bleeding
10. Biological Waste Matter
11. Lost Legion
12. Ante Mori

"Testify For My Victims" was mixed at Black Lounge Studios. Two videos have already been filmed for the album tracks "Numb" and "Burning Eden", both directed by Owe Lingvall (Village Road Film). The "Burning Eden" clip can be viewed at

Bassist Lars Linden recently stated, "We have an utterly brilliant peace of work soon to be released. We are all very satisfied how the songs have turned out and are very confident in the new more varied material. It will mean some change for you who have heard the previous albums, but hopefully you find it for the better. We for sure do and we are all very eager to get the new material out to the audience and to get out on tour again."

Formed in 1997, CARNAL FORGE released its debut, "Who's Gonna Burn" (War Music), in 1998. After signing with Century Media in early 2001, the band released "Please... Die" later in the year. The band would tour Europe supporting THE HAUNTED and NILE and make the first of several prestigious festival appearances (Linden making his debut with the band at the year's 2000 Decibel festival and Wacken Open Air). "The More You Suffer" (2003) and "Aren't You Dead Yet" (2004) would continue to see the band expand fan and worldwide sales base. Vocalist Jens C. Mortensen would join the band's ranks in late 2004, impressing fans with his strong live performances. In early 2006, the band began work on new material and expects an extensive world tour after the album release.

CARNAL FORGE currently features vocalist Jens C. Mortensen, guitarists Jari Kuusisto and Petri Kuusisto, drummer Stefan Westerberg with bassist Lars Linden.

OMNIUM GATHERUM announce album listening party

A listening party for OMNIUM GATHERUM's new album, "Stuck Here on Snakes Way", will be held in band's hometown of Kotka at the Yellowstone club during the "Yelloween Metal Party Weekend". The CD will be played in its entirety on Friday, March 23 at 21.30 and Saturday, March 24 at 21.30.

The cover artwork for "Stuck Here on Snakes Way" has been posted online at this location. Due on April 2 via Candlelight Records (one day later in North America), the CD was recorded during November-December 2006 at Southeast Studios in Karhula, Finland with producer Teemu Aalto. An eight-minute video clip documenting the recording sessions for the album has been posted online at

"Stuck Here on Snakes Way" track listing:

01. The Snake and The Way
02. Into Sea
03. Dysnomia
04. A-Part of God
05. Undertaker
06. Bastard-O
07. The Third Flame
08. Just Signs
09. Truth
10. Drudgery
11. In Sane World
12. Spiritual

The song "Into Sea" has been posted online on the band's MySpace page. Also available at the same location is a clip of the track "Spiritual".

"Stuck Here on Snakes Way" marks the band's first release with brand new vocalist Jukka Pelkonen, who joined the group in May 2006.

ONSLAUGHT: To Guest On Total Rock Radio this Thursday

ONSLAUGHT's Sy Keeler (vocals) and Steve Grice (drums) will be the live in-studio guests on Total Rock Radio with "Diamond Dave" on Wednesday, March 14 beginning at 18.00 GMT/19.00 CET. You can listen via the Internet on

ONSLAUGHT's new album, "Killing Peace", was released last week via Candlelight Records. The CD was recorded at Backstage studio in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Machine Head, Arch Enemy, Nevermore). The band has also re-recorded its classic first-album title track, "Power from Hell". The song was reborn on the 6/6/06 and mixed by Andy Henderson.

A full-length version of the track "Shock & Awe" is available for streaming via the band's newly re-launched web site. Check it out at this location.

ONSLAUGHT's current lineup includes Sy Keeler (vocals), Nige Rockett (guitars), Steve Grice (drums), James Hinder (bass) and the group's latest addition, guitarist Alan Jordan (ex-Mirror Mirror, Frankenstein).

30 - (NL) Kings of Metal Festival, Arnhem
* with Susperia + Evile
02 - (UK) Manchester Academy 3 *
03 - (UK) Leeds Rio's *
04 - (UK) Sheffield Corporation *
05 - (UK) Dudley JB's *
06 - (UK) TBC *
07 - (UK) London Underworld *
08 - (UK) Bristol Bierkeller *
31 - (DEN) The Rock ,Copenhagen
03 - (UK) Rushden,The Attic
05 - (IE) The Whiplash Festival, Sligo
08 - (D) Hellflame Festival , Osnabruck
09 - (D) Metal Meridian Festival, Munich
22 - (D) Hellflame Festival , Lichtenfels

Amazing new album from Norways OCTAVIA SPERATI, distant and haunting melodies grace this chillingly atmospheric doom masterpiece

This is the second album from growing Norwegian metal band Octavia. The album was produced by Herbrand Larsen and Arve Isdal (Enslaved/Audrey Horne) and features guest appearance from Morfeus (Limbonic Art). Terrorizer Magazine voted this Bergen-based band one of its 'Top 10 Newcomer Acts' of 2005 with the release of their debut, "Winter Enclosure".

Returning with "Grace Submerged", OCTAVIA SPERATI look to push forward their doom/gothic blended metal expanding an already loyal worldwide fanbase. With 'Guilty Am I' already included on several pre-release samplers and talks already ongoing for the band’s first American tour the album is a year-long developmental priority for Candlelight. The CD includes bonus multimedia features, the video for "Moonlight', wallpapers and a photo gallery.

Formed in 2000 OCTAVIA SPERATI have honned their skills performing/touring with the likes of Enslaved, Cathedral, Cradle of Filth, and Paradise Lost.

OCTAVIA SPERATI will tour the UK as support to Amon Amarth during Early April the dates are is follows:
with Amon Amarth
14 - (UK) Nottingham Rock City Held
15 - (IE) Temple Bar Music Centre, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
16 - (IE) An Cruiscin Lan, Douglas St, Cork
17 - (UK) Glasgow Cathouse
18 - (UK) Carling Academy London Islington
19 - (UK) Manchester The Club Academy

CRIONICS Finalizes Track Listing For 'NeuThrone'

Poland's CRIONICS has finalized the track listing for its new album, "NeuThrone", due this spring via Candlelight Records. The recording session took place at Zed Studio in Olkusz, Poland with the very talented Tomasz Zalewski, who recorded the most recent albums by Thy Disease, Totem, and Horrorscope among many others.

The follow-up to 2005's "Armageddon's Evolution" will contain 10 compositions and one bonus track of material that the band describes as "deep and convincing!" The cover and layout art was done by Michal "Czecza" Czekaj (not Jacek Wisniewski, as was the case in the past).

"NeuThrone" track listing:

01. New Pantheon
02. Arrival 2033
03. Neu.Throne.Aeon
04. Superiors
05. Hell Earth
06. Humanmeat Cargo
07. Outer Empire
08. Frozen Hope
09. When The Sun Goes Out...
10. Black Warriors (bonus track) *

* re-recording of 1998 demo track
With Hate, Darzamat, Sammath Naur
18 - (PL) Zabrze, Ck-Wiatrak
19 - (PL) Kraków, Loch Ness
20 - (PL) Rzeszów, Rejs
21 - (PL) Lublin, Graffiti
22 - (PL) Bialystok, Gwint
23 - (PL) Warszawa, Progresja
24 - (PL) Lódz, Musicgarden
25 - (PL) Bydgoszcz, Route 66
26 - (PL) Poznan, U Bazyla
27 - (PL) Wroclaw, Madness

PANTHEON I on the Excess of Evil tour

PANTHEON I will team up with Marduk, Enslaved, Keep Of Kalessin, Melechesh, Goatwhore for The Excess of Evil European tour beginning in early May. The dates are as follows:

10 - (D) K 17, Berlin
11 - (D) F Haus, Jena
12 - (D) Eastclub, Bischofswerda
13 - (CZ) Fleda, Brno
14 - (D) Backstage, München
15 - (D) Batschkapp, Frankfurt
16 - (D) Roxy, Saarbrücken
17 - (CH) Z 7, Pratteln
18 - (IT) Estragon, Bologna
19 - (AT) Spielboden, Dornbirn
20 - (FR) La laiterie, Strassbourg
21 - (FR) Locomotive, Paris
22 - (FR) Antipode, Rennes
23 - (UK) Carling academiy, Islington London
24 - (D) Turock, Essen
25 - (NL) Plato, Helmond
26 - (BE) Biebob, Vosselaar
27 - (D) Markthalle, Hamburg


31 - (NO) Sort & Blå, Porsgrunn
04 - (NO) Elm Street Rock Café, Oslo
25-29 - (NO) Hovefestivalen in Arendal

30 - (D) Lübeck @ Treibsand
05 - (FI) EasterMaster Festival, Tampere
06 - (FI) Rytmikatti, Kouvola
07 - (FI) Torvi, Lahti
13 - (FI) Yellowstone, Kotka
04 - (FI) Klubi, Turku
05 - (FI) Bar 68, Jyväskylä
16 - (FI) Nosturi, Helsinki
18 - (FI) Club25, Vaasa
22 - (D) Filthrock Festival, Prenzlau

30 - (US) The Metro - Chicago, IL
01 - (US) B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - New York, NY
03 - (US) Key Club - West Hollywood, CA
24 - (FR) Clisson, Hellfest
30 - (FI) Helsinki, Tuska Open Air

04 - (NO) Elm Street Rock Café, Oslo

01 - (JP) Nagoya, Huckfinn
07 - (JP) Nagoya, Zion
22 - (JP) Hamamatsu, G-Side
28 - (JP) Koube, Breath
29 - (JP) Nanba, Rockets
03 - (JP) Shinjuku, Antiknock
12 - (JP) Kashiwa, Fat Time
19 - (JP) Anjo, Radio Club
26 - (JP) Shimizu, Jam Jam Jam
30 - (JP) Mie, Spark

05 - (FI) Kouvola, Rytmikatti
29-1 - (FI) Helsinki, Tuska Open Air
14-15 - (FI) Joensuu, Ilosaarirock

25 - (US) Jaxx Springfield, Virginia

with Hate, Darzamat, Sammath Naur
18 - (PL) Zabrze, Ck-Wiatrak
19 - (PL) Kraków, Loch Ness
20 - (PL) Rzeszów, Rejs
21 - (PL) Lublin, Graffiti
22 - (PL) Bialystok, Gwint
23 - (PL) Warszawa, Progresja
24 - (PL) Lódz, Musicgarden
25 - (PL) Bydgoszcz, Route 66
26 - (PL) Poznan, U Bazyla
27 - (PL) Wroclaw, Madness

with Amon Amarth
14 - (UK) Nottingham Rock City Held
15 - (IE) Temple Bar Music Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
16 - (IE) An Cruiscin Lan, Douglas St, Cork
17 - (UK) Glasgow Cathouse
18 - (UK) Carling Academy London Islington
19 - (UK) Manchester The Club Academy

07 - (UK) London Underworld

05 - (NO) Inferno Festival, Oslo
08 - (UK) London Underworld
09 - (UK) The Academy Manchester
10 - (UK) Shefiled Corp
11 - (UK) Glasgow Cathouse
12 - (UK) Leeds Rio's
26-27 - (US) Sonar Maryland Deathfest, Baltimore
13-14 - (AT) Kaltenbach Open Air
17 - (NO) Metal Heart Festival, Notodden

07 - (NO) Inferno Festival, Oslo
08 - (UK) London Underworld
09 - (UK) The Academy Manchester
10 - (UK) Shefiled Corp
11 - (UK) Glasgow Cathouse
12 - (UK) Leeds Rio's

30 - (NL) Kings of Metal Festival, Arnhem
with Susperia + Evile
02 - (UK) Manchester Academy 3
03 - (UK) Leeds Rio's
04 - (UK) Sheffield Corporation
05 - (UK) Dudley JB's
06 - (UK) TBC
07 - (UK) London Underworld
08 - (UK) Bristol Bierkeller
31 - (DK) The Rock ,Copenhagen
03 - (UK) Rushden,The Attic
05 - (IE) The Whiplash Festival, Sligo
08 - (D) Hellflame Festival , Osnabruck
09 - (D) Metal Meridian Festival, Munich
22 - (D) Hellflame Festival , Lichtenfels

23 - (US) Crowbar, Tampa FL
24 - (US) Thee Imperial Jacksonville FL
25 - (US) Culture Room FT Lauderdale FL
26 - (US) TheHaven Winter Park FL
27 - (US) Masquerade Atlanta GA
28 - (US) The Muse, Nashville TN
29 - (US) Jaxx, West Springfield VA
30 - (US) The Loft, Poughkeepsie NY
31 - (US) Mark's Place, Bedford NH|
01 - (US) BB King Blues Club, New York NY
02 - (CDN) L'Anti, Quebec City QC
03 - (CDN) FouFounes, Montreal QC
04 - (CDN) Petit Theater du Vieux Noranda, Royun Noranda QC
05 - (CDN) Jubilee Centre, Sudbury ON
06 - (CDN) Opera House, Toronton ON
07 - (US) Jigsaw, Parma OH
08 - (US) Colosseum, Mokena IL
09 - (US) Station 4, St. Paul MN
10 - (US) Static Bar, Topeka KS
11 - (US) Bluebird Theater, Denver CO
13 - (US) Knitting Factory, Hollywood CA
14 - (US) Showcase Theater, Corona CA
15 - (US) Clubhouse, Temple AZ
16 - (US) Launchpad, Albuquerque NM
22 - 24 - (FR) - Hellfest Open Air festival
26 - 01 - (D) - With Full Force festival
02 - 04 - (D) - Wacken Open Air festival

10 - (D) K 17, Berlin
11 - (D) F Haus, Jena
12 - (D) Eastclub, Bischofswerda
13 - (CZ) Fleda, Brno
14 - (D) Backstage, München
15 - (D) Batschkapp, Frankfurt
16 - (D) Roxy, Saarbrücken
17 - (CH) Z 7, Pratteln
18 - (IT) Estragon, Bologna
19 - (AT) Spielboden, Dornbirn
20 - (FR) La laiterie, Strassbourg
21 - (FR) Locomotive, Paris
22 - (FR) Antipode, Rennes
23 - (UK) Carling academiy, islington London
24 - (D) Turock, Essen
25 - (NL) Plato, Helmond
26 - (BE) Biebob, Vosselaar
27 - (D) Markthalle, Hamburg

DEW-SCENTED - New drummer found

After several weeks of Audition, DEW-SCENTED have found a new drummer.

The following statement was released on the homepage of the German high energy Thrashers DEW-SCENTED: "After weeks of auditions, we have finally found the right drummer-match for D-S. His name is Andi (Andreas Jechow) and he’s also playing with Berlin’s melodic Thrashers Desilence. Check them out here: Welcome on board, dude!"

On March 30, "Incinerate", the seventh D-S album, will be released. The special edition contains a Bonus-CD with the following content:

1. Let It Die (3:28)
2. The Torrent (4:29)
3. Full-Blown Revenge (3:25)
4. Skybound (4:16)
5. War Ensemble (4:49)
6. Metal Militia (4:34)
7. Fu*k Armageddon…This Is Hell (1:59)

None of these songs were previously released in Europe.
In other news, the band recently shot a video for the album track "That’s Why I Despise You" with the acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, IN FLAMES) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

DISILLUSION video to screen at film festivals, new shows announced

The highly acclaimed video for 'Don’t Go Any Further' off their latest and very successful effort 'Gloria' will be screened at two German Film Festivals in 2007.

The first one is the EMAF - the European Media Art Festival in Osnabrück, taking place on April 25th - 29th - DISILLUSION's visual masterpiece will also be seen on the 'Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen' which is definitely one of most important film festivals in the world. The so-called MuVi-Award will be presented on May 5th.

Tour dates:
13.04. DE - Leipzig - Scheddel
25.-28.05. DE - Leipzig - Wave-Gotik-Treffen
29.06. AUT - Linz - Soul Of Metal Festival
14.07. ITA - Venice - Frozen Rock Open Air + Meshuggah
17.07. DE - Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
18.07. SLO - Tolmin - Metal Camp Slovenia
20.07. DE - Konstanz - Contrast
21.07. DE - Marburg - Ragnarock Open Air
02.-04.08. DE - Wacken - Wacken Open Air
11.08. DE - Höchstenbach - Fun & Crust Open Air
16.-18.08. DE - Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze Open Air

AVOCADO BOOKING set up new tour format: NEVER SAY DIE

One of the leading booking agencies in Europe and the UK for both underground and commercial acts in the punk, metal and hardcore spectrums, AVOCADO BOOKING has now assembled a reoccurring travelling festival featuring the hottest bands from across all genres of the Avocado roster entitled: Never Say Die!

The first series of Never Say Die will feature: DYING FETUS, DEAD TO FALL, SKINLESS, CATTLE DECAPITATION, ION DISSONANCE, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH. This inaugural edition of the tour, dubbed Never Say Die! - The Beginning will appear at the dates below marked with an asterisk (*); all others dates feature CATTLE DECAPITATION along with DYING FETUS, SKINLESS and WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH:

04.05. - DE - Karlsruhe - Substage (Never Say Die!)*
05.05. - DE - Essen - Turock (Never Say Die!)*
06.05. - FR - Paris - Locomotive
07.05. - FR - Montpellier - Le Rockstore
08.05. - CH - Geneve - Le Kab de l'Usine
09.05. - IT - Bologna - Estragon Club
10.05.- DE - München - Feierwerk
11.05. - AT - Wien - Arena
12.05. - AT - Milstatt - Bergwerk
13.05. - DE - Berlin - K17
14.05. - DE - Hamburg - Markthalle, MarX
15.05. - SE - Gothenburg - Musikenshus
16.05. - NO - Oslo - Garage
17.05. - DK - Copenhagen - Stengade 30
18.05. - DE - Chemnitz - AJZ (Never Say Die!)*
19.05. - DE - Trier - Ex Haus
20.05. - NL - Rotterdam - Baroeg
21.05. - GB - London - Underworld
22.05. - IE - Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
23.05. - GB - Manchester - Jillys Rockworld
24.05. - GB - Southampton - Nexus
25.05. - BE - Antwerpen - Hof Ter Lo (Never Say Die!)*
26.05. - NL - Utrecht - Tivoli (Never Say Die!)*

Already hot on the heels of Never Say Die! - The Beginning comes forth the blistering summer edition, Never Say Die! - Heat Seeker. With the core line-up composed of CONVERGE, RISE AND FALL, PARKWAY DRIVE, BRING ME THE HORIZON and ANIMOSITY, the tour with be joined by several bands along the way in these rare, exclusive summer festivals, proving to have something for everyone whether a hardcore/punk fan, or those craving brutal metal and hardcore:

17.06. DE - Chemnitz - AJZ
+ Special Guests
19.06. DE - Berlin - SO36
+ Special Guests
20.06. DE - Schweinfurt - Alter Stattbahnhof
+ Special Guests
21.06. NL - Utrecht - De Helling
+ Special Guests


While recording their upcoming and highly anticipated second album, German metalcore outfit MACHINEMADE GOD are about to destroy stages all over the country! Make sure to catch them at one of these neckbreaking shows!!

MACHINEMADE GOD’s second album is set to be unleashed in early summer 2007!

Live dates:
30.03. DE - Bad Breisig - Rasthaus B9
31.03. DE - Heidenheim - Juz T9
14.04. DE - Stuttgart - Landespavillon
21.04. DE - Jülich - K.S.E.-Monsterstroke Fest
11.05. DE - Immenstadt - Rainbow
02.06. DE - Remscheid - Kultschokk
23.06. DE - Gerolstein - Nachtcafé
04.08. DE - Tübingen - Campus Fest
16.-18.08. DE - Dinkelsbühl - Summerbreeze Festival
08.09. DE - Fight Animal Abuse Fest - Herne - Gysenberghalle,
22.09. DE - Hagen - Kultopia

POWERWOLF to play record release show

German-Romanian Power Metallers POWERWOLF will play a record release show for their upcoming masterpiece 'Lupus Dei', which will see the light of day on May 4th (G/A/S) / May 7th (EU):

record release show:
06/05/07 - DE - Illingen - Illipse (Release Party)

Also appearing live @:
19/05/07 - DE - Neunkirchen - TUS Halle - Saarstahlmetal Festival II
15/08/07 - DE - Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze Open Air

ARCH ENEMY - Recording new album / band checks in from the studio

After having announced the return of original guitarist Christopher Amott, ARCH ENEMY are now busy with the recordings of the much anticipated follow-up to the band’s most successful album to date 'Doomsday Machine' (2005).

The band is currently working on their next metal, yet not titled masterpiece with producer Fredrik Nordström at Sweden’s Studio Fredman, where the band actually recorded all their early albums up to 'Wages Of Sin' (2001). ARCH ENEMY drummer Daniel Erlandsson checks in with an update on the recording process:

'Greetings all Arch Enemies!

As you might know we are currently recording our new album in Studio Fredman/Sweden. It's been a very smooth ride so far, working with engineers Fredrik and Patrik has been fantastic - these guys are pros!

Anyway, all the drum tracks are now completed. We recorded a total of 11 new ARCH ENEMY tracks plus some other extras that I'm sure you will hear about at a later point.

The new songs are very fresh at this moment. The new material is very varied, some songs are faster and more extreme than before while some songs are very heavy and melodic - but they all have the ARCH ENEMY imprint in capital letters!

I have no doubt that these songs will please those who like to bang their heads to the sound of pure fu*king metal!
Check out the pictures from the studio! /Daniel'

Furthermore, ARCH ENEMY has been confirmed to headline this year’s Up From The Ground Festival in Gemuenden, Germany (see for detailed info), taking place August 24-25, 2007.

Stay tuned for more studio updates in the next days!

FINNTROLL - New song posted online

The Trolls from up North have posted 'Korpens Saga', a track taken from their forthcoming album 'Ur Jordens Djup' online, so click on one of the following links for some truly trollish folk/black metal insanity!

@ FINNTROLL’s Century Media artist page

@ Century Media Germany’s Myspace page

'Ur Jordens Djup' will be released via Century Media Records in Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Benelux on Friday, March 30, 2007! The album will be available as limited edition Digipak plus Bonus DVD (containing live footage from Wacken Open Air 2006) as well as Standard Jewel Case CD.

For Finntroll tourdates check our live section!!

SENTENCED - Guitarist starts merchandising company

Many have been wondering what happened to the individual members of SENTENCED after the band was buried in 2005. Singer Ville Laihiala is focusing on POISONBLACK who released their second album 'Lust Stained Despair' in August 2006 and toured Europe with their labelmates Lacuna Coil right afterwards. In the meantime guitarist Sami Lopakka has started a merchandising company which he introduced at the Finnish Metal Expo 2007 where SENTENCED also received their gold-DVD for the overwhelming success of 'Buried Alive' in Finland.

Check out the info underneath about Northern Tribe:

'Located just below the Arctic Circle in Finland, Northern Tribe creates full clothing series and concentrates most of all on meeting the demanding needs of rock/metal-based subcultures.
Northern Tribe's first offspring is Metallion Hardwear, a series created exclusively for the metal genre and the first of its kind worldwide. The opening edition includes T-shirts, long sleeves, girlies, tops, hooded jackets, pants and headwear, and there's more to come.

For bands, clubs, labels, festival organizations and such Northern Tribe is also the source to get their merchandise done by people who have been involved with the metal genre for their whole lives and therefore know what they are doing.

All products available worldwide at Northern Tribe Home Camp:

NOCTURNAL RITES - present new album cover

NOCTURNAL RITES present you the new cover for their upcoming eighth full-length album 'The 8th Sin', which will be released on Century Media Records on the following dates:

SWEDEN: Wednesday, May 16, 2007.
UK / FRANCE / SPAIN / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, May 28, 2007.(If May 28 is a public holiday in your territory, your release date will be Tuesday, May 29, 2007)
FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, May 30, 2007.

The cover artwork was created by renowned artist Axel Herrmann, who previously worked for Iced Earth, Dream Evil, Unleashed, Edguy, Sodom and many more.

'The 8th Sin' is offering a slightly more modern NOCTURNAL RITES sound with harsh riffs, great choruses and trademark guitar extravaganza from the guitar slinger duo Nils Norberg and Fredrik Mannberg.

But old fans shouldn’t be afraid of any changes, it’s still 110% NOCTURNAL RITES! Jonny Lindqvist is one of the best singers of the whole genre with a powerful voice that makes the opening track 'Call Out To The World' and first video song 'Never Again' majestic hymns and he also has the passion to touch your soul with the piano ballad 'Me'. And the tight rhythm section of Nils Eriksson and Owe Lingvall lay down a groove that will please every headbanger. So, watch out for a powerful dose of melodic metal coming to you in May 2007!


IGNITE - "Our Darkest Days" limited tour-edition

IGNITE’s upcoming European tour will be accompanied by a relaunch of their acclaimed album 'Our Darkest Days'. The limited tour-edition will be available for a fan-friendly price and includes two bonus-tracks, video-clip and an alternative artwork.

'Our Darkest Days - limited tour edition' will be out in UK Monday, April 16, 2007

You can see Ignite in the UK on this years Give It A Name Festival:
Friday 27th April - London Earls Court
Sunday 28th April - Glasgow - SECC

Also, check out their brand-new E-Card

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