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Pure Metal News: April 2008 Part 1

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Compiled by John Stefanis

Part Two

DIMMU BORGIR - live stream on Yebo TV

Norwegian symphonic black metal group DIMMU BORGIR will be streaming their concert LIVE on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 5:00pm (Pacific), 6:00pm (Mountain), 7:00pm (Central), 8:00pm (Eastern) from the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio exclusively at
The stream is FREE for fans around the world to view right from the comfort of their home computers. Visit the yebo page to register in advance for this exclusive event.
Dimmu Borgir are preparing to launch their North American "The Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2 - Legions Of The Chosen Few," which officially kicks off in Toronto on April 2 and will include a stop at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Worchester, MA on April 26.

ARSIS - Bus accident's video available

Eastcoast Deathsters ARSIS have prepared a video with a flipped over trailer that nearly made them pull out of their own headliner tour back in March. Check out the video here.
Also the band has some words to share with their fans about the upcoming tour with SHADOWS FALL:

Well, after the trailer debacle, we're finally approaching the point where we were before, financially. With everything that's happened, we're continuing on and putting it all behind us as we head out on this upcoming tour with SHADOWS FALL. We hung out with Paul in the studio while recording We Are The Nightmare and we're more than positive this tour will be a blast. The release of the new album is right around the corner, so we'll definitely be playing some new material. Also, don't be too surprised to see the new video anytime soon. We'll see you on the road... and at the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest with DIMMU BORGIR!

HAMMERFALL - Stefan Elmgren leaves the fold

Guitar player Stefan Elmgren has made the decision to leave HAMMERFALL to concentrate on his second passion, flying. He has been working hard the last couple of years to get various
flying certificates, and was recently offered a position at an airline:
My interest in aviation has been growing very strong during the last couple of years, and I would have hoped for an opportunity like this maybe in a couple of years", says Stefan and continues: " I feel it's time for me to take the step and become a pilot on a professional level, another dream come true for me after travelling around the world and playing Metal for eleven years. We have discussed the possibility of combining the piloting work with HAMMERFALL, but we all realized that it would be impossible given the rigorous schedule of the band.

There is never a good timing to lose a great guitarist like Stefan, but considering we're in between touring and recording it could definately have been worse", says drummer Anders Johansson. "We'll announce his replacement shortly so we can continue working on our next record, the recordings are scheduled for this summer and we will not let this affect anything we have scheduled. The show must go on, as we all well know.

ELUVEITIE - Tour diary online

Our met drinking, battle fighting and most of all gigs playing Pagan horde ELUVEITIE - who are currently on tour with their label mates KORPIKLAANI as well as with ENSIFERUM, MOONSORROW and TÝR on the huge Pagan Fest Tour that terrorizes Europe these days - have just uploaded a tour diary

( It will be updated frequently, so make sure to check back quite often!

SONIC SYNDICATE - Video diary, part three, online

Swedish Modern Metal juggernaut SONIC SYNDICATE have posted another episode of their brand new studio diary. Check it out here:

The band is currently recording the highly anticipated follow up to their phenomenous debut album Only Inhuman (which saw the light of day in October 2007) with Producer Jonas Kjellgren (also member of SCAR SYMMETRY). The release will be in the late summer of 2008 - so stay tuned!

IN FLAMES - Golden Gods nomination

In Flames are confirmed to be performing exclusively at this years Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards.

The Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2008 are taking place at the "Indigo2 (02 arena)",in London on Monday June 16th 2008.
In Flames are also nominated in the following categories:
Best international band
Shredder (Jesper Strömblad)
Vote here!

We have a limited number of exclusive tickets to give away to hardcore In Flames fans. You and a guest will have the chance to win exclusive tickets to see the band perform on the night - along with other huge acts and the Awards themselves.

Entrants must be 16+ (and able to prove this with ID) and able to arrange travel to the gig. Doors open at 7pm and close at 11pm.
To be in with a chance to win this amazing prize from the prize draw

Email full name, D.O.B, address & post code and contact number to:

Please note that you need to be sure you can attend this event before entering the draw. There WILL be other people wanting your tickets, so please do not waste anyones time with non serious entries

All entries must be in by 21st May 2008

SCAR SYMMETRY - Cover artwork revealed

Swedish Modern Metal/Melodic Death Metal powerhouse SCAR SYMMETRY have just revealed the artwork of their forthcoming masterpiece Holographic Universe which will be unleashed on June 20th!


DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER are back in the studio! The guys are recording their upcoming download single, which will come out on June 27th and specially featured by i-tunes. Next to the single, the guys are also already working on their next album.
Fans can follow the recordings via a permanently updated studio blog. Watch it HERE!

TESTAMENT - Will play Rock Hard-Festival

Legendary Bay Area Thrash Metal Gods TESTAMENT are confirmed for this year´s Rock Hard Festival. The festival is taking place from May, 9 to 11 in Gelsenkirchen ´s Amphitheater, Germany. The band will headline Friday, Mai 9.
Other Nuclear Blast-bands on the bill are reunited IMMORTAL, AMORPHIS and DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER and AMORPHIS.

The new TESTAMENT album The Formation Of Damnation will be released on April, 25th.

KEEP OF KALESSIN - Album trailer online

KEEP OF KALESSIN have posted a first album trailer for you.
The band of former SATYRICON live guitar player Obsidian C. has so far released three highly acclaimed albums since its formation in 1994 and is ready to conquer the world with it´s forth offering - seeing the light of day in June 2008.

KEEP OF KALESSIN is definitely the next big thing from Norway and will have a huge impact on the whole Metal scene. The base of the music is for sure Black Metal, but KEEP OF KALESSIN are also including other influences like Death Metal, Thrash Metal and some non-metal components, making their style fresh and unique. You have to be deaf to not hear the incredible potential of the band. KEEP OF KALESSIN will soon be one of the main driving forces in extreme Metal and one of THE bands of 2008. Be prepared for their matchless crusade!

The band is now on tour through North America along with labelmates DIMMU BORGIR and BEHEMOTH as part of The Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2 - Legions Of The Chosen Few!
Check out the album trailer here !

SIRENIA - New singer announced

SIRENIA is finally ready to introduce their new female singer: Ailyn - born 1982 in Barcelona, now settled in Granada, Spain.

Ailyn has been strongly attached to music all her life, and began singing at an early age. Later on she studied singing at The School of Music Albéniz, and obtained singing lessons with several singing teachers around Spain. In the past she's been singing and performing all kinds of styles and genres, but in 2004 she discovered the sounds of metal combined with atmospheric and classical elements, this style of music made a big impression and she knew right away in which direction she wanted to take her career.

SIRENIA has done pre-productions of several new songs and recognizes that Ailyn's voice match perfectly with the new songmaterial.

The band is very pleased to have Ailyn onboard and we all look forward to a future collaboration!

HAMMERFALL - Will release a new DVD / CD on June 27th

Swedish metal heroes HAMMERFALL have announced a release of a DVD and a Coversong CD. Check out the info below for details!

HAMMERFALL - Rebels With A Cause - Unruly, Unstrained, Uninhibited (27/06/08):
- Ltd. 2DVD Digipak + CD (DVD Digipak including the Masterpieces-CD)
- 2DVD in Amaraycase

The DVD will be a continuation of the previous two (The First Crusade and The Templar/Renegade Crusades) and contain newly recorded interviews with the band interspersed with footage from their own cameras. The time span is six years, from the beginning of 2002 til the end of 2007, and they are editing it together as a documentary of sorts, i.e. one continuous film, but of course with chapters.

On a separate disc, they'll put all six promo videos they did during the time in question plus some behind the scenes, four professionally filmed live songs from Filderstadt 2005, five TV clips they have purchased the rights to from SVT (the Swedish national television network) and some more home-made stuff as bonus. The complete running time is estimated to 1h 30-1h 45 plus 1h 15-1h 30. Or thereabouts.

HAMMERFALL - Masterpieces (27/06/08):
- CD as jewelcase
Tracklist Masterpieces:

01. Child of the Damned (Tsamis) - Originally recorded by Warlord
02. Ravenlord (Spengler) - Originally recorded by Stormwitch
03. Eternal Dark (Lovell/Jaarsveld/Vreugdenhil/Manen/Bakker) - Originally recorded by Picture
04. Back to Back (Hammer/Owen/Atkins) - Originally recorded by Pretty Maids
05. I Want Out (Hansen) - Originally recorded by Helloween
06. Man on the Silver Mountain (Blackmore/Dio) - Originally recorded by Rainbow
07. Head Over Heels (Accept/Deaffy) - Originally recorded by Accept
08. Run With the Devil (Wahlquist) - Originally recorded by Heavy Load
09. We´re Gonna Make It (Snider) - Originally recorded by Twisted Sister
10. Breaking the Law (Downing/Tipton/Halford) - Originally recorded by Judas Priest
11. Angel of Mercy (Chastain) - Originally recorded by Chastain
12. Rising Force (Malmsteen/Turner) -Originally recorded by Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force
13. Detroit Rock City (Stanley/Ezrin) Originally recorded by KISS
14. Crazy Nights (Takasaki/Nihara) - Originally recorded by Loudness
15. När Vindarna Viskar Mitt Namn (Holmstrand/Jansson/Dahl) - Originally recorded by Roger Pontare
16. Flight of the Warrior (Reale/Van Stavern/Moore) - Originally recorded by Riot
17. Youth Gone Wild (Bolan/Sabo) - Originally recorded by Skid Row
18. Aphasia (Norum) - Originally recorded by Europe

IN FLAMES - Chart success

IN FLAMES can celebrate several fantastic chart entries this week:

USA, 28
UK, 54


NIGHTWISH - brand new video clip online

Watch the brandnew video clip of NIGHTWISH´s third single The Islander HERE!
The official release on May 30th will contain the following tracks:

01. The Islander (edit)
02. The Islander (full-length version)
03. Escapist (instrumental version)
04. Meadows of Heaven (orchestral version)

01. The Islander - video clip (edit)
02. The Islander - video clip (full-length version)
03. Making Of "The Islander" - documentary

The video was shot by in Rovaniemi, Finland near the Arctic Circle at end of 2007 and it was directed by Stobe Harju.
Available are the following versions:

NIGHTWISH - The Islander:
- Ltd. CDS + DVD in digipak
- CD Single
- 12 inch picture vinyl in gatefold

SWWAATS - Recording their album

SWWAATS will hit the studio mid of April to begin tracking for their upcoming full-length Nuclear Blast debut, The Grand Partition And The Abrogation Of Idolatry with James Murphy at the helm at Safehouse Studios in Lakeland, FL. The official album release is expected in August 2008.
SWWAATS will be taking a small break from recording to appear live together with TODAY IS THE DAY, RWAKE, and CONTROL DENIED at the following dates/venues:
04/29 USA Orlando, FL @ The Haven
04/30 USA Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
05/01 USA Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
05/02 USA Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
05/03 USA Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Exclusive iTunes single

Germany ´s most spectacular and almost biblical band, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, have prepared a new single.
Since 1995 they have been playing almost everywhere. With their strong mixture between melody and heaviness, their characteristic lyrics and a unique stage performance (which you can admire on their lately released double-DVD Tobsucht). The REITER have never followed any rules, they are innovative and brave. On their upcoming release "Der Weg" the band will introduce three brand new songs - one of it exclusively on it.

The songs will be the follow up to their 2006 release Riders On The Storm and a first taste of the new album Licht coming out end of August and preparing the band for so far unknown dimensions.
Check out the video blog about the studio work for the single.
The single will come out June, 27th.

AGNOSTIC FRONT - New clip along with European tour start

NYHC-legend AGNOSTIC FRONT has released a brand new video for the song For My Family, taken from the current album Warriors.
Check it out HERE. Furthermore, Roger Miret & co. will start their For My Family-European tour on April, 19th. Here are the dates:

19.04. Bruckneudorf - Erbse (Austria) // OHNE DO OR DIE
20.04. München - Werk (Germany)
21.04. Lindau - Club Vaudeville (Germany)
22.04. Schweinfurt - Alter Stattbahnhof (Germany)
23.04. Prague - Abaton (Czech Republic)
24.04. Nitra - Stara Pekaren (Slovakia)
25.04. Uherske Hradiste - Mir (Czech Republic)
26.04. Magdeburg - Froxi Arena (Germany) + MAKE IT COUNT
27.04. Warszawa - Proxima (Poland)
28.04. Gdynia - Ucho (Poland)
29.04. Cottbus - Gladhouse (Germany)
30.04. Hameln - Regenbogen (Germany)
01.05. Yesselsteyn - Jera On Air (Netherlands)
02.05. Berlin - SO36 (Germany)
03.05. Aarlon - Nuits De L'Entrepôt (Belgium)
05.05. Wattrelos - La Boite a Musique (France)
06.05. Paris - La Locomotive (France) + THE BONES
07.05. Cognac - Les Abatoirs (France)
08.05. Saint Nazaire - VIP (France)
09.05. Bochum - Zwischenfall (Germany)
10.05. Meerhout - Groezrock Festival (Belgium) // OHNE HOODS
11.05. Passauer - Passauer Pfingst Open Air (Germany) // OHNE HOODS + DO OR DIE

ANTERIOR in search of new drummer

British up and rising ANTERIOR are searching for a new drummer.

"Ross has decided to pursue a new career and wishes to leave the band as soon as we have a replacement. So, we need a new drummer as soon as possible. We are preferably looking at someone between 18-25 based in the South Wales area and must be 1,000,000 % commited with their own gear and transport. However if you are interested and think you can do the job but live elsewhere then get in touch."

Anyone interested please send your details and previous experience to:

Cheers and Beers

CATARACT hit the Top 100 Charts in Switzerland

Swiss Thrashforce CATARACT have hit the official album Charts in their home country Switzerland on position 79! Congrats to the boys and thanks to everyone for picking up the album in it´s week of release!

HAIL OF BULLETS simply rule

Dutch Death Metal Masters HAIL OF BULLETS have caused quite an impact on the German and Dutch press at the listening session held in Rotterdam just recently.

All journalists were more than excited about what they got to hear at Excess Studios. As Patrick Schmidt of German Rock Hard magazine stated "Probably the best traditional Death Metal release that will see the light of day in 2008! HAIL OF BULLETS smashes the competitors to dust!"

Dimmu Borgir´s very own Silenoz got to hear the album as well and is more than impressed: "When you think there's no hope left for brutal music, where every band sounds the same, HAIL OF BULLETS comes along and just level everything with the ground. Pretenders - move over!"

Be prepared for a Death Metal overdose! "…Of Frost And War" will be released on the 13th of May (Benelux) / 16th of May (D/A/CH/I) / 19th of May (rest of Europe)!

PRIMORDIAL to tour Europe in October/November

Pagan Metal Gods PRIMORDIAL will be headlining European venues in the fall in support of their latest album "To The Nameless Dead". Support comes from Eluveitie, Equilibrium, Catamenia and one more special guest.

ROCK THE NATION proudly presents
+ Eluveitie + Equilibrium + Catamenia + very special guest + local support
31.10.08 - DE - Leipzig - Hellraiser
01.11.08 - DE - München - Backstage
02.11.08 - CH - Pratteln - Z7
03.11.08 - AT - Graz - Orpheum
04.11.08 - CZ - Zlin - Masters Of Rock Café
05.11.08 - DE - Berlin - Postbahnhof
06.11.08 - DE - Hamburg - Markthalle
07.11.08 - NL - Amsterdam - Melkweg
08.11.08 - DE - Essen - Weststadthalle
09.11.08 - FR - Paris - La Locomotive
10.11.08 - BE - Vosselaar - Biebob
11.11.08 - DE - Saarbrücken - Roxy
12.11.08 - DE - Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
13.11.08 - DE - Frankfurt - Batschkapp
14.11.08 - AT - Linz - Posthof
15.11.08 - AT - Wien - Gasometer (online soon!)

MY DYING BRIDE - Minisite online now

Be sure to visit the new My Dying Bride minisite which includes information & audio/video samples from forthcoming CD/DVD, AN ODE TO WOE. Click HERE.

MY DYING BRIDE - AN ODE TO WOE coming 28th April

Peaceville Records presents an evening of gothic doom from UK Gods My Dying Bride, captured live in April 2007 at the renowned Paradiso venue in Amsterdam, Holland.
Presented as a 2 disc, CD/DVD set in digibook packaging, 'An Ode to Woe' perfectly demonstrates why My Dying Bride is still an untouchable force within the Gothic Doom genre - with 13 tracks from a highly accomplished career & an unparalleled atmosphere.

AN ODE TO WOE is set for release on 28th April, and is available to pre-order now, priced at just £11.99. PLUS - All of the My Dying Bride catalogue titles in the store can be found at special discounted prices throughout April to coincide with the release of 'An Ode To Woe'. Many classic MDB titles are priced at only £6.99 & the latest studio album 'A LINE OF DEATHLESS KINGS' is just £8.99. For a full list of prices & items, click here.


Following the UK tour and debut at Norway's Inferno festival Gallhammer return home to Japan. Following this is Gallhammer's forthcoming DVD release in the form of 'Ruin of a Church', capturing the band live & in scintillating form at Colchester Arts Centre, a stunning venue on the site of a deconsecrated church, on their 2007 European tour. The DVD includes additional footage from the tour, plus promo videos, gallery, and an intriguing video interview with the band. The audio mix and production has been executed by Justin Broadrick (Napalm Death, Godflesh, Jesu). Release date is May 26th.


Following the news of the return of MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT (OPETH) to Bloodbath on the only release Unblessing The Purity' will be followed by the much anticipated CD/DVD set 'The Wacken Carnage' which captures the band at a very rare live appearance at the infamous Wacken Festival, Germany on August 6th 2005.

For this performance Anders Nyström, Jonas Renkse, Mikael Åkerfeldt and Martin "Axe" Axenrot were joined by musician and producer extraordinaire Dan Swanö.

The Wacken Carnage will be in stores from May 26th (please note the new release date)


'Still Life' was Opeth's first outing for Peaceville. Blessed with renewed enthusiasm, the band delivered yet another flawless gem of an album.

The new 2 disc edition of the critically acclaimed 'still life' features a re-mastered stereo mix of the album on CD plus DVD with new 5.1 surround sound mix plus 'Face of Melinda' filmed live in London. The artwork has also been reworked by original designer Travis Smith.

The CD and DVD is housed in a deluxe rigid double digipack book, a real collectors item.


My Dying Bride "the undisputed kings of darkness" return with a new Live album 'An Ode to Woe' this April 28th.

An Ode to Woe, a 2 disc CD/DVD set in digibook packaging, perfectly demonstrates why My Dying Bride are still untouchable within the Gothic Doom genre.

The show was filmed at the world-famous Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland, in April 2007. The legendary venue (previous performers include Nick Cave, The Rolling Stones, Nirvana and The Sex Pistols) provides the perfect setting for this special gig.

The 13 tracks of bleak despair create the unparalleled atmosphere which My Dying Bride have always excelled at.


For the past 21 years Darkthrone have been leaders of the black metal scene. To coincide with this anniversary, Peaceville Records are releasing the 3CD set, Frostland Tapes on May 26th 2008. This is a fascinating trip into the earliest years of the band, and the first official release ever to contain all 4 of Darkthrone's demos in one place.

Frostland Tapes also includes a rare live recording from Denmark in 1990 (one of only a handful of live appearances that Darkthrone has ever made) and, perhaps most significantly, the previously unreleased version of the infamous 1991 Goatlord session.

These songs were intended to feature on the proposed second album, before the band changed direction and the tapes were confined to the vaults. Vocals were subsequently added in the mid-nineties, but they are presented here as the recording sounded in 1991 - instrumental genius, showing the complexity and intricacy
of a band with a great future ahead of them.

The set comes in a rigid digibook featuring an interview with the band, chronicling their early days, ambitions and inspirations.


Anathema rejoin the ranks at Peaceville for an acoustic album including many of Anathema's most beloved tracks. The album will be called 'Hindsight' and not the working title announced by the band last month. An exclusive New track will be included in the track listing called 'Unchained'.

'Hindsight' will see a June 26th Release.


Touring their own continent for the first time in nearly a decade, CHRISTIAN DEATH will hit the US roads next June. Here are the dates to the "American Inquisition North American Tour 2008":
June 9th, 2008 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle Eat
June 10th, 2008 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
June 12th, 2008 - Philadelphia, PA @ The New Alhambra Arena
June 13th, 2008 - Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St. Pub
June 14th, 2008 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
June 15th, 2008 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
June 16th, 2008 - Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo


Still working on their third studio album entitled "Face the Colossus", French metallers DAGOBA will be in studio in Marseilles from May 6th to 25th, and the good news is that famed producer Tue Madsen, who had already worked on the band's sophomore album "What Hell is about...", will be there as well, trying to top his previous performance! Then Tue and Shawter will head to Antfarm studios in Denmark to record the vocals and master the album.
We'll keep you updated on the gestation of this big baby...


Still recovering from their restless "Lucifer over America" tour, the (al)mighty ROTTING CHRIST are considering unleashing hell over the US once again! Here's frontman Sakis' statement:
"ROTTING CHRIST would like to send their blessings to their American Metal brothers for the devilish response they showed to our recent extended headline tour in their land. It was an honour for us to perform in front of such dedicated crowds and the success of this tour forces us to renew our meeting for next April, when we plan to make the second part of "Lucifer over America"!"
Of course you'll be informed of all dates and venue when everything has been booked. Meanwhile, the band will keep on touring Europe and South America in the months to come. Check the dates in the "LIVE" section.


01 Apr 08 Saarbrücken (DE) Roxy (+ Chimaira + Maroon + The Sorrow)
02 Apr 08 Paris (FR) La Locomotive (+ Chimaira + Maroon + The Sorrow)
03 Apr 08 Norwich (UK) Waterfront (+ Chimaira + Maroon + The Sorrow)
04 Apr 08 Sheffield (UK) Corporation (+ Chimaira + Maroon + The Sorrow)
05 Apr 08 Glasgow (UK) Yvory Blac (+ Chimaira + Maroon + The Sorrow)
06 Apr 08 Bristol (UK) Bierkeller (+ Chimaira + Maroon + The Sorrow)
07 Apr 08 Manchester (UK) Jillys (+ Chimaira + Maroon + The Sorrow)
08 Apr 08 Nottingham (UK) Rock City (+ Chimaira + Maroon + The Sorrow)
09 Apr 08 London (UK) Carling Academy Islington (+ Chimaira + Maroon + The Sorrow)
10 Apr 08 Essen (DE) Zeche Karl (+ Chimaira + Maroon + The Sorrow)

03 Apr 08 Paris (FR) Le Trabendo (+ Sybreed + Aabsinthe)
12 Apr 08 Wieze (BE) Oktoberhallen - Pestpop (+ Asrai)
15 Apr 08 Stuttgart (DE) LKA (+ Subway To Sally)
16 Apr 08 Darmstadt (DE) Centralstation (+ Subway To Sally)
17 Apr 08 Krefeld (DE) Kufa (+ Subway To Sally)
18 Apr 08 Wilhelmshaven (DE) Pumpwerk (+ Subway To Sally)
09 May 08 Magny les Hameaux (FR) L'Estaminet
10 May 08 Leipzig (DE) Wave Gotik Treffen (+ Christian Death + Asrai)
31 May 08 Lyon (FR) Metal Fest (+ The CNK + Eyeless)
20 Jun 08 Clisson (FR) Hellfest
25 Jul 08 Algarve (PT) Lagoa Burning Live (+ Ancient Rites)
14 Aug 08 Dinkelsbühl (DE) Summer Breeze

04 Apr 08 Limoges (FR) CCM John Lennon
05 Apr 08 St Lo (FR) Le Normandy
11 Apr 08 Buenos Aires (AR) TBA
12 Apr 08 Santiago (CL) TBA
13 Apr 08 Sao Paulo (BR) TBA
18 Apr 08 Nancy (FR) L'Autre Canal
19 Apr 08 Mulhouse (FR) Le Noumatrouff
25 Apr 08 Lyon (FR) Festival Reperkusound
02 May 08 Arlon (BE) Les Nuits de L'Entrepôt
03 May 08 Vitry-le-François (FR) L'Orange Bleue
21 Jun 08 Flémalle (BE) Festival Fiesta du Rock
11 Aug 08 Budapest (HU) Sziget Festival

04 Apr 08 Helsinki (FI) Tuhma Klubi
19 Apr 08 Seinäjoki (FI) Rytmikorjaamo (Firebox Metal Festival
15 May 08 Tampere (FI) Vastavirta
16 May 08 Jyväskylä (FI) Lutakko
17 May 08 Riihimäki (FI) Kellari
22 May 08 Helsinki (FI) Lepakkomies (+ Deathbed)
23 May 08 Turku (FI) TVO
22 Jun 08 Clisson (FR) Hellfest
28 Jun 08 Helsinki (FI) Tuska Festival
16 Aug 08 Jyväskylä (FI) Lutakko (Liekeissä Festival)
03 Oct 08 Baarlo (NL) JC Sjiwa (ProgPower Europe)

04 Apr 08 Copenhagen (DK) The Rock
16 Apr 08 Madrid (ES) Ritmo & Compas (+ Frozen Dawn)
17 Apr 08 Barcelona (ES) Mephisto
18 Apr 08 Soria (ES) Sala Play (+ Dark Embrace + Kathaarsys)
19 Apr 08 Carballo (ES) Cervecería Dublin (+ Dark Embrace + Kathaarsys)
03 May 08 Oslo (NO) Nedlok Festival
22 Jun 08 Clisson (FR) Hellfest
04 Jul 08 Dublin (IE) Day of Darkness Festival
31 Jul 08 Wacken (DE) Wacken Open Air
13 Sep 08 Franken/Thüringen (DE) Wolfzeit Festival
20 Sep 08 Osnabrück (DE) Hellflame Festival

05 Apr 08 Marmande (FR) Garorock Festival
11 Apr 08 Muret (FR) Salle Alizé
18 Apr 08 Arras (FR) Le Pharos
19 Apr 08 Marseille (FR) L'Espace Julien (+ Klone + Punish Yourself)
02 May 08 Montpellier (FR) Le Rockstore
03 May 08 Entraigues (FR) Salle des Fêtes
10 May 08 Chateaudun (FR) Espace Malraux
16 May 08 Beauvais (FR) L'Ouvre Boîte
03 Aug 08 Sedan (FR) MJC Calonne

11 Apr 08 Saint Denis de la Réunion (RE) Palaxa
12 Apr 08 Saint Pierre de la Réunion (RE) Batofou
19 Apr 08 Brunico (IT) UFO Bruneck (
09 Aug 08 Santander, Cantabria (ES) El Astillero (Azores Festival)

12 Apr 08 Wieze (BE) Oktoberhallen - Pestpop (+ The Old Dead Tree)
10 May 08 Leipzig (DE) Wave Gotik Treffen (+ Christian Death + The Old Dead Tree)
18 Oct 08 Wieze (BE) Oktoberhallen - Female Voices Fest VI

18 Apr 08 Eindhoven (NL) Dynamo
25 Jun 08 Estombar (PT) Lagoa Burning Live 2008 (+ The Old Dead Tree)
27 Jun 08 Xanthi (GR) Metal Healing festival
30 Aug 08 Rijssen (NL) Elsrock Festival (

18 Apr 08 Escaussines (BE) Notre Maison (Demit Fest 3)
19 Apr 08 Brussels (BE) L'Ancienne Belgique (+ AqME)

19 Apr 08 Club Tochka (RU) Moscow Doom Festival III (+ Swallow the Sun (FI) + Worship (DE) + Comatose Vigil (RU) + Frailty (LT) + Mournful Gust (UA) ( )
17 May 08 Eindhoven (NL) Dynamo Club (+ Serpentcult (BE) + Nymphea Aurora (NL))
19 May 08 Gent (BE) The Frontline (+ Serpentcult (BE))
20 May 08 Rostock (DE) The Stubnitz (+ TBA)
22 May 08 Oslo (NO) Garage (+ TBA)
23 May 08 København (DK) Loppen (+ TBA)
24 May 08 Hamburg (DE) Markthalle (+ TBA)
25 May 08 Berlin (DE) The Magnet (+ TBA)
26 May 08 Trencin (SK) Klub Luc (+ Gallileous (PL) + Korium (SK))
29 May 08 Basel (CH) Villa Rosenau (+ shEver)
30 May 08 Lyon (FR) Marche Gare (+ TBA)
31 May 08 Paris (FR) La Locomotive (+ TBA)

19 Apr 08 Marseille (FR) Espace Julien (+ Punish Yourself + Psykup)
02 May 08 St Andree (FR) MJC
03 May 08 Beauvais (FR) Festival L'ouvre Boite

21 Apr 08 Berlin (DE) K17 (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
22 Apr 08 Hannover (DE) Musikzentrum (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
23 Apr 08 Enschede (NL) Atak (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
24 Apr 08 Haarlem (NL) Patronaat (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
25 Apr 08 Leeuwarden (NL) Poppodium Romein (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
26 Apr 08 Antwerpen (BE) Hof Ter Lo (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
27 Apr 08 Leeds (UK) Rio's (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
28 Apr 08 Nottingham (UK) Rock City (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
29 Apr 08 London (UK) Underworld (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
30 Apr 08 Jumet (Charleroi) (BE) Maison De Tous (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
01 May 08 Paris (FR) Locomotive (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
02 May 08 Notre Darne (FR) Arcade (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
03 May 08 Annecy (FR) Brise Glace (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
04 May 08 Niort (FR) Camji (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
06 May 08 Durango (ES) Plateruena (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
07 May 08 Santander (ES) Artmusic (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
08 May 08 Porto (PT) Cinema Batalha (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
09 May 08 Corroios (PT) Cine Teatro Corroios (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
10 May 08 Sevilla (ES) Sala Q (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
11 May 08 Almeria (ES) El Roquero (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
12 May 08 Valencia (ES) Loco Club (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
13 May 08 Madrid (ES) Caracol (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
14 May 08 Barcelona (ES) Salamandra 1 (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
15 May 08 Montpellier (FR) TBA (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
16 May 08 Milan (IT) Musicdrome (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
17 May 08 Pinarella (IT) Rock Planet (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
18 May 08 Pescara (IT) Rock House (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
20 May 08 Graz (AT) Arcadium (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
21 May 08 Erstfeld (CH) Transilvania Live (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
22 May 08 Worgl (AT) Komma (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
23 May 08 Colmar (FR) Grillen (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
24 May 08 Essen (DE) Turock (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
25 May 08 Darmstadt (DE) Steinbruch Theater (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
26 May 08 Saarbrücken (DE) Roxy (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
27 May 08 TBA (DE) TBA (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
28 May 08 Salzburg (AT) Rockhouse (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
29 May 08 Ljubljana (SI) Gala Hala Metelkova (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
30 May 08 Belgrade (RS) Legacy Festival (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
31 May 08 Budapest (HU) Avalon (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
01 Jun 08 Cluj Napoca (RO) Irish Music (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
03 Jun 08 Kosice (SK) IC Culture Train (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
04 Jun 08 Wien (AT) Arena (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
05 Jun 08 Zlin (CZ) Masters of Rock Cafe (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
06 Jun 08 Praha (CZ) Rock Cafe (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
07 Jun 08 Glauchau (DE) Alte Spinnerei (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
20 Jun 08 Clisson (FR) Hellfest (+ Vader + Devian + Inactive Messiah)
30 Aug 08 Warsaw (PL) Stodola Club (+ Rotting Christ + Vader)

25 Apr 08 Colmar (FR) Le Grillen
25 Oct 08 Strasbourg (FR) Le Zenith (+ The Scorpions)

07 May 08 Paris (FR) Le Trabendo
31 May 08 Lyon (FR) Metal Fest (+ The Old Dead Tree + Eyeless)

08 May 08 Tilburg (NL) Little Devil
09 May 08 Düsseldorf (DE) Stone im Ratinger Hof
10 May 08 Bremen (DE) Tower
12 May 08 Leipzig (DE) Wave Gotik Treffen (+ The Old Dead Tree + Asrai)
13 May 08 Warsawa (PL) TBA
14 May 08 Zagreb (HR) Boogaloo
15 May 08 Ljubliana (SI) Orto Bar
16 May 08 Wien (AT) Viper Room
19 May 08 Budapest (HU) A38
21 May 08 London (UK) Slimelight
22 May 08 Treviso (IT) New Age Club
23 May 08 Milano (IT) Music Drome
24 May 08 Roma (IT) INIT
26 May 08 Athens (GR) Underworld
09 Jun 08 Cambridge, MA (US) The Middle East
10 Jun 08 New York (US) The Knitting Factory
11 Jun 08 Springfield, WV (US) Jaxx (+ Dark Tranquility)
12 Jun 08 Philadelphia, PA (US) The New Alhambra Arena
13 Jun 08 Pittsburgh, PA (US) 31st St. Pub
14 Jun 08 Chicago (US) Bottom Lounge
15 Jun 08 Cleveland, OH (US) Peabody's
16 Jun 08 Toronto (CA) El Mocambo

08 May 08 Osaka (JP) Club Hatch
09 May 08 Nagoya (JP) Club Quattro
11 May 08 Tokyo (JP) Studio Coast
20 Jun 08 Clisson (FR) Hellfest
04 Jul 08 Löbnitz (DE) Flugplatz Roitzschjora (With Full Force)
05 Jul 08 Löbnitz (DE) Flugplatz Roitzschjora (With Full Force)
06 Jul 08 Löbnitz (DE) Flugplatz Roitzschjora (With Full Force)
15 Aug 08 Oulu (FI) Club Teatria (Jalometalli festival)

16 May 08 Ptolemaida (GR) TBA
17 May 08 Alexandroupolis (GR) Domus
18 May 08 Kavala (GR) Jazz Rock
29 May 08 Conception (CL) Pub The End 2 (& Guests)
30 May 08 Santiago (CL) Galpon Victor Jara (& Guests)
31 May 08 Buenos Aires (AR) Teatrito (& Guests)
01 Jun 08 Asunción (PY) Casino de Asunción (& Guests)
03 Jun 08 Lima (PE) TBA (& Guests)
04 Jun 08 Bogota (CO) TBA (Exclusive and limited access show)
05 Jun 08 Manizales (CO) Teatro Universidad de caldas (& Guests)
06 Jun 08 Rio Negro (CO) Aula múltiple del porvenir (& Guests)
07 Jun 08 Quito (EC) La Cantina (& Guests)
08 Jun 08 Caracas (VE) Vallenatos Pub (& Guests)
18 Jul 08 Spital am Semmering (AT) Kaltenbach Open Air
28 Jul 08 Dessel (BE) Graspop Metal Meeting
30 Aug 08 Warsaw (PL) Stodola Club (+ Septicflesh + Vader)

31 May 08 Lyon (FR) Metal Fest (+ The Old Dead Tree + The CNK)

20 Jun 08 Clisson (FR) Hellfest

Ebony Ark - New release

At the end of 2002 Javier Jiménez and Rubén Villanueva (guitars) shared a musical vision that they sought to bring to the masses.
After recruiting bass player Daniel Melián, EBONY ARK was finally born. After a series of fluid line-ups Beatriz Albert (vocals) and Jorge Sáez (drums) proved to be the final piece of the puzzle. The band released their first demo in March 2004, containing 6 tracks, one of them being a cover of Irene Cara's "What a feeling". A few months later, Javier Díez joined the band as a keyboard player.

In October 2004, EBONY ARK's first studio album "Decoder" was released, including 11 tracks peppered with great songs like "Dead Men's Lives", "Searching for an Answer" and "Thorn of Ice". Their blend of hard-hitting power metal with a progressive edge and Beatriz's powerful vocals over the top proved to be a winning formula for the metal audience, and they received many plaudits from both press and fans alike. EBONY ARK had started with a bang and deservedly pushed their way to the front in the international metal world.

After touring all over Spain in February 2005, Jorge Sáez and Javier Díez left the band due to their commitments lying elsewhere. Iván (drums) and Diego (synth) joined Ebony Ark and the band became more stable. In June of the same year they shot their first video clip for their single "Thorn of Ice" in their hometown of Madrid. What followed was a busy time for the band, with concerts and rehearsals mixed with the composition of new songs for their new album.

Their first concert outside Spain was on May 4th 2006 supporting the Dutch band EPICA in a very special show in Amsterdam's infamous Paradiso venue. In May they started recording Decoder 2.0 for their new label Transmission Records. Unfortunately Transmission Records went bankrupt before the album could be scheduled and never saw the light of day. Many bands would buckle under the stress of seeing their hard work go down the pan, but Ebony Ark are stronger than that. They set about finding a new deal, and after negotiations with several labels chose the fast-rising UK-based Ascendance Records as their new home. The result is "When the City is Quiet", yet another masterpiece from Spain's most internationally renowned new metal talent.

Ebony Ark Tour dates
24th April Sevilla Spain
25th April Murcia Spain
26th April Madrid Spain
27th April Barcelona Spain
10 th May Bibao Spain

Pin-Up Went Down

Less than one year ago, former Wormfood /Carnival In Coal drummer Alexis Damien launched his new project, named Esthete Piggie. The multi-faceted musician soon got in touch with Asphodel (Penumbra, Howdy Effect, ex-Nowonmai .) who found in Esthete Piggie the absolutely perfect project she'd been waiting for since her Thirteenth birthday.

The duet met only twice before their album was recorded, Alexis Damien taking care of drums, bass, guitars, keyboards, versatile male vocals as well as recording and mixing, while Asphodel was recording, to quote, "some of the most amazing and diverse female vocals ever heard in a Metal band [.] and delivered without pitch or overdubs .".

In December 2007, they changed the name to Pin-Up Went Down.
With this, the band's first album "2 Unlimited", they have mixed gothic with death and progressive metal, as well as throwing funk, jazz and other experimentations into the mix, melding together to create an utterly unique and bizarre blend of styles and moods.
Helped by three other musicians, a live band is now in place and the band is looking forward to performing throughout 2008.

SKINLAB - SkinnedAlive

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers SKINLAB will release their new album, "SkinnedAlive!", on May 26th via Starz Music. The CD was recorded on June 3, 2007 at The Metro in Oakland, California. The band's first ever live album, and the first new release in four years, it showcases SKINLAB in their element, firing on all cylinders in a hard hitting display of uncompromising aural violence.

Promo CDs will be mailed to you very shortly. We are accepting phone interview requests so please get in touch!

"SkinnedAlive!" track listing:

01. Intro
02. So Far From The Truth
03. Excellerate
04. Slave The Way
05. Second Skin
06. When Pain Comes To Surface
07. Dissolve
08. Scapegoat
09. No Sympathy For The Devil
10. Paleface
11. Know Your Enemies
12. Face Of Aggression


The Bay Area bruisers Skinlab are back after a 3 year hiatus, and this time they're in for the kill.

Formed in 1994 by Singer/bassist Steev Esquivel, former guitarist Mike Roberts and drummer Paul Hopkins, Skinlab quickly began making a name for itself in the Bay Area music scene. This brought attention from Machine Head's Robb Flynn, who would go on to help the band secure their first record deal and their first sold out European tour. Their appearance at the 1997 Dynamo Open Air launched the band into a fury of tours both European and State Side, in support of the debut album Bound Gagged and Blindfolded(Recorded by legendary metal producer Andy Sneap).
With the departure of Roberts in 1998, the band quickly recruited guitarists Scott Seargant (Killing Culture) and Snake (Skrew)and went into writing mode. These sessions led to the Eyesore E.P which introduced the new line up (Available as a limited edition release of only 5000 copies which to this day remains a cult classic with fans worldwide).

In 1999 the band entered El Paso's Village studio, again with producer Andy Sneap, to record Disembody: The New Flesh. The album went on to become an underground favourite for die hard metal fans around the globe. 18 months of touring would follow, with the band sharing the stage with the likes of Exodus, S.O.D, Fear Factory, the Deftones, Coal Chamber, Deicide, Entombed, and Napalm Death. 1999 would also see the band making another appearance on the main stage of the Dynamo Open Air Festival.

In 2003, Skinlab parted with guitarist Scott Seargant, and introduced Glen Telford to the line up. With Telford onboard, the band recorded The Revolting Room, which to some, was the highlight of the bands recording collection. Revolting Room saw the band move in more of a heavy/melodic direction, both in terms of song writing and production. This time the band worked with Producer Steve Evetts (Hatebreed,Glasjaw), bringing in Andy Sneap to round out the ultimate mix of metal fans have learned to love. The Revolting Room touring cycle saw the band share the stage with such acts as Hatebreed, Superjoint Ritual, Arch Enemy, Soil, and In Flames. They would hit stages from London to El Paso, making friends and new fans by the thousands. After a successful run of dates on the JagerMusic/Slayer Tour, the band decided to take a break and explore other musical adventures.

After a 4 year hiatus Skinlab, returned to the road with the "The Face Of Aggression" tour. This tour saw the band bring back it's furious stage presence and 'in for the kill attitude', culminating with a June 3rd 2007 performance at The Oakland Metro. This intense performance was captured for a future DVD and live album release.(04/29/2008 Skinlab return with the release of "SkinnedAlive!" through BCD Music Group).

Skinlab has recently joined forces with Devildriver's Dez Fafara and Eddie Eortell's The Family Management group and Artist Worldwide Booking Agency. The band is hard at work, writing the next full length album, which they hope to have recorded by the end of the 2008.


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