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Pure Metal News: April 2008 Part 2

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Compiled by John Stefanis

Part One

METAL BLADE SPECIAL on UVTV´s Heavy Metal podcast

This week's episode of 'UVTV's Heavy Metal Podcast' features music videos and live performances from artists of Metal Blade Records. Some of the bands highlighted on the show include JOB FOR A COWBOY, EVERGREEN TERRACE, UNEARTH, GOATWHORE and PSYOPUS.

UVTV's weekly video podcast, which features music videos and exclusive live performances of metal, hardcore and hard rock artists, recently surpassed the 500,000 download plateau and is consistently listed in the Top 100 music podcasts on i-tunes.

AMON AMARTH busy with song writing plus three new festivals confirmed

Swedish Viking heroes AMON AMARTH have issued the following update: "Back from a two-week vacation we've continued working on new songs for our upcoming release. We have a handful of great songs already, soon-to-be AMON AMARTH classics, and we still have plenty of great song ideas." AMON AMARTH is scheduled to enter Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden in May with producer Jens Bogren to begin recording its new album for a fall 2008 release via Metal Blade Records.

In other news AMON AMARTH have confirmed a few more festival appearances. "We are proud to announce that we will do our very first appearance in Serbia this summer. The show will take place at the Castle Festival on July 4. We are also happy to announce that we will be appearing at this years Lorca Rock in Spain on July 25." AMON AMARTH have replaced the now apparently defunct Swiss metal band Celtic Frost on the billing of the Metalcamp festival, set to take place July 3-9, 2008 in Tolmin, Slovenia. Commented AMON AMARTH in a statement: "Despite the unfortunate circumstance, we're happy to return to Tolmin."

BRAIN DRILL looking for new drummer

Northern Californian technical death metal outfit BRAIN DRILL will be carrying on despite all the recent rumors of break ups. The band is currently looking for a new drummer.

Comments mainman Dylan Ruskin: "You can send us a video or mp3 of you playing Apocalyptic Feasting as a tryout video/audio file. I would mostly appreciate it more if it was a video though. You can post it on youtube or just send it to us. You can contact us via myspace. Hope to hear from you guys soon!"

FATES WARNING video preview online

Metal Blade will release a special edition of FATES WARNING's 1989 LP "Perfect Symmetry" on June, 13 (G/A/CH/I), June, 16 (rest of Europe).

The package will include:
* Remastered Audio
* A bonus disc of "Perfect Symmetry" demos
* DVD with over 120 minutes of live footage

A video preview can be viewed at

"Perfect Symmetry" was recorded and mixed between April 1989 and May 1989 at Carriage House Studios, Stamford, CT. The CD was produced by Roger Probert for Major Productions and was mixed by Phil Magnotti and Max Norman. It was the first album to feature Mark Zonder on drums.

FOREVER IN TERROR post new video clip online

American Metalcore hopefuls FOREVER IN TERROR have posted their first official videoclip in support of their debut album "Restless In The Tides" online.

Please surfto the media section to check out the clip for the song "The Chosen One"!

FUELED BY FIRE post live video from Keep It True festival online

Californian Thrashers FUELED BY FIRE are back home from their short trek through Europe and laid everything to ashes! FUELED BY FIRE ruled the German Keep It True festival in front of 2.000 people and got excellent feedback from their show in Germany.

Click and you will be seeing a great livevideo from "Striking Death" from Keep It True festival.

JOB FOR A COWBOY to play at Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2008 / Metal Blade nominated in 3 categories

Metal Hammer have just announced their nominations for their Golden Gods 2008 Awards extravaganza along with some of the bands who will be appearing. This years bash takes place at The 02 Arena in London on June 16th.

After romping home with an award for BEST UNDERGROUND BAND (as voted for by fans) Arizona five piece JOB FOR A COWBOY will be joining Bring Me The Horizon for intimate appearances on board the boat Dixie Queen, as it sails up the Thames to the 02 rammed with metal maniacs.

Vote for Metal Blade bands for Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award!
The Black Dahlia Murder, As I Lay Dying and Metal Blade have all been nominated for awards at Metal Hammer's GOLDEN GODS.

AS I LAY DYING have their amazing futuristic video NOTHING LEFT nominated for BEST VIDEO.


METAL BLADE RECORDS are nominated in the BEST METAL LABEL category.

GO VOTE for these bands and you could win tickets to the Golden Gods 2008. Click for more details!

PRIMORDIAL date changes on European tour in the fall

The two Austrian dates mid-November have been switched so please update your calendars and tourdates sections!

PRIMORDIAL + Eluveitie + Equilibrium + special guest + local opener
14/11/08 - AT - Wien, Gasometer
15/11/08 - AT - Linz, Posthof

SHAI HULUD posts title track off upcoming album Misanthropy Pure

SHAI HULUD has just made the title track off their upcoming album "Misanthropy Pure" available. Please click yourself to the media section to check it out! The title track "Misanthropy Pure" will also be the band's first video off their Metal Blade Records debut and will be shot by David Brodsky (All That Remains, Hate Eternal, The Black Dahlia Murder).

"Misanthropy Pure" will be released the 30th of May (G/A/CH/I) / 26th of May (rest of Europe).

SOILENT GREEN posts new video clip online

US Sludgedeathgrindgods SOILENT GREEN have posted their first official videoclip in support of their new album "Inevitable Collapse In The Presence Of Conviction" online.

Please head to the media section to check out the clip for the song "Antioxidant"!

VOMITORY in song writing mode / record contract extension

VOMITORY have started songwriting for the next album which is going to be recorded in April of 2009. "We have 3-4 songs finished already and it feels great", states drummer Tobias Gustaffsson. Possible release date for another atom bomb of Death Metal is May 2009.

In other news VOMITORY have extended their contract with Metal Blade Records for another four albums. Comments Tobias Gustafsson: "We are happy and proud to have signed a new deal with Metal Blade Records Europe. After doing four successful albums out of our six together with Metal Blade, it was no doubt that we wanted to continue working with them. Obviously, they like the way we deliver our death metal and we have no plans on letting them down on that from now on either!"

FATE ‚Vultures' out today / stream the entire album at

'Vultures', the impressing debut album of Californian youngster FATE, is in stores TODAY! Death Metal meets the attitude of Hardcore! Highly recommended to fans of JOB FOR A COWBOY and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER!

You can stream the entire album on to get an idea what this promising newcomer is all about! Streaming will be online until May 9th! Check it out!

JOB FOR A COWBOY singer goes columnist for

Despite their young age JOB FOR A COWBOY are leaders of a new rapidly growing extreme metal scene, the new x-treme! We are happy to welcome their frontman Jonny as columnist for . He will write his column at regular intervals. Keep checking the page for updates!

His first essay that is about changes in metal scene and their effects on young bands is now online at ! Click "Job for Jonny" and read!

FALCONER announce title of upcoming album

Yet another frequent update from the FALCONER camp! The new album is entitled 'Among Beggars And Thieves' and will be mixed in the end of May in the Sonic Train Studios. The release date is set to the end of August.

This time around FALCONER will also be shooting a video clip for the song 'Carnival Of Disgust'.

Apart from the new album 2008 will be a year off for FALCONER. The band will be a bit more active again in 2009 when they will try to do a bunch of live shows again.

GOREROTTED change band name to THE ROTTED

The UK's GOREROTTED have decided to take the big step of changing their name to THE ROTTED! Having worked so hard on their new album 'Get Dead Or Die Trying', the lads felt that due to the huge progression they've made from previous releases musically and lyrically and after frequent line-up changes that this was the only right thing to do.

Says frontman Ben McCrow: "The motives behind what we were doing with Gorerotted have changed over the years, and as a mark of respect for what we achieved, for previous band members and for fans, we didn't feel it was right to continue under our previous monicker. This album is gonna blow people away, I couldn't even classify it for you if I tried, all I can say is its heavy as fu*k, catchy as hell and a piece of work we're all incredibly proud of. People have been affectionally refering to us as THE ROTTED for some time now, so it seemed like a decent change to us."

THE ROTTED is having a new myspace site which can be found HERE ( Please add them to your friends list and make sure to spread the word. Be the first to learn about news, exclusive tracks from the new album, tour dates and much more!

THE ROTTEDs new album 'Get Dead Or Die Trying' is due for release the 27th of June 2008 (G/A/CH/I) / 30th of June 2008 (rest of Europe).

Additionally the band has announced the first tour dates under their new monicker.

14/06/2008 - GB - Cambridge - Barfly (support: Ted Maul)
02/07/2008 - GB - Manchester - Music Box (support: Ted Maul)
03/07/2008 - GB - Glasgow - Ivory Blacks (support: Ted Maul)
04/07/2008 - GB - Nottingham - Junktion 7 (support: Ted Maul)
05/07/2008 - GB - London - Bar Academy (support: Ted Maul)
06/07/2008 - GB - Newport - TJs (support: Ted Maul)
01/08/2008 - DE - Wacken - Wacken Open Air
13/08/2008 - DE - Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze Open Air

HAIL OF BULLETS Preview page online

Metal Blade has set up a preview page on Myspace for the upcoming debut album '…Of Frost And War' by the Dutch supergroup HAIL OF BULLETS. '…Of Frost And War' is due for release May, 13 (Benelux), May, 16 (G/A/CH/I), May, 19 (rest of Europe).

The Metal Blade preview page is the only site where you can stream exclusively TWO songs of the upcoming album. Check out the new recorded version of 'Red Wolves Of Stalin' as well as the brandnew song 'The Lake Ladoga Massacre'!

Please click to get directly to the page. Make sure to add the page to your friends list. It also features a lot more information on HAIL OF BULLETS and a nice lottery!

'…Of Frost And War' will be released as a limited first edition digipack including bonustrack as well as on vinyl (2-Gatefold-LP, incl. bonustrack).

HATE ETERNAL venue change + European tour starting soon

The first show in Italy is getting moved. The replacement show will be in Pinarella di Cervia together with Vader, Septic Flesh, Devian and Inactive Messiah.

Here´s the complete tourdates:

09.05.2008 Germany Würzburg B-Hof w/ Deadborn
10.05.2008 Germany Leipzig Conne Island w/ Deadborn
11.05.2008 Germany Hamburg Markthalle w/ Deadborn
13.05.2008 Czech Rep Prague Exit Chmelnice w/ Deadborn
14.05.2008 Austria Wien Arena w/ Deadborn
15.05.2008 Slovenia Ljubljana Gala Hala w/ Deadborn
16.05.2008 Germany München Feierwerk w/ Deadborn
17.05.2008 Italy Pinarella di Cervia Rock Planet w/ Vader, Septic Flesh, Devian, Inactive Messiah !!! NEW !!!
18.05.2008 Italy Rome Alpheus Club w/ Deadborn
20.05.2008 Switzerland Martigny Les Caves du Manoir w/ Deadborn
21.05.2008 France Nantes Le Ferrailleur
22.05.2008 Spain Irun Tunk
23.05.2008 Portugal Braga Junta Freguesia de Panoias
24.05.2008 Spain Madrid Ritmo & Compas
25.05.2008 Spain Barcelona Apolo 2
26.05.2008 France Luynes/Marseille Le Korigan
28.05.2008 Germany Karlsruhe Substage w/ Deadborn
29.05.2008 Germany Bochum Matrix w/ Deadborn
30.05.2008 Germany Trier Exhaus w/ Deadborn
31.05.2008 Holland Tilburg 013, Neurotic Death Fest (Hate Eternal, Cephalic Carnage only)
01.06.2008 UK Cardiff Barfly w/ Man Must Die
02.06.2008 UK Glasgow Barfly w/ Man Must Die
04.06.2008 Ireland Dublin Whelans w/ Man Must Die
05.06.2008 UK Sheffield Corporation w/ Man Must Die
06.06.2008 UK London Underworld w/ Man Must Die
07.06.2008 Belgium Aarschot JC de Klinker

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

EXODUS - Co-Headliner at ROCK HARD Festival

The "Special guest" secret has now been revealed - bay area thrashers EXODUS will co-headline the ROCK HARD Festival on Saturday, May 10th. The band will hit the stage right before mighty re-united IMMORTAL! An EXODUS signing session will be held on Saturday, May 10th from 5.20 pm - 6.10 pm! Don't miss out!

May 10th 2008, (D) GELSENKIRCHEN / Rock Hard Festival / Running Order

12.45 - 13.25 THE SORROW
13.45 - 14.25 MOONSORROW
14.45 - 15.25 HELSTAR ("Remnants Of War"-Line-up!)
15.45 - 16.30 ENSLAVED
17.00 - 17.45 EXCITER
18.15 - 19.15 AMORPHIS
19.45 - 21.00 EXODUS
21.30 - 23.00 IMMORTAL

Check out all stagetimes and signing sessions (AMORPHIS, IMMORTAL, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, TESTAMENT) at and stay tuned!

TESTAMENT - Nominated for Golden Gods Awards!

The Formation of Damnation, the crushing new release from thrash metal heroes Testament, has been nominated for Best Album at this year's Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. The awards ceremony will take place at the O2 Arena in London on Monday, June 16, where Testament will be performing LIVE, along with Disturbed, In Flames, and Children Of Bodom.

Metal Maniacs calls the album, "Freshly brutal and heroically nostalgic…The culmination of a decade of dedication and perseverance for the Bay Area Kings; the entire band sounds brilliant." Revolver Magazine says, "Don't call it a comeback. Just call it AWESOME."

Die-hard fans from the UK will have the opportunity to win tickets to see the band perform LIVE at Golden Gods 2008. The contest is available to UK residents only. Entrants must send their e-mail address, full name, date of birth, address, post code, and contact number to Entrants must be 16+ (with ID) and able to arrange travel to the gig. Doors open at 7pm and close at 11pm. All entries must be received by May 21, 2008.

Merch Co International & Century Media join forces

Merch Co International are delighted to announce the inception of its merchandising agreement with Century Media Records.

"The Century Media roster forms a substantial and extremely strong addition to our existing roster and will be a focus of Merch Co's Worldwide releases for 2008 and beyond." says Rachel Redfearn, Merch Co International Managing Director.

Both companies look forward to a long, exciting and prosperous relationship. Look out for our e-mail presentations coming your way very soon. Titles such as Arch Enemy, Turisas, Norther, Heaven Shall Burn, Maroon, Aborted, Mercenary and many more!

"We are very impressed by the performance of Merch Co in the US and are looking forward to an equally successful cooperation with Merch Co International in Europe" states Oliver Withöft, Century Media Records.

Mayhem - The End of an Era

We're really sorry to announce that MAYHEM guitarist / songwriter Blasphemer has decided to leave the band. Here's the musician's comment:
"It is with these written words that I hereby retract myself from my position as the guitar player of Mayhem.

The main reason behind this conclusion lies in the fact that I simply don't see any future for me in the band anymore, at least not a future I'd like to participate in over the coming years. I've been playing my part in the band now for more than 13 years already, having composed, produced and released several albums with great vision, dedication and craftsmanship, to arrive at this crossroad of opposites. Sooner or later, all things comes to an end, and in my case, this circle is complete.

For some of you this might not come as the biggest surprise, as I've clearly stated in several interviews that I was not sure what the next step would be. These "hints" were partly rooted in the fact that our latest album fulfilled all of the expectations, visions and aspects of negativity that I felt I wanted to express with this band, and also, of similar importance, that I felt tired of both the touring aspects, amidst its turbulence and personal differences, and also my role in the band.

It has been a dark, devoted and spellbinding journey, and as some beings and entities develop, others remain the same. I've developed my essence. No questions. However, the legacy of MAYHEM will / must always remain what it always has been, and I wish to thank all parts involved and to wish them all the best for the future. I also would like to thank my followers over the years, from "Wolf's Lair..." to "Ordo...", my vision has been clear. I'm also sure the band will continue with a respectful formation, and that an eventual album will be placed "up there", where it (should) belong.

I have now personally chosen to focus on other paths in terms of creativity and vision. My "child of heart" AVA INFERI has already a busy schedule for the future and our third album is being crafted as we speak. I will also re-surface with new will and blood in a future extreme project. You have not heard the last of me, on the contrary. It's all about to begin.
Note that the few already scheduled shows will go on as planned WITH me.
Rune Eriksen/Blasphemer".

The whole Season of Mist staff wish Rune a lot of success in his future endeavours. We'd like to thank the man for all the work we achieved together... which might as well not be over!

Live Dates for Season of Mist's Artists

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)
01 Dec 08 London (UK) Forum (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Asrai)
02 Dec 08 Paris (FR) Le Bataclan (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Asrai)
03 Dec 08 Tilburg (NL) O13 (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Asrai)
04 Dec 08 Saarbrücken (DE) Garage (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Asrai)
06 Dec 08 Pratteln (CH) Z7 (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Asrai)
07 Dec 08 Bologna (IT) Palanord (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Asrai)
08 Dec 08 Wien (AT) Planet Music (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Asrai)
09 Dec 08 Budapest (HU) Petofi Hall (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Asrai)
11 Dec 08 Dresden (DE) Reithalle (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Asrai)
12 Dec 08 Weimar (DE) CCN Weimarhalle (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Asrai)
13 Dec 08 TBA (BE) TBA (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Asrai)
14 Dec 08 Berlin (DE) Huxleys (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Asrai)
16 Dec 08 København (DK) Vega (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Asrai)
17 Dec 08 Köln (DE) Live Music Hall (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Asrai)
18 Dec 08 Neu Isenburg (DE) Hugenottenhalle (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Asrai)
19 Dec 08 München (DE) Backstage (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Asrai)
20 Dec 08 Osnabrück (DE) Hyde Park (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Asrai)

25 Apr 08 Trondheim (NO) Blæst (Concert and Release-Party "Binocular")
30 Apr 08 Trondheim (NO) Isak

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
31 May 08 Madrid (ES) Electric Festival (+ Metallica + Rage Against The Machine + Iggy & The Stooges...)
13 Jun 08 Santiago (CL) Theatre Novedades
14 Jun 08 Sao Paulo (BR) Inferno Club
15 Jun 08 Sao Paulo (BR) TBA
21 Jun 08 Flémalle (BE) Festival Fiesta du Rock
11 Aug 08 Budapest (HU) Sziget Festival

25 Apr 08 Colmar (FR) Le Grillen
25 Oct 08 Strasbourg (FR) Le Zenith (+ The Scorpions Special show with guests Uli Jon Roth, H. Rarebell, R.Lenners)

26 Apr 08 Helsinki (FI) Nosturi (+ Hatesphere)
12 Jul 08 Blome (LV) Festival (Festival billing:

02 May 08 St Andree (FR) MJC
03 May 08 Beauvais (FR) Festival L'ouvre Boite

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

03 May 08 Chicago (US) Powerfest (+ Testament + Darkane + Suidakra)

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

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

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 Tranquillity)
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
09 Aug 08 Hildesheim (DE) M'Era Luna
15 Aug 08 Malmö (SE) Hell Night (Malmö Festival)
16 Aug 08 Oslo (NO) Maiden

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)
14 Aug 08 Jaromer (CZ) Brutal Assault
15 Aug 08 Oulu (FI) Club Teatria (Jalometalli festival)
16 Aug 08 Witney (UK) Black Swan Festival

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

10 May 08 Leipzig (DE) Wave Gotik Treffen (+ Christian Death + The Old Dead Tree)
18 Oct 08 Wieze (BE) Oktoberhallen - Female Voices Fest VI
01 Dec 08 London (UK) Forum (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Septicflesh)
02 Dec 08 Paris (FR) Bataclan (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Septicflesh)
03 Dec 08 Tilburg (NL) O13 (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Septicflesh)
04 Dec 08 Saarbrücken (DE) Garage (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Septicflesh)
06 Dec 08 Pratteln (CH) Z7 (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Septicflesh)
07 Dec 08 Bologna (IT) Palanord (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Septicflesh)
08 Dec 08 Wien (AT) Planet Music (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Septicflesh)
09 Dec 08 Budapest (HU) Petofi Hall (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Septicflesh)
11 Dec 08 Dresden (DE) Reithalle (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Septicflesh)
12 Dec 08 Weimar (DE) CCN Weimarhalle (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Septicflesh)
12 Dec 08 TBA (BE) TBA (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Septicflesh)
14 Dec 08 Berlin (DE) Huxleys (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Septicflesh)
16 Dec 08 København (DK) Vega (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Septicflesh)
17 Dec 08 Köln (DE) Live Music Hall (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Septicflesh)
18 Dec 08 Neu Isenburg (DE) Hugenottenhalle (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Septicflesh)
19 Dec 08 München (DE) Backstage (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Septicflesh)
20 Dec 08 Osnabrück (DE) Hyde Park (+ Cradle of Filth + Gorgoroth + Moonspell + Septicflesh)

15 May 08 Tampere (FI) Vastavirta
16 May 08 Jyväskylä (FI) Lutakko
17 May 08 Riihimäki (FI) Kellari
22 May 08 Helsinki (FI) Lepakkomies
23 May 08 Turku (FI) TVO
24 May 08 Pori (FI) Baarikaappi
18 Jun 08 Poznan (PL) U Bazyla (+ Tyr)
19 Jun 08 Berlin (DE) Wild At Heart
22 Jun 08 Clisson (FR) Hellfest
23 Jun 08 Köln (DE) Underground
28 Jun 08 Helsinki (FI) Tuska Festival
18 Jul 08 Lohja (FI) Tuntuma Festival
16 Aug 08 Jyväskylä (FI) Lutakko (Liekeissä Festival)
04 Oct 08 Baarlo (NL) JC Sjiwa (ProgPower Europe)

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)

17 May 08 Eindhoven (NL) Dynamo Club (+ Serpentcult + Nymphea Aurora)
19 May 08 Gent (BE) The Frontline (+ Serpentcult)
20 May 08 Rostock (DE) The Stubnitz
22 May 08 Oslo (NO) Garage
23 May 08 København (DK) Loppen
24 May 08 Hamburg (DE) Markthalle
25 May 08 Berlin (DE) The Magnet
26 May 08 Trencin (SK) Klub Luc (+ Gallileous + Korium)
29 May 08 Basel (CH) Villa Rosenau (+ shEver)
30 May 08 Lyon (FR) Marche Gare
31 May 08 Paris (FR) La Locomotive

31 May 08 Lyon (FR) Metal Fest (+ The Old Dead Tree + The CNK)
19 Jun 08 Lyon (FR) Le Radiant (+ Bullet For My Valentine)
20 Jun 08 Marseille (FR) Docks des Sud (+ Bullet For My Valentine)
23 Jun 08 Strasbourg (FR) La Laiterie (+ Bullet For My Valentine)

06 Jun 08 Jaffa (IL) Theater Club (+ Obituary)

13 Jun 08 Porto (PT) Uptown Bar
14 Jun 08 Coimbra (PT) Auditório Vagos
20 Jun 08 Clisson (FR) Hellfest
19 Jul 08 Lisboa (PT) Teatro Iberico
11 Oct 08 Oslo (NO) Club Maiden

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 (
14 Nov 08 St. Paul, MN (US) Heathen Crusade 3
09 Aug 08 Santander, Cantabria (ES) El Astillero (Azores Festival)

Enemy Rose: Belgium's Finest!

Get ready for the band that will take you by surprise and rock your girlfriend's panties, from the darkest corners in your mind comes ENEMY ROSE! Influenced by bands such as THE STONES, THE CLASH, DEAD BOYS, STOOGES and HANOI ROCKS these boys do not make any compromises... LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT! Formed in the summer of 2005 by Tommy X and Sammy DiMera from THE HEARTACHES who joined forces with Sugar Martellotto, a young and very talented drummer with a lust for rock n' roll completed by Ponzy from SMASH MY RADIO on bass and Spinal Steve from SMOOTH LEE on guitars.

Nowadays rock 'n' roll has lost most of it's colors - spirit and authenticity and traded it in for a ticket to five minutes of fame. When most bands are only looking for the right outfit and worry bout the songs later, we are pleased to announce the coming of ENEMY ROSE!

With no time to waste they started playing and when word got out the crowd got bigger and bigger and soon afterwards they signed to I Scream Records, the mission was to conquer the world, hit the stages and record an album. So far they have released a split album with the Mercy Killers on I Scream Records.
Now it's time for their debut full length - which was produced by US Bomb's Kerry Martinez also renounced lead singer guitarist for the Bad Luck Charms - entitled "PROMISES WE'LL NEVER KEEP". It is sure to go down very well in those countries that embrace their history of ROCK 'N' ROLL!!! Keep your eyes open and beware of the enemy coming your way!

The Bad Luck Charms

The term Rock n Roll comes from the ghetto slang, meaning sex, in the back of an automobile, hence, rock n roll.
Well...The Bad Luck Charms are exactly that!! Slimy, Sleazy, Dirty Rock n Roll at it's finest!! Spawned from the attics and basements of old Kiss dolls, comics, Chuck Berry records, and Monster magazines. These electric cartoons straight outta Brooklyn New Yawk are fueled by the syringe sound of The Heartbreakers, tongue in cheek of Hanoi and The Stones and all the snot of the Dead Boys!!! This cast is made up of Kerry Martinez, on vox and guitar, who also plays guitar for U.S Bombs.

Kerry has been performing and touring extensively on the World Wide circuit for a number of years. He has also produced many bands and has worked with such greats as, Wayne Kramer (MC 5), and Lars Fredrickson (Rancid) to name a few...and now, has his own guitar coming out soon, on Sparrow Guitars!! Brian Knott is on guitar/vox and has ripped his way through the New York City circuit playing some short stints with The Nuns, Molotov Cocktail and The Stiff Mickys. M

ax A. Million is a new addition to the Bad Luck Charms on bass guitar/vox and is quickly carving his name in the rock of the music world. Last but not least, Brenden "the deal" Van Meir on drums, and vox, formerly with the late Nick Hawkins of (B.A.D.) completes the B.L.C. quartet!! There's gonna be a whole lot of shakin,goin on!!! So, lock up your booze, your daughters, your mothers, your sisters and your medicine cabinets, like it or not, were comin' to your town!!!
All hail, The Bad Luck Charms!!!

Death and Taxes

Death & Taxes was formed in 2005 in the wake of the highly successful reunion show of Boston street rock band The Bruisers by original Bruisers songwriter/guitarist Jeff Morris and new bassist Mike Savitkas along with Steve Toland on drums. Morris spent nine years in the Bruisers alongside current Dropkick Murphys singer Al Barr honing his street rock songwriting skills and the Death & Taxes debut cd "Tattooed Hearts & Broken Promises" is the result of all those years spent on the road, in the studio and onstage.

The sound and production value of the recording are world class thanks to the work of engineer Jim Siegel who has worked with the Dropkick Murphys, The Unseen, Blood for Blood and many more successful bands. With the musical impact of Social Distortion and the lyrical impact of Westerberg meets Springsteen this recording crosses over in appeal to fans of punk, roots rock and insurgent country such as Lucero, Bright Eyes and Steve Earle.

Post-punk audiences gravitate to the stories told in Morris's songs, from friends lost to drug overdose to teenage suicide and even the murder of a close friend. The truth and honesty in the lyrics shine through on every track and is propelled by the high level of musicianship throughout. Musically these songs appeal to rockers, twangers and punkers alike with Morris slinging his signature Gretsch hollowbody guitar, belting out lyrics that every listener can identify with alongside Savitkas on his scruffy old Fender Precision Bass and Toland on his vintage Ludwig drums.


An explosive mix of electronic beats, heavy, distorted instruments and psychedelic noise atmospheres. Deflore's music represents a modern way to melt electronic music and rock, dark atmospheres, dub grooves and noise doom elements.

With the participation of Erol Unala (Apollyan Sun, Celtic Frost) and the graphic design work from video artitst Petulia Mattilou, Deflores's new album is the dark, powerful and evocative demonstration of their innovative approach to the music. Twelve tracks for twelve states of mind.

Also available Deflore - Human Indu[B]strial (CD and Double LP)

The bands first release for Subsound Records. Released in Feb 2008 this album sees a variety of genres covered and possibly some not even discovered yet. An eclectic collection of influences swinging from Mazurkas to Death Hip-Hop, from Concrete Live Electronics to Grugilasco-Core add many dimensions to the listening experience. The frequency hazard and the technological contribution are fundamental members of the band.

In the bands own words "Nonlinear.system.theory hail from the suburban bars of Turin. The intrinsic empirical nonlinearity orientates experimentalism towards the field of perception and has to be intended as a natural awakening from the present rhythmic senescence, a sort of non-conventional 'contrappasso".

Tomydeepestego - Odyssea

Combines the poetry of Pelican, the double face of Isis, the atmospheres of Neurosis and the delicacy of Mogwai.
Stunning album also available on double gatefold LP

Kärtsy Hatakka of Waltari to produce next Silentium album

Recording sessions for the next SILENTIUM album is booked and scheduled starting with choir (Jyväskylä Female Choir) and orchestral parts. The band's effort will be taped during the summer. The producer for the next album is the multitalented main man of Waltari, Kärtsy Hatakka. Sami Boman shares his thoughts: "I'm truly excited about the opportunity to work with Kärtsy. He's incredibly innovative and unbiased approach to music makes him second to none. He's able to recognize the bearing thoughts behind SILENTIUM's music, whether it's a fragile and delicate stream of sound and atmosphere, or an immense and downright brutal sound mass. We all admire and appreciate the commitment he affiliated this project with, the instant flow of ideas was a most pleasant surprise for us all. I can't wait to get to the actual studio work! I'm absolutely sure the results will be nothing short of magical."
Release date for the record is set to Oct 29th 2008.

DISCIPLINE: the new double album available NOW

Please note that the new album from DISCIPLINE has arrived.
The undefeated kings of European Street Rock are back with a very special double CD!
Welcome "Old Pride, New Glory"!!!

TESTAMENT - Full album stream online
San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal legends TESTAMENT are currently streaming their entire new album, The Formation Of Damnation, on their MySpace page. Make sure to check it out!
The band has recorded The Formation of Damnation in part with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.
In Germany, the album will be released on April, 25th.

HACKNEYED - Sign with Nuclear Blast

Nuclear Blast is proud to announce the signing of south German death metal maniacs HACKNEYED.

These five youngsters are just as convincing as MORBID ANGEL must have been when they released their first album back in the day. Not only is the band already a bright star in the sky of extreme metal but is also the youngest band Nuclear Blast has signed ever since. Probably HACKNEYED are also the youngest death metal act on the planet as the average age of the band members is just 16 years (guitarist Devin being just 14 years old!), but already shredding and grooving as hell - mark these words.

Being founded in early 2007 the band has already achieved to play an amount of successful shows as well as draw attention from several bigger bands and also of Achim Ostertag (organizer of Germany's Summer Breeze festival and CEO of Silverdust Records) who presented the band to the deeply impressed Nuclear Blast staff that signed them right away.
HACKNEYED are more than ready to release their first audible massacre Death Prevails on July 25th and will also guest on several open airs in summer 2008! Keep your eyes peeled - more info & stuff coming soon!
Check out the following video to get an impression of what HACKNEYED is all about and how they easily manage to rip your guts out: YouTube!

HAMMERFALL - New guitarist announced

Pontus Norgren from THE POODLES will be replacing Stefan Elmgren, who left HAMMERFALL in early April to focus on his new career as a pilot. Pontus is a fantastic guitar player with musical roots in ACCEPT and neo Classical Metal, comments drummer Anders Johansson. I have known him for many years, I know how he works as a musician and as a person.

I like HAMMERFALL, I think they have amazing stage shows and I like their songs, so when I heard they were looking for a guitar player I thought I'd give it a try, says Pontus. Playing with THE POODLES has been a wonderful experience in many ways, but I have always liked a little heavier music and have felt at times that this wasn't the right kind of forum for the music I'd most like to play. It's simply time to move on. Replacing Stefan is not easy, he has a very characteristic way of playing and is a great guitarist, explains singer Joacim Cans, currently a part of Swedens TV4's Körslaget.

But Pontus will add a different style than Stefan since they are two quite different persons. I'm looking forward to see how we will mesh as a band during the coming months! At the moment, HAMMERFALL has a scheduled gig in Montreal, Canada, in June, and in July the recordings of a new studio album will begin. Late June will also see the release of a cover album (Masterpieces) and a DVD (Rebels With A Cause - Unruly, Unrestrained, Uninhibited), and the first full-length album with the new line-up is planned for February 2009.

BELPHEGOR - Enter the German charts
It is a premiere in the Austrian band`s history, and it definitely is a hellish breakthrough for Extreme Metal in general:
Black/Death Metal folks BELPHEGOR have just entered the German album charts at an excellent position 81 with their brand new album Bondage Goat Zombie.
This also means they have a currently higher chart position than Michael Jackson…

SUBWAY TO SALLY - Certified gold
After winning the famous BundesVision Song Contest on German TV back in February, German Folk Rock/Metal act SUBWAY TO SALLY can celebrate another huge success. The band has just been certified gold for their acoustic DVD release Nackt right before they went on stage on their last week's gig in Stuttgart in front of over 1.500 enthusiastic fans. Nackt has sold over 25.000 units in Germany so far.
Congratulations to SUBWAY TO SALLY!

DEATH ANGEL - Exclusive video premiere!
The new video of Bay Area Thrash Legends DEATH ANGEL, Dethroned (from their newest output Killing Season) will have it´s worldwide premiere this evening at 21.00 CET on MySpace Metal!
Be sure to check it out HERE!

IN FLAMES - Embark on an European headlining tour together with SONIC SYNDICATE

. The band will be supported by their Swedish labelmates SONIC SYNDICATE, who will release their new album on September 26th this year.
Also, there will be the french prog-death-metallers GOJIRA and Denmark´s very successful rock-outfit VOLBEAT on the bill to be the opening act for IN FLAMES. Check out this summer´s festival shows with IN FLAMES and SONIC SYNDICATE at IN FLAMES
w/ SONIC SYNDICATE, GOJIRA, VOLBEAT 03.10. LUX Luxembourg - Dan Atelier
04.10. GER Cologne - Palladium
05.10. GER Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
08.10. FR Paris - Zenith
09.10. NL Tilburg - O13
10.10. FR Nancy - L´escale
11.10. FR Lyon - Tranbordeur
13.10. ES Barcelona - Razzamatazz 1
14.10. ES Granada - La Copera
15.10. ES Madrid - La Riviera
16.10. ES Bilbao - Rock Star Live
19.10. GER Munich - Zenith
24.10. GER Dresden - Alter Schlachthof
25.10. GER Berlin - Columbiahalle
More dates TBA.

MELTDOWN - Sign with Nuclear Blast

Thrash is definitely back on track - and we're not talking about some modern hype bullsh*t! We're talking about good old Thrash back from the days when METALLICA literally turned the Metal scene upside down by setting the cornerstone for a new movement and new standards in meaning of heaviness, speed and sonic brutality. So do MELTDOWN in times where fashion and polished clean vocals rule the business - well, of course they do not set new standards and so on, but they do take the Metal community back to early 1980, thrashing Metal mad like hell!

Being still young, angry and possessed by old school Metal, MELTDOWN from Los Angeles, California were immediately signed to Nuclear Blast when the label's officials first heard their demo of 2007!

Here's what Nuclear Blast A&R Marko Sirac has to say about the signing of this new, fresh & very promising young band: MELTDOWN are just killer! This young band ´s old school Thrash sounds fresher than it did ever before by a band of that age! These guys really have style!

MELTDOWN will enter the legendary Stage One Studios with even more legendary producer Andy Classen (LEGION OF THE DAMNED, DEW-SCENTED, NEAERA, BELPHEGOR, ASPHYX, etc. etc…) this week to record their first album Executioner which is set to be unleashed in August 2008! MELTDOWN is:
Dan Wetmore - Vocals / Guitar
Jeff Potts - Guitar
Ben Mottsman - Bass
Adam Haritan - Drums

SONIC SYNDICATE - New studio episode online
Swedish modern metallers SONIC SYNDICATE, who were currently being confirmed to support IN FLAMES on their European headlining tour, put another episode of their studio recordings on MySpace. Check it out! The new record is due end of September 2008!

BENEDICTION - Killing Music is recorded!
Long-running UK Extreme Metallers BENEDICTION have finished the recordings for their new album, Killing Music.

Comment from the band: Well, that's it. We've recorded everything and now we have to let go of it. It is in the more than capable hands of the producer, Mick Kenney of ANAAL NATHRAKH infamy. If you can imagine the crispness of the "Grind Bastard" album with the ferocity of ANAAL NATHRAKH on a disc then you will get the idea of what is to come.

A lot of beer, football, hospitals, pubs, curries, kebabs, kitkats and crisps went into the making of 'Killing Music'! Thanks to everyone who popped in on the recording sessions to give support and drink our free beer! We look forward to hearing the finished product once Mick has weaved his ginger magic on our baby.

Here are the titles for the songs recorded for Killing Season:
01. Hells Gat
02. Cold, Deathless, Unrepentant
03. Killing Music
04. Dripping With Disgust
05. Dissembler
06. Rats In The Mask (Controlopolis)
07. Betrayer
08. Immaculate Facade
09. They Bleed
10. Frozen Heart
11. The Grey Man
12. As Her Skin Weeps
13. They Must Die Screaming
14. Seeing Through My Eyes (BROKEN BONES cover)
15. Largactyl (AMEBIX cover) Killing Music will be released in Summer 2008.

MNEMIC - To support METALLICA again

Danish Modern Metal band MNEMIC has been added to two dates on METALLICA's European summer tour: May 28th at Slaski Stadium in Chorzow, Poland, and June 3rd at Slavia Stadium in Prague, Czech Republic.

Here's a statement from guitar player Mircea Gabriel Eftemie: We are beyond thrilled and more than happy to be heading out with the mighty METALLICA this summer! Again! We are excitedly looking forward to this wonderful opportunity, that we have been given, and can't wait to blast some MNEMIC waves for y'all.

I can only say that we consider this event a true privilege specially to be invited by Lars and METALLICA, and we can not be thankful enough!

On top of all of this, I will be celebrating my birthday on the 3rd of June, the same day we will be sharing the stage...I truly couldn't have asked for a better birthday present than this one!

From the lads and yours truly, a big thank you to everyone involved in making this happen. See you out there for some metal, cervezas and a sea of meat!

DEATH ANGEL - Hot video on myspace!

DEATH ANGEL have celebrated the premiere of their brand new clip Dethroned on myspace! It is the totally uncensored version of the clip, so don ´t dare to miss it!
WATCH out!


With a phenomenal start to 2008 after the incredibly successful second headlining UK tour as well as their first and as successful European headlining run with labelmates NORTHER, TURISAS have confirmed that they will once again be gracing these shores after having been confirmed as main support on the autumn tour with UK heroes Dragonforce.

Warlord Nygard had the following to say on the forthcoming tour "We just made it back from a very successful European tour which included an impressive 13 dates in the UK. We were really surprised how amazing the turnout was, with many of the UK shows selling out, considering we had only played one of the cities before. The crowds were crazy and now we're extremely pleased that we're able to come back in autumn to do it all over again.

We're joining up with Dragonforce on their UK tour and this something we're already hugely looking forward to. We are also extra excited about the shows in Ireland, which will be our first ones on the island that we've been unfortunate enough to miss out on previous tours. As you can imagine, Olli is sharpening his bow already as his one-man mission is about to reach its climax ... All in all, it's going to be a great package no-one should miss out on. Right now we're just about to head out on a voyage to begin our assault on the US as part of the Paganfest .. so we'll either see you at the summer festivals or in the autumn"

TURISAS will be playing with Dragonforce at the following venues - make sure you get your tickets asap as this is already set to sell out early

September 08

26-09 - Manchester Academy (0161 832 1111)
27-09 - Birmingham Academy (0844 477 2000)
28-09 - Southampton Guildhall (023 8063 2601)
30-09 - Cardiff University Great Hall (02920 230 130)

October 08

01-10 - Nottingham Rock City (08713 100 000)
03-10 - London Astoria (0871 231 0821)
05-10 - Norwich UEA (0871 231 0821)
07-10 - Leeds University (0113 244 4600)
08-10 - Newcastle Academy (0844 477 2000)
10-10 - Glasgow Academy (08444 999 990)
11-10 - Belfast Mandela Hall (0870 243 4455)
12-10 - Dublin Ambassador (0818 719 300)
13-10 - Cork Savoy Theatre (0818 719 300)

(tickets available at / 0844 576 5483 - 24hrs)

Check out the TURISAS website for more information on the US tour and to see the stunning video that accompanies the band's take on the 70's classic pop song 'Rasputin'

MELTDOWN - Tales from the studio crypt

Thrash Metal's new blood MELTDOWN have just sent an update from Andy Classen's Stage One Studio where they are in the middle of the recording of their debut album Executioner.
Guitarist & vocalist Dan Wetmore: Hey everyone, we're here in Stage One Studio recording our debut album, coming out on Nuclear Blast entitled Executioner. Right now Adam is finishing up drum tracks and we're hoping to start recording rhythm as soon as possible.

It's great to be working with someone like Andy Classen who has experience in recording metal. So far everything sounds really brutal. When we're not pumping out tracks, we're fu*king around and gorging ourselves on beer and Nutella. Being in Germany kicks ass!
Until next time, cheers from the studio.

SCAR SYMMETRY - Studio diary online

Swedish Modern/Melodic Death Metal heroes SCAR SYMMETRY have just uploaded a studio video diary showing the recordings of their upcoming album Holographic Universe, which is set to be unleashed on June 20th.

Check out the video via the following link.

LIQUIDO - Vote for them

LIQUIDO could enter the listener ´s charts of German Hitradio Ohr on position 11 with their upcoming single On A Mission.
Vote for them so that they can conquer the top 10 next week!

PAIN - Re-sign with Nuclear Blast

The ink on the contract hasn't dried yet and we can already proudly report the return of Nuclear Blast-veteran Peter Tägtgren and his Industrial Metal band PAIN!

After more than ten years have been passing by since the release of the self-titled PAIN debut on Nuclear Blast, the Swedish mastermind and HYPOCRISY-main man is already busy working on his comeback album that is scheduled for a release in October 2008. PAIN have also just returned from an immensely successful European tour as a support act for NIGHTWISH, which lead them through 18 countries and was being witnessed by approximately 150.000 people. Welcome home, Peter!

GOTTHARD - Have to go on tour without injured bass player Marc
As bass player Marc Lynn can ´t play his instrument due to an accident with his motorbike, GOTTHARD have to hit the road for the next couple of weeks without him. An Italian bassist will replace Marc until he is able to play again.

Last weekend, Marc Lynn was brought to a Swiss hospital after breaking several bones in an accident with his motorbike. Nevertheless, Marc has kept his humour: "The broken leg is not that bad - but the broken thumb is not such a nice thing for a bass player."

Though Marc can ´t play the next weeks, GOTTHARD will play all announced shows in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Switzerland.

KATAKLYSM - Exclusive download stuff
Check out now the new Death Metal thunderstorm of KATAKLYSM. A whole three weeks prior to the release of Prevail you have the possibility to own the new single Taking The World By Storm exclusively here on the musicshop… Also available in our Musicstore:
Good old classics, which are sold out as CDs are now available for a special price as download. Just check your favourites in the Nuclear Blast Musicshop e.g. for MORTIFICATION, SLAUGHTER, WARHAMMER or AGATHODAIMON



MISERY SIGNALS will premiere "Weight Of The World" from their upcoming full-length 'CONTROLLER' on MySpace today.

Speaking on the song bassist Kyle Johnson relates:
"It was the first song we recorded for the new album and it's a different song for us, it's little angrier, faster and actually the shortest song clocking in at a little over two minutes."

Vocalist Karl Schubach adds"
"It was the first song we tracked and Devin (Townsend, Producer) had me run through the entire song once just to get down the idea of where I wanted to go. He told me that I nailed it right off the bat and we ended up keeping most of it as the finished version. The song itself is about deciding whether you should tell someone what you really think and get it off of your chest or take the high road and let them think that they are right. That situation can really blow up."

The band recorded the entire album with Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend Band) who was at the helm of the band's 2004 debut Of Malice and The Magnum Heart. Since wrapping up recording in March, the band have finished a European Run, which sold out most of the dates.

Misery Signals have just started a US tour supporting As I Lay Dying.

Hear "Weight Of The World" at:

AMON AMARTH Confirmed For DOWNLOAD Festival

AMON AMARTH were today confirmed to play DOWNLOAD 2008, which takes place at Donington Park, Leicestershire between June 13th - 15th.

AMON AMARTH will join Metal Blade label mates JOB FOR A COWBOY and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER who are already on the bill.

AMON AMARTH are currently writing new songs for the highly anticipated follow up to 2006's 'WITH ODEN ON OUR SIDE' album.

The band are scheduled to enter Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden in May with producer Jens Bogren to begin recording their, as yet untitled, new album for an Autumn 2008 release on Metal Blade Records.

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