May 2006 News: Part 1
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BLIND GUARDIAN - Tracklisting &
Legendary German metal heroes BLIND GUARDIAN have confirmed
"A Twist in the Myth" as the title of their much-anticipated new
album. View the amazing cover artwork by Anthony Clarkson (also EXODUS,
KATAKLYSM, RAGE amm.) for "A Twist in the Myth" here.
The final track listing reads as follows:
01. This Will Never End (5:07)
02. Otherland (5:14)
03. Turn the Page (4:16)
04. Fly (5:43)
05. Carry the Blessed Home (4:03)
06. Another Stranger Me (4:36)
07. Straight through the Mirror (5:48)
08. Lionheart (4:15)
09. Skalds and Shadows (3:13)
10. The Edge (4:27)
11. The New Order (4:49)
BLIND GUARDIAN will also be shooting a video later this month for the track
'Another Stranger Me'. The clip will be the first with drummer Frederik Ehmke,
who replaced Thomen Stauch in 2005.
DEATHSTARS - Gates of Metal
Today Gates of Metal presented two new acts to this year’s
festival and the line-up is soon complete. The new bands are Swedish Deathstars
and Steel Attack.
Gates of Metal is promoted for the fourth time, the festival is held in
Hultsfred, Sweden the 4-5 of August. Sixteen of the planned seventeen acts are
confirmed and the festival has presented a number of strong names, among others
Hammerfall, Ministry and Helloween.
COMMUNIC - Waves over Germany!
Norwegian progressive power metallers COMMUNIC have hit the
equivalent of a grand-slam home run. “Waves Of Visual Decay“, the band's second
album, ranked #1 in the "Soundcheck" category in Germany's top four
metal magazines: Rock Hard, Metal Hammer, Metal Heart, and Heavy. This makes
Waves Of Visual Decay the #1 Soundcheck album in Germany and a MUST HAVE!.
HAMMERFALL - Recording update
"What a change of pace! Charlie's [Bauerfeind,
producer] meticulousness has led to the work being a bit slower than usual but
the result much better. Today [Sunday, May 14], Anders [Johansson, drums] must
have had his magic shoes on or something because he finished two songs before
three o'clock in the afternoon!
The ballad of the album is a bit different from
the past three records in that it isn't a broken hearted-type of song.
Actually, 'Dark Wings, Dark Words' isn't so much a ballad as a slow song with
acoustic guitars patched in here and there. Anyway, Anders nailed this one in
the first take.
Even the improvised ritardando (gradually delaying the tempo)
ending was perfect! If this is what happens when you let him play the way he
wants, we should consider having him do that more often. Nah, that would never
work! Or would it...?
"Next up was 'Genocide', another triplet song and also Stefan's [Elmgren,
guitar] first contribution to the record. Apart from the intro he's composed
all of the music, and it's really cool with fast triplets going through the
entire four minutes and forty-three seconds.
Pretty tough to play the bass
drums on this one, so Anders had to warm up for a while before he was ready to
record. But when he was, it didn’t take him very long to lay down the general
drums. We worked on the patterns for a while, and then took a quick break for
lunch. The new energy helped a lot, and you could tell from the way Anders was
"We set out to finish the third song today and the ninth one overall,
'Howlin' With The 'Pac'. In a lot of ways a classic HAMMERFALL song, a driving,
mid-tempo beat, very riffy and with a sing-along chorus. Going here, Anders and
Charlie had never heard the song. I finished it the day before we were supposed
to begin, and e-mailed it out to everyone. The wonders of modern technique!
"There were some drum pattern question marks that needed straightening
out, so since it was getting late Anders decided to just go through the song
from start to finish and let the patterns sink in over night. He did the same
with Stefan's instrumental, so he should breeze through them tomorrow."
MESHUGGAH - Top metal drummer!
Nuclear Blast artist Tomas Haake of MESHUGGAH has been
named the #4 drummer in the "Metal" category in Modern Drummer
magazine's 2006 Readers' Poll. Results will appear in the July 2006 issue of
the magazine, which hits newsstands in early June.
The top five metal drummers as ranked by Modern Drummer magazine 2006 Readers'
Poll are as follows:
1. Jason Bittner (SHADOWS FALL)
2. Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT)
3. Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD)
4. Tomas Haake (MESHUGGAH)
5. Lars Ulrich (METALLICA)
DARKANE - Christofer signs in
Sweden's DARKANE have just returned from being on tour in
Europe with Sadus and Glory Blister. Here's the official update from DARKANE
guitarist, Christofer Malmström:
"We had a great time and the audiences were fantastic! After returning
home to our hometown Helsingborg, we played a show here and filmed it with 9
cameras for a possible DVD. We are gonna listen to/watch the results within the
upcoming days and see if it´s worth working on (mixing the sound and editing
the video). If it´s good we might release it later this year together with
extra material from our career. We've always brought a video camera on tours
and studio recordings, so it might be a lot of fun to watch."
EXODUS - “I´m not surprised…”
Having recently been confirmed for the Lorca Rock festival
on June 17th in Murcia, Spain, EXODUS are currently on tour through North
America in support of their late 2005 release, "Shovel Headed Kill
Machine" with Full Blown Chaos and Subzero.
If you're looking for a night
of pummeling pit action, then bite the bullet and get yourself out to a show!!
If you get hurt in the pit, word from the road is that riff machine Gary Holt
also specializes in medical evaluations...
When Full Blown Chaos vocalist Ray Mazzola woke up with a knee the size of the
cantaloupe in Florida, he asked road veteran Gary Holt to take a look at it.
Gary instantly told him he was bit by a black widow. At the hospital, they
verified that he had indeed been bitten by a Southern Black Widow. How that for
having a trade to fall back on?
Besides using his time on the tour bus to work on riffs for the next album (and
he SWEARS there will be no delays on this one!), Gary recently spoke to Nashua
Telegraph correspondent Shawn Macomber about the current state of the thrash
"If I was doing this for some quick buck - and let's be clear, there
aren't a whole lot of 'em involved in this, I make a living at it but I'm
certainly not rich - it would show. People would see right through it. They would
listen to our records and hear the sound of someone past their prime doing it
just to make a dollar. You have to love it for it to be honest. I still
"It seems like timing [for a comeback] is good right now, but, you know, I
never really concerned myself with what everyone else was doing. Of course,
that doesn't mean I don't think it's great that after the death of this whole
nu-metal atrocity young bands are embracing the kind of music we pioneered and
actually doing their own version of it. I couldn't be happier, and some of
these great new bands - Shadows Fall, Lamb of God, Hypocrisy, The Haunted have
become very good friends of mine. But I'd be doing my thing either way."
"I'm not surprised [to see the resurgence in thrash metal] because I always
saw nu-metal as a really, really bad trend that would have no staying power
whatsoever," Holt continued. "The most popular bands from that era
are long dead and forgotten. Fred Durst's 15 minutes of fame are way up. I bet
Paris Hilton won't even return his calls anymore."
To read the entire interview, visit this
GRAVEWORM - Popular Italian metal
"GRAVEWORM may not be a major player quite yet, but
with 2005’s (N)utopia, Lacuna Coil may have to start sharing the spotlight when
it comes to popular Italian metal exports." - OUTBURN Magazine
With a musical landscape as varied as the range of their band
member's occupations (which includes a psychologist, an electrician, a youth
center worker, and a graphic designer), Italian sextet GRAVEWORM will be
bringing their brand of melodic goth/black metal to North American shores for
the first time during the Metal Maniacs and Brave Words & Bloody
Knuckles-sponsored North American Metal Crusaders Tour.
A compact version of a travelling United Nations, Italy's GRAVEWORM is joining
forces with Vader (Poland), Kataklysm (Canada), Destruction (Germany),
Speed\Kill/Hate (New York), and The Absence (Tampa). The first show of this
truly international line-up is set to take place on May 26th in Montreal,
Québec. Checking in from his home in Italy, trilingual architect student and
GRAVEWORM vocalist Stefano Fiori shares his thoughts on his maiden trip to
North America in support of (N)utopia:
"We are looking forward to playing in every city on this tour. We're
thinking of bringing empty suitcases for all the things we want to buy that we
can't get here at home... haha. This will be a new experience for us and we are
all curious about the response we will get over there. Maurizio from KATAKLYSM
told us there are a lot of GRAVEWORM fans in Montreal, and that the people
there generally go crazy at shows. We're also looking forward to visiting Las Vegas.
We've heard a lot about it, but to be there would be a very different
THERION - "Pre-production of the
new album is going well
Guitarist Christofer Johnsson reports that
"pre-production of the new album is going well" and offered the
following information about his time in the studio:
"Work = all the time; Sleep = never. THERION never give out any info like
titles of songs on future releases before it's 100% finished. None [of the
tracks] in particular feel difficult and they're all extremely enjoyable.
one with the working title 'Egypt' is one of the most enjoyable ones, but of
course you won't know what song that is [until] the album finally goes public.
A new electronic device I've picked up recently: a D.W. Fearn microphone
amplifier." When asked about obtaining the Limited Edition George Lucas
Stormtrooper action figure, Johnsson responded, "I think I can survive
without that one."
In other news, the first CONFIRMED dates for THERION's World Tour for 2007 have
been announced and include:
January 17th - Essen, Germany
January 19th - Lichtenfels, Germany
January 20th - Antwerpen, Belgium
January 21st - London, England
January 25th - Barcelona, Spain
January 26th - Madrid, Spain
January 27th - Bilbao, Spain
January 31st - Lubjana, Slovenia
February 1st - Zagreb, Croatia
February 2nd - Saltzburg, Austria
February 3rd - Vienna, Austria
February 4th - Budapest, Hungary
Febuary 5th - Belgrad, Serbia
February 8th - Langen, Germany
February 9th - Pratteln, Switzerland
February 10th - Glauchau, Germany
February 11th - Munich, Germany
February 16th - Tilburg, Holland
February 17th - Groningen, Holland
February 18th - Hamburg, Germany
Additional shows will be announced via the band's website once they're
THUNDERSTONE - Update from Titus
The band's next live performance set for June 10th at the
Bomber Festival in Finland, but bassist and backing vocalist Titus Hjelm brings
us up to speed on why upcoming shows have been sparse:
"We've been having a 'creative break' (whatever that is...), so there
hasn't been much to tell lately. We've started writing and rehearsing new songs
for our upcoming fourth album. So far we've made demos of three of the songs
and the stuff sounds really promising. Heavier than ever, but still with the
familiar THUNDERSTONE sound and groove. We'll have a couple more demo sessions
before starting the actual recordings in the beginning of September. In other
news, because of the tight writing schedule, we are not going to do many live
shows this summer, but we are eagerly looking forward to the ProgPower festival
and our first U.S. show!
CIRCLE at Graspop Metal Meeting!
Dutch melodic x-treme metal formation Callenish Circle is
confirmed for Graspop Metal Meeting 2006. The festival takes place between
23/06 and 25/06 in Dessel, Belgium. Callenish Circle will play on Friday 23/06
in the Metal Dome between 18.20 and 19.00. So make sure all you thrashing
maniacs are present to witness our deadly cocktail of intense and groovy Death/Thrash
on LSD.For more info & tickets:
www.graspop.com / www.callenish-circle.com
CATARACT - vote
online for their set of covers at the release show!
Please surf to
vote for the cover songs CATARACT should play at their release show on the 24th
of May at the Abart club in Zürich!
CATTLE DECAPITATION part of San Diego
"HUMANURE" the art show.
20 local San Diego artists will be displaying artworks that have been inspired
by the lyrics and the song "Humanure" by the band Cattle Decapitation
in an online art show! A generous portion of the proceeds from the sale of the
art will be donated to the artists’ choice of F.O.C.A.S. (Friends of County
Animal Shelters) or the Helen Woodward Center, organisations based on finding
homes for animals in shelters awaiting death.
The online art show is to be released June 1st in a 3-5 minute 3-D animated
video with the song "Humanure" by Cattle Decapitation used in the
The HUMANURE Art Show is available for viewing beginning
June 1st at www.darkvomit.com as well as www.SanDiegoArtist.com
For more info, visit:
NEAERA Full CD Listening Party @ AOL
Neaera's second Metal Blade record "Let the Tempest
Come" will soon be available to stream in it's entirety at AOL's
"Full CD Listening Party" page. From May 15th to May 21st you can
stream the album HERE. http://www.aolmusic.com
Europe presents the "Ancient Spirit Festival IV"
27.05.2006 - Universal D.O.G., 77933 Lahr (Freiburg area),
feat. TANKARD - CATARACT - MY DARKEST HATE - FEAR MY
THOUGHTS - FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING - DEADBORN - CLUSTER BOMB UNIT - (DEADLY)
SILENCE - ABRASIVE -
LIES BEHIND THE SMILE
SHADOWS FALL Unveil Fallout From The War Cover art,
Release Date and Track l
On June 12th 2006, metal titans SHADOWS FALL return with their
much-anticipated new release, "Fallout From The War". The record’s
sessions were again produced and mixed by long-time friend, Zeuss (Hatebreed,
God Forbid), at Planet Z Studios in the band’s home state of Massachusetts.
"Fallout From The War" is a must-have for the band’s
dedicated following as each of the album’s eleven tracks is either a brand-new,
original SHADOWS FALL track, an exclusive brand-new cover song, or a newly
re-recorded version of rare material from over the years.
Official "Fallout From The War" Track listing:
01. In Effigy
02. Will To Rebuild
03. Haunting Me Endlessly
04. Seize The Calm
05. Carpal Tunnel
06. Going, Going, Gone.
08. This Is My Own
09. December (Only Living Witness)
10. Mark Of The Squealer (Leeway)
11. Teasn', Pleasn' (Dangerous Toys)
Brian Fair (vocals) spells out the details on the tracks from the new
"Hello everyone! All of us in SHADOWS FALL are very excited to
announce the release of "Fallout From The War" on Century Media. This
album is meant to be a companion piece to our last full-length, "The War
Within", and it contains six originals songs written during the sessions
for that very album.
We returned home from an amazing summer on Ozzfest 2005
and decided to get together to record these songs as a perfect way to close out
"The War Within" album cycle and give our fans a chance to hear some
killer new material. The recording sessions themselves went incredibly well. We
were able to realize the full potential of these songs and with the Zeuss’ help
we were able craft an amazing disc with a wide variety of styles and emotions.
These songs cover everything you have come to expect from us and it was
also a chance to re-record a few tracks that had previously only been available
as bonus tracks in Japan and Europe, including a new version of ‘Deadworld’ - a
song that’s one of the first-ever Shad tunes (dating back almost 10 years!).
This version is also the first one featuring Jason on drums allowing him
to add his signature sound to the track. We also re-worked ‘This Is My Own,’ a
track from The Art Of Balance sessions, with some new vocal harmonies and a few
twists and turns.
For the cover songs, we decided to dip back into our own history to
shine some light on bands that were huge influences on us but never seemed to
get the attention they deserved. For one, Only Living Witness was an amazing
and highly underrated rock band from the Boston area and we covered their tune
‘December’ - and had a blast doing it!
Next, we banged out a version of ‘Mark
Of The Squealer’ by NYHC legends, Leeway. To me, Leeway was the ultimate
metal/hardcore crossover band with sick thrash riffs and hard-as-nails lyrics.
And finally, we recorded an updated version of Dangerous Toys' party anthem
‘Teasn', Pleasn'’ that features original D.
Toys’ vocalist Jason McMaster singing along with myself. We went
through a few thirty packs to make sure we got this one right! Good times
indeed. This will be our last release for Century Media, who as a label have
helped us to grow into the band we are and allowed us to achieve things we
never thought possible. We see this as the perfect finale to our Century Media
legacy and we hope you enjoy it."
In 2005 SHADOWS FALL played a very successful European festival tour
alongside their buddies from Slipknot. The band kicked major a** at Rock am
Ring (D), Rock im Park (D), Flippaut (I), Download Festival (UK) followed by
club shows with Slipknot across the UK and Ireland. They once more convinced
their dedicated European fanatics with a truly intense mixture of great songs,
musical skills and last but not least the most important thing of all: METAL!
"Fallout From The War" follows the group’s most acclaimed
disc to date, "The War Within", which originally debut at #20 on the
Billboard Top 200 chart, has gone on to sell over 250,000 units in the U.S.
alone, and features the Active Rock hit and Grammy-nominated track, "What
Drives The Weak".
ARCH ENEMY - New Video Posted Online & more!
To further support their most successful album "Doomsday
Machine" Swedish metal titans ARCH ENEMY have recently completed a new
video for the track "My Apocalypse" with director Roger Johansson (In
Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Hammerfall).
Please click here to view the clip.
Currently on a massive tour through the US together with Chimaira, God Forbid
and Hate Eternal. Their European fans will be pleased to hear that ARCH ENEMY
is already confirmed to unleash its metallic fury in flesh and blood on a huge
number of European festivals, so be prepared for an apocalyptic summer time!
ARCH ENEMY @ EUROPEAN FESTIVALS 2006, more to be added soon!
June 8-10, 2006 - Sweden Rock Festival (Sölvesborg, Sweden) - http://www.swedenrock.com
June 10, 2006 - Download (Donington Park, Derbyshire, England) - http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk
June 23-25, 2006 - Graspop (Belgium) - http://www.graspop.be
June 23-25, 2006 - Hellfest (Clisson, France) - http://www.hellfest.fr
June 30-July 2 - 2006, Tuska Metal Festival (Helsinki, Finland) - http://www.tuska-festival.fi June 30 -
July 2 - 2006, With Full Force (Germany) - http://www.withfullforce.de
July 13 -15, 2006 - Arvika Festivalen (Sweden) - http://www.arvikafestivalen.se/
July 21-22, 2006 - Earthshaker Fest (Germany) - http://www.earthshaker-fest.com/
July 21-23, 2006 - Metalcamp Festival (Tolmin, Slovenia) - http://www.metalcamp.com/
July 28-30, 2006 - MetalWay Festival (Gernika. SPAIN) - http://www.metalwayfestival.com/
August 3-5, 2006 - Wacken Open Air Festival (Germany) - http://www.wacken.com
August 8, 2006 - Gothenburg City Fest (Sweden) - http://www.goteborg.com/
Watch out for ARCH ENEMY’s first-ever DVD entitled "Live
Apocalypse" and tentatively set for a summer release. It will deliver the
band’s onstage intensity and rage straight into your home cinema!
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD - "The New Black"
Canada’s first class Extreme Metal act STRAPPING YOUNG LAD are
confirming the final tourdates for this summer. First time in their career they
will play the huge German events Rock Im Park / Rock Am Ring (Metallica, Tool,
Lacuna Coil, etc.), UK’s high profile Donington’s Download, Bologna’s Flame
Fest, Sweden’s finest Hultsfred Festival and Finland’s Provinssirock.
Extreme in any way, they will start the tour with two shows at the same
day. The exclusive support band for the European club shows is MAROON who just
released their fantastic Century Media debut "When Worlds Collide" on
April 17th 2006.
03.06.2006 Germany Nuerburgring Rock Am Ring
03.06.2006 France Jarny Du Chateau De Moncel
04.06.2006 Germany Nuernberg Rock Im Park
05.06.2006 Italy Bologna Flame Fest *
06.06.2006 France Lyon Le Transbordeur *
07.06.2006 France Paris L'elysée Montmartre *
08:06:2006 England Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
09.06.2006 England Castle Donington Download Fest
10.06.2006 France St. Malo Omnibus *
11.06.2006 Belgium Vosselaar Biebob *
12.06.2006 Holland Amsterdam Melkweg *
13.06.2006 Holland Tilburg 013 *
14.06.2006 Denmark Copenhagen Lille Vega
15.06.2006 Sweden Hultsfred Festivalen
17.06.2006 Finland Seinajoki Provinssirock
with MAROON (http://www.maroonhate.com)
Shortly after the tour STRAPPING YOUNG LAD will release their new
studio album "The New Black" in Europe on July 17th, 2006. More
details about the release very soon. Do not miss the "Heavy As A Really
Heavy Thing" re-issue plus bonus tracks to be released on June 12th, 2006.
NEVERMORE - Guitarist diagnosed with kidney
Unfortunately we have to report that NEVERMORE guitarist Steve Smyth
has been recently diagnosed with end stage kidney failure, the result of a congenital
Smyth comments: "I have been diagnosed with chronic kidney
disease, and have been advised to preserve my health as much as possible at
this time, as I am facing ‘complete renal failure’ within six months, and
ultimately, a transplant. Due to my recently diagnosed condition, I have
decided not to join the band on the In Flames US tour.
I want to be fair to the
fans, and be able to give them a show I know I can deliver night after night. I
will, however, join Nevermore on all four of the European festivals on our
itinerary in early June: Gods of Metal, Rock Hard, Rott Fest, and Sweden Rock,
after which, the doctors should have some news about the next step in my
treatment. I will say this: I will fight this, and I will be back!"
Jag Panzer guitarist Chris Broderick will fill in for Smyth on the
upcoming US tour, after which Smyth will rejoin the band for the aforementioned
European festival dates. For more from Smyth about his health situation and
future career plans, please visit www.stevesmyth.com
All at Century Media Records wish him a fast recovery!
As for some good news from the NEVERMORE camp we can present you the
band’s updated European touring activities throughout the upcoming festival
season as well as the dates for the tour together with US rock/metal outfit
NEVERMORE @ European festivals
01.06.2006 - Milano, Italy @ Gods Of Metal Festival
03.06.2006 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany @ Rock Hard Festival
08.06.2006 - Soelvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock Festival
21.07.2006 - Tolmin, Slovenia @ Metal Camp Festival
22.07.2006 - Kreuth, Germany @ Earthshaker Festival
04.08.2006 - Wacken, Germany @ Wacken Open Air
05.08.2006 - Kavarna, Bulgaria @ Monsters Of Rock
18.08.2006 - Oslo, Norway @ Ragnarock Festival
NEVERMORE supporting Disturbed
14.09.2006 - Muenchen, Germany @ Zenith
15.09.2006 - Fuerth, Germany @ Stadthalle
16.09.2006 - Leipzig, Germany @ Parkbuehne Open Air
17.09.2006 - Berlin, Germany @ Huxleys
18.09.2006 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Amager Bio
19.09.2006 - Gothenburg, Sweden @ Musikenshus
20.09.2006 - Hamburg, Germany @ Grosse Freiheit
21.09.2006 - Bremen, Germany @ Aladin
22.09.2006 - Vosselaar, Belgium @ Biebob
23.09.2006 - Tilburg, Netherlands @ Club 013
24.09.2006 - Dortmund, Germany @ Westfalenhalle 2
25.09.2006 - Frankfurt. Germany @ Batschkapp
26.09.2006 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
27.09.2006 - Koeln, Germany @ Palladium
29.09.2006 - Newcastle, UK @ Academy
30.09.2006 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland
02.10.2006 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
04.10.2006 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
06.10.2006 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy
07.10.2006 - Liverpool, UK @ Academy
09.10.2006 - London, UK @ Astoria
10.10.2006 - London, UK @ Astoria
GRAVE - Complete their new album "As Rapture
Comes" - Century Media Records
Death metal legions of the world rejoice! A new, massive masterpiece by
Sweden’s death metal cult-act GRAVE is coming your way. Entitled "As
Rapture Comes" the new recording shall enrapture anyone who digs
uncompromisingly extreme, heavy, groovy and gloomy death metal.
Vocalist/guitarist Ola Lindgren comments the completion of the
recording as follows:
"The new album is finally completed. 9 tracks which can only be
described as the most aggressive, evil and brutal stuff we have ever created
both sound and song-wise. The album was recorded by ourselves at Studio
Soulless and the final mix was made in the Abyss Studio with Peter Tägtgren.
This one takes GRAVE into a new dimension while still staying true to our
legacy of brutal, heavy death metal."
"As Rapture Comes", which was completed following GRAVE’s
successful European tour with label mates Cryptopsy and Aborted in February,
will hit stores in Europe on July 24th, 2006 and July 25, 2006 in the US. Be
ready for another GRAVE-styled Swedish death metal masterpiece, showcasing the
band’s dynamic groove, more aggressive feel than ever before and it also contains
a heavy remake of the Alice In Chains classic "Them Bones".
displayed cover artwork for "As Rapture Comes" was designed by the
Polish artist Jacek Wisnieswki, who hasn’t only worked with GRAVE on the
previous "Back From The Grave" and "Fiendish Regression"
albums, but who also created great images for releases by bands such as
Krisiun, Vader, Decapitated and many more.
Here is the full track-listing information for the coming release:
GRAVE - "As Rapture Comes" CD
1. Intro - Day Of Reckoning (0:49)
2. Burn (6:24)
3. Through Eternity (3:45)
4. By Demons Bred (4:16)
5. Living The Dead Behind (6:26)
6. Unholy Terror (3:44)
7. Battle Of Eden (3:38)
8. Epic Obliteration (4:02)
9. Them Bones (2:32)
10. As Rapture Comes (5:34)
Furthermore GRAVE have confirmed a string of shows with partners in
crime Entombed in Scandinavia for June, as well as a North American tour with
Dismember and Vital Remains for Autumn. Here are all the upcoming, already
confirmed shows for GRAVE in Europe:
GRAVE live 2006:
27.05. Karlstad / Sweden - Arena + Entombed
02.06. Oslo / Norway - John Dee + Entombed
03.06. Arvika / Sweden - Vikholmsfestivalen + Entombed
05.06. Gävle / Sweden - Slick City + Entombed
08.06. Sölvesborg / Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
21.07. Geiselwind / Germany - Battle Of Metal Festival
Conquer Records news May 2006
Dear all media, partners, customers and friends.
We would like to
say thank you to all bands ( In Slaughter Natives, Ordo Rosarious Equilibrio,
Brighter Death Now, Raison D'être, Deutsch Nepal, The Protagonist ) who played
on our Cold Meat Industry Festival at KOKO club in London, UK.
All bands' live shows were recorded and will be released soon on
special edition DVD. Please check out our website www.CONQUERREC.com for more
information as to when this DVD will be available!
metalers PRELUDIUM joined forces with Conquer Conquer from UK to release their
new album which will be available very soon. More information at www.CONQUERREC.com . PRELUDIUM will
play in London very soon and will do a European tour after the summer, so check
out our web side for updates!
from UK is not working any more with company who have similar name as our
colled Conquer Records SP ZOO from POLAND - please look the name! They still
saying that they represetitive our company but they ARE NOT and they RIP us
OFF. We still want to resolve the problems but they don’t want to pay us for
over 1200 CD’s which is on market price over 18,000 GBP !!! So don’t trust
Any bands who
played black and death metal, industrial or ambient and want to join Conquer
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Season of Mist news - The Old Dead Tree - Furia
THE OLD DEAD TREE LOSES A BRANCH
Season of Mist and THE OLD DEAD TREE are sad to announce that guitarist
Nicolas Chevrollier is to leave the band soon. A founding member of the band,
Nicolas has decided to focus on his family duties, as he will soon become a
father. He went through a hard time making this decision, due to the strong
friendship binding the members of the band.
Here are Nicolas' words:
"My long term adventures with THE OLD DEAD TREE are coming to an
end. I have made the hardest decision in leaving the band, since my family life
is about to change with the soon birth of my son Adrien, due next July. This
great event thus induced me in making that choice, after having made up those last
nearly ten years in THE OLD DEAD TREE, my other family.
There were so many
changes since February 1997, when Manuel and I made the decision to create the
band and act for our passion, building up our dream. We went through really
hard times, especially with the demise of Fredric, whom I'm thinking about now,
but we also shared many moments of joy, happiness and emotion. I'm also very
proud to have contributed to make THE OLD DEAD TREE be recognized and respected
for all those years, and to have led it where it is now. The band is now ready
for its international big break, and I sincerely hope it will make it, because
it deserves it.
I also wanted to thank all our fans, old and new, all of those who
follow and support us. Our music touching you is, for us musicians, the most
beautiful reward. Thanks also to those who have been part of the band's life
and history - you know who you are! And, of course, my last thoughts go to my
three brothers in arms, music and riffs: my Manu, my Vincent and my Foued.
This unique human adventure will be part of my life forever.
Nicolas will play on gigs scheduled until late June. A session
guitarist will then replace him until his successor has been found.
Sneak into the recording room of AMON AMARTH and watch them working
on the new album!
There´s a studio diary online, including lots of info, photos and video
clips. Check it out at: http://www.amonamarth.com/news.html
““We have not been able to update this report for the last couple of
days since our site been down, however we have not been unproductive. Today
Olavi and Johan S. finished the rhythm guitars on all songs and nothing has
been left out in our pursuit of perfection for this record.
We can also
announce that the new album is going to contain nine powerful metal songs and
it's no exaggeration saying that we have outdone ourselves! This will give us
another good reason to have some extra beers tonight. Tomorrow we start to
search for the ultimate bass sound for Ted, so he can start putting down the
bass lines. We still have the Gods on our side!”
25.05. D Saarlouis, Stoneage
17.06. D Fullforce Warmup 2006 @ Reithalle, Dresden + hatebreed,
19.06. UK London - Underworld (United Kingdom) + Evergreen Terrace
20.06. UK Peterborough - Peterborough (United Kingdom) + Evergreen
21.06. UK Manchester - Jilys Rockworld (United Kingdom) + Evergreen
22.06. UK Bradford - Rio (United Kingdom) + Evergreen Terrace
23.06. UK Swindon - Furnace (United Kingdom) + Evergreen Terrace
26.06. D Schweinfurt - Alter Stadtbahnhof (Germany) + THE BLACK DAHLIA
MURDER + Evergreen Terrace + BLIND SIGHT
28.06. I Days OF The Dead Fest @ Chico Bum Festival Turin (Italy)+
Obituary, Madball, Caliban, Black Dahlia Murder, Evergreen Terrace, Agnostic
29.06. D Frankfurt - O25 (Germany) + Evergreen Terrace
01.07. D Rauderfehn, JuKz
03.07. D Köln - MTC ( Germany) + Evergreen Terrace
05.07. D Augsburg - Kantine + AGNOSTIC FRONT + FIRST BLOOD + Evergreen
06.07. D Berlin - Kato (Germany) + Evergreen Terrace
07.07. D Bielefeld - Falkendom (Germany) + Evergreen Terrace + Shelter
08.07. A Unterrohr (Festhalle) - Burning Season Festival (Austria) +
MAROON + THE SETUP + Evergreen Terrace + WITH HONOR+ IGNITE + NARZISS
20.08. D Übach-Palenberg - Rockfabrik + Maroon, Deadsoil
09.09. D Remchingen, Metal Festival + Maroon
WARNING - New album out
soon & tour
WARNING are currently mid
way through the studio session for their brand new
full length album "WATCHING FROM A DISTANCE" and by all accounts the
results so far are supremely heavy. Order your copy from http://www.miskatonic.cc/
WARNING will also be playing
a few select shows in early summer and the fall in the UK and Germany.
DESTRUCTOR: Exclusive vinyl release of EP
The Miskatonic Foundation (http://www.miskatonic.cc/) have just
agreed an exclusive release with US Thrash metal legends DESTRUCTOR for a brand
new vinyl only 10" EP that will smash ALL your skulls with power, everyone
who calls himself a real metalhead should own the bands "MAXIMUM
DESTRUCTION" LP. Over 20 years of terrifying and brutalising audiences in
the US and Europe means this is NOT trendy retro thrash crap but the REAL THING
played by psychopathic beer drinking criminals!! ALL HAIL DESTRUCTOR!!!!!
GATES OF SLUMBER/RATHBLADE to appear on Hail Britannia Volume Two
HAIL BRITANNIA VOLUME TWO
will feature none other than US Doom overlords THE GATES OF SLUMBER going head
to head with Greek warriors RATHBLADE (Featuring members of killer bands like
ARPYIAN HORDE, LITANY and RAGING STORM). Both bands have yet to finalise which
NWOBHM classic they will cover, but prepare to be surprised. Order your copy
DESOLATION ANGELS: Boxset
due out soon
The Miskatonic Foundation
had this to say:
"The long awaited
DESOLATION ANGELS boxset is nearing completion finally and just about ready to
go to the pressing plant, while we appreciate everyone’s patience the band are
still working on the artwork and we are happy to let them do so as we all know
only the best must be presented, in the meantime, thanks to everyone who bought
one of the limited edition DESOLATION ANGELS and HELL shirts from the KIT
Festival last week"
Orders should be made via http://www.miskatonic.cc/
BLIND GUARDIAN - Hansi signs in!
BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch has posted the following message
on the official BG web site:
"Time to break the silence, time to say hello. As you all most probably
know, we have finished the album some days ago and started doing some first
shows already. It has been a blast to be back on stage again and do these small
shows in Rijssen and Vosseljaar. We appreciate the kindness and the support of
the people there and enjoyed the club atmosphere a lot. Istanbul was a great
experience and 'The Bard's Song' sung by more than 2,000 Turkish fans was
nothing but spectacular.
Even though the secret is revealed already, I would like to point out one more
time the album is entitled A Twist in the Myth, and that's just because I
unfortunately could not find allies for my most favorite album title
suggestion, A Day At The Races. : ) With this album, I think, we have widened
the range of the BLIND GUARDIAN universe more than we have ever done before. In
terms of quality, we had a very good feeling during the whole recording
But I nevertheless have to admit that the songs did make a gigantic
step during the last days of recording and mixing. 'The Edge' and 'In Search Of
The Lionheart' certainly will achieve absolute cult status within a very short
amount of time. 'Skalds and Shadows' will prove its longevity in numerous live concerts.
We are most excited about what your reaction to 'Another Stranger Me' — an
aggressive and powerful heavy rocker — will be. The song has great potential.
Marcus and I composed a number called 'All the King's Horses,' which will be
released on the Japanese version of A Twist in the Myth and on a single we are
going to release in the beginning of 2007. It is a great song which will set
emotions free, I am sure.
Some of the new songs will be presented on the road when we will start touring
in September. We will use the summer break to check out which songs will fit in
best to the program. Everything and everyone is in pretty good shape.
preparations for the fall tour are on schedule and the interest in tickets for
the tour is really high. It pretty much looks like there are even more fans
willing to see us than in 2002 which was the most successful tour we have done
up to now. One more time we would like to thank you for your patience and can't
wait to hear and see your reaction to the new songs. As soon as there are some
download samples, we will let you know. Your endurance will be rewarded."
BLIND GUARDIAN will be shooting a video later this month for the track
"Another Stranger Me." The upcoming video will be be the first to
feature new drummer Frederik Ehmke, who replaced Thomen Stauch in 2005.
The track listing for A Twist in the Myth - due out in North America in
September 2006 - is as follows:
01. This Will Never End (5:07)
02. Otherland (5:14)
03. Turn the Page (4:16)
04. Fly (5:43)
05. Carry the Blessed Home (4:03)
06. Another Stranger Me (4:36)
07. Straight through the Mirror (5:48)
08. Lionheart (4:15)
09. Skalds and Shadows (3:13)
10. The Edge (4:27)
11. The New Order (4:49)
View album artwork at this
BLIND GUARDIAN's "Fly" single was released on April 18th and
contained two exclusive tracks: an acoustic version of "Skalds and
Shadows" and a cover of the Iron Butterfly classic "In A Gadda Da
Studio update GOD DETHRONED -
straight from the keyboard of Isaac Delahaye (guitars)
Back with some great news: the recording of our new album is almost finished!
Bass, clean guitars, overdubs, melodies & solos were added since the last
update, and all the pieces start to fit the puzzle. I really can't wait to hear
the Serpent King terrorising the songs with grunts and screams. My job is
basically done in the studio, so it's hard to be patient now...
The wall of rhythm guitars blew us all away, so we spent quite some time to
search for the perfect bass sound to match it and to make the overall sound
even thicker. But the mission is accomplished! Being in the studio with TWO
drummers (producer Jorg Uken also comes from that planet) was definitely a
plus. "Play on the kicks!!"
Recording extra layers of melodies, clean stuff, etc. went pretty fast, but let
me tell you: coming up with good solo stuff took me AGES this time!!
The last couple of months I had been practising new techniques/licks at home,
in order to use them while improvising solo's in the studio. I'm not a real fan
of worked-out-solo's; I always try to create something "on the spot".
But this time some songs asked for a certain solo/atmosphere, so I just had to
work on it before getting it on tape. But I'm VERY happy about the result! I
hope I'll make my mom & dad proud ;-)
We'll be back with an update soon!
VOMITORY to headline the
VOMITORY will headline the Stonehenge festival in the Netherlands on
July 29th. This will probably be the bands only live performance this summer.
The boys are currently busy writing new material for the follow-up to
"Primal Massacre" (2004) and about one third/half of the songs are
Newcomer Peter Östlund (guitar) has contributed with two songs so far,
one is in the typical Vomitory-vein and the other a bit heavier than the usual
Vomitory song. Tobias Gustafsson (drums) has written three songs so far but has
like four more in the works at the moment. Erik Rundqvist (bass & vocals)
is solely focusing on writing the lyrics.
THE OCEAN live-update
Presented by Metal Hammer Germany, In-Your-Face, Waste of Mind)
04.08. Fredericia (DK) Fredericia Hardcore Fest
05.08. Chemnitz Welcome Goodbye Summer Open Air w/Maroon a.o.
09.08. Gladhouse Cottbus
10.08. Svojsice u Prelouce (CZ) Brutal Assault Festival w/Napalm Death/Morbid
Angel/Fear Factory a.v.a.
12.08. Barcelona (E) Saint Feliu Festival
13.08. Wellin (B) Sortie 23 Festival w/Hatesphere/DeathByStereo a.o.
18.08. Dinkelsbühl Summerbrezze Festival
26.08. Gent (B) Ieper Fest
SOILWORK - Employing
SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid had the following to
say recently via the band's official web site:
"Just a little update on the festivals for this summer. Some of the
festivals got confirmed pretty late and we had big trouble finding flight
tickets for a reasonable price for [drummer] Dirk [Verbeuren] (Dirk currently
lives in L.A.).
Therefore Peter Wildoer (DARKANE) will fill in for Dirk on
three shows (Festimad, Piteå and Malmö). We really appreciate Peter's help and
being able to step in with such short notice!
Anyways, we've never played this many festivals and it's covering up most of
Europe, so whatever you do, don't miss us!!!
"We're really psyched about playing in Spain at the big Festimad festival
next weekend. It's been a while since we gave our Spanish fans a fix, so it
will be exciting for sure. It's of course also a great honor to be one of the
headliners together with ALICE IN CHAINS... can't wait to see them live."
Upcoming SOILWORK festival appearances:
28.05.06 MADRID - Festimad festival (E)
03.06.06 GELSENKIRCHEN - Rock Hard Festival (D)
09.06.06 TAMPERE - Sauna Festival (FIN)
11.06.06 DONINGTON - Download Festival (GB)
15.06.06 HULTSFRED - Hultsfred Festival (S)
07.07.06 GOTHENBURG - Metal Town Festival (S)
08.07.06 BORLäNGE - Peace & Love Festival (S)
09.07.06 RUISSALON KANSANPUISTOSSA - Ruisrock (FIN)
15.07.06 KRISTIANSTAD - Tivolirock (S)
22.07.06 KREUTH - Earthshaker Fest 2006 (D)
03.08.06 WACKEN - Wacken Open Air (D)
25.08.06 MALMö - Malmö Festivalen (S)
CANDLEMASS - continue work
on new album
CANDLEMASS have posted the following message on their official web
"Hello doomlovers!! Not everything is clouded in the C-MASS camp.The band
is currently recording the new album with full force, again in Stockholm's
Polar Studios — the new place. Ten killer doom metal tracks are being put on
tape (actually computer) right now. Leif [Edling, bassist/main songwriter] has
just finished his bass overdubs and now it is Lars [Johansson, guitar] turn to
add his magic to the growing CANDLEMASS pallet of doom.
Rhythm guitars, solos,
harmony guitars — maybe three days in total. By Sunday the basic tracks shall
be finished. Then — in a smaller (and cheaper) studio — some keyboards, rough
mixes, maybe more guitar overdubs, to make the eighth CANDLEMASS studio
recording as good as possible. And folks, it's a concept album. It is about the
road to ruin in the modern society. Death, destruction and suicide = pure
doom!!! If Messiah [Marcolin] will sing on the album? The band certainly hope
CANDLEMASS, won a Swedish "Grammy" award in February in the
"Best Hard Rock" category, beating out the likes of HAMMERFALL,
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, MESHUGGAH and OPETH.
AMON AMARTH studio update
”Around noon today Ted finished all bass lines and added another level of
heaviness to the production and, just to show his appearance, Thor brought on a
little thunderstorm yesterday. It changed our bbq plans for the evening a bit,
but we don't mind. Next up is Johan adding his powerful grunts. We have divided
the vocals recording into two sessions so we will start with two or three days
first. After that we take five days to lay down lead guitars and will continue
with the vocals after that. This to make it easier for Johan's voice to last,
since screaming 8-10 hours straight per day is not the easiest task!”
There´s a studio diary online, including lots of info, photos and video
clips. Check it out at: http://www.amonamarth.com/news.html
BORN FROM PAIN update -
Alright our schedule for summer is complete. Only thing that will be
added are the definite dates on the Six Feet Under tour in August. Everything
else is as it is right now. There might be 1 date added here or there, but this
is the schedule up to our studio time starting August 13th. Make sure you come
and support us especially at Hellfest, Wacken and With Full Force! We are also
happy that we added some Dutch festival dates like Herrie Fest, Waterpop and
Huntenpop. Oh by the way, Metalliga in Austria has been cancelled due to the
fest going bankrupt.
We have been busy writing stuff for our new cd over the past 3 months.
We've come up with 5 songs until now that have stood the test of countless
practice sessions. Expect a mix of "Sands of Time" era songs with the
massive "In Love with the End" groove, with a pinch more
individuality. Definitely expect more critical attitude on the message- side of
things... We can't wait to go to Antfarm and record this sh*t!
STUFF FOR FREE...
We will be launching some give-away actions on our websites soon for
the summer fests, so make sure you keep on checking back. Cool stuff to be won
MUSIC & DARKEST PATH in league with I HATE!
I Hate Records have announced that a co-operation with German promoters GORDEON
MUSIC is in the works. GORDEON will begin their work by pushing CENTURIONS
GHOST - “A Sign of Things to Come” in Germany during the spring and summer of
06 while our brother Zuelle of Darkest Path will exclusively distribute this
masterpiece as well as the rest of I Hate’s releases. Hopefully this campaign
will result in an increased interest for all of I Hate's artists in the No 1
Metal country of the world. In short, we look forward to a new era in the
history of I Hate!
GRIEF - Mors Eleison MLP
I Hate Records are extremely happy to announce that they have received the
master for the Mors Eleison MLP and that it kicks a**! This just might be one
of the most eerie pieces of music ever recorded! Expect a late summer/autumn
release of this dark Italian masterpiece!
GREAT COVEN - Viaticum IHR CD 016
I Hate proudly
present Viaticum by Spain's GREAT COVEN, a monumental true Doom Metal release
that will sterilize those with insufficient balls! Down tuned and utterly heavy
with a mystical, sad aura surrounding the 11 tracks Viaticum makes us
hallucinate of CANDLEMASS/NEMESIS and CELTIC FROST in an unholy union. Vocals
are clean and delivered in a bleak and gloomy way - no hope here! The guitar
riffs are huge and crushing, just like the drums and the lyrics, dealing with
such morbid themes as the crimes of religion amongst other things.
Viaticum was released in 2004 on CD-R in a typical D.I.Y. manner; however such
a grand release as this really deserves a proper packaging with new artwork and
wider distribution, hence this release on CD. Sadly GREAT COVEN is no more,
instead the band can be said to have re-incarnated into the sludgy/doomy EIGHT
HANDS OF KALI with a new singer. I Hate strongly recommend all fans
of really heavy music to check out EIGHT HANDS OF KALI’s - Mount Meru
MCD-R, released through Pariah Child (firstname.lastname@example.org). I Hate send out
a big thanx to Danny Angus of Pariah Child for all the help with the Viaticum
ISOLE - The Beyond 7” Vinyl & new
album out soon
has just finished the recording of two new tracks in their own, newly set up,
Apocalypse studio. The songs for the 7” vinyl are called The Beyond and Beyond
The Black II, and displays the two extremes of ISOLE. The Beyond is a
relatively up-tempo scorcher of a song while Beyond The Black II is a really
slow piece of mournful Epic Doom.
Despite borrowing its title from the debut
album track Beyond The Black II doesn’t have much in common with its name sake,
being much slower and with only some parts recognisable from it’s name
predecessor. ISOLE will be recording their second album in their own studio as
well and are currently recording rehearsal versions of album songs. Expect a summer
release of this album masterpiece! Buy your copy from http://www.ihate.se/
- Echoes from the past re-released in digi pack CD
Due to popular demand I Hate and Protector have decided to re-release the
Echoes from the past IHR CD 004 featuring Protector's classic -86 two track
demo, -87 Misanthropy MLP and -88 Golem LP on one CD. The new edition will come
in a digipak limited to 666 copies with virtually unchanged layout and exactly
the same track list as on the first pressing.
- Fear the Master/Black Aura 7” vinyl imminent!
Swedish cult old school BM maniacs EIDOMANTUM will unleash two brand new tracks
that shows a new side of the band in that they are decidedly more Heavy Metal
in their approach than earlier material. Imagine a mixture between MASTER'S
HAMMER around “Ritual”, ARIA and add a whiff of MERCYFUL FATE and you are
halfway there. Compared to the earlier all out onslaught in the
NIFELHEIM-school "Fear the Master" and "Black Aura" have a
more epic sound, while still being just as pitch Black as their latest 2003
demo "Old Blood". The vinyl edition will be brutally limited to 502
Sweden’s premier vintage Rockers BURNING SAVIOURS have recorded new material
for a 7" vinyl to be released on Lee Dorrian’s (CATHEDRAL) Rise Above
Records. Preparations are also being made for the recording of their second
album “Hundus” due for June 23 release on I Hate Records.
The new material, which
will be recorded during two weeks at end of March/beginning of April, is much
more worked through than the debut and will not disappoint any fan of the
debut. T-shirts and even girlies with a fresh, new motive displaying the bands
new logo + band photo in two colors on black cloth are available
THE GATES OF SLUMBER - Status for Suffer No Guilt -
Out June 23
TGOS will be recording their
second full length entitled Suffer No Guilt during the close of February until
the dawn of March with the final mixing taking place at the end of March. The
recording will take place at the same studio that was used for the "Like A
Plague Upon The Land" MCD (out on Hellride Music), Prana Recordings and
Multimedia and will be mastered by none other than Steve Austin (TODAY IS THE
Ken Kelly, famous fantasy illustrator/painter that also have cover artworks for
giants such as RAINBOW, MANOWAR and KISS on his list of merits is the artist
behind the cover artwork, adding further to the extremely high profile of
Suffer No Guilt. His general imagery expresses the visual aspects of TGOS music
ALTAR - The Time Lord MLP re-released!!!
Due to massive
popular demand I Hate Records and ORACLE have agreed to re-press this cult item
in a second edition of 500 copies on vinyl. The second edition will be nearly
identical to the first one, the only difference being the display of our new
logo and a short text telling that this is the second edition. Thus there's no
need for those who already have bought the first edition to torment their
wallets. However we urge all other who missed out the first time to act fast,
cause judging by the response I Hate
have received to this news the MLP will sell out quickly...
Also be sure to
pay a visit to PAGAN ALTAR's new and official fan-forum PAGAN ALTAR TEMPLARS
where you can interact with the legend's themselves, discuss your favourite
band and gather arcane PAGAN ALTAR knowledge...
split 7” vinyl - VULCANO's track's ready
Sweden’s biggest cult act in recent days, NIFELHEIM, have agreed (fangs
frothing) to share a 7” vinyl with Brazil’s legendary VULCANO under the proud
banner of I Hate Records. The pressing will be in a limited edition of 1000
copies, 100 die-hard ones with yet to be determined special features and 900
regular copies. Both bands will be sporting new material for this release, no
old re-hash! VULCANO's two tracks are called The Evil Always Return and
Suffered souls while NIFELHEIM's track name is still unknown to us. A release
date has been consistently hard to nail, due to various circumstances, but
expect this cult item to haunt you in the first half of 2006.
OF THE IDOLS debut album recording soon finished.
true Doomsters FALL OF THE IDOLS are about to finish the recording of their
debut album due out on I Hate in late spring/early summer. The album will
consist of some re-recorded songs taken from the bands earlier demos as well as
some brand new material exclusive to the album. The artwork will be crafted by
none other than Magister Albert of REVEREND BIZARRE. Expect a cold and tortured
masterpiece of true Finnish Doom!
GHOST - change of vocalist + The Great Work + touring
Vocalist James Begley is now out of CENTURIONS GHOST and is replaced by Mark
Scurr. Mark toured with the band in Europe last October and did a very
Says the band
regarding “The Great Work” - the follow up to “A Sign Of Things To Come”:
"We are well
underway with the writing of our second album, 4 songs are completed and in the
live set and another 5 or 6 are currently being worked on. So far things are sounding
awesome, current song titles include: In Defiance, The End, Only The Strong Can
Survive, Walking Through Walls, Let Sleeping Corpses Die, When It Reigns and
Bedbound In The House Of Doom.
The album will be entitled ‘THE GREAT WORK’ and
before you ask no this is not a statement as to the material on the album! It
is in fact an occult term given to the alchemists secret studies of
immortality, but read into it what you will! The artwork for the album will be
handled by the legendary Naked Intruder (Witchcraft, Pig Destroyer, Send More
Paramedics, Circulus, etc) who I am sure you will all agree did a fantastic job
of ‘A Sign Of Things To Come’ artwork. For a progress report on ‘The Great
Work’ check out our forum where we will be regularly posting updates with
studio reports, photos, and other interesting facts and funnies!"
CATHEDRAL - Nominated!
Cathedral have been nominated ‘Best Underground Band’ for this years
Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. You can vote for them by following this link; Metal Hammer!
The band will also make their debut appearance at this years Donnington
Download festival. They play on the Third stage early evening on Friday 9th of
The Cathedral website will hopefully be restored shortly, in the meantime there
is a new official forum at the new Rise Above Records site. This will be linked
directly from www.cathedralcoven.com
shortly. In the meantime you can leave messages on the forum.
CHROME DIVISION - To film video for
"Doomsday Rock `n` Roll over Sweden! Nuclear Blast`s
recent signing CHROME DIVISION (featuring DIMMU BORGIR-vocalist Shagrath on
guitar) will put the pedal to the metal and head over from Oslo to Gothenburg
June 3rd and 4th. There, visual wizard Patric Ullaeus (IN FLAMES, SOILWORK)
will shoot the video clip for the track "Serial Killer". Expect
nothing less than the full treatment consisting of booze, broads and Beelzebub!
CHROME DIVISION´S hellish debut album "Doomsday Rock`n`Roll" will be
released on July 27th."
NILE - Just signed!
Nuclear Blast is extremely proud to announce the signing of one of the
most innovative Metal bands nowadays: NILE! Mixing Egyptian tunes with
technical Death Metal elements and thus creating a very unique style, NILE rank
among the elite of the brutal riff league, as masterpieces like "In Their
Darkened Shrines" or last year's "Annihilation Of The Wicked"
This is what Karl Sanders (who you can see on the attached photo, signing the
contract) himself has to say about the new cooperation:
"NILE is pleased to announce the recent signing of its new record deal
with Nuclear Blast. We are excited about the possibilities and potential of
this new partnership with the wonderful people at Nuclear Blast. We are most
certainly eagerly looking forward to working on the next NILE album and to
fearlessly continue bringing NILE's unique brand of Ithyphallic Brutal Death
Metal to our fans. We also would like to thank Matt and Gordon and all the team
at Relapse for many years of happiness working with them, we count them as our
friends and comrades still and wish them all the best."
A new album of NILE is set to show up in 2007.
MNEMIC - Collaborate with
Judas Priest producer
MNEMIC have recently employed the writing talents of guitarist/producer
Roy Z. for one song that will surface on MNEMIC's upcoming album, due out in
early 2007. The talented and heralded guitarist and songwriter for TRIBE OF
GYPSIES, as well as producer of such recent metal classics as BRUCE DICKINSON's
"Chemical Wedding", HALFORD's "Resurrection" and JUDAS
PRIEST's "Angel of Retribution", Z. collaborated on guitar recently
with MNEMIC as the band prepare to start recording their untitled third album.
Commented the band: "The track has turned out really good. You can hear
the heavy mixture of Roy's along with the MNEMIC style.
We've been a fan of Roy's work since first hearing his production on the
DICKINSON and HALFORD albums, he always comes out when we are playing in L.A.
and is a good friend of the band. We've actually never collaborated with other
musicians before when it came to composing songs, so we thought we could
combine some of his heavy grove with some of our polyrhythmics and make a
MNEMIC are in the final stages of selecting a new vocalist. The band
"pretty much decided who it's going to be, but we need to concentrate on
getting the recording going for this next album before announcing
anything," explains the band. "The song with Roy should be a great
addition to the songs that we've had ready to go for a while now, we can't wait
to get busy!"
ALL SHALL PERISH - Check
out new song
Oakland's ALL SHALL PERISH have unveiled a new song entitled “Wage
Slaves” from their upcoming album The Price of Existence at www.myspace.com/allshallperish.
The band’s second album is set to be released on July 28th in Europe and August
8th in the USA.
The band comments: "This track is one of the more straight-forward brutal
songs on the record and is sort of an ode to old school Pantera, but the whole
album is packed with all kinds of songs from black metal to thrash to beat-down
and even an instrumental! It's truly an epic album."
DIMMU BORGIR - To cancel
Gods of Metal
The kings of melodic Black Metal, mighty DIMMU BORGIR from Norway, were
forced to cancel their appearance at Italy`s GODS OF METAL festival that takes
place from June 1st to 4th. Guitarist Silenoz had the following to say in a
statement on the band`s official website, www.dimmu-borgir.com:
“We apologize to everyone it may concern, we were very much looking
forward to play this great festival, but due to a serious situation regarding
one of our members’ health condition we have no other choice as it is beyond our
control. We owe it to our business partners, fans and friends and perhaps mostly
ourselves, to do a great gig, but this will not be possible under the given
circumstances, unfortunately. Health will always have first priority.”
AMON AMARTH studio update
Only Saturday off this weekend, so we're back in the studio
already today. We've been shifting between vocals and leads for the last couple
of days and about 60% of the guitar harmonies and melodies are done. Johan have
put vocals on about five songs so far.
Jens is being relentless about pushing us to do our
absolute best, but the extra hard work is totally worth it!
This afternoon we also got visit from Kenneth and Ian
"Mathew" Bomber from WHIPLASH TATTOO at G-punkten in Varberg who
started on some new ink on Fredrik.
Download PHOENIX MOURNING'S
song 'Etched' at Fuse.tv!
Starting on May 29th you can download Phoenix Mourning's
track 'Etched' off their highly praised debut release “When Excuses
Become Antiques” exclusively through Fuse TV and FYE. The track will be
available for free download May 29th through June 4th so make sure ya
stop by and get the track before it's too late!
You can download Etched at the following
PSYOPUS announces title of
new album & massive summer tour!
Its crunch time in the Psyopus camp with a month left till we go
into the studio to record our second album called Our Puzzling Encounters
Considered. Deadlines suck but the material seems up to par thus far. It's
fast and crazy.
As soon as we finish up in the studio we will be hitting the
road with The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza and Home Pharmacy!
COMMUNIC - to chart on # 66!
COMMUNIC's new album "Waves Of Visual Decay" has
entered the German Media Control Charts on # 66!!!
For comparison: "Conspiracy In Mind", COMMUNIC's highly acclaimed
2005 debut didn't even make it to the German top 100. Thus a great success for
our Norwegian friends!