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Pure Metal News: May 2007 Part 2

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May 2007 Part 1

Conquer Records - Devilish Impressions news

Devilish Impressions’ triumphant return from Eastern Europe! From now on Devilish Impressions will be officially represented on those territories by THE FLAMING ARTS Management/Booking Agency. Devilish Impressions has just returned from "Sword In The East Tour 2007" on which they’ve played as a main support for the Swedish black metal legend – MARDUK. Click the following links to see pictures from the Moscow’s gig:

We are also proud to inform that from now on Devilish Impressions is officially represented in Eastern Europe by THE FLAMING ARTS Management/Booking Agency.


Total Impact are happy to announce further details of the debut single "Fight And Survive" from Croydon based rockers Godsized. The track - originally produced and remixed by Chris Tsangarides has been mastered at Metropolis by Ian Cooper and is now even more storming than before.

"Fight And Survive" is released on May 28th and the band will preview the single (and others) in a special night on May 26th at the Purple Turtle in London's Camden.

Forthcoming Live Dates for Total Impact artists


25th May The Alma, Bolton - "Strain" debut Album Release Party

With Charger;

26th May The Harlequin, Redhill

27th May The Dome, Tufnell Park, London.

28th May Southampton, Joiners

29th May Newquay, Barcuda Bar

30th May Manchester, Jabez Clegg

31st May Wakefield, The Snooty Fox

1st June Nottingham, Junktion 7

2nd June Leeds, Rio's

3rd June Glasgow, Barfly

17th June Haigh Hall Festival, Wigan (not with Charger)

28th June Nottingham Junktion 7

1st July Bolton Music & Drinking Festival

28th July The Dome, Rock Off Festival, London.


26th May The Purple Turtle, Camden, London. "Fight And Survive" pre release show!

6th June The Moshpit, Redhill

23rd June The George, Andover, Hampshire.

30th June The Peel, Kingston. (Re-Scheduled!!)

14th July Petefest, The Brief, Croydon.

Contact the venues for all ticket information

MINDFLOW - A very special prog metal highlight

Please welcome MINDFLOW and their masterpiece "Mind Over Body".

These Brazilians deliver 80 minutes of high-class progressive music.

"Follow Your Instinct", they warn you through the title of one of the songs from "Mind Over Body". And that's exactly what the band does: powerful progressive rock with no boundaries and no rules, fuelled by the quality and energy of the band members, supported live by an incredible laser show that underlines MINDFLOW's modern visual. "Mind over Body" is an 80 minute long differentiated vision of music. The compositions are responsible to cause the most variable kind of sensations, taking you through an amazing musical trip.

Recorded and mixed by the talented Guilherme Canaes at the Mega Studios, considered one of the best and well-equipped studios in Latin America, produced by Unlock your Mind Productions and mastered by the American living legend George Marino at Sterling Sound, New York, "Mind Over Body" brings a booklet with eight artistic photos that captured the essence of each song, and the special "Follow Your Instinct" comic book that puts you right into the action, changing you from listener to a skeleton key to a psychological puzzle where the interactivity goes beyond imagination.

A European tour is in the works!

MAYHEM – Chaos in the US

Season of Mist, Thunderdome Booking and Decibel Magazine bring you:

MAYHEM "Deconsecrate the States" 2007

For the first time in 6 years, and quite possibly the very last, MAYHEM will "Deconsecrate the States"! July 2007 is sure to be the hottest on record as the ferocious fires of hell blaze across the US under the cloven-hooves of Norway's MAYHEM. The premiere, the true, the feared, the world's most powerful black metal band will appear in select cities nation-wide.

Their long awaited new "Ordo Ad Chao" album and tour feature the return of vocalist Attila Csihar, who sang on the band's pinnacle album, "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas", as most of you metal freaks already probably know.

Attila has never before performed on US soil as a MAYHEM member, which makes this tour the closest North America will ever have of witnessing the classic MAYHEM line-up.

Here the tour dates:

July 16th - DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA
July 17th - Galaxy Club - Santa Ana, CA
July 18th - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
July 20th - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
July 22nd - Joe's - Chicago, IL
July 23rd - BB Kings - New York, NY
July 24th - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
July 25th - The Sterling Hotel - Allentown, PA

Advanced tickets are available from:

Check out the official Internet altar of MAYHEM, re-born, revitalised and featuring up-to-date news and information plus a re-vamped photo gallery containing rare photographs of the band!

Season Of Mist artists – upcoming live dates

2-3 Jun 07 Lyon (FR) Transbordeur - Lyon Metal Fest
29 Sep 07 Marseille (FR) Espace Julien - Chaos Fest

07 Jun 07 Lille (FR) La Chimre
08 Jun 07 Watrelos (FR) La boite musique
09 Jun 07 Creil (FR) La grange musique
05 Aug 07 Napoli (IT) SouthXtreem Noise festival

08 Jun 07 Luynes (FR) Le Korigan
09 Jun 07 Paris (FR) La Locomotive (+ Pantheist + Imindain + ...)

22-24 Jun 07 Dessel (BE) Graspop Metal Meeting (+ Aerosmith + Iron Maiden + Ozzy Osbourne +...)
19-21 Jul 07 Rieden/Kreuth (DE) Eartshaker Fest (+ Motorhead + Cradle of Filth + Within Temptation + ...)

27 Jun 07 Hobart (AU) The Trout Bar
29 Jun 07 Melbourne (AU) The Tote
30 Jun 07 Adelaide (AU) The Lizard Lounge Complex
05 Jul 07 Canberra (AU) A.N.U. Bar
06 Jul 07 Sydney (AU) The Arncliffe Hotel
07 Jul 07 Brisbane (AU) Club Phoenix

29 Jun-01 Jul 07 Leipzig (DE) With Full Force

29 Jun-01 Jul 07 Flugplatz/Roitzschjora (DE) With Full Force
16 Jul 07 San Francisco (US) DNA Lounge
17 Jul 07 Santa Ana (US) Galaxy Club
18 Jul 07 Los Angeles (US) Key Club
20 Jul 07 Seattle (US) Studio Seven
22 Jul 07 Chicago (US) Joe's
23 Jul 07 New York (US) BB Kings
24 Jul 07 Springfield (US) Jaxx
25 Jul 07 Allentown (US) The Sterling Hotel

07 Jul 07 Metalshow LV Open Air
20 Jul 07 Ksanthi (GR) Metal Healing Fest
07 Aug 07 Napoli (IT) S-Hammer Metal Fest
17 Aug 07 Oulu (FI) Club Teatria - Jalometalli Metal Music Festival
18 Aug 07 (SK) More Than Fest

20 Jul 07 Pssneck (DE) Motocross-Strecke - Hells Pleasure Metal Fest
28 Jul 07 Merksem (BE) Bouckenborgh vzw - Neverfest Open Air

20 Jul 07 Tnsberg (NO) Slottsfjellfestivalen
27 Jul 07 Stors (NO) Storsfestivalen
10 Aug 07 Bad Berka (DE) Party San Festival (+ Vader + Belphegor + Melechesh + ...)
11 Aug 07 Svojsice U Prelouce (CZ) Brutal Assault Festival

06 Oct 07 Hussigny (FR) Salle L. Aragon


Dead Beyond Buried have just got off tour with Zyklon and Blood Tsunami- after winning over legions of UK Death metal heads the band are now poised for the release of their monstrous album ‘Condemned To Misery', as well as preparing for their next tour which will be announced shortly, but it will be killer...You can now order the CD direct…also check out the new video for ‘Condemned To Misery'…see below!

&DEAD BEYOND BURIED - Organic Dementia


Chaos Blood's scathing debut ‘Fragments Of A Shattered Skull' is also set for a June release- following the bands successful UK tour with label mates Viatrophy and Clone The Fragile, they are all set for their Euro tour with The Chronicles Of Adam West to deliver another savage UK grindcore pasting. ‘Fragment's Of A Shattered Skull' is available to order now!


The Red Death and Shadow Law have finished their tracks for their upcoming 6 track split EP. This promises to provide a taster of what's to come from both band's respective albums, a mixture of dark brooding Thrash and adrenalised Power Metal with a tinge of brutal hardcore. Miss at your peril- watch this space for the release date, but we're looking at July for this!


Whitechapel's debut masterpiece ‘The Somatic Defilement' is now finished and ready be unleashed. With a massive touring schedule lined up for the rest of the year this band are going to be the ones to watch in 2008. An utterly crushing lesson in low-end brutality. Expect the album to be available for pre order from Early June, with the release date set for July 31st.


Knights Of The Abyss have also finished their hugely anticipated debut album ‘Juggernaut'. With a fan base growing seemingly by the second and yet another example of a SOAR band touring their proverbial asses off, expect total and utter carnage when the Knight's get into their stride and arrive in the UK in August to slay you all.


The Partisan Turbine's self-titled debut album is currently being mixed and mastered by Full Force in New York (Suffocation), and is set for an August release, available for Pre order from Early July. The Turbine will be bring their rampaging guttural Death on tour from June onwards, so be sure to catch them and bring a clean pair of pants. You'll need them.


Make sure you catch the Siege Of America Tour on the road in July, featuring Whitechapel, Diskreet, The Partisan Turbine and The Red Death in what promises to be one of the surprise packages of the year and a sure-fire recipe for pit fuelled ultra-violence!!! See the band's respective pages for tour dates.

29 - Upstate NY
30 - Philadelphia, PA
01 - Richmond / VA Beach, Va
02 - NC / SC
03 - Atlanta, GA / Birmingham, AL
04 - Jacksonville / Tallahassee, FL
05 - Birmingham, AL / Baton Rouge, LA
06 - Baton Rouge, LA / Houston, TX
07 - Dallas, TX
08 - Lubbock, TX / El Paso, TX
09 - Albuquerque, NM
10 - Phoenix / Tuscon, AZ
11 - San Diego / Los Angeles, CA
12 - San Fransisco / Sacramento, CA
13 - Reno, NV / Salt Lake City, UT
14 - Denver, CO
15 - Wichita, KS / Kansas City, MO
16 - St. Louis, MO / Louisville, KY
17 - Indianapolis, IN / Chicago, IL
18 - Cleveland, OH / Pittsburgh, PA
19 - Pittsburgh, PA / Columbus, OH
20 - Columbus, OH / Cincinatti, OH

LIQUIDO - New single and great success in China

One of the most successful German bands of the 90ies, LIQUIDO, played three amazing live shows in Peking! They played at the Midi Festival in front of more than 20.000 people!

The band was invited from the Goethe Institute to play two more club shows and LIQUIDO plans to come back to China 2008! The new album will be released in October via Nuclear Blast, the new single is out in early September!


25.05.2007 PL-Stettin - Campus Party
01.06.2007 D-Sedlbrunn - Reittunier
02.06.2007 D-Annaberg - Prinzenparty
08.06.2006 D-Dalkingen - Festival (+ Die Happy)
16.06.2007 D-Bad Tölz - Eisstadion
23.06.2007 CH-Nuvilly - Festival
24.06.2007 A-Wien - Donauinselfest
06.07.2007 A-Kitzbühel - Festival
14.07.2007 D-Hoyerswerda - Prinzenparty
04.08.2007 A-Berndorf - Festival
11.08.2007 D-Böhmenkirch - Crossover Festival
18.08.2007 D-Dresden - Stadtfest
01.09.2007 D-Karlsruhe - Rockshop Party
02.09.2007 D-Karst - Stadtfest
08.09.2007 D-Ingolstadt - Open Flair
15.09.2007 D-Halle - Prinzenparty

THERION - Split ways with singer Mats Leven

This is shocking news for all THERION fans - the masters of Opera Metal have recently announced a significant change in the band camp. From Wacken Open Air and onwards, Mats Levén will no longer be singing with the band!
"It was a decision taken by the whole band in discussion with Mats. This change of line up is on friendly terms and the remaining shows before Wacken will be performed with the same energy and passion as if nothing had happened", the band promises.

 "There are no bad feelings. THERION will continue to develop even further into the direction we set on the last tour and Mats will focus on his new projects." Of course, mastermind Christofer Johnsson has already found a suitable replacement. "The new guy will be Thomas Vikström. He is probably most known in the metal world for singing on a CANDLEMASS album ('Chapter VI'). His great vocal abilities will for sure be more known at least among the THERION fans after the tour."

BRAINSTORM to release double DVD

Metal Blade will release the first ever BRAINSTORM DVD "Honey From The B's (Beasting Around The Bush)" on the 29th of June (Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Italy) / 2nd of July (rest of Europe). The box set will be released in digipack format with a special metal effect!

DVD 1:

Part I: Live-Shows

1. Live In Budapest 2005, Liquid Monster Tour,
Location: Budapest, Petöfi Hall, HUN
duration: 1h 27m 15s,
Mix: 5.1 & 2.0

2. Live At Wacken Open Air 2004, Soul Temptation Tour,
Location: WOA, Wacken, Main Stage left, GER
duration: 49m 39s
Mix: 5.1 & 2.0

DVD 2:

1. Live In Atlanta, Soul Temptation Tour,
Location: Prog Power Festival, Atlanta, USA
duration: 1h 03m 02s
Mix: 2.0

Part II: Live-Clip-Mix

2. Live at Sziget Festival 2006, 4 Songs
Location: Sziget Festival, Hammer World Stage, Budapest, HUN
duration: 23m 43s
Mix: 2.0

3. Live In Greece 2000, 2 Songs
Location(s): Athens, AN Club, Thessaloniki, Hydrogios Club, GRE
duration: 8m 18s
Mix: Bootleg

4. Live at Bang Your Head Festival 2003, 1 Song
Location: BYH Festival, Balingen, GER
duration: 05m 22s
Mix: 2.0

5. Live At Rock Hard Open Air, 6 Songs
Location: RH Open Air, Amphitheater Gelsenkirchen, GER
duration: 30m 01s
Mix: 2.0

Part III: History Part

6. Brainstorm Bandhistory 1987 - 2007
Location: Everywhere, Brainstorm rehearsal room/ BS studio
duration: 22m 36s
Mix: 2.0

Part IV: Studio Clip Mix

7. Brainstorm promotional video-clips, 3 Songs
duration: 11m 11s
Mix: 2.0

Total running time: 5h 01m 07s (over 300 min)

CATARACT to play Greenfield Open Air

Now it's official! Great news for us, bad news for the faint-hearted. CATARACT will definitely play this year's Greenfield fest in Interlaken, Switzerland! After Gränichen this is the second time we are playing an event like this in Switzerland and boy it's the big one!

To avoid any confusion, we also have a show announced in Trier on that day and we are currently sorting this out as we plan to play both shows, which will be another first for us.

If anyone wants to sponsor us a helicopter, just write us an email, we will probably accept it! We will be appearing quite early on the tent stage (check ) and after the show head off to Trier to play the ultimate Summer Blast Fest, so as long as we don't announce something different here, both shows are happening.

Our show in Kufstein, Austria was killer by the way, some of the kindest people we've ever met - offering us beer on stage while we played haha! So cheers to Peter and the whole gang (DRYROT, RAYPISSED) for a great night!

We will have some more shows announced soon, so keep checking back!

NEAERA - DVD show sold out

Atteeeeeen-SHUN :)!

We are more than thrilled to announce that this coming Saturday's DVD RECORDING SHOW is now officially SOLD OUT! The gloomy cloud of destruction is growing bigger and bigger on the horizon...prepare yourselves for the carnage, ticket owners :). We can't wait to tear it down with y'all!



GOD DETHRONED – Video of drum workshop


Some of you might have already noticed that GOD DETHRONED drummer Ariën Van Weesenbeek has recently made a MySpace profile. You can check it out, listen to songs from other projects and add him as your friend at . And don't forget to check his personal website at !

Last April, Ariën did an Amedia & Pat Sticks workshop during the Drummersday 2007, which was recorded on video. Here are some samples of that workshop:


AMON AMARTH have officially been confirmed as direct support to DIMMU BORGIR on their headlining tour of Europe in the fall! The dates are as follows:


23.09. Amsterdam (NL) – Paradiso
24.09. Tilburg (NL) – 013
25.09. Köln (D) – E-Werk
26.09. Brussels (B) – AB
04.10. Paris (F) – Elysee Monmatre
06.10. Marseille (F) – Moulin
07.10. Barcelona (E) – Razzmatazz 2
09.10. Lisbon (P) – Coliseu
10.10. Madrid (E) – Joy Eslava
11.10. Bergara (E) – Sala Jam
13.10. Pratteln (CH) – Z7
14.10. Milan (I) – Alcatrazz
15.10. Ljubljana (SLO) – Exibition Hall
16.10. Vienna (A) – Planet Music
17.10. Budapest (H) – Petofi Csarnok
19.10. Prague (CZ) – Retro
20.10. Warsaw (PL) – Progresja
21.10. Berlin (D) – Columbiahalle
22.10. Hamburg (D) – Docks
23.10. Wiesbaden (D) – Schlachthof
25.10. Munich (D) – Georg-Elser-Halle
26.10. Leipzig (D) – Werk
27.10. Stuttgart (D) – Schleyerhalle (WITHOUT AMON AMARTH!)
29.10. Copenhagen (D) – Store Vega
30.10. Lund (S) – Mejeriet
01.11. Helsinki (FIN) – House Of Culture
02.11. Oulu (FIN) – Teatria
04.11. Stockholm (S) – Arena
05.11. Gothenburg (S) – Tragarn
06.11. Oslo (N) – Sentrum Scene

DEATHSTARS - Winners of get in the ring competition

On March 6th 2007 a battle organised by METAL HAMMER and ROCKWORLD TV was fought out at the Hammersmith Palais in London – four bands – one ring – ONE winner!
And the winner is: DEATHSTARS!

"I don’t know how it is to lose, but I always feel good winning", states singer Whiplasher.

A winner's special will be aired tonight, May 18th, at 8 p.m. UK time / 21:00 CET on Don't miss it!

If you want to check out some backstage footage from the last DEATHSTARS UK tour, take the time and visit this location!

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Nuclear Blast festival – after show party revealed, the homepage for the 20th anniversary festival of NUCLEAR BLAST reveals some hot news! From now on you can read all information on the official after show party, which will take place in Stuttgart ´s Longhorn/LKA on October 27th right after the festival itself is over. Also, you can check out all gossip and fan-news about the festival on HERE!

NIGHTWISH - Once Upon a Nightwish – the official biography

The official biography in English! Mape Olilla, who has went along with the band since the early days, shows a very intense and individual story of NIGHTWISH and even clears the questions about the break-up with Tarja. Paperback, with 32 pictures.

HIMSA - first studio report video online

Straight from the recording studio one of the latest additions to the Century Media family, HIMSA, allows you an insight into the work on their on their upcoming Century Media Records debut, which is tentatively set for a late summer release.

You can watch HIMSA’s "Making Of – Part I" by clicking HERE!

The group will track the drums, bass and guitars with Steve Carter (who produced HIMSA's "Courting Tragedy and Disaster" album); Devin Townsend (Lamb of God, Darkest Hour) will be tracking vocals and Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Heaven Shall Burn) will be handling mixing duties. Bassist Derek Harn states:

"We are stoked to be collaborating with the aural assault team of Steve Carter, Devin Townsend and Tue Madsen. These are guys we trust and respect. We worked with Steve on "Courting", we did "Hail Horror" with Tue. Devin is the new factor in all of this. He's doing the vocal tracking, and we're looking forward to his searing, manic, vocal skills giving new dimension to Pettibone's throaty mayhem.

This album will be an evolution of everything people have grown to expect and respect from our enduring and grumpy metal band, with a few new twists. We're older, but we're wiser and faster than ever. We can't wait to see our fans around the globe this fall. Till then, stay true and keep the horns raised high."

More video clips from HIMSA recording their newest slab of vicious thrashing metal insanity will follow soon!

For more info visit:

THE HAUNTED - Check in from the "Cursed Earth Tour"

Swedish metal innovators THE HAUNTED are currently on the second leg of the "Cursed Earth Tour" with Municipal Waste and Lyzanxia, having a great time on the road. Guitarist Anders Bjorler checks in from the trek:

"We are currently in Geneva, Switzerland & halfway into the tour. Everything is going great so far. We still have Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and of course the last week of German dates that we look forward to a lot. Also try to catch us live during the summer on one (or more) of our festival appearances. Now back to beer bong techniques with Municipal Waste, hehe // Anders"

Cursed Earth Tour 2007 - PART 2
THE HAUNTED - with Municipal Waste + Lyzanxia

presented by Myspace & Metal Hammer (D)

May 18, 2007 - Will (CH) Remise
May 19, 2007 - Vienna (A) Planet Music
May 20, 2007 - Budapest (HUN) Kultiplex
May 22, 2007 - Prague (CZ) Rock Café
May 23, 2007 - Wroclaw (PL) WZ Club
May 24, 2007 - Warschau (PL) Proxima Club
May 25, 2007 - Berlin (D) Kato
May 26, 2007 - Frankfurt (D) O25
May 27, 2007 - Munich (D) Backstage
May 29, 2007 - Stuttgart (D) Die Röhre
May 30, 2007 - Bochum (D) Matrix
May 31, 2007 - Hamburg (D) Molotow

THE HAUNTED @ Summer Festivals 2007

June 29, 2007 - Kirunafestivalen, Kiruna, Sweden
July 6, 2007 - Battle of Metal Festival, Gieselwind, Germany
July 14, 2007 - Kaltenbach Open Air, Austria
July 21, 2007 - Metal Healing, Greece
August 04, 2007 - Fredericia Hardcore Fest, Fredericia, Denmark
August 25, 2007 - Metal Day Free Fest, Trento, Italy
September 7, 2007 - Klubb Kaliber, Mariestad, Sweden
September 8, 2007 - Club Maiden, Oslo, Norway

Watch THE HAUNTED’s latest video clip for the song "The Drowning" HERE!


PARADISE LOST - New album „In Requiem" out now. Complete stock of limited editions already shipped out! Tourdates announced

British forefathers of "gothic metal", PARADISE LOST, celebrate a triumphant return with their highly anticipated 11th studio opus "In Requiem", which is available at stores now!

The album has been released as standard jewel case CD and in two strictly limited formats:

- Limited Digipak CD in a beautiful black velvet coated box incl. 2 bonus tracks. (Check out a trailer for this luxurious format at the following link:
The Digipak version is not available as a separate format, it is exclusively obtainable with the box! Limited to 25.000 copies worldwide!

- Ltd. 4x7" vinyl box incl. 3 bonus tracks, poster and the entire album in CD format as bonus. You can be sure that this special treat for every vinyl-lover is destined to be a sought after collector’s item as it is limited to 2.000 copies worldwide!

Attention: Both limited editions of "In Requiem" will not be repressed and are already out of stock at our warehouses, so hurry to get your copy immediately! Your local record dealer will not be able to re-stock any of the limited editions, so you will not get a second chance.

18.06.2007 Southampton (UK) @ The Brook

With Type O Negative
19.06.2007 Manchester (UK) @ Academy
20.06.2007 Birmingham (UK) @ Academy
21.06.2007 London (UK) @ Astoria

Media feedback on "In Requiem" is nothing less than overwhelming. See the press reviews on this masterpiece:

"In Requiem […] combines the doom ethic of Icon with the gothic intensity of Draconian Times"
Jerry Ewing, Metal Hammer

"Thoroughbred classic stuff" Surprised? I certainly was! Leave your preconceptions outside the shop and investigate"
8/10 Darren Sadler, Rock Sound

"In Requiem is the sound of a band both at ease with themselves and in a creative space they’ve been working towards for years"
4/5 Damien, Kerrang! Magazine

Visit PARADISE LOST’s Ecard @:

Check out the redesigned official PARADISE LOST websites @:

CLAWFINGER - Win Jaegermeister Rock:Liga

Sweden rocks!
CLAWFINGER win Jägermeister Rock:Liga season 2006/07
After a four hours Rock marathon in the sold out Kesselhaus in Berlin, Germany, the decision was made in the early hours of May 20th: The audience declared CLAWFINGER the "JägerMeister 2007" by giving the loudest applause.

The result was actually more than close, as the winners only got 0,1 decibel more than second-placed act kiD Alex & The Sickboys. Title holders Deichkind achieved position three, with French band Hushpuppies joining on fourth position. For CLAWFINGER, the victory is a double comeback as they'll also release their new album soon - "Life Will Kill You" is scheduled to hit the stores on July 27th.

Retrospect: In November 2006, twelve bands started the competition for the JägerMeister championship shield. During 20 concerts all over Germany, they fought sudorific battles for scores and goals. Four "teams" qualified for the final. Packed venues, thrilled fans and bands convinced by the idea about & around the Jägermeister Rock:Liga made the decision easy: There will be another Rock:Liga for the season 2007/08!

Photo: JägerMeister 2007 CLAWFINGER with the JägerMeister championship shield

The band is up for interviews about the Rock:Liga victory, please get in touch. Promo CDs of the new album "Life Will Kill You" will be send out at the end of this week!

AEON confirm special gig

To celebrate the awesome outcome of our recently finished (yet unreleased) album, we decided to arrange a killer evening here in Östersund / Sweden 2007-06-02 @ Ga Tingshuset. First up on stage is our dear friends "The Equinox ov the Gods" who will give you something more than just an ordinary concert with their sick, twisted and grotesque stage appearance and evil gothic / doom metal music.

After that, AEON will hit the stage with a setlist containing both new and old songs, and when this is over, we will move on and continue the night with a party at "Hårdrocksklubben" / Plaza - Nedervåningen. Down there, we will give you an exclusive preview listening of some songs from our upcoming album!

AS I LAY DYING announce new album title

San Diego metal outfit AS I LAY DYING has set "An Ocean Between Us" as the title of its highly-anticipated follow up to 2005's "Shadows Are Security".

The majority of "An Ocean Between Us" was recorded at vocalist Tim Lambesis' home studio, aptly named Lambesis Studio, in San Diego, California. Adam Dutkiewicz (UNDEROATH, ALL THAT REMAINS, THE ACACIA STRAIN) of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE collaborated with AS I LAY DYING on all recording and production duties and Colin Richardson (MACHINE HEAD, SLIPKNOT) will be overseeing the final mix. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Separation", "Nothing Left", "Within Destruction" and title track, "An Ocean Between Us".

In other news, AS I LAY DYING has officially announced the addition of bassist Josh Gilbert to the group's ranks. Josh joins the band from THIS ENDEARING, a local group in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. "Based on hearing Josh's previous band, we knew he was a great bass player and singer," says Lambesis. "But when he came out to San Diego to try out and rehearse with us, he ended up exceeding our expectations. Shortly after the try out we invited him to come back and fill in for us on our January U.K. tour. That tour really solidified the fact that Josh is the right guy for us."

UTUMN – Instore appearance

Upcoming Saturday, the 26th of May, we will do a small semi-acoustic instore in the Sounds musicstore in Venlo ( ). We will start at 5 o'clock. So if you are around, come and check it out!

In other news AUTUMN are confirmed to play the prestigous Waldrock festival in Bergum on the 7th of July!

CANNIBAL CORPSE to enter studio until next summer

CANNIBAL CORPSE bassist Alex Webster recently did an interview for About Heavy Metal. A few excerpts follow:

About Heavy Metal: What's your timetable for the next CANNIBAL CORPSE studio album?

Alex Webster: "I've already started writing riffs to get ahead of the game. Our tour cycle for this album has been longer than usual. Normally we would already be writing a new album around now. But we're still going to be touring for this record until October. We're doing another U.S. tour in September and October. We're doing some shows in Brazil after that tour. We have a lot going on until October. November is probably when we'll get serious about the writing. We'll bring songs in starting in December or January to start working on them together. We would like to be recording no later than the summer of 2008 so we can get the album out by the end of 2008 or the beginning of 2009."

The entire interview can be read at:

FLESHCRAWL - Recording update & track listing

Here's an update from the FLESHCRAWL camp:
The recording sessions for our new album "Structures of Death" are finished. Everything's done and prepared for the mix which will kick off on June 4th at Studio Underground, Västeras, Sweden. By now, the rough-mix sounds fu*kin' awesome!! We'll have the mix and mastering "brutalize" the material and then it's about time to unleash that killer! A release is to be expected in September!

Here the complete tracklist of the album (order will change though):
- Intro
- Fleshcult
- Anthem of Death
- About Mortality
- Into the Crypts of scattered Souls
- Structures of Death
- Into the Fire of Hell
- Rest in Pain (R.I.P)
- Written in Blood
- A Spirit dressed in Black
- Nothing but Flesh remains
- War of the Dead

POWERWOLF drummer in hospital

All those who were at Saarstahl Metal Festvial yesterday probably have recognised that the wolves had to perform without Stefane Funebre. Stefane has been brought to hospital on Wednesday evening and it was impossible for him to play that show.

Thanks to the unbelievable replacement drummer Mr. Tom Firespider we didn't have to cancel the show, and played an improvised set after just two short rehearsals together. Thanks to the fantastic audience and the many wolfmaniacs who were there it was a strange and chaotic, but great show anyway. We will keep you posted about Stefane's condition as soon as we have any news.

AT ALL COST - sign worldwide deal with Century Media Records

The variety of artists on Century Media Records throughout the last decade prompted the label to coin the phrase "Diversity In Extremes", and this is more evident now than ever before with the addition of AT ALL COST to its worldwide family. This group encompasses the definition of diversity, imposing no limitations on their songwriting and mashing together a propulsive blend of thrash and hard rock, laden with captivating hooks.

Trey Ramirez (guitars, vocals) describes his excitement: "We are extremely proud and honored to be a part of such a supportive label in independent music today. Century Media is home to a diverse array of bands that we admire, and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of that roster. It feels great to work with a label staff that understands our music and goals. We are looking forward to what the future holds."

Century Media founder Robert Kampf states, "AT ALL COST blew me away the first time I saw them, and their dynamic mix of styles is like nothing else out there. They are an ambitious and refreshing new act, and we couldn't be happier to have them in our family."

This Austin, Texas-based quintet released their stunning debut offering, "It's Time To Decide", on Combat Records in 2005, and with producer Rory Phillips, they ultimately cultivated a sound all their own. The disc is composed of a rollercoaster of emotions and sounds as vocalist Andrew Collins assumes various identities, seamlessly shifting from a robotic persona, to a catchy crooner, to a hardcore prophet. This group pride themselves on pushing the envelope to deliver a product that stands the test of time.

In addition to the band’s unique sound, it is their unparallel live show and DIY attitude that sets them well ahead of the pack. The group has toured relentlessly over the past two years with dates spanning across the U.S., including several successful SXSW appearances in addition to dates with such acclaimed artists as Norma Jean and Darkest Hour.

In 2007, AT ALL COST set their sights high with only one mission in mind; to conquer the world. Their Century Media Records debut ‘Circle Of Demons’ is due for release on 23rd July .. in the meantime check out their myspace & website:

HIMSA - post second video update from the studio

HIMSA are close to completing the recording process for their highly anticipated Century Media Records debut. The group recently wrapped up the drums, bass and guitars tracks with Steve Carter (who produced the "Courting Tragedy and Disaster" album) and are currently recording vocals with Devin Townsend (Lamb of God, Darkest Hour). Renowned producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Heaven Shall Burn) will be handling mixing duties. The album is currently set for a late August release. Click the link below to view their second studio
report video

The Seattle-based metal quintet’s ferocious blend of melodic, unrelenting thrash speed mixed with old-school influences results in a savage, unique and uncompromising sound that the entire genre will soon welcome with open arms. In 2007, HIMSA prepares to leave their definitive mark on the scene while ushering in a new level of extreme.

The River - live news

The River live:

16 Jun 2007, 20:00
1 Malden Road, North London, NW5 3HS
Cost : £5/ £4 with flyer


Watain – Sworn to the Stage

Video footage of Swedish black metallers WATAIN performing at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City on Monday, May 14th has been posted on YouTube.

Here are the links:

"Underneath the Cenotaph"
"Devil's Blood"

After their successful European tour with CELTIC FROST and KREATOR, WATAIN are now on the road in North America as part of the "Antichrist Vanguards East Coast Tour 2007", with ANGELCORPSE and NACHTMYSTIUM.

Obituary news

Obituary finalise album title – return from successful tour of Australia

London: Obituary have confirmed Xecutioner's Return as the title for their forthcoming album. The album's release date has been pushed forward to August 28 from the earlier announced September 11 date. The band is finalising US touring plans now that will kick off in early September. Full tour details to be announced shortly.

Vocalist John Tardy comments about the band's recent trip to Australia, "it took us over 20 years to get to Australia, but we finally made it and had a great time. The shows were really great and I know our fans there waited a long time for this so it was nice to finally get down there."

The band is working with artist Andreas Marshall for the cover art for Xecutioner's Return. Marshall has worked with the band for The End Complete and their most recent record Frozen in Time. Tracking of the record has now been completed with mixing and mastering now on schedule in the coming weeks.

Obituary's next live performances are confirmed as noted below.

Jun-05, Teatro Teleton (Santiago, Chile)

Jun-06, The Roxy (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Jun-07, Bar Opiniao (Porto Alegre/RS, Brasil)

Jun-08, Hangar 110 (Sao Paulo/SP, Brasil)

Jun-09, Lapa Multishow (Belo Horizonte, Brasil)

JOB FOR A COWBOY land at #54 on Billboard chart with debut album "Genesis"

Glendale, AZ extreme metal band JOB FOR A COWBOY's debut album, "Genesis" landed at # 54 on Billboard's Top 200 chart this week, shifting nearly 13,000 units.

Referred to as "the most anticipated debut release from a metal band in years", "Genesis" exceeded expectations and joined the initial releases from STONE SOUR and DAMAGEPLAN (which featured members of SLIPKNOT and PANTERA respectively) amongst the highest charting metal debuts to crack Billboard's Top 200 since SLIPKNOT's 1999 self-titled album.

"GENESIS" also landed at the #4 position on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart, at #5 on Billboard's Hard Rock Albums chart and was the #3 best-selling album overall -- regardless of genre -- in the San Antonio, TX marketplace, where JOB FOR A COWBOY held their sold out CD release party on Tuesday, May 15.

"Metal Blade is very excited by our great start with JOB FOR A COWBOY," comments Metal Blade Records owner and founder Brian Slagel. "We feel this band has a great career ahead of them and we are very pleased by these first steps." Slagel, the man known for releasing the first recordings by METALLICA in 1982 and signing SLAYER the very next year, welcomed JOB FOR A COWBOY to his label's roster in 2006.

JOB FOR A COWBOY has met to a landslide of enthusiastic fan and critical acclaim in the time leading up to the release of "Genesis". The quintet (vocalist Jonny Davy, guitarists Ravi Bhadriraju and Bobby Thompson, bassist Brent Riggs and drummer Jon "The Charn" Rice) has been tagged as metal's "next big thing" by Guitar World, while "Genesis" is being hailed as "an album that quite literally obliterates everyone else currently residing within the death and grind [metal] scenes" and "one of the year's most essential metal purchases." by the UK's Kerrang!, who presented "Genesis" with it's coveted 5KKKKK perfect rating.

The first music video from "Genesis" -- for the album's roll out track "Embedded" -- made its world network premiere as part of MTV2's long-running "Headbangers Ball" program. The eye-opening "Embedded" video was directed by Popcore and provides the perfect visual accompaniment to the band's advanced aural assault. In alignment with the quasi-conceptual theme(s) of "GENESIS", the impelling "Embedded" clip details the events surrounding the 'Verichip', a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) implant that some say is close to turning from eerie idea, to full-blown reality. To view the "Embedded" video, please visit

On Friday, June 8, JOB FOR A COWBOY will join a hot list of artists that includes VELVET REVOLVER, WOLFMOTHER and KORN in launching the 2007 'Download Festival', set to take place June 8, 9 and 10 at the spiritual home of rock music in England: Donington Park. JOB FOR A COWBOY will tour North America this summer as one of the featured acts of the 2007 'Sounds of the Underground' Tour, set to kick off on Friday, July 6 in Dallas, TX.

THE RED CHORD to unleash "Prey For Eyes"

Mighty THE RED CHORD are finally back with their highly anticipated new album "Prey For Eyes". After having destroyed European stages along with FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW, they will strike upon the world with a new piece of death metallic noisecore! Produced by sound wizard Zeuss (HATEBREED, FULL BLOWN CHAOS, etc.) and provided with the powerful artwork of Paul Romano (TRIVIUM, MASTODON, MAROON,etc.), "Pray For Eyes" is ready to be unleashed in July for a brutal summer via Metal Blade Records!!!

THE RED CHORD’s second album for Metal Blade will be released on July 20th (G/A/S/I) / July 23rd (Europe)

The European version will include tons of bonus stuff, as can be seen on the tracklist below:

Tracklist "Prey For Eyes":

1. Film Critiques & Militia Men
2. Dread Prevailed
3. It Runs in the Family
4. Send the Death Storm
5. Pray For Eyes
6. Responsibles
7. Midas Touch
8. Tread on the Necks of Kings
9. It Came form Over There
10. Intelligence Has Been Compromised
11. Open Eyed Beast Attack
12. Birdbath
13. Bone Needle
14. Seminar

Exklusive European Bonus Tracks/Videos:

15. Antman (live at SOTU, USA)
16. Blue Line (live at SOTU, USA)
17. Bread Pants
18. Black Santa (Live at Indep. Day, JP)
19. Ugly (Live at Indep. Day, JP)
20. Dreaming In Dog Years (Live at Indep. Day, JP)
21. Pile Up (Live at Big daddiy’s Tallahassee, US)

Multimedia Features:

Videos for Stache Attack & Antman

KATATONIA - 'LIVE CONSTERNATION' - Exclusive signed copies still available

Monday 28th May sees the release of ‘Live Consternation’, the much-anticipated live offering from Katatonia, presented in a glorious 2 disc CD/DVD set.

The first 1000 orders from get an exclusive, signed copy, but hurry, as these are strictly limited and they are disappearing fast.

'Live Consternation' features a stunning performance from Summer Breeze festival in Germany 2006. The set-list contains many fan favourites from a large variety of past Katatonia albums, including tracks from 2006’s highly-acclaimed ‘The Great Cold Distance’, all presented in 5.1 ch & 2 ch sound (DVD).

Don’t forget to check out the mini-site at which includes details about the release, plus video & audio previews from the concert, downloadable wallpaper and a screenshot gallery.


Monday also sees the release of the stunning debut full-length album from Norwegian death metal troops Obliteration, through Tyrant Syndicate/Peaceville.

‘Perpetual Decay’ is the name, and these guys keep the stench of REAL death metal alive (or dead?), the young brutal thrashers already having featured at Inferno festival & Hole in the Sky, before the Darkthrone guys just had to snap them up for their Tyrant Syndicate label.

Check them out at:

In the ever-wise words of Fenriz:

"Fans of real metal from, let's say, 1987-1991 should be thrilled with the RAW-LIKE-A-FRESH-SPEEDWAY-ACCIDENT sound of OBLITERATION. Production is grim and dry as pulverized skulls" - Fenriz, February 1989… sorry, 2007."

GALLHAMMER – New Download-only EP available now

Following on from the success of their ‘The Dawn of…’ CD/DVD collection released early this year on Peaceville, the Gallhammer EP ‘BEYOND THE HATRED’ is now available for download from i-tunes, e-music, & other digital stores. The EP features choice recordings from ‘The Dawn of…’ including 2 exclusive audio versions of live tracks lifted from the release, all oozing that unmistakable brand of crust/black metal.

1. Crucifixion
2. Hallucination
3. Insane Beautiful Sunnyday Slaughter
4. May Our Father Die (live)
5. Endless Nauseous Days (live)

Gallhammer will embark upon a European tour in late September in support of their forthcoming debut Peaceville album, set for release around the same time. A full list of dates will be announced soon at


Promoters in the UK have just confirmed the following tour dates for "Thrash Anthem" masters Destruction. These are the first time the band will have played here since the cancellation of several dates last September. Get your tickets now!


09 - Kingston - The Peel

10 - Dublin - Voodoo Lounge

11 - Cork - An Cruiscin Lan

12 - Glasgow - Soundhaus

13 - Leeds - Rios

14 - Liverpool - Stanley theatre

15 - Manchester - Satans Hollow

16 - Newport - TJ's

17 - London - Underworld

18 - Brighton - Concorde 2

19 - Southampton - Unit 22

Joining Destruction on the road will be Onslaught, Amenti, and Rasta.


As you all know, in March, Doro Pesch performed the Warlock classic "All We Are" live on Pro 7 TV as the entrance music for the female boxing world champion Regina Halmich's special fight with a local comic in front of 19.000 people.

Doro performed the song in the ring with Schmier (Destruction), guitar player Bas Maas (After Forever) and the well known drummer Tim Husung thence ran straight into a studio and mixed it. This special release will also feature rare material and different bonus video. Playing time around 45 minutes.


For all of you going to Sweden Rocks in two weeks time a reminder to check out Lion's Share and our very own U.D.O.

After a six-year break, Swedish Melodic Metal masters Lion's Share have returned with their finest effort to date, "Emotional Coma".

The revamped outfit, which now features singer Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors, Wuthering Heights) and bassist Sampo Axelsson (Glenn Huges) alongside band mastermind Lars Chriss (guitar) and session drummer Richard Evensand (ex-Chimaira, Soilwork, Therion), will be appearing at 4pm on the Zeppelin Stage on Thursday 7th whilst U.D.O. is on at 6.15pm on the Rock Stage on the Friday.


Our favourite pooches, The Poodles, have been confirmed as main support to Wigwam on the Thunderground Festival at Nottingham's Rock City on August 18th 2007. For more details on the whole event go to;


From August 16-18, the first edition of the Metal Heart Festival takes place in Notodden (Norway). Besides bands like Blind Guardian, Candlemass and Queensryche, Lion's Share and the man who coined the name of the festival whilst in Accept, U.D.O. are both confirmed. Visit the festival website for more information.

SONATA ARCTICA - To team up with Epica for Europe tour

This might just be the perfect tour for all lovers of Metal with a melodic twist: Finnish heroes SONATA ARCTICA will team up with Dutch supporting act EPICA to conquer Europe! SONATA ARCTICA`s new masterpiece "Unia" will be released this Friday, May 25th, and EPICA´s latest effort "The Divine Conspiracy", which blends epic movie scores with super heavy riffing, will be unleashed September 7th. So don’t miss out on the hottest tour of this year’s fall!

01.11.2007 OSLO - Rockefeller (NO)
03.11.2007 GöTEBORG - Liesberghallen (SE)
04.11.2007 LUND - Mejeriet (SE)
05.11.2007 HAMBURG - Markthalle (DE)
07.11.2007 COLOGNE - Live Music Hall (DE)
08.11.2007 STUTTGART - LKA-Longhorn (DE)
09.11.2007 PRATTELN - Z7 (CH)
10.11.2007 KAUFBEUREN - All Kart Halle (DE)
12.11.2007 LONDON - Carling Academy (UK)
13.11.2007 PARIS - Elysèe Montmarte (FR)
14.11.2007 LYON - Transbordeur (FR)
16.11.2007 MADRID - Heineken (ES)
17.11.2007 BARCELONA - Razzmatazz II (ES)
19.11.2007 MILANO - Alcatraz (IT)
20.11.2007 BUDAPEST - Petöfi Hall (HU)
21.11.2007 VIENNA - Planet Music (AT)
23.11.2007 SAARBRüCKEN - Garage (DE)
24.11.2007 ANTWERP - Hof Ter Lo (BE)
25.11.2007 TILBURG - 013 (NL)

SONIC SYNDICATE - + Epica – live at WDR Rockpalast

The new SONIC SYNDICATE record "Only Inhuman" is out now and it is a real masterpiece! The press and media and the fans as well are really keen on the new album and SONIC SYNDICATE will get to the next level for sure!

 Their mixture between melodic refrains, tight drums and amazing guitar riffing exactly hits the music taste of now and their outstanding sound won’t only attract the metal fans. The band is gonna perform at some German festivals like With Full Force, Wacken and Up From The Ground!

Also, the band homepage got relaunched! Go check out the brand new design on

The Netherlands-based symphonic metaller EPICA combine heavy guitars with epic parts and on the new record the voice of singer Simone Simons melds with extraordinary song writing, which goes from Black Metal to Gothic Metal and touches a lot of genres!

SUBWAY TO SALLY - Work on new album "Bastard"

SUBWAY TO SALLY have finished the second part of their successful "Nackt" acoustic tour and are currently working in the studio. "Right after the tour was completed, we started recording the basics (drums, bass, guitars) for 'Bastard' at the Horus Studio in Hannover, Germany", says the band on their official homepage

"Those are finished by now, and we can already say: 'It kicks ass!' Eric is currently recording vocals at the Lundgaard Studios in Denmark and all others involved are working with the acoustic instruments in several studios in Berlin. This album is gonna be a sensation!"

But SUBWAY TO SALLY wouldn't be SUBWAY TO SALLY if there was no break in between for some summer festivals. "In spite of all the work, we will play some festivals this summer. We start off with the Wave Gotik Treffen at Whitsun, with flying in Eric from Denmark, and end with Wacken Open Air as a highlight.

here, we will film a live video for one of the new songs. In September, it's time to check out if the Russians like our music (gig in Moscow on September 15th 2007) and soon after the release of 'Bastard' is following on October 26th 2007. The release tour will start off the same day in Vienna, Austria." Dedication like this has to be honoured – in October, SUBWAY TO SALLY's CD/DVD "Nackt" will most likely get a golden record from the German Phono Academy!

SONIC SYNDICATE - Online game, chart entries, news

The new SONIC SYNDICATE record "Only Inhuman" is out now and it is a real masterpiece! The press, media and the fans as well are really keen on the new album and SONIC SYNDICATE will get to the next level for sure! The band is already confirmed to play at some of Germany’s biggest festivals such as With Full Force, Wacken and Up From The Ground and recently hit the Swedish charts at #22!

And for all those who’d like to check out the band and have some fun with a nice game, we present you the SONIC SYNDICATE Online Game! Check it out, and you may win a guitar signed by the band as well as other cool prices! Get to the next level yourself!

More info at! Also, the official band website is relaunched! Check it out at

NIGHTWISH - Announce new vocalist

An era in Nightwish's history came to its end in October 2005, and now in 2007, it's time to start a new one! The new vocalist of Nightwish has been the source of a lot of speculation over the past year and a half - but now all the speculations can end. After going through over 2000 applications, Nightwish has now chosen their new frontwoman!

She's Swedish, her vocal talent and lovely personality made a lasting impression on Nightwish's members upon her very first visit to Finland, and her name is: ANETTE OLZON

Anette grew up in a very musical family, and she's been performing and singing all her life. She has also studied music and performing at the Göteborg Balettakademie, Copenhagen Conservatory and Malmö Music University. Anette lives in Katrineholm, Sweden.

The new Nightwish single featuring "Eva"and it will be released in May.

"Eva" can only be bought as a downloadable e-single from digital music stores (e.g., and all it's profits will be directed to the child charity called "DIE ARCHE" (

EVERGREEN TERRACE to release "Wolfbiker"

It’s dark, it’s pissed, it’s punk, it’s hardcore, it’s metal… Get pumped!

EVERGREEN TERRACE, who was most recently signed to the Metal Blade roster, are about to release their newest monster called "Wolfbiker" in July! Expect once again a heavy mixture of metal, hardcore, melody and brutality breaking boundaries!

"Wolfbiker" will be released on July 20th (G/A/S/I) / July 23rd (Europe)


1. Bad Energy Troll
2. High Tide Or No Tide
3. Wolfbiker
4. Chaney Can't Quite Riff Like Helmet's Page Hamilton
5. Where There Is Fire We Will Carry Gasoline
6. Rip This!
7. Starter
8. To The First Baptist Church Of Jacksonville
9. Rolling Thunder Mental Illness
10. The Damned


As we are preparing to write the last chapter of the "Monotheist" tour by playing our first ever concerts in Australia and appearing yet again at various festivals across Europe this summer, it is time to reflect on the events of the past months.

Celtic Frost's most recent show, on May 20, 2007, in Athens, Greece, was the 115th concert of the "Monotheist" tour. Since May 29, 2006, the date of Celtic Frost's first concert in 16 years, we played Europe's most significant metal festivals and then crossed the Atlantic to perform 46 shows in the US and Canada, making this the most extensive tour of North America in Celtic Frost's history.

This was followed, in January 2007, by our first concerts in Japan and, in March and April, by our most comprehensive tour of Europe so far. We then returned to the United States for a further 25 concerts in April and May, this time as special guests to Type O Negative, taking the total number of concerts played by Celtic Frost in North America since September of last year to 71. Celtic Frost then returned to Europe to play two further concerts in Greece.

The reactions we encountered during almost all of these shows were overwhelmingly positive. There were great many concerts, which can only be described as truly magic.

We owe our audiences immense gratitude, for it is them who have made this huge undertaking, and, indeed, the return of Celtic Frost, possible in the first place.

We feel deeply honoured to find ourselves in their circle. Much gratitude and respect are also due to Type O Negative and their crew for both their friendship and the amazingly generous treatment extended to us.

The Frost bows to all of you.

Demonic deviants Akercocke serve up their latest offering 'Antichrist' today in UK/Europe

Already causing passionate revulsion amongst members of the Irish clergy, and distaste at US pressing plants, the album looks set to go down as the most controversial Akercocke have released. Featuring 10 twisted compositions on the regular edition of the CD, the release is bolstered by a limited edition version housed in a deluxe super jewel case which contains 2 bonus tracks, namely covers of 'Leprosy' by Death and 'Chapel of Ghouls' by Morbid Angel. The limited edition is strictly available while stocks last.

Akercocke's current headline UK tour wound up in London last Sunday at the Camden Underworld.

Visit to listen exclusively to the track 'Summon The Antichrist' taken from the forthcoming album, watch videos of the band in the studio and to pre-order 'Antichrist'.

WITH PASSION - Vote For "Pale Horses Ride" Video, Get It On TV

Never see anything good on TV? Then make sure to vote for With Passion's "Pale Horses Ride" music video on MVSpy. Every vote that you give the video gets it one step closer to hitting the airwaves. The best part is that you'll be able to watch it anytime you want on demand from the comfort of your living room. Make sure to improve the quality of what's on television and VOTE for With Passion's "Pale Horses Ride" today!

"Pale Horses Ride" can be found on With Passion's latest release, 'What We See When We Shut Our Eyes,' which is in stores now and available through


UK crossover ragers S.S.S have announced a series of shows to back up the release of their forthcoming Earache debut ‘Short Sharp Shock’ due June 11.

The band will travel to Poland for a series of shows in the East of Europe, as well as playing a series of hell-holes and sweat pits around the UK with such luminaries and Municipal Waste and Napalm Death.

Catch the band at the following places:


07 LIVERPOOL - The Pilgrim
11 MANCHESTER - The Star & Garter
14 The Barfly w/ NAPALM DEATH

The Beast Goes East Tour
16 POLAND Nowy Targ - Dudek -
17 POLAND Kolbuszowa - Dom Kultury
18 POLAND Lublin - Tektura

23 HOL Hetpodium-Hoogeveen -Holland-Thrashfest
24 Jun MANCHESTER - Music Box (w/Misery Index)
30 LEEDS - The Dry Dock


12 SHEFFIELD - The Cricketers Arms
18 CHESTER - Frog and Nightingale
28 BRIMINGHAM - The Bristol Pear


05 SOUTHAMPTON - The Joiners (w/ Municipal Waste)
07 LIVERPOOL - The Barfly (w/ Municipal Waste and Evile)
08 GLASGOW - King Tuts (w/ Municipal Waste)
09 SHEFFIELD - D&R Bar (w/ Municipal Waste)
10 LONDON - The Underworld (w/ Municipal Waste)
12 BRISTOL - The Croft


02 LONDON - UxFest Festival

BLOOD RED THRONE announce New Album 'Come Death'

Norwegian death metallers BLOOD RED THRONE have set "Come Death" as the title of their new album, due later in the year via Earache Records.

The CD was recorded at Dub Studios in Norway and was mixed by Valle Adzic.

Mastering duties were handled by Dragan T. According to a press release, the album contains nine songs of BLOOD RED THRONE's unique blend of groovy, aggressive and technical death metal. Song titles set to appear on the CD include "Come Death", "Taste of God", "Rebirth in Blood", "Slaying the Lamb" and "Deranged Assassin".

BLOOD RED THRONE's fourth studio album will be the group's first to feature new members Anders Haave (drums) and Vald (vocals).

"This time, we aim for a more classic death metal sound, ala GORGUTS 'Considered Dead' / SUFFOCATION 'Despise the Sun' kind of sound," the ban previously said. "We have grown tired with the over-produced and fully triggered drum kits that so many bands use today, besides we have taken slightly new direction with our music and the analog and dynamic sound fits the music better. We have also chosen a different approach to the recording process of the instruments."

BLOOD RED THRONE is in the process of booking gigs in support of the upcoming album, with three festival appearances already confirmed. More information will be made available soon.

DECAPITATED U.S. Tour with Necrophagist, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation ...and more!

Summer Slaughter Tour

* Tour off dates - Decapitated headlining


1 Northern Lights Clifton Park, New York
2 Infest Asbury Park, New Jersey
3 Jaxx Springfield, Virginia
4 Ground Zero Spartanburg, South Carolina
5 Headliners Louisville, Kentucky
6 Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
8 Meridian Houston, Texas
9 White Rabbit San Antonio, Texas
10 Ridglea Theatre Fort Worth, Texas
11 Dos Amigos Outdoors Odessa, Texas
12 Launchpad Albuquerque, New Mexico *
13 The Rock Tucson, Arizona
15 Soma San Diego, California
16 House Of Blues West Hollywood, California
17 The Boardwalk Orangevale, California
19 Hawthorne Theater Portland, Oregon
20 Studio Seven Seattle, Washington
21 Midtown Ballroom Bend, Oregon
22 Country Club Theatre Ogden, Utah
23 Cervantes Denver, Colorado
24 The Bottleneck Lawrence, Kansas
27 The Pearl Room Mokena,, Illinois
28 Majestic Theatre Detroit, Michigan

29 Monkey Bar Huntington, West Virginia *
30 ROBOT MOSH FEST V @ Skate World Hartland, Wisconsin


Peabody's Cleveland, Ohio
2 The Opera House Toronto, Ontario
3 Foufones Montreal, Quebec
4 Le Studio Montreal, Quebec
5 L'Anti Quebec City, Quebec
6 The Palladium Worcester, Massachusetts
7 Starlight Ballroom Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
8 BB King New York, New York


Party thrash kings Municipal Waste have announced a swift return to Europe in August to follow the release of the hotly anticipated 'The Art of Partying' album on June 11. The European headline shows include 6 in the UK plus a special appearance at the Wacken festival in Germany. The Waste will raise hell at the following shows:


01 NL Metropol HENGELO
05 UK Southampton JOINERS (w/S.S.S)
06 UK Newcastle CLUNY
07 UK Liverpool BARFLY (w/S.S.S & Evile)
08 UK Glasgow KING TUTS (w/S.S.S)
09 UK Sheffield DNR (w/S.S.S)
10 UK London UNDERWORLD (w/S.S.S)
13 NL Amsterdam BITTERZOET
14 NL Tilburg EXTASE

SONIC SYNDICATE - Hit the German album charts at # 64

Our TOP newcomer of the year SONIC SYNDICATE hit the German album charts at # 64 with their new album "Only Inhuman", which is AMAZING for this brand new and unknown band!

They will play their FIRST live show in Germany on June 21 at WDR Rockpalast TV station and they are going to play a lot of festivals during the summer!

The album also hit the Swedish album charts at # 22 last week!

EXODUS - Upcoming album and tour dates

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has issued the following update:
"Just a quick word to let everyone know has been up!

Rehearsing about seven hours a day right now, busting our a**es as [producer] Mr. [Andy] Sneap (Arch Enemy, Kreator, Testament, Opeth) will arrive on June 3rd and into the studio we go.

Eleven songs done as of now, as sick as fu*k. Everyone always talks about how their next record is the next this or that, all I'm going to say is this next record is a crushing landmark in EXODUS history. I am stoked. Truly. I'm not giving out the title (or titles) right now, so you'll have to wait and be patient! But man, this new sh*t is aggressive with a capital A! Thrash metal at its hardest."

EXODUS has lined up the following dates during August:

Aug. 03 - Las Vegas, NV @ Cheynne Saloon
Aug. 04 - San Marcos, CA @ The Jumping Turtle
Aug. 05 - Mexicali, Mexico @ El Jardin Sllencio Extreme Rock Bar
Aug. 06 - Modesto, CA @ Fat Cat Music house
Aug. 07 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey A Go Go
Aug. 08 - Corona, CA Showcase Theater

Tickets for the above dates (except for August 4) are available through and all normal ticketing outlets.

Gary Holt will release his first-ever instructional DVD, A Lesson in Guitar Violence, through Zaentz.

Holt previously stated about the upcoming DVD, "I am planning on focusing on rhythm technique, some lead chops, and going over the correct way to play some of the EXODUS riffs. I feel there are enough straight shred things out there, so I want to do something as bit different. And of course I will make it funny as hell!"

Zaentz Records is the new label formed by Steven Warner (EXODUS' manager) and partner Jonnie Zaentz (son of Saul Zaentz, Fantasy Records co-founder). Zaentz is an independent artist-friendly upstart label that features an in-house, state-of-the-art-recording facility.

EXODUS recently announced the return of drummer Tom Hunting to the group's ranks. "It was always understood that when and if Tom was ever ready to resume his drumming duties for the band, his seat would be waiting," Holt said in a statement. "Paul [Bostaph] always knew this, and was the first to say it upon joining the band. Paul and Tom have always been good friends and we, as a band, cannot thank Paul enough for his services on 'Shovel Headed Kill Machine' and all the subsequent tours he did to support that album. We had a great time and kicked many a**es along the way."

BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART - Century Media Welcomes Blessed By A Broken Heart

Century Media is proud to sign BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART, self-proclaimed "superheroes destined to save the world from nuclear annihilation with the power of metal."

BBABH hails from Montreal, Canada and released one album, "All’s Fair In Love And War", on Blood & Ink Records in 2004. They did a few tours of North America with The Devil Wears Prada and A Day to Remember and played to sold-out crowds in the UK with Enter Shakari. Upon returning home, they found themselves with offers from record labels shooting out of their collective arses. The Bird (drums) states:

"We have been searching for the right record label to release our next record for quite some now, and this is a match made in heaven. The force is strong with Century Media. I mean, they signed us without a singer, so they are obviously just as crazy as we are. We are also proud to announce that we have finally found a new singer. His name is Tony Gambino, and yeah, his great-uncle was Carlo Gambino (Google him), so don’t mess with us. Tony can do back-flips and break dance better then Turbo in Electric Boogaloo. We’re psyched to have him on board."

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BBABH will enter the studio with GGGarth in early April to record their Century Media debut, tentatively titled "You Wanted the Best, You Got The Blessed: Greatest Hits". Their debut movie will be going direct to DVD in 2008.

The band:

Shred Sean: shreds
The Bird: hits things
Simon Foxx: polishes the keys
Tyler Hoare: his real last name/bass
Robbie Heart: also shreds
Tony Gambino: backspins

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