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Pure Metal News: May 2008 Part 1

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Compiled by John Stefanis

Part Two

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

EQUILIBRIUM - New album and tour
German Symphonic Pagan Metal band EQUILIBRIUM has finished the work for their new effort Sagas, their long-awaited second album. The album will be released on June, 27. Tracklist:
01. Prolog auf Erden (Instr.) 3:38
02. Wurzelbert 4:58
03. Blut im Auge 4:44
04. Unbesiegt 6:19
05. Verrat 6:04
06. Snüffel 5:44
07. Heimwärts 2:32
08. Heiderauche (Instr.) 2:31
09. Die Weide und der Fluß 7:21
10. Des Sängers Fluch 8:03
11. Ruf in den Wind 4:52
12. Dämmerung 5:54
13. Mana (Instr.) 16:21
The album features a guest appearance from Ulrich Herkenhoff. He is one of the most famous pinpipe players and can be heard on the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings - Return of the King. Sagas also features a violin solo by Agnes Malich, deputy concertmaster of the Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
EQUILIBRIUM will embark on a tour in late October, early November, promoting Sagas live. Check them out at one of the following gigs:
31.10. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
01.11. D München - Backstage
02.11. CH Pratteln - Z7
03.11. A Graz - Orpheum
04.11. CZ Zlin - Masters Of Rock Cafe
05.11. D Berlin - Postbahnhof
06.11. D Hamburg - Markthalle
07.11. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg
08.11. D Essen - Weststadthalle
09.11. F Paris - La Locomotive
10.11. B Vosselaar - Belgien
11.11. D Saarbrücken - Vosselaar
12.11. D Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
13.11. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
14.11. A Linz - Posthof
15.11. A Wien - Gasometer For more info and sound samples from Sagas, look HERE!

TESTAMENT - Have entered the charts
Bay Area legend TESTAMENT have entered the German album charts at No. 15 this week!
Furthermore, the band's current output also hit the Austrian charts (# 23), the Norwegian charts (# 29) as well as the Swedish (# 33).
More to come! TESTAMENT are back - with their fantastic album The Formation Of Damnation
Check out the band's tourdates:
09.05. GER Gelsenkirchen - Rock Hard Festival
24.05. YV Valencia - Gillmanfest Carabobo
25.05. COL Bogota - Palacio de los Deportes
31.05. SER Belgrade - Legacy Festival
01.06. CH Erstfeld - Transilvania Live Fest
02.06. GER Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
03.06. NL Eindhoven - Dynamo Club
05.06. SWE Solvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
06.06. FI Tampere - Sauna Open Air Fest
07.06. GR Athens - Gagarin 205
08.06. GR Thessaloniki - Hydrogios
14.06. UK Donington - Download Festival
17.06. RUS St. Petersburgh - Orlandina
18.06. RUS Moscow - Tochka
20.06. FR Clisson - Hellfest
21.06. TU Istanbul - Festival Valley
22.06. ES Bilbao - Rock Star Live
23.06. ES Vigo - A
24.06. ES Madrid - Heineken
25.06. ES Barcelona - Apolo
26.06. ES Bergara - Jam
27.06. BE Dessel - Graspop Festival
28.06. ITA Bologna - Gods of Metal
29.06. PL Szczytno - Hunterfest
12.07. ROM Sibiu - Stadionul Municipal

22.07. US Seattle - WAMU Theater
23.07. CAN Victoria, B.C. - Save On Foods Memorial C.
24.07. CAN Vancouver, B.C. - General Motors Place
26.07. CAN Calgary - MdMahon Stadium
27.07. CAN Edmonton - Shaw Conerence Center
29.07. CAN Saskatooon, SK - Credit Union Center
30.07. CAN Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
31.07. US Minneapolis, MN - Epic
20.09. JP Kawasaki - Club Citta
21.09. JP Kawasaki - Club Citta
09.11. NZ Christchurch - AMI Stadium

Testament on Masters of Metal Tour with Judas Priest,Heaven and Hell + Motorhead
06.08. US Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
07.08. US Bristow, VA - Nissan Pavilion
09.08. US Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
10.08. US Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach
13.08. CAN Toronto, ON - Molson Amphittheatre
16.08. CAN Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette Pavilion
18.08. US Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
19.08. US Chicago, IL - First Midwest B. Amphith.
22.08. US Dallax, TX - Amphith.
23.08. US Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods M. Pavilion
24.08. US San Antonio, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphith.
27.08. US Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
28.08. US Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Wireless Pavilion
30.08. US San Bernadino - Glen Helen Pavilion
31.08. US Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre

GOTTHARD - Show team spirit with Mousse T. and the Swiss national soccer team
Audience and jury have decided: GOTTHARD 's song Lift U Up - which is about motivating each other in a team and reaching aims togehter - is the official song of Switzerland 's National Soccer Team for the upcoming European Championship. In a survey, run by Switzerland 's biggest newspaper "Blick", readers and national team chose the song as the winning title.

Next to that, no other than German star producer Mousse T. has been responsible for the remix. In 1998, Mousse T. could celebrate a big success with the hit single Horny, followed by numerous other hits Mousse T. has done the remixes for, such as Sex Bomb by Tom Jones, Let 's Go To Bed by No Angels or Is It Cos' I `m Cool by Emma Lanford. Concerning Mousse T. 's latest remix for Lift U Up, the players of the Swiss National Soccer Team prove that they are not only self-confident when it comes to kicking, but also when it comes to singing: the guys have personally sang the chorus of the track! Surely quite an unusual job for David Degen from FC Basel, Hakan Yakin and Marco Streller, who have both already played for VfB Stuttgart, Benjamin Huggel (formerly: Eintracht Frankfurt!), the keeper and audience 's star Pascal Zuberbühler (formerly: Bayer Leverkusen) and all the other national players.
The recordings with band and national team took place in the famous Powerplay Studios in Zurich, Switzerland. EUROPE have recorded their world hit "The Final Countdown" there already.

The joint-venture surely is an honour for both sides: the internationally successful group GOTTHARD is proud to support their national team for the European Championship with a song and most of the players of the national team have been huge GOTTHARD fans for many years. So one thing is sure already: if the Swiss kickers can act as convincing as in the studio during the next couple of weeks, than the championship will be a great one for them!

The official "Lift U Up" maxi-cd will be released as a bonus of a "Reloaded"-release of GOTTHARD 's album Lipservice on June, 20th. As a download single, the songs will be released on June 6th already.

Also, GOTTHARD will play a couple of shows in the near future: GOTTHARD on tour with DEEP PURPLE:
31.10.2008 Leipzig, Leipzig Arena
01.11.2008 Hannover, AWD Hall
02.11.2008 Kassel, Eissporthalle
04.11.2008 Erfurt, Messehalle
06.11.2008 Kiel, Sparkassen Arena
07.11.2008 Frankfurt, Festhalle
08.11.2008 Stuttgart, Schleyerhalle
10.11.2008 Magdeburg, Bördelandhalle
11.11.2008 Berlin, Max-Schmeling-Halle
13.11.2008 Oberhausen, König-Pilsener-Arena
14.11.2008 Karlsruhe, Europahalle
15.11.2008 München, Olympiahalle festival-dates:
07.06.2008 Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
15.06.2008 Netherlands - Arrow Rock Festival
20.06.2008 Spain - Bilbao/Kobeta Soniko Festival
21.06. Germany - Künzelsau/Würth Open Air
11.07.2008 Germany - Magic Circle Festival
13.07.2008 Czech Republic - Masters Of Rock Festival
19.07.2008 Germany - Pförring Open Air
26.07.2008 Germany - Köln/Tanzbrunnen
27.07.2008 Germany - Amberg Campus Festival
13.09.2008 Italy - Milano Palasharp Festival

IN FLAMES - Tour update
IN FLAMES are currently rocking the Gigantour in North America. New pictures and news about that you find on

On the very same site you can also find new video footage. Pretty much straight after the Gigantour IN FLAMES will play on many of the biggest festivals around Europe:

29 May - Gröna Lund/Stockholm - Sweden (Headline show)

7 June - Rock Am Ring - Germany
8 June - Rock IM Park - Germany
13 June - Greenfields - Switzerland
14 June - Nova Rock - Austria
15 June - Download Festival - UK
16 June - M. Hammer Golden Gods awards - Indigo2 (02 arena) - London - UK
20 June - Hellfest - France
21 June - Nummi Rock - Finland
26 June - Peace & Love - Sweden
27 June - Hove Festival - Norway
28 June - Metal Town - Gothenburg/Sweden
29 June - Graspop - Belgium
4 July - Metal Camp - Slovenia
5 July - With Full Force - Germany
12 July - Evolution Festival - Italy
18 July - Rockperry Festival - Finland
1 August - Lustenau - Austria
As confirmed and announced a couple of weeks ago, IN FLAMES will embark on a headline European tour this fall as well.

Please note that MORE shows are to be announced. This is only a fraction of the tour.

03.10 Luxembourg Den Atelier
04.10 Cologne Paladium
05.10 Wiesbaden Schlachthof
08.10 Paris Zenith
09.10 Tilburg 013
10.10 Nancy L'escale
11.10 Lyon Tranbordeur
13.10 Barcelona Razzamatazz 1
14.10 Granada La Copera
15.10 Madrid La Riviera
16.10 Bilbao Rock Star Live
19.10 Munich Zenith
24.10 Dresden Alter Schlacthof
25.10 Berlin Columbiahalle

MESHUGGAH - Video clip trailer available

Check out the really promising trailer to the upcoming MESHUGGAH video Bleed here: In other news, the Swedish Gods of technique have confirmed a new European tour. Here the newest MESHUGGAH dates - be there!
19.06. B Brussels - VK *
20.06. NL Tilburg - 013 *
22.06. F Clisson - Hellfest
24.06. CH Winterthur - Salzhaus *
25.06. CZ Prag - Roxy *
26.06. PL Warsaw - Progresja *
27.06. D Lindau - Club Vaudeville *
28.06. I Bologna - Gods Of Metal
30.06. I Bolzano - Palasport *
02.07. D Saarbrücken - Roxy
03.07. D Aschaffenburg - Colossaal
04.07. D Leipzig - With Full Force
05.07. SLO Maribor - Metalcamp (* = with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME) New confirmed dates:
01.09. D Hamburg - Logo
02.09. D Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
04.09. UK Brighton - Barfly
05.09. UK London - LA 2
06.09. UK Newcastle - Academy
08.09. UK Glasgow - Garage
09.09. UK Manchester - Academy 3
10.09. UK Sheffield - Corporation
11.09. UK Birmingham - Academy 2
12.09. UK Bristol - Academy 2
16.09. D Köln - Underground
18.09. A Vienna - Szene Wien
19.09. D München - Backstage
20.09. D Berlin - Kato MESHUGGAH released their latest album ObZen in March.

MELTDOWN - Tales from the studio crypt
Thrash Metal's new blood MELTDOWN have just sent an update from Andy Classen's Stage One Studio where they are in the middle of the recording of their debut album Executioner.
Guitarist & vocalist Dan Wetmore: Hey everyone, we're here in Stage One Studio recording our debut album, coming out on Nuclear Blast entitled "Executioner." Right now Adam is finishing up drum tracks and we're hoping to start recording rhythm as soon as possible.
It's great to be working with someone like Andy Classen who has experience in recording metal. So far everything sounds really brutal. When we're not pumping out tracks, we're fu*king around and gorging ourselves on beer and Nutella. Being in Germany kicks ass!
Until next time, cheers from the studio.

CALLEJON - Have signed with Nuclear Blast
German newcomers CALLEJON have signed with Nuclear Blast. They have posted the following statement about the signing: "Sweat, blood, fuel, traffic jams, sleepless nights, endlessly many phone calls, mails, offers and meetings, contracts in English, German and whatever…
….to finally find THE label that we want work with in our future. How that came?

Three suitcases full of money, five brand new Porsches (white with red tyres) inclusive a faked driving license? The rights for all Michaela Schaffrath movies?
Definitely not. To be honest, in Nuclear Blast we have found more than just a label. It has been a feeling to visit some old friends who understand you without a word. We are very much looking forward to our album release and, of course, to many more great evenings together with these guys and some drinks. Cheers to an exciting future!

DECREPIT BIRTH - Having signed with NB
NUCLEAR BLAST is very proud to announce its newest signing: technical brutal Death Metal institution DECREPIT BIRTH from Santa Cruz, California.
The band, founded in 2001, has so far released two highly acclaimed albums, …And Time Begins and Diminishing Between Worlds in 2003 and 2008. Here's a statement from the band:

NUCLEAR BLAST has a special tradition for signing
some of the best Metal acts of all time including DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR, TESTAMENT
and EXODUS just to name a few. We feel very lucky and honoured to be a part of
the family! Our intention is to take the music to the next level and continue
to release quality Progressive Death Metal. We are confident to have NUCLEAR
BLAST in our corner! We also want to thank Unique Leader Records very much for
the years of dedication to DECREPIT BIRTH. After we complete more touring in
support of the current release, we will begin pre-production for the next album.

Check out some soundfiles of DECREPIT BIRTH at

AGNOSTIC FRONT - Win a meet and greet
A special MySpace page has just been launched for the upcoming summer dates of NYHC legends AGNOSTIC FRONT. You will be able to hear two songs from their latest hardcore blowout Warriors as well as to view the newest video For My Family. In addition to that, fans will get the chance to win an exclusive meet & greet with Roger Miret & Co. during the dates taking place between July/August plus the DVD Live At CBGB's on top!
Check out the page by surfing and add it to your friends!

ALL SHALL PERISH - Studiomentory
US Deathcore powerhouse ALL SHALL PERISH have just uploaded a video about their current stay in the studio where they are recording their new album together with producer Zack Ohren. Watch this funny but also informative flick by clicking HERE. Stay tuned - more to be unleashed soon…!

AMON AMARTH have entered the studio! Confirm gigs at Download and Metal Hammer's Golden Gods Awards

Here's an update from AMON AMARTH. 'On May 1st, (Labour day here in Sweden) we entered Fascination Street Studio to start recording our seventh full-length album. We have 10 killer songs, some classic Amon Amarth tunes, some really epic moments and some of the most brutal stuff we've ever written! We are confident that this will be our best and most diverse album to date! Jens Bogren will be producing the album, he produced 'With Oden On Our Side'. We're looking forward to yet another successful collaboration.

We'll barricade ourselves for the next month and a half. The album will be recorded in the traditional way, starting with drums, followed by guitars, bass, and vocals. There are plans for some cool guest appearance but nothing we can reveal just yet. We will try our best to keep you updated with blogs, photos and a studio diary. Provided that we can tear ourselves away from the PS3, Wii and of course... a healthy serving of Swedish vodka.

In other news, we've added two UK shows this summer. We're pleased to announce that we'll be appearing for the first time at this year's Download festival. We are scheduled to play second stage on Saturday, June 14th. Since we're already on British soil, we figure that we might as well do some further pillaging. We will be making an appearance at Metal Hammer's Golden Gods Award show on June 16.'

AMON AMARTH Shows 2008:
14.06 Download Festival (UK) - LONDON
16.06 Metal Hammer Golden Awards (UK) - LONDON
27.06 Tuska Festival (SF) - HELSINKI
28.06 Metal Town Festival (S) - Frihamnen, GÖTEBORG
04.07 Castle Festival (SRB) - SMEDEREVO
05.07 Metalcamp (SLO) - TOLMIN
12.07 Masters Of Rock Festival (CZ) - VIZOVICE
17-19.07 Rock Harz Open Air (D) - OSTERODE
25.07 Lorca Festival (E) - LORCA

PRIMORDIAL add Finntroll to European tour in the fall

Finnish Humppa-Metal-act Finntroll have been added as very special guest to the Heidenfest-Tour in the fall of 2008. Finntroll will finish each evening with a 60-minute-set. PRIMORDIAL will also play at least 60 minutes each night. The opening band has been confirmed as well and it's Manegarm! Be prepared for a pagan blast starting the 31st of October!

ROCK THE NATION proudly presents

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

Check out a video-interview with PRIMORDIAL singer A.A. Nemtheanga which was conducted by prior the bands show in Athens, Greece on the 13th of April 2008. Click here to watch the clip:

AMON AMARTH launch exclusive website in support of new album

The release of AMON AMARTH's highly anticipated, yet untitled seventh studio album is within sight! The band just entered Fascination Street Studios a week ago and is excited about their new material. To make the wait a bit more entertaining Metal Blade Records has launched an exclusive website with lots of features!

At irregular intervals (like every other week) the site will be updated with more info about AMON AMARTH's new masterpiece due in autumn 2008, starting off with an exclusive AMON AMARTH comic strip attack that is brought to you not only by this exclusive website, but also by several print magazines all over Europe!

Please surf to to get all the info about this stunning piece of comic art! Make sure to bookmark the site!

CANNIBAL CORPSE to release 3 disc DVD career retrospective

Legendary death metal band CANNIBAL CORPSE has been busy working on the follow-up to 2006's victorious release 'KILL', which saw the band hit the Billboard Top 200 chart at #170 with 6049 units scanned, #6 on Billboard's Heatseaker chart, #16 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart, #21 on Billboard's Top Hard Rock Albums chart, # 59 in the official German Media Control chart, a coveted spot touring on 2006's Sounds of the Underground, headlining the extremely successful Metal Blade Records 25th Anniversary Tour, and multiple tours overseas and dates in Canada and South America.

The new album isn't expected until the fall or winter of 08/09 so until then fans will be able to get their Cannibal fix with the bands first-ever career retrospective 3-disc DVD, ‘Centuries of Torment: The First 20 Years' , due out July 2008.

'Centuries of Torment: The First 20 Years' contains live and rare footage, interviews with members past and present, and loads of bonus material (see track listing below). Documentary and Bonus Footage Directed and Produced by Denise Korycki.

DVD 1: Cannibal Corpse History
3 Hour Definitive History of Cannibal Corpse as told by the band and the people who were there along the way.

Eaten Back to Life
Butchered at Birth
Tomb of the Mutilated
The Bleeding
1995 - Present
Gallery of Suicide
Gore Obsessed and The Wretched Spawn

DVD 2: Cannibal Corpse Performances
With Full Force 2007
1. Unleashing the Bloodthirsty
2. Murder Worship
3. Disposal of the Body
Toronto 2006
4. The Time To Kill Is Now
5. Disfigured
6. Death Walking Terror
7. Covered With Sores
8. Born In a Casket
9. I Cum Blood
10. Decency Defied
11. Make Them Suffer
12. Dormant Bodies Bursting
13. Five Nails Through The Neck
14. Devoured By Vermin
15. Hammer Smashed Face
16. Stripped, R*ped, And Strangled
Party San 2005
17. Puncture Wound Massacre
18. Sentenced To Burn
19. Fu*ked With A Knife
20. Psychotic Precision
21. Pulverized
22. Pounded Into Dust
23. The Wretched Spawn
New York 2000
24. The Spine Splitter
25. Dead Human Collection
Jacksonville, FL 1996
26. Mummified In Barbed Wire
Nashville, TN 1994
27. Entrails Ripped From A Virgin's Cu*t
28. Pulverized
Buffalo, NY 1989
29. Shredded Humans
30. Rotting Head
Music Videos
31. Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead
Directed by David Roth
32. Devoured By Vermin
Directed by David Roth
33. Sentenced To Burn
Directed by David Roth
34. Decency Defied
Directed by Austin Rhodes
35. Make Them Suffer
Directed by Dan Dobi
36. Death Walking Terror
Directed by Dan Dobi
37. Stripped, R*ped, And Strangled 2007
With Trevor from The Black Dahlia Murder

DVD 3: Bonus Chunks
Compelled To Illustrate
Every Ban Broken
Covered With Ink
Maniacal Merch
Relentless Touring
Word Infested
Sickening Metalocalypse
Diverse Offerings
Staring Through the Eyes of the Band
Kill Crane

Centuries of Torment: The First 20 Years was directed and produced by Denise Korycki and has a running time of 7 hours and 20 minutes.

‘Centuries of Torment: The First 20 Years' will be released the 11th of July 2008 (G/A/CH/I), 15th of July 2008 (rest of Europe).

FATES WARNING ‘Perfect Symmetry' reissue content revealed

Metal Blade will release a special edition of FATES WARNING's 1989 LP ‘Perfect Symmetry' on June, 13 (G/A/CH/I), June, 16 (rest of Europe). The detailed content has now been revealed and is as follows:

Disc 1 - Perfect Symmetry
1 Part Of The Machine
2Through Different Eyes
3 Static Acts
4 A World Apart
5 At Fates Hands
6 The Arena
7 Chasing Time
8 Nothing Left To Say

Disc 2 - The Demos
1. Part Of The Machine
2. Through Different Eyes
3. Static Acts
4. A World Apart
5. At Fates Hands
6. The Arena
7. Chasing Time
8. Nothing Left To Say
9. Part Of The Machine
10. Nothing Left To Say

Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 8 pre-production demos recorded Feb 89 at Silver Cloud Recording, Burbank CA.
Tracks 4, 5, 7 instrumental demos recorded Dec 88 on the 1-800-RICELINE four track in CT and CA.
Tracks 9, 10 early instrumental demos recorded Oct 88 in CT with Steve Zimmerman on drums.

DISC 3 - DVD/Video (approx. 150 minutes)
Filmed LIVE in concert
Allentown, PA 12/02/89
Fata Morgana
Part Of The Machine
Silent Cries
Static Acts
Through Different Eyes

Houston, TX 4/26/90
Fata Morgana
Static Acts
Anarchy Divine
Silent Cries
Nothing Left To Say

Amsterdam, Netherlands 12/16/89
Fata Morgana
Part Of The Machine
Silent Cries
The Apparition
Through Different Eyes
Nothing Left To Say

Philadelphia, PA 3/27/90
The Arena

New Haven, CT 12/11/89
Through Different Eyes
The Apparition
Drum Solo
Nothing Left To Say
The Ivory Gate Of Dreams
Promotional Video
Through Different Eyes

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

HAIL OF BULLETS full album streaming on MySpace

Starting May, 9th the HAIL OF BULLETS debut album ‘…Of Frost And War' will receive a full streaming on the bands site at MySpace. Simply click on the 9th and enjoy listening to the best Death Metal debut in ages!

The band is also getting front page features on the MySpace music-sites in the Benelux, Sweden and Germany! Check it out if you live in those countries!

‘…Of Frost And War' is due for release May, 13 (Benelux), May, 16 (G/A/CH/I), May, 19 (rest of Europe).

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

HATE ETERNAL European tour starts Friday, May 9th! Win free tickets

Florida Death Metal Kings HATE ETERNAL's long awaited European tour starts on Friday, May 9th! There's a couple of contests where you can win free tickets up and running on the following websites:, and ! Hurry up if you wanna participate!

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

SOILENT GREEN's NYC performance up online

Head over to Guitar World's new site for all things heavy to view exclusive live footage shot at the band's April 28th stop in NYC at BB King's.

In the clips below, see the four-piece-vocalist Ben Falgoust, guitarist Brian Patton, drummer Tommy Buckley and bassist Scott Crochet tear through "Slapfu*k" from 1995's Pussysoul, as well as "Mental Acupuncture," "Blessed In the Arms of Servitude" and "In the Same Breath" from the brandnew album 'Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction'.

Simply click here to view the clips:

To view the promotional clip for 'Antioxidant' please click here:

SIX FEET UNDER in the studio

The inventors of the Death Metal groove SIX FEET UNDER have entered Morrisound studios in Tampa, Florida to begin recording their new CD!

'It feels like coming back home', comments singer Chris Barnes. 'Chris Carroll is at the helm, laying down the tracks and also our old friend Bill Metoyer is helping out with recording the drums. It's awesome to have Bill with us on this one - as you may know he recorded our CD ‘Warpath'. It's great to be back in the studio and we feel really psyched to lay these new songs down, they are some of the best stuff we have come up with, and can't wait for all of our fans to hear the new stuff!'

ONE-WAY MIRROR e-card and new song available

ONE-WAY MIRROR put the balls back into metal! Huge riffs, unforgettable melodies and rocking rhythms will appeal to all fans of modern heavy Rock and In Flames-addicts!

ONE-WAY MIRROR have added another song of their upcoming debut album "One-Way Mirror" onto their MySpace-site. Click and check out "Destination Device"!

Check out the e-card of ONE-WAY MIRROR, support the boys and spread the word - click here:

The band's self-titled debut album will be released the 27th of June 2008 (D/A/CH/I) / 30th of June 2008 (rest of Europe).

Live footage of HATE ETERNAL at BB King's now available on

Head over to to check out three live songs from
HATE ETERNALs set during the bands stop at BB King's in NYC on
April 28th 2008. See vocalist/guitarist Erik Rutan lead his four-piece through
'Bringer of Storms' from "Fury & Flames", as well as 'The Obscure Terror'
from 2002's "King of All Kings" and 'Behold Judas' from 2005's "I, Monarch".

Check them out here:

AS I LAY DYING announce European clubshows with Killswitch Engage

San Diego, CA Metal Gods AS I LAY DYING have announced European clubshows with their good friends Killswitch Engage. Here's the complete dates including the festival gigs the band will play in Europe in the summer!

02/08/08 - DE - Wacken - Wacken Open Air
04/08/08 - DE - München - Backstage Werk w/ KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
05/08/08 - DE - Leipzig - Werk 2 w/ KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
06/08/08 - CZ - Prague - Futurum w/ KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
07/08/08 - HU - Budapest - Petofi Csarnok w/ KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
09/08/08 - SI - Maribor - Stuck w/ KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
10/08/08 - AT - Innsbruck - Hafen w/ KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
11/08/08 - IT - Rimini - Velvet w/ KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
12/08/08 - CH - Zürich - Rohstofflager w/ KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
13/08/08 - DE - Wiesbaden - Schlachthof w/ KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
15/08/08 - DE - Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze Open Air
16/08/08 - BE - Hasselt - Pukkelpop Festival
17/08/08 - UK - Derby - Bloodstock Open Air

AMON AMARTH studio video diary part 1 available

Swedish Viking metallers AMON AMARTH entered Fascination Street Studio in Örebro, Sweden on May 1 to begin recording their seventh full-length album for a fall 2008 release via Metal Blade Records.

The first part of the band's studio video diary can be viewed here:

To make the wait a bit more entertaining, Metal Blade has launched an exclusive web site with lots of features. The site will be updated with more information about AMON AMARTH's forthcoming CD, starting off with an exclusive AMON AMARTH comic strip attack that is brought to you not only by this exclusive web site, but also by several print magazines all over Europe.

For more information, click here:

Paradise Lost - Special 20th Anniversary show

Paradise Lost are to play the Kentish Town Forum in London on September 19. They'll be supported by Anathema and My Dying Bride at this 20th anniversary show. Get tickets via the ticket link at

Danish dynamite from the Pilgrimz

Pilgrimz bring you an amazing debut with a combination of Scandinavian metal, dirty rock ‘n' roll and brutal hardcore.
This release has 10 killer tracks recorded by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, HateSphere . . . ), and mixed & mastered by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Sick Of It All, Heaven Shall Burn . . . ). They've been nominated by the Danish Metal Awards in the category "Best Live Act", so make sure to catch this band live at Roskilde Festival, Spot Festival or on the MTV Headbangers Ball Tour. With the many different vocal-facets from the characteristic, yet eccentric lead-singer Max Vegas, they bring new light and perspective into the international metal-scene!


Season of Mist is really proud to announce that a new cult band just joined the roster. Let's welcome legendary American progressive jazzy death metal band CYNIC! Most of the label's team have been a fan of the band's milestone and so far only album, "Focus", so needless to say we at Season of Mist are all extremely excited about this new collaboration. Here's frontman Paul Masvidal's comment about the signing:

"We're pleased to be back in business with Season of Mist as our record company. They have tremendous enthusiasm and passion for our work. Our bottom line was a company that understood what CYNIC does and believes in it 100%. We found that with SOM. We're deep in the pre-production album process now and will be headed into the studio in a couple weeks to dive even deeper and start the recordings with our talented friend Warren Riker at the engineering / mixing helm. The journey of writing this record has taken Reinert and I to new heights of exploration, straight into the heart of CYNIC's soul. We're thrilled to be able to share this new work with the best fans in the world. Stay tuned."

The release of CYNIC's sophomore album, which will be out on Season of Mist fifteen years after "Focus", is set to next autumn. In the meantime, you can check the band's new MySpace profile, on which you can hear an excerpt of the demo to the brand new track "Integral Birth"!

Shaped around founding members Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert, the new line-up sees the return of bass god Sean Malone and the addition of Dutch guitarist Tymon Kruidenier who will also be in charge of 'death' vocals. The band are set to enter the studio this summer with Grammy Award winning Warren Riker (DOWN, SANTANA, etc.) to begin work on their long-awaited follow-up to "Focus". The album will contain eight songs, and the band are working once again with renowned artist Venosa (who created the unmistakeable cover and visuals for "Focus"), and the new album will be preceded by additional live shows, including a special appearance at Wacken Open Air, Germany, on next August 1st.

HORSE THE BAND looking for new drummer (After tour ends)

HORSE THE BAND will require the services of a new drummer as soon as this leg of their ‘EARTH TOUR' ends early in June. If you think you can handle it then read on…

hey guys,

Two months into EARTH TOUR we're still alive and having the best time of our lives pussies. Yeah we toured in fu*king China and Korea and Serbia and Belarus and Romania, drove through Moldova, swam in the Black Sea, Red Sea, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and almost got killed in Transnistria (look it up).

Also, we're working through footage while on the road and we posted two videos on YouTube so far, Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand is better. Australia we were still kind of feeling out our editing style... you know how it is.




Unfortunately Jon, our rental drummer from the Number 12 Looks Like You, needs to go back to perform duties for his real band, so as soon as we get back from the Earth we'll be starting to audition new drummers.

Obviously you have to be a pretty special character to join this band. We'd prefer someone familiar with the HORSE THE BAND lore, but also normal. You have to have touring experience in really horrible conditions (picking up skin diseases from sleeping on floors, being rejected by ugly chicks, not sleeping for 60 hours or more), not think you are cool, not be way into sitting on your laptop in the "green room", and be a really good drummer. We want someone who can play all sorts of styles really well and prefer someone who keeps it simple sounding while musically compelling and interesting and energetic.

We're heading to South America and Africa in the fall and will do a full US/Canada tour in the summer. You'll make more money than working your job at home. You have to know you wanna tour a lot and don't mind being away from the USA for long periods of time.

If you're interested send us an email with youtube links to you playing these 3 songs: Hyperborea, Cutsman, and Sex Raptor. That pretty much covers all the territory you need to know.

If you wanna include bio stuff and pictures that's fine too. Being black and a girl would be a huge plus. But not necessary.


May 2008

9th Germany BIELEFELD - AJZ
10th Belgium MEERHOUT - Groezrock Festival
11th UK PLYMOUTH - White Rabbit
12th UK LONDON - Underworld
13th UK STOKE ON TRENT - Sugarmill
14th UK GLASGOW - Ivory Blacks
15th UK SHEFFIELD - Corporation
16th UK YEOVIL - The Orange Box
18th France PARIS - Noise Festival @ La Maroquinerie
19th France BORDEAUX - L Heretic
20th Spain BILBAO - Santana 27
21st France TOULOUSE - Caravan Serail
23rd Germany TRIER - Exhaus
24th Germany BOCHUM - Matrix
25th Germany KARLSRUHE - Jubez
26th Poland STETTIN - Stara Cynkownia
27th Germany BERLIN - Cassiopeia
28th Holland AMSTERDAM - Winston
29th Russia MOSCOW - TBC
31st Russia ST. PETERSBURG - TBC

June 2008

1st Ireland DUBLIN - Eamon Dorans

A NATURAL DEATH is out now in Europe on Ferret Music


Swedish metallers ANGEL BLAKE will unleash their new, expressive opus on the world via Dynamic Arts Records on May 26th (world), May 30th (G/A/S). Scandinavia already had the release date on 30th of April. Titled "The Descended", the long play is band's second, following debut "Angel Blake" released back in 2006 by Metal Blade Records.
"The Descended" was recorded over an eight week period at the end of 2007 and beginning of 2008 in Marko Tervonen's owned Studio-MT at Trollhättan, Sweden.

Prior to the album release, ANGEL BLAKE's single and music video from song '&Defenseless' hit the streets gaining lots of positive reactions towards band's fans and medias (e.g. song placement on Finnish major radio station Radio Rock). "The Descended" also has started to receive praised feedback, for example Swedish Sweden Rock Magazine soundchecked the disc on position 3.

"The Descended" tracklist:
01. Anywhere But Here
02. Defenseless
03. Again
04. When All The Lights Are Out
05. Alone
06. Wasn't Meant To Last
07. In Silence - Augerum
08. The Descended
09. Silent Voice
10. You'll Never Need To Feel Again
Enhanced: Defenseless (music video)


Finnish black / thrash pioneers URN releases their third "Soul Destroyers" album on 21st of May (Finland), 26th of May (world) and 30th of May (G/A/S). Expect the most furious material that have been born and raised in Finland! Old school thrash delivered straight from the pits of hell! The powerful, harsh sounds were captured nowhere else but in Fantom studios (Behexen, Korpiklaani, ...,)

Free downloadable taster song "Lifeless Days" from 'Soul Destroyers' have been posted to URN's official web sites at Album cover graphic and tracklist can be found on pages as well.

Since URN's formation (done in 1994) band has shocked underground all over the world. Debut LP "666 Megatons" was released in 2001. Record got continuation in shape of another full-length "Dawn Of The Devastation" on year 2006. The unholy trio have toured widely in Europe with bands like Carpathian Forest, Sabbat, Nifelheim and Deströyer 666.

Crush, Kill, Destroy!


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