SCAR SYMMETRY - Confirmed for Progpower
Swedish Melodic Death metallers SCAR SYMMETRY have been
confirmed for next year's ProgPower UK festival, scheduled to take place in
Chelltenham, England, on March 31st 2007. More info to be revealed soon on http://www.progpoweruk.com
Don't miss SCAR SYMMETRY live this summer / fall:
03.06. S Stockholm Klubben (with DARKANE and HYDROGEN)
22.07. D Kreuth Earthshaker Festival
21.-23.07. SLO Tolmin Metal Camp
17.-19.08. D Dinkelsbühl Summer Breeze
01.10. NL Baarlo ProgPower Europe
31.03.07 GB Chelltenham ProgPower UK
MNEMIC - Name new vocalist!
Danish Metal Machine MNEMIC have named Frenchman Guillaume Bideau
(Scarve) as their new vocalist. The band recently commented on the news and
their enthusiasm over the decision.
"As you've probably heard from other sources, the new singer of MNEMIC is
Guillaume Bideau from Scarve. Now it's official, and it's official when we say
its official. Guillaume impressed us in the rehearsal and in the studio. First
off he nailed the old songs 110%, and second we did a demo one of the new songs
with him, which turned out like a multilayered vocal metallic opera. He will definitely
bring the sound of Mnemic to the next level and we are more than happy to have
him in the band as the new frontmonster!"
A longtime member of Scarve, Bideau issued his first statement as the singer
for MNEMIC hours ago on the band's website.
"I'm extremely proud and happy to be joining MNEMIC. This is definitely a
big turn in my musical career and I feel more confident than ever. I was in
Scarve for almost 8 years and I'm leaving this band today without any feuds
between the guys and myself, they totally understand my choice and decision.
Sometimes things don't go as planed unfortunately, but the band still has
plenty of time to finish the new album. I really wish Scarve all the very best
for the future, I know they'll move on.
MNEMIC is exactly the kind of crazy shit I was expecting to be part of! It's
going to be an amazing, open minded human and musical adventure and I'll be
able to be 100% myself in this band. I can't wait to join them in studio to
record that damn new album! Trust me, it will be kicka**!"
The band will enter Bomb Shelter Studios in downtown Los Angeles in the next
couple of weeks to begin tracking for their yet-to-be-titled third album for
Nuclear Blast Records, due out in early 2007.
KATAKLYSM - Issue tour update..
"So we are over a week into this Metal Crusaders tour in the
States…the kick off show in Montreal was phenomenal as always, Toronto was off
the hook, New York was a sell out and Chicago was loud as fu*k, seems like lots
people have our new album and know all the new songs, very well Kataklysm is
definitely growing rapidly in America .. loving the vibe on the tour,
Destruction is a pleasure to watch every night, Italy's Graveworm deliver a
power punch performance and Vader kill!!..all the bands get along and its been
a party, the soccer world cup will start on the 9th. Germany is playing Poland
so there will be some competition on the tour buses between the Vader boys and
Destruction..its heating up!!..Ill be cheering with Graveworm for Italy..so far
so good !"
Kataklysm plan to head back to Europe in the fall for a headlining tour
supporting there supporting there critically acclaimed album "In the arms
stay tuned for more details soon..
BARCODE - New singer announced
After having parted ways with former shouter Butch in January, Danish
Hardcore steam-rollers BARCODE finally announced a new singer: SS Graveyard aka
BloodKill, who is also employed as frontman of the Danish Metal band DEMOLITION
What had always been Butch’s trademark – aggressive and fierce
vocals, yet with a delicate sense of tone delivered with immense headroom and
authority – SS Graveyard has it all", states the band on their official
BARCODE are presently working on six new songs, first results are supposed to
show up very soon.
NIGHTWISH - Launch official videoblog
Finland's NIGHTWISH have launched an official videoblog that will allow
fans to watch the band during their rehearsals this summer. Check it out at this location.
"End of an Era" contains recordings/footage of NIGHTWISH's final
concert with singer Tarja Turunen, which took place on October 21, 2005 at the
Hartwall arena in Helsinki, Finland. In addition to the live footage, the DVD
includes a slideshow of pictures from the Hartwall show and a 55-minute
documentary, "A Day Before Tomorrow", featuring behind-the-scenes
footage of the band in the 15 days prior to the Hartwall Show. The documentary
was edited y Timo Halo, who also edited and directed the "From Wishes To
Eternity - Deleted Scenes" and "End of Innocence" movies that
were released on previous NIGHTWISH DVDs.
SONATA ARCTICA - DVD tops Finnish chart
SONATA ARCTICA's live DVD, "For the Sake of Revenge", has
entered the Finnish Music DVD chart at position No. 1. The CD version of
"For the Sake of Revenge" landed on the national album chart at No.
"For the Sake of Revenge" was recorded at Shibuya AX in Tokyo, Japan
on February 5, 2005 and was mixed by Pasi Kauppinen at Studio57. The mastering
duties were handled by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers.
NILE - Summer Festival update
Egyptologists NILE have been added to the billing of the Italian
Evolution Festival. Don't miss the guys at the following open airs this summer:
24.06. B Dessel - Graspop
25.06. F Clisson - Hellfest
01.07. NL Bergum - Waldrock
15.07. I Brescia - Evolution Festival
AMON AMARTH in mixing mood!
“Finally after five very long - but productive - weeks all recording is
done and today we started mixing the album. Nine tracks have been successfully
recorded - no thanks to the huge amount of alcohol consumed, but nonetheless
successfully and we can now reveal some of the titles; “Valhall Awaits Me”,
“Hermod´s Ride To Hel (Lokes Trechery Part I)” and “Runes To My Memory”. More
titles will be revealed shortly.”
In another news Metal Blade have posted a clip with the song "Fate
of Norns" from the “Wrath Of The Norsemen” DVD.
Download and watch it here: Fate
CATARACT cancel Flamefest
Dear all, we had to cancel our show at italy's biggest event for metal/hardcore
music, the Flame Fest in bologna. Our apologies go out to the promoters who got
us on the bill in the last minute and of course to all the people who were
there expecting us. Here's why we couldn't make it: Number one: Our Van broke
down on the way back from our show in Quedlinburg on Saturday, a hose of the
charging system bursted - I hope I'm translating this right.
We got help from
the road rescue who could fix it but told us to look for the nearest service
station to get the hose replaced. We agreed with the rental company to return
the van in Zürich. Number two: the rental offered us a replacement van for
Monday morning, but they couldn't tell us what time.
So we had to cancel our
plans of driving to Milano, spending the night there and travelling the second
half on monday. As we finally got an availability time for the new van (1000hrs
monday morning), we also faced a serious time problem: there was no chance we
could drive to Bologna in 4 hours, especially as the main route through St. Gotthard
tunnel is currently closed. So we decided to call it off.
Again, we're very sorry about this whole hassle; we tried to inform the
promoters but we couldn't reach anyone with the numbers we had.
We will return.
On a different note, our shows in Bischofswerda and Quedlinburg were
killer and definately worth the 12 hours it took us to get there! Cheers to all
the bands we've played with (especially Detrimental Threat for lending us the
drumkit) and of course the whole crew at Eastclub and Reichenstrasse. Last but
not least, all of the maniacs for showing up, supporting the metal and hardcore
underground... especially the 350 madmen and women in Quedlinburg - another
night to remember! Also thanks to the guy explaining us how to make
"hackepeter" out of a pig, hahaha!
Seventh Plague changes name to FOREVER IN TERROR
One of Metal Blade’s recent signings Seventh Plague, composed
of 5 seventeen year old musicians out of Streetsboro, OH, recently changed their
name to FOREVER IN TERROR as another band in the US had already trademarked the
As the band states "Forever In Terror was a name we kicked around for
quite some time so finding out we had to legally change our name was actually a
blessing in disguise. Forever in Terror was a title of one of our older songs
plus it’s all over the demo artwork, and we had been asked on several occasions
if that was the band name. I guess, in the end, things work out the way they
Be sure to check out the band in action on tour this summer! More
information on Forever In Terror tours and the recording of their debut Metal
Blade release will be posted over the next few months.
GOD DETHRONED - some news
about our status of the recordings
Tomorrow producer Joerg Uken will start on the mix of our new album
called, "The Toxic Touch". These will be the songtitels:
"Typhoid Mary", "On Wings of Pestilence", "Falling Down",
"Away From Emptiness", "Hating Life", "Bleeding
Mirrors", "Fail to Exist", "Macabre World" and
The artwork is being made as we speak by Jacek Wisniewski who
also did the cover for our "Lair of the White Worm" album. We've seen
the first concepts of the artwork and it looks very promising. Mix and
mastering should be finished before the end of June and the release is
scheduled for October through Metal Blade Records.
UNEARTH back home from
European Sounds of the Underground!
What's up everyone? We just got back from a killer tour on the European
edition of the Sounds of the Underground. We want to thank our fans for coming
out in full force every night. We were literally blown away by your support and
were stoked at the reaction to the new songs we debuted. We will be coming back
for a full Euro/UK tour this fall to support our new record III: In the Eyes of Fire.
In the meantime, we are going to shoot a video on June 5th with the famed Darren
Doane (Darkest Hour, Every Time I Die, As I Lay Dying,
etc...) for a song off the new record titled GILES.
After the video shoot we will be gearing up for a headlining Canadian run with All
That Remains, A Life Once Lost, The Red Chord
and If Hope Dies. We understand that there are some cats up in
Montreal and Toronto that are bummed we are not hitting their cities on this
run, but there are zoning reasons from other tours we have coming up that are
keeping us from playing there in June. Don't fret though, we will be back
sooner than you all think...we will keep you posted.
Lastly, Ozzfest 2006 is right around the corner and we
couldn't be any more excited to be one of the second stage headliners. Black
Label Society and Atreyu will finish off the stage
after us and complete a killer all day line up of second stage bands. Our show
will be stepped up this summer, so come on out and catch the show and a new
song or two. Till next time...
BLACK LODGE SIGNS DEATH
Nicke Andersson (Entombed, Nihilist), Robert Pehrsson (Runemagick,
Deathwitch) and Magnus Hedquist (Grinderbitch, Ruthless Mausoleum) return to
Death Metal in new band Death Breath!
"We basically share the same perception of what Death Metal is and decided
to form Death Breath. Call us reactionaries or puritans but in hindsight
extreme metal never sounded better than it did between '85 and '89.
Death Breath is Death Metal in it's purest and most primitive form."
- Nicke Andersson
The debut album will be released in September and it features guest vocal
appearances from Scott Carlson of the legendary Repulsion and Jörgen
Sandström of Grave, Entombed, Vicious Art etc.
BORN FROM PAIN update!
SUMMER OF VIOLENCE...
This summer of violence has started out with the re-issues of BORN FROM
PAIN's first and second full-lengths on GSR Music; Reclaiming The Crown, the
2006 Edition, includes a full length bonus cd featuring all
"Immortality" mcd (sold out) tracks, all 3 tracks from "Swift,
Silent, Deadly - split" CD w/Redline and the previously only Japan and
Comp. released track Rise From Ruin.
All of that for the price of a regular
full length cd! Sands of Time, the 2006 Edition, includes a DVD with 3 live
shows, altogether about 1,5 hour of BORN FROM PAIN's crushing live skills. All
of that still for the price of a regular full length cd as well. So pick that
We are happy to announce that the vinyl version of "In Love With
The End" will (finally) be seeing the light of day on Hypertension Records
from Belgium. Look for it's release this summer!
THE OCEAN searching for new
“Due to a number of reasons we are going to part ways with
our main vocalist Meta in the long run. Meta will still be performing all upcoming shows
We're looking for a dedicated new singer with a powerful screaming voice and a
good range of vocal styles. Further prerequisites are rhythmical precision,
experience, articulation, a powerful and intimidating live-presence, unbridled
passion for music and the willingness to, and time for (!), extended worldwide
If you are interested in trying out, and if you know our songs and albums,
write to firstname.lastname@example.org,
subject: "vocals", and tell us about you and why you think you are
the right man for us. We will reply to serious and promising enquiries only!
Looking forward to hearing from you,”
THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE – www.theoceancollective.com
COMMUNIC - To replace Exodus at the Byh Festival
Norwegian chartbreakers COMMUNIC have just been confirmed to play at
the German Bang Your Head!!! festival, scheduled to take place from June 23rd
to 24th in Balingen. Thus the band replaces Thrash veterans EXODUS which
cancelled their appearance recently.
HAMMERFALL - To film video with Swedish athletics
HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following update on
his official blog:
"The 19th European Athletics Championships are being held in Gothenburg in
August, and we were going to shoot a video together with a couple of the
Swedish athletes - much like we did with the curling team (who went on to win
the Olympic gold medal, I might add), only with a specially written, previously
The athletes were Robert Kronberg (110 meter hurdles), Alhaji
Jeng (pole vault), Johan Wissman (200 meters) and Kajsa Bergqvist
(high jump). Robert especially had been looking forward to this for a long
time, apparently, and seemed to enjoy every minute of the long day. He played
drums in a few takes (!), and rocked for all he was worth, as did the others.
I'm sure it will be a really funny video!
The highlight of the day for me was definitely the opportunity to do a couple
of high jumps. That was always my best sport in school, and I haven't tried it
since then. 1.45 meters posed no problem at all, and neither did 1.55, but when
I raised the bar another ten centimeters, my body said, 'You know what, brotha,
even all my little Hulkamaniacs couldn't force me to get up and jump now.' (Why
my body sounds like Hulk Hogan, I'll never know.).
Too tired from last night's
drinking and not enough sleep — that's what I told myself, at least — I could
muster one proper jump but no more. Determined to clear the height later, I let
it rest. For a while. After lunch, I felt ready to attack the bar again, and
just barely missed.
Kajsa Bergqvist, most likely
the best female high jumper in the world came over to the mat.
I was kind of
nervous, not only because she has won virtually everything there is to win and
is the current world record holder indoors (2.08 meters), but also because I've
always admired her. ;-) She gave me some helpful advice, and then I tried it
Wouldn't you know it, I practically sailed over the bar (I touched it a
little, but it stayed in place)! Clearing 1.65 meters wearing stage clothes and
only socks, I was quite proud of that effort! I have posted a video of one of
the first jumps in the video section here
HAMMERFALL recently entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 2005's
Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken, tentatively due this fall. Song titles
set to appear on the album include "Carved In Stone,"
"Titan," "Dark Wings, Dark Words," "Shadow
Empire," "Rebel Inside," "Threshold," "The Fire
Burns Forever," "Howlin' With The Pac," and "Natural
DARKANE - Confirmed for Graspop Festival
DARKANE have confirmed their upcoming performance at the Graspop Metal
Meeting festival on Friday, June 23rd in Dessel, Belgium.
THE ARCANE ORDER - The
Machinery Of Oblivion
THE ARCANE ORDER have finished the recordings for their debut album
“The Machinery Of Oblivion”! Expect a sonic mixture of Thrash Metal with a
modern approach. THE ARCANE ORDER have combined the best of past and future to
create a completely original style.
Perfectly produced by Maestro Jacob Hansen,
THE ARCANE ORDER is the new powerhorse in Danish Metal!
“Today we finished our upcoming album with the last few details. The
result is really, really great! We are very much looking forward to getting it
released in August. Expect an album similar in style to the promo songs spiced
up here and there with more extreme and faster parts, but also very groovy and
melodic parts that'll make your head bang non-stop!” Flemming C. Lund/THE
Tracklisting “The Machinery Of Oblivion”
1 Prologue: The Machinery of Oblivion
2 Infinite Ghost Anathema
3 The Superior Collision
4 In A Hail Of Deadly Bullets
5 Servants Of A Darker World
7 A Sevenfold Condemnation
8 Breathe The Poison
9 Flames Of Liberation
10 The Sanity Insane
Check out two album songs in DEMO-VERSIONS at this URL: http://www.thearcaneorder.net/download.asp
Born From Pain news
Metal Blade Records is giving away some BORN FROM PAIN goodies. Make
sure you enter this competition if you are interested in getting some free BORN
FROM PAIN merch. Winners will be announced within the upcoming 2 weeks (before
Hellfest). Click on the banner on the website www.metalblade.de
PRIMORDIAL have lined up two shows in Ireland:
12.06.06 Vicar street, Dublin supporting Opeth.
Going to be at least 1200 people there so Primordial's biggest show in
Ireland ever !
08.07.06 day of darkness festival, co.laois. Ireland
5th installment of Irelands fast growing underground festival,
Primordials first appearance in 5 years also!
Also appearing are Moonsorrow, Destruction, Morphosis, Hexxed and many
KATAKLYSM - To film partysan show for DVD
"Our Norther Hyperblasters, KATAKLYSM, have confirmed that they
will be filming their entire co-headlining show at this year's PARTYSAN open
air festival in Bad Berka / Germany. The show will be professionally filmed and
stated for release for the end of the year in a double DVD release. The DVD
will be entitled "KATAKLYSM Live in Germany" and the second bonus DVD
"The Test of Time", which will feature footage spanning over the
band's 15 year career. Interviews and various videoclips will also be included.
The Canadian cult act is currently touring the U.S. to promote their latest
effort "In the Arms of Devastation" live."
SIRENIA - To enter studio in July
"Norwegian Symphonic Goth Metal act SIRENIA are currently more
than busy with their new songs. Vocalist Morten Veland (who also sings for
TRISTANIA) posted the following news on the band`s official website www.tristania.com: "The song
material for the upcoming CD is more or less complete; we are just working on
the last details at the moment. It seems we will start the recordings by the
end of July. The upcoming full-length album will consist of nine brand new
SIRENIA songs — no cover songs or remix material this time." The band`s
upcoming, yet untitled third album will mark the first appearance of new female
singer Monika Pedersen with SIRENIA. The album will also be the band`s debut
with Nuclear Blast."
SLIT PRESS RELEASE
'Slit' new album recording completed !!!
Slit have just finished recording their debut release for Anticulture Records.
The album is titled 'Ode To Silence' and is due for release in September 2006.
Slit hail from Malta and feature Omar Grech from Beheaded on guitars !
The album release will be supported by a UK and European tour (September 2006).
Slit has already played and toured with band such as Rotting Christ, Happy
Gutworm, Viking Skull...
HAPPY FACE PRESS RELEASE
'Happy Face' will enter the studio this week to record their second album!!
The album will be release in September throught "Anticulture Records"
(www.anticulture.co.uk) and supporting by a European Tour in September 2006.
Happy Face have already toured Europe 3 times with band such as The Berzerker
HAPPY FACE will also perform at the HELLFEST on friday 23th of June !!!
HAPPY FACE : 4th best new commer in Terrorizer Magazine poll !!!
IN FLAMES - Confirmed for the Unholy Alliance tour
Nuclear Blast Records is very proud to announce that In Flames are
confirmed for the UNHOLY ALLIANCE tour 2006!
In Flames will be main support to the mighty SLAYER on the whole European leg
of this tour and the UK dates looks like this:
30.10.2006 CARDIFF - CIA Arena (GB)
01.11.2006 BIRMINGHAM - NEC (GB)
02.11.2006 GLASGOW - SECC (GB)
03.11.2006 MANCHESTER - Men Arena (GB)
19.11.2006 LONDON - Brixton Academy (GB)
20.11.2006 LONDON - Brixton Academy (GB)
DIMMU BORGIR - To record new masterpiece
"DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz just checked in to enlighten all
the fans of Norwegian Black Metal with some news regarding the upcoming album
and a brand new endorsement deal. "We're playing a few festivals this
summer, so no vacation for us! We’re quite busy writing for the new album.
Scheduled to start recording in October with Fredrik Nordström in Fredman
Studios in Gothenburg, for a release early next year. I can also inform you
that DIMMU BORGIR are proudly endorsed by ESP Guitars!" Drumming on the
yet untitled work in progress will be Hellhammer of MAYHEM fame. We expect
nothing less than a pitch black masterpiece as the successor of the brilliant
and epic "Death Cult Armageddon"...
NIGHTWISH - Sensational chart entries
"NIGHTWISH's way truly seems to be paved with gold: their deluxe
DVD + CD package "End Of An Era" containing footage of the last
concert with singer Tarja Turunen in Helsinki, hit the charts big time.
Released on June 2nd, the DVD entered the German longplay charts at a
sensational # 3 and has been certified gold today!!!!!! This means 25,000 sold
units. Also, according to a posting on NIGHTWISH's official web site, "End
Of An Era" was certified gold in Finland one day after its release. The
DVD has sold 9,000 copies so far and the double live CD has shifted over 15,000
copies. Congratulations to our Finnish heroes!"
More international chart positions:
#3 D album charts
#7 UK rock + metal album charts
#3 NL DVD charts
#18 CH album charts
#2 A DVD charts
#1 FIN DVD charts
#2 ES DVD charts
#24 F album charts