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Pure Metal News: June 2007 Part 1

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June 2007 Part 2

ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - The monster has a name

The wait is over. Our Swedish thrashin' Death´n´Rollers ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET have announced the winner of the "Name The Monster"-Competition.

Fans from all over the world got the possibility to propose a name for the monster that is featured on the front covers of both ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET albums, "21st Century Killing Machine" and "Error In Evolution". The main price is the guitar that singer Johan Lindstrand (ex-THE CROWN) used to compose most of the songs that were featured on their debut. Here's a statement directly from the ARMY:

"Hey there! The moment you've all been waiting for is here! We got 450 names to chose from but there can be only one. The grand price goes to Roberto Ketter, Santiago, Chile. He has chosen the name "General Grim" for us. That's a heavy name that definitely fits the whole concept. Thank you very much Roberto. You will get the BIG guitar package sent to you within the next days. Congratulations!! The ARMY says HAIL! HAIL! HAIL!

The 2nd price goes to Stijn Verjans, Bilzen, Belgium. The 3rd price goes to Erik Lindbom, Trollhättan, Sweden! Both of you chose some real cool names and will get some really cool prices sent to you shortly. Other than that we will send some special stuff for the next 7 spots. Keep your hopes high cause maybe YOU will be one of the lucky ones.

Anyway, this sh*t is now over and we wanna thank all 400 of you that participated in finding us a good name for our baby. Thanks and cheers to you all. See you all on the summer festivals!"

ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET have released their latest effort "Error In Evolution" in March 2007.

EKTOMORF to co-headline Sziget festival

Hungary's Tribal Thrashers No.1, EKTOMORF, will co-headline the Hammer Stage of the Sziget Festival in Hungary (August 8th till 15th) with the Brazilian legends SOULFLY! EKTOMORF released their last output "Outcast" in October 2006.

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Nuclear Blast 20 years festival news

NUCLEAR BLAST has joined forces with! Head over to this location where you can check out who's planning to attend, add yourself to the list, and - if you make it back - showcase your pix of the carnage afterwards. Beside that, check out the festival page,, for all latest news!

CLAWFINGER - Want you to shoot their video

CLAWFINGER are searching for creative film students to invent a concept for their next video. The video will be shot for the song "Little Baby", a very critical track about child abuse, which will also appear in a charity background. If you feel you could be the right person to apply for that, send an e-mail to the below mentioned address. We will supply you with an mp3-file of the song then.

Send your concept for a blue screen shooting then, until the 20th July 2007, to Nuclear Blast - "Clawfinger-clip" - Oeschstr. 40 - 73072 Donzdorf - Germany, or via mail to

The best idea will be chosen by the band and the winner will be able to shoot the video.

SONATA ARCTICA - Album enters Finnish charts on # 1

Finnish Metaller SONATA ARCTICA have topped the Finnish charts with their new masterpiece called "Unia"! Congratulations!

EDGUY - Are supporting Aerosmith

EDGUY have just been confirmed for another show as special guests of AEROSMITH in Germany. On June 14th they'll play the Olympiahalle in Munich!

On top of this, the boys will also support the U.S. rock legends on June 10th in Butzbach in the Hessentagarena and June 12th in the DM Arena in Karlsruhe. This surely is the Hard Rock double of the year!

On June 16th in Slovakia, EDGUY will also be special guest of another true Rock legend - the SCORPIONS!

NIGHTWISH - New tour dates announced

NIGHTWISH, who announced the identity of their new singer (ANETTE OLZON) recently, have also announced new tour dates!


06.10.2007 TEL AVIV - Hangar 11 (IL)
15.10.2007 SPRINGFIELD, VA - Jaxx (US)
16.10.2007 PHILADELPHIA, PA - Trocadero Theatre (US)
18.10.2007 NEW YORK, NY - Nokia Theatre (US)
20.10.2007 WORCESTER, MA - Palladium (US)
21.10.2007 MONTREAL, QC - Metropolis (CA)
23.10.2007 TORONTO, ON - The Docks (CA)
24.10.2007 CLEVELAND, OH - Peabody´s (US)
26.10.2007 DETROIT, MI - Harpos Concert Theatre (US)
27.10.2007 CHICAGO, IL - House Of Blues (US)
28.10.2007 MINNEAPOLIS, MN - First Avenue (US)
31.10.2007 SEATTLE, WA - Showbox (US)
01.11.2007 PORTLAND, OR - Roseland Theatre (US)
02.11.2007 SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Slims (US)
04.11.2007 LOS ANGELES, CA - House Of Blues (US)
06.11.2007 ANAHEIM, CA - House Of Blues (US)
07.11.2007 PHOENIX, AZ - Marquee Theatre (US)
08.11.2007 ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Sunshine Theatre (US)
10.11.2007 SAN ANTONIO, TX - White Rabbit (US)
11.11.2007 DALLAS, TX - The Palladium (US)
12.11.2007 HOUSTON, TX - Meridian (US)
14.11.2007 FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - Cultura Room (US)
15.11.2007 ORLANDO, FL - House Of Blues (US)
17.11.2007 ATLANTA, GA - Masquerade (US)
28.11.2007 KOPENHAGEN - KB Hallen (DK)
30.11.2007 GöTEBORG - Lisbergshallen (SE)
01.12.2007 OSLO - Sentrum Scene (NO)
02.12.2007 OSLO - Sentrum Scene (NO)
04.12.2007 STOCKHOLM - Arenan (SE)
05.12.2007 UMEA - Skycom Arena (SE)

THREE (3) to release "The End Is Begun"

After having taken the World by storm with the Metal Blade debut 'Wake Pig' universal genius Joey Eppard & his weapon of mass progression THREE (3) are back with their new album 'The End Is Begun' which was mixed by Toby Wright (ALICE IN CHAINS, METALLICA, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY…)! None interested in progressive Rock / Metal will survive July without this album!

'The End Is Begun' will be released on July 20th (G/A/S/I) / July 23rd (Europe)!

The European issue of the 'The End Is Begun' will contain a special bonus track!


1. The world is born of flame
2. The end is begun
3. Battle cry
4. All that remains
5. My divided falling
6. Serpents in disguise
7. Been to the future
8. Bleeding me home
9. Live entertainment
10. Diamond in the crush
10. Shadow play
12. These iron bones
13. The last day

European Bonus Song:
14. Dregs (Acoustic Version)

AMON AMARTH - Fredrik inks endorsement deal with Vic Firth

We are proud to announce that Fredrik Andersson has landed an endorsement deal with Vic Firth drumsticks.

Fredrik's comment on the deal; 'Vic Firth was my no. 1 choice as they are the most durable and well balanced sticks. Vic also has the widest selection of different models so I am very happy to get this deal after 15 years of drumming.'

ARMORED SAINT - Pics from Rock Hard Festival

ARMORED SAINT played a stunning at the Rock Hard Festival in Germany last weekend. Check out some pics of their performance at the following location:

AS I LAY DYING launch UK webstore

Visit our recently launched UK web store at and enter to win two tickets to see AS I LAY DYING perform at the Barfly in London, UK. Please click for info on how to enter.

Also, Nick recently did a guest blog for the Headbanger's Ball site. You can click to see what he's been up to.

AUTUMN - Video of Nienke…

AUTUMN singer Nienke De Jong just co-operated with Holland's Nieuwe Revu on judging self-tanning lotions! The video of Nienke testing the stuff can be checked out here:

BORN FROM PAIN - More anniversaries to come?


Holy Sh*t! Our anniversary sold out in 5 days! We are very happy that we have been able to sell out De Nieuwe Nor in such a quick time. We are happy that we are celebrating this in our hometown of Heerlen in front of a packed house. I am sure that everyone who has been able to get his/her hands on a ticket will have a great time with the bands on the bill.

We did our best to present you the best line-up possible and do something special for this occasion. I think we succeeded. Besides the special fact that this show marks a decade of BORN FROM PAIN, sees the exclusive return of our friends in DRIFT and CRAWLSPACE and the appearance of our bro's in SUPERIOR and TERROR, this show will go down in history as Che's last show with us, so I am sure this will be one to remember! Like we already announced; expect a set list of (a lot of) old and new stuff. Also, we will be filming the show for a possible future DVD release, so get fu*king mental!


Now, there might be a couple of tickets freeing up in the pre-sale process for the Anniversary show on the 29th of June, but it looks like that might only a few. Soooo,...due to the fact that we have received an enormous requests for tickets after our Anniversary show sold out, we are planning on possibly adding a second one on the day before, the 28th of June.

We have CRAWLSPACE already confirmed for this possible occasion, still working on completing another cool line-up for the Thursday. Soooo... we need everyone who wants to appear at a possible Thursday show to send in a mail with a request for the amount of tickets right here: If they receive a serious amount of requests we can set up another show on the Thursday. Let's roll and do this!


All right people, Hollowman Records is still selling BORN FROM PAIN vinyl. They got the "In Love With The End" and the "War" slaps of plastic for 12euro each available or both for 20euro. Get them while they're available!!! Order here: ORDER NOW!

JOB FOR A COWBOY enter the UK charts

CONGRATULATIONS to JOB FOR A COWBOY for entering the UK Charts this week!!

#28 Top 50 Indie Album Chart
#26 Top 40 Rock & Metal Album Chart

Last week they also entered the US charts at # 54 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart, shifting nearly 13,000 copies. It's one of the highest charting metal debuts to crack Billboard's Top 200 since SLIPKNOT's 1999 self-titled album.

FALCONER - Another little falcon added to the family

For Stefan and his wife, congratulations on the birth of their son Joar Esbjörn Weinerhall!

Please go to the fourm and issue your congrats there:

NEAERA - Studio Update

How's it going people?!

Just a quick update here on how things are going in the studio. We spent the last week laying down the drum tracks, rhythm guitars and bass tracks for the upcoming record. Right now Benny is at the Rape of Harmonies studio to record the vocals, and so far it sounds like the result is going to be pretty brutal. As soon as news unfold we are of course going to update you immediately.

Stay vigilant :)


SINCE THE FLOOD in search of new singer

Whats up everybody?

In case anyone has heard any rumors, STF is looking for a singer for our upcoming tour with THE WARRIORS and FIRST BLOOD. Chuck has decided that the touring life is not for him. We love him and wish him the best, and STF will never be quite the same without him.

In the meantime, we're not quite ready to hang it up, as we have a great label, booking agent, and some serious tours scheduled. With that all said, you all know what we sound like and anyone who has seen us live knows that we demand an energetic pressence on stage. If you feel like you can fill Chuck's massive shoes, we'd like to hear from you.

Here's the deal;

-We'll be home June 3rd and or 4th to hold auditions in Western MA. If you want to try out, you'll have to make your way there on your own or come up with some way to try out another way.

-You'll have to prepare two songs, "Valor and Vengeance" and "Gone Tomorrow" and have them down perfectly.

-You know what Chuck sounds like. Don't bother if you sound like Lord Worm.

-We leave for tour no later than the 7th of June and will be back no sooner than July 17th. Things are still up in the air and the tour will more than likely get extended as far as August. You have to be available for this time period plus almost endless touring in the future.

-We're all easy going and hardworking. We expect the same from you.

-We'll make exceptions to any of these rules if you're the right guy for the job. Just email us.

If this sounds like you, DO NOT MYSPACE US. Email and we'll get back to you and set everything up.





As a result of the phenomenal response to Paradise Lost's 'return to form' new album 'In Requiem' we can now confirm that the band have been added to this years Download bill. Vocalist Nick Holmes comments 'After the great response we had 2 years ago it's fantastic to have the opportunity to play such a prestigious festival again and be able to showcase some of our new album there"

PL will be performing on The Dimebag Darrell Stage on Sunday 10th June - time to be confirmed

Biomechanical set to mix 'Cannibalised' with Chris Tsangarides

Epic Progressive Metallers Biomechanical are scheduled to begin the mixing process of their new album 'Cannibalised' with legendary producer Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy) on the 18th of June. The band will enter the Ecology Rooms in Kent, England to begin work on the brand new epic slated for a September 17th release date.

Front man, John had the following to say on the collaboration:
'This is the second time we will be working with the legendary Chris Tsangarides!

We have had several discussions about the direction of the sound and I feel that he is the one to create the sound I have in my head as a producer. Also even though Chris is very much a modern producer he can bring old school sensibilities on the sound front and this excites the hell out of me!! I honestly can't wait to get started!

To get to Cannibalised we looked back to our previews albums and made sure that the Biomechanical sound wouldn't evaporate on a firewall of heaviness. Cannibalised is heavier than our other albums but at the same time melodic and does incorporate the film scoring orchestral type of work that defines the sound of our band'.

The full track listing for Cannibalised is as follows:

1) Fallen in Fear
2) The Unseen
3) Cannibalised
4) Breathing Silence
5) Predatory
6) Slow the Poison
7) Consumed
8) Reborn in Damnation
9) Through Hatred Arise
10) Violent Descent

Also catch Biomechanical on tour in July with the mighty Sikth and Architects at these venues.

Cult of Luna prepare for Download Festival

Swedish epic art-rock crushers Cult of Luna will descend upon Download on Sunday (10th June) evening to play their debut set at the famous festival.

Download is the first UK festival Cult of Luna have played, and they are looking forward to engaging the crowd on the Tuborg stage with their special brand of light and shade sonic Musings.

Guitarist Johannes Persson enthuses:

"The last UK tour was a blast and the reception we got was amazing so getting back to do our first UK festival was not a hard decision...."

Since the release of Cult of Luna's last album 'Somewhere Along the Highway' the band have been touring Europe incessantly to rave reviews and crowd reactions.

Expect the set to include the likes of 'Leave Me Here' and 'Dark City, Dead Man (among others) as the sun sets on Donington on Sunday night.

The band will not be accompanied by Erik Olofsson at Download, but as Johannes states, with "6-8 members - you never know who shows up!"..." we have enough guitarists as it is...haha."

Cult of Luna will play the Turborg stage Sunday 10th June at Download festival, scheduled slot 18.55-19.35

MUNICIPAL WASTE 'The Art of Partying EP' available from iTunes now

Fast rising crossover thrashers Municipal Waste have made a special digital download EP available via iTunes in advance of the release of their forthcoming album 'The Art of Partying'.

For a ultra low price of just £1.58 for UK customers or $1.98 via the US store, fans can now get their hands on a killer advance track from the album, 'Headbanger Face Rip', and an exclusive live recording of 'Unleash the Bastards.'

'The Art of Partying' is released in Europe on June 11 and in the US on July 31, coming as a limited edition with 2 bonus tracks, and in the UK as a limited edition with 2 bonus tracks and free woven patch.

The band is currently on tour in Europe with The Haunted but return in August for more UK shows.

SONATA ARCTICA - Enter the German album charts on # 35

Finnish melodic metallers enter the German album charts with their new masterpiece called "Unia" (Finnish for "Dreams") on # 35!
Check out the new webpage design of SONATA ARCTICA at

KATAKLYSM - Update on future activities

KATAKLYSM singer Maurizio Iacono offers an update on future activities:

"First off, I want to sincerely thank everyone involved with The Invaluable Darkness Tour we just completed with our friends DIMMU. We would like to thank them for treating us like brothers and to all their crew for helping us out when we needed it. This new friendship is forged in blood! Thanks also to Devildriver whom we shared a bus with and developed a new friendship. Last but not least, the dudes in Unearth, all cool people.

This tour was a triumph for us in all senses, especially to be able to play for our fans on a bigger package, who proved to us everyday that all the blood and sweat wasn't for nothing.

The words of encouragement from our fans mean EVERYTHING. We're gonna finish writing a new album, titled Prevail, this summer, because we know how important this one will be for our fans, and "prevail" is exactly what we want to do with this album. It has to be as perfect as we can make it.

If it doesn't bring the goosebumps, it ain't coming out right. Guitarist J-F Dagenais will produce and engineer the album as always. The album will be mixed by another producer which we will announce shortly, the album is scheduled for an April 2008 release. In the meantime, we have two more tours planned this year: late summer or early fall in North America and in Europe in October with Behemoth and Aborted. A big 'thank you' to all our supporters world-wide. We won't disappoint - you know how we roll!"

AMORPHIS - European tour in November

On occasion of the release of their marvellous new album "Silent Waters" (in stores: August 31st 2007), AMORPHIS will embark on a European tour in November to present the new songs live on stage!

The first leg of the "Silent Waters" European Tour will take AMORPHIS to Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Norway and Sweden before the band returns to Finland for a concert at Nosturi in Helsinki. The first of the all in all 16 shows will be in Hanover, Germany, on November 13th.

Metal Hammer presents:

AMORPHIS - Silent Waters European Tour
special guests: Swallow The Sun, Insomnium

13.11. Musikzentrum, Hannover (DE)
14.11. Zeche Carl, Essen (DE)
15.11. Columbia Club, Berlin (DE)
16.11. Alte Spinnerei, Glauchau (DE)
17.11. Club Vaudeville, Lindau (DE)
18.11. Z7, Pratteln (CH)
20.11. Roxy, Saarbrücken (DE)
21.11. Metropolis, München (DE)
22.11. Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg (DE)
23.11. Helling, Utrecht (NL)
24.11. Dordrecht Bibelot (NL)
25.11. Biebob, Vosselaar (BE)
27.11. Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE)
28.11. Rockefeller, Olso (NO)
29.11. Klubben, Stockholm (SE)
01.12. Nosturi, Helsinki (FI)

EVILE Finish Recording Album; Enter Mixing Stage

According to EVILE's official MySpace Blog, they have completed the recording process for their upcoming album, 'Enter The Grave' and are currently in the mixing stage.

Along with a myriad of photos from their recording sessions with Flemming Rasmussen (METALLICA, MORBID ANGEL), EVILE's 3rd and final recording update included a message for their fans:

'We're now in the mixing process of the album. All parts are now recorded to the best of our ability (sorry, it's the best we could do). we decided not to include a cowbell, or a triangle. Working with Flemming (Rasmussen) has been a unique and amazing experience. He's got the perfect vision and ability to make this album sound exactly how we all want it to. We hope all you Thrash fans enjoy this mass of noise we've created for you.'

Come into EVILE's world and experience the recording of 'Enter The Grave' through their eyes by going here

'Enter The Grave' hits UK stores on August 27 and comes to US shores this fall.

EVILE will be joining fellow thrashers, MUNICIPAL WASTE and SSS for a summer UK tour so wild that it promises to make thrash the country's new official language. For a full list of dates, see the tour guide on and

RIDE THE SKY - Album finished + tour confirmed

RIDE THE SKY, the new band around MASTERPLAN founder Uli Kusch, has finished recordings for their debut album "New Protection". Mixed by Benny Jansson, the record will get in stores on August 17th, 2007. In addition, RIDE THE SKY have been confirmed to join SONATA ARCTICA and EPICA on their European tour in October/November 2007. Check out the tour dates here!

THRESHOLD - European tour dates announced

The kings of British progressive metal Threshold have announced details of their Live Reckoning Tour (part 1) with a stunning support package featuring Communic, Machine Men and Serenity.

Threshold's latest album Dead Reckoning earned the band 8 Album Of The Month awards across the globe, with their cover of Muse's Supermassive black hole topping their label charts for several weeks.

Live Reckoning Tour (Part 1)
31/08/07 Die Halle, Reichenbach/Fils, Germany
01/09/07 Plato, Helmond, Holland
02/09/07 Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Holland
03/09/07 Matrix, Bochum, Germany
04/09/07 Colos Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
05/09/07 Der Hirsch, Nürnberg, Germany
06/09/07 Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
07/09/07 N8, Osnabrück, Germany
08/09/07 Retro Music Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
09/09/07 Schiff A38, Budapest, Hungary
11/09/07 Transbordeur, Lyon, France
12/09/07 Roxy, Saarbrücken, Germany
13/09/07 Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
14/09/07 Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
15/09/07 TBA*, London, England
(* London details and supports to be confirmed)

Threshold will also be performing at a number of Summer and Autumn festivals including ProgPower in the US and Scandinavia and two festival headliners in England.

For more information see the band's official website.

SONIC SYNDICATE - German charts + Megadeth support

Our hottest newcomer band 2007, SONIC SYNDICATE, who hit the German album charts last week on # 64 with their masterpiece called "Only Inhuman', could continue this great success this week…

The album is now on # 78, unbelievable for a band, which has never played live in Germany yet! The band will play their first German concert on June 20th at Festhalle Durlach, Karlsruhe, supporting MEGADETH! One day later SONIC SYNDICATE will perform live at Underground Cologne for Germany ´s TV channel WDR Rockpalast, the material will then be shown at WDR Rockpalast "Bootleg"!

NILE - Exclusive download single

NILE fans, watch out: There will be an exclusive Nuclear Blast download single - an appetiser for the upcoming album "Ithyphallic" (in stores: July 20th, 2007) - containing the following tracks:

NILE - "Papyrus Containing the Spell to Preserve its Possessor Against Attacks from He who is in the Water"

01. Papyrus Containing the Spell to Preserve its Possessor Against Attacks from He who is in the Water (album version)
02. Laying Fire Upon Apep (Rehearsal) - EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD SINGLE TRACK!
03. Videoclip 'Drum Session' - EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD SINGLE CLIP!

The single will be available at the Nuclear Blast Musicshop starting on June 22nd 2007! Don't hesitate and get this rare item HERE!

VARIOUS ARTISTS - "Blasting your ears": this Saturday @ Texas club (Athens)

'Blasting Your Ears'

5th 'Blasting Your Ears' night: Saturday, June 16

Brand New releases off which we'll be playing tracks:

NUCLEAR BLAST ALL-STARS - 'Into The Light' (out 01.06.07)
SAMAEL - 'Solar Soul' (out 01.06.07)
CANDLEMASS - 'King of the Grey Islands' (out 22.06.07)
NILE - 'Ithyphallic' (out 20.07.07)
CLAWFINGER - 'Life Will Kill You' (out 27.07.07)
GOREFEST - 'Rise To Ruin' (out 03.08.07)
RIDE THE SKY - 'New Protection' (out 17.08.07)
AMORPHIS - 'Silent Waters' (out 31.08.07)

And more!...


Plus countless of videos off the brand new DVD compilation, 'Monsters of Death Metal Vol. 2'!

Video clips & audio tracks off Nuclear Blast Records' brand new CD/DVD compilation 'Metallic Emotions'!

Nuclear Blast's DJ set will be taking place at Athens' TEXAS CLUB (56 Ippokratous Str), at the upper hall and everyone's invited to come blast some ears together!

Every 3rd Saturday of each month, Nuclear Blast Records will be bringing you all the latest releases of the label's recording artists, in an audio-visual presentation that'll also blend malevolently together with all the goodies we've released for the last 20 years!

Be there for the Blast!

AS I LAY DYING - Album update & last minute show

First of all - here is the info for a last minute headlining show that will be at... Sunday June 10 - Barfly @ The Gloucester in Brighton, UK.

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. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Separation", "Nothing Left", "Within Destruction" and title track, "An Ocean Between Us".

AS I LAY DYING recently 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."

CATARACT - HELL ON EARTH video footage

CATARACT live @ Hell On Earth we just received some video footage of our h.o.e. Appearance last year here in Switzerland. Cheers to hänu for putting his live on the line haha! the recording sometimes blacks out but I guess you can figure out why. View the video on the Youtube website:

CELLADOR announces new drummer

We are happy to say to all of you that after many auditions we are finally able to announce that we have found a drummer!

The responses to our drummer search were quite overwhelming. It seems word really got out this time around, as we had many more responses than we even did for a bassist. Over the last 2 months we've had some amazingly respectable drummers approach us from all over the world, offering to do everything from relocating from overseas to recording our entire first album via video as an audition clip. We want to thank all those who contacted us and/or sent audition clips, and to let them know that we watched, read, and listened to EVERY response with respect for each player.

Luckily for us the answer to our drummer search was not from across the world, but right here in our very own hometown. Its with great pleasure that we announce the addition of local Omaha madman Rick Halverson to CELLADOR's ranks as the new drummer.

We've known Rick for quite sometime from Omaha's metal scene and his other band NARCOTIC SELF, as well as his time playing with RATT's Stephen Pearcy. He originally offered to fill in for us until we found a permanent player but then later offered to join the band, which we couldn't refuse.

"Wow! I'm so excited about the new music and lineup! We've all known each other and a while and it just seemed like a no-brainer decision for me to join the band. It's gonna blow some minds...that's for sure!!" - Rick Halverson

"A GREAT relief was taken off our shoulders when Rick approached the band about joining. We had been jamming for a few weeks and were amazed by the technique and precision that seemed to come ridiculously easy to him. A guy right here in Omaha with killer chops and gear, its a no brainer decision." - Chris Petersen, CELLADOR

"Rick is just the drummer we were all looking for! He has stamina and very clean and precise foot and hand work. The next album will be more extreme and technical and his abilities came in handy. I can't wait until you all can see what this dude can do!" - Bill Hudson, CELLADOR

"I am really stoked on Rick's playing, as we are going to be solid as fu*k as the "lead" rhythm section ha. ha. I am a new member also and everyone else but me knew Rick. It only took about 20 min of playing together to gel with him. I am really excited about this band's future." - Mika Horiuchi, CELLADOR

So finally after 4 months of missing members we can say we are a full band ready to shred again! Keep up with us, as we'll be posting more updates on new material and scattered shows.

CRIMINAL to support LAMB OF GOD in the UK

Anglo-Chilean thrash masters CRIMINAL will support LAMB OF GOD at the Arts Centre in Colchester, UK on Tuesday, June 12th.

Comments guitarist/vocalist Anton Reisenegger: "We've been invited to support LAMB OF GOD at the Arts Centre, and obviously we couldn't say no. Last time we played there with CHIMAIRA was absolutely insane, so I'm expecting at least the same kind of reaction, especially considering the show is already sold out! We will also be trying out our new bassist. All going well, we will make his name public pretty soon. See you in the pit!"


"Satan's Soldiers Syndicate"... the whole album was recorded from May 17th through May 20th at Harrows Studio (Lossar, NL). The following weekend we worked on the vocals some more. Altogether it's nine new songs and one old one (which will be included as a bonus track on the vinyl version) on the album. In late June / early July studio owner Harry (who's responsible for masterworks by ASPHYX, SOULBURN, PENTACLE, MELECHESH, etc.) and Marc will mix the album. Don't expect innovation or radical changes of style! DESASTER is and always will be a guarantee for "pure fukkin' riff metal"... dark, heavy and full of blasphemy! 666!

DISILLUSION - New fan forum / new merchandise

A new Fan Forum was opened! Click the link to join the DISILLUSION Portal:


Also, there are new shirts available. Due to frequent request they are all BLACK, LARGE and AFFORDABLE.

FATE sign with Metal Blade Records

Sacramento Death/Thrash/Extreme Metal outfit FATE just signed to METAL BLADE RECORDS!

"We are very excited to be a part of the Metal Blade family and sharing our music with the masses," the members of FATE said in a statement. "FATE is grateful for this opportunity to share a label with some of our biggest influences and to become a part of the proud tradition of Metal Blade artists."

FATE's management company is The Artery Foundation (IT DIES TODAY, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA).

FATE is:
Justin Krahn - Vocals
Kyle Fishman - Guitar
Christopher McMahon - Guitar
Dan Espinosa - Drums
Travis Deadman - Bass

For more information, visit

LAY DOWN ROTTEN - New guitar player / album update

After over seven years, founding member Daniel "Minni" Benner is leaving LAY DOWN ROTTEN. Here's a brief statement from Minni:

"The reason for my departure is exclusively musical differences when writing the new songs - no personal issues. I just found that musically it wasn't what I wanted. Thanks to all who have supported me and I wish my successor Nils and the whole band all the best. Keep on rotting!"

However, Minni still can be heard on four songs on the new album. All other tracks will be recorded by new lead guitarist Nils Förster (WHEN SORROW ENDS).

Nils has been a friend for a long time and has already done various jobs regarding engineering and keyboards (on "Breeding Insanity") for the band. The collaboration is working out flawlessly and we will play all coming festivals (Queens of Metal, Zabbaduschder, Ragnarock and Party-San, among others) with him right after we finish the studio work.


The recordings for the upcoming "Reconquering The Pit" album are under way. Drums and guitars are done, and there should be a first rough mix ready within the next couple of weeks. Once again, Björn Goosse from Killustrations is doing the artwork, as on the predecessor "Breeding Insanity", and he's also working hard already.


Here's some links to some pics and video clips we found of our appearance at FTC X fest. The show went great other than a few technical problems. Thanks to Stephanie from K-17 and everyone involved in the organisation we had no real problems and everything went smooth... Also big thanks to our buddy Lars and the Morbid Records guys...

If you haven't watched the studio video check that out, too!!!

NEAERA - Gearing up for first headliner tour in the fall

German death metal youngsters NEAERA have set up their first headlining tour for this fall! NEAERA will be supported by Bavarian vegan straight edge metallers DEADLOCK!

Metal Hammer presents


19.10. Karlsruhe, Stadtmitte
20.10. Oberentfelden (Ch), Böröm Pöm Pöm
21.10. Trier, Ex-Haus
23.10. München, Backstage
24.10. Wien (A), Arena
25.10. Gleisdorf (A), Kulturkeller
26.10. Lustenau (A), Culture Factory
27.10. Innsbruck (A), Hafen Club
28.10. Prag (CZ), Rock Cafe
29.10. Brno (CZ), Faval Club
30.10. Leisnig, AJZ
31.10. Köln, MTC

More NEAERA dates:

16.06. Trier, Summerblast Festival
23.06. Wolfsburg, Hallenbad-Zentrum Junge Kultur
24.06. Wien (A), Donauinselfest
29.06. Roitschjora, WFF Festival
28.07. Friedberg, Soundgarden Festival
02.08. Wacken, W.O.A.
18.08. Ubstadt-Weiher, Weiher Hilft Festival
31.08. Kärnten (A), Rock The Lake Festival

POWERWOLF - Funebre doing better

The wolves are happy to announce that Stefane is doing better again. He will have to stay calm for a few weeks for a full recovery, but he's back on track again and howling with the wolves.

OBITUARY: Play London July 5th

Cult Death Metal legends OBITUARY play Camden Underworld Thursday 5th of July. Support comes from Onslaught, Dam and Dead Beyond Buried. Its going to sell out so buy tickets now!



Classic EMPEROR album's re-released in limited edition CD box sets that include a digipak CD with CD-ROM extras, a 48CM X 48CM double sided poster with unseen photos, and an interview booklet - each is limited to 5000 world-wide.

Emperor formed in 1991. Their recordings have sold in excess of 600,000 units world-wide and their impact on the whole black/extreme metal scene is second to none.

They are without doubt one of the most influential acts in any genre, respected the world over by fans, bands and critics alike. In late June the band will headline two major festivals: the first in France (Hellfest) and the second in Finland (Tuska Festival) as well as select shows in the USA. These limited edition boxsets will become highly collectable.

CRIONICS confirmed for "Red Alert Open Air"

CRIONICS will play at "Red Alert Open Air" 2007, Yevpatoria, Crimea (Ukraine), 6-8 August on Metal Heads Mission stage (heavy, death and black metal), on the 2nd day of the festival (7th August).

Headliners for the MHM stage are Deicide, Suffocation, Immolation, Benediction and Vader.

INSOMNIUM tour dates announced

INSOMNIUM will support Amorphis and Swallow the Sun in Europe later this autumn. The tour consists of a total of 16 shows covering Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Norway and Sweden and will end in Helsinki, Finland.

INSOMNIUM are also more than happy to announce that they will team up with Katatonia, Scar Symmetry and Swallow the Sun to carry out the band's first US tour in September 2007!

(with Emperor, W.A.S.P, Immortal, etc.)
29 - (FI) Helsinki, Tuska Open Air

(With Opeth, Soilwork, Hatebreed, etc.)
14-15 - (FI) Joensuu, Ilosaarirock

(with Testament, Kreator, Rotting Chist, etc.)
17-18 - (FI) Oulu, Jalometalli

US Tour 2007 (with Katatonia, Scar Symmetry and Swallow the Sun)
04. Jaxx Nite Club (West Springfield VA)
06. BB King Blues Club (New York NY)
07. Mark's Showplace (Bedford NH)
08. Chance Theater (Poughkeepsie NY)
09. Le Medley (Montreal QU)
10. Imperial de Quebec (Quebec City QU)
11. The Funhaus (Toronto ON)
12. Peabody's (Cleveland OH)
13. I-Rock (Detroit MI)
14. The Pearl Room (Mokena IL)
15. Station 4 (St. Paul MN)
17. Bluebird Theater (Denver CO)
19. Whiskey-A-Go-Go (West Hollywood CA)
20. Showcase Theater (Corona CA)
21. Brickhouse (Phoenix AZ)
22. Launchpad (Albuqeruque NM)
24. White Rabbit (San Antonio TX)
25. Ridglea Theater (Ft. Worth TX)
26. Scout Bar (Houston TX)

European Tour 2007 (with Amorphis and Swallow the Sun)
13. Musikzentrum, Hannover (DE)
14. Zeche Carl, Essen (DE)
15. Columbia Club, Berlin (DE)
16. Alte Spinnerei, Glauchau (DE)
17. Club Vaudeville, Lindau (DE)
18. Z7, Pratteln (CH)
20. Roxy, Saarbrücken (DE)
21. Metropolis, Munich (DE)
22. Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg (DE)
23. Helling, Utrecht (NL)
24. Dordrecht Bibelot (NL)
25. Biebob, Vosselaar (BE)
27. Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE)
28. Rockefeller, Oslo (NO)
29. Klubben, Stockholm (SE)

01. Nosturi, Helsinki (FI)

New ENTOMBED track online

The title track from Swedish metallers ENTOMBED's upcoming "Serpent Saints - The Ten Amendments", has been posted on the Candlelight Records USA MySpace page.

Due in the U.S. on 31st July 2007 and Europe on 25th June via a special arrangement with Threeman Recordings, the 10-song effort marks the group's first release with drummer Olle Dahlstedt (Alpha Safari, ex-Misery Loves Co.), who replaced Peter Stjärnvind in 2006. Mastering duties were handled by Soren Elofsson at Cosmos Mastering in Stockholm, Sweden.

"Serpent Saints - The Ten Amendments" track listing:

01. Serpent Saints
02. Masters of Death
03. Amok
04. Thy Kingdom Coma
05. When in Sodom
06. In The Blood
07. Ministry
08. The Dead, The Dying and The Dying To Be Dead
09. Warfare, Plague, Famine, Death
10. Love Song For Lucifer

With regards to the musical direction of the new album, the band previously said, "'Serpents Saints' goes wider and deeper than the 'When In Sodom' EP but it's a pretty good indicator. It's no concept album but an ambitious attempt at creating a solid album with some recurring themes. Almost like the soundtrack to the film with the same name."

Entombed website

OCTOBER FILE have posted the following update

We are happy to announce we have a new drummer in the shape of John Watt. John likes Animals, watching movies, does charity work and wants world peace... Work has started on finishing the album and getting prepared for shows. Rehearsals are going well and we will be announcing some shows soon.


Subject to availability Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke) will be doing guest vocals on the album...


We are currently working on the new album. Entitled "Holy Armour From The Jaws Of God"..

Track listing so far is:

My Magnificent Circus
Friendly Fire
Hallowed Be Thy Army
Another Day
A Munitions Crusade
So Poor
Blood And Sweat
High Octane Climate Changer

CARNAL FORGE: New interview posted online

It's been three years since Sweden's hardest, fastest deathly thrash bruisers released an album, but now they're back with their sixth full-length onslaught, 'Testify For My Victims', a peerless explosion of pummelling grooves, heads-down velocity and lacerating hooks.

By far their strongest album to date, it's also the first to feature the vocal talents of former Revolver frontman Jens Mortensen. One of the most laidback and friendly guys in metal, the dreadlocked bellower was more than happy to chew the fat about his new band, their new songs and their new home at Candlelight Records.

An e-card for CARNAL FORGE's upcoming sixth album, "Testify for My Victims", has been made available at this location. The album was released in May via Candlelight Records.

Candlelight Artist's Tour Dates

05 - (UK) Camden Underworld, London

17 - (FI) Jalometalli Festival, Oulu
24 - (FI) Nightlife Rock, Helsinki
25 - (FI) Bar 15, Seinäjoki
22 - (D) Filthrock Festival, Prenzlau

03 - (UK) Rushden,The Attic
05 - (IE) The Whiplash Festival, Sligo
08 - (D) Hellflame Festival , Osnabruck
09 - (D) Metal Meridian Festival, Munich
22 - (D) Hellflame Festival , Lichtenf
09 - (UK) Kingston - The Peel
10 - (IE) Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
11 - (IE) Cork - An Cruiscin Lan
12 - (UK) Glasgow - Soundhaus
13 - (UK) Leeds - Rios
14 - (UK) Liverpool - Stanley theatre
15 - (UK) Manchester - Satans Hollow
16 - (UK) Newport - TJ's
17 - (UK) London - Underworld
18 - (UK) Brighton - Concorde 2
19 - (UK) Southampton - Unit 22

31 - (LI) Vilnus Mulen Ruzas
01 - (LT) Riga Melna Piektdiena
02 - (ES) Tallin Nomme Cult
04 - (FI) IN Turku Klubi
05 - (FI) Helsinki Nosturi
06 - (FI) Kuopio Henry's Pub
07 - (FI) Oulu tba
08 - (SE) Umea Midnight
09 - (SE) Gavle/Stockholm tba
10 - (SE) Goteborg Belsepub
11 - (SE) Malmoe tba
12 - (D) Kiel Pumpe
13 - (D) Rostock Das Toxis

17 - (UK) The Furnace, Swindon

28 - (DE) Zabbaduscher Open Air 2007

08 - (DK) Roskilde festival
13 - 14 - (AT) Kaltenbach Open Air
10 - (CZ) - Brutal Assault Festival
17 - (NO) Metal Heart Festival, Notodden

22 - (BE) - Graspop Metal Meeting
24 - (FR) - Hellfest
02 - 04 - (D) - Wacken Open Air festival

29 - (FI) Helsinki, Tuska Open Air
14-15 - (FI) Joensuu, Ilosaarirock
17-18 - (FI) Oulu, Jalometalli
04 - (US) Jaxx Nite Club (West Springfield VA)
06 - (US) BB King Blues Club (New York NY)
07 - (US) Mark's Showplace (Bedford NH)
08 - (US) Chance Theater (Poughkeepsie NY)
09 - (CDN) Le Medley (Montreal QU)
10 - (CDN) Imperial de Quebec (Quebec City QU)
11 - (CDN) The Funhaus (Toronto ON)
12 - (US) Peabody's (Cleveland OH)
13 - (US) I-Rock (Detroit MI)
14 - (US) The Pearl Room (Mokena IL)
15 - (US) Station 4 (St. Paul MN)
17 - (US) Bluebird Theater (Denver CO)
19 - (US) Whiskey-A-Go-Go (West Hollywood CA)
20 - (US) Showcase Theater (Corona CA)
21 - (US) Brickhouse (Phoenix AZ)
22 - (US) Launchpad (Albuqeruque NM)
24 - (US) White Rabbit (San Antonio TX)
25 - (US) Ridglea Theater (Ft. Worth TX)
26 - (US) Scout Bar (Houston TX)


13 - (DE) Musikzentrum, Hannover
14 - (DE) Zeche Carl, Essen
15 - (DE) Columbia Club, Berlin
16 - (DE) Alte Spinnerei, Glauchau
17 - (DE) Club Vaudeville, Lindau
18 - (CH) Z7, Pratteln
20 - (DE) Roxy, Saarbrücken
21 - (DE) Metropolis, Munich
22 - (DE) Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg
23 - (NL) Helling, Utrecht
24 - (NL) Dordrecht Bibelot
25 - (BE) Biebob, Vosselaar
27 - (SE) Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg
28 - (NO) Rockefeller, Oslo
29 - (SE) Klubben, Stockholm
01 -(FI) Nosturi, Helsinki



30 - (H) Zalaegerszeg
09 - (H) Pecs - Rockmaraton
14 - (D) Annaberg - Thunders Over Miriquidi Festival
12 - (H) Budapest - Sziget Festival
24 - (H) Debrecen - The Chromized Land Festival



22 - Hole In The Sky Festival, Bergen



25 - 29 - (NO) Hovefestivalen in Arendal


08 - (NO) At Club Maiden, Oslo



24 - (FR) Clisson, Hellfest
30 - (FI) Helsinki, Tuska Open Air


Tour dates have now been announced for the forthcoming debut shows from Gallhammer:

Sep. 23 - UK - London / Barfly (with Unearthly Trance & Ramesses)
Sep. 24 - UK - Bristol , The Croft (with Indesinence)
Sep. 25 - UK - Colchester Arts Centre (with Indesinence)
Sep. 26 - Finland - Nightlife Rock, Helsinki (with Denial of God)
Sep. 27 - Finland - Henry's Pub, Kuopio (with Denial of God)
Sep. 28 - Finland - YO-Talo, Tampere (with Denial of God)
Sep. 29 - Finland - S-Osis, Turku (with Denial of God)
Sep. 30 - Norway - Oslo , Maiden (with Skitliv)
Oct. 1 - Sweden - TBA
Oct. 2 - Denmark - Copenhagen / Loppen (with Skitliv)
Oct. 3 - Germany - Berlin / K17 (with Skitliv)
Oct. 4 - Belgium - Antwerp / Scheld'Apen (with Church of Misery/Skitliv)
Oct. 5 - The Netherlands - Tilburg , NL. 013 Batcave - (with Church of Misery/Gonga)

AMON AMARTH - Video footage of Sweden Rock gig

Video footage of AMON AMARTH's June 7, 2007 performance at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg has been posted at YouTube.

"Victorious March":
"Cry of the Blackbirds":

AMON AMARTH's video for the song "Cry of the Black Birds" has been posted online at (Windows Media). The clip was directed by William C. Schacht.

AMON AMARTH will support Norwegian black metallers DIMMU BORGIR on a European tour this fall.

NIGHTWISH - New tour dates announced

"On A Dark Winter´s Night" continues…The Gothic-Metal-Festival "On A Dark Winter´s Night" takes place in Salzburg (Austria) on December 28 and in Oberhausen on December 29!

This year´s line-up of that indoor festival is really fantastic - NIGHTWISH with their new singer Anette Olzon are presenting their new album (out Sept. 28) and Anette celebrates her first Austria and Germany show ever with NIGHTWISH! Just for that reason, all Gothic, Metal and NIGHTWISH fans should not miss that event!

Besides of NIGHTWISH, a lot of the German scene and as well the international Gothic-Metal scene will perform live on this dates! The bands which have been confirmed are as follows: SAMSAS TRAUM, BLIND, DOPE STARS INC., JESUS ON EXTASY, TAROT (featuring MARCO HIETALA of NIGHTWISH) and VAN CANTO!

28.12.2007 SALZBURG - Arena (AT)
29.12.2007 OBERHAUSEN - Königpilsener Arena (DE)

Tickets are available now for 36 Euro (+ fee) at

SONATA ARCTICA - Japan trip diary online

A tour diary of SONATA ARCTICA´s trip to japan is available HERE

SONATA ARCTICA has achieved the following chart positions for its new album, "Unia":

Finland: #1
Japan: #7 (international), #22 (overall)
Sweden: #27
Germany: #35
Switzerland: #40
Austria: #62

DIMMU BORGIR - Announce UK tour dates

Having just returned from their incredibly successful US tour to their Norwegian homebase, our chartbreakers DIMMU BORGIR are far from taking a break after the release of "In Sorte Diaboli": Shagrath and Co. have just announced some brand new UK tourdates!

Five dates of the European "The Invaluable Darkness" - tour 2007 will take place this fall in England - so don´t miss out!!! Supporting them will be the AMON AMARTH vikings, and Danish act HATESPHERE has just been announced as opening act. A fat package indeed....

DIMMU BORGIR - The Invaluable Darkness Tour 2007
28.09.2007 LONDON - Forum (UK)
29.09.2007 NOTTINGHAM - Rock City (UK)
30.09.2007 MANCHESTER - Academy (UK)
01.10.2007 GLASGOW - Garage/QMU (UK)
02.10.2007 WOLVERHAMPTON - Civic Hall (UK)

TAPPING THE VEIN - Mixing new album

TAPPING THE VEIN will be mixing their upcoming release, for Nuclear Blast, with Neil Kernon, at RaxTrax in Chicago, Il. starting July 14th 2007. "We're very excited to be working with Neil on this. Time and time again, on tour, we were told we sound much better live. I'd have to agree the band is heavier and more powerful live.

I think we were able to capture that this time around with Neil." says drummer Eric Fisher. "TTV took a new approach to the writing of this album and I am really pleased with the result. I think we've managed to streamline and "pump it up", so to speak, without sacrificing any of the emotional impact that we insist on." Adds Heather. Look for a 4th quarter 2007 release worldwide. The band and management are currently looking for touring and packaging ideas for late in the year and early 2008

DEATHSTARS - Win Golden God award + new video online

Swedish DEATHSTARS again have blown their competition clean out of the water and walked away from the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards with the award for "Best Newcomer". Whiplasher and Skinny attended the awards ceremony in London last Monday, June 11th, to collect the prize. A huge 'thank you' to all of the fans who voted for DEATHSTARS!

DEATHSTARS are also proud to announce the release of their latest video, "Virtue To Vice"! "Virtue To Vice" is the third video from their album "Termination Bliss" and this latest addition is one of the most visually stunning yet! Check it out on the official DEATHSTARS website or at the following locations:

NILE - Drummer to attend Texas club (Athens)

NILE drummer George Kollias will be attending the Greek 'Blasting Your Ears' club event, as a special guest, this Saturday night. The event is held by Nuclear Blast Records and will take place at the Texas Club (56 Ippokratous Str, Athens) at the upper hall. Fans of the band will be able to meet the prolific drummer and get autographs!

NILE's latest album, 'Ithyphallic', will be released on July 23 in Europe and July 17 in the U.S. through Nuclear Blast Records. An e-card of the album is available at this location!

NILE have been confirmed as one of the second-stage bands at this years Ozzfest alongside HATEBREED, BEHEMOTH, MONDO GENERATOR, ANKLA, CIRCUS DIABLO and the SHODOWN among others.

EVILE Set US Release Date For 'Enter The Grave'

EVILE, who had previously announced a UK release date of August 27 for their debut album, 'Enter the Grave' will be issuing it in the US on September 25.

Produced by Flemming Rasmussen (METALLICA, MORBID ANGEL), 'Enter The Grave' promises to carry the tradition of thrash in a whole new way. EVILE vocalist, Matt Drake describes what it was like to record with Rasmussen (most people wouldn't realize that Flemming Rasmussen's quite the chef, as well) in a brand new interview with Metal Hammer.

EVILE is also featured in the current (July 2007) issue of Metal Hammer magazine as part of their THRASH special. This stacked special issue includes a THRASH sampler CD featuring a track by EVILE. Pick it up at your local UK HMV store and you'll also receive a FREE 'Thrash Is King' T-shirt featuring MUNICIPAL WASTE, SSS and EVILE while supplies last.

EVILE will commence a UK tour this summer, including one special show where they will come together with MUNICIPAL WASTE and SSS to collectively take their throne as the new kings of thrash. Go to for a full list of dates.

'Enter The Grave,' the debut album by EVILE will be available on August 27 (UK) and September 25 (US) on

Earache To Release BRING ME THE HORIZON Debut In USA

Earache Records Inc, is pleased to announce the conclusion of a North American licensing deal of a British band that is not afraid to go beyond the expectations of a modern extreme metal act. Then again, this is no ordinary modern metal act. This is Bring Me The Horizon.

In the seemingly short span of 3 years since their formation, Bring Me The Horizon has accomplished more in that time than most bands do in 10. In 2006, Bring Me The Horizon was the recipient of a KERRANG! Award for 'Best British Newcomer' and held steady on MySpace's top 100 list of most played bands, currently boasting a playcount of 4.2 Million plays. Bring Me The Horizon were only 1 of 2 UK acts to chart in the MySpace top 100 (the other being Coldplay). In addition, they've toured with bands such as Bleeding Through and Killswitch Engage and performed a show-stealing set at the UK's Download Festival.

Garnering much attention and acclaim for their UK and online exploits, Bring Me The Horizon is now ready to make waves stateside with their debut album, 'Count Your Blessings' being released on August 14th on Earache. Known for their technically beautiful, yet honestly brutal sound, the band's widespread appeal has been swelling to a point of no return.

Bring Me The Horizon is being licensed to Earache through their UK home label Visible Noise and they could not be more thrilled about the deal.

Julie Weir, the A&R director of Visible Noise says, 'Bring Me The Horizon are an extreme and incendiary band, and where better for them to be released in the US than through the home of extreme music!!' Earache Records US Label Head, Al Dawson believes that the band's future now burns even brighter; 'We are overjoyed to be given the opportunity to work with Bring Me The Horizon - They are one of the most talented extreme bands to come out of England in the last few years.'

It is only a matter of time until Bring Me The Horizon ushers in the New Era of British Extreme Music.

Hear samples at Bring Me The Horizon's MySpace page:

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