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Pure Metal News: July 2007 Part 2

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July 2007 Part 1

Compiled by John Stefanis

THRESHOLD - Upcoming shows without singer Mac

THRESHOLD's singer Mac has astonished his fellow band members by deciding NOT to perform at this weekend's Metal Camp and Earthshaker festivals in Slovenia and Germany. "Mac was due to arrive in England on Saturday for band rehearsals, but on Saturday morning he sent us a short email saying he has to get on with his life and he's not coming", keyboarder Richard West states. "It was totally unexpected and we're all shocked by the news. Mac won't answer our phone calls so we can't get any more information from him.

With two festivals to perform next weekend our only option was to cancel the shows or find a replacement singer." Fortunately the band's previous singer Damian Wilson has come to the rescue and will perform at the festivals with the band for the first time since 1997! Richard: " He's now very busy learning the new material in time for Friday's show in Slovenia. We don't know what the long-term solution is, our focus right now is on the two festivals, we'll see how they go and take it from there."

Damian Wilson is currently lead singer for the band HEADSPACE who recently supported OZZY OSBOURNE for UK shows including Wembley Arena.

For more information see

ECHOES OF ETERNITY - On tour in the US

L.A. female-fronted prog sensation ECHOES OF ETERNITY will embark on a U.S. tour in early 2008 with TRAIL OF TEARS, CELLADOR and UNEXPECT. See the dates below!

ECHOES OF ETERNITY released their debut album "The Forgotten Goddess" earlier this year.
15.01. USA Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
16.01. USA West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
17.01. USA Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
18.01. USA Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
19.01. USA Bedford, NH - Mark´s Place
20.01. USA New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club
22.01. CDN Quebec City, QUE - Velvet
23.01. CDN Montreal, QUE - FouFounes
23.01. CDN Toronto, QUE - The Funhouse
25.01. USA Cleveland, OH - Peabody´s Down Under
26.01. USA Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
27.01. USA St. Paul , MN - Station 4
30.01. USA Seattle, WA - El Corazon
31.01. USA Portland, OR - Roseland Grill
01.02. USA San Franciso, CA - tba
02.02. USA Corona, CA - Showcase Theater
03.02. MEX Mexical, MEX - El Jardin del Silencio Extreme
04.02. USA West Hollywood, CA - Whiskey a Go Go
06.02. USA ´ Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
07.02. USA Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
08.02. USA San Antonia, TX - White Rabbit
09.02. USA Dallas, TX - tba
10.02. USA Houston, TX - Meridian

TESTAMENT - New label, new songs, new video footage

TESTAMENT have played one of their new songs on the "Sounds Of The Underground"- Tour and are now talking about their upcoming album. TESTAMENT recently inked a world-wide deal with Nuclear Blast Records.

The group will enter the studio late summer/early fall to record its long-awaited new album for a March 2008 release. has posted a video interview with TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy, conducted last Saturday at the Sayreville, New Jersey stop of the "Sounds Of The Underground"- tour. Watch the ten-minute clip at YouTube.

Original TESTAMENT members Alex Skolnick (guitar), Chuck Billy (vocals), Greg Christian (bass), and Eric Peterson (guitar), along with new drummer Nick Barker (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH), have finished writing more eight or nine songs for the group's long-awaited follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering".

In a recent interview with, Chuck Billy stated about the new TESTAMENT material, "The music is very heavy but it's very catchy. Eric's got some really catchy riffs. The vocals are real melodic with some catchy hooks. It's really heavy. It's something new. Nick, coming from a black metal background, is adding that spark that we needed. It's a fresh breath of life to our writing.

In the past couple of years we've written some songs but they weren't up to par with 'The Gathering'. Those songs just went in the trash. We just started over when Nick came into the picture. We're on a roll and the songs are turning out really good. . . [Lyrically] it's gonna be covering a lot of stuff, things we've experienced in life. Especially my illness, the cancer, and what I went through. I had some healing sessions and did a lot of sweat lodges with some Indians and medicine men. I'm sure I'll be talking about my experiences with the medicine men.

My father and Eric's father both passed away within the past couple of years. The war in Iraq. We'll be talking about those issues. It's things that people deal with in everyday life. We've gone away from the cliché gloom-and-doom lyrics, the typical heavy metal lyrics."

Sunday night (July 15) TESTAMENT debuted a new song, entitled "The Afterlife", during their headlining set at Jaxx in West Springfield, Virginia. According to one attendee, the track was "a mid-paced song that was very heavy and had some good, chunky riffs." Sitting behind the kit with the group was returning drummer Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, FORBIDDEN), who was filling on short notice for Nick Barker.

GOTTHARD - successful show at SWR1

Last week, GOTTHARD have played a successful show at SWR1. For more than one hour Switzerland ´s biggest Rock act has performed an acoustic gig for SWR1 ´s show "Kopfhörer". The show will be broadcasted on 27th July at 23 h.

DESASTER launch MySpace page!

German legendary Black/Thrashers DESASTER have just opened their official MySpace dungeon! Drop by, look around and add the total DESASTER to your friends!!!

Check it out @

JOB FOR A COWBOY talk about the concept of 'Genesis'

JOB FOR A COWBOY lead singer Jonny Davy recently spoke to ( about the band's lyrical approach on its latest CD, "Genesis". Even though the album isn't being promoted as a concept effort, the songs clearly tell a story of technology, religion and corrupt government, and how they combine to lead to the end of civilisation.

"I spent a really long time on the lyrics," says Davy, who's the band's sole songwriter. "At a pretty young age I realised that I was an atheist. Over time, I read up on a lot of religions and religious conspiracies and conspiracies in general.

"The record is actually about a biochip called the 'VeriChip' that's being implanted [into people] and used for medical identification and money currency purposes. People feel it's an invasion of privacy, and the other aspect is religious leaders have come out against it for fear that this is going to be a fulfillment of a prophecy in the Book Of Revelations.

"The VeriChip is actually being used today, and eventually they want to use it to implant in people's arms or hands. So let's say you walk to a grocery store and, instead of paying with money, you walk through a scanner and take the money out of your account.

On the religious side, you can turn on American Christian television and they'll be talking about it on their little talk shows. Religious leaders fear that the Antichrist is going to use the chip to control every man and woman in America and later the whole world."


PRIMORDIAL to play Party.San Open Air!

After CEPHALIC CARNAGE had to cancel their appearance on this year’s issue of the well known Party.San Open Air in Bad Berka, Germany, our Pagan Metal Champions PRIMORDIAL step in for them. Alan and the boys will travel there straight out of the studio where they are recording their upcoming album at the moment. PRIMORDIAL will play Saturday 1900-1945 CET!


We have been confirmed as support act for TESTAMENT along with fellow Danes LIPID on August 21st at Godset, Kolding. Needless to say it is an immense honour for us to play with the Thrash kings, whose records we have banged our heads to again and again throughout our metal education ;-) Be there folks!! AND if you want to catch THE ARCANE ORDER tear it up, remember to show up when the doors open at 20.00. We'll play shortly there after...

THE RED CHORD bring 'Making Of Prey For Eyes' Footage

Metal Injection and THE RED CHORD have teamed up to bring viewers exclusive "Making of Prey for Eyes" webisodes. The first clip has already been posted on THE RED CHORD channel ( on Metal Injection's video on-demand site. A new clip will be added every week leading up to the July 24 release of THE RED CHORD's third album, "Prey for Eyes". In addition to the making-of webisodes, Metal Injection has posted archival interviews, behind-the-scenes footage at video shoots as well as all the videos from the band.

"Prey for Eyes" was produced by Eric Rachel at Trax East in New Jersey and will feature the artwork of Paul Romano (TRIVIUM, MASTODON, MAROON).

UNEARTH Collecting Footage For Upcoming DVD

Massachusetts metallers UNEARTH have issued the following update:

"We are in the planning stages of an UNEARTH DVD. If anyone has any footage of you or anyone hanging out with us backstage, sidestage, in town, etc. please send us an email. We are trying to make a comprehensive DVD, and since we have a good amount of live footage, we'd like to have some of the more intimate clips of you hanging wtih us. Please send pictures too!

We've set up an email

Please send YouTube-type clips if that is possible. We would like to check them out and if we use them, reward you in some way with merch, tickets, etc."

DESASTER to release "666-Satan´s Soldiers Syndicate"

German Blackthrashers DESASTER have finished recordings for their new, sixth album "666-Satan´s Soldiers Syndicate". The album was recorded in the Harrows Studio, Holland (Asphyx, Pentacle, Occult, Soulburn etc.).

"666-Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate' again shows the band’s typical thrashing, blacking riff metal without mercy - where there is no space for any innovation and modern elements! It’s what DESASTER is all about: 'A FIST IN YOUR FACE METAL ATTACK'!
Beware and be prepared for sharp riffs, pounding drums, roaring bass and screaming hell...

Besides crushing everything in it’s way, '666-Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate' also features guest appearances by Proscriptor (Absu), A.A. Nemtheanga (Primordial) and Ashmedi (Melechesh).

"666 - Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate" will be released September, 7th (G/A/CH/I) / September, 10th (Europe)!

"666 - Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate' tracklisting
Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate-04:05
Angel Extermination-03:28
Razor Ritual-03:48
Fate Forever Flesh-04:46
Vile We Dwell-03:50
Venomous Stench-02:34
More Corpses For The Grave-04:34

Infernal - guitar
Sataniac - vocals
Tormentor - drums
Odin - bass

AS I LAY DYING - First song online + more tour dates for Europe

San Diego’s finest AS I LAY DYING have just uploaded a BRANDNEW track off their highly anticipated new album ‘An Ocean Between Us’!

Check out 'Within Destruction' @ or

The follow-up to 2005’s highly successful ‘Shadows Are Security’ was produced by Adam D. (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) and mixed by Colin Richardson (Machine Head).

‘An Ocean Between Us’ will be unleashed on August, 24th (G/A/CH/I) / August, 27th (Europe)!

The limited first edition will be delivered in a deluxe box set including a very special AILD-lanyard! Quality stuff!

AS I LAY DYING ‘An Ocean Between Us’
1. Separation
2. Nothing Left
3. An Ocean Between Us
4. Within Destruction
5. Forsaken
6. Comfort Betrays
7. I Never Wanted
8. Bury Us All
9. The Sound Of Truth
10. Departed
11. Wrath Upon Ourselves
12. This Is Who We Are

After having devastated most European stages throughout the Summer festivals, AS I LAY DYING will be back in September to rule the Euro stages once again!
The European trek includes DARKEST HOUR, HIMSA and a special guest (ARCHITECTS in the UK and MAROON on the mainland).
Dates in Scandinavia have been added since the last update and there are more dates to come. Stay tuned!


07.09.2007 - GB - Wolverhampton - Wolfrun Hall (+ ARCHITECTS)
08.09.2007 - GB - London - Mean Fiddler (+ ARCHITECTS)
09.09.2007 - GB - Glasgow - Garage (+ ARCHITECTS)
10.09.2007 - GB - Manchester - Academy 2 (+ ARCHITECTS)
11.09.2007 - B - Antwerp - Hof Ter Lo (+ MAROON)
12.09.2007 - NL - Amsterdam - Melkweg (+ MAROON)
13.09.2007 - - TBA - TBA
14.09.2007 - CH - Zürich - Rohstofflager (+ MAROON)
15.09.2007 - D - München - Backstage (+ MAROON)
16.09.2007 - D - Stuttgart - Röhre (+ MAROON)
17.09.2007 - D - Köln - Live Music Hall (+ MAROON)
18.09.2007 - D - Hamburg - Grünspan (+ MAROON)
19.09.2007 - D - Berlin - Columbia Club (+ MAROON)
21.09.2007 - D - Münster - Skater’s Palace (+ MAROON)
22.09.2007 - DK - Copenhagen - Loppen (+ MAROON)
23.09.2007 - S - Malmö - KB (+ MAROON)
24.09.2007 - S - Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers (+ MAROON)
25.09.2007 - S - Stockholm - Klubben (+ MAROON)

FLESHCRAWL to release "Structures Of Death"

German Deathheads FLESHCRAWL have finished recordings for their new album "Structures Of Death"!

For the first time in the bands history FLESHCRAWL didn’t record in Sweden, but in Studio Toninfusion in their home city of Ulm/Germany with Martin Schmitt on the soundboard. The clear and heavy rough mixes proved their decision to be right! Pelle Saether at Studio Underground in Västeras, Sweden mixed and mastered the album once again and delivered the perfect job!

'Structures Of Death" contains 12 in-your-face old school Death Metal songs with a lot of variation. Killer melodies and smashing, neckbreaking riffs of incomparable catchiness make 'Structures Of Death" one of the best Death Metal releases in 2007!

Track listing "Structures Of Death"
01 Skulls of the Rotten (Intro)
02 Structures of Death
03 Into the Fire of Hell
04 Written in Blood
05 A Spirit dressed in Black
06 Fleshcult
07 Into the Crypts of scattered Souls
08 Anthem of Death
09 Nothing but Flesh remains
10 Rest in Pain (R.I.P)
11 About Mortality
12 War of the Dead

The limited first edition will be released in Digipack format and will include a bonus track ('Rockin´ Is My Business - cover by The Four Horsemen)!

Sven Gross - vocals
Mike Hanus - guitar
Oliver Grbavac - guitar
Nico Scheffler - bass
Bastian Herzog - drums

"Structures Of Death" will be released the 21st of September (G/A/CH/I) / 24th of September (Europe)!

BRAINSTORM - Andi Mailaender leaves the band!

Time To Say Goodbye!!!!!!!!!!!

15 years of Brainstorm - a damn long time!

... a dream I have worked hard for: record deal, successful releases, festivals all over the world! Endless tours, bands and friends all over the world.

Because my professional situation is not going to ease up in the long run and I won't be able to combine it with the upcoming touring for the new Brainstorm release, I'm left with no choice but to leave Brainstorm...Too often the guys had to do without me, in difficult times they always stood beside me as friends, as the BS family and supported me in every possible way. I don't want to strain this friendship any further!!

I'm certain that the new BS album will deservedly bring the band further forward, the pay for the hard work of the band!! After so many hardworking years with each other, I don't want to hold the band back anymore and allow the band a kick-start for the release of the new album and the upcoming world tour. Of course I'll continue to be present through my Myspace page ( and will follow Brainstorm's career with mixed feelings... and please feel free to contact me whoever you are!

My thanks go out to the BS guys, Todde, Andy, Mille, Dieter and their families, our super BS crew, webmistress Marlies, my family, my parents, my brother, Metal Blade Records and most of all our fantastic BS fans all over the world!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's our doorway to survive

Best wishes,
Andi Mailaender

The BRAINSTORM guys are now in search of a new four-stringer to fill the vacant spot. If you think you are the right guy for the job send your application (including MP3 or CD, photo and info on musical history) to or to Metal Blade Records, attn. Brainstorm, P.O. Box 1332, D-73054 Eislingen, Germany

AEON to release "Rise To Dominate"

Finally! The new AEON album "Rise To Dominate" is finished and to be unleashed upon mankind shortly! Be prepared for a technical Death Metal apocalypse! "Rise To Dominate" is AEONs first album for Metal Blade Records and their third in total.

According to the band, the new songs are even 'more brutal and raw than ever before'. With all this going for the band, it’s no wonder that no other than Dan Swanö (BLOODBATH, EDGE OF SANITY, a.o.), could be persuaded to mix the record. All hell’s about to break loose around AEON!

What can possibly be a bigger honor for a brutal death metal band than having the godfathers of the genre, CANNIBAL CORPSE, declare to be fans of this band and take them out on a European tour?

That’s exactly what happened with AEON. As a matter of fact, CANNIBAL bassist Alex Webster doesn’t waste a chance to sing AEONs praises: 'AEONs musicianship is among the best in death metal, but their song writing is what truly sets them apart. It's rare to find a death metal band that is simultaneously crushingly brutal and infectiously catchy. AEON is one of those rare bands!'

"Rise To Dominate" will be released the 7th of September (G/A/CH/I) - 10th of September (Europe)!

Track list "Rise To Dominate"
1) Helel Ben-Shachar
2) Spreading Their Disease
3) Living Sin
4) Hate Them
5) You Pray To Nothing
6) Caressed By The Holy Man
7) House Of Greed
8) Godless
9) When The War Comes
10) There Will Be No Heaven For Me
11) Luke 4-5-7
12) No One Escapes Us

GOATWHORE video interview available has posted a 10-minute video interview with Ben Falgoust of GOATWHORE conducted on Saturday, July 14 at the Sayerville, New Jersey stop of the Sounds of the Underground tour. Watch the footage at YouTube (

GOATWHORE's video for the track "Forever Consumed Oblivion" can be viewed here ( The clip was shot during GOD FORBID's Chains of Humanity Tour, on which GOATWHORE was direct support. Acclaimed director David Brodsky (GOD FORBID, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, GWAR) led the production for the eight-camera shoot in addition to handling the directing and editing duties.

THE ABSENCE - 'Did you want to be in our new CD?'

When we posted the original blog/bulletin in February about posting our fans names in our new CD the replies were amazing! More then we expected! But we believe we managed to get in every name that came in...there were thousands! We added an extra 4 pages to the new CD booklet just for it!

‘Riders Of The Plague’ will be unleashed on August 10th (G/A/S/I) / August 13th (Europe)!

INTO THE MOAT checks in

Hello all. Long time no talk. Sorry about that. I hope everyone still remembers know, the technical metal band from south Florida?! However, our time away from the road has not gone without it's merits. We have been hard at work doing all that we do. Including college and work full time, and writing a new record. Which by the way is coming out amazing. I truly think we're onto some original stuff here.

We are playing a show in Miami this Friday with a bunch of friends so that should be fun. (First show in about 8 months!) We have a new bass player too. Introducing Nick the Greek: one of the sickest bass players in south Florida, and a damn fin recording engineer too.

He's a great dude, and I know every band that's been through a million line up changes says the same thing, but I really think we are a stronger band now than ever before. Our new record will definitely be a testament to that. We are recording in December with our great friend Erik Rutan once again. We have been doing some pre-production at my house though, so be on the look out for demos to be posted soon. We promise. Until then, take care. We love you all.

-Into The Moat

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER comment on upcoming release of "Nocturnal"

'Hey troops, Trevor here from THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. Just stopping by to tell you about our new album, Nocturnal, which is currently being mastered. >From the songs, to the artwork, to the sound quality itself, we could not be more pleased with the results... We are all feeling like proud fathers over here.

The album was recorded by Eric Rachel at Trax East, and mixed by Jason Seucof at Audiohammer... it sounds absolutely crushing. It should be just a couple of days before we post a new song on the myspace so you guys can have a taste of the carnage to come.

In the meantime, we are gearing up for global destruction... ahem, our tour of the European Festival circuit, as well as our return to the UK. We are very excited to play at Wacken and are very honoured to have the opportunity to play in front of so many metal heads. Not to mention our US tour in the fall in support of CANNIBAL CORPSE... on which we will be debuting some new material. Come out and support extreme metal!!!!'

BRAINSTORM - Honey at #18

German power metal monsters BRAINSTORM just entered the Hungarian DVD charts at #18 with their most recent release of the 2DVD-Set 'Honey From The B’s - Beasting Around The Bush'. Congrats, guys!!!

BRAINSTORM also announced their attendance to Zenei Napok Open Air taking place in Szekesfehervar, Hungary on September 7th 2007!

In other news, long-time bass player Andi Mailaender just left the band due to personal reasons - Andi’s statement can be read here

The BRAINSTORM guys are now in search of a new fourstringer to fill the vacant spot. If you think you are the right guy for the job send your application (including MP3 or CD, photo and info on musical history) to or to Metal Blade Records, attn. Brainstorm, P.O. Box 1332, D-73054 Eislingen, Germany

SICK OF IT ALL - SICK OF IT ALL - Gig at Rheinkultur Festival on

SICK OF IT ALL are currently touring Europe for the annual summer festivals in support of their still hot masterpiece and Century Media debut 'Death To Tyrants'. The band totally dominated such high-class festivals as Pressure Fest (D), Eurockeene (F) and With Full Force, but their performance at Rheinkultur festival, Bonn (D) in front of more than 100.000 fanatics can easily be described as previous highlight on this year’s festival run.

Not only this show documented the major success of the latest output 'Death To Tyrants', the band in general is in the best constitution ever.

The Rheinkultur show will be shown in full-length at on Sunday, July 15th 2007 20:00 CET. If you should miss this date, there is still the possibility to catch the show and the interview as on-demand-clip from 1st September on. Here’s the program for the next days:

Friday, 13.7., 20:00 CET, Mother Tongue

Saturday, 14.7., 20:00 CET, Donots

Sunday, 15.7., 20:00 CET, Sick Of It All

Just recently the band had a few days off and spent some time at the Century Media headquarter. Pete Koller, guitarist in SICK OF IT ALL, took the opportunity to record a play along for the killer song 'Uprising Nation' taken from the latest album 'Death To Tyrants'. Check out:

Municipal Waste new video clip shot by Troma Entertainment

Municipal Waste new video clip to be shot by Cult 80's Horror film company Troma Entertainment. 80's horror fans - get ready to be 'Tromatized' all over again! Legendary independent film company Troma Entertainment will shoot Municipal Waste's music video for the Thrash party anthem "HEADBANGER FACE RIP" from the latest album "The Art of Partying" next week in New York.

Founded by Lloyd Kaufman in 1974 Troma are known the world over for their genre-defining B-movie style shock flicks, that specialise in graphic violence, political satire and a bizarre sense of humour. Having produced classics such as 'The Toxic Avenger', 'Class Of Nuke 'Em High' and 'Sgt Kabukiman, NYPD' this will be the perfect marriage of splatter-style visuals with Municipal Waste's colourful high energy Thrash assault.

The concept is being kept secret but we can tell you that it will involve some of the favourite Troma characters such as the Toxic Avenger and Kabukiman.

"The Troma Team and I are huge fans of Earache Records and Municipal Waste, and we're excited to make 'Headbanger Face Rip' into a Truly Tromatic and Toxi-riffic Music Video Experience!"

- Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma and Creator of the Toxic Avenger.

Municipal Waste's lyrical miracle himself, Tony Foresta, is equally excited about the upcoming shoot: "Troma's awesome! They are a huge influence on our music, we are working out concepts for an amazing video. Hopefully it will have boobies in it and blood and sh*t".

Lloyd Kaufman himself sums it up best: "It seems fitting that Municipal Waste would ask the Troma Team to make a video for 'Headbanger Face Rip', as we've been ripping faces off on film for over 30 years!"

'The Art Of Partying' is out now on CD (with FREE PATCH) and 10 different coloured vinyl LPs on Earache Records in UK/Europe and due July 31 in USA on CD (initial copies come with FREE PATCH)

Ephel Duath begin work on new album 'Through My Dog's Eyes'

Italian experimental jazz metallers Ephel Duath have begun work on a new album due to be released in 2008. The album, entitled 'Through My Dog's Eyes' is set to be a concept album in which a dog depicts his vision of various aspects of life, from casual things like nightmares or walks to deeper issues such as accepting death and the rules of nature that are unavoidable.

The band are currently gathered together, writing and arranging the songs, and guitarist Davide had this to say about the album:
'The pre-production is very promising, and we'll abuse it to grasp and magnify the potential of each track: we are sure that the album will not only please the fans but that it will also bring us new ones'.

Talking about the concept behind 'Through My Dog's Eyes', Davide has also stated that:

'Lyrics-wise, it is a first person narrative in the shape of various short novels.

We are in no way attempting to prove any sort of superiority or draw a parallel between man and animal. All we intend to do is capture the essence of how we think dogs see life, hence the use of the first person, and all of this being speculation means that the texts deal with sheer fantasy.

We'll push people to think about this concept as an ode to one of the animals with the most humanity in the eyes'.

'Through My Dog's Eyes' will follow the release of the upcoming remix album entitled 'Pain Remixes The Known' which is set to be released on July 23rd. To hear a track from the album head over to

To find out more about Ephel Duath visit: Catch Ephel Duath on tour on these dates.

Akercocke's 'Antichrist' U.S. release

Get sucked into hell by one of the most anticipated death metal releases of 2007. ‘Antichrist’ is the newest release by the satanic Englishmen, AKERCOCKE and it makes its way to US stores TOMORROW.

Finally, America can find out what all of the controversy is about. ‘Antichrist’ is the album so evil that Northern Ireland opposed the band’s appearance in the region. It’s the album so satanic that the band’s original US pressing plant refused to handle the disc. See for yourself why this epic masterpiece has caused such a stir as AKERCOCKE’s ‘Antichrist’ comes to the US TOMORROW.

You can buy it in stores or on EARACHE.COM.

‘Antichrist’ Track Listing:
1. Black Messiah
2. Summon the Antichrist
3. Axiom
4. The Promise
5. My Apterous Angel
6. Distant Fires Reflect in the Eyes of Satan
7. Man Without Faith or Trust
8. The Dark Inside
9. Footsteps Resound in an Empty Chapel
10. Epode

To watch the twisted and surreal video for 'Axiom,' go to

For a full list of AKERCOCKE tour dates, including a fall Australian tour with THE BERZERKER and a special 10th anniversary show in London this August, go to AKERCOCKE.COM

The NME declare that Thrash is Back!

British weekly music magazine NME has jumped aboard the Thrash resurgence and openly declared that 'Thrash Is Back' in this week's issue. Reaching out to a more mainstream market, the NME delves into the upcoming artists exploding out of the genre and describes Thrash as 'a style of music that makes you want to pour lager over your head and jump off speaker stacks'.

Focusing on Thrash as 'a place where life can be celebrated and consumed', writer James McMahon presents Merseyside thrashers S.S.S, Dublin's Gama Bomb, North Carolina's Sanctity, new Earache signing Evile and Virginian cross-over thrash masters Municipal Waste as the new breed. Speaking to the NME, Municipal Waste's Ryan Waste describes thrash as 'the most honest form of music' and states 'It's aggressive, there's no frills to it, it's straightforward and it's angry but in a positive way - because you're letting it through. You're circle-pitting, you're stage diving, you're using your energy and getting out aggression'.

To read the full feature simply click here.
To find out for yourself what all the fuss is about, check out the new sounds of Thrash by heading over to:

Municipal Waste's 'The Art of Partying' and S.S.S 'Short Sharp Shock' are available to buy now in the UK/Europe. Evile's debut release 'Enter The Grave' is out on August 27th.

Catch the bands out on tour at the folllowing shows:
MUNICIPAL WASTE EUROPEAN TOUR (with SSS and Evile on selected dates)

Municipal Waste completes filming "Headbanger Face RIP" music Video with Troma Entertainment

MUNICIPAL WASTE recently joined together with Troma Entertainment to complete a music video for 'Headbanger Face Rip,' one of the many blistering tracks featured on the band’s latest release, The Art of Partying

Have you ever wondered how good of a guitar player the Toxic Avenger is? What do you think would happen when Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD meets 'The Inebriator'? All those on set for this momentous occasion know and soon, so will the world.
Shot primarily on bluescreen, Troma made sure to film MUNICIPAL WASTE in just about every angle imaginable so the maximum amount of thrash could be experienced by all.

When not playing for the camera, they played it UP for the camera, donning white jumpsuits and officially becoming members of the Toxic Crusaders. No one in the room was running on much sleep, nor was fueled by much food, so to see the band play as hard as they did in front of the hot, blinding studio lights is a testament to MUNICIPAL WASTE’s ability to thrash before all else.

After he band had wrapped shooting their individual parts, it was time to film 3 of the finest creations ever to come out of the warped minds of Troma. The Toxic Avenger, Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD and a newer Troma character (now a band favorite), Poultrygeist thrashed around the set like there was no tomorrow. It goes to show that MUNICIPAL WASTE can fu*k up even the most seasoned of oddities.

As the day wore down, all notions of this being a professional shoot went out the window, especially when the beer arrived. The shoot turned into a giant party that just happened to be filmed. With MUNICIPAL WASTE around, you never know what’s going to happen and soon Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD found out the hard way as he fell victim to the most monstrous beer bong of all time, Tony Waste’s 'The Inebriator.'

After some group shots and the filming of a brief scene involving MUNICIPAL WASTE’s tour van, the day was done. In the end, as is usually the case wherever MUNICIPAL WASTE goes, a raging good time was had by all. The way that Troma Entertainment and MUNICIPAL WASTE worked together was like a match made in thrash heaven. They’ve accomplished to shoot a video that will surely be as fun to watch as it was to be on set for. The video will be so fun, in fact, that you won’t just watch, you will be compelled to jump out of your seat and MOSH!

Keep your eyes peeled for the music video for MUNICIPAL WASTE’s 'Headbanger Face Rip,' coming soon to screens everywhere.

'Headbanger Face Rip' can be found on MUNICIPAL WASTE’s latest release, The Art of Partying, out on July 31 in the US, available on the store links below.

Voting in the Kerrang! Awards, but don’t know who to vote for? Well, this is one time that you’re better off letting your vote go to WASTE.

Vote MUNICIPAL WASTE for 'Best International Newcomer,' 'Best Live Band' and 'Best Album (The Art of Partying).'
To vote, go to

Charity music event in Nottingham’s Rock City

Nottingham's Rock City will be hosting a charity event on August the 4th.

All proceeds from the event will go to Epilepsy Action. Featured bands include Evil Scarecrow and rising stars OUT CRY FIRE

The bands playing are all unsigned acts looking for a chance so in reality this is an event to help to desperate areas, underground music and the fight to help those with Epilepsy.

All the details of the event are below.

ROCK CITY AUGUST 4th - Doors 2pm


Evil Scarecrow
Out Cry Fire
Scavengers Daughter
Zuprowski Connection
In Dying Days

14+ event ROAR
Tickets £5 available from

KATAKLYSM - Cancels US tour dates!

After much thought Kataklysm have decided to Cancel the few dates they had lined up with Devildriver next month in favor to enter the studio...

Comments guitarist J-f Dagenais :

"I think we were all in the band looking forward to hitting the road again and raise mayhem, but there's a lot of magic that just created with the writing process and all of us are too much into it to break the mood and progress, my studio is ready and we decided to start recording the new album ­"PREVAIL" August 15th and work on it till we leave for our European tour at the end of September..

We also decided that we will mix the album in January in Florida with Producer JASON SUECOF (Trivium, Chimaira, Black Dhalia Murder) which we are looking forward too, Myself and Jason will make sure the album is as flawless as possible with a crushing production!!

So for the many fans that were hitting up our myspace and website looking forward to seeing us live this summer, we sincerely apologise but its for a good cause trust me, on the other side of things we have some very serious offers for Nov. and Dec. so we are planning on hitting the road in the states then, there’s some big things in the horizon...we will keep you posted!"

CHIMAIRA - Bassist forced to miss Sounds Of The Underground dates

Bassist will miss shows of the current tour. Jim LaMarca has been forced to miss a few shows on the current Sounds Of The Underground tour due to a death in his family. Filling in on bass for the affected dates are Beefcake (GWAR), Paul Romanko (SHADOWS FALL), Andy Williams (EVERY TIME I DIE) and CHIMAIRA frontman Mark Hunter. Professionally filmed video footage of CHIMAIRA's performance at this year's Graspop Metal Meeting, which took place July 22-24 in Dessel, Belgium, has been posted at YouTube!

NEAERA - Limited first edition details

The new NEAERA album 'Armamentarium' will also be available as a limited first edition double digipack with metal finish incl. a bonus DVD (full live show)!

Recorded at Hansen Studios in Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen, 'Armamentarium' is the most aggressive, focused and best sounding NEAERA album to date. The vocals were recorded at Rape Of Harmonies studio in Germany.

The first reviews by the national press are nothing but amazing!
* Metal Hammer magazine - 6 out of 7 points
* Rock Hard magazine - 8,5 out of 10 points
* Legacy magazine - 13 out of 15 points
* Heavy magazine - 10 out of 12 points

The limited first edition will contain a bonus DVD - recorded live at their sold-out show in their home town of Muenster earlier this year! Running time: 61 minutes!

Here's the track listing:

NEAERA-Live at Triptychon 19/05/07

1. Mechanisms Of Standstill
2. Paradigm Lost
3. The World Devourers
4. Let The Tempest Come
5. I Love The World
6. Armamentarium
7. Walls Instead Of Bridges
8. From Grief!To Oblivion
9. Broken Spine
10. Scars To Grey
11. Where Submission Reigns

'Armamentarium' will be released on August, 24th in Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland and on August, 27th in the rest of Europe!

Track listing 'Armamentarium':
1.Spearheading the Spawn
2.Tools of Greed
6.In Loss
7.The Orphaning
8.The Escape From Escapism
9.Mutiny of Untamed Minds
10.The Need for Pain

DEVIAN - New Swedish Extreme Metal act DEVIAN (feat. Ex Marduk members) signs to Century Media Records worldwide

Century Media is proud to announce the recent addition of Swedish melodic Death/Black Metallers DEVIAN to the label’s diverse roster. DEVIAN was originally founded by former Marduk members Legion (Vocals) and Emil Dragutinovic (Drums) after their departure from the Black Metal commando in their strife to come up with a new breed of wretched Scandinavian Metal.

Together with guitarists Joinus, Markus Lundberg (both members of Sargathanas Reign) and bassplayer Tomas Nilsson, DEVIAN form an unstoppable organic extreme Metal machine driven by a raving hunger and deadset determination

Bandleader Legion comments on the signing with CM as follows: 'Speaking for the whole band, I want to say that we’re psyched, to say the least, about initiating the DEVIAN onslaught on such a killer label as Century Media. We are all fans of the label and the music they’ve put out during the years. Having worked with them for some releases during the Marduk years, I know they always did a job well done to a fault. We couldn’t have found ourselves a better label home.'

DEVIAN have finished tracking their upcoming debut album at Sweden’s Art Decay Studio, whereas mixing duties were handled by sound-wizard Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir, etc.). DEVIAN’s debut will be entitled 'Ninewinged Serpent' and is tentatively set for release via Century Media Records by October 2007.

Legion adds the following about the album: 'It’s a pummelling blackened death thrasher, where we really tried to challenge ourselves and bring fresh elements to the music compared to our efforts in previous projects, and I’d say we managed to achieve that.

What at first looked to be mine and Emil’s continuation of 'World Funeral' grew into a much more multifaceted sound and we loved taking it in that direction and really making it all it could be. It’s no-bullsh*t raving metal straight from the heart charged with uncontrollable anger, haunting melodies and bone crushing heaviness. It’s got a lot of power and soul and we are all extremely proud of what we’ve managed to achieve.'

Feel free to visit the band’s newly created myspace profile at:

DEVIAN line-up:

Legion - Vocals
Joinus - Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Markus Lundberg - Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Tomas Nilsson - Bass Guitar
Emil Dragutinovic - Drums

For more info on DEVIAN visit:

HIMSA - Post New Track Online; Embark On European Tour

Like a voracious hellion, the mighty HIMSA have returned to annihilate the masses with their scathing new metal assault, 'Summon In Thunder', which is set for a September 17th release. The scathing new track, 'Big Timber,' can now be streamed on the band’s official MySpace page

The group will also head overseas this September for a month-long European tour alongside As I Lay Dying, Darkest Hour and label mates Maroon.

Johnny Pettibone states: ''Summon in Thunder' - History has repeated itself in nature's vicious circle, giving a warning to the deterioration and collapse of humanity around us all. The heaviness of inspiration and failure, the strive to succeed and the pain of defeat. A call of cleansing for man's evils throughout the ages be it political, environmental, religious, or individual mental being. We all are guilty in the journey of survival.'

'Summon In Thunder' will also include such exclusive extras as a video for the track "Unleash Carnage," a 15-minute making-of-the-album documentary.

This scorching new effort (and debut Century Media offering) also marks the return of original guitarist, Sammi Curr, to the fold. With Curr rejoining and collaborating with Kirby Johnson (guitars), the group's integrity and passion were at an all-time high, resulting in their most dynamic, yet devastating material yet.

In 2007, HIMSA are destined to leave a definitive mark on the genre.

with As I Lay Dying, Darkest Hour, Architects

07.09.2007 Woverhampton Wulfrun Hall United Kingdom
08.09.2007 London Mean Fiddler United Kingdom
09.09.2007 Glasgow Garage United Kingdom
10.09.2007 Manchester Academy 2 United Kingdom

MAROON - New album on it’s way and more

German metal(core) army MAROON have finished the work on their forthcoming new album 'The Cold Heart Of The Sun'. The drums were recorded at the Danish Hansen Studios by the mighty Jacob Hansen (Heaven Shall Burn, Neaera, Fear My Thoughts, Volbeat, etc), who also did the mixing and mastering duties for the album while the other instruments and vocals were nailed down at the Rape Of Harmonies studio in Germany with Ralf Müller, Patrick W. Engel and Alexander Dietz (Heaven Shall Burn).

MAROON 'The Cold Heart Of The Sun' track listing:
1. [Reach] The Sun
2. Only The Sleeper Left The World
3. Steelbath Your Heart
4. My Funeral Song
5. Black Halo!
6. The Cold Heart Of The Sun
7. For Those Unseen
8. As Truth Becomes Vain
9. The Iron Council
10. Fear The Most Them Who Protect
11. Some Goodbyes Are Farewells

'The Cold Heart Of The Sun' will be released in Europe on October 22nd.

Furthermore MAROON have been confirmed for the mainland for the European tour alongside As I Lay Dying, Darkest Hour and label mates HIMSA.

MAROON vocalist Andre Moraweck comments:

'News from the MAROON headquarter: Something new from the live front. We will have our debut with our new booking agencies Marek Lieberberg Concerts / Green Hell Booking in September supporting the As I Lay Dying guys on their upcoming European Shows (except the shows in UK!) Thus: get up from your lazy butts! Thanks for your support, the Marooniacs...'

SWORN ENEMY - Video message from With Full Force Festival, new album

NYHC heroes SWORN ENEMY have just toured Europe and finished works on their new album to be released through Century Media Records in Autumn 2007!

Click HERE to watch a cool video message of the band with hot details and revealed secrets on the new album, funny tour stories, etc, recorded for you @ With Full Force Festival early July.

Furthermore the band is confirmed for this year’s Persistence Tour 2007, here are the dates:
Together with Hatebreed, Agnostic Front, Evergreen Terrace, Death Before Dishonor

29.11. Wiesbaden - Schlachthof (Germany)
30.11. Paris - Cigale (France)
01.12. Essen - Fun Box Amalie (Germany)
02.12. Hamburg - Docks (Germany)
03.12. München - Werk (Germany)
04.12. Zürich - Volkshau (Switzerland)
05.12. Tilburg - O13 (Netherlands)
06.12. London - Forum (England)
07.12. Saarbrücken - Garage (Germany)
08.12. Dresden - Alter Schlachthof (Germany)
09.12. Brugges - Boudewijn Seapark (Belgium)

Ephel Duath "Pain Remixes The Known" out now

The latest ambitious release from Italian experimental jazz metallers Ephel Duath finally hits the shops in the UK/Europe today. 'Pain Remixes The known' is a deconstructed and mutated form of 2005's 'Pain Necessary To Know', and looks set to cause a stir in the metal genre and beyond.

Pain Remixes The Known' was remixed by the famed Italian producer Eraldo Bernocchi who has collaborated in the past with the likes of Bill Laswell and Mick Harris. Ephel Duath are currently working on a fresh new album, entitled 'Through My Dog's Eyes', which is set to be a concept album in which a dog depicts his vision of various aspects of life. This is due to be released in 2008.

To find out more about 'Pain Remixes The Known', including links to online retailers visit

Catch Ephel Duath on tour at these dates.

To order straight from the Earache webstore click the links below.

BRING ME THE HORIZON 'Count Your Blessings' available for pre-order

The invasion is imminent. BRING ME THE HORIZON are bringing their shockingly powerful full-length debut, Count Your Blessings to America on August 14.

Already already having proved to their UK fanbase that they are more than tattoos and a haircut, BRING ME THE HORIZON is poised to usher in a new era of British brutality among the masses in the US.

With 2 straight yearly appearances at the Download Festival, a Kerrang! Award for 'Best British Newcomer' and the high honor of being the 2nd most popular UK band on MySpace, BRING ME THE HORIZON has thoroughly made their mark in their home country as (what Metal Hammer deems) 'the fastest rising group of non-indie %#@*$ in the UK today.'

Make sure you’re the first to experience the sensation that is BRING ME THE HORIZON in America by pre-ordering their debut full-length CD, Count Your Blessings from the EARACHE online store at

You can find Count Your Blessings in stores on August 14.

DIMMU BORGIR - Drummer to sit out festivals + tour

Norwegian Black metal masters DIMMU BORGIR have issued the following statement:

"Due to Hellhammers injury (the x-ray report confirms a severe neck prolapse causing his right arm to numb out) he will be unable to play drums for Dimmu Borgir on the remaining festivals this summer and the upcoming European tour, also featuring Amon Amarth and Hatesphere. Hellhammer will go into treatment and a possible surgery for this shortly. Taking his place will be Tony Laureano (Nile, Angelcorpse, Aurora Borealis), who also played for Dimmu Borgir during Ozzfest 2004 and festivals in 2005.

We wish Hellhammer a swift and successful recovery!"
The European leg of "The Invaluable Darkness" tour kicks off in Amsterdam on September 23rd and will finish in their hometown Oslo on November 6th.

SEVERE TORTURE give update on what to expect from forthcoming album

Severe Torture have provided some insight into what fans can expect from their eagerly anticipated forthcoming album 'Sworn Vengeance', which is due for release in September. Speaking with excitement about the album, Severe Torture have stated:

We finished mixing duties last week and the Hertz studio did an amazing job. The end result literally blew us away. The sheer aggression and power of this album exceeds anything we have done by far and we can't wait for you guys to hear it'.

The band have given some insight into a track from the album, entitled 'Buried Hatchet', which features their friend Jason from Misery Index and Che from Born From Pain. Severe Torture explain that the guest vocalists 'dual with Dennis' guttural deathgrunts!', which hints that fans can expect an album laden with a high dosage of annihilating tracks.

To find out more about Severe Torture and 'Sworn Vengeance' head over to: and

Check out one of latest photos of the band here

MUNICIPAL WASTE / SSS get a sneak peak of their upcoming albums in Chicago this weekend

Hey Chicago, do you have that thrashy itch that you just can’t scratch? Then let the Chicago Metal Factory and EARACHE RECORDS do it for you THIS SUNDAY, July 29, during Chicago Metal Sundays at Exit.

You better know how to mosh your way through the door, though, as special guest DJs, including Samantha from VH1’s 'Rock of Love' will be blaring many featured tracks from MUNICIPAL WASTE’s The Art of Partying and SSS’s Short Sharp Shock, as well as other EARACHE favorites throughout the night.

That’s right, you lucky citizens of the windy city! You’ve got your chance to get an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming releases from MUNCIPAL WASTE and SSS before they go on sale this Tuesday, so don’t blow it and go see a movie or something instead. Come to Exit THIS Sunday and THRASH ‘til the sun comes up.

If the prospect of hearing NEW tracks by Thrash kings, MUNICIPAL WASTE and SSS or seeing one of the 'Rock of Love' girls up close and personal isn’t enough, the CMF’s serving up lots of cheap beer to keep you going between all of the great EARACHE prize give-aways they’re going to be holding all night.

01 NL Metropol HENGELO
05 UK Southampton JOINERS (w/S.S.S)
06 UK Newcastle CLUNY
07 UK Liverpool BARFLY (w/S.S.S & Evile)
08 UK Glasgow KING TUTS (w/S.S.S)
09 UK Sheffield Casbah (w/S.S.S)
10 UK London UNDERWORLD (w/S.S.S)
13 NL Amsterdam BITTERZOET
14 NL Tilburg EXTASE
24 Leeds Festival (Lock up Stage)
25 1in12 Club, Bradford (w/ SSS)
26 Reading Festival (Lock up Stage)

NIGHTWISH - Norwegian TV interview available

Tuomas and Anette about the past months! NIGHTWISH leader/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and new vocalist Anette Olzon were recently interviewed by Patrizia Mazzuoccolo of Norway's NRK P3TV about the band's singer search, problems with previous front-woman Tarja Turunen and strip clubs, among other topics. Watch the five-minute clip at this location.

NIGHTWISH's new album, "Dark Passion Play" is scheduled for release on September 28 via Nuclear Blast Records in most parts of Europe. Check out the cover artwork at this location.

The "Amaranth" single will precede the album on August 24 (Nuclear Blast). It will be available in several different versions, the details of which will be announced later. To see the "Amaranth" cover artwork, click here.

CLAWFINGER - Autographs for visions & cool video

Once more, they have been a legendary live act: during the traditional Gurten Festival in Swiss Bern CLAWFINGER, the winners of Jaegermeister Rock:Liga, could play another successful show. After the gig that has been recorded and broadcasted by radio and TV, fans have been more than enthusiastic. Loud and happy they’ve celebrated the Swedish guys during the band ´s autograph session - a session that was, by the way, presented by Visions magazine, the magazine that was the only one writing really bad about the new record "Life Will Kill You". From today on you can build your own opinion on that - "Life Will Kill You" is now available at the shops. Thousands of fans of Jaegermeister Rock:Liga have already partied to some of the songs - no it’s your turn!

Arnie loves CLAWFINGER so much that decided to talk a bit about his passion! Watch the video HERE and check what Arnie has to say about the crossover heroes!

SIX FEET UNDER European Tour

SIX FEET UNDER are teaming up with NILE, FINNTROLL and BELPHEGOR for a European tour in November/December.

The confirmed dates are as follows:

+ local support

29/ Nov CH Pratteln Z 7
30/ Nov DE Lichtenfels Stadthalle
1/ Dec DE Munich Backstage
2/ Dec DE Lindau Vaudeville
3/ Dec NL Tilburg O13
4/ Dec FR Paris Locomotive
5/ Dec DE Saarbruecken Garage
6/ Dec AT Innsbruck Hafen
7/ Dec AT Vienna Planet Music
8/ Dec AT Linz Posthof 9/ Dez DE Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik
10/ Dec AT Graz Orpheum
11/ Dec DE Frankfurt Batschkapp
12/ Dec DE Hamburg Markthalle
13/ Dec DE Berlin Postbahnhof
14/ Dec DE Leipzig Hellraiser
15/ Dec DE Werl Stadthalle - Satans Convention

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER to release "Nocturnal"

The often imitated yet never duplicated Detroit deathsters THE BLACK DAHILA MURDER have returned to the public eye to reclaim their rightful throne as leaders of all things extreme with their third blackened opus of thrashing melodic death metal, "Nocturnal". "I don't think the pretenders will be able to match this one," proclaims vocalist Trevor Strnad of their scorching new offering, "It's fu*king over the top. Brian (Eschbach; guitarist/songwriter) has really outdone himself this time. The kid eats lightning and sh*ts chains."

Recorded at Trax East with Eric Rachel and mixed by Jason Seucof at Audiohammer, the band’s third full length Metal Blade release, "Nocturnal", is chock full of flesh searing riffage, mind-bending guitar solos by fret-freak John Kempainen, and the disgustingly poetic gore soaked lyricism that legions of the band's manically adoring fans have been hungering for. 'From the songs, to the artwork, to the sound quality itself, we could not be more pleased with the results' states vocalist Trevor Strnad. The artwork was done by Necrolord aka Kristian Wahlin (EMPEROR, DISSECTION, BATHORY!).

Be sure to catch the band live on their Summer tour starting next week where they will be unleashing some new material off "Nocturnal".

Nocturnal track listing:
1. Everything Went Black
2. What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse
3. Virally Yours
4. I Worship Only What You Bleed
5. Nocturnal
6. Deathmask Divine
7. Of Darkness Spawned
8. Climactic Degradation
9. To a Breathless Oblivion
10. Warborn

Brian Eschbach - Guitars/back up vocals
Trevor Strnad - Vocals
John Kempainen - Lead Guitars
Ryan 'Bart' Williams - Bass
Shannon Lucas - Drums


02/08/07 D - Frankfurt a. M. - Nachtleben
03/08/07 D - Wacken - Wacken Open Air (without THE OCEAN)
04/08/07 D - Leisnig - Sucks N Summer (without THE OCEAN)
06/08/07 D - Herford - Kick
07/08/07 D - Bochum - Matrix
08/08/07 D - Berlin - SO36
09/08/07 PL - Poznan - Blue Note
10/08/07 CZ - Jaromre - Brutal Assault Festival
11/08/07 D - Bad Berka - Party-San Open Air (without THE OCEAN)
12/08/07 D - Schweinfurt - Alter Schlachthof
13/08/07 A - Lustenau - Culture Factory Y
14/08/07 I - Rivalta Di La Morra - Dynasty Live Club
15/08/07 A - Oberwart - OHO
16/08/07 D - Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze Open Air (without THE OCEAN)
17/08/07 B - Hasselt - Pukkelpop Open Air (without THE OCEAN)
18/08/07 GB - Cardiff - Barfly (+ ANTERIOR)
19/08/07 GB - Sheffield - Corporation (+ ANTERIOR)
20/08/07 GB - Glasgow - Barfly (+ ANTERIOR)
21/08/07 GB - Newcastle - Trillians (+ ANTERIOR)
22/08/07 GB - Norwich - Waterfront (+ ANTERIOR)
23/08/07 GB - Swindon - Furnance (+ ANTERIOR)
24/08/07 GB - London - Islington Carling Academy (+ ANTERIOR)
25/08/07 B - Ieper - Ieper Fest

AS I LAY DYING online player launched

Just one more month to go until the new and highly anticipated AS I LAY DYING album 'An Ocean Between Us' is unleashed upon the masses!

Therefore we have just set up an online player where you can listen to the brand new track 'Within Destruction', check out the cool features and take your chance to win awesome AS I LAY DYING gear!

Check it out @

The follow-up to 2005's highly successful 'Shadows Are Security' was produced by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's Adam D. and AS I LAY DYING singer Tim Lambesis himself and mixed and mastered by Colin Richardson (MACHINE HEAD).

"An Ocean Between Us' will be released on August 24th (G/A/S/I) / August 27th (Europe) via Metal Blade Records! The album will be available as a limited edition CD featuring a special box packaging including a high quality lanyard (heavy stuff!). The record will also be released as an LP on toxic green vinyl!

Keep your eyes peeled for AS I LAY DYING!

THE ABSENCE to film "Dead And Gone" video

Tampa, Florida-based melodic thrashers THE ABSENCE will shoot a video for their track "Dead and Gone" at the end of the month in New York with director Kevin Custer (THE DESTRO, DECYFER DOWN).

"Dead and Gone" comes off the group's sophomore CD, "Riders of the Plague", due on August 7 via Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded at Mana Studios in Florida with Swedish producer Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY, CARNAL FORGE). Mixing duties were handled by Jonas at his Black Lounge studios in Avesta, Sweden. The CD features guest appearances by guitarists James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT), Jonas Kjellgren, Per Nilsson (SCAR SYMMETRY) and Santiago Dobles (AGHORA) as well as guest vocals by Jonas Granvik (WITHOUT GRIEF, EDGE OF SANITY).

MACHINEMADE GOD - New Song online

Ladies and Gentlemen,

One month to go until the mask will be revealed. We decided to make the long waiting a bit sweeter for you by adding some eye- and earcandy to our MySpace-page.

So all of you should visit and check out the new design while listening to our new song 'Forgiven', taken from our upcoming release 'Masked'.

Feel free to add the song to your profile and let us know what you think!

If you’re not into Myspace check Metal Blade’s Audiofiles on their website.

Besides that we have some uncommon news for you:

Sven Luppus, our bass player, got married last Friday, and we wish him and his wife all the best for their future! And a memorable honeymoon!


IMPIOUS - New homepage up and running

Yo muddafukkaz! New site is up and running! F I N A L L Y ! ! ! Don’t worry, the a**hole who handled the whole thing is now dead and eaten. We got the hang of it now, so expect this site to be updated regularly.

So what’s up at the IMPIOUS camp you ask? First up are Stonehenge Festival in Holland and Summer Breeze Festival in Germany. We also hope to tour Europe in the fall, but nothing is booked yet.

We would also like to thank everybody who came out and banged their head at our first show in the US, at the Metal Blade 25th Year Anniversary (New England Metal And Hardcore Festival). We had a blast!! Check out some photos at

Oh, and by the way, go pick up 'Holy Murder Masquerade' if you haven’t already. That’s an order!

HATE ETERNAL announces new drummer

Florida-based band extreme metal act HATE ETERNAL has announced the addition of drummer Jade Simonetto to the group's ranks.

Commented guitarist/vocalist Erik Rutan (ex-MORBID ANGEL), "Jade and I have been working together for six months or so, and his incredible skill and dedication to extreme drumming and groove has made him the perfect drummer for HATE ETERNAL. We get on everything from all the old songs to the new and the creativity process has been amazing.

"Working with Jade on the new songs, there is so much diversity and signature drumming to the melodies and riffs.

"We have been in the middle of pre-production right now for weeks and will be doing pre-production till the end of August. We will then start recording the drum tracks for our album!

"I am super-excited about the new material and Alex [Webster, CANNIBAL CORPSE] is coming up with some incredible bass lines!

"This album is covering a lot more ground than we have previously and I am excited about jamming with Jade and Alex, and a surprise in the works! A lot more groove and diversity in an extreme way.

"We will record and mix between now and October, with an early 2008 release on Metal Blade."

CANNIBAL CORPSE's Alex Webster was recruited to play bass on HATE ETERNAL's new album following the departure of Randy Piro Jr.

Webster and Rutan have had a close working relationship prior to collaborating on HATE ETERNAL's new album. Rutan produced CANNIBAL CORPSE's latest CD, "Kill" (2006)

HATE ETERNAL signed a new record deal with Metal Blade Records in January 2007.

DESASTER to celebrate the release of '666 - Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate'

This is an official invitation to our release party on the 8th of September in Koblenz, Rockbar Florinsmarkt!

This time we decided to do a party in a pub without any live music. But we’ll have a DJ who will play only 'DESASTER-related' METAL music. Also Infernal and Tormentor will play some METAL that night to incite you to bang your head and break your fu*king neck!

There will be some specials like exclusive merchandise prizes, because this is the first weekend you can buy our new release '666 - Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate' on CD and vinyl.

A special TS - only for that night (lim. To 50!) will be offered. You can also buy a 'Beer Flatrate' for 20 EU, which means you can drink as much beer as you can (except Hefe-Weizen)! Another special is that the 'Roter' (a special, sweet shooter) will be offered for a cheaper price!

The whole black mass starts at 20:00 o’clock with open end at:

Rockbar Florinsmarkt
Burgstrasse 16
56068 Koblenz (old town)

If cou need some place to stay, check out:

for questions write to:

AEON launch new homepage

'Since there is a new album on its way ('Rise to Dominate') we figured it would be nice to re-design the whole website so it would match the new albums artwork a little bit better. There has been some small complements to the content as well. Lyrics added, some "new" merchandise that was only available at gigs before.

However, a couple of things has been left out (press material, hi-res logos, videos etc) for the moment but will be back in a few days.

If you find any errors, odd behaviours or if you have any other feedback concerning the website, feel free to contact us.'

ARCH ENEMY - Reveal new album cover artwork, US tour, special "Kerrang!" show

Metal maestros ARCH ENEMY are proud to present you the artwork of their upcoming, highly anticipated new masterpiece 'Rise of The Tyrant', which will be unleashed upon the metal world on September 24th, 2007.

ARCH ENEMY mastermind Michael Amott (guitars) comments on the artwork created by Niklas Sundin / Cabin Fever Media as follows: 'This time around I turned to Niklas Sundin to bring the ‘RISE OF THE TYRANT’ imagery to life, and what a splendid job he did! I am always amazed by this man’s imagination and talent, and his seemingly never-ending patience in dealing with me! We worked closely on the project from the beginning and what we ended up with is something somewhat different to what we have done in the past: fewer colours, quite clandestine and very sinister! Wonderful!

The track ‘RISE OF THE TYRANT’ is musically the most extreme song we recorded and Angela’s lyrics fitted perfectly the mood of the music so we decided this had to be the name of the album. The cover reflects the atmosphere of total megalomania inspired by that song. The booklet artwork is really lending itself towards intense merchandise and stage production ideas, all of which will be revealed soon. But for now, stare into the all-seeing eye of the rising tyrant!'

Furthermore the band can already announce details of their upcoming live activities. Prior to crushing Europe in Nov./Dec. 2007 on the 'Black Crusade' tour with Machine Head, Trivium, Dragonforce and Shadows Fall, ARCH ENEMY will head out for 'The Black Tyranny' US co-headliner tour with Machine Head, visit Australia with Machine Head and Trivium, as well as perform an exclusive show at London’s club The Barfly on August 17th, so get your necks prepared for some of the heaviest live shows in 2007!

ARCH ENEMY Live 2007:

Special 'Kerrang!' show

Aug. 17 - London (UK) @ The Barfly

Bloodstock Festival
Aug. 18 - Derby (UK) @ Catton Hall

'The Black Crusade' (Europe)

Machine Head, Trivium, Dragonforce, Arch Enemy & Shadows Fall

Nov. 20 - SECC - Glasgow, UK
Nov. 21 - MEN Arena Manchester, UK
Nov. 23 - NEC - Birmingham, UK
Nov. 24 - Brixton Academy - London, UK
Nov. 25 - Brixton Academy - London, UK
Nov. 26 - CIA Arena - Cardiff, UK

Also, feel free to stream a personal video message from Michael Amott about the upcoming album on the Century Media website, just click HERE.

TURISAS - To release ‘Rasputin’ as a single

Finland’s battle metallers Turisas will be swapping their blood soaked furs and axes for the glitter & glitz of the 70’s disco era with the release of their debut single ‘Rasputin’ on 24th September.

On the release of their interpretation of the classic disco hit originally by Boney M, Warlord Nygard comments 'We've been begged to record Rasputin pretty much since we first played it live a couple of years back. It's amazing how popular this cover version of ours have become at our gigs during the last year and it really makes us feel like we must have done something right here looking at big crowds going totally mental over a 70's disco hit! I remember getting the idea for this cover years back - in 2001 I think.

I was on a ferry trip between Finland and Sweden and there was this cover band performing 70's disco hits. The minute they blasted ‘Rasputin’ I knew, that at some point, we would need to do it in some form or another. It was just obvious that it would work amazingly well given a slightly more modern and heavier touch-up. Personally I've always preferred these old 70's disco bands'.

The band filmed were busy filming the video for ‘Rasputin’ in Hämeenlinna, Finland with director Vesa-Matti Vainio(Vasarafilms) earlier this week and Warlord reported back "We had a tough day yesterday shooting the video for ‘Rasputin’ and now my whole body is aching.

The setting for the video is really weird but cool! Think Saturday Night Fever meets Turisas with a worn out East-European twist... Mirror balls, high heels, high waists, cocktails, hotpants vs. fur, blood, dirt and sweat. Quite a combo!". A link to the video will be made available very soon

The disco Vikings will be headlining at the following venues in September:

15/09/07 Nottingham - Rock City

16/09/07 Manchester Academy 3

17/09/07 Glasgow Cathouse

18/09/07 Newcastle Academy

19/09/07 London Islington Academy

20/09/07 Birmingham Academy 2

21/09/07 Bristol Academy

23/09/07 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

SICK OF IT ALL - & other acts team up to support charity organisation for sexually abused children, your help is needed!!!

Six bands, among them NY Hardcore legend SICK OF IT ALL, have teamed up with Alveran Records to support Germany-based charity organisation Zartbitter (visit for more info) which has been helping sexually abused children for more than 20 years. To support this good cause SICK OF IT ALL, AS I LAY DYING, CONVERGE, EARTH CRISIS, UNEARTH & WALLS OF JERICHO have signed six skateboard decks at this year’s Pressure Festival in Herne (Germany), which will be auctioned at Ebay NOW!

PLEASE NOTE!!!! If you win the auction, remember that Alveran Records will charge you the exact postage after you have won the auction additionally (!) on top, as, depending on where you want the board to be sent, postage varies a lot of course, even within Europe. Alveran Records does not want to charge you more than this would actually cost, so they will look into that after they know where the board is finally going to go to. Here are some prices though from which, so you can get an idea what additional costs you can expect for postage:

Germany/Belgium/Holland/Austria: approximately 6 Euros

Switzerland: approximately 30 Euros

Rest of Europe: approximately 30 Euros

Rest of the World: Approximately 40 Euros

Thanks for your help and have fun biding!!!

HIMSA - to tour with As I Lay Dying and Darkest Hour

HIMSA have been confirmed to play with As I Lay Dying and Darkest Hour on their European tour in September, the UK dates are as follows:

As I Lay Dying, Darkest Hour, HIMSA, Architects

07.09.07 Wolverhampton- Wulfrun Hall (ticket number: 0870 320 7000)

08.09.07 London - Mean Fiddler (ticket number: 0870 060 3777)

09.09.07 Glasgow - Garage (ticket number: 0870 169 0100)

10.09.07 Manchester - Academy 2 (ticket number: 0870 771 2000)

This will be the first opportunity for fans to hear new songs from HIMSA’s forthcoming album and debut for Century Media 'Summon In Thunder' which is due for release Monday 17th September (promotional copies of the album will be available from next week)


Cult American Black Metal legends Nachtmystium back catalogue re-issued on Candlelight with full co-operation from the band

Nachtmystium have been dwelling within the U.S. black metal underground for a period of time in which this enigma have clearly spearheaded themselves as one of North America's most prominent acts within the scene. Where in the beginning, we witnessed Nachtmystium portray a bleak sound-picture by incorporating the many facets that became synonymous with the brand of traditional, raw and primitive black metal that was surfacing from these shores, it was quite evident that the promise that such an act showed in its early stages, was just a mere warning of what was inevitably to come. Surely though, Nachtmystium have always shown their distinct histrionics on their interpretation on how they liked to portray their black metal art.

Through morose and mournful hymns that displayed a scenario where sadness and hatred were the two dominating emotions that bled from band leader Azentrius' instrument, this vision that he has conjured up many years ago, has reached it's phoenix with the surfacing of the latest Nachtmystium observation, Instinct:Decay.

With "outside" influences such as Pink Floyd (a prominent influential artist consistent within Nachtmystium 'S repertoire, Earth, and even Sunn0))) (an act with whom Nachtmystium have shared the stage), such influences that have been incorporated within the Nachtmystium sound have helped take this band's sound to new levels and new perspectives respectively.

Overall, Instinct:Decay will solidify Nachtmystium 's position within the U.S. black metal elite alongside such black metal artists as Xasthur, Leviathan, Krieg, and Thralldom, artists with whom Nachtmystium share a comradeship, all while re-defining, and re-shaping, the future of black metal.


A raging assault of post apocaylpse sonic heaviness

October File finally release their long awaited and, in some quarters, highly anticipated second album. A raging assault on the senses from start to finish - with Jaz Coleman from Killing Joke adding his dulcet tones.

Musically, October File deliver an even heavier and more direct approach than the highly rated last EP. Dark, aggressive, angular and downright angry are the closest descriptions.
Lyrically the band have the balls to say what's on their mind, subjects such as climate change, war, corruption and religion all get the treatment, some more than others.

"Religion?" for instance deals with the fact that maybe most religions outlook that we should all have to bow to some imaginary god or get beheaded just really isn't on. the band also cover murder for amusement, rape, human disappointment and day to day drudgery in equally eloquent terms. songs about girls, having fun and how cool summer is just didn't make the album. "Holy Armour From The Jaws Of God" will be released 29th October through Candlelight records.

17 - (UK) The Furnace, Swindon

MANNGARD - "European Cowards" out 3rd September

The call to arms from thundering, compelling riffs and dangerous hook lines - the war cries from metal maniacs! Manngard's "European Cowards" throws you headfirst into the mosh pit, while adding something new to their patented death/black/thrash metal sound, a disturbing, mean, downright evil atmosphere, delivered with their trademark aggression and strangely alluring progressive elements.

Unique in their approach to the genre, Manngard are blasting out a decidedly organic sound, avoiding the triggered drums and sterile production of their contemporaries.

On this, their second album, the field of lyrics is widened, from the murky backwoods of their hellish origins to the old confrontations between Europe and the USA, the consequences of inherited aversions of injustice, following annexation of new territories.

Manngard have fled from the path of the many, the conformists, and demand divine justice, redressing all the wrongs that have been done, the flag of rebellion is flying high...

"European Cowards" was produced and engineered by Iver Sandøy, lyrics by Olav Kristiseter, cover concept and design by Olav Iversen.

In August of this year, Manngard will play the Hole In The Sky festival in Bergen, Norway, presenting material from the new album live for the first time.

New SEAR BLISS album's cover artwork revealed

The artwork is painted by Jozsef Tari, a highly talented Hungarian artist who painted the artwork of the previous Sear Bliss album and also Venom's Wastelands album, amongst others. The artwork depicts an ancient Hungarian legend of the origin of the Milky Way.

The Milky Way in Hungary is often called "The Road Of The Warriors" because the legend says that Csaba, commander of the mighty Huns, came from the night sky to the aid of the fighting Hungarians and after the great battle was won, the dead army of thousands returned to the stars on their horses, leaving the path of the Milky Way. To see the artwork click here. The new Sear Bliss album The Arcane Odyssey is out 24th September through Candlelight Records.

CANDLELIGHT RECORDS - Various extreme metal stars collaborate with Egyptian artist

Egyptian artist Nader Sadek has invited Steve Tucker (ex-Morbid Angel), Trym (Emperor, Zyklon), Alex Skolnick (Testament), and Ralph Santolla (Obituary, ex-Deicide, Death), as well as Middle Eastern legend Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Miles Jay (ex-Weird Al, Fathy S alama's Orchestra, Liron Peled (Raquy And The Cavemen) and Raquy Danziger to contribute to his multimedia installation "The Faceless" that opens 6th September at Michael Steinberg Fine Art in New York's Chelsea district.

These musicians worked with Sadek to produce a noise experiment moving in and out of independently conceived death metal and Arabic music tracks. This sonic composition accompanies Sadek's uniquely installed drawings which juxtapose the iconographies of death metal and Middle Eastern fundamentalism, which outsiders often associate with darkness, moon worship, and anti-Christian fervour. "The Faceless" startles the audience into rethinking connections between these two frequently misunderstood and villified cultures.

Having grown up a death metal fan in Egypt, Sadek works from the knowledge that the Egyptian state perceived both death metal and religious fundamentalism as threats to its power and legitimacy: death metal rebels against religious and political hypocrisy; piety rebels against a bureaucratic, commercialized, and godless world. Through sound, image, and space, "The Faceless" mingles these cultures in thoughtful, frightening, and uncanny ways.

Says Sadek: "For a while now, I've been interested in exploring what different cultures perceive of as extreme. 'The Faceless' grows out of years of walking the crowded streets of down-town Cairo dressed as a full-on death metal fan (i.e., long black hair, long-sleeve Morbid Angel/Deicide t-shirts, and an overall grungy look).

Then, in a sort of twisted reversal, I decided to walk the streets of New York's Times Square in the black garb of a fully veiled woman. The intense reactions I got in each case confirmed for me the potential of this project.

Those experiences inspired me to channel the popular paranoid fantasy in which the fully veiled woman is wrought from a dark death metal world, full of serpents, skulls, demons and dark mountains. I hope that by reflecting back to the audience their paranoid fantasies, which totally oversimplify the reality of Middle Eastern and death metal culture, that my work will get them to question their own prejudices and sense of the extreme."


OBITUARY: Limited-edition version of 'Xecutioner's Return' to include bonus song & poster

Vocalist John Tardy of the Florida-based death metallers Obituary has posted the following message on the band's website:

"All is going good. We have been busy putting one last song together for a limited-edition release of [the new Obituary album] 'Xecutioner's Return'. Along with the newest song, it will have special packaging and a poster included! We have also been working out our set list for the U.S. tour so we have been busy!"

Candlelight Records, together with iTunes, will premiere the first song from Obituary's upcoming album, "Xecutioner's Return", via an advance single. "Evil Ways" will be available for purchase starting 31st July and it will be the first and only advance listen for fans of the album set to hit North American stores on 28th August and in Europe on 27th August.

Obituary have posted the cover artwork for their forthcoming album, "Xecutioner's Return", at this location. The band once again worked with artist Andreas Marschall, who has previously created the art for "The End Complete" and the group's most recent record, "Frozen in Time".

"Xecutioner's Return" was mixed at Redroom Recorders and was mastered last month at Morrisound Studios in Tampa.

Obituary and long-running German thrashers Holy Moses will team up for a European tour in January 2008. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

As previously reported, fan-filmed video footage of Obituary performing the song "Find the Arise" on 5th July, 2007 at the Underworld in London, England has been posted on YouTube.

Obituary will team up with Alabama Thunderpussy, Full Blown Chaos and Hemlock for a North American tour in September/October.

Pre-order the Limited Edition version of 'Xecutioner's Return' here


EMPEROR: New video interview and live footage available has posted a new video interview with Emperor’s Ihsahn in which the Norwegian black metal singer/guitarist talks about a range of topics, including the motivation behind his group's early diabolical image, his feelings on Emperor guitarist Samoth and ex-drummer Faust's incarcerations and how he managed to avoid trouble in Norway's treacherous Nineties black metal scene.

"I admit I was very caught up in the whole thing," says Ihsahn of the criminal actions and controversial views held by the Norwegian black metal scene. "But I've always been much more interested in the musical and lyrical side of things, and I've never been a violent person... I play it safe, in a way."

The video was filmed in New York City on 1st July, 2007, while Emperor were in the city for one of only three U.S. tour dates. Also on is live footage of "Curse You All Men!" from that show.

To see these videos, visit



Sweden's Diablo Swing Orchestra have issued the following update:


Good news on the live front - d:s:o will play two live shows in Germany in September. The initial plan was to do more shows during this trip but instead we will return later in the fall for some more European shows and then perhaps be ready to play some new material from the upcoming album.

The dates and venues are:

18 - (D) Munich - Backstage Club
19 - (D) Berlin - Knaack

We have uploaded the song 'Zodiac Virtues' to our MySpace player, a little more traditional and heavy piece. Other news is that the SNOCAP player is finally working here on our MySpace site so now all the songs from The Butcher's Ballroom can be bought directly from our page...

d:s:o is also happy to announce that we have signed a management deal with Andrea Petricca and Oh My Sweet Entertainment for the territory of Germany, Switzerland and Austria."

As previously reported, Diablo Swing Orchestra recently signed a licensing deal with Candlelight Records for Europe. The Butcher's Ballroom will be released on 13th August.


New Omnium Gatherum track online

Omnium Gatherum have uploaded a new song "Undertaker" from their latest album "Stuck Here On Snakes Way" to the band's MySpace site.

CRIONICS 'New Pantheon' track online

Blasting beats of Morbid Angel, mighty riffs of Dimmu Borgir - Crionics are ready to tear your flesh piece by piece with their chaotic and dangerous music. An outstanding Black / Death Metal release that should be part of any good collection. Check out the track 'New Panthoen' from the outstanding album 'Neuthrone' here.

Northern Assassination Tour 2007
Crionics + Krisiun + Rotting Christ + Incantation

07 - (UKR) Red Alert Open Air (Metal Heads' Mission Fest.)
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 - (NO) Trondheim @ Zone/Blaest
10 - (NO) Oslo @ Maiden
11 - (SE) Goteborg @ Belsepub
12 - (D) Kiel @ Pumpe
13 - (D) Hannover @ Headbanger Ballroom
14 - (D) Berlin @ K177



29 - (FI) Henry´s Pub, Kuopio
17 - (FI) Jalometalli Festival, Oulu
24 - (FI) Nightlife Rock, Helsinki
25 - (FI) Bar 15, Seinäjoki
09 - (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
07 - (UK) LONDON
08 - (FR) PARIS
11 - (IT) MILANO
12 - (D) MUNCHEN
13 - (CZ) PRAGUE
14 - (AT) WIEN
17 - (D) BERLIN
18 - (D) HAMBURG
20 - (D) ESSEN

07 - (UKR) - Red Alert Open Air (Metal Heads' Mission Fest.)
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 - (NO) Trondheim @ Zone/Blaest
10 - (NO) Oslo @ Maiden
11 - (SE) Goteborg @ Belsepub
12 - (D) Kiel @ Pumpe
13 - (D) Hannover @ Headbanger Ballroom
14 - (D) Berlin @ K17

11 - (CH) Brutal Assault Open Air - Jaromer (CH)

02 - 04 - (D) - Wacken Open Air festival
16 - (UK) Cathouse - Glasgow
17 - (UK) Junktion 7 - Nottingham
18 - (UK) Underworld - London
19 - (UK) Corporation - Sheffield

24 - (NO) Bergen Hole in the sky
25 - (DE) Up From The G
01 - (CH) Zurich URI Metal
07 - (NO) Oslo Betong
08 - (SE) Kristianstad Armageddon
12 - (FI) Turku Klubi
13 - (FI) Jyväskylä Lutakko
14 - (FI) Tampere Klubi
15 - (FI) Mikkeli Festival
16 - (FI) Helsinki Tavastia
26 - (SE) Linköping Platens
17 - (BE) Bredene Thoprock
21 - (SE) Uppsala Konserthuset

11 - (US) Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
12 - (US) New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
15 - (US) Southbridge, MA @ ADC Performance Center
16 - (US) Williamsville, NY @ Club Infinity
19 - (US) Mt. Clemens, MI @ Emerald Theater
20 - (US) Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
22 - (US) Indianapolis, IN @ Indianapolis Metal Fest
24 - (US) Denver, CO @ Bluebird
26 - (US) Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
29 - (US) San Diego, CA @ Jumping Turtle
30 - (US) Los Angeles, CA @ The Knitting Factory
04 - (US) Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
05 - (US) Houston, TX @ Meridian
06 - (US) New Orleans, LA @ The Hangar

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

12 - (H) Budapest - Sziget Festival
24 - (H) Debrecen - The Chromized Land Festival

10 - (CZ) Brutal Assault Festival, Jaromer
31 - (NO) Blinken, Moss
08 - (NO) At Club Maiden, Oslo

17 - (UK) The Furnace, Swindon

16 - (UK) Cathouse - Glasgow
17 - (UK) Junktion 7 - Nottingham
18 - (UK) Underworld - London
19 - (UK) Corporation - Sheffield

11 - (CZ) Brutal Assault Festival
17 - (NO) Metal Heart Festival, Notodden

18 - (D) Munich - Backstage Club
19 - (D) Berlin - Knaack

22 - (NO) Hole In The Sky Festival, Bergen

AS I LAY DYING / UNEARTH - Signed skateboards being auctioned for charity - available on ebay!!!

All the headliners and co-headliners of this year's Pressure Fest got to sign one Eastpak skateboard each to be auctioned via ebay. Among others, Metal Blade artists AS I LAY DYING and UNEARTH participated in this extraordinary 'signing session'.

The money made through these auctions will go to Zartbitter, which is a German organization that helps sexually abused children. It's all for a good cause, so hopefully you guys can help out. Also, please spread the word around on the internet and let your friends know.

Thanks! And have fun bidding!!!

PLEASE NOTE!!!! If you win the auction, remember that you will be charged with the exact postage after you won the auction additionally (!) on top, as, depending on where you want the board to be sent, postage varies a lot of course, even within Europe. Here are some prices though from which you can get an idea what additional costs you can expect for postage:

Germany/Belgium/Holland/Austria: approximately 6 Euros
Switzerland: approximately 30 Euros
Rest of Europe: approximately 30 Euros
Rest of the World: Approximately 40 Euros

You can also pick it up at the Alveran store yourselves of course!

AS I LAY DYING’s highly anticipated new album 'An Ocean Between Us' is ready to be released on August 24th (G/A/S/I) / August 27th (Europe) via Metal Blade Records. The limited first edition will feature a special box packaging as well as a high quality AILD lanyard! 'An Ocean Between Us' will also be available on toxic green vinyl!!!

BRAINSTORM enter studio to record new CD

"All systems "go" in Brainland. We have entered the Gate Studios in Wolfsburg together with producers Sascha Paeth and Michael Rodenberg to record our new CD, which is due on January 25th, 2008. Preceding the full length CD will be a single CD release on October 19th, 2007 to give you a first shot of new BRAINSTORM tunes. Be prepared for a real BRAINSTORM from head to toe!

Recordings are going extremely well so far and we are simply overwhelmed how impressing the new songs sound. These are definitely the best BRAINSTORM songs that have seen the light of day yet, no kidding, no blank phrases - this is the ultimate BRAINSTORM album so far. Really can't wait to let you hear!

Furthermore, our DVD "Honey From The B'S" has entered the Hungarian DVD charts on #18! Nothing short of amazing I would like to say!

Last but not least, thanks to all the bass players that have sent in and are still sending their applications. We received tons of emails and parcels from bassists all over the world plus there's still stuff coming in and - of course - any applications are still welcome under

Stay tuned for more news soon!

Rock hard, ride free & God bless you all!"


Akercocke Announce headline Australian Tour with The Berzerker

Fresh off the back of their slaughtering new release 'Antichrist', UK death-metal gentlemen Akercocke have announced a headline Australian tour with support from Australia's own musical mastermind The Berzerker. The tour will take place in October and looks set to be an unmissable collaboration of death-metal annihilation and experimental extreme metal for fans Down-Under.


19 BRISBANE - The Arena
20 SYDNEY - The Factory
21 WAGGA WAGGA - The Crow Bar Charles Sturt University
25 ADELAIDE - Fowlers Live
26 PERTH - Capitol Theatre
27 MELBOURNE - Hi-Fi Bar
28 MELBOURNE - Hi-Fi Bar

Bring Me The Horizon - 'Pray For Plagues' video and TV spot on Youtube

From the streets of Sheffield (UK) to the eyes and ears of fans all over the world, the word is out. BRING ME THE HORIZON will be unleashing a plague upon the USA which cannot be stopped.

The MUSIC VIDEO for the scorching album opener, "Pray For Plagues" and the TV SPOT for the upcoming album, Count Your Blessings can be viewed NOW on YOUTUBE as evidence that there will be no one who will be able to overcome BRING ME THE HORIZON's plague upon the masses.

When Count Your Blessings makes its long-awaited American debut on August 14, thresholds for brutality will be raised. PRE-ORDER your copy NOW at the Earache Store.

VOTE for BRING ME THE HORIZON in the 2007 Kerrang! Awards by going here.

Municipal Waste embark on a European tour

US crossover thrashers Municipal Waste have voiced their excitement about playing at this weekend's infamous Wacken festival. Following the success of their recent release 'The Art Of Partying' the Virginian based quartet have expressed their eagerness about playing the German festival. Bassist LandPhil has stated:

"I don't think there could be anything more exciting than getting the honour of playing Wacken Fest next weekend, it has been a dream of mine ever since I started playing metal! I am stoked to be sharing the stage with CANNIBAL CORPSE and IMMORTAL among many other great bands. I know that I am going to be running around like crazy trying to see every band playing that day!"

The touring frenzy is due to hit the UK next week before the band embark on show-stopping performances at this summer's Reading and Leeds Festivals, delivering their mix of beer-bong, boogie-board, thrash-induced anthems. To find out what all the fuss is about pick up a copy of the highly acclaimed 'The Art of Partying' from the Earache webstore here.


01 NL Metropol HENGELO
05 UK Southampton JOINERS (w/S.S.S)
06 UK Newcastle CLUNY
07 UK Liverpool BARFLY (w/S.S.S & Evile)
08 UK Glasgow KING TUTS (w/S.S.S)
09 UK Sheffield Casbah (w/S.S.S)
10 UK London UNDERWORLD (w/S.S.S)
13 NL Amsterdam BITTERZOET
14 NL Tilburg EXTASE
24 Leeds Festival (Lock up Stage)
25 1in12 Club, Bradford (w/ SSS)
26 Reading Festival (Lock up Stage)

Akercocke to play 10th anniversary show this weekend

Leading UK death metallers Akercocke have announced that they will play a commemorative show this Saturday, August 4th at The Underworld in London. This gig marks Akercocke's 10th year of churning out some of the most brutal and pivotal satanic death metal around today, and follows the release of the blistering 'Antichrist'. Speaking about the gig, Akercocke have stated:

"We've decided finally to go ahead and mark the 10th year of the band's existence with a unique show that will feature a lot of unusual material as well as some classic blasters, older songs that have seldom seen an airing and some that haven't been heard live for many years or ever".

Support for this event will be provided by Kingsize Blues, Ted Maul, Breed Apart, Cinders Fall, Toy Town Cash and Snakebite. Tickets are 12.50GBP and doors open at 4.30pm. To buy tickets for this special event, click here.


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Municipal Waste/SSS - albums out today - Thrash Tuesday

Today is like Christmas, the Super Bowl and your 21st birthday bender all wrapped up in one for thrash fans all over America. It's THRASH TUESDAY! This is the day, of course, when MUNICIPAL WASTE's The Art of Partying and SSS's Short Sharp Shock hit store shelves.

MUNICIPAL WASTE - The Art of Partying is the type of album that makes you want to tap a keg, finish it in one sitting then throw it around the house just for kicks. A throwback to the days when thrash could make you smile just as fast as it makes you headbang, The Art of Partying pulls no punches and keeps at a full throttle pace from beginning to end. If you buy The Art of Partying, you will also receive two bonus tracks and a limited edition MUNICIPAL WASTE patch while supplies last.

SSS - Short Sharp Shock is a straightforward kick in the balls that shreds circles around those who do not thrash. Fueled by anger, aggression and wit, SSS's Short Sharp Shock raises the stakes on the likes of S.O.D and Suicidal Tendencies and as Decibel cleverly puts it, "goes for the throat." Short Sharp Shock is also available on limited edition colored vinyl.

Don't walk...don't run...MOSH to your favorite music store, tear the aisles apart and DEMAND your copies of MUNICIPAL WASTE -The Art of Partying and SSS - Short Sharp Shock. You can also order them online by going to

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