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Pure Metal News: September 2007 Part 1

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September 2007 Part 2

Compiled by John Stefanis

WILLOWTIP RECORDS signs distribution/licensing deal with CANDLELIGHT

Willowtip Records has entered into an exclusive European distribution and licensing deal with Candlelight Records in the UK. After a few years of inactivity, Willowtip is extremely happy to have their releases available in Europe once again. Beginning in early October, Candlelight will manufacture and release all current and future Willowtip titles throughout Europe.
The release schedule so far consists of:

8th October:
Illogicist - The Insight Eye
Gorod - Leading Vision
29th October:
Malignancy - Inhuman Grotesqueries
5th November:
Arsis - United In Regret
Electro Quarterstaff - Gretzky
12th November:
Odious Mortem - Cryptic Implosion
Phobia - Cruel

An interview with Sweden's DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA has been posted online

What happens when you take a bizarre number of musical genres, some rather fancy costumes, an epic tale of survival and chuck it all in a big pot with a load of musical talent? DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA is what happens. Following the release of their debut album The Butcher's Ballroom, these guys are swinging their way towards success. Bad jokes aside, here's Daniel Håkansson, guitarist and vocalist for the band, to answer all of our annoying questions.

18 - (D) Munich - Backstage Club
19 - (D) Berlin - Knaack
03 - (BE) Beveren, - Blikfest
04 - (BE) Antwerpen, - De Rots
29 - (UK) - ProgPower UK III , - Bristol


TO-MERA post recording blog online

TO-MERA have posted an online diary with videos and pictures from the recording session of their new album. Check it out here.


OBITUARY: 'Xecutioner's Return' out now

Hitting stores in Europe on Monday 27th September, the album's release date triggers the start of a year-long media and touring blitz that will find this legendary Florida-based death metal band gracing magazine covers the world over. With a multi-tiered international touring plan, extensive promotion and marketing detail already in progress, "Xecutioner's Return" is expected to become the best selling album in Candlelight's history.

OBITUARY's core of vocalist John Tardy, drummer Donald Tardy and guitarist Trevor Peres came together in 1984 forming what would become one of death metal's most successful and respected bands. Releasing the majority of their material for Roadracer, a now defunct division of Roadrunner, the band signed to London-based Candlelight Records in May of 2007. Since the union, OBITUARY have already kicked their aggressive touring plans into action, with visits completed to Australia & South America. The band is next scheduled for festival dates in Europe followed by the first of several US tours.

Order the Limited Edition version of 'Xecutioner's Return' here


BLUT AUS NORD post new track online

French experimental black metal masters BLUT AUS NORD have posted a track entitled "The Sounds Of The Universe" from the new album "Odinist" at this location. This album will be available on 22nd October through Candlelight Records. Check out the finished artwork for "Odinist" here.


Jaz Coleman from Killing Joke: guest appearance on new OCTOBER FILE album

Jaz has completed the vocals for his appearance on the forthcoming October File album. And they sound great! The band will post some pictures of the recording session on the official site soon. The album entitled "Holy Armour From the Jaws Of God" will be released via Candlelight Records on 22nd October. Pre order the album from Plastic Head here. Killing Joke and October File will team up for a number of gigs next year. More details will be posted online shortly.

01 - (UK) Oxford, The Zodiac
02 - (UK) Birmingham, Academy 2
03 - (UK) Glasgow, Cathouse
04 - (UK) Leeds, Cockpit
05 - (UK) Manchester, Academy 3
06 - (UK) London, Camden Underworld
07 - (UK) Portsmouth, Wedgewood rooms
08 - (UK) Brighton, Concorde 2


IN BATTLE new track posted online

IN BATTLE have posted a track entitled "The Dead Shall See" from the new album "Kingdom Of Fear" at this location here. "Kingdom Of Fear" will be released on 3rd September through Nocturnal Art Productions / Candlelight Records.


Send in your photos from classic OPETH albums

With the re-issue of three Opeth master-pieces, "Orchid", "Morningrise" and "My Arms, Your Hearse", we are looking for fans who took pictures of the band during those classic years. Send in any Opeth photos you have from the period of these albums (Orchid 1995, Morningrise 1996, My Arms, Your Hearse 1998) and they may be featured in the re-issue artwork! Fans whose pictures are used will be immortalised with a credit in the album artwork, and will also receive a free copy of the album - complete with their name in it!

All pictures to be sent to (please note, the pictures must be your originals for which you hold full copyright).

Live Dates For Candlelight Records' artists

01 - (BE) Meadow Fest Wachtebeke
08 - (D) Hellflame Festival , Osnabruck
09 - (D) Metal Meridian Festival, Munich
22 - (D) Hellflame Festival , Lichtenf
13 - (PT) Thrashmania 3 Lisbon
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, X-Mass Festival
08 - (FR) Paris, X-Mass Festival
09 - (FR) Strasbourg, X-Mass Festival
10 - (CH) Pratteln, X-Mass Festival
11 - (IT) Milan, X-Mass Festival
12 - (D) Munich, X-Mass Festival
13 - (CZ) Prague, X-Mass Festival
14 - (AT) Vienna, X-Mass Festival
15 - (D) Engelsdorf, X-Mass Festival
16 - (D) Frankfurt, X-Mass Festival
17 - (D) Berlin, X-Mass Festival
18 - (D) Hamburg, X-Mass Festival
19 - (D) Stuttgart, X-Mass Festival
20 - (D) Essen, X-Mass Festival
21 - (NL) Tilburg, X-Mass Festival
22 - (BE) Waregem, X-Mass Festival
16 - (BE) Ostendfest Ostend, Belgium

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

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

30 - (US) San Antonio TX, Roadhouse Saloon
31 - (US) Austin TX, Red 7
01 - (US) Brownsville TX, Chapa's
08 - (US) Miami FL, Studio A
11 - (US) Springfield VA, Jaxx
12 - (US) New York NY, BB Kings
13 - (US) Toronto ONT, Big Bop
15 - (US) South Bridge MA, ADC performance Center
16 - (US) Williamsville NY, Club Infinity
18 - (US) Wheeling WV, Yesterdays
19 - (US) Mt Clemens MI, Emerald Theater
20 - (US) Cleveland OH, Peabodys
21 - (US) Maplewood MN, The Rock
22 - (US) Indianapolis IN, Metalfest
24 - (US) Denver CO, The Gothic Theater
28 - (US) Concord CA, Bourbon St
29 - (US) San Marcos CA, The Jumping Turtle
30 - (US) Hollywood CA, The Knitting Factory
03 - (US) San Antonio TX, Roadhouse Saloon
04 - (US) Dallas TX, Granada Theater
05 - (US) Houston TX, Meridian
06 - (US) New Orleans LA, The Hanger

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

31 - (NO) Blinken, Moss
08 - (NO) At Club Maiden, Oslo

18 - (D) Munich - Backstage Club
19 - (D) Berlin - Knaack
3 - (BE) Beveren, - Blikfest
4 - (BE) Antwerpen, - De Rots
29 - (UK) - ProgPower UK III , - Bristol

05 - (D) Waltershausen
06 - (NL) Rotterdam

01- (SE) - Release Party, Pipeline, Sweden

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
03 - (NL) Zwolle Hedon
04 - (NL) Tilburg O 13
05 - (D) Osnabrueck Hyde Park
06 - (D) Hamburg Markthalle
08 - (PL) Warsaw Proxima
09 - (PL) Krakow Studio
10 - (AT) Graz Tba
11 - (AT) Vienna Planet Music
12 - (HR) Zagreb Boogaloo
13 - (SR) Belgrad Tba
15 - (IT) Milan Alcatraz
16 - (FR) Lyon CCO
17 - (SP) Barcelona Razzmatazz 2
18 - (SP) Bergara Sala Jam
19 - (SP) Madrid Heineken
21 - (FR) Rennes Antipode
22 - (FR) Paris La Locomotive
23 - (D) Germany Bochum Zeche
24 - (D) Frankfurt Batschkapp
25 - (D) Gemünden Sporthalle Langenprozelten
26 - (D) Glauchau Alte Spinnerei
27 - (CZ) Prague Abaton
29 - (HU) Budapest A 38
30 - (D) Munich Backstage
31 - (CH) Swiss Pratteln Z7
01 - (FR) Strasbourg La Laiterie
02 - (BE) Antwerpen Hof Ter Loo
03 - (UK) London The Fridge

09 - (D) Filthrock Festival, Prenzl
12 - (FI) Turku Klubi
13 - (FI) Jyväskylä Lutakko
14 - (FI) Tampere Klubi
16 - (FI) Helsinki Tavastia

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

01 - (UK) The Zodiac, Oxford
02 - (UK) Birmingham, Academy 2
03 - (UK) Glasgow, Cathouse
04 - (UK) Leeds, Cockpit
05 - (UK) Manchester, Academy 3
06 - (UK) London, Camden Underworld
07 - (UK) Portsmouth, Wedgewood rooms
08 - (UK) Brighton, Concorde 2

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

01 - (US) Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
02 - (US) Olympic, WA @ Manium Collective
03 - (US) Portland, OR @ Satyricon
04 - (US) Arcata, CA @ The Alibi
05 - (US) Sacramento, CA @ Orangevale VFW
06 - (US) San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
07 - (US) TBA
08 - (US) TBA
09 - (US) Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy Concert Theater
10 - (US) Hollywood, CA @ The Knitting Factory
11 - (US) Phoenix, AZ @ The One Place


MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER will have a track from their highly acclaimed II album featured on Tony Hawk's Proving Ground - the deepest, most customizable skateboarding game ever.

The Alabama six piece will contribute "Memories of the Grove" and line up alongside bands as influential as At The Gates, Bad Brains, Beastie Boys, Dag Nasty, Foo Fighters, Gorilla Biscuits, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, The Clash, The Cramps, The Rolling Stones and The Sex Pistols among the 50 tracks featured.

The following songs will be featured in Tony Hawk's Proving Ground:

!!! - "All My Heroes are Weirdos"
Airbourne -" Girls in Black"
Angels & Airwaves - "Secret Crowds"
Anglo Jackson - "Motorbike"
At the Gates - "Slaughter of the Soul"
Bad Brains - "Banned in DC"
Beastie Boys - "Electric Worm"
Blackalicious - "Your Move"
Bloc Party - "Version 2.0"
Cursed - "The Hands will Abide"
Cymande - "Fug"
Dag Nasty - "Circles"
Darkest Hour - "Sanctuary"
DJ JS-1 featuring L.I.F.E. Long & Immortal Technique - "Audio Technician"
El-P - "Up All Night"
Folk Implosion - "Natural One"
Foo Fighters - "The Pretender"
Fu Manchu - "We Must Obey"
Funky 4+1 - "Rappin and Rockin the House"
Future Pigeon - "Gift Tax"
Gallows - "Come Friendly Bombs"
Gorilla Biscuits - "Hold Your Ground"
Jimmy Castor Bunch - "It's Just Begun"
Jurassic 5 - "Radio"
Kittens - "Carpenter"
Los Abandoned - "Panic-Oh!"
Lyrics Born featuring KRS-One and Evidence - "Pack Up Remix"
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster - "Memories of the Grove"
Motorcity Daredevils - "Bear in the Air"
Nation of Ulysses - "You're My Miss Washington D.C."
Nirvana - "Breed"
Oh No feat. J. Dilla and Roc C. - "Move Part 2"
Paint it Black - "The New Brutality"
Paris - "The Devil Made Me Do It (Poach a Pig Mix)"
Percee P - "Throwback Rap Attack (Madlib remix)"
Pierce the Veil - "I'd Rather Die than Be Famous"
Pig Destroyer - "Loathsome"
Reverend Horton Heat - "Baddest of the Bad"
Revolution Mother - "Come On"
Roots Manuva - "Chin High"
Sayvinyl - "That's Entertainment"
Silversun Pickups - "Well Thought Out Twinkles"
Slick Rick - "Children's Story"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Tarantula"
Snapcase - "Energy Dome"
The Bled - "Starving Artiste"
The Clash - "Clash City Rockers"
The Cramps - "Garbage Man"
The Icarus Line - "Gets Paid"
The Kooks - "See the World"
The Octopus Project - "Music is Happiness"
The Rolling Stones - "Sympathy for the Devil"
The Sex Pistols - "Holidays in the Sun"
Twilight 22 - "Electric Kingdom"

Tony Hawk's Proving Ground is scheduled to be available this fall and is in development by Neversoft Entertainment for the Xbox 360� video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and is rated "T" (Teen) by the ESRB. The Wii� home video game system and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system versions are being developed by Page 44 Studios and are rated "T" (Teen) by the ESRB. The Nintendo DS� version is being developed by Vicarious Visions and is rated "E 10+ (Everyone 10 and older).

II by Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster is out now on Ferret Music


THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER - Video footage of recording escapades

Head over to MTV's to check out video footage of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER's studio antics when they were in FL mastering their upcoming release "Nocturnal" with Jason Suecof (CHIMAIRA, TRIVIUM, GOD FORBID). Suecof shot the footage during the band's downtime at the studio and put together this clip showing guitarist Brian Eschbach joking around, making up stories, and smashing watermelons.

THE ARCANE ORDER - Album details revealed

THE ARCANE ORDER, the Danish band featuring vocalist Kasper Thomsen (RAUNCHY) and guitarist Flemming C. Lund (INVOCATOR, ex-AUTUMN LEAVES), has set "In The Wake Of Collisions" as the title of its sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2008 via Metal Blade Records. The CD will be a concept album and it will consist of the following songs (in no particular order):

01. Reverence
02. The Serpent Tower
03. Eruptions of Red
04. Reason and Hubris
05. As Oceans Become Deserts
06. Death is Imminent
07. The Aftermath
08. Sanctity of Allegiance
09. As Sleep is Buried in Gold
10. Sentiment of Horror

Commented Lund: "We will enter Jacob Hansen's studio next Tuesday - just a few days from now. We are currently rehearsing like freakin' crazy to get all the final details ready. The stuff is turning out better and better everytime we rehearse, and we are extremely excited and proud with what we have come up with for you guys this time! We simply cannot wait to finally record these songs and hear how they actually sound, when everything is put together! The new stuff is somewhat different from the songs you heard on [THE ARCANE ORDER's 2006 debut] 'The Machinery of Oblivion' - but we are quite confident you're gonna like it!"


Kasper Thomsen (RAUNCHY) - Vocals
Flemming C. Lund (INVOCATOR, ex-AUTUMN LEAVES) - Rhythm and Lead Guitar
Morten Løwe Sørensen (SUBMISSION, SLUGS) - Drums
Kasper Kirkegaard (SUBMISSION) - Rhythm Guitar

SIX FEET UNDER film video for "Doomsday"

Florida-based death metallers SIX FEET UNDER have issued the following update:

"We filmed a new video clip this past weekend for the song 'Doomsday' from our latest release 'Commandment'. We once again worked with director Mario D. Framingheddu, who also filmed our last video, 'Ghosts of the Undead'. The concept of the clip is pure fu*king insanity on all levels. We were fortunate enough to work with Grady Stiles, a.k.a. Lobsterboy, who plays our main character. This has to be the creepiest clip we've ever filmed, from location, to storyline, to cast. It's totally fu*ked up! We are really proud of this vid and are really looking forward to the release."

"Doomsday" video credits:

* Director: Mario D. Framingheddu
* Director of Photography: Kyle Walling
* Producer: Rachel Murray
* Starring: Grady Stiles and Joe Paez
* PA's: Joe Mendez, Sarah Murray and Gian Framingheddu

CELLADOR on Guitar Freaks & Drumania

Power metal heroes CELLADOR go virtual reality! Check out these videos of people playing GUITAR FREAKS/DRUMANIA to "Leaving All Behind" off CELLADOR's debut "Enter Deception" in the Japanese arcade halls!



LIZZY BORDEN to release "Appointment With Death"

Just in time, some weeks before its actual release, the one and only LIZZY BORDEN gives some details about the newest effort "Appointment With Death":

Tracklist "Appointment With Death":
01. Abnormal
02. Appointment With Death
03. Live Forever
04. Bloody Tears
05. The Death Of Love
06. Tomorrow Never Comes
07. Under Your Skin
08. Perfect World (I Don't Wanna Live)
09. Somethin's Crawlin
10. (We Are) The Only Ones
11. The Darker Side

Now, years in the making, LIZZY BORDEN pulls back the cloak to unveil his latest and most frightening creation, "Appointment With Death" (2007), a fatalistic journey to the final destination damned by the wings of death.

This is LIZZY BORDEN's first new studio recording since "Deal with the Devil" (2000).

"Appointment With Death" was produced by L. Borden and J. Scott. It was recorded at the Zanzibar studios in N. Hollywood, CA and was mixed by Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL/ex-MORBID ANGEL) at Mana sound in Florida.

Like all past LIZZY BORDEN recordings, "Appointment With Death" is a conceptual piece; this concept is centered around the theme of, as the title implies, Death.

"Oddly enough, writing eleven songs about death was no easy task for me; lyrically being graphic or grotesque would have been too easy, and being overly morbid would bring nothing new to the concept. I wrote this just like I have all of the other LB recordings, as a play or a movie. There is a beginning, middle and an end with the lead character taking us on a journey. Death is all around us, lurking, waiting to pounce, striking fear and antagonizing the living in many different ways, I tried to explore some of those ways in the most poetic way that I know how" commented Lizzy.

The music on "AWD" was composed by Lizzy, Ira Black, Marten Andersson and Joey Scott

"AWD" is epic, heavy, dark and melodic, everything a traditional Lizzy Borden recording should be and more. With new guitarist Ira Black along with Marten Andersson on bass and co-founder Joey Scott on the drums, the LIZZY BORDEN sound has evolved into a multi-dimensional ever-lasting-gobstopper working just as well in an ipod as it has always done on stage.

"These musicians are more then just special guests, they all, each in their own original way helped to create this work of fiction and bring "Appointment with Death" to life." - Lizzy

All who performed on "AWD"
Marten Andersson (LIZZY BORDEN/George Lynch)
Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
Corey Beaulieu (TRIVIUM)
Michael T. Ross (ANGEL/HARDLINE)
Adam Cameron
Marliese Quance

For the Cover, LIZZY BORDEN worked with special effects wizard and make-up artist Ralis Kahn. Ralis designed the set and the look of the band based on the theme for "Appointment with Death". The cover depicts Lizzy as the angel of Death in the action of collecting 3 souls who have ended their lives in 3 very different ways by their own hands. Famed 'Metal' photographer Alex Solca took well over a 1,000 shots in a two-day marathon, involving extras as well as the band (Lizzy, Joey Scott, Marten Andersson and Ira Black). At the end of the two-day shoot the set was literally set a blaze! With flames shooting 30 feet into the air!

Lizzy explains "Because a lot of music is going straight to itunes, we thought we would pay special attention to both the cover and the back cover and fill the inside of the CD booklet with tons of fun shots from this specialized photo shoot. As we all know, very soon there will no longer be an actual CD to have a cool booklet for. Everything will go straight from the studio to your ipod, so we thought we would really go all out on this one"

"Appointment With Death" will be released on October 5th (G|A|S|I) and on October 8th (Europe) via Metal Blade Records.

THE CHARIOT - head out for UK tour in November/December

US-noisecore lunatics THE CHARIOT have been confirmed as direct support of British deathcore machine BRING ME THE HORIZON. Completing the bill will be THE BREAK-IN, so look out for some devastating, stage-ruining live insanity! For some sonic appetizers and the fantastic video for "They Faced Each Other" of THE CHARIOT's latest album "The Fiancée" (released via Century Media Records in 2007, under exclusive license of Solid State Records), visit the band's MySpace profile or simply watch it HERE


26.11.2007 UK Liverpool @ Academy
27.11.2007 UK Manchester @ Academy
28.11.2007 UK Aberdeen @ Moshulu
29.11.2007 UK Glasgow @ Cathouse
30.11.2007 UK Newcastle @ Academy
01.12.2007 UK Nottingham @ Rock City
02.12.2007 UK Norwich @ Waterfront
03.12.2007 UK Southampton @ The Brook
04.12.2007 UK Chatham @ Tap and Tin
05.12.2007 UK Milton Keynes @ The Pitz
06.12.2007 UK Oxford @ Zodiac
07.12.2007 UK London @ Astoria
08.12.2007 UK Yeovil @ Ski Lodge
09.12.2007 UK Sheffield @ The Plug

THE BONES - present new album's cover artwork; announce exclusive premier of new track @ MySpace & more

The almighty Punk 'n' Roll overlords THE BONES from Karlskrona / Sweden present you the cover artwork for their upcoming first release on Century Media Records "Burnout Boulevard". Check it out at

The band's fourth full-length album will hit stores all across Europe on October 22nd, 2007 and promises another pissed-off, poser-smashing, ass-kicking and hell-raisin' Punk 'n' Roll masterpiece straight from the gutter! The Vinyl LP will be put out via the band's former label People Like You Records.

To allow a first sonic glimpse at "Burnout Boulevard" the band will exclusively premier a new track at MySpace on September 5th, 2007 - so make that a red letter day in your calendar and keep a close eye at

WINDS OF PLAGUE - sign worldwide deal with Century Media & tour Europe with Shai Hulud

WINDS OF PLAGUE have inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. These LA based youngsters may have their share of Southern CA hardcore roots running through their veins, but the atmospheric sounds of Scandinavian black metal and classic American metal reign supreme in the bands music too.

"In a scene overwhelmed with fake people and bands thinking they're the second coming of Christ, WINDS OF PLAGUE strives to create something real", comments singer, Johnny P.

"Century Media has an excellent history of releasing some of the most groundbreaking metal albums in history", says bassist, Captain Andrew Glover, "we're glad to be part of this tradition!"

To properly present themselves to their European fans and make loads of new followers out there, WINDS OF PLAGUE will head out on a European tour supporting the mighty Shai Hulud.

The band's second full-length and Century Media debut after 2005's "A Cold Day In Hell" (Recorse Records) will be completed with producer Daniel Castleman (As I Lay Dying, A Love Ends Suicide) in the coming months and is expected to surface in January 2008. Until then let yourself been blown away by WINDS OF PLAGUE on their upcoming European tour, see below for the UK dates.

Don't forget to check out some WINDS OF PLAGUE tunes and the live clip for "Angels Of Debauchery" at their official MySpace page


27.11.2007 UK - London @ Underworld
28.11.2007 UK - Southend On Sea @ Chinnerys
29.11.2007 UK - Nottingham @ Rock City
30.11.2007 UK - Leeds @ Rios
01.12.2007 UK - Milton Keynes @ The Pitz Club
02.12.2007 UK - Hull @ The Welly Club
03.12.2007 UK - Glasgow @ Cathouse
04.12.2007 UK - Aberdeen @ Moshulu
05.12.2007 UK - Manchester @ Music Box
06.12.2007 UK - Cardiff @ Clwb Ifor Bach
07.12.2007 UK - Brighton @ Freebutt

MAROON - present you the cover artwork for their new album "The Cold Heart Of The Sun"

Germany's metal powerhouse MAROON presents you the cover artwork for "The Cold Heart Of The Sun", their highly anticipated follow-up to 2006's "When Worlds Collide". Set for release on October 22nd, 2007 the album proves how years of hard work, constant live activity pay off in the most diverse and crushing effort the band has ever recorded!

The artwork was created by long-time friend and former guitarist Marc Zech and you can check it out at the band's MySpace profile

HIMSA - post new E-Card online; tour Europe with As I Lay Dying, Darkest Hour

As the hype surrounding the release of HIMSA's career defining opus, "Summon In Thunder", continues to build leading up to its Sept. 17th release, the group unveils a new E-Card chocked full of captivating material. The E-Card includes an exclusive video clip of the band unleashing carnage on the tennis courts (WATCH THIS!!) a photo gallery, the chance to listen to the track "Big Timber" and more. Click on the link below to check it out
click here

To properly present their scathing new metal assault, "Summon In Thunder" live, the mighty HIMSA will kick off their worldwide touring campaign in September on a month-long European tour alongside As I Lay Dying, Darkest Hour (plus Architects in the UK and label mates Maroon across the rest of Europe) . An U.S. tour in October is also under way as HIMSA will be part of a major package alongside Amon Amarth, Decapitated and Sonic Syndicate. See below or visit for the complete tour routing.

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

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

HIMSA live


07.09.2007 Wolverhampton (UK) @ Wulfrun Hall
08.09.2007 London (UK) @ Mean Fiddler
09.09.2007 Glasgow (UK) @ Garage
10.09.2007 Manchester (UK) @ Academy 2


The title track to one of the most influential metal albums of all time, AT THE GATES's Slaughter of the Soul will be one of the tracks featured on Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, the newest title in Activision's popular Tony Hawk video game franchise.

"Slaughter of the Soul" is a standout among the 50-plus tracks that will provide the inspiration and energy for gamers to develop their own characters and perform the insane skateboard acrobatics that they have grown to love throughout the course of the Tony Hawk franchise.

Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, featuring AT THE GATES's "Slaughter of the Soul" will be out this fall on the PS2, PS3, XBOX 360 and Nintendo Wii home consoles as well as the Nintendo DS portable console.

For more information about the game visit

AT THE GATES is one of the many legendary EARACHE artists featured on METAL: A Headbanger's Companion.

This 6 CD boxed set compiles many of the finest tracks ever released in EARACHE's 20 year history and serves it in a collectable package. All for $15! That's the price of 1 CD!
Buy it from the EARACHE U.S. Webstore,, FYE.


To commemorate the release of their debut album 'Enter The Grave' in the UK/Europe on Monday September 27, Yorkshire thrashers EVILE played a frenetic in-store gig in Manchester's Virgin Megastore to hoardes of chanting, thrash-hungry fans. Speaking about the chaos that they caused in the store, Evile guitarist Ol Drake has stated:

"It was killer playing to all those Thrashers in a store setting. People didn't seem to care that they were in a record store. It was just a plain old Metal show. Circle Pits, Moshing, head-banging galore. We Thrashed the sh*t out of the Verging Megawhores. We want to say a huge cheers to all the people who came down to Thrash with us, and a huge cheers to all at Virgin Megastores Manchester (Arndale) and Lucy Holliday".

Click the following links to watch a track
First Blood
Bathe in Blood
Armoured Assault
Enter the Grave

'Enter The Grave' is out Now. Catch Evile on tour at these dates.


Fresh from watching Virginian crossover-thrashers MUNICIPAL WASTE wreak carnage at this summer's European festivals, fans can now exclusively catch a glimpse of the new video for the track 'Headbanger Face Rip' online now. The track, taken from the latest release 'The Art Of Partying' was filmed by the legendary 80s cult splatter/horror independent film company Troma Entertainment and features such Troma characters as the Toxic Avenger and Kabukiman.

The video featured on YouTube is a TV-friendly version, (YouTube banned the gore version this weekend), but here on weve got the alternate version featuring Troma's genre-defining, all-out gore-tastic take on 'Headbanger Face Rip', involving blood, guts and the legendary Troma-style shlock horror effects. ONLY over 18s can check out this Gore version.

Founded by Lloyd Kaufman in 1974, Troma are famed worldwide 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", Troma's splatter-style visuals fit perfectly alongside Municipal Waste's colourful, high-energy Thrash assault.

Speaking about Troma's take on 'Headbanger Face Rip', Municipal Waste bassist LandPhil states:
"I am fu*king stoked on the great job that TROMA has done on Headbanger Face Rip!! I think that it has a little something for everyone out there that likes to party - Gore,Tits and the fu*king waste!"

Troma's Lloyd Kaufman has commented upon the partnership between the Richmond thrashers and Troma's unique style, stating:

"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!".

Municipal Waste 'The Art Of Partying' is out now everywhere.


The long out of print 1996 breakthrough album from UK deviants PITCH SHIFTER, 'Infotainment?', is to be made available again on September 24.

Marking the band's evolution from underground notables to mainstream success, 'Infotainment?' perfected the Pitch Shifter sound, merging a caustic industrial backbone with a growing interest with drum n' bass and techno influences.

Tracks like 'Underachiever' and 'Virus' connected with rock fans of all persuasions and paved the way for even greater success, as the band went on to record major label records for both Geffen and MCA, with much commercial and critical acclaim. 'Infotainment?' was produced by Simon Efemey who also worked with UK rock giants Paradise Lost, The Wildhearts and Napalm Death. Pitch Shifter memorably created chaos during their appearance at the UK's Phoenix Festival with a legendary stage invasion, and went on to tour the UK, USA & Europe on Ozzfest and Warped Tours, playing with bands such as Deftones, Quicksand, Tool, Fugazi, Static X, Black Sabbath, Incubus, Taproot, Hundred Reasons and Limp Bizkit. Members of the band recently resurfaced with the This Is Menace project featuring a variety of guests including Matt Davies from Funeral For A Friend, Jeff Walker of Carcass and Casey Chaos of Amen.

Pitch Shifter have recently announced some UK headline shows as follows:
October 12 London Astoria
October 13 Nottingham Rock City


Upcoming release: "L'hymne à la Joie" (deluxe digipak + booklet) Release date: Nov. 12th, US Nov. 20th

After their bombastic and acclaimed debut album "Ultraviolence Über Alles"

(2002), The CNK are finally back with their long awaited second coming, to be released next November on Season of Mist. Pretty soon after he left French black metal act ANOREXIA NERVOSA, badass frontman Hreidmarr was quick to rerun The CNK war machine, together with old comrade Heinrich Von B.

Joined by harsh EBM star Sylvicious (TAMTRUM) on drums, and by (in)famous Parisian designer Valnoir (METASTAZIS) on bass, The CNK dream team is now complete and ready to grind, raze, crush, and piss you off with an incredibly heavy opus of Wagner-like and anti-politically correct electro-metal. Entitled "L'Hymne à la Joie", the band's sophomore album is produced by Stefan Bayle (ANOREXIA NERVOSA), and sounds like Carl Orff drinking Martini with Rammstein and Alec Empire, sitting together on a heap of human corpses, rambling on the death of our modern world. Get in the Klub!

Release date November 12th, US November 20th (digipak with gold foil)


Upcoming release: "Guided by Fire" (digipak + booklet) Release date: Sept. 17th, US Sept. 25th

MP3 - Guided By Fire - Rails At The River

While their acclaimed debut album is awaited with impatience, GHOST BRIGADE recently created their channel on the ever-growing YouTube community. GHOST BRIGADE broadcast themselves while in studio for the recording of "Guided by Fire". The recordings, accompanied by the first track taken from their upcoming debut, "Rails at the River", can be seen here. Feel free to leave your comment!

NEW and UPCOMING releases


Upcoming release: "Guided by Fire" (digipak + booklet) Release date: Sept. 17th, US Sept. 25th
MP3 - Guided By Fire - Rails At The River


Upcoming release: "The Water Fields" (hardcoverbook + 20 page booklet) Release date: Sept. 17th, US Sept. 25th
MP3 - The water fields - Dive


Upcoming release: "American Inquisition" (deluxe digipak + 16 page booklet) Release date: Oct. 15th, US Oct. 23rd
MP3 - American Inquisition - Stop bleeding me


Upcoming release: "The Silhouette" (digipak + 16 page booklet) Release date: Oct. 15th, US Oct. 23rd
MP3 - AVA INFERI - The Silouhette - Pulse of the Earth


Upcoming release: "Pearls in Dirt" (digipak in velvet o-card + booklet) Release date: Nov. 12th, US Nov. 20th


Upcoming release: "L'hymne à la Joie" (deluxe digipak + booklet) Release date: Nov. 12th, US Nov. 20th

KORPIKLAANI - Sign with Nuclear Blast

The Finnish Folk-Metal tribe of KORPIKLAANI are the latest addition to the Nuclear Blast family! The guys signed a world-wide contract and we are all looking forward to the upcoming releases of this outstanding band. The six men from the woods have issued the following statement about this joyful occasion:

"Once upon a time were the merry men of Korpiklaani on a tour somewhere in Europe, drinking beer in the bus on the road from here to there. Between the beers there was also some talk about our future. On the small bus table, half-hidden under the dog-eared deck of cards, coins and empty bottles, there was a BLAST magazine.

This catalogue of Nuclear Blast had seen better days. It had already server as a beermat, ashtray and toilet entertainment, even though the language was totally incomprehensible to us. Our highly intelligent conversation moved to record companies and we started to wonder which one of them would the best for us. Jonne happened to set his bleary eyes on the scruffy magazine and asked if anyone knew any band that had left Nuclear Blast. There was a silence. No one knew and we saw that it was good.

That's when we first got the idea that Nuclear Blast would actually be a great company for us as well. It must be a good home for bands because no one ever leaves. The idea of us and them still felt distant and unrealistic.

As the time passed, our small and ugly folkmetal band gained more success, slowly but steadily, and played more and more concerts. And behold, one day we got a word from our own chargé d'affaires, Matte, that one of the best is interested in us, Nuclear Blast. Our first meeting was in Germany, the land of... eh... well, Germans.

We were prepared to meet bald, fat businessmen in their black three-piece suits with briefcases full of contract papers. We couldn't find any. Instead of that there some smiling folkmetal loving fellows with pints in their hands. And then we heard the magic words: "You guys want some beer?"

THUNDERSTONE - line-up changes and tour


"We are sad to announce that Pasi Rantanen and Kari Tornack are no longer part of Thunderstone. Due to personal reasons and a visible lack of motivation on their part we saw it best to part with the guys, although the decision was not easy and the timing perhaps the worst possible. Everything was done in good spirits and we thank the guys for an unbelievably great and fun seven years and wish them all the best in their private endeavors".

"However, the first priority for us was not to let our fans down even in a situation like this. Therefore, we will go on with the upcoming co-headlining tour with Nocturnal Rites as planned. And we are most proud to announce two incredible musicians who agreed to fill in for the tour on such a short notice.

On keyboards we will have none other than legendary JENS JOHANSSON, the crazy Swede and a long-time friend from Stratovarius. The vocal duties will be handled by the incredible-sounding TOMMI 'TUPLE' SALMELA who in recent years has shared the vocals with Marco Hietala in the classic Finnish metal outfit Tarot.
As you can probably imagine, we are more than thrilled to have these guys on board".

Here are the tourdates:

27.10.2007 Metalinferno Lenzburg, Switzerland
28.10.2007 La Boule Noire Paris, France
30.10.2007 Caracol Madrid, Spain
31.10.2007 Mephisto Barcelona, Spain
01.11.2007 Transilvania Milano, Italy
02.11.2007 Metropolis München, Germany
03.11.2007 Masters of Rock Cafe Zlin Czech Republic
04.11.2007 Viperroom Vienna, Austria
05.11.2007 Hirsch Nurnberg, Germany
06.11.2007 Eisenbahnhalle Losheim, Germany
07.11.2007 Turock Essen, Germany
08.11.2007 Musikzentrum Hannover, Germany
09.11.2007 Bastard Club Osnabrück, Germany
10.11.2007 Bosuil Weert, Netherlands
11.11.2007 Markthalle Hamburg, Germany

27.12.2007 Teatria Oulu, Finland
29.12.2007 Kaapelitehdas Helsinki, Finland
30.12.2007 Metroauto Areena Tampere, Finland
31.12.2007 Jäähalli Mikkeli, Finland

28.-29.3 PP UK III, Bristol Annon Rooms Bristol, England

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER - "Nocturnal" MySpace page incl. competition launched

In advance of the upcoming THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER album "Nocturnal" we just set up a special MySpace page where you have the chance to listen to 2 new tracks off the new album, check out pictures, videos, the tracklist and win some nocturnal sh*t in our competition!!!

Drop by, leave us a message, become our friend and spread the word on THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER!!!

"Nocturnal" will be unleashed upon the evil legions on September 21st (G|A|S|I) / September 24th (Europe)

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER to headline European tour

The almighty THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will team up with label mates JOB FOR A COWBOY and THE RED CHORD to kick off their headlining tour throughout November / December 2007!

The tour will be in support of TBDM's upcoming album "Nocturnal", due to be released on September 21st (G|A|S|I) / September 24th (Europe).

Two new songs, pics, videos and an awesome competition are available via !

27.11.07 - CH - Zürich - Rohstofflager
28.11.07 - AT - Kufstein - Jugendfabrik
29.11.07 - AT - Graz - Orpheum
30.11.07 - AT - Vienna - Viper Room / Planet Music
01.12.07 - HU - Budapest - Kultiplex A38
02.12.07 - AT - Salzburg - Rockhouse
03.12.07 - IT - Bologna - Estragon
04.12.07 - DE - München - Backstage
05.12.07 - DE - Stuttgart - Die Röhre
06.12.07 - BE - Vosselaar - Biebop
07.12.07 - DE - Hamburg - Grünspan
08.12.07 - DE - Berlin - Columbia Club
09.12.07 - DE - Köln - Live Music Hall
10.12.07 - NL - Eindhoven - Effenaar
11.12.07 - UK - Portsmouth - Wedgewood Rooms
12.12.07 - UK - Glasgow - Garage
13.12.07 - UK - Sheffield - Corperation
14.12.07 - UK - London - Mean Fiddler
15.12.07 - UK - Manchester - Academy 2
16.12.07 - UK - Colchester - Arts Centre
17.12.07 - UK - Birmingham - Academy 2
18.12.07 - UK - Oxford - Zodiac

AMON AMARTH - Endorsed by Krank

"We have entered a new endorsement deal with Krank Amplification ( We're really happy to working with Krank as this deal will ensure that we have high quality amplifiers for both touring and studio purposes." - AMON AMARTH

AUTUMN - film video for "Satellites"

"Last week, we have done the shooting of the video for our new single "Satellites", from the "My New Time" album. The video is produced by the production company Wudenshu and will be released in a few weeks."
More news will follow soon!

BRAINSTORM - Song titles revealed

German melodic metallers BRAINSTORM recently entered Gate Studios in Wolfsburg with producers Sascha Paeth and Michael Rodenberg to begin recording their as-yet-untitled new CD, tentatively due on January 25, 2008 via Metal Blade Records. A single will precede the album sometime this fall. Songtitles set to appear on the full-length CD include "Fire Walk With Me", "All Alone", "Protect Me From Myself", "Surrounding Walls", "Stained With Sin" and "Falling Spiral Down".

"This will become the strongest BRAINSTORM album so far!" stated singer Andy B. Franck.

CELLADOR - Live videos posted

A collection of live clips from CELLADOR's recent show in Omaha, NE on 25/08/07 have been posted on youtube, dubbed to "Never Again" off "Enter Deception".


JOB FOR A COWBOY - Video interview from Sounds Of The Underground

Full Metal Jackie of Hollywood Music TV has filed a video report from the Sounds of the Underground Tour stop in Irvine, California. An interview with JOB FOR A COWBOY singer Johnny Davy among others can be viewed by clicking here:

MACHINEMADE GOD - New song online

German metalcore heroes MACHINEMADE GOD who will play their first ever Turkey show on Saturday, September 8th just uploaded a new song off their just released new album "Masked"! "Place Taken" can be heard at their MySpace page (!

PRIMORDIAL - Album update

Vocalist Nemtheanga of the Irish pagan metal masters PRIMORDIAL has posted the following update on the group's official web site:

"So the new album ['To the Nameless Dead'] bar the mastering is done and dusted. We have to extend our utmost gratitude to Chris Fielding, who performed above and beyond the call of duty with the least amount of fuss any of us have ever encountered in the studio.

And I think when the scene hears the rich, powerful, full and old-school sound from the album he is going to become much in demand. And why not?…secondly also gratitude to Dave, who made us feel more then welcome in the valleys and I think added some small part of spiritual presence to proceedings. We will be back.

"So yes, you read it, the album contains seven new tracks and near 55 minutes of new PRIMORDIAL, and yes, we know all bands say this, but I can honestly say we have never been happier with how an album sounds. It is as I stated rich and powerful, it has a real fu*king drum sound and you can smell the amps burning into overdrive. And as a singer I can say Chris pushed me further then I've been before with the vocals and stark sound from the last album has been replaced with something far more immediate and effective.

And the songs? To our ears at least this album sounds more focused, there is less flab on the songs. They are more direct in their intentions and there is a defiant vibe to the album that I for one did not expect but there it is in all its shameless glory. Fans of the band won't be disappointed that is for sure. The mainstream might take notice or they might not. Who gives a fu*k? We certainly don't. Album number six and no compromise…not then, not now, not ever.

"Our show at Party.San Open Air was a solid seven outta ten but I think having been up all night the night previous to be at Dublin airport at 5 am really robbed us of a lot of our punch. Not to mention being picked up at 5 am the following morning to wait 14 hours in the airport. Sometimes in my most zombified moments I wonder is it all worth it, but then again I also think I've seen demons when I've had four hours sleep in three days. Tells its own story, really.

Anyway, zombies and demons be damned we will be back. We are confirmed for the Arnhem Metal Meeting in the Netherlands and also the Winterfest in Cork. First time in Arnhem in three years I think and Cork in five or six….

"So the day draws nearer. The artwork is being finalized and the branding irons are in the fire."

"To the Nameless Dead" will be released in Europe on November 16th (G|A|S|I) / November 19th (Europe) via Metal Blade Records. The first edition will contain a limited live disc recorded at the Rock Hard Festival in a lavish book format.

SIX FEET UNDER release "Doomsday" teaser clip

Florida-based death metallers SIX FEET UNDER filmed a video late last month for the song "Doomsday", taken from the group's latest release, "Commandment". A teaser clip for "Doomsday" has been released and can be viewed via this link:

THE ARCANE ORDER - Studio blog launched

THE ARCANE ORDER, the Danish band featuring vocalist Kasper Thomsen (RAUNCHY) and guitarist Flemming C. Lund (INVOCATOR, ex-AUTUMN LEAVES), has started a studio blog ( documenting the recording sessions for the group's sophomore album, "In the Wake of Collisions" as, tentatively due in early 2008 via Metal Blade Records.

UNEARTH - SICK OF IT ALL cover songs online

"Our SICK OF IT ALL cover songs "Clobberin Time/What's Going On" are now available for streaming on both our and sites. SICK OF IT ALL have been a huge influence and inspiration for us throughout their career, so go check out our versions of their tunes. The songs are available on the SICK OF IT ALL tribute album "Our Impact Will Be Felt"!" - UNEARTH

DEMIRICOUS to release "Two (Poverty)"

Since releasing their stunning debut "One" in early 2006 the thrash metal community has a new name on its top list! Enter 2007 DEMIRICOUS are back with a real masterpiece called "Two (Poverty)" which follows the band's line but putting in much more dirt and anger. "Two (Poverty)" is pure american metal with a hardcore punk attitude and a massive amount of thrash riffs. Nothing could label DEMIRICOUS' music better than the genre they invented themselves: street metal!

"Two (Poverty)" delivers everything but trendy sh*t!

01. Never Enough Road
02. Express Of Immunity To God
03. Knuckle Eye
04. Leprosaic Belief
05. Language Of Oblivion
06. Tusk And Claw
07. Appreciation For Misery
08. Engineer
09. Celebration Of Damage
10. Adic Lung
11. Stress Fetish
12. Blackish Silver

"Two (Poverty)" was produced by acclaimed metal producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL) at the famous Mana Recording Studios and will be unleashed on October 5th (G|A|S|I) / October 8th (Europe) via Metal Blade Records.

NEAERA crack the German charts

Also our german shooting stars NEAERA just did it and cracked the German charts at #65 with their third release "Armamentarium"! What an awesome achievement for both the band and the label!
"Armamentarium" has just been released on September 24th (G|A|S|I) / September 27th (Europe).

Congrats to NEAERA!!!

chart entry!

Germany - #65

NEAERA will team up with their buddies DEADLOCK for supporting them on their first ever headlining tour in October!

15/09/07 - BE - Merksplas - Jh Zigzag
13/10/07 - DE - Weimar - Weimarhalle

19/10/07 - DE - Karlsruhe - Stadtmitte
20/10/07 - CH - Oberentfelden - Boröm Pöm Pöm
21/10/07 - DE - Trier - Ex-Haus
23/10/07 - DE - München - Backstage
24/10/07 - AT - Wien - Arena
25/10/07 - AT - Gleisdorf - Kulturkeller
26/10/07 - AT - Lustenau - Culture Factory
27/10/07 - AT - Innsbruck - Hafen Club
28/10/07 - CZ - Prag - Rock Café
29/10/07 - CZ - Brno - Faval Club
30/10/07 - DE - Leisning - AJZ
31/10/07 - DE - Köln - MTC
01/11/07 - DE - Osnabrück - Bastard Club
02/11/07 - DE - Hamburg - tba
03/11/07 - BE - Mechelen - Perron M

AS I LAY DYING attack the charts all over the world

Great news for AS I LAY DYING! San Diego's finest just smashed into the charts all over the world with their highly anticipated new effort "An Ocean Between Us" which has been released on September 24th (G|A|S|I) / September 27th (Europe).

Congratulations to the boys!!!

Worldwide chart entries
"An Ocean Between Us"

Germany - #24
Austria - #33
Switzerland - #43
Netherlands (Plato Charts) - #25
UK (Top 40 Rock & Metal) - #8
UK (Top 50 Indie Album) - #13
UK (Top 200 Artist Album) - #117
USA (Rock Album) - #1
USA (Hard Rock Album) - #1
USA (Indie Album) - #2
USA (Billboard Top 200) - #8
Canada (Hard Rock Album) - #2
Canada (Indie Album) - #3
Canada (Top 200 Album) - #19

AS I LAY DYING will also devastate European stages beginning Friday, September 7th!

07/09/07 - GB - Wolverhampton - Wolfrun Hall*
08/09/07 - GB - London - Mean Fiddler*
09/09/07 - GB - Glasgow - Garage*
10/09/07 - GB - Manchester - Academy 2*
11/09/07 - BE - Antwerp - Hof Ter Lo**
12/09/07 - NL - Amsterdam - Melkweg**
13/09/07 - - TBA - TBA
14/09/07 - CH - Zürich - Rohstofflager**
15/09/07 - DE - München - Backstage**
16/09/07 - DE - Stuttgart - Röhre**
17/09/07 - DE - Köln - Live Music Hall**
18/09/07 - DE - Hamburg - Grünspan**
19/09/07 - DE - Berlin - Columbia Club**
21/09/07 - DE - Münster - Skater's Palace**
22/09/07 - DK - Copenhagen - Loppen**
23/09/07 - SE - Malmö - KB**
24/09/07 - SE - Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers**
25/09/07 - SE - Stockholm - Klubben**
27/09/07 - FI - Helsinki - Nosturi**

DARK TRANQUILLITY - Post interview and live-scenes from Bang Your Head festival; tour update

Sweden's finest Melodic Death Metal band (and party animals) played 13 European summer festivals this year. Comments vocalist Mikael Stanne: "This was probably our most active summer ever, and while our sweaty bodies are recovering from the mayhem, preparations for the upcoming tours are being made."

Check out an interview Johannes "Axeman" from WOLF did with Mikael Stanne from DARK TRANQUILLITY at Bang Your Head Festival on June 22nd in Balingen, Germany. You can watch it at the links given below.

DARK TRANQUILLITY will continue promoting their new album "Fiction" with a couple of upcoming tours: "We raided the rehearsal room for leftover merchandise, so on the 'Scandinavian Fiction' tour [which started yesterday] we'll be offering some rare and out-of-print shirts as well as other goodies for those who are interested."

Afterwards the band will be joining the Eastpak Antidote Tour ( with Soilwork, Caliban, and Sonic Syndicate. And, last but not least: "Finally it is time for us to visit Greece again! Supported by the legendary Samael, we'll have the pleasure of playing two shows. This will be the first time in five years that we're visiting these cities, so rest assured that it'll be an experience out of the ordinary."

Check out the two parts of the highly entertaining BYH interview on Century Media Europe's YouTube channel:

Part 1 -

Part 2 -

Another DT interview filmed @ Bang Your Head Festival plus the clip for "Focus Shift" will be broadcasted at online TV channel on Saturday, Sep. 8 (21:30 CET + 0:30 CET) as well as on Sunday, Sep. 9 (3:30 CET).

More DARK TRANQUILLITY live mayhem footage coming soon on:


The Eastpak Antidote Tour, with Soilwork, Caliban, Sonic Syndicate

30.09.2007 Brighton (UK) @ Concorde 2
01.10.2007 Wolverhampton (UK) @ Wulfrun Hall
02.10.2007 Leeds (UK) @ Cockpit
03.10.2007 London (UK) @ Islington Academy
04.10.2007 Nottingham (UK) @ Rock City
05.10.2007 Newcastle (UK) @ Academy
06.10.2007 Glasgow (UK) @ Garage
07.10.2007 Norwich (UK) @ Waterfront



The video for the MUNICIPAL WASTE track 'Headbanger Face Rip' has been banned by You Tube. Filmed by the legendary 80s cult splatter/horror independent film company Troma Entertainment, the 'gore version' of the recording has been deemed by You Tube to have content which is inappropriate.
This banned version of the track features the legendary Troma style blood, guts and gore seen in many of their genre-defining B-movie style shock flicks, which fit well with Municipal Waste's outrageous party attitude. Fans who still want to watch this controversial version of the track can still view it online here and the TV-friendly recording can still be viewed on YouTube here. Municipal Waste's 'The Art Of Partying' is out now worldwide.


Technical Death Metal whirlwind DECAPITATED issue a limited edition version of their dramatic Winds of Creation debut album on October 8, complete with bonus DVD.

Originally issued back in 2000, the album sent shock waves through the scene for its focused and tight arrangement, relentless aggression and supreme musicianship. Eyebrows were further raised when it was discovered that the band were barely out of their teens. Live shows backed the hype, and Decapitated's place among the forerunners of the emerging new generation of Death Metal bands was assured.

The limited edition reissue contains a full 10 track live show filmed in December 2004 at Nottingham Rescue Rooms, featuring the original Winds of Creation line up including vocalist Sauron. Filmed on several cameras with great audio quality, the DVD ably demonstrates just why Decapitated are considered among the elite Death Metal hierarchy. And advance preview of the DVD is available here.

The band have made massive commercial leaps with subsequent albums Nihility, The Negation and Organic Hallucinosis, but Winds of Creation retains a special place in the heart of the many of the bands fans, and on newer bands such as Job for A Cowboy. The full tracklisting for the Winds of Creation limited edition is as follows:

Tracklisting CD:
01. Winds of Creation
02. Blessed
03. The First Damned
04. Way to Salvation
05. The Eye of Horus
06. Human?s Dust
07. Nine Steps
08. Dance Macabre
09. Mandatory Suicide

Tracklisting bonus DVD:
Live At Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 20/12/04
01. The Fury
02. Three-Dimensional Defect
03. Lying and Weak
04. Winds of Creation
05. Nihility (Anti-Human Manifesto)
06. The Negation
07. Perfect Dehumanisation (The Answer?)
08. Sensual Sickness
09. Spheres of Madness
10. Mother War


EVILE's brand of thrash takes a bit of the old school and fuses it together with the new school. Pre-order their debut album, Enter the Grave on the U.S. Webstore today and get the best of both schools.

You'll get a bit of the new school by receiving Enter The Grave on compact disc. It's 10 tracks of thrash heaven. If you're a fan of old METALLICA, ANTHRAX or ANNIHILATOR, this is the return to pure and genuine thrash you've been waiting for!

If you pre- order EVILE - Enter The Grave, (while supplies last) you'll also receive a bit of the old school in a FREE, LIMITED EDITION red EVILE 7" vinyl! This special release, formerly exclusive to indie music stores in the U.K, has been brought over to the states in extremely limited quantities and features 2 previously unreleased EVILE tracks that you're not going to find anywhere else.

No matter what school you belong to, pre-order EVILE - Enter The Grave from the EARACHE U.S. Webstore and you'll be headbanging like you never have before!

Enter The Grave is out now in UK/Europe and September 25th in the USA. Watch an exclusive interview with EVILE here. Find the latest EVILE news, dates and links at

After the storming success of 'Metal: A Headbanger's Companion', the sequel is almost here with over 100 more annihilating extreme-metal tracks spread over 6 discs, all for the price of 1 CD.

Released on Monday September 10th, 'Metal: A Headbanger's Companion II' picks up where the original left off, with 6-CDs worth of all-out jaw dropping extreme-metal tracks. Whether you're a long-standing extreme metal devotee or an entry level metaller looking for a quick fix, this breathtaking box set serves as a who's who of legendary metal artists. With the likes of Carcass, Napalm Death, Clutch, The Haunted, Morbid Angel, Dillinger Escape Plan, Pitch Shifter, Akercocke and many many more spread over 6 genre-specific discs, which include Extreme Metal Essentials, Cult Rock Classics, The New Rock Breed, Live Metal Destruction, Metal Remixed and Sickest Ever Metal.

This mega-value box set is definitely a must-have to add to the collection and serves as the ideal follow up to the already sold-out 'Metal: A Headbanger's Companion'. Make sure you pick up a copy for yourself on Monday September 10th.

DISC 1 Extreme Metal Essentials:
01. Carcass - 'Heartwork'
02. Napalm Death - 'Mass Appeal Madness'
03. Entombed - 'Drowned'
04. Morbid Angel - 'God of Emptiness'
05. At the Gates - 'Under A Serpent Sun'
06. Akercocke - 'Leviathan'
07. Terrorizer - 'Corporation Pull-In'
08. Cathedral - 'Soul Sacrifice'
09. Hate Eternal - 'Dogma Condemned'
10. Decapitated - 'Lying and Weak'
11. Bolt Thrower - 'Cenotaph'
12. Deicide 'Scars of the Crucifix'
13. Massacre - 'Succubus'
14. The Haunted - 'Undead'
15. The Berzerker - 'Forever'
16. Dillinger Escape Plan - 'Monticello'
17. Godflesh - 'Like Rats'
18. Vader - 'The Crucified Ones'
19. Brutal Truth - 'Godplayer'
20. Misery Loves Co - 'Kiss Your Boots'

DISC 2 Cult Rock Classics:
01. Clutch 'Passive Restraints'
02. Cadaver Inc 'Rupture'
03. Iron Monkey 'Fink Dial'
04. Sleep 'Aquarian'
05. Usurper 'Kill for Metal'
06. December 'Quiet Cold'
07. Pulkas 'This is It'
08. December Wolves 'We Are Everywhere'
09. Pitch Shifter 'Underachiever'
10. Rabies Caste 'I'm So Tired'
11. Fudge Tunnel 'Soap and Water'
12. Extreme Noise Terror 'Raping the Earth'
13. Confessor 'Condemned'
14. Anata 'Entropy Within'
15. Coalesce 'Grain of Salt'
16. Beecher 'It's Good Weather for Black Leather'
17. Mistress 'Fu*king Fu*k'
18. Nocturnus 'Visions from the Beyond the Grave'
19. Lost Soul 'Mortal Cage'

DISC 3 The New Rock Breed
01. Municipal Waste 'The Art of Partying'
02. Evile 'Armoured Assault'
03. S.S.S 'The Beast'
04. Cult of Luna 'Leave Me Here' (edit)
05. Ephel Duath 'I Killed Rebecca'
06. Nox 'Choronzonic Chaos Gods'
07. With Passion 'Through the Smoke Lies A Path'
08. Blood Red Throne 'Rebirth in Blood'
09. Severe Torture 'Consuming the Dying'
10. Urkraft 'Too Strong for the Strongest Lord'
11. Wolverine 'Towards Loss'
12. Crowpath 'Kings Among Cockroaches'
13. Biomechanical 'Exiztenz'
14. Callisto 'World's Collide'
15. Arsis 'Maddening Disdain'
16. Misery Index 'My Untold Apoclaypse'
17. Capharnaum 'Icon of Malice'
18. Farmakon 'Loosely of Ameobas'

DISC 4 Live Metal Destruction
01. Morbid Angel - 'Rapture'
02. Deicide - 'The Stench of Redemption'
03. The Haunted - 'Bury Your Dead'
04. Municipal Waste - 'Mind Eraser'
05. Napalm Death 'Siege of Power'
06. Bolt Thrower - 'Spearhead'
07. Decapitated - 'Winds of Creation'
08. The Berzerker - 'Reality'
09. Mortiis 'Parasite God'
10. Cathedral - 'A Funeral Request'
11. Entombed - 'Stranger Aeons'
12. Linea 77 - Ketchup Suicide'
13. Fudge Tunnel - 'Gut Rot'
14. Carcass - 'Corporal Jigsore Quandary'
15. Misery Loves Co 'Private Hell'
16. Candiria - 'Mathematics'

DISC 5 Metal Remixed
01. Pitch Shifter 'Triad' (Biohazard Remix)
02. Scorn 'Silver Rain Fell' (Meat Beat Manifesto mix)
03. Morbid Angel vs The Berzerker 'Day of Suffering'
04. Ephel Duath 'Hole IV'
05. Mortiis 'Underdog' (Zombie Girl Remix)
06. Dub War 'Strike It' (Attica Blues Mo Wax Mix)
07. Godflesh 'Us and Them (Defensive Rmx)
08. Napalm Death vs Delta 9 'Breed to Breathe'
09. Ewigkeit 'Its Not Reality' (Scott Brown Remix)
10. Ultraviolence 'I Destructor' (Lenny Dee Mix)
11. O.L.D. 'Two of Me' (Thermo-Amphetamine Mix)
12. Brutal Truth vs Freak 'Regression-Progression'
13. Morbid Angel vs The Berzerker 'Abominations'
14. Pulkas vs Sh*tspitter 'Control'

DISC 6 Sickest Ever Metal
01. Napalm Death 'The Kill'
02. Akercocke 'Summon the Antichrist'
03. Brutal Truth 'Ill Neglect'
04. The Berzerker 'Cannibal Rights'
05. Carcass 'Exhume to Consume'
06. Unseen Terror 'Burned Beyond Recognition'
07. Anal C*nt 'Your Kid is Deformed'
08. Hate Eternal 'The Obscure Terror'
09. Sore Throat 'Truth'
10. Insision 'We Did Not Come to Heal'
11. Deathwitch 'Coffin Fornicator'
12. Godflesh 'Avalanche Master Song'
13. Painkiller 'Guts of A Virgin'
14. Cadaver 'Petrifyed Faces
15. Carnage 'Deranged from Blood'
16. Circle of Dead Children 'Strip Naked for the Killer'
17. December Wolves 'Porn Again Christian'
18. Rakoth 'Fear (Wasn't in the Design)'
19. The Elysian Fields 'Their Blood Be On Us'
20. O.L.D. 'Corpse Full of Gunk'
21. Watchmaker 'Conquering A Dead Planet'


UK epic- thrash metallers BIOMECHANICAL have announced the completion of their upcoming release Cannibalised, mixed by famed producer Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest). The band have posted an exclusive advance track entitled 'Fallen In Fear' on their MySpace page for fans to get a taste of what to expect from the hotly anticipated release, currently streeting in February 2008.
To listen to the track head to

BIOMECHANICAL frontman John K, who recently recruited new members Jonno Lodge (drums ) and Gus Drax and Chris Van Hayden on guitars, had this to say about the 'Cannibalised' project which is the closing chapter of the story which began with their 2003 debut release 8 Moons.

"There are no compromises on this album. It's Metal without boundaries and as much energy as we could possibly deliver. Cannibalised brings a dark closure to the debut and the Earache released album The Empires of the Worlds.

All the elements of the other albums are there but with a much heavier sound and more aggression. The songwriting follows the emotional pull of each individual track, going from heavily orchestrated tracks to full on Metal. It was a long journey getting this album done but now it's completed with the help of Chris Tsangarides and Jon Ashley with whom we finally managed to deliver Cannibalised. From the Cover Art side of things Nat Jones has astonished us once again! Huge thanks go to these guys and looking forward taking this album on the road!"


Calling all thrashers! Attention citizens of Tromaville! MUNICIPAL WASTE, Troma and Metal Kult have teamed up to bring you a contest so can only be called a MEGA-GORE THRASH GIVEAWAY.

2 runners up will win a Poultrygeist poster and soundtrack from Troma, as well as copies of MUNICIPAL WASTE's Hazardous Mutation Redux and The Art of Partying.

1 grand prize winner will win all the prizes from the runner up package, plus collection of 6 of Troma's finest films on DVD, EARACHE's METAL: A Headbanger's Companion 6 CD boxed set, the ultra-rare MUNICIPAL WASTE - The Art of Partying colored vinyl and finally, an absolutely special prize...a one of a kind mop that was used by everyone's favorite green do-gooder, The Toxic Avenger!

Feeling lucky? Do you think you can win a mega does of gore and thrash? Then go here and enter Metal Kult's MEGA-GORE THRASH GIVEAWAY now!!

Metal Kult is also hosting the uncensored "gore" version of MUNICIPAL WASTE's music video for "Headbanger Face Rip" off of The Art of Partying. Proving why this version of the video was too hot for YouTube, Troma and MUNICIPAL WASTE up the dosage of sex, violence and thrash! To see MUNICIPAL WASTE tear it up old school and uncensored with Toxie and his crew, go here. Catch Municipal Waste on these dates.


Prepare to be Thrashed into submission by Earache's latest addition - BONDED BY BLOOD. Hailing from Los Angeles this 5 piece, with an average age of only 18, are here to show the world how they see the path of New-School Thrash metal. With virtuoso-like guitar playing courtesy of Alex Lee and a blazing drum assault, BONDED BY BLOOD are gearing up to wow Metal fans across the globe with a youthful power-packed punch and the band come with enough talent that many well established acts can only dream about.

Formed in 2005, all members are such massive Exodus fans, the band took their name from the title the debut classic Exodus album, though ironically none of the band were even born when that album first hit the racks in 1985!

Musically, their influences come from most of the Old-school Thrash acts (Exodus, Metallica, Slayer, Testament, etc) but BONDED BY BLOOD add a youthful energy and a fun element as well as their own twist on the two decade old genre. The band focus as fervently on song structure and composition as they do on making every riff, vocal line and drum pattern a memorable, heartfelt shredder. Many fans already know that severe whiplash can occur if due caution is not exercised.

With a self-released 6 track EP 'Extinguish The Weak' released barely a few weeks ago in September 2007, Bonded By Blood have taken the Thrash underground by storm,resulting in inking a long-term contract with Earache Records.

The New-School Thrash uprising continues to gather pace, and Bonded By Blood having already played many shows to rabid response in the US, are eager to hit the road and bring their modern take on a classic genre to the world.

Vocalist Aladdin has this to say on the signing: "We are thrilled to be part of the Earache family -its overwhelming!! Municipal Waste, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Evile and now BONDED BY BLOOD! Next step is taking over the world!"

The debut Bonded By Blood Album will be released on Earache early 2008. Check out BONDED BY BLOOD on Myspace and read an exclusive Interview with Bonded By Blood here.

EXODUS - New video directed by Jon Schnepp

Set to go into production in September, San Francisco's pioneer thrashers EXODUS will be shooting a video for the song "Riot Act" off their upcoming new album "The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A" slated for release in North America on October 23, 2007.

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has this to say about the shoot:
"Having the opportunity to work with Jon on our video for 'Riot Act' is going to be amazing. Having just recently done our own guest appearance on Metalocalypse, we went out on a limb and asked Jon if he'd shoot our video. When he said yes, we were stoked to say the least. The ideas that he's come up with promise to make this our best video ever! I usually hate making videos, but this time I'm actually excited about it! It will be unique, and of course, it will be heavy!"

Fans are encouraged to visit the EXODUS blog at in September for video-related updates.

KATAKLYSM - Confirms Australian tour

Kataklysm have officially confirmed their first Australian tour that will also hit New Zealand for late March 2008, the band is extremely thrilled to finally play for their aussie fans, expect an electrifying live set that Kataklysm is know for. As many as eight shows are planned, dates to be released in the coming weeks stay tuned!

DEATH ANGEL - Enter studio

The band has announced the following statement:
Greetings Fellow Earthlings!

I am thrilled to announce that DEATH ANGEL will enter the studio to begin tracking our new album on September 16 with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Velvet Revolver, Shadows Fall, Stone Sour) in Los Angeles.

Nick came up and did pre-production with us at our studio in Oakland and we had a BLAST. The vibe is certainly ON and we are beyond excited to start tracking with him! Recording should be complete by the end of October and mixed by November. This will undoubtedly be our best sounding record ever!

This album is gonna be insane. The songs are so fu*kin heavy and wicked! Musically brutal. Brutally musical. This sh*t will wake you up!

Here we go into the beautiful twilight zone of recording the album… See you on the other side! Rob

NIGHTWISH - Single hits European charts

The sensational new NIGHTWISH single "Amaranth" hit the charts in the following countries:

# 1 UK (Rock)
# 5 UK (Indie)
# 120 UK (Top 200)


The new NIGHTWISH masterpiece album "Dark Passion Play" will be released on September 28!

MESHUGGAH - Tour cancelled

The following statement has been posted by the band:
"We regrettably have to inform you that we have been forced to pull out of the November tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan. There are several reasons for this. The main one being the fact that the album recording has taken longer than what was originally planned.

As an effect of that - NB has moved the album release to Jan/Feb of 2008.
In light of this we choose to not do a tour that could compromise the outcome of the album as well as possibly delaying the release even more.

Our intention was to have the album out in November and then do this as the first tour in direct support of the release. With this "album-promotional" aspect of the tour gone, we feel that we should instead focus on the most important thing at hand - the album!

We realize that this is a big disappointment to everyone who didn't have the opportunity to catch us on the European tour last summer but we will be back in 2008 touring the new album. Tourdates will be posted shortly!

Our apologies to the other bands on the bill and all who already bought their tickets as well as those who were about to do so. The tickets are, of course, refundable."

CLAWFINGER - Donating gains

The legendary Crossover-Heroes of CLAWFINGER have always been saying what they hate. Now they take the word for the rights of children in our society.

The newest action of the Swedes:

All gains from the new download-single "Little Baby" which will be released on Sept. 14th will go to the foundation "Hänsel+Gretel" to support their important work for children. Read more:

GOTTHARD - Win a guitar lesson with Leo Leoni

Gibson Guitars have launched a big contest on their page. Main prize is a guitar lesson with GOTTHARD-guitarist Leo Leoni during their European tour.

Join in under and let Leo become your guitar teacher for one hour. The location therefore will be a tour-venue of your choice.

Here are the dates:
"Domino Effect" Tour 2007

29.06. D Muenchen - Tollwood
07.07. D Bisingen - Goetz Festival
10.07. D Freiburg - ZMF
21.07. D Pfoerring - Festival
16.08. ARG Buenos Aires - Niceto Club
17.08. ARG Cordoba - Living Four
18.08. BRA Sao Paulo - Stones
01.09. A Villach - Festival
06.09. BUL Varna - Festival
08.09. F St. Julien en Genevois - Guitars en scene Festival
09.09. F Raismes - Raismes Fest
18.09. JP Tokyo - Shibuya
19.09. JP Osaka - Club Quattro
03.10. CZ Zlin - Masters of Rock Cafe
05.10. A Hohenems - Eventcenter
06.10. A Ehrwald - Zugspitzsaal
07.10. A Graz - Orpheum
09.10. HUN Budapest - A 38
10.10. A Wien - Planet Music
12.10. D Plauen - Festhalle
13.10. D Hamburg - Docks
14.10. D Dresden - Schlachthof
16.10. D Leipzig - Werk II
18.10. D Koeln - E-Werk
19.10. D Giessen - Hessenhalle
20.10. D Kempten - Big Box
21.10. D Tuttlingen - Stadthalle
23.10. D Neu-Isenburg - Hugenottenhalle
24.10. D Stuttgart - Messe B
26.10. D Bamberg - Jako Arena
27.10. D Bad Toelz - Hacker Pfschorr Arena
28.10. D Aalen - Greuthalle
30.10. D Bremen - Aladin
31.10. D Berlin - Postbahnhof
02.11. Augsburg - Kongresshalle
08.11. NL Zoetermeer - Boerderij
09.11. NL Helmond - Plato
11.11. B Vosselaar - Biebob
16.11. UK Dudley - JB´s
17.11. UK Sheffield - Corporation
18.11. UK Nottingham - Rock City
23.11. SWE Stockholm - Boatcruise
24.11. SWE Stockholm - Tyrol
05.12. ES Madrid - Macumba
06.12. ES Valencia - Republica 2
08.12. ES Barcelona - Apollo

GOREROTTED - Gian Pyres joins on guitar, new MySpace page, new album

"After playing the Summer Festivals as a four piece we are pleased to announce our new guitarist is Gian Pyres of ex-CRADLE OF FILTH fame." Says Tim 'Rotted. "He is a great guitarist and I've been playing with Gian in our project THE FEAR for a while now so he was natural choice to step into Matt's pi*s soaked shoes." Gian played with CRADLE from 1996 to 2002 and has also appeared on CHRISTIAN DEATH and EXTREME NOISE TERROR albums. Says Gian "Its fu*king great to hook up with such a bunch of proper wankers, it will be Ace!!"

GOREROTTED are well into writing their 4th full length album "Get Dead Or Die Trying". Recording is scheduled for next spring with a release date planned for summer 2008. Songs set to be included, alongside the title track are "The Howling", "Angel Of Meth", "It's Like There's A Party In My Mouth And Everyone's Being Sick", "Coping With A Botched Strapadictomy", "Fear And Loathing In Ipswich Town Centre", "Kissing You With My Fists" and "The Body Tree".

In other news we got locked out our old MySpace account and after many unaswered emails to MySpace we were forced to start a new page. You can find it at Please re-add us and change your links!

FATES WARNING to re-release "No Exit"

Is there any other band that has influenced progressive metal as much as FATES WARNING? The answer is a resounding NO!

Ask members of DREAM THEATER or QUEENSRYCHE about their biggest musical influences, the first name that will be mentioned in an almost reverent way will be the one of Jim Matheos' band. What started in 1984 with "Night On Bröcken" found its peak in the now legendary "No Exit" album, which established the band as leaders of the progressive metal movement. In the course of the celebrations of Metal Blade's 25th anniversary, "No Exit" is being reissued with tons of bonus material.

Besides the actual songs that made this album a classic, you get out-takes, demos, and a bonus DVD featuring live footage from the "No Exit" world tour 1988 as well as the making of the "Silent Cries" and "Anarchy Divine" music videos. As always with re-issues from Metal Blade, the fan gets real value for money. This is an invitation to dwell in the past and rediscover it for today. FATES WARNING have always offered a lot to discover. Why shouldn't this be the case today, 19 years after the original release of "No Exit"?

Anarchy Divine
Silent Cries
In A Word
Shades of Heavenly Death
The Ivory Gate of Dreams
I. Innocence
II. Cold Daze
III. Daylight Dreamers
IV. Quietus
V. Ivory Tower
VI. Whispers On The Wind
VII. Acquiescence
VIII. Retrospect

Bonus Tracks:
Quietus demo
Ivory Gate of Dreams out take #1
Ivory Gate of Dreams out take #2

No Exit Documentary
Silent Cries Video
Anarchy Divine Video
Valley of the Dolls Video
Live in Philadelphia 1998

Running Time: approx. 68Min.

"No Exit" 25th Anniversary Edition will be released on October 5th (G|A|S|I) / October 8th (Europe)!

10.11.07 - NL - Zoetermeer - Boerderij
11.11.07 - DE - Frankfurt - Batschkapp
12.11.07 - DE - Hamburg - Markthalle
14.11.07 - DE - Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
15.11.07 - DE - Köln - Live Music Hall
16.11.07 - NL - Weert - Bosuil
17.11.07 - NL - Helendoorn - Lantaarn

DESASTER - New web dungeon launched

"Welcome to our brandnew, unholy Web-Dungeon!

...after fighting technological process for years we really felt that times were good to start our presence in the world-wild-web and to join the multimedia-age. It's because many of you crazy headbangers own one of those damned boxes...

We hope you enjoy the new web-dungeon and you can still hold on to grab a bottle of good cold beer, put on a grrreat HM record and check out our site!

DESASTER send pure darkness and evil to all our friends, fans, bands we met through the years. Thanx for the strong support! Keep the metalized blood pounding… We are Satan's Soldiers Syndicate!!!!!"

Check out the new DESASTER homepage: !


PSYOPUS announces new bassist

PSYOPUS has announced that their brief search for a new bass player has come to an end. Here's a statement from the band:

"We here at the PSYOPUS camp are happy to announce that we have found our new bass player in the form of a Michael Horn. He is a 24 year-old freak of nature from just outside of the Washington, DC area. He graduated from The Shenandoah Conservatory with a degree in Arts Management with a minor in jazz bass along side two years of classical bass training at the instituation.

He will now be being institutionalized into the PSYOPUS school of music along side the realitively new talent in the form of University of Buffalo's Percussion major, Buffalo, NY's own Jason Bauers, and the acid fu*ked persona of The Jefferson Plane Crash's vocalist, Fredericksburg, VA's own Harrison Christie."

AS I LAY DYING - 2nd week chart positions + venue change in Stuttgart & Munich

San Diego's finest AS I LAY DYING still remain among the Top 100 longplay charts in Germany & Switzerland!

Congrats, guys!!!

Germany - #79
Switzerland - #86

Due to massive ticket sales there has been a venue change for the gigs in Stuttgart & Munich of their current European tour:

The new venues are:
15/09/07 - DE - München - Backstage Werk
16/09/07 - DE - Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn

All dates:
14/09/07 - CH - Zürich - Rohstofflager
15/09/07 - DE - München - Backstage Werk
16/09/07 - DE - Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
17/09/07 - DE - Köln - Live Music Hall
18/09/07 - DE - Hamburg - Grünspan
19/09/07 - DE - Berlin - Columbia Club
21/09/07 - DE - Münster - Skater's Palace
22/09/07 - DK - Copenhagen - Loppen
23/09/07 - SE - Malmö - KB
24/09/07 - SE - Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
25/09/07 - SE - Stockholm - Klubben
27/09/07 - FI - Helsinki - Nosturi

BRAINSTORM announce European tour

Highly successful German metallers BRAINSTORM, who are just about to release a new single (out on October 19th (G/A/S/I) / October 22nd (Europe)) in advance of their highly anticipated follow-up to 2005's chart breaker "Liquid Monster" (due to be out on January 25th (G/A/S/I) / January 28th (Europe)) will embark on a co-headlining tour with EVERGREY in February / March 2008.

Both bands will share the headlining duties in support of their long awaited upcoming albums - this means a dream come true for many metalheads out there, finally getting the chance to see two of the most intense and impressing bands of the genre live on stage.

ROCK HARD & present

Co-Headliner Tour 2008
& special guest

29.02.08 Fri SE Göteborg @ Trädgårn
01.03.08 Sat SE Mariestad @ Rotundan
02.03.08 Sun SE Stockholm @ Klubben
04.03.08 Tue DK Copenhagen @ The Rock
05.03.08 Wed DE Hamburg @ Markthalle
06.03.08 Thu NL Amsterdam @ Melkweg
07.03.08 Fri NL Hengelo @ Metropool
08.03.08 Sat DE Memmingen @ Kaminwerk
09.03.08 Sun DE Saarbrücken @ Garage
11.03.08 Tue CH Pratteln @ Z7
12.03.08 Wed FR Mulhouse @ Noumatrouff
13.03.08 Thu FR Lyon @ CCO
14.03.08 Fri FR Paris @ Elysee Montmartre
15.03.08 Sat BE Antwerp @ Hof Ter Lo
16.03.08 Sun DE Langen @ Stadthalle
17.03.08 Mon NL Eindhoven @ Effenaar
18.03.08 Tue DE Bochum @ Zeche
19.03.08 Wed DE Nürnberg @ Hirsch
21.03.08 Fri AT Wien @ Szene
22.03.08 Sat HU Budapest @ venue tba
23.03.08 Sun SVK Bratislava @ Randal Club

TURISAS - Premiere "Rasputin" video clip

It is truly something very special what infamous Finnish folk metal warriors TURISAS unleash upon you now with the premiere of their fantastic new clip "Rasputin", an insane cover version of the old Boney M. classic every fan should already recognise from their unforgettable live shows.

Band mastermind Warlord comments the clip as follows:

"This video is pretty far from what you'd expect from a TURISAS-video - or any metal video for that matter! The idea to the video is just as wild as the cover song itself: a battle metal band covering a 70's disco hit. Just as the song, it is a crossover of the 70's kitsch attached to the Boney M - track, but performed by us as we do it. Director Vesa-Matti Vainio and the whole crew did a great job on this one and to me, this is a good pick for our first video ever. I assure you, there are plenty of ideas on epic spectacles to be looked into later."

So cover your disco plateau boots with blood by dancing wildly on this one! Watch the clip here:

TURISAS' version of "Rasputin" will be available on the "Rasputin" Single, which will hit stores on the following dates:

GERMANY: Friday, September 21, 2007.
UK / FRANCE / VARIOUS OTHER TERRITORIES: Monday, September 24, 2007.
SPAIN: Tuesday, September 25, 2007.
FINLAND: Wednesday, September 26, 2007.

It will be released as CD-Single also including the band's classic tune "Battle Metal" as well as strictly limited Picture 7" vinyl featuring "The Court Of Jarisleif" as B-Side.

DEVIAN - Present brand new song @ MySpace & cover artwork for upcoming album

The newest sensation in Swedish extreme metal - DEVIAN, the violently thrashing black/death outfit featuring former Marduk-members Legion (vocals) & Emil Dragutinovic (drums) - presents you the first appetizer for its devilish metal delicacy "Ninewinged Serpent" (OUT in Europe October 22nd, 2007!). Just surf to and listen to the brand-new track "Scarred"!

Furthermore, the cover artwork for "Ninewinged Serpent", which was created by Greece's master of dark visuals Seth (Paradise Lost, Soilwork, Old Man's Child, etc.) has just been posted at the same location and you can also check it out in higher resolution HERE!

DEVIAN's debut album "Ninewinged Serpent" was recorded at Sweden's Art Decay with producer Rickard Kottelin (The Legion), mixing duties were handled by sound-wizard Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir, etc.) while the final punch in mastering came courtesy of Peter In De Betou / Tailor Maid.

Here is the final tracklist for the album:

DEVIAN - "Ninewinged Serpent" CD 2007 (45:20)

1. Serenade For The Fallen [Intro]
2. Dressed In Blood
3. Heresy
4. Scarred
5. Suffer The Fools
6. Fatalist
7. Gemini Is The Snake
8. Instigator
9. Remnant Song
10. Ninewinged Serpent

Look forward to a variable and vicious metal mixture built upon a very catchy combination of melody, aggression, and references to the likes of Slayer, Iron Maiden, Possessed, Morbid Angel, Dissection or even Motörhead. DEVIAN f**king kills!

DARKTHRONE - Release update

The new Darkthrone album, 'F.O.A.D', will now be available from October 1st, as opposed to the previously listed date of September 24th.

GALLHAMMER tour - Antwerp venue change

The Gallhammer show with Skitliv on Thursday October 4th, will now take place at Negasonic in Aalst, instead of Scheld' Apen.


Taking time-out from their infamous DIY-style thrash gigs around the UK, Merseyside crossover thrashers S.S.S are gearing up to deliver their sound to the 5,000 capacity Brixton Academy on October 3rd. S.S.S are set to support US metallers Killswitch Engage on the UK date of their forthcoming European tour and S.S.S frontman Foxy has spoken out about the significance of the date for the band and the thrash genre:

"Setting foot on the Brixton Academy stage will be the biggest gig SSS has played to date. we cant wait to let loose the thrash beast onto the capital city"

This gig will give S.S.S the opportunity to showcase their thrash sound to a completely fresh crowd, who are sure to be subjected to the raucous and energetic on-stage antics that they have been delivering to thrash fans at recent gigs, following the release of 'Short Sharp Shock' in June. However, quick to show that they stick to their underground roots that they know and love, fans can catch S.S.S at a string-of small venue gigs in the UK on the following dates:

04.10.07 UK WIGAN The Tavern
05.10.07 UK BIRMINGHAM The Market Tavern
13.10.07 UK LONDON Old Blue Last
14.10.07 UK LIVERPOOL The Barfly
15.11.07 UK MANCHESTER Satans Hollow w/ Onslaught
12.01.08 LIVERPOOL The Barfly w/Orange Goblin

Check out the new S.S.S myspace for more information.


During some downtime before a show in California, BRING ME THE HORIZON decided to hop aboard a Hollywood tour bus and see the sights. came along for the ride and now you can, too! Watch as BRING ME THE HORIZON encounters interesting characters and have some close calls with other moving vehicles in the road...all without getting off of the bus! Take the Hollywood Tour with BRING ME THE HORIZON by clicking here:

There will be many more installments of BRING ME THE HORIZON's Hollywood tour to enjoy as the videos are updated frequently. In-between updates, hang out on BRING ME THE HORIZON's Buzznet page to ead exclusive tour blogs and check out photos and videos taken by the band that you'll only find on Buzznet. You can get all that plus a chance to interact with other fans and even the band themselves on BRING ME THE HORIZON's Buzznet profile:

BRING ME THE HORIZON's first ever U.S. tour keeps getting rowdier and rowdier as each date goes on. Don't miss them when they come to your town:

Sep 14 2007 5:00P
@ Streeters, Traverse City, MI
Sep 15 2007 5:00P
@ The Machine Shop, Flint, MI
Sep 16 2007 5:00P
@ Peabody's, Cleveland, OH
Sep 17 2007 7:00P
Myspace internet Venue, Roseville, MI BMTH Headline Show
Sep 18 2007 7:00P
Meridian Vets Club, Butler, PA BMTH Headline Show
Sep 21 2007 1:00P
(Start of tour with Bury Your Dead, Ion Dissonance and Nights Like These).
The Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Sep 22 2007 2:00P
Backbooth (Matinee!) Orlando, Florida
Sep 23 2007 6:00P
Legion 33 Pensacola, Florida
Sep 24 2007 6:00P
The Rave Sheffield, Alabama
Sep 25 2007 8:00P
Dredgs Menphis, Tennessee
Sep 26 2007 6:00P
The High Ground New Orleans, Louisiana
Sep 27 2007 6:00P
The Underground Corpus Christi, Texas
Sep 28 2007 6:00P
Fat Daddy's Dallas (Lewisville), Texas
Sep 29 2007 6:00P
White Rabbit San Antonio, Texas
Sep 30 2007 6:00P
Java Jazz Houston, Texas
Oct 1 2007 6:00P
The Conservatory Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oct 2 2007 6:00P
Static Bar Kansas City, Missouri
Oct 3 2007 6:00P
Pop's St. Louis, Missouri
Oct 4 2007 6:00P
Logan Square Chicago, Illinois
Oct 5 2007 6:00P
Quest SkatePark Mishawaka, Indiana
Oct 6 2007 6:00P
Hayloft liquor stand Mt.Clemens, Michigan
Oct 7 2007 8:00P
Funhaus, Toronto ON
Oct 8 2007 8:00P
Babylon, Ottawa, ON
Oct 9 2007 8:00P
Cafe L'Inco, Montreal, QC
Oct 10 2007 8:00P
L'anti, Quebec City, QC
Oct 11 2007 8:00P
The Station, Portland ME
Oct 12 2007 8:00P
Palladium, Worcester. MA
Oct 13 2007 8:00P
Mainstage, Pompton Lakes, NJ
Oct 14 2007 6:00P
The Loft Poughkeepsie, New York
Oct 15 2007 6:00P
Crazy Donkey Long Island, New York
Oct 16 2007 6:00P
First Unitarian Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 17 2007 8:00P
Alley Katz Richmond, Virginia
Oct 18 2007 6:00P
The Soapbox Wilmington, North Carolina
Oct 19 2007 6:00P
Thee Imperial Jacksonville, Florida
Oct 20 2007 6:00P
The Orpheum Tampa, Florida

For the latest dates and more, go to

BRING ME THE HORIZON will teach you a thing or two about excitement on their EP, This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For, out on September 25. Buy it here:

Count Your Blessings, the debut LP from BRING ME THE HORIZON is out NOW.
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Legendary Death Metal outfit DEICIDE have begun work on their ninth studio album at Florida's Morrisound Studios, the follow up to their 2006 Billboard charting album 'The Stench of Redemption'.

With a confirmed title of 'Till Death Do Us Part', the record promises to be Deicide's most savage and aggressive to date. Drummer Steve Asheim has begun the process by laying down drum tracks on a set of tracks that retain all the high speed intensity of the last album, but throw in a few surprises along the way.

Asheim himself has this to say on the process so far:

"The songs will have a very evil and chaotic nature to them and will include the extensive arrangements and riffage that made 'Stench...' so great."

Fans worried about recent stories concerning the demise of the band can rest easy according to Asheim.

"There's no's Deicide. It feels like a cross between 'Stench...' and 'Legion', and is definitely the next logical step for Deicide."

Once the music is down, the final stage will be for Glen Benton to contribute his unique vocal approach, with recordings scheduled for completion as early as November. 'Till Death Us Do Part' is expected to be released early 2008.

"We keep pushing what we do," concludes Asheim. "The guitars are even more sinister...the drums even more brutal. Deicide fans may be shocked at how fast this came around, but they're going to eat it up."



Fresh off the back of their storming debut release 'Enter The Grave', Yorkshire thrashers EVILE are to team up with North Carolina's SANCTITY and ROMEO MUST DIE for an ear-splitting tour, aptly titled 'Bonded By Bloodshed'. The tour begins in Southampton on October 21st and looks set to spread the sound of thrash up and down the UK.

Evile guitarist Ol Drake has spoken out about the upcoming dates:

"We're looking forward to ripping UK venues up with Sanctity. We hear they're really good live so it'll be a great experience to tour with them. It'll be the first American band we've been on tour with, so it'll be a learning curve haha. See you all on the road with Sanctity and Romeo Must Die!"

Catch Evile with Sanctity on the following dates:

Oct 21 Southampton Joiners
Oct 22 Cardiff Barfly
Oct 23 London Barfly
Oct 24 Wolverhampton Little Civic
Oct 25 Glasgow Barfly
Oct 26 Leeds Josephs Well
Oct 27 Sugar Mill, Stoke
Oct 28 Sheffield Corporation
Oct 29 Zodiac, Oxford
Oct 30 Northampton Soundhaus
Oct 31 Colchester Arts Centre

Evile will be taking part in an exclusive signing session at Nottingham store Pandora's Box on Saturday 22nd September from 2pm-4pm.

'Enter The Grave' is out now in UK/Europe and released in USA on September 25th.


MUNICIPAL WASTE has been confirmed to play at the Saints & Sinners Festival in Asbury Park, NJ on November 3rd. In this two day festival, MUNICIPAL WASTE will be playing alongside a diverse lineup of bands including AGAINST ME, AGNOSTIC FRONT, HORSE THE BAND and THE CASUALTIES.

For more details and ticket information, go to

MUNICIPAL WASTE is no stranger to playing festivals. They recently had played a string of dates in Europe that included appearances at several festivals. As evidenced by footage taken from England's, Reading Festival, MUNICIPAL WASTE are also no strangers to leaving a path of destruction wherever they play. All fans headed out to Saints & Sinners, please be aware that this is how to properly behave at a festival. Watch these videos of MUNICIPAL WASTE tearing it up at Reading:

Don't just thrash at the festivals, thrash at EVERY date of MUNICIPAL WASTE's U.S. tour:

9/21/07 - Kingston, Pennsylvania @ Backstage
9/22/07 - Trenton, NJ @ The Championship
9/23/07 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
9/25/07 - Brooklyn, NY @ Europa
9/26/07 - Providence, RI @ The Living Room
9/27/07 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (upstairs)
9/28/07 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
9/29/07 - Buffalo, NY @ Showplace Theatre
9/30/07 - Cleveland, Ohio @ Now Thats Class
10/2/07 - Minneapolis, Minnesota @ Triple Rock Social Club
10/3/07 - Arlington, Illinois @ Arlington Heights K Od C Hall
10/5/07 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
10/6/07 - Toronto, ON @ Metal Bar
10/7/07 - Springfield, MA @ The Waterfront
10/9/07 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
10/10/07 - Harrisonburg, Virginia @ Guzmans
11/3/07 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Convention Hall Complex

Enter the MEGA-GORE THRASH GIVEAWAY and watch the UNCENSORED "gore" version of the "Headbanger Face Rip" music video at

The Art of Partying is available NOW!


Fresh from being picked up by Earache Records, LA thrashers Bonded By Blood are set to make their debut on UK station Total Rock this weekend between 9am until 12 noon UK time on Saturday. Vocalist Aladdin will be interviewed live on the "Breakfast at Talita's" show, and fans can email their own questions in to the studio live on

This upcoming interview serves as the perfect opportunity for Bonded By Blood to introduce themselves to the world and also gives listeners the chance to hear exclusive plays of their demo EP 'Extinguish The Weak'.

Listen in worldwide on from 9am until 12 noon!

To find out more about Bonded By Blood visit

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