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Pure Metal News: October 2007 Part 1

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October 2007 Part 2

Compiled by John Stefanis


On the eve of their departure for a full Mexican tour, Dutch brutalists Severe Torture have uploaded two live videos of new songs from the upcoming 'Sworn Vengeance' album.

Filmed live at De Kade in Zaandam, Holland, on 16th October, the clips feature the band raging through new tunes 'Dismal Perception' and 'Buried Hatchet' in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Both songs are taken from the new album due on November 12.

The clips can be viewed here:

Buried Hatchet

Dismal Perception

Severe Torture are currently en route to South America, where they will play the following shows:

03.10.2007 - Laredo @ Escarabajo Bar
04.10.2007 - Tampico @ Club Golden Billar
05.10.2007 - Monterrey @ Factores Mutuos
06.10.2007 - San Luis Potosi @ Casino Stic
07.10.2007 - Queretaro @ Rush
12.10.2007 - Toluca @ Area Chica
13.10.2007 - Guadalajara @ El Oculto
14.10.2007 - Mexico City DF @ The Infernal Bar

'Sworn Vengeance' is released on November 12, with a limited edition first pressing containing Cro Mags and Entombed cover versions as exclusive bonus songs.

An advance song from the album, 'Dismal Perception', has been posted at

Necro is back for his first full European Tour in Nov 2007

Necro is a hardcore hip-hop artist with his finger on the pulse of extreme music. He is recognized worldwide for his work as an established recording artist, rap producer, film director and as the owner/CEO of Psycho+Logical-Records

Necros "Death Rap" is the latest offering from hip-hop's indisputable king of gore and p*rn and features the tracks Mutilate The Beat, Technician of Execution, Forensic Pathologist and Portrait of A Death Rapper. The "genre defining title" which gained local acclaim after making headlines in British newspapers following his sold-out live dates in the UK earlier this year, Death Rap takes the collaborations with premier metal bands Slipknot, Hatebreed, Obituary, Nuclear Assault, Skarhead and Voivod on The Pre-Fix For Death to the next level in metal-rap collaboration.

The album features some of heavy metal's most acclaimed and well-respected artists: Harley Flanagan of The Cro-Mags, Brian Fair of Shadows Fall, Mark Morton of Lamb Of God, Mike Smith of Suffocation & Steve DiGiorgio of Death/Sadus, Scott Ian of Anthrax, & Ray Alder of Fates Warning. While The Pre-Fix For Death was the first step in Necro's plan to create the most natural consolidation of rap and metal made by an artist of either genre, Death Rap sees him bridging the divide with the type of ease you might expect from someone who played in guitar bands until 1990 and has supported not just Run DMC, The Beatnuts and Kool Keith but Sepultra, Biohazard and Napalm Death to make what ranks as one of the most original, most uncompromising albums released this year

"Some of the most brutal hip-hop you've ever heard" - Bizarre
"He's a genuine original" - Mixmag
"Necro is a true hip-hop maverick" - IDJ
"In a musical climate where sickness is rewarded with impressive record sales, Necro's future looks bright" - NME

Necro will embark on his first full European tour to date in support of his new album Death Rap through Psycho + logical Records / Abstract Sounds.

09/11/07 Goetheborg / Sweden Pusterviksbar
10/11/07 Oslo / Norway Bla
11/11/07 Copenhagen / Denmark Pumpehuset
13/11/07 Berlin/Germany Kato
14/11/07 Amsterdam / Holland Melkveg
15/11/07 Brussels/Belgium VK
17/11/07 Münster / Germany Skaters Palace
18/11/07 Köln / Germany Underground
19/11/07 prague/ Czech Republic Lucerna Music Bar
20/11/07 Dresden / Germany Farenheit
22/11/07 Bern / Switzerland Wasserwerk
23/11/07 Zürich / Switzerland Dynamo
24/11/07 Wil / Switzerland Remise
26/11/07 Paris / France Nouveau Casino
29/11/07 London/UK Underworld
30/11/07 Glasgow / UK King Tuts
01/12/07 Oxford / UK Zodiac
02/12/07 Birmingham / Uk Brfly
03/12/07 Manchester / UK Club Academy 3

PRIMORDIAL - Final cover artwork revealed

After some changes concerning the artwork of the forthcoming PRIMORDIAL opus "To The Nameless Dead", the final cover designs for both jewel case and limited edition digibook (pictured) have been revealed!

PLEASE NOTE: The limited edition digi book will feature a bonus CD - not a DVD!!!

Harsher and faster than its predecessor, "To The Nameless Dead" wasn't recorded digitally - just analog to keep the sound old school and powerful.

As mentioned before, the album will also be available in a limited edition digibook featuring an alternative design, 40 pages and a bonus CD of PRIMORDIAL's performance at the Rock Hard Festival!

"To The Nameless Dead" will be unleashed on November 16th (D|A|CH|I) / November 19th (Europe) via Metal Blade Records.

HIMSA - post "Big Timber" video online

After triumphantly returning with their devastating new offering "Summon In Thunder" (in stores NOW!) and finishing their European tour with As I Lay Dying, Darkest Hour, Architects & Maroon Seattle's HIMSA now present you with another new video for the track "Big Timber"

The new clip was directed by Jared Eberhardt and is an abstract video focusing on the journeys of Sasquatch (that's Big Foot to you and me) that definitely has to be seen to be believed!Click HERE to check it out. If you've already seen the bands clip for 'Unleash Carnage' then you already know to expect the unexpected.

Next up on the band's touring schedule is an U.S. run in early November as part of a major package alongside Amon Amarth, Decapitated and Sonic Syndicate. for the complete tour routing.

Derek Harn (bass) states: "We just returned home from a great tour with our friends As I Lay Dying, Darkest Hour and new brothers Maroon in the UK and Europe. The crowds were sick and the energy was vicious. Seeing old friends and making new ones set a great tone for our return in the near future. Thank you to all who came out to support all the bands!"

A new E-Card chocked full of captivating material is also now available. The E-Card includes an exclusive video clip of the band unleashing carnage on the tennis courts and a photo gallery. Click on the link below to check it out.

Press on "Summon In Thunder":

"Summon In Thunder" is without a doubt the group's finest offering yet.

--Blabbermouth (US)

"Summon In Thunder" is a well-done thrasher that unites classic and modern elements without any clichés. A refreshing contemporary, brutal and heavy headbanger-delicacy for hungry metalheads.

-- Metal Hammer (D)

This is the sound of American metal's next truly great band realizing their own excellence and basking in a self-made glow of invincibility.

--Metal Hammer (UK)

With this album HIMSA could become the newcomer of the year!

-- Rock Hard (D)

IGNITE confirmed for Persistence Tour 2007

Are you ready for what is likely to become THE Hardcore tour of 2007? Prepare yourself for some devastating moshpits as the Persistence Tour is about to hit European venues in November/December 2007. California's hardcore legends IGNITE have been confirmed to join the fantastic billing featuring Hatebreed, Agnostic Front, Evergreen Terrace, Sworn Enemy, Death Before Dishonor and many more. IGNITE bassist Brett comments:

"Having the chance to come back and play the Persistence Tour again is awesome! The tour in 2003 was one of the best European tours that IGNITE had ever done and now, four years later, the tour has grown to become one of the biggest tours for hardcore and punk bands in all of Europe!"

To get warmed up properly for this tour, we recommend checking out IGNITE's latest video clip for "My Judgement Day", which has been taken from the band's latest masterpiece "Our Darkest Days" Album, watch the clipHERE!

The Persistence Tour 2007 UK show:

06.12. London - Forum

With Hatebreed, Agnostic Front, Ignite, Evergreen Terrace, Sworn Enemy, Death Before Dishonor & more

For the full European tour dates check out the band's websites:

FU MANCHU - Announce European Tour

You must obey! And catch Californian rockers FU MANCHU live on their upcoming European tour this Autumn in support of their latest album "We Must Obey".

Hailed as "top-class stoner rock" (ROCK HARD, Germany) garnered with a "merciless sound pushing the bass to the limit and Scott Hill's mean riffs" (STARDUST, Germany), "We Must Obey" provides "the soundtrack for the ultimate, never-ending, coast-to-coast, psychotic American rock n' roll road movie" and you can be part of the cast, if you witness FU MANCHU live in the UK at the following dates:

26.11.07 - Birmingham (UK) @ Academy 2
27.11.07 - Newcastle (UK) @ Academy 2
28.11.07 - Glasgow (UK) @ Cathouse
29.11.07 - Manchester (UK) @ Academy 3
30.11.07 - London (UK) @Islington Academy

For the full European tour listing visit FU MANCHU @:


Tomorrow night, Merseyside thrashers S.S.S will step out onto London's Brixton Academy stage as one of the support acts for US metallers Killswitch Engage. In their true underground and frenetic style, S.S.S look set to deliver a show-stopping performance to the 5,000 capacity London venue. Speaking out about his plans for the gig, the band's enigmatic frontman Foxy has stated:

"Last time SSS was in London they cut our sandwiches into triangles. We're not taking any chances at Killswitch. We're bringing our own packed lunch and our SSS mascot pigs head. Once we have fed our faces the crowd can taste the scraps."

The pig's head was famously tossed amongst frantic fans at the 'Thrash Gig' that S.S.S held in Liverpool earlier this year. This video footage of the raucous performance of crowd favourite 'The Beast' should provide a taste of what to expect from S.S.S at the London gig:

You can catch S.S.S at a string of smaller venue gigs 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
31.10.07 UK Liverpool - Night Of The Living Dead
15.11.07 UK MANCHESTER Satans Hollow w/ Onslaught
12.01.07 LIVERPOOL The Barfly w/Orange Goblin

Check out for more information about S.S.S


Following the completion of their eagerly anticipated new album 'Cannibalised' Biomechanical have confirmed a fresh line-up, with the exciting addition of ex-DragonForce bass player Adrian Lambert. The band's frontman John K has spoken out about the process of allocating the right person for the role:

'Its no secret that its a bit of a bitch to find good bass players and I was thrilled when Adrian contacted me. I also had people from Europe and the UK applying for the job and some of them were of very high standards . But after checking Adrian?s playing I realized the logical next step would be to welcome him to the band!'

Adrian, who played bass on the last two DragonForce albums has a fast and furious bass style that matches Biomechanical perfectly and he appears equally thrilled about joining the band at this stage, he states:

'Its really exciting to be playing with a world-class act like Biomechanical. I've been into the band since I got The Empires of the Worlds album back when I was still playing in DragonForce, so it's quite incredible for me to be playing with Biomechanical now.

John K's assembled an insanely talented new line-up - he's had to get the best because of the complexity and scope of the new album Cannibalised'.

Commenting further on the band's third album, which is set for a February 2008 release date, Adrian states:

'You've got the bombastic film score stuff, you've got the crushing extreme metal riffs and solos... Hell, you've even got some heart-breaking vocal melodies in there as well as John's trademark screams! I think there's more of a groove to this album than 'Eight Moons' and 'Empires....' but it's also even more extreme and brutal than previous releases. I feel that Biomechanical are breaking a lot of boundaries with Cannibalised and I'm proud to be a part of the team taking this album out on the road'.

If you can't wait to hear the ear-bleeding sound of 'Cannibalised', you can check out an advance track at


For many years, ddrum has been one of the premier makers of drums and drum accessories, bringing 100% quality and player satisfaction into each acoustic and electric product they make. Some of the biggest drummers in the music industry, such as Vinnie Paul and Pete Sandoval proudly use ddrum products. Now get ready to add one more big and decidedly evil name onto that list! DEICIDE drummer, Steve Asheim has signed an endorsement deal with ddrum.

"I am very excited to be endorsed by ddrum and I am very thankful for the generosity of the whole crew at ddrum;" says Asheim, who's roots with the company go way back. "Having been friends with Elliot (Rubinson, ddrum CEO) for a long time and knowing the top notch quality of their drums, ddrum seemed like the perfect fit for me."

A brand new ddrum kit was used to record the drum tracks for DEICIDE's forthcoming release, Till Death Do Us Part. Both visually and during playback after playback of drum tracks, Asheim was quite impressed by the results he had gotten out of the new ddrum kit.

"As soon as I laid my eyes on the kit that they'd sent me, the first thing out of my mouth was "wow." The look and the tone of these drums are second to none."

Look at pictures of Steve in the studio laying down drums for Till Death Do Us Part at Morrisound Studios in Florida:

Steve Asheim is featured alongside some of today's greatest metal drummers in a new ad for ddrum. Look for it in the pages of DRUM! and other drumming magazines.

For more info on Steve Asheim and ddrum products, go to

DEICIDE is currently in the studio recording the follow-up to their highly praised 2006 release, The Stench of Redemption. The forthcoming album, entitled, Till Death Do Us Part is due in 2008.

Rise Above Newsletter

Witchcraft The Alchemist out now!
Sweden's finest Witchcraft are back with their latest album, The
Alchemist, released today, Monday Oct 8th. First edition is a deluxe digipak CD, with Vinyl version to follow shortly afterwards (Now up for pre-order).

The album will also be available for download from iTunes.

The guys recently appeared on Swedish MTV's Fuzz show and performed three new songs. They head off to the States and start their extensive tour at the Kemado Records CMJ showcase at the Luna Lounge in Brooklyn on Thurs Oct 18th.

Several UK shows have been lined up for early December and the band fly to Japan for their first tour over there in February 08 Plans are also afoot for a full length European tour alongside Gentleman's Pistols & Danava which will tye in with their confirmed appearance at next years Roadburn festival ( ) which takes place in Tilburg , Holland, between
April 17-20.

UK December Shows

3rd Bristol - The Croft TBC(+ Gentleman's Pistols). 4th Leeds, The Fenton (+ Gentleman's Pistols + Winters). 5th London - The Borderline (+ plus Gentleman's Pistols + Diagonal).

For up to date news on the US tour check out the info on the bands Myspace page.

Electric Wizard Today

Dorset Doom returns like never before; The new Electric Wizard are back & this time it's for real. With their sixth full-length studio album titled Witchcult Today, the album will certainly give listeners
something they've been waiting for from this now legendary cult band.

Recorded & produced by Liam Watson (White Stripes, Datsuns etc) at London's legendary Toerag studio's, the album is released on November 12th.

Initial CD copies will come in foil Gatefold LP replica, with a double vinyl version foil sleeve also (first 125 copies will come with exclusive free poster & patch and will be up for pre-order on the Rise Above site within the next week or so, once we have an estimated delivery time.

Tracklisting as follows;

Witchcult Today /Dunwich /Satanic Rites Of Drugula /Raptus /The ChosenFew/Torquemada 71/Black Magic Rituals & Perversions/ Saturnine//.

The band make their debut appearances in Japan with three shows in November and are now also confirmed to play next years Roadburn


The devastating new album titled 'Secrets & Lies' is released in the UK & Europe on 22nd October. Once again mixed by Alex Newport the album also features a guest appeancw from Circulus Crumhorn player, Will Summers.

October 26 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff 27 The Croft, Bristol 28 The Fenton,
Leeds 29 Bar Monsta, London 30 Scruffy Murphy's, Birmingham 31 Man In
The Moon, Cambridge November 1 Classic Grand, Glasgow 2 Old Angel,
Nottingham 3 Lounge Bar w/ Orange Goblin, Alton 4 Engine Room, Brighton.

Gentleman's Pistols

Vinyl version of the storming debut album by Gentleman's Pistols will be in stock soon. The band have also been confirmed for next years Roadburn festival in Tilburg, Holland, April. In the meantime, you can catch them at the following shows;

October 28 - Camden Underworld, London. 30 - Rios, Leeds. November -11 Korova, Liverpool.

December - 4 - The Fenton, Leeds.

7 - Sumo, Leicester.

The vinyl edition of the bands debut self-titled album is up for pre-order on the
Rise Above site now.

Firebird On Tour with Alabama Thunderspussy

25 Southampton, Joiners
26 Swansea, Sin City
27 London, The Underworld
28 Wolverhampton, Civic Center
29 Glasgow, Cathouse
30 Sheffield, The Corporation
31 Milton Keynes, Woughton Center


01 Porto, Portugal Porto Rio
02 Lisbon, Portugal Lotus Bar (No Firebird)
03 Athens, Greece Ann Club
05 Luik, Belgium La Zone
07 Vienna, Austria Arena
08 Budapest, Hungary Kultiplex
09 Slobotna, Slovenia Murska
13 Winterthur, Switzerland Gaswerk
14 Geneve, Switzerland L'Usine
16 Rotterdam, Netherlands Waterfront
17 Kontich, Belgium Lintfabriek
18 Tilburg, Netherlands 013
19 Groningen, Holland Simplon
20 Hamburg, Germany Hafenklang
22 Dresden, Germany Groovestation
23 Jena, Germany Rosenkeller

Capricorns New album coming

Following the success of their recent Euro-trek with Lair Of The
Minotaur, Capricorns are back in the studio putting the finishing
touches to their second full-length album for Rise Above. Tentatively titled "River, bare your bones", it is slated for an early 2008 release.

Diagonal Leanings

Sensational Progressive Jazz/Psych rockers, Diagonal have just began work on recording their debut album for Rise Above Records, due for an early 2008 release. Prior to it's release will be a very limited (500 copies) 7" single, hopefully before the end of the year.

Nov 18th London, Corsica Studios/The Acid Mothers Temple. Dec
3rd Bristol, The Croft 4th Leeds, The Fenton 5th London, The Borderline (+ Witchcraft)

Art Of Burning Water

We are pleased to announce that we will be releasing the next album from London's Art Of Burning Water in the new year. The band have posted a new track, Dear Lord, on their Myspace page, check it out.

Head of the tempest/Avoid all windows and oceans/Embrace your density/You discussed me/Because each day must pass/Manners maketh man/Mike over matter/Dear lord.../Gorilla Monsoon/Toymaker//

Oct 10th - The Old Blue Last, London. 29th Bar Monsta, London.

Litmus Dates

Oct 10th - The Komedia, Brighton. 28th The Underworld, London (with Leaf Hound
- & Gentleman's Pistols). Nov 23rd The Old Blue Last, London Jan 08 25th The Bull
and Gate, London.Mar 08 1st - Born To Go Club, Hitchin.

Miasma & The Carousel Of Headless Horses ' Perils' Vinyl Coming Soon

We're aiming to have LP copies of this masterpiece in stock by November.

Oct 30 Madame Jojos, London.

Winters Winter Dates

November 17 - The Old Swan Wrexham W/Mother of Six-. 21 - Star & Garter,
Manchester (w/Leafhound). 23 - Skill Wizard, The Old Blue Last, London.
December 4 The Fenton,Leeds (w/ Witchcraft &Gentlemans Pistols) 5 Bull
And Gate, London.


Finnish Melodic Metal superstars SONATA ARCTICA have announced a North American tour, starting in February 2008. Support will be the VISIONS OF ATLANTIS.

01.02. USA Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
02.02. USA Bedford, NB - Mark´s Place
03.02. USA Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
05.02. CDN Quebec City, QUE - Imperial de Quebec
06.02. CDN London, ONT - Embassy
08.02. USA Winnipeg, MB - The West en Cultural Centre
09.02. USA Regina, SK - Exchange
10.02. CDN Edmonton, AL - Starlite Room
11.02. CDN Calgary, AL - The Warehouse
13.02. CDN Vancouver, BC - Plaza Club
14.02. USA Seattle, WA - El Corazon
15.02. USA Portland, OR - Hawthrone Theatre
16.02. USA Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
18.02. USA San Francisco, CA - Slim´s
19.02. USA San Diego, CA - House Of Blues

Prior to that, SONATA ARCTICA will also play an European tour starting at the end of october. Check out the dates at this location.

BAL-SAGOTH - New drummer

Britannia´s symphonic War Metal heroes BAL-SAGOTH and drummer Dan Mullins have officially parted ways. Mullins is replaced full time by Paul "Wak" Jackson, who also assumed kit duties for BAL-SAGOTH during their two most recent live shows. Paul is also the drummer for the bands Extreme Maggot Infestation and Decimation of Truth. BAL-SAGOTH released their current and highly acclaimed album "The Chthonic Chronicles" in March 2006.

ALL SHALL PERISH - New US tour announced

Oakland CA's extreme metal masters, ALL SHALL PERISH, will be embarking on a headlining US tour alongside FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW, EMMURE and NODES OF RANVIER this fall. This traveling freak show of brutality has been dubbed the KILLING SPREE 2007 tour and is coming to a town near you soon! An enthusiastic guitarist by the name of Ben Orum was more than happy to offer a few words on the bands next step towards world domination:

"We couldn't be more excited to hit all of our favorite US cities one last time before we get back into the studio to finish writing our next record. All the bands on this bill are heavy as fu*k and write great music, so we are very eager to get out there and destroy these clubs.

We have become good friends with our boys in FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW while being out on the road with them in Europe this past month. It will be good to spend another 30 days of little-to-no showering with them!"

10/31/07 Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
11/01/07 Peabody's Down Under - Cleveland, OH
11/02/07 The Penny Arcade - Rochester, NY
11/03/07 American Legion Post 79 - Manchester, NH
11/04/07 Convention Hall - Asbury Park, NJ
11/05/07 Guzmans - Harrisonburg, VA
11/06/07 Jester's Pub - Fayetteville, NC
11/08/07 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
11/09/07 Skatepark of Memphis - Cordova, TN
11/10/07 Static - Kansas City, MO
11/11/07 Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
11/13/07 The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
11/14/07 MACLA - San Jose, CA
11/15/07 Knitting Factory - Hollywood, CA
11/16/07 Showcase Theater - Corona, CA
11/18/07 The Sets - Tempe, AZ

ALL SHALL PERISH is featured in "an addictive Guitar Hero-esque" online game at THIS location. ALL SHALL PERISH's latest CD, "The Price of Existence", which came out in August 2006, marked the debut of new lead singer Hernan "Eddie" Hermida and new lead guitarist Chris Storey. The album was engineered by Zack Ohren (LIGHT THIS CITY, EMBRACE THE END) at Castle Ultimate Studios.

NIGHTWISH - Secret gig report

The "japanese NIGHTWISH cover band" SUSHI PATROL that was supposed to play at the "Dark Passion Play" releaseparty in Hamburg on October, 28 turned out to be the real NIGHTWISH. They played a phenomenous gig in front of 500 hungry people (the location was sold out!). It was only the third concert with Anette on vocals and even the first one in Germany at all! The fan reactions were amazing.

During the concert, a NUCLEAR BLAST representative handed over a cheque of 10,000 Euros to the german Child Charity Foundation DIE ARCHE (the arch). It was agreed that all the income from the European downloads of the internet-only single "Eva" would be donated to this foundation. The next day, the band had a glorious singing session at the Saturn store in Hamburg which was attended by 800 fans. The people had the possiblity to get their purchased copies of the new NIGHTWISH album "Dark Passion Play" signed directly.

SOILWORK - US tour announced

SOILWORK is happy to announce their part in the KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and LAMB OF GOD co-headlining tour with support from DEVILDRIVER. This will be the band's first US tour in support of their new album "Sworn to a Great Divide".

When asked about being apart of such a huge US arena tour for the first time singer Björn Strid had this to say: "We are thrilled to be on this tour which we think is the best tour package to hit the states for a very long time. We've toured with the boys in KILLSWITCH ENGAGE a couple of times before and we both sure do know how to share a bottle(s) of Jack.

We always had a blast! We haven't toured with LAMB OF GOD or DEVILDRIVER before but we've occasionally run into each other and all we can say is that we definitely dig their music and are really looking forward to get to know those guys better. Prepare to soil your pants people!" The band's latest video for the track "Exile" can be viewed at this location.


Sweden's hottest newcomers, SONIC SYNDICATE, will be making their US debut with a tour alongside HIMSA, DECAPITATED and fellow countrymen AMON AMARTH this November. Since the release of the band's second opus, "Only Inhuman", the band has been taking Europe by storm with many festival appearances and a tour with DARK TRANQUILLITY. Soon after the band finishes their current European tour with SOILWORK and CALIBAN it's off to the States to wreak even more metal havoc.

Lead singer Richard Sjunnesson had this to say about the bands hectic schedule: "We are excited and really looking forward to finally getting over there to see the American fans. This is SONIC SYNDICATE's very first tour on American soil and we are very happy to be doing this under the wings of the vile Vikings, AMON AMARTH, who are of course countrymen of ours. I have personally followed them since the early 90s and touring with them makes me happier than words can express. It will of course also be a honor to share the stage with the brilliant metal acts HIMSA and DECAPITATED. See you all soon!"

NIGHTWISH - DPP 3 x on pos. 1 & 4 x gold

The new NIGHTWISH masterpiece "Dark Passion Play" has topped the German album charts in its first week of release!

Finnish superstars with mastermind Tuomas Holopainen and new singer Anette Olzon have left behind some big names and after the No. 1 album "Once" back in 2004, they did it again! Congratulations !

Furthermore, the brandnew record has already achieved GOLD Awards in the following countries:
GOLD in Germany (more than 100.000 copies sold)
GOLD in Switzerland (more than 15.000 copies sold)
GOLD in Austria (more than 10.000 copies sold)
GOLD in Poland (more than 5.000 copies sold)

In Finland, the record aimed PLATINUM status on its day of release and got the double PLATINUM award two days later! The sales of "Dark Passion Play" in Finland are more than 90.000 right now!

"Dark Passion Play" has achieved European chart positions as follows:
# 1 Germany
# 1 Finland
# 1 Switzerland

# 4 Sweden
# 5 Austria
# 5 Netherlands
# 5 Greece
# 7 Norway
# 14 Italy
# 18 Denmark
# 25 UK
# 36 Belgium
# 50 Poland
# 62 Ireland

CRIMINAL post live videos from Up From The Ground festival

UK-based thrashers CRIMINAL have posted three videos of songs performed at last year's Up From The Ground festival in Gemünden, Germany on their YouTube channel.

The band is currently writing material for their as-yet-untitled sixth
studio album due sometime next year.

UNEARTH - Superfan gets his a** tattooed

A fan of Metal Blade Records artist UNEARTH recently got his bottom inked with a portrait of guitarist Ken Susi!

Watch the clip via the link below to get an impression of how far fandom can go...

SOILENT GREEN signs with Metal Blade Records

We are very pleased to announce that Metal Blade Records has just added the infamous Southern sludge grind-metallers SOILENT GREEN to its roster. Touted as "one of the ten most important hard and heavy bands" by Rolling Stone Magazine, SOILENT GREEN has been releasing consistently brutal and groove-laden albums since their first full length "Pussysoul" in 1994.

SOILENT GREEN are true road warriors and have played a countless number of shows and toured with bands like PANTERA, CLUTCH, MORBID ANGEL, EYEHATEGOD, BRUTAL TRUTH, ANAL C*NT, NAPALM DEATH, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, GWAR and ISIS just to name a few. The band will begin recording their 5th full length album, and Metal Blade debut, on October 15th at Mana Studios in Tampa Florida with Producer/Engineer Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, HATE ETERNAL, GOATWHORE, VITAL REMAINS). Expect the new album to be out in 2008 with heavy touring to follow.

"It is very exciting to have a band of SOILENT GREEN's caliber signed to Metal Blade Records. We look forward to working closely with the band to enhance their trademark sound while forging a new chapter in the bands career." Mike Faley, President of Metal Blade Records.

"To put it bluntly, I am proud and excited about our new relationship with Metal Blade. We are for sure a band that has had our ups and downs and are looking forward to a new chapter with this release. We have put a lot of work into the new material and hope that you will enjoy." Brian Patton (Guitars)

"Check it out! It's very exciting to get the chance to join the ranks of many artists I've admired for so long. I also greatly admire SOILENT GREEN's persistence and determination on bringing the world more sick and interesting sounds, but most of all I personally feel at home by playing my part to make it happen." Scott Crochet (Bass)

"I grew up listening to many of the bands that made their start with Metal Blade Records. I am honored to be on such a legendary label and with the combined efforts of SOILENT GREEN and Metal Blade Records the possibilities of this next SOILENT GREEN release are endless." Tommy Buckley (Drums)

Brian Patton - guitars
Tommy Buckley - drums
Ben Falgoust - vocals
Scott Crochet - bass

BRAINSTORM reveal album and song titles, more shows announced

Hi Brainiacs,

We are proud to announce the title of our upcoming album


The final cover art will be revealed soon, all I say yet is that it looks very impressing by now.

Further, here are the tracks that will most likely appear on the album, not in final order of appearance yet.

Falling Spiral Down
Fire Walk With Me
Stained With Sin
End In Sorrow
Redemption In Your Eyes
How Do You Feel
All Alone
Surrounding Walls
Crawling In Chains
Protect Me From Myself

We have spared neither trouble nor expense to deliver you the best sounding, state of the art BRAINSTORM album to date, can't wait to let you hear because this one will leave you with your jaw dropped, I'm sure! We are almost done with the mix and all I can say is that everything sounds f*#%ing amazing.

Also, we have added some more live shows to our touring schedule. BRAINSTORM will play the ProgPower UK Festival in Bristol, UK on Saturday, March 29th 2008 and the Metal Camp Festival July 5th 2008 in Tolmin, Slovenia. We really look forward to returning to the UK and Slovenia. Take a look at the complete schedule below.

Stay tuned for more news soon!

!!! Rock hard, ride free and God bless you all !!!


29.02.08 - SE - Göteborg - Trädgårn
01.03.08 - SE - Mariestad - Rotundan
02.03.08 - SE - Stockholm - Klubben
04.03.08 - DK - Kopenhagen - The Rock
05.03.08 - DE - Hamburg - Markthalle
06.03.08 - NL - Amsterdam - Melkweg
07.03.08 - NL - Hengelo - Metropool
08.03.08 - DE - Memmingen - Kaminwerk
09.03.08 - DE - Saarbrücken - Garage
11.03.08 - CH - Pratteln - Z7
12.03.08 - FR - Mulhouse - Noumatrouff
13.03.08 - FR - Lyon - CCO
14.03.08 - FR - Paris - Elysee Monmartre
15.03.08 - BE - Antwerpen - Hof Ter Lo
16.03.08 - DE - Langen - Stadthalle
17.03.08 - NL - Eindhoven - Effenaar
18.03.08 - DE - Bochum - Zeche
19.03.08 - DE - Nürnberg - Hirsch
21.03.08 - AT - Wien - Szene
22.03.08 - HU - Budapest - TBA
23.03.08 - SK - Bratislava - Randal Club

29.03.08 - UK - Bristol - ProgPower Festival NEW!!!
05.07.08 - SI - Tolmin - Metal Camp NEW!!!

LAY DOWN ROTTEN to play release shows

Germany's Death Metal bulldozer LAY DOWN ROTTEN will play two release shows for their upcoming masterpiece "Reconquering The Pit"! You can take the album title as a promise, so make sure to get front row seats!

23.11.07 - DE - Marburg - Kult-Hallen
24.11.07 - DE - Siegen - Blue Box

"Reconquering The Pit" will be unleashed on November 5th!

AUTUMN cancel shows

Due to serious health problems of our singer Nienke we're sorry to have to inform you that the shows scheduled for the 5th and the 12th of October have been cancelled. Unfortunately this is the second time we have to cancel the Mezz show and we regret this sincerely. More news will follow soon.

AMON AMARTH announce Swiss signing session, US headlining tour

Sweden's finest will take a short break from their tour with DIMMU BORGIR and detain a signing session in Switzerland on Saturday, October 13th! AMON AMARTH are ready to sign your stuff at the MEDIA MARKT Pratteln from 2pm - 3pm!

After completing a hugely successful run on 2007's Sounds of the Underground tour and a monstrous performance at the Summer Breeze Festival, complete with a full Viking ship onstage, AMON AMARTH is preparing for their final trek across the US before heading back home to Sweden to start work on their next album which will be out in 2008.

"Finally, after many successful supporting tours, we are going to North America to headline our own tour. We are really looking forward to the tour, and to be able to play a full set for the first time in North America." AMON AMARTH

Go to to purchase your tickets before shows start selling out!

Metal Maniacs Presents

11/19 San Diego, CA House of Blues
11/20 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse Music Venue
11/21 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
11/23 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
11/24 Dallas, TX House of Blues
11/25 Houston, TX Meridian
11/26 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
11/27 Orlando, FL The Club at Firestone
11/28 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
11/29 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall without HIMSA
11/30 West Springfield, VA Jaxx without HIMSA
12/01 Worcester, MA The Palladium without HIMSA
12/02 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
12/03 New York, NY The Fillmore
12/04 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
12/05 Montreal, QC Le Medley
12/06 Toronto, ON Opera House
12/07 Cleveland, OH Peabody's Down Under
12/08 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
12/09 St. Paul, MN Station 4
12/11 Englewood. CO Gothic Theater
12/12 Salt Lake City, UT Avalon Theater
12/14 Vancouver, BC Croatian Cultural Centre
12/15 Seattle, WA El Corazon
12/16 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
12/18 San Francisco, CA Slim's
12/19 Los Angeles, CA The Avalon

THREE (3) to be featured in "Wrong Turn 2"

THREE (3)'s hit "Alien Angel" is featured in Henry Rollins' new movie "Wrong Turn 2". Check out more about the sequel to the highly acclaimed 2003 horror movie at:

LACUNA COIL - Invite YOU to remix "To The Edge"

Italy's hottest rock/metal act LACUNA COIL and invite you to take part in an exclusive remix competition with the chance to win a physical release of your remix as well as prizes from Line6! is the online platform for musicians and producers created by the founders of the Steinberg company Manfred Rürup and Charly Steinberg. Following the success of the last remix competition with electro band Camouflage, LACUNA COIL now have made one of their songs ("To The Edge" off the band's latest album "Karmacode") available.

"Be Heard" is the motto of this competition and the winner has the chance that the band will actually release the remix and along with the 4 runners-up will also receive top prizes from Line6 and

To enter the competition candidates must create a (free of charge) personal profile on before downloading the remix material.

"Our site offers ideal opportunities for online collaboration and a convenient virtual meeting place. Whether the remixer makes use of these features is up to them. The mix can also be made entirely in their own production environment", says Digital Musician GmbH Managing Director Hans-Jörg Bordin. "Our remix competitions offer the participants a platform to get heard and to establish a general awareness of working together on the internet."

The main prize is:

- the chance that the remix is released by LACUNA COIL
- a one-year pro-account
- a Line6 HD147 Half Stack guitar amplifier with a value of over 2.500€

The winner doesn't take it all - the runners-up can also win a Line6 Floor POD Plus and a

Tonecore Echo Park pedal. Further details can be found on NOW!

The remix competition runs until October 31st, 2007!!!

More info on LACUNA COIL available @:

NAPALM DEATH - post The Offenders cover

According to posting on the MySpace page for the legendary hardcore/punk band MDC (Millions Of Dead Cops), the group's former bassist Mikey "Offender" Donaldson passed away in his sleep on October 22 in Barcelona Spain where he had recently relocated from Amsterdam. The cause is unknown at the moment. He was 46. Mikey Donaldson was the bass player for Austin punk band THE OFFENDERS from 1978 to 1986. He recorded bass tracks on MDC's groundbreaking effort "Millions of Dead Cops" and D.R.I.'s "Dealing With It" as well as played and recorded with Gary Floyd (Dicks) and Lynn Perko (Imperial Teen) in Sister Double Happiness.

To pay tribute to this truly special musician and person NAPALM DEATH launched their cover of The Offender's classic "Face Down In The Dirt" at:

Grab it for free!

"The Offenders were one of my all time favourite hardcore bands, the bass intro to "Face Down In The Dirt" is a classic to this day - Mikey will be missed." (Shane Embury)

"Face Down In The Dirt" was taken from NAPALM DEATH's "Leaders Not Followers: Part 2" (2004).

DEVIAN - post online studio report

The newest sensation in Swedish extreme metal - DEVIAN, the violently thrashing black/death outfit featuring former Marduk-members Legion (vocals) & Emil Dragutinovic (drums) has posted the first part of a studio report series at, click HEREto see DEVIAN nailing down their upcoming devilish metal delicacy "Ninewinged Serpent" (OUT in Europe October 22nd, 2007!) as well as explaining the formation of the band.

And don't forget to check out the brand-new track "Scarred" (taken off "Ninewinged Serpent") @

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.

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!

Find more about DEVIAN @:

DEVIAN - Second part of "album making of" video and new bass player

The new Swedish metal threat DEVIAN, featuring former Marduk members Legion (vocals) and Emil Dragutinovic (drums), have made the second part of their studio "making-of" videos for "Ninewinged Serpent" available.

Vocalist Legion comments: "We are pleased to bring you the second part of the documentary from the "Ninewinged Serpent" recordings and how it proceeded into the slab of vicious metal that it did. Enjoy taking a look!"

See the video following this link:

Furthermore Roberth Karlsson (ex Edge Of Sanity, ex Pan.Thy.Monium, ex Darkified) has recently joined the band as the new bass player.

Legion further comments: "We are pleased to announce that in our ranks we now have one of my oldest brothers in arms, namely Roberth Karlsson (on bass) who some of you might recognize for his previous work in Edge of Sanity. I'm thrilled to work with Roberth again since it was with him I had my first Black Metal band, 16-17 years ago, and to now hook up again after all this time for new metal onslaughts in Devian feels fu*king awesome.

Our lead guitarist Markus has chosen to step off the ship due to personal reasons, the leadguitar duties are now handled by Tomas Nilsson who played bass on "Ninewinged Serpent". We wish Markus the best of luck for the future, and welcome aboard Roberth!!!"

DEVIAN's stunning debut album was recorded at Art Decay Studio with producer Rickard Kottelin (The Legion) and mixed by sound-wizard Fredrik Nordström / Studio Fredman (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir, etc) while the mastering process was handled by Peter in De Betou / Tailor Maid. The artwork comes from Greek master of dark art Seth (Pardadise Lost, Soilwork, Old Man´s Child, etc). "Ninewinged Serpent" will be released in Europe October 22nd 2007.


Coming November 5th we have the new studio album from Italy's atmospheric metal masters, Novembre. Entitled THE BLUE , and certainly the band's best work to date, it is an emotional journey of the highest order. Watch out for new video ANAEMIA in the near future.


Click HERE to check out a new video interview with Gallhammer filmed recently in London at the start of their European tour


At the conclusion of their set their set at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on October 12, BRING ME THE HORIZON will be signing CDs at the FYE booth in the venue. If you want to get up close and personal with the band, you must have a wristband and the only way to get one is to buy a BRING ME THE HORIZON CD at the FYE booth that night. Only a limited amount of wristbands will be given out that night, so get them while you can for your chance to meet BRING ME THE HORIZON.

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:

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


Norwegian Death Metal machine Blood Red Throne have been confirmed as main support to Divine Heresy on their upcoming UK and European dates.

This will be the first chance for fans to check out material from the excellent new 'Come Death' album in a live setting, and will also mark Blood Red Throne's first proper UK tour.

The full tour runs as follows:

Divine Heresy w/ Blood Red Throne


Blood Red Throne features Tchort (ex-Emperor and Satyricon) - the album 'Come Death' was released in August and was immediately hailed as a modern death metal masterpiece by Metal Hammer, who claimed the band 'makes the sort of guttural downtuned blastbeat heavy death metal that Suffocation can only dream of churning out these days.'

For a taste of the pummelling fans can expect from a Blood Red Throne show check out this live footage:

Visit Blood Red Throne on MySpace at


For those in and around the Sacramento, CA area, make sure to watch this Saturday's episode of Capital Chaos, featuring BRING ME THE HORIZON. You'll get to see an exclusive interview with Oli Sykes and Curtis Ward, as well as an exclusive live performance of "They Have No Reflections" from the band's recent show in Orangevale, CA.

For those outside of the viewing area, you can still catch BRING ME THE HORIZON on Capital Chaos in a future update to the show's official YouTube page (

For more info on how to watch, where to watch and when to watch both on and offline, go to

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

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

Interact with BRING ME THE HORIZON and watch their latest video updates at




From November 17 to December 5, MUNICIPAL WASTE will be bringing the party on the road for a tour of the west coast. Then again, it's never really a party unless you bring some friends, right? So what better friends to bring then one of the innovators of thrash, the legendary SUICIDAL TENDENCIES.

Considered a dream tour by many, this is a pairing that fans have been clamoring for for a long time. However, no one is more excited about the tour than MUNICIPAL WASTE themselves. "I can't wait;" says drummer, Dave Witte. "Getting to tour with such an influential band like SUICIDAL TENDENCIES is very exciting to me. I'm looking forward to hearing the classics that were so important to me as a kid"

It is no secret, of course, that SUICIDAL TENDENCIES is a major influence to every member of MUNICIPAL WASTE, even if the influence escapes the band every once in a while. "SUICIDAL TENDENCIES...never heard of 'em;" states the sarcastic WASTE frontman, Tony Foresta. "I hope they're not a ska band." Fear not. There will be no ska on the menu at these shows, just pure THRASH served up fast and furious.

Catch MUNICIPAL WASTE and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES on these west coast dates:

Nov 17 Tucson AZ Rialto Theatre
Nov 18 El Paso TX Club 101
Nov 19 Albuquerque NM Sunshine Theater
Nov 21 West Hollywood CA House of Blues
Nov 23 Santa Ana CA Galaxy Concert Theatre
Nov 24 Ventura CA Majestic Ventura Theatre
Nov 27 Portland OR Roseland Theatre
Nov 28 Seattle WA El Corazon
Nov 30 Petaluma CA Phoenix Theater
Dec 1 Reno NV Stoney's
Dec 2 San Francisco CA Slim's
Dec 5 Las Vegas NV House of Blues

You east coast thrashers can still catch MUNICIPAL WASTE with SKELETONWITCH and TOXIC HOLOCAUST on these dates:

Oct 5 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Oct 6 - Toronto, ON @ Metal Bar
Oct 7 - Springfield, MA @ The Waterfront
Oct 9 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Oct 10 - Harrisonburg, Virginia @ Guzmans
Nov 3 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Convention Hall Complex (Saints & Sinners Festival)


The limited edition version of Decapitated's dramatic album 'Winds Of Creation' is finally available across UK/Europe today with an exclusive 45-minute live DVD. Originally released in 2000, 'Winds Of Creation' presents Decapitated's whirlwind technical death metal sound at its very best, combining relentless aggression with supreme musicianship.

This limited edition reissue contains a full 10 track live show filmed in December 2004 at Nottingham Rescue Rooms and features the original 'Winds Of Creation' line up, which includes vocalist Sauron. You can watch a preview of the DVD at

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

You can catch Decapitated live later this month on tour in Russia on the following dates:

18.10 - Kaliningrad @ Tower (Russia)
19.10 - Vilnius @ Mulen Ruzas (Lithuania)
20.10 - Riga @ Melna Piektdiena (Latvia)
21.10 - Saint-Petersburg @ Orlandina (Russia)
23.10 ? Jaroslavl @ Partizan (Russia)
24.10 - Voronezh tbc (Russia)
25.10 - Rostov-on-Don @ Podzemka (Russia)
26.10 - Krasnodar @ Orbita (Russia)
27.10 - Moscow @ Plan B (Russia)
28.10 - Rjazan @ Planetary (Russia)
30.10 ? Gomel @ GCK (Belarus)


New-school LA thrash signings Bonded By Blood have been confirmed as one of the support acts to play alongside thrash-metal kings Exodus for three dates in Mexico later this month. With their name hailing from a classic Exodus album, it is no surprise that Bonded By Blood are excited about the dates and singer Aladdin has stated:

"It seems unreal. We have played with them before out here in LA and the crowd was insane, but now we are taking it south of the border to Mexico. I dont think Mexico fans really know what they got themselves into. Exodus and BBB instant classic."

The full line-up for these three shows includes Exodus, Agent Steel, Transmetal and Bonded By Blood and the dates are as follows:

Oct 25th - Guadalajara Jalisco - Discotheque Organic
Oct 26th - Leon Guanajuato - Cocktel Bar
Oct 27th - Mexico City - Centro de Convenciones de Tlatelolco

Check out the energetic thrash sound of Bonded By Blood at and watch an exclusive interview with the band at


Still handing out candy to the kiddies during Halloween? EARACHE's got a better idea! No more candy - hand out copies of the Halloween 2007 issue of Metal Maniacs magazine.

Instead of sugary treats, cover-boys, MUNICIPAL WASTE and EVILE will teach them a thing or two about thrash in 2 in depth features in this issue. Instead of scaring them with a trick, the delightfully evil AKERCOCKE will show the kids something that will really terrify them in another huge feature.

Finally, show the kids that Halloween is not really about costumes and candy and is really about absolute mayhem as Tony Foresta from MUNICIPAL WASTE and Jason Mendonca from AKERCOCKE comment on some of the things that make Halloween truly great.

Keep a look out for the Halloween 2007 edition of Metal Maniacs magazine featuring MUNICIPAL WASTE on the cover, hitting newsstands soon!


Catch MUNICIPAL WASTE on these dates:

Saints and SInners Festival
Nov 3 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Convention Hall Complex (Saints & Sinners Festival)

Nov 17 Tucson AZ Rialto Theatre
Nov 18 El Paso TX Club 101
Nov 19 Albuquerque NM Sunshine Theater
Nov 21 West Hollywood CA House of Blues
Nov 23 Santa Ana CA Galaxy Concert Theatre
Nov 24 Ventura CA Majestic Ventura Theatre
Nov 27 Portland OR Roseland Theatre
Nov 28 Seattle WA El Corazon
Nov 30 Petaluma CA Phoenix Theater
Dec 1 Reno NV Stoney's
Dec 2 San Francisco CA Slim's
Dec 5 Las Vegas NV House of Blues


ENTER THE GRAVE, the debut album by U.K. thrashers, EVILE is out NOW!

ANTICHRIST, the highly acclaimed release by AKERCOCKE is available NOW!

OCTOBER FILE post e-card and video online

OCTOBER FILE have posted the video clip for the track "Another Day" on the bands MySpace and an e-card for the new album can be found at this location. OCTOBER FILE will release their new album "Holy Armour From The Jaws Of God" through Candlelight Records on October 29th.

What happened to our scene? - By NEBELHEXE

Nebelhexe is working on many projects at present... such as a new album, a new video, a morbid short film with a strong message, new thoughts and poems for a new book, a Nebelhexe fashion collection... and she has planned several collaborations with interesting sub-culture artists who she will not mention as yet. Keep posted...

She has also written several new important articles, such as the Norwegian dog-law, the torture of greyhounds, female genital mutilation and the fading of the sub-culture scene.

MANES start recording new material

MANES have posted a blog stating that they have started recording new material for an as yet untitled EP. It will again see MANES collaborating with new people, and the band has described the material as a "blast from the past". MANES will also launch their new website and forum very soon where they will initiate a competition with some very rare items to be won to mark the occasion.

Read the whole blog at

TO-MERA announce new keyboard player and forthcoming album title

"We're absolutely delighted to announce that Hen from the rather excellent Haken will be joining TO-MERA.
Hen is not only a very skilful keyboard player, but he's also a first class guitarist which will give us more options on the live front. A picture of the man in action can be found here. You can check out Haken here, and they're highly recommended for those into quality progressive rock. Hugo's last show with TO-MERA will be the upcoming Fates Warning support at the Camden Underworld.
We have also decided on "Delusions" as the title for the forthcoming album."

OBITUARY: Tour Photos Available

Tampa-based death metal legends OBITUARY have nearly completed the US tour in support of their latest album, Xecutioner's Return. Tour photos can be viewed here.


As many of you may have already heard, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS have officially reformed and will be releasing a full-length record sometime next year. A pre-production recording of the new track, "VII Empyrean: Into The Cold Wastes," has been posted in their music player. The band willl also be taking part in the Death By Decibels Tour this Nov/Dec with full details listed here below. ABIGAIL WILLIAMS are fortunate enough to have secured a dedicated touring line-up consisting of newcomers Kristen Randall & Tommy Haywood as well as former members Bjorn Dannov, Mike Wilson, & Zach Gibson. This is definitely an exciting time for the band and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS hope you look forward to this new record as much as they do.


11/17 - Pompton Lakes, NJ @ The Mainstage
11/18 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
11/19 - Worcester, MA
11/20 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
11/21 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounes
11/22 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
11/23 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
11/24 - Detroit, MI @ The Hayloft
11/25 - Chicago, IL @ Logan Square
11/26 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop's
11/27 - Kansas City, MO @ Static Bar
11/28 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes Ballroom
11/30 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
12/01 - Portland, OR @ Rock n Roll Pizza
12/02 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
12/03 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
12/04 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
12/05 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
12/06 - Farmington, NM @ Gator's
12/07 - El Paso, TX @ Chic's
12/08 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
12/09 - Dallas, TX @ Ridglea Theater
12/10 - Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
12/11 - Mission, TX @ Smoking Aces
12/13 - New Orleans, LA @ The Hangar
12/14 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
12/15 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
12/16 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
12/17 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
12/18 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

FOREST STREAM sign to Candlelight

FOREST STREAM was founded in 1995 by Sonm (drums, keys, vocals) & Omin (guitars, bass) in a small Russian town called Chernogolovka, 40 km north-east of Moscow. From the very beginning their goal was to create the music that would capture the beauty and magic of existence at the same time showing its triviality, misery, and despair.

The duo worked only together at the beginning, but soon other members started to join and an embryonic full band started to take shape. Silent Anth began to help FOREST STREAM as bass player, and he quickly became a permanent fixture.

In 1999 this line-up recorded the first demo, "Snowfall". Influenced by the pioneers of the UK doom scene, but complete with a blackened edge, their music expressed deep sorrow and the hopelessness of the existence on this pitiful planet.

The second demo, "Last Season Purity" was recorded in 2000 and subsequently uploaded to Thus FOREST STREAM were introduced to the foreign listeners for the first time.

The year 2002 was marked by serious rearrangements in the line-up: Elhella joined to play drums and Berserk joined as guitar player. FOREST STREAM also got a record deal for four albums from Elitist records. To get the first album, "Tears of Mortal Solitude", done the band had to withstand quite a number of unpleasant events such as equipment theft, destruction of their rehearsal rooms, and the least expected - Sonm's departure to the Netherlands where he enrolled on a Ph.D. course in physics. Despite all difficulties, the album was still recorded and released at the beginning of 2003 to universal plaudits from press and public alike.

With the release of the full-length album the band got more opportunities to play live and that is when the line-up problems had to be solved. Elhella was shifted to play keys, Kir joined to play drums and T.Moloch was the new bass-man. This coincided with band's morphing towards more aggressive touches in their music due to growing influences of the dark Masters - Emperor; as well as getting more technically advanced following the example of Sweden's Opeth.
Around this time, among various headline concerts throughout Russia and the Ukraine, FOREST STREAM played a show with Cradle of Filth and joined Katatonia during their tour in Russia.

Four years passed since the release of their first album. Unfortunately, Elitist records ceased its existence so FOREST STREAM were looking for a new deal parallel to working on the new material. When FOREST STREAM were thinking over several offers, Candlelight records suddenly proposed a three-album deal and FOREST STREAM happily accepted it.

The material for the second album, The Crown of Winter, is shaping up to be something remarkable and truly worth listening to. Mixing duties are to be handled by Brett Caldas-Lima (To-Mera, Kalisia, etc). Taking the symphonic and epic overload of the Norwegian black metal scene and combining it with a seriously emotional core of classic doom, FOREST STREAM's unique take on the genre is set to explode

Symphonic black metal masters LIMBONIC ART return from the dead

With a back catalogue of some of the great classics from the history of symphonic Black Metal, the long-awaited return of the masters of this genre is finally here after five long years! The band split following the release of 'The Ultimate Death Worship' in 2002, an album thought impossible to follow. In the intervening years the members have been active in other projects (Morfeus in Dimension F3H, Daemon in Sarcoma Inc and contributing vocals on the debut Zyklon album) - but now the follow-up to 'The Ultimate Death Worship' is finally upon us!

On 06.06.06 the two members, Daemon and Morfeus, decided to bring back the dark & powerful entity that is LIMBONIC ART. With their comeback album, 'Legacy Of Evil,' the band strike back with full force - more intense and malevolent than ever. This is a well-crafted Black Metal massacre, with heart and soul!

Candlelight Artists' Tour Dates

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

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

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

18 - (RU) Kaliningrad - Tower
19 - (LI) Vilnius - Mulen Ruzas
20 - (LA) Riga - Melna Piektdiena
21 - (RU) Saint-Petersburg - Orlandina
23 - (RU) Jaroslavl - Partizan
24 - (RU) Voronezh - TBA
25 - (RU) Rostov-on-Don - Podzemka
26 - (RU) Krasnodar - Orbita
27 - (RU) Moscow - Plan B
28 - (RU) Rjazan - Planetary
30 - (BY) Gomel - GCK
09 - (PL) CIECHANOW -Kawiarnia Artystyczna CKiSz
10 - (PL) WARSZAWA - Progresja
11 - (PL) OLSZTYN - Andegrant
12 - (PL) GDYNIA - Ucho
13 - (PL) SZCZECIN - Kontrasty
14 - (PL) ZIELONA GORA - Winiarnia
15 - (PL) K?ODZKO - "KOK Garaz"
16 - (PL) BIELSKO BIALA - Rude Boy
17 - (PL) SANOK - Olimp Music Club
18 - (PL) KATOWICE - Mega Club

17 - (BE) Bredene Thoprock
21 - (SE) Uppsala Konserthuset

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

03 - (BE) Beveren, - Blikfest
04 - (BE) Antwerpen, - De Rots
29 - (UK) - ProgPower UK III , - Bristol

02 - (NO) Screamfest - Betong, Oslo
03 - (NO) Screamfest - Betong, Oslo

26 - (NO) Bizarre's Halloween, Bergen: Ungdomshuset 1880
03 - (NO) Betong - Screamfest 2007 Oslo
22 - (UK) Submarine, Cleethorpes
23 - (UK) Leopard, Doncaster
24 - (UK) Legends, Newcastle
25 - (UK) West Riding, Huddersfield
26 - (UK) Pressure point, Brighton
29 - (UK) Sawyers, Kettering
30 - (UK) TBC, Liverpool
02 - (UK) Club Academy, Manchester
28 - (NO) Garage - Cliveaid Bergen

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
14 - (IT) Florence The Viper Club,
15 - (IT) Milan Alcatraz
16 - (FR) Lyon CCO
17 - (SP) Barcelona Razzmatazz 2
18 - (SP) Madrid Heineken
19 - (SP) Bergara Sala Jam
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

10 - (FI) Iltatähti - Lappeenranta

16 - (UK) London, Camden Underworld
04 - (UK) Oxford, Cellar
16 - (UK) Kettering,Sawyers
17 - (UK) Swindon, Furnace
09 - (UK) London Underworld
10 - (F) Paris Locomotive
11 - (BE) Antwerp Hof Ter Loo
12 - (CH) Pratteln Z7
13 - (IT) Milan Transsilvania
15 - (D) Munich Backstage
16 - (AT) Graz Orpheum
17 - (D) Stuttgart Rohre
18 - (D) Essen Turock
19 - (NL) Hellendoorn Lantaarn
20 - (NL) Den Bosch Willem 2
22 - (D) Hamburg Markthalle
23 - (D) Saarbracken Roxy
24 - (D) Wiesbaden Schlachthof
25 - (CH) Lausanne, Le Docks
26 - (FR) Lyon, Ninkasi Kao
27 - (FR) Rennes, Ubu

25 - (NO) Hamar Sebs Hotel

11 - (US) The Mainstage, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
17 - (US) Pompton Lakes, NJ @ The Mainstage
18 - (US) Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
19 - (US) TBA, Worcester, Massachusetts
20 - (CDN) Imperial, Quabec City
21 - (CDN) Foufounes, Creation Montreal
22 - (CDN) The Opera House, Creation Toronto
23 - (US) The Penny ArcadeRochester, New York
24 - (US) The Hayloft, Detroit
25 - (US) Chicago, IL @ Logan Square
26 - (US) St. Louis, MO @ Pop's
27 - (US) Kansas City, MO @ Static Bar
28 - (US) Denver, CO @ Cervantes Ballroom
30 - (US) Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
01 - (US) Portland, OR @ Rock n Roll Pizza
02 - (US) Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
03 - (US) Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
04 - (US) San Diego, CA @ Soma
05 - (US) Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
06 - (US) Farmington, NM @ Gator's
07 - (US) El Paso, TX @ Chic's
09 - (US) Dallas, TX @ Ridglea Theater
10 - (US) Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
11 - (US) Mission, TX @ Smoking Aces
13 - (US) New Orleans, LA @ The Hangar
14 - (US) Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
15 - (US) Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
16 - (US) Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
17 - (US) Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
18 - (US) New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

10 - (NO) Lundgrens, Trondheim



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