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Pure Metal News: October 2007 Part 2

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October 2007 Part 1

Compiled by John Stefanis

WHITECHAPEL sign with Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of Knoxville, TN death/grind metal band WHITECHAPEL. Started in February of 2006, the band quickly gained the attention of the underground scene in the US and Europe with relentless touring and face-melting, neck-snapping tunes. Ever since their inception WHITECHAPEL have been turning heads, whether it be by word of mouth, online, or through their devastating live show.

With the line-up of the band at its strongest and best it has ever been, the release of their highly anticipated full-length album, entitled "The Somatic Defilement" (Candlelight USA), and their freshly inked deal with Metal Blade Records, there is nothing that can stop them now. Look for WHITECHAPEL on tour throughout the rest of 2007 in support of their latest album. WHITECHAPEL's Metal Blade Records debut will be out in stores and online everywhere in 2008. Head over to the band's MySpace page to check out some of the band's current music and to check out upcoming tour dates.

"After a long search and many offers we are extremely excited to announce that we are now part of the Metal Blade Records family. We have all grown up listening to bands on Metal Blade so this is a dream come true for us. We are grateful for the opportunity that Brian Slagel, Mike Faley, and everyone else at Metal Blade has given us, and are anxious to see what the future brings. Keep a look out for upcoming information about our debut release on Metal Blade as well as future tour plans. A big thanks to all of our fans, without you we could have never gone this far." - WHITECHAPEL

"WHITECHAPEL is an extreme metal band that conjures up the musical brutality of Jack the Ripper himself. With an impressive touring history and DIY attitude, WHITECHAPEL shows great potential for the future and we are pleased to have them on Metal Blade." - Mike Faley, President of Metal Blade Records


New videos taken during MUNICIPAL WASTE's October 9th show in Baltimore, MA have been posted up on YouTube.

For those of you on the east coast, you can relive all the blood, sweat and beers you experienced seeing MUNICIPAL WASTE live by checking out these videos:

"Inebriator" -

"Mind Eraser" -

"Bangover" -

"Beer Pressure" -

"Sadistic Magician" -

"Nailed Casket" -

Never fear, west coasters! If you're frothing at the mouth for your fix of MUNICIPAL WASTE after seeing those videos, your time is almost here. Come see MUNICIPAL WASTE as they team up with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES for a west coast tour that will long be remembered...until you get drunk and pass out!

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

For all the latest dates and more, go to

In Flames To Play Russia

We are VERY proud to announce that In Flames will be playing live in Russia, January 2008:

The dates and venues/cities are:
26 JAN St.Petersburg
Venue: PORT Club
27 JAN Moscow
Venue: B1Maximum

"This is the first time for In Flames in Russia and we are really looking forward to the shows. We have heard from friends in other bands who have recently played there, that is was great so we wanted to try it out and see for ourselves. See you in January" - In Flames

In other news, In Flames are currently in the middle of the recording of the new album. It is being recorded in the bands own studio, IF STUDIOS

All drums have been recorded and most of the bass is done. Rhythm guitars are near completed and the solo's are about to be started on. This week the vocal recording will begin and In Flames are getting the help and expertise from Daniel Bergstrand, who has previously produced the vocals on "Reroute To Remain", "Soundtrack To Your Escape" and "Come Clarity".

"Everything is going great and we are very happy and excited about the new songs and how they are turning out. We are really looking forward to let all you guys out there hear the new album and come and play live next year in a city near you" - In Flames

You can follow the recording process on where a studio diary episode is being posted every Monday throughout the recording. There are currently 6 episodes available and more to follow.


Pioneers of Finnish black thrashing metal mayhem URN have been signed to Dynamic Arts Records. Band will enter Fantom Studio in November to record their third full-length opus. Expect only hellbanging metal madness. Upcoming album will be released in February 2008.

URN was formed in 1994, since then band has devastated metal underground world wide. Band's first full-length "666 Megatons" was released 2001, which was followed by their second album "Dawn Of The Devastation" in 2006. Unholy trinity has been touring widely in Europe with names like Carpathian Forrest, Sabbat, Nifelheim and Deströyer 666. Next show will happen 20th of October in Bladel, The Netherlands. In November band will be touring in Finland supporting Adorior from UK.

URN's official website have just been opened in address

IN FLAMES - Studio update

Swedish metallers IN FLAMES have issued the following update: "As you probably know by now, we are currently holed up in IF Studios recording our new album. Things are going VERY well and we are making steady progress and are on schedule. So far eleven drum tracks has been laid down, six bass tracks with four more to be done over the next days, and we are also working hard with the guitar foundations. So far seven rhythm guitar tracks are finished and we are about to start with the solos this week. Thanks for all your support and we are looking forward to seeing you on the road next year with a brand new album to play you songs from!"

NILE - On tour

Our Death Metal masters NILE will embark on a European Tour called METALFEST. Other bands on the billing are the Austrian Death/Black Metal kings BELPHEGOR, SIX FEET UNDER and FINNTROLL.Make sure to not miss this sensational package!

29.11.2007 SAARBRüCKEN - Garage (DE)
30.11.2007 HOLLFELD - Stadthalle (DE)
01.12.2007 MüNCHEN - Backstage (DE)
02.12.2007 LINDAU - Vaudeville (DE)
03.12.2007 TILBURG - O13 (NL)
04.12.2007 PARIS - Locomotive (FR)
05.12.2007 PRATTELN - Z7 (CH)
06.12.2007 INNSBRUCK - Hafen (AT)
07.12.2007 VIENNA - Planet Music (AT)
08.12.2007 LINZ - Posthof (AT)
09.12.2007 LUDWIGBURG - Rockfabrik (DE)
10.12.2007 GRAZ - Orpheum (AT)
11.12.2007 FRANKFURT - Batschkapp (DE)
12.12.2007 HAMBURG - Markthalle (DE)
13.12.2007 BERLIN - Postbahnhof (DE)
14.12.2007 LEIPZIG - Hellraiser (DE)
15.12.2007 WERL - Satans Convention Festival (DE)

TESTAMENT - Working with Paul Bostaph

Legendary drummer Paul Bostaph (ex-EXODUS, ex-SLAYER) will join the ranks alongside originating classic thrash legends TESTAMENT - Chuck Billy on vocals, Alex Skolnick on lead guitar, Eric Peterson on rhythm guitar and Greg Christian on bass. Unfortunately Nick Barker will not be recording with TESTAMENT on this new album, due to Homeland Security and International Work Visa issues. Rather than delaying this long awaited return of TESTAMENT, the band has chosen to recruit Paul Bostaph, long time friend and member, to record on the much anticipated album, which is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2008 release via Nuclear Blast.

Here´s a (shortened) statement from Nick Barker:
"I am with great disappointment and deep-filled sadness no longer involved in the making of the much-anticipated, eagerly awaited new TESTAMENT album, to be released on Nuclear Blast Records in the spring of 2008.

In July of this year, after returning back to the U.S. from a very enjoyable and successful appearance at Waldrock open-air [festival] (Burgum, Holland) I was refused entry into the United States (in Minneapolis en route to San Francisco) due to not having the appropriate visa required by an international artist/entertainer like myself which enables me to enter the country and do my thing, which, of course, in this case was to make music and perform on American soil. So that was pretty much why I was unfortunately not on the East Coast shows (Sounds Of The Underground, etc.) in late July and Paul Bostaphstepped in. Due to the expense and processing/turn-around time required for such a visa under these circumstances, it is with regret simply impossible for me to be where I need to be right now (in California) with the TESTAMENT guys putting the finishing touches to the album/songs/drums and preparing to record.

So it makes perfect sense all round to utilize the incredible services of drumming powerhouse Paul Bostaph who is already in the Bay Area, done time with TESTAMENT and is a longtime friend of the band. Paul is a phenomenal drummer and will absolutely deliver the goods ten-fold when it comes to the new record. He's also a good friend too and I wish him nothing but the best."

RAGE - Rage vs. Stefan Raab

Fans of the German Metal-institution RAGE should definitely turn on their TV set on Saturday, October 20th: At Stefan Raab`s "Stock Car Crash Challenge 2007" at 20.15 on PRO 7 RAGE will perform as a backing band for the "Dicks On Fire". By the way - the "Dicks On Fire" consist of Stefan Raab, Rick Kavanian and Max Mutzke. And with those guys RAGE will share the stage of the Schalke Arena! So don`t miss one of the few occasions to see and hear hard sounds on PRO 7! The new RAGE - album "Carved In Stone" will be released early 2008.

SONIC SYNDICATE - Confirmed for the darkness over X-mas tour

Swedish newcomers SONIC SYNDICATE will embark on a tour with CALIBAN and HEAVEN SHALL BURN in December in Germany! The band is currently touring Europe together with SOILWORK, CALIBAN and DARK TRANQUILLITY! Check out the EASTPAK ANTIDOTE tourdates here and the Darkness Over X-Mas dates below! The new episode of SONIC TV is here available!

Darkness Over X-Mas Tour

25.12.2007 LEIPZIG - Werk 2 (DE)
26.12.2007 HAMBURG - Markthalle (DE)
27.12.2007 MüNSTER - Skater´s Palace (DE)
28.12.2007 ASCHAFFENBURG - Colosaal (DE)
29.12.2007 PRATTELN - Z7 (CH)
30.12.2007 SAARBRüCKEN - Garage (DE)

Click HERE and check out the ultimate SONIC SYNDICATE tourdiary at the METAL HAMMER GERMANY homepage! Frequently updated, stay tuned!

BENEDICTION - Entering studio soon

Long-running British Death Metal legends BENEDICTION have posted the following statement on their MySpace-page: "OK, they've talked and talked about it for long enough. The boys will be going into the studio on November 21 (booked and confirmed!) to actually record the fu*king album ("Killing Music") at long last. It will be released at the end of March 2008 and a full tour will commence in April 2008 for God knows how long followed by as many festivals that will allow them to play!!!

There will be at least 12 tracks on the final mix, maybe more, if the studio can keep them out of the bar for long enough. Let's hope they manage to stay alive long enough to get in the studio considering the mayhem they cause by just popping out for a few drinks together!!! Get the ambulances ready, it's gonna get messy." The line up of BENEDICTION in 2007 consists of: Dave Hunt - Vocals, Darren Brookes - Guitar, Peter Rew - Guitars, Frank Healy - Bass, Nicholas Barker - Drums

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Busses to Nuclear Blast festival

It is still possible to book seats on the Metal Train busses to the NB festival. Unfortunately Metal Train has to inform you that busses can only take place if there are more than 30 seats booked. Current bookings:!

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Podblast pt. 9

Here is a special interesting version of Nuclear Blast ´s Podblast for you: interviews with NIGHTWISH and Peter Wichers, speaking for the NB ALLSTARS-release, will wait for you next to brand new songs of GOREFEST, AMORPHIS, SOILWORK, NB ALLSTARS and, of course, our Finnish superstars NIGHTWISH. On top, you will be able to listen to an exclusive snippet track by EXODUS. Don ´t miss it!

LIQUIDO - New album finished

Liquido posted the following statement:
"Finally, we made it! The new Liquido long player is finished and will be out in February/March 2008. It contains 14 tracks, among them 13 newly written songs plus one re-recording of Agree To Stay, a song which was released as a piano & vocal version on our debut single in 1998.

Zoomcraft is a concept album and is subdivided into three sections. We focussed musically more than ever on electronic components and influences, but never lost track of our roots, strengths and Liquido typical trademarks. The first single will be lifted approximately 4 weeks in advance of the release date of the album! In January, we will post some snippets of the album on our homepage

For the new album artwork we decided to collaborate with the American designer AS1 who makes incredible good covers. His style and taste convinced us promptly since it amazingly fits to concept of our new album.

Liquido live in 2007 / 2008:
09.11.2007 D Dortmund - Campus Total
17.11.2007 D Viersen - Young Talents Award
21.12.2007 EST Rakvere - Green Christmas Festival
01.02.2008 CH Raron - Mesireccas Night
15.03.2008 D Hachenburg - Rundsporthalle

Bye for now!

ARSIS - New album details revealed

ARSIS guitarist & vocalist Jim Malone reports the successful completion of the recording process for the band's upcoming album, "We Are The Nightmare". Produced by Zeuss (AGNOSTIC FRONT, HATEBREED, MUNICIPAL WASTE) at Planet Z Studios in Massachussetts and mastered by Alan Douches (KATAKLYSM, etc.), the track listing for the album, due out in early 2008, is as follows:
1. We Are The Nightmare
2. Shattering The Spell
3. Sightless Wisdom
4. Servants To The Night
5. Failing Winds Of Hopeless Greed
6. Overthrown
7. Progressive Entrapment
8. A Feast For The Liar's Tongue
9. My Oath To Madness
10. Failure's Conquest
Malone adds:
"I can honestly say that this was the best recording experience that I have had in my years with ARSIS. Not only was Zeuss great to work with, but Ryan [Knight, guitarist], Darren [Cesca, drummer], and Noah [Martin, bassist] all did an outstanding job. We all worked together to create what I feel is the most accomplished ARSIS album to date. It's been a few weeks since we finished recording and I can still listen to the songs; that's a good sign."

EXCITER: New album for Massacre Records delayed to February 22nd, 2008

Ultimate Canadian Speed / Thrash metal heroes EXCITER, whose classic "Heavy Metal Maniac" album was defining speed metal even before Metallica's "Kill 'em All", have signed with Massacre Records!
The line-up is John Ricci (guitars), Rik Charron (drums), Clammy (bass) with new singer Kenny Winter.
The band will finish recording their new album "Thrash, Speed, Burn" real soon.
Song titles are:
1.Thrash Speed Burn
2.Demon`s Gate
3.Evil Omen
5.In Mortal Fear
8.The Punisher
9.Massacre Mountain
10.Rot The Devil King

The album will be out on February 22nd 2008, so beware the definite Speed Metal attack!

Paul Raven: Bass player with Killing Joke, Ministry, Prong Dies in Geneva Aged 46 (Jan 16th 1961)

Paul Raven Bass player with Killing Joke has died unexpectedly in Geneva in the early hours of Saturday October 20th 2007.

Paul had been recording with Ted Parsons and Marco Neves in Geneva for the band Treponem pal. After a days recording Paul retired to bed and did not wake up.

Although Killing Joke was his life passion playing on hits such as Love Like Blood and Kings and Queens, Paul was also a prolific musician in other areas. At various times in his life he played and wrote with Ministry, Godflesh, Prong, Pigface, Murder Inc, Amen and many others. Killing Joke have been covered by everyone from Metallica, Foo Fighters, Fear factory, Helmet to Nouvelle Vague and LCD Soundsystem. Paul a native of Wolverhampton started his musical journey with local punk legends The Neon Hearts and then Kitsch which he formed with Tyla later of Dogs D'Amour.

Jaz Coleman - Geordie Walker, front man and Guitarist of Killing Joke said earlier today:

''We are all deeply stricken with grief at the unannounced departure of possibly the funniest man on planet Earth and a brother to us all. Paul Vincent Raven unimaginable sadness is felt by all''

Dan Raven Paul's Brother added:

''We are in deep shock and we miss him a great deal. We love him''

A funeral will be held in the next couple of weeks for further information on where to send floral tributes etc go to and

You will be missed by us all gooner, thank you for the time you spent with us - Matt Luxon

THREE (3) release new video

Woodstock, NY-based band THREE (3) has released its video for the song "All That Remains", which is the first single off the group's new album, "The End Is Begun", released on July 24. The clip was directed and shot by acclaimed director David Brodsky (GWAR, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, HELMET) and his crew at MyGoodEye. The performance portion of the video took place at the site of a crumbling, abandoned castle usually closed off to film/video crews. However, after hearing THREE's music they had a change of heart, convinced that this band would be the perfect compliment to their location.

Check out the video by clicking

AEON seek new drummer

The whole process of completing the writing of "Rise to Dominate", as long with the booking of studio, the recording and the production of it was all planned by AEON and by Metal Blade to work out with their 25th anniversary tour in the US. "Rise to Dominate" was released in the US on the 4th of October, and the tour began on the 6th of October. That would have been a killer start!!!

But after Nils joined DARK FUNERAL, and elected to go on their tour, and to cancel AEONs important spot on the bill of the anniversary tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE among others, it looked to us and many others that he made a big statement how he was going to prior AEON further on.

Anyway he did tell us after a few days that he could not live with the idea of having someone else playing the drums with AEON (which had been the discussion over these days), and we thought it was true. He had a big idea how he would plan everything and how history would not repeat itself again with cancelled tours etc.

During this end of summer/beginning of autumn, we have gotten a lot of requests from promoters who want to book AEON for gigs. Some of them interfered with DARK FUNERAL shows which we do not blame anyone for. Those where already booked. For some other shows that did not interfere with DARK FUNERAL shows, we have tried to contact Nils with several phonecalls and e-mails over the last weeks without result. No tries from him to get back or anything.

And so two weeks ago, we sent him an e-mail telling him that this is NOT how things should be working. AEON is the main priority for the rest of us, and if he can not even get back and let us know if we can book a show, then it is useless for us to have him in the band. He makes AEON look unprofessional in what we are doing. We will not be a side project, only to be picked up whenever there is nothing else going on at the moment. We told him that we cannot wait anymore, and that we will start looking for a new drummer. We asked him to confirm to us when he had red the mail, but after two weeks....still not one word!

If you think you have got what it takes to be the drummer of AEON, please contact us at

Please send a link to a video or an mp3 of you playing drums, along with info about yourself such as age etc, and a photo.

AMON AMARTH - Venue change

Due to massive demand on tickets we are moving the show in Leipzig next
Friday into a bigger venue. So instead of Werk 2, DIMMU BORGIR, AMON AMARTH and ENGEL will now play at Haus Auensee!!!


First off, thanks to everybody who came and supported us at Hell On Earth Tour the last month. It was an amazing run and we were stoked how crazy the shows were! Thanks a million! Secondly, we would like to thank Scott from TERROR immensely for helping us out with singing on this last tour before Kevin goes on duty. Knock, knock... Who's there? An amazing line-up... thanx! Furthermore we made a lot of new friends over the past 4 weeks so what up to FREYA, ALL SHALL PERISH, WALLS OF JERICHO, FEAR MY THOUGHTS and FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW aka the Dude Core!!!

Alright, we'll be back on the road in 3 weeks doing a week of Russian shows and more shows in good old Eastern Europe. We are still waiting on 2 confirmations but check the shows section for immediate updates. Sh*t's gonna be crazy. Come out and get down! We are currently planning a lot of overseas stuff for the beginning of 2008. Just keep your eyes open for announcements soon!

CATARACT - Huge update

As you might have seen, we don't have any shows planned at the moment, and that has a specific reason of course. It's pointless to keep it a secret as everyone can figure it out. We're preparing for the recordings of our fifth full length album! We're jamming a lot and working hard on the new songs, Tom is driving us crazy with 5 minute solo outbursts, Greg insists on songs that only consist of mosh parts, Fedi wants to sing about flowers and Ricky is officially down to one fully functional cymbal. But seriously, we're very excited about the new stuff!!! Once again we will enter the Antfarm studios in Denmark where we will hammer the crude metal into shape with the help of Tue Madsen! More on that soon!


First off and once again we'd like to thank Ralf from DISPARAGED and Jay from VALE TUDO for helping us out on those past shows! Of course we're still missing a steady 5th member and in time we will be looking for the right guy, but as of now we aren't. Cheers to all the people who have already contacted us about it and those killing our nerves (you know who you are haha), but we are not officially auditioning for a bass player. Not yet. As soon as we will, you will know as we will make it public. You can write us but seriously we're too busy to sort this out now.

We went to a casting session this past weekend and it was quite an experience. Hopefully will be picked to take part in a TV show, and you'll possibly see us making complete twats out of ourselves. We'll let you know how it goes! If we're not too ugly it should be allright and it'll be lots of fun! As usual it'll take between 1 week and 1 year until we finally know.

That's it for now, we'll keep you posted about the album e.t.c.

See ya 'round, CATARACT

EVERGREEN TERRACE release new video

EVERGREEN TERRACE just released their brand new video for the track "Chaney Can't Quite Riff Like Helmet's Page Hamilton" off their successfull latest effort "Wolfbiker"!

Check it out by clicking

FUELED BY FIRE in search of new frontman/guitarist

We're sorry to say, yes this is true! Gio has left the band, this was his personal decision and wish him the best!

So the search is on for a replacement, we are looking for a vocalist/guitarist or a vocalist and a guitarist.

This position is for a world wide multi records deal with Metal Blade Records! So you must be comitted and dedicated! No posers and no bullsh*t! This is a serious offer!

You must be ready to tour as soon as possible!!!

Tours are set up for U.S. and Europe and you will be playing at the famous "KEEP IT TRUE X FESTIVAL" in April 2008.

Requirements for vocalist:
You must have a vocal range along the lines of Paul Baloff, Chuck Billy, Sheep Dog "Razor" etc... Stage experience is a must!

Requirements for guitarist:
Experience is a must! Skilled lead guitarrist, fast learner and your own equipment!

Ages 18-25 preferred but we will consider younger if you have what it takes!

If you are interested please contact us through a message on our MySpace or via email: FBFBND1@AOL.COM

We would like to thank all our fans for all the support and thank you for understanding!!!

LIZZY BORDEN finish filming new video

The video for "Tomorrow Never Comes", which was shot on location in downtown Los Angeles the weekend of October 29th with director Kevin Mcvey, is described as "a haunted little tale."

This will be the first video from the band's forthcoming album, "Appointment With Death", due on November 5th (Europe) via Metal Blade Records. Appearing in the clip are band members Lizzy Borden, Joey Scott, Marten Andersson and Ira Black.

PRIMORDIAL - Picture disc of last record available soon

The double 12" picture disc of "The Gathering Wilderness" will be released by Sentinel Records sometime between November and December 2007. The double vinyl is limited to 500 copies world-wide. Pre-orders are now being taken, the first 100 copies come with a patch.

Here's the link for the pre-orders:

Click and for front and back of the picture disc!

THE ARCANE ORDER finish new album

"'In the Wake of Collisions' is done! After having recorded the album at Hansen Studios with producer Jacob Hansen during October, Jacob Hansen spent a couple of weeks making fine adjustments and tuning up the album and now the album is finally done. We are stoked with the result, and hopefully you guys will be so to! The album came out really well and we are all proud and happy with the result!

"We should warn you guys though: This album is not the natural follow-up to 'The Machinery Of Oblivion'. We always said we weren't interest in just making a new "Machinery..." album, and we think the new album proves just that. We have evolved as a team, as a band, and you will be able to hear so on the new album. We think it's fair to say that we have found our own sound with the new album. You need to listen to the whole album, all the songs in a row, to understand what the new stuff is all about.

"So what does the new album sound like? Well, it's a bit hard to describe. The new stuff is less thrashy, but in some parts much more extreme, while some parts are really melodic and almost epic-sounding. There's tons of shredding, great drum and vocal work, so everyone should be pleased.

"We are still working on getting the artwork finished, which should be done soon. The album is set to be released on January 14th (Europe)!"

"In the Wake of Collisions" 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

THE OCEAN - "Precambrian" update

2 new songs up on our myspace
We have made the track "Mesoproterozoic / Legions Of Winged Octopi" off the "Hadean / Archaean" disc and the track "Orosirian / For The Great Blue Cold Now Reigns" off the "Proterozoic" disc available on our myspace page. "Hadean / Archaean" and "Proterozoic" are the 2 twin halfs of our new album "Precambrian", to be released November 5th (Europe)! You can check out those songs here:

Precambrian" re-mastering
Unfortunately, we had to remaster the album, since we were not happy with the original mastering's sound. This has delayed the manufacturing process quite a bit, but trust us, it was worth it. The release date will not be pushed back, but the promos won't make it in time for the november issues, so the album will be in stores before them funky journalists get their hands on it...

"Precambrian" deluxe 3xLP vinyl edition to be released
A vinyl edition of "Precambrian" will be available mid-late November through Garden of Exile Records. Expect 3 different-colored vinyls in a slick 8mm-spine gatefold packaging with diecut holes and UV gloss print. We will take preorders soon.

We will launch a paypal-based webstore very soon where you can buy all our releases as well as merchandise. Check back frequently!

UNEARTH - Brand new video online

The brand new video clip for UNEARTH's "This Glorious Nightmare" will air this weekend on Headbanger's Ball! If you can't wait, just check this link:

DESPISED ICON - Announce Headlining tour in Jan/Feb 2008

Canadian destructors DESPISED ICON are planning a return to lay waste to European venues in early 2008, bringing with them with the mighty Misery Index, Beneath The Massacre, and Annotations Of An Autopsy (plus Man Must Die on mainland European dates)

Despised Icon were last seen in the UK earlier this year with Job For A Cowboy presenting their latest album "The Ills Of Modern Man", the band are thrilled to be part of such a devastatingly brutal live package - vocalist Alex comments "After months of planning, this tour is finally coming together! We can't wait to tour Europe and the UK again and share the tour bus and stage everyday with Misery Index and our homies from Montreal, Beneath The Massacre! I think we haven't played with any of those dudes in at least a year, should be sick. Make sure you come early to check out Annotations Of An Autopsy (UK shows) and Man Must Die (Mainland European dates only); 2 killer bands.

We have about 70 shows lined-up in Canada, USA, UK and Europe in the next 4 months and will be taking a short break after that to write part of the next album so make sure you show up to the nearest show! Our new video for the track "Furtive Monologue" will premiere on our myspace November 1st. In the meantime, check out the trailer we just posted!"

This tour is going to be a delicacy for fans of technically flawless death metal/death core with moshpit-guarantee! Be there & get crushed!

DESPISED ICON w/ Misery Index, Beneath The Massacre, Annotations Of An Autopsy
28.01.2008 Brighton @ The Engine Room
29.01.2008 Plymouth @ White Rabbit
30.01.2008 Newport @ TJs
31.01.2008 Manchester @ Music Box
01.02.2008 Glasgow @ Soundhaus
02.02.2008 Milton Keynes @ The Pitz Club
03.02.2008 Leeds @ Rios
04.02.2008 Nottingham @ Junktion7
05.02.2008 London @ Underworld

For the full European tour dates please check:

FU MANCHU - Post new video clip; don't miss them live in Oct./Nov. 2007
Californian rockers FU MANCHU have posted their new video clip for the song "Hung Out To Dry" (taken off the "We Must Obey" album) at, watch it and enjoy a wicked journey through time at the following link:

Widely known as a fantastic live band, FU MANCHU will turn European venues in boiling hot saunas this October/November 2007 when they present their latest effort "We Must Obey" live, see below for the exact dates & be there!

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

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DEVIAN - post new track & last part of studio report online; album about to hit stores
Swedish extreme metal act DEVIAN featuring ex-Marduk members Legion (vocals) & Emil Dragutinovic (drums) have posted "Dressed In Blood", the blistering opener of the band's debut album "Ninewinged Serpent", which will hit stores the following dates:

UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, October 22, 2007.
SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, October 23, 2007.
SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, October 24, 2007.

Listen to the track now @

"Ninewinged Serpent" will be available as CD and limited edition CD incl. o-card with alternate cover artwork as well as two bonus tracks.

Media feedback on the album so far is extremely positive, as "this album offers everything a black/death fan can ask for" (ROCK HARD, Germany), unites "black, death, thrash, and classic heavy metal parts in a highly individual sound" (METAL HAMMER, Germany) and ultimately provides "an excellent kickstart for DEVIAN" (HEAVY, Germany). So, don't miss this devilish metal delicacy!

DEVIAN have also posted the last part of their studio report online, so if you want to get more impressions from behind-the-scenes of this stunning thrashing black/death assault, check out the clip at

New video features available @ Century Media's YouTube channel

Century Media artists TURISAS, GOD FORBID & PARADISE LOST have posted some extra delicious food for all the YouTube-junkies out there! At Century Media's YouTube channel you can now watch the following clips:

TURISAS unleashing their unstoppable battle metal hell at this year's Download festival in Donington Park (UK). The live-clip "To Holmgard And Beyond" has been taken off the "The Varangian Way - Director's Cut" (out now!) that features plenty of such entertaining video material on the bonus DVD included in the limited edition of this release.

GOD FORBID present you a clip filmed on their latest European tour with Devildriver offering some backstage impressions as well as onstage footage. So, if you like to reminisce in sweet memories of that tour, check this out!

PARADISE LOST delight you with a great video report filmed during their European tour in October/October 2007 including live footage as well as interview scenes with vocalist Nick Holmes and guitarist Greg Mackintosh. A must-see for all fans of the legendary gothic metal act!

All these clips and a lot more can now be found at

SSS - INTERVIEW WITH FOXY ON BLISTERING.COM has posted up a new interview with the outspoken frontman of SSS, Foxy.

What does SHORT SHARP SHOCK mean?

How did SSS get signed to EARACHE?

Why does Foxy love America so much?


Catch SSS on these U.K. dates:

31 LIVERPOOL - Night Of The Living Dead 7



For a up to the minute show listings and more, go to

Watch SSS perform "The Beast" live from Brixton Academy in the U.K. from August, 2007 at

Foxy loves vinyl and you should, too! SSS' debut album, SHORT SHARP SHOCK is now available in a limited edition multicolored vinyl format through the EARACHE U.S. Webstore.


An exclusive interview with Cult Of Luna's Johannes Persson has been posted online. Speaking exclusively to German website Wenn's Rockt, the band's guitarist and vocalist discusses different topics relating to Cult Of Luna.

In the video interview, which can be viewed at, Johannes give an insight into how the band work together, revealing how they approach the creative process of making a new album. Discussing the idea of themes that run throughout their releases, Johannes addresses the idea that Cult Of Luna's latest release 'Somewhere Along The Highway' deals with the poignant issues of male loneliness and vast landscapes, stepping away from the political issues which are commonly addressed on their previous releases.

To watch this interview head over to, where you can also view a live video of the track 'Finland' taken from 'Somewhere Along The Highway'.

Cult Of Luna are due to release a new album in 2008, find out more about them at


The most brutal release to come from Norway this year does not include corpse paint. Out of the icy winds and into the fire comes BLOOD RED THRONE and their brand new album, COME DEATH, available NOW in the U.S.

Tchort (ex-EMPEROR) and company are all back to bring you the most bludgeoning, tight and downright bloody technical death metal that can be found anywhere in the world!

BLOOD RED THRONE - COME DEATH features 9 tracks straight out of the bitter cold depths of the north and sure to drive you into a death metal frenzy:

01. Slaying the Lamb
02. Deranged Assassin
03. Rebirth in Blood
04. Guttural Screams
05. Taste of God
06. No New Beginning
07. Come Death
08. Considered Dead
09. Another Kill

View the new video for "Taste of God" (off of COME DEATH) by going to


In a string of exclusive videos shot earlier on this week the new Biomechanical line-up have introduced themselves to their fans and spoken out about how they came to join the band. The four video clips can be viewed at and feature interviews with ex-DragonForce bassist Adrian Lambert and guitarist Chris Van Hayden and also drummer and guitarist Jonno Lodge and Gus Drax.

These exclusive videos are released as Biomechanical have just announced their first show together with the new line-up, which will take place at Earache?s Christmas party on December 12th at the Purple Turtle in Camden. This show comes ahead of the release of the eagerly anticipated Cannibalised which is slated to be available on February 11th 2008.

To watch the exclusive videos and find out more about Cannibalised and hear an advance track from the album head over to

TESTAMENT - New studio pics online

Several new photos of San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans TESTAMENT have been taken during the band's pre-production sessions for their new album have been posted at their MySpace page (free registration may be required to view pictures).

In other news, TESTAMENT have recruited ex-SLAYER/EXODUS drummer Paul Bostaph for the recording of the new album, as drummer Nick Barker couldn´t take part in the process due to visa problems.

DARKANE - New singer revealed

Following the departure of lead singer Andreas Sydow this past August, DARKANE guitarist & founding member Christopher Malmström took some time to write in from Helsingborg, Sweden to announce the band's new frontman:

"DARKANE would like to welcome Jens Broman as our new vocalist! He's recently been seen in the vocal spot in CONSTUCDEAD and THE DEFACED (and will continue to sing in both bands). Jens grew up in Glumslöv, south of Helsingborg (a good friend of Björn Strid from Soilwork), but now lives in Stockholm. His live debut with us will take place in three weeks at the ProgPower Scandinavia festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 10th.

We've been rehearsing hard lately and are very excited to work together with Jens. He has a huge vocal diversity and we are pretty sure that DARKANE fans won´t be disappointed. We had our interests set on Jens at a very early stage and would like to thank all the people who showed their interest in joining DARKANE as our vocalist. We wish you all the success in the future, and we'd also like to congratulate Peter [Wildoer, drummer] and [his longtime girlfriend] Erika for getting engaged a few weeks back."

Last month, Peter Wildoer revealed that DARKANE has "about nine songs ready to record" for their upcoming fifth studio album, despite the fact that the band's Not Quite Studio suffered an extensive amount of damage due to flooding two months ago.

Visit DARKANE online at

THREAT SIGNAL - New drummer

Drummer George Parfitt has left Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL in order to focus on his family life. A replacement drummer has already been found in the shape of Norm Killeen.

BLIND GUARDIAN - In the cinema and signing session

Legendary Fantasy Metal band BLIND GUARDIAN have contributed the main song to the new action/fantasy movie "In The Name Of The King - Dungeon Siege". On this occasion, BLIND GUARDIAN will hold a signing session at a special premiere screening of the movie on the 29th of November. This special event begins at 19.00 CET in the "UCI Kinowelt Ruhr Park" with the signing session, the movie begins at 20.00.

The exact address:

UCI KINOWELT Ruhr Park | Am Einkaufszentrum 22 | 44791 Bochum Germany
Advance sale of tickets is possible at, via phone (+49 (0)234 / 23 90 222) or at the UCI Kinowelt Ruhr Park.

"In The Name Of The King" - the screen adaption of the successful computer game "Dungeon Siege" Black clouds rising in Ehb, the once peaceful kingdom of king Konreid (BURT REYNOLDS). The drugs, an army of gruesome and brutal warriors, are murdering and destroying in the name of the evil wizard Gallian (RAY LIOTTA), who wants to enslave the country.

At one of the bestial assaults, the krugs murder the son of the ordinary peasant called Farmer (JASON STATHAM) and kidnap his beautiful wife Solana (CLAIRE FORLANI). Farmer, frantic of fury and pain, wants revenge! He will not rest until he find his wife and retalite the murder of his son. Be sure to not miss this special event! More information of the movie can be found at

MACHINEMADE GOD - Live videos to check out

Modern metal heroes MACHINEMADE GOD have posted several videos from their show at the Rockstation Festival in Ankara, Turkey!

Click here to check them out:

NEAERA launch tour diary

Germany's finest NEAERA just launched their official tour diary presented by Metal Hammer Germany!

Check out what the dudes have to tell about their current tour with DEADLOCK and MAINTAIN (sorry, German only):

Jeramie Kling leaves THE ABSENCE

The drummer from Tampa, Florida's THE ABSENCE, Jeramie Kling, has decided to part ways with the band.

"Thank you and thank you again to everyone who I have had the pleasure of meeting on the road and through the scene. It's not over yet keep your eyes and ears out." Jeramie

Rest assured, for all you THE ABSENCE fans out there, they will continue on with the DYING FETUS tour with another drummer from the Tampa metal scene. Jeramie continues with drumming and in light of this door being closed many more have opened.

Novembre to support Paradise Lost for upcoming shows

Italy's atmospheric metal maestros Novembre will be heading to the UK this December supporting UK metal legends Paradise Lost. Go to the tour news section for a full list of shows. New album 'The Blue' is released on 5th November.

OPETH - New minisite online/free mp3 download

The mini-site for The Roundhouse Tapes is now up at

n addition to featuring downloads, pictures, an interview with Mikael Åkerfeldt, banners you can add to your own site and the chance to hear tracks from the album, the site also offers a free mp3 of 'Bleak'.

Exclusive bundles containing a Roundhouse Tapes t-shirt and 2CD set are also available from the site at £23.99. The Roundhouse Tapes is packaged in a double digipack with slip case
Available 5th November (Europe) / 20th November (USA)


Two releases from early Ragga Metal pioneers Dub War will be available together in an exclusive double CD pack released on Monday October 29th. Featuring Benji from Skindred, this fan friendly CD pack, which includes the albums Pain and Wrong Side Of Beautiful is a fitting release to mark Dub War's success and influence in the 1990s.

With five UK chart hits under their belts and an infamous crossover sound of Ragga-meets-Metal, Dub War certainly made their mark on the UK metal scene, creating the pathway for vocalist Benji Webbe to move on to bands such as the short-lived Mass Mental, featuring Rob Trujillo (Metallica), an infamous explosive set with Soulfly (feat ex-Sepultura Max Cavalera) and also his current band Skindred.

Catch a glimpse of Dub War in the video for Enemy Maker here

The double CD pack comes for the price of one CD and is available in UK/Europe from Monday October 29th.


It's a battle of God vs. Satan at MTV2's Headbangers Blog.

DEICIDE, one of the most legendary bands ever to set foot out of hell is now embroiled in a bitter battle with Christian metal band, AS I LAY DYING to see "Who Rocks Harder?"

All the Satanic powers in the world can't help DEICIDE win this battle. This time, DEICIDE's victory lies in YOUR hands!!!

Please the dark lord by voting for DEICIDE in Headbangers Blog's battle of Who Rocks Harder today!

DEICIDE is currently recording their new album, TILL DEATH DO US PART. The follow-up to the Billboard-charting 2006 release, THE STENCH OF REDEMPTION, TILL DEATH DO US PART promises to "...have a very evil and chaotic nature to them and will include the extensive arrangements and riffage that made 'STENCH...' so great," according to drummer, Steve Asheim.

Here are some pictures of Steve laying down drums for TILL DEATH DO US PART at Morrisound Studios in Florida:

TILL DEATH DO US PART will be released in early 2008.

The live DVD, DOOMSDAY L.A. is available NOW through the EARACHE U.S.



With just over two weeks to go until the release of the eagerly anticipated Sworn Vengeance from no-nonsense Dutch destroyers Severe Torture, an exclusive two track EP is available to download now from iTunes.

Entitled Sworn Vengeance EP, this download-only release contains the previously unreleased, non-album track Disembowel, which is only available on this EP along with Dismal Perception, taken from the upcoming album. .

Sworn Vengeance will be released on November 12th and will also be available in a limited edition format; containing bonus Cro-Mags and Entombed cover tracks. To find out more about the album head over to


After being chosen by Machine Head to support them on a Black Crusade warm up gig at the Ambassador Theatre in Dublin on November 18th, Evile and Gama Bomb have both revealed how excited they are about playing the large-scale gig.

Speaking in the midst of a current UK tour with Sanctity, Evile guitarist Ol Drake has spoken out about landing the opportunity to support such a legendary band:

"We are extremely excited to be playing with Machine Head as Rob Flynn is a legend. Violence were fu*king cool so we are really looking forward to playing this show and meeting all the guys. I hope they play some of the old fast sh*t - watch out Dublin and Prepare to be Thrashed!"

Hailing from Ireland, new Earache thrash signings Gama Bomb have also commented upon playing their high-energy thrash sound to more than 1000 people. Speaking exclusively, vocalist Phil Byrne has stated:

"We are totally stoked to be playing with such a legendary band as Machine Head, and especially to do it here in one of Dublin's greatest venues! This starts our new gigging schedule as we mean to carry on, so hopefully we will be playing a lot more shows like this one. This will be the biggest audience we've ever played to, and that just makes us all the more willing to paint the place with their brains - metaphorically, of course."

Gama Bomb are set to release their debut album Citizen Brain in 2008, to find out more about them visit

Fans can check out an exclusive interview with Gama Bomb at

Evile are currently out on the road on a full-scale UK tour with Sanctity. For the full dates head over to

Their debut release Enter The Grave is out now.


EVILE have been confirmed as one of the bands battling it out for world domination via your tv set at this year's Metal Hammer GET IN THE RING, which will be aired on Rockworld TV over the Christmas period.

GET IN THE RING will take place on December 11th at the London Kentish town Forum. EVILE will battle it out in a boxing ring stage by playing their thrashtastic tunes against 3 other bands.

Matt Drake singer and guitarist of Evile states:

"Evile are about to set off to tibet to train with fighting heavy metal monks and upon our return to the UK for GET IN THE RING we will be ready to unleash our skills and a whirlwind of thrash metal violence upon the other bands and the judges, we will be more evil than skeletor, wiser than splinter, faster than cheetara and harder than inspector gadget!! so prepare yourselves for a multitude of speed metal figure fours, F-5's and tombstones but without spandex and body wax. The countdown starts now, and we WILL be the last band standing, so all evile fans make sure you vote for us and give us the best christmas presents possible - get in the ring winners and the humiliation of other bands!!!! GET IN THE FU*KING RING!!"

There will be 125 tickets to this event available to hardcore Evile fans through the Evile myspace page at

(Tickets only available to people 16 years plus)

The GET IN THE RING programme will be screened on ROCKWORLD tv on Sky over the Christmas period and fans can vote for Evile by texting in. Screening dates for the show are yet to be confirmed. The winning band will be announced early 2008.

Go to or

for the chance to win more tickets.

SONIC SYNDICATE - Finish an amazing European tour

Swedish Stars of SONIC SYNDICATE have almost completed their EASTPAK Antidote Tour in Europe - they will play their last show on Nov 10th in Bad Oeynhausen (GER) before heading out on US tour with AMON AMARTH, HIMSA and DECAPITATED!

These young newcomers have done very well every evening - the venues were packed at 7.30 pm when the band went on stage and there is no doubt who is going to be the next stars in the metal scene! Audience response has been fantastic, the fans were singing along and they pushed their performance to the max! All other bands on the bill - SOILWORK, DARK TRANQUILLITY and CALIBAN had really to push their live performance, since SONIC SYNDICATE had pretty much all of the sympathies of the crowd on their side!

A tourdiary of the german tourdates and a brandnew episode of SONIC TV can be seen HERE!

The band will hit the road together with CALIBAN and HEAVEN SHALL BURN end of December - check out the tourdates of the "Darkness Over X-Mas" Tour HERE!

If you have missed the band live so far, you better do not make the same mistake twice! Result after the first SONIC SYNDICATE tour in Europe: They rule!

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Nuclear Blast - Conquering the German charts

20 Years and still going strong! For the first time in the history of the label, NUCLEAR BLAST has four releases in the German Top 100 at the same time - two of them even in the Top 10!

Here´s the ranking of Week 44:
SUBWAY TO SALLY - Bastard # 7 (1st week)
NIGHTWISH - Dark Passion Play # 9 (4th week in the Top 10! Peak #1)
SOILWORK - Sworn To A Great Divide # 37 (1st week)
HAMMERFALL - Steel Meets Steel # 89 (2nd week, Peak # 53)

Plus: "Amaranth" (NIGHTWISH) is still in the German single charts! This time (Week 8) on # 45!
What a good start for the next 20 Years in Metal!

THE OCEAN - "Precambrian" postponed

Berlin's exceptional postcore collective THE OCEAN has to postpone their upcoming double album "Precambrian" due to problems within the process of production.

The monumental work will now not be released on November 5th (Europe) as previously announced. "Precambrian" will finally see the light of day on November 12th.


You can now get your hands on the long-awaited release of the classic Dub War albums Pain and Wrong Side Of Beautiful. After being previously unavailable for several years, these two albums can now be bought together for the price of one in an exclusive value pack made available from today.

This release helps to mark Dub War's prominence on the rock scene throughout the 1990s, as they brought together the sounds of Ragga and Metal, making them one of the most innovative rock bands of the decade. Featuring Benji, now of Skindred fame, Dub War notched up five UK chart hits including the tracks Strike It and Enemy Maker, included on the value pack that is released today.

The full tracklistings for the albums are as follows:

Tracklisting Pain:

01. Mental
02. Nar Say A Ting
03. Original Murder
04. Words of Warning
05. Strike It
06. Respected
07. Pain
08. Nations
09. Gorrit
10. Spiritual Warfare
11. Fools Gold
12. Over Now
13. Psycho System
14. Anadin
15. Why
16. Mad Zone

Tracklisting Wrong Side of Beautiful

01. Control
02. Armchair Thriller
03. Greedee
04. Bassballbat
05. One Chill
06. Enemy Maker
07. Million Dollar Love
08. Silencer
09. Cry Dignity
10. Can?t Stop
11. Prisoner
12. Love Is
13. Mission
14. Universal Jam

Order the Pain and Wrong Side Of Beautiful pack online now at the Earache webstore


Two members of Decapitated have been seriously injured in a road accident involving their tour bus and a truck carrying wood in Gomel, on the Russia/Belarus border.

Vocalist Covan and drummer Vitek sustained serious head injuries as a result of the accident, and are to be taken 550km from Gomel to Moscow for emergency treatment.

All other members of the touring party are not reported to be seriously hurt.

Our thoughts are with all members of the tour at this time.


At The Gates vocalist Tomas Lindberg has spoken exclusively to Earache about the band's reformation that was announced earlier this month. Lindberg reveals the reason behind the band getting back together after 10 years apart and also confirms the reality that the reformation will not see At The Gates recording a new album, in order to keep the legacy of 'Slaughter Of The Soul' intact. Read more about what Tomas has to say at

Fans will be able to witness the legendary extreme sound of At The Gates at a string of dates planned for next year. These exclusive, must-see shows will include Wacken Open Air (Germany), Ruisrock (Finland) and Bloodstock (UK).

To find out more about the reformation of At The Gates as told by Tomas Lindberg, head over to


Veteran guitarist, Ralph Santolla has rejoined DEICIDE and is currently hard at work recording his guitar parts for DEICIDE's 2008 release, TILL DEATH DO US PART at Morrisound Studios in Florida.

DEICIDE had previously parted ways with Ralph Santolla back in May of this year. Over the course of the following months, he would spend the summer touring with OBITUARY and pushing his talent as far as it could go. When he was asked to rejoin DEICIDE in time for the recording of TILL DEATH DO US PART, Santolla came back to the fold as a man possessed and he had come back, literally better than ever before.

While there will inevitably be naysayers who doubt the decision, DEICIDE drummer, Steve Asheim insists that Ralph Santolla's return will only strengthen the maniacal musical landscape that DEICIDE is known for. "Ralph is really reaching towards the very depths of his abilities to come up with something completely fresh and challenging."

Even those outside of the band have given nothing but positive feedback on Ralph Santolla's progress during the recording sessions. "Jim Morris came and told me that Ralph has been coming up with some of the greatest metal riffs and licks that he's ever heard;" says Asheim. "Ralph's really pushing his abilities to the limit, coming up with things that he's never been able to do before."

View some recent shots of Ralph Santolla recording his guitar parts at Morrisound Studios in Florida:

TILL DEATH DO US PART will be released in early 2008.

The live DVD, DOOMSDAY L.A. is available NOW through the EARACHE U.S.


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