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Pure Metal News: December 2005

December 2005 News - part 2

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MALEVOLENT CREATION - On tour with Bolt Thrower

MALEVOLENT CREATION will support Death Metal legends BOLT THROWER on their upcoming European tour! Also on board: NIGHTRAGE and NECROPHAGIST.


Jan 4th Holland Enschede - Atak
Jan 5th Germany Hamburg - Markthalle
Jan 6th Germany Leipzig - Hellraiser
Jan 7th Germany Berlin - SO36
Jan 8th Germany Stavenhagen - Tankhaus
Jan 9th Poland Warsaw - Proxima
Jan10th Poland Krakow - Extreme
Jan 11th Czech Rep. Prague - Rock Cafe
Jan 12th Germany München - Backstage
Jan 13th Austria Wels - Alter Schlachthof
Jan 14th Austria Vienna - Planet Music
Jan 15th Hungary Budapest -Blue Hell
Jan 16th Croatia Zagreb -Mochvara
Jan 18th Italy Prato - Anomalia Club
Jan 19th Italy Bassano del Grappa – La Gabbia Music Club
Jan 20th Switzerland Wil - Remise
Jan 21st Germany Andernach - JUZ Live Club
Jan 22nd Holland Groningen - Vera
Jan 23rd Germany Osnabrück -N8
Jan 24th Holland Rotterdam - Baroeg
Jan 25th Holland Nijmegen -Doornroosje
Jan 26th Germany Essen -Zeche Carl
Jan 27th Germany Cottbus - Glad-House
Jan 28th Germany Hanau - Halle 2
Jan 29th Belgium Hasselt - Muziekodroom
Jan 30th France Paris - La Locomotive
Feb 1st Switzerland Pratteln - Z 7
Feb 2nd Germany Stuttgart - Röhre
Feb 3rd Germany Bad Salzungen - Kallewerk
Feb 4th Germany Trier - Exil
Feb 5th Holland Haarlem – Patronaat

DEATHSTARS - New song posted!

Nuclear Blast Records has set a January 27, 2006 European release date for the new album from Sweden's DEATHSTARS, entitled "Termination Bliss". A sample track, 'Cyanide', has been posted online at this location (Real Media).

EDGUY - Tour schedule updated

German metallers EDGUY have updated their touring plans in support of their upcoming album "Rocket Ride", due on Jan 20.

“Rocket Ride World Tour”

27.01 UK Manchester - MDH
29.01 UK Nottingham - Nottingham Rock City
30.01 UK Leeds - Metropolitan University
31.01 UK Glasgow - Carling Academy
01.02 UK Newcatle - University
03.02 UK London - Astoria

Presented by Rock Hard, Musix & Piranha
04.02. B Vosselaar - Biebob
06.02. CH Pratteln - Z7
07.02. I Mailand - Rolling Stone
09.02. E Madrid - Aqualung
10.02. P Porto - Hard Club
11.02. E Bergara - Sala Jam
12.02. E Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
14.02. F Lyon - Transbordeur
15.02. F Paris - Elysee Mont Matre
17.02. D Stuttgart - Longhorn LKA
18.02. D Kaufbeuren - ALL-Karthalle
20.02. D Langen - Stadthalle
21.02. D Köln - Live Music Hall
22.02. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
24.02. D Lichtenfels - Stadthalle
25.02. D Osnabrück - Halle Gartlage
26.02. D Hamburg - Markthalle
28.02. S Göteborg - Trädgarn
01.03. S Stockholm - Arenan
02.03. S Lund - Mejeriet
04.03. D Fulda - Wartenberg Oval Angersbach

15.03 JP Osaka - Osaka Club Quattro
16.03 JP Tokyo - Ebisu Liquid Room
17.03 JP Tokyo - Ebisu Liquid Room

SUBWAY TO SALLY - Unplugged tour!

A lot of fans have wondered, why SUBWAY TO SALLY never played their music in an acoustic setting. But the musicians did absolutely not want to jump on the Unplugged bandwagon that was racing through the world of Rock a few years ago.

2006 will change all this: After eight studio album and another long and successful tour supporting "Nord Nord Ost", SUBWAY TO SALLY want to present themselves in a more quiet and intimate fashion, focusing on playing music together instead of the big rock show. This is why SUBWAY TO SALLY chose to call this tour "Nackt", which is the German word for "Naked".

Since SUBWAY TO SALLY always used a wide range of acoustic instruments, they will rediscover their favourites from the last 10 years. The best part for the die-hards: The setlist will feature tracks that have not been played for a long time. The band also invited cellist B. Deutung, known for his work with INCHTABOKATABLES and DEINE LAKEIEN.


präsentiert von Metal Hammer & Orkus

07.04.2006 Leipzig - Anker
08.04.2006 Magdeburg - Factory
09.04.2006 Kiel - Max
11.04.2006 Hamburg - Grünspan
12.04.2006 Köln - alter Wartesaal am Hauptbahnhof
13.04.2006 Hannover - Capitol
15.04.2006 Gotha - Stadthalle
16.04.2006 Aschaffenburg - Colossaal
19.04.2006 Freiburg - Jazzhaus
20.04.2006 Nürnberg - Hirsch
21.04.2006 Ludwigsburg - Scala
23.04.2006 Pirmasens - tbc
25.04.2006 Bochum - Christophkirche
26.04.2006 Wuppertal - Musiktheater Rex
27.04.2006 Osnabrück - Kirche
28.04.2006 Osnabrück - Kirche
29.04.2006 Bremen - Schlachthof
30.04.2006 Berlin - Passionskirche

SINISTER - Finally entered the studio!

Reunited Dutch death metallers SINISTER will enter Stage One studio in Germany on December 5 to begin recording their new album, "Afterburner", for an early 2006 release through Nuclear Blast Records. The recording sessions are expected to last two weeks.

SINISTER's current lineup consists of Aad Kloosterwaard, drummer and founder of the band, on vocals, Alex Paul on guitar, and Paul Beltman (Ex-JUDGEMENT DAY) on drums. A session bass player will be added when the band hits the road again.

SOILWORK - 100th show for "Stabbing the Drama"

SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"We have three shows to go on this tour, the bus is getting close to stink worse than you ever can imagine, still we've had an amazing tour... We got stopped by the police on the border to California and they searched through the whole bus for drugs, I tell you: poor dogs! I don't even think the dogs would have found a bag filled with 20-pound cocaine in there… We couldn't possibly [have] found a better band to share the bus with DARKANE though, since we come from the same little town we had a lot to talk about during the tour...

"You also might know that we got an award on the Danish Metal Awards as the best international act which of course was really cool since we were competing with acts like SYSTEM OF A DOWN and THE HAUNTED. So, a big hail to the people voting for SOILWORK!

"Bill Ward from BLACK SABBATH came to watch our show in Anaheim and got his own reserved seat on the balcony. He came to the dressing room after the show and said he loved the set and praised Dirk's drumming... Thanx for coming out, Bill!

"In Anaheim we also celebrated the 100th show for the 'Stabbing the Drama' album since March when the album was released.. More to come..

"Also a big hail to MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake for joining the 'Bus-diving-party' in Anaheim. I'm surprised we didn't break the bus in half....

"Other than that, keep the SOILWORK tattoo pics coming, i know there's a helluva lot more pics to be sent to our site..."

KATAKLYSM - New album will contain DVD

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM will release their new album, "In the Arms of Devastation", as a limited-edition double-disc featuring a bonus live DVD, entitled "The End of Serenity: Live in Strasbourg". "The DVD was professionaly filmed in France during the 'Serenity in Fire' touring campaign," the band write in a newsletter. "Theres some pretty sick footage of fans ripping the place and the stage apart...crazy stuff."

As previously reported, a rough-mix version of a brand-new KATAKLYSM track, entitled "Like Angels Weeping (The Dark)", has been posted online at this location. The song comes off the "In the Arms of Devastation", due on February 24, 2006. The CD was mixed in Denmark by acclaimed producer Tue Madsen.

KATAKLYSM have tapped director Maurice Swinkels from LowlifeMedia (EXODUS, ABORTED, GOREFEST) to film the band's video for the track "Crippled & Broken", fom the upcoming album. The conceptual clip will be shot in Amsterdam, Netherlands in early March, shortly prior to the band's European co-headlining tour as part of the No Mercy festival.

KATAKLYSM have been confirmed for the "Metal Crusaders" North American tour, set to take place in May/June next year. Also appearing on the bill will be VADER and NUCLEAR ASSAULT. "Seeing the legendary NUCLEAR ASSAULT, one of my personal fave thrash bands ripping 'Game Over', 'Survive' and 'Handle with Care' classics will be a personal high for me!" stated KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono. The first confirmed date is May 26, 2006 at le Medley in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. All canadian dates will be headlined by KATAKLYSM.

DARKANE - Attend Jay Leno taping

DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström has posted the following tour reports on the band's official web site:

"Yes, tonight we played the 32nd show of the U.S. tour here in Seattle, WA and tomorrow we'll end the tour in Vancouver where I will finally meet the drummer of my solo project NON-HUMAN LEVEL, Ryan van Poederooyen.

"OK, so we crashed into Seattle... sorry,, we actually crashed in Seattle this morning. Everybody was sleeping when we suddenly woke up by the bus shaking and braking heavily. I thought it would flip over, but in the last second everything was still. All curtains of the bunks opened and a lot of surprised metalheads stuck out their heads. It turned out we had crashed into another car on the freeway right outside Seattle. It was kind of scary, but no one was seriously hurt, I think. After an hour or so, we could leave and head for downtown Seattle, which I think is a very nice city!

"It's kind of sad that the tour will be over, but we can't deny that we are missing our loved ones back home! The tour will be a memory that will stick to our hearts forever though.

"After Vegas (where Peter [Wildoer, drums] wrote the last report) we headed for Scottsdale, AZ, and then we played San Diego, CA. We even had a few hours to cross the border to Mexico and check out Tijuana for a while before it was time to head for the venue.

"We had three days in L.A. First we played Anaheim and I got to shake hands with BLACK SABBATH's Bill Ward. The second day we were at a taping of a Jay Leno show in Burbank. We got front row seats and when Mr. Leno entered he got right to the front of the stage and shook all DARKANE members hands. It was fun to see an actual taping of a show like that which can be seen in Sweden too. Later that night we checked into Beverly Hilton and watched the episode and realized that our heads was in the picture. If you for some reason can check back on the shows it was the one with Alanis Morisette, Rosanne Barr and Margeritha Perrin.

"The next day we played House of Blues in Hollywood. I got to meet Steve Vai since he was there looking for Devin Townsend and STRAPPING YOUNG LAD. Steve is a huge influence for me and it was cool to meet him.

"Then we left Sunny California to enter Rainy California and San Francisco. The venue was small but sweaty! After that we played Orangevale and Portland, OR last night. The shows have been alike from night to night I would say. The crowd is great! We've been selling our merch by ourselves and got to talk to a lot of cool fans which we have enjoyed a lot!

"Finally I would like to thank the bands, SOILWORK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and FEAR FACTORY and the awesome crew that was on this tour! We've had a blast and everybody has been super cool!!!! Thank you, and hopefully we can do this some time again! =) Also, thanks to all the fans who showed up early and made us feel VERY welcome to North America! You all rule!!!!"

DARKANE are touring in support of their fourth album, "Layers of Lies".

AMORPHIS - More "Eclipse" details

The new AMORPHIS album, "Eclipse", is scheduled for release on February 17, 2006 on Nuclear Blast Records. The first single, 'House of Sleep', will be released January 4, 2006.

Introducing new vocalist Tomi Joutsen (SINISTHRA), AMORPHIS' seventh full-length release in their 15-year career marks a fresh start for the Finnish band. Thematically, however, the group has come full circle, returning once more to the subject of the "Kalevala", the Finnish national epic that provided the inspiration for the classic "Tales From The Thousand Lakes".

"Eclipse" tells the tale of Kullervo, the ill-fated "Kalevala" hero whose tragic childhood and ensuing struggle for a place in society result in despair, evil deeds and ultimate self-destruction. The lyrics are adapted from Kullervo's "Story" (1982, transl. Anselm Hollo), a play by Paavo Haavikko (b. 1931), one of Finland's most esteemed contemporary poets. Matching the dramatic twists and turns of the Kullervo saga, AMORPHIS' music evokes an encompassing range of emotions unmatched by any of their previous albums. From the surprising tenderness of the piano-dominated 'House of Sleep', which was chosen as the first single, to the unbridled fury of 'Perkele (The God of Fire)', the band intrepidly set out to explore a more diverse territory than ever on their eternal quest for the perfect melody. And be there no doubt about it: the growls are back with a vengeance!

The cover artwork for "Eclipse" was created by Travis Smith, who is renowned for his collaborations with OPETH, ANATHEMA, KATATONIA, ICED EARTH and numerous others.

The first pressing of "Eclipse" will be a limited digipack edition featuring the bonus track 'Stonewoman'

"Eclipse" track listing:
01. Two Moons
02. House of Sleep
03. Leaves Scar
04. Born from Fire
05. Under a Soil and Black Stone
06. Perkele (The God of Fire)
07. The Smoke
08. Same Flesh
09. Brother Moon
10. Empty Opening
11. Stonewoman (bonus track)

ANTHRAX - More US dates

More dates have been added to ANTHRAX's upcoming headlining tour, with GOD FORBID, SWORN ENEMY and MANNTIS as support. The dates so far are as follows:

Jan. 06 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
Jan. 07 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
Jan. 08 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
Jan. 10 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
Jan. 11 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Jan. 12 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
Jan. 13 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Jan. 14 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Jan. 15 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
Jan. 16 - Carter Lake, IA @ Chez Parée Music Hall
Jan. 17 – Omaha, NE @ Chez Paree
Jan. 18 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
Jan. 20 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
Jan. 21 - Hollywood, CA @ The Avalon

Check out a TV commercial for the tour at this location.

ANTHRAX's live "Alive 2" CD and DVD packages, which document the group's summer 2005 reunion tour, were released in Europe on November 18 via Nuclear Blast and in Japan on November 30 via JVC. The European release features "bad-ass expanded packaging and the Japanese release comes in a killer Judge Dredd shell," reads a posting on the band's web site.

CATHEDRAL - Announce dates with Grand Magus!

England's doom masters CATHEDRAL will return to the road in February!
Joining them will be ELECTRIC WIZARD and GRAND MAGUS featuring SPIRITUAL BEGGARS lead singer JB.

Here's the list of confirmed dates:

06.02.2006 Germany, Berlin @ Knaack
13.02.2006 Germany, Hamburg @ Molotow
14.02.2006 Germany, München @ Backstage
20.02.2006 Germany, Köln @ Underground
21.02.2006 Germany, Bochum @ Matrix (tickets: 16,00 € advance/ 19,00 € door order tickets)

Ticket prices range from 13€ to 19€.

DEW-SCENTED - Tourdates with Cryptopsy

"The Domination Tour 2006"

31.01. POL Warsaw @ Proxima
01.02. GER Berlin @ K-17
02.02. GER Hannover @ Musik-Zentrum
03.02. HOL Groningen @ Vera
04.02. HOL Katwijk aan Zee @ Scum
05.02. HOL Weert @ Bosuil
06.02. FR Tourcoing n/Lille @ Le Grand Mix
07.02. UK Manchester @ Jilly's Rockworld
08.02. IRE Dublin @ Temple Music Bar
09.02. SCO Glasgow @Soundhaus
10.02. UK London @ Camden Underworld
11.02. BEL Antwerpen @ Hof Ter Lo
12.02. FR Paris @ La Locomotive
13.02. FR Toulouse @ Le Ramiere
14.02. SP Madrid @ Sala Heineken(Arena)
15.02. SP Barcelona @ Mephisto
16.02. CH Zurich @ Abart Music
17.02. GER Essen @ Turock
18.02. GER Elterein n/Aue @ Hagalaz e.V.
19.02. CZ Prague @ Abaton
20.02. GER Munich @ Metropolis
21.02. ITA Milano @ Transilvania Live
22.02. ITA Rome @ Alpheus
23.02. CH Geneva @ L'Usine
24.02. GER Trier @ Ex Haus
25.02. GER Osnabruck @ Tor 3
26.02. GER Hanau n/Frankfurt @ Halle 2
27.02. HOL Aarnhem @ Goudvishal
28.02. HOL Rotterdam @ Baroeg
01.03. GER Hamburg @ Marx
02.03. DEN Aalborg @ 1000 Fryd

HAMMERFALL - Oscar signs in, pays tribute

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the and's official web site:

"That's it, we are now back home in Sweden and there are no more shows scheduled. We had a fantastic five weeks on the road with STRATOVARIUS! Thank you Timo, Timo, Jörg, Lauri and especially Jens, I will miss all of you guys tremendously! But we will meet again down the road, of that I'm absolutely sure.

"SHAKRA and the twenty-something crew members completed this tour and helped make it a great success, and things would never have been as good without you. In fact, we had more people than ever before in pretty much every city, which in itself is a testament to how strong a package this was. So thank you everyone, who showed up and participated in making every show memorable for us on stage and — hopefully — for you in the audience as well. Lastly, our crew, who worked their asses off every single day, there is no way in hell we could have done this without you guys (and girl). We thank you all!

"Now on to a very sad note, as Sweden lost a great, hilarious, outrageous comedian this weekend. As hard as it was to believe at first, Micke Dubois, a.k.a. Svullo, chose to take his own life. HAMMERFALL had a special relationship with the man, as several of us grew up with his incredible antics and worshipped the fast wit and insult humor he was so good at. Anders [Johansson, drums] played on a great album of his, 'Radio KRM', in the beginning of the Nineties. Svullo was also our man at the scene at the Grammy Awards a few years ago, when we were unable to attend ourselves. The last time either of us saw him was at Pub Anchor in Stockholm last spring, when he hosted a karaoke competition. I will always remember the many over-the-top antics and funny moments Micke Dubois have brought us, and many of his immortal comments live on in my daily life. As will the memory of a great, pioneering comedian, who was disgustingly funny long before many of the 'Jackass' boys became double digits. R.I.P., Micke!"

IN FLAMES - Final cover artwork released

The final cover artwork for the upcoming IN FLAMES album, "Come Clarity", has now finally been posted online at this location. "Come Clarity" will be issued on February 6, 2006 and include a free bonus DVD featuring the band performing the album in full in a rehearsal room. In addition, one of the album's songs — "Dead End" — features the vocals of Swedish singer/songwriter Lisa Miskovsky. A video for the album's opening track, "Take This Life", was shot late November with director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL).

"Come Clarity" track listing:

01. Take This Life
02. Leeches
03. Reflect The Storm
04. Dead End
05. Scream
06. Come Clarity
07. Vacuum
08. Pacing Death's Trail
09. Crawling Through Knives
10. Versus Terminus
11. Our Infinite Struggle
12. Vanishing Light
13. Your Bedtime Story Is caring Everyone

HYPOCRISY - Dates added

HYPOCRISY announced the following dates for 2006:


Currently, HYPOCRISY are touring Europe as part of the X-Mass festivals. For a complete list of dates, click here.

LIQUIDO - Past, present & future

LIQUDIO posted the following status report on their website:

"It's been a while since our last comment on the news-area.
Here's why: Wolfgang is busy founding his own record-label, Tim and Wolle are building themselves a home and spending some time with their family, Stefan is exploring college life...

It's been a long and interesting year for us. Not finished yet.... We´ve played many, many shows a with great responses (and two more are coming up!), and here I'd like to say thank you for all your support we'e experienced this year touring Europe. As well thank you for putting us back on the map with 'Ordinary Life' and the whole album "Float", for both have been a good success for us after three years without release.

We've entered the charts in Germany, Italy, Austria, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Indonesia, just to mention a few. It gives us real motivation and confidence for next year's tenth anniversary of our little rock group. We're still planning to have a very special show for that very special occasion. Also I'd like to mention that we´ve got some new shirts with new motifs, and again I have to say, that I really hope our shop area will be extended "soon"… Sorry for the delay!

Next year in spring/summer CAGES, Wolfgang's and Stefan's side-band, will release a whole album and therefore go to the studio in February/March.

But until then we all got a lot of celebrating and eating to do: Merry Christmas!

Wolfgang for LIQUIDO

31.12.2005 A-Wien - Silvetser Pfad

SUBWAY TO SALLY - Fan poll announced

German medieval rockers SUBWAY TO SALLY are preparing for their first accoustic tour ever! The track was aptly titled "Nackt" ("Nude") and will take place in April.
Since the band has never done this before, they decided to start a poll on their offical homepage. To choose the seltlist for these shows, take part the voting!

CLAWFINGER - New video on band website

CLAWFINGER frontman Zak Tell has posted the following statement on the bands official website:

"Heya people, this is just a quick newsletter to let you know that there is a free video available on our homepage now that was made by the one and only Bård! Once upon a time he had a konkord camera that was not capable of this kind of magic but now he's updated and has turned into a damn Francis Ford Coppola, or so he believes himself:D Anyway it's a very nice little piece of work so if your connection allows you to download files that are larger than 5 MB then do it, the file is about 44 MB so a cable connection or extraordinary patience is recommended! Other news is that the tourdates just keep on pouring in so be sure to visit the tour link on our homepage for the latest updates, you never know, we might even be playing in your hometown! Well people that's all from me for now, take care, have yourselves a merry little X-mas and don't forget to listen to "Hate Yourself With Style" until your ears bleed! Peace/Zak

Clawfinger tour dates in 2006!

January 2006 (supported by CALM CHAOS)
11 Hamburg (GER) Knust
12 Köln (GER) Prime Club
13 Fribourg (SWI) Fri-Son
14 Zürich (SWI) X-Tra
16 Wien (AUT) Planet Music
17 Graz (AUT) Orpheum
18 Tagreb (CRO) Tvornica
19 Graz (HUN) Petofi Csarnok
20 Prague (CZE) Abaton
21 Warsaw (POL) Stodola

February 2006
18 Laax (SWI) Riders Palace
19 München (GER) New Backstage
20 Saarbrücken (GER) Garage
21 Luxembourg (LUX) Rockhal
22 Utrecht (HOL) Tivoli de Helling
24 London (UK) The Garage
25 Nottingham (UK) Rock City
26 Glasgow (UK) Cathouse
27 Newcastle (UK) Academy
28 Manchester (UK) Academy 3

March 2006
02 Berlin (GER) SO36
03 Lüneburg (GER) Garage (supported by LIMBOGOTT)
04 Copenhagen (DEN) The Rock

KNORKATOR - Still on the road

Germany´s most beloved Boygroup KNORKATOR are still on the road to promote their latest effort, the DVD "Zu alt!".
Bigger, better and more beautiful … in even more cities:

KNORKATOR LIVE 2005 / 2006

14.12.2005 Würzburg - Akw [Plz 97082]
15.12.2005 Landshut - Kaserne [Plz 84036]
16.12.2005 A-Innsbruck - Treibhaus [Plz A-6020]
17.12.2005 Naila - Frankenhalle @ Rock-X-Mas [Plz 95030]
26.12.2005 Lohne - Circus Musicus [Plz 49393]
13.01.2006 Leipzig - Anker [Plz 04159]
14.01.2006 Freiberg - Tivoli [Plz 09599]
18.01.2006 Stuttgart - Röhre [Plz 70173]
19.01.2006 Obermarchtal - Kreuz [Plz 89611]
20.01.2006 Plauen - Malzhaus [Plz 08527]
21.01.2006 Hoyerswerda - Kulturfabrik [Plz 02977]
02.02.2006 Hamburg - Grünspan [Plz 22767]
03.02.2006 Flensburg - Roxy [Plz 24937]
04.02.2006 Lingen - Alter Schlachthof [Plz 49808]
05.02.2006 Krefeld - Kulturfabrik [Plz 49808]
10.02.2006 Potsdam - Lindenpark [Plz 14482]
17.02.2006 Wilhelmshaven - Pumpwerk [Plz 26385]
18.02.2006 Rostock - Mau [Plz 18057]
08.03.2006 A-Wien - Arena [Plz A-1030]
10.03.2006 A-Traun - Spinnerei [Plz A-4050]
12.03.2006 CH-Pratteln - Galery [Plz CH-4133]
19.03.2006 Dormagen - Cafe Flair @ Kulturhalle [Plz 41540]
08.04.2006 Erfurt - Gewerkschaftshaus [Plz 99084]
14.04.2006 Görlitz - Landskronbrauerei [Plz 02826]
19.05.2006 Zapfendorf - Top Act [Plz 96199]
20.05.2006 Arnsdorf - Open Air [Plz 01477]
27.05.2006 Audigast - Open Air [Plz 04539]
08.07.2006 Osterode - Rockharz [Plz 37520]
22.07.2006 Jüterbog - Bikertreffen

The Black Dahlia Murder tour + guestlist

The year 2006 starts off with a bang! Detroit Death Metal lunatics THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will make their way to Europe in order to spread their infectious and deadly "Miasma" throughout the masses. Don’t miss your chance to get infected!

Live Dates:

20.01. Essen – Zeche Carl (Germany) + FEAR MY THOUGHTS + LIAR
21.01. Sneek – Het Bollwerk (Netherlands) + LIAR
22.01. Luxemburg – Kulturfabriek (Luxemburg) + LIAR
23.01. Stuttgart - Universum (Germany) + LIAR
24.01. Rennes - Jardin Moderne (France) + LIAR
25.01. Paris - Point FMR (France) + LIAR
26.01. Montreux – NED Club (Switzerland) + LIAR
27.01. Mezzago/ Milano – Bloom (Italy) + LIAR
28.01. Prato – Anomalia Club (Italy) + LIAR
29.01. Budapest - Kultiplex (Hungary) + LIAR
30.01. Wien – Arena (Austria) + LIAR
31.01. Schweinfurt – Alter Stadtbahnhof (Germany) + LIAR
01.02. Giessen – MUK (Germany) + LIAR
02.02. Darmstadt – Öttinger Villa (Germany) + LIAR
03.02. Chemnitz – AJZ Talschock (Germany) + LIAR
04.02. Berlin – Kato (Germany) + LIAR
05.02. Tilburg – O13 (Germany) + LIAR
06.02. London - Underworld (Great Britain) + DEADSOIL
07.02. Newcastle – Trillians (Great Britain) + DEADSOIL
08.02. Glasgow – Barfly (Great Britain) + DEADSOIL
09.02. Manchester – The Music Box (Great Britain) + DEADSOIL
10.02. Newport – NCLA (Great Britain) + DEADSOIL
11.02. Norwich – Ferryboat (Great Britain) + DEADSOIL
12.02. Kontich – Lintfabriek (Netherlands) + LIAR


Metal Blade news and Tour Dates

GOD DETHRONED update from the road

"Yo lads,
We’re halfway the tour with THE HAUNTED and GOD FORBID and it’s going great so far! Didn’t really had any major troubles and we played a lot of cool shows. Though we don’t really play for a death metal audience, we get a sh*tload of incredibly good reactions. Wicked!
Last night The Haunted´s guitar player Jensen drove us all the way to Barcelona, Spain, cause apparently he wanted to do something useful instead of getting bored on the tourbus. It was cosy, but we didn’t have any sleep. Right now we’re hanging around, spending too much money on coffee and waiting for the other The Haunted guys to show up.
A big "thanx!!" to all the crazy mothafu*kahz who banged their head, gave us some horns, started a slamming pit, or just enjoyed one of our performances on this tour. Y´all make it worthwhile! Also expect a picture gallery update and a tour report right after we´re home again.
But now it´s time to rock the stage in Barcelona..." (Isaac Delahaye/God Dethroned)

BORN FROM PAIN tourdates

02.12. London – Forum (United Kingdom) + PERSISTENCE TOUR 2005

03.12. Essen – Fun Box Amalie Halle (Germany) + PERSISTENCE TOUR 2005

04.12. Brüssels – Ancienne Belgique (Belgium) + PERSISTENCE TOUR 2005

05.12. Hamburg – Große Freiheit (Germany) + PERSISTENCE TOUR 2005

06.12. Nürnberg – Löwensaal (Germany) + PERSISTENCE TOUR 2005

07.12. Wien – Arena (Austria) + PERSISTENCE TOUR 2005

08.12. Solothurn – Kopfmehl (Switzerland) + PERSISTENCE TOUR 2005

09.12. Amsterdam – Paradiso (Netherlands) + PERSISTENCE TOUR 2005

10.12. Dresden – Alter Schlachthof (Germany) + PERSISTENCE TOUR 2005

11.12. Berlin – Huxleys (Germany) + PERSISTENCE TOUR 2005

16.12. Trier – Exhaus (Germany)

17.12. Donaueschingen – Delta Animal House (Germany)

22.12. Köln – Underground "New Orleans Benefiz" (Germany)

23.12. Kleinzicken – Rollerbar (Austria)

26.12. Münster – Sputnikhalle (Germany)

20.01. Dresden – Thrillbeats Club (Germany)

21.01. Zossen – Energie Café (Germany)

22.01. Zielona Gora – Oksana (Poland) NEW!

03.02. Sulzbach-Rosenberg – Hängematte (Germany)

04.02. Annaberg-Buchholz – Alte Brauerei (Germany)

09.02. Colmar – Grillen (France) NEW!

10.02. Dion – La Vapeur (France)

11.02. Lille – MJC de Saint André (France) NEW!

24.02. Gütersloh – Bauteil @ Weberei (Germany) + ZERO MENTALITY

25.02. Lichtenvoorde – Punkpop (Netherlands)

18.03. Helmond – Plato (Netherlands)

07.04. Roma – t.b.a. (Italy)

08.04. Torino – Soundfactory (Italy) NEW!

09.04. Gleisdorf – Kulturkeller (Austria)

15.04. Koblenz – Suppkultur (Germany)

21.04. Eisenach – Bürgerhaus (Germany)

22.04. Magdeburg – Sackfabrik (Germany)

06.05. Niesky – Holz (Germany) + MISCONDUCT NEW!

17.06. Dornbirn – Metalliga Open Air (Austria)



THE OCEAN tourdates

27.01. Oberhausen (D) Zentrum Altenberg w/Tephra
28.01. Solingen (D) Cobra
04.02. Berlin (D) Knaack w/tba
16.03. Hamburg (D) Fundbureau
24.03. Schwerin (D) Doktor K
25.03. Nürnberg (D) Kunstverein (KV)
27.03. München (D) Sunny Red
28.03. Wien (A) Movimento
12.04. Leuven (B) Sojo
16.04. Bochum (D) Bastion
27.04. Karlsruhe (D) Substage
28.04. Grossrosseln/Saar (D) Rock im Warndt Open Air w/Lacuna, Letzte Instanz, Xandria u.v.a.
29.04. Würzburg (D) B-Hof



Cannibal Corpse news

Legendary death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE have set "Kill" as the title of their tenth album, due in March/April via Metal Blade Records Europe. The CD is being recorded at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (MORBID ANGEL, HATE ETERNAL).

Comments bassist Alex Webster: "Hey everybody, since word seems to be out, we figured we'd make it official. Our new album will be entitled "Kill".

Also, although everybody probably already had figured this out, we'll make it official as well: Guitarist Rob Barrett has rejoined as a permanent member. He has contributed a song to the new album as well. OK, check back in a few days for the track listing and some other info."

With regards to the new album's musical direction, the band had previously said, "We are doing everything we can to make sure it's the heaviest, most brutal one we've ever made."


Metal Blade signs Torture Killer

Metal Blade Records is happy to announce the signing of Torture Killer from Finland! Torture Killer features Chris Barnes of Six Feet Under fame on vocals!

Let´s have a word from the band about all this:

"Well, we never would’ve expected where we would stand with this band in 2005 when we first started playing together under the name of Torture Killer. A lot of the interviews we did to promote the debut album "For Maggots to Devour" asked if we knew what the Six Feet Under guys and especially Chris Barnes thought about us. After all, the link between us and his work with 6FU is more than obvious. Truthfully, we kinda wondered that ourselves as well. Well, now we know.

Chris contacted us last October (2004) with a very supportive and friendly note. The name Torture Killer caught his attention and was intrigued enough to check us out - finding us in the difficult situation we were at with the line up. Now, we are proud to announce him as the new Torture Killer vocalist and that he will be handling the vocals on "Swarm!" - The renamed 2nd album. Here’s what he has to say about it:

"I’m very happy to announce that I have joined the band Torture Killer full time. These guys are some of the best musicians I have ever been involved with, and I am 100% intent on using all my resources and energy to help propel this band to the top of the death metal food chain. I am extremely pleased with the songs we’ve put together for the CD ‘Swarm!’, and I can’t wait to get out on tour with the band and kill every one of you sick fuc*ers!!! See you soon." - Barnes

With a back catalogue including death metal classics such as "Butchered at Birth", "Tomb of the Mutilated", "The Bleeding", "Haunted" and "Maximum Violence" it is obvious that the eyes of death metal fans will be on us - in good and bad.

We are also happy and proud to announce that we are now signed to the legendary Metal Blade Records. The basic tracks for "Swarm!" were recorded way back in January 2005, Chris did his vocals at The Hit Factory, Florida in May/June with Chris Carroll and the album was mixed and mastered by Chris and Erik Rutan on October. Not only that, the cover artwork is done by our favorite artist Wes Benscoter (covers for such bands as Mortician and Vehemence) who gave the album the visual impact it needed.


Chris Barnes-Vocals
Jari Laine -Guitars
Tuomas Karppinen-Guitars
Kim Torniainen-Bass
Tuomo Latvala-Drums

Into The Pit Dual Disc

On the 30th of January 2006 (on the 27th in Germany) Metal Blade Records Europe will release the DualDisc INTO THE PIT. This is a CD/DVD compilation with 10 video clips and 13 audio tracks. The compilation will feature all the (so called) metalcore acts on the label roster.

This compilation gives you a detailed view of this side of Metal Blade in the years 2005 and 2006.

It's the perfect compilation for all those who want to dig deeper into this scene.

The INTO THE PIT DualDisc will be listed on mid-price and should be available in stores and at mailorders for a price of 9,99 Euros or less!

Here's the tracklisting:

side DVD:

1. AS I LAY DYING-Confined

2. UNEARTH-Endless

3. CATARACT-Nothing´s Left




7. NEAERA-Hibernating Reason

8. WINTER SOLSTICE-Following Caligula

9. INTO THE MOAT-Empty Shell

10. SINCE THE FLOOD-Valor And Vengance

side CD:

1. AS I LAY DYING-Meaning In Tragedy

2. UNEARTH-The Great Dividers

3. CATARACT-As We Speak

4. THE RED CHORD-Fixation On Plastics

5. BORN FROM PAIN-The New Hate


7. NEAERA-The World Devourers

8. WINTER SOLSTICE-Calibrate The Virus

9. INTO THE MOAT-Dead Before I Stry


11. MACHINEMADE GOD-Losses To Lessons

12. LOSA-The Beginning

13. THE RED DEATH-Aftertaste Of The Emaciated

PRIMAL FEAR - Venue change / Japanese tour

The HELLOWEEN/PRIMAL FEAR show on January 12th in Szczecin (PL) has been removed to Posen/Hala Arena (PL)!

PRIMAL FEAR and HELLOWEEN will also join forces for a Japanese Tour in late February/early March. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Feb. 24 - Hiroshima, JPN - Club Quattro
Feb. 26 - Osaka, JPN – Zepp Osaka
Feb. 27 - Fukuoka, JPN – Zepp Fukuoka
Mar. 01 - Tokyo, JPN – Zepp Tokyo
Mar. 03 - Nagoya, JPN – Zepp Nagoya
Mar. 04 - Tokyo, JPN – Zepp Tokyo
Mar. 05 - Kawasaki, JPN - Club Citta

PRIMAL FEAR have also been confirmed for the Bloodstock 2006, set to take place September 29-30, 2006 at at the Assembly Rooms in Derbyshire, England.

AMORPHIS - Special appearance

Finland's AMORPHIS will celebrate the release of their new album, "Eclipse", with a live appearance at the second annual Finnish Metal Expo, which will take place on February 17-18, 2006 at Kaapelitehdas in Helsinki, Finland. The detailed schedule of the two-day event will be published in the near future. Tickets (20 €/day) are now on sale at Tiketti and Lippupalvelu.


The long-awaited first ever AGNOSTIC FRONT concert recording "Live at CBGB's" will be released some time at the beginning of 2006. The DVD includes a 52 minute intense live set (19 songs) filmed with 5 Digital 24p cameras at CBGB's, a 23 minute documentary on AGNOSTIC FRONT today with never-before-seen footage, an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview with Vinnie Stigma at CBGB's and an impressive photo gallery. The DVD also comes with an AGNOSTIC FRONT Live at CBGB's CD including 2 bonus songs not on the DVD!

Guitarist Mike Gallo also offers some wishes for the holidays: "I just want to be with my family and friends. Good times, good sex and rock'n'roll. Not that I already don't have all that, just maybe a little bit more for the holiday. Hope you enjoy yours. Happy Holidays!"

GRAVEWORM - Added to "Metal Crusaders" tour

Italian gothic black metal band GRAVEWORM have been added to the "Metal Crusaders" North American tour, set to take place in May/June next year. Also appearing on the bill will be KATAKLYSM, VADER, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, SPEED\KILL/HATE and THE ABSENCE. The first confirmed date is May 26, 2006 at Le Medley in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. All Canadian dates will be headlined by KATAKLYSM.

SONATA ARCTICA - Setlist for DVD/CD released

Finnish Melodic Rockers SONATA ARCTICA have announced the tracklisting for their long awaited DVD/CD "For the Sake of Revenge" (to be released March, 31st 2006) :

Blinded No More
Fullmoon / White Pearls Black Oceans
Victoria's Secret
8th Commandment
Kingdom for a Heart
My Land
Black Sheep
Sing in Silence/the End of this Chapter
San Sebastian
Don't Say a word
The Cage
Vodkaa....(hava nagila)

SOILWORK - Line up changes

Guitarist Peter Wichers has left Sweden's SOILWORK. His official statement on the matter reads as follows:

"I have decided to part ways with SOILWORK. This has been one of my hardest decisions to make, and SOILWORK has not only been my band but my second family and very good friends for almost 10 years. I'm just worn out from all the touring and I have reached a point in my life where touring is just not possible for me anymore. I need a break from the touring so that I can actually begin to build a more solid ground to stand on for the future. I have on this journey met so many amazing people, made so many new friends, played in front of thousands of people, and I got to travel to places I have always dreamt of visiting. SOILWORK has reached a level I never thought was possible, and I am so proud to have been a part of this amazing band experience and working alongside with such amazing people like I have. I know that in order for SOILWORK to reach a new level there has to be even more touring done, and I feel as if its only fair that someone else therefore fills my spot now instead of later. I have decided to continue with my second passion in life, which is music production & recording, and in order to achieve this goal I need to put all my time and energy into this. SOILWORK and me will remain great friends and I wish them all the success in the future. I also wish to extend a gigantic 'THANK YOU' to all the fans, the label, friends & bands and magazines for the great support and encouragement. I can also say that this is not the end for me in music, but the beginning of something new!"

In other news, drummer Dirk Verbeuren — who played on the band's most recent CD, "Stabbing the Drama", and has been touring with the group as a session drummer — has announced the he will be joining SOILWORK as a permanent member of the group. His statement follows:

"It has been almost two years since Peter first gave me a call offering me to join SOILWORK for their first headlining tour in Europe. Many tours and one album later, I feel like a part of the family. Be it on a human or musical level, everything has clicked perfectly since day one, and it has been a truly mindblowing experience. Therefore I am very happy to announce my becoming SOILWORK's official full-time drummer! As some of you may already know, I also play in my own band SCARVE, and I will keep on doing so. Schedules will probably be hectic at times, but SCARVE will keep on writing music and touring as much as possible. It's a time of many changes, but the future is ours and SOILWORK has many more things to offer. We are all very confident about what lies ahead, and we WILL kick your a**es!!!"

Commented SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid:
"Peter's decision came of course as a shock to me and the other guys in the band. I want you to know that we really respect his decision and that we wish him all the luck in the future. His decision will not affect SOILWORK's touring, we will continue just as planned. A replacement will be announced in a month or so and I can assure you that we won't make you disappointed even though it's really hard replacing such an amazing musician and a loyal friend. I also want to take the time to welcome our amazing drummer and good friend Mr. Dirk Verbeuren on board. He´s been with us for almost two years as a session drummer and has now confirmed his permanent spot in the band. We will announce European tourdates in about 2 weeks. This will mainly contain dates in countries that we missed out on the previous headline tour. Tourdates for the U.S. will also be announced in a near future... At last, I wanna say that I'll forever treasure every single moment I shared with Peter and wish him all the best, you rock bro!!!"

Into Eternity - Return home after intense touring

Canada’s INTO ETERNITY, who have “added a new dimension to the metal genre” (Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles magazine, Canada) and conquered the “album of the month” throne in German Rock Hard magazine with their current album “Buried in Obliveon”, have wrapped up a solid year of touring North America.

Covering metals musical spectrum, the band have had the honour of sharing the stage with several of the genre’s top heavyweight bands such as Kataklysm, Amorphis, Naglfar, Hate Eternal, Krisiun, Hammerfall, Edguy, Stratovarius, Nevermore, Opeth and many more.

The band is now back at home in Canada and will go into winter hibernation. Mainman Tim Roth reports:
“It\'s really nice to take it easy at home. All the guys have been recovering after a year of hard touring. It was an amazing year for our band. There are so many people that we would like to thank for that. Without the fans coming and supporting us, there would be no shows. For that we are very proud of our new fan base. We hope to see you all next year on the road.
All of December we plan on taking off. In the meantime we will be writing our music for the next INTO ETERNITY album, which we plan on recording in early Spring. It will be good to recharge our batteries and live a \"normal\" life for awhile. The main focus now will be our new record. I know we have the talent now to come up with some great songs. After doing 140 shows, I think the guys are all comfortable with every aspect of the band. The new songs should prove it all we hope.”

Revolver Magazine US called INTO ETERNITY’s phenomenal album “Buried in Oblivion” “a defiantly original work filled with stunning musical virtuosity and truly original ideas.”

Receiving resounding international praise for the album, INTO ETERNITY has tirelessly introduced it to audiences through relentless touring since its release. Watch for the band’s follow up album in 2006.

Witchery - "Don't Fear the Reaper" out on Century Media Records

Century Media Records is happy to announce the latest addition to our world-wide family: Sweden’s WITCHERY, who will release their forth full-length and Century Media debut-album “Don’t Fear The Reaper” in Europe February 27th, 2006.

WITCHERY’s spell was cast upon our earthly existence when four members splintered off Satanic Slaughter in 1997: Jensen (later with The Haunted), Richard Corpse, Toxine and Mique. Before recording their debut-album “Restless And Dead”, Jensen met Sharlee D\'Angelo (also of Arch Enemy and Mercyful Fate fame, among others) and got him on board for the unholy alliance. Subsequently the band released the "Witchburner" mini-album (feat. cover songs by Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, WASP and Accept), their second album “Dead, Hot And Ready” and was busy touring the US and Europe. The 2001 "Symphony For The Devil” was their first album staring drummer Martin Axenrot (also in BLOODBATH, and on tour with Opeth). After touring the US with The Haunted WITCHERY fell into hibernation for some time, but finally recorded their new masterpiece “Don’t Fear The Reaper” at Berno Studios in fall 2004. The album was mixed by Tue Madsen at his Antfarm Studios (The Haunted, Heaven Shall Burn, Mnemic...) and showcases not only a cover-version of the Satanic Slaughter classic “Immortal Death”, but also WITCHERY’s feel for catchy and precise metal tunes.

"Finally, I'll say it again...FINALLY, WITCHERY has signed a new deal. This time with Century Media. I’m really glad that WITCHERY will be handled by the same team that have done such a great job for our other bands - THE HAUNTED and ARCH ENEMY. Our new album "Don't Fear the Reaper" has been recorded, mixed and mastered since October 2004, so it feels really great to be able to say to all the WITCHERY fans I’ve met over the past years that the album will definitely be out early next year!! A new website will be up and running soon too, so keep an eye out for that... and there will be touring and festivals in the upcoming year as well...

See you all out there in 2006!!

Jensen and Witchery"

Cronian - Signed to Century Media Records


We are proud to announce that CRONIAN have officially signed a worldwide record deal with Century Media Records.

CRONIAN is a duo consisting of Vintersorg and Øystein G. Brun. Already back in 1999 we had plans to do a project together, something beside respective bands like Vintersorg and Borknagar. The idea floated around for a few years in our minds, but in 2002 we started the actual process of constructing a musical expression, then under the name Ion. We had a mutual agreement to only proceed with the band if we managed to establish a unique and original sound. That’s what we have done and that’s what we prepare to show the world....

The debut album will be released early next year, a more specific date will be announced soon. The title of the album will be “Terra” and the album will contain 9 songs. Some song titles are: “Cronian”, “The Alp”, “Iceolated” and “Nonexistence”. The nature of the music is cold, atmospheric (eerie!) and catchy. So beware!

At you will find all the latest news and updates available. The site is temporary but will be upgraded with new design, photos, bio etc. in near future. Keep posted....

Sincerely, THE CRONIANS (Vintersorg and Øystein G. Brun)


After annihilating the UK last week on the Tourturing Europe tour with The Haunted, New Jersey metallers God Forbid are heading back over to the UK for a series of headlining shows later this month to continue destroying eardrums with songs from their new album ‘IV: Constitution Of Treason’. John Outcalt, God Forbid’s bassist comments “when we came through with The Haunted, the UK crowds showed us a lot of love, and we're looking forward to be able to come back and put on the full length set for everybody. I can't wait personally, because the UK has some of the craziest, most dedicated metal fans out there”

Whilst out in Europe drummer Corey sent us this little message “The tour is going awesome and we are having a great time. I would like to say to all our friends all over from Amsterdam to Belgium to Germany and France we are really feeling the love and respect. Also to all our friends in the UK we are coming back for you muthafu*kas again and we know all our friends will be there to kick some ass with us. As for Spain and Italy get ready for another God Forbid experience you will never forget.”

Darkthrone gives you Black Christmas

Darkthrone have delivered their twelfth album, and while you're waiting for that we have a SPECIAL EDITION of "Preparing For War" available for order NOW! It's only available online from our store so you'd better get a credit card and buy yourself a copy before they all go. It includes 2 CD's, a DVD, a booklet with an extensive interview and a poster. Black Xmas anybody?

Katatonia - The new masterpiece is ready

Katatonia are pleased to announce the impending release of their seventh studio album. Recorded at Fascination Street studios in Orebro Sweden, and boasting one of the best productions in the world, the album "THE GREAT COLD DISTANCE" will be released in March 2006. Preceded by a 4 track EP "MY TWIN" on February the 13th , this is going to be huge. For a preview and Info click HERE

Madder Mortem - "Desiderata" is on it's way

Madder Mortem's huge first album for us,'Desiderata', will see the light in March 2006.The band, from Norway, have a strong underground following which will be enhanced by the video track they are putting the finishing touches to. Prepare for some grown up metal from these people!

Autopsy DVD release

Autopsy present their home movies double DVD set! Unfortunately - due to length problems - we have had to trim some of the content. It still runs at 3 hours and is filled to bursting with almost everything they ever filmed - a must for fans! It's called "Dark Crusades" and will be out in April 2006.

Novembre - New album out in early 2006

Novembre, the Roman masters of melodic beauty, will shortly release their first album for us. "Materia" will be out in April 2006. We have spent longer than anticipated getting everything right for this release and we know you will appreciate why it had to be treated specially. More news soon.

KATAKLYSM - No Mercy update

NO MERCY Festivals 2006

11.04.CH PRATTELN @ Z7
17.04.NL TILBURG @ 013

DIMMU BORGIR - Tribute to Chuck Schuldiner


On the fourth anniversary of the passing of DEATH mastermind Chuck Schuldiner, Norway's Imhotep asked several metal musicians to comment on Schuldiner's musical legacy and the influence DEATH has had on their music. Guitarist Silenoz (DIMMU BORGIR, INSIDIOUS DISEASE) had the following to say regarding Chuck's passing and his contributions to the metal world: "This day, I walked down the street with a friend of mine when I received a phone call on my cellphone. Can't remember who told me, but the voice said, 'Chuck just died...' I stopped, wordless, while my cellphone suddenly slipped down from my hand. It didn't fall down on the ground but slipped inside of my jacket sleeve. I still remember this day. It was weird and quite unreal, as I didn't even know the guy personally, it still made such a huge impact on me.

"His music has always been an inspiration, perhaps not directly on my playing, but more subconsciously, I'd say. My first band ever used to play many DEATH covers, and I remember I was proud when I finally learned the songs the right way, as I was so young back then.

"Sometimes by coincidence, or maybe not, I come up with riffs that I think sound too much like DEATH, which I know I can't use, for the obvious reason, so I change it around so I can use the idea either for DIMMU BORGIR as I have done in the past or now INSIDIOUS DISEASE, my other band, which is more death metal-oriented. I don't know what Chuck would've thought of our music today, but I heard from some label people that he told them he liked us back then when our 'Spiritual Black Dimensions' album came out.

"I used to have 'Leprosy' as my all-time DEATH favorite [album], but now, recently it's been a close tie between 'Scream Bloody Gore' and 'Symbolic'. Perhaps these two in particular show best the evolution of his musicianship, as 'Scream Bloody Gore' is so raw and straight-forward, whereas 'Symbolic' is more innovative, technical, diverse and modern-sounding, still keeping Chuck's distinct and unique self-taught style of playing. I still listen to his music."

Schuldiner passed away on December 13, 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor.

BLEED THE SKY - Forced to cancel tour

Due to organisational reasons and the fact that most of their equipment had been stolen in the USA a few weeks ago, BLEED THE SKY are forced to cancel the DEMOTIVATION TOUR which was scheduled to start this week. The band hopes to be able to hold the tour at a later point of time.

Currently BLEED THE SKY are working on new material, a new album will show up in the second half of 2006.

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