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Pure Metal News: December 2006

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December 2006 News Part 2


VOMITORY start recordings for new album!

"On Sunday, December 3rd, we will enter Leon Music studios Karlstad, Sweden, to start the recordings of our sixth album, which will be entitled "TERRORIZE BRUTALIZE SODOMIZE". Leon Music's owner/founder Rikard Löfgren is our producer of choice for this album. Ten songs will be recorded during two weeks, then we'll take a break over the holidays, and during the beginning of January we'll finish everything with the mixing and mastering. The artwork is being made by Chaos Media and we can assure you that the title and the artwork will go hand in hand...""TERRORIZE BRUTALIZE SODOMIZE" is scheduled for a late April release through Metal Blade Records.

There will be regular updates and pictures from the studio in our online studio diary, which can be found in the official Vomitory forum at No registration is required so just go check it out! Go to the Vomitory forum by clicking:

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Check out Podblast pt. 3!

Check out the third edition of the Nuclear Podblast, hosted by Anders Friden (IN FLAMES) and Morten Veland & Monika Pedersen (SIRENIA)! New and previously unreleased tracks of THERION, SIRENIA, TAROT, MNEMIC, ECHOES OF ETERNITY and KNORKATOR are waiting for you plus an exclusive interview with Morten from SIRENIA. Get blasted!

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Award for more than 15 million units

On last Friday, December 1st 2006, the Nuclear Blast GmbH got an award for more than 15 Million produced CDs and DVDs from its long-time partner Technicolor. The label from Donzdorf, Germany, and the Luxembourgian pressing plant have been cooperating for seven years now – both companies supply the European music market with high quality products.

Photo from left to right: Michael Schröger (Technicolor), Jochen Maass (Nuclear Blast), Michael Langbein (Nuclear Blast), Christoph Plumanns (Technicolor), Sascha Traub (Nuclear Blast)

MNEMIC - Supporting Deftones on tour!

Denmarks finest, Modern Thrash Metal band MNEMIC, will support DEFTONES on their European tour, starting in February 2007.

The release of the new MNEMIC album "Passenger" is on January, 19th in Europe. The album features the new singer Guillaume Bideau (ex-SCARVE) and guest appearences by Jeff Walker (ex-CARCASS) and Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH). Check out some soundbites at

Here as the confirmed dates:
08.03.07 LIVERPOOL - Univerisity (GB)
09.03.07 LEEDS - University (GB)
12.03.07 MANCHESTER - Academy (GB)
12.03.07 GLASGOW - Academy (GB)
13.03.07 NEWCASTLE - Academy (GB)
14.03.07 NOTTINGHAM - Rock City (GB)
15.03.07 BIRMINGHAM - Academy (GB)
16.03.07 NORWICH - UEA (GB)
18.03.07 BRISTOL - Academy (GB)
19.03.07 PORTSMOUTH - Guildhall (GB)
20.03.07 LONDON - Brixton Academy (GB)
22.03.07 PARIS - Olympia (F)
23.03.07 WIESBADEN - Schlachthof (D)
24.03.07 KöLN - E-Werk (D)
25.03.07 TILBURG - 013 (NL)
26.03.07 HAMBURG - Docks (D)
27.03.07 BERLIN - Columbiahalle (D)
29.03.07 DORTMUND - Westhafallenhalle (D)
30.03.07 DIJON - Zenith (F)
31.03.07 MüNCHEN - Elserhalle (D)
02.04.07 VIENNA - Gasometer (A)
03.04.07 ZüRICH - Volkshaus (CH)
04.04.07 MILAN - Alcatrazz (I)
06.04.07 CLERMONT-FERRAD - Coop de Mai (F)
09.04.07 AMSTERDAM - Paradiso (NL)
10.04.07 BRUSSELS - Halles de Schaerbeek (B)


IN FLAMES - Official statement / award nominee

Sweden’s metallers IN FLAMES have posted a statement on their official homepage according to some band-split rumours and current live-situation:
For the upcoming US-tour Björn will be sitting out as his wife is due to give birth to their second child. Substituting on guitar will be our good friend Henrik Danhage from Evergrey.

We planned to play the tour with Jesper, but as previously reported: Jesper is taking the rest of the year off due to personal reasons, so Niklas Engelin(Passenger / Engel) is filling in for him all the dates until Dec 20th.

We’ve all heard the speculations and rumours and we want to put a stop to it here and now: NO, In Flames are not breaking up! NO, Jesper or Björn are NOT quitting the band! We simply didn’t want to disappoint anyone so all shows that were booked prior to these circumstances will be done with the above named session guitarists.
New shows/tours are being booked for next year as we speak, featuring the 5 of us (Anders,Björn,Peter,Daniel & Jesper).

So stop worrying/speculating/gossiping and we’ll see you all very soon.

Anders, Björn, Peter, Daniel & Jesper

Furthermore the band has been nominated twice for P3 Gold – Best Rock/Metal and Best Live Act!
Please click HERE for more P3 Gold information and HERE to vote for IN FLAMES!


RAGE - Split with Mike Terrana

Since a while there have been rumours about Mike leaving RAGE, so now Peavy and Victor speak to the public:
"From now on we won’t continue our collaboration with Mike because of personal and musical differences that have been existing for a while now and became unbearable. This cut is definitely not easy for us - but to avoid damage to RAGE we have no other choice.

Unfortunately, there’s not much left from our former unity. A while ago communication between Mike and us broke down completely, so we have to pull the emergency brake. We decided to work with a new drummer in the future because we don’t want to ruin it all to a point where there’s no future at all.

We want to keep our power and joy in music, so there’s no other way. We are aware how much this line up meant to you (and us) but that’s life. A band, especially a three-piece, is like a relationship. Over the years we just drifted apart. We wish Mike all the best for his further career.
Nevertheless, there’s a bright perspective in front of us: We definitely won’t cancel a single show and are working intensely at the moment to present you a suitable new drummer soon.

We have lots of plans for the next year, among others we’ll play some exclusive orchestra shows for you.

We hope you all keep the faith in the future and promise to keep up our quality level to 100%

See ya soon!
Rage on!
Yours Peavy & Victor"

DESTRUCTION -The Re-recorded "Thrash Anthem" set is ready

Legendary thrashers DESTRUCTION have announced the track listing and release date of their latest monster session with the studio team that brought you last years hugely successful 'Inventor Of Evil' release. "Thrash Anthems" will contain 13 fully re-recorded and re-mastered classic Destruction live favourites plus a few surprises; "Cracked Brain" featuring the vocals of bassist / front man Schmier for the first time, two new songs; "Profanity" and "Deposition (Your Heads Will Roll)", and a special guest appearance by former guitar player Harry Wilkens.

The album will be released in three formats including vinyl on January 22nd and the band leave for the first leg of the 'Anthems' world tour which will kick off in America on January 20th.

Full Track Listing of "Thrash Anthems" -

Deposition (Your Heads Will Roll) - New Track

Invincible Force

Release From Agony

Mad Butcher

Sign Of Fear

Death Trap

Life Without Sense

Total Desaster

Bestial Invasion

Reject Emotions


Unconscious Ruins

Curse The Gods

Cracked Brain

Profanity (New Track)


Forthcoming Live Dates for AFM artists

Masterplan - (with Saxon);

Feb. 28 - UK Glasgow Garage
Mar. 02 - UK Belfast Spring & Airbrake
Mar. 03 - IRL Dublin Temple Bar Music Centre
Mar. 04 - UK Manchester Academy 2
Mar. 06 - UK Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Mar. 07 - UK Nottingham Rock City
Mar. 08 - UK Cardiff Coal Exchange
Mar. 09 - UK London Astoria

Jon Oliva's Pain

30th March 2007 Prog Power Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham.

For details of tickets etc. contact the relevant venue.

The Rotters – Single of the year according to Rough Trade shops

Exciting news this and we're quite chuffed to be honest. Not too many of these left.

Never has one seven inch polarised opinion so completely. Buy it for £3 from the White Heat Records shop.

The Low Miffs – new single released this week

Available in all good record shops and on the website for £3 – The new sound of young Scotland is not something you'd quite expect; like Kurt Weil drunkenly sparring with Bruce Springsteen in a Glaswegian bar.

Go and listen for yourself or buy at the shop. 7" Vinyl only limited to 1000 copies. White Heat are also helping out with the album launch party which will be at Noise Noise Noise on December 11th. Also appearing will be the wonderful Xerox Teens and Yeborobo, a night not to be missed. BUY HERE

United Musical project about to sign lives away

The rumour mill is in overdrive. The best band to come out of Birmingham since Black Sabbath are taking the journey into the world of albums and the NME and touring with Art Brut and all that kinda stuff. Hear where it all began on their triple a-side single limited to just 1000 copies. Go see the video for the mighty "Beards and Drugs" here or buy the single for £3 from the White Heat Records shop.


Headless appear on some Live Lounge thing

Go see them perform here.

Also Stampede / Suffer is still available at the shop on CD and Vinyl. You can also get a special offer if you buy it alongside the album by infamous side project The Teenage Mutants. Go listen to them and then buy the 7", CD, Teenage Mutants album or full bundle.

Les Incompetents wave goodbye!

The send off was possibly better then anyone could have anticipated. A show at the 100 Club that sold out in an hour an all ages show at Acton Town Hall with Jamie-T. All their recordings in one place plus an introduction by "sports personality of the year" David Walliams limited to 1000 copies. They spoiled you. Go and post messages lamenting their passing on their myspace or buy the record. Then go and see what three former members are up to Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man. Last few copies of Reunion and How It All Went Wrong, still lying about as well.

Comanechi - new single "My Pussy" with a free book will be released early next year

Fresh off a tour with, current world faves, The Gossip. Check their split stoner seven inch with Trencher spin off T.I.M.E (most beautiful artwork ever) and we've got about 100 odd copies of Naked lying about. You can also get their beautiful T- shirts on the site as well.

Trencher release new album - Entitled "Lips

Put out by the lovely people at Southern get your copy here - - and check out these live dates.

Dec 10 2006 POP club, soho,London
Dec 14 2006 nouveau casino
Dec 15 2006 orleans
Dec 16 2006 l'usine, geneva
Dec 17 2006 sirius, lyon

Cutting Pink With Knives Release An Album

Listen to them here - buy it here -

- then go see them play live at them dates there below....

Dec 14 2006 Barden's Boudoir w/PART CHIMP!, London - WOW!!
Dec 16 2006 mitre, Stourbridge

But first make sure you buy Trencher and Cutting Pink With Knives Split 5 Inch . Definitely the most beautiful looking record ever made. Ode To Exorcist by Trencher is one of THE defining moments of your musical life.

Ddd - breaks wrist cancels gigs, bugger

You support The Brakes, you get sheadloads of press, plays on John Kennedy, 6Music Top Tens and you can do nothing to follow it up. Ah well expect a video for Knives and some gigs in the new year.

This new single, for me, sums up everything that is so right about music when it's made by a man with a singular vision, this is so out of step with everything that's going on right now. It's limited to 500 copies and you can buy it here. Next chance to sample him live is the Artrocker New Years Eve Party.


Neils Children - release new single "Lucifer Sam" on Modern Pop Records

Get it here - records - they then bugger off to embark on a Japanese Tour the lucky b*stards. Buy the fantastic Another Day / Something You Said here and check out the special deal we're doing on that as well.


Forward Russia - Currently ripping up America

A UK tour has been announced for next Feb, you should have "Give Me A Wall" by now if not you can get it everywhere.

Diskreet on tour with Necrophagist and Misery Index Feb/March 07

Diskreet are pure adrenalised brutality personified. Unorthodox structures blended with pummelling groove combined with a savage attack of buzz saw guitars and some of the most ultra-violent blast ridden drumming in the genre, creating a sound that will satisfy the most dedicated Death Metal head, as well as worshippers of the modern Tech/Grind movement.

Since forming in late 2003, Diskreet have developed a huge following in their native Kansas, ripping up the stage with a hugely diverse range of ground breaking acts that reflect their refusal to be pigeonholed into one genre. These bands include Deicide, The Acacia Strain, Napalm Death, Despised Icon, Through The Eyes Of The Dead, From A Second Story Window, Origin, Into The Moat, Psyopus, Ed Gein, All Else Failed, Pissing Razors, Anal Blast, Cannae, Incantation and many, many more.

See the band on tour with Necrophagist and Misery Index Feb/March 2007

28.02.2007 France TBA
01.03.2007 France Paris Scene Bastille
02.03.2007 UK London Carlington Academy
03.03.2007 UK Leeds Josephs Well
04.03.2007 UK Manchester Music Box
05.03.2007 Ireland Dublin Voodoo Lounge
06.03.2007 UK TBA
07.03.2007 UK Glasgow Cathouse
08.03.2007 UK TBA
09.03.2007 UK TBA
10.03.2007 Holland Sneek Het Bolwerk
11.03.2007 Belgium Kontich Lintfabriek
12.03.2007 Holland Den Bosch W2
13.03.2007 Germany Giessen MUK
14.03.2007 Germany Karlsruhe SubstageDebut Cd by Diskreet out 5/02/07 on Siege Of Amida Records

GOREFEST - Stay unlucky with touring!

The Gods don `t seem to be good with GOREFEST when it comes to touring. Again there will be no live shows by the Dutch guys.

Metallysee Agency has shortly announced the cancellation of this year’s X-MASS FESTIVALS. This concerns not only Dutch Death Metal legend GOREFEST who have quite a history with cancelled tours now, but also BELPHEGOR. GOREFEST-guitarist Frank Harthoorn explains: "Ever since SIX FEET UNDER pulled out of this tour a couple of months ago, this has been a bit of an ongoing mess. We thought we'd stick with the plan, since this would be about the last chance to do some proper touring for "La Muerte" before we hit the studio for the next album.

When we heard that headliner TRAIL OF TEARS split up last week, we already kind of felt this one slipping away, so we suggested to Metallysee we'd head out with a couple of the remaining bands. You know, join forces, cut prices, split the difference and what-not.

Metallysee, however, wasn't having any of that, so come the end of 2006 we're looking at three cancelled tours, about 50 cancelled gigs, all within 11 months. That's something, isn't it? Almost looks like that curse Dani Filth put on us back in '94 is finally kicking in.

Oh well, worse things happen at sea, I guess. Thankfully, Ed [Warby, drums] and Boudewijn [Vincent Bonebakker, guitar] have come up with some frightfully heavy sh*t for us to play with. They even wrote some songs as well, so for the next months, we'll be throwing riffs, fills, leads and, well, stuff at each other."

NECRO adds Freddy Cricien of Madball to LONDON show

FREDDY CRICIEN has been added to the bill of NECRO’s premiere European appearance at The Scala, Kings Cross, London on January. 11th 2007.

Freddy takes time off from setting the world on fire as vocalist with New York hardcore pioneers MADBALL to showcase his other talents.

"I grew up with a love for all music. But there are two genres I’ve always been especially passionate about, the ones that I relate to the most. That’s HIP-HOP and HARDCORE!"

"I’ve made my mark in the world of hardcore and I’m very grateful for the career it’s given me. Now it’s time to showcase my other’s been a long time coming!"


Freddy Cricien

LONDON The Scala

Thursday January 11th 2007

Tickets on sale now at:

NECRO has chosen London to make his long-awaited European debut.

After building an rabid following across America the critically acclaimed Brooklyn death-rapper has set his sights on Europe before he knuckles down to work on his new album, due for a long-awaited release next year and premiers his, "Drugs, Gory Death and Sex Tour" at a special one-night-only headline show at The Scala, Kings Cross, London on January 11th 2007.

"I'm super excited about playing England, home of Ozzy and Sabbath, The Beatles and so many other legendary artists" say’s Necro. "I will definitely murder London, it's all about the fans, and all onlookers will get to see what a Necro UK fanbase looks like.

Expect brutal energy, lots of pit's, lots of blood and the most rugged music ever. I feel honoured to be lacing London first, as far as this being my first show in Europe ever, it's a great start and a great place to set shit off. Bring your women England!!!!!! I wanna see what you got for me".

Necro's story begins much like your typical hip-hop story. Raised in the Glenwood projects of Brooklyn, NY, he was poor and began selling drugs at the age of 16, got into hip-hop...blah, blah, blah. But Necro is anything but your typical rapper.

While some of his biggest influences are hip-hop greats like Rakim, Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane, the harsh realities of his life also drew him to the sounds of bands like Slayer and Megadeth. Although he was able to recite all the lyrics to Slick Rick's "La-di-da-di" at 7 years old, he would also blast Metallica's "Kill Em All" out the window of his bedroom so all the kids in the projects could hear it. He even admits to crying when Cliff Burton (Metallica's bassist) died. Nope, he is not your typical rapper.

Igor Cavelera, drummer of heavy metal legends Sepultura is one of the many headbangers that Necro can count as fans. People like John Tardy of Obituary, Away of Voivod, members of Slipknot & Hatebreed who normally would say "rap is crap" have embraced him and have even collaborated musically with him. Sure, he may be one of the most brutal rappers ever painting pictures of death and gore. But he also represents every kid in the struggle and sick fu*k who is down and out, cast aside and forgotten by society.

"Metal is everything to me, as much as hip hop. I am just as influenced by metal, metal is a huge inspiration to me, I am metal, It's in my veins and blood. I'm more of a metal head then those who claim it, I don't need to rock tight jeans and long hair to be metal -

It's all about the music and my attitude, the riffs, the drums, the lyrics - not a fuc*ing image. I'm old school, I come from the 80's school of metal not that 90's sh*t or that 2000 shit, but the 80's when shit was pure, taking it back to the first Sabbath album, that's what metal is; Kill Em All, Reign In Blood, Slowly We Rot, Leprosy, Master Of Puppets, I could go on forever, real Metalheads know the deal!!"


LONDON The Scala

Thursday January 11th 2007

Tickets on sale now at:


Early Napalm Death cited by UK Turner Art Prize Nominee Mark Titchner

Mark Titchner, one of the Art world's nominees for 2006's prestigious ‘Turner Prize’ has declared the music of Napalm Death as distinctly influential in his work. Titchner explains the appeal of ‘abrasive music’

and describes his interest in how bands such as Napalm Death are able to use the voice as an instrument and push the boundaries of language.

Titchner sees a vivid resemblance between the style of Napalm Death’s music and what he depicts within his art, choosing one of the founding members Nicholas Bullen to speak on behalf of his work. In an interview about the artist,

Bullen describes the similarities between the two stating that "I think in the work that I’ve made in the past in terms of music, we’ve always tried to be very dense, to distil, to compress sound into sudden bursts and forward movements, to try and move towards what we would perceive as the future, and I think Mark does that in the sense of, his work, whilst never stating a utopian vision, always hints at that and hints at a sense of joy of being alive".

You can take a look at Mark’s work and listen to Nicholas Bullen’s opinions on it at

Earache Records issues a 20 year anniversary edition of the highly influential debut Napalm Death album "Scum" in early 2007, complete with an recently filmed in-depth DVD documentary about the making of the album.


Death metal legends DEICIDE are wrapping up production on their forthcoming live DVD! Off the heels of an extensive North American tour, spanning the US and Mexico, DEICIDE will be heading to Australia and New Zealand for a headlining tour in full support of critically acclaimed, "The Stench of Redemption."

DEICIDE are also gearing up to release their second live DVD, "Doomsday in LA" featuring the current lineup shift, including Ralph Santolla (ex Death/Iced Earth) and Jack Owen (ex Cannibal Corpse).

"Doomsday in LA" was filmed at the famed Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, California and captures the live essence of both new and old DEICIDE compositions! DEICIDE are also slated to hit the UK and Europe in early January of 2007, vowing to bring brutality with finesse to a worldwide audience. Expect "Doomsday in LA" in February 2007, bringing forward some of DEICIDE’S most substantial work to date!

THE SHOWDOWN - European tour; preview for new album available

THE SHOWDOWN have been confirmed to tour Europe in early 2007 alongside Norma Jean and He Is Legend, so be prepared for a live delicacy guaranteeing fresh, extreme and intense sounds!

In November 2006, Century Media Records reissued THE SHOWDOWN’s 2004 debut album "A Chorus Of Obliteration", licensed from the band’s US-label Mono Vs.

Stereo, featuring an exclusive European bonus track as well as a video enhancement. The album has been well received by press and fans, and THE SHOWDOWN was attested by Metal Hammer Germany to show "the potential to play in the premier league very soon".

Proof for that is already on the way, as Century Media Records will release the band’s new album "Temptation Come My Way" in Spring 2007, so stay tuned for that! The title track and "I Victim" can also be checked as appetizers at the band’s Myspace site:


With NORMA JEAN, HE IS LEGEND, Maylene & The Sons Of Desaster

16.01.2007 Academy 3, Birmingham (UK)

17.01.2007 Academy 3, Manchester (UK)

18.01.2007 Corporation, Sheffield (UK)

19.01.2007 King Tuts Garage, Glasgow (UK)

20.01.2007 Cockpit, Leeds (UK)

21.01.2007 Sugar Mill, Stoke (UK)

22.01.2007 Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (UK)

23.01.2007 Zodiac, Oxford (UK)

24.01.2007 Islington Academy, London (UK)

HIMSA - Sign Worldwide Deal With Century Media Records

Century Media is extremely proud to welcome HIMSA to its worldwide family.

The Seattle-based metal quintet’s ferocious blend of melodic, unrelenting thrash speed mixed with old-school influences resulted in a savage, unique and uncompromising sound that was welcome, refreshing and undeniable. The group continued to carve out their own unique niche in the scene through relentless touring alongside a wide variety of artists from Danzig and Behemoth to As I Lay Dying and Shadows Fall, helping them win over legions of fans worldwide.

HIMSA further describe their feelings over the new partnership: "We are very excited, thrilled and honored to be asked to join the Century Media army.

All of us are huge fans and supporters of the label and have always admired CM's continuous drive for releasing great and memorable albums throughout the years. The relationships that have grown and prospered between CM and other bands on their roster shows the honesty, loyalty and sincerity they have as a family.

We feel it is the best move for us as individuals and as a band. With Sammi Curr (guitars) rejoining HIMSA and writing new material with Kirby Johnson (guitars), our integrity and passion are at an all-time high with this next step. As soon as the new album is recorded, we will be back on the road destroying your towns."

HIMSA’s debut full-length, "Courting Tragedy and Disaster" (2003), was hailed by Revolver magazine as "a manic 11-song effort that's as speedy and raw as it is technical and melodic," earning the band a highlight as one of 10 bands labeled as the "future of metal."

However, it was 2006’s "Hail Horror" that began to show what this band was truly capable of, as they let their brutal catchiness naturally coexist alongside musical complexity. The album, produced by the renowned Tue Maden (The Haunted, Mnemic), perfected the formula that has allowed the band to continue building their own niche in the current metal scene and gaining attention from MTV, FUSE, Revolver, Guitar World, Outburn, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer and countless other outlets.

In other news, HIMSA have been added to the Century Family’s Third Annual Christmas Balls show, which takes place Wednesday, Dec. 13th at The Key Club in Hollywood, CA (USA). The event will also feature the LA based quintet In This Moment and will be headlined by Sweden’s Dream Evil, who will be making their American debut and only U.S. appearance of 2006.

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

Official Website –

Official MySpace Page –

THE HAUNTED - change of tour plans; confirmed to support Killswitch Engage

Sweden’s THE HAUNTED have announced a change in their touring schedule for 2007. Instead of doing their previously scheduled headliner tour in Europe, THE HAUNTED have just been confirmed to embark on an extensive run of shows as main support to Killswitch Engage, so be prepared for this truly massive modern metal package kicking off early January all over Europe and spread the word

The UK dates are as follows:

Killswitch Engage & The Haunted & opener

Jan. 07 - Nottingham @ Rock City

Jan. 08 - Glasgow @ Barrowlands

Jan. 10 - Dublin @ Ambassador Theatre

Jan. 11 - Manchester @ Academy

Jan. 12 - Birmingham @ Academy

Jan. 13 - London @ Brixton Academy

Jan. 14 - Bristol @ Academy

The Haunted will return for further own headline activity in Europe later in the year.

Stream the brilliant new video for the song "The Flood" taken off "The Dead Eye" at the band’s Century Media Records artist page, just click HERE!

More info on THE HAUNTED here:


Berzerker Birmingham show rescheduled

The Berzerker have had to reschedule their Birmingham show after original venue Edwards No.8 burnt down, to The Palace venue in Tamworth.

Quoted in this weeks Kerrang Luke Berzerker describes what the experience will be like – " a fan told us, "My boyfriend got two teeth knocked out, we couldn’t find the hospital, we missed the last train home, walked eight miles in the pouring rain...IT WAS THE GREATEST DAY OF MY LIFE...I love you..."

Dates should be listed as follows:


03 The Engine room - Brighton

04 The Nexus - Southampton

05 The Cavern club - Exeter

06 The first floor club - Derby

07 Hobbits - Weston super Mare

08 Tomms Sanctuary Music Venue - Pontypridd

09 The Soundhouse - Bolton

10 Temple Bar Music Centre - Dublin

11 The Soundhaus - Glasgow

12 Jilly's - Manchester

13 The Brickyard - Carlisle

14 The Palace Venue - Tamworth

15 The Attic - Rushden

16 The Dome - London


US-based chaos core outfit THE CHARIOT and progressive modern death metallers BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE are teaming up for a powerful tour package predestined to be a set of unforgettable shows hitting Europe in January/February 2007! Check the dates given below and have a look at the e-card specially designed to celebrate this awesome tour package including songs of both bands and more.

Click this link:

Here are the dates for the upcoming European tour:




29.01.2007 UK, Swindon @ The Furnace

30.01.2007 UK, Cardiff @ Clwb Ifor Bach

31.01.2007 UK, Nottingham @ Rock City

01.02.2007 UK, Liverpool @ Roadkill

02.02.2007 UK, Milton Keynes @ Pitz Club

03.02.2007 UK, Aberdeen @ Moshulu

04.02.2007 UK, Manchester @ Satans Hollow

05.02.2007 UK, London @ Underworld

06.02.2007 UK, Wolverhampton @ Canal Club

Also, watch out for new albums by THE CHARIOT and BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE in Spring 2007, which will be released in Europe via Century Media Records licensed from Solid State Records. BTA is currently in the studio working on their new masterpiece

"The Physics of Fire".



Tyrant Syndicate have just announced the signing of new Norwegian death metallers, Obliteration, who will be recording their as yet untitled debut album in January. Prepare for the attack!



Head on over to our webstore now, where you'll find a huge range of our titles for just £6.99 throughout this month from your favourite Peaceville artists. IMPORTANT: Last order dates to guarantee Xmas delivery are 18th December (UK) & 15th December (Europe & Rest of the World).


UNEARTH announce full European headlining tour!

Coming off the heels of their wildly successful main support UK/European tour with Hatebreed, UNEARTH are happy to announce their first ever headlining tour of the UK and Europe. Their friends in Job For A Cowboy, Despised Icon and Daath will be along for the ride.

UNEARTH (Metal Blade)

+ JOB FOR A COWBOY (Metal Blade)

+ DESPISED ICON (Century Media)

+ DAATH (Roadrunner)






26.03.2007 UK OXFORD ZODIAC*




30.03.2007 UK NEWPORT TJ'S*















* presented by SCUZZ TV

** presented by METAL HAMMER magazine Germany, +

booking: The Agency Group –


Metal Blade signs SONIC REIGN

SONIC REIGN is one of the best Black Metal bands ever to come out of Germany and will take the metal world by storm with their upcoming album RAW DARK PURE! "SONIC REIGN is exactly the band we were looking for!", comments Metal Blade Europe spokesman Andreas Reissnauer. "Their songwriting is over the top, their technical abilities of international standards!

SONIC REIGN is able to create a dark, eerie atmosphere and their songs have a groovy, crushing edge. RAW DARK PURE is modern Black Metal breathing the ancient spirit!"

SONIC REIGN was born in late 1997 as a tool to realize the shared musical vision of the two members Ben and Sebastian. After a demo MC their style changed from a melodic approach to Black Metal into modern Black Metal - the eager effort to recreate both the spirit and atmosphere of early 90s Black Metal using new means.

The first record sporting this style was the MCD "the decline portrait". The first full length album RAW DARK PURE delivers an even more extreme, dense and dark atmosphere - the member's vision made flesh."

SONIC REIGN comments the signing as follows: "Metal Blade Records is a very strong label and we hope and believe that SONIC REIGN as well as the label will benefit from this collaboration.

We want to reach something with this band and we feel that the best way to achieve this goal is to hand the business issues over to professionals that understand and support our musical vision. Without a doubt Metal Blade fullfill this condition."

RAW DARK PURE will be released on the 5th of April, 2007 via Metal Blade Europe. An American release date will be announced shortly.


1. deceit doctrine
2. fucked up but glorious
3. reminiscence of imperial wrath
4. the martyr urge
5. salt

6. tyrant blessed
7. to rebel and to fail
8. raw dark pure

Check out excerpts of RAW DARK PURE at and add the band to your friends.

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Season of Mist is proud to announce the fresh signing of Dutch Gothic Metal act ASRAI. Their third full-length album is scheduled for late spring 2007 and will be followed by a European tour. ASRAI comment After "Touch in the Dark", new songs were to be released and a new path to be explored to let loose our next album.

Travelling through different seasons, the best was the misty one. Season of Mist appeared and the road became clear to us all. We are looking forward to combine both our visions. We can't wait to say; Season of Mist 'till death do us part'.

Visit ASRAI's MySpace fanpage and official website.



On the signing side again, we're proud to let you know that Israeli band SALEM recently joined the Season of Mist fold. The band's new material, described by the band as "heavier, modern, dark and highly unique", is expected to surface on the "Necessary Evil" album in the first half of 2007.

For now, you can check the band's MySpace page and official website.


Red Harvest's "A Greater Darkness" will be released February 19th, 2007. For this occasion Red Harvest will give a release party at Club Maiden in Oslo (NO) on February 23rd. To make this party stand out, the band will play the entire "A Greater Darkness" album live that evening. And after a short break there'll be time for some 'oldies but goldies'.





MAYHEM finished recording their new album "Ordo Ad Chao" last week. Here are Blasphemer's first words on this awaited release "The sound is raw and powerful, and listening to it, it reminds me of the "Wolf's Lair Abyss" era, only more varied and more philosophical. The album also contains the most aggressive songs in the MAYHEM history as well as the most wicked and darkest."

"Ordo Ad Chao" is tentatively scheduled for April 2007 and will come in a very exclusive packaging...


15 Dec 06 Le Thor (84) (FR) Auditorium
16 Dec 06 Tarbes (65) (FR) La Gespe
13 Jan 07 La Louvire (BE) LL Metal Fest
03 Feb 07 Livin (62) (FR) Arc-en-Ciel

16 Dec 06 Macon (FR) Cave Musique (+ Semtazone + WDCS + Zatopek + Soft Parade)
10 Mar 07 Nevers (FR) Caf Charbon (+ Cadavera)
11 Mar 07 Paris (FR) La scne Bastille

MACABRE (+ Jungle Rot + ...)
29 Dec 06 Dundee, IL (USA) Clearwater Theatre
30 Dec 06 Mokena, IL (USA) Pearl Room

05 Jan 07 Lahti (FI) Torvi (+ Testicals + Boner)
14 Feb 07 Helsinki (FI) Noise Klubi, Nightlife Rock (+ Total Devastation + Satura Lanx)
15 Feb 07 Tampere (FI) Vastavirta (+ Total Devastation + Satura Lanx)
16 Feb 07 Jyvskyl (FI) Lutakko (+ Total Devastation + Satura Lanx)

26 Jan 07 Istanbul (TR) Studio Live
27 Jan 07 Eskisehir (TR) 222 Park
28 Jan 07 Ankara (TR) Saklikent

09 Feb Dordrecht (NL) Bibelot
17 Feb 07 Oostende (BE) Memento Mori Metal Fest

ROTTING CHRIST + CARPATHIAN FOREST (+ Malevolent Creation + Incantation + Neuraxis + Harm)
14 Feb 07 Berlin (DE) Kato
15 Feb 07 Leipzig (DE) Hellriser
16 Feb 07 Wien (AU) Szene
17 Feb 07 Salzburg (AU) Rockhaus
18 Feb 07 Innsbruck (AU) Hafen
19 Feb 07 Pratteln (CH) Z7
20 Feb 07 Strasbourg (FR) Laiterie
21 Feb 07 Paris (FR) Locomotive
22 Feb 07 Eindhoven (NL) Effenaar
23 Feb 07 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
24 Feb 07 Adelsheim (DE) Live Factory
25 Feb 07 Brno (CZ) Fledo
26 Feb 07 Bratislava (CZ) Randal
27 Feb 07 Este (PD) Sottosopra (IT) Rock Club
28 Feb 07 Munchen (DE) Metropolis
01 Mar 07 Osnabruck (DE) N8
02 Mar 07 Groningen (NL) Vera
03 Mar 07 Essen (DE) Turock
04 Mar 07 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg

09-11 Aug 07 Bad Berka (DE) Party San Festival (+ Vader, Belphegor, Melechesh...)


AMORPHIS - Composing new material

AMORPHIS' guitar player Esa Holopainen has posted the following update on the band's official website

"It's been a really hectic year in the AMORPHIS camp and at the same time one of the best ones in our career. We released 'Eclipse', the first album with Mr. Joutsen on vocals, in spring and all the response from album & shows has been great.

We really find the mood which I honestly thought that we lost years back. Big thanks to Tomi and his inspiration to all of us. With 'Eclipse' we opened new era in our career, and yes, we are still together with this lineup.

Anyway, to brief you a bit; we are currently composing new material for the next AMORPHIS album. No title or release date has been issued yet, but we'll enter the Sonic Pump Studios again at the beginning of January 2007 with the same team as on the last session.

Mr. Karmila will be mixing the tracks sometime in late February at Finnvox Studio. We'll keep you updated, and meanwhile, check our tourdates; we are going to do shows whenever possible during making our new 'kid' come alive."

Check out AMORPHIS live at the following upcoming shows:
30.12.2006 Helsinki, Tavastia (FIN)
31.12.2006 Oulu, Teatria (FIN)
05.05.2007 Budapest, A38 (H)
2.-4.8.2007 Wacken Open Air (D)

THRESHOLD - To play Progpower USA VIII

THRESHOLD are booked to perform at the 8th ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta next December.
Other bands confirmed so far include SONATA ARCTICA, VIRGIN STEELE, REDEMPTION, RAINTIME, FIREWIND, COMMUNIC, VANDEN PLAS and FREAK KITCHEN, with more bands still to be announced.

THRESHOLD are currently in the studio recording their new album to be released on 23 March 2007. The album is being mixed at Thin Ice Studios in England by Threshold's Karl Groom who's recent credits include DRAGONFORCE, GALAHAD and MENDEED.

DEW-SCENTED - Album & tour update

DEW-SCENTED just announced the new album title and are confirmed for the No Mercy Festivals 2007

Our German thrashers DEW-SCENTED have set "Incinerate" as title for their upcoming album, which will be released end of March 2007. Currently, legendary producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, etc.) is finishing the mix.
In other news, DEW-SCENTED are confirmed for the No Mercy Festival Tour 2007 with BEHEMOTH, NAPALM DEATH, MOONSPELL and more.

SYMPHORCE finish recording "Become Death"

German Power Thrashers SYMPHORCE have finished recording their highly anticipated new album "Become Death" at the House Of Music Studios in Winterbach (near Stuttgart/Germany) with producer Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69).

Mastering duties will be handled by Achim Köhler (BRAINSTORM).

Listen to what singer Andy B. Franck (also in BRAINSTORM) had to say about "Become Death":

"You can expect the heaviest and most intense SYMPHORCE album to date! Every song contains more power, aggression and emotion than we would have ever expected! Our new drummer Steffen Theurer has done an amazing job as well!"

"Become Death" will see the light of day on February 23rd, 2007 (G/A/S) and February 26th, 2007 (rest of Europe). There will be a limited first edition including a 45 min. bonus DVD (filmed live in Holland).

Tracklist "Become Death":

Ancient Prophecies
In The Hopes Of A Dream
Towards The Light
Inside The Cast
Darkness Fills The Sky
Death Has Come
No Final Words To Say
Lost But Found


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