NEWS ARCHIVE 2004

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31 December 2004

California metal merchants LEATHERWOLF are currently working on their first studio album since 1989's Street Ready.
After tracking a 3-song demo with RACER X frontman Jeff Martin earlier in the year, the band are again looking for a suitable vocalist to complete the new recording.

Interested parties (no Geoff Tate clones, please!) can contact the band at leatherwolfinfo@cox.net or send demo/photo/bio to: Leatherwolf Music, 24112 El Tiradore Circle, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.

31 December 2004

OBITUARY frontman John Tardy has revealed in a posting to the group's official web site that 10 songs have been completed for the band's much-anticipated new studio album, tentatively due next summer via Roadrunner Records. A DVD release is also expected sometime next year.
OBITUARY's as-yet-untitled new CD will mark their first collection of new songs since 1997's "Back From the Dead".

31 December 2004

SOLITUDE AETURNUS frontman Robert Lowe underwent surgery on Monday (Dec. 27) to remove his gallbladder and is now said to be back home and recovering.
In addition to Lowe's gallbladder being in worse shape than expected, the doctor reportedly told Robert that a lower abdominal hernia was also found and repaired during the operation. As a result, the singer's recovery time may be longer than originally anticipated, which in turn will likely delay by a few weeks the vocal recordings for the group's new album, "Alone".
The group's first studio album since 1998's "Adagio", "Alone" is due late spring/early summer through Massacre Records in Europe and Olympic/Century Media Records in the U.S. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Waiting for the Light", "Essence of Black", "Sightless" and "In Hell I Burn".

31 December 2004

VICIOUS RUMORS have announced that they will be releasing their upcoming DVD, 'Crushing The World Part 1', in February/March 2005 through Mascot Records. The band promise that they will be part of next summer's European Festival circuit as well.

31 December 2004

OUTBURST finished recording, mixing and mastering of their debut album 'Fair And Balanced'. On www.myspace.com/outburst you can listen to a stream of three of the new songs. On this location you can download two songs. The album will be released through an as of yet undisclosed record company in the first half of 2005.

31 December 2004

Alexi Laiho, guitarist for CHILDREN OF BODOM, had an accident recently. According to keyboard player Janne Warman: "He 'fell' down from about 150cm high on his wrist and right side of his face. I didn't even notice his face, I was so worried about his wrist 'cause I saw how he fell and I knew that it had to hurt his arm. I picked him up and was asking about the wrist when others with us noticed that his face was bleeding pretty bad. We went to the hospital and now he has a cast on for 5 weeks, I guess. I hope his wrist is okay when they remove the cast and he can start playing again."

31 December 2004

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM update from drummer Craig Nielsen:
"At long last, we start the record on January 2nd, after a series of delays, some to do with the band and some to do with the label. We are very recharged and ready to do a great Flotsam record.
Also, the video of one of our recent Tokyo shows came out even much better than we could have ever imagined thanks to the intense professionalism of the Japanese who recorded it, and the fact that it was one of the very best live shows this band has captured in their entire career. So we will shop it for another live release, as it actually blows away even our recent DVD.

Bad news for the European FLOTSAM AND JETSAM / METAL CHURCH tour. The story has changed at least 5 times from the 3 different agencies involved so I wont even bother trying to decipher what really happened, but the tour is off. Agents have a tendency to lie a lot and constantly change what they come strong and sure at you with in the beginning as a proposal. We are still getting many, many emails from Europeans who would really like to see Flotsam so we may still make it happen.
As always, a very sincere thank you to all loyal Flotsam fans who continue to show so much support through all the bullshit!
Flots Til Death.”

31 December 2004

DIAMOND HEAD have been confirmed as special guests on MEGADETH's European tour.
Starting in Ireland and the UK, the dates are as follows:

February
1 in Dublin, Ireland at Ambassador
2 in Belfast, Ireland at Ulster Hall
3 in Glasgow, Scotland at Academy
4 in Birmingham, UK at Academy
5 in Nottingham, UK at Rock City
7 in Manchester, UK at Academy
8 in London, UK at Astoria
9 in London, UK at Astoria
10 in Antwerp, Belgium at Hof ter Lo
11 in Tilburg, Holland at 013
13 in Copenhagen, Denmark at Vega
14 in Oslo, Norway at Rockefeller
15 in Stockholm, Sweden at Arenan
17 in Hardenberg, Holland at Podium
18 in Luxembourg, Luxembourg at Den Atelier
19 in Koln, Germany at LMH
20 in Munich, Germany at Elserhalle
21 in Milan, Italy at Alcatrazz
23 in Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz
24 in Bergara, Spain at Jam
25 in Madrid, Spain at Macumba
26 in Granada, Spain at Festival

31 December 2004

HANKER have updated their official website (see LINKS) with some new band photos. Check out shots taken by Mario van Dooren (THAT'S ME!!) at Germany’s Headbangers Open Air festival in 2004 at their website . Also available from Mario van Dooren are shots from the Headbanger’s Ballroom.
And last but not least, photos from Hanker’s Web Of Faith record launch in Quebec City can be found on their website (see LINKS)

31 December 2004

DEW SCENTED will head to Stage One Studios at the end of January with producer Andy Classen to begin recording a new album. The band reportedly has 12 songs in the can and will likely finish three or four more before recording begins. A worldwide release of the new album is tentatively set for May.
Dew-Scented are also planning to do a few dates in April with GRAVE, most likely in Holland, as well as the complete European summer festival circuit.

24 December 2004

DEBRIS INC., the new group featuring SAINT VITUS mainman Dave Chandler and ex-TROUBLE bassist Ron Holzner, have inked a deal with Lee Dorrian's (CATHEDRAL) Rise Above Records.
The group's debut album is tentatively scheduled for a March 2005 release.

24 December 2004

Johan Lindstrand of THE CROWN and Valle Adzic of IMPIOUS have formed a new band called ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET. The line-up is not complete yet, but the boys are ready to kick some serious ass! You can check out their website at: http://escape.to/onemanarmy.

24 December 2004

TIWANAKU vocalist/guitarist Emo Mowery (LEASH LAW) has announced that guitarist Rick Renstrom bowed out a few weeks ago "because he just couldn't play the rhythms anymore without hurting himself." The day after he made the decision to leave, Renstrom called a friend, Mike Estes (ACHERON, BURNING INSIDE) to replace him. According to Mowery, Estes has fit right in. He was informed last night that he'd gotten the gig.
The band is working on a new website (www.tiwanakuband.com) and expect to have it up and running by the beginning of the new year.

24 December 2004

Latest acts that are confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Headbangers Open Air festival (see LINKS): HEATHEN, TYRANT'S REIGN, UNDERCROFT, MIRROR OF DECEPTION, and probably BLOODLUST!!

Already confirmed earlier this year: ATTACKER, INNER WISH, WEAPON, RAVENSTHORN, ALL SOULS DAY, Z-IRON, WARRANT, GASKIN, MYSTERY BLUE, RIVAL, GUNBARREL, NECRODEATH.

24 December 2004

DECEIVER, the Swedish metal band featuring former members of MAZE OF TORMENT and XENOFANES, will enter the Abyss studio in March 2005 with producer Tommy Tägtgren to begin recording their full-length debut, tentatively titled "Riding with the Reaper", for a May release via the newly launched, Gothenburg-based label Iron Fist Productions. A vinyl version will be released at the same time as the CD.
DECEIVER released their self-titled debut mini-CD this past summer. The EP, which features five songs recorded at Abyss with Tommy Tägtgren, was previously said to appeal to "fans of old stuff such as MOTÖRHEAD, MERCYFUL FATE, VENOM, METALLICA and JUDAS PRIEST."

24 December 2004

AGENT STEEL singer Bruce Hall has issued the following update on the band's current activities:
"The new AGENT STEEL album is finished being written as of December 18, 2004. We have some fine-tuning to do and I have to write keeper lyrics for a couple songs, but otherwise it's finished.
"We'll be giving you 11 new songs this time and perhaps a cover of something cool from the '70s. If you guys have any suggestions please write and let us know. We were considering 'Emerald' by THIN LIZZY, but SKYCLAD did it and MASTODON recently covered it so please let us know what you'd like to hear an AGENT STEEL version of.
"Anyway, the new songs are killer. [Of] course, if you think we needed a direction change or you'd like us to tone it down, you'll be disappointed. This is a pure metal record with all the venom you've come to expect from us.

"The titles for 10 of the songs are: 'Fashioned From Dust', 'Though The Heavens Fall', 'Wicked Tongue', 'Hail To The Chief', 'Curse Reborn', 'Patriot', 'Wash The Planet Clean', 'The Machine Will Be Served', 'United Mind', and 'Liberty Lying Bleeding'. We are hoping to begin recording in February 2005 to have it out to you this summer.
"See you Europeans in March and April and hopefully we'll be doing some U.S stuff this next year as well. "We're all really psyched about the new album. It has what we think is our best work yet. It's all very promising and for those of you who know me as the pessimist I tend to be you'll understand that this is very exciting, indeed. AGENT STEEL fans rejoice. We've really kicked some huge ass this time."

24 December 2004

Czech veteran death metal band KRABATHOR (with MASTER's Paul Speckmann) will soon release an 20 years anniversary box set. The double album is titled "20 Years of Madness" and contains all 5 rare demos ("Breath of Death", "Brutal Death", "Pocity Detronisace", "Total Destruction" and "Feelings of Dethronisation").
In total, that makes 33 cult-songs from the late 80's and early 90's, with a playing time of almost 150 minutes PLUS a video of the band as a bonus.

24 December 2004

German metal export number one HELLOWEEN returned to Andi Deris` own Mi Sueno studio at Tenerife, Spain, to commence work on the follow-up to their recent release Rabbit Don’t Come Easy. The yet untitled opus will again be shaped under the rule of ace producer Charlie Bauerfeind ( Blind Guardian, Saxon, Hammerfall etc.), and SPV, the band’s new record company will release the new album by the middle of 2005.

24 December 2004

US death metal legends SUFFOCATION and Swiss dark metallers SAMAEL are the latest acts confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Wacken Open Air Festival which is scheduled to take place August 4th - 6th, 2005 in Wacken, Germany.

Acts currently confirmed for the festival now include: SAMAEL, SUFFOCATION , FINNTROLL, OVERKILL, AXEL RUDI PELL, EDGUY, ACCEPT, SINNER, NIGHTWISH, MARDUK, ENSIFERUM, ILLDISPOSED, ENDSTILLE, MERCENARY, TURISAS, CORVUS CORAX, OBITUARY, EISREGEN, POTENTIA ANIMI.
More acts will be confirmed soon.

24 December 2004

Spitfire Records has announced the tracklisting for the new OVERKILL album, "Relix IV", due in 2005.
It will contain the following ten songs: 'Within Your Eyes', 'Love', 'Loaded Rack', 'Bats In The Belfry', 'A Pound Of Flesh', 'Keeper', 'Wheelz', 'The Mark', 'Play The Ace' and 'Old School'.

24 December 2004

TWISTED SISTER will soon release a DVD, "Still Hungry - Live At Wacken Open Air".
It has an early 2005 release date through Demolition's Detonator Records. Filmed with 16 cameras during the bands headline set in front of over 40,000 fans at the 2003 Wacken Open Air Festival, this DVD shows the band at their live best. Also included is footage detailing the reformation of the line-up after a 12 year sabbatical, and their first "secret" shows before their official reformation.
The tracklisting for the DVD is as follows: ‘What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You)’, ‘The Kids Are Back’, ‘Stay Hungry’, ‘Destroyer’, ‘Knife In The Back’, ‘Under The Blade’, ‘You Can’t Stop Rock And Roll’, ‘I Am, I'm Me’, ‘The Fire Still Burns’, ‘Ride To Live, Live To Ride’, ‘Shoot 'Em Down’, .’We're Not Gonna Take It’, ‘The Price’, ‘Burn In Hell’, ‘I Wanna Rock’, ‘Come Out And Play’, .’S.M.F.’.

24 December 2004

EXODUS’ official website (see LINKS) has been updated with the following message:
“Search for new singer...
We are looking for someone with experience, charisma, and a magnetic stage presence. Vocally must be able to sing all the Souza/Baloff material and bring their own style to the table. Must be able to incorporate different elements into the mix (death metal, thrash and black metal styles). Not looking for saints, but must be clean of any hard drugs. Please send a CD/with picture of yourself and any DVD or VHS tape with live performances if you have one...
Send to:
Exodus - 6331 Fairmount Ave. Suite #427 - El Cerrito, CA 94530, USA.”

24 December 2004

SUN CAGED have issued the following band lineup news:
“Finally the biggest news since the personnel changes a while ago. Sun Caged is complete again!
We found a new singer for the band, his name is Paul Adrian Villarreal. Paul is currently residing in the USA in San Diego (California) but he will be moving to Europe soon.
He is a very talented singer and has a wide range of influences, amongst them are: Daniel Gildenlow, Neal Morse and Russell Allen but also older blues rock singers like Paul Rodgers and Tommy Shaw. Paul impressed us with an MP3 he sent us earlier by singing ‘Hollow’ along with the CD, and when he came over to rehearse with us, he impressed even more by singing the complete album. New stuff is being written, and the band will now concentrate on the next album, which hopefully will be recorded within a year.
We welcome Paul in the Sun Caged camp!"

17 December 2004

IRON MAIDEN are confirmed for Holland’s Bospop Festival (see LINKS), scheduled for July 3rd, 2005 in Weert, Holland.
Confirmed Iron Maiden tour dates now include:

June
12 at Buchholz Football Stadium in Uster, Switzerland
25 at Parc Des Princes in Paris, France
26 at Graspop Festival in Dessel, Belgium
27 at Spektrum in Oslo, Norway
29 at Spektrum in Oslo, Norway

July
3 at Bospop Festival in Weert, Holland
6 at Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland
7 at Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland
9 at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden

17 December 2004

MOTÖRHEAD have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The band will bring the entire aeroplane stage-rig from the "Bomber" tour — a one-time event only at Sweden Rock.

The complete list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows:
MÖTLEY CRÜE, ACCEPT, KANSAS, STYX, MOTÖRHEAD, DIO, MAGNUM, SAXON, HAMMERFALL, BLACKFOOT, NAZARETH, VIXEN, SONATA ARCTICA, ROBIN TROWER, HELIX, SHAKRA, HELLFUELED, MORGANA LEFAY, SATANIC SLAUGHTER, SYMPHORCE, CRYSTAL EYES, A.C.T, THYRFING

17 December 2004

VIRGIN STEELE are the latest addition to the 2005 edition of the Bang Your Head festival (the 10th Anniversary edition) which is set to take place on June 24th and 25th in Balingen, Germany.

Acts currently confirmed for the festival now include: CANDLEMASS, EXCITER, SEBASTIAN BACH, TWISTED SISTER, MOTÖRHEAD, DIO, SAXON, DORO, GAMMA RAY, NEVERMORE, KROKUS, AXEL RUDI PELL, DESTRUCTION, AMON AMARTH, TANKARD, JAG PANZER, NASTY SAVAGE, VICIOUS RUMORS, VIRGIN STEELE, DEMON.

17 December 2004

The official TYGERS OF PAN TANG website (see LINKS) has been updated with the following band lineup news:
The Tygers Of Pan Tang are pleased to announce their new vocalist: Jacopo Meille.
Jack has previously sung in Italian band MANTRA, of which he is still very much a part.
"...We are over the moon to have found such a great vocalist. This is something we should have done 3 years ago, gone for a totally professional singer. He fits more into the Jon Deverill way of doing things and that suits me just fine. We already have three new tunes done with Jack which just came out of an end of rehearsal jam which we are really happy with. We will be going into the studio with John Mitchell (Arena) to record the new CD and I cannot wait...", said guitarist Robb Weir.

17 December 2004

MORBID ANGEL will be embarking on "The Masters of Chaos" European tour beginning in mid-March. Handling the bass/vocal duties for MORBID ANGEL during the trek will be the group's former singer David Vincent, who recently completed a South American tour with the band following the departure of Steve Tucker.
Tentative dates so far are as follows:

Mar. 18 - TBA
Mar. 19 - Splendid Lille, FRA
Mar. 20 - Oosterport Groningen, NETH
Mar. 22 - The Rock - Copenhagen, DEN
Mar. 23 - KB - Malmo, SWW
Mar. 24 - Rockefeller - Oslo (Inferno Metal Festival), NOR
Mar. 25 - Klubben - Stockholm, SWE
Mar. 26 - Karen - Gothenburg, SWE
Mar. 28 - Markthalle - Hamburg, GER
Mar. 29 - Columbia Halle - Berlin, GER
Mar. 31 - Proxima - Warsaw, POL
Apr. 01 - WZ - Wroclaw, POL
Apr. 02 - Kd Domovina - Prague, CZR
Apr. 03 - Wigwam - Budapest, HUN
Apr. 05 - Estragon - Bologna, ITA
Apr. 06 - New Age - Treviso, ITA
Apr. 07 - Live Music - Milan, ITA
Apr. 08 - Z7 - Pratteln, SWI
Apr. 09 - Live Arena Munster-Breitenfeld - Dieburg, GER
Apr. 10 - Zeche Karl - Essen, GER
Apr. 12 - Transbordeur - Lyon, FRA
Apr. 13 - Elysee Montmarte - Paris, FRA
Apr. 14 - Kulturfabrik Esch-Alsette, LUX
Apr. 15 - Hof Ter Lo - Antwerp, BEL
Apr. 16 - Podium - Hardenberg, NETH
Apr. 17 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, NETH
Apr. 19 - Mean Fiddler - London, UK

17 December 2004

SOLITUDE AETURNUS have posted the following update at their official website (see LINKS):
“Greetings Doomsters:
Well, we are one step closer to finishing the upcoming release of Alone. The drums are completed and the rhythm guitars and bass tracks are being recorded as I write this. If all goes as planned (ha: that never happens) I should be laying vocal tracks come January.
Once again - keep the faith, for Solitude is back and shall reclaim the throne of Doom!”

Solitude Aeturnus plan to release their new album, "Alone", through Massacre (Europe) and Olympic/Century Media (North America) in 2005.

17 December 2004

TESTAMENT will issue their first official DVD through Escapi on March 8th, 2005.
The DVD, "Seen Between The Lines" (first released on VHS in ‘91), features fully remastered live footage of the band shot on their 1991 World Tour. Bonus material to be included on the DVD includes videos for ‘Nobody’s Fault’, ‘Practice What You Preach’, ‘Souls Of Black’ and ‘The Legacy’.
Other extra features on the DVD will include rare video interview footage, "a dinner with Testament", scenes from the Japanese leg of the tour plus additional discography, image gallery and biography sections.

17 December 2004

Due to the fact that their current record label negotiations have taken longer than expected, German thrashers DESTRUCTION have postponed the projected release date of their new album to late summer 2005. "But the new label will be announced in the next weeks, latest at beginning of the next year," the group's bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer said in a posting on the band's web site.
DESTRUCTION have finished writing two-thirds of the material for the upcoming CD and are planning on entering the studio in January/February 2005. No further details about the upcoming recording sessions have been made available.
DESTRUCTION's most recent album, "Metal Discharge", was released in September 2003 through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2001's "The Antichrist" was the first DESTRUCTION album to feature drummer Marc Reign, who replaced Sven Vormann in 2001.

17 December 2004

JUDAS PRIEST's upcoming album - featuring the return of frontman Rob Halford - will be called "Angel Of Retribution".
It will be released on February 28th in Europe and the UK, and on March 1st in North America.

17 December 2004

Black Lotus Records have announced the signing of legendary CRIMSON GLORY singer Midnight, who returns after 16 years of absolute silence.
Says the label, “Words are not enough to describe his truly unique voice, which has marked the history of recorded music and placed him among the most influential singers of the 1980’s.”

17 December 2004

Italian progressive metallers LABYRINTH have inked a deal with Arise Records. The band's new album will be entitled "Freeman" and will be issued in March. Recorded and mixed at Elnor Studio in Milan, Italy and mastered at The House Of Audio Studios in Germany, the album is being called "a big step in the new frontier of Labyrinth's sound."

At the same time, Arise records will also re-release, No Limits (originally released in 1996), the first album of the band with Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY) on lead vocals. The album has been remastered and contains two bonus tracks and new graphic.

17 December 2004

The 2005 edition of the Keep It True IV FestivalKeep It True IV Festival will be held on April 2nd, 2005 in Lauda-Koenigshofen, Germany at Tauberfrankenhalle.
Italian cult act ADRAMELCH will be the co-headliner for the Warm Up Show entitled Fist Held High on April 1st 2005 in the Sports Hall Dittigheim. AFTER ALL, MARTYR and one more to-be-announced act will complete the warm-up bill.

The April 2nd Keep It True IV Festival lineup includes: AGENT STEEL, SATAN, DEADLY BLESSING, MAJESTY, OVERLORDE, TORCH, THUNDER RIDER, PARAGON, INSANE, VORTEX.

10 December 2004

Sad news about DAMAGEPLAN:
"Two members of DAMAGEPLAN were reportedly shot and killed, including guitarist Dimebag Darrell, formerly with the band PANTERA.The alleged gunman also died at the scene.
It has been confirmed that a gunman did run on stage during the beginning of Damageplan's set. Dimebag Darrel was shot and killed, as was the band's tour manager. The gunman was shot and killed by a police officer.

Cincinnati's WCPO-TV spoke to Columbus resident Chris Couch, 22, who says the shooting occurred about 30 seconds after Damageplan began their set. Couch, who was standing about 30 feet away from the stage, claims a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and hockey jersey walked up to the stage. He was followed by a bouncer and another club employee. According to Couch the man climbed onto the stage, started yelling and shot the guitarist five or six times at close range. The gunman also shot a bouncer, who pulled him off the guitarist.

Dimebag Darrel, you'll be missed!!! R.I.P.

10 December 2004

Former STEEL PROPHET singer Rick Mythiasin has a new band going under the name MYTHIASIN. He recently said that the four song demo is being mixed, calling it "very raw and recorded on stone age equipment."
Mythiasin revealed he will also be working on a NEW EDEN album in the near future. (See REVIEWS for a their latest album review.......)

10 December 2004

ANVIL's next release will be their 13th studio album. They may be calling it "This Is Thirteen", or "TIT" for short.
They plan on having 13 songs on the CD and the cover will be a superstitious theme, as in a broken mirror, black cat and the anvil under a ladder."

10 December 2004

As previously reported, the 2005 edition of the Keep It True IV Festival will be held on April 2nd, 2005 in Lauda-Koenigshofen, Germany at Tauberfrankenhalle.
The latest acts confirmed for the festival is INSANE, who will get things rolling on Saturday.

The current lineup of bands scheduled to perform now includes: INSANE, AGENT STEEL, SATAN, DEADLY BLESSING, MAJESTY, OVERLORDE, TORCH, THUNDER RIDER, PARAGON, VORTEX.
On the night before (Friday, April 1st) the festival will be holding a warm-up show entitled Fist Held High, featuring AFTER ALL, MARTYR and two more yet-to-be-announced acts.

10 December 2004

A Century Media representative has confirmed that producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, MACHINE HEAD) is remixing NEVERMORE’s "Enemies of Reality" album.
The remixed version of "Enemies Of Reality", which was originally produced by Kelly Gray, will be issued through Century Media in early 2005. In related news, Nevermore will hit the studio in February with Sneap to record their next studio album, due out later in 2005.

10 December 2004

HAMMERFALL have announced that the title for their forthcoming album will be "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken".
The album will be released on March, 7th through Nuclear Blast and is being produced and mixed by Charlie Bauernfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HELLOWEEN), who previously worked with the band on their Crimson Thunder album.
The record will feature following tracks: 'Secrets', 'Blood Bound', 'Fury Of The Wild', 'Hammer Of Justice', 'Never, Ever', 'Born To Rule', 'The Templar Flame', 'Imperial', 'Take The Black', 'Knights Of The 21st Century'.
'Blood Bound' will be released as a single first, coming out on January, 31st. The band recently shot a video for the track, which was done in their hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden.

5 December 2004

Already confirmed for the Headbangers Open Air festival (see LINKS): ATTACKER, INNER WISH, WEAPON, RAVENSTHORN, ALL SOULS DAY, Z-IRON, WARRANT, GASKIN, MYSTERY BLUE, RIVAL, GUNBARREL, NECRODEATH and probably HEATHEN!!

5 December 2004

Already confirmed for the Wacken Open Air festival (see LINKS): ACCEPT, AXEL RUDI PELL, CORVUS CORAX, EDGUY, EISREGEN, ENDSTILLE, ENSIFERUM, FINNTROLL, ILLDISPOSED, MARDUK, MERCENARY, NIGHTWISH, OBITUARY, OVERKILL, POTENTIA ANIMI, TORFROCK, TURISAS

5 December 2004

Legendary German heavy metallers ACCEPT have been confirmed as the first headliners of the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11, 2005 in Sölvesborg, Sweden.
The complete list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows:
A.C.T., ACCEPT, BLACKFOOT, CRYSTAL EYES, DIO, HAMMERFALL, HELIX, HELLFUELED, KANSAS, MAGNUM, MORGANA LEFAY, NAZARETH, ROBIN TROWER, SATANIC SLAUGHTER, SAXON, SHAKRA, SONATA ARCTICA, STYX, SYMPHORCE, THYRFING, VIXEN

For more information, visit www.swedenrock.com (see LINKS).

5 December 2004

Belgium's AFTER ALL have been announced as the openers at the Keep It True IV Festival warm-up show on April 1, 2005 at Pfarrkeller in Lauda, Germany. Also set to appear at the gig are MARTYR and two other, as-yet-undetermined acts.

The Keep It True IV Festival is scheduled to take place April 2, 2005 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Koenigshofen, Germany. The complete list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows:AGENT STEEL, SATAN, DEADLY BLESSING, MAJESTY, OVERLORDE, TORCH, THUNDER RIDER, PARAGON, VORTEX

5 December 2004

Reunited Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have entered Polar studios (ABBA, GENESIS, LED ZEPPELIN) in Stockholm to begin recording their new album, tentatively due in early 2005 via an as-yet-undetermined label.
CANDLEMASS have just released a compilation CD, entitled "Essential Doom", containing the group's best material plus their newly recorded and previously unreleased song "Witches". The album comes with a bonus DVD featuring video footage of the band's performance at the Rock Hard Festival in Germany in 2003.

In other news: CANDLEMASS have been confirmed to appear at the 2005 installment of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place June 24-25 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany.
Other confirmed acts so far are as follows: TWISTED SISTER, MOTÖRHEAD, DIO, SAXON, DORO, SEBASTIAN BACH, GAMMA RAY, NEVERMORE, KROKUS, AXEL RUDI PELL, DESTRUCTION, AMON AMARTH, TANKARD, JAG PANZER, EXCITER, NASTY SAVAGE, VICIOUS RUMORS, DEMON
+ 3 more popular acts
+ 1 very special guest

5 December 2004

JUDAS PRIEST will embark on an extensive European trek on February 23rd. The tour will end on the 7th of April. Support at all shows will come from the THE SCORPIONS.

5 December 2004

CIRCLE II CIRCLE are putting the finishing touches to their new studio album. The album was delayed due tot he hurricanes that hit the east coast recently. The album will be titled "Middle Of Nowhere" and is scheduled for February 2005 release through AFM Records.

5 December 2004

Australian heavy metal band PEGAZUS issued the following update:
"Many of you guys have been asking about the New Pegazus songs and album. Well, we are still hard at work on it and we don’t really want to rush anything. So, all we can say at this moment is that we do have a studio booked for January 2005, where we will record a whole bunch of new demos, which we will then shop around to the record labels for a new deal? At this point, we are looking at possibly entering the studios to start officially recording our New full length studio album for you guys around March 2005 if all goes to plan."

5 December 2004

The track list for MASTERPLAN's forthcoming album, "Aeronautics", will be as follows:
'Crimson Rider', 'Back For My Life', 'Wounds', 'I'm Not Afraid', 'Headbanger's Ballroom', 'After This War', 'Into The Arena', 'Dark From The Dying', 'Falling Sparrow' and 'Black In The Burn'.

AFM Records currently have available a clip from MASTERPLAN’s new track, ‘Back For My Life’. "Aeronautics" will be released on January 24th. Mixing of the album was just completed at the famed Finnvox Studios by Mikko Karmilla.
Masterplan will release an EP on November 29th entitled "Back For My Life" as a teaser. The EP will feature the songs 'Back For My Life' (single and album versions), 'Crimson Rider', 'Killing In Time' (non-album track, two different versions) and 'Love Is A Rock'. It will also feature a multi-media section.

A tour through Europe is being planned for March.

5 December 2004

Peaceville Records are currently compiling AUTOPSY footage for an upcoming DVD documenting the legendary death/gore metal band's career. "The band came up with over four hours of material which we've sorted out and made into a, kind of, home movie / road movie type of thing," reads an official press release. "The quality isn't always the best, in fact it can be downright dodgy — but as anyone who knows the band will tell you, this is classic footage!! At least two whole shows, a rehearsal and tons more unique footage will make this one of the most talked about releases of next year."

5 December 2004

VADER bassist Novy's death/thrash metal side project SPINAL CORD have completed work on their second album, entitled "Stigmata of Life". The album was recorded at Screw Factory Studio between May and November 2004 and was produced by SPINAL CORD, engineered by Janusz Bryt, Tomasz Biernacki and Dino, and mixed by Janusz Bryt. It will reportedly be released in December as an attachment to the 6/2004 issue of Thrash 'Em All magazine.

5 December 2004

Influential 1980s Canadian thrash metal band SLAUGHTER have launched their brand new official web site at www.slaughter.ca.(see LINKS)

"SLAUGHTER was a cult Canadian pre-death metal band, who attracted a fanatical following through their short career. Formed in 1984, the band went the usual demo tape route (at a time where underground tape trading was rampant, this only served to heighten band awareness), eventually recording their seminal 'Strappado' album in 1986. Recording commenced on a followup album to be entitled 'Paranormal', but the band broke up in 1990, preventing its release [the album was eventually issued in 2001 via Nuclear Blast]. Guitarist Dave Hewson recruited a new lineup and continued playing as STRAPPADO (the name change both to indicate a new direction and to avoid conflicts with [the cock-rock band fronted by Mark Slaughter]), but they never progressed beyond the demo stage. Later, Hewson and Bobby Sadzak (one of the new STRAPPADO members) formed INNER THOUGHT, which survived for a few years before folding. The band last recorded a song for a CELTIC FROST tribute in 1994 and disbanded for good shortly thereafter."

5 December 2004

WATCHTOWER guitarist Ron Jarzombek has posted the following update on the recording sessions for the group's long-awaited new album, tentatively titled "Mathematics".
"During the past several months, WATCHTOWER has been tweaking the music and finishing up lyrics for the next CD. Last weekend, Rick [Colaluca, drums] went into Melody Ranch studios here in San Antonio, and recorded drums for the first half of the songs. The rest of us will record our tracks in our own home studios. The plan is to complete the first half of the songs, then begin shopping the CD while the rest of the material is being recorded. About a tentative release date..., don't even ask. I have a timetable in my head that I'm following, but I don't want to get into any of that for obvious reasons."

In other news, Jarzombek has started up a project with two "killer" musicians from the death/extreme metal genre. "Over the past few months I have been writing tunes and putting a concept together with these guys," Ron writes on his web site. "Looks like this is going to be all (or mostly) instrumental! I'll be sure to give out specific details as the project materializes..."

5 December 2004

Guitarist Lee Altus of the reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN has issued the following update via the band's official message board:
"In a few weeks we'll be entering the studio to record some of the songs that we've been working on. It's going to be more of a pre-production demo kind of thing so we plan on recording 2-4 songs. We have about 12 to choose from but we narrowed it down to about five since those songs are the most complete. I know that we've been taking our time on writing this thing, but we just want it to be a worthy follow-up to our other albums."

HEATHEN recently announced the addition of bassist Jon Torres to the group's ranks. Torres is no stranger to the Bay Area metal scene, having participated in such bands as THUNDERHEAD, WARNING SF, ULYSSES SIREN, LAAZ ROCKIT and ANGEL WITCH. The band, who are currently unsigned, released their latest CD, "Recovered", independently this past spring. The effort featured covers of songs from QUEEN, THIN LIZZY, TYGERS OF PAN TANG and SWEET SAVAGE, as well as an original track, "In Memory of…" (written and dedicated to former band member Randy Laird and lead vocalist David White's brother Jeffrey).

5 December 2004

One of the most controversial of metal bands of all time — the MENTORS — have made a return.
Band leader El Duce was killed in 1997 by a train, just days after being filmed for a conspiracy-theory film alleging he had been hired as a hitman to execute Kurt Cobain. The remaining members, guitarist Sickie Wifebeater and bassist Dr. Heathen Scum, have assembled an all-new-look MENTORS.
New members are vocalist El Rapo, drummer Moosedick and rhythm guitarist Sickie J.

5 December 2004

Century Media will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Swedish power metallers NOCTURNAL RITES with the release of a double-CD set containing their first two albums, due on February 21, 2005. The debut album, "In A Time of Blood And Fire", was released in 1995 on Megarock Records but was only available in small quantities. Two years later the boys from Sweden's northern rock city Umea released their second opus, "Tales of Mystery and Imagination", in Japan (re-released in the rest of the world with different cover artwork on Century Media a year later). Both albums have been out of print for a long time and will be gathered on the new 2CD, "Lost In Time: The Early Years of Nocturnal Rites", along with some rare bonus tracks and special re-recordings with their current vocalist Jonny Lindqvist, who replaced old singer Anders Zackrisson on their fourth album, "Afterlife", in 2000. The booklet features liner notes from bass player Nils Eriksson, along with the original cover artworks and lyrics.

In other news, NOCTURNAL RITES have just finished filming their second video ("Against the World") from their highly acclaimed sixth album, "New World Messiah".

5 December 2004

New York hardcore legends MADBALL have lined up the following European dates:

Dec. 03 - Hof Ter Lo - Antwerpen, BEL
Dec. 04 - Voz Do Operario - Lisbon, POR
Dec. 05 - Rock World - Manchester, UK
Dec. 06 - Garage - London, UK
Dec. 07 - Zeche Carl - Essen, GER
Dec. 08 - Remise - Wil, SWI
Dec. 09 - Rainbow Club - Milano, ITA
Dec. 10 - KGB - Barcelona, SPA
Dec. 11 - Het Bollwerk - Sneek, NETH
Dec. 12 - Doornroosje - Nijmegen, NETH
Dec. 13 - Tonne - Wangen, GER
Dec. 14 - Arena - Vienna, AUT
Dec. 15 - O38 - Budapest, HUN
Dec. 16 - Lochness - Krakow, POL
Dec. 17 - SO 36 - Berlin, GER
Dec. 18 - Conne Island - Leipzig, GER
Dec. 19 - Alter Stadtbahnhof - Schweinfurt, GER

5 December 2004

MOTÖRHEAD frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister offered the following update on his upcoming solo album:
"I got seven tracks done already. I've got two with SKEW SISKIN ['Stand Upon The Mountain' and 'Don't Matter To Me'], which are fucking great! And I've got two with the REVEREND HORTON HEAT, some good psycho-metal-billy! I've got a track from Dave Grohl [PROBOT, FOO FIGHTERS, ex-NIRVANA] that I'm still sorting out and two tracks from THE DAMNED [including a cover of THE DAMNED's 'Neat Neat Neat']. That's with Dave and The Captain! Some good stuff. It should be out sometime next year if the lawyers can all get their heads together."
Guitarist Jim Voxx of SKEW SISKIN, who own Berlin's Monongo studios, is producing/recording and mixing two of the songs for the project, and word is that he might mix the entire CD. A full horn section was recorded, a saxophone player, a blues piano player and a lot more.

5 December 2004

Quebec City-based power/thrash metallers HANKER have parted ways with bassist Denis Cossette. "There are no hard feelings about his leaving and the band is still very motivated and optimistic about the future," the group write on their web site. "We wish the best of luck to Denis with his future projects."

HANKER are currently seeking a replacement bassist. All interested parties, send your name and other information by e-mail to webmaster@hankermetal.com (with "Hanker's bassist" in the subject box).
HANKER's latest CD, "Web of Faith", (see REVIEWS) was released in August via Skycraper Music.

5 December 2004

The 2005 edition of the Dynamo Open Air festival will take place on May 7 in Hellendoorn, The Netherlands — the same location where the 12,000-capacity Dauwpop festival is held every year. An official announcement on the matter is expected soon.

Reunited Dutch metallers GOREFEST are the first band confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Dynamo Open Air festival.

5 December 2004

MEGADETH have announced the dates for the European leg of the "Blackmail the Universe" tour.
Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Feb. 01 - Dublin, IRE @ Ambassador
Feb. 02 - Belfast, IRE @ Ulster Hall
Feb. 03 - Glasgow, SCO @ Academy
Feb. 04 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy
Feb. 06 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
Feb. 07 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Feb. 08 - London, UK @ Astoria
Feb. 11 - Tilburg, NETH @ 013
Feb. 13 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Vega
Feb. 14 - Oslo, NOR @ Rockefeller
Feb. 15 - Stockholm, SWE @ Arenan
Feb. 17 - Hardenberg, NETH @ Podium
Feb. 19 - Koln, GER @ LMH
Feb. 20 - Munich, GER @ Elserhalle
Feb. 21 - Milan, ITA @ Alcatrazz
Feb. 23 - Barcelona, SPA @ Razzmatazz
Feb. 24 - Bergara, SPA @ Jam
Feb. 25 - Madrid, SPA @ Macumba
Feb. 26 - Granada, SPA @ Festival

5 December 2004

Reunited Atlanta-based thrashers HALLOW'S EVE have set "Evil Never Dies" as the title of their upcoming fourth full-length album, tentatively due in early 2005. The CD is being recorded at Van Gogh Studios in Atlanta, where the band recently completed a two-track single, entiled "Evil Offerings". Engineering duties are being handled by Chris Gailfoil.
The single, the group's first official release in 16 years, features founding members Tommy Stewart on bass and vocals, and Skullator on guitar and lead vocals, along with Brandon Ottinger on guitar and Dane Jensen on drums. "Evil Offerings" contains the following cuts: "Technicolour Roadkill" and "Looking Glass".

5 December 2004

LOUDNESS will release their new album, "Racing", on November 25 via Tokuma Communications.
The complete track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Racing
02. Exultation
03. Lunatic
04. Believe It Or Not
05. Power Generation
06. Speed Maniac
07. Live For The Moment
08. Crazy Samurai
09. Tomorrow Is Not Promised
10. Telomerase
11. R.I.P.
12. Misleading Man
13. Don't Know Nothing
14. Unknown Civilians

LOUDNESS' current lineup consists of the following:
Akira Takasaki – Guitar
Minoru Niihara – Vocals
Masayoshi Yamashita – Bass
Munetaka Higuchi – Drums


5 December 2004

British extreme metal pioneers BOLT THROWER have announced the return of original vocalist Karl Willetts as a full-time member. Willetts rejoins the group as the replacement for Dave Ingram, who left the band in August due to long-standing "health and personal problems."

Commented Karl: "It's fantastic to be a part of the mighty BOLT THROWER again. It feels great to be back with the guys, I can't wait to get my teeth into the new songs and get back on the road again. I've got some unfinished business to tend to...!"
The now complete line-up of BOLT THROWER — Willetts, Gavin Ward, Barry Thomson, Jo Bench and Martin Kearns — will spend the next few weeks finishing off the new material before going into the studio to record their eighth album. The upcoming CD will be the follow up to 2001's "Honour, Valour, Pride", which was the only BOLT THROWER release to feature Ingram on vocals.

5 December 2004

E-FORCE will be teaming up with CARPATHIAN FOREST, TSJUDER and WYKKED WYTCH for a European tour beginning in early February.

E-FORCE is the new band fronted by former VOIVOD bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest. The group's current lineup is rounded out by Dennis Rousell (guitar), Krof (drums) and Jerome Point (lead guitar). The band's debut album, "Evil Forces", was released in October 2003 via France's Season Of Mist. It was recorded at Wild Studio in St-Zenon, Quebec, Canada with producer Pierre Rémillard (CRYPTOPSY, KATAKLYSM, GORGUTS, KRISIUN).

5 December 2004

Italy's LACUNA COIL recently spent time in Milan in pre-production with producer Waldemar Sorychta (TIAMAT, GRIP INC., SAMAEL). The band will soon enter the studio to record the first three songs for their much-anticipated follow-up to 2002's "Comalies". A late 2005 release via Century Media Records is expected.

5 December 2004

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and occasional collaborator Glenn Hughes are recording a new album, which they hope to release in 2005. Iommi told that the pair — who recently released some recordings they made together in 1996 — will resume working in December and finish early in the New Year. Sanctuary Records will release the album, and Iommi and Hughes hope to tour in support of it.
Kenny Aronoff — whose credits include JOHN MELLENCAMP, JOHN FOGERTY, SMASHING PUMPKINS, MELISSA ETHERIDGE, and MICHELLE BRANCH, among others — is playing drums for the project.
Hughes, a former member of TRAPEZE and DEEP PURPLE, sang on the 1986 album "Seventh Star", which began as an Iommi solo album but was billed, at the record company's insistence, as "BLACK SABBATH featuring Tony Iommi."
Iommi and Hughes recently issued "The 1996 DEP Sessions", featuring eight tracks recorded at DEP Studios in Birmingham, England.

5 December 2004

Reunited hard rockers Y&T — Dave Meniketti, Phil Kennemore, Leonard Haze, John Nymann — have released the second collection of previously unreleased material, "UnEarthed Vol. 2", via their official web site. The disc contains songs that were written and/or demoed for various albums between 1974 and 1989, but never made it to the finished product.

"UnEarthed Vol. 2" track listing:
01. Face To Face
02. Ashes To Ashes
03. Get Tough
04. Showdown
05. Love Has No Cure
06. Help Me Hear Me
07. New Kid In Town
08. Long Time Coming
09. Dance Dance Dance
10. Crazy Make Love
11. Over Under
12. Hands of Time (Acoustic)
13. Bad Bad Girls
14. Take Me
15. More
16. Lucky Night
17. Love Don't Come Easy
18. Cheap and Easy

In other news, Y&T's shows at The Mystic Theatre on December 3-4, 2004 will be recorded for an upcoming DVD, according to a newsletter sent by Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti.

5 December 2004

DESPAIR, the long-defunct German thrash outfit featuring current GRIP INC. guitarist Waldemar Sorychta and Century Media Records founder Robert Kampf (vocals), have reunited and are planning on recording a new album next spring for a tentative summer/fall 2005 release via Century Media.
Joining Sorychta and Kampf in the group's current formation is the group's original drummer, Markus "Makka" Freiwald (VOODOOCULT).
In 1989 DESPAIR supported the legendary DEATH on their European tour.

5 December 2004

AGENT STEEL have finished writing nine new songs for the follow-up to last year's "Order of the Illuminati", tentatively due in 2005. Songtitles set to appear on the as-yet-untitled CD are "Curse Reborn", "Hail to the Chief" and "Wash This Planet Clean". The group plan on writing another four songs before commencing the recording process.

AGENT STEEL are scheduled to perform live at the Keep It True IV festival, set to be held April 2, 2005 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Koenigshofen, Germany. Other groups set to appear at the festival include SATAN, DEADLY BLESSING, TORCH and MAJESTY.
In other news, AGENT STEEL's live DVD is still in the works. The as-yet-untitled disc will include live footage from our appearance at Dynamo Open Air 2004 festival in Holland as well as a few songs from the warm-up show at the Effenaar in Eindhoven, Holland and some bonus material. Expect the DVD to be released in late March 2005.

5 December 2004

SOILWORK have confirmed via their official web site that the limited-edition European/U.S. version of their upcoming album, "Stabbing the Drama", will include a bonus track, entitled "Wherever Thorns May Grow". The Japanese edition will feature "Wherever Thorns May Grow" and an additional bonus cut by the name of "Killed by Ignition".

The follow-up to 2003's "Figure Number Five" was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro and Dug-Out Productions in Uppsala, Sweden with producer Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STUCK MOJO). A February 28, 2005 release through Nuclear Blast Records is expected.

12 November 2004

MELIAH RAGE have begun work on their new studio record at Danger Multitrack Studios in Providence, RI and Sherwood Forest Studios in Bedford Massachusetts. The record should be done by Febuary for a summer 2005 release.

12 November 2004

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (ex-IRONFIRE), have set "Black Empire" as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Escapi.
12 new songs were recorded at Jailhouse studio in Horsens, Denmark with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS) and are being described by the band as "raw" and "more brutal" than the group's debut. Mixing duties are being handled by Neil Kernon, who has previously worked with JUDAS PRIEST, QUEENSRŸCHE, NEVERMORE and CANNIBAL CORPSE, among others. "This is our first time we have decided to use a producer in our career, so we are all pretty excited," the band write on their web site.

12 November 2004

INFERNAL MAJESTY and HIRAX will be teaming up for a European tour beginning in February 2005. The tour is now being booked through Metallysee and tour dates will be announced shortly.
INFERNAL MAJESTY's latest album, "One Who Points To Death", was released this past spring through Greece's Black Lotus Records. The North American release is being handled by Canada's Galy Records. "One Who Points to Death" was recorded by Sho at Profile Sound Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and was mastered by Pierre Remillard at Wild Studios in St-Zenon, Quebec, Canada. The 47-minute CD is "packed with old school thrash crunch and modern death metal intensity," according to a press release.

12 November 2004

Singer ROB ROCK (ex-IMPELLITTERI, DRIVER, JOSHUA) has signed a worldwide record deal with Germany's AFM Records. Rock and his band, who will continue to record for JVC/Victor Entertainment in Japan/Asia, are currently working on their AFM debut, tentatively due in March/April 2005.
Rock's second solo CD, "Eyes of Eternity", was released in June 2003 through Germany's Massacre Records.

12 November 2004

PHANTOM-X, the new project featuring OMEN singer Kevin Goocher along with guitarist Russell D. Contreras (TYR), bassist Glenn Malicki (STRANGERS) and drummer Danny White (ASKA), will enter the studio later this month to begin recording their new CD with producer Sterling Winfield (KING DIAMOND, PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN). The new album is expected to include guest vocal appearances by Robert Lowe (SOLITUDE AETURNUS) and Jason McMaster (DANGEROUS TOYS, WATCHTOWER, BROKEN TEETH).

12 November 2004

SYSTEM OF A DOWN's new album tentatively titled "Hypnotize", appears to have had its projected release date pushed back to March 2005 from the previously announced January 18, 2005.
The new CD is the long-awaited follow-up to SYSTEM OF A DOWN's 2001 sophomore effort, "Toxicity", and its companion disc of leftover "Toxicity" tracks, 2002's "Steal This Album!" Rick Rubin is producing the new effort for his American Recordings label, with Jonny Polonsky engineering.

12 November 2004

RUFFIANS , the reunited power metal band that at one time featured in its ranks late VICIOUS RUMORS frontman Carl Albert, will play their first Bay Area show in 15 years with UFO at The Pound in San Francisco on November 19. The band plan to enter the studio early next year to begin recording a new album for a summer 2005 release.

Hellion Records has released the band's original 1985 LP, "Ruffians", which features Carl Albert on vocals, along with six live tracks recorded at The Stone Nightclub in San Francisco on September 28,1985. Hellion has also released a Limited Edition Collectors Vinyl of this original release along with four demo tracks from 1987 with Rich Wilde on vocals. The vinyl is available in four different colors.
RUFFIANS' current lineup includes original members Craig Behrhorst and Chris Atchison (guitars), Luke Bowman (drums), along with Rich Wilde (vocals) and Eric Wong (UNJUST) on bass.

12 November 2004

MOTÖRHEAD 's official web site has been updated with the following message:
"In September of 2004, the world of metal was shocked when the news was unveiled that Lemmy, MOTÖRHEAD's veteran frontman, had sustained an injury to his foot severe enough to cause the band to cancel their much anticipated tour of the United States. Lemmy had managed to get an infection on his foot from an injury sustained on an earlier show. Ignoring doctors' orders, Lemmy forged ahead and finished the highly successful string of European festival dates. 'MOTÖRHEAD fans are the best fans in the world and they deserve everything I have to give,' Lemmy waxed, 'and I am going to do whatever I can to play the shows. F**k the doctors!'

The band went on to play to thousands of fans, bring classics and new songs alike to the hungry metal heads! "The shows were a success, but the infection in Lemmy's foot grew to the point that some serious medical decisions had to be made. On the eve of the band's much-anticipated U.S. tour, doctors advised Lemmy that the infection was so severe that they suggested amputating a part of his foot to stem the spread. Lemmy told the doctors where they could stick their diagnosis and decided to head back to his native home of England and consult his physicians there. They suggested that the best course of action would be to address the infection with a regimen of antibiotics. The cure worked and less than two weeks later Lemmy was out of the hospital, in one piece and as fit as a fiddle, fitted with steel strings. It wasn't long before Lemmy was back to his old self, checking out his favorite London strip club String Fellows with a girl on each arm and plenty of Jack & Coke to make the evening complete. "Given a clean bill of health from all of his physicians, Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee decided to go ahead with their European tour plans. MOTÖRHEAD kicks off the sold-out tour on November 4th in Dublin, Ireland. Dates continue throughout Europe and Scandinavia until the tour wraps up in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 19th. "As for the U.S. tour? Plans are under way for MOTÖRHEAD to take their spectacular road show to the US in March of 2005 to support their newest record 'Inferno'."

12 November 2004

Vocalist LANA LANE and keyboard wiz ERIK NORLANDER (MARK BOALS, Lana Lane) are working on the next Lana Lane album for a 2005 release.
The plan is to complete the recording in mid-January, 2005 for an April release.
While the writing/demoing process is still underway, Erik Norlander has stated, “We are going for a heavier sound this time, closer to the Secrets Of Astrology concept”.

12 November 2004

Frontiers Records reports that Soul Mover, the new album from the "Voice Of Rock", GLENN HUGHES , is now complete.
The album will include the following tracks (not final tracklisting): ‘Soul Mover’, ‘She Moves Ghostly’, ‘Change Yourself’, ‘High Road’, ‘Let It Go’, ‘Dark Star’, ‘Miss Little Insane’, ‘Land Of The Living’, ‘Isolation’, ‘Last Mistake’, ‘Orion’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Bleed’.
Says Glenn, “This album, in my opinion, is simply the finest work I have ever recorded! I am extremely excited about this release and next year I will be very busy promoting this CD!”.

12 November 2004

Frontiers Records have announced that former RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE singer, JOE LYNN TURNER has joined the label’s roster.
Joe Lynn is currently busy putting the finishing touches on a new studio album entitled Usual Suspects which is being recorded in New York under the direction of longtime partner and friend Bob Held.
The production will be completed in early December for a release scheduled in February 2005. Joe Lynn says about the new album: “It’s coming along great… it’s melodic rock… very commercial, with integrity, like a Foreigner 4 with a little Journey mixed in, but still has its tough edges!”

12 November 2004

THE HUMAN CONDITION, the band featuring guitarist Wiley Arnett (ex-SACRED REICH), have updated their official website (www.thehumancondition.us) with news that they have been recording new material.
New track titles include: ‘Smoke & Dust’, ‘Feel’, ‘Feed The Vibe’, ‘Lately I’, ‘Bend’ and ‘Straw’.
Says the band, “The songs solidify new vocalist RY's position in the group and bring some long overdue old school vibe to a starving genre.. Keep your ear to the ground, the rumbles getting louder.”
More details on the new material as they become available.

12 November 2004

Having announced that they had split up "for the last time" back in May, CANDLEMASS are back together. The band have posted the following message at their official website (www.candlemass.net):
“CANDLEMASS ARE FUCKING BACK!!!!!!!!
The kings of doom are back!!
Just when you thought it was over the corpse lives again and is resurrected healthier, better and gloomier than ever.
Messiah, Leif, Jan, Lars and Mappe. The classic line-up refuse to die!!

We understand this is very confusing for you, since the band disbanded just 6 months ago. But hey – why bother about stupid details when you will have a brand new Candlemass album in your hand before next summer. The boys will enter the famous Stockholm Polar Studios November 26, mix in January and bless us with an album in may sometime. Perfect for Candlemass 20 year anniversary!
According to what Leif said before, the band couldn’t agree on how to proceed after the reunion, so they decided it was best to put the beast of doom to sleep. It is always the best thing when five people want the same thing. And indeed, it looks like they’ve overcome the individual problems for a united effort to do something great.
Leif: - I had a bunch of pretty cool songs, talked to Mappe quite a lot during the summer and we both agreed it would be stupid not to do anything with it. At Mappes wedding in august we all went up on a small stage and performed Samarithan and Solitude with pink guitars plus a really shitty sound. We were all absolutely drunk and we had suits and everything on us, but it was great fun!! I think it was that occasion that made us reconsider.
Shortly after I started to roughly demo some new tracks. I think I like did five tracks in a couple of weeks with a friend helping out. Then we had a meeting and decided to resurrect Candlemass, book the studio, and send out a three song demo to the record companies a.s.a.p. So we recorded ‘Black Dwarf’ and ‘Spellbreaker’ and put ‘Witches’ from the previous demo on it and I think the demo is on the way to the labels right now actually.

Yes, we have two weeks in Polar booked without a deal, ha-ha!! But I’m not worried. I’m sure some smart label guy realize that a new Candlemass album can outsell most of the usual crap that is released today. We are a unique band with a unique sound and next summer will belong to Candlemass!!”

12 November 2004

Organizers for this year's Keep It True IV Festival have confirmed the following acts:
AGENT STEEL
SATAN
DEADLY BLESSING (Original Line Up/First Time In Europe)
MAJESTY
OVERLORDE (First Time In Europe)
TORCH
THUNDER RIDER (First Time In Europe)
PARAGON
VORTEX.

There is still one headliner left to be announced.
The event will be held on April 2nd, 2005 in Lauda-Koenigshofen, Germany at Tauberfrankenhalle. On the night before (Friday, April 1st) the festival will be holding a warm-up show which has one confirmed act: MARTYR.

12 November 2004

British heavy metal legends SAXON will embark on the "25th Anniversary Of NWOBHM" tour of Germany beginning in early March, 2005.
To celebrate the anniversary of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, the band will only play songs they recorded during the 1980s. Before and after the show, editors from Rock Hard magazine will work as DJs and will also present songs from this period.
Confirmed dates for the "25th Anniversary Of NWOBHM Tour 2005" include:

March
4 in Hamburg, GER at Markthalle
5 in Berlin, GER at Columbia Club
6 in Bochum, GER at Zeche
10 in Ludwigsburg, GER at Rockfabrik
11 in Saarbrücken, GER at Garage
12 in Münster / Darmstadt, GER at Live Arena
13 in Augsburg, GER at Rockfabrik

5 November 2004

OVERKILL are almost done recording and mixing their new album. The effort is slated for a February 2005 release.

5 November 2004

VOIVOD's Michel "Away" Langevin provided an update on the follow-up to the band's vastly under-rated "Voivod" album, the first with Jason Newsted in the ranks.
"We've gotten about 25 songs demoed," sez Away. "We've been trading CDRs and ProTooled files back and forth with Jason in California. It's looking to be a darker, weirder, scarier, more punk rock album than the Voivod album. More Voivodian (laughs). Snake's vocals are weirder as well, plus Jason's naturally got a stoner rock vibe to his bass playing that is coming out more on this one. We'll be recording sometime soon in the new year."
In other news, Michel is shopping for a deal for his long-awaited Voivod art book, ideally out through a graphic novel company of some repute. Serious parties who might want to publish such a tome can contact Michel through the band's website (see LINKS).

5 November 2004

SHADOWKEEP have issued the following band lineup news:
"We are pleased to announce Lawrence Patterson as Shadowkeep's new drummer. We feel that having Lawrence join band has added a positive outlook for SK.
"We will defiantly be touring in support of the Beyond The Stratosphere' album, due to be out in 2005".

5 November 2004

SEVEN WITCHES guitarist Jack Frost has posted the following message at the band's official web site:
"The newest SEVEN WITCHES CD ['Year of the Witch'] is out on Sanctuary Records and is receiving great reviews. If you haven't got it yet, what are you waiting for? The reviewers say they think this is our best work yet. More exciting news for the WITCHES, we've just signed with Tammy Taylor of Universal Attractions (yup, a division of Universal Movies), one of the largest booking agencies on the east coast. Currently we're working on a major U.S. tour, scheduled to start in January. All the details aren't worked out yet, but let's just say the tour should be insane!
Even more exciting news for all you WITCHES fans, we're currently working on putting an official issue SEVEN WITCHES DVD together. The DVD will include live performances and a whole bunch of other great shit, look for it sometime in 2005. In other related news, James Rivera, lead singer and all around talented motherfucker, is currently doing a HELSTAR reunion tour scheduled soon for Europe, so keep an eye out for James and the HELSTAR boys as this should be a killer tour for them. Currently I'm working on putting together another solo CD. No release date or title as of yet, but as soon as I figure it out, I'll have it up here on the website to keep all of you informed. Coming soon on the website, a new section called 'Witches and Beyond', a section dedicated to everything that the WITCHES members have done past to present. This section will include rare pictures, little known facts, videos and audio. It should be up sometime in the near future."

5 November 2004

DREAM THEATER will enter the studio next month to start the recordings of their new album. A spring release is expected.

5 November 2004

The "Side Project" section of SUN CAGED’s official website (see LINKS) has been updated with the following news on guitarist MARCEL COENEN’s upcoming solo album:
“Marcel is working on a new solo album. A few songs have been written already. The album will be quite different from Guitartalk since it will feature songs with vocals. The mix will be 50/50. Marcel found some great guest singers. The album will also be recorded with real drums, three guest drummers will be featured on the album. More news soon.

In other news, previous Sun Caged vocalist Andre Vuurboom is currently busy with his new project/band called SPHERE OF SOULS, who's upcoming album is planned for release in 2005. It features Joost van den Broek on Keyboards (ex-Sun Caged, AFTER FOREVER), Anand Mahangoe on guitars, Kees Harrison (ex-AUTUMN EQUINOX) on bass and Patrick Gerritzen (ex-IMPERIUM) on drums.
This will be a concept album with a wide range of influences, from Fates Warning to Machine Head to Psychotic Waltz and more. Production and mixing will be done by Joost van den Broek. Additional musicians to be announced.

5 November 2004

MASTERPLAN, the act featuring guitarist Roland Grapow (ex-HELLOWEEN), vocalist Jorn Lande (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ARK) and drummer Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween), will release a new album, Aeronautics, on January 24th.
Producer Andy Sneap will reprise his role as knob-twiddler for the album. It will be mixed at the famed Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland by Mikko Karmila and mastered by Mika Jussila.
Masterplan will also be releasing a new EP, Back For My Life, through AFM Records on November 29th. The set will include four songs (two non-album tracks, two album tracks), a non-album video clip, multimedia section, plus an eight page colour booklet.

31 October 2004

Reunited North Carolina-based progressive metallers CONFESSOR have made available for sale their recently recorded three-song demo, entitled "Blueprint Soul". The demo, which was recorded at Osceola studios in Raleigh with producer Dick Hodgin, contains the tracks "Blueprint Soul", "Sour Times" and "Hibernation". Audio samples and ordering information can be found at the group's official web site (see LINKS).
CONFESSOR, who are currently being represented by CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's former management company, split up in the early '90s after releasing one full-length album (1991's "Condemned") and EP (1992's "Confessor"), with the with the rhythm section going on to form FLY MACHINE. CONFESSOR reformed in 2002 following the death of guitarist Ivan Colon, who passed away due to cardiac complications

31 October 2004

Rick Renstrom, guitarist for LEASH LAW and former IMPELLITTERI singer ROB ROCK, has announced that his solo debut "Until The Bitter End" is now available in the United States through Thrash Corner Records, distributed by The End.
The Stateside version of the album features new cover art and two bonus videos of 'Opus Lix' and 'Towers Of Babylon. The clips were filmed during Renstrom's November 2002 performance at The Power Of Metal festival in Orlando, Florida, and features Leash Law members Richard Christy (drums), Stephen Elder (bass) and Wade Black (vocals).

In other news, Renstrom is hard at work writing for the second LEASH LAW record and writing solos for Rob Rock's third album, as well as promoting "Until The Bitter End".

31 October 2004

Dan Beehler, former singer/drummer of '80s Canadian metal legends EXCITER, will be one of the guest interviewers on ANNIHILATOR's "Ten Years in Hell" DVD, to be released around April 2005.
ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters recently remastered five of EXCITER's early releases and orchestrated a worldwide deal with Megaforce Records for much of their catalogue (most due to be released early 2005). Commented Waters: "It was an honor to be able to help and work on some of the early pioneers of speed metal's classic works, but even more-so to have a legend like Dan appear on the DVD."

ANNIHILATOR's latest CD, "All For You", has been available in Europe since May through AFM Records. The CD, which was produced, mixed and engineered by Waters at Watersound Studios in Canada, marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist Joe Comeau (ex-OVERKILL, LIEGE LORD) in June 2003.

31 October 2004

Polish death metal veterans VADER have posted the following message on their official web site:
"The second DVD of VADER, entitled 'Night Of The Apocalypse', has been released a few days ago. It's a REAL DVD consisted of a few professionaly shot gigs. There's no place for any excesses and amateur takes- only the highest possible sound and image quality! The release has been eclipsed by 'The Beast', nevertheless it's worth your attention, definitely! The DVD contains 3 gigs of VADER and backstage stuff (interviews with members of the band). The leading part of the release is a gig from TV studio Krzemionki, Cracov from 2002 (with Simon on bass), dynamic and professional mix of 9 cameras, superb lights and sound! The second gig was filmed & recorded during Metalmania Festival 2003 (great mystical show, pure carnage for your ears and eyes!), the third one it's an opening show for SLIPKNOT and METALLICA, where can be seen and heard a real power of the band. It's just a killer release for VADER fans!"

31 October 2004

BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis (ex-DEUCE, TENSION, WARDOG) has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"Well, I had a mini-stroke about 3 weeks ago (T.I.A.); Turns out its tied to a hole between the left and right atria of the heart (medical term 'Patent Foraman Ovale') and it shunts unprocessed blood away from the lungs and directly to the brain via the Carotid Artery, hence allowing clots to proceed unimpeded to the brain (it has also been tied to major migraine headaches). Well, I have had an operation to close the hole and am doing well so far. I should be ready to start playing again soon. By the way, this is a fairly recent development (the relation of a PFO to strokes), and 25% of the general population is walking around with this defect and doesn't know it (this absolutely DOES NOT mean 25% will suffer a stroke!!). So if you have stroke symptoms, this is something you may want to bring up to your healthcare provider. Thanks for all the best wishes from everyone!"
BALLISTIC, who recently announced the addition of singer Tony Taylor (TWISTED TOWER DIRE, ISEN TORR, OCTOBER 31) to the group's ranks, are working on the material for their second album, tentatively due next year.

31 October 2004

HADES have booked time at Crystal Studios to record one new song which will be a bonus track on the Mausoleum Records re-release of the group's first three CDs.
"[Vocalist] Alan Tecchio is writing the lyrics to a song (bassist) Jimmy Schulman and I just put together," stated guitarist Dan Lorenzo. "It combines three riffs I wrote after we recorded 'DamNation' and two of Jimmy's riffs from after we finished 'If At First You Don't Succeed'. Mausoleum have told me they plan on releasing the double CD the end of February". Visit their website (see LINKS) for more info on that.

31 October 2004

Reunited German metal legends ACCEPT have been confirmed as one of the two headliners of the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival , set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include OVERKILL, THE HAUNTED, CHILDREN OF BODOM, UNLEASHED, AMON AMARTH, MASTERPLAN, ENSIFERUM and HEAVEN SHALL BURN .

The management of U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, has issued a statement refuting reports that the previously announced ACCEPT reunion may lead to U.D.O.'s break-up.
According to the management, the upcoming ACCEPT reunion is not a proper "reunion" per se, but is rather an opportunity for some of the group's original members to come together and perform a few live shows to celebrate the group's 25-year anniversary. "They [ACCEPT] will not come out with any CD or DVD," the statetement reads. "U.D.O. is alive. They're going to start recording the new album in December. The album will come out in October 2005. The new tour'll start in February 2006."

31 October 2004

New York Hardcore legends AGNOSTIC FRONT will be shooting their first DVD ever in NYC at the legendary CBGB's club on November 7th.
The band will be performing two shows with two different sets, starting at 3pm and 5pm for only $5 per show. There will be no openers being it is a live recording. All fans are asked to come on down and be part of NYHC history.

31 October 2004

SOUL SIRKUS, the new "supergroup" formed by singer Jeff Scott Soto (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN, AXEL RUDI PELL, TAKARA, HUMAN CLAY), guitarist Neal Schon and drummer Deen Castronovo (both of JOURNEY) and bassist Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT), will release their debut album on December 7.

31 October 2004

DOWN THE DRAIN, the new Buffalo, NY-based band fronted by former MALEVOLENT CREATION singer Brett Hoffmann, will be making their live debut on November 19 at the Sapphire Room in Buffalo, NY. The concert will mark Hoffmann's first live appearance in almost three years.

"Hoffmann went back to his hometown to find himself (mind, body and soul) and get back [to] doing what he does best: make sick-ass music,"
An official web site containing music samples will be launched very soon. In the meantime, you can join the Down The Drain mailing list to get update on the band's activities and to find out when the site and the new music have been completed. Write to: DOWNtheDRAINmusic@hotmail.comfor all the details.

31 October 2004

SUN CAGED’s official website (see LINKS) has been updated with the following band news:
“Sun Caged is currently busy writing songs for the second album. The songs sound great so far and show some different aspects from the band.
The search for a good singer goes on and we have some good options! Things are looking positive currently and we hope to announce the news pretty soon.
The band will first work on a new album and when that album has been released the band will start playing live again, so have patience! We want to thank the fans for their loyalty regarding the band and the changes and we hope you will all like the new material.”

31 October 2004

Reunited Houston metallers HELSTAR featuring legendary vocalist James Rivera have announced the following live dates:

November
6 - Keep It True Festival in Koenigshofen, Germany
7 - La Sfinge in Brescia, Italy
8 - Estragon in Bologna, Italy
9 - New Breed in Fornacette -Pisa, Italy
12 - Rock Bottom Club in Thessaloniki, Greece
13 - Kingston Club in Cyprus-Lemessos, Greece
14 - AN Club in Athens, Greece
19 - The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark
21 - De Effenaar in Eindhoven, Netherlands

31 October 2004

INVOCATOR will enter guitarist Jacob Hansen’s own Hansen Studios for a few days in November to record a few new tracks.
Says the band, “New songs have been written and just to see what they really sound like once recorded, we have decided to spend a couple of days in the studio. We're all very excited to see how they turn out! Further details will be posted later.”

In related news, Hansen has joined forces with Danish/Swedish prog metallers BEYOND TWILIGHT (see LINKS). Here's the statement from the band itself:
“Yes it's true. Beyond Twilight are proud to announce that Invocator guitarist Jacob Hansen has joined forces with the band. Jacob is a perfect fit for the band, and the recordings has gone just perfect. Jacob has brought his great skills and energy to the recordings. Beyond Twilight are extraordinarily happy with the new reinforcement.”

22 October 2004

NOVACT (formerly known as MORGANA-X) announced the signing of a contract with the American record label Sensory owned by Ken Golden.
The album "Tales From The Soul"' will receive a worldwide release.

22 October 2004

ANGEL DUST are back together again.
Line up is: Dirk Thurisch ( vocals), Steven Banx (keyboard), Dirk (Assy) Assmuth (Drums). Bass player (T.B.A.)

They wrote 3 songs so far and have lots of ideas. "Looks like we'll release a very special bonus CD incl unreleased stuff plus old ( very old ) material plus 2-3 new tracks. A new CD will be out in 2005!!! Looking forward, rehearsals are great, we have lots of fun and enjoy ourselves. We got a lot of offers to play and we'll be checking out stuff/offers these days. Best Regards, Bernd."

22 October 2004

Progressive epic thrash metallers BIOMECHANICAL have inked a four-album deal with Elitist/Earache Records. Biomechanical are presently working on their sophomore album entitled 'The Empires of The World' at singer Jon K's own studio. Work is likely to be completed at the end of 2004 for an early 2005 release.

22 October 2004

Former STEEL PROPHET singer Rick Mythiasin is working on a new project under the name MYTHIASIN. According to the vocalist, "it's the heaviest, most thrashy thing I've done up to this date." Songs are currently being hammered out in the studio.
Mythiasin's former bandmates are undergoing more growing pains, having parted ways with guitarist Pete Skermetta, drummer Kevin Cafferty and original bassist Vince Dennis. Joining original guitarist Steve Kachinsky and vocalist Nadir D'Priest are Tim Thomas (NEW EDEN guitarist), Glenn Cannon (HELLION bassist) and Gene McEwen (STEIGER drummer).

22 October 2004

Line up changes for REPULSION. Here's the official word:
“Due to other commitments, (guitarist) Aaron Freeman has left Repulsion. Unfortunately this is a permanent decision. He will be sorely missed. Taking over guitar duties will be Exhumed's Matt Harvey. We are very excited to have him aboard, thanks Matt!!! Also, (drummer) Dave Grave is unable to attend the upcoming France and Spain gigs. His temporary replacement will be Col Jones (Cretin, Exhumed). There isn't a man alive more qualified to fill the grand daddy of blast beat's slippers more than Mr. Col Jones. Thanks for helping us out, Col.”

22 October 2004

JUDAS PRIEST have once again postponed the release date of their new studio album — this time to February 1, 2005 (January 31, 2005 internationally) from the previously announced January 4, 2005.
The release date was moved at the request of the band's record label, Sony/Epic Records in order "to make sure that we can get everything in place for the release of the new record i.e. marketing plans, interviews, video etc., etc." according to a posting on the group's web site (see LINKS).

22 October 2004

SIX FEET UNDER’s official website (www.sfu420.com) has posted dates for the No Mercy Festivals 2005.
Acts currently confirmed for the trek include SIX FEET UNDER, NILE, DARK FUNERAL, DISBELIEF, DYING FETUS and CATARACT.
Confirmed dates for the tour include:

March
13 at La Locomotive in Paris, France
14 at Zeche Carl in Essen, Germany
15 at Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany
16 at Columbia Club in Berlin, Germany
17 at Abaton Club in Prague, Czech Republic
18 at Alte Spinnerei in Glauchau, Germany
19 at Planet Music in Wien, Austria
20 at Hafen in Innsbruck, Austria
21 at Trasilvania in Milano, Italy
22 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland
23 at Rock Fabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany
24 at La Laiterie in Strasbourg, France
25 at C. Royal in Frankfurt, Germany
26 at Hof Ter Loo in Antwerpen, Belgium
27 at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands

More acts and dates will be announced soon. Stay tuned.

22 October 2004

MCBRAIN DAMAGE, featuring IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain, bassist Dave “The Beast” Spitz (ex-BLACK SABBATH/WHITE LION), vocalist Jonathan Murphy, guitarist Rick Baum (DEEPSET) and guitarist Chris Proano (FAILSAFE) have posted the following update at their official website:
"Nicko is off to London for a week to do some studio work. He'll be home for a bit, then off for a drum clinic tour. Dave "The Beast" Spitz came out of his cave to meet up with Rick and Jonathan to hang with Ronnie James Dio at his show here in Florida. They also have plans this week to jam with Patrik Johansson (drummer for YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) at a local rehearsal room. Don't worry, it's just to have fun while Nicko is running around the world. We're hard at work getting McBrain Damage tour dates together for the new year."

22 October 2004

Swedish black metalers MARDUK will be hitting the road early next year in Europe for a headlining tour in support of their new album, "Plague Angel", due out in Europe on November 22nd through Blooddawn/Regain.
Confirmed dates are as follows:

February
12 - Stockholm, Sweden at Klubben
17 - Linkoping, Sweden at Skylten
18 - Gothenburg, Sweden at Musikhus
21 - London, England at Underworld
23 - Manchester, England at Satan Hallow
24 - Dublin, Ireland at Whelans
27 - Saint Nazaire, France at VIP

March
2 - Toulouse, France at Salle Des Fetes
3 - Marseille, France at C. Mirabeau
11 - Groningen, Netherlands at Vera
12 - Weert, Netherlands at Bosuil
13 - Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle
14 - Bischofswerda, Germany at East Club
15 - Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic at Mir Club


22 October 2004

Nick Menza has been replaced in the lineup for the upcoming MEGADETH tour. In his place will be Shawn Drover (EIDOLON). "We look forward to the upcoming tour with Sean and wish Nick best of luck in his next endeavor." Shawn now joins his brother Glen (Eidolon/DIMENSION INFINITE/ex-KING DIAMOND), who was announced as Megadeth's new guitarist in September. The current Megadeth lineup is rounded off by bassist James MacDonough (ex-ICED EARTH).

15 October 2004

Long running New Jersey metalheads ATTACKER have issued the latest news flash: on October 17th, the band will be entering the recording studio to begin work on their next album, tentatively titled, "The Unknown". The album will contain eight new tracks. The project will emanate from world renowned Trax East Recording Studios in New Jersey. Artwork for the new Attacker album will be illustrated by Jowita Kaminska. Ms. Kaminska is an established artist from Poland and has designed album covers for DECEASED, EXODUS and many others. No release date has been set as of this writing.

Also on the horizon is the much anticipated upcoming DVD titled "Death By Decibels". Footage has been shot for this home video starting from their now historic return performance in Hoboken's Maxwell's right on through Keep It True, Classic Metal Fest, and Milwaukee Metal Fest. Also, behind the scenes footage including the making of the Soul Taker album. The band have come across some live footage of the late John Leone (Second Coming vocalist) that will be included. As a point of interest, Attacker will be headlining the Fifth Annual Heavy Metal Maniacs in Hoorn, Holland on Saturday October 30th 2004. This live performance will also be shot for their upcoming DVD home video. A release date will soon be announced.
Finally, Attacker have been confirmed for both Classic Metal Fest 5 on May 13th and 14th 2005 in Chicago, IL USA and Headbanger's Open Air on July 8th and 9th 2005 in Botanik, Germany showtimes and confirmed dates will be available soon.

15 October 2004

PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, featuring E-FORCE/ex-VOIVOD frontman Eric Forrest, have revealed the track list for their second album, entitled "The Conjoined". It is as follows: 'Motionless', 'Through The Broken Lens', 'Regenerate', 'The Conjoined', 'Unsight Unseen', 'Eve Of Demise', 'Final Act Of Treachery', 'Surface Noise', 'Second Impact Syndrome', 'Synesthesia', and 'Hand That You've Been Dealt'.

The band has also recorded a cover song with the intent of offering it as a free internet track. It will probably not appear on the album. "The Conjoined" is unlikely to surface until well into 2005, however, as their debut album "A Beautiful Sickness" (see REVIEWS) was only released in September.

15 October 2004

The new OCCULT album "Malevolent Rapture" is scheduled for an early 2005 release.
The band is currently working on the effort in the Stage One Studio.

15 October 2004

METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof revealed that he has launched a brand new prog-rock project.
"There is a whole bunch of material that I have written that is like old-school progressive rock," Kurdt explained. "At some point I'm going to put the finishing touches on that as another side project. It was too left-field for VANDERHOOF, so I am going to call this project PRESTO BALLET. It is just an experimentation on my part."

15 October 2004

Former FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares and ex-DIMMU BORGIR/CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Nick Barker will be teaming up in an as-yet-unnamed new project. The duo, who have been collaborating for the past few months in Dino's long-running extreme metal band BRUJERIA, have not released any details of the new project except to say that it will be "heavier and faster" than FEAR FACTORY. More information as it becomes available.

15 October 2004

HOLY MOSES, the long-running German thrash outfit fronted by Sabina Classen, have signed a new record deal with Armageddon Music. A new studio album is tentatively scheduled for release next spring/summer.

15 October 2004

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES are currently working on a new project called "Return to Venice", according to a posting on the group's web site. No further information is currently available.
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' last full-length album, "Free Your Soul . . . And Save My Mind", was released in 2000.

15 October 2004

Magick Records, a division of Cleopatra Records, are issuing the CD version of FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's recent DVD, "Live In Phoenix", in early 2005. The show was recorded live at the Bash On Ash in the band's hometown of Phoenix, AZ on July 18th, 2003.
The tentative tracklisting is as follows:
'No Place For Disgrace', 'Swatting At Flies', 'Hard On You', 'Chemical Noose', 'Me', 'Wading Through The Darkness', 'The Master Sleeps', 'Nothing To Say', 'Trash', 'Hammerhead', 'Secret Square', 'Escape From Within' and 'Dig Me Up To Bury Me'.
Flotsam drummer Craig Nielsen says that their next studio album is almost completely written and will be recorded before the end of the year. Expect a release through Crash Music in early 2005 as well.

15 October 2004

SAXON have updated their tour itinerary, in support of their recently released "Lionheart" album, to reflect the following dates.
Guests on the trek will include: DREAM EVIL (through October 21st), CHINCHILLA (October 23rd - November 14th).
Upcoming dates include:

October
15 at Louzhniki Arena in Moscow, Russia
17 at Pumpehuset in Copenhagen, Denmark
18 at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway
19 at Tradgarn in Gothenburg, Sweden
20 at Cluben in Stockholm, Sweden
21 at KB in Malmo, Sweden
23 at Stadthalle in Lichtenfelsm, Germany
24 at Novesta in Zlin, Czech Republic
25 at Stodola in Warszawa, Poland
27 at Orpheum in Graz, Austria
28 at Tvornika in Zagreb, Hungary
30 at Mylos Apothiki in Thessaloniki, Greece
31 at Gagarin 205 in Athens, Greece

November
4 at Live Music Club in Milano, Italy
6 at Razzmatazz 2 in Barcelona, Spain
7 at Caracol in Madrid, Spain
8 at Hard Club in Porto, Portugal
10 at Rockstore in Montepellier, France
11 at Tenax in Florence, Italy
12 at Fillmore in Piacenza, Italy
13 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland
14 at Elysee Montmartre in Paris, France

15 October 2004

Italian melodic rock label Frontiers Records have signed BRAZEN ABBOT, featuring multi-talent Nikolo Kotzev, to an international deal. Kotzev will make his debut on the label with a live CD/DVD package called A Decade Of Brazen Abbot. The material was recorded over the course of the band's first ever tour through Kotzev's homeland of Bulgaria.
The line-up featured on the album and the DVD includes Kotzev (guitars), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW/vocals), Wayne Banks (bass), Lars Pollack (keyboards) and Thomas Broman (drums). The DVD is almost two hours long and features footage the various concerts held, TV appearances as well as some older pictures and interviews with Kotzev and all the singers that were part of Brazen Abbot since the band's beginnings, including Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN), Glenn Hughes, Goran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and Turner.

The track lists are as follows:
CD: 'Intro', 'Mr. Earthman', 'One Life To Live', 'Slip Away', 'Guilty As Sin Part 1', 'Guilty As Sin Part 2#, 'Supernatural', keyboard solo, 'Can't Let You Go', 'I'll Be Free', 'I Surrender', drum solo 'Road To Hell', and 'Love Is On Our Side' (studio acoustic bonus track).
DVD: 'Mr. Earthman', 'Slip Away', 'Supernatural', 'Feeling Like A Rolling Stone', Jam Session (Nik, Joe, Jeff Paris and Jorgen Carlsson), 'Stone Cold', 'Guilty As Sin', 'I Surrender', 'Can't Let You Go', 'I'll Be Free', 'One Life To Live' and 'Road To Hell'. (NTSC region free format).

The release of both formats coincides with Brazen Abbot's 10 year anniversary, hitting the streets worldwide on November 22nd.

15 October 2004

New Jersey thrash legends OVERKILL have signed a two-album deal with Regain Records which excludes North America. Overkill is currently in the studio working on the new album which is scheduled for a late February 2005 release. The band will follow up the release with extensive worldwide touring in North America, Europe and Japan.

8 October 2004

ANVIL may be doing a tour of Eastern Canada with I HATE SALLY and BOBNOXIOUS (featuring RAZOR's Bob Reid).

ANVIL are also in talks for a European tour with AGENT STEEL, HIRAX and INFERNAL MAJESTY, to take place in January, 2005.

In other Anvil news, as well as releasing the band's new CD, Back To Basics, Screaming Ferret Wreckords, LLC will also be re-releasing much of Anvil's back catalogue in the US. They will be remastered and will include bonus tracks. The following are the CDs to be re-released: "Strength Of Steel", "Pound For Pound", "Past And Present: Live In Concert", "Worth The Weight", "Plugged In Permanent", "Absolutely No Alternative", "Speed Of Sound", "Anthology Of Anvil", "Plenty Of Power" and "Still Going Strong".

8 October 2004

ARABESQUE lead guitarist Joop Wolters returns with his second solo release on Lion Music.
"Speed, Traffic & Guitar Accidents" is home to 17 tracks that see Joop delve deep into his emotions to produce this stylistically varied release. Music fans that appreciate strong focused guitar work will find "Speed, Traffic & Guitar Accidents" a true gem.

8 October 2004

TYGERS OF PAN TANG have parted ways with singer Richie Wicks.

8 October 2004

SLAYER's management has confirmed the tracklisting for the band's new DVD, "Still Reigning", set for release in late October through American Recordings/UME.
The DVD, which features the band playing their Reign In Blood album live, features the following tracklisting: 'Angel Of Death', 'Piece By Piece', 'Necrophobic', 'Alter Of Sacrifice', 'Jesus Saves', 'Criminally Insane', 'Reborn', 'Epidemic', 'Postmortem' and 'Raining Blood'.
The DVD also features the following bonus tracks, as well as backstage footage and interviews with the band members: 'War Ensemble', 'Hallowed Point', 'Necrophiliac', 'Mandatory Suicide','Spill The Blood' and 'South Of Heaven'.

8 October 2004

IMMOLATION have titled their new album "Harnessing Ruin". The album is scheduled for a late January 2005 release through Listenable (Olympic Recordings in North America).
The album will feature the following tracklisting: ‘Swarm Of Terror’, ‘Our Savior Sleeps’, ‘Challenge The Storm’, ‘Harnessing Ruin’, ‘Dead To Me’, ‘Son Of Iniquity’, ‘My Own Enemy’, ‘Crown The Liar’ and ‘At Mourning's Twilight’.
The album was recorded at Millbrook Sound Studios with Paul Orofino producing. A new video track for ‘Dead To Me’ is in the works, and the official website will also be relaunched soon.

8 October 2004

The Arnhem Metal Meeting (www.arnhemmetalmeeting.nl) is scheduled to take place on December 4th at Musis Sacrum in Arnhem, Netherlands.

Acts confirmed for the festival include:
SAMAEL
ENTOMBED
UNLEASHED
SUFFOCATION
1349
IMPALED NAZARENE
DESASTER
GOD DETHRONED
PRIMORDIAL
GOREROTTED
INHUME
HEIDEVOLK


8 October 2004

BLITZKRIEG are currently hard at work writing and arranging tracks for the next Blitzkrieg studio release.
The follow up to 2002`s "Absolute Power" is at present scheduled to be recorded in February 2005. A mid-spring 2005 release is expected.

8 October 2004

NOCTURNAL RITES drummer Owe Lingvall was involved in accident at his summer house a few days ago that almost caused him to lose an eye. He is now in hospital and will undergo surgery. You can add your offer in their guestbook (see LINKS).

8 October 2004

DYING FETUS dismissed vocalist Vince Matthews from the band. This action was taken due to a number of musical, professional, and personal reasons that they feel do not need elaboration at this time.
However, Vince remains a long-time friend of several Dying Fetus members and they wish him the best of luck in the future. This change will not affect any of their present tour plans. They intend to continue with our current four-piece lineup, and they will handle the vocals accordingly.

8 October 2004

LOUDNESS guitarist Akira Takasaki released his latest solo album, entitled "Splash Mountain", through Tricycle Records in Japan on September 22nd.
The track list is as follows: 'I Know You', 'Out Of Control', 'Back In Black' (AC/DC cover), 'Sweet Emotion' (AEROSMITH cover), 'Air', 'N-Trance', 'Vibrato', 'Hate Myself', 'Zongon Manden', 'We're All Alone' (BOZ SCAGGS), 'Queen Of Rock', 'Riding In The Sun' and 'Hale Hale Jangle'. Takasaki handles all guitars, drums and vocals.

1 October 2004

US prog-metallers ZERO HOUR have issued the following press release regarding parting ways with vocalist Erik Rosvold:
"We haven't physically seen or talked to Erik since we got back from Europe in April of 2003. The only communication we've had with Erik for the last year and five months was by email (and he rarely responded back to us). Jasun (Tipton - guitar), Mike (Guy drums) and I felt we'd lost control of Zero Hour and even thought about discontinuing ZH. We loved what Erik's vocals brought to the band and knew finding a replacement would not be easy.
However, we are pleased to annouce that Fred Marshall is the new vocalist in Zero Hour! Jasun and I have been fans of Fred's vocals ever since we heard his prior band's demo, Reigning Thoughts by DESTINY'S VOID. I asked Doug Ott of ENCHANT if he had Fred's number and he put me in contact with Mark who played drums in a couple of bands with Fred (including Destiny's Void). I called Fred and sent him Towers Of Avarice (2001) and now we are working together on the next disc. Fred will start tracking in November and all vocals will be tracked in December.
Zero Hour will have our next cd released in early 2005! We would like to take this oppurtunity to thank the fans for there patience."

1 October 2004

SHATTER MESSIAH is a new band with Curran Murphy (ANNIHILATOR) and Greg Wagner (BREAKER, ex-ARCHETYPE). They are recording their first album at the moment.
Greg Wagner is also working on his 3th BUZZKILLER album. For reviews of the first 2 BUZZKILLER albums you have to take a look at the REVIEW part of this webzine..........More news as i get updated.

1 October 2004

Long-running Dutch death metallers PENTACLE have finished recording their new album, "Under the Black Cross", tentatively due in early 2005 through Iron Pegasus Records. "The result is better than we had expected it to be," the band write on their web site. "In about two weeks we're going to mix the album, but this rough mix sounds already very promising. The songs are full of aggression and power. The essence of the material truly comes to life now. No shitty tapes anymore...this is the real thing!"
Eight tracks are going to be featured on the CD, while two others are scheduled to appear on a follow-up seven-inch single, which is going to be released several months after the album.

Among the cuts under consideration to appear on the album are the following:
01. Into the Fiery Jaws
02. Raise the White Ensign!
03. March of the Cambletown (instrumental)
04. A Devil's Shooting Gallery
05. The Utmost Desolation
06. (Storming through) a Hail of Steel
07. The Last Fight (ML 306's Stand)
08. Awaiting the Blast of Death
09. Blast them from the Sky

1 October 2004

Santa Cruz, California-based death metallers DECREPIT BIRTH have announced the addition of drummer KC Howard (ODIUS MORTEM) to the group's ranks. "Now that we are a complete force, we are gearing the band for shows and touring in the months ahead,' the group write on their web site.
DECREPIT BIRTH's full-length debut, "...And Time Begins" (see REVIEWS), was released last year through Unique Leader Records. The CD marked the last recoreded appearance with the group of bassist Derek Boyer, who has since left DECREPIT BIRTH to join the reunited death metal legends SUFFOCATION.

1 October 2004

Former DEEP PURPLE members Glenn Hughes and Joe Lynn Turner are collaborating on a music project with no less than the deputy mayor of Moscow, Mikhail Men, who, it turns out, dabbles in music.
Men said he got the idea to record together with Hughes and Turner while listening to some hard-rock songs he wrote when he was young. "As a result, together with producer Alexander Berezhny we risked offering Glenn Hughes and Joe Lynn Turner to perform the music," Men was quoted as saying by Interfax.
The rock legends agreed, and together with the deputy mayor have set to work on nine new songs — Men wrote the music and Hughes and Turner wrote the lyrics to what they said had a distinct Russian motif.
Speaking at the press conference, Hughes said he enjoyed working with this new kind of music and expected to surprise his fans. The album — with a working title of "Made in Moscow" — is set for release in December.

1 October 2004

Houston's DISTANT THUNDER (see LINKS) are currently finalizing plans for their upcoming European tour. Dates will be announced as they are confirmed. The band has scheduled two shows in the Texas area before leaving for Germany.
Meanwhile, vocalist James Rivera is touring with SEVEN WITCHES, sharing the bill with Metal greats UFO and KINGS X.
Distant Thunder guitarist Gregg Gill and drummer Rick Ward are keeping busy at Spyder Studio recording Now And Then Records artists MAGISTRAL and preparing to record Laser's Edge Records artists STRIDE.
Distant Thunder bassist Mike Lepond is headed back to the studio to record the next SYMPHONY X CD release. Original HELSTAR bassist, Jerry Abarca will fill in on any shows that conflict with Mike's recording schedule.

1 October 2004

KREATOR have announced their first live dates for 2005.
The band will embark on the "Enemy Of God" Tour 2005, beginning in Austria in February. Support on the trek will come from Sweden’s DARK TRANQUILLITY, plus two opening acts.
Confirmed dates for the tour currently include:

February
2 in Salzburg, Austria at Rockhouse
3 in Zagreb, Hungary at Tvornica
4 in Budapest, Hungary at Petöfi Hall
5 in Wien, Austria at Planet Music
6 in Graz, Austria at Orpheum
7 in Llubljana, Slovakia at VtK
8 in Treviso, Italy at New Age
9 in Mailand, Italy at Rolling Stone
10 in Montpellier, France at Rockstore
11 in Bergara, Spain at Jam
12 in Madrid, Spain at Arena
13 in Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz 1
14 in Lyon, France at Transbordeur
15 in Paris, France at Elysee Montmatre
16 in London, England at Electric Ballroom
17 in Antwerpen, Belgium at Hof ter Lo
18 in Tilburg, Netherlands at O13
19 in Osnabrück, Germany at Dütehalle/Georgsmarinenhütte
20 in Oberhausen, Germany at T-Club Turbinenhalle
21 in Langen, Germany at Stadthalle
23 in Stuttgart, Germany at Longhorn
24 in Nürnberg, Germany at Hirsch
25 in Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
26 in Kaufbeuren, Germany at Zeppelinhalle
27 in Glauchau, Germany at Alte Spinnerei
28 in Berlin, Germany at Columbiaclub

March
1 in Hannover, Germany at Faust
in Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle
3 in Göteborg, Sweden at Musikens Hus
4 in Oslo, Norway at Betong
5 in Stockholm, Sweden at Klubben

1 October 2004

The organizers of the Bang Your Head Festival have announced that former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach will be performing at the 10th Anniversary of the BYH in Balingen, Germany next year. The theme of BYH 2005 is The Best Of Ten Years, and Bach was an unexpected hit this year when he stepped in at the last minute to replace WHITE LION, thus he has been invited back.

The festival will take place on the 24th and 25th of June. Other acts due to appear include TWISTED SISTER, MOTÖRHEAD, DIO, SAXON, DORO, GAMMA RAY, NEVERMORE, KROKUS, AXEL RUDI PELL, DESTRUCTION, AMON AMARTH, TANKARD, JAG PANZER, NASTY SAVAGE, VICIOUS RUMORS and DEMON.
Five more acts and one very special guest are expected to be announced soon.

1 October 2004

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, featuring former SAVATAGE singer Zak Stevens, have been forced to push back the release of their new album due to the series of hurricanes that have been battering Florida. The band has been recording in Brooksville at Cabin Fever Studio and were forced to evacuate. The single/EP planned for the end of the year has been bumped to January 2005, with the release of the full length album now planned for February 2005.

Zak Stevens recently lost part of a finger in a lawnmower accident, forcing him to miss this year’s Prog Power Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. A statement has yet to be made with regards to his condition, but we’re assuming no news is good news.

1 October 2004

Swedish black metallers MARDUK have revealed through their official website (see LINKS) the title and tracklisting for their new album, due out through Regain Records in mid-November.
Entitled "Plague Angel", the album features the following tracklisting: ‘The Hangman Of Prague’, ‘Throne Of Rats’, ‘Seven Angels, Seven Trumpets’, ‘Life`s Emblem’, ‘Steel Inferno’, ‘Perish In Flames’, ‘Holy Blood, Holy Grail’, ‘Warschau’, ‘Deathmarch’, ‘Everything Bleeds’ and ‘Blutrache’.
Upcoming Marduk tour dates in support of Plague Angel are as follows:

December
5 at La Locomotive in Paris, France
6 at Zeche Carl in Essen, Germany
7 at Hyde Park in Osnabruck, Germany
8 at Halford in Berlin, Germany
9 at Lucerna Music in Prague, Czech Republic
10 at Hellraiser in Engelsdorf, Germany
11 at Planet Music in Wien, Austria
12 at Haffen in Innsbruck, Austria
13 at Transilvania in Milan, Italy
14 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland
15 at Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany
16 at Live Arena in Munster (Breitefeld), Germany
17 at La Laiterie in Strasbourg, France
18 at Hof Ter Loo in Antwerpen, Belgium
19 at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands

1 October 2004

Roadrunner Records have set an October 5th release date for the reissue of FEAR FACTORY's classic debut, "Soul Of A New Machine" complete with the "Fear Is The Mindkiller" EP.

1 October 2004

Earmark Records have made two classic MOTORHEAD albums available on 180 gram picture disc vinyl LP.
The titles available are "Rock ‘N’ Roll" (1987) and "Orgasmatron" (1986).
The albums feature the following track listings:
Orgasmatron - ‘Orgasmatron’, ‘Deaf Forever’, ‘Ain't My Crime’, ‘Claw’, ‘Built For Speed’, ‘Nothing Up My Sleeve’, ‘Mean Machine’ and ‘Riding With The Driver’.
Rock ‘N’ Roll - ‘Rock n' Roll’, ‘Eat The Rich’, ‘Blackheart’, ‘Stone Deaf In The U.S.A.’, ‘The Wolf’, ‘Traitor’, ‘Dogs’, ‘All For You’ and ‘Boogey Man’.

In Other news: MOTÖRHEAD are among the artists who will be featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming "SpongeBob Squarepants" movie, reports ABC ePrep. THE FLAMING LIPS will provide the disc's first single, a track called "SpongeBob and Patrick Confront the Psychic Wall of Energy", while Lemmy and the boys have re-recorded their song "You Better Run" under the new title "You Better Swim". The album will be released November 9, ten days before the film opens in theaters.

1 October 2004

IRON MAIDEN is one of the first bands to be confirmed for the Graspop Festival 2005, to be held in Belgium from July 24th - 26th.
MEGADETH and AXEL RUDI PELL have also been confirmed to perform.

1 October 2004

British death metallers CANCER have updated their official website (see LINKS) with the following message:
“Cancer has recruited a new lead guitarist, Dave Leitch, a local chap from Telford speed freeks PULVERISED.
We look forward to recording the new album with him and touring in 2005, our first show being at Camden Underworld at Easter, so c u there.” Earlier this month Cancer announced that the band and guitarist Rob Engvikson had parted ways amicably.
Cancer vocalist/guitarist John Walker and drummer Carl Stokes are currently writing material for a new full length Cancer album. Stay tuned for more details.

1 October 2004

Boston's newly reunited thrash pioneers WARGASM are working on a new DVD which the band says "is going to be a historical look at the band, and will include songs from the reunion show (held September 18th at the Middle East Club in Cambridge, MA), as well as other stuff from the vaults. People that would be interested in buying the DVD when it comes out can send an email to: wargasm_dvd@yahoo.com.
"

1 October 2004

Original EXCITER members Dan Beehler (vocals/drums) and Allan Johnson (bass) have announced they have come to an agreement with Megaforce Records to re-release the first six Exciter albums.
ANNIHILATOR guitarist/founder Jeff Waters has already remastered the albums. They include: "Heavy Metal Maniac" (1983), "Violence and Force" (1984), "Long Live The Loud" (1985), "Better Live Than Dead" (1990), "Unveiling The Wicked" (1986) and "O.T.T."(1988). These re-releases will include bonus material such as video footage, rare interviews and pictures from that era.

In addition, the "Feel The Knife" EP (1985) and "World War III" (US Metal Volume 2/Shrapnel Records single 1982) will be re- issued, also with bonus material. Violence And Force will be re-released internationally on November 9th. The rest of the catalogue will appear on the shelves in early 2005.

1 October 2004

Originally released this past June in Japan only, via Toy's Factory Records, ARCH ENEMY's "Dead Eyes See No Future" EP will be issued in Canada and the United States by Century Media on November 30th. It will contain the following tracklisting:
'Dead Eyes See No Future' (from Anthems Of Rebellion), 'We Will Rise' (Live in Paris 2004), 'Burning Angel' (Live in Paris 2004), 'Symphony Of Destruction' (MEGADETH cover), 'Kill With Power' (MANOWAR cover) and 'Incarnated Solvent Abuse' (CARCASS cover).

24 September 2004

Guitarist Kelly Shaefer (ex-ATHEIST, NEUROTICA) has resurfaced with a new project, UNHEARD.
Former this year in Sarasota, Florida, Unheard’s lineup is rounded out by vocalist Mike Callahan, guitarist Donny Jaurols, bassist Mike Fisciana and drummer Dave Budbill.
The band have recorded a demo, of which samples from five songs can currently be heard online.
More information on this project will be announced as it becomes available.

24 September 2004

FLESH MADE SIN has inked a deal with Karmageddon Media. Their first official full length, "Dawn of the Stillborn", is being described as "Plain and honest aggression that goes straight for the kill."
An official statement from the band reads: "Finally we found some lost souls daring to release the first full-length assault of Flesh Made Sin. We really appreciate the offer of Karmageddon Media to let us spit our ripping Thrash-metal to a higher level and a bigger audience. The thrashed up mirror of today's reality. Murder and suicide go hand in hand with malignancy and horror. The eyes of god have been closed upon us. Watch the flesh commit the sin. Envy the stillborn, for they bare the gift of unlife. The true salvation ! '
The tracklisting of "Dawn Of The Stillborn" is as follows: 'Crowned In Torment', 'Possess The Flesh', 'Dawn Of The Stillborn', 'The Cleansing', 'Descending Life', 'Ritual For The Dead', 'Wastelands' and 'Spiritual Death-Trip',
Dawn Of The Stillborn, due out on November 15th, was recorded, mixed and mastered at Harrow Recording Studio in Losser, The Netherlands. The cover artwork was designed by Manuel Tinnemans (NECROPHAGIA/PENTACLE).

24 September 2004

Monster Underground will be releasing the first (and very hard to find) WATCHTOWER CD, "Energetic Disassembly", and it will be available on October 5, 2004.
It will contain a 10 page booklet, featuring lyrics, photos, liner notes from Doug and Jason and a collage of 80s magazine quotes/articles. The song order is as on the original vinyl release.

24 September 2004

JUDAS PRIEST’s new album has been postponed to January 4th, 2005 at the request of Sony/Epic Records.
Judas Priest are currently in a UK studio putting the finishing touches to their highly anticipated, as-yet-untitled comeback record.

24 September 2004

KREATOR have named their new album "Enemy Of God", and will release the effort through SPV Records on January 10th, 2005 in Europe/South America and on January 11th in North America. The limited edition version of the release will come with a bonus DVD which contains a “making of” segment and video clips.

As previously reported, the album’s release will be followed by an extensive world tour, including massive sound and lights plus a killer stage design in the style of the new cover artwork, which will be made by Austrian artist Jochim Luetke (www.luetke.com).

Before the album is released, Kreator will issue a specially priced 4 track EP, including previously unreleased live material and non album tracks.
Tracks to appear on Enemy Of God include: 'Enemy Of God', 'Impossible Brutality', 'Suicide Terrorist', 'Murder Fantasies', 'Dying Race Apocalypse', 'One Evil Comes - A Million Follow', 'Dystopia', 'World Anarchy', 'Voices', 'Under A Blackened Sky', 'When Death Takes It's Dominion', 'The Ancient Plague'.
Kreator’s Mille Petrozza recently commented on the new material, stating, “The style of the songs is pure brutal thrash! Tons of fast shit, sick solos, aggro riffing. I am really psyched about the new shit , can´t wait to hear what you think about it. Looking foreward to get back on the road again, to play for you all!"

24 September 2004

More dates have been confirmed for the upcoming European tour featuring INTO ETERNITY, KATAKLYSM, MYSTIC CIRCLE, GRAVEWORM .
Tour dates now include:

October
1 at Baroeg in Rotterdam, Netherlands
2 at Biebob in Vosselaar, Belgium
3 at Innocent in Hengelo, Netherlands
4 at Rockpalast T2 in Kiel Germany
5 at N8 in Osnabruck, Germany
6 at Zeche Carl in Essen, Germany
7 at K17 in Berlin, Germany
8 at Alte Spinerei in Clauchau, Germany
9 at Mir Club in Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic
10 at Kultiplex in Budapest, Hungary
11 at Cvetlicarna in Ljubljana, Slovakia
12 at Mme Slavija Club in Ojsek, Croatia
13 at Dom Omladine in Beograd, Serbia
15 at Planet Music in Wien, Austria
16 at Rockhose in Salzburg, Austria
17 at Hafen in Innsbruck, Austria
18 at Transilvania in Milano, Italy
19 at K2 in Heidenheim, Germany
20 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland
22 at Tunk in Irun, Spain
23 at Mephisto in Barcelona, Spain
24 at Mat’s Cafe in La Ferriere, France
25 at La Locomotive in Paris, France

24 September 2004

Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN) and Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X) have teamed up for an album together that will go under the name LANDE/ALLEN.
The album is still in the recording stages, but is backed up by a stunning set of songs provided by Swedish guitar hero Magnus Karlsson (LAST TRIBE).

24 September 2004

Guitarist Michael Schenker has confirmed the following European live dates for the upcoming MSG tour:

October
27 - Bochum, Germany at Zeche
28 - Tilburg, Holland at 013
29 - Aschaffenburg, Germany at Colos-Saal
30 - Braunschweig, Germany at Meier Music Hall
31 - Ingolstadt, Germany at Ohrakel

November
1 - Nürnberg, Germany at Hirsch
3 - Frankenthal, Germany at Krone
4 - Lucerne, Switzerland - tba
5 - Zürich, Switzerland - tba
6 - Kaufbeuren, Germany at Zeppelinhalle
7 - Vienna, Austria at Planet Music

24 September 2004

DEFIANCE have issued the following via their website (see LINKS):
“Steev Esquivel will front EXODUS on their rescheduled South American tour, Defiance reunion on hold:
It has been reported that Steev will be the touring singer for Exodus on their South American tour, replacing Steve "Zetro" Souza. The tour has been rescheduled for late October. Because Steev will be very busy in rehearsals with Exodus for the next few months and then on tour with the band, the Defiance reunion is going to be put on hold until after the tour is completed. At that time we should have a better idea of what is going to happen going forward.
While Steev is gone the rest of the Defiance band will continue to work on songs and continue to maintain and add new content to the official Defiance website (see LINKS).”

24 September 2004

Organizers of the Keep It True Festival have announced the billing for their warm up show called Pounding Attack. The following acts will appear: DESTINY, RAM, RAIN, LIGEIA . The show will take place on November 5th at the Pfarrkeller in Lauda, Germany. Tickets cost seven Euro and are extremely limited.

As previously reported, the Keep It True Festival will take place on November 6th at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. Confirmed acts include: HELSTAR (featuring original bassist Jerry Abarca), HALLOWS EVE, STORMWITCH, TYRANTS REIGN, JAGUAR, SACRED STEEL, WITCHFYNDE, ROTTWEILLER, METAL INQUISITOR and REPENT.


18 September 2004

Tim Aymar, vocalist of Chuck Schuldiners CONTROL DENIED band has another national release. The band is called PHARAOH and the album title is: "After the fire".
Check it out at this location.


18 September 2004

Swedish progressive metal band PAIN OF SALVATION have announced plans to release their first DVD. "The 'BE' DVD will be out hopefully as soon as this December, and will really complete the 'BE' world in a very nice way," revealed singer Daniel Gildenlöw. "It will most likely contain a live CD of 'BE' as well and a lot more booklet information and pictures, and is thus the ultimate 'BE' box together with the studio album, which is being released late September. This is by far the best and most original and brainy stuff that's ever come out of the band. It will be truly painful having to knock it down the ladder with our coming albums..."

PAIN OF SALVATION's new studio album, "BE", is scheduled for release later this month through InsideOut Music.

18 September 2004

MASTERPLAN, the band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, recently entered Crazy Cat studio in Hamburg, Germany with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, SKINLAB) to begin recording their second album, tentatively due in early 2005 through AFM Records in Europe and Marquee Records in Japan and Southeast Asia.

"This record has a far more natural feel to it and it's even very progressive I feel in a lot of parts," Jorn Lande said. "We had to cut two epic songs back to six minutes. The 'Masterplan' album was very intense, even schizophrenic, but with this one we have really used space a lot more. Vocally, it is slightly different too, I'm using a lot more darker moods, almost Peter Gabriel- or David Bowie [-like]. Don't worry though — it's still a very heavy record, great riffs, solos and songs, but a bit more of a challenge."

18 September 2004

Long-running Canadian thrashers INFERNAL MAJESTY have been forced to postpone their European tour (which was to take place in September) until January "as work visas were not issued in time for some countries," according to a posting on the group's web site. The band are planning on returning to the road in the U.S. the first week of December and Europe in January. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
INFERNAL MAJESTY's latest album, "One Who Points To Death", was released this past spring through Greece's Black Lotus Records. The North American release is being handled by Canada's Galy Records.
The album is also already reviewed by Mario's Metal Mania (see REVIEWS)

18 September 2004

GOD DETHRONED finished the recordings of their new album "The Liar Of The White Worm".
The album will hit the streets on November 15th.

18 September 2004

ORPHANAGE parted ways with keyboardist Lasse. The band states they will work with two guitar players also and will introduce the new band members soon.

18 September 2004

Steve Souza parted ways with EXODUS. Conflicting reports said he left, or was fired from the band. Guitarist Gary Holt insulted Souza big time on the forum of the official EXODUS website (see LINKS), stating he hated Souza now. Later that day Holt rephrased some of his lines and admitted he should have reacted in a more professional way..........

18 September 2004

MOTORHEAD posted the following update: "Motorhead regrets to announce that the US tour scheduled for September and October 2004 is canceled due to a foot injury suffered by vocalist/bassist Lemmy Kilmister. Lemmy injured his foot on stage about month ago while touring in Europe. Lemmy, ignoring the pain and against his European doctor's recommendation, completed the few remaining shows on the Motorhead summer festival tour. Since he was not able to rest his foot for a while, Lemmy's injury worsened, and his US doctor insisted in no uncertain terms that Lemmy stay off his foot for several weeks in order for it to heal properly. Motorhead will return for a U.S. tour in March 2005.. Lemmy, guitarist Philip Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee hate to disappoint their fans but it is necessary for Lemmy's injury to heal so that Motorhead can rock long into the future."

18 September 2004

AGENT STEEL issued the following update: "This month is officially Agent Steel's 20 year anniversary since the band first began performing live in support of acts like Slayer. We are currently writing material for the follow-up to Order of the Illuminati, with a scheduled release date for some time in 2005. We've got 4-5 solid song ideas with more to come. The plan to release our live DVD is still in the works; the as-yet-untitled disc will mainly include live footage from our appearance at Dynamo Open Air 2004 festival in Holland and also a few songs from the warm up show at the Effenaar in Eindhoven. We've been contacted by various promoters and agencies about possible tours, and some live shows (including some European festivals); as soon as something is finalized we will make an official announcement, but at this time there are no live shows scheduled so we can concentrate of finishing up the new album."

18 September 2004

AFTERSHOCK inked a deal with Auburn Records and their new album, titled "Burning Chrome", will be released during the fall. According to the band: "We handled sales and distribution of our first CD, Unfinished Business, ourselves, but Bill Peters (President of Auburn) was there in the background providing sound guidance and advice. With our second release, we decided 'Why not make it official?'. Bill has a 20-year track record of releasing great metal and handling business interests with total integrity, so we're happy to be working with him to market this record."

18 September 2004

E-FORCE, featuring ex-VOIVOD frontman Eric Forrest, are planning to tour through Europe from November 1st - 25th with MACABRE and possibly D.R.I. Details and dates have yet to be confirmed.
He also announced the new E-Force line-up, which is as follows: Eric Forrest (bass/vocals), Dennis Rousell (guitars), Krof (drums) and Jerome Point (lead guitar).

18 September 2004

US doom lords SOLITUDE AETURNUS are just heading into the studio to record their new album. The band recently activated their new official website at www.eternalsolitude.com.
The site currently has a demo version available for the track ‘Waiting For The Light’, which will be featured on the forthcoming new album, entitled "Alone".

18 September 2004

Death metallers CANCER have posted the following band update at their official website (see LINKS):
“After some successful shows around Europe, Cancer and (guitarist) Rob Engvikson have parted ways. This was a totally amicable decision by both parties."
Quote from (drummer) Carl Stokes... “There is no malice between the band and Rob, and we wish him well with his ASATRU project, and we'll see him down the pub for a beer.” Cancer vocalist/guitarist John Walker and drummer Carl Stokes are currently writing material for a new full length Cancer album.

18 September 2004

SYMPHONY X has issued the following studio update via their official website (see LINKS):
“The band is still splitting time between writing the new Symphony X CD, and recording (vocalist) Russ' (Allen) solo CD (which is being recorded entirely in 'The Dungeon').
Russ' CD should be recorded and mixed by October, at which time they'll concentrate on writing, and then recording the new Symphony X CD.
At this time they anticipate the new CD to be ready for release sometime next spring.” More details as they become available.

18 September 2004

Thrash metal veteran Steve Gaines (DREAMS OF DAMNATION, BITCH, ex-ABATTOIR) has downloads of two songs from his solo CD, "Anger As Art", available at his website at this location.
Says Gaines: "Critics, fans, musicians, and journalists have responded favorably to it, and I appreciate it. But I want to share it with as many metal heads as possible, and this is the best way to do it. One critic called it 'a cross between AT THE GATES, and VIO-LENCE with huge vocals.' I don't know about that, but go see for yourself."
A review of this album will be added soon on Mario's Metal Mania.

18 September 2004

Sanctuary Records have inked a deal with newly reunited Swedish rockers EUROPE for their upcoming album, "Start From The Dark", due out on September 27 via T&T. The album is due out in Japan on September 22nd. The first single is ‘Got To Have Faith’, which was released on August 21st. Start From The Dark features the following tracklisting: ‘Got To Have Faith’, ‘Start From The Dark’, ‘Flames’, ‘Hero’, ‘Wake Up Call’, ‘Reason’, ‘Song No.12’, ‘Roll With You’, ‘Sucker’, ‘Spirit Of The Underdog’, ‘America’, ‘Settle For Love’, ‘Seven Doors Hotel’ (Live At Sweden Rock)* and ‘Wings Of Tomorrow’ (Live At Sweden Rock)* (*Japanese bonus tracks).
Also, digital remasters of the following titles from the group’s back catalog will be issued in Japan on September 23rd: "Europe" (1983), "Wings Of Tomorrow" (1984), "Final Countdown" (1986), "Out Of This World" (1988) and "Prisoners In Paradise" (1991).

EUROPE’s official website (see LINKS) has also posted dates for the band’s upcoming tour in support of their new album, "Start From The Dark". Upcoming Europe tour dates include:

October
14 Helsinki, Finland at House Of Culture
16 Link–ping, Sweden at Cloetta Center
17 Sundsvall, Sweden at Hallen
19 Oslo, Norway at Rockefeller
20 Karlstad, Sweden at Lila Arena
21 Stockholm, Sweden at Hovet
22 Goteborg, Sweden at Scandinavium
24 Hallen, Denmark at KB
26 Flensburg, Germany at Roxy
27 Hamburg, Germany at Fabrik
28 Koln, Germany at Live Music Hall
29 Nurnberg, Germany at Lowensaal
31 Stuttgart, Germany at Longhorn LKA

November
1 Munchen, Germany at Georg-Else-Halle
2 Wien, Austria at Kurhalle
4 Milano, Italy at Alcatraz
6 Madrid, Spain at Aqualung
7 Pamplona, Spain at Anaitasuna
9 Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz
10 Paris, France at Elysee Montmartre
12 Antwerp, Belgium at Hof Ter Lo
13 Tilburg, Netherlands at 013
15 London, England at Hammersmith Apollo

Guitarist John Norum will be releasing his new solo album in January 2005.
Norum's last solo CD, "Slipped Into Tomorrow", was released in 1999.

18 September 2004

Finnish power metallers SONATA ARCTICA have issued a four-song, pre-release EP in Europe, through Nuclear Blast. In addition to the title track, "Don't Say A Word" includes two cover songs 'World In My Eyes' (DEPECHE MODE) and 'Two Minds, One Soul' (VANISHING POINT) and 'Ain’t Your Fairytale', which appears on the forthcoming full-length "Reckoning Night".
"Reckoning Night" is set for release in Japan on October 6th and throughout Europe on October 11th.

18 September 2004

James MacDonough has quit ICED EARTH to become the touring bassist for MEGADETH. He has summarized the switch in the following posting :
"Hey guys, A while back I had heard that Megadeth might need a bassist so I contacted them via email and much later got a response to my surprise. Before I knew it I was on a conference call with Dave (Mustaine). I sent in some video of me playing a couple Megadeth songs and I got a call a couple days later.
Everything with IE has been up in the air as far as touring so I told Jon (Schaffer) about this when I got the first email back and being my older bro, he told me to go for it. Unfortunately I won't be able to play with IE in the future because this will be a very lengthy tour, but we'll see what happens down the road. I am keeping in touch with Jon and maybe something in the future will happen. Megadeth has always been one of my favorite bands and I have a lot of respect for Dave and what he's done for music, I feel honored to have been picked for this endeavor.
James"

10 September 2004

MARIO'S METAL MANIA will be updated on saturday 18 September again...............now i'm having a short vacation...........

3 September 2004

LEATHERWOLF, on the verge of a comeback with RACER X singer Jeff Martin in the driver's seat, have uploaded two new full length audio clips of the songs 'Behind The Gun' and 'Disconnect' at their official website (see LINKS).
The band is currently searching out a record deal with these two tracks and the song 'Burned', which is available at the same location. They describe the new material as "the most powerful and progressive LEATHERWOLF songs ever written! Very heavy!"

3 September 2004

BOLT THROWER have announced the departure of vocalist Dave Ingram (ex-BENEDICTION).
In a statement, the band said: "Dave has been suffering with health and personal problems for a while now and he has decided that it would be best if he left the band to concentrate on his recovery. We would like to thank him for the 6 years he dedicated to the band and we wish him all the very best for the future." Bolt Thrower were due to go into the studio to record their eighth album, (the follow up to 2001's Honour, Valour, Pride - the only BT release featuring Ingram on vocals), but the recording will now be delayed until a replacement is found.

3 September 2004

New York hardcore legends AGNOSTIC FRONT have set a January 5, 2005 North American release date through Nuclear Blast Records for their new album, "Another Voice". The CD will arrive in Europe on November 22.
"Another Voice" was produced by Zeuss (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL) and Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED) and is said to be the group's "meanest" and "nastiest" offering to date. The enhanced CD will include a "ripping" band performance and a guest appearance by Jasta, captured by acclaimed director Dale "Rage" Resteghini (FEAR FACTORY, HATEBREED, GOD FORBID, SHADOWS FALL, CANDIRIA) Other special guest vocal appearances on "Another Voice" include Scott Vogel (TERROR) and Karl Buechner (EARTH CRISIS, FREYA).

In other news, AGNOSTIC FRONT will be shooting their first-ever home DVD here at the legendary CBGBs club in New York City on November 7. The band will be performing two shows starting at 3pm and 5pm for only $5 per show. There will be no openers and the group will be playing two different sets with songs from every one of their releases, including "Another Voice".
AGNOSTIC FRONT's current lineup consists of Roger Miret (vocals), Vinnie Stigma (guitar), Lenny DiSclafani (guitar), Steve Gallo (drums) and Mike Gallo (bass).

3 September 2004

SYSTEM OF A DOWN are still eyeing a December release for their fourth album. "We're in the thick of it still, doing a lot of overdubs," singer Serj Tankian said. "It's going great. I'm happy with all the songs, the diversity of it."
Tankian is also working on mixing a song he and AUDIOSLAVE's Tom Morello and Brad Wilk recorded in his studio while rehearsing for an Axis of Justice concert. "We started jamming and we did this little jazzy piece with poetry over it and it turned out cool," Tankian said of the track, which will be released on Axis of Justice's web site.

3 September 2004

Long-running Swedish death metallers DISMEMBER have announced the addition of bassist Johan Bergebäck to the group's ranks. "[Former bassist] Rickard Cabeza nowadays live in Dallas, Texas which makes it too hard for him to be an active part of the band. We wish him all the best! Johan Bergebäck has been the session bassplayer for the last year supporting the latest release 'Where Ironcrosses Grow'. Johan has the right attitude and fits in the band both musically and personally."
DISMEMBER's most recent album, "Where Ironcrosses Grow", was released in the U.S. in April through Candlelight Records. The follow-up to 2000's "Hate Campaign" was recorded at Stockholm's Sami studio and features artwork by acclaimed artist Dan Seagrave (ENTOMBED, SUFFOCATION, MORBID ANGEL).

3 September 2004

GIRLSCHOOL will be filming their show at The Garage in London on December 8 for their first-ever live DVD.
GIRLSCHOOL's video for the track "Come On Up" has been posted online at the group's official web site. "Come On Up" comes off the band's most recent album, "Believe", available now on Communique Records. The CD was produced by produced by Tim Hamill and GIRLSCHOOL.

3 September 2004

MANOWAR’s official website (www.manowar.com) has been updated with the news that bassist Joey DeMaio has issued a statement from Munich, Germany confirming that Manowar has left Nuclear Blast Records.

3 September 2004

FORCE OF EVIL, the band featuring vocalist Martin Steene (IRONFIRE), guitarist Michael Denner (MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND) and drummer Bjarne Holm, will begin the tracking of 12 new songs at Jailhouse Studio in Horsens, Denmark with Tommy Hansen, on September 6th. The CD is set for an early 2005 release through Escapi/Navarre and the band say "Expect to 'Bleed'". Force Of Evil released a new DVD in May called Evil Comes... Alive. The concert featured on the DVD was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden in November, 2003 in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS. The disc contains extra material such as songs from the band’s first concert at the BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend last June, In the Studio, Interviews, Promo Video, Image Gallery, Biography and more.

3 September 2004

KING DIAMOND's forthcoming album, "Deadly Lullabyes Live", is due out on September 20th in Europe via Massacre Records. The release will be issued in North America through Metal Blade on September 21st. Deadly Lullabyes Live will be released in 2-CD, double Digipak and 3-LP editions. Tracks to appear on the release include: ‘Funeral’, ‘Mansion In Darkness’, ‘The Family Ghost’, ‘Black Horsemen’, ‘Spare This Life’, ‘Mansion In Sorrow’, ‘Spirits’, ‘Sorry Dear’, ‘Eye Of The Witch’, ‘Sleepless Nights’, ‘Puppetmaster’, ‘Blood To Walk’, ‘So Sad’, 'Living Dead' (Outro), ‘Welcome Home’, ‘Invisible Guest’, ‘Burn’, Introductions, ‘Halloween’ and ‘No Presents For Christmas’.
King stated recently, "The new double live album simply KICKS ASSSSSSS!!!! I don't think I have ever heard the old classic Diamond songs performed this well and this close to the originals. I speak for everyone when I say, that we have never had as much fun on stage as we had on this last tour, and it shows when you listen to the album.”

3 September 2004

VOIVOD will see a few titles from their back catalog reissued in Europe on September 20th through the Blackend label.
Titles scheduled for reissue include "Kronik" (1998), "Phobos" (1997) and "Negatron" (1995).

3 September 2004

Guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, BRAZEN ABBOT, has inked a record deal with the Italian label Frontiers Records. The site added: "The Brazen Abbot DVD is completed and ready for release in October! A CD with music from the DVD will be released at the same time. A new Brazen Abbot album is in the works as well! The album will feature 11 tracks with the following line-up: Nikolo Kotzev (guitars, violins, percussion), Wayne Banks (bass), Nelko Kolarov (keyboards, organs), Mattias Knutas (drums), Joe Lynn Turner (vocals), Göran Edman (vocals) and Erik Martensson (vocals) The drums have already been recorded, and Nik is hoping to have the recordings completed before Christmas."

3 September 2004

The Seattle based outfit ROTTWEILLER which supplied former singer Ronny Munroe to METAL CHURCH has signed a deal with Germany's Hellion Records, a label specializing in giving new life to oft overlooked bands. The band's newly revamped website (see LINKS) contains clips of three songs off the forthcoming Rage Of War. The band is headed to Germany, to participate in the third edition of the Keep It True festival, November 6th. Their appearance will be recorded in hopes of a future release.

3 September 2004

IRON MAIDEN updates:

- The band will take the rest of 2004 off, and start preparing another summer festival tour in late April/early May 2005.

- This tour will probably feature three or four weeks of touring in America, in addition to the European dates.

- They will then take the rest of the summer off.

- A new album will be written and recorded in late 2005 and released some time in 2006, followed by another world tour in the same vein as the Dance of Death Tour last year. According to a previous press release, this tour will most likely feature dates in South America.

3 September 2004

JAG PANZER guitarist Chris Broderick has launched his website at www.chrisbroderick.net.
On it, Broderick has posted the following update concerning his forthcoming DVD release:
The intent of this video, which will feature outtakes, bonus material and plenty of live footage, "is to have both technical and theoretical ideas paralleling each other while becoming more advanced," says Chris. "Unfortunately, the scope of this video will only cover tonal or key based soloing. I was originally going to cover altered scales, but the scope of this DVD would get too big (Maybe I'll save that for another DVD?)"
The DVD will feature:
1. Warm-ups
2. Keys, modes
3. Scale fragments
4. Intervals
5. Seventh arpeggios

More info as it is available....

27 August 2004

Dan Beehler (former EXCITER) wrote to Mario's Metal Mania: "We, BEEHLER (see LINKS), are just writing and recording the full length CD. Hopefully it will be ready in a few months. We are revamping our website (finally) so people can get our demos and shirts.
Keep Pounding Metal
Dan Beehler"

27 August 2004

The first 5 bands for next years Headbangers Open Air Festival (see LINKS) are already confirmed: WEAPON, Z-IRON, INNER WISH, WARRANT & ATTACKER.

The festival will take place on 8 & 9 july 2005 at Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany. More bands will follow soon..............

27 August 2004

FLOTSAM & JETSAM are almost done writing material for their upcoming album according to a posting on their website. The band needs 2 or three more songs. Flotsam & Jetsam will embark on a short Japanese tour with Death Angel and Overkill in September.

27 August 2004

EIDOLON signed with Escapi. If everything goes according to plan, the band's new album will be out in the spring of 2005.

27 August 2004

FLESH MADE SIN completed the recordings of their first full length "Dawn Of The Stillborn". A release is expected in November and a European trek with HOLY MOSES is in the works for December/January.

27 August 2004

The new studio album of METAL CHURCH will be a bit delayed. Here's the update: "The record label (SPV) has pushed back the release date of "The Weight Of The World" to September 28, 2004 (North America) and September 29, 2004 (Europe) in order to more heavily promote the album. The first leg of the tour has wrapped up, and more dates are being put together now... we'll post them on the site as they get confirmed. Management is very pleased with how well Metal Church was received on the road, and while waiting an extra 2 months for the album release wasn't in the original plan, having their support and promotion behind us will help get Metal Church into more venues world-wide."

27 August 2004

AMORPHIS and singer Pasi Koskinen have parted ways. Here's the short update: "Singer Pasi Koskinen decided to leave the band after 9 long years. Pasi's last appearance will be at Kontu Rock 21.8.2004. All touring plans will go ahead as scheduled and rumors of a replacement already exists. We are waiting for a statement from Pasi in the near future."

27 August 2004

The power metal band KAMELOT is putting the finishing touches to their new studio album. Here's a short update: “Hello All! Well after nearly 24 hours of traveling I am finally home in Florida. The weather in Germany could not have been better for me, hot and sunny. We are not finished completely, however, but we are now 90% done with the new album. We will meet this week with cover artist Derek Gores to discuss the new cover. Expect the usual fantastic work from Derek with some new ideas as well. I want to say thanks to all the great people in the Wolfsburg area, from the Hotel we stayed at to the families of the studio staff that made us feel at home. Also hello to the Epica band members who were also at Gate Studios working on their new release. Cheers!! Thomas and Kamelot”

27 August 2004

GOD DETHRONED are reportedly holed up ine Berno Studios in Malmö, Sweden working on a new album entitled "The Lair Of The White Worm". The album is tentatively scheduled to be released in January 2005 through Metal Blade.
The track list is as follows: ‘The Lair Of The White Worm’, ‘Nihilism’, ‘Salt In Your Wounds’, ‘The Last Zip Of Spit’, ‘Loyal To The Crown Of God Dethroned’, ‘Rusty Nails’, ‘Sigma Enigma’, ‘Arch Enemy Spain’ and one as-yet-untitled track.
The band will be releasing a video for ‘The Lair Of The White Worm’ to coincide with the release

27 August 2004

LABYRINTH (see LINKS) is hard at work on the follow up to last year’s self-titled album, which saw a marked change in the band’s sound and attitude. Drums and guitars have been recorded, and the band is now preparing to lay down bass, keyboard and vocal tracks. Giovanni Spinotti, who has previously worked with Alanis Morrisette, is the sound engineer for the album.
The album, tentatively titled "Free Man", will consist of nine tracks and will likely be released in January/February 2005.

27 August 2004

Germany's WIZARD are currently working on the songs for the successor of their 2003 released concept-album Odin, and will start with the pre-production soon.
According to the band, the lyrics will be "Wizard style" again and just as the fans expect them to be. The recording of the album is planned to take place in January/February of 2005 with the release set for May.

27 August 2004

GLENN HUGHES (ex-DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) entered the studio on Wednesday night (August 18th) with JANE’S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith.
"It should be a blast," Navarro wrote on his website before heading in to record with former bandmate Smith. "I haven't recorded with Chad in years. The track is like a '70s-rock-meets-Rage-Against-the-Machine vibe." No word yet on where the song will appear. More details as they become available.

27 August 2004

HAMMERFALL will enter the studio in September to begin recording their new album. The effort is scheduled for release March 2005 through Nuclear Blast.

20 August 2004

British black metal pioneers VENOM are currently in the studio recording their new album, tentatively due in early 2005. "They are recording the heaviest songs from their demo sessions for their next opus," reads a posting on the band's official web site.
VENOM's current incarnation consists of mainman Conrad "Cronos" Lant alongside drummer Antton and latest addition, guitarist Mykus.

20 August 2004

New York hardcore legends AGNOSTIC FRONT have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band's new album, "Another Voice", is scheduled for release in November. A video for the song "Peace" was recently shot with director Dale "Rage" Resteghini (FEAR FACTORY, HATEBREED, GOD FORBID, CANDIRIA). The clip, which features an appearance by former AF guitarist Matt Henderson, "came off awesome," according to a posting on the group's web site.
AGNOSTIC FRONT's current lineup consists of Roger Miret (vocals), Vinnie Stigma (guitar), Lenny DiSclafani (guitar), Steve Gallo (drums) and Mike Gallo (bass).

20 August 2004

Reunited NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD have amicably parted ways with singer Sean Harris due to musical differences. A replacement singer has already been acquired in the shape of Nick Tart.
"Nick has re-energized the band with his phenomenal voice and fresh songwriting input," reads an official press release. A new album has been written and recording will begin in September for a spring 2005 release.
DIAMOND HEAD's current lineup is completed by Brian Tatler (guitar), Karl Wilcox (drums), Eddie Moohan (bass) and Mills (rhythm guitar).

20 August 2004

Renowned metal guitarist James Murphy (ex-TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) has officially joined FOREIGN OBJECTS, the "neo-technical death metal" band formed by CKY members Deron Miller (guitar) and Jess Margera (drums). The group are planning on playing scattered shows in support of their upcoming double-CD, "Universal Culture Shock/Undiscovered Numbers and Colors", due on October 31 through Distant Recordings. This two-disc compilation features the "Universal Culture Shock" album (which was recorded in 1998 but shelved until now) and the "Undiscovered Numbers and Colors" EP, which was originally released in 1995. Both CDs have been digitally remastered and Disc Two is enhanced with one of the only two shows that FOREIGN OBJECTS has ever played in their brief career.

20 August 2004

OBITUARY, MASTER and VISCERAL BLEEDING will be teaming up for a reunion tour across Europe. The tour will kick of early October.
Confirmed dates for the trek include:
October
8 in Eindhoven, Netherlands at Effenaar
9 in Sint-Lievens-Houtem, Belgium at De Fabriek
10 in Dublin, Ireland at The Village
11 in Paris, France at La Locomotive
15 in Reggio Emilia, Italy at Transilvania Live
19 in Bradford, UK at Bradford - Rio
20 in London, UK at The Electric Ballroom
21 in Osnabrück, Germany at Düttehalle
22 in Berlin, Germany at K17
23 in Thessaloniki, Greece at Hydrogios

More dates will be announced soon.

20 August 2004

The release date for EUROPE's new album is nearing closer. The album is due out in Japan on September 22nd and throughout Europe and Scandinavia on September 26th.
The first single is ‘Got To Have Faith’, which is out on August 21st.

The as-yet-untitled new album features the following tracklisting: ‘Got To Have Faith’, ‘Start From The Dark’, ‘Flames’, ‘Hero’, ‘Wake Up Call’, ‘Reason’, ‘Song No.12’, ‘Roll With You’, ‘Sucker’, ‘Spirit Of The Underdog’, ‘America’, ‘Settle For Love’, ‘Seven Doors Hotel’ (Live At Sweden Rock)* and ‘Wings Of Tomorrow’ (Live At Sweden Rock)* (* Japanese bonus tracks).
In other release news EUROPE will release a limited edition version of their new DVD, Live In Stockholm, in Japan on September 22nd.
Also, digital remasters of the following titles from the group’s back catalog will be issued in Japan on September 23rd: Europe, Wings Of Tomorrow, Final Countdown, Out Of This World and Prisoners In Paradise.

20 August 2004

Thrash Metal veteran Steve Gaines will be releasing a solo project CD ( title: Anger As Art ) in late August 2004. Gaines, who was/is the vocalist for ABATTOIR, BLOODLUST, PAGAN WAR MACHINE, guitarist for Dreams Of Damnation, bassist for Abattoir, Bloodlust, Pagan War Machine, Bitch, and guest vocalist on numerous projects says the recording will be "exactly what you would expect from me, if you are familiar with the work I have done through the years. Straight up thrash - high energy metal, with the classic Gaines vocal style."

Why a solo project ? " It is an interesting time for me right now. I am involved with all of the bands I am known for, but situations out of my control forced me into the studio last month to record demos of my songs. I did everything, including lead guitar. And they were coming out very strong, so I decided to release them. Because in a band situation run as a democracy, they may not be heard otherwise" What about future plans ? " So much depends on situations out of my control. Ultimately, I would like these songs to be part of the bands I am involved with, as each one fits certain band's styles. Plus, I have commitments to honor to each of the bands listed above. I don't necessarily want to be a solo artist, but I actually have some labels who have made inquiries as to what I am doing with this recording, so we'll see. "

20 August 2004

EXCITER have announced European tour dates in support of their latest release, "New Testament - Coven Of Rerecorded Classics". The Ottawa-based thrashers will be joined by Swedish power metallers STEEL ATTACK and another band to be announced.
Confirmed dates for the European trek include:

October
8 - Osnabruck, Germany at Tor 3
9 - Tilburg, Netherlands at O13
10 - Zaandam, Netherlands at Kade
11 - Essen, Germany at Zeche Carl
12 - Berlin, Germany at K17
13 - Trier, Germany at ExHaus
14 - Heidelberg, Germany at Schwimmbad Musikclub
15 - TBA, Italy
16 - Winterthur/Zurich, Switzerland at Alte Kaserne
17 - Vosselaar, Belgium at Biebob

20 August 2004

The organizers of the Bang Your Head Festival (see LINKS), held annually in Balingen, Germany, have confirmed the following bands for next year’s gathering:

TWISTED SISTER
MOTORHEAD
DIO
NEVERMORE
GAMMA RAY
DORO
AXEL RUDI PELL
KROKUS
AMON AMARTH
DESTRUCTION
NASTY SAVAGE
VICIOUS RUMORS
JAG PANZER
TANKARD
DEMON


Seven more bands and one very special guest are due to be announced soon. BYH 2005 will be the festival’s 10th Anniversary, held on June 24th and 25th.

20 August 2004

The long wait for new music from the definitive JUDAS PRIEST lineup of vocalist Rob Halford, lead guitarist Glenn Tipton, lead guitarist K.K. Downing, bass guitarist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis is nearly over. Judas Priest will release a new studio album on December 28, 2004, worldwide on Sony Music (Sony's Epic Records label in North America). The album title and track listing is forthcoming. As a special bonus, a live concert DVD filmed during shows in Barcelona and Valencia in Spain in June 2004 will be included in the initial shipment. The new album is the first from the Halford/Tipton/Downing/Hill/Travis lineup since 1990's acclaimed Painkiller.

Tipton recently described the new album as "classic Priest" to 'Entertainment Tonight': "Even though we've evolved, it is recognizable Priest. The formula between myself, K.K. and Rob has been tried and tested. It was fantastic to all get back in the same room." The full power of Judas Priest will be on display when the band embarks on a headlining world tour in early 2005 immediately following the release of the new album.

20 August 2004

Polish black metallers BEHEMOTH have completed mixing their forthcoming album, "Demigod", at Dug-Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden with Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES). The album was mastered at Stockholm's Cutting Room Studios.
"Demigod" will feature the following track listing: 'Sculpting The Throne Ov Seth', 'Demigod', 'Conquer All', 'The Nephilim Rising', 'Towards Babylon', 'Before Aeons Came', 'Mysterium Coniunctionis (Hermanubis)', 'XUL', 'Slaves Shall Serve', 'The Reign Ov Shemsu-Hor'.

20 August 2004

Legendary rockers UFO have announced the following European live dates:

October
27 - Bochum, Germany at Zeche
28 - Tilburg, Holland at 013
29 - Aschaffenburg, Germany at Colossaal
30 - Brauenschweig, Germany at Meier Music Hall
31 - Ingolstadt, Germany at Fronte79

November
01 - Nürnberg, Germany at Hirsch
03 - Frankenthal, Germany at Krone
04 - Luzern, Switzerland at ABCMIXX
05 - Kloten, Switzerland at Alpenrock-House
06 - Kaufbeuren, Germany at Germany Zeppelinhalle
07 - Vienna, Austria at Austria Planet Music
09 - Warschau, Poland at Proxima

UFO released their new album, "You Are Here", in the US on March 16th through SPV. The 2004 lineup of UFO features vocalist Phil Mogg, bassist Pete Way, keyboarder/rhythm guitarist Paul Raymond, guitarist Vinnie Moore and drummer Jason Bonham.

20 August 2004

DEICIDE will be touring Europe this fall after the much publicized cancelation of overseas dates this past June. The support bands will be announced very soon as will dates in Sweden and Finland. Confirmed dates are as follows:

October
29 - Hasselt, Belgium at Muziek-o-droom
30 - Nancy, France at Metal Therapy Festival
31 - Haarlem, Netherlands at Patronaat

November
01 - Paris, France at La Locomotive
02 - Toulouse, France at Havana
03 - Bergara, Spain at Sala Jam
04 - Madrid, Spain at Arena
05 - Porto, Portugal at Hard Club
06 - Granada, Spain at El Tren
07 - Barcelona, Spain at Mephisto
08 - Marseille, France at Mirabeau
09 - Bolgna, Italy at Estragon
10 - Dudingen, Switzerland at Bad Bonn
11 - Heidelberg, Germany at Schwimmbad
12 - Berlin, Germany at K17
13 - Copenhagen, Denmark at The Rock
23 - Bergen, Norway at Garage
24 - Stavanger, Norway at Folken
25 - Arhus, Denmark at Voxhall
26 - Osnabruck, Germany at Tor 3
27 - Bad Salzungen, Germany at Kallewerk
28 - Eindhiven, Netherlands at Effenaar
29 - London, UK at Mean Fiddler
30 - Birmingham, UK at Academy2

December
01 - Manchester, UK at Hop & Grape
02 - Glasgow, UK at Cathouse
03 - Bradford, UK at Rio
04 - Dublin, Ireland at The Village
05 - Bristol, UK at Bierkeller

20 August 2004

VIO-LENCE's forthcoming live album is available to download for a limited time at their website (see LINKS). Expect the album to emerge later this year through Megaforce.

Meanwhile, the band continues to put together their upcoming double-DVD set that will see live footage spanning the band's entire existence as well as a full-length documentary. Included on the documentary will be commentary by all the members of Vio-Lence (going back to the Death Penalty days) as well as comments by fellow Bay Area thrashers EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL, FORBIDDEN and many others. Expect lots of rare, unreleased footage. Megaforce will issue the DVD in late 2004/early 2005.

20 August 2004

The Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival V (see LINKS) is set to take place on October 30th at Manifesto in Hoorn, Netherlands.
Acts scheduled to perform at the festival include: ATTACKER, ELIXIR, METAL INQUISITOR, SOLITAIRE, CONQUESTADOR.

20 August 2004

OCCULT are currently working on new material and will enter Germany’s Stage One Studios this October to begin recording their 6th album, working title "Malevolent Rapture", with master engineer Andy Classen.
Working titles of tracks set to appear on the release include: ‘The Eye Of The Storm’, ‘Taste Of The Whip’, ‘Werewolf Corpse’, ‘Legion Of The Damned’ and ‘Lycanthrope’.

20 August 2004

MORBID ANGEL frontman Steve Tucker has chosen to leave the band (again) and has been replaced by none other than Dave Vincent for their upcoming South American tour.
According to statements Vincent will remain in GENITORTURES and is only committed to MORBID ANGEL for these dates.
Tucker has issued the following statement regarding his departure:

“After many problems and much discussion with the people around me, the people I trust. I have decided it is necessary for me to step away from Morbid Angel. It has been a long trip with a lot of great shows and I have made many friends along the way. The Morbid Angel fans that not only excepted me ,but reveled in my being a part of the band, have been the greatest thing about my time in Morbid Angel, they are the reason I came back to the band.
There are many reasons for me leaving the band, personal reasons, musical reasons and very logical reasons. All of which will stay between me and the band . Morbid Angel existed many years before I came along and will for many more I am sure. I have enjoyed playing with some great musicians and touring with some great bands and meeting some incredible people all over the world. To all these people I say "Thank You" and we will meet again. I am not done with the music business by any means, I will now be moving into other areas of the business, things I have always enjoyed, but didn't have time for. I will be moving into much more recording ,production and management, so any bands interested in working with me, feel free to contact me at hewhosleeps@hotmail.com .
Again, thank you to all of the fans for 8 years of making my hour and a half of stage time so brilliant!!! Tucker“



13 August 2004

ARCHETYPE (see LINKS) has finally filled the vocalist and second lead guitar position! "We would like to welcomes Les Paul as the new vocalist and Stacy Donahue on guitar. It's been a very long time since we have been a complete five piece and we look forward to finishing our new cd and playing live once again. Keep an eye on the website for updates about the new members, recording and future gigs."
Chris Matyus
Archetype

13 August 2004

CHASTAIN's new Cd "In An Outrage" has just been released on Leviathan Records in the states, Toshiba-EMI in Japan, and will be out later this month on Massacre in Europe.

13 August 2004

Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Probot) has agreed to play drums on the next TROUBLE studio longplayer – meanwhile, the planned unplugged EP ‘Simple Mind Condition’ continues to be delayed

13 August 2004

The first single from WITHIN TEMPTATION's long-awaited follow-up to 2000's "Mother Earth" will be a track called "Stand My Ground", according to a posting on the band's web site. The as-yet-untitled album is tentatively due this fall. No further information is currently available.

13 August 2004

Former MARDUK members Legion (a.k.a. Erik Hagsted, vocals) and B.War (bass) will be joining forces with guitarist Jim Durkin (DREAMS OF DAMNATION, ex-DARK ANGEL) in a new death metal project. The band, which will be based out of Los Angeles, is "only a recording project, on paper at this point," Durkin told. "I wrote a song for them, but we have not done anything yet. I look forward to making music with them. But my main focus is and always has been DREAMS OF DAMNATION. Everything revolves around DREAMS OF DAMNATION for me."
A name for the group has not yet been determined. B.War quit MARDUK earlier this year to move to Los Angeles (from Sweden) to be with his family. Legion and his family will also be relocating to Los Angeles later this year.

13 August 2004

Holland's Karmageddon Media (formerly Hammerheart Records) has announced plans to issue another collection of early demo recordings by late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED mastermind Chuck Schuldiner. Entitled "Zero Tolerance II", the CD will reported contain DEATH's first demo, "Death by Metal" (recorded in 1984 under the group's original name, MANTAS) and the follow-up recording, "Reign of Terror", also recorded in 1984. As a bonus, the collection will feature a DEATH live show recorded at the After Dark club in Texas during the "Spiritual Healing" tour in 1990, "with a lot of real and cool things happening during the show," according to a statement from Karmageddon. "And so far there is no cool live recording available from those early days…"

With regards to the status of the incomplete sophomore CD from CONTROL DENIED, Karmageddon said, "Maybe ask the Schuldiner family about that, we simply do not know and they still refuse to tell us, sad enough."
"Zero Tolerance", issued earlier this year through Karmageddon Media, featured DEATH's "Infernal Death" (1985) and "Mutilation" (1986) demos alongside previously unreleased demo recordings from CONTROL DENIED.

13 August 2004

The Canadian extreme metallers CRYPTOPSY are working on a new studio album. According to an update at their web site: "The band will spend three days at Wild Studio in St-Zenon, Quebec next week (August 6-8) working on the pre-production for the fifth studio album tentatively due in early 2005. Producing the effort will be Pierre Remillard, who has previously worked on None So Vile (1995), Whisper Supremacy (1998), And Then You'll Beg (2000) and None So Live (2003)."

13 August 2004

Work on SUN CAGED bassist Robert van der Loo's solo project FREAK NEIL INC. is almost complete. The album, entitled "Characters", is presently being mastered. Performers on the album include (in order of appearance):
Vocalists: André Vuurboom (ex-Sun Caged, ex-IMPERIUM), Irene Jansen (STAR ONE/AYREON), Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Star One/Ayreon), and Nick Hameury (ENGINE OF PAIN, ex-FIFTH).
Instrumentalists: Rob van der Loo (all fretted/fretless) basses, stick & many more), Roel van Helden (drums & percussion).
Soloists: Chris Godin (GNO/guitar), Ron Baggerman (GALAXY GYPSY/Chapman stick), Sean Malone (GORDIAN KNOT, CYNIC/fretless bass), Joost van den Broek (ex-Sun Caged, AFTER FOREVER, Star One, Ayreon/keys and synth), James Murphy (DEATH, OBITUARY/guitar), Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT/fretless bass), Marcel Coenen (guitar).

The music will reportedly be quite different from the prog metal sounds of Sun Caged. Audio samples will be made available in the coming weeks.

13 August 2004

HELLOWEEN recently left Nuclear Blast after only two albums. The band, it can be revealed, has since signed to SPV. According to guitarist Michael Weikath:
“Yes, we have left Nuclear Blast. The business department of Nuclear Blast is responsible to EastWest, and someone at EastWest wasn’t happy with the figures so they offered us a new deal. We weren’t happy with the offer because it wasn’t much different from other deals we’ve seen before, so there was a lot of back and forth. We like the people at Nuclear Blast, but they came up with a deal that is tailor made for a typical German band that sells a lot of records in Germany but not abroad. They wanted to cut our percentages from foreign countries, but Helloween actually sells more in foreign countries than in Germany. A run-of-the-mill contract isn’t for us. SPV gave us a great offer so we took it.”
Weikath has revealed that the next Helloween album might be "Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part III", but he makes no promises.
“We’re going to start rehearsals for the new album in October, and we’re going to try to do a Keeper III because we have a very good line-up now, where the vibe and spirit in the band is very similar to how it was when we did the Keeper I and II. It’s going to be fun to try it, anyway, but if the idea doesn’t come along as much as we expect it to, or the vibe isn’t right, we certainly won’t call the album Keeper III.”

13 August 2004

MARDUK is currently in the studio recording the new album. The album will be followed by a massive world tour that will start in December.
The tour will proceed under the moniker "DeathMarch 2004/2005". The European tour will be divided in two parts, the first in December and the second part during spring 2005.
Confirmed dates for the tour so far include:

December
5 at La Locomotive in Paris, France
6 at Zeche Carl in Essen, Germany
7 at Hyde Park in Osnabruck, Germany
8 at Halford in Berlin, Germany
9 at Lucerna Music in Prague, Czech Republic
10 at Hellraiser in Engelsdorf, Germany
11 at Planet Music in Wien, Austria
12 at Haffen in Innsbruck, Austria
13 at Transilvania in Milan, Italy
14 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland
15 at Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany
16 at Live Arena in Munster (Breitefeld), Germany
17 at La Laiterie in Strasbourg, France
18 at Hof Ter Loo in Antwerpen, Belgium
19 at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands

13 August 2004

EVERGREY is preparing to record a live DVD. Bassist Michael Hakansson has posted the following message, addressed to their fans:
"Greetings Clan Members,
On the 9th of October we will record our first Live DVD here in Gothenburg. We will for sure make this is a night to remember. It will be the most glorious thing in Evergrey history and we feel that we want to have all of you there to help us make this night perfect. So all of you people from outside of Sweden who want to attend this special night, send an email to me with the subject DVD and you will be put on a special guestlist for the show.
Stay Grey and we'll see you on October 9th!!!"

Contact Hakansson at: michael@evergrey.net.



6 August 2004

German progsters SIEGES EVEN got back together earlier this year following a seven year break to headline the Headway Festival in Holland. In light of the rave reviews the band decided to make the reunion official and began working on a new album entitled "The Art Of Navigating By The Stars". The album is said to conists of one song 45 – 50 minutes in length, the individual movements linked by musical interludes.

The band line-up consists of Oliver Holzwarth (bass), Markus Steffen (guitars), Alex Holzwarth (drums/RHAPSODY) and new singer Arno Menses. Sieges Even will play their first "official" reunion show on October 28th at Nachtleben in Frankfurt, Germany.

6 August 2004

MASTER will be touring with OBITUARY beginning on October 8th-24th in Europe.
Its called "The Legends are Back Tour". More info will follow soon.....

6 August 2004

SYMPHONY X are "currently splitting time between writing material for the new CD (due out in 2005 through InsideOut), and some solo project work.
Mike Pinnella's (keyboardist) solo CD is just about complete, and Russell Allen's (singer) solo CD is currently being recorded.

6 August 2004

Century Media is releasing a 2CD best of collection from ICED EARTH called "The Blessed And The Damned" on August 10th in North America. The collection is out now in Europe.
The album features 23 remastered tracks (over two hours of material) with two different album covers.

6 August 2004

Dutch thrashers OUTBURST will enter Double Noise studio in Tilburg, Holland later this month with producer Jochem Jacobs (TEXTURES, HIDING WITH GIRL) to record their first full-length album with the working title "From Hell". The band, who are unsigned, are currently in talks with interested parties to release the CD in late 2004/early 2005.

6 August 2004

SPV Records has pushed back the release date of METAL CHURCH's new album, "The Weight Of The World", to September 28, 2004 (USA) and September 29, 2004 (Europe) in order to more heavily promote the CD, according to a posting at the group's web site. "The band's management is very pleased with how well METAL CHURCH was received on the road, and while waiting an extra two months for the album release wasn't in the original plan, having their support and promotion behind us will help get METAL CHURCH into more venues worldwide."
METAL CHURCH's current lineup consists of guitarists Kurdt Vanderhoof and Jay Reynolds (ex-MALICE), vocalist Ronny Munroe (ex-ROTTWEILLER), drummer Kirk Arrington and bassist Steve Unger.

6 August 2004

Dutch death metallers HOUWITSER have officially split up after a sever-year run that produced four full-length albums. Drummer Aad Kloosterwaard and guitarist Alex are starting a new band called NO FACE SLAVE while bassist Theo Van Eekelen and vocalist Stan are said to be working on their own projects.

6 August 2004

LABYRINTH guitarist Pier Gonella has signed with Scarlet Records for his side project, ODYSSEA. His debut album, "Tears In Floods", is due to be released in October. For more information go to this location.

6 August 2004

NEVERMORE will embark on an US tour in September/October.
Following the US dates the band will hit the studio with producer Andy Sneap to record their next studio album, due for release through Century Media in spring, 2005.
Following the recording sessions, Nevermore will be back in the UK to make up for the dates that were canceled this summer

6 August 2004

EXCITER have announced the following European tour dates in support of their latest release, "New Testament - Coven Of Rerecorded Classics".
Confirmed dates for the European trek include:

October
8 - Osnabruck, Germany at N8
9 - Tilburg, Netherlands at O13
10 - Zaandam, Netherlands at Kade
11 - Essen, Germany at Zeche Carl
12 - Berlin, Germany at K17
13 - Trier, Germany at ExHaus
14 - Heidelberg, Germany at Schwimmbad Musikclub
15 - TBA, Italy
16 - Winterthur/Zurich, Switzerland at Alte Kaserne
17 - Vosselaar, Belgium at Biebob

6 August 2004

Producer Chris Tsangarides has agreed to produce the upcoming WINTERS BANE album. Tsangarides is known for his work with JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY, Yngwie malmsteen, Bruce Dickinson, HELLOWEEN, ANGRA, and BLACK SABBATH. Recording will begin this month at studio, The Dump, in the UK.
The new album, featuring POWERGOD singer Alex Koch and former Helloween drummer Mark Cross, is due to be released in early 2005. Song titles include ‘Dice With Death’, ‘Seal The Light’ and ‘Glory’.

6 August 2004

BEHEMOTH's forthcoming DVD, "Crush Fukk Create (Requiem For Generation Armageddon)" is due out through Regain Records/The End Records on September 6th.
The complete DVD track listing is as follows:

DVD 1 - Live Pandemonium - Live At Party San Festival 2003: 'Antichristian Phenomenon', 'From the Pagan Vastlands', 'Heru Ra Ha (Let There Be Might)', 'Christians To The Lions', 'Hekau 718', 'No Sympathy For Fools', 'Decade Ov Therion', 'As Above So Below', 'Chant For Eskhaton 2000', 'Pure Evil And Hate'.
Mother Khaoz on Stage - Live At Mystic Festival 2001: 'Christians To The Lions', 'Decade Ov Therion', 'From The Pagan Vastlands', 'Antichristian Phenomenon', 'LAM', 'Satans Sword', 'Chant For Eskhaton'.
Videoclips: 'As Above As Below', 'Christians To The Lions'

DVD 2 - Speak With The Devil Documentary featuring interview and introduction to the following chapters by Nergal: The past is like a funeral..., X mass festivals, Italian affair, First headlining experience, Poland, Barbarossa east tour, Mexican episode, European crusade, Album production and studio scenes, Conquering US and other material.

6 August 2004

KING DIAMOND will release their first official live album, "Deadly Lullabyes Live", on September 20th in Europe via Massacre Records. The release will be issued in North America through Metal Blade on September 21st. "Deadly Lullabyes Live" will be released in 2-CD, double Digipak and 3-LP editions. Earlier this month the band finished mixing and mastering the album with guitarist Andy La Rocque.

Tracks to appear on the release include: ‘Funeral’, ‘Mansion In Darkness’, ‘The Family Ghost’, ‘Black Horsemen’, ‘Spare This Life’, ‘Mansion In Sorrow’, ‘Spirits’, ‘Sorry Dear’, ‘Eye Of The Witch’, ‘Sleepless Nights’, ‘Puppetmaster’, ‘Blood To Walk’, ‘So Sad’, 'Living Dead' (Outro), ‘Welcome Home’, ‘Invisible Guest’, ‘Burn’, Introductions, ‘Halloween’ and ‘No Presents For Christmas’.
King stated recently, "The new double live album simply KICKS ASSSSSSS!!!! I don't think I have ever heard the old classic Diamond songs performed this well and this close to the originals. I speak for everyone when I say, that we have never had as much fun on stage as we had on this last tour, and it shows when you listen to the album.”

30 July 2004

Locomotive Music will release a solo album from MAGO DE OZ vocalist JOSE ANDREAS, entitled "Donde El Corazon Te Lleve" (Where The Heart Takes You), on August 3rd.
The ballad filled album includes Spanish renditions of 'Heaven' (BRYAN ADAMS), 'Always Somewhere' (SCORPIONS), 'Soldier Of Fortune' (DEEP PURPLE), 'Stone Cold' (RAINBOW), 'High Enough' (DAMN YANKEES), plus many others.
Jose Andreas is joined by the rest of Mago De Oz on several tracks on Donde El Corazon Te Lleve, while fellow Locomotive label mates assist as well.

30 July 2004

JAG PANZER just finished the work on their 8th studio album. "Casting The Stones" will be released end of September through Century Media Records, just some month after their current record, the first official release of the legendary "Chain Of Command" album which was originally recorded in 1988.

30 July 2004

Long-running Austrian extreme metallers PUNGENT STENCH have completed work on their new album, "Ampeauty", due on September 6 through Nuclear Blast Records.

30 July 2004

BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis (ex-DEUCE, TENSION, WARDOG) has posted the following message on the band's official web site (see LINKS):
"Well, we're in writing mode big time, got a song called 'Sonic Massacre' that will hit harder and faster than Blaze Bailey's well deserved black eye. The children are turning out heavier and darker than the last CD, at least I think they are (most of the riffs I can't play….yet). But life is back to normal here in Phoenix, eating steak, pumping iron, drinking beer, and kicking major ass. Our resident U.F.C. champ Tony [Taylor, TWISTED TOWER DIRE, ISEN TORR, OCTOBER 31] is ready to get going on the vocals and soon I'll be handing our little bundles of love over to him to finish off the job of throttling the life out of them (or into them?). We can hardly wait to get back to jam for the fans that made our European trip so killer. Next time though we'll need proof of life insurance to get in…. Bring your O2."

30 July 2004

SEVEN WITCHES has announced their new drummer, Jeff Currenton, a veteran of the Northeast Ohio scene, including a stint in WINTERS BANE.

30 July 2004

KATAKLYSM’s official website (see LINKS) has posted the confirmed dates for the band’s upcoming European tour with GRAVEWORM, MYSTIC CIRCLE and INTO ETERNITY
Confirmed dates for the trek include:

October
2 at Biebob in Vosselaar, Belgium
4 at Rio’s in Bradford, UK
5 at Underworld in London, UK
6 at Zeche Carl in Essen, Germany
8 at Alte Spinerei in Clauchau, Germany
9 at Mir Club in Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic
10 at Kultiplex in Budapest, Hungary
15 at Planet Music in Wien, Austria
16 at Rockhose in Salzburg, Austria
17 at Hafen in Innsbruck, Austria
25 at La Locomotive in Paris, France

More dates will be announced soon.

30 July 2004

ProgPower festival Europe (see LINKS) have announced the two bands that will "play in the basement during the diner break" at this year's event, scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd at JC Sjiwa in Baarlo, The Netherlands.
The bands are two upcoming Dutch bands: S.O.T.E and IN TENSION. Both bands will play a set of approximately 50 minutes, S.O.T.E. will play on Saturday October 2, In Tension on Sunday. October 3. Advance weekend tickets are on sale via ProgPower's website (www.progpower.com) for €40.
The complete ProgPower Europe VI line-up is as follows:

Saturday, October 2
DEVIN TOWNSEND 21.30 - 23.00 hrs
ALCHMIST 19.55 - 20.55 hrs
ADAGIO 18.30 - 19.30 hrs
PLATITUDE 16.25 - 17.25 hrs
ALL TOO HUMAN 15.05 - 16.00 hrs
THE DUST CONNECTION 13.45 - 14.40 hrs

S.O.T.E. 17.30 - 18.25 hrs
(during the diner-break in the basement)

Sunday, October 3
THE GATHERING 21.30 - 23.00 hrs
KATATONIA 19.55 - 20.55 hrs
SYMPHORCE 18.30 - 19.30 hrs
AMARAN 16.25 - 17.25 hrs
TOMORROW'S EVE 15.05 - 16.00 hrs
NOVACT 13.45 - 14.40 hrs

IN TENSION 17.30 - 18.25 hrs
(during the diner-break in the basement)

30 July 2004

Holland-based prog metallers SUN CAGED have posted the following message on their website:
"After several auditions we can announce the new keyboard player for Sun Caged. The new man is Rene Kroon, better known to some people as "Pingel". Rene is a very good player with a lot of technical abilities, and he managed to figure out the audition songs with no errors. Also his sounds came very close to the original sounds Joost (Van Den Broek) used on the CD. We welcome Rene in the Sun Caged camp!! A new singer has not been found yet, but auditions are still going on, so we hope to announce the new singer also soon."

30 July 2004

IRON MAIDEN frontman BRUCE DICKINSON and legendary producer Roy Z have recorded a full length album for a possible release in 2005.
No other details are available at this time.

30 July 2004

LOUDNESS singer Minoru Niihara reports that the band has re-recorded an album’s worth of Loudness classics. According to Niihara, songs were selected from the band’s first five albums – "Birthday Eve", "Devil Soldier", "Law Of Devil’s Land", "Disillusion" and "Thunder In The East" – as chosen by the fans, who voted via the official Loudness website.
The track list (in no particular order) is as follows: ‘Crazy Night’, ‘Rock Shock (More And More)’, ‘Esper’, ‘Like Hell’, ‘The Lines Are Down’, ‘Angel Dust’, ‘Loudness’, ‘In The Mirror’, ‘Lonely Player’, ‘Crazy Doctor’, ‘Milky Way’. ‘Street Woman’ and ‘Mr. Yes Man’.
The as-yet-untitled album will be released in October through Tokuma Communications.

30 July 2004

THE HAUNTED have officially revealed that their new album will be called "rEVOLVEr" and will be issued on October 18th via Century Media.
The album will feature the following tracklisting: ‘No Compromise’, ‘99’, ‘Abysmal’, ‘Sabotage’, ‘All Against All’, ‘Sweet Relief’, ‘Burnt To A Shell’, ‘Who Will Decide’, ‘Nothing Right’, ‘Liquid Burns’ and ‘My Shadow’.
The album will be released as jewel case CD and limited edition digipak with two special bonus tracks, each with a different cover artwork.

30 July 2004

ANGTORIA, featuring CRADLE OF FILTH vocalist Sarah Jezebel Deva, Tommy Rehn from MOAHNI MOAHNA and Chris Rehn from ABYSSOS, have completed a five song demo and are currently shopping around for a deal.
The demo track list is as follows: ‘Six Feet Under’, ‘Confide In Me’, ‘Little Girl’, ‘Deity Of Disgust’ and ‘I Cried Alone’.
The new website has been launched at this location

23 July 2004

JUDAS PRIEST have set a December 28 release date through Epic Records for their first studio album with singer Rob Halford since 1990's "Painkiller". "The band and I had meetings with our new label Epic (Sony) when we were in New York," PRIEST Management Co-ordinator Jayne Andrews writes on the group's web site. "Their support and enthusiasm was great — we really look forward to working with them all. A world tour will be following starting early in 2005."
JUDAS PRIEST lately filmed their show in Barcelona, Spain last month for an upcoming live DVD, tentatively due in 2005. No further information is currently available.

23 July 2004

AFTER DEATH featuring (ex-NOCTURNUS/ ex-MORBID ANGEL) Mike Browning have revealed through their official website (see LINKS) that they have completed work on their new demo CD, "Reviving The Gods", which was produced by Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE).
The site currently has a sample from the demo available. Check out the track ‘Astral Staircase’ overthere.
The band have issued the following commentary on the track: “The astral plane is contained within the Magician's Universal Mind. One must find their Own Key to open that internal door. My personal Key is balance or the averse five pointed star interwoven with the six pointed star. All light and dark balanced as one. The more elaborate a Magician's mind is on the inner planes, and how it effects the outer world, can only be answered by another question, SANE OR INSANE?”

23 July 2004

BEHEMOTH, INCANTATION, KRISIUN, RAGNAROK are hitting the road in Europe this fall on the Clash Of Demigods European Tour 2004.
Confirmed dates are as follows:

October
21 - Tilburg, Netherlands at 013
22 - Groningen, Netherlands at Vera
23 - Vosselaar, Belgium at Biebob
24 - Paris, France at Locomotive
25 - London, UK at Underworld
26 - Dublin, Ireland at Whelans
27 - Essen, Germany at Zeche Carl
28 - Osnabruck, Germany at N8
29 - Trier, Germany at Exil

November
1 - Essen, Germany at Zeche Carl
3 - Goteborg, Sweden at Musik Hus
4 - Oslo, Norway at John Dee
5 - Bergen, Norway at Garage
6 - Sandnes, Norway at Tribute
12 - Barcelona, SPA at Mephisto
13 - Madrid, Spain at Ritmo & Compass
14 - Irun, Spain at Tunk

More dates will follow soon.

23 July 2004

CONFESSOR have issued the following update via their official website:
“Cheers everyone! We just wanted to let you know that we have loaded another track entitled ‘Hibernation’ on our website. This is another track from the demo we recently recorded and are currently shopping to labels. We encourage you to listen and give us some feedback on the song by e-mailing us from the website. Please visit the site at www.confessorband.com and check it out!!!!”
‘Hibernation’ can be found in the “Music” section of the band’s website (see LINKS)

23 July 2004

DISSECTION (www.dissection.nu) are currently in the studio with a full line-up, working on their first studio recording since 1995's classic album "Storm Of The Light's Bane". The first single and video is scheduled for release in September 2004.

23 July 2004

GWAR have set October 26th as the release date for their forthcoming album through DRT Entertainment (Flash site). A full US tour will follow.
DRT will also be re-issuing GWAR’s debut album "Hell-O" and the classic follow-up "Scumdogs Of The Universe" as a specially packaged double CD on August 3.

23 July 2004

InsideOut, record label to Arjen Lucassen's AYREON and STAR ONE projects, has announced that it will be re-releasing all pre-label Ayreon albums, formerly on Dutch label Transmission. The albums will be re-released in reverse order, starting with The Universal Migrator Parts 1 and 2 on July 26th.

18 July 2004

According to a recent press release, at the forthcoming Keep It True III Festival (see LINKS), German metal legends STORMWITCH will play a "very special old school show with concentrating mainly on the early albums. In addition to that they will also have a similar stageshow like they had in the eighties with many actors on stage.

Keep It True III Festival is scheduled for November 6th at Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany at Tauberfrankenhalle. Other confirmed acts include: DISTANT THUNDER, HELSTAR, HALLOWS EVE, TYRANTS REIGN, JAGUAR, SACRED STEEL, WITCHFYNDE, ROTTWEILLER, METAL INQUISITOR, STORMWITCH, REPENT.

18 July 2004

Belgian prog band 7th CIRCLE finally found a new drummer: "7th Circle is proud to present their new drummer! His name is Dirk and has studied jazz-studio in Antwerp. A well-talented drummer and a fine dude! A real asset to 7th Circle, that is getting prepared to record their second full-CD during the fall of 2004. With Dirk, that is. Keep an eye on their website (see LINKS) for more news!

18 July 2004

SLAYER filmed their July 11 show in Augusta, Maine for an upcoming live DVD "Reign in Blood Live: Still Reigning". The disc will feature a full performance of the 1986 album "Reign in Blood" by all original members of the thrash metal outfit. The DVD, due on September 28, will have an approximate 75-minute running time.

18 July 2004

A new ARMORED SAINT album is pushed back to somewhere in 2005. John Bush is still too busy with ANTHRAX right now.

18 July 2004

Dutch heavy/traditional metal band GODDESS OF DESIRE will enter the studio later this year to record their fourth album, entitled "Awaken Pagan Gods", tentatively due late 2004/early 2005 through an as-yet-undetermined label.
The band's pre-production recordings for the new album, which were completed at former HAMMERHAWK guitarist Paul van Rijswijk's studio in IJmuiden, the Netherlands, can currently be heard at the group's official web site (see LINKS). Cover artwork for the CD will be handled by Frans Mensink, who also drew the covers for the band's first three albums
Currently unsigned, GODDESS OF DESIRE hope to land a suitable record deal before the end of the year.

18 July 2004

Long-running Dutch death metal band THANATOS have accused the now-defunct German anarcho-ravers ATARI TEENAGE RIOT of sampling a riff from one of their songs without giving proper credit. According to THANATOS, the ATARI TEENAGE RIOT track "Into the Death", which appeared on their 1996 release "Delete Yourself", contains the main riff from THANATOS' "Bodily Dismemberment", which was originally recorded for the group's 1990 album, "Emerging From The Netherworlds". "We don't know whether we should be honored or upset about a well-known band as ATARI TEENAGE RIOT 'borrowing' one of our riffs," the band write. "Guess they cannot come up with any proper ideas themselves…"

THANATOS' fourth full-length album, "Undead. Unholy. Divine", has just been released through Greece's Black Lotus Records The follow-up to 2000's "Angelic Encounters", "Undead. Unholy. Divine" was produced by Hans Pieters and the band at Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland and was mastered by Attie Bauw (JUDAS PRIEST, SCORPIONS, GOREFEST). The CD cover features a "great painting" by famous Polish artist Jacek Wisniewski. Additional artwork was done by Seth and Don Marco de Bruin. The album includes a guest appearance on backing vocals by Ashmedi (MELECHESH) and Ed Warby (STAR ONE, AYREON, ex-GOREFEST).

18 July 2004

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes will release a double audio CD and a single-disc DVD, entitled "Soulfully Live In The City Of Angels", on September 20 through Frontiers Records (Marquee/Avalon in Japan and Hellion Records in Brazil).
"Soulfully Live In The City Of Angels" was shot live on January 11, 2004 before an audience of friends and selected regulars at www.glennhughes.com.
Those privileged enough to have graced the soiree in the intimate setting at Sound Image studio in North Hollywood, California witnessed the bassist/vocalist's current band of longtime guitarist JJ Marsh and keyboard player Ed Roth being swelled by none other than RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith.
Helping out on backing vocals are former QUIET RIOT singer Kevin DuBrow and ex-SANTANA man Alex Ligertwood, with second guitarist George Nastos doubling up where appropriate.
The repertoire is balanced between latter-day choices like "Written All Over Your Face", "Higher Places (Song For Bonzo)", "Wherever You Go" and "Can’t Stop The Flood" and the trusted crowd-pleasers. This includes selections from TRAPEZE ("Seafull" and "Medusa"), HUGHES/THRALL ("First Step Of Love") and of course DEEP PURPLE ("Mistreated", "Getting' Tighter" and "You Keep On Movin'").
"I'm happy again and of course I love being up there on stage. You've got to see Glenn Hughes on the boards to really understand him," Hughes said in a press release. "I'm so excited that rock in general is coming again into a good head of steam and I also feel really good about where I am personally."

Final track listing of the double live CD is as follows:
CD1:
01. Can't Stop the Flood
02. Higher Places
03. Written All Over Your Face
04. Medusa
05. Wherever You Go
06. Seafull

CD2:
01. Coast to Coast
02. First Step Of Love
03. Mistreated
04. Gettin’ Tighter
05. You Keep On Moving 06. The Healer (bonus studio track)
07. Change (bonus European studio track)

The DVD has the same tracklisting and adds an insightful interview with Glenn Hughes plus a special picture gallery. Both the CD and the DVD will come out in the first pressing with a limited and specially packaged cardboard edition.

18 July 2004

VICIOUS RUMORS has signed a multi-album deal with Mascot Records of Holland. The first release will be a DVD entitled, "Crushing the World - Part One". The DVD features festival & tour footage of the current Vicious Rumors line-up performing 8 classic songs from the early years of Vicious Rumors as well as a rare clip of the classic Vicious Rumors line-up with Carl Albert from the Marquee Club and Mexico City in 1988. The DVD will also have the 4 MTV videos from the early 90's as a special feature. There will also be 3 brand new unreleased tracks. The DVD will be released mid to late 2004 and will be followed up with a brand new studio album.

18 July 2004

Florida death metal band DEICIDE have re-signed with Earache Records for a worldwide 2-album deal. After witnessing Earache's results with Scars Of The Crucifix, the band have decided to extend their relationship with the label for two more albums. Earache's Al Dawson had this to say about the resigning, "Deicide are a great band who have stood the test of time. They're super cool guys and we're psyched to continue working with them." Deicide's Brian Hoffman declared: "I am very happy to be on the best death metal label there is."

18 July 2004

The upcoming CHILDREN OF BODOM EP "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" has been pushed back to September, although no reasons have been given for the delay. It will include cover versions of Alice Cooper’s ‘Bed Of Nails’ and Andrew W.K.’s ‘She Is Beautiful’. It will also include the title track, a live version and video of ‘Trashed, Lost & Strungout’, and a second new tune called ‘Knuckleduster’.

18 July 2004

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, featuring former SAVATAGE singer Zak Stevens, has finished pre-production for their much anticipated second album at Cabin Fever Studios in Brooksville, Florida. They are now set to begin the real work.
The first single will be released by the end of the summer, with the full album set for October or November.

18 July 2004

AFM Records has confirmed the end of January 2005 as the release date for the upcoming MASTERPLAN album, featuring singer Jorn Lande and former HELLOWEEN members Roland Grapow (guitars) and Uli Kusch (drums).
"After 8 month of songwriting Masterplan is ready to record the second album. "We are really happy and proud of the new material!" The new CD will contain about 11 songs. This time all bandmembers appeared as songwriters. Songwriting took place in Hamburg, Aachen, Los Angeles, Slovakia and Norway. Roy Z. was helping as a good friend and for a couple of songs he was an "inspirator / arranger". Once again Andy Sneap and Masterplan are producing the new Album together in the "Crazy Cat" Studio in Hamburg. The mixing will be done at "Finnvox Studios" in Helsinki by Mikko Karmila. Mastering by Mika Jussila. The album is scheduled to be released in the end of January 2005 through AFM Records. To while away the time it will be available an EP to a low single price in October 2004". .

18 July 2004

FORCE OF EVIL, the band featuring vocalist Martin Steene (IRONFIRE), guitarist Michael Denner (MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND) and drummer Bjarne Holm, plan to enter the studio in September to begin recording their next studio album, due out in Europe through Escapi in early 2005.
The band have written 21 songs that they will choose from for the new album and had previously commented on the new tracks, stating, “They really sound raw and it seems that we have gone in the direction of more brutality with everything at 11:-)”

In related news, Force Of Evil plan to be on the 2005 festival circuit in support of the forthcoming new album. Their tour plans will also include some North American dates.

18 July 2004

Vocalist LANA LANE and keyboard wiz ERIK NORLANDER (MARK BOALS, Lana Lane) will be on tour in Europe this fall. Norlander is part of Lana Lane’s touring/recording band, and will also perform a solo date as part of this tour.
The dates for the tour are as follows:

September
11 at Theatre Graaf Wichman in Huizen, Netherlands (Erik Norlander solo)
17 at Het Kasteel in Alphen a/d Rijn, Netherlands
18 at Herrington Leisure Centre in Rotherham, UK
21 at In den Gekroonden Hoed in Elshout, Netherlands
23 at Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany (International Uriah Heep Convention)
29 at Spirit Of 66 in Verviers, Belgium

October
1 at Ritmo y Compas in Madrid, Spain
6 at Bergkeller Reinchenbach om Reichenbach/Vogtland, Germany
9 at P60, Podium voor Pop Cultuur en Media in Amstelveen, Netherlands

Lana Lane has just released two new titles in Europe through Frontiers Records, Storybook: Tales From Europe And Japan (DVD) and Return To Japan (2xCD).

18 July 2004

Joe Stump has just signed a deal with Lion Music for his new record, "Speed Metal Messiah". Lion is a European based company and has an impressive roster of guitarists on it’s label, including James Byrd, George Bellas, Marcel Coenen, Alex Masi , Lars Eric Mattson, Rusty Cooley, Kelly Simonz, Ritchie Kotzen and Tony Macalpine.

"Speed Metal Messiah" will be released in September. Stump will be releasing two instructional DVDs in the upcoming months as well. Neo-Classical Guitar 1, which has already been shot and is being edited, will now feature some technique building exercises incorporating diatonic scale patterns and a six part neo-classical workout with each section demonstrating a different technique (scale patterns, multi string arpeggios, single string picking phrases, rhythm playing, etc). The second disc, Advanced Neo-Classical Guitar, will be loaded with many transcriptions to some of Stump’s most demanding works as well as a ton of other Baroque induced fret frying. Both DVDs will feature lengthy guitar cadenzas as well as several full tunes with Joe playing with various backing tracks. Also included in the performance tracks will be several tunes from "Speed Metal Messiah".
Stump has also been busy contributing guitar work on ex-VIRGIN STEELE guitarist Jack Starr’s new album, which is being produced by MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio for Magic Circle Music. The album will be released through SPV.

18 July 2004

Tad Leger (ex- TOXIK) posted the following message:
"After Toxik, I joined BLACKENED SKY. An extreme metal band with influences ranging from DEATH, VOIVOD, MOTORHEAD and BLACK SABBATH.
We are releasing a 2 disc release, featuring both demos and some unreleased extras digitally remastered from the original source tapes. Disc two is a DVD containing nearly two hours of video, featuring live shows, rehearsals and even footage of the recording of the ‘Teratoma’ demo.
More info coming soon on blackendsky.com, which should be up in September.
Hail Metal!! Tad Leger.”

18 July 2004

IMMOLATION are currently finishing the last subtle touches on the new material for their upcoming full length album, to be recorded with engineer Paul Oforino at Yes Masters studios in New York in August.
Immolation guitarist Robert Vigna has stated that “the new songs have come along great and will be the most shocking and intense material the band has ever unleashed.”
Originally scheduled for a end of 2004 release, the album release will be postponed until early 2005. Watch out for a new mp3 song in fall/winter.

In related news, the band will release a new DVD, "Bringing Down The World Tour", in August. Also, an obscure CD release gathering all the band's demos prior to their Metal Blade period should finally see the light of the day this winter through Listenable.

18 July 2004

Southern Lord Recordings (www.southernlord.com) have announced that they will soon reissue the classic SAINT VITUS album, "V", in an enhanced CD format.
Says the label, “It is with great honor that we are re-releasing the doom-metal classic V by the legendary Saint Vitus (featuring the classic Vitus lineup of: Wino, Dave Chandler, Armando Acosta, and Mark Adams).
"Besides the classic album we have added a bonus video of Wino’s very first show with Vitus! It not just one song its the entire show!! This new and doomed version of V is an essential chapter in (Doom)-Metal history".

18 July 2004

The European X-Mass Metalfest 2004 tour will kick off on December 5th and run through December 19th.
Acts featured on the tour include: MARDUK, NAPALM DEATH, FINNTROLL, VADER, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BELPHEGOR.
Confirmed dates for the tour include:

December
5 - Paris, France at La Locomotive
6 - Essen, Germany at Zeche Carl
7 - Osnabruck, Germany at Hyde Park
8 - Berlin, Germany at Halford
9 - Prague, Czech Republic at Lucerna Music Club
10 - Engelsdorf, Germany at Hellraiser
11 - Wien, Austria at Planet Music
12 - Innsbruck, Austria at Hafen
13 - Milano, Italy at Transilvania
14 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
15 - Ludwigsburg, Germany at Rock Fabrik
16 - Munster, Germany at Live Arena
17 - Strasbourg, France at La Laiterie
18 - Antwerpen, Belgium at Hof Ter Loo
19 - Tilburg, Netherlands at 013

18 July 2004

NAPALM DEATH's "Leaders Not Followers: Part 2" is due out on October 5th in North America.

"Leaders Not Followers 2" will include the following covers: CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER - 'Lowlife', THE OFFENDERS - 'Face Down In The Dirt', DEVASTATION - 'Devastation', HELLHAMMER - 'Messiah', ANTI-CIMEX - 'Victims of a Bomb Raid', WEHRMACHT - 'Fright Night', DISCHARGE - 'War's No Fairytale', SIEGE - 'Conform', MASTER - 'Master', INSANITY - 'Fire Death Fate', KREATOR - 'Riot Of Violence', ANTI CIMEX - 'Game of the Arseholes', MASSACRE - 'Clangor Of War', ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT - 'Dope Fiend', DIE KREUZEN - 'I'm Tired', SEPULTURA - 'Troops of Doom', THE DAYGLO ABORTIONS - 'Bedtime Story', AGNOSTIC FRONT - 'Blind Justice', HIRAX - 'Hate, Fear and Power'.

As a bonus to long-time fans, and at the urging of long-time friend Shane Embury (bass), the band’s first bass player, Jim Whiteley, performs here on Discharge’s 'War’s No Fairytale' and Anti Cimex’s 'Game Of The Arseholes'.

9 July 2004

GOD DETHRONED have replaced second guitar player Jens van der Valk with Isaac De La Haye. The band have also recruited new bass player Henk “Henke” Zinger (ex-GRINDMINDED). The new lineup is complete by guitarist/vocalist Henri Sattler and drummer Arien Van Weesenbeek. God Dethroned commence recording their new album next week together with HenrikLarsson at Berno Studios in Malmö, Sweden. The album, "The Lair Of The White Worm", will feature the following tracks: 'The Lair of the White Worm', 'Nihilism', 'Salt In Your Wounds', 'The Last Zip Of Spit', 'Loyal To The Crown Of God Dethroned', 'Rusty Nails', 'Sigma Enigma', 'Arch Enemy Spain' and one as-yet-untitled song.
According to a press release, "The album will be very diverse and the band will also shoot a video clip of the title track and film a studio report." The Lair Of The White Worm will be released in November, 2004 by Metal Blade.

9 July 2004

Mark Cross (ex-HELLOWEEN, METALIUM) is the new drummer for WINTERS BANE, and will be performing on the band's upcoming album, to be released later this year. With Cross and vocalist Alexander Koch (ex-POWERGOD) joining founding members Lou St. Paul (guitars) and Dennis Hayes (bass), the band's lineup is now in place.
According to a press release, "The band is very confident that their new album will surpass the material on their classic Heart Of A Killer opus, which featured Tim Owens (ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) on vocals. Winters Bane is currently in the studio, with rhythm guitars already finished and drum tracks to be recorded later this month.

9 July 2004

Roadrunner Records have confirmed that CRADLE OF FILTH's forthcoming album, "Nymphetamine", will be released on September 28th. The band will shoot a video in either Los Angeles or the UK, at some point in early August for a song to be determined.

9 July 2004

Former drummer Nick Menza has officially rejoined MEGADETH according to a posting by the skinsman at their official website (see LINKS).
"Yes, it's time to rock the globe once again," Menza announced. "After getting my head on straight and mending things up with the General [Mustaine], I'm very happy and excited to be back! I'm very grateful to all you droogies who supported my return. Thank you! You won't regret it. I am in the process of learning the new material. It totally jams! I am loving jammin' along with it. Can't wait to play it live. It's gonna crush! I don't have any favorite songs yet. I've only had the CD one week. I like them all. Thanx again, Menzanator."
Megadeth's new album, "The System Has Failed", is due for release on September 14 through Sanctuary Records.

9 July 2004

DIO's "Master Of The Moon" album is now due out August 30th overseas via SPV (US date pending), instead of September as previously reported. The tracklisting has also been leaked: ' Master Of The Moon', 'Death By Love', 'I Am', 'The End Of The World', 'One More From The Road', 'Shivers', 'In Dreams', 'The Man Who Would Be King', 'Living A Lie', 'The Eyes'.
The touring lineup of the band will be Ronnie James Dio on vocals, Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums and Rudy Sarzo on bass. They are all considered permanent members at this point.
Upcoming Dio tour dates are as follows:

July
16 - Moscow, Russia at Luzhniki Hall
17 - St. Petersburg, Russia at Jubileny Arena
18 - Helsinki, Finland at Tuska Metalfest
20 - Gothenburg, Sweden at Tradgarden
21 - Karlskoga, Sweden at Kino
23 - Madrid, Spain at Macumba
24 - Pamplona, Spain at Sala Gares
25 - Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz
27 - Valencia, Spain at Sala Republicca
28 - TBA
29 - Zaragoza, Spain at Sala Oasis
31 - Vigo, Spain at Venue tbc

August
3 - Worgl, Austria at Komma
4 - Karlsruhe, Germany at Substage
5 - Nurnberg, Germany at Hirsch
6 - Wacken, Germany at Wacken Open Air
7 - Rijssen, Holland at Lucky
9 - Manchester, England at Academy
10 - Glasgow, Scotland at Barrowlands
12 - Birmingham, England at Academy
13 - Folkstone, England at Lees Cliff Hall
14 - London, England at Astoria
15 - Nottingham, England at Rock City


9 July 2004

IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain has a new band on the side called MCBRAIN DAMAGE. The line-up consists of Nicko on drums, Dave “The Beast” Spitz, formerly of BLACK SABBATH and GREAT WHITE (on bass), Jonathan Murphy (vocals), Rick Baum (guitar) from DEEPSET, and Chris Proano (guitar) from FAILSAFE. The band reportedly plays a set that consists of some of Maiden’s biggest hits and original material, all performed with full sound and lights.

9 July 2004

ICED EARTH guitarist Ralph Santolla has officially left the group to join the SEBASTIAN BACH BAND. Santolla has issued the following statement with regards to the move:
"There are several reasons for this decision, and for the moment I will keep them to myself. The other guys [in Iced Earth] know my reasons, and hopefully this won't turn into a public pissing match. On the other hand, if it does, at least execution by musketry has gone out of style. I made some great friends, played some great, albeit difficult (!) metal tunes, and learned a lot from the experience. Whatever anyone else says about Jon [Schaffer], he IS a phenomenal rhythm guitarist.
"On a different note, I am the new lead guitarist for Sebastian Bach. We start playing July 22nd, and I can't wait. We'll do a new album later this year, so look for that, and I hope to see some of the cool people I met on tour with Iced Earth at some of these gigs. I am also in talks with Steve DiGiorgio [TESTAMENT, SADUS, ex-DEATH, CONTROL DENIED], Gene Hoglan [STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL, ex-DEATH], and Tom Englund from EVERGREY about making an epic, orchestral metal album called ex Cathedra. More on this later."

9 July 2004

After a ten-year hiatus, Boston's thrash pioneers WARGASM (see LINKS) will reunite to unleash their unique brand of power metal on Saturday, September 18th at the Middle East Club in Cambridge, MA, USA.

3 July 2004

JAG PANZER have been confirmed for the Bang Your Head Festival 2005 in Balingen, Germany (June 24th and 25th 2005).
This is the special 10-year anniverary show and will feature such acts as MOTORHEAD, TWISTED SISTER, DORO, GAMMA RAY, AXEL RUDI PELL, DESTRUCTION, AMON AMARTH, DEMON and NEVERMORE.
More info can be found at the festival website (see LINKS).
They will be joined by ten other popular acts plus one very special guest.

3 July 2004

The running order for next weekend's Headbangers Open Air in Elmshorn, Germany (see LINKS) is now online:

Friday
15.00 SAVALLION DAWN
16.00 CRYSTAL SHARK
17.00 ROSAE CRUCIS
18.00 DARK AT DAWN
19.00 BATTLEROAR
20.00 TYR
21.00 Surprise-Band
22.00 INTRUDER
23.00 BROCAS HELM
24.00 HANKER

Saturday
12.00 METAL WITCH
13.00 ETERNAL REIGN
14.00 BLOODSTAINED
15.00 FORSAKEN
16.00 RITUAL STEEL
17.00 FIST
18.00 DESASTER
19.00 OVERDRIVE
20.00 ELEXIR
21.00 ADRAMELCH
22.00 VORTEX
23.00 BREAKER
24.00 HIRAX

3 July 2004

Veteran German power metallers PARADOX have announced that they will not be able to proceed with the songwriting process for their new album due to "a serious sickness" suffered by frontman Charly Steinhauer. "Charly has composed about 30 minutes of great music last year but now couldn't go on," the band write on their web site. "At the moment he [is taking] a complete timeout and we will see when/if we will continue..."

Steinhauer, who had played guitar and sang in the group since their inception in the mid-'80s, had previously announced his decision to concentrate solely on guitar playing due to an unspecified medical condition. The band's last studio album, "Collision Course", was released in 2000 through AFM Records.

3 July 2004

The new album of the death metal band GRAVE is almost finished. The album is titled "Fiendish Regression", was recorded at the Abyss Studios with bothers Tommy and Peter Tägtgren producing and it is scheduled for a September 7th release through Century Media Records.

3 July 2004

DREAM THEATER are working on a live DVD and CD and Kevin Shirley (producer), posted the following update regarding the album and the personal album of John Petruci. "He is massively psyched, It's called "Suspended Animation", is 64 minutes long, has no keyboards or vocals on it, and it rocks pretty hard. At times, it throws up Steve Morse, Gary Moore and Jeff Beck stylings and he really shreds on it! Next week, I begin mixing a new Dream Theater DVD/CD project from their recent gig at the Budokan in Japan, so that should be fun - with budget constraints and the bands touring schedule we've got just over a week to mix the 3 hour plus show in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound. Something I think you DT fans have been wanting for awhile!"

3 July 2004

This years Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, this year held August 6th and 7th, has announced the addition of four more acts: METHEDRAS, VANGUARD, ENGINE OF PAIN, HOBB'S ANGEL OF DEATH .
New running orders can be found on the festival website (see LINKS).

3 July 2004

TWISTED SISTER's long awaited 25th Anniversary rerecording of their multi-million selling album "Stay Hungry" is set for a August 23rd release through Demolition Records. The CD retitled, "Still Hungry", is the first recordings by the reformed line up in over 12 years. The CD includes five bonus tracks: 'Hero's Are Hard To Find', 'Plastic Money', 'Come Back', 'You Know I Cry', 'Rock N Roll Saviors'.
The full track listings is as follows: 'Stay Hungry', 'We're Not Gonna Take It', 'Burn In Hell', 'Horror-Teria'/'Captain Howdy'/'Street Justice', 'I Wanna Rock', 'The Price', 'Don't Let Me Down', 'The Beast', 'S.M.F.', 'Never Say Never', 'Blastin' Fast & Loud', 'Hero's Are Hard To Find', 'Plastic Money', 'Come Back', 'You Know I Cry', 'Rock N Roll Saviors'.

In other news, the DVD "Still Hungry: Live At Wacken Open Air" has an October 18th release date through Demolition Records. The show was filmed with 16 cameras during the band's headline set in front of over 40,000+ fans at the 2003 Wacken Open Air Festival. Also included is footage detailing the reformation of the line up after a 12 year sabbatical, and their first "secret" shows before their official reformation.
The track listing is as follows: 'What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You)', 'The Kids Are Back', 'Stay Hungry', 'Destroyer', 'Knife In The Back', 'Under The Blade', 'You Cant Stop Rock And Roll', 'I Am, I'm Me', 'The Fire Still Burns', 'Ride To Live, Live To Ride', 'Shoot 'Em Down', 'We're Not Gonna Take It', 'The Price', 'Burn In Hell', 'I Wanna Rock', 'Come Out And Play' and 'S.M.F.'.

3 July 2004

According STEEL PROPHET's official website (see LINKS), their are two NEW MP3s available for download, taken from their forthcoming album, "Beware".
"Beware" (due out June 28th in Europe, Canada and Australia through Massacre Records - in the US by Nightmare Records in early July) will feature the following tracklisting: ‘Heavenly’, ‘Beware’, ‘Transfusion Vamp’, ‘Leatherette’, ‘Angels’, ‘Killing Machines’, ‘You Are My Life (Gypsy Mind)’, ‘Lost My Way’, ‘Political Greed (Petrol Man)’ and ‘Moosilauke Cascade’. European version to include bonus DVD incl. official video for ‘Leatherette’. US version to include bonus CD, Eyes Of The Prophet (Visions Past).
The European version will come as a regular CD, but will also be released as a double disc with a bonus DVD consisting of live material, documentary and official video for the song ‘Leatherette’. The US version will come with a bonus disc consisting of the Eyes Of The Prophet (Visions Past) album, which will otherwise only be available in Europe on a very limited picture vinyl (through Hellion Records).

3 July 2004

VADER have finalized the track listing for their new album, "The Beast", due out through Metal Blade on September 20th.
The first single, including two new songs, will be released on August 25th. The tracklisting is as follows: 'Apopemiac', 'By Any Means Necessary', 'Choices', 'Dark Transmission', 'Firebringer', 'Insomnia', 'Out Of The Deep', 'Stranger in the Mirror', 'The Sea Cause In The Last', 'The Zone'.

In other news, the band suffered a serious car accident last week. According to their website, "Vader had just finished up the first part of their European tour and had been driving down A1 towards Torun´ (Poland) when the other bus hit them, throwing the bus out on the opposite lane. Cracked car, destroyed trailer, but fortunately the band, staff and equipment managed to escape unharmed."

3 July 2004

THE CROWN’s official website (see LINKS) has been updated with the following:
“The Crown are putting together a DVD!!!
And no, I’m not talking about the bonus DVD for the forthcoming "Crowned Unholy" release, but a separate release. And we ask all of you for some help.
Do you have any video live recordings of The Crown? If you do, please get in touch with Johan for more details. And of course if we use your stuff, you will be credited for it. This will not be the average live DVD release, this will be something very, VERY unique...”
On August 9th, Metal Blade Records will release "Crowned Unholy", the remake of The Crown's "Crowned In Terror" with original vocalist Johan Lindstrand (replacing the vocals of Thomas Lindberg). The album also features rerecorded bass tracks by Magnus Olsfelt, a new version of the intro (originally written by guitarist Marko Tervonen, now programmed by drummer Janne Saarenpää), drum sound digitally enhanced by Janne, and synthesizer-spiced parts all programmed by Janne. The whole remake and remix/mastering was made/performed at Bohus Sound Recording (in Kungälv, Sweden) with Dragan Tanaskovic.

"Crowned Unholy" will be released with a free bonus-DVD entitled The Crown Invade Karlsruhe. The bonus DVD is a full live show filmed professionally on their last tour when the band played Karlsruhe, Germany on November 24th, 2003. The tracklisting of the DVD is as follows: 'No Tomorrow', 'Face Of Destruction' / 'Deep Hit Of Death','Deathexplosion', 'World Below', 'Deliverance', 'Blitzkrieg Witchcraft', 'Cold Is The Grave', ' Zombiefied', 'Dream Bloody Hell' / 'Kill `Em All', 'Under The Whip', 'Bow To None', 'Total Satan', 'House Of Hades' / 'Crowned In Terror' and '1999-Revolution 666'.

27 June 2004

The dutch progressive rock band MORGANA X has decided to change their name to 'novAct'. After the release of their promo 'Misunderstood' there have been some speculations concerning the 'X'. Especially in the American Metal/Prog-scene a trailing 'X' is simply too commonplace to use in the name of a new band. So we have been carefully researching the new name to ensure that won't have any 'problems' down the road. The new name 'novAct' [mind the capital 'A' in the middle of the name] for us (and hopefully for you) represents a new episode and stands for 'new band'. For more info: http://www.novact.nl

27 June 2004

Former IRON MAIDEN singer PAUL DI'ANNO, GIRLSCHOOL and TYGERS OF PAN TANG will be teaming up for a European tour beginning in October 2004. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

27 June 2004

Dutch outfit GOREFEST are on the verge of a reunion. Sources report it's for fun in the first place but the band is very serious about recording a new album. The band already scheduled their first rehearsals.

27 June 2004

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have set an October 11 European release date through Nuclear Blast Records for their new album, "Reckoning Night". The album will arrive in Japan on October 6. Mastering will take place on Monday, June 28 and shortly after that the band will start rehearsing for the summer shows, according to a posting on their web site (see LINKS).

27 June 2004

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have announced the addition of bassist Jon Torres to the group's ranks. Torres is no stranger to the Bay Area metal scene, having participated in such bands as THUNDERHEAD, WARNING SF, ULYSSES SIREN, LAAZ ROCKIT and ANGEL WITCH.

27 June 2004

Canadian thrash legends RAZOR have hired a production company and will be filming their upcoming appearance at this year's Gates Of Hell Festival scheduled to take place at FunHause in Toronto, on July 24th.
The lineup also features icons EXCITER and ANVIL alongside WARMACHINE, ROTTING, NITEMARE, VISIONS OF THE NIGHT, WILL OF THE ANCIENTS and SOUL LESS DIVINE.

27 June 2004

SIX FEET UNDER have completed work on "Graveyard Classics 2" at Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida with Chris Carroll mixing. The CD, which features the band doing something "that has never been attempted in the history of rock 'n' roll thus far," according to SIX FEET UNDER vocalist Chris Barnes, is scheduled for release on September 7 through Metal Blade Records.

27 June 2004

There's a new JUDAS PRIEST tribute band called NUDIST PRIEST and they play, you guessed it, naked. Priest frontman ROB HALFORD is hoping to track them down: "My former guitarist Pat Lachman saw them at a club in Los Angeles, and they played naked," Halford commented. "My main questions were, 'What was the singer like and how big was his unit?'"

27 June 2004

ANVIL guitarist Ivan Hurd fell from a ladder on May 13, 2004 and broke four ribs and his left wrist. He also suffered a cracked tailbone. Hurd is now forced to sit out the band's upcoming appearances. Guitarist George Vee will be filling in for him at these shows.
In other news, condolences go out to frontman Lips (real name Steve Kudlow) whose father recently passed away.

27 June 2004

MARDUK will be entering the studio in the middle of July to begin the recording seessions of their upcoming ninth full length album. The band's webmaster added: "We havent recived any working title for the album yet and the only song title we can confirm so far is 'Throne Of Rats', ,a song that the band debuted when they headlined the Motala Metal Festival. The new album will be recorded at the local Endarker Studio (in Norrköping, Sweden). More information will be posted soon."
The album is set to be released in November and will be followed by a massive world tour.

27 June 2004

CATHEDRAL are currently working on material for their eighth album. This will be the band's debut for the Nuclear Blast label, set for an early 2005 release.
The proposed album has a current working title of "Seeds Of Decay". Some working song titles include: ‘Oro The Manslayer’, ‘Corpsecycle’, ‘Sabbadaius Sabbattum’, ‘Eripmav Moon’, ‘This Body Thy Tomb’, ‘Everything Is Dying’ and ‘Upon Azraels Wings’.
The album will once more feature the epic cover art of long term Cathedral artist, Dave Patchett.

27 June 2004

GOD DETHRONED will enter Berno Studios in Malmö, Sweden on July 14th to begin recording the follow-up to 2003's "Into the Lungs of Hell".
Nine new songs are ready to be laid down for the as-yet-untitled effort, which is tentatively due in late 2004/early 2005.
In other news: GOD DETHRONED parted ways with guitarist Jens v/d Valk. Jens will concentrate on AUTUMN and GOD DETHRONED will look for another guitarist. There is no official statement from the band yet.

27 June 2004

GIRLSCHOOL have finished recording their new album and plan to issued the release by the end of this month (June).
Girlschool will tour in support of the release between June and August this year.

27 June 2004

JAG PANZER guitarist Mark Briody has posted the following on their official website (see LINKS): "The recording for "Casting The Stones" is complete! I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS RECORD! I leave for Florida this morning. Chris (Broderick - guitar), Jim (Morris) and I will start the mixing tomorrow (at Morrisound Studios in Tampa)." Century Media Records will release "Casting The Stones" worldwide this fall.

27 June 2004

CRADLE OF FILTH are now half way through the mixing process of their forthcoming album, "Nymphetamine", which is currently scheduled for a late September release through Roadrunner. Mixing for this should be complete by the 1st week of July. The band's A&R representative Mike Gitter had this to say: "I would have to say without a doubt, it's CRADLE OF FILTH's best record. Not merely a great CRADLE OF FILTH record, but a great metal record. Both longtime fans and casual listeners will be pretty fuckin' surprised."

19 June 2004

Legendary splatter rockers THE ACCUSED (see LINKS) will be heading into the studio with producer Jack Endino to record their first new material in well over ten years. The band are also accepting artwork for the second issue of the Martha Splatterhead comic. Go to their website (see LINKS) for more information.
In other news, THE ACCUSED are working with Warped Reality Pictures to bring the Martha Splatterhead character to life on the screen. Warped Reality Pictures is best known for their indie film/cult smash "Cannibal Maniac".
With regards to their new material, the band write on their web site: "The new stuff is the best stuff THE ACCUSED has ever written. That is no joke. We are gelling together like we never were apart. The new material is face-lacerating, blood-soaked, hammer-to-the-temple bad-ass! Every worm-driven-saw-slice-to-the-spine riff and every eyelid-ripped-out-by-needle-nose-pliers scream is beyond belief. It could've been sad if we ended up just throwing some crappy pieces of whatever together and calling them songs. But we sure as hell didn't do that. This is the real deal, splatterheads. For those of you who've been waiting, you will not regret it. 100% splatter rock from top to bottom! For those of you new to this whole thing — prepare to be enlightened on what's been missing in your life."

19 June 2004

Quebec based bashers HANKER have posted the cover art for their upcoming new album, "Web Of Faith". This is how it looks like:


The track list for the album, which will be released through Skyscraper Records, is as follows: 'Empower', 'Inside Me', 'Stigmata', ' Let me Out', ' Do Or Die', 'Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea', 'The Search', 'Under Cover Of Darkness', 'Face To Face', 'Point Of No Return', 'The Huntsman' and 'Web Of Faith'.

19 June 2004

CONFESSOR (see LINKS) have issued the following update:
"Hi everybody, how's it going?
We just wanted to let you know that we are signing a management contract with a company based in Raleigh, NC. They are the same company who used to manage Corrosion Of Conformity.
The company will shop our demo which is already getting a big buzz out in the public and at some labels. We have had a premixed version of a song from the demo entitled 'Sour Times' up on our music page for the last month. The response has been amazing!!! We have now uploaded a final mixed version of another song from the demo entitled 'Blueprint Soul'. Just wanted to update everyone on the latest news and the heads up on the new song up on the website!!! Thank you so much for your support, we truly appreciate it."

19 June 2004

IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain confirmed during a "question-and-answer" session with fans at an Italian drum clinic earlier this week that the band will play festivals all over Europe next year, with plans to return to the recording studio in November 2005. The follow-up to last year's "Dance of Death" is not expected until the spring of 2006.

19 June 2004

Polish death metallers VADER recently entered Radio Gdansk Studio with producer Piotr Lukaszewski ("Reign Forever World", "Revelations", "Blood") to begin recording their new album, "The Beast". "The recordings will take a little more time but the process is currently entering its final phase," reads a post on the band's web site. A fall release through Metal Blade Records is expected.

19 June 2004

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has revealed in an online posting at their website (see LINKS) that he has sent a copy of the new MEGADETH album, titled "The System Has Failed", to former drummer Nick Menza . Mustaine will meet with Menza in Los Angeles or Arizona to see if Nick "has got what it takes to play [the new] songs and to play the old stuff." Menza played drums on several MEGADETH albums during the '90s (1990's "Rust In Piece", 1992's "Countdown to Extinction", 1994's "Youthanasia", and 1997's "Cryptic Writings") before being ousted from the group and replaced by former SUICIDAL TENDENCIES/Y&T drummer Jimmie DeGrasso.
The bassist position in MEGADETH's touring lineup will be filled by Jimmie Lee Sloas, the bassist that played on the new MEGADETH record, while the second-guitarist slot is wide open. "I am meeting with [former guitarist] Marty [Friedman] in Tokyo next month, but that is merely because I love, respect, and miss him," Mustaine wrote. "Although, I am gonna to talk to him about playing again. And for the record, he was interested; he is just hella busy with his [Japanese] pop career."
MEGADETH have selected "Die Dead Enough" as the first single from "The System Has Failed", due on September 14 through Sanctuary Records. The single will go to metal radio around July 19 and rock radio one week later. "The System Has Failed" was recorded at Phase Four studios in Tempe, Arizona and is set to feature cover artwork by Ed Repka. Joining Mustaine on the recording are Sloas and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta. Additional lead guitar tracks were laid down by former MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland.

19 June 2004

MORBID ANGEL guitarist Trey Azagthoth has revealed plans to collaborate with THE GATHERING singer Anneke van Giersbergen on an as-yet-unnamed new project. "I really hope and believe that this dream of mine will come true some day,". "I'd really like to hear what kind of end result we could come up with when my playing and her beautiful singing are meshed together. I'm sure we could even create a totally new style of music... but let's see if our schedules coincide and we can find some time to work on some material together."

In other MORBID ANGEL-related news, the group's drummer Pete Sandoval told that he hopes to enter the studio later in the year to record the long-awaited new TERRORIZER album. "I know that there has been rumors over the years about the band recording the follow-up to 1989's 'World Downfall' but this time it's really going to happen, I'm going to force the other guys into the studio with me if I have to! On the album, there's going to be me, Oscar Garcia [vocals] and Jesse Pintado [guitar, NAPALM DEATH, LOCKUP].
With regards to the musical direction of the new TERRORIZER album, Sandoval said, "It's gonna be like the first TERRORIZER album... I mean, the sound of the album is going to be about the same. Maybe I'll play a little bit faster though..."
On the subject of other possible side projects, Pete said, "I really love classical music and composers like Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart. I have written some music on piano and keyboards over the years and I hope to one day release an album which will contain only drums and piano. And maybe a female singer could sing on some of the songs as well.
"I am also going to release an instructional video for young drummers," Sandoval added. "I am going to sell it via the Internet. So many people have come up to me and asked me, 'How do you play such and such song?' and I can't explain it in words, I have to show them how I play! So I am going to play, for example, some MORBID ANGEL songs for that video. I will start by playing slow and then I will gradually get faster until I am finally playing the song at full speed. I really want people to see how I play these songs like 'Bil Ur-Sag'."

19 June 2004

Legendary heavy metal band GWAR have risen from the frozen wastes of Antarctica to begin work on their new, and as yet untitled album, to be released this fall on DRT Records. GWAR will record at Wreckroom Studios in Richmond, VA (home of The Slave Pit), and will mix at the Chop Shop in NYC. The band's first studio release in three years, GWAR will record with producer Glen Robinson, who worked with the band on their classic third album, "America Must Be Destroyed". "I don't expect to survive," said Robinson, "but if I can make it through the mixes we should be cool."
DRT will also be re-issuing GWAR's debut album "Hell-O" and the classic follow-up "Scumdogs Of The Universe" as a specially packaged double CD on August 3. GWAR's world tour begins in October upon the album's release.

19 June 2004

Former TROUBLE/ZOETROPE drummer Barry Stern will be sitting behind the kit for DEBRIS INC. when they perform at the Templars of Doom Festival in Indianapolis on June 19. He will also be playing with the band at their Templars warm-up date on June 17 at the Liar's Club in Chicago, Illinois.
DEBRIS INC. is the new group featuring SAINT VITUS mainman Dave Chandler and ex-TROUBLE bassist Ron Holzner.

19 June 2004

RAMONES guitarist Johnny Ramone is in a Los Angeles hospital battling prostate cancer. "Johnny's been a champ in confronting this, but at this point I think the chances are slim," drummer Marky Ramone told the magazine. "John never smoked cigarettes, he wasn't a heavy drinker and he was always into his health. It just proves when cancer seeks a body to penetrate, it doesn't matter how healthy you are or how unhealthy you are. It just seeps in and there's nothing you can do."
Johnny Ramone, 55, whose real name is John Cummings, was diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago, and it has now spread throughout his body, Rollingstone.com quoted Marky Ramone as saying. "I've been getting so much email from people and from papers and magazines wanting to know what was up I had to take it upon myself to say something, because eventually John won't be in any condition to say or do anything," Marky said. "He went through many chemotherapy treatments. Some of it worked better than others. At this point [the cancer] has started to go into other areas of the body."
RAMONES' singer, Joey Ramone (born Jeff Hyman), died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer, while bassist Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin) died from a drug overdose the following year.

19 June 2004

"Lionheart" is the title of the new SAXON album. The record is scheduled for release in September through SVP. STRATOVARIUS drummer Jorg Michael handled the drum duties and will also join the band on tour.

19 June 2004

PRETTY MAIDS will enter the studio to record a new album this fall. The release and a full scale tour are expected in the spring of 2005.

19 June 2004

DEW SCENTED are in full writing mode for their next album. A release is expected spring 2005.

19 June 2004

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have made their entire "Breaking the Silence" (1987) and "Victims of Deception" (1989) albums available for free download in the media section via their official web site (see LINKS)

19 June 2004

According to a posting at KALEDON's official website (www.kaledon.com), VICIOUS RUMORS guitarist Geoff Thorpe will perform some guitar solos on the band's upcoming new album, "The Way Of The Light", due out this year via Steelborn Records. The names of the tracks that Geoff performs on will be announced soon.
Kaledon's new album will also feature the drumming talents of STRATOVARIUS skinsman Jorg Michael. Recording sessions for the forthcoming album will begin in July.
Tracks to appear on the forthcoming release include: 'The Inexorable Light', 'The Glory Starts', 'The Hidden Ways', 'The Angel', 'The Eyes Of The Queen', 'Mighty Son Of The Great Lord', 'Vultures In The Air', 'Lord Of The Sand', 'Black Telepathy', 'Come With Me', 'Break The Chant', 'Sword On The Shoulder', 'The Way Of The Light' and 'Great Night In The Land'.

19 June 2004

EUROPE guitarist John Norum has revealed that the band's forthcoming new album has the working title "Start From The Dark". Norum describes the album style as "heavier, like on the earlier albums."
A September release is expected for the new album. Europe have confirmed a string of Swedish dates for this October. According to the tour section of the band's official website (see LINKS) upcoming Europe tour dates now include:

July
2 - Masters Of Rock Festival in Senec, Slovakia
3 - Masters Of Rock Festival in Vizovice, Czech Republic
5 - Petofi Hall in Budapest, Hungary
17 - Rockperry Festival in Vaasa, Finland
28 - Langelands Festival in Denmark
31 - Baderock Festival in Sandeljord, Norway

August
7 - Lokerse Feesten in Gent, Belgium
10 - La Foire Au Vin De Colmar in Colmar, France
14 - Lorca Rock in Murcia, Spain
22 - Tufertschwil in Lutisburg, Switzerland

October
16 - Cloetta Center in Linkoping, Sweden
17 - Nordic Hallen in Sundsvall, Sweden
20 - Lofbergs Lila Arena in Karlstad, Sweden
21 - Hovet in Stockholm, Sweden
22 - Scandinavium in Goteborg, Sweden

19 June 2004

OBITUARY currently have four songs written and ready to go, and are hard at work on more new material. Although studio time for the band's return has not been set, the classic Obituary line up (John Tardy - vocals, Trevor Peres - guitars, Allen West - guitars, Frank Watkins - bass, Donald Tardy - drums) are set to deliver a new album in the near future.

19 June 2004

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, featuring former SAVATAGE singer Zak Stevens, will be releasing an EP through AFM Records later this summer. A new full length studio album is expected to hit the shelves in October/November. As on the debut, Stevens reportedly composed the new material with former Savatage bandmates Jon Oliva and Chris Caffery.
The band is confirmed to play the following summer dates with BLAZE and PERZONAL WAR:

June
25 – Graspop Festival, Dessel (Belgium)
26 – Ohrakel, Ingolstadt (Germany)
27 – Knaack, Berlin (Germany)
28 – Zeche, Bochum (Germany)
29 – De Bosuil, Weert (Holland)
30 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg (Germany)

July
1 – Z7, Pratteln (Czech Republic)
2 – Motoradfreunde Festival, Nehren (Germany)
3 – JUZ, Andernach (Germany)
4 – Rock The Nation Festival, Istanbul (Turkey)

19 June 2004

MASTERPLAN is slated to release the follow-up to their self-titled debut in January 2005. An EP will be released in November 2004 as a teaser. The band is currently hard at work with producer Andy Sneap (BLAZE, ARCH ENEMY), with the final mix scheduled for August with famed studio rat Mikko Karmila at Finnvox in Helsinki.

19 June 2004

FEINSTEIN (www.rockfeinstein.com) are confirmed to make a guest appearance on August 6th at this summer's 15th Anniversary of the Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place August 5th - 8th in Wacken, Germany.
David "Rock" Feinstein (ex-ELF) will also reunite his former band, THE RODS, for the festival.
Feinstein is fronted by ROYAL HUNT singer John West. The band is signed to by Magic Circle Music and distributed world wide by SPV Germany. Also at Wacken will be a one-time reunion of the seminal metal band of the 1980s, The Rods. "Rock" Feinstein will perform with Gary Bordonaro on bass, and Carl Canedy on drums - the same trio that recorded the band's best-known records, Wild Dogs in 1981 and their self-titled debut album the year before.

19 June 2004

DIO's upcoming studio album, "Master Of The Moon", will not see a July released as initially planned. Instead, the latest opus from the legendary vocalist will be issued in September via Sanctuary Records (SPV in Europe), following a European Summer tour. The touring lineup of the band will be Ronnie James Dio on vocals, Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums and Rudy Sarzo on bass. They are all considered permanent members at this point.

19 June 2004

According to organizers of ProgPower Europe, they have completed the lineup of this year's festival with Canada's multi-faceted DEVIN TOWNSEND, who will headline the first night. ProgPower 2004 is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd at JC Sjiwa in Baarlo, The Netherlands. The complete 2004 ProgPower Europe lineup is as follows: ALCHEMIST, ALL TOO HUMAN, AMARAN, THE DUST CONNECTION, THE GATHERING, KATATONIA, MORGANA-X, PLATITUDE, SYMPHORCE, TOMORROW'S EVE, DEVIN TOWNSEND.

Advance weekend tickets are on sale via ProgPower's website (see LINKS) for €40.

19 June 2004

Adam Wakeman has been named as the keyboard player for BLACK SABBATH on the upcoming Ozzfest tour.
Adam is the son of Rick Wakeman, longtime YES keyboardist, and the man who handled the keys on Sabbath's 1973 album, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. There is not yet information available as to why previous Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nichols is not touring with the band this year.

19 June 2004

THRESHOLD's upcoming album "Subsurface" is due out on August 2nd through InsideOut Music. The album will also be released in a Special Edition format featuring an extended booklet, bonus track ('What About Me'), multimedia and video footage. Threshold will bring "Subsurface" alive in September 2004.

11 June 2004

AFTER DEATH, the Tampa-based band featuring former MORBID ANGEL, NOCTURNUS and ACHERON drummer/vocalist Mike Browning, have finished recording three new songs for the new demo at Erik Rutan's (HATE ETERNAL) Mana Recording studio with Erik producing and engineering. The mixing sessions are scheduled to take place this Friday (June 11).

Formed in 1999 under the name NOCTURNUS A.D., AFTER DEATH's current lineup is rounded out by Lisa Lombardo (keyboards & vocals) and Ed Miller (guitar & vocals).

11 June 2004

Extreme metallers INVOCATOR are working together again on some new material. According to the band: “It was great to finally meet up again, and to start working on the new songs. The new stuff sounds really promising! During the summer/fall we will try to finish up enough songs to put on a new full-length, and hopefully we will be able to record the new album before the end of the year. Stay tuned good people!”

11 June 2004

SAGITTA from Brazil are recording their new studio album and two members of Symphorce will do a guest in the album. Here's the official word: "Symphorce band mates Andy B. Franck (vocals) and Cede Dupont (guitars) have been invited to play on the forthcoming album by new Brazilian shooting stars Sagitta! Currently both musicians are in different studios recording their parts. Dupont flew over to Brazil to record his parts in Sao Paulo, while Andy had to settle for doing his vocal tracks in a German studio due to timing conflicts, as he will be touring with Brainstorm around the same time (playing the USA, Sweden, etc.) . Besides the usual English lyrics, Andy will be trying to sing in Portuguese for the very first time!

11 June 2004

After four years of existence, VYNDYKATOR and Bob Mitchell (current ATTACKER and former SLEEPY HOLLOW and ALCHEMY X vocalist) have amicably parted ways. "Personal and private commitments as well as musical direction have led to this decision," the band write in a statement. "We thank Bob for all he has done for VYNDYKATOR and wish him the very best in all future endeavors."

VYNDYKATOR has begun the process of auditioning for the position of lead vocalist. Interested parties can contact the band via www.vyndykator.net or send correspondence to:
Vyndykator
PO Box 7446
North Bergen, NJ 07047
USA

"We are seeking an individual with a good vocal range, metal knowledge and a good attitude," the band write. "Our home base is Jersey City, New Jersey."
VYNDYKATOR's debut album, "Heaven Sent From Hell", was released on CD in 2003 on Unisound Records, on picture disc by Outlaw Recordings in December 2002 and on black vinyl again on Outlaw in 2004.

11 June 2004

U.K. progressive metallers THRESHOLD have set an August 3 release date through Inside Out Music for their brand new studio album, entitled "Subsurface". A limited-edition version of the album will contain a bonus track, "What About Me", plus a multimedia section including video footage of the band performing the song "Pressure", band gear profiles, alternative cover art and unseen band photos.
"Subsurface" track listing:

01. Mission Profile
02. Ground Control
03. Opium
04. Stop Dead
05. The Art Of Reason
06. Pressure
07. Flags And Footprints
08. Static
09. The Destruction Of Words
10. What About Me (bonus track)
+ multimedia section

11 June 2004

TEN TON TRUCK, the new band formed by former HADES guitarist Ed Fuhrman and ex-DEMONSPEED drummer Jim King, have launched their official web site at this location. The site features more information about the group as well as photos and samples of music from their recently completed demo.
With regards to the group's musical direction, Fuhrman states: "If you're a fan of my old band HADES, then be prepared for a shock! This is a totally different sound with very aggressive vocals and heavy grinding riffs. TEN TON TRUCK has a crushing sound that's guaranteed to blow your doors off! (or your money back) I really think the music speaks for itself — so take a listen and you decide."
TEN TON TRUCK have just begun shopping for a record deal and are hoping to get their debut album out by early 2005. Live performances in the New York area are planned for this summer.

11 June 2004

BATHORY mastermind Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg was found dead in his apartment in Stockholm, Sweden on Monday, June 7. The 39-year-old son of Black Mark Records owner Börje Forsberg, widely considered to be one of black metal's founding fathers, died of an apparent heart failure.

11 June 2004

MOTORHEAD’s forthcoming new album, "Inferno", will be released through SPV in Europe on June 21st. The title will be available in the following formats: 2xLP and Limited Edition 2xCD (including DVD video single for ‘Brave New World’, ‘Serial Killer’ video, ‘We Are Motorhead’/Aufnahem Live and Making Of Inferno).
"Inferno" will also be released in Japan through JVC with an additional bonus track.

11 June 2004

Colorado power metallers JAG PANZER are hard at work on their eighth studio album, "Casting The Stones", with producer Jim Morris at the legendary Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida. Additionally, "Casting The Stones" will feature cover-art by distinguished artist Mattias Noren.
Founding guitarist Mark Briody sends the following studio report: “Casting the Stones' is coming out GREAT! We're about 70% percent done. All drums and rhythm guitars are complete. Half the vocals and half the bass tracks are done also. I'm very happy with the songs. Chris (Broderick) has delivered some awesome layered and complex songs complete with some intense polyrhythms. My songs have much more harmony guitar work then my previous writing. We're also using some different gear - amps, cymbals, drums, etc. The production is going to be very cool. We also used some different tunings on the album. Look for an mp3 in a month or so.”
Century Media Records will release Casting The Stones worldwide this fall.

In other JAG PANZER news:
The long sought after, and highly bootlegged "Chain Of Command" (the first album after Harry 'The Tyrant' Conklin departed the band) will be issued, in a limited run (5000, worldwide), through Century Media, June 21. Mark Briody reports that Chain vocalist Bob Parduba actually sang backing tracks on one of the tunes from the forthcoming Casting The Stones. "It's true Bob sang backing vocals. He was in the studio (last) Sunday. Bob, Jim Morris and I laid down some backing vocals. They came out great, Bob was able to hit the highs very well."
As to the re-issuance/debut of Chain, he adds, "I sent Century Media masters with one extra track ('When the Walls Come Down') and 2 extra tracks ('When the Walls Come Down' and 'Battlezones' live). I told them that Bob wanted to give 'Battlezones' a listen before it was given the o.k. for the release. So I believe Century Media just used the master with 1 extra track. If this is true I will ask (our webmaster) to put the 'Battleszones' live track on the website.

11 June 2004

GLENN HUGHES performs vocals on the track ‘Where Did You Hide The Blues, for the MOONSTONE project (www.moonstone.it).
The track is a bluesy and emotional song which also features Ian Paice (DEEP PURPLE) on drums. Another special guest for the project is singer KELLY KEELING (JOHN NORUM, DOKKEN, GEORGE LYNCH). He sings on ‘Slave Of Time’, a straight rocker with a southern feel. Other guests to be included on the album will be announced soon. The recording sessions will continue until the beginning of July, when the mixing process will begin.
Moonstone is an Italian project led by guitarist Matteo Filippini. There is no confirmed record deal yet, but a release is planned for summer/early fall.

11 June 2004

SUN CAGED have issued the following message through their official website (see LINKS):
“Unfortunately the band had to cancel two upcoming gigs due to the personnel changes. The band regrets this decision but cannot help it either. Sun Caged was supposed to play at the Dwergpop festival in Driebergen on the 3rd of July, and also at the Weistock festival the 18th of July in Lottum.
Roel, Rob and Marcel will play at the Weistock festival doing a KISS tribute gig, they will be assisted by Tim Van Der Loo (brother of Rob) on second guitar and previous Sun Caged singer Sascha Burchardt (he sings on the Dominion EP) on vocals.
The band already had some auditions but haven't found the right people yet. There will be more auditions soon. We are looking for: A singer with a high range, comparable to Andre's Voice, he does not have to sound the same as Andre but he should be able to sing the songs from the album in a good way. The band rehearses in The Netherlands (Lottum, in the south, near the German border) so if you think you are the singer for us contact us at: suncaged@suncaged.com.
Also still wanted a keyboard player, you should be technically skilled, be able to play along leads, you should have great sounds and of course you should be able to play the songs from the album in a good and professional way. If you think you are the perfect keyboard player for us contact us at the same email address: suncaged@suncaged.com.”

11 June 2004

SOUL SIRKUS is a new project featuring guitarist Neil Schon (JOURNEY), singer Jeff Scott Soto (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), drummer Deen Castronovo (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, PLANET US, HARDLINE) and bassist Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, ex-WHITESNAKE).
The quartet has been busy recording tracks for their debut album. 11 songs have been written and recorded recently in San Francisco at Jonathan Cain's (Journey - keyboardist) studio, with the album to be shopped to potential labels soon.

The band was born out of the ashes of PLANET US, the project featuring Journey's Neal and Deen with SAMMY HAGAR (VAN HALEN vocalist) and Michael Anthony (Van Halen bassist) – who have returned to their roles in Van Halen.
Planet Us demoed two tracks – 'Peephole' and 'Vertigo', but disbanded without going any further. Neal had heard of Jeff's reputation and the pair first jammed at LA's 2004 Winter NAMM Convention in Los Angeles. From there the pair quickly got working collaborating on songs and the results will be heard on their debut album. Neal Schon recently commented: "The new stuff is cool, melodic and has plenty of edge. We are very much looking forward, to getting it out soon and playing live. I definitely feel we have the goods. It is sounding very cool to say the least."

11 June 2004

The latest releases in Roadrunner's 2-for-the-price-of-1 classic, rare and deleted album series returns on July 12th, with the following:
MERCYFUL FATE's "Don't Break The Oath" (1984) and "Return Of The Vampire" (1992)
ANNIHILATOR's "Set The World On Fire" (1993) and "Live In Command" (1996)
GORGUTS's "Considered Dead" (1990) and "The Erosion Of Sanity" (1993).

11 June 2004

GARY MOORE (see LINKS) has confirmed more dates for his upcoming UK trek this summer.
Bassist Bob Daisley (OZZY OSBOURNE, URIAH HEEP, GARY MOORE, RAINBOW) will join Gary on the road in support of his forthcoming album, "Power Of The Blues", due out on June 7th through Sanctuary. Daisley also performs on the record.
Upcoming confirmed Gary Moore dates now include:

June
26 at Stormont Estate in Belfast, Northern Ireland
27 at Pearse Stadium in Galway, Ireland

July
2 at Fredrikstad Stadium in Fredrikstad, Norway
17 at Pistoia Blues in Pistoia, Italy
18 at Jazz-Groove Festival in Wiesen, Austria
26 at Blue Balls Music in Luzurne, Switzerland

11 June 2004

VOIVOD ’s Jason Newsted has updated the band’s website with the following:
“Attention! Attention! Attention! All friends in the Multiverse.
The Voivod is alive and well in the land of ice. Currently, there are approximately 25 songs in progress for the next recordings.
Mssr. Piggy is churning up evil with some very metal riffage and leading the way as we are charting our course of execution for the months ahead. As of now, we plan to return to the same rooms with the same helmsman of the Nothingface era. (Translation: Away, Snake, Piggy, and Jasonic make some serious new Voivodian noise in Montreal with Glen Robinson producing.) This is our dream, this is our quest. So, as the world spins faster everyday, we will make our music, our way, when everything aligns. In time, the Voivod again will rise!
Listen closely for the cries... in 2005...
We look forward to sharing the metal with our people. Until we see you... Keep It Heavy,
Jasonic.

11 June 2004

The webmaster of the official KING DIAMOND/MERCYFUL FATE website (see LINKS) has issued the following message:
“Get Ready For Some Deadly Lullabyes “Live”!!!
"I just received some news from King about the forthcoming double live CD. Yes, you read this right! It's gonna be a 2-disc set. The title is Deadly Lullabyes “Live”. No release date has been set at the moment but as soon as we know more we'll inform you right away. The songs published next are likely to be on the CD. But this is NOT confirmed yet: ‘Funeral’, ‘Mansion In Darkness’, ‘The Family Ghost’, ‘Black Horsemen’, ‘Spare This Life’, ‘Mansion In Sorrow’, ‘Spirits’, ‘Sorry Dear’, ‘Eye Of The Witch’, ‘Sleepless Nights’, ‘Puppetmaster’, ‘Blood To Walk’, ‘So Sad’, ‘Welcome Home’, ‘Invisible Guest’, ‘Burn’, ‘Halloween’ and ‘No Presents For Christmas’.”

11 June 2004

THE HAUNTED have inked an exclusive worldwide management deal with Petri Lundén and Talent Trust (EUROPE, TURBONEGRO).

The Haunted have also finished mixing their forthcoming new album with Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studios in Denmark. The band’s fourth album will include the following tracks: ‘Abysmal’, ‘Liquid Burns’, ‘Drowning’, ‘My Shadow’, ‘Almost Alive' and 'Who Will Decide?'. This new album will be released by the Century Media label where the band signed this week a worldwide multiple-album deal.

4 June 2004

The 2004 Graspop Metal Meeting (see LINKS) will take place June 25th - 27th in Dessel, Belgium.
The latest acts confirmed to perform at the festival include: IGNITE, SUFFOCATION, SCARVE, TERROR.
Here’s a current schedule of confirmed acts:

Friday, June 25: ANATHEMA, CIRCLE II CIRCLE, EPICA, EXODUS, HYPOCRISY, ICED EARTH, IN EXTREMO, SUFFOCATION WHITE LION, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN.

Saturday, June 26: AGNOSTIC FRONT, ALICE COOPER, ANTHRAX, BACKFIRE, BLOOD FOR BLOOD, CRADLE OF FILTH, DISIPLINE, EVERGREY, MORBID ANGEL, MOTÖRHEAD, MY DYING BRIDE, PLEYMO, SLAPSHOT, SLIPKNOT, QUEENSRŸCHE, SCARVE, SOULFLY, OOMPH, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION.

Sunday, June 27: CHIMAIRA, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DEATH ANGEL, DIMMU BORGIR, DYING FETUS, HATEBREED, IGNITE, ILL NINO, JUDAS PRIEST, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, MALEVOLENT CREATION, LIFE OF AGONY, SAXON, SEVEN WITCHES, TESTAMENT, THERION, FEAR FACTORY, JACKSON UNITED.

More than 50 bands will be performing on three stages during the three-day event. Tickets for all three days will cost 90 euros (all-in ticket: festival, camping and parking). A one-day ticket will cost 35 euros on Friday and 50 euros each on Saturday and Sunday.

4 June 2004

PROJECT: FAILING FLESH (featuring ex-VoiVod frontman Eric Forrest) have posted the following update at their official website (www.projectfailingflesh.com):
"The second full length disc from Project: Failing Flesh will likely be titled "The Conjoined". The band are currently writing and recording tracks for this release."
The band have eight songs written for the new CD. Working titles include: 'Through The Broken Lens', 'The Conjoined', 'Hand That You've Been Dealt', 'Second Impact Syndrome', 'Unsight Unseen', 'Eve Of Demise', 'Motionless' and 'Last Act Of Treachery'.
The band will be self-producing and tracking at Assembly Line Studios in Virginia.
For a review of their debut album, take a look at the "REVIEWS" section on this website (Mario's Metal Mania)

4 June 2004

STEEL PROPHET guitarist Steve Kachinsky has posted the following update at the band's official website (see LINKS):
"Hey All Steelheads, the album (Beware) is finally finished! Begun on March 5th, and completed May 18th, 2004. Cover art should be posted soon on our web site (www.steelprophet.com). It's going to be interesting to us to hear the criticism for this record as it's the first with Nadir (D'Priest - vocals) and also my first engineering job for the band. Of note; all my solos and a bunch of rhythm tracks were recorded with a broken middle finger on my fretting hand. The finger may need surgery in the future and I'll hear more about that later, so for the time being no gigs are planned. Hopefully everything can be worked out soon and we can hit the road. From first listens people have said the album has maybe our catchiest collection of songs ever; hope they're not lying! The album will be out June 28th in Europe, Canada and Australia through Massacre Records. We'll announce very soon more details on the different versions of the album, as well as our newly signed licensing deals for USA and South America."

4 June 2004

WALTARI filmed their performance at Tavastia in Helsinki on may 6th, for an upcoming DVD. There is no release date set yet.

4 June 2004

Swedish melodic death thrashers SOILWORK will enter Studio Kuling in Örebro, Sweden on September 13 with producer Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) to begin recording their sixth album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Nuclear Blast Records.
"The new material sounds very promising," SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid writes on the group's web site. "In my ears it sounds like a mixture between 'Natural Born Chaos' (2002) and our latest effort, 'Figure Number Five' (2003) with a slight and interesting development, I'm sure it will please your ears as well when it's getting released in January/February 2005... Have patience... Until then we hope to see you on some of the festivals we're playing this summer and don't miss to check out the upcoming movie 'Alone in the Dark' (web site) (starring Christian Slater etc.) [to] which we're contributing a song from our latest album."

4 June 2004

Dutch thrashers FLESH MADE SIN will enter Harrow studio later this month with producer Marc ter Braak to begin recording their full-length debut, entitled "Dawn of the Stillborn". Cover artwork will be handled by Manuel Tinnemans (PENTACLE, NECROPHAGIA). A September release through an as-yet-undetermined label is expected.

"Dawn of the Stillborn" track listing:
01. Crowned In Torment
02. Dawn Of The Stillborn
03. Spiritual Death-Trip
04. The Cleansing
05. Ritual For The Dead
06. Descending Life
07. Possess The Flesh
08. Wastelands

In other news, FLESH MADE SIN have just been added to the line-up of the Dynamo Open Air pre-party on Friday, June 4 at Effenaar in Eindhoven, Holland. FLESH MADE SIN will perform at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Other groups set to appear are AGENT STEEL, CHILDREN OF BODOM (to be confirmed), AFTER ALL and SHADOWS FALL. For more information on FLESH MADE SIN, visit the band's web site (see LINKS).

4 June 2004

MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the “Forum” section of the band’s official website (www.megadeth.com):
“Droogies! Thank you for the support yesterday, it helped a lot.
It is just that so much is happening right now that it is sometimes overwhelming.
I am grateful for the threads and emails, and I approved the master yesterday, so that means it is on its way to the record company.
I might as well tell you the title... "The System Has Failed".
Because it has. MSGD!”

"The System Has Failed" will be released through Sanctuary Records on September 14th.
More details on the release as they become available.

4 June 2004

SPASTIC INK/WATCHTOWER guitarist Ron Jarzombek is once again hooking up with former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman following last year's Guitarevolution tour. The Marty Friedman solo band, also featuring bassist/vocalist Chris Catero (ex-WARDOG) and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-Megadeth, Y&T), will appear in concert at the World Guitar Congress on Tuesday June 8th in Baltimore, Maryland. Also appearing are Eric Johnson, Andy Summers, Allan Holdsworth, and Les Paul, among others.

In other Spastic Ink news, drummer Bobby Jarzombek (ex-HALFORD) has hit the road with ICED EARTH, taking over for the departed Richard Christy (LEASH LAW). The band kicked off the second leg of their US tour in support of their new album, The Glorious Burden, June 1st at the House of Blues in Las Vegas and will visit 14 more cities between now and June 18th before heading over to Europe. Iced Earth are scheduled to headline the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium on June 25th and Germany's Bang Your Head Festival on June 26th.
Spastic Ink can currently be heard on their new album, "Ink Compatible". For more information visit their website (see LINKS)

4 June 2004

The official VIO-LENCE website (see LINKS) has been updated with the following information:
“Production on the VIO-LENCE DVD is well underway and shaping up better than expected. Shooting is almost finished with just a few people left to interview. On this planned 2-disc DVD you'll see a ton of live footage spanning the band's entire existence as well as a full-length documentary on the history of the band. Included on the documentary will be commentary by all the members of VIO-LENCE (going back to the Death Penalty days) as well as comments by fellow Bay Area thrashers Exodus, Death Angel, Forbidden and many others. You'll also hear from Bay Area historians Ron Quintana and Walter Morgan, as well as legendary band manager Debbie Abono and many others including comments from Vio-lence fans themselves. Expect lots of rare, unreleased footage. This is a DVD for the fans, made by the fans, tentatively scheduled for release late 2004/early 2005 through Megaforce Records.“

4 June 2004

Former SPOCK'S BEARD singer Neal Morse will be releasing his double live DVD, "Testimony Live", on June 29th through InsideOut. The gig was recorded on November 17th, 2003 at the 013 in Tilburg, Holland. DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy provides the backbone for the gig, as he did for the entire Testimony tour.
The DVD features the Testimony album played in its entirety, the TRANSATLANTIC cuts ‘We All Need Some Light’ and ‘Stranger In Your Soul’, and the Spock’s Beard classic ‘The Light’.

4 June 2004

EIDOLON drummer Shawn Drover has issued the following band update:
“This update is to inform that we have decided to part ways with our singer, Pat Mulock for reasons of both a musical and personal nature. I express no interest in giving any childish, gory details or go into any specifics as to why we have decided to take this path - it simply wasn't working for us anymore on a musical level mostly, so in all fairness to the band, a change is necessary at this point in time - we do wish Pat luck on his future musical endeavors.

So once again we are left with the arduous position of trying to find a new "family" member, as it were - A task ( and I think I speak for Glen and Adrian here as well ) that we are not fond of. At this juncture of the game finding the "right guy for the job" one who expresses the same musical goals as well as sharing the same outlook on this retarded business and NOT be disillusional about it is not an easy thing - we certainly don't do this for money - if we did, we certainly are playing the wrong type of music!!!!!!!!!!! We do this for completely selfish reasons, which to me, is the ONLY reason to play music - to express ourselves in a genuine fashion and not bow to any pathetic trends - in the end, we do this for ourselves first and hope to expand our fan base with each release.

As well, the "right" vocalist has to be great in all facets - melodic, wide range of vocal styles, great frontman and one who can rip your face off in a live setting - in other words, a complete pro!!!!!! Unfortunately - this type of vocalist does not grow on trees here in North America - Europe however, is a different story, so we decided to try a different approach in finding who we were looking for...
It didn't take too long to figure out who we wanted to fill this position. Since late December, Glen and myself have been working on a record called Dimension Infinite which also features three members of a band called PAGANS MIND, who, in my opinion, are a fantastic metal-progish style band from Norway (great guys as well, actually) their singer - Nils K. Rue is lending his talents for this record, in which he, Ronni and Steinar (bass and keyboards, respectively) are currently working on as I write this.

After seeing Pagans Mind last fall at Progpower festival, I was blown away on how great of a live performer Nils was - something that now has played a part on us approaching him to become the new singer for EIDOLON. In my opinion, Nils has all the elements of what we want in a great singer, so after contacting him and offering him the "job", I am happy to say that Nils K. Rue is now the new vocalist for EIDOLON!!!!!! Nils is still currently the singer for Pagans Mind and now Eidolon as well.
We are very excited about the future of the band, and we are very much looking forward to start recording the next Eidolon record, which will happen in early fall-2004!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Shawn - Eidolon.”

4 June 2004

NEVERMORE is the most recent confirmation for this year's 2004 Waldrock Festival (see LINKS), scheduled to take place in Bergum, Holland on June 19th. The current line-up for the festival now includes: DEATH ANGEL, FEAR FACTORY, HATEBREED, SLAPSHOT, MY DYING BRIDE, EXODUS, TRANSPORT LEAGUE, WITHIN TEMPTATION, TWISTED SISTER, FINNTROLL, MONSTER MAGNET, TESTAMENT, CRADLE OF FILTH, CANNIBAL CORPSE, MORTUARY I.O.D., FINNTROLL, NEVERMORE.
More acts will be announced soon.

4 June 2004

Quebec-based power metallers HANKER have posted the following update at their website (see LINKS) regarding their upcoming album:
"Web Of Faith's" entire artwork (booklet and cover) is now complete and the result is remarkable! It was created by the artist David Faucher under the supervision of the band. Web Of Faith should see the light of day next June (through Skyscraper)."

4 June 2004

UK legends TYGERS OF PAN TANG have announced more dates on their 2004 Tour. The band’s confirmed itinerary is as follows:

May
30 - TNT Club - Athens, Greece

June
14 - London Underworld - London, UK

July
2 - Arena - Madrid, Spain
3 - Industrial Copera - Granada, Spain
4 - Sala Cormoran - Valencia, Spain
5 - Razzmatazz 2 - Barcelona, Spain
9 - Civic - Wolverhampton, UK
10, 11 - Venue/City TBA - Holland (with DEEP PURPLE, STATUS QUO)

August
5 - Spiders Web - Grimsby, UK
6 - Corporation - Sheffield, UK
8 - Civic - Wolverhampton, UK
14 - TBA - Dokkem, Holland
16 - Metalfest 3 - Bissegem (Kortrijk), Belgium

October
1 - Transilvania Live - Milano, Italy
2 - La Sfinge - Brescia, Italy
3 - Mephisto Rock Cafe - Alessandria, Italy
5 - Estragon - Bologna, Italy
6 - Brunch Ascoli - Piceno, Italy
7 - Jail Club - Napaoli, Italy
8 - Kloster - Taranto, Italy
16 - Zaal Astoria - Lauwe, Belgium
17 - Spirit of 66 in Verviers, Belgium
19 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
20 - N8 - Osnabruck, Germany
21 - Alte Spinnerei - Glauchau, Germany
22 - Golem Club - Zlin, Slovakia
23 - Babylon Club - Bratislava, Croatia
24 - Wigwam Club - Budapest, Hungary
25 - Planet Music - Vienna, Austria
26 - Komma - Woergl, Austria
27 - Ohrakel - Ingolstadt, Germany
28 - Live Arena - Muenster/Dieburg, Germany
29 - JUZ Live Club - Andernach, Germany
30 - Zeche - Bochum, Germany
31 - RoFa - Ludwigsburg, Germany

November
1 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
2 - Venue TBA - Milano, Italy
3 - Venue TBA - Torino, Italy
4 - Venue TBA - Marseille, France
5 - Venue TBA - Barcelona, Spain
6 - Venue TBA - Madrid, Spain
7 - Venue TBA - Bergara, Spain
8 - Venue TBA - Tourlouse, France
9 - Venue TBA - Lyon, France
10 - Venue TBA - Paris, France
11 - Venue TBA - Vosselaar/Brussels, Belgium
12 - Venue TBA - London, England

The band recently issued Noises From The Cat House, which was mixed by Chris Tsangarides.

4 June 2004

VADER have updated their European tourschedule for the next months. There will be gigs added during the next weeks/months.

June
17 - Salzgitter, Germany at Forellenhof
18 - Nijmegen, Netherlands at Doornroosje
19 - London, England at Ulu University
20 - Paris, France at La Locomotive
21 - Lyon, France at TNMD
22 - TBA
23 - Montepellier, France at Rockstore
24 - Travel Day
25 - Marlach, Germany at Rathouse
26 - Aalen, Germany at Rock It
27 - Schlitz, Germany at Fulda

July
2 - Istanbul, Turkey at Venue TBA
4 - Geneva, Switzerland at Venue TBA
5 - Dronten, Netherlands at Rock Barak Nirwana
6 - Alkmaar, Netherlands at Parkhof
7 - Bremen, Germany at Buchte
8 - Munster, Germany at Live Arena
9 - Hannover, Germany at Labor
10 - Ruhrgebiet, Germany at Celtic Rock Festival
11 - Berlin, Germany at K-17
16 - Spital am Semmering, Austria at Kaltenbach Open Air

August
21 - Freilichtbuhne/Bart, Germany at Barther Metal Open Air

28 May 2004

Two line-upchanges in SEVEN WITCHES. Bassplayer Joey Vera has officially left the band after he got the gig with Anthrax. He is replaced by Dennis Hayes, who filled in for Vera on the recent tour with Overkill. Drummer Craig Anderson (ex-Engine) has also joined the group, replacing Brian Craig who wanted to spend more time with his family. The new line-up, still including vocalist James Rivera, recently recorded a new album which will hit the shelves this September.

28 May 2004

DISMEMBER, CALLENISH CIRCLE, OCCULT, HEARSE and JUDGEMENT DAY will be teaming up for a four-date tour of Holland/Belgium in September.
Confirmed dates are as follows:

Sep. 16 - P60 – Amstelveen, NETH
Sep. 17 - VERA - Groningen, NETH
Sep. 18 - BIEBOB – Vosselaar, BEL
Sep. 19 - 013 - Tilburg, NETH

28 May 2004

SYMPHONY X are preparing to enter the studio to write their next CD, according to a posting on the group's official web site.

28 May 2004

Brazilian thrashers SEPULTURA are in talks to support MOTÖRHEAD on their upcoming European tour.

Confirmed MOTÖRHEAD tour dates are as follows:

Nov. 03 – Belfast, IRE @ Ulster Hall
Nov. 04 – Dublin, IRE The Olympia
Nov. 05 – Tramore, IRE @ Co. Waterford South
Nov. 06 – Killarney, IRE @ INEC
Nov. 09 – Glasgow, SCO @ Barrowlands
Nov. 10 – Liverpool, UK @ Academy
Nov. 11 - Sheffield, UK @ Octagon Theatre
Nov. 13 - Newcastle, UK @ City Hall
Nov. 14 - Manchester, UK @ Apollo
Nov. 15 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock
Nov. 17 - Exeter, UK @ University
Nov. 18 - Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall
Nov. 19 - Southampton, UK @ Guildhall
Nov. 21 - Newport, UK @ Center
Nov. 22 - Norwich, UK @ UEA
Nov. 23 - Folkestone, UK @ Leas Cliffe Hall
Nov. 25 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy
Nov. 26 - Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
Nov. 27 - London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
Nov. 29 - Amsterdam, NETH @ Pepsi Stage
Nov. 30 - Hardenberg, NETH @ Podium
Dec. 01 - Osnabruck, GER @ Halle Gartlage
Dec. 03 - Erfurt, GER @ Thuringenhalle
Dec. 04 - Magdeburg, GER @ A.M.O.
Dec. 05 - Wiesbaden, GER @ Schlachthof
Dec. 07 - Dusseldorf, GER @ Philipshalle
Dec. 08 - Hannover, GER @ Capitol
Dec. 09 - Dresden, GER @ Schlachthof
Dec. 10 - Stuttgart, GER @ Congresscenter

28 May 2004

On the 9th of August, 2004 Metal Blade Records Europe will release THE CROWN's album „Crowned Unholy“! A bonus-DVD will be included as well. "Crowned Unholy“ is a remake of the bands fifth album “Crowned In Terror” with re-recorded vocal tracks by Johan, re-recorded bass tracks by Magnus, a new version of the intro (originally written by Marko, now programmed by Janne), drum sound digitally enhanced by Janne, and cool synthesizer-spiced parts here and there, all programmed by Janne. The whole remake and remix/mastering was made/performed at Bohus Sound Recording with Dragan Tanaskovic. Janne Saarenpää (drums) comments the release: “Finally ‘Crowned in Terror=Crowned Unholy’ sounds just the way it's supposed to! After a long, long journey through different studios and mastering facilities we once again achieved the unique Crown sound, this time at Bohus Sound Recording and nowhere else. When you hear Johan's voice in the brutal new mix, you will once again realize that you've been struck by the magic of The Crown. A perfect ending for quite a ride that lasted for 14 years!” "Crowned Unholy“ will be released with a free bonus-DVD. The content is not confirmed yet – will keep you posted.

28 May 2004

Century Media is releasing a 2CD best of collection from ICED EARTH called "The Blessed And The Damned" on July 27th.
The album features 23 remastered tracks (over two hours of material) with two different album covers. IE "leader" Jon Schaffer talks about each song in the 20 page booklet that's included in the package.

28 May 2004

DISTANT THUNDER is confirmed for the Keep It True III Festival scheduled for November 6th at Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany at Tauberfrankenhalle (see LINKS).
Other confirmed acts include: HELSTAR, HALLOWS EVE, TYRANTS REIGN, JAGUAR, SACRED STEEL, WITCHFYNDE, ROTTWEILLER, METAL INQUISITOR.

28 May 2004

According to EUROPE guitarist John Norum’s official website (see LINKS) the band has finished recording their as-yet-untitled comeback album and are currently in the mixing stages. Norum has also completed his next solo album, with plans to release it later this year.

28 May 2004

Crash Music, Inc. today announced that they have signed thrash metal legends FLOTSAM AND JETSAM to a two-album deal. The band which consists of Eric A.K. (vocals), Craig Nielsen (drums), Jason Ward (bass), Mark Simpson (guitar) and Ed Carlson (guitar) will hit the studio later this month to begin the recording process. Crash Music hopes to release the new album this fall or early 2005.

28 May 2004

Former STEEL PROPHET members Jim Williams (guitars) and Karl Rosqvist (drums) are planning to make a comeback with their new band,VINDIKATION, this summer. The debut album, "Chamber Of Discontent", contains 10 tracks, has a running time of 45 minutes, and was produced by Erik Norlander.
The track list is as follows: 'Astral Projector', 'Broken Glass Reflection', 'Tides Of Time', 'Heretic Mindset', 'Asleep', 'Searching For Anything Real', 'One Voice In The Cosmic Fugue', 'Intensify', 'Critical Dimension' and 'Forever Again'

Audio samples and the full version of ‘One Voice In The Cosmic Fugue’ can be downloaded at their website (see LINKS)

28 May 2004

DESTRUCTION drummer Marc Reign was arrested in Milano, Italy this weekend after the band's show in Brescia. Here's the report according to the band's website:
"After the fantastic gig in Brescia, Italy (May 22nd) the band had massive problems to leave the country by plane from the Milano airport! What happend was that the Italian customs arrested drummer Marc Reign because of the bands stage accessoires! Apparently it was the chrome bulletbelts, one of the Destruction trade marks, that obviously set the officials in a state of bomb panic! All the arguments that the stage outfit of the band isn´t live or armed didn't have an effect on the over-motivated civil servants! After endless discussions, they did finally confiscate the stage belts and also Marc's deprivation of liberty did come to an happy end! This was just the second time in twenty years (after Peru) that the band had problems at airport customs with their stage outfits! The pesky thing was not just the arrest - imagine the airplane on hold because of that...Spinal Tap."

In other news, Destruction have been added to the Graspop Metal Meeting. They hit the main stage in Dessel, Belgium on Sunday June 27th.

28 May 2004

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman, Allan Atkins, has united again with former IRON MAIDEN axeman Dennis Stratton.
"Al and guitarist Dennis Stratton (ex-Iron Maiden/PRAYING MANTIS) have joined forces together for more concerts, one being confirmed in July at Milwaukee playing alongside DEEP PURPLE. They will go under the name of THE DENIAL and will play a mix of new songs and old Priest/Maiden songs which they either wrote or played on. The group who played alongside Al and Dennis on tour are Birmingham's new hot rock band THE VASELINERATS who will continue giving them their driving force on the road."

28 May 2004

The official SAXON website (see LINKS) has confirmed the band as playing the following dates for their 25th Anniversary World Tour 2004/2005:

June
27 - Graspop Festival, Dessel (Belgium)

July
2 - Motorradfreunde Nehren, Nehren (Germany)
3 - Polo Festival (6.00pm), Dusseldorf (Germany)
Festival (11.00pm), Andernach (Germany)

August
7 - Wacken Open Air 2004, Wacken (Germany)
9 - Sziget Festival (new date), Budapest (Hungary)

September
16 - Halle 400, Kiel (Germany)
17 - Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (Denmark)
19 - KB, Malmö (Sweden)
20 - Trädgarn, Gothenburg (Sweden)
21 - Rockefeller, Oslo (Norway)
22 - Klubben, Stockholm (Sweden)
24 - Halle Gartlage, Osnabrück (Germany)
25 - Maas En Waalhallen, Druten (Holland)
26 - Filharmonie, Filderstadt (Germany)
28 - E-Werk, Koln (Germany)
29 - Aladin, Bremen (Germany)
30 - Hugenottenhalle, Neu-Isenburg (Germany)

October
1 - Cultureel Centrum, Sint Lievens Houtem (Belgium)
2 - Astoria, London (UK)
3 - Coal Exchange (new date), Cardiff (UK)
4 - Wulfrun Hall (new date), Wolverhampton (UK)
5 - (tbc), Glasgow (UK)
23 - Stadthalle, Lichtenfels (Germany)
24 - Novesta, Zlin (Czech Republic)
25 - Stodola, Warszawa (Poland)
27 - Orpheum, Graz (Austria)
28 - Pauk, Zagreb (Hungary)
29 - Sala Polivalenta, Bucuresti (Romania)
30 - Mylos Apothiki, Thessaloniki (Greece)
31 - Gagarin 205, Athens (Greece)

November
4 - Motion, Bergamo (Italy)
6 - Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona (Spain)
7 - (tbc), Madrid (Spain)
8 - Hard Club, Porto (Portugal)
10 - Rockstore, Montepellier (France)
11 - Tenax, Florence (Italy)
12 - Fillmore, Piacenza (Italy)
13 - Z7, Pratteln (Czech Republic)
14 - Elysee Montmartre, Paris (France)

22 May 2004

Reunited thrash legends HALLOWS EVE will be co-headlining Germany's Keep It True III festival, set to be held November 6 in Lauda-Königshofen. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows:

HELSTAR
HALLOWS EVE
TYRANTS REIGN
JAGUAR
SACRED STEEL
WITCHFYNDE
ROTTWEILLER
METAL INQUISITOR

Two more bands will be added during the coming months. For more information their website (see LINKS)

22 May 2004

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes has posted the following update on his official web site:
"We are in the final stages of post production on the live DVD/CD. As you might know it is called 'Soulfully Live in the City of Angels'. I am really excited about this release later this summer. Chad, JJ and I are rehearsing and in pre production for the next studio album. This album won't be released until sometime in 2005. We are cutting live next week. This is the format that TRAPEZE and DEEP PURPLE recorded in. We will record guitar, bass and drums on the same session. I am really looking forward to this. This album promises to be something really special. I will take the whole summer to produce this album as I feel it is an important one."

22 May 2004

THE KILL, the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based band featuring former FORTE members Richard Sharp (guitar), Greg Nicholson (bass) and Kevin Valliquette (vocals), have signed a distribution deal with Hellion Records. The group, whose lineup also includes former members of THE DREAM KINGS, recently completed work on their self-financed full-length CD, titled "The Kill". THE KILL describe their musical output as "a gathering of true metal structures, soaring vocals, guitar harmonies, and progressive song craft."

22 May 2004

Swedish death metal legends UNLEASHED have set "Sworn Allegiance" as the title for their follow-up to 2002's "Hell's Unleashed", due on July 26 through Century Media Records.
UNLEASHED mainman Johnny Hedlund had previously described the new CD as "the most intense, brutal and aggressive record in the history of the band." "This record is our offering to YOU our loyal fans around the world!" the band write on their web site. "Others follow the winds of change... YOU came to Swear Allegiance!"

22 May 2004

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have completed the pre-production for the group's much anticipated second release on AFM Records at Cabin Fever Studios in Brooksville, Florida.
Owned and operated by hit songwriter Troy Montgomery, Cabin Fever Studios is known for its privacy, excellent writing conditions, relaxed atmosphere, and a great a collection of guns, bow and arrows, and wildlife.

22 May 2004

ROSE TATTOO guitarist Pete Wells has announced that he will not be able to accompany the band on their European tour this summer due to his ongoing battle with prostate cancer, with which he was diagnosed two years ago. "Pete would like to thank all his friends and fans for their enthusiasm and support over the years. He looks forward to playing overseas again some day, after he's made a full recovery," reads Pete's official statement.
Upcoming ROSE TATTOO tour dates:

Jun. 26 - Schleiz, GER @ Gremium Bike Festival
Jun. 29 - Hannover, GER @ Capitol
Jul. 01 - Saarbrücken, GER @ Garage
Jul. 02 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z-7
Jul. 03 - Andernach, GER @ JUZ Festival
Jul. 04 - Roitschjora, GER @ With Full Force Festival
Jul. 06 - Münster, GER @ Le Splondine
Jul. 07 - Paris, FRA @ Elysee Montmatre
Jul. 08 - Roeselare, BEL @ Schwung Festival
Jul. 09 - Weert, NETH @ Bospop Festival
Jul. 10 - Lennestadt, GER @ Classic Rock Festival
Jul. 11 - Zaandam, NETH @ De Kade
Jul. 12 - Bochum, GER @ Matrix
Jul. 14 - Hamburg, GER @ Markthalle
Jul. 15 - Osnabr||ck, GER @ Hyde Park
Jul. 16 - Bremen, GER @ 3 nach 9 TV (TV-Auftritt plus Interview)
Jul. 17 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Jul. 18 - Bradford, UK @ Rio
Jul. 19 - Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
Jul. 20 - Dudley, UK @ JB4s
Jul. 21 - London, UK @ The Underworld
Jul. 23 - Geiselwind, GER @ Earthshaker Festival

22 May 2004

Former HADES guitarist Ed Fuhrman has teamed up with ex-DEMONSPEED drummer Jim King in a new band called TEN TON TRUCK . The group, who are completed by vocalist Jim Frizzell and bassist Craig Salvadeo, are heading into Big Blue Meenie recording studios in Hoboken, NJ this weekend (May 21-23) to cut a four-song demo. After that, the band will spend the new few months shopping around for a record deal.
"The music is very different from anything I've done in the past with HADES," Fuhrman said in a statement. "In many ways it's the heaviest music I've ever written. I think it will surprise a lot of people when they hear it. Our website will be up in a few weeks and anyone interested can take a listen to a few new songs from TEN TON TRUCK. If you like any kind of heavy music then I think you'll really enjoy hearing what TTT has to offer."

22 May 2004

DEADLY BLESSING (featuring original vocalist Ski and longtime DORO bassist, Nick Douglas) are mulling offers for a possible German festival appearance, either later this year, or in the spring of 2005. Since their one and only full-length, Ascending From The Cauldron (New Renaissance, '88) has always been hard-to-find, there's also the potential of entering the DVD age, with a vintage show from the same period and/or an Ep of the reunion set.

22 May 2004

CANDLEMASS, the Swedish doom legends have called it quits yet again. They have issued the following statement regarding the split:
"We are truly sorry to inform you that Candlemass have disbanded! This is sad news for us and everybody else that love this fantastic band. There will be no more gigs, no new album, no more doom! This is it... finished... zero... nada... out!!!
"Despite the tremendous success of the reunion, everything hasn’t been perfect. Tiny cracks in the façade could be seen during the first round in the summer of 2002 because members of the band do not share the same vision of Candlemass, the gigs, an eventual new album, democracy, etc., and last year it became clear that the differences were too large to overcome. A demo was recorded but the internal problems overshadowed the fun of playing. The gig at Klubben, Stockholm, Nov. 29 came to be the last one for Candlemass.
"The band have tried to save the situation. There have been meetings and discussions, but unfortunately it hasn’t been possible for the five members to agree on how Candlemass could work in the future. The members would have loved to continue but the chemistry is just not there anymore. The magic is gone..."


22 May 2004

PARADISE LOST (www.paradiselost.co.uk) have issued the following update:
“We are pleased to announce that the new drummer who will be working with the band on their forthcoming album is Jeff Singer. If anyone wants more info on Jeff, you can visit his website at: www.jeffsinger.com .”
Due to the drummer situation, the band were forced to delay the recording of their new album slightly.
Paradise Lost recently parted company with drummer Lee Morris. The band stated personal and musical differences as their reason for taking this action.

22 May 2004

LEASH LAW’s official website (see LINKS) has been updated with the following:
“Leash Law (Wade Black, Rick Renstrom, Emo Mowery, Stephen Elder, Richard Christy) have set the US release date for their debut album, "Dogface", as May 25, 2004 (see REVIEWS)
"Dogface" is being released on Black Lotus Records (http://www.black-lotus-recs.com) with US distribution through The End Records (http://www.theendrecords.com), where the album has been in the top-five for online sales for over a week.
In addition to being offered through The End and other fine online retailers, "Dogface" will be available in wide-release through FYE, Circuit City, Tower Records and Sam Goody. The album was released in Europe on 4/19/04 and has been scoring impressive reviews and ratings, such as: 8/12 in Heaver Oder Was?, 7/10 in Rock Hard, 8.5/10 in Metal Invader, 8.5/10 in Metal Eagle, 8.5/10 in Bleeding.de and offcourse a great review on this website (Mario's Metal Mania)!!!!
The European release was preceded by the ‘Stealing Grace’ limited-edition EP which has since sold out. Leash Law have also launched a redesigned website at http://www.leash-law.com. The new site features the latest news, band info, multimedia including MP3 samples, and current reviews. A new ordering page has been implemented to provide links for purchasing options world-wide. A forum community has also been added for fans to discuss metal and all things Leash Law.
Touring plans are currently under development through Wolfgang Rott at CMM promotions (http://www.cmm-online.de). The band plans to bring Dogface live to metal fans around the world later this year.”

Here's also a statement from Emo Mowery about the departure of Richard Christy of Iced Earth:
"First off I would like to say from everyone in the Leash Law/Tiwanaku camp a BIG KICK ASS CONGRATULATIONS to Richard for getting the audition for the Howard Stern show!!!! This is a dream of his coming true and we are glad he is getting the chance!!! He deserves it!!! How could we not be happy for him!! Way to go CREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECHURD!!!! The information that came from the Iced Earth camp is semi-false. I dont know who made the statement from the IE camp but they obviously must not know Richard very well or are just plain upset because he chose Stern over IE. Richard has not given up playing music and I know he will NEVER do that! He loves music just as much as he loves comedy! They go hand in hand with him!! To say that he is quitting music for comedy is just plain ignorant and an easy excuse to get out of a loaded question. Its not like this news was anything that was being hidden from the public!! After everyone heard what Howard was saying about him on the show it was obvious he was going to get a shot. Go figure! Richard is still, and will always be, a member of Leash Law and Tiwanaku until he says he cannot do it anymore. After talking to him a couple weeks ago I can assure you that he is not planning to leave either of the bands and we are not going to take them away from him either. We are very happy for him!!!!!!!!!!"
Emo and Leash Law/Tiwanaku

22 May 2004

SUFFOCATION have confirmed more dates for their upcoming European tour with DISGORGE, INSISION, and DEMENTOR.
Confirmed dates now include:

June
11 at Hellraiser in Engelsdorf, Germany
12 at Abaton Club in Prague, Czech Republic
13 at K17 in Berlin, Germany
14 at Zeche Carl in Essen, Germany (with DEICIDE)
15 at Rock It in Aalen, Germany
17 at Tunk in Irun, Spain
18 at Mephisto in Barcelona, Spain
19 at Ritmo Y Compas in Madrid, Spain
20 at Hard Club in Porto, Portugal
21 at Sala Anoeta in Vigo, Spain
23 at Mirabeau in Marseille, France
24 at Europe Hall in Metz, France
25 at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium
26 at Circuit Des 24th in Le Mans, France (Fury Fest)
27 at Patronaat in Haarlem, Netherlands
28 at Locomotive in Paris, France (with Deicide)

22 May 2004

BLITZKRIEG ’s new official website is now up and running at www.blitzed-alive.com.
The band released a new live CD, Blitzkrieg - Absolutely Live!, on April 26th through Metal Nation. The release features 16 tracks including songs from all of the band’s albums, as well as material from the pre-Blitzkrieg days of SATAN’S BLADES OF STEEL.

22 May 2004

THIN LIZZY will be releasing a new collection, entitled "Greatest Hits", on June 7th.
The 2CD set will include previously unreleased renditions of ‘Cowboy Song’ and ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’. (Note: The website state that they have been reliably informed that the two tracks are in fact from the The Boys Are Back In Town (Australia) video/DVD/CD).
The new Greatest Hits collection features the following tracklisting:

CD 1 - ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’, ‘Jailbreak’, ‘Don’t Believe A Word’, ‘Dancing In The Moonlight (It’s Caught Me In It’s Spotlight)’, ‘Rosalie’, ‘Waiting For An Alibi’, ‘Do Anything You Want To’, ‘Sarah’, ‘Chinatown’, ‘Killer On The Loose’, ‘Trouble Boys’, ‘Hollywood (Down On Your Luck)’, ‘Cold Sweat’, ‘Thunder And Lightning’, ‘The Sun Goes Down’, ‘Dedication’, ‘Still In Love With You’, ‘She Knows’, ‘Yellow Pearl’.

CD2 - ‘Whiskey In The Jar’, ‘Out In The Fields’, ‘Parisienne Walkways’, ‘Emerald’, ‘Bad Reputation’, ‘Wild One’, ‘Fighting My Way Back’, ‘Showdown’, ‘Black Rose’, ‘Dear Miss Lonely Hearts’, ‘The Rocker’, ‘Are You Ready’, ‘Renegade’, ‘King’s Call’, ‘Angel Of Death’, ‘Cowboy Song’ (Previously Unreleased), ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ (Previously Unreleased).

22 May 2004

KREATOR will enter Backstage Recording Studios in Derby, England on May 21st to record 12 songs for the long awaited next studio album. Producer Andy Sneap sent in the following statement this morning - "I am currently being held captive in Essen Germany. I figured if I start digging the tunnel with the spoon provided, empty the dirt in the courtyard and leave by night, the Germans will never know. Hopefully I should have escaped in time to mix the new TESTAMENT album soon. I am currently printing a new passport, perfecting my German and planning my route to the Swiss boarder. Oh yeah and the songs sound great. Mille's (Petrozza - guitars/vocals) discovered how to use an eight track so they're surprising well prepared, good stuff! All ze best - Andy."

22 May 2004

Alex Nelson, guitarist for metal band LIZZY BORDEN, perished in a head-on collision the afternoon of May 17th, 2004.
Alex Nelson joined Lizzy Borden, after replacing Tony Matuzak, on guitar before the recording of The Murderess Metal Roadshow. "Alex maintained his place in the band and went on to tour with Lizzy all over the world. He loved the music and loved the band, but most of all he loved life".
"Alex will be truly missed by all that had the gift of his friendship. We shall miss him dearly, as he was just starting his new life with his wife Angel Nelson. Recently moving to Palm Springs , the couple had purchased their new home and starting a rental business for the condo they had also purchased. They were living their dream life together only to end in a heartbreaking tragedy.
To send your condolences and support please mail to:

V.Q. Promotions
C/O Angel Nelson
4415 W. Verdugo Ave. , Ste B
Burbank, CA 91505
USA

22 May 2004

JAG PANZER will begin recording their new album, "Casting The Stones", this Saturday at Morrisound Studios in Florida with producer Jim Morris. After drum tracking, the band will be back in Colorado for several weeks recording guitars and vocals. Jag Panzer will finally head back down to Morrisound to mix the album at the end June.
Guitarist Mark Briody's comments on the upcoming release: "I'm VERY excited about the songs. I feel that this is some of the strongest material we've ever written. So far it sounds like a more aggressive version of Mechanized Warfare (2001)."
"Casting The Stones" will feature artwork by Mattias Noren. The album will be released worldwide on Century Media Records in September 2004.

22 May 2004

MARDUK have parted ways with long time bassist B. War. According to the posting, "He is replaced By Magnus Devo Andersson, a name that should ring a bell for all Marduk fans as he was second guitar player on the first two albums (Dark Endless and Those Of The Unlight). Marduk is currently working on the final details for their upcoming ninth full length studio album. The band will enter the studio in July and the album is set to be released in November. The album will be followed by a massive world tour. More news will be posted soon.

22 May 2004

TROUBLE guitarist Rick Wartell has posted the following message at their official website:
"Hey, how the hell ya doin'? Just wanted to give you an update on where we are at this point. Eric (Wagner - vocals) is in San Francisco with Vinny (Wojno )remixing the unplugged CD. We know its taking awhile, but it is finally sounding great and that is the most important thing. It should be out in July 2004. Also, we are planning to re-release the Trouble (1990) and Skull (1985) CDs some time this year (November). The live DVD we shot in Stockholm, Sweden is being sent to Vinny for mix.
So that too will come out in 2004. Seven (their forthcoming studio record) is going to be recorded late summer/early fall and is slated for an early 2005 release. We've also added some new merch to the store. A re-release of the 1985 Skull shirt (we stole it from Erics trunk) and nd a brand new one unofficially known as the skate shirt. Hope you enjoy them.
Talk to ya
Rick"

16 May 2004

This years Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival (see LINKS) will take place in Hoorn, The Netherlands on Saturday, 30th October 2004. Already confirmed are METAL INQUISITOR, ELIXER and........(new) ATTACKER!!

16 May 2004

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"Again I must apologize for the delay in updating you all on the current events of ICED EARTH, it's seems there's never enough hours in the day. "The tour has been an astounding success thus far with most of the shows being sold out, many in record time for ICED EARTH. The legion of our passionate and incredibly loyal fans is growing as always and we are extremely grateful.

"The most significant bit of news to report is that Richard Christy will no longer be with the band after the LA show. He has decided to pursue his comedy career by being a permanent fixture on 'The Howard Stern Show'. Though Richard's timing on informing the band of this was somewhat less than professional, as he informed us of his intentions in the middle of the tour instead of before it started, we do wish him well and all the best for his future. He feels he will be better suited for the comedy world than the music world based on some recent experiences, and he's probably right, Richard is a very funny and unique guy.

"Replacing Richard will be Bobby Jarzombek of HALFORD and RIOT notoriety. Bobby is an excellent drummer and we will be rehearsing in Los Angeles before we start the extension of the U.S. dates

16 May 2004

Greg Wagner (ex- ARCHETYPE, BREAKER) updated Mario's Metal Mania on whats going on: "I have broke loose from my production company i was working with. I am now kind of independently doing my own albums now. So for the Germany show (Headbangers Open Air, see LINKS) i am going to compile 15 tracks (2 off of each album) and make a best of Greg Wagner album to bring over. I am financially strained and making 3 to 4 records is just not possible at this time. Also i am also about finished with the website; it is going to be greg wagner.org or .net i will let you know when it is up and running. i will also have business cards,t-shirts,autographed photos,stickers and will be a meet&greet with my fans. can't wait! see you soon my friend" Greg Wagner

16 May 2004

MOTORHEAD's official website (see LINKS) has posted the cover artwork for the band's upcoming album, Inferno. Inferno's cover design was once again courtesy of longtime Motorhead artist Joe Petagno. As previously reported, Inferno, is due out in the US on June 22nd via Sanctuary and will feature the following tracklisting: 'Terminal Show', 'Killers', 'In The Name Of Tragedy', 'Suicide', 'Life's A Bitch', 'Down On Me', 'In The Black', 'Fight', 'In The Year Of The Wolf', 'Keys To The Kingdom', 'Smiling Like A Killer' and 'Whorehouse Blues'.


16 May 2004

Dutch progsters SUN CAGED have issued a statement on their official website (see LINKS) confirming the departure of keyboardist Joost van der Broek for AFTER FOREVER, who replaces Lando van Gils. They have also announced the exit of singer Andre Vuurboom. According to the band, Andre "decided to leave the band since he and Joost worked very closely together…they live in the same town and the distance he has to travel to rehearsals caused him troubles. Joost and Andre want to thank the fans for all their support throughout the years and they hope that the fans will support them with their new bands and projects."
Vuurboom and van der Broek will play their final gig with Sun Caged at the Sweden Rock festival. As it stand now, all scheduled gigs will carry on as planned. The band has begun the search for replacements, and any interested singers or keyboardist's are urged to contact the band at: suncaged@suncaged.com.

16 May 2004

HEART issue their first new studio album in a decade next month. It's called 'Jupiter's Darling'.

16 May 2004

HELLOWEEN-mastermind Michael Weikath denied recent rumours about a reunion with former members Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen. Helloween is currently working on the ‘Keeper Of The Seven Keys 3’-album. “There will be no […] former band members appearing on that record. What a crap idea that would be. This is Helloween and not some kind of metal entertainment circus”, Weikath recently wrote on the official Helloween forum. “An album should be the work of ONE line up, and no kindergarten left and right stuff because of commercial considerations.” The new Keeper-album will carry on where part 2 left off, according to singer Andi Deris in a recent interview. “Actually we called now it was a Keeper 3, continuing the story about the keeper to put the key from the sea. You know exactly the sea of ignorance, but the keeper is a bad guy.” No releasedate was mentioned.

16 May 2004

Reunited classic '80s thrashers HALLOWS EVE have parted ways with singer Steve Cannon.

16 May 2004

DISTANT THUNDER, the new band featuring former HELSTAR/DESTINY'S END and current SEVEN WITCHES frontman James Rivera, will be filming their May 15 appearance at Houston's F.B.I. Club for an upcoming DVD.
In addition, the footage will be shown on Germany's Viva music channel at a later date. Also appearing on the bill will be MERCURY DOWN and WARTORN (featuring former HELSTAR guitarist Mike Heald).

DISTANT THUNDER are scheduled to release their debut album, "Welcome the End", on May 31 through Germany's Massacre Records. The CD was recorded at Spyder Studio in Houston, Texas and was produced by Rivera's SEVEN WITCHES bandmate Jack Frost. The lineup of DISTANT THUNDER also includes SYMPHONY X bassist Mike LePond, Z-LOT-Z's guitar duo, Gregg Gill and Eric Halpern (also former HELSTAR and DESTINY'S END guitarist), and Rick Ward on drums.
In addition to nine new originals, "Welcome the End" also includes a 2004 version of HELSTAR's "Run with the Pack" and ACCEPT's "Restless and Wild".
"Welcome the End" track listing: 01. The Day Upon You 02. I Welcome The End 03. Souless Inventions 04. Hopeless Creator 05. Fire In The Skies 06. Distant Thunder 07. Beyond The Black Field Of Stars 08. Lost In Time 09. Finding My Way 10. Run With The Pack (HELSTAR cover) 11. Restless And Wild (ACCEPT cover)

16 May 2004

EUROPE are currently in the mixing stage for their new studio album, due out sometime this year. The new material is being produced by Kevin Elson, who recorded the band’s 1986 release The Final Countdown.
Upcoming Europe tour dates include:

June
11 – Hamar, Norway at Valset Arena
12 – Sölvesborg, Sweden at Sweden Rock

July
2 – Vizovice, Czech Republic at Masters of Rock
3 – Senec, Slovakia at Masters of Rock
5 – Budapest, Hungary at Petofi Hall
17 – Vaasa, Finland at Rockperry Festival
28 – Denmark at Langelands Festival
31 – Sandefjord, Norway at Baderock Festival

August
7 – Gent, Belgium at Lokerse Feesten
10 – Colmar, France at La Foire Au Vin De Colmar
14 - Murcia, Spain at Lorca Rock
22 – Lutisburg, Switzerland at Tufertschwil

16 May 2004

The official METAL CHURCH website (see LINKS) has revealed the tracklisting for the band’s forthcoming album, "The Weight Of The World", due out this summer.
"The Weight Of The World" tracklisting includes: ‘Leave Them Behind’, ‘The Weight Of The World’, ‘The Hero’s Soul’, ‘Madman’s Overture’, ‘Sunless Sky’, ‘Cradle To Grave’, ‘Wings Of Tomorrow’, ‘Only Time Will Tell’, ‘Bomb To Drop’ and ‘Blood Money’.


16 May 2004

SHADOWKEEP (see LINKS) have begun recording for their third full length album, "Beyond The Stratosphere", at Thin Ice Studio in London, England.
Produced by Carl Groom (THRESHOLD), the new album is expected to be released in September via LMP Records.
Shadowkeep recently announced the return of drummer Scott Higham (ex-ANGEL WITCH).

16 May 2004

Black Lotus Records (Leash Law, Thanatos) have announced that Canadian thrash/death metal act INFERNAL MAJESTY (see LINKS) have signed with the label for the release of their new album, "One Who Points To Death", in Europe, Asia and Oceania.
Black Lotus will release the CD on June 10th.
"One Who Points To Death", already available in Canada via Galy Records, features the following tracklisting: ‘Death Of Heaven’, ‘Pestilential Eternity’, ‘Angels And Acid’, ‘Honey Tongue Of Satan’, ‘Hysterion Proteron’, ‘Cathedral Of Hate’, ‘Virgin Blood Tastes Purest At Night’ and ‘One Who Points To Death’.

16 May 2004

ARCH ENEMY's Japanese label Toy's Factory will release a six track EP entitled "Dead Eyes See No Future" on June 9th to coincide with their upcoming Japanese tour.
The track list is as follows:
'Dead Eyes See No Future' (from Anthems Of Rebellion), 'Burning Angel' (live), 'Heart Of Darkness' (live), 'Kill With Power' (MANOWAR cover), 'Symphony Of Destruction' (MEGADETH cover) and 'Incarnated Solvent Abuse' (CARCASS cover).
Both live tracks were recorded during the band's recent European tour.

16 May 2004

This year's Dynamo Open Air Festival lineup has been finalized as follows:

Stage 1
SLAYER - 21.15 - 22.45
NIGHTWISH - 19.30 - 20.30
LIFE OF AGONY - 18.00 - 19.00
SOULFLY - 16.35 - 17.30
CHILDREN OF BODOM - 15.20 - 16.10
ILL NINO - 14.00 - 14.50
SHADOWS FALL - 13.00 - 13.40

Stage 2
DIMMU BORGIR - 20.15 - 21.15
AGENT STEEL - 18.45 - 19.40
AFTER FOREVER - 17.15 - 18.10
OOMPH! - 16.00 - 16.50
DEICIDE - 14.45 - 15.30
MASATADON - 13.30 - 14.15

Dynamo 2004 will be held at the Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Holland on Saturday June 5. Tickets cost 50 Euros. There is no pre-sale outside of Holland, but there will be plenty tickets for sale on the day.

16 May 2004

A two-disc ZZ TOP career retrospective, "Rancho Texicano": The Very Best Of ZZ Top and a video compilation, ZZ Top - Greatest Hits - The Video Collection, will be released on June 15 through Rhino.

16 May 2004

DIO’s forthcoming new studio album will be titled "Master Of The Moon".
"Master Of The Moon" is currently being recorded and is expected to be released in July through Sanctuary Records in the US and SPV in Europe.
In Dio lineup news, as previously reported, former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson has stepped in to handle bass duties on the new album. Also, bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-QUIET RIOT/OZZY OSBOURNE/WHITESNAKE) has joined Dio's band. Sarzo, who recently toured with YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, joins the band in time for Dio's European tour, which begins July 16th in Moscow.
The tour dates are as follows:

July
16 - Moscow, Russia at Luzhniki Hall
17 - St. Petersburg, Russia at Jubileny Arena
18 - Helsinki, Finland at Tuska Metalfest
20 - Gothenburg, Sweden at Tradgarden
21 - Karlskoga, Sweden at Kino
23 - Madrid, Spain at Macumba
24 - Pamplona, Spain at Sala Gares
25 - Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz
27 - Valencia, Spain at Sala Republicca
28 - TBA
29 - Zaragoza, Spain at Sala Oasis
31 - Vigo, Spain at Venue tbc

August
3 - Worgl, Austria at Komma
4 - Karlsruhe, Germany at Substage
5 - Nurnberg, Germany at Hirsch
6 - Wacken, Germany at Wacken Open Air
7 - Rijssen, Holland at Lucky
9 - Manchester, England at Academy
10 - Glasgow, Scotland at Barrowlands
12 - Birmingham, England at Academy
13 - Folkstone, England at Lees Cliff Hall
14 - London, England at Astoria
15 - Nottingham, England at Rock City

7 May 2004

MOTORHEAD's website has posted this picture of STEVE VAI in the studio with mainman Lemmy. Steve Vai was joining the band in the studio for his guest appearance on the track “Terminal Show”.
As previously reported, Motorhead are scheduled to release their new album, Inferno, in the US on June 22nd via Sanctuary.
Inferno will feature the following tracklisting: 'Terminal Show', 'Killers', 'In The Name Of Tragedy', 'Suicide', 'Life's A Bitch', 'Down On Me', 'In The Black', 'Fight', 'In The Year Of The Wolf', 'Keys To The Kingdom', 'Smiling Like A Killer' and 'Whorehouse Blues'. The cover art for Inferno comes from esteemed artist Joe Petagno.


7 May 2004

NUCLEAR ASSAULT have announced the addition of guitarist Scott Harrington (MINUS, AIMED AGGRESSION) to the group's ranks. Harrington replaces original lead guitarist Anthony Bramante as the only non-original member of the revamped lineup, which includes Danny Lilker on bass, Glenn Evans on drums, and John Connelly on vocals and guitars.
NUCLEAR ASSAULT will be releasing "3rd World Genocide", their first studio album in 10 years, this summer through SPV America/Screaming Ferret Wreckords. Tours of Europe, Japan and the U.S. will follow.

7 May 2004

WITHIN TEMPTATION's long-awaited follow-up to 2000's "Mother Earth" will be released in September through BMG. No further information is currently available.
Upcoming WITHIN TEMPTATION shows:

May 20 - Dauwpop – Hellendoorn, NETH
May 21 - Borstrock - Nieuw Vossemeer (West Brabant), NETH
Jun. 10 - Aerodrome Festival – Vienna, AUT
Jun. 12 - Festival Forever Young - Grootebroek Netherlands
Jun. 18 - Woodstage – Glauchau, GER
Jun. 19 - Waldrock – Burgum, NETH
Jun. 25 - South Side Festival – Tuttlingen, GER
Jun. 26 - Hurricane Festival - Scheessel GER
Jul. 02 - Roskilde Festival –Roskilde, DEN
Jul. 18 - Zillo Festival - St Goarhausen, GER Jul. 24 - Natuurtheater De Kersouwe – Heeswijk, NETH
Aug. 07 - M'era Luna – Hildesheim, GER
Aug. 20 - Nirwana Festival – Lierop, NETH
Sep. 18 - Pisart Festival - Eijsden, NETH

7 May 2004

Progressive instrumentalists PLANET X have parted ways with longtime guitarist Tony MacAlpine. MacAlpine played on the band's first three albums, "Universe" (2000), "Live in Oz" (2002) and "Moon Babies" (2002). Keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex-DREAM THEATER, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and drummer Virgil Donati have already announced Tony's replacement — T.J. Helmerich. The trio have been working on new material "for several weeks now," according to a posting on the band's web site. "T.J.'s unique approach to the guitar and his blistering two handed tapping technique will bring an exciting new character to the PLANET X sound."

7 May 2004

AGNOSTIC FRONT recently spent time in at Planet Z studio in Massachusetts with producer Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED) recording their new album, tentatively titled "Another Voice". "It is easily the hardest, meanest and nastiest of our recordings ever," vocalist Roger Miret stated in a recent online posting. The group's current lineup consists of Miret, Vinnie Stigma (guitar), Lenny DiSclafani (guitar), Steve Gallo (drums) and Mike Gallo (bass).

7 May 2004

BEHEMOTH entered Hendrix studios in Poland on May 2nd to begin tracking their highly anticipated new album "Demigod". This is the follow up to their acclaimed offering "Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)".

Inferno (drums) states; "I've never worked on better equipment in my life...it seems like we've never been so well prepared. Wait and see, Demigod's going to have the most technical, intense and inhuman drum parts ever used in this band`s history.
Nergal (vocals, guitars) describes the recording process thus far; "We have completed 11 new tunes and it's the strongest shit we've ever come up with. I feel very excited, the band feels excited and we can’t wait to lay the tracks down. I'm pretty sure we'll have to spill the blood and sweat, but what you will get in the end is the most devastating BEHEMOTH album ever and that's a promise. No bullshit here. It's just a totally blasting, heavy and unstoppable machine. That's what we are all about. On this album we will exclusively use our new new guitar endorsements with Polish Mayones (www.mayones.com) and American Dean (www.deanguitars.com) we're bringing some fresh sounds into the songs and bring up the quality level as well. Song titles set to appear on Demigod are: 'Sculpturing The Throne ov Seth', 'Nephilim Rising', 'XUL', 'Conquer All', 'Demigod', 'Dreams Shall Flesh', 'Mysterium Coniunctionis'."

BEHEMOTH will kick off with worldwide tour starting in Europe on October 21st. The trek, dubbed the Clash of the Demigods European Tour 2004 will also feature KRISIUN and INCANTATION. Later on Behemoth will team up with PUNGENT STENCH to play about ten shows in The Czech Republic and Slovakia. In December they will do their debut headlining tour in South America and a mini tour in Mexico. Demigod is set for a fall release and a full North American tour is planned for early 2005.

7 May 2004

AOR Heaven sub-label Metal Heaven have inked a deal with MILLENIUM for the territories of Germany, Austria, Switzerland (GAS), Benelux and Sweden.
The band’s new studio album,"Jericho", will be released on July 19th, and brings us the return of original singer Todd Plant (EYEWITNESS, CRYPTIC VISION) who has replaced Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN) on vocals.
Musically, the band - centered around guitarist Ralph Santolla (now playing with ICED EARTH) - tends into a much heavier direction than on the album's predecessors.
Jericho features the following tracklisting: ‘My Saving Grace’, ‘Heaven Awaits’, ‘My War’, ‘Heresy’, ‘Morning Star’, ‘Above This World’, ‘Enemy Of The Sun’, ‘Wheel Of Fortune’, ‘Let There Be Light’ and ‘Burning Again’.

Millenium 2004 are: Todd Plant (vocals), Ralph Santolla (guitar), Shane French (guitar), Steve McKenna (bass), Tere Bertke (bass) and Mike Prator (drums).

7 May 2004

Said to be in the in the tradition of his former band HELSTAR , singer James Rivera will see his new DISTANT THUNDER (see LINKS) album released through Massacre Records on May 31st. Entitled "Welcome The End", the album is an uncompromising metal album done in the spirit of Helstar, not a ballad in sight.
The album is produced by Seven Witches guitarist/founder Jack Frost.

7 May 2004

According to a posting on their website (see LINKS), legendary German thrashers DESTRUCTION have fulfilled their five-year contract with Nuclear Blast. The band say that they "Are now looking forward to extend and maybe renew the contract with the label from Donzdorf, Germany (Nuclear Blast). Of course this serious step will take some time. Other labels are also interested in the future activities of the Thrash Masters from Germany, so if this cooperation won´t continue, we will surely keep you informed. If there should be any changes in the near future of your favorite Thrash Band, you will hear them first HERE on YOUR side!!! No decisions have been made yet. Stay tuned..."

7 May 2004

VINDIKATION, featuring guitarist Jim Williams (ex-STEEL PROPHET), vocalist Jason McCrarey (SANCTUS), drummer Karl Rosqvist and keyboardist Rob Rampley have issued the following message via their official website:
“Final mix and mastering of Chamber Of Discontent has been completed by engineer Erik Norlander. The recording contains 10 tracks with a running time of 45 minutes. The release date for Chamber of Discontent is set for the summer of 2004. Song samples from the new CD are available at our website (see LINKS)”

7 May 2004

RAVEN singer/bassist John Gallagher has issued the following update via the Loonie Board section of the band’s official website (see LINKS):
“Hi!!! while we continue to futz around collecting more cool footage for our DVD (for example, got killer footage from the last show... really powerful stuff..) I just want to tell you about a DVD thats come out of the UK called For The Future which is a must-have - filmed by the BBC back in 1982, we did 4 songs live at Newcastle University - this has been available on bootleg in horrible quality.. but this is mint!!!
Songs are ‘For The Future’, ‘Crash Bang Wallop’, ‘Rock Until You Drop’ and ‘Chainsaw’. As far as buying it - dunno about stores but it is up on ebay - check it out!!!
Cheers, John.”

7 May 2004

Harry "Tyrant" Conklin has left the ranks of Arizona metallers BALLISTIC due to his inability to tour at this time.
"Musically, we were all getting along great, in fact, couldn't be better,"said mainman Tom Gattis in a statement. "But unfortunately non-musical circumstances have made it impossible for Harry to travel with us outside the country."
Harry's replacement is East Coast screamer Tony Taylor (TWISTED TOWER DIRE, ISEN TORR, OCTOBER 31). Taylor has no intentions of leaving Twisted Tower Dire, but is very excited to be joining Ballistic.
"Ballistic really gives me a chance to explore new directions vocally and to push myself to new limits," Tony said. "The band is amazing and is like a 'fist to the face' with chainsaw guitars and an unbelievable rhythm section. Hold on to your fucking hats!"
Ballistic is completed by Rikard Stjernquist (JAG PANZER) on drums, Tim O'Conner (DEUCE) on bass and the Bulgarian shredder Peter Petev on guitar.
The band will be playing at The Mason Jar in Phoenix, Arizona on June 6th (with GRAVE DIGGER), a Bang Your Head warm-up show in Balingen, Germany on June 24th, and at the Bang Your Head festival on June 26th.

7 May 2004

LABYRINTH’s singer Roberto Tiranti's (formerly Rob Tyrant) official homepage in now up and running. You'll find all the latest news about his forthcoming solo album and vital statistics about the vocalist at http://www.robertotiranti.com/.

Note: It helps if you can read Italian, as the site is in Italian only, at least for now.

7 May 2004

Due to the ever-popular "musical differences", French bashers HEAVENLY have seen the departure of guitarist Frederic Leclerq, bassist Pierre Emmanuel Pelisson and drummer Maxence Pilo. The remaining two members of the band, singer Sotto and guitarist Corbiaux, claim to have found replacements and have started working on the band's next album.

7 May 2004

CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Jack Owen has quit the band. The posting on their website adds: "We are currently working with a replacement. All scheduled concerts will still take place. Check back for a more detailed statement in the days to come."
Jack Owen has been with the band since their 1990 Metal Blade debut,"Eaten Back To Life".
Jack issued the following statement: "After 15 years with Cannibal Corpse, I've decided to leave the group. My heart just wasn't in it anymore, and it was reflected in my appearance on stage. Times change, and I just don't enjoy the music as much as I used to, and the only thing keeping me in the band was steady work, and the pay. These things makes it unfair to myself, my band members, and especially the fans. I'd like to thank all the members of Cannibal Corpse, past and present, for sharing in the conquest of an entire genre of music. I wish the band continued success...“

7 May 2004

GARY MOORE will be releasing a new album, "Power Of The Blues", on June 7th through Sanctuary. Backing the former THIN LIZZY axeman up are drummer Darrin Mooney and ex-OZZY OSBOURNE bassist Bob Daisley. Daisley last played with Gary on the "Still Got The Blues" album in 1990, after being a regular band member live and on record, throughout the 1980's.
The album is produced by Chris Tsangarides, perhaps best remembered for his work with JUDAS PRIEST, and will feature a cover of the Willie Dixon blues classic made famous by LED ZEPPELIN, ‘I Can’t Quit You Babe’.
The full tracklisting for Power Of The Blues is as follows: 'Power Of The Blues' (Moore/Daisley/Mooney), 'There's A Hole' (Moore), 'Tell Me Woman' (Moore), 'I Can't Quit You Baby' (Willie Dixon), 'That's Why I Play The Blues' ( Moore), 'Evil' (Willie Dixon), 'Getaway Blues' (Moore/Daisley/Mooney), 'Memory Pain' (Mayfield), 'Can't Find My Baby' (Moore), 'Torn Inside' (Moore).
Power Of The Blues is Moore's 23rd solo album. Moore says of Power Of The Blues: "This is rawest album I've done for many years, maybe the rawest ever."

7 May 2004

ANNIHILATOR’s new EP, "The One", has been released as a warm-up to the full length "All For You" album, due out on May 21st. "The One" features the non-album cut ‘Weapon X’ and live footage from the band’s performance at last year’s Earthshaker Festival. A video for ‘All For You’ has been made and is expected to hit stations for airplay in the last week of May.
Annihilator will be opening for JUDAS PRIEST on selected shows of their European tour.
They include:

June:
2 – Stadionsporthalle, Hannover (Germany)
6 – Festhalle, Ruegerholz (Swizterland)
8 – Arena, Berlin (Germany)
13 – Arena, Oberhausen (Germany)

30 April 2004

Thrash metal veterans HIRAX's latest studio album, "The New Age of Terror", will be released May 18 on Black Devil Records and Deep Six Records on CD and limited-edition picture-disc formats.

30 April 2004

EXCITER's upcoming album, "New Testament - Coven Of Rerecorded Classics" will be released in North America on June 22nd through The End Records, licensed from Osmose in France. As previously reported, 16 tracks were rerecorded for the release (ten classic, five current) from all eras of Exciter.
The band recorded the following tracks: Oblivion II (new track), 'Violence & Force', 'Stand Up And Fight', 'Heavy Metal Maniac', 'Pounding Metal', 'Dark Command', 'Ritual Death', 'Long Live The Loud', 'Victims Of Sacrifice', 'Brutal Warning', 'Rising Of The Dead', 'Black Witch (featuring Ricci's 12-string classical guitar intro), 'Rain Of Terror', 'I Am The Beast', 'Burn At The Stake' and 'Rule With An Iron Fist'.
The material for the album was recorded at L.S. Studios in Ottawa with producer Manfred Leidecker. EXCITER guitarist John Ricci says that "the title reflects a new beginning for the band."

30 April 2004

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have set a June 22 release date through the Cleopatra label for their long-awaited live DVD, according to an online posting by drummer Craig Nielsen. The as-yet-untitled disc is expected to include footage of the band performing at the Bash On Ash in Tempe, Arizona last July.
DVD track listing:
01. No Place For Disgrace
02. Hammerhead
03. Secret Square
04. Escape From Within
05. Nothing To Say
06. Chemical Noose
07. Hard On You
08. Wading Through The Darkness
09. Swatting At Flies
10. Me
11. The Master Sleeps
12. Trash
13. Dig Me Up To Bury Me

In other news, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM are in the process of finalizing a new record deal that will see the group releasing a new CD sometime next year. "Rest assured that the new record will leave all FLOTSAM fans with either wet undies, or a sticky sweatsock," says Nielsen.

30 April 2004

Dutch black metallers SAURON completed their new effort “For A Dead Race” due for release in September.

30 April 2004

TWISTED SISTER have inked a deal with Demolition Records. The reformed New York rockers will release their "Still Hungry" epic on July 26. Issued on the new DVD 4 format, "Still Hungry" will feature a 12-camera shoot of the band's performance at Germany's Wacken Open Air together with interview and documentary footage, detailing the band's decision to reform back in 2002. The flip side of the DVD 4 (a unique element to this new format) will feature the 2004 re-recording of the band's multi-million seller, and biggest album to date, "Stay Hungry".

30 April 2004

Metal Heaven signed MILLENIUM. The new studio album "Jericho" will see the light of day on July 19th, 2004 and brings us the return of original singer Todd Plant (EYEWITNESS, CRYPTIC) who has replaced Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN) on the mic. Musically, the band is centered around six string Ralph Santolla (ICED EARTH, ex-DEATH).

30 April 2004

The new FLESH MADE SIN album “Dawn Of The Stillborn” will be recorded in June. A September release is expected, although the band are still looking for a suitable label.

30 April 2004

James Rivera, the Texas based veteran of HELSTAR and DESTINY'S END has formed a new outfit, DISTANT THUNDER, which he considers the continuation of the legendary Helstar. In addition to diminutive singer, the lineup includes the Z-Lot-Z guitar tandem of Eric Halpern and Gregg Gill, Mike LePond (bass, SYMPHONY X) and Rick Ward (drums).
Their debut album, "Welcome The End" was produced by fellow SEVEN WITCHES alumni, JACK FROST. Both reassure fans that Distant Thunder will not affect Rivera's participation in future Witches output, nor live dates. In addition to the re-recorded Helstar classic, 'Run With The Pack', the band recorded a rendition of 'Restless And Wild' (ACCEPT). The complete tracklisting is as follows:‘The Day Upon You’, ‘I Welcome The End’, ‘Souless Inventions’, ‘Helpless Creator’, ‘Fire In The Skies’, ‘Distant Thunder’ (instrumental), ‘Beyond The Black Field Of Stars’, ‘Lost In Time’, ‘Finding My Way’, ‘Run With The Pack’, ‘Restless And Wild’.

Massacre Records in Germany has scheduled the release this summer. The CD was recorded in James’ home town, Houston, TX, at Spyder Studio.
A statement from James himself explains the Distant Thunder concept. “'Welcome the End’ is a concept from tracks one through seven that tie in the whole meaning behind the Helstar name and continues its chapters from some of the songs off the first three records. The album cover for ‘Welcome the End’ now brings out the character who has always represented Helstar. Within Destiny’s End’s two-album career, only one song carried my science fiction creation, which was ‘The Watcher’ and out of that song, lyrics were used to title five of the concept songs for ‘Welcome The End’. Musically, Distant Thunder has produced the most extraordinary emotions and thoughts, which delivered my story lines with complete feeling, plus naturally allowed me to cover new territory vocal wise. The meaning and concept of each song sound like what they are about and are very visual. The other two tracks not apart of the concept, ‘Lost In Time’ and ‘Finding My Way’, have a slight noticeable difference upon first listen and a very strong lyrical content. In this world, you either never find out what the hell you want and what it takes to obtain it, or you just face the fact that the whole meaning of life was never meant to be a simple task and the more you follow your dreams, the more your inner fears disappear.”
Distant Thunder will be making its European debut in November of 2004. Specific dates will be announced later. James will be back in the studio with Seven Witches in May for his second Sanctuary Records release with the group. Then back on tour with Seven Witches in June.

30 April 2004

NEVERMORE have issued the following message via their official website (see LINKS):
“After touring since 1995 with a number of different guitarists in the second slot Nevermore are happy to announce that we have added Steve Smyth on a permanent basis, the revolving door has been retired! After awhile touring with Steve it became obvious to us that he was the missing link in our dysfunctional brotherhood! So now we approach the future officially as a five piece band!”

30 April 2004

MOTORHEAD plan to release their new CD, a 12-track album titled "Inferno", from Sanctuary/Metal-Is on June 22nd. Taking over from Howard Benson, Cameron Webb does production duties, and longtime band artist Joe Petagno has contributed what drummer Mikkey Dee calls "the best cover we ever had throughout the history of Motörhead, [and] an album that is going to go right along with it."
According to Mikkey Dee; "I don't think Lemmy's been writing melodies this good ever, and Phil's playing his ass off, and I'm also doing a couple of tricks or two."
Lemmy describes the new album's atmosphere as "humid in the extreme," while guitarist Phil Campbell says, "I'm quite excited about it. I think it's really good."

The album tracklist is: 'Terminal Show', 'Smiling Like A Killer', 'In The Year Of The Wolf', 'Life's A Bitch', 'Keys To The Kingdom', 'Down On Me', 'Fight', 'In The Name Of Tragedy', 'Suicide', 'The Killers', 'I'm In The Black' and 'Whorehouse Blues', the last song being an acoustic number.
Motorhead tour behind Inferno beginning in May. From the first weekend of June until the end of August (the CD arrives in stores June 22nd), the band plays the big European festivals. After that, it's the U.S. for September and half of October, followed by the big European tour for the latter half of October, all of November and half of December.

30 April 2004

HANKER (see LINKS) have announced the tracklisting for their forthcoming new album, "Web Of Faith".
Tracks set to appear on the release include: ‘Empower’, ‘Inside Me’, ‘Stigmata’, ‘Let Me Out’, ‘Do Or Die’, ‘Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea’, ‘The Search’, ‘Under Cover Of Darkness’, ‘Face To Face’, ‘Point Of No Return’, ‘The Huntsman’ and ‘Web Of Faith’.
The band is currently working on the cover art and expect to release the new album in May through Skyscraper Music.

30 April 2004

JAG PANZER guitarist Chris Broderick to issue instructional DVD:
The following update regarding guitarist Chris Broderick’s upcoming instructional DVD has been posted at JAG PANZER’s official website (see LINKS):
“The intent of this video is to have both technical and theoretical ideas paralleling each other while becoming more advanced.
Unfortunately the scope of this video will only cover tonal or key based soloing, I was originally going to cover altered scales, but the scope of this DVD would get too big (maybe I'll save that for another DVD?)
General topics Covered: 1. Warm ups, 2. Keys, Modes, 3. Scale fragments, 4. Intervals, 5. Seventh arpeggios.
Remember that all illustrations are not just Leads for you to learn as technical tools, but meant as a learning tool for you to expand upon and manipulate so that you construct new ideas of your own.The DVD is due out mid to late summer & will feature outtakes, bonus material & plenty of live footage!
Chris Broderick.”

30 April 2004

TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson has issued the following update:
"We have parted ways with guitarist Steve Smyth. The split was amicable, and we wish him the best!"
Testament would like to announce that "Metal Mike" Chlasciak (PAINMUSEUM, ex-HALFORD) will be handling lead guitar duties for the European festivals scheduled this summer.
In other news, the new Testament is being written and recorded and will surely be worth the wait.


30 April 2004

DIO's website (see LINKS) has confirmed that bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-QUIET RIOT/OZZY OSBOURNE/WHITESNAKE) has joined Dio's band. Sarzo, who recently toured with YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, joins the band in time for Dio's European tour, which begins July 16th in Moscow.
The tour dates are as follows:

July
16 - Moscow, Russia at Luzhniki Hall
17 - St. Petersburg, Russia at Jubileny Arena
18 - Helsinki, Finland at Tuska Metalfest
20 - Gothenburg, Sweden at Tradgarden
21 - Karlskoga, Sweden at Kino
23 - Madrid, Spain at Macumba
24 - Pamplona, Spain at Sala Gares
25 - Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz
27 - Valencia, Spain at Sala Republicca
28 - TBA
29 - Zaragoza, Spain at Sala Oasis
31 - Vigo, Spain at Venue tbc

August
3 - Worgl, Austria at Komma
4 - Karlsruhe, Germany at Substage
5 - Nurnberg, Germany at Hirsch
6 - Wacken, Germany at Wacken Open Air
7 - Rijssen, Holland at Lucky
9 - Manchester, England at Academy
10 - Glasgow, Scotland at Barrowlands
12 - Birmingham, England at Academy
13 - Folkstone, England at Lees Cliff Hall
14 - London, England at Astoria
15 - Nottingham, England at Rock City


30 April 2004

WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale is reportedly sifting through material recorded on the band’s last tour and picking the best tracks for a double live album. Coverdale has material from 60 shows to choose from.
The album will likely contain 14 songs, with a release planned for August.

30 April 2004

FATES WARNING's drummer Mark Zonder will be leaving the band following the recording of their next album. Zonder's replacement has not been decided on yet.
The new album, Fates Warning's 10th record, is tentatively entitled "FWX". Work is proceeding and mixing is expected to take place in late June. If all goes according to plan the album will likely be released in October.

23 April 2004

American prog-metal legends HEIR APPARENT have announced the addition of former NIGHTSHADE drummer Jeffrey McCormack to the group's ranks. The band are currently working on material for their first studio effort in nearly a decade, and will be performing a few shows stateside before the disc is released.

The group's current lineup is as follows:
Peter Orullian: Vocals
Terry Gorle: Guitars
Bobby Ferkovich: Bass
Op Sakiya: Keys
Jeffrey McCormack: Drums

23 April 2004

GIRLSCHOOL's first two albums — 1980's "Demolition" and 1981's "Hit and Run" — will be released on CD for the first time on June 14 through Sanctuary Records. The releases coincide with a full U.K. tour by the band, who will also release a brand new album in June.

23 April 2004

Irene Jansen, the sister of AFTER FOREVER singer Floor Jansen, is perhaps best known for singing with STAR ONE on their 2002 tour. Since that time she has been working with her own band, KARMA, and an album release is expected later this year.
With music geared in a SYMPHONY X-ish direction, present and potential fans can check out three demo tracks - 'Calling Isis', 'Atlantis' and 'New Dawn' - online at the band's official website (see LINKS).
Irene Jansen can currently be heard singing on the new AYREON album The Human Equation, playing the role of Passion.

23 April 2004

A few days prior to the April 19th release of their debut album, "Dogface", LEASH LAW released a single for the the song 'Stealing Grace'. Along with two album cuts - the other being 'Banion' - the single features a live unplugged version of 'Stealing Grace' and mpg video footage of an acoustic IRON MAIDEN medley ('Revelations'/'Children Of The Damned') performed by singer Wade Black and guitarist Rick Renstrom. Both were recorded live at the Texas Club in Athens, Greece.

23 April 2004

TESTAMENT have split with guitarist Steve Smyth. The band are now in search of a replacement to fill in on their upcoming European tour dates.
Word has it that Smyth has left the band to join NEVERMORE permanently. He has been playing with Nevermore in a session/touring guitarist capacity for the last couple of years.
Reports say that guitarist “Metal” Mike Chlasciak (PAINMUSEUM, ex-HALFORD) could be Smyth’s replacement in Testament.
More details on this situation as they become available.

23 April 2004

MARDUK will be entering a yet undecided studio during the summer to record their ninth full length album. The album will also contain one track that is the product of the cooperation between Marduk and the band ARDITI, a band whose music can be best described as militant and industrial.

23 April 2004

SINISTER drummer Aad Kloosterwaard has posted the following statement at the band's website (see LINKS) regarding their break-up: "After 16 years of serving, SINISTER is no more....
It was a hard decision for me,Sinister was a way of life for me. But sitting behind the drumkit for almost 20 years and having a fulltime job is hard for me to combine. Of course I would love to give up my job, because I hate going to work everyday, but that’s impossible..you probably know why.
First I was thinking doing vocals together with Rachel (Heyzer) but that wasn’t an option - thinking of someone else behind the drums, no way! Also Ron (van de Polder - guitar) is to busy. It was or Sinister or Infinited Hate. It was a hard decision to quit Sinister and drumming believe me.
I had a great time to record "Revel In bloodshed", the upcoming album of my new band INFINITED HATE together with Rachel and Ron. If you listen to Infinited Hate, you’ll hear Sinister. Thanks to all the die hard SINISTER fans all over the World! We hope that Infinited Hate will bring you as much as brutality as Sinister!"

23 April 2004

Florida's death metal maniacs MALEVOLENT CREATION have completed their ninth studio album, entitled "Warcult". Said to be the band's most diverse and punishing record to date, "Warcult" was recorded at Liquid Ghost Recording Studio in Boca Raton, FL, by Phil Plaskon, produced and mixed by producer Jean Francois Degenais (KATAKLYSM) and mastered by Bernard Belley in Montreal, Canada.

The album also marks the return of long time drummer Dave Culross to the line up.
"Warcult" will be released on June 28th across Europe, in the USA and other territories about a month later.
Tracklist: 'Dead March', 'Pre-emtive Strike', 'Supremacy Through Annihilation', 'Murder Reigns', 'Captured', 'Merciless', 'Section 8', 'On Grounds Of Battle', 'Tyrannic Oppression', 'Ravaged By Conflict', 'Shock And Awe' and bonus track 'Jack The Ripper' (cover song from Australian cult thrash gods HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH).

23 April 2004

According to a posting at the official KING DIAMOND website (see LINKS), guitarist Andy LaRocque and singer King Diamond will mix the group’s forthcoming live album in May and expect the album to be released in September or October via Metal Blade.
A posting at the site reads, “Still no details are known at the moment such as album title, if it's going to be 2 CD etc. Andy told me however that most of the song the band played on the USA tour will be on the album. More news as we have it!!”

23 April 2004

According to ex- VIRGIN STEELE guitarist Jack Starr’s official website (www.jackstarr.com), his band, GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME are currently in search of a vocalist.
A posting at the site reads: “If you are a talented heavy metal singer and have been waiting for the right chance, the time is now! Jack Starr is auditioning singers for his next album to be released on Magic Circle Music. If you want to become one of the Guardians Of The Flame please submit your demo material to: Magic Circle Music - PO Box 7214 - Auburn, NY - 13022 - USA.”
Guardians Of The Flame plan to release a new album through Magic Circle Music this year.

23 April 2004

VOIVOD's Michel "Away" Langevin recently played session drums on Montreal band POXY's debut. Poxy is made up of, amongst others, Xavier Cafeine who fronted successful french punk band CAFEINE during the late '90s. Poxy's self-titled debut is in stores now.

23 April 2004

CHILDREN OF BODOM have finished recording new material for their upcoming EP-release. The recording was done at Astia Studio with long time COB producer Anssi Kippo and mixed by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox Studios.
A summer release is planned for the EP, entitled "Trashed, Lost & Strungout". It will include two new songs, a couple of cover versions and "a lot of extras."

23 April 2004

MOTORHEAD have confirmed "Inferno" as the title of their forthcoming album, set for release on June 22nd in North America and June 21 in Europe through Sanctuary. According to the band's website, the cover is again being provided by esteemed artist Joe Petagno.

"Inferno" will feature the following tracklisting: ‘Terminal Show’, ‘Killers’, ‘In The Name Of Tragedy’, ‘Suicide’, ‘Life's A Bitch’, ‘Down On Me’, ‘In The Black’, ‘Fight’, ‘In The Year Of The Wolf’, ‘Keys To The Kingdom’, ‘Smiling Like A Killer’ and ‘Whorehouse Blues’.

23 April 2004

REQUIEM AETERNAM has announced that Alex Hernández, known for his excellent work in IMMOLATION, has joined the band to lay down the drum tracks for their upcoming album, "Philosopher".

16 April 2004

The Keep it True festival in Germany (see LINKS) has just ended last weekend and now their are already 6 bands announced for the next episode to take place later this year (6 November 2004) at the same location (Tauberfrankenhalle, Lauda-Konigshofen)
The bands that are confirmed: HELSTAR, JAGUAR, ROTTWEILER, TYRANT'S REIGN, WITCHFYNDE, METAL INQUISITOR

16 April 2004

JAG PANZER have revealed that their forthcoming studio album will be called "Casting The Stones". Guitarist Mark Briody adds: "About half of the album is written and so far it sounds like a more aggressive version of "Mechanized Warfare" (2001)." Casting The Stones is being produced by Jim Morris at Morrisound Studios and will feature artwork by Mattias Noren. The album will be released worldwide on Century Media Records in September 2004.

16 April 2004

MSG will release a new album with his own band in late 2004. Here's an update:
“The next MSG studio album will be available by the end of the year as a 2005 release on Michael's own label GOOTT Records. This release is to celebrate 25 years of MSG and will only be sold 1 copy per person and will feature original singers. More about it in the near future.”

16 April 2004

Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED finished the recordings of their new studio album and they posted the following update:
"We have now finished the recording at Studio Fredman and right now we're preparing for the mixing session. The mixing will be handled by Charlie Storm here in Gothenburg. We've have worked with this guy on a number of occasions and we all like his work. I guess we'll have the final product in two weeks or so - can't wait."

16 April 2004

TWISTED SISTER guitarist J.J. French posted the following when asked if they will ever do a real tour:
"We play when we can. Enjoy it if we come to your town. We only play 15-20 shows per year world-wide. In reality, the band has personal and professional obligations that absolutely prevent us from playing more then weekends twice a month. We all agreed that this was our situation and we play based on this agreement. I will never say never but I don't see how this will ever change. Like I said, enjoy this while you can because this will not continue indefinitely."

16 April 2004

DECREPIT BIRTH have posted the following message at their official website (www.decrepitbirth.com):
“We would like to officially announce that bassist Derek Boyer has left Decrepit Birth to join the mighty SUFFOCATION as their full time bassist. We wish him the best of luck while playing in one of the best extreme bands of all time. Derek remains a close friend of ours, and we thank him for all of his efforts and contributions while he was part of our band.”
SUFFOCATION recently completed work on the first music video from their forthcoming new album, "Souls to Deny". The video, for the song 'Surgery Of Impalement', was filmed at Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary. "Souls to Deny" will be released on April 27th in North America and on May 17th in Europe via Relapse.

16 April 2004

Once a side project for ex-LABYRINTH guitarist Olaf Thorsen and RHAPSODY singer Fabio Leone, VISION DIVINE has returned with its third album, "Stream Of Consciousness", and a new vocalist. Thorsen explained why Leone was forced to bow out:
“For the first two albums Fabio always gave 100% to Vision Divine, but because I left Labyrinth and decided to focus on Vision Divine I wanted to create an image of a real band. I don’t think this would have been a problem for Fabio, but Rhapsody recently signed with new management and he didn’t take care that there would be room for a career with Vision Divine at the same time. He told me everything was fine, but when I saw the contract there was nothing mentioning Vision Divine, and I figured it might cause some major problems in the future. It’s a sad thing, but the best thing to do was to have Fabio leave, in the interest of both bands and our friendship.”
Leone has been replaced by Michele Luppi, who has worked previously as an Italian pop rock session player. According to Thorsen, Vision Divine is Luppi’s first metal experience.

16 April 2004

GARY MOORE will be releasing a new album, "Power Of The Blues", on June 7th through BMG. Backing Moore up are drummer Darrin Mooney and ex-Ozzy Osbourne bassist Bob Daisley. The album will be produced by Chris Tsangarides, perhaps best remembered for his work with JUDAS PRIEST, and will feature a cover of the Willie Dixon blues classic made famous by LED ZEPPELIN, ‘I Can’t Quit You Babe’.

16 April 2004

The 2004 Dynamo Open Air festival (www.dynamo.nl) which will take place on Saturday, June 5th at Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Holland has announced the addition of Dutch gothic metal sensation AFTER FOREVER to the bill.
A total of 13 bands will appear, 10 have been confirmed so far:
SLAYER, NIGHTWISH, LIFE OF AGONY, SOULFLY, DIMMU BORGIR, AFTER FOREVER, ILL NIÑO, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DEICIDE, MASTODON.

16 April 2004

Following the success of their self-titled monster debut, MASTERPLAN (featuring singer Jorn Lande and ex-HELLOWEEN members Roland Grapow and Uli Kusch) have secured the services of famed producer Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, HALFORD) for the follow-up. No word as to when work will commence or a timeframe for release just yet, but i’ll keep you posted.

16 April 2004

Singer Zak Stevens is currently hard at work at Morrisound Studios with his CIRCLE II CIRCLE bandmates on the follow-up to the debut, "Watching In Silence". A release is planned for Autumn 2004. An EP with diverse bonus material will be made available a few months prior to the album release.
In the meantime, the band is confirmed as playingthe following dates:

25.06.04 Dessel Belgium / Graspop Festival
26.06.04 München Germany / Garage De luxe
27.06.04 Affalter Germany / Zur Linde
28.06.04 Bochum Germany / Zeche
29.06.04 Weert Germany / De Bosuil
30.06.04 Aschaffenburg Germany / Colos - Saal
01.07.04 Pratteln Switzerland / Z 7
02.07.04 Nehren Germany / Motoradfreunde W/Saxon
03.07.04 Andernach Germany / JUZ
04.07.04 Istanbul Turkey / Rock The Nation Festival
06.07.04 Athens Greece / 2004 Metal Festival

16 April 2004

NOSTRADAMEUS are working on their new CD, "Hellbound", in the well-known Roasting House Studio in Malmo, Sweden. The album is tentatively scheduled for an August release and is said to be “a little harder and more uncompromising than its predecessor.”

16 April 2004

BEHEMOTH will start recording their forthcoming album, "Demigod", in two weeks. Here's the latest update: "Last week we started rehearsing with in full line up with session guitarist Seth (known from death metal band NOMAD). New songs sound killer now! There are still some songs to be finished but we wanna keep the whole creative process a bit spontaneous so we give it a bit of improvisation. It's sure now that album will include regular 10 songs. It's also quite possible that we'll re record some of the older stuff, from Grom era...we will see. We are thinking of recording some cover tunes too, it became some kind of tradition so...we thought of DANZIG and BLASPHEMY but haven't really decided anything yet. Expect more surprises to come...we are thinking of some extraordinary ideas for Demigod."
"Demigod" is due out in the fall through Regain Records in Europe), Century Media in North and South America and Mystic in Poland.

16 April 2004

Former ICED EARTH band members Gene Adam (vocals), Dave Abell (Bass) and Mark Prator (drummer) are working with guitarist Bill Owen on a new project called UNEARTHED. They are currently shopping a two song demo to record labels featuring the tracks ‘Fire In the Sky’ and ‘Unearthed’. As with Iced Earth, Prator will only be behind the kit in the studio; a drummer will be brought in for live shows.
“Mark is a fantastic drummer and has a great studio,” Gene explains. “We worked long and hard on the songs and we wanted to record them, so it made sense to ask him to play for us. We’d love to have him come out and play with us live, but between his own Red Room Studio and working at Morrisound he’s way too busy.”

16 April 2004

ANGEL DUST posted the following on their official website (www.angel-dust.de):
"As anounced Angel Dust are already busy with the songwriting for the new CD. Also nothing will change at the Line Up (Dirk, Assy, Steven) for this time. A new guitarist and a new bass player are employed therefore at the earliest for the recordings. Therefore there will not be any shows probably until then.
At this place still once a lot of thanks to all that supported us until today and believed in us in spite of the whole trouble in the last months (Sorry !!!)"

16 April 2004

Hells Headbangers Records (www.hellsheadbangers.com) have posted the artwork for the forthcoming LP release of SLAUGHTER’s "Fuck Of Death" album.
Due for release this summer in conjunction with NunSlaughter Records (www.nunslaughter.com) the release will feature Slaughter’s rehearsal recordings with the late Chuck Schuldiner (DEATH).
More info on the upcoming limited edition LP (500 copies) will be available soon.

16 April 2004

The Texas based veteran of HELSTAR & DESTINY'S END has formed a new outfit, DISTANT THUNDER, which he considers the continuation of the legendary Helstar. In addition to diminutive singer, the lineup includes the Z-Lot-Z guitar tandem of Eric Halpern and Gregg Gill, Mike LePond (bass, Symphony X) and Rick Ward (drums).
"Welcome The End" was produced by fellow Seven Witches alumni, Jack Frost. Both reassure fans that Distant Thunder will not affect Rivera's participation in future Witches output, nor live dates. In addition to the re-recorded Helstar classic, 'Run With The Pack', the band recorded a rendition of 'Restless And Wild' (Accept).

The complete tracklisting is as follows:
‘The Day Upon You’, ‘I Welcome The End’, ‘Souless Inventions’, ‘Helpless Creator’, ‘Fire In The Skies’, ‘Distant Thunder’ (instrumental), ‘Beyond The Black Field Of Stars’, ‘Lost In Time’, ‘Finding My Way’, ‘Run With The Pack’, ‘Restless And Wild’.

16 April 2004

STRATOVARIUS' webmaster has posted the following on the band's official site (see LINKS):
"Unfortunately I have received news that Timo Tolkki was hospitalized on April 10th due to suicidal feelings and chronic depression.
He is currently being treated in Mehiläinen, a private hospital in Helsinki, Finland. If anyone wants to send recovery wishes to Timo, you can send them directly to timorecovery@stratovarius.com or you can use the ready made form we have made. All the recovery wishes will be delivered to Timo at the hospital."

16 April 2004

According to Napalm Records, Mario Klausner has announced his departure, due to time constraints, from PUNGENT STENCH, in order to fully concentrate on his own band, COLLAPSE 7. The split was amicable and Mario will continue to perform live with the band until a suitable replacement is found. COLLAPSE 7's debut album, In Deep Silence, will be released on May 3rd, 2004. The band describes their sound as "Apocalyptic Death Metal". The album was produced by Martin Schirenc (HOLLENTHON, PUNGENT STENCH) in the Vato Loco Studio, Vienna.

16 April 2004

HELLOWEEN have left Sanctuary Management and have inked a management and booking deal with Bottom Row Promotion who also handles the likes of AXXIS, DC COOPER, DRAGONLORD, EDENBRIDGE, HELLOWEEN, HORIZON, JADED HEART, KROKUS, PINK CREAM 69, SILENT FORCE, VANDEN PLAS.

16 April 2004

A live clip of longtime Canuck thrashers INFERNAL MAJESTY performing 'Anthology Of Death', recorded on March 26th, 2004 at the Brickyard in Vancouver, BC has been posted at their website (see LINKS).
Infernal Majesty's' new CD, "One Who Points To Death", is out now through Galy Records.
The band will be on tour starting June 19th. Their upcoming itinerary is as follows:

June 19 - July 10 - Canadian tour first leg
July 11 - August 5 - east coast US tour
August 8 - Montreal at TBA
August 9 - Toronto at TBA
August 16 - August 31 - Festivals in France, Belgium, Spain with UK tour
September 1 - September 30 - European tour
October 1 -October 15 - Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania
October 17 - October 22 - Canadian tour second leg
October 23 - Welcome back to Vancouver show
November 1 - 15 - west coast US tour

9 April 2004

The upcoming batch of remastered albums from MEGADETH will all see a release on July 13th, through Capitol Records. Discs receiving the treatment, which will also be backed with four bonus tracks apiece (bar Risk) include: Craving, Countdown To Extinction, Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?, Rust In Peace, So Far So Good... So What?, Youthanasia, Cryptic Writings and Risk.

9 April 2004

The 2004 Graspop Metal Meeting (see LINKS) will take place June 25th - 27th in Dessel, Belgium.
The latest acts confirmed to perform at the festival include: FEAR FACTORY, SOULFLY, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN.
Here’s a current schedule of confirmed acts.

Friday, June 25: ANATHEMA, CIRCLE II CIRCLE, EPICA, EXODUS, HYPOCRISY, ICED EARTH, IN EXTREMO, WHITE LION, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN.

Saturday, June 26: AGNOSTIC FRONT, ALICE COOPER, ANTHRAX, BACKFIRE, BLOOD FOR BLOOD, CRADLE OF FILTH, DISIPLINE, EVERGREY, MORBID ANGEL, MOTÖRHEAD, MY DYING BRIDE, PLEYMO, SLAPSHOT, SLIPKNOT, QUEENSRŸCHE, SOULFLY, OOMPH, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION.

Sunday, June 27: CHIMAIRA, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DEATH ANGEL, DIMMU BORGIR, DYING FETUS, HATEBREED, ILL NINO, JUDAS PRIEST, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, MALEVOLENT CREATION, LIFE OF AGONY, SAXON, SEVEN WITCHES, TESTAMENT, THERION, FEAR FACTORY, JACKSON UNITED.

9 April 2004

Guitarist Joe Stump's REIGN OF TERROR project will be back in Europe for another tour this April. Following the European dates Stump (www.joestump.com) will embark on an instrumental tour of the US.
In related news, Joe has also just finished his first new studio instrumental CD since 1998's Rapid Fire Rondo for Leviathan Records. Joe is leaning towards titling the CD Speed Metal Messiah. More details as they become available.

9 April 2004

THE GATHERING has been confirmed as the second headliner for this year's ProgPower Europe festival scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd at JC Sjiwa in Baarlo, The Netherlands. The band plan to perform a special set. The complete 2004 ProgPower Europe lineup is as follows: MORGANA-X, ALCHEMIST, ALL TOO HUMAN, AMARAN, AMORPHIS, THE DUST CONNECTION, THE GATHERING, KATATONIA, PLATITUDE, TOMORROW’S EVE.

9 April 2004

Phil Fasciana, the outspoken guitarist of MALEVOLENT CREATION, reveals that the new album Warkult will be in stores in June of this year. The release is coming through Nuclear blast and is the ninth in the bands storied history. He also says that "this lineup is the best one the band has ever had and the band sound more brutal than ever." The current Malevolent Creation lineup also features vocalist Kyle Symons, guitarist Rob Barret, bassist Gordon Simms and drummer Dave Culross.

2 April 2004

ARCHETYPE update: "Just a quick note letting everyone know that our site has been updated with pictures of the band in the recording studio, a new MP3 from the European release of Dawning and more. We have been very busy recording the music to our new cd and we are very close to filling the vocalist position. Copies of Dawning are now available for a reduced price on our merchandise page".
Chris

2 April 2004

Mario Klausner has parted ways with PUNGENT STENCH due to time constraints in order to fully concentrate on his own band Collapse 7 - the split was amicable and Mario will continue to perform live with the Stench until a suitable replacement is found.

2 April 2004

VINDIKATION (see LINKS), the new band featuring former STEEL PROPHET members Jim Williams (guitar) and Karl Rosqvist (drums), vocalist Jason McCrarey (SANCTUS) and keyboardist Rob Rampley (WINDS DIED DOWN), have completed tracking their debut CD, "Chamber of Discontent".
The recording sessions were engineered by Erik Norlander, with final mix and mastering scheduled for mid-April. The release date for "Chamber of Discontent" is set for the summer of 2004.
VINDIKATION started in 2002 when Williams and Rosqvist started writing more and more progressive minded metal music. Soon after, Rampley, a co-worker of Jim at Line 6, was asked to lend his experience with industrial keyboards and FX/sampling to the project. After a long search for the right vocal fit, McCrarey was added to the mix, brining his many talents with extreme metal vocals.
VINDIKATION's music is described as "an interesting metal mix of progressive technical music, industrial keyboards, FX/samples, and brutal vocals. There is a very balanced combination of melodic, harmonic and technical aspects to the music."

2 April 2004

Reunited New York death metallers SUFFOCATION will embark on a European tour in early June. Tentative dates so far are as follows:

Jun. 10 - GER @ T.B.A.
Jun. 11 - Engelsdorg, GER @ Hellraiser
Jun. 12 - Prague, CZR @ Abaton Club
Jun. 13 - SLO @ T.B.A.
Jun. 14 - ITA @ T.B.A
Jun. 15 - SWI @ T.B.A
Jun. 16 - FRA @ T.B.A.
Jun. 17 - Irun, SPA @ Tunk
Jun. 18 - Barcelona, SPA @ Mephisto
Jun. 19 - Madrid, SPA @ Ritmo Compas
Jun. 20 - POR @ T.B.A
Jun. 21 - SPA @ T.B.A.
Jun. 22 - FRA @ T.B.A.
Jun. 23 - FRA @ T.B.A.
Jun. 24 - FRA @ T.B.A.
Jun. 25 - Dessel, BEL @ Graspop
Jun. 26 - NETH @ T.B.A.
Jun. 27 - Le Mans, FRA @ Fury Fest T.B.C
Jun. 28 - Paris, FRA @ La Locomotive

SUFFOCATION's new CD, "Souls to Deny" is scheduled for an April 27 North American release through Relapse Records. The album will arrive overseas on May 17.
The band's first full album of new material since 1995's "Pierced From Within", "Souls to Deny" was recorded at New York's Full Force Studios with engineer Joe Cincotta and is "the cleanest, heaviest SUFFOCATION album to date," according to drummer Mike Smith.
SUFFOCATION's current lineup consists of Smith, vocalist Frank Mullen, guitarists Terrance Hobbs and Guy Marchais and bassist Derek Boyer.

2 April 2004

DECEASED / OCTOBER 31 frontman King Fowley recently suffered a mild stroke, brought on by a blood clot in his brain that was about the size of a walnut. King was discharged from the hospital late last week. He's resting and doing his therapy right now and sends his well wishes to all for the support.
This week he is scheduled to have an electrocardiogram so doctors can see what's wrong with his blood that causes him to keep getting blood clots. This latest clot doesn't seem to be related to the one he got in 2002. They think it might be a genetic mutation of some sorts, but won't know until the results of the test.
What the doctors are afraid of, is that if he gets another blood clot in the future it might be fatal. They're looking at either long term cumatin treatment or another less powerful treatment. The only problem with that is that it would make his blood so thin that if he was in an accident where there was blood loss, he wouldn't be able to stop bleeding.
King will regain about 95% of what he had before the stroke with the help of therapy. If you're wondering about the 5% that is unrecoverable, it's mostly advanced hand/eye coordination tasks like threading a needle, for instance. Today he spent a lot of time with the occupational therapist. She was having him do simple coordination exercises like putting his thumb and his finger together, drawing circles, touching his nose, etc. By the end of the day he was pretty exhausted from it all. The left side of his face is apparently looking a lot better. Not as swollen. The doctors couldn't give any idea of how long the therapy is going to last. As for his stay in the hospital, they're expecting him to be released by this weekend.
More news as it becomes available.

2 April 2004

AGENT STEEL are currently writing the followup to last year’s "Order Of The Illuminati" and have posted the following update: "Things are going as planned; solid heavy material, and tons of innovative ideas. Hopefully we will record demos in the coming weeks."
The band also mention that they "have a major announcement regarding an upcoming European festival - so stay tuned!"

2 April 2004

The ProgPower Europe festival (see LINKS) is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd at JC Sjiwa in Baarlo, The Netherlands.
The latest acts confirmed are AMARAN and KATATONIA.

Acts now confirmed to appear at the festival include: ALCHEMIST, ALL TOO HUMAN, AMARAN, AMORPHIS, THE DUST CONNECTION, KATATONIA, PLATITUDE, TOMORROW’S EVE.
More acts, including the headliner will be announced soon.

2 April 2004

Y&T have confirmed more dates for their upcoming live trek, set to begin on April 7th in West Hollywood, CA.
Confirmed dates now include:

April
7 - House Of Blues in West Hollywood, CA
8 - House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA
16 - Macumba - Madrid, SP
17 - Bikini Club in Barcelona, SP
18 - Rockpodium Plato in Helmond, HOL
20 - Hof Ter Loo in Antwerp, BL

May
21 - The State Theatre in Modesto, CA

June
12 - Arrow Classic Rock Festival in Lichtenvoorde, NL
17 - Rock Fest 2004 in Cadott, WI

Y&T fans in Europe and the UK will be thrilled to learn that Y&T's "UnEarthed, Volume 1" will soon be readily available in record stores in their part of the world.
Dream Catcher Records is releasing the CD in April.

2 April 2004

World famous MOTORHEAD cover artist Joe Petagno is about to release a book that highlights some of his artwork:"Orgasmatron - The Heavy Metal Art Of Joe Petagno",
In an interview posted at Motorhead's official website, Petagno reminisces about the first time he met Lemmy: "I met Lemmy while I was doing some work with HAWKWIND. He had just quit and was looking for someone to do a logo for his own project which was of course Motorhead. We discussed various ideas down at the local pub round the corner from his management office on the great western road. A couple a weeks later the now infamous skull was born, must have been around April-May of '75."


2 April 2004

CHRIS CAFFERY (SAVATAGE / TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) is currently in the studio recording his first ever solo CD. The project has entered week #8 and is closing in on the mixing process. Chris has recorded 30 songs and plans on making sure fans hear them all. The CD is comprised of two separate CDs. The main CD itself is called Faces and contains songs that pertain to Chris and his life. The second CD is called God Damn War and it's an opus about the modern war.
The renown guitarist covers vocals on all tracks. The discs also features drummer Jeff Plate (Savatage/Trans-Siberian Orchestra), bassist David Z (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and keyboardist Paul Morris (RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW). Faces and God Damn War will be out on September 24 through Black Lotus Records. A single will be issued on September 10th.

2 April 2004

SAXON are planning to release a new studio album in September. More information on the upcoming release will be available soon.

2 April 2004

This years Dynamo Open Air festival which will take place on Saturday, June 5th at Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Holland has confirmed ILL NINO and MASTODON to their lineup.

The confirmed lineup for the festival now includes: SLAYER, NIGHTWISH, LIFE OF AGONY, DIMMU BORGIR, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DEICIDE, ILL NINO, MASTODON.

2 April 2004

The latest bands to be added to the Wacken Open Air festival lineup are MISERY INDEX and DISBELIEF. The 15th Anniversary of the festival. is scheduled to take place August 5th - 8th in Wacken, Germany.

The list of confirmed acts for the festival now includes: AFTER FOREVER, AMON AMARTH, ANTHRAX, ARCH ENEMY, ASTRAL DOORS, BAL-SAGOTH, BRAINSTORM, BOHSE ONKELZ, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CATHEDRAL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DEATH ANGEL, DEICIDE, DESTRUCTION, DIO, DIONYSUS, DISBELIEF, DORO, EKTOMORF, ELAKELAISET, GRAVE DIGGER, GIRFFIN, HELLOWEEN, HYPOCRISY, J.B.O., KNORKATOR, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MISERY INDEX, MNEMIC, MOTORHEAD, MYSTIC PROPHECY, NEVERMORE, ORPHANAGE, PARAGON, QUIREBOYS, RAUNCHY, SATAN, SATYRICON, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, SINISTER, SINNER, THUNDERSTONE, WARLOCK, ZODIAC MINDWARP.

26 March 2004

LEATHERWOLF have announced that their new vocalist is former RACER X singer, Jeff Martin.
The posting added: "Leatherwolf has written some new songs with Jeff Martin and have recorded a new 3 song demo. The songs are absolutely amazing! Could be the most powerful and progressive Leatherwolf songs ever written! Very heavy!
We will be putting some of these new MP3 demo songs up soon on the site. We will be hoping to announce a new CD label in the near future. Of course a new full-length CD will be in the works! Leatherwolf is back with a vengeance! A new message board will be coming soon as well. Stay tuned!"
Leatherwolf's last album was 1999's Wide Open.

26 March 2004

According to LEASH LAW singer Wade Black and guitarist Emo Mowery, the Japanese release of their debut album "Dogface" may feature a couple live bonus tracks. Wade Black and guitarist Rick Renstrom did an acoustic show at the Texas Club in Athens, Greece last month and performed a handful of songs including first single 'Stealing Grace' and an IRON MAIDEN medley. Nothing has been confirmed, but the tracks will be released in some form sooner rather than later.

As previously reported, Dogface was recorded at A.R.S. Studios in Orlando, Florida and at RedKenyi Studios in Seminole, FA. The album will be released by Black Lotus Records on April 19th. North American and Asian distribution are currently under negotiation.

26 March 2004

DEATH's official web site (see LINKS) has made available for download the group's two official promotional videos: "Lack of Comprehension" from 1991's "Human" and "The Philosopher" from 1993's "Individual Thought Patterns".

26 March 2004

Former VIRGIN STEELE guitarist Jack Starr has inked a deal with Magic Circle Music, the label founded by the heavy metal band MANOWAR.
Starr is currently preparing a new album with his band, GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME, to be released this year.
Commented Jack Starr: "For me to be on Magic Circle Music is like a dream come true. It's the heaviest label and will provide me with the newest technology and best resources to make the best album of my career."
JACK STARR AND THE GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME released their debut album, "Under A Savage Sky", last September through Crash Music Inc. The disc included guest appearances by RAVEN guitarist Mark Gallagher and ex-UFO axeman Paul Chapman, playing the first solo in "I Stand Alone" and "Cry For Dawn", respectively.

26 March 2004

CIRRHA NIVA found a new guitarist: Carlo Heefer. Carlo joins the force in song writing as well.

26 March 2004

THRESHOLD have revealed through their official website (see LINKS) the tentative tracklisting for the group’s forthcoming new album, "Subsurface", due for release this summer through InsideOut.
Tracks set to appear on the release include: ‘Mission Profile’, ‘Ground Control’, ‘Opium’, ‘Stop Dead’, ‘The Art Of Reason’, ‘Pressure’, ‘Flags And Footprints’, ‘Static’ and ‘The Destruction Of Words’.
The band are currently recording the album at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey, UK. The new album will include bassist Steve Anderson, who replaced Jon Jeary on the band’s tour in 2003. Tracking of drums, bass and rhythm guitars is complete and the vocal sessions have begun. Mixing should be complete by the end of April.

26 March 2004

E FORCE change line up:
"Due to personal and business reasons I have relocated to FRANCE. Toulouse that is. I got married to Nathalie Denaclara (fmr 89.1 / Havana-cafe.fr) last September.”
Following Eric’s relocation, the new E-FORCE line up is as follows: Eric Forrest – bass / vocals, Lewis Leveque – drums, Denis Rousell – guitar and Yann Ploquin – guitar. The new line up debut is May 17th at Havana-café in Toulouse with Implaled Nazerane, Scarve.
In the meantime, Eric wrote new compositions : “The new compositions are heavier and faster than the last recorded E-FORCE songs "Evil Forces”. See you all on tour soon...”

26 March 2004

THANATOS will release their new album, "Undead.Unholy.Divine", in June.
It will contain the following songs: 'Lambs To The Slaughter', 'Undead.Unholy.Divine.', 'Eraser', 'Beyond Terror','The Sign Of Sadako', 'Servants Of Hatred, 'Devour The Living', 'Godforsaken', 'The Suffering...' and '...The Sweet Suffering'.

Thanatos vocalist/guitarist Stephan Gebédi had the following to say regarding Undead.Unholy.Divine.: "The album has a clear, heavy and very professional sound and everybody involved with the writing, performing, recording and mixing of the album have done a great job. From furious blastbeats to grinding doomparts, all aspects of extreme metal are represented on our fourth and definitely best album so far! Our thanks go out to Hans, Dennis and all the other guys (Jurgen, Maarten, Tobias and Harm) at Excess Studios for the megacool time we had the past 3-4 weeks. It was also great to work with Attie Bauw who did the mastering of the album... I mean... hey... this is the guy that did the mixing on JUDAS PRIEST's Painkiller; one of the absolute metal classics! Ashmedi (MELECHESH) and Ed Warby (STAR ONE, AYREON, ex-GOREFEST) came by in the studio and did some guest vocals. It will be worth the wait... I promise you!"

26 March 2004

According to DIO’s website (see LINKS), former bassist Jeff Pilson (ex-DOKKEN) will be reuniting with Dio to record the as-yet untitled album. The band will be entering the studio the middle of April, with a tentative June 2004 release date. Pilson replaces longtime Dio bassist Jimmy Bain.

26 March 2004

SAXON will celebrate their 25th anniversary with an extensive world tour. The band’s official website (see LINKS) has posted the confirmed dates for the upcoming tour, as well as dates for the group’s festival appearances this summer.
Upcoming Saxon dates include:

June
27 - Graspop Festival in Dessel, Belgium

July
2 - Motorradfreunde Nehren in Nehren, Germany
3 - Polo Festival in Dusseldorf, Germany (6pm)
3 - Festival in Andernach, Germany (11pm)

August
5 -7 - WOA Festival in Wacken, Germany

25th Anniversary World Tour 2004/2005
September
19 - KB in Malmö, SWE
20 - Trädgarn in Gothenburg, SWE
21 - Rockefeller in Oslo, N
22 - Klubben in Stockholm, SWE
24 - Halle Gartlage in Osnabrück, GER
25 - Maas En Waalhallen in Druten, NL
26 - Filharmonie in Filderstadt, GER
28 - E-Werk in Koln, GER
29 - Capitol in Hannover, GER
30 - Hugenottenhalle in Neu-Isenburg, GER

October
1 - Cultureel Centrum Sint Lievens in Houtem, B
2 - Astoria in London UK
22 - Werner-Seelenbinder Halle in Bad Salzungen, GER
23 - Stadthalle in Lichtenfels, GER
24 - Novesta in Zlin, CZ
25 - Stodola in Warszawa, PL
27 - Orpheum in Graz, A
28 - Pauk in Zagreb, HR
29 - Hristo Botev Hall in Sofia, BG
30 - Mylos Apothiki in Thessaloniki, GRE
31 - Gagarin 205 in Athens, GRE

November
1 - Gagarin 205 in Athens, GRE
4 - Tenax in Florence, I
5 - Fillmore in Piacenza, I
6 - Motion in Bergamo, I
7 - Razzmatazz 2 (TBC) in Barcelona, ES
8 - Aqualung (TBC) in Madrid, ES
9 - Ind. Copera (TBC) in Granada, ES
11 - Havana Cafe (TBC) in Toulouse, F
12 - Elysee Montmartre (TBC) in Paris, F
13 - Z7 (TBC) in Pratteln, CH

26 March 2004

This year's edition of ProgPower Europe confirmed 3 more bands:
"First of all we booked the Dutch newcomers of MORGANA-X, maybe not that many people know this band, they just recorded their full-length debut in the SpaceLab Studios in Germany (from the Everon guys) and it will be released before the festival. So we are sure you will here from this band before the festival will take place.
Secondly we booked the German power metallers of SYMPHORCE, the band that suprised us recently with the strong new album "Twice Second". The band went on tour earlier this year with Grave Digger and Wizard, according to the reactions they did pretty well. So we really look forward to their performace at ProgPower.
And last but not least, we booked a band that a lot of people will be very pleased of, ADAGIO from France. This band probably needs no further introduction, they were already confirmed for ProgPower USA, now they are also confirmed for the ProgPower festival in Europe. Well, this means that we only have 3 bands to go, and as far as it looks now we will be able to announce them within 2 weeks. For some people the last 3 bands will be a major surprise and we will probably announce a few bands you would not expect in the first place. But we decided to book a very diverse line-up this time, and of course we are always dependent on what's available. Believe us, the last 3 bands will be a surprise but it will make the line-up very diverse and extremely strong!"
Greetings, Rene Janssen (ProgPower Organisation).

26 March 2004

British black metal pioneers VENOM have revealed the details of their new lineup and upcoming recording/touring activities. Joining bassist/vocalist Conrad "Cronos" Lant and drummer Antton is the latest addition to the group's ranks, American guitarist Mykus.
Commented Cronos: "I have chosen the most talented and deadliest of all the musicians who've ever been in this band to work with." The new tracks are said to be "very much in the vein of the early VENOM ? ferocious, raw and deeply Satanic, with a 21st century production and 25 years of experience. Look out disbelievers, this is VENOM at their most dangerous and hostile!"
VENOM, who are in the process of negotiating a new recording deal, are currently recording some tracks to be webcast directly from the "Updates/Music" section of their official web site as a test, before uploading some new video footage of the band using the latest streaming multi-bit-rate technology. Several live shows are planned later in the year as well.
VENOM's last studio album, "Resurrection", was released in 2000.

19 March 2004

METAL CHURCH will be touring this year, beginning in late spring or early summer, in support of their forthcoming album, tentatively titled "Weight Of The World".
The album is currently in the mastering phase and is expected to be released in early summer. The album tracklisting, and cover art are currently being finalized and should be announced within a week or so, as well as the group's new official lineup.

19 March 2004

PARADISE LOST have parted ways with drummer Lee Morris due to "personal and musical differences." No replacement has been named as yet, although the new album will continue to be recorded as previously planned.

19 March 2004

Acclaimed San Antonio, Texas prog/tech metal triumvirate SPASTIC INK, featuring guitarist/composer Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, GORDIAN KNOT), bassist Pete Perez (RIOT), and drummer Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT, PAINMUSEUM) have set a March 23 release date via EclecticElectric for the their long awaited sophomore album, "Ink Compatible". Japan and South East Asia will follow on April 21 where the band has signed a deal with Marquee Inc.

The track listing for "Ink Compatible" reads as follows:
01. Aquanet
02. Just a Little Bit
03. Words for Nerds
04. Melissa’s Friend
05. Read Me
06. Multi-Masking
07. In Memory of…
08. A Chaotic Realization of Nothing Yet Misunderstood
09. The Cereal Mouse
10. A Quick Affix (Japanese bonus track)

Joining SPASTIC INK on "Ink Compatible" are Ron Jarzombek's long-time WATCHTOWER bandmate Jason McMaster (DANGEROUS TOYS), who provides lead vocals on five tracks, Swedish vocalist Daniel Gildenlöw (PAIN OF SALVATION), guitarist Marty Friedman (MEGADETH, CACOPHONY), keyboardists Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Jimmy Pitts (SCHOLOMANCE, THE FRACTURED DIMENSION), and David Bagsby (XEN, PATRICK MORAZ), bassists Michael Manring (ATTENTION DEFICIT, MICHAEL HEDGES), Ray Riendeau (HALFORD, MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE), Doug Keyser (WATCHTOWER), and Sean Malone (GORDIAN KNOT, CYNIC), and drummers Jeff Eber (DYSRHYTHMIA) and David Penna (STATIC, AMPHIBIANS FROM OUTER SPACE).

19 March 2004

Reformed U.K. death metallers CANCER have set a May 17 release date through Copro Records for their much-anticipated comeback EP, "Corporation$". "Although Copro isn't strictly a death metal label, we thought it would be a good choice for the release, as we are not strictly a death metal band," the band write on their web site. "We hope this EP will quench your thirst for a little while, while we put together a full-length slab of METAL!!!"
CANCER's current lineup consists of vocalist/guitarist John Walker, drummer Carl Stokes, bassist Adam Richardson, and guitarist Rob Engvikson.
On the absence of other original members, Stokes recently told Terrorizer magazine, "Bassist Ian Buchanan was asked to be involved, but declined due to family commitments. But he is still a friend of the band and is doing some remixes for the EP. Guitarist Barry Savage wasn't asked because we didn't know how to get in touch with him. Also, we think he lives in Switzerland, so rehearsing would be a bit of a problem."

19 March 2004

"The songwriting process of the new KREATOR album is slowly but surely taking form! Those who've already heard some material describe it as complex, intense, fast, violent and melodic."
Commented KREATOR guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza: "Dear friends. Writing and arranging a new record is always exciting, interesting, painful and sometimes frustrating. Right now, we are producing demos, collecting ideas, arranging and rearranging stuff, listening to riffs, getting excited about stuff and throwing shit away. It's like doing a puzzle! We've got the rough versions of seven songs so far and the shit sounds fuckin' brutal! Be patient, as soon as there's more details, you'll read 'em here first!"
"If things work out, the cover artwork of the new record will be the realization of a long-planned project finally coming true!" continues the post on the band's web site.
"KREATOR's agents are currently booking selected venues around the globe, where the band will present their newly designed light and stage set in the end of the year. Details soon..."

19 March 2004

The Graspop Metal Meeting 2004 (see LINKS) will take place June 25th - 27th in Dessel, Belgium.
The latest acts confirmed to perform at the festival include: ICED EARTH, DIMMU BORGIR, HYPOCRISY, MORBID ANGEL, SLIPKNOT, ILL NINO, CHIMAIRA, SEVEN WITCHES, EPICA, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE.

Here’s a current schedule of confirmed acts:
Friday, June 25: ANATHEMA, CIRCLE II CIRCLE, EPICA, EXODUS, HYPOCRISY, ICED EARTH, IN EXTREMO, WHITE LION.
Saturday, June 26: AGNOSTIC FRONT, ALICE COOPER, ANTHRAX, BACKFIRE, BLOOD FOR BLOOD, CRADLE OF FILTH, DISIPLINE, EVERGREY, MORBID ANGEL, MOTÖRHEAD, MY DYING BRIDE, PLEYMO, SLAPSHOT, SLIPKNOT, QUEENSRŸCHE.
Sunday, June 27: CHIMAIRA, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DEATH ANGEL, DIMMU BORGIR, DYING FETUS, HATEBREED, ILL NINO, JUDAS PRIEST, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, MALEVOLENT CREATION, LIFE OF AGONY, SAXON, SEVEN WITCHES, TESTAMENT, THERION.

More than 50 bands will be performing on three stages during the three-day event. Tickets for all three days will cost 90 euros (all-in ticket: festival, camping and parking). A one-day ticket will cost 35 euros on Friday and 50 euros each on Saturday and Sunday.

19 March 2004

MOTORHEAD’s "Orgasmatron" album will be released on 180 gram vinyl LP with a gatefold sleeve through Earmark Records on April 5th.
The tracklisting:
Side A - ‘Deaf Forever’, ‘Nothing Up My Sleeve’, ‘Ain’t My Crime’, ‘Claw’ and ‘Mean Machine’.
Side B - ‘Built For Speed’, ‘Ridin’ With The Driver’, ‘Doctor Rock’ and ‘Orgasmatron’.

19 March 2004

FORCE OF EVIL, featuring vocalist Martin Steene (IRONFIRE), guitarist Michael Denner (MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND) and drummer Bjarne Holm, have confirmed the release date for their forthcoming DVD, "Evil Comes ... Alive". Escapi will release the DVD on April 13th in Europe and April 20th in North America (through Navarre).
The concert on the DVD was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden in November, 2003 in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS. The disc contains extra material such as songs from the band’s first concert at the BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend last June, In the Studio, Interviews, Promo Video, Image Gallery, Biography and more.
The tracklisting is as follows: ‘The Calling’, ‘Demonized’, ‘Fountain Of Grace’, ‘Mindbreaker’, ‘Eye Of The Storm’, ‘Curse Of The Pharaohs’, ‘Eternity’, ‘Hell On Earth’, ‘Samhain’, ‘Death Comes Crawling’ and ‘Evil’.

19 March 2004

SEVEN WITCHES new record is set to begin recording at the end of March.

3/4 of the album will be a concept, relating the story of Jacob. The plot revolves around an older gentleman who has recurring dreams about a child in a cemetery. The question arises whether Jacob is the old man, or the young child in the cemetery.
To get a better feel of where the Witches are taking this story, Frost says "Take Abigail (KING DIAMOND), Crimson Idol (W.A.S.P.) and Seasons In The Abyss (SLAYER), stick ‘em in a juicer and put it on crush for your daily dose of vitamin M for METAL!" He also claims to have written "the metal anthem of the year," 'Metal Asylum’, which utilizes band names and well known album titles as lyrics.
The classic Witches lineup, James Rivera (vocals), Joey Vera (bass) and Frost were joined by a new drummer, as Brian Craig has left to spend more time with his family.

13 March 2004

Progpower Europe 2004 (see LINKS) news:
"With proud we confirm 2 more bands for ProgPower Europe, we are sure to surprise some people now.
First of all we booked ALL TOO HUMAN from the USA, a great progressive metal band that has released 2 albums by themselves. The band will make their European debut at ProgPower, and will probably do a couple of more shows in Europe around the festival.
Secondly, we booked one of the most underrated bands in the scene, ALCHEMIST from "down under" Australia. The band has created their own style from the first minute, they cannot be compared to one other band we think. Very original, very strong, but still not the attention they deserve. If you don't know them, go get the latest album "Austral Alien", absolutely fantastic.
This means that half of the line-up is complete now, we try to finish the line-up within a couple of weeks. We will keep you informed."

13 March 2004

Dutch metallers INCOMING are glad to announce the name of their new guitarplayer: Mark Heesakkers ( ex-VIGILLANT, ex-EXIT TO EDEN ).
The band is working on the new material. They hope to record 8 or 10 songs so they can release it as a full-length album. For a review of their latest album "Next phase of evolution", take a look at my CD REVIEWS section!

13 March 2004

DEATH BY DAWN, the German death metal band featuring legendary vocalist Martin Van Drunen (ex-PESTILENCE, ASPHYX, BOLT THROWER), have parted ways with founding member/guitarist Marcus Schacht and have replaced him with Jens Geldon (ex-SUDDEN DEATH).

13 March 2004

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have set a March 31 release date for their long-awaited third recording, "Recovered".
The band began this project in 1992, but tracks remained archived and unfinished until 2003 when, with the help of engineer and co-producer Rob Beaton, the salvaged early recordings were completed for the new nine-song disc.
In addition to covers of songs from QUEEN, THIN LIZZY, TYGERS OF PAN TANG and SWEET SAVAGE, "Recovered" features an original track, "In memory of…", written and dedicated to former band member Randy Laird and his girlfriend, as well as to lead vocalist David White's brother Jeffrey, whose untimely losses occurred in 1991. The remaining songs that make up this full-length album are tracks from HEATHEN's "Opiate of the Masses" demo, the pre-production to their 1991 release "Victims of Deception".

"Recovered" track listing:
01. Death On Two Legs (QUEEN)
02. Holy War (THIN LIZZY)
03. In Memory Of...
04. Hellbound (TYGERS OF PAN TANG)
05. Eye Of The Storm (SWEET SAVAGE)
06. Hypnotized
07. Opiate Of The Masses
08. Timeless Cell
09. Mercy Is No Virtue

HEATHEN's current lineup consists of:
David White - Vocals
Lee Altus (ex-DIE KRUPPS, ANGEL WITCH) - Guitar
Ira Black (VICIOUS RUMORS) - Guitar
Mike "Yaz" Jastremski - Bass
Darren Minter (DECONSTRUCT, ANGEL WITCH) - Drums

13 March 2004

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine posted the following message: "Droogies! One question that keeps coming up that I have already answered, but still remains, is the reunion. People, it is not going to happen. Especially after seeing claims that I am unfair and inconsiderate. Who gives a fuck about why it isn’t happening, it just isn’t. And to tell people personal shit about 'what' happened or to say things like this about each other (note – I didn’t say shit) only solidifies my decision. 'What happens on the mile, stays on the mile.' It just makes me nauseous to see someone pouring out their guts over something that is as unlikely to happen as that. Remember, (drummer, Nick) Menza was ready to go, and like I said, I was unable to accommodate the others. The reasons don’t matter. And as respectfully as I can say this, it is not anyone else’s business but the people I talked to. And . . . they know the number to my management if they reconsider. Now, please drop it. I have found some players that I believe in, and am assembling a group to play with me. No one questioned my choices when I picked anyone else in the past. I think I know what I’m doing. And if ya don’t like it, well there’s always that big super-group that all the ex-members were trying to form. Hahahahahaha!"

13 March 2004

ANNIHILATOR announces the names of their new bassist and drummer for up-coming touring for their April/May.
Sandor de Bretan will be on bass while Rob Falzano will be on the skins. Studio drummer Mike Mangini will also be 'guesting' at some future shows with the band." Vocalist Dave Padden rounds out the lineup.
Annihilator will release an EP, "The One", on April 26th. That will be followed by the new full-length album, "All For You", on May 24th.

13 March 2004

The European release of GRIP INC.’s "Incorporated" album (due out through Napalm on March 15th) will include some exclusive bonus video material.
The tracklisting: ‘Curse (Of The Cloth)’, ‘The Answer’, ‘Prophecy’, ‘Endowment Of Apathy’, ‘Enemy Mind’, ‘Skin Trade’, ‘(Built To) Resist’, ‘The Gift’, ‘Privilege’, ‘Blood Of Saints’ and ‘Man With No Insides’. Bonus video material: ‘Curse (Of The Cloth)’ (video), ‘The Answer’ (video) and “Making Of” video.

13 March 2004

SLAYER are currently recording their first studio album with the original members since 1992’s "Seasons In The Abyss". A new album is expected through American Recordings sometime this year.

13 March 2004

According to a posting on their website by leader Johnny Hedlund, UNLEASHED have completed recording their forthcoming album.
The post added: "We are currently analyzing the final details before the mixing and mastering. We are naturally very excited about it all. We are also looking forward to playing the festivals this summer. You better believe we ain't holding back for nothing! Keep looking in to our website from time to time for more info as we proceed."
Expect the followup to 2003's Hell's Unleashed later this year through Century Media.

13 March 2004

PROJECT: FAILING FLESH have eight songs written for what will become their second full length CD.
Working titles include: ‘Through The Broken Lens’, ‘The Conjoined’, ‘Hand That You’ve Been Dealt’, ‘Second Impact Syndrome’, ‘Unsight Unseen’, ‘Eve Of Demise’, ‘Motionless’ and ‘Last Act Of Treachery’.
These songs and others will be recorded throughout the 2004 and will likely be released sometime after the band’s debut album is released by Karmageddon Media on May 31st.
Once again the band will be self-producing and tracking at Assembly Line Studios in Virginia.

13 March 2004

EUROPE have added more dates to the schedule for their upcoming European tour.
Confirmed dates now include:

June
2 - Masters Of Rock Festival - Vizovice, Czech Republic
3 - Masters Of Rock Festival - Senec, Slovakia
5 - Petofi Hall - Budapest, Hungary
11 - Valset Arena - Hamar, Norway
12 - Sweden Rock Festival - Solvesborg, Sweden

July
17 - Rockperry Festival - Vaasa, Finland
28 - Langelands Festival - Denmark

August
7 - Lokerse Feesten - Gent, Belgium
14 - Lorca Rock - Murcia, Spain
22 - Tufertschwil - Lutisburg, Switzerland

13 March 2004

Bang Your Head 2004 is set to take place on June 25th and 26th at the Messegelande in Balingen, Germany.

The latest act to be confirmed for the festival is ICED EARTH (second headlining act).

The currently lineup of bands scheduled to perform at Bang Your Head 2004 includes: ICED EARTH, TESTAMENT, ALICE COOPER, ANTHRAX, QUEENSRYCHE, CHILDREN OF BODOM, PRIMAL FEAR, U.F.O., WHITE LION, MAGNUM, BLAZE, ANGEL, CAGE, MAJESTY, GOTTHARD, LILLIAN AXE, OMEN, DEATH ANGEL, KINGDOM COME, SHOK PARIS, RUFFIANS, BALLISTIC.

13 March 2004

SONATA ARCTICA have started the recordings for their forthcoming studio album, the follow-up to "Winterheart’s Guild", due out this year through Spinefarm.
In live news, Sonata Arctica have line up the following festival appearances:

July
16 - Tuska Open Air Festival - Helsinki, Finland
31 - Gates Of Metal Festival - Hulsfred, Sweden

August
19 - Summer Breeze Festival - Abtsgmund, Germany

September
4 - Bloodstock Festival - Derby, UK

13 March 2004

HIRAX (see LINKS & Guestbook) have revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming new album, "The New Age Of Terror", due out this spring.

The band are currently finishing up work on the album in Hollywood, CA. Tracks to appear on the release include: ‘Unleash The Dogs Of War (Open The Gates)’, ‘Massacre Of The Innocent’, ‘Suffer’, ‘Kill Switch’, ‘Swords Of Steel’, ‘Hell On Earth’, ‘El Dia de los Muertos (The Day Of The Dead)’, ‘The New Age Of Terror’, ‘Into The Ruins’, ‘Hostile Territory’ and ‘El Diablo Negro’.

13 March 2004

CHASTAIN’s new album, "In An Outrage", will be released worldwide in June.
Joining vocalist Kate French and guitarist David T. Chastain are original VICIOUS RUMORS members, drummer Larry Howe and bassist Dave Starr.
Tracks set to appear on In An Outrage are: ‘Souls The Sun’, ‘Hamunaptra’, ‘Bullet From A Gun’, ‘Tortured Love’, ‘Malicious Pigs’, ‘Rule The World’, ‘Lucky To Be Alive’, ‘Women Are Wicked’ and ‘In An Outrage’.

13 March 2004

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN have split up!

Drummer Janne Saarenpää has posted the following sad news:
"We give up.
We, the dudes of The Crown, have decided to call it quits. I'm sure every member in the band can still come up with 10 reasons for continuing and 10 reasons for giving up, but after some heavy consideration we have decided to finally find out what life is like without playing in The Crown.
It's been a blast writing/performing together all these years, taking this band to levels that we never even knew of. Also getting to know other people in other bands on the road has been amazing. Seeing new places and getting to see and hear new, great bands has totally blown us away - we sure had our share of fun!
Too many tours gone bad due to not at all professional tour arrangements is maybe the main reason for giving up. (We do indeed have stories about tour managers/agencies and the business in general, the best ones would surely make a best selling book...). Coming home from tours with empty pockets, equipment falling apart and having a pile of bills on the doorstep is simply "horns down". Paying the bills with tour memories and floor scores is just not possible. We do love standing on stage but we don't know much about the business part, and that's a bad combination. Trust me on that one.
The timing for giving up now is both good and bad:
Bad because Possessed 13 is an incredible album that deserves some decent touring, but I guess all professional booking agencies have their hands full as it is.
Good because we decided to not sign a new deal with Metal Blade, and now that we finally have Crowned in Terror (Crowned Unholy!!!) sounding like it was supposed to, the timing is superb.
We made six killer albums, we did stuff our way, and we sure as hell paid our dues. Or as we say to conclude usual setbacks: "We came, we saw and we fucked up!" So we want to thank our fans for the support: you people made it last for 14 years! Thanks to Metal Blade, thanks to all bands that we've shared the stage with. Our apologies to the festivals that had us booked for the summer of 2004. And last but not least: thanks to our girlfriends for putting up with us through the rehearsals, gigs, studio sessions and tours!

- Janne and The Crown"

13 March 2004

Karmageddon Media have set March 22nd as the release date for CONTROL DENIED’s upcoming album of unfinished recordings by the late DEATH legend Chuck Schuldiner. The recordings, which are only 75% complete, were recorded by Jim Morris at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, FA The album (originally titled When Machine and Man Collide) also features bassist Steve DiGiorgio, vocalist Tim Aymar, guitarist Shannon Hamm, and drummer Richard Christy.
As previously reported, Jane Schuldiner, Chuck’s mother, has responded to label Karmageddon Media claims by stating that any “any demo of Chuck's released by Karmageddon will be put on EmptyWords (www.emptywords.org) by the Schuldiner family, to download for free.” Chuck passed away in December 2001 after losing his battle against a rare type of brain tumor.

13 March 2004

Legendary German rockers the SCORPIONS have announced the following first dates on their Unbreakable Tour 2004:

May
22 - TBA in Ingolstadt, Germany

June
4 - Domplatz in Halberstadt, Germany
11 - Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden
12 - Arrow Rock Festival in Lichtenvoorde, Holland

The tracklisting for the new SCORPIONS album, Unbreakable, is as follows: 'New Generation', 'Love Em Or Leave Em', 'Deep And Dark', 'Borderline', 'Blood Too Hot', 'Maybe I Maybe You', 'Someday Is Now', 'My City My Town', 'Through My Eyes', 'Can You Feel It', 'This Time', 'She Said' and 'Remember The Good Times'.
Unbreakable is set for an April release.

13 March 2004

MORBID ANGEL are confirmed for the following festivals in Europe this summer:

June
25 - Nummirock Festival in Nummijarvi, Finland
26 - Graspop in Dessel, Belgium
27 - Fury Fest in Le Mans, France

July
31 - Gates Of Metal Festival in Hultsfred, Sweden

13 March 2004

Quebec's HANKER have completed recording and mixing their forthcoming album, "Web Of Faith". The album was produced and engineered by KATAKLYSM guitarist Jean-Francois Dagenais (MALEVOLENT CREATION). According to the band’s site, “the result is astounding! The album lasts a bit more than one hour and this will be the best Hanker recording ever! The mastering and cover design will be completed in the next few weeks. We can expect the release for next April or May. Stay tuned, the song titles will be revealed soon!”

13 March 2004

The upcoming JUDAS PRIEST reunion record won't see the light of day until this fall at the earliest. The band will continue to work on the disc until their European dates begin on June 2nd.

13 March 2004

SUFFOCATION have posted the following message at their official website (see LINKS):
“It's been a while since the past update, and a fair bit has happened, so here's the latest scoop; recording for Souls To Deny is complete, look for it to hit store shelves in North America on April 27th, and May 17th overseas.
The new website will be launched in conjunction with the release of the new album either on the date the album is released or just before. It will be worth the wait.”
Tracks to appear on Souls To Deny include: ‘Souls To Deny’, ‘Deceit’, ‘Subconsciously Enslaved’, ‘Surgery Of Impalement’, ‘Tomes Of Atrimony’, ‘Immortally Condemned’, ‘Demise Of The Clone’ and ‘To Weep Once More’.

13 March 2004

The BEN JACKSON GROUP with the former CRIMSON GLORY guitarist will be holding off the manufacturing of his forthcoming album, "All Over You", until he secures a proper record deal.
The tracklisting for All Over You is as follows: ‘Turn It On’, ‘Mean Machine’, ‘Far And Away’, ‘Falling Down’, ‘All Over You’, ‘Ghost In The Mirror’, ‘Eyes Of Ice’, ‘Break It’, ‘Heavy On My Mind’ and ‘Rock And Roll Heaven (Or Bust)’.
The Ben Jackson Group is comprised of Ben Jackson (lead vocals/guitars), Mark Borgmeyer (guitars/backing vocals), Dano Binz (bass/backing vocals), Rich Tabor (drums), and Rose Marie Sexton aka "Kid TNT" (backing vocals).

5 March 2004

The 2004 edition of the Headbangers Open Air Festival (see LINKS) is set to take place 9 & 10 July in Elmshorn, Hamburg, Germany.

The latest act to be added to the Headbangers Open Air Festival bill is BREAKER.

BREAKER have now in their ranks former ARCHETYPE singer & workaholic Greg Wagner. Greg Wagner told Mario's Metal Mania that he will be selling CD's & other promostuff of all his bands/projects like: BUZZKILLER (see REVIEWS), PUBLIC OUTCRY, DIGITAL NERVE, LEGIONS OF BRUTALITY.
You can also order these albums directly by contacting Greg Wagner: Mr. Greg Wagner, 312 East High Rear, Apt. # 8, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663, USA.

The list of the confirmed bands for Headbangers Open Air Festival is as follows: BREAKER, HANKER, HIRAX, INTRUDER, ELIXER, NIGHTMARE, FIST, DESASTER, VORTEX, OVERDRIVE, HIGHWAY CHILE, TYR, BATTLEROAR, ETERNAL REIGN, ADRAMELCH, DARK AT DAWN, ROSAE CRUCIS and BROCAS HELM.

5 March 2004

AGENT STEEL have commenced writing the followup to last year’s "Order Of The Illuminati". The band has two new songs in the works and plan on having another solid idea or two by the end of the week. According to the statement, “The new material is heavy and still in the early stages; as always it’s a process and patience is golden. We plan on having the new album written in the next few months (unlike our last album that took too long to complete!). We plan on recording a demo in the next few weeks.”

5 March 2004

ANVIL’s forthcoming CD, "Back To Basics", will include a bonus DVD, "Live In Wacken: 1998". The tracklisting for the DVD will be announced soon.

As previously reported, "Back To Basics" will be released in the US in late April/early May through Screaming Ferret Wreckords, LLC, in Canada at the same time through Galy Records and in Germany on March 29th through Massacre.
The album features the following tracklisting: ‘Fuel For The Fire’, ‘Keep It Up’, ‘Song Of Pain’, ‘You Get What You Pay For’, ‘The Chainsaw’, ‘Can't Catch Me (When My Pants Are Down)’, ‘Go Away’, ‘Bottom Feeder’, ‘Cruel World’ and ‘Fast Driver’.
Although unconfirmed, Anvil will likely be starting a tour of Europe on May 15, 2004.

5 March 2004

Bassist Frank Bello has quit ANTHRAX and is relocating to Los Angeles to join the reformed HELMET.
The surprising move reportedly came the day after ANTHRAX finished taping the additional video footage for their much-anticipated live DVD, "Music Of Mass Destruction", due on April 6 through Sanctuary Records. Replacing Bello in ANTHRAX on a temporary basis is veteran bassist Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING).

5 March 2004

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM are in the "beginning negotiation stages" for two more studio albums, according to an online posting by singer Eric "A.K." Knutson. However, Eric is quick to point out that "right now another tour is out of the question."
The group recently finished mixing their new CD, "A Different Brand Of Country", tentatively due later this month.
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's long-awaited live DVD is tentatively scheduled for release in late April/early May through the Cleopatra label. The as-yet-untitled disc is expected to include footage of the band performing at the Bash On Ash in Tempe, Arizona last July.

5 March 2004

OVERLORD EXTERMINATOR is the new "black metal" band featuring Danny Lilker (NUCLEAR ASSAULT, THE RAVENOUS, ex-BRUTAL TRUTH, ANTHRAX), Lee (COMMIT SUICIDE) on bass and Adam Bonacci (WITHERED EARTH) on vocals. There are songs available for download "Unearthing Leviathan" and "Sunrise Is My Destroyer"at this location

5 March 2004

Prior to commencing their next European tour, Polish death metal veterans VADER will play four gigs in Germany, Holland, Belgium and Switzerland. There's a possibility of more dates in Germany but they are still under negotiations.
Confirmed dates are as follows:

Apr. 01 – Osnabruck, GER @ TBA
Apr. 02 – Katwijk, NETH @ Scum
Apr. 03 – Brussels, BEL @ TBA
Apr. 04 – Geneva, SWI @ TBA

As previously reported, VADER were recently forced to postpone the recording sessions for their new CD after drummer Doc injured his hand and leg during the early stages of the album's recording process. As a result, Daray from the Polish black metal band VESANIA will complete the drum tracks on the new record and will join the band on their upcoming tour.
VADER's follow-up to 2002's "Revelations", tentatively titled "Spiritual Disease", is being produced by Piotr Lukaszewski and will mark the group's final release for Metal Blade under the terms of their present contract with the label. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Out Of A Deep" and "Lead Us!"

5 March 2004

HEATHEN have posted mp3 samples of tracks from their forthcoming "Recovered" album at their official website (see LINKS).

Clips are available for the following tracks from Recovered: ‘Death On Two Legs’ (QUEEN cover), ‘Holy War’ (THIN LIZZY cover), ‘In Memory Of...’, ‘Hellbound’ (TYGERS OF PAN TANG cover), ‘Eye Of The Storm’ (SWEET SAVAGE cover), ‘Hypnotized’, ‘Opiate Of The Masses’, ‘Timeless Cell’, ‘Mercy Is No Virtue’.

5 March 2004

According to DIO's official website (see LINKS), longtime bassist Jimmy Bain has left the band.
The posting read as follows: "Rumors, rumors, rumors. There's always truth in rumors. Dio bassist Jimmy Bain has officially left the band. No replacement has been named at the present time. Ronnie, guitarist Craig Goldy and drummer Simon Wright will be entering the studio at the end of March to record a new as yet untitled album. There will be a European tour starting in July 2004, following by a US tour in August."
Dio commented, "Jimmy has chosen to follow his own career path, and we wish him well."

5 March 2004

Candlelight Records have revealed that CADAVER will release their new album, "Necrosis", through the label on April 19th in the UK (April 20th in North America).
Tracks to appear on the release include: 'Odium', 'Decomposed Metal Skin', 'Awakening', 'Unholy Death', 'Evil Is Done', 'Goat Father', 'Necro As Fuck', 'The Etching’, ‘Cleanser', and 'Heartworm'.

5 March 2004

Jane Schuldiner, mother of late DEATH legend Chuck Schuldiner has reponded to label Karmageddon Media’s claim that they will be releasing the unfinished sophomore album from CONTROL DENIED in the spring.
“Hello fans/friends, I have read of plans to release, unauthorized, Chuck's raw music on CD. In response to that news let me say that any demo of Chuck's released by Karmageddon will be put on EmptyWords (www.emptywords.org) by the Schuldiner family, to download for free.
Sincerely,
Jane Schuldiner”

As previously reported, the working title of the sophomore effort was "When Machine And Man Collide" and it’s set to feature unfinished recordings which are only 75% complete. The album was recorded by Jim Morris at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, FA
CONTROL DENIED featured Chuck Schuldiner on guitar, vocalist Tim Aymar, guitarist Shannon Hamm, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Richard Christy.

5 March 2004

The following final three acts are confirmed for Classic Metal Fest 4 which is scheduled to take place May 13th - 15th, 2004 at JJ Kelley's in Lansing, Illinois (south side of Chicago): FALLEN, GOLD STAR, and CONQUEST.

They join the previously announced line-up of: WRETCH, CELESTIAL DAWN, WRATH, BLACK WIDOW, SOLITUDE AETURNUS, HIRAX, RAFF, DECEASED, ATTACKER, IMPALER, DESTRUCTOR, PREMONITION, TYRANT’S REIGN, IRON CROSS, OCTOBER 31, MAGUS BEAST, DESECRATOR, ALCHEMY X, SUBURBAN FUNERAL, DIVISION, STONEHENGE, LEVIATHAN and RAVENS THORN.

Tickets are now on sale through the mail by check or money order, and through Pay Pal. Tickets are $35.00 for the three day pass. Visit their website for further details (see LINKS).

5 March 2004

TYKETTO are to reform and tour the UK this November. The original "Don't Come Easy" line up of Danny Vaughn, Michael Clayton, Jimi Kennedy and Brooke St James will once again return to live action for the first time since 1992.
The announcement has just been made by the tour promoter, Kieran Dargan. It reads:
"The European tour will kick off in Belfast on Saturday November 6th and finish in Spain on November 21st. The vast majority of shows are already booked in England and will be announced before the weekend. For those who have longed for the return of the classic line up this will represent a major opportunity to once again see just why Tyketto are still regarded as one of the finest live acts ever to grace the stage. It has taken a while, but all the guys in the band are absolutely chomping at the bit and looking forward immensely to meeting their many old friends throughout the tour. A full list of shows on the UK leg will be available very shortly as well as ticketing arrangements. It looks like 2004 is going to be yet another excellent year for melodic hard rock. And it just got better!”
More news as it becomes available.

5 March 2004

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki was assaulted in the centrum of Granada (Spain) on Sunday as he was having a walk.
The statement is as follows: “According to Stratovarius keyboard player Jens Johansson,who witnessed the attack, the man was extremely agitated and had ‘a Hispanic looking appearance.’ As he attacked, he shouted ‘Tolkki.’ He was armed with what seemed to be a box cutter.
Tolkki was taken to a nearby hospital, where Dr. Fernandez treated him. He was admitted to emergency care. He had two stab wounds on his left arm and a facial contusion. His wounds were cleaned and bandaged and he was released from hospital care.

Tolkki comments that he is ‘shocked and horrified’ by what happened. ‘Apparently this guy had been stalking me. The bastard attacked me from behind,’ Tolkki continues. ‘I can take anything, but that was such a cowardly act, you know. He got me with the knife twice and punched me in the face. Then he ran away. The whole thing lasted just seconds. Now I am thinking that this might be the end of my career. I do not want to end up like JOHN LENNON. I don't know if I want to continue Stratovarius anymore.’
When asked if he thinks that the attack has something to do with the resent changes in Stratovarius line up and the death threats he has received, Tolkki comments: ‘Of course I feel there is a connection to that. Why would anybody attack me like that otherwise? What possible other motive this guy could have had than that? I think he tried to kill me, but this time I was lucky.’

5 March 2004

As previously reported, RAZOR are working on a new record and DVD, due for release before the end of the year. Further to our previous posting, frontman Bob Reid has provided more details:
“This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most influential metal bands from the great white north - and the world for that matter - Razor! The plan is in motion - watch for a new full length album and DVD sold as a box set. Razor fans have been screaming for some new material for a long time so chew on this. The set includes a new Razor full length album; a DVD with all the Razor videos ever made (‘Evil Invaders’, ‘Shotgun Justice’, ‘American Luck’, ‘Sucker For Punishment’) and some closet videos that were made ourselves over the years; the making of the ‘Sucker For Punishment’ video; tunes/clips taken from different tours including Wacken Germany festival, Open Hostility (1991), Shotgun Justice (1990), Violent Restitution (1988), and some classic footage from Executioner's Song (1984) which has never before been available. As well, there’s lots of backstage funnies and slip-ups, interviews with the band (brutal honesty by Dave Carlo) and four songs never heard before that were taken from the album ‘Escape The Fire’ released later as Executioners Song. That's right, four songs that were held back off the Executioner's Song album, simply because the record company (Attic) wanted to put four songs from Armed And Dangerous (1984) on the record, so four tunes came off. And now they will be available for the first time ever!! As well, some cool tour goodies (stickers, pins, patches, guitar picks) from the past 20 years. Holy shit, 20 years and I still have my ears.”

5 March 2004

KATAKLYSM will start filming live and behind the scenes footage from their upcoming world tour in support of the new album, "Serenity In Fire", to be used on their forthcoming DVD, "The Test Of Time", due out in late 2005.

The band will compile footage until summer 2005 and will also record the making of their next studio album (which will be a self-titled release). The DVD will also include all Kataklysm’s video clips and exclusive interviews. The band has also starting collecting and searching for video footage as far back as their debut in the early ‘90's. The DVD will mark Kataklysm's 15th anniversary. Anyone who has old Kataklysm footage can get in touch with management at info@braveconcerts.com.

5 March 2004

THE CROWN have just completed the rerecording and mixing of 2002's highly praised "Crowned In Terror" with original vocalist Johan Lindstrand recorded at Bohus Sound Recordings (in Kungälv, Sweden). There are also new bass tracks, sound replaced drums, and the entire album has been remixed with a complete new sound. The reworked album will go under the name "Crowned Unholy". Release date to be announced.

Drummer Janne Saarenpää comments: "We finished mastering the remake of the album yesterday 25th, and it RIPS! Replacing vocal and bass tracks did wonders to the production! Finally it sounds like it's supposed to!!!"

5 March 2004

NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane has issued the following statements in the band’s Forum:
“We’re doing a video for 'I, Voyager' within the next month. We just signed a new record deal, we're working on a headline US tour at the moment and we're writing a bunch of new tunes.”

More details on Nevermore’s new deal and upcoming US tour will be announced soon.

5 March 2004

NOCTURNAL RITES will release their sixth album, "New World Messiah", on April 6th via Century Media. The band have also announced six weeks of European dates supporting EDGUY and BRAINSTORM and a few dates with labelmates TAD MOROSE.

Bassist Nils Erikkson expressed the bands excitement: “We just finished shooting a video for ‘Awakening’ off the new record. It was done at a closed down mill, factory or whatever it was. However, the point is that is was freezing! It was colder than outside. Apart from that we're getting a cool set list together for the six week adventure we have coming up in Europe (with Edguy). It'll be great to get back on the road again. Isn't that what it's all about? Initial reactions on the new record have been great over here and we feel really confident about this one.”
Confirmed tour dates include:

April
2 - KD Serikova - Plzen, Czech Republic
3 - Golem Club - Zlin, Czech Republic
4 - PKO - Nitra, Slovakia
6 - Venue TBA - Budapest, Hungary
7 - Planet Music - Vienna, Austria
8 - Alcatrez - Milan, Italy
10 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
11 - La Laiterie - Strasbourg, France
12 - Transbordeur - Lyon, France
14 - Aqualung - Madrid, Spain
16 - Republica - Valencia, Spain
17 - Razzmatazz - Barcelona, Spain
18 - Jam - Bergara, Spain
20 - Theatre Barbey - Bordeaux, France
21 - Elysee Montmartre - Paris, France
23 - Eisenbahnhalle - Losheim, Germany
24 - Zeppelinhalle - Kaufbeuren, Germany
25 - Stadthalle - Lichtenfels, Germany
27 - Longhorn - Stuttgart, Germany
28 - Turbinenhalle - T-Club - Oberhausen, Germany
30 - Stadthalle - Langen, Germany

May
1 - Venue TBA - Vosselaar, Belgium
2 - Live Music Hall - Koln, Germany
4 - Halle Gartlage - Osnabrück, Germany
5 - Dock's - Hamburg, Germany
6 - Karen - Göteborg, Sweden (Tad Morose replace Brainstorm)
8 - Arenan - Stockholm, Sweden (Tad Morose replace Brainstorm)
9 - Umea Arena - Umea, Sweden (Tad Morose replace Brainstorm)
11 - Pakkahuone - Tampere, Finland (Tad Morose replace Brainstorm)
12 - Nosturi - Helsinki, Finland (Tad Morose replace Brainstorm)

5 March 2004

TYGERS OF PAN TANG have posted some dates for upcoming live shows at their official website (see LINKS).
Confirmed dates include:

April
2 - Backstage - Nijmegen, Netherlands
3 - Big Al - Gramsbergen, Netherlands
4 - The Sphinx - Heereenveen, Netherlands
16 - Britten Arena - Godmanchester, England

July
10, 11 - Venue/City TBA - Holland (with DEEP PURPLE, STATUS QUO)

October
16 - Zaal Astoria - Lauwe, Belgium

More dates will be announced soon.

As previously reported, TOPT released their current album, "Noises From The Cathouse", on February 9th through Communique Records. The release was mixed by long term producer, Chris Tsangarides, famed for his production work with, amongst others, JUDAS PRIEST and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.

27 February 2004

Canadian trashers RAZOR are currently working on new material with the Shotgun Justice (1990) lineup featuring founding underground guitar legend Dave Carlo, bassist Adam Carlo, drummer Rob Mills and screamer Bob Reid.
The band are currently compiling material for a DVD that will contain classic footage of legendary frontman Stace "Sheepdog" McLaren from 1985. The four-piece, who are currently rehearsing in locations in western Ontario, "promise" they will deliver a new record and the DVD before the end of 2004. Razor's last album was 1997's Decibels.

27 February 2004

Reunited death metal legends OBITUARY are currently working on material for a new studio album, tentatively due later in the year through Roadrunner Records.

27 February 2004

GARY MOORE is scheduled to release a new studio album in late May through Sanctuary Records. The as-yet-untitled 10-track set will feature some blues standards, together with plenty of blues rock originals, which have been recorded over the past three months.
The complete track listing is still undecided at this time, but hopefully will be finalized in the next week or so. Joining Gary on the album is regular drummer Darrin Mooney and an ex-band member, Bob Daisley (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) on bass, who was last heard on the "Still Got the Blues" CD in 1990.

27 February 2004

MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee will perform live at the "Swedish Eurovision Song Contest" in Gothenburg on Saturday, February 28. He will join Swedish Euro-pop superstar E-TYPE, who is competing with a brand new song, "Paradise", produced by highly respected pop/rock producer Max Martin (BACKSTREET BOYS, BRITNEY SPEARS, BON JOVI, PAIN).

E-TYPE has been one of the country's most successful artists over the past decade, with record sales in the million range. E-TYPE (real name Martin Eriksson) himself was a metal drummer in the Eighties, playing with the thrash/power metal combo HEXENHAUS.
Dee had previously toured with E-TYPE in early 2003 as part of the "Euro Metal Tour 2003", which saw the group performing "thundering heavy metal" versions of all the biggest E-TYPE dance hits.
The "Swedish Eurovision Song Contest" is the highest-rated TV show in Sweden and is viewed by half the country's population of nine million people.

27 February 2004

The 2004 ProgPower Europe festival will be held on Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd at JC Sjiwa in Baarlo, The Netherlands.

Acts confirmed to appear now include: AMORPHIS(Headliner 1), THE DUST CONNECTION, PLATITUDE and TOMORROW’S EVE. More acts will be announced soon.

Meanwhile, organizers for the festival are still accepting promo packages from potential bands. Packages will be accepted at the following address until March 31:
ProgPower Europe 2004
Vergelt 5a
5991 PJ Baarlo (L)
The Netherlands

27 February 2004

NUCLEAR ASSAULT bassist Danny Lilker has offered the following studio update at the band's website (see LINKS):
"Hi everybody, as of August 9th, 2003, we are deep into the recording of our first studio album in over ten years. Over the last week we’ve recorded all the backing tracks here in Manchester, New Hampshire at the studio of Tim Koukos, head of Screaming Ferret Wreckords. All that is left is some lead guitar work and mixing. I can tell you now that anyone who enjoyed the thrash metal stylings of Nuclear Assault in the late 80’s will definitely dig the hell out of the new material. Some of these songs were actually written by John after the band broke up in the early 90’s, and some songs are brand new. Soundwise and attitude-wise, we are back like a motherfucker. An album title is still under consideration at the moment.

Those of you in Europe going to the Bonded By Metal Over Europe tour in October (more info at www.metallysee.com) will get to hear a few new songs that we’ll throw in the live set to (finally!) spice it up a little. We hope to have a release early next year so we can do some extensive worldwide touring to support it. We aim to return to Japan, and visit Australia (and maybe even New Zealand) for the first time as well. That’s all for now, except to say thanks again to all the metal freaks out there for your rabid enthusiasm! Your patience will be rewarded."

27 February 2004

GLENN HUGHES, former vocalist for DEEP PURPLE and BLACK SABBATH, has updated his website with the latest news:
"During Glenn's solo dates in the UK last year, a few shows were recorded. A live album from one of these dates is in the making. Look for a release late 2004/early 2005. The CD might be released on Glenn's Pink Cloud record label.

27 February 2004

Metal Blade will reissue VOIVOD’s "War And Pain" album in a deluxe 20th Anniversary edition on April 5th. The album was originally issued in 1984.
The release will come in a 3CD package with loads of bonus material, lyrics and lots of photos.

The complete tracklisting is as follows:
Disc One: War And Pain (remastered): 1. ‘VoiVod’, 2. ‘Warriors Of Ice’, 3. ‘Suck Your Bone’, 4. ‘Iron Gang’, 5. ‘War and Pain’, 6. ‘Blower’, 7. ‘Live For Violence’, 8. ‘Black City’, 9. ‘Nuclear War’; Anachronism - 1st Show /June 1983: 10. ‘Condemned To The Gallows’, 11. ‘Blower’, 12. ‘VoiVod’; To The Death – Metal Massacre 5 Sessions: 13. ‘Condemned To The Gallows’, 14. ‘VoiVod’, 15. ‘Iron Gang’.
Disc Two: Morgoth Invasion - Live Demo December 1984: 1. ‘Build Your Weapons’, 2. ‘War And Pain’, 3. ‘Condemned To The Gallows’, 4. ‘Warriors Of Ice’, 5. ‘Helldriver’, 6. ‘Horror’, 7. ‘Black City’, 8. ‘Nuclear War’, 9. ‘Blower’, 10. ‘Live For Violence’, 11. ‘Ripping Headaches’, 12. ‘Iron Gang’, 13. ‘Korgull The Exterminator’, 14. ‘Suck Your Bone’, 15. ‘Witching Hour’ (VENOM), 16. ‘Chemical Warfare’ (SLAYER).
Disc Three - CD-ROM / Enhanced features - Biography 1985, Comments 2003, Lyrics, Sounds, Videoclips, Pictures, Art, Wallpapers and Screensavers.

27 February 2004

A BRAZEN ABBOT update:
“Nik is currently in Germany working on the new MOLLY HATCHET album.
On the Brazen Abbot front, Nik has been in contact with some new musicians for a tour which would (preliminary) run through spring and summer! It's still a bit too early to announce who will be in the band, but work on the material has already begun. Songs from all Brazen Abbot albums will be performed!
Nik has also started writing songs for the next Brazen Abbot album!”

27 February 2004

EUROPE’s forthcoming DVD, "Rock The Night" will feature the following videos: ‘The Final Countdown’, ‘Rock The Night’, ‘Carrie’, ‘Cherokee’, ‘Superstitious’, ‘Open Your Heart’, ‘Let The Good Times Rock’, ‘Prisoners In Paradise’, ‘I'll Cry For You’ and ‘Halfway To Heaven’.

Bonus material includes:
- Rock SM 1982 final (Swedish Rock Contest), Europe performs ‘In The Future To Come’ and ‘The King Will Return’ + participation in award of prizes.
- Television-interview in Casablanca (1983) after winning the Rock SM.
- From the television program Bagen/Rocksungen in 1984. 4 songs, ‘Scream Of Anger’, ‘Ninja’, ‘Dreamer’ and ‘Memories’, performed live at Studio in Stockholm.
- News report from the 1986 tour-premier in Örebro, Sweden.
- Coverage from the television program RITZ 1988, Europe on tour in the USA.

An update from the band:
Hello everyone!
We are rehearsing right now with Kevin Elson. Kevin was the producer at our Final Countdown album and it feels great to work with him again. We will start working in the studio in March and then record our new CD that will be released this autumn. Our best of CD and DVD will be released the 3rd of March in Sweden, but more dates in other countries will be confirmed later on.
If you have plans to go to Sweden in the near future please visit one of our signings, Gothenburg the 10th of March or Stockholm the 11th.

In other news EUROPE will be playing this years Lokerse Feesten, Belgium (7 august 2004). See this link for more details.

27 February 2004

DIO will release the live "Sacred Heart" performance on DVD March 23 on Rhino Records. The disc will feature bonus interviews with Ronnie and Craig (Goldy - guitars). Ronnie (James Dio) and company (complete with bassist Jimmy Bain and drummer Simon Wright) are hard at work on the new record. Looks like the band will hit the studio in late March to start recording, and the album will be out sometime in June.
Tour dates are also in the works, with a European jaunt planned for mid-July until August, followed by a US tour. Dates will be forthcoming as soon as they are confirmed.

27 February 2004

THRESHOLD are back at Thin Ice Studios recording their next album.
The new album will include bassist Steve Anderson, who replaced Jon Jeary on the band’s tour in 2003. The album is expected to be released this summer.

27 February 2004

G3 announce Euro tour:
STEVE VAI’s website (www.vai.com) has posted dates for the upcoming G3 European tour featuring Vai, JOE SATRIANI and ROBERT FRIPP(KING CRIMSON).
Some dates and venues are still being confirmed.
Current dates include:

June
13 - Arrow Rock Festival - Holland
22 - Venue TBC - Manchester, UK
23 - Venue TBC - Glasgow, Scotland
25 - Venue TBC - Newcastle, UK
26 - Venue TBC - Birmingham, UK
27 - Venue TBC - Bournemouth, UK
28 - Venue TBC - Nottingham, UK
29 - Venue TBC - London, UK

July
1 - Venue TBC - Paris, France
3/4 - Venues TBC - Spain (Madrid and Barcelona)
6 - 8 - Venues TBC - Italy

27 February 2004

The 2004 Dynamo Open Air festival (www.dynamo.nl) will take place on Saturday, June 5th at Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Holland.

The latest act confirmed for the festival is NIGHTWISH.
The confirmed line-up for the festival now includes: SLAYER (headlining), NIGHTWISH, LIFE OF AGONY, DIMMU BORGIR, CHILDREN OF BODOM.

27 February 2004

The following message was posted by JAG PANZER guitarist Mark Briody:
"It is with great sadness that I announce that Daniel Conca has passed away. Daniel sang for JAG PANZER during the 'Dissident Alliance' era. This included the album 'Dissident Alliance' and the subsequent tour with OVERKILL in Europe. Daniel and I remained close friends after he left the band. He was always a good friend and very supportive of my music. Daniel leaves behind his wife Becky and children Madonna and Tristen."

Daniel Conca was 39 years old at the time of his death.


27 February 2004

STRATOVARIUS webmaster Fred Derf has posted the following statement regarding the current state of leader/guitarist Timo Tolkki:

“Today I received a phone call from Timo Tolkki. He sounded like being in a very confused state of mind and was talking about red Kabbalah ribbons and how when he was reading MADONNA´s biography he felt warm waves all over his body and that the spirit of Jesus entered him and that now he really has found something he has been searching for all his life. I am very worried about him, he sounded like completely crazy. From this day onwards I will not take the responsibility of whatever is being released on this Website. As long as my paycheck arrives, I will continue putting on the site whatever Tolkki asks me to put there. But there is nothing I can do about it. I just work here.”

STRATOVARIUS leader/guitarist Timo Tolkki has later posted the following statement at www.stratovarius.com:
"I really need to share this with all of you.
Two days ago I had a panic attack, I lied down and tried to relax.
Then a voice in my head told me repeatedly: Kabbalah, Kabbalah, Kabbalah. I believe it was the voice of Jesus Christ. I felt warm waves through my body and I felt secure and happy. The voice told me to take a bloody picture of myself in honour of HIS memory. Then the voice told me to go to my library and one of the books fell into the floor before me. I didn´t even remember I have that book.
It was about the teachings of Kabbalah. I believe I have now found the complete and only Universal truth. I understand that none of the things in my life matters really. It is all an illusion anyway.
I will use this webpage and also the future STRATOVARIUS recordings to celebrate the beauty of this ancient teaching.

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27 February 2004

Original FATES WARNING drummer Steve Zimmerman has put together a new band called MILLENNIUM X. Current line up consists of Zimmerman on drums, Brain Betterton on vocals, Tommy Blardo on guitars/studio bass, Brett Betterton on guitars. A bass player is pending. Zimmerman performed on the following Fates Warning classics: Night On Brocken (1984), The Spectre Within (1985), Awaken The Guardian (1986) and No Exit (1988).

27 February 2004

Sweden's EVERGREY have confirmed that "The Inner Circle" will be the title of their new record, due out through InsideOut Music in late April.

27 February 2004

SATYRICON featuring a special and exclusive set with Nocturno Culto of DARKTHRONE have been booked to headline the Blackstage at this year’s Wacken Open Air on Saturday, August 7th. The 15th anniversary of W:O:A will take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany.

The list of confirmed acts for the festival now includes: AFTER FOREVER, AMON AMARTH, ANTHRAX, ARCH ENEMY, BAL-SAGOTH, BRAINSTORM, BOHSE ONKELZ, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CATHEDRAL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DEATH ANGEL, DEICIDE, DESTRUCTION, DIO, DORO, EKTOMORF, ELAKELAISET, GRAVE DIGGER, GIRFFIN, HELLOWEEN, HYPOCRISY, J.B.O., KNORKATOR, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MOTORHEAD, MYSTIC PROPHECY, NEVERMORE, NMEMIC, DIONYSUS,RAUNCHY, SATYRICON (withDARKTHRONE's Nocturno Culto), SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, SINISTER, SINNER, THUNDERSTONE, WARLOCK (featuring DORO PESCH) and ZODIAC MINDWARP.

27 February 2004

STEEL PROPHET have inked a deal with Massacre Records for Europe, Australia and Canada. Deals for the US and South America are forthcoming. Their new album, "Beware", will be recorded in March and issued this summer.
In other news, drummer Karl Rosqvist has left the band. “Karl won't be playing on the new album as he has joined a band called the DISCIPLES,” according to a posting on the band’s website. “The Disciples have recently inked a deal with Capitol records in the States and Karl felt it was a good opportunity. We hope it all works out for him and they sell a boatload of discs! The good news for Steel Prophet is that Kevin Cafferty is replacing Karl for the time being, and fans will surely remember him as the drummer from the "Messiah" (2000) album. Kevin is bringing the same energy he brought to "Messiah" that made that album a real 'fan favorite'!”

27 February 2004

The latest acts to be added to the Sweden Rock Festival bill (see LINKS) are: AXEL RUDI PELL, HAWKWIND, FOGHAT and CONEY HATCH.

The list of confirmed bands for Sweden Rock 2004 is as follows: ABRAMIS BRAMA, APRIL WINE, ASTRAL DOORS, BRAINSTORM, CAGE, CARNAL FORGE, HAWKWIND, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CONEY HATCH, DR. FEELGOOD, ENTOMBED, EUROPE, EXODUS, FOGHAT, GRAND MAGUS, HEART, HEAVENLY, HELLOWEEN, HIRAX, IN FLAMES, JUDAS PRIEST, KINGDOM COME, LAKE OF TEARS, LOST HORIZON, LUMSK, MAGIC SLIM & THE TEARDROPS, MEMORY GARDEN, MONSTER MAGNET, NARNIA, NIGHTWISH, OPETH, PARAGON, PATHOS, PAT TRAVERS BAND, AXEL RUDI PELL, PERSUADER, SCORPIONS, SKID ROW, SLADE, SUN CAGED, TESTAMENT, U.D.O., UFO, WASA EXPRESS.
More acts will be added to the line-up and will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

27 February 2004

The new WARRIOR album, "The Wars Of Gods And Men", will be released in Switzerland simultaneously with the US release of the album, on February 24th through Reality Entertainment.
KROKUS vocalist Marc Storace is the singer on this new album. "The Wars Of Gods And Men" features the following tracklisting: ‘The Wars Of Gods And Men’, ‘Do It Now’, ‘Never Live Your Life Again’, ‘Salvation’, ‘3 AM Eternal’, ‘Mars’, ‘Unseen Forces’, ‘Hypocrite’, ‘Naked Aggression’ and ‘Love Above All’.
The Wars of Gods And Men was produced by guitarist Joe Floyd and Warren Croyle (HALFORD, DICKINSON, GODHEAD, GWAR, HOUSE OF LORDS).
The first single from the album will be ‘Do It Now’.

20 February 2004

DISTANT THUNDER, the new Houston-based group featuring vocalist James Rivera (ex-HELSTAR, SEVEN WITCHES, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM), ex-DESTINY'S END guitarist Eric Halpern and SYMPHONY X bassist Mike Lepond, are currently recording their debut album with producer Jack Frost (SEVEN WITCHES, ex-SAVATAGE) for a late spring/early summer release through Massacre Records.

The as-yet-untitled CD, which will include such cuts as "Distant Thunder" and "Lost", will feature a musical direction described by Rivera as "the real James Rivera kind of stuff. I felt there would still be quite a bit of the European fan base who will enjoy what I am best known for."

20 February 2004

HALLOW'S EVE have reunited!!!
"It all started with an interest in getting an interview with HALLOWS EVE," explained Steve Cannon. "Tommy Stewart and I discussed what it would take to get this band back together.
"This has been a long-standing dream of mine, and to finally announce the return of Atlanta's first thrash band in history is awesome," he continued.
"Tommy Stewart returns on bass, and of course I am handling vocal duties. In addition, we welcome 'Tales Of Terror' album guitarist Skellator (now known as Skully) back into the fold. This is an exciting addition, as Skully has always been mentioned, but until today has NEVER toured with HALLOWS EVE. We have also been in contact with original guitarist David Stuart and may be adding him on board as well. A drummer that Tommy works with will complete the lineup.

20 February 2004

Dutch gothic/atmospheric doom metal group AFTER FOREVER have set a March 25 release date through Transmission Records for their new album, "Invisible Circles". The group's last full-length effort, "Decipher", was released in 2001.

20 February 2004

MOTÖRHEAD will play a gig at London's most refined concert hall, The Royal Opera House, this Sunday (Feb. 22).
The Covent Garden concert hall is more used to staging classic opera and ballet.

But for one night only it will play host to MOTÖRHEAD — who are entered in the Guinness Book of Records as the loudest band ever and whose songs include "Iron Fist" and "Killed by Death".
The one-off gig at the Vilar Floral Hall is part of "One Amazing Week", a series of events showcasing London's cultural life.

20 February 2004

KAMELOT have set a tentative September/October release date through SPV Records for their follow-up to last year's "Epica". Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "March of Mephisto", "Nothing Ever Dies" and "Serenade". A Japanese tour will likely take place in December, to be followed by a European trek beginning in January 2005.

20 February 2004

EINHERJER have called it a day. Here's the official announcement:
"After 11 years, 4 albums and 2 mini-albums we've decided to split up Einherjer. We feel that we've made the album we wanted with Blot and therefore a journey of 11 years has come to an end. We would like to thank everybody who has supported us through the years. For us, it is time to move on. We are definitively not retiring as musicians, so you haven't heard the last from us yet.
Regards; Frode, Aksel & Gerhard."

20 February 2004

WOLF and STEEL PROPHET have both signed with Massacre Records.
Wolf’s deal with Massacre is for Europe only. The group’s new album, "Evil Star", will be released on April 26th and will include two bonus tracks. The album is out in the US through Prosthetic Records on April 27th.

STEEL PROPHET's upcoming CD will be their first to feature new vocalist Nadir D'Priest (ex-LONDON, D'PRIEST) and guitarist Pete Skermetta. Songtitles set to appear on the album include "Heavenly", "Beware" and "Transfusion Vamp".
STEEL PROPHET's last studio album, 2002's "Unseen", was released through Nuclear Blast Records

20 February 2004

Metal Blade Records will release VISION DIVINE’s new album, "Stream Of Consciousness", worldwide (excluding Italy and Asia). The album will be released in Italy via Scarlet and in Asia via King Records. Vision Divine is the brainchild of ex-LABYRINTH mastermind Olaf Thorsen.

"Stream Of Consciousness" will feature an important line-up change. Former singer Fabio Lione has been replaced by Michele Luppi. This album, the band’s third, is a concept album based on one song (60 minutes long), divided into 14 chapters linked together. The topic: A journey through the inner human self with one aim - to discover the real meaning of life.
The tracklisting: ‘Stream Of Unconsciousness’, ‘Secret Of Life’, ‘Colours Of My World’, ‘In The Light’ (instrumental), ‘The Fallen Feather’, ‘La Vita Fugge’, ‘Versions Of The Same’, ‘Through The Eyes Of God’, ‘Shades’, ‘We Are, We Are Not’, ‘Fool's Garden’ (instrumental), ‘The Fall Of Reason’ (instrumental), ‘Out Of The Maze’ and ‘Identities’.
"Stream Of Consciousness" will be released on May 3rd through Metal Blade.

20 February 2004

The Dynamo Open Air festival will be held this year for the seventeenth time on Saturday June 5th, in the Goffertpark in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
There will be a total of 14 bands, appearing on two stages, pretty much in the same set-up as in the year 2000, when Dynamo was held at the same location.

Four bands have been confirmed at this time. SLAYER, LIFE OF AGONY, DIMMU BORGIR and CHILDREN OF BODOM. More names will be added soon.

20 February 2004

ARJEN LUCASSEN's website has revealed the list of the characters on the forthcoming AYREON release, "The Human Equation", and the singers performing them: "Me" - James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Me's Wife - Marcela Bovio, Me's Best Friend - Arjen Lucassen, Me's Father - Mike Baker (SHADOW GALLERY), Fear - Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH), Reason - Eric Clayton (SAVIOUR MACHINE), Passion - Irene Jansen (STAR ONE), Pride - Magnus Ekwall (THE QUILL), Love - Heather Findlay (MOSTLY AUTUMN), Agony - Devon Graves (DEAD SOUL TRIBE) and Rage - DEVIN TOWNSEND.

20 February 2004

Mascot Records has inked a deal with VICIOUS RUMORS and will release a new album from the band this year. More details to follow.

20 February 2004

LEASH LAW guitarist/keyboardist Emo Mowery has issued the following band update:
“Leash Law vocalist Wade Black and guitarist Rick Renstrom have just returned from Athens, Greece where they completed the mastering for the forthcoming debut album, "Dogface". The two jetted off to Athens mere hours after the final mixing session was completed to hand-deliver the final mix and supervise the mastering session at Athens Mastering.
Following the completion of the mastering, a group of thirty-five journalists gathered to be the first to hear the debut album. Response to all of the songs was overwhelmingly positive and there is every indication that Leash Law will be a force to be reckoned with in 2004.
Following the album preview, a one-off acoustic set was performed by Wade and Rick at the Texas Club in Athens. More than 400 metal heads were in attendance.
‘The Greek fans are the sickest, most intense metal freaks on the planet,’ Wade commented, ‘Metal is not a hobby for these people, it is their way of life.’

Leash Law's Dogface was recorded at A.R.S. Studios in Orlando, Florida and at RedKenyi Studios in Seminole, Florida over the past four months and features: Wade Black (vocals), Rick Renstrom (lead guitar and keyboards), Emo Mowery (guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Stephen Elder (bass) and Richard Christy (drums).
Dogface will be released by Black Lotus Records on April 19th. North American and Asian distribution are currently under negotiation and should follow closely behind as well as the release dates for those areas. We'll keep you updated!"

20 February 2004

During the recording session of VADER's new album, drummer Doc met with an unfortunate accident at the studio. He seriously injured his hand and leg during the third day of working at Hertz. The band has been forced to cancel the session and postpone recordings until May. Unfortunately the injuries of Vader's drummer require longer convalescence, it follows that Doc won't play the drums on the new album! The band is going to record the album at PR Studio in Gdansk and Daray from Polish black metal band VESANIA will join the band as a session musician, taking over the drums on the new record. He will also play with VADER on the band's forthcoming gigs and tours. The new album is going to be released in September. Keep your fingers crossed for both drummers, more details follow soon.

20 February 2004

HANKER (see LINKS) have named their forthcoming album "Web Of Faith".
An extract from Skyscraper Music’s current newsletter reads:
“Hanker will soon complete the recording of their debut album for Skyscraper. The follow-up to "Snakes And Ladders" is entitled "Web Of Faith" and will see the light in Spring 2004. This will undoubtedly be the best executed and best sounding album in the band's history, with great help from producer/engineer Jean-Francois Dagenais (KATAKLYSM, MALEVOLENT CREATION).”

20 February 2004

"Infinity Divine", the debut album from Norwegian prog power metal act PAGAN'S MIND will be re-released on Limb Music during 2004.
The original release from 2000 had bad distribution worldwide and suffered from the European distributor Zomba´s bankruptcy in 2001. Having had a future re-release of the album in mind when signing to Limb Music in 2002, the band decided to make the reissue more interesting for the fans by adding two bonus-tracks.
The original sound was not of top-notch quality either, so full re-recording of all vocals (which suffered from technical problems on the original), editing, clipping and a total new mix was done at Tommy Hansen´s (HELLOWEEN, BEYOND TWILIGHT) Jailhouse Studios in Denmark in January 2004.
The two bonus-tracks were recorded in Norway and contains a 2004-version of ‘Embracing Fear’, one of the highlights on the original CD, in a more proggy and aggressive version, and also a cover-song of the 1989 KING DIAMOND classic ‘At The Graves’. The King Diamond cover-song has exclusive guest solo appearances by Glen Drover (EIDOLON, DIMENSION INFINITE, ex-King Diamond) and Gus G. (DREAM EVIL, FIREWIND, MYSTIC PROPHECY).
All in all the reissue will return as a complete refurbished version with much more powerful sound and over-all quality. A release date is not yet set, but Limb Music hope to release it during May, possibly as a digi-pack version containing a band poster.

20 February 2004

The latest act to be added to the Sweden Rock Festival bill is SCORPIONS.

The 2004 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival (see LINKS) is set to take place June 10th - 12th in Solvesborg, Sweden.
The list of confirmed bands for Sweden Rock 2004 is as follows: ABRAMIS BRAMA, APRIL WINE, ASTRAL DOORS, BRAINSTORM, CAGE, CARNAL FORGE, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DR. FEELGOOD, ENTOMBED, EUROPE, EXODUS, GRAND MAGUS, HEART, HEAVENLY, HELLOWEEN, HIRAX, IN FLAMES, JUDAS PRIEST, KINGDOM COME, LAKE OF TEARS, LOST HORIZON, LUMSK, MAGIC SLIM & THE TEARDROPS, MEMORY GARDEN, MONSTER MAGNET, NARNIA, NIGHTWISH, OPETH, PARAGON, PATHOS, PAT TRAVERS BAND, PERSUADER, SCORPIONS, SKID ROW, SLADE, SUN CAGED, TESTAMENT, U.D.O., UFO, WASA EXPRESS.

20 February 2004

TESTAMENT have a new man behind the drum kit - former SLAYER/FORBIDDEN sticksman Paul Bostaph . This actually marks Paul's return to Testament as he played on four of the six songs on "Return To The Apocalyptic City", a live EP released in 1993.

Testament vocalist Chuck Billy has posted the following message at the band's official website (see LINKS):
"It's gonna be killer!
Sorry for the length of time between posts. It's definitely time for a Testament news update! We just completed construction on a recording room in our new studio. Everything is set up, and it is full steam ahead. After completing the studio and starting rehearsals with Johnny Tempesta, we got on a roll, but it was getting tough with the distance between LA and The Bay Area. At that point we knew we needed someone full time, and that is how Paul [Bostaph] came into the picture. Paul was even Johnny's first recommendation. Johnny is still part of the family, and he knows I wish him well with HELMET. We've jammed with Paul before, and knew it would be killer if he could commit. After getting in touch with Paul, within a week he was set up, and has been rehearsing ever since. Things have been progressing quickly and amazingly. He is steam rolling through the old material and just as pumped as we are to be writing the new stuff. We have full confidence that it's gonna be killer! We do have shows in March and June in Europe. Our goal is to have it [the new CD] recorded by the European tour in June. We have about six songs and Eric [Peterson, guitar] has a lot of great riffs that he and Paul are putting together. It feels good to have new songs, a new studio and a great vibe when we are jamming. Now that things are flowing, you'll be hearing from us more often!"

20 February 2004

IN FLAMES will re-release their "Lunar Strain" and "Subterranean" CD's through Regain Records on February 29th. Originally issued in 1994, "Lunar Strain" and "Subterranean" have been out of print for quite some time. Both albums have been digitally remastered and feature some bonus tracks.

14 February 2004

The collaboration between 7th CIRCLE and drummer Martial Bonnetain has ended. An external search has been launched for the replacement of Martial Bonnetain. The drums will be ad interim played by Bart Vernelen, currently drummer of several projects outside 7th Circle.

7th Circle will play next week at the Prog-Nose Festival (www.prog-nose.org) that will take place on 21 februari together with KARMA DEPTH & MINDGAMES. Location: CC 'De Kern' in Wilrijk (Antwerp), Belgium.


14 February 2004

JAG PANZER vocalist Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin is officially joining BALLISTIC for upcoming live shows and studio activities. Harry will continue as the lead singer for JAG PANZER, but from now on he will also be a full member of BALLISTIC.

Former Ballistic vocalist Tom Gattis (who remains in the band as songwriter and guitarist) has issued the following press statement:
“Harry Conklin, the singer for Jag Panzer, has officially joined Ballistic and will be at Bang Your Head 2004.
People familiar with Harry know him as one of (if not the) best voices in metal, and I personally cannot think of a better singer I've seen. Like Rikard (drummer of Jag Panzer and Ballistic), Jag Panzer is still Harry's primary focus. But it will be great to have him on for the live shows and future albums. I will focus solely on guitar, and strange enough thrashing around is fine as long as the pressure doesn't get too great.
As you may or may not know, I was stricken with paralyzing headaches during the recording of the CD. I had MRI's, MRA's, CT scans and about every other type of scan known to man performed. Without divulging the results of the test I'll simply say that I must stop singing. The pain is excruciating, and belting out an entire set is foolhardy. I'll be getting my PE (Professional Engineer) license this year with substantial projects in the works, and also I am looking forward to continuing the enjoyment of playing metal for a long time to come, as that is in my blood. I have too much to live for to keep up this risky behavior. There is NOTHING more dear to me in this world than the fans, and if this news lets you down I'm truly sorry. I can clearly remember the departure of Paul Dianno from Maiden. He was not a "great" singer, but damn did he put the distinctive stamp on Maiden that made them stand out from the masses.
The vocals on the CD are something I will always be very proud of as its the first time I personally really liked my singing. The distinctiveness of something is always hard to leave behind and it is something I do with regret. It's been a pleasure singing/playing for you all down the years, and I sure enjoyed the appreciation that came with singing and playing guitar. It has long been a source of pride for me, and I will continue to hold those musicians who sing lead and play an instrument at the same time in the very highest of regard. That edge I had will be missed, but under the circumstances I have no choice. See you at BYH 2004.... beer, speed, adrenalin, and hatred!
Pure heaven. Thanks for your understanding! Metal for Life, no compromise... ever!”

14 February 2004

Texas-based prog/tech metal triumvirate SPASTIC INK, featuring guitarist/composer Ron Jarzombek, bassist Pete Perez, and drummer Bobby Jarzombek, have signed a deal with Marquee Inc. for the release of their long-awaited sophomore album, "Ink Compatible". Marquee will handle Japan and most Southeast Asian territories while the rest of the world will be covered by the band's own EclecticElectric label in conjunction with various independent outlets and distributors. An April 21 release is expected.
"I am very much looking forward to finally being able to release 'Ink Compatible' — I worked on the album off and on for over four years and at times it seemed like it would never get done," Ron Jarzombek said in a press release. "The most difficult part was of course finding musicians to play these INK tunes while Bobby and Pete were touring and recording with HALFORD and RIOT. All of the guests who helped out did unbelievably fantastic jobs and I couldn't be any happier with their performances."

Joining SPASTIC INK on "Ink Compatible" is Ron Jarzombek's long-time WATCHTOWER bandmate, singer Jason McMaster, who provides lead vocals on five tracks. Additional support comes from Swedish vocalist Daniel Gildenlöw (PAIN OF SALVATION), guitarist Marty Friedman (MEGADETH, CACOPHONY), keyboardists Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Jimmy Pitts (SCHOLOMANCE, THE FRACTURED DIMENSION), and David Bagsby (XEN, PATRICK MORAZ), bassists Michael Manring (ATTENTION DEFICIT, MICHAEL HEDGES), Ray Riendeau (HALFORD, MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE), Doug Keyser (WATCHTOWER), and Sean Malone (GORDIAN KNOT, CYNIC), and drummers Jeff Eber (DYSRHYTHMIA) and David Penna (STATIC, AMPHIBIANS FROM OUTER SPACE).

"Ink Compatible" track listing:
01. Aquanet
02. Just a Little Bit
03. Words for Nerds
04. Melissa's Friend
05. Read Me
06. Multi-Masking
07. In Memory of…
08. A Chaotic Realization of Nothing Yet Misunderstood
09. The Cereal Mouse
10. A Quick Affix (Japanese bonus track)

14 February 2004

Swedish melodic metallers NOSTRADAMEUS have set "Hellbound" as the title of their fourth album, due in May through Germany's AFM Records.
The follow-up to 2003's "The Third Prophecy" was recorded at Roasting House studios in Malmö, Sweden and contains "a lot of new elements," according to guitarist Jake Fredén. "[The CD is] more heavy, more angry, [with] more melodies that stick, better lyrics, [and a] brilliant sound which will lift this album above our previous ones. . . The band has never been so stable, never so tight playing and never so much in harmony with each other."

14 February 2004

AC/DC have started writing material for their next album, tentatively due before the end of the year.

14 February 2004

The release of IMMOLATON’s forthcoming DVD, "Bring Down The World", has been postponed to mid-March due to a manufacturing problem.
The collection includes a live show filmed in San Francisco (also includes bonus backstage footage), a performance recorded with seven cameras in Amsterdam at the Rock Heineken Music Hall in front of 3,000 people on the CRADLE OF FILTH tour, a show in Paris, tracks from the Tilburg show at 013 on the XMass Festival tour, a recent show in Los Angeles at the Whisky Club, photo gallery, interviews and more.
Immolation will also re-release the album Stepping On Angels on Listenable with an entirely new packaging and unreleased bonus tracks. The band is currently gathering extra material for the release, which will bear a new title to be announced shortly, and to be issued on Listenable in late April.
Also, Immolation are writing new songs for their upcoming album to be recorded in New York by Paul Oforino (TWISTER SISTER) in May and June. The band has plans to tour Europe in winter 2004.

14 February 2004

The latest act confirmed to perform at the Waldrock Festival (see LINKS) is MY DYING BRIDE.

The current line-up for the festival now includes: My Dying Bride, EXODUS, TRANSPORT LEAGUE, WITHIN TEMPTATION, TWISTED SISTER, FINNTROLL, MONSTER MAGNET, TESTAMENT, CRADLE OF FILTH and CANNIBAL CORPSE. More acts will be announced soon.
The Waldrock festival is scheduled to take place in Bergum, Holland on June 19th.

14 February 2004

HTP (Hughes Turner Project), featuring Joe Lynn Turner and Glenn Hughes, have added more dates to the schedule for their upcoming European tour.
Confirmed dates now include:

February
23 - Moscow, Russia - "Heroes Of Fate" Festival
25 - Ufa, Russia - TBA
26 - Chelyabinsk, Russia - TBA
28 - Ankara, Turkey - Saklikent
29 - Istanbul, Turkey - Maslak

March
1 - Athens, Greece - Rodon
2 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Pele Axiou
4 - Madrid, Spain - Macumba
5 - Barcelona, Spain - Bikini
6 - Pamplona, Spain - Artsaia
8 - Bergamo, Italy - Motion
9 - Ingolstadt, Germany - Ohrakel
11 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
12 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
13 - Wien, Austria - Planet Music
14 - Salzburg, Austria - Rockhouse
16 - Budapest, Hungary - Wigwam
17 - Nitra, Slovakia - PKO
18 - Liberec, CR - Kulturni dum
19 - Zlin, CR - Golem Club
21 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche
23 - Hannover, Germany - Blues Garage
24 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
26 - Eskilstuna, Sweden - Blå
27 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Stora Teatern
28 - Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben
30 - Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi

April
1 - Borlänge, Sweden - Bolanche
2 - Karlskrona, Sweden - TBA
3 - Jönköping, Sweden - Planet Rock
4 - Hamburg, Germany - Fabrik
6 - Bradford, UK - Rios
7 - Dudley, UK - JB's
8 - London, UK - Mean Fiddler

14 February 2004

Legendary Aussie metal band MORTAL SIN are back!! The 2004 lineup features original members Mat Maurer on vocals, Wayne Campbell on drums, Andy Eftichiou on bass and are joined by ex-ADDICTIVE members Joe Buttigieg (guitar) and Mick Sultana on lead guitar. The band will play their first gig in many years on March 5 at the Annandale Hotel in Sydney with supports LYCANTHIA and KHEMIST with a third band still to be announced. They are also currently writing for their new album tentatively called Far From Extinction which should see release mid year and will be followed by a national tour."

14 February 2004

DEATH ANGEL guitarist Rob Cavestany has posted the following recording update at the band’s official website (see LINKS):
“Greetings boys and girls! So here is the official word on the new Death Angel album. We are done recording and are now on to mixing.
"The Art Of Dying" will hit the stores on April 27, 2004 and offers 12 songs for your listening pleasure. Here is the track listing: ‘Thrown To The Wolves’, ‘5 Steps Of Freedom’, ‘Thicker Than Blood’, ‘The Devil Incarnate’, ‘Famine’, ‘Prophecy’, ‘No’, ‘Spirit’, ‘IV’, ‘Land Of Blood’, ‘Never Me’, ‘Word To The Wise’.
You have no idea how excited we are to get this music out into the world and play the songs live on tour this year! Check back for tour dates because we are booking shows as we speak and will post them here as soon as they are confirmed.
Ok peeps, I gotta try to get some sleep (yeah right) but I just had to let you know the details about our new disc. I'm freaking out because it's so sick it is gonna blow your mind… PMe gone!
-Rob.”

14 February 2004

An unofficial VENOM fan page, "Site Of The Hydra", reports the following:
"Venom have started work on the follow-up to "Resurrection"! Cronos and Antton have arisen from Darkest Hell, and are due to start rehearsals and record new demos, etc. in the coming weeks. This album would have been released two years ago but for Cronos being injured during a climbing accident in February 2002. So apart from the terrific news of a new album, this also confirms that Cronos has almost recovered from his injuries, and is raring to go! This enforced layoff has left Cronos and Venom tearing at the leash to return."

14 February 2004

MOTORHEAD have assembled in Los Angeles to write/record their latest studio offering. The album is shaping up well and a June release date is anticipated.
The band is also scheduled to go into the studio this week with Bob Kulick to record a track for an upcoming METALLICA tribute album. The band will be recording 'Whiplash' for inclusion on the collection. LEMMY’s autobiography, "White Line Fever", has finally been released in the US.
Lemmy’s solo album is expected to be released sometime in 2004 or 2005.

14 February 2004

TYGERS OF PAN TANG are back with a new studio album, "Noises From The Cat House".
The album, out now, was mixed by long term producer, Chris Tsangarides, famed for his production work with, amongst others, JUDAS PRIEST and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN. This year sees the band embarking on a large European tour, and discussions are in place regarding the band visiting the US and Japan.
"Noises From The Cat House" was released through Communique Records on February 9th.

14 February 2004

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM drummer Craig Nielsen has revealed the tracklisting to the band's forthcoming DVD due out in late April/early May:
'No Place For Disgrace', 'Hammerhead', 'Secret Square', 'Escape From Within', 'Nothing To Say', 'Chemical Noose', 'Hard On You', 'Wading Through The Darkness', 'Swatting At Flies', 'Me', 'The Master Sleeps', 'Trash' and 'Dig Me Up To Bury Me'.

14 February 2004

Original ANTHRAX vocalist Neil Turbin has posted the following update on his website (www.neilturbin.com):
"The band lineup is complete: Izzy Diaz on drums, Steve Ornest on lead guitar, Dario Seixas on bass guitar, Vernon Anderson on lead guitar and of course Neil on lead vocals. Rehearsals are underway for upcoming west coast live dates."
Neil issued his debut solo album, "Threatcon Delta", in August of last year through Metal Mayhem/Middle Finger Records.

14 February 2004

BEHEMOTH have started working on their seventh record entitled "Demigod".
"We are extremely busy with the new stuff," guitarist/vocalist Nergal comments. "It's going the direction we want, there is no doubt about it. Songs are the continuation of our latest album but it seems that the new stuff is gonna be way more intense and brutal. Some of it will be a bit slower, with a groove...but most of it is just unbelievably fast and technical. That's what we've already started on ZOS. But all the ideas will be pushed even further now...which in result will give you the strongest record we've ever made".

"Demigod" is due out in late 2004 through Regain Records (Europe), Century Media (North America and South America) and Mystic (Poland).

14 February 2004

According KING DIAMOND's website (see LINKS), guitarist Andy LaRocque "Is preparing to mix the upcoming live album by the end of March. No details are known at the moment such as album title or if it's going to be two-CD etc. Most of the songs the band played on the USA tour will be on the album."

14 February 2004

BLACK SABBATH's "Black Box collection" has been pushed by Warner/Rhino to April 27, 2004.

The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978), will feature new remasters of the Ozzy-era Black Sabbath albums (Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality, Volume 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage, Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die) as well as a live DVD with previously unseen footage. The entire package has been supervised by the original Sabbath lineup along with executive producer Sharon Osbourne. The box will include the ‘Evil Woman’, found on the UK pressing of the band’s UK debut, Black Sabbath (released in 1970). The bonus DVD will feature classic performances of such Sabbath songs as ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Paranoid’, a live cover of CARL PERKINS' ‘Blues Suede Shoes’ (Beat Club bootleg 1969), and a rare promotional clip for the song ‘Black Sabbath’. The eighty-page booklet also features a group time line, photos, reprints of all the album lyrics and two new historical essays by writers Chris Welch (1970-1972: Lords of This World) and Brian Ives (1973-1978: A Hard Road).

The eight-CD/one-DVD package is planned to be released in the US/Canada ONLY. The remastering here was from the same sessions that produced 2002's Symptom Of The Universe 2 CD set. The albums were remastered from the original Warner Bros source tapes - the 1996 Castle remasters have a different (and unknown) source.

14 February 2004

The adventurous doom band CONFESSOR is back together with all of the original members except guitarist Ivan Colon who passed away a couple of years ago - Shawn McCoy has stepped in for Ivan – new material is said to be very Sabbathy with the signature twisted parts thrown in - vocals are not real high as they were, but more in an Alice In Chains range......

14 February 2004

MARDUK has named vocalist Mortuus as the replacement for Legion.
Marduk will release their new DVD, "Funeral Marches And Warsongs", worldwide on January 19th, 2004. The DVD will feature two new promo videos, as well as live material recorded in Paris on the European leg of the World Funeral tour.

6 February 2004

THE KILL, the Oklahoma City-based band featuring former FORTE members Richard Sharp (guitar), Greg Nicholson (bass) and Kevin Valliquette (vocals), have almost completed production of their self-financed full-length CD, titled "The Kill".
The group, who are currently seeking a record deal, have posted several free demo-song downloads via their official web site.

Check them out overthere (www.thekill.org):
01. Slaves of Sin
02. The Lie
03. We Are One

According to a posting on the band's web site, THE KILL "is a gathering of true metal structures, soaring vocals, guitar harmonies, and progressive song craft."

6 February 2004

SAXON have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 25-57 in Dessel, Belgium. Other bands scheduled to perform at the event include JUDAS PRIEST, ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, QUEENSRŸCHE and MALEVOLENT CREATION.

6 February 2004

MASTERPLAN , the band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, are currently in Los Angeles with producer Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD, HELLOWEEN) working on the material for the follow-up to their highly acclaimed self-titled debut, tentatively due this fall through AFM Records. A single will precede the album in late summer. The group are tentatively planning on embarking on their first European headlining tour shortly following the album's release.

In other news, Jorn Lande will be releasing his third solo album, "Out To Every Nation", on April 26 through AFM Records.

6 February 2004

CHASTAIN's first CD since 1997's "In Dementia", entitled "In An Outrage", will be released in June through Leviathan Records.
The band's eighth release features vocalist Kate French, guitarist David T. Chastain, and original VICIOUS RUMORS members Larry Howe (drums) and Dave Starr (bass).

Among the songtitles set to appear on the effort are the following:
01. New Beginnings
02. Souls The Sun
03. Hamunaptra
04. Bullet From A Gun
05. Tortured Love
06. Malicious Pigs
07. Rule The World
08. Lucky To Be Alive
09. Women Are Wicked
10. In An Outrage

In other news, the classic CHASTAIN albums "The 7th of Never" (1987) and "The Voice of the Cult" (1988) will be released in May on one CD, entitled "The 7th & The Voice".

6 February 2004

BYFIST (see LINKS) drummer Jess Vara was injured in a head-on collision last Sunday night [Feb. 1]. Vara was travelling as a passenger in a late model pick-up when it went out of control and slammed head-on into the side of an embankment. Vara suffered substantial injuries and will be out of the Byfist lineup for a minimum of three months.
[Lead guitarist] Davey Lee was contacted for comment and had this to say. 'We are thankful that Jess is still alive as it could have easily gone the other way. I talked with him yesterday and even though he has to recouperate from his injuries, he was in good spirits overall.'
In an official statement from the band, Ron Traveiso from the band IGNITER will fill in for the rest of the tour dates or until Jess is able to come back."

6 February 2004

Spitfire Records have revealed that TESTAMENT plan to issue their new album through the label in June. The band, who are currently working on material for the album, also plan to release a new DVD in September.
Back in September, 2003, Steve DiGiorgio commented on the forthcoming album. Steve stated, “It's in the style of "The Gathering", but it's also a progression.”

6 February 2004

ICED EARTH - postponed their European tour.
Frontman Jon Schaffer has issued the following statement:
“Hello All, As some of you may have heard I recently had lower back surgery. It seemed early on that things were going well with my recovery, however in recent weeks a new problem has developed. I will be undergoing some intense testing in the next week to 10 days to see what the next steps will be.
Which leads to the bad news, due to the serious complications with my back, we're going to have to postpone the European leg of the tour and possibly even the first 2 weeks or so of the US Tour. It really depends on what the Doctor says after all testing is done and the options are on the table. If another surgery is necessary it may push the tour back even more.
Obviously this is the absolute last thing that we ever want to do, but my health has to come first, and the potential of causing permanent damage is very real. Those of you that have been following the band for a long time know that it's always top priority to give you the best show possible. At the current and very intense level of pain that I'm in, there's no way that I'd be able to do my part and give 100%, and you don't deserve anything less.
The guys in the band are as disappointed as I am but they are understanding and supportive at the same time.
The Glorious Burden is by far the album that has received the best reviews in the bands history, charted the best around the world, sold more than double in the early stages compared with Horror Show in all major territories, and continues to grow full steam ahead. It is the album that I knew it would be and I hate that we have to change our plans due to my back problems. However, in the big picture, it's the only decision that I can make.
I hope you all can understand the seriousness of the situation. Please know that as much as this sucks, it's the best thing for me, the band, and for you.
The tour WILL happen, and when it does, I guarantee you will see the best Iced Earth show you ever have! I feel 10 years younger and am having fun again, it totally sucks that my back is causing these problems!
I thank you in advance for your support through this tough time and will keep you posted as to my progress.
Take care, Jon Schaffer.”

6 February 2004

The Sweden Rock Festival (see LINKS) is set to take place June 10th - 12th in Solvesborg, Sweden.
Organizers have announced the addition of more bands to the bill for the festival. Newly added acts include MONSTER MAGNET and SKID ROW.

The list of confirmed bands for Sweden Rock 2004 is as follows: ABRAMIS BRAMA, APRIL WINE, ASTRAL DOORS, BRAINSTORM, CAGE, CARNAL FORGE, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DR. FEELGOOD, ENTOMBED, EUROPE, EXODUS, GRAND MAGUS, HEART, HEAVENLY, HELLOWEEN, HIRAX, IN FLAMES, JUDAS PRIEST, KINGDOM COME, LAKE OF TEARS, LOST HORIZON, LUMSK, MAGIC SLIM & THE TEARDROPS, MEMORY GARDEN, MONSTER MAGNET, NARNIA, NIGHTWISH, OPETH, PARAGON, PATHOS, PAT TRAVERS BAND, PERSUADER, SKID ROW, SLADE, SUN CAGED, TESTAMENT, U.D.O., UFO and WASA EXPRESS.

6 February 2004

CRADLE OF FILTH will begin recording their new and first album on Roadrunner records, "Nymphetamin", on Friday the 13th of February.
Producer Rob Caggiano (ANTHRAX guitarist) will head to the UK this weekend to begin preparations for the recording. Cradle Of Filth have already written enough material for the release, which is scheduled for an early June release.
"Nymphetamine" (roughly translated as the druggish beast-like addiction to beautiful, classical women) will feature the following tracks: ‘Medusa And Hemlock’, ‘Nemesis’, ‘Prey’, ‘Gilded Cunt’, ‘Absinthe With Faust’, ‘Painting Flowers White Never Suited My Palette’, ‘Coffin Fodder’, ‘Filthy Little Secret’, ‘Gabrielle’ and ‘Swansong For A Raven’.
Cradle bassist, David Pubis, recently described the new material as an "eclectic mix between the group's Damnation.. and Cruelty... albums with a renewed vigor for melody, songmanship and plain fucking weirdness spat into the smelting bowl. Revolting human worms, you have been warned!"

6 February 2004

JON OLIVA’s new solo release is expected in May, with an extensive tour to follow in the US and Europe. The shows will include material from his solo CD as well as an assortment of Savatage classics, many of which have not been performed on stage in a long time.
Jon will be joined in the studio and on tour with the former members of CIRCLE II CIRCLE, Matt Laporte (guitar), John Zahner (keyboards), Kevin Rothney (bass) and Christopher Kinder (drums).
Look for the project to perform at a number of Festivals and headline concerts, both in the US and Europe, throughout the summer and into the fall of 2004.

6 February 2004

HANKER (see LINKS) entered the studio to record their upcoming album in Montreal, Canada. Guitarist Patrick Gravel told that the band plans to record 12 songs. More details coming very soon.

6 February 2004

NIGHTWISH has signed a deal for the release of their forthcoming as-yet-untitled new album. The disc will be released by Spinefarm/Universal in Finland, Brazil, Mexico and Chile, and in Europe the album will be released by Nuclear Blast. Information about the North American release will be published later.

6 February 2004

VANDENBERG will release a 2CD collection in Holland on February 27th entitled "Different Worlds: Best Of Vandenberg". This definitive collection features 18 studio tracks on CD1, while CD2 includes rare demos, live tracks and three previously unreleased songs.

The tracklisting:
CD1 - Studio Tracks - ‘Burning Heart 2004’, ‘Your Love Is In Vain’, ‘Wait’, ‘Too Late’, ‘Different Worlds’, ‘This Is War’, ‘Heading For A Storm’, ‘Waiting For The Night’, ‘All The Way’, ‘Voodoo’, ‘Dressed To Kill’, ‘How Long’, ‘Alibi’, ‘Once In A Lifetime’, ‘Pedal To The Metal’, ‘Fighting Against The World’, ‘Kamikaze’ and ‘Burning Heart’ (original version).
CD2 - Rarities - ‘Back On My Feet’ (demo), ‘Ready For You’ (demo), ‘Nothing To Lose’ (demo), ‘I’m On Fire’ (demo), ‘Out In The Streets’ (demo), ‘Out Of Cash’ (demo, previously unreleased), ‘Help Me Thru The Night’ (demo, previously unreleased), ‘Friday Night’ (live in Japan), ‘Welcome To The Club’ (live in Japan), ‘Roll Through The Night’ (live in the US, previously unreleased) and ‘Burning Heart’ (unplugged).

6 February 2004

NASTY SAVAGE will release their new album, "Psycho Psycho", in Europe on March 22nd through Metal Blade. The album will be released in North America through Crook’d Records.

"Psycho Psycho" features the following tracklisting: ‘Psycho Psycho’, ‘Hell Unleashed’, ‘Anguish’, ‘Human Factor’, ‘Terminus Maximus’, ‘Dementia 13’, ‘Step Up To The Plate’, ‘Return Of The Savage’, ‘Triumphal Entry’, ‘Betrayal System’, ‘Savage Desire’ and ‘Merciless Truths.

The current Nasty Savage line-up includes: Nasty Ronnie (vocals), Ben Meyer (guitars), David Austin (guitars), Richard Bateman (bass) and Curtis Beeson (drums). This album marks the first time in 14 years that this line-up (also responsible for 1989’s Penetration Point) has worked together.

6 February 2004

BRUCE DICKINSON has been secretly putting together material for the anxiously-awaited full-length followup to his highly-praised Chemical Wedding release (from 1998). Dickinson and guitarist/producer Roy Z have been working on a number of songs including a track that was meant for the much-hyped THREE TREMORS project (which also featured JUDAS PRIEST frontman ROB HALFORD and QUEENSRYCHE singer Geoff Tate). Dickinson says three songs total have been written and to expect the album in late 2004/early 2005.

6 February 2004

GRAVE have officially replaced drummer Cristofer Barkensjö with Pelle Ekegren from Stockholm, Sweden-based death metal act COERCION. Ekegren performed with Grave during their 2002 European Tour in support of their last album, Back From The Grave. The band report that Pelle “will also be involved in the process of writing and recording the new album. We are currently working on material and plans are to record this spring and hopefully have a release this fall.”

6 February 2004

VADER have begun recording their forthcoming as-yet-untitled new album.
The band’s drummer, Doc, is now in Hertz Studio recording his parts, which will be finished off in PR studios later. The remaining members of the band will enter the studio on February 16th to complete recording the guitars and vocals.

6 February 2004

KOTIPELTO, featuring former STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto, ARCH ENEMY, NMEMIC, MYSTIC PROPHECY, SINISTER, SINNER and ELAKELAISETare the latest acts confirmed for this year’s edition of the Wacken Open Air Festival (see LINKS).
As previously reported, the 15th Anniversary of the festival. is scheduled to take place August 5th - 8th in Wacken, Germany.

The list of confirmed acts for the festival now includes: AFTER FOREVER, AMON AMARTH, ANTHRAX, BAL-SAGOTH, BRAINSTORM, BOHSE ONKELZ, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CATHEDRAL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DEATH ANGEL, DEICIDE, DESTRUCTION, DIO, DORO, EKTOMORF, ELAKELAISET, GRAVE DIGGER, HELLOWEEN, HYPOCRISY, J.B.O., KNORKATOR, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MOTORHEAD, NEVERMORE, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, THUNDERSTONE, WARLOCK (featuring DORO PESCH) and ZODIAC MINDWARP.

6 February 2004

According to their website (see LINKS), STEEL PROPHET will be concentrating on their forthcoming album until it's complete in April. The band are still seeking a label.

6 February 2004

EXCITER guitarist John Ricci issues update on new CD called: "The New Testament":
The CDs front cover will bare the title "The New Testament", while the back will be emblazoned with the tag line Coven Of Rerecorded Classics. Ricci explained that the title reflects “a new beginning for the band” and that the CD features “new renditions of old songs.” Exciter have finished mixing and mastering nine tracks for the album at an undisclosed studio in Ottawa, Ontario, while six more tracks remain to be mixed and mastered.
Ricci also revealed that Exciter are planning European festival appearances for this summer. The band will not be able to play Germany’s Rock Hard festival in late May due to the fact that drummer Rick Charron is expecting a new baby around that time, but appearances at the Wacken Open Air and Bang Your Head festivals are rumored possibilities.
As previously reported, "The New Testament" is expected to be delivered to Osmose by the end of February. 15 tracks will appear on the release, due out this spring. The material for the album was recorded at L.S. Studios in Ottawa with producer Manfred Leidecker. 16 tracks were rerecorded for the release (ten classic, five current) from all eras of Exciter.

The band recorded the following tracks: Oblivion II (new track), 'Violence & Force', 'Stand Up And Fight', 'Heavy Metal Maniac', 'Pounding Metal', 'Dark Command', 'Ritual Death', 'Long Live The Loud', 'Victims Of Sacrifice', 'Brutal Warning', 'Rising Of The Dead', 'Black Witch (featuring Ricci's 12-string classical guitar intro), 'Rain Of Terror', 'I Am The Beast', 'Burn At The Stake' and 'Rule With An Iron Fist'.

30 January 2004

The Classic Metal Fest 4 (see LINKS) is scheduled to take place May 13th - 15th, 2004 at JJ Kelley's in Lansing, Illinois (south side of Chicago).
The latest act to be added to the bill is WRATH . They join the previously announced line-up of: BLACK WIDOW, SOLITUDE AETURNUS, HIRAX, RAFF, DECEASED, ATTACKER, IMPALER, DESTRUCTOR, PREMONITION, TYRANT'S REIGN, IRON CROSS, OCTOBER 31, MAGUS BEAST, DESECRATOR, ALCHEMY X, SUBURBAN FUNERAL, DIVISION and RAVENS THORN .

30 January 2004

Legendary Canuck metallers INFERNAL MAJESTY, who released 1987's cult classic "None Shall Defy", have inked a deal with Galy Records and will release their upcoming album, "One Who Points To Death", on April 6th.
The album was recorded by Sho at Profile Sound Studios in Vancouver, BC and mastered by Pierre Remillard at Wild Studios in St-Zenon, PQ, Canada. "One Who Points To Death" contains the following tracklisting: 'Death of Heaven', 'Pestilential Eternity', 'Angels and Acid', 'Honey Tongue of Satan', 'Hysterion Proteron', 'Cathedral of Hate', 'Virgin Blood Tastes Purest At Night', 'One Who Points To Death'.

30 January 2004

The Waldrock Festival 2004 (see LINKS) is scheduled to take place in Bergum, Holland on June 19th.
The latest act confirmed to perform at the festival is TWISTED SISTER. Confirmed acts now scheduled to appear at Waldrock include: Twisted Sister, FINNTROLL, MONSTER MAGNET, TESTAMENT, CRADLE OF FILTH and CANNIBAL CORPSE . More acts will be announced soon.

30 January 2004

"Incorporated", the new GRIP INC. CD will be released on March 15th through SPV. The album was recorded this past summer with guitarist Waldemar Sorychta producing.
The track list is as follows: 'Curse (Of The Cloth)', 'The Answer', 'Prophecy' (featuring APOCALYPTICA's Eicca Toppinen), 'Endowment Of Apopathy', 'Enemy Mind', 'Skin Trade', '(Built To) Resist' (with APOCALYPTICA), 'The Gift', 'Privilege', 'Blood Of Saints' and 'Man With No Insides'. The first pressing will feature 'Curse (Of The Cloth)' video, 'The Answer' video, an EPK and other special features.
Grip Inc.'s lineup features Dave Lombardo's (SLAYER, FANTOMAS) on drums, Gus Chambers on vocals, Sorychta on guitars and Stuart Carruthers on bass.

30 January 2004

According to DESTRUCTION's official website (see LINKS), the release of the band's forthcoming DVD, Live Discharge (20 Years Of Total Destruction), has been postponed until March 8th because of too much material and a tight deadline.
The DVD will feature the following tracklisting: Main Menu: 'Curse The Gods', 'Nailed To The Cross', Wacken before the show special: 'Eternal Ban', 'Mad Butcher', 'Life Without Sense', 'Machinery Of Lies', 'Thrash Till Death', Destruction on tour special: 'Metal Discharge', 'The Butcher Strikes Back', 'Tears Of Blood', 'Antichrist/Reject Emotions/Release From Agony' (medley), Drum solo/'Tormentor', Destruction worldwide special: 'Invincible Force', 'Bestial Invasion' (Fucked up Wacken version!), Wacken after show special: 'Bullets From Hell', Metal days after show special: 'Total Desaster'. Other menus: Australia Tour special by the "OZ" Metal warriors, Interview/Documentary, Video clips: 'Desecrators (Of The New Age)' and 'Ravenous Beast', 80s footage incl. 'Bestial Invasion' clip, Bonus material from WFF and Metal Days, Discography with audio files, Picture gallery and Live cuts from NB festival Stuttgart.

30 January 2004

DIMMU BORGIR publicist Maria Ferrero has confirmed that drummer Nick Barker has left the band. No further information is available at this time, but details will be announced as soon as they become available.

30 January 2004

EXCITER are reportedly halfway through the mixing of their forthcoming new, as-yet-untitled covers album. The effort is expected to be mastered and delivered to Osmose by the end of February. 15 tracks will appear on the release, due out this spring, and the band plan to play some European festivals this summer in support of the release.
As previously reported, the material for the album was recorded at L.S. Studios in Ottawa with producer Manfred Leidecker. 16 tracks were rerecorded for the release (ten classic, five current) from all eras of Exciter. The band recorded the following tracks: Oblivion II (new track), 'Violence & Force', 'Stand Up And Fight', 'Heavy Metal Maniac', 'Pounding Metal', 'Dark Command', 'Ritual Death', 'Long Live The Loud', 'Victims Of Sacrifice', 'Brutal Warning', 'Rising Of The Dead', 'Black Witch (featuring Ricci's 12-string classical guitar intro), 'Rain Of Terror', 'I Am The Beast', 'Burn At The Stake' and 'Rule With An Iron Fist'.
In other Exciter news, the band's Heavy Metal Maniac album will soon be reissued.

30 January 2004

According to EVERGREY's official website (www.evergrey.net), the band will see special versions of their albums "The Dark Discovery" and "Solitude*Dominance*Tragedy" re-released through InsideOut on March 16th. Both albums will feature extended artwork and bonus videos. As previously reported, Evergrey are back in the studio working on their fifth album, tentatively titled The Inner Circle. The album will again be produced by singer Tom Englund and guitarist Henrik Danhage and engineered by Arnold Lindberg. The new CD is currently slated for release on InsideOut later this spring.

30 January 2004

THE CROWN bassist Magnus Olsfelt has posted the following message on their official website:
"We have redone the "Crowned In Terror" album with Johan (Lindstrand) behind the mic. This reworked album will go under the name "Crowned Unholy". There are also new bass tracks recorded, sound replaced drums and the whole thing is also totally remixed with a whole new sound in Bohus Sound Recordings (in Kungälv, Sweden). We are still waiting to master it, (sometime in February), but you can already tell it´s gonna be FAT! Release date to be announced. Stay tuned for tighter info."

30 January 2004

Germany's With Full Force Festival has announced the headliners of the 11th edition of the festival which will take place on July 2-4 at Roitzschjora airfield in Löbnitz near Leipzig, Germany.
SIX FEET UNDER, MONSTER MAGNET, AGNOSTIC FRONT and LIFE OF AGONY will headline.
The full list of acts is as follows:
ADJUDGEMENT, AGNOSTIC FRONT, AOK, BLOOD FOR BLOOD, BORN COOL, CALIBAN, DISCHARGE, GRIMFIST, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, I DEFY, KATAKLYSM, KINGS OF NUTHIN, LAKE OF TEARS, MNEMIC, LAST RESORT, LIFE OF AGONY, LOKALMATADORE, MAD SIN, MONSTER MAGNET, NECK, MALEVOLENT CREATION, TERROR, PETER PAN'S SPEEDROCK, SIDEKICK, TAPE, SIX FEET UNDER, SOILWORK, SWORN ENEMY, THE EXPLOITED, THE REAL MC KENZIES, TIAMAT, THE BONES, THE PEEPSHOW, WALLS OF JERICHO.

30 January 2004

Organizers for this year's ProgPower Europe Festival are preparing for this year's show and are accepting promo packages from potential bands. Packages will be accepted at the following address until March 31:
ProgPower Europe 2004
Vergelt 5a
5991 PJ Baarlo
The Netherlands

ProgPower Europe 2004 will be held Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd in JC Sjiwa, Baarlo, The Netherlands.

30 January 2004

ICED EARTH will tour Europe in March/April will support from PRIMAL FEAR and THUNDERSTONE. This trek will be followed by Iced Earth's North American tour, which will feature support from CHILDREN OF BODOM.
Confirmed Iced Earth tour dates now include:

March (with Primal Fear, Thunderstone)
18 - 013 - Tilburg, Netherlands
19 - Hof Ter Loo - Antwerpen, Belgium
20 - Podium - Hardenberg, Netherlands
21 - Mean Fiddler - London, England
22 - Elysee Montmatre - Paris, France
24 - Aqualung - Madrid, Spain
25 - Republica - Valencia, Spain
26 - Razzmatazz - Barcelona, Spain
27 - Sala Jam - Bergara, Spain
29 - Rolling Stone - Milan, Italy
30 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland

April (with Primal Fear, Thunderstone)
1 - E-Werk - Cologne, Germany
2 - Lowensaal - Nurnberg, Germany
3 - Filharmonie - Filderstadt, Germany
4 - Planet Music - Vienna, Austria
6 - Grosse Freiheit - Hamburg, Germany
7 - KB - Malmo, Sweden
8 - Karen - Goteborg, Sweden
9 - Arenan - Stockholm, Sweden
11 - Nosturi - Helsinki, Finland

April (with Children Of Bodom)
18 - Columbus, OH at Newport Music Hall
19 - St. Louis, MO at Pop's
20 - Chicago, IL at Metro
21 - Minneapolis, MN at Quest
23 - Detroit, MI at Harpos
24 - Milwaukee, WI at The Eagles Club
25 - Cleveland, OH at Odeon
26 - Toronto, ON at Guvernment
28 - Montreal, QC at The Medley (support from EIDOLON)
29 - New York, NY at BB Kings Blues Club
30 - Philadelphia, PA at Trocadero

May (with Children Of Bodom)
01 - Worcester, MA at Palladium
02 - Washington DC at 9:30 Club
04 - Atlanta, GA at Masquerade
05 - Orlando, FL at House of Blues
07 - New Orleans, LA at House of Blues
08 - Houston, TX at Engine Room
09 - Austin, TX at Backroom
10 - Dallas, TX at Deep Elm Live
12 - Denver, CO at Ogden Theatre
14 - Vancouver, BC at Commodore Ballroom
15 - Seattle, WA at Graceland
17 - San Francisco, CA at Avalon
18 - Santa Ana, CA at The Galaxy
19 - Phoenix, AZ at Venue TBA

23 January 2004

It looks like BLACK SABBATH are on to releasing something this year.
According to Tonny Iomi "Yes, it's no secret the four of us have been together off and on now for some time now, 7 years solid I do believe and yes we have all recorded some really great material and we did have intentions of discussing this frontier shortly, then the accident happened. On that note we all are aside with our goodies and awaiting as to what Ozzy will be like in the future. Perhaps 2005 will be the year we launch something. I really don't know either. But if you look at the big picture, none of us are putting any solo work out anytime soon. Read into that the way you will."

23 January 2004

Reunited German progressive metallers SIEGES EVEN have announced that they will record their show at the Headway Festival 2004 for their very first live album, tentatively due in late 2004/early 2005 through an as-yet-undisclosed label.

Headway Festival 2004, which is scheduled to take place April 3-4 at P60 in Amstelveen, Holland, will feature performances from the following artists:

WATCHTOWER (USA)
SIEGES EVEN (GER)
ICE AGE (USA)
DEATH MACHINE (USA)
LABERINTO (NL)
EPHEL DUATH (IT)
MISTER KITE (SWE)
BIOMECHANICAL (UK)
TEXTURES (NL)
ANAND (NL)
KARMA (NL)
XENOBIA (NL)

For more information, visit their website (see LINKS)

23 January 2004

The following is Timo Tolkki's statement regarding Anders Johansson's decision to quit STRATOVARIUS , less than a week after the initial announcement was made that he had joined the band, "He gave me a call and said that he doesn´t want to join the band permanently and that he is happy to be in HAMMERFALL playing True Metal.
Since I am looking for a permanent member, we agreed in good spirits to go separate ways. I am very disappointed that he didn´t want to join Stratovarius permanently, but at the same time I wish him and the Hammerfall guys well and best of luck with their career.
I suspect that the decision of Anders has something to do with my reputation. I can understand him very well, I wouldn´t join a band in which I would be playing in. I have already contacted a Finnish drummer and I hope I can announce his name very soon."
In Metal, Timo Tolkki."

23 January 2004

According to MOTORHEAD 's official website (see LINKS), the band have scheduled a string of UK dates for November.
Confirmed dates include:

November
9 - Barrowlands - Glasgow, Scotland
10 - City Hall - Newcastle, England
11 - Academy - Liverpool, England
13 - Octagon Theatre - Sheffield, England
14 - Rock City - Manchester, England
15 - Rock City - Nottingham, England
17 - University - Exeter, England
18 - Colston Hall - Bristol, England
19 - Guildhall - Southampton, England
21 - Newport Center - Newport, England
22 - UEA - Norwich, England
23 - Leas Cliffe Hall - Folkestone, England
25 - Academy - Birmingham, England
26 - Corn Exchange - Cambridge, England
27 - Hammersmith Apollo - London, England

23 January 2004

EXODUS have scheduled a string of European tour dates for June.
Confirmed dates include:

June
10 - 12 - Sweden Rock - Solvesborg, Sweden
22 - Cathouse - Glasgow, Scotland
23 - Escape - Swansea, England
24 - Underworld - London, England

As previously reported, Exodus will release their new studio album, "Tempo Of The Damned", in Europe on February 2nd and in North America on March 9th through Nuclear Blast.

23 January 2004

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson recently revealed that the band will be releasing a new album in 2004 and that guitarist Angus Young has been writing "harder" riffs than those that appeared on the group's last studio effort, "Stiff Upper Lip".
Johnson also said he will be handling lyrics this time around, which would be the first time since 1988's "Blow Up Your Video". A world tour would also coincide with the new album.

23 January 2004

SHADOWKEEP (see LINKS), who are at work writing their next album, have announced the return of drummer Scott Higham (ex-ANGEL WITCH).
Shadowkeep's new album, "Beware Of The Signs", is the first release to feature new vocalist Ronnie Stixx.

23 January 2004

ANNIHILATOR frontman Jeff Waters has confirmed that bassist Russell "The Woodsman" Bergquist has left the band for personal reasons.
Says Waters, "We will all miss Russell and hope that we will hook up with him again, both musically and personally, down the road! Best of luck Woodsman and you kicked everyone's butt!!!!"
Jeff is currently mixing Annihilator's new album, "All For You", due out this spring through AFM. This will be the first Annihilator album to feature the band's new vocalist, Dave Paden, who replaced singer Joe Comeau last year.

Bergquist gave the following explanation: "The reason I left is because Annihilator was strictly a touring situation for me. I want to be in a band where I can have input into the music with writing and recording. I loved playing the Annihilator tunes and the crowd reaction was always great, but I need more than that.
I do intend on possibly releasing my own material someday as a solo project or band but I just want to see what is out there for a bassist who can really play, is dedicated and has a great attitude."

23 January 2004

Vocalist Jorn Lande ( MASTERPLAN, ex- ARK) is joining forces with Norway's PICA FIERCE for a metal opera, entitled "Faust".
Faust is the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil. If all goes according to plan, Faust will premier at the end of 2004.
For more information go to: http://www.picafierce.com/

23 January 2004

EUROPE is confirmed to play a very exclusive show at Sweden Rock Festival 2004. It will be their only show in Sweden and they will close the festival on Saturday, June 12. Europe are scheduled to release a new full length album and DVD this spring.

The list of confirmed bands for Sweden Rock 2004 is as follows: ABRAMIS BRAMA, APRIL WINE, BRAINSTORM, CAGE, CARNAL FORGE, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DR. FEELGOOD, ENTOMBED, EUROPE, EXODUS, HEART, HEAVENLY, HIRAX, JUDAS PRIEST, KINGDOM COME, LAKE OF TEARS, LOST HORIZON, LUMSK, MAGIC SLIM & THE TEARDROPS, MEMORY GARDEN, NARNIA, NIGHTWISH, OPETH, PARAGON, PATHOS, PAT TRAVERS BAND, PERSUADER, SLADE, SUN CAGED, UFO and WASA EXPRES.

The 2004 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival is set to take place June 10th - 12th in Solvesborg, Sweden.

23 January 2004

Japanese metal veterans LOUDNESS released their new album, entitled "Terror", on January 7th in Asia. The track list is as follows: 'Pharaoh', 'Cyber Soul', 'Life After Death', 'Detonator', 'Cross', 'About To Kill', 'Double Walker', 'The City Of Vampire', 'Seventh Heaven', and 'Terror'.
"Terror" marks the fourth album release for the band since the reunion of the original line-up (Minoru Niihara, Akira takasaki, Munetaka Higuchi, Masayoshi Yamashita) in 2001.

23 January 2004

Finland's SINERGY , featuring CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist Alexi Laiho have posted the following message on their official website:
"We actually have the majority of the new album written now," reports singer Kimberly Goss, "but we haven't actually been able to rehearse most of the songs yet with the whole lineup due to everyone's different schedules. I can tell you as of now myself, guitarist Alexi Lahio, and guitarist Roope Latvala have written about three songs each. Some of them still have to be worked on, so perhaps the end result will be that more riffs are contributed from and/or changed by other members, therefore not making the song 100% mine, or Alexi's, or Roope's. This is the way we've always written. If you look at the song writing credits on our previous albums, you'll see many songs that were written by more than one band member, and others that were written solely by just one of us. I just got off the phone with all the guys and we'll be starting some hardcore rehearsal sessions this week and continue until all the song arrangements are completed. The album will be recorded in the spring. Exact dates are not confirmed, but we should know very soon."

23 January 2004

Reality Records is releasing longtime metallers WARRIOR 's "The Wars of Gods And Men" on February 24th. The album features KROKUS frontman Marc Storace and was produced by guitarist Joe Floyd and Warren Croyle (HALFORD, DICKINSON, GODHEAD, GWAR, HOUSE OF LORDS).
WARRIOR released the long sought-after "Fighting For The Earth" in 1985 (MCA), "Ancient Future" in 1998 (Metal Blade) and the Rob Rock-fronted "Code Of Life" in 2001 (Nuclear Blast).

23 January 2004

MELIAH RAGE 's forthcoming album, "Barely Human", will be out in the spring through Screaming Ferret Wreckords.

23 January 2004

SUFFOCATION hit the studio yesterday to start recording their new album, "Souls To Deny", their first in eight years. April is the expected month of release.
As previously reported, Suffocation will join MORBID ANGEL on their upcoming US tour.

16 January 2004

JACOBS DREAM have posted the following message at their official website (see LINKS):
"No news during 2003? Hmmmm, sorry!
We hope you all had a good year 2003 and welcome to 2004 - the year bringing a new Jacobs Dream album out into the stores hopefully.
Meanwhile check out the new band pic and MP3-snippet we got up for you. And here is the announcement of our new vocalist:
Jacobs Dream introduces their new vocalist, Chaz Bond. Chaz comes from the Hardcore/melodic metal band Biogenesis. Chaz will remain a member of both bands. JD is currently preparing to record their next CD, Drama Of The Ages. Hoping to start laying tracks in early '04."

16 January 2004

"Dogface" is the name of the upcoming LEASH LAW album, which features ex- CRIMSON GLORY singer Wade Black, ex- NOCTURNUS guitarist Emo Mowery, guitarist RICK RENSTROM, ICED EARTH drummer Richard Christy and bassist Stephen Elder. The debut album, due to be released through Black Lotus Records in early 2004 is being bashed out as you read this, and everyone is reported to be pleasantly surprised by the results.
The track list is as follows:
'Better When Betrayed', 'Dogface', 'Fight', 'Hail To Blood', 'Hell Hole', 'Lucian Blaque', 'Martial Law', 'Pour Your Heart', 'Paving The Way', and 'Stealing Grace'.

16 January 2004

VANDENBERG vocalist Bert Heerink's son, Roger Heerink has posted the following band update:
"Hi everyone!! My name is Roger Heerink (son of Bert Heerink). Vandenberg has made a new DVD with the old videoclips and other television appereances from the 80s. They even recorded some songs.
The DVD will come outin February/March 2004. I don't know if they will perform again. It depends on the DVD. SO BUY IT!!!! EVERYONE.
Greetings, Roger."

16 January 2004

Displeased in Holland has reissued BORKNAGAR's self-titled debut from 1995 featuring members of ENSLAVED, GORGOROTH, ARCTURUS, IMMORTAL and ULVER. The CD has an improved lay out with lengthy biography and features the following tracklisting: 'Vintervredets sjelesagn', 'Tanker Mot Tind (Kvelding)', 'Svartskogs Gilde', 'Ved steingard', 'Krigsstev', 'Dauden', 'Grimskalle Trell', 'Nord Naagauk', 'Fandens Allheim' and 'Tanker Mot Tind (Gryning)'.

16 January 2004

PRO PAIN's "Fist Full Of Hate Tour" with DISBELIEF, EKTOMORF, PX-PAIN and DARK DUNGEON have confirmed the following dates in Europe:

March
12 - Saint Nazaire, France at Vipp
13 - Strasbourg, France at La Laiterie
14 - France at TBA
15 - France at TBA
16 - Essen, Germany at Zeche Carl
17 - Salzgitter, Germany at Forellenhof
18 - Bischofswerda, Germany at East Club
19 - Trier, Germany at Exil
20 - Maastricht, Netherlands at European Hc Party
21 - Osnabruck, Germany at Works
22 - Berlin, Germany at Halford
23 - Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle
24 - Germany at TBA
25 - Munchen, Germany at Elzer Halle
26 - Munster (Breitefeld-Dieburg), Germany at Live Arena
27 - Switzerland at TBA
28 - Aarau, Switzerland at Kiff
29 - Dudingen, Switzerland at Bad Bonn
30 - TBA, Switzerland
31 - Graz, Austria at Orpheum

April
1 - Worgl, Austria at Komma
2 - Linz, Austria at Posthof
3 - Budapest, Hungary at Mega Club
4 - Nova Gorica, Slovakia at Mostovna
5 - Zagreb, Croatia at Mochvara
6 - Bratislava, Slovakia at Stoka Theatre
7 - Erfurt, Germany at Centrum
8 - Prague, Czech Republic at Abaton Club
9 - Aalen, Germany at Rock It
10 - Antwerpen, Belgium at Hof Ter Loo (No Mercy)
11 - Paris, France at La Locomotive (No Mercy)
12 - Tilburg, Netherlands at 013 (No Mercy)

Disbelief will perform from March 14th-26th, PX-Pain and Ektomorf will perform from March 12th-26th and Ektomorf and Dark Dungeon will perform from March 27th-April 9th.

16 January 2004

CANNIBAL CORPSE have announced the following dates for this year's No Mercy Festivals European tour. The dates will also feature HYPOCRISY, KATAKLYSM, CARPATHIAN FOREST, VOMITORY, EXHUMED, SPAWN OF POSSESSION and PREJUDICE.
Confirmed dates include:

March
30 - Hyde Park - Osnabruck, Germany
31 - Zeche Carl - Essen, Germany

April
1 - Halford - Berlin, Germany
2 - Abaton Club - Prague, Czech Republic
3 - Planet Music - Wien, Austria
4 - Rockhouse - Salzburg, Austria
5 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
6 - Alcatraz - Milano, Italy
7 - Rock Fabrik - Ludwigsburg, Germany
8 - La Laiterie - Strasbourg, France
9 - Live Arena - Munster (Breitefeld-Dieburg), Germany
10 - Hof Ter Loo - Antwerpen, Belgium
11 - La Locomotive - Paris, France
12 - 013 - Tilburg, Netherlands

After the No Mercy Festivals, CANNIBAL CORPSE will begin a headlining tour in April with support from KATAKLYSM and ABORTED.
Confirmed dates include:

April
13 - Underworld - London, England
14 - Whelans - Dublin, Ireland
15 - Rio - Bradford, England
16 - Antipode - Rennes, France
17 - Salle Saint Exupery - Woippy, France
18 - Arcade - Notre Dame De Gravenchon, France
20 - Cavazik - Macon, France
21 - Havana Club - Toulouse, France
22 - Tunk - Irun, Spain
23 - Mephisto - Barcelona, Spain
24 - Caracol - Madrid, Spain
25 - TBA - France

16 January 2004

KRISIUN will support MORBID ANGEL on their upcoming European tour. Confirmed Morbid Angel/Krisiun European tour dates include:

February
20 - Podium - Hardenberg, Netherlands
21 - Nighttown - Rotterdam, Netherlands
22 - 013 - Tilburg, Netherlands
23 - La Locomotive - Paris, France
25 - Salle des fêtes - Ramonville, France
26 - Razzmatazz 2 - Barcelona, Spain
27 - Republicca - Valencia, Spain
28 - Aqualung - Madrid, Spain
29 - Sala Jam - Bergara, Spain

March
1 - Rockstore - Montpellier, France
2 - Transilvania Live - Milan, Italy
3 - Circolo Degli Artisti - Rome, Italy
4 - New Age - Treviso, Italy
5 - Transilvania Live - Reggio Emilia, Italy
6 - L'Usine - Geneva, Italy
7 - Transbordeur - Lyon, France
9 - Zeche Carl - Essen, Germany
10 - Rockfabrik - Ludwigsburg, Germany
11 - Halford - Berlin, Germany
12 - Alte Spinnerei - Glauchau - Germany
13 - Spodek - Katowice, Poland
14 - Sport Hall - Zlijn, CZ
15 - E-Klub - Budapest, Hungary
16 - Mocvara - Zagreb, Croatia
17 - Rockhouse - Salzburg, Austria
18 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerlan
19 - La Laiterie - Strasbourg, France
20 - Le Splendid - Lille, France
21 - Biebob - Vosselaar, Belgium

16 January 2004

SCORPIONS have posted the following news in the Forum section of their official website (see LINKS):
"Dear Fans! As you may know, on January 12th we will appear on the TV show 20 Years Of RTL. It is not only the first performance of the New Year, but also the first time after many good years of working with Ralph Rieckermann, that we introduce a new bass player. We have, during the months of recording the new album, got to know Pawel Maciwoda as a musician and friend and we look forward to working together in the future.
While Ralf, in the last couple of years, is involved more in the film music side in his adopted home of Los Angeles, we still maintain a friendly and close relationship and wish him the very best of luck for his career.
Our new album, will be released in spring 2004 as planned. We are looking forward to seeing you all on our upcoming world tour. All the best."

16 January 2004

EVERGREY are back in the studio working on songs for their fifth CD tentatively titled, The Inner Circle. The new album will again be produced by singer Tom Englund and guitarist Henrik Danhage and engineered by Arnold Lindberg. The new CD is currently slated for release on Inside Out Music later this spring.

16 January 2004

CHILDREN OF BODOM will be releasing an EP in March, a source at their Finnish label Spinefarm has confirmed that the band will go into the studio in March to record the EP.
A tentative release date is scheduled for May or June. More details regarding the tracklisting will be announced as they become available.

16 January 2004

STRATOVARIUS have posted the following band update at their official website (see LINKS):
"New vocalist for Stratovarius is called Miss K.
The vocal talents of this sultry Finnish lady vary from raunchy rock to classical operatic. Her voice range is over 3 octaves and she is capable of transforming Stratovarius sound to something unique, something that has never been heard in Metal before.
She is 30 years old and has a background in gymnastics, where she has twice become a Finnish Champion, and in acting. She has until now been singing in some local bands and has done over 200 gigs.
Drummer for the next album will be Anders Johansson, the brother of Jens Johansson.
After selling over 1 500 000 copies of their previous records, Stratovarius is now ready to take the next step in their career. The band will enter the studio, a secret place, in May to record 11th studio album, which has a working title PopKiller.
The album is due February 2005 followed up by massive World Tour.

In legal news, Sanctuary Records is asking Timo Tolkki to pay back 1 Million Euros from the recording agreement advance. Tolkki refuses to pay it, and comments: 'They have sent me a notification and are asking me to pay that amount back. Their position is that the agreement was for the old line up. My legal staff doesn´t interpret the agreement this way, and have advised me not to agree to this demand. It means that we might be going to court in Berlin, but I am confident I will win this case and that justice will prevail.'"

16 January 2004

ANVIL are set to release a new album called "Back To Basics" which is, according to Lips and original drum hurricane Robb Reiner, going to surprise a few people. And no, outside of the album, they aren't calling the album back to basics. Instead it's, well, listen in...
"This one is our most ambitious record to date," states Robb. "It's like the Metal On Metal album, modernized. There are a lot of hooks, very infectious grooves. You hear it once, and it takes you right in. And there's some stuff we've never done before. We've got some emotional music (laughs). I don't know how to explain it. There are a couple of tracks that are unusual for us. It's power metal; melodic rock 'n' roll is the way to sum up the record."
"'Fuel For The Fire', which is the opening cut is pretty intense," adds Lips. "It's more of an Accept or an Ozzy feel, a stomping power feel. Another highlight would be 'The Chainsaw', which is not what you think it would be about; it's actually about cutting down all the trees in British Columbia, but in a very violent way (laughs). Another song is 'Song Of Pain'; now that one is emotional, real life shit. I was writing about something I went through in my life and that I'm able to walk away from, at this point: my first marriage, saying goodbye to it, finally, 14 years later. 'Cruel World' is really quite incredible, as far as I'm concerned, because it almost goes to ballad, almost (laughs), which would be a real first for Anvil. Some of the song was written back in '81 or '82, actually, but at the time I don't think we were mature enough to create a piece of music like that. We weren't experienced enough to put it together. It feels really rewarding. But what the song is actually about, in a certain sense... it's the person who goes out on a limb for a whole lifetime, trying to get something out of it, but can't seem to attain it, because of all the obstacles in their way."
Robb gets the final word. "I'm sure this record, if you're a fan of the band, there's no way you would not enjoy this record; that's what I really believe. But there is different stuff. There are a lot of vocals. It's very melodic. The vocals are probably the best ever, very impressive. The guitars are not what they usually sound like. Even the drums; there are different tones and subtleties. Some people might go, 'Wow, that's Anvil?! Wow, that's not really what I remember. That sounds pretty cool.' This album's got to get heard, man; it's really cool. This is like a groundbreaking record for Anvil. We changed a lot of things for the better."
"You know that word there, 'introducing'? That's what we want to do to everybody. The whole concept here is introducing Anvil. We need to be discovered, even though we have a history. The reality in the real world is, 'Anvil, who? I've never heard of those guys.' You understand what I'm saying? So what we're saying is that we're at a point in our careers where we're making music where we can feel good about ourselves, that will represent well with really anybody who is a rock and roller. Just discover us. We're a good group."

Look for the band to (likely) tour Europe in May and June this year.

16 January 2004

This years Keep It True II festival (see LINKS) will take place on April 10th at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany.
The latest act confirmed to perform at the festival is ATTACKER.

They join a bill that already includes: BLITZKRIEG, CLOVEN HOOF, DARK QUARTERER, ELIXER, HALLOWEEN, HOLY MARTYR, IRONSWORD, MANILLA ROAD, MAJESTYand WIZARD.
The Keep It True II warm-up show, The Dawn Of Battle, will take place on April 9th in Tauberbischofsheim (5km away from the KIT hall) at the Alibi and will feature performances from RITUAL STEEL, BATTLE RAM, BATTLEROAR and WOTAN.

16 January 2004

TWISTED SISTER's official website (see LINKS) reveals that the band have scheduled the following dates for their upcoming Spring/Summer Tour 2004.
Confirmed dates include:

March:
26 - Venue TBA - Barcelona, Spain:
27 - Venue TBA - Madrid, Spain:

June:
6 - Venue TBA - Milan, Italy:
19 - Venue/City TBA - The Netherlands

16 January 2004

ANNIHILATOR have set "All For You" as the title of their forthcoming CD, tentatively due this spring through AFM Records. "All For You" track listing, according to ANNIHILATOR guitarist Jeff Waters (not in correct sequence):
01. All For You
02. Weapon X
03. The Nightmare Factory
04. The One
05. Demon Dance
06. Rage Absolute
07. Both Of Me
08. Bled
09. Dr. Psycho
10. Holding On
11. The Sound Of Horror

The forthcoming CD marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist Joe Comeau last June. The album also features a return appearance by drummer Mike Mangini (EXTREME, STEVE VAI) following the departure of Randy Black (PRIMAL FEAR) in early October.

16 January 2004

Former HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo has completed work on his first solo album. "I finished mixing my first solo CD last week at Crystal Studios and it's already in production," Lorenzo said in a press release. "I'll have finished copies with artwork the end of next week. I'm taking advance orders now through my site (www.DanLorenzo.net).
"The last thing recorded was Alan Tecchio (HADES, WATCHTOWER, NON-FICTION), who put lyrics and melody to 'Target Fixation', which I think will make HADES fans happy. Overall it's a big departure from HADES though.
"There are 14 songs. I sang 11 of them. Ron Lipnicki (HADES) played drums on 6 songs. He's been cancer-free for 4 months now and doing great. He actually sang the chorus to KISS' 'Hotter Than Hell', too. I never knew he could sing! I think my vocals got better each time I was in the studio. I'm certainly not a singer, but I think my voice suits my riffs well. I recorded and mixed the whole thing in 6 days with my own money. EVERYTHING was recorded in one take. I'm hoping some stoner rock label will pick it up even though I'm totally straight.
"At the end of the CD, I did something I think every band and label should do. I talked a bit and then played 3 'hidden tracks'. 2 of them are my friends bands - Mike Cristi from YEARS OF STATIC and Mike Koenig's (who engineered the disc) band LOWBUZ. CDs can fit a lot of music and instead of dead air I thought it would be better to turn people on to some other great music. I also included a remix of my song 'This Thing of Ours' with Jimmy Schulman's bass turned way up.

"I want to record another CD by summertime. I've got a bunch more tunes and am more into music than I've been in years."

16 January 2004

Dutch thrashers OCCULT have inked a deal with Karmageddon Media for the release of their fifth studio album, "Elegy For The Weak", due in early March. A U.S. release through Candlelight Records is expected a short time after the European release.
The follow-up to 2001's "Rage To Revenge" was produced by Andy Classen at Stage One studios in Bühne, Germany and contains the following track listing:
01. Disturbing The Dead
02. Nuclear Torment
03. Nocturnal Predator
04. Feel The Blade
05. Expire
06. Warbeast
07. Obsessed By The Grave
08. Slaughtering The Pigs
09. Reapers Call
10. Slut Of Sodom

Commented vocalist Maurice Swinkels: "We are very happy we are signed to Karmageddon Media now. We are convinced Karmageddon Media will guide us to a higher level when it comes to promotion and distribution of our albums. Hopefully we can attack some of the upcoming festivals as well. 'Elegy for the Weak' is without doubt the best album we recorded in our history... also due to Andy Classen's excellent work since he blessed the album with a killer sound. THRASH... OR BE THRASHED!!!"
In other news, OCCULT recently released a DVD through Lowlifemedia Productions covering the complete band story from 1990 until 2003.
Titled "To Be Thrashed - By Occult", the DVD contains the following:

- OCCULT live and backstage, from the earliest club gigs, through their Dynamo Open Air appearance, to recent European tours with bands such as MORBID ANGEL and DARK FUNERAL
- Interviews with band members and friends, including ex-vocalist Rachel (now SINISTER) and ex bassist Sjors, and Wannes of PENTACLE
- Live onstage jams with PENTACLE and DESASTER
- Early '90s feature story on OCCULT filmed for Dutch TV
- Appearances by SINISTER, GODDESS OF DESIRE, FLESH MADE SIN, INHUME, and others....
- Feature length approximately 83 minutes
- Including video clip for "Killing for Recreation" and the previously unreleased "Doomsday Destroyer" video.
- Most recordings from master tapes for excellent audio and video quality
- Studio-produced English narration
- Region code free

16 January 2004

Rand Burkey , former guitarist for the much-missed Florida progressive-death pioneers ATHEIST, has a new project in development called RANDOM XAOS. However, "don't expect much of the music to sound like ATHEIST," said by Burkey

16 January 2004

THIN LIZZY have been confirmed as the second headliner of Borstrock 2004, a two-day festival set to take place May 21-22, 2004 in Nieuw-Vossemeer, in the south of the Netherlands. WITHIN TEMPTATION will headline Friday night's festivities while LIZZY will top the bill on Saturday. More confirmations will be announced soon.

16 January 2004

Long-running British death metal band BOLT THROWER are currently writing new material for their eighth studio album, tentatively due in October/November through Metal Blade Records. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2001's "Honour Valour Pride" will be recorded in May and will be supported by a full European tour as well as the group's first U.S. tour in 10 years. More information will be made available soon.

16 January 2004

BEHEMOTH have set "Demigod" as the working title of their seventh full-length album, tentatively due in late 2004 through Regain Records (Europe), Century Media (USA and South America) and Mystic (Poland).
The follow-up to 2002's "Zos Kia Cultus - Here And Beyond" (Avantgarde) will be recorded this spring and will feature the lineup of Nergal (guitars and vocals), Inferno (drums), and Seth (bass, guitars).

03 January 2004

MISTER JACK is a new french band with former H BOMB members: Philty Garcia (bass/vocals) & Gérard Michel (drums) and former VULCAIN member Daniel Puzio (guitarplayer / vocals).

03 January 2004

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES frontman Mike Muir has undergone a back operation, which could keep him out of action for a couple of months. Muir hurt his back on the first date of the recent Eastpak Resistance Tour, but carried on for six week stint without receiving treatment. But now he's been forced to go under the knife. This means Suicidal have to postpone their recordings plans for a while.

03 January 2004

DIET OF WORMS, the Florida-based band featuring SAVATAGE singer Damond Jiniya and MORBID ANGEL producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez, have set "Hactivision" as the working title of their fourth studio album, tentatively due in the summer.
The follow-up to last year's "Tantrum Land" CD is currently being recorded at the group's own studio (D.O.W.) in Seffner, Florida, where MORBID ANGEL and UNHOLY GHOST tracked their most recent albums.
The group — whose current lineup is rounded out by Orbis (bass, keyboards, vocals) — recently parted ways with drummer Steve "Divine" Wright. According to the band's web site, Steve "left the ranks to pursue other interests. We wish him all the luck in the world...and then some."

03 January 2004

Seattle-based metallers ROTTWEILER have replaced singer Ronny Munroe (METAL CHURCH) with former ALCHEMY X vocalist Martin Morin. The band will head into the studio in less than two weeks to record 13 songs of "intense and driving power," according to an official press release. "Martin's intense power and screams will definitely satisfy the most hardcore ROTTWEILER fans."
Formed in 1983, ROTTWEILER's sole full-length LP to date, "Screams of the Innocent", was recorded at Studio One in Burien, Washington in 1985, but didn't get released until 17 years later (2002) through Germany's Hellion Records.

03 January 2004

A limited-edition 7" single containing three demo tracks from the classic San Francisco thrashers VIO-LENCE (featuring current MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel) has been made available for sale via the band's official web site (see LINKS).

The track listing for the single is as follows:
Side A:
01. Paraplegic (1986 demo)
02. Breed Like Rats (1993 demo)
Side B:
03. Kill On Command (1986 demo)

The single, which has been signed by some of the bandmembers, is available on colored vinyl (red, white, blue, green and swirl mix of red/white/blue) in a limited edition of 1,000 (500 of which is being sold by the band themselves). The cost is $15.00, including shipping.
VIO-LENCE, who officially reformed in 2001 following their appearance at the "Thrash of the Titans" benefit concert, released three full-length albums in the late '80s/early '90s with a lineup that included Demmel and MACHINE HEAD mainman Robert Flynn (note: Flynn does **not** appear on any of the above-listed demo recordings).

03 January 2004

NOCTURNAL RITES have reportedly set "New World Messiah" as the title of their follow-up to 2002's "Shadowland", tentatively due in early 2004 through Century Media Records. Working songtitles include "Against the World", "The Icon" and the projected title track.
The group's bassist Nils Eriksson had previously described the new material as "pretty much like we've always done...[but] maybe just a tad better."

03 January 2004

Dutch progressive metallers SUN CAGED have announced the addition of drummer Roel Van Helden to the group's ranks. The 23-year-old Van Helden, a student at the academy of music in Tilburg, Netherlands, joins the band as the replacement for Dennis Leeflang, who left the group earlier in the month.
"Roel surprised us with the fact that he managed to play the whole album within a week," the band write on their web site. "Besides that, there is a very good chemistry between us and Roel, musically as well as on a personal level. We never played our songs that well before!
"What's funny is the fact that Roel is already a member of [guitarist] Marcel Coenen's solo band and he is also the drummer our bassist Rob van der Loo played with, at age 14, in his first band. "We welcome Roel in the Cage, and we are sure that this has brought SUN CAGED to a higher level. We also would like to thank all other drummers who showed interest, and we also hope that the true SUN CAGED fans will welcome Roel with open arms, possibly at one of our upcoming gigs."

03 January 2004

REVIOLENCE is a new thrash metal band from Brazil, featuring ex-PANZER drummer, Edson Graseffi. The first EP of the band is titled "In Pieces" and was produced by Héros Trench and Marcelo Pompeu from September to November 2003.

03 January 2004

Classic Metal Fest 4 (see LINKS) will take place May 13th - 15th, 2004 at JJ Kelley's in Lansing, Illinois (south side of Chicago).
Acts confirmed to perform at the festival currently include: HIRAX, RAFF, DECEASED, ATTACKER, IMPALER, DESTRUCTOR, PREMONITION, TYRANT'S REIGN, IRON CROSS, OCTOBER 31, MAGUS BEAST, DESECRATOR, ALCHEMY X, SUBURBAN FUNERAL, DIVISION and RAVENS THORN.

03 January 2004

METAL CHURCH will complete record in January!
According to a posting at their website (see LINKS), guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof says that "All is going great with the new record and will be completed by the end of January.
A release date will be up to the record company ( big surprise). So thanks for your patience and you will NOT be dissapointed!
Cheers to All!"

METAL CHURCH's current lineup includes original members Kurt Vanderhoof (guitar) and Kirk Arrington (drums) alongside three new members, including vocalist Ronny Munroe, who had most recently spent time in the Seattle metal band ROTTWEILER. More information about the group's forthcoming CD is expected soon.

03 January 2004

Summer Breeze Open Air 2004, which takes place August 19th-21st in Abstgmund, Germany, has announced the following 24 bands: SIX FEET UNDER, SODOM, TANKARD, THE DUSKFALL, VOMITORY, MNEMIC, LAKE OF TEARS, GOREROTTED, FLESHCRAWL, PRIMORDIAL, U.D.O., HATESPHERE, CRIMINAL, BRAINSTORM, PARAGON, SCHANDMAUL, PSYCHOPUNCH, GODDESS OF DESIRE, MENHIR, XANDRIA, DEAD SOUL TRIBE, SALTATIO MORTIS, FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING, DIE HAPPY.
More acts will be announced soon.

03 January 2004

MOTORHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister was in Berlin (between Dec 15th - 18th) for another session with SKEW SISKIN to record a second track for his upcoming solo album. The track titles are: 'Stand Upon The Mountain' and 'Don't Matter To Me', both written by Lemmy and performed by Skew Siskin with Lemmy on bass and vocals.

Lemmy Kilmister recently spoke about the solo effort: "I have to do it between Motorhead and there isn't much in between Motorhead. Ha ha. I've got 5 tracks so far. I've done two tracks with The Revered Horton Heat, two tracks with the Damned... all originals except a cover of 'Neat Neat Neat' with the Damned - I'm playing the bass on that as well and it sounds pretty fucking mental. I was talking to Jordan about doing a track with me when I met her in a club in London one night but I never heard from her again. I'd like a really weird mix of people on the album. I'd like to do something with Jeff Beck - see if I can get him into a Yardbirds frame of mind when he was fucking great."

Lemmy's solo album is expected to be released sometime in 2004 or 2005

03 January 2004

HATE ETERNAL's European tour with openers DYING FETUS, DEEDS OF FLESH and PREJUDICE have confirmed the following dates:

January
7 – London, UK at The Underworld
8 – Eindhoven, NETH at Effenaar
9 – Rotterdam, NETH at Baroeg
10 – Trier, GER at Exhaus
11 – Paris, FRA – La Loco
12 – Münster-Breitefeld, GER at Live Arena
13 – Essen, GER at Zeche Carl
14 – Berlin, GER at K 17
15 – Warsaw, POL at Proxima
16 – Prague, CZR at Black Pes
17 – Engelsdorf. GER at Hellraiser
18 – Vienna, AUT at Planet Music
19 – Budapest, HUN at Kultiplex
20 – Ljubljana, SLO at K4
21 – Milan, ITA at Rainbow 300
22 – Rome, ITA at Alpheus 300
24 – Athens, GRE at Ann Club
25 – Thessaloniki, GRE at Hydrogeios
27 – Pratteln, SWI at Z7
28 – Marseille FRA at Cc Mirabeau
29 – Irun, SPA at Tunk!
30 – Barcelona, SPA at La Capsa
31 – Madrid, SPA at Caracol

February
1 – Murcia, SPA at Sala Mandragora
2 – Porto, POL at Hard Club
4 – Perpingnan, FRA at Crock More
6 – Vosselaar, BEL at Biebob
7 – Nijmegen, NETH at Dornroosje
8 – Groningen, NETH at Vera
10 - Aalborg, DEN at Studenterhuset
11 - Copenhagen, DEN at Loppen

03 January 2004

Australia's MORTIFICATION have completed their forthcoming album, "Brain Cleaner". "Brain Cleaner" is again very diverse but the production is deluxe and extremely hard hitting for the true cleaning of your eager brains. Artwork has again been handled by Troy Dunmire (PRIMITIVE, ENVISION, TRIUMPH, RELENTLESS)."
In other news, Mike Forsberg (ex-CYBERGRIND) joins the band on drums replacing Adam Zaffarese.

03 January 2004

KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood has posted the following update at the band's website (www.kamelot.com):
"We are very pleased to tell you all that the writing sessions are going even better than expected. We have now completed eight new songs and cannot get the melodies out of our heads. A good sign for everyone. We just finished 'March Of Mephisto', this should be our heaviest song ever and a live classic. Also, we finished a beautiful ballad that will mostly be piano and a small string ensemble. A first for us as well. So we are always working on new twists to the Kamelot style we hope you all love. Our beloved producer Sascha Paeth will come to Florida after the New Year to begin preproduction and then the fun starts! Everyone here wishes you all a very Happy Holiday season and a Very EpicA New Year!
Cheers,

Thomas and Kamelot"
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